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Forum: Film vs Digital 08-21-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 762
Posted By Steve M.
This is sorta like talking to the cat. Thank you...

This is sorta like talking to the cat.

Thank you Dennis. The responses here are astoundingly off the radar! Geez Marie. Godfrey, it's apples and oranges. I never said that they didn't exist, the...
Forum: Film vs Digital 08-21-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 762
Posted By Steve M.
The ephemeral nature of digital

This Monday I knocked over a full bottle of water (second time within a week), getting some on my laptop. In panic mode I snatched the laptop up. Because I grabbed it at the very top of the screen...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-20-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 846
Posted By Steve M.
Great stuff. Good job! Thank you for posting this...

Great stuff. Good job! Thank you for posting this because I will never step foot into an airport again. Ever since they started treating ME like a terrorist, well, enough of that. Too bad too,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-20-2019
Replies: 103
Views: 3,030
Posted By Steve M.
I only shoot Tri-X. Now, I never have this...

I only shoot Tri-X. Now, I never have this problem. I also am down to just 2 cameras, and one of them has a film window peep hole thing.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-19-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 514
Posted By Steve M.
If you didn't develop the film yourself, it makes...

If you didn't develop the film yourself, it makes it very difficult to know what's happening w/ the negs. Do you have some more scans you could post? That neg you show here has both white and dark...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-18-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 629
Posted By Steve M.
It's more about which camera suits you better....

It's more about which camera suits you better. Keep in mind that the Super Ikonta 531/2 folders are bigger 6x9 cameras, while a Perkeo II is a small 6x6 format camera. I'm surprised that no one has...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-16-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 1,164
Posted By Steve M.
We're talking about a tiny difference in...

We're talking about a tiny difference in voltages. I never did nuthin. Always just put 1.5V batteries into anything that called for 1.35, mercury or otherwise, and never saw a nickle's bit of...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-16-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 418
Posted By Steve M.
It would probably be a whole lot easier to wind...

It would probably be a whole lot easier to wind some tape around the take up spool. That's the recommended fix. In fact, I've never even heard of the way you did...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-15-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 836
Posted By Steve M.
You wouldn't happen to have Guenther's phone...

You wouldn't happen to have Guenther's phone number would you? I'm asking just for market research purposes of course. I sure hope Guenther is a woman, both for their sake, and mine.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-15-2019
Replies: 161
Views: 7,747
Posted By Steve M.
Maybe Leica is actually being nice. Perhaps they...

Maybe Leica is actually being nice. Perhaps they COULD have priced the M mount lenses at $16,000 or even $20,000, and priced the AF L bits and pieces at $9000 or even $15,000. It's their lenses, and...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 08-15-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 689
Posted By Steve M.
OK, a little confusion here. Infinity is normally...

OK, a little confusion here. Infinity is normally reached by 100'-200', not at a kilometer.

The other thing is that the ONLY way you can ck this for yourself w/o getting too involved w/ lens...
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 08-14-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 1,275
Posted By Steve M.
Eugene Smith....a great photographer. They don't...

Eugene Smith....a great photographer. They don't make 'em like that anymore.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-14-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,154
Posted By Steve M.
Nice article from my favorite newspaper. Makes me...

Nice article from my favorite newspaper. Makes me homesick for the South. I used to own one of those beasts w/ a motor drive. Trust me, a little EM or FG is just as good for shooting, and you won't...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-13-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 3,237
Posted By Steve M.
As long as they still make Tri-X, that's all I...

As long as they still make Tri-X, that's all I care about :)

On a more serious note, as Ted alluded to, anyone who tells you that refinancing your debt will save you money, as this report so...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-13-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 413
Posted By Steve M.
Before you do that, maybe try measuring out...

Before you do that, maybe try measuring out distances and see how off the alignment actually is? It may not be enough to make much or any difference if stopped down a bit. You could also sacrifice a...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 08-12-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,766
Posted By Steve M.
Oh oh. This is how it starts, like a virus....

Oh oh. This is how it starts, like a virus.

Your thread title reminds me of my favorite book, "Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me" by Richard Farina. It was his one and only book. After...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 08-12-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 743
Posted By Steve M.
You could always put a filter on the lens. A...

You could always put a filter on the lens. A yellow one will make your 200 film a 100 film. No good for colour of course, but for that use a neutral density filter.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-12-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 307
Posted By Steve M.
Scanners magnify not only grain, but dust too....

Scanners magnify not only grain, but dust too. What used to be a dust problem for me when I scanned negs, went away once I started wet printing. I use a glassless negative carrier in my enlarger, but...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-12-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 889
Posted By Steve M.
The first thing I would do is pay the...

The first thing I would do is pay the extortion/blackmail fee to get the camera back, and at the same time firmly mention that you would be filing a claim for a charge back on the original work...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-10-2019
Replies: 67
Views: 7,106
Posted By Steve M.
I live in New Mexico and the light is just...

I live in New Mexico and the light is just incredible. It's truly a photographer's/painter's paradise. The clouds often look like they were painted onto the sky. Yes, of course a yellow filter can be...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-09-2019
Replies: 67
Views: 7,106
Posted By Steve M.
Try it and see. There's no other way to do it,...

Try it and see. There's no other way to do it, because all you'll get on a forum is personal opinions. It does a good job of giving more contrast to clouds if that's what you're after. I prefer a red...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-09-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 929
Posted By Steve M.
I think you probably need to buy one of these...

I think you probably need to buy one of these Huss

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Directors-Accessories/ci/5724/N/4028759376

That way you can view the wold as God/Kodak/mythical deity of your...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-03-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1,020
Posted By Steve M.
You might try...

You might try this

https://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/580818/Have+a+problem+with+LCD+segments+on+Ricoh+R1s+model

or this

https://www.35mmc.com/09/02/2014/ricoh-gr1-series-tale-woe/

If it's a...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-03-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 321
Posted By Steve M.
"As with most FSU test rolls...." Truer words...

"As with most FSU test rolls...."

Truer words were never spoken. I had so much trouble w/ Fed 2, you would not believe. They always had shutter problems for some reason.

This is what brought me to...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 08-03-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,158
Posted By Steve M.
I read somewhere that the Big Mini has a known...

I read somewhere that the Big Mini has a known issue w/ 7 Up, so if you switch to Sprite you should be fine.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-03-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 543
Posted By Steve M.
If it's unit focus, yes, shimming the lens should...

If it's unit focus, yes, shimming the lens should do the trick. Could always reset the distance scale too. Are you using a ground glass and a loupe on the film rails? That's your gold standard for...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-03-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 675
Posted By Steve M.
Seems highly doubtful. Where does anyone get...

Seems highly doubtful. Where does anyone get unexpired Kodachrome film anyway??? In Mississippi, we called such a project a snipe hunt.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-03-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 741
Posted By Steve M.
In all my years as a photographer, I can't...

In all my years as a photographer, I can't remember a Kodak film ever being a rebranded something else. Good way to get one of them internet myth thangs going though :]
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-02-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,682
Posted By Steve M.
You definitely should buy a Nikon EM. By a very...

You definitely should buy a Nikon EM. By a very strange coincidence, I just happen to have one for sale :D
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 08-02-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 340
Posted By Steve M.
Didn't look at them all (it's not very intuitive...

Didn't look at them all (it's not very intuitive to do so on that website, at least to me), but the "hands shot" is very, very good from what I can make out from the tiny image on my laptop.

If you...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-02-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 1,772
Posted By Steve M.
Before digital (B.D.), two cameras were often...

Before digital (B.D.), two cameras were often used by pros out on assignment, but a lot of those photographers refused to shoot both at the same time. The reason, which is still valid today, is that...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 08-02-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 8,035
Posted By Steve M.
Wow, that panny shot has some nice tones. I would...

Wow, that panny shot has some nice tones. I would have thought it was film. Love it.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-02-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,126
Posted By Steve M.
"On the principle......that it's easier to remove...

"On the principle......that it's easier to remove too much metal than put it back..."

Amen to that. It's also a sound metaphor for life, yes? It'e easier (and less stressful) to do things right the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-01-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 430
Posted By Steve M.
National Camera Exchange

I've been putting their emails in spam, which is crazy, because they're a first class place to buy gear. So I put them back in my IN BOX, searched "leica", and the first thing I see is a beautiful M3...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 08-01-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 798
Posted By Steve M.
Try the bandaid tool rather than the clone tool....

Try the bandaid tool rather than the clone tool. It has softer edges, so it's easier to blend in. I wet print now (scanning....arghhhhhh!), and what you refer to is the main reason. Dig/Ice will work...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-01-2019
Replies: 114
Views: 22,298
Posted By Steve M.
I use 250 for Tri-X. Some people use 200. It...

I use 250 for Tri-X. Some people use 200. It doesn't matter, it's Tri-X!!! No one will ever, ever know. I once shot a roll making 3 exposures for each image at 100, 200, and 400 (50, 100, and 200 w/...
Forum: Photo Software 08-01-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 772
Posted By Steve M.
Not with film, assuming your exposures are in the...

Not with film, assuming your exposures are in the ballpark (something that is not "good enough" w/ digital due to easily blown highlights). Back in my film scanning days, in P7 all I had to do was go...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-31-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 765
Posted By Steve M.
It will look sharper and clearer than just about...

It will look sharper and clearer than just about any lens made! My colour negative shots w/ an M3 that had a DR on it were like looking at 3D slides. To my mind these older lenses are not low...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-29-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 373
Posted By Steve M.
I fail to understand how that worked. If the...

I fail to understand how that worked. If the sides of the film roll touch the sides of tube, then no developer gets there.
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 07-29-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,794
Posted By Steve M.
“I think aesthetically recording spontaneous...

“I think aesthetically recording spontaneous action, rather than carefully posing a picture, is the most valid and expressive use of photography.”

I've always thought that was the way to go....
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-29-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,048
Posted By Steve M.
You're right in thinking it's too much money for...

You're right in thinking it's too much money for a CLA, as it's not an inexpensive fix.

It's not really a DIY repair. The simplest solution would be to sell your lens as-is and invest the money in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-28-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 1,311
Posted By Steve M.
The real question might be, what do I need to do...

The real question might be, what do I need to do to get great pics? When I was much, much younger I wanted to be an artist. A painter. Get up when you want, paint naked wahine, drink, and get paid...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-27-2019
Replies: 314
Views: 37,510
Posted By Steve M.
Leica R 90 2.8 Elmarit, Tri-X, Nikkormat FT2 ...

Leica R 90 2.8 Elmarit, Tri-X, Nikkormat FT2

https://i.imgur.com/DaoqWqp.jpg

The ex wife flies in to see the rest of her family. Nikkormat, Nikkor 85 2, Tri-X

https://i.imgur.com/oPupKvn.jpg
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 07-27-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 352
Posted By Steve M.
You're correct in saying that you never know...

You're correct in saying that you never know until the gear arrives how it will work out. It helps to do a lot of research on the web first, but there's no substitute for having it in your hands. Old...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-27-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 740
Posted By Steve M.
For sure there is a date that at some point it...

For sure there is a date that at some point it will be an issue, but you should be fine. Even freezing the film will not prevent eventual deterioration. The problem comes from cosmic rays from space...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 07-26-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 458
Posted By Steve M.
For what it's worth, I never had this problem, or...

For what it's worth, I never had this problem, or any other problems, using the Nikon scanning software on my V ED. If you are determined to use third party scanning software, then go to Photoshop...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-26-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,362
Posted By Steve M.
I had the same problem that Jamie had. Fixed it...

I had the same problem that Jamie had. Fixed it by putting a couple of rubber bands in my pocket. Never trusted the stickum anyway.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-26-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 324
Posted By Steve M.
Maybe I'm blind, but I don't see any spots on the...

Maybe I'm blind, but I don't see any spots on the photos on your first post. Just grain on the night shot, which is hard to avoid in low light. You will find Tri-X to be much more forgiving and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-26-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 845
Posted By Steve M.
My specialty is portraits, and I never use a...

My specialty is portraits, and I never use a tripod or pose anyone. Helps to have a camera w/ motorized film advance, but you can do it w/ a camera that doesn't have one. I also use a long lens, at...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-26-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 340
Posted By Steve M.
You cannot load film with a safelight on. It has...

You cannot load film with a safelight on. It has to be total, total darkness, or nothing, which is what one gets when light hits the film, and it doesn't have to be but a tiny bit.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 07-25-2019
Replies: 54
Views: 2,250
Posted By Steve M.
It's not unexpected. At first, I thought it was...

It's not unexpected. At first, I thought it was odd. But an old digital camera that might be considered obsolete takes better photos than the new cameras. There's something really enjoyable about...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-25-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 2,408
Posted By Steve M.
It looks like you can watch it for free here if...

It looks like you can watch it for free here if you sign up

http://big201.com/movie/554229/harry_gruyaert._photographer

I probably shouldn't mention this because it's sort of under the radar, but...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-24-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 707
Posted By Steve M.
I like the pre-masterpiece idea. Does that mean I...

I like the pre-masterpiece idea. Does that mean I can sell my paper and pastels as pre drawings? It would save me a whole lot of work.

It sounds doable in a Philip Dick story.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-24-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 691
Posted By Steve M.
Sounds OK to me. I'm sure it's been around since...

Sounds OK to me. I'm sure it's been around since the 60's and 70's, as everything from that fertile time period seems to be constantly reintroduced, re-imagined, and recycled.

This made me...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-24-2019
Replies: 785
Views: 41,117
Posted By Steve M.
OK. Flickr shows f2.4. Probably not enough to...

OK. Flickr shows f2.4. Probably not enough to make a difference.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-24-2019
Replies: 785
Views: 41,117
Posted By Steve M.
Those look fine. Not sure I care for the look of...

Those look fine. Not sure I care for the look of the lens on the camera though. It would be nice to see some shots at f2 too. I don't shoot a digital camera, nor shoot anything below a 50 lens, so...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-24-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 980
Posted By Steve M.
I don't even know what a Blix is, much less an...

I don't even know what a Blix is, much less an exploding one, but really, really don't like the sound of it.

Charles has summed up my feelings about colour home development. Not sure that I'd go as...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 07-23-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,029
Posted By Steve M.
If you're sending a file off for printing, then...

If you're sending a file off for printing, then all bets are off. Not having control over that most crucial step is a real issue. The quality of your printer, the manner in which it's printed, the...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 07-23-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 875
Posted By Steve M.
I attempted to read that review, but all the over...

I attempted to read that review, but all the over the top "patriotic" jingoism and ads for a paypal donation made that impossible. This is a photography site.

Sometimes, less is more :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-23-2019
Replies: 110
Views: 4,171
Posted By Steve M.
I worked in market research for many years, and...

I worked in market research for many years, and have been a member of eBait for a decade or two. I don't think the prices today mean too much. They go up, and they go down, and not always for a...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 07-22-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 486
Posted By Steve M.
Here's a nice little article below. As mentioned,...

Here's a nice little article below. As mentioned, anything w/ the word EKTAR is going to be a good lens

https://camerapedia.fandom.com/wiki/Kodak_Signet_35
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-19-2019
Replies: 453
Views: 55,209
Posted By Steve M.
Ariel in Albuquerque. Fiber print from a Retina...

Ariel in Albuquerque. Fiber print from a Retina 1a w/ Xenar 50 3.5 and Y filter. Tri-X w/ Rodinal at 1:20. Beautifully grainy at 11x14. This is a crop from the larger...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-19-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 806
Posted By Steve M.
I know what you mean about wading through the...

I know what you mean about wading through the verbage. My ex wife must be working for them. Her strategy was always....if you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle 'em with bulls**t.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 07-19-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 395
Posted By Steve M.
What you have now are two cameras that, if they...

What you have now are two cameras that, if they break, may cost more than it's worth to have them fixed, assuming they even could be fixed. Might not be able to be fixed, there's few parts available,...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-19-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 427
Posted By Steve M.
"Yesterday I found the winder going with no film...

"Yesterday I found the winder going with no film in it and the camera turned off."

You probably need a priest to perform an exorcism for that! The problem w/ these old electronic cameras is that...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-18-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,345
Posted By Steve M.
"Not the prettiest trio." I agree, it was a time...

"Not the prettiest trio."

I agree, it was a time when camera makers were smoothing things out a lot, especially the Canons. Many of the cameras from that era look like black blobs of plastic. The...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-18-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 652
Posted By Steve M.
My gut feeling is that it's a very good Leica...

My gut feeling is that it's a very good Leica copy/repaint. The screws on the cold shoe have clearly been painted at the same time as the top. Not very smart, as it is going to make unscrewing them...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 07-18-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,701
Posted By Steve M.
This is a no brainer. Just buy an Epson or an M8...

This is a no brainer. Just buy an Epson or an M8 and enjoy. Those two make the best B&W digital files I've ever seen.
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 07-18-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 698
Posted By Steve M.
This is why I prefer beater cameras to pristine...

This is why I prefer beater cameras to pristine examples. Years of dealing w/ erratic FSU stuff taught me that one. If it's beat up, it's going to work fine. If it looks mint, there's a reason for...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-18-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 3,884
Posted By Steve M.
Thanks for the real life experience Larry. Very...

Thanks for the real life experience Larry. Very helpful. I'm interested in these contraptions!

I suspect that the problem you had w/ the reel is something that will go away once you understand the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-18-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 3,151
Posted By Steve M.
I got better images from the earlier H 50 2...

I got better images from the earlier H 50 2 Nikkors, which had different coatings. Less is usually more if you shoot B&W.

You wonder why this sort of thing w/ the cheap Chinese lenses hasn't...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-18-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,121
Posted By Steve M.
If Tri-X is around the same price, then your...

If Tri-X is around the same price, then your decision is much simpler. It's surely the best 400 ISO film around (but of course it's actually a 200 or 250 ISO film). It does everything I need it to...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-18-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 380
Posted By Steve M.
Even as an investment you would probably never...

Even as an investment you would probably never get your money back. Investing in photography is a sub optimal idea anyway. Just leave it be. Like many of us here, I've owned lenses with big, and I...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-17-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,060
Posted By Steve M.
I've never made a contact print, but it looks way...

I've never made a contact print, but it looks way easier than an enlarger print. No need to focus, figure out your cropping, etc. Instead of emulating Weston, which is a lost cause really and who...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-16-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1,039
Posted By Steve M.
The last pic looks like something from a tractor...

The last pic looks like something from a tractor or something!
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 07-16-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 3,951
Posted By Steve M.
Continuing with the Retina theme, the Ia is the...

Continuing with the Retina theme, the Ia is the smallest and lightest "real" 35mm camera you can find, and even the bottom end 50 3.5 Xenar blows away most anything made today w/ it's excellent image...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-15-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,342
Posted By Steve M.
It's a mystery to me why they took blads there in...

It's a mystery to me why they took blads there in the first place. Those things will jam, you know, and they're heavy and big to bring to the moon and back. I myself would have brought a Rollei TLR...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 07-14-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 689
Posted By Steve M.
Make sure the enlarger has the appropriate lens...

Make sure the enlarger has the appropriate lens boards for different film formats because Durst enlargers are very dependent on a plethora of expensive boards with odd sounding names like VEGATUB,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-13-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,345
Posted By Steve M.
I had one of the old 28 200 G ED lenses Ste S,...

I had one of the old 28 200 G ED lenses Ste S, and it was a really good lens.

The non AI H 50 2.0 lenses are even better :)
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-13-2019
Replies: 52
Views: 1,749
Posted By Steve M.
".....six or seven guys developing Tri-X and...

".....six or seven guys developing Tri-X and making prints with old Stones albums playing."

Sounds like heaven to me, especially if it's the Some Girls album. Great songs and lots of energy on what...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 07-11-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 1,258
Posted By Steve M.
I'm in New Mexico, so there's plenty of cultural...

I'm in New Mexico, so there's plenty of cultural stuff to shoot, along with stunning skies, vistas, and sunsets. Having said that, the prints I'm looking at are big, and pop off the wall very nicely....
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-10-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,250
Posted By Steve M.
I think a film camera's optical viewfinders is...

I think a film camera's optical viewfinders is better than any EVF, and film cameras also offer unlimited exposure capability. Just bring more film. My ideal camera would be small, light, and have an...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 07-07-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 352
Posted By Steve M.
Why don't you try to adjust the rangefinder on...

Why don't you try to adjust the rangefinder on one of the cameras that has an inoperative shutter? You don't have much to lose, and you can dig in there and figure out how things work. Think of it as...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-05-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,082
Posted By Steve M.
I don't think you're a Luddite (which is a good...

I don't think you're a Luddite (which is a good thing anyway), you just have common sense. That's in short supply these days. Must be back ordered or something. All these so called labor saving...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 07-05-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 1,111
Posted By Steve M.
It's cute, but why not buy a Monolta Scan Dual...

It's cute, but why not buy a Monolta Scan Dual for $100-$200 and get results that are essentially as good as my old Nikon film scanners? Those Minoltas give you 2850 PPI vs 4000 for the Nikon, and...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 07-04-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 548
Posted By Steve M.
It's not every day that you see a post that...

It's not every day that you see a post that starts out "I found a Focomat IIc on the sidewalk some time ago....".

I think your print is either under developed or under fixed. Are you agitating the...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 07-04-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 1,054
Posted By Steve M.
I think the op may be able to change the title by...

I think the op may be able to change the title by using the "advanced" function on the edit feature? I've used all the lenses you mentioned on film cameras, and by far the best was the Leica R glass,...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 07-03-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 690
Posted By Steve M.
I got caught up in a whole mess of those a month...

I got caught up in a whole mess of those a month ago on my bike. It was great. They sorta flew with me and kept me company for quite a while.

I shot this Monarch 30-40 years ago in Savannah, Ga w/ a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-02-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,424
Posted By Steve M.
Can't go wrong w/ the Summaron. Small, light, and...

Can't go wrong w/ the Summaron. Small, light, and has that classic Leica way of rendering. As nice as the Canon and third party lenses may be, they can't do that.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-02-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 682
Posted By Steve M.
Honestly, I don't think you need to worry, and a...

Honestly, I don't think you need to worry, and a tripod is probably not needed. I took some fireworks photos using an old Canon AE 1 w/ a 70 200 f4 zoom, and I just let the camera take the exposure...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-01-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 511
Posted By Steve M.
You might try looking into the canister area w/ a...

You might try looking into the canister area w/ a strong light to see if anything is pushed in or otherwise obstructing things. I had an early Zorki bottom loader that Oleg had put strap lugs on, and...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 07-01-2019
Replies: 1,740
Views: 441,606
Posted By Steve M.
These shots look so film-like it's crazy. After...

These shots look so film-like it's crazy. After all these years, and all the engineering, research, etc that camera makers put into their brands to make the best digital cameras, none of them make...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 06-30-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 867
Posted By Steve M.
It probably isn't the print sleeves. They...

It probably isn't the print sleeves. They shouldn't scratch your negs unless you have grit or dust inside the sleeves before you slide a neg into it. It sounds like you had some bad developing or...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-29-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,074
Posted By Steve M.
A lot depends on what kind of camera a...

A lot depends on what kind of camera a photographer is shooting. A Rollei TLR can be easily used at very slow shutter speeds, while a SLR MF camera will have a lot of vibration issues due to mirror...
Forum: Optics Theory - 06-28-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 632
Posted By Steve M.
I've owned a few lenses that did that (along w/...

I've owned a few lenses that did that (along w/ every Nikon SLR lens I ever owned except the 70-200 2.8 and HC 50 2). They got sold right away because it's a look that I don't care for, but...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-27-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 484
Posted By Steve M.
That second shot looks like organized chaos....

That second shot looks like organized chaos. Apparently the traffic lanes are DIY, or just the city's existentially, doomed suggestions. These folk make the Italians look like indecisive, timid...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 06-26-2019
Replies: 257
Views: 72,260
Posted By Steve M.
Retina Ia w/ a 50 3.5 Kodak Ektar lens. Tri-X in...

Retina Ia w/ a 50 3.5 Kodak Ektar lens. Tri-X in D 76

https://i.imgur.com/lmxRQmH.jpg

Agfa Isola scale focus 6/6 medium format tube camera. Tri-X in D 76

https://i.imgur.com/6MGkeWX.jpg

UFO,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-26-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 250
Posted By Steve M.
By the by, I found this interesting discussion on...

By the by, I found this interesting discussion on paper developer over at the large format photography forum. Those folks have forgotten more about developing than I will probably ever know.

...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-26-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 250
Posted By Steve M.
It's a developer that I've never used, but I've...

It's a developer that I've never used, but I've always been happy w/ products from FF. This sounds like an interesting developer that can be dialed in by varying the concentrations. The one review I...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 06-24-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 287
Posted By Steve M.
Sherman's works more like an artist rather than a...

Sherman's works more like an artist rather than a photographer. Unlike most photographs, her images are ambiguous and a lie. What we see is not what's there, what we see are cultural stereotypes at...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-22-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 444
Posted By Steve M.
If you like the smallrig, ck out this cheese...

If you like the smallrig, ck out this cheese handle extension. The photos show it using a wooden handle on the camera w/ a pom pom attached. OK, so it's probably a mic cover, but still, I just love...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-21-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 2,140
Posted By Steve M.
From the look of those saguaro cactus, you must...

From the look of those saguaro cactus, you must live in Tucson goamules.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-20-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,307
Posted By Steve M.
I never got on w/ those, and much preferred the...

I never got on w/ those, and much preferred the Nikkormats, which you can pick up for peanuts. Nikon had serious sales issues when the pros that bought the F cameras for their main use, and a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-20-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 559
Posted By Steve M.
Your Contax calls for a 6V silver oxide or...

Your Contax calls for a 6V silver oxide or alkaline battery (Eveready 544, Ucar 544, Mallory PX28, Alkaline Eveready 537 or equivalent). You should be able to put four of the 1.5V button batteries in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-20-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 873
Posted By Steve M.
Arbus gets criticized for using people w/...

Arbus gets criticized for using people w/ developmental disabilities as models, and you have to wonder if they were aware of the way that the photos would be on display nationally and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-20-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,738
Posted By Steve M.
That's a great article you linked us to in your...

That's a great article you linked us to in your post Solinar. Thanks! Lots of good photos, so we get an idea of what that monobath film is capable of. I especially liked the "spit" idea for...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-19-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,738
Posted By Steve M.
Garageboy, I found that waiting until it's dark...

Garageboy, I found that waiting until it's dark and using a bathroom works about a hundred times better than a change bag. I take my film and tank and stuff in there, along w/ a blanket and some push...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-18-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,168
Posted By Steve M.
Humidity is part of my problem. Here in New...

Humidity is part of my problem. Here in New Mexico we seldom have any. I'm going to order some single weight paper. Never had this much trouble w/ curling, but the last time I wet printed was in...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-18-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,168
Posted By Steve M.
The paper I've had the biggest difficulty with is...

The paper I've had the biggest difficulty with is this Ilford FB Cool Tone, which is double weight. I'll also switch back to a single weight paper, which should help.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-18-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,168
Posted By Steve M.
Thank you very much. Since I'm moving soon, a...

Thank you very much. Since I'm moving soon, a drymount press isn't an option. So I'm going to try just blotting one off, hang it by a corner to dry, find the archival equivalent of contact cement,...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-18-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,168
Posted By Steve M.
How do you flatten your fiber papers?

One could spend the rest of their life reading threads about getting fiber papers flat, and none of them work for me at 11x14 sizes and up. Recently I tried a technique that is normally used for...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-16-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,556
Posted By Steve M.
This is an excellent illustration of why I could...

This is an excellent illustration of why I could never shoot digital :)

The deck was stacked from the start though.... Tri-X shot through a vintage camera is as good as it gets. Thank you for the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-14-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 633
Posted By Steve M.
I agree, we all sort of danced around your...

I agree, we all sort of danced around your question (but I still say that a fixer that takes 7 minutes or 14 minutes or whatever is crazy whether it's old or new fixer), but how could the dye affect...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-14-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,876
Posted By Steve M.
None of those. I'd buy a tiny Konica C 35 or a...

None of those. I'd buy a tiny Konica C 35 or a Retina !a. Thy're much smaller and lighter than the cameras you mentioned, and will deliver results that are nearly as good or just as good as your...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-13-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,161
Posted By Steve M.
Bokeh, bokeh, bokeh! There, I just wanted to get...

Bokeh, bokeh, bokeh! There, I just wanted to get that out. I have NEVER heard anyone on this forum refer to bokeh as defocused anything because it isn't defocused at all, or blurry.

Gee, I never...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-13-2019
Replies: 137
Views: 11,854
Posted By Steve M.
This is the best setup I've ever had. A tiny...

This is the best setup I've ever had. A tiny Retina Ia that takes really good photos for out and about, and a 135 2.8 macro on a Nikon SLR for portraits and flower shots. Simple, cheap, effective.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-13-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 524
Posted By Steve M.
Wow, good info here. Thanks! I'm going to order...

Wow, good info here. Thanks! I'm going to order some of the Farmer's Reducer (great name!), make some small prints and practice on those. I have a good eye and light touch from years of watercolour...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-12-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 524
Posted By Steve M.
The photo's been taken, but that's a good idea,...

The photo's been taken, but that's a good idea, as I like to use yellow and red filters. I ain't touching the negative because I like the way it came out. This is Rodinal w/ Tri-X at 1:20 so it's...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-12-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 524
Posted By Steve M.
How do you touch up skin blemishes on fiber paper portraits

I took a photo of my neighbor's grand daughter, which unfortunately shows her acne blemishes. These are dark spots (which thankfully are not real dark) and on her forehead mostly. The paper was...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-12-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 633
Posted By Steve M.
14 minutes to fix? That's crazy. Is that what it...

14 minutes to fix? That's crazy. Is that what it says on the photography forums for your fixer? I'd switch back to what you had before. Two minutes is the way to go. I use a budget Arista Arifix...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 06-12-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,829
Posted By Steve M.
No, low balling is the about buying stuff, not...

No, low balling is the about buying stuff, not selling it. I'll always accept a reasonable offer, but what I've been getting is, like I said, stupidly low offers. It's something that never used to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-12-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,233
Posted By Steve M.
What I recommend is that you find a small, light...

What I recommend is that you find a small, light camera, sling it over your shoulder and around your back on a strap, and go. I have a little Retina Ia for biking (I bike just about everywhere). You...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-12-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 733
Posted By Steve M.
Your enlarger is fine. An expensive one won't...

Your enlarger is fine. An expensive one won't give you better prints, and even though that's a low end lens, the results look plenty sharp enough to me! Never having printed on graded papers I have...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 06-11-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,829
Posted By Steve M.
eBay escapades. The low ball offer

I listed a few low priced photography items on eBay recently and it's been a crappy experience. I seem to have caught an annoying wave of low ball offers. The first ads were ended because three...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 06-10-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,811
Posted By Steve M.
So they changed the terms AFTER people bought in...

So they changed the terms AFTER people bought in under a different agreement? That's unethical in the extreme. I wonder if someone could get a charge back on their credit card on these kickstarter...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 06-10-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 401
Posted By Steve M.
The roll that you shot will tell you whether the...

The roll that you shot will tell you whether the coating damage or internal hazing (can't tell what it is from the photo) is going to affect your photos. If you put a hood on it you should be fine....
Forum: Nikon RF 06-09-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 1,976
Posted By Steve M.
Wow, the Leica viewfinder is like HD compared to...

Wow, the Leica viewfinder is like HD compared to an old B&W TV set! OK, it's not that bad, but the Leica is sharper, clearer and more contrasty than the Nikon. I'm sure someone could get used to the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-09-2019
Replies: 98
Views: 6,236
Posted By Steve M.
I don't trust Fuji, and won't buy their films...

I don't trust Fuji, and won't buy their films unless it's the occasional roll of color. They drop films like they drop lies in Washington.
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 06-09-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 446
Posted By Steve M.
The website says it's closed until Monday (what...

The website says it's closed until Monday (what the ???) and wants a password. No previews I guess.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-08-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 440
Posted By Steve M.
Wonderful work. Thanks for posting this.

Wonderful work. Thanks for posting this.
Forum: Photo Software 06-08-2019
Replies: 59
Views: 5,801
Posted By Steve M.
That's an intelligent decision. I did something...

That's an intelligent decision. I did something similar but it was more about getting (IMO) better prints w/ fiber enlargements vs scanned negs, and getting away from the unpleasantness of scanning,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-07-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,738
Posted By Steve M.
Like others have mentioned, something like this...

Like others have mentioned, something like this may bring people over to doing their own film developing. It's decidedly low tech, which is the smart way to go. It keeps the price low and the machine...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-07-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,738
Posted By Steve M.
Thanks Bill. You too. Cool huh? Here's the...

Thanks Bill. You too.

Cool huh? Here's the monobath stuff for B&W. They have it for colour too of course. What's great about this link is there's a small image of a building on the top left that...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-07-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,738
Posted By Steve M.
Freestyle has a new all-in-one developing system for sale

Just got home and checked the emails. This LAB-BOX from Freestyle really got my attention when I watched the video that was attached to their email. Love the idea behind it. I want to buy some of the...
Forum: Film vs Digital 06-07-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,892
Posted By Steve M.
I have a few sort of simple observations, but...

I have a few sort of simple observations, but they may be useful.

Anyone that can afford a Leica camera and lens can afford the film and processing.

Film shooting is about doing your own developing...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-06-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 311
Posted By Steve M.
Thanks. W/ the price of film these days, having...

Thanks. W/ the price of film these days, having half the roll left (thereabouts) means I can play with those exposures once I see how the first half went.

I did what Ko.Fe. and Siluro suggested...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-06-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 311
Posted By Steve M.
I've shot 1/2 of the roll of film. Now what?

I've been away from the nuts and bolts of photography for a spell while doing more traditional art stuff. Now I've forgotten basic photography things.

There's 12 frames out of my 24 that are...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-06-2019
Replies: 169
Views: 6,471
Posted By Steve M.
I've never liked this film, and always end up w/...

I've never liked this film, and always end up w/ it because I'm out of Tri-X and want to see how a new camera/lens is working. The colours are way too cold for my tastes, and it just looks bad...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-05-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 744
Posted By Steve M.
Put a hood on the lens w/ the cleaning marks...

Put a hood on the lens w/ the cleaning marks (circular scratches), avoid shooting directly into the sun, and you'll probably be fine. The one w/ the fungus shouldn't be used. Another vote for a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-05-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 632
Posted By Steve M.
Usually, the problem you're experiencing now is...

Usually, the problem you're experiencing now is that the lens needs to be rotated so that the shutter release is in the best position. I'll bet that it's loose, or loose enough that you can gently...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-04-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 632
Posted By Steve M.
Well yeah, look at the angle of your lens in the...

Well yeah, look at the angle of your lens in the last pic! Something is bent for sure. It's angled up while the camera body is pointing down. Not good. You're going to have to bend things until...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-04-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 756
Posted By Steve M.
If my cooking hasn't contaminated the sinks, then...

If my cooking hasn't contaminated the sinks, then this stuff is OK :) Everyone I know develops their film in the kitchen, then pours it down the drain when it's exhausted, including me. It's...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-04-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 427
Posted By Steve M.
Thanks for the info. I just ordered a bottle of...

Thanks for the info. I just ordered a bottle of the Adox version from Freestyle. Should have bought it the first go around. I had naively assumed that the R09 Spezial was "like" Fomadon R09.

I've...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-03-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 427
Posted By Steve M.
Rodinal, Fomadon R09, and Agfa R09 Spezial

I was just about to develop some Tri-X and discovered that the dilutions and times are quite different for those three developers, at least for the R09 Spezial. That bottle has 1:15 dilution on the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-03-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1,293
Posted By Steve M.
I used to shoot the GP3 in 120 format and develop...

I used to shoot the GP3 in 120 format and develop it in full strength Mic-X. The grain was more or less just gone. Loved that film. Lots of fun in Rodinal too, and even in that at 1:25 you had to...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-02-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 2,000
Posted By Steve M.
The only way that I know to do this is to buy one...

The only way that I know to do this is to buy one on eBay or somewhere and try it out. If you buy wisely you won't lose much if you don't like it and decide to sell it. I always figured that if I...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-02-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 756
Posted By Steve M.
Paper usually develops to completion in 2-3...

Paper usually develops to completion in 2-3 minutes, right? That's all I have ever done. It doesn't really hurt to go longer, but it won't develop any more past that. This is fiber paper, Ilford...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-02-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 756
Posted By Steve M.
Can I develop enlarging paper using the "saw" method?

I have some trays, but I'm not crazy about them. I also have a double sink in the kitchen, which is just a little too small for 11x14 paper. I was wondering if I could use the sinks for developer and...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-02-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 730
Posted By Steve M.
You'd probably be better off if your only camera...

You'd probably be better off if your only camera was a Bessa R, or a small screw mount Leica or Tower. I have a lot of respect for FSU lenses, and absolutely none for their cameras. This is from...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-01-2019
Replies: 540
Views: 49,694
Posted By Steve M.
Nikon N8008s, Makinon 135 2.8 on T Max 400 shot...

Nikon N8008s, Makinon 135 2.8 on T Max 400 shot at 200 and developed in Rodinal at 1:25 for 8 min w/ almost no agitation. The DOF is very small at 2.8 on a 135 lens and this one doesn't sharpen up...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-01-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 800
Posted By Steve M.
You shouldn't need anything to hold the printing...

You shouldn't need anything to hold the printing papers flat. They do that out of the box. But now that we're on that subject, I would highly recommend Adox MCC 110 papers if your budget allows it. I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-30-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,555
Posted By Steve M.
I've lived all over, and never once saw anyone...

I've lived all over, and never once saw anyone wearing a photo vest (outside of an old TV series). Did my share of fishing too, and never saw anyone w/ similar vests w/ lures and stuff. Only in the...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-30-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,072
Posted By Steve M.
I shot the R cameras for years because I...

I shot the R cameras for years because I preferred shooting a SLR to a rangefinder. Still do, but I switched from the Leica cameras to Nikons using the Leica R lenses w/ an adapter. Compared to the...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-29-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,931
Posted By Steve M.
Those Mercury cameras are neat to play w/, but...

Those Mercury cameras are neat to play w/, but not what I would use daily because they're so strangely configured (and heavy). I finally went back to my old standby, a Retina Ia w/ a Xenar 50 3.5...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-27-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 439
Posted By Steve M.
Those look great. I guarantee, if you wet print...

Those look great. I guarantee, if you wet print those the grain will not be nearly as pronounced. The difference between my scanned negs and the prints is huge.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-27-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 439
Posted By Steve M.
I was looking at that, and it's cutting it way...

I was looking at that, and it's cutting it way too close. The cars only need to bump each other a little before this point, or spin, or have the driver miss the braking point, and the photographers...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 05-27-2019
Replies: 678
Views: 59,557
Posted By Steve M.
I have no cool digital photos to post, but just...

I have no cool digital photos to post, but just wanted to chime in on the bike conversation at the top of the page. Carbon bikes tend to run rigid while steel will give you some flex. I suppose not...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-27-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 523
Posted By Steve M.
Your negative will tell you whether it's a camera...

Your negative will tell you whether it's a camera issue or the scanner. Unfortunately, these cameras are known for shutter issues, and often need a good CLA to get things going. The shutters tend to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-27-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 439
Posted By Steve M.
So, you were thinking about being a sports photographer......

I watched the last half of the Monaco GP yesterday and caught the Indy 500 right after it (Sato, my favorite, came in third), and this morning I saw this pic of the photographers at Monaco. They are...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-26-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 403
Posted By Steve M.
Cleaning the mirror is a piece of cake. It's like...

Cleaning the mirror is a piece of cake. It's like you would w/ any camera mirror (which are nearly always mirrored on the front surfaces). The devil is in the details, like getting the top plate off...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-26-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,192
Posted By Steve M.
Those templates are way, way over priced (as is...

Those templates are way, way over priced (as is everything w/ a Leica/Leitz tag on it). Just make your measurements and marks on your film leader and trim it. Plenty of instructions on the web...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-25-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 649
Posted By Steve M.
I was just on that site, but in a different...

I was just on that site, but in a different place. They didn't seem to think it was a good idea on a Focomat because everything was scaled down into a small package. Just like my Federal. Except that...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-25-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 649
Posted By Steve M.
Replacing an enlarger bulb with a LED bulb

I have a small Federal model 135 enlarger that arrived with the bulb broken during shipping. The replacement bulb is nearly $10. It's very small for an enlarger bulb, about the size of a ping pong...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-25-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 699
Posted By Steve M.
My experience w/ Nikon cameras is quite...

My experience w/ Nikon cameras is quite extensive, having owned one or more of: N6006, N8008s, N80, D50, D70, EM, FG, F (like carrying around a brick) all manner of Nikkormats, F4s, and an FE2. The...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-25-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 982
Posted By Steve M.
Take the smallest and lightest. I honestly don't...

Take the smallest and lightest. I honestly don't think any manufacturer ever made a bad 50 lens.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-24-2019
Replies: 240
Views: 7,252
Posted By Steve M.
I just tried to ck out some sample photos of a...

I just tried to ck out some sample photos of a lens there, and I finally gave up after the start page of flickr just froze and would not connect. Maybe it would have eventually got there but I won't...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-23-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 676
Posted By Steve M.
I got a reply from the seller, after pointing out...

I got a reply from the seller, after pointing out that it was a $25 lens and he probably made a listing error. Here's his reply

"Thanks for pointing this out :) will change it definitely!"

He's...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-23-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 3,225
Posted By Steve M.
Another gender stereotype bites the...

Another gender stereotype bites the dust....NASCAR driver cries and acknowledges depression. It's even nicer that his name is Bubba. Stereotypes aren't always accurate, we're all different.

...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-23-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 676
Posted By Steve M.
I contacted the seller, so let's see what...

I contacted the seller, so let's see what happens. I suspect they just made a mistake on the pricing, but maybe not.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-22-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 608
Posted By Steve M.
It's possible that the Australian formula is...

It's possible that the Australian formula is different than the US formula, or that different countries have different ideas on what's hazardous or potentially toxic. MSD sheets are required by law...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-22-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,219
Posted By Steve M.
The Tiltall is a fine tripod. I've owned a few....

The Tiltall is a fine tripod. I've owned a few. They're also not a tripod that you want to carry around much, if any. This new one looks MUCH nicer! Love the design and engineering. Of course I would...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-21-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,710
Posted By Steve M.
Unfortunately, the images here are rezzed down so...

Unfortunately, the images here are rezzed down so much it's difficult to get a feel for what the lens is capable of on these cameras. maddoc's shot however is pretty dramatic in terms of the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-20-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,466
Posted By Steve M.
Well, it's NASCAR, so their security is probably...

Well, it's NASCAR, so their security is probably as good as their racing, which is to say nonexistent. The important things are the pickup truck, beer, blonde, dog and flag, so what more do you...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-19-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 3,225
Posted By Steve M.
I, personally, can talk about emotions until the...

I, personally, can talk about emotions until the cows home...... but who would want to do that? I'd rather talk about women, bikes, cars, food and gear, in that order.
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 05-19-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 586
Posted By Steve M.
Are the Retina Xenar 50 3.5 and 50 2.8 lenses the same optical designs?

I'm trying to figure out if these are essentially the same lenses except for the wide open apertures, or if they're different optical designs. All I can find so far is that the 50 2.8 is a Tessar...
Forum: RFF Polls 05-19-2019
Replies: 303
Views: 126,953
Posted By Steve M.
I'm in the market for an inexpensive, small...

I'm in the market for an inexpensive, small rangefinder camera, so this thread coming up this morning is timely. After looking at stuff on the web until my eyes about fell out I decided to go through...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-18-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 718
Posted By Steve M.
I was going to say that it looks like a working...

I was going to say that it looks like a working class/outskirts of town Southern neighborhood, and then I see that you're in Texas. Reminds me of the Mississippi areas that my family lived in until...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-18-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 646
Posted By Steve M.
There's a disconnect between the quality of an...

There's a disconnect between the quality of an online image and how much someone likes it, at least on this forum anyway. There have been so many, many really lousy shots praised to high heaven...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-16-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,931
Posted By Steve M.
Yikes! There's so many different models of...

Yikes! There's so many different models of Olympus Pen cameras. There's even some in my price range. I may up my budget a little because those Pen cameras fit my needs quite well. A lot of the models...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-16-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,931
Posted By Steve M.
I think my logic (such as it is) leads me to...

I think my logic (such as it is) leads me to think that a half frame camera might be small and light, but that's probably not true.

OK, I'll head over to ebay and look at the Olympus Pen cameras....
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-16-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 539
Posted By Steve M.
Finally found the negs and a print from the...

Finally found the negs and a print from the Fomadon RO9 days. This is a print from a Retina w/ a Xenar lens using Tri-X w/ 1:25 dilution and minimum agitation for 7 minutes at 68 degrees.

Things...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-16-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 539
Posted By Steve M.
That's a good idea Chris. I'll do that, keep the...

That's a good idea Chris. I'll do that, keep the agitations minimal and easy, see what happens.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-16-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 539
Posted By Steve M.
RO9 developer dilutions

I accidentally ordered a bottle of RO9 Spezial developer from Freestyle instead of the other developer that is supposed to be closer to Rodinal's original formula. The instructions on the side give...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-16-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,070
Posted By Steve M.
If that's the case, it's an easy fix Mark. Just...

If that's the case, it's an easy fix Mark. Just put a drop of white glue in the hole and give it a dab w/ a black marker. If you have a bit of acrylic or other paint then it's a one step operation...
Forum: Photo Software 05-16-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,261
Posted By Steve M.
I'm 100% analog now, but in my scanning/inkjet...

I'm 100% analog now, but in my scanning/inkjet printing days I used an old pirated copy of PS7 that my ex wife's son made for me. I can't figure out why anyone would need more than that? Unless I...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-15-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,931
Posted By Steve M.
Half frame camera recommendations

I love my Nikon SLR's, but they're heavier than I want to carry every day, even the little FG and EM when you put a fast lens on them. The little Konica C 35 cameras appeal to me, but so does a half...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-15-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,722
Posted By Steve M.
35mm Tr1-X in 36 exposure is $5.66 here in the US...

35mm Tr1-X in 36 exposure is $5.66 here in the US at Freestyle Photo, so I can't complain. It's not so bad over here.

It's funny, but Lomography has used Leica's strategy to market their products,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-14-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 591
Posted By Steve M.
Those pics look fine to me. I've never tried...

Those pics look fine to me. I've never tried stand development, nor have I ever used Rodinal at anything other than 1:25 dilution, but 1:100 using Charle's method might be the way to go. Thanks for...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-14-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 591
Posted By Steve M.
I may try it, or may just pitch the Fuji colour...

I may try it, or may just pitch the Fuji colour film presently in the camera. My Tri-X will be here this week, and I can develop that stuff in my sleep. It might be smarter than adding another...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-14-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 591
Posted By Steve M.
Has anyne tried using Rodinal w/ colour film?

I want to develop a test roll to verify that my new camera is working properly, but all I have is Rodinal for a developer and a roll of Fuji consumer 400 speed film until my TriX arrives. It's...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-14-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 348
Posted By Steve M.
As mentioned, some of those lenses had issues,...

As mentioned, some of those lenses had issues, but from what I see in your photos, the lens you're looking at looks great! That little dot on the rear element will mean nothing in terms of IQ.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-14-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,708
Posted By Steve M.
I agree, at some point you let it go and move on....

I agree, at some point you let it go and move on. You could sell that lens for a pretty penny and buy another 35 and start taking photos.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-12-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 568
Posted By Steve M.
I've used the plastic Paterson reels to develop...

I've used the plastic Paterson reels to develop short lengths of 35mm film, and I've tried my hand developing in homemade tanks and even trays. Trust me, you'll be a lot better off using the reels...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-11-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 369
Posted By Steve M.
Very surprised that they used plastic for those...

Very surprised that they used plastic for those gears, as they get a lot of use and have to lift the head up and down for every print. I couldn't tell what needs to be done by looking at your photos....
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 05-10-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 708
Posted By Steve M.
Might want to change the link. It takes me to a...

Might want to change the link. It takes me to a subscription demand, and when I go to the home page and click on an article it brings me right back to that.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-09-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 665
Posted By Steve M.
I think a lot of it is weather related, but maybe...

I think a lot of it is weather related, but maybe you just need a break?

Trying out a new film/camera/lens/developer can get the juices going too. I've learned to let go of worrying about it when...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-09-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 818
Posted By Steve M.
I would assume that the Adox Rodinal would be...

I would assume that the Adox Rodinal would be more active w/ a higher PH? Believe me, I'm no chemist, so a visit to the old APUG site would only give me way more information than I want or need. The...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-09-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 818
Posted By Steve M.
Ah, that simplifies it. I'll order some from...

Ah, that simplifies it. I'll order some from Freestyle now. Thanks guys.

On the other hand, this makes the case that R09 and Adox Rodinal are identical. I guess the R09 is the new version or the R08...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-09-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 818
Posted By Steve M.
Which "Rodinal"?

I want to shoot some Tri-X and develop it in Rodinal, but I forgot which one is the "good" Rodinal. My experience 15 years ago was w/ the R08 variant and it worked great but went off in just a few...
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