Go Back   Rangefinderforum.com > Search Forums

Showing results 1 to 199 of 1000
Search took 7.52 seconds.
Search: Posts Made By: Livesteamer
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 5 Days Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 337
Posted By Livesteamer
The first metered F prism was non TTL so that...

The first metered F prism was non TTL so that prism might work as a replacement for a damaged standard prism. I also have a distant memory the the later metered prism used the same prism with two...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 1,568
Posted By Livesteamer
A year or two ago wasn't there a member here who...

A year or two ago wasn't there a member here who posted about putting titanium curtains in a IIIc? I think he did it himself, a level of skill beyond me. Actually I'd like the whole Nikon F shutter...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 313
Posted By Livesteamer
I suspect the low cost adapter would work just as...

I suspect the low cost adapter would work just as well as the Heliopan (expensive?) adapter would. The only way to know about vignetting is to try it. The filters should not vignette but the adapter...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-25-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 557
Posted By Livesteamer
I think you need to search e bay for "Leica...

I think you need to search e bay for "Leica parts" to find the push on filter adapter and search "34.5" for a one piece adapter from a Russian supplier. I think the El Nikkor enlarging lens's were...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-25-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 557
Posted By Livesteamer
Does anyone know of a workable hood for this lens...

Does anyone know of a workable hood for this lens in LTM? I have one and it's a wonderful lens but it has an obscure filter size of 34.5mm. There is someone on e bay selling 34.5mm push on adapters...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-19-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 652
Posted By Livesteamer
I got seven rolls back from them last week. I...

I got seven rolls back from them last week. I have used them for several years now and been happy with their C41 processing and Hi Res scans. Give them a call. Joe
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-12-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 581
Posted By Livesteamer
About the only problem I can think of is slightly...

About the only problem I can think of is slightly less accurate framing than with something like a Nikon F which has 100% accurate view. Having said that it has never stopped me from using my M6...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-09-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 853
Posted By Livesteamer
But... It has a rewind knob so it is a Film chew...

But... It has a rewind knob so it is a Film chew toy!


Joe
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-09-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 517
Posted By Livesteamer
I am 63 and my eyes prefer the II finder. Having...

I am 63 and my eyes prefer the II finder. Having said that, my most used camera is a wartime IIIc because it is perhaps more robust and has been very reliable. Another factor is that my II is a very...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-06-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,331
Posted By Livesteamer
It depends on the finder screen used. Currently...

It depends on the finder screen used. Currently my chrome F has the A screen which has a small split image spot in the center that might be called a rangefinder if you stretch the definition of...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-02-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,406
Posted By Livesteamer
Long ago I saw a photo of a 50mm f2.0 Elcan lens...

Long ago I saw a photo of a 50mm f2.0 Elcan lens that was quite compact. Does this lens really exist or is it an old, inaccurate memory. Joe
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-17-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 1,776
Posted By Livesteamer
Huss has a good idea with the Nikonos. I just got...

Huss has a good idea with the Nikonos. I just got back from a week at the beach and mostly used my Nikonos III. An odd little brick but the 35mm f2.5 is a fine lens and they are tough. Long ago Roger...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-12-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 722
Posted By Livesteamer
Hole punches are not hard to make. If you have a...

Hole punches are not hard to make. If you have a lathe then use steel rod, drill down the center of the size needed and then turn an angle on the end of the rod to create a sharp edge. If no lathe...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-11-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 565
Posted By Livesteamer
When I was a working machinist, new hires always...

When I was a working machinist, new hires always got sent to another department for the aluminum magnet. Some went thru several departments before they figured it out. Joe
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-11-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 722
Posted By Livesteamer
Can you check the film plane for flatness? Is...

Can you check the film plane for flatness? Is there any chance either the body casting or the lens mount ring is warped or out of flat? Shims do not have to be the shape of the lens mount. Simple...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 06-08-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 364
Posted By Livesteamer
I think it was only in production a little while...

I think it was only in production a little while before it was superseded by the 50mm f1.9. I think its price reflects its rarity. Joe
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-05-2019
Replies: 121
Views: 3,915
Posted By Livesteamer
I've had similar difficulties with Precision...

I've had similar difficulties with Precision Photo and have been using Dwaynes for the past year. Their Hi res scan looks good and turnaround is seven to ten days. Once they needed two weeks. My only...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-21-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 8,567
Posted By Livesteamer
I just bought a 28mm f3.5 Skopar in Nikon S...

I just bought a 28mm f3.5 Skopar in Nikon S mount. Is it the same formula as the LTM lens? I haven't had a chance to shoot with it yet. It's in great shape with the hood and caps and is very small on...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-13-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 532
Posted By Livesteamer
On my Leica M cameras, I half cock the shutter,...

On my Leica M cameras, I half cock the shutter, load film, close it up and wind on making sure the rewind knob is turning. Gets me an extra exposure usually. Care in loading is always important...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-09-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,130
Posted By Livesteamer
50mm f2.0 Summicron in M mount. I have two of...

50mm f2.0 Summicron in M mount. I have two of them, they are OK but I much prefer an LTM Nikkor 50mm f2.0 . Heresy, I know and in the words of Roger Hicks, "Donning flame proof suit." Joe
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-25-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 2,993
Posted By Livesteamer
Could Oleg at OK cameras in Russia offer a cost...

Could Oleg at OK cameras in Russia offer a cost effective and timely repair. I have vague memories that he does Contax repair but others would know more. Good Luck. Joe
Forum: Nikon RF 04-25-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 2,003
Posted By Livesteamer
Several years ago I got my first SP and it had a...

Several years ago I got my first SP and it had a very dim RF patch. I recently got a much better SP and this brings up the a question; what causes the finder to degrade, what can be done to prevent...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-24-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,260
Posted By Livesteamer
While I like the H3v I think the Spotmatic is a...

While I like the H3v I think the Spotmatic is a more robust and reliable camera. Some of the H3v's I've owned had mirror hang up issues and the Spotmatic lens mount is stronger. Joe
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-24-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 728
Posted By Livesteamer
I have had two Nikon rangefinder cameras with a...

I have had two Nikon rangefinder cameras with a similar squeak and have eliminated it with a tiny bit of light oil on the helical. Emphasis on tiny. This may not be the proper way but these are old...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-23-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,260
Posted By Livesteamer
Over the years I have been on this forum, I...

Over the years I have been on this forum, I remember Roger Hicks writing that the Pentax SV/H3v was a favorite of his. One of my favorites also. An H3v and a few lens's is a wonderful kit and won't...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-20-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 2,003
Posted By Livesteamer
I got my first rangefinder in 1972, a Nikon S...

I got my first rangefinder in 1972, a Nikon S with 50mm f2.0 but mostly used Nikon F until 1990 when I got my first Leica M. These days I mostly use a Leica IIIc but I recently acquired a Nikon SP...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 04-15-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 934
Posted By Livesteamer
Sounds like a lot of work but a motor on my SP...

Sounds like a lot of work but a motor on my SP would be fun. I still have a motorized Nikon F that did many rolls for me. Are they also making the motor plate for the bottom of the SP/S3/S4?
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-03-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 666
Posted By Livesteamer
Consider how many lives Roger has touched. How...

Consider how many lives Roger has touched.


How can we as a community carry on that tradition?


Joe
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-03-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,749
Posted By Livesteamer
I spent many years wanting only the best lenses...

I spent many years wanting only the best lenses and acquired quite a few of Leica's asph lenses. Today my favorite lens is the humble Nikkor 50mm f2.0 for rangefinders. I have four of them including...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-03-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 20,719
Posted By Livesteamer
I first ran into Roger many years ago reading...

I first ran into Roger many years ago reading shutterbug and always looked for his articles. I bought my first Leica after studying another of his articles, an M3. Later Roger helped me find out what...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,346
Posted By Livesteamer
A Leica M6 with a Nikon SP shutter, titanium...

A Leica M6 with a Nikon SP shutter, titanium curtains and all. Joe
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-23-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 1,640
Posted By Livesteamer
If anyone comes thru Winston Salem N.C. I have a...

If anyone comes thru Winston Salem N.C. I have a nice Minolta enlarger with color head that needs a home. I have collected darkroom equipment for a few years now, usually for free and I've given away...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-28-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 507
Posted By Livesteamer
Lovely! Thank you for sharing. I would love to...

Lovely! Thank you for sharing. I would love to have one but I have too many 50's and that Nikkor is hard to find. Joe
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-28-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,678
Posted By Livesteamer
Thanks Bill and Safe Travels. Discussed,...

Thanks Bill and Safe Travels.


Discussed, Yes.


Settled, Doubtful.


Joe
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-23-2019
Replies: 2,135
Views: 602,801
Posted By Livesteamer
Helen, I am sorry to hear of your cracked...

Helen, I am sorry to hear of your cracked vulcanite but I recently ran into something that may help explain it. Recently we went away for a long weekend and I put some valuables in the gunsafe which...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-18-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 942
Posted By Livesteamer
Let us know how it works. I have several Canon...

Let us know how it works. I have several Canon spools and it seems that slight variations can have a big influence in whether or not the spool works well in a camera. Joe
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-16-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 999
Posted By Livesteamer
"100 movie cameras..." Sigh. All the memories...

"100 movie cameras..." Sigh. All the memories those cameras have made, the cost and mechanical ingenuity that went into them and today worth little or nothing.


As a kid I looked down on Aunt...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-09-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,381
Posted By Livesteamer
The lens listed above was sold in less than an...

The lens listed above was sold in less than an hour. Anyone here get it? Joe
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-09-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,674
Posted By Livesteamer
Canon 28mm f3.5 . I got one with finder for $200...

Canon 28mm f3.5 . I got one with finder for $200 and it's a fine lens. Joe
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-09-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,381
Posted By Livesteamer
One of these lenses just showed up on eBay....

One of these lenses just showed up on eBay. Search Nicca. It's on a clean but non working Nicca for $400 plus a little shipping. Someone buy it, I don't need another! Joe (No connection with seller.)
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 01-29-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,381
Posted By Livesteamer
Hey Greg. Good to hear from you. I hope you and...

Hey Greg. Good to hear from you. I hope you and your wife are well, stop by anytime you are in the area.

My Nikkor has a number on the back #812426. Mr. Rotoloni was kind enough to respond to an e...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 01-29-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,381
Posted By Livesteamer
Goamules is the member to talk to. He has one and...

Goamules is the member to talk to. He has one and has posted images from it. I have one but have not used it a lot. It's a fine lens but the later Nikkors are probably a bit better with more advanced...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-29-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 2,475
Posted By Livesteamer
In 2011 I sent Sherry K. a Leica IIIc stepper in...

In 2011 I sent Sherry K. a Leica IIIc stepper in petrified condition. She turned it into a wonderful smooth camera but it was not cheap and talking to her I got the impression that she does not like...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-25-2019
Replies: 146
Views: 4,959
Posted By Livesteamer
Take off the lens and examine the shutter...

Take off the lens and examine the shutter curtains to see if they are dry or cracked. If the curtains need to be replaced it will make service much more expensive. Would the seller let you run a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-23-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 493
Posted By Livesteamer
If you have access to a grinder, here is what to...

If you have access to a grinder, here is what to do. Get a 1/4 20 bolt several inches long and a 1/4 20 nut. Thread the nut onto the bolt and the the adapter that is too long. Let about 1mm of the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-16-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 942
Posted By Livesteamer
I have a pair of Leica IIIc's that I use with...

I have a pair of Leica IIIc's that I use with Canon take up spools. I like the pop up knob the Canon spool has. One spool works perfectly, the other is more troublesome. The problem spool does not...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-14-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,968
Posted By Livesteamer
If Nikon (or somebody) could make a modern meter...

If Nikon (or somebody) could make a modern meter prism for a Nikon F I would be strongly tempted to buy one. My most modern camera is a Nikon N90s and it has an incredibly smart meter. I would love...
Forum: Travel 01-10-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,550
Posted By Livesteamer
Central Camera on Wabash is a wonderful store...

Central Camera on Wabash is a wonderful store full of old and new stuff. Tamarkin Leica is also in Chicago. There's the Museum of Science and Industry and several other museums. A fun city. Enjoy! Joe
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-23-2018
Replies: 45
Views: 1,519
Posted By Livesteamer
Let me say Thank You to All who have offered...

Let me say Thank You to All who have offered thoughtful suggestions. I'm one of the others who has a similar problem.

I have a Nikon F2 that was working fine but halfway thru a roll things got...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-20-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 976
Posted By Livesteamer
Then you would probably like one of the Leica M...

Then you would probably like one of the Leica M cameras. May I suggest a thought from old cars. It is usually cheaper to buy the car you want, already restored and serviced than to buy a basket case...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-20-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 976
Posted By Livesteamer
You might consider buying a Zorki 4 with a...

You might consider buying a Zorki 4 with a Jupiter 8 lens to see if a rangefinder is something you would be comfortable with. Further, if you can take apart the Zorki and get it back together it...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 11-28-2018
Replies: 49
Views: 2,008
Posted By Livesteamer
If you are less than 100 years old, you are...

If you are less than 100 years old, you are young.

Interesting discussion,Thanks to All.

Joe
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-15-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,486
Posted By Livesteamer
Summicrons and a few others have the actual focal...

Summicrons and a few others have the actual focal length engraved on the lens. I have on of my 50 Summicrons in front of me and on the distance scale, by the feet/M marking is 19 engraved in small...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-13-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,115
Posted By Livesteamer
A black Jupiter 8 would look good on your Leica...

A black Jupiter 8 would look good on your Leica II and they can be a fine lens. They are only f2.0 but not expensive. Joe
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-13-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 955
Posted By Livesteamer
I have used Leica M and screw mount for almost...

I have used Leica M and screw mount for almost thirty years now and the only time I had trouble with cold was with an elderly IIIc that was past due for a service. I had it out in the cold of an Ohio...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-25-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 661
Posted By Livesteamer
It might be the label. I have been using small...

It might be the label. I have been using small stick on labels for over a year now. I put them on the bottom of the camera so at a glance I can see the roll number and type of film. When the roll is...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-20-2018
Replies: 445
Views: 14,248
Posted By Livesteamer
Owning three to keep one running. Wasn't that the...

Owning three to keep one running. Wasn't that the case with the old Jaguar V 12? But when it ran! Joe
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-19-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 1,784
Posted By Livesteamer
I have used two different Pacific Image scanners...

I have used two different Pacific Image scanners and have mixed feelings about them. Three years ago I spent a frustrating several months with a Powerslide 5000. My brother bought it and sent it to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-14-2018
Replies: 303
Views: 40,474
Posted By Livesteamer
Pentax was my first good camera, an H3v which is...

Pentax was my first good camera, an H3v which is still one of my all time favorites. My new years resolution is to buy more Super Takumar len's. They cost little and deliver wonderful results. Joe
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-14-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 2,531
Posted By Livesteamer
First, Welcome to the forum. Second, keep doing...

First, Welcome to the forum.

Second, keep doing what you are doing. You seem to have a good eye for things. Might be cool to add some early Nikons and Canons.

Joe
Forum: RFF Polls 10-14-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,296
Posted By Livesteamer
These are common. I would wait for one with clean...

These are common. I would wait for one with clean glass. A clean rear element is important, marks on the front glass seem to have less effect. The 24mm f2.8 Nikkor is one of my favorite lens's.
Joe
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-14-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,406
Posted By Livesteamer
Consider how many thousands of gallons of D 76...

Consider how many thousands of gallons of D 76 have been mixed over the years with no record of dire results. Avoid breathing the powder and you should be fine. I have done black and white...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-23-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,361
Posted By Livesteamer
In the old Soviet Union, there used to be a...

In the old Soviet Union, there used to be a saying, "Without vodka it makes no sense." Perhaps that applies here as well but glad it worked out for you. Joe
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-21-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,266
Posted By Livesteamer
I have no experience with the goggles but, my...

I have no experience with the goggles but, my first Leica was an M3 from Don Chatterton and a well used 35mm Summilux. I used that combo for years with no auxiliary finder and got used to it. Not...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-20-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 707
Posted By Livesteamer
I am not an expert in Leica mechanics but I think...

I am not an expert in Leica mechanics but I think I read somewhere that this problem can occur if the tension holding in the take up spool is too high. The spool must be able to slip a little on...
Forum: Nikon RF 09-15-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 845
Posted By Livesteamer
The S2 has a much bigger finder and a slightly...

The S2 has a much bigger finder and a slightly improved shutter. Still, I like the S. My first rangefinder was a Nikon S with 50mm f2.0, I still have it. It is bigger and heavier than my Leica IIIc...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-25-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 568
Posted By Livesteamer
Fast lens's with thin depth of field wide open...

Fast lens's with thin depth of field wide open like the Noctilux or 75mm f1.4 Summilux. The .85 finder will be more accurate in focusing. I use my M6 .85 for 50mm and longer and my M6 .72 for...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-07-2018
Replies: 2,135
Views: 602,801
Posted By Livesteamer
I think the M mount Elmar's take the 39mm...

I think the M mount Elmar's take the 39mm filters. A36 is for the screw mount Elmar's. Joe
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-07-2018
Replies: 2,135
Views: 602,801
Posted By Livesteamer
A36 filters clamp on the outside of the lens....

A36 filters clamp on the outside of the lens. There is an e bay seller that sells A36 UV filters that are old frames fitted with new UV filter glass. I have no connection with that seller. I went a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-05-2018
Replies: 1
Views: 409
Posted By Livesteamer
If I remember correctly, it is just one screw...

If I remember correctly, it is just one screw that holds the shutter speed dial on. Snug it up and see what happens. Good Luck. Joe
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-04-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 407
Posted By Livesteamer
You actually have a late model Nikkormat FTn. Try...

You actually have a late model Nikkormat FTn. Try removing the two screws that hold on the name plate and look underneath. The problem may lie there. Good Luck. Joe
Forum: Chris Crawford 07-26-2018
Replies: 128
Views: 6,368
Posted By Livesteamer
Wow! That kid must have a great...

Wow! That kid must have a great father!


Congratulations to both of you.


Joe
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-29-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 866
Posted By Livesteamer
A Nikonos III is my beach camera of choice. A bit...

A Nikonos III is my beach camera of choice. A bit quirky but a great lens. Whatever you choose, when it comes out of the air conditioning, let it warm up to beach temperature or your lens will fog up...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-14-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 574
Posted By Livesteamer
That's a lovely camera holder. I have the Canon...

That's a lovely camera holder. I have the Canon version. I'll have to make one to fit my Leica. Joe
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-14-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 4,320
Posted By Livesteamer
I'm a retired machinist employed part time by the...

I'm a retired machinist employed part time by the Wake Forest University Physics department to do small machining jobs. Last week I branched out and did a job for Biology and saw they had a Leica...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 06-12-2018
Replies: 56
Views: 3,316
Posted By Livesteamer
Get a Speed Magny back for a Nikon F. Do they...

Get a Speed Magny back for a Nikon F. Do they still make instant film for that back?


Joe
Forum: Nikon RF 04-18-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 785
Posted By Livesteamer
This and other threads have made me curious so...

This and other threads have made me curious so today I took seven LTM lens's into the Wake Forest Physics department machine shop because they have a metric thread gauge and I don't.

All were .5mm...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-10-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 646
Posted By Livesteamer
It looks like a IIIc. I'm not sure what the thing...

It looks like a IIIc. I'm not sure what the thing on the right is. Could that be an exposure meter fitted into the case to the left of the 135? Joe
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-09-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 897
Posted By Livesteamer
Sadly Focal Point is closed as of the end of last...

Sadly Focal Point is closed as of the end of last year. When I heard about it I sent John a Thank You e mail for past work and he replied that the work was specialized and tedious and he was ready...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-07-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 539
Posted By Livesteamer
I did not mean to cause dissent. I'm a retired...

I did not mean to cause dissent. I'm a retired machinist and I don't even have a metric thread pitch gauge altho I have access to one where I work. Earlier posts suggesting a magnifier and a good...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-06-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 539
Posted By Livesteamer
The proper way to measure thread pitch is with a...

The proper way to measure thread pitch is with a thread gauge. It looks a lot like a feeler gauge but each blade has teeth of a different pitch. 1mm, .75mm, .5mm and so on. When you hold the gauge up...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-31-2018
Replies: 103
Views: 3,061
Posted By Livesteamer
A long time ago, one of our members gave advice...

A long time ago, one of our members gave advice on choosing lenses for traveling light. (Newspaperguy?) Choose double or half focal lengths. So for me it might be 25, 50, 100 or lighter, 35, 75.

Joe
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-30-2018
Replies: 103
Views: 3,061
Posted By Livesteamer
I have the VC 25, the Canon 28mm f3.5 and the...

I have the VC 25, the Canon 28mm f3.5 and the Nikkor 28mm f3.5 all in LTM. They are all very nice but I am not a 25mm person. The little Canon is a wonderful lens and its finder is nice, a good...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-28-2018
Replies: 258
Views: 56,726
Posted By Livesteamer
Pardon my potential heresy but the Canon IVSB2...

Pardon my potential heresy but the Canon IVSB2 has a combined RF/VF, is a LTM bottom loader and is arguably the best of the Barnack type cameras. I have one, it's a bit bigger than my IIIc but is a...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 03-26-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,571
Posted By Livesteamer
Looks Good!. In the future, a possibility for...

Looks Good!. In the future, a possibility for free machine work is to contact a local community college that has machine shop instruction. For folks in North Carolina, contact me. I have a mill and a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-25-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 735
Posted By Livesteamer
I'm with B-9. Easy to make on a lathe. You just...

I'm with B-9. Easy to make on a lathe. You just have to have the right taps. Metric, but possibly an unusual thread. Joe
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-22-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 598
Posted By Livesteamer
They are very different cameras. Both have nice...

They are very different cameras. Both have nice finders but the VI-T is a trigger wind camera. Some like that, I don't care for it myself. I have a VI-T but I bought it mainly for the Canon 35mm f1.5...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-22-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,175
Posted By Livesteamer
Walz also made a round hood. 40.5mm "For Sonnar"....

Walz also made a round hood. 40.5mm "For Sonnar". Sometimes found on e bay. The modern generic ones likely have the wrong pitch thread but can work if used carefully. Joe
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-12-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 518
Posted By Livesteamer
The only way to answer this is for you to look...

The only way to answer this is for you to look thru a Leica II. I actually prefer the Leica II for my eyes but I use a pair of IIIc's. The Leica II works well for me, I find the focus lever on the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-08-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,519
Posted By Livesteamer
We would have to see the thread in question....

We would have to see the thread in question. Damage to a thread should be readily visible when everything is apart. Joe
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-05-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,448
Posted By Livesteamer
I once read that the film era moved towards...

I once read that the film era moved towards greater simplicity and ease of use and the digital era seems to move towards ever greater complexity with more and more features. Me, I'm an old Luddite...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-05-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 1,145
Posted By Livesteamer
I am no expert but I remember some things from...

I am no expert but I remember some things from the Focal Point website. Heat was involved and there was some risk of breakage. When John Van Stelten, the owner of Focal Point closed shop earlier this...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-03-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1,136
Posted By Livesteamer
I think old cameras share something with old...

I think old cameras share something with old cars. Restoring a basket case will cost you much more than buying one already in good shape. Don't ask me how I know. Joe
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-02-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1,136
Posted By Livesteamer
Welcome. I agree with the others. Shoot a roll...

Welcome. I agree with the others. Shoot a roll and see how it does. I once owned the worlds ugliest Nikon F and it worked great. Sometimes a well worn camera means it was a good one to use. Good...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-26-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,192
Posted By Livesteamer
I think farlymac has stated the essence of the...

I think farlymac has stated the essence of the problem. However you cut the leader, it needs to be smoothly done. In another thread there was some discussion whether modern film stock is a bit more...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-26-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,192
Posted By Livesteamer
I had a variation of Luddite Frank's Barnack film...

I had a variation of Luddite Frank's Barnack film disaster. I had shot a roll of color film with my 1934 Leica II. I had trimmed the leader with my Ablon and after shooting the roll had rewound the...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 02-25-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,383
Posted By Livesteamer
Hopefully Rocky Mountain National Park this...

Hopefully Rocky Mountain National Park this summer. Who knows, on a hike there I might even bump into John Van Stelten now that he is retired. Joe
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-17-2018
Replies: 1
Views: 490
Posted By Livesteamer
Spiratone was an amazing company, I miss them. I...

Spiratone was an amazing company, I miss them. I do think the current Tri X is harder to load. In the past three years I have started doing black and white again after a long time away. I want to...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 02-17-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 2,341
Posted By Livesteamer
I have a Nikonos III with the 35mm f2.5 lens and...

I have a Nikonos III with the 35mm f2.5 lens and it is my bad weather camera. I also have this lens in Leica thread mount and it is a wonderful, small jewel of a lens. My only complaint is the odd...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-15-2018
Replies: 39
Views: 4,593
Posted By Livesteamer
The Head Bartenders site www dot cameraquest dot...

The Head Bartenders site www dot cameraquest dot com has quite a bit of information about Nikon F and other classic cameras. Joe
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-15-2018
Replies: 39
Views: 4,593
Posted By Livesteamer
The older ones may not be worth more but I find a...

The older ones may not be worth more but I find a certain joy in using an old camera that was made to last. I dislike products designed to last a little while and then be thrown away. Joe
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-15-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 724
Posted By Livesteamer
I am no expert but I suspect it would be more...

I am no expert but I suspect it would be more economical to sell or trade for a Leica that already has the >58 finder. Good Luck. Joe
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-13-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 4,604
Posted By Livesteamer
I can say that over the years I have bought two...

I can say that over the years I have bought two Nicca cameras that came with Nikkor lens's. The first came with a 50mm f2.0 Nikkor. I kept the lens and gave the body to a friend. The second was an...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-29-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,265
Posted By Livesteamer
I keep a notebook with details about every roll....

I keep a notebook with details about every roll. I write them down when I get back home. Comes in very handy when your lab sends you someones negatives, not your own, and then wants to know what was...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-15-2018
Replies: 71
Views: 6,762
Posted By Livesteamer
I have two J 12 lens's and while I like them...

I have two J 12 lens's and while I like them optically, they interfere with the metering on my M6. They have a very big rear element that partly blocks the metering on the M6. My favorite 35mm lens...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-14-2018
Replies: 54
Views: 3,993
Posted By Livesteamer
In early 2000 I bought an M6 .85 new, one of the...

In early 2000 I bought an M6 .85 new, one of the original batch of about 2000 cameras. By that time I had to hunt for one and got it from Koh's camera. The 35mm lines are all the way out to the edge...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-11-2018
Replies: 50
Views: 2,729
Posted By Livesteamer
This reminds me a bit of when I was ten years...

This reminds me a bit of when I was ten years old, proud owner of an adjustable wrench and thought that one tool would be the only tool I would need and I could do anything with that one adjustable...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-11-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 876
Posted By Livesteamer
I have this scanner as a Costco branded item but...

I have this scanner as a Costco branded item but it's the same thing and I like it. Just as important, Pacific Image tech support is very good. I first met them two years ago when I scanned Dad's old...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-01-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,092
Posted By Livesteamer
This thread made me curious so I found the two...

This thread made me curious so I found the two early Nikon finders I have, a 2.8 cm and a 13.5cm. Both have a foot that is identical to the 13.5cm finder shown above with one exception. The 2.8cm...
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 12-27-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 1,312
Posted By Livesteamer
Didn't those early Canon's have a lens and...

Didn't those early Canon's have a lens and focusing unit made by what is now Nikon? Whatever, I applaud Canon's effort to build something other than a Leica copy and show creativity of their own. Joe
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-20-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 2,217
Posted By Livesteamer
The Canon IVSB2 is nicer. It's the best of the...

The Canon IVSB2 is nicer. It's the best of the Canon bottom loaders. It has a finder that is the best of that range of cameras and an improved shutter. These are easily identified by the shutter...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-18-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,113
Posted By Livesteamer
Curious. The flash shoe is also different. What...

Curious. The flash shoe is also different. What does the front of the camera look like? Joe.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-28-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1,034
Posted By Livesteamer
Dimensional tolerance error can be additive. In...

Dimensional tolerance error can be additive. In other words, the major diameter is a bit off, a bayonet lug is clocked a fraction of a degree off and the locking slot is too wide allows a lens to be...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-26-2017
Replies: 81
Views: 3,445
Posted By Livesteamer
If you are ever in Chicago, check out Central...

If you are ever in Chicago, check out Central Camera. A wonderful old store with a little bit of everything. Joe
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-11-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 1,179
Posted By Livesteamer
If I remember correctly, sometime in the M4-2 M4P...

If I remember correctly, sometime in the M4-2 M4P era there was a lens omitted from the range finder system and the wind gears went from brass to steel. It sounds like you have enough experience to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-11-2017
Replies: 67
Views: 6,673
Posted By Livesteamer
Yes. auf zu on the base plate. And a finder...

Yes. auf zu on the base plate. And a finder system that is better for my eyes than on my IIIc. Joe
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-11-2017
Replies: 67
Views: 6,673
Posted By Livesteamer
I have a lovely black Leica II from 1934 bought...

I have a lovely black Leica II from 1934 bought here in Winston Salem from the long gone, local camera store. The body is #148015 which several sources list as chrome but it is black. The 50mm Elmar...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-09-2017
Replies: 46
Views: 1,901
Posted By Livesteamer
Curious problem. I keep my old 90 Summicron...

Curious problem. I keep my old 90 Summicron becouse it's quite good and it has a tripod socket, sometimes useful. Otherwise I consider my 90 Summicron ASPH. a much better lens. Smaller, lighter and...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-09-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,421
Posted By Livesteamer
One possible hazard, condensation. Bringing a...

One possible hazard, condensation. Bringing a cold camera into a warm, humid room is not good. It would soon be covered with moisture. Cold is also a good test of the shutter. Years back I had a IIIc...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-02-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 2,235
Posted By Livesteamer
I once explored this with a few Nikon F's, long...

I once explored this with a few Nikon F's, long ago when I worked in a gear shop with a big inspection department and a coordinate measuring machine. I owned the worlds ugliest Nikon F but when...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 11-01-2017
Replies: 49
Views: 10,587
Posted By Livesteamer
If it is 34.5 that is a hard to find size. Take...

If it is 34.5 that is a hard to find size. Take your time and watch e bay searching for 34.5 in the photo section. I found a series filter holder that way in 34.5mm to fit my 35mm f2.5 Nikkor in...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-29-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 1,457
Posted By Livesteamer
I think most traditional cloth focal plane...

I think most traditional cloth focal plane shutters run on the slow side but usually it's not enough to make a difference. I remember Roger Hicks once saying that he had his shutters adjusted for...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-27-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,279
Posted By Livesteamer
Not an M3 top plate. The windows are wrong. M2...

Not an M3 top plate. The windows are wrong. M2 top plate? Joe
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-20-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 805
Posted By Livesteamer
I recently picked up a little case at a yard sale...

I recently picked up a little case at a yard sale for two dollars. It says Samsonite Worldproof. It is just big enough to fit my IIIc with attached Summitar and my Luna Pro digital meter fits in the...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-17-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,140
Posted By Livesteamer
In the past month I developed five rolls of Tri X...

In the past month I developed five rolls of Tri X that had sat undeveloped for 38 years as best I can tell. The first roll was too damaged. I was just able to recognize an outline or two. With that...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-17-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 1,968
Posted By Livesteamer
To add on to this thread, I currently have a...

To add on to this thread, I currently have a lovely Minolta enlarger with color head, free to a good home if you come pick it up. Available in Winston Salem North Carolina. Not easily shipped. Joe
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-15-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 1,968
Posted By Livesteamer
I live in North Carolina and in the past three...

I live in North Carolina and in the past three years I have collected several darkrooms for free. The first one went to a teacher at the School of the Arts here in Winston Salem and the next one went...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-06-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 760
Posted By Livesteamer
Go to Cameraquest.com and check out their...

Go to Cameraquest.com and check out their repairs. They did a Nikon SP for me and know more about Nikon rangefinders than about anyone else. Joe
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-27-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 1,680
Posted By Livesteamer
The FTN had center, bottom weighted metering....

The FTN had center, bottom weighted metering. Didn't the FT series have averaging metering? Joe
Forum: Jim Lager - Leica Historian 09-26-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,340
Posted By Livesteamer
Thank You Jim for sharing that detailed...

Thank You Jim for sharing that detailed knowledge. When I say my IIIc was a GI bring back I always wonder how that acquisition went. Was it traded for chocolate or cigarettes or just plain...
Forum: Jim Lager - Leica Historian 09-26-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,340
Posted By Livesteamer
My most used camera is a IIIc stepper #385204. I...

My most used camera is a IIIc stepper #385204. I got it in 2011 and the e bay seller was kind enough to tell me some history. It was a GI bring back which was then given to an uncle, a chemist, as a...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-14-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,893
Posted By Livesteamer
The 50mm Canon f1.8 is an excellent lens but I...

The 50mm Canon f1.8 is an excellent lens but I still want to get one of the 50mm f1.9's for something more compact on my Canon IVSB2. I have the 50mm f1.8, the 28mm f3.5 and the 100mm f3.5 Canon. All...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-11-2017
Replies: 9,111
Views: 897,065
Posted By Livesteamer
A Luna Pro Digital meter. I like old cameras but...

A Luna Pro Digital meter. I like old cameras but I'd rather have a new meter. I miss the analog scale of the classic Luna Pro but I'm getting used to it and it seems a very good meter. Joe
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 09-11-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 2,069
Posted By Livesteamer
Does it have a number on the back where it mounts...

Does it have a number on the back where it mounts to the camera? I have a 50 f2.0 collapsible that has a number there and Robert Rotoloni told me it was a production date. Joe
Forum: Nikon RF 09-06-2017
Replies: 142
Views: 57,311
Posted By Livesteamer
I voted Nikon S but for sentimental reasons. In...

I voted Nikon S but for sentimental reasons. In 1972 I bought a nice Nikon S, 50mm f2.0, case and four Nikon cassettes for $100 from Trendon photo in Libertyville Illinois. I was into the Nikon F...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-31-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,229
Posted By Livesteamer
Looks like a Werra but I could be wrong. Joe

Looks like a Werra but I could be wrong. Joe
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-14-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,185
Posted By Livesteamer
Don't forget the Leitz table top tripod. I have...

Don't forget the Leitz table top tripod. I have one with a small no name ball head in a leather zipper bag with a self timer that screws onto the shutter release. It has been very useful. Joe
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 08-13-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1,598
Posted By Livesteamer
Lovely photos. I would like to get one of those...

Lovely photos. I would like to get one of those big Fuji's someday.

That's Teddy's Teeth in the second photo. I stayed at the YMCA camp below there in early July. A wonderful area. Joe
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 08-10-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1,229
Posted By Livesteamer
Canon VT and VIT had built in trigger wind. Other...

Canon VT and VIT had built in trigger wind. Other Canon screwmounts could have a trigger wind replace the baseplate. I have a VIT but don't care for the trigger wind. Very cool rewind lever tho. Joe
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-05-2017
Replies: 49
Views: 2,420
Posted By Livesteamer
I bought my first Leica, an M3 in 1990. I got an...

I bought my first Leica, an M3 in 1990. I got an M6 .72 in 1992 and have never had a flare problem with it. In 2000 I was given some Christmas money, (Thanks Dad) and bought an M6 .85 hoping it would...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-23-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 598
Posted By Livesteamer
I've got several but find them a bit thin. Don't...

I've got several but find them a bit thin. Don't use mine much. Joe
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-23-2017
Replies: 48
Views: 2,736
Posted By Livesteamer
Back in college in the 70's one glass of wine...

Back in college in the 70's one glass of wine would let me hand hold my camera down to 1/8th of a second with good results. Being much older now I try to stay above 125. Joe
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-02-2017
Replies: 983
Views: 191,162
Posted By Livesteamer
DMR, Thanks for the wonderful photos. Union...

DMR, Thanks for the wonderful photos. Union Pacific has been very good about keeping steam alive. I love steam engines but mine is a 1/8 scale 4-6-0 and only weighs about 600 pounds but it burns coal...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-27-2017
Replies: 9,111
Views: 897,065
Posted By Livesteamer
A Nikkor 2.8cm f3.5 in LTM. All chrome, very...

A Nikkor 2.8cm f3.5 in LTM. All chrome, very clean, $400 from e bay. I have a Canon 28mm f3.5 which is a fine lens but I have always wanted the Nikkor 2.8cm. First roll is hanging up to dry and it...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-24-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,587
Posted By Livesteamer
Your 2.8cm is in Leica thread mount. Harder to...

Your 2.8cm is in Leica thread mount. Harder to find and worth more than the same lens in Nikon S mount. Now you need a Leica to go with your Nikon SP. Joe
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 06-24-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1,111
Posted By Livesteamer
One more caution I learned. I stay in a cool, air...

One more caution I learned. I stay in a cool, air conditioned beach house. If I bring my Nikonos III out and try to take pictures right away the cold lens will have a bunch of condensate on it from...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 05-26-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1,705
Posted By Livesteamer
I was wondering if he meant Nikkormat. A...

I was wondering if he meant Nikkormat. A wonderful but very different camera from a Nikon F. Joe
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 05-26-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1,705
Posted By Livesteamer
I have used the Chris cam adapters in my Nikon FT...

I have used the Chris cam adapters in my Nikon FT Photomic and they worked well. This was the first TTL meter for the Nikon F, an averaging meter. Sadly, many of these no longer work. There were...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-25-2017
Replies: 96
Views: 4,756
Posted By Livesteamer
Well, call me crazy, I have a lot of 50's but...

Well, call me crazy, I have a lot of 50's but that's my most used lens. I have four Elmars, two uncoated on a Leica 1 and a Leica II. A 1947 Elmar 50, my main user and a 1957 f2.8 Elmar in M mount, a...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-15-2017
Replies: 45
Views: 3,794
Posted By Livesteamer
Many years ago I did a lot of rolling two 35mm...

Many years ago I did a lot of rolling two 35mm rolls, back to back, on one stainless reel. I was working for college newspaper and yearbook. I would call it a utility grade process, not something for...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-13-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 766
Posted By Livesteamer
You might watch e bay for one of the old style...

You might watch e bay for one of the old style finders. They come up now and then at reasonable prices. Joe
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-13-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,079
Posted By Livesteamer
I suspect the real value is in the lenses. Mostly...

I suspect the real value is in the lenses. Mostly the 35 and 50. The camera is almost certain to need service. I think $700 is at the high end. $500 would be a much better deal. Good Luck. Joe
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-13-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 766
Posted By Livesteamer
You have a late model finder designed to work...

You have a late model finder designed to work with several late model Canon cameras that had a protruding pin in the flash shoe, linked to the range finder that provided automatic parallax...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-07-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,269
Posted By Livesteamer
Canon film spools work well and have a nice pop...

Canon film spools work well and have a nice pop up button. I have a pair of Leica IIIc's each with a Canon film spool. Joe
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-26-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 696
Posted By Livesteamer
It could be needing service which is expensive....

It could be needing service which is expensive. It could just need some exercise to get it working so put a few rolls thru it. If you continue to have trouble, the camera dealer should adjust the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-19-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 1,496
Posted By Livesteamer
A few years back I think there was a left handed...

A few years back I think there was a left handed Russian fake of (I think) a Leica 1. A symmetrical copy of a Leica. Being left handed I had brief thoughts of GAS but the price was quite high. Joe
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 04-08-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 3,231
Posted By Livesteamer
How about a modern Nikon meter stuffed into a...

How about a modern Nikon meter stuffed into a Photomic FTN housing. I would probably pay a crazy price for one.

I don't need a miniature F, I have ten of the full size ones. Joe
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-28-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 1,527
Posted By Livesteamer
Beware. Curtain replacement is expensive. Dirt...

Beware. Curtain replacement is expensive. Dirt could indicate lack of care by a previous owner and missing lug protector pads can cause light leaks. Consider also haveing a second M6 of a different...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 03-25-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1,572
Posted By Livesteamer
Try John Van Stelten at Focal Point in Colorado....

Try John Van Stelten at Focal Point in Colorado. I don't know if he does large format work but he has done lens repair for me on Alpa and Nikkor RF lens's. Good Luck, Joe.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 03-20-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 3,239
Posted By Livesteamer
Don't know about thymol but doesn't exposure to...

Don't know about thymol but doesn't exposure to UV light stop mold? Strong sunlight if nothing else.

Good Luck, Joe

Sorry to hear of the loss of an old friend.
Forum: RFF News 03-13-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 6,636
Posted By Livesteamer
Got mine last week. I'd rather have Tom back but...

Got mine last week. I'd rather have Tom back but it doesn't work that way. Joe
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-13-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2,059
Posted By Livesteamer
Try Fedka dot com. He sells lots of Russian stuff...

Try Fedka dot com. He sells lots of Russian stuff and is supposed to be good. He has a choice of new or old for around $50 for a J8. For a little more buy a Canon 50mm f1.8, a very fine lens. Good...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-08-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 1,272
Posted By Livesteamer
If Leica were producing large numbers of cameras...

If Leica were producing large numbers of cameras then stamping dies would be less expensive per part and a good choice. For low production, dies would be very expensive up front with few pieces to...
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 03-08-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 3,364
Posted By Livesteamer
The Canon III and IIIa are similar. Canon made...

The Canon III and IIIa are similar. Canon made many different models with only slight differences. If you want a Canon bottom loader I would suggest the very last few, easily identified by the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-06-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 1,272
Posted By Livesteamer
In the early days the brass tops went thru...

In the early days the brass tops went thru several stamping dies to get their final shape. Today the brass tops are milled from a solid block of brass on a CNC mill. All the brass chips are recycled...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 03-04-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 3,438
Posted By Livesteamer
Wow! Thank You Roger. Now where did I park my...

Wow! Thank You Roger. Now where did I park my Tardis? Joe
Forum: RFF News 03-01-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 14,098
Posted By Livesteamer
I'm another happy user of Precision Camera's film...

I'm another happy user of Precision Camera's film services. The last batch of four rolls was seven days door to door altho it's normally about ten. They deliver a good service. Joe
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-27-2017
Replies: 131
Views: 10,278
Posted By Livesteamer
Most Fun, a Leica IIIc. I almost always have one...

Most Fun, a Leica IIIc. I almost always have one with me and it can use a tremendous number of cool lens's.

Least Fun, anything unreliable.

Joe
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 02-27-2017
Replies: 162
Views: 21,872
Posted By Livesteamer
If Nikon wants more niche products how about new...

If Nikon wants more niche products how about new plain prism finders for the Nikon F? I would also love to see a modern meter for a Nikon F and I would pay a crazy price if Nikon could stuff the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-25-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 773
Posted By Livesteamer
Looks light the light seals on the long side of...

Looks light the light seals on the long side of the shutter are leaking. Common problem with M cameras. It likely needs a service. Good Luck, Joe
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-22-2017
Replies: 79
Views: 4,848
Posted By Livesteamer
Congratulations! I'm glad you got it. It looks...

Congratulations! I'm glad you got it. It looks rough but I bet you can get it going and they are fun to use. I have a Leica 1 from 1929, this is a later camera. That means you can use an original...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-20-2017
Replies: 26
Views: 1,261
Posted By Livesteamer
I have to wear glasses to read but otherwise see...

I have to wear glasses to read but otherwise see well. Can anyone tell me what diopter I should put on my Nikon F to help? I have found the G series screens of the Nikon F to be helpful also. Thanks....
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-20-2017
Replies: 26
Views: 1,261
Posted By Livesteamer
That is exactly what brought me to buying an M3...

That is exactly what brought me to buying an M3 in 1990. I can get focus where I want it when I was having difficulty with slr manual focus. It has been a slippery slope. I now have several M cameras...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-15-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 1,174
Posted By Livesteamer
Last year two high school seniors came to me...

Last year two high school seniors came to me wanting to learn about film photography. They had two non working cameras from a pawn shop. After several hours talking about film, I sent them home with...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-04-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1,818
Posted By Livesteamer
Some thoughts about the Elmars. The Elmar 50mm...

Some thoughts about the Elmars. The Elmar 50mm f3.5 is a tiny classic that is wonderful for a compact camera. I have an old Elmar 50mm f2.8 in Leica M mount and I like it very much but it is just as...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-02-2017
Replies: 30
Views: 2,408
Posted By Livesteamer
Don't forget the Nikkors. I have a Nikkor 35mm...

Don't forget the Nikkors. I have a Nikkor 35mm f2.5 that is a very nice lens but at the top of your price range. The Nikkor 35mm f3.5 is also good and a good Jupiter 12 can be a fine lens. Or, maybe...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 02-02-2017
Replies: 69
Views: 6,105
Posted By Livesteamer
I just remembered that Orange is the Protestant...

I just remembered that Orange is the Protestant color.

Is this a Presbyterian camera?

Pardon me, it's been a silly day. Joe
Forum: Nikon RF 01-30-2017
Replies: 118
Views: 12,573
Posted By Livesteamer
Send it to Stephen at Cameraquest. A few months...

Send it to Stephen at Cameraquest. A few months ago I sent him a Nikon SP with a barely visible rf patch and it came back in much better condition. Not as good as my M6 but quite usable. Good Luck,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-15-2017
Replies: 54
Views: 3,025
Posted By Livesteamer
The base plate you showed looks just like the...

The base plate you showed looks just like the base plate from my M6 .85 from about 2001. It should work fine. The paint should make no difference but the lock on yours will not open an IXMOO cassette...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-11-2017
Replies: 54
Views: 3,025
Posted By Livesteamer
If you ever plan to bulk load film into an ixmoo,...

If you ever plan to bulk load film into an ixmoo, look for an early M6 base plate. Later M6 base plates do not support ixmoo but will work fine if factory loads is all you use. Good Luck, Joe
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-26-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 5,122
Posted By Livesteamer
I have the IVSB2 and a VIT, they are very...

I have the IVSB2 and a VIT, they are very different. The IVSB2 is the last and best of the bottom loaders. A tiny bit bigger and heavier than my Leica IIIc but the finder is better, at least for me....
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-12-2016
Replies: 90
Views: 101,186
Posted By Livesteamer
Minolta enlarger with dichroic color head. I...

Minolta enlarger with dichroic color head. I think it takes up to 6x7 but only has a 35mm carrier. I don't think it's worth shipping but it's in Winston Salem NC if you can come get it. I rescued it...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-10-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 2,026
Posted By Livesteamer
They are hard to load, have a squinty little...

They are hard to load, have a squinty little finder but they are compact and capable. A IIIc is now my most used camera. I almost always carry it and there is much joy in getting back to basics. The...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-10-2016
Replies: 25
Views: 4,327
Posted By Livesteamer
Lovely photos. 28mm is my favorite wide lens. I...

Lovely photos. 28mm is my favorite wide lens. I have a Canon 28mm f3.5 which does nicely.

I would love to see someone compare the common LTM 28mm lens's available. Joe
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-10-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 2,026
Posted By Livesteamer
Welcome! I have two IIIc's that work fine with...

Welcome! I have two IIIc's that work fine with factory load cassettes. Get the ixmoo or filca only if you want to bulk load your own film. The ixmoo is more expensive so go for the earlier filca...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-10-2016
Replies: 86
Views: 7,142
Posted By Livesteamer
For several years in the 1970's I owned and used...

For several years in the 1970's I owned and used the worlds ugliest Nikon F. I bought it from the local camera shop, clearly beaten and heavily used but it never failed and worked smoothly. I was in...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-08-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 1,809
Posted By Livesteamer
In the past, when I have removed an infinity...

In the past, when I have removed an infinity lock, I put the parts in an empty film can, label it and save it carefully in case I want to restore the infinity lock at a later date. Joe
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-24-2016
Replies: 231
Views: 13,343
Posted By Livesteamer
Bark Spud. Anyone else got one? Mine is an...

Bark Spud. Anyone else got one? Mine is an antique I got from e bay years ago, put a new handle on it and I use it every few years. A bark spud looks like a three foot (one meter) long butter knife...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-23-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 1,207
Posted By Livesteamer
I have always been a bit amazed that Leica M...

I have always been a bit amazed that Leica M cameras in rough shape still sell for quite a bit of money on e bay. That might be an option. A good dual range Summicron is a wonderful lens. You might...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-23-2016
Replies: 231
Views: 13,343
Posted By Livesteamer
I am partial to my 8 pound splitting ax. Being a...

I am partial to my 8 pound splitting ax. Being a traditional sort of fellow you might expect me to use a wood handle but this one has a nylon handle that has lasted well for many years now. I like...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 11-23-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 3,274
Posted By Livesteamer
Please, No wood chipper. A painful thought. It...

Please, No wood chipper. A painful thought.

It would damage the blades on the wood chipper.

Joe
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-23-2016
Replies: 231
Views: 13,343
Posted By Livesteamer
Ooohhh, I love box cutters! I just used one to...

Ooohhh, I love box cutters! I just used one to make a custom size cardboard box. Maybe we need a national registry of box cutters. Dangerous, evil tools. Joe
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-23-2016
Replies: 231
Views: 13,343
Posted By Livesteamer
And I'm a Christian with generally right wing...

And I'm a Christian with generally right wing views. And I have a Swiss army knife in my pocket.

Does that make me a "nut job".

Just curious. Joe
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-23-2016
Replies: 231
Views: 13,343
Posted By Livesteamer
The last machine shop I worked in had an old man...

The last machine shop I worked in had an old man who would come in an hour early every day and on his own time fabricate and polish large, lovely knives. He had a waiting list for his knives and they...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-23-2016
Replies: 102
Views: 7,035
Posted By Livesteamer
I like the last of the early Canon cameras. The...

I like the last of the early Canon cameras. The model to look for is a Canon IVSB2 . It has the better finder and a top speed of 1000. I recently got one to try and it works well and I think the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-23-2016
Replies: 102
Views: 7,035
Posted By Livesteamer
A good Zorki 4 can be a nice camera. The earlier...

A good Zorki 4 can be a nice camera. The earlier ones are usually better. Later ones had painted numbers on the shutter speed dial that soon wore off. Also consider early Canon cameras. Look for the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-22-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 1,207
Posted By Livesteamer
Expose the moldy stuff to UV light to at least...

Expose the moldy stuff to UV light to at least stop the mold. We are swimming in mold but simple actions can help quite a bit. I have had John Van Stelten clean several lenses with mold and while...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-22-2016
Replies: 231
Views: 13,343
Posted By Livesteamer
I started with a boy scout knife in the late 60's...

I started with a boy scout knife in the late 60's but since about 1972 I've carried a Swiss army knife as a tool, not a weapon. I have several depending on which would be more useful that day. The...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-19-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 967
Posted By Livesteamer
I just found my Praktina spring motor and...

I just found my Praktina spring motor and following Brett's instructions, was able to connect it to a camera and make it function. Mostly. There is also an adjustment for the shutter release and I...
Showing results 1 to 199 of 1000

 


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 16:09.


vBulletin skin developed by: eXtremepixels
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

All content on this site is Copyright Protected and owned by its respective owner. You may link to content on this site but you may not reproduce any of it in whole or part without written consent from its owner.