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Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 1 Week Ago
Replies: 216
Views: 10,012
Posted By thomasw_
All the very best of good cheer, Helen. May his...

All the very best of good cheer, Helen. May his memory be eternal!

Thomas
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-04-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 1,632
Posted By thomasw_
Rarely do I shoot colour films, a few rolls of...

Rarely do I shoot colour films, a few rolls of Porta over the last 10 years since Kodachrome 64 ceased being developed by Dwayne's. Normally I find shooting with just my M2 and one lens and bunch of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-02-2019
Replies: 280
Views: 14,239
Posted By thomasw_
For 135 format, my trusty M2-R (with my favourite...

For 135 format, my trusty M2-R (with my favourite non-asph 35/1,4 summilux). For MF, it is my Mamiya 7... 6x7 rocks my eyes :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-30-2017
Replies: 30
Views: 5,883
Posted By thomasw_
Indeed, the M2-R might be the synthesis for you?

Indeed, the M2-R might be the synthesis for you?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-06-2017
Replies: 128
Views: 9,560
Posted By thomasw_
Great lens that handled challenging light...

Great lens that handled challenging light situations quite well ...

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4134/4945195571_2436486423_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/8wZqmB)Folding (https://flic.kr/p/8wZqmB) by...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-06-2017
Replies: 128
Views: 9,560
Posted By thomasw_
https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2396/2526254703_74f...

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2396/2526254703_74f85df878_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/4ReHvz)perspicacious (https://flic.kr/p/4ReHvz) by thomas wildeman (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thomasw_/), on...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 08-03-2017
Replies: 354
Sticky: RIP Tom A
Views: 51,697
Posted By thomasw_
Loved your passion for photography and pipe...

Loved your passion for photography and pipe smoking, Tom! I do send you good mojo with a M2 + 35/1.4 mm combo and great tobaccos to enjoy in a favourite briar. Thanks for the good advice.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-03-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 3,563
Posted By thomasw_
FYi...No Kip, they still do work on Mamiya...

FYi...No Kip, they still do work on Mamiya 7s!

Just to clarify, as of today, Th.13.1.3, Precision still works on Mamiya 7/7ii. I talked directly with them on the phone to confirm this happy fact ......
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-01-2013
Replies: 29
Views: 7,187
Posted By thomasw_
If you have the mamiya 43mm, and the decision is...

If you have the mamiya 43mm, and the decision is between the 50mm or the 80mm, it is clear that you'll get much more focal length versatility with a 43/80 combo than with a 43/50 combo. However, if...
Forum: Photo Software 08-20-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 13,296
Posted By thomasw_
Yes, exiftool is by far the quickest and slickest...

Yes, exiftool is by far the quickest and slickest handy dandy tool for any film negatives that I scan; I dislike the metadata showing my camera/lens/film/developer information incorrectly, and it is...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 07-03-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 4,128
Posted By thomasw_
Hey it is only a small backward 2-3 inch...

Hey it is only a small backward 2-3 inch lean....and only when shooting at f2-4 at a close distance. It doesn't take much practice to master the technique But, of course, YMMV....I'm referring here...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-03-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,367
Posted By thomasw_
The pre-asph lux works well with a 12526 hood;...

The pre-asph lux works well with a 12526 hood; there are two adaptations with it that I have tried. The first is to use a e39 filter and then glue a 1.5" rubber o-ring at 12-3-6-9 o'clock to hold in...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-05-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 779
Posted By thomasw_
Well yours is clearly one of the later M4-Ps with...

Well yours is clearly one of the later M4-Ps with a zinc top and the smaller 50mm frame lines. I believe the SNs in the 162xxxx range often possess characteristics of earlier and later M4-Ps, but...
Forum: Photo Software 04-01-2012
Replies: 136
Views: 11,982
Posted By thomasw_
All true...my only question is whether this...

All true...my only question is whether this thread will soon be closed?
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-14-2012
Replies: 70
Views: 6,422
Posted By thomasw_
People can self-define themeselves as desired or...

People can self-define themeselves as desired or needed. It has been my observation that that is not what sticks over time. It has been my experience that we learn who we are through others. All else...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-04-2012
Replies: 147
Views: 35,145
Posted By thomasw_
This is a very good old thread, thanks for...

This is a very good old thread, thanks for resurrecting it.

First measure to take is to throw away any type of squeegee or cloth wiping device; there's no need to introduce an unnecessary physical...
Forum: Film vs Digital 03-02-2012
Replies: 60
Views: 6,836
Posted By thomasw_
this is incorrect. a statement of motive such as...

this is incorrect. a statement of motive such as this example is that of a preference or an explanation. an excuse is a "reason put forward for concealing the real reason for an act or to justify a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-27-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 4,202
Posted By thomasw_
Hey it is only a small backward 2-3 inch...

Hey it is only a small backward 2-3 inch lean....and only when shooting at f2-4 at a close distance. It doesn't take much practice to master the technique ;) But, of course, YMMV....
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-13-2011
Replies: 42
Views: 3,420
Posted By thomasw_
Interesting discussion on a topic that for me...

Interesting discussion on a topic that for me boils down to good manners and jargon.

A person is knowledgeable insofar as he knows something; the more that is known, the more knowledgeable. But this...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 04-29-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 3,411
Posted By thomasw_
with BW film: red for architecture orange for...

with BW film:

red for architecture

orange for landscapes

yellow for females

green for males
Forum: RFF Polls 03-26-2011
Replies: 40
Views: 3,553
Posted By thomasw_
No. Too complicated for me, I'd fuss and worry....

No. Too complicated for me, I'd fuss and worry. Too many things could happen to screw the situation: loss, accidents, damage, theft, etc...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-05-2011
Replies: 140
Views: 7,837
Posted By thomasw_
Assuming basic technical knowledge of exposures /...

Assuming basic technical knowledge of exposures / framing shots, etc., I think the three main virtues of shooting people are these: being observant (noticing things -- I think this applies to any...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-02-2011
Replies: 113
Views: 10,426
Posted By thomasw_
Alberto Korda's "Che" is incredibly significant...

Alberto Korda's "Che" is incredibly significant as well as famous; bear in mind most of the world's population has been under the marxist philosophy in various forms since the 1940s. For me, there...
Forum: Off Topic 10-19-2010
Replies: 59
Views: 3,982
Posted By thomasw_
no, this is equivocation. they have completely...

no, this is equivocation. they have completely different functions...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-13-2010
Replies: 64
Views: 3,218
Posted By thomasw_
As I shoot BW film precisely 99.5% of the time, I...

As I shoot BW film precisely 99.5% of the time, I find that all I require for satisfying exposures is a small hand held light meter like the gossen digisix. Over the years I think we develop our ways...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-01-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 3,310
Posted By thomasw_
I am very careful about this because, yes, I did...

I am very careful about this because, yes, I did learn the lesson the expensive way ;/ Sorry for your trouble...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-01-2010
Replies: 1
Views: 656
Posted By thomasw_
Ken, I share your instinct to shoot with a basic...

Ken, I share your instinct to shoot with a basic kit that just works. I, too, use a 35/75 combination as one of my 2 RF kits; the other is a 28/50 kit. I think I am very fortunate to be able to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-01-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 2,327
Posted By thomasw_
Wow, you are blessed...the very best all-round M...

Wow, you are blessed...the very best all-round M for just 150 USD? I am so very happy for you! Enjoy it often, Michael :)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-30-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 2,085
Posted By thomasw_
OP, it is generally admitted that there is no...

OP, it is generally admitted that there is no better RF on which to use a 50mm lens than the Leica M3. Just be sure the VF is bright and the patch is contrasty. With the M3's EBL your focus accuracy...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-30-2010
Replies: 51
Views: 9,824
Posted By thomasw_
Adox CMS 20 is one of my favourite films, as...

Adox CMS 20 is one of my favourite films, as there is no other film that gives you the same black and grey range. Without exception I try to shoot it with a fast lens wide open....this film will suck...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-29-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 4,058
Posted By thomasw_
I read that the lens takes both 32mm push on...

I read that the lens takes both 32mm push on filters and 29,5mm threaded screw on filters.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 09-29-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 7,567
Posted By thomasw_
Check craigslist, etc., APUG for a focomat 1c +...

Check craigslist, etc., APUG for a focomat 1c + focotar-2 lens = the best 35mm printing machine made and it was also the finest deal i ever had the luck to come my way, as it was FREE. it would have...
Forum: Off Topic 09-29-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 2,690
Posted By thomasw_
Tube Amps --- NO Cats -- NO Mowing Lawn -- NO Fly...

Tube Amps --- NO
Cats -- NO
Mowing Lawn -- NO
Fly Fishing -- Yes
RF.B+W.Film.Darkroom.Process/Printing -- Yes
Surfing -- Yes
Dogs -- Yes, especially Huskies+Labs!
Reading/Watching.Movies --...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-28-2010
Replies: 48
Views: 3,425
Posted By thomasw_
Most thoughtful users base a lot of their...

Most thoughtful users base a lot of their disregard or regard for a particular camera on their own experience with that model. I recognize users like Nate and Gabor have had negative MP usage; I can...
Forum: RFF Polls 09-26-2010
Replies: 36
Views: 5,322
Posted By thomasw_
OP, you don't state a price range, or whether...

OP, you don't state a price range, or whether price is a consideration. If it is, I'd go with the rather large CV 28/1,9 -- very nice rendering. If price is not a big limitation, I'd go with the tiny...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-23-2010
Replies: 27
Views: 3,306
Posted By thomasw_
The point is that there is no real alternative to...

The point is that there is no real alternative to the summilux asph in M-mount. Michael is right. I have used many 50s in m-mount, and for my taste, it is the best all-round 50 that I have used in...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 09-20-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 1,667
Posted By thomasw_
I fail to see the dilemma...you own a M8 which...

I fail to see the dilemma...you own a M8 which you use as well as film Ms, so just sell off that which you are not using or which is surplus. You will still have plenty of fine gear once the rd1 is...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-20-2010
Replies: 101
Views: 16,749
Posted By thomasw_
I am not sold on digital per se, but this Fuji...

I am not sold on digital per se, but this Fuji X100 does somewhat interest me. I like the form and size and functionality. For me, as for many, the IQ will be the key. Any image samples?
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-20-2010
Replies: 186
Views: 14,184
Posted By thomasw_
Hi, I am here to answer your query. No, that is...

Hi,

I am here to answer your query. No, that is one butt-ugly camera, you are seeing it as it is. My first assumption was that this was just a joke...

It turns out that I was wrong.

best, TW.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-20-2010
Replies: 1
Views: 1,048
Posted By thomasw_
According to Dan's site: 75 Summilux F1.4 Type...

According to Dan's site:

75 Summilux F1.4 Type 2 $ 2,400-2,900 if SN# 3,223,300 - Current

Best,

Thomas
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-18-2010
Replies: 45
Views: 13,340
Posted By thomasw_
No, as he wrote wanting to know our favourite "of...

No, as he wrote wanting to know our favourite "of the three" lenses listed, not about others. This does not mean the listed ones are necessarily inferior or superior to another 35 lens.

I have owned...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-17-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 693
Posted By thomasw_
same size as in a m4...what is missing in most of...

same size as in a m4...what is missing in most of the run is a condensor in the rf that resists flaring.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-17-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 2,099
Posted By thomasw_
Francisco, Congrats on the find! If your M5 needs...

Francisco, Congrats on the find! If your M5 needs any meter repair or tuning, there is no one better than Sherry K. to do the work. She adores the M5 and she does bring them back to full bloom. For...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-17-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,040
Posted By thomasw_
Bob knows. BTW, the m3 VF is replaceable, usually...

Bob knows. BTW, the m3 VF is replaceable, usually with a M6J's VF, but I was told that the M3 VF can't be made to fit in other Ms. I assume that is what Bob was told, too.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-16-2010
Replies: 116
Views: 10,437
Posted By thomasw_
Living in beautiful, super natural British...

Living in beautiful, super natural British Columbia, it is only a matter of time before a man casts his first fly! I am a long time lake, river and ocean fly fisher. But my primary love is trying for...
Forum: Film vs Digital 09-15-2010
Replies: 202
Views: 41,341
Posted By thomasw_
Ditto. The message you have entered is too short....

Ditto. The message you have entered is too short. Please lengthen your message to at least 10 characters.
Forum: Film vs Digital 09-15-2010
Replies: 139
Views: 27,791
Posted By thomasw_
Hey Frank, I think I am 99.9% film. A very strong...

Hey Frank, I think I am 99.9% film. A very strong preference for film. But I have no ax to grind against digital; it is just not the look for me. Accordingly I will use film, develop it myself and...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 09-15-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,961
Posted By thomasw_
This excites me..... I am hopeful this is...

This excites me.....

I am hopeful this is available generally in 2011. I wonder whether CV will do a version as the Bessa III-Wide?
Forum: RFF Polls 09-15-2010
Replies: 308
Views: 32,543
Posted By thomasw_
five 50s for RF use; a noctilux, a pre-asph v2...

five 50s for RF use; a noctilux, a pre-asph v2 summilux, a summilux asph, a zm c sonnar 50 and a summicron 50/2 DR. they rock.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 09-09-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 10,295
Posted By thomasw_
It depends on for what end. If we are talking...

It depends on for what end. If we are talking 28mm lenses, I'd go CV over ZM. In general, though, I prefer the rendering of the ZM compacts (21/35/50f1,5) over the CVs in a similar configuration.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-06-2010
Replies: 110
Views: 29,803
Posted By thomasw_
GREAT, SUPER FUNNY THREAD!!!! THIS BEAST AND THE...

GREAT, SUPER FUNNY THREAD!!!! THIS BEAST AND THE SUBSEQUENT comment HAVE LEFT me LAUGHING UP A LUNG WHILE ROLLING AROUND ON THE FLOOR....barely able to typee, gotta roll.....woe, this one is the ugly...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 09-06-2010
Replies: 497
Views: 148,761
Posted By thomasw_
Glad you are down and out with a M2, HH! I am...

Glad you are down and out with a M2, HH! I am sure you will love it and that your pictures will ooze the delight you take putting it in front of your sensitive eye!




No need to say it, we all know...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-06-2010
Replies: 108
Views: 69,094
Posted By thomasw_
Wow, holy socks and hats and shades; doesn't...

Wow, holy socks and hats and shades; doesn't RayPA resemble the actor, Christopher Walken -- or is it just me??!!!


Nice bike there, Roland!
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-06-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 3,123
Posted By thomasw_
Heather => First of all, a very hearty welcome to...

Heather => First of all, a very hearty welcome to RFF from Fort Langley, just outside of Vancouver BC! Great to have another guy from BC join up!!!

Now let us get down to business ;)




+1 on what...
Forum: RFF Polls 09-05-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 4,425
Posted By thomasw_
Subscriber....in print only.

Subscriber....in print only.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-05-2010
Replies: 53
Views: 2,900
Posted By thomasw_
Hi Joe, I am not a hardcore minimalist, but I do...

Hi Joe,

I am not a hardcore minimalist, but I do own only two cameras presently, a M2 and a MP. I own 4 lenses that I use all the time -- these being 28/35/50/75 FLs. I do have a special 50 that I...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-05-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 1,758
Posted By thomasw_
I agree with Shane, sonofdanang, that it is more...

I agree with Shane, sonofdanang, that it is more worthwhile to think about how to see and how to best transfer that way of seeing to a 2D format under different lighting situations. To paraphrase one...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-05-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 2,933
Posted By thomasw_
Vick, R's idea is not bad one...the summilux 35...

Vick, R's idea is not bad one...the summilux 35 asph is a very fine lens, but it is the second best 35 I have used. If i am not mistaken, though, you already have the best 35 -- the 2005 re-issue of...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-05-2010
Replies: 47
Views: 4,053
Posted By thomasw_
Thanks for good chuckle, Porktaco! Yes, that chap...

Thanks for good chuckle, Porktaco! Yes, that chap is carrying way more than I would; in fact, if I had to carry that much around, I would have given up on the hobby a long time ago.

^Actually, I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-05-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 2,933
Posted By thomasw_
Vick, I have had a ZM 35/2 and most your current...

Vick,

I have had a ZM 35/2 and most your current 35s. Depending on how you define "need" and based on your current 35s, I would answer "no". Two answers -- I shot the ZM 35/2 only on film, and I...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 09-04-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 3,305
Posted By thomasw_
I have owned both a ZI and a .58x MP. Usually I...

I have owned both a ZI and a .58x MP. Usually I wear contacts when I shoot, but I sometimes get caught short by a photo-opportunity while wearing my spectacles :) The ZI is a better VF IF you plan to...
Forum: Travel 09-04-2010
Replies: 62
Views: 4,995
Posted By thomasw_
I'd take two M kits, a 28/50 on my M2 and a 35/75...

I'd take two M kits, a 28/50 on my M2 and a 35/75 on my MP. It is not that much, and it covers me in every way for how I shoot.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-04-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 1,701
Posted By thomasw_
Hmm...As a bit of a gear minimalist, I don't like...

Hmm...As a bit of a gear minimalist, I don't like to knock the case. But this analogous argument between devotion to a woman or a few (to keep the polygamists included) and devotion to a few lenses...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-03-2010
Replies: 120
Views: 10,810
Posted By thomasw_
FWIW, I shoot only B+W film with one of two RFs,...

FWIW, I shoot only B+W film with one of two RFs, a M2-r or a MP. At this point they do everything I want...well, almost:) I'd like to buy a F6 someday; but there is no "natural progression" to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-03-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 1,514
Posted By thomasw_
why one would use the 12526 square hood.

Hi Gregory,

There are 2 reasons why you might want to use the square 12526 hood. The first is functional; it resists flare better than the original vented, round hood -- even the filter being...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-02-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 1,837
Posted By thomasw_
two 50mm lenses; all-rounder is summilux 50 asph,...

two 50mm lenses; all-rounder is summilux 50 asph, the noctilux as my low light lens and when i want its look.

two 35mm lenses; w-nikkor c 35/1,8 2005 in M-mount (my favourite 35 that I have used)...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-02-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 2,114
Posted By thomasw_
Learning to get exposures with b+w film the way...

Learning to get exposures with b+w film the way you want is not that hard. What is hard would be carrying around your dSLR as just your meter!!! Do yourself a favour and cut down on neck and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-31-2010
Replies: 36
Views: 10,884
Posted By thomasw_
I love the Elmarit ASPH you have; what a great...

I love the Elmarit ASPH you have; what a great little lens ergonomically -- and I love its contrasty rendering. But if you want a lens with more micro-contrast for B+W than Mandler's Elmarit Version...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-31-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 1,531
Posted By thomasw_
Hi Michael, If you are sending the M6 in for a...

Hi Michael,

If you are sending the M6 in for a sprucing, you might consider whether you want to upgrade the VF to a MP VF. This will do 2 things right away. One, it is a brilliant VF and it will...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-31-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 7,928
Posted By thomasw_
Gabor is right in saying that it is important for...

Gabor is right in saying that it is important for a M's VF to be bright, clear and possessing a contrasty patch. For myself, this is more than just important with a RF, it is essential to my...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 08-31-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 2,599
Posted By thomasw_
Hi, I just finished selling/shipping a ZI. Yes,...

Hi, I just finished selling/shipping a ZI. Yes, the price of NEW ZIs has gone up quite a bit in the last 2 yrs --> as I recall from ~1100usd to ~1400usd to the current ~1600usd. The current price...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-30-2010
Replies: 49
Views: 4,624
Posted By thomasw_
It may be a virus, but the Nikon RF I had was...

It may be a virus, but the Nikon RF I had was best built RF I ever used. Just wish the VF patch was more contrasty like a M's VF patch. And there is no illness at all in the Nikon RF...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-30-2010
Replies: 49
Views: 4,624
Posted By thomasw_
Hehe, Frank, I think that might get you to be...

Hehe, Frank, I think that might get you to be more resourceful in boxing or some martial art, but losing an arm has done little to spark creativity in my photo making :P BTW, Helen if you do go to...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-30-2010
Replies: 35
Views: 9,396
Posted By thomasw_
I like it when things are simple to fix! Glad you...

I like it when things are simple to fix! Glad you are back in the clear with your favourite 50, Keith.
Forum: RFF Polls 08-30-2010
Replies: 86
Views: 10,264
Posted By thomasw_
Compared to most users in this thread, I tend to...

Compared to most users in this thread, I tend to use the vertical orientation. Not sure why, but I think it comes from trying to fit the subject in context. This is an interesting notion that merits...
Forum: RFF Polls 08-30-2010
Replies: 157
Views: 25,249
Posted By thomasw_
Exactly, Don. Of course, this "value and...

Exactly, Don. Of course, this "value and function" principle would apply to a Pro or a Hobbyist. In my case, the value is less pertinent than the functional aspect, for I would want to be sure I...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 08-28-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 2,014
Posted By thomasw_
Yes....but not out of their pocket ;P

Yes....but not out of their pocket ;P
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-28-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 3,852
Posted By thomasw_
I use trix 400 and rodinal almost exclusively. I...

I use trix 400 and rodinal almost exclusively. I find 20 C is fine and I prefer the look over other temperatures so you will need to determine this preference for yourself. To get the water at a...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-28-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 2,435
Posted By thomasw_
I think the salient point here is that you, OP,...

I think the salient point here is that you, OP, have to decide the 28 vs 35 FL question for yourself; other photographer's experiences are often insightful as to why they chose as they did -- but the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-27-2010
Replies: 251
Views: 36,834
Posted By thomasw_
Ich auch....

Ich auch....
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-26-2010
Replies: 3,801
Views: 316,744
Posted By thomasw_
home....closest camera is my mp with a summilux...

home....closest camera is my mp with a summilux 75 loaded with trix.
Forum: Photo Software 08-23-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 1,788
Posted By thomasw_
No, Keith did! Well stated, Keith ;) And Sug...

No, Keith did! Well stated, Keith ;) And Sug knows the deal when it comes to a B+W film hybrid workflow....keep it simple.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 08-22-2010
Replies: 107
Views: 9,767
Posted By thomasw_
Marek, lots of creaminess behind that coffee! O I...

Marek, lots of creaminess behind that coffee! O I love that lens at f/1,5....
Forum: RFF Polls 08-22-2010
Replies: 90
Views: 14,458
Posted By thomasw_
Ditto here Bob (with the exception of K64 when it...

Ditto here Bob (with the exception of K64 when it was available, I bought it locally for a competitive price). Now, Freestyle all the time -- slide or B+W film. Even with shipping et cetera to...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-22-2010
Replies: 57
Views: 3,626
Posted By thomasw_
I believe this is false. No one ever develops in...

I believe this is false. No one ever develops in a vacuum. To paraphrase that Chinese master painter who claimed that an artist must "Know the tradition that lies behind and within him if he is ever...
Forum: Off Topic 08-22-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 1,823
Posted By thomasw_
ROTFLMAO !!!!

ROTFLMAO !!!!
Forum: Off Topic 08-22-2010
Replies: 312
Views: 23,452
Posted By thomasw_
I share your viewpoint, Chris.

I share your viewpoint, Chris.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-21-2010
Replies: 90
Views: 4,880
Posted By thomasw_
Joe, Juan knows...I tried 3x with the beautiful...

Joe, Juan knows...I tried 3x with the beautiful rendering cv 35/1,2 and 3x I found she was too honking big for my street work. It would be like going out and walking around with a nasty-won't-go-away...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-20-2010
Replies: 38
Views: 4,917
Posted By thomasw_
Hey Nate, I am feeling your pain over your SP VF...

Hey Nate, I am feeling your pain over your SP VF situation and the expense you put into trying to get it 'right'. I loved my SP-2005 VF in everything -- especially its build, size and ergonomics --...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 08-20-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 3,533
Posted By thomasw_
Marek knows the truth of it. As well, there is...

Marek knows the truth of it.

As well, there is the notion I have of lenses in the same FL with different characteristics, not just different functionality.

As you know very well Roger, the Noctilux...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-20-2010
Replies: 18
Views: 1,521
Posted By thomasw_
Hey there OP, The M3 starter kit I'd advise you...

Hey there OP,

The M3 starter kit I'd advise you to look at would involve a clean, properly functioning 50mm. The summicron some here recommend is rock solid, as mfogiel suggested, it will give a...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-20-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,623
Posted By thomasw_
Interesting read, Will. Thanks for pointing us to...

Interesting read, Will. Thanks for pointing us to it.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-19-2010
Replies: 391
Views: 84,174
Posted By thomasw_
Actually I believe it is ,74x --- and the VF is...

Actually I believe it is ,74x --- and the VF is very clear and bright which is a key to good focus accuracy.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-19-2010
Replies: 770
Views: 178,645
Posted By thomasw_
More of a concept shot...but a beach is involved,...

More of a concept shot...but a beach is involved, so here we go:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4094/4899062932_5217c6fc18_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomasw_/4899062932/)
Remembrance of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-19-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 7,445
Posted By thomasw_
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2396/2526254703_74f...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2396/2526254703_74f85df878_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomasw_/2526254703/)
perspicacious (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomasw_/2526254703/) by thomasw_...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-18-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 1,676
Posted By thomasw_
Me three. I deep freeze film in old icecream...

Me three. I deep freeze film in old icecream pails. Never had problems and it keeps for as long as it is there. Just let it sit out for a few hours before using.
Forum: Optics Theory - 08-18-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 2,916
Posted By thomasw_
If it is new, I'd ask the place from which you...

If it is new, I'd ask the place from which you bought it about a replacement. if not everyone can duplicate the rings under your conditions, then it means there is something off about your sample....
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 08-18-2010
Replies: 35
Views: 44,647
Posted By thomasw_
I have always found this lens to be like the asph...

I have always found this lens to be like the asph summicron in having a pleasing OOF rendition as well as being sharp on the focus. The f2,5 is the deal breaker for me as an all-round lens. But some...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-17-2010
Replies: 91
Views: 8,108
Posted By thomasw_
Hard to believe but true. The reason for this in...

Hard to believe but true. The reason for this in one word: semantics.



Ah, the irony of getting upset over semantics.....Puts seems to have a rocket in his pocket for the RD1 in that blurb; does...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-17-2010
Replies: 160
Views: 23,604
Posted By thomasw_
I think there are two experiences in photography...

I think there are two experiences in photography that rock my boxers: 1. nailing a special moment on film and 2. discovering/finding the best way to see it become tangible through wet-printing. Even...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-17-2010
Replies: 42
Views: 4,492
Posted By thomasw_
Sage advice here from Gregory --- as well, what a...

Sage advice here from Gregory --- as well, what a sweet looking chrome MP 0,85x ;)
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-17-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 1,368
Posted By thomasw_
Though changes are often awkward, I am finding...

Though changes are often awkward, I am finding that I prefer this new layout at flickr to the older one by a long shot. I hope that flickr continues to tweak and to try to improve!...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-16-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 4,327
Posted By thomasw_
Thanks heaps for the compliment. Yes, it is. As I...

Thanks heaps for the compliment. Yes, it is. As I have said elsewhere, it has become my go-to 35. In fact, right now my copy is being converted to M-mount! I got the inspiration from Nate here on RFF...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-16-2010
Replies: 42
Views: 4,492
Posted By thomasw_
Sug, I do in good old...

Sug, I do in good old B+W=>

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2572/4053863397_628dd76bcd.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomasw_/4053863397/)
Mechanical Perfection by thomasw_, on Flickr...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-16-2010
Replies: 42
Views: 4,492
Posted By thomasw_
Sug, I think my taste runs somewhat contrary to...

Sug,

I think my taste runs somewhat contrary to yours in coverings, as I like classic boring black coverings. I am mostly concerned with grip and feel; aesthetics are a close -- and important --...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-16-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 1,125
Posted By thomasw_
Yep. I can agree with Tim. Hello first M8,...

Yep. I can agree with Tim. Hello first M8, goodbye RD1s, hello second M8 ;)
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-16-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 4,327
Posted By thomasw_
Yes, tersely put. I was trying to suggest the...

Yes, tersely put. I was trying to suggest the same about the W-Nikkor (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomasw_/4899062932/)35/1,8 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomasw_/4899062932/). I believe they...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-16-2010
Replies: 46
Views: 4,078
Posted By thomasw_
+1 ^^^^...... Unless one plans to print the...

+1 ^^^^...... Unless one plans to print the digital files, I find a better scanner superfluous.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-16-2010
Replies: 18
Views: 1,353
Posted By thomasw_
Yes, black ones w/o 6bit coding in great...

Yes, black ones w/o 6bit coding in great condition go for 650 to 750 USD.



As Paul said on the bay, all over the place.



A good deal for a great lens, but still a bit more on the top end of the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-15-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,089
Posted By thomasw_
Well, Chris, you just stay the course with your...

Well, Chris, you just stay the course with your 35/2,8 on your M4 in daylight...some fine work you are doing with that kit!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-15-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 1,578
Posted By thomasw_
No, you will require the Jobo stainless reels...

No, you will require the Jobo stainless reels which are made by Hewes for Jobo.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-15-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,070
Posted By thomasw_
Not so unless you have the m4-2's VF upgraded to...

Not so unless you have the m4-2's VF upgraded to a current M7/MP finder. The M4-2's (and M4-P/M6) RF is lacking a condenser which makes it more prone to flare. That part is NOT lacking in the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-15-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 1,784
Posted By thomasw_
If I could justify the expense for the Summilux...

If I could justify the expense for the Summilux 21/1,4 ASPH, I'd happily use the lens in places with low light :) Though I admit that the focal length is hardly a "go-to" FoV, more of a specialty FL.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-14-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 983
Posted By thomasw_
See here...

See here (http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=42851) from a few years ago, too. Seems others see it as a J, not a stylized T.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-12-2010
Replies: 41
Views: 18,493
Posted By thomasw_
I would get my M2 exercised more or checked over...

I would get my M2 exercised more or checked over if this were the case, Maggie. There is no dispute over the fact that the M4-P was borne of cost cutting measures in terms of VF components and in...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 08-12-2010
Replies: 35
Views: 9,736
Posted By thomasw_
I can offer my opinion on the CV 35/1,2. The lens...

I can offer my opinion on the CV 35/1,2. The lens does have some barrel distortion but it never bothered me; in a comparison with the CV 35/1,4 this is a moot point. In terms of rendering character,...
Forum: RFF Polls 08-12-2010
Replies: 150
Views: 19,037
Posted By thomasw_
Tri X (Arista Premium 400) and Neopan 1600.

Tri X (Arista Premium 400) and Neopan 1600.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-11-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 690
Posted By thomasw_
The Elmar is E39 or 39mm filter and A42 cap size.

The Elmar is E39 or 39mm filter and A42 cap size.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-11-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 2,839
Posted By thomasw_
"Exactimundo!" -- The Fonz

"Exactimundo!" -- The Fonz
Forum: Off Topic 08-11-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 1,939
Posted By thomasw_
Years ago I purchased quite a few bodies and...

Years ago I purchased quite a few bodies and lenses from KEH, and I was for the most part pleased with the conservative grading. But in the last few years I have had three transactions with KEH much...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-10-2010
Replies: 56
Views: 2,983
Posted By thomasw_
In an ultimate meaning-in-life sense, I share...

In an ultimate meaning-in-life sense, I share Joe's opinion. But in a small, minor way, I do wish I still had my zm 50/1,5.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 08-10-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 1,370
Posted By thomasw_
+1 on this lens. It was one of the first lenses I...

+1 on this lens. It was one of the first lenses I used...a very fine lens that has character but is also a very stable performer.
I regret selling mine.
Forum: Optics Theory - 08-10-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 3,110
Posted By thomasw_
Hello there, This is quite simple for me in...

Hello there,

This is quite simple for me in terms of M-mount. I do not keep lenses in my "go-to" focal lengths (35-50-75) that I do not like or use very rarely.

Best, Thomas
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-09-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 1,111
Posted By thomasw_
Ok, so the OP wants a ,72x VF....that eliminates...

Ok, so the OP wants a ,72x VF....that eliminates the M3. Too bad as it seems a great fit with your M4. But, the OP has expressed a solid preference. :)

Of the ,72x M cameras you list, the M5 would...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-09-2010
Replies: 27
Views: 2,738
Posted By thomasw_
yea, the lines for the 35 mm FL which he is not...

yea, the lines for the 35 mm FL which he is not into.

He stated he is into the 28mm and with that FL he'd have to use an auxiliary finder on either body -- so that point is nugatory. As far as we...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-09-2010
Replies: 32
Views: 2,178
Posted By thomasw_
It sounds to me as though you have given the RF a...

It sounds to me as though you have given the RF a good try with a 35mm lens. Have you considered that a RF may not be your way at all? Or it may be that you are not working with 1. more automation,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-08-2010
Replies: 350
Views: 33,364
Posted By thomasw_
Other for me. No interest in using digital with...

Other for me. No interest in using digital with RF, so a wide lens in M mount for my film Ms would be preferred over the M9. I'd make good use of a 21/1,4 lux asph...but to say "I crave it" is...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-08-2010
Replies: 50
Views: 7,219
Posted By thomasw_
M2! I will give the edge to my M2 over my MP...

M2! I will give the edge to my M2 over my MP because of the stuff that can go wrong with internal meter systems. Never had a problem with either camera so far....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-08-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 2,690
Posted By thomasw_
hi, OP i think you know already that your...

hi,

OP i think you know already that your budget dictates a CV 21 or 25 if you buy new. I think it comes down to whether you go 21 or 25 with a CV. If you can find a killer deal on something you'd...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-08-2010
Replies: 27
Views: 2,738
Posted By thomasw_
Hard to say unless you can answer two...

Hard to say unless you can answer two questions:

1. What is the VF's condition in the M3? Is it bright and contrasty without yellowing specks? If so, the M3 is a good deal in this comparison...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-06-2010
Replies: 123
Views: 8,053
Posted By thomasw_
It makes perfect sense if you shoot w/o...

It makes perfect sense if you shoot w/o spectacles. You will focus more accurately with a higher mag vf and you will get more "around the frameline info" from your free eye than from inside the vf....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-06-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 15,198
Posted By thomasw_
No question, the M2.....didn't you say something...

No question, the M2.....didn't you say something about uncluttered??? yYea, the M2 is that and more; more, because it has less, it is the most simple M. Nothing in the vf to distract, nothing in the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-06-2010
Replies: 51
Views: 4,653
Posted By thomasw_
Yes this lens' rendering is wonderful and the...

Yes this lens' rendering is wonderful and the build quality is very high. Another thing is the fact that the recessed front lens made the lens quite resistant to flare even w/o a shade, making it a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-05-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 894
Posted By thomasw_
That is a very good price for a M3 of that SN in...

That is a very good price for a M3 of that SN in the condition described. The keys are your use of 50mm focal length lenses and the condition of the viewfinder. If it is clear with a bluish hue and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-05-2010
Replies: 361
Views: 116,945
Posted By thomasw_
Put me down for neither, too. I have a summicron...

Put me down for neither, too. I have a summicron asph and I do prefer it over the rendering of the biogon, as I found the ZM 35/2 to lend a gloss to textures that annoyed me. But I prefer the...
Forum: Optics Theory - 08-05-2010
Replies: 27
Views: 3,924
Posted By thomasw_
I agree about the characteristics of that...

I agree about the characteristics of that lens...but the OP seems to want a 35 in M or Screw Mount. So, in keeping with the LTM UC 35/2, I think a Nikkor 35/1,8 in LTM would fit the description. I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-05-2010
Replies: 76
Views: 6,929
Posted By thomasw_
Yea MIkeL, I am with you on this...with one...

Yea MIkeL, I am with you on this...with one addition: that the "like-leica-VF" in the SP body affords parallax corrected 35 mm framelines, too. It would be ideal.



Sorry your MP has let you down,...
Forum: Optics Theory - 08-05-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 1,273
Posted By thomasw_
Yes, a look at the triangles involved would prove...

Yes, a look at the triangles involved would prove this.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-05-2010
Replies: 60
Views: 5,239
Posted By thomasw_
I agree. Big time agreement. This is true...

I agree.




Big time agreement.



This is true to a point. At flickr you have fewer options for setting up the way you want your photos to be viewed; for instance, at Smugmug, you can set up your...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-02-2010
Replies: 81
Views: 4,774
Posted By thomasw_
Gabor -- I think it is the way it is with M2s, as...

Gabor -- I think it is the way it is with M2s, as I have never regretted selling or trading a MP or any other M. But with any M2, I have felt deep regret and loss. The M2 I use now will only be taken...
Forum: Optics Theory - 08-02-2010
Replies: 56
Views: 5,776
Posted By thomasw_
Like you Joe, I have a black Elmar-M 50/2,8 and I...

Like you Joe, I have a black Elmar-M 50/2,8 and I love its compactness when being carried and its rendering. But the ergonomics when changing the aperture are somewhat clumsy compared to my other...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-01-2010
Replies: 49
Views: 2,881
Posted By thomasw_
Not craving any gear, but a summilux 21mm f/1,4...

Not craving any gear, but a summilux 21mm f/1,4 lens would be a nice wide treat ;p
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-31-2010
Replies: 122
Views: 9,292
Posted By thomasw_
I found a beautiful chrome M2 -- the type that...

I found a beautiful chrome M2 -- the type that has the tulip loading of the M4s. I am experienced with Ms and overall the M2's simplicity makes it my favourite M.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-31-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,106
Posted By thomasw_
Cole, I am sure that the parts you desire are...

Cole, I am sure that the parts you desire are available from Leica, although you might shriek at the cost. Just call them directly and ask for "Parts". 1-800-222-0118
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 07-30-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,338
Posted By thomasw_
I have used Luigi's and A&A cases -- and they do...

I have used Luigi's and A&A cases -- and they do smell great. Though they do improve the grip and they do protect against dings etc.; overall, however, I do not like using them when shooting as they...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-29-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 1,776
Posted By thomasw_
Ditto......(The message you have entered is too...

Ditto......(The message you have entered is too short. Please lengthen your message to at least 10 characters.)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-27-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 3,062
Posted By thomasw_
Mister E...

Mister E (http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_wrath_of_khan/4789117391/) has the non-Leica 35 in M-mount that I desire to a great extent. The 2005 re-issued W-Nikkor 35/1,8 with the better coatings and...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-27-2010
Replies: 89
Views: 6,985
Posted By thomasw_
Yes, and let us hope it is a sonnar something...

Yes, and let us hope it is a sonnar something like the old Nikkor but with current coatings; i think it would sell well as a character lens.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-27-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 2,708
Posted By thomasw_
SUg, I am glad that your M2 is now fine; as well,...

SUg, I am glad that your M2 is now fine; as well, I have shared your disappointment and troubles with a camera, in my case the ZI. I have bought 4 copies of the camera! Yes, I was determined to get a...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-27-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 1,463
Posted By thomasw_
Heh, I was expecting a stylized Q from the great...

Heh, I was expecting a stylized Q from the great old video game somehow pasted on a camera :)
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 07-27-2010
Replies: 189
Views: 31,822
Posted By thomasw_
For a day bag, I have found the BBB -- Bare Bones...

For a day bag, I have found the BBB -- Bare Bones Bag -- to meet your criteria. I use an A&A bag for carrying more gear while travelling, but as a day bag I haven't found a more suitable minimalist...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-26-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 3,415
Posted By thomasw_
A critical point about low light shooting, Roland.

A critical point about low light shooting, Roland.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-26-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 3,415
Posted By thomasw_
Gabor, I *think* the OP just wants the compact...

Gabor, I *think* the OP just wants the compact size of a 35mm RF kit.

OP, if you agree that RFs are essentially differentiated by their VFs, then I would recommend the RF with the best VF for your...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 07-26-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 14,636
Posted By thomasw_
No. There are too many reliability and...

No. There are too many reliability and operational issues for me to buy a M8. The full frame M9 interests me much more.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-25-2010
Replies: 56
Views: 4,650
Posted By thomasw_
In a starter situation.....I would read a lot and...

In a starter situation.....I would read a lot and view images a lot on both technical and aesthetic aspects. I would try out a few set ups if at all possible before laying the loonies on the table....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-24-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 4,768
Posted By thomasw_
Griptac in charcoal black rocks in three...

Griptac in charcoal black rocks in three important categories: aesthetically, functionally and ergonomically.
Forum: Optics Theory - 07-19-2010
Replies: 63
Views: 7,543
Posted By thomasw_
I shoot my 50s exclusively by themselves; the 50...

I shoot my 50s exclusively by themselves; the 50 mm FL strikes a chord with how I compose. But with a 35 I use a 75. I get what I want out of these 3 FLs. The 35/75 pairing is very effective; there...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-19-2010
Replies: 104
Views: 15,931
Posted By thomasw_
This describes my MP 0.85x. Just the finest RF...

This describes my MP 0.85x. Just the finest RF made that I have used.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-18-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 1,405
Posted By thomasw_
I prefer using a 35mm lens with the ,85x VF than...

I prefer using a 35mm lens with the ,85x VF than with a lower magnification VF. I find the focus is easier and more accurate especially in lower light situations. A helpful technique is to focus...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 06-29-2010
Replies: 69
Views: 7,512
Posted By thomasw_
Well put, aizan. Fewer variables, more of a focus.

Well put, aizan. Fewer variables, more of a focus.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-27-2010
Replies: 54
Views: 5,566
Posted By thomasw_
All metal, all the way.

All metal, all the way.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-16-2010
Replies: 41
Views: 4,317
Posted By thomasw_
I would be very hesitant to shoot a fast 50mm on...

I would be very hesitant to shoot a fast 50mm on a r4*. That said, within your budget, the canon 50/1,4 is a very useful, uncomplicated lens to shoot. But I wouldn't recommend shooting a 50mm at f2,8...
Forum: Off Topic 06-12-2010
Replies: 959
Views: 19,747
Posted By thomasw_
Pray as you wish but the most high told me that...

Pray as you wish but the most high told me that championships are to be won by those whose practice is beautiful. Doubt not therefore in Brazil's beauty --- and thus in its victory.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-12-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 6,619
Posted By thomasw_
I have tried a few straps including Luigi's, but...

I have tried a few straps including Luigi's, but I am very happy with my leather A&A straps, though the most comfortable strap is their silk rope strap. If I buy another strap, it will be another A&A...
Forum: Off Topic 06-05-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 4,611
Posted By thomasw_
Woe, excessively posh.

Woe, excessively posh.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-06-2010
Replies: 128
Views: 13,553
Posted By thomasw_
Neither. This question is a false dichotomy.

Neither. This question is a false dichotomy.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-04-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 8,589
Posted By thomasw_
Adox CMS 20 with its Adotech developer is a...

Adox CMS 20 with its Adotech developer is a wonderful combination. Bob is right that the coatings need to be handled with care, especially given the extreme curly propensity of the film ;) I have...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-21-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 1,819
Posted By thomasw_
My recommendation; If you are using a Mac as a...

My recommendation; If you are using a Mac as a desktop, then stick with it. If you want a server, get a cheap older x86 architecture box and use OpenBSD to protect your homeland:) It rocks.

Two of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-16-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 4,273
Posted By thomasw_
I am pleased to hear he has loads of analog...

I am pleased to hear he has loads of analog cameras to fix that help keep him in business. Gerry is a smashing technician in my experience, well worth the fee.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-03-2010
Replies: 66
Views: 7,824
Posted By thomasw_
Thanks for linking to the interesting article. I...

Thanks for linking to the interesting article. I enjoyed reading it.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-30-2010
Replies: 116
Poll: M2 or M4-2?
Views: 17,312
Posted By thomasw_
Congrats on the M2, Maggie! I like the mirror...

Congrats on the M2, Maggie! I like the mirror shot:) Best, Thomas
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-23-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 1,888
Posted By thomasw_
cleaning marks:> euphemism for scratches. however...

cleaning marks:> euphemism for scratches. however insignificant, cleaning marks are scratches.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-16-2010
Replies: 116
Poll: M2 or M4-2?
Views: 17,312
Posted By thomasw_
For your focal length preferences the M2 rocks! A...

For your focal length preferences the M2 rocks! A cluttered M4-2 VF or a simple M2 VF: an easy decision, as simplicity is a beautiful, efficient way to roll.
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 03-05-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 5,341
Posted By thomasw_
Don, I admire your work and I am glad to hear of...

Don,

I admire your work and I am glad to hear of your success! Like Jan, I would be interested in a copy of your book.

Thomas
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-01-2010
Replies: 38
Views: 3,304
Posted By thomasw_
http://www.flickr.com/groups/m-mount/

http://www.flickr.com/groups/m-mount/
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-27-2010
Replies: 41
Views: 3,560
Posted By thomasw_
Ditto. I recommend a summicron asph or a vIII/IV...

Ditto. I recommend a summicron asph or a vIII/IV or one of those Ltm hexanon 35/2...a sweet tiny 35.



Very much so at f2. Loads of sample images made by the summicron variants at the M-mount group...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-21-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 1,719
Posted By thomasw_
Thanks a lot, Jon! btw, Any idea from where I can...

Thanks a lot, Jon! btw, Any idea from where I can buy a .75mm thread pitch 43mm UV filter? Or aren't standard B+W filters made with a .75mm thread pitch?
Forum: Nikon RF 02-21-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 1,719
Posted By thomasw_
Hello, I have a 2005 35/1,8 Nikkor: I read that...

Hello,

I have a 2005 35/1,8 Nikkor: I read that it can take a standard E43 B+W UV filter? Can somebody enlighten me?

Thanks,

Thomas
Forum: Nikon RF 02-20-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 3,621
Posted By thomasw_
Ok, I read about a few S mount 35/1,2 Nokton...

Ok, I read about a few S mount 35/1,2 Nokton samples. If there is one for sale or CV is planning to do a run of 35/1,2s in S mount...unequivocally I am game!
Forum: RFF Polls 02-19-2010
Replies: 79
Views: 14,839
Posted By thomasw_
Depending on which VF magnification the meterless...

Depending on which VF magnification the meterless MP has; if the MP has the ,72x VF, then the M2 would be my choice; if it is the ,58x or ,85x VF on the MP, then the MP would be my choice.
Forum: Nikon RF 02-17-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 3,525
Posted By thomasw_
Thanks nikonwebhsmaster! That is very helpful....

Thanks nikonwebhsmaster! That is very helpful. No, fortunately the casing is not the problem :) I just picked it up yesterday. It doesn't seem like a big deal, but I do want to get it fixed.

So far...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-17-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 3,525
Posted By thomasw_
Jon, Just wondering if you know: one of my SP...

Jon,

Just wondering if you know: one of my SP 2005's lugs is loose -- can it be tightened by turning a screw? or is it a rivet? (I noticed it after I loaded it ;))

Any recommendations? Will I need...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-16-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 3,525
Posted By thomasw_
Tom, That sounds fantastic!

Tom, That sounds fantastic!
Forum: Nikon RF 02-15-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 3,525
Posted By thomasw_
Thanks a lot Jon, Tom, Gabor and Pablito. Jon -...

Thanks a lot Jon, Tom, Gabor and Pablito.

Jon - Is the current Zeiss S mount sonnar similar in its behaviour/rendering to the ZM variant? I think you have one?

Gabor, I will be keeping my "go to"...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-15-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 3,525
Posted By thomasw_
Tom A -- I am very curious about two lenses for...

Tom A -- I am very curious about two lenses for Nikon Rfs; the 2005 35/1,8 and the Millennium 50/1,4. From the very few images I have seen, the 2005 35/1,8 renders a special look. But other than its...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-15-2010
Replies: 187
Views: 11,522
Posted By thomasw_
A new kodak Porta 1600 would be both useful and...

A new kodak Porta 1600 would be both useful and appreciated.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-14-2010
Replies: 156
Views: 17,741
Posted By thomasw_
Ditto. Since I scan only for the web and do not...

Ditto. Since I scan only for the web and do not print digitally, there is nothing to be gained by spending a lot of extra dough on am imacon. My benefactor can pass on the dough he would've spent on...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-11-2010
Replies: 50
Views: 7,237
Posted By thomasw_
Chris -- I have watched this thread since the...

Chris -- I have watched this thread since the start. I am so happy you made yourself a great darkroom. I have picked up the odd tip and refinement from your design. I will be reworking my darkroom...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-09-2010
Replies: 117
Views: 16,244
Posted By thomasw_
Yes I noticed this too, Markus. Is that Noctilux...

Yes I noticed this too, Markus. Is that Noctilux yours or another on loan? I hope this lame situation did get fixed!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-09-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 1,906
Posted By thomasw_
I concur with Gabor. Though I would add the ZI as...

I concur with Gabor. Though I would add the ZI as a great .74x VF for those with glasses; it is the best VF I have used with a 35mm lens. The long EBL is great for the accurate focusing of fast...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-03-2010
Replies: 48
Views: 4,162
Posted By thomasw_
I have used both types, and I have developed a...

I have used both types, and I have developed a strong preference for the MP/M3/M2 style knobs/kranks for aesthetic and ergonomic reasons.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-01-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 4,527
Posted By thomasw_
Get the CV 35/1,4....best all-round 35 for under...

Get the CV 35/1,4....best all-round 35 for under 600 bucks in terms of size, ergonomics, versatility and performance.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-30-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 2,422
Posted By thomasw_
The .58x finder has frames for 28, but no wider;...

The .58x finder has frames for 28, but no wider; the entire VF perimeter is roughly the 24/25 frame. The only RF I know with 21 framelines in its VF is the .52x R4M/A Bessa.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-30-2010
Replies: 66
Views: 8,488
Posted By thomasw_
oldoc is swinging with the sweet tunes; the MP...

oldoc is swinging with the sweet tunes; the MP 0,85x VF is the best all-round VF for 35-50-75-90 RF shooters with the perfect balance of accuracy and frameline spacing and lack of distracting flare....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-24-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 677
Posted By thomasw_
http://www.antiquecameras.net/35summicronmlenses.h...

http://www.antiquecameras.net/35summicronmlenses.html

Between 1350-1550 USD depending on condition. The BP and Titanium versions are worth more...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-22-2010
Replies: 43
Views: 2,845
Posted By thomasw_
My experience too. I consider them too risky...

My experience too. I consider them too risky because they are so flighty. It is good there are other places.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 01-17-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 5,015
Posted By thomasw_
Thanks Melanie, I found his take on the ZI...

Thanks Melanie, I found his take on the ZI interesting and rather refreshing.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 01-16-2010
Replies: 38
Views: 4,454
Posted By thomasw_
Hi OP, Glad your ZI problem is getting...

Hi OP,

Glad your ZI problem is getting straightened out this time. I am a hardcore Leica MP user -- I have 2 bodies and they have been such reliable cameras! That said, I have admired the ZI VF for...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-15-2010
Replies: 69
Views: 12,366
Posted By thomasw_
Agreed....the only 2 reasons for a half case for...

Agreed....the only 2 reasons for a half case for me would be to dampen any metal shutter sounds; also if I had a medical/physical problem with gripping such that the case would help me.
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