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Forum: Nikon RF 12-07-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 13,725
Posted By VinceC
>>Any Machinist will tell you he needs a complete...

>>Any Machinist will tell you he needs a complete blue print drawing with all the accurate measurements on it, or a complete accurate copy of one in his hand to make these.<<

Anyone with access to...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-05-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 13,725
Posted By VinceC
If RFF is any guide, there probably are fewer...

If RFF is any guide, there probably are fewer than 200-400 Nikon RF users worldwide at any given time (just an educated guess). More cameras are "collected" but not used and a lot simply slosh...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-03-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 13,725
Posted By VinceC
An excellent idea. Does anyone have photos to...

An excellent idea. Does anyone have photos to help out?

A curiosity I found with the small production runs at Cosina is the opposite of supply-demand; instead of making a second batch, the desirable...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-15-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,462
Posted By VinceC
Even without filter-stacking tolerances, the...

Even without filter-stacking tolerances, the inner mount on the 1.1 created stresses and intolerance in the original film mount. That's why Nikon went to the external mount version. Even without...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-21-2014
Replies: 60
Views: 10,448
Posted By VinceC
The 28mm Nikkor is a great lens and not that...

The 28mm Nikkor is a great lens and not that expensive in chrome. The CV 21 and 25mm are of course superb.
Forum: Nikon RF 10-15-2014
Replies: 60
Views: 10,448
Posted By VinceC
I can see a minor but noticeable focus shift when...

I can see a minor but noticeable focus shift when using lenses wide open at closest focus on the wrong body (Jupiter 12 on Nikon RF and Nikon 35 2.5 or 1.8 on a Kiev). I do a lot of shooting wide...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-05-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 3,949
Posted By VinceC
If there is a danger of future growth, the S3 is...

If there is a danger of future growth, the S3 is of course a good match for the 105mm lens and, with some practice and an F/F2 to compare side-by-side, you can very accurately and competently frame...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-05-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 3,949
Posted By VinceC
When I first handled a Leica I was very surprised...

When I first handled a Leica I was very surprised and disappointed that it's viewfinder miniaturized the world. I didn't realize until that moment how important the 1:1 viewfinder was to me on my...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 09-17-2014
Replies: 190
Views: 28,739
Posted By VinceC
You might want to take a look at some 1960s era...

You might want to take a look at some 1960s era Canon LTM bodies. Much as I hate to admit this, the shortest route to financial payout-crowd-funding would be some means of digitizing a classic...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 09-17-2014
Replies: 190
Views: 28,739
Posted By VinceC
What's important is, this is what is sometimes...

What's important is, this is what is sometimes called a "proof-of-concept demonstration." If it can be done with this film camera, the principle applies across camera types. There have been several...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 09-14-2014
Replies: 190
Views: 28,739
Posted By VinceC
Very interesting and much less "franken..." than...

Very interesting and much less "franken..." than most of these do-it-yourself hybrids. It has always made sense that this was possible, albeit not always practical so always a specialized project....
Forum: Nikon RF 07-10-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,020
Posted By VinceC
Also comes with the leather case. Looks like the...

Also comes with the leather case. Looks like the earliest version with the two studs for external shade.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-09-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,188
Posted By VinceC
I haven't owned this type of lens, but other...

I haven't owned this type of lens, but other Nikkors can have similar misalignment due to the way the front elements are screwed into place, sometimes without a set screw.
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 07-07-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 6,375
Posted By VinceC
I still think keeping a Contax II dry in those...

I still think keeping a Contax II dry in those condition, in combat, was not an easy task.

In a larger sense, the premise of the original posting is built upon the assumption that the shoot could...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 07-07-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 6,375
Posted By VinceC
None of the discussion has emphasized the...

None of the discussion has emphasized the importance and difficulty of keeping the cameras and film dry under those conditions. Plastic freezer bags didn't exist back then. Also, once the...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-29-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,301
Posted By VinceC
Dez, I'm going to vote for the color rendition...

Dez,

I'm going to vote for the color rendition as well ... the way the faded reds and blacks and warm wood tones contrast against the cool blues of the sky and sea.

For the most part, I shoot very...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-23-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 7,970
Posted By VinceC
What some of the nay-sayers haven't said is that...

What some of the nay-sayers haven't said is that a fast lens (1.2) is much easier to focus on an SLR, even if stopped down to 1.4 or 2 or whatever.

I'd go with the Nikkor unless someone chimes in...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-19-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 2,324
Posted By VinceC
It hasn't yet been specifically mentioned in this...

It hasn't yet been specifically mentioned in this thread, but Nikon Rangefinder cameras very seldom need a CLA. For a collector, cosmetics are of high importance. For a user, price, quality of the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-13-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 995
Posted By VinceC
You might've answered your initial question. I...

You might've answered your initial question. I own fast / large / classic lenses because of their speed, image quality, and quality of construction. I own slow / small / lightweight lenses so I can...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-13-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 3,001
Posted By VinceC
For hiking, the weight of the lenses matters too...

For hiking, the weight of the lenses matters too (a reason to the CV over the Biogon).
Will you have a cell phone with? That can suffice as your emergency backup camera, allowing you to take just one...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-12-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,607
Posted By VinceC
I've always considered the 135mm and Nikon 1:1...

I've always considered the 135mm and Nikon 1:1 finder to be a good match. The black barrel version is quite light weight,...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-04-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 7,382
Posted By VinceC
I always find that, with a plain ground-glass SLR...

I always find that, with a plain ground-glass SLR screen, I rock the focus back and forth repeatedly to confirm the sharpest focal point. With an RF, it's a quick adjustment with no uncertainty. For...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-03-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 7,382
Posted By VinceC
Wonderful portrait.

Wonderful portrait.
Forum: Nikon RF 06-03-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 7,382
Posted By VinceC
Different users definitely have different...

Different users definitely have different preferences and different shooting styles. I find portraits are easier with an RF than a manual focus SLR because I find it easier to confirm focus on the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-03-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 2,204
Posted By VinceC
Very nice. Agreed that the resolution well...

Very nice. Agreed that the resolution well exceeds 35mm. Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Nikon RF 06-03-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 7,382
Posted By VinceC
@BillBingham2 I've still got the F with FTN...

@BillBingham2

I've still got the F with FTN prism on my camera shelf, though I don't use it much. The meter still had life a couple years ago when I last checked it when one of my kids was taking a...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-03-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 7,382
Posted By VinceC
Your original post specifically discussed modern...

Your original post specifically discussed modern vs older lenses. Here are some portraits with an SP 2005 and a modern 35 1.8, 50mm 1.4 from the S3-2000, and the Cosina Voigtlaender...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-02-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 7,382
Posted By VinceC
Thanks rbsinto for the inspiration. More...

Thanks rbsinto for the inspiration.
More portraits with an S3 or...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-02-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 7,382
Posted By VinceC
Many thanks. I miss the days when going out to...

Many thanks. I miss the days when going out to take portraits with Nikon RFs was enough of an excuse for an outing.
Forum: Nikon RF 06-02-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 7,382
Posted By VinceC
Well, this was taken with an S3 and a 85/2 Nikkor...

Well, this was taken with an S3 and a 85/2 Nikkor but she clearly preferred the SLR.
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=99694&stc=1&d=1401731805
Forum: Nikon RF 06-02-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 7,382
Posted By VinceC
Not to mention lenses optimized for portrait...

Not to mention lenses optimized for portrait distances.
Forum: Nikon RF 06-01-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 7,382
Posted By VinceC
I was pretty surprised by the number of folks...

I was pretty surprised by the number of folks here who told the original poster to go get an SLR for portraits. ?????? No wonder he decided to try a Leica instead.

The Nikon SP/S3 are the...
Forum: Nikon RF 05-29-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 7,382
Posted By VinceC
I've done hundreds if not thousands of portraits...

I've done hundreds if not thousands of portraits with the set-up described by the original poster.

The 50mm and 35mm lenses are ideal for the focus wheel on an SP/S3. The 50mm Millennium and 35mm...
Forum: Nikon RF 05-06-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 5,729
Posted By VinceC
Good point about number of blades. The 135mm SLR...

Good point about number of blades. The 135mm SLR and RF lenses are fully identical and interchangeable (I've interchanged elements) but I never scrutinized the 105mm optics to that level of detail.
Forum: Nikon RF 05-06-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 5,729
Posted By VinceC
The 10.5cm SLR version should be optically...

The 10.5cm SLR version should be optically identical to the RF version. A quick look at the rear element would verify whether or not they are identical. However, the coatings tended to change over...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-28-2014
Replies: 251
Views: 22,584
Posted By VinceC
The weight of the Nikkor 105f2.5 makes it ideal...

The weight of the Nikkor 105f2.5 makes it ideal for handholding in low light. I've taken lots of tack-sharp images at 1/15 and 1/30.

The size and weight are just about equal to an S3 or SP body, so...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 03-13-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 4,599
Posted By VinceC
RE: Photo 23 -- The press gaggle photo was taken...

RE: Photo 23 -- The press gaggle photo was taken in 1954, well into the classic RF era. It's a good reminder that most newspapers and mainstream press cameramen (no women) were a conservative lot who...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-08-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,381
Posted By VinceC
Most people new to Nikon/Contax/Kiev find the...

Most people new to Nikon/Contax/Kiev find the infinity lock to be very quirky ... you focus the 50mm lens to infinity and it stays locked there until you press the infinity unlock button in front of...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-28-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,207
Posted By VinceC
If you want to go classic, there's always the...

If you want to go classic, there's always the Vivitar 283/285. Those were/are real workhorses, but they do overwhelm the size of an RF camera.
Forum: Nikon RF 02-28-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,207
Posted By VinceC
I've always been fond of carrying a Sunpak with...

I've always been fond of carrying a Sunpak with tilt and swivel head & a series of auto-ranges that accommodates the slow sync speeds of RF camera.

The tilt/swivel allows a very wide set of options...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-04-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 3,690
Posted By VinceC
The camera companies are up against the wall...

The camera companies are up against the wall because the great mass of consumers is quickly and irreversibly moving to smart-phone photography ... the camera companies have to innovate and innovate...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-24-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1,092
Posted By VinceC
I've always used a 43mm filter. One thing to...

I've always used a 43mm filter. One thing to watch out for: On my vintage 35/1.8, if the filter is too snug a fit, then when I go to remove it, the entire front lens group unscrews from the lens...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-14-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 8,309
Posted By VinceC
I would not be afraid to use the camera. The...

I would not be afraid to use the camera. The reissues are not particularly collectible, and the S3 was never as valuable a camera as the SP. The lens with the S3-2000 kit is among the finest 50mm...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-12-2013
Replies: 120
Views: 13,417
Posted By VinceC
I've often pondered the simplicity of putting a...

I've often pondered the simplicity of putting a hot shoe onto an SP/S3. Looks like someone went that route.
Forum: Nikon RF 11-11-2013
Replies: 120
Views: 13,417
Posted By VinceC
Aoresteen, Glad you used the SP '05 oversees....

Aoresteen,
Glad you used the SP '05 oversees.
Back in '90-'91, when digital was still an extremely expensive low-rez curiosity, I used an SP and S3 to photograph the first Gulf War. The public...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-29-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 2,146
Posted By VinceC
I have to admit I used the "can of Krylon" DIY...

I have to admit I used the "can of Krylon" DIY approach advocated by PM. It's quite effective if done with restraint.
Forum: RFF Polls 10-27-2013
Replies: 55
Views: 10,259
Posted By VinceC
My 28 is a Nikkor 2.8cm f/3.5 Lovely lens --...

My 28 is a Nikkor 2.8cm f/3.5
Lovely lens -- sharp corner to corner even wide open; a bit of vignetting; great tonal range.

I also own and have used an Orion f/6. As said above, nice old school lens...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-24-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 1,538
Posted By VinceC
The Millennium nikkor (same formula as the...

The Millennium nikkor (same formula as the Olympic) is excellent wide open. So it its SLR relative the Auto-S 50/1.4. Without knowing the formula, the early SLR and Olympic versions of the lens...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 10-24-2013
Replies: 20
Views: 3,833
Posted By VinceC
Night scenes tend to be very forgiving for...

Night scenes tend to be very forgiving for exposure. A small table tripod can do wonders, since it's hard to handhold below 1/8, whereas a tabletop tripod can get you into the 1-5 second range...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 10-22-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 2,003
Posted By VinceC
Fascinating and thanks for sharing. Not at all...

Fascinating and thanks for sharing. Not at all surprised that he's someting of a fast talker ... very easy but persuasive personality, especially the clip of him making up the Capa persona.
Forum: Nikon RF 10-09-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 8,309
Posted By VinceC
That makes sense. I learned about SPs in the late...

That makes sense. I learned about SPs in the late 1980s, literally months after the prices suddenly began to soar. There was a couple of years when it seemed that US buyers were snapping them up at...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-09-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 8,309
Posted By VinceC
There's been a bit of economic inflation since...

There's been a bit of economic inflation since you bought $300 cameras. $300 in 1967 is equivalent to $2,100 today, so the price of a good used original run SP has remained about constant, or dropped.
Forum: Nikon RF 10-07-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 8,309
Posted By VinceC
Thanks for the engineering insights into internal...

Thanks for the engineering insights into internal vs external chassis. For what it's worth, Nikon continued the internal chassis philosophy with Nikon F and F2. Both are considered to be quite rugged...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-07-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 8,309
Posted By VinceC
While it may cosmetically bruise, I rarely if...

While it may cosmetically bruise, I rarely if ever see Nikon RFs suffer damage that affects their ability to take pictures. It's widely discussed throughout RFF that Nikon camera need far fewer...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-07-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 8,309
Posted By VinceC
I agree the corporate decision to rebuild the S3...

I agree the corporate decision to rebuild the S3 and SP was unexpected and, from a Western viewpoint, weird. But I'm not sure there would have been much market at all for a new design or updated...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-07-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 8,309
Posted By VinceC
Think of them as a Nikon F without a mirror box,...

Think of them as a Nikon F without a mirror box, and they might be easier to handle/operate.
Forum: Nikon RF 10-05-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 8,309
Posted By VinceC
I'd say the prices fell to the point that users...

I'd say the prices fell to the point that users could purchase them (somewhat cheaper than new film Leica body-lens outfits) then stopped falling. That would be basic market forces coupled with the...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-03-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 1,582
Posted By VinceC
The black silicon is a cool recommendation. I'll...

The black silicon is a cool recommendation. I'll give it a try.
Forum: Nikon RF 10-03-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 1,662
Posted By VinceC
The S2 camera almost certainly would have the...

The S2 camera almost certainly would have the original Nikkor S.C. 5cm F1.4 lens.
It is, quite simply, one of the outstanding optics of the 1950s and of all time. It shows its age in certain...
Forum: Nikon RF 09-24-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 2,755
Posted By VinceC
Thanks for finding the better copy. I scanned...

Thanks for finding the better copy. I scanned mine from a newspaper.
Forum: Nikon RF 09-24-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 2,755
Posted By VinceC
Many news photographers in the '60s preferred...

Many news photographers in the '60s preferred TLRs. Large negative, square image lent itself to newspaper layout styles of that era and could be cropped for horizontals/verticles.
Forum: Nikon RF 09-22-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 2,755
Posted By VinceC
The aux finder looks very much like an F w/ 21mm

The aux finder looks very much like an F w/ 21mm
Forum: Nikon RF 09-22-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 2,755
Posted By VinceC
Agree the Nikons were easily availabe and that...

Agree the Nikons were easily availabe and that Japanese photographers preferred Japanese cameras, but not sure there was such a cost difference compared to Leicas. Also, by that time (1968) Nikon F...
Forum: Nikon RF 09-21-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 2,755
Posted By VinceC
Monkees and Nikons - RFs in 1968 news photo

I posted this in another thread but found it fascinating enough to highlight with a thread of its own. The AP picture shows the U.S. music group The Monkees in Tokyo in 1968. The official...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-13-2013
Replies: 26
Views: 3,648
Posted By VinceC
I keep a somewhat humbling quote on my wall from...

I keep a somewhat humbling quote on my wall from Robert Gates, a former senior U.S. government Cabinet official: "Experience is the ability to recognize a mistake when you make it again."
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-12-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,036
Posted By VinceC
I have it in Kiev mount. It is very shallow and...

I have it in Kiev mount. It is very shallow and lens elements do not protrude deeply at all into the body, so it is probably okay with an M5 (I'm no expert). I've always liked low-contrast low...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-10-2013
Replies: 20
Views: 2,043
Posted By VinceC
The quoted 'C' is always near the base of the...

The quoted 'C' is always near the base of the lens, not near the front of the lens element.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-10-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 1,342
Posted By VinceC
I never find much overlap between the two (21mm...

I never find much overlap between the two (21mm and 28mm) and carry them both. If cost is an issue, you could get a 21/4, which also is considerably lighter and smaller.
Forum: Nikon RF 09-07-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1,902
Posted By VinceC
"C" usually in red also stands for "coated" and...

"C" usually in red also stands for "coated" and is on thefront area of the lens that contains its details (for example N-C 5cm F1:1 would mean nine element coated lens). The Contax "C" is usually...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 09-01-2013
Replies: 56
Views: 7,749
Posted By VinceC
>> ... with IPS panel << IPS panel is fabulous...

>> ... with IPS panel <<

IPS panel is fabulous for photo work.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 09-01-2013
Replies: 56
Views: 7,749
Posted By VinceC
I'm using photoshop but not lightroom....

I'm using photoshop but not lightroom. Specifically got an i7 processor for video rendering using Corel VideoStudio, since those render pretty slow on my T510 and I mainly do corporate communications...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 09-01-2013
Replies: 56
Views: 7,749
Posted By VinceC
You shouldn't necessarily equate...

You shouldn't necessarily equate nonprofessional-level Windows consumer machines to professional level Macs.
My Compaq Contura 430 from 1995 still runs just fine on Windows 95. It runs Adobe...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 09-01-2013
Replies: 56
Views: 7,749
Posted By VinceC
The weight in some of the smaller MacBook Airs is...

The weight in some of the smaller MacBook Airs is incredible. In the 2-pound range or less. I'm too old to change my ways with Windows machines and make extensive use of the little "eraser head"...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 09-01-2013
Replies: 56
Views: 7,749
Posted By VinceC
I forgot to add that getting the images from...

I forgot to add that getting the images from cards onto a laptop creates an immediate backup in case the camera or card is lost or fails. You definitely want a laptop small enough to fit inside a...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 09-01-2013
Replies: 56
Views: 7,749
Posted By VinceC
I've been using IBM/Lenovo Thinkpads for years....

I've been using IBM/Lenovo Thinkpads for years. The X-series have small screens (12.5 inches) weigh about 3 lbs and, with the $50 optional IPS screen, are gorgeous for photo and video editing. User...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 08-30-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 4,521
Posted By VinceC
For a brief period of time before the F was...

For a brief period of time before the F was introduced, a motorized Nikon RF would have been a mainstay of some kinds of photojournalism. Shooting sports, fast-moving news action, and press events, a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-28-2013
Replies: 221
Views: 23,928
Posted By VinceC
I've always heard great things about the 58/1.4....

I've always heard great things about the 58/1.4. Also in F-mount, the 85/1.8 was a real workhorse in the '60s.

True the RF lineup was awfully full, but because development ceased in '59, there...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-28-2013
Replies: 221
Views: 23,928
Posted By VinceC
>>Classic F lenses from the '60s<< The 21/4...

>>Classic F lenses from the '60s<<

The 21/4 mirror lockup; the 24/2.8 or 28/2; the 50/1.4 (sweet lens); 105/2.5; 180/2.5 (RF lens with adapter, HEAVY); 180/2.8 F-mount; 200/4; 300/4.5
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-28-2013
Replies: 221
Views: 23,928
Posted By VinceC
>>... would much rather have a Leicaflex SL or...

>>... would much rather have a Leicaflex SL or Canon F1. <<

I used a Canon F1 my first few years. The Canon FD lens mount was not a strong point. There were several times I thought I was adjusting...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-28-2013
Replies: 120
Views: 13,417
Posted By VinceC
>> The guys kneeling are taking a photo of the...

>> The guys kneeling are taking a photo of the scene everyone else is making a head and shoulders shot of Davy Jones... <<

The guys in front seem to be wearing official arm bands and are in front of...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-27-2013
Replies: 120
Views: 13,417
Posted By VinceC
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/attachment....

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=97215&stc=1&d=1377657452

I was looking for an excuse to scan this. Saw it in the newspaper couple weeks ago -- The Monkees arrive...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-27-2013
Replies: 120
Views: 13,417
Posted By VinceC
Robert Capa covered early Vietnam with a Nikon...

Robert Capa covered early Vietnam with a Nikon (the camera he was carrying survived his death).
Forum: Nikon RF 08-27-2013
Replies: 120
Views: 13,417
Posted By VinceC
If I recall correctly, the Associated Press...

If I recall correctly, the Associated Press issued a Nikon F plus a Leica M2 to each Vietnam correspondent, thus setting the tone for peaceful co-existance.
Forum: Nikon RF 08-27-2013
Replies: 120
Views: 13,417
Posted By VinceC
>>This is the fundamental problem, isn't it? That...

>>This is the fundamental problem, isn't it? That many people compare ill-maintained, jammed-up 50-year-old cameras with newer cameras or with better designs that don't require servicing every few...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-27-2013
Replies: 120
Views: 13,417
Posted By VinceC
The notion of German quality engineering was...

The notion of German quality engineering was still dominant in the 1950s-'60s, while "made in Japan" at the time had a stigma of "copy-cat" tech. So it was more of an uphill battle to sell a premium...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-27-2013
Replies: 120
Views: 13,417
Posted By VinceC
The S-mount was inferior to the M-mount. No...

The S-mount was inferior to the M-mount. No question. Rather than reinvent it, Nikon moved on to dominate professional and premium amateur market with its F-mount SLRs.
Forum: Nikon RF 08-27-2013
Replies: 120
Views: 13,417
Posted By VinceC
>> But WHY did the Leica sell more and survive...

>> But WHY did the Leica sell more and survive longer? <<

Nikon sold a BUNCH more cameras ... Nikon Fs ... and quickly left the RF market due to the overwhelming success of its SLR. This was driven...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-27-2013
Replies: 120
Views: 13,417
Posted By VinceC
unable to type more ... nikon rf shooter ......

unable to type more ... nikon rf shooter ... drawing disability now ... : )
Forum: Nikon RF 08-27-2013
Replies: 120
Views: 13,417
Posted By VinceC
I rather like the very long focus throw....

I rather like the very long focus throw. Extremely precise. With practice, you can do it very quickly, too.
Forum: Nikon RF 08-27-2013
Replies: 120
Views: 13,417
Posted By VinceC
I take the opposite approach with lack of lens...

I take the opposite approach with lack of lens choice ... once you have assembled a lens kit, there are not others except a few exotic overpriced ones, so you are clear to concentrate on photographic...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-27-2013
Replies: 120
Views: 13,417
Posted By VinceC
If you don't wear glasses, the S3 is, in my...

If you don't wear glasses, the S3 is, in my opinion, a better camera to shoot than an SP. The lifesize 35mm frameline is unbeatable, and the window is so large you can easily frame a 28mm lens. The...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-27-2013
Replies: 120
Views: 13,417
Posted By VinceC
If you look through RFF, you will find many...

If you look through RFF, you will find many active users who regularly shoot with Nikon RF cameras.

I shot Nikon RFs for newspaper work in the '80s till my paper went digital in late '90s. They are...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-24-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1,138
Posted By VinceC
There were only a few hundred Nikkor 2.1cm lenses...

There were only a few hundred Nikkor 2.1cm lenses made in rangefinder mount. The price is way, way beyond user -- in the many multiple thousands of dollars, and they seldom change hands. The Nikkor...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-23-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,847
Posted By VinceC
The F-mount version of this lens was scale-focus,...

The F-mount version of this lens was scale-focus, so it would be fairly easy to modify it to RF mount but much more complex to add RF focusing.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-22-2013
Replies: 221
Views: 23,928
Posted By VinceC
I did most of my Nikon F and RF selfies using a...

I did most of my Nikon F and RF selfies using a 21mm lens (Contax in the case of the RF lens).
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-22-2013
Replies: 221
Views: 23,928
Posted By VinceC
The removable back facilitated the motordrive,...

The removable back facilitated the motordrive, which was an excellent feature when shooting sports.

When not using a motordrive, I tended to hold the removable back with my pinky finger. Not hard...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-20-2013
Replies: 36
Views: 2,265
Posted By VinceC
The built-in focus helicoid for the internal...

The built-in focus helicoid for the internal mount lenses is specifically designed to accurately focus 50mm lenses only. Other lenses require a separate helical because their back-and-forth travel...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-25-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,170
Posted By VinceC
Using the Soviet 35/2.8, I can see a difference...

Using the Soviet 35/2.8, I can see a difference in focus at close focus when wide open. The difference is small, but it's there.
Forum: Nikon RF 07-17-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 1,620
Posted By VinceC
For the rear mount, you can raid a medicine...

For the rear mount, you can raid a medicine cabinet or pantry and usually can find a few old plastic bottle lids that work.
Forum: Nikon RF 07-15-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 1,393
Posted By VinceC
For an SP, it's my everyday walkaround lens,...

For an SP, it's my everyday walkaround lens, while the 38/1.8 is reserved for low-light work. Lovely rendering and very small and light-weight. I find the images very suitable wide open or f/4, which...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-10-2013
Replies: 26
Views: 3,900
Posted By VinceC
I like the original Nikkor 50s because they are...

I like the original Nikkor 50s because they are so small. You really can keep it in a pocket. Size-wise, it's a great companion to the 28mm.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 07-09-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1,876
Posted By VinceC
It's easier in cooler weather when you can keep...

It's easier in cooler weather when you can keep things in a jacket pocket. I usually use one camera with a Domke neck strap (wide with good rubber grippiness) plus spare lens and film in a pocket....
Forum: Nikon RF 07-03-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 1,000
Posted By VinceC
If found in decent shape, the old Nikons tend not...

If found in decent shape, the old Nikons tend not to need servicing. On the other hand, the Cameraquest repair folks also are in California.
Forum: Nikon RF 07-01-2013
Replies: 46
Views: 14,755
Posted By VinceC
The S-2 used a robust but loud shutter mechanism...

The S-2 used a robust but loud shutter mechanism and is decidedly noisy. The S3 and SP (and S4) use a much quieter redesigned shutter that most people compare to the sound of a Leica M.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-28-2013
Replies: 29
Views: 4,605
Posted By VinceC
I've done it to inexpensive lenses with just a...

I've done it to inexpensive lenses with just a file. The key is to use an AI'd lens for reference that has the same maximum aperture. You have to be fairly precise on where you start the notch, since...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-20-2013
Replies: 39
Views: 3,200
Posted By VinceC
One problem with HDR technique is that its...

One problem with HDR technique is that its existance casts doubt on those moments when patient photographers wait for and capture perfectly balanced light, such as right at dusk and dawn when the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-20-2013
Replies: 39
Views: 3,200
Posted By VinceC
As someone steeped in the technical side of...

As someone steeped in the technical side of photography, I've grown used to the incredible artificial compression of dynamic range inherent in both film and, much moreso, in digital. HDR tries to...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-12-2013
Replies: 46
Views: 14,755
Posted By VinceC
The thing I like about the Nikon RF patch is...

The thing I like about the Nikon RF patch is that, once something is in focus, the rangefinder patch effectively disappears and you can concentrate on framing or waiting for the right (errr ......
Forum: Nikon RF 06-11-2013
Replies: 46
Views: 14,755
Posted By VinceC
Beautiful cameras in the picture. I will agree...

Beautiful cameras in the picture. I will agree with all of the above. The 1:! viewfinder also makes telephotos a real joy to shoot -- 85/105/135 are all easy to frame and focus, and you develop a...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-09-2013
Replies: 49
Views: 5,381
Posted By VinceC
For me, the ideal Nikkor lens kit takes into...

For me, the ideal Nikkor lens kit takes into account the strengths of the system.
28/3.5 - because both the SP and the S3 do an excellent job with this lens without a finder, and its tones are...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-22-2013
Replies: 41
Views: 2,419
Posted By VinceC
I think she has since rescinded (or "clarified")...

I think she has since rescinded (or "clarified") her statement.
Forum: Nikon RF 05-22-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 644
Posted By VinceC
Also, there isn't original sample variation, but...

Also, there isn't original sample variation, but some of these 55- to 65-year-old lenses have been taken apart and serviced over the years, making it possible they weren't put back together quite...
Forum: Nikon RF 05-22-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 644
Posted By VinceC
Nikkor lenses are generally consistent in quality...

Nikkor lenses are generally consistent in quality throughout the production run (which really lasted in earnest less than a decade). Image quality with the 35/2.5 is the same throughout the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-13-2013
Replies: 34
Views: 2,194
Posted By VinceC
One advantage of Flash ... it makes it much more...

One advantage of Flash ... it makes it much more challenging for visitors to "borrow" your photograhic content. That may not be an issue for some. In general, I think quality photographs display best...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-18-2013
Replies: 76
Views: 22,547
Posted By VinceC
Optics don't swap between barrels. The...

Optics don't swap between barrels. The Millennium/Olympic is a complete redesign over the 1940s/'50s version and the optics are muc larger -- the rear element is as large as physically possible with...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-16-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 1,070
Posted By VinceC
Which Auto-Up do you have? Mine is an Auto-Up II...

Which Auto-Up do you have? Mine is an Auto-Up II that focuses down to 14 inches. As others have said, it's a lot of fun. Having it in your bag is a lot smaller and lighter than carrying around an...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-16-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 1,070
Posted By VinceC
Accurate, well-composed framing is one of the...

Accurate, well-composed framing is one of the difficulties. These work great (I've only used on a Nikon RF) and I often keep one in the bag, but usually just for infrequent detail shots.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 04-15-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 1,713
Posted By VinceC
It's all about craft. If your craft includes...

It's all about craft. If your craft includes color photography at that level of paid professionalism, then you know the tools needed to get a warm color balance while shooting a scene that includes...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 04-15-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 1,713
Posted By VinceC
There's a gel/filter to match the strobe to the...

There's a gel/filter to match the strobe to the color temperature of indoor lighting, but otherwise not a lot of bounce going on (the shadows are too distinct). Looks like he's underexposed the room...
Forum: Off Topic 04-09-2013
Replies: 59
Views: 3,487
Posted By VinceC
I believe private enterprise roads are called...

I believe private enterprise roads are called Toll Roads
Forum: Off Topic 04-09-2013
Replies: 59
Views: 3,487
Posted By VinceC
Nor do I have a problem with fixing a pothole in...

Nor do I have a problem with fixing a pothole in the street in front of the Vendor's shop.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-02-2013
Replies: 33
Views: 24,641
Posted By VinceC
Nice shots. From a user point of view, this lens...

Nice shots. From a user point of view, this lens is best compared to the Leitz Hektor 28/6.3 from the 1930s-'50s that is now a collectible. Canons from the 1960s are probably the best affordable...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-25-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 764
Posted By VinceC
that sounds right. If you set the camera on B and...

that sounds right. If you set the camera on B and look at the back of the lens mount with the shutter open, you'll see that even with the external play, there is very little if any play in the silver...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-22-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 2,047
Posted By VinceC
If you don't shoot one or two "regular" frames at...

If you don't shoot one or two "regular" frames at the beginning, the automatic film processing machines (or lab worker operating it) won't know how to cut the strips.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-22-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 2,047
Posted By VinceC
Star trails really don't look right unless you...

Star trails really don't look right unless you have an exposure of over an hour. The impressive ones use an exposure through most of the night, including Polaris in the frame so that the circular...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-16-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 1,140
Posted By VinceC
For what it's worth, flare on an old 50/1.4...

For what it's worth, flare on an old 50/1.4 seldom if ever looks like that. It would be more connected to the light source, not a straight line.
Forum: Nikon RF 01-16-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 1,140
Posted By VinceC
I have a vintage S3 that does this if exposed too...

I have a vintage S3 that does this if exposed too long to strong light coming through the front/lens side of the camera, not the back. Thus, if I keep the aparture smalll (f/16) and don't change...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 01-16-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 2,010
Posted By VinceC
Perhaps this is a repeat thread, but this one is...

Perhaps this is a repeat thread, but this one is titled appropriately and in the Sony NEX forum, compared to the other.

As an old telescope user, this lens makes a lot of sense -- with an FF lens on...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-15-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 2,005
Posted By VinceC
Proprietary mount, similar but not identical to...

Proprietary mount, similar but not identical to 1930s classic Contax mount (also shared by Soviet Kiev).
This is a specialized long-discontinued system so it might not be for you. Nikkor lenses can...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-15-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 2,005
Posted By VinceC
Some of the basic work can be done yourself. Any...

Some of the basic work can be done yourself. Any repair shop that has worked on a Nikon F would be comfortable inside of a Nikon RF camera. A nice thing about Nikon RF cameras is that they seldom...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-14-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 3,481
Posted By VinceC
Incident meter is far more accurate than any...

Incident meter is far more accurate than any in-camera meter.
Forum: Nikon RF 01-01-2013
Replies: 26
Views: 3,772
Posted By VinceC
Both appear to be related to the SLR version of...

Both appear to be related to the SLR version of the 50/1.4, which came out about the same time.
Forum: Nikon RF 01-01-2013
Replies: 26
Views: 3,772
Posted By VinceC
For me, it was an opportunity to have a new...

For me, it was an opportunity to have a new camera for every day use. Also, bear in mind that the kit lens for an SP-2005 is not a 50/1.4 but a 35/1.8, which is much pricier on the used market.

SP...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-01-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 2,167
Posted By VinceC
The FM allows the NAI lenses to work on total...

The FM allows the NAI lenses to work on total manual/external meter mode. The AI pin flips up out of the way, so the camera's on board meter has no way of knowing what F/stop the lens is adjusted to....
Forum: Nikon RF 01-01-2013
Replies: 26
Views: 3,772
Posted By VinceC
The price of the reproductions reflects the cost...

The price of the reproductions reflects the cost of hand-making a limited number of precision top-quality cameras. They were still made at a financial loss. Their origina selling prices were more or...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-31-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 3,772
Posted By VinceC
David, Good comments. I do think many people...

David,
Good comments. I do think many people equate professional photography with sports photography, as per your NFL observation, whereas sports is the one area of news photography where...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-31-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 3,772
Posted By VinceC
I discovered Nikon RFs as a young newspaper...

I discovered Nikon RFs as a young newspaper person in 1989-'90, just as collectors in Japan were driving the market crazy. If I'd only been a year or two earlier, I could've put together a working...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-31-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 3,772
Posted By VinceC
Nikons also are curious cameras compared to...

Nikons also are curious cameras compared to Leica. When new, they were popular professional/enthusiast cameras only for about 9 years before the Nikon F's extraordinary success. So the RF cameras...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-31-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 1,771
Posted By VinceC
I did nearly all my RF work in often-overcast...

I did nearly all my RF work in often-overcast Germany, so I can relate to the original poster's plight.

Concerning Leica 35mm lenses, the existing Nikkor 35/1.8 is considered by most Nikon RF users...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-30-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 1,771
Posted By VinceC
Let's not forget the Contax landmark Biogon...

Let's not forget the Contax landmark Biogon 21/4.5 of the mid-'50s -- still holds its own against modern competition except for the extraordinary weight.
Forum: Nikon RF 12-30-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 1,771
Posted By VinceC
No one to my knowledge ever did this. It's an...

No one to my knowledge ever did this. It's an issue you have to live with in the Nikon system.

I don't think the limiting factor is the size of the Contax/Nikon mount. Glass on the 35/1.8 is quite...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-26-2012
Replies: 63
Views: 6,770
Posted By VinceC
For SLR lenses, the Nikkor 50/1.8 and f/2 AIS...

For SLR lenses, the Nikkor 50/1.8 and f/2 AIS lenses are exceptional.
For RF lenses, the Milleneum 50/1.4 is considered on par with its more costly and more mordern Leica counterparts. The optical...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-23-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 2,962
Posted By VinceC
Why not a full tripod? Combine that with any of...

Why not a full tripod? Combine that with any of the 400 speed films for maximum tones. Didn't specify max f/stop. Also, candlelight tends to be very forgiving because different parts of the scene are...
Forum: Film vs Digital 12-16-2012
Replies: 58
Views: 5,684
Posted By VinceC
Digital certainly changed the darkroom, which...

Digital certainly changed the darkroom, which used to be an area where the photographer had enormous control to complete his/her vision of the image (or try to salvage something that fell short)...
Forum: RFF Polls 12-14-2012
Replies: 98
Views: 7,732
Posted By VinceC
21, 28, 85, and 105

21, 28, 85, and 105
Forum: Nikon RF 11-30-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 714
Posted By VinceC
I've owned both versions. No significant...

I've owned both versions. No significant difference in construction quality. The older lenses sometimes disassemble a little more easily (ie., the front element unscrews when all you want to do is...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-30-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 1,317
Posted By VinceC
The 105 balances extremely well with an Nikon RF...

The 105 balances extremely well with an Nikon RF body. Both are about the same weight, and the lens is so robust that I usually carry it by the lens rather than by the camera body. The other saving...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-29-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 2,465
Posted By VinceC
It's expensive because of the cost of...

It's expensive because of the cost of hand-building a precision camera in limited numbers. Nikon reportedly sold these at a signficant loss. It was more a labor of love and nod to the company's...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-29-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 1,317
Posted By VinceC
The main difference is that the RF version uses...

The main difference is that the RF version uses an extraordinary amount of brass in the mount, possibly to overly protect the very large glass elements. There likely were complaints about the weight,...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 11-29-2012
Replies: 50
Views: 9,129
Posted By VinceC
The philosophy behind Domke bags is not to...

The philosophy behind Domke bags is not to heavily pad the gear. The denim is purposefully thin and lightly padded so that 1) the bag more or less can collapse/compress around the individual items,...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 11-27-2012
Replies: 50
Views: 9,129
Posted By VinceC
The denim/cotton is fine for everyday rain (I...

The denim/cotton is fine for everyday rain (I used Domke bags daily in rainy Germany for most of two decades). I usually keep a plastic trash bag rolled up in a pocket of the bag in case of a...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 11-26-2012
Replies: 50
Views: 9,129
Posted By VinceC
The cotton is a very heavy denim. I have one from...

The cotton is a very heavy denim. I have one from the early 1980s with metal fittings -- the straps fray and it you carry it daily, the material can wear through on the side the rubs up against you....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-13-2012
Replies: 51
Views: 5,049
Posted By VinceC
For the most part (not always) the faster lenses...

For the most part (not always) the faster lenses are sharper and better built because they were aimed at professional-level shooting.

Also, if you're on a budget, I have found the Series E 28/2.8 to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-13-2012
Replies: 51
Views: 5,049
Posted By VinceC
For quite a few years of shooting, I depended on...

For quite a few years of shooting, I depended on two bodies and four lenses in AI version:
24/2.8 (wider than 28, and with the above mention CRC, sharp and contasty )
50/1.4 - Very similar optical...
Forum: Nikon RF 09-27-2012
Replies: 25
Views: 8,601
Posted By VinceC
Fabulous camera/worldclass lens. By the way,...

Fabulous camera/worldclass lens.
By the way, mine also came with the leather case as part of the kit (bought it from B&H Photo back when they carried them in stock).
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-03-2012
Replies: 66
Views: 27,993
Posted By VinceC
For years with SLRs I used 24/50/85/180 as my...

For years with SLRs I used 24/50/85/180 as my standard lens assortment. With RF, I've always preferred 28mm, perhaps because you don't need a separate finder, also because of lack of distortion (most...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 09-03-2012
Replies: 30
Views: 3,848
Posted By VinceC
SSD seems to be the direction for high end, high...

SSD seems to be the direction for high end, high performance. They are noticeably faster in processing and consume much less power.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 09-03-2012
Replies: 30
Views: 3,848
Posted By VinceC
For that matter, I used to do plenty of photo...

For that matter, I used to do plenty of photo editing on a 1996 vintage Compag 486 machine that still works just fine running Windows 95. That thing's truly a tank. A decade ago, a heavy lawbook fell...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 09-03-2012
Replies: 30
Views: 3,848
Posted By VinceC
Been doing photos on ThinkPads for a decade now....

Been doing photos on ThinkPads for a decade now. Excellent build, reliable, tough (I backed a truck over one in front of my house -- don't ask -- and was able to recover all the data). Excellent...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 08-22-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 2,059
Posted By VinceC
Carried one in my pocket for years. Fabulous...

Carried one in my pocket for years. Fabulous compact. If I remember correctly, it didn't remember settings, so you had to reset the overrides each time you turned it on. But otherwise it was THE...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-20-2012
Replies: 62
Views: 10,771
Posted By VinceC
The above explanations do make sense, as far as...

The above explanations do make sense, as far as waiting toward the end of the auction to drive up a price, rather than giving others lots of time to test your upper limit.

As far as auctions with a...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-19-2012
Replies: 62
Views: 10,771
Posted By VinceC
I'm also not really understanding the requirement...

I'm also not really understanding the requirement to wait until the last minutes to seriously bid. Obviously, that's a good strategy for those who savor the sport. But other strategies are just as...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-10-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 2,819
Posted By VinceC
I never quite understood Mr. Kobayashi's strategy...

I never quite understood Mr. Kobayashi's strategy for Nikon RF lenses. He entered the Leica market filling unpopulated niches -- affordable 15mm and affordable fast glass. For the few thousand Nikon...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-07-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,676
Posted By VinceC
The classic Biogon has incredible optics but it's...

The classic Biogon has incredible optics but it's very heavy (and no click stops).
Forum: Nikon RF 08-07-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,676
Posted By VinceC
The CV 21 is a pretty nice lens in its own right....

The CV 21 is a pretty nice lens in its own right. And quite compact.
Forum: Travel 07-10-2012
Replies: 33
Views: 5,331
Posted By VinceC
I haven't been to the Gambia, but I travel fairly...

I haven't been to the Gambia, but I travel fairly regularly on annoyingly quick business trips to the grand continent, where part of my duties include photographing government and academic...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-08-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 1,062
Posted By VinceC
That's a nice history of the first Nikon...

That's a nice history of the first Nikon prototype.
Forum: Nikon RF 07-03-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 2,997
Posted By VinceC
The internal reportedly is too heavy for the...

The internal reportedly is too heavy for the internal lens mount, makingl, at a minimum, for unreliable focusing. Hence the external version.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-02-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 1,284
Posted By VinceC
This definitely was a problem for me. If you...

This definitely was a problem for me. If you don't want try adhesive, perhaps you should try fashioning a shim out of a bit of dark paper trimed with a razor blade, so reduce the likelihood of future...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-24-2012
Replies: 50
Views: 10,670
Posted By VinceC
The older version of the Nikkor 105/2.5 is...

The older version of the Nikkor 105/2.5 is optically identical to the RF version. On SLR, I much prefer the ergonomics of an older 85/2. It is almost the same size as a 50mm lens.
Forum: Nikon RF 06-23-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 1,233
Posted By VinceC
There's a slight difference in focus between the...

There's a slight difference in focus between the Nikon mount and the Kiev/Contax mount. Both mounts fit each others lenses just fine, they just close-focus slightly differenly. If you're shooting NEX...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-22-2012
Replies: 25
Views: 4,123
Posted By VinceC
Probably flashbulbs.

Probably flashbulbs.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-21-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 3,243
Posted By VinceC
Some enlargers have adjustable masks on the glass...

Some enlargers have adjustable masks on the glass carrier. With a thin to fairly correctly exposed negative, there is no need to adjust for extra light at the sprocket holes, but if you start...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-20-2012
Replies: 54
Views: 13,403
Posted By VinceC
I haven't shot it digital yet, but it's one of...

I haven't shot it digital yet, but it's one of the reasons I plan to get a NEX. Superb lens. No changes in optical formula throughout its rangefinder production.
Forum: Nikon RF 06-12-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 1,160
Posted By VinceC
Sometimes framing is critical and you shift your...

Sometimes framing is critical and you shift your eye to the wide-angle finder. Sometimes focus is critical, and after framing with the wide-angle I shift back to the main finder to track focusing. In...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-04-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1,270
Posted By VinceC
Images are fabulous on these.

Images are fabulous on these.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-31-2012
Replies: 105
Views: 11,630
Posted By VinceC
My SLR photojournalism lenses were 24/50/85/180....

My SLR photojournalism lenses were 24/50/85/180. When I discovered RFs in the late '80s there weren't any reasonably priced Nikon RF lenses in the 24/25mm range, and they anyway required a separate...
Forum: Nikon RF 05-30-2012
Replies: 46
Views: 7,204
Posted By VinceC
As a regular eyeglasses wearerer, I find it...

As a regular eyeglasses wearerer, I find it unworkable to consider removing my eyeglasses to take photos. Removes the main benefit of a Nikon viewfinder -- shooting with both eyes open.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-30-2012
Replies: 42
Views: 5,541
Posted By VinceC
I'll echo what's being said above. Whatever gear...

I'll echo what's being said above. Whatever gear and processing tools we're using, the most powerful photo tool we've got is the light itself.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-17-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 3,613
Posted By VinceC
I prefer an incident meter over anything inside...

I prefer an incident meter over anything inside the camera. On the other hand, before I learned about incident meters, I was taught, when using negative film, to meter on the neutral gray in the...
Forum: Nikon RF 05-06-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 8,053
Posted By VinceC
I've seen that particular distortion with my...

I've seen that particular distortion with my 2.8cm. We sometimes forget that in not-so-distantly past eras a 28mm was considered too wide for everyday taste.
Forum: Nikon RF 04-27-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 8,053
Posted By VinceC
That's my favorite lens. I used to have a thread...

That's my favorite lens. I used to have a thread with images, but it seems to be so old it was eaten by the Forum...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-24-2012
Replies: 46
Views: 7,204
Posted By VinceC
Good advice on the eyeglass protection. I'd...

Good advice on the eyeglass protection. I'd prefer a rubber gasket to a diopter. I need my eyeglasses too much so it's not at all ordinary to remove them.
Forum: Nikon RF 04-24-2012
Replies: 46
Views: 7,204
Posted By VinceC
The S2 is definitely an eyeglasses scratcher. The...

The S2 is definitely an eyeglasses scratcher. The back of the eyefinder has a raised metal lip. My hands-down favorite camera is the S3 because I love the huge 1:1 wideangle finder that allows me to...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-21-2012
Replies: 46
Views: 7,204
Posted By VinceC
All things being equal, the S2's usually have the...

All things being equal, the S2's usually have the bestand most-visible RF patch, but every now and then someone on this forum mentions a hard-to-see finder patch (very rarely). They do have a slight...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-11-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 3,670
Posted By VinceC
Try it first before deciding on a repair. Old...

Try it first before deciding on a repair. Old Nikons many times are just fine after sitting in a closet for 30 years. Black dial is considered the slightly more valuable version compared to the...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-10-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 2,993
Posted By VinceC
A very nice find. That's the lens that made...

A very nice find. That's the lens that made Nikon/Nikkor famous. Life photographer David Douglas Duncan used a Leica-mount version of this lens to cover the start of the Korean War in 1950, and word...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-10-2012
Replies: 20
Views: 7,496
Posted By VinceC
The actual corresponding lens to a 90mm f/2 would...

The actual corresponding lens to a 90mm f/2 would be a Nikkor 85mm f/2 or older f/1.8. There is a surprisingly large difference between the two focal lengths (85/90 and 105). For example, in SLR I...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-31-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 1,428
Posted By VinceC
It's an underrated classic. Are those fullframe...

It's an underrated classic. Are those fullframe images?
Forum: Nikon RF 03-29-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 3,764
Posted By VinceC
I'd be happy to mill an old S3 to make it...

I'd be happy to mill an old S3 to make it digital. I'm not that interested in a hybrid that can shoot film or digital. I'd be just fine for a digital modification. Milling a shutter create is not a...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-28-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 3,764
Posted By VinceC
Also to amplify the OP: Nikon RF and F cameras...

Also to amplify the OP: Nikon RF and F cameras already have interchangeable backs, so they are among the best suited cameras for a modified digital back. The flash sync socket could let the back know...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 03-25-2012
Replies: 39
Views: 9,070
Posted By VinceC
I think the idea behind the original post is that...

I think the idea behind the original post is that the majority of people looking for Nikon RF gear on EBay start their search by typing "nikon rangefinder" and then desregarding all those...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 03-21-2012
Replies: 30
Views: 3,671
Posted By VinceC
From the context the caption writer very clearly...

From the context the caption writer very clearly is refering only to these specific images, not photography as a whoile.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 03-06-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 2,454
Posted By VinceC
Well worth the read.

Well worth the read.
Forum: Nikon RF 02-27-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 2,581
Posted By VinceC
Very helpful test. As others said, it would be...

Very helpful test. As others said, it would be interesting to see both lenses also wide open, and both lenses at f/2.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 02-20-2012
Replies: 99
Views: 11,828
Posted By VinceC
For what it's worth, I also shoot some SLR for...

For what it's worth, I also shoot some SLR for work and RF for family/pleasure. I Often, for family photography, I use a Nikon D40 with a 35/1.8 lens, or one of my older pre-AI lenses with some focus...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-18-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 899
Posted By VinceC
Usually the lenses were individually tested and...

Usually the lenses were individually tested and shimmed in the workshop to compensate for variation.
Forum: Nikon RF 02-16-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 3,274
Posted By VinceC
The plastic lid of a Kokak film cannister works...

The plastic lid of a Kokak film cannister works perfectly, grey or black. You need to use a razor blade or sharp knive to remove the inner lip. Very easy because it's so soft. I've been using a...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-13-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 1,763
Posted By VinceC
The advantages of the S3 are: - Shutter speeds...

The advantages of the S3 are:
- Shutter speeds all on one dial
- MUCH quieter shutter (the S-2 is loud)
- Parallax markings for your lenses (more accurate than you'd think)
- Finder allows you to...
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