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Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 101
Views: 7,595
Posted By furcafe
I had a similar reaction as retinax to the same...

I had a similar reaction as retinax to the same shots. I'm an available light purist myself, but in that kind of lighting even I would resort to fill-flash. When it's that bright, most people...
Forum: Other RF 08-20-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 665
Posted By furcafe
Not much to add, another great review. However,...

Not much to add, another great review. However, I can address 1 inaccuracy in the review that is based on Bell & Howell's own mistake in their instruction manual. From personal experience, I can...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 08-20-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 769
Posted By furcafe
Excellent review. I fail to see any jingoism...

Excellent review. I fail to see any jingoism that Steve M. complains about; to the extent that it exists, it just reflects Kodak's motivation in making the system & their marketing materials.

I...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 08-01-2019
Replies: 54
Views: 2,037
Posted By furcafe
Agreed, granted the imperfect translations, but...

Agreed, granted the imperfect translations, but the quote is "enthusiasm for/popularity of Leica and other classic cameras", not "enthusiasm from Leica . . ." I suppose Leica should be given some...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 08-01-2019
Replies: 54
Views: 2,037
Posted By furcafe
Thanks for the backstory. I always wondered what...

Thanks for the backstory. I always wondered what the deal was with those article archives!
Forum: Other RF 07-10-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 1,221
Posted By furcafe
Knock yourself out. I don't have a warranty card...

Knock yourself out. I don't have a warranty card for either of my Fotons & have never seen one. The lifetime warranty may be mentioned in the instruction manual (I'll have to take a look when I get...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-09-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,836
Posted By furcafe
You may have lucked out or maybe some of us have...

You may have lucked out or maybe some of us have bad luck. I bought mine directly from Leica in 2007 using the discount that they gave to original M8 owners, along w/a free UV-IR filter, to...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-08-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,836
Posted By furcafe
Same here. I believe the Leica model # for the...

Same here. I believe the Leica model # for the hood is 12466. It was originally sold only w/1 of the limited edition 35/1.4 ASPH pre-FLE lenses that came w/the limited edition M9 10715 (the...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-24-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,921
Posted By furcafe
Each system has its advantages & quirks as...

Each system has its advantages & quirks as well-described by previous posters.


Not too much to add, but will try to share my perspective. I have & use both vintage & reissue Nikon RFs (plus the CV...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 02-28-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,291
Posted By furcafe
Sorry for responding late, but yes, to follow up...

Sorry for responding late, but yes, to follow up on what Huss posted, there are clear tech improvements in each iteration, not just with the sensors but also features & user interface (image...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 02-22-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,291
Posted By furcafe
I have the current, M240-based, Monochrom as well...

I have the current, M240-based, Monochrom as well as the Sony a9 & an old a7R. I don't do monochrome conversions of color files as I'm not into post-processing, but from what I've seen, there's no...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-14-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 2,888
Posted By furcafe
In my experience, the black rings that originally...

In my experience, the black rings that originally came on the Contax viewfinders were metal, not plastic, w/the black being a hard enamel-type paint. My theory is that they were a carryover from...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-12-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1,197
Posted By furcafe
Not necessarily an outlier. I own & use Leicas...

Not necessarily an outlier. I own & use Leicas (LTM & M), Contax RFs, & Nikon RFs, & also much prefer the RF patch of the M Leicas & their modern progeny. That said, while I do find the Leica-type...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-12-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,289
Posted By furcafe
I don't think the collapsible 5cm/2 Nikkor-H is...

I don't think the collapsible 5cm/2 Nikkor-H is optically worse than the rigid models (other than the structural/alignment weakness inherent to all collapsible lenses that are extended & collapsed...
Forum: Other RF 02-12-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 1,221
Posted By furcafe
This I didn't know. Never seen 1 w/a smooth...

This I didn't know. Never seen 1 w/a smooth baseplate.
Forum: Other RF 02-12-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 1,221
Posted By furcafe
Not sure if the normal lenses had to be adjusted...

Not sure if the normal lenses had to be adjusted for each body as 1 of the advantages of the Contax-type mount was that the lens helical + RF mechanism interface, which can be tricky, was in the body...
Forum: Other RF 02-12-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 1,221
Posted By furcafe
You came to the right forum. I have 2, as might...

You came to the right forum.

I have 2, as might be expected of someone who uses a Foton quote in their signature (just like w/the Kodak Ektra, when you're fortunate enough to get a rare camera,...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-12-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 2,888
Posted By furcafe
Congrats on your purchase! Per Cascadilla's...

Congrats on your purchase!

Per Cascadilla's post, I would also recommend just getting a screw-in 40.5mm vented hood that will work w/both the 50 & the 135. They're very inexpensive & readily...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-06-2019
Replies: 71
Views: 1,799
Posted By furcafe
I'm old(er) & am skeptical of any significant...

I'm old(er) & am skeptical of any significant generational differences, except perhaps that w/the advent of high-res digital, it's easier to simply crop a horizontal shot than shoot vertically when a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-16-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,159
Posted By furcafe
Yea, another Contarex aficionado. I use a...

Yea, another Contarex aficionado. I use a Metabones adapter to use my Contarex mount lenses on my Sony a7R & a9. Well, most of the lenses, anyway--I have yet to try the 250/4 Olympia Sonnar...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-16-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 459
Posted By furcafe
What was his turn-around time for the procedure? ...

What was his turn-around time for the procedure? Or did you combine it with other work (camera CLA, etc.)?
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-16-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 459
Posted By furcafe
This is absolutely correct. The collapsible...

This is absolutely correct. The collapsible Zeiss lenses for the Contax RFs do not have a lens "twist" lock like the Leitz lenses for Leica. I successfully performed the tab tightening technique...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 11-16-2018
Replies: 131
Views: 118,856
Posted By furcafe
Yes, the internal mount adapter should work, but...

Yes, the internal mount adapter should work, but as I noted in the previous post, individual lenses, adapters, & cameras vary even when they conform to specifications, so you may experience front or...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 11-02-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 1,849
Posted By furcafe
You are not alone. I used cameras w/film advance...

You are not alone. I used cameras w/film advance levers long before autowind & digital bodies (still do), but never relied on wind lever for gripping the camera & have never "missed" them on a...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 11-01-2018
Replies: 131
Views: 118,856
Posted By furcafe
Unless Amedeo has stopped making them, the...

Unless Amedeo has stopped making them, the adapter that includes the external bayonet should work.

Here in the U.S., Cameraquest sells...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-22-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 2,016
Posted By furcafe
I don't have any of mine w/me, but since it...

I don't have any of mine w/me, but since it doesn't have filter threads, my best guess would be the 42mm slip on (A42).
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-22-2018
Replies: 65
Views: 2,950
Posted By furcafe
Understood, but you can save a bunch of $$ by...

Understood, but you can save a bunch of $$ by buying from a store in Europe, where the price is 6250 Euros. With typical shipping charges + customs processing fees (no duty on cameras) if those...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-22-2018
Replies: 65
Views: 2,950
Posted By furcafe
Agreed. If they could fit in a vibration system,...

Agreed. If they could fit in a vibration system, they could also have in-body image stabilization (same mechanism).
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 07-12-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,465
Posted By furcafe
I use the button for the exposure compensation...

I use the button for the exposure compensation function (easier, for me, than using the menu).
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-16-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,973
Posted By furcafe
Not much to add, though there is a real...

Not much to add, though there is a real difference between the Nikon RF & Contax RF focusing (based on the different 50mm standards). Nikon has admitted it & my experience & those of others confirms...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 03-13-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,748
Posted By furcafe
Agreed on "sharpness", if we're talking about...

Agreed on "sharpness", if we're talking about resolution, but the 50/1.9 (my example, anyway) is very good for a 1950s lens, particularly in contrast & flare-resistance, a bit better than other...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 03-09-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,748
Posted By furcafe
I know nothing about its design, but I've found...

I know nothing about its design, but I've found the 50/1.9 Hexanon in LTM to be an excellent lens. For some reason (rarity?), the asking prices on eBay tend to be outrageously high (like the Chiyoda...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-13-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 938
Posted By furcafe
My experience is similar, but I've never avoided...

My experience is similar, but I've never avoided any particular apertures on the 35/1.4 ASPH. using either film or digital. However, the vast majority of my photography (in 35mm format) using all...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-07-2017
Replies: 133
Views: 5,679
Posted By furcafe
Ha! Fortunately, camera ownership is not a...

Ha! Fortunately, camera ownership is not a religion (AFAIK :D).

The M3 is a camera design classic but needs to be viewed in historic context. If you compare it to what was available in 1954 (just...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-07-2017
Replies: 109
Views: 4,031
Posted By furcafe
My feelings exactly. With the tolerances...

My feelings exactly. With the tolerances possible w/today's computer-controlled machine tools, it's actually easier to make certain things like interchangeable backs. Not so sure about optical...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-26-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 3,912
Posted By furcafe
I think it's related to the size of the...

I think it's related to the size of the lens-locking pin on the M2 or the slot for the pin on the lens. See my post here: https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2756118&postcount=294
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-19-2017
Replies: 386
Views: 36,087
Posted By furcafe
My lens arrived this past weekend & has the slot...

My lens arrived this past weekend & has the slot as it should. However, per my earlier post, I am experiencing a "failure-to-mount" w/my KS-15(4)/M2-R (serial #1163***) that seems to have more to do...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-18-2017
Replies: 386
Views: 36,087
Posted By furcafe
I can confirm that it is also a problem for the...

I can confirm that it is also a problem for the KS-15(4) (military version of the M2-R), so I would assume it would be a problem on the M2-R.

Edit: Looking closely at my lens, it appears that the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-07-2017
Replies: 77
Views: 2,701
Posted By furcafe
I'm guessing he got the Cosina Voigtlander...

I'm guessing he got the Cosina Voigtlander version.

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=117368&postcount=19...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-06-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 686
Posted By furcafe
Which lens are you asking about? The subject...

Which lens are you asking about? The subject line says "Super Rokkor 2.8/50mm" but the body asks about a Sankyo Koki W-Komura 35/2.8.
Forum: Jim Lager - Leica Historian 09-06-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,787
Posted By furcafe
Shows that Leica has kept the same core customer...

Shows that Leica has kept the same core customer demographic from the start!
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 09-06-2017
Replies: 62
Views: 6,414
Posted By furcafe
Congratulations on the free camera! Yes, many...

Congratulations on the free camera!

Yes, many Leica-mount lenses will work just fine on the a7 series. For the most part, the lenses that cause problems are the older non-retrofocus wide angle...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-06-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 811
Posted By furcafe
My 1930s 5cm/2 Sonnars (all chrome, 1 rigid & 2...

My 1930s 5cm/2 Sonnars (all chrome, 1 rigid & 2 collapsible) take 40.5 screw-in filters, both vintage & modern. Otherwise, you can find "Zeiss Ikon" labeled 42mm slip-on filters that will work,...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-28-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 2,183
Posted By furcafe
I've had the original 28/2 Summicron-M ASPH since...

I've had the original 28/2 Summicron-M ASPH since 2006 (it was the "discount" lens I got directly from Leica as compensation for the IR problem w/the M8) & it has been an excellent lens on both film...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-10-2017
Replies: 45
Views: 2,750
Posted By furcafe
Agreed. . . .

Agreed. . . .
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-09-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 645
Posted By furcafe
Yes, works fine.

Yes, works fine.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-28-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 993
Posted By furcafe
My understanding is that coating is the only...

My understanding is that coating is the only significant difference between the pre-WWII 5cm/1.5 Sonnars, w/coating starting to appear around 1938. Also, the same optical design was used for the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-28-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 993
Posted By furcafe
Heavy, perhaps, but large? Even if you combined...

Heavy, perhaps, but large? Even if you combined the older Amedeo Contax RF-to-Leica & a separate Leica-to-Sony adapter, the entire combo is much smaller than even the smallest native E-mount lens.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-19-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 2,381
Posted By furcafe
There are many threads on the RFF on those lenses...

There are many threads on the RFF on those lenses (& others from MS-Optical). Go to google or other search engine & search within the "rangefinderforum.com" domain.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 03-28-2017
Replies: 251
Views: 83,671
Posted By furcafe
Yes, they were Sonnar variants (same optical...

Yes, they were Sonnar variants (same optical formula as the Nikon rangefinder versions), whereas the F mount 50s were more Planar(?)-like. The 5m/2 Nikkor-H was based on the Carl Zeiss Jena 5cm/2...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-21-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 998
Posted By furcafe
I'm not familiar with Yashicamats, but for my...

I'm not familiar with Yashicamats, but for my Rolleiflexes, which have a weird proprietary strap lug arrangement, I mostly use Op/tech straps w/loop connectors. Other brands w/loop connectors would...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-06-2017
Replies: 668
Views: 85,749
Posted By furcafe
https://c6.staticflickr.com/1/316/32064657045_d4f8...

https://c6.staticflickr.com/1/316/32064657045_d4f8cb37df_o.jpg

https://www.flickr.com/photos/furcafe/32064657045
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-31-2016
Replies: 29
Views: 1,974
Posted By furcafe
Ha, my 2 hands & 5 fingers seem to do the trick. ...

Ha, my 2 hands & 5 fingers seem to do the trick. But seriously, the main controls on the body (shutter speed dials, shutter release, etc.) are essentially the same as on a "Barnack" Leica (though...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-30-2016
Replies: 29
Views: 1,974
Posted By furcafe
https://c1.staticflickr.com/7/6138/6019938224_d8e7...

https://c1.staticflickr.com/7/6138/6019938224_d8e75234a7_o.jpg

https://www.flickr.com/photos/furcafe/6019938224/
Forum: Other RF 12-02-2016
Replies: 87
Views: 7,042
Posted By furcafe
https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3482/3181679372_a851...

https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3482/3181679372_a851921957_o.jpg

https://www.flickr.com/photos/furcafe/3181679372/

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/561/18486796634_6c340634f1_b.jpg

https://www.flickr.co...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 09-13-2016
Replies: 31
Views: 4,290
Posted By furcafe
AFAIK, the Ektar was the only lens sold with the...

AFAIK, the Ektar was the only lens sold with the Kardon (the British Reid came w/the 2 inch/2 collapsible Taylor-Hobson Anastigmat).
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 07-01-2016
Replies: 33
Views: 5,288
Posted By furcafe
Yes. In addition to noisycheese's point about...

Yes. In addition to noisycheese's point about B&W films rendering differently than the M246's sensor, the M246's extended ISO range (even when compared to B&W conversions of M240 files) opens many...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-22-2016
Replies: 57
Views: 6,098
Posted By furcafe
Here in the U.S., they're mainly fashion...

Here in the U.S., they're mainly fashion accessories for middle-aged dudes.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 06-21-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 6,517
Posted By furcafe
I have the chrome & black versions of the 5cm/2...

I have the chrome & black versions of the 5cm/2 Topcor-S & they're hard to distinguish from the other Japanese double-Gauss LTM lenses of that era, Canon 50/1.8 (I had the chrome, post-Serenar...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-05-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 5,448
Posted By furcafe
I have the CV 21/1.8 Ultron because it's fast,...

I have the CV 21/1.8 Ultron because it's fast, performs well, & is well-priced (even more so if bought used). Speed is important to me because I almost always use super-wides indoors & f/2.8 is...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-04-2016
Replies: 40
Views: 2,710
Posted By furcafe
Agree on the Canon 50/1.5 (& size issue w/the CV...

Agree on the Canon 50/1.5 (& size issue w/the CV Nokton). The only drawback to the Canon is that it has their weird 40mm filter thread, making it harder to find filters & hoods.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-03-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 3,461
Posted By furcafe
I doubt that since Voigtlander lenses like the...

I doubt that since Voigtlander lenses like the Lanthars into the 1960s are radioactive. If anything, being earlier in the production run, the chrome-rimmed Noktons might be (slightly) more...
Forum: Nikon RF 05-03-2016
Replies: 67
Views: 9,053
Posted By furcafe
Why for 50?

Why for 50?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-03-2016
Replies: 40
Views: 2,710
Posted By furcafe
But not heavy. Probably lighter than the Canon...

But not heavy. Probably lighter than the Canon 50/1.4. If presspass has a SBOOI or other 50mm brightline VF, he would be good to go.

Of the "classic" (reasonably priced) options, I would vote for...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 05-03-2016
Replies: 33
Views: 3,100
Posted By furcafe
Only if you use the advance lever as a grip aid...

Only if you use the advance lever as a grip aid on a film body. I don't, so have never felt the need for 1 on any of the digital Ms (or any other digital camera). Also have never needed a grip or...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-03-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 3,461
Posted By furcafe
Congratulations. I got the more common...

Congratulations. I got the more common black-rimmed version of the LTM Nokton under similar circumstances many years ago. Mine came w/a beat-up IIIc (that I sold to a friend) & needed a full...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-28-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,583
Posted By furcafe
While it functions well as a hood, the 1119 is...

While it functions well as a hood, the 1119 is almost comically large on the tiny 50s.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-28-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 830
Posted By furcafe
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread....

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=154834
Forum: Nikon RF 04-07-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 2,786
Posted By furcafe
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread....

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=155273
Forum: Travel 03-28-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 852
Posted By furcafe
Fair enough. Per ulrich.von.lich's list, they...

Fair enough. Per ulrich.von.lich's list, they seem to be known for being cheap, so maybe this is a "you get what you pay for" (or less than you pay for) situation.
Forum: Travel 03-28-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 852
Posted By furcafe
Thanks, Picto is famous, of course. Didn't know...

Thanks, Picto is famous, of course. Didn't know about Dupif.

If I may ask, what's your objection to Negatif Plus (it was recommended by an acquaintance, along with LIS Photo on Petits Carreaux)?
Forum: Travel 03-28-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 852
Posted By furcafe
Film Lab Recommendations in Paris

Apologize for this well-worn question, but wasn't able to find any recent posts & w/film labs disappearing left & right . . . I'm headed to Paris in a few weeks for vacation & was hoping to shoot...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-01-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,109
Posted By furcafe
I think the OP may be looking for the original...

I think the OP may be looking for the original Nikon finder for the Contax version of the 8.5cm/2 Nikkor-P. IIRC from my Rotoloni, they were made (marked on the foot w/a "C" like the lenses), but it...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-22-2016
Replies: 38
Views: 6,408
Posted By furcafe
I believe the M 246 is the current...

I believe the M 246 is the current Monochrom.

Having recently picked up the 246, I would say the difference between its files v. 240 files converted to B&W is more than minimal. Perhaps not as...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-22-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,109
Posted By furcafe
FYI, the clip-on contraption is really just a VF...

FYI, the clip-on contraption is really just a VF mask, without any magnification. It also has the disadvantage of requiring the removal of any strap or split-ring as it fits over the strap lug.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-16-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 2,168
Posted By furcafe
I actually like the hood for the 'lux ASPH...

I actually like the hood for the 'lux ASPH pre-FLE. Not the smallest or best-looking, but it was a sturdy, breech mount, unlike the crappy clip-on for the 28 'cron ASPH (that 1 I agree was...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-28-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,293
Posted By furcafe
I use a generic tapered vented 43mm screw-in lens...

I use a generic tapered vented 43mm screw-in lens hood (like this, no endorsement of this particular seller intended,...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-28-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,293
Posted By furcafe
If you have the titanium shutter, I wouldn't even...

If you have the titanium shutter, I wouldn't even bother w/a lens cap (assuming you have a hood). ;) Modern lens coatings are very durable (the hood protects against major impacts) & unless you're...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-19-2016
Replies: 39
Views: 3,758
Posted By furcafe
I don't know about "magic", but the 8.5cm/2...

I don't know about "magic", but the 8.5cm/2 Nikkor-P is an excellent lens, even at f/2 & even today. It's a variant of the 8.5cm/2 Zeiss Sonnar.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-14-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 4,307
Posted By furcafe
Agreed. Most people, even amateur photographers,...

Agreed. Most people, even amateur photographers, know very little about old cameras beyond the ones they may have encountered personally (in photo class, from family, etc.) & RFs are a subniche...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 01-11-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 2,394
Posted By furcafe
Congratulations on your acquisition. Yes, it's a...

Congratulations on your acquisition. Yes, it's a fine lens. I doubt that you would seriously devalue it by simply using it (though probably best to keep it extended rather than add wear to the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-04-2016
Replies: 126
Views: 12,565
Posted By furcafe
Interesting, mine doesn't have any problem...

Interesting, mine doesn't have any problem collapsing on the 240 or 246 (nor did it on the M8/9). Wonder if it's due to sample variation or redesign (not sure if they made enough to go through...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-15-2015
Replies: 668
Views: 85,749
Posted By furcafe
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5818/23464268430_d7...

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Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-09-2015
Replies: 824
Views: 85,096
Posted By furcafe
Moreover, the USD has been relatively strong...

Moreover, the USD has been relatively strong against the Euro recently & folks in the U.S. can pay significantly less by simply ordering from European retailers (I recently did this to save on a M...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-27-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 10,474
Posted By furcafe
I have no special knowledge, but do have CZ...

I have no special knowledge, but do have CZ 50/3.5 Tessar 1525551.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-22-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 717
Posted By furcafe
No problems, though the Tessar will be uncoated &...

No problems, though the Tessar will be uncoated & could be a disappointment if you're not familiar w/older lenses (more flare, less contrast, etc.).
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-11-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,890
Posted By furcafe
That sounds right for the internal ring. There...

That sounds right for the internal ring. There are also slip-on hoods that fit into the same ring (in addition to the official ZI hoods that fit into the outer 42mm ring).
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-09-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,890
Posted By furcafe
Not surprisingly, it produces the same kind of...

Not surprisingly, it produces the same kind of look as the 5cm/3.5 Elmars from the same time period, so your typical uncoated look. Optically, my understanding is that it's basically the same as the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-24-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 2,688
Posted By furcafe
Thanks, I quoted the thread because it was your...

Thanks, I quoted the thread because it was your post.

Interesting that the online manual on Mr. Butkus' site refers to the plastic spools. I have a couple vintage Contax II manuals that don't...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-17-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 2,688
Posted By furcafe
Could you post some pictures of your camera...

Could you post some pictures of your camera (without the back) & the inside of the back (by itself)? Could eliminate the possibility that there's something wrong w/those.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-16-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 2,688
Posted By furcafe
Small collector disagreement (since your...

Small collector disagreement (since your practical advice is accurate & sound): I'm sure that the spool is also post-WWII. Pre-WWII spools were metal & had 1 small straight slit next to a larger,...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-16-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 2,688
Posted By furcafe
The spool on the left is from a post-WWII Contax...

The spool on the left is from a post-WWII Contax IIa/IIIa or Contarex (maybe Contaflex & other Zeiss Ikon cameras from that era, too). While I would guess that they should work in the Tenax II, I...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-16-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 2,688
Posted By furcafe
The old Contax or Kiev spool should work, as the...

The old Contax or Kiev spool should work, as the original spool was identical to the 1 used in the Contax II/III, Nettax, Super Nettel, etc.
Forum: The Angry Photographer - YouTube's Ken Wheeler 09-16-2015
Replies: 51
Views: 2,587
Posted By furcafe
I have the 28/1.4 in question & it is everything...

I have the 28/1.4 in question & it is everything that I expected, a great available light lens for Nikon F bodies (even the film bodies because it has that "old-fashioned" aperture ring).

Edit: ...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 09-16-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 3,433
Posted By furcafe
From appearances, it seems that he (or his...

From appearances, it seems that he (or his assistant?) did use it.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-28-2015
Replies: 80
Views: 7,793
Posted By furcafe
Agreed. Stephen Mayes has been involved with...

Agreed. Stephen Mayes has been involved with these issues for quite some time (e.g., http://www.aperture.org/blog/toward-new-documentary-expression/).
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 08-14-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 2,716
Posted By furcafe
Zeiss Ikon Contarex Special to be...

Zeiss Ikon Contarex Special to be...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 08-13-2015
Replies: 199
Views: 46,926
Posted By furcafe
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Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-05-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,705
Posted By furcafe
A small piece of gaffers tape has been my...

A small piece of gaffers tape has been my solution, too, w/the CV 21/25 viewfinder on my 240 (same deal w/M9 & M8 before it).
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-03-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 2,016
Posted By furcafe
Pros: It's relatively small & low-profile. ...

Pros: It's relatively small & low-profile. Cons: low-contrast, prone to flare, scale focus only.

Personally, I think something like the MS-Optical 28/4 would be a better choice.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-17-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 3,574
Posted By furcafe
Agree w/xayraa33. It sounds like the thrift...

Agree w/xayraa33. It sounds like the thrift store has done their basic eBay research, i.e., the most valuable item is the Planar.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-16-2015
Replies: 9,000
Views: 881,503
Posted By furcafe
Congrats, the 28/1.4 AF-D is a great lens. Kind...

Congrats, the 28/1.4 AF-D is a great lens. Kind of big & heavy (at least compared to the RF glass to which I'm more accustomed), but solid performer, especially for available light,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 07-08-2015
Replies: 45
Views: 12,693
Posted By furcafe
The 5cm/1.4 Nikkor-S was basically an improved...

The 5cm/1.4 Nikkor-S was basically an improved version of the 5cm/1.5 Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar for the Zeiss Ikon Contax.

Basic Nikon RF history here: ...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-27-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 3,084
Posted By furcafe
This thread on the Leica Camera Forum might be...

This thread on the Leica Camera Forum might be helpful:

http://www.l-camera-forum.com/topic/245731-apo-50-film-images/
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-25-2015
Replies: 129
Views: 12,053
Posted By furcafe
You don't need Google. For the LA version, just...

You don't need Google. For the LA version, just look at the young(er) people in Silverlake, Los Feliz, Echo Park, & parts of DTLA.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-25-2015
Replies: 129
Views: 12,053
Posted By furcafe
Seems like an echo of this post of yours from...

Seems like an echo of this post of yours from 2011:

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=101549
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 06-24-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 4,332
Posted By furcafe
Not sure about the precise fix, but the Canon Ps...

Not sure about the precise fix, but the Canon Ps are known to have light leaks in the hinge area of the back & yes, were supposed to have foam for that area (deteriorates over time). I had 1 w/that...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-23-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,999
Posted By furcafe
Same here. The tilted, "Leica-style", hood is...

Same here. The tilted, "Leica-style", hood is marginally less obtrusive in the VF of an S2, SP, S3/S4 (not sure about earlier models) compared to the vintage Walz or modern reproductions that are...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-19-2015
Replies: 89
Views: 9,161
Posted By furcafe
I live & work in DC & nowadays I see more Chinese...

I live & work in DC & nowadays I see more Chinese (mainland & overseas) than Japanese tourists (with & without Leicas). My friends who work in the Leica store would probably say that Chinese...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-19-2015
Replies: 768
Views: 328,282
Posted By furcafe
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Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-15-2015
Replies: 68
Views: 8,545
Posted By furcafe
Sorry, didn't mean to throw anybody under the...

Sorry, didn't mean to throw anybody under the bus, real or virtual! ;)

I also happen to agree w/you on this point. In my experience, it's the working pros who have to keep up w/the latest tech...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 05-20-2015
Replies: 76
Views: 10,688
Posted By furcafe
M 240 + Voigtlander 50/1.5 Nokton (LTM,...

M 240 + Voigtlander 50/1.5 Nokton (LTM, c.1952-60, same as unoh7's but more commonly-seen version w/black...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 05-19-2015
Replies: 76
Views: 10,688
Posted By furcafe
I have the regular black version, too. On an...

I have the regular black version, too.

On an M9:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2885/9590122779_1342a2342d_z.jpg

https://www.flickr.com/photos/furcafe/9590122779/
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 05-18-2015
Replies: 76
Views: 10,688
Posted By furcafe
M9 + Carl Zeiss Jena 5cm/1.5 Sonnar (LTM,...

M9 + Carl Zeiss Jena 5cm/1.5 Sonnar (LTM, experimental, c.1933) loaned by...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 05-07-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 7,655
Posted By furcafe
I've not heard of any M 240 user (or M9/8 users)...

I've not heard of any M 240 user (or M9/8 users) having problems using either of those lenses, so I don't see why they would present a problem for the 246. Digital is more demanding than film, so it...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-06-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 1,112
Posted By furcafe
Not really sure about rarity as I have only seen...

Not really sure about rarity as I have only seen a handful of chrome bezel Noktons on eBay, in both Prominent mount & LTM, over the past 10 or so years.

BTW, the correct subforum is probably "Other...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-06-2015
Replies: 53
Views: 8,923
Posted By furcafe
It collapses fine on the 240. Like the CZJ 5cm/2...

It collapses fine on the 240. Like the CZJ 5cm/2 collapsible for the Contax, which was probably the model, the Nikkor-H's lens barrel is very short.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-06-2015
Replies: 53
Views: 8,923
Posted By furcafe
Per Mackinaw's post, I have a collapsible...

Per Mackinaw's post, I have a collapsible Nikkor-H (Tokyo, c.1948), but the front element has enough scratches to be noticeably lower in contrast than my later rigid (c.1953-6). The scratches are...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-28-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 3,588
Posted By furcafe
I have several IIa's & II's that I use...

I have several IIa's & II's that I use semi-regularly. They actually were my 1st real system RFs, but now they are part of a rotating lineup of Leicas & Nikons, etc. (my camera collection has grown...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-28-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1,778
Posted By furcafe
Sorry, while I have the UC Hexanon, I only have...

Sorry, while I have the UC Hexanon, I only have the w-Nikkor in Nikon RF mount, though I do have it in both vintage & updated modern (SP 2005) versions. However, I once shot a friend's band w/the...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-24-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,443
Posted By furcafe
(1) As Mr. Cloetta wrote, there shouldn't be any...

(1) As Mr. Cloetta wrote, there shouldn't be any problem using the focus wheel, though S3 2000s are known to be squeaky.

(2) The RF patch shouldn't be yellow, more plain white. It's less apparent...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-23-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 2,442
Posted By furcafe
In theory, there might be some improvement under...

In theory, there might be some improvement under ideal conditions (lens is re-collimated to adjust for lost glass, etc.). However, there are some problems: (1) I doubt that shops that do re-coating...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-23-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 2,272
Posted By furcafe
Not sure how old you are, but did you ever try...

Not sure how old you are, but did you ever try the (Kyocera) Contax G1 & G2 (1990s-early 2000s)? Those were the closest film predecessors to the Fuji X-Pro1, not the Leica M series. To me, the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-20-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 10,474
Posted By furcafe
Like the OP, weihsuan has the post-WWII, rigid,...

Like the OP, weihsuan has the post-WWII, rigid, version of the Tessar. No inner ring, same basic barrel as the Sonnars.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-16-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 10,474
Posted By furcafe
Yes, the S1119 is huge, which is why I used mine...

Yes, the S1119 is huge, which is why I used mine only briefly :) & sold it off to a collector years ago. But the official Carl Zeiss/Zeiss Ikon hoods for all of the post-WWII Contax-mount 50mms were...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-16-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,596
Posted By furcafe
Bummer, I also rely heavily on the focus button. ...

Bummer, I also rely heavily on the focus button. Not a common issue AFAIK (have had a G2 kit since 2000), but not implausible now that they're getting very long in the tooth, electronics-wise.
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 04-15-2015
Replies: 131
Views: 118,856
Posted By furcafe
Yes, if you have LTM bodies & Nikon RF lenses in...

Yes, if you have LTM bodies & Nikon RF lenses in various focal lengths it certainly makes sense to buy an S-LTM adapter. However, I think there is a greater chance for the focus to be off because of...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-15-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 10,474
Posted By furcafe
I don't have my catalogs w/me, but I don't...

I don't have my catalogs w/me, but I don't believe there was a separate hood for the Tessar, so any of the of the post-WWII hoods for 50mm lenses (S1119 for 40.5mm screw-in, A1115 for 42mm slip-on)...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-08-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 1,333
Posted By furcafe
Agreed. I have the M6 TTL & weird metering...

Agreed. I have the M6 TTL & weird metering behavior is the giveaway that the battery's about to die.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-08-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 5,164
Posted By furcafe
I've had a 67 for 6 years, a 670 for 5, & just...

I've had a 67 for 6 years, a 670 for 5, & just picked up a W67, so haven't had any problem using them, either individually or in combination w/other cameras.
Forum: Nikon RF 04-07-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 2,929
Posted By furcafe
In addition to the S3 2000 external mount problem...

In addition to the S3 2000 external mount problem identified by jonmanjiro, the spring on my Nokton's coupling collar seems to be a little weaker than those on my vintage Nikon & Zeiss lenses. On...
Forum: RFF Polls 04-07-2015
Replies: 45
Views: 4,436
Posted By furcafe
90% of the time, I carry 1 camera + lens across...

90% of the time, I carry 1 camera + lens across the body, "bandolier"-style. If I need more mobility (w/the camera), I'll move it from under my arm to just around the neck. Maybe 5% of the time...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-01-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 1,333
Posted By furcafe
Assuming manual focus, RF, if it's a Leica M or...

Assuming manual focus, RF, if it's a Leica M or same quality, even when compared to a good pro-level SLR (Nikon F, Pentax LX, etc.).
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-01-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 3,079
Posted By furcafe
I've found that a fast SD card seems to make a...

I've found that a fast SD card seems to make a noticeable improvement on these points.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-25-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 4,291
Posted By furcafe
Ditto, or "word" as the kids would say (20 years...

Ditto, or "word" as the kids would say (20 years ago). I find the whole deal of moving the focus points around to be counterintuitive (like playing a bad 1980s video game) & slower than just...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 03-25-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 1,732
Posted By furcafe
I don't use the X-T1, but do use the X-Pro1 &...

I don't use the X-T1, but do use the X-Pro1 & Sony A7 & yes, as you assumed, so long as you're focusing at your shooting aperture per f16sunshine's caveat, focus shift is not an issue.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-24-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 1,387
Posted By furcafe
Any of the vented 40.5mm hoods work well as an...

Any of the vented 40.5mm hoods work well as an improvement over the 1119 or the pre-WWII slip-on (can't remember the ZI model #). In my experience, if you're going to be using the lens on a Leica M...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-24-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 1,137
Posted By furcafe
How long ago do you mean by "back in the day"? ...

How long ago do you mean by "back in the day"? When Tri-X was introduced in 1940, it was ASA 200 & that was considered blazing fast.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-24-2015
Replies: 59
Views: 7,851
Posted By furcafe
See post #12.

See post #12.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-24-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 4,291
Posted By furcafe
As a hardcore manual focuser, I will almost...

As a hardcore manual focuser, I will almost always choose to separate AF from shutter release if possible. I only wish all modern cameras were less right-hand-centric & had the option of an AF...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 03-23-2015
Replies: 137
Views: 13,741
Posted By furcafe
I agree, though maybe he wanted to look like a...

I agree, though maybe he wanted to look like a tourist.

Using Chome or Google Translate in another browser works well enough, but the full article is limited to subscribers.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-23-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 2,486
Posted By furcafe
I agree that the chrome version is prettier &...

I agree that the chrome version is prettier & since I take better photos when I'm using a pretty lens, there is a performance difference. :p
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-23-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 3,402
Posted By furcafe
Of course even "greats" produce crap. But to me...

Of course even "greats" produce crap. But to me (& of course this is all subjective) the key question is does their good stuff significantly outweigh the crap?

I'm not saying that a crap photo by...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-23-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 3,402
Posted By furcafe
Not sure that's what he was arguing. A poor...

Not sure that's what he was arguing. A poor Bernini is still a poor Bernini, but when comparing Bernini w/another sculptor (or Caravaggio w/another painter), one could rationally choose to look at...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-23-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 2,486
Posted By furcafe
Haven't handled a V-series lens recently, but my...

Haven't handled a V-series lens recently, but my Nokton doesn't seem any stiffer than modern (1980s-present) Leica or various Japanese manual focus lenses, including other Cosina Voigtlander/Zeiss...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 03-23-2015
Replies: 137
Views: 13,741
Posted By furcafe
Yes, 1 of the Instax Wide models. Also, the only...

Yes, 1 of the Instax Wide models. Also, the only shot Frank actually takes in the video is the 1 of the videographer at the end; you can see the flash & then him pocketing the photo after it comes...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-23-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 2,486
Posted By furcafe
I only have personal experience w/the chrome...

I only have personal experience w/the chrome version, but Cosina specs (http://www.cosina.co.jp/seihin/voigt/english/standard-e.html) state that it is significantly heavier than the black version,...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 03-19-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,820
Posted By furcafe
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Forum: Other RF 03-11-2015
Replies: 111
Views: 22,078
Posted By furcafe
Mine is 781636 (5cm/2.8 version).

Mine is 781636 (5cm/2.8 version).
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-02-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 2,025
Posted By furcafe
Not sure what you call them in Blighty, but I use...

Not sure what you call them in Blighty, but I use plastic storage tubs (essentially giant Rubbermaid or Tupperware containers) from the hardware/houseware store, for long term storage.

As far as...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 03-02-2015
Replies: 41
Views: 14,568
Posted By furcafe
I would agree w/jonmanjiro that the Sonnar is...

I would agree w/jonmanjiro that the Sonnar is more "refined & user friendly". Even w/the focus tab/pin in the production version, the user experience w/the Sonnetar is much quirkier. On the plus...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 03-02-2015
Replies: 78
Views: 23,724
Posted By furcafe
Thanks, just seeing Kirk's question now :bang: ,...

Thanks, just seeing Kirk's question now :bang: , but yes, I received similar information from Zeiss a couple years ago (after asking them about getting my S Mount Sonnar "optimized"/adjusted for...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 02-26-2015
Replies: 522
Views: 32,580
Posted By furcafe
I would actually make it an even tighter...

I would actually make it an even tighter composition, concentrating on the clothing (?) hanging on the rack, cropping both the top & the left side. For a "do-over" I would also shoot the same scene...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-26-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 809
Posted By furcafe
I could be wrong, but it seems to me that you're...

I could be wrong, but it seems to me that you're basically asking if it's better to have a fast 50 or a fast 35. Optically/technically, all 4 lenses are excellent as you would expect from Leica...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 02-13-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 2,328
Posted By furcafe
And made in NYC . . .

And made in NYC . . .
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-13-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 3,270
Posted By furcafe
Or the MP Classic that was made for the Chinese...

Or the MP Classic that was made for the Chinese collector market (http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/Leica/Leica-M3/Leica-MP/index4.htm). But I guess since they already have a meterless...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-02-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 5,819
Posted By furcafe
Try Ken Ruth of Photography on Bald Mountain.

Try Ken Ruth of Photography on Bald Mountain.
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 01-30-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,732
Posted By furcafe
That explains why you need 2 different adapters...

That explains why you need 2 different adapters for Nikon RF or Contax RF to M mount for accurate RF focusing. The adapters that the OP is asking about don't appear to be RF-coupled (like the old...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-30-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 1,168
Posted By furcafe
I did lose the rubber eyepiece "ring" on mine,...

I did lose the rubber eyepiece "ring" on mine, but it works fine & lives on whatever "Barnack"-type body I might be using.

I have no idea what the current prices are.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-30-2015
Replies: 318
Views: 34,104
Posted By furcafe
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Forum: Photography General Interest 01-30-2015
Replies: 39
Views: 4,057
Posted By furcafe
It might not be X-rayed at all (AFAIK, they only...

It might not be X-rayed at all (AFAIK, they only check certain bags & containers), but the machines used to screen checked luggage are like those used for cargo & are much more powerful than those...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-29-2015
Replies: 668
Views: 85,749
Posted By furcafe
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Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-27-2015
Replies: 120
Views: 21,787
Posted By furcafe
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Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-21-2015
Replies: 115
Views: 8,978
Posted By furcafe
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Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 12-31-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 9,353
Posted By furcafe
It's been a long time since I had an M8, but no,...

It's been a long time since I had an M8, but no, a faster card will do nothing to help w/the M8 or M9.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 12-30-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 9,807
Posted By furcafe
Congrats & enjoy your new camera! If you shoot...

Congrats & enjoy your new camera!

If you shoot in a lot of IR-heavy environments (e.g., tungsten & halogen lighting), I would recommend using an UV-IR filter (B+W 486 & similar). I'd guess that...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 12-20-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 5,439
Posted By furcafe
The black & nickel finish of the lens supports...

The black & nickel finish of the lens supports 1933 as the year of production.
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 12-18-2014
Replies: 63
Views: 15,279
Posted By furcafe
I'm more like Godfrey in that I use my A7...

I'm more like Godfrey in that I use my A7 primarily as a digital platform for my legacy manual-focus film SLR glass (in my case, Zeiss Ikon Contarex mount); in other words, it's my manual focus dSLR....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-10-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 4,110
Posted By furcafe
At least with Nikon rangefinders you have the...

At least with Nikon rangefinders you have the option of finding a late-model SP or having a titanium curtain from an F installed.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-10-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 4,110
Posted By furcafe
Amen. Beware the beach! ;) The only time it's...

Amen. Beware the beach! ;) The only time it's happened to me was w/my M7 on Coney (post-Mermaid Parade & possibly too much booze).

I've made it a habit to use cameras w/metal shutters whenever...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 11-19-2014
Replies: 46
Views: 13,692
Posted By furcafe
I do have 1st-hand experience, which is why I...

I do have 1st-hand experience, which is why I posted the caveat. Rather than use the Pentax VF on the M2 for close-range shooting, I would use it as a reference (since it shows both 43mm & 50mm...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 11-18-2014
Replies: 46
Views: 13,692
Posted By furcafe
The type of M body you have also makes a...

The type of M body you have also makes a difference because the size of the framelines has changed over time/model. E.g., Leica made the framelines on the M 240 bigger than those on the M9, M7, M6...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-24-2014
Replies: 252
Views: 25,320
Posted By furcafe
That's what I've done, but I can see why many...

That's what I've done, but I can see why many prefer a more traditional user interface (I'm 1 of them). Maybe Sony will come out w/a "classic" full-frame Alpha, w/a chrome finish of course, that has...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-24-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,455
Posted By furcafe
No regrets, but I can see both perspectives. On...

No regrets, but I can see both perspectives. On the 1 hand, it has many great features that should have been retained; for me: better strap lugs (especially once they went to 3), ratcheted rewind,...
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-24-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 32,396
Posted By furcafe
IMHO, that's where artificial intelligence will...

IMHO, that's where artificial intelligence will come into play, picking out a selection of stills from the stream, then processing them for the viewer based on known preferences. I think the really...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 10-23-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 2,923
Posted By furcafe
Competent, but not ideal IMHO, so I would agree...

Competent, but not ideal IMHO, so I would agree w/those advising renting 1st, if possible. Personally, I think something like the Sony a7 series would be a better fit.

The M can certainly be used...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-16-2014
Replies: 102
Views: 17,454
Posted By furcafe
Having used pretty much every RF version of the...

Having used pretty much every RF version of the 50mm Sonnar, from a 1933 f/1.5 Sonnar to the modern ZM (including the Soviet Jupiters, Zeiss Sonnars, & Nikon variants from the 1950s), I agree...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 10-15-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,930
Posted By furcafe
I've had no problems using the 21/2.8 ASPH...

I've had no problems using the 21/2.8 ASPH setting, so never bothered trying the others.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-15-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,008
Posted By furcafe
I think that's your answer, plus there's also...

I think that's your answer, plus there's also focus shift (IIRC, most of the Nikon RF & Contax RF teles are Sonnar variants). I haven't experienced problems w/all of my teles, just a couple. The...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 10-13-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1,693
Posted By furcafe
Sorry, I meant digital RF body. I don't know...

Sorry, I meant digital RF body.

I don't know about percentage, but as I wrote, setting the coma adjustment ring for < 4m, but > 2m did the trick for me, but that's for shooting wide open all the...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 10-13-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1,693
Posted By furcafe
Are you using it on a film or digital body (or...

Are you using it on a film or digital body (or both)? Since I use both, I found it pretty easy to use a digital body to experiment w/the coma adjustment ring. I have mine set a touch closer than...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 10-10-2014
Replies: 69
Views: 8,231
Posted By furcafe
Sure, as far as the basic AE, but it's still too...

Sure, as far as the basic AE, but it's still too "modern" to be retro like the R-D1, i.e., it's bigger (though not as heavy as the 240), has a non-reversible screen, noisy, automatically-cocked Copal...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 10-10-2014
Replies: 69
Views: 8,231
Posted By furcafe
The RD-1 is not full-frame, but I agree that it...

The RD-1 is not full-frame, but I agree that it is the digital camera that has come closest to offering an enlightened "retro" experience. The perfect M60 for me would have been a digital M7, i.e.,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-10-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 919
Posted By furcafe
I have 2 of the 4.5cm/2.8 Super Rokkors (1 is...

I have 2 of the 4.5cm/2.8 Super Rokkors (1 is beat up & came w/a LTM body I wanted). Definitely has unique barrel design, but I never found it to be anything noteworthy. Not a bad lens, just...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-10-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,235
Posted By furcafe
I've used them & it's a little of both. The...

I've used them & it's a little of both. The turnaround times can be long, but nothing compared to someone like DAG, & their estimates are conservative. As w/most service people, if you give them a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-10-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 4,415
Posted By furcafe
The Leica Store in DC sells both used & demo...

The Leica Store in DC sells both used & demo bodies & lenses, so I can't imagine it would be different for NYC.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 10-10-2014
Replies: 79
Views: 15,453
Posted By furcafe
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Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 10-08-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 2,698
Posted By furcafe
In addition, the size of all of the framelines...

In addition, the size of all of the framelines varies between Leica models. Ideally framelines would change size according to focus distance (smallest for close up, largest for infinity), but only a...
Forum: Optics Theory - 10-06-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 4,250
Posted By furcafe
I only have the 35/2 UC Hexanon in LTM & it's not...

I only have the 35/2 UC Hexanon in LTM & it's not a big lens at all (roughly similar to the 40/2 M-Rokkor I used to have)--maybe you've only seen photos w/the hood, which is similar in size to the...
Forum: Optics Theory - 10-06-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 4,250
Posted By furcafe
Weren't the Konica 35/2 L-Hexanon & the later...

Weren't the Konica 35/2 L-Hexanon & the later Hexanon UC in LTM copies of the 35/1.8 w-Nikkor? Of course, they were limited edition & originally sold only in Japan, but they can still be bought.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-29-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,336
Posted By furcafe
It appears to be the same collection as the...

It appears to be the same collection as the Library of Congress (http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/fsa/) & that's been posted about many times. That Yale has added nifty interfaces to...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 09-29-2014
Replies: 127
Views: 29,630
Posted By furcafe
Though Zeiss may have altered their original...

Though Zeiss may have altered their original design goals (from film to digital bodies?), I probably just misunderstood the rep :bang:, though his English was very good. He was impressed that I...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-26-2014
Replies: 46
Views: 5,127
Posted By furcafe
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Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-26-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 723
Posted By furcafe
Your impression is correct. Whether it is...

Your impression is correct. Whether it is distracting is a personal thing. I don't have a problem & can adjust quickly, but then again I use both Leica & Zeiss Ikon Contax & Nikon RFs/Fs all the...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 09-26-2014
Replies: 127
Views: 29,630
Posted By furcafe
I handled it at Photokina on the 1st day,...

I handled it at Photokina on the 1st day, including taking a test shot on my M 240. While it is bigger than the f/2 Biogon, it's really not unwieldy IMHO, especially if you don't have a big hood on...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-26-2014
Replies: 46
Views: 4,021
Posted By furcafe
That could happen if you're in an extremely dry...

That could happen if you're in an extremely dry environment & would also apply to advancing the film too quickly. I've only experienced static from rapid film advancing on my Rolleiflexes, but I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-26-2014
Replies: 46
Views: 4,021
Posted By furcafe
For this reason, the best Leica rewind crank is...

For this reason, the best Leica rewind crank is the ratcheted 1 on the M5. The other ergonomic problem I have w/most rewind cranks (including Leica M, Nikon S RFs & the original F) is that the knobs...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-25-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 4,451
Posted By furcafe
I have a KS-15(4), the original military version...

I have a KS-15(4), the original military version of the M2R, & would recommend it over the regular M2 (assuming you have the money).
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-09-2014
Replies: 770
Views: 178,771
Posted By furcafe
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