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Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-14-2018
Replies: 95
Views: 55,555
Posted By LeicaTom
Well after many years away, I'm coming back to...

Well after many years away, I'm coming back to the RFF, not so much for shooting at the moment, but to start another camera collection and as always Leica, this time, a few WW2 ones and more CZJ M39...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-24-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 1,946
Posted By LeicaTom
I had one of those in the 1980's sold it then for...

I had one of those in the 1980's sold it then for like $2,500 so, the increase I would think it's a $6,000 lens all day, but that kind of lens is sold or traded within a very very small group of...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-25-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 26,671
Posted By LeicaTom
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v477/koolgirlies...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v477/koolgirliestuff/30942fornet.jpg

My July built 1945 ex-US Army Leica IIIC K with original matching Elmar f3.5/50mm lens with bakelite cap and a leitz OKARO...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-25-2015
Replies: 341
Views: 118,931
Posted By LeicaTom
100% SURE if it ha the Z = zeit setting on the...

100% SURE if it ha the Z = zeit setting on the shutter speed dial, then it's a IIIC K built from the WW2 restposten, one of those 200/250 so cameras built in July-August 1945.

Congrats, wish I could...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-27-2015
Replies: 341
Views: 118,931
Posted By LeicaTom
That's great Erik, in the fridge I Love It!...

That's great Erik, in the fridge I Love It! :)

Tom
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-17-2015
Replies: 71
Views: 10,015
Posted By LeicaTom
Yeah, Vince that is mad beautiful!!!! "Export" =...

Yeah, Vince that is mad beautiful!!!! "Export" = feet Xenon.

I want to get my hands on a 1943 to 1949 *coated* one if possible, if not then a mid 50's Summarit again, both lenses are amazing for...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-16-2015
Replies: 637
Views: 195,047
Posted By LeicaTom
Post WW2 built lenses are never faked, and...

Post WW2 built lenses are never faked, and ESPECIALLY Kiev mounted ones, no real logic in it at all.

That looks like a normal original 1950 Kiev "Sonnar Style" lens, probably also made with some...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-16-2015
Replies: 71
Views: 10,015
Posted By LeicaTom
"Instant Vintage" LOL! And I knew all this...

"Instant Vintage"

LOL!

And I knew all this years ago about the Xenon...........
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 02-18-2015
Replies: 44
Views: 6,188
Posted By LeicaTom
Please explain? Are these products available in...

Please explain? Are these products available in the States, maybe even in Florida?

And also something that costs less than $50......before I spend $150 on a pen to clean a camera sensor, I would...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 02-14-2015
Replies: 44
Views: 6,188
Posted By LeicaTom
Been shooting my sexy vintage PinUp Girls with a...

Been shooting my sexy vintage PinUp Girls with a early serial # *quirky* M8 since August 2009 and it's become a great love-hate <3...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 12-26-2014
Replies: 637
Views: 195,047
Posted By LeicaTom
HU - Original M39/LTM CZJ Sonnar f2/85 Portrait Lens

Well, seems like the online market for "wartime" M39/LTM Sonnar's has dried up a little?

But after some browsing around I did find what looks here like a REAL CZJ M39/LTM Sonnar f2/85 lens, ca. 1945...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-25-2014
Replies: 341
Views: 118,931
Posted By LeicaTom
#391718 is a (normal IIIC) shipped probably to...

#391718 is a (normal IIIC) shipped probably to the US Army PX in Frankfurt ca. early 1946.

Nearly all wartime produced cameras after June 1943 were RLM-Grey paint, unless they were either held back...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 10-28-2014
Replies: 637
Views: 195,047
Posted By LeicaTom
That Zeiss-Leica M39/LTM info website that's been...

That Zeiss-Leica M39/LTM info website that's been up for years deceives everyone, ALL Jena factory made-converted WW2 CZJ M39 lenses made during the war HAD "ears" just as their Contax counterparts...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-27-2014
Replies: 95
Views: 55,555
Posted By LeicaTom
"Girl With a Leica" From a few weeks...

"Girl With a Leica"

From a few weeks ago.....Sara Ray wearing a vintage late 40's/early 50's look.

Prop camera is a 1951 Leica IIIFBD with matching factory Summitar f2/50mm lens/yellow filter and a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 10-27-2014
Replies: 637
Views: 195,047
Posted By LeicaTom
Both look to be original Jena made 1943 era M39...

Both look to be original Jena made 1943 era M39 lenses....

Tom
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 10-22-2014
Replies: 637
Views: 195,047
Posted By LeicaTom
Yeah John the #290xxxx one's are 1946/7 parts...

Yeah John the #290xxxx one's are 1946/7 parts builds from the Russian Army.

I found a mint with both caps *German Made/Wartime* 1945 m39 CZJ f1.5/50 T Sonnar the other day for $300 - couldn't find...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-09-2014
Replies: 83
Views: 18,954
Posted By LeicaTom
Well, I was wondering if anyone here has work...

Well, I was wondering if anyone here has work DONE recently by him or any other good painter?

Shame that guy in Paris isn't doing them anymore, his work was great, very close to original Leitz paint...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-06-2014
Replies: 83
Views: 18,954
Posted By LeicaTom
Isn't there anyone in the states or Canada...

Isn't there anyone in the states or Canada painting anymore?

Anyone get anything painted by Shintaro in the past 6 months?

Tom
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-06-2014
Replies: 83
Views: 18,954
Posted By LeicaTom
I never heard of him before, that camera looks...

I never heard of him before, that camera looks very nice, was that real vulcanite covering or precut stuff? Do you have a contact or a website where I can reach him and how were costs?

Tom
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-06-2014
Replies: 83
Views: 18,954
Posted By LeicaTom
Renewing the discussion here.......bringing it up...

Renewing the discussion here.......bringing it up to current date?

Who's professionally painting M Leica's at the moment?

I wrote that painter in France and there's no answer anymore? (shame his...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 08-23-2014
Replies: 237
Views: 67,195
Posted By LeicaTom
I've been away from the site for a quite a long...

I've been away from the site for a quite a long while now due to my health, but now I'm slowly getting back into shooting my PinUp girls again. :)

My f1.5/35 is still broken, it shoots fine but...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 08-23-2014
Replies: 237
Views: 67,195
Posted By LeicaTom
I really like this one....I need to photograph my...

I really like this one....I need to photograph my vintage 1957 Beetle with this lens as soon as I can get it fixed. ;)

Tom
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-06-2014
Replies: 2,167
Views: 616,992
Posted By LeicaTom
Erik, Leica's were SOLD in all the countries I...

Erik,

Leica's were SOLD in all the countries I mentioned, the proof's on the Leica ledgers at the archive, I've owned Bulgarian issued Leitz Xenon f1.5/50mm lens and Romanian issued gear as...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-28-2014
Replies: 2,167
Views: 616,992
Posted By LeicaTom
Well, the export destinations were of countries...

Well, the export destinations were of countries that Germany occupied of were part of the Axis.
Leitz had stores/depots in Czechoslovakia (the Germans called it something else during the war...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-27-2014
Replies: 2,167
Views: 616,992
Posted By LeicaTom
Oddly enough a great deal of the late 1942 Grey...

Oddly enough a great deal of the late 1942 Grey (non bearing) cameras HAD partial Red Curtains, could be that this camera had them and they were replaced or just didn't have them at all.

Nice find...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-02-2014
Replies: 198
Views: 42,949
Posted By LeicaTom
Nice Post-war English SELO-ILLFORD darkroom can...

Nice Post-war English SELO-ILLFORD darkroom can there David! :)

Tom
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-02-2014
Replies: 111
Views: 55,879
Posted By LeicaTom
http://images.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/1036570....

http://images.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/1036570.jpg

http://images.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/1036571.jpg

My 1957 Oval Window Volkswagen named "Blauchen" (means small and blue, in German) shot...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-25-2014
Replies: 2,085
Views: 311,157
Posted By LeicaTom
http://images.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/1036570....

http://images.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/1036570.jpg

http://images.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/1036571.jpg

My *all original* with only 29,290 miles, May 1957 European Export Oval Window Beetle,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-05-2014
Replies: 198
Views: 42,949
Posted By LeicaTom
Hello Wes! Ohh like 98% of all my collectible...

Hello Wes!

Ohh like 98% of all my collectible film boxes are loaded/full with their original films.
All three of those Super-XX films are full boxes/ Can/paperwork/etc.

Anyone else find any pre...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 03-04-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 6,249
Posted By LeicaTom
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v477/koolgirlies...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v477/koolgirliestuff/a.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v477/koolgirliestuff/b.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v477/koolgirliestuff/c.jpg

http://img.pho...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-02-2014
Replies: 341
Views: 118,931
Posted By LeicaTom
That my friend is a 1942 Leica IIIC Grey NON BALL...

That my friend is a 1942 Leica IIIC Grey NON BALL BEARING camera, just a normal IIIC with RLM Grey paint, actually RARER than a IIIC K Grey in production numbers, but not as desirable as the "K"...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-02-2014
Replies: 198
Views: 42,949
Posted By LeicaTom
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v477/koolgirlies...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v477/koolgirliestuff/30942fornet.jpg

Just arrived yesterday in the mail......the 1945 dated Kodak Super -XX in 36 exposure boxes, together with my 1945 Leica IIIC...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-28-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 999
Posted By LeicaTom
No * asterisk is Leica factory mark for...

No * asterisk is Leica factory mark for replacement equipment, damaged/destroyed lost etc.

Used on lenses and Cameras and has been seen *** up to 3 at a time used (equipment replaced 3...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-26-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 23,601
Posted By LeicaTom
It's been sold to a proud new owner in Italy! ...

It's been sold to a proud new owner in Italy! :)

Tom
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-26-2014
Replies: 198
Views: 42,949
Posted By LeicaTom
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v477/koolgirlies...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v477/koolgirliestuff/3.jpg

Just picked up 3 cartons of July 1945 expired Kodak Super -XX ~ 36 Exposure.
(as soon as these arrive I'll take some shots of these and...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 02-26-2014
Replies: 234
Views: 30,215
Posted By LeicaTom
Ooooooooo! That's the NEW Nokton??? Ahhhh wonder...

Ooooooooo!

That's the NEW Nokton??? Ahhhh wonder how improved it is over the Last version, (which I have back paint).

I'll be posting some M8 Digital photos over in the other section soon.

Tom
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 01-26-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 6,249
Posted By LeicaTom
Hello Ari, No that sounds about right, what you...

Hello Ari,

No that sounds about right, what you said........I sold my *minty* late 1955 S.C. BECAUSE I preferred the softer, smoother less contrasty look of the early "5005" 1950 version, seemed to...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 01-23-2014
Replies: 234
Views: 30,215
Posted By LeicaTom
Roland, I almost sold my M Nokton...

Roland,

I almost sold my M Nokton f1.5/50mm.........but after seeing this photo, there's no way I'm going to sell it, Leica stuff goes first!...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 01-23-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 6,249
Posted By LeicaTom
Ari, That was a GREAT deal (super price!) on a...

Ari,

That was a GREAT deal (super price!) on a very unique and rare lens, the creme of the crop of the LTM SC's.

It's the *artistic* version of the f1.4, it has a different signature then later...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 12-17-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,955
Posted By LeicaTom
I've seen and owned CZJ Sonnar lenses with that...

I've seen and owned CZJ Sonnar lenses with that pattern of knurling on the lens, that was one of those "Russian Army" lenses put together by a bunch of enterprising Russian Army NCO's who worked with...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-31-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,585
Posted By LeicaTom
I agree with the last posting......a classic...

I agree with the last posting......a classic Nikkor S.C. f1.4/50 or a Canon f1.5/50 is the ticket with a fast user lems on a Screw Mount Leica.

The Sonnetar's bokeh, is flat and boring, doesn't...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-09-2013
Replies: 96
Views: 11,696
Posted By LeicaTom
I sold all of mine, I had a few 4 digit...

I sold all of mine, I had a few 4 digit Leica's....1927/28

Tom
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-09-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1,399
Posted By LeicaTom
Sorry the RAF and the Kreigsmarine lens are both...

Sorry the RAF and the Kreigsmarine lens are both fakes, just normal lenses someone tried to make a buck on, sadly this is happening more each day.

There's even a 1946 Leica IIIC being sold on...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-09-2013
Replies: 341
Views: 118,931
Posted By LeicaTom
This is a fake, well first it's not even a "K"...

This is a fake, well first it's not even a "K" model, there's no stamp on the top plate and post 1940 cameras NEVER had the Luftwaffen markings stamped into the vulcanite.
(there's also other...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-24-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 8,427
Posted By LeicaTom
Well, $2225 for a 100% faked camera, verified to...

Well, $2225 for a 100% faked camera, verified to have been delivered to Romania, some collectors with money are just plain dumb! :p

Tom
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-24-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 5,785
Posted By LeicaTom
$2225 for a 100% faked camera, verified to have...

$2225 for a 100% faked camera, verified to have been delivered to Romania, some collectors with money are just plain stupid! :p

Tom
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-23-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 5,785
Posted By LeicaTom
That camera is 100% FAKE - Faked Reichs Eagle,...

That camera is 100% FAKE - Faked Reichs Eagle, was delivered to Romania and has no military connections whatsoever.....*sigh*

Tom
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-23-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 8,427
Posted By LeicaTom
That IIIC Red Curtain went to Firma Kleininger...

That IIIC Red Curtain went to Firma Kleininger in Bukarest on shipment 27534 on 21.8.41

IT IS A FAKE!!!!! Someone faked the Kriegsmarine Eagle on that one 100%

I wish you could get sellers thrown...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-23-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 1,347
Posted By LeicaTom
Looks like a modified M42 lens made for some sort...

Looks like a modified M42 lens made for some sort of extension tube, its NOT a Leica LTM lens......

Tom
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-21-2013
Replies: 9,248
Views: 923,524
Posted By LeicaTom
http://imageshack.us/a/img692/1007/akq9.jpg A...

http://imageshack.us/a/img692/1007/akq9.jpg

A truly nearly mint and very rare late 1945 "Stepper" Leica IIIC and one really kickass great shooting RARE "coated" 1950 Leitz Elmar f3.5/50mm lens...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-20-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,103
Posted By LeicaTom
The factory often made custom paints for...

The factory often made custom paints for customers who wanted it, I've seen cameras that were 100% Leitz paintjobs but not on the printed list of known production BP cameras.....

The M2 style...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-20-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1,128
Posted By LeicaTom
Not all printed Leica serial numbers posted in...

Not all printed Leica serial numbers posted in books or online are accurate - Sorry but Laney's book has tons of BAD information in it, that is wrong and misleading.

I'll talk to James Lager and see...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-19-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,382
Posted By LeicaTom
It's all about serial numbers, 98% of all postwar...

It's all about serial numbers, 98% of all postwar cameras were made for the US Army.

Tom
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-19-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,382
Posted By LeicaTom
A 1945 ex-US Army IIIC at $650? If it's like near...

A 1945 ex-US Army IIIC at $650? If it's like near mint/minty and has the correct case, lens with cap, that's a steal, I have 1945 #3939xx which is mint - minus /matching lens & cap & case, that I'll...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-17-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 8,427
Posted By LeicaTom
Hello Tom, Yeah, Grey painted cases are 1942...

Hello Tom,

Yeah, Grey painted cases are 1942 onwards, the original 1940 LE case would have been brown.....

Most LE issues were Elmar 50's, where many also had extended "Summitar" nose cases while...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-16-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 8,427
Posted By LeicaTom
No.......just a handful of the IIIC K Extra Ball...

No.......just a handful of the IIIC K Extra Ball Bearing versions were adapted for cold weather use *and stamped LE* ,
(you can get the same treatment with a normal bearings camera if you use the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-16-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 8,427
Posted By LeicaTom
Taking apart a camera won't prove anything except...

Taking apart a camera won't prove anything except it's an original Leica and the internals are correct, the Military during WW2 did not , put any engravings inside the cameras, only the original...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-08-2013
Replies: 26
Views: 3,177
Posted By LeicaTom
This camera falls within a known Luftwaffe...

This camera falls within a known Luftwaffe shipment, BUT and here`s the BIG BUT!!
The base plate is from a very late export IIIC or early IIIF, that`s not a good sign, just stating while there could...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-08-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 5,785
Posted By LeicaTom
That film advance on the camera is from the...

That film advance on the camera is from the 1950's I believe they were made in Japan.....

It looks real to me, part of a German Naval Aircrew's kit (Seaplane service) ? - a few Leica's were...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-12-2013
Replies: 341
Views: 118,931
Posted By LeicaTom
I just bought and sold (3) of them........ Tom

I just bought and sold (3) of them........

Tom
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-30-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 3,609
Posted By LeicaTom
A f2.8/50mm LTM Elmar would/should be in this...

A f2.8/50mm LTM Elmar would/should be in this price bracket $250 - $350 for a very very clean, ready to use lens. (no CLA needed)

Collectors grade (like new mint, which is really hard to find) ...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-13-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 3,609
Posted By LeicaTom
Well, the Xenon vs. Summarit vs. CZJ Sonnar vs....

Well, the Xenon vs. Summarit vs. CZJ Sonnar vs. Canon f1.5 Test I never got to do. :/

I sold BOTH Leica lenses and now I pine for a WW2 Xenon AND a late 1950's Summarit......I would say from...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-13-2013
Replies: 198
Views: 42,949
Posted By LeicaTom
A Lesson In Kodachrome Packaging And Exposure Amount Changes 1946/1947

http://imageshack.us/a/img32/808/4nwg.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img39/7325/n7by.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img593/1027/2od0.jpg

Here's a comparison of the WW2 era Kodachrome packaging showing...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-10-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 3,609
Posted By LeicaTom
Both Elmar's should be in the $300 to $450 area,...

Both Elmar's should be in the $300 to $450 area, ($450 is collectors grade/nearly spotless) and price also depends if they have the original caps.....the Red Scale Elmar is collectable only for the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-10-2013
Replies: 198
Views: 42,949
Posted By LeicaTom
Yeah, that's a really great page about the...

Yeah, that's a really great page about the Selo/Ilford histories....

I figure the "For Leica" marked cartons went from about 1938 to 1949?

Tom
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-09-2013
Replies: 198
Views: 42,949
Posted By LeicaTom
No problem, I just wish there were more film...

No problem, I just wish there were more film collectors out there (well here at RFF) but I do understand, that film this old is extremely hard to find in it's original packaging and when it does turn...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-09-2013
Replies: 198
Views: 42,949
Posted By LeicaTom
http://imageshack.us/a/img543/8625/anscocolorrever...

http://imageshack.us/a/img543/8625/anscocolorreversefornet.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img17/4355/selofp2c.jpg

Here's two more "Leica" films ~ The Ansco color reverse is from 1945 and the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-09-2013
Replies: 198
Views: 42,949
Posted By LeicaTom
Seems the vintage film collecting here at RFF has...

Seems the vintage film collecting here at RFF has really a snooze, too bad..... :/

http://imageshack.us/a/img690/5127/1947kodachrometypeaforn.jpg

I just picked up a box of this the other day 1947...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-08-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 2,373
Posted By LeicaTom
Thanks Dave! Yeah, the Summar is another lens...

Thanks Dave!

Yeah, the Summar is another lens that's overlooked often and mislabeled as a underperformer of the pre-war lens era, I sold mine which was a 1938 one that was mint minus and postwar...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-07-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 14,338
Posted By LeicaTom
http://imageshack.us/a/img694/7351/summitarwalzhoo...

http://imageshack.us/a/img694/7351/summitarwalzhood.jpg

Maybe not a cheap or easy to find alternative, but Walz (Japan) made a really well made hood for the Summitar, looks and feels like the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-07-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 2,373
Posted By LeicaTom
Thank you very much, yes just playing around with...

Thank you very much, yes just playing around with snaps, I hope that I'll be shooting some PinUps with this lens soon. :)

Tom
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-07-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 1,696
Posted By LeicaTom
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-07-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 2,373
Posted By LeicaTom
Another Lens 1944 Elmar f3.5 50mm #582xxx

Just picked up another wartime era Elmar f3.5/50mm lens today. :) ~ A pretty rare 1944 issue one #582xxx from 20 November 1944, one of Leica's LAST WW2...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-07-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 2,373
Posted By LeicaTom
http://imageshack.us/a/img521/8588/950fornet.jpg ...

http://imageshack.us/a/img521/8588/950fornet.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img402/7849/955fornet.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img4/3323/956fornet.jpg

Here's a couple of Infrared snaps with Elmar...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-07-2013
Replies: 9,248
Views: 923,524
Posted By LeicaTom
http://imageshack.us/a/img18/4433/44fornet.jpg Th...

http://imageshack.us/a/img18/4433/44fornet.jpg

This just arrived in the mail today.......

A very rare 1944 issued uncoated Leitz Elmar f3.5/50mm lens #582xxx from 20 November 1944 (one of Leica's...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-06-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 2,373
Posted By LeicaTom
1945 Leica Elmar f3.5 50mm samples - Classic Leica Look

Just found a 1945 US Army Issue Leitz Elmar f3.5 50mm lens #591xxx. (from Leitz Docket Oct. 1945) ~ This lens shoots very well with that classic sharp Leica Elmar...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-06-2013
Replies: 9,248
Views: 923,524
Posted By LeicaTom
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/822/13fornet....

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/822/13fornet.jpg/http://imageshack.us/a/img822/6097/13fornet.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img812/9607/46fornet.jpg

After looking for one for over a year...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-28-2013
Replies: 85
Views: 8,486
Posted By LeicaTom
A overpriced point and shoot...

A overpriced point and shoot camera.........another wasted effort by Leica, why don't they just stop making all the junk and sell out to the Japanese, then you'll see some REAL Leica's getting made...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-22-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1,841
Posted By LeicaTom
Hahahahahahahhahaaa!!!!! That's funny Yan...

Hahahahahahahhahaaa!!!!! That's funny Yan :)

Tom
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-20-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 2,955
Posted By LeicaTom
Someone's smoking really GOOD drugs...

Someone's smoking really GOOD drugs there!

Punched out flash sync on the front and the camera's a mess, $100 (I'll be generous) that's the price it's worth for parts.....or total rebuild for a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-20-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1,841
Posted By LeicaTom
Odd seems that many of the surviving LTM/M39...

Odd seems that many of the surviving LTM/M39 Biogon's don't have their protective collars anymore?
Or they only have like half collars.

My US Army one had this long protective collar...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-20-2013
Replies: 67
Views: 20,919
Posted By LeicaTom
Yeah, I just received an email from them too and...

Yeah, I just received an email from them too and it's no longer being made and not coming back too bad I really wanted to put the #4034 on the Black Paint M3 project I'm going to do......

That Kanto...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-16-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 2,955
Posted By LeicaTom
.....yeah after seeing another auction that just...

.....yeah after seeing another auction that just ended recently I'd say you paid $50 too much if the base plate is messed up/nicked deep scratches?
I'd keep the camera but negotiate $50 less the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-16-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 2,955
Posted By LeicaTom
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Leica-IIc-Rangefinder-Film...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Leica-IIc-Rangefinder-Film-Camera-Body-in-MINT-Condition-/181137952352?pt=Film_Cameras&hash=item2a2ca9ce60&nma=true&si=tFLmnBSqbPkWyafAS%252FvoX2F6X7Y%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-16-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 2,955
Posted By LeicaTom
Just a little pregnant that's funny.....well...

Just a little pregnant that's funny.....well maybe not? LOL!

I've seen in my 25+ years of collecting and selling only a handful of truly "near mint" Leica IIC's they are a uncommon...
Forum: RFF Polls 05-15-2013
Replies: 84
Views: 7,763
Posted By LeicaTom
I'm back to JUST collecting film rangefinders,...

I'm back to JUST collecting film rangefinders, until I can afford to do my custom SS Black Paint M3 for film projects.......... but for now I'm using my M8 digital with the lens that never seems to...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-15-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 5,830
Posted By LeicaTom
See now that's what I mean, hahahahahaha that's a...

See now that's what I mean, hahahahahaha that's a FrankenLeica, very well done, while it does the job you want it to do! ~ Yeah, that camera was from quite a few years ago, I'm glad that you found...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 05-14-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 867
Posted By LeicaTom
http://media-cache-ak1.pinimg.com/550x/8c/ac/80/8c...

http://media-cache-ak1.pinimg.com/550x/8c/ac/80/8cac80ace142f6aed54f17362f8ec09d.jpg

David Sherman's somewhat "staged" photo of Lee Miller taking a bath in Hitler's bathtub on April 30th 1945, the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-12-2013
Replies: 198
Views: 42,949
Posted By LeicaTom
Anybody else find anything lately? How's the...

Anybody else find anything lately? How's the vintage film collecting going?

Tom
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-12-2013
Replies: 198
Views: 42,949
Posted By LeicaTom
I just bought this...

I just bought this...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-11-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 5,830
Posted By LeicaTom
Yeah Vince that ones crazy!!!! :D More...

Yeah Vince that ones crazy!!!! :D More accessorized than Frankensteined out....yeah the chrome is nutz :p

That Megoflex reflex box is unique and very early stuff, almost as crazy as that speed...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-11-2013
Replies: 94
Views: 23,601
Posted By LeicaTom
Beautiful camera Rolfe, thanks for stopping by...

Beautiful camera Rolfe, thanks for stopping by and adding to the BP LHSA cameras here. :)

Tom
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-11-2013
Replies: 94
Views: 23,601
Posted By LeicaTom
I'm not bitter just surprised, the 0.85 camera...

I'm not bitter just surprised, the 0.85 camera currently sells overseas for $3,000 to $3,400 and a well known American Dealer told me that he'd value it at $3,150 here in the states now, so my price...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-11-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 5,830
Posted By LeicaTom
Ohh here was the Factory's version of a ...

Ohh here was the Factory's version of a FrankenLeica....the sold ONLY in Japan only Leica...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-10-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 5,830
Posted By LeicaTom
This is an OLD THREAD that I think I should stir...

This is an OLD THREAD that I think I should stir up a little bit about the specially built "FrankenLeica's" a few of the people at RFF have made in a past 10 years, if Bill Blackwell is reading this,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-10-2013
Replies: 9,248
Views: 923,524
Posted By LeicaTom
http://imageshack.us/a/img267/6168/454fornet.jpg ...

http://imageshack.us/a/img267/6168/454fornet.jpg

A near mint 1945 US Army issue Leica ELANG Elmar 9cm f4 with both caps, FIKUS hood and rare *butterscotch* lens keeper
(what's more amazing was the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-09-2013
Replies: 115
Views: 63,205
Posted By LeicaTom
http://imageshack.us/a/img267/6168/454fornet.jpg ...

http://imageshack.us/a/img267/6168/454fornet.jpg

I JUST received this in the mail on Thursday, it's an amazing lens! :D

Leica Leitz Elmar ELANG 9cm f4 "Thin" flat black US Army issue #5964xx (ca....
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-09-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1,756
Posted By LeicaTom
This lens is a real one, in 1945 Zeiss had blocks...

This lens is a real one, in 1945 Zeiss had blocks of numbers of lenses never used so they just put together whatever was on the table at the time, your lens almost looks like one of those nortorous...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-09-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1,756
Posted By LeicaTom
That's a 1945/46 Russian Occupation era Zeiss...

That's a 1945/46 Russian Occupation era Zeiss lens, postwar build with WW2 era parts......

Congrats on the find, it should shoot very very well.

Tom
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-08-2013
Replies: 7,558
Views: 3,885,049
Posted By LeicaTom
Well, I am for the time being. A very reputable...

Well, I am for the time being.
A very reputable well known Leica dealer told me this morning, the camera is worth $3,200 currently and with my factory case puts it near $3,400, right now just didn't...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-08-2013
Replies: 7,558
Views: 3,885,049
Posted By LeicaTom
http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/2657/39648w.jpg ...

http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/2657/39648w.jpg

Some more camera porn with my favorite fast Canon lens a 1967 f1.2/50mm LTM on the 0.85 BP LHSA. :)

Tom
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-08-2013
Replies: 7,558
Views: 3,885,049
Posted By LeicaTom
http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/3694/36148.jpg ...

http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/3694/36148.jpg

For all those CZJ Sonnar nutz out there........My 2000 M6 0.85 TTL LHSA BP with an original 1943 Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar T f1.5/50mm in M39 LTM...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-08-2013
Replies: 94
Views: 23,601
Posted By LeicaTom
http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/1086/297wm48.jpg ...

http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/1086/297wm48.jpg

After looking at this camera all day, seeing how great it is, I changed my mind, so I'm keeping it FOR THE TIME BEING, I couldn't find anyone ...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-08-2013
Replies: 40
Views: 6,976
Posted By LeicaTom
Yeah, I'm really leaning towards keeping the...

Yeah, I'm really leaning towards keeping the LHSA, I haven't found anyone worthy of the honor of bestowing the first "patina" on it, so I think I'm going to put the Black Paint Voightlander Nokton...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-08-2013
Replies: 40
Views: 6,976
Posted By LeicaTom
Hey there Dave! You mean the finder right? 0.92...

Hey there Dave!

You mean the finder right? 0.92 to 0.85? Not metering, because we both know how much that fun costs!

I never did my FrankenLeica M3/6 Classic, would cost now at least $3,500 to do...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-08-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 3,067
Posted By LeicaTom
Ugggh oh no, that's bad, while I don't have long...

Ugggh oh no, that's bad, while I don't have long distance/overseas line, I have to buy a calling card. :(

I thought he had an email to arrange vulcanite jobs?
I guess I have to write him via Snail...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-07-2013
Replies: 83
Views: 18,954
Posted By LeicaTom
I wish I could afford a Black Paint...

I wish I could afford a Black Paint MP3

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2370/2244069888_2da0a5f0d3.jpg

..........but at $15k to $20k for a kit, that's also a camera too valuable to even put a roll...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-07-2013
Replies: 83
Views: 18,954
Posted By LeicaTom
2 years is too long to wait on any camera,...

2 years is too long to wait on any camera, regardless how good it looks afterwards, not an option for me! :p

Tom
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-07-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 3,067
Posted By LeicaTom
Yeah, I'd go with DAG........what CRR Luton isn't...

Yeah, I'd go with DAG........what CRR Luton isn't even doing Vulcanite shells in 2013!!!! ??????

I can't seem to find their email, could someone send me their email in a private message, I'm...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-07-2013
Replies: 83
Views: 18,954
Posted By LeicaTom
Has anyone here had experience with CRR Luton's...

Has anyone here had experience with CRR Luton's vulcanite????

I'm considering having it done, but someone's told me that it peels up after a while and doesn't hold up?????

Any input from people...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-07-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 4,510
Posted By LeicaTom
Ohh is there anyone here who has had CRR Luton's...

Ohh is there anyone here who has had CRR Luton's vulcanite actually put on a camera????

I heard from someone that the vulcanite lifted from their camera about 8 months or so after it was...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-07-2013
Replies: 48
Views: 3,363
Posted By LeicaTom
Beautiful lens, I want one too someday if I get...

Beautiful lens, I want one too someday if I get my M3 BP project done.....

Tom
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-04-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 4,510
Posted By LeicaTom
I agree with Michael, leave it alone, glue down...

I agree with Michael, leave it alone, glue down the edges and leave it......if it really disturbs you well, I'd post and see if anyone has any vulcanite scraps for such an early camera and warm them...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-02-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 5,045
Posted By LeicaTom
The Nikkor H.C. f2/50mm the best lens that ever...

The Nikkor H.C. f2/50mm the best lens that ever went on a Leica........ :D

Tom
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-02-2013
Replies: 198
Views: 42,949
Posted By LeicaTom
http://imageshack.us/a/img833/6845/201rg.jpg http...

http://imageshack.us/a/img833/6845/201rg.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img543/4741/219dg.jpg

There's an old 1940's Agfa Finopan Leica Film carton and one of my 1945 Leica IIICK's with a 1942 Sonnar T ...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-01-2013
Replies: 83
Views: 18,954
Posted By LeicaTom
Too bad a Sharkskin IIIC sold the other night for...

Too bad a Sharkskin IIIC sold the other night for like $125 with peeling chrome....

Tom
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-01-2013
Replies: 83
Views: 18,954
Posted By LeicaTom
I don't like Luton's style of paint, doesn't look...

I don't like Luton's style of paint, doesn't look original and DAG is doing my mods, so why should I send it to anyone else to CLA?
I'm only considering Luton for the vulcanite job that's all...

Tom
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-01-2013
Replies: 83
Views: 18,954
Posted By LeicaTom
Ray, What are you going to send him a IIIF? If...

Ray,

What are you going to send him a IIIF?

If you do I'd like to see photos of it afterwards.

I'm more than likely going now with a rare very late 1966 Leica M3 that I just found that I'm going...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-29-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 6,237
Posted By LeicaTom
Stick with the M6, faster/easy to load, better...

Stick with the M6, faster/easy to load, better viewfinder and meter in camera, you don't beat much space the IIIG is almost as big as a M camera anyway......

Tom
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-28-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 3,036
Posted By LeicaTom
Peter, I tried to email you again after I got...

Peter,

I tried to email you again after I got back from the VW Show.

That's a Summar base!!!!!! And Barrel, that's NUTS!!!!!! Kool as hell as is, I'd KEEP IT!!!!!!!
It might shoot better Bokeh...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-28-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 12,211
Posted By LeicaTom
Try finding a FISON hood for the 50mm Elmar, it...

Try finding a FISON hood for the 50mm Elmar, it should work fine, if not that than adjustable FIKUS hood will also work, both of those should be under $65 each.
35mm Elmar is a classic Leica lens, it...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-27-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1,013
Posted By LeicaTom
It looks like the M crank from the Boss here is...

It looks like the M crank from the Boss here is the best buy!!!! :D

I'm going to be buying one of the raw brass ones to ship out for Black paint to put on a very very special customized Leica...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-27-2013
Replies: 3,801
Views: 319,524
Posted By LeicaTom
My Leica Black Paint M6 TTL LHSA 0.85 is empty...

My Leica Black Paint M6 TTL LHSA 0.85 is empty now.......hoping to trade/sell it for some lenses (see my ads) and then get ready to load some rare film into my extra special customized Leica...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-27-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 3,036
Posted By LeicaTom
Peter please check your mail...

Peter please check your mail...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-27-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 2,462
Posted By LeicaTom
I have a very hard time taking it off my Leica...

I have a very hard time taking it off my Leica M8, it's going to the car show tomorrow moring..........it is really is one of the greatest of the "Japanese Sonnar" legacy lenses!

Tom
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-26-2013
Replies: 83
Views: 18,954
Posted By LeicaTom
Ohh and I just heard back from Jacques, very nice...

Ohh and I just heard back from Jacques, very nice person who seems to be a fine artist as well as a camera painter, this is really great, while I would think he treats these cameras as little works...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-26-2013
Replies: 83
Views: 18,954
Posted By LeicaTom
It's a great camera! A 1966 M3, is... well a...

It's a great camera! A 1966 M3, is... well a 1966 M3.[/quote]

The LHSA cameras are holding their own and doing better, they will be the same class/price range as Black Paint M4, up to about $4,500...
Forum: RFF Polls 04-26-2013
Replies: 70
Views: 7,148
Posted By LeicaTom
Old expired slide film I x-cross process, so...

Old expired slide film I x-cross process, so that's hit and miss but lots of fun :)

Tom
Forum: RFF Polls 04-26-2013
Replies: 70
Views: 7,148
Posted By LeicaTom
I'm just planning on getting BACK into...

I'm just planning on getting BACK into film.......so if anyone has any expired

C-41 Fujicolor 100ASA, Kodak Gold or Kodak Super Color 100ASA , Illord XP2 or Kodak BW400CN and Kodak EPR 64ASA or...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-25-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 2,829
Posted By LeicaTom
Well, yeah it's looking like it's all the way...

Well, yeah it's looking like it's all the way open now :( SUCKS

And I use it mostly for Journalist stuff, night time Black and White flash shooting at f5.6 etc.

I'll see what Youxin Ye says about...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-25-2013
Replies: 40
Views: 30,032
Posted By LeicaTom
I may have found a real 1942/43 coated one, just...

I may have found a real 1942/43 coated one, just waiting if Jim Lager can confirm it?

Tom
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-25-2013
Replies: 83
Views: 18,954
Posted By LeicaTom
Well, I need a specially painted Leica M3 that I...

Well, I need a specially painted Leica M3 that I can actually use to take photos, just finding the right person to do it has been a challenge, I THINK that this time I'll be able to finally make my...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-25-2013
Replies: 83
Views: 18,954
Posted By LeicaTom
I don't speak French either, just German, I wrote...

I don't speak French either, just German, I wrote him twice with photos, but no answer? I hope he received my emails?

Tom
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-25-2013
Replies: 83
Views: 18,954
Posted By LeicaTom
Yeah IIIC "Sharkskin" Black Paint is a badass...

Yeah IIIC "Sharkskin" Black Paint is a badass combo! :)

Tom
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-25-2013
Replies: 83
Views: 18,954
Posted By LeicaTom
Real BP Leica M3's in EX+ or better condition are...

Real BP Leica M3's in EX+ or better condition are $8,000+ cameras......

Tom
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-24-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 2,829
Posted By LeicaTom
HAHAHAHAHAHA no with my luck it'll fall apart...

HAHAHAHAHAHA no with my luck it'll fall apart while I'm shooting....LOL!!!!!

No odd with that lens it was a deadstock lens, never mounted or used in the original case, but it was stored I guess in...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-24-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 2,829
Posted By LeicaTom
Horrible Disaster NEED Canon RF Lens Repair/CLA HELP!

I was just getting ready for a possible photoshoot later today and as I went over my Beautiful 1967 Canon f1.5/35 RF lens to open and close the aperture blades nothing happened.

The lens is stuck...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-23-2013
Replies: 83
Views: 18,954
Posted By LeicaTom
Wow! His stuff looks really GOOD, best quality...

Wow! His stuff looks really GOOD, best quality Leitz like paint I've seen, I might consider sending a M3 to him sometime?

Tom
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-20-2013
Replies: 40
Views: 30,032
Posted By LeicaTom
Yeah, I've been looking for a REAL 1942/43 coated...

Yeah, I've been looking for a REAL 1942/43 coated Summitar for a long time myself........right now a US Army one would be ok.
Serial #583xxx or #584xxx (both July/August 1945) and *uncoated*.

Tom
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-19-2013
Replies: 0
Views: 517
Posted By LeicaTom
Storm Thorgerson R.I.P. (1944-2013)

Legendary Rock Photographer and Album Designer
Storm Thorgerson has died.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22210378

http://img600.imageshack.us/img600/5231/stormdarksidepic.jpg

A great man, part of...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-15-2013
Replies: 40
Views: 30,032
Posted By LeicaTom
Leica didn't have the whole "export" line of...

Leica didn't have the whole "export" line of production down to (back to making) lenses in "feet" till April/May 1946 about the same time the WW2 style "stepper" IIIC camera bodies were also being...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-12-2013
Replies: 552
Views: 163,081
Posted By LeicaTom
Did you have this researched at all? Wartime...

Did you have this researched at all?

Wartime delivered Leica II's are pretty rare, I might be able to get more info on this camera, if you can send me the full serial # (email me) and let's see if I...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 04-10-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 7,315
Posted By LeicaTom
Bunny once told me about one of her best models...

Bunny once told me about one of her best models and a dear friend who was very close to...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 04-10-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 7,315
Posted By LeicaTom
No problem......I have been collecting PinUp...

No problem......I have been collecting PinUp stuff since I was 12 years old, I also am a big fan of Alberto Vargas. :)

Here's more about...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 04-10-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 7,315
Posted By LeicaTom
Sorry to disappoint you Keith, but this is a...

Sorry to disappoint you Keith, but this is a Fetish photo of Bettie and one of Irving and Paula Klaw's models....taken ca. 1953 in NYC.

I know Bunny Yeager personally and she NEVER had anything to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-29-2013
Replies: 341
Views: 118,931
Posted By LeicaTom
#395xxx era cameras are 1946 "stepper" models, no...

#395xxx era cameras are 1946 "stepper" models, no race bearings or K specs, normal IIIC camera shutter.

Most were sold at the Army PX Jan to June 1946, some Military Police units received them as...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-28-2013
Replies: 31
Views: 5,215
Posted By LeicaTom
The Canon f1.4 and f1.8 50mm's are Planar in...

The Canon f1.4 and f1.8 50mm's are Planar in design........

I think the BEST Sonnar Looking 50's are the

Canon f1.5/50mm - watch out for focus shifts like the real Sonnar, should be calibrated to...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 03-28-2013
Replies: 46
Views: 4,531
Posted By LeicaTom
Powerful Photos, remember our Veterans. Tom

Powerful Photos, remember our Veterans.

Tom
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-14-2013
Replies: 50
Views: 18,394
Posted By LeicaTom
I'd pay $3,500 for a perfect operational M module...

I'd pay $3,500 for a perfect operational M module for a Leica M6, something that's 18MP plus + etc.

Leica itself should have built a M digital module way before they even made the M8, it's a shame...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10-21-2012
Replies: 1,048
Views: 137,824
Posted By LeicaTom
http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/7954/832fornet....

http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/7954/832fornet.jpg

An *updated* photo of my 1957 Horizon Blue Oval Window Volkswagen Beetle named "Blauchen." :D

I recently added a very clean US Forces In...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-16-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 30,032
Posted By LeicaTom
It wasn't a full on production, the "wartime"...

It wasn't a full on production, the "wartime" coated lenses are very very rare and as I stated before less then 2,000 or so were ever made, mostly Summitar and Xenon 50mm's as color film research...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-15-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 30,032
Posted By LeicaTom
Ron, After researching WW2 Leica cameras, with...

Ron,

After researching WW2 Leica cameras, with US Army documents and also ORIGINAL FACTORY DOCKETS for over 15 years now, I wouldn't be posting any incorrect information across the internet

I have...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-15-2012
Replies: 341
Views: 118,931
Posted By LeicaTom
That camera was *repainted* and that line they...

That camera was *repainted* and that line they added about Leitz not doing a quality paintjob, is BUL*S*IT........Even in the middle of the worst fighting and at the end (when the US Army cameras...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-10-2012
Replies: 48
Views: 12,980
Posted By LeicaTom
It appears to be a "REAL" LE "Stepper" IIIC ca....

It appears to be a "REAL" LE "Stepper" IIIC ca. December 1940, it might be a very rare *Black Curtain" version of the early IIIC (within the first 5,000 made)

I have connections to the original...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-10-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 7,191
Posted By LeicaTom
Wow that case is pretty rare! I don't know I'd...

Wow that case is pretty rare!

I don't know I'd have this one taken apart and verified by Jim Lager before I'd put a cent down on it, it has to be verified, while the chrome ones could so easily be...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-10-2012
Replies: 123
Views: 40,230
Posted By LeicaTom
Nice, it reminds me alot of the LTM Canon...

Nice, it reminds me alot of the LTM Canon f1.2/50 @ f1.1 to f1.6, just a tad/touch bit sharper.......

Tom
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-08-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 3,118
Posted By LeicaTom
http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/8994/847fornet.jp...

http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/8994/847fornet.jpg

Shot with the Nokton f1.5/50mm I think this was at like f2.8 or so.......on a Leica M8 Digital. :)

Tom
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-08-2012
Replies: 341
Views: 118,931
Posted By LeicaTom
Yep, reminds me of her camera that's right :) ...

Yep, reminds me of her camera that's right :) IIICK to IIIFBD is very kool!

The second camera looks like a well worn 1942 grey camera, non K, not a ball-bearing camera.........

Tom
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-08-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 30,032
Posted By LeicaTom
Hello Denton, Yes, after years of research, also...

Hello Denton,

Yes, after years of research, also records from Leica and contact to the Museum, I did a extensive study of the Postwar Leica cameras and their association with the US Army.

The...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-07-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 30,032
Posted By LeicaTom
#589XXX is POST 1945 issue (about June 1946) the...

#589XXX is POST 1945 issue (about June 1946) the lens is a normal regular US Army PX issued era lens, with the bluish coating. (that online list for lenses is all wrong, original issued Summitars...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-03-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 7,274
Posted By LeicaTom
The whole direction of where this story is going...

The whole direction of where this story is going is misleading, there's not thousands of defaced Leica's out there with the Leica script purposelessly taken off to smuggle them into a country, also...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-02-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 7,274
Posted By LeicaTom
The story about the US Customs purposely...

The story about the US Customs purposely *defacing* a camera is absurd, if a US Government Office did that they would have had lawsuits by the hundreds for claims on damage, whoever told that story...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-25-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 4,097
Posted By LeicaTom
Hmmm well, I want to see a pre 1945 "stepper"...

Hmmm well, I want to see a pre 1945 "stepper" IIIC with a 303. or a 45cal. round through it, that would be a souvenir....
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-23-2012
Replies: 88
Views: 12,009
Posted By LeicaTom
I respect your opinion Raid, I'll wait to see...

I respect your opinion Raid, I'll wait to see what you think of the M9, before I say anything more about it, there's no dealers close to me I have to make a special trip just to see a new Leica......
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-22-2012
Replies: 88
Views: 12,009
Posted By LeicaTom
Hmm no it has nothing to do with flare, I don't...

Hmm no it has nothing to do with flare, I don't use flare or shoot flaring styles in my work at all.

The inferior M9 50mm frame lines sound like a real issue, a camera that costs more than $6,000...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-20-2012
Replies: 88
Views: 12,009
Posted By LeicaTom
Hmm well after reading all this and seeing that...

Hmm well after reading all this and seeing that statement saying that the 50mm frame lines are lousy (do they flare out?) or are very hard to work with and the camera's images have less of
a "film...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-18-2012
Replies: 18
Views: 2,830
Posted By LeicaTom
Ohh my, I just saw this, sorry..............Hmmmm...

Ohh my, I just saw this, sorry..............Hmmmm this camera is a STRANGE BIRD!

First of all it's a REPLACEMENT top plate camera (postwar "stepper" factory redone) from a damaged or perhaps a real...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-17-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 12,323
Posted By LeicaTom
All Leitz Xenon's were Taylor Hobson at least in...

All Leitz Xenon's were Taylor Hobson at least in design, some had Taylor & Hobson engravings, just as the one 1950's issue Summarit also had.

It's just an engraving, but it pushes the price of a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-17-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 12,323
Posted By LeicaTom
Yes, I owned a Schneider f1.5/50 LTM once, poor...

Yes, I owned a Schneider f1.5/50 LTM once, poor performance, very very soft even too soft for my tastes. It is a collectors item made in Postwar Germany 1947 to 1951, I'd sell or trade it for a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-16-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 12,323
Posted By LeicaTom
Rxmd, your funny :) "Taylor Hobson Glow" then...

Rxmd, your funny :)

"Taylor Hobson Glow" then I guess that's a little like doing "Bertele's Bokeh" when I use my Zeiss Sonnar's? ;)

"Leica Glow" is for me just a loose term for a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-15-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 12,323
Posted By LeicaTom
Xenon is very soft, gives that "Leica Glow" but...

Xenon is very soft, gives that "Leica Glow" but is mainly good if you want to take pictures that look old..........soft pastelly looking colors, nice for photographing women etc. More of a COLLECTORS...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 07-31-2012
Replies: 98
Views: 9,755
Posted By LeicaTom
Yeah it's a fun lens, stinks with the crop...

Yeah it's a fun lens, stinks with the crop factor, but the results look alot like a stopped down f2/50mm Sonnar......

Tom
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 07-31-2012
Replies: 98
Views: 9,755
Posted By LeicaTom
Looks like a great performer, I cannot afford the...

Looks like a great performer, I cannot afford the 1990's Cron anymore, this might be a alternative sharp lens.

I'm a big fan of fast stuff and I'm sure everyone knows how good the Canon/Sonnar...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 07-30-2012
Replies: 98
Views: 9,755
Posted By LeicaTom
Ahhh, well I had heard it was something, mounting...

Ahhh, well I had heard it was something, mounting or like a back focus issue?

I'd like to see some samples shot with this lens, are there any threads with it used here at RFF? (links)

Tom
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 07-30-2012
Replies: 98
Views: 9,755
Posted By LeicaTom
Ooo I'd love to see how that lens compares to the...

Ooo I'd love to see how that lens compares to the rigid Cron, they still are affordable, not like the 50's have become :/

Tom
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 07-30-2012
Replies: 98
Views: 9,755
Posted By LeicaTom
As for coding of lenses etc. etc. - you don't...

As for coding of lenses etc. etc. - you don't need to do that, especially when you are shooting with legacy lenses, like we do.

For about three years, I just select a lens and figure what I'm going...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 07-29-2012
Replies: 98
Views: 9,755
Posted By LeicaTom
I miss my Rigid Summicron :( - those shots look...

I miss my Rigid Summicron :( - those shots look great and you have the right lenses for a M8.

If you got a nice trouble free M8 then you will have lots of fun with it, I REALLY liked the Summarit...
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 07-27-2012
Replies: 38
Views: 3,344
Posted By LeicaTom
Well, after "Casablanca", being his most famous...

Well, after "Casablanca", being his most famous film and "The Big Sleep" being one of the greatest Film Noir movies ever made, (he plays the ultimate Phillip Marlowe)............"The Maltese Falcon"...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 07-26-2012
Replies: 95
Views: 55,555
Posted By LeicaTom
"Bars naturelles" Per request, I really need to...

"Bars naturelles"

Per request, I really need to do more TEST shoots, with vintage lenses, just to have the outcome, to show other RFF'ers what the old lenses will do............

A portrait from the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-25-2012
Replies: 2,167
Views: 616,992
Posted By LeicaTom
Ahh see it was Rick who bought that...

Ahh see it was Rick who bought that one..........yes a really fine specimen of the *very rare* Non-Stamped/Non marked IIIC Kness ~ yeah I photograph a camera with the Hektor on it purly for laughs,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-25-2012
Replies: 2,167
Views: 616,992
Posted By LeicaTom
I love the Summicron "barndoor" hood!...

I love the Summicron "barndoor" hood! :D

Tom
Forum: Off Topic 07-19-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 1,752
Posted By LeicaTom
Yes Sir I do, it's a May 1957 Oval Window,...

Yes Sir I do, it's a May 1957 Oval Window, European Spec/ with German Cloth Interior *Dark Blue with little White Polka-Dots and Semaphore Turn Signals* ~ The car also had ALL the US DOT parts added...
Forum: Off Topic 06-29-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 1,752
Posted By LeicaTom
Hello Raid! Yes, I got the SAME email, I will...

Hello Raid!

Yes, I got the SAME email, I will watch there and see if the badge comes back, if it does then I'll have ebay shut down their account. :(

Speaking of Pensacola, I have original 1957...
Forum: Off Topic 06-29-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 1,752
Posted By LeicaTom
Hello Everyone! I'm glad someone brought this to...

Hello Everyone!

I'm glad someone brought this to my attention, I've written this person and hopefully this is taken care of.

I hate when people steal my work, I hate it even more when they make...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 06-07-2012
Replies: 95
Views: 55,555
Posted By LeicaTom
Thanks! My Father's back home and doing better...

Thanks!

My Father's back home and doing better than I think before he went into the hospital, he has a new found "pep" about him and is feeling and looking better.

I'm not doing too bad myself, I'm...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 05-25-2012
Replies: 95
Views: 55,555
Posted By LeicaTom
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120525/03/4fb...

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120525/03/4fbf5db651635.jpg

"Black Magic"

Here's another photo with the lovely AnnaMaria with a 1967 Canon f1.5/35 and Metz Flash, set around f5.6...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 05-21-2012
Replies: 95
Views: 55,555
Posted By LeicaTom
Thanks everyone for the kind words, I'm getting...

Thanks everyone for the kind words, I'm getting along fine and learning what I have to do to stay healthy now, my Father's also doing much better and I think will be back home within a week or two?...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 05-18-2012
Replies: 95
Views: 55,555
Posted By LeicaTom
Thanks very much Greg, yes I've missed doing...

Thanks very much Greg, yes I've missed doing photo things, I hope to be more active in the months to come!

Tom
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 05-18-2012
Replies: 95
Views: 55,555
Posted By LeicaTom
http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/3959/blauchen02...

http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/3959/blauchen02.jpg

http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/9940/blauchen01.jpg

I haven't been very active here at RFF lately, while my Father and I have had some...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-14-2012
Replies: 1,048
Views: 137,824
Posted By LeicaTom
http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/3959/blauchen02...

http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/3959/blauchen02.jpg

My 1957 L-331 Horizon Blue European Delivery Oval Window named "Blauchen" ~ Leica M8 w/ Nikkor HC f2/50mm @ f2 - lovely bokeh! :)
(I took...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-23-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 1,576
Posted By LeicaTom
Yes as I wrote to you in that email, it appears...

Yes as I wrote to you in that email, it appears to be a 100% original CZJ Leica Thread Mount lens, the front ring looks buggered up a bit, but the glass/ coating color and all the tell tale marks are...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-23-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 1,233
Posted By LeicaTom
Yes, sadly I have seen at least 4 or 5 "stepper"...

Yes, sadly I have seen at least 4 or 5 "stepper" and also "flat top" REPLACEMENT top plates put on / Original WW2 era Luftwaffen IIIC cameras that went back to the factory post 1945 and received new...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-22-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 1,233
Posted By LeicaTom
No. is Leica original and Nr. is REPLACEMENT top...

No. is Leica original and Nr. is REPLACEMENT top plate from Factory, was a way they kept track of replaced top plates on older models.

Tom
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-17-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 2,618
Posted By LeicaTom
No.387572 Item number:230623865882 ~ that camera...

No.387572 Item number:230623865882 ~ that camera has been on ebay now about a year and two months, I offered them $2.800 and they turned me down, that's what the camera is worth.



No.390270K Item...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-17-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 2,618
Posted By LeicaTom
Yeah, sadly the whole Grey Leica price situation...

Yeah, sadly the whole Grey Leica price situation has been going out of control the last two years, you could make good deals still 3 to 4 years ago, but the days of $2,000 EX++/Mint Minus Grey...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-17-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 2,618
Posted By LeicaTom
Normal Grey IIIC's have been over $2,500 for a...

Normal Grey IIIC's have been over $2,500 for a long time now........the last "kit" set up I saw sell had the 35, 50, 90 and 135 in a super rare Grey Leitz carrying case and all were EX and the 135...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-17-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 2,618
Posted By LeicaTom
What you have there is a 1942 Leica IIIC NORMAL...

What you have there is a 1942 Leica IIIC NORMAL with Grey paint, possible matching lenses and a 1950's Leica case, without checking the lenses I'd put the value of the camera at about $2,800 to...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 03-09-2012
Replies: 95
Views: 55,555
Posted By LeicaTom
Thanks Greg! I'll have more from her up...

Thanks Greg!

I'll have more from her up shortly, she's a professional fetish model, specializing mostly in Bondage (Japanese Suspension) and art nudes.

I was the first Florida Photographer who...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 03-09-2012
Replies: 95
Views: 55,555
Posted By LeicaTom
I'm surprised that no one has said anything about...

I'm surprised that no one has said anything about my "new" model? :(

She was a real trooper, was very professional and has that fun *girl next door* look, she's going to have her hair all done up...
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