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Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 72
Views: 2,929
Posted By leicapixie
So sorry for your loss. My late Mom said that...

So sorry for your loss.
My late Mom said that "When one door closes another opens.."
I love film, did all my own processing and printing.
I did it really out of need, as costs of pro lab were way...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 3,718
Posted By leicapixie
Sorry you are wrong! Mindless shooting yields few...

Sorry you are wrong!
Mindless shooting yields few good images, even if lucky.
One must/should have an idea of the photo you want.
Anticipating, searching and waiting ..
Manual exposure is not...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 87
Views: 3,263
Posted By leicapixie
To anyone not having lived under the "freedom of...

To anyone not having lived under the "freedom of communism" or authoritarian state, intellectuals can find wonders in misery..
Cuba is a tragedy ongoing.
Screw the old junk cars, peeling paint and...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 1,378
Posted By leicapixie
The brick test may work on old, solid walls...

The brick test may work on old, solid walls somewhere but newish buildings. last 100 years are not straight or perfect..
A door frame can warp..
If there is distortion, i couldn't care less..using...
Forum: Leica SL 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 1,093
Posted By leicapixie
Raid the camera and it's native lenses is way...

Raid the camera and it's native lenses is way larger than M gear!
I am old and can no longer drag stuff like that around..
When I was a pro, with my Pentax or later Nikon kit, i was paid..
Think...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 1,378
Posted By leicapixie
I am severely jealous of your lens! I use 50mm...

I am severely jealous of your lens!
I use 50mm Collapsible-Summicron for compact size.
Here is an outstanding 50mm Elcan lens!
4 read FOUR elements compared to those recent monster lenses,
by leica,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 553
Posted By leicapixie
Dust on negative. Chemical stains on...

Dust on negative.
Chemical stains on emulsion..
Fixer too old causes white dots!
Photo-flo might be dirty!
I've found Kodak chemicals to always have impurities..
Scanner has dirt on glass (flat...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 3,070
Posted By leicapixie
It depends on sports! I use a Leica M3 with 50mm...

It depends on sports!
I use a Leica M3 with 50mm lens.
Favorite "sports" shoot a rodeo, where dust fell like soft rain..
I used ONE roll capturing a number of great action shots..

Modern Digital...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 3,070
Posted By leicapixie
I kept my Pentaxes with lenses when i upgraded to...

I kept my Pentaxes with lenses when i upgraded to Nikon-F.
I 've never understood why Pentax not considered good for serious work..
My reason for Nikon-F was easier to focus as I was at time, short...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 43
Views: 1,665
Posted By leicapixie
The CCD is older, almost always made by Kodak. It...

The CCD is older, almost always made by Kodak.
It resembles FILM in "look". Color like Kodachrome.
It is a digital image so it's not film really..
Cost can be almost zero..my DSLR with lens $75..
It...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,377
Posted By leicapixie
When I closed my studio, I traded my Mamiya-c...

When I closed my studio, I traded my Mamiya-c cameras and lenses..
for a Pentax 6x7 and 135mm Macro.
I soon "needed" a 75mm wide, filters, tele-extender, etc!
The problem was processing color a...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 43
Views: 1,665
Posted By leicapixie
The OP has a problem, his clients (non-paying)...

The OP has a problem, his clients (non-paying) are the tail wagging the dog!
The "look" of film easily done with older digital point and shoot cameras..
One needs CCD not CMOS sensor.. reason i...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 610
Posted By leicapixie
I have a very old Vivitar 285. It has a very...

I have a very old Vivitar 285.
It has a very high voltage and will fry circuit of M6TTL/Canon A-series..
Newer Vivitar are safe, but check.
Personally the "Bruce Gilden" way is awful!:bang:
Flash is...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 610
Posted By leicapixie
Check all old electronic strobes before fitting...

Check all old electronic strobes before fitting to modern circuit cameras..
Some old flashes are dangerous..
My Leica M3 had it's contacts totally burned out by a Braun strobe unit.
The good part in...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 11-07-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,246
Posted By leicapixie
I have taught photography to young and adult...

I have taught photography to young and adult people.
The problem I saw and see, even with friends on walkabouts,
is that the they CANNOT see photos..
to actually make "them" press the shutter...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-30-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,070
Posted By leicapixie
There have been many replies and all are good...

There have been many replies and all are good advice.
In my experience the difference between RF-Leica M and SLR-Pentax MX or whatever is manner of viewing.
The SLR is very accurate in framing, often...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-26-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,070
Posted By leicapixie
This is an opinion only..based on experience as a...

This is an opinion only..based on experience as a pro, now retired.
Basic question, have you used a film camera!
A Leica used or new is a cosiderable investment.
They need maintenance and...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 10-22-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,641
Posted By leicapixie
These so called "teaching" blogs are pathetic and...

These so called "teaching" blogs are pathetic and useless..
Best watch youtube interviews and look and see photographs.
Go to galleries, books, libraries and meet other photographers.
Analyze and...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-02-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,437
Posted By leicapixie
I have only the 50mm...

I have only the 50mm Collapsible-Summicron,non-radioactive version.
I unlike many love the "collapsible" feature.
I like the images it makes,not so happy with flare or 1 m close..
A delicate lens but...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-01-2019
Replies: 100
Views: 4,265
Posted By leicapixie
A photographer i know who only does BW and by...

A photographer i know who only does BW and by chance lives in Florence, where the film is available as well as Milan, Rome. Venice and 1 other Italian city.. The ISO very low.. It is contrasty.
The...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 10-01-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,406
Posted By leicapixie
my experience with Pen-F was a disaster! Both...

my experience with Pen-F was a disaster!
Both models developed shutter problems..
The viewfinder was not that easy to use.
Due to (apparent larger depth of field) had reasonable images.
As they are...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-23-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,214
Posted By leicapixie
Relax! I'm sure still shooting but digital.. Your...

Relax! I'm sure still shooting but digital..
Your photos "all the same" is not true!
You have a style, as we all get with practice..
No matter where I go, my pix are My Pix.
Film is beautiful but so...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-18-2019
Replies: 316
Views: 41,304
Posted By leicapixie
Your "mirror slap" on a ME-Super indicates...

Your "mirror slap" on a ME-Super indicates something wrong!
The shutter and mirror are well damped.
I worked as a pro with mostly Pentaxes, later Nikon-F and of course Leica-M.
The Pentaxes simply...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-17-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,518
Posted By leicapixie
The almost religious fervour of almost fanatical...

The almost religious fervour of almost fanatical love of all things Leica, stating his feelings of not happy! Deleting the post was grossly unfair to all the replies..
Why in all the years the OP...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-12-2019
Replies: 7,476
Views: 3,831,781
Posted By leicapixie
My Leica M3 chrome is in a perfect condition...

My Leica M3 chrome is in a perfect condition compared..
OK chrome worn thru to brass, vulcanite falling off..
So nice seeing a camera used, not jewelry.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-12-2019
Replies: 7,476
Views: 3,831,781
Posted By leicapixie
I love my Collapsible-Summicron 2nd series, not...

I love my Collapsible-Summicron 2nd series, not or less radioactive..
I think HCB had two collapsible, one the Zeiss 50mm..
Always amazed at Erik's work.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-12-2019
Replies: 7,476
Views: 3,831,781
Posted By leicapixie
I love my Collapsible-Summicron 2nd series, not...

I love my Collapsible-Summicron 2nd series, not or less radioactive..
I think HCB had two collapsible, one the Zeiss 50mm..
Always amazed at Erik's work.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 09-12-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 785
Posted By leicapixie
Use filters! I use coffee filters for water...

Use filters! I use coffee filters for water (ord.water stored in bottles),stop bath, fixer.
Photo-Flo also. Change bottles esp. rapid Fixer, I use 2.
Forum: Chris Crawford 09-11-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 4,944
Posted By leicapixie
Enjoy! make great exposures.. Nice set of...

Enjoy! make great exposures.. Nice set of lenses.
Strangely those early lenses seem to make images from the past..
There is a nice way of loading(with correct leader) and a business card..
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 09-11-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 821
Posted By leicapixie
Herzog pictures were good, but sadly in a few...

Herzog pictures were good, but sadly in a few interviews,
another darker side was revealed and paraded , only the jackboots left out..
He was a teacher and one worries what he taught..
Many of you...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 09-07-2019
Replies: 110
Views: 4,233
Posted By leicapixie
Wonderful prints by Robert Blu! I love squarish...

Wonderful prints by Robert Blu!
I love squarish format, the BIG prints so well composed.
THe different colors and interpretations so magical..
In fact to all who showed prints..
What I don't like the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-03-2019
Replies: 63
Views: 2,388
Posted By leicapixie
I am a Leica owner but.. here in Toronto and...

I am a Leica owner but..
here in Toronto and Canada, no official service anymore and NJ .NY does NOT get good ratings, plus excessive penalties dealing with USA..
My M6TTL is a good camera but...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-29-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 433
Posted By leicapixie
No protector=light leak. I had replaced when...

No protector=light leak.
I had replaced when frame selector went nuts..
I covered with duct tape as well.
Forum: Large Format Film RF 08-28-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,822
Posted By leicapixie
I did the unforgivable commenting on LF, thinking...

I did the unforgivable commenting on LF, thinking that the 4x5 was a real 4x5..
Not a cute weigh nothing, no movements, fitted with ONE lens, a 90mm..
Looking at images, I thought all the samples...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 08-27-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,822
Posted By leicapixie
In my experience, LF is not really needed...

In my experience, LF is not really needed anymore!
Learn photoshop adjustments and distortion controls..
Sure $x5 looks great but at a considerable cost of film sheets,
Holders, developing tanks and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-27-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 884
Posted By leicapixie
No matter how many cameras i use and now...

No matter how many cameras i use and now own..
There is no 35mm camera even close to Leica M3.
Even Leica are incapable of making them again..
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-26-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,146
Posted By leicapixie
I have shot lots of motion indoors, ballet,...

I have shot lots of motion indoors, ballet, dance, weddings, sports and rodeos.
My film speed was max. 400 ISO.
My fastest lens was 50mm Collapsible-Summicron on an M3, no meter..
Pick a moment when...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-15-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,158
Posted By leicapixie
Great story about a faithful Nikon-F2. Some of us...

Great story about a faithful Nikon-F2.
Some of us have never stopped using our Nikons or exposing film..
Sadly scanning a poor imitation of what is possible with real darkroom..
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-15-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 3,239
Posted By leicapixie
A Financial report is created for Tax...

A Financial report is created for Tax Purposes..
The worse it can be made, the less taxes..
A Company that invented so much including Digital goes bankrupt ?
The real fact getting rid of the pensions...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 08-13-2019
Replies: 145
Views: 44,475
Posted By leicapixie
The Rolleiflex is light, portable, easy to load...

The Rolleiflex is light, portable, easy to load and use.
A modern bright screen makes focusing easy.
Great choice.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-08-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 869
Posted By leicapixie
The paint job has been discussed but.. what about...

The paint job has been discussed but.. what about the viewfinder, rangefinder optics etc.
Is the camera body requiring a service, parts ?
Mine is slightly older and has been hard used professionally...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-31-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,701
Posted By leicapixie
I hate editing! I have always hated editing a...

I hate editing!
I have always hated editing a shoot.
I moved from 35mm to medium format for less, slower.
I was doing model portfolios and headshots..
Is the Rollei slow?
No! I am being careful..roll...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-26-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 11,500
Posted By leicapixie
I absolutely hate these cameras that resemble...

I absolutely hate these cameras that resemble "piano-accordions"!
Using finest modern lenses, ap whatever on 35mm are wiped out by these fold boxes!
Beautiful images, lovely tones and great...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-26-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,608
Posted By leicapixie
I have a FE and the F3. The weight difference...

I have a FE and the F3.
The weight difference equal to a small prime lens..
The FE can work without battery.
The F3 is the stronger, more durable camera body.
Take both or add a small backup, 35mm...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-24-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,533
Posted By leicapixie
I am old so my opinions based on MY experiences...

I am old so my opinions based on MY experiences and practices!
35mm was invented by Oskar Barnack to replace the 5"x7" View-camera..
The depth of field scales on all 35mm camera lenses for 5x7...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-16-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 521
Posted By leicapixie
A great portrait of lamb guy! So nice a portrait...

A great portrait of lamb guy!
So nice a portrait without regulation smile and squinting into sun..
Love the contrast and other shots.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-16-2019
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,449
Posted By leicapixie
The so called roughness I noticed on my M6TTL...

The so called roughness I noticed on my M6TTL bought new 2000.
One tiny repair a few years ago,.hefty bill..
I use M3 from new, since 1967., very heavy use..
The M6 is now almost as smooth as M3 and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-15-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,355
Posted By leicapixie
It was not a standard Hasselblad 500c. It was...

It was not a standard Hasselblad 500c.
It was severely modified, larger film advance lever and bigger knobs.
A small fact the entire mirror mechanism was amputated..

Nikon on later missions became...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 07-15-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 707
Posted By leicapixie
If you cannot get relevant condensers there is a...

If you cannot get relevant condensers there is a "kind" of cure..
Fit thin opal glass so that now diffusion light!
It is not that far off in contrast and sharpness..
It will minimize scratches, flaws...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-11-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,260
Posted By leicapixie
The majority of film cameras mentioned all are...

The majority of film cameras mentioned all are super high grade that can/will last forever.
Digital has allowed manufacturers to release supposed "new" models every few years..
The fallacy of...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 07-08-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 9,173
Posted By leicapixie
Godfrey, I too had a few nice prints..from...

Godfrey, I too had a few nice prints..from SX-70.
I thought the camera was the ultimate.
The high cost of material cannot be ignored..
The poor quality of "Impossible" and also "Lomo" may be a joy to...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 07-08-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 9,173
Posted By leicapixie
I don't think photography is art! Nor is...

I don't think photography is art!
Nor is painting, sketching, sculpture or any of the so called fine arts..
It may become "Art" in years, decades or generations..
Art is now domain of art dealers...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-08-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,573
Posted By leicapixie
I have a phone, with a great camera.. I don't...

I have a phone, with a great camera..
I don't carry my phone everywhere or ever all the time!
It's for being in contact with Family on that wonderful "app".
I carry a camera always, mostly a small...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-04-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 3,447
Posted By leicapixie
I find "guessing" the exposure in Northern...

I find "guessing" the exposure in Northern Latitudes during winter, almost impossible.
Clouds slightly above one's head going up miles..
A meter is needed! Using digital sources a problem.
Digital...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-27-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 704
Posted By leicapixie
I wish you luck! I had a Leica M3 (11,55...)...

I wish you luck!
I had a Leica M3 (11,55...) delivered new without a working RFDR.
The moving cam plus other bits not included..
Final assembly by Leitz South Africa.
No! I was not offered another...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-25-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1,198
Posted By leicapixie
As a pro doing color work in '60's it was SLR. I...

As a pro doing color work in '60's it was SLR.
I love my M3 same period but easier to use SLR.
Really accurate viewfinder with many lenses.
Pentax Spotmatic about 90% same as image in Kodachrome...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-22-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,686
Posted By leicapixie
Regarding your F3, yours need a major...

Regarding your F3, yours need a major service..
The rough winding! Yikes! I NEVER know if mine is winding film.
It is so smooth! THe noise more than my early F Nippon Kogaku.
Having an RB that's...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-20-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 2,921
Posted By leicapixie
First, I am retired but shoot images almost every...

First, I am retired but shoot images almost every day..
If I was a pro, it would mainly be digital..
I love digital for color with small toy cameras.
I super enjoy BW film in my Leica M's, less SLR,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-20-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,311
Posted By leicapixie
The Nikon-F is reliable, almost always works. My...

The Nikon-F is reliable, almost always works.
My "F's" were in storage many years but a lil exercise and they were off to the races whatever!
Compared to Pentax SLR , Nikon-F is bright viewing.
Leica...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 06-18-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 753
Posted By leicapixie
I am so shocked at a place of learning, research...

I am so shocked at a place of learning, research and an icon would "censor" real life!
You now can correct most of that, maybe harder to reach Shetlands or Croatia..
I admire these images, really...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-17-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,807
Posted By leicapixie
I used Medium Format in my studio.. The few times...

I used Medium Format in my studio..
The few times outside were horrible!
The Leica M (M3 mostly) fast and part of me!
Quick response, ideal to hold and view.
I used SLR (Nikon Pentax Canon) for some...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-17-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,574
Posted By leicapixie
Comparison tests are useless if one makes scans...

Comparison tests are useless if one makes scans of film..
OK Imacon might be way better..
but Film made for projection printing and then be sick at result!
It may not be digital winner..
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-17-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 623
Posted By leicapixie
The sharper the lens the greater the aperture,...

The sharper the lens the greater the aperture, the result bad focus!
The Leica RFDR never designed for such perfection..
It gets by but that's not enough.
Never a problem with film,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-17-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 773
Posted By leicapixie
Mine and all my buddies had major problems with...

Mine and all my buddies had major problems with meter..
No service, no parts, mercury battery the problem, released a gas..

Phone app best!
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 06-14-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 2,723
Posted By leicapixie
It seems best bet is to scan with high end...

It seems best bet is to scan with high end digital cameras..

Canon Canada has basically ended film scanners.
There is a "SURCHARGE" almost equal to cost of scanner!
Transport from Canon USA., to...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-14-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 741
Posted By leicapixie
Thanks for reply. Using filters gives more...

Thanks for reply.
Using filters gives more control..but i use none!
It's a grade 2 1/2.
My negs are usually darker and contrastier..
so softer grade works for me.

(I learnt to expose paper in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-13-2019
Replies: 137
Views: 11,869
Posted By leicapixie
I know what would be great rig for a shoot. Then...

I know what would be great rig for a shoot.
Then reality of age, heart condition kick in..
So it's one camera and one lens. Rats!
I walk almost everyday (retired) and my main camera a point and shoot...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-13-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 741
Posted By leicapixie
Great start, small problems easily solved. Keep...

Great start, small problems easily solved.
Keep everything standard, times and exposures.
Label bottles well.
I always printed a contact sheet, very important.
Raise enlarger to cover the negative...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-13-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 533
Posted By leicapixie
In portraits where blemishes occur, many...

In portraits where blemishes occur, many solutions..
Film of course! Digital has photoshop..
Use red filter, a diffusion filter or best the Zeiss Softar for Hasselblad original!
No other filter does...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-12-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 1,069
Posted By leicapixie
I own Nikon F-3 (lots of F's,FE,Nikkormat) and...

I own Nikon F-3 (lots of F's,FE,Nikkormat) and Leica M3.M6TTl.
I have not shot film for about 5 years, using digital for way better results.
Metering about same on these cameras but accuracy of...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-07-2019
Replies: 74
Views: 4,044
Posted By leicapixie
These lenses are NOT for using but posing by...

These lenses are NOT for using but posing by photographer owners..
Really use them? Sacre-Bleu that's sacrilege wearing the lens elements away..
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-07-2019
Replies: 1,696
Views: 435,264
Posted By leicapixie
I thought the Macro lens was "135mm" ? I used it...

I thought the Macro lens was "135mm" ?
I used it as my normal, plus the 75mm.
Used friends 55mm, all were stunning.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-07-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 1,178
Posted By leicapixie
My M3 bought brand new in 1967, arrived with...

My M3 bought brand new in 1967, arrived with parts missing.
The rangefinder was not operative, first repair immediately!
Yes! 3 Three signatures of "Quality Control".
Don't fret if camera body or...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-05-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,460
Posted By leicapixie
I suggest reading "Inspired , Rollei-35 Project...

I suggest reading "Inspired , Rollei-35 Project by Zeno Felki.
Years and hundreds of rolls of stunning images..
See his philosophy and technique.
NB. The Rollei-35 is tiny, very heavy and has super...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-05-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,025
Posted By leicapixie
The M7 will no longer be serviced at Leica! The...

The M7 will no longer be serviced at Leica!
The M6TTL no more circuit boards,
Less and less Service folk available..
I intend keeping M3 and M2 (needs a part /working).
The M6 will either be used as...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-05-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,440
Posted By leicapixie
I recently seen a guy with a special Leica and...

I recently seen a guy with a special Leica and 24mm lens..
Everybody was saying how wonderful and sharp..?
I once used a new, unused Leica wide that although 21mm,
was totally UNSHARP>>.
It reqd. a...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-05-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 750
Posted By leicapixie
Travel light as possible, November may be cool,...

Travel light as possible, November may be cool, rain?
Use only what YOU are familiar with..
Super wides are distorted, 28mm is a wonderful viewpoint,
but best used in SLR or live view, 35mm almost...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 06-04-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 1,110
Posted By leicapixie
Using larger formats one learns real quick about...

Using larger formats one learns real quick about shrinking depth of field!
My Pentax 6x7 problem no smaller apertures than f22...
Before all you 35mm devotees laugh, your depth of field is for 5"x 7"...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-31-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 477
Posted By leicapixie
I believe that there has always been "Flash...

I believe that there has always been "Flash Brackets".
Ideal for off camera and bounce with reflector..
That what I did as pro, eons ago.
Personally I hate strobes on Leica-M..
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 05-30-2019
Replies: 280
Views: 69,617
Posted By leicapixie
Nikon-F black, slight usage! Did you CLR? Doubt...

Nikon-F black, slight usage!
Did you CLR? Doubt it! Always work.
I recently bought an early 'F' Nippon logo..
So smooth and as fast as my Leica M3 for street snaps.
Mine slight rust on rewind crank,...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-30-2019
Replies: 417
Views: 158,836
Posted By leicapixie
Talking Magnificent photo. Magic moments by photographer...

Magnificent photo. Magic moments by photographer and helped by Mamiya!
The pix of early BMW leaves pause for thought to front collisions..
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-30-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,948
Posted By leicapixie
I love the vertical shape, a plus when I did for...

I love the vertical shape, a plus when I did for magazines, brochures!
The wind wheel of Pen-S (my original) is as fast as a motor!
The shutter silent but top speed 250th!
At 1st Kodak refused to...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-30-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,078
Posted By leicapixie
The best of luck, enjoy making great...

The best of luck, enjoy making great exposures.
The R4 has a bad reputation, to electronic problems.
This late in 'game' perhaps one with no faults.
I use the Minolta versions and strangely some...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-28-2019
Replies: 82
Views: 3,609
Posted By leicapixie
I read about "Drifter" on 'Leica Camera Bog'. The...

I read about "Drifter" on 'Leica Camera Bog'.
The snake skin is fake, which is good!
I hate snakes so couldn't touch that camera..
Nor would stores allow me to, as i look like a real drifter..:D
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-28-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,828
Posted By leicapixie
The big shutter dial an improvement.. Going wrong...

The big shutter dial an improvement..
Going wrong way compared to M3 and M2 causes wrong speed selection..
Why didn't Leica make meter work for that direction?
Personally I kinda hate the meter...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-28-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1,008
Posted By leicapixie
My dream lens was a 90mm Summicron back in...

My dream lens was a 90mm Summicron back in 1967..
Move up a few years and at "camera sale fair" actually offered one!
Lickety split onto "ziggy" my my M3.
Disappointment doesn't cover it..
Barely see...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-28-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,948
Posted By leicapixie
I suggest a small slr, full frame, Pentax Me...

I suggest a small slr, full frame, Pentax Me ..
Available at your price level, slightly bigger but..
The Pen-F, FT were for me a disaster.
Seen some on sale, but pricey and may not be reliable.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-26-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1,008
Posted By leicapixie
I see the extra frame as guide to...

I see the extra frame as guide to composition..
The 75mm is really only to sell tha lens.
A small crop and you have it!
Use your 50mm Summicron, Summilux.
Also as fast and cheaper with better...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-15-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,466
Posted By leicapixie
Going cheap is false economy! I am guilty of...

Going cheap is false economy!
I am guilty of using Kentmere 400 and 100.
I prefer the 100 and easily pushed to 400..
Sensitivity is a second to high acutance and sharpness..
The Delta and T-Max may...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-15-2019
Replies: 123
Views: 3,248
Posted By leicapixie
Canon Nikon continue to build larger and larger...

Canon Nikon continue to build larger and larger cameras and lenses that now ,
approach the look of long large mirror lenses that outweigh the user..
Sony has never corrected it's coded menu, a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-08-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 2,333
Posted By leicapixie
I love all the "expert" opinions, concerning...

I love all the "expert" opinions, concerning using and exposing film.
Film until much later in HCB's career was an iffy ASA (ISO)..
Even in 60's using pro film, included was an actual "close" ASA...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 05-06-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 450
Posted By leicapixie
A super photographer, leaving many good...

A super photographer, leaving many good photos.
Well worth exploring.
I don't bother reading statements on "artist's concepts".
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 05-06-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,311
Posted By leicapixie
Enjoy! The 40mm lens is great, the body neat.

Enjoy!
The 40mm lens is great, the body neat.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-06-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 3,038
Posted By leicapixie
I almost never buy a lens anymore! My Collapsible...

I almost never buy a lens anymore!
My Collapsible Summicron (used) bought in '67!
It's fun to read but I am to busy making photos and images..
Have even used factory prototypes from Leica and...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-05-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 3,038
Posted By leicapixie
I read Steve Huff's review. It is positive, his...

I read Steve Huff's review.
It is positive, his images certainly give cause for ownership.
Neither KR or Steve Huff are "corporate Lackeys".
Mean, nasty comments are not what forums ought to be about.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-04-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 4,125
Posted By leicapixie
I have stopped buying and using up my present...

I have stopped buying and using up my present stock.
20x 36exp HP5, about 40~50 rolls 36exp Kentmere 400,
-10 rolls Kentmere 100, 120 Tri-X and HP5 about 10 rolls.

I found 100' Ektachrome, hand...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-30-2019
Replies: 1,696
Views: 435,264
Posted By leicapixie
I totally loved my Asahi Pentax 6x7 camera, 135-...

I totally loved my Asahi Pentax 6x7 camera, 135- Macro and 75mm.
Results were spectacular, never missed MLU.
I had to sell, too heavy!
Totally reliable, heard of one guy complain at a Pentax...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-30-2019
Replies: 96
Views: 4,776
Posted By leicapixie
I hate making decisions on my street shooting! I...

I hate making decisions on my street shooting!
I agree with Erik, keep it simple.
I think that "most" use 35mm as it's easiest frame to see in modern M's..
The 28mm frame almost disappears, the 50mm...
Forum: Travel 04-30-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,303
Posted By leicapixie
As "Bailey" would say, "The Phone, the Phone, The...

As "Bailey" would say, "The Phone, the Phone, The Phone"!
That is easily shared, super results, often better than conventional cameras..
Easily shared, small prints available kiosks almost...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 04-30-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,311
Posted By leicapixie
The 40mm Rokkor lens (or is it Leica ?) is worth...

The 40mm Rokkor lens (or is it Leica ?) is worth something!
See prices and you could use it on real Leica-M.
The reputation of CL appears worse than CLE,
but cold comfort if irreparable..
All older...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-23-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,263
Posted By leicapixie
The cost of some of my Spotmatic body. On average...

The cost of some of my Spotmatic body.
On average at C$10~25.oo!
50mm f1.4 Super Takumar C$10.oo!
Working meter version usually more expensive.
Best Pentax Takumar lenses, 55mm, 50mm, 35mm...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-23-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,263
Posted By leicapixie
If one wants smaller, the MX (full mechanical,...

If one wants smaller, the MX (full mechanical, great diode meter) and ME-Super are smaller than Leica M!
Screw mounts are easy t adapt to K-mount.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-23-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,263
Posted By leicapixie
No! I am right. The Spotmatic was a big, no huge...

No! I am right.
The Spotmatic was a big, no huge jump in quality.
It's release was delayed to achieve perfection.
Most of mine incl. daughters have never seen a service.
The "pre" cameras were and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-23-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,263
Posted By leicapixie
The OP asked for way to a Spotmatic! The many...

The OP asked for way to a Spotmatic!
The many (very lucky) users of pre- Spotmatic advocates may have missed the boat.
I started with S1a and Sv Pentax cameras (Hia and Hv) and it was pure...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-17-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,163
Posted By leicapixie
A scene comprises bright areas and shadows under...

A scene comprises bright areas and shadows under a sunny sun.
If one exposes only for the deepest shadows, the bright areas (may) be well over exposed.
Depending on the film, black and white, color...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-15-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,163
Posted By leicapixie
Talking I do use P+S digital as a guide BUT have learned...

I do use P+S digital as a guide BUT have learned the hard way, digital sees in dark..
Film does not! Even so it's a guide as mt Exposure meter needs a LED.
Another problem unless you really check...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-12-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 1,319
Posted By leicapixie
Super images with that super wide Hologon.. Your...

Super images with that super wide Hologon..
Your exposures are fine!
OD film loses speed, but slight.
Lines on scan is scanning fault..
Should re-scan..
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-12-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 1,319
Posted By leicapixie
Super images with that super wide Hologon.. Your...

Super images with that super wide Hologon..
Your exposures are fine!
OD film loses speed, but slight.
Lines on scan is scanning fault..
Should re-scan..
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-07-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 3,001
Posted By leicapixie
I hate most asperics as backgrounds (bokeh) look...

I hate most asperics as backgrounds (bokeh) look like broken glass shards..
The higher price not justified by tiny increases of sharpness and contrast.
I tested 2 ASPH lenses "said" to be...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-07-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,499
Posted By leicapixie
Talking Leica RF is really a simple camera, to use to...

Leica RF is really a simple camera, to use to load (film) and a delight to work..
I taught my daughter, a child then, to use the RF in 30 secs..
I showed two fingers then one while blocking main...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-22-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 1,483
Posted By leicapixie
I snapped differently at different times! When I...

I snapped differently at different times!
When I was pro first doing model portfolios and "headshots" ,
I very quickly learnt to expose way less!
I moved to Medium Format and used 1 roll, 12...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-18-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,367
Posted By leicapixie
I shot 20+ images yesterday on a free gift Pentax...

I shot 20+ images yesterday on a free gift Pentax Optio 3MP.
Images look fine on FB, where hi-rez is ruined anyway..
Unless one prints, pointless hi-rez..
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-18-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,367
Posted By leicapixie
If one believes that Rolex can manage such...

If one believes that Rolex can manage such accuracy, happy dreams..
It requires a major service including parts replacement every 2 years..
It's mechanical with about 5~8 cycles per second.
A quartz...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-16-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 681
Posted By leicapixie
My solution cheap! I once found a Rodial...

My solution cheap!
I once found a Rodial developer (ORIGINAL) that did work perfectly.
It was years old! Basically flakes and some liquid, enough for a roll at !:100.
T-Max is not the same.
The cost...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-16-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 681
Posted By leicapixie
I have a 50% solution to problem of old, 8 years...

I have a 50% solution to problem of old, 8 years opened, 1/2 full bottle.
Cut a piece of film off and develop as reqd.
If it's good (luck be a Lady) it's OK.
If NOT. Well only a few frames...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-12-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 463
Posted By leicapixie
I have had no success with old roll films. The...

I have had no success with old roll films.
The best but still too fogged was done in cold water about 40F...
I have some more, thinking of using weak developer, cut off piece about 1+ exp.
Might try...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-09-2019
Replies: 52
Views: 1,685
Posted By leicapixie
I used to go silly what to bring? With a...

I used to go silly what to bring?
With a multitude of systems(i was a pro),
Leica, Nikon and Pentax plus a Medium Format..
Age, weakness, plus heart condition resulted in maximum change!
Film Camera,...
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 03-08-2019
Replies: 115
Views: 6,239
Posted By leicapixie
A most expensive point and shoot, almost size of...

A most expensive point and shoot, almost size of regular M.
A huge MP requiring newest computer..
Why not a zoom lens that offered various lens lengths?
I'd rather lose light than cropping image..
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 03-08-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 3,191
Posted By leicapixie
I used the Pen-S causing me to become a...

I used the Pen-S causing me to become a professional ..
It is fun, the image size is exactly half full frame.
I made 8x10 prints, it fits paper perfectly!
You easily shoot verticals , the format of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-03-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 396
Posted By leicapixie
I think we have a language and translation...

I think we have a language and translation problem .
It is advance lever, there is no rewind crank, knob or else.
The film runs staight line to take-up spool, right side.
I had non-MLU model but...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-01-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 3,252
Posted By leicapixie
I read with a keenness all the strange answers...

I read with a keenness all the strange answers about Capa.
One that he changed his name, so what!
I did a shoot concerning "lifestyles" and the Lady gave me a new name..
To think out of my box, to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-28-2019
Replies: 100
Views: 4,265
Posted By leicapixie
I have a friend based in Florence, shooting the...

I have a friend based in Florence, shooting the Middle East, using Ferrania p30.
It seems available in Italy, in cities of Florence,Milan and one or two others..,
He loves the film's retro look.,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-28-2019
Replies: 142
Views: 7,861
Posted By leicapixie
I have small hands and yet, the Pentax MX was too...

I have small hands and yet, the Pentax MX was too small to hold easily!
I added the power wind that made it easy to hold, without cramp.
One fault is the shutter dial, very hard to move..
Loved the...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 02-26-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,694
Posted By leicapixie
I can shoot meterless but why? When i printed in...

I can shoot meterless but why?
When i printed in darkroom,it was possible to expose (original) Tri-X,
at ASA (ISO) 25 ,50,100,200, 400,800,1200,1600..
Various contrasts but printable..
Scanning need...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-16-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 854
Posted By leicapixie
The image of porrofinder is small, poor and...

The image of porrofinder is small, poor and awful..
Use before buying.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-14-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 2,160
Posted By leicapixie
The CL and CLE are not reliable cameras.. I care...

The CL and CLE are not reliable cameras..
I care not about those using and loving them.
There are those using Praktisix 6x6 that are happy..sigh
Get the M2 but they are old..as is mine.
Get a M6 due...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-14-2019
Replies: 101
Views: 3,575
Posted By leicapixie
Mamiya c -series of TLR are superb. Bellows is...

Mamiya c -series of TLR are superb.
Bellows is not what OP meant in this case..
Rolleiflex also have "bellows" but its metal..
I miss the lenses of Mamiya but weight (for me) impossible.
The 645...
Forum: Panasonic S1 S1 R L Mount cameras 02-04-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,531
Posted By leicapixie
It seems to me another great camera.. But with...

It seems to me another great camera..
But with dwindling sales (Phone cameras),
It's the Leica business concept.
"Less for more".
When SLR arrived it was said "More expensive because of mirror...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-04-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 2,221
Posted By leicapixie
Not taking good free advice from an older...

Not taking good free advice from an older pro!
Not reading instruction booklet.
Believing that a camera and or lens would be magic grail, to better photos..
Pro advice ('60's) work with 6x6 and not...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-03-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 2,426
Posted By leicapixie
Superb BW images from Ko.Fe, and Helen. I admire...

Superb BW images from Ko.Fe, and Helen.
I admire those shooting only Film, but I mostly use digital.
I was PJ in 60's~80's, later work more safe and steady..
We only had film, no other way except...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-02-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 498
Posted By leicapixie
They did it before, wiping out a nice easy...

They did it before, wiping out a nice easy photoshop that was fun..
Also some of my images went away. away..
Store your own images, i keep my SD cards, download on 2 laptops and outside drives.
Best...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-02-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 961
Posted By leicapixie
Using old cameras 60 years old. is usually...

Using old cameras 60 years old. is usually fraught with problems.
Shutter needs service and possibly has pin holes..
I purchased a 90mm Elmar, that had minimal haze but was a "dog".
I gifted it to a...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-29-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,932
Posted By leicapixie
Great! One of my 1st photos was done in a small...

Great! One of my 1st photos was done in a small South Africa town, i was 5.
I used (without permission) to snap main street with horses, carts and Ford Model T's. It was a few years after WW2. My Dad...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-21-2019
Replies: 323
Views: 25,825
Posted By leicapixie
Reading this forum, one notices personal...

Reading this forum, one notices personal experiences based on mostly old cameras..
Many of these like mine are walking wounded.
A few that I totally disagree with.. Hasselblad, Nikon F, F2, F3 and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-21-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 416
Posted By leicapixie
Vince correct. Only done I think long ago.. My...

Vince correct. Only done I think long ago..
My LM3 when final assembly, missing parts, sigh, had letter "J".
"J" for Johannesburg, South Africa.Yes!
We also had a Kodachrome processing plant..:bang:
Forum: Nikon RF 01-15-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,979
Posted By leicapixie
The biggest problem with film read mechanical...

The biggest problem with film read mechanical cameras with some electronics is the problem of future services!
When I was still servicing watches and timing instruments,
average age of repairers...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-15-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,624
Posted By leicapixie
I don't suggest using eye patch. It could...

I don't suggest using eye patch.
It could irritate the "hurt" eye..
Try using that eye for focus, can you close right eye?
If not, practice focus with both eyes open.
I mostly use point and shoot...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-14-2019
Replies: 130
Views: 9,266
Posted By leicapixie
Hasselblad was always my "dream" camera. Having...

Hasselblad was always my "dream" camera.
Having to use Advertising agencies models,
with incorrect inserts in magazines, lenses mis-used,
easy risk of jams and horrible loading of film after my...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-13-2019
Replies: 1,696
Views: 435,264
Posted By leicapixie
My 2 posts are not at odds, if one reads...

My 2 posts are not at odds, if one reads slowly..
When doing close-ups, macro work, requiring greater depth of sharpness,
I was using photo floods, making more heat than light,
I was using speeds...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-10-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 517
Posted By leicapixie
Congrats and enjoy! I prefer the 50mm to all...

Congrats and enjoy!
I prefer the 50mm to all lenses, esp on M cameras..
I mostly use a M3 and Collapsible-Summicron.
NIce start, these are classic lenses.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-08-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 478
Posted By leicapixie
Color labs are the main problem of me going to...

Color labs are the main problem of me going to digital for color.
A lab in For "Agfa" in South Africa, had to send control strips daily to Leverkusen Germany for quality control.
Sadly the lab...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 01-08-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 1,295
Posted By leicapixie
My Minolta SLR (similar to R series Leica) do...

My Minolta SLR (similar to R series Leica) do same sherbert..
NO metering if on manual, exposures on Auto are OK.
My Minolta lenses have similar, almost identical flare,
to some of similar focal...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-08-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 1,025
Posted By leicapixie
I was always disappointed in spacing and...

I was always disappointed in spacing and framing..
My Pentax Spotmatics always nice framing and good spacing.
My Nikon-F brought a whole new concept of quality.
Larger spaces between exposures, no...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-08-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,858
Posted By leicapixie
Did you try with film inside? Occasionally some...

Did you try with film inside?
Occasionally some cameras NEED a film, moving sprocket wheel..
It looks like it needs a service..if all else fails..
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-02-2019
Replies: 107
Views: 3,309
Posted By leicapixie
The CL is a digital camera with built in...

The CL is a digital camera with built in obsolescence..
A new model all the time, battery availability another means,
of killing a model. If your income has no problem with digital Leica prices, go...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-25-2018
Replies: 84
Views: 3,220
Posted By leicapixie
My M3 1155... is 51 years in pro service! Lots in...

My M3 1155... is 51 years in pro service!
Lots in "Interesting times"..
Was on floor of car between shoots, to protect from theft.
Major services, drum was cracked, shutter curtains replaced,
RF...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-24-2018
Replies: 173
Views: 10,619
Posted By leicapixie
My way has changed dramatically since 2007. I...

My way has changed dramatically since 2007.
I slowly had changed to digital for internet pro work.
I began with Pentax Optio with 3.5 MP.
Contrary to most posters on forums, small files were...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-23-2018
Replies: 45
Views: 1,522
Posted By leicapixie
When my daughter went Nikon digital, My old pro...

When my daughter went Nikon digital, My old pro kit was returned..
Off I went to the beach and lo and behold, my focus was wrong on infinity!
All the 5 lenses,,would not reach infinity.
If I removed...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-19-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,476
Posted By leicapixie
I have read much about both AA and HCB. Ansel was...

I have read much about both AA and HCB.
Ansel was NOT meticulous, nor laborious!
Once a friend was invited on a shoot, an early shoot.
Off they went at what we now call "terminal velocity", into the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-17-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 392
Posted By leicapixie
It's not a quick repair on M6TTL, due to...

It's not a quick repair on M6TTL, due to electronics..
Cost was close to $200 in Toronto at Kinderman.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-17-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 718
Posted By leicapixie
my experience is not about super megapixel count..

My experience is different regarding megapixel count.
When I finally tried digital in form of Pentax Optio S-30, year 2005,
with a whopping 3.5 MP count, I was more than happy!
It was perfect for...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-12-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,060
Posted By leicapixie
Talking The swing back to film by Millennial folk have...

The swing back to film by Millennial folk have given the price rise..
Innocents in the jungle of cameras that are often faulty, worn out,
badly serviced, have faulty electronics and no hope of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-10-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 903
Posted By leicapixie
Phone cameras give great images under ideal...

Phone cameras give great images under ideal conditions..
In Canada's winter right now, my battery "pooped" out after 3 images..sigh.
In bright sunlight can see zero, nothing..
Some point and shoots...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-10-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,397
Posted By leicapixie
HCB used 50mm for earlier work.. Refer article by...

HCB used 50mm for earlier work..
Refer article by Ernst Haas, HCB used the 35mm as much as 50mm.
See HCB's Japan portfolio, many shots only possible with a 35mm..

I respect using electronic cameras,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-07-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,397
Posted By leicapixie
My choice, though I love my Leica M's is a SLR.,...

My choice, though I love my Leica M's is a SLR., usually no meter,
Most older are all mechanical (Except Canon A series but very reliable).
Purchased nice condition Pentax Spotmatics, KM,...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-06-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 11,995
Posted By leicapixie
Erik, I used CFL bulb in South Africa, as I...

Erik, I used CFL bulb in South Africa, as I couldn't find standard enlarger bulb.
I used Durst 606, reqd. the opal diffuser, due to bulb configuration.
A way brighter bulb without heat..so leaving it...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-05-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 921
Posted By leicapixie
[QUOTE=retinax;2852407]1. Thanks, important...

[QUOTE=retinax;2852407]1.
Thanks,

important reminder
The silver on side of bottles is not embedded!
That silver can migrate onto films being fixed and make white spots..
Filter all your chemicals:...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-05-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 439
Posted By leicapixie
If "these" blinds were replaced, they were not on...

If "these" blinds were replaced, they were not on this camera..
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-02-2018
Replies: 1,696
Views: 435,264
Posted By leicapixie
I really liked my Pentax 6x7, no MLU. I loved the...

I really liked my Pentax 6x7, no MLU.
I loved the feel of SLR, the flat film, no turns.
The lenses exquisite and that lovely rectangle 6x7 cm..
Color superb and the lenses were and are great.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-02-2018
Replies: 1,696
Views: 435,264
Posted By leicapixie
I never suffered with "camera shake"! Handheld or...

I never suffered with "camera shake"!
Handheld or tripod, i made great sharp images..
A lot of detailed close-up work, HOT flood light and ***, why no smaller than f32!
My tripod originally for 4x5,...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-30-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 1,029
Posted By leicapixie
The "Rollei TLR's are the BMW" but Mamiya TLR,...

The "Rollei TLR's are the BMW" but Mamiya TLR, C-series the Toyota version.
They just keep om shooting! Heavy but very sharp due to film running straight and flat..
In Mamiya there are other long...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-29-2018
Replies: 58
Views: 1,872
Posted By leicapixie
Do not buy a Leica M. They are jealous cameras...

Do not buy a Leica M.
They are jealous cameras and will throw all your other cameras out of the bag.
They are unique. There are similar, almost, practically same or close!
Viewfinders "may" be...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-24-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,093
Posted By leicapixie
Repeat: Double the clearing time of a piece of...

Repeat: Double the clearing time of a piece of leader.
It may be longer than 3 minutes..
see my original post.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-24-2018
Replies: 117
Views: 12,150
Posted By leicapixie
I read Ken Rockwell and I would NOT say he has...

I read Ken Rockwell and I would NOT say he has given Leica digital a blessing! Awful colors etc.
Konica was a flash in pan and soon no more..
the film Leica reports and images is another story,...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-24-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 1,946
Posted By leicapixie
Enjoy the camera and it's optics. It's a hard...

Enjoy the camera and it's optics.
It's a hard learning experience..
Rollei and othe Medium format cameras sail past 35mm in Quality.
I shoot so slowly with mine, Automat with Tessar.
Amazingly my...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-23-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,093
Posted By leicapixie
Fixer suggestion is Ilford Rapid Fixer, it don't...

Fixer suggestion is Ilford Rapid Fixer, it don't smell as bad.
Fixes fast, use wet piece of negative for "clear"test.
Double the time.
I actually use 2 fixers, it's easy and last a bit longer..
My...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-22-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 1,946
Posted By leicapixie
Talking The availability of 220 film is questionable. I...

The availability of 220 film is questionable.
I have a few rolls out of date!
Use of Pentaprism is also questionable!
The lateral reverse aids in composing and makes a great method!
The 5mm...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 11-15-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 806
Posted By leicapixie
My kid had to build a pin hole camera.. Used a...

My kid had to build a pin hole camera..
Used a flat cigarette box, made a hole, added silver foil with needle hole.
Blackened foil with marker..some photo paper.
Exposed and rinsed after...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-15-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 581
Posted By leicapixie
Definitely time for a clean. Look at the RF...

Definitely time for a clean.
Look at the RF mirror thru small window.
Does it look like old auto glass, spider webs etc.?
M3 is slightly darker than later M's but very clear.
Many, many years ago my...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-15-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 483
Posted By leicapixie
The idea of your filter, is based on the Zeiss...

The idea of your filter, is based on the Zeiss Softar for Hasselblad.
The Softar mostly softened skin but not textures..
Try it as is! Portraits in backlight,that can show bokeh.
Enjoy!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-12-2018
Replies: 68
Views: 4,168
Posted By leicapixie
Talking It matters little but no SLR/DSLR is even similar...

It matters little but no SLR/DSLR is even similar to a RF.
First lenses have to further away from film, due to mirror box..
2nd more important the RF is about RF and frames.
Most frames are Guess...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-12-2018
Replies: 1,696
Views: 435,264
Posted By leicapixie
Talking Great images here. The SLR that i hated as much...

Great images here.
The SLR that i hated as much as My EOS system..
The Pentax is a formidable camera with super lenses and a flat film direction..
The sea scene intriguing, that with Rodinal and my...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-11-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,479
Posted By leicapixie
I snagged an original FT in mint condition at a...

I snagged an original FT in mint condition at a camera sale.
I mean looking newr than new!
I offered it to a friend to use, but declined fearing he might damage it!
I feel same the same!
Guess time...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-10-2018
Replies: 91
Views: 3,010
Posted By leicapixie
My scans such a disappointment compared to...

My scans such a disappointment compared to darkroom prints !
The Lens 50mm Collapsible-Summicron is low contrast..
The group shot by Erik typical of this lens, the image stellar.
I don't advise...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-09-2018
Replies: 91
Views: 3,010
Posted By leicapixie
Reply to Erik, 50mm Collapsible-Summicron f2,...

Reply to Erik, 50mm Collapsible-Summicron f2, Nr.1364344 !
It's one of 2nd Generation, slightly soft wide open, very sharp later..
I have (maybe) more flare at times, possibly Leitz UVa filter always...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-08-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 3,076
Posted By leicapixie
The automatic functions on many cameras will DO...

The automatic functions on many cameras will DO their thing, even if person sets!
Check your data after exposure..
I believe that 3x"F's" all reqd!
Find,Focus,Frame and push button..
Sadly all those...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-08-2018
Replies: 91
Views: 3,010
Posted By leicapixie
I have a pristine 50mm Collapsible Summicron.,...

I have a pristine 50mm Collapsible Summicron., 2nd series..
I love the collapsible feature.(unlike Erik)
Finding one NOT scratched and hazed, extremely difficult!
Suggest the 50mm Elmar f2.8, sharp...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-01-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 726
Posted By leicapixie
At times I want some protection, esp. cold I use...

At times I want some protection, esp. cold I use bottom half of Pentax Spotmatic case.
All reqd. was to move screw to hold case to bottom.
Can use the whole case as well..
Oops! I forgot digital...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-28-2018
Replies: 77
Views: 3,257
Posted By leicapixie
I have read all the answers and advice..sigh. If...

I have read all the answers and advice..sigh.
If you want not need a Leica M6, it's on your head!
The cost of another MX, Me body w for Leica will be less than a filter.
Shooting crazy high ISO is...
Forum: Chris Crawford 10-27-2018
Replies: 2,587
Views: 375,409
Posted By leicapixie
A great feature on RFF, are your photos of Fort...

A great feature on RFF, are your photos of Fort Wayne.
I think you should be proud struggling but succeeding in making great images, plus all those details about a place few of us would/could ever...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-25-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 641
Posted By leicapixie
Sadly on my scanner, Canonscan overexposed dense...

Sadly on my scanner, Canonscan overexposed dense negs do not get scanned!
Scanning poor substitute to projection printing.
Negs. totally ignored by scanner, print beautifully..
I am at present using...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-24-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 641
Posted By leicapixie
I simply don't understand "pushing" film...

I simply don't understand "pushing" film speed.
400 ISO is sufficient, changing and pushing, higher contrast, washed out highlights.
Shutter speed, unless one has a electronic shutter, speeds of...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-22-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,518
Posted By leicapixie
Digital cameras a few years old regarded as old,...

Digital cameras a few years old regarded as old, almost worthless..
Why do folks need to press noses on a print?
It's idiotic way of "looking" at photographs..
I recently saw some of my old prints...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 10-21-2018
Replies: 124
Views: 19,219
Posted By leicapixie
The years of Pro are behind me! Sure I carried,...

The years of Pro are behind me!
Sure I carried, lugged, transported, dragged all that dumb equipment.
2 or 3 SLR bodies, meter, lenses: 28, 35.50, 55 macro,105 mm (money lens), 70~300 zoom (seldom...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-20-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 887
Posted By leicapixie
Thank you all about "no feel focus" of...

Thank you all about "no feel focus" of lens!:bang:
I stopped using it, thinking (wrongly) not focusing!
I used it decades ago as a compact street lens, mostly for flash use.
Big strobe units,...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-16-2018
Replies: 77
Views: 3,257
Posted By leicapixie
Your Pentax kit is superb! Maybe add a scanner,...

Your Pentax kit is superb!
Maybe add a scanner, develop your films..
I never shoot more film if I have 2 rolls waiting!
The X-pro would allow color..
I don't shoot color on film anymore..cost too...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-10-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,263
Posted By leicapixie
I guess i failed the monitor test.. send smoke...

I guess i failed the monitor test..
send smoke signals..
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 10-07-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 8,461
Posted By leicapixie
Is this the Olympus with electric drive? I had a...

Is this the Olympus with electric drive?
I had a Pen-S and wrote to japan, suggesting a drive..
Olympus replied very quickly, others had asked as well, including "Gene Smith"..
I never owned one and...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-07-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,137
Posted By leicapixie
The price of new mirrorless cameras is very...

The price of new mirrorless cameras is very high!
Pointless to place a Leica lens where there are program fit, it's fiddly and a mess hearking, back to the 1st "T" mounts. sigh.
The small difference...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-07-2018
Replies: 466
Views: 68,052
Posted By leicapixie
First shutter speeds marked to left of "B" are...

First shutter speeds marked to left of "B" are for calculation only, on Synchro-Compur shutters.
They do not work!
The SWC and the photos here are stunning.
My favorite street camera that i never...
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 10-07-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,329
Posted By leicapixie
I purchased a Leica CL 90mm f4, which would NOT...

I purchased a Leica CL 90mm f4, which would NOT focus correctly on M3 and M2.
Wrong at infinity,,almost correct on 1 M, but totally out at close up (nearest).
Mid distance same bad!
Amount of out of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-01-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 1,776
Posted By leicapixie
At this point in time the "faults" of early Leica...

At this point in time the "faults" of early Leica M made in Canada,
are sorted out! They work well.
Some of the cheaper technology is alive and well in my M6TTL.
The newer MA and M7 using same...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-30-2018
Replies: 363
Views: 24,873
Posted By leicapixie
To mis-quote "Bailey" of "Major Crimes" it's...

To mis-quote "Bailey" of "Major Crimes" it's always the M3.
It's always the M3..
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 09-30-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 13,150
Posted By leicapixie
I was pro photographer doing Fashion,...

I was pro photographer doing Fashion, Advertising and Weddings.,
All with long hours of concentration,examining the image on SLR's.
Major eye strain and headaches..
The M3, M2 and any M was a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-30-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 1,776
Posted By leicapixie
Congratulations and a long friendship with many...

Congratulations and a long friendship with many exposed memories.
The M4-2 a great camera, like all Leica-M's.
Lenses are easy, think of previous experiences.
The 50mm or 35mm Summicron are...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-28-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1,281
Posted By leicapixie
Leica M2 and M3 are all really old! Things...

Leica M2 and M3 are all really old!
Things happen, let buyers beware.
If you cannot return, it focuses OK, frames accurate, use.
I have old M2, which is in good shape, but rewind button fell...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-28-2018
Replies: 85
Views: 4,542
Posted By leicapixie
I guess my thought is one stolen from another...

I guess my thought is one stolen from another part of forum.
It concerned cameras and lenses.
Leica and a Russian camera!
With vodka it makes sense..:D
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-27-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 714
Posted By leicapixie
It can be repaired, Gerry did a friends.. "Damage...

It can be repaired, Gerry did a friends..
"Damage due to a knock or fall.."
Wasn't that expensive a repair.
I thought it may have been faulty from manufacture!
Leica made 21 Elmarit a few years ago...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-27-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 444
Posted By leicapixie
Battery ought to be 6 volts. When fresh actually...

Battery ought to be 6 volts.
When fresh actually slightly more, but when older less..
Anything around 5.45 volts, no fire, no work.
The good thing no overexposed images..:D
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