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Forum: Repair / Camera Care 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 185
Posted By BillBlackwell
+1 No one else touches my Leica gear (unless it's...

+1
No one else touches my Leica gear (unless it's a warranty repair)!
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2,009
Views: 303,746
Posted By BillBlackwell
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Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 107
Views: 2,880
Posted By BillBlackwell
v4 made in Germany (the last one with the...

v4 made in Germany (the last one with the reversible shade). You'll generally save a few hundred dollars over the v5, but they both share the same lens formula.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 1,261
Posted By BillBlackwell
I owned an M5 many years ago, but never warmed up...

I owned an M5 many years ago, but never warmed up to it. However, the M5 is a relative bargain for a metered Leica M today (roughly half the price of an M6). If I were shopping for a film M right...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 70
Views: 2,096
Posted By BillBlackwell
I owned and used a C-Sonnar 50mm F1.5 ZM for a...

I owned and used a C-Sonnar 50mm F1.5 ZM for a time years ago [on film], but I never warmed up to it. It wasn't particularly sharp wide open and it never gave me any "pop" at any speed. It reminded...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 387
Views: 44,934
Posted By BillBlackwell
Leica M-P 240 35mm Distagon...

Leica M-P 240
35mm Distagon f/1.4
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Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 567
Posted By BillBlackwell
It's normal. Some of the gears are steel in the...

It's normal. Some of the gears are steel in the M-A (exactly like an M6) while the gears in an M2 are all brass. You would never know the difference unless you had the two cameras to compare...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 975
Posted By BillBlackwell
I would think you'd want to keep the meter and...

I would think you'd want to keep the meter and body together to complete the set; I would't think the meter would be worth much by itself.

I had one of those when I was in Jr. High (mine had the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-12-2020
Replies: 62
Views: 5,096
Posted By BillBlackwell
That explains a great deal!

That explains a great deal!
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-12-2020
Replies: 62
Views: 5,096
Posted By BillBlackwell
Very impressive, Huss! You almost make me want...

Very impressive, Huss!

You almost make me want to find another example and try it again. I believe this speaks to the limitations of an RF (and I used a 1.25 mag finder), and most probably my...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-11-2020
Replies: 54
Views: 1,375
Posted By BillBlackwell
That screw on the top plate is not some common...

That screw on the top plate is not some common off-the-shelf at Home Depot part. It is specially made for Leica for that specific purpose.

Be that as it may, many of these pennies-per-unit changes...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-11-2020
Replies: 54
Views: 1,375
Posted By BillBlackwell
Sorry, but the same condenser is missing from the...

Sorry, but the same condenser is missing from the M4-P (removed during the M4-2 run). The framelines in the M6 were originally adjusted based on distance and to accommodate the meter diodes.

The...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-11-2020
Replies: 62
Views: 5,096
Posted By BillBlackwell
I would agree with those who have already said...

I would agree with those who have already said you really don't need anything else. f/2 is plenty fast enough for a wedding.
I've owned two or three examples of the CV Nokton f/1.1 and could never...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-11-2020
Replies: 153
Views: 37,277
Posted By BillBlackwell
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Leica M-P 240
CV 21mm Ultron f/1.8 (6-bit coded as a 21mm Summilux)
Forum: RFF Polls 01-11-2020
Replies: 54
Views: 1,375
Posted By BillBlackwell
The M6 is essentially an M4-P with a meter. At...

The M6 is essentially an M4-P with a meter. At the time, Leica was still looking for ways to cut costs, so they came up with the idea of moving the red "Leitz" logo (later changed to "Leica") from...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-11-2020
Replies: 54
Views: 1,375
Posted By BillBlackwell
Then you'd really be screwed!

Then you'd really be screwed!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-11-2020
Replies: 14
Views: 667
Posted By BillBlackwell
I wouldn't try it! If reached the bare zinc will...

I wouldn't try it! If reached the bare zinc will oxidize and begin to deteriorate. There have been numerous examples of this "feature" happening on M6 topcovers underneath the (unexposed) chrome...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-10-2020
Replies: 220
Views: 6,962
Posted By BillBlackwell
Wide-angle lenses have more DOF latitude, so...

Wide-angle lenses have more DOF latitude, so effective RF base-length (the RF patch is smaller in a .58 finder) is far less critical.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-08-2020
Replies: 220
Views: 6,962
Posted By BillBlackwell
This is a genuine concern! Don Goldberg ("DAG")...

This is a genuine concern! Don Goldberg ("DAG") tells me he's so busy he wouldn't have a clue "film is dead"! In fact he tells me he's as busy as ever.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-06-2020
Replies: 1,012
Views: 194,544
Posted By BillBlackwell
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Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-05-2020
Replies: 220
Views: 6,962
Posted By BillBlackwell
Too expensive! MAP price on a new M6TTL was...

Too expensive! MAP price on a new M6TTL was $1,795; the M7, released for sale the year prior [in 2002], was $2,295, IIRC.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-05-2020
Replies: 136
Views: 37,637
Posted By BillBlackwell
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Large, bright RF
Ultra quiet shutter
Slim [film-M size] body
Best dynamic range of any digital M to date

The M-P 240 was close, but this one...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-05-2020
Replies: 220
Views: 6,962
Posted By BillBlackwell
They show up on eBay all the time. I remember...

They show up on eBay all the time.

I remember when the MP was first introduced for sale in 2002/2003 at a staggering price of $2,495 (US)! It was so absurd, my go-to Leica dealer refused to carry...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-05-2020
Replies: 106
Views: 4,036
Posted By BillBlackwell
Weird choice as a "favorite" for the year, but I...

Weird choice as a "favorite" for the year, but I like its simplicity and the way the OOF areas frame the leaf in the center. Not the best I can do, but it's among my favorites for the...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-05-2020
Replies: 227
Views: 6,427
Posted By BillBlackwell
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Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-05-2020
Replies: 220
Views: 6,962
Posted By BillBlackwell
I'm surprised they're not selling for more! Have...

I'm surprised they're not selling for more! Have you priced an MP lately?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-28-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 847
Posted By BillBlackwell
I've owned at least three MP's and several M6's...

I've owned at least three MP's and several M6's and I've never had that happen - cold conditions or otherwise - but I've always had a Luigi case (the battery housing is covered) protecting my camera....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-25-2019
Replies: 80
Views: 3,038
Posted By BillBlackwell
A good Leica repair tech can upgrade any M2 with...

A good Leica repair tech can upgrade any M2 with M4 style film loading as long as he/she has the parts. IMHO it's well worth it.

However, because the M3 chassis does not have the film reset...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-25-2019
Replies: 80
Views: 3,038
Posted By BillBlackwell
With your wealth of experience, why would you...

With your wealth of experience, why would you need to ask such a question?

Seriously!
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-21-2019
Replies: 153
Views: 37,277
Posted By BillBlackwell
I own it and it's one of the sharpest lenses in...

I own it and it's one of the sharpest lenses in my bag. It's bigger than most M-mount alternatives, but you quickly get used to it (and, of course, it's well worth it). One of my favorite 35mm...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-13-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,206
Posted By BillBlackwell
Yea - and this, at least in part, is why my...

Yea - and this, at least in part, is why my current lens arsenal isn't all Leica.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-13-2019
Replies: 2,009
Views: 303,746
Posted By BillBlackwell
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Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-13-2019
Replies: 2,009
Views: 303,746
Posted By BillBlackwell
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Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-13-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,206
Posted By BillBlackwell
After my love/hate (mostly hate) relationship...

After my love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with the Leica M8 I ditched the M system along with ALL of my M lenses in favor of Canon (5DmkII - later upgraded to the mkIII) ultimately adding several...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-11-2019
Replies: 1,635
Views: 89,271
Posted By BillBlackwell
... the softest 35mm lens wide-open I've ever...

... the softest 35mm lens wide-open I've ever owned!
Forum: Leica SL 11-28-2019
Replies: 59
Views: 2,243
Posted By BillBlackwell
I'd go for the SL2. Obtaining that camera (at...

I'd go for the SL2. Obtaining that camera (at its current price) to use with my M lenses would be a great temptation had I not purchased an M10-P just days prior to the SL2's release.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-28-2019
Replies: 1,635
Views: 89,271
Posted By BillBlackwell
My expectations on the multi-coating would be...

My expectations on the multi-coating would be that the lens would be less flair-prone (depending on the coatings used), but minimally produce higher contrast and better color saturation.

But I'm...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-27-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,651
Posted By BillBlackwell
Perhaps I was speaking from within my own bubble....

Perhaps I was speaking from within my own bubble. Don Goldberg ("DAG") is my go-to repair guy and he does have spare parts for the CL. He services them regularly.
Forum: RFF News 11-27-2019
Replies: 88
Views: 9,273
Posted By BillBlackwell
The non RF coupled 15mm Zeiss lens along with the...

The non RF coupled 15mm Zeiss lens along with the RF coupled Zeiss 85mm f/2 Sonnar (I've seen only a few of these) were both manufactured in Germany. But, IIRC, they are both discontinued.
Forum: RFF News 11-26-2019
Replies: 88
Views: 9,273
Posted By BillBlackwell
I don't think so, but regardless, I have it on...

I don't think so, but regardless, I have it on good authority a substantial price increase on both Leica film and digital cameras is coming very soon!
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-26-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 860
Posted By BillBlackwell
All variants of the M10 have gorilla glass...

All variants of the M10 have gorilla glass covering the LCD monitor, while the M-P 240 has sapphire glass (substantially more durable). The M-P 240 is the only Leica [to date] to have sapphire glass!...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-25-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,979
Posted By BillBlackwell
I had the opportunity to grab one of these KE-7A...

I had the opportunity to grab one of these KE-7A cameras in around 1995 (but without the Elcan lens). I don't remember what the store wanted for it, but I do remember it wasn't significantly more...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-24-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,651
Posted By BillBlackwell
If you're into RF style photography I can't...

If you're into RF style photography I can't recommend any non-Leica option. The CV Bessa cameras are now discontinued and unsupported and are now selling used for more than what they sold for new...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-24-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,651
Posted By BillBlackwell
Highlighting the pertinent concerns for you I'd...

Highlighting the pertinent concerns for you I'd say you actually have several options:
For an "all Leica" one-body one-lens option you can't beat an M6 mated with a 35mm Summicron Asph. It's ultra...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-24-2019
Replies: 387
Views: 44,934
Posted By BillBlackwell
It's one of the two sharpest lenses in my bag! ...

It's one of the two sharpest lenses in my bag! It rivals only the 50mm Asph Summilux.
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Leica M-P 240
35mm Zeiss Distagon f/1.4 ZM T*
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-20-2019
Replies: 1,635
Views: 89,271
Posted By BillBlackwell
Yes, I'd be counting on it! I've never been a...

Yes, I'd be counting on it! I've never been a fan of the 8-element's low-contrast renderings.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-20-2019
Replies: 1,635
Views: 89,271
Posted By BillBlackwell
Maybe this has already been asked and I missed...

Maybe this has already been asked and I missed it. ... Will the flange be milled for 6-bit coding?
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-20-2019
Replies: 102
Views: 2,672
Posted By BillBlackwell
I'm not sure how YOU would define "elegant," but...

I'm not sure how YOU would define "elegant," but I would say, no - I would not consider the M240 "elegant." The M-P 240 comes close, but still too "fat" to be considered elegant.

In fact I...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-20-2019
Replies: 102
Views: 2,672
Posted By BillBlackwell
From your list I'd take the M9-P, but only if the...

From your list I'd take the M9-P, but only if the sensor has been replaced by Leica. The M9 I owned produced far better color compared to any digital Leica I've owned since.

However, if you're into...
Forum: Leica SL 11-20-2019
Replies: 196
Views: 7,188
Posted By BillBlackwell
FWIW, the lens was a 21mm Asph Elmarit-M. No...

FWIW, the lens was a 21mm Asph Elmarit-M. No tripod!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-19-2019
Replies: 1,635
Views: 89,271
Posted By BillBlackwell
Got it. Check your email.

Got it. Check your email.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-19-2019
Replies: 1,635
Views: 89,271
Posted By BillBlackwell
I would prefer if this lens were multi-coated -...

I would prefer if this lens were multi-coated - not single coated. If there is such a variance I would be interested enough to put my name in.
Forum: Leica SL 11-19-2019
Replies: 196
Views: 7,188
Posted By BillBlackwell
I have a 44" x 30" framed print hanging on my...

I have a 44" x 30" framed print hanging on my wall produced from my M-P 240. I think that's plenty big enough!
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Forum: Leica SL 11-18-2019
Replies: 196
Views: 7,188
Posted By BillBlackwell
Looks like a possibility according to Leica...

Looks like a possibility according to Leica Rumors. But the longer I use my M10-P (and M-P 240 before it) I'm thinking 24 megapixels is plenty for me (just about perfect, in fact).

Plus, I doubt...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-15-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,594
Posted By BillBlackwell
There might be a gentler way of putting it, but I...

There might be a gentler way of putting it, but I 100% agree. And attempting your own CLA from YouTube videos is just as unwise. Over-lubricating, for example, could damage the camera beyond the...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-14-2019
Replies: 98
Views: 3,114
Posted By BillBlackwell
What is the point of your question? It seems as...

What is the point of your question? It seems as if you've had some good experience with both.

I've also owned Nikon F and Leica (both M and R) cameras over the years and much prefer the Leica M...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 11-13-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 3,146
Posted By BillBlackwell
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Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 11-12-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 804
Posted By BillBlackwell
I've owned all three (M9, M-P 240, and M10-P), so...

I've owned all three (M9, M-P 240, and M10-P), so I thought I'd put in my 2 cents. ...

The M9 has the best color rendition of any of the three, IMHO, but I'm not sure I'd pay to have the sensor...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-08-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 529
Posted By BillBlackwell
I've purchased and consigned with Popflash for...

I've purchased and consigned with Popflash for many years. Tony is first class!

It's like this: If you have a problem with Tony, YOU have a problem!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-08-2019
Replies: 7,540
Views: 3,866,868
Posted By BillBlackwell
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Forum: Leica SL 11-07-2019
Replies: 196
Views: 7,188
Posted By BillBlackwell
... yes, according to the B&H rep. I have found...

... yes, according to the B&H rep. I have found they don't always know what they're talking about, but in this instance I believed him based on information I've obtained elsewhere.

But I've never...
Forum: Leica SL 11-07-2019
Replies: 196
Views: 7,188
Posted By BillBlackwell
My question to B&H at the time was this - On the...

My question to B&H at the time was this - On the S1R - "If used in conjunction with a Leica L to M adapter (the one with the 6-bit reader), will the 6-bit coded lens info show up in the EXIF data?" ...
Forum: Leica SL 11-07-2019
Replies: 196
Views: 7,188
Posted By BillBlackwell
According to a sales rep at B&H, the S1R does. I...

According to a sales rep at B&H, the S1R does. I was considering that camera for a time as a replacement for my M-P 240, but I ultimately decided I wanted to stick with a Leica M body.
Forum: Leica SL 11-06-2019
Replies: 196
Views: 7,188
Posted By BillBlackwell
I would be very surprised if that happened. It...

I would be very surprised if that happened. It would mean the end of the Leica M mount altogether (unless used with an adapter). It has been floated (Leica Rumors) that the M10 or M11 might be...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-02-2019
Replies: 65
Views: 2,696
Posted By BillBlackwell
Wow! Then I can't blame you for your loathing. ...

Wow! Then I can't blame you for your loathing.

My experience has not been so dramatic. I absolutely hated the M8, not so much because it wasn't reliable (it actually was), but because of those...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-01-2019
Replies: 65
Views: 2,696
Posted By BillBlackwell
I don't quite understand complaining about...

I don't quite understand complaining about digital M cameras being so slow - even calling them "liabilities" - while in the next paragraph claim to be "liberated by film".

I've used Leica film...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-23-2019
Replies: 115
Views: 5,441
Posted By BillBlackwell
Personally, I've had my issues with Leica...

Personally, I've had my issues with Leica throughout the years, but they are doing their best to survive in a very competitive, and I dare say - a largely dying industry. My primary concern for...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 09-05-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 6,745
Posted By BillBlackwell
LTM to M adapters milled for 6-bit coding can be...

LTM to M adapters milled for 6-bit coding can be purchased on eBay for around...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-24-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1,940
Posted By BillBlackwell
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Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-12-2019
Replies: 89
Views: 1,981
Posted By BillBlackwell
Here's another "SL" option for you: Likely...

Here's another "SL" option for you:
Likely framework for the SL-2!
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1455070-REG/panasonic_dc_s1rbody_lumix_dc_s1r_mirrorless_digital.html
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-11-2019
Replies: 89
Views: 1,981
Posted By BillBlackwell
M10 all day long! I have about a dozen M...

M10 all day long!

I have about a dozen M lenses and using them on an SL will work seamlessly with the Leica L to M adapter (almost); focusing accurately in daylight situations requires you to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-07-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 918
Posted By BillBlackwell
This late into the run Leica had stopped etching...

This late into the run Leica had stopped etching serial numbers internally, so there shouldn't be any. Also, only the very last M3 batches didn't have the lens release guard.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-06-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 918
Posted By BillBlackwell
I'm not sure how to explain it - but Leica's...

I'm not sure how to explain it - but Leica's flash sockets were (AFAIK) proprietary through the end of the M2. They started using standardized sockets beginning with the M4. The sockets on yours...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-06-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 918
Posted By BillBlackwell
It's pretty obvious that it's a repaint. The L...

It's pretty obvious that it's a repaint. The L seal, body coverings, and flash sockets are all NOT original. I would say whoever did the paint work - except for painting over the film loading...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 07-31-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 2,072
Posted By BillBlackwell
Old Tucson,...

Old Tucson, AZ
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Leica M-P 240,...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 07-31-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 2,072
Posted By BillBlackwell
Tombstone,...

Tombstone, AZ
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Leica M-P 240,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-25-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,849
Posted By BillBlackwell
That's a tough one! I've owned both over the...

That's a tough one! I've owned both over the years - just not at the same time.

In all practicality, it'd come down to ergonomics. But the F3's removable prism might provide a slight edge to the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-24-2019
Replies: 110
Views: 4,291
Posted By BillBlackwell
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Wish I still had them! ...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-24-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 1,823
Posted By BillBlackwell
If you can afford one Leica, why not get two for...

If you can afford one Leica, why not get two for twice the price!

Seriously - carry one body (one system) and multiple lenses. I've always managed to get the shots I needed this way.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-23-2019
Replies: 110
Views: 4,291
Posted By BillBlackwell
1. Film usage is on the rise; 2. The comparative...

1. Film usage is on the rise;
2. The comparative price of a new Leica film cameras.

M7 prices are also on the rise. Not that long ago I bought one for US$1,700. Today they run for as much as twice...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-21-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 440
Posted By BillBlackwell
Leica made a grip with a tripod socket on the...

Leica made a grip with a tripod socket on the base during M6 production. They can still be found...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-18-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 504
Posted By BillBlackwell
I own an M-P 240 and had something like this...

I own an M-P 240 and had something like this happened a little over a year ago - but only the one time. I rarely use live-view, but after using it one day this issue - or something like it -...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-17-2019
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,529
Posted By BillBlackwell
I had Don Goldberg ("DAG") modify an M3 this way...

I had Don Goldberg ("DAG") modify an M3 this way or me several years ago. He replaced some of the brass gears to make it work. Wish I still had...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-16-2019
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,529
Posted By BillBlackwell
I like your sense of humor, Huss!

I like your sense of humor, Huss!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-16-2019
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,529
Posted By BillBlackwell
Or you can simply use your ears. You can tell...

Or you can simply use your ears. You can tell immediately by listening to the shutter from 30th and below.

FWIW, if a Leica M camera is used often a proper CLA can last 20 years or more.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-16-2019
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,529
Posted By BillBlackwell
On the whole, I would agree with Marcelo. ...

On the whole, I would agree with Marcelo.

Except - all things being equal - I would take an M4 for the overall feel compared to an M4-P. It's like choosing a comparably equipped Lexus (M4) over a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-16-2019
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,529
Posted By BillBlackwell
Every M film camera (including the latest film...

Every M film camera (including the latest film MP) was/is built to a lower standard compared to those up, and through, the M5. This is indisputable - but the fact is, if properly serviced, any of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-16-2019
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,529
Posted By BillBlackwell
There are differences other than those mentioned...

There are differences other than those mentioned so far.
M4-P:
* Hot shoe;
* No self timer;
* Has a link for a motor/winder;
* RF condenser has been removed (the RF patch is more inclined to...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-15-2019
Replies: 2,009
Views: 303,746
Posted By BillBlackwell
https://d6d2h4gfvy8t8.cloudfront.net/3329559-orig....

https://d6d2h4gfvy8t8.cloudfront.net/3329559-orig.jpg
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-10-2019
Replies: 7,540
Views: 3,866,868
Posted By BillBlackwell
https://d6d2h4gfvy8t8.cloudfront.net/18549783-orig...

https://d6d2h4gfvy8t8.cloudfront.net/18549783-orig.jpg

https://d6d2h4gfvy8t8.cloudfront.net/18549676-orig.jpg
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-09-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 3,146
Posted By BillBlackwell
https://d6d2h4gfvy8t8.cloudfront.net/18549359-orig...

https://d6d2h4gfvy8t8.cloudfront.net/18549359-orig.jpg

https://d6d2h4gfvy8t8.cloudfront.net/18549676-orig.jpg
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-07-2019
Replies: 292
Views: 16,026
Posted By BillBlackwell
Leica M-P 240 + 50mm Asph...

Leica M-P 240 + 50mm Asph Summilux-M
https://d6d2h4gfvy8t8.cloudfront.net/18549359-orig.jpg
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-05-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 6,745
Posted By BillBlackwell
Yes, I've confirmed this from at least two...

Yes, I've confirmed this from at least two reliable sources close to Leica. It makes plenty of sense because they're using the model as an opportunity to blow out excess M240 parts.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-05-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 6,745
Posted By BillBlackwell
The M-E 240 is a better camera when compared to...

The M-E 240 is a better camera when compared to the M240, so YES and NO (the, although limited, used M-E 240 cameras will ensure this).
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-29-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 6,745
Posted By BillBlackwell
Limiting factors are 30 minutes or a maximum file...

Limiting factors are 30 minutes or a maximum file size of 4GB. When I played with the video feature on my M-P 240 I used the maximum image quality setting and always hit the size limit first (~20...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-29-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 6,745
Posted By BillBlackwell
Video is very sharp and clear, but the sound...

Video is very sharp and clear, but the sound quality sucks! Even with the optional microphone attached to the hot shoe, sound is terrible.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-28-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 6,745
Posted By BillBlackwell
If you're used to an M film body the chunkier...

If you're used to an M film body the chunkier digital M will get some minor getting used to. I adjusted quickly and now use my M2 and M-P 240 interchangeably without thinking about it. All digital...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-26-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 6,745
Posted By BillBlackwell
Again, on good authority, they were also in...

Again, on good authority, they were also in limited production (500 units) and in limited markets.
https://www.zenit.photo/en/catalog/photocameras/
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-26-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 6,745
Posted By BillBlackwell
I've heard it elsewhere, but here's the first...

I've heard it elsewhere, but here's the first published indication I've seen of M-E 240 limited production.
https://www.reddotcameras.co.uk/m-bodies/15139-leica-m-e-typ240-camera-body.html
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-26-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 6,745
Posted By BillBlackwell
Leica rarely does that any longer. The current...

Leica rarely does that any longer. The current green M10-P safari, for example, is limited to 1500 units, but there's no indication of that on the camera.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-24-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 6,745
Posted By BillBlackwell
Not quite. The M-E 240 doesn't have the...

Not quite. The M-E 240 doesn't have the frameline preview selector. But it is an improvement over the M240 due to its 2MB buffer (same as M-P 240).

In the Leica world, based on what I currently...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-23-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 6,745
Posted By BillBlackwell
M-E (typ240)

Leica must really be overstocked on M240 parts!

https://us.leica-camera.com/Photography/Leica-M/Leica-M-E
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-17-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,748
Posted By BillBlackwell
The Leica III holds up incredibly well compared...

The Leica III holds up incredibly well compared to the M240! I would have expected an obvious difference. But, on the contrary, in some of these you can't immediately tell which is which.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-17-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 1,005
Posted By BillBlackwell
Looks like the grandfather of the Leica Q. ...

Looks like the grandfather of the Leica Q. ...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-16-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 651
Posted By BillBlackwell
It's not uncommon for even a Leica lens to be...

It's not uncommon for even a Leica lens to be slightly out of calibration. If you got it for a good price, and it's otherwise clean, I'd have it adjusted and move on.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-15-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 1,210
Posted By BillBlackwell
The slow speeds below 15th of a second should...

The slow speeds below 15th of a second should sound sure and confident (you'll hear the "dragged on mechanical sound" after the shutter closes). The 'proper' sound at 15th of a second only has a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-14-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 4,446
Posted By BillBlackwell
Right, and the M4-2 only had four; but I didn't...

Right, and the M4-2 only had four; but I didn't see this as pertinent to this thread other than the 'aside' about when the framelines changed.

Then you know the first Leica M camera with six...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-14-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 4,446
Posted By BillBlackwell
Yes, I am well aware of the M4-2 issues. But...

Yes, I am well aware of the M4-2 issues. But those that preceded it were the best ever.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-14-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 4,446
Posted By BillBlackwell
In my experience a freshly CLA'd "mint" Leica M...

In my experience a freshly CLA'd "mint" Leica M feels and shoots tight and sometimes better than new - again, in my experience. When the MP first came out I bought one of the first .85 models; it...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-13-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 4,446
Posted By BillBlackwell
Since it's, by all accounts, an MP without a...

Since it's, by all accounts, an MP without a meter, I'd have a very difficult time justifying the cost of buying even a used one. An early M4-P has everything you describe with all six framelines....
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-11-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 3,174
Posted By BillBlackwell
I was in the Chicago area last year and met up...

I was in the Chicago area last year and met up with a good friend. We went to Madison, WI to shoot for the day. To my surprise he had the engraving on the top of his early Wetzlar M6 taped along...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-11-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 1,210
Posted By BillBlackwell
The right question is rather or not the camera...

The right question is rather or not the camera currently needs to be serviced, not necessarily if it has been recently serviced! If an M camera is properly serviced and used frequently, a CLA can...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-08-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 4,446
Posted By BillBlackwell
The "review" is highly subjective being based...

The "review" is highly subjective being based entirely on opinion. It's a complete waste of time, in my opinion.

I've owned and shot dozens of Leica M film cameras - in fact, all of the...
Forum: Leica SL 06-05-2019
Replies: 196
Views: 7,188
Posted By BillBlackwell
Bump. ... A little later than originally...

Bump. ...

A little later than originally predicted (could be announced as early as this month [June 2019]), but all of my other predictions regarding the SL-2 still stand.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-05-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 873
Posted By BillBlackwell
The Leica M was originally best suited for a 50mm...

The Leica M was originally best suited for a 50mm lens - and regardless of which you currently choose, it really still is. Personally, I use an accessory finder for anything wider than 35. They're...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-05-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,040
Posted By BillBlackwell
The answer is in which camera you reach for first...

The answer is in which camera you reach for first when you go out to shoot.

It seems to me like you'd miss the M4 if you gave it up. Plus the M7 will fetch the most in the used market today. And...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-26-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 1,768
Posted By BillBlackwell
By now, I'm hoping someone has done some actual...

By now, I'm hoping someone has done some actual side-by-side tests between these two 40mm lenses.

It's more a curiosity than anything else. Regardless of what "should be" - based on individual...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-24-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 2,006
Posted By BillBlackwell
As far as I'm concerned - none, whatsoever.

As far as I'm concerned - none, whatsoever.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-03-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 2,444
Posted By BillBlackwell
I went from film to digital in 2007/2008 on the...

I went from film to digital in 2007/2008 on the original v. 1 Summicron. Had it 6-bit coded - it always performed well.

It is my understanding that Leica is producing lenses more attuned to...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 03-08-2019
Replies: 147
Views: 8,113
Posted By BillBlackwell
I absolutely hated the M8/8.2 and had a love-hate...

I absolutely hated the M8/8.2 and had a love-hate relationship with the M9 causing me to leave Leica in favor of Canon for a few years. Long-story short, I purchased my M-P 240 brand new in around...
Forum: RFF News 03-03-2019
Replies: 146
Views: 6,392
Posted By BillBlackwell
http://time.com/4649188/film-photography-industry-...

http://time.com/4649188/film-photography-industry-comeback/
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/the-rise-of-film-photography-1.4757070
https://sleeklens.com/film-making-comeback/
Forum: RFF News 03-03-2019
Replies: 146
Views: 6,392
Posted By BillBlackwell
It's basic economics. Film usage is actually...

It's basic economics.

Film usage is actually on the rise. Film is in limited production with limited supply. So what happens when demand outpaces supply? Prices go up! The same thing is...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-27-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 461
Posted By BillBlackwell
John Milich's company is still in business -...

John Milich's company is still in business - including the 6-bit coding operation. But you must go through DAG. The current owner will not take orders otherwise. Cost is around $75 (originally...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-27-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 614
Posted By BillBlackwell
The center is off slightly, but the lens will...

The center is off slightly, but the lens will still work properly; this particular lens does not couple to the RF. Regardless, zone focusing works just fine on a lens this wise (even wide-open).
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-19-2019
Replies: 107
Views: 3,378
Posted By BillBlackwell
I've held them side-by side - it's the thumb...

I've held them side-by side - it's the thumb bump.

https://www.apotelyt.com/compare-camera/leica-m9-vs-leica-m-typ-240
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-16-2019
Replies: 107
Views: 3,378
Posted By BillBlackwell
That 0.5 mm is the small thumb bump on the back...

That 0.5 mm is the small thumb bump on the back of the camera which has a dial in it.

Otherwise the dimensions of an M240 are identcal to that of an M9.

However, the M240 is about 90 grams heavier...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-10-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 7,120
Posted By BillBlackwell
You are certainly entitled to your opinion, but...

You are certainly entitled to your opinion, but actually a new MP is $4,795 in the US (closer to $5k).


Really? Based on what?
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-10-2019
Replies: 107
Views: 3,378
Posted By BillBlackwell
It really depends on your perception of what...

It really depends on your perception of what makes a Leica "special".

If I were entering the Leica world today, I'd be shopping for a clean M9 with a factory replaced sensor. The color renderings I...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-10-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 7,120
Posted By BillBlackwell
Yes, of course. If your ultimate goal is to keep...

Yes, of course. If your ultimate goal is to keep Leica in business, then knock yourself out.
Forum: Nikon RF 01-10-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 7,120
Posted By BillBlackwell
They would only hasten their demise (especially...

They would only hasten their demise (especially Nikon)! :bang:


Leica gets away with it (in limited numbers) because they're a privately held company.

IMHO it's foolish to pay $4k+ for an MP or...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-05-2019
Replies: 72
Views: 4,826
Posted By BillBlackwell
50 megapixel FF Leica M-mount camera, with Leica...

50 megapixel FF Leica M-mount camera, with Leica SL style EVF and RF-style focusing, at a cost of <$4,000!
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-30-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 712
Posted By BillBlackwell
While they are "bullet-proof" the leather on...

While they are "bullet-proof" the leather on these old Leitz cases is very hard and non-pliable. They will actually scratch and dent the back door of your M camera. I would choose nearly any half...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-21-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 807
Posted By BillBlackwell
If your M6 VF is a .85 the upgrade will make a...

If your M6 VF is a .85 the upgrade will make a notable difference. The .72 and .58 are inherently more flair resistant. But regardless, the upgrade will make a difference. And fog in the VF will...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-20-2018
Replies: 128
Views: 11,315
Posted By BillBlackwell
I've compared my Collapsible Summicron (has...

I've compared my Collapsible Summicron (has slight haze under the front element and cleaning marks front and back - seen under bright light) directly with my Asph Summilux. The Summicron produces...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-20-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,768
Posted By BillBlackwell
Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.2 vs f/1.4 MC

has anyone done any "road tests" comparing these two lenses?

Seems to me like an obvious curiosity, but Google reveals nothing.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 10-22-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 2,042
Posted By BillBlackwell
Nice work, but after reading your review (as with...

Nice work, but after reading your review (as with all prior M10 reviews I've seen), I have no motivation to part with my M-P 240.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-04-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 2,087
Posted By BillBlackwell
10+ year old 10mp cropped sensor that needs...

10+ year old 10mp cropped sensor that needs IR-Cut filters? You're even restricted as to the size and type of SD cards you can use. No thanks!

I watched both videos presented herein above...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-29-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 1,826
Posted By BillBlackwell
Did you clone out the serial number?

Did you clone out the serial number?
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-27-2018
Replies: 67
Views: 2,402
Posted By BillBlackwell
I'd look for something substantially better than...

I'd look for something substantially better than what I have in order to justify the cost of the upgrade.

Not long ago, a friend of mine made me a 30 x 40" print (far beyond my capacity) from a raw...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-27-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 745
Posted By BillBlackwell
I never had the lens repaired, but sold it...

I never had the lens repaired, but sold it "as-is" (this was many years ago). But I have spoken with DAG enough about these things to believe the repair in your case may be far less than you're...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-27-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 745
Posted By BillBlackwell
I believe it can be fixed fairly painlessly. I...

I believe it can be fixed fairly painlessly. I owned one of these lenses (made in Canada) years ago and got rid of it when the adhesive, not screws, Leica used to put the lens together started...
Forum: Panasonic S1 S1 R L Mount cameras 09-26-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 3,038
Posted By BillBlackwell
This sums it all up. At the end of the day,...

This sums it all up. At the end of the day, Leica wins by staying in business. The strategy is nothing new.

And now it appears Leica's digital M cameras are up for grabs to licensees as well.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-26-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 484
Posted By BillBlackwell
Not if it's a discontinued product. The SL-2...

Not if it's a discontinued product. The SL-2 (assuming that becomes a reality) will have the Leica nameplate and be different enough (minimally though firmware) to justify the price difference to...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-26-2018
Replies: 85
Views: 4,814
Posted By BillBlackwell
This (along with the Panasonic/Sigma alliance) is...

This (along with the Panasonic/Sigma alliance) is pretty bold of Leica if you ask me.

Chinese companies are pirating Leica’s 6-bit coded M lens mount; isn’t it reasonable to assume their cameras...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-25-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 1,826
Posted By BillBlackwell
On the back door there is a dial with a red and...

On the back door there is a dial with a red and black dot in the middle with three pie-shaped triangles on it.

Well, the inner dial rotates -
The first two triangles are for color film - daylight...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-25-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 773
Posted By BillBlackwell
I don't think you need to worry about Leica...

I don't think you need to worry about Leica staying ahead of the curve!
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-25-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,027
Posted By BillBlackwell
... other than those ridiculous IR-Cut filters...

... other than those ridiculous IR-Cut filters and that 10+ year old 10MP sensor.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-25-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 1,826
Posted By BillBlackwell
Congrats on your purchase! Others may disagree,...

Congrats on your purchase!

Others may disagree, but IMHO the M4 is arguably the best M camera Leica ever produced. There are allot of reasons for this I won't get into here.

Be that as it may, I'd...
Forum: Leica SL 09-25-2018
Replies: 196
Views: 7,188
Posted By BillBlackwell
A re-branded "PanaLeica" with some firmware...

A re-branded "PanaLeica" with some firmware alterations for the Leica SL-2 is what I'd be expecting, but you could be right. It might be a "real" Leica built in Germany with its own unique shell as...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-24-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 451
Posted By BillBlackwell
I've found the wider you get the more a slight...

I've found the wider you get the more a slight change will make a difference. There seems to be a world of difference, for example, between 18 and 21 - or 15 and 18. But 21 and 24, not so much.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-24-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,423
Posted By BillBlackwell
BTW - I've owned many of the Leica and Zeiss...

BTW - I've owned many of the Leica and Zeiss offerings both long and wide and I can highly recommend the Zeiss 25mm Biogon f/2.8 ZM. It's every bit as good as the, now discontinued, Leica 24mm Asph...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-24-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,423
Posted By BillBlackwell
I you like the 35 FL and want a bit more around...

I you like the 35 FL and want a bit more around the edge, I would skip over the 28 and go with the 24/25 FL. You can always crop a little if you want less.

Although you can look around the edges...
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-24-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 3,289
Posted By BillBlackwell
It's like this - Soft lenses are "Classic" (or...

It's like this -

Soft lenses are "Classic" (or have that "Leica glow");
Lenses sharp to the edge wide-open are "Modern";
Lenses with pleasant bukeh are "Special";
High-contrast lenses are "Bold" or...
Forum: Panasonic S1 S1 R L Mount cameras 09-23-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 3,038
Posted By BillBlackwell
Very little of what Leica does makes sense to me....

Very little of what Leica does makes sense to me. But the SL apparently won't work only as a boutique camera. So if the line is going to be viable, it has to be expanded to the 'regular' consumer. ...
Forum: Leica SL 09-23-2018
Replies: 196
Views: 7,188
Posted By BillBlackwell
A Prediction - The Leica SL-2 is Coming Soon

Re-posted from PN -

Not that I have a particularly great track record predicting Leica's 'top secret' new products, but I have one anyway.

Within the next 4-months (by the end of January 2019)...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-17-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,721
Posted By BillBlackwell
+1 There's no chance I'd keep any M8 today (10mp...

+1
There's no chance I'd keep any M8 today (10mp cropped sensor and IR-Cut filters). And IMHO the M10 far out classes the M9 with better dynamic range and image capacity.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-17-2018
Replies: 54
Views: 4,167
Posted By BillBlackwell
Is it really so far beyond the imagination that...

Is it really so far beyond the imagination that some tech could have replaced the original .85 masking with one which includes the 28mm framelines?

Why would you automatically assume the OP must be...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-01-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,315
Posted By BillBlackwell
Yes, but it's not a simple procedure. DAG is the...

Yes, but it's not a simple procedure. DAG is the only one I know of who will do it.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-28-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,315
Posted By BillBlackwell
Actually, it's a flat metal insert in place of...

Actually, it's a flat metal insert in place of the RF window. It simply slides out. No drilling or cutting required. ...

There are some M1's out there with rangefinders installed. I've seen a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-28-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,315
Posted By BillBlackwell
You'd have to ask him. As I indicated prior,...

You'd have to ask him. As I indicated prior, I've done several of these and DAG did the work on every one of them. So he knows how much time is involved. I'd guess it to be another two hours, or...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-28-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,315
Posted By BillBlackwell
Well, it's difficult enough to do that most techs...

Well, it's difficult enough to do that most techs wont agree to do it. It involves tapping a new hole into the chassis and the installation of the new 'post' mechanism. This time around, Don...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-28-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,315
Posted By BillBlackwell
Well - almost. It's - * a classic M6 chassis; *...

Well - almost.

It's -
* a classic M6 chassis;
* M1 topcover modified with the internal frame counter window (as you've surmised);
* M6 rangefinder (all 6 framelines).

All of the parts on top...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-28-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,315
Posted By BillBlackwell
An M1 top cover has the M2 external frame...

An M1 top cover has the M2 external frame counter. ...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-28-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,315
Posted By BillBlackwell
Here's another pic. ...

Here's another pic. ...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-28-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,315
Posted By BillBlackwell
Fuchs is close. ... I'm enjoying the...

Fuchs is close. ...

I'm enjoying the head-scratching going on here. ...

Here are some hints -
* Your clue it's not an MP is in the hot shoe;
* It can't be an M7 either (shutter speed dial and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-27-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,315
Posted By BillBlackwell
My Latest FrankenLeica Creation ...

Work performed by DAG.
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 09-08-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2,002
Posted By BillBlackwell
Unless it's a warranty issue, no one touches my...

Unless it's a warranty issue, no one touches my lenses or film bodies but DAG.

I have used Gus Lazzari as well (in some ways he's just as good), but Don does things for me others won't even...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-04-2017
Replies: 141
Views: 8,340
Posted By BillBlackwell
Congrats, Bob. Looks like the ultimate street...

Congrats, Bob. Looks like the ultimate street camera (made for 'stealth').
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-04-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 1,534
Posted By BillBlackwell
Ah, yes. Always the ultimate gouge with these...

Ah, yes. Always the ultimate gouge with these guys!

I'd wager they paid some schmuck $10,000 for the set - or less.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 09-02-2017
Replies: 57
Views: 4,993
Posted By BillBlackwell
I understand this mentality, but I don't live by...

I understand this mentality, but I don't live by it. If I somehow ended up with two lenses of the same (or similar) focal length I would generally see no reason to keep both - especially if one...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 09-02-2017
Replies: 57
Views: 4,993
Posted By BillBlackwell
What does the 7Artisans do that the CV doesn't? ...

What does the 7Artisans do that the CV doesn't? Or maybe a better question is - What does it do better?
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 09-02-2017
Replies: 57
Views: 4,993
Posted By BillBlackwell
Yes, these are much better for sure, but I still...

Yes, these are much better for sure, but I still don't like the OOF areas in some of the shots. What did you do in post-processing? (Raid's shots look less processed).

The other downer on this lens...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-02-2017
Replies: 141
Views: 8,340
Posted By BillBlackwell
To the OP: Please post a pic of your finished...

To the OP:

Please post a pic of your finished camera - I'd like to see it.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-02-2017
Replies: 141
Views: 8,340
Posted By BillBlackwell
With a few exceptions, whenever I've needed...

With a few exceptions, whenever I've needed service through Leica, I've gone through my Leica dealer, Tony Rose at Popflash Photo.

Other than just wait time I've had no issues, whatsoever, with...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 09-02-2017
Replies: 57
Views: 4,993
Posted By BillBlackwell
I must say, after reading this thread any...

I must say, after reading this thread any aspiration I had to attain this lens was shattered. The OOF areas are, to be kind, funky (I thought the 50mm CV f/1.1 was bad) and it's quite soft until...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 09-02-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 2,326
Posted By BillBlackwell
Now that I think about it, there was one occasion...

Now that I think about it, there was one occasion that my 90mm Elmarit-M was picked up as a Summarit on my MP-240. After dismounting and blowing off the 6-bit code, it read correctly once remounted...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 09-02-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 2,326
Posted By BillBlackwell
I always have my flanges milled (I used to have a...

I always have my flanges milled (I used to have a direct source for that, but now go through DAG). Fill with water-based model paint (acrylic black and white). Again, as long as the coding is...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-28-2017
Replies: 53
Views: 3,073
Posted By BillBlackwell
"Why doesn't E. Leitz reissue GREAT...

"Why doesn't E. Leitz reissue GREAT lenses?"

Mainly because E. Leitz hasn't been in business in over 40 years!
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-27-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 2,326
Posted By BillBlackwell
This has not been my experience at all! If the...

This has not been my experience at all! If the lens is coded properly (make sure any after-market lens is coded with the proper framelines of the lens you want on the exif data) an M/MP-240 will...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-26-2017
Replies: 210
Views: 28,592
Posted By BillBlackwell
I've had no problems buying either new or used...

I've had no problems buying either new or used Leica bodies (excepting digital, which I've always purchased new) and lenses.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-26-2017
Replies: 72
Views: 15,870
Posted By BillBlackwell
I've owned all of these ZM lenses - and their...

I've owned all of these ZM lenses - and their Leica counterparts - at one time or another, including the latest CV 15. The Zeiss Ms are all wonderful lenses and well worth a look.

The 18mm Leica...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 02-16-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 3,182
Posted By BillBlackwell
I was a life-long M user right up until the M9...

I was a life-long M user right up until the M9 came out. After putting up with the IR-Cut filter fiasco (with the 1.33 crop factor) I was pretty rashed by the time the M9 came out.

So I dropped...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-01-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 4,830
Posted By BillBlackwell
+1 At one time the M6 had the designation as the...

+1

At one time the M6 had the designation as the 'ultimate M'. Find a nice M6 and have it CLA'd along with the finder upgrade and you'll be blessed with an MP 'dressed in rags' and > $3,000 left in...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-14-2012
Replies: 7,540
Views: 3,866,868
Posted By BillBlackwell
Leica M2, KS15-4

Leica M2, KS15-4
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-05-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 2,162
Posted By BillBlackwell
I have heard the Japan 'engraving' was actually...

I have heard the Japan 'engraving' was actually silk-screening.

Which is it?
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-13-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 5,277
Posted By BillBlackwell
Look here (for future...

Look here (for future reference):

http://whimster-photography.com/leica_m_lens_codes/index.html
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-13-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 5,277
Posted By BillBlackwell
I would use the six-bit code for a 35mm Summarit,...

I would use the six-bit code for a 35mm Summarit, which will get you to the nearest wide-open aperture.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-06-2011
Replies: 52
Views: 4,430
Posted By BillBlackwell
This is not a new development. But there appears...

This is not a new development. But there appears to be a marked increase in unscrupulous sellers over the last few years. This is no doubt a result of the world-wide economic mess we've been in the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-01-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 9,569
Posted By BillBlackwell
The dealer you purchased the lens from ordered it...

The dealer you purchased the lens from ordered it that way (a dealer option). Unless Zeiss changed the specs (a possibility), the standard lens flange on the 25 ZM brings up 28mm framelines. I have...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-30-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 9,569
Posted By BillBlackwell
I have owned and used both - just not at the same...

I have owned and used both - just not at the same time. The [Zeiss] 25 is said to be sharper (and I know first-hand it is comparable to the Leica 24mm Asph. Elmarit-M) compared to the [Zeiss] 28,...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-28-2011
Replies: 78
Views: 16,039
Posted By BillBlackwell
Please don’t tempt me! As many of you already...

Please don’t tempt me!

As many of you already know, I am a long-time Leica freak (especially about the M system), but Ben couldn’t be more right-on. As film slowly fades into the distant past, I am...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-23-2011
Replies: 29
Views: 6,295
Posted By BillBlackwell
"Leica's goal is to create a new market in the...

"Leica's goal is to create a new market in the Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable Lens segment. ..."

... simply more items in the Leica stable to be on back-order.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-30-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 3,728
Posted By BillBlackwell
You are not going to get a straight answer to...

You are not going to get a straight answer to your question - because not even Leica knows ... Cameras serial numbered well after 3 million (~2004) were still not sealed at the factory.

The...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-26-2011
Replies: 66
Views: 12,647
Posted By BillBlackwell
I don't get it ... I find it absolutely...

I don't get it ... I find it absolutely incredible! How does a speck of sensor dust get to be shaped like a jet? :rolleyes:
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-07-2011
Replies: 42
Views: 8,609
Posted By BillBlackwell
Sounds like a good problem to have. Mine is grey...

Sounds like a good problem to have.

Mine is grey - I chose it simply because there are fewer of them.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-07-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 1,265
Posted By BillBlackwell
No. The disk is glued at the factory into the...

No. The disk is glued at the factory into the center of a larger dial that turns in 'clicks' with a push of your thumb and/or forefinger. Sometimes they pop out and get lost, which necessitates...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-07-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 1,265
Posted By BillBlackwell
Yes, glue. And believe it or not, a dab of...

Yes, glue. And believe it or not, a dab of Elmer’s works very well in this case.

IMHO, don't waste your money on a paper one.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-28-2011
Replies: 24
Views: 4,753
Posted By BillBlackwell
First off, 'Leitz' no longer exists - so I would...

First off, 'Leitz' no longer exists - so I would not recommend sending anything there.

Be that as it may, sensor dust goes with the territory. The M8/9 sensor picks up dust simply by firing the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-21-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 7,109
Posted By BillBlackwell
I had one for ~10 years and used it only once...

I had one for ~10 years and used it only once during that time. I sold it a few years ago for what I paid for it; they are very hard to sell, so before buying be sure you really want it.

One thing...
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