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Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 1 Week Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 926
Posted By SolaresLarrave
There's a Konica 35mm f2 KM mount, larger than...

There's a Konica 35mm f2 KM mount, larger than the UC and not needing an adapter. I have one. Only problem: they don't come 'round easily or cheaply because they weren't made for long (only for the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 1 Week Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 926
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Is budget a problem? Are you set on f2? There's...

Is budget a problem? Are you set on f2? There's also the Nokton Classic 35mm f1.4, either single- or double-coated. I have one and like it a lot. It may not be "clinically" sharp, but it delivers...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 245
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Thanks for the suggestions!! I don't know how to...

Thanks for the suggestions!! I don't know how to determine whether the VR is working, but I'll do the MLU and check if there's something affecting the light path. Also, I need to recheck if this...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,367
Posted By SolaresLarrave
My black M2. Purchased on impulse, kept to save...

My black M2. Purchased on impulse, kept to save face. It was black, but not well done. I had it painted by Stu in TX after Youxin Ye disassembled it, and it required a new RF because the one it...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 245
Posted By SolaresLarrave
BTW. the vignetting tends to happen at almost any...

BTW. the vignetting tends to happen at almost any focal length, but especially in not quite well lit conditions.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 245
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Huss, I have that lens in the picture, the one...

Huss, I have that lens in the picture, the one with constant aperture. Now... it doesn't vignette in my D700, but it does in the D800.

Mystery... I am a bit afraid of the mount in the D800 being...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 245
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Vignetting in Nikon 24-120 and D800

Dear RFF friends,

Even though this is a rangefinder forum, this is also the best gathering of photographers there is, where I feel I can pose any problem I may have with any piece of gear, and get...
Forum: Simon Says -- SimonSawSunlight Photo Technique 11-05-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,352
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Agfa Pan ISO 400. It went extinct a few years...

Agfa Pan ISO 400. It went extinct a few years after I discovered it. Arista managed to spool some rolls of it (remnant) but didn't last long. Fortunately, I have liked Ilford HP-5 but haven't...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-26-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,054
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Yout post shows you're suffering from opinion...

Yout post shows you're suffering from opinion overload syndrome, which comes from reading too many things written by people who don't share your experiences.

Think: have you shot meterless cameras?...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-22-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 1,088
Posted By SolaresLarrave
We Leica users tend to shoot ourselves in the...

We Leica users tend to shoot ourselves in the foot maintaining certain myths alive (like the M4-2 camera is bad or that the Summicron 35 v4 is the best). In my experience, condition and operability...
Forum: Photo Software 10-20-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 2,038
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Thanks for your clarification, Peter. The...

Thanks for your clarification, Peter. The Amazon reviewer claimed his software was trying to take control of certain applications in his computer and opening software he didn't even know he had,...
Forum: Photo Software 10-19-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 2,038
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I was about to pull the trigger on the Adobe...

I was about to pull the trigger on the Adobe Elements 2019 when I read an Amazon review about it being full of spyware. It was written by a customer who installed it in his Mac computers. Now, I...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 10-09-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 724
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I was concerned about the risk of viruses and my...

I was concerned about the risk of viruses and my Mac computers until I read (this may or not be true) that the Mac OS itself constitutes the best defense against any virus out there. Other than...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-17-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 593
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Good to hear! I wonder if that's the way they...

Good to hear! I wonder if that's the way they repair them in California, where a famous light meter repairman lives...

Now... do you calibrate it? How?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-18-2019
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,447
Posted By SolaresLarrave
You can always try the Sekonic 208: a lot...

You can always try the Sekonic 208: a lot smaller, easier to use than the 308, and a combining the size of the old style selenium cell light meters with the practicality of the new design (that...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-16-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 896
Posted By SolaresLarrave
No, but they were later models. However, without...

No, but they were later models. However, without seeing an image of it nobody can tell whether it's the lens that was retro-engineered for the 2000 issue of the Nikon S3, with was black (IIRC)....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-16-2019
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,447
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Well, I have the three incarnations of the M4...

Well, I have the three incarnations of the M4 (M4, M4-2 and M4-P) and I won't describe them as cheap, light, low quality or any other way that's not good quality tools. Granted, they may have a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-12-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 773
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I have heard this can be done... but then, that...

I have heard this can be done... but then, that you'd need a cannibalized part (not an ordinary VF from any other M model) from another M5. I may be wrong but ask Don Goldberg. Try calling him. ...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-05-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 749
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Take your M2 and play with the frameline selector...

Take your M2 and play with the frameline selector (hopefully it will have one). See if the 35mm frame lines fit your taste. Even in tight quarters, I've found it helps composing because it will not...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-05-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 749
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Alas... the M2 has no framelines for 28mm glass. ...

Alas... the M2 has no framelines for 28mm glass. They were added to the M4-P. The M2 has 35, 50 and 90mm framelines. I'm not sure it has 135mm framelines, though...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-24-2019
Replies: 82
Views: 3,605
Posted By SolaresLarrave
For the fashion unconscious...

For the fashion unconscious...
Forum: RFF News 05-13-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,964
Posted By SolaresLarrave
This is something... I bought a black paint Leica...

This is something... I bought a black paint Leica M2 from him via his eBay store, and he was very patient about answering questions not only about that but also other items. I had that camera...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 04-22-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,909
Posted By SolaresLarrave
You're a man of many surprises, Ken! :) I don't...

You're a man of many surprises, Ken! :) I don't recall your mentioning this ever, but perhaps you did... It's time indeed for a meet. How's that 24-70 working for you? Is it a fast one or...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-10-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 20,867
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I will miss his very personal approach to...

I will miss his very personal approach to photography, and his generous attitude to photographers. With my most heartfelt condolences to his wife, Frances...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-06-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 482
Posted By SolaresLarrave
One more vote for the lens hoods from Shapeways. ...

One more vote for the lens hoods from Shapeways. I have one on my Zeiss Biogon 35mm f2.8. It's a fairly snug fit, which guarantees that it won't get out of alignment easily. IIRC, the price is...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-02-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 20,867
Posted By SolaresLarrave
In case you're reading this, Roger... Thank you...

In case you're reading this, Roger...

Thank you VERY much for your personal, sincere and honest approach to photography, and mentoring on photography. Though I wasn't able to read all your books, I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-10-2019
Replies: 88
Views: 2,303
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Wow... the detail is impressive... Really nice...

Wow... the detail is impressive... Really nice photograph!
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-10-2019
Replies: 88
Views: 2,303
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Like many before me said... film won't get fogged...

Like many before me said... film won't get fogged when scanned at airports in the security check. Now, if you pack it in your suitcase and this one gets scanned, then you'll be in trouble. Hence,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-02-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 505
Posted By SolaresLarrave
The framelines aren't terribly important. As...

The framelines aren't terribly important. As long as you get the ones for the lens you're using, a ghost appearance of others isn't a federal issue (to me, at least). I should add that from all my...
Forum: Travel 01-21-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,568
Posted By SolaresLarrave
The big asset in Chicago is its people. You'll...

The big asset in Chicago is its people. You'll find they are helpful, generous and agreeable to visitors. Besides, one thing I like is that most speak English with an accent (be it Polish, Spanish,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-29-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,731
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Thanks for posting these photos! They'll make for...

Thanks for posting these photos! They'll make for useful reference.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-28-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 381
Posted By SolaresLarrave
No idea, sorry... the one and only time I needed...

No idea, sorry... the one and only time I needed a paint job for a camera I ended up working with Steven Wu, who, in turn, works with Youxin Ye, a camera repair one-man shop out of Boston MA. Send...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 12-27-2018
Replies: 9
Sticky: fuji 16-55/2.8
Views: 1,070
Posted By SolaresLarrave
So, you bought it! :) I guess you like it. How...

So, you bought it! :) I guess you like it. How do you feel about the large front element? Because I read it's big... doesn't it take a 77mm size filter?

Anyway, congratulations on the purchase!
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-25-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 1,818
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Thanks a lot, Helen! :D

Thanks a lot, Helen! :D
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-25-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 1,818
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I'm glad about your dog, Kevin. This was our...

I'm glad about your dog, Kevin. This was our first Christmas with only one cat because our oldest guy, Ben, died in May this year.

Otherwise, Santa sent me a Fuji X-mount lens, a 18-55 zoom for my...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-14-2018
Replies: 37
Views: 1,175
Posted By SolaresLarrave
joe, as recently as two days ago I was about to...

joe, as recently as two days ago I was about to order the 16-55 f2.8 for my X-Pro1... but decided to stick to my original plan (the 18-55 f2.8-4) for two reasons: cost and practicality.

Cost: right...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-13-2018
Replies: 9,112
Views: 897,609
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Fuji zoom in X-mount for my Fuji X-Pro1 (the...

Fuji zoom in X-mount for my Fuji X-Pro1 (the 18-55 f2.8-4). Should be here tomorrow, Dec 14, 2018...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-12-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 324
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Photography book/Images on Kodachrome

A Floridian photographer's chronicles his state during the 80s using Kodachrome film, and gathers the images in a book titled A Peculiar Paradise. Read it here...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-09-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 748
Posted By SolaresLarrave
There is a website called The Yashica Guy...

There is a website called The Yashica Guy (http://www.yashica-guy.com/), and he sells (or still sells) battery adapters that would help fit 1.5 V batteries into the camera. Check it out by clicking...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-09-2018
Replies: 256
Views: 6,016
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Congratulations, Raid! :) The D700 is a very...

Congratulations, Raid! :) The D700 is a very competent camera into which you can grow and will allow you discover unexpected capabilities. I've had mine since it came out in 2008 and use it with...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-27-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 780
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I think they're less common than the silver M4-P....

I think they're less common than the silver M4-P. ;)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-25-2018
Replies: 84
Views: 3,219
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I think you're fretting too much over this. When...

I think you're fretting too much over this. When it comes to the issue, your choices are what Colton astutely defined: internal meter and 28mm framelines. The optics in the viewfinder and...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-18-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 718
Posted By SolaresLarrave
What's the screwdriver for?

What's the screwdriver for?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-07-2018
Replies: 91
Views: 3,007
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Another vote for the collapsible. It's a nice,...

Another vote for the collapsible. It's a nice, sharp lens. I used mine with my M3 (while I had one) until I sold the camera... but I couldn't bring myself to sell the lens. I'll probably mount it...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-30-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 976
Posted By SolaresLarrave
And here I was, thinking that Arista EDU 400 was...

And here I was, thinking that Arista EDU 400 was the label chosen for the old version/old stock of Agfa APX 400.
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-19-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,376
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I simply like the 24-70 I have with my Nikon AF...

I simply like the 24-70 I have with my Nikon AF system. The 18-55 is roughly the same range (27-84, I believe), and even though the aperture varies, it's just from f2.8 to f4.

Google helped with my...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-19-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,376
Posted By SolaresLarrave
What's it like to use a zoom lens in the X-Pro1? ...

What's it like to use a zoom lens in the X-Pro1? Do you see the image zooming through the VF? Is there a way to estimate the area covered? Does the zoom flow through the range or has stops?

I'm...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-07-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 692
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I purchased a Leica SF 20 flash years ago through...

I purchased a Leica SF 20 flash years ago through LCE. It was a very smooth transaction and I was very happy with them.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-03-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 2,696
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Fuji digital cameras. I first had a Fuji X100...

Fuji digital cameras. I first had a Fuji X100 (right before the X100s) but didn't quite warm up to it. I didn't like the color palette, ergonomics or anything much; I always have preferred Nikon...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-01-2018
Replies: 96
Views: 2,001
Posted By SolaresLarrave
In 2010 I broke my elbow and couldn't shave. I...

In 2010 I broke my elbow and couldn't shave. I was 51. Grew a beard for the first time since my twenties (when I had one just to see if it came out... and it did!). I shaved it promptly after...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-06-2018
Replies: 81
Views: 3,561
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Never liked vests... and never even considered...

Never liked vests... and never even considered one for myself. I'd rather wear cargo pants instead. Besides, whenever I travel I end up in very warm places in which wearing a photographer's vest...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 05-28-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,069
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I just checked. My M4-P has no frame-line...

I just checked. My M4-P has no frame-line selector and neither has the M4-2, so you're safe. An M2 leatherette may (with emphasis on "may") have a guard around the lens release button, so it...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 05-28-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,069
Posted By SolaresLarrave
There really isn't any size difference among all...

There really isn't any size difference among all the M-bodies. However, given that you "defaced" an M4-P and want the evidence to disappear... Yes, the M4-2 leatherette should do.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-27-2018
Replies: 48
Views: 2,787
Posted By SolaresLarrave
In terms of design, the Hasselblad HV (a short...

In terms of design, the Hasselblad HV (a short lived dSLR) and the Leica R9 look like cousins.
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7334/12508816223_e05d148061_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/k4mXge)Hasselblad...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-26-2018
Replies: 48
Views: 2,787
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Back then, Huss, when I held the R9 in my hands,...

Back then, Huss, when I held the R9 in my hands, I already had a Nikon system and very little interest in branching out. But it's always good to know that Leica would have offered an alternate...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-26-2018
Replies: 48
Views: 2,787
Posted By SolaresLarrave
A very long time ago I handled one in Central...

A very long time ago I handled one in Central Camera (Chicago). I liked it until I looked through the viewfinder and wasn't able to focus well because of the split-something system. It reminded me...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-25-2018
Replies: 151
Views: 8,114
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I always liked the idea of an AE Leica, but the...

I always liked the idea of an AE Leica, but the M7 was always preceded by rumors and whispers about problems and hiccups. And then Leica shot it down by issuing the MP. That wasn't a good...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-25-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 668
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Well, you were lucky. That's the M2 with the...

Well, you were lucky. That's the M2 with the quick loading system, right? Got it from a store or purchased it online? Just curious...

Now... what are you waiting for? Go and use it! ;)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-20-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 3,096
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Not to mention Al Kaplan's! ;)

Not to mention Al Kaplan's! ;)
Forum: Travel 05-20-2018
Replies: 142
Views: 4,747
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Are you returning to places you've been to, Raid?...

Are you returning to places you've been to, Raid? If so, take different gear; your photos will not be the same. If not, just take the gear you can handle in the dark.

I'll be going to Europe in a...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 05-06-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2,715
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Rangefinder Gallery? Is that attached to the...

Rangefinder Gallery? Is that attached to the Tamarkin store? I'll try to make it! :) Congratulations!!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-06-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 849
Posted By SolaresLarrave
You're leaving from O'Hare to retun to Michigan? ...

You're leaving from O'Hare to retun to Michigan? They scan the luggage and I don't think they'd make a fuss about a big bag of developer with the Kodak name visibly printed on it. BTW, I have...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-06-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,945
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I have a Vivitar 285 somewhere... I'm going to...

I have a Vivitar 285 somewhere... I'm going to try it on my camera just to see whether my hot shoe works.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-06-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 1,463
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I cannot feel nostalgic for something I never...

I cannot feel nostalgic for something I never experienced (I was a teen when some of my cameras came out, and in my early twenties). However, I really like using them because they force me to think...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-05-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,945
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I remember posting this image...

I remember posting this image...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-02-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,945
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I got mine almost by accident; I bid on one...

I got mine almost by accident; I bid on one offered on eBay because I felt sorry the seller wasn't getting any interest... and I won it for a ridiculous amount (something like $500). When I received...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-28-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 4,257
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I'll sign up for the free month of Netflix just...

I'll sign up for the free month of Netflix just for this. Thanks for posting about it! :)
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 03-08-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 2,507
Posted By SolaresLarrave
One more vote on the Domke F5XB. I have three,...

One more vote on the Domke F5XB. I have three, all with customizable inserts.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-04-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 1,742
Posted By SolaresLarrave
It could be a defective light seal. I had that...

It could be a defective light seal. I had that happen to me in a much newer Leica. Have you tried examine the seals in the dark?
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-18-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 577
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Bump... And thanks to the 61 who viewed this...

Bump... And thanks to the 61 who viewed this thread. :)
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-18-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 577
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Question Experience with High Sierra and Epson V500?

Recently, my iMac downloaded and installed a software update from Epson that supposedly adapts computers to the High Sierra operative system. My iMac is fairly old, but it's updated all the way to...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-15-2018
Replies: 71
Views: 6,780
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Budget (less than a grand, around $500): the CV...

Budget (less than a grand, around $500): the CV Nokton 35mm f1.4 is the best.

For a bit less you have the much praised Color Skopar, also CV, also 35mm focal length.

Then, for a variety of prices,...
Forum: Chris Crawford 12-27-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 4,228
Posted By SolaresLarrave
This is very good news and a long delayed...

This is very good news and a long delayed recognition to his talent. I like his work and I see it often in Facebook. I'm also suscribed to his YouTube channel and have learned a lot. And, of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-01-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 687
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Glad to hear that! :)

Glad to hear that! :)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-01-2017
Replies: 35
Views: 1,675
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Keep us posted! I have a D700 with a low count...

Keep us posted! I have a D700 with a low count that never got rained on... maybe just a little wet on drizzle but that's about it. :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-01-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 687
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Don Goldberg, at DAG, may help with that. ...

Don Goldberg, at DAG, may help with that. Contact him or look him up.

Wait... click HERE (https://www.dagcamera.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html) for his website.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-29-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,466
Posted By SolaresLarrave
And I just updated to High Sierra about a week...

And I just updated to High Sierra about a week ago... Time to get the fix! :)
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 11-20-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 1,717
Posted By SolaresLarrave
All my remaining film cameras (which are Leicas)...

All my remaining film cameras (which are Leicas) go naked into the world, except for a strap and a soft release button. My digital behemoth (Nikon D700) has an additional battery pack because it...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-17-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1,343
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Even if I were a Canon collector... Even if it...

Even if I were a Canon collector... Even if it were modeled after a Leica M4... Nope. And 8 GB is to small for photography anyway.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 11-13-2017
Replies: 46
Views: 3,065
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Soft release button. I have one in all my Leica...

Soft release button. I have one in all my Leica bodies and I even had one in my Fuji X100 until it got lost in a trip. Makes it easy and comfortable to shoot at any speed.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-12-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 1,180
Posted By SolaresLarrave
The framelines may be brighter because Leica...

The framelines may be brighter because Leica removed a condenser from that area in order to cut production costs for the M4-2 and the M4-P (both made in Canada).

BTW, I have both Canadian bodies...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-07-2017
Replies: 58
Views: 2,351
Posted By SolaresLarrave
The reason I went for my first Fuji digital was...

The reason I went for my first Fuji digital was precisely that my Nikon D700 is a heavy monster and I wanted something lighter in view of my bad ankles. I had one replaced (surgery to replace the...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-07-2017
Replies: 133
Views: 5,765
Posted By SolaresLarrave
"You have the right to remain silent, but...

"You have the right to remain silent, but anything you say may be used against you in the public court of opinion. You have the right to an attorney, and if you cannot afford one... may god help you...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 10-21-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 2,943
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Most heartfelt congratulations, Dan! Now, I must...

Most heartfelt congratulations, Dan! Now, I must see to buy both, the novel and your previous photography book. :) Good job!
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-11-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,191
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I'd try Windex (window cleaner) and swabs. Dip...

I'd try Windex (window cleaner) and swabs. Dip the swab in the Windex and clean around the dials to remove the stickiness. Since Windex has alcohol, it'll evaporate quickly but not before helping...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-01-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 857
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I don't find fault in her using connections of...

I don't find fault in her using connections of any type to make or promote her photography. And, while I like her stuff, I have also looked at Nimoy's work and even Yul Brynner (whose son published...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-01-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 857
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Thumbs up Audrey Tatou, photographer

She's more than just a pretty face, it seems. I recall having seen a video of hers, years ago, holding an M8, recently issued back then.

In any case, she's open her own show in Arles. Check it out...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-22-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 872
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Thanks for the warning! I've had an account...

Thanks for the warning! I've had an account there and used to be active both, here and there, until the Leica forum kinda dried up. I haven't logged in for a while... ever since the software change.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-20-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1,619
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Another vote for the Classic Nokton 35mm f1.4. ...

Another vote for the Classic Nokton 35mm f1.4. Small, tabbed, nice image quality, good ergonomics (just get used to the aperture ring). I have one and I really like it.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-13-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 5,555
Posted By SolaresLarrave
A couple of years ago, when he fixed the...

A couple of years ago, when he fixed the rangefinder in my newly acquired M4, he also told me to mark the box with the word "Rush." That way he'd know it was a quick repair. I sent the camera on a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-09-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1,957
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Leicashop (http://www.leicashop.com/common/en) in...

Leicashop (http://www.leicashop.com/common/en) in Vienna, Austria. It may not be in Holland, but it's in the continent. I've never used them, but have their site bookmarked because some times their...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-09-2017
Replies: 95
Views: 10,986
Posted By SolaresLarrave
You are not looking at the camera as it looks...

You are not looking at the camera as it looks now. That's how the camera looked when I purchased it from Ken (who described it as anodized black too... To me, that's weird, but then, what do I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-08-2017
Replies: 95
Views: 10,986
Posted By SolaresLarrave
By sheer accident I ended up with an M2. I...

By sheer accident I ended up with an M2. I placed a bid on an eBay auction and, against my expectations, I won it. It was an anodized black M2 body, sold to me by Ken Hansen. When I got the box I...
Forum: Nikon RF 09-08-2017
Replies: 33
Views: 3,503
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Wasn't this one issued around the Japan Olympic...

Wasn't this one issued around the Japan Olympic Games? I always thought it was one of the hardest to find. And it's true... the Nikon S4 rangefinder prices are surprisingly low these days.
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 09-07-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1,982
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Another vote for Don... even though the CL has...

Another vote for Don... even though the CL has its reputation, he's the most likely to save it. And, by the way, he's no prima donna with parts. I know he sold a part to Youxin because I paid for...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-06-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 709
Posted By SolaresLarrave
After reading all these posts I think your M3...

After reading all these posts I think your M3 isn't any different or suffering of any problem. It's a DS, that means it's older than the SS cameras... probably the tiny slide that goes a little...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-06-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 709
Posted By SolaresLarrave
What do you mean by a little give? That it...

What do you mean by a little give? That it continues a little after it has stopped?

I used to have an M3 DS and the two advance phases were fairly clear.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-02-2017
Replies: 77
Views: 2,734
Posted By SolaresLarrave
You'll get all kinds of opinions here... I'm not...

You'll get all kinds of opinions here...

I'm not a fan of the 50mm focal length, but while I used my Nikon S2, I was also using the lens that came with it (which was an f1.4). What can I say? ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-01-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 919
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I am insured with Allstate (home and car) and...

I am insured with Allstate (home and car) and they have a generous policy. My cameras and lenses are part of my home insurance and they're covered up to $2000 (IIRC) each. If they were robbed or...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-28-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 4,392
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Wow... sorry about the shamefully late reply,...

Wow... sorry about the shamefully late reply, Huss! A lot of the photographs from 2016 were made with Kenmere ISO 100 (the inexpensive Ilford), or with APX ISO 400. When it comes to metering, I...
Forum: RFF News 08-28-2017
Replies: 32
Views: 2,253
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Hurrah!! And thanks a big lot, Stephen! :)

Hurrah!! And thanks a big lot, Stephen! :)
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 08-24-2017
Replies: 185
Views: 12,092
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Mouthwatering camera... I never felt like this...

Mouthwatering camera... I never felt like this when the D800 and the D810 came out (and I never even learned about the D750 and the D600 and the D610). But then, this is such a body that it'd take...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-17-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 904
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Send it back. Even if the slight misalignment...

Send it back. Even if the slight misalignment won't have an effect on focusing, it can and it should be correctly aligned. Where did you send it? They should warrant their job.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-04-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1,323
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I purchased an M4 from Korea. No import taxes...

I purchased an M4 from Korea. No import taxes and shipping was incredibly fast. I've also bought other items from HK (cheaper) and no problem whatsoever with delivery or hidden costs.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-03-2017
Replies: 42
Views: 4,049
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I read about the case from two different sources...

I read about the case from two different sources and it was essentially the same thing: the couple was bent on ruining the photographer because they didn't want to pay the album fee. To me, that's a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-31-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 621
Posted By SolaresLarrave
The M2 is a joy to use... It's a minimalist...

The M2 is a joy to use... It's a minimalist dream, the perfect shooter. :) Congratulations!
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 07-20-2017
Replies: 42
Views: 3,154
Posted By SolaresLarrave
To me it's easy: Domke gripper and Leica for my M...

To me it's easy: Domke gripper and Leica for my M bodies, with only one exception: a hand-made strap sold by Tamarkin (leather, 45") that is kind of narrow but incredibly comfortable. Then, for...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-01-2017
Replies: 33
Views: 15,458
Posted By SolaresLarrave
For the inquiring reader's mind, an important...

For the inquiring reader's mind, an important note about the subject:

http://leica-m4-2.blogspot.com/2016/10/just-to-break-monotony-leica-typology.html

Now... My personal experience was this: I had...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-05-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 828
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I tried it during a trip and didn't quite like...

I tried it during a trip and didn't quite like it. Took it off and sold it. Never missed it!

Probably the covering material provides a grip good enough to me! :)
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 05-03-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,396
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Definitely and improvement, regardless of the...

Definitely and improvement, regardless of the cosmetic dilemma caused by the rubber piece. We both learned a lesson: in the future, let's not tinker with the stuff we buy while it's working well.
Forum: Nikon RF 04-22-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 729
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Thanks for posting, Richard! I had read some of...

Thanks for posting, Richard! I had read some of the story from other sources but never in this detail and directly from this man.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-29-2017
Replies: 91
Views: 8,688
Posted By SolaresLarrave
You can always try sending it to Youxin Yee, the...

You can always try sending it to Youxin Yee, the other technician who works on Leicas. While he's very nice and understanding, he's not Leica trained; he does know his own limitations and works with...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-24-2017
Replies: 49
Views: 6,064
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Buy it and enjoy it. You will be able to sell it...

Buy it and enjoy it. You will be able to sell it if you aren't happy with it (and probably at a small loss) but I tell you it's worth it. Granted, recent bodies are better (they should!), but this...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 03-24-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 3,262
Posted By SolaresLarrave
These cameras get some exposure here and then... ...

These cameras get some exposure here and then... I wonder if it's good or just a sign of the times or a decision of the art director.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-23-2017
Replies: 49
Views: 6,064
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I have a number of photographs (in low light and...

I have a number of photographs (in low light and with flash) in my blog. Here's (http://theneophytesguidetothenikond700.blogspot.com/2016/08/toledo-spain-summer-of-2016.html) one with some night...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-16-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,360
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I recall being in Leipzig, Germany, some 8 years...

I recall being in Leipzig, Germany, some 8 years ago, and there were lots of old Soviet SLR cameras and a few camera stores in the area around the train station. I guess it's the same in Odessa. My...
Forum: Travel 03-15-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1,529
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Thanks a lot, Jan! We're looking forward to going...

Thanks a lot, Jan! We're looking forward to going back. It's going to be a well-earned break... Only hoping the weather isn't too grumpy while we're there...
Forum: Travel 03-14-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1,529
Posted By SolaresLarrave
IdealCamera, I am guessing at the reason of your...

IdealCamera, I am guessing at the reason of your comment, and I agree. However, I have chosen to ignore it.

Elsewhere, I found that the best way to get cash is not through banks or exchange...
Forum: Travel 03-14-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1,529
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Well... I hope winzenbourg has time to post about...

Well... I hope winzenbourg has time to post about his experiences in Paris, because my family and I will be heading there around mid-May.

My wife and I were there a couple of times in the 90s for...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-08-2017
Replies: 49
Views: 2,261
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I started shooting medium format with a Mamiya...

I started shooting medium format with a Mamiya C220... and, like you, coming from 35mm, the square format took some time to get used to. It wasn't until I started thinking about visualizing my shots...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-03-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,561
Posted By SolaresLarrave
That's a nice gift... and an M3 no less! Be...

That's a nice gift... and an M3 no less! Be aware that unless that lens has a VF, you may need one to see what's going to be in the frame. The M3 is optimized for use with 50mm lenses, and has no...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-03-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1,444
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I was able to use the old Scala for a few years...

I was able to use the old Scala for a few years until its discontinuation, and it's one of the best, or maybe the best B&W film I ever used. In my taste, the second best is FP4... but as a very...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 02-26-2017
Replies: 1
Views: 882
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I think it's a matter of perception. To someone...

I think it's a matter of perception. To someone looking for one it may look like the lean year. To me (and considering what I've seen in this forum), it's a nice time to get one: the offerings are...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 02-26-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 2,595
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Looks like it's high time to start looking for a...

Looks like it's high time to start looking for a card reader to connect to the iPad I have. I would use it when I travel, mostly to download photographs, and then to read e-mail and stay connected...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 02-25-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 2,595
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Methinks I've been missing a lot from letting my...

Methinks I've been missing a lot from letting my son use the iPad at home.

More questions: how do you download photographs to it if it doesn't have a USB port? At least I don't think mine has...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 02-25-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 2,595
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Well... came late to the advise party but I'm...

Well... came late to the advise party but I'm glad. Where did you purchase it from? :)
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 02-25-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 2,595
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Curious about this... why do you want one? I...

Curious about this... why do you want one? I have an old one, but my son uses it to watch videos and play some games. I sometimes stream videos on it. Do you edit photos on it? What exactly is it...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-25-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 1,404
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Painful to see!!

Painful to see!!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-24-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 937
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I recall the time when the D70 came out... and I...

I recall the time when the D70 came out... and I handled one at the store. I was really just half an inch away from selling my Nikon F80 and going to the dark side. But then, that model got...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-21-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 975
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Had that happened to me I would have screamed all...

Had that happened to me I would have screamed all the way to Japan. Good you know what you're doing! :)

Or so it looks... ;)
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-13-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1,242
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Third party glass in conventional focal lengths...

Third party glass in conventional focal lengths will bring out the frame lines they're expected to bring for their correct use. That has been my experience with Konica, Voigtländer and Zeiss...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-04-2017
Replies: 185
Views: 24,702
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I'm glad to have learned about the final decision...

I'm glad to have learned about the final decision in this matter! All the reasoning and discussion here should be an example to follow for future "should I buy ___ and sell ___ to get ___?" threads. ...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-30-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,632
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Whoa... you have made a serious dent on my...

Whoa... you have made a serious dent on my resolve to not buy anything until I sell something... and better yet, not get into ANOTHER system AT ALL... because this one looks really beautiful.

Years...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-29-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1,935
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Some years ago, like in 2013 or 2014, Central...

Some years ago, like in 2013 or 2014, Central Camera in Chicago had an eBay auction for a black SP with lenses (50mm f1.4 and 35mm f2.5, and probably a 135mm) in box, for $18,000. I went to their...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 01-06-2017
Replies: 354
Sticky: RIP Tom A
Views: 54,361
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Sad to hear about the death of a generous and...

Sad to hear about the death of a generous and kind person... my condolences to his family. And I have seen I'm not alone. Very, very sorry about the news.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-21-2016
Replies: 39
Views: 3,026
Posted By SolaresLarrave
My only Optech is connected to my heavy digital...

My only Optech is connected to my heavy digital rig (Nikon D700, battery pack and 24-70 lens), which weighs about 13 pounds. For some reason, I really never let the camera just hang around my neck...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-16-2016
Replies: 185
Views: 24,702
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I can attest for the pleasant experience of...

I can attest for the pleasant experience of handling a Leica MP. It's designed to be unforgettable... BTW, have the OP done that?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-16-2016
Replies: 185
Views: 24,702
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Regardless of purchase, I'd sell the gear I...

Regardless of purchase, I'd sell the gear I haven't used in a long time.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-14-2016
Replies: 43
Views: 3,427
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I just sent a PM about the 3D printed hood for...

I just sent a PM about the 3D printed hood for Zeiss and Voigtlander lenses. Click HERE (https://www.shapeways.com/product/ZUPHW6KDX/cv-35-1-4-40-1-4-hood?optionId=8772048&li=pr-notifications) to...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-09-2016
Replies: 67
Views: 9,162
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Crazy price for an S3 2000 reissue.

Crazy price for an S3 2000 reissue.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-08-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 1,502
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I have always deleted in camera when the shot is...

I have always deleted in camera when the shot is absolute trash. And I have always reformatted in camera... if necessary. Now, I tend to download from the camera (when I'm traveling) but at home I...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-07-2016
Replies: 56
Views: 6,627
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Good that I never saw that S4 going for >$400......

Good that I never saw that S4 going for >$400... that'd been my downfall...
Forum: RFF News 12-06-2016
Replies: 43
Views: 6,838
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Ellen's photograph was great, but so were the...

Ellen's photograph was great, but so were the rest of the submissions. Never have I seen such a collection of really breathtaking images all together. Ellen's was very original, don't get me wrong......
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-05-2016
Replies: 23
Views: 1,514
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Not only did I label all my containers, I wrote...

Not only did I label all my containers, I wrote on the labels some basic instructions about how to use them! :o Why? Because I knew I'd forget those details.

And I still have forgotten some...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-04-2016
Replies: 56
Views: 6,627
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I got my Nikon S2 kit at $517 (original lens hood...

I got my Nikon S2 kit at $517 (original lens hood and leather case included) in 2010 from Igor Camera Exchange. I've seen the S2 prices going down steadily ever since. If you were offering a Nikon SP...
Forum: RFF News 11-24-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 3,722
Posted By SolaresLarrave
It was difficult... there were so many beautiful...

It was difficult... there were so many beautiful images it was hard. But I did it and I'm sure the winner will know how to use that Rolleiflex. Thanks a lot, Stephen!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-23-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 1,544
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Minilux... expensive solution, and also a bit...

Minilux... expensive solution, and also a bit risky. I support the easy film P&S. Minolta and Nikon offered some exceedingly good cameras some 10 years ago, and if you find one of them in good...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-12-2016
Replies: 54
Views: 2,820
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I thought I absolutely needed one... only to find...

I thought I absolutely needed one... only to find that I take extremely few photographs wide open. In truth, it may be good to have it if you ever need the extra stop, but it's not indispensable when...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-12-2016
Replies: 128
Views: 8,614
Posted By SolaresLarrave
In the summer of 2015 I got my M4, and when I...

In the summer of 2015 I got my M4, and when I tried the shutter it was lyrically quiet... so much that I thought something was wrong with it. I loaded it with film and went on a walk, trying...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-09-2016
Replies: 31
Views: 3,195
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I've done this some two or three times, and...

I've done this some two or three times, and always using the strip remover from a hardware store. It was so strong the last time it stripped the paint off the screws, but then leaving it overnight...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-31-2016
Replies: 709
Views: 80,858
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Evidently, the OP should have figured out that...

Evidently, the OP should have figured out that the M5 was, indeed, a very good choice. :)

I have been using mine for the last two weeks... feels like being reborn.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-30-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 2,346
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I may have a problem like that. One of my M6TTL...

I may have a problem like that. One of my M6TTL bodies has a defective flash function and it simply won't work with the SF20 I have. Nothing happened to the body (fall, exposure, collision), so it's...
Forum: RFF News 10-25-2016
Replies: 34
Views: 4,288
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Thanks for the effort and time! :) And welcome...

Thanks for the effort and time! :) And welcome to the job too! ;)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-20-2016
Replies: 709
Views: 80,858
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I just returned to shooting my M5s and it's...

I just returned to shooting my M5s and it's certainly fun... For a long time I had been using meterless M bodies, but one day, just because, decided to take my M5s for an airing (plus, I got a nice...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-19-2016
Replies: 165
Views: 9,990
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Wow... that's really bad news. I used their...

Wow... that's really bad news.

I used their services a few times, back around 2006-2008, when I had an issue with one of my M6TTL bodies. Their turnaround was about a month, and if you needed to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-14-2016
Replies: 34
Views: 2,570
Posted By SolaresLarrave
One caveat: The CV and the Zeiss have both a...

One caveat: The CV and the Zeiss have both a small design flaw: a chrome ring just right in front or around the front element. This may be a problem only if you shoot at night without flash and using...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-14-2016
Replies: 34
Views: 2,570
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I like two of the ones you listed, and have them...

I like two of the ones you listed, and have them in my cameras.

The Nokton f1.4 is an excellent performer, and with regards to the distortion I just wouldn't care. It's fast and has a nice...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-14-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 3,468
Posted By SolaresLarrave
UPDATE: Today, Oct 14, 2016, I got my lens hood...

UPDATE: Today, Oct 14, 2016, I got my lens hood from Cris Rose, the designer of this alternate (https://www.shapeways.com/product/ZUPHW6KDX/cv-35-1-4-40-1-4-hood) solution, for sale at a site called...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-14-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 1,397
Posted By SolaresLarrave
But a good one! :)

But a good one! :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-11-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 2,321
Posted By SolaresLarrave
See if Don (from DAG) can recommend someone to...

See if Don (from DAG) can recommend someone to fix the body damage. I don't think he can. He'll fix the mechanism, for sure.

Other than that... I'm very sorry about your camera experience. However,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-08-2016
Replies: 57
Views: 5,161
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Just beautiful, poetry in images... Print them...

Just beautiful, poetry in images... Print them all and turn them into a book! :) Thanks for sharing too!
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-05-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 3,468
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Well... I found out again on my own, and the...

Well... I found out again on my own, and the manufacturer of these hoods is still in business. I just ordered one for my own Biogon (the square thing with a viewfinder cutout) and will report and...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-05-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 3,468
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I just want a hood that won't make me fear...

I just want a hood that won't make me fear vignetting. I know about the real Zeiss, but they're priced pretty high. I have right now a third-party one that makes me fear vignetting (I didn't consider...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-05-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 3,468
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Does anyone know whether this guy is still in...

Does anyone know whether this guy is still in business? I'd like to purchase a lens hood from him. Thanks in advance!
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-02-2016
Replies: 214
Views: 15,626
Posted By SolaresLarrave
One of my black beauties, not the fav, but very...

One of my black beauties, not the fav, but very much almost like close to the fav...

https://c4.staticflickr.com/4/3747/12060568795_3d4a20bf45_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/jnKyVi)Leica M5, Nokton 35mm...
Forum: Travel 09-30-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 3,992
Posted By SolaresLarrave
That's a nice project, Lawrence... and it gave me...

That's a nice project, Lawrence... and it gave me a good idea for my own 65th. Heck, for my 60th! :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-30-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 3,499
Posted By SolaresLarrave
That's true about the FLs. The M6 will...

That's true about the FLs. The M6 will incorporate the 28mm lines and can take collapsible lenses, whereas the M5 doesn't have all the frame lines (missing 28 and 73). And, while it can take...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-30-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,329
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Years ago I had to send one of my M6TTL bodies to...

Years ago I had to send one of my M6TTL bodies to NJ and they were very nice about the whole process... especially when I told them I was about to leave for a trip a few days (which was true). I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-29-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 3,499
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Pros: M6: familiarity with controls because you...

Pros:

M6: familiarity with controls because you already have an M3 and an M2. And the camera is "fresher" than the M5 so, in case you needed repairs, you can send it to several people (DAG and...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-23-2016
Replies: 74
Views: 5,985
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I still would like to get a digital Leica,...

I still would like to get a digital Leica, despite reports like this one. In fact, I feel sorry about people getting these sensor problems... It's a bummer. I hope you get this solved fast and...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 09-23-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 4,589
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I too was wondering why nobody had mentioned the...

I too was wondering why nobody had mentioned the Zeiss. But now that it's done the universe can continue its route.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-22-2016
Replies: 101
Views: 6,223
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Mine is a relatively recent acquisition, 1962...

Mine is a relatively recent acquisition, 1962 model with the M3 style film spool, timer and frame selector, lever rewind and painted black... A pleasure to behold and use.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-21-2016
Replies: 48
Views: 3,205
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Allow me to repeat my recommendation of the Domke...

Allow me to repeat my recommendation of the Domke Grip (sans quick release), and I'll add the same Op/Tech EZ strap that you can get for $10.95 (and has more colors to choose from).

Then I'll add...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-20-2016
Replies: 47
Views: 3,111
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I stand corrected, there's no need to remove the...

I stand corrected, there's no need to remove the grip to unload film (I had to go and check) but my annoyance at the grip came from the fact that I had to remove it to mount my Elmarit 135mm f2.8...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-20-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 4,392
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Funny... I decided to google my blog and found...

Funny... I decided to google my blog and found the first blog (the one I picked up when the domain became available).

So, folks, this is now my blog, feel free to click on it (as some of you may...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-19-2016
Replies: 48
Views: 3,205
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I've used the Leica and it didn't do it for me...

I've used the Leica and it didn't do it for me when I take the camera for long walks. After a while, the strap sinks into your shoulder and starts hurting. My recommendation is the Domke gripper...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-19-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 1,095
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Same here... Very, very same. With one more...

Same here... Very, very same. With one more thing: accidentally, I let a roll of ISO 3200 film in my hand luggage and it came out of it OK after going through the scanner.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-17-2016
Replies: 47
Views: 3,111
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I got my first Leicas and didn't think I'd need a...

I got my first Leicas and didn't think I'd need a grip, but I bought one thinking it'd improve the handling of the camera.

It didn't. In fact, it became a problem because it added time to unloading...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-16-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 1,575
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Yep, what's said above. I used to have the...

Yep, what's said above. I used to have the silver 80mm lens and it was a 40.5mm filter. It was kind of difficult to find one, but in the end I was successful. What type of filter are you looking...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-13-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 2,329
Posted By SolaresLarrave
That's a good fix for the Fuji porn absence....

That's a good fix for the Fuji porn absence. Thanks! :)
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-17-2016
Replies: 9,112
Views: 897,609
Posted By SolaresLarrave
My last 35mm lens: a Zeiss Ikon in f2.8, silver,...

My last 35mm lens: a Zeiss Ikon in f2.8, silver, used, bargain priced. It may come this week...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-16-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,087
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Saw it in a photo group page in FB... appalling...

Saw it in a photo group page in FB... appalling and sad... I don't think I visited them when I was there but I'll try if I return. I hope they were insured...
Forum: Travel 06-19-2016
Replies: 42
Views: 2,615
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Every time I go to Germany I spend time in...

Every time I go to Germany I spend time in Nuremberg. I love the place! You've photographed some of my favorite areas in the downtown area (the castle, Frauenkirche and the farmers market, the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-14-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 2,962
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Actually, there was a third magnification: 0.58,...

Actually, there was a third magnification: 0.58, for wide-angle users. However, as you read already, the 0.72 is the best choice when compared to the 0.85. The latter is perfect for long-lens...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-13-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,451
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Nick, that's normal. My M2 does that too. As long...

Nick, that's normal. My M2 does that too. As long as the dial isn't too loose, you're fine and safe.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-13-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,451
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I have a Nikon S2, which has a similar system...

I have a Nikon S2, which has a similar system (not automatic frame counter), and every time I loaded a new roll I had to reset the darn thing. Of course, there were times I forgot, but then, that was...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-13-2016
Replies: 29
Views: 4,340
Posted By SolaresLarrave
When I purchased my first Leica, I went for the...

When I purchased my first Leica, I went for the M6 because I didn't know how to use a meter or how to meter intuitively (sunny 16 rule). Later I found that I'm not crazy about the 50mm focal...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-09-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 893
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Ooops... I see you're clearly looking for black...

Ooops... I see you're clearly looking for black dial cameras... I think those are a bit harder to come by.
Forum: Nikon RF 06-09-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 893
Posted By SolaresLarrave
The auction site sucks. Try Igor's Camera...

The auction site sucks. Try Igor's Camera Exchange (http://www.igorcamera.com) (based in Cleveland). He has a nice variety of things and decent prices, even if his descriptions err on the optimistic...
Forum: Travel 05-28-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 2,534
Posted By SolaresLarrave
You're taking too much gear. More film, less...

You're taking too much gear. More film, less equipment. Unless you've been there... in which case you know what you'll need.

Just my humble opinion. After two trips carrying a lot of my Leica...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-28-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,634
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I second the suggestion about the Contax G body. ...

I second the suggestion about the Contax G body. If you already have the lens, a G1 will only cost you about $150 (gotta look hard for them, but they exist) or some $300, and you'll have a lot more...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-20-2016
Replies: 89
Views: 17,805
Posted By SolaresLarrave
The last time I traveled with my meterless...

The last time I traveled with my meterless cameras, I just metered an average lit scene (reflected light) and went on from it pretty much all the time while the light didn't change (meaning, drastic...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 05-18-2016
Replies: 33
Views: 3,230
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Congratulations on your well-deserved...

Congratulations on your well-deserved recognition! :)
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 05-10-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 2,631
Posted By SolaresLarrave
I don't know if you might be interested on fixed...

I don't know if you might be interested on fixed lens P&S but if you want fancy, try the Nikon 35ti. It's a beauty, has some very funky controls, a great 35mm f2.8 lens and even can do panorama mode...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-07-2016
Replies: 96
Views: 11,055
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Jeans, or chinos (khaki) or cargo pants (extra...

Jeans, or chinos (khaki) or cargo pants (extra pockets), short sleeve cotton shirts or t-shirts, polo shirts for cool weather, serious walking shoes (Mephisto) and a small Domke bag (FX5B,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-07-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 873
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Thanks for the recommendation! Now... What other...

Thanks for the recommendation! Now... What other types of gear do they work on?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-05-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 2,379
Posted By SolaresLarrave
If your film has no marks on it, there was a...

If your film has no marks on it, there was a development problem. Brown developer means bad news... I used Ilfosol 3 for a while, and it has a relatively short shelf life.

Let's hope you didn't have...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-04-2016
Replies: 94
Views: 7,910
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Ken, black or chrome?

Ken, black or chrome?
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-03-2016
Replies: 94
Views: 7,910
Posted By SolaresLarrave
Congratulations, Ken!! Now we definitely must...

Congratulations, Ken!! Now we definitely must meet! :)
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