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Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 2 Days Ago
Replies: 562
Views: 29,381
Posted By jonmanjiro
Putting on my moderator hat here... "the maker"...

Putting on my moderator hat here... "the maker" stated "they are just making lenses" and "they don't really want to get involved in any unpredictable issues". Let's just leave it at that, ok. RFF is...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 2 Days Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 544
Posted By jonmanjiro
All those + symbols remind me of the ♪ & ♫...

All those + symbols remind me of the ♪ & ♫ musical note symbols some Yahoo Japan auctions sellers use. It seems to be a pretty good indication of a less than scrupulous seller. I'd steer well clear.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Days Ago
Replies: 562
Views: 29,381
Posted By jonmanjiro
The unevenly spaced aperture scale reminds me of...

The unevenly spaced aperture scale reminds me of MS Optics lenses. Since MS Optics lenses don't have aperture click stops, can we assume that this lens doesn't have click stops either???
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 1 Week Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 3,910
Posted By jonmanjiro
Semrich and Telenous too (though Alkis does drop...

Semrich and Telenous too (though Alkis does drop in every now and then).
Forum: Travel 10-05-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,333
Posted By jonmanjiro
"There" wouldn't happen to be Turkmenistan,...

"There" wouldn't happen to be Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan (from this post (https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2916009#post2916009))? Lovely...
Forum: Travel 10-04-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 385
Posted By jonmanjiro
Great idea. Definitely try the dog! When in Rome,...

Great idea. Definitely try the dog! When in Rome, and all that! Kinda like trying whale in Japan ;)

Reminds me of the new ice cream flavour in Quito, Equador - guinea pig!!
...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-17-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,366
Posted By jonmanjiro
Was the OP outright called a troll by multiple...

Was the OP outright called a troll by multiple posters multiple times on the other forums he posted on? (Genuine question as I haven’t checked)

Edit: Well, I went back and found the deleted thread...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 09-05-2019
Replies: 219
Views: 12,069
Posted By jonmanjiro
So sorry to hear your news Helen. I cannot...

So sorry to hear your news Helen. I cannot imagine what you must be going through now and have no idea what I could say that would offer any consolation. Just... stay strong, for you and for Eric....
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 08-15-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 653
Posted By jonmanjiro
For a lens, sure. But not necessarily with the...

For a lens, sure. But not necessarily with the rangefinder itself. I remember being surprised how far away I had to focus with my Zeiss Ikon (modern M mount version) to get the focus patch to line up...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 08-01-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 2,734
Posted By jonmanjiro
I think my translation is closer to the original...

I think my translation is closer to the original Japanese (which I'm pretty sure included the phrase "ライカなどのクラシックカメラ"). Yes, Leica is directly mentioned, but its just a qualifier that modifies...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 07-20-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 2,291
Posted By jonmanjiro
Nikon started using multi-coating from March...

Nikon started using multi-coating from March 1971. They weren't making rangefinder Nikkors by then.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 07-19-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 2,291
Posted By jonmanjiro
From the user perspective, no. All rangefinder...

From the user perspective, no. All rangefinder Nikkor 50/1.4s with the engraving "5cm" are Sonnars and render essentially the same. That said, multiple minor design tweaks to the optics (and barrel...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 07-14-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 2,734
Posted By jonmanjiro
Semantics man, semantics! Classic cameras...

Semantics man, semantics! Classic cameras including (but not limited to) Leica. The early to mid 1990s was the peak of the bubble in Japan, and all the guys in their 40s and 50s who were feeling rich...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 07-13-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 2,734
Posted By jonmanjiro
Meh, I like my translation better ;) ...

Meh, I like my translation better ;)

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B_oUjwaUSmQ0MTNiNmMzZGQtMjYyOS00OGQyLWE1MGQtNjFhNGIzZGQwZWQ2?hl=en
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-06-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 17,313
Posted By jonmanjiro
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48211800526_02...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48211800526_020d0eb11a_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2gsj5C7)
Cinestill 800 (https://flic.kr/p/2gsj5C7) by Jon (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonmanjiro/), on...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-04-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,482
Posted By jonmanjiro
No worries Peter. I actually mentioned Jōdo-ji in...

No worries Peter. I actually mentioned Jōdo-ji in a subsequent post (here (https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2889771&postcount=44)) in the recent thread here...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-03-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,482
Posted By jonmanjiro
That’s the scene I thought you were referring to....

That’s the scene I thought you were referring to. Seikenji is indeed similarly located near the train line, but the temple that appears on the hill in the opening scene of Tokyo Story is Jōdo-ji...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-03-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,482
Posted By jonmanjiro
Slight correction if I may, Peter. The opening...

Slight correction if I may, Peter. The opening scenes of Tokyo Story are all of Onomichi. There a several fan websites (albeit in Japanese) that cover this in detail.
Forum: Nikon RF 06-30-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,424
Posted By jonmanjiro
The 50 Skopar is an "S" lens (meaning Nikon...

The 50 Skopar is an "S" lens (meaning Nikon S-mount), unlike the 35mm and wider lenses in the range which are "SC" lenses (meaning they're designed as S-mount but you won't see the focus error when...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-27-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,234
Posted By jonmanjiro
Not sure why you are even wasting your time...

Not sure why you are even wasting your time communicating with the seller. Just file a "not as described" claim with eBay and be done with it. eBay will do all the hard work for you.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-25-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 1,315
Posted By jonmanjiro
I posted a couple in this thread below, Doug....

I posted a couple in this thread below, Doug. Only had a few minutes to play with the lens so don’t have much to show for...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-25-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 1,315
Posted By jonmanjiro
The silver version I tried out at CP+ was...

The silver version I tried out at CP+ was anodized.
Forum: Nikon RF 06-23-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,424
Posted By jonmanjiro
Voigtlander 50mm f/2.5 S Mount

These are Shintaros lenses (and his photo). I think the adapter may have been mine originally, and I sold it to Gabor, who later sold it to Shintaro, but it is all so long ago that the details are...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-23-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,424
Posted By jonmanjiro
Its one of Amedeo's early S>LTM adapters, and the...

Its one of Amedeo's early S>LTM adapters, and the lens is filed down, exactly like the other lenses. If you don't file down the lens, the rear metal shroud collides with the focus cam on a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-23-2019
Replies: 466
Views: 97,246
Posted By jonmanjiro
Summaron 35/2.8 convertible mount on Leica...

Summaron 35/2.8 convertible mount on Leica M-A

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48102508916_35abf8fdcb_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2ghDW31)
Red (https://flic.kr/p/2ghDW31) by Jon...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-21-2019
Replies: 436
Views: 83,616
Posted By jonmanjiro
Nice mod indeed. I'd be interested to learn the...

Nice mod indeed. I'd be interested to learn the answer to this question too!
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-21-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 666
Posted By jonmanjiro
Sure they can. How would you know what they...

Sure they can. How would you know what they actually do to your camera when they have it apart in their workshop?
Forum: Nikon RF 06-19-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,424
Posted By jonmanjiro
Yep, the S-mount Skopar won't work on a Amedeo...

Yep, the S-mount Skopar won't work on a Amedeo adapter unless you trim the metal shroud on the rear of the lens.

Like this:
https://live.staticflickr.com/5256/5558749898_008979224b_b.jpg...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-19-2019
Replies: 54
Views: 4,096
Posted By jonmanjiro
Sales in Japan start in July, and Map Camera has...

Sales in Japan start in July, and Map Camera has priced it at 109,350 yen.

https://www.mapcamera.com/item/4530076132382

https://www.mapcamera.com/item/4530076132375
Forum: Digital Compacts 06-17-2019
Replies: 1,198
Views: 245,101
Posted By jonmanjiro
Nice photos. But, please don't hog our...

Nice photos.

But, please don't hog our bandwidth and instead link 1024 pixel wide images rather than the 6000 pixel by 4000 pixel originals you're posting now!

After the full image file is...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-10-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 1,961
Posted By jonmanjiro
Totally agree on this point. Some users have...

Totally agree on this point. Some users have posted about shooting a 35mm lens on an S2 sans external finder and just scanning around the finder to frame 35mm, but I think the S2 is not even close to...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-10-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 1,961
Posted By jonmanjiro
I think Corran must have skipped his morning...

I think Corran must have skipped his morning coffee here or he’s thinking about focusing with the little focus wheel, because the aperture mechanism does rotate on all S-Mount lenses when focusing....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-08-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,694
Posted By jonmanjiro
Save yourself the angst, and use a round hood?...

Save yourself the angst, and use a round hood? Either the 12504 or 12585 (or cheap knockoff) should work with your lens.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-07-2019
Replies: 169
Views: 6,348
Posted By jonmanjiro
Thanks for the reply, Rich! Next time you go by...

Thanks for the reply, Rich! Next time you go by the shops, could you check the current film situation, especially of ISO400 color neg film, and let us know?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-06-2019
Replies: 169
Views: 6,348
Posted By jonmanjiro
Rich, hello! Are you out there?

Rich, hello! Are you out there?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-06-2019
Replies: 169
Views: 6,348
Posted By jonmanjiro
Will, if I find any Iíll definitely grab you a...

Will, if I find any Iíll definitely grab you a pack! Got a feeling it would be all gone by now though.:o
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-06-2019
Replies: 169
Views: 6,348
Posted By jonmanjiro
Rich, just to confirm, the 12 packs at 4300 yen...

Rich, just to confirm, the 12 packs at 4300 yen are Industrial 400 film right? I’ve never heard of 12 packs personally, but if that’s what they are I suggest you buy it ALL because 10 packs are...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-05-2019
Replies: 169
Views: 6,348
Posted By jonmanjiro
Rich, are you still finding Fujifilm ISO400 color...

Rich, are you still finding Fujifilm ISO400 color neg film other than Premium locally? Both Industrial 400 and X-TRA 400 are discontinued and long gone afaik. I stocked up before they disappeared. As...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-04-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,181
Posted By jonmanjiro
I use one of the thin plastic loyalty cards that...

I use one of the thin plastic loyalty cards that shops often give you. There's no need to trim the leader at all. You just slot the card in between the pressure plate and film gate all the way to the...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-04-2019
Replies: 180
Views: 24,690
Posted By jonmanjiro
Nice tab there PCR! Here's a few tourist snaps...

Nice tab there PCR!

Here's a few tourist snaps from Nagano Prefecture, the home of Cosina. The spectacular Matsumoto Castle is one of just 12 original castles remaining in Japan. Most castles are...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-01-2019
Replies: 213
Views: 24,318
Posted By jonmanjiro
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47979246636_42...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47979246636_428b5db76d_b.jpg


https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47979246666_78cd60f7f3_b.jpg


https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47979194027_c6c393d2cd_b.jpg
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-01-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,197
Posted By jonmanjiro
The M6 TTL Millennium sets do as well, together...

The M6 TTL Millennium sets do as well, together with an M2/3 style rewind - all the parts already in the works for the release of the new MP in 2003.

>why was the lever of the MP given this ugly...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-01-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,197
Posted By jonmanjiro
I can't find a picture to post just now, but my...

I can't find a picture to post just now, but my (now sold) standard M7 0.72 with 329xxxx s/n also had the same advance lever as the one pictured above. I'd say that 99% of the M7s I've seen "in the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-01-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,197
Posted By jonmanjiro
Erik, FYI the standard lever on the M7 (as...

Erik, FYI the standard lever on the M7 (as apposed to the ala carte MP style lever option with curve to clear the larger shutter speed dial) is as below (photo found on KR's website here...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-30-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,197
Posted By jonmanjiro
Hmmm, interesting. I can see it now. Subtle but...

Hmmm, interesting. I can see it now. Subtle but definitely a difference there. Thanks Pete.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-30-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,197
Posted By jonmanjiro
Hi Erik, interesting comment about the MP lever....

Hi Erik, interesting comment about the MP lever. How is it the same as the lever on the M7 (which has an M4 style plastic tip)?

Also, is that the M2 lever pictured on your MP in the photo above? I...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-29-2019
Replies: 213
Views: 24,318
Posted By jonmanjiro
@ Shinjuku...

@ Shinjuku Gyoen


https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47958334687_3beb9c4598_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2g4V14r)
Shoot the shooter! (https://flic.kr/p/2g4V14r) by Jon...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-24-2019
Replies: 64
Views: 5,278
Posted By jonmanjiro
FWIW that's Joudou-ji Temple in Onomichi (link...

FWIW that's Joudou-ji Temple in Onomichi (link here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C5%8Ddo-ji_(Onomichi))). If you do ever stumble across that quote by the critic again, I would be very interested...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-23-2019
Replies: 64
Views: 5,278
Posted By jonmanjiro
The toro lantern pictured in that scene is...

The toro lantern pictured in that scene is located in the grounds of Sumiyoshi Shrine in Onomichi City, where the elderly couple in Tokyo Story very clearly lived, as mentioned multiple times in the...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-23-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,552
Posted By jonmanjiro
I think the 28/3.5 and 50/2.5 LTM lenses are...

I think the 28/3.5 and 50/2.5 LTM lenses are generally ok. The 28/3.5 seems a bit prone to schneideritis, if anything.

I've struck out multiple times with various early versions of the 35/2.5, and...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-23-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,552
Posted By jonmanjiro
Just a personal observation from the lenses I've...

Just a personal observation from the lenses I've handled and used, but I think Voigtlander build quality improved by leaps and bounds when Cosina started manufacturing Zeiss lenses (despite there...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-22-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,552
Posted By jonmanjiro
I will chime in with my two yen as well. I have...

I will chime in with my two yen as well. I have had bad luck multiple times with hazy older LTM (and M-mount) CV lenses. After some disassembly in each case, I confirmed the haze was in between...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-16-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 2,008
Posted By jonmanjiro
Folks, the OP already owns a Summaron 35/3.5 and...

Folks, the OP already owns a Summaron 35/3.5 and Elmar 35/3.5 https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/images/smilies/wink.gif



Found it! This first shot was taken with a W-Nikkor 35/2.5 on slide...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-15-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 2,008
Posted By jonmanjiro
Highlight of your day? I think you need to get...

Highlight of your day? I think you need to get out more! Hehe just kidding, glad you found it entertaining ;)

The W-Nikkor 35/2.5 does indeed swirl just like its faster sibling. I have a good...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-15-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 2,008
Posted By jonmanjiro
Erik, so to sum up, the Ultron's distinct lack of...

Erik, so to sum up, the Ultron's distinct lack of distinct character is its distinct character? It's exactly not what the OP is looking for, but its very Zen of you, Erik, very Zen ;)




The...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-15-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 2,008
Posted By jonmanjiro
Erik, your image is fine. Your lens is fine. Its...

Erik, your image is fine. Your lens is fine. Its a defect free and clean modern look, with no swirl or vignetting etc. But I don't see any distinct character, which is what the OP is looking for,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-15-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 2,008
Posted By jonmanjiro
I know that's your stance, Erik. And there is...

I know that's your stance, Erik. And there is nothing wrong with it.

But does it answer the OP's question? He's looking for 35mm "character" lens, a lens with a special look - distinct rendering...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-15-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 2,008
Posted By jonmanjiro
It's a nice photo, Erik. Sharp, contrasty, smooth...

It's a nice photo, Erik. Sharp, contrasty, smooth bokeh and no distortion. Yep.

But I don't see a special look. I don't see anything that would make me say "ah that was taken with an Ultron...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-15-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 2,008
Posted By jonmanjiro
A "Character" 35mm LTM Lens

Ultron 35/1.7 LTM lovers, how would you describe the special look of this lens? I had one for a while but it seemed quite modern looking to me, though a bit soft wide open.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-12-2019
Replies: 182
Views: 6,958
Posted By jonmanjiro
According to their website, Pro 160 NS is...

According to their website, Pro 160 NS is currently in stock at every Yodobashi Camera store.

https://www.yodobashi.com/product/100000001001219376/

The thing that puzzles me is that it's available...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-12-2019
Replies: 182
Views: 6,958
Posted By jonmanjiro
I beg to differ. It may well be "very old news"...

I beg to differ. It may well be "very old news" to some, but in the Japanese domestic market, the news is just a few days old.

What films were on it?
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-10-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,119
Posted By jonmanjiro
Yep, even with the hood in place (speaking for...

Yep, even with the hood in place (speaking for myself, though I'd place money on Huss's experience being the same). My new Ultron 35/2 is more than a worthy replacement for my Summicron 35mm ASPH so...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-10-2019
Replies: 181
Views: 30,526
Posted By jonmanjiro
New function enabled on the Nikon F6... time...

New function enabled on the Nikon F6... time travel :cool:
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-10-2019
Replies: 182
Views: 6,958
Posted By jonmanjiro
Isn't that what forums are for?! :D

Isn't that what forums are for?! :D
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-10-2019
Replies: 182
Views: 6,958
Posted By jonmanjiro
Yes, that's correct, that's why I wrote "(in...

Yes, that's correct, that's why I wrote "(in Japanese)". Its just one of multiple price hikes in recent years in the domestic market. Film prices in Japan have gone through the roof over the last few...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-09-2019
Replies: 182
Views: 6,958
Posted By jonmanjiro
Yesterday, Fujifilm officially announced (in...

Yesterday, Fujifilm officially announced (in Japanese) a 30% price increase at minimum to be effective from June and the discontinuation of Superia Venus...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-09-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 495
Posted By jonmanjiro
The hood fits on the chrome outer bayonet ring...

The hood fits on the chrome outer bayonet ring around the filter thread and locks into place in the correct position held there by a spring so the hood won't move. The hood can also be mounted in the...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-07-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 4,663
Posted By jonmanjiro
Yep, basically the same optical formula but the...

Yep, basically the same optical formula but the version 2 diagram does show a few tweaks. The 2nd and 7th elements are larger in diameter and extend beyond the 3rd and 6th elements, and the pink...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-04-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,977
Posted By jonmanjiro
The "vintage" in appearance only Ultron does...

The "vintage" in appearance only Ultron does indeed compete with the Leica Summicron ASPH directly, and more than holds its own. I'd say its actually the sharper lens... sacrilege for a lens that's a...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-03-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 4,663
Posted By jonmanjiro
The barrel design is changed to "vintage line...

The barrel design is changed to "vintage line with focusing stick" style ;)
Hehe I have no idea actually, I just made that up.
I think we can expect some optical formula tweaks for use on digital...
Forum: Digital Compacts 04-28-2019
Replies: 1,198
Views: 245,101
Posted By jonmanjiro
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47659889472_03...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47659889472_03a523bbe4_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2fBxoGh)
東京国際フォーラム (https://flic.kr/p/2fBxoGh) by Jon (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonmanjiro/), on Flickr
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-22-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 2,919
Posted By jonmanjiro
Quite like the colours this little lens...

Quite like the colours this little lens delivers!
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/46942665704_7ae78707a1_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2ewar4f)
Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm F3.5...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-21-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,928
Posted By jonmanjiro
Ok Skiffy Jan and Ratty Ted, here's what I found...

Ok Skiffy Jan and Ratty Ted, here's what I found today. Film prices are nowhere as cheap as they used to be in Japan (Fujifilm, yooo bring back Superia X-TRA 400 already!!!) but Kodak film can...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-20-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,928
Posted By jonmanjiro
Jan and Ted, you guys are hilarious. But you've...

Jan and Ted, you guys are hilarious. But you've got me wondering... I'm going to head into Shinjuku, Tokyo this afternoon and see how much Kodak film I can find :rolleyes:
Forum: Nikon RF 04-20-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,986
Posted By jonmanjiro
What are the S3 and SP like to use in real life?...

What are the S3 and SP like to use in real life? Fun, but not as user friendly as a Leica.

In terms of low light focusing, its not great (even the reissues). No doubt about it, Leica is way ahead...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-19-2019
Replies: 182
Views: 6,958
Posted By jonmanjiro
Your ability to see the film market through a...

Your ability to see the film market through a rosy and positive "lens" is certainly admirable, Skiff.

Neopan 100 got lovely new packaging with a new design too a few years back. Come to think of it,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-19-2019
Replies: 182
Views: 6,958
Posted By jonmanjiro
I do not buy the preference thing at all, Skiff....

I do not buy the preference thing at all, Skiff. First of all there is no way that the Premium version outsold the X-TRA version to the point that Fujifilm said to themselves lets axe the cheaper...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-19-2019
Replies: 182
Views: 6,958
Posted By jonmanjiro
Nope, not the same film. For quite a few years,...

Nope, not the same film. For quite a few years, Superia Premium 400 and Superia X-Tra 400 were both domestically available, often side by side in the shops, with the Premium version (which is...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-19-2019
Replies: 182
Views: 6,958
Posted By jonmanjiro
On the topic of the Fuji Superia X-TRA 400 box...

On the topic of the Fuji Superia X-TRA 400 box getting a makeover (in the US and European markets only?), I really don't buy it as proof of Fujifilm's commitment to film.

Why? Because Fuji Superia...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-17-2019
Replies: 66
Views: 2,648
Posted By jonmanjiro
Yeah that was my first thought as well. Sounds...

Yeah that was my first thought as well.

Sounds like Yahoo Japan auctions... its gone to the dogs too and most (but not all) of the dodgy sellers seem to be Chinese.

Just ignoring any ebay auction...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-15-2019
Replies: 182
Views: 6,958
Posted By jonmanjiro
We still have ISO 100 and ISO 800 Fujifilm C41...

We still have ISO 100 and ISO 800 Fujifilm C41 films in Japan, but no Fujifilm Superia 400 XTRA anymore! That got axed a while back, and instead we just have Superia 400 Premium at about twice the...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-12-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 749
Posted By jonmanjiro
Fixed it for you ;)

Fixed it for you ;)
Forum: Nikon RF 04-12-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 749
Posted By jonmanjiro
Ellen, the Nikon SP Limited Edition set (body and...

Ellen, the Nikon SP Limited Edition set (body and 35/1.8 lens) was reissued as 2500 sets in the year 2005. Hence the nickname "SP 2005" used on forums (Nikon has never used it themselves). More info...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-04-2019
Replies: 832
Views: 141,517
Posted By jonmanjiro
Cherry blossom season in...

Cherry blossom season in Yokohama!
https://live.staticflickr.com/7849/46623583945_eb65158b28_b.jpg
Forum: Digital Compacts 04-04-2019
Replies: 1,198
Views: 245,101
Posted By jonmanjiro
Cherry blossom bomb (by Ricoh...

Cherry blossom bomb (by Ricoh...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-03-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
Here's your shots at f4 (not edited in any way...

Here's your shots at f4 (not edited in any way btw, I just opened up three Preview windows side by side and displayed the images at 100% to display a portion of each image then took screenshots).

...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-02-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
BTW there's a thread for images taken with the...

BTW there's a thread for images taken with the Ultron! Feel free to post pics there, nutmeg.
https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=167453
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-02-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
Here's a couple of screen grabs to make the...

Here's a couple of screen grabs to make the comparison easier (hope you don't mind me using your pics, nutmeg).

Center
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7888/32578966167_f2523d7219_o.png

Slightly left...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-28-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
That's a bummer. Judging from your pics, focus...

That's a bummer. Judging from your pics, focus can't be off by much.

But two out of two... I'd be more suspicious of the camera than the lenses. Can you get your RF checked somewhere?

Or pack up...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-28-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
Ultron 35mm f2 Aspherical vs Summicron 35mm f2 ASPH

Could not disagree more, Erik. I have never used the M-mount 35/1.7 so cannot comment about that lens, but the new Ultron is leaps and bounds better than the LTM Ultron 35/1.7 I owned many years ago.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-27-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
Errrrmmmm all mine are on film, including the...

Errrrmmmm all mine are on film, including the shots at the start of this thread comparing the Summicron ASPH with the Ultron.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-27-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
We are a tough crowd at RFF :) Donít let that...

We are a tough crowd at RFF :) Donít let that deter you though, nutmeg. The more information in the public domain the better.

I think you experienced slight backfocus with your Ultron on your M9....
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-26-2019
Replies: 170
Views: 85,505
Posted By jonmanjiro
AFAIK Cosina leases the name Voigtlander to stick...

AFAIK Cosina leases the name Voigtlander to stick on their lenses. Meaning that they donít make lenses for Voigtlander, rather they make lenses for themselves and whack the Voigtlander name on them...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-25-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
RF focused or live focused??? What camera are you...

RF focused or live focused??? What camera are you using???

I was (mostly) asking about the shots you took of the chair on your balcony at f2.

You really need to keep all variables to the minimum...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-24-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
Stating the obvious... unless you used live view...

Stating the obvious... unless you used live view instead of the RF, sharpness results at wide apertures don’t mean a whole lot if a lens is giving you focus errors.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-24-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
Different framing with the Ultron aside (center...

Different framing with the Ultron aside (center point is off and its tilted - look at the wall on the right edge of the frame), from the results you posted I'd say your Summicron is front focusing....
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-24-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 284
Posted By jonmanjiro
Very common problem, and very easy to fix. The...

Very common problem, and very easy to fix. The slow speed governor just needs cleaning and relubing.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-24-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
I see very little difference between the lenses....

I see very little difference between the lenses. Looks like the Ultron image was taken at a different angle too.

> focused on the middle of the frame

Can you be more specific?
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-23-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
No such resistance with my copy... I suggest...

No such resistance with my copy...

I suggest using the lens for a while and see if it smooths out with use. Or just send it back for a relube under warranty.
Forum: Travel 03-19-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,057
Posted By jonmanjiro
Haven't been to the 'stans myself, but several...

Haven't been to the 'stans myself, but several friends have without incident. One is a Japanese girl in her mid 30's. She traveled solo around Uzbekistan according to her own itinerary which she made...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 03-17-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 377
Posted By jonmanjiro
Nope. Hexar RF eyepieces are unique. Even the 0D...

Nope. Hexar RF eyepieces are unique. Even the 0D eyepiece has magnification that combines with the RF system to give 0D. Much like Leica eyepieces in that respect.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 03-17-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 377
Posted By jonmanjiro
Nope. Completely different and not...

Nope. Completely different and not interchangeable.

Even Kenko Tokina, who took over repairs (and got the parts stash) from Konica Minolta, doesn't have stock anymore. Kenko Tokina never sold...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 03-16-2019
Replies: 373
Views: 42,439
Posted By jonmanjiro
Soooo good!!!

Soooo good!!!
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 03-16-2019
Replies: 373
Views: 42,439
Posted By jonmanjiro
I really enjoyed hanging out with you in Tokyo,...

I really enjoyed hanging out with you in Tokyo, Michael. We only scratched the surface though... you have to come back!!!



That particular poster is an ad for Asahi Beer though :p



Is this shot...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-14-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
That's misfocusing, not focus shift. Something...

That's misfocusing, not focus shift. Something isn't right. You need to send your lens back for adjustment or return it for a new copy.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-14-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
Ermmmm... that's not how focus shift works. Do...

Ermmmm... that's not how focus shift works. Do you mean your lens just doesn't focus properly on your camera?
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-12-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 3,104
Posted By jonmanjiro
What happened to the (NEW) Voigtlander 35mm f2.0 ASPH VM Vintage lens

The official name of the lens is Voigtlander Ultron Vintage Line 35mm F2 Aspherical.
You may have found these threads below if you searched for Aspherical rather than ASPH...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-05-2019
Replies: 180
Views: 24,690
Posted By jonmanjiro
Woohoo, Lynn is posting in the thread now too!!!...

Woohoo, Lynn is posting in the thread now too!!! Nice photos!
Here's another one shot wide open on Natura 1600. Nope, no coma.
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7878/47237744952_9ee4f91b4d_b.jpg...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-05-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,170
Posted By jonmanjiro
Older, doesn't focus as close. The M-mount...

Older, doesn't focus as close. The M-mount version also benefits from some tweaks to the optical formula.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-05-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,170
Posted By jonmanjiro
Possibly also the M-mount Nokton 50/1.5?! Not...

Possibly also the M-mount Nokton 50/1.5?! Not sure about UK prices, but locally its cheaper than 600 quid.
https://www.mapcamera.com/item/4530076130432
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-04-2019
Replies: 54
Views: 4,096
Posted By jonmanjiro
I only handled the new 75/1.5 for a few minutes...

I only handled the new 75/1.5 for a few minutes and shot just a few frames with it on my MP 0.58 loaded with Natura 1600 so not really enough info for judging colour rendition or onion rings.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-04-2019
Replies: 180
Views: 24,690
Posted By jonmanjiro
Kodoji,...

Kodoji, Shinjuku
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7810/47277837351_b80b065063_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2f2MgUK)
Voigtlander Ultron 35mm F2 @ F2 (https://flic.kr/p/2f2MgUK) by Jon...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-04-2019
Replies: 180
Views: 24,690
Posted By jonmanjiro
And a couple more snapped in Golden Gai. ...

And a couple more snapped in Golden Gai.
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7900/47277837401_1cb95cd246_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2f2MgVB)
Voigtlander Ultron 35mm F2 @ F2 (https://flic.kr/p/2f2MgVB) by...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-04-2019
Replies: 180
Views: 24,690
Posted By jonmanjiro
First time to hear about a hearse song, Yokosuka...

First time to hear about a hearse song, Yokosuka Mike! Perhaps more of a cultural background thing than an age thing, though?!

Here's a few more Ultron 35mm pics. I finally got to shoot my favourite...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-04-2019
Replies: 54
Views: 4,096
Posted By jonmanjiro
Here's a couple of pics snapped with the Nokton...

Here's a couple of pics snapped with the Nokton 75mm f1.5. The lens focused fine wide open on my MP 0.58. Bokeh looks very smooth too.

This is the friendly gentleman at the Cosina booth who gave me...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-04-2019
Replies: 54
Views: 4,096
Posted By jonmanjiro
I got to play with the new Nokton 75/1.5 at CP+...

I got to play with the new Nokton 75/1.5 at CP+ yesterday. Was really surprised at how light it was. Certainly does not feel like there are seven lens elements stuffed inside the barrel, even though...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-02-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 476
Posted By jonmanjiro
Likely no, but rust does set off alarm bells for...

Likely no, but rust does set off alarm bells for me. Other parts of the lens may also be corroded and there may be other non-visible damage. But that main issue here is why should you (even if just...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-02-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 476
Posted By jonmanjiro
Sure looks like rust to me. I personally wouldn't...

Sure looks like rust to me. I personally wouldn't be satisfied with "the seller and he has agreed to partially cover the cost of a CLA". These are common lenses, I'd return for a full refund because...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 02-28-2019
Replies: 180
Views: 24,690
Posted By jonmanjiro
Western style hearse - not something you see...

Western style hearse - not something you see often in Japan.
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7915/46519607444_42045eeea6_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2dSM9zj)
Ultron 35mm f2 Aspherical...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 02-28-2019
Replies: 180
Views: 24,690
Posted By jonmanjiro
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7806/40278255223_eb...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7806/40278255223_ebe3f04f69_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/24nfA1g)
Ultron 35mm f2 Aspherical @ f2 (https://flic.kr/p/24nfA1g) by Jon...
Forum: RFF News 02-28-2019
Replies: 146
Views: 5,637
Posted By jonmanjiro
I wouldn't want to blow the highlights, but if...

I wouldn't want to blow the highlights, but if pushing this developing thread results in any unwarranted exposure, as a mod I may have to fix it and cut out any negative ;)

But, dourbalistar you are...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-28-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 501
Posted By jonmanjiro
Very pretty looking lens, Robert! Glad it worked...

Very pretty looking lens, Robert! Glad it worked out.

I've been looking for one of those myself... if it ever goes on the chopping block, lmk ;)
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-28-2019
Replies: 60
Views: 26,821
Posted By jonmanjiro
AFAIK yes. Fujifilm has always only sold it as...

AFAIK yes. Fujifilm has always only sold it as 100-packs, but Kitamura and others buy and open up the 100-packs and sell individual rolls.
Forum: Nikon RF 02-27-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 501
Posted By jonmanjiro
Hmmm haze, lots of it. Looks like that one is...

Hmmm haze, lots of it. Looks like that one is toast, Robert. Fingers crossed it cleans up.

Fun fact! The collapsible Nikkor 50/3.5 has its aperture behind the front element (in the same position as...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-27-2019
Replies: 60
Views: 26,821
Posted By jonmanjiro
ISO 400 is long gone. It disappeared before 400...

ISO 400 is long gone. It disappeared before 400 X-TRA did. As soon as Industrial 400 disappeared, I stocked up on 400 X-TRA. And sure enough, some months later 400 X-TRA disappeared too. Puzzles me...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 02-27-2019
Replies: 180
Views: 24,690
Posted By jonmanjiro
Dude, stop sweating over non-problems! :p Extra...

Dude, stop sweating over non-problems! :p
Extra grease happens. Just wipe it off.
Lots of lenses focus a little closer than advertised. Isn't that a good thing???
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-27-2019
Replies: 60
Views: 26,821
Posted By jonmanjiro
Still available... for...

Still available... for now!

https://www.yodobashi.com/product/000000115101004995/
https://www.yodobashi.com/product/000000115101004988/
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 02-23-2019
Replies: 276
Views: 68,293
Posted By jonmanjiro
A bit hard to tell with the lens cap on but...

A bit hard to tell with the lens cap on but that's the original Sonnar optical formula 50/1.4, Gabor! The 380831 serial number on the price tag gives it away.
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 02-22-2019
Replies: 276
Views: 68,293
Posted By jonmanjiro
Super rare item spotted at Lemonsha in Ginza,...

Super rare item spotted at Lemonsha in Ginza, Tokyo! A Nikon S2E with motor drive (assuming its the real deal of course). Nice price tag to match...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-22-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 822
Posted By jonmanjiro
https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showpost.p...

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2626979&postcount=69
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 02-21-2019
Replies: 180
Views: 24,690
Posted By jonmanjiro
Michael did indeed visit Tokyo. Was great fun...

Michael did indeed visit Tokyo. Was great fun hanging out with him! I noticed that the barrel distortion is a little more pronounced at close distances, but still very acceptable for me as I much...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 02-21-2019
Replies: 180
Views: 24,690
Posted By jonmanjiro
Thanks Will! I find I get good results when I...

Thanks Will! I find I get good results when I over expose Natura 1600 by one or two stops, and err on the side of more exposure rather than less. A shame Fujifilm discontinued it though. I've only...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 02-20-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
Just posted some pics in this thread...

Just posted some pics in this thread (https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=167453), Alkis!
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 02-20-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
Hi Ben, no need to take it offline in this regard...

Hi Ben, no need to take it offline in this regard as the Summicron probably has the edge over the Ultron when it comes to smooth backgrounds. Not sure how it would compare with the Nokton 35/1.2...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 02-20-2019
Replies: 180
Views: 24,690
Posted By jonmanjiro
Ultron @ f2 on Natura 1600! Really impressed with...

Ultron @ f2 on Natura 1600! Really impressed with its coma control. Its right up there with the Zeiss Distagon 35mm f1.4 and far better than the Zeiss Biogon 35mm...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 02-18-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
guys, let's not derail the thread any further ok.

guys, let's not derail the thread any further ok.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 02-17-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
I have a roll of Natura 1600 waiting to be...

I have a roll of Natura 1600 waiting to be scanned, Alkis. Meant to do it over the weekend but got sidetracked with other stuff. Will post some pics from that roll soon!
Forum: Nikon RF 02-14-2019
Replies: 53
Views: 3,676
Posted By jonmanjiro
Thanks for the new serial numbers (including the...

Thanks for the new serial numbers (including the one that appeared in the classifieds ;)), guys! Interesting that they all fall within the known serial number range.

Besides the existence/absence...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 02-13-2019
Replies: 180
Views: 24,690
Posted By jonmanjiro
Mine was similar. They went a bit overboard with...

Mine was similar. They went a bit overboard with the grease at the factory. I just carefully wiped off the excess with a cotton bud (Q-tip?). Itís not doing anything useful on the inside of the mount...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 02-13-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
A topic for another thread. Who is up to the...

A topic for another thread. Who is up to the task?! Alas, not me as I do not own an Ultron 35mm f1.7.

My guess is that the main differences would come down to size, handling and design, with not...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 02-10-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 407
Posted By jonmanjiro
Sounds like the tab on the lens mount that pushes...

Sounds like the tab on the lens mount that pushes down against the frame line selector mechanism on the camera body isn't pushing the mechanism down far enough to properly engage the 50mm frame line....
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-02-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 2,184
Posted By jonmanjiro
- The price of the 50mm Noctilux ($10,500) is...

- The price of the 50mm Noctilux ($10,500) is completely fair. In fact, it’s a miracle - as well as a gift to mankind - that one can even buy a piece of NASA space technology in a retail store....
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-01-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 908
Posted By jonmanjiro
Is the focus tab on the lens hitting the frame...

Is the focus tab on the lens hitting the frame selection lever on the camera?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-31-2019
Replies: 67
Views: 4,434
Posted By jonmanjiro
Heavy vignetting to one is to another...

Heavy vignetting to one is



to another :)

There's so many good 35mm lenses under $1000 these days, its hard to choose!
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-28-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1,021
Posted By jonmanjiro
Great to finally see some of your Tokyo photos,...

Great to finally see some of your Tokyo photos, Ben, and it was a pleasure to meet you when your were here. Nice timing with the cat cafe photo!!!
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-27-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
Yep, pretty much the same as a Skopar 28/3.5. ...

Yep, pretty much the same as a Skopar 28/3.5.


Thanks! Glad to hear you found some inspiration there.



Erik, my guess is that the stick is just a screw in piece, but I do not intend to...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-27-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
Build quality is top notch - definitely a vast...

Build quality is top notch - definitely a vast improvement over the LTM and initial M-mount lenses. Overall, the lens feels very solid and focus feels precise and smooth with no play at all.

As...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-27-2019
Replies: 180
Views: 24,690
Posted By jonmanjiro
Here's a few more random shots snapped around the...

Here's a few more random shots snapped around the neighbourhood. That's enough pics from me for now. Time for someone else to post some!!

The dolphin wall in colour this...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-27-2019
Replies: 180
Views: 24,690
Posted By jonmanjiro
Here's a few shots snapped today. It seems this...

Here's a few shots snapped today. It seems this lens vignettes a little more than the Summicron ASPH, so I took a few shots to try and show the vignetting. What's the verdict?...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-26-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
Yes, I noticed the vignetting. Very noticeable at...

Yes, I noticed the vignetting. Very noticeable at f2!
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-26-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
I wouln't expect the Ultron with its new optical...

I wouln't expect the Ultron with its new optical design (two aspherical surfaces, extra low dispersion glass element, multi coating) to have the low contrast of a 1950s lens such as the 8 element...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-26-2019
Replies: 180
Views: 24,690
Posted By jonmanjiro
Strangely enough, the pincushion distortion...

Strangely enough, the pincushion distortion varies with the focus distance, so it looks obvious in some images and not so bad in others. IIRC Ken Rockwell covers it in his review of the lens.

...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-26-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
Erik, I did make some minor curve adjustments to...

Erik, I did make some minor curve adjustments to these images to suit my taste, so they're not really suited to judging contrast.
FWIW I'm liking what I see with the Ultron in terms of contrast...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-26-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
@...

@ f4

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7901/46155459624_e52a7212cd_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2djAN7C)
Ultron 35mm f2 Aspherical @ f4 (https://flic.kr/p/2djAN7C) by Jon...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-26-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
@...

@ f2.8

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7803/46155459604_9ae9d566e6_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2djAN7h)
Ultron 35mm f2 Aspherical @ f2.8 (https://flic.kr/p/2djAN7h) by Jon...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-26-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
Now for some bokeh shots with a W-Nikkor 3.5cm...

Now for some bokeh shots with a W-Nikkor 3.5cm f1.8 included just for fun.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7885/31939017757_a4547e32fe_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/QEkPeX)
Ultron 35mm f2 Aspherical @ f2...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-26-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
Distortion check - this building wasn't exactly...

Distortion check - this building wasn't exactly the best target for checking distortion since the building itself has some pincushion distortion on the base :bang: but it does show that the Summicron...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-26-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 18,127
Posted By jonmanjiro
Ultron 35mm f2 Aspherical vs Summicron 35mm f2 ASPH

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Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-25-2019
Replies: 180
Views: 24,690
Posted By jonmanjiro
Here's one (4th photo...

Here's one (4th photo (https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2744529&postcount=4)). I'll post some direct comparison shots with the Ultron later.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-25-2019
Replies: 180
Views: 24,690
Posted By jonmanjiro
I think you're seeing perspective distortion....

I think you're seeing perspective distortion. Looking at these images (and others I didn't post) at full scan size, I'd say if anything the Ultron has very minor almost imperceptible barrel...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-25-2019
Replies: 180
Views: 24,690
Posted By jonmanjiro
Ahhhh sorry about that, Kevin! I think I edited...

Ahhhh sorry about that, Kevin! I think I edited the original post and added photos as you were posting.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-25-2019
Replies: 176
Views: 11,085
Posted By jonmanjiro
;)...

;)

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=167453
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-25-2019
Replies: 180
Views: 24,690
Posted By jonmanjiro
Here you go. F2 @ 1/30 then F4 at 1/8 hand held...

Here you go. F2 @ 1/30 then F4 at 1/8 hand held (did my best, but don't go judging sharpness from this).

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7915/46818996462_de424ec250_b.jpg...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-25-2019
Replies: 180
Views: 24,690
Posted By jonmanjiro
Voigtlander Ultron 35mm F2 Aspherical Images

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Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-25-2019
Replies: 176
Views: 11,085
Posted By jonmanjiro
Yeah I didn't really notice when I posted the...

Yeah I didn't really notice when I posted the photo, but the matt and glossy black does look odd. The weird thing though, is that to the naked eye both the "matt" and "glossy" black look the same. So...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-25-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 8,442
Posted By jonmanjiro
Wow! I've seen/handled dozens of LTM Voigtlander...

Wow! I've seen/handled dozens of LTM Voigtlander lenses including multiple copies of the 28/3.5 and have never seen anything like that. I think at that level you would see an impact on IQ in some...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-24-2019
Replies: 176
Views: 11,085
Posted By jonmanjiro
Thanks for the sneak peek, Yokosuka Mike! Now for...

Thanks for the sneak peek, Yokosuka Mike! Now for some serious gear pOrn :D
I'll start another thread for photos (which are coming...
Forum: Travel 01-24-2019
Replies: 209
Views: 8,410
Posted By jonmanjiro
hahahaha its surprising how much you CAN hide...

hahahaha its surprising how much you CAN hide though :p
When are you coming back, Mike?!



Good times indeed!!!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-24-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 357
Posted By jonmanjiro
Adhesive tape is a great idea! I have used...

Adhesive tape is a great idea! I have used tweezers a few times (and managed to not damage anything) but I like to live dangerously hehe :cool:
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-24-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 357
Posted By jonmanjiro
Take any film out of the camera, remove the lens,...

Take any film out of the camera, remove the lens, open the back, and then open the shutter on B and hold the camera up to a bright light source and look through the film gate. You should see little...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-24-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 505
Posted By jonmanjiro
Received Nikkor HC 50mm f2 with a bit of Haze, to keep or not to keep?

I have cleaned haze out of a few of these with a 100% success rate. Most LTM Nikkors have tough coatings so my guess is that this lens will clean up nicely too.

The Canon 100/3.5 is super prone to...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-23-2019
Replies: 176
Views: 11,085
Posted By jonmanjiro
The new 21mm has the same optics as the Sony...

The new 21mm has the same optics as the Sony E-Mount version. Lots of sample pics on the web already!

I receive my Ultron 35mm tomorrow. Looking forward to it!
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-23-2019
Replies: 176
Views: 11,085
Posted By jonmanjiro
Yes, the Biogon was 79,000 yen before. Mustnít...

Yes, the Biogon was 79,000 yen before. Mustnít have been a good look having a Zeiss lens cheaper than a similar spec Voigtlander lens. :)
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-18-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 2,854
Posted By jonmanjiro
I dunno, Huss, snapping away at infinity and f8...

I dunno, Huss, snapping away at infinity and f8 isn't exactly an extremely controlled environment ;)



True, that. With MS Optics you're paying for rarity & the novelty factor. You're certainly not...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-17-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 2,854
Posted By jonmanjiro
Sounds like MS Optics quality control lol...

Sounds like MS Optics quality control lol :D
Hopefully you have better luck with your second copy!
Forum: Nikon RF 01-17-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,822
Posted By jonmanjiro
Actually no, Nikon was not showing off. At least,...

Actually no, Nikon was not showing off. At least, not initially. And back in the late 1990s, it was a rangefinder renaissance, not a film renaissance.

There used to be an interview style article on...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-17-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 2,854
Posted By jonmanjiro
7Artisans 35mm vs Cron Asph on M240

Not bad, not bad at all!

With modern design and manufacturing equipment it's pretty easy to design and manufacture a lens that's sharp in the center of the frame though. Even Miyazaki-san does it...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-15-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 4,061
Posted By jonmanjiro
Not quite getting it

That's true. It doesn't take long to adjust though. The rangefinder patch disappears when your eye moves off center precisely because the eye piece is large and has great eye relief. Your eye can't...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-15-2019
Replies: 72
Views: 2,504
Posted By jonmanjiro
Weird results. Did you have the camera on a...

Weird results. Did you have the camera on a tripod? I'm guessing you didn't?

The reason I say "weird" is because the point of focus can only shift backward away from the camera as you stop the lens...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-10-2019
Replies: 176
Views: 11,085
Posted By jonmanjiro
That would be even better, Erik. I doubt there...

That would be even better, Erik. I doubt there are very many lenses that truly have zero distortion (as in not measurable rather than not noticeable) though, so I'll settle for minimal.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-10-2019
Replies: 176
Views: 11,085
Posted By jonmanjiro
Dunno about elsewhere, but here in Japan the...

Dunno about elsewhere, but here in Japan the Voigtlander 35mm F2 Ultron is actually more expensive than the ZM Zeiss Biogon 35mm F2. With an aspherical element with two aspherical surfaces and one...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-09-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 4,061
Posted By jonmanjiro
I agree. But, magic or no magic, it is also a...

I agree. But, magic or no magic, it is also a better camera than a Leica M7 IMO (I've owned both).

Putting moderator hat on now... lets keep the conversation civil folks.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-08-2019
Replies: 176
Views: 11,085
Posted By jonmanjiro
Hmmm not exactly the easiest shot to judge, but...

Hmmm not exactly the easiest shot to judge, but possibly. I prefer minor barrel distortion over the minor pincushion distortion of the Summicron 35/2 ASPH, but Nokton 35/1.4 level barrel distortion...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-08-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 1,003
Posted By jonmanjiro
Was the same lens used for both sets of negs?

Was the same lens used for both sets of negs?
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-08-2019
Replies: 176
Views: 11,085
Posted By jonmanjiro
For the 35/2, only the photos posted on the...

For the 35/2, only the photos posted on the Cosina website (link below). For the 21/3.5, its the same as the Sony E-mount 21/3.5 and there's plenty of samples from that lens on the net. The...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-04-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 1,462
Posted By jonmanjiro
The Nokton 40mm f1.2 should be far superior on...

The Nokton 40mm f1.2 should be far superior on digital cameras as it was designed with performance on digital cameras (four aspherical surfaces on two elements) in...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-03-2019
Replies: 72
Views: 2,504
Posted By jonmanjiro
Focus should have been spot on here. I don't...

Focus should have been spot on here. I don't think this amount of error is just the lens. My guess is the M6 is also a contributing factor in the front focusing. How is the RF adjustment on your M6?...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-31-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 719
Posted By jonmanjiro
The front element is made of very soft glass, and...

The front element is made of very soft glass, and is very prone to damage, so I'd be veeeeery surprised if that front element cleans up to give you a lens that's fully usable. You can see my...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-30-2018
Replies: 660
Views: 154,660
Posted By jonmanjiro
I recently took my C-Sonnar 50/1.5 with me on a...

I recently took my C-Sonnar 50/1.5 with me on a trip to Fukuoka, and was reminded of what a great little lens it is. I should really use it more.

Fukuoka City in the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-29-2018
Replies: 2,134
Views: 600,674
Posted By jonmanjiro
no 1/1000 as ‘impossible' ??? Ahhh nope, I...

no 1/1000 as ‘impossible' ???

Ahhh nope, I don't buy that. Not at all. Not possible without a proper CLA maybe (which the seller doesn't want to fork out for?), but definitely possible. You can...
Forum: Digital Compacts 12-28-2018
Replies: 1,198
Views: 245,101
Posted By jonmanjiro
Street food stands in Fukuoka City - there used...

Street food stands in Fukuoka City - there used to be similar food stands in Yokohama City, but alas the city got rid of them all and put in a park space where they used to...
Forum: Digital Compacts 12-28-2018
Replies: 1,198
Views: 245,101
Posted By jonmanjiro
Ricoh GR2 - liking this (new to me) camera a...

Ricoh GR2 - liking this (new to me) camera a lot.
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4843/45783939684_76f57ab7be_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2cKLEbq)
蒲田 (https://flic.kr/p/2cKLEbq) by Jon...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-28-2018
Replies: 1,431
Views: 196,356
Posted By jonmanjiro
@ Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Fukuoka...

@ Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Fukuoka Prefecture

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7888/46456026132_88645bd60a_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2dMah4N)
大宰府天満宮 (https://flic.kr/p/2dMah4N) by Jon...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-27-2018
Replies: 2,134
Views: 600,674
Posted By jonmanjiro
The IIIf shutter can be as accurate as any...

The IIIf shutter can be as accurate as any correctly functioning M-mount camera. I use my two IIIs at 1/500 and 1/1000 a lot, and have no problems at all (albeit one of them needed the shutters...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-22-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 940
Posted By jonmanjiro
Thanks... a private home. Online sales onlyだね

Thanks... a private home. Online sales onlyだね
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-22-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 940
Posted By jonmanjiro
I couldn't find anything on their website that...

I couldn't find anything on their website that says they're located in Tokyo??? Did I miss something??

There's also this online shop: http://kawauso.biz/
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-15-2018
Replies: 176
Views: 11,085
Posted By jonmanjiro
Now in English on Cosina's...

Now in English on Cosina's website!
http://www.cosina.co.jp/seihin/voigtlander/english/e-vm-mount/vm35mm2.html
http://www.cosina.co.jp/seihin/voigtlander/english/e-vm-mount/vm21mm3_5.html
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-14-2018
Replies: 109
Views: 4,147
Posted By jonmanjiro
... and a few B&W pics ...

... and a few B&W pics

...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-14-2018
Replies: 109
Views: 4,147
Posted By jonmanjiro
Really like this one! Very nice! Here's one...

Really like this one! Very nice!


Here's one from me, snapped in Omori, Tokyo.
https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7297/11220714934_3897df58c0_b.jpg
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