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Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-15-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 3,479
Posted By Melvin
Yeah it just won't work on Ms because of the lens...

Yeah it just won't work on Ms because of the lens lock
Forum: RFF Polls 08-15-2013
Replies: 98
Views: 19,090
Posted By Melvin
97025 If you pass this law I'll pull the...

97025

If you pass this law I'll pull the pin!;)

Photo credit: Diane Arbus
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-23-2011
Replies: 2,132
Views: 595,340
Posted By Melvin
Thanks! It's one of my favorites, too.

Thanks! It's one of my favorites, too.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-14-2011
Replies: 2,132
Views: 595,340
Posted By Melvin
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6088/6094552817_54a...

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6088/6094552817_54aeaa7725_b.jpg (http://%3Ca%20href=)
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-21-2011
Replies: 35
Views: 3,745
Posted By Melvin
I was making a contact print and absent-mindedly...

I was making a contact print and absent-mindedly threw the negatives into the developer along with the paper. Immediately switched on overhead light to fish them out and rediscovered solarization.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-12-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 3,300
Posted By Melvin
Curtains probably need replacement tho

Curtains probably need replacement tho
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-12-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 3,300
Posted By Melvin
Yes totally serious. It would be a crime to...

Yes totally serious. It would be a crime to repaint that camera.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-12-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 3,300
Posted By Melvin
I would leave the chrome as is. I think it looks...

I would leave the chrome as is. I think it looks cool. The inside looks clean, except I don't know what that modification is.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-06-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1,319
Posted By Melvin
A little Barnack with a wide angle view is a...

A little Barnack with a wide angle view is a nifty idea. I have a 15mm VC Heliar for mine. One lens that doesn't get as much mention as it should is the Nikkor 35mm/f2.5. I will never part with mine.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 08-01-2011
Replies: 95
Views: 3,378,102
Posted By Melvin
Demand satisfaction, if the cur will show himself.

Demand satisfaction, if the cur will show himself.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-18-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 1,354
Posted By Melvin
Looks legit to me. Hard to imagine an ersatz lens...

Looks legit to me. Hard to imagine an ersatz lens with all that wear. 50mm is correct.

Be really careful about cleaning it. Don't ever wipe the glass, or otherwise put pressure on it. Gently mop it...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-07-2011
Replies: 34
Views: 3,006
Posted By Melvin
My first thought was Elmar, because that's THE...

My first thought was Elmar, because that's THE classic Leica lens, and because it's such a great lens. But the Summitar would be the standard lens specific to that time period, IMO, and the most...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-03-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 1,195
Posted By Melvin
I have one with clear glass and minimal...

I have one with clear glass and minimal scratches. It's also "bloomed". I paid top dollar for it, but I love it.http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5283/5374216971_80617446c0_z.jpg...
Forum: RFF Polls 07-03-2011
Replies: 102
Views: 20,479
Posted By Melvin
Yes, absolutely. The main thing is not to jerk...

Yes, absolutely. The main thing is not to jerk the trigger/shutter release, but to squeeze it until it "breaks"(like a glass rod). Jerking the trigger is called a "flinch", and will throw the shot...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-02-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 2,119
Posted By Melvin
I store a gallon of D-76 stock solution in 3 1L...

I store a gallon of D-76 stock solution in 3 1L bottles, instead of one big bottle, so I can open them one at a time. That way it stays good for 6 months.
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 07-01-2011
Replies: 29
Views: 4,179
Posted By Melvin
Here's a link to a good Fresh Air story that...

Here's a link to a good Fresh Air story that explains what private equity firms do:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120391729
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-28-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 1,767
Posted By Melvin
Plus-X and FP4 are as easy to develop and have...

Plus-X and FP4 are as easy to develop and have better image quality than HP5 or Tri-X, but they do need more light. The only B&W film I have consistent trouble developing is Pan-F.
Forum: RFF Polls 06-28-2011
Replies: 102
Views: 20,479
Posted By Melvin
Ask William Klein

Ask William Klein
Forum: RFF Polls 06-24-2011
Replies: 119
Views: 8,916
Posted By Melvin
I know a guy who thinks they are disgusting. It's...

I know a guy who thinks they are disgusting. It's not the watch so much as the band he finds repulsive. It's odd. It must be a psychological issue, or he just wants to appear odd.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-22-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 2,464
Posted By Melvin
The ding on the top is from someone removing a...

The ding on the top is from someone removing a light meter incorrectly.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-20-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,150
Posted By Melvin
The problem is that the screw is 3/8" for M2 and...

The problem is that the screw is 3/8" for M2 and you need 1/4" for the M6. I recommend trading the case for one with the correct screw.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-19-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 1,703
Posted By Melvin
The most valuable thing is the Hektor 28mm lens,...

The most valuable thing is the Hektor 28mm lens, around $400.

The original lens hood for the Hektor 28mm is probably worth more than the camera. I would find out what one looks like and see if it's...
Forum: RFF Polls 06-19-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1,257
Posted By Melvin
"Approximately two thirds of the population is...

"Approximately two thirds of the population is right-eye dominant and one third left-eye dominant"----This from wikipedia, "eye dominance".

Considering the poll results I'm wondering if left eye...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-25-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 1,814
Posted By Melvin
Hardener is desirable when processing film to...

Hardener is desirable when processing film to avoid scratches. The reason for leaving it out is if you are fixing prints that will be toned. Sources: Adams' The Print and Anchell's The Darkroom...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-20-2011
Replies: 155
Views: 10,814
Posted By Melvin
Prints have WAY better resolution than a monitor....

Prints have WAY better resolution than a monitor. They are just flat out technically better. Look at a 5x7 darkroom print, your ablity to see very fine detail is limited only by your vision. Now look...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-18-2011
Replies: 41
Views: 6,164
Posted By Melvin
You might want to check out this article. A...

You might want to check out this article. A little old, but it is addressing the issue of various leica mount lenses on a digital sensor....
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-04-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 1,419
Posted By Melvin
Schneider lenses are good. Not sure about the...

Schneider lenses are good. Not sure about the Nikkor 2.8, I've read bad things on other forums.

For black out material I recommend the cloth they use for roller blinds, which I get at a textile...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-03-2011
Replies: 72
Views: 4,630
Posted By Melvin
On the M5 it's also the battery tester, so I'm...

On the M5 it's also the battery tester, so I'm glad it's there. I also like having it on the M2. It's a nice feature, even if it gets little practical use.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-18-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 4,362
Posted By Melvin
If you want to be on the safe side, use hypo...

If you want to be on the safe side, use hypo clear for everything. Inadequate washing can destroy your negatives, and will yellow both fiber and RC prints.

Do I practice what I preach? No, because I...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-09-2011
Replies: 23
Views: 1,658
Posted By Melvin
If the curtains are old, you could have pin-holes...

If the curtains are old, you could have pin-holes suddenly appear from the rubber cloth deteriorating, or issues with streaking at high speeds. That happened to my IIIf, but it was in the first or...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-06-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 883
Posted By Melvin
Couldn't you just buy another Elmar for less than...

Couldn't you just buy another Elmar for less than what it will cost to have that one repaired?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-21-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 2,205
Posted By Melvin
That Hektor 73mm alone goes for $1100-$1500,...

That Hektor 73mm alone goes for $1100-$1500, according to this website. What a steal!
http://www.antiquecameras.net/leicascrewlenses.html
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-14-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 836
Posted By Melvin
Shoot another roll, then you'll know. It looks...

Shoot another roll, then you'll know. It looks more like a light leak than a curtain problem.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-14-2011
Replies: 230
Views: 61,384
Posted By Melvin
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5283/5374216971_806...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5283/5374216971_80617446c0_b.jpg (http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/%3Ca%20href=)">
Summar wide open with IIIf. My neighbor's cat. He is small but fierce.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-10-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 1,759
Posted By Melvin
It's not a bad price, but you would have to be...

It's not a bad price, but you would have to be looking for an M2 and an M mount Elmar, and folks want an M2 for the 35mm frame. The seller would do better to split them up.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-30-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 1,550
Posted By Melvin
Ditto, Yes, the problem is the shutter curtains....

Ditto, Yes, the problem is the shutter curtains. I've had this problem with a IIIF and DAG explained it to me. At 1/1000 and 1/500 the tolerances for exposure are very unforgiving, any slight...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-29-2011
Replies: 26
Views: 5,134
Posted By Melvin
Interesting post and nice photos. Red filter?...

Interesting post and nice photos. Red filter? Also, have you had any uneven exposure issues with your Leica II at 1/500?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-24-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 2,521
Posted By Melvin
I'd return it. That's too much for a IIIf with a...

I'd return it. That's too much for a IIIf with a serious issue like that. It looks like maybe some kind of glass separation, but I'm no expert. On the other hand the Summitar looks great. I do NOT...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-20-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 2,046
Posted By Melvin
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5283/5374216971_d88...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5283/5374216971_d884ce1735_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5374216971/)
lew (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5374216971/) by N7688...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-16-2011
Replies: 147
Views: 52,347
Posted By Melvin
Really like this photo. What a strange little...

Really like this photo. What a strange little house.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-16-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 1,738
Posted By Melvin
I love Hewes reels for 35mm and hate them for...

I love Hewes reels for 35mm and hate them for 120. I find them very hard to load and I also think that the curve in the film from the clip causes uneven development at the edges of the frame. For 120...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-11-2011
Replies: 26
Views: 2,257
Posted By Melvin
Yes, dry chems are the worst. I always wear a...

Yes, dry chems are the worst. I always wear a dust mask when mixing them.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-08-2011
Replies: 26
Views: 2,257
Posted By Melvin
I use tongs for proofs. But for presentation...

I use tongs for proofs. But for presentation prints I tend to use my fingers. Then I have "alkali hand/ acid hand" so as not to contaminate the chems. I'm always rinsing my hands with fresh water,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-06-2011
Replies: 41
Views: 5,138
Posted By Melvin
Congrats! I got the DAG "3/4" CLA for my M2, and...

Congrats! I got the DAG "3/4" CLA for my M2, and it is buttery smooth. Take lots of pictures!
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-06-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 1,610
Posted By Melvin
6x6 neg on 5x7 paper with a 50mm lens? Yeah,...

6x6 neg on 5x7 paper with a 50mm lens? Yeah, right.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-04-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 3,614
Posted By Melvin
These are great. Thanks for posting.

These are great. Thanks for posting.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-04-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 1,150
Posted By Melvin
The first thing I think of is that the negs are...

The first thing I think of is that the negs are underexposed. This could be because 1. the shutter needs adjustment/compensation 2. the meter needs adjustment/compensation 3. you are not metering for...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-02-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 1,991
Posted By Melvin
Don't trust that strap, it might be like paper by...

Don't trust that strap, it might be like paper by now.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-30-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,941
Posted By Melvin
Good question

Good question
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-30-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,941
Posted By Melvin
That's the way screw mount lenses are designed. I...

That's the way screw mount lenses are designed. I can't remember why, maybe so an external viewfinder won't block the read out. As far as getting it calibrated, you should try it out for a while,...
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 12-26-2010
Replies: 143
Views: 36,905
Posted By Melvin
In the original Lolita I remember the Peter...

In the original Lolita I remember the Peter Sellers character having a Leica on a neck strap. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-21-2010
Replies: 323
Views: 25,487
Posted By Melvin
'70s Canon SLR with zoom lens I had as a teenager...

'70s Canon SLR with zoom lens I had as a teenager in the '80s. It sucked! My Argus "brick" that I got for $10 at the pawn shop took better pictures. I also hated my Nikkormat. It was an SLR but it...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-20-2010
Replies: 27
Views: 5,413
Posted By Melvin
83375 83376 83377 This is the Tiffen...

83375

83376

83377

This is the Tiffen aftermarket hood that was made especially for the Summitar. I don't know how hard they are to find, but I remember it being cheap. They also made a screw in...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-17-2010
Replies: 44
Views: 4,334
Posted By Melvin
A lot of old Leicas have been sitting around for...

A lot of old Leicas have been sitting around for decades, and they are like the tin woodsman ("oil can!"). But once they are cleaned and re-lubed they should be good to go for a really long time. You...
Forum: Off Topic 11-16-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 7,103
Posted By Melvin
I place a special value on my Leica II, made in...

I place a special value on my Leica II, made in 1932, last year of the Weimar Republic.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-30-2010
Replies: 353
Views: 30,275
Posted By Melvin
lovely shot! That lens and camera seem to really...

lovely shot! That lens and camera seem to really work for you
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-24-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,551
Posted By Melvin
Some of the earliest Elmars have an 11 o'clock...

Some of the earliest Elmars have an 11 o'clock infinity lock. They don't work on M cameras because the lock won't clear the lens release button.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-20-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 2,476
Posted By Melvin
The seller must have lost money on that one. Goes...

The seller must have lost money on that one. Goes to show that putting money into old Leicas never seems to increase their value. I have a IIIf with a CLA and curtains from DAG that are worth more...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-19-2010
Replies: 43
Views: 3,578
Posted By Melvin
The M5 case is really nice. The top unhooks so...

The M5 case is really nice. The top unhooks so you can use it as a half case, which makes the camera even bigger and cuddlier. I don't think I'd like mine as much without it.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-18-2010
Replies: 43
Views: 3,578
Posted By Melvin
1. Sherry Krauter also says to look for the...

1. Sherry Krauter also says to look for the higher serial numbers.
2. Collapsible lenses are fine. Collapsed lenses will ruin the camera.
3. I read on our host's site that they do go bad. Mine...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-09-2010
Replies: 32
Views: 3,145
Posted By Melvin
Yes that's what I mean. specifically 15mm Heliar....

Yes that's what I mean. specifically 15mm Heliar. Not to seem like a shill for cosina, but having affordable, state of the art, ashpherical, wide angle lenses is a MAJOR LIKE for LTMs. Having a 21st...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-09-2010
Replies: 32
Views: 3,145
Posted By Melvin
LIKE: Small, quiet, and take great pictures. Neat...

LIKE: Small, quiet, and take great pictures. Neat fetish object (especially the black one). Very basic and simple. Elmar Summar Heliar lenses.

DISLIKE: Repair bills to get them working right. Slow...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-05-2010
Replies: 38
Views: 5,142
Posted By Melvin
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3049/2723357085_0e0...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3049/2723357085_0e0d38406c_z.jpg?zz=1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2723357085/)bosque bb (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2723357085/) by N7688...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-03-2010
Replies: 1
Views: 910
Posted By Melvin
Easy to find a light leak in a darkroom with a...

Easy to find a light leak in a darkroom with a flashlight
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-01-2010
Replies: 41
Views: 5,728
Posted By Melvin
John Mayer uses a Leica I'm going to...

John Mayer uses a Leica

I'm going to keep using mine anyway.
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 09-28-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 4,396
Posted By Melvin
B & W film forgives overexposure, so meter for...

B & W film forgives overexposure, so meter for the darkest part of the scene that you want to show up. Be wary of pushing film, since it mostly just increases the density of the parts of the film...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-24-2010
Replies: 100
Views: 6,085
Posted By Melvin
A clean nickle Summar would be the "authentic"...

A clean nickle Summar would be the "authentic" fast lens for a Leica II. I got one recently and I really like it, it's the one lens I only use wide open.
I also sometimes put a canon 1.4 on the Leica...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-22-2010
Replies: 677
Views: 50,497
Posted By Melvin
Oh that's a good one. I forgot about that one.

Oh that's a good one. I forgot about that one.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-22-2010
Replies: 677
Views: 50,497
Posted By Melvin
"They still make film?"

"They still make film?"
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-22-2010
Replies: 353
Views: 30,275
Posted By Melvin
My loading technique (it's definitely the...

My loading technique (it's definitely the best:)):

Secure the film leader to the take-up spool.
Pull the film out and check the length by holding the spool and cassette up to the camera.
Trim the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-21-2010
Replies: 353
Views: 30,275
Posted By Melvin
The Leica II was overhauled by one the...

The Leica II was overhauled by one the aforementioned masters, so they must be pretty hard to get right. It makes sense to me that after 20 years of trouble shooting the design Leica's later models...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-21-2010
Replies: 353
Views: 30,275
Posted By Melvin
Thanks, Eric, that is very interesting to know. I...

Thanks, Eric, that is very interesting to know. I already avoid using 1/500. I sometimes think about selling it, but the black paint is so pretty, and it takes such great pictures.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-20-2010
Replies: 353
Views: 30,275
Posted By Melvin
I have a Leica II that "caps"(underexposes one...

I have a Leica II that "caps"(underexposes one side of the frame) at 1/500. It's been back to the repair shop three times, and it's better, but still does it. BTW that's the top speed on that...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-12-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 3,521
Posted By Melvin
I like Fuji neopan 1600, ilford Hp5 and Fp4. The...

I like Fuji neopan 1600, ilford Hp5 and Fp4. The fast films allow me to stop down the old elmar almost all the way and still use a high shutter speed for sharp images. 1932 Leica II with "11 o'clock"...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-11-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 2,056
Posted By Melvin
The thing I personally remember most about 9/11...

The thing I personally remember most about 9/11 was that here in Chicago the sky was perfectly clear, not a trace of cloud, and of course there were no contrails either. It was a very eerie feeling....
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-08-2010
Replies: 35
Views: 6,670
Posted By Melvin
The advantage of a Tessar/Elmar/Xenar, which is a...

The advantage of a Tessar/Elmar/Xenar, which is a relatively slow lens, is that it is at it's optimal quality at f11 or f16. So, if you want optimal quality combined with big depth of field it is a...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 09-06-2010
Replies: 79
Views: 9,064
Posted By Melvin
How about a Yashica T4? That's what I'd get,...

How about a Yashica T4? That's what I'd get, hypothetically speaking, if I wanted a film point n shoot.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-25-2010
Replies: 66
Views: 3,717
Posted By Melvin
It happened to my M2, but only because I had the...

It happened to my M2, but only because I had the lens wide open pointed directly at the sun trying to see some dust in it. It didn't take long, a few seconds. It's an easy fix, though, you just dab...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-16-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 1,577
Posted By Melvin
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4006/4678593209_00d...

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4006/4678593209_00d22704b5_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4678593209/)

I find the Summar is very sharp in the middle but soft and vignettes toward...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-10-2010
Replies: 258
Views: 17,191
Posted By Melvin
I'm a luddite. I like black and white film. $4...

I'm a luddite. I like black and white film. $4 for a roll of tri-x. $20 every month or two for chemicals. The cost of paper I don't count, since you have to buy that either way if you want to make...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-04-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,245
Posted By Melvin
I don't think it's a good deal unless it has been...

I don't think it's a good deal unless it has been overhauled recently by a Leica specialist. Old mechanical cameras are money pits.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-30-2010
Replies: 164
Views: 21,332
Posted By Melvin
The funny thing about Film Noir being shot at...

The funny thing about Film Noir being shot at night is that often night scenes were shot during the day using a dark red filter, an effect the French named "Nuit Americaine", ("American night"), from...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-28-2010
Replies: 32
Views: 3,699
Posted By Melvin
thanks for the great link. The Library of...

thanks for the great link. The Library of Congress also has a flickr page.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-20-2010
Replies: 164
Views: 21,332
Posted By Melvin
80130 Caravaggio Judith and Holofernes The...

80130

Caravaggio Judith and Holofernes
The original master of Noir
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-20-2010
Replies: 164
Views: 21,332
Posted By Melvin
80129 Out of the Past

80129

Out of the Past
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-20-2010
Replies: 164
Views: 21,332
Posted By Melvin
80127 The Seventh Victim 80128 Scarlet Street

80127

The Seventh Victim

80128

Scarlet Street
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-20-2010
Replies: 164
Views: 21,332
Posted By Melvin
80126 from Double Indemnity

80126

from Double Indemnity
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-20-2010
Replies: 164
Views: 21,332
Posted By Melvin
I would add that the original Film Noir (i.e....

I would add that the original Film Noir (i.e. Hollywood Film Noir from the '30s and '40s, films like Double Indemnity, Nightmare Alley) has a decidedly artificial, theatrical look. Everything is very...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-20-2010
Replies: 45
Views: 4,839
Posted By Melvin
How come photographers who covert to digital are...

How come photographers who covert to digital are so intolerant of film? Especially the old ones. When they see me with a film camera they try to start arguments with me.

As for students not learning...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-08-2010
Replies: 31
Views: 4,159
Posted By Melvin
My Grandmother used to say "ladies glow, men...

My Grandmother used to say "ladies glow, men perspire, horses sweat".

But as to Leica glow specifically, it's a myth, like Leprechauns or Fairies or Eskimos.;)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-06-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 1,664
Posted By Melvin
I've scratched a lens using an old t-shirt....

I've scratched a lens using an old t-shirt. Everclear is overkill. It's too strong a solvent.

I like Edwal brand lens cleaner. Microfiber cloth, or Q-tips with the cotton pulled out so that it makes...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-04-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 4,536
Posted By Melvin
No, no problems, it's too tiny. The best way to...

No, no problems, it's too tiny. The best way to know is just to use the lens. If you like the pics then no problem.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-29-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,031
Posted By Melvin
Have you tried changing the ISO setting? That...

Have you tried changing the ISO setting? That changes the position of the shutterspeed needle. If you put it on ISO 6 you should have a full range from 1 to 30. Good luck finding ISO 6 film though.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-23-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1,006
Posted By Melvin
Looks like it may be fungus. If it's on the...

Looks like it may be fungus. If it's on the outside it should come off with a Q-tip and lens cleaner. It has been so humid in Chicago (94% today!) this a danger. AC and exposure to light are good...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-22-2010
Replies: 44
Views: 6,017
Posted By Melvin
I like Plus-x in D-76 stock, or 1:1. Although I...

I like Plus-x in D-76 stock, or 1:1. Although I recently tried it in 120 with Rodinal and was impressed by the sharpness and resolution. I've had good luck with it.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-12-2010
Replies: 40
Views: 10,300
Posted By Melvin
Indeed white lead yellows when exposed...

Indeed white lead yellows when exposed to...darkness. It is photosensitive in reverse, it returns to white when exposed to sunlight. Probably the same reason glass made with heavy metals turns clear...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-11-2010
Replies: 40
Views: 10,300
Posted By Melvin
I was just reading about Japan Black on...

I was just reading about Japan Black on Wikipedia. It was the industrial lacquer in use before nitrocellulose was introduced in the 1920s. It is baked on at 400 degrees F.

It's also called "Black...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-10-2010
Replies: 40
Views: 10,300
Posted By Melvin
Nitrocellulose lacquer will dissolve in nail...

Nitrocellulose lacquer will dissolve in nail polish remover(acetone), so that's a good test, you just dab a tiny bit on with a toothpick in a hidden spot and either it turns soft or it doesn't....
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 06-09-2010
Replies: 54
Views: 5,133
Posted By Melvin
Soon after I got my first M camera I took some...

Soon after I got my first M camera I took some pictures of a newspaper to see how accurate the framing is. I was surprised to find that it is very accurate, the newspaper was perfectly framed. The...
Forum: Off Topic 06-05-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 4,611
Posted By Melvin
Shouldn't it be more like the 4000th anniversary...

Shouldn't it be more like the 4000th anniversary of China?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-04-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 970
Posted By Melvin
You may be a shopaholic. It means you are hooked...

You may be a shopaholic. It means you are hooked on shopahol. The thrill of the purchase, the feelings of remorse, the vows never to do it again...to just use the gear you have...sound familiar? We...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-02-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 1,064
Posted By Melvin
A steel beaker and water bath(or hose) is a...

A steel beaker and water bath(or hose) is a faster way to warm/cool the chemistry. If you haven't noticed a difference in the negatives then you have your answer.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-29-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 2,915
Posted By Melvin
Sweet find! Hopefully the lens can be cleaned.

Sweet find! Hopefully the lens can be cleaned.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-24-2010
Replies: 70
Views: 9,304
Posted By Melvin
There's this,...

There's this, too:
http://whitestripes.com/lomography/lomography.html
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-22-2010
Replies: 18
Views: 1,787
Posted By Melvin
The goggled elmarit 135 on an M5 will be harder...

The goggled elmarit 135 on an M5 will be harder on your arms than your eyes.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-18-2010
Replies: 88
Views: 4,470
Posted By Melvin
They last, though! I am happily using a Leica II...

They last, though! I am happily using a Leica II made in 1932, that was well used before I got it. Granted, it needed a tune up. The other thing is that a lot of previous Leica owners didn't seem to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-18-2010
Replies: 88
Views: 4,470
Posted By Melvin
For pure Leica cameraness, the M2. But for ease...

For pure Leica cameraness, the M2. But for ease of use and fun, the M5. Being able to spot meter with an M and simultaneously dial the shutter speed is really cool.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-18-2010
Replies: 87
Views: 8,327
Posted By Melvin
I pull the reel apart. I've switched to Hewes...

I pull the reel apart.
I've switched to Hewes steel reels for 35mm, but have recently switched back to Patterson for 120. I find the clamps on 120 steel reels cause the film to buckle causing uneven...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-17-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 1,400
Posted By Melvin
Early vs. Late Leica shutters

Is there a reason later barnacks would have smoother shutter releases? My IIIf has a hair trigger, I barely have to touch it. But with the Leica II the shutter release is stiffer and louder....
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-12-2010
Replies: 40
Views: 4,118
Posted By Melvin
Is it worth a lot? If so then sell it. But if...

Is it worth a lot? If so then sell it. But if you're not going to get more than $300 or $400 might as well keep it and load it with a different kind of film than the M6.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-09-2010
Replies: 32
Views: 4,391
Posted By Melvin
Pan F with a no. 8 yellow filter is effectively...

Pan F with a no. 8 yellow filter is effectively ISO 25, but you still develop it at ISO 50. And it looks great. With an orange filter it be ISO 12.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-04-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 1,841
Posted By Melvin
Try this link. Lots of nice...

Try this link. Lots of nice stuff.http://www.flickr.com/groups/elmar50/
Forum: Off Topic 04-29-2010
Replies: 75
Views: 4,647
Posted By Melvin
I can empathize about the security guards. They...

I can empathize about the security guards. They are idiots.

But just to play devils advocate: how did the guy who photographed your license plate act differently than you? You had a camera, he had a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-27-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 1,411
Posted By Melvin
I'd call that a dent. $750? Try an advanced...

I'd call that a dent. $750? Try an advanced search on Evay and check the completed listings box. Should give an idea.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-15-2010
Replies: 60
Views: 6,228
Posted By Melvin
That I believe. They are built like tanks. The...

That I believe. They are built like tanks.

The weirdness for me is the focus, aperture, and shutter speed all being stacked rings, on the lens, all controlled by the left hand(and the shutter speed...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-15-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 1,544
Posted By Melvin
click on "all sizes" at the image on flickr, then...

click on "all sizes" at the image on flickr, then copy the shorter link in the window at the bottom of the page, then, on RFF, click on the "insert image" icon(the one with the sunny landscape) and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-15-2010
Replies: 35
Views: 3,247
Posted By Melvin
Try and get the nicest one you can afford....

Try and get the nicest one you can afford. Whether it's mint or beat up it's still a delicate precision instrument that has to be handled with care.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-15-2010
Replies: 60
Views: 6,228
Posted By Melvin
Batteries are still avail. for the FT3, something...

Batteries are still avail. for the FT3, something to consider. I agree about goin for an F2. Definitely try a Nikkormat first. They're kind of weird.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-14-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,031
Posted By Melvin
If I had to recover a Leica I'd go for actual...

If I had to recover a Leica I'd go for actual leather. It looks like cameraleather has some nice stuff.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 04-06-2010
Replies: 45
Views: 4,099
Posted By Melvin
If you do buy a Mac I highly recommend paying for...

If you do buy a Mac I highly recommend paying for the apple care warranty. I'm glad I did, since my machine so far has needed a new motherboard, CD drive and battery. And back up your files.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-04-2010
Replies: 157
Views: 22,228
Posted By Melvin
I voted M8, not because I've owned one, but...

I voted M8, not because I've owned one, but because I've never wanted one. The crop factor is intolerable. And it's already obsolete!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-03-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 3,793
Posted By Melvin
Mabelsound Actually A Dude: According to Ilford's...

Mabelsound Actually A Dude: According to Ilford's fact sheet, a working solution in a tightly capped full bottle will last 6 months. 7 days is for an open tray.
Also, from the same fact sheet:
"in...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-29-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 2,486
Posted By Melvin
The Leitz SOOTF adapter fits it perfectly, then...

The Leitz SOOTF adapter fits it perfectly, then you can use Summitar filters, which aren't that hard to find. The Summaron LTM hood also fits it perfectly. I'm pretty sure any 36A push on filter will...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-28-2010
Replies: 60
Views: 3,442
Posted By Melvin
With digital you don't get the actual thing that...

With digital you don't get the actual thing that the photons hit. What you do get is a memory file. Digital is like our brains in that way. Personally I like film, since I already have a brain.:p
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-24-2010
Replies: 38
Views: 4,069
Posted By Melvin
I run hot water to steam up the bathroom and...

I run hot water to steam up the bathroom and settle any dust before hanging the film. When developing I don't wear sweaters or other soft clothes that have a lot of fibers and dust in them.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-23-2010
Replies: 60
Views: 3,442
Posted By Melvin
It's not balderdash. Real, unique photons hit the...

It's not balderdash. Real, unique photons hit the film. The film is a unique document of that moment, whereas digital is a translation into human language. I'm not coming down for one side or the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-22-2010
Replies: 32
Views: 1,916
Posted By Melvin
Agreed. You can see the film engage the sprockets...

Agreed. You can see the film engage the sprockets as you slowly turn the advance, but you need to peer down into the camera, with good light, e.g. next to a window. They actually load the same as an...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-16-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 822
Posted By Melvin
When I first got the camera back after overhaul,...

When I first got the camera back after overhaul, one whole side of the frame was underexposed at 1/500. The second time, the left eighth was under exposed with some streaks. Now just the left border....
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-16-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 822
Posted By Melvin
I don't know if the curtains were ever replaced....

I don't know if the curtains were ever replaced. Not recently, anyway. I'm tired of dealing with it, it's just a soft edge on one side of the frame that gets cropped off anyway. I'll put up with it...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-15-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 822
Posted By Melvin
My Leica II has a problem at 1/500. I've sent it...

My Leica II has a problem at 1/500. I've sent it back three times and it's much better, usable, but still not completely gone.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-11-2010
Replies: 186
Views: 10,841
Posted By Melvin
Kenneth Bianchi, The BTK killer, Mark David...

Kenneth Bianchi, The BTK killer, Mark David Chapman: photographers? No. They all worked as security guards.
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-16-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,693
Posted By Melvin
Probably witches.

Probably witches.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-12-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 2,135
Posted By Melvin
Why is a DOF (death of film) thread in the LTM...

Why is a DOF (death of film) thread in the LTM forum? LTM cameras have not been mentioned once.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-10-2010
Replies: 93
Views: 5,276
Posted By Melvin
Now, let's not be disingenuous. It's just as...

Now, let's not be disingenuous. It's just as phony to be an artist and pretend not to be.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-08-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 978
Posted By Melvin
My red dial serial no. is 671xxx, same year and...

My red dial serial no. is 671xxx, same year and batch.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-08-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 978
Posted By Melvin
If you're going by a photo on the internet then...

If you're going by a photo on the internet then you can't tell, the numbers might just look black. I bought a IIIf advertised as a black dial, photo looked like a black dial, but when I got it it was...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-06-2010
Replies: 119
Views: 9,153
Posted By Melvin
The film that congeals over the eyes of the...

The film that congeals over the eyes of the greedy dead.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-05-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 4,667
Posted By Melvin
Erik is this true of the original Leica II?...

Erik is this true of the original Leica II? Because I've just sent mine back to the repair shop for the third time to have the 1/500 speed adjusted. I asked the repairman if it was a flaw with the...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 02-05-2010
Replies: 108
Views: 14,711
Posted By Melvin
It didn't even occur to me that it might not be a...

It didn't even occur to me that it might not be a Leica.:o
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 02-05-2010
Replies: 108
Views: 14,711
Posted By Melvin
The older Leicas, like the Leica II(I know...

The older Leicas, like the Leica II(I know because I have one and it does this) were made to be used with special Leitz cassettes, which were hand loaded. My guess is that the photographer was using...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-03-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 828
Posted By Melvin
Too bad, because that second shot is really...

Too bad, because that second shot is really interesting. Has the leak shown up on more than one roll of film?
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-27-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 2,552
Posted By Melvin
What if it is your intent to make accidental art?...

What if it is your intent to make accidental art? Isn't all of photography predicated on that?
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-26-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 1,803
Posted By Melvin
I think I see a cat, but the image is kind of...

I think I see a cat, but the image is kind of small...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-26-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 2,583
Posted By Melvin
My M2 got a pinhole in the curtain. I called the...

My M2 got a pinhole in the curtain. I called the three best Leica repair people here in the U.S. and Canada. The first two told me to send it in for new curtains. The third one told me "just dab a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-25-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 1,508
Posted By Melvin
How to determine fixing time: When you load your...

How to determine fixing time:
When you load your film for developing cut the film leader off with scissors and save it. Take a drop of fix and put it on the lighter side of the film leader and wait...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-25-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 1,508
Posted By Melvin
The light strip might be a problem with the fix...

The light strip might be a problem with the fix also, like the tank wasn't filled all the way? Or else the tank or the film canister has a light leak? Just guesses.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-25-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 1,508
Posted By Melvin
It's kind of hard to tell from the images, but...

It's kind of hard to tell from the images, but you could try re-fixing, 2.5 minutes seems pretty short, even if it was rapid fixer. Also, I don't know about re-using D-76. I never have, I just use...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-24-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,661
Posted By Melvin
Just take pictures with it. Black paint, good...

Just take pictures with it. Black paint, good grief! Are you a photographer or a camera collector?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-22-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 3,515
Posted By Melvin
It's a little crazy, yes. But "whatever gets you...

It's a little crazy, yes. But "whatever gets you thru the night..."
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-22-2010
Replies: 43
Views: 2,845
Posted By Melvin
Their site works fine for me. Too bad I'm broke!

Their site works fine for me. Too bad I'm broke!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-21-2010
Replies: 18
Views: 1,374
Posted By Melvin
I don't understand the appeal of a 35 1.2. A huge...

I don't understand the appeal of a 35 1.2. A huge lens for less than a stop more light. I don't get it. Why not a little 35 1.4?

I got an overlapping frame on the last roll from my M2. Hope it's a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-20-2010
Replies: 7,463
Views: 3,800,943
Posted By Melvin
My bag fell off a chair yesterday with my M2 in...

My bag fell off a chair yesterday with my M2 in it. Thump! I didn't even think about it. They are solid.
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 01-19-2010
Replies: 128
Views: 16,359
Posted By Melvin
The Road is beautifully shot. Unfortunately the...

The Road is beautifully shot. Unfortunately the photography's the best thing about it.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-18-2010
Replies: 373
Views: 33,229
Posted By Melvin
I'm almost afraid to ask, but how's Ilford doing?

I'm almost afraid to ask, but how's Ilford doing?
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-18-2010
Replies: 373
Views: 33,229
Posted By Melvin
This is a good story on how private equity firms...

This is a good story on how private equity firms operate. Good bye Tri-X!

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120391729
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-15-2010
Replies: 43
Views: 4,885
Posted By Melvin
first one better

first one better
Forum: Optics Theory - 01-14-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 2,604
Posted By Melvin
I think that is an excellent guess, since it...

I think that is an excellent guess, since it happened to me just the other day. Anyway, it's the first and easiest reason to eliminate.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 01-11-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 1,827
Posted By Melvin
I second this. if you shoot with a slow lens in...

I second this. if you shoot with a slow lens in low light you'll get reciprocity failure at 1600, meaning f3.5 at iso 1600 is not the same as f1.4 at iso 400, that's my experience anyway.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-30-2009
Replies: 30
Views: 1,887
Posted By Melvin
I bought a jacket on Ebay from the UK and got it...

I bought a jacket on Ebay from the UK and got it two days later. I bought a lens from Russia and it took about a month and a half.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-17-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,477
Posted By Melvin
SS tanks are the best, the don't crack. But you...

SS tanks are the best, the don't crack. But you need Hewes reels. Take it from someone who learned the hard way.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-15-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 1,625
Posted By Melvin
I did. I knew my M5 needed an overhaul so I...

I did. I knew my M5 needed an overhaul so I bought an M2 to ease the pain of separation. When the M5 returned its place had been usurped.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-10-2009
Replies: 81
Views: 9,681
Posted By Melvin
[/quote] What a rude insinuation.

[/quote]
What a rude insinuation.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-10-2009
Replies: 81
Views: 9,681
Posted By Melvin
I found I had to work with different films and...

I found I had to work with different films and apertures to get the look I wanted, because of the low contrast. It also flares really easily so I have to be more careful about where the light's...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-10-2009
Replies: 81
Views: 9,681
Posted By Melvin
Have you used a Summitar?[/quote] Yes, of...

Have you used a Summitar?[/quote]

Yes, of course. Why would I comment on a lens I've never used?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-10-2009
Replies: 81
Views: 9,681
Posted By Melvin
I like the early uncoated Elmar. It's a classic...

I like the early uncoated Elmar. It's a classic Tessar design, difficult to use but rewarding.

The Canon 50/1.4 will "glow" wide open, but is also quite sharp. I've heard that it is a Xenon...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-05-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 2,583
Posted By Melvin
OK now I see it. It's a beauty! Congrats.

OK now I see it. It's a beauty! Congrats.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-05-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 2,583
Posted By Melvin
I think "emperor's new clothes" means there's no...

I think "emperor's new clothes" means there's no image with your original post. Maybe try again?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-05-2009
Replies: 2,132
Views: 595,340
Posted By Melvin
Leica II with original elmar 1932 75274

Leica II with original elmar 1932
75274
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-05-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 1,108
Posted By Melvin
This website has a decent...

This website has a decent overview.http://toothwalker.org/index.html

If you want to see aberrations at work, try searching for images taken with a Noctilux or Summilux 35mm wide open. The...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-01-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 5,434
Posted By Melvin
Works fine on a III f, though.

Works fine on a III f, though.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-01-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,321
Posted By Melvin
That looks like it could be particles of dried...

That looks like it could be particles of dried out foam rubber from an old case. If the glass is good that's what counts. What did you pay for it? Seems like a CLA from Leica would be costly and take...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-30-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 5,434
Posted By Melvin
The 11 o clock elmar doesn't work well on M...

The 11 o clock elmar doesn't work well on M cameras, because the focus lock won't clear the lens mount release button on the camera. It will work but you would have to set the focus, before mounting...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-28-2009
Replies: 161
Views: 17,289
Posted By Melvin
It's interesting that a couple of the posters in...

It's interesting that a couple of the posters in favor of photographing the homeless seem contemptuous or calloused toward them: "vagrants", "filth" etc. A defense tactic? Some hidden guilt?

It is...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-24-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 929
Posted By Melvin
Have to agree with awilder on this one, that does...

Have to agree with awilder on this one, that does look like the "gasoline on water" effect of separated elements, which would render the lens optically worthless.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-23-2009
Replies: 48
Views: 3,562
Posted By Melvin
It depends on the style. The impressionists...

It depends on the style. The impressionists needed really high quality, pure colors. Jackson Pollock used automotive lacquer and house paint. In a current show at the Art Institute of Chicago, the...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 11-19-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 3,254
Posted By Melvin
You might try windows with white curtains,...

You might try windows with white curtains, indirect sun, like northern exposure. Place the subject farther rather than closer to the window or the contrast ratio is too high.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-13-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 1,723
Posted By Melvin
Seller has a zero feedback rating and a $10,000+...

Seller has a zero feedback rating and a $10,000+ item? Yikes.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-10-2009
Replies: 43
Views: 2,581
Posted By Melvin
The original case is really nice. The top comes...

The original case is really nice. The top comes off to make a comfy half case.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 11-09-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 4,790
Posted By Melvin
It gets tricky. Under street lamps I shoot 400...

It gets tricky. Under street lamps I shoot 400 speed film at 400 with f1.4. So this should be the same as shooting a f2.8 lens with 1600 speed film, right? Two stops difference in lens speed, two...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-09-2009
Replies: 78
Views: 8,767
Posted By Melvin
Judging by the last pics I'd say don't mess with...

Judging by the last pics I'd say don't mess with it. They don't look soft focus in a cheesy way. They have a lot of character. Maybe it fixed itself.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-27-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 4,334
Posted By Melvin
It's well known that Lennon removed the finish...

It's well known that Lennon removed the finish from his Epiphone Casino, so that it's just bare wood. It was his main guitar, which he can be seen playing on "Let It Be".
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-26-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 787
Posted By Melvin
I just checked my IIIf against my M5's frame...

I just checked my IIIf against my M5's frame lines, and the rangefinder window is closest to 135mm. I think it might work alright with a 90mm or 75mm. With parallax error it seems like a tight fit...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-24-2009
Replies: 45
Views: 10,213
Posted By Melvin
Mfogiel--wow, that's a good one, the train scene.

Mfogiel--wow, that's a good one, the train scene.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-22-2009
Replies: 55
Views: 4,071
Posted By Melvin
The M5 is funny looking enough without putting a...

The M5 is funny looking enough without putting a little silver nose on it. But seriously, I've gotten some nice kodachromes with this combo(sigh).
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 10-20-2009
Replies: 65
Views: 8,765
Posted By Melvin
I can empathize. I've been using a Leica II...

I can empathize. I've been using a Leica II recently and now my M2 seems like a behemoth, much less my Rolleiflex. But I force myself to use it anyway. Discipline!
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-20-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 5,354
Posted By Melvin
The first thing that comes up is this thread.

The first thing that comes up is this thread.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-20-2009
Replies: 33
Views: 3,884
Posted By Melvin
Thanks all. I had the camera and lens serviced. I...

Thanks all. I had the camera and lens serviced. I also bought a couple of the brass cassettes and I've been reloading the Fuji into them, since it's not sold in long rolls.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-20-2009
Replies: 33
Views: 3,884
Posted By Melvin
Yes, they are handheld, at 1/200, f11-f16. I...

Yes, they are handheld, at 1/200, f11-f16. I scanned them on a flatbed from 5x7 RC prints made with a diffusion head enlarger. No sharpening.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-19-2009
Replies: 33
Views: 3,884
Posted By Melvin
After being initially unimpressed, I've been...

After being initially unimpressed, I've been using this lens, which has some scratches and haze, with Fuji Neopan 1600. I think the Elmar really sings stopped way down to F11-f16. Here are a couple...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-18-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 2,354
Posted By Melvin
I think the focus is fine. At f1.4 focusing...

I think the focus is fine. At f1.4 focusing involves some luck, especially when the lens has field curvature. A geometric pattern, like on the pants, will also appear to be sharper than skin or fur,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-14-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 852
Posted By Melvin
Nice pictures.

Nice pictures.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-14-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 1,313
Posted By Melvin
They look correctly exposed to me.

They look correctly exposed to me.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-13-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 3,184
Posted By Melvin
I've always wanted to see my uncoated, scratched,...

I've always wanted to see my uncoated, scratched, fogged, nickle Elmar on a digital camera. It takes cool pictures on color film, a little like the outdoor scenes from Carrie. Cheap too!
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10-13-2009
Replies: 53
Views: 3,684
Posted By Melvin
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2526/4007264917_cdb...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2526/4007264917_cdba5f544f_o.jpg
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-09-2009
Replies: 105
Views: 8,303
Posted By Melvin
It's not a crime or sin to take pictures of...

It's not a crime or sin to take pictures of people who are trying to study, it's just annoying. Librarians have the right to kick you out for annoying people.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-08-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,344
Posted By Melvin
No way am I cooking for that cat.

No way am I cooking for that cat.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-08-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,344
Posted By Melvin
I live in Chicago, Al, and they tax everything...

I live in Chicago, Al, and they tax everything here. In fact I'll probably get a ticket for having a purple finger. At least it's the middle one.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-08-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,344
Posted By Melvin
Good info, good to know. I put the finger in...

Good info, good to know. I put the finger in baking soda paste to neutralize the acid, and since it was 'indicator' bath I now have a purple finger.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-08-2009
Replies: 45
Views: 10,213
Posted By Melvin
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3504/3993967873_9a5...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3504/3993967873_9a529cc654_o.jpg
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