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Forum: RFF Polls 12-23-2011
Replies: 159
Views: 22,823
Posted By OldNick
Flash Brownie, 1951, Leica IIIa, 1952. Almost 60...

Flash Brownie, 1951, Leica IIIa, 1952. Almost 60 years!

Jim N.
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-22-2011
Replies: 73
Views: 10,701
Posted By OldNick
For an M42 SLR, the Pentax 55mm 1.8 SMC is an...

For an M42 SLR, the Pentax 55mm 1.8 SMC is an overlooked jewel. Mine is sharper than my 50/1.4.

For LTM, my recently acquired Canon 50/1.4 was a good value. More modern than my Summitar and...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-22-2011
Replies: 205
Views: 24,607
Posted By OldNick
On errands around town, particularly at night, I...

On errands around town, particularly at night, I seldom take a camera with me. When a photo op shows up, the phone cam can be handy. When I replaced my old phone, I chose a Samsung model because it...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 05-01-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 3,130
Posted By OldNick
There is one other concern to watch out for when...

There is one other concern to watch out for when using adapters, especially in stacks that place the weight of the lens some distance from the camera flange. This increases the bending moment on the...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-15-2009
Replies: 46
Views: 6,739
Posted By OldNick
On my Leica IIIf RD, I love the look I get with...

On my Leica IIIf RD, I love the look I get with my Summitar. It would get more use if film processing were not such a bother. My recent "best" lens is an Elmarit-R 2.8/28, with which I produce...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-23-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 5,241
Posted By OldNick
I frequently use M42 Pentax Takumar lenses on my...

I frequently use M42 Pentax Takumar lenses on my Olympus E-510 DSLR with a Photodiox adapter. I especially like the Takumar 50/1.4 and the 55/1.8 as portrait lenses.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-11-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 946
Posted By OldNick
Can't say about the 2.8 M lens, but it is...

Can't say about the 2.8 M lens, but it is certainly true with my LTM 3.5/50 Elmar. There is at least a full stop available beyond the marked limit.

Jim N.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-20-2009
Replies: 119
Views: 11,354
Posted By OldNick
Bill, I use both a 35mm and a 50mm on my Leica...

Bill, I use both a 35mm and a 50mm on my Leica IIIf, for different reasons. Some of my favorite subjects are airplanes, often displayed at airshows. I find that, if I back up enough to frame the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-09-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 1,426
Posted By OldNick
If I recall correctly, the baseplate that fits...

If I recall correctly, the baseplate that fits the Leica IIIa extends from the early Leicas up through the IIIb. Starting with the IIIc, the camera body was made approximately 1/8-inch longer, so...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-09-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 1,426
Posted By OldNick
Vince is correct. My Leica IIIa was equipped...

Vince is correct. My Leica IIIa was equipped with one of these, complete with flashgun, when I bought it in 1952. Unfortunately, most of these are suitable for use only with flashbulbs. There was a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-09-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 1,441
Posted By OldNick
I am not familiar with the Leica plastic finder...

I am not familiar with the Leica plastic finder to which you make reference. However, I use both an original Leica metal 50mm Briteline finder and a metal 35mm finder from CV. While the Leica finder...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-28-2009
Replies: 1
Views: 771
Posted By OldNick
I have a lug that rotates slightly, on a Leica...

I have a lug that rotates slightly, on a Leica IIIa. If there is a way to tighten the riveting, I would like to hear about it, also.

Jim N.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-25-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 2,116
Posted By OldNick
While the professional versions of PhotoShop are...

While the professional versions of PhotoShop are above my budget, I have used Photoshop Elements for several years, both with scanned images and digital files. When I scanned 50 years of 35mm...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-15-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 5,564
Posted By OldNick
The windows on my IIIa and my IIIf are different...

The windows on my IIIa and my IIIf are different diameters. I have the proper orange filter on each camera, but I can never recall which name goes with which camera.

Jim N.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 01-06-2009
Replies: 44
Views: 5,587
Posted By OldNick
Here is a link to an SX-70 photo from 1978,...

Here is a link to an SX-70 photo from 1978, scanned recently. Good shots held up well. Lousy shots, well, were just...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-02-2009
Replies: 51
Views: 4,485
Posted By OldNick
Because I have been using Leicas for the last 56...

Because I have been using Leicas for the last 56 years.
Forum: Yashica RF 01-01-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 890
Posted By OldNick
Based on the scales on my hand-held meter, it...

Based on the scales on my hand-held meter, it appears that f/5.6 would be about right.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-31-2008
Replies: 33
Views: 2,673
Posted By OldNick
I have a black J-12 from 1987 that works great...

I have a black J-12 from 1987 that works great for me on my IIIf. I also purchased a CV finder. See my avatar at left.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-31-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 595
Posted By OldNick
If you can accept the view of a 35mm lens, you...

If you can accept the view of a 35mm lens, you can get a late LTM Jupiter 12 from Yuri at the Fedka website, and purchase a 35mm CV finder. That package is what I have used quite successfully on my...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-30-2008
Replies: 15
Views: 1,091
Posted By OldNick
Do you have access to another lens? It is...

Do you have access to another lens? It is possible for the cam on the rear of the lens to cause the problem if the lens has been disassembled and reassembled by someone who does not understand what...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-30-2008
Replies: 15
Views: 1,091
Posted By OldNick
If you can see ships far away, with the lens...

If you can see ships far away, with the lens locked at infinity, then you should see a single, superimposed, image in the rangefinder. There is a rangefinder focus adjustment near the rewind knob on...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-22-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 1,699
Posted By OldNick
I will second the choice of Photoshop Elements. ...

I will second the choice of Photoshop Elements. It has most of the advantages of the full PS package, at much less cost. PSE 6.0 and above even include a RAW converter to use with the better digital...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-22-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 1,290
Posted By OldNick
My M42 Takumars (Pentax) automatically stop down...

My M42 Takumars (Pentax) automatically stop down when used on my Pentax Spotmatic SP. When I use them on my Fujica ST705, I have to depress a front button in addition to the shutter release in order...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-14-2008
Replies: 30
Views: 3,590
Posted By OldNick
I bought a Leica IIIa in 1952, and still have it....

I bought a Leica IIIa in 1952, and still have it. E. Leitz New York had modified it by milling a slot in the rotating disk that is at the bottom of the shutter speed shaft, and fitting a new...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-19-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 857
Posted By OldNick
It is almost identical to the way the Summitar...

It is almost identical to the way the Summitar lines up on my IIIf RD. No problem.

Jim N.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-17-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,215
Posted By OldNick
Here is an example of an image from the SMC...

Here is an example of an image from the SMC Takumar 135/3.5. The crop factor of the E-510 is two, hence the field of view is that of a 270mm lens.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-17-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,215
Posted By OldNick
I recently purchased a Super-Multi-Coated Takumar...

I recently purchased a Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 135/3.5 for use on my Olympus E-510 with an adapter. It is very sharp on the digital. I have not tried it on film. I think the best bargain in M42...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-14-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 2,463
Posted By OldNick
I know nothing of the IIIg. I have a IIIa and a...

I know nothing of the IIIg. I have a IIIa and a IIIf. When I bought my IIIa, in 1952, the only case available to me was the IIIf case. Yes, it is very slightly oversize for the smaller Barnacks, but...
Forum: Photo Software 09-25-2008
Replies: 45
Views: 3,081
Posted By OldNick
I use PS Elements 6.0, which I find to be more...

I use PS Elements 6.0, which I find to be more reliable than the earlier versions, plus it allows me to process RAW images. Neat Image is useful in cleaning up really bad backgrounds.

Jim N.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 09-18-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 2,040
Posted By OldNick
Does anyone have a source of replacement leather...

Does anyone have a source of replacement leather straps for older Leica cases? My case is fine, and the strap is not riveted, so it would be simple to replace. The fifty-year old strap has a weak...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-10-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1,329
Posted By OldNick
Thanks, Roger. When I revisited the CV products,...

Thanks, Roger. When I revisited the CV products, I saw how wrong I was. I updated my post to reflect that fact.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-09-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1,329
Posted By OldNick
The Leica IIIa has two separate eyepieces on the...

The Leica IIIa has two separate eyepieces on the back. The one on the right is the viewfinder, and it does not change when one focuses a lens. The eyepiece on the left, with the optical adjustment...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-09-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1,329
Posted By OldNick
The answer is "yes", though I can't recall a 28mm...

The answer is "yes", though I can't recall a 28mm screw-mount lens for the early Leicas. Perhaps there is one in the CV group of lenses.

I just looked at the CameraQuest site...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-09-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1,329
Posted By OldNick
Your nomenclature puzzled me. Most Leica...

Your nomenclature puzzled me. Most Leica screw-mount lenses are coupled to the rangefinder of the IIIa. I have used one for more than 50 years. I suspect that you are referring to the fact that the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-09-2008
Replies: 30
Views: 2,612
Posted By OldNick
My oldest, and my first 35mm, is a Leica III,...

My oldest, and my first 35mm, is a Leica III, 1935, which was factory-converted to a IIIa, and later had a baseplate flash synch added by Leitz N.Y. I have owned it since 1952.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-27-2008
Replies: 102
Views: 35,892
Posted By OldNick
Try to get your hands on any Summarit that you...

Try to get your hands on any Summarit that you propose to purchase, and check all of the mechanical motions. The one that I had and sold made good images, but the aperture ring was worn and sloppy. ...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-26-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 5,833
Posted By OldNick
I have a Leica III as well as a Leica IIIf. I...

I have a Leica III as well as a Leica IIIf. I have not found a manual for the III, but the manual for the IIIf is online. If one ignores the flash synch features of the IIIf, the remainder of the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-01-2008
Replies: 19
Views: 2,669
Posted By OldNick
If you want to avoid the auction site and buy...

If you want to avoid the auction site and buy from a dealer with a good reputation, try Yuri at FEDKA.COM. I bought an LTM Jupiter 12 from him and he offered good advice and delivered with a fine...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-30-2008
Replies: 15
Views: 1,584
Posted By OldNick
The SBOOI gives a nice, large view, whereas the...

The SBOOI gives a nice, large view, whereas the Imarect just masks off the viewing area as the FL is increased. I have both, and find, with my glasses, the SBOOI is much more useful. With my...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-26-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 903
Posted By OldNick
It may not add much to this discussion, but I...

It may not add much to this discussion, but I have the metal CV 35 finder that I use with my Jupiter 12. I added a felt ring to protect my eyeglass lenses. When I place my glasses against the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-25-2008
Replies: 21
Views: 2,096
Posted By OldNick
I have used that combo, and also use the...

I have used that combo, and also use the IIIf/SBOOI/Summitar 50/2.0, which is what is currently on my IIIf RD. A little larger, but more useful in low light situations.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-25-2008
Replies: 21
Views: 2,096
Posted By OldNick
A III or IIIa is 1/8" shorter in length than the...

A III or IIIa is 1/8" shorter in length than the IIIc/IIIf you mention, but your choice probably provides a more reliable shutter system due to the improved body construction.

Personally, I have...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 07-21-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 1,018
Posted By OldNick
I have a similar hood for my DSLR and it is keyed...

I have a similar hood for my DSLR and it is keyed so that the small petals go on the side, and the large petals go top and bottom.

Jim N.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-02-2008
Replies: 29
Views: 3,116
Posted By OldNick
Thanks, Axel. I just tried that, and, as I...

Thanks, Axel. I just tried that, and, as I suspected, it works but it locks the aperture at the "set" value, and prevents full-aperture focusing. It should work fine when the lens is used near wide...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-02-2008
Replies: 29
Views: 3,116
Posted By OldNick
The downward reaction is why I said I have...

The downward reaction is why I said I have success MOST of the time. I did put new batteries in my 705, so that may make a difference.

I'm not sure how you view the negative, so am uncertain whether...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-02-2008
Replies: 29
Views: 3,116
Posted By OldNick
With my Fujica ST705, it takes two fingers to get...

With my Fujica ST705, it takes two fingers to get the meter to work with non-Fujica lenses. With one finger, I depress the shutter release half-way, and with the second, I depress the preview button...
Forum: RFF Polls 06-30-2008
Replies: 93
Views: 8,579
Posted By OldNick
I have used a mix of RF and SLR cameras for many...

I have used a mix of RF and SLR cameras for many years. I picked up an inexpensive zoom lens for my Pentax Spotmatic years ago, and, after trying it for a while, I found it to be so useless that I...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-29-2008
Replies: 29
Views: 2,797
Posted By OldNick
The Oly E-510 and E-520 have IS built into the...

The Oly E-510 and E-520 have IS built into the body, so, you can just turn off the Leica lens IS and let the camera body do the job.

I have the E-510 with the Zuiko 14-54 lens and I am quite pleased...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-28-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 1,113
Posted By OldNick
I did it for several years with an Exakta, which...

I did it for several years with an Exakta, which eventually went belly-up. Still have an Exa which does the same thing, though with not as much class. It takes some getting used to, but does have...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-23-2008
Replies: 29
Views: 3,116
Posted By OldNick
I formerly used a Spotmatic SP, but have replaced...

I formerly used a Spotmatic SP, but have replaced it with a Fujica ST 705 because the Pentax meter was not reliable, even after a repair. The Fujica viewfinder is better than the one on the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-23-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 936
Posted By OldNick
I can't read the FL in your photo because of a...

I can't read the FL in your photo because of a glare spot. It could be an enlarging lens or the front cell from a 135mm telephoto.

Jim N.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-20-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 4,221
Posted By OldNick
I have also had good luck with the Steinheil...

I have also had good luck with the Steinheil 85/2.8. Another odd combination that worked for me was a Pentax Takumar 50/1.4 with a Vivitar 2X extender, used for close-ups of flowers. Everything...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-02-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 1,170
Posted By OldNick
Listen to FrankS. I have both a III that was...

Listen to FrankS. I have both a III that was converted to a IIIa, and a IIIf RD. The slow speeds on the IIIa need to be exercised to keep them happy. I would choose the IIf for the same reasons...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-20-2008
Replies: 22
Views: 3,791
Posted By OldNick
That makes a very nice looking combo and the...

That makes a very nice looking combo and the photo example looks very pleasing. Considering all of the focus problems that M8 owners have talked about with the Noctilux, this looks like a sensible ...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-19-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 7,674
Posted By OldNick
I use VueScan and a Scan Dual II and really...

I use VueScan and a Scan Dual II and really couldn't find any difference except extra scan time when I tried multiple scans. Most of my work was done using older negatives and slides, which might...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-14-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 965
Posted By OldNick
John is describing what I have done for 50 years....

John is describing what I have done for 50 years. After winding off two shots to clear the leader, wind once more to cock the shutter, then use the bumps to rotate the counter dial to "1". It should...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 05-10-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 1,389
Posted By OldNick
Joe, it kinda looks as if you caught the full...

Joe, it kinda looks as if you caught the full force of the sun reflected off the nearest shop window. Hard to miss it under those circumstances.

Jim N.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-09-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 1,120
Posted By OldNick
Its been more than 40 years. I suspect I used...

Its been more than 40 years. I suspect I used something around f/8, but I cannot be sure.

Jim N.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-09-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 1,120
Posted By OldNick
I've not used the FSU 50s for enlarging, but I...

I've not used the FSU 50s for enlarging, but I have used the Leica 50/3.5 Elmar on my enlarger many years ago, and it worked fine. If I recall correctly, the FSU lenses are quite similar to the...
Forum: RFF Polls 05-06-2008
Replies: 157
Views: 17,480
Posted By OldNick
I have a number of cameras, but only four get...

I have a number of cameras, but only four get much use. Each has a purpose. In order of use, they are the following:
*Olympus E-510 for good quality digital capture. (Automation is great in today's...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-06-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,345
Posted By OldNick
You are correct that Elements 5.0, which I have...

You are correct that Elements 5.0, which I have used for sometime, does not have "curves". However, Elements 6.0 does have curves, after a fashion. While you cannot move the curve around with your...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-28-2008
Replies: 25
Views: 2,591
Posted By OldNick
I have a J-12 from 1987, black, LTM, that is an...

I have a J-12 from 1987, black, LTM, that is an excellent lens. I purchased it from Yuri at Fedka. You can see some examples of its work among the airplane photos in my gallery.

Jim N.
Forum: RFF Polls 04-24-2008
Replies: 40
Views: 3,173
Posted By OldNick
I use only C-41 films, and get excellent 1-hour...

I use only C-41 films, and get excellent 1-hour processing to CD from Wal-Mart.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-22-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 2,000
Posted By OldNick
I have one that will rotate part-way on a Leica...

I have one that will rotate part-way on a Leica IIIa. It needs a CLA, so I was hoping to have it tightened. I appreciate all of the inputs of this thread.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-19-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 1,716
Posted By OldNick
Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks. ...

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks. I've had Barnacks for over 50 years, but never had a dedicated 135 finder. The Imarect worked the same way for all focal lengths.

Jim N.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-11-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 908
Posted By OldNick
With my Scan Dual II, I push the film carrier in...

With my Scan Dual II, I push the film carrier in until I feel resistance, no further. I then make my selection of the desired negative in VueScan, and the software controls the scanner to place the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-07-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 1,464
Posted By OldNick
An alternative route is to look for a Steinheil...

An alternative route is to look for a Steinheil Culminar 85mm f/2.8 lens in LTM mount. They can be found for $100 US or less if you look around.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-04-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1,271
Posted By OldNick
I have a Summitar and it is a very good lens. I...

I have a Summitar and it is a very good lens. I would recommend it. I have never used the 35mm Elmar, but have never heard any compliments on it. I would pass on that one if I were you. I have...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-02-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 1,617
Posted By OldNick
Dan, that is about what I paid and I think it was...

Dan, that is about what I paid and I think it was a great buy. I tried the Minolta software, but found VueScan to work much better for me. Congratulations on a good purchase.

Jim N.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-01-2008
Replies: 45
Views: 4,938
Posted By OldNick
I agree with GeneW. The SMC Takumar 50/1.4 has...

I agree with GeneW. The SMC Takumar 50/1.4 has more useful character or personality than any other lens that I have owned. Others, such as the Leica Hektor 73/1.9 and the Summarit 50/1.5 had...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-24-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 1,617
Posted By OldNick
Sounds like a sensible plan to me. For my needs,...

Sounds like a sensible plan to me. For my needs, I will probably use mine until it dies.

Jim N.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-24-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 1,617
Posted By OldNick
I bought a Scan Dual II off the auction site last...

I bought a Scan Dual II off the auction site last year and it works fine for me. I use VueScan software with it. I see no problem with this system for online images. If one is intent on very large...
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-22-2008
Replies: 35
Views: 6,603
Posted By OldNick
I would agree with the recommendations for the...

I would agree with the recommendations for the Pentax SMC Takumar 50/1.4 and the Jupiter 12. While I paid a little more that $50 for each, I was selective and not shopping for bargains. Both lenses...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-20-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 2,806
Posted By OldNick
This seems to illustrate another reason to buy...

This seems to illustrate another reason to buy late-year FSU lenses. I have a 1987 J-12, purchased from Yuri at Fedka, and it has none of this type of problem.

Jim N.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-17-2008
Replies: 21
Views: 2,220
Posted By OldNick
The Flickr search turned up some impressive...

The Flickr search turned up some impressive images. The I-22 appears to equal or better my old 50mm Elmar.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-12-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 1,158
Posted By OldNick
Do the affected frames appear following a lens...

Do the affected frames appear following a lens change? With some shutters, a lens swap in bright light will fog the frame that is behind the lens at that time.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-11-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 1,084
Posted By OldNick
The IIIf will definitely work with a Braun Hobby...

The IIIf will definitely work with a Braun Hobby flash unit. My IIIa, which was fitted with a synchro baseplate by Leitz N.Y. would only work with flashbulbs.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-10-2008
Replies: 47
Views: 2,576
Posted By OldNick
I use a Kodak Series VI Adapter Ring 1 5/8in....

I use a Kodak Series VI Adapter Ring 1 5/8in. 41mm push-on to hold Series VI filters and/or a Series VI round hood. Works fine on the knurled outer surface of the Summitar and never leaves a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-03-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 482
Posted By OldNick
I will start with the last question first. My...

I will start with the last question first. My Elmar, from 1946, locks only in the clockwise direction. I'm not sure what dot you are referring to, but the f-stop setting has nothing to do with...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 03-03-2008
Replies: 37
Views: 1,589
Posted By OldNick
We have a Fuji processing plant here in...

We have a Fuji processing plant here in Tullahoma, TN. I have seen nothing in the local paper about changes there. A lot of people use the Wal-Mart 1-hour processing, but a lot more turn their film...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-02-2008
Replies: 28
Views: 1,430
Posted By OldNick
I agree with bmattock. Avoid the SCSI-interfaced...

I agree with bmattock. Avoid the SCSI-interfaced scanners and look for one that works with USB. From the auction site, I obtained first a Minolta Dimage Scan Dual II, which works fine for 35mm negs...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-01-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 1,254
Posted By OldNick
I have both the Summitar and the Elmar. I feel...

I have both the Summitar and the Elmar. I feel that lens condition is much more important in this choice than the particular lens characteristics. When my Elmar was new, over 50 years ago, it...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-29-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 6,866
Posted By OldNick
My solution is to use an Exa, the baby, cheap,...

My solution is to use an Exa, the baby, cheap, Exacta. When my Exacta died, I found an Exa in a pawn shop. They are rugged, simple, but are made with the shutter release on the left, as with most...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-29-2008
Replies: 19
Views: 878
Posted By OldNick
I purchased an FSU Jupiter 12, made in 1987, from...

I purchased an FSU Jupiter 12, made in 1987, from Fedka, and it works extremely well on my Leica IIIf RD. Fedka has a good reputation for providing quality FSU imports. See the airplane photos in...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-27-2008
Replies: 39
Views: 7,246
Posted By OldNick
The suggestion was to use BAKING SODA, not baking...

The suggestion was to use BAKING SODA, not baking powder.

Jim N.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-26-2008
Replies: 39
Views: 7,246
Posted By OldNick
You might seal it in a bag with a vented box of...

You might seal it in a bag with a vented box of baking soda. Soda is good at absorbing smells.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-26-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 928
Posted By OldNick
The only problem with setting the shutter speed...

The only problem with setting the shutter speed while the shutter is uncocked is that the pointer and the speed markings are not aligned properly. There is no harm to be done, only confusion as to...
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-24-2008
Replies: 31
Views: 2,848
Posted By OldNick
I use a 35mm Jupiter 12 on my Leica IIIf RD very...

I use a 35mm Jupiter 12 on my Leica IIIf RD very often because I enjoy photographing airplanes. With a 50, I have to stand back too far to get the framing correct, and often have to contend with...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-20-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 690
Posted By OldNick
The late model Jupiter 12 (mine is from 1987)...

The late model Jupiter 12 (mine is from 1987) works well. You have to be careful mounting the lens because it extends well into the camera body, but once mounted, it works fine. You would need an...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 02-20-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 1,518
Posted By OldNick
My choice does not qualify as "fixed lens", but I...

My choice does not qualify as "fixed lens", but I would choose a Barnack Leica, from a Leica II to a Leica IIIf, with a collapsible lens of your choice. I have a IIIa and 50/f3.5 Elmar that I have...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-18-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 1,173
Posted By OldNick
Maybe I work too hard at the task, but I scan at...

Maybe I work too hard at the task, but I scan at the maximum resolution of the scanner, do my post-processing in PS Elements 5, then use PS-5 to resize the image to the size and resolution I need for...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-16-2008
Replies: 44
Views: 2,950
Posted By OldNick
I recently bought a Fujica ST705 from another RFF...

I recently bought a Fujica ST705 from another RFF member to back up or replace my Spotmatic SP. It works with my favorite Pentax lenses, but requires a two-finger operation to get the metering to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-16-2008
Replies: 22
Views: 2,578
Posted By OldNick
Can't answer the whole question, but can give you...

Can't answer the whole question, but can give you a data point. My Summitar, SN 702xxx from 1949 has the round aperture configuration.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-16-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 829
Posted By OldNick
I use the VC metal auxiliary finder on my IIIf...

I use the VC metal auxiliary finder on my IIIf and find it to work well with a 35mm lens.

See my avatar for the setup.

Jim N.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-15-2008
Replies: 52
Views: 1,488
Posted By OldNick
For me, the digital camera is for the snaps one...

For me, the digital camera is for the snaps one wishes to share quickly with others. For valued photographs, I prefer to use film. However, it sometimes takes me a while to finish a roll of film....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-14-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 1,045
Posted By OldNick
It has been a few months since I used VueScan,...

It has been a few months since I used VueScan, but the only problem that I recall is that it will not shut down properly if I pop the negative carrier out before shutdown. It seems to want to eject...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-14-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 1,045
Posted By OldNick
If expense is a concern, you might explore the...

If expense is a concern, you might explore the auction site as I did. I purchased a Minolta Dimage Scan Dual II, which has USB interface, and use it with VueScan for 35mm negatives and slides. When...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 02-13-2008
Replies: 27
Views: 4,138
Posted By OldNick
Yes, that is what I would do. I think you can...

Yes, that is what I would do. I think you can make a fair assessment of most Compur-type shutters by watching the leaves and listening to the sound. Open the aperture wide open to watch the shutter...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 02-13-2008
Replies: 27
Views: 4,138
Posted By OldNick
I assume that is a 4x5 Crown Graphic. The...

I assume that is a 4x5 Crown Graphic. The bellows and shutter conditions are the most important. Almost anything else can be adjusted. The Crown, IIRC, has no focal plane shutter to give problems.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-13-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 890
Posted By OldNick
The Leica IIIf Red Dial with Self-Timer normally...

The Leica IIIf Red Dial with Self-Timer normally demands a higher price than those without the timer. The condition pictured does show some wear. I would suspect the camera would work ok, but...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-12-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 1,459
Posted By OldNick
Have you examined the bronze ring that surrounds...

Have you examined the bronze ring that surrounds the front element using a good magnifier? See if there are VERY small numerals engraved there.

Jim N.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-12-2008
Replies: 35
Views: 1,692
Posted By OldNick
I think some of the quotes on clean-up costs are...

I think some of the quotes on clean-up costs are generated by government guidelines on levels of toxic material that are left after the clean-up. In many cases, these levels are much lower than what...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-10-2008
Replies: 31
Views: 2,352
Posted By OldNick
This aspect can be worthwhile when the weather is...

This aspect can be worthwhile when the weather is too bad to get out and enjoy one's surroundings. I have digitized all of my collection of photos and passed CDs on to my children. I am now working...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-04-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 667
Posted By OldNick
I use a metal CV 35 finder on my IIIf, along with...

I use a metal CV 35 finder on my IIIf, along with a very good Jupiter 12 35/2.8 lens. You can see the combo in my avatar. I, personally like the external finder on the IIIf. Yes, the finder did...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-01-2008
Replies: 15
Views: 779
Posted By OldNick
I had a Summitar that acted the same as yours,...

I had a Summitar that acted the same as yours, and the only solution I could find was to have it CLA'd. It is now cleaner and the aperture ring is very smooth.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-31-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 3,371
Posted By OldNick
Steve, I really appreciate your clarifications. ...

Steve, I really appreciate your clarifications. I have a IIIf online manual bookmarked, can't say which version, and it includes the statement about pressing the release before moving the R/A lever....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-31-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 634
Posted By OldNick
I wondered if that might influence the speed. It...

I wondered if that might influence the speed. It has improved in the last half hour at my house.

Jim N.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-31-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 634
Posted By OldNick
Does RFF Load Slower ?

Is it just on my DSL line, or, has RFF been loading and refreshing much slower for the past few days?

Jim N.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-30-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 3,371
Posted By OldNick
I have a IIIa and a IIIf, and have never...

I have a IIIa and a IIIf, and have never encountered the problem. My IIIf is full of film, so I can't examine it, but I opened the bottom of the IIIa to refresh my memory of how the release works. ...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-30-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 1,103
Posted By OldNick
Tom, thanks for sharing the photos and your...

Tom, thanks for sharing the photos and your comments.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-30-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 1,103
Posted By OldNick
Years ago, I swapped my Summarit for a Summitar,...

Years ago, I swapped my Summarit for a Summitar, had it CLA'd, and it turned out to be a much more useful lens than the Summarit. However, the Canon 50/1.5 shown in this thread sure looks attractive...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-29-2008
Replies: 15
Views: 702
Posted By OldNick
Peter nailed it. The wider the base length, the...

Peter nailed it. The wider the base length, the more accurately the RF can determine the height of the triangle, which is the distance to the subject.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-27-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 996
Posted By OldNick
I don't have a spec sheet, but the Jupiter 12 is...

I don't have a spec sheet, but the Jupiter 12 is a 35mm f/2.8 Russian copy of a Zeiss lens that comes in both LTM and Contax compatible mounts which fit many of the FSU rangefinders as well as Leica...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-27-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 2,230
Posted By OldNick
I have never seen the Hektor 28, but will offer a...

I have never seen the Hektor 28, but will offer a suggestion. The Elmar 50s of the same period have a serial number of VERY small numerals engraved in the dark ring that surrounds the front element....
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-27-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 996
Posted By OldNick
[QUOTE=Dingo]Nick, very nice shots from the J-12,...

[QUOTE=Dingo]Nick, very nice shots from the J-12, I guess your avatar is the gear you used.
/QUOTE]

Yes, the avatar shows the gear. I use a CV metal finder which does a good job.

Jim N.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-26-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 996
Posted By OldNick
I'm not sure to whom you addressed your request,...

I'm not sure to whom you addressed your request, but I have a number of Jupiter-12 airplane photos in my gallery. Here are links to a couple of them that, I feel, show the qualities of the...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-26-2008
Replies: 19
Views: 2,120
Posted By OldNick
The DOF of a small sensor camera is far deeper...

The DOF of a small sensor camera is far deeper than that of a full-frame camera because they are normally equipped with lenses of much shorter focal length.

Jim N.
Forum: Optics Theory - 01-26-2008
Replies: 61
Views: 2,982
Posted By OldNick
The DOF scale on the lens is correct regardless...

The DOF scale on the lens is correct regardless of the sensor format. All that really changes is that the sensor only captures a smaller percentage of the image created by the lens than that...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-26-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 996
Posted By OldNick
I don't have an RD-1, but I do use a 1987 J-12 on...

I don't have an RD-1, but I do use a 1987 J-12 on my Leica IIIf RD frequently. It gives me very good photos, a lot of value for the money.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-25-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 742
Posted By OldNick
I've got black felt on the back of mine to...

I've got black felt on the back of mine to protect my glasses, but it would appear that the back flange might unscrew. Have you looked at that possibility?

Jim N.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-21-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 4,447
Posted By OldNick
My 1946 Elmar is engraved with the old sequence...

My 1946 Elmar is engraved with the old sequence of f-stops: 3.5, 4.5, 6.3, 9, 12.5, 18. The aperture will stop down past the 18 mark to what would be 22, but there is no such mark. The 1955 photo...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-21-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 4,447
Posted By OldNick
I enlarged a portion of the photo in PhotoShop,...

I enlarged a portion of the photo in PhotoShop, but can't get a definitive answer on the first numeral. Perhaps some contrast agent, such as chalk, could be used to better define the numerals. It...
Forum: Optics Theory - 01-19-2008
Replies: 62
Views: 2,666
Posted By OldNick
As an airplane enthusiast I have been frequently...

As an airplane enthusiast I have been frequently frustrated by the need to move back with a 50 in order to frame the subject. I put a Jupiter 12 35mm on my Leica IIIf and found what I had been...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 01-19-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1,911
Posted By OldNick
My late father-in-law was a studio photographer...

My late father-in-law was a studio photographer for some years. Packed away in my garage, I have his 8x10 studio camera and its wooden tripod. Neither is in very good shape, but what I would...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-17-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 622
Posted By OldNick
I would hazard a guess that it is an enlarging...

I would hazard a guess that it is an enlarging lens. A number of enlargers were fitted with the Leica LTM threads. I used to use my 50mm f/3.5 Elmar on my old Federal enlarger.

Jim N.
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 01-17-2008
Replies: 2
Views: 998
Posted By OldNick
According to this post, it is M-synch...

According to this post, it is M-synch only.

http://www.daniel.mitchell.name/cameras/signet35/signet35.html

Jim N.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-17-2008
Replies: 55
Views: 1,704
Posted By OldNick
I agree with RayPA, there is much more...

I agree with RayPA, there is much more opportunity for individual expression in scanning and PhotoShop work than many would expect. There is a challenge in handling a difficult negative or slide and...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-16-2008
Replies: 137
Views: 14,318
Posted By OldNick
While I voted "50", it really depends on the...

While I voted "50", it really depends on the subject matter. For airplanes, one of my favorite subjects, the 35 works much better.

Jim N.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-16-2008
Replies: 55
Views: 1,704
Posted By OldNick
I gave up my wet darkroom 40 years ago. I shoot...

I gave up my wet darkroom 40 years ago. I shoot both film and digital, but prefer film for serious work. For a while I used the CDs available from my local lab, but recognized that they were...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-15-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 1,188
Posted By OldNick
My approach is to buy good lenses and then find...

My approach is to buy good lenses and then find working bodies to support them. After some problems with my Spotmatic SP, I wound up buying a Fujica ST705 from another RFF member to provide a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-13-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 744
Posted By OldNick
I've got an 85mm 2.8 Steinheil, and it would be...

I've got an 85mm 2.8 Steinheil, and it would be fine for head and shoulders shots, but, if I had my choice, I would try to find a Leitz 90mm Elmar. From the portrait examples that I have seen, the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-13-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1,464
Posted By OldNick
My Summitar was the same, aperture ring very...

My Summitar was the same, aperture ring very stiff. I had it serviced and it has been fine since that time. No detents.

Jim N.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-12-2008
Replies: 2,758
Views: 812,525
Posted By OldNick
I recently acquired a Fujica ST705 from another...

I recently acquired a Fujica ST705 from another RFF member, which I have paired with a Pentax Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 50mm 1.4 lens. This camera, which is about the same size as a Leica M RF...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-10-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 849
Posted By OldNick
I just checked my avatar photo in my files, and...

I just checked my avatar photo in my files, and it is 90 x 68 pixels, created by resizing the original using Photoshop. Works ok for me. Any of the avatars can be examined for properties by...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-08-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 656
Posted By OldNick
I think it depends heavily on the particular...

I think it depends heavily on the particular specimen that you use. The one that I had showed signs of heavy use, and had mechanical problems as well as the common haze. I traded it for a Summitar,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-29-2007
Replies: 39
Views: 2,064
Posted By OldNick
If you decide you can get by without Digital Ice,...

If you decide you can get by without Digital Ice, any of the Minolta scanners should work for you. I bought a Scan Dual II from the auction site, and while it is limited to about 2820 dpi, it does a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-26-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 2,031
Posted By OldNick
I'm guilty! See my avatar. I frequently use a...

I'm guilty! See my avatar. I frequently use a late-model Jupiter 12 on my Leica IIIf RD when a wide angle is called for. I find it great for photographing airplanes, one of my favorite subjects. ...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 12-26-2007
Replies: 20
Views: 1,231
Posted By OldNick
I'll second the recommendation of the Fuji...

I'll second the recommendation of the Fuji Finepix line of small digitals. I have the F10, bought at a bargain price after the F11 came out. There are now several later models in this series.

One...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-25-2007
Replies: 12
Views: 1,458
Posted By OldNick
My late father-in-law retouched 5x7 portrait...

My late father-in-law retouched 5x7 portrait negatives routinely. He used VERY sharp pencils to fill in flaws with tiny dots. As I use Photoshop to do the same, I often wonder what he would think...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-24-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 1,649
Posted By OldNick
I have a couple of these lenses, one in LTM that...

I have a couple of these lenses, one in LTM that I use, and another in Exacta mount, that doesn't see much use, but have never had a problem, so I can't offer help, but will be interested in the...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 12-23-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 1,501
Posted By OldNick
I concur with the advice to upgrade your...

I concur with the advice to upgrade your computer. I feel that you got a poor example of an Epson scanner. I purchased a much older Epson on *bay for under $100, an Epson Perfection 2450 Photo, and...
Forum: Other RF 12-22-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 4,433
Posted By OldNick
Early in my employment with a USAF contractor, we...

Early in my employment with a USAF contractor, we had a need to photograph some thread tufts inside a large wind tunnel to investigate an airflow problem. I used a USAF Signet and flashbulbs to get...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-22-2007
Replies: 46
Views: 4,129
Posted By OldNick
Here is the Cape Hateras lighthouse before it was...

Here is the Cape Hateras lighthouse before it was re-located. This was taken in 1970.

Jim N.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-22-2007
Replies: 12
Views: 1,569
Posted By OldNick
If you would settle for manual focus and...

If you would settle for manual focus and aperture, the Soligor 35mm f/2 C/D lens is great. The C/D indicates that it is a computer designed lens, and it focuses down to .3 meters or 1 foot.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-16-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 750
Posted By OldNick
My Leica IIIf RD has a 1/4 inch mounting thread. ...

My Leica IIIf RD has a 1/4 inch mounting thread. I think that by the time the IIIfs were made, almost all of the Leicas were made with 1/4 inch threads. My IIIa, from 1935, was built with the 3/8...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-15-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 1,050
Posted By OldNick
I've got a Braun Hobby that is still working. ...

I've got a Braun Hobby that is still working. You have to watch out for plastic parts that crack and break away in the connector/base area.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-14-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 1,971
Posted By OldNick
The Leica IIIf and IIIc are essentially identical...

The Leica IIIf and IIIc are essentially identical in size. The models preceding the IIIc are one/eighth of an inch smaller in length. I don't have an M3, so I can't compare it's size to the other...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-13-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 1,909
Posted By OldNick
Screw-in adapters were common in the 40s and 50s....

Screw-in adapters were common in the 40s and 50s. Check with a local, old-time camera shop and ask to look through their junk boxes.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-12-2007
Replies: 22
Views: 1,102
Posted By OldNick
I hate to start an argument, but this statement...

I hate to start an argument, but this statement is incorrect. It would have been correct in the 1950s and 60s, because the commercial leaders were cut to what was essentially the Leica...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-12-2007
Replies: 22
Views: 1,102
Posted By OldNick
I do the same. I had one local lab comment that...

I do the same. I had one local lab comment that the film was splitting when they pulled the longer leader out. I pulled it out for them and showed them it was cut with a Leica template. They seem...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-12-2007
Replies: 49
Views: 3,388
Posted By OldNick
Here are a couple of scans of Kodachrome slides...

Here are a couple of scans of Kodachrome slides that were exposed in 1952 and 1953, when Daylight Kodachrome was rated at ASA 10, if I recall correctly. I recently scanned 50 years of slides and...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-11-2007
Replies: 26
Views: 7,045
Posted By OldNick
I use a Leica briteline finder with 50mm lenses,...

I use a Leica briteline finder with 50mm lenses, and a CV metal 35mm finder with a 35mm lens on my Leica IIIf RD, and also on the IIIa that I have had for over 50 years. I like the CV finder, but,...
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-07-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 2,427
Posted By OldNick
My Elmar 50mm f/3.5 will stop down one stop past...

My Elmar 50mm f/3.5 will stop down one stop past the last one marked. I don't really see it as a problem. It is marked to f/18, but could easily go to f/22.

Jim N.
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-07-2007
Replies: 37
Views: 3,744
Posted By OldNick
Those "early Summicrons" were sold as Summitars...

Those "early Summicrons" were sold as Summitars which had a "*" in the serial number.

Jim N.
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-07-2007
Replies: 37
Views: 3,744
Posted By OldNick
I owned a Summarit at one time and eventually...

I owned a Summarit at one time and eventually traded it for a Summitar because of problems with my particular Summarit. The Summitar aperture ring was stiff, so I had the lens serviced and it is a...
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-06-2007
Replies: 1,928
Views: 1,751,704
Posted By OldNick
This was made with a Petri that I owned in the...

This was made with a Petri that I owned in the 1960s, on Tri-X film. Wish I still had it.

Jim N.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-05-2007
Replies: 13
Views: 1,300
Posted By OldNick
The Epson 2450 which I bought used on *bay for...

The Epson 2450 which I bought used on *bay for around $100 US has a 4 inch wide by 9 inch long light source in the lid. It will do 4x5 negatives fine, because the holder aligns the short side of the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-04-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 1,014
Posted By OldNick
If I recall correctly, the first two digits of...

If I recall correctly, the first two digits of most J-12s indicate the year of manufacture.

I use my J-12 on a Leica IIIf with a CV external bright line finder. Works great. You can see the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-30-2007
Replies: 28
Views: 6,308
Posted By OldNick
I frequently use a Jupiter 12 on my Leica IIIf...

I frequently use a Jupiter 12 on my Leica IIIf RD, and it produces fine result. Many of the airplane photos in my gallery were made with this combination.

Jim N.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-28-2007
Replies: 24
Views: 4,719
Posted By OldNick
Contrary to what some others have commented, I...

Contrary to what some others have commented, I have a Soligar 35mm f/2 lens that is outstanding. The serial number is 17506xxx and it is marked on the barrel "35mm C/D", which, I have been told,...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-28-2007
Replies: 24
Views: 937
Posted By OldNick
There is one approach that I have seen suggested...

There is one approach that I have seen suggested by others. I have not tried it, since my primary Leica is a IIIf. The approach is to load the camera in the normal manner, then, with a black tape...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-28-2007
Replies: 24
Views: 937
Posted By OldNick
In looking at the images again, and looking at...

In looking at the images again, and looking at what I wrote, I find that I am completely wrong. The lines are 90 degrees from one that would be produced by a bad light trap on the cartridge.

MY...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-28-2007
Replies: 24
Views: 937
Posted By OldNick
That looks to me like a horizontal light leak. ...

That looks to me like a horizontal light leak. If they were close together on the roll, I would suspect that the cartridge light trap was the culprit. Like others have said, check the back light...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-25-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 1,747
Posted By OldNick
I have found that, if the camera has a manual...

I have found that, if the camera has a manual mode, such as my Fuji F10, one can lock the ISO at the lowest setting available and force the lens to open up to provide more separation from the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-16-2007
Replies: 48
Views: 4,374
Posted By OldNick
Although I normally use VueScan to produce jpegs,...

Although I normally use VueScan to produce jpegs, I will endorse the advice above about excluding all margin areas from the scan. This gave me a lot of trouble until I realized that the margins were...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-11-2007
Replies: 55
Views: 3,856
Posted By OldNick
One word of caution. I have used silver B&W film...

One word of caution. I have used silver B&W film well after its expiration date and got good results. I recently tried some out of date Kodak C41 that was 4 yrs beyond the expiration and got...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-10-2007
Replies: 2
Views: 700
Posted By OldNick
That is an excellent job. What software did you...

That is an excellent job. What software did you use to combine the photos?

Jim N.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-09-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 832
Posted By OldNick
Thanks, all. I think I get the picture. I was...

Thanks, all. I think I get the picture. I was afraid I would have to learn HTML.

Jim N.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-09-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 832
Posted By OldNick
Kim, please clarify what you mean by "img...

Kim, please clarify what you mean by "img syntax". I can't find a reference for that.

Jim N.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-09-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 832
Posted By OldNick
Including Photos in a Thread

I often see threads in which photos are included as a part of the thread, rather than as thumbs. What is the technique and what are the rules that allow this to be done?

Jim N.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-08-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 1,559
Posted By OldNick
I used a Summarit for several years and got fine...

I used a Summarit for several years and got fine results, but my sample had mechanical problems and I became frustrated with it and swapped it for a Summitar. I still feel that the Summitar is a...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-05-2007
Replies: 17
Views: 871
Posted By OldNick
I get C41 film, both color and B&W, developed at...

I get C41 film, both color and B&W, developed at a minilab at Wal-Mart. I formerly had them scan to a CD, but these were not high quality scans. I now use a Minolta Dimage Scan Dual II to scan 35mm...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-31-2007
Replies: 17
Views: 1,943
Posted By OldNick
A Series VI adapter and a round, Series VI, hood...

A Series VI adapter and a round, Series VI, hood works fine on a Summitar, unless you are a purist and must have only Leica gear.

Jim N.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-07-2007
Replies: 31
Views: 1,558
Posted By OldNick
Raid- I have used a black, 1987 J-12 on my Leica...

Raid- I have used a black, 1987 J-12 on my Leica IIIf RD for over a year now with no problems at all. I am careful when mounting and removing the lens to avoid rubbing the sides of the rear element....
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-23-2007
Replies: 116
Views: 4,082
Posted By OldNick
I have to agree with Joe and FrankS. I am in the...

I have to agree with Joe and FrankS. I am in the process of digitizing over 50 years accumulation of negatives and slides. I have found that, in spite of my best efforts at capturing the intended...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-25-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 870
Posted By OldNick
I have a 1935 Leica III, SN177xxx, that was...

I have a 1935 Leica III, SN177xxx, that was factory-converted to a IIIa. It was not uncommon during the 1930s.

Jim N.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-18-2007
Replies: 22
Views: 1,396
Posted By OldNick
I use a local lab for processing, both C41 color...

I use a local lab for processing, both C41 color and C41 B&W, and have them provide a CD and index print. This gives me a digital image that is fine for posting on the web, and the index print helps...
Forum: Off Topic 06-15-2007
Replies: 22
Views: 798
Posted By OldNick
I had to ask my wife, and she agrees with G-man,...

I had to ask my wife, and she agrees with G-man, its an immature Robin.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-07-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 1,397
Posted By OldNick
My 1987 35mm Jupiter 12 matches up well with my...

My 1987 35mm Jupiter 12 matches up well with my Leica IIIf rangefinder. I could detect a very small focus error at 1 meter wide open. In use, it has never posed a problem.

Jim N.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 06-05-2007
Replies: 15
Views: 1,215
Posted By OldNick
I use a Fuji F10, which has been replaced by the...

I use a Fuji F10, which has been replaced by the F11 -F30 series. These should be in your price range and should do what you want.

Jim N.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-05-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 1,932
Posted By OldNick
I use the technique as well, and find it works...

I use the technique as well, and find it works best with a 35mm lens. With ISO 200 or above, I find it is about as simple as using a P&S camera, and gives much better results.

Jim N.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-29-2007
Replies: 26
Views: 1,875
Posted By OldNick
Brian- I still use my Spotmatic for any lens over...

Brian- I still use my Spotmatic for any lens over 85mm.

Jim N.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-25-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 1,019
Posted By OldNick
After many years of encountering this problem...

After many years of encountering this problem with my Leica IIIa and IIIf, I obtained some black adhesive-backed felt (Wal-Mart) and cut protective pieces with holes for the view opening. Peels...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-24-2007
Replies: 12
Views: 1,077
Posted By OldNick
I had my Summitar CLA'd and it is a very good...

I had my Summitar CLA'd and it is a very good lens. I would avoid the early Leica 35mm lenses. An inexpensive alternative is a late model Jupiter 12, though it is only f/2.8. I bought a 1987 black...
Forum: Photo Software 05-22-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 2,267
Posted By OldNick
Michel- You can do this in PhotoShop but it may...

Michel- You can do this in PhotoShop but it may take a little experimenting to get it right. Size your image to the pixel size you want. Then, increase the canvas size a few pixels in both dimensions...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-21-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 886
Posted By OldNick
I use a Kodak Series VI Adapter that slips on the...

I use a Kodak Series VI Adapter that slips on the rim of the Summitar and also provides a seat for Series VI filters. Works great.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-20-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 861
Posted By OldNick
I've heard that a few early Summicrons were...

I've heard that a few early Summicrons were released as Summitars and were marked with an "*". I can't recall whether it showed up after the name or the serial number.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-17-2007
Replies: 20
Views: 1,642
Posted By OldNick
I agree with Daniel. I use a 1987 Jupiter 12 and...

I agree with Daniel. I use a 1987 Jupiter 12 and a CV finder on my Leica IIIf RD. It makes a very well balanced kit that suits my style of shooting.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-15-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 1,577
Posted By OldNick
While the IIIc and the IIIf Black Dial are very...

While the IIIc and the IIIf Black Dial are very similar except for flash synch, I have read that the IIIf Red Dial has an improved shutter mechanism, which is supposed to be lighter and quieter than...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-12-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 594
Posted By OldNick
The larger filter assembly might call attention...

The larger filter assembly might call attention to the camera. However, another problem is that it may block a portion of the viewfinder frame.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-06-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 898
Posted By OldNick
Orange peel refers to uneven drying of spray...

Orange peel refers to uneven drying of spray paint where too much paint was applied in one application. It does not have to run, but sometimes does. It has a visual similarity to the peel of an...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 04-26-2007
Replies: 29
Views: 1,680
Posted By OldNick
Have you tried reducing the resolution of your...

Have you tried reducing the resolution of your JPEG images? You can usually do this and not detect a difference in the image quality on the web. Try converting at a medium setting. This will...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 04-20-2007
Replies: 1
Views: 1,609
Posted By OldNick
Years ago I was given a Konica I that had been...

Years ago I was given a Konica I that had been found in a sailor's seabag on the roadside by a state highway patrolman. It had obviously been subjected to salt air and the body showed a lot of...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-19-2007
Replies: 20
Views: 1,503
Posted By OldNick
I've not purchased a camera from Yuri at Fedka,...

I've not purchased a camera from Yuri at Fedka, but did purchase a Jupiter 12 lens on Yuri's recommendation. The advice was exactly what I needed, and the lens is a great performer.

Jim N.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-12-2007
Replies: 18
Views: 1,286
Posted By OldNick
I find that the IIIf works and looks fine with a...

I find that the IIIf works and looks fine with a Jupiter 12 35mm f/2.8 and an external CV finder. That is currently my favorite combination. See the following link: ...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-07-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 865
Posted By OldNick
The Leica IIIf has a small "tongue" on the...

The Leica IIIf has a small "tongue" on the baseplate to push the film up where is should be. All of the earlier IIIs have a tendency to let the film ride low. The IIIf baseplate cannot be used on...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-06-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 727
Posted By OldNick
I would also like to put in a good word for Yuri....

I would also like to put in a good word for Yuri. He sold me an excellent Jupiter 12 LTM lens. His prices are a little higher, but you get peace of mind knowing that an expert made the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-05-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 2,876
Posted By OldNick
I've been told that film and meters respond to...

I've been told that film and meters respond to light differently, hence TTL metering will give a "rough" compensation for the presence of the filter, but it will not be optimum. My approach is to...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-29-2007
Replies: 2
Views: 1,064
Posted By OldNick
You need to focus the rangefinder on an object...

You need to focus the rangefinder on an object that is as far away as possibe, such as a building a mile away, or, at night, the moon. Take a few exposures and examine the images to see if the focus...
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