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Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 20 Hours Ago
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Posted By besk
There were a few 2 stroke Saabs around in the...

There were a few 2 stroke Saabs around in the early 50's in the States.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2,085
Views: 311,169
Posted By besk
Love all the glass.

Love all the glass.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 1 Week Ago
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Views: 311,169
Posted By besk
That's a 1967 - just like the tag says. A high...

That's a 1967 - just like the tag says. A high point in Beetles.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 1,748
Posted By besk
My THEORY is/was (1) that it is more difficult...

My THEORY is/was (1) that it is more difficult to match the curvature of concave and convex surfaces to each other. (2) The two glasses being joined are different in chemical makeup. Therefore,...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 1,748
Posted By besk
I chose to purchase a 75mm Xenotar because the...

I chose to purchase a 75mm Xenotar because the cemented doublet was with two flat elements rather than the curved ones of the Planar.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-21-2020
Replies: 2
Views: 474
Posted By besk
The camera once had a meter which was removed. ...

The camera once had a meter which was removed. They installed a watch to fill the blank space.

I have someone remove the meter from my Rolleiflex. He put a ASA reminder in place of the meter. He...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 02-09-2020
Replies: 2,085
Views: 311,169
Posted By besk
I did all my dating in a 1963 Corvair coupe just...

I did all my dating in a 1963 Corvair coupe just like that except it was a golden tan - no radio and no AC.
You are correct- you could lose the rear end pretty easy on wet pavement. The later model...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 02-07-2020
Replies: 27
Views: 841
Posted By besk
I have a M6, CL and IIIf. But tend to use my...

I have a M6, CL and IIIf. But tend to use my miniature Crown Graphic (6x9) the most.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-05-2020
Replies: 52
Views: 2,109
Posted By besk
OK All of the manual Nikons that I know have the...

OK All of the manual Nikons that I know have the feature of turning off the meter when the advance lever is pushed into the body.

With the Leica M6 you can do the same by setting the shutter at...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-01-2020
Replies: 185
Views: 12,583
Posted By besk
I didn't vote. I now take the camera or cameras...

I didn't vote. I now take the camera or cameras that best fit what I want to accomplish on the trip with weight and size taken into consideration.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-15-2020
Replies: 62
Views: 2,319
Posted By besk
For my trip to Belarus and Latvia this past...

For my trip to Belarus and Latvia this past summer I took an iPhone 7 and a Rolleiflex.
Included was a Sirui travel tripod. Worked great.

On the next trip a newly CLA'd Agfa Record III will go in...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-12-2020
Replies: 34
Views: 1,078
Posted By besk
My vote would be the all mechanical Yashica FX3...

My vote would be the all mechanical Yashica FX3 and a suitable Contax lens. 35mm, 45mm or 50mm. If I didn't have so many Nikon bodies I would get one myself.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-28-2019
Replies: 2,085
Views: 311,169
Posted By besk
At least you can see out all around and see the...

At least you can see out all around and see the corners from the drivers seat. That ought to count for something.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-27-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 853
Posted By besk
I am approximately your age (at 76) and felt the...

I am approximately your age (at 76) and felt the same way about the quick releases for 30 years. (And did try briefly the Beseler type at one time.)

But, recently I won a Acratech head on ebay that...
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-19-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,655
Posted By besk
I agree with Godfrey above. For landscape...

I agree with Godfrey above. For landscape photography I prefer a larger format. However, for travel the smaller format may be more practical.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-14-2019
Replies: 2,085
Views: 311,169
Posted By besk
We called it the bug-eyed Sprite where I lived.

We called it the bug-eyed Sprite where I lived.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-13-2019
Replies: 2,085
Views: 311,169
Posted By besk
My dream car when I was a teenager! (AC Ace...

My dream car when I was a teenager! (AC Ace Bristol) Before Carroll Shelby ruined it.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-11-2019
Replies: 183
Views: 7,710
Posted By besk
I confess I have both FILCA cassettes for my...

I confess I have both FILCA cassettes for my Barnack Leica and cassettes for the F2 but never used them. Bulk loading short rolls of film is a great idea and use for them.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-03-2019
Replies: 2,085
Views: 311,169
Posted By besk
I had a Triumph TR3. The Ford Falcon of sports...

I had a Triumph TR3. The Ford Falcon of sports cars. It was that crude and easy to work on. Wish I hadn't sold it.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-03-2019
Replies: 2,085
Views: 311,169
Posted By besk
Porshe used it in their 944 if I am not...

Porshe used it in their 944 if I am not mistaken.

GM tried several innovative designs in the 60's trying to complete with the European imports. Oldsmobile had the aluminum V8, Buick the V6, Pontiac...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 11-27-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 1,038
Posted By besk
Very interesting article. Thanks for pointing it...

Very interesting article. Thanks for pointing it out.

Just wish they made a modern 35mm rangefinder in square format with coated lenses and a meter. I have a Robot with no meter and a Minolta 24...
Forum: RFF Polls 11-22-2019
Replies: 88
Views: 6,910
Posted By besk
I wish I didn't but I do.

I wish I didn't but I do.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-16-2019
Replies: 2,085
Views: 311,169
Posted By besk
Seems like a Corvette

Seems like a Corvette
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-14-2019
Replies: 101
Views: 3,758
Posted By besk
Excellent consideration. I own a M6 and have...

Excellent consideration. I own a M6 and have owned two M2's in the past. The rangefinder is somewhat easier to focus in lower light situations. But the framing accuracy of the F2 is so much better.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-14-2019
Replies: 101
Views: 3,758
Posted By besk
Nikon F2 vs Leica with no meter

I own a nice Nikon F2 with plain prism and with a Maxwell enhanced F3 screen fitted.

Other than having a quiet shutter and being a little smaller it keeps me wondering why someone would choose...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-11-2019
Replies: 130
Views: 9,866
Posted By besk
I had and used a Hasselblad system for several...

I had and used a Hasselblad system for several years as an amateur. Loved the camera with an HC4 viewer. However, when Kodak stopped making and developing Kodachrome I quit using my Hassy. ...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 11-10-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 2,547
Posted By besk
Gerry M: I have been thinking about the problem...

Gerry M: I have been thinking about the problem of mounting my Record III to a tripod also. Your idea is very good.

I assume that you hollowed out the area in your Acra plate to fit the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-06-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 9,302
Posted By besk
I once had two M2's at the same time - one with...

I once had two M2's at the same time - one with button rewind and one with the lever. I noticed that the interior "blacking" inside of the earlier button rewind body was significantly more...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-02-2019
Replies: 96
Views: 7,111
Posted By besk
I have never liked attaching a filter on the long...

I have never liked attaching a filter on the long nose lens because it is so far from the
lens element.

With the pancake version the filter is very close. I use the polycarbonate E series version...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-28-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 2,543
Posted By besk
Busch Pressman and Stylus. Last trip took...

Busch Pressman and Stylus. Last trip took Rolleiflex TLR and I-phone.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 10-13-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 891
Posted By besk
I have a Siriu carbon fiber one. It is very...

I have a Siriu carbon fiber one. It is very light. Took it to eastern Europe this summer for my Rolleiflex and a small digital P&S. I replaced the head with the smallest RRS head and attached the...
Forum: RFF Polls 10-06-2019
Replies: 445
Views: 76,681
Posted By besk
Leica M6, Leica CL, IIIf RD. Acquired in reverse...

Leica M6, Leica CL, IIIf RD. Acquired in reverse order.

The M6 is my 3rd, the CL is my 2nd. The IIIf RD gives me the most pleasure in use.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-06-2019
Replies: 88
Views: 3,210
Posted By besk
My longest owned camera that I still use is my...

My longest owned camera that I still use is my Bush Pressman 4x5. But other than that one I have changed cameras so many times that I have lost count.
Forum: Large Format Film RF 08-27-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 2,194
Posted By besk
Look at ...

Look at https://www.largeformatphotography.info

There is also a discussion forum on that website.
Forum: Large Format Film RF 08-27-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 2,194
Posted By besk
The Travelwide does not have movements. It is...

The Travelwide does not have movements. It is not a bad camera if the focus mechanism is working. I have one.

Movements allow you (within limits) to get everything in sharp focus at the same...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-20-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1,706
Posted By besk
I need to get out my Iskra.

I need to get out my Iskra.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-02-2019
Replies: 292
Views: 16,188
Posted By besk
Right now it’s a Rolleiflex 75/3.5. The only...

Right now it’s a Rolleiflex 75/3.5. The only camera with me. (Cell phone excluded.) I’m traveling with my wife in Belarus (her home country.)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-19-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,904
Posted By besk
I have a N5005, 2 N70's, and 4 N75's. All bought...

I have a N5005, 2 N70's, and 4 N75's. All bought cheap.

The MB18 for the N75's cost almost as much as 2 of my N75's.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-07-2019
Replies: 66
Views: 5,117
Posted By besk
The only "back-up" I trust is to print them out. ...

The only "back-up" I trust is to print them out. (The important ones- that is.)

I just printed out a bunch.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-07-2019
Replies: 292
Views: 16,188
Posted By besk
Now, I can't decide.

Now, I can't decide.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-11-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 3,256
Posted By besk
You make some good points - I just don't agree...

You make some good points - I just don't agree with you.


In my travels in eastern Europe I want to reduce the chances of a problem. Two years ago I had a group of young men take particular notice...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-11-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 3,256
Posted By besk
I believe the tape over the writing makes the...

I believe the tape over the writing makes the camera less conspicuous. Also,
unless a potential thief knows cameras well the tape reduces the chance that he would recognize that my camera is a...
Forum: Chris Crawford 06-08-2019
Replies: 207
Views: 10,480
Posted By besk
Sneaky has been neutered. The clipped ear is the...

Sneaky has been neutered. The clipped ear is the evidence.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-07-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 595
Posted By besk
Fits my Universal.

Fits my Universal.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-07-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 595
Posted By besk
I use the 65mm lens exclusively on my "flattop"...

I use the 65mm lens exclusively on my "flattop" very successfully. The "flattop" is the older Press model with the rangefinder housing removed.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-05-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 916
Posted By besk
I have a terrible urge to purge. Just can't...

I have a terrible urge to purge. Just can't decide what to purge.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-30-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,652
Posted By besk
My wife gave me one but I have never wanted to...

My wife gave me one but I have never wanted to wear it. Would
have problems remembering what pocket I left something in.
I would rather look in my bag.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-21-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 9,321
Posted By besk
Same optics

Same optics
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-09-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 822
Posted By besk
I use an insert made for Domke bags. Sometimes...

I use an insert made for Domke bags. Sometimes put a Velcro strap across the top for safety.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-19-2019
Replies: 399
Views: 58,025
Posted By besk
Toreno, Your posts are further proof of the...

Toreno, Your posts are further proof of the capability of the Elmar with the right subjects, film and processing. They look great.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-09-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,358
Posted By besk
Mamiya Universal with the excellent 50mm lens...

Mamiya Universal with the excellent 50mm lens with the 6x7 back. Not 6x6 but close. And they are relatively cheap.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-02-2019
Replies: 271
Views: 25,582
Posted By besk
I appreciate Roger and all of the contributions...

I appreciate Roger and all of the contributions he, along with Frances, has made to our community.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-22-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,904
Posted By besk
As I said in an earlier post I now have 4 ...

As I said in an earlier post I now have 4 N75's. With a 50/1.8 AF lens it is a very capable & light P&S camera and is suitable for more serious 35mm photography.
I use mine for travel and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-16-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,904
Posted By besk
A Nikon N75 kit with a 50 and chipped 3.5/28 is...

A Nikon N75 kit with a 50 and chipped 3.5/28 is lighter than my equivalent M6 kit. And not much larger.

I have 4 N75's at present (plus other AF and MF Nikons and two F2's in excellent condition.) ...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-13-2019
Replies: 101
Views: 3,735
Posted By besk
I use my 6x9 Crown Graphic a lot. Several...

I use my 6x9 Crown Graphic a lot. Several options on film format: 645, 6x6, 6X7 and 6x9 backs work.
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 02-07-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 814
Posted By besk
I use a Sony Nex-3c with adapters No...

I use a Sony Nex-3c with adapters No complaints. 16mp is enough for my purposes.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-15-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,737
Posted By besk
I'm 75 with eyes that are not what they used to...

I'm 75 with eyes that are not what they used to be. For 35mm photography I have found that using AF assist from my Nikon N75 makes focusing faster and more sure. Recently had my MF 28mm /3.5 AIS...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 01-10-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 11,785
Posted By besk
The Robot Xenogon 30/3.5 lens is my main lens on...

The Robot Xenogon 30/3.5 lens is my main lens on my Sony Nex 3n. That one is a 4 element lens BTW.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-04-2019
Replies: 72
Views: 4,867
Posted By besk
Nikon N75 with pro grade components and...

Nikon N75 with pro grade components and construction comes to mind.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-28-2018
Replies: 67
Views: 10,385
Posted By besk
I have had that feeling for years. Own a Agfa...

I have had that feeling for years. Own a Agfa Record that supposedly had the bellows replaced by him. The bellows cover part of the image at the rear making it a 6X7 camera.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-08-2018
Replies: 275
Views: 7,685
Posted By besk
That little green dot (focus confirmation) is why...

That little green dot (focus confirmation) is why I purchased my N75. At 75 years old my eyes don't allow me to focus any camera very fast any more. And SLR's are the hardest to get it right.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 11-29-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,885
Posted By besk
I buy from China if I can't get it from...

I buy from China if I can't get it from elsewhere. Unfortunately that is a lot of stuff these days.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-05-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,531
Posted By besk
The Solid Cats are weird for sure. Currently the...

The Solid Cats are weird for sure.

Currently the only lens I use on my Sony Nex is a Robot Xenagon 30mm f/3.5.
As a Chrome plated brass lens it is a little heavy but sharp.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-23-2018
Replies: 121
Views: 5,151
Posted By besk
I look at this forum first before any others. It...

I look at this forum first before any others. It is interesting and relevant to my photography hobby. Have to admit, however, that I feel a little guilty when I pick up my SLR's to shoot.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-20-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,204
Posted By besk
I'm 75 and realize that AF is most likely in my...

I'm 75 and realize that AF is most likely in my future for people type photos. Therefore am trying to get used to it in a Nikon N75.

With the Nex 3n it is manual focus (using peaking) 100%...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 10-19-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 914
Posted By besk
It was my first camera. I still have it and the...

It was my first camera. I still have it and the photos that I took with it.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-18-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,133
Posted By besk
Leica M6. Getting ready to switch to a Nikon...

Leica M6. Getting ready to switch to a Nikon N75 for a while.
Forum: Large Format Film RF 09-28-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,577
Posted By besk
90mm f6.3 Congo wide field MAY be multicoated. ...

90mm f6.3 Congo wide field MAY be multicoated. It is a very compact lens. Kerry Thalmann (sp?) spoke highly of his. However, the quality is known to be variable among samples. This is the most...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-26-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 844
Posted By besk
While I appreciate Kodak bringing back Ektachrome...

While I appreciate Kodak bringing back Ektachrome I appreciate their keeping T-max 400 more.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-23-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,410
Posted By besk
I use a Robot 3.5/30 Xanagon on my Sony Nex 3n. ...

I use a Robot 3.5/30 Xanagon on my Sony Nex 3n. It is a Tessar design and most likely will not cover a 35mm frame.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-03-2018
Replies: 185
Views: 12,583
Posted By besk
I was impressed with my Sony Nex 3n with a 30mm...

I was impressed with my Sony Nex 3n with a 30mm lens (equivalent to 45mm)on my last trip. Next summer I very likely will pair it with a Rolleiflex 3.5. They both will fit in a small bag.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-03-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 741
Posted By besk
That is interesting. I noticed it in my...

That is interesting. I noticed it in my Universal even after a CLA.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-22-2018
Replies: 363
Views: 25,482
Posted By besk
In terms of actual use (favorite list is very...

In terms of actual use (favorite list is very different.)

1) Nex3n/Robot Xanagon 30/3.5
2) Nikon N75
3) Busch Pressman 4x5
4) Crown Graphic 2 1/4 x 3 1/2
5) Leica M6
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-21-2018
Replies: 9,248
Views: 923,525
Posted By besk
Just purchased two Nikon N75's at about $30 each....

Just purchased two Nikon N75's at about $30 each. I now own 3. Hope at least one will be still working in 10 years or so when I hit 85.

Got them for the AF feature plus these cameras are...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-19-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 4,391
Posted By besk
For 35mm cameras only wrist straps. The camera...

For 35mm cameras only wrist straps. The camera stays in a bag until I want to use it.
My straps are always handmade using nylon cords or straps.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-01-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 801
Posted By besk
Forgot: You will then have to modify the slide...

Forgot: You will then have to modify the slide locks to get them to lock the back in place. I have done several of those also. I removed them from the camera and, using a hacksaw, cut away the...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-31-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 801
Posted By besk
You modify the side opposite of the dark slide by...

You modify the side opposite of the dark slide by grinding off some of it. Otherwise it holds that side off of the back of the camera. I have done several.
Forum: Chris Crawford 07-26-2018
Replies: 129
Views: 7,555
Posted By besk
That is inspiring news indeed!

That is inspiring news indeed!
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 07-13-2018
Replies: 101
Views: 3,825
Posted By besk
I don't have my watches serviced when they break....

I don't have my watches serviced when they break. I just purchase a new one. Timex digital watches are about $15.00 US at "big box" stores. I do save from the trash my black Nylon band though.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-11-2018
Replies: 107
Views: 3,816
Posted By besk
So, as to film. The price will go up more than...

So, as to film. The price will go up more than it has already - both for imported and US produced film. Film sales will drop a little more and life will go on.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-11-2018
Replies: 107
Views: 3,816
Posted By besk
I worked in Bessemer, Alabama in the 60's to...

I worked in Bessemer, Alabama in the 60's to early 70's as an engineer. It was unbelievable how costly the labor was in those plants. The companies brought it on themselves though IMO.

No, I...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 07-06-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 1,230
Posted By besk
I used to use a 28mm on my CL. Used the whole...

I used to use a 28mm on my CL. Used the whole visible image. Was close enough for my purposes.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-30-2018
Replies: 86
Views: 4,765
Posted By besk
Roger, I enjoy your stuff. It contributes to the...

Roger, I enjoy your stuff. It contributes to the site.
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 06-11-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 1,245
Posted By besk
The tips on adapting 120 film are...

The tips on adapting 120 film are encouraging.

The glass on mine is almost perfect. As soon as I can find a hood I am going to try mine out.
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 06-11-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 1,245
Posted By besk
my Duo Six-20 has a Compur shutter, 75/3.5 lens...

my Duo Six-20 has a Compur shutter, 75/3.5 lens and the distance scale is in meters.
Therefore, most likely for the European market. Just hate dealing with 320 film.
Forum: RFF Polls 06-02-2018
Replies: 205
Views: 16,656
Posted By besk
At least 20. Too many to count. I am going to...

At least 20. Too many to count. I am going to start selling --- someday.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-02-2018
Replies: 9,248
Views: 923,525
Posted By besk
Acratech GV2 ballhead. Finally got a first class...

Acratech GV2 ballhead. Finally got a first class ball head to replace my old Benbo Standard.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-26-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 1,262
Posted By besk
You can purchase adapters on the auction site. ...

You can purchase adapters on the auction site. They are 3d printed and fit on the ends of the 35mm cassette.. You need to cover the red window of the Bessa II.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-16-2018
Replies: 39
Views: 2,712
Posted By besk
The currier type bag I use is the Bare Bones Bag...

The currier type bag I use is the Bare Bones Bag Evolution BBBe. Very light and just large enough for the Rollie with film and light meter etc. And it doesn't stand out. Used to carry it in my...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-15-2018
Replies: 39
Views: 2,712
Posted By besk
I carried my Rolleiflex 3.5 F "Whiteface" on a 2...

I carried my Rolleiflex 3.5 F "Whiteface" on a 2 1/2 week trip to eastern Europe last summer in a lightweight messenger bag. That was about the lightest kit I have ever carried. I don't own a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-14-2018
Replies: 7,558
Views: 3,885,112
Posted By besk
With the recent discussion of the M5 I have been...

With the recent discussion of the M5 I have been trying to remember my thoughts concerning the M5 when they were being manufactured. I was an amateur who thought of 35mm cameras as useful for...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-04-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 3,650
Posted By besk
You can purchase an adapter to adapt the...

You can purchase an adapter to adapt the Hasselblad finder to a Rolleiflex. I have one.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-03-2018
Replies: 60
Views: 2,592
Posted By besk
While you are at it look for a dark gray Toyota...

While you are at it look for a dark gray Toyota Corolla 4 door. That looks just like mine except mine has a trailer hitch.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-20-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 530
Posted By besk
I am not sure that the lugs on the camera would...

I am not sure that the lugs on the camera would be strong enough to hold camera and case. That puts more strain on the lugs than they were designed for.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-19-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 2,621
Posted By besk
I deeply regret not photographing some of the...

I deeply regret not photographing some of the events in my life or my loved ones because I didn't want to disturb the "flow" of the event or I because I wasn't familiar enough with the camera to get...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-10-2018
Replies: 81
Views: 4,604
Posted By besk
Karmann Ghia's, bugs, and busses - I had them all...

Karmann Ghia's, bugs, and busses - I had them all at one time or another. Really reliable if you serviced them every 3,000 miles.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-02-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 6,298
Posted By besk
Roger, I have followed you and Frances from way...

Roger, I have followed you and Frances from way back before this forum I think - way back to early Shutterbug days. I am very glad you have posted here again.

Wishing a complete recovery for...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-14-2018
Replies: 2,016
Views: 620,084
Posted By besk
1957 Chev. Colton I love your compositions. ...

1957 Chev. Colton I love your compositions. Excellent use of the square.
Forum: DIYS Modifications 03-07-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 1,455
Posted By besk
The Mercury Universal Camera may be the easiest...

The Mercury Universal Camera may be the easiest way to get what you want.
It is a lightweight 3D printed plastic camera which can be had in several configurations.
Forum: DIYS Modifications 03-07-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 1,455
Posted By besk
I cut a sheet of thin aluminum to fit and glued...

I cut a sheet of thin aluminum to fit and glued and screwed it into place.

Will see what I can do about posting or sending photos.
Forum: DIYS Modifications 03-06-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 1,455
Posted By besk
Mine is from a Mamiya Press (which also has a...

Mine is from a Mamiya Press (which also has a bellows) and has the Graflok back. I didn't think it took too much in skills - just a good bit of
work.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-22-2018
Replies: 264
Views: 58,974
Posted By besk
If my IIIf had a built-in meter I would have...

If my IIIf had a built-in meter I would have never purchased my M6.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-22-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 3,457
Posted By besk
I am waiting on my new Mercury "Universal" Camera...

I am waiting on my new Mercury "Universal" Camera to arrive. It was originally designed to be in Medium format but now in large format also. You purchase it as a group of lensboards, focusing...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-03-2018
Replies: 50
Views: 2,783
Posted By besk
Could the depth of field of focus be more...

Could the depth of field of focus be more applicable than the actual field of view?
I once read that the depth of field of a 35mm lens at f2.8 was closest to
the depth perception of the human eye. ...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-25-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 4,364
Posted By besk
The lens that most impressed me with it rendering...

The lens that most impressed me with it rendering qualities was a 35mm Summicron M
version III. I sold it years ago and then realized my mistake and purchased another.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 01-14-2018
Replies: 50
Views: 5,767
Posted By besk
I would see if how small Courierware can make...

I would see if how small Courierware can make one. I have the BBB-e and am amazed at how small and light it is. I also have a Donke J-5xa. Not nearly as
convenient to use with the zippered top...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-31-2017
Replies: 2,085
Views: 311,169
Posted By besk
I did all my dating in a '63 Corvair coupe! ...

I did all my dating in a '63 Corvair coupe! "Those were the days."
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-23-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 1,748
Posted By besk
The Planar has two curved elements cemented...

The Planar has two curved elements cemented together while the Xenotar lens has two flat elements cemented together. Longterm I thought that separation would be less likely and, if it occurred,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-11-2017
Replies: 38
Views: 2,934
Posted By besk
M6's and MP all need service from time to time -...

M6's and MP all need service from time to time - it is the way Leica's are made. Personally, It is hard to justify the extra money spent for an MP but some can of course.

Actually, being able to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-22-2017
Replies: 64
Views: 70,232
Posted By besk
Hopefully, I want to go to L'viv the next time I...

Hopefully, I want to go to L'viv the next time I go to Ukraine.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-20-2017
Replies: 149
Views: 21,033
Posted By besk
I have bought Leicas new and used. The M6 now...

I have bought Leicas new and used. The M6 now owned was bought used - because when I decided to get another one last year - a M6 Wetzlar model - it had to be used.

In order:
Leica CL: New
M2:...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-15-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 2,837
Posted By besk
I own an older M6 Wetzler. I like the M6...

I own an older M6 Wetzler. I like the M6 because of the meter and the (almost useless for me) 28mm frame lines. I chose the Wetzler because of the ability to use
the Leitz reloadable cassettes.
Forum: Travel 11-05-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1,600
Posted By besk
Just a week ago I put a padlock on a storage room...

Just a week ago I put a padlock on a storage room in my barn and put the key (my only key) with a big FOB in a easy place to find in another area of the barn. My brother the next day took the fob...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-24-2017
Replies: 51
Views: 2,682
Posted By besk
I like Berrger Pancro in 120 size.

I like Berrger Pancro in 120 size.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-12-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1,184
Posted By besk
Count me in on GP in the late 50's and 60's. Had...

Count me in on GP in the late 50's and 60's. Had no interest in "stock car" racing and I lived right in the middle of it in the Carolinas.

Phil Hill was one of several great drivers of the era. ...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 10-05-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 2,362
Posted By besk
The rangefinder isn't accurate enough for...

The rangefinder isn't accurate enough for consistent focusing accuracy past f2.4 or so.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 10-01-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 2,154
Posted By besk
Sounds like I may as well give up removing the...

Sounds like I may as well give up removing the ASA Dial for the time being.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-23-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 2,154
Posted By besk
That plug is nice. The dial below it which was...

That plug is nice.

The dial below it which was used to set the ASA for the meter is the one I am talking about. I would also like to remove it since I already have a ASA reminder in the focus dial...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-22-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 2,154
Posted By besk
When I purchased my 3.5 "whiteface" I also had...

When I purchased my 3.5 "whiteface" I also had the meter removed. Unfortunately the seller said that there was no cover to cover the hole left if the ASA setting dial was removed. So it is still...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-10-2017
Replies: 117
Views: 10,672
Posted By besk
Again, I keep bumping into depth of field (depth...

Again, I keep bumping into depth of field (depth of sharpness) and can't bear to
shoot wider than around 2.8 with any lens in the 35mm format.

I have a Nokton 1.5 but have never used it.
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 09-05-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 2,393
Posted By besk
For compactness the Leica CL can't be beat. The...

For compactness the Leica CL can't be beat. The viewfinder is pretty close to the coverage of a 28mm lens. And it has onboard metering if you want.

Next up would be a Leica or ?? screwmount and...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 09-02-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 5,175
Posted By besk
The older Horseman back will not fit at all. ...

The older Horseman back will not fit at all. They have an extra ridge around the film
opening.

Newer (usually black) Horseman backs will fit but only after modifying the back of the Graflex. There...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 08-29-2017
Replies: 439
Views: 36,205
Posted By besk
Wow! (I have to learn how to post my TLR...

Wow!

(I have to learn how to post my TLR photos.)
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 08-22-2017
Replies: 439
Views: 36,205
Posted By besk
The beauty of the square is the simplicity of...

The beauty of the square is the simplicity of composition.

Nice photo~
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-15-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,219
Posted By besk
The Sirui has a provision to hang weights under...

The Sirui has a provision to hang weights under it to increase stability
when needed. I hung 15 lbs under mine when doing 3 shot panoramic
shots.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 08-14-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,118
Posted By besk
The BBBe Bare Bones bag is a great choice. I...

The BBBe Bare Bones bag is a great choice. I just used one for a Rolleiflex for two plus weeks.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-14-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,219
Posted By besk
All tripods are compromises. The Sirui T-025X...

All tripods are compromises. The Sirui T-025X carbon fiber tripod with the C-105 head
is the lightest, smallest tripod I have seen to date at about 2 lbs and about 14 inches folded. Cost about $200...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 08-08-2017
Replies: 439
Views: 36,205
Posted By besk
Nice! Love the colors.

Nice! Love the colors.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-07-2017
Replies: 49
Views: 2,439
Posted By besk
I am on my 3rd M6 (hopefully I have learned my...

I am on my 3rd M6 (hopefully I have learned my lesson to never sell an M6) and only
occasionlly noticed a problem. If it is sent in for service MAYBE I will have the finder upgraded.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 07-30-2017
Replies: 61
Views: 4,491
Posted By besk
I am using a Luna Pro-digital at present on a...

I am using a Luna Pro-digital at present on a trip to eastern Europe.
It fits in an old cell phone case on my belt. It leaves my pockets free.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 07-30-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,123
Posted By besk
Robert, I don't recall seeing your post. And...

Robert, I don't recall seeing your post. And already have the two hoods mentioned.
Good idea and thanks for sharing.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 07-28-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,123
Posted By besk
You will just have to purchase another UV filter...

You will just have to purchase another UV filter to keep on the viewing lens.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-09-2017
Replies: 411
Views: 16,974
Posted By besk
I use a digital P&S for casual snap shots. But...

I use a digital P&S for casual snap shots. But for serious recording of images (people, buildings, streetscapes, and scenery) I shoot only B&W film on an archival film base.
That is a polyester film...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-06-2017
Replies: 75
Views: 9,321
Posted By besk
The lens has acquired a reputation on this forum...

The lens has acquired a reputation on this forum for its rendering in B&W. Our late Tom Abrahamsson remarked about it.

I have one and I am not selling it. It is a nice, compact lens for traveling.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 07-02-2017
Replies: 136
Views: 8,080
Posted By besk
Suggestion: Have one made to order. Have a bag...

Suggestion: Have one made to order. Have a bag similar in appearance to a courier bag but smaller made from SOFT black leather. No visible adornments or buckles etc/
It would not be worn across...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-24-2017
Replies: 136
Views: 8,080
Posted By besk
I just ordered a BBB-E bag for one body and two...

I just ordered a BBB-E bag for one body and two or three lenses plus the usual accessories. Not cheap in my opinion but compact and very understated.
This for travel in Eastern Europe - (on very...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 06-16-2017
Replies: 2,016
Views: 620,084
Posted By besk
Excellent portrait, Colton. The composition -...

Excellent portrait, Colton. The composition - in the square - is excellent.
Forum: RFF Polls 04-21-2017
Replies: 240
Views: 157,668
Posted By besk
Southern and proud of it. South Carolina, USA...

Southern and proud of it. South Carolina, USA that is.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-14-2017
Replies: 69
Views: 12,241
Posted By besk
Yes, you can mount a 6X9 back. The Graphic backs...

Yes, you can mount a 6X9 back. The Graphic backs work as is. Horseman backs won't fit unless you reduce the thickness of the light baffle on the left side of the camera and also make notches in the...
Forum: Film vs Digital 04-01-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,702
Posted By besk
My next trip to eastern Europe this summer the...

My next trip to eastern Europe this summer the choice will be digital P&S and either my Leica or Crown Graphic 6X9 or maybe both. I want something new to hang on my wall here in the States.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-24-2017
Replies: 49
Views: 3,831
Posted By besk
I have had a Domke J-803 for over 15 years. It...

I have had a Domke J-803 for over 15 years. It is black Nylon and tough. Looks almost
new even now. I love the clasp of the front flap and can open it silently and quickly with one hand but it...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-27-2017
Replies: 104
Views: 8,339
Posted By besk
I like medium format and have had and still have...

I like medium format and have had and still have several types. However, for my purposes I have always found that 35mm or large format cameras will work better.
IMO, the thing that MF excels in is...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-24-2017
Replies: 54
Views: 3,722
Posted By besk
Were you using a tripod and cable release on...

Were you using a tripod and cable release on these shots?

That can make a large difference at slower shutter speeds.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-16-2017
Replies: 44
Views: 4,416
Posted By besk
I have had a J-803 for 15 years and have traveled...

I have had a J-803 for 15 years and have traveled extensively with it. It is discreet in my opinion & can hold an awful amount of stuff.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-08-2017
Replies: 104
Views: 11,462
Posted By besk
I use only wrist straps on my 35's - rangefinder...

I use only wrist straps on my 35's - rangefinder and SLR. I make them myself from
cord - recently parachute cord purchased in Walmart.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-07-2017
Replies: 123
Views: 8,525
Posted By besk
Leica M6, VC Skopar 50mm/f2.5, Leica Summicron...

Leica M6, VC Skopar 50mm/f2.5, Leica Summicron 35mm/f2
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-24-2017
Replies: 69
Views: 12,241
Posted By besk
The G back is used for my Universal. That back...

The G back is used for my Universal. That back is a Graflok back. That back has been modified to take Horseman holders.

Also, don't use the handle. Instead attached a wooden handle to the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-21-2017
Replies: 32
Views: 2,688
Posted By besk
Get a neutral density filter. Even a polarizing...

Get a neutral density filter. Even a polarizing filter will allow you to open up the lens a stop or two. 400 ASA film is almost a universal film if there is a neutral density filter available.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-21-2017
Replies: 9,248
Views: 923,525
Posted By besk
Just bought a Leica M6 (Wetzlar) and a Summicron...

Just bought a Leica M6 (Wetzlar) and a Summicron 35mm v3! (Thanks Aric83 & Kermaier)
This is my third time around with the combo. Hopefully my last trip - it is an expensive experience.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-10-2017
Replies: 58
Views: 3,797
Posted By besk
I have lost count of the cameras I have. Have...

I have lost count of the cameras I have. Have just started the process of purchasing a M6. I will pair it with a VC 35/2.5 for the time being. That will be my 35mm "kit."

Will be trying to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-07-2017
Replies: 137
Views: 33,658
Posted By besk
When I used a Hasselblad the 80 was by far the...

When I used a Hasselblad the 80 was by far the most used. Had a 50, 60, 80, 150, 250 at one time or another. Used them all at one time or another.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-06-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1,881
Posted By besk
Ditto here!!

Ditto here!!
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 12-20-2016
Replies: 69
Views: 12,241
Posted By besk
In my opinion, if camera had been made lighter it...

In my opinion, if camera had been made lighter it would have been far more popular. Has a lot going for it. I have several including a "flat-top."
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-03-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 2,234
Posted By besk
I wish I had one of those!

I wish I had one of those!
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-22-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 2,024
Posted By besk
I once read that a 35mm lens at F2.8 was closest...

I once read that a 35mm lens at F2.8 was closest to human vision. That was one professional photographer's opinion.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-22-2016
Replies: 167
Views: 15,215
Posted By besk
I guess we will be mixing our own stuff sometime...

I guess we will be mixing our own stuff sometime in the not too distant future.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-22-2016
Replies: 167
Views: 15,215
Posted By besk
That is the end of B&H as far as I am concerned. ...

That is the end of B&H as far as I am concerned. They are no longer a full service photography store in my case.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-12-2016
Replies: 128
Views: 8,694
Posted By besk
Rolleiflex

Rolleiflex
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-29-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 971
Posted By besk
How about the Nikon N75? It sure is light &...

How about the Nikon N75? It sure is light & cheap!
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-27-2016
Replies: 9,248
Views: 923,525
Posted By besk
Early Nikon 35/3.5 PC lens. Today - Miniature...

Early Nikon 35/3.5 PC lens.

Today - Miniature Speed Graphic. Back up for my miniature Crown Graphic.
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 10-15-2016
Replies: 54
Views: 6,288
Posted By besk
The Elmar can't be collapsed completely into the...

The Elmar can't be collapsed completely into the CL but in the past folks (including me I think) put embossing tape around the barrel to keep it from collapsing fully.

The 50/2.5 Color Skopar is the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-13-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 1,900
Posted By besk
That may be why the TLR's were so successful.

That may be why the TLR's were so successful.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-22-2016
Replies: 104
Views: 4,547
Posted By besk
Domke J-803 with proper insert. Made of nylon...

Domke J-803 with proper insert. Made of nylon and is at least 14 years old and shows very few signs of use. Holds Nikon F2 with plain prism, meter, film etc and has room for much more.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-21-2016
Replies: 104
Views: 4,547
Posted By besk
Nikon F2, plain prism with my 35mm/3.5 PC lens...

Nikon F2, plain prism with my 35mm/3.5 PC lens and hood.
Kodak Tmax 400 - change that to Tri-X - more forgiving.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-21-2016
Replies: 44
Views: 5,762
Posted By besk
With the 19mm filters in use, I now need a proper...

With the 19mm filters in use, I now need a proper lenscap to fit over them.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-05-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 3,221
Posted By besk
How would a late Canon 50 f1.8 do in comparison? ...

How would a late Canon 50 f1.8 do in comparison? I assume it would have lower contrast.

As to the two you bought let us know which one you decide to keep.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-27-2016
Replies: 131
Views: 10,367
Posted By besk
Most fun: 1) Bush Pressman 4X5 2) My long gone...

Most fun:
1) Bush Pressman 4X5
2) My long gone Nikkormat FTN when using 35/3.5 PC lens
3) Leica IIIF

In that order.

Least fun: Nikon AF SLR's
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-19-2016
Replies: 363
Views: 25,482
Posted By besk
1. Busch Pressman 4X5 2. Leica M6 3. Nikon F2 4....

1. Busch Pressman 4X5
2. Leica M6
3. Nikon F2
4. Leica IIIf
5. Crown Graphic 2 1/4x 3 1/2

Interesting in 2018 the order hasn't changed. For number 6 I would add Rolleiflex 3.5 Whiteface
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-19-2016
Replies: 59
Views: 4,445
Posted By besk
The Alpa certainly should be on the list IMHO.

The Alpa certainly should be on the list IMHO.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-24-2016
Replies: 117
Views: 6,900
Posted By besk
I lost my wife to cancer 14 years ago. That...

I lost my wife to cancer 14 years ago. That changed my outlook on life.

Last week, while driving on two lane highway, a red Mustang got two thirds into my lane and headed for me at at least 60...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-23-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 1,205
Posted By besk
Horseman backs will NOT fit without modifying the...

Horseman backs will NOT fit without modifying the Graflok back. Two modifications need to be done.

First, facing the back of the camera the "light baffle" on the left is too high and must be...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-12-2016
Replies: 9,248
Views: 923,525
Posted By besk
Nikon N75 and a 24mm/2.8D. Very lightweight...

Nikon N75 and a 24mm/2.8D. Very lightweight camera at 13.5 oz for the body and quite small. May be my future travel camera.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-01-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 4,990
Posted By besk
Roger, it is very much on my list - but not yet. ...

Roger, it is very much on my list - but not yet. Love to look at them though.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-18-2016
Replies: 43
Views: 3,099
Posted By besk
I would get a CL for additional versatility.

I would get a CL for additional versatility.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 06-05-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 1,414
Posted By besk
Thank you! I have been wondering the same thing.

Thank you! I have been wondering the same thing.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-20-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,395
Posted By besk
I use Horseman 6X9 backs on my miniature Crown...

I use Horseman 6X9 backs on my miniature Crown but you have to modify the Crown slightly for them to work.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-07-2016
Replies: 72
Views: 5,465
Posted By besk
I love my Rolleiflex 3.5 "whiteface". But I...

I love my Rolleiflex 3.5 "whiteface". But I haven't used it in 5 years. But, if I sold it I would not be willing to pay the going cost for a replacement. That has been a real dilemma.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-07-2016
Replies: 130
Views: 14,357
Posted By besk
All of my lenses except for a 50/1.8AF are AI...

All of my lenses except for a 50/1.8AF are AI only otherwise I would have purchased one rather than the N70 I have.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-05-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 1,356
Posted By besk
The HC4 is/was my choice. Doesn't work too well...

The HC4 is/was my choice. Doesn't work too well when wearing glasses however.
The waist level magnifier is great when the camera is on a tripod. Also, There is a 45 degree prism with a meter...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-04-2016
Replies: 39
Views: 3,084
Posted By besk
Yes, you are correct.

Yes, you are correct.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-01-2016
Replies: 185
Views: 25,990
Posted By besk
There are many less parts in an F2 compared to a...

There are many less parts in an F2 compared to a F. That alone should affect the overall build quality.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-05-2016
Replies: 92
Views: 6,174
Posted By besk
Busch Pressman (4x5) and Leica IIIf However, my...

Busch Pressman (4x5) and Leica IIIf
However, my Rolleiflex 75/3.5 F feels the best. I need to use it more.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-21-2016
Replies: 57
Views: 7,263
Posted By besk
For me it is a IIIf RD with a wrist strap with...

For me it is a IIIf RD with a wrist strap with either the coated Elmar 50/3.5 or Skopar 50/2.5 always paired with my Skopar 28/3.5. If bulk isn't a problem the camera is in the bottom half of an...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 01-09-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 1,664
Posted By besk
I bought a set, painted them white and made my...

I bought a set, painted them white and made my own.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-02-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 5,902
Posted By besk
I have a miniature Crown Graphic. Mamiya 645...

I have a miniature Crown Graphic. Mamiya 645 back, Graflex RH12 6X6 backs, Mamiya 6X7 back, Horseman 6X9 backs (requires simple adaption) plus Grafmatics and sheet film holders.
I believe medium...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-24-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 2,271
Posted By besk
I have had two GR1's and loved them but got rid...

I have had two GR1's and loved them but got rid of them before they failed. You may want to consider a Nikon 35 Ti.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-11-2015
Replies: 154
Views: 38,158
Posted By besk
The only two Leica mount lenses I use nowadays...

The only two Leica mount lenses I use nowadays are the 50/2.5 and the 28/3.5. I own the 50/1.5 LTM and 35/2.5 C but don't use them and have owned the 21/4 Ltm and the 25/4 Ltm. The first two are...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 11-01-2015
Replies: 199
Views: 41,272
Posted By besk
The helical will loosen up over time. If it can...

The helical will loosen up over time. If it can be turned at all I would leave it alone.
Get a depth of field chart and use it. You don't have to turn the helical very much if at all most of the...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 10-17-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 3,527
Posted By besk
I am putting my Nikon (all film based) gear in...

I am putting my Nikon (all film based) gear in mothballs for the most part. Going medium format and 4X5 only. You folks can enjoy your digital stuff but I am going in another direction. (Yes, I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-30-2015
Replies: 90
Views: 5,046
Posted By besk
Miniature Crown Graphic (6X9) with Schneider...

Miniature Crown Graphic (6X9) with Schneider Apo-Symmar 100/5.6.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-07-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 1,480
Posted By besk
Due to my age I wanted the best one I could get. ...

Due to my age I wanted the best one I could get. Not finding definitive, objective results from tests on the internet as to which is easiest to focus I decided that a split image screen might be...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-27-2015
Replies: 82
Views: 13,966
Posted By besk
I still think the Domke 803 satchel bags are the...

I still think the Domke 803 satchel bags are the best overall. Mine is in nylon and shows almost no wear after 13 years of use.

One posters commented "the metal clasps take too long to open if you...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-21-2015
Replies: 100
Views: 12,117
Posted By besk
Well, I am back. We spent time in Minsk and also...

Well, I am back. We spent time in Minsk and also traveled. The only lens I used this trip was the 50/3.5. Now to get it developed.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 08-18-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 1,793
Posted By besk
Unhappy Well said. Since magnification of larger formats...

Well said. Since magnification of larger formats is less ---to obtain a given
printed size it stands to reason the degradation due to movement would have less effect.

Wish the same was true with...
Forum: RFF Polls 08-05-2015
Replies: 610
Views: 112,231
Posted By besk
My first camera was a Kodak Pony II. I had to...

My first camera was a Kodak Pony II. I had to have a 35mm camera but didn't
much at all about cameras then. Still have the photos and most of the negatives from 1957 to around 1966.

And I still...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 07-31-2015
Replies: 53
Views: 6,947
Posted By besk
Domke F-803 satchel. Will hold any of my 35mm...

Domke F-803 satchel. Will hold any of my 35mm cameras or my Rolleiflex
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-26-2015
Replies: 60
Views: 5,681
Posted By besk
Modern Photography long ago tested sharpness...

Modern Photography long ago tested sharpness handheld at different speeds with several Nikons- FM and F2 were two of them. The F2's could be handheld at slower speeds. So the dampening of the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-25-2015
Replies: 100
Views: 12,117
Posted By besk
Changed my mind! After seeing what can be done...

Changed my mind! After seeing what can be done with the 50/3.5 RD Elmar by Erik von Straten and others I decided to take my IIIf with the Elmar and a VC 28/3.5. I want to enjoy the trip and not...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-15-2015
Replies: 100
Views: 12,117
Posted By besk
Medium format for me. If I print anything I want...

Medium format for me. If I print anything I want it large.

Headed to Minsk, Belarus at the end of June for a couple of weeks. Taking a miniature Crown Graphic with RH12 6X6 and Horseman 6X9...
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