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Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-24-2018
Replies: 118
Views: 5,584
Posted By 02Pilot
I'm not sure it qualifies since it's a fixed lens...

I'm not sure it qualifies since it's a fixed lens (on a box camera, no less), but I love the cemented doublet on my Ilford Craftsman. It's got a unique look that I've never found in another camera,...
Forum: Optics Theory - 07-09-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,059
Posted By 02Pilot
Cerium oxide is the proper material to polish it;...

Cerium oxide is the proper material to polish it; it's easily available online. Other stuff may work to remove the coating, but the scratches will not come out easily. When I rehabbed a badly...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-02-2018
Replies: 86
Views: 4,288
Posted By 02Pilot
I've seemingly got quite a lot of these sorts of...

I've seemingly got quite a lot of these sorts of shots, more than I realized. A...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-14-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 559
Posted By 02Pilot
For grinding, the easiest and least risky...

For grinding, the easiest and least risky approach is to screw the adapter into an appropriately-sized nut, clamp some vice grips on it or clamp it in a vice (depending on your preferred grinding...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-12-2018
Replies: 47
Views: 2,327
Posted By 02Pilot
That is a good deal. I've had this lens for a...

That is a good deal. I've had this lens for a while now and have been quite pleased with it; it's a great fit on a Barnack body.


Funny how several have complained about the price of 21mm finders in...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-12-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 559
Posted By 02Pilot
One of mine came with an old adapter that fit...

One of mine came with an old adapter that fit flush, but I don't know of any new production. The easiest solution is to sand/file/grind down the collar until it sits how you want it to.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 06-07-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 937
Posted By 02Pilot
This is the primary advantage of slower lenses,...

This is the primary advantage of slower lenses, at least in my mind. Sure, there are times when a faster lens offers additional flexibility, but if you know you're not going to be opening up beyond...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 06-06-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 16,220
Posted By 02Pilot
Here's a few from my...

Here's a few from my 35ML:


https://farm1.staticflickr.com/832/41977541452_b58567a160_c.jpg


https://farm1.staticflickr.com/820/41539798492_f85ce40963_c.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-01-2018
Replies: 964
Views: 189,496
Posted By 02Pilot
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Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-29-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 2,386
Posted By 02Pilot
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Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-29-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 2,386
Posted By 02Pilot
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Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-25-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 1,212
Posted By 02Pilot
Mine did this quite severely when I got it. The...

Mine did this quite severely when I got it. The problem was a roughness that developed - probably from oxidation - on something in the film chamber. I want to say it was one of the blackened edges of...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-24-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 1,212
Posted By 02Pilot
I have an Ikoflex Ic that's a very nice camera to...

I have an Ikoflex Ic that's a very nice camera to use. The coated Tessar lens is really quite good, as you would expect. Mechanically, it's pretty simple and robust, though I did have to service mine...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-20-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 527
Posted By 02Pilot
Simple white glue. Unless you use your cameras in...

Simple white glue. Unless you use your cameras in the rain with alarming frequency, it's not going anywhere, it won't outgas, and if you need to remove it it's simple and easy.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-16-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 447
Posted By 02Pilot
No problem with the lens. None of the faster...

No problem with the lens. None of the faster collapsible lenses will collapse into the later (series V and up) Canon bodies, at least without tweaking the light baffles. f/3.5 collapsibles will...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-12-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 1,773
Posted By 02Pilot
In no small part due to this thread, I rattled...

In no small part due to this thread, I rattled off the following crotchety missive this morning: https://filmosaur.wordpress.com/2018/05/12/happy-little-photographs/
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-12-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 1,773
Posted By 02Pilot
I find it interesting that, given the...

I find it interesting that, given the unprecedented selection of tools available for the creation and creative interpretation of photographs, everyone seems to be making the same picture. This tends...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-11-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 2,081
Posted By 02Pilot
Well, I don't know that I can give you a...

Well, I don't know that I can give you a definitive analysis, but my impression so far is that the Hexanon is rather unique compared with the others (well, the first two, as I have no experience with...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-11-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 2,081
Posted By 02Pilot
FWIW, this is what my IIIg is wearing these...

FWIW, this is what my IIIg is wearing these days:

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/784/40103333854_44f5dcd8c4_c.jpg

Quite a lovely lens, but not necessarily cheap, and perhaps not fast enough for...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-10-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 2,081
Posted By 02Pilot
How far are you pushing your film, and at what...

How far are you pushing your film, and at what apertures do you normally shoot? If you're going wide open after dark and want that kind of speed, there aren't a lot of choices. I love my Canon 50/1.5...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-10-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 746
Posted By 02Pilot
I don't recall specifically from this lens, but...

I don't recall specifically from this lens, but typically if there are no detents for a spanner, you'll need to use a rubber plug or stopper to twist the front ring off by friction. Be sure to find...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 05-08-2018
Replies: 133
Views: 36,815
Posted By 02Pilot
I'd love to find one cheap, but those days seem...

I'd love to find one cheap, but those days seem to have passed, even for those that are battered and bruised (which I don't mind at all).
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-08-2018
Replies: 397
Views: 44,937
Posted By 02Pilot
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Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-04-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 2,598
Posted By 02Pilot
I've passed through Kittery (and Wells) many...

I've passed through Kittery (and Wells) many times. We stay in Ogunquit a couple times a year, and every now and again in Portland. Don't worry, I'll be driving up from NY with all the film I need....
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-04-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 2,598
Posted By 02Pilot
Whereabouts are you in Maine, Charlie? I'm going...

Whereabouts are you in Maine, Charlie? I'm going to be up near Ellsworth in a couple weeks.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-04-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 2,598
Posted By 02Pilot
I did Berlin last summer with only a IIIc, Elmar...

I did Berlin last summer with only a IIIc, Elmar 50/3.5, and lots of HP5+, so no, it's not nuts. Unless we both are, in which case it is.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-27-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,433
Posted By 02Pilot
My phrasing was insufficiently precise. A boring...

My phrasing was insufficiently precise. A boring photo will indeed always be a boring photo, but an otherwise interesting photo made with a boring lens is disappointing because I know it could have...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-27-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,433
Posted By 02Pilot
I like lenses that don't actively annoy me in use...

I like lenses that don't actively annoy me in use and that produce interesting results. I dislike lenses that produce results that bore me.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-27-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 10,952
Posted By 02Pilot
I assume no responsibility for gear acquisitions....

I assume no responsibility for gear acquisitions. I'm just the messenger... :)
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-27-2018
Replies: 399
Views: 56,408
Posted By 02Pilot
Thanks, and I'm glad you're enjoying the blog. It...

Thanks, and I'm glad you're enjoying the blog. It hasn't been as active as I might like lately, but hopefully I can find some time to add more to it soon.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-27-2018
Replies: 230
Views: 62,001
Posted By 02Pilot
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Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-26-2018
Replies: 399
Views: 56,408
Posted By 02Pilot
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Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-26-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 10,952
Posted By 02Pilot
On most collapsible lenses the drag on the barrel...

On most collapsible lenses the drag on the barrel is created by a ring of felt inside the base. You would need to remove the barrel from the base, lift out the old worn felt, and replace it. I do...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-25-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 5,365
Posted By 02Pilot
Yashica...

Yashica J-Mini:

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Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-24-2018
Replies: 964
Views: 189,496
Posted By 02Pilot
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Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-24-2018
Replies: 964
Views: 189,496
Posted By 02Pilot
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Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-22-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 1,666
Posted By 02Pilot
On RF, I've found the best setup for me is one of...

On RF, I've found the best setup for me is one of the Canon RF bodies with the auto-adjusting parallax viewfinder. I have the matching brightline VFs for 85, 100, and 135, so it's easy to switch as...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-22-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 1,666
Posted By 02Pilot
I've definitely used longer lenses for landscape...

I've definitely used longer lenses for landscape work, and have generally been happy with the results. Both the Elmar 90/4 and the Canon 100/3.5 are really good for this sort of thing, and both are...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-20-2018
Replies: 532
Views: 48,886
Posted By 02Pilot
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Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-20-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 968
Posted By 02Pilot
That could definitely be the source of the...

That could definitely be the source of the problem. It looks like that spring is needed to engage the advance mechanism.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-19-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 968
Posted By 02Pilot
If nothing else, try actuating the advance lever...

If nothing else, try actuating the advance lever and see if you can see anything under the bottom plate moving. It may give you a clue to something that's stuck, loose, or otherwise not right.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-19-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 968
Posted By 02Pilot
Unfortunately, there's not much to see there. The...

Unfortunately, there's not much to see there. The interlock is probably hidden, and without the camera in front of me it's hard to see how the pieces interact when moving.

Not that I think it will...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-18-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 968
Posted By 02Pilot
I haven't worked on a 35SP in a while - can you...

I haven't worked on a 35SP in a while - can you post a photo or two of the mechanism with the bottom plate removed?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-18-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 968
Posted By 02Pilot
It's very possible that the mechanism behind the...

It's very possible that the mechanism behind the button is still gummed up. I would still try a drop or two of Ronsonol on the button first. If that doesn't free it up you'll need to pull the bottom...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-18-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 968
Posted By 02Pilot
Off hand I'd suspect the rewind button is stuck,...

Off hand I'd suspect the rewind button is stuck, as this disengages the sprocket and take-up spool. Try a small drop of Ronsonol around the button and jiggle it. Cleaning the button and the area...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 04-13-2018
Replies: 2,418
Views: 353,274
Posted By 02Pilot
Found these two in a used book store and couldn't...

Found these two in a used book store and couldn't leave them there.

Rene Burri - Photographs (Phaidon, 2004)
Andre Kertesz - Jeu de Palme exhibition catalog (2010)
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-10-2018
Replies: 81
Views: 4,449
Posted By 02Pilot
Not mine. My German car tastes run closer to...

Not mine. My German car tastes run closer to Munich than Wolfsburg.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/889/41320555682_82dd510742_c.jpg
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-08-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 1,671
Posted By 02Pilot
I own neither one, but assuming similar...

I own neither one, but assuming similar condition, Planar vs. Sonnar rendering is pretty different. Depends to some extent on what you want to do with it. Based on other Canon and Nikkor lenses I do...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-08-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,321
Posted By 02Pilot
GIMP is fantastic, but the learning curve is...

GIMP is fantastic, but the learning curve is steep. If you were on any other OS, I'd suggest Darktable, but it's not easily installed on Mac.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-06-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 932
Posted By 02Pilot
Yeah, forget the solvents and grab a hair dryer....

Yeah, forget the solvents and grab a hair dryer. If that doesn't do it, and you're desperate, I've used a soldering iron to apply more localized heat to the helicoid. Once it's apart, solvents for...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-06-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,134
Posted By 02Pilot
I'm tempted, but I have trouble justifying it...

I'm tempted, but I have trouble justifying it when I know I can push HP5+ to 3200 with good results. I do like the grain in the TMax 3200, though.
Forum: Travel 04-06-2018
Replies: 87
Views: 3,986
Posted By 02Pilot
Thanks. That little car has been with me for over...

Thanks. That little car has been with me for over twenty years, including almost a decade of competition driving (it's heavily modified). Just waiting for the weather to warm up a bit to get it out...
Forum: Travel 04-05-2018
Replies: 87
Views: 3,986
Posted By 02Pilot
Daily driver (2009 BMW 128i...

Daily driver (2009 BMW 128i M-Sport):

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/866/41265449141_ab74e4e765_c.jpg

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Summer toy (1974 BMW...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-03-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,748
Posted By 02Pilot
Yes, this lens is working out very nicely thus...

Yes, this lens is working out very nicely thus far.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4772/39079193230_87405a74b0_c.jpg
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-03-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,117
Posted By 02Pilot
I've used several. The 28/35 is fantastic, but it...

I've used several. The 28/35 is fantastic, but it took me a long time to find one that didn't cost me a spare organ. A nice, if uncommon, alternative is the Komura piece. Very well made, nice...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-01-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 932
Posted By 02Pilot
Shoot it. I've got a Summar that had a quite...

Shoot it. I've got a Summar that had a quite literally opaque front element when I got it; polishing it up got rid of the worst of the damage, but it's far from perfect. A deep hood will help, but...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-30-2018
Replies: 103
Views: 2,933
Posted By 02Pilot
FYI, if it's of interest I've got a 21mm...

FYI, if it's of interest I've got a 21mm viewfinder in the classifieds right now. Sometimes you can find lenses without finders for a good bit cheaper than the lens and finder kit (that's how I got...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-26-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,055
Posted By 02Pilot
A couple things to add to the discussion: - At...

A couple things to add to the discussion:

- At least the center section looks to be aluminum alloy, not chromed brass. I can't say for sure obviously, but look closely at the taper at the top of...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-22-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 576
Posted By 02Pilot
I never found it distracting, but I know some do....

I never found it distracting, but I know some do. They're pretty widely separated, so it would be hard to mistake one for another. The other complaint is that the 35mm frame is hard to see for some,...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-22-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 576
Posted By 02Pilot
Just to be clear, the only difference in size is...

Just to be clear, the only difference in size is the thickness of the baseplate. The VI-series bodies are otherwise virtually identical in size to the P (I have a VI-L and a P, though the VI-L is...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-22-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 576
Posted By 02Pilot
Two major factors: viewfinder and winding...

Two major factors: viewfinder and winding mechanism. The VI viewfinder is 1:1 for 50 & 100, not so for 35 (35 has no framelines), and has magnification; the P is 1:1 for all in a combined finder with...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-20-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,261
Posted By 02Pilot
I have one and I like it, though I really haven't...

I have one and I like it, though I really haven't used it a lot because a) 35mm is not my preferred focal length in most situations, and b) once I got my Hexar AF I tend to gravitate toward it over...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-20-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 2,194
Posted By 02Pilot
If you're buying through eBay, consider camera &...

If you're buying through eBay, consider camera & lens kits - sometimes better deals can be found on these over just the body alone.

I really like my IIIg, but I also waited quite a while to find a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 03-19-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,748
Posted By 02Pilot
It is pretty, isn't it? Nice to use, too. I'm...

It is pretty, isn't it? Nice to use, too. I'm quite pleased with it.

I never had a Summicron, so I can't comment on the specific comparison, but given the reputation of the Leitz lens, it sounds...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 03-19-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,748
Posted By 02Pilot
A few scratches shouldn't make much, if any,...

A few scratches shouldn't make much, if any, difference. The Hexanon takes 40.5mm filters, which means that hoods are readily available.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 03-18-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,748
Posted By 02Pilot
And for anyone interested or coming upon this...

And for anyone interested or coming upon this thread in the future, a sample from the Hexanon.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/800/26016604277_2c1c7abb93_c.jpg
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-17-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,026
Posted By 02Pilot
Unless you can find a pre-cut cover specific to...

Unless you can find a pre-cut cover specific to that model, it can be quite tricky to get a nice clean fit. You might consider just using a little liquid electrical tape to fill in those areas.
Forum: Fuji X Series 03-14-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,582
Posted By 02Pilot
Nice to see prices on the X-E2 coming down. I'm...

Nice to see prices on the X-E2 coming down. I'm perfectly happy with my X-E1, but since I shoot JPEG exclusively, I'd really like the Classic Chrome film simulation.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 03-14-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,748
Posted By 02Pilot
It has arrived. Got it mounted on my IIIg and...

It has arrived. Got it mounted on my IIIg and loaded with FP4+ so I can concentrate on wider apertures during the test roll.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/784/40103333854_44f5dcd8c4_c.jpg
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 03-13-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,748
Posted By 02Pilot
I'm pleased to hear that. I tend to use lens...

I'm pleased to hear that. I tend to use lens hoods on most lenses, but it's nice to know that the lens is well-controlled.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 03-13-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 6,970
Posted By 02Pilot
The aperture problem may just be an issue with...

The aperture problem may just be an issue with the dial. Have you pulled the top plate off to investigate?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 03-09-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,748
Posted By 02Pilot
My curiosity got the best of me; a (hopefully)...

My curiosity got the best of me; a (hopefully) nice example of the 50/1.9 is on its way to me. I'm hoping it lives up to expectations.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 03-09-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,748
Posted By 02Pilot
I doubt it. The 48/2 I have is nicely sharp for a...

I doubt it. The 48/2 I have is nicely sharp for a 50s lens, but I doubt it would be comparable to the much more modern 50/2.4. I'm more interested in it for the out-of-focus rendering, which...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 03-09-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,748
Posted By 02Pilot
Thanks for that. I found a similar block diagram,...

Thanks for that. I found a similar block diagram, but I hadn't associated it with the Ultron design. I also found a mention on one of the wikis that said this lens was substantially similar to the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 03-08-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,748
Posted By 02Pilot
I like the idea of the IIIa, but I already have...

I like the idea of the IIIa, but I already have the III, which is great apart from the small viewfinder, and which I am not selling because it was my grandfather's. I find I tend to prefer using my...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-07-2018
Replies: 397
Views: 44,937
Posted By 02Pilot
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4667/25906784078_d9...

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Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-07-2018
Replies: 397
Views: 44,937
Posted By 02Pilot
That's a great, atmospheric shot, Helen. Very...

That's a great, atmospheric shot, Helen. Very nicely done.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 03-07-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,748
Posted By 02Pilot
Hexanon 50/1.9?

As I'm clearly not completely cured of my lust for a Konica LTM lens (see my thread on the 50/2.4 from a few weeks ago), I'm now back to ask about the older 50/1.9. I have a Konica III with the 48/2,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-07-2018
Replies: 230
Views: 62,001
Posted By 02Pilot
Lynn, I think it's definitely worth a shot. Use...

Lynn, I think it's definitely worth a shot. Use pure cerium oxide powder and cotton swabs dampened in water. I worked in small circles, always moving around the surface and periodically reversing,...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 03-06-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,238
Posted By 02Pilot
Yep, you nailed the locations. Too early for...

Yep, you nailed the locations. Too early for noodles when I made my way through Chinatown. Had a bite and a beer at Fanelli Cafe on Prince and Mercer.
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 03-05-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,238
Posted By 02Pilot
Thank you both. Yes, much is changing, both in...

Thank you both. Yes, much is changing, both in Little Italy/Chinatown and elsewhere. The building on the West Side is proceeding at an astonishing pace.
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 03-04-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,238
Posted By 02Pilot
Thanks for all the comments. I'm pleased that...

Thanks for all the comments. I'm pleased that others have enjoyed seeing these photos. It's always interesting to hear how others see one's own work, especially from the other NYC photographers who...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 03-02-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,238
Posted By 02Pilot
Thanks. NYC is a great subject, but one that's...

Thanks. NYC is a great subject, but one that's not always easy to get a new perspective on. Capturing something a little different is always in my mind when I'm in the city.
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 03-02-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,238
Posted By 02Pilot
Thanks, folks. James, I shot four rolls in my...

Thanks, folks. James, I shot four rolls in my travels, so I averaged one shot every two minutes.
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 03-02-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,238
Posted By 02Pilot
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4715/25703476697_be...

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Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 03-02-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,238
Posted By 02Pilot
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Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 03-02-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,238
Posted By 02Pilot
NYC in five hours and ten miles

Time to get into the city has been short lately, so when I had a few hours recently I jumped on an early train, took the subway to lower Manhattan, and started walking. In the five hours I had before...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-26-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 2,638
Posted By 02Pilot
OK, I'll play. 1: Summitar 50/2. Great...

OK, I'll play.

1: Summitar 50/2. Great character, fast enough for all-purpose use.
2: Elmar 50/3.5. Love the look, ergonomics less so, but oh so compact.
3: Canon 50/1.5. Glorious Sonnar...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 02-24-2018
Replies: 120
Views: 11,039
Posted By 02Pilot
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4728/39477476802_11...

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4728/39477476802_111e5c8279_c.jpg
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-22-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1,054
Posted By 02Pilot
I've had hoods that vignetted wide open but not...

I've had hoods that vignetted wide open but not at smaller apertures (at least not visibly). If you test at minimum aperture you may be surprised later. Blur is irrelevant - the question is whether...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-22-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1,054
Posted By 02Pilot
There's no way to make any useful blanket...

There's no way to make any useful blanket statement since the hood itself remains a variable. You just need to get some and test them. The single frame test is good, but be sure to do it against a...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-21-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 6,970
Posted By 02Pilot
Thanks for that. Since they're so cheap, I may...

Thanks for that. Since they're so cheap, I may order a few of those just to have around in case I need to attempt the repair.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-20-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 987
Posted By 02Pilot
Yeah, if the blades are out and dry, then just...

Yeah, if the blades are out and dry, then just flush it, blow it out, and call it done. Personally, I'd rub the blades with powdered graphite before reinstalling, but that's just my preference.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-20-2018
Replies: 84
Views: 2,832
Posted By 02Pilot
I was given about a dozen rolls (mixed, mostly...

I was given about a dozen rolls (mixed, mostly Velvia 50/100 and Ektachrome 100) a year or so ago, so I've shot a few. It's fun, and I had them mounted in case I ever want to project them, but...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-20-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 987
Posted By 02Pilot
OK, that's what I suspected. You've got to go in...

OK, that's what I suspected. You've got to go in through the front. Looks like you've got the front optical group out. I can't tell from that photo exactly how to proceed next, but basically you need...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-20-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 987
Posted By 02Pilot
What does the other side of the shutter look...

What does the other side of the shutter look like?

If it's non-accessible, just flush with naptha (not alcohol), blow out with hand blower, gently clean glass (can you get the lens elements apart?...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-20-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1,054
Posted By 02Pilot
A hood for a normal lens is likely to cause some...

A hood for a normal lens is likely to cause some vignetting on a wide, but there are too many variables to say there is any hard and fast rule. You just want a relatively wide, relatively shallow...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-20-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 987
Posted By 02Pilot
Eh? The only reason you wouldn't have access is...

Eh? The only reason you wouldn't have access is if you haven't gone that far with disassembly. Assuming you haven't, and you don't want to, then forget about lubrication and just flush with...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-20-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 987
Posted By 02Pilot
You don't want oil in the vast majority of the...

You don't want oil in the vast majority of the shutter mechanism. You need to flush with solvent - Ronsonol, naptha, kerosene - and get that oil out of there. Gently blow dry to get any grit or...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 02-16-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 1,188
Posted By 02Pilot
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/756/31714354044_68e...

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/756/31714354044_68e3fa1570_c.jpg
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 02-13-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 760
Posted By 02Pilot
I'm not too far from Poughkeepsie, so I'll try to...

I'm not too far from Poughkeepsie, so I'll try to make it over to the show. Thanks for the heads-up, and nice work.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-13-2018
Replies: 218
Views: 7,046
Posted By 02Pilot
Fair points, but is anyone participating on this...

Fair points, but is anyone participating on this forum doing so because they are primarily engaged in and wish to discuss satellite, x-ray, or insurance documentary photography? The sort of...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-13-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 688
Posted By 02Pilot
I was going by my experience with the Nikon 28mm...

I was going by my experience with the Nikon 28mm finder, so the variation you describe is not surprising. I've seen more than a few external finders that were a little off seemingly from the factory...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-13-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 688
Posted By 02Pilot
Unscrew the front trim ring (it may be tight)....

Unscrew the front trim ring (it may be tight). Underneath you should see three grub screws equidistant around the perimeter of the front element. Loosen, adjust the glass until the mask is straight,...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-12-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 744
Posted By 02Pilot
This is with a first generation 531/2 with an...

This is with a first generation 531/2 with an uncoated 105/4.5 Tessar. Either f/22 or f/32, I don't recall. I don't shoot much with a tripod, but after seeing the difference in results with this...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-12-2018
Replies: 218
Views: 7,046
Posted By 02Pilot
I'm finding this whole discussion fascinating....

I'm finding this whole discussion fascinating. The idea that photography isn't art baffles me a bit; art is personal expression, photography is personal expression, so how is photography not art?...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-12-2018
Replies: 218
Views: 7,046
Posted By 02Pilot
My experience with two photography groups -...

My experience with two photography groups - primarily the salon I mentioned above as well as another group that's just starting up - is that photographers who want serious critique will explain...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-11-2018
Replies: 218
Views: 7,046
Posted By 02Pilot
Sadly, I've mostly given up on the internet for...

Sadly, I've mostly given up on the internet for meaningful photo discussion. I attend a monthly photo salon at a (semi-)local photography institute where it's prints only, rigidly time-controlled,...
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-09-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1,333
Posted By 02Pilot
This is a good point. I've probably taken more...

This is a good point. I've probably taken more successful landscape shots with my Elmar 90/4 or Canon 100/3.5 than I have with wides.
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-08-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1,333
Posted By 02Pilot
Agreed that the Elmar 50/3.5 and Summitar are...

Agreed that the Elmar 50/3.5 and Summitar are both good choices. I shot my Berlin series exclusively with a coated Elmar; everything was pushed to 1600, so apertures were small in most cases. I also...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 02-07-2018
Replies: 111
Views: 3,613
Posted By 02Pilot
I've got a few of...

I've got a few of these:

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5749/21970196482_0a679def31_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4704/26263942878_1083eda291_c.jpg
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-04-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 2,046
Posted By 02Pilot
It does look a lot more appropriate on that M2. I...

It does look a lot more appropriate on that M2. I can feel the compulsive need receding. Ah well, probably ends up saving me some money in any case. Now if I can just back away from the 35/2 I'll be...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-03-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,920
Posted By 02Pilot
Homebrewed Caffenol. Standard dev is C-H(RS) for...

Homebrewed Caffenol. Standard dev is C-H(RS) for [email protected], 1min agitations, +2 push is C-L for [email protected], stand w/two turns at 35min.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-03-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 2,046
Posted By 02Pilot
Nice samples. I love the look, but as noted...

Nice samples. I love the look, but as noted above, I'm questioning whether the size might be too large for my preferences. Since I'd be using it on a Barnack body of one sort or another most of the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-03-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 2,046
Posted By 02Pilot
Yeah, this is a little disproportionate. I was...

Yeah, this is a little disproportionate. I was thinking it might be a good match for my IIIg, but this is making me reconsider. If the 35/2 is a better fit that may move up the list, even though I'm...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-03-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,920
Posted By 02Pilot
I've never noticed this. I find HP5+ to have very...

I've never noticed this. I find HP5+ to have very little grain when scanned, even when pushed a couple stops. Here's one processed...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-03-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1,712
Posted By 02Pilot
I don't know the camera, and I haven't been able...

I don't know the camera, and I haven't been able to find much if any info on fixing it. Are you planning to open it up and try some basic diagnostics? It may be something relatively simple. I brought...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-03-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 2,046
Posted By 02Pilot
Just so I'm clear, you mean the base of the lens...

Just so I'm clear, you mean the base of the lens where it contacts the body actually overhangs the baseplate on a Barnack? That would be most irritating, and might be a deal-breaker.

If I want to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-03-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 2,046
Posted By 02Pilot
The 50/3.5 is actually where I started browsing...

The 50/3.5 is actually where I started browsing LTM Konica lenses. That search led me to the 50/2.4. I'm sure the 3.5 is nice, and I wouldn't be surprised if I ended up with one at some point, but...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-03-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 2,046
Posted By 02Pilot
Thanks for the links. The last one does have some...

Thanks for the links. The last one does have some nice photos, which only makes my obsession stronger.

I'm surprised there aren't more comments from users here - it usually seems like, no matter how...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-02-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 2,046
Posted By 02Pilot
Konica 50/2.4 LTM?

At the risk of falling victim to a bunch of enablers, I'm having a mild attack of compulsive need for a Konica 50/2.4. I blame my Hexar AF for this; the more I look at the photos it produces, the...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-31-2018
Replies: 333
Views: 54,145
Posted By 02Pilot
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4640/24467886797_cf...

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4640/24467886797_cff87c0b09_c.jpg
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-28-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 2,980
Posted By 02Pilot
I have an automatic backup that runs once a day....

I have an automatic backup that runs once a day. My drives are filling up (1TB each), so I need to get some larger ones and transition everything over. Offsite and/or cloud storage are a good idea,...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 01-26-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 2,206
Posted By 02Pilot
My GF got one through the Kickstarter. Be...

My GF got one through the Kickstarter. Be advised: the rear door latch is a weak design, held in place by a couple of tiny plastic tabs molded into the latch. It snapped off the first time she closed...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-24-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,920
Posted By 02Pilot
FWIW, I've found HP5+ to be astonishingly low...

FWIW, I've found HP5+ to be astonishingly low grain in Caffenol-C-H(RS). Being a homebrew developer it may not be something you're interested in, but it can work well with this film. I can post...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-24-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 6,970
Posted By 02Pilot
It would be great if we could identify the...

It would be great if we could identify the specific replacement part that fits the Hexar AF. Mine is working OK at the moment, but I'd certainly rather fix the problem than just put a Band-aid on it.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-21-2018
Replies: 964
Views: 189,496
Posted By 02Pilot
Yep, we were there in late May/early June of last...

Yep, we were there in late May/early June of last year. We really enjoyed the train, and the area in general (stayed in Durango and Ouray).
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-20-2018
Replies: 964
Views: 189,496
Posted By 02Pilot
Doug, as soon as I saw your last photo I knew the...

Doug, as soon as I saw your last photo I knew the scene looked quite familiar.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4699/28028538189_d1d9ee730c_c.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-16-2018
Replies: 423
Views: 73,261
Posted By 02Pilot
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4708/27946876069_5c...

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4708/27946876069_5c222b8df4_c.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-10-2018
Replies: 407
Views: 72,084
Posted By 02Pilot
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4598/39507770891_46...

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Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-08-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 1,613
Posted By 02Pilot
How does the cost factor against the risk, the...

How does the cost factor against the risk, the reward, and available resources? I'll take a shot at almost anything if the cost doesn't stretch available resources, but the probability of failure and...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-08-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 2,092
Posted By 02Pilot
Yeah, it's simple and fairly straightforward. One...

Yeah, it's simple and fairly straightforward. One plus of the Sonnar design is relatively few groups, so there isn't much that can get confused on reassembly. One thing to note is that I have seen...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-06-2018
Replies: 110
Views: 54,987
Posted By 02Pilot
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4739/39514136842_10...

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Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-04-2018
Replies: 120
Views: 11,039
Posted By 02Pilot
Arlington National...

Arlington National Cemetery:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4728/39477476802_111e5c8279_c.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-04-2018
Replies: 85
Views: 10,265
Posted By 02Pilot
Outside the National Portrait...

Outside the National Portrait Gallery:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4727/39477476722_cf103f7e45_c.jpg

Inside the Smithsonian Air & Space...
Forum: Travel 12-27-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 841
Posted By 02Pilot
Thanks folks. I'll definitely hit the Multiple...

Thanks folks. I'll definitely hit the Multiple Exposures Gallery, as the Torpedo Factory is just down the road. Should be able to get to one or possibly two of the ones in DC as well.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-27-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,451
Posted By 02Pilot
Frame loose.

Frame loose.
Forum: Travel 12-26-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 841
Posted By 02Pilot
Washington DC photo museums/galleries?

Going to be down in the DC area (staying in Alexandria) for a few days. Aside from the Leica Shop gallery (which I intend to check out), I'm rather ignorant of museums and galleries specializing in...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-23-2017
Replies: 31
Views: 2,995
Posted By 02Pilot
Yep. I'd been eyeing it for a while, then a...

Yep. I'd been eyeing it for a while, then a coupon came along (20% on lenses, IIRC) and I couldn't resist any longer. I already had the matching Nikkor...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-23-2017
Replies: 31
Views: 2,995
Posted By 02Pilot
Normally they are priced somewhat higher than the...

Normally they are priced somewhat higher than the Canons, though I've seen the Canon 2.8 sell up in the mid-$400s, which is about where the Nikkors usually are. I got lucky with one that was...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-23-2017
Replies: 31
Views: 2,995
Posted By 02Pilot
I had the Canon 28/3.5, and currently have the...

I had the Canon 28/3.5, and currently have the Canon 28/2.8 along with one not on your list, the Nikkor 28/3.5.

Both Canons have what I would consider medium contrast; certainly low in comparison to...
Forum: Foca Cameras 12-23-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 2,051
Posted By 02Pilot
I'd imagine servicing is going to be an exercise...

I'd imagine servicing is going to be an exercise in experimentation, but it's a focal plane shutter, and those are fairly straightforward regardless of who made them. Get inside, take lots of...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-20-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 1,932
Posted By 02Pilot
Soviet lens might work, but most of their threads...

Soviet lens might work, but most of their threads are machined into a larger body part. I'd first try an LTM body cap as a source, cutting off or machining out the unnecessary portion.

The other...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-19-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 1,932
Posted By 02Pilot
You want much more directed heat. As noted,...

You want much more directed heat. As noted, baking is likely to destroy the finish on what remains. Try a soldering iron or a heat gun.

That said, that's a lot of work for a lens that you can easily...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-13-2017
Replies: 43
Views: 4,453
Posted By 02Pilot
The car - from memory, which isn't what it used...

The car - from memory, which isn't what it used to be - is a 1914(?) Mercedes purpose-built grand prix race car. Very rarely seen, it was part of a Mercedes race car display at the Lime Rock...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 12-13-2017
Replies: 85
Views: 8,139
Posted By 02Pilot
All of these examples are wide open. Nikkor...

All of these examples are wide open.

Nikkor 85/2:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4189/33928059660_8ce4770a52_c.jpg

Beat-up Summar that I resurrected with cerium oxide...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-12-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 818
Posted By 02Pilot
Depends how you want to use the camera, and with...

Depends how you want to use the camera, and with what film. I haven't found it to be a major issue, but I haven't really used it with fast film in bright conditions much either. An ND filter, as...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-12-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,068
Posted By 02Pilot
I think if I was going to undertake such a...

I think if I was going to undertake such a project on a cheap, broken camera, I'd be inclined to reuse as much as I could, modifying it as I go. This approach would be easier on a pre-IIIc model, of...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-04-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1,378
Posted By 02Pilot
Could be just the wind knob, or it could be...

Could be just the wind knob, or it could be something it's connected to. If it happened that suddenly I'd suspect either debris or something broke, rather than just a lubrication issue. Is it stiff...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-01-2017
Replies: 35
Views: 1,665
Posted By 02Pilot
If you don't happen to have desiccant packs lying...

If you don't happen to have desiccant packs lying around, the low-tech version is rice. A week or so in a bag of rice and any moisture will be long gone, no matter how deep it got.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-26-2017
Replies: 46
Views: 4,061
Posted By 02Pilot
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1553/26054020666_db...

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Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-24-2017
Replies: 89
Views: 6,954
Posted By 02Pilot
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4325/35915724716_49...

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4325/35915724716_4969516510_c.jpg
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 11-20-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 4,494
Posted By 02Pilot
I've encountered leaf shutters with an "extra"...

I've encountered leaf shutters with an "extra" sixth blade before. From what I've been able to discern, it's there by design. I'm not really sure what the purpose is; best speculation I can come up...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-20-2017
Replies: 964
Views: 189,496
Posted By 02Pilot
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4550/26766742009_33...

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4550/26766742009_338e7a73d8_c.jpg
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-18-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,370
Posted By 02Pilot
The Hugostudio stuff is really nice. I wish he...

The Hugostudio stuff is really nice. I wish he did a sharkskin version - it's so much grippier than the standard pattern (wouldn't be correct for a IIIg, but I'd happily put it on mine just for the...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-14-2017
Replies: 694
Views: 87,127
Posted By 02Pilot
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4487/37812068011_60...

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4487/37812068011_60ba923fa0_c.jpg
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-07-2017
Replies: 56
Views: 5,738
Posted By 02Pilot
I've got two that came as sets and usually get...

I've got two that came as sets and usually get used that way. A really nice 1949 sharkskin IIIc with a coated Summitar that came complete with the original manual and case, and a pre-war (I forget...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-06-2017
Replies: 964
Views: 189,496
Posted By 02Pilot
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4454/24240763448_2a...

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4454/24240763448_2a2b0099d6_c.jpg
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-06-2017
Replies: 52
Views: 2,172
Posted By 02Pilot
If you do end up getting it, Jack the Hat sells a...

If you do end up getting it, Jack the Hat sells a nice 34mm screw-in hood that doesn't seem to vignette and helps keep the veiling flare down when shooting toward bright light...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-05-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,920
Posted By 02Pilot
I'm on a septic as well, and FWIW, for me one of...

I'm on a septic as well, and FWIW, for me one of the attractions of Caffenol as a developer was that it was about as non-toxic as it gets - instant coffee, vitamin C powder, and washing soda. I've...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-05-2017
Replies: 52
Views: 2,172
Posted By 02Pilot
I've found it to be an interesting lens, but not...

I've found it to be an interesting lens, but not so interesting that I exploit its unique characteristics very often. If you shoot a lot of portraits, or you're devoted to that slightly wild look and...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10-28-2017
Replies: 223
Views: 15,618
Posted By 02Pilot
A couple with the Nikkor...

A couple with the Nikkor 85/2:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4495/37290427454_f9328ffedf_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4490/37946162746_252e0b14f0_c.jpg

Canon...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-26-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1,235
Posted By 02Pilot
Great photos. I can offer a little clarification...

Great photos. I can offer a little clarification on a few of them.

- The Japanese battlewagon is not on fire. Coal-fired boilers generated a lot of smoke, and you can see that the source of the...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 10-13-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1,675
Posted By 02Pilot
Yeah, you really don't need one, given how...

Yeah, you really don't need one, given how recessed the optical elements are. That said, if you really want one, it will need to be of a fairly large diameter to work without vignetting.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10-12-2017
Replies: 423
Views: 73,261
Posted By 02Pilot
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4427/37243369321_a7...

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4427/37243369321_a74ba077a9_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4451/23810547538_162f47cdd2_c.jpg
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-12-2017
Replies: 42
Views: 2,581
Posted By 02Pilot
Not so:...

Not so:

https://jabcam.wordpress.com/2016/08/24/topic-resurrecting-konica-hexar-af-from-the-dead/

Here's my application of the...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-11-2017
Replies: 42
Views: 2,581
Posted By 02Pilot
Well, there are versions that aren't solid black...

Well, there are versions that aren't solid black lumps. No idea on how those versions are valued these days compared to the standard model.

Also worth noting is that some Hexars have become inert...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-11-2017
Replies: 42
Views: 2,581
Posted By 02Pilot
To echo some of the comments above, I've found...

To echo some of the comments above, I've found the Hexar AF to be best as a sort of semi-auto camera - set and forget. The Program mode is quite useful once you figure out the logic; choose your...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 10-08-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,101
Posted By 02Pilot
JB Weld is good for holding things together, but...

JB Weld is good for holding things together, but it won't hold up the shear forces on a lever that long very well. Metal reinforcement is necessary if you go this route. If you just want to mold a...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 10-08-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,101
Posted By 02Pilot
Couple options as I see it. The neatest would be...

Couple options as I see it. The neatest would be to have part 3D printed, but that's contingent on a few things. If you decide to go with epoxy, you'll want to reinforce it with metal, preferably as...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-22-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 3,223
Posted By 02Pilot
To me, the L1 VF seemed really small - like...

To me, the L1 VF seemed really small - like Barnack small. It's workable, but not ideal. The VI-L is better, but as noted the 50/100 framelines may have deteriorated (mine have, but they're still...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-22-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 938
Posted By 02Pilot
Looks like 9 elements in 7 groups, if the block...

Looks like 9 elements in 7 groups, if the block diagram I found is correct. Plenty of places to accidentally flip an element.

If you're just looking to get it out of your sight, I'm happy to take it...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-19-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 938
Posted By 02Pilot
Possible it's been opened before and incorrectly...

Possible it's been opened before and incorrectly reassembled?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-19-2017
Replies: 34
Views: 2,682
Posted By 02Pilot
I don't know if that particular version of the...

I don't know if that particular version of the Nikon is equipped with the Sonnar-type lens (I can't find anything definitive in a quick search), but the original L35AF lens can produce some rather...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-10-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,337
Posted By 02Pilot
Doesn't look like typical separation to me. Even...

Doesn't look like typical separation to me. Even if it were, I wouldn't worry about it. I've got a lens with a big jellyfish-shaped separation right smack in the middle of the optics, and I have to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-03-2017
Replies: 77
Views: 2,701
Posted By 02Pilot
Probably too late to do any good, but have you...

Probably too late to do any good, but have you asked yourself what's most important to you in selecting a lens? How much does speed matter? Compactness? Weight?

I find the non-collapsible lenses...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-02-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 2,979
Posted By 02Pilot
The design of the Hexar is nearly identical to...

The design of the Hexar is nearly identical to the Canon 50/3.5 (as seen below on my IIIg):

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1611/26657710286_42cb2a91eb_z.jpg

Agreed that it is far easier to use than...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 08-16-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1,820
Posted By 02Pilot
In my experience, Dwayne's scans are adequate for...

In my experience, Dwayne's scans are adequate for small to medium prints; 35mm comes in at a nominal 3600x2400 resolution. I wasn't thrilled with them, as I found some scanning artifacts were...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-07-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 778
Posted By 02Pilot
I had a J-12. It was a fine lens, but the...

I had a J-12. It was a fine lens, but the ergonomics are less than optimal. Mine also has a weird flare that, on color film, would show up purple. I serviced the lens and touched up the interior...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-07-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 778
Posted By 02Pilot
You should be able to find a Canon 35/3.5, 3.2,...

You should be able to find a Canon 35/3.5, 3.2, or maybe even 2.8 at or under $200. The 2.8 I had was a moderate contrast lens, and I don't recall any serious flare issues. The early all chrome...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-07-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 778
Posted By 02Pilot
Concur, that's a 50/3.5 collapsed into the body....

Concur, that's a 50/3.5 collapsed into the body. Mine lives on my IIIg most of the time.

As to a 35, there are lots of options. What kind of a look do you want? How much do size and/or ergonomics...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-04-2017
Replies: 318
Views: 34,104
Posted By 02Pilot
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4174/34506673455_2a...

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4174/34506673455_2a7b37ac57_z.jpg
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 07-30-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2,464
Posted By 02Pilot
Thanks folks - nice to read that so many people...

Thanks folks - nice to read that so many people are enjoying these.
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 07-29-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2,464
Posted By 02Pilot
Thanks for the kind words, Stefan. I'm pleased...

Thanks for the kind words, Stefan. I'm pleased that you found the photos interesting, especially considering that Berlin is your home. I enjoyed my first visit and hope to return someday.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-25-2017
Replies: 964
Views: 189,496
Posted By 02Pilot
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4263/34972136002_a7...

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4263/34972136002_a7c97486b8_z.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-25-2017
Replies: 964
Views: 189,496
Posted By 02Pilot
Thanks, Helen. Love the lines in that last shot...

Thanks, Helen. Love the lines in that last shot of yours as well.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-24-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 1,421
Posted By 02Pilot
WD40, while completely inappropriate for many...

WD40, while completely inappropriate for many things, is excellent for removing sticky residue. A tiny bit on a cotton swab is all you need.
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 07-21-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2,464
Posted By 02Pilot
Glad you enjoyed them. Unfortunately, I've posted...

Glad you enjoyed them. Unfortunately, I've posted the complete set, so what you've seen is all there is (well, all there is that I feel is worth showing).
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-21-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,536
Posted By 02Pilot
Yeah, anything with available apertures larger...

Yeah, anything with available apertures larger than about f/8 moves you out of box camera territory and into the realm of the TLR. Lubitel, Voigtlander Brilliant, that sort of thing might suit your...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 07-20-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2,464
Posted By 02Pilot
Thanks, Robert. I really like how that shot came...

Thanks, Robert. I really like how that shot came out - I knew what I wanted (sort of), but it was a split-second opportunity. The striped shirt was an unexpected bonus - I didn't even notice it until...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-19-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,536
Posted By 02Pilot
I'm rather fond of my Ilford Craftsman. Two...

I'm rather fond of my Ilford Craftsman. Two speeds plus B, two aperture settings, helical focusing. Great big bright viewfinder, too.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-19-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 898
Posted By 02Pilot
It's likely that the residue is a combination of...

It's likely that the residue is a combination of slight oiliness from the Ronsonol plus some of the oil lubricants mixed in. Rubbing the blades with powdered graphite after making sure they are as...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 07-19-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2,464
Posted By 02Pilot
Thanks for the kind words. We're arriving at the...

Thanks for the kind words. We're arriving at the end of this little excursion. Not much more to say, really. Hope you've enjoyed the...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 07-18-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2,464
Posted By 02Pilot
I found some of Hoepker's photos from that book...

I found some of Hoepker's photos from that book online before I went. I'd like to get hold of the book at some point.

As I said, my time was somewhat constrained, so I couldn't devote large chunks...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 07-18-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2,464
Posted By 02Pilot
Interesting points of view. There is a sort of...

Interesting points of view. There is a sort of anonymity to many of them, though I hadn't really thought of them that way. I certainly had a sense of Berlin's history, and I found that much of what I...
Forum: Travel 07-18-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,953
Posted By 02Pilot
Thanks in no small part to the suggestions...

Thanks in no small part to the suggestions received here, I was able to have a very nice and (I think) photographically successful trip to Berlin. For anyone interested, I'm posting some of the...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 07-17-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2,464
Posted By 02Pilot
Terry, I teach history, and my specific research...

Terry, I teach history, and my specific research area when I was studying was the early Cold War in Europe, so getting to some of the sites involved was high on my list of things to do in my limited...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-17-2017
Replies: 0
Views: 429
Posted By 02Pilot
Postcards from Berlin

Just a heads-up for the screwmount crowd here that I've started posting a series of photos I shot in Berlin last month in the Salon subforum. All were shot with a IIIc and Elmar 50/3.5. Please have a...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 07-17-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2,464
Posted By 02Pilot
Here's the second batch for your...

Here's the second batch for your...
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