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Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-17-2010
Replies: 46
Views: 7,968
Posted By Marc James Small
Leitz was advised of slow shutter releases on...

Leitz was advised of slow shutter releases on Leica cameras in northern Norway during the winter of 1940/41. Leitz then replaced the pin bearings -- a simple hole in the crate with a simple pin...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-13-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 2,659
Posted By Marc James Small
I have a fair amount of knowledge about the...

I have a fair amount of knowledge about the German optical industry during the Second War but very little knowledge of the specifics of the equipment, I fear. I am aware of the ELNY multiple...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-13-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 4,022
Posted By Marc James Small
No on all points. I might have some photos of...

No on all points. I might have some photos of military marked lenses but, if so, these would be buried away in reference books or in the backfiles of the ZEISS HISTORICA SOCIETY JOURNAL. ...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-11-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 4,022
Posted By Marc James Small
Engravings are unique to the factory. CZJ and...

Engravings are unique to the factory. CZJ and its satellite facilities used one type of engravings, Leitz used a different sort. The layout is backwards -- Leitz engravings are "upside down"...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-11-2010
Replies: 46
Views: 7,968
Posted By Marc James Small
With respect, we have lots of pictures of lots of...

With respect, we have lots of pictures of lots of the Nazi bonzen holding lots of items -- I have at least a dozen pictures of Hitler holding various bits of military gear and that hardly makes him a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-09-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 2,659
Posted By Marc James Small
Thanks, guys. Hasselblad used Reseau plates on...

Thanks, guys. Hasselblad used Reseau plates on the Hasselblad cameras it made for NASA in the 1960's. long before Rollei got seriously into photogrammetry.

So, the Leica IIIcK came with a metal...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-08-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 2,659
Posted By Marc James Small
I ask a simple queston, and people seem to want...

I ask a simple queston, and people seem to want to be complex in their answers. Did the Leica IIIcK employ a mechanical fiduciary point or a reseau plate? Seems a VERY simple matter to answer!
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-08-2010
Replies: 46
Views: 7,968
Posted By Marc James Small
The only photos surviving of Eva with a camera...

The only photos surviving of Eva with a camera have her with LF gear or with a cine camera. Hoffman did own a Leica but rarely used it: his background was as a studio photographer and so he tended...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-08-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 1,711
Posted By Marc James Small
Thanks, Guys. I'll let you know as the project...

Thanks, Guys. I'll let you know as the project moves forward.

LeicaTom, I probably can decipher any CZJ LTM lens you have. I have a fair amount of knowledge and a fair amount of references on...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-06-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 1,711
Posted By Marc James Small
Charlie Barringer's Zeiss Lens List

Please spread this around. This is the Straight Skinny and is important for the understanding of the development of all photographic lenses through the past 164 years.

The late Charlie...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-06-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 2,659
Posted By Marc James Small
We have a number of folks among our number who...

We have a number of folks among our number who are experts on the IIIcK line. Until this discussion started, I had had no idea that these cameras originally had fiducial point mechaniisms of any...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-06-2010
Replies: 46
Views: 7,968
Posted By Marc James Small
Eva shot only large-format, I believe. I hae...

Eva shot only large-format, I believe. I hae some pictures, somewhere, of Hoffman giving her pointers. She also toyed around with cine. To my knowledge, she never owned a Leica, though there are...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-01-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 4,022
Posted By Marc James Small
CZJ/CZ Lens Data

Helmut Thiele has produced three volumes on Zeiss lens data derived from the factory records -- there are two volumes on CZJ production and one on CZ production from Oberkochen. The CZJ volumes are...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-29-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 2,659
Posted By Marc James Small
Thanks, guys. Now, which system did Leitz use --...

Thanks, guys. Now, which system did Leitz use -- a mask over the film or a Reseau (glass) plate? Bear in mind that fiduciary points may be well known to some of us, but others in our number may...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-28-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 2,659
Posted By Marc James Small
Leica Screw Mount Wartime Fiducial Points

I would appreciate some of the more knowledgeable foks here explain just what is a fiducial point and why there were used on Leica IIIcK cameras -- and why these were removed to "deface" the camera.
...
Forum: 120 RF Folders 05-25-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,673
Posted By Marc James Small
Zeiss Ikon Folders

Is there anyone here who wants to discuss Zeiss Ikon folders. I KNOW what the business plan was, but it never got into real play, and so the breed died unhappily with the III and IV. I value my two...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-23-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 4,022
Posted By Marc James Small
Roger Wikipedia is a grand source for this. ...

Roger

Wikipedia is a grand source for this. There is also a good UK website on the history of threads, but I will have to dig that one out -- I seem to have mislaid the link.

Whitworth was...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-23-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 3,171
Posted By Marc James Small
Roger Yes, it is a 4/300 Kilfitt...

Roger

Yes, it is a 4/300 Kilfitt Pan-Tele-Kilar. A really superb lens.

I doubt if I will be able to make Photokina this year. I travel as little as I can, and my wife is insisting that we...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-23-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 4,022
Posted By Marc James Small
I can find no record of any CZJ Tele-Anastigmat...

I can find no record of any CZJ Tele-Anastigmat in the 2,xxx,xxx range. At least, none are listed in II Thiele. Could you double-check the lens type (I would suspect a Triotar, perhaps?) and the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-20-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 3,171
Posted By Marc James Small
Karl Müller Memingen. That is the firm. They...

Karl Müller Memingen. That is the firm. They first got started making reflex housings -- I own one they made before the Novoflex brand came into play. Their early reflex housings are grand and put...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-18-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 1,128
Posted By Marc James Small
I bought my first M3 a month after I bought my...

I bought my first M3 a month after I bought my IIIc. I stupidly later sold the M3. I later was given a very friendly price on a late M3 DS, and scored it in a heartbeat. It is a grand camera.
...
Forum: Other RF 05-18-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 8,236
Posted By Marc James Small
Several quick notes: First, the lens hood is an...

Several quick notes:

First, the lens hood is an issue, but these occasionally turn up on eBay. Again, let the Force be with you: use cameras as they were intended to be used.

Second, there is...
Forum: Other RF 05-17-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 8,236
Posted By Marc James Small
You are one of many who has commented that...

You are one of many who has commented that right-handers have problems with the Werra. Well, I am EXTREMELY right-handed and I have no problem with the Werra, but that is probably just my being...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-17-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 1,128
Posted By Marc James Small
The shutter curtains have rollers onto which they...

The shutter curtains have rollers onto which they wind, like a window blind. On the II, these have pin bearings -- a simple metal pin going into a simple hole in the shutter crate. On the IIIf, the...
Forum: Other RF 05-17-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 8,236
Posted By Marc James Small
I do own Thiele's work on the Werra cameras, and...

I do own Thiele's work on the Werra cameras, and it is helpful. Well, helpful to those of us who can read German! I do hold the Werra III in very high regard -- it has what is probably the best...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-17-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 4,022
Posted By Marc James Small
Once Speer was named as the Minister of Munitions...

Once Speer was named as the Minister of Munitions for the Third Reich, Germany adopted a very centralized system. Germany had to pay for Wolframite (Tungsten ore) from Spain and for Swedish steel,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-16-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,905
Posted By Marc James Small
Crist I have discussed this lens with Klaus...

Crist
I have discussed this lens with Klaus Schmidt, with whom you earlier had discussed it. I am beginning to think it is a fake. There are just too many things which do not add up, and the serial...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-16-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 4,022
Posted By Marc James Small
I should have noted that Leitz Thread-Mount (LTM)...

I should have noted that Leitz Thread-Mount (LTM) is not the same as L39. L39 is a DIN thread-mount: 39mm by 1mm. True LTM is 30mm by 26 turns-per-inch Whitworth with a 28.6mm back-focus. The...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-16-2010
Replies: 46
Views: 7,968
Posted By Marc James Small
The IIIcK cameras are generally marked as such on...

The IIIcK cameras are generally marked as such on the top plate. Leitz also was making other cameras with straight pin bearings at the same time.

Marc
Forum: Other RF 05-15-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 8,236
Posted By Marc James Small
The Werra Cameras

These were one of the very few cameras to have ever honestly born the Carl Zeiss name. They were manufactured at a satelitte plant of Jena at Eisfeld. This was a plant established during Wordl War...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-15-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 4,022
Posted By Marc James Small
The German Optical Industry was run by the head...

The German Optical Industry was run by the head of Zeiss, Heinz Küppenbender. The Germans needed steel from Sweden, so Küppenbender decided that the Germans could swap IIIC Leica cameras with CZJ...
Forum: Other RF 05-15-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,517
Posted By Marc James Small
Shucks, if you do not abuse your lens by exposing...

Shucks, if you do not abuse your lens by exposing it to outre climatic conditions, outgassing of wheel-bearing grease is not an issue. I rebuilt the 2.8/18cm CZJ Sonnar T I use on my Hasselblad 2000...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-15-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,905
Posted By Marc James Small
Allow me to retract my earlier comments. This...

Allow me to retract my earlier comments. This lens does not seem to bear any similarity to what CZJ was making in 1930, the date consistent with its serial number. CZJ truncated its serial numbers...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-15-2010
Replies: 46
Views: 7,968
Posted By Marc James Small
Stephen Just a VERY quick response. In the...

Stephen

Just a VERY quick response.

In the winter of 1940/41, the German forces in the north of Norway began to encounter a freezing-up of their Leica and Contax cameras in the icy arctic...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-15-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 2,039
Posted By Marc James Small
I know little about the Ditmar camera, I fear. ...

I know little about the Ditmar camera, I fear. But selenium meters fail primarily for one of two reasons -- the cell leaks and water ruins the integrity of the selenium substrate, or else the...
Forum: Other RF 05-10-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,517
Posted By Marc James Small
I have no clue. I am crude enough to use J C...

I have no clue. I am crude enough to use J C Penny axle grease for most of my camera lubrication purposes, but those who know better do things more finely than I do. There is a dedicated scholar of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-10-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,905
Posted By Marc James Small
Please provide the entire serial number and...

Please provide the entire serial number and whether or not it is coated and marked with a red "T" or the like. The Biotessar is described in some detail in THE LENS COLLECTORS' VADE MECUM, a CD in...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-01-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 5,047
Posted By Marc James Small
1.5/5.8cm "Leica-Sonnar"" lenses

LeicaTom is correct in pointing out that these are not genuine CZJ products. They may well have CZJ optics in them -- the general presumption in recent years is that they were a scam produced by...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-26-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 5,006
Posted By Marc James Small
CZJ LTM Lenses and Adapter

Stephen

That is a very nice collection! I will ensure that the numbers are forwarded to the Zeiss Lens List. (For those of you who are not aware, the originator of that List, Charlie Barringer,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 08-18-2007
Replies: 66
Views: 7,342
Posted By Marc James Small
Theile's Books

Hartmut Thiele's works are available from the logical choices, Petra Kellers in the US, Peter Loy in the UK, and Lindemann's in Germany. For those in the US, check...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 08-18-2007
Replies: 66
Views: 7,342
Posted By Marc James Small
A Humble Retraction

Yes, I once thought that the 1.5/6cm Sonnars were genuine CZJ products. I no longer believe this to be the case. These lenses are closely tied to the 1.5/5.8cm "Leica-Sonnars" which we now know are...
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