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Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 143
Views: 13,814
Posted By Smaug
Point & shoot cameras were not generally made to...

Point & shoot cameras were not generally made to last decades. When they went plastic, electronic and motorized is when they started to decline, in my opinion.

For my part, I have a Nikon "One...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 77
Views: 2,279
Posted By Smaug
Wrong forum. (this one's for film cameras only)...

Wrong forum. (this one's for film cameras only)

Not that I mind much, but I bet you'd get more response in the right forum. ;)
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 460
Posted By Smaug
With the state of Hong Kong and China right now,...

With the state of Hong Kong and China right now, I think I'd look for a Japanese museum instead.

The Japs have a great respect for photography and history.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-23-2020
Replies: 28
Views: 1,136
Posted By Smaug
I'm surprised again and again by what a great...

I'm surprised again and again by what a great value early autofocus SLRs are these days.

Yesterday, I picked up a Nikon N80 for $10 because the rubber had gotten overly tacky.

Several weeks ago, I...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-23-2020
Replies: 87
Views: 5,218
Posted By Smaug
Nice shots dourbalistar. I especially like the...

Nice shots dourbalistar. I especially like the cliff face and the shot of your daughter (?) with just the right amount of background blur. We can tell something about the surroundings, but it's...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-22-2020
Replies: 2
Views: 226
Posted By Smaug
Yes, so it's not critical, but it is sub-optimal.

Yes, so it's not critical, but it is sub-optimal.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-21-2020
Replies: 2
Views: 226
Posted By Smaug
Non-latching rewind button on FE2

I got an FE2 from Roberts a couple weeks ago. It's in good shape overall and it even has recent seals and mirror damper.

But the film rewind button on the bottom doesn't latch: as soon as I start...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-21-2020
Replies: 6
Views: 474
Posted By Smaug
Before you do anything else, hit up your local...

Before you do anything else, hit up your local thrift shops. I find a LOT of nice little cases there. Cases for 1980s and 90s point & shoots are often perfect for a Rollei 35.

I have one of the...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 01-21-2020
Replies: 22
Views: 1,110
Posted By Smaug
Rollei 35...

Rollei 35 (Tessar)

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48621811452_4bec7c26e7_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2h5xuA1)P8231341 (https://flic.kr/p/2h5xuA1) by Jeremy...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-16-2020
Replies: 27
Views: 1,207
Posted By Smaug
The FE2 has AE Lock by pressing the self timer...

The FE2 has AE Lock by pressing the self timer lever toward the lens. Doesn't the FA have it too?

By the way, someone I know is selling an F100 for $250. Search on Facebook Marketplace to find it....
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-16-2020
Replies: 44
Views: 1,394
Posted By Smaug
I like the 70s fixed lens rangefinders, but hate...

I like the 70s fixed lens rangefinders, but hate the 45 mm focal length they often came with. 40 is better, but still too tele.

Finally, I found the Yashica Electro 35 CC, with its 35/1.8. If only...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-16-2020
Replies: 44
Views: 1,394
Posted By Smaug
I agree; it's my favorite prime. (followed...

I agree; it's my favorite prime. (followed closely by 85)

On the other hand, compared to a zoom, we can often miss the moment by having to "zoom with our feet" or change lenses. If I had to choose...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-16-2020
Replies: 62
Views: 2,032
Posted By Smaug
Thinking about my last cruise, I don't think I'd...

Thinking about my last cruise, I don't think I'd use anything longer than 35 mm. I think I'd bring my trusty Olympus mju and my LG G6 phone for when the mju isn't wide or waterproof enough. (which is...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-16-2020
Replies: 62
Views: 2,032
Posted By Smaug
Gorillapod. Re. "using it effectively" it...

Gorillapod.

Re. "using it effectively" it doesn't have to be sitting on its own. I found I could brace it against columns and railings and trees and just hold it in position with my hand; it doesn't...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-13-2020
Replies: 36
Views: 1,783
Posted By Smaug
I looked into it about 23 years ago. I decided...

I looked into it about 23 years ago. I decided the main thing I wanted to try were the Carl Zeiss optics.

I got a Yashica FX3 Super 2000 body and a 50/1.4 Zeiss Planar to go on it. The lens was...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-09-2020
Replies: 21
Views: 4,355
Posted By Smaug
*bump* Is Harry still in business?

*bump*

Is Harry still in business?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-08-2020
Replies: 27
Views: 1,207
Posted By Smaug
Thanks for following up! By the way, I just...

Thanks for following up!

By the way, I just picked up a Nikon N90s (F90x to you, I think) on ebay. They're going cheap now, something like $30 for a nice one. The F90x was the successor to the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-08-2020
Replies: 87
Views: 5,218
Posted By Smaug
I'm enjoying your photos,...

I'm enjoying your photos, dourbalistar.

*************************************************

I was about to sell my 50/1.4 AI and just keep my pancake 50/1.8 AI-S, but then I tried the 50/1.4 AI and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-03-2020
Replies: 82
Views: 2,234
Posted By Smaug
Probably a mirrorless Lumix with a stabilized...

Probably a mirrorless Lumix with a stabilized lens. (the camera body has a stabilizer, too)

I use an Olympus E-M10 III with the 17/1.8. (35 mm eq. field of view) The in-body stabilization is worth 3...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-03-2020
Replies: 143
Views: 13,814
Posted By Smaug
You make a lot of good points, but that bolded...

You make a lot of good points, but that bolded one... I would say that NO phone is considered conspicuous any more. When a fellow is holding the phone at belly level and looking at it, no one bats an...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-03-2020
Replies: 38
Views: 1,555
Posted By Smaug
Reading through this thread again, this post...

Reading through this thread again, this post struck a chord. I went on a photo walk in Hyde Park, Chicago this past weekend with a bag full of slow glass:


Sigma 28-80 f/3.5-5.6
Sigma 100-300...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-03-2020
Replies: 38
Views: 1,555
Posted By Smaug
It was the "pre-G" versions of the 24-120 that...

It was the "pre-G" versions of the 24-120 that people hated.

The G version (a $1,000 lens) is actually quite good. It wound up being my favorite lens for my D610, when I was doing full frame...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 01-02-2020
Replies: 11
Views: 3,437
Posted By Smaug
*bump* after 8 years dormant. But the info is...

*bump* after 8 years dormant. But the info is still valid.

No one above said what kind of batteries they installed that were going dead after a couple years. If alkaline, (2xLR44) I wouldn't be a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-02-2020
Replies: 183
Views: 6,907
Posted By Smaug
I don't know which I prefer: a short sweet throw...

I don't know which I prefer: a short sweet throw or a long sweet throw.

I get used to the light, constant load of a long throw, then when I switch to a camera with a shorter throw, it feels like...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-27-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,555
Posted By Smaug
Here's my assessment of it (28-105) so far: +...

Here's my assessment of it (28-105) so far:

+ Sharp
+ Well-corrected
+ A good compromise between speed, size, weight and price
+ As always, it is a good range of focal lengths, without getting so...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-27-2019
Replies: 183
Views: 6,907
Posted By Smaug
Yes, it's mostly a question of weight and...

Yes, it's mostly a question of weight and noise.

I usually prefer the tactile experience of advancing and rewinding the film by hand. Somehow, it's very satisfying. :o
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-27-2019
Replies: 1,751
Views: 327,704
Posted By Smaug
Here's a few of and around the Southport Beach...

Here's a few of and around the Southport Beach House in Kenosha, WI. Nikon FG, Tokina AT-X 28-85 f/3.5-4.5, Kodak XX at ASA 250.

The lens is sharp, not too slow and does a good job of distortion...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-27-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,555
Posted By Smaug
Just to close the loop, I wound up with the...

Just to close the loop, I wound up with the Nikkor 28-105 f/3.5-4.5; love it!

It's enough faster than an f/4-5.6 to be noticeable, esp. in AF performance in low light.

I also picked up an old...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-27-2019
Replies: 183
Views: 6,907
Posted By Smaug
2.8 was considered fast for a 50? For a wide...

2.8 was considered fast for a 50? For a wide angle or short telephoto, yes, but for a normal prime?

Granted, I wasn't alive, (doesn't mean I'm wrong) which is why I'm being so inquisitive, but...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-27-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 768
Posted By Smaug
I just wanted to post to wrap this up, in case...

I just wanted to post to wrap this up, in case anyone is curious how it turned out.

I'm all set. The seller was aloof at first, I could tell he thought I was trying to scam him. He asked me to send...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-27-2019
Replies: 183
Views: 6,907
Posted By Smaug
Thanks for the historical perspective. f/2.8 is...

Thanks for the historical perspective.

f/2.8 is the pro standard for zooms and long telephotos. For "normal" focal length, it is considered quite slow. I believe 50/1.4 and 50/1.8 were common even...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-26-2019
Replies: 183
Views: 6,907
Posted By Smaug
Just bought a used FE2 from usedphotopro. I found...

Just bought a used FE2 from usedphotopro. I found myself wanting an F3 after reading this thread, but after some soul-searching, the FE2 is a better fit for my needs.

I'll miss the bigger finder,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-26-2019
Replies: 183
Views: 6,907
Posted By Smaug
I like aperture priority more and more; just set...

I like aperture priority more and more; just set the aperture and make sure the shutter speed is what you expect, instead of having to coordinate them.


Well, just because an old Leica has HORRIBLE...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-26-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 532
Posted By Smaug
I was looking at that lens too, as the Canon...

I was looking at that lens too, as the Canon original is quite expensive, even used.

If you read through the user reviews on B&H and Amazon, you'll find just what you would expect to find. They look...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-20-2019
Replies: 183
Views: 6,907
Posted By Smaug
I made an offer on an F4. There's one on ebay...

I made an offer on an F4. There's one on ebay now, with the smaller MB-20 battery pack. He's asking $220 WITH the 50/1.8 AF-D lens. I offered him $200, he counter-offered $215. I came to my senses...
Forum: Yashica RF 12-19-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 1,896
Posted By Smaug
I wonder if there's some old dried-up lube in...

I wonder if there's some old dried-up lube in there that needs to be cleaned out?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-18-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,214
Posted By Smaug
Too many options. My head is about to...

Too many options. My head is about to explode.

This is my immediate plan:

Keep Olympus. Besides having great sentimental value, these are all low value pieces on the used market. I'll just stop...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-18-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 768
Posted By Smaug
Thanks guys. I found one at my local shop for a...

Thanks guys. I found one at my local shop for a lower price that was in perfect condition. Nice smooth zooming, just like I'd expect from Nikon. I bought that and have requested a return from the...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 12-17-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 2,319
Posted By Smaug
I think it might be your settings in Flickr. When...

I think it might be your settings in Flickr. When I click on the pix here, it takes me to a Flickr page that says the pix are private.

I have mine set so that when someone clicks on them, they're...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 12-17-2019
Replies: 576
Views: 145,445
Posted By Smaug
That is a beautiful shot!

That is a beautiful shot!
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 12-17-2019
Replies: 52
Views: 5,076
Posted By Smaug
I had the Canon "Sure Shot" AF35M2. Mine had some...

I had the Canon "Sure Shot" AF35M2. Mine had some lens haze and was not exposing properly. The shutter whined a bit, like an AE1, so I suppose it was sticky inside or the lube had dried up.

It had...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 12-17-2019
Replies: 52
Views: 5,076
Posted By Smaug
He said above (though not in his first post) that...

He said above (though not in his first post) that he wants AF. Not the same as scale focus or RF.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-14-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 392
Posted By Smaug
Bulk loading woes, please help

I started bulk loading again recently. Bought a Watson loader from ebay.

I'm noticing the back of the film is scratched the whole length of it.

I AM remembering to open and close the gate...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-13-2019
Replies: 183
Views: 6,907
Posted By Smaug
We're getting a little side-tracked with...

We're getting a little side-tracked with Nikkormats and non-F bodies. (FM, FE, etc)

We can start another thread on non-F bodies, if you want.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-13-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,555
Posted By Smaug
I guess it's one of three; using the term 'local'...

I guess it's one of three; using the term 'local' loosely:


Central Camera (Chicago Loop) is a 1 hour train ride + 20 minute walk
Helix camera (Itasca, IL) is a 45 minute drive, but not much film...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-13-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,214
Posted By Smaug
No, chrome, but has the finger grip. I actually...

No, chrome, but has the finger grip.

I actually have two of them, (one for my daughter) $30 ea. (one from Goodwill, one from ebay)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-13-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,214
Posted By Smaug
Which SLR system to get out of?

I have 3 systems going now.

Olympus OM - I have my grandpa's camera and lenses. I'm going to keep this one.
OM1N body
Zuiko 28/3.5
Zuiko 50/1.8
Zuiko 135/3.5
Tokina 75-150/3.8
Olympus T20 flash
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-13-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,555
Posted By Smaug
Thanks for the detailed reply, ozmoose. I have a...

Thanks for the detailed reply, ozmoose.

I have a bunch of primes, and I like them, everything you said is true.

I guess a big part of the reason I want this zoom is that a big part of what I shoot...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-13-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 768
Posted By Smaug
Question for owners of Nikkor 28-105 D

I just got a used one on ebay. Good optical condition. Zooming it is pretty high effort though. It's tough enough that I have to turn my left hand upside down to zoom it back to 28. It's one of those...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-13-2019
Replies: 183
Views: 6,907
Posted By Smaug
Why not the FE2? You've never tried one or just...

Why not the FE2? You've never tried one or just prefer the FE for some reason?


1971, but by then, everyone had Nikon for 12 years, so it was hard to make the case to switch to Canon.


FM2n is a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-12-2019
Replies: 183
Views: 6,907
Posted By Smaug
I think they were primarily designed to be less...

I think they were primarily designed to be less expensive. Sometimes, these cost-cutting measures cut features that pros wanted. Like a cap on the wind lever and shutter speeds on top instead of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-12-2019
Replies: 183
Views: 6,907
Posted By Smaug
Remember that the K1000 was inexpensive, back in...

Remember that the K1000 was inexpensive, back in the day. My first good camera was a K1000 SE, the plastic-topped one. I think I paid $230 with the 50/2. By comparison, an FM2n was $500 or more....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-10-2019
Replies: 183
Views: 6,907
Posted By Smaug
What's your favorite film Nikon F Series ?

They're popular cameras now. Back in the day, they were popular with pros. Now, they're not used much by pros, but by amateurs.

I've tried an original F. Too clunky, esp. the film loading

F2 was...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 12-10-2019
Replies: 143
Views: 13,814
Posted By Smaug
Me too; this is the Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras...

Me too; this is the Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras forum.

As long as the tangent has started though, let me relate this little tale:

I had an SD600 Elph, and it was great. Small sensor, but a decent...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 12-10-2019
Replies: 143
Views: 13,814
Posted By Smaug
A couple points in the Yashica. I hesitate to...

A couple points in the Yashica. I hesitate to mention this, as they're already so expensive.

The T4 was not water resistant, only the T4 Super/T5
These are all old enough that water resistance...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-06-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,555
Posted By Smaug
Guys, thanks a lot for all your opinions and...

Guys, thanks a lot for all your opinions and recommendations. I happened across a 28-105/3.5-4.5 D from ebay for $99 + $12 shipping and dropped the hammer on it just now.

I will end up with a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-06-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,390
Posted By Smaug
I'm kind of going the other way: - Started with...

I'm kind of going the other way:

- Started with film in the 90s

- Went digital when it became affordable, but point & shoots

- Got a Pentax K100d dSLR; great (6 MP) camera, great kit lenses in...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 12-06-2019
Replies: 576
Views: 145,445
Posted By Smaug
Here are my two favorite shots from my last roll....

Here are my two favorite shots from my last roll. (click for full size)
Fomapan 400, Tessar.

For the second one, I stopped by a forest preserve on the way in to work one morning, and got down in the...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 12-03-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 4,091
Posted By Smaug
Sorry you are wrong! Mindless shooting yields few...

Sorry you are wrong!
Mindless shooting yields few good images, even if lucky.
One must/should have an idea of the photo you want.
Anticipating, searching and waiting ..
Manual exposure is not...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 12-03-2019
Replies: 433
Views: 73,001
Posted By Smaug
Nice shot.

Nice shot.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-03-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,555
Posted By Smaug
Thanks for sharing your experience with the...

Thanks for sharing your experience with the 35-70/2.8; I'm scratching that one off the list.

I already have a 35/2 AI, so I hesitate to spend again on that exact same focal length. Especially...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-02-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,555
Posted By Smaug
Thanks for that photo, Fraser. That lens is a...

Thanks for that photo, Fraser. That lens is a little bigger than I expected. It makes sense though, since it is an f/3.5-4.5 and not an f/4-5.6.

Not big enough to turn me away, mind you, but no...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-02-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,555
Posted By Smaug
Looking at 35-105s now. I see there is a D...

Looking at 35-105s now.

I see there is a D model, which is a one-touch. I don't really like one-touch zooms. They've got to be REALLY cheap...

Is it the same optically as the previous two-touch?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-02-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,555
Posted By Smaug
Agreed on Ken Rockwell. Thanks for the size...

Agreed on Ken Rockwell.

Thanks for the size comparison, as it's one of those things that's hard to tell from isolated photos online.

I'm thinking size is not going to be a big factor, as the N90s...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-02-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,555
Posted By Smaug
Thanks! One thing I noticed about the aftermarket...

Thanks! One thing I noticed about the aftermarket lenses is that they're either f/2.8 or f/4-5.6. Nikkors are f/2.8 or f/3.5-4.5. I figure they stuck with max. f/4.5 so that the AF has enough light...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-02-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,555
Posted By Smaug
Seeking recommendations for an AF-D Nikkor "walk-around lens"

Here's the situation: I shoot probably 70% family photos, with the rest mixed between street, cityscapes and landscapes. I'll shoot this with film bodies only; I have an FG body, and a few nice...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-27-2019
Replies: 3,769
Views: 725,861
Posted By Smaug
Every time I see this thread, it does stir up...

Every time I see this thread, it does stir up Olympus GAS.

My conundrum: I have 4 SLR systems now; it's too much. I'd like to get it down to two, but I just don't have the guts to go through with...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-27-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 941
Posted By Smaug
Looks like he changed it, as there is no more...

Looks like he changed it, as there is no more reference to it being titanium. He's still asking $1200 though! :)

...by the way, I find their whole rating system kind of scammy.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-25-2019
Replies: 636
Views: 162,649
Posted By Smaug
Did you see my comment above on that? Thanks for...

Did you see my comment above on that?

Thanks for the info; interesting little cameras!
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 11-22-2019
Replies: 576
Views: 145,445
Posted By Smaug
A few from the past couple weeks, HP5+, Tessar

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49108395406_482e3e74b6_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hPxn3w)PB212535 (https://flic.kr/p/2hPxn3w) by Jeremy (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-22-2019
Replies: 636
Views: 162,649
Posted By Smaug
No clue. What are they? I'm not sure. The...

No clue. What are they?





I'm not sure. The external molds and silkscreening are different. Maybe they use the same internal assemblies (made in one factory) and were put into their housings in...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-21-2019
Replies: 636
Views: 162,649
Posted By Smaug
I managed to find an Olympus Stylus (mju) for a...

I managed to find an Olympus Stylus (mju) for a good price by a seller on Facebook Marketplace. People who sell there can't be bothered to test a camera, so I can often whittle them down because the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-21-2019
Replies: 1,751
Views: 327,704
Posted By Smaug
These first two were from my trial of Rollei...

These first two were from my trial of Rollei Superpan 200 in my Nikon FG w/Vivitar (Kiron) 75-205/3.8. I don't think I'll buy more. The negatives were thin and not contrasty enough. Really took some...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 11-21-2019
Replies: 576
Views: 145,445
Posted By Smaug
I've been shooting a lot lately with a Kiron zoom...

I've been shooting a lot lately with a Kiron zoom lens on my Nikon FG. Looking in my Flickr Photostream, I can spot right away the Rollei 35 shots, as they are a lot more contrasty. (due to only...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 11-21-2019
Replies: 576
Views: 145,445
Posted By Smaug
Nice shots Bll. I particularly like this one ^

Nice shots Bll. I particularly like this one ^
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-14-2019
Replies: 54
Views: 2,368
Posted By Smaug
Giving them the benefit of the doubt, it's likely...

Giving them the benefit of the doubt, it's likely the photos they took and shared in that video were just to test the gear. You are supposed to be looking at how the images look from a technical...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-14-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 743
Posted By Smaug
Full manual is a full discharge every time....

Full manual is a full discharge every time. Longest flash duration, most irritating to the eyes. That is MORE likely to get him beat up.

My advice is to skip the flash and use high speed film...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 11-14-2019
Replies: 576
Views: 145,445
Posted By Smaug
Interesting idea. ...but as much as I love my...

Interesting idea.

...but as much as I love my Rollei 35, how about a different second camera that compliments the Rollei?


Maybe a digital, for color and telephoto?
Maybe something with a 28 mm...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 11-14-2019
Replies: 433
Views: 73,001
Posted By Smaug
Interesting mechanics on what appears to be a...

Interesting mechanics on what appears to be a bridge. What is it? Or maybe it's a dam.

Please forgive me for saying so, but this one doesn't appear too sharp. Is it the flare, or ...?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-12-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,490
Posted By Smaug
What did you decide, Pan? Find one...

What did you decide, Pan? Find one yet?

Stateside, Sears had some house-branded cameras with K mount, but probably not in the UK.

Ricoh KR5 supers were a popular low-cost option, but if you can get...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-12-2019
Replies: 1,751
Views: 327,704
Posted By Smaug
Lynn, that's an awesome shot of that surfer. Good...

Lynn, that's an awesome shot of that surfer. Good lighting, good moment of wave-splashing action and great surfer position too!

Love that Nikon shirt on the girl, spatumba! I'm gonna have to see if...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-11-2019
Replies: 9,210
Views: 915,536
Posted By Smaug
I should add that I just sold (at the cost of...

I should add that I just sold (at the cost of shipping) a non-working Yashica Electro 35 GSN and an Olympus OM-G with a sticking 2nd shutter curtain. Couldn't bear to throw them away, so went to the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-11-2019
Replies: 9,210
Views: 915,536
Posted By Smaug
I've got an Olympus Stylus (µ) on the way from a...

I've got an Olympus Stylus (µ) on the way from a local Facebook Marketplace seller. It looks to be in good shape, but she couldn't confirm as she didn't have a battery. But I only paid half the going...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-11-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1,055
Posted By Smaug
If I was taking a medium format SLR and one lens,...

If I was taking a medium format SLR and one lens, it would be a wide angle equivalent to a 35 mm, in 35 mm format.

I couldn't tell whether you meant 'medium format' or 'manual focus' by your...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 11-07-2019
Replies: 433
Views: 73,001
Posted By Smaug
Love that sunbeam shot. (Post #399) I got my...

Love that sunbeam shot. (Post #399)

I got my Rollei 35 back from CLA a couple days ago. I went and shot some photos by the bay yesterday, but I have a long way to go to finish the roll. The 36 exp....
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-07-2019
Replies: 636
Views: 162,649
Posted By Smaug
Interesting to see how deeply in bed Minolta and...

Interesting to see how deeply in bed Minolta and Leica once were.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-06-2019
Replies: 87
Views: 5,218
Posted By Smaug
I got the 50/1.8 pancake (not Series E) with an...

I got the 50/1.8 pancake (not Series E) with an FG body I picked up last month. I'm shocked at how good it is. Sharp everywhere, nice bokeh. I seem to recall that the Series E has the same glass, but...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-06-2019
Replies: 636
Views: 162,649
Posted By Smaug
Here are a couple of my favorite P&S shots from...

Here are a couple of my favorite P&S shots from the previous couple months. I think I have posted them in camera-specific threads here, but not in this one yet:

Minolta Freedom II (35/3.5) -...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-01-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 637
Posted By Smaug
Lightbulb Labeling Tip

In various threads, I see folks talk about labeling cameras, film canisters, bulk loaders, etc. with masking tape, blue painter's tape or even paper labels.

The problem with these is that they...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-01-2019
Replies: 9,210
Views: 915,536
Posted By Smaug
What that REALLY means, (in the absence of a...

What that REALLY means, (in the absence of a receipt) is that they messed around with it and it seems to work OK.

"Shutter clicks? Check.
Dials turn? Check.
Back opens and latches properly? Check."...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-01-2019
Replies: 9,210
Views: 915,536
Posted By Smaug
Ordered supplies today: 5 rolls of Double-X;...

Ordered supplies today:


5 rolls of Double-X; always wanted to try this
A used bulk film loader
6 bulk film cassettes


On another note, I see people on ebay selling used NON-reloadable film...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-01-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 866
Posted By Smaug
My advice: Stick with the Canonet and use your...

My advice: Stick with the Canonet and use your Pentax SLRs for the other stuff. SLRs are just better for all practical uses not served by your Canonet. (ex. quiet shutter)

No messing around with...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-28-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 2,344
Posted By Smaug
Nice combo, Huss. You don't see Lite Touches in...

Nice combo, Huss. You don't see Lite Touches in the wild any more. I remember selling them in the 90s, even then, only the connoisseurs wanted them. They just weren't as elegant aesthetically and...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 10-28-2019
Replies: 576
Views: 145,445
Posted By Smaug
Quick Rollei 35 update: my B 35 is sold and gone....

Quick Rollei 35 update: my B 35 is sold and gone. I used the proceeds to get a CLA on my Rollei 35 (Singapore, Tessar). It's on the way back. I have missed it.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-25-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 9,768
Posted By Smaug
My experiences: - Bought a used FM in the early...

My experiences:

- Bought a used FM in the early 90s. Was great. I felt like I HAD to upgrade to the FM2n.
- Sold the FM and got an FM2n. It was about my best camera ever.
- Got out of Nikon for...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-25-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,278
Posted By Smaug
9 more pix from the One Touch L35AF3

They're cityscapes and street photos from Chicago. Here's a sample:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48955843717_70a1befd6f_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hA4uJZ)Along the Chicago River 1...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-23-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 8,285
Posted By Smaug
Great info, Keith. Where'd you come by it?

Great info, Keith. Where'd you come by it?
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 10-22-2019
Replies: 53
Views: 6,754
Posted By Smaug
A quick update: Trip Man got it back and could...

A quick update: Trip Man got it back and could not replicate the problem. He decided to just refund my money and be done with me, rather than send me another. Probably, he decided he's losing too...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-22-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 8,285
Posted By Smaug
Thanks for the info; I had forgotten that Kiron =...

Thanks for the info; I had forgotten that Kiron = Vivitar Series 1. Those always had a good reputation.

I think the "Vivitar" tele zoom I just got for my Nikon FG is probably a Kiron. It is not...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-18-2019
Replies: 66
Views: 3,192
Posted By Smaug
For every person who likes a "nifty fifty" there...

For every person who likes a "nifty fifty" there is one who doesn't.

I think people like them because they're fast and cheap, and also high quality. It's a "nifty" combination.

For a standard lens...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-17-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 8,285
Posted By Smaug
Wasn't Kiron one of many cheap aftermarket...

Wasn't Kiron one of many cheap aftermarket manufacturers of SLR lenses? Usually the zoom lenses that helped propagate the idea that zooms are never as good as primes? Or were they considered...
Forum: Other RF 10-17-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 953
Posted By Smaug
While I personally have no interest in that...

While I personally have no interest in that camera or old interchangeable lens rangefinders, I quite like your site!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-17-2019
Replies: 79
Views: 3,268
Posted By Smaug
Lightbulb I was just thinking about this, and wouldn't this...

I was just thinking about this, and wouldn't this be a fun item to give to a digital photographer who has never tried film? Or to give out at weddings? Then get them back, develop the film and post...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-17-2019
Replies: 79
Views: 3,268
Posted By Smaug
This may not be what the OP was thinking about,...

This may not be what the OP was thinking about, but it's a start! (Along with the Lomo and Diana)

https://kosmofoto.com/2019/10/harman-launches-reloadable-kentmere-camera/
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-16-2019
Replies: 79
Views: 3,268
Posted By Smaug
Here's the thing, Japanese businesses are...

Here's the thing, Japanese businesses are risk-averse. When they DO take risks, they generally don't take big ones.

Gearing up to produce film cameras again would be a big risk. (though I'm told...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-16-2019
Replies: 143
Views: 6,896
Posted By Smaug
With the Doxa, it's a Dirk Pitt reference, from...

With the Doxa, it's a Dirk Pitt reference, from the books of a famous author. (I'm blanking on his name right now) Though Dirk's was orange, I think...

Not sure who that Omega Seamaster pic is...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-15-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1,384
Posted By Smaug
Very nice. Thanks for the info. I'm currently a...

Very nice. Thanks for the info. I'm currently a free member, but may upgrade a some point.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-15-2019
Replies: 79
Views: 3,268
Posted By Smaug
One thing's for sure: being a camera technician...

One thing's for sure: being a camera technician would be a good business to go into.

Watchmaking is coming back too, to support mechanical watches coming back.
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 10-14-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 2,104
Posted By Smaug
Guys, I have to ask, but by the time you spend...

Guys, I have to ask, but by the time you spend money on the printer, ink, paper, and time to do it all, wouldn't it make more sense just to outsource the printing to someone who specializes in it?

I...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 10-14-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 897
Posted By Smaug
Any updates? How about any advice to someone...

Any updates?

How about any advice to someone thinking of getting into making his own B&W prints without a darkroom?

I want proper blacks and full tonal range. Is it realistic to expect to be able...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-14-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,659
Posted By Smaug
You don't think there's any truth to the sharp...

You don't think there's any truth to the sharp elbows comment? ;)

I watched a couple YouTube videos on her, one of which had some interview footage after she'd retired. They said she was disarming,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-14-2019
Replies: 168
Views: 7,117
Posted By Smaug
The ones you mostly see in stores are. But some,...

The ones you mostly see in stores are. But some, for example, audio-technica AT-LP60 and -LP120 are high quality and convenient. I have the AT-LP120. It has a direct drive brushless motor. (no belts...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-14-2019
Replies: 143
Views: 6,896
Posted By Smaug
Something about camera guys, watch guys and I...

Something about camera guys, watch guys and I think motorcycle guys. There's quite some overlap.

With watches, I'm about like I am in cameras. Though with watches, I did try Rolex a couple times;...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-14-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 629
Posted By Smaug
If it's a CRP2 6 V lithium, and at least as...

If it's a CRP2 6 V lithium, and at least as efficient as my Nikon One Touch, you can expect 30+ rolls. (assuming 50% or less flash usage) We pay $6-10 for the battery, but lithiums charge fast, don't...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 10-14-2019
Replies: 576
Views: 145,445
Posted By Smaug
Greyscale, you've been to Chicago recently? I'm...

Greyscale, you've been to Chicago recently? I'm glad to see you made a stop in Central Camera!

Uncle Bill: I quite like '16 mile creek' and the 'vine and window' shots.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-11-2019
Replies: 0
Views: 292
Posted By Smaug
Post 100 Trivia facts for Olympus' 100th Anniversary

I follow Peter in YouTube, watching maybe one out of every five videos he produces. A lot of them are tips on using Olympus O-MD cameras effectively.

This one is a bit more broad, but very...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-11-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,659
Posted By Smaug
I didn't know who Jane Bown was until this post;...

I didn't know who Jane Bown was until this post; thanks Ko. I just looked her up; found a few book reviews on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHjp44MpmqM&list=WL&index=3). She was AWESOME....
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-11-2019
Replies: 137
Views: 86,086
Posted By Smaug
This video by Joseph Ellis is a good reminder of...

This video by Joseph Ellis is a good reminder of the classical basics. I re-watch it from time to time. Helps me keep my eyes looking for subjects that will make interesting...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-11-2019
Replies: 137
Views: 86,086
Posted By Smaug
Great posts. I learn something from almost every...

Great posts. I learn something from almost every post in this thread.

I like how this forum is filled with articulate, intelligent people. I think it might have something to do with the fact that...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-11-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,278
Posted By Smaug
Smile A couple shots from Milwaukee Oktoberfest last weekend

Tri-X @ 400, developed in D-76 1:3.

Everyone wants Mom's attention:
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48880754606_b8ab6a524c_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2htqDn9)FB_IMG_1570805844170...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 10-11-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,460
Posted By Smaug
Very nice collection! However.... It is almost...

Very nice collection!

However....

It is almost a crime to have so many Rollei 35s and not one B 35 or C 35 among them. Yes, technically speaking, they're not quite as good as the 35 and 35 S, but...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 10-10-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,460
Posted By Smaug
Update: Yashica GS - No change Yashica CC -...

Update:

Yashica GS - No change
Yashica CC - Still out for CLA
Yashica GSN - No change. Haven't gotten around to it
Rollei 35 - Sent out for CLA
Rollei B 35 - Sold
OM1N - Still haven't gotten around...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-10-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 452
Posted By Smaug
Nice work, Mikhail, both on the site and the...

Nice work, Mikhail, both on the site and the photography.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-10-2019
Replies: 292
Views: 16,047
Posted By Smaug
I just picked up a couple Nikon lenses at a...

I just picked up a couple Nikon lenses at a thrift store for $20. (50/1.8 and a 75-200/3.8) I had no Nikon bodies, so I went on ebay and picked up an FG for around $40. I really like this little...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-10-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,659
Posted By Smaug
Red face I seem to be failing spectacularly

...by following the advice of the rabble-rousers here.

I stopped by one of my thrift stores the other day on the way home. There were a couple Nikon lenses, a 50/1.8 pancake. (looks a bit like...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-09-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 2,315
Posted By Smaug
The problem with rangefinders is that >

> they don't make enough NOISE during the shot to give the photographer a sense of accomplishment.

I've been shooting mostly my fixed lens rangefinders lately, with the leaf shutters built into the...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 10-09-2019
Replies: 53
Views: 6,754
Posted By Smaug
Yep, the negs are at least 2 stops...

Yep, the negs are at least 2 stops over-exposed.

Here's the album with the pix from this test roll:

The over-exposure sins could be corrected in scanning (with my camera, which just shoots at 1.3...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-09-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 451
Posted By Smaug
Cool idea. ...but they're skipping Chicago!? ...

Cool idea.

...but they're skipping Chicago!? Couldn't find a host there, I bet. They'll drive right by Chicago when going from Milwaukee to Detroit.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-09-2019
Replies: 62
Views: 2,387
Posted By Smaug
GOD is that an ugly camera! I give you props for...

GOD is that an ugly camera! I give you props for being open-minded, and the image is pretty good. They advertise it as a Holga alternative, but the image looks too good to be Holga. :confused:
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-09-2019
Replies: 98
Views: 7,601
Posted By Smaug
those are some very nice images,...

those are some very nice images, dourbalistar!

Seems like you're a big fan of that big lens.
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 10-09-2019
Replies: 53
Views: 6,754
Posted By Smaug
I just shot my first roll with it yesterday....

I just shot my first roll with it yesterday. Developed it yesterday night.

Notes:


I don't mind a film winding wheel instead of a lever. It's a perfectly fair compromise to save production cost....
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-09-2019
Replies: 143
Views: 13,814
Posted By Smaug
I remember selling those new in the 90s. (I'm...

I remember selling those new in the 90s. (I'm getting old, relating these kinds of stories!)

The people who bought them were ones who saw the value in a 28 mm lens, rather than a 35 or 40.

Olympus...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-08-2019
Replies: 168
Views: 7,117
Posted By Smaug
You're the first person I've heard from who...

You're the first person I've heard from who doesn't (seem to) like Fuji's film simulations. :confused:
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-08-2019
Replies: 62
Views: 2,387
Posted By Smaug
Guys, he decided to go with a Rollei 35.

Guys, he decided to go with a Rollei 35.
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 10-07-2019
Replies: 53
Views: 6,754
Posted By Smaug
Here's the Spanish...

Here's the Spanish one:

https://live.staticflickr.com/4034/4579811159_09979b913e_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/7YGJin)Olympus Trip 35 (https://flic.kr/p/7YGJin) by Alfredo Hantsch...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 10-07-2019
Replies: 53
Views: 6,754
Posted By Smaug
Is anyone strong in French?

I was looking for old Olympus Trip 35 magazine ads, and could only find a couple, and neither one in English.

Here's the French one I...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 10-07-2019
Replies: 53
Views: 6,754
Posted By Smaug
I received my Trip 35 from Trip Man (UK) today....

I received my Trip 35 from Trip Man (UK) today. It is a beauty! Can't wait to get 'er loaded up and shoot a test roll! I decided to invest a bit more to get a known good camera, for a change. I've...
Forum: Yashica RF 10-07-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 1,231
Posted By Smaug
Nice job, relelael! You've got guts. I've got a...

Nice job, relelael! You've got guts. I've got a GSN waiting for me to get the time and courage and crack into it too. I think mine just needs a POD replacement, as the battery check light works.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-07-2019
Replies: 143
Views: 13,814
Posted By Smaug
Depends on the pocket, hehehe. Into the term...

Depends on the pocket, hehehe.

Into the term "pocketable" I read that it CAN be put in SOME pockets, but was not really designed for pocket carry. So maybe a big jacket pocket. Or pants pocket in a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-07-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 535
Posted By Smaug
Yes, most of the time, pointing the camera down a...

Yes, most of the time, pointing the camera down a bit to meter for backlighting works. When it doesn't, some judgment from experience usually works. So it's a complex, yet precise solution to the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-07-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 535
Posted By Smaug
Here's an entertaining write-up of the OM PC....

Here's an entertaining write-up of the OM PC. :)

http://www.peterferenczi.com/blog/2018/11/27/the-olympus-om40-om-pc-casual-review-tall-dark-and-ugly
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-07-2019
Replies: 62
Views: 2,387
Posted By Smaug
Another idea, in case you want options, would be...

Another idea, in case you want options, would be a first generation point & shoot camera.

The first generation from the big Japanese companies had excellent lenses: 4 or 5 element 35-40 mm, f/2.8...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-07-2019
Replies: 62
Views: 2,387
Posted By Smaug
Pfred - Did you find a nice Rollei 35 yet? I was...

Pfred - Did you find a nice Rollei 35 yet? I was going to recommend that you stick with your original idea and get one, esp. if you're going to mostly need something around 40 mm focal length.

I...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-07-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 535
Posted By Smaug
Question Thinking of adding another OM body; which one?

I have my grandpa's OM1N. Great camera. I had an OM4 in the past, and it was brilliant. OM3, OM3T and OM4T models are out of the budget, which is < $200 US.

I'd like to add another body with at...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-04-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 216
Posted By Smaug
Really? No one? Is my breath THAT bad?! (get...

Really? No one? Is my breath THAT bad?! (get it?)

Don't let me down, ladies! ;)
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 10-04-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 2,191
Posted By Smaug
Just a bit of inflation calculation: In 1969,...

Just a bit of inflation calculation:

In 1969, exchange rate was $1 ~ 3.7 DM, so:

A B35 would have cost $80. ($559 or 509 Euros today)
A C35 would have cost $67 ($468 or 426 Euros today
A 35 would...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 10-04-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 2,191
Posted By Smaug
Yep! Except for the framing, a fellow would set...

Yep! Except for the framing, a fellow would set it similar to a Rolleiflex TLR, when you think of it. Even the aperture and shutter speed dials are in approximately the same positions!
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-03-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,659
Posted By Smaug
Guys, thanks for all the responses. I'm mulling...

Guys, thanks for all the responses. I'm mulling it over.

The problem is I've just discovered Facebook Marketplace, where I can often get killer deals on killer cameras.

CMur12: The Canon FTb is a...
Forum: Yashica RF 10-02-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 1,231
Posted By Smaug
Welcome to the forum, rolelael. I hope you stick...

Welcome to the forum, rolelael. I hope you stick around. You have to decide if it is worth servicing. If you're breaking connections as you work on it, you're probably not qualified.

As someone said...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-02-2019
Replies: 168
Views: 7,117
Posted By Smaug
By the way, some of those concert pix from back...

By the way, some of those concert pix from back in the day posted above are not very good at all, by today's digital standards. With an entry level full frame SLR and a 85/1.8 lens, it would be very...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-02-2019
Replies: 168
Views: 7,117
Posted By Smaug
Well, I'm going by this thought process. Correct...

Well, I'm going by this thought process. Correct me if I'm wrong:

1) In Adams' heyday, film and lens constraints meant that in order to make big sharp prints with a full tonal range, one needed a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-02-2019
Replies: 168
Views: 7,117
Posted By Smaug
It's quite a bit more difficult with a moving...

It's quite a bit more difficult with a moving subject.


No, I've done it, and it CAN Be done. But Digital is pretty clearly easier to get good results. No matter WHO you are or how experienced you...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-02-2019
Replies: 168
Views: 7,117
Posted By Smaug
The point about digital being The Choice for low...

The point about digital being The Choice for low light is fair. While it CAN be done well with film, the cost of the ones that are not keepers are high for non-pros.

Pros these days wouldn't even...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-02-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 216
Posted By Smaug
Meet-up at Milwaukee Oktoberfest Sat. Oct. 5 2019 anyone?

Mods: I know there are regional forums, but they are quite dead. I don't have any confidence local folks would see this in time. Could you maybe leave this here for a few days before moving...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 10-02-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 2,191
Posted By Smaug
It seems the only one that had the letter either...

It seems the only one that had the letter either before or after the '35' was the B. Originally, it was 'B 35'. C 35 was discontinued sooner, probably due to lack of sales. Then later, they decided...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-01-2019
Replies: 0
Views: 344
Posted By Smaug
Minolta Freedom II - Shockingly good lens!

It's a 35 mm f/3.5. So everything's in focus all the time. But oh my gosh, look how sharp! Fomapan 100 in D76 1:3. I was gonna sell this one if the negatives came out OK, as I have too many point &...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-01-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,278
Posted By Smaug
A few shots

Here are a few shots from the first roll. Tri-X in D76 1:3. It's looking good, so far! (click the images for full size)

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48829870078_08348d7b7a_k.jpg...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-01-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,659
Posted By Smaug
Several of those, I already promised to my...

Several of those, I already promised to my daughter. She'd be quite disappointed and it would make me a liar, which is a terrible thing to be seen as by one's kids.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-01-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,659
Posted By Smaug
Except for heirlooms? I've done this before, and...

Except for heirlooms?

I've done this before, and have regretted ditching some. I really liked the Nikon FM2N I had, as well as the OM4.

It IS a good rule, though. I may try it for the non-heirloom...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-01-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,659
Posted By Smaug
I forgot to mention that I have an AE-1 Program...

I forgot to mention that I have an AE-1 Program that needs a shutter lube. I'm gonna try that myself with the help of some YouTube videos, and if I fail, I'll just throw it out.


Too rich for my...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-01-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,659
Posted By Smaug
BOTH! That's my problem. Sometimes, I just love...

BOTH! That's my problem. Sometimes, I just love to get my collection out, a glass of wine and just play with them. ...er, I mean exercise the shutters and apertures. I feel guilty about it though....
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-01-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,659
Posted By Smaug
(OM1N) I thought of this, but I'm scared she'll...

(OM1N)

I thought of this, but I'm scared she'll wreck it, and I'd be devastated.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-01-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,659
Posted By Smaug
Question Requesting advice on reducing my collection

I'm one of those people who enjoys the variety of a collection, but on the other hand I find myself stressing out when it's time to choose a camera to take with me. Or budgeting to have them all...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-30-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,726
Posted By Smaug
I should also point out that, although I HAVE a...

I should also point out that, although I HAVE a lot of cameras, lenses and other gear, I only take a small kit each time I go out. Either it's what I'm in the mood to shoot or what is suited to the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-30-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,726
Posted By Smaug
I like using a larger bag than I need. That way,...

I like using a larger bag than I need. That way, I can call it a camera bag even though it is a "murse" or "man bag" or "European Carryall". (which are not socially acceptable in the US.) :p
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 09-30-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 1,156
Posted By Smaug
Well, this is a niche product in a niche market...

Well, this is a niche product in a niche market in a niche sub-forum, so we can't expect much!

Also, these cameras were apparently not sold widely in the North America, probably the most represented...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-29-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,726
Posted By Smaug
I am always filled with awe of the people who...

I am always filled with awe of the people who shoot with one camera and few lenses. ...but those people usually do just one type of photography.

I love variety in all things. Cameras, media,...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-29-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 936
Posted By Smaug
Fun thread and a good conclusion. The moral?...

Fun thread and a good conclusion. The moral? You've got the good gear in good nick, now spend the money traveling and USING it! ;-)
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 09-27-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,278
Posted By Smaug
I just got the battery yesterday. Everything...

I just got the battery yesterday. Everything seems to work fine. I've got a roll of Tri-X loaded, to shoot this weekend up in Wisconsin Dells. (though I'm not sure what opportunities I'll have, as...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 09-27-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 1,156
Posted By Smaug
nzeeman, very nice photos. That last batch is not...

nzeeman, very nice photos. That last batch is not quite up to the previous standard, if you don't mind my saying so.

However, the last pic could be saved I think if the foreground were cropped out...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 09-26-2019
Replies: 53
Views: 6,754
Posted By Smaug
Padded case

Guys: What are you using for a smallish padded case for your Trip 35s?
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 09-26-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 2,191
Posted By Smaug
Agreed. It's so fast into action, once set. Also...

Agreed. It's so fast into action, once set.

Also agreed. In street photography, once the camera is brought up to the eye, it is like an alarm that you're about to snap a picture. Then, any shots are...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 09-26-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 845
Posted By Smaug
I don't think it is uncommon. These tiny cameras...

I don't think it is uncommon. These tiny cameras had spectacular lenses; that's part of why it's a cult camera. Good design, good build quality and good lens in a smallish form factor. The images are...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-26-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,460
Posted By Smaug
Hahaha! That's right about what Pal said after...

Hahaha! That's right about what Pal said after you.

Suddenly, I feel really good about myself, for having less than 10 cameras!
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 09-25-2019
Replies: 53
Views: 6,754
Posted By Smaug
*bump* I just ordered a Trip 35 from Trip Man in...

*bump*

I just ordered a Trip 35 from Trip Man in the UK. I paid a pretty penny, ($125 shipped) but I don't want any more old cameras with issues, so I think it's worth it. All my film cameras need...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 09-25-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1,764
Posted By Smaug
Re. the 1981 prototype, in the link of the...

Re. the 1981 prototype, in the link of the original post, did you guys read the description of it? It sounds AWESOME:



I wonder why it never made it to production. It could have saved the Rollei 35...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 09-25-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 845
Posted By Smaug
Old post, but I'd like to hear if the camera...

Old post, but I'd like to hear if the camera still works properly.

It seems to me that this kind of damage might cause a light leak around the lens tube, requiring repair. (or ruining the camera, if...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 09-25-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 2,191
Posted By Smaug
I was just thinking (late to the show, as always)...

I was just thinking (late to the show, as always) If you want a 35 S without a light meter, the best bet is to buy a 35 S with a broken light meter and save a hundred bucks. ;)

But I hear you. I...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-24-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,460
Posted By Smaug
I'd love to see a pic of that! I think you're in...

I'd love to see a pic of that!

I think you're in good company. ;)
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-24-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,460
Posted By Smaug
Thanks for taking the time to type that all out....

Thanks for taking the time to type that all out. I find it very interesting, hearing what other collectors/photographers are thinking about each camera. It adds a lot of depth, as opposed to just a...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-24-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,460
Posted By Smaug
Don't worry about including it here as a zone...

Don't worry about including it here as a zone focuser. They're close brothers.

Which one do you prefer between a Yashica ME and an Olympus Trip? I've had several recommendations for an Olympus Trip,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-23-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 883
Posted By Smaug
Even in digital, (except for sports) I never took...

Even in digital, (except for sports) I never took more than 2 or 3.

But to further reduce that, shoot film. You will quickly learn to do your thinking and composing first, instead of in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-23-2019
Replies: 292
Views: 16,047
Posted By Smaug
:eek: I'm not sure I've shot 500 rolls in my...

:eek:

I'm not sure I've shot 500 rolls in my whole LIFE, (including 120) with all my cameras combined! I've got probably 10 rolls through Rollei 35's.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-23-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1,100
Posted By Smaug
Since dourbalistar posted a nice shot of his son...

Since dourbalistar posted a nice shot of his son using a camera, here's one that includes my daughter shooting one of me.

I guess it is a tradition that when photographers go out shooting...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 09-23-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,278
Posted By Smaug
Careful with the battery door/latch. Most of the...

Careful with the battery door/latch. Most of the ones I've seen on ebay have it taped shut. If I had one with a functional battery door, I'd probably press the latch, THEN press the door closed, then...
Forum: Yashica RF 09-23-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 513
Posted By Smaug
No, but I sure will in the future, since the lens...

No, but I sure will in the future, since the lens flare is so ugly. (see Pic #6) I had an orange filter on it for the pix above.

I'm not sure if I'm going to shoot color film. I got back into film...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-23-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,460
Posted By Smaug
I've never heard of the Yashica 35 ME until now....

I've never heard of the Yashica 35 ME until now. Cool. Reminds me of the Vivitar my dad used to have when I was a kid.

It looks automatic except for rough focusing. What sort of battery(ies) does it...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-23-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,460
Posted By Smaug
Nice write-up. Two questions: 1) Why cover the...

Nice write-up. Two questions:

1) Why cover the branding on the 35 mm's, butnot the the Fuji?

2) Why medium format? I guess you print large? Or maybe you like having fewer exposures per roll? I'm...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-23-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,460
Posted By Smaug
Thumbs up That is one awesome blog/site you've got going...

That is one awesome blog/site you've got going there. I particularly like the history of each camera, and posted results. I'm bookmarking this thread so I can come back and read all of those when I...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-23-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,460
Posted By Smaug
Big fan of the minis, eh? You don't like the...

Big fan of the minis, eh?

You don't like the (original) XA? That's the one most of us go for.
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-23-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,460
Posted By Smaug
I've read that these have great features, but...

I've read that these have great features, but were not built very well. Has that been your experience?


I had one, and the rangefinder was not accurate, and the lens rings were hard to grab one...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-23-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,460
Posted By Smaug
Does it have the feature where if you press the...

Does it have the feature where if you press the shutter release button and hold it down, it takes the pic but doesn't advance? (as that is the loud part)

Then, you walk away and release the button...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-23-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,460
Posted By Smaug
There are a lot of great cameras, but many of you...

There are a lot of great cameras, but many of you forgot to answer the second part of the question, namely: what are the status'?

Inquiring minds want to know. ;)
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-20-2019
Replies: 292
Views: 16,047
Posted By Smaug
It depends on what aspect of ergonomics one is...

It depends on what aspect of ergonomics one is considering. Viewfinder? Rollei slaughters the XA & Stylus, as well as many cameras twice its size. Ease of putting into service and safely storing? XA...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-20-2019
Replies: 292
Views: 16,047
Posted By Smaug
Here are a few from this past weekend. Fomapan...

Here are a few from this past weekend. Fomapan 100. They required massive correction in post-processing, as the shutter speeds were not consistent. I've since sent it off for...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 09-20-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,278
Posted By Smaug
I joined a Facebook group for CLASSIC CAMERAS,...

I joined a Facebook group for CLASSIC CAMERAS, mentioned what I was looking for, and a nice fellow sent me his Nikon L35AF3 in mint condition, for only the promise to pay it forward when I can. I'm...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-20-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,460
Posted By Smaug
Question Status Report on your Fixed Lens Rangefinder Collection?

I thought it might be fun to (virtually) peek into one anothers' collections and see/hear about the direction they're going to head.

I'll start.


Yashica Electro 35 GS - This was my grandpa's, he...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 09-20-2019
Replies: 433
Views: 73,001
Posted By Smaug
I have been soul-searching. Both of my 35s need...

I have been soul-searching. Both of my 35s need work (35 Singapore and B 35 Germany) I think based on your comments, I will get the 35 CLA'd in a couple weeks, as it is my favorite camera to use....
Forum: Yashica RF 09-20-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,168
Posted By Smaug
:cool: Gorgeous pic. The birds are just the...

:cool: Gorgeous pic.

The birds are just the icing on the cake.
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