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Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-16-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 908
Posted By Bassism
Gerry at Kindermann did a really great job with...

Gerry at Kindermann did a really great job with my DR Cron that was half knackered. I would expect he would be able to work on your lens, or at the least know who to send it to.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-13-2009
Replies: 96
Views: 48,536
Posted By Bassism
Well, I've actually got two.... My Gossen works...

Well, I've actually got two....

My Gossen works way better than an iphone ever could, but I usually shoot meterless because it's such a hassle. If I could pull out my phone and take a reading, it'd...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-13-2009
Replies: 96
Views: 48,536
Posted By Bassism
Wow, just one more thing to make me want to buy a...

Wow, just one more thing to make me want to buy a new iphone...
Ah well, my Gossen serves me well enough.

Benjamin, this app was only released yesterday, and only for those with the brand new...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-10-2009
Replies: 37
Views: 3,255
Posted By Bassism
Unlike Kodachrome, this is a film that I have...

Unlike Kodachrome, this is a film that I have used and love. It's a shame...

At least I've still got Tri-X...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-04-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 3,395
Posted By Bassism
Thanks for the good points. It seems logical, but...

Thanks for the good points. It seems logical, but comprehensive tagging does make a lot of sense. I'm starting to do a fair bit of event photography, so I think I'll try to get some better tagging...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-29-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 2,289
Posted By Bassism
There are other ways, but I've found this to be...

There are other ways, but I've found this to be the easiest way to get consistent results that are far better than I've found with other developers.

For me the primary advantages are not having to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-29-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 2,289
Posted By Bassism
Presoaking always seemed to me like a bunch of...

Presoaking always seemed to me like a bunch of jibber jabber until I tried it with stand developing.

I really don't know the science behind it all, but I would have to guess that in normal...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-29-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 2,289
Posted By Bassism
That's a good point I forgot to mention too, wpb....

That's a good point I forgot to mention too, wpb. I've had trouble with a few rolls where I've forgotten to do a presoak. I just use regular water for my presoak, but I've found it to be important to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-29-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 2,289
Posted By Bassism
I've had good luck using Rodinal stand with...

I've had good luck using Rodinal stand with Tri-X, fp4, and Delta 400. It's all I use now, no matter whether I'm shooting at box speed or pushing.

I second Keith's suggestion to move the roll up to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-27-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 1,691
Posted By Bassism
I would love to, if only I can find somewhere to...

I would love to, if only I can find somewhere to source some affordably.
Henry's doesn't even list it any more, the American stores seem to be perpetually out of stock, and ebay prices are just...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-27-2009
Replies: 80
Views: 4,607
Posted By Bassism
I agree with what has been said. There is nothing...

I agree with what has been said. There is nothing like my M2 in digital (except in some ways the M8 and RD-1, but they're rather out of my price range.) Also, a digital camera with handling and feel...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-23-2009
Replies: 175
Views: 12,492
Posted By Bassism
Come now, you guys are jerks :P Give a young lad...

Come now, you guys are jerks :P

Give a young lad a break here...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-23-2009
Replies: 175
Views: 12,492
Posted By Bassism
Just a few days ago I checked that Kodachrome was...

Just a few days ago I checked that Kodachrome was in stock at my local Henry's so I could pick some up when I go film shopping later this week. Checking just now it seems there are only two stores in...
Forum: Photo Software 06-21-2009
Replies: 66
Views: 4,861
Posted By Bassism
I find a tactile satisfaction in touching and...

I find a tactile satisfaction in touching and looking at a negative that just can't be matched by a few 1s and 0s on a magnetic platter, but as far as the photograph goes, a negative is no more...
Forum: RFF Polls 06-21-2009
Replies: 56
Views: 6,218
Posted By Bassism
I've never backed out of buying something after...

I've never backed out of buying something after saying "I'll take it" but I have backed out after a few PMs back and forth with the seller. In my mind, there is no deal until somebody says "I've sent...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-21-2009
Replies: 60
Views: 6,088
Posted By Bassism
There are a lot of interesting trains of thought...

There are a lot of interesting trains of thought in this thread.

I don't think there's any question in the future of the M camera as it is used today. However, as some have pointed out, the vast...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-17-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 3,200
Posted By Bassism
As I mentioned in another thread, I use Brita...

As I mentioned in another thread, I use Brita filtered water with Photoflo. I've had no problems with watermarks since I've been using the Brita. One member mentioned the possibility of residual...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-08-2009
Replies: 125
Views: 23,926
Posted By Bassism
Until recently I did a light finger squeegee...

Until recently I did a light finger squeegee after Photoflo. I don't recall any problems with scratches, but I've actually found that I have less water marks if I just shake and hang the film.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-31-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,040
Posted By Bassism
Thanks for the kind words. I use an M2....

Thanks for the kind words.

I use an M2. Unfortunately I didn't get the goggles with the lens. Without the goggles, the DR is essentially the same lens as the rigid Summicron of the same vintage....
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-30-2009
Replies: 240
Views: 33,863
Posted By Bassism
The only Leica lens I've got is the DR Cron. It...

The only Leica lens I've got is the DR Cron. It does everything I want in a general purpose lens. Plenty of sharpness, yet a wonderful smooth sharpness. I'm not necessarily looking for a 'vintage'...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-30-2009
Replies: 417
Views: 160,266
Posted By Bassism
Wow, these photos are great. There is a lot of...

Wow, these photos are great. There is a lot of good stuff in this thread.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-30-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,040
Posted By Bassism
DR Summicron has returned!

A few of you may remember my saga a while back with the damaged DR Cron I received. It's finally back in my hands (when the friendly guy at the local vintage camera shop offers to take care of...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-30-2009
Replies: 92
Views: 7,369
Posted By Bassism
And don't forget the stoics and sophists!

And don't forget the stoics and sophists!
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 05-30-2009
Replies: 518
Views: 42,901
Posted By Bassism
For those wondering what the connection between...

For those wondering what the connection between the PEN shorts and the new m4/3rds camera, if you check the URL, it's listed under dslr. I think it's a safe bet that a new dslr would not be inspired...
Forum: RFF Polls 05-30-2009
Replies: 2,992
Views: 1,791,484
Posted By Bassism
Bean Counter, that sounds like a lot of fun, from...

Bean Counter, that sounds like a lot of fun, from many viewpoints.

My weekend is none too exciting. I'd like to take out my recently returned DR Cron with either FP4 or Ektar to put it through its...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-30-2009
Replies: 92
Views: 7,369
Posted By Bassism
bmattock, I like your metaphor with music. I have...

bmattock, I like your metaphor with music. I have been a musician for ten years now with many hours of practice and am now starting to gain some recognition as a good musician, although there is...
Forum: RFF Polls 05-29-2009
Replies: 62
Views: 7,883
Posted By Bassism
The only lens of mine that I've got a hood for is...

The only lens of mine that I've got a hood for is my dslr kit lens. All the lenses that ever actually get used have no choice but to go naked.

That said, I wouldn't usually use them even if I had...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-24-2009
Replies: 34
Views: 7,224
Posted By Bassism
Cool, I couldn't find any SBCs in that price...

Cool, I couldn't find any SBCs in that price range while I was looking. In any case, the Luna Pro works for me.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-24-2009
Replies: 34
Views: 7,224
Posted By Bassism
Wayne, find me a modern metre that'll read in the...

Wayne, find me a modern metre that'll read in the same light with an analog scale for 40 bucks and we'll talk! :P
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-24-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 2,149
Posted By Bassism
Ronald, are you sure it's not the inline water...

Ronald, are you sure it's not the inline water filter that is making the difference for you?

Admittedly, I have little to no knowledge in this area, but it seems surprising to me that cotton would...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-24-2009
Replies: 34
Views: 7,224
Posted By Bassism
One thing to keep in mind with these old meters...

One thing to keep in mind with these old meters is that they may need calibration before they can really be relied upon. Like anything else, they can lose their calibration over time. It's also...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-24-2009
Replies: 111
Views: 7,468
Posted By Bassism
Like some others, I usually always tell the...

Like some others, I usually always tell the camera to only focus on the centre focus point. At that point, it focuses like every other camera I own, except with less work on my part. Of course, it's...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-24-2009
Replies: 37
Views: 3,729
Posted By Bassism
It's hard to tell from the image, but that looks...

It's hard to tell from the image, but that looks more like 1.8 to me.

I'm not in a position to be buying a new DSLR, and I barely even use my K100, but this is a pretty great looking camera so far....
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-24-2009
Replies: 34
Views: 7,224
Posted By Bassism
I use 675 hearing aid cells, which are the same...

I use 675 hearing aid cells, which are the same as the wein cells. They're pretty cheap and readily available. One just needs a spacer to allow them to sit in the battery compartment correctly. I got...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-24-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 2,149
Posted By Bassism
Those are some great results! I still get that...

Those are some great results!

I still get that magical feeling when I pull the film off the reel.... it's what keeps me coming back.

As far as the water marks go, I've started doing a final rinse...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-03-2009
Replies: 47
Views: 4,499
Posted By Bassism
It's one thing to take a shot of a subject that...

It's one thing to take a shot of a subject that somebody else noticed and try to do something different with. But at 1:30 or so where they form a queue to take exactly the same photo four times in...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-03-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,048
Posted By Bassism
This looks like a pretty nice solution, but it's...

This looks like a pretty nice solution, but it's more expensive than I'd like. I'm also in the one or two film/one or two devs camp, so I just have a list of all my times in a note on my...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-02-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,858
Posted By Bassism
I have a Lunasix 3s/Pro which works quite well in...

I have a Lunasix 3s/Pro which works quite well in low light. Measures down to -4 or so with reflected and incident light.

Its only real drawback is the fact that it's about the same size as my...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-30-2009
Replies: 178
Views: 15,573
Posted By Bassism
I'm undoubtably a young film user. I do own a...

I'm undoubtably a young film user. I do own a digital body, and try to convince myself to use, but it never seems to do much more than take photos of things I'm selling.

My original interest in...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-25-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 941
Posted By Bassism
Your first scan is what I ideally like to get out...

Your first scan is what I ideally like to get out of the scanner. In that scan, you know that you haven't lost any information from the negative. From there, you need to open it up in a photo editor...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-17-2009
Replies: 36
Views: 2,315
Posted By Bassism
I know that my Pentax Spotmatic F can do double...

I know that my Pentax Spotmatic F can do double exposures by holding down the rewind button while cocking the shutter. I would expect that other manual cameras can do it in a similar way, but I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-17-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 686
Posted By Bassism
Though I don't have any direct experience, I...

Though I don't have any direct experience, I think that the IR-cut filter would have no effect on a film camera. Its place on the M8 is to remove a portion of non-visible light to which the sensor in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-17-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 2,180
Posted By Bassism
I've not shot something that disappeared, but I...

I've not shot something that disappeared, but I do wish I had.

There was an orange lodge in a village where I grew up. It was pretty much on the front lawn of the house of a good friend of mine. It...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-16-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 1,070
Posted By Bassism
You guys seem to have way more fun in the...

You guys seem to have way more fun in the darkroom than I do...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-16-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 2,080
Posted By Bassism
You do need a thermometer, since you need to know...

You do need a thermometer, since you need to know the temperature of your developer. It should be as close as possible to 20 C but a few degrees either way can be compensated for by changing your...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-16-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 2,080
Posted By Bassism
I don't have a fan in my bathroom either, and I...

I don't have a fan in my bathroom either, and I just open a window while I'm doing it. You could also do the chemical parts in your (presumably) larger kitchen then transfer to the bathroom for...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-16-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 2,080
Posted By Bassism
Drying isn't necessarily the harrowing process it...

Drying isn't necessarily the harrowing process it might seem. I also have a cat, and he's generally not allowed in my bathroom where I do my developing, but he does get in, and I don't dust my place...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-16-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 1,070
Posted By Bassism
Madcap darkroom moments?

Inspired by Larky's recent description of his method of developing film, I thought it would be interesting to hear others' tales of whimsy in the darkroom.

I'm pretty new to the whole thing myself,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-16-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 2,080
Posted By Bassism
Larky's got the right idea. I like having control...

Larky's got the right idea. I like having control over my developing, but it's certainly not a scientific operation for me. Usually it comes down to "hmm, it was pretty dark. Guess I ought to leave...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-16-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 2,080
Posted By Bassism
If I were not doing my own processing, I would...

If I were not doing my own processing, I would stick with C41 b/w film. The few times I have used them I've been impressed. My grandfather who has been a photographer and teacher of photography for...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-15-2009
Replies: 36
Views: 3,522
Posted By Bassism
An interesting question... The bright line...

An interesting question...

The bright line finder is pure genius to me. I wouldn't say I shoot either landscape or street, but for me the bright line finder means that I can see the world around me...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-15-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 1,237
Posted By Bassism
You might look into Kodak's new Ektar 100. I'm...

You might look into Kodak's new Ektar 100. I'm about to start experimenting with some colour film myself, and from what I've seen, that will be my first stop. Kodak claims that it's the finest...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-15-2009
Replies: 43
Views: 7,856
Posted By Bassism
The main problem with air cells is that as long...

The main problem with air cells is that as long as they are unsealed, the chemistry is being exhausted. As a result, there is a definite lifespan of a few months until the cells are exhausted....
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-15-2009
Replies: 43
Views: 7,856
Posted By Bassism
Once you get the adaptor in it, I'd test it...

Once you get the adaptor in it, I'd test it against a known good meter of some kind. It's not uncommon for such an old meter to be out.

But, you may be lucky. Mine came from a professional studio...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-15-2009
Replies: 46
Views: 6,698
Posted By Bassism
Roger, I'm happy to see that Frances is back home...

Roger, I'm happy to see that Frances is back home :)

I haven't really been around long enough to really settle in with any lenses at all, but I'm still very fond of my M42 Takumar 50/1.4 that was...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-15-2009
Replies: 40
Views: 4,212
Posted By Bassism
Reading the article the first time, I kind of...

Reading the article the first time, I kind of missed the photojournalist part. I do agree that such heavy editing does take the image somewhat out of the realm of journalism.

Though I'm still...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-15-2009
Replies: 40
Views: 4,212
Posted By Bassism
Of course the judges can establish whatever rules...

Of course the judges can establish whatever rules they like, but in this case the rule is "You may post-process the images electronically in accordance with good practice. That is cropping, burning,...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-15-2009
Replies: 40
Views: 4,212
Posted By Bassism
Wow, I can't believe they would disqualify a guy...

Wow, I can't believe they would disqualify a guy for having some skill in Photoshop... As far as I can see, the editing isn't even that extreme. For the most part, it just looks like he just pulled...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-15-2009
Replies: 43
Views: 7,856
Posted By Bassism
While I have no doubt that a meter can be...

While I have no doubt that a meter can be converted to read properly with a 1.5v cell, my concern would be with the discharge curve of the cells. Mercury cells pretty much maintain a constant voltage...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-14-2009
Replies: 96
Views: 48,536
Posted By Bassism
I've got a couple exposure charts on my iphone,...

I've got a couple exposure charts on my iphone, and I really find that they're more of a pain than they're worth. A piece of paper is much faster than turning on the phone, waiting for the app to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-14-2009
Replies: 35
Views: 2,660
Posted By Bassism
With my M2, I bought a DR Summicron 50, which is...

With my M2, I bought a DR Summicron 50, which is absolutely the nicest lens I've ever used in b/w. In colour I'd might go for one of the CV offerings, though having never used one I can't say for...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-12-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 742
Posted By Bassism
I have the cheapest one I could find from ebay....

I have the cheapest one I could find from ebay. While I haven't used the CQ adaptor, the Chinese one works perfectly. I have no issues with focus or usability.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-09-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,581
Posted By Bassism
Henry's carries it and does mail...

Henry's carries it and does mail order.

http://www.henrys.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ItemsDisplay?storeId=10001&catalogId=10001&departmentId=10405&categoryId=10434&itemID=223402
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-09-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 1,472
Posted By Bassism
Which blogs do you read?

Certainly there are plenty of photo-related blogs on the internet, some of which are dull and some of which are more than worthwhile.

Which blogs do you find yourself coming back to to read, and...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-09-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 1,137
Posted By Bassism
Curious... My M2 has a 3/8" tripod tread. The top...

Curious...
My M2 has a 3/8" tripod tread.
The top plate dates to 1962 while the number under the bottom plate is from 1958. But in either case, does that make it a European camera?
Forum: RFF Polls 04-08-2009
Replies: 111
Views: 11,239
Posted By Bassism
I do all of my own black and white developing....

I do all of my own black and white developing. Originally it was out of a desire to actually be able to afford photography as a hobby. But as I begin to understand the process more and more, the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-08-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 816
Posted By Bassism
If you're interested in the M3, it might also be...

If you're interested in the M3, it might also be worth looking at an M2, which gets you framelines from 35-90. I absolutely love mine, and appreciate only having one frameline visible at a time. If...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-08-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 1,231
Posted By Bassism
Ilford's guide is great, and a very good place to...

Ilford's guide is great, and a very good place to start. That's what I used when I started doing my own darkroom work. They also have a good guide on printing if you want to get into that.
I don't...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-08-2009
Replies: 43
Views: 7,856
Posted By Bassism
Thanks for the link to Rick's site. Those...

Thanks for the link to Rick's site. Those drawings may come in useful in the future.
For now, I've got the meter to the point where it is giving accurate readings. The battery check still doesn't...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 04-07-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 3,110
Posted By Bassism
Even though they really do look like digital...

Even though they really do look like digital images in b&w, I prefer the first in b&w.
I'd go for colour in the second one.
It might be worth trying to play with the different colour channels in the...
Forum: RFF News 04-04-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 5,747
Posted By Bassism
Congratulations and well done!

Congratulations and well done!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-04-2009
Replies: 35
Views: 2,379
Posted By Bassism
I see no reason not to pick up a film Nikon. They...

I see no reason not to pick up a film Nikon. They can be found pretty cheaply, and you've got a pretty nice stable of lenses for it.

Beyond that, if you fall for the allure of an RF, then you can go...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-04-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 1,096
Posted By Bassism
I have to admit that I also prefer the original...

I have to admit that I also prefer the original file to any of the others. Out of the others, I would probably pick something in between Ansel Dark and B/W Stark.

Heh... Sorry I'm not much use :P
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-03-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,208
Posted By Bassism
I think that it's more in the case of a camera...

I think that it's more in the case of a camera that sits in a dark cupboard for years at a time. In this situation, an everready case can lock in the moisture which would allow fungus to form over...
Forum: RFF News 04-02-2009
Replies: 1
Views: 2,345
Posted By Bassism
Wow, this is very cool! Two of my favourite...

Wow, this is very cool!
Two of my favourite artists combined...

An interesting interview with Ansel in the article too. Thanks for the link.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-02-2009
Replies: 56
Views: 3,689
Posted By Bassism
I haven't entirely decided what I feel about...

I haven't entirely decided what I feel about Google Streetview, but honestly...

It's generally pretty well known which parts of town are wealthy, and if I were going to rob somebody I'd go take my...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-02-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,043
Posted By Bassism
I've usually got my M2 hanging on my sling strap...

I've usually got my M2 hanging on my sling strap a couple days a week. It stays more or less out of the way. I might not even use it, or I may go and blow a whole roll, depending on the phase of the...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 03-31-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 1,727
Posted By Bassism
From looking around a bit online, it seems the 26...

From looking around a bit online, it seems the 26 covers 93% of Adobe RGB vs 72% for the 24. That would make it the better choice for photo work. And aside from the high end Eizos, it seems a better...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-31-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 1,207
Posted By Bassism
Heh, I'm more referring to the cost of the body...

Heh, I'm more referring to the cost of the body that needs the batteries.
I have plenty of lenses to buy before I can think about buying a metered M body.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-31-2009
Replies: 43
Views: 7,856
Posted By Bassism
I've got my meter to a point where it seems to be...

I've got my meter to a point where it seems to be working. The battery check is still completely useless, but it gives readings that seem to be reasonably close to correct. I'll have to test it...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-31-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 1,207
Posted By Bassism
The battery in my M2 just di.... oh wait :P I...

The battery in my M2 just di.... oh wait :P

I wish I could afford to be worried about dead batteries!
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-31-2009
Replies: 43
Views: 7,856
Posted By Bassism
Navillus, I think that's quite a good price for...

Navillus, I think that's quite a good price for the Lunasix. With shipping, mine was nearly that much, arrived DOA, and doesn't have the spot attachments. The spot adaptors on their own seem to go...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-30-2009
Replies: 43
Views: 7,856
Posted By Bassism
Hm, I did buy a set of weincells to use with the...

Hm, I did buy a set of weincells to use with the meter, because I use 625 hearing aid batteries in a lot of my cameras and wanted the metal rings. I didn't know that they weren't as tall, I'll try...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-30-2009
Replies: 43
Views: 7,856
Posted By Bassism
Thanks guys, I would love to be in a position to...

Thanks guys,
I would love to be in a position to send it out to QLM, but I don't have the cashflow to do that at the moment. And even if I did, a CLA on my M2 would take priority. But I'm nothing if...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-30-2009
Replies: 43
Views: 7,856
Posted By Bassism
Gossen Lunasix 3 (Luna Pro?)

Hey everybody,
I'm wondering if anybody has any experience with repairing a Lunasix 3. I just picked one up off of ebay, and it was DOA. I put a new set of batteries in and it still wouldn't...
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-27-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 2,801
Posted By Bassism
I'm not convinced that AF necessitates larger...

I'm not convinced that AF necessitates larger lenses. Look at Pentax's DA 40 limited lens. It's literally about the size of a body cap; the hood is almost as long as the lens.

I think the problem is...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 03-25-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 1,023
Posted By Bassism
I would suggest to keep everything as well. All...

I would suggest to keep everything as well. All in, a page of a roll's worth of negatives doesn't take up much space. Though I don't have any stories as significant as Al's, I have found myself going...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-25-2009
Replies: 91
Views: 5,485
Posted By Bassism
I think it's a question of intent. When it comes...

I think it's a question of intent.
When it comes to music, I think that I am an artist in everything I do. Whether playing in a rock style pit band for a musical, or composing a string trio, I try to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-24-2009
Replies: 117
Views: 12,919
Posted By Bassism
I'm new to the Leica family. When I first started...

I'm new to the Leica family. When I first started getting interested in photography I read a lot about leicas and I decided that was what I wanted. Of course, being a high school student kept it out...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-23-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 1,631
Posted By Bassism
For helping with dust, I've found that using a...

For helping with dust, I've found that using a bathroom, the best thing is to run a hot shower while washing the film. The steam in the air keeps the dust down.

Also, the streaks at the edges look...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-23-2009
Replies: 42
Views: 5,538
Posted By Bassism
M2 I61-L/D...

M2 I61-L/D Tri-x
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c125/bassism/castparty039.jpg
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-16-2009
Replies: 38
Views: 2,919
Posted By Bassism
I actually think it looks pretty neat. Definitely...

I actually think it looks pretty neat. Definitely not 8k neat, and I'd rather have one in silver or black. But I can dig it.
Forum: 14 Day One Lens Challenge 03-16-2009
Replies: 55
Views: 18,067
Posted By Bassism
I'll play this time, since I now exist on the...

I'll play this time, since I now exist on the forum...

Hopefully I'll have my summicron back in my hands by then. Maybe I'll take it as an excuse to try out some Ektar too, since it's starting to...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 03-16-2009
Replies: 1
Views: 2,913
Posted By Bassism
That is incredibly cool. I kind of really want...

That is incredibly cool.
I kind of really want one... It's like a kinder surprise except with better candy and a better surprise.
Forum: Photo Software 03-11-2009
Replies: 46
Views: 4,450
Posted By Bassism
I've never really gotten on with Lightroom. I've...

I've never really gotten on with Lightroom. I've tried it a few times, and I do find that a lot of its tools are more powerful than in Aperture. The levels tool in particular seems very weird to me...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-09-2009
Replies: 35
Views: 2,474
Posted By Bassism
My advice in this situation would be to consider...

My advice in this situation would be to consider whether it is the means or the end that is most important to you.

If you care primarily about the image on the negative, then the camera makes little...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-09-2009
Replies: 61
Views: 4,841
Posted By Bassism
I use a sling-style strap that I made myself....

I use a sling-style strap that I made myself. I've documented it somewhere here on the forum.

Prior to this, I used neck straps worn in the same way. It was really uncomfortable sliding the strap...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 03-03-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 5,785
Posted By Bassism
Drag, I love those Himatic mods. If I don't end...

Drag, I love those Himatic mods. If I don't end up selling mine, I may have to take it under the knife. Am I right in assuming that the meter still works in manual mode, just having lost it's...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 03-03-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,298
Posted By Bassism
My favourite is that first shot. If you're...

My favourite is that first shot.
If you're developing in the bathroom, the best way I've found to deal with dust is to run a hot shower for a few minutes while I'm rinsing the film. Since I've...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-03-2009
Replies: 33
Views: 3,232
Posted By Bassism
It sounds to me like you might really enjoy using...

It sounds to me like you might really enjoy using a rangefinder. I do shoot film, develop it myself, then scan it into the computer. Once in the computer, you have all the tools available to digital....
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-02-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 1,891
Posted By Bassism
Personally, I like the original Kiev engraving...

Personally, I like the original Kiev engraving more than any of your mockups. However, I really like the Volga suggestion. That's what I would do.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-01-2009
Replies: 77
Views: 5,709
Posted By Bassism
Do not be ashamed at all to take the matter up...

Do not be ashamed at all to take the matter up with the seller. Using stock photos and not mentioning the damage in the description are definitely misleading. If it were accurately described and...
Forum: RFF News 02-26-2009
Replies: 67
Views: 7,157
Posted By Bassism
Video could be interesting. Another forum I...

Video could be interesting. Another forum I participate in uses a video section to post reviews and tutorials. It's essentially a front-end to youtube. It could be nice to have easy access to the...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 02-26-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 2,391
Posted By Bassism
I'll second the Y strap. I've been using my home...

I'll second the Y strap. I've been using my home made version with all of my cameras and I absolutely love it. No balance issues with anything I've tried it on, and it's more comfortable and more...
Forum: Off Topic 02-25-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 897
Posted By Bassism
The five string banjo is a great progression from...

The five string banjo is a great progression from ukulele!

The four string banjo was designed to be strummed with a pick comping chords like a guitar. This was necessary in the big bands where you...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-25-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 1,598
Posted By Bassism
I'll add Crumpler messenger bags to the Timbuk2...

I'll add Crumpler messenger bags to the Timbuk2 suggestion. Both are high quality, I went with Crumpler because they have pockets to fit my Macbook Pro. However, Crumpler has a wide variety of bags...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-23-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 3,805
Posted By Bassism
The Leica is very much a one lens camera for me....

The Leica is very much a one lens camera for me. I do own two lenses, but they're both 50s.
My primary attraction to the camera is its small size and ease of use. Carrying around more lenses and...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-20-2009
Replies: 119
Views: 11,322
Posted By Bassism
For me it's always been a 50. I've tried to get...

For me it's always been a 50. I've tried to get on with other focal lengths but it never happens for me.
Usually when I see something of interest, it'll fit in a 50mm frame, perhaps with a few steps...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 02-18-2009
Replies: 57
Views: 4,113
Posted By Bassism
I've only ever shot a few rolls of slides because...

I've only ever shot a few rolls of slides because they're so expensive. However, I have to disagree that they're easy to scan. I've never managed a scan of a slide that came close to the beauty of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-16-2009
Replies: 32
Views: 1,953
Posted By Bassism
I absolutely love this series so far. I think...

I absolutely love this series so far. I think you've really managed to capture that industrial feeling. I didn't even notice the cut heads while looking through. I feel like the subject in this case...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-16-2009
Replies: 44
Views: 3,400
Posted By Bassism
I feel the same way about digital imaging. It...

I feel the same way about digital imaging. It definitely brings new capabilities to us. I do digital post work on everything I shoot, be it digital or film. Only the very best of what I shoot gets...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-16-2009
Replies: 44
Views: 3,400
Posted By Bassism
Also, I don't mean to imply that you need to...

Also, I don't mean to imply that you need to labour in the darkroom or in PS to be a photographer. I seem to recall that Bresson couldn't be bothered to do his own prints. To me, this just means that...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-16-2009
Replies: 44
Views: 3,400
Posted By Bassism
I agree with Gabriel. Your definition of an...

I agree with Gabriel. Your definition of an image-maker sounds to me like my definition of a photographer. Of course, photographers do make images.

I think that anybody who claims that a real...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-14-2009
Replies: 96
Views: 48,536
Posted By Bassism
If you could figure out a way to make it work,...

If you could figure out a way to make it work, then I would definitely jump all over it, as I'm sure others would too.

However, I looked into the idea myself a little while back, and I think it's...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-14-2009
Replies: 154
Views: 27,834
Posted By Bassism
You seem to think that the M4 is the best user,...

You seem to think that the M4 is the best user, and why keep a camera if not to use it?
Iconicity, while tempting, probably isn't the most practical criteria for a choice like this :)
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-13-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 2,339
Posted By Bassism
Thanks for the heads up. In case any Canadians...

Thanks for the heads up. In case any Canadians are interested, there is an energizer.ca site where you can get the offer. Stupidly, I didn't copy the link however.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-13-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 4,441
Posted By Bassism
I love me some Pentax! This actually sounds like...

I love me some Pentax!

This actually sounds like quite an interesting concept.
The idea of automatically cropping to APS-C sounds bizarre and gimmicky. Is it seriously so difficult to rotate a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-13-2009
Replies: 34
Views: 1,990
Posted By Bassism
For what it's worth, she accepted my offer for a...

For what it's worth, she accepted my offer for a partial refund. I'm happy, presumably she's happy (or at most slightly irritated at losing some money). Everybody can go on living, and I'll figure...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-13-2009
Replies: 41
Views: 2,438
Posted By Bassism
I like to use a timer app on my laptop. FNDMobile...

I like to use a timer app on my laptop. FNDMobile looks pretty handy though. I'll have to check it out.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-13-2009
Replies: 34
Views: 1,990
Posted By Bassism
Wow, there are a lot of strong opinions about...

Wow, there are a lot of strong opinions about this topic.

I've never even considered making a formal dispute with ebay in the past, and I was hesitant to do so this time, which is why I came to the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-13-2009
Replies: 34
Views: 1,990
Posted By Bassism
I have filed a dispute with Paypal, giving the...

I have filed a dispute with Paypal, giving the seller the option of either giving a partial refund or taking the thing back. I almost expect she won't even reply, but I'll give her a few days before...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-12-2009
Replies: 34
Views: 1,990
Posted By Bassism
Thanks everyone, That's what I had been...

Thanks everyone,
That's what I had been wondering. If it were something simple, then I would simply send it out for a CLA. But I know from my own experiences pulling lenses apart in the past that...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-12-2009
Replies: 34
Views: 1,990
Posted By Bassism
Received damaged Cron, advice?

Hello all,
I recently purchased a DR Summicron on ebay and got a good price on it. Here is a link to the auction:...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-12-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 1,637
Posted By Bassism
There are some quite nice photos there. Just goes...

There are some quite nice photos there.
Just goes to show that all my complaining about how ugly all this snow is is for naught...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 02-10-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 1,686
Posted By Bassism
I usually scan everything. I've had a few...

I usually scan everything. I've had a few occasions where I've skipped a neg then come back later and found I liked it, so now I usually just save myself the hassle.

The only exception is that...
Forum: Other RF 02-10-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,157
Posted By Bassism
The original battery for the 7s is the PX625...

The original battery for the 7s is the PX625 mercury cell, which is no longer available.

What I use in mine are hearing aid batteries. They should be available at any department store or whatnot and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-10-2009
Replies: 25
Views: 1,884
Posted By Bassism
In 50mm, the older summicrons can be had pretty...

In 50mm, the older summicrons can be had pretty cheaply. I just got a DR from ebay for 150 USD. If you are willing to wait and look for a deal, this route might be the best bang for your buck.

I'm...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-10-2009
Replies: 28
Views: 2,122
Posted By Bassism
I would think that any M body will be able to...

I would think that any M body will be able to stand up to much abuse. I haven't had my M2 long enough to know about the reliability of the RF adjustment. However, I have knocked the RF out of...
Forum: Off Topic 02-09-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 897
Posted By Bassism
I'm a musician myself. I typically perform on the...

I'm a musician myself. I typically perform on the double bass, but play many more instruments. My collection of musical instruments easily dwarfs my camera collection :P

My main gig is a modern folk...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-08-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 1,106
Posted By Bassism
I got it figured out. I had to reattach the...

I got it figured out. I had to reattach the frameline lever itself and fiddle with it. I think there's something wonky with the framelines, accounting for the sticky 90mm frame.
The fix was simple....
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-08-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 1,106
Posted By Bassism
Thanks for the link. That's quite a detailed...

Thanks for the link. That's quite a detailed reference, which I'm sure will be useful.

However, it doesn't solve my problem. It also seems to suggest that it should all come apart now, and yet it...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-08-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 1,106
Posted By Bassism
M2 body removal

I'm in the process of pulling my M2 apart to take a look at the shutter. The shutter seems to have disconnected itself from the drum, and I wanted to take a look and see if I can fix it. I know that...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-08-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 1,460
Posted By Bassism
I think that an M7 with a 0.95 Noct could be a...

I think that an M7 with a 0.95 Noct could be a lot of fun to play with.

I can feel you about the snow though... I think I'm going to take a trip up to Winterlude and check out the ice sculptures and...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 02-07-2009
Replies: 33
Views: 1,774
Posted By Bassism
http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v1915/...

http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v1915/11/6/1650360030/n1650360030_81483_3796.jpg
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 02-07-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 772
Posted By Bassism
The only place I know of in Ottawa is GPC...

The only place I know of in Ottawa is GPC labworks on Bank. They're not cheap though... 12.00 for a roll of mounted slides.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-07-2009
Replies: 32
Views: 3,172
Posted By Bassism
I think Leica also needs to advertise, full stop....

I think Leica also needs to advertise, full stop. Spreading the "Leica lifestyle" is a great thing for them to do. That Wim Wenders advertisement is great stuff. If I saw that ad on tv, never having...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 02-07-2009
Replies: 38
Views: 3,546
Posted By Bassism
I don't really know of any charts that outline...

I don't really know of any charts that outline the differences. Possibly because the "feature sets" of both of them are about the same. They can both do pretty much exactly the same things. The...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-07-2009
Replies: 32
Views: 3,172
Posted By Bassism
I think that Leica is really in between a rock...

I think that Leica is really in between a rock and a hard place.

The film M body is pretty much at it's peak as far as I can see. The M7 could be updated with some more advanced metering and small...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-07-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 3,429
Posted By Bassism
To be honest, I see no reason to buy a Leica...

To be honest, I see no reason to buy a Leica release. I've never used one, but they aren't very complex. I can't see German engineering improving upon the cable release. A normal cable release only...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-07-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 1,079
Posted By Bassism
I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot...

I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole.

Googling their name just comes up with a bunch of spam-like postings linked to a hotmail account...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-07-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,099
Posted By Bassism
In my opinion, the Canonet is probably closer to...

In my opinion, the Canonet is probably closer to the M Leica experience than a Fed. I've not used a Canonet myself, but my Minolta Hi-Matic has a big, bright VF with floating parallax-correcting...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-05-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 2,162
Posted By Bassism
You learn something new every day... Makes me...

You learn something new every day...

Makes me want to go find some old glass and check for bloom.

Thanks
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-04-2009
Replies: 39
Views: 3,344
Posted By Bassism
I remember finding a list of customs functions...

I remember finding a list of customs functions that had to be set to use them correctly. I also get more accurate exposures using M with the AE-L button. But I usually always use M with older lenses...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-04-2009
Replies: 39
Views: 3,344
Posted By Bassism
Obrecht indirectly brings up another good...

Obrecht indirectly brings up another good point.
With an adaptor, M42 lenses work perfectly on the Pentax digital bodies. Focus confirmation, proper exposure, and everything. This opens up a whole...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-04-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,099
Posted By Bassism
I have a Fed 3 that I picked up as a step between...

I have a Fed 3 that I picked up as a step between a Minolta himatic and a Leica M. If you get a good one, it's a pretty decent camera, but I find it very hard to use. I find the viewfinder to be...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-04-2009
Replies: 39
Views: 3,344
Posted By Bassism
I have a K100D, and until very recently I had a...

I have a K100D, and until very recently I had a DA 40 ltd that was pretty much glued to the camera. The only reason it came off was for low light work with my 50/1.4.
It's an absolutely wonderful...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 02-02-2009
Replies: 38
Views: 3,546
Posted By Bassism
Lightroom doesn't do anything that PS can't...

Lightroom doesn't do anything that PS can't (aside from the non-destructive editing), the difference just lies in the workflow and how you do things.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 02-02-2009
Replies: 38
Views: 3,546
Posted By Bassism
The early reviews of Aperture and Lightroom do a...

The early reviews of Aperture and Lightroom do a pretty good job of explaining the things that differ from a traditional digital workflow.

You use Aperture to import the DNG originally. It imports...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-02-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,128
Posted By Bassism
Wow, many congratulations! That is a beautiful...

Wow, many congratulations!

That is a beautiful photo. I can't place why, but I love it!
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 02-02-2009
Replies: 38
Views: 3,546
Posted By Bassism
As far as software goes, I highly recommend using...

As far as software goes, I highly recommend using either Aperture or Lightroom. Each has its own small niggles, but I find that the overall workflow and ideology of Aperture suits me much more....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-02-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 2,046
Posted By Bassism
It's heeeereee! I just ran through the...

It's heeeereee!

I just ran through the Cameraquest M buyers' guide, and it mostly all checks out.

The only real problem with the camera is that the framelines are sticky. However, I've been...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-02-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,577
Posted By Bassism
Nice, Al. I can dig it!

Nice, Al. I can dig it!
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-01-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,577
Posted By Bassism
Heh, I think people tend to underestimate what a...

Heh, I think people tend to underestimate what a good head of hair can do for you. I'm happy to hear yours is still around! I can only hope that I can keep mine for another fourty-some odd years...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-01-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,577
Posted By Bassism
Yet Another DIY Strap

Today I decided to stop being so lazy and head down to MEC, the local outdoor outfitter-type place, and see what I could rig up for a strap.

I didn't have much of a plan going in, I figured I'd just...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-30-2009
Replies: 35
Views: 3,219
Posted By Bassism
To be honest, I kinda dig the olive green. Were I...

To be honest, I kinda dig the olive green. Were I a multi-millionaire, I might buy one.

I don't really see why anybody should complain about it though. As Kent said, it takes essentially no time or...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-30-2009
Replies: 56
Views: 5,681
Posted By Bassism
One of the reviews on Luminous Landscape has a...

One of the reviews on Luminous Landscape has a few direct comparisons between the M8 and the 5D, in case you haven't seen it:

http://luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/leica-m8.shtml
Forum: Optics Theory - 01-30-2009
Replies: 97
Views: 6,899
Posted By Bassism
Hmm. I'm doing pretty well so far... Leica M2...

Hmm. I'm doing pretty well so far...
Leica M2 with a Summicron DR...

Now I just want more film
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-29-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,158
Posted By Bassism
What an incredible slide show. It's too bad there...

What an incredible slide show. It's too bad there isn't more of a record surviving of these beachobatics. I'd love to start a revival, it's very cool. And there are some absolutely stunning...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-29-2009
Replies: 1
Views: 917
Posted By Bassism
You can put a piece of ground glass on the film...

You can put a piece of ground glass on the film gate and check the focus there.
An easy way to make a "ground glass" is to use any suitably sized piece of glass (maybe an old microscope slide?)...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-29-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,187
Posted By Bassism
Developing black and white is really quite easy,...

Developing black and white is really quite easy, and many people even find it to be fun. It's also much cheaper than sending the film out to a lab and you don't have to wait to get them back. It...
Forum: Off Topic 01-28-2009
Replies: 45
Views: 4,035
Posted By Bassism
I like a number of those photos. And no matter...

I like a number of those photos. And no matter what anybody says about his composition, he's got the technical side of photography down, which is pretty impressive to me.

Plus, the notes about the...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-28-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,989
Posted By Bassism
Nice, thanks for the samples Gradskater! I often...

Nice, thanks for the samples Gradskater!
I often find myself shooting at 1/4 with nothing at all, it looks like it's quite effective.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-28-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,989
Posted By Bassism
The y strap may be nerdy, but it's also the best...

The y strap may be nerdy, but it's also the best solution I've found. I'm using a homemade kludge, but wouldn't mind something a bit higher in quality.

The string/leash options seem like a fairly...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-27-2009
Replies: 84
Views: 5,889
Posted By Bassism
I'll put in another vote for the Epson flatbeds....

I'll put in another vote for the Epson flatbeds. I use a 2450 that I picked up for about 40 bucks. I haven't tried to print from it, but it has served me well for on computer viewing. Furthermore, it...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-27-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,989
Posted By Bassism
Anybody used the Nopod?

Has anybody used the Nopod? http://figitalrevolution.com/the-no-pod/

I'm quite intrigued by the idea. Anything that helps to get a few more stops is welcome in my books.

If anybody has tried it,...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-27-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 1,832
Posted By Bassism
I've been curious about the y-strap/r-strap/sling...

I've been curious about the y-strap/r-strap/sling style straps for the past few days.

I've found something that I think might be a good alternative to the R-strap. It looks to me like a more elegant...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-27-2009
Replies: 44
Views: 2,891
Posted By Bassism
I shoot first and foremost for myself. I get a...

I shoot first and foremost for myself. I get a joy out of just slowing down and seeing the world around me. I also really like the feeling of accomplishment when I create something I'm really proud...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-26-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 8,146
Posted By Bassism
Thanks Al, I'd never known the 'why' of the...

Thanks Al,
I'd never known the 'why' of the Canadian Leitz plant. I love that second reason... that's German ingenuity for ya.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-26-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 8,146
Posted By Bassism
I have to admit that your question goes beyond...

I have to admit that your question goes beyond what I've been able to gather so far about the Canadian Leicas.
I understand that there were Canadian Leicas produced all the way back to the Barnack...
Forum: Off Topic 01-26-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 876
Posted By Bassism
Can I be a hippy? I'm still young...

Can I be a hippy?
I'm still young...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-26-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 8,146
Posted By Bassism
Thank you for the kind words. This was really...

Thank you for the kind words.

This was really just written off the top of my head without any real purpose. Once I'd finished it, I was actually surprised by my knowledge of the two histories......
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-26-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 8,146
Posted By Bassism
A bit on the history of Midland/Leica

I just caught myself writing quite a long piece on the history of Leica and Midland on my personal blog while gushing about my wait for my M2/Summicron. I thought that it might be interesting to post...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-26-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 1,127
Posted By Bassism
As an update, I'm still printing on my old graded...

As an update, I'm still printing on my old graded paper and haven't picked up any filters or new paper yet. I've been too busy buying Leicas.... :S

I know the theory behind split grade printing, but...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-24-2009
Replies: 2,992
Views: 1,791,484
Posted By Bassism
70 degrees..... lucky. With the windchill here,...

70 degrees..... lucky.

With the windchill here, it's more like -30.
Needless to say I'm not going outside.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-23-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,155
Posted By Bassism
Those are quite pretty. Well done!

Those are quite pretty. Well done!
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-21-2009
Replies: 20
Views: 2,101
Posted By Bassism
Thanks for the report. This is a lens that I have...

Thanks for the report.
This is a lens that I have my eye on, and I really like the results you've gotten with it.
I must also say that I like your cat.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-21-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 2,046
Posted By Bassism
Wow, all kinds of good advice has cropped up in...

Wow, all kinds of good advice has cropped up in this thread.

Firstly, I'm quite excited and honoured to have an M2 at 20. I've wanted one since I first took a "fine art" photo, and I still can't get...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-20-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 2,046
Posted By Bassism
Thanks for all the responses. It's interesting to...

Thanks for all the responses. It's interesting to see the range of prices of a CLA.

I noticed that strap lug myself. I hadn't thought of the possibility of it being loose. In the end though, that's...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-20-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 2,046
Posted By Bassism
Yay first M!

Hey all,
I told myself I wasn't allowed to buy any more gear this year, but I have no willpower and I covet nice things. I also don't much like shooting the Fed 3 I picked up, because of the tiny...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-19-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 6,609
Posted By Bassism
I think that a water cooler would be a very...

I think that a water cooler would be a very workable solution. If you get one of the ones that will dispense room temperature water, the temperature should be fairly close to dev temperature.

For...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-18-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 1,996
Posted By Bassism
As to the question about sqeegees, I've heard...

As to the question about sqeegees, I've heard many people say that they simply use two clean, dry fingers to squeegee their negs. I've started using this method with Photoflo and I haven't had any...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-16-2009
Replies: 30
Views: 2,794
Posted By Bassism
I am by no means an expert on the FSU cameras,...

I am by no means an expert on the FSU cameras, and I'm sure that somebody more knowledgeable will chime in. However, I just went through a bunch of FSU research, so I'll help where I can.

However,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-15-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 2,075
Posted By Bassism
I would suggest looking into Picasa. I haven't...

I would suggest looking into Picasa. I haven't used it in some time, but remember it being quite easy to use and capable.
For heavier editing, I'd suggest the Gimp. It's much more complicated, much...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-15-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 1,802
Posted By Bassism
I don't own a P&S, but on the occasions I've used...

I don't own a P&S, but on the occasions I've used them, I've somewhat enjoyed the experience. I often find myself shooting with my camera over my head or otherwise at arm's length, and it would be...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-15-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 1,624
Posted By Bassism
I kinda wish companies would name cameras with...

I kinda wish companies would name cameras with names.

Spotmatic, Canonet, Contaflex, Isolette, Brownie....

Now those meant something!
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 01-14-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 1,505
Posted By Bassism
It's always been my experience that filters will...

It's always been my experience that filters will almost always flare.
I've found that my SMC Takumars, of similar vintage to your cron, will rarely flare in situations like that, but as soon as I put...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-13-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 2,441
Posted By Bassism
I think that the time for the netbook is soon. I...

I think that the time for the netbook is soon. I agree that they're a great concept, but I think they need bigger SSDs, better keyboards, and a bit more horsepower at the same price point before they...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-13-2009
Replies: 30
Views: 3,679
Posted By Bassism
What better way to test film than to digitally...

What better way to test film than to digitally print it 15 stories high?
Forum: Yashica RF 01-12-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 897
Posted By Bassism
Wow, I wouldn't have possibly guessed a lens like...

Wow, I wouldn't have possibly guessed a lens like that could still turn out a decent image...

Be careful though, you might get the lomo crowd to start shattering their front elements and stopping...
Forum: Optics Theory - 01-12-2009
Replies: 97
Views: 6,899
Posted By Bassism
I'd like the CV 50/1.5 Nokton. Preferably a Leica...

I'd like the CV 50/1.5 Nokton. Preferably a Leica body to mount it to as well, but I'm trying to be somewhat realistic here...
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 01-12-2009
Replies: 172
Views: 41,645
Posted By Bassism
The lovable protagonist in the movie Pecker uses...

The lovable protagonist in the movie Pecker uses some form of Canonet.

...I love you more than Kodak!
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-11-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 1,116
Posted By Bassism
I'd second the Crumpler recommendation. I've had...

I'd second the Crumpler recommendation. I've had the part and parcel for about three years and it still looks brand new. The whole bag is padded with a separate padded compartment for the laptop. It...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-09-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 1,711
Posted By Bassism
I have to agree with everybody else. Unless the...

I have to agree with everybody else.

Unless the colour is part of the composition of the photo, I find it mostly serves to distract, as I think it does in this case.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-09-2009
Replies: 46
Views: 4,859
Posted By Bassism
I think the article is an interesting read. It...

I think the article is an interesting read. It takes a perspective I haven't really though much about.

He really comes down hard on RAW files though. I think there's a pretty demonstrable advantage...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-09-2009
Replies: 47
Views: 3,313
Posted By Bassism
I wouldn't either. I enjoyed photography before I...

I wouldn't either. I enjoyed photography before I ever discovered wet printing, and I'll continue to love it in whatever form it takes.

But it doesn't have to come to that. Watch Craigslist for...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-08-2009
Replies: 37
Views: 3,308
Posted By Bassism
I use a rangefinder these days simply because it...

I use a rangefinder these days simply because it feels nice and makes me feel excited to go out shooting in a way that my slrs have lost.

When I bought my Himatic, it sat on the shelf for probably...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-08-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 2,847
Posted By Bassism
I have to say these prints are absolutely...

I have to say these prints are absolutely fascinating.

As far as seeing things that have nothing to do with the underlying image, in the first print my eyes are constantly drawn to a mime wearing a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-08-2009
Replies: 66
Views: 5,208
Posted By Bassism
If you're interested in buying into an SLR...

If you're interested in buying into an SLR system, I would suggest you take a look at Pentax. The LX offers a rugged, professional body in a small, comfortable package. Or you could always go for one...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-08-2009
Replies: 1,943
Views: 259,586
Posted By Bassism
Ottawa, On.

Ottawa, On.
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