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Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-17-2019
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Posted By Koolzakukumba
Smile I wouldn't worry too much just now, Erik. Your...

I wouldn't worry too much just now, Erik. Your pics don't depend on sharpness: just great composition and subject matter. :)
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-23-2019
Replies: 1,026
Views: 198,454
Posted By Koolzakukumba
A classic shot, Erik. This thread should be...

A classic shot, Erik. This thread should be renamed in your honour. Have you given any thought to producing a book of your photographs?
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-20-2018
Replies: 1,026
Views: 198,454
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I'm glad I subscribed to this thread, Erik,...

I'm glad I subscribed to this thread, Erik, because your work is always so enjoyable. The shot of the old lady was very well seen. I'm not sure why the three guys are so intent on fixing their car,...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-07-2018
Replies: 1,026
Views: 198,454
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I switched the bulb in my Valloy II for a Philips...

I switched the bulb in my Valloy II for a Philips LED and it's working well. The ordinary bulb was a 150w one and exposure times were too short. I got a 60W equivalent LED and instead of 6-8 secs at...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-17-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 698
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Thanks for that. I'll check it out.

Thanks for that. I'll check it out.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-16-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 698
Posted By Koolzakukumba
It might yet come to that, Roger. I'm trying to...

It might yet come to that, Roger. I'm trying to pluck up the courage to have the camera case split in two by drilling out the rivets holding the top half in place and replacing them with press studs...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-16-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 698
Posted By Koolzakukumba
How do you carry your Super Ikonta IV?

With the IV having no strap lugs, what's a photographer to do if he doesn't want to carry the camera around in its leather case? Is there a solution out there short of having lugs installed? I'd...
Forum: RFF News 06-22-2017
Replies: 58
Views: 7,265
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Too bad. Maybe you could try a book on the...

Too bad. Maybe you could try a book on the Clinton scandals or antifa violence. I'd contribute to that.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 08-16-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 6,592
Posted By Koolzakukumba
The differences between films of a similar speed...

The differences between films of a similar speed designed to do much the same thing are quite subtle. It's easy to tell a 25 ISO film from a 400 ISO film - even a 100 ISO from a 400 ISO. But two 100...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-07-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 4,307
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Thanks for all the great comments everyone. There...

Thanks for all the great comments everyone. There are a lot of experienced M shooters on this forum! I was out again today with the M2 and am beginning to enjoy the experience a bit more. It's still...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-05-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 4,307
Posted By Koolzakukumba
That's very good of you, Francisco. Thank you.

That's very good of you, Francisco. Thank you.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-05-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 4,307
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Got three, Dan. :o. 2.8f, MX EVS and a Standard...

Got three, Dan. :o. 2.8f, MX EVS and a Standard from 1932. Love 'em all!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-05-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 4,307
Posted By Koolzakukumba
That's very interesting, Miko. Thank you. I'll...

That's very interesting, Miko. Thank you. I'll have a look at the camera and see if I can sort it out.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-05-2015
Replies: 40
Views: 4,886
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I've just picked up a Leica outfit in similar...

I've just picked up a Leica outfit in similar fashion to the OP. An M2, MDa, 35mm f3.5 Summaron, 50mm rigid Summicron, 90mm f4 Elmar, MC meter and a few filters were advertised locally. Everything...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-05-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 4,307
Posted By Koolzakukumba
SLR guy trying to like an M2 outfit

Hi folks,

I've been using 35mm SLRs for almost 40 years but I recently bought a Leica M outfit and have started writing about my trials and tribulations on my blog. It's a little on the negative...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-07-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 2,224
Posted By Koolzakukumba
You're a good bunch! Thanks.

You're a good bunch! Thanks.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-06-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 2,224
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Thanks again, everyone!

Thanks again, everyone!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-05-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 2,224
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Thanks guys. I'm sure your efforts will be much...

Thanks guys. I'm sure your efforts will be much appreciated.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-05-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 2,224
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Help save this London lab

BDI Colour Lab is under threat from a council demolition squad but your signature might just make a difference. Please take the time to sign the online petition and urge all your friends to do the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-16-2014
Replies: 102
Views: 17,529
Posted By Koolzakukumba
They can and did. I've got a 1920s "Sonnar" that...

They can and did. I've got a 1920s "Sonnar" that I use via an adapter on my Rollei SL66E and it seems to be similar to a Tessar in design. I wrote about it here...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 09-20-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 2,845
Posted By Koolzakukumba
You don't get that problem with film, Richard. :D

You don't get that problem with film, Richard. :D
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-02-2014
Replies: 44
Views: 8,364
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Hello again Brett, Thanks to your excellent...

Hello again Brett,

Thanks to your excellent info, I took the top plate off the Vitessa and gave everything a good clean - apart from the rangefinder which I left well alone. I can now see through...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-02-2014
Replies: 44
Views: 8,364
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Many, many thanks, Brett, for such a detailed...

Many, many thanks, Brett, for such a detailed explanation. It's greatly appreciated. Can't say right now if I'll give the camera the big clean but I'll see how I feel as I get more into it. Sometimes...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-01-2014
Replies: 44
Views: 8,364
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Great post Brett. Thanks for that. My Vitessa is...

Great post Brett. Thanks for that. My Vitessa is now working pretty well, truth be told. When I got it the slow speeds were sticky and the plunger wasn't always advancing the film properly, if at...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-30-2014
Replies: 44
Views: 8,364
Posted By Koolzakukumba
That's my worry, Roger. It might just be starting...

That's my worry, Roger. It might just be starting to fall apart but it's behaving itself for the time being.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-30-2014
Replies: 44
Views: 8,364
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I've been having a footer with the Vitessa and,...

I've been having a footer with the Vitessa and, touch wood, it seems to be working perfectly at the moment. I put it aside a couple of weeks ago as it wouldn't fire even thought the shutter was...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-30-2014
Replies: 44
Views: 8,364
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Will a barn doors Vitessa ever be reliable?

I got one of these for very little in a charity shop. I like the 50mm f2 Ultron lens which is in lovely condition. The camera looks great but is working very erratically. It needs a good service, I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-30-2014
Replies: 265
Views: 26,601
Posted By Koolzakukumba
It's quite difficult to waste money. Yes, the...

It's quite difficult to waste money. Yes, the Noctilux is a lot of cash but the people who make them have families to support and I'm sure they'd consider it money well spent. Even if you like to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-29-2014
Replies: 265
Views: 26,601
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Another few with similar compositions. First one...

Another few with similar compositions. First one with a Rolleiflex 2.8F, second with a 65mm Sekor on a Mamiya Press and the third one a 50mm Nikkor on an...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-29-2014
Replies: 265
Views: 26,601
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Love that final shot, Vince. In the same sort of...

Love that final shot, Vince. In the same sort of genre I enjoy myself. No Noctiliux, though, but a 50mm f2 Zuiko auto-macro on an...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-29-2014
Replies: 265
Views: 26,601
Posted By Koolzakukumba
DoF isn't directly comparable between the...

DoF isn't directly comparable between the Noctilux and a 58mm Rokkor for the reason you mention but is for a 50mm f1.2 Zuiko, Nikkor or Canon.

Noctilux DoF @ 3m 21.3cm
Zuiko, etc, DoF @ 3m...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-29-2014
Replies: 265
Views: 26,601
Posted By Koolzakukumba
The DoF figures aren't a matter of opinion:...

The DoF figures aren't a matter of opinion: they're a matter of physics. There is a valid discussion about what is an acceptable level of sharpness for a given DoF and that is dependent on the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-29-2014
Replies: 265
Views: 26,601
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Please stop labelling people who have a different...

Please stop labelling people who have a different opinion from you as "haters". We're talking about cameras and lenses for Pete's sake. The OP actually invited opinions and I'm sure he [can] take any...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-28-2014
Replies: 265
Views: 26,601
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Highlight 2: you would probably take different...

Highlight 2: you would probably take different pictures using the same Noctilux on different M cameras unless both had been set up carefully for it. Unless your rangefinder is spot on and hasn't yet...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-28-2014
Replies: 265
Views: 26,601
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I've never owned a Noctilux so this is just based...

I've never owned a Noctilux so this is just based on what I've read online. However, reviews I've seen say it is decent in the centre wide open but soft at the edges. Bokeh is OK in the centre and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-28-2014
Replies: 265
Views: 26,601
Posted By Koolzakukumba
You cannot waste money on a Saab 96! :)

You cannot waste money on a Saab 96! :)
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-28-2014
Replies: 265
Views: 26,601
Posted By Koolzakukumba
The Rikenon will produce better photos in the...

The Rikenon will produce better photos in the hands of a good photographer than the Noctilux will in the hands of an "also ran" photographer. The Rikenon basically amounts to as much as the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-28-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 5,287
Posted By Koolzakukumba
This is an old thread but I felt it still...

This is an old thread but I felt it still worthwhile to comment about this quote. I've been using the 50mm f2 auto-macro for a while now and the bokeh wide open is very nice. Here's a shot taken at...
Forum: Film vs Digital 05-28-2014
Replies: 180
Views: 25,119
Posted By Koolzakukumba
It's got to be film all the way. Anyone want to...

It's got to be film all the way. Anyone want to buy a nice D700, 35mm f2 AF-D, 85mm f1.8 AF-D and a few AF zooms?
Forum: Travel 05-28-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 2,105
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Why bother taking a Leica at all? It's such an...

Why bother taking a Leica at all? It's such an amateurish format! Get a Rolleiflex! :) (This is just a lame attempt at humour - not to be taken seriously)...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-28-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 918
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Hi John, It's Bruce Robbins but that was quite...

Hi John,

It's Bruce Robbins but that was quite close so I'll let you off. ;)

I agree that it's a great source of Spur products for UK photographers but since starting up the store I've sold...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-25-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 5,290
Posted By Koolzakukumba
When you were 16? I would have thought those old...

When you were 16? I would have thought those old silver nitrate negs might have spontaneously combusted by now. ;)
Forum: Film vs Digital 05-01-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 2,179
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Perverted? :D

Perverted? :D
Forum: Film vs Digital 05-01-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 2,179
Posted By Koolzakukumba
That's an individual company's marketing decision...

That's an individual company's marketing decision and nothing to do with what we're talking about as you well know! :D
Forum: Film vs Digital 05-01-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 2,179
Posted By Koolzakukumba
The point is, in case you missed it, that...

The point is, in case you missed it, that something which exists and hasn't changed has no need of a new description. It is the newcomer, in the shape of digital imaging, that needs to be...
Forum: Film vs Digital 04-30-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 2,179
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I blame digital photography for the confusion....

I blame digital photography for the confusion. Before digital, we just had "photography". When digital came along, there was absolutely no need to add any modifiying pre-fix to photography. It should...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-23-2014
Replies: 110
Views: 9,258
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I agree. Kodak made its name as the leader in...

I agree. Kodak made its name as the leader in film and darkroom products. At least from a UK perspective, it really doesn't have much of a digital profile at all (not speaking about stuff like...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-23-2014
Replies: 110
Views: 9,258
Posted By Koolzakukumba
With some software, scanning needn't be a time...

With some software, scanning needn't be a time sink. I use my old Epson flatbed to scan negatives for my blog and after selecting maybe six frames from two strips I just let it get on with things....
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-24-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,682
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time...

Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to say thanks!
Forum: Film vs Digital 03-18-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,504
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I wouldn't worry too much if I were you. I did...

I wouldn't worry too much if I were you. I did the opposite and went home to film after being seduced by digital for about eight years. I missed the whole film and darkroom process. Digital just...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-18-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 11,206
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I think that would be a difficult one to prove....

I think that would be a difficult one to prove. If Tri X had greater micro contrast then it would probably show more grain than HP5+.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-17-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,682
Posted By Koolzakukumba
New Darkroom Printing Tutorial

Turkish photographer Omar Ozenir has provided me with another English translation of one of his very popular darkroom tutorials for my film and darkroom blog. As ever, it's a great...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-23-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
As someone said earlier, this issue largely...

As someone said earlier, this issue largely breaks down into two camps:

A. Those who believe the image - the artist's vision - is the only thing that matters
B. Those who believe that the image is...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
That's too bad. Hope digital works out well for...

That's too bad. Hope digital works out well for you.
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I discovered that more years ago than I care to...

I discovered that more years ago than I care to remember and I'm still shooting film.:)
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
The thing to do, Michael, is click the shutter at...

The thing to do, Michael, is click the shutter at least 36 times (unless you've just got 24 exposures) instead of just once. Seriously, though, it's the photography equivalent of impotence: it...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I run a home for unwanted film. Send it to me. :)

I run a home for unwanted film. Send it to me. :)
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
It's taken a sudden and nasty lurch downhill....

It's taken a sudden and nasty lurch downhill. Probably best to just pack it in now.
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Have one for me!

Have one for me!
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Why not tell them to stop judging me? If you find...

Why not tell them to stop judging me? If you find the thread tiresome and childish, stop reading it. Personally, I've found it interesting. It's generated a lot of heat but some light as well. People...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
It's all true!

It's all true!
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
That's where we differ. I've no interest in the...

That's where we differ. I've no interest in the photographs: I just like the process involved. At the end of every darkroom session I put all my prints in a metal bucket and set them on fire.
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
That doesn't necessarily follow at all. There...

That doesn't necessarily follow at all. There could be a number of reasons. He might not be up to spending hours in the darkroom, he might have got a better deal financially from Leica to represent...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Nor anything I could say to change yours.

Nor anything I could say to change yours.
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
What absolute rubbish. It's now bigoted to have...

What absolute rubbish. It's now bigoted to have an opinion backed up by reasons, whether you happen to accept them or not? What next? Am I a bigot if I prefer malt whisky to a blend? People like you...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
What new evidence would that be then?

What new evidence would that be then?
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Then that's not a definition either but a...

Then that's not a definition either but a contention. :)
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I know what you're saying. What I'm saying is...

I know what you're saying. What I'm saying is that computers have changed the way we have to think of many arts/crafts.
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Your argument makes no sense. It's equivalent to...

Your argument makes no sense. It's equivalent to saying a carpenter can't be considered a craftsman unless he forged the steel used to make his hammer. As I said earlier, computers have caused a...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Zauhar put it very well a number of comments...

Zauhar put it very well a number of comments ago:

"There is a tension between those who care only about 'product', and those who think the process and the organic involvement of the artist are...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
It's not an opinion: it's a dictionary definition.

It's not an opinion: it's a dictionary definition.
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Nobody has said that. Obviously you have to...

Nobody has said that. Obviously you have to arrange your pixels in the most pleasing way prior to hitting the print button. Once you've done that, it's no different from a commercial printer knocking...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Hate to disappoint you but I'm a very experienced...

Hate to disappoint you but I'm a very experienced digital photographer. Got a D700, a clutch of lenses and consider myself to be skilled with Photoshop. I've got some A3 black and white inkjet prints...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
[QUOTE] Originally Posted by J. Borger "With a...

[QUOTE]
Originally Posted by J. Borger
"With a complete analog workflow it is almost impossible to create 2 100pct identical prints. Especialy if dodging and burning is involved. if you use instant...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Nicely put. You managed to outdo yourself and...

Nicely put. You managed to outdo yourself and explain a spiritual matter in intellectual terms. :)
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
"A Less Beautiful Ralph Gibson" It's a play on...

"A Less Beautiful Ralph Gibson"


It's a play on words. The "less beautiful" refers to a Ralph Gibson print, not Ralph himself who's a handsome guy. :)

It's backed up by Ralph's own words where he...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Yeah, you've got to rearrange some pixels first....

Yeah, you've got to rearrange some pixels first. Sorry, that was really low.:o
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
That's fair comment. I accept that's my hang-up....

That's fair comment. I accept that's my hang-up. I'd love to have one of Ralph's darkroom prints. As for an inkjet print? I'd rather wait and buy the poster as it would be much cheaper. Whether the...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Fair enough, Kenny. No problem. :)

Fair enough, Kenny. No problem. :)
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Wow! I think you'd get a good argument from Ralph...

Wow! I think you'd get a good argument from Ralph on that one!
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Can you please show me where I referred to Ralph...

Can you please show me where I referred to Ralph as a "moron" or "stupid"? I have lots of respect for Ralph as an artist. I will defend his right to do what he chooses. I don't have to agree with it.
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Who are you to rant about my right to express my...

Who are you to rant about my right to express my feelings as I choose?
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Michael, I'm not saying he shouldn't be free to...

Michael, I'm not saying he shouldn't be free to do what he wants: of course he should.

There is a problem with "finding room for both media". If you're a digital guy then, sure, it's great. You use...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
It's only my opinion but I don't think digital...

It's only my opinion but I don't think digital techniques will ever be recognised as artisan. They belong to a new category, something along the lines of "computer interface production".

And if you...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Well, that's a bit of a strawman. I didn't say...

Well, that's a bit of a strawman. I didn't say anyone was a fraud and I didn't say that anyone's products weren't valid. The definition of artisan hasn't changed. You and others might choose to...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
From Wikipedia (I know but it's handy): An...

From Wikipedia (I know but it's handy):
An artisan[1] (from French: artisan, Italian: artigiano) or craftsman (craftsperson)[2] is a skilled manual worker who makes items that may be functional or...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
That's my guess, too, Chris. If so, it's a pity...

That's my guess, too, Chris. If so, it's a pity he just didn't come out and say that.
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
That's a very narrow-minded interpretation of...

That's a very narrow-minded interpretation of what I've written but maybe that's because it's what you've chosen to read into it. It's about more than digital v film. It's about the way the computer...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Shame. If you'd read further you would have seen...

Shame. If you'd read further you would have seen that Gibson advanced much the same argument as I did (not put quite so bluntly) just 12 years ago saying, ""I'm interested in the alchemy of light on...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Of course it's his choice. I did say it's a free...

Of course it's his choice. I did say it's a free country. I'm also free to wonder why he chose to do so.
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,430
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Ralph Gibson: Why would you ditch film in your 76th year?

Ralph Gibson has jumped ship to digital. It's a free country. But why build a huge reputation over decades on the strength of your film images and then switch to digital? It's a weird...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-20-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 2,684
Posted By Koolzakukumba
The greys in that shot are very nice, Mark. I've...

The greys in that shot are very nice, Mark. I've never used DDX. So many developers, so little time. :)

I don't know if you've tried Spur's Acurol-N but it's very nice with Delta 100 and Tmax 100....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-17-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 2,684
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I'm afraid I can't say as I've never used DDX....

I'm afraid I can't say as I've never used DDX. Atomal will do the grain-reducing job you bought it for. It's a perfectly good developer but I like a bit more bite to my 35mm negs than Atomal...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-15-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 3,157
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I think there might be a very small difference in...

I think there might be a very small difference in the surfaces of FB Classic and MG IV but it's not enough to be worth bothering about. For some reason it bothered me a little when I saw the FB...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-15-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 2,684
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Adox CHS 100 II in Atomal

I've been trying this combination out but wasn't knocked out by it. I've written about it...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-09-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 3,157
Posted By Koolzakukumba
On the print, The Gate, there's a highlight on...

On the print, The Gate, there's a highlight on the paint near the front of the gate that I wanted to have almost but not quite paper white. It looked how I wanted it to when the print was wet and I...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-09-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 3,157
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I think the short answer is that they don't.

I think the short answer is that they don't.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-09-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 3,157
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Thanks. :). Despite all the great papers that...

Thanks. :). Despite all the great papers that have been lost it's good to know we still have several really excellent ones - and no excuses if we can't produce the goods!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-08-2014
Replies: 57
Views: 6,246
Posted By Koolzakukumba
It's a seven hour round trip from me so it's...

It's a seven hour round trip from me so it's unfortunately just too far away. My brother-in-law lives in Inverness, though, so I might try to make it into a weekend thing.

So far, I think I'm going...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-08-2014
Replies: 57
Views: 6,246
Posted By Koolzakukumba
M4 v M4P/2 and Leica catalogues

Is there really much of a difference in feel between these models? I've read about the M4-P/2 not being of the same high quality as the M4 but the internet can be a bit like newspapers: you should...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-08-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 3,157
Posted By Koolzakukumba
New Ilford FB Classic and FB Cooltone review

I've been playing with a few sheets of each of the new Ilford papers and found time to write up some early impressions. It's not a full review as I only had four sheets of each to work with but it's...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-07-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,947
Posted By Koolzakukumba
If you can get one 11x14 print that meets your...

If you can get one 11x14 print that meets your requirements using a total of no more than three sheets then you're doing well (unless you're using the Heiland machine or RH Designs Analyser Pro). I'd...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-07-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 2,370
Posted By Koolzakukumba
The other thing with Perceptol at 1+3 is that you...

The other thing with Perceptol at 1+3 is that you are diluting the cutting action of the silver solvent slightly. Grain isn't reduced as much but sharpness gets a wee boost. It's the best compromise...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-07-2014
Replies: 57
Views: 6,246
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I'm beginning to think the M4 might be the one....

I'm beginning to think the M4 might be the one. As Mfogiel rightly points out above I'm a glasses wearer and it might be easier for me to get a good view of the finder on the M4. If I were to get a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-07-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 2,370
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Chris, The tonality in Grandmas Garage is just...

Chris,

The tonality in Grandmas Garage is just beautiful. I've read a lot about pyro and the claims proponents make for it but that's probably the best example I've seen of the "silveriness".
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-07-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 2,370
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I can't say I've found HP5 to be grainier than...

I can't say I've found HP5 to be grainier than Tri X but it is lower contrast. If you decide not to go down the pyro route (can't comment on that as I've never used it) then the best results I've had...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-07-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 593
Posted By Koolzakukumba
If you think of the way blue light is recorded by...

If you think of the way blue light is recorded by black and white film that'll give you an idea of what to expect. A blue sky will normally come out a lighter tone in a print than you might expect...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-07-2014
Replies: 57
Views: 6,246
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Love that look - I did a bit of a double take....

Love that look - I did a bit of a double take. Where do you find the replacement parts? Are they able to be ordered - and, if so, at what cost? - or is it just a case of finding an old, beat-up M3?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-07-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 888
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Thanks for pointing that out. :). The best link...

Thanks for pointing that out. :). The best link is this one (http://www.theonlinedarkroom.com/search?q=Silvermax), though, which will bring up all the stuff I've written about Silvermax. It's very...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-07-2014
Replies: 57
Views: 6,246
Posted By Koolzakukumba
M3 or M4 - and why?

Well, it's that time again, the time when I start thinking that my life is incomplete without a Leica. I've been here a few times before and always resisted. This time I thought, "bugger it, I'm...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-05-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 7,967
Posted By Koolzakukumba
This seems to be a more common problem than I'd...

This seems to be a more common problem than I'd thought. I wrote about it here (http://www.theonlinedarkroom.com/2013/03/fine-negs-produce-fine-prints.html) when it happened to me a while back. I...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-05-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 11,206
Posted By Koolzakukumba
If I had to sum them up I'd say Tri X is gritty...

If I had to sum them up I'd say Tri X is gritty and HP5 is silvery. Neither is better but, if I had to choose, I'd possibly go for Tri X.

I've written a review of HP5 in Spur's HRX developer here...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-05-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 2,871
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Why are you arguing about it then?

Why are you arguing about it then?
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-05-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 2,871
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Not to mention the potential dangers from an EMP...

Not to mention the potential dangers from an EMP strike or massive solar event. Should something like that happen it's a sobering thought that the future would probably be documented on film cameras....
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-04-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 2,871
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I don't agree with your first premise. The story...

I don't agree with your first premise. The story gained attention not because it was a fluke that the conservator was able save some negatives but because discoveries like this are so few and far...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-04-2014
Replies: 201
Views: 26,072
Posted By Koolzakukumba
It'll be a sad, sad day if Leica disappears. I...

It'll be a sad, sad day if Leica disappears. I only shoot film so the digital stuff isn't of any real interest to me but it's as hard to imagine a world without Leica rangefinders as it is one...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-04-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 3,712
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Very nice pics indeed! The local contrast...

Very nice pics indeed! The local contrast enhancement filter, clarity filter, or whatever, is too high for my taste but that's just my taste. If you like it, then it's right for you. Just beware,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-04-2014
Replies: 60
Views: 11,288
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I think your shots look great, Chris....

I think your shots look great, Chris. Personally, I like white skies as they can simplify an image and can become a compositional element in themselves. It's difficult in my experience retaining...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-04-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 2,178
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Thanks. I like shooting in snow but haven't seen...

Thanks. I like shooting in snow but haven't seen any yet this winter. I don't want lots and lots: just a few days worth would be fine. :)
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-02-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 2,178
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Heribert Schain is the man at Spur behind...

Heribert Schain is the man at Spur behind Acurol-N and his agitation technique does not include the constant tapping to dislodge bubbles. Perfectly reasonably, he arrived at his recommended dev times...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-31-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 2,178
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Happy New Year Mark!

Happy New Year Mark!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-31-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 2,178
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Hi, Acurol-N is a superb developer but it's very...

Hi,

Acurol-N is a superb developer but it's very sensitive to agitation. Stick closely to SPUR's recommended agitation cycle. In particular, if you're in the habit of banging the dev tank on a work...
Forum: Film vs Digital 12-31-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 2,871
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Thanks, Sevad. I recently picked up a half plate...

Thanks, Sevad. I recently picked up a half plate Kodak Specialist 2 (http://www.theonlinedarkroom.com/2013/12/kodak-specialist-2-unboxing.html) camera at a local auction and I'm thinking of using it...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 12-30-2013
Replies: 81
Views: 11,580
Posted By Koolzakukumba
In a...

In a nutshell…



http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-c5Q9S3zafO0/Upj_ToXUUDI/AAAAAAAAH4M/Gsheu9AxSBk/s1600/slowneg.jpg
Forum: Film vs Digital 12-30-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 2,871
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Haha! Good point. But what if he'd died before...

Haha! Good point. But what if he'd died before uploading? Or if the satellite link had been down at the time. Or if a vicious penguin had got to him first? Stranger things have happened. :D






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Forum: Film vs Digital 12-30-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 2,871
Posted By Koolzakukumba
That's right but the point is that if it had been...

That's right but the point is that if it had been a digital photographer who had perished in Antarctica then he would have left behind memory cards.







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Forum: Film vs Digital 12-29-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 2,871
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Another great reason for using film!

Let's see if memory cards are still working 100 years from now…

http://www.theonlinedarkroom.com/2013/12/century-old-antarctic-negs-developed.html



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Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-18-2013
Replies: 1,026
Views: 198,454
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Great stuff, Joe! I've read about this but not...

Great stuff, Joe! I've read about this but not actually seen the result. It looks good to me, a bit like a contact print from an in-camera paper negative. Have you tried doing an inkjet print onto...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-16-2013
Replies: 1,026
Views: 198,454
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Another 5x4 shot - Tmax 100 developed in Spur NHC...

Another 5x4 shot - Tmax 100 developed in Spur NHC (high contrast dev). NHC gave the negative some punch on what was a dull, low contrast type of day. This scene was in shadow but there is good...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-13-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 1,203
Posted By Koolzakukumba
This looks really good. Would it be OK for me to...

This looks really good. Would it be OK for me to write about it on my blog? One thing I'd like to know is if it disables the iPhone's other functions while it's in operation. The red figures might be...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-13-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 5,731
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Sounds good, Roger. I've been given a few sheets...

Sounds good, Roger. I've been given a few sheets of each from a friend to see if I like them and can't wait to get printing. I'm trying to pick a paper to start printing a portfolio and the FB...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-13-2013
Replies: 1,026
Views: 198,454
Posted By Koolzakukumba
It was a bit of a bugger to print but 5x4 (or...

It was a bit of a bugger to print but 5x4 (or 4x5) makes it much easier. I've only been using large format for a wee while but it's getting to the stage already where I don't want to use anything...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-12-2013
Replies: 1,026
Views: 198,454
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Here's a 5x4 shot on Ilford Multigrade IV RC...

Here's a 5x4 shot on Ilford Multigrade IV RC which was a trcky one to print. You can read about it here...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-10-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 5,731
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Art 300 has been developed to have short (for a...

Art 300 has been developed to have short (for a fibre-based paper) washing times. Over washing does it no good - in fact, it may do it some harm - so stick to Ilford's recommendations for best...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-07-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 5,731
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Can the two of you not take this argument...

Can the two of you not take this argument somewhere else. This threads supposed to be about new Ilford papers!
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-07-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 5,731
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Re the Multigrade FB Classic as repackaged...

Re the Multigrade FB Classic as repackaged Kentmere, a guy on APUG had this to say:

"I don't see much similarity. Compare curves and...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-05-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 5,731
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Thanks very much, Bill. I started it to do what I...

Thanks very much, Bill. I started it to do what I could to promote film and darkroom so the Ilford announcement is great news to me. You have a good holiday season as well.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-05-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 5,731
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Looks like it. :( However, if you do, can you...

Looks like it. :( However, if you do, can you please PM me your settings? I just use my Analyser Pro as a timer - never got round to calibrating things properly. Don't suppose you use a Durst L1200...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-04-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 5,731
Posted By Koolzakukumba
More good news. UK stockist, Silverprint, have...

More good news. UK stockist, Silverprint, have the new FB Classic and Cooltone listed at the same price as MG IV FB. Looks like there will be no price increase - at least on introduction.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-04-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 5,731
Posted By Koolzakukumba
See...

See here:

http://www.theonlinedarkroom.com/2013/07/ilford-photo-not-affected-by-swiss.html
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-04-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 5,731
Posted By Koolzakukumba
New fibre-based papers announced by Ilford

Ilford has announced two new papers but the information is embargoed until 1 p.m. GMT today. I'll be publishing the news on my website at that time:

www.theonlinedarkroom.com
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-18-2013
Replies: 374
Views: 111,831
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I used to look for info about developing, which...

I used to look for info about developing, which lens, etc, when I saw a shot that had qualities similar to the ones you describe but now I tend to think it's more to do with the subject, composition...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-02-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,561
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I used D76 stock for no other reason than I had...

I used D76 stock for no other reason than I had some that was getting on a bit and I wanted to use it up. I normally use it 1+1 and that's how I'll use it in future with this film. That's the best...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-02-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,561
Posted By Koolzakukumba
That was my first roll so only D76, I'm afraid....

That was my first roll so only D76, I'm afraid. I've got some Rodinal and might try that with the next roll. I'm not sure if I've noticed enough difference in online photographs to make Silvermax...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-01-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,561
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Silvermax in D76 scans

I've posted some negative scans - and a print scan - of Silvermax in D76 stock on my website which might be of interest to anyone thinking of using that combination. It's good stuff, especially for...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 10-28-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 6,592
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Interesting, Mark. Thanks for that.

Interesting, Mark. Thanks for that.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 10-17-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 6,592
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Thanks for you interest guys. Great to know that...

Thanks for you interest guys. Great to know that there are still companies like Adox around.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-17-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 8,133
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I've shot a roll of the new film and written...

I've shot a roll of the new film and written about it here:
http://www.theonlinedarkroom.com/2013/10/adox-chs-100-ii.html

It's good stuff. Nice grain, sharp, no curling to speak of, no pinholes,...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 10-17-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 6,592
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Hi Chris, I never used a lot of old CHS 100 and...

Hi Chris,

I never used a lot of old CHS 100 and what I did use was 120. I quite liked the old stuff but I found it built up contrast in the highlights quite quickly if I got the processing wrong,...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 10-16-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 6,592
Posted By Koolzakukumba
First look at the new Adox CHS 100 II

I've shot my first 35mm roll of the new Adox and posted some pics, including darkroom print scans, along with early impressions on my website:...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-12-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,651
Posted By Koolzakukumba
If a 4x5 enlarger only gets you to defcon 1 your...

If a 4x5 enlarger only gets you to defcon 1 your partner must be quite understanding. :)
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-12-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,651
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Neat darkroom tutorial

I've just posted this latest article from Turkish photographer Omar Ozenir on my website:
http://www.theonlinedarkroom.com/2013/10/pillared-church-cappadoccia.html

A nice example of how to find the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-01-2013
Replies: 20
Views: 8,044
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I second the use of old lenses on the SL66....

I second the use of old lenses on the SL66. Here's a shot of my SL66E sporting a 1920s lens. It gives images a nice vintage...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-11-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1,327
Posted By Koolzakukumba
How to flatten FB prints

If you're a darkroom printer who struggles to flatten prints then Omar Ozenir has a good technique that he's written about here:

www.theonlinedarkroom.com/2013/08/a-portrait-from-havana.html
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 08-01-2013
Replies: 184
Views: 58,180
Posted By Koolzakukumba
You're better off without her.

You're better off without her.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-01-2013
Replies: 39
Views: 4,793
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I quit because of the realisation that, contrary...

I quit because of the realisation that, contrary to everything I once believed, it's not all about the image or the final result. It would be if I were a pro or believed my work was going to have...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-01-2013
Replies: 1,026
Views: 198,454
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Staithes in Yorkshire. Rolleiflex 2.8F, 80mm...

Staithes in Yorkshire. Rolleiflex 2.8F, 80mm Planar. Ilford Multigrade IV RC. Spur Straight Black developer.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 08-01-2013
Replies: 184
Views: 58,180
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I quit the darkroom when I bought my first...

I quit the darkroom when I bought my first digital camera. Spent ages mucking about with bloody awful inkjet printers, realised that I got more enjoyment from film and darkroom and set up another...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-26-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,864
Posted By Koolzakukumba
+1 You have some lovely photographs on your...

+1

You have some lovely photographs on your website, Sandra. I share your love of trees. :-)
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-26-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,864
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Can't comment on Microdol X as I've never used...

Can't comment on Microdol X as I've never used it. Perceptol 1+3 works tremendously well with HP5 Plus. I used to use that combination with 6x9 negs. Differences between developers designed to work...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-26-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,864
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Hi Jan, The pic above and those on my blog are...

Hi Jan,

The pic above and those on my blog are negative scans but I think they'll print really well in the darkroom. As I wrote on my blog, it's very tempting sticking to just HP5 Plus in Spur HRX-3...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-25-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,864
Posted By Koolzakukumba
HP5 Plus in Spur HRX-3 New

I've just finished shooting a couple of rolls of HP5+ and was impressed with the results from the Spur fine grain developer. There's another roll hanging up in my shower right now that looks lovely....
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-25-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,100
Posted By Koolzakukumba
You might be interested in the Flickr group...

You might be interested in the Flickr group (http://www.flickr.com/groups/theonlinedarkroom/) I set up. It's called The Online Darkroom and is restricted to film photography. Many of the pics in the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-21-2013
Replies: 0
Views: 539
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Replacement case for Contax 137 series

I've got a couple of 137MDs and 137MAs and love them. The cases I have for them, in Contax fashion, have largely crumbled away and become very scruffy. Does anyone know of other camera makers' cases...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-09-2013
Replies: 1
Views: 1,385
Posted By Koolzakukumba
For those who might be interested, Turkish...

For those who might be interested, Turkish photographer, Omar Ozenir, has posted his impressions of HRX-3 New on his blog:

http://geldurkal.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/spur-hrx-3-new-film-banyosu-ilk.html
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-09-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 4,236
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Are you going to try Acurol according to Spur's...

Are you going to try Acurol according to Spur's instructions to see if you like it that way? If so, you'd better hurry up before you run out!

Here's one of Ilford Delta 100 in...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-08-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 4,236
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I wrote up a test of Acurol-N...

I wrote up a test of Acurol-N at:
http://www.theonlinedarkroom.com/2013/05/developer-test-spur-acurol-n.html

I'm not sure why people want to try stand developing quite so much. it's not a magic...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-08-2013
Replies: 1
Views: 1,385
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Spur HRX-3 New developer test

I've just posted the results from a test of this developer on my blog:
http://www.theonlinedarkroom.com/2013/07/film-developer-test-spur-hrx-3-new.html

It's the second test I've done of Spur film...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-19-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 1,664
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Erik, By 1949, Cash had probably moved on to...

Erik,

By 1949, Cash had probably moved on to another camera but it was definitely a II and Summar he used pre-war. When you think that 35mm wasn't widely
accepted on Fleet Street until the 1960s,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-19-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 1,664
Posted By Koolzakukumba
There's no doubt his pics, by today's standard,...

There's no doubt his pics, by today's standard, are dated but then 1970s photography often seems from another world, too. It's not for his photogaphy that I admire Cash but for his pioneering...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-19-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 1,664
Posted By Koolzakukumba
In the footsteps of J. Allan Cash

One of my photographic heroes is the pre-war British photojournalist J Allan Cash. He was one of the early Leica pioneers who made a living travelling the world with his camera.

The model he used at...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-27-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 1,293
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Thanks for the feedback guys. I know what you...

Thanks for the feedback guys. I know what you mean about the difficulty in recognising the differences. They're quite apparent in the prints but not so much in the scans. I can easily tell which...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-27-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 1,293
Posted By Koolzakukumba
My sharpest ever negs

I've just posted a review of the German-made developer Spur Acurol-N on my blog, The Online Darkroom (http://www.theonlinedarkroom.com/2013/05/developer-test-spur-acurol-n.html?m=1). Using Ilford...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-15-2013
Replies: 57
Views: 5,449
Posted By Koolzakukumba
A quick update on M5 v M4.

After thinking the matter over for a while, I bought one of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-01-2013
Replies: 57
Views: 5,449
Posted By Koolzakukumba
You've clearly got too many Leicas. Can I have...

You've clearly got too many Leicas. Can I have one of yours? :)

Beautiful light in that shot!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-01-2013
Replies: 57
Views: 5,449
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Thanks everybody for the great replies. It looks...

Thanks everybody for the great replies. It looks like the M5 is a Marmite camera - you either love it or hate it! The background to my post is that I'm selling off loads of camera gear that I never...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-29-2013
Replies: 57
Views: 5,449
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I was just looking at the size and weight specs...

I was just looking at the size and weight specs for the M5 and it's bigger than I thought. I've got an old Minolta Hi-Matic 7s and they're a similar size - and I always thought the Minolta was a bit...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-28-2013
Replies: 57
Views: 5,449
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Thanks for pointing that out Steve but I'd...

Thanks for pointing that out Steve but I'd probably be using either a handheld meter or sunny 16.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-28-2013
Replies: 57
Views: 5,449
Posted By Koolzakukumba
One of the things I've always loved about Leicas...

One of the things I've always loved about Leicas is the feel of the wind on lever, that beautifully smooth, well-engineered mechanism. How does the M5's stack up? I suppose my problem is that I've...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-28-2013
Replies: 57
Views: 5,449
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Is it just because it's an ugly Leica?

I toy on and off with the idea of getting a Leica and the best value seems to be the M5. I'm aware that it isn't as popular as some of the other M bodies but for every detractor, there seems to be...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-18-2013
Replies: 0
Views: 740
Posted By Koolzakukumba
A new helping of Turkish Delight

I've just posted a Turkish-English translation of Omar Ozenir's latest darkroom article on my film-based blog, The Online Darkroom. You can read it...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-13-2013
Replies: 38
Views: 3,125
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I've never had any of those problems. If you want...

I've never had any of those problems. If you want to shoot wide open then it's not usually a rush shot, is it? As for extra junk, a filter slips into a trouser pocket and has so little bulk that you...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-13-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,429
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I'm not too fussy about 35mm v 50mm as I can make...

I'm not too fussy about 35mm v 50mm as I can make either work when out and about. I think 28mm would be too wide, though, and 60mm just a bit on the long side. The first 50mm Summicron sounds nice....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-13-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,429
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Leica SL/SL2 and which lens?

I've been selling off lots of little-used camera gear and have promised to get myself a nice camera and lens to help overcome the grief. I haven't decided on what it will be yet. One of the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-13-2013
Replies: 38
Views: 3,125
Posted By Koolzakukumba
So does an ND filter!

So does an ND filter!
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-05-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,944
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Thanks Vince. This is a camera I bought from a...

Thanks Vince. This is a camera I bought from a guy as non-working. I hoped that I'd be able to take the base off and unjam it as I've done on quite a few. The seller sad the camera had been working...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-05-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,944
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Hi thanks for your reply. I haven't tried it with...

Hi thanks for your reply. I haven't tried it with brand new batteries but with a pair that came from my EM and another couple from an OM2n. The FA won't fire when the MD15 drive is fitted either and...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-05-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,944
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Nikon FA dead - can anyone help?

I've got an FA that won't fire in any of the auto modes or in the mechanical B or 1/250th. There are no LEDs lighting up in the viewfinder and the mirror is locked up. It's not stuck with mirror...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-08-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 1,124
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Hi Colin, DDX looks great from a convenience...

Hi Colin,

DDX looks great from a convenience point of view but it's expensive and, to be honest, I think I prefer the look of HP5 in Microphen. If I were to use DDX it would be with Delta 100/400 -...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-08-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 1,124
Posted By Koolzakukumba
HP5 and Microphen V Tri X and Diafine at 1000 ISO

I'm looking for something around this film speed for use indoors with a Hexar AF. The prints would be the real McCoy - ie. darkroom. ;-). I've used Tri X in Diafine at 1260 ISO and liked it a lot....
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-03-2013
Replies: 0
Views: 595
Posted By Koolzakukumba
300mm f4.5 Zuiko disassembly

Using my spanner wrench I've managed to remove the first two elements of this lens but I need to go further in to clean a little fungus. I'm baffled as to how to proceed. The next visible element...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-11-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 845
Posted By Koolzakukumba
It's a pleasure being able to feature English...

It's a pleasure being able to feature English translations of Omar's posts. The Turks are a great people but it's not fair that they get to keep them to themselves!
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-09-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 845
Posted By Koolzakukumba
More Turkish Delight!

Burning in, masking, sepia toning, selenium toning...it's all in the latest post (http://www.theonlinedarkroom.com/2013/02/wilting-tulip.html)at my website, The Online Darkroom, by Istanbul's Omar...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-09-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 899
Posted By Koolzakukumba
More Turkish Delight!

I've just published another darkroom article, translated from the original Turkish, on my film-based blog (http://www.theonlinedarkroom.com/2013/01/child-worker-adana.html).

This one explores child...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-28-2012
Replies: 48
Views: 8,121
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I've no experience of Diafine/Acros but 35mm Tri...

I've no experience of Diafine/Acros but 35mm Tri X at 1250 ISO is great. It's particularly good for indoor shooting with a fast lens or handheld on bright city streets at night. I've found grain to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-28-2012
Replies: 48
Views: 8,121
Posted By Koolzakukumba
I was thinking the same thing, Henk. Yellow or...

I was thinking the same thing, Henk. Yellow or orange filters will boost contrast in some situations but not all. Indoor shots, for instance, might show the odd lighter or darker colour but it's not...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-20-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 2,083
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Thanks, guys. I'll take a look at that.

Thanks, guys. I'll take a look at that.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-20-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 2,083
Posted By Koolzakukumba
Pentax SV shutter overhaul

I've got a few old Pentaxes including two SVs and an S1a that all have much the same shutter fault. Basically, the second curtain isn't completing its journey on speeds slower than 1/125th. I haven't...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-09-2012
Replies: 18
Views: 2,452
Posted By Koolzakukumba
After a lot of thought, I'm going to try the...

After a lot of thought, I'm going to try the materials I have at hand first to see how they perform. That means Fomapan 100 (rated at 50 ISO) and Barry Thornton's two-bath developer. I've thought in...
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