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Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-17-2012
Replies: 64
Views: 20,692
Posted By fates
Good point Vics, 5mm on 120 makes a bit of a...

Good point Vics, 5mm on 120 makes a bit of a difference for sure.

I just wanted to thank everyone again, I've decided to keep the Xenotar with a hood and a few color filters. I've had more than...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-11-2012
Replies: 64
Views: 20,692
Posted By fates
Not that I've seen on film, no. But man it is a...

Not that I've seen on film, no. But man it is a great when you are framing.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-11-2012
Replies: 64
Views: 20,692
Posted By fates
Mostly I think it is the look of the viewfinder...

Mostly I think it is the look of the viewfinder on the Xenotar that is pushing me in that direction. The rendering might be a little sharper on the Planar tho. The Xenotar just seems to have a more...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-11-2012
Replies: 64
Views: 20,692
Posted By fates
Great info, thanks Brett. I feel like the...

Great info, thanks Brett. I feel like the Xenotar's viewfinder is brighter and there is a much more 3D effect in the viewfinder as well. Maybe that's why I'm drawn to it. I think I'm resolved to...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-10-2012
Replies: 64
Views: 20,692
Posted By fates
After reading the "Too many TLRs?" thread... not...

After reading the "Too many TLRs?" thread... not feeling glutinous anymore.:o
Starting to firmly believe I need to keep a hood.

The searches I've done to try and compare the rendering of the Planar...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-10-2012
Replies: 64
Views: 20,692
Posted By fates
I saw that the last ten blade 2.8c Planar sold...

I saw that the last ten blade 2.8c Planar sold for 1630 usd on ebay. There's no way my Xenotar is worth anywhere close to that right? So from a I'm-broke-as-a-joke standpoint selling the rarer Planar...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-10-2012
Replies: 64
Views: 20,692
Posted By fates
Sorry the Xenotar is also a 2.8(c i think......

Sorry the Xenotar is also a 2.8(c i think... serial 1,467,xxx) and also has a ten blade iris. Does that make it even rarer than the 10 blade Planar?

My dad was a Large Format guy that always went...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-10-2012
Replies: 64
Views: 20,692
Posted By fates
I've mostly done in studio stuff with these or...

I've mostly done in studio stuff with these or under shade shooting. I haven't been plagued by glare yet... and the glare I have seen, I've quite liked. But I could see how it could be a major...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-10-2012
Replies: 64
Views: 20,692
Posted By fates
Which Rollei to keep and with what accessories? Xenotar, Tessar, Planar

Hey guys, speaking of First World problems... I've got to slim down my kits. I have a lot of Rollei stuff that I'm just not using, that should be in a shooter's hands. Here's what I'm thinking about...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-30-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 1,208
Posted By fates
Similar story inspired this set. I visited this...

Similar story inspired this set. I visited this underground lair probably 9 years ago, and was always upset I didn't take photos as I was in awe of the tube dealers that were there. This trip I had...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-29-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 1,208
Posted By fates
Akihabara Boxkeepers - M9 and 35 v4

Haven't posted anything in a while. Here's a few selects from a street outing in Tokyo's electric town. These tiny outlets carry the the most specialized collections of vacuum tubes, capacitors, led...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-26-2012
Replies: 0
Views: 683
Posted By fates
M9 at the TampaPro 2012

Been a long while since I posted anything up on RFF... just been busy I guess. Here is some skateboarding personalities hanging around this weekend at the TampaPro 2012: CLICK FOR ENTIRE SERIES...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-19-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 4,589
Posted By fates
Ha ha, yeah I didn't know if you could make out...

Ha ha, yeah I didn't know if you could make out how oddly embarrassed my buddy was with the heavy foreground bokeh, but you can definitely make out the drunken lust in this cat's eyes.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-18-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 4,589
Posted By fates
Last time, downtown tampa had a weird energy that...

Last time, downtown tampa had a weird energy that drew me in. This time it felt strange... almost like there had been a death in the community.

I snapped these frames more within that 2o minutes....
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-16-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 4,589
Posted By fates
21 minutes through FetishCon 2011

Second time I wandered through this rather interesting event. Last time (http://nortega.com/street-love/) was with a RD-1 and a CV 41/4. This time it was with a M9 and 35/2 v4 Cron all in pitch black...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 07-02-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 1,596
Posted By fates
Just out of curiosity what's a "Red Flag"? A type...

Just out of curiosity what's a "Red Flag"? A type of CL version?
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-02-2011
Replies: 34
Views: 8,873
Posted By fates
Yeah, RAW all the way. If the shot is a keeper...

Yeah, RAW all the way. If the shot is a keeper (and a lot of them are), I want full control over the image and max print capabilities. Even just for fun stuff I shoot is at full rez. A 2 or 3 TB...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-27-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 1,086
Posted By fates
Never put it past your developer to have done it....

Never put it past your developer to have done it. Got one roll back the other day that was scratched, I looked up and down on the m4-p thinking there had to be something along the pressure plate that...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-21-2011
Replies: 82
Views: 10,398
Posted By fates
Yeah honestly it's kinda hard to rationalize the...

Yeah honestly it's kinda hard to rationalize the fact that there are no upgrades whatsoever in the electronic hardware or the rear screen. I was hoping there would be a big surprise update for the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-12-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 2,946
Posted By fates
Yeah, you guys are convincing me of the merits of...

Yeah, you guys are convincing me of the merits of this lens. I guess it's not worth spending the extra $ for the summicron version... and maybe there is enough difference between this lens and the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-10-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 2,946
Posted By fates
Thanks for the quick responses. Renzsu that would...

Thanks for the quick responses. Renzsu that would be great, thanks!
Dogberry, is that wide open?

I wonder about how much I would enjoy this lens. It seems to render a little clinical and flat......
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-10-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 2,946
Posted By fates
Can I see some wide open shots from a M9 w/ 28/2.8 Elmarit ASPH?

Hi all,
I'm considering trading one of my 35/2 v4 Summicrons for a 28 ASPH Elmarit. I'm having a hard time finding some examples of the lens' bokeh. Maybe you have some to share?
Thanks in advance!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-04-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 1,221
Posted By fates
If you can't meter it... bracket exposures. ...

If you can't meter it... bracket exposures. Landscapes will grant you patience. Over time you'll be able to guess pretty accurately based on how much light is in a scene. You could try using a spot...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-03-2011
Replies: 42
Views: 5,371
Posted By fates
Fixed that for you. ;)

Fixed that for you. ;)
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 05-15-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 1,638
Posted By fates
My opinion is that the 1:1 ratio of the finder in...

My opinion is that the 1:1 ratio of the finder in it's stock state is one of the most brilliant aspects of the RD-1. You'll lament it's loss the second it's gone.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-10-2011
Replies: 104
Views: 32,016
Posted By fates
Get the M9 and keep the Nokton 50/1.1. With the...

Get the M9 and keep the Nokton 50/1.1. With the savings you can buy a reasonably priced sports car.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 04-15-2011
Replies: 40
Views: 6,181
Posted By fates
You can get a cheap M-Rokkor 28/2.8 as long as...

You can get a cheap M-Rokkor 28/2.8 as long as it's filled with milk... but you know what? It can still be...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 04-12-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,331
Posted By fates
RD-1 and a horribly bargain grade M-Rokkor 40/2...

RD-1 and a horribly bargain grade M-Rokkor 40/2 (but with near mint optics & iris :D) on everything. I barely packed at all.

Yeah, one stop on the trip was to the Skateboarding Hall of Fame...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 04-12-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,331
Posted By fates
36 hours trip into skateboarding from 1970-2000

Hi all,
Haven't posted in here for a while since I got an M9 and been focused on that camera for some time. I did a wild RV trip with a gang of skateboarders traveling from secret parks in the woods,...
Forum: Off Topic 03-30-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 640
Posted By fates
Thanks guys! This thing has gone crazy viral in...

Thanks guys! This thing has gone crazy viral in the past 24 hours, we've made Wired, the NYTimes, Creativity, AICN, and ton of other media outlets. The Rescue Dog Foundation has reported an upswing...
Forum: Off Topic 03-28-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 640
Posted By fates
An illustrated email from Japan

Figured I'd post this here. A little something we worked up at my day job. The only thing slower than focusing a rangefinder is drawing pictures. There... now it's forum worthy. ;)

When the March 11...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 03-23-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 7,706
Posted By fates
Definitely cleaner above 1250 than my M9... lolz.

Definitely cleaner above 1250 than my M9... lolz.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 03-23-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 8,223
Posted By fates
Can anyone post sample pics from the lens?

Can anyone post sample pics from the lens?
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 03-23-2011
Replies: 53
Views: 8,206
Posted By fates
My cranium is smoking after watching that, Keith....

My cranium is smoking after watching that, Keith. Wow.

I still fail to understand how the de-sensitized film can sit around in broad daylight, but then be exposed by the pinhole. I guess that metal...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-10-2011
Replies: 282
Views: 34,390
Posted By fates
Those images aren't large at all. Your browser's...

Those images aren't large at all. Your browser's probably zoomed in for text size increase?
I woud suggest that those were nearly the perfect size images to post and still see some detail in finer...
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-07-2011
Replies: 195
Views: 41,956
Posted By fates
1970 Summicron 50/2.... just a little bit of...

1970 Summicron 50/2.... just a little bit of flare...
http://craplens.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/L1000355.jpg
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-04-2011
Replies: 79
Views: 23,243
Posted By fates
I would get the tip of the light right against...

I would get the tip of the light right against the front element (don't rub it around, be careful) , leave for a day then switch to the rear element. Having such distance may be your problem... that...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-03-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 1,610
Posted By fates
Only lens I had in the car, a 1951 Nikkor-S.C....

Only lens I had in the car, a 1951 Nikkor-S.C. 50/1.4 LTM with a serial that puts it as one of the first 1000's lens made in occupied Japan in the 50/1.4 config. The legendary "Time-Life set" I...
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-03-2011
Replies: 79
Views: 23,243
Posted By fates
Did anyone ever contact that guy and ask him to...

Did anyone ever contact that guy and ask him to update his site? Dangerous to encourage kids to do this... by which I mean, ruining perfectly good Takumars.
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-03-2011
Replies: 79
Views: 23,243
Posted By fates
Hmm that serial should be in the range, and it...

Hmm that serial should be in the range, and it should work. Unless the lamp now ships with a non-UV bulb in it?

How yellow... er, monkey sh*t brown is your lens currently? Some lenses will cure...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-03-2011
Replies: 20
Views: 3,657
Posted By fates
Ditto to the above. Although, I have the Mr. Zhou...

Ditto to the above. Although, I have the Mr. Zhou case ('cause I've spent enough money lately). Perfect ergonomics with the two. Only real problem with the case is the bottom plate AND the usb port...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-01-2011
Replies: 30
Views: 5,132
Posted By fates
So with all this science, I went ahead and...

So with all this science, I went ahead and conducted a very 'detailed' test. I shot every ISO with the lens cap on at 1/30 (so there would be no post-process Jaapv) and looked at the pixel noise....
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-01-2011
Replies: 30
Views: 5,132
Posted By fates
Very informative. Thanks Brian! So what I'm...

Very informative. Thanks Brian! So what I'm gleeming from this is that 500 ISO is less noisy from 640 ISO as the gain applied to reach the 500 ISO is linear and not a processed step down from...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-28-2011
Replies: 30
Views: 5,132
Posted By fates
Native ISO's on M9?

So here's a question that I haven't found answered out on the net, are certain ISO settings native to the M9 chip (i.e. requiring no processing by camera to achieve value)?

For example the 5D has...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-27-2011
Replies: 90
Views: 11,017
Posted By fates
Naw, you're talking about my ex-wife, not my...

Naw, you're talking about my ex-wife, not my camera. ;)

The results are definitely better in terms of sharpness and daylight shooting IQ. The form factor is pretty good if I'm in the mood for a...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-27-2011
Replies: 90
Views: 11,017
Posted By fates
If the performance of the Pentax 645D was really...

If the performance of the Pentax 645D was really a huge jump, yes, that would be money well spent. From what I've seen out there on the camera it is a bit of a disappointment. Maybe that is why it is...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-27-2011
Replies: 90
Views: 11,017
Posted By fates
Ok. Good for you. Again, troll away man. It's all...

Ok. Good for you. Again, troll away man. It's all good in the RFF hood.




Ugghhh....wow. First, Fuji x100 does have video. 1280 x 720 pixels (24frames / sec.) H.264 (MOV) with stereo sound. It is...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-27-2011
Replies: 90
Views: 11,017
Posted By fates
Uh, my opinions are "nonsense"? I'll disregard...

Uh, my opinions are "nonsense"? I'll disregard your trolling, sir.

But I can't let this go: video made by CMOS is a recent development. Before that, guess what video cameras used? Yes, that's right...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-26-2011
Replies: 90
Views: 11,017
Posted By fates
Well, I wouldn't go that far! I traded for mine...

Well, I wouldn't go that far!

I traded for mine outright, but if I had shelled out 7k cash, I would have been pretty disappointed. Here's reasons I might sell (i'm not going to, but here are some...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-24-2011
Replies: 98
Views: 18,599
Posted By fates
There's always crappy lenses to be had... in fact...

There's always crappy lenses to be had... in fact I made a website dedicated to their usage: http://craplens.com/
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-22-2011
Replies: 79
Views: 23,243
Posted By fates
Originally Posted by hans voralberg ...

Originally Posted by hans voralberg http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/themes/graphite/buttons/viewpost.gif...
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-18-2011
Replies: 34
Views: 4,991
Posted By fates
Now that I have a full frame sensor, a 90 is...

Now that I have a full frame sensor, a 90 is extremely useful for getting in, where I can't physically get close... or don't want to disrupt a scene. I like the way the 135 Hektor renders too. For as...
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-16-2011
Replies: 79
Views: 23,243
Posted By fates
The bulb is pretty much encased in the lamp, and...

The bulb is pretty much encased in the lamp, and I can't see a quick way to pull it out and read any markings.



Yeah, I was surprised to see a rigid 1970 lens that appeared to have Thorium "Monkey...
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-16-2011
Replies: 79
Views: 23,243
Posted By fates
I have a made in Germany Wetzlar with a 24331XX...

I have a made in Germany Wetzlar with a 24331XX serial. It's yellowing was very much like the Thorium (I've read Lieca denied using thorium (http://leica-users.org/v01/msg15837.html), but then later...
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-15-2011
Replies: 79
Views: 23,243
Posted By fates
Fastest Tool to clear yellowed Thorium lenses

Hi all, just wanted to share the absolute fastest way I have found to clear up the yellowing of lenses due to rare earth content. I've cleaned up several Takumars and now a 50/2 Wetzlar rigid...
Forum: Off Topic 02-15-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 390
Posted By fates
Cool! Thanks for the link. Great stuff.

Cool! Thanks for the link. Great stuff.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-15-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 3,876
Posted By fates
Mine seems to clear the shutter fine. Getting...

Mine seems to clear the shutter fine. Getting sharp results with my 1959 red R version. Was a great lens on the RD-1 too.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-14-2011
Replies: 282
Views: 34,390
Posted By fates
So I'll chime in too. I'm a M9 owner for all of...

So I'll chime in too. I'm a M9 owner for all of 48 hours now. I traded in a wild collection of large format lenses and a Plaubel 69W in for mine.

The first 3-4 hours was nothing but buyer's...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 10-23-2010
Replies: 251
Views: 24,196
Posted By fates
Great images on this thread! This one always...

Great images on this thread! This one always rings out as one of my favorates, probably because it gets weirder the more you look at it, and try and guess what's going...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-29-2010
Replies: 59
Views: 5,317
Posted By fates
^ I like that one a lot Alden.

^ I like that one a lot Alden.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-27-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 2,572
Posted By fates
One thing I've noticed is that the cost of...

One thing I've noticed is that the cost of accessories for the R-D1 are much lower than other camera systems. 2gig SD cards are 5 USD. Batteries & Chargers are equally as cheap. Compare that to the...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-19-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 2,912
Posted By fates
Here's one from tonight at 1600 iso. 50/1.5...

Here's one from tonight at 1600 iso. 50/1.5 Jupiter-3 wide open. Kept it large to let some of the noise remain.
http://craplens.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/EPSN9275.jpg
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-11-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 3,348
Posted By fates
Not yet, I've been in contact with Jim from...

Not yet, I've been in contact with Jim from Epson's Indiana office and I'm trying an accelerated discharge of the capacitors. I've placed a steel allen key running from the upper spring to the...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 08-09-2010
Replies: 1
Views: 2,528
Posted By fates
CrapLens.com : Yashica F521 gallery site

Hi all,
Just figured I'll post a link to the little pet project I started when I got a Yashica EZ F521* earlier this year from a friend in Japan. This camera is fun in a weird way....
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-09-2010
Replies: 136
Views: 45,378
Posted By fates
Swoop thanks for posting these. The battle of the...

Swoop thanks for posting these. The battle of the Full Frames wages on. I'm seeing more of the difference between the CMOS and CCD technology in this test and others, but your ability to compare...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-09-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 999
Posted By fates
So far I've only really seen the IR issue with...

So far I've only really seen the IR issue with fire or heavy incandescents. A little shows up on dark synthetic fabrics but only if the light hits them in the right way. I don't know if it warrants...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-09-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 2,990
Posted By fates
I have to put my camera away for a bit, to try...

I have to put my camera away for a bit, to try the discharge trick in hopes of getting these needles to move again. So I talked to Jim at the Indiana Epson office, and have placed a steel allen key...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-06-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 3,071
Posted By fates
I really like the last two of the tuk-tuk and the...

I really like the last two of the tuk-tuk and the stuffed bears on the cycles. I'd like to see the one of the tuk-tuk in B&W actually... with all those tires peering over the top of the building,...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-06-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 2,990
Posted By fates
When you say reset? You mean calibrate? When I go...

When you say reset? You mean calibrate? When I go into the calibration function I can't get the needles to move. At all. They are frozen. I opened up the body and checked the connection of the ribbon...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-06-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 2,990
Posted By fates
FetishCon street snaps

Happened by a real strange sight outside a hotel the other night. Only had a CV 21/4 unfortunately. My gauges froze up during shooting. I swapped batteries with the power still on, and now all gauges...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-05-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 3,348
Posted By fates
Uggghh.... so I'm in this boat now after a few...

Uggghh.... so I'm in this boat now after a few days of ownership of an R-D1. I inadvertently switched batteries with the camera still in the on position and now, no fiddling with anything has moved...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-02-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 948
Posted By fates
Introduction and first day pics

Hi all,
Been kicking around over whether or not to pick up a DRF... I mainly am a video shooter with a 5Dmkii, and I'm used to having the "lush life" with that DSLR. I've been active on MFlenses.com...
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