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Forum: Travel 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 472
Posted By Rayt
Hong Kong is no longer a good destination for...

Hong Kong is no longer a good destination for used camera gear. Chances of getting ripped off is high unless you have a local friend who is gear savvy and knows the dealers well personally. Further...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 107
Views: 2,952
Posted By Rayt
:p I always printed 135 format full frame on...

:p

I always printed 135 format full frame on 8x10 paper getting a 6x9-ish image. Any larger the print loses its splendor or lushness of tonality. Or maybe it was because I simply lacked the skills!
Forum: Travel 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 472
Posted By Rayt
You might have better luck in Bangkok for used...

You might have better luck in Bangkok for used film cameras.
Forum: Travel 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 101
Views: 743
Posted By Rayt
I was expecting to see Spanish Missions but a...

I was expecting to see Spanish Missions but a pleasant surprise nevertheless!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 631
Posted By Rayt
I let a box of 4x5 TMY go through the new CRT...

I let a box of 4x5 TMY go through the new CRT scanners at SFO last year and they were ruined. The damage looks like a weird pattern on the negative and blotchy lost of details. The previous older...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 70
Views: 2,124
Posted By Rayt
FYI, I have the S mount 50/1.5 Sonnar and use it...

FYI, I have the S mount 50/1.5 Sonnar and use it with the Amedeo adapter on M bodies. It focuses perfectly at max aperture.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 77
Views: 2,270
Posted By Rayt
I had the Sony Mavica the one that took 3.5”...

I had the Sony Mavica the one that took 3.5” floppy discs. At the time it was like a digital Polaroid and I used it to document the birth of my son.

Sorry! The question is about DSLRs. I had the...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 392
Views: 67,221
Posted By Rayt
Sold the M8.2 for a M9M with new sensor. So far...

Sold the M8.2 for a M9M with new sensor. So far so good.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,397
Posted By Rayt
What a horrible statement. You seem to have...

What a horrible statement. You seem to have issues with some people.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-19-2020
Replies: 131
Views: 9,221
Posted By Rayt
I have traveled through India and then to...

I have traveled through India and then to Pakistan and have lost count how many times my films have gone through X-ray machines. In these countries even hotels have scanners at the door and sometimes...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-15-2020
Replies: 62
Views: 2,028
Posted By Rayt
For non-photo oriented trip it’ll be a small...

For non-photo oriented trip it’ll be a small digital. I have a Sony A7RII with Zeiss 35/2.8 else just use the phone.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-15-2020
Replies: 30
Views: 1,071
Posted By Rayt
I have owned and used several 35mm Summicron Asph...

I have owned and used several 35mm Summicron Asph since it came out 20 years ago and could never get along with it due to the high contrast and clinical look. I shoot b/w and prefer a lower contrast...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-14-2020
Replies: 123
Views: 3,420
Posted By Rayt
Film photography is still affordable for me...

Film photography is still affordable for me because I shoot b/w and do my own processing. But still, I don’t know about other people but I travel for my photos and the travel part cost the most money...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-14-2020
Replies: 123
Views: 3,420
Posted By Rayt
I bought a freezer and packed it with film years...

I bought a freezer and packed it with film years ago. Also good for hiding corpses for the mob.
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 01-13-2020
Replies: 191
Views: 6,513
Posted By Rayt
This might just be my Leica camera going forward....

This might just be my Leica camera going forward. I will start selling some stuff.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-13-2020
Replies: 7
Views: 522
Posted By Rayt
I put the lens with hood and filter ready to use...

I put the lens with hood and filter ready to use in dry cabinets. I live in a very humid part of the world and avoid leather accessories due to fungus and for the few Leica lenses I bought new I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-12-2020
Replies: 33
Views: 852
Posted By Rayt
I like your Plan B. Contax lenses are on par with...

I like your Plan B. Contax lenses are on par with Leica R at a fraction of the price. I would go for the Contax RX with a 40mm Tessar.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-12-2020
Replies: 4,657
Views: 1,322,115
Posted By Rayt
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48787566547_e1...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48787566547_e1d4518561_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hkc2Nt)Lahore11 (https://flic.kr/p/2hkc2Nt) by ray tai (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Forum: Travel 01-09-2020
Replies: 77
Views: 3,386
Posted By Rayt
Wonderful! Can’t wait to see more.

Wonderful! Can’t wait to see more.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-09-2020
Replies: 810
Views: 120,302
Posted By Rayt
Thanks Trung! Yes I primarily shoot with a...

Thanks Trung! Yes I primarily shoot with a Rolleiflex 3.5F TLR. Letís try to meet up in Hanoi.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-09-2020
Replies: 810
Views: 120,302
Posted By Rayt
Thanks Nick.

Thanks Nick.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-08-2020
Replies: 6
Views: 335
Posted By Rayt
Did the world run out of M3s? Pretty cool though.

Did the world run out of M3s? Pretty cool though.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-08-2020
Replies: 11
Views: 619
Posted By Rayt
I havenít done that type of side by side lens...

I havenít done that type of side by side lens testing so wonít say that. The 28mm Elmarit v4 is a technically perfect lens. It was the fourth try from Leica. I would say at least with sharpness and...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-08-2020
Replies: 11
Views: 619
Posted By Rayt
I like the 28mm focal length and used to own the...

I like the 28mm focal length and used to own the GR1V and various Leica 28mm Elmarits. I used the GR1V for street snaps set to 2 meters. The two photos above were shot with the GR1V. The first is...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-08-2020
Replies: 11
Views: 619
Posted By Rayt
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49349928493_5d...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49349928493_5db1a52ba1_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2ibThq6)ymt5 (https://flic.kr/p/2ibThq6) by ray tai (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-08-2020
Replies: 11
Views: 619
Posted By Rayt
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49350388696_dd...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49350388696_dd35a4ba73_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2ibVDdC)ymt3 (https://flic.kr/p/2ibVDdC) by ray tai (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-08-2020
Replies: 227
Views: 6,492
Posted By Rayt
Hasselblad SWC, Tmax...

Hasselblad SWC, Tmax 400

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48787299316_279e9e7cb1_n.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hkaEn3)4C1EAC6F-7708-4C3A-9B85-45B7D2BF42A3 (https://flic.kr/p/2hkaEn3) by ray tai...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-08-2020
Replies: 227
Views: 6,492
Posted By Rayt
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49350353801_4d...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49350353801_4ddbeae9b1_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2ibVsQZ)040612bs (https://flic.kr/p/2ibVsQZ) by ray tai (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-08-2020
Replies: 810
Views: 120,302
Posted By Rayt
This one was from a bad roll. Chinese 120 film....

This one was from a bad roll. Chinese 120 film. Recently same thing happened to all my Fomapan 400 120 rolls. And I was very excited about one of the shots. Oh...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-08-2020
Replies: 810
Views: 120,302
Posted By Rayt
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49350374577_82...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49350374577_82069c92c3_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2ibVz2c)Nam34 (https://flic.kr/p/2ibVz2c) by ray tai (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-08-2020
Replies: 810
Views: 120,302
Posted By Rayt
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49350374692_e9...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49350374692_e9d33b3c14_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2ibVz4b)Nam24 (https://flic.kr/p/2ibVz4b) by ray tai (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-08-2020
Replies: 810
Views: 120,302
Posted By Rayt
While I get off my ass to scan the Hanoi negs...

While I get off my ass to scan the Hanoi negs here are a few from Hoi An.
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49350374797_5bea4cd59e_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2ibVz5Z)Nam14 (https://flic.kr/p/2ibVz5Z)...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-07-2020
Replies: 131
Views: 9,221
Posted By Rayt
That confirms it. My negs look exactly like the...

That confirms it. My negs look exactly like the samples in the link. It was my first outing with the pinhole so wasn’t sure if it was just the medium.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-06-2020
Replies: 146
Views: 5,765
Posted By Rayt
What is this defect? Sounds interesting. Two...

What is this defect? Sounds interesting.

Two years ago in Varanasi I met this photographer who happened to have a really excellent body of work I later found online. Anyway he was shooting with this...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-06-2020
Replies: 81
Views: 3,075
Posted By Rayt
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49342581988_44...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49342581988_4481e58115_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2ibeCyd)SFBUSc (https://flic.kr/p/2ibeCyd) by ray tai (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-06-2020
Replies: 45
Views: 1,806
Posted By Rayt
I shoot b/w film and even if the camera has a...

I shoot b/w film and even if the camera has a meter I still use an external incident meter. The built in reflective meter is useful for scenes when incident metering will not be accurate.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-06-2020
Replies: 106
Views: 4,065
Posted By Rayt
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48731342526_ff...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48731342526_ffd86c0a98_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hfdSmN)L9997778 (https://flic.kr/p/2hfdSmN) by ray tai (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-06-2020
Replies: 131
Views: 9,221
Posted By Rayt
Another https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48923...

Another

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48923888797_635dd0abf5.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hxeHE6)image1 (https://flic.kr/p/2hxeHE6) by ray tai (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-06-2020
Replies: 131
Views: 9,221
Posted By Rayt
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48923154073_f0...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48923154073_f092c5d9b6.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hxaXfr)image2 (https://flic.kr/p/2hxaXfr) by ray tai (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-06-2020
Replies: 146
Views: 5,765
Posted By Rayt
This is an interesting thread. I have a street...

This is an interesting thread. I have a street photographer buddy who shoots with a 28mm at f/8 with film pushed to 800 to 1600 so he can shoot at 1/500 and faster when the light is good (not harsh)....
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-06-2020
Replies: 5,698
Views: 513,189
Posted By Rayt
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48826053237_e2...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48826053237_e28a39644d.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hoAhy6)test (https://flic.kr/p/2hoAhy6) by ray tai (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-06-2020
Replies: 1,016
Views: 194,952
Posted By Rayt
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48731342526_ff...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48731342526_ffd86c0a98.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hfdSmN)L9997778 (https://flic.kr/p/2hfdSmN) by ray tai (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-06-2020
Replies: 49
Views: 1,591
Posted By Rayt
My last road trip to the Southwest - CA and AZ I...

My last road trip to the Southwest - CA and AZ I shot with R8 and R9 with 28mm, 50mm and 90mm. Wish I had a 21mm. I shot with TMX and mostly on a tripod. I do prefer medium format but a fine film...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-04-2020
Replies: 399
Views: 85,761
Posted By Rayt
In college we used to patch the apartment walls...

In college we used to patch the apartment walls with toothpaste colored with food colouring so we can get our deposit back. Just a suggestion. The camera will be minty enough for eBay.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-04-2020
Replies: 21
Views: 765
Posted By Rayt
Yes I have! I have more camera/lens accessories...

Yes I have! I have more camera/lens accessories than my wife has kitchen products so maybe my lens cap will end up on the spice rack. And I am sure she won’t want any of it during the divorce.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-04-2020
Replies: 131
Views: 9,221
Posted By Rayt
The new scanners are not labelled as such but...

The new scanners are not labelled as such but youíll know it when you see it. It looks like a hospital MRI scanner with the round opening. Travelers do not need to remove their laptops etc like for...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-02-2020
Replies: 220
Views: 7,023
Posted By Rayt
The M6 is certainly outta sight! I have the Ti M6...

The M6 is certainly outta sight! I have the Ti M6 and for some reason despite having the coveted brass top is unloved and is still priced at around $2k for a mint copy. The MP finder is better but I...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-02-2020
Replies: 131
Views: 9,221
Posted By Rayt
What this means is an additional $60 to send my...

What this means is an additional $60 to send my film back from a trip by courier. I can’t rely on the possibility of getting a hand check.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-30-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 425
Posted By Rayt
Editing and discarding negatives

Over the years I have amassed about 800 pages of b/w negatives in 135 and 120 not counting large format which is a bigger headache. I now need to show no mercy and edit them down to manageable...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-29-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 863
Posted By Rayt
I switched batteries and the problem did not...

I switched batteries and the problem did not repeat. I always use Duracell 3v lithium and they are all fresh. I thought maybe it wasn’t as cold? Next time if I ever need to shoot in the cold I’ll...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-28-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 863
Posted By Rayt
I hope it is just the battery and not some...

I hope it is just the battery and not some expensive camera repair. I’ll try some new batteries, thanks.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-28-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 863
Posted By Rayt
Leica MP meter dead in the cold

Over the holidays I took my new to me Leica MP to Seoul. I brought a bunch of Duracell CR1/3N lithium 3V batteries all tested prior to the trip. The first day after a few shots the meter failed....
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-21-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,330
Posted By Rayt
KEH had used silver chrome MP last week and it is...

KEH had used silver chrome MP last week and it is now mine all mine. Unfortunately the frameline mechanism is broken and looks like someone unsuccessfully tried to either home repair or took it to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-15-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,316
Posted By Rayt
The R8 and R9 oozes quality but are absolutely...

The R8 and R9 oozes quality but are absolutely huge and in my mind unnecessarily huge given so many high quality film SLRs exist at a much smaller package. Moreover the winder is very useful but add...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-13-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 1,115
Posted By Rayt
There is no way I can focus this on a film body...

There is no way I can focus this on a film body even with the 1.4x magnifier. So I am guessing there will be a M mount digital in the future with a more advanced live view focusing system.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-13-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,211
Posted By Rayt
If you can’t decide then offer up both and let...

If you can’t decide then offer up both and let the market decide for you.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-11-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 587
Posted By Rayt
If it is color print film then you should shoot...

If it is color print film then you should shoot it at iso 100 and process it as iso 400. You can use a black marker over the DX code and your camera will default to iso 100.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-29-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 5,200
Posted By Rayt
Is this from the dealer mark up or import duty?

Is this from the dealer mark up or import duty?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-29-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 5,200
Posted By Rayt
Just keep making the stuff. I’ll pay.

Just keep making the stuff. I’ll pay.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-28-2019
Replies: 100
Views: 4,523
Posted By Rayt
When I was in college in the 90’s (New Joisey) I...

When I was in college in the 90’s (New Joisey) I took whatever side jobs to survive and one of them was in security. Security companies are contractors for clients including malls, industrial parks,...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 11-25-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,829
Posted By Rayt
Ooh. Seduction and leather straps. Another vote...

Ooh. Seduction and leather straps. Another vote for the Artisan & Artist ACAM 280. I wish I can say mistress may I have another one but I have 8 of them for all the Leicas.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-21-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,648
Posted By Rayt
More than once I would get into a new system...

More than once I would get into a new system because of one lens and then it snowballs. Too many examples.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 11-14-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1,728
Posted By Rayt
I bought a Sony A7R because a friend said I can...

I bought a Sony A7R because a friend said I can use my R lenses on it with peak focusing. I should have borrowed his for a test run. When nearly everything came out mis-focused I figured out the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-08-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 871
Posted By Rayt
These are the best plastic reels I have ever...

These are the best plastic reels I have ever used. https://www.freestylephoto.biz/55043-Arista-Premium-Plastic-Developing-Reel
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-31-2019
Replies: 65
Views: 2,727
Posted By Rayt
This is the Grail when my M8.2 and M9 are scrap...

This is the Grail when my M8.2 and M9 are scrap metal. I have been waiting for this one!
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-31-2019
Replies: 65
Views: 2,727
Posted By Rayt
Where are you not seeing good photos? On a gear...

Where are you not seeing good photos? On a gear oriented amateur photo forum? And this is somebody’s fault?
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 10-26-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 2,685
Posted By Rayt
Thanks! I bought one in EX but non operational...

Thanks! I bought one in EX but non operational from KEH. The description was accurate. My repair guy said a crucial part is missing from inside the camera.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 10-26-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 2,685
Posted By Rayt
Can anyone please recommend a repair shop for the...

Can anyone please recommend a repair shop for the Autocord in the US?
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-23-2019
Replies: 115
Views: 5,505
Posted By Rayt
I was a motorcyclist and always thought Harley...

I was a motorcyclist and always thought Harley Davidsons is more a work of art than transportation (it isn't if you ever rode one!). Harley's market is going down a cliff due to its ageing base and a...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-22-2019
Replies: 115
Views: 5,505
Posted By Rayt
I don't shoot digital so can relate somewhat to...

I don't shoot digital so can relate somewhat to what he is saying. But if I do decide to go digital and it is highly possible I can buy one of the Leica M rangefinders. What is the sales volume for...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-22-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,196
Posted By Rayt
Japan Camera Hunter can arrange for the...

Japan Camera Hunter can arrange for the conversion. Go to their website.
Forum: Large Format Film RF 10-21-2019
Replies: 409
Views: 163,425
Posted By Rayt
Thanks! I appreciate it. Benton Hot Spring, CA...

Thanks! I appreciate it. Benton Hot Spring, CA on 120 around 20 minutes east of Lee Vining.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-19-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,335
Posted By Rayt
I think these type of natural photos are superior...

I think these type of natural photos are superior than look-at-me photos because they are just more interesting. If I took a photo of my kid staring into the camera that photos should only be...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 10-19-2019
Replies: 409
Views: 163,425
Posted By Rayt
About to go on a road trip to the southwest I...

About to go on a road trip to the southwest I couldn't decide which camera to use. I had already done the the trip with Leica R, Rollei 6x6, and 4x5. So for something completely different I bought a...
Forum: RFF News 10-19-2019
Replies: 88
Views: 9,606
Posted By Rayt
What a fortuitous turn for the UK! After Brexit...

What a fortuitous turn for the UK! After Brexit we will have access to a myriad of low tariff high quality British made tech products.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-15-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 3,803
Posted By Rayt
There is little need for high speed sheet film so...

There is little need for high speed sheet film so I am going to guess the other way - a new formula iso 50 film.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-12-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1,081
Posted By Rayt
I bought a CL for my 40mm. With either 35mm and...

I bought a CL for my 40mm. With either 35mm and 50mm framelines you are left guessing what is actually being covered. Go for the Biogon.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-09-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 1,001
Posted By Rayt
I’ll wait for the Lenny Kravitz pre-chewed...

I’ll wait for the Lenny Kravitz pre-chewed edition.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-08-2019
Replies: 9,210
Views: 915,335
Posted By Rayt
I just ordered it off KEH with the description...

I just ordered it off KEH with the description “with grip and cable” so I assume it has the anatomical grip. I’ll look into getting my 135mm cammed. I think cams are still made?
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-08-2019
Replies: 9,210
Views: 915,335
Posted By Rayt
Linhof Master Technika 4x5. It’s a rangefinder!

Linhof Master Technika 4x5. It’s a rangefinder!
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 10-08-2019
Replies: 1,946
Views: 387,148
Posted By Rayt
It’s just my personal style. The test I do is to...

It’s just my personal style. The test I do is to crop the image and see if the edited parts are vital to the image. I prefer to have the final image at exposure and not crop the final print. It’s...
Forum: RFF Polls 10-08-2019
Replies: 445
Views: 76,530
Posted By Rayt
MP .58x, M2, M5, and several Barnacks.

MP .58x, M2, M5, and several Barnacks.
Forum: Travel 10-05-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,606
Posted By Rayt
I don’t have photos, only a very sad story. Go on...

I don’t have photos, only a very sad story. Go on on google map and look up Altay and Kanas Lake in China. These places are in western China near Kazakhstan slightly south of Mongolia. Altay is a...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 10-04-2019
Replies: 1,946
Views: 387,148
Posted By Rayt
One common problem with “failed” panos is that...

One common problem with “failed” panos is that the shot didn’t need to be in pano at all. If you can't fill the frame with relevant material then better to use another format. I tried doing street...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 10-04-2019
Replies: 1,946
Views: 387,148
Posted By Rayt
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48845450586_62...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48845450586_62c6962252_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hqiGH9)Jaipur1s (https://flic.kr/p/2hqiGH9) by ray tai (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 10-04-2019
Replies: 1,946
Views: 387,148
Posted By Rayt
Jaipur, India Xpan, 45mm,...

Jaipur, India
Xpan, 45mm, TMX

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Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 10-04-2019
Replies: 1,946
Views: 387,148
Posted By Rayt
Hiran Minar near Lahore Pakistan Xpan, 45mm,...

Hiran Minar near Lahore Pakistan

Xpan, 45mm, Velvia 50

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Forum: Travel 10-03-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,183
Posted By Rayt
This is wonderful! Where was this taken?

This is wonderful! Where was this taken?
Forum: Travel 10-03-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 4,602
Posted By Rayt
I hope the OP is around to post more photos. I...

I hope the OP is around to post more photos. I was in Lahore earlier this year and never have I met friendlier people in my travels.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-02-2019
Replies: 168
Views: 7,117
Posted By Rayt
Over processed HDR would have been his norm. :)

Over processed HDR would have been his norm. :)
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-01-2019
Replies: 210
Views: 28,619
Posted By Rayt
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48731342526_ff...

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Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-01-2019
Replies: 210
Views: 28,619
Posted By Rayt
I bought a 28mm Summilux for my M8. Now I have a...

I bought a 28mm Summilux for my M8. Now I have a fast 35/1.4 equivalent and will delay any digital upgrade for 5 years. Worth every penny. Here is a test shot in Tokyo where I used it for the first...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-29-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 706
Posted By Rayt
I use Alden 74 loaders and the counter is pretty...

I use Alden 74 loaders and the counter is pretty accurate. I start at zero and roll the film counter one revolution to stop again at zero. Taking account of the exposed ends I get 35 usable frames in...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-28-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,310
Posted By Rayt
Maybe Leica is hoarding parts not selling them to...

Maybe Leica is hoarding parts not selling them to independents. If true then it is as good as no parts given what they charge.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 09-28-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 491
Posted By Rayt
Do you have a picture of the adapter? Even though...

Do you have a picture of the adapter? Even though the 13.5 adapter will bring up the 35 frame it won’t work on your 35mm lenses if it doesn’t have the cut out for the infinity lock. I learned this...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-27-2019
Replies: 79
Views: 3,265
Posted By Rayt
It would probably be easier to get Cosina to...

It would probably be easier to get Cosina to reintroduce the Bessa III 667 than to start fresh. What is the minimum order? I’ll buy one if it is priced around US$2k.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-26-2019
Replies: 77
Views: 2,461
Posted By Rayt
I have bought limited edition Leica film cameras...

I have bought limited edition Leica film cameras because I wanted the black paint lenses. Too bad I didn’t keep the bodies because they are worth 8 to 10 times now. I am not interested in digital so...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-24-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,724
Posted By Rayt
I don't think you can. And why would you want to?...

I don't think you can. And why would you want to? Choose the right gear for the job.

I have been shooting for 30 years and know what I want to shoot and know what gear I need to help me get it. But...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-24-2019
Replies: 922
Views: 177,401
Posted By Rayt
Nikon F, 50/1.4 Ai....

Nikon F, 50/1.4 Ai. Tmax100

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Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-24-2019
Replies: 349
Views: 36,003
Posted By Rayt
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48787566547_e1...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48787566547_e1d4518561.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hkc2Nt)Lahore11 (https://flic.kr/p/2hkc2Nt) by ray tai (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-24-2019
Replies: 138
Views: 11,452
Posted By Rayt
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48787378011_1f...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48787378011_1f5f32bdfb.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hkb4KR)tan2s (https://flic.kr/p/2hkb4KR) by ray tai (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-24-2019
Replies: 217
Views: 12,036
Posted By Rayt
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48787329876_9b...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48787329876_9b04b40059.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hkaPrW)Boogie (https://flic.kr/p/2hkaPrW) by ray tai (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-24-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,724
Posted By Rayt
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48787299316_27...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48787299316_279e9e7cb1.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hkaEn3)4C1EAC6F-7708-4C3A-9B85-45B7D2BF42A3 (https://flic.kr/p/2hkaEn3) by ray tai...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-24-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,724
Posted By Rayt
I mostly do street photography and for a few...

I mostly do street photography and for a few years only traveled with an SWC. My “style” was to walk right up to the subject maybe from 4 to 6 feet away and snap. I grew tired of it because the shots...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-20-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,602
Posted By Rayt
The VALOO works fine on the 3.5cm Elmar. There is...

The VALOO works fine on the 3.5cm Elmar. There is some minor mechanical vignetting just the very very edge of the corners. The hood is a good match.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-20-2019
Replies: 392
Views: 67,221
Posted By Rayt
I am primarily a film shooter but the M8.2 comes...

I am primarily a film shooter but the M8.2 comes in handy in low light. I don’t like the look of pushed b/w film and 1600iso after b/w conversion still looks pretty good. Someday when I go digital it...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-19-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,757
Posted By Rayt
Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki Nikon, Canon,...

Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki

Nikon, Canon, Minolta, Pentax

John, Paul, George, Ringo

Ford, GM, Chrysler, Jeep (?)

Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-19-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,757
Posted By Rayt
I understand what you mean but I am pedantic and...

I understand what you mean but I am pedantic and will reply with an observation.

If there is no internet then digital photography would not have existed or at least not as a consumer product. The...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-18-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,757
Posted By Rayt
On a photo forum when the subject of Leica is...

On a photo forum when the subject of Leica is brought up there will be inevitable trolling from virtuous people who regularly donate their income and make do with a point and shoot. “Fondler,...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-16-2019
Replies: 392
Views: 67,221
Posted By Rayt
The happy couple have since divorced. Can you buy...

The happy couple have since divorced. Can you buy it at half price?
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 09-14-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 3,096
Posted By Rayt
I am shooting with an M8.2 and also notice how...

I am shooting with an M8.2 and also notice how nice the files are. I am not a serious digital shooter so the M8.2 is enough for me and I like it for the RF experience. I shot this photo last week in...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 09-14-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 3,096
Posted By Rayt
You like the look of underexposed print film. How...

You like the look of underexposed print film. How do you attribute this to the M8? Can’t any camera provide files for you to play with in post?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-08-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 1,969
Posted By Rayt
I had the same idea back in the 90's when I...

I had the same idea back in the 90's when I wanted a vintage look to emulate the masters. I agree with Ko.Fe. The darkroom is where it is. Using a lower contrast lens of any vintage with correct...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-03-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 2,187
Posted By Rayt
I have about 800 pages of b/w negs in storage and...

I have about 800 pages of b/w negs in storage and when I retire I intend to spend my days printing them traditionally. I tried getting into digital more then once. I had the Epson R2400 but the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-02-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 581
Posted By Rayt
Facial recognition technology will be adapted...

Facial recognition technology will be adapted willingly by the public. I am already unlocking my iPhone with it and many countries will have facial recognition as well as already existing biometrics...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-02-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 581
Posted By Rayt
For example? As an American we have already given...

For example? As an American we have already given away much of our freedom so actually getting something in return is a good thing. Do you know how much the police can get away with in my country?...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 09-02-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,194
Posted By Rayt
The Contarex 35mm Curtagon is an F4 lens and the...

The Contarex 35mm Curtagon is an F4 lens and the adapter has no RF coupling. I am used to the Hasselblad SWC so scale focusing isn't a problem for shots from 3 meters. No external finder is...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-02-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 581
Posted By Rayt
This is an interesting topic. We want to live in...

This is an interesting topic. We want to live in an ideal world and yet we exist in reality. How many times have we read something in the papers or online about an assault in the streets and...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 09-01-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,194
Posted By Rayt
With the Curtagon there is hardly any fall off...

With the Curtagon there is hardly any fall off even at max aperture. The entire image circle maintains even luminance. I still have the lens and the Xpan adapter though regrettably no longer have the...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 09-01-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,194
Posted By Rayt
Eventually I did manage to buy the native 30mm...

Eventually I did manage to buy the native 30mm Xpan lens and used it without the center filter. I can say the filter is not necessary. It vignettes but barely visible. I shoot b/w often at max aper...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 09-01-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,194
Posted By Rayt
I owned an Xpan years ago and the 30mm lens to me...

I owned an Xpan years ago and the 30mm lens to me was unaffordable at around $4000. I bought some adapters including Leica, Contarex and Contax C/Y to Xpan. I tried the Zeiss 35/2.8 shift lens,...
Forum: Travel 09-01-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 855
Posted By Rayt
I have been to both cities recently and there is...

I have been to both cities recently and there is nothing to choose. Both are great. For street photography I would give the nod to Budapest. For scenics I would choose Prague. Beer - Prague; food -...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-29-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,610
Posted By Rayt
Erik, How do the 50/1.5 Summarit and the Xenon...

Erik, How do the 50/1.5 Summarit and the Xenon compare to the V1 Summilux?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-29-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 570
Posted By Rayt
My 40mm Summicron for the CL also takes series...

My 40mm Summicron for the CL also takes series 5.5 filters held in place with the dedicated rubber hood. I really hate that hood and wish for an alternative. A 39mm filter goes on about 1/4 of a turn...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-28-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,610
Posted By Rayt
I had a 50 Summilux v1 in original LTM once and...

I had a 50 Summilux v1 in original LTM once and it was so soft I sold it. If I had known anything about Leica lens rarity I would have kept it and tried to fix it. I knew these lenses couldn’t have...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-27-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 489
Posted By Rayt
Erik, I am an admirer of your work. Are you an...

Erik, I am an admirer of your work. Are you an architect? You have a good eye for lines, depth and space.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-27-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 489
Posted By Rayt
This one is a bit hazy so I’ll have it cleaned....

This one is a bit hazy so I’ll have it cleaned. It does not have a serial number on the front. I have two other 35mm Elmars both coated and they are lovely lenses.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-27-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 489
Posted By Rayt
It is coupled and has the "heavy cam". I have...

It is coupled and has the "heavy cam". I have never seen a heavy cam aside from online photos so this is a pretty good day so far! Anyway I already have a III with slow speeds and a IIIc (converted...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-27-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 489
Posted By Rayt
How to use 11 o'clock 35mm Elmar?

I bought a nickel 35mm Elmar online and realised upon receipt it has the 11 o'clock infinity lock. I have never seen one before. The first thing I did was to try it out on the M8 with the ltm/m...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 08-26-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 2,034
Posted By Rayt
Yes but he wants to learn how to use LF. The...

Yes but he wants to learn how to use LF. The advantage of LF is the ability to use the movements.
Forum: Large Format Film RF 08-26-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 2,034
Posted By Rayt
I would not recommend something like that and...

I would not recommend something like that and instead steer you to a used foldable camera like a Wisner, Shenhao, etc. In the beginning all you will need and probably use is front rise. After you...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-23-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,534
Posted By Rayt
The OP writes like Dr. Seuss! Yes I would, could...

The OP writes like Dr. Seuss! Yes I would, could and have used meterless cameras. My first serious camera was an Nikon F. I didn’t know what I was doing at the time and bought a spotmeter. I used my...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-15-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 858
Posted By Rayt
Mine is engraved: for a good time call Guenther

Mine is engraved: for a good time call Guenther
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 07-22-2019
Replies: 131
Views: 9,221
Posted By Rayt
My last two trips were via SFO and Schiphol...

My last two trips were via SFO and Schiphol (Amsterdam). They had the new scanners that look like hospital CT machines with a round entry way. They are supposed to take "many" scans of your luggage...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-16-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 3,612
Posted By Rayt
Get out of that copycat mentality and do...

Get out of that copycat mentality and do something original and interesting.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-10-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,429
Posted By Rayt
Sure but will people pay for it? I am the type...

Sure but will people pay for it? I am the type who thinks $$$ is worth it for a mechanical Swiss watch while others will say a $100 Swatch does the same thing (which is true). While I appreciate the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-10-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,429
Posted By Rayt
Used film bodies especially from N, C, P, M are...

Used film bodies especially from N, C, P, M are so cheap I doubt any company would be foolish enough to market a new camera. But the idea of a film body with EVF is interesting. I would be up for a...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 07-06-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 1,731
Posted By Rayt
Very nice. Is this the G16 converted or the 15mm...

Very nice. Is this the G16 converted or the 15mm Hologon? Were the photos taken with the center filter?
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-27-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,729
Posted By Rayt
The meter is just a non TTL reflective with a...

The meter is just a non TTL reflective with a broad angle of view. Definitely use a handheld meter unless the illumination is uniform.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-27-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,729
Posted By Rayt
I used to travel with 2 Mamiya 6 bodies with...

I used to travel with 2 Mamiya 6 bodies with 50/75 mounted. Collapsed they fit into a Billingham Alice bag. Super lightweight. I then got into the SWC and 500CM so something had to go. That was a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-26-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,780
Posted By Rayt
I still have a set of C/Y lenses from 28mm to...

I still have a set of C/Y lenses from 28mm to 50mm. I use them with the RX. They can be had from Japan on eBay for around $250. The first version has focus confirmation and I bought it for that...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-24-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,316
Posted By Rayt
Send it back.

Send it back.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-22-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 4,169
Posted By Rayt
I really like Voigtlander lenses for the...

I really like Voigtlander lenses for the price/performance factor. ZM not so much as it is much more expensive and due to the poor QC early on with the wobbling and awkward handling with the pimple I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-21-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,762
Posted By Rayt
Hasselblad SWC

Hasselblad SWC
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-20-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,652
Posted By Rayt
I would say $3k to the right collector.

I would say $3k to the right collector.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-19-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 4,380
Posted By Rayt
That acrylic grey sweater should go really well...

That acrylic grey sweater should go really well with my 500CM. The sleeves are too long though.
Forum: Travel 06-18-2019
Replies: 209
Views: 8,817
Posted By Rayt
The historical Binondo area of Manila is a great...

The historical Binondo area of Manila is a great street photography destination. Within Binondo is Manila Chinatown. The area is pretty well preserved, a well worn authentic fossil far away from...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-18-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,765
Posted By Rayt
Fantastic. Made my day!

Fantastic. Made my day!
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-16-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,958
Posted By Rayt
Take the Rolleiflex.

Take the Rolleiflex.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 06-16-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,319
Posted By Rayt
I use original Rollei straps purchased used from...

I use original Rollei straps purchased used from KEH. When the leather becomes brittle there are shops who can make new leather straps from the clips.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-14-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 4,380
Posted By Rayt
Some kind of adapter to take legacy xpan lenses...

Some kind of adapter to take legacy xpan lenses and pano cropped option for X1D?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-12-2019
Replies: 709
Views: 81,697
Posted By Rayt
At least that black mark isn’t impaling someone’s...

At least that black mark isn’t impaling someone’s neck ala The Omen!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-10-2019
Replies: 118
Views: 8,136
Posted By Rayt
Too bad Kubrick didnít shoot the moon landing...

Too bad Kubrick didnít shoot the moon landing with Acros. But itís not too late for the Mars mission which is part of the moon.
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 06-10-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 2,096
Posted By Rayt
The bokeh should improve without the rear element.

The bokeh should improve without the rear element.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-26-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,624
Posted By Rayt
Photo vests are very convenient for the LF...

Photo vests are very convenient for the LF shooter. There are a lot more accessories for LF such as the loupe, cable, spare cable, filters, notebook, pencil, lens caps, small incident meter, spot...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-26-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 701
Posted By Rayt
If you got a good deal then keep it. Sounds like...

If you got a good deal then keep it. Sounds like this M6 is in good condition otherwise. Remember the last of the M6 was discontinued 20 years ago so buying old cameras come with certain risks. If...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-19-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 3,440
Posted By Rayt
I used to ride with a motorcycle club so of...

I used to ride with a motorcycle club so of course we talk about bikes and bike related gear when we hang out. But the ride itself is the therapy no need for words. We ride in some pretty challenging...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-30-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 533
Posted By Rayt
There are two types of Fomapan 100?

There are two types of Fomapan 100?
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 04-21-2019
Replies: 131
Views: 9,221
Posted By Rayt
Resurrecting old thread. Airports are now using...

Resurrecting old thread. Airports are now using the new 3D scanners which look like the CT scanners at hospitals. The 3D scanners take hundreds (?) of images of the carry-on to form a 3D image. And...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-20-2019
Replies: 85
Views: 4,892
Posted By Rayt
If I carry one camera then it’ll have a 35mm on...

If I carry one camera then it’ll have a 35mm on it. If I carry two then they’ll have 28/50 mounted.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-14-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,027
Posted By Rayt
I am taking a friend to Bodie State Park (the...

I am taking a friend to Bodie State Park (the “ghost town”) and since I have photographed there before in 4x5, 6x6 and 135 formats already I thought I’d do something different, so I bought a Harman...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-10-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,308
Posted By Rayt
This is my Hopper moment from a Rolleiflex. I...

This is my Hopper moment from a Rolleiflex. I shoot and print in 6x6 full frame. The square is very natural for street portraits. I have done a lot of street photography with the SWC and will scan...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-09-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 23,351
Posted By Rayt
When I bought Amateur Photographer regularly the...

When I bought Amateur Photographer regularly the first page I turned to was Rogerís essay. I have learned a lot from Roger since. He will be missed.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-04-2019
Replies: 137
Views: 11,995
Posted By Rayt
If the shooting location and subject matter are...

If the shooting location and subject matter are known to me and I have control over when I will be there for the best light then camera, lens and film choice would be clear to me. It would just be...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-02-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,102
Posted By Rayt
My camera mocks me, calls me an untalented hack.

My camera mocks me, calls me an untalented hack.
Forum: Travel 03-23-2019
Replies: 209
Views: 8,817
Posted By Rayt
That’s an excellent suggestion. I tend to go for...

That’s an excellent suggestion. I tend to go for the Leffe Blonde and will give Beersel Oud Kriek a taste on this trip. I work for a Dutch company so travel to Amsterdam regularly and then take local...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-23-2019
Replies: 3,177
Views: 497,564
Posted By Rayt
My first image post. And it works thanks to Chris...

My first image post. And it works thanks to Chris Crawford!

Monochrom Noctilux

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7849/33572275668_a7a7943b27_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/T9EFV7)L1000637...
Forum: Travel 03-23-2019
Replies: 209
Views: 8,817
Posted By Rayt
I have traveled extensively though not all at one...

I have traveled extensively though not all at one go. Normally I travel to another country every other month. It is easy to do living in Asia with the region within easy reach. From your list I would...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-21-2019
Replies: 187
Views: 2,675
Posted By Rayt
Have you heard? Winogrand prize liberal exposure...

Have you heard? Winogrand prize liberal exposure resulting in delayed development and there will be no contacts made.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-21-2019
Replies: 187
Views: 2,675
Posted By Rayt
Shudder count on this thread so far is very high.

Shudder count on this thread so far is very high.
Forum: Travel 03-20-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 1,853
Posted By Rayt
I do ask for hand inspection but won’t sweat it...

I do ask for hand inspection but won’t sweat it if they won’t. When I travel with 4x5 and sheet film I do not want to draw attention to it and never ask for hand inspection fearing some idiot will...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-16-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,724
Posted By Rayt
I bought a Contax N1 with the Planar 50/1.4N to...

I bought a Contax N1 with the Planar 50/1.4N to satisfy my dream of owning one when I was priced out at the time. I loaded it with Tmax 400 and off to target practice. Then it all came rushing back...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-12-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,683
Posted By Rayt
If you are concerned about re-sale value then...

If you are concerned about re-sale value then keep it as original as possible. This applies to classic cars and motorcycles, watches, whatever. Original Leica OEM covering is not vulcanite. Silly me...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-12-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 576
Posted By Rayt
The Rolleicord takes Bay I. I am not aware of any...

The Rolleicord takes Bay I. I am not aware of any Bay I to Bay III adapters.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 902
Posted By Rayt
Thatís just typical Nat Neo style of photography...

Thatís just typical Nat Neo style of photography to shoot your subjects with ultra wides. It works when it works.
Forum: RFF News 02-27-2019
Replies: 146
Views: 6,449
Posted By Rayt
Japan is the hardest country in the world to fire...

Japan is the hardest country in the world to fire employees. Companies can’t lay off people just because a particular unit is unprofitable. So decisions need to be long term because once a company is...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 02-27-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 11,756
Posted By Rayt
I have the trigger on the camera for the heft and...

I have the trigger on the camera for the heft and do not use it as a winder. The heft balances out the lens and I like the handling.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-20-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,387
Posted By Rayt
I paid something like $2500 for an M7 when it...

I paid something like $2500 for an M7 when it came out and it is the best camera I own. This camera has been around the world with me. If something breaks like all things will eventually I don’t mind...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-07-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,122
Posted By Rayt
Anyone here remember the Polachrome instant slide...

Anyone here remember the Polachrome instant slide processing kit from Polaroid? I recall getting a bunch of interesting images (and lots of scratches). I would jump at something like that again.
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 02-07-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 1,268
Posted By Rayt
Broken Rapidwinder

I was shooting and felt the belt snapped. I opened it up and confirmed it didnít slip off or anything but torn at one end. Is there a designated repair shop with parts for the Rapidwinder?

I have...
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-04-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 3,206
Posted By Rayt
Easier to design and produce lenses?

Easier to design and produce lenses?
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-03-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 2,279
Posted By Rayt
Stick to one thing whether gear, film or...

Stick to one thing whether gear, film or chemicals and be an expert with it. Biggest regret: not taking that shot (lots of those).
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-03-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,983
Posted By Rayt
They look like CT scanners in hospitals with an...

They look like CT scanners in hospitals with an arch shape and are in use at SFO. Youíll know it when security does not require the traveller to remove the laptop and other items from the carry on...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-03-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,983
Posted By Rayt
I have the same experience but only with 100 and...

I have the same experience but only with 100 and 200 b/w films. I am worried about the latest 3D scanners though. They are supposed to take over a hundred scans in order to form a 3D image.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-31-2019
Replies: 71
Views: 1,634
Posted By Rayt
I tend to keep an entire roll of b/w negs even...

I tend to keep an entire roll of b/w negs even when there is only one good shot. When I shot slides I only kept that one mounted frame. I don't know why but for b/w negs I can't get myself to edit as...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-21-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 4,304
Posted By Rayt
Certainly I have more film than I need. I pack...

Certainly I have more film than I need. I pack them in a commercial freezer.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-12-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 900
Posted By Rayt
Looks like a real camera.

Looks like a real camera.
Forum: Nikon RF 01-10-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 7,130
Posted By Rayt
If I had that 35/1.8 I would probably keep it for...

If I had that 35/1.8 I would probably keep it for a long time. Too bad it wasnít issued separately.
Forum: Nikon RF 01-10-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 7,130
Posted By Rayt
I owned one of the 2000 models but ultimately...

I owned one of the 2000 models but ultimately sold it because the lack of lenses. Yes I know there are vintage as well as S mount CVs but the ones I want I either have or can get in LTM. If Nikon had...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-10-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 1,267
Posted By Rayt
I would rather see Cosina make tiny tiny tiny...

I would rather see Cosina make tiny tiny tiny MS-Optical style lenses but with useable controls as well as quality control.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-09-2019
Replies: 185
Views: 12,140
Posted By Rayt
Yes money is better spent on experiences rather...

Yes money is better spent on experiences rather than on objects. Possession is a burden to the spirited traveller. Last year alone I travelled to a different country every month all funded mostly by...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-09-2019
Replies: 185
Views: 12,140
Posted By Rayt
Were you robbed or assaulted in Myanmar or Laos?...

Were you robbed or assaulted in Myanmar or Laos? Asia is very safe. I live here and have been to nearly all the countries more than a few times including Myanmar and Laos. I travel all the time for...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-30-2018
Replies: 70
Views: 1,606
Posted By Rayt
I am shooting with two M7s a .72x and .85x with...

I am shooting with two M7s a .72x and .85x with 35mm and 50mm Summicrons. Our fridge broke and I am forced to remove all my film from the freezer some 200 rolls. I am not going to refreeze them again...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-28-2018
Replies: 36
Views: 1,289
Posted By Rayt
I only shoot b/w film and do not scan. I develop...

I only shoot b/w film and do not scan. I develop the film, dry, cut into strips, insert them into Printfile pages and put them away in archival folders not to be seen again. I only check to see if...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-27-2018
Replies: 2,167
Views: 613,240
Posted By Rayt
This thread cost me money. I bought a IIIc...

This thread cost me money. I bought a IIIc converted to IIIf self timer with sharkskin from KEH. What a beauty!
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-27-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 617
Posted By Rayt
http://www.crrluton.co.uk

http://www.crrluton.co.uk
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 974
Posted By Rayt
Leather chaps and vest would be my cruising...

Leather chaps and vest would be my cruising outfit of choice.

It was too late when I decided to sell off some less used film gear but by then they no longer fetch much money so I use them when...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-25-2018
Replies: 49
Views: 2,541
Posted By Rayt
I still have 8 cans with the Arista label. It...

I still have 8 cans with the Arista label. It looks good in Rodinal 1:50 but it is sterile looking a bit too clean. TMY is my standard film and I will cry if that goes.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-25-2018
Replies: 185
Views: 12,140
Posted By Rayt
I have standardised my travel gear into 3...

I have standardised my travel gear into 3 formats. Kit 1) 4x5 Ebony SW with 72/150mm Schneiders; 2) Rolleiflex 3.5F and Rolleiwide; 3) Leica M7 with 3 lenses. If I need the movements then 4x5 it is...
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