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Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
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Posted By james.liam
After one day, we are at 88% on the Monochrom,...

After one day, we are at 88% on the Monochrom, not far off from the 92% of the full spectrum sensors.

From this small N, would appear all were/are destined to fail.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 353
Posted By james.liam
After only the first day, a report of 92%...

After only the first day, a report of 92% replacement.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11 Hours Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 353
Posted By james.liam
This is all in good spirit.

This is all in good spirit.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11 Hours Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 353
Posted By james.liam
I go with the OED and use desiccant. ;)

I go with the OED and use desiccant.

;)
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 11 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 311
Posted By james.liam
They examine it carefully and corrosion could...

They examine it carefully and corrosion could have begun to should at edges inapparent to you. They made the point that they weren't replacing sensors if no corrosion was evident.
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 12 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 311
Posted By james.liam
check the firmware.

check the firmware.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12 Hours Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 353
Posted By james.liam
From the Oxford English Dictionary: VERB 1....

From the Oxford English Dictionary:

VERB

1. with object Wear or display (a distinctive item)
‘he was sporting a huge handlebar moustache’

Also, "Desiccant" not 'descant'.

:cool:
Forum: RFF News 14 Hours Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 1,916
Posted By james.liam
Unklear whether this is akkurate, but PhotoRumors...

Unklear whether this is akkurate, but PhotoRumors (https://leicarumors.com/2019/10/21/leica-rumored-to-increase-us-prices-on-november-1st.aspx/#more-61023) said that there'll be a 25% price increase...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 14 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 311
Posted By james.liam
Klaus, remember to cast your vote

Klaus, remember to cast your vote
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 14 Hours Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 353
Posted By james.liam
Raid, remember to vote!

Raid, remember to vote!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 14 Hours Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 170
Posted By james.liam
Germany, Canada; doesn't matter. What matters is...

Germany, Canada; doesn't matter. What matters is whether there's haze and if it can be remove. If so, and it is in the condition it appears, ~US$2300 and up.
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 16 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 311
Posted By james.liam
Leica advised stopping down to ƒ/16 or smaller &...

Leica advised stopping down to ƒ/16 or smaller & shoot against the sky to consistently see the corrosion.
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 17 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 311
Posted By james.liam
It tended to be most visible when the lens was...

It tended to be most visible when the lens was stopped down
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 17 Hours Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 377
Posted By james.liam
Don't sell the MM!

Don't sell the MM!
Forum: RFF News 18 Hours Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 1,916
Posted By james.liam
Peeplz Republik of Kalifornia

Peeplz Republik of Kalifornia
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 18 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 311
Posted By james.liam
I'm surprised there's even one. Corrosion can be...

I'm surprised there's even one. Corrosion can be subtle.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 18 Hours Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 353
Posted By james.liam
Reports from the M9 Monochrom replacement were...

Reports from the M9 Monochrom replacement were that the new sensor produced slightly sharper images.
Forum: Photography General Interest 20 Hours Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 489
Posted By james.liam
Kodak Alaris is the money engine for the Kodak...

Kodak Alaris is the money engine for the Kodak Pension Fund. I doubt the people in charge have the greater good of film photography in mind.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 20 Hours Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 353
Posted By james.liam
Heard the opposite for the Monochrom

Heard the opposite for the Monochrom
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 20 Hours Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 353
Posted By james.liam
M9 sensor replacement poll....

It's now late 2019. Vote whether your M9/ME (9) still has the original sensor or sports the replacement.
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 20 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 311
Posted By james.liam
M9M sensor replacement poll....

Vote whether your Monochrom v.I still has the original sensor or sports the replacement.
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 20 Hours Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 377
Posted By james.liam
How many are left? A Leica mystery. Maybe I'll...

How many are left? A Leica mystery. Maybe I'll start that poll here...



I recall threads about this and humidity had nothing to do with it; it was the chemical bond. Not sure if you're lucky...
Forum: RFF News 20 Hours Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 1,916
Posted By james.liam
'Made in Portugal' will seem all that more...

'Made in Portugal' will seem all that more appealing for the Wetzlar Krew.
No like they REALLY assemble many lenses in Wetzlar nowadays. Probably the exotics that are priced in the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Day Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 489
Posted By james.liam
Time marches on. Not always for the best.

Time marches on. Not always for the best.
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Days Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 489
Posted By james.liam
Ditto...sent them a role of Ektar and a roll of...

Ditto...sent them a role of Ektar and a roll of Ektachrome.
Got the scans back in about 3 weeks.

They are alive and well, so it would seem.
Forum: RFF News 2 Days Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 1,916
Posted By james.liam
Leica of Liechtenstein.

Leica of Liechtenstein.
Forum: RFF News 2 Days Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 1,916
Posted By james.liam
“Introducing the Leica Q-J, ’Made in Germany Not...

“Introducing the Leica Q-J, ’Made in Germany Not Really’ and shipped Direct from the Bavarian Quarter of Panasonic’s Yokahama City Headquarters”.
Forum: RFF News 2 Days Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 1,916
Posted By james.liam
Indeed. Though quite the costly and ridiculous...

Indeed.

Though quite the costly and ridiculous logistical performance that doubles the cost and necessitates subsidies to keep unions quiet, and people employed.



..and underwritten with monies...
Forum: RFF News 2 Days Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 1,916
Posted By james.liam
The only Zeiss lens that continued to be...

The only Zeiss lens that continued to be manufactured in Germany was the non-RF coupled ZM 2,8/15, which I believe is now out of production.



Pristine, used M10's all around and for good prices...
Forum: RFF News 2 Days Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 1,916
Posted By james.liam
Montag, “Consumerism” is what brought you the...

Montag, “Consumerism” is what brought you the wondrous devices and media we spend endless hours jabbering about here, not to mention the one you’re typing on to post your thoughts. Should not be used...
Forum: RFF News 2 Days Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 1,916
Posted By james.liam
How else do you propose pressuring the EU to mend...

How else do you propose pressuring the EU to mend its corporatist ways? They’ve had a pass on everything since VE Day.

Ever see how large Airbus is assembled? Instead of a single large plant,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 5 Days Ago
Replies: 79
Views: 2,553
Posted By james.liam
Remember that the Cosina Bessa versions were...

Remember that the Cosina Bessa versions were selling new for ~US$2500+ if memory serves. If Cosina starts up the line again, is it worth US3000 to you, when a used Fuji digital MF isn't all that far...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Week Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,739
Posted By james.liam
Or maybe a true 6400 with the finest of grain?...

Or maybe a true 6400 with the finest of grain? :cool:
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 44
Views: 1,588
Posted By james.liam
The problem with rangefinders....long lenses are...

The problem with rangefinders....long lenses are a bitch to use. And by long, 90mm and above.
Forum: Travel 1 Week Ago
Replies: 68
Views: 1,515
Posted By james.liam
AirfrogUSMC, you really capture that...

AirfrogUSMC, you really capture that other-worldliness of the desert light.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 44
Views: 1,588
Posted By james.liam
The Leica R8/9 have shutter sounds that declare...

The Leica R8/9 have shutter sounds that declare their presence but unobtrusively and without vibrations; quickly and efficiently. A pleasing noise.

Got to wholeheartedly agree with Timmyjoe on...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 62
Views: 2,048
Posted By james.liam
1+ Had a Nikkor 48/2.8 some years back and never...

1+

Had a Nikkor 48/2.8 some years back and never understood what Tessar aficionados were waxing poetic about it. Adorably small it was, and difficult to mount/unmount because there's nothing to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 417
Posted By james.liam
Ah! Messed that. Never mind...

Ah! Messed that. Never mind...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 417
Posted By james.liam
None of you mention the OM 3Ti. Why?

None of you mention the OM 3Ti. Why?
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 422
Posted By james.liam
How did they get your email or know who you were...

How did they get your email or know who you were behind the alias?
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 1,229
Posted By james.liam
Would be an FM2-T bought new in 1995. It seems...

Would be an FM2-T bought new in 1995. It seems built to tighter specs than the standard FM2. Less play, more solid feel. Maybe it’s my imagination but like to think it’s better.
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,906
Views: 377,740
Posted By james.liam
All these panoramics are jaw-dropping amazing....

All these panoramics are jaw-dropping amazing. Mastering this perspective cannot be simple and you folks seem to do it with ease.

Bravo!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 477
Views: 23,786
Posted By james.liam
Probably because the black version of the real...

Probably because the black version of the real lens was a great rarity?
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,359
Posted By james.liam
1, 2, 12. Sell the rest, if someone will buy it.

1, 2, 12.

Sell the rest, if someone will buy it.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 452
Views: 121,524
Posted By james.liam
Love it for B&W, not so much for color or for the...

Love it for B&W, not so much for color or for the matter, most of these mid-century survivors on anything but monochrome. APO lenses have spoiled it for me.

As for delicate tonal gradation on B&W,...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 52
Views: 26,918
Posted By james.liam
All depends upon what you're looking for. I...

All depends upon what you're looking for.
I bought the 21 SEM to accompany an M9M. It taps into the Monochrom's inherent higher effective resolution and if your taste is toward a higher contrast,...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 1,753
Posted By james.liam
There was some chatter whether an expected update...

There was some chatter whether an expected update to the Leica Sofort will be a direct knock-off of an Instax or something completely different....
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 269
Posted By james.liam
I think the “Head Bartender” here, Steve Gandy,...

I think the “Head Bartender” here, Steve Gandy, proprietor of Camerqueat, has Rayqual LTM adapters. Tamarkin Camera in Chicago has a supply of original Leica adapter of various sizes but they don’t...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 1,155
Posted By james.liam
Amen, brother.

Amen, brother.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 62
Views: 2,048
Posted By james.liam
The OM 3ti. It's become a collectors item but...

The OM 3ti.

It's become a collectors item but has full manual operation and small as hell with the brightest viewfinder I've beheld.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 861
Posted By james.liam
@ B&H: TMax 400: $5.80 Delta 400: $7.50

@ B&H:

TMax 400: $5.80
Delta 400: $7.50
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 58
Views: 1,050
Posted By james.liam
While it’s fun to try and outrun B&H’s...

While it’s fun to try and outrun B&H’s extraordinary conveyor system (you won’t), if you know what you want to purchase pay ahead on-line, and pick it up at the special counter up front so you won’t...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 58
Views: 1,050
Posted By james.liam
The train may be a bit confusing and the cab a...

The train may be a bit confusing and the cab a bit pricey. There are buses that got to Grand Central and the Port Authority Bus Terminal, both a subway ride or a short walk from Tines Square
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,906
Views: 377,740
Posted By james.liam
Why don't you use slide film then?

Why don't you use slide film then?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 58
Views: 1,050
Posted By james.liam
There's a pro film developing place called LTI...

There's a pro film developing place called LTI Lightside (https://lti-lightside.artstorefronts.com/film-processing-proofing) were you can have your film processed and professionally printed while...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 58
Views: 1,050
Posted By james.liam
Not odd, really. The proprietors are Jewish and...

Not odd, really.
The proprietors are Jewish and the Sabbath commences just before sundown on Friday. Hence, they re-open on Sunday morning. You can spend an hour or two there and then go to brunch....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-14-2019
Replies: 60
Views: 2,004
Posted By james.liam
I don’t shoot daily and most times, not even...

I don’t shoot daily and most times, not even weekly. I can splurge on an $11 Double X roll from Cinestill
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 09-11-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 740
Posted By james.liam
How severe was the vignetting? Heard with the 30...

How severe was the vignetting? Heard with the 30 it can become extreme without it. The 49mm filters and hoods are to be found (albeit infrequently) on fleaBay but you need vigilance. The accessories...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 09-10-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 740
Posted By james.liam
Wow^^^ Anyone stack a UV or yellow filter onto...

Wow^^^

Anyone stack a UV or yellow filter onto the center ND filter?
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 09-05-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 740
Posted By james.liam
Very clever! Has anyone noticed a difference in...

Very clever!
Has anyone noticed a difference in framing accuracy between the Fuji and Hasselblad VF's given their different positions? I wonder why they created different ones given that Fuji made...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 09-05-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 822
Posted By james.liam
The vendor who sold me a Hasselblad Xpan said the...

The vendor who sold me a Hasselblad Xpan said the Precision in Chicago (not to be confused with an unaffiliated repairer in Texas by the same name) is the only skilled repair shop who he sends these...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-03-2019
Replies: 292
Views: 15,406
Posted By james.liam
My R9. Cool ergonomics, great light meter. Cool...

My R9. Cool ergonomics, great light meter. Cool titanium finish. Best platform for my R lenses (35, 90, 100, 180, 280)

Just right.
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 09-03-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 740
Posted By james.liam
Your 2¢ are appreciated. The crazy prices people...

Your 2¢ are appreciated.
The crazy prices people pay for the compact AF film cameras makes the unique Xpan/TX cameras at least a calculated risk. And unlike the compact film cameras, the lenses can...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-03-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,799
Posted By james.liam
I have to say that I've never been crazy about...

I have to say that I've never been crazy about the colors these lenses render. They were designed with B&W in mind and there's always something "off" to them. One's aesthetics will of course vary....
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 09-03-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 740
Posted By james.liam
Super-wide is always tricky and the lens is crazy...

Super-wide is always tricky and the lens is crazy expensive now, but with that center ND filter the amount of light passed through is something like the equivalent of ƒ/9 or 10.
I bought the XPan...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 09-02-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 740
Posted By james.liam
Experiences with the Fujifilm/Hasselblad 30mm?

Horrifically expensive and OVF needed. Anyone in these parts able to share experienced & wisdom about this rarified optic?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-02-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 505
Posted By james.liam
The latest 35 Summicron, aside from the extra...

The latest 35 Summicron, aside from the extra aperture leaves and new hood, purportedly repositioned the elements to render more evenly on digital sensors. I have no experience with the new one to...
Forum: Travel 08-27-2019
Replies: 53
Views: 1,876
Posted By james.liam
No film camera?

No film camera?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-25-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,796
Posted By james.liam
My SLI version with the cone hood just arrived...

My SLI version with the cone hood just arrived from Japan in what appears to be mint condition. Really like the chrome focusing ring, velvet smooth and properly damped. Compact!!Will pick up a roll...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-24-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 802
Posted By james.liam
Tony Rose will allow you to send any item back if...

Tony Rose will allow you to send any item back if after a trial it seems the wrong thing. He's helped hasten items sent for repair and sells Zeiss optics at great prices.

Look, the services of the...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-24-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 802
Posted By james.liam
Call Tony Rose himself and have a chat. A...

Call Tony Rose himself and have a chat. A charming fellow.
It will be edifying for you.

😎
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-24-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 802
Posted By james.liam
They are indeed wonderful and particularly the...

They are indeed wonderful and particularly the SoHo store in New York, a center for exhibitions and culture. The staff there are fantastic as is the collection of rarely-seen items for sale.
Was the...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-23-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 802
Posted By james.liam
Disagree with ^^. Smaller official Leica dealers...

Disagree with ^^.
Smaller official Leica dealers like Popflash in Los Angeles and Tamarkin in Chicago often have mint used or factory refurbished with full warranty, even discounted new that the...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-20-2019
Replies: 104
Views: 10,591
Posted By james.liam
Tamarkin Camera is selling really lovely Horwin...

Tamarkin Camera is selling really lovely Horwin leather straps (http://www.tamarkin.com/tamarkin-camera-leather-camera-strap), made in Chi-town.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-20-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,796
Posted By james.liam
Thanks for the link! I was looking for a...

Thanks for the link!
I was looking for a less-specialized normal lens; presently own a NOCT from the olden days, an optic with a narrow performance envelope and best utilized for what it was...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-20-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,796
Posted By james.liam
Voigtländer 2/40 SLI>>experiences?

I’m considering the first version with a cone hood for my FM2-T. Any optical differences between the 3 versions?
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-17-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 856
Posted By james.liam
Anyone use the bellow-less ‘W’ version?

Anyone use the bellow-less ‘W’ version?
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-16-2019
Replies: 161
Views: 7,292
Posted By james.liam
Exactly. At f/5.6, I found it indistinguishable...

Exactly.
At f/5.6, I found it indistinguishable from any other solid 50 except for an absence of distortion. The latter characteristic isn’t worth $5-8k.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-16-2019
Replies: 161
Views: 7,292
Posted By james.liam
At f/2? Yes, very much so. Is it meaningful? Rent...

At f/2? Yes, very much so. Is it meaningful? Rent one and decide for yourself. Beats wondering
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-16-2019
Replies: 161
Views: 7,292
Posted By james.liam
One is not obliged to buy it new. I bought mine...

One is not obliged to buy it new. I bought mine as a factory second, meaning the barrel had a tiny cosmetic imperfection. It’s price was 27% off the full retail and included a full warranty. I’ve...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-16-2019
Replies: 161
Views: 7,292
Posted By james.liam
The SL lenses, IIRC, produce data that requires...

The SL lenses, IIRC, produce data that requires considerable computational correction in-body to produce high quality images. Creating a (very) large lens with the desired optical corrections is a...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 08-14-2019
Replies: 1,906
Views: 377,740
Posted By james.liam
These are all remarkable images. Bravo! What a...

These are all remarkable images. Bravo! What a wonderful way to look at things. Breathtaking and powerfully contextual, not captured by 35mm, 6x6, 6x7. A shame that there are so few who try and even...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 08-13-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,670
Posted By james.liam
Didgital years are like fruit fly days.

Didgital years are like fruit fly days.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-12-2019
Replies: 590
Views: 67,310
Posted By james.liam
Wow! Impressive stories. Mine is less dramatic;...

Wow! Impressive stories.
Mine is less dramatic; a mint Leica R8, late model for US$425
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-11-2019
Replies: 89
Views: 1,542
Posted By james.liam
I think if I owned a raft of old SLR lenses but...

I think if I owned a raft of old SLR lenses but in particular 'R' lenses, would opt for the SL. The EVF is the best in breed. Nothing comes close.

Have to agree that M lenses look a bit odd on the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-10-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,152
Posted By james.liam
They’ll be long sold out by the time than happens

They’ll be long sold out by the time than happens
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-10-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,152
Posted By james.liam
Film Ms were made to endure for decades. These...

Film Ms were made to endure for decades. These digital versions are made to endure until the next product cycle upgrade.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-10-2019
Replies: 67
Views: 6,857
Posted By james.liam
Yes. Always. Yellow (light and dark) and orange...

Yes. Always.
Yellow (light and dark) and orange mostly. On occasion red.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-08-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,152
Posted By james.liam
Each and every rational point you make is spot-on...

Each and every rational point you make is spot-on but there's been much grumbling on sites like this about the absence of a "CCD look" nowadays.
For those dies-hards, this may be their last chance to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-07-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,799
Posted By james.liam
The writer's conclusion seems to be that while he...

The writer's conclusion seems to be that while he ranked them, they weren't that far apart. No standout.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-06-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,799
Posted By james.liam
As addendum, the Nikkor ƒ/2 and ƒ/1.4 are both...

As addendum, the Nikkor ƒ/2 and ƒ/1.4 are both Sonnar designs, tend to focus shift stopped down. The Canon ƒ/1.8 and ƒ/1.4 are not a Sonnar design, IIRC. The rendering will be different. The Nikons...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-06-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,799
Posted By james.liam
It's a great lens, don't let the price sway you....

It's a great lens, don't let the price sway you. A sleeper lens, it was produced in much higher numbers than the ƒ/1.4, 1.2 and 0.95 versions of the 50 and more likely used by amateurs so they're not...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-05-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,799
Posted By james.liam
You ought to seriously consider a Canon 50/1.8...

You ought to seriously consider a Canon 50/1.8 LTM. First-rate, plentiful and inexpensive.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-01-2019
Replies: 77
Views: 2,082
Posted By james.liam
After nothing but black camera bodies ever since...

After nothing but black camera bodies ever since a Nikon D50 (damn, that’s a long time ago) I grew tired of the same body color and particularly of Leica black chrome. Bought an M10-P Safari for same...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-31-2019
Replies: 477
Views: 23,786
Posted By james.liam
Seems archaic but it does give you something to...

Seems archaic but it does give you something to grip when mounting/unmounting lenses.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-30-2019
Replies: 292
Views: 15,406
Posted By james.liam
At the moment? Leica R9. The R8/R9 were the...

At the moment? Leica R9. The R8/R9 were the pinnacle of MF SLRs. A joy to use.

Next week I have an inkling that the Nikon FM3a will fill that slot.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-29-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 625
Posted By james.liam
1++ for narsuitus' recommendation. Owned a slew...

1++ for narsuitus' recommendation.

Owned a slew of AF Nikkors but my most used were the 14-24, 24-70 v.1 & 70-300. They covered nearly all my requirements, save portraiture and for that, I used an...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 07-29-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 8,988
Posted By james.liam
The original post from 2011. I could...

The original post from 2011. I could cry...

You'd be fortunate for that threesome at US3500 nowadays
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 07-29-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 8,988
Posted By james.liam
143 on mine

143 on mine
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-29-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 1,240
Posted By james.liam
I refer you to this thread...

I refer you to this thread (https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=168007) to ponder the OP's question.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-28-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 6,106
Posted By james.liam
. You should have kept the M10 and gotten a...

.


You should have kept the M10 and gotten a Zeiss 1,4/35 instead.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-28-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 6,106
Posted By james.liam
Without doubt the best response on the thread.

Without doubt the best response on the thread.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-28-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1,111
Posted By james.liam
Funny, I never cared much for the color from...

Funny, I never cared much for the color from these legacy lenses, though B&W looks unique to me. Maybe you need to tweet in post to resuscitate
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-28-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 6,106
Posted By james.liam
Maybe, just maybe the A7SIII when/if it...

Maybe, just maybe the A7SIII when/if it arrives.

Until then, a Hasselblad XPan whose arrival I await.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-28-2019
Replies: 477
Views: 23,786
Posted By james.liam
Don't forget that Leica is in the midst of doing...

Don't forget that Leica is in the midst of doing the same. The 28 Summaron, to my surprise, was a great hit while the 90 Thambar not so much. And they have mentioned that they have others planned for...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-27-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 1,553
Posted By james.liam
What are the differences? I read somewhere that...

What are the differences?
I read somewhere that the ƒ2 is essentially a reworking of the Leica Summicron 8-element adding correction using aspherical surfaces, low-dispersion glass and modern...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-26-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,393
Posted By james.liam
The F6 is of course the 2nd. What’s the 3rd?

The F6 is of course the 2nd. What’s the 3rd?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-26-2019
Replies: 477
Views: 23,786
Posted By james.liam
Enjoy them, the images from them that I've seen...

Enjoy them, the images from them that I've seen look impressive for the price. Only the tincture of time will tell which one of us was right.

Why is it important? While it may very well be "all...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-26-2019
Replies: 477
Views: 23,786
Posted By james.liam
Cool I'm big on disposables! Who needs a stinkin' CLA...

I'm big on disposables!
Who needs a stinkin' CLA when there's decentering, oil on the blades, sticky aperture or focus ring?

Toss it into the trash and get a new one.

;)

Would be interested in...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-26-2019
Replies: 477
Views: 23,786
Posted By james.liam
Here's a cynic's view... First beat the drum...

Here's a cynic's view...

First beat the drum through a third party/?investor like Kevin-Xu (with only 28 posts here and probably a few dozen on other sites), then in a year, $99.99 + shipping,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-25-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,393
Posted By james.liam
Never owned an F3 but have an FM2-T and an FM3a....

Never owned an F3 but have an FM2-T and an FM3a.

The F3 body weighs in at 715g, whilst the FM3a is 570g and FM2-T, 515g.
Which would you rather be lugging around in a hot, steamy...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-25-2019
Replies: 110
Views: 4,041
Posted By james.liam
What will pop the bubble is when one of the...

What will pop the bubble is when one of the makers turns out a new model. If Kodak has any entrepreneurial verve left, they’d approach someone (? Cosina ? Ricoh) to make a model with their name...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 07-24-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 2,223
Posted By james.liam
What modifications are needed?

What modifications are needed?
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-24-2019
Replies: 9,007
Views: 882,667
Posted By james.liam
CV 40/2 SL I with the cone hood. More compact...

CV 40/2 SL I with the cone hood. More compact than the new version, much cooler than v.2

All the same optics.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-24-2019
Replies: 110
Views: 4,041
Posted By james.liam
Astute observations all ^^^ M2/3 have indeed...

Astute observations all ^^^

M2/3 have indeed steadily risen but not excessively so. They didn’t suffer the collapse in price as did Canikon film bodies. The former, pushing 60+ years in age often do...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-21-2019
Replies: 72
Views: 15,378
Posted By james.liam
M6 and an M10

M6 and an M10
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-20-2019
Replies: 72
Views: 15,378
Posted By james.liam
The f/2 Biogon is just not at its best @ f/2. ...

The f/2 Biogon is just not at its best @ f/2.

Focus shift—the lens is optimized for f/2.8, not unlike the 1,5/50–lower contrast wide/open because of its symmetrical design and way larger. The C...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 07-20-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 2,223
Posted By james.liam
I was wondering because I’ve been offered one orf...

I was wondering because I’ve been offered one orf two; an all-silver whose barrel and glass is about as clean as I’ve ever seen and a later version with a black aperture ring in slightly less...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-20-2019
Replies: 135
Views: 34,976
Posted By james.liam
Poll started before it was introduced

Poll started before it was introduced
Forum: Nikon RF 07-20-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 449
Posted By james.liam
Wrong thread pitch on the filter?

Wrong thread pitch on the filter?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-20-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,029
Posted By james.liam
...and that $1000 invested at the time in Apple...

...and that $1000 invested at the time in Apple stock....
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 07-20-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 2,223
Posted By james.liam
No meaningful coating difference? They’re all...

No meaningful coating difference? They’re all single-coated?
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-20-2019
Replies: 135
Views: 34,976
Posted By james.liam
1++ It is the perfect match with any Leica...

1++
It is the perfect match with any Leica Monochrom, rendering wonderfully subtle gray tones. Also the smallest M lens I own, body-cap sized only bested in that characteristic alone, by the MS...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 07-19-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 2,223
Posted By james.liam
Is there any optical differences between an early...

Is there any optical differences between an early all chrome and the later black aperture ring LTM versions?
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 07-19-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,527
Posted By james.liam
If you roll your own and develop too, sure, it's...

If you roll your own and develop too, sure, it's a minimal cost. Not everyone can or wants to.
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 07-19-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,527
Posted By james.liam
A roll of B&W film: ~$5-7.00 Processing &...

A roll of B&W film: ~$5-7.00
Processing & scanning: ~$15-20

If you've shot >250 roles of film, you've more than broken even for a new MM.
By a camera used at ~$3.6k, you break even at 100 rolls.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-18-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,029
Posted By james.liam
Love them or hate them, the R8/9 were anything...

Love them or hate them, the R8/9 were anything but boring. The 'S' cameras carry on the design exercise.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-18-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,029
Posted By james.liam
Yet, at the same time these same makers produced...

Yet, at the same time these same makers produced things of enduring beauty, like the Nikon FM2n/3a or bold design experimentation like the Leica R8.
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 07-18-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,527
Posted By james.liam
Any Ricoh GR digital. Some of the most striking...

Any Ricoh GR digital.

Some of the most striking OOC jpegs I've seen.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-18-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,029
Posted By james.liam
Not the prettiest trio.

Not the prettiest trio.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-13-2019
Replies: 52
Views: 1,622
Posted By james.liam
Then get a Leica Monochrom. Essentially an...

Then get a Leica Monochrom. Essentially an endless roll of B&W film.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-13-2019
Replies: 52
Views: 1,622
Posted By james.liam
I’ve always got a few rolls in the freezer at the...

I’ve always got a few rolls in the freezer at the ready. I get the itch, drop one into my FM2/T or R8. The discipline of a finite number of shots forces greater deliberateness, more consideration of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-11-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,064
Posted By james.liam
Nikon F2, FM2/3a, Leica M3, M6, M7, MP, R 6.5;...

Nikon F2, FM2/3a, Leica M3, M6, M7, MP, R 6.5; Pentax; Olympus OM1, etc....yes

The rest....No



You can push ISO 3200 film (in the case of Kodak, actually an ISO 800 film) only so far. A Sony A7SII...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-10-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,064
Posted By james.liam
All interesting ideas and agree that the market...

All interesting ideas and agree that the market is flooded with pure manual cameras. As long as someone can freshen up the oil and there are parts, even from junked cameras, this is not the entree...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-10-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,064
Posted By james.liam
1++ to what was said above; the final iteration...

1++ to what was said above; the final iteration of film cameras like the Leica R9, Nikon FM2n/FM3a were just about perfect. And I doubt you’ll ever again see their like. If a film camera does appear,...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 06-30-2019
Replies: 128
Views: 25,410
Posted By james.liam
The ƒ/2 Biogon is optimized for ƒ/2.8 and some...

The ƒ/2 Biogon is optimized for ƒ/2.8 and some veiling flare & focus shift present wide-open. My personal preference is for the 35 C Biogon, the sharpest and most flare-resistant 35 out there, aside...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-30-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1,400
Posted By james.liam
I dropped off an M6 (Classic) with Leica NJ for...

I dropped off an M6 (Classic) with Leica NJ for CLA back in January. It was back in my hands within a month. The 50 Rigid also with them, hasn't been heard from in 6 months....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-22-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,796
Posted By james.liam
There's something about the AOV of 58mm FL that...

There's something about the AOV of 58mm FL that lends itself better to portraits; tighter by just the right amount. Found this to be the case with the NOCT Nikkor as well, over standard 50mm lenses.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-22-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 559
Posted By james.liam
A repair will probably cost at minimum, $250,...

A repair will probably cost at minimum, $250, assuming the parts are available. KEH has several FM2n's in Ex+ condition for $430-480.

Pick your poison.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-22-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,560
Posted By james.liam
Sounds like you need different films than more...

Sounds like you need different films than more cameras.

BTW, I'd swap the Nikkor 50/1.4 for a 50/1.2 or CV 2/40. Will make your FM2 more interesting
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-21-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1,752
Posted By james.liam
As indication of how low things have fallen, I...

As indication of how low things have fallen, I recently bought a mint R8 (looked like an unused backup camera) for US$450. Add a $900 35 Summicron and it's still cheaper than a Contax T3 or G2.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-21-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,849
Posted By james.liam
Sean Reid compared the V1 vs V2 and among other...

Sean Reid compared the V1 vs V2 and among other things, it was a superior lens in all aspects when it comes to digital. It, and the Elmarit appeared best aligned for use on the SL. Well worth the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-20-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 560
Posted By james.liam
Very soft images until f/2. The f/1 image seems...

Very soft images until f/2. The f/1 image seems barely usable.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-20-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,492
Posted By james.liam
Very strange. Has the knurled focusing ring of...

Very strange.
Has the knurled focusing ring of the Rigid, but the lettering/font of type III. The serial number is in the first batch of the Summicron successor to the Rigid (1968).

Leica is...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-19-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1,400
Posted By james.liam
The ZI is/was a much lighter camera but with a...

The ZI is/was a much lighter camera but with a very bright finder. It’s haptics, build, ’gravitas’ in hand is marginal compared to the LEICAs. More akin to the latest Bessas, also discontinued and...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-18-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,373
Posted By james.liam
https://shop.cameraquest.com/nikon-contax-rangefin...

https://shop.cameraquest.com/nikon-contax-rangefinder-lens-adapters/amedeo-50mm-nikon-rangefinder-lens-to-leica-m-mount/

..and

https://shop.cameraquest.com/nikon-contax-rangefinder-lens-adapters/ame...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-18-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1,400
Posted By james.liam
Do yourself a favor. and don't wonder. Hold and...

Do yourself a favor. and don't wonder.
Hold and compare the ZI and an M6/7. You will quickly understand the difference.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-24-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,688
Posted By james.liam
Mine is a 0.85 Classic, just returned from a CLA...

Mine is a 0.85 Classic, just returned from a CLA & RF optics upgrade with Leica NJ (5 week turnaround!!!).

No TTL? Dial going the other direction? Different LED layout? 2mm shorter?
Details that do...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-23-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,688
Posted By james.liam
Are you planning on using a flash?

Are you planning on using a flash?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-30-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 858
Posted By james.liam
The MATE is far from common so I don’t subscribe...

The MATE is far from common so I don’t subscribe to your argument. Sounds as if your money may be more wisely spent by getting another copy of the same lens in better condition. Leica probably did...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-30-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 858
Posted By james.liam
Ah! There is more to the story. When I had sent...

Ah! There is more to the story.
When I had sent in the 50 Rigid to Leica (another improperly repaired lens by a name mentioned above) I had asked them to contact me whether it was even worth doing a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-30-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 858
Posted By james.liam
This makes no sense. Just today I picked up my...

This makes no sense.
Just today I picked up my M6 from a CLA at Leica NJ previously serviced and botched by one of the people mentioned above. In Leca’s possession are a 50 Rigid and a MATE E49 for...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-14-2019
Replies: 182
Views: 6,840
Posted By james.liam
Thanks guys, some of you have shown so much grace...

Thanks guys, some of you have shown so much grace in your answers above!
I'll enquire elsewhere next time when I have a question.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-13-2019
Replies: 182
Views: 6,840
Posted By james.liam
Fuji film stock coming to an end?

I was told by a reliable sort I know for >10 years working at one of the two notable New York City-based camera equipment suppliers, that the film we see coming from Fuji are stores from deep freeze...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-07-2019
Replies: 9,007
Views: 882,667
Posted By james.liam
3 rolls of....

3 rolls of....
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-04-2019
Replies: 137
Views: 11,771
Posted By james.liam
1 camera and one tri-Elmar (MATE).

1 camera and one tri-Elmar (MATE).
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-31-2019
Replies: 256
Views: 5,859
Posted By james.liam
My first FF DSLR. I had a split circle focusing...

My first FF DSLR.
I had a split circle focusing screen put in and the numerous Nikkor MF lenses I had at the time (8-180mm) were a joy to use, though my favorite was the Voigtländer 2,5/125. That...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,221
Posted By james.liam
Amen! The Dƒ was a marketing ploy, maybe to use...

Amen! The Dƒ was a marketing ploy, maybe to use up extra 16MP sensors left over from the D4. ;)
Deceptive PR lead-up, led many to believe this was "it"....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-31-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 4,466
Posted By james.liam
Nope. Told him that the Japanese Sigma ART 50/1.4...

Nope. Told him that the Japanese Sigma ART 50/1.4 is noticeably superior to Chinese-made plastic Nikkors.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,221
Posted By james.liam
How about a Nikon FM2 or FM3a with a digital...

How about a Nikon FM2 or FM3a with a digital sensor.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-31-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 991
Posted By james.liam
I bought an R9 a few days ago on a lark and a...

I bought an R9 a few days ago on a lark and a pittance, and was also wondering what glass to mate with it, considering the well-regarded 35-70 ƒ/4 or 35 Summicron v.2; both hover around US$1000 in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,221
Posted By james.liam
Rangefinder Polaroid that has a film type that...

Rangefinder Polaroid that has a film type that produces a print and a negative (I recall they made a film like this).
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-29-2019
Replies: 9,007
Views: 882,667
Posted By james.liam
There is no proverbial "free-lunch". Healthcare,...

There is no proverbial "free-lunch". Healthcare, public education that is ostensibly "free" is paid for in overbearing taxes and limited opportunity later on. And so children become an unaffordable...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-26-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 991
Posted By james.liam
Sadly, until it will invariably fail and...

Sadly, until it will invariably fail and remaining parts were sold off to Boris Jamchtchik at Photo Arsenal, now based in Hong Kong. What he plans to do with them remains a mystery.

The R8 was...
Forum: Travel 03-23-2019
Replies: 209
Views: 8,246
Posted By james.liam
For the 240? WATE, MATE, and 75 Summarit 2.4....

For the 240? WATE, MATE, and 75 Summarit 2.4. Maybe throw in a VM 1,2/50 for when paucity of light dictates.

Walked my way through Istanbul with the GR. Lots of fun and missed no shots.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-23-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,016
Posted By james.liam
-The 50/1.1 7(f)Artisans lens second-hand isn't...

-The 50/1.1 7(f)Artisans lens second-hand isn't worth much after eBay fees and shipping. Give it to someone starting out as a gift. Or donate it to a photo school and get a tax write-off

-50...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-22-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,029
Posted By james.liam
There's a cover for every pot. Even plastic ones.

There's a cover for every pot. Even plastic ones.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-20-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,512
Posted By james.liam
The Ikon seems so insubstantial in hand. Looked...

The Ikon seems so insubstantial in hand. Looked at one before getting an M6; Lighter, no solidity to it. Did have a great viewfinder, though.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 03-20-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 4,394
Posted By james.liam
Introduced in 2006, that's got to be 80 in cat...

Introduced in 2006, that's got to be 80 in cat years.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-19-2019
Replies: 386
Views: 36,131
Posted By james.liam
Perhaps the novelty of the thing has worn off?...

Perhaps the novelty of the thing has worn off? 'Huss' seems to have a sharp sample but I can't imagine the QC on it is anything of note given the price and maybe his is the exception and not the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-19-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 1,137
Posted By james.liam
It's nowhere on his site as for sale. Just an...

It's nowhere on his site as for sale. Just an Instagram.
I've been dealing with Popflash for almost 10 years and they are reputable and honest.
Forum: RFF News 03-19-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 3,272
Posted By james.liam
It's actually $5608 Popflash is an authorized...

It's actually $5608



Popflash is an authorized Leica USA dealer. He wouldn't be involved in grey market items. I know that he does business with clients in East Asia; he told me once his prices end...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-16-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,029
Posted By james.liam
Available electronic parts as time pass will...

Available electronic parts as time pass will diminish rapidly. As an ominous example, Leica recently announced it is no longer supporting the R8 & 9 while maintaining it for earlier mechanicals.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-15-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,029
Posted By james.liam
1+ Back in 1995, bought a Nikon FM2-T new and it...

1+

Back in 1995, bought a Nikon FM2-T new and it has never failed me.

If I had to choose one film SLR right now, it would be the petite OM3/4 or Nikon FM2 or FM3a. The Olympus viewfinder is quite...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-15-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 4,466
Posted By james.liam
Alexandru, vă sugerez să vă uitați la "Sigma"....

Alexandru, vă sugerez să vă uitați la "Sigma". Construcția lor este mult superioară celei Nikkor din plastic realizată în China. Imaginile fotografice pe care le poate produce sunt destul de...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-15-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 4,466
Posted By james.liam
Congratulations on the F6! Can't comment on new...

Congratulations on the F6! Can't comment on new Tamron primes (though the zooms are much superior to their older ones).
The Sigma ART series gives you both AF and optics often superior to Nikkor or...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 03-11-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1,095
Posted By james.liam
If all there's in life is ISO 640 and no further,...

If all there's in life is ISO 640 and no further, then yes, the M9 will do. Lovely camera, quirky and noisy but in context of present-day expectations, very limiting.

BTW, Tony Rose @ Popflash is...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-05-2018
Replies: 49
Views: 2,851
Posted By james.liam
Try PopFash in Los Angeles. Items sold on the...

Try PopFash in Los Angeles. Items sold on the site are charged a flat 20% fee off the final sell price. Better than anything you'll get selling outright to the bigger dealers. Tony Rose always prices...
Forum: RFF News 12-03-2017
Replies: 58
Views: 7,220
Posted By james.liam
True enough, John.

True enough, John.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-02-2017
Replies: 149
Views: 20,859
Posted By james.liam
Bought a QM2 MM and a used M6 0.85 (needing a CLA...

Bought a QM2 MM and a used M6 0.85 (needing a CLA and sent for MP finder upgrade). The Monochrome was perfect without any flaws and at the time, $1000 cheaper than the cosmetically perfect.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-02-2017
Replies: 409
Views: 31,292
Posted By james.liam
Striking contrast in a changing city. Looks like...

Striking contrast in a changing city.

Looks like a great puddle for mosquitos to breed. Hope you brought along the DEET.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-02-2017
Replies: 55
Views: 2,143
Posted By james.liam
It didn't look so terrible when sitting on a...

It didn't look so terrible when sitting on a silver or titanium body. I did find it a bit challenging to get the thing on and off a camera because it's so small.
Forum: Travel 12-02-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 735
Posted By james.liam
Evocative images. One suggestion if I may; the...

Evocative images.

One suggestion if I may; the pictures you've posted, with one exception, don't give context to the country or village where they're taken. A few of that type for each place...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-02-2017
Replies: 48
Views: 2,944
Posted By james.liam
The price of an M9 with a new sensor has leveled...

The price of an M9 with a new sensor has leveled off at about US$3-3.5k. I've seen an M9P for closer to $4k.
As an owner of an MM v.1 with a new sensor, the issues raised above about the non-existent...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-02-2017
Replies: 55
Views: 2,143
Posted By james.liam
The CV 40 is a newer, better corrected, faster...

The CV 40 is a newer, better corrected, faster and more complex design than the simple Tessar 45/2.8 AIP; I've only had experience with the latter on digital and it was great by ƒ/5.6. For me, it was...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-30-2017
Replies: 74
Views: 3,967
Posted By james.liam
This $12k optic will prove popular with the...

This $12k optic will prove popular with the jejune, nouveau riche, Coca Cola & Bordeaux set in Shanghai. Until they grow bored or head for the monstrous & criminal dogmeat festival.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-26-2017
Replies: 9,007
Views: 882,667
Posted By james.liam
Nikkor 8/2.8 non-AI Fisheye bought at a steep...

Nikkor 8/2.8 non-AI Fisheye bought at a steep discount

Type 56 AI-conversion kit bought long, long ago on a lark that's been patiently awaiting a mate.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-26-2017
Replies: 70
Views: 6,420
Posted By james.liam
Have had the iPhone X for 2 weeks; by far the...

Have had the iPhone X for 2 weeks; by far the best phone camera I've ever used; has optical stabilization of the long lens as well as the short.

As for Huawei, I have intentionally shied away from...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-24-2017
Replies: 0
Views: 860
Posted By james.liam
Any experiences with the new CV 5,6/12 v.III?

Finding little written about this lens. Since it's the widest still RF-coupled, I'm thinking of this vs. the 4,5/15.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-19-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,625
Posted By james.liam
Because of the way the cover in bound to sensor,...

Because of the way the cover in bound to sensor, imperceptible rot grows. Best have them look at it. I wonder if any of the original sensors will survive. It sounds like its 'genetics' make rot an...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-19-2017
Replies: 3,752
Views: 715,112
Posted By james.liam
Really great images. Giving me a hankering for an...

Really great images. Giving me a hankering for an OM3 and a Zuiko.
Have had my eye on a 40/2 for the past few weeks.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-19-2017
Replies: 245
Views: 28,840
Posted By james.liam
Crazy Joe Biden as Omega's ambassador. Good luck...

Crazy Joe Biden as Omega's ambassador. Good luck to them with that.
I've found the Omega as having the least accurate movement of all these bling watches. IWC, on the other hand, quite the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-12-2017
Replies: 92
Views: 3,920
Posted By james.liam
Shall I replace the 50/2 with a 50/1.4...

Shall I replace the 50/2 with a 50/1.4 Summilux?

--keep the Rigid but go faster as an addition, like a CV 1,1/50 v.II

Shall I replace the 21/3.4 Super Angulon with a 21/2.8 Elmarit?

--Why? The...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-11-2017
Replies: 452
Views: 121,524
Posted By james.liam
Really low contrast. Is it from spherical...

Really low contrast. Is it from spherical aberrations wide-open or just fixed haze on the elements?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-28-2017
Replies: 372
Views: 61,741
Posted By james.liam
Yes. Stopped down beyond ƒ/2.8, gone by 5.6. That...

Yes. Stopped down beyond ƒ/2.8, gone by 5.6. That was my experience. YMMV.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-27-2017
Replies: 372
Views: 61,741
Posted By james.liam
Hated the edgy look of the Summicron; led me to...

Hated the edgy look of the Summicron; led me to sell it in favor of the Summilux.



Afraid you'll gnaw on the first one?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-26-2017
Replies: 372
Views: 61,741
Posted By james.liam
The persistence of the focus-shifting, circa-1979...

The persistence of the focus-shifting, circa-1979 50 Summicron whilst the arguably superior circa-1994 50 Elmarit M went the way of the dodo, is indeed a mystery.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 10-18-2017
Replies: 122
Views: 6,480
Posted By james.liam
..which is in fact, a good thing.

..which is in fact, a good thing.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-18-2017
Replies: 79
Views: 3,585
Posted By james.liam
Just picked up a Canon 100/2 LTM in great shape...

Just picked up a Canon 100/2 LTM in great shape and sent it off for a CLA. It isn't the Thambar but in the rare moments (once every 5 years) I yearn for the grossly exaggerated spherical aberrations...
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