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Forum: Nikon RF 12-11-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 3,685
Posted By Al Kaplan
That's totally CRAZY!

That's totally CRAZY!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-09-2009
Replies: 169
Views: 20,357
Posted By Al Kaplan
Living in Miami, FL, high humidity, frequent...

Living in Miami, FL, high humidity, frequent unexpected rain showers, l like the fact that cameras without electronics can stand a bit of dampness and keep on functioning. I also like the idea that I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-09-2009
Replies: 169
Views: 20,357
Posted By Al Kaplan
Think of the M2 as the much better built camera,...

Think of the M2 as the much better built camera, all nicely hand fitted parts, and no meter to break or need a battey when you least expect it.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-09-2009
Replies: 25
Views: 8,809
Posted By Al Kaplan
Wish I'd had $500! Somebody scored a major coup....

Wish I'd had $500! Somebody scored a major coup. It just got pulled from Craig's List.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-09-2009
Replies: 40
Views: 5,247
Posted By Al Kaplan
Get with the times, Mukul. We no longer say...

Get with the times, Mukul. We no longer say "screw Leicas". The current terminology is "thread mount Leicas". But maybe we should say "screw Leicas", purchase some cheapy digital point & shoots, and...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-09-2009
Replies: 40
Views: 5,247
Posted By Al Kaplan
It takes too long to change film in a camera...

It takes too long to change film in a camera wearing a case, whether whole or half. Then you're just exchanging "I want to keep my camera looking like new for as long as possible!" for "OMG! What if...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-08-2009
Replies: 194
Views: 17,611
Posted By Al Kaplan
Merciless49, there is plenty of used darkroom...

Merciless49, there is plenty of used darkroom stuff out there for cheap, and as long as there is paper and chemicals (and an occasional replacement light bulb) it lasts forever. I'm still using...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 12-08-2009
Replies: 108
Views: 10,649
Posted By Al Kaplan
I got interested in my senior year of high...

I got interested in my senior year of high school, learned from reading the magazines, asking questions at the camera stores. One guy my age that I met at the camera shop lived nearby and had a...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-07-2009
Replies: 194
Views: 17,611
Posted By Al Kaplan
I still hadn't figured out all the things on my...

I still hadn't figured out all the things on my last cell phone after two years, then it broke. The new one has a camera. It would make more sense to make a digital camera that can function as a cell...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-07-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,873
Posted By Al Kaplan
Kalart used to make a "Focuspot" gizmo for their...

Kalart used to make a "Focuspot" gizmo for their press camera rangefinder. It projected a light through the rangefinder eyepiece. When the two spots of light on the subject became one you were in...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-07-2009
Replies: 194
Views: 17,611
Posted By Al Kaplan
We live in an analog universe. We have analog...

We live in an analog universe. We have analog eyes and analog brains.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-07-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 2,602
Posted By Al Kaplan
Anybody buying a CL should be doing it because...

Anybody buying a CL should be doing it because it's a cute quiet little camera with a killer 40mm lens, and it accepts most other M mount lenses, not for the meter. Budget for a seperate light meter...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-07-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 2,602
Posted By Al Kaplan
A lot of the price is based on looks. A perfectly...

A lot of the price is based on looks. A perfectly functioning body that has some minor dents, scratches, brassing on the edges, and the vulanite chipping off will go for cheap. Recover it with a skin...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-07-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 2,602
Posted By Al Kaplan
I'm still using an M3, an M2, and an M2-R on a...

I'm still using an M3, an M2, and an M2-R on a daily basis. They're not "too old". They work just fine. If you're looking for a camera for daily use one of the M2 or M4 series would be my choice...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-06-2009
Replies: 50
Views: 7,232
Posted By Al Kaplan
A too big darkroom means a lot of moving about,...

A too big darkroom means a lot of moving about, If you need to work fast it's better to have everything close by to minimize walking and reaching.

A small darkroom is easier and cheaper to heat and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-06-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 2,619
Posted By Al Kaplan
FYI, I've used a recessed lensboard reversed so I...

FYI, I've used a recessed lensboard reversed so I was able to gain about 5cm of extra "bellows" extension.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-06-2009
Replies: 60
Views: 5,776
Posted By Al Kaplan
If the cops busted everybody carrying a few grams...

If the cops busted everybody carrying a few grams of cannibus the courts would be clogged and the jails overflowing.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-06-2009
Replies: 60
Views: 5,776
Posted By Al Kaplan
I've been on shoots where I photographed people...

I've been on shoots where I photographed people smoking weed, and it's often easier to gain their trust if you take a few tokes with them. Weed no longer has the stigma that it had years ago, what...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-06-2009
Replies: 161
Views: 17,261
Posted By Al Kaplan
This thread is going off in sensless directions....

This thread is going off in sensless directions. Not every homeless person uses alcohol or drugs, no more so than photographers.

With the current state of the economy how many of us have put off...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-05-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 2,579
Posted By Al Kaplan
Supposedly those Nash Rambler seats were for...

Supposedly those Nash Rambler seats were for napping! I had a full size single bed matress in the back of my VW Microbus, screens and curtains on the windows, and a platform on the roof for high...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-05-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 2,579
Posted By Al Kaplan
The first car I had with seat belts (lap only)...

The first car I had with seat belts (lap only) was a '64 Beetle. The '61 Microbus didn't have any.

They used to sell clear plastic covers so your wedding album wouldn't get dirty!
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 12-05-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 6,921
Posted By Al Kaplan
The great thing about these old M2 (and M3)...

The great thing about these old M2 (and M3) bodies is that they're still working just fine after all these years of hard work. I bought mine back in 1972, #9290XX, used from a Miami News...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-05-2009
Replies: 33
Views: 3,232
Posted By Al Kaplan
If you have a lot of stuff of local interest see...

If you have a lot of stuff of local interest see if there's an historical society who'd take the negatives. Possibly a library or university.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-05-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 2,619
Posted By Al Kaplan
I think that a group of us Florida guys need to...

I think that a group of us Florida guys need to get together and "liberate" that junque collection from Midwest Photo. It ain't fair!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-05-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 3,458
Posted By Al Kaplan
Leicaflex synch covers are the same as the M4 and...

Leicaflex synch covers are the same as the M4 and later rangefinder covers, except they come in pairs molded in one piece, a thin strand of plastic seperating them. I'm not sure about now but the...
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-05-2009
Replies: 50
Views: 7,855
Posted By Al Kaplan
If it's the first version Summilux I don't think...

If it's the first version Summilux I don't think you'll like it. Wide open, even at f/2, it wasn't sharp enough for my taste.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-05-2009
Replies: 60
Views: 7,545
Posted By Al Kaplan
Thanks, Greyhound! But I still screw up on...

Thanks, Greyhound! But I still screw up on occasion.

Other bits of advice. Set your camera BEFORE making a meter reading. Use the meter to check how good your guess was. It's good practice for the...
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-05-2009
Replies: 50
Views: 7,855
Posted By Al Kaplan
Raid, the goggled version was made for the M3,...

Raid, the goggled version was made for the M3, and a large percentage of Leica users had M3 bodies back then. The goggles are bulky and introduce a lot of distortion and a flare amount of flare into...
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-05-2009
Replies: 50
Views: 7,855
Posted By Al Kaplan
5 or 6 years ago I sold a black paint 8 element...

5 or 6 years ago I sold a black paint 8 element in "user" condition for $600. Maybe 20 years earlier I'd paid $200 for it, also in "user" condition. That lens made plenty of money over the years.
Forum: Yashica RF 12-05-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,908
Posted By Al Kaplan
It's not worth spending the money to repair a...

It's not worth spending the money to repair a camera like this. It'd be cheaper to find another one that works. Try to find something where at least the shutter works with a dead battery even if the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-05-2009
Replies: 60
Views: 7,545
Posted By Al Kaplan
Rangefinder photography is intuitive and fluid,...

Rangefinder photography is intuitive and fluid, becoming one with your camera. If you like careful studied compositions you can do it with a rangefinder but an SLR is better.

In my opinion a...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-04-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,873
Posted By Al Kaplan
Let your eyes adapt to the dark. 15 minutes...

Let your eyes adapt to the dark. 15 minutes really does a better job that five minutes.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-04-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 2,579
Posted By Al Kaplan
Rob, here in Miami those plastic covers just made...

Rob, here in Miami those plastic covers just made you sweat more. Back then people didn't run their air conditioners all that often.

Now a clear plastic cover for the entire camera, THAT would...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-04-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 2,492
Posted By Al Kaplan
I never forget to charge my Weston Master V.

I never forget to charge my Weston Master V.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-04-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 2,579
Posted By Al Kaplan
I'm thinkin' (always dangerous!) that perhaps the...

I'm thinkin' (always dangerous!) that perhaps the latest fashion for 2010 should be a clear vinyl skin on our Leicas so we can count the screw heads. The more daring amongst us could skip that step...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-04-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 1,109
Posted By Al Kaplan
They'll still have full access to the technology...

They'll still have full access to the technology and the exact terms of the sale weren't in the story. It might be set up in such a way that Kodak would be getting a percentage of the revenue for as...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-04-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 3,839
Posted By Al Kaplan
Oh? BLUETOOTHS (BLUETEETH?) have three lens...

Oh? BLUETOOTHS (BLUETEETH?) have three lens turrets?
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-04-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 973
Posted By Al Kaplan
At least you noticed!

At least you noticed!
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 12-04-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 2,517
Posted By Al Kaplan
X synch has zero delay. The shutter opens, the...

X synch has zero delay. The shutter opens, the flash fires. M synch has a 30 millisecond delay after the flash contacts close and before the shutter opens. That lets a flashbulb get up to full power...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-04-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 559
Posted By Al Kaplan
With a Bessa it might make more sense to just...

With a Bessa it might make more sense to just pick up another body, perhaps a used one, and kiss this one goodby or keep it for emergencies and low light use, or as a "parts camera".

If you think...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-04-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 559
Posted By Al Kaplan
If the dial has click-stops like the L, or if you...

If the dial has click-stops like the L, or if you can read them off of the dial, I'd say just live with it.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-04-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 3,839
Posted By Al Kaplan
Looks more like he put the smartphone on the...

Looks more like he put the smartphone on the lens! Maybe the way to go would be to find an old 8mm movie camera with a three lens turret that takes "D mount" lenses? I think they only come in chrome...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-04-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 1,597
Posted By Al Kaplan
On my chrome M2's and M3 I use the yellow and...

On my chrome M2's and M3 I use the yellow and black striped Nikon straps, nice soft nylon with a black suede patch to keep it from slipping off my shoulder. I'm not ready for an M8 yet.

Somebody...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-03-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 1,419
Posted By Al Kaplan
That's way too far out of whack for a camera with...

That's way too far out of whack for a camera with a recent CLA. Return it.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-03-2009
Replies: 55
Views: 6,238
Posted By Al Kaplan
The ferricyanide brightens the highlights. The...

The ferricyanide brightens the highlights. The Scotch tells you how much they need to be brightened and when they're bright enough. It's safest if the ferricyanide is in a beaker and the Scotch is...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-03-2009
Replies: 104
Views: 9,515
Posted By Al Kaplan
The only true art photographs are MY photographs....

The only true art photographs are MY photographs. Why don't the people at Aperture understand that simple obvious truth?
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-03-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 2,436
Posted By Al Kaplan
Just remember to always carry a spare spool in...

Just remember to always carry a spare spool in case you drop it, and a lenshood is s good idea too. Enjoy your new camera!
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-03-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 1,548
Posted By Al Kaplan
Ansel Adams "The Print".

Ansel Adams "The Print".
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-03-2009
Replies: 149
Views: 12,465
Posted By Al Kaplan
You get several dozen (or hundred) photographers...

You get several dozen (or hundred) photographers out on the street taking photographs. When confronted by the police they say "OK, arrest me!" INSIST on being arrested. Photograph the cops making the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-03-2009
Replies: 32
Views: 3,031
Posted By Al Kaplan
Jeepers, NOW I know why I have no wife or...

Jeepers, NOW I know why I have no wife or girlfriend! I spent all that money on photo stuff!
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 12-03-2009
Replies: 102
Views: 41,248
Posted By Al Kaplan
If you want to stay faithful to the spirit of the...

If you want to stay faithful to the spirit of the Medalist you should look for a Kodak Precision enlarger, which was made about the same time. I bought mine used about 40 years ago and over the years...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-03-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 1,514
Posted By Al Kaplan
Good luck! That vulcanite on a IIIa is a...

Good luck! That vulcanite on a IIIa is a vulcanized rubber product that would be about 70 years old now. When you try to get it completely off to rebond it you'll end up with a bunch of brittle...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-03-2009
Replies: 25
Views: 8,809
Posted By Al Kaplan
Anybody want to buy an M2-R box? I'm sure that...

Anybody want to buy an M2-R box? I'm sure that they're more scarce than the bodies themselves.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-02-2009
Replies: 55
Views: 6,238
Posted By Al Kaplan
Don't forget Gene Smith's post processing skills...

Don't forget Gene Smith's post processing skills with potassium ferracyanide or his previsualization in the darkroom fascilitated by the influence of Scotch.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-02-2009
Replies: 25
Views: 8,809
Posted By Al Kaplan
I bought one when they first came out and I'm...

I bought one when they first came out and I'm still using it on a regular basis. I also have all of the original paperwork and the box. Mine looks like it's seen years of pro use though, has M4 style...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-02-2009
Replies: 2
Views: 842
Posted By Al Kaplan
Run a few rolls through it. That's what it's all...

Run a few rolls through it. That's what it's all about. And try to keep it in the shade as much as possible so as not to bake the film.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-02-2009
Replies: 124
Views: 21,127
Posted By Al Kaplan
When I look over contact sheets from the sixties...

When I look over contact sheets from the sixties or seventies it seems that I had a much higher percentage of keepers than I thought at the time. I don't get that high a percentage now with my...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-02-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 1,373
Posted By Al Kaplan
If you have a tray of print developer that isn't...

If you have a tray of print developer that isn't all used up and you want to save it overnight the best thing to do is use what's called a "floating lid" that covers the surface of the developer. You...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-02-2009
Replies: 81
Views: 20,370
Posted By Al Kaplan
XP2? It doesn't give you the option of easy home...

XP2? It doesn't give you the option of easy home development. We still don't know just how archival that black dye might be in fifty years, or one hundred for that matter. All I know is that I threw...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-02-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 1,873
Posted By Al Kaplan
I finally got rid of my 35/1.8 Canon because it...

I finally got rid of my 35/1.8 Canon because it too 40mm filters while my Leitz 50mm, 90mm, amd 135mm all took 39mm filters. It had nothing to do with image qulity or build quality. It was a great...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-02-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 1,371
Posted By Al Kaplan
Visually, through the finder, there's a lot of...

Visually, through the finder, there's a lot of distortion. The first version 35 f/1.4 Summilux ain't the sharpest lens that came out of Wetzlar and flares a bit wide open. If you needed the speed...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-02-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,347
Posted By Al Kaplan
The chromed brass adapters from Spiratone and...

The chromed brass adapters from Spiratone and Accura, made in the '50's and 60's were also of high quality.
Forum: RFF Polls 12-02-2009
Replies: 372
Poll: Guy or Gal?
Views: 51,511
Posted By Al Kaplan
Lately I've been showing up at Starbucks with a...

Lately I've been showing up at Starbucks with a Rolleiflex. Again, only females seem to notice and recognize what it is, even the exact model, without making snide comments about "old fashioned film...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-02-2009
Replies: 37
Views: 5,753
Posted By Al Kaplan
Isn't that the Kalart set-up? I prefer the...

Isn't that the Kalart set-up? I prefer the Graflex flash and bracket. At the price of the bulbs these days you may as well just shoot 4X5 film.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-02-2009
Replies: 101
Views: 16,597
Posted By Al Kaplan
I shot a friend's DSLR a couple of times at...

I shot a friend's DSLR a couple of times at parties. Everybody drives you bonkers wanting to see the pictures on the screen and can't believe that l never do.
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-02-2009
Replies: 20
Views: 4,105
Posted By Al Kaplan
I shoot a lot with the 15mm Heliar, and a lot of...

I shoot a lot with the 15mm Heliar, and a lot of these get used on my blog http://thepriceofsilver.blogspot.com. Lately I've been cropping a few photos and blowingup just a corner of the image...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-02-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 3,458
Posted By Al Kaplan
That's cool, Michael. Go check out India and...

That's cool, Michael. Go check out India and visit with Mukul. I'll manage to keep busy through the holidays without you. One interesting thing I'm looking forward to doing over the holidays is...
Forum: Off Topic 12-02-2009
Replies: 80
Views: 23,253
Posted By Al Kaplan
Getting The Most Out Of Your Carousel

The original lenses are pretty bad and the zoom is just plain not very sharp. You can make the lenses sharper by stopping them down.

Use some thin card stock, like index card thickness. If you can't...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-01-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 3,458
Posted By Al Kaplan
If you ever get work done on the camera it's a...

If you ever get work done on the camera it's a good idea to get the X socket changed. No need to change both because flash bulbs are rarely used anymore.
Forum: Off Topic 12-01-2009
Replies: 80
Views: 23,253
Posted By Al Kaplan
I have TWO Carousel projectors here someplace....

I have TWO Carousel projectors here someplace. They work magic with Kodachrome II slides!

http://thepriceofsilver.blogspot.com
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-01-2009
Replies: 37
Views: 5,753
Posted By Al Kaplan
The Norman 200B was a powerful flash, but one of...

The Norman 200B was a powerful flash, but one of the most reliable flashes ever made. It was heavy as hell too! The wedding shooters loved 'em. ISO 50 Ektacolor CPS, and then ISO 100 Vericolor VPS,...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-01-2009
Replies: 37
Views: 5,753
Posted By Al Kaplan
You use what you gotta use. I've been using...

You use what you gotta use. I've been using Vivitar 283 units on my Leicas since they came out with them in the mid 1970's. Before that it was a manual Minicam EF-100 with a seperate power pack. That...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-01-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,077
Posted By Al Kaplan
I described the Viso conversion in detail before...

I described the Viso conversion in detail before but if anybody wants I'll do it again. And these lenses were cheap years ago. I'm not sure what a used one would sell for these days.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-01-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,077
Posted By Al Kaplan
I never said "Telyt", just "400mm". It's a...

I never said "Telyt", just "400mm". It's a Sterling-Howard Tele Astranar f/6.3, very similar to the Spiratone and a bunch of other under forty dollar 400mm lenses of the era. A little creative...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-01-2009
Replies: 104
Views: 9,515
Posted By Al Kaplan
Well, here it is the first of December, scattered...

Well, here it is the first of December, scattered clouds, the gentlest of breezes, and somewhere in the mid-eighties (F) or warmer. Time to head out, camera in hand, in search of a cup of coffee and...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-01-2009
Replies: 104
Views: 9,515
Posted By Al Kaplan
Sometimes I think the fundamentalist religious...

Sometimes I think the fundamentalist religious leaders of all stripes gather together amongst themselves on occasion and laugh their a$$e$ off at the way so many gullible people just eat up all of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-01-2009
Replies: 125
Views: 11,323
Posted By Al Kaplan
I'm down to a rare variant of the Visoflex II...

I'm down to a rare variant of the Visoflex II with interchangeable focusing screens and a 3.25" X 4.25" Graflex.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-01-2009
Replies: 104
Views: 9,515
Posted By Al Kaplan
But "creative" doesn't mean that anybody has to...

But "creative" doesn't mean that anybody has to like it.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-01-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,450
Posted By Al Kaplan
Two other bits of advice: 1) Never drive by a...

Two other bits of advice: 1) Never drive by a church rummage sale, yard sale, or even a pawn shop without checking out what they have and 2) be familiar with what other brands and types of old...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-01-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,184
Posted By Al Kaplan
If you're willing to start out by shooting and...

If you're willing to start out by shooting and developing negatives with that "vintage look" you'll have more chance at success. First, try to find an old uncoated lens, although a single coated is...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-30-2009
Replies: 104
Views: 9,515
Posted By Al Kaplan
In most cases degrees are pure B.S., and not just...

In most cases degrees are pure B.S., and not just in art and photography. I can hold my own as a municipal advisory board member dealing in city planning and building and zoning issues. One day I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-30-2009
Replies: 54
Views: 4,411
Posted By Al Kaplan
I think that I'd prefer to shoot B&W myself, but...

I think that I'd prefer to shoot B&W myself, but I find that shooting at least some traditional posed shots in color at a wedding helps to make everybody happy.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-30-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,077
Posted By Al Kaplan
Now you need a 400mm lens...LOL

Now you need a 400mm lens...LOL
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-30-2009
Replies: 143
Views: 84,862
Posted By Al Kaplan
I want Kodak to bring back Ektachrome Infrared...

I want Kodak to bring back Ektachrome Infrared film.

Whoops! That magic orange filter I used to use with it went off with the rest of my 58mm filters last week. The film though, it was truely magic...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-30-2009
Replies: 74
Views: 5,731
Posted By Al Kaplan
I guess it's time to start wearing my ties inside...

I guess it's time to start wearing my ties inside out so that everybody can read the Jerry Garcia labels.

Ooooh! I should do that in some of my blog photos! A Jerry Garcia necktie while tokin' on a...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-30-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,450
Posted By Al Kaplan
The differences are: A.) The Minolta has a bit...

The differences are: A.) The Minolta has a bit better build quality and feels smoother in operation. B.) The film feeds down of the top of the camera in a straight line. Yashicas and Rolleis feed up...
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 11-30-2009
Replies: 90
Views: 14,927
Posted By Al Kaplan
Why is it that a generation that pays hrough the...

Why is it that a generation that pays hrough the nose for jeans that have been sandpapered, beaten on rocks 'til they're , bleached, torn, and ripped, wants a pristine new looking camera? When you...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-30-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,184
Posted By Al Kaplan
Modern high contrast lenses are largely a result...

Modern high contrast lenses are largely a result of the coatings used. Older single coated, or uncoated, lenses put a lot of flare light into the shadows. That's what reduces the contrast. If you're...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-30-2009
Replies: 143
Views: 84,862
Posted By Al Kaplan
I'm sticking with black and white. It's easier...

I'm sticking with black and white. It's easier than figuring out what color sheets to put on the bed. Color becomes less a concern as the years pass by. I've reached that point in life where even...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-30-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,053
Posted By Al Kaplan
These discussions always remind me of the ads for...

These discussions always remind me of the ads for a "Life Size Inflatable Doll with Features You Wouldn't Believe!"

The conversions look great in the neighborhood weekly or a trade journal.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-29-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,053
Posted By Al Kaplan
You have more options with B&W as far as speed,...

You have more options with B&W as far as speed, grain, tonality, contrast, etc. plus silver based film, properly processed and correctly stored has great keeping qualities. Silver doesn't fade the...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-29-2009
Replies: 54
Views: 7,391
Posted By Al Kaplan
Roger, I'm not saying that I've gotten better or...

Roger, I'm not saying that I've gotten better or worse. It's just that I seem to shoot pretty much the same way, see the world through the same eyes, that sort of thing. Close in to the subjects,...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-29-2009
Replies: 54
Views: 7,391
Posted By Al Kaplan
Lately I have been going back through nearly half...

Lately I have been going back through nearly half a century of pictures, some personal, some shot for clients, and posting them on my blog with info about the photos, subjects, etc. They're mixed in...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-29-2009
Replies: 42
Views: 5,114
Posted By Al Kaplan
Thank you Charles Darwin. Chimpanzees and bonobos...

Thank you Charles Darwin. Chimpanzees and bonobos don't believe in God, country, and the American way. Is that liberal or conservative, left or right?
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-29-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,228
Posted By Al Kaplan
Good ol' Savage Glassines! Supposedly not...

Good ol' Savage Glassines! Supposedly not "archival", but my negs and their sleeves from as far back as 1961 are still just fine. Number the strips on your contact sheet to match the numbers you put...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-29-2009
Replies: 42
Views: 5,114
Posted By Al Kaplan
If the little Mom & Pop ice cream store that...

If the little Mom & Pop ice cream store that hired you to begin with got a break on the price because that's all they could afford at the time, and now they're a national chain and the supermarkets...
Forum: Optics Theory - 11-29-2009
Replies: 41
Views: 4,160
Posted By Al Kaplan
Click stops are great. I wish they'd equipped the...

Click stops are great. I wish they'd equipped the 15mm Heliar with them.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-28-2009
Replies: 2,697
Views: 792,689
Posted By Al Kaplan
I'm ready! It'll be fun. I love the looks I get...

I'm ready! It'll be fun. I love the looks I get from people when I carry around one of these relics out of the past! I'm amazed at how clean and nice the lens is.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-28-2009
Replies: 74
Views: 5,731
Posted By Al Kaplan
Nice shot, Bob!

Nice shot, Bob!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-28-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 1,870
Posted By Al Kaplan
Dang! What are they selling for these days? I...

Dang! What are they selling for these days? I might be talked into selling a couple of mine.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-28-2009
Replies: 2,697
Views: 792,689
Posted By Al Kaplan
Akiva, next time we get together for lunch remind...

Akiva, next time we get together for lunch remind me to bring my 3.25" x 4.25" R.B.Graflex Series B with its 6 3/8 inch f/4.5 Kodak Anastigmat lens.

It's a LOT cooler looking than your puny little...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-28-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 1,437
Posted By Al Kaplan
During and right after World War II Wollensack...

During and right after World War II Wollensack was selling lenses in Leica thread mount. I think that E. Leitz New York was marketing them in the U.S. You couldn't get German lenses here. Once real...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-28-2009
Replies: 74
Views: 5,731
Posted By Al Kaplan
I wonder if taping them in cheap plain tan...

I wonder if taping them in cheap plain tan masking tape would make them less visible in one of those expensive tan leather custom made half cases?
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 11-28-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 2,942
Posted By Al Kaplan
It's been a lot of years! I can't remember...

It's been a lot of years! I can't remember everything. I try, though.
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 11-28-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 2,942
Posted By Al Kaplan
I think that the 250 is a catadioptric design, a...

I think that the 250 is a catadioptric design, a so-called "mirror lens". The main mirror in the rear is donut shaped while the secondary mirror in the front is a round circle coated on the rear of...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-28-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 1,635
Posted By Al Kaplan
You have to check your spell check. Think of it...

You have to check your spell check. Think of it as "auto exposure" for words. It don't always work.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-28-2009
Replies: 42
Views: 5,114
Posted By Al Kaplan
Let the restaurant owner think that you'll be...

Let the restaurant owner think that you'll be bringing potential long term restaurant customers over for that food. Create a situation where he'll WANT to impress them and get repeat business from...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-28-2009
Replies: 42
Views: 5,114
Posted By Al Kaplan
Unless the contract with the client specified...

Unless the contract with the client specified transfer of copyright you still own the copyright. A) get an attorney B) notify the newspaper that the advertiser doesn't own the copyright and C) notify...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 11-28-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 2,942
Posted By Al Kaplan
Lens focal length comparisons between half frame...

Lens focal length comparisons between half frame and full frame are not one to two. The actual relationship could be one of two things, depending on whether you figure the diagonal of the negative or...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 11-28-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 2,942
Posted By Al Kaplan
The single frame 35mm film image is really about...

The single frame 35mm film image is really about the same size as the DSLR sensor, and films have gotten finer grained and sharper since the 1960's. A lot of us hoped that Olympus would have come out...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-28-2009
Replies: 161
Views: 17,261
Posted By Al Kaplan
Some of the "homeless" aren't all that homeless....

Some of the "homeless" aren't all that homeless. There's a 1940's vintage trailer park near here. The rundown trailers, all rentals now, aren't set all that far behind an upscale strip mall with a...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 11-28-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 2,942
Posted By Al Kaplan
All of the Zuiko lenses seemed to have a good...

All of the Zuiko lenses seemed to have a good reputation but I doubt if they ever sold many big long telephotos for it. The appeal of the camera was its small size. It was also an era when there were...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-27-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 1,675
Posted By Al Kaplan
He should have given you a free case! After all,...

He should have given you a free case! After all, Keith, you obviously had a director of lighting, grips, set designer, etc. to pay for when you made the shot.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-27-2009
Replies: 161
Views: 17,261
Posted By Al Kaplan
I just keepo on shooting 15mm pix of myself...

I just keepo on shooting 15mm pix of myself around town. My ex is always telling me to shave and/or get a haircut because "You look just like a street person! A BUM!" she says, "...and you have HOLES...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-27-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 1,675
Posted By Al Kaplan
A Rolleiflex does OK as a chick magnet too. I...

A Rolleiflex does OK as a chick magnet too.

I wonder if it's based on the same mental thing that causes so many females to be attracted to older guys?:rolleyes:
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-27-2009
Replies: 161
Views: 17,261
Posted By Al Kaplan
There are plenty of homeless cats waiting to be...

There are plenty of homeless cats waiting to be adopted at the pound. Dogs too!
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-27-2009
Replies: 74
Views: 5,731
Posted By Al Kaplan
You could fill in the lettering grooves with that...

You could fill in the lettering grooves with that flourescent orange paint the road crews use to mark the locations of underground utilities. Everybody will assume that you have your kid's toy Leica...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 11-27-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 2,592
Posted By Al Kaplan
Jordan said it perfectly!

Jordan said it perfectly!
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-27-2009
Replies: 111
Views: 22,920
Posted By Al Kaplan
Half a century ago a Yashicamat was $60, an...

Half a century ago a Yashicamat was $60, an Autocord was $100, and the Rolleiflex T was $185. Today that would put the Autocord in the $600 range and the only competition would be the Chinese made...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-27-2009
Replies: 143
Views: 84,862
Posted By Al Kaplan
Usually a a blob of home made cookie dough is...

Usually a a blob of home made cookie dough is dropped on the cookie sheet and allowed to flatten itself into a more or less round cookie. Even when using a cookie cutter the trimmings are kneaded...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-27-2009
Replies: 111
Views: 22,920
Posted By Al Kaplan
I prefer the ergonomics of the Autocord. That...

I prefer the ergonomics of the Autocord. That focusing lever (until it breaks) beats knob focusing! Also, the reversed film feed direction means that the frame you'll shoot next isn't making a sharp...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 11-27-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 2,592
Posted By Al Kaplan
You don't lose an extra bit of quality with an...

You don't lose an extra bit of quality with an enlarging lens. If the image looks sharp in the print what did you lose?

Another consideration is the relationship between print size and viewing...
Forum: Off Topic 11-26-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 2,549
Posted By Al Kaplan
I got invited to eat at the home of an old...

I got invited to eat at the home of an old friend. There were about thirty people there, loads of food, and lots of good conversation. I shot close to a roll of film with my 15mm lens. Then I got a...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-26-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 2,345
Posted By Al Kaplan
Just pretend that you know what you're doing.

Just pretend that you know what you're doing.
Forum: Off Topic 11-26-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 2,549
Posted By Al Kaplan
I've raised a few turkeys and ducks and dozens of...

I've raised a few turkeys and ducks and dozens of chickens. The skin keeps the meat juicy if you roast it but if you're going to cook it some other way it's really a lot easier to skin the bird than...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-26-2009
Replies: 143
Views: 84,862
Posted By Al Kaplan
In the end it comes down to being able to produce...

In the end it comes down to being able to produce images that satisfy YOU. If others don't like them then THEY have the problem. The challenge only comes with getting to the point where you really...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-26-2009
Replies: 143
Views: 84,862
Posted By Al Kaplan
Om the bright side those of us who always bathe...

Om the bright side those of us who always bathe religiously on the fifteenth and thirtieth of every month will soon be performing the ceremony once more, no longer part of the Great Unwashed..
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-26-2009
Replies: 143
Views: 84,862
Posted By Al Kaplan
Color is an illusion. Silver is black. Pixels are...

Color is an illusion. Silver is black. Pixels are becoming pervasive. Happy Thanksgiving.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-25-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 844
Posted By Al Kaplan
Grab a Bessa L while you can. They've been out of...

Grab a Bessa L while you can. They've been out of prduction for several years. Great camera though! Mine has seen hundreds of rolls through it!
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-25-2009
Replies: 143
Views: 84,862
Posted By Al Kaplan
Yes, any job at all might pollute my work. On the...

Yes, any job at all might pollute my work. On the other hand there's a paucity of rich girlfriends, and should I luck out and find one there's still the consideration that after a bit of time keeping...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-25-2009
Replies: 143
Views: 84,862
Posted By Al Kaplan
For three years or so I hardly took any photos...

For three years or so I hardly took any photos other than with a 15mm lens, the camera held out at arm's length, and including me in the composition, often with my toy monkey Monkette sitting on my...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-25-2009
Replies: 143
Views: 84,862
Posted By Al Kaplan
I think that you've got to take chances, find new...

I think that you've got to take chances, find new or different ways of seeing the world, realize when you're stuck in a rut, and be willing to move on when you do get stuck in one. Sometimes you have...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-25-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 765
Posted By Al Kaplan
I started scanning from the contact sheets...

I started scanning from the contact sheets because they looked OK posted on my blog http://thepriceofsilver.blogspot.com and it was quick and easy. I still have all the negatives, sleeved and...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-25-2009
Replies: 143
Views: 84,862
Posted By Al Kaplan
The level of the prose also seems to have risen...

The level of the prose also seems to have risen to new heights in this discussion. It's actually been a good read! I suppose it's difficult to write in a captivating style when it's just about silver...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-25-2009
Replies: 53
Views: 7,716
Posted By Al Kaplan
What ever happened to all those 45 RPM singles,...

What ever happened to all those 45 RPM singles, the ones with just one song you really wanted and the "flip side" that nobody wanted to hear?
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-25-2009
Replies: 143
Views: 84,862
Posted By Al Kaplan
Now television does the propaganda. Even Time and...

Now television does the propaganda. Even Time and Newsweek became orphaned. Unfortunately Fox News now spews the propaganda to the broader audience via the tube while its counterbalance, Alternet,...
Forum: Off Topic 11-25-2009
Replies: 112
Views: 8,586
Posted By Al Kaplan
Ms. Oster, a well run company shouldn't need a...

Ms. Oster, a well run company shouldn't need a Customer Service "Ambassador" to cover for the nasty way that others in the company treat the customers. If the sales staff were properly trained...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-25-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 1,342
Posted By Al Kaplan
Tri-X Professional ISO 320 was made in sheets and...

Tri-X Professional ISO 320 was made in sheets and 120/220 rolls. It has a retouching "tooth" on the surface for pencil retouching. It has a different spectral sensitivity and a longer toe on the H&D...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-24-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,089
Posted By Al Kaplan
Even my dad's Kodachromes from the 30's and 40's...

Even my dad's Kodachromes from the 30's and 40's still look OK, but that original Kodachrome was extremely contrasty. I wish that I could find the rest of the boxes, the stuff he shot while in the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-24-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,089
Posted By Al Kaplan
Ektachromes supposedly stand up to bright light,...

Ektachromes supposedly stand up to bright light, as in projection, better than Kodachrome while the various Kodachromes are about as fade free as you can get if stored in the dark.

I always...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-24-2009
Replies: 143
Views: 84,862
Posted By Al Kaplan
Sparrow, I wasn't presenting von Bayros because...

Sparrow, I wasn't presenting von Bayros because his work was pornographic but because it was a great example of composition by halves. The style of his work was common in that era, the stark black...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-24-2009
Replies: 143
Views: 84,862
Posted By Al Kaplan
Franz von Bayros was a master of erotica in the...

Franz von Bayros was a master of erotica in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. He wasn't a photographer but the compositions of his black and white drawings were fantastic. A quick...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-24-2009
Replies: 143
Views: 84,862
Posted By Al Kaplan
If the image is dynamic, eye grabbing enough,...

If the image is dynamic, eye grabbing enough, nobody is going to pay any attention to the mathamatical niceties. I think that the rule is all too often used as a crutch "Oh, look at my great...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-23-2009
Replies: 48
Views: 3,541
Posted By Al Kaplan
One cool feature of the Miranda was its ability...

One cool feature of the Miranda was its ability to use all of those Carl Zeiss Jena, Angenieux, Schneider, etc. Exacta mount auto diaphragm lenses and retain the auto diaphragm function. If only...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-23-2009
Replies: 58
Views: 8,390
Posted By Al Kaplan
Why do we always have to think in terms of paint...

Why do we always have to think in terms of paint and leather? Many late nineteenth century and early twentieth century cameras had red leather bellows, varnished mahogany bodies, polished brass...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-23-2009
Replies: 53
Views: 7,716
Posted By Al Kaplan
I'm just hangin' out, drinkin' coffee, filling my...

I'm just hangin' out, drinkin' coffee, filling my lungs with tobacco smoke, waiting for my Leica M2's an' M3 to die. Time enough to worry about the logevity of electronics later.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-23-2009
Replies: 48
Views: 3,541
Posted By Al Kaplan
The Miranda girl! I had a Miranda D for several...

The Miranda girl! I had a Miranda D for several years.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-23-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,296
Posted By Al Kaplan
About the only real complaint expressed so far is...

About the only real complaint expressed so far is that "cheap filters stick". Rub some candle wax on the threads to make 'em slippery.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-23-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 4,934
Posted By Al Kaplan
3200 is an optimistic speed for Delta 3200 as it...

3200 is an optimistic speed for Delta 3200 as it is. Shoot your first roll set at 1600, or if you want to take the trouble, make another frame one stop underexposed and another two stops...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-23-2009
Replies: 48
Views: 3,541
Posted By Al Kaplan
Thanks for the clarification, Roger. Multigrade...

Thanks for the clarification, Roger. Multigrade does come closest to that DuPont Varilour in the way that it looks.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-23-2009
Replies: 48
Views: 3,541
Posted By Al Kaplan
Some of us cried when DuPont went out of the...

Some of us cried when DuPont went out of the sensitized products business altogether. They were the originators of variable contrast papers with Varigam. They introduced a new set of filters when...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-23-2009
Replies: 202
Views: 77,493
Posted By Al Kaplan
I like my pictures of people better if they just...

I like my pictures of people better if they just go about their business.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-22-2009
Replies: 74
Views: 15,874
Posted By Al Kaplan
There have been plenty of times when I was...

There have been plenty of times when I was shooting a Rolleiflex or Autocord TLR with its 75mm lens and cropped a 35mm negative sized area out of the image to use it as a potrait lens.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-22-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 2,197
Posted By Al Kaplan
I like to cut my film into strips of 6 to sleeve...

I like to cut my film into strips of 6 to sleeve it. When I have more than 36 images on a roll I try to dicard the extra ones, but they might be from someplace in the middle of the roll.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-22-2009
Replies: 38
Views: 2,957
Posted By Al Kaplan
Oh yeah, that was great! The idea, though, is to...

Oh yeah, that was great! The idea, though, is to smoke their ganja, snort their powder, drink their single malt Scotch, and so on. Also, some people are impressed when they hear about the rock stars...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 11-22-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,329
Posted By Al Kaplan
First off, here in Miami I prefer a light colored...

First off, here in Miami I prefer a light colored bag so it doesn't heat up so much in the sun. My light tan canvas original mid 1970's vintage Leica bag gets dirty. It got dirty years ago. It's...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-22-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 2,086
Posted By Al Kaplan
There's a way to test my theory: Cut a ring of...

There's a way to test my theory: Cut a ring of light card stock, such as an index card, and use it to shim the lens out that little bit in the mount. If the focus is worse, the point of focus even...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-22-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 2,086
Posted By Al Kaplan
I think that grinding the rangefinder tab in the...

I think that grinding the rangefinder tab in the back is the opposite of what you need to do! Now if I were to want to shim the lens the easiest place to put a shim would be in the focusing mount...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-22-2009
Replies: 20
Views: 2,615
Posted By Al Kaplan
I don't know how they do it but the 15mm Heliar...

I don't know how they do it but the 15mm Heliar is just fine at f/11. There should be all sorts of diffraction artifacts but I don't see them.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-22-2009
Replies: 2,108
Views: 388,674
Posted By Al Kaplan
Those daylight loading spools will fit in most...

Those daylight loading spools will fit in most bulk film loaders. If you load the bulk film loader in anything but total darkness you'll have a few feet of fogged film at the beginning of the 100...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-22-2009
Replies: 56
Views: 7,512
Posted By Al Kaplan
Hmmmm.......

Hmmmm....

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"Bob,
I always thought you were a handsome black man ... Geez, the internet. I want to be a sexy...
Forum: RFF Polls 11-21-2009
Replies: 2,917
Views: 1,782,389
Posted By Al Kaplan
I found my old Spiratone soft focus filter in...

I found my old Spiratone soft focus filter in size I Rollei bayonet so I'm hoping to run a roll or two of Arista EDU 400 through the Rolleiflex T. It must be thirty years since I last used that...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-21-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 2,846
Posted By Al Kaplan
They really could be used as a defensive weapon,...

They really could be used as a defensive weapon, swung on its neckstrap. A chromed brass 85/2 Nikkor increases the effectiveness
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-21-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 1,945
Posted By Al Kaplan
You only need it to remove the back from the...

You only need it to remove the back from the camera, not between shots.I carried mine in my shirt pocket along with my pen and a pack of cigarettes.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-21-2009
Replies: 79
Views: 4,688
Posted By Al Kaplan
If you're going to the trouble of developing the...

If you're going to the trouble of developing the film just how long will it take you to scan 12 rolls? Compared to knocking out 12 contact sheets?
Forum: Off Topic 11-21-2009
Replies: 112
Views: 8,586
Posted By Al Kaplan
It's a confusing mess, for sure. Just as there...

It's a confusing mess, for sure. Just as there are many "Christmas and Easter" Christians there are a lot of "Hannuka and Passover" Jews. The traditions and festivities are nice, a connection with...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-21-2009
Replies: 79
Views: 4,688
Posted By Al Kaplan
Some of us still develop and print on occasion to...

Some of us still develop and print on occasion to make some money. Since there are people willing to pay a lot more for a real silver gelatin print it can make it very worthwhile getting our hands...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-21-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 2,317
Posted By Al Kaplan
Ilford ID-11 and Kodak D-76 are the same thing so...

Ilford ID-11 and Kodak D-76 are the same thing so anything you find out for one will work for both. I also use the stuff diluted 1:1 as a one shot, use it once and discard it. An extra two minutes in...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 11-21-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 5,718
Posted By Al Kaplan
Then don't call it a "contact sheet". The...

Then don't call it a "contact sheet". The negatives never contacted the paper. The old fashioned method produced contact sheets that have held up well for half a century and the images seem to have...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 11-21-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 5,718
Posted By Al Kaplan
A piece of glass, an overhead lightbulb with a...

A piece of glass, an overhead lightbulb with a pull cord, a safe light and three trays. You don't even need an enlarger. You can always scan the contact sheet.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-20-2009
Replies: 28
Views: 2,675
Posted By Al Kaplan
Any time, Keith, but I can't guarantee that I'm...

Any time, Keith, but I can't guarantee that I'm still that fast. I've gotten lazy and out of shape? Or perhaps just old. The darkroom is still set up to knock 'em out fast when needed. Let me know...
Forum: Off Topic 11-20-2009
Replies: 112
Views: 8,586
Posted By Al Kaplan
I met up with Akiva for lunch at Thai Treat a...

I met up with Akiva for lunch at Thai Treat a month or two ago. If it wasn't for him I would never have known that there's a Kosher Indian and Thai restaurant maybe 20 blocks away from my house! I've...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-20-2009
Replies: 28
Views: 2,675
Posted By Al Kaplan
I think that there's a major disconnect between...

I think that there's a major disconnect between the newcomers to photography who are looking at wet printing as only a way of making a fine artistic print, and those of us who spent many an hour in...
Forum: Off Topic 11-20-2009
Replies: 112
Views: 8,586
Posted By Al Kaplan
These problems arise whenever some critical mass...

These problems arise whenever some critical mass of an immigrant group moves into an area. My ex is from Germany and here in Miami it's not unusual to be greeted in Spanish at many businesses. She...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-20-2009
Replies: 313
Views: 24,759
Posted By Al Kaplan
Dave, pimps traditionally wear ostentatious...

Dave, pimps traditionally wear ostentatious clothes, sport a lot of gold jewelry, etc., so you "Pimp Up" your car when you put spinners on your wheels, that sort of thing. Or Pimp Up your M6 with a...
Forum: Off Topic 11-20-2009
Replies: 112
Views: 8,586
Posted By Al Kaplan
Anybody who thinks that the Orthodox Jewish...

Anybody who thinks that the Orthodox Jewish sideburn hair is strange should come to the Miami area and see some of the Jamaican men with their waist length (or longer) dreadlocks. These might be worn...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-20-2009
Replies: 25
Views: 2,208
Posted By Al Kaplan
Just don't touch anything but the edges of the...

Just don't touch anything but the edges of the film and there's no need for gloves. I have a few reels that are a bit bent and need care and gentle nudging to getting the film to feed into the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-20-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 1,228
Posted By Al Kaplan
It just takes a few quick strokes of the file....

It just takes a few quick strokes of the file. There's no need to take the flange off of the lens or unscrew the helical. You don't even have to be neat when you file the lug shorter. The Spirits...
Forum: RFF Polls 11-20-2009
Replies: 125
Views: 14,593
Posted By Al Kaplan
Wink Maybe I oughta give having a wife another whirl?...

Maybe I oughta give having a wife another whirl? Does anybody have one they want to sell or trade? Cosmetic condition or age isn't all that important as long as she's fully functional. Skills in dark...
Forum: Optics Theory - 11-20-2009
Replies: 2
Views: 937
Posted By Al Kaplan
Thanks Mukul! I guess I'll just have to shoot...

Thanks Mukul! I guess I'll just have to shoot some film and see the results. The filter's glass size is just big enough to use with the 50/2.8 Voigtlander Color-Skopar on my Vito CL. I'll have to...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-20-2009
Replies: 111
Views: 22,920
Posted By Al Kaplan
I bought my first Autocord, used, for $39.95 in...

I bought my first Autocord, used, for $39.95 in the early sixties. They listed for $99.95 at the time. I gave that camera many years of hard use, weddings and commercial work and a few record album...
Forum: Optics Theory - 11-19-2009
Replies: 2
Views: 937
Posted By Al Kaplan
Diffusion Filters

I'm wondering if anybody has any experience using these diffusion filters. There seems to be two kinds: Dutto Diffusers which come in several strengths and those with random facets on the glass which...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-19-2009
Replies: 28
Views: 4,555
Posted By Al Kaplan
I have had hoods marked with several different...

I have had hoods marked with several different combinations of 35 and 50mm lenses including the Summarons and 50mm Elmar. I think that when these vented reverse flare hoods first came out in the mid...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 11-19-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 786
Posted By Al Kaplan
Jam some paper or thin card under the foot works...

Jam some paper or thin card under the foot works but you still have to be careful. Adding a piece of masking tape on top of the camera and also up and over the finder looks like hell but is secure....
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-19-2009
Replies: 313
Views: 24,759
Posted By Al Kaplan
"cheers" makes the grade. Unless you're talkin'...

"cheers" makes the grade. Unless you're talkin' about the sitcom?

How about "Me no know" ?
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-19-2009
Replies: 313
Views: 24,759
Posted By Al Kaplan
Hey Cameraleather! How about a replacement piece...

Hey Cameraleather! How about a replacement piece to fit an M rear door with a picture of a mouse, captioned "Sorry, I ate all the pictures!"
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-19-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,241
Posted By Al Kaplan
Maybe somebody with a bit machine shop skills...

Maybe somebody with a bit machine shop skills could tear the lens out of one of them and put it in a Leica mount barrel, or even a focussing mount? All cheap plastic of course. I think we'll survive...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 11-19-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 1,448
Posted By Al Kaplan
You can't tell much about exposure consistancy...

You can't tell much about exposure consistancy from a contact sheet. Anybody with experience just automaticaly dodges and burns them without giving it much thought. But then they're usually the same...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-19-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 1,394
Posted By Al Kaplan
Royal-X Pan was factory rated by Kodak at 1250...

Royal-X Pan was factory rated by Kodak at 1250 back in 1962. A few years later it was replaced (in 35mm) by 2475 Recording and then 2484 Recording (hope I remembered those numbers right), both on...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-19-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 1,394
Posted By Al Kaplan
I guess it is fun to do. I just thought of a...

I guess it is fun to do. I just thought of a picture that I have framed in my hallway that I shot in 1962 by fire light inside a big light colored tent of a girl playing guitar. At the time I was...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-19-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 1,394
Posted By Al Kaplan
Kind of looks like Tri-X in Rodinol. At least...

Kind of looks like Tri-X in Rodinol. At least with a view camera you could have avoided the converging vertical lines.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-19-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 2,967
Posted By Al Kaplan
They seemed like the greatest thing since sliced...

They seemed like the greatest thing since sliced bread. I already had an M4 and an M2-R with the "tulip" take-up. I bought the rapid load for my M3. It was NOT rapid on an M3. You have to pull the...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-19-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 1,394
Posted By Al Kaplan
An interesting excercize in what the Epson camera...

An interesting excercize in what the Epson camera is capable of doing, but then you show a photograph that could as easily been shot on a view camera with 8x10 film? With those sharp edged shadow it...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-18-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 10,072
Posted By Al Kaplan
Don't tell your lab anything except "Here's a...

Don't tell your lab anything except "Here's a test roll I shot of pairs of pictures, one at 400, one at 800. Develop half the roll normally and adjust the time on the second half as you think...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-18-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 3,671
Posted By Al Kaplan
36 years is a long time. You'll get fog from...

36 years is a long time. You'll get fog from cosmic radiation over that period of time, and l wouldn't put much hope in that film even if it had been frozen all the time.

Just about any developer...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-18-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 10,072
Posted By Al Kaplan
By "developer" in that context I'm assuming you...

By "developer" in that context I'm assuming you mean "lab tech". Ask him/her for an opinion. I've never liked Tmax. Tri-X is easy to give a one stop push, or just soup it in Diafine. Trying to work...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-18-2009
Replies: 112
Views: 14,232
Posted By Al Kaplan
I doubt if HCB or Gene Smith would be shooting...

I doubt if HCB or Gene Smith would be shooting much of anything these days in their styles of yore, film or digital. The market is no longer there.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-18-2009
Replies: 202
Views: 77,493
Posted By Al Kaplan
Then the world went through a stage where black...

Then the world went through a stage where black meant pro. Stealth is more a matter of how you handle the camera, not the camera's color. I suspect that a lot of photographers subconciously "show...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-18-2009
Replies: 112
Views: 14,232
Posted By Al Kaplan
It's more than film vs. digital. Stick the camera...

It's more than film vs. digital. Stick the camera on a tripod and you'll get a different look just because you can't move the camera around so easily. Use a commercial view camera with swings and...
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