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Forum: Photography General Interest 06-16-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,873
Posted By SteveM
Of the three I wouldn't hesitate to take the...

Of the three I wouldn't hesitate to take the Bronica. I’ve travelled extensively with mine as it is very compact for MF, and an advantage (at least for me) for travel is automatic exposure. However,...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 06-16-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,108
Posted By SteveM
I have that particular model and the space...

I have that particular model and the space between the lugs and the body through which the alligator clips pass is very narrow. A regular nylon strap, for example, is too thick. Same for typical...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-29-2018
Replies: 70
Views: 1,535
Posted By SteveM
For film, I've mostly been using an F2 with a...

For film, I've mostly been using an F2 with a 25-50 f4 zoom. I have much lighter film cameras but this combination is just so nice to use, and the zoom range is actually very versatile. It also makes...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-26-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 3,578
Posted By SteveM
There has been mention of f-stop backpacks. I...

There has been mention of f-stop backpacks. I have had a Guru for a few years now, bought on clearance when the line was being phased out for the new styles. It's a pity it's been replaced as it's a...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 10-27-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,847
Posted By SteveM
Like most tools, the Rollei 35 is best used in...

Like most tools, the Rollei 35 is best used in only a certain range of conditions. It is a compact mechanical jewel with a high quality lens that excels in daylight shooting. It is not a low light...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 03-27-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 2,338
Posted By SteveM
Ergonomics were modelled after a bar of soap...

Ergonomics were modelled after a bar of soap...
Forum: RFF Polls 11-14-2017
Replies: 40
Views: 1,954
Posted By SteveM
If I need something for a purpose, I research it...

If I need something for a purpose, I research it and buy relatively quickly. If I see something that triggers GAS, I wait, trying to convince myself that I don't really need it - and hope it sells...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-14-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 1,601
Posted By SteveM
Photography is just a hobby, so I've never been...

Photography is just a hobby, so I've never been faced with the extreme reliability requirement that photojournalists must have, and generally not had multiple bodies of anything. First SLR's were...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-04-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,213
Posted By SteveM
The projector is a Leitz Pradovit 153 IR and the...

The projector is a Leitz Pradovit 153 IR and the slide trays are Leica LKM 2 x 60 or 2 x 80 boxes. These tray boxes store slides more compactly than carousels. The top edge of each slide slot has a...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-03-2017
Replies: 839
Views: 330,530
Posted By SteveM
I don't have this lens, but did wonder what had...

I don't have this lens, but did wonder what had happened to its popularity. When I joined the forum several years ago this lens (first version then) was all the rage. This thread has had little...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-03-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,213
Posted By SteveM
I haven't shot slides for several years now, but...

I haven't shot slides for several years now, but I do have a projector and get my old slides out occasionally to show people. Since I need to access them quickly they are all pre-organized by subject...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 08-02-2017
Replies: 44
Views: 4,912
Posted By SteveM
One of my all-time favorite cameras. Had mine...

One of my all-time favorite cameras. Had mine since new from the early 80's making it the camera I've owned the longest. Many people complain about the fiddly dials, but with use they become...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 1,442
Posted By SteveM
This discussion reminds me of the "feature"...

This discussion reminds me of the "feature" comparisons that were made between Wordpefect and Word (for those who remember those days!). I read one opinion that pointed out why both were becoming...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-12-2017
Replies: 104
Views: 8,277
Posted By SteveM
645 is a definite step up in image capture...

645 is a definite step up in image capture quality and compared to larger formats the camera and lenses are quite portable. So yes, they do have a place, and if you have more than one M body and can...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2017
Replies: 131
Views: 10,276
Posted By SteveM
This thread is fun to read! Most fun: Nikon F2 -...

This thread is fun to read!

Most fun:
Nikon F2 - heavier and chunkier than my FM3a, but somehow way more fun
Rollei 35SE - fun for exactly the reaon others don't like it - so small and all those...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 03-12-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 2,208
Posted By SteveM
Phase detect autofocus also permits use of legacy...

Phase detect autofocus also permits use of legacy 4/3 lenses, which for some users (myself included) is a ncie benefit. I especially would like to use my 4/3 50mm f2 macro lens, and plan to upgrade...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2017
Replies: 9,109
Views: 896,506
Posted By SteveM
Nikon 45mm f2.8 P On my Nikon FM bodies this...

Nikon 45mm f2.8 P On my Nikon FM bodies this makes an extremely light and compact package. Had been thinking of this setup for some time but after using an Elmar 50 mm f3.5 collapsible on my M4-P...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 03-12-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 2,303
Posted By SteveM
After years of stagnation in 4/3 development this...

After years of stagnation in 4/3 development this is not suprising. The Olympus E-1 was my first serious DSLR. I got it because it was relatively compact and weathersealed body for use in wet dusty...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-31-2016
Replies: 33
Views: 4,306
Posted By SteveM
Agree with this comment. The 28 mm FOV is my...

Agree with this comment. The 28 mm FOV is my favourite and I have 3 lenses: M-Hexanon 28/2.8, Avenon 28/3.5 and Zeiss 28/2.8. In addition to cost they handle very differently, but I would say the...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-07-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,446
Posted By SteveM
I've heard the same as Spanik above. The serial...

I've heard the same as Spanik above. The serial number on my RF645 begins with 100 and the frameline is for the 100 mm lens. Haven't seen one for a long time, but they used to go for several hundred...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-03-2016
Replies: 42
Views: 4,189
Posted By SteveM
Several years ago when I was looking for a 90mm M...

Several years ago when I was looking for a 90mm M lens there was a lot of praise around for the Summicron-M pre-asph (E55), and now in this thread it has hardly received any attention. It was praised...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 03-18-2016
Replies: 2,231
Sticky: User Feedback
Views: 250,390
Posted By SteveM
Seller: coelacanth Purchased a 50mm f3.5 Elmar M...

Seller: coelacanth

Purchased a 50mm f3.5 Elmar M from Sug. Lens was pristine and packed to survive a soccer match. Was a pleasure dealing with Sug, and I appreciate his support of RFF members up...
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-29-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 2,989
Posted By SteveM
On the other hand, there is nothing plasticky...

On the other hand, there is nothing plasticky about the M. Zuiko Digital 50/2 macro lens. Manual focus-by-wire is possible but has a different feel than a manual focus lens, but it works fine. Some...
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-29-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 2,989
Posted By SteveM
I have a 50mm f2 Olympus Zuiko macro 4/3 lens for...

I have a 50mm f2 Olympus Zuiko macro 4/3 lens for my Olympus E1 that with an adaptor also works on m4/3. It is a superb lens as you will see from the numerous favourable reviews. It would be hard to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-28-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 1,306
Posted By SteveM
Those photos show how great the early FL lenses...

Those photos show how great the early FL lenses are. My first SLR was a Canon TL, introduced a few years after the FX. It had a 50mm f1.8 FL lens, and I remember the incredibly sharp images it gave....
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-01-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1,771
Posted By SteveM
Can't comment on the alignment adjustment, but...

Can't comment on the alignment adjustment, but then again it has never been a problem. Unlike others, I've found the RF645 to be quite rugged. I've traveled extensively with it and it has been very...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-20-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 3,731
Posted By SteveM
Great camera. Comments are made about the RF645...

Great camera. Comments are made about the RF645 "wheeze" because it's unusual, but as already pointed out, it's very subtle. It's far more apparent to the photographer, who's ear is right next to it,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-30-2015
Replies: 39
Views: 4,082
Posted By SteveM
Rodinal describes the Santiago arrival procedure...

Rodinal describes the Santiago arrival procedure well. The main purpose of the baggage AND carry-on scan is for agricultural screening. You aren't required to take off your coat etc. at that stage,...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-27-2013
Replies: 34
Views: 2,970
Posted By SteveM
Very interested in this thread. I saw the same...

Very interested in this thread. I saw the same auction that the OP was asking about, and being in Canada, would avoid the usual customs hassles for a Fleenor adjusted Rolleiflex. The price is in the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-07-2013
Replies: 9,109
Views: 896,506
Posted By SteveM
Nikkor-O 35/2, Ai'd I'd been thinking about a...

Nikkor-O 35/2, Ai'd

I'd been thinking about a 35/2 for some time and along came this version with beautiful chrome inner barrel and scalloped focus ring. Couldn't resist. Looks lovely on my black...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-01-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 2,029
Posted By SteveM
28mm is my favourite f/l, and I have the Zeiss...

28mm is my favourite f/l, and I have the Zeiss 28/2.8, Hexanon 28/2.8 and Avenon (Kobalux) 28/3.5. The Avenon is significantly more compact and the focus "knob" (not tab) makes it very easy to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-17-2013
Replies: 30
Views: 3,809
Posted By SteveM
28mm is my favourite focal length, and I have...

28mm is my favourite focal length, and I have three of these lenses: Zeiss 28/2.8, Hexanon 28/2.8 and the Avenon (Kobalux) 28/3.8. They all produce sharp images but handle differently. I'm getting to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-16-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 2,816
Posted By SteveM
I had a 35-105mm f/3.5 zoom for many years glued...

I had a 35-105mm f/3.5 zoom for many years glued to an A-1. For travel it covers the most useful range and I was very happy with the results (exclusively slides). At the wide end I added an FD 28mm...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-05-2013
Replies: 19
Views: 9,253
Posted By SteveM
I have an Ercona II and its Tessar lens is...

I have an Ercona II and its Tessar lens is capable of producing very sharp images. On 6x9, the resolution is stunning. In B+W, contrast is quite good, and this is based on a comparison with another...
Forum: Travel 05-23-2013
Replies: 43
Views: 3,543
Posted By SteveM
You make a good case for the GF1 and donít mind...

You make a good case for the GF1 and donít mind buying used Ė so why not the GF1? I still use one for travel and it has never let me down. It gets used in some harsh places for work too. I have the...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-09-2013
Replies: 19
Views: 1,565
Posted By SteveM
I’ve done a lot of bike touring with cameras and...

I’ve done a lot of bike touring with cameras and have a strong preference for a small shoulder bag. Rigid padded bags do tend to creep around from your back to the front and are a nuisance, but soft...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-25-2013
Replies: 92
Views: 5,503
Posted By SteveM
It's remarkable how similar this is to how I work...

It's remarkable how similar this is to how I work too - even the date is close (old fart here). Previously I shot slides in 35mm format and have many slide trays organized by subject/date for easy...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 04-23-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 2,738
Posted By SteveM
I handled the 1.4 a while back but bought the...

I handled the 1.4 a while back but bought the Hadley Pro instead. However, I almost bought a used but like-new 1.4 a few months ago as the Hadley is a tight squeeze for my MF gear. My recollection is...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 04-10-2013
Replies: 30
Views: 2,808
Posted By SteveM
This is what I use too. File synchronization...

This is what I use too. File synchronization software looks for incremental changes and once you've done the initial backup, which could take some time, subsequent backups are very fast. In...
Forum: Travel 04-08-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 1,283
Posted By SteveM
I lived there for a few years and have done...

I lived there for a few years and have done safaris in those areas. I agree with others about digital and zoom. You will get close to some game, but your zoom will likely be the most used lens. I had...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-08-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 2,039
Posted By SteveM
Pursuit of the final image is not my ultimate...

Pursuit of the final image is not my ultimate goal. Photography helps me to see the world more critically, to explore the relationships between its various parts. The slower paced manual process of...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-02-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1,512
Posted By SteveM
The only one on your list that I have experience...

The only one on your list that I have experience with is the Hadley Pro. After getting that and using it for a similar size kit as yours I don’t even think about using any other bag. I have the black...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-02-2013
Replies: 105
Views: 8,562
Posted By SteveM
For holiday travel my typical setup is a Bronica...

For holiday travel my typical setup is a Bronica RF645 with 45, 65 and sometimes the 100mm lens. The 45mm lens gets used the most (close to 28mm on 135). Like others, I don’t rely exclusively on MF....
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-01-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1,440
Posted By SteveM
Yes it's worth it. I have two Billingham bags,...

Yes it's worth it.

I have two Billingham bags, an older one with the neoprene pad, and a Hadley Pro with the new style pad. They both look great, matching the style of the bag, and since these bags...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-21-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 1,938
Posted By SteveM
I've accidentally pressed the release button on...

I've accidentally pressed the release button on my M4-P pulling it out of the camera bag too and luckily the lens hasn't rotated enough for it to fall off. It's easy to do without the protective...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-20-2013
Replies: 72
Views: 6,608
Posted By SteveM
Tripods are like lenses; itís nice to have more...

Tripods are like lenses; itís nice to have more than one. I use a monopod quite a bit when travelling as its very light and quick to set up, but clearly canít do all that a real tripod can. A short...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-09-2013
Replies: 45
Views: 2,965
Posted By SteveM
Other way around for me too. RFF brought me back...

Other way around for me too. RFF brought me back to film, and rangefinders, although like many here I also use digital.

Steve
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-09-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 2,505
Posted By SteveM
That's pretty much what I do too. I used to use...

That's pretty much what I do too. I used to use just a wrist strap, but a neck strap wrapped around my wrist is more versatile. A&A neck straps are quite short but seem built to be used this...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 02-28-2013
Replies: 201
Views: 21,129
Posted By SteveM
Recently I had some time to kill in Heathrow...

Recently I had some time to kill in Heathrow airport and one of the duty free shops had a large number of digital cameras to play with, including the Fuji X100, Xpro1, x-e1 and a many of big DSLR's &...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-28-2013
Replies: 42
Views: 4,077
Posted By SteveM
Both of my folders (Ercona II and Franka Solida...

Both of my folders (Ercona II and Franka Solida IIIe) were less than $200, and neither needed a CLA. The Franka Solida is a 6x6 and is quite a bit smaller than the Ercona, which is 6x9. Weight is not...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-28-2013
Replies: 99
Views: 7,939
Posted By SteveM
35mm for B&W only, 645 for B&W + slides. I use...

35mm for B&W only, 645 for B&W + slides. I use both formats regularly but find I like using medium format more these days.

Steve
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-04-2013
Replies: 9,109
Views: 896,506
Posted By SteveM
Gitzo GT3541LS tripod. Looking for a nice ball...

Gitzo GT3541LS tripod. Looking for a nice ball head now.

Steve
Forum: RFF Polls 01-04-2013
Replies: 157
Views: 12,172
Posted By SteveM
For digital I mainly use a Panasonic GF1 but...

For digital I mainly use a Panasonic GF1 but still occasionally use an old but trusty Olympus E1. Handling and images are superb although the pixel count is tiny by today's standards and high ISO...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-04-2013
Replies: 121
Views: 13,766
Posted By SteveM
Never really noticed the noise on my Canon A-1...

Never really noticed the noise on my Canon A-1 until I started using rangefinders, although winding was always a bit rough. With a recently purchased Nikon FM2n I couldn't believe the slap and recoil...
Forum: Travel 01-04-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 2,194
Posted By SteveM
I've concluded that you have to be prepared to...

I've concluded that you have to be prepared to have your film scanned regardless of any stated policy - it all depends on the particular individuals at security. It doesn't even seem to depend on how...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-28-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,344
Posted By SteveM
I've had this lens apart and agree that this is...

I've had this lens apart and agree that this is the most likely culprit. Re-greasing will not fix it. The small tongue that slides in the groove is held in place by the two tiny screws on the back...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-16-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 3,349
Posted By SteveM
What I use most is 21/28/50. Of those, 28 & 50...

What I use most is 21/28/50. Of those, 28 & 50 get the most use. Hardly ever use 90 or 35. I really like the 28mm framelines on the M4-P - my favourite FL.

Steve
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 07-23-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 3,910
Posted By SteveM
How large is your slide collection, and do you...

How large is your slide collection, and do you want to scan them all if you get rid of your projector? I have a huge number of 35mm slides all organized in trays, so wouldn’t consider getting rid of...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-17-2012
Replies: 38
Views: 7,451
Posted By SteveM
Completely agree with this. I have an Ercona II...

Completely agree with this. I have an Ercona II with Tessar lens. It is very sharp. Colour images tend to have a more pastel look than modern lenses, which I also like. I also have a Franka Solida...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-07-2012
Replies: 36
Views: 3,984
Posted By SteveM
You're not alone. I don't have a lot of cameras,...

You're not alone. I don't have a lot of cameras, but the ones I do are all quite different (rangefinder, SLR, different film formats) so not really comparable. I like them all.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-07-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 2,880
Posted By SteveM
Haven't seen the movie yet, but I'm interested to...

Haven't seen the movie yet, but I'm interested to hear how he defines "challenging". All guitars have their own acoustic personalities and cheap ones may have mechanical challenges such as high...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 05-22-2012
Replies: 52
Views: 5,989
Posted By SteveM
That's exactly the kit I use, but on a GF-1. I...

That's exactly the kit I use, but on a GF-1. I agree with Doug about the Pany 20mm, it's the lens that I use the most by far. The only caveat is that for general travel where lens changing is...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-20-2012
Replies: 55
Views: 6,507
Posted By SteveM
I still shoot slides for projection, but only in...

I still shoot slides for projection, but only in 120 now. I have a Leica Pradovit projector for 35mm slides, with many years worth of slides organized by trip or location. The trays for the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-19-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 3,470
Posted By SteveM
Some of my older lenses only focus to 1m but I've...

Some of my older lenses only focus to 1m but I've never found this limiting. On the other hand, the Olympus 50/2 macro (4/3 system) is one of my favourites because of the close focus. If a...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 04-19-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 5,070
Posted By SteveM
I had an opportunity to look through the...

I had an opportunity to look through the viewfinder of an Olympus XA the other day. It's squinty compared to the Rollei 35. I found the same with the Minox 35's - the Rollei is very good in...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-16-2012
Replies: 61
Views: 5,585
Posted By SteveM
I've only recently purchased a like-new Nikon...

I've only recently purchased a like-new Nikon FM2n, but seriously considered a Nikon F or F2. If the FM2n in such good condition hadn't come up, I would likely have bough one of the old classics -...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-15-2012
Replies: 9,109
Views: 896,506
Posted By SteveM
Mint Nikon FM2n with 50 mm 1.4 AiS Nikkor 24mm...

Mint Nikon FM2n with 50 mm 1.4 AiS
Nikkor 24mm 2.8 AiS - stuck in Canada Customs!
100 ft bulk Tri-X
Bulk film loader and cassettes, very cheap local sale

My last SLR was a Canon A1. The FM2n is so...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-14-2012
Replies: 25
Views: 2,408
Posted By SteveM
I can see the merits of having a second,...

I can see the merits of having a second, identical camera, but if I'm going to carry more than one camera it's usually something completely different. For example, medium format+ digital, MF + Rollie...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-05-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 2,853
Posted By SteveM
Never had that problem with mine, or heard about...

Never had that problem with mine, or heard about it before. The most common issue discussed is the winding mechanism weakness, which afflicts other MF cameras as well. From prices I’ve seen for...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-03-2012
Replies: 108
Views: 7,025
Posted By SteveM
I buy used but good quality older gear, only...

I buy used but good quality older gear, only based on need (that's the hardest part - will this really let me do something different or is it just GAS?), keep for a long time, look after it well. I...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-03-2012
Replies: 146
Views: 24,349
Posted By SteveM
I've pretty much settled on using a Billingham...

I've pretty much settled on using a Billingham Hadley Pro for all occasions. It is a bit tight for my Bronica RF645, but that prevents me from lugging too much around. It's perfect for a rangefinder...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-07-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 3,971
Posted By SteveM
The Hadley Pro will easily fit what you want and...

The Hadley Pro will easily fit what you want and maybe the Hadley Small too. I’ve got the Pro and having seen the A&A bag in a shop I think the Pro is the superior bag. Even the Pro is not a large...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-04-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 2,087
Posted By SteveM
For most of my B&W shooting I use a Leica M4-P...

For most of my B&W shooting I use a Leica M4-P with handheld meter to check lighting occasionally. The exposure latitude compensates for judgement errors okay, but I never use it for slides. That...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-18-2012
Replies: 51
Views: 4,828
Posted By SteveM
Interesting observation. I've always found it odd...

Interesting observation. I've always found it odd that these superb lenses haven't appreciated in the same way that Leica, Zeiss or Hexanon lenses have. I bought my 50/1.8 in near mint condition with...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-17-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 9,333
Posted By SteveM
I have the correct Canon metal hood but it is a...

I have the correct Canon metal hood but it is a screw clam-on design. I'm always afraid that it will drop off when I'm carrying it, so I bought a step-up ring to 43mm (same as some of my other...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-17-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 12,131
Posted By SteveM
I have a Franka Solida IIIe, which has an...

I have a Franka Solida IIIe, which has an uncoupled rangefinder, Schneider-Kreuznach Radionar 80/2.8 lens, with speeds from B to 1/300 sec. It is very compact, nice and easy to use. Like all folders,...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-16-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 4,889
Posted By SteveM
River Dog: great photo. It makes me want to get...

River Dog: great photo. It makes me want to get my Ercona II out again. I use it infrequently enough that establishing some system of opening/advancing is important for another reason: just so you...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-13-2012
Replies: 68
Views: 6,125
Posted By SteveM
21+28+50 works for me. Don't have a 24 or a 75....

21+28+50 works for me. Don't have a 24 or a 75. For travel, I always take a digital camera in addition to my one film body. For super light travel, I take only my Rollei 35SE.

Steve
Forum: Photo Software 01-06-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 3,421
Posted By SteveM
You've got some pretty good recommendations for...

You've got some pretty good recommendations for Lightroom/Bridge. I use them, but its interesting that you mentioned ThumbsPlus. It doesn't come up that often. I've been using it for over a decade...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-04-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 1,761
Posted By SteveM
Comparing similar cameras, a better viewfinder is...

Comparing similar cameras, a better viewfinder is always a plus. I like having aperture and shutter speed that many SLR viewfinders show, but the clean mechanical Leica view works fine too. The...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-10-2011
Replies: 58
Views: 5,624
Posted By SteveM
If I'm just going out for a walk and take a...

If I'm just going out for a walk and take a camera along for some photography, I've realized that I'll almost never have the *right* camera/lens/whatever combination for that perfect shot (framing,...
Forum: RFF Polls 11-02-2011
Replies: 58
Views: 5,831
Posted By SteveM
6x4.5 is seriously lagging the other formats so...

6x4.5 is seriously lagging the other formats so I'm casting my vote there to give it a boost. My preference is for rectangular formats, and 645 gives me that in a compact portable package. Next...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-25-2011
Replies: 116
Views: 14,246
Posted By SteveM
Light falloff Shutter lag (we're talking...

Light falloff
Shutter lag (we're talking milliseconds here)
GAS!
Silver vs black bodies
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-25-2011
Replies: 9,109
Views: 896,506
Posted By SteveM
Bought an Avenon 28mm f3.5 ltm lens from the...

Bought an Avenon 28mm f3.5 ltm lens from the classifieds here. I have the 28mm f2.8 Hexanon, which I really like, but the Avenon will make a very compact camera/body kit. Must get around to selling...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-06-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 2,875
Posted By SteveM
I never use the external finder for the 45mm...

I never use the external finder for the 45mm lens. It only frames, doesn't move with focus, and is huge. The entire viewfinder is pretty close, and I've found it good enough. I have all 3 lenses and...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-06-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 2,875
Posted By SteveM
My Bronica was bought used, in mint condition, in...

My Bronica was bought used, in mint condition, in 2006. This year it developed a minor rough spot on the film advance. Knowing of Tamron's support deadline (this month?) I sent it for repair ($190)....
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-02-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 1,193
Posted By SteveM
Try Tamron, in Commack NY. I've just had mine...

Try Tamron, in Commack NY. I've just had mine serviced by them, and they were very helpful and efficient. I think their official support for the camera expires soon though.

On some cameras the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-29-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 1,719
Posted By SteveM
M4-P: my first and only Leica M. Haven't seen any...

M4-P: my first and only Leica M. Haven't seen any reason to change. You're going to enjoy yours.

Steve
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-25-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,624
Posted By SteveM
Have to agree: great combination, and...

Have to agree: great combination, and particularly the lens. I have a Hex 50 and liked it so much that I also bought the Hex 28mm. Love the ergonomics and look. You can't go wrong with the Mamiya 7...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-25-2011
Replies: 71
Views: 7,013
Posted By SteveM
Although not your main question it's related:...

Although not your main question it's related: don't give up on projection of 6x6. Slides are my main film for colour and I project both 35mm and 645 - the latter using a Leitz Prado Universal. They...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-17-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,957
Posted By SteveM
Saw the same photo and wondered about that too....

Saw the same photo and wondered about that too. Looked like a Leica MP Black Paint. No red dot, knob wind. A real contrast to those big zooms.

Steve
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-17-2011
Replies: 18
Views: 2,414
Posted By SteveM
A grip is something you need to try. Until...

A grip is something you need to try. Until recently I used a Leica grip on my M4-P and found it better than a bare camera. I tried it with a wrist strap and that combo worked well. The grip let me...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-17-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 5,068
Posted By SteveM
Oh, one more thing that might help. The helical...

Oh, one more thing that might help. The helical on my lens were pretty tight so before I took it apart I dabbed small amounts of naptha into the threads. With a bit of working around this loosened...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-17-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 5,068
Posted By SteveM
It was relatively tight on mine, and it was not...

It was relatively tight on mine, and it was not easy to get the wrench tips into the slots of the retaining ring. I pushed the tips in at the same time as rotating, holding ring in one hand, wrench...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-15-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 5,068
Posted By SteveM
John, thanks for the info. The 1.8 helical seems...

John, thanks for the info. The 1.8 helical seems to be held in place a little differently than the 1.4. However, using the theory that if you stare at something long enough you begin to see things...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-15-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 5,068
Posted By SteveM
Canon 50mm f1.4 ltm disassembly

I've found and followed some instructions for cleaning the Canon 50mm f1.4 ltm lens, and initial disassembly is quite easy. However, the main part I want to clean and re-lube is the focus helical....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-23-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 2,041
Posted By SteveM
I have one for my M4-P. It looks and feels great....

I have one for my M4-P. It looks and feels great. Fit is snug all around and the quality of the leather and lining are excellent. I use the cut-out to hold the end of the film box as a reminder....
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-23-2011
Replies: 37
Views: 10,861
Posted By SteveM
Agree with this. I have a Fujifilm 4x loupe, one...

Agree with this. I have a Fujifilm 4x loupe, one with a sliding skirt, bought perhaps 4 years or so ago for around $60-70 and it works well. Remember that you are only inspecting negatives, maybe...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-04-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1,349
Posted By SteveM
The Hadley Pro is my main walkabout bag for a...

The Hadley Pro is my main walkabout bag for a similar size kit. I especially like the handle on top, lack of zips, tight fitting hinged padded internal flap and main flap, and that it's waterproof....
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-31-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,269
Posted By SteveM
That's what I use too. A monopod doesn't need the...

That's what I use too. A monopod doesn't need the freedom, complexity, cost, bulk, and added weight of a ball head. Just rotate the monopod. I much prefer the single axis movement of the tilt/swivel...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-28-2011
Replies: 22
Views: 2,354
Posted By SteveM
They are really nice shots. For a bag with such a...

They are really nice shots. For a bag with such a strong personality it's nice to see it in colour.

Steve
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 03-24-2011
Replies: 59
Views: 11,192
Posted By SteveM
When I travel, space and weight are major...

When I travel, space and weight are major considerations, and also time - there's not always much of it, and I know I'll be in a variety of conditions (inside, outside, light, dark..). I used to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-24-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 6,839
Posted By SteveM
In my walk around bag: 21/28/50 ZM 28/2.8 was my...

In my walk around bag: 21/28/50

ZM 28/2.8 was my first M lens, but I have recently bought a 28 Hex which I now prefer.

Steve
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-13-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 7,684
Posted By SteveM
It depends mostly on what I'm shooting and with...

It depends mostly on what I'm shooting and with which rangefinder. I use my Leica as a light carry around camera for more spontaneous photos and situations that don't suit tripod setup. Fast lenses...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-06-2011
Replies: 69
Views: 10,202
Posted By SteveM
The first folder I purchased, an Ercona II (6x9...

The first folder I purchased, an Ercona II (6x9 no rangefinder) was from ebay, from a chap in the UK. The photos of the camera in the ad looked fine and the price was low. It turned out to be a...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-25-2011
Replies: 30
Views: 5,166
Posted By SteveM
Same here, when I need a bit more stability I...

Same here, when I need a bit more stability I turn to my Gitzo monopod. Light, and can be surprisingly rigid if braced on something, easy to carry. For heavier duty I use a Manfrotto 055ProB; heavy...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-22-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 1,272
Posted By SteveM
The meter on the camera is next to the...

The meter on the camera is next to the viewfinder, so it isn't affected by the filter and you have to use the compensation dial on the back. The filter factors are usually shown on the filters, for...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 02-21-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 6,494
Posted By SteveM
I've used my 35 SE mainly for slide film and the...

I've used my 35 SE mainly for slide film and the meter has never let me down. Since daylight shooting is my mainstay, it's never been a problem. However, you're right about the low light sensitivity...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-18-2011
Replies: 50
Views: 5,049
Posted By SteveM
Jan has already mentioned Freeman Patterson. I...

Jan has already mentioned Freeman Patterson. I have a number of his wonderful books, but also an anecdote from many years ago. I was on a plane to the maritimes and the chap sitting next to me turned...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-19-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,397
Posted By SteveM
When I use slide film in 120 format it is...

When I use slide film in 120 format it is generally for use with my Bronica RF645, for which I have all 3 lenses. This is a limited range compared to what many people have available for their Leica...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-17-2011
Replies: 52
Views: 6,865
Posted By SteveM
I can recommend from my own travel experience...

I can recommend from my own travel experience that the Bronica RF645 makes a wonderful travel camera. A large negative is great on a light table, but realistically, how large will you print? If you...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-15-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,397
Posted By SteveM
There are lots of factors. I don't shoot slide...

There are lots of factors. I don't shoot slide film in 35mm, but using 120 slide film, lighting and film type also have a significant effect on contrast. For example, I like Velvia in more subdued...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-14-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 1,287
Posted By SteveM
I bought mine on ebay a few years ago for around...

I bought mine on ebay a few years ago for around $120. They don't come up very often and I'm not current on pricing. The flash window has portrait orientation, works on program & aperture priority...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-24-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,782
Posted By SteveM
Also recommend the Vivitar 2800. Bounce is very...

Also recommend the Vivitar 2800. Bounce is very useful and it's a nice compact unit. On larger cameras I prefer the Vivitar 283 for its higher power (it will light up a room) and more aperture...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-24-2010
Replies: 80
Views: 6,231
Posted By SteveM
Bronica RF 645. So easy to use, stunning...

Bronica RF 645. So easy to use, stunning negatives.

Although I don't use it as much, I'm constantly impressed with the quality of images that the old Ercona II 6x9 folder produces.

Steve
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-23-2010
Replies: 323
Views: 25,803
Posted By SteveM
Minox 35 GL: completely unreliable shutter. Great...

Minox 35 GL: completely unreliable shutter. Great pocketable camera, but that's irrelevant if it doesn't work.

Was dissappointed that the Olympus E-P2 wouldn't work in very low light. It doesn't...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-22-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 3,453
Posted By SteveM
Same as the OP: 645, but I also like 35mm & 6x9 a...

Same as the OP: 645, but I also like 35mm & 6x9 a lot. Can't get the hang of 6x6 and even 6x7 looks too squarish. Too many years of composing with rectangles.

Steve
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-21-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,197
Posted By SteveM
I've had mine for a few years now and it's by far...

I've had mine for a few years now and it's by far my favourite camera. I've not had the winder problem, but in regular film advance the stroke is quite light, very little resistance. Before buying...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-13-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 5,470
Posted By SteveM
The choice depends on what you already have and...

The choice depends on what you already have and whether you need the speed. Before I made this choice I had a 28mm Zeiss. Since I didn't know how much I would use a 21mm lens I got the CV 21P....
Forum: RFF Polls 12-11-2010
Replies: 86
Views: 10,311
Posted By SteveM
About 50/50. This doesn't seem to be biased by...

About 50/50. This doesn't seem to be biased by camera (Leica viewfinder is landscape, Bronica portrait), but if I were to pick any trend it would be that my people shots tend to be more vertical. I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-04-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 2,642
Posted By SteveM
The pre-ASPH 90/2 is the only Leica lens I own,...

The pre-ASPH 90/2 is the only Leica lens I own, and as others have mentioned, it is an outstanding lens. It is very sharp stopped down a little, but open, it is wonderful for portraits; smooth but...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 12-03-2010
Replies: 43
Views: 8,426
Posted By SteveM
Another vote for the Bronica RF645. It is...

Another vote for the Bronica RF645. It is relatively compact and handles like a smaller camera due to its wonderful ergonomics. Nothing beats folders for MF compactness, but if you are used to an M6...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-21-2010
Replies: 31
Views: 3,525
Posted By SteveM
I've had one since new in the early 90's. It's...

I've had one since new in the early 90's. It's easy to use, but like all P&S cameras, focus and exposure can be fooled. Regrettably, the zoom motor has packed in and it's not worth repairing, so it's...
Forum: Travel 11-11-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 3,255
Posted By SteveM
For international travel, unless you are going on...

For international travel, unless you are going on a dedicated photo trip, lighter equipment is always better. If you plan on taking lots of photos, 35mm has the advantage in shots per roll and less...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-09-2010
Replies: 31
Views: 2,626
Posted By SteveM
He called me today about my lens to discuss...

He called me today about my lens to discuss servicing options & costs and I only shipped it to him yesterday. It's probably a very good time to contact him. Initially I sent him an e-mail...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-09-2010
Replies: 31
Views: 2,626
Posted By SteveM
I've just had a lens re-lubed by David Yau (David...

I've just had a lens re-lubed by David Yau (David Yau's Camera Service) in Toronto. Turnaround? 1 day!! He previously did CLA work on my M4-P and Rollei 35SE, both quickly and at reasonable cost....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-22-2010
Replies: 127
Views: 10,056
Posted By SteveM
Zeiss ZM 28mm f2.8. It had a little play in the...

Zeiss ZM 28mm f2.8. It had a little play in the focus ring. For such an expensive lens I expected better build quality. Many others have reported on the "wobble" with Zeiss lenses and will avoid them...
Forum: RFF Polls 10-15-2010
Replies: 183
Views: 20,021
Posted By SteveM
Lamy fountain pen whenever possible, but you...

Lamy fountain pen whenever possible, but you can't get by without a roller as well. Mechanical pencil completes the trio.

Steve
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 10-15-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 4,026
Posted By SteveM
I've had a Rollei 35SE with the Sonnar lens since...

I've had a Rollei 35SE with the Sonnar lens since new in '82, and have used it mainly for slides. It is very sharp, great colour contrast, and a first rate lens. Briefly I had a Minox 35GL but only...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 08-21-2010
Replies: 415
Views: 69,889
Posted By SteveM
You've picked a great camera to do this with....

You've picked a great camera to do this with. I've had my Rollei 35 since the early '80's and it has never let me down. Mostly I used it for slides and the meter was always accurate enough. It was...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-21-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 11,558
Posted By SteveM
When I upgraded from an old lightmeter I went...

When I upgraded from an old lightmeter I went with the L-308S and I'm very happy with it. Like you I don't shoot in very low light but it is nice to know that the meter is accurate in the low light...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-01-2010
Replies: 122
Views: 9,348
Posted By SteveM
About your Canon EF: For many years I used Canon...

About your Canon EF: For many years I used Canon FD series cameras & lenses (TL, then A1) and had always thought the F1 would be great to use. Just before getting out of the whole system I did handle...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-01-2010
Replies: 48
Views: 5,397
Posted By SteveM
A few years ago I sold all of my Canon FD gear,...

A few years ago I sold all of my Canon FD gear, which included an A1, a few primes, and a few zooms. The lenses were indeed great, but I always found the A1 plasticky. Film advance was like grinding...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-30-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,339
Posted By SteveM
My Ercona II (6x9) was advertised along with some...

My Ercona II (6x9) was advertised along with some beautiful landscape IR photos that had been taken with it. They looked great, no fogging. When I received it, the seller had included a piece of dark...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-30-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 6,018
Posted By SteveM
Of the films you mention I've mostly used Velvia...

Of the films you mention I've mostly used Velvia (with my Bronica RF645) and find that it is so saturated that I don't really need to use a polarizing filter to get those deep blue skies. With a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-21-2010
Replies: 43
Views: 4,711
Posted By SteveM
I arrived at having 28mm and 35mm lenses from the...

I arrived at having 28mm and 35mm lenses from the opposite direction. A ZM 28/2.8 was my first M lens, then came a 50, 90, 21 and most recently a 35/1.7. The 28 and 35mm lenses are close and I seldom...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 07-16-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 5,021
Posted By SteveM
I recently bought a Hadley Pro, but it was for my...

I recently bought a Hadley Pro, but it was for my Leica kit. However, in the shop I had narrowed the choice down to it and the Billingham f1.4 that you mention. It's a nice bag and would have fit my...
Forum: Travel 05-29-2010
Replies: 46
Views: 3,558
Posted By SteveM
I have done a great deal of photography in...

I have done a great deal of photography in underground mines, although not in coal mines. The last time I was in a coal mine, photography was not possible (pre-digital era) because as noted by...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-28-2010
Replies: 31
Views: 3,173
Posted By SteveM
Whenever I shoot in colour it is always in slide...

Whenever I shoot in colour it is always in slide film. It's not for workflow reasons, as Juan mentioned too - but for projection. The beautiful saturated colours from Velvia or Provia are just...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 05-28-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 4,965
Posted By SteveM
A short while ago I purchased an Olympus EP-2,...

A short while ago I purchased an Olympus EP-2, which in terms of low-light performance should be the same as the EP-1. I also bought the FL-36 flash. A major need was being able to take photos in...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-26-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 4,485
Posted By SteveM
I have a complete Bronica RF 645 kit including...

I have a complete Bronica RF 645 kit including the somewhat elusive 100mm/4.5 lens. There has been quite a bit of discussion about this camera on RFF and elsewhere, mostly very positive. Can't...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-11-2010
Replies: 230
Views: 12,289
Posted By SteveM
Same here. Having travelled and lived in...

Same here. Having travelled and lived in different cultures I've learned that speaking out can lead to misunderstandings and one has to listen carefully before making judgements. RFF is a global...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-04-2010
Replies: 41
Views: 17,620
Posted By SteveM
I couldn't get the Microtek scanning software to...

I couldn't get the Microtek scanning software to work either, but the scanner (M1) came with Silverfast and it works very nicely. As noted above, do a prescan, then it is possible to click the corner...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-04-2010
Replies: 157
Views: 22,364
Posted By SteveM
Before I bough my first Leica, I read widely...

Before I bough my first Leica, I read widely about the various models and the one least liked was the M4-2. It's steel gears were said to lack the smoothness of brass gears in the M4 before it, but...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 04-03-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 3,241
Posted By SteveM
Same here; well said. Visualization is the first...

Same here; well said.

Visualization is the first step - to notice something interesting, whether it be shapes, events, light, textures etc. This step helps in deciding on lens, DOF. Then comes...
Forum: RFF Polls 04-03-2010
Replies: 154
Views: 31,812
Posted By SteveM
Space is always at a premium when travelling, and...

Space is always at a premium when travelling, and of course, simplicity through airports helps. That being said, I always take a digital camera (previously DSLR, now the GF-1), and if space permits,...
Forum: RFF Polls 04-03-2010
Replies: 150
Views: 19,094
Posted By SteveM
Tri-X HP5 Delta 100 Delta 400 All in 120 and...

Tri-X
HP5
Delta 100
Delta 400

All in 120 and 135 formats.

Steve
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-03-2010
Replies: 76
Views: 9,635
Posted By SteveM
Fuji Velvia or Provia, for slides in medium...

Fuji Velvia or Provia, for slides in medium format. Scanned, then mounted for projection. Less used are Astia, Portra 400NC, and some remaining rolls of Agfa Optima 100.

Steve
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-14-2010
Replies: 18
Views: 2,017
Posted By SteveM
I've had my RF645 for a few years now and it's...

I've had my RF645 for a few years now and it's been completely reliable. The build quality is very good, batteries last for ever, and handling is so good that you forget you are shooting MF....
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-03-2010
Replies: 57
Views: 4,215
Posted By SteveM
This is what I do, or even keep both in the bag...

This is what I do, or even keep both in the bag with wrist straps for quick access. I don't like cameras swinging around on neck straps.

Steve
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-03-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 1,473
Posted By SteveM
I've never owned an M7, but if I were to buy...

I've never owned an M7, but if I were to buy another Leica that's probably the one I would buy, and I wouldn't be worrying about the electronics. Sold my Canon A1 after 20 years and it still worked...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-27-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 2,585
Posted By SteveM
I use an old plastic Leica 21mm finder (see Ken...

I use an old plastic Leica 21mm finder (see Ken Rockwell's review and comparison with other finders here (http://www.kenrockwell.com/leica/21mm-finders.htm). The only other finder I have is for a...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-29-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 6,627
Posted By SteveM
I have and like using the Sekonic L-308s. Small,...

I have and like using the Sekonic L-308s. Small, light, uses a single AA battery that lasts a very long time, simple and easy to use. I use it mostly in incident mode and as mentioned already, the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-19-2009
Replies: 81
Views: 5,774
Posted By SteveM
Also only as a thought experiment: Bronica...

Also only as a thought experiment:

Bronica RF645 & 45mm f/4
Tri-X
HC-110

Definitely MF over 35mm, and this package is still fairly compact, but has some room for cropping if required.

Steve
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 11-15-2009
Replies: 48
Views: 16,385
Posted By SteveM
I've had my Rollei 35 SE since new in 1984 and...

I've had my Rollei 35 SE since new in 1984 and it's never let me down. The light meter has been accurate enough for slides, and the portability make it an easy camera to take anywhere. I guess it's...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-31-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 2,050
Posted By SteveM
I can also report very positive results from...

I can also report very positive results from David Yau in Toronto. He did a CLA and repairs on my M4-P and Rollei 35. Turnaround was good and cost was very reasonable

Steve
Forum: RFF Polls 10-14-2009
Replies: 54
Views: 5,508
Posted By SteveM
Grip. For many years, I used a Canon A1 which...

Grip.

For many years, I used a Canon A1 which had a finger grip. Then a few years ago I moved to a Bronica RF645, which has a built-in grip. Like others have said, an M with wrist strap and grip go...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-03-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 2,276
Posted By SteveM
There's not much risk in experimenting or having...

There's not much risk in experimenting or having some GAS fun with relatively low cost items - like the $100 Mamiya. For seriously expensive gear, more planning is required.

Steve
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 10-03-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,510
Posted By SteveM
I use an old arm surplus bag that has no padding...

I use an old arm surplus bag that has no padding but it does have some cloth dividers that help to keep some internal order. The camera resides in one divider and lenses in another. I keep most...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 09-25-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 1,657
Posted By SteveM
Like you, I have a Manfrotto 055 pro. Nice and...

Like you, I have a Manfrotto 055 pro. Nice and solid, but heavy enough that I would never consider taking it on a walk. When I've needed more stability on the move, in early morning or evening light,...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 08-28-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 4,852
Posted By SteveM
The Bronica rf645 is my favourite camera by far....

The Bronica rf645 is my favourite camera by far. Ergonomics are great making it fast in use, and it's very compact for MF. I only have the standard and wide (45mm) lenses. You can read how sharp they...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 08-03-2009
Replies: 67
Views: 5,254
Posted By SteveM
Rollei 35SE. Not the fanciest of my cameras, but...

Rollei 35SE. Not the fanciest of my cameras, but it's been with me since new in 1983. A reliable old friend.

Steve
Forum: Optics Theory - 05-22-2009
Replies: 49
Views: 4,533
Posted By SteveM
For years I've been using a Rollei 35 which has a...

For years I've been using a Rollei 35 which has a 40/2.8 Sonnar lens. I then tried a Minox 35 and found the 35mm lens too wide for normal use. It's probably a result of seeing the world through a...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-08-2009
Replies: 61
Views: 4,788
Posted By SteveM
I've switched to carrying my camera in a small...

I've switched to carrying my camera in a small bag, not around my neck, and I'm finding the conventional neck strap interferes with getting the camera in and out of the bag. Right now I'm in the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-02-2009
Replies: 89
Views: 5,132
Posted By SteveM
That's how I travel too. One "serious" camera and...

That's how I travel too. One "serious" camera and a smaller one. The serious camera is normally the Bronica RF645 with normal and wide lenses (so I would vote taking the extra lens), but I've...
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-01-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 1,343
Posted By SteveM
It sounds like this may be a design issue as...

It sounds like this may be a design issue as opposed to a usage-related "problem". Based on your replies, maybe I should keep this lens; at least until I shoot a roll and see what the results are...
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-01-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 1,343
Posted By SteveM
Yet, it is the E55 with integrated hood, serial...

Yet, it is the E55 with integrated hood, serial number 3366... indicates a 1985 sample. Lens is in excellent shape otherwise, so wear is hard to believe as the cause. Looking inside, the aperture...
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-01-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 1,343
Posted By SteveM
Apperture ring wiggle - how normal?

I've just received a Summicron 90/2 pre-asph, in overall excellent condition. However, the aperture ring has a slight wiggle, enough to make a metallic "clinking" sound when rocked back and forth....
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-28-2009
Replies: 51
Views: 9,768
Posted By SteveM
I use the same tripod, but with a 488RC2 head....

I use the same tripod, but with a 488RC2 head. Not the lightest for carrying around, but solid. Also use it only for MF, and usually only in low light.

For travel I take a Gitzo carbon fiber...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-28-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 1,926
Posted By SteveM
Don't completely discount the L308s. I bought one...

Don't completely discount the L308s. I bought one a few months ago after looking at others. It's strengths are that it does both incident and reflective by simply sliding the dome over or off of the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-05-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 1,792
Posted By SteveM
I had an A-1 for almost 30 years and as an AE...

I had an A-1 for almost 30 years and as an AE camera it is excellent. Compared to your F-1 it will feel significantly lighter and not as rugged, and it is more compact. I liked the LED readout of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-29-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 1,227
Posted By SteveM
LTM adapter and distance scale alignment

I've installed a brand new vc 50/75 ltm to m adapter onto a Canon 50/1.8 lens. This mounts with the normal "click" on the camera body (M4-P) and brings up the correct framelines. However, the...
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