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Forum: SLRs - the unRF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 1,669
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Rs have to be the outstanding value for money in...

Rs have to be the outstanding value for money in Leica photography. From experience with them, I commend the late R4 and R4S MOD2 - very reliable bodies, I find.

The under-rated Minolta zoom is a...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 647
Posted By Philip Whiteman
It's tangential to your observations about USSR...

It's tangential to your observations about USSR lenses, David but the start point for screw Leica lenses is actually marked on the body flange by an engraved line on the outer edge (visible in the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-18-2020
Replies: 35
Views: 1,496
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I know of at least one more black IIIC (eyes...

I know of at least one more black IIIC (eyes left, folks).

Well, what else do you do with a 1950 model that has 'chrome acne' (the story goes that Leitz couldn't get nickel and plated the brass...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-16-2020
Replies: 79
Views: 3,046
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I'd replace it with a Fuji X-Pro2, especially now...

I'd replace it with a Fuji X-Pro2, especially now you can get one for £800/$800

Sadly, it's a waste of time trying to use M lenses on the X-Pro - but Fuji's own are brilliant and as inexpensive as...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 02-03-2020
Replies: 56
Views: 2,078
Posted By Philip Whiteman
The X-Pro2 is a delight, even more so at the...

The X-Pro2 is a delight, even more so at the run-out sale price it's now going for. I love my old film Leicas - and still use them - but for the digital stuff, including illustrations for the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-14-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 2,126
Posted By Philip Whiteman
My first inclination was to refinish my own first...

My first inclination was to refinish my own first Contax - a non-functioning II 'beater' - in shiny new black enamel. However, when I contemplated the thing's history I simply got rid of the green...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-12-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 814
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I'd recommend getting your hands on an el cheapo...

I'd recommend getting your hands on an el cheapo (and generally crap) Kiev 4, and swapping its intact viewfinder 'pencil' for the broken one in your 2, Wompa. That component is identical from the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-12-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 1,027
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I think it's plated brass, Mark - lovely lens...

I think it's plated brass, Mark - lovely lens (and the bargain among interchangeable Contax rangefinder lenses).

I do agree that a II with 50mm Sonnar feels solid, without being too heavy. And that...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-11-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 1,027
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I haven't used my Leica IIIC since I got my first...

I haven't used my Leica IIIC since I got my first Contax II (and the Contax bug). However, when I went to NY for my son's wedding I took my M6 and used that alongside the latest Contax I'd repaired....
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-09-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 1,027
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I cannot comment on the Contax I as I have never...

I cannot comment on the Contax I as I have never handled one. I have owned a screw thread Leica for (dear me) 46 years - the IIIC in my signature image - and an M6, which is of course superior in...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-08-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 1,027
Posted By Philip Whiteman
... and one or two things that are less fun

... about Contax IIs & IIIs. (I am discounting reliability, because - as I and others have detailed in many posts on this forum, they can be fixed by amateur tinkerers like me and once they have...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-02-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 862
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Yes - and I would love to know where his cameras...

Yes - and I would love to know where his cameras ended up. I visited the Cornell Capa-founded museum of photography in New York in May this year, where there was a slide-show of Robert's work but no...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-01-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 862
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Why Contax rangefinder cameras are so lovely...

First, because they are so beautifully made. I got into them through Kievs - but once bitten by a proper Contax II, there was no going back.

Second, because the the lenses are so good.

Third,...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-29-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 960
Posted By Philip Whiteman
A quick update: I have just spent two weeks in...

A quick update: I have just spent two weeks in the USA, photographing my son's wedding celebration in Santa Fe, then making a road trip west to Winslow, Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon, Sedona and Apache...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-01-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 960
Posted By Philip Whiteman
My Contax II mania has run its course...

... at least to the point that I am not buying any more bodies (I have three, two restored to working condition and one that continues to function but has corroded in frame mask/film rail securing...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-21-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 2,057
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Two years on, they are probably even more...

Two years on, they are probably even more difficult to have repaired, although there seems to be something of a film resurgence (hah! - at least in my household).
R bodies are now so cheap and...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-30-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,182
Posted By Philip Whiteman
A new Leica for less...

... than £160. I was looking out for a nice M6, only to discover that people are "rediscovering film" - and are prepared to pay £2,000 for a clean black or chrome body, it would appear. So instead I...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-22-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 976
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Just beware that some of the cheap screw-in hoods...

Just beware that some of the cheap screw-in hoods you can find online may take a toll on the filter threads on your lens - I've used them happily, but prefer the old-model Hoya vented hood I got from...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-21-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 770
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I use the non-creeping grease they supply for...

I use the non-creeping grease they supply for kitchen equipment - it seems to work very well, giving just the right resistance...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-26-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 312
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Early Kievs - I have a 1953 Kiev 2 - are near...

Early Kievs - I have a 1953 Kiev 2 - are near identical to the Contax II & III and certainly the chrome plating of mine example is more 'Leica-like'. The engraving is almost as good as Zeiss's was...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-25-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 312
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Notes on fixing prewar Contax II shutters

I have now successfully resurrected two Contax IIs, and cleaned and lubricated a three similar Kievs (but failed to fix light leaks in two of these Russian 'copies'!)

Both Contaxes had suffered...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-25-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 2,975
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I too would be interested in learning about...

I too would be interested in learning about dismantling one of these lenses, Richard - I have two that may well clean up nicely (my one unfogged one works beautifully) but I have had no luck in...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 02-08-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 2,455
Posted By Philip Whiteman
He was a lovely man who wrote super books and...

He was a lovely man who wrote super books and informed, interesting and authoritative features in AP. He inspired my late father to gather, use and enjoy various Contaxes and Voigtlanders. His works...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-28-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 458
Posted By Philip Whiteman
It is a 'slow speed' doc68 - at 1/125 and above,...

It is a 'slow speed' doc68 - at 1/125 and above, shutter speed is set by adjusting the gap between the blinds. At 1/50th and below escapements slow the curtains, giving longer exposure.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 11-30-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 817
Posted By Philip Whiteman
The terrific thing about 1970s and 80s Kievs is...

The terrific thing about 1970s and 80s Kievs is that they were my introduction to Contax RF photography, back in the 1970s and again in the 21st century. The terrific thing about Contaxes is that...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 11-04-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 984
Posted By Philip Whiteman
The great thing is that the FSU - the old...

The great thing is that the FSU - the old 'Russian' - cameras do continue to provide inspiration. And yes - any of this equipment is only as good as the person using it: rubbish in and rubbish out,...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 11-03-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 984
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Zeiss quality...

... is hard to resist, isn't it. I thought I would be content with a Kiev and its associated lenses - then I bought and recommissioned a Contax II (a process described here in past threads). Hmm -...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-13-2018
Replies: 172
Views: 37,178
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Super pictures that have inspired me to dust-down...

Super pictures that have inspired me to dust-down my self-repaired Contax II and get shooting again
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-13-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 2,202
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Ha ha! It did take rather a long time to fix it...

Ha ha! It did take rather a long time to fix it properly, but yes; it's a year's use I have had out of it (and its shutter runs more smoothly than any of my other Contax IIs or Kievs, even if one of...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-05-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 2,202
Posted By Philip Whiteman
And here's the Kiev alongside the...

And here's the Kiev alongside the Contax106958

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Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-05-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 2,202
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Trying an image of the camera as an attachment...

Trying an image of the camera as an attachment...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-01-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 2,202
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I wish I could work out how to upload my pictures...

I wish I could work out how to upload my pictures of the Contax and Kiev to the gallery! All I want to do is select suitably sized jpegs from my desktop (I don't have a website or online image...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-31-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 2,202
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I have some decent studio shots of the Contax......

I have some decent studio shots of the Contax... er, Contaxes (it's an addiction - I have three of the things now - soon, I promise.

Meanwhile, does anybody know why prewar Zeiss chrome plating was...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-23-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 2,202
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I need to work out how to post 'em, but will do...

I need to work out how to post 'em, but will do so - and maybe add some updates.

One thing I didn't mention that, having discovered M W Cameras here in London, two working Contax IIs followed my own...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 01-21-2018
Replies: 130
Views: 14,907
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I met him at home in France last year, and he...

I met him at home in France last year, and he could not have been more friendly and hospitable to a stranger who'd turned up unannounced on his doorstep. He and Francis proffered food and wine, and...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-21-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 2,202
Posted By Philip Whiteman
A year with a 1939 Contax II

Here it sits, smiling back at me from the kitchen table: my self-repaired 1939 Contax II, now sporting a 1.5 50 uncoated Sonnar that cost six times the amount.

I was shown the Contax when I took my...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-25-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 859
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Yep: mine look just like that

Yep: mine look just like that
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-23-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 859
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Modern film cassettes in prewar Contaxes

Has anyone taken out the roller on the 'cassette' side of their Contax II or III as per the suggestion in Peter Hennings' Zeiss Historica article? He points out that the relatively proud lip of...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-04-2017
Replies: 1
Views: 666
Posted By Philip Whiteman
1939 Contax II - the pleasure of using a historical artefact

Thanks to the Tooke manual, the Kiev Survivors site and a load of invaluable advice from people on this forum, I have now enjoyed using a self-restored Contax II for most of this year. Clearly much...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-10-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 771
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Thanks once again, Brett! This Contax business...

Thanks once again, Brett!

This Contax business is a serious addiction, isn't it. I just love the mechanical quality of camera and lenses - and aren't those metal back-caps a work of art.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-10-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 771
Posted By Philip Whiteman
On the Trail of the Contax Vol 1 book

I cannot find an English language copy of this book anywhere. I'll bet Contaxistas are hanging on to their copies, but if anyone has one they'd be prepared to sell I would be interested!
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-10-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 838
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Thanks for the steer - what an excellent manual...

Thanks for the steer - what an excellent manual it is too!
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-09-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 838
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Maizenberg repair manual

Any steer on where I might find a copy? The only ones I have found so far have been Russian language editions and I am assuming there's an English edition!
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-08-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,005
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I have found that you can get good working Contax...

I have found that you can get good working Contax IIs from UK dealers for as little as £100 and these work beautifully with all the Jupiter lenses, producing lovely results. Some people say the early...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-01-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 757
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I find a pair of O rings, one a tight fit on the...

I find a pair of O rings, one a tight fit on the finder rim and a second, bigger one glued to the first (and NOT the finder) works beautifully in protecting my specs/giving a good view through the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-18-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 771
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Not seen that one, Steve - I shall be looking for...

Not seen that one, Steve - I shall be looking for it now!

One error I did spot in the Tooke book was that he suggested the cut-out at the right-hand end of the top shutter roller (as viewed from the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-18-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 670
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Nice to learn of people getting a result with a...

Nice to learn of people getting a result with a late-model Kiev: after several strip-downs and careful positioning of additional/replacement light seals my 4M still leaks light and overlaps the odd...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-18-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 771
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I have used it in fixing several Kievs and a dead...

I have used it in fixing several Kievs and a dead Contax II, and would say that - along with the Kiev Survivors site and Rick Olsen's online repair advice - it is indispensable, Richard
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-10-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,413
Posted By Philip Whiteman
At this point I always used to write...

At this point I always used to write zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz in my lecture notes
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-10-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,413
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Maybe I misnamed this thread or chose a poor...

Maybe I misnamed this thread or chose a poor example of a problem and the work-around/fix. I have both the Kiev Survivors and Rick Olsen's sites bookmarked and yes; they offer excellent advice when...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-05-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,055
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Mine was too - it took at lot of pressure to move...

Mine was too - it took at lot of pressure to move it at all. You can clean the helicoid with the end of a cocktail stick (it has to be something non-metallic that won't scratch the brass). There was...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-05-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,055
Posted By Philip Whiteman
If it is any help, I found I could get to the...

If it is any help, I found I could get to the focussing helicoid once I had removed the shutter crate from the body. With nothing to lose (this was an otherwise scrap Contax II I was reviving) I...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-04-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,055
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Pah! Leica junk! (Check my avatar or whatever you...

Pah! Leica junk! (Check my avatar or whatever you call it before you go off the deep end.)

Well done, Richard. If you have half the fun I have had with my £30/$45 Contax junker (frozen focus mount,...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-04-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,413
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Contax II/III faults and fixes

May I propose a thread on the prewar and 1940s Contax II and III to remain here and not to be bumped to the generic camera repairs one.

The same questions get asked by Contax newbies like me over...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-03-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 4,021
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I have had brilliant results from both the LTM...

I have had brilliant results from both the LTM Jupiter 12 I bought new in the 1970s as a camera mad schoolboy and the 1988 'new old stock' Kiev/Contax fit J12 I bought in January this years as......
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-02-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 686
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I have an 82 4M and a 78 4, both of which suffer...

I have an 82 4M and a 78 4, both of which suffer light leaks. Depspite me stripping it down and applying the fixes suggested on the Kiev Survivors website, the 4M stubbornly continues to fog the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-22-2017
Replies: 143
Views: 6,891
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Talking of lenses, one important point here is...

Talking of lenses, one important point here is that the Russian Zeiss copy lenses - Jupiter 3, 8, 9, 11 & 12 etc - are cheaper in Kiev/Contax mount form that they are in Zorki/FED/Leica screw mount....
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-21-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 765
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Hmm; fell at the first hurdle. My Sonnar did not...

Hmm; fell at the first hurdle. My Sonnar did not want to come apart, even following Brian Sweeney's excellent step-by-step guide kindly emailed by Steve. Perhaps it helps if you've done one before,...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-19-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,219
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I had seen someone else here distinguishing...

I had seen someone else here distinguishing between Contax IIs that had the more compact, heavy name engraving and ones that had large fine letters as 'series 1' and 'series 2' cameras, and I was...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-18-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,219
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Contax II series 1 or 2? Export model?

My 1939 II has 'Contax' spelled out on its front plate in large, fine letters its K-prefix serieal number stamped on the viewfinder shoe, large tripod thread and a focussing scale marked in metre...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-17-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 765
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Thanks all - I will have a go at stripping the...

Thanks all - I will have a go at stripping the thing down and report if there's any improvement or the haze simply comes back!
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-17-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 765
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Hazy collapsible Sonnar

I suspect that the latest collapsible uncoated Sonnar I have obtained is not going to be nearly as good as the nice clear one that came with my original bargain-basement Contax II. Has anyone out...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-14-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,287
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Thanks, Brett - the shutter seems to be running...

Thanks, Brett - the shutter seems to be running at the correct speed and the only fault is that the medium speed escapement can stay engaged when changing from 1/50th to 1/125th. This suggests the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-14-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,287
Posted By Philip Whiteman
One less in the wild now: my second Contax II...

One less in the wild now: my second Contax II just arrived in the post from a UK dealer. As it is matching numbers one in very good condition, works well and came with collapsible Sonnar and ERC yet...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-12-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,287
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Surge in Contax II popularity?

It's true enough in my own household, where I fixed a dead 1939 one, referring to Peter Tooke's manual, the Kiev Survivor's site and Rick Olsen's advice, and using Aki Ashahi ribbon but now I have...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-16-2017
Replies: 31
Views: 2,140
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I must admit my original frame of reference was...

I must admit my original frame of reference was the mid 1970s Kievs that were around when I was a teenager. The Contax and '53 Kiev I bought more recently have been a revelation - and, once you've...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-16-2017
Replies: 31
Views: 2,140
Posted By Philip Whiteman
...or beyond: I have a 1978 4 that I hope will -...

...or beyond: I have a 1978 4 that I hope will - now I have fixed its light leaks - will perform just as well. Certainly its film advance/shutter wind feels just as nice as the '39 Contax and '53...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-16-2017
Replies: 31
Views: 2,140
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Early 1950s Kiev 2 - as well made as a Contax

I was prepared to believe it, now I have proof. I have just stripped down and serviced an as-new 1953 Kiev 2 and found the works inside are as nicely finished as the exterior. Side-by-side comparison...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-18-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 3,608
Posted By Philip Whiteman
The stuff you learn on this forum! There's no...

The stuff you learn on this forum! There's no sign of that wonderfully complicated pressed tin/brass baffle in either of my Kiev 4s, Grytpype (no Thynn?), although they would both have benefitted...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-17-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 3,608
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Besides refitting the D washer as described, all...

Besides refitting the D washer as described, all I did with my Contax was reattach the one corner of the (pretty minimal) black paper light baffle that sits on top the left-hand end of the viewfinder...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-16-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 3,608
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I am happy to take you up on that kind offer,...

I am happy to take you up on that kind offer, Rick.

One observation: post repair, my Contax's slow speeds seem to be picking up with use - perhaps some of the watch oil I applied finding its way...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-14-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 3,608
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I respect your opinion, Rick and should have said...

I respect your opinion, Rick and should have said how useful your own site and advice was in getting my Contax running. Yours was the only source that made it clear how to stitch the ribbons...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-14-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 3,608
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Rick: I must say your online advice was very...

Rick: I must say your online advice was very useful and confidence inspiring. Thank you!

I cannot help but think the ribbon thickness only becomes significant at lower shutter speeds: at high speeds...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-13-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 3,608
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Lessons from DIY repair of a 1939 Contax II

My starting point was a camera with a broken shutter, frozen focus mount, foggy finder and lots of green corrosion where the chromed panels met the leather covering. It was so cheap that I thought I...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-26-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,515
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Some fascinating experiences here: I had long...

Some fascinating experiences here: I had long admired Contax/Kiev design before I finally got my hands on one... or four!

I am going to persevere, because of both the infatuation (Dogman's spot-on...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-25-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,515
Posted By Philip Whiteman
How many Kievs before you get one that works?

The title is tongue in cheek, but based on my own Kiev and Contax voyage of discovery over the first three months of 2017. It started when my son Will, knowing I was 'Kiev curious' presented me on...
Forum: Fuji X Series 03-03-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 1,368
Posted By Philip Whiteman
The whole kybosh is slightly misaligned, the...

The whole kybosh is slightly misaligned, the error becoming more noticeable as focal length increases. So the optical frame and focus patch are more or less OK with the 18mm wide angle and 18-55 zoom...
Forum: Fuji X Series 03-01-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 1,368
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Viewfinder fine tuning

Has anyone discovered a way of finely adjusting the OVF frame position? My X-Pro has a small offset that means that the central focussing square is offset slightly at all focusing distances...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-25-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 883
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I have no idea of its history, Roger - it was...

I have no idea of its history, Roger - it was actually sat there as window dressing, with no price tag. I only asked to look at it to compare the take-up spool clutch setting with my malfunctioning...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-24-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 883
Posted By Philip Whiteman
TOE stories

I have two Kiev 4s - a 1981 4M my son bought for me in Russia and a 1978 4 that came from the local camera shop, Teddington Photographic. The 4M is in lovely condition, but suffered from light leaks...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-24-2017
Replies: 80
Views: 7,744
Posted By Philip Whiteman
As a British teenager in the mid 1970s, Zorkis...

As a British teenager in the mid 1970s, Zorkis and Kievs were the only affordable way into 'quality' rangefinder photography - or they were, at least until my Dad presented me with the Leica IIIC in...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-12-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,027
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Aha! I did note that screw, Valkyrie - but I...

Aha! I did note that screw, Valkyrie - but I couldn't turn it (it felt like it was locked or had bottomed). Anyway, next time the problem appears I will take the top cover off and have another...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-12-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1,441
Posted By Philip Whiteman
For what it's worth, my 1981 4M has very little...

For what it's worth, my 1981 4M has very little play in the mount whereas my 1978 4 has a similar level of rotational and axial play to your 4AM, xavyr. I doubt you will see any ill effect in...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-12-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,027
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Kiev 4M overlapping frames

I start this new thread having read and digested the very useful advice available elsewhere on the forum regarding frame spacing. The problem with my 1981 Kiev 4M is not that the frame spacing opens...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-20-2014
Replies: 396
Views: 68,444
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Having used Leica rangefinder cameras for forty...

Having used Leica rangefinder cameras for forty years, I took half a step towards a digital M with an Epson R-D1 and might have bought a now affordable M8 if Fuji hadn't come up with the brilliant...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 10-25-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1,359
Posted By Philip Whiteman
For what it's worth, mine just worked fine out of...

For what it's worth, mine just worked fine out of the box with 50 and 90mm Summicrons
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-25-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,473
Posted By Philip Whiteman
it's a lovely bit of kit: my only regret is that...

it's a lovely bit of kit: my only regret is that having inherited my dad's old M5 I never got to tell him what a fine choice of camera it was
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 03-29-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 630
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Doh! I discover from the Fuji X Forum that all...

Doh! I discover from the Fuji X Forum that all you need to do is summon up the menu with your eye to the viewfinder and the OVF engaged and tweak the LCD brightness setting. logically - too logically...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 03-29-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 630
Posted By Philip Whiteman
OVF frame line brightness with legacy lenses

Forgive me if this has been answered elsewhere on the forum, but I am new to the X-Pro 1 and wondered if there is any way the OVF frame line brightness can be adjusted when using M lenses with the...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 03-29-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 4,332
Posted By Philip Whiteman
In some respects the X100 has a 'point-and-shoot'...

In some respects the X100 has a 'point-and-shoot' digi camera feel about it, in practice it is the most wonderful photographic tool. I bought one eighteen months ago and haven't regretted it for a...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 03-24-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 5,226
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Good choice, I would say. I have an E-P2 and an...

Good choice, I would say. I have an E-P2 and an X-100 and at lower ISO at least, you are pushed to distinguish between the two (on screen and viewing A4 prints). Ultimately, the X-100 produces...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-31-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 1,958
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Thank you for that info, 'rodinal' (if that is...

Thank you for that info, 'rodinal' (if that is your cat, my tabby moggie Weasel says hello), Nuno & Peter. I had been planning to put a film through one of the Rs, but our Christmas period weather is...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-30-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 1,958
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Leica R4s Mod.2 made in... ?

I've just dug out my small amount of leica R kit, thinking I'd sell it to help pay for a rather expensive car repair - but instead found myself deciding to hang onto the cameras and fixing one of...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-15-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 4,887
Posted By Philip Whiteman
[Repairing... contd] I'm glad several of you are...

[Repairing... contd]
I'm glad several of you are out there, listening: the fault and fixing it puzzled me - at one point I nearly gave up and left the camera as it was; working but with no shutter...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-15-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 4,887
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Repairing Leica R4 viewfinder shutter speed readout

A useful thread elsewhere on this forum directs anybody wanting to remove the top plate of an R4 to the Leica Camera Repair Handbook by Thomas Tomosy (published by Amherst Media). This is an...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-09-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 2,892
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Following my trip to Scotland armed with E-P1,...

Following my trip to Scotland armed with E-P1, 17mm Zuiko and 50mm Summicron (a complete kit that fits in a space about the same size of my D200 and kit zoom) I printed my best shots A3 size:...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 09-23-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,585
Posted By Philip Whiteman
What a nice bit of reportage: its quality of...

What a nice bit of reportage: its quality of course lies in your skills as photographer and writer, mh2000 but it is nice to see how well EP-1 and the oft-derided 17mm Olympus lens perform (I have...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 05-30-2011
Replies: 47
Views: 7,437
Posted By Philip Whiteman
The decider for me was the availability in the UK...

The decider for me was the availability in the UK of a brand new E-P1 with 17mm f2.8 and optical finder for £300 - around a third of the price of an X100. I now have a 12mp camera that takes all my...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 05-30-2011
Replies: 223
Views: 41,016
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I've just completed a run of A3 prints of...

I've just completed a run of A3 prints of pictures taken on my '£300 wonder' (E-P1/17mm f2.8/VF-1 from Park Cameras in the UK) and am bowled over by the results. My personal digital yardsticks are...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 04-20-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,896
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I bought one of the now bargain-priced EP-1s a...

I bought one of the now bargain-priced EP-1s a couple of weeks ago, along with a Voigtlander adaptor. I find my 50mm Summicron focusses perfectly at infinity. As to scale focussing; all the cine...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-15-2010
Replies: 61
Views: 7,111
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I have an old 3.5F too – lovely quiet, light...

I have an old 3.5F too – lovely quiet, light high-quality camera that somehow steers one to different and rather special photography (have to disagree respectfully with Roger). I'd say a Rollei TLR...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-19-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 4,049
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Over the years I have had screw-thread M and R...

Over the years I have had screw-thread M and R model Leicas. I also own and use regularly a Nikon FE. I'd recommend the R5 without a moment's hesitation – the R models have a solid quality and other...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-07-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 2,250
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Those who have old rolls of Kodachrome Standard...

Those who have old rolls of Kodachrome Standard 8, the ancient dual-run cine format, lying around should also be aware of the processing cut-off (Dwaynes have assured me by email that they can...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-17-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 3,478
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I have an R4 that did this – the problem seems to...

I have an R4 that did this – the problem seems to have started when I dry-fired it with the motor winder attached and then left it for a long period of time at '36'. I seem to have fixed it by...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-19-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 6,685
Posted By Philip Whiteman
It's odd that your bright bands are coming and...

It's odd that your bright bands are coming and going; however, from the examples you've posted they seem to be occurring in the same position on the image. On reflection, this suggests something like...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-19-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 6,685
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Are you using re-loadable film cassettes? That...

Are you using re-loadable film cassettes? That band looks to me like the kind of thing you get when light gets onto the film through either the cassette's velvet light-traps or the rotating sleeve,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-16-2010
Replies: 38
Views: 3,201
Posted By Philip Whiteman
The R-series Leicas go off with a nice, muffled...

The R-series Leicas go off with a nice, muffled kind of thwock! sound. These day, R3s and R4s are pretty cheap second-hand – they can be had for not much more than the price of an FE (always assuming...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-07-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 4,722
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I would second that; Roger's column is one of the...

I would second that; Roger's column is one of the reasons still to buy AP, and I always enjoy his contributions here.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-04-2010
Replies: 157
Views: 22,452
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Roger: I think the M5 is to the M3/M4 what the...

Roger: I think the M5 is to the M3/M4 what the Jaguar XJ-S is to the E Type. You cannot compare us M5 lovers to Trabant enthusiasts!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-11-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 1,682
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I've owned two SL2000Fs, one of the red-button...

I've owned two SL2000Fs, one of the red-button 'demo' cameras and a standard one which came with a second film back as new old stock.

The 'demo' one worked fine, the second one went wrong after I...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-04-2010
Replies: 62
Views: 5,261
Posted By Philip Whiteman
The beauty of the screw-mount Leicas is on the...

The beauty of the screw-mount Leicas is on the outside – all those lovely knurled knobs and all that (Stop tittering at the back!) – the beauty of the M is looking through that big, bright finder.

I...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 02-25-2010
Replies: 57
Views: 5,382
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I've been down the R-D1 route – where Rich was a...

I've been down the R-D1 route – where Rich was a guiding light – but had decided that I would in the end be better off sticking to Nikon for the professional stuff using relatively cheap, quality...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 02-18-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 3,108
Posted By Philip Whiteman
IIICs going for £200 and the less desirable Ms...

IIICs going for £200 and the less desirable Ms (M3s and M4-2s) £500 suggest to me that, while these Leicas are hardly 'budget' items, they are a bit closer to being such.

I was lucky enough to be...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 02-05-2010
Replies: 108
Views: 14,852
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Brian: I see a range of sensible, balanced and...

Brian: I see a range of sensible, balanced and informative comment running through this thread. I have to disagree with you.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-20-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 1,593
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I bought the 28/1.9 first. When I had – or, more...

I bought the 28/1.9 first. When I had – or, more accurately imagined I had – some more cash to spare, I bought the little 25/4 in Leica M mount. Since then, the 25/4 is the instrument of choice: it...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 01-20-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 4,860
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Thank you, Roger; an interesting and informative...

Thank you, Roger; an interesting and informative review.

You mention the Voigtlander wideangles and how to get the best out of them by, for example, kidding the M9 that a tri-elmar is fitted. Does...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-19-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 1,581
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Actually, that is a very good and very...

Actually, that is a very good and very informative photo, dragunov. A picture is worth a thousand words and all that…

One thing that caused worse and ever more frequent fogging with my M6 was the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-18-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 1,581
Posted By Philip Whiteman
This problem seems to have beset M Leicas of all...

This problem seems to have beset M Leicas of all vintages and with some frequency – but few people know what causes it/what's the fix (it's those light seals).

As I've suggested before; we really...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-15-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 3,667
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Not only an amazing little lens, but an...

Not only an amazing little lens, but an incredible bargain new or second-hand. I paid £125 for a mint silver LTM one, complete with finder. It now lives permanently in the gadget bag, alongside my...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-13-2010
Replies: 93
Views: 10,810
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I've only recently got into Nikons. The prices...

I've only recently got into Nikons. The prices aren't quite in OM territory, but for info I paid £125 for a minty chrome FE body, £40 for a pancake 50/1.8 AIs, £65 for an excellent 135/3.5 AI, and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-11-2010
Replies: 0
Views: 531
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Known faults and fixes

Perhaps I've missed this somewhere else in the M series forum, but may I suggest some kind of 'faults and fixes' thread be started and made a sticky?

One mystery that has been explained by other...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-11-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 2,909
Posted By Philip Whiteman
30+ M lenses? And I thought I was a GAS victim!

30+ M lenses? And I thought I was a GAS victim!
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-11-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 2,909
Posted By Philip Whiteman
That's right; the Ultron's focus cam simply moves...

That's right; the Ultron's focus cam simply moves in and out without rotating.

Some of the long-focus Leica lenses use a cam mounted on the end of a rod that is attached to the focusing head.

If...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-10-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 2,909
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Sorry, LCT; I've been otherwise occupied. Yes; I...

Sorry, LCT; I've been otherwise occupied.

Yes; I was talking about what seems to be a focus shift with the 28/1.9 Ultron. The lens appears to focus correctly at full aperture. However, as you stop...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-10-2010
Replies: 78
Views: 8,385
Posted By Philip Whiteman
If you see your M as a wideangle camera, the...

If you see your M as a wideangle camera, the beautifully built M3 is a pain because of the heavy and bulky lens spectacles or add-on viewfinder you need for anything wider than 50mm – that's why I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-09-2010
Replies: 78
Views: 8,385
Posted By Philip Whiteman
You might consider the much-maligned Leica M5:...

You might consider the much-maligned Leica M5: plenty of meat to grab on to (without needing to buy a silly add-on grip of any kind); lovely, clear finder with metering area defined, shutter speed...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-08-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 2,909
Posted By Philip Whiteman
In my experience, you have to make an allowance...

In my experience, you have to make an allowance for certain lenses based on experience – recalibrate yourself as it were, rather than the R-D1.

My 50/2 and 35/2 Summicrons focus like a dream on...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-06-2010
Replies: 44
Views: 4,448
Posted By Philip Whiteman
New IIIF review

I see million-hit web prankster Ken Rockwell has just posted his review of the Leica IIIF [ducks down to avoid incoming…]
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-21-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,663
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I have found unbranded cheapo batteries are a...

I have found unbranded cheapo batteries are a false economy. It's not just that they don't last as long; you may also experience strange operating faults as the battery runs down – things like blank...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-21-2009
Replies: 34
Views: 3,231
Posted By Philip Whiteman
The RD-1 is a bit like one of the classic Jaguar...

The RD-1 is a bit like one of the classic Jaguar cars; a lovely design that would have been even better if it had been built by Mercedes (or, in the case of the RD-1, Leica!)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-21-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 3,045
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Thank you, Norm and Twok: I had an M6 that did...

Thank you, Norm and Twok: I had an M6 that did the same thing and have several friends who have experienced it with M4s. The only mystery remains how Leica UK's service manager could have failed to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-12-2009
Replies: 40
Views: 5,291
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Yes – there's no strap built into the Zhou case....

Yes – there's no strap built into the Zhou case. For my IIIC I use one of those wide Voigtlander straps – but you have to trim off the strap's leather 'protectors', otherwise they jam against the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-10-2009
Replies: 40
Views: 5,291
Posted By Philip Whiteman
The Zhou is certainly well made and is a good...

The Zhou is certainly well made and is a good fit. It can be un-poppered quickly for film changes. Can't make any comment on how well they last, as I've only had mine since September.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-10-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 2,148
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Rob: if you do buy an RD-1 (and they hold up well...

Rob: if you do buy an RD-1 (and they hold up well against a Nikon D200) you may well get a shock first time you use it. The viewfinder frames are very conservative and you may well think you've...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-10-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 1,796
Posted By Philip Whiteman
To the left is one he did earlier. I'd echo...

To the left is one he did earlier. I'd echo Ade-oh's appreciation of Peter's fine work – my IIIC was completely worn out and it has been transformed. It too doesn't just look like new, but works...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-09-2009
Replies: 34
Views: 3,231
Posted By Philip Whiteman
The other gotcha is a rangefinder patch that is...

The other gotcha is a rangefinder patch that is not parallel with the framelines: on mine, horizontal alignment is fine so long as one uses the brightlines. With a wide angle lens on the camera and...
Forum: RFF Polls 12-09-2009
Replies: 103
Views: 9,952
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Voted on the basis the Nikon F range includes the...

Voted on the basis the Nikon F range includes the FM in all its guises, including the lovely FE (my favourite all-purpose and holiday film camera of the moment, refurbished Leica IIIC...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-30-2009
Replies: 71
Views: 6,332
Posted By Philip Whiteman
You should worry; my seventeen-year-old son has...

You should worry; my seventeen-year-old son has been stopped several times by the 'hobby bobbies' for the grave offence of carrying a trombone to orchestra practice in Kingston upon Thames. Of...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-08-2009
Replies: 67
Views: 9,264
Posted By Philip Whiteman
If Ken Rockwell is like a seven-year-old with a...

If Ken Rockwell is like a seven-year-old with a stick, the RFF is like a big, inviting nest of ants.

The analogy in some ways extends to intellect – there are some wise old ants on RFF, and there...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-14-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 3,218
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I get a wonderful 'vintage' look when shooting...

I get a wonderful 'vintage' look when shooting with my 50mm Summitar on an Epson R-D1 – something to do with greater spherical aberration and only medium contrast compared to something modern like a...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 10-14-2009
Replies: 92
Views: 5,743
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I still have mine, although it is resting while I...

I still have mine, although it is resting while I work through my remaining stock of Kodachrome 64 with my Nikon FE and revived Leica IIIC.

Off topic; I picked up a second-hand Voightlander 25mm f4...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-14-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 947
Posted By Philip Whiteman
My mid 1980s M6 did this, fogging the lower part...

My mid 1980s M6 did this, fogging the lower part of the negative (top part of the image) upwards (downwards on the image) from a sharp horizontal edge.

The problem seemed to go away when I tightened...
Forum: RFF Polls 08-20-2009
Replies: 55
Views: 23,951
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Generally, when buying second-hand I've not had...

Generally, when buying second-hand I've not had much choice. However, for once having the money to pay for a top-notch repair and refinishing job (thank you, Peter at CRR Luton) I've got – and voted...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-20-2009
Replies: 81
Views: 8,375
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Isn't the point that buying an M8 or -9 or...

Isn't the point that buying an M8 or -9 or whatever is like buying a single camera/film combination 'for life'. I'm not disparaging the perceived quality of the M8 today, but in twenty or thirty...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-18-2009
Replies: 81
Views: 8,375
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Hear, hear, David. The endless update cycle on...

Hear, hear, David. The endless update cycle on DSLRs drove me mad as well and it's been fun using both the FE and recently-restored-for-another-sixty-years-of-life IIIC pictured opposite
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-18-2009
Replies: 92
Views: 7,883
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I am paid to write, and take pictures for a...

I am paid to write, and take pictures for a specialist aviation publication. In that sense, at least one aviation photographer uses an R-D1 professionally. However, I've never met another one!
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-18-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 1,838
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I'd go for the 'she-she' (chichi) option: the...

I'd go for the 'she-she' (chichi) option: the Billingham Hadley Digital. It neatly takes just the outfit described and looks pretty cool. Real Men can order it in black.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-18-2009
Replies: 81
Views: 8,375
Posted By Philip Whiteman
All I can say is that after five years of...

All I can say is that after five years of shooting and photoshopping digital, the last few weeks of photography using Kodachrome 64 in a second-hand Nikon FE (£100) and projecting the results on a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-23-2009
Replies: 175
Views: 12,534
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Bored sh**tless with spending all day and every...

Bored sh**tless with spending all day and every day in front of a computer screen, and processing my digital images on the same, I am very happy to have returned to using film cameras. I have no...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 05-28-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 1,575
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Just a note of caution: I have had no problem...

Just a note of caution: I have had no problem whatsoever with the 1200mAh Uniross battery I have used for years alongside my OEM Epson battery, but the cheap 1500mAh 'FLNP80' unit I bought earlier...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-27-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 1,900
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I see what you mean, Seele. However, the paint...

I see what you mean, Seele. However, the paint job is based on a IIIG and I don't think the Swedish air force (or was it the Swedish army) bought IIICs, so there ought not to be any chance of...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 05-26-2009
Replies: 20
Views: 1,466
Posted By Philip Whiteman
With care, I can get my 90mm Summicron to focus...

With care, I can get my 90mm Summicron to focus well enough – but it takes a bit of to-ing and fro-ing. Here's a panning shot where I released the shutter as the car reached the bit of track on which...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-25-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 1,900
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I had no qualms about having the top plate...

I had no qualms about having the top plate refinished, but the base plate was a new replacement bought from Leitz GB in the late 1970s (£15 then – as a teenage schoolboy I ducked out on a further £45...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-25-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 1,900
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Thank you for all the kind thoughts. Links to...

Thank you for all the kind thoughts. Links to some of CR&R's past restorations – including a IIIC 'stepper' – are to be found at:

http://www.angelfire.com/biz/Leica/
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-25-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 1,900
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Including the cost of service and parts –...

Including the cost of service and parts – including a pair of shutter curtains, release button and body lugs – the whole thing finished up just south of £400/$640. CR&R discounted cost of chrome...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-25-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 1,900
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I'll give a report on paint wear when I've used...

I'll give a report on paint wear when I've used the thing for a bit – it only arrived in the post last week. CR&R tell me the finish is done to a British Ministry of Defence specification and is...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-25-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 1,900
Posted By Philip Whiteman
It's actually quite an old-fashioned...

It's actually quite an old-fashioned finish/colour scheme. Here are a couple more detail shots:
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-25-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 1,900
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Refinished – but not a fake!

My rangefinder photography started with a Zorki, but really got going in 1973 when I was fifteen and my father presented me with a 1950 Leica IIIC. Sadly, time took its toll on the camera – which was...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-18-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 939
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Having unwittingly bought a 90mm Summicron...

Having unwittingly bought a 90mm Summicron assembled from the focussing mount of one example and the optical head of another I can only agree with John's wisdom!
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 04-14-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 783
Posted By Philip Whiteman
JayC: no, it's NOT supposed to be like that –...

JayC: no, it's NOT supposed to be like that – crappy quality control at Cosina/Epson's end means that the rangefinder patches and frames are not axially lined up in many R-D1s.

LCT: simple vertical...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 04-14-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 783
Posted By Philip Whiteman
JayC: typically, what you see is the rangefinder...

JayC: typically, what you see is the rangefinder patch making a slight angle with the brightline frames. The actual image in the patch somehow remains in angular alignment; it just becomes vertically...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 04-14-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 783
Posted By Philip Whiteman
This issue has been discussed before on the...

This issue has been discussed before on the forum. It seems that Cosina/Epson have never taken quite the same care in aligning the rangefinder as, say, Leica.

It is not uncommon to find an R-D1...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 04-08-2009
Replies: 52
Views: 16,199
Posted By Philip Whiteman
For the record, my 28/1.9 focuses beautifully...

For the record, my 28/1.9 focuses beautifully wide open but behind the subject as it is stopped down. I find I can work round this in practice by deliberately focusing just in front of the subject,...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 03-30-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 1,303
Posted By Philip Whiteman
For a price still south of the Zeiss 25, I bought...

For a price still south of the Zeiss 25, I bought both the Voigtlander 25/4 and 28/1.9 – and can never make my mind up which to carry. The tiny 25 is closest to 35mm equivalent and is both sharp and...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 02-27-2009
Replies: 410
Views: 47,153
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I've owned a secondhand R-D1 for two years; 100%...

I've owned a secondhand R-D1 for two years; 100% reliable and produces lovely tones and colours – rather better than my D100 and D200.

Nevertheless, it would be nice to have seen at least a 10mp...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-27-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,959
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I have one, which got a lot of use when my 90mm...

I have one, which got a lot of use when my 90mm lens was a tele Elmar. However the whole outfit – usually 35mm on the camera and 90mm underneath – just became too heavy when I switched to a 90mm...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-19-2009
Replies: 25
Views: 2,410
Posted By Philip Whiteman
The early Wetzlar-built cameras have that lovely...

The early Wetzlar-built cameras have that lovely old-fashioned wrinkle-finish paint around the rear door aperture and often have very brownish lacquer on the internal plate covering the bottom of the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-19-2009
Replies: 67
Views: 4,443
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Until a repairman (or repairwoman) gives the...

Until a repairman (or repairwoman) gives the definitive answer, I would just add the following observations in the hope they may trigger some fresh ideas:

Although the fix in my case of my early M6...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-15-2009
Replies: 67
Views: 4,443
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I've suffered this problem with my M6. I am sure...

I've suffered this problem with my M6. I am sure it is light getting in from the lens side of the shutter – hence the sharp cut-off, which is the frame masking the film from light illuminating the...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 02-15-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 1,194
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I was shooting a march in NY last summer when a...

I was shooting a march in NY last summer when a thunderstorm broke. I took shelter, as far as I could, by one of the large windows at the apex of the Flatiron building. I held my R-D1 behind my back,...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-26-2009
Replies: 63
Views: 6,251
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Latterly, I have been using a 1950s Summitar:...

Latterly, I have been using a 1950s Summitar: this lens produces superb, subtle tones for R-D1 digital capture, is very sharp – even next to a 3rd generation Summicron – and safely collapses into the...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-12-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 2,777
Posted By Philip Whiteman
From the images posted, It seems to me that the...

From the images posted, It seems to me that the vertical adjustment screw of the R-D1 is perhaps designed to lift AND depress the black operating bar, while the vertical adjustment screw of the R-D1s...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-10-2008
Replies: 177
Views: 22,557
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Q: Why do so many Leica users lack a sense of...

Q: Why do so many Leica users lack a sense of humour?

A: Because it's never been listed in any Leitz or Leica catalogue
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-25-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1,070
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I think the answer today is just the same as it...

I think the answer today is just the same as it was in the 1970s, when my dad looked at a Visoflex, weighed up the pros and cons… and bought a Pentax SP1000.
In recent years I have been tempted to...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-22-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 3,736
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Yep: stood watching an hour-long touring car race...

Yep: stood watching an hour-long touring car race in the rain at Silverstone, turned to find my Billingham bag had a half-inch deep puddle of water sitting in shallow fold in the top flap – and all...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-27-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 2,148
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I have suffered the same problem with my...

I have suffered the same problem with my mid-1980s, Wetzlar-built M6: mild fogging of the film in a horizontal line, with a sharp edge approximately 3mm from the bottom edge of the image (i.e. the...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-06-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 657
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I think this is a problem that many of us were...

I think this is a problem that many of us were unaware of when we all used film rangefinder cameras (when we generally took far fewer exposures and put down the odd dud result to operator error or...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-24-2007
Replies: 18
Views: 2,248
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Hadley gets my vote – I use the model they make...

Hadley gets my vote – I use the model they make for digital SLRs, which takes the R-D1 with any lens up to 90mm mounted, plus two or three smaller lenses plus the odd finder in the internal pockets....
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 10-08-2007
Replies: 18
Views: 1,223
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I too use a D100 alongside an R-D1 (which I chose...

I too use a D100 alongside an R-D1 (which I chose instead of upgrading the D100 to a D200). I'm very pleased with the prints from both (up to A3, where quality does become critical). Depending how...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-22-2007
Replies: 41
Views: 3,031
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I have my late dad's M5 – I swapped...

I have my late dad's M5 – I swapped owned-from-new 0.85 M6 for it when my brother decided he was going to sell the M5 and buy an M6. I couldn't bear to see the old man's camera being sold off, even...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 09-03-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 1,043
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Done precisely that kind of test, sonwolf – plus...

Done precisely that kind of test, sonwolf – plus lots of field testing – and it's a consistent problem with the Ulton (and not with any other lens I have in regular use). Sounds like take it back and...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 09-03-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 1,043
Posted By Philip Whiteman
28/1.9 Ultron focus shift?

I wonder if anybody else has found this: I am confident that there's no underlying problem with my R-D1 (all my Leica M lenses focus accurately and consistently) but my brand new 28/1.9 Ultron seems...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 09-03-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 730
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Best limit the correction for vignetting in CS2...

Best limit the correction for vignetting in CS2 to less than 40%. I think PhotoRAW does a better job (less noise) but agree with the other comments here – it's annoying for certain critical shots,...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 09-03-2007
Replies: 3
Views: 749
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Sounds like the known problem of the rangefinder...

Sounds like the known problem of the rangefinder cell being misaligned with the rest of the finder, meaning that you can get correct vertical alignment at one end of the focussing range but not the...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-04-2007
Replies: 12
Views: 1,092
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Although it is intended for SLRs, the Billingham...

Although it is intended for SLRs, the Billingham 'digital' Hadley makes a super bag for the R-D1; just took mine to France with R-D1 plus (bulky) 28mm 1.9 Ultron, 50mm Summicron and 15mm Heliar plus...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 05-31-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 1,498
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Sorry, jvr – I missed your question about using...

Sorry, jvr – I missed your question about using the whole finder as a frame for the 25mm lens: I'm probably not the best person to ask, as I wear specs. However, I do find that the 28mm frame lines...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 05-24-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 1,498
Posted By Philip Whiteman
New VM 25mm f4 on the R-D1

I bought one of the new M-mount Voigtlander 25s the moment it came in stock at Robert White.

For what it's worth, I'd say this lens is a nice little job. It is well finished and the focussing –...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 04-25-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 983
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Zeiss or Voigtlander 25/28

As I've a gap in my lens range between my old Leica 35 to 90 mm set and my 15 mm Heliar, I'm looking to buy a 25 or 28 mm lens.

I find that, good though it is, the usual level of vignetting on the...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 04-23-2007
Replies: 1
Views: 629
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Bought my 35 mm Summicron from Ffordes a couple...

Bought my 35 mm Summicron from Ffordes a couple of years back: quick service, and the lens condition was, if anything, better than described. Happily use them again.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 04-23-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 833
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I've been using a 90 mm Summicron with my R-D1:...

I've been using a 90 mm Summicron with my R-D1: there's some inconsistency with focussing – but then I've found that with my old Leicas too! Seems to work well enough at f2.8 and close up (around 1...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 04-02-2007
Replies: 4
Views: 885
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Good call, Phil: after reading your posting, I...

Good call, Phil: after reading your posting, I checked and found the rangefinder patch is slighly angled WRT the 'finder frames in mine too. Thanks for helping me avoid fruitless chase in trying the...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 04-02-2007
Replies: 4
Views: 885
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Range finder vertically aligned at infinity, out close-to

My R-D1's 'finder is spot on for objects in the far distance, fine at medium distances but progressively vertically misaligned as I focus closer. Is this situation normal, or should I take the hot...
Forum: RFF Polls 04-02-2007
Replies: 73
Views: 19,715
Posted By Philip Whiteman
I'd go for the newer material – got the word on...

I'd go for the newer material – got the word on how hard wearing it is from Ros Billingham when I ordered one of the new Hadley bags directly from the factory.

Nominally a D SLR bag, this was for...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 03-31-2007
Replies: 71
Views: 44,832
Posted By Philip Whiteman
Firmware upgrade is available from Epson site

May I echo the appreciation of your excellent information resource, Rich.

I too could find no version 2.0 firmware download on Epson UK's website – until a friend (thanks Etienne) pointed out that...
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