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Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-24-2020
Replies: 88
Views: 4,717
Posted By IIIg
My British acquaintance allowed that his Lubitel...

My British acquaintance allowed that his Lubitel had a dim viewfinder.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-24-2020
Replies: 88
Views: 4,717
Posted By IIIg
I had a Rollei 3.5 E2 with me this fall in Italy...

I had a Rollei 3.5 E2 with me this fall in Italy and Croatia and it, too, attracted a bit of attention.

Several "thumbs up"s and smiles from other photographers toting DSLRs and a moderately long...
Forum: Chris Crawford 01-27-2020
Replies: 188
Views: 9,443
Posted By IIIg
I bought a Serenar (Chrome Canon) 50/1.8 for my...

I bought a Serenar (Chrome Canon) 50/1.8 for my Leica IIIc in 1964. It was my only camera/lens for the next ten years (student days). This was a fine combination with a handheld meter. The negatives...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-20-2020
Replies: 60
Views: 2,455
Posted By IIIg
If your lens needn't be period correct, you might...

If your lens needn't be period correct, you might like the Hexanon M 50/f2.

A modern sharp lens with no soft glass elements or propensity to fog.

I have shot at least 120 rolls with this lens on...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-20-2020
Replies: 60
Views: 2,455
Posted By IIIg
If you put a piece of tape over the center...

If you put a piece of tape over the center window, the 50mm frame lines will disappear and using the full view will seem more natural.

When using a 50mm lens, stick the tape to the baseplate where...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-19-2020
Replies: 33
Views: 1,013
Posted By IIIg
The car analogy is a bit imperfect. The part of...

The car analogy is a bit imperfect. The part of a lens that does the work, the optical element train, has no moving parts. Unless mechanical damage has been suffered, one might expect a clean old...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-19-2020
Replies: 33
Views: 1,013
Posted By IIIg
It has been my experience (20 or so lenses,...

It has been my experience (20 or so lenses, silver and black bodies both) that most J-8's don't require shimming; only ran into one that did.

Similarly, with four J-3's, three of the four required...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-19-2020
Replies: 33
Views: 1,013
Posted By IIIg
I've run comparison tests with eight different...

I've run comparison tests with eight different I-22's and three different Elmars (all coated) shooting newspaper targets at one meter. The camera, a IIc, was on a tripod and the lenses were all at...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-04-2020
Replies: 56
Views: 3,661
Posted By IIIg
This is especially attractive when using Xtol...

This is especially attractive when using Xtol clones.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-04-2020
Replies: 56
Views: 3,661
Posted By IIIg
Sodium carbonate is also available in the laundry...

Sodium carbonate is also available in the laundry aisle as "washing soda".

Arm and Hammer "Super Washing Soda" is sodium carbonate monohydrate.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-03-2020
Replies: 56
Views: 3,661
Posted By IIIg
I began mixing my own developers, D-76 and a...

I began mixing my own developers, D-76 and a Dektol clone, when Kodak discontinued B&W paper. I'd concluded that Kodak was no longer a reliable supplier of anything.

The ready availability of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-02-2020
Replies: 220
Views: 7,588
Posted By IIIg
Will you be content with only those two shutter...

Will you be content with only those two shutter speeds?
Forum: Travel 12-17-2019
Replies: 79
Views: 3,905
Posted By IIIg
I travel with a Leica, a Rollei, and quite a bit...

I travel with a Leica, a Rollei, and quite a bit of film.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-17-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 2,028
Posted By IIIg
Brewpubs often sell beer in "growlers" - one...

Brewpubs often sell beer in "growlers" - one quart dark glass, heavy walled bottles with screw lids. Replace the metal top with a plastic one from a bleach bottle; they are the same thread.

Some...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-16-2019
Replies: 101
Views: 3,787
Posted By IIIg
I have, and use, both Nikon F2's as well as...

I have, and use, both Nikon F2's as well as Barnack Leicas, Leicaflexes, and the M series. I've been known to use a Pentax.

I strongly prefer rangefinder cameras. With my aging eyes (I'm well past...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-14-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 410
Posted By IIIg
A ditto on the usefulness of "liquid electrical...

A ditto on the usefulness of "liquid electrical tape" (widely available in the US, at least) for bellows repair.

I've used it to repair bellows corner leaks on several LF view cameras, notably on a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-08-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,583
Posted By IIIg
I use both the SL and SL2. I prefer the SL2...

I use both the SL and SL2. I prefer the SL2 indoors because of the split image viewfinder is considerably easier to use in dim light.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-02-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 1,849
Posted By IIIg
I believe that Leica has it on display in Wetzlar.

I believe that Leica has it on display in Wetzlar.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-01-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 5,445
Posted By IIIg
The recent presentation by the technical man from...

The recent presentation by the technical man from ADOX (quick web search will find it) could not have been more clear or more accurate on these points.

Current film production (by everyone) is using...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-01-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 5,445
Posted By IIIg
Price worked its way up by the early 1960's. ...

Price worked its way up by the early 1960's. Kodak 135-36 and 120 were 85 cents a roll everywhere then.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-30-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 1,849
Posted By IIIg
How do Leicas break?

I've owned, and used, Wetzlar Leicas since 1963 (a nice IIIc at first, with a Serenar 50/1.8) and have since acquired other Barnack jewels, some M series beauties, and some Leica reflexes (my...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-29-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 5,445
Posted By IIIg
It might be worth the time to check film prices...

It might be worth the time to check film prices at Unique Photo in NJ. They often beat B&H, and Ilford film often is slightly less expensive than Kodak at Unique. I usually buy at least 25 rolls at...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-20-2019
Replies: 106
Views: 6,568
Posted By IIIg
One huge challenge to returning to using D-76...

One huge challenge to returning to using D-76 either pre-mixed or by formula is that the Hydroquinone is now much harder to have shipped. B&H is now not shipping D-76! As well shipping the raw...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-19-2019
Replies: 106
Views: 6,568
Posted By IIIg
It is unlikely that many of the technical staff...

It is unlikely that many of the technical staff who worked on Xtol problems in the past are still with Kodak.

Kodak's corporate memory walked out the door when staff was fired.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-19-2019
Replies: 106
Views: 6,568
Posted By IIIg
It is also possible to make up a...

It is also possible to make up a phenidone/ascorbate based substitute for Dektol and avoid the use/exposure to/discharge to the environment of metol and hydroquinone.

I've been using my own version...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-19-2019
Replies: 106
Views: 6,568
Posted By IIIg
I believe you meant to say sodium sulfite, not...

I believe you meant to say sodium sulfite, not sodium sulfate.

Sodium carbonate is also available in the supermarket as washing soda.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-18-2019
Replies: 106
Views: 6,568
Posted By IIIg
Rodinal lasts forever. HC110 has yet to be...

Rodinal lasts forever.

HC110 has yet to be proven.

Check back in 30 years.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-18-2019
Replies: 106
Views: 6,568
Posted By IIIg
When I was young, Kodak developers came in little...

When I was young, Kodak developers came in little metal cans. Eighty-five cents for a quart of D76.

You are showing your youth mio amigo.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-18-2019
Replies: 106
Views: 6,568
Posted By IIIg
Your recommendation on use of distilled water...

Your recommendation on use of distilled water with Xtol is a sound one as one would have the major component of the developer, the water, of defined and constant composition.

I went a different...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-18-2019
Replies: 106
Views: 6,568
Posted By IIIg
The old Xtol had a reputation for suddenly "going...

The old Xtol had a reputation for suddenly "going bad" (greatly losing activity) with the symptoms which you describe here. This happened to me.

I stopped buying the packaged Xtol and now make up...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-16-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 1,079
Posted By IIIg
You must be trying to say something, what ever...

You must be trying to say something, what ever that might be.

Please explain so that others can appreciate your insight.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-16-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 1,079
Posted By IIIg
I'm also a retired research chemist and spent end...

I'm also a retired research chemist and spent end September/early October in Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia with a pair of Leica M's and a Rolleiflex.

No problem with TSA leaving the US with the...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-16-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 2,724
Posted By IIIg
I keep my Rollei 3.5E2 in the bottom half of the...

I keep my Rollei 3.5E2 in the bottom half of the "everready" case and don't use a strap.

I carry the camera in a Domke F-5XC case and take it out for use. It's a good fit for the camera, meter,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-02-2019
Replies: 168
Views: 7,378
Posted By IIIg
I'm in Zagreb right now. I walked past the "Foto...

I'm in Zagreb right now.

I walked past the "Foto Studio Central" on Ilica this morning. They offered a pretty decent selection of film. The place resembled the US camera stores of my younger days...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-01-2019
Replies: 168
Views: 7,378
Posted By IIIg
I'm in Istria at the moment with a Rollei 3.5E2...

I'm in Istria at the moment with a Rollei 3.5E2 (Xenotar, if it matters to anyone).

Three or four pleasant conversations a day; usually about the good old days and current availability of film....
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-09-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 2,418
Posted By IIIg
I find that I really prefer the viewfinder on the...

I find that I really prefer the viewfinder on the IIIg. I find no inconvenience with the separate RF/VF windows, I'm quite used to them from using my IIIc's and IIIf's. Been using those since the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-01-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 925
Posted By IIIg
I live in the northern US in upstate New...

I live in the northern US in upstate New York.

My own experience is that the "rule of thumb" should be a "sunny 11" rule. Cross checking with my Gossen meters, confirmed with several hundred rolls...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-24-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 6,219
Posted By IIIg
What are you trying to say?

What are you trying to say?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-24-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 2,150
Posted By IIIg
My experience as well - perhaps one to two...

My experience as well - perhaps one to two additional stops.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-24-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 6,219
Posted By IIIg
It is difficult to beat a Canon P as a user's...

It is difficult to beat a Canon P as a user's camera. I've owned all of the FSU LTM cameras in the past and the Canon P completely outclasses any/all of them and is worth the cost of a CLA if needed....
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-18-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 6,219
Posted By IIIg
Your chances of finding a useable J8 are quite a...

Your chances of finding a useable J8 are quite a bit better than a useable J3.

Quality control on the J3's was evidently poor. Many of them require shimming to focus properly on a Barnack Leica.

My...
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