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Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-02-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 716
Posted By Dez
Well, you are absolutely correct there. Like the...

Well, you are absolutely correct there. Like the little Nikon SB-40, it doesn't even fire with the M9. Just another example of Leitz's using something proprietary that forces the customer to pay...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-16-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 716
Posted By Dez
Hi, Bill, I am travelling at the moment, but...

Hi, Bill,

I am travelling at the moment, but live in Detroit Lakes, so I've had quite enough winter this year! I find low-light pix tend to lack contrast, and the M9's low-light performance is, to...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-16-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 590
Posted By Dez
Presumably the helicoid was smooth at one time,...

Presumably the helicoid was smooth at one time, so if it's tight now it's likely to be dirt, damaged threads, or warpage. I imagine you cleaned it thoroughly before re-assembling.
I usually use...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-16-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 716
Posted By Dez
To the best of my knowledge, the SF24D does not...

To the best of my knowledge, the SF24D does not have a rotatable head; Are you possibly thinking of a different model?
I am really disappointed that my cool little SB-400 doesn't work with the M9. I...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-03-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 716
Posted By Dez
Flash for M9

I am looking for a small flash to use with my M9. My big heavy Sunpak 422D works properly using an FE-2D shoe for the Nikon FE, but sadly my little go-anywhere SB-400 does not. The Leica SF24D is...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-01-2019
Replies: 304
Views: 12,093
Posted By Dez
I have far too many cameras. If I had a spare 3K,...

I have far too many cameras. If I had a spare 3K, I would look around for a bargain Norton Atlas as a good winter project to go with my Triumph.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-30-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 643
Posted By Dez
Well....OK, but kinda by definition a half case...

Well....OK, but kinda by definition a half case doesn’t do much of anything to protect the top half of the camera. I use the full case when transporting the camera, taking off the top half altogether...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-30-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 643
Posted By Dez
What's so wrong with Leica cases???

I see all kinds of custom half-cases for sale, often with cringeworthy price tags, that will kind of cover your camera while providing all sorts of bumps and protrusions that negate the small size...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-12-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 543
Posted By Dez
It looks like haze accumulation on an internal...

It looks like haze accumulation on an internal surface to me. I think your VF needs cleaning. I wonder why I can't see the RF patch in your pictures.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-14-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 433
Posted By Dez
Or maybe it was made on a Monday?? Cheers, Dez

Or maybe it was made on a Monday??

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-30-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 1,670
Posted By Dez
AHA! Thanks, Dez

AHA!

Thanks,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-30-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 1,670
Posted By Dez
OK, I'll bite. "RTFM"? Cheers, Dez

OK, I'll bite. "RTFM"?

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Optics Theory - 08-26-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 1,054
Posted By Dez
I have very occasionally seen this problem with...

I have very occasionally seen this problem with other Canon lenses, but the 50 f1.8 seems by far the worst offender, with the black ones possibly worse than the chrome. The later 50 f1.4 is a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-19-2018
Replies: 47
Views: 1,617
Posted By Dez
I have found that black leather dye works quite...

I have found that black leather dye works quite well if allowed a few minutes to soak into the vulcanite.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-18-2018
Replies: 58
Views: 4,123
Posted By Dez
It’s not a question of babying or abusing an...

It’s not a question of babying or abusing an expensive camera: use the right equipment for the application. Get that man a Nikonos.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-19-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 4,908
Posted By Dez
Series filters and adapter rings used to be...

Series filters and adapter rings used to be common as dirt on eBay, and usually just as cheap. I suspect that is still the case. Both screw-in and push-on versions can be found. As well as filters,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-02-2018
Replies: 39
Views: 1,588
Posted By Dez
In a world where there are people who will buy a...

In a world where there are people who will buy a pre-brassed Lenny Kravitz special, there will be somebody to buy this camera.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-30-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 706
Posted By Dez
I think that’s the right diagnosis. But it would...

I think that’s the right diagnosis. But it would be for sure if the problem is worse at high shutter speeds.

Cheers
Dez
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-22-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 914
Posted By Dez
I can see the pic now, and it looks like the...

I can see the pic now, and it looks like the etching problem. I would not buy this lens.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-22-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 914
Posted By Dez
I can’t get your link to work, so I have not seen...

I can’t get your link to work, so I have not seen the picture, but I would advise caution with old Canon 50mm lenses. They are very often found with damage to the element behind the diaphragm caused...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-06-2018
Replies: 7,427
Views: 3,787,247
Posted By Dez
In my humble opinion, this is the most usable...

In my humble opinion, this is the most usable film Leica, maybe not the prettiest, but it has an excellent spotmeter never equaled again. Some people who value form higher than function deride the M5...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-25-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 858
Posted By Dez
Is the problem because the digital sensor is much...

Is the problem because the digital sensor is much thicker than a film emulsion, so more likely to have differential diffraction when the light comes in from a low angle?

Cheers
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-24-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 858
Posted By Dez
What makes the CV 21 f4 unsuitable for digital...

What makes the CV 21 f4 unsuitable for digital cameras?

Cheers
Dez
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-19-2018
Replies: 39
Views: 1,154
Posted By Dez
I have heard of the “blooming” effect, but why is...

I have heard of the “blooming” effect, but why is it in concentric circles showing the colour spectrum? I think it might be Newton’s Rings from incipient separation, but probably not something to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-19-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 862
Posted By Dez
There is one way I have found to use the close...

There is one way I have found to use the close focusing range efficiently, but it will take some hunting to find the necessary accessory. The fabulous Kodak Ektra featured a close focusing range for...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-17-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 748
Posted By Dez
I think it was only the 43mm filter that had an...

I think it was only the 43mm filter that had an unusual thread pitch.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-01-2018
Replies: 823
Views: 162,540
Posted By Dez
A new Epson Digital RF, in full frame, with 24-36...

A new Epson Digital RF, in full frame, with 24-36 MP resolution; basically an M10 that can be afforded by mere mortals.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-01-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 924
Posted By Dez
Give it a try. There are lots of people around...

Give it a try. There are lots of people around who seem to love old Summars, which, although quite sharp, will fight contrast wherever it is found. Now you don't need to look for one, if that's your...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-18-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,679
Posted By Dez
I'm willing to bet the leak continues onto the...

I'm willing to bet the leak continues onto the edge of the film, past the edge of the frame. That would rule out the lens or curtains as the source of the problem.

I would suspect the top edge of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-17-2018
Replies: 114
Views: 3,656
Posted By Dez
My Nikon D800. Heresy, maybe, but there it...

My Nikon D800. Heresy, maybe, but there it is.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-07-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 825
Posted By Dez
I have not heard of one. For sure the Leica M5...

I have not heard of one. For sure the Leica M5 and CL and Canon 7 do not have this design. Typically a meter with a bridge circuit will have the user centre a needle against a fixed index. I believe...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-26-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,758
Posted By Dez
Hi, David. What you say here is of course true,...

Hi, David. What you say here is of course true, but notwithstanding I think you will admit that the finish and overall build quality was considerably better in the older Kievs.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Nikon RF 02-26-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 880
Posted By Dez
There's a pretty good chance the crud will come...

There's a pretty good chance the crud will come off with lens cleaning fluid and a microfiber cloth. The rear lens elements are easily removable using a ring spanner.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-23-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,758
Posted By Dez
The II usually has far better build quality, and...

The II usually has far better build quality, and the J3 is the more valuable lens. It looks like you got lucky.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 02-23-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 1,977
Posted By Dez
If they are still in business, Photography on...

If they are still in business, Photography on Bald Mountain was the place to go.
The mechanism is complex, and the curtains are of different widths.

Good luck!
Dez
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 02-23-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 1,977
Posted By Dez
I believe the Medalist was designed by the same...

I believe the Medalist was designed by the same person.
So far so good with the shutter. I did have to clean the slow speed mechanism a couple years ago: access is surprisingly easy.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-21-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 919
Posted By Dez
Diopter lenses work well, and can be had in the...

Diopter lenses work well, and can be had in the $30-40 range on eBay if you are patient.

Cheers
Dez
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 02-20-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 1,977
Posted By Dez
They are often found in yard sales, right beside...

They are often found in yard sales, right beside the pristine Model Tís and the 1938 Harley Knuckleheads.
It took me 20 years to find the very scarce 153mm lens with a three-digit price...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 02-20-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 1,977
Posted By Dez
Oh yes, one more cool feature. It doesn’t have a...

Oh yes, one more cool feature. It doesn’t have a rewind button or lever. There is a folding rewind crank on the bottom. When you fold it out it engages the cassette and disengages the sprocket drive....
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 02-20-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 1,977
Posted By Dez
Mysterious indeed! The dial with the red numbers...

Mysterious indeed! The dial with the red numbers is the slow speed dial, set to the black 0 to use fast speeds; the 1 2 3 dial is diopter correction for the RF; the frame counter on the bottom is for...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-17-2018
Replies: 1
Views: 459
Posted By Dez
Loading Nikor reels

I have been having problems with improper loading of Nikor reels such that the film sticks together and I lose the images where the film is touching. I dug out a device I had bought a while ago on...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 02-11-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1,670
Posted By Dez
That's entirely possible. Also, it used to be I...

That's entirely possible. Also, it used to be I had a genuine darkroom to load the reel in, and now I'm reduced to using a dark bag.

I did like the tip about putting the film in spool end first....
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 02-11-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1,670
Posted By Dez
Thin film stock

It's been a while since I did any film developing, and my recent experiences have not ben good.

It appears that film stock is a lot thinner than it used to be. I have always used Nikor tanks, and...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-02-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 1,951
Posted By Dez
Well, maybe, but I have a goggled 2.8 Summaron, a...

Well, maybe, but I have a goggled 2.8 Summaron, a CV Ultron 1.7, and a Canon f2, and I figure I might be overdoing it.

Fighting GAS rather more successfully than usual,
Dez
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-31-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 2,147
Posted By Dez
I am told that Zeiss skipped the nickel layer in...

I am told that Zeiss skipped the nickel layer in plating Contaxes. I have never verified or disproved that theory.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-28-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 2,147
Posted By Dez
I agree about the Kiev 2. I have one from 1949,...

I agree about the Kiev 2. I have one from 1949, with much better plating than the Contaxes. I see the same thing with prewar and wartime FEDs- the chrome finish is holding up better than contemporary...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 01-22-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 804
Posted By Dez
Well, we have many other forum pages that are for...

Well, we have many other forum pages that are for a single lens, so it can get more specific. I have a question about the Ektra and posted it here, and got only one reply, which didn't address the...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 01-19-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 1,977
Posted By Dez
Mysterious Kodak Ektra Neverready case

The amazing Ektra was Kodak's cost-is-no-object worldbeater design back in 1941, designed to show that whatever Leitz and Zeiss could do, the American camera industry could do better. It was a truly...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-15-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 846
Posted By Dez
You need to be careful with Russian repairs....

You need to be careful with Russian repairs. Usually they are painted right over the chrome, and the black quickly flakes off.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-17-2017
Replies: 71
Views: 5,676
Posted By Dez
I have had my share of bad experiences with both...

I have had my share of bad experiences with both buying and selling on eBay, but in the great majority of the transactions, everything went smoothly. I agree the feedback system these days is quite...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-11-2017
Replies: 38
Views: 2,367
Posted By Dez
You put Bitcoins on the rails! Cheers, Dez

You put Bitcoins on the rails!

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-10-2017
Replies: 38
Views: 2,367
Posted By Dez
Since nobody has yet gone off on this inevitable...

Since nobody has yet gone off on this inevitable tangent, I feel it is my job to do so.
Maybe you should get one of these. Excellent TTL spotmeter, shutter speeds in the finder, the unequalled build...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-26-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,007
Posted By Dez
The corrosion is due to the contact between...

The corrosion is due to the contact between dissimilar metals in the presence of moisture, and is by no means only a factor for old Retinas. These are the famous Zeiss bumps, that plague Contax...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-26-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 2,248
Posted By Dez
I would be worried about focus accuracy of such a...

I would be worried about focus accuracy of such a fast lens with the Bessas' short RF base.

Cheers
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-20-2017
Replies: 92
Views: 3,880
Posted By Dez
Buy a slightly used Nikon D800 and some lenses,...

Buy a slightly used Nikon D800 and some lenses, then go out and make lots of pictures.

Anyone whose skill exceeds the capabilities of a high end DSLR is a pretty impressive photographer.

Heresy,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-14-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 2,712
Posted By Dez
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4447/37607034420_e2...

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4447/37607034420_e2e5dd8a09_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/ZicT8b)M4 with DR Summi (https://flic.kr/p/ZicT8b) by John Desmond (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/),...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-08-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 753
Posted By Dez
The M3 view with a goggled 35 is the same as with...

The M3 view with a goggled 35 is the same as with a 50- heavy permanently visible frame, just slightly lower magnification to get the wider field in. It's vastly better than the 35 lines on other...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-08-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 753
Posted By Dez
The M3 has no 35mm framelines. The goggled 35mm...

The M3 has no 35mm framelines.
The goggled 35mm lenses bring up the 50mm lines on all M's.
The full field of an M3 VF is roughly equivalent to 35mm, but inconvenient.
If you're thinking of spending...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-07-2017
Replies: 1,347
Views: 265,181
Posted By Dez
Here's my Z6. I really don't like that rubberized...

Here's my Z6. I really don't like that rubberized fabric, so I replaced it with leather.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4568/37545642964_0f75503e69_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/ZcMezN)Leather Zorki 6...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-07-2017
Replies: 1,347
Views: 265,181
Posted By Dez
Congratulations on your nice new Zorki 6. The...

Congratulations on your nice new Zorki 6.
The Zorki 6 and FED 2 are widely considered to be the best of the FSU cameras for general use, although there are many dissenting opinions out there, and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-06-2017
Replies: 41
Views: 1,447
Posted By Dez
The best meter is the one I have with me. I have...

The best meter is the one I have with me. I have a couple of good Gossens, and an old Weston Se meter that still works, but more and more I end up using the one in my iPhone. It's convenient,...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-25-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 705
Posted By Dez
That's about it. A 36 exposure roll takes 165 cm...

That's about it. A 36 exposure roll takes 165 cm of film, allowing for a normal leader.

Cheers
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-16-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1,310
Posted By Dez
Two things you MUST remember before replacing the...

Two things you MUST remember before replacing the self timer lever:
The fixing screw is a left hand thread.
Fully wind the self timer before replacing the lever.

Ignore at your peril!

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-16-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1,310
Posted By Dez
An M4 is a superbly built piece of photographic...

An M4 is a superbly built piece of photographic equipment with some cheesy plastic bits.
My M4 is a superbly built piece of photographic equipment without cheesy plastic bits.
Leitz does something...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-16-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1,310
Posted By Dez
No problem. I did that with my M4 a few years...

No problem. I did that with my M4 a few years ago. Sadly Photobuckert got really greedy recently, so embedded links to pictures don't work anymore, but someone please let me know if this link will...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-15-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 798
Posted By Dez
Since the band is dark, it's not a light leak....

Since the band is dark, it's not a light leak.
Since it has such a sharp straight edge to it, development seems unlikely, unless you did no agitation at all.
If it were a part of the camera very...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-04-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 1,126
Posted By Dez
[QUOTE What no-one has yet addressed is my...

[QUOTE
What no-one has yet addressed is my original question in this thread: why in Leitz's careful iteration of these cameras and manuals, do they, in their great wisdom, more than twenty years into...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-28-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 2,950
Posted By Dez
I believe the most important difference is that...

I believe the most important difference is that the red scale lenses had a fixed focus index and DoF scale with distances engraved on the rotating part, while older Elmars, inconveniently, were the...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 09-26-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1,641
Posted By Dez
From my avatar pic, it's obvious I would like an...

From my avatar pic, it's obvious I would like an Ektar section as well! I recently managed to find a very scarce 153mm lens for my Ektra at a decent price after more than ten years of looking for...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-20-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1,595
Posted By Dez
Given a limited budget but a very good lens, I...

Given a limited budget but a very good lens, I would recommend a CV 35 f1.7 Ultron. Mine is the LTM version- it's small and takes proper 39mm filters, as Leica lenses are supposed to! It is...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-20-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 3,090
Posted By Dez
Are the streaks less apparent or not there at all...

Are the streaks less apparent or not there at all when slow speeds are used? Any imperfections in the edges of the shutter opening will have more effect when the slit is narrower, at high speeds. If...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 09-18-2017
Replies: 47
Views: 10,101
Posted By Dez
Leaving out the Leotax G, which is outside my...

Leaving out the Leotax G, which is outside my price range, I think it's kind of a tossup between the Leotax Merit and the Nicca 5L as "best Barnack clone" or maybe even "best Barnack (heresy!). They...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-18-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 801
Posted By Dez
Try DAG camera for a replacement eyepiece;...

Try DAG camera for a replacement eyepiece; hopefully that is what cracked, and not something less accessible. Adjusting the RF alignment is a fairly simple DIY task, and I'm sure someone on this...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-16-2017
Replies: 54
Views: 24,657
Posted By Dez
Canon LTM lenses can be a huge bargain or a total...

Canon LTM lenses can be a huge bargain or a total loss. There appears to be something in the lube used for the diaphragm pivots that corrodes the element coating over time. If you are lucky, it...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-06-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 687
Posted By Dez
I think Pioneer's advice is very good. If you...

I think Pioneer's advice is very good. If you don't see frame spacing problems, then no worries. Obviously you want to treat the wind lever with some respect, but that would be the case with a brand...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-06-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 687
Posted By Dez
I think you will find that the first stroke goes...

I think you will find that the first stroke goes to a hard stop at the limit of the lever travel, and the second ends where the film advance is complete, where there would be some slight compliance...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-03-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 868
Posted By Dez
Please forgive what is probably a dumb question,...

Please forgive what is probably a dumb question, but what is an M4-M if it isn't an M4 MOT?

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-31-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,488
Posted By Dez
It looks as if the shutter brake needs to be...

It looks as if the shutter brake needs to be backed off a little bit.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-11-2017
Replies: 52
Views: 5,219
Posted By Dez
I have a collapsible Summicron front element on...

I have a collapsible Summicron front element on its way back from polishing and re-coating at Focal Point, which does a very good job with these lenses. John tells me that although the rather soft...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-01-2017
Replies: 67
Views: 8,990
Posted By Dez
Why buy an F reissue, when excellent original Fs...

Why buy an F reissue, when excellent original Fs are dirt cheap and last forever!

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-30-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1,330
Posted By Dez
Something for the very rich!

Here's a really beautiful black paint single-stroke Leica. Just gorgeous, but the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-07-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,034
Posted By Dez
You're quite right- my apologies, it has been a...

You're quite right- my apologies, it has been a while since I have done a postwar Contax. You have reminded me of my S3 that needs lubrication, though.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-06-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,034
Posted By Dez
It's actually quite straightforward to remove and...

It's actually quite straightforward to remove and relube the focusing mount, as I recall. Just remove the front cover then the whole mount can be removed- secured by five or six screws, it's then...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-06-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 719
Posted By Dez
You can see that the paint was damaged in the...

You can see that the paint was damaged in the pictures posted by AA. I have never tried removing this coating, but I have had good results removing the horrible rubberized fabric on later FSU cameras...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-03-2017
Replies: 77
Views: 6,343
Posted By Dez
I'm mystified at the number of people who prefer...

I'm mystified at the number of people who prefer the M2 to the M4. I have owned both cameras, but not at the same time, and I seem to recall that the finders were the same except for the 135mm...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-29-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 935
Posted By Dez
Chrome plating can be porous, especially if...

Chrome plating can be porous, especially if process quality is a bit off the mark on a particular batch. It does look as if you have a zinc top plate and it is corroding, as zinc is fairly reactive....
Forum: Nikon RF 06-27-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 2,247
Posted By Dez
I have never seen a cheap f1.1 lens for the Nikon...

I have never seen a cheap f1.1 lens for the Nikon rangefinder cameras.
It's interesting to see that there are a few not-quite-as-staggeringly-expensive-as-before ones around, though.

I'm quite happy...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-25-2017
Replies: 143
Views: 6,453
Posted By Dez
The early Kievs are very well made and capable...

The early Kievs are very well made and capable cameras. I have a very nice 1949 one with a collapsible ZK f2 lens, which is equal to the prewar Contaxes, and has considerably better chrome plating...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 06-25-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 1,026
Posted By Dez
Gorgeous car! I agree that it wouldn't look as...

Gorgeous car! I agree that it wouldn't look as good by today's esthetic with whitewalls.
Is this a straight-8 engine?

I just noticed the license plate- I guess that answers my question. I have a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 06-24-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 3,751
Posted By Dez
The fact that a lens is scarce may cause sellers...

The fact that a lens is scarce may cause sellers to ask more for it, but that's no indication that it's a better performer. In fact it might be scarce because people preferred the lens that is now...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-23-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 784
Posted By Dez
I'm traveling at the moment, but I will have to...

I'm traveling at the moment, but I will have to check this out when I get back home. My M3 is from the first production batch in 1954, and the lens I have on it is a Nikkor 1.4 that has had its mount...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-23-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 784
Posted By Dez
This string makes it sound as if it is a very...

This string makes it sound as if it is a very easy matter to modify an M3 to focus much closer than the default 1m, but I seem to recall hearing of reasons why that should not be done. I suspect if...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-15-2017
Replies: 63
Views: 3,330
Posted By Dez
I have a very early M3 from the first production...

I have a very early M3 from the first production batch in 1954. It has what was widely considered to be the best 50mm lens faster than f2 available at the time: a Nikkor f1.4 in LTM. I love the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-09-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 724
Posted By Dez
Damaged Leica A serial numbers

I often see Leica A cameras where it appears that the serial number has been deliberately disfigured. This hardly ever seems to be the case for later models. Is there some particular reason for this,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-04-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 704
Posted By Dez
I am assuming you are referring to LTM lenses. As...

I am assuming you are referring to LTM lenses. As I recall, you can simply unscrew the optical block from a Jupiter 3, but for the J8, you need to remove the retaining ring at the back of the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-29-2017
Replies: 64
Views: 4,071
Posted By Dez
The zinc-air cell has the correct voltage, but...

The zinc-air cell has the correct voltage, but will almost certainly corrode the battery contact, already a well-known problem with the M5. Its operating life is short because unlike other...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-15-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,338
Posted By Dez
This is probably an easy fix, but I don't advise...

This is probably an easy fix, but I don't advise you to do it yourself if you don't have experience servicing leaf shutters. The Pearl 4 is a very desirable camera, and worth some effort. I have one,...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-08-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1,726
Posted By Dez
This camera has a more robust shutter mechanism...

This camera has a more robust shutter mechanism than the prewar versions, and is very solid. The focusing mount tends to get stiff but is easy to clean. Like older Contaxes, there are lots of parts...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-07-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 1,548
Posted By Dez
Dralowid has definitely stated the three things...

Dralowid has definitely stated the three things that one needs to know about Leica diopters.
After learning these things myself, I started to put a very small amount of silicone sealant on the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-28-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,662
Posted By Dez
Perfect if there's another Mad Max movie. All the...

Perfect if there's another Mad Max movie.
All the reference to pee-based processes might be appropriate as I suspect the vendor is taking the piss out of all of us!

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-08-2017
Replies: 26
Views: 3,167
Posted By Dez
That's what SLR's are for. Cheers, Dez

That's what SLR's are for.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-04-2017
Replies: 49
Views: 8,089
Posted By Dez
Yes, I believe it hits some of the light baffles...

Yes, I believe it hits some of the light baffles if you use it in the normal mode.
😩

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-31-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,497
Posted By Dez
If I had one of those I would probably miss it...

If I had one of those I would probably miss it too, but then again I'm not a good shot!😁

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-22-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 892
Posted By Dez
It's generally easier to remove the nickel than...

It's generally easier to remove the nickel than the chrome. The chrome is best done with hydrochloric acid, and the nickel with sulphuric acid. Regular battery acid is about the right concentration...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-02-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1,463
Posted By Dez
There was a special version of the FED 50 f3.5...

There was a special version of the FED 50 f3.5 lens for the FED 2. It had a different infinity latch that didn't hit the body.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-02-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,169
Posted By Dez
Per Peter Dechert's excellent book, it is a...

Per Peter Dechert's excellent book, it is a unique mount. Not much chance of ever finding another lens for it.

Then again, it's unlikely that anyone will pay ~9K for this camera to run film through...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-01-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2,177
Posted By Dez
I suspect the RF was slightly out of vertical...

I suspect the RF was slightly out of vertical alignment. Very easy to adjust, but I would expect the seller to do that.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Nikon RF 02-22-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 923
Posted By Dez
Remember Nikon used a different thread pitch on...

Remember Nikon used a different thread pitch on their 43mm filter mount, and most accessories will bind. Heavystar can provide inexpensive hoods that fit.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-13-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 10,268
Posted By Dez
The late model Leotax cameras are really great...

The late model Leotax cameras are really great machines, basically a Leica IIIf with a more convenient sync, lever wind, and a MUCH larger and generally better VF with 50mm brightlines. I have had a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-13-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1,312
Posted By Dez
The Voigtlander 21 f4 is relatively shallow, so...

The Voigtlander 21 f4 is relatively shallow, so should enable metering with your M6, although I have not tried this combination personally. There's room for the metering semaphore of my M5. And of...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 02-09-2017
Replies: 139
Views: 11,683
Posted By Dez
I believe the market that is shrinking is in low...

I believe the market that is shrinking is in low to midrange digital cameras which are supplanted by smartphone cameras. There is a very different niche for superb but wildly expensive digital...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-06-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2,817
Posted By Dez
I understand the change to the angled top. My...

I understand the change to the angled top. My question was actually about the earlier change from a 15mm to 13mm diameter for the shutter dial.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-31-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2,817
Posted By Dez
Very nice indeed! My 1937 is the later "Lavatory...

Very nice indeed! My 1937 is the later "Lavatory Seat" model with the smaller shutter speed dial. I wonder why they made that change; I always preferred the look of the larger dial.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-31-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2,817
Posted By Dez
A bit of extrapolation from the date ranges shown...

A bit of extrapolation from the date ranges shown on the Sovietcams site.
http://www.sovietcams.com/index.php?414372438

My FED-S for example was less than 250 numbers from the end of the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-30-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2,817
Posted By Dez
Really old FEDs

I have somehow accumulated three old FEDs, from 1937, 40, and 41. The 1941 camera is a 1s, from the very last of the Kombinat series. The two newer ones feel much less refined than a contemporary...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-10-2017
Replies: 54
Views: 2,967
Posted By Dez
I'd be a bit leery of an M2 or 3 baseplate. They...

I'd be a bit leery of an M2 or 3 baseplate. They will fit, but won't have the part to close the film retaining "tulip", so film take up may not be reliable. I think it's M4 or later you...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-09-2017
Replies: 699
Views: 78,887
Posted By Dez
The 2 lug vs 3 lug question becomes moot when you...

The 2 lug vs 3 lug question becomes moot when you have a case with an attached strap. I see many good words about (usually) expensive aftermarket half cases, but nowhere is there any love for the OEM...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-08-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 841
Posted By Dez
That would be Microsoft, with a periodic popup....

That would be Microsoft, with a periodic popup. They would very much like to standardize their customer base on Win 10, and I expect Win 7 support to stop shortly.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-07-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 841
Posted By Dez
Nikon Coolscan 4

When my computer went to Windows 7, I had to dig around to find a DLL file edit that kept my Nikon Coolscan 4 working. Now, I'm getting bugged to move to Windows 10- will I encounter problems, and is...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-02-2017
Replies: 62
Views: 3,657
Posted By Dez
Indeed. I started the thread wondering why so...

Indeed. I started the thread wondering why so many people were in love with the M2, when it was obvious (to me, anyway) that the M4 was better in many ways. The "second-best" part was of course to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-01-2017
Replies: 62
Views: 3,657
Posted By Dez
Probably wise. The results of that experiment are...

Probably wise. The results of that experiment are almost always expensive.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-31-2016
Replies: 62
Views: 3,657
Posted By Dez
You are a very lucky man, Sam. Not because you...

You are a very lucky man, Sam. Not because you have so many good cameras, but because you have such a generous wife!

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-30-2016
Replies: 62
Views: 3,657
Posted By Dez
I think you will find that the M2 came before the...

I think you will find that the M2 came before the M4. The M3 and M2 were replaced by the M4. I've heard the M2 described as being a simplified M3.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-30-2016
Replies: 62
Views: 3,657
Posted By Dez
The second-best classic Leica?

I see lots of love in these postings for the M2, which is fine since it's a very good camera. But I never seem to see people raving about their M4, which in my opinion is a lot more desirable. It...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 12-29-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 1,843
Posted By Dez
If it's a processing issue, I would expect to see...

If it's a processing issue, I would expect to see it not precisely line up with the edges of the images.

Were the affected shots the only ones taken at a high shutter speed, by any chance? If so, I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-25-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 1,006
Posted By Dez
Sounds like a great excuse to buy another body....

Sounds like a great excuse to buy another body. All the M's from the M4P and newer would do the trick. But if you buy a newer M, it would be wise to avoid the low-magnification finders, or you might...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-21-2016
Replies: 185
Views: 23,753
Posted By Dez
Then again you could just find a good M4, and get...

Then again you could just find a good M4, and get the most functionality in a batteryless M with peak build quality, while saving a mountain of money vs an MP.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-16-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 2,064
Posted By Dez
Nicely exposed pictures, but I'm a bit vague on...

Nicely exposed pictures, but I'm a bit vague on how one uses sunny 16 indoors.

I find a smartphone light meter app very useful sometimes.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-06-2016
Replies: 31
Views: 2,329
Posted By Dez
I hunted around until I could find an eyepiece...

I hunted around until I could find an eyepiece diopter at a decent price on eBay, ~$30, and use it on M3 and M5.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 11-22-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 2,162
Posted By Dez
The opposite problem

I have the opposite problem from the OP's. I have a nice Nikkor LTM lens which has had the detent cover plate removed. I like having the detent, and miss it with this lens. If anyone has one of these...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-19-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 939
Posted By Dez
Praktina Spring Motor

I have a spring motor for my Praktina IIA, and while it seems to operate properly, I can't mate it with the camera. The drive cog on it has no kind of clutch, so it can't be made to line up with the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 11-11-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 2,162
Posted By Dez
The benefit of hacking away at the threaded lens...

The benefit of hacking away at the threaded lens mount will depend on which M body you have. With an M3, for example, you will gain next to nothing. Unless such a mod is extremely well done, looking...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-28-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 5,823
Posted By Dez
I suspect if people are finding differences...

I suspect if people are finding differences between M2 and M4 finders, it's more likely to be camera-to-camera production variability rather than a difference between models; they should be the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-27-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 2,369
Posted By Dez
The J12 will fit just fine on your M2. The...

The J12 will fit just fine on your M2. The problems you have heard about are with the M5 and CL.
The 35mm frame lines will come up if you use the right M adapter. There are three different versions...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-26-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 2,774
Posted By Dez
I haven't seen the movie. Did the camera make...

I haven't seen the movie. Did the camera make winder noises when used?

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-24-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 5,823
Posted By Dez
Lots of good answers here, but mostly not to the...

Lots of good answers here, but mostly not to the original question. The M2 and M4 VFs are the same, except you also get 135 mm frame lines in the M4, and as was mentioned, the mask in the M4 opens a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-22-2016
Replies: 23
Views: 1,593
Posted By Dez
I have had a CL and an M5, the largest and the...

I have had a CL and an M5, the largest and the smallest of M models, both introduced at about the same time. The features and limitations are very similar, but the subjective impressions of the two...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-15-2016
Replies: 34
Views: 2,530
Posted By Dez
These are all excellent lenses, and you would be...

These are all excellent lenses, and you would be happy with any of them. I think the most cost-effective choice would be a CV Ultron in LTM plus an M adapter. The lens is excellent, can be found at a...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-02-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 3,472
Posted By Dez
Some years ago, I bought a very nice wartime...

Some years ago, I bought a very nice wartime FED-C from a Russian vendor on ebay. The camera was in excellent shape and came in a case which appears to be from the same maker as the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-30-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 3,395
Posted By Dez
I suggest you do some measurements on you lens...

I suggest you do some measurements on you lens and camera. I don't know about the Elmar 2.8, but I found that on my M5, a Summitar just clears, an LTM Summicron has tons of room, but an LTM Elmar 3.5...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-26-2016
Replies: 26
Views: 2,294
Posted By Dez
You have scored the equivalent of a Model T in a...

You have scored the equivalent of a Model T in a barn. Why don't things like that happen to me?

Congratulations on your new camera.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-23-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 1,837
Posted By Dez
I agree with this approach. To me, this...

I agree with this approach. To me, this discussion is kind of a how-many-angels-can-dance-on-the-head-of-a-pin thing. Framelines are a pretty good approximation. If you need absolute precision, get a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-21-2016
Replies: 101
Views: 6,109
Posted By Dez
I had one, but replaced it with an...

I had one, but replaced it with an M4.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v191/johndesmond/M4withDR_zps036a0056.jpg...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-20-2016
Replies: 47
Views: 3,050
Posted By Dez
It is, of course, a matter of personal...

It is, of course, a matter of personal preference. I suggest the O.P. follow Roger Hicks' advice and try the camera for a while without a grip, and see if he feels a need.
Also, I tend not to put a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-19-2016
Replies: 47
Views: 3,050
Posted By Dez
I agree with Roger. For me, an M needs a grip...

I agree with Roger. For me, an M needs a grip like a fish needs a bicycle.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-19-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 823
Posted By Dez
This is a very easy fix, and if you have or can...

This is a very easy fix, and if you have or can get the right size ring wrenches for the sync terminals and the shutter button surround, you may want to do it yourself. The problem is usually dirt...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-30-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 949
Posted By Dez
This one is unusual in that it appears to be in...

This one is unusual in that it appears to be in chrome or nickel plate. I presume this is a later mod to the camera.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-29-2016
Replies: 46
Views: 3,626
Posted By Dez
A curtain replacement is not a terribly difficult...

A curtain replacement is not a terribly difficult job on an M2, and the vertical alignment is trivial, a screw behind the little plug between the windows. I would send it to Youxin for a CLA...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-18-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 1,131
Posted By Dez
The only really critical dimension is the...

The only really critical dimension is the thickness of the main flange, which needs to be exactly 1mm. If that's OK, you can save a lot of money with the cheapie adapters, but there are often some...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-07-2016
Replies: 31
Views: 3,898
Posted By Dez
I have two Summitars, a 526... (1939) and a...

I have two Summitars, a 526... (1939) and a 721... (1948). Both have the round aperture design.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-29-2016
Replies: 62
Views: 11,577
Posted By Dez
If Leitz has the nerve to charge a big premium...

If Leitz has the nerve to charge a big premium for removing features, the least they can do is to not build the resulting more expensive camera out of whatever they can find in the parts...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-22-2016
Replies: 0
Views: 492
Posted By Dez
M3 VF Window replacement

Can anyone give me some advice on how to replace the VF window of an M3?
The window is held in place with brackets that appear to be soldered in place. Is there some special trick here, or do I have...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-21-2016
Replies: 1
Views: 725
Posted By Dez
Do you have the front kart of the case snapped...

Do you have the front kart of the case snapped into the socket on the back properly? You put the tab into the larger half of the figure-8 socket, and then snap it into the smaller half. Unless the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-14-2016
Replies: 38
Views: 3,030
Posted By Dez
The most convenient 50 is an f3.5 Elmar, or an...

The most convenient 50 is an f3.5 Elmar, or an FSU collapsible Industar which is almost as good and costs about a fifth as much.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-13-2016
Replies: 34
Views: 4,032
Posted By Dez
I have been very happy with the black Morocco...

I have been very happy with the black Morocco real leather skin from Cameraleather, but not enthused about waiting months to receive it . Does anyone know if they have gotten their act together...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 07-11-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,188
Posted By Dez
The Canon VL and VIL cameras are the same size as...

The Canon VL and VIL cameras are the same size as the P. The versions with trigger wind are about 15mm taller. The 7's are beefier.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-08-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,185
Posted By Dez
Yes. The newer models added more framelines, but...

Yes. The newer models added more framelines, but the original ones for 35, 50, 90, and 135mm still will work.

I think you will find it inconvenient, though, so I suggest you have a look on ebay for...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-06-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 1,123
Posted By Dez
M2's and M3's have useless rangefinder optics??...

M2's and M3's have useless rangefinder optics?? First I've heard of it.

Try DAG Camera for Leica parts. He often has parts that are not listed on his website.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-01-2016
Replies: 62
Views: 11,577
Posted By Dez
Or even better, buy a good M-4P and get a CLA...

Or even better, buy a good M-4P and get a CLA done. Put old-fashioned levers on it if you like. Save thousands, plus get a better rewind.

Cheers.
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-30-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 2,524
Posted By Dez
It only took about an hour with a hacksaw and...

It only took about an hour with a hacksaw and some epoxy to make the offset shoe shown above. The wrinkle finish is just lily gilding.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-29-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 2,524
Posted By Dez
I find it very good, inexpensive and useful, but...

I find it very good, inexpensive and useful, but the offset mounting shoe is a major pain. I bodged up an adaptor bracket out of an old hotshoe adaptor so the viewfinder wouldn't cover up the shutter...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-29-2016
Replies: 64
Views: 4,449
Posted By Dez
Well, which one would you rather...

Well, which one would you rather have?

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-29-2016
Replies: 699
Views: 78,887
Posted By Dez
I am also OK with a collapsible Summicron on an...

I am also OK with a collapsible Summicron on an M5. Is there a difference in the penetration of the proper M version and the LTM version with an adapter (which is what I tried).

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-28-2016
Replies: 699
Views: 78,887
Posted By Dez
A similar question is why Leica bothered to put a...

A similar question is why Leica bothered to put a complex dial on the back. The only useful information it displays is the film type. The exposure reciprocity calculator dial isn't really of much...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-25-2016
Replies: 73
Views: 14,109
Posted By Dez
The DR Summicron is a special version of the...

The DR Summicron is a special version of the version 2 rigid Summicron 50mm f2 lens. It has a selectable second focusing range down to approximately 20", and comes with a set of "goggles" to adapt...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-25-2016
Replies: 699
Views: 78,887
Posted By Dez
One thing about the battery: Wein cells do work...

One thing about the battery: Wein cells do work well, but the waste product of a zinc/air cell is water. If the battery compartment is not well ventilated there is an increased probability of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-24-2016
Replies: 699
Views: 78,887
Posted By Dez
I always agonize over the wound or not question....

I always agonize over the wound or not question. For the health of the camera, and especially the meter battery, it should be unwound, but I've missed shots too many times as a result, and tend to...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-21-2016
Replies: 118
Views: 12,383
Posted By Dez
Makes one feel kind of special, doesn't...

Makes one feel kind of special, doesn't it?

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-13-2016
Replies: 29
Views: 4,269
Posted By Dez
Erik may not be the best person to ask here, as...

Erik may not be the best person to ask here, as I'm fairly sure he could come up with beautiful prints, and probably has, using a coke bottle bottom as a lens.

Both cameras can enable the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-13-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 2,174
Posted By Dez
You might want to check with DAG to see if Don...

You might want to check with DAG to see if Don can supply the right shutter speed dial.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-08-2016
Replies: 25
Views: 2,038
Posted By Dez
Disappointing. I haven't seen a really good...

Disappointing. I haven't seen a really good Russian fake for a long time. A few years ago there were some really nice looking fake Leica Standards that required quite close scrutiny to tell they used...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 06-04-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 2,174
Posted By Dez
As I understand it, the Leica screwmount uses an...

As I understand it, the Leica screwmount uses an old English standard thread pitch of 26 threads per inch. Strange for a German product but that was an old standard used for microscopes, and Leitz...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-26-2016
Replies: 43
Views: 4,423
Posted By Dez
I guess I have never framed my shots so precisely...

I guess I have never framed my shots so precisely that I would notice something like that.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-25-2016
Replies: 1
Views: 530
Posted By Dez
Collapsible Elmar 90 on an M5

I'm travelling at the moment, and don't have the necessary equipment to make an accurate measurement, so I'm wondering if I can collapse an Elmar 90mm lens on my M5 without fouling the sensor. I know...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-14-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 3,003
Posted By Dez
In my opinion, no, not really. I have an M5, and...

In my opinion, no, not really. I have an M5, and a strap that will go through the end lugs, but if I want it on a strap, I put the camera in the bottom half of its rather scarce Neverready case. When...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-13-2016
Replies: 18
Views: 2,717
Posted By Dez
They aren't Donald Trump??:p:p:p Cheers, Dez

They aren't Donald Trump??:p:p:p

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-13-2016
Replies: 55
Views: 6,390
Posted By Dez
Maybe it's sour grapes because there's no way I...

Maybe it's sour grapes because there's no way I can afford to buy an M-A, but I believe that even if I could, I would opt for Plan B, which would be to buy a really nice M4-P, and have thousands left...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-28-2016
Replies: 114
Views: 11,279
Posted By Dez
Ah yes, but these minimalist designs are for the...

Ah yes, but these minimalist designs are for the true pro!

As everyone knows, anyone who makes his or her living with a camera will seize every opportunity to reduce the probability of getting the...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-28-2016
Replies: 114
Views: 11,279
Posted By Dez
I see from the Leica Forum site that the...

I see from the Leica Forum site that the displayless Leica M-D costs a mere 500 Euros more than the basic M for the value added associated with removing the display. Brilliant piece of work, that....
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-26-2016
Replies: 49
Views: 13,012
Posted By Dez
Possibly. I have had a LTM Ultron for a few...

Possibly.
I have had a LTM Ultron for a few years and have been extremely happy with it. Maybe you have a bad example, or possibly there is a focusing problem on the body with which you use it. I...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-23-2016
Replies: 47
Views: 3,946
Posted By Dez
Hi, Rob. I think you will find that the...

Hi, Rob. I think you will find that the collapsible Summicron can be collapsed all the way back in an M5 or CL (or a Ricoh GXR :)) without any problem. I haven't tried the 2.8 Elmar, but I know the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-18-2016
Replies: 47
Views: 10,101
Posted By Dez
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery...

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/26723/U26723I1455162033.SEQ.0.jpg[/IMG]

I recently bought a Leotax Elite, the same model as shown at the front of this picture. It had problems...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-14-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 819
Posted By Dez
This is a very good lens but you have to be...

This is a very good lens but you have to be extremely careful when looking for one.
The great majority of them that you see for sale have what appears to be internal haze but is actually corrosion...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-09-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 3,003
Posted By Dez
I haven't changed the finder in my M5, as I have...

I haven't changed the finder in my M5, as I have fortunately never had any problems with the original one. While I have not owned all the different Leicas, I agree with Stephen that of the ones I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-08-2016
Replies: 61
Views: 5,873
Posted By Dez
It seems that the most common problem with the M5...

It seems that the most common problem with the M5 is a corroded contact for the cell powering the meter, rendering it inoperable. This is actually an easy DIY fix, and I have repaired a couple of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-08-2016
Replies: 61
Views: 5,873
Posted By Dez
All are good. The M5 tends to be underpriced, and...

All are good. The M5 tends to be underpriced, and is the best value for the money.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-06-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 2,457
Posted By Dez
The original old brown leather M cases had the...

The original old brown leather M cases had the front and bottom sections connected by a rivet. Not a very useful design. I have over the years converted a couple of them using a dome fastener so the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-06-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 2,082
Posted By Dez
Unless the price is much higher it is always good...

Unless the price is much higher it is always good policy to buy from a dealer you know to be reputable, especially when you are unfamiliar with the equipment.
Really, as one person posted, any M...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 04-06-2016
Replies: 0
Views: 1,146
Posted By Dez
Now that's just silly....

There are all sorts of strange things one can do with adapters, not that it always makes sense, such as the Visoflex II on my Ricoh...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-30-2016
Replies: 56
Poll: IIIg or M4-2
Views: 3,733
Posted By Dez
The only difference is the addition of 28mm and...

The only difference is the addition of 28mm and 75mm frame lines in the M4-P.

Cheers
Dez
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-30-2016
Replies: 56
Poll: IIIg or M4-2
Views: 3,733
Posted By Dez
The IIIg is a little jewel, and a great object to...

The IIIg is a little jewel, and a great object to collect if that's what you want to do, but the M4-2 is a much more flexible and convenient device for actual photography.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-30-2016
Replies: 52
Views: 3,519
Posted By Dez
Most Leica service people will charge you more...

Most Leica service people will charge you more than that for a thorough overhaul.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-27-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 911
Posted By Dez
Yes, it's quite a straightforward DIY, and makes...

Yes, it's quite a straightforward DIY, and makes a big difference. It's disappointing that this wasn't included in what was undoubtedly an outrageously expensive Solms overhaul, though.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-25-2016
Replies: 61
Views: 5,873
Posted By Dez
It's not difficult to adjust an M5 to use 1.55V...

It's not difficult to adjust an M5 to use 1.55V cells, in fact it's a fairly straightforward DIY.
However, there is no silver version of the old mercury cell used in the M5, and the available...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-25-2016
Replies: 55
Views: 6,390
Posted By Dez
A lovely camera, basically a brand new M4-P with...

A lovely camera, basically a brand new M4-P with an old fashioned rewind knob and a huge price tag.
But then again, I imagine back in the 80's people complained about the M4-P prices too.

Cheers,
Dez
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-25-2016
Replies: 65
Views: 5,949
Posted By Dez
I'd vote for the chrome Canon 1.8 as well. Be...

I'd vote for the chrome Canon 1.8 as well. Be careful about non-removable fog though; although it doesn't happen as often as in the black lens, it can still be a problem.

Small size is important....
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-24-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 929
Posted By Dez
That's a problem with all the old lenses with a...

That's a problem with all the old lenses with a 39mm thread, and I have always wondered why on earth Leitz made their filters a bit smaller.
Pry the velvet liner away from the inside of the lens cap...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-24-2016
Replies: 0
Views: 450
Posted By Dez
Nikkor-H rarity??

In Robert Rotoloni's excellent book on Nikon RF cameras, I see a reference to a very scarce variety of 50mm f2 lens for the Nikon mount, having a matte, rather than shiny, aperture ring and filter...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-23-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 4,324
Posted By Dez
I have had good success using two...

I have had good success using two lubricants...
-A medium-weight watch oil, appropriate for pocket watches (not clock oil)
-Light weight white lithium grease
Never use WD-40 except as a soaking agent...
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