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Forum: Olympus RF 04-23-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 3,840
Posted By ethics_gradient
Yes, I had it done by an Olympus tech when I sent...

Yes, I had it done by an Olympus tech when I sent my jammed one in for a CLA (he did it at no extra charge). I was hoping for 2 stops so I could use ISO 3200, but he said that was beyond the...
Forum: RFF Polls 04-09-2011
Replies: 56
Views: 6,078
Posted By ethics_gradient
Quoting this

Quoting this
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 04-08-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 2,801
Posted By ethics_gradient
I've got a Canon 50mm f/1.2 that's probably my...

I've got a Canon 50mm f/1.2 that's probably my most used lens on my NEX-3. It's a pretty compact lens, and the speed comes in really handy. My "take out at night kit" is the NEX-3 with an OP/TECH...
Forum: RFF Polls 04-08-2011
Replies: 187
Views: 12,660
Posted By ethics_gradient
Right now, a Miller High Life.

Right now, a Miller High Life.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-06-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 6,049
Posted By ethics_gradient
Personally, I'd probably go with the R2a (pending...

Personally, I'd probably go with the R2a (pending reviews of R2a users experience focusing the Nokton 1.1 wide open). I have an R3a and love it, but using an accessory finder to frame 35mm is a bit...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 03-27-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 2,720
Posted By ethics_gradient
Anyone? Tried sending Digital Intrigue a message...

Anyone? Tried sending Digital Intrigue a message (I know he CLA's them, or at least use to), but no reply.
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 03-16-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 2,720
Posted By ethics_gradient
Pen FT Mirror Jammed!

I took my FT off the shelf (where it's been languishing for too long) with the eye of running a roll of film through it. I thought I'd do a few test shots to make sure the shutter was still running...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-12-2011
Replies: 26
Views: 4,538
Posted By ethics_gradient
Haha, that's awesome.

Haha, that's awesome.
Forum: Travel 03-10-2011
Replies: 22
Views: 2,778
Posted By ethics_gradient
Totally would have applied for a CIR spot if my...

Totally would have applied for a CIR spot if my Japanese was good enough, but it's been 4 years since I last used it :( If I get the ALT position, definitely looking to spend a lot of my spare time...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-09-2011
Replies: 112
Views: 23,880
Posted By ethics_gradient
My one roll of K25, which my XA dutifully jammed...

My one roll of K25, which my XA dutifully jammed in the middle of shooting:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2569/4013314498_d026859077_z.jpg...
Forum: Olympus RF 03-09-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,631
Posted By ethics_gradient
I had to send mine out for repairs, had the tech...

I had to send mine out for repairs, had the tech recalibrate the meter to read a stop faster (I was hoping for 2 stops, but he said that was beyond its tolerances). If I ever really wanted to shoot...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-01-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 1,060
Posted By ethics_gradient
I'm in Temple Terrace, not too far from USF. Do...

I'm in Temple Terrace, not too far from USF. Do you have any suggestions of places to shoot? I've lived here most of my life, but I think it's caused me to develop blind spots as far as...
Forum: Travel 03-01-2011
Replies: 22
Views: 2,778
Posted By ethics_gradient
I never failed to get a kick out of showing the...

I never failed to get a kick out of showing the JR Rail Pass to Japanese people - it's such an incredibly good deal, nobody can believe it :p I don't have any personal experience with the Japanese...
Forum: Sony NEX APS-C format 02-24-2011
Replies: 23
Views: 3,772
Posted By ethics_gradient
16mm, homemade tilt/shift, Olympus 38mm f/1.8,...

16mm, homemade tilt/shift, Olympus 38mm f/1.8, Canon 50mm f/1.2 LTM, Canon 100mm f/2 LTM

About all I need, really.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-20-2011
Replies: 282
Views: 34,384
Posted By ethics_gradient
That's a good point. They're very different...

That's a good point. They're very different cameras, but as cool (and unaffordable) as I think the M9 is, I'd probably rather pay the extra ~$2,000 to get a digital MF camera.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-18-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 2,175
Posted By ethics_gradient
I've seen a guy near me on Craigslist listing one...

I've seen a guy near me on Craigslist listing one for $4k or so. Incredibly cheap for an M9, but I don't have 4k to spend on a camera, so it's immaterial whether he's for real or not.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-18-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 2,436
Posted By ethics_gradient
I had a J-8 as my only lens for a while, was...

I had a J-8 as my only lens for a while, was surprised at how nice it was. Wish it had click-stops for the aperture, but for the price I'm not complaining!
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 02-12-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 2,046
Posted By ethics_gradient
I've had an R3a for a while, and only somewhat...

I've had an R3a for a while, and only somewhat recently picked up a lens wider than 50mm (a 35mm Ultron). I haven't used it a ton, but in my experience so far the external VF way of shooting isn't...
Forum: Off Topic 12-17-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 679
Posted By ethics_gradient
Believe it or not, Amazon doesn't need to submit...

Believe it or not, Amazon doesn't need to submit their products for your approval before releasing them!

I read print books almost exclusively because I've got access to two excellent library...
Forum: Sony NEX APS-C format 12-10-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 5,472
Posted By ethics_gradient
I got the NEX-3 because it was cheaper. No...

I got the NEX-3 because it was cheaper. No regrets.
Forum: RFF Polls 12-07-2010
Replies: 189
Views: 29,794
Posted By ethics_gradient
Had never even thought of doing that; makes...

Had never even thought of doing that; makes perfect sense though!
Forum: Large Format Film RF 12-07-2010
Replies: 415
Views: 164,672
Posted By ethics_gradient
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4062/4588447757_97b...

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4062/4588447757_97bbe2ed55.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chadcullen/4588447757/)
Splash (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chadcullen/4588447757/) by ethics_gradient...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 12-01-2010
Replies: 92
Views: 33,178
Posted By ethics_gradient
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4138/4924164152_805...

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4138/4924164152_805dc80d3b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chadcullen/4924164152/)
16mm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chadcullen/4924164152/) by ethics_gradient...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-28-2010
Replies: 2,750
Views: 811,704
Posted By ethics_gradient
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4091/5209398255_c4a...

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4091/5209398255_c4aa3041b7_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chadcullen/5209398255/)
THWOMMM (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chadcullen/5209398255/) by ethics_gradient...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-18-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1,152
Posted By ethics_gradient
I also use CVS for my 35mm developing; there's...

I also use CVS for my 35mm developing; there's one within a half-mile of where I live, and a 36exp roll runs a bit under $3 for develop-only. In general the 'techs' really have no idea what they're...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-12-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,387
Posted By ethics_gradient
Generally speaking, used R3a's aren't radically...

Generally speaking, used R3a's aren't radically cheaper than a new one from what I've seen. I got mine for an exceptionally low price ($275 after eBay's cashback), but it was probably a result of...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 11-09-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 3,674
Posted By ethics_gradient
The nice thing about film cameras is that prices...

The nice thing about film cameras is that prices have pretty much bottomed out; provided you don't overpay, you'll be able to sell the camera for around what you paid if you decide it's not for you. ...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-09-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 78,864
Posted By ethics_gradient
Hilariously (and awesomely), my local CVS has...

Hilariously (and awesomely), my local CVS has Tri-X on the shelf. I think it's about $5.50 a roll or something though.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 10-24-2010
Replies: 32
Views: 3,808
Posted By ethics_gradient
I used an HP Mini 2140 as my main computer for...

I used an HP Mini 2140 as my main computer for about 15 months or so. It's a 10" netbook, but has a higher res 1366x768 screen, which made web browsing a lot more bearable (I was coming from an MSI...
Forum: Sony NEX APS-C format 10-23-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 3,998
Posted By ethics_gradient
Speaking of Pen adapters, does anyone have one...

Speaking of Pen adapters, does anyone have one and have any issues with it? Mine doesn't lock onto my 38mm f/1.8 (which itself has no problems mounting on my FT), which is really annoying. On the...
Forum: Sony NEX APS-C format 10-19-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 3,998
Posted By ethics_gradient
The M adapters are down to 25-30 dollars on eBay...

The M adapters are down to 25-30 dollars on eBay from China right now. I bought an NEX-3 (didn't need an IR remote or 1080p video) and have been pleasantly surprised at how much I like it. It's my...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 10-19-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 3,233
Posted By ethics_gradient
That's about as solid advice as you can get,...

That's about as solid advice as you can get, IMO.

I'd like to try it out on my NEX, but I've already got a Canon 50mm f/1.2 that I'm happy with.
Forum: RFF Polls 10-19-2010
Replies: 45
Views: 13,986
Posted By ethics_gradient
Mine does all the time. I was taking some shots...

Mine does all the time. I was taking some shots at a bonfire last night with it on my NEX and it was flaring pretty strongly on some shots. Still, I'm a big fan of the lens.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-17-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 4,431
Posted By ethics_gradient
It's my slow B&W film of choice; I really like...

It's my slow B&W film of choice; I really like it, a lot better than what I got with Arista Premium 100. Don't know if I have any scanned examples handy though.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-17-2010
Replies: 35
Views: 6,349
Posted By ethics_gradient
That sucks, I usually balance out my Premium 400...

That sucks, I usually balance out my Premium 400 with some Legacy Pro 400 (just got some a couple weeks ago). I'm glad the 100 is still going at least, I love that stuff.
Forum: Large Format Film RF 10-15-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 2,318
Posted By ethics_gradient
I think Steve's prices are high in general; I was...

I think Steve's prices are high in general; I was quoted $125 to re-do the alignment on my R3a. It takes 5 minutes to do it myself. Garland (a repair shop that I have used, based in Texas) probably...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-26-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 621
Posted By ethics_gradient
Those actually look like surprisingly modern...

Those actually look like surprisingly modern cameras compared to what I saw in Vientiane (Laos, for those of you not familiar with the region). They were using AE-1's and other older manual focus...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 09-22-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 2,584
Posted By ethics_gradient
I feel like I live in Bizzaro-world; first I buy...

I feel like I live in Bizzaro-world; first I buy an NEX-3 and love it, and now this.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-22-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 2,211
Posted By ethics_gradient
I've got a 55 f/1.2 which I use on my 5D, it's...

I've got a 55 f/1.2 which I use on my 5D, it's very nice, although hard to nail focus wide open without LiveView. I bleached the yellow out of the glass with a week under a UV bulb, shown here (with...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-21-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 1,474
Posted By ethics_gradient
I'd also say around $1600 or so, assuming it's in...

I'd also say around $1600 or so, assuming it's in good shape and working.
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-21-2010
Replies: 195
Views: 41,948
Posted By ethics_gradient
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4086/5006275155_3de...

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4086/5006275155_3de42f1b86_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chadcullen/5006275155/)

Nikon 20mm f/2.8 + homemade tilt-shift adapter
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 08-27-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 5,418
Posted By ethics_gradient
That must be why just about every other camera is...

That must be why just about every other camera is cheaper in the US than abroad :rolleyes:
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-24-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 2,507
Posted By ethics_gradient
Welcome to the fold!

Welcome to the fold!
Forum: Large Format Film RF 08-19-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 7,569
Posted By ethics_gradient
$25 is basically theft for a Super Speed, I'd...

$25 is basically theft for a Super Speed, I'd take it and run.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 08-19-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 3,199
Posted By ethics_gradient
A few more from last weekend (Sony NEX...

A few more from last weekend (Sony NEX again)

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4140/4895799813_3cd6eaf062_z.jpg...
Forum: RFF Polls 08-19-2010
Replies: 45
Views: 13,986
Posted By ethics_gradient
Can someone explain the purpose of the infinity...

Can someone explain the purpose of the infinity lock on the Canon 1.2 to me? I find it really annoying, especially when I'm using it to calibrate an RF.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-16-2010
Replies: 102
Views: 10,963
Posted By ethics_gradient
I personally wouldn't waste my time with...

I personally wouldn't waste my time with microstock.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-15-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 4,251
Posted By ethics_gradient
That's their standard rate for contributers now...

That's their standard rate for contributers now too.

Been thinking about Lonely Planet Images: not sure if they're big enough to generate many sales, but it's a 60-40 split at least. Much more...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 08-13-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 2,207
Posted By ethics_gradient
Have used Garland Repair in Texas for a couple of...

Have used Garland Repair in Texas for a couple of lenses, they were great. It took a couple of times to get the 100mm f/2 in calibration, but they were really good with communication and easy to...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 08-12-2010
Replies: 95
Views: 12,552
Posted By ethics_gradient
Just tape a small piece of ground glass on the...

Just tape a small piece of ground glass on the film plane of your M6. I use a similar trick when checking the accuracy of my lenses. I think this is what repairpeople do as well.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 08-12-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 3,199
Posted By ethics_gradient
It's awesome, just took some shots with it on my...

It's awesome, just took some shots with it on my NEX-3 this afternoon (adapter just arrived from China). I was originally going to sell it since I got it as part of a package deal, but I don't think...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-11-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 1,083
Posted By ethics_gradient
I believe that's correct. Dale Laboratories in...

I believe that's correct. Dale Laboratories in Florida develops it, I think. My boss handed me a sack of like 40 rolls of the stuff, haven't tried it yet.

It's apparently quite bad for the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-10-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,369
Posted By ethics_gradient
Surely you can get a 90 degree prism for a...

Surely you can get a 90 degree prism for a Hasselblad?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-10-2010
Replies: 41
Views: 3,147
Posted By ethics_gradient
They make a good case for a pair of headphones...

They make a good case for a pair of headphones (earbuds).
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-08-2010
Replies: 51
Views: 6,781
Posted By ethics_gradient
Someone on this forum referred me to something...

Someone on this forum referred me to something similar, although with Canon. You can put their electronic flashes into an "FP" mode that will emulate the longer burn of an FP bulb. Unfortunately my...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-01-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,380
Posted By ethics_gradient
You can only see the whole frame if you jam your...

You can only see the whole frame if you jam your eye up really close to the viewfinder and look side-to-side, so I don't consider it a viable method if you're trying to accurately frame something at...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 07-27-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 3,093
Posted By ethics_gradient
You can always add it in post, or add a DIY lens...

You can always add it in post, or add a DIY lens hood to give authentic mechanical vignetting, if you really need to ;)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-26-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 5,170
Posted By ethics_gradient
I've used two, still using one of...

I've used two, still using one of them:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3264/2570429678_2746009136_z.jpg...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 07-26-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 3,093
Posted By ethics_gradient
I've got a dead LC-A or two laying around, I'll...

I've got a dead LC-A or two laying around, I'll try it if get that NEX-3 I'm hoping for. Have tried similar with my 5D, but obviously the mirror kept it from being useful for anything but macro.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 07-26-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 3,549
Posted By ethics_gradient
Might be of interest to those of you in the...

Might be of interest to those of you in the thread, just came across this one on eBay 50mm f/1.2 for $500 BIN...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 07-24-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 1,749
Posted By ethics_gradient
How does the shutter sound affect your pictures?

How does the shutter sound affect your pictures?
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 07-18-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 3,549
Posted By ethics_gradient
To be fair, it was a bargain at $350, and still a...

To be fair, it was a bargain at $350, and still a pretty fair deal at $500-600 as far as fast 50mm LTM primes go. Next cheapest is the 50mm f/1.1 Nokton if I'm not mistaken.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 07-18-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 3,549
Posted By ethics_gradient
I own both (R3a), no problems with focusing...

I own both (R3a), no problems with focusing accuracy. 600 is a little bit steep for what you describe, but I bought mine last year and it seemed prices were on the upswing back then, so I could be...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 07-18-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 4,299
Posted By ethics_gradient
Looks like a Petzval

Looks like a Petzval
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 07-18-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 5,041
Posted By ethics_gradient
You're probably better off getting a dedicated...

You're probably better off getting a dedicated scanner of some sort. I actually did build a DSLR-based slide digitizer at work last week, and while it works great for our uses (quick digitization of...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-18-2010
Replies: 1,356
Views: 270,672
Posted By ethics_gradient
The bubble level in the hotshoe is a nice touch,...

The bubble level in the hotshoe is a nice touch, love it!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-16-2010
Replies: 73
Views: 12,122
Posted By ethics_gradient
I had the same experience, tried one roll and...

I had the same experience, tried one roll and didn't like it, decided to give it another chance and really liked it.

Great photos, by the way!
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 07-16-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 6,438
Posted By ethics_gradient
I'd just get whatever's cheapest. Since you're...

I'd just get whatever's cheapest. Since you're TTL focusing, it's not as critical to have one that's made to exactly the right tolerance (can always shave it down if it won't hit infinity, but I've...
Forum: Off Topic 07-06-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 883
Posted By ethics_gradient
A lot of people link his articles to call him out...

A lot of people link his articles to call him out on his rather, uh, idiosyncratic reviews/stances, which in turns raises his ranking on Google and drives more traffic/Amazon referral sales. If it's...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 07-06-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,827
Posted By ethics_gradient
By calling it "half frame", they're automatically...

By calling it "half frame", they're automatically comparing it with a hypothetical "full frame".
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 07-06-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,533
Posted By ethics_gradient
Depends on the volume (and how much you value...

Depends on the volume (and how much you value your time at), but you might be better off just sending them out with ScanCafe.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-01-2010
Replies: 3,191
Views: 764,961
Posted By ethics_gradient
Yep, the middle one is from the Plain of Jars. ...

Yep, the middle one is from the Plain of Jars. The first one was taken in the north, in Nong Khiaw.

I kinda liked the little green buses :(
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-05-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 1,406
Posted By ethics_gradient
Photo Technique, Aperture, B&W I picked up View...

Photo Technique, Aperture, B&W

I picked up View Camera Magazine for the first time last month (getting in to large format photography) and I wasn't terribly impressed, seemed a little pretentious.
Forum: Sony NEX APS-C format 06-02-2010
Replies: 271
Views: 51,521
Posted By ethics_gradient
Why do I have a feeling it won't be?

Why do I have a feeling it won't be?
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-02-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 975
Posted By ethics_gradient
Nice shots, thanks for sharing. Your friend...

Nice shots, thanks for sharing.

Your friend reminds me a bit of Brüno, esp in the 3rd pic (meant as a complement)
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-31-2010
Replies: 53
Views: 26,558
Posted By ethics_gradient
Personally, I think it's worth the extra 10% or...

Personally, I think it's worth the extra 10% or so for the Neopan or Tri-X.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-31-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 2,505
Posted By ethics_gradient
I found that the empty plastic slide boxes I get...

I found that the empty plastic slide boxes I get back from Dwayne's are perfect for storing 4 rolls.
Forum: DIYS Modifications 05-30-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 3,318
Posted By ethics_gradient
I got the same idea from the esteemable Dean...

I got the same idea from the esteemable Dean Jones' Obsession camera. He found that the Bronica 40mm f/4 (a 645 lens) throws an image circle adequate to cover 24x72mm. I lack his metalworking...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 05-30-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 5,230
Posted By ethics_gradient
Interesting to know, I just won an auction on a...

Interesting to know, I just won an auction on a Gowland 4x5 Pocket View this afternoon (thrilled, been one the lookout for one for a while). I'm curious to see how its Graflock back compares to the...
Forum: RFF Polls 05-24-2010
Replies: 45
Views: 13,986
Posted By ethics_gradient
That's basically how I feel about it (own the...

That's basically how I feel about it (own the Canon, haven't tried the Nokton, only seen samples online).
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-24-2010
Replies: 324
Views: 27,407
Posted By ethics_gradient
Some B&W from last month I just got around to...

Some B&W from last month I just got around to developing/scanning:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4070/4636244476_87072d39d7_b.jpg...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-23-2010
Replies: 3,191
Views: 764,961
Posted By ethics_gradient
Love those shots.

Love those shots.
Forum: Sony NEX APS-C format 05-23-2010
Replies: 271
Views: 51,521
Posted By ethics_gradient
Yeah, I can't wait for these things to start...

Yeah, I can't wait for these things to start showing up in shops. I'm not going to buy one blind over the internet without handling it in person first, but I'm cautiously optimistic. While not...
Forum: Travel 05-23-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,416
Posted By ethics_gradient
Getting a Chinese tourist visa is easy. However,...

Getting a Chinese tourist visa is easy. However, you need a special permit to enter the Tibetan Autonomous Region as a foreigner. I don't think you need to be on a package tour, but check with a...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 05-22-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 2,758
Posted By ethics_gradient
Some were actually sold without RF's, although if...

Some were actually sold without RF's, although if the holes are there in the body, it probably had one originally. Extra Kalart rangefinders don't seem particularly scarce on eBay, someone was...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-20-2010
Replies: 3,191
Views: 764,961
Posted By ethics_gradient
Cool Two from Laos, one from Bangkok (taken almost two...

Two from Laos, one from Bangkok (taken almost two years ago, not developed until recently)

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1255/4597615174_5f296e8362.jpg...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-19-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,342
Posted By ethics_gradient
Two from a pre-Nebula book signing in Cocoa Beach...

Two from a pre-Nebula book signing in Cocoa Beach I swung by for after the launch last Friday:

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1100/4609349857_2e361c960a.jpg...
Forum: Sony NEX APS-C format 05-18-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 8,406
Posted By ethics_gradient
It sounds more like wishful thinking on the part...

It sounds more like wishful thinking on the part of photographers rather than a leaked Sony product roadmap.

On the other hand, I'm in the same boat as the wishers.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-18-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 1,420
Posted By ethics_gradient
I have a V500 at home, and use a V750 at work on...

I have a V500 at home, and use a V750 at work on occasion. I haven't done a scientific, side-by-side comparison with the two, but I do prefer the V750. Even if you aren't doing large format (which...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 05-17-2010
Replies: 1
Views: 999
Posted By ethics_gradient
Nice find!

Nice find!
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-17-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 2,687
Posted By ethics_gradient
How big are those binders? I have some of the...

How big are those binders? I have some of the larger Printfile pages (7 rows of 6 negatives) that don't fit well into the Printfile Workbox thing I bought. Have been thinking a binder with slipcase...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-15-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 2,129
Posted By ethics_gradient
It's basically a rambling, racist 1920's version...

It's basically a rambling, racist 1920's version of an angry Livejournal post, in book form.
Forum: Large Format Film RF 05-13-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 4,219
Posted By ethics_gradient
I found it a bit of a pain to get my 7" Aero...

I found it a bit of a pain to get my 7" Aero Ektar set up on the Kalart, but once I got it, it produced excellent results.

Using the focal plane shutter you will only be able to shoot with FP...
Forum: Sony NEX APS-C format 05-13-2010
Replies: 271
Views: 51,521
Posted By ethics_gradient
Is there much of a point, though? The lenses...

Is there much of a point, though? The lenses they're making in E-mount almost certainly don't have that big of an image circle, so why bother with backward compatibility? Given how much Sony loves...
Forum: RFF Polls 05-07-2010
Replies: 220
Views: 39,721
Posted By ethics_gradient
Usually what I do is pull out my DSLR, and take a...

Usually what I do is pull out my DSLR, and take a meter in the highlights, and what I think will be the darkest I'll be shooting. Then I put it away and shoot with the meterless camera, guestimating...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 05-05-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 1,750
Posted By ethics_gradient
I think that's just the vertical alignment, I've...

I think that's just the vertical alignment, I've had mine go out twice (really need to buy some Loctite) but horizontal has always been rock solid.

I don't have any problems focusing my Canon 50mm...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-05-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 5,561
Posted By ethics_gradient
That sounds pretty significant, although that...

That sounds pretty significant, although that characteristic personally doesn't bother me much on my lenses that exhibit it. Did Leica (or anyone else) ever make a center-weighted GND filter for...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 05-03-2010
Replies: 32
Views: 4,407
Posted By ethics_gradient
I know that's the common refrain on this site...

I know that's the common refrain on this site (and some others), but I had a $30 giftcard to burn at Barnes and Noble and I headed over to the magazine section, after finding nothing particularly...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 04-30-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,970
Posted By ethics_gradient
Thanks for the pics, I haven't seen too many...

Thanks for the pics, I haven't seen too many shots of EF lenses on m4/3s. I've been thinking about getting an E-P1 (pretty much decided on "yes", but I may put it off a while longer) and I already...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-27-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,474
Posted By ethics_gradient
Kind of a coincidence, I was just given a bag of...

Kind of a coincidence, I was just given a bag of 59 rolls of what I'm pretty sure is movie film on 35mm spools by my boss yesterday. It's process ECN-2, which after some searching I've found out can...
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-17-2010
Replies: 50
Views: 5,248
Posted By ethics_gradient
I wish those Nikon to M adapters weren't so damn...

I wish those Nikon to M adapters weren't so damn expensive. I picked up a 21mm f/2.8 for cheap that was having problems mounting to a Nikon body, but it works fine on my F-EOS adapter. Once I add...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-17-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 4,674
Posted By ethics_gradient
I can imagine all the fisticuffs this discussion...

I can imagine all the fisticuffs this discussion must have generated back in the day. Bowler hats flying everywhere, I'll bet.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-15-2010
Replies: 43
Views: 6,045
Posted By ethics_gradient
I went to one that was free in Bangkok; the guy...

I went to one that was free in Bangkok; the guy did paid ones (I think about $200, pretty steep by local standards) and was I think hoping people would like them and sign up for those. I consider...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-15-2010
Replies: 2,016
Views: 619,944
Posted By ethics_gradient
Well done!

Well done!
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-12-2010
Replies: 60
Views: 18,429
Posted By ethics_gradient
I'm happy with mine, went through two basket...

I'm happy with mine, went through two basket cases (didn't even need to run a roll through the camera with them, they were both obviously no good) before I got it. If I was in your place I'd go with...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-09-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 888
Posted By ethics_gradient
It's completely moot; SR-44's weigh virtually...

It's completely moot; SR-44's weigh virtually nothing and take up virtually no space. One could easily carry a few year's supply along with them without even noticing the "inconvenience". The...
Forum: Travel 03-04-2010
Replies: 27
Views: 2,359
Posted By ethics_gradient
The roads in Ko Chang are really dangerous (not...

The roads in Ko Chang are really dangerous (not that well-maintained, steep sections with switchbacks, lots of clueless tourists stalling out, etc), I'd really advise not driving on holiday there. ...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-04-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 975
Posted By ethics_gradient
"does not include Paypal fee and shipping"...

"does not include Paypal fee and shipping" :rolleyes:

Doesn't Paypal state in their ToS you aren't allowed to do that?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-03-2010
Replies: 61
Views: 3,757
Posted By ethics_gradient
If you ask in the Leica M forum, you will...

If you ask in the Leica M forum, you will probably get recommended a Leica. If you ask in the Cosina Voigtlander forum, you will probably get recommended a Bessa.
Forum: Travel 03-03-2010
Replies: 27
Views: 2,359
Posted By ethics_gradient
Six weeks is enough time for 1-2 of those...

Six weeks is enough time for 1-2 of those countries, unless you're jet-setting between major destinations.

Rainy season can mean impassable roads in Laos and Cambodia. Generally Vietnam and...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 03-01-2010
Replies: 43
Views: 12,275
Posted By ethics_gradient
I'll pass...

I'll pass :-\

http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/3454/4396088050c91ab290a1b.jpg...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 02-27-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 1,993
Posted By ethics_gradient
Has anyone heard of them doing 4x5?

Has anyone heard of them doing 4x5?
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-27-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 3,255
Posted By ethics_gradient
You underestimate the number of pros who would...

You underestimate the number of pros who would love to have a discreet, take-anywhere camera capable of, if not matching, at least approaching the quality of their pro DSLR's.

Existing optics...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-26-2010
Replies: 156
Views: 8,847
Posted By ethics_gradient
He didn't upload it, some other kids found the...

He didn't upload it, some other kids found the tape and put it online. The boy's family sued the kids who did, and reached an out of court settlement.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-24-2010
Replies: 203
Views: 14,738
Posted By ethics_gradient
:rolleyes:

:rolleyes:
Forum: Travel 02-23-2010
Replies: 0
Views: 768
Posted By ethics_gradient
Cool [Miami] Asian Culture Festival, March 6-7

I'm going to be in Miami Friday for a conference/informational session, and was planning on swinging by the Asian Culture Festival (http://asianculturefestival.org/about_acf.html) at the Miami Fruit...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-23-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 3,364
Posted By ethics_gradient
I was recently approved for Getty's "Contributer"...

I was recently approved for Getty's "Contributer" program through Flickr. It's not microstock, but only pays a 20-30% commission to the photographer. I was originally holding out for putting...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-21-2010
Replies: 189
Views: 29,794
Posted By ethics_gradient
I've been kicking around the idea of using a...

I've been kicking around the idea of using a bulk-loader for a while, but I mostly shoot Arista 400 B&W, so it seems barely worth it. What other films are the rest of you guys bulk loading?
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 02-19-2010
Replies: 224
Views: 74,246
Posted By ethics_gradient
Seconded, I was casting about for one a few weeks...

Seconded, I was casting about for one a few weeks ago and came up with nothing. I thought DigitalIntrigue was doing the FT mirror swap, but I sent him an e-mail a while ago through his new Wordpress...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-19-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 3,190
Posted By ethics_gradient
What does the 100/2 usually go for? I have one...

What does the 100/2 usually go for? I have one in really nice condition that's on it's way back from a CLA (RF adjustment was off) that I'd like to sell, or trade for a 35mm lens. The front cap and...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-15-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,349
Posted By ethics_gradient
I had one of those rare ones with no crinkling,...

I had one of those rare ones with no crinkling, although there was a trace of oil on the shutter. The body wasn't mint though, looked to have been used at least a bit. They're very nice cameras.
Forum: Large Format Film RF 02-07-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 6,029
Posted By ethics_gradient
The shutter may just need some isopropyl alcohol...

The shutter may just need some isopropyl alcohol to get things running smoothly. I bought one where the high speeds were dragging due to some oil on the blades, so I took the lens cells off (they...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 02-06-2010
Replies: 96
Views: 21,949
Posted By ethics_gradient
I'm not sure, it sounded more like he was talking...

I'm not sure, it sounded more like he was talking about the quality of the cameras in general (Pen's will will get easier to use, and with higher image quality). Doesn't mean I don't have my fingers...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 02-04-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 4,494
Posted By ethics_gradient
Are you sure it's the humidity? I live in...

Are you sure it's the humidity? I live in Florida and every single roll of my Arista Premium does that horrible lateral curl.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-01-2010
Replies: 42
Views: 11,204
Posted By ethics_gradient
Anyone have experience disassembling the 55mm...

Anyone have experience disassembling the 55mm f/1.2? I just got mine in the mail today, which has a sticky/very sluggish aperture. On my own I was able to get the first two elements off, but no...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 01-31-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 5,240
Posted By ethics_gradient
It's ugly, but a 1.6x crop is a lot more bearable...

It's ugly, but a 1.6x crop is a lot more bearable than 2x in my book... they've got more room to improve on high ISO performance, for one. I'm hoping they release something similar in styling to the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-31-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 610
Posted By ethics_gradient
Do you mean convert the FD lens to Canon's modern...

Do you mean convert the FD lens to Canon's modern EF mount? Most of those can't be done and retain infinity focus even with considerable modification, it's just not physically possible (otherwise,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-30-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 2,953
Posted By ethics_gradient
I appreciate the offer, but since it's for work...

I appreciate the offer, but since it's for work it'd be a huge headache to do all the paperwork for a private sale versus somewhere like Adorama or KEH :-\ I asked if we could just buy from KEH and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-30-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 2,953
Posted By ethics_gradient
The double release won't be necessary with the...

The double release won't be necessary with the 5D, correct? As far as getting the lens to stay stopped down, I imagine some tape or something on the lever on the back should work.

I'm getting my...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-30-2010
Replies: 49
Views: 3,998
Posted By ethics_gradient
Hmmmmmmmm...

Hmmmmmmmm...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-30-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 890
Posted By ethics_gradient
My Jupiter 8 is fine on my Bessa, I'd send that...

My Jupiter 8 is fine on my Bessa, I'd send that one in or buy another one if you're interested in using it on your Leica.

I've got a Zorki 4 as well, but still haven't run a roll of film through...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 01-30-2010
Replies: 90
Views: 14,171
Posted By ethics_gradient
Couple of questions: What are Fred Lustig's...

Couple of questions:

What are Fred Lustig's rates for a shutter overhaul on a Speed? I got one recently and the winding key is frozen (at such an angle that I can't get the panel off the winding...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-29-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 2,953
Posted By ethics_gradient
Wanted to make it easier to get things lined up...

Wanted to make it easier to get things lined up with the copy stand attachment. The cost of the bellows really isn't that much, and it'd likely be useful for other applications in the future.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-29-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 2,953
Posted By ethics_gradient
It's definitely a nice lens, we've been using it...

It's definitely a nice lens, we've been using it for some very basic copy stand work and I've been really happy with the results. The next time I have it in the field I'd like to take it for a more...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-29-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 2,953
Posted By ethics_gradient
Oh, forgot to mention, I do have the 1:1...

Oh, forgot to mention, I do have the 1:1 converter, it came with the lens.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-29-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 2,953
Posted By ethics_gradient
Question Vivitar 90mm w/ Olympus Auto-Bellows for Slide Copying?

I picked up a Vivitar 90mm f/2.5 Series 1 in OM mount for our 5D2 at work, which has been working out great (LiveView at 10x magnification is a godsend). We have a ton of old slides we'd like to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-28-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 2,743
Posted By ethics_gradient
Tiananmen Square carried deep cultural and social...

Tiananmen Square carried deep cultural and social currency in China even before 1989, which is why the protesters chose it as a rallying spot in the first place.

To my eyes it's quite ugly and...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 01-27-2010
Replies: 118
Views: 9,532
Posted By ethics_gradient
Am I the only one that thinks the huge bezel...

Am I the only one that thinks the huge bezel makes it look like a crappy digital picture frame you'd buy at Walmart?
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-26-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 1,730
Posted By ethics_gradient
$80-100 seems like the going rate for one...

$80-100 seems like the going rate for one described as "good condition" from one of the Ukranian sellers. Personally, I suspect they do not closely examine or test their equipment, but send it off...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-23-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 864
Posted By ethics_gradient
It's a very easy operation, you just unscrew that...

It's a very easy operation, you just unscrew that front ring, remove the mask, and then pry the front element out. I used the awl attachment on my mini-screwdriver. For the heck of it I tried...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-22-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 4,412
Posted By ethics_gradient
I found the viewfinder of the Canon 7 a bit more...

I found the viewfinder of the Canon 7 a bit more to my liking than that of my Bessa R3a: a bit brighter, and with a much more useful selection of framelines (for me, at least). On the other hand, I...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-22-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 864
Posted By ethics_gradient
Restored Canon 35mm VF, can't keep forehead away from it

I've got an R3a, and I decided I needed to rectify the lack of a 35mm finder. On Monday I picked up a Canon 35mm VF in fairly grotty shape on eBay as a fixer-upper: it had some surface corrosion and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-20-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 3,396
Posted By ethics_gradient
Knee-jerk Sinophobia, in MY rangefinderforum?!...

Knee-jerk Sinophobia, in MY rangefinderforum?! :eek: I ordered a couple of different photographic odds and ends from a Chinese seller a few months ago, he sent them over two packages. One of them...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 01-20-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 4,467
Posted By ethics_gradient
I tried searching at B&H for it, do they still...

I tried searching at B&H for it, do they still carry it? All I found was the 3.25x4.25 version. No luck on eBay either :-\
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-16-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,833
Posted By ethics_gradient
I think it's used more on Leicas because the...

I think it's used more on Leicas because the owners of those cameras are more likely to spend $800+ on a lens. As a Bessa owner, I fully acknowledge being a bottom-feeder :p

I have an R3a and I'm...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-08-2010
Replies: 88
Views: 5,415
Posted By ethics_gradient
Elitechrome 400... my favorite for cross...

Elitechrome 400... my favorite for cross processing!

Here's an old one, from 2008:

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1362/1345862476_3c53b7f651_o.jpg

Almost all of the 120 got thrown out, although...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-04-2010
Replies: 55
Views: 7,263
Posted By ethics_gradient
I've got to say, it must be really rough for the...

I've got to say, it must be really rough for the handful of Nigerians that are legitimately trying to buy things over the internet from overseas (pretty obviously not this guy, though).
Forum: Large Format Film RF 01-02-2010
Replies: 90
Views: 14,171
Posted By ethics_gradient
I think regular film holders could complement...

I think regular film holders could complement Grafmatics nicely. I shoot mostly B&W in 35mm, and every once and a while I come across a shot I wish I could switch to color for. I'm still in the...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 01-02-2010
Replies: 90
Views: 14,171
Posted By ethics_gradient
Although it's often a problem on other...

Although it's often a problem on other field/monorail cameras, the bellows on the Crowns/Speeds seem to hold up a lot better.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-26-2009
Replies: 40
Views: 2,934
Posted By ethics_gradient
I got a soft release for Christmas this year, and...

I got a soft release for Christmas this year, and I'm a convert now. I don't know about gaining an extra stop or two (haven't shot anything yet), but it shifts the position of my right hand slightly...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-26-2009
Replies: 42
Views: 11,204
Posted By ethics_gradient
I think those Oly 50mm f/1.2 generally goes for...

I think those Oly 50mm f/1.2 generally goes for around $450ish (in say, KEH BGN condition), depending on condition and accessories. Of course with BIN you can subtract 8% if you're willing to wait...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-23-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 3,454
Posted By ethics_gradient
I've got some fungus that definitely shows up in...

I've got some fungus that definitely shows up in shots in an old Canon 50mm f/1.2. It's still useable, but everything is grey/low contrast. Doesn't really surprise me, it covers a whole element and...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-22-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 1,533
Posted By ethics_gradient
AE is great, it lets you concentrate more on...

AE is great, it lets you concentrate more on composition than exposure details. Obviously, creative exposure can play a part in making an image, but more often than not I prefer to let the camera do...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-21-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 1,008
Posted By ethics_gradient
Tom, would that set-up/design make it fairly...

Tom, would that set-up/design make it fairly straightforward to convert a DS M3 to half-frame?
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-20-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,079
Posted By ethics_gradient
Looks like it's the filter that is cracked,...

Looks like it's the filter that is cracked, rather than the front element. A little too hard to tell from the pics for sure though.

Would love to come across one of those in a thrift store one day!...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-20-2009
Replies: 25
Views: 3,154
Posted By ethics_gradient
I kept my camera bag on my back for a 7-week...

I kept my camera bag on my back for a 7-week motorcycle trip, mostly because I was paranoid about losing it (I did lose both my tripod and a bag of clothes/toiletries/spare parts I thought I had tied...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-18-2009
Replies: 52
Views: 9,612
Posted By ethics_gradient
Heck if I've ever seen an Iskra in the flesh...

Heck if I've ever seen an Iskra in the flesh (leatherette?), or will be likely to anytime soon :-\ The Zeiss's size didn't bother me excessively, although the weight was surprising. On one hand I...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-18-2009
Replies: 52
Views: 9,612
Posted By ethics_gradient
I have a Super Ikonta and was thinking about an...

I have a Super Ikonta and was thinking about an Iskra because it looked smaller/lighter in pictures, thanks for clearing that up for me.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-18-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 2,179
Posted By ethics_gradient
Yep, I stopped there after the caves. I caught a...

Yep, I stopped there after the caves. I caught a public bus out to Hawaii Beach for the afternoon, spent the night in a small Chinese-run hotel, then flew out the next day for Mulu. Originally I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-18-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 2,179
Posted By ethics_gradient
I had the good fortune to pass through Miri a few...

I had the good fortune to pass through Miri a few years ago when I was traveling in Sarawak and Sabah, it's a nice town. Hawaii Beach was especially beautiful.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-17-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 1,848
Posted By ethics_gradient
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3101/2396182346_f85...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3101/2396182346_f85d4415f6.jpg

Testing my waterproof Canon in the shower a couple years ago - an Elan II with EF 50mm f/1.8 in a ziploc bag, with a hole cut out for a...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-16-2009
Replies: 47
Views: 5,514
Posted By ethics_gradient
My Jupiter-8 was less than $30 shipped and has...

My Jupiter-8 was less than $30 shipped and has worked perfectly since the day I got it. I'll never sell it.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-16-2009
Replies: 117
Views: 16,361
Posted By ethics_gradient
In such cases, P-p-p-Powerbook...

In such cases, P-p-p-Powerbook (http://www.zug.com/pranks/powerbook/) is the best response :p
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-14-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 1,349
Posted By ethics_gradient
Mine was fine with a cheap Chinese adapter, no...

Mine was fine with a cheap Chinese adapter, no adjustments needed. No problems on a Canon 7s either.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-13-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 1,592
Posted By ethics_gradient
December of 2010, thankfully :)

December of 2010, thankfully :)
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-11-2009
Replies: 38
Views: 3,341
Posted By ethics_gradient
Those are great shots Todd, I love them!

Those are great shots Todd, I love them!
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-11-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,119
Posted By ethics_gradient
Any special tips on the trimming? I was thinking...

Any special tips on the trimming? I was thinking of making a light guide line with a hobby knife with the rubber still on the camera, then removing it and using a metal straightedge to try and keep...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-11-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 11,302
Posted By ethics_gradient
I have a 7s, it is a very nice, solid-feeling...

I have a 7s, it is a very nice, solid-feeling camera. In comparison to the M5, it only takes the older LTM lenses (although there are plenty of nice LTM lenses to choose from, I have yet to buy an...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-10-2009
Replies: 102
Views: 27,996
Posted By ethics_gradient
I doubt the CL is much more reliable than an R,...

I doubt the CL is much more reliable than an R, it seems like half of the ones on eBay have broken meters. As far as my experience, I bought a CL with the 40mm lens on eBay. Jammed within the first...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-10-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,119
Posted By ethics_gradient
I've been thinking about that... the back looks...

I've been thinking about that... the back looks like it would be especially difficult because of the "bump". Do you think heating the blade first would be a good idea?



I was considering doing...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-10-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,119
Posted By ethics_gradient
I don't have a macro lens for my DSLR, so I can't...

I don't have a macro lens for my DSLR, so I can't really take any shots that would show the problem. We're talking 2-3mm here.



Thanks for the tip, I checked and the only obvious thing I saw was...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-10-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,119
Posted By ethics_gradient
Bessa rubber expanding/peeling

When I got my secondhand R3a, I noticed the corners of the rubber coverings were coming up on the front. I didn't think too much of it, figured I could re-glue it later with some contact cement. ...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-08-2009
Replies: 58
Views: 9,987
Posted By ethics_gradient
Yeah, BGN does seem like a bit of a crapshoot...

Yeah, BGN does seem like a bit of a crapshoot these days. On the plus side is KEH's excellent return policy.

Interested to see your results!
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-05-2009
Replies: 30
Views: 4,123
Posted By ethics_gradient
Hmm, I may just save my pennies for a Nokton 35mm...

Hmm, I may just save my pennies for a Nokton 35mm f/1.4 in that case. Thanks for the info!
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-05-2009
Replies: 30
Views: 4,123
Posted By ethics_gradient
Brian, do you know if it is possible to modify...

Brian, do you know if it is possible to modify the LTM J-12's to work in a wider range of cameras? I think the consensus is that the rear element protrudes too far into a Bessa, it either has a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-04-2009
Replies: 25
Views: 3,318
Posted By ethics_gradient
I think I might have that one. It does okay on...

I think I might have that one. It does okay on lenses, but the shafts are too thick to let me open the RF adjust on my Canon 7s. The bits fit in the holes fine, but I can't bring them close enough...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-02-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 3,475
Posted By ethics_gradient
I've been using two of them, no problems, work...

I've been using two of them, no problems, work perfectly. Will be ordering more so I have one for each lens.
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 12-01-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 2,642
Posted By ethics_gradient
Iirc, Olympus made LTM to Pen adapters, with the...

Iirc, Olympus made LTM to Pen adapters, with the caveat of being macro-only.

I'd still love to see some factory in China making affordable new Pen adapters. Really, I guess just a Pen F to EOS...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-01-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 2,621
Posted By ethics_gradient
That was my thought too, and the previous owner...

That was my thought too, and the previous owner mentioned he'd had to re-attach the film advance knob. I tried poking around with a flashlight in the dark but couldn't find anything. Luckily the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-01-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 1,214
Posted By ethics_gradient
Related question: the leathette/rubber on my...

Related question: the leathette/rubber on my Bessa R3a is expanding and starting to come off (already had the back pad come off). How can I shrink it back to its normal size so I can re-glue it?
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 11-30-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 2,621
Posted By ethics_gradient
What sort of fogging does this produce? I got a...

What sort of fogging does this produce? I got a Super Ikonta on eBay that would shoot the first 3-4 frames normally, partially fog the next 3, and then the rest would be totally fogged. Couldn't...
Forum: Optics Theory - 11-30-2009
Replies: 35
Views: 2,813
Posted By ethics_gradient
Well, in the case of my Canon 50mm f/1.2, the...

Well, in the case of my Canon 50mm f/1.2, the hood costs around $150.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-30-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 1,528
Posted By ethics_gradient
The black FED looks really sharp. I've read a...

The black FED looks really sharp. I've read a few DIY guides to stripping/re-painting cameras, I think a FED-2 would by my first attempt.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-29-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,373
Posted By ethics_gradient
I didn't know such a book existed, how cool. ...

I didn't know such a book existed, how cool. What did you all pay for your copies of it? The only ones I see online are $80-100+, I'm assuming it's been out of print for a while.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-28-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 975
Posted By ethics_gradient
You would have no problem selling on NYC...

You would have no problem selling on NYC Craigslist, and wouldn't have to eat the paypal/shipping fees.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-26-2009
Replies: 20
Views: 2,811
Posted By ethics_gradient
CLE-RF, I'd be very interested in that. I have a...

CLE-RF, I'd be very interested in that. I have a 50mm f/1.2 that's otherwise going to need to be sent off for a $130 CLA. Was having some trouble getting the retaining ring on the back off with my...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 11-25-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 2,575
Posted By ethics_gradient
Jupiters only come in LTM, but LTM to M adapters...

Jupiters only come in LTM, but LTM to M adapters are quite cheap. I leave one on each of my LTM lenses, effectively making them M mount :p

I can heartily recommend the Jupiter 8 (50mm f/2), it's...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-25-2009
Replies: 25
Views: 2,953
Posted By ethics_gradient
Cheers, seems to be about what they go for on...

Cheers, seems to be about what they go for on eBay as well, so I guess I'm not missing out on much. About how heavy is the 203? I was surprised at the heft of my Super Ikonta, just curious how...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 11-25-2009
Replies: 1,217
Views: 437,377
Posted By ethics_gradient
That's a really powerful shot, I love it.

That's a really powerful shot, I love it.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-25-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 1,424
Posted By ethics_gradient
Looks like it's gone now, what lens did it come...

Looks like it's gone now, what lens did it come with?

As far as local stuff, I've bought a couple things through Craigslist from other cities (use a site that aggregates the search) and it's...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-25-2009
Replies: 493
Views: 175,137
Posted By ethics_gradient
I agree, from the shots I've seen wide-open it...

I agree, from the shots I've seen wide-open it seems like the DoF is greater than I'd expect at f/1.1, not just talking about M8 or RD1 shots either.

That said I'd love to own one, but I just got a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-25-2009
Replies: 25
Views: 2,953
Posted By ethics_gradient
Basically, walk north from Wukesong subway...

Basically, walk north from Wukesong subway station for about 15-20 minutes and it will be on the right-hand side of the road. I think it's open 7 days a week (I remember going on weekends), but I...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-20-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 894
Posted By ethics_gradient
Thanks Brian! Those must be as close to actual...

Thanks Brian! Those must be as close to actual needle tips as possible, I couldn't even get a normal-sized paperclip into the holes. I could get the tips of my swiss army knife scissors in, but it...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-20-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 894
Posted By ethics_gradient
100mm f/2 and 50mm f/1.2 Repair

Today I got my early (and hopefully not premature!) graduation present to myself, a Canon 7s, 100mm f/2, and 50mm f/1.2 along with a few other odds and ends. Both of the lenses seem to have issues,...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-18-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 4,447
Posted By ethics_gradient
Yeah, I've had no problems with the J-8 on my R3a.

Yeah, I've had no problems with the J-8 on my R3a.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-16-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 2,891
Posted By ethics_gradient
Interesting, I will apply for that. Visited...

Interesting, I will apply for that. Visited Vietnam last year: beautiful country, friendly people.

edit: nevermind, wouldn't have time to get the application in on time
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-13-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 1,797
Posted By ethics_gradient
Do they do Kodachrome? I know some of them use...

Do they do Kodachrome? I know some of them use Dwayne for their mail out stuff, others use Fuji. I've tried dropping off 120 film to mail out and the people in the photo department were clueless...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-12-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 1,797
Posted By ethics_gradient
Bummer, I've been shooting my university's home...

Bummer, I've been shooting my university's home football games with film all season and the $10/roll processing is the only thing that kept me from breaking out my 4 rolls of Kodachrome :-(
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-11-2009
Replies: 30
Views: 2,809
Posted By ethics_gradient
I actually tend to do all my futzing around in...

I actually tend to do all my futzing around in the darkroom/dark bathroom shirtless for this exact reason (Florida).
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