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Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 2 Days Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 617
Posted By Beemermark
Get the 50mm Elmer, or a Nikon or Canon period...

Get the 50mm Elmer, or a Nikon or Canon period correct lens.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 3 Days Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 191
Posted By Beemermark
It's not that uncommon for the len's infinity...

It's not that uncommon for the len's infinity mark to be off in either direction a small bit. Use the lens wide open and look at the results on film.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Days Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 189
Posted By Beemermark
I can only find 2008 and 2019 versions of...

I can only find 2008 and 2019 versions of Kodak/Alaris XTol processing and I can't find a reference to J-107 in either one. The only difference (on a quick scan) between 2008 and 2019 seems to be...
Forum: Photography General Interest 5 Days Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,141
Posted By Beemermark
On most cruises the phone doesn't/won't work. ...

On most cruises the phone doesn't/won't work. So, to me anyways, bringing the phone as a camera is a poor choice. Since you won't be doing a lot of hiking my goto camera is a Nikon DSLR with a wide...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 6 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 247
Posted By Beemermark
The slow speed escapement mechanism is working...

The slow speed escapement mechanism is working because the grease has hardened through non-use. Few (if any) body uses these slow speeds and in the end they don't work. People will excessive the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 1 Week Ago
Replies: 58
Views: 4,666
Posted By Beemermark
Based on lenses I own (or have owned): 50/1.4...

Based on lenses I own (or have owned):

50/1.4 Summilux - dead nuts perfect. If you can afford it forget anything else. I don't care what anyone says, earlier Summiluxes don't hold a candle to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 80
Views: 2,453
Posted By Beemermark
I never have a problem with loading my M4. As...

I never have a problem with loading my M4. As you say the secret is to keep the back closed, insert the film, and install the bottom. The only problem I have with the M3 (now my IIIF) is sometimes...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 1 Week Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 717
Posted By Beemermark
I'm in favor of the Nikon FE2 or about any Nikon...

I'm in favor of the Nikon FE2 or about any Nikon body for that matter. I'd go with the 50/1.4 Nikkor. Excellent lens and I'm not sure what the way more expensive Voightlander would get you.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 217
Posted By Beemermark
I bought some (probably not the same brand) years...

I bought some (probably not the same brand) years ago from my 2006 50 Summicron & 90 Elmarit. Worked as advertised. No focus, mounting, or locking problems. Hardest part was painting the indents...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 1 Week Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 4,154
Posted By Beemermark
He is working/training with someone. I also got...

He is working/training with someone. I also got the impression it was his son (grandson??) when I delivered my camera in Oct 2017. Good to know someone is being trained in repair of these cameras.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 1 Week Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 4,154
Posted By Beemermark
http://rolleirepairs.com/

http://rolleirepairs.com/
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 282
Posted By Beemermark
Having the lens serviced will typically run...

Having the lens serviced will typically run around $75 plus postage both ways. If you really want the lens this is the way I would go. They're not that cheap on eBay and those are 40 year old...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 49
Views: 1,392
Posted By Beemermark
Hard to put into words. But in harsh sunlight...

Hard to put into words. But in harsh sunlight Pan F+ is very contrasty. Ilford recommends ID-11 (?) D76 for normal contrast. MQ is a diluted D76 that tames the contrast. I can look up the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 49
Views: 1,392
Posted By Beemermark
I had to laugh at this. I used to live in the...

I had to laugh at this. I used to live in the Northern Latitudes, but now live in the SE US. Daughters live in AZ. Yes way too much light. Tri-X @ 1/500 and F16 -:). There is daylight and there...
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 82
Views: 1,924
Posted By Beemermark
I have an M9, X-Pro2 & Nikon D750. Nothing does...

I have an M9, X-Pro2 & Nikon D750. Nothing does it better than a FF sensor. OF course the Nikon is a huge monster, not intimate at all. And I could agree the Fuji is better in low light but most...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 399
Views: 85,462
Posted By Beemermark
The top case has two small holes drilled in the...

The top case has two small holes drilled in the side, the bumper pad has two small dowels that fit in the holes and I assume are flattened on the inside of the case. If you remove the pads I doubt...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 399
Views: 85,462
Posted By Beemermark
The strap bumper pad came off my M7 purchased new...

The strap bumper pad came off my M7 purchased new in '06. sent it to DAG for a repair & CLA. $195. Not exactly 800 eur.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 3,055
Posted By Beemermark
The other great thing about mixing your own is...

The other great thing about mixing your own is that the "raw" chemicals last forever. You can mix 1 liter at a time for a few rolls and not worry about the a gallon expiring.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 3,055
Posted By Beemermark
I've decided to mix my own also. I've bought...

I've decided to mix my own also. I've bought packaged developers for over 40 years because they were cheap & excellent. Now it seems you're never sure of what you're getting (after ruining 4 rolls...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 49
Views: 1,392
Posted By Beemermark
Ilford Pan F+. You shouldn't have much problem...

Ilford Pan F+. You shouldn't have much problem not having enough light unless your fastest lens is 5.6 or slower. Even with filters you're looking at 1/50 @ 5.6 or 8. I think Pan F+ has a better...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 220
Views: 6,659
Posted By Beemermark
If you think the price for an M6 is bad check out...

If you think the price for an M6 is bad check out the M4-P prices on eBay.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,394
Posted By Beemermark
Sometimes I hate cameras, film & digital. But...

Sometimes I hate cameras, film & digital. But then tonight I developed & scanned a roll of Ilford Pan F plus + from my Leica M4 and remember why I love film.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 539
Posted By Beemermark
Used M6 ~ $1600 Used M9 ~ $2700 with new sensor &...

Used M6 ~ $1600
Used M9 ~ $2700 with new sensor & CLA by Leitz
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 759
Posted By Beemermark
Been awhile since I lived in the North but I used...

Been awhile since I lived in the North but I used to consider 35 deg F Spring. Even Silver Oxide batteries had no problems at that temperature. Lithium should perform for months with no problem. ...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 548
Posted By Beemermark
I have one I bought new back in 2004 and I found...

I have one I bought new back in 2004 and I found it difficult also to believe it was dropped and not really replaced. The best 90mm lens Leica made IMHO and not replaced by any better. The...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 302
Posted By Beemermark
Guz won't do walk ins. M4's are rather easy to...

Guz won't do walk ins. M4's are rather easy to adjust. Use a street light at night to focus on infinity. http://leica.nemeng.com/034b.shtml
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 72
Views: 2,011
Posted By Beemermark
Guess it has, just looked up the bill on mine. ...

Guess it has, just looked up the bill on mine. Got the bill (repair finished) $960 in July 2018. Took about 7 months. That included a lot more than just a sensor replacement -


Necessary labours...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 80
Views: 2,453
Posted By Beemermark
Why is the M3 better than the IIIG? Except for...

Why is the M3 better than the IIIG? Except for the mount the load system, rewind, VF, etc are basically same. Lots of great screw mount lenses available.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 72
Views: 2,011
Posted By Beemermark
I guess they either (1) they got the hang of it...

I guess they either (1) they got the hang of it or (2) they hired another person -:)
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 72
Views: 2,011
Posted By Beemermark
Given sensor replacement takes 6 months or more...

Given sensor replacement takes 6 months or more (unless something has changed) I not sure how many people would want to pay $600 for a camera that needs a $1600 repair and then wait 6 months to get...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 2,303
Posted By Beemermark
21mm (and wider) are best for landscapes and...

21mm (and wider) are best for landscapes and close ups - very close up. Used close up with a narrow DOF you can get some very interesting photos. Unfortunately rangefinders don't allow focusing...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 3,311
Posted By Beemermark
I have the 4th version, 46mm filters. Overall...

I have the 4th version, 46mm filters. Overall length is a little less than 2", from flange to end is 1 1/2". Not counting the focusing tab diameter is about 1 3/4". A small, superb lens that is...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 693
Posted By Beemermark
Meter for the shadows. Then depending on the type...

Meter for the shadows. Then depending on the type of film I’d stop down 2 or 3 stops. I have a thought time visualizing it in my head without my camera but I think that’s right. A case were digital...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 729
Posted By Beemermark
I just stock up on Ilford. Given both Kodak &...

I just stock up on Ilford. Given both Kodak & Fuji have raised prices it's a given Ilford will follow.
Forum: Travel 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 59
Views: 2,124
Posted By Beemermark
Take a film & digital camera that shares the same...

Take a film & digital camera that shares the same lens mount. For example a Nikon DSLR & Nikon FM. Maybe a wide angle zoom on one camera and a tele zoom on the other. You end up carrying only two...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-17-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 1,962
Posted By Beemermark
Wine bottles with either corks or screw on caps.

Wine bottles with either corks or screw on caps.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-16-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 586
Posted By Beemermark
Even 1 person repair shops and stores go on...

Even 1 person repair shops and stores go on vacation once in awhile.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-14-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 288
Posted By Beemermark
Nice of Phil. When I needed a set I just found a...

Nice of Phil. When I needed a set I just found a junk off brand lens (or a set of off brand extension tubes) cheap. check out shopgoodwill.com
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-12-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 1,042
Posted By Beemermark
Nikon 85/1.4 is an AF lens, sort of solves the...

Nikon 85/1.4 is an AF lens, sort of solves the problem of focusing. Plus you could use the $11,500 you save to buy something useful.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-11-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 288
Posted By Beemermark
I use normal dish soap.

I use normal dish soap.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-09-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 759
Posted By Beemermark
Even with hearing aids I'm hard of hearing but...

Even with hearing aids I'm hard of hearing but there is no missing the sound when an F2 fires -:)


Yes, I think something is out of alignment and the mirror hangs for 3 or 4 shots, probably just for...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-09-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 759
Posted By Beemermark
Yes, and I don't see it. Which is why it must be...

Yes, and I don't see it. Which is why it must be hanging up because of another issue when I take a picture. I don't believe it can be the shutter because when a the negative is exposed the exposure...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-09-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 759
Posted By Beemermark
With the back off and no lens the shutter fires...

With the back off and no lens the shutter fires and the mirror opens every time. I'm starting to agree the problem is with the mirror hanging. Since it does it for consecutive shots, not single...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-08-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 759
Posted By Beemermark
Nikon F2 - Blank frames

Ok, so I picked up a Nikon F2AS on eBay for a smoking good price and the camera seems to work fine BUT on a roll of 24 exposures anywhere from 3 to 6 consecutive frames will be blank. Blank like...
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 12-07-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 277
Posted By Beemermark
Crystal Camera Repair 404 N Louisiana...

Crystal Camera Repair
404 N Louisiana Ave
Asheville, NC 28806
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 12-07-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 11,272
Posted By Beemermark
I've never had a problem with anything I've...

I've never had a problem with anything I've bought from Japanese sellers. Their descriptions, as you note, are very accurate. The headings "excellent" might be a little over the top but the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-04-2019
Replies: 56
Views: 2,687
Posted By Beemermark
When a one man shop is this far behind on work...

When a one man shop is this far behind on work they should just state they aren't receiving any further work for the foreseeable future. I know gunsmiths that do (very) custom work and they'll take...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-04-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 507
Posted By Beemermark
You can't remove pitting. Pitting has already...

You can't remove pitting. Pitting has already removed surface material. You need to fill the the pits in.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-04-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 740
Posted By Beemermark
Model K4E I...

Model K4E I think
http://www.rolleiclub.com/cameras/tlr/info/A-F_tlr.shtml
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-30-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 3,079
Posted By Beemermark
Now I'm so confused

Now I'm so confused
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-30-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 1,697
Posted By Beemermark
My M4 broke (years ago) trying to reload in a...

My M4 broke (years ago) trying to reload in a rush filming a basketball game when I put my thumb threw the shutter.


My friend broke his M2 when he bounced it off the sidewalk.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-30-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 700
Posted By Beemermark
Slow film low contrast

Slow film, low contrast - not exactly a possibility. Seems everyone is shooting Tri-x and pushing it 2 stops but I live in the opposite universe. I live in the sunny south were (even in winter)...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-30-2019
Replies: 100
Views: 5,411
Posted By Beemermark
So what is the contact address / email ?

So what is the contact address / email ?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-29-2019
Replies: 100
Views: 5,411
Posted By Beemermark
I'm going to dump my XTOL (after ruining 3 rolls...

I'm going to dump my XTOL (after ruining 3 rolls of film) and try the LMAX. I see it comes in a 1 gallon container (to make 5 gallons). Can you use just 1 quart of it to make a gallon and cap the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-21-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 379
Posted By Beemermark
I just carry regular home owners insurance with...

I just carry regular home owners insurance with full replacement value. It helps to have serial numbers and photos. Riders are for collectable equipment and then you need to have it appraised. 10...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-20-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,650
Posted By Beemermark
In 50 years I never had a 50mm Leica lens I...

In 50 years I never had a 50mm Leica lens I wasn't happy with except the Summars. And in the few Summars I had probably they had bad coatings and/or scratched lenses or haze. But all the Elmars,...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-20-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,538
Posted By Beemermark
Forget the money. Are you happy. Concentrate on...

Forget the money. Are you happy. Concentrate on the happy.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-20-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1,121
Posted By Beemermark
OK, as an Engineer you've confuse me. A...

OK, as an Engineer you've confuse me. A reference point is only useful as a point to take a measurement from. So maybe we are saying the same thing. The film plane mark is a reference mark to a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-20-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1,121
Posted By Beemermark
Not to quibble but it is a measurement. In my...

Not to quibble but it is a measurement. In my Nikon F2 manual it is given as 46.5mm from the mark to the flange.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-20-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 276
Posted By Beemermark
If it doesn't vignette in the D700 then there...

If it doesn't vignette in the D700 then there must be an issue with the D800 body. Lock the D800 mirror up and see if there is something (doesn't have to be very big) obstructing the light path. ...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-20-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,650
Posted By Beemermark
There's a nice Elmar 3.5 listed for sale here...

There's a nice Elmar 3.5 listed for sale here CHEAP. Buy it before I do, I don't need a another one. The Summitar is a very nice lens if you get a clean copy. Almost 2 stops faster and IMHO just...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-18-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,270
Posted By Beemermark
Thanks, I forgot the F2A didn't need the rabbit...

Thanks, I forgot the F2A didn't need the rabbit ears (I have the F2 with DP1 finder). So my 80-200 lens has three dimples, one at f4, one at 5.6 and one at f8. Are they actual screw holes painted...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-18-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,460
Posted By Beemermark
Small consolation, but at least you have the...

Small consolation, but at least you have the tattoo -:(
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-18-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,270
Posted By Beemermark
I agree with a others that the Nikon 80-200/2.8...

I agree with a others that the Nikon 80-200/2.8 AF lens has to be one of the best tele zooms ever. Unfortunately stop down metering with the F2 is sort of a PIA. I've often wondered if it is...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-18-2019
Replies: 100
Views: 5,411
Posted By Beemermark
Back to D-76. Been around forever and every...

Back to D-76. Been around forever and every company knows how to make it. Good developer also. Biggest advantage to me of Xtol was it seemed to last forever.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-18-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,270
Posted By Beemermark
Better question is what is a bad telephoto zoom...

Better question is what is a bad telephoto zoom that I should shy away from. There are a ton of good Nikkor zooms and even some other brands.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 11-14-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,245
Posted By Beemermark
Zenit $8000. Is this an early April Fool's Joke?

Zenit $8000. Is this an early April Fool's Joke?
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-14-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 804
Posted By Beemermark
The ones that really get my goat are the ones...

The ones that really get my goat are the ones that cannibalize decent cameras to sell the parts separately, for example Nikon F2/3/4/5 without finders, back doors, etc. In excellent working...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-14-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 707
Posted By Beemermark
There are lots of cheap small flashes out there...

There are lots of cheap small flashes out there that work great on the Leica cameras. Generally for fill in flash or close up work you don't need a lot of power.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-12-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 588
Posted By Beemermark
Leica cameras like the M5 and CL had a drop down...

Leica cameras like the M5 and CL had a drop down swing arm that was used to meter the scene. Your Canon P shouldn't have an issue with any lens.


The Summitar was a very good lens in it's day but...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-10-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,675
Posted By Beemermark
Vodka, or Ever Clear (151 proof), works great. ...

Vodka, or Ever Clear (151 proof), works great. Just a dab will do the lens, the rest will do you.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-10-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,428
Posted By Beemermark
I second the KX (or K2) and MX.

I second the KX (or K2) and MX.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-09-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 891
Posted By Beemermark
We have a seller here who is seller repainted...

We have a seller here who is seller repainted cameras. The pictures look good. I'm sorely temped. Has anyone bought from him?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-09-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 891
Posted By Beemermark
I used to think of having my gunsmith do the same...

I used to think of having my gunsmith do the same for me but.... the small parts are what makes it stand out. The 'smith can paint paint the and bottom covers but all the small parts & lettering is...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-05-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 823
Posted By Beemermark
Why not get a can of black spray paint?

Why not get a can of black spray paint?
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 11-05-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,407
Posted By Beemermark
Pick one camera one lens and one photographer you...

Pick one camera one lens and one photographer you really like. Buy his/her books, go to galleries that showcase their photos if you can. Study and try to imagine how they took the photo. Then try...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 11-05-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 907
Posted By Beemermark
Please note that I said many, not all

Please note that I said many, not all
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 11-05-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 907
Posted By Beemermark
I've posted this before (as others have) many...

I've posted this before (as others have) many camera have circuits that compensate for voltage / resistance changes. They may read a stop or so off with a silver oxide battery but if you compensate...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-04-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 2,180
Posted By Beemermark
You pay sales tax when you buy the item new. The...

You pay sales tax when you buy the item new. The next seller pays sales tax when he buys the item from you used. And so on and so on. At some point the taxing authority (who already taxed the...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-02-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 2,180
Posted By Beemermark
It has nothing to do with buying overseas. All...

It has nothing to do with buying overseas. All states collect "state" sales taxes on purchases. Previous to a recent US Supreme Count ruling the buyer was held responsible to declare out of state...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-02-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 811
Posted By Beemermark
I bought Paterson reels years ago in an attempt...

I bought Paterson reels years ago in an attempt to load 220 (wasn’t much luck on SS). After many attempts went back to SS reels. The Paterson stuff is in the attic.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 10-27-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 2,064
Posted By Beemermark
I had a Favorit which is rather uncommon and...

I had a Favorit which is rather uncommon and pricey. Decided I had too many TLR (mostly Rolleiflexes) and sold it. Missed it and bought a IIa. The IIa is basically the Favorit without the built in...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-26-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,409
Posted By Beemermark
Here's my 50+ years of experience. Onc camera,...

Here's my 50+ years of experience. Onc camera, one lens - buy a nice Kodak Signet. Or splurge and get a Canon IIIQ, or better yet an Olympus SP.


I've got tons of Nikon, Fujifilm, Leica M4, M7, M9...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-26-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 802
Posted By Beemermark
The meter is actuated by pulling the wind (film...

The meter is actuated by pulling the wind (film advance) lever away from the body. Pushing the wind lever flush with the body should turn the meter off, it doesn't. I can't decipher how the wind...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-25-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 802
Posted By Beemermark
Part 280 is a plastic insulating cap. Part 409...

Part 280 is a plastic insulating cap. Part 409 does not change position when the wind lever is moved. The connecting rod is down, closing the circuit, to energize the meter. What actuates the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-24-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 802
Posted By Beemermark
Yes, so item 280 is pushing down on the switch. ...

Yes, so item 280 is pushing down on the switch. But what is pushing down on item 280? I have the manual and can't see what it is. In the camera body it's a plastic tip on the end of a rod. And I...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-23-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 802
Posted By Beemermark
Someone explain to me the Nikon F2 meter switch

So I have a different problem than most people, my meter won't turn off when you push the wind lever into the body. Now this isn't really a problem but every few years it starts me scratching my...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 10-22-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 1,012
Posted By Beemermark
Is the S-42 hood made to to slip on the OD size...

Is the S-42 hood made to to slip on the OD size of 42mm? Don't think Canon ever made a hood for the 35mm/2.0 (and you don't need one if you don't use a filter). The OD of the 35mm/2.0 barrel is...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-22-2019
Replies: 115
Views: 5,178
Posted By Beemermark
Leica always offered "collectible" bodies and...

Leica always offered "collectible" bodies and outfits but lately it seems like one a week. Nothing really new or ground breaking just new weird finishes and coverings and really outrageous prices. ...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-19-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 269
Posted By Beemermark
Glad to see you figured it our. I know they made...

Glad to see you figured it our. I know they made TLR but I never knew they made a RF. Can you post a picture? I'd like to see it.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-19-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 928
Posted By Beemermark
Have you tried different metering modes (matrix,...

Have you tried different metering modes (matrix, spot, center weighted)?
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 10-19-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 1,012
Posted By Beemermark
I appreciate the responses but I think you'all...

I appreciate the responses but I think you'all are missing the point of my post. Why is that Canon made a few hundred thousand or maybe a million lenses that took a 40mm filter thread and only made...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 10-18-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 1,012
Posted By Beemermark
Canon LTM Lens 40mm filters

Canon standardized on the 40mm filter thread size for their LTM lenses. Over the decades I've collected every odd ball filter size imaginable but I only have ONE filter in the 40mm size. I find it...
Forum: RFF News 10-18-2019
Replies: 87
Views: 7,656
Posted By Beemermark
Buy Kodak! Oh wait... Actually if you can...

Buy Kodak! Oh wait...


Actually if you can afford new Leica equipment a 25% increase shouldn't be a problem.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-18-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 713
Posted By Beemermark
Good advice from Pioneer.

Good advice from Pioneer.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-17-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 713
Posted By Beemermark
Kiron made the Vivtar Series One lenses and some...

Kiron made the Vivtar Series One lenses and some other excellent third party lenses (note Vivitar did not make their own lenses). Kiron didn't market under their own name until late in the game. ...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 10-17-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 487
Posted By Beemermark
That worked Nikon 24mm F/2.0 for 20mm F/2.8

That worked
Nikon 24mm F/2.0 for 20mm F/2.8
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 10-17-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 487
Posted By Beemermark
Post a Trade in Classifieds

I've ran into this problem before and cannot remember how I got around it.

First step to post in the classifieds is "place an ad", then select a category from a drop down list (in this case trade). ...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-17-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 928
Posted By Beemermark
I'd recommend getting them (or one) fixed. The...

I'd recommend getting them (or one) fixed. The top LCD screen on mine started acting buggy and I used it as an excuse to buy a D750. Now I like the D750 but I'm sure I like it that much better than...
Forum: Travel 10-17-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 2,082
Posted By Beemermark
My advice is take the least possible. What are...

My advice is take the least possible. What are the lenses you like best? For me it's a Leica M body, a 35mm & 50mm lens. I find carrying too much gear (besides the weight) just makes me spend too...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-17-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 437
Posted By Beemermark
The IIIc was manufactured from 1940 till 1951,...

The IIIc was manufactured from 1940 till 1951, perhaps it needs to be CLA (cleaned, lubricated, and adjusted)? Also, are you advancing the film before setting the shutter speed? Is the slow speed...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-17-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 713
Posted By Beemermark
Not sure if two images are enough to judge a...

Not sure if two images are enough to judge a lens by. I have that lens somewhere from my film days, I'll find it and try it on my Nikon D750.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 10-17-2019
Replies: 78
Views: 29,448
Posted By Beemermark
I guess one could apply that logic to all the old...

I guess one could apply that logic to all the old Leica LTM and M mount cameras out there.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-11-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 403
Posted By Beemermark
It depends on how good of a deal you got it for. ...

It depends on how good of a deal you got it for. You'll get a fully serviced camera with a warranty for $100 (plus what you paid for it). If you got it for $100 less than the average price they...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-09-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 521
Posted By Beemermark
Having had (or have) most of them I agree with...

Having had (or have) most of them I agree with Peter, the Om-2n is the best built and most reliable, even more so than the Om-1(n). The Om-10, Om-G Om-PC were cheap cameras and tended to fail, The 4...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-08-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 523
Posted By Beemermark
Sellers have little. if any, protection on eBay. ...

Sellers have little. if any, protection on eBay. I no longer sell on eBay except using "Buy it now" at inflated prices and then refusing to sell to buyer who do no not reply to emails.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-08-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 899
Posted By Beemermark
I'm a long time, very long time, Leica user. ...

I'm a long time, very long time, Leica user. Starting with a screw mount model than and M model in the early '80's. Somewhere a long the line I picked up a couple of working Kiev copies of the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-07-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 719
Posted By Beemermark
Let me check air fare from Charlotte NC..... -:)

Let me check air fare from Charlotte NC..... -:)
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-04-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,139
Posted By Beemermark
Fully agree. I have some camera repair books I...

Fully agree. I have some camera repair books I enjoy reading but I'm too much of a klutz to actually do something. Almost any mechanical camera can be repaired, even if the repair person has to...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-04-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1,013
Posted By Beemermark
M4, B&W and M9 for color. Have two different...

M4, B&W and M9 for color. Have two different focal lengths on each camera. Like 50mm on one and 28mm on the other.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-04-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,200
Posted By Beemermark
Been scammed as a seller so many times as...

Been scammed as a seller so many times as described above that the only way I use eBay is listing an item with "Buy It Now". The Buy it now price is 30% higher than what I would sell it for here. ...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-03-2019
Replies: 362
Views: 118,642
Posted By Beemermark
Scanning the replies I don't see the obvious...

Scanning the replies I don't see the obvious answer. The 35/2 is a very small lens and fits perfectly with the M body ergonomics. The Zeiss lens is very, very good, much cheaper and GIGANTIC.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-25-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 808
Posted By Beemermark
I think 99% of the people on this forum (and I...

I think 99% of the people on this forum (and I include myself) are rank amateurs.

I have a whole notebook of Kodak information and my own personal notebook of data. Still I always go to the MDC...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-17-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 604
Posted By Beemermark
Not even uncommon I think. Way back when my...

Not even uncommon I think. Way back when my friend scored three Leica M3 from the local hospital used as on microscopes/microfiche/what ever. Cameras looked brand new, inside the film plate an...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-16-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 228
Posted By Beemermark
You have an a VSL that works!! I've never been...

You have an a VSL that works!! I've never been so lucky. Self timer is stuck because probably it never was used. Not uncommon with a lot of cameras.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 09-13-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 855
Posted By Beemermark
Looks like dust to me.

Looks like dust to me.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-02-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,460
Posted By Beemermark
I think all pawn shops are required to provide...

I think all pawn shops are required to provide the local police with a list of equipment and identifying marks on things placed in pawn. Having been robbed twice in two different cities/states that...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-31-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 807
Posted By Beemermark
Paul Ebel will do it

Paul Ebel will do it
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-29-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,139
Posted By Beemermark
Have you heard of Ye Youxin? I believe he is an...

Have you heard of Ye Youxin? I believe he is an accountant by trade. He taught himself Leica repair 15 years (?) ago and is recognized as a very good Leica repairman. There is nothing complicated...
Forum: Travel 08-29-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 2,368
Posted By Beemermark
For overseas travel I bought an Ipad (ditched the...

For overseas travel I bought an Ipad (ditched the personal computer) and the X-Pro2. While I love the size and almost everything about the Fuji, battery life is very disappointing. I ended up...
Forum: Travel 08-27-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 2,368
Posted By Beemermark
Everyone has their favorite cameras but IMHO, I'd...

Everyone has their favorite cameras but IMHO, I'd ditch the Fuji & the maybe the 25mm. Get a 21mm & 35mm for the Leica. However the 25mm is a good compromise so maybe not buying two more lenses at...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-21-2019
Replies: 103
Views: 3,109
Posted By Beemermark
A lot of good suggestions, I've tried them all. ...

A lot of good suggestions, I've tried them all. Works until you get rushed and don't implement them. The solution for me is to use one film in my medium format cameras, one film for my large format...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-19-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 826
Posted By Beemermark
You keep shaking it like that and something will...

You keep shaking it like that and something will come loose. Years ago I told Sherry Kraunter that I rode all over the country (coast to coast) on my motorcycle with my M4 in the tank bag. She was...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 08-19-2019
Replies: 83
Views: 27,796
Posted By Beemermark
I'll second that. The Canon is a great lens. ...

I'll second that. The Canon is a great lens. Had the Canon 50mm 1.4 and kept the 1.5.


Don't understand the issue with collapsing the lens. If it is so difficult why collapse it in the first...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-16-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,809
Posted By Beemermark
Price is $18,995.

Price is $18,995.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-14-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 3,259
Posted By Beemermark
Tri-X is my number one film but when I think of...

Tri-X is my number one film but when I think of all the business constraints (re-tooling, NY business atmosphere, employees wages and taxes, etc, etc) I think Kodak and Tri-x X is a lost cause. At...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-11-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 524
Posted By Beemermark
Define infinity. On many lenses, especially SLR...

Define infinity. On many lenses, especially SLR lenses, the lens will focus beyond the infinity markings.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-11-2019
Replies: 89
Views: 1,846
Posted By Beemermark
After the M9 fiasco I'll never buy another Leica....

After the M9 fiasco I'll never buy another Leica. Just way too terribly over priced compared to what's available. However, getting that off my chest, I still like my M9. Since the choice is...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-11-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 524
Posted By Beemermark
Are your pictures in focus?

Are your pictures in focus?
Forum: Optics Theory - 08-08-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 760
Posted By Beemermark
I find the head line "Scientist solves 2000 year...

I find the head line "Scientist solves 2000 year old problem" a little difficult to swallow. Crude lenses were invented around 1600 in microscopes and I can assure you no or very simple math was...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-30-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 398
Posted By Beemermark
Shopgoodwill brings about 100% higher than prices...

Shopgoodwill brings about 100% higher than prices on eBay - for a no guarantee piece of equipment that was probably donated because it didn't work. Ebay prices are somewhat inflated because the...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 07-27-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 1,857
Posted By Beemermark
In the last 40 years or so (ever since...

In the last 40 years or so (ever since introduced) I've seen few CL's with working meters. Plus usually a host of other issues. Leica took a long time to introduce working "electronics" into their...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-25-2019
Replies: 1,356
Views: 70,549
Posted By Beemermark
I think a lens in LTM would be more desirable...

I think a lens in LTM would be more desirable than another M mount 35mm lens. Not many (any?)choices in a modern 35mm/2 LTM lens. It could be sold with the LTM to M adapter for those wanting the M...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 07-22-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 530
Posted By Beemermark
It's a very sharp & contrasty lens

It's a very sharp & contrasty lens
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-21-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,710
Posted By Beemermark
I second the Kodak IIA, but the Signet 35 is also...

I second the Kodak IIA, but the Signet 35 is also a small camera with a fantastic lens and a funky exposure calculator on the back. Then there is the Ricoh 35G
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-18-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 401
Posted By Beemermark
As Kai-san said, it will makes no difference. If...

As Kai-san said, it will makes no difference. If you think it does use a black magic marker to fill it in (stop possible reflections).
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-18-2019
Replies: 79
Views: 4,543
Posted By Beemermark
Same issues with SS reels, I always use a hair...

Same issues with SS reels, I always use a hair dryer to dry them out between loading. Don;t know if you can do that with plastic reels (hair dryers can really deliver heat).
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-08-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 2,379
Posted By Beemermark
They still make BlackBerry phones? I'be had...

They still make BlackBerry phones? I'be had IPhones and love them but when my 6 something died i bought an android. Why? Because IPhones are ridiculously expensive. Buy an IPad and you can do...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-05-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 3,903
Posted By Beemermark
From DAG's web...

From DAG's web page
https://www.dagcamera.com/store/p139/How_Bad_Were_Those_Mercury_Batteries_.html
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-03-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 3,478
Posted By Beemermark
Buy the Leica MR-4 meter. It was made for this...

Buy the Leica MR-4 meter. It was made for this camera and everything else is a work around. You may or may not need a battery adapter. Fast and easy in use. For street shooting you do not even...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-29-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,091
Posted By Beemermark
The sunny 16 rule is SS = 1/focal length...

The sunny 16 rule is SS = 1/focal length



Monopod. Though that camera wasn't really designed to be handheld.
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 06-27-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 858
Posted By Beemermark
The long recharge time is the capacitor...

The long recharge time is the capacitor "reforming". Not necessary bad but will take a few charging cycles to find out. I've heard the lens was very good. Chinon made some very good M42 screw...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 06-27-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 858
Posted By Beemermark
Enjoy, but I'd be surprised if the camera works. ...

Enjoy, but I'd be surprised if the camera works. I won one in the late 80's at a company picnic, didn't work out of the box. A great looking neat little camera with a very poor reputation.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-27-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 641
Posted By Beemermark
You have two choices -1) send to a repair person...

You have two choices -1) send to a repair person who will disassemble, determine if any parts need replacing and reassemble or 2) shoot a roll of film and develop.


I can tell you #2 will be cheaper...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-25-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,294
Posted By Beemermark
Yes but at the price he paid for what appears to...

Yes but at the price he paid for what appears to me a major repair (RF prism) it's not worth it in this case. If you want to go this route look for a camera listed as is, in nice cosmetic condition...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-25-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 898
Posted By Beemermark
So you used to be able to buy selenium cells for...

So you used to be able to buy selenium cells for repairing meters. Can't find them on the internet anymore. Really miss Radio shack.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-24-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,294
Posted By Beemermark
File a claim stating "not as described". Don't...

File a claim stating "not as described". Don't even bother with seller, eBay will correspond with him and then tell you to send it back (they don't really care what the seller thinks). You can get...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-22-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 611
Posted By Beemermark
The Nikon website lists"Authorized" Nikon Repair...

The Nikon website lists"Authorized" Nikon Repair centers. They will generally repair any Nikon and give you a quote for repair very quickly. I've been very happy with the one I've used when Nikon...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-21-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 818
Posted By Beemermark
Slip a business card between the meter and camera...

Slip a business card between the meter and camera top when installing or removing and you'll never scratch the top. Works on assembling a 1911 also.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-21-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 818
Posted By Beemermark
Leica RF were made for fast, decisive shooting. ...

Leica RF were made for fast, decisive shooting. Having a separate hand held meter makes the use of the camera awkward. Tough to hold both a handheld meter and camera and then take a reading, and...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-12-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 578
Posted By Beemermark
First, use a red filter to take the photo. Second...

First, use a red filter to take the photo. Second try touching up the negative (difficult if 35mm). Freestyle used to see B&W water colors for retouching prints.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-09-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 2,372
Posted By Beemermark
The IIIG is to the IIIF as the Leica M4 is to the...

The IIIG is to the IIIF as the Leica M4 is to the M5. Some love it, some don't. I had one once and even though just a little larger is felt much larger and awkward. I went back to a IIIF ST.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-08-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 378
Posted By Beemermark
I don't think they make a 39mm lens ring?

I don't think they make a 39mm lens ring?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 06-08-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 527
Posted By Beemermark
I use it on the M9 and my film bodies. I've had a...

I use it on the M9 and my film bodies. I've had a number of 21mm and much better than the older Leica 21's.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-07-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,840
Posted By Beemermark
I've done SS reels for more decades than many of...

I've done SS reels for more decades than many of the members have lived. Over the years I've tried many different tanks - Jobo, CPP, etc. Always went back to SS reels as being cheap, easy and...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-06-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 1,204
Posted By Beemermark
The M2 is over 50 years old, so even if the seal...

The M2 is over 50 years old, so even if the seal has been replaced it could have been serviced 30 years ago.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-05-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,032
Posted By Beemermark
Too lazy to look but it has the optical film...

Too lazy to look but it has the optical film reader and flare free finder if that's why you're asking. Bought new around 2006 or early 2007. Silver.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-05-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,032
Posted By Beemermark
I had decided to sell the M7, then I picked it...

I had decided to sell the M7, then I picked it up. So I decided to sell the M4, then I picked it up.

KTMrider you need to buy a BMW. Just had the clutch replaced in my R1200RT for $2012 thus...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-05-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 383
Posted By Beemermark
My bet is the electronics are going bad. I have...

My bet is the electronics are going bad. I have two Leica R3 cameras which are the same vintage as the OM. Now the R3 electronics are notorious for failing but the interesting thing is one works...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-05-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,032
Posted By Beemermark
I almost never take the MR4 meter off. Very...

I almost never take the MR4 meter off. Very accurate meter and very quick to use. I have the VC meter II on my IIIF and can't say I like it all that much. Certainly slower than the M4R in use. If...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-04-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,032
Posted By Beemermark
Sell the M4 or the M7

OK, I'm retired (which means a limited income with no chance of improvement) and I have an M9, M4 and M7. If you google my posts I (and many others) consider the M4 the height of Leica Supremacy. ...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-04-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 767
Posted By Beemermark
In today's world of extreme (lenses -12, 15, 18,...

In today's world of extreme (lenses -12, 15, 18, etc.) 35mm seems rather limiting but for modern photography in the 20th century 35mm was the most used "wide". I waffle between a 35mm and a 50mm...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-02-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 884
Posted By Beemermark
Living in the SE US I find Sunny 22 is probably...

Living in the SE US I find Sunny 22 is probably closer. Then again nothing beats a good meter. Even cheap cameras from the '60's and '70's had reasonably good meters. The key is knowing how to use...
Forum: Jim Lager - Leica Historian 05-31-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1,419
Posted By Beemermark
Talking You British have a difficult time with English :)

You British have a difficult time with English :)
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-31-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 848
Posted By Beemermark
Or you can try turning the column 180 deg if you...

Or you can try turning the column 180 deg if you have the room.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-31-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 4,312
Posted By Beemermark
VF magnification doesn't impact focusing...

VF magnification doesn't impact focusing accuracy. Focusing accuracy is dictated by the distance between the beam splitters -which is the same for all M series.


VF magnification doesn't help you...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-30-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,115
Posted By Beemermark
The early R4's had no end of issues. Off...

The early R4's had no end of issues. Off warranty Leica wouldn't touch them. After a disastrous start the issues were resolved and after that they were pretty good...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-10-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 3,857
Posted By Beemermark
I had a Jobo I picked up in a trade 20 or more...

I had a Jobo I picked up in a trade 20 or more years ago (I gave a 50mm F2 Nikkor for it). Rarely used it except for slide film. Once I stopped doing slide shows I stopped shooting slide film. No...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-30-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 56,658
Posted By Beemermark
Radu is more famously known for working on...

Radu is more famously known for working on ALPAs. If I remember correctly (and I may not) he was trained by ALPA. I figure anyone that can specialize in repairing ALPAs can repair most anything -:)
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-30-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 922
Posted By Beemermark
Wow, I've always given Leica in NJ the benefit of...

Wow, I've always given Leica in NJ the benefit of the doubt and they've done excellent service for me over the years but after reading this post I won't be sending them anything. All Elmarits (and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-26-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 514
Posted By Beemermark
Starting using the 3v lithium batteries when I...

Starting using the 3v lithium batteries when I got my M7 back in '07. Couldn't find them locally back then so starting buying them in bulk. Found out they work great in any camera that took two...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-23-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,902
Posted By Beemermark
Why would the OP watch these videos if they just...

Why would the OP watch these videos if they just work him up into a lather? I tend not to watch youtube videos of idiots. I've better things to do.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-23-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1,061
Posted By Beemermark
I won one at a company picnic in the early 80's. ...

I won one at a company picnic in the early 80's. Broke with the 1st roll of film I put in it. I never (never say never) throw anything away and after 20 or 30 years my wife threw it out cleaning...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-15-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 3,349
Posted By Beemermark
The building itself can be restored but many of...

The building itself can be restored but many of the treasures inside are gone forever. Sadly, the water damage from putting out the fire will often do more damage than the fire itself.
Forum: Nikon RF 04-09-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 400
Posted By Beemermark
You can do it old school. Basically you start...

You can do it old school. Basically you start with a film and developer that you know makes a good negative. Use hand held meter, tripod, and maybe a ND filter . Run through all the shutter speeds...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-09-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,283
Posted By Beemermark
I guess you could call me the odd duck. Then...

I guess you could call me the odd duck. Then again, look at magazine spreads, pictures in museums, pictures on walls, pictures on buses and tell me the percentage of square formats vs...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-09-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,283
Posted By Beemermark
6X6 negatives usually are cropped to 6x4.5 for...

6X6 negatives usually are cropped to 6x4.5 for printing. A Mamiya 645 with the 35mm lens would give the same results as a SWC. IMHO by the time you invest in another camera system you should just...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-04-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 535
Posted By Beemermark
21mm f/4.5 Biogon om M9

Has anyone used this on their M9? Any issues with color shifts?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-31-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 487
Posted By Beemermark
Have you ever tried loading 220 film onto a reel?...

Have you ever tried loading 220 film onto a reel? :bang:
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 03-28-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 604
Posted By Beemermark
Looks like the real deal Leica I

Only about 800 made with the Elmar in 1925


https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/65586506
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-21-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 723
Posted By Beemermark
I brew my own beer but I find per-packaged...

I brew my own beer but I find per-packaged developers are far cheaper for developing film. Now I wonder how XTOL tastes?
Forum: Travel 03-19-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 375
Posted By Beemermark
Not sure why 120 film is more difficult to take...

Not sure why 120 film is more difficult to take through check in. I recently flew and was surprised to see (while waiting in line) government posters telling you to have film with ISO > 400 hand...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-18-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,547
Posted By Beemermark
Keep the M3 with the 50 Elmar, stick the 35mm on...

Keep the M3 with the 50 Elmar, stick the 35mm on the M7, sell the goggled 35mm and M4-2 and your all set -:) the M4-2 & 35mm should get you close to the M7.


I had a .58x M7 I picked up used about...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-18-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,547
Posted By Beemermark
I've had a number of M3's over the years (buying...

I've had a number of M3's over the years (buying low and selling high). I never understood the attraction. No easy way to use a 35mm. I've had M2's, one M4-2 (bought new and a piece of cr_p), a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-18-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 775
Posted By Beemermark
Your M2 is more than half of a century old. The...

Your M2 is more than half of a century old. The light seals are wore out. I'm guessing a lot more than just the seals are wore out, need lubricated, adjusted, etc. The $466 is for more than just...
Forum: Photo Software 03-16-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 588
Posted By Beemermark
Lightroom Photmerge

I have Elements V15 and I've never spent much time trying to learn it. I figure if I get the right exposure I've got it nailed - right? However I recently spent a week in Northern New Mexico &...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 03-16-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 432
Posted By Beemermark
Expensive was sort of my point. I'd return the...

Expensive was sort of my point. I'd return the camera if possible.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 03-16-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 432
Posted By Beemermark
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Konica-Hexar-AF-Viewfinde...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Konica-Hexar-AF-Viewfinder-Eyecup-Eyepiece-Corre-Myopia-Hyperopia-1Piece/323295129215?hash=item4b45e42e7f:g:5iMAAOSwEElaycrX
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-13-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,648
Posted By Beemermark
Vucanite dries out and crumbles. It will only get...

Vucanite dries out and crumbles. It will only get worse The hard part of putting a new skin on is getting the Vucanite off. Putting the new covering is a breeze. Removing a new covering is also...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-02-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 502
Posted By Beemermark
I'm not that sure it's rust, looks more like...

I'm not that sure it's rust, looks more like normal wear to me. Not sure how you could get enough moisture in the lens to cause rust while not fogging the lens or getting fungus inside.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-27-2019
Replies: 101
Views: 3,637
Posted By Beemermark
I've owned about everything mentioned in these...

I've owned about everything mentioned in these posts and I agree your choice of the Mamiya's or Fuji is probably your best bet. The Mamiya 645 advantage over the Fuji GW690 is interchangeable...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-26-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,421
Posted By Beemermark
Many years (decades) ago I owned a book titled...

Many years (decades) ago I owned a book titled "the Amateur Photographer's Handbook" by Aaron Sussman. Not sure when it was published but I bought it around 1970, used. Probably did more to teach...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 02-22-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,097
Posted By Beemermark
The sunny F16 rule works fine for determining the...

The sunny F16 rule works fine for determining the correct exposure for shooting the moon. The sunshine reflected off the moon is the same sunshine reflected off your lawn at...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-19-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 667
Posted By Beemermark
You can buy some 39 screw in close up filters...

You can buy some 39 screw in close up filters cheap for close up macro work. I have some that I'll sell you. Same issue as modifying yours. Focusing stops at 1 meter.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-19-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,521
Posted By Beemermark
I'm still shooting Plus-X. Last year I found an...

I'm still shooting Plus-X. Last year I found an unopened 100 ft can in the attic. Long expired and subjected to 140F temperatures. I think was up there when moved into this house nine years before...
Forum: RFF News 02-19-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,559
Posted By Beemermark
"“bokeh’d” her child" ??. My Dad used to Bokeh'd...

"“bokeh’d” her child" ??. My Dad used to Bokeh'd me but I thought that now fell under child abuse.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-19-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 971
Posted By Beemermark
Seems rather complicated. I use SS tanks &...

Seems rather complicated. I use SS tanks & reels, a dark bag for loading the film. Tanks, reels, funnel, chemicals, dark bag, hanger with clothes pins - the whole shebang fits in a 7 gallon garbage...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-18-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 292
Posted By Beemermark
Good old wax paper works fine and is very simple...

Good old wax paper works fine and is very simple to use.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-18-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 855
Posted By Beemermark
If a flashlight doesn't fog the film then I would...

If a flashlight doesn't fog the film then I would think removing the ruby window would work. The again if that didn't work it would be very hard to replace.
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