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Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Days Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,209
Posted By David Hughes
Hmmm, one minute it's a dream and the next we...

Hmmm, one minute it's a dream and the next we want hard realism...


As for musicians and photographers; what photographer has to take perfect photos at the rate a musician has to hit the keys...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Days Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,209
Posted By David Hughes
Hmmm, what musician can play 36 or 37 notes one...

Hmmm, what musician can play 36 or 37 notes one after the other over (say) a couple of days and then choose the best one and get acclaimed for it as photographers do?


Regards, David
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Days Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,209
Posted By David Hughes
Well, you could do what this old git does; after...

Well, you could do what this old git does; after checking I give a lot to charity shops. That's film and digital, btw, because I like them to go around and be used and there's too much hassle to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Days Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,209
Posted By David Hughes
I still can't work out what they would do in this...

I still can't work out what they would do in this school. RF's are easy to focus, exposure is fairly easy these days; mostly a matter of learning when not to trust the thing and what does that...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 4 Days Ago
Replies: 564
Views: 52,224
Posted By David Hughes
In a charity...

In a charity shop:-

https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Second/i-qgJLdsV/0/6a6daf3d/L/Red%20Dot-L.jpg

Regards, David

PS That's 50 pennies, btw. A barred letter "L" is used for pounds.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Days Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,209
Posted By David Hughes
"The coolest thing a collector could do" is put...

"The coolest thing a collector could do" is put film in the camera and go out and take pictures, surely?


And would it take that much to explain how cameras and film/digital work? I mean what would...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 4 Days Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 2,357
Posted By David Hughes
To me "haze" suggests some clown with a spray can...

To me "haze" suggests some clown with a spray can of WD40 thinking that is how you prepare a lens or camera body for ebay. Add a hot day and a bit of evaporation and then condensation on to the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 5 Days Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 2,357
Posted By David Hughes
This baffled me too. I would have thought that...

This baffled me too. I would have thought that the uncoated 1937 lens would be very easy to clean.


Regards, David
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 5 Days Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 503
Posted By David Hughes
I suspect everything has slowed down recently as...

I suspect everything has slowed down recently as from the 14th they announced Windows 7 was not going to be supported any longer. So did every W7 user try and load W10?


Well, that's my answer and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 6 Days Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 888
Posted By David Hughes
My Contax Tix but it was APS and you can't get...

My Contax Tix but it was APS and you can't get the film but it was a great camera to carry around all the time and gave excellent results and true 3:2 prints at 5 x 7½...


Regards, David


PS and it...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 6 Days Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 676
Posted By David Hughes
I was talking about expectations; I've never...

I was talking about expectations; I've never noticed people talking about secondhand and elderly cars with no service history as though the maker was entirely to blame for the state the car is...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 676
Posted By David Hughes
I think the problem is that we are talking about...

I think the problem is that we are talking about lenses that are all secondhand and of varying ages and histories. F'instance a FED 10 could be nearly 85 years old and who knows what has happened to...
Forum: Yashica RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 456
Posted By David Hughes
I'll second that; they are one of the best firms...

I'll second that; they are one of the best firms I know.


Regards, David
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 1 Week Ago
Replies: 53
Views: 1,553
Posted By David Hughes
Yes, I wonderred if any would be using (digital)...

Yes, I wonderred if any would be using (digital) Leica as I'd expect most to be into digital Canon or Nikon. Perhaps a few use film in old Leica M's for the weekend or holidays. Perhaps so that they...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 1 Week Ago
Replies: 53
Views: 1,553
Posted By David Hughes
Agreed and what I see us doing is trying to...

Agreed and what I see us doing is trying to refine the question before we get focused on answering it; nothing wrong with that, is there?

Regards, David

PS FWIW, most of today's photos that I...
Forum: RFF News 1 Week Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 1,405
Posted By David Hughes
These are worth a mention as the cameras are so...

These are worth a mention as the cameras are so rare (sort of) and you seldom see complete outfits. I just love those...
Forum: Travel 1 Week Ago
Replies: 59
Views: 2,307
Posted By David Hughes
After this I can't see people buying proper...

After this I can't see people buying proper cameras any more...


Regards, David
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 1 Week Ago
Replies: 53
Views: 1,553
Posted By David Hughes
But it's all very vague; there's so many fields...

But it's all very vague; there's so many fields of photography that the best techniques in one field are the worst in another. I can think of some types of photography that are all about glamour and...
Forum: RFF Polls 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 1,290
Posted By David Hughes
The marketing dept. have now suggested we replace...

The marketing dept. have now suggested we replace "Muddy Brown" with "Dark Titanium" or "Natural Titanium" and have a soft green rubber shutter button...


Regards, David
Forum: RFF Polls 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 1,290
Posted By David Hughes
But, but (sob) scratches have to be...

But, but (sob) scratches have to be earned...


Regards, David
Forum: Travel 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 59
Views: 2,307
Posted By David Hughes
"...I visited a bunch of government run bread...

"...I visited a bunch of government run bread shops and the selection made me sad."

I'd be very interested to know if they smelt like a bakery should. I still know few old fashioned bakers and the...
Forum: RFF Polls 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 1,290
Posted By David Hughes
Well, I live in a small village and really only...

Well, I live in a small village and really only wellie green or mud brown would be acceptable.


Regards, David
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 220
Views: 6,706
Posted By David Hughes
Difficult to answer as shillings are worthless...

Difficult to answer as shillings are worthless but the scrap value of shillings depends on a lot of things. A lot of them were Sterling silver which is/was 92.5% silver.

So a fiver's worth of them...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 220
Views: 6,706
Posted By David Hughes
The trick is to keep watching and remembering...

The trick is to keep watching and remembering that many cameras have peaked and then started to drop in price. The classic example is the Olympus Trip 35 that peaked a while ago and has now started...
Forum: Travel 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 422
Posted By David Hughes
Given a choice I'de prefer Durham or Cardiff,...

Given a choice I'de prefer Durham or Cardiff, because they are beautiful, friendly and small-ish. More to the point I don't have to bother about ferries and drive on the wrong side of the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 392
Posted By David Hughes
Thanks. I have that trouble with articles I've...

Thanks.

I have that trouble with articles I've read a long time ago; like the Summicron-C being contracted out and so on. One day it will turn up...

Regards, David
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 392
Posted By David Hughes
"QC got so bad that many finished parts and...

"QC got so bad that many finished parts and even some cameras were junked in great numbers right from the factory and never made it to Soviet store shelves."


Can you give a source for this,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 688
Posted By David Hughes
That explains a lot of the dust etc in some of...

That explains a lot of the dust etc in some of the lenses I've bought over the years...


Regards, David
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 135
Views: 13,121
Posted By David Hughes
True; I was watching someone - ages ago - filming...

True; I was watching someone - ages ago - filming by switching it on and sticking the phone in his shirt pocket with the lens at the top and unobstructed.


Regards, David
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 220
Views: 6,706
Posted By David Hughes
Ha! I've just realised that the M6's are a prop...

Ha! I've just realised that the M6's are a prop for them in their selfies on their funifones...



Regards, David
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 146
Views: 5,409
Posted By David Hughes
Fascinating; thanks; David

Fascinating; thanks; David
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 220
Views: 6,706
Posted By David Hughes
Did you see any of them taking photo's with their...

Did you see any of them taking photo's with their M6's? I wonder if they had film in them...


Regards, David
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 220
Views: 6,706
Posted By David Hughes
The more boring cameras and the ignored are also...

The more boring cameras and the ignored are also rising in price; look at the Olympus XA1 f'instance. And 1930's FEDs etc, etc.


Regards, David
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 628
Red
Views: 139,668
Posted By David Hughes
If you can't afford the car then the digital...

If you can't afford the car then the digital camera might just be within the...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 628
Red
Views: 139,668
Posted By David Hughes
https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Second/i-NSSsjgs/...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Second/i-NSSsjgs/0/410c2220/O/Red%20on%20Leica.jpg


So I'm thinking why just stop at a single red dot? The world is dull enough as it is...


Regards, David
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 84
Views: 2,360
Posted By David Hughes
When I read threads like this I wonder how we old...

When I read threads like this I wonder how we old gits ever managed.

And so I checked by looking at my vintage camera and so on. I used a 35mm camera with the lens as fast as f/3.5 and fast FP3 at...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
Yes! That's it and it was turned down... As for...

Yes! That's it and it was turned down...

As for the British plank school of design, best to say nowt. Although they did mean you could replace the plank and put all or extra instruments where you...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
Hi, Brain fade has struck but I think it was a...

Hi,

Brain fade has struck but I think it was a replacement for the Austin/Morris 1800's and one was made or a mock-up. Anyway, it didn't go into production and I thought Citroen either...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
Well, um, it's about style and the French had it...

Well, um, it's about style and the French had it nailed with the ID/DS 19/21/23 etc.

What gets me really going is the BMC one that eventually became the Citroen GS. Trouble is, I can't even find a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 51
Views: 1,381
Posted By David Hughes
I keep coming back to this but I still can only...

I keep coming back to this but I still can only read "small size" so what am I doing wrong?


Regards, David
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 780
Posted By David Hughes
Were the batteries genuine? Meaning were they...

Were the batteries genuine? Meaning were they Lithium? Those button cells can be pretty anonymous...


Regards, David
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 84
Views: 2,360
Posted By David Hughes
This is the crux of the matter; if we are talking...

This is the crux of the matter; if we are talking prints 2 or 3 feet wide then the camera matters but when nothing's over 4x6" then most cameras turn out the same shot.

Same goes for digital when...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
Compensation:= https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/...

Compensation:=


https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Second/i-6XRgTkq/0/c79398c9/O/Photo%2046612.jpg


Regards, David
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 51
Views: 1,381
Posted By David Hughes
How it started:- " I often walk to/from work,...

How it started:- " I often walk to/from work, through a park, at parties, and wish I had a compact film camera with me"... That suggests small as in pocketable.



All the cult cameras have baby...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 80
Views: 2,579
Posted By David Hughes
Watching the rewind knob turning is so basic and...

Watching the rewind knob turning is so basic and simple and foolproof that I wonder why so many don't do it. Even easier on the old CL as you can hold it underneath and feel it turning.


Regards,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 80
Views: 2,579
Posted By David Hughes
The outfit to modify the M2's take-up spool was...

The outfit to modify the M2's take-up spool was called the "Quick Load" and I think it fitted the M3 etc but can't be 100% certain.


I've a scan of the instructions and the sticky label for the base...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,224
Posted By David Hughes
Photography again...

Charles, wouldn't you like the commission from all those CZ 35mm's that will now be sold? I was very impressed. The M5 knockers will now have to think again but I have my doubts about that. I often...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,224
Posted By David Hughes
Well I dunno, I throw in ITMA and 'allo 'allo and...

Well I dunno, I throw in ITMA and 'allo 'allo and nothing happens. How about a couple of antiques like the Goon Show and "Take it from Here" and, more modern, "The Hitch Hikers Guide to the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 80
Views: 2,579
Posted By David Hughes
Exactly. Build quality can only affect how long...

Exactly. Build quality can only affect how long the camera will last and so, if you get a good one (not badly worn), and look after it then it will probably outlast you. Whether or not film will...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,224
Posted By David Hughes
Exactly, look how Sir Terence Milligan got...

Exactly, look how Sir Terence Milligan got his...


Regards, David


PS Saving 5 Frames with a Leica M5...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,011
Views: 194,063
Posted By David Hughes
Thanks. There are a lot of things like that pram...

Thanks.

There are a lot of things like that pram that are everywhere one minute and then suddenly gone. Luckily there's photography but few people photograph the everyday events in...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,011
Views: 194,063
Posted By David Hughes
Some of you might like...

Some of you might like this:-


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/KnxBMVGAcn/michigan_central_detroit


The last but one photo ought to be in this thread...


Regards, David
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,224
Posted By David Hughes
Getting back to photography...

Digital is beginning to endear itself to me as I can be wandering around with just my little P&S and suddenly need 64000ASA and get it in seconds by holding my nose and diving into the menu. And the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,224
Posted By David Hughes
Hmmm, we are back to Benny Hill...

Hmmm, we are back to Benny Hill again...


Regards, David
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 354
Posted By David Hughes
Brilliant cameras aren't they? and I paid a pound...

Brilliant cameras aren't they? and I paid a pound for my one...


I think they are a little dearer these days.


There are several different labels on the base of the cameras telling you where they...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 499
Posted By David Hughes
And consequently anything lens related (filters,...

And consequently anything lens related (filters, hoods and caps) with 36mm i/d will have a price that is OTT and just wait until you see the same items with "Leica" on them that are OEM...


Regards,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,224
Posted By David Hughes
You can't help but feel sorry for them; will they...

You can't help but feel sorry for them; will they ever understand "Good Moaning" or "I'm Julian and this is my friend Sandy" but luckily a lot of them got "Can I do you now Sir?".

I reckon that's...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 499
Posted By David Hughes
A reason could be to fit a specific lens hood or...

A reason could be to fit a specific lens hood or filter.

The most awkward filters for Elmars are polarising. And perhaps someone had a bright idea or couldn't afford the Leitz version or didn't...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-23-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 935
Posted By David Hughes
A flat sheet of rubber or similar laid flat on it...

A flat sheet of rubber or similar laid flat on it might give you enough grip to do it but all the oil etc would need to be removed first.

An old trick is to tighten it a fraction and then try...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-22-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 499
Posted By David Hughes
Hi, To me it looks as though the knurling has...

Hi,

To me it looks as though the knurling has been machined off. Any competent engineer ought to be able to re-machine it but finding one with the right tools might be difficult these days. Perhaps...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-21-2019
Replies: 1,148
Views: 296,735
Posted By David Hughes
That's interesting as I often wonder why more...

That's interesting as I often wonder why more people (tourists from overseas mostly) confine themselves to London then York and/or Stratford-upon-Avon. They miss so much and pay dearly for it as...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-21-2019
Replies: 1,148
Views: 296,735
Posted By David Hughes
I nearly pointed to what the great philosophers...

I nearly pointed to what the great philosophers Flanders and Swann have pointed out in their song of patriotic prejudice but stopped myself in time as it is rude to just about everybody but still...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-21-2019
Replies: 90
Views: 4,543
Posted By David Hughes
It isn't; the person (yuk!) who is tired of...

It isn't; the person (yuk!) who is tired of photography is tired of life.



Regards, David
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-21-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,079
Posted By David Hughes
True but how many tripods do they all...

True but how many tripods do they all want?


Regards, David - typing with my tongue firmly in my cheek.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-21-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,079
Posted By David Hughes
Most of us have all we need; more than we need in...

Most of us have all we need; more than we need in many cases. So why worry?


Regards, David
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-21-2019
Replies: 90
Views: 4,543
Posted By David Hughes
The problem with minimalism is that when I/you...

The problem with minimalism is that when I/you reveal that you take a decent, respectable P&S - film or digital - with you on your travels and not the latest from Leica, Sony etc you are looked down...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-19-2019
Replies: 90
Views: 4,543
Posted By David Hughes
The way I see it; I have decided that many of my...

The way I see it; I have decided that many of my cameras must retire and I have spent the last decade or so finding homes for them...


Regards, David
Forum: Travel 12-17-2019
Replies: 59
Views: 2,138
Posted By David Hughes
I hope this doesn't sound rude but at 72 I think...

I hope this doesn't sound rude but at 72 I think you'll know what will be a tricky shot and will be able to (say) bracket the shot or use (fill in) flash and so on.


So, I'll wish you Bon...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-17-2019
Replies: 80
Views: 5,816
Posted By David Hughes
It's easy to see why, thanks for the photo (and...

It's easy to see why, thanks for the photo (and the others).

Regards, David
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-14-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,167
Posted By David Hughes
Keep and, perhaps, expand the Olympus...

Keep and, perhaps, expand the Olympus outfit.


Regards, David
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-14-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 371
Posted By David Hughes
I use an AGRIF too, it's one of the oldest tools...

I use an AGRIF too, it's one of the oldest tools in the box alongside a spanner for my bike by King Dick and - also pre-war - a Lindstrom pair of pliers.



Regards, David
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-14-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 1,059
Posted By David Hughes
Yes, there's a lot to be said for the SLR's of...

Yes, there's a lot to be said for the SLR's of this world but perhaps I shouldn't mention that here. Best to wait and see if a version with the 3 cam R mount appears...



Regards, David
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-14-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,411
Posted By David Hughes
These posts are rather unbalanced; where's the...

These posts are rather unbalanced; where's the "I've got a cool husband" ones? I guess they take it as read...


OTOH, perhaps "I've got a hot wife" would balance things up.


Regards, David
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-13-2019
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
That and driving through floods. You can guess...

That and driving through floods. You can guess that by then I had ceased to worry about rust.

I mentioned the 2CV, our other Citroen was the ID 21 or 19; just can't remember which...

The more...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-13-2019
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
I think "utter joy" is the best description of...

I think "utter joy" is the best description of Citroen motoring then; meaning a long, long time ago. My last was the GS1220 and that was scrapped once serious rust had got at it over the years.

I...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-13-2019
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
I don't know about the rest of you but ebay's car...

I don't know about the rest of you but ebay's car section has some superb photo's of very desirable cars in it but I can't afford any of them; especially the Citroen-Maserati I was looking at last...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-11-2019
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
I forgot to mention that the engine used in the...

I forgot to mention that the engine used in the Vanguard above was used in the Triumph TR2, the TR3's and the TR4's, as well as in the Ferguson TE20 tractor...


Regards, David
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-09-2019
Replies: 143
Views: 6,521
Posted By David Hughes
I find the watches are cheap but servicing and...

I find the watches are cheap but servicing and repairs ruin me. My second Omega (the Geneve Automatic) cost me about USD5 but services come in at about USD 180 to 200...

OTOH, the cheapo ones at one...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-09-2019
Replies: 1,011
Views: 194,063
Posted By David Hughes
^^^^ Love them! Thanks so much. Regards, David

^^^^ Love them! Thanks so much.


Regards, David
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-09-2019
Replies: 143
Views: 6,521
Posted By David Hughes
A Novelty French Watch

This is by Beuchat of France:-

https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Second/i-bVKzbqP/0/8146c6de/O/Beuchat%20Watch.jpg

My wife took a liking to it in a heap of bric-a-brac and so got it as a present....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-06-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 526
Posted By David Hughes
My Leica R5 had them and I've seen a lot for sale...

My Leica R5 had them and I've seen a lot for sale with them. So not only pre-war cameras...



Regards, David
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-05-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 336
Posted By David Hughes
Hi, There's a lot of info about them all over...

Hi,

There's a lot of info about them all over the internet; here's a clue to the date of your...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-05-2019
Replies: 9,181
Views: 909,932
Posted By David Hughes
Wot, no film bought?

Wot, no film bought?
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-05-2019
Replies: 9,181
Views: 909,932
Posted By David Hughes
Thanks for the reference which I didn't pick up...

Thanks for the reference which I didn't pick up in a few searches. It gives me a better chance of finding a manual for it. If I get anything out of the old film I'll be back...

BTW, it vaguely...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-05-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 336
Posted By David Hughes
Hi, The first two digits of the serial number...

Hi,

The first two digits of the serial number being the year is not true for FEDs but is a KMZ thing; meaning Zenit and Zorki.

The serial number of yours suggests 1972 to me.

I'll wish you luck...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-04-2019
Replies: 9,181
Views: 909,932
Posted By David Hughes
I saw this odd looking camera and wondered what...

I saw this odd looking camera and wondered what it was about; the best way forward was to buy it and...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-04-2019
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
IIRC this was based on something from the USA and...

IIRC this was based on something from the USA and appeared here in the early 50's.

https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Second/i-7tqMg26/0/6d583f3f/XL/Standard%20Vanguard-XL.jpg

The engine was a maid...
Forum: RFF Polls 12-04-2019
Replies: 88
Views: 6,315
Posted By David Hughes
Interesting question but you might just have well...

Interesting question but you might just have well asked if dentists dream about teeth for all the use the answers will be.


I asked my dentist, btw, and she shuddered at the thought but the answer...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-03-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 1,727
Posted By David Hughes
Two advantages of old fashioned designs; that's...

Two advantages of old fashioned designs; that's counting wooden framed aircraft as one of them...

Regards, David
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-03-2019
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
Hmmm, my take on that is that "less is more" to...

Hmmm, my take on that is that "less is more" to quote Ludwig (MvdR) an American...

I can see what you mean, however...

Regards, David
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-03-2019
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
I was tempted by it but mostly by the frame but...

I was tempted by it but mostly by the frame but I've too many photo's etc in frames and not enough wall...

So I left it there for someone else with a spare fiver to spend.

I was hoping to put a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-03-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 1,727
Posted By David Hughes
Q. How do Leicas break? A. Like any other...

Q. How do Leicas break?


A. Like any other camera; when you least expect them to...


Regards, David
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-03-2019
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
Advert for a 1958 Cadillac

https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Second/i-KNt5zxs/0/8138cc82/X2/Cadillac%201958-X2.jpg

Just after seeing the '59 model (above) I saw a framed advert for the '58 version. It was in a shop behind heap...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-24-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 954
Posted By David Hughes
A lot of us swear by Oleg and no one has ever...

A lot of us swear by Oleg and no one has ever sworn at him to my knowledge. He's your best bet.


Regards, David
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-24-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,472
Posted By David Hughes
You'll have to estimate the 35mm framing as the...

You'll have to estimate the 35mm framing as the CL frames are for 40, 50 and 90. The CLE's are for 28, 40 and 90mm. The CL VF can be used for 35mm by ignoring the frame lines but I've never tried it...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-23-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 1,388
Posted By David Hughes
I see the M6 as the best long term Leica camera...

I see the M6 as the best long term Leica camera with a meter.

There are a lot of OM cameras a lot cheaper than the OM-4 and they are all good. In my part of the world the OM10 (even with the manual...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-23-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 1,388
Posted By David Hughes
Adjust the aperture first then release the focus...

Adjust the aperture first then release the focus lock and use the RF.


Regards, David


PS I think your plan is OK. Ask to see the letter from Leica saying that the sensor has been changed.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-22-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 473
Posted By David Hughes
With old cameras you have to laugh as the only...

With old cameras you have to laugh as the only alternatives are to cry or bang your head on a wall a few times; it's the second* thing you have to learn...


Anyway, I'll wish you luck with the...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-22-2019
Replies: 636
Views: 162,382
Posted By David Hughes
https://photos.smugmug.com/Photography/The-Leica-M...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Photography/The-Leica-Mini-and-Friends/i-GSDDPBf/0/151e825e/X2/5%20Cameras%2007-X2.jpg

The Minolta appears twice for comparison. And it shows one of the advantages of...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-21-2019
Replies: 636
Views: 162,382
Posted By David Hughes
Not sure who rebadged what but there are a lot of...

Not sure who rebadged what but there are a lot of similar cameras with a wider variety of names on...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-21-2019
Replies: 143
Views: 6,521
Posted By David Hughes
It's a name I remember but haven't seen around...

It's a name I remember but haven't seen around for ages, although I have one. I vaguely think they had a historic role years ago because they introduced something or the other that went...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-20-2019
Replies: 143
Views: 6,521
Posted By David Hughes
Where do firms like Avia fit into this? I have a...

Where do firms like Avia fit into this? I have a soft spot for them and a watch, of course.


I'm tempted, btw, to put our two joke watches here just to lower the tone or else give you all a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-17-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,521
Posted By David Hughes
If you are worried about the screw loosening etc...

If you are worried about the screw loosening etc then have a look at Loctite thread locker. A lot of people think it's a glue but it isn't. There's a data sheet...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 11-16-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,260
Posted By David Hughes
Yeah, that Barnack design of shutter (via FED and...

Yeah, that Barnack design of shutter (via FED and Zorki) was a classic and had a long production run from 1925 to 2004.


Regards, David
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-16-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1,042
Posted By David Hughes
If you already have cameras that take the sort of...

If you already have cameras that take the sort of images you like then why confuse the issue with another? Spend the money on film, paper etc.

Or resign yourself to the fact that you are a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-15-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 715
Posted By David Hughes
Trigger Voltage

The trigger voltage of the 285 is notoriously high. Over 250v from memory.


As I couldn't remember I searched and found this...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-15-2019
Replies: 66
Views: 4,267
Posted By David Hughes
https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Second/i-6CdtzHR/...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Second/i-6CdtzHR/0/a02ab485/O/Tree%2001.jpg


This tree stood here for well over 400 years and then one day someone decided it had to go. The lane beside it is only...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-15-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 715
Posted By David Hughes
There's a Vivitar 2500 that covers 35, 50 & 85mm...

There's a Vivitar 2500 that covers 35, 50 & 85mm lenses by pulling the front forwards, plus 28mm with a clip on accessory that also diffuses or adds a catch light. Plus it bounces and works at...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-13-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,579
Posted By David Hughes
Well, um, I use all the speeds going and don't...

Well, um, I use all the speeds going and don't have problems but I'll cross my fingers next time.


As for printing, you need a lot of experience to print and that's the problem for newcomers. Add in...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-13-2019
Replies: 233
Views: 17,532
Posted By David Hughes
https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Oddments/i-4PM2vJ...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Oddments/i-4PM2vJ5/0/b03d3097/XL/Photo%2022-XL.jpg


My Contax Tix taken with the wife's Tix or, perhaps, vice versa. It's small and neat; the lens hood can be...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-13-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,579
Posted By David Hughes
And you'll need an exposure meter...

Well, I still think people need meters; especially if you are new to film and elderly cameras.

I managed without for years but I was using B&W film then and FP3 had a fairly wide latitude and I was...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-11-2019
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Second/i-PZsrwWR/...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Second/i-PZsrwWR/0/bf5803d3/O/Scimitar.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-11-2019
Replies: 564
Views: 52,224
Posted By David Hughes
In a charity shop...

In a charity shop window...


https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Second/i-GPH95rQ/0/e10b8e7e/XL/C%20Shop%20Sign-XL.jpg


And they did have a small box full of cameras but I wasn't tempted.


Regards,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-11-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,579
Posted By David Hughes
The real problem with pre-war Leica outfits is...

The real problem with pre-war Leica outfits is finding one of these in its case and getting it restored.

https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Oddments/i-TkzTrRs/0/d03c0311/L/Leicameter-L.jpg


My one...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-11-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,432
Posted By David Hughes
KMZ made a Zenit that took Pentax "K" mount...

KMZ made a Zenit that took Pentax "K" mount lenses, didn't they? And, iirc, the last ones had DX contacts and Leica M6 style TTL metering. Can't remember what they call it though.


Regards, David
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-11-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,579
Posted By David Hughes
You wanted some words of wisdom, so I'll start by...

You wanted some words of wisdom, so I'll start by saying that I have my doubts about any elderly RF for daily use: few will see that as words of wisdom.

As I see it, daily use means carrying the...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-09-2019
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
Well, I dunno about that... As for driving for...

Well, I dunno about that...

As for driving for fun; when we both had jobs and both needed cars we always had a large-ish sort of tourer (meaning comfortable with a decent boot) and a smaller one for...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-09-2019
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
FWIW, we were both staying at the same place and...

FWIW, we were both staying at the same place and the owner let me drive the thing; a 1960's classic. More recently several appeared in my road and, as you do, you chat to neighbours and learn these...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-08-2019
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
Hi, A neighbour's father had one and spent 23k...

Hi,

A neighbour's father had one and spent 23k on it in two years. His opinion was that you've got to spend at least 30K to get going. I shall stick to the boring and/or reasonably exciting having...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-08-2019
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
I've sworn to get one but it depends on a lottery...

I've sworn to get one but it depends on a lottery win... Perhaps a cheaper old Rolls might stop the yearning. I think the word for that Austin is gorgeous.

Regards, David


PS Or an Austin Champ;...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-08-2019
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
Austin...

Austin Six


https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Second/i-3Sm5P78/0/b847c50a/XL/Austin%20Six-XL.jpg


This was in the car park at a show or fair. Taken a long time ago with an Olympus E-10.


Regards,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-07-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 8,503
Posted By David Hughes
Hi, I have often thought that lenses, especially...

Hi,

I have often thought that lenses, especially the collapsible ones, act like pistons. So sucking and blowing and eventually the dust builds up. My main worry being grit as I have seen what it can...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 11-07-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 926
Posted By David Hughes
What would be useful would be a sticky thread in...

What would be useful would be a sticky thread in which we posted what kind of circuitry was in each camera. Finding that information is going to be a problem...


Regards, David
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-07-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 8,503
Posted By David Hughes
Thanks, I guess that shows that they can take it...

Thanks, I guess that shows that they can take it but also that they need regular servicing. And, of course, it also shows why the bills are so high...


Thanks again, David
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-06-2019
Replies: 9,181
Views: 909,932
Posted By David Hughes
My guess, and it's nothing more, is that no one...

My guess, and it's nothing more, is that no one was in when the delivery man came knocking at the door...


Regards, David
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-06-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 8,503
Posted By David Hughes
There's no real, guaranteed 100% answer....

There's no real, guaranteed 100% answer. Collectors vary so much, cameras vary too and the net result could be anything.


FWIW, those black cameras with the brass worn and showing make me wonder...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 11-05-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 926
Posted By David Hughes
We need a sticky thread on which we can list all...

We need a sticky thread on which we can list all the myths; we could start by telling everyone that expensive cameras need servicing and that secondhand ones can be (very) dodgy.


Trouble is, too...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-31-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 829
Posted By David Hughes
Hi, The M2 might be a suitable alternative to...

Hi,


The M2 might be a suitable alternative to the M4 and cheaper but this (price) varies from country to country and day to day at times. There are also some bargain Leica lenses about like the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-31-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 444
Posted By David Hughes
Try www.jackthehat.co.uk/lens-hoods-c-38.html...

Try www.jackthehat.co.uk/lens-hoods-c-38.html (http://www.jackthehat.co.uk) they are bound to have something in stock that's ideal...


Regards, David


PS I'm just one of their happy customers; no...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10-29-2019
Replies: 65
Views: 3,622
Posted By David Hughes
Thanks, took me back 60 or 65 years when I went...

Thanks, took me back 60 or 65 years when I went to meet my dad one day at lunch time and he was cleaning one only it wasn't that one...


Regards, David
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10-28-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,483
Posted By David Hughes
I'm feeling hungry and thirsty just looking at...

I'm feeling hungry and thirsty just looking at these...


Regards, David
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-28-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 2,229
Posted By David Hughes
When we go travelling to new places we both take...

When we go travelling to new places we both take the same camera as we need less spare batteries and chargers (meaning only one of each). And we have a back up both can use without mental...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-27-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,472
Posted By David Hughes
Problems focusing the Pentax could be a simple...

Problems focusing the Pentax could be a simple matter of adjusting the mirror, unless both the LX and MX do it. They do a nice 40mm lens for the Pentax which makes it very small and neat.

And two...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-27-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,472
Posted By David Hughes
Here's my tu'pence worth:- M6 and...

Here's my tu'pence worth:-

M6 and Summicron

Your original choice and I think the one you should go for but be warned that there are a lot of different Summicrons and there's the question of VF...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-27-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,472
Posted By David Hughes
Exactly, but I think he/she wants to know about...

Exactly, but I think he/she wants to know about blocking the VF and that's hard to answer until we know the model. It looks like some sort of M6, so can the M6 users take it from there?

The other...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-26-2019
Replies: 88
Views: 2,794
Posted By David Hughes
Leica CL bought secondhand with both 40 and 90mm...

Leica CL bought secondhand with both 40 and 90mm lenses when the new ones were still on sale, so a long, long time ago.


Regards, David
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-25-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,225
Posted By David Hughes
OTOH, who would even think of selling one of them...

OTOH, who would even think of selling one of them if it was working properly?


REgards, David
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 10-25-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 5,396
Posted By David Hughes
Oh dear. That's a path I went down; thinking a...

Oh dear. That's a path I went down; thinking a good copy of a Leica II with a few minor mod's and a Zeiss Conax lens would be interesting led me to the Zorki(-1) an a Jupiter-8 and then an Industar...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 10-25-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 5,396
Posted By David Hughes
Hi, Do take care, you've reached a point where...

Hi,


Do take care, you've reached a point where you know what they can do and so will be vulnerable...

It can attack in two ways, you'll either start looking for good ones in other versions like...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-23-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,318
Posted By David Hughes
Hmmm, it has a lot to do with how I use a camera....

Hmmm, it has a lot to do with how I use a camera. I saw a model II for sale at a price I could afford in the early 60's and 20 or 30 years later realised that its specification was what I used in...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-23-2019
Replies: 115
Views: 5,222
Posted By David Hughes
I can understand him; I feel the same every time...

I can understand him; I feel the same every time Microsoft decide to change almost everything again...


Regards, David
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-23-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,318
Posted By David Hughes
Surely the classic and best Barnack is the early...

Surely the classic and best Barnack is the early 30's model II ?

But I think this thread is about Barnack based and that's not quite the same, is it?


Regards David
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-23-2019
Replies: 143
Views: 6,521
Posted By David Hughes
My experience of Omegas based on several watches...

My experience of Omegas based on several watches and decades is that they get stolen and are expensive to replace, they are not as accurate as I'd expect and are expensive to service and when they...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-26-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 413
Posted By David Hughes
Ilford FP4 Plus, surely? Modern in other words....

Ilford FP4 Plus, surely? Modern in other words. You are very lucky, btw. I love those job lots of photo stuff, you never, ever know what you'll find.



Regards, David
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-26-2019
Replies: 77
Views: 2,379
Posted By David Hughes
Just looked at one of my cheap, secondhand...

Just looked at one of my cheap, secondhand limited edition Leicas and the instructions in German show the menu screens are in English. That suggests you have to be bilingual to use them if only one...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-26-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 413
Posted By David Hughes
Agfa CT 18, sighs and then sobs quietly...

Agfa CT 18, sighs and then sobs quietly...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-26-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,331
Posted By David Hughes
I had the same problem with the XD's only they...

I had the same problem with the XD's only they have a different model number here.

If you add every maker to the "every format or style" criteria you'll be able to keep a lot more...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 09-26-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 2,116
Posted By David Hughes
by "hack" I guess they mean"understand and...

by "hack" I guess they mean"understand and adjust" but I may be wrong; I'll ask my wife.

Regards, David
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-25-2019
Replies: 77
Views: 2,379
Posted By David Hughes
And the other pita is buying one second hand and...

And the other pita is buying one second hand and finding someone else's name engraved on it...


Regards, David
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-25-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,707
Posted By David Hughes
It's all those buttons, switches and the screen...

It's all those buttons, switches and the screen that complicate them. I can grab my film cameras quickly, wind on and be focussing easily. Grab a digital camera quickly and strange things can happen,...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-25-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,331
Posted By David Hughes
Starting to sell them off is easy but sooner or...

Starting to sell them off is easy but sooner or later you get to the last hundred or so and then the painful decisions crowd in.


Or you could buy a bigger house or flat.


Regards, David
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-25-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,707
Posted By David Hughes
It's looking as though a lot of us have a lot of...

It's looking as though a lot of us have a lot of cameras for a lot of fun and a couple for serious photography.

In my case, roughly speaking, the film ones are fun and the digital are serious.

I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-24-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,707
Posted By David Hughes
An interesting question but minimalist to me...

An interesting question but minimalist to me means not having a RF or SLR and only a simple small (meaning minimum weight) camera with a minimum of controls and a prime lens. During my film days that...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-24-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,559
Posted By David Hughes
That price was a shock, I'll think twice before...

That price was a shock, I'll think twice before taking mine out of the house...


Regards, David
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-24-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,331
Posted By David Hughes
That's a hard one to answer; my old Yashica had...

That's a hard one to answer; my old Yashica had slightly better lenses than my Trip but not by much. More to the point the Trip has clearer marking to the focus scale but a plain VF. It also has...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-24-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,331
Posted By David Hughes
I had one years ago and was struck by the lens...

I had one years ago and was struck by the lens quality when sorting old prints. So bought another in black and, of course, disaster struck.

As far as focussing goes there's nothing to complain about...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-22-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,331
Posted By David Hughes
My four are:- Konica C35 - film in it at...

My four are:-


Konica C35 - film in it at present,
Mamiya 135 EE - used earlier this year,
Olympus XA - the next to be used but
Yashica 35-ME (Black) - awaiting repair (glass cracked &...
Forum: Lomography 09-16-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,434
Posted By David Hughes
Some answers are beginning to suggest the...

Some answers are beginning to suggest the Brownie...


Regards, David
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-16-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,310
Posted By David Hughes
People have been buying clothes, wearing them to...

People have been buying clothes, wearing them to a party or wedding and then returning them to the shop for a refund for years. A local fiddle was to buy locally but return to the branch in Milton...
Forum: Lomography 09-16-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,434
Posted By David Hughes
Hmmm, it was a Sunday, a day of rest and all work...

Hmmm, it was a Sunday, a day of rest and all work and no play etc, etc...


Regards, David
Forum: Lomography 09-15-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,434
Posted By David Hughes
And to go with them the Kodak 120 and 35mm films...

And to go with them the Kodak 120 and 35mm films and, of course, the Tessar.


Regards, David
Forum: Lomography 09-15-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,434
Posted By David Hughes
Hi, Yes, I would have said that but wondered...

Hi,


Yes, I would have said that but wondered about minor changes.

F'instance the Leica standard ran from 1932 to 1950.

As for the III's there's ling and short versions. The longer die cast body...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-15-2019
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
Pick ups are interesting as a lot of makers did...

Pick ups are interesting as a lot of makers did small runs of them; I once saw a Morris Marina pick-up and then there's other variations like the old Jaguar (60's etc) as estate cars and so on.


All...
Forum: Lomography 09-15-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,434
Posted By David Hughes
Difficult to answer as the criteria isn't very...

Difficult to answer as the criteria isn't very fixed but the first Leica in commercial production was 1925 and it ended in 1960 as the IIIg but some were still being assembled/sold by Leitz in 1970....
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-13-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,125
Posted By David Hughes
Well as "the Black Dial has a really messed up...

Well as "the Black Dial has a really messed up shutter and curtains" I'd get that one done now while we are still sure of parts for it. A few years down the line and we may not have them available....
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-13-2019
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
Yup but difficult to dig out of the mud and get...

Yup but difficult to dig out of the mud and get home for a bit of work on them...


Regards, David
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-11-2019
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
And that engine had a lot of lives in various...

And that engine had a lot of lives in various forms; rather like the Barnacks...


Regards, David
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-11-2019
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
Fun seems to be the missing ingredient in a lot...

Fun seems to be the missing ingredient in a lot of things these days. CPU's make them very wonderful but too complex and, worse still, bland these days.


I just wish I could afford/justify buying a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-11-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 611
Posted By David Hughes
Another solution is to neatly label the cassettes...

Another solution is to neatly label the cassettes "1", "2" etc or else use "A", "B" etc. But you have to make a note of what's in each and can lose the note...

That way the label on the cassettes...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-11-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 896
Posted By David Hughes
FWIW, if testing three cameras by moving a single...

FWIW, if testing three cameras by moving a single cassette between them etc; it pays to take a picture of the other two cameras as no 1 for each test.


That way you know which of the three took the...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-10-2019
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
OK, I know I should only post photo's...

OK, I know I should only post photo's but...


https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/pristine-mini-1967-plastic-seat-19896595


Regards, David
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-09-2019
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Second/i-HzZXSg9/...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Second/i-HzZXSg9/0/e899f528/O/Napier-Railton.jpg


Regards, David
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-09-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,717
Posted By David Hughes
Ooops, I forgot to add that there's a serious...

Ooops, I forgot to add that there's a serious source of info about the OM range here:-


https://esif.world-traveller.org/om-sif/bodygroup.htm


Regards, David
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-09-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,016
Posted By David Hughes
I have often wondered if it would work with the...

I have often wondered if it would work with the camera placed on a flat surface, so the blind would be vertical and the lens axis horizontal. Would the sun be too high in the sky to be within the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-09-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 1,916
Posted By David Hughes
FWIW, a long, long time ago I went from that...

FWIW, a long, long time ago I went from that vintage look to the modern look when I traded in my Periflex and bought an Olympus-35 SP.

My 2d worth is that the lens, focussing and exposure improved...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-09-2019
Replies: 9,181
Views: 909,932
Posted By David Hughes
All part of the service. BTW the focal length...

All part of the service.

BTW the focal length shows its Contax heritage. You can find a lot about it if you do a search* in Russian for the lens but the answer will be in Russian and won't tell you...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-08-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,717
Posted By David Hughes
I don't know what the rest of you think but I...

I don't know what the rest of you think but I prefer the OM-1's and OM-2's; if you've SLR experience you can use them without the instruction book* as they are straight forward cameras. The 1's being...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-08-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 1,916
Posted By David Hughes
Hi, If you have a Leica, M bayonet or 39mm screw...

Hi,

If you have a Leica, M bayonet or 39mm screw thread, and want to get the look of a 1930's lens then the easiest way is to buy a 1930's lens and, perhaps, an adapter for the M body. Or a 40's...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-07-2019
Replies: 9,181
Views: 909,932
Posted By David Hughes
Hi seany65, You said "I bought a collapsible...

Hi seany65,

You said "I bought a collapsible Industar 50 with case, caps and receipt thingy. I have to presume it's a receipt as I don't read whatever language it's in."

Well, would you believe...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-06-2019
Replies: 64
Views: 1,899
Posted By David Hughes
Hmmm, whilst some wonderful equipment exists, I...

Hmmm, whilst some wonderful equipment exists, I can't help thinking that you have to be incredibly rich to afford it. What it would cost to buy the latest digtal equivalent of my old M2 or M6 and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-02-2019
Replies: 64
Views: 1,899
Posted By David Hughes
Yes, think of all those people going on a 3 month...

Yes, think of all those people going on a 3 month cruise worrying about their house catching fire and destroying their negatives or the computer being stolen and losing all their jpg's...

Luckily...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-01-2019
Replies: 64
Views: 1,899
Posted By David Hughes
Today's lenses and cameras are digital and the...

Today's lenses and cameras are digital and the ones of the past were/are film. So it can't be avoided.

As for better, I never print larger than 12" x 8" and have had lenses more than capable of that...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-01-2019
Replies: 64
Views: 1,899
Posted By David Hughes
I'm in two minds about this; when I'm holding the...

I'm in two minds about this; when I'm holding the camera and taking the picture etc I like film cameras but after it's taken I prefer digital. Luckily there's good lenses for both.

It's the feel of...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-01-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 486
Posted By David Hughes
If it annoys/irritates when it wobbles the hassle...

If it annoys/irritates when it wobbles the hassle free answer is a bit of electricians tape across the width of the base plate at the other end. Little chance of damaging anything and out of sight is...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-01-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 486
Posted By David Hughes
You could try tightening it a little and then...

You could try tightening it a little and then trying to unscrew it. In your shoes I'd also try and repair (with a file) the screw slots before unscrewing.


Regards, David
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-01-2019
Replies: 439
Views: 68,699
Posted By David Hughes
https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Second/i-G8JTBDZ/...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Second/i-G8JTBDZ/0/73677c67/L/Ginger%20Lily-L.jpg


Ginger lily, probably Hedychium gardnerianum.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-30-2019
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
Thanks, it hit me hard because I was the editor...

Thanks, it hit me hard because I was the editor of one of the Triumph club's magazine. It was a long time ago and these days the brain fade is creeping up on me.

Regards, David
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 08-30-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 554
Posted By David Hughes
Have you thought about the Olympus Trip-35?...

Have you thought about the Olympus Trip-35? There's a lot about at decent prices and there are people who specialise in them and sell them with a guarantee. The lens is very good by any...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-30-2019
Replies: 1,976
Views: 301,180
Posted By David Hughes
Saw this just after it was posted and thought it...

Saw this just after it was posted and thought it was the V8 wotsit. Spent a couple of sleepless nights until remembering Dolomite and then thought that's another old name recycled and spent more...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-30-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,931
Posted By David Hughes
Thanks, and nice to see others have tea...

Thanks, and nice to see others have tea pots...

My friend, who sadly died a while ago, was the person you'd go to if you had a timber framed house that was 300, 400 or 500 years old. He understood...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-29-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,931
Posted By David Hughes
Hi, It might amuse you; I had a friend who was...

Hi,


It might amuse you; I had a friend who was the top man in his trade and he told me once that the chopping board should be made of wood from the sycamore tree...


Regards, David
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-29-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,931
Posted By David Hughes
You can have too many gadgets and they get in the...

You can have too many gadgets and they get in the way most of the time.


Regards, David
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-29-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 546
Posted By David Hughes
Trouble is you need the original flexible hood to...

Trouble is you need the original flexible hood to use the filters and the lens cap; both Leica "C" lenses need them...

The odd thing to me is the way Leitz and Leica did things in unconventional...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-29-2019
Replies: 103
Views: 3,125
Posted By David Hughes
Sigh, Oh for the good old days when you took the...

Sigh, Oh for the good old days when you took the film into the local lab at lunch time and didn't need to label it because you'd only just taken it out of the camera...


Regards, David
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-28-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,198
Posted By David Hughes
Hi, That's very true but a lot of people would...

Hi,


That's very true but a lot of people would have been proud to have taken a lot of those shots. I blame forums for setting those challenges, because that's what they are.


Regards, David
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-27-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 463
Posted By David Hughes
It looks as though you will end up with another...

It looks as though you will end up with another camera...


Have fun, David
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-27-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,198
Posted By David Hughes
Hi, If you want to turn out photo's like a pro...

Hi,


If you want to turn out photo's like a pro sports photographer then you are going to have to gear up like one and get a bit more experience. But don't abandon the RF because it will be needed...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-26-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 354
Posted By David Hughes
I wonder about the charity shop cameras with film...

I wonder about the charity shop cameras with film in them; did the batteries fail and they not realise or what? But the fact is they abandoned the camera, film and battery.


Regards, David
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-26-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 2,313
Posted By David Hughes
Hi, It's the "everything" that I'm worried...

Hi,

It's the "everything" that I'm worried about; I do not believe that 90% of the M6's produced, cups of coffee I've drunk and books I've read are crap...

It's quite a simple test but seems to...
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