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Old 06-20-2006   #41
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Zorki 4, Jupiter 8, Jupiter 12

Plus some 40.5mm filters and leather case. Arrived yesterday from Byuphoto! Thanks Rick!

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Old 06-21-2006   #42
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My Pentax Spotmeter V arrived today. It's big, but a lovely bit of kit, and so precise! Now I have to learn how to put it to good use!
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request for sellers

no biggie, just a request -- if you're selling a camera, please indicate if it doesn't come with a lens cap and note the size to the buyer. This allows the buyer to source an inexpensive one on-line at about the same time the camera arrives, instead of getting surprised with no lens cap and having to either wait, or waste gas and money trying to find one locally.

Another suggestion is if you are shipping, even if you're including the shipping, consult with the buyer. I'm currently waiting on a camera I paid for weeks ago, and the seller has no idea where the camera is, and worst of all, the shipping company's "web site" shows it has been in the same place for over a week.

In other words, if you don't use the USPS, DHL, FedEx, UPS, and are selling to someone in the US. Throw them a bone, and give them an option to pay for some reliable shipping if you have no clue if or when they will ever receive the camera they paid you for.

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My Pentax Spotmeter V arrived today. It's big, but a lovely bit of kit, and so precise! Now I have to learn how to put it to good use!
Chris,

I have been using a Pentax spotmeter for many years, and I am so used to getting precise spot readings. You will love the meter once you get used to it. Try the first time just "scanning" the view with the meter to get 10 readings or so. It really is a learning experience. After a while, you will become an expert in guessing all types of exposures just by looking a scene and letting your brain do the "spotmetering".

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I think it's overrated

What's the degree of coverage? I think my built-in Chinon meter does better, and my hexar AF in manual mode does a 4 degree accurate spot reading.

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I have been using a Pentax spotmeter for many years, and I am so used to getting precise spot readings. You will love the meter once you get used to it. Try the first time just "scanning" the view with the meter to get 10 readings or so. It really is a learning experience. After a while, you will become an expert in guessing all types of exposures just by looking a scene and letting your brain do the "spotmetering".

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What's the degree of coverage? I think my built-in Chinon meter does better, and my hexar AF in manual mode does a 4 degree accurate spot reading.
I think all their "spot" meters were down 1 degree. They may have offered other circles as well. My Gossen attachment for my Luna Pro sbc offers 1, 5, and 10 degree spots. You often see attachments for the Gossen Luna Pro offered as spot meters when in fact they are 7 1/2 or 15 degree circles. Not really what is usually considered "spot." To me that always meant at least one circle of 1 degree.
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International shipping with a courrier company like UPS or FEDEX is expensive because they charge a customs brokerage fee. (jsut ask back alley) With international shipping, if there is an unusually long delay, it is almost always due to the receiving country's Customs Office. (Just ask back alley)
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Hi Frank

I am not disputing your claims below at all. For me, it is worth quite a bit in time and money to know the exact delivery day so I can schedule to have someone present to sign for, and to know the exact day the shipment will arrive. Let's communicate better, and not assume we know what's best for everyone in this global forum. Thanks Frank.

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Guilt Reducer

Back in the sixties, my parents gave me a little Olympus Pen S 3.5 for my birthday. Lout that I was, several months later I traded it toward a FED I with a 50/2 collapsable lens. Almost 40 years later, the Pen S with the 3.5 is a hard to find collectable, sometimes selling for more than $75.00 US. I snagged this one for only $26.00 US because the description and photo were bad. 40 years of guilt have been washed away.
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Back in the sixties, my parents gave me a little Olympus Pen S 3.5 for my birthday. Lout that I was, several months later I traded it toward a FED I with a 50/2 collapsable lens. Almost 40 years later, the Pen S with the 3.5 is a hard to find collectable, sometimes selling for more than $75.00 US. I snagged this one for only $26.00 US because the description and photo were bad. 40 years of guilt have been washed away.

Sure is nice when it's that easy!
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What's the degree of coverage? I think my built-in Chinon meter does better, and my hexar AF in manual mode does a 4 degree accurate spot reading.
It covers exactly one degree. Most camera built-in spotmeters cover more than one degree.

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Old 06-28-2006   #53
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Just got this:
Optimus Turret Viefinder. Settings for 3.5, 5, 8.5, 9, and 13.5 cm. Built in diopter adjustment(-4, -2, 0, +2, +4) and parralax correction in both feet and meters. decent condition and a nice small leather case(which I don't think was actually made for it but it fits).
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My j12 from Alex Photo in Ukraine arrived, along with two extra take-up spools and a yellow filter. The lens is ok, but kind of clicks through at three points of the focus rotation.

The skin in the back came from Aki-Asahi a week ago.

The stuff from alex and Aki-Asahi took 6 days each.

I made a rear lens cap from an empty plastic spice jar.
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Old 06-29-2006   #55
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It is fairly typical of a lens needing a re-lube. The grease may well have gone waxy.

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It is fairly typical of a lens needing a re-lube. The grease may well have gone waxy.

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I thought that might be the case. Then I realized that I could hear a kind of spring like "tink" sound with each of the clicks. I wondered if I had not mounted the lens correctly, After looking it up I learned that I had to align both the camera mount and the lens at infinity.

Things improved quite a bit after that. Only one "tink" remains.

There's a lot to be said for Leica thread mount. Very straight forward. The Contax mount seems like a touch of mad genius.
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Old 06-30-2006   #57
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Sonnar arrived

A Zeiss-Opton Sonnar 1.5/50mm arrived today from an eBay seller in India. Very pleasant transaction. It was $168.50 including shipping by EMS. The lens looks pretty good, with a couple of dust spots but no sign of fungus. It appears the filter ring once had a dent that was thoroughly straightened, and the aperture ring is a bit stiffer between 11 and 16. This will go on my Contax IIIa, and then I'll see what all the praise has been about!
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I just got back into town and sitting waiting on my desk for me was a complete Konica Hexar RF kit that I won on Eboy. Had it shipped from Australia. I think Australia is one of the last countrys with a favorable exchange rate. Only 1500 U.S for the body and three lenses, 28mm, 50mm and a 90mm.

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Old 07-02-2006   #59
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Now I am jonsing for a Luigi case again.. sheesh..

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Joe,

M3 (with budda ears) and perhaps the IIIc.

(and of course, any other M or non-M camera that I get in the future.. because I know that I'm going to continue this buying thing.. )

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my m3 has the budda ears too but sadly no luigi case.
which is kinda strange in a way. my main reason for the cases is for winter shooting as trying to kep my hands from freezing and i thought the m3 would be the main outdoor winter shooter as it has no meter/battery etc.

i do have an old m case donated by brian (sweeney). i poped the rivet and it's now a half case.
this will do the job but it ain't so pretty like luigi...

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Got this lens saturday morning... Didn't arrive in the mail, but I met the seller who offered to deliver it. Really nice guy, we talked about rangefinders for nearly 2hrs... I think he was a little thrown that a young guy like me would be interested in film photography!

I spent all of saturday afternoon shooting at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival & should get to see some results soon!



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Happy boy today!!! My 'new' Nicca IIIS with Nikkor 5cm f/2 arrived... I'm very, very happy with the condition... Will be posting some shots I just took of it in the appropriate threads. Here's one for starters...



Man this is a nice camera! Can't see it leaving my hands tonight!

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that looks new from here!

very nice.

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Looks really nice, Peter! A compact fine-photo machine!
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Whoa, Peter, that is one handsome, sexy camera! It's a shame Nicca didn't survive as another Leica-clone manufacturer.

I've got a couple in my eBay watchlist ... not that I'll actually pull the trigger at this time, but I am interested in final price.
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Thanks Joe & Doug... Trius, I think it's a shame as well. If the latter models (Nicca 4,Tower 45/46) were more common it would give the LTM people another choice among the greater featured quality cameras. I'd love one of those models, but they just go for too much money! I've been watching the Tower/Nicca prices and I'd like to think I could give you a concrete price range, but from what I can see it really depends on the auction. Mine had crappy blown out pictures & hardly any description, so it went cheaper than I expected (didn't initially think I was going to win this one)... Good luck!

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The nice fellow Contax-III body on the right arrived after a long trip from Canada, I bought it from FrankS and will undergo a complete overhaul sometime in the upcoming 18 months hopefully. I snapped in my 50/2 sonnar and it fits perfectly. It's standing there with my good old reliable Kiev-2A fitted with a 50/1.5 Jupiter-3
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90mm,f4 Rokkor-M

This one showed up a couple of days ago. I had been looking through eBay for something interesting and noticed this with only one bid, ($150) on it and only a couple of hours to go. I thought why not stick a low bid in and see what happens. Thinking the other bidder would probably out bid me and not wanting to snipe the thing in the last few seconds I just entered my bid and promptly forgot about it. A couple of days later I'm checking my e-mail and there is the notice that I won the auction. Not bad for $169.

I do have a Leica 90 Tele-Elmarit, but mine has the dreaded "etching" problem, and even though it takes great pics I know it is sub-par optically. I am going to see how this new Rokkor compares with the etched TE.

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Wow, Paul, that's a good deal on that lens. I just picked one up myself (paid just a little bit more than you, however) and I, too, already had the TE. Will be curious to hear what you think about the Rokkor versus the TE after shooting with the Rokkor a bit. So, I guess this is a request to post your results/thoughts when you got 'em! :-)

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Will be curious to hear what you think about the Rokkor versus the TE after shooting with the Rokkor a bit. So, I guess this is a request to post your results/thoughts when you got 'em! :-)
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I will let you guys know what I think, but I have never been very good at lens comparison shooting. I think a person really has to put their mind to the task and set shooting parameters that give viable results that actually show any differences.

I want to do the comparison mainly because I want to evaluate the "etching" problem of the TE. The only outward manifestation of that problem has been a tendency toward flaring by the TE. Most shots taken with no bright light hitting the front lens turn out very nice, and certainly sharp enough.

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It took 36 days but I got my Summitar back from DAG and it looks and feels like it was new again. It adjusts so smooth now. This lens is ready for another 50+ years of use. JimG
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Rich, the lens had some superficial haze and slight dust inside the lens. It was a little stiff also. That was all he did and somehow made the lens allot newer looking to. I don't think he does recoating or polishing.

I have a question for you. He also send me an ORAKO filter. Do they just pop on? There's no threads.
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This gorgeous little CV 21/4 Color-Skopar with rectangular hood arrived yesterday from Stephen Gandy. The lens appears to be beautifully constructed. I love the focusing lever. And the finder lives up to its advanced billing. It is truly amazing. Thanks to Stephen for getting the lens here so quickly (ordered on Thursday, arrived in Ottawa on Tuesday!!!). I'm a happy camper.

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Age: 66
Posts: 95
I got my Minolta Hi-Matic 7s. Very sweet to hold - now to get the battery issue taken care of so I can start shooting.
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Larry

Bessa L with a 28mm 1.9 , a few Electro 35s; Olympus XA; couple of XA2s; a beater or 3; and a Canon A2E, 7NE and Canon S2 IS for those other moments and some unfulfilled GAS
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