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Forum: SLRs - the unRF 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 203
Views: 6,256
Posted By Solinar
Cameras, Analog Film Cameras and Electronics

I did a just for grins Google search for a set of 3 Hoya 52mm filters. Amazon has them listed under "Electronics". Priced at $36.24, shipped.

That tells you in which pigeon hole niche places a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Day Ago
Replies: 203
Views: 6,256
Posted By Solinar
With regards to the MB-16 battery grip - it would...

With regards to the MB-16 battery grip - it would probably cost as much as what I paid for the camera with shipping. :)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Day Ago
Replies: 203
Views: 6,256
Posted By Solinar
Batteries, schmateries - Oh my -

Isn't there an icon on the LCD information panel to warn the user when the battery charge becomes low?

Originally purchased for one my Speedlight SB30 , I found that rechargeable lithium CR123A...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Days Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 1,331
Posted By Solinar
A youtube video, courtesy of Malcom Peaker -...

A youtube video, courtesy of Malcom Peaker - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdc6T6ydARQ

Just pour out the developer, add whatever milliliters of water that is require by the developing tank - twirl...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 2 Days Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 411
Posted By Solinar
It looks wonderful - a very unique and unheard of...

It looks wonderful - a very unique and unheard of Yashica camera.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Days Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 1,331
Posted By Solinar
With regards to a little HC-110 going a long way,...

With regards to a little HC-110 going a long way, about 6 years ago, I divided up a bottle of the developer into 4 brown glass bottles. I'm now part way through through the second glass bottle. ...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Days Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 1,331
Posted By Solinar
Bravo Sir! Let's us know how it performs.

Bravo Sir! Let's us know how it performs.
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 4 Days Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,058
Posted By Solinar
I can't help you very much weight wise - but the...

I can't help you very much weight wise - but the earlier Kodak Retina II and the wonderful IIa are definitely less bulky than Retina IIIc. My older than dirt Leica II mated to a collapsible...
Forum: Other RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 258
Posted By Solinar
The Ambi-Silette write up by Wes is a very...

The Ambi-Silette write up by Wes is a very interesting read. He definitely has a lot of personal experience with both versions of this camera and its lenses.

If you are not up on the changes that...
Forum: Other RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 258
Posted By Solinar
It has nothing to do with the camera - but I...

It has nothing to do with the camera - but I especially enjoyed the image taken inside Central Camera. What a treat!
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,731
Posted By Solinar
I can see that. Both the camera and case look...

I can see that. Both the camera and case look like total rubbish. :angel:
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 729
Posted By Solinar
In the nineteen nineties, Seattle Film Works...

In the nineteen nineties, Seattle Film Works flooded the US with ECN-2 film, plenty of which is still available as N.O.S. on eBay.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 729
Posted By Solinar
My guess: The rem-jet anti halation layer is the...

My guess: The rem-jet anti halation layer is the unidentified contaminate.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 44
Views: 1,432
Posted By Solinar
Back in the days before the internet, when I was...

Back in the days before the internet, when I was living in an RV trailer. I had a Rondinax 35U. It worked well and took up less space than a light-proof, changing bag.

The key issues was the need...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 710
Posted By Solinar
Welcome. The first exposure of the stairs is a...

Welcome. The first exposure of the stairs is a stunner.
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 1,080
Posted By Solinar
It was nice to see a IIIa and screw mount lenses...

It was nice to see a IIIa and screw mount lenses juxtaposed with the SLR gear.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-15-2019
Replies: 52
Views: 6,749
Posted By Solinar
A Quick Street Photo take with a Super Isolette

https://live.staticflickr.com/8805/17053198357_098f0cc053_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/rYW6Kk)
SuperIso_TioLionel (https://flic.kr/p/rYW6Kk)
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-15-2019
Replies: 52
Views: 6,749
Posted By Solinar
Horses for Courses

First, let me mention their strong points. With a Tessar equivalent lens, for landscape and architectural scenes, the high-end folders will match those of a TLR. Second, there is always room in my...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-13-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,025
Posted By Solinar
That is a valid concern. One that I share, since...

That is a valid concern. One that I share, since I rely on panniers and tend to inflate my tires to the maximum.

My partial solution to the vibrations concern is to put a satchel sized messenger...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-12-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 511
Posted By Solinar
The projection print scale that I use is an old...

The projection print scale that I use is an old Kodak version. It saves paper by getting you close to the correct exposure right away. Notice that I said close.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-12-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 511
Posted By Solinar
A sneaky way to guess the appoximate exposure needed

A projection print scale is a varied neutral density filter that allows you to quickly get close to the exposure time needed for a particular negative at a particular aperture.

The way it...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-11-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 493
Posted By Solinar
Maybe I should go open a couple of boxes of RC...

Maybe I should go open a couple of boxes of RC paper in my living room from my safebox and count how many sheets I have left. You never know. I could be running low.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-10-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 662
Posted By Solinar
The idea of large format digital is beyond my needs

The smaller format Nikon D850, on paper at least, already seems capable of blowing a 6x9 medium format film camera out of the water with regards to how large an image one can print straight out of...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-10-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,919
Posted By Solinar
A poor translation. Try substituting...

A poor translation. Try substituting granularity for graininess.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-10-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,919
Posted By Solinar
Awesome news! Thanks for posting this.

Awesome news! Thanks for posting this.
Forum: Other RF 06-09-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 510
Posted By Solinar
I agree. It maybe an Aires...

I agree. It maybe an Aires IIIL.

https://www.mikeeckman.com/2015/07/aires-35-iii-1957/
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-09-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,731
Posted By Solinar
As a IIIg owner, based on the cost difference...

As a IIIg owner, based on the cost difference between the two at current prices, I voted for the IIIf.

A Red Dial without the self-timer would be my preference.
Forum: Photo Software 06-09-2019
Replies: 59
Views: 1,965
Posted By Solinar
Greetings everyone. Does the above post mean...

Greetings everyone.

Does the above post mean that if I upgrade my current stand alone LR6 / Photoshop CS6 software to the CC Photography Plan, the new software must check in with the mother ship...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-07-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,432
Posted By Solinar
I've used the older Agfa Rondinax a few times. ...

I've used the older Agfa Rondinax a few times. Just like any other film developing method, you hang the unspooled roll from film clips to dry. The amazing your friends part is probably just...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-05-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 961
Posted By Solinar
It takes less than a minute, to include manually...

It takes less than a minute, to include manually setting the film counter dial.

Needless to say, the original Barnack design for 35mm film isn't everyone's cup of tea. With that said, my Leica...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-02-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 562
Posted By Solinar
Did I read the word "hospital"? - Godspeed on...

Did I read the word "hospital"? - Godspeed on your recovery -

All the best to you and your family. - Andrew in Austin, Texas -
Forum: Olympus RF 06-01-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 329
Posted By Solinar
The orange filter should be a 2X filter factor. ...

The orange filter should be a 2X filter factor. If your camera is loaded with 100 ISO film, set the meter dial to ISO 25.

Sorry, but I'm not able to comment on the green filter. Have fun.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-01-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 463
Posted By Solinar
Try a search for the Domke 700-J5B J-5XB

Just a heads up - There is a J-5XB version of this bag that has a thicker ballistic nylon fabric and the usual Domke heavy duty zipper - which I prefer. (See...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-31-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 3,326
Posted By Solinar
Read the article. Meh! To each their own. Out...

Read the article. Meh! To each their own.

Out of the three Leicas that I still own my 1932 Leica II is my go to camera. With a 50 Elmar the Model II is essentially a compact 35 mm that takes...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-25-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 621
Posted By Solinar
A camera that only misbehaves when there is film...

A camera that only misbehaves when there is film in the camera? That's mean.

When the mirror was hanging up, did you remove the lens to see if the shutter was in the open or closed position? ...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-16-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,545
Posted By Solinar
A non-scientific sample: all my friends that are...

A non-scientific sample: all my friends that are 60 and older use digital cameras.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-16-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 449
Posted By Solinar
In good summer daylight @ F/8 to F/16, I'll...

In good summer daylight @ F/8 to F/16, I'll guesstimate every time.

In the winter months, @F/4 with a dark cloudy days and the subject in the shadows, I'll break out the external RF using my Vito...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-16-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 449
Posted By Solinar
My scale focus cameras have markings in feet. ...

My scale focus cameras have markings in feet. So, 4 to 12 feet usually, which is about 1 meter plus to under 4 meters.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-16-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 449
Posted By Solinar
There's a VOIGTLANDER 93/184 RANGEFINDER on eBay...

There's a VOIGTLANDER 93/184 RANGEFINDER on eBay @ a reasonable price.

A Leitz Fokos is probably more than you need - but I use one hand-held with a Vito II and keep it in a pants pocket when not in...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-14-2019
Replies: 363
Views: 107,458
Posted By Solinar
A trio of...

A trio of Voigtländers

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47728091591_ee8786161e_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2fHyWNT)3Voigtlanders (https://flic.kr/p/2fHyWNT)
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 05-14-2019
Replies: 249
Views: 70,962
Posted By Solinar
Voigtländer Vito II - Fuji C200 -...

Voigtländer Vito II - Fuji C200 -

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/32900189477_f516bf4e98_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/S8h57a)Vito2_NOJFfence (https://flic.kr/p/S8h57a)

New Orleans. May 2019
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-09-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 696
Posted By Solinar
Calbe R09 is no longer available

The resulting negative using the pre-war R09 formulation will be very similar at higher dilutions.

Calbe R09/APH09 had a slightly lower pH value versus the modern Agfa Gevaert version of Rodinal...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-09-2019
Replies: 676
Sticky: 6x9 photos Only
Views: 241,208
Posted By Solinar
"Residential high rises - Meet the new...

"Residential high rises - Meet the new neighbors" - Austin, Texas

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/40751806433_952508d61d_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2566Ehi)Bessa2RezHiRise...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 04-25-2019
Replies: 112
Views: 43,358
Posted By Solinar
The same Retina IIa as shown above - but kitted...

The same Retina IIa as shown above - but kitted out with some accoutrements.

https://live.staticflickr.com/7847/32609535017_b1a9e1fe91_b.jpg

Cheers,
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-21-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 752
Posted By Solinar
Wow - he even uses a Rondinax. Definitely an...

Wow - he even uses a Rondinax. Definitely an interesting design.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-21-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 618
Posted By Solinar
I use the slide on accessory shoe, which fits on...

I use the slide on accessory shoe, which fits on to the pegs, in order to mount a Leitz SBOOI finder.

It works great for landscapes. Close in composition can be a bit dodgy, but the Leitz finder...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-21-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 790
Posted By Solinar
To me, the results look more than fine. Keep in...

To me, the results look more than fine. Keep in mind that the O.P. is pushing the film, in which case semi-stand makes sense.

All the best,
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 04-20-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 294
Posted By Solinar
On a scale focus camera, I generally try to guess...

On a scale focus camera, I generally try to guess the distance to my subject and set the focus accordingly. Being able to use an aperture of f/8 or f/11 helps.

My understanding is that the depth of...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-19-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 2,108
Posted By Solinar
Hmmmm, I watched the video and must say that...

Hmmmm, I watched the video and must say that there were other brands of cameras in use in addition to Leica during those conflict situations.

What's up with showing the actions of an Orwellian...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-17-2019
Replies: 66
Views: 2,428
Posted By Solinar
Irohas rocks. I've purchased this seller a...

Irohas rocks. I've purchased this seller a couple of times. The items were immaculate and arrived in less than a week.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-11-2019
Replies: 1,155
Views: 414,444
Posted By Solinar
"Couple of Tugs, Bollinger Dock - Algiers Point,...

"Couple of Tugs, Bollinger Dock - Algiers Point, New Orleans, LA

https://live.staticflickr.com/7888/40623143193_c692cff770_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/24TJebz)6x9AlgiersMissRiver...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 04-11-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 791
Posted By Solinar
It's the other way around. For those of us who...

It's the other way around. For those of us who don't use Facebook, it's a problem for the Zuckerbergs and their share holders.

While on the topic, there is more than one source for images...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 04-04-2019
Replies: 90
Views: 29,677
Posted By Solinar
- From a Retina IIa...

- From a Retina IIa -

https://live.staticflickr.com/7881/33661893068_805f9fcf5d_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/ThA13G)StPatsBarFloat (https://flic.kr/p/ThA13G)
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 04-04-2019
Replies: 112
Views: 43,358
Posted By Solinar
I now have a new to me Retina IIa. - An early...

I now have a new to me Retina IIa. - An early production camera from 1951. (Note the Compur Rapid shutter.)

https://live.staticflickr.com/7916/46815008754_8dbb720b03_b.jpg...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-03-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 553
Posted By Solinar
I really appreciate and respect with what Mirko...

I really appreciate and respect with what Mirko is trying to achieve. It isn't easy being a small manufacturer.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-02-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 15,805
Posted By Solinar
Roger has shared so much with this community. He...

Roger has shared so much with this community. He will be greatly missed.

Both thoughts and prayers for Roger and Frances.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-02-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 956
Posted By Solinar
I'm good with OFWAC. Nearly all of my...

I'm good with OFWAC. Nearly all of my purchases are from the antediluvian era.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-31-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 923
Posted By Solinar
First, that has to be the cleanest Lecia II I've...

First, that has to be the cleanest Lecia II I've ever seen.

Second, as usual you are correct, working with the NOOKY attachment is a chore. It's best used in full daylight @ f/8 or f/11.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-31-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 923
Posted By Solinar
A late contribution to an older than dirt thread....

A late contribution to an older than dirt thread. Image was take about 20 inches from the bluebonnet flowers.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7834/46786716954_3f9bef7752_b.jpg...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 03-30-2019
Replies: 541
Views: 137,020
Posted By Solinar
"The Gypsy...

"The Gypsy Lady"

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7908/33625390138_e766b20db6_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/TemUZQ)SailGitana (https://flic.kr/p/TemUZQ)

Rolle 35S - Kodak Tri-X - HC110
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-28-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 468
Posted By Solinar
Even though it may not seem so significant now, ...

Even though it may not seem so significant now, one US camera maker, (Graflex), introduced the Pacemaker Speed and Crown Graphics in 1947 - to include the baby Crown Graphic, which was a 6x9 sheet...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-27-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 468
Posted By Solinar
1948 is a bit early for the introduction new...

1948 is a bit early for the introduction new products. Germany and Japan were still clearing away the ruins. To add to the dismay, the Soviets had removed factory machinery as war reparations. ...
Forum: Olympus RF 03-27-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 5,389
Posted By Solinar
Truth is that the photograper can lie to the...

Truth is that the photograper can lie to the camera with regards to film speed.

As long as one remembers to undo his or her handy work, select a slower speed ISO that is 1/2 or 1/4 of the rated film...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-26-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 365
Posted By Solinar
Sweet deal - whoever originally purchased the...

Sweet deal - whoever originally purchased the lenses, went for the good stuff. Those are all labelled as APO - which are a step up from what I use.
Forum: Olympus RF 03-26-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 5,389
Posted By Solinar
Times two. Unless I have plenty of time to focus...

Times two. Unless I have plenty of time to focus and compose, I'll generally use zone focusing with the XA due to its dim RF patch.

One problem to this approach is the XA does not have many...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-23-2019
Replies: 203
Views: 6,256
Posted By Solinar
If I had to choose between a 1990 Era pocketable...

If I had to choose between a 1990 Era pocketable 35mm point and shoot and a plastic bodied auto-focus SLR from the same period then I'm with Nick - but there are more options than these 2 genres for...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-22-2019
Replies: 203
Views: 6,256
Posted By Solinar
Nick, good luck with the camera. High-end,...

Nick, good luck with the camera. High-end, auto-focus, point & shoot 35mm cameras now sell for $600 and up.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-22-2019
Replies: 203
Views: 6,256
Posted By Solinar
Huss, I pulled the plug at the end of 2017 for...

Huss,

I pulled the plug at the end of 2017 for the US version of F80, which came with a plastic zoom for under $35.00 shipped. I figured that I could leave it at work on my desk and no one would...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-21-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 1,294
Posted By Solinar
Kudos to the Best Western. How was the...

Kudos to the Best Western. How was the complimentary breakfast?

I mostly use a film camera. So, I'll generally expose only a couple of frames per subject.

Now with regards to people on the move,...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-20-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 5,436
Posted By Solinar
I can clearly see what you mean even on my 2012...

I can clearly see what you mean even on my 2012 11" laptop, which doesn't have the best resolution.

When did you purchase the film?

I'm asking when the film was purchased, because a factory rep...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-13-2019
Replies: 118
Views: 10,521
Posted By Solinar
Nice to see what others have as a favorite...

Nice to see what others have as a favorite developer - but I won't be able to vote, because I regularly use both HC-110 and Rodinal.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-05-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 5,074
Posted By Solinar
I've done it during my lunch break with my Leica...

I've done it during my lunch break with my Leica II and a 50mm Elmar - but you are correct, it's definitely a bit heavy when compared to P&S cameras from the 1990 Era.

God bless the 1990'ies - the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-03-2019
Replies: 257
Views: 54,589
Posted By Solinar
The IIIc in black is gorgeousness.

The IIIc in black is gorgeousness.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-27-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 5,074
Posted By Solinar
I now have both the Retina II and IIa. They are...

I now have both the Retina II and IIa. They are pretty heavy. I may park one for a short period in my pants pocket, but I don't like going on long walks with it stowed there.

There is something to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-27-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,310
Posted By Solinar
I might borrow that quote at a future date. In...

I might borrow that quote at a future date. In the mean time, I'm more of an apple pie with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream type of person.

Translation: My photography will have to get by with...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-27-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 618
Posted By Solinar
Just a heads up on whichever Bessa II you choose...

Just a heads up on whichever Bessa II you choose - make sure that the seller allows for returns.

Voigtländer's strong point is that their optics are second none. The design and build of their...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-23-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 5,074
Posted By Solinar
I 100% agree. - Wear a pair of pants with decent...

I 100% agree. - Wear a pair of pants with decent sized pockets.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-22-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 5,074
Posted By Solinar
Keep in mind that I wear cargo pants - and -...

Keep in mind that I wear cargo pants - and - rarely use neck straps.

I've attended an all day music fest with my Oly XA nestled in my pants pocket within a Rollei 35 pouch to keep out dust.

My...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-20-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 649
Posted By Solinar
It's all part of the adjustment that companies...

It's all part of the adjustment that companies like Ilford and Kodak must do when the original suppliers leave the business.

In the case of Kodak, the original supplier of the ink to print the frame...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-20-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 366
Posted By Solinar
Wonderful news. I wish the new venture well.

Wonderful news. I wish the new venture well.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-19-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 855
Posted By Solinar
The point I want to make - the more B&W film...

The point I want to make - the more B&W film users and home developing options to choose from the merrier I will be.

I used a Rondinax 60 for 120 film for a couple of years - 46 years ago - They...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-19-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 3,723
Posted By Solinar
Skiff - I read that FujiFilm plans to exit both...

Skiff - I read that FujiFilm plans to exit both B&W film and paper by...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-19-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,323
Posted By Solinar
Verichrome Pan had an emulsion coating was...

Verichrome Pan had an emulsion coating was thicker than most of today's films. The emulsion contained mix grain sizes to provide for a wide exposure latitude - which was needed when using an old...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-19-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 855
Posted By Solinar
Just to add to a 1 week old thread - the modern...

Just to add to a 1 week old thread - the modern version of the Agfa Rondinax is about to be released. It is the long promised Lab Box, which has some modular improvements versus the original Agfa...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-19-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 649
Posted By Solinar
Pun intended - That's a brilliant idea! :)

Pun intended - That's a brilliant idea! :)
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-17-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 3,723
Posted By Solinar
Ladies & Gents - Tetanal's photo-chemical...

Ladies & Gents - Tetanal's photo-chemical business isn't dead yet. While the original poster of this thread doesn't seem to have even a milliliter of hope for the photo-chemical unit making a new...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-10-2019
Replies: 67
Views: 6,338
Posted By Solinar
What's not to like about an 80 year old Leica II....

What's not to like about an 80 year old Leica II. Simple, with nothing more than 6 shutter speeds, rangefinder focusing and your choice of LTM...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-10-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,723
Posted By Solinar
jmpgino - I believe Chris Crawford hit the nail...

jmpgino - I believe Chris Crawford hit the nail on the head. Your new computer doesn't properly support a Firewire connection.


My Nikon Coolscan 8000 and 4000 are now older than dirt and about...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-05-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 995
Posted By Solinar
A starter kit like this may not replace bulk...

A starter kit like this may not replace bulk purchasing for most of us - but it may get some first timers into the fold.

With regards to a liter bottle of HC-110 and a 500ml bottle of Rodinal , ...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 11-13-2018
Replies: 112
Views: 43,358
Posted By Solinar
Sweet camera, Mike - with more than a few nice...

Sweet camera, Mike - with more than a few nice images made with it on flickr, too.
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 11-12-2018
Replies: 1,525
Views: 96,899
Posted By Solinar
- Lunch Time on 21st Street...

- Lunch Time on 21st Street -

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4818/44002568130_eb34e10381_b.jpg

Kodak Retina II
Heligon - f/2 50mm -
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 11-12-2018
Replies: 90
Views: 29,677
Posted By Solinar
Crosswalk #4 - 21st...

Crosswalk #4 - 21st Street

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4892/45094751454_df7756b0b3_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2bGSowJ)

Retina II - f2/50mm Heligon - Ilford Super XP2
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 10-30-2018
Replies: 112
Views: 43,358
Posted By Solinar
It just occurred to me this morning that my...

It just occurred to me this morning that my Retina II is nearly 70 years old.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1886/29701885807_ede2071009_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/MfDVRr)Retina2...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 10-27-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 978
Posted By Solinar
1 Each MR9 Battery Adapter

You can use a Kanto MR9 battery adapter that contains a Schottky diode to bring down the voltage of modern 1.55 volt silver oxide S625PX...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 10-27-2018
Replies: 1,525
Views: 96,899
Posted By Solinar
One more, all of which were taken near 24th and...

One more, all of which were taken near 24th and Guadalupe St in Austin, Texas

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/565/med_U565I1540647350.SEQ.0.jpg

Tri-X developed in Rodinal 1:100...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 10-27-2018
Replies: 1,525
Views: 96,899
Posted By Solinar
My Retina II is more than a bit old-school for...

My Retina II is more than a bit old-school for street photography, but the 50mm F2 Heligon holds its own.

Young lady in the crosswalk - Tri-X HC-110 dilution h for 12...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 10-27-2018
Replies: 90
Views: 29,677
Posted By Solinar
My Minolta 5400 scanner died in 2016. Just...

My Minolta 5400 scanner died in 2016. Just picked up a Coolscan 4000 in late 2018 and I'm having to relearn how to scan.

The Retina II is more than a bit old-school for street photography, but the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-26-2018
Replies: 67
Views: 6,338
Posted By Solinar
A bit late to the party, but I'm glad I found...

A bit late to the party, but I'm glad I found this thread.

First, what an interesting back story to the camera. Second, more than a couple of generations later it's still a capable photographic...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-22-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 1,693
Posted By Solinar
Home developing B&W is affordable

Once you've assembled your developing kit, home developing B&W is very reasonable.

At 1:100 a 500ml bottle of Rodinal is good to go for a 100 rolls of film. Alternatively, a bottle of HC110 used at...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-22-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 1,650
Posted By Solinar
I wonder how many of photography related...

I wonder how many of photography related start-ups that rely on crowd sourced funding turn out well.

What I find troubling with these jokers is they have essentially waste binned the Yashica brand...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 10-14-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 1,453
Posted By Solinar
It may be a bit late'ish - but the review is very...

It may be a bit late'ish - but the review is very well written from photographer's point of view.
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 10-14-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 819
Posted By Solinar
That'll work with the camera mounted to a tripod....

That'll work with the camera mounted to a tripod. Minolta offered for its Autocord TLR a parallax adjuster that did just that.

I guess you could try this approach with a tripod to try to get a feel...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-12-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,247
Posted By Solinar
That would be my philosophy on the issue.

That would be my philosophy on the issue.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 10-09-2018
Replies: 54
Views: 1,991
Posted By Solinar
I use negative film and that's good advice. ...

I use negative film and that's good advice.

Years ago, I would use a fill flash to bring the shadows within two stops of a brightly lit background. Due to the age of my three favorite 35mm...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-09-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 431
Posted By Solinar
I use a small Igloo ice chest for a water bath. ...

I use a small Igloo ice chest for a water bath. In the warm months, I keep a couple of 1 quart plastic water bottles in the freezer to cool the tap water in the ice chest to about 65°F / 18°C or...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 10-09-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 3,851
Posted By Solinar
With regards to your shutter troubles. Chris...

With regards to your shutter troubles. Chris Sherlock, a.k.a. RetinaRescue in New Zealand can sort out any problems with that IIa.
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 10-09-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 3,851
Posted By Solinar
I've shot with both lenses on Retinas. All I...

I've shot with both lenses on Retinas. All I know is that the Heligon and Xenon are wonderful lenses.

The Heligons were mainly for the German market. The distance markings on the shutter...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 10-09-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 3,851
Posted By Solinar
What nice compact 35mm shooter.

If everything on that IIa is working as it should be - that combo should outperform 99% compact 35mm RF from the 1970'ies with fixed lens.

With regards to the lens swap, neither the Heligon, nor the...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 10-09-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 486
Posted By Solinar
On the older Retina II and III - if it is a push...

On the older Retina II and III - if it is a push on filter or hood, then the 32mm diameter comes into play.

If the above photo is correct, your Automatic III does not have a provision for 29.5mm...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-05-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 354
Posted By Solinar
Isn't Superia 400 with the 4th color layer on...

Isn't Superia 400 with the 4th color layer on Fuji's endangered species list?
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-28-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 3,134
Posted By Solinar
I was thinking FujiFilm - but the film part of...

I was thinking FujiFilm - but the film part of their brand name is on the decline.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-27-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 3,134
Posted By Solinar
That is my theory, as well. Dedicated film...

That is my theory, as well. Dedicated film scanners aren't flying off the supplier's shelves in record numbers.

Face it, film scanning and post processing are not very consumer friendly.

Also,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-25-2018
Replies: 3,010
Views: 731,964
Posted By Solinar
You nailed it William. Spot on composition and...

You nailed it William. Spot on composition and exposure.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 09-24-2018
Replies: 166
Views: 32,852
Posted By Solinar
Nice Looking Perkeo II

That's a wonderfully compact rig for 120 - 6x6. An automatic stop for the film winder is a major plus, in my opinion.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 09-19-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 452
Posted By Solinar
Archivist - are you going to use the tripod mount...

Archivist - are you going to use the tripod mount to secure the strap?

Gordy Straps, advertised here on RFF makes a variety of wrist straps and slings, which can be screwed onto the tripod...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-13-2018
Replies: 91
Views: 2,783
Posted By Solinar
If you have the gumption to memorize how to...

If you have the gumption to memorize how to navigate most of the settings in the CSM on a modern digital camera, they can be powerful instruments.

My issue, is do I really need a 40 plus megapixel...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-08-2018
Replies: 49
Views: 1,679
Posted By Solinar
I watch the youtube video with images from the...

I watch the youtube video with images from the 1950'ies - right up to the Our Lady of Grapefruit image.

I was only 6 years old when the decade ended. What I remember most was that nearly...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 09-08-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1,275
Posted By Solinar
Congratulations. An enlarger that will handle up...

Congratulations. An enlarger that will handle up to a 6x9 neg is rare find. I acquired my Durst 609, while on my bicycle. Unfortunately, it was in South Austin, about 4 miles from my house and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-31-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 890
Posted By Solinar
So, this basically means that Canon probably...

So, this basically means that Canon probably ceased production a while ago and if what was posted over at the Red Dot forum is correct, Leica ceased production of the M7 on 5/24/2018. :(
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-04-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 2,179
Posted By Solinar
As a veteran - the photo reminds one that there...

As a veteran - the photo reminds one that there is no safe MOS in a war zone.

https://www.military1.com/army-enlistment/318806-army-mos-codes/

Any with regards D.I.Y. C41 - there's a youtube...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-03-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 1,502
Posted By Solinar
I went through the same experience - but sold the...

I went through the same experience - but sold the D80 when it came back from Nikon and bought a second hand Nikon D300. - It's been several years and I have no complaints regarding the D300.

With...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-03-2017
Replies: 2,683
Views: 789,519
Posted By Solinar
I already had a collection of five AF-D lenses. ...

I already had a collection of five AF-D lenses. So, I took a gamble on a $20 camera body.

https://web2.ph.utexas.edu/~yue/misc/SLR-RFb.jpg

The N80 performs better than I expected. No complaints,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-02-2017
Replies: 89
Views: 8,023
Posted By Solinar
While not my 35mm smallest camera - nor the...

While not my 35mm smallest camera - nor the easiest to load film in - for daylight photography, my old Barnack is pocket-able with the lens collapsed....
Forum: Nikon RF 04-18-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 744
Posted By Solinar
Yeah - but the next video in the series, ライカ M...

Yeah - but the next video in the series, ライカ M の伝説, shows a tech field stripping a Leica M3.

I did notice in the first video that the proper pronunciation for Nikon is nee-kon.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-14-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 1,285
Posted By Solinar
Another congratulations is in order. The build...

Another congratulations is in order. The build quality alone of the Super Ikonta A MX makes it a keeper. Definitely, post some images once you run some film through the camera.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-10-2017
Replies: 34
Views: 3,449
Posted By Solinar
Excellent post Roger - #2 seem to be the case...

Excellent post Roger - #2 seem to be the case with Rodinal.

The prevailing popularity of stand development of pushed film in Rodinal comes with a big hit to #4 tonality.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-08-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 708
Posted By Solinar
Formulary TF-4 has undissolved solids in it. So,...

Formulary TF-4 has undissolved solids in it. So, I prefer TF-5 that allows me to use only 250ml of the working solution at a time.

The first thing I do when purchase a 1 liter bottle of Formulary...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-07-2017
Replies: 62
Views: 4,193
Posted By Solinar
And mine needed a good cleaning - but it was...

And mine needed a good cleaning - but it was under $800 and came with the glass negative carrier for medium format.

For my MacBook, OS 10.12 - I use a Thunderbolt to Firewire 800 cable, firewire...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 04-02-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 3,421
Posted By Solinar
It's not my photo in the image below, but I'm a...

It's not my photo in the image below, but I'm a sucker for a subject close in to the camera, while juxtaposed to an interesting...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-30-2017
Replies: 41
Views: 2,100
Posted By Solinar
Off topic here: Here in Central Texas because of...

Off topic here: Here in Central Texas because of the amount of dissolved Ca/Mg in the local water supply, I use demineralized water from a vending machine in my coffee brewer to prevent calcium...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-29-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 559
Posted By Solinar
Check the Wikipedia link:...

Check the Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_Leroy

She also won the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award for her coverage of Lebanon.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-28-2017
Replies: 42
Views: 2,564
Posted By Solinar
I have an older push/pull zoom for my DSLR, a...

I have an older push/pull zoom for my DSLR, a 35-70mm 2.8 AF-D Nikkor that I should use more often.

I had hope for it to be a walk-about lens. It's not. After a couple of hours, the extra weight...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-24-2017
Replies: 49
Views: 5,857
Posted By Solinar
I looked at the D600/610 option at the end of...

I looked at the D600/610 option at the end of February, when I purchased my D700.

The D600 was a very attractive option - mainly because they sometimes sell for around $750.00 . My personal...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-22-2017
Replies: 49
Views: 5,857
Posted By Solinar
rfaspen - I just acquired a D700 last month,...

rfaspen - I just acquired a D700 last month, which was $61 over your budget and has 20,000 more clicks of usage.

It was a no brainer since I rarely print larger than a 6 x 9 inch and already owned 4...
Forum: Travel 03-22-2017
Replies: 120
Views: 8,221
Posted By Solinar
Are willing to trade freedom for wealth or security?

Thanks for the link - While no one yet knows the full intel behind this draconian restriction - I just want remind everyone that the EgyptAir flight that blew up over the Mediterranean departed from...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 03-21-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 2,406
Posted By Solinar
West German Quality and Precision

West German Quality and Precision
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 03-21-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 2,406
Posted By Solinar
A Rolleiflex SL35, pre-1973 ??? <edit> Since you...

A Rolleiflex SL35, pre-1973 ??? <edit> Since you state that it isn't a Rollei, I go with with the Agfa, as guessed below. </edit>
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-16-2017
Replies: 47
Views: 5,574
Posted By Solinar
I'll be the first to admit that waiting for a...

I'll be the first to admit that waiting for a multi-pass scan to finish can be like watching paint dry. On my laptop, we're talking about 9 or 10 minutes tops.

Provided that someone doesn't shoot a...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-15-2017
Replies: 47
Views: 5,574
Posted By Solinar
Two thumbs up on your enlarger analogy for work...

Two thumbs up on your enlarger analogy for work flow. - That's pretty much how I use my, knock on wood, Minolta Elite 5400.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 1,375
Posted By Solinar
While not my cup of tea, I know why camera...

While not my cup of tea, I know why camera manufacturers add the extra bells and whistles. They're trying to attract beginners to a higher end camera.

I remember the day nearly twenty years ago,...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 03-12-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 2,236
Posted By Solinar
No small cameras? What about the mirrorless APS-C...

No small cameras? What about the mirrorless APS-C competition from Canon, Fuji and Sony?

Where I live, not every retail dealer markets Fuji or Olympus. I know that Olympus has a head start with...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-05-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 1,241
Posted By Solinar
I'll second the recommendation for Luton Cameras....

I'll second the recommendation for Luton Cameras. They did a full CLA on my Oly 35RD a few years back and the camera is still holding up well. No more sticky shutter blades.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 03-04-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 3,237
Posted By Solinar
I know the name is long gone, but I was thinking...

I know the name is long gone, but I was thinking of Wallace Heaton while reading the thread, "Support your local camera store".
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-03-2017
Replies: 51
Views: 2,454
Posted By Solinar
That's good to know. Nikon still makes a consumer...

That's good to know. Nikon still makes a consumer grade DSLR with an internal focus motor to allow the full use of the older AF-D lenses. It my fault on the omission - because I haven't really kept...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-03-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 3,013
Posted By Solinar
I replied to your post in the other thread. ...

I replied to your post in the other thread. Also, check where the bellows attach to the front standard.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-03-2017
Replies: 93
Views: 10,446
Posted By Solinar
Go into a dark closet - with a small camera flash...

Go into a dark closet - with a small camera flash unit that can be triggered manually - with the camera open, place the flash in the bellows and trigger the flash, while viewing from the front of the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-03-2017
Replies: 51
Views: 2,454
Posted By Solinar
I use a DX Nikon for web photos and agree that...

I use a DX Nikon for web photos and agree that Nikon probably didn't jump in with both feet with regards to supporting APS-C cameras.

Nearly all of current Nikon's DX line up will not auto focus...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-01-2017
Replies: 52
Views: 7,217
Posted By Solinar
David - the above is a good example of what was...

David - the above is a good example of what was once the perfect hiker's 35mm camera can do.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-28-2017
Replies: 47
Views: 5,436
Posted By Solinar
Greetings everyone - the frame numbers will soon...

Greetings everyone - the frame numbers will soon be reappearing on the back of Kodak 120 film in more than one location. I don't know whether or not they'll be the same light gray - but hopefully...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-28-2017
Replies: 63
Views: 13,306
Posted By Solinar
My older Rollei 35S is pretty much a mechanical,...

My older Rollei 35S is pretty much a mechanical, Antediluvian beast by comparison - but I was able to send off to Harry Fleenor at Oceanside camera a couple of years back to have the meter calibrated...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-28-2017
Replies: 47
Views: 5,436
Posted By Solinar
Has anyone contacted Kodak? I just did. ...

Has anyone contacted Kodak? I just did. [email protected]
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-27-2017
Replies: 47
Views: 5,436
Posted By Solinar
I hope that Kodak can get their $hit together on...

I hope that Kodak can get their $hit together on this - because Tri-X is my favorite film.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-27-2017
Replies: 78
Views: 6,421
Posted By Solinar
You have me confused. If you read the contents in...

You have me confused. If you read the contents in their entirety - the same poster also states that he currently uses a Rondinax, has contributed to the start up fund and posted his formula on how he...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-26-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,872
Posted By Solinar
http://www.apug.org/forum/index.php?attachments/_4...

http://www.apug.org/forum/index.php?attachments/_400tx_backing_21013_2016-jpg.164738/

The above image shows the problem. I'd hate to lose Tri-X as an option for my 6x9 folders.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-26-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,872
Posted By Solinar
Can someone specify which Kodak films are...

Can someone specify which Kodak films are problematic?

It may be that my film stock in my freezer is a bit dated, but so far I've had no problems with Ektar 100 and Tri-X in either my Bessa II and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-25-2017
Replies: 78
Views: 6,421
Posted By Solinar
That's the way I look at it and if it brings in...

That's the way I look at it and if it brings in some new B&W film users in to the fold, it will be a good thing for all of us.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-23-2017
Replies: 52
Views: 7,217
Posted By Solinar
Same here with regards to the XA versus the...

Same here with regards to the XA versus the Rollei 35S. The Sonnar lens alone is worth more than both cameras together. Plus, I do like the fact that I am choosing the aperture setting and shutter...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-23-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 2,019
Posted By Solinar
With a MacBook Air, current Sierra OS - I use a...

With a MacBook Air, current Sierra OS - I use a Firewire 800 to 400 cable to Thunderbolt adapter and connect the Thunderbolt cable as a next to last step, once the 5400 Elite has settled down.

The...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-22-2017
Replies: 78
Views: 6,421
Posted By Solinar
I haven't reached the age of 70 yet. So, I may...

I haven't reached the age of 70 yet. So, I may be a bit younger than you all.

Way before stepping foot in a proper darkroom - as a beginning photographer, I used a Rondinax 35 developing tank and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-21-2017
Replies: 78
Views: 6,421
Posted By Solinar
There's a video demonstrating the Lab Box,...

There's a video demonstrating the Lab Box, courtesy of Huss in California:

https://vimeo.com/203000292
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-21-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 610
Posted By Solinar
Yep, the word is out and we wish them all the...

Yep, the word is out and we wish them all the best. There was a discussion on the thread below:

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=159884
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-19-2017
Replies: 78
Views: 6,421
Posted By Solinar
The only inversions on this type of daylight...

The only inversions on this type of daylight processor will be to drain the tank at the end of each step. The reel is cranked nearly continuously while processing - which eliminates inversions.

The...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-18-2017
Replies: 41
Views: 4,299
Posted By Solinar
I would like to see Fuji-Film step up to the...

I would like to see Fuji-Film step up to the plate with regards to scanners that rival the old Nikon Coolscans.

While on the subject of old scanners, I keep my fingers crossed for my Minolta Elite...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-17-2017
Replies: 78
Views: 6,421
Posted By Solinar
What? - No changing bag or locking oneself in a...

What? - No changing bag or locking oneself in a darkened closet to load a reel?

It's heresy, I say. With that said, it's been over four decades since I used a Rondinax 35U. I was in the military...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 02-13-2017
Replies: 152
Views: 13,342
Posted By Solinar
By the way, GoPro sales have peaked and declined...

By the way, GoPro sales have peaked and declined for 2016.
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 02-13-2017
Replies: 152
Views: 13,342
Posted By Solinar
Half of Nikon's loss was not in the restructuring...

Half of Nikon's loss was not in the restructuring of the imaging side of the business.

"In accordance with this restructuring, the Semiconductor Lithography Group recorded an extraordinary ...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-12-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1,696
Posted By Solinar
The Fujifilm GF 670 would definitely address my...

The Fujifilm GF 670 would definitely address my beef with viewfinders on most 1950'ies era folders - but for that price one could buy a fully outfitted press camera with multiple lenses and a good...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-12-2017
Replies: 30
Views: 1,838
Posted By Solinar
This is just a Nikon perspective - and - the term...

This is just a Nikon perspective - and - the term measurable.

If I could go back in time via a red phone booth - which was 1980 for me - one selling point for primes was to gain a couple of stops...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 02-11-2017
Replies: 73
Views: 14,049
Posted By Solinar
The Bessa 35mm series filled a niche that was...

The Bessa 35mm series filled a niche that was ignored by the larger firms by providing simple camera without a lot of bells and whistles.

For my non-professional needs - the Bessa R - which was...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-10-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1,696
Posted By Solinar
I have done a lot with medium format folders - my...

I have done a lot with medium format folders - my experience is they are rather fiddly for #5 and #6 on your list.

Let me add a #9 to the list, which is viewfinders. I wear glasses, so I use a...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-08-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 2,141
Posted By Solinar
William - I'm pretty sure that XP2 works well at...

William - I'm pretty sure that XP2 works well at 200 ISO. I know it that it does with 35mm when rated this way. I live in the mostly sunny part of Texas - with a folder - I'd be forced use XP2 @ 200...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-07-2017
Replies: 52
Views: 6,749
Posted By Solinar
Are folders really that bad?

I've used both professional grade medium format cameras - and - MF folders. Even with the advances in digital cameras, I still have a Fuji GW 690 III and a slew of medium format folders.

I'll start...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-24-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 3,943
Posted By Solinar
Knock on wood - Vuescan still allows me to use...

Knock on wood - Vuescan still allows me to use both my Minolta 5400 and my Nikon 8000ED with a firewire cable using a Thunberbolt adapter on a MacBook running Yosemite.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 05-24-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 6,834
Posted By Solinar
Except for some paint rub around the shutter...

Except for some paint rub around the shutter button, mine is fine after 10 years of use. In other words, the camera has weathered better than I gave it credit for when I bought it used.

I do what...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-22-2015
Replies: 1,155
Views: 414,444
Posted By Solinar
From New Orleans, circa 2008, a couple of retired...

From New Orleans, circa 2008, a couple of retired River Queens. (Bessa II, 400TX)

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8820/17080885378_85a3cd7da2_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/s2o18L)Bessa2_RivrQueens...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-19-2015
Replies: 84
Views: 10,656
Posted By Solinar
Sorry to digress - but to me a "Barnack" is a...

Sorry to digress - but to me a "Barnack" is a bottom loading 35mm, that for the most part is based one of Oskar's original cameras.

A LTM camera with a modern rear door, modern shutter speed dial...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-19-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 3,351
Posted By Solinar
Definitely 1952 or 53 - #1 Zeiss started using...

Definitely 1952 or 53 -

#1 Zeiss started using the Opton label around 1950.

#2 The older Compur Rapid shutter was still in use 1950 - 51, * this camera has the newer Synchro Compur.

What you...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-16-2015
Replies: 84
Views: 10,656
Posted By Solinar
Condition, condition, condition - after replacing...

Condition, condition, condition - after replacing the RF mirror on my Leica II it is my go to Barnack. The RF image is now super crisp and contrasty, which make focusing easier on plain...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 05-12-2015
Replies: 541
Views: 137,020
Posted By Solinar
An older gent who is dressed for a New Orleans...

An older gent who is dressed for a New Orleans second line. | Rollei 35S - 400TX - Rodinal


https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8796/17537601481_5974c34ef4_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/sHJMVk)35S_JzFst15_2ndL...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 05-12-2015
Replies: 541
Views: 137,020
Posted By Solinar
Youngster following a New Orleans 2nd Line. | ...

Youngster following a New Orleans 2nd Line. | Rollei 35S - 400TX - Rodinal

https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5449/17537621565_1d9583b1a5_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/sHJTTB)35S_JzFst15_2ndL2...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 05-12-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 1,343
Posted By Solinar
Dez - my worry would be the photo cell getting...

Dez - my worry would be the photo cell getting scratched. If you do try to collapse the lens, set the shutter speed to bulb and make an observation from the rear.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-11-2015
Replies: 1,155
Views: 414,444
Posted By Solinar
Lionel Batiste | Agfa Super Isolette, 400TX,...

Lionel Batiste | Agfa Super Isolette, 400TX, Rodinal

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8805/17053198357_098f0cc053_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/rYW6Kk)SuperIso_TioLionel (https://flic.kr/p/rYW6Kk) by AR Yue...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 04-24-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 5,991
Posted By Solinar
The FirewWire adapter -...

The FirewWire adapter -...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 04-23-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 5,991
Posted By Solinar
That's news to me. My Minolta 5400 runs smoothly...

That's news to me. My Minolta 5400 runs smoothly with VueScan 9.5.08 on my Intel Core i5 MacBook Air upgraded to Yosemite. (See my post above about using a Firewire 800 to 400 cable versus USB...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 04-23-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 5,991
Posted By Solinar
Scanning may be a bit of a stretch for the...

Scanning may be a bit of a stretch for the capabilities of Air-Port.

From personal experience using a MacBook Air running Yosemite - that USB cable is way slower than a Thunderbolt to Firewire 800...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-22-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 2,256
Posted By Solinar
The infinity, i.e. horizontal adjustment is at...

The infinity, i.e. horizontal adjustment is at lens bed assembly by the shutter.

It has been many moons since I've had to work on RF assembly itself. There should be some set screw for the vertical...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-21-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 2,256
Posted By Solinar
Take a look under the top of the film spool...

Take a look under the top of the film spool retaining shaft - which is directly under the film speed reminder. The shaft is slotted for removal with a screw driver.

Get a syringe with a tinyl...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-19-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1,900
Posted By Solinar
That's what I do. It should be rolled loosely -...

That's what I do. It should be rolled loosely - so the roll fits in a box that is about 3x3".
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 04-18-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 4,874
Posted By Solinar
That's good to hear. There's a dearth of...

That's good to hear. There's a dearth of competent film processing where I live. So, the remaining two camera shops in my part of town are usually pretty busy.

15 years ago, every Walgreens and CVS...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-15-2015
Replies: 91
Views: 9,739
Posted By Solinar
Modern day politically correct sensitivities...

Modern day politically correct sensitivities taken to an extreme would preclude a Dorothea Lange from making images of a migrant farm family.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-13-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 2,916
Posted By Solinar
This is the first time that I've seen this...

This is the first time that I've seen this particular set up. The basic Nova Print Pods are usually only available as a unit with a red stand that holds three of the 8x10" pods shown above. Having...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-12-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 2,916
Posted By Solinar
In the past dozen years and hundreds of prints -...

In the past dozen years and hundreds of prints - I haven't had any difficulties using a slot processor for resin coated, black and white paper.

I clean the slots with a bottle brush after each...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-12-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 2,916
Posted By Solinar
Yes, the basic Nova Print Pods or vertical trays...

Yes, the basic Nova Print Pods or vertical trays as I call them will allow you to do the bit with cling wrap and a rubber band - in addition to the provided plastic pipe that rests at the top of each...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-12-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 2,916
Posted By Solinar
I live in Texas - which is in a subtropical...

I live in Texas - which is in a subtropical climate. I use only B&W RC paper.

1.) I use them in a 70 degree Fahrenheit room. So, I forgo the heaters.
2.) I never move them with when full.

With...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 04-08-2015
Replies: 60
Views: 7,031
Posted By Solinar
With the goal of trying for a look of a non-photo...

With the goal of trying for a look of a non-photo bag, I go with military surplus - and - when I do have to use a real photo bag - I buy it used.
Forum: DIYS Modifications 04-06-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 2,500
Posted By Solinar
Wow!!!! Again. That is magnificent.

Wow!!!! Again. That is magnificent.
Forum: Olympus RF 04-05-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 2,144
Posted By Solinar
Yes it is.

Yes it is.
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 04-05-2015
Replies: 541
Views: 137,020
Posted By Solinar
Another thanks to Petronius - the images on this...

Another thanks to Petronius - the images on this thread have inspired me to bring the Rollei 35 S on my daily treks.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7587/16854955129_47ace760be_o.jpg...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 04-03-2015
Replies: 541
Views: 137,020
Posted By Solinar
Tulips https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8688/168072...

Tulips

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8688/16807237227_14e4d11754_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/rBcu5c)35S_Tulips2 (https://flic.kr/p/rBcu5c) by xyz2physics...
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