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Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 849
Posted By leicapixie
Great story about a faithful Nikon-F2. Some of us...

Great story about a faithful Nikon-F2.
Some of us have never stopped using our Nikons or exposing film..
Sadly scanning a poor imitation of what is possible with real darkroom..
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Days Ago
Replies: 58
Views: 2,135
Posted By leicapixie
A Financial report is created for Tax...

A Financial report is created for Tax Purposes..
The worse it can be made, the less taxes..
A Company that invented so much including Digital goes bankrupt ?
The real fact getting rid of the pensions...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 5 Days Ago
Replies: 145
Views: 43,830
Posted By leicapixie
The Rolleiflex is light, portable, easy to load...

The Rolleiflex is light, portable, easy to load and use.
A modern bright screen makes focusing easy.
Great choice.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 488
Posted By leicapixie
The paint job has been discussed but.. what about...

The paint job has been discussed but.. what about the viewfinder, rangefinder optics etc.
Is the camera body requiring a service, parts ?
Mine is slightly older and has been hard used professionally...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,397
Posted By leicapixie
I hate editing! I have always hated editing a...

I hate editing!
I have always hated editing a shoot.
I moved from 35mm to medium format for less, slower.
I was doing model portfolios and headshots..
Is the Rollei slow?
No! I am being careful..roll...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 99
Views: 10,979
Posted By leicapixie
I absolutely hate these cameras that resemble...

I absolutely hate these cameras that resemble "piano-accordions"!
Using finest modern lenses, ap whatever on 35mm are wiped out by these fold boxes!
Beautiful images, lovely tones and great...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 43
Views: 1,120
Posted By leicapixie
I have a FE and the F3. The weight difference...

I have a FE and the F3.
The weight difference equal to a small prime lens..
The FE can work without battery.
The F3 is the stronger, more durable camera body.
Take both or add a small backup, 35mm...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,128
Posted By leicapixie
I am old so my opinions based on MY experiences...

I am old so my opinions based on MY experiences and practices!
35mm was invented by Oskar Barnack to replace the 5"x7" View-camera..
The depth of field scales on all 35mm camera lenses for 5x7...
Forum: Nikon RF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 393
Posted By leicapixie
A great portrait of lamb guy! So nice a portrait...

A great portrait of lamb guy!
So nice a portrait without regulation smile and squinting into sun..
Love the contrast and other shots.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,104
Posted By leicapixie
The so called roughness I noticed on my M6TTL...

The so called roughness I noticed on my M6TTL bought new 2000.
One tiny repair a few years ago,.hefty bill..
I use M3 from new, since 1967., very heavy use..
The M6 is now almost as smooth as M3 and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 1,132
Posted By leicapixie
It was not a standard Hasselblad 500c. It was...

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

Nikon on later missions became...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 462
Posted By leicapixie
If you cannot get relevant condensers there is a...

If you cannot get relevant condensers there is a "kind" of cure..
Fit thin opal glass so that now diffusion light!
It is not that far off in contrast and sharpness..
It will minimize scratches, flaws...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-11-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 2,733
Posted By leicapixie
The majority of film cameras mentioned all are...

The majority of film cameras mentioned all are super high grade that can/will last forever.
Digital has allowed manufacturers to release supposed "new" models every few years..
The fallacy of...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 07-08-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 8,825
Posted By leicapixie
Godfrey, I too had a few nice prints..from...

Godfrey, I too had a few nice prints..from SX-70.
I thought the camera was the ultimate.
The high cost of material cannot be ignored..
The poor quality of "Impossible" and also "Lomo" may be a joy to...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 07-08-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 8,825
Posted By leicapixie
I don't think photography is art! Nor is...

I don't think photography is art!
Nor is painting, sketching, sculpture or any of the so called fine arts..
It may become "Art" in years, decades or generations..
Art is now domain of art dealers...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-08-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,206
Posted By leicapixie
I have a phone, with a great camera.. I don't...

I have a phone, with a great camera..
I don't carry my phone everywhere or ever all the time!
It's for being in contact with Family on that wonderful "app".
I carry a camera always, mostly a small...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-04-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 3,228
Posted By leicapixie
I find "guessing" the exposure in Northern...

I find "guessing" the exposure in Northern Latitudes during winter, almost impossible.
Clouds slightly above one's head going up miles..
A meter is needed! Using digital sources a problem.
Digital...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-27-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 641
Posted By leicapixie
I wish you luck! I had a Leica M3 (11,55...)...

I wish you luck!
I had a Leica M3 (11,55...) delivered new without a working RFDR.
The moving cam plus other bits not included..
Final assembly by Leitz South Africa.
No! I was not offered another...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-25-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 989
Posted By leicapixie
As a pro doing color work in '60's it was SLR. I...

As a pro doing color work in '60's it was SLR.
I love my M3 same period but easier to use SLR.
Really accurate viewfinder with many lenses.
Pentax Spotmatic about 90% same as image in Kodachrome...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-22-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,201
Posted By leicapixie
Regarding your F3, yours need a major...

Regarding your F3, yours need a major service..
The rough winding! Yikes! I NEVER know if mine is winding film.
It is so smooth! THe noise more than my early F Nippon Kogaku.
Having an RB that's...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-20-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 2,721
Posted By leicapixie
First, I am retired but shoot images almost every...

First, I am retired but shoot images almost every day..
If I was a pro, it would mainly be digital..
I love digital for color with small toy cameras.
I super enjoy BW film in my Leica M's, less SLR,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-20-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,219
Posted By leicapixie
The Nikon-F is reliable, almost always works. My...

The Nikon-F is reliable, almost always works.
My "F's" were in storage many years but a lil exercise and they were off to the races whatever!
Compared to Pentax SLR , Nikon-F is bright viewing.
Leica...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 06-18-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 626
Posted By leicapixie
I am so shocked at a place of learning, research...

I am so shocked at a place of learning, research and an icon would "censor" real life!
You now can correct most of that, maybe harder to reach Shetlands or Croatia..
I admire these images, really...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-17-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,618
Posted By leicapixie
I used Medium Format in my studio.. The few times...

I used Medium Format in my studio..
The few times outside were horrible!
The Leica M (M3 mostly) fast and part of me!
Quick response, ideal to hold and view.
I used SLR (Nikon Pentax Canon) for some...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-17-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,254
Posted By leicapixie
Comparison tests are useless if one makes scans...

Comparison tests are useless if one makes scans of film..
OK Imacon might be way better..
but Film made for projection printing and then be sick at result!
It may not be digital winner..
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-17-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 532
Posted By leicapixie
The sharper the lens the greater the aperture,...

The sharper the lens the greater the aperture, the result bad focus!
The Leica RFDR never designed for such perfection..
It gets by but that's not enough.
Never a problem with film,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-17-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 621
Posted By leicapixie
Mine and all my buddies had major problems with...

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

Phone app best!
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 06-14-2019
Replies: 69
Views: 1,936
Posted By leicapixie
It seems best bet is to scan with high end...

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

Canon Canada has basically ended film scanners.
There is a "SURCHARGE" almost equal to cost of scanner!
Transport from Canon USA., to...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-14-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 582
Posted By leicapixie
Thanks for reply. Using filters gives more...

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

(I learnt to expose paper in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-13-2019
Replies: 137
Views: 11,622
Posted By leicapixie
I know what would be great rig for a shoot. Then...

I know what would be great rig for a shoot.
Then reality of age, heart condition kick in..
So it's one camera and one lens. Rats!
I walk almost everyday (retired) and my main camera a point and shoot...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-13-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 582
Posted By leicapixie
Great start, small problems easily solved. Keep...

Great start, small problems easily solved.
Keep everything standard, times and exposures.
Label bottles well.
I always printed a contact sheet, very important.
Raise enlarger to cover the negative...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-13-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 378
Posted By leicapixie
In portraits where blemishes occur, many...

In portraits where blemishes occur, many solutions..
Film of course! Digital has photoshop..
Use red filter, a diffusion filter or best the Zeiss Softar for Hasselblad original!
No other filter does...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-12-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 878
Posted By leicapixie
I own Nikon F-3 (lots of F's,FE,Nikkormat) and...

I own Nikon F-3 (lots of F's,FE,Nikkormat) and Leica M3.M6TTl.
I have not shot film for about 5 years, using digital for way better results.
Metering about same on these cameras but accuracy of...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-07-2019
Replies: 74
Views: 3,855
Posted By leicapixie
These lenses are NOT for using but posing by...

These lenses are NOT for using but posing by photographer owners..
Really use them? Sacre-Bleu that's sacrilege wearing the lens elements away..
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-07-2019
Replies: 1,672
Views: 426,601
Posted By leicapixie
I thought the Macro lens was "135mm" ? I used it...

I thought the Macro lens was "135mm" ?
I used it as my normal, plus the 75mm.
Used friends 55mm, all were stunning.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-07-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 1,073
Posted By leicapixie
My M3 bought brand new in 1967, arrived with...

My M3 bought brand new in 1967, arrived with parts missing.
The rangefinder was not operative, first repair immediately!
Yes! 3 Three signatures of "Quality Control".
Don't fret if camera body or...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-05-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,347
Posted By leicapixie
I suggest reading "Inspired , Rollei-35 Project...

I suggest reading "Inspired , Rollei-35 Project by Zeno Felki.
Years and hundreds of rolls of stunning images..
See his philosophy and technique.
NB. The Rollei-35 is tiny, very heavy and has super...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-05-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 953
Posted By leicapixie
The M7 will no longer be serviced at Leica! The...

The M7 will no longer be serviced at Leica!
The M6TTL no more circuit boards,
Less and less Service folk available..
I intend keeping M3 and M2 (needs a part /working).
The M6 will either be used as...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-05-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,265
Posted By leicapixie
I recently seen a guy with a special Leica and...

I recently seen a guy with a special Leica and 24mm lens..
Everybody was saying how wonderful and sharp..?
I once used a new, unused Leica wide that although 21mm,
was totally UNSHARP>>.
It reqd. a...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-05-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 625
Posted By leicapixie
Travel light as possible, November may be cool,...

Travel light as possible, November may be cool, rain?
Use only what YOU are familiar with..
Super wides are distorted, 28mm is a wonderful viewpoint,
but best used in SLR or live view, 35mm almost...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 06-04-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 635
Posted By leicapixie
Using larger formats one learns real quick about...

Using larger formats one learns real quick about shrinking depth of field!
My Pentax 6x7 problem no smaller apertures than f22...
Before all you 35mm devotees laugh, your depth of field is for 5"x 7"...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-31-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 362
Posted By leicapixie
I believe that there has always been "Flash...

I believe that there has always been "Flash Brackets".
Ideal for off camera and bounce with reflector..
That what I did as pro, eons ago.
Personally I hate strobes on Leica-M..
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 05-30-2019
Replies: 276
Views: 67,519
Posted By leicapixie
Nikon-F black, slight usage! Did you CLR? Doubt...

Nikon-F black, slight usage!
Did you CLR? Doubt it! Always work.
I recently bought an early 'F' Nippon logo..
So smooth and as fast as my Leica M3 for street snaps.
Mine slight rust on rewind crank,...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-30-2019
Replies: 401
Views: 154,970
Posted By leicapixie
Talking Magnificent photo. Magic moments by photographer...

Magnificent photo. Magic moments by photographer and helped by Mamiya!
The pix of early BMW leaves pause for thought to front collisions..
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-30-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,693
Posted By leicapixie
I love the vertical shape, a plus when I did for...

I love the vertical shape, a plus when I did for magazines, brochures!
The wind wheel of Pen-S (my original) is as fast as a motor!
The shutter silent but top speed 250th!
At 1st Kodak refused to...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-30-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 914
Posted By leicapixie
The best of luck, enjoy making great...

The best of luck, enjoy making great exposures.
The R4 has a bad reputation, to electronic problems.
This late in 'game' perhaps one with no faults.
I use the Minolta versions and strangely some...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-28-2019
Replies: 82
Views: 3,090
Posted By leicapixie
I read about "Drifter" on 'Leica Camera Bog'. The...

I read about "Drifter" on 'Leica Camera Bog'.
The snake skin is fake, which is good!
I hate snakes so couldn't touch that camera..
Nor would stores allow me to, as i look like a real drifter..:D
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-28-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,554
Posted By leicapixie
The big shutter dial an improvement.. Going wrong...

The big shutter dial an improvement..
Going wrong way compared to M3 and M2 causes wrong speed selection..
Why didn't Leica make meter work for that direction?
Personally I kinda hate the meter...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-28-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 923
Posted By leicapixie
My dream lens was a 90mm Summicron back in...

My dream lens was a 90mm Summicron back in 1967..
Move up a few years and at "camera sale fair" actually offered one!
Lickety split onto "ziggy" my my M3.
Disappointment doesn't cover it..
Barely see...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-28-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,693
Posted By leicapixie
I suggest a small slr, full frame, Pentax Me...

I suggest a small slr, full frame, Pentax Me ..
Available at your price level, slightly bigger but..
The Pen-F, FT were for me a disaster.
Seen some on sale, but pricey and may not be reliable.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-26-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 923
Posted By leicapixie
I see the extra frame as guide to...

I see the extra frame as guide to composition..
The 75mm is really only to sell tha lens.
A small crop and you have it!
Use your 50mm Summicron, Summilux.
Also as fast and cheaper with better...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-15-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,360
Posted By leicapixie
Going cheap is false economy! I am guilty of...

Going cheap is false economy!
I am guilty of using Kentmere 400 and 100.
I prefer the 100 and easily pushed to 400..
Sensitivity is a second to high acutance and sharpness..
The Delta and T-Max may...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-15-2019
Replies: 123
Views: 2,980
Posted By leicapixie
Canon Nikon continue to build larger and larger...

Canon Nikon continue to build larger and larger cameras and lenses that now ,
approach the look of long large mirror lenses that outweigh the user..
Sony has never corrected it's coded menu, a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-08-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 2,174
Posted By leicapixie
I love all the "expert" opinions, concerning...

I love all the "expert" opinions, concerning using and exposing film.
Film until much later in HCB's career was an iffy ASA (ISO)..
Even in 60's using pro film, included was an actual "close" ASA...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 05-06-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 411
Posted By leicapixie
A super photographer, leaving many good...

A super photographer, leaving many good photos.
Well worth exploring.
I don't bother reading statements on "artist's concepts".
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 05-06-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,104
Posted By leicapixie
Enjoy! The 40mm lens is great, the body neat.

Enjoy!
The 40mm lens is great, the body neat.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-06-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,669
Posted By leicapixie
I almost never buy a lens anymore! My Collapsible...

I almost never buy a lens anymore!
My Collapsible Summicron (used) bought in '67!
It's fun to read but I am to busy making photos and images..
Have even used factory prototypes from Leica and...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-05-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,669
Posted By leicapixie
I read Steve Huff's review. It is positive, his...

I read Steve Huff's review.
It is positive, his images certainly give cause for ownership.
Neither KR or Steve Huff are "corporate Lackeys".
Mean, nasty comments are not what forums ought to be about.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-04-2019
Replies: 60
Views: 2,535
Posted By leicapixie
I have stopped buying and using up my present...

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

I found 100' Ektachrome, hand...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-30-2019
Replies: 1,672
Views: 426,601
Posted By leicapixie
I totally loved my Asahi Pentax 6x7 camera, 135-...

I totally loved my Asahi Pentax 6x7 camera, 135- Macro and 75mm.
Results were spectacular, never missed MLU.
I had to sell, too heavy!
Totally reliable, heard of one guy complain at a Pentax...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-30-2019
Replies: 96
Views: 4,556
Posted By leicapixie
I hate making decisions on my street shooting! I...

I hate making decisions on my street shooting!
I agree with Erik, keep it simple.
I think that "most" use 35mm as it's easiest frame to see in modern M's..
The 28mm frame almost disappears, the 50mm...
Forum: Travel 04-30-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,138
Posted By leicapixie
As "Bailey" would say, "The Phone, the Phone, The...

As "Bailey" would say, "The Phone, the Phone, The Phone"!
That is easily shared, super results, often better than conventional cameras..
Easily shared, small prints available kiosks almost...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 04-30-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,104
Posted By leicapixie
The 40mm Rokkor lens (or is it Leica ?) is worth...

The 40mm Rokkor lens (or is it Leica ?) is worth something!
See prices and you could use it on real Leica-M.
The reputation of CL appears worse than CLE,
but cold comfort if irreparable..
All older...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-23-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,187
Posted By leicapixie
The cost of some of my Spotmatic body. On average...

The cost of some of my Spotmatic body.
On average at C$10~25.oo!
50mm f1.4 Super Takumar C$10.oo!
Working meter version usually more expensive.
Best Pentax Takumar lenses, 55mm, 50mm, 35mm...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-23-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,187
Posted By leicapixie
If one wants smaller, the MX (full mechanical,...

If one wants smaller, the MX (full mechanical, great diode meter) and ME-Super are smaller than Leica M!
Screw mounts are easy t adapt to K-mount.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-23-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,187
Posted By leicapixie
No! I am right. The Spotmatic was a big, no huge...

No! I am right.
The Spotmatic was a big, no huge jump in quality.
It's release was delayed to achieve perfection.
Most of mine incl. daughters have never seen a service.
The "pre" cameras were and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-23-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,187
Posted By leicapixie
The OP asked for way to a Spotmatic! The many...

The OP asked for way to a Spotmatic!
The many (very lucky) users of pre- Spotmatic advocates may have missed the boat.
I started with S1a and Sv Pentax cameras (Hia and Hv) and it was pure...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-17-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,117
Posted By leicapixie
A scene comprises bright areas and shadows under...

A scene comprises bright areas and shadows under a sunny sun.
If one exposes only for the deepest shadows, the bright areas (may) be well over exposed.
Depending on the film, black and white, color...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-15-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,117
Posted By leicapixie
Talking I do use P+S digital as a guide BUT have learned...

I do use P+S digital as a guide BUT have learned the hard way, digital sees in dark..
Film does not! Even so it's a guide as mt Exposure meter needs a LED.
Another problem unless you really check...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-12-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 1,257
Posted By leicapixie
Super images with that super wide Hologon.. Your...

Super images with that super wide Hologon..
Your exposures are fine!
OD film loses speed, but slight.
Lines on scan is scanning fault..
Should re-scan..
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-12-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 1,257
Posted By leicapixie
Super images with that super wide Hologon.. Your...

Super images with that super wide Hologon..
Your exposures are fine!
OD film loses speed, but slight.
Lines on scan is scanning fault..
Should re-scan..
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-07-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 2,674
Posted By leicapixie
I hate most asperics as backgrounds (bokeh) look...

I hate most asperics as backgrounds (bokeh) look like broken glass shards..
The higher price not justified by tiny increases of sharpness and contrast.
I tested 2 ASPH lenses "said" to be...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-07-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,294
Posted By leicapixie
Talking Leica RF is really a simple camera, to use to...

Leica RF is really a simple camera, to use to load (film) and a delight to work..
I taught my daughter, a child then, to use the RF in 30 secs..
I showed two fingers then one while blocking main...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-22-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 1,332
Posted By leicapixie
I snapped differently at different times! When I...

I snapped differently at different times!
When I was pro first doing model portfolios and "headshots" ,
I very quickly learnt to expose way less!
I moved to Medium Format and used 1 roll, 12...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-18-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 1,982
Posted By leicapixie
I shot 20+ images yesterday on a free gift Pentax...

I shot 20+ images yesterday on a free gift Pentax Optio 3MP.
Images look fine on FB, where hi-rez is ruined anyway..
Unless one prints, pointless hi-rez..
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-18-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 1,982
Posted By leicapixie
If one believes that Rolex can manage such...

If one believes that Rolex can manage such accuracy, happy dreams..
It requires a major service including parts replacement every 2 years..
It's mechanical with about 5~8 cycles per second.
A quartz...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-16-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 636
Posted By leicapixie
My solution cheap! I once found a Rodial...

My solution cheap!
I once found a Rodial developer (ORIGINAL) that did work perfectly.
It was years old! Basically flakes and some liquid, enough for a roll at !:100.
T-Max is not the same.
The cost...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-16-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 636
Posted By leicapixie
I have a 50% solution to problem of old, 8 years...

I have a 50% solution to problem of old, 8 years opened, 1/2 full bottle.
Cut a piece of film off and develop as reqd.
If it's good (luck be a Lady) it's OK.
If NOT. Well only a few frames...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-12-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 434
Posted By leicapixie
I have had no success with old roll films. The...

I have had no success with old roll films.
The best but still too fogged was done in cold water about 40F...
I have some more, thinking of using weak developer, cut off piece about 1+ exp.
Might try...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-09-2019
Replies: 52
Views: 1,455
Posted By leicapixie
I used to go silly what to bring? With a...

I used to go silly what to bring?
With a multitude of systems(i was a pro),
Leica, Nikon and Pentax plus a Medium Format..
Age, weakness, plus heart condition resulted in maximum change!
Film Camera,...
Forum: Leica Q / T / X Series 03-08-2019
Replies: 115
Views: 5,618
Posted By leicapixie
A most expensive point and shoot, almost size of...

A most expensive point and shoot, almost size of regular M.
A huge MP requiring newest computer..
Why not a zoom lens that offered various lens lengths?
I'd rather lose light than cropping image..
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 03-08-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 2,145
Posted By leicapixie
I used the Pen-S causing me to become a...

I used the Pen-S causing me to become a professional ..
It is fun, the image size is exactly half full frame.
I made 8x10 prints, it fits paper perfectly!
You easily shoot verticals , the format of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-03-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 352
Posted By leicapixie
I think we have a language and translation...

I think we have a language and translation problem .
It is advance lever, there is no rewind crank, knob or else.
The film runs staight line to take-up spool, right side.
I had non-MLU model but...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-01-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 2,876
Posted By leicapixie
I read with a keenness all the strange answers...

I read with a keenness all the strange answers about Capa.
One that he changed his name, so what!
I did a shoot concerning "lifestyles" and the Lady gave me a new name..
To think out of my box, to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-28-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,580
Posted By leicapixie
I have a friend based in Florence, shooting the...

I have a friend based in Florence, shooting the Middle East, using Ferrania p30.
It seems available in Italy, in cities of Florence,Milan and one or two others..,
He loves the film's retro look.,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-28-2019
Replies: 127
Views: 5,503
Posted By leicapixie
I have small hands and yet, the Pentax MX was too...

I have small hands and yet, the Pentax MX was too small to hold easily!
I added the power wind that made it easy to hold, without cramp.
One fault is the shutter dial, very hard to move..
Loved the...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 02-26-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,528
Posted By leicapixie
I can shoot meterless but why? When i printed in...

I can shoot meterless but why?
When i printed in darkroom,it was possible to expose (original) Tri-X,
at ASA (ISO) 25 ,50,100,200, 400,800,1200,1600..
Various contrasts but printable..
Scanning need...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-16-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 598
Posted By leicapixie
The image of porrofinder is small, poor and...

The image of porrofinder is small, poor and awful..
Use before buying.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-14-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 2,012
Posted By leicapixie
The CL and CLE are not reliable cameras.. I care...

The CL and CLE are not reliable cameras..
I care not about those using and loving them.
There are those using Praktisix 6x6 that are happy..sigh
Get the M2 but they are old..as is mine.
Get a M6 due...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-14-2019
Replies: 101
Views: 3,283
Posted By leicapixie
Mamiya c -series of TLR are superb. Bellows is...

Mamiya c -series of TLR are superb.
Bellows is not what OP meant in this case..
Rolleiflex also have "bellows" but its metal..
I miss the lenses of Mamiya but weight (for me) impossible.
The 645...
Forum: Panasonic S1 S1 R L Mount cameras 02-04-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,249
Posted By leicapixie
It seems to me another great camera.. But with...

It seems to me another great camera..
But with dwindling sales (Phone cameras),
It's the Leica business concept.
"Less for more".
When SLR arrived it was said "More expensive because of mirror...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-04-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 2,089
Posted By leicapixie
Not taking good free advice from an older...

Not taking good free advice from an older pro!
Not reading instruction booklet.
Believing that a camera and or lens would be magic grail, to better photos..
Pro advice ('60's) work with 6x6 and not...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-03-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 2,016
Posted By leicapixie
Superb BW images from Ko.Fe, and Helen. I admire...

Superb BW images from Ko.Fe, and Helen.
I admire those shooting only Film, but I mostly use digital.
I was PJ in 60's~80's, later work more safe and steady..
We only had film, no other way except...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-02-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 464
Posted By leicapixie
They did it before, wiping out a nice easy...

They did it before, wiping out a nice easy photoshop that was fun..
Also some of my images went away. away..
Store your own images, i keep my SD cards, download on 2 laptops and outside drives.
Best...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-02-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 873
Posted By leicapixie
Using old cameras 60 years old. is usually...

Using old cameras 60 years old. is usually fraught with problems.
Shutter needs service and possibly has pin holes..
I purchased a 90mm Elmar, that had minimal haze but was a "dog".
I gifted it to a...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-29-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,826
Posted By leicapixie
Great! One of my 1st photos was done in a small...

Great! One of my 1st photos was done in a small South Africa town, i was 5.
I used (without permission) to snap main street with horses, carts and Ford Model T's. It was a few years after WW2. My Dad...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-21-2019
Replies: 323
Views: 25,381
Posted By leicapixie
Reading this forum, one notices personal...

Reading this forum, one notices personal experiences based on mostly old cameras..
Many of these like mine are walking wounded.
A few that I totally disagree with.. Hasselblad, Nikon F, F2, F3 and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-21-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 383
Posted By leicapixie
Vince correct. Only done I think long ago.. My...

Vince correct. Only done I think long ago..
My LM3 when final assembly, missing parts, sigh, had letter "J".
"J" for Johannesburg, South Africa.Yes!
We also had a Kodachrome processing plant..:bang:
Forum: Nikon RF 01-15-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,360
Posted By leicapixie
The biggest problem with film read mechanical...

The biggest problem with film read mechanical cameras with some electronics is the problem of future services!
When I was still servicing watches and timing instruments,
average age of repairers...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-15-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,525
Posted By leicapixie
I don't suggest using eye patch. It could...

I don't suggest using eye patch.
It could irritate the "hurt" eye..
Try using that eye for focus, can you close right eye?
If not, practice focus with both eyes open.
I mostly use point and shoot...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-14-2019
Replies: 121
Views: 7,988
Posted By leicapixie
Hasselblad was always my "dream" camera. Having...

Hasselblad was always my "dream" camera.
Having to use Advertising agencies models,
with incorrect inserts in magazines, lenses mis-used,
easy risk of jams and horrible loading of film after my...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-13-2019
Replies: 1,672
Views: 426,601
Posted By leicapixie
My 2 posts are not at odds, if one reads...

My 2 posts are not at odds, if one reads slowly..
When doing close-ups, macro work, requiring greater depth of sharpness,
I was using photo floods, making more heat than light,
I was using speeds...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-10-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 470
Posted By leicapixie
Congrats and enjoy! I prefer the 50mm to all...

Congrats and enjoy!
I prefer the 50mm to all lenses, esp on M cameras..
I mostly use a M3 and Collapsible-Summicron.
NIce start, these are classic lenses.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-08-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 451
Posted By leicapixie
Color labs are the main problem of me going to...

Color labs are the main problem of me going to digital for color.
A lab in For "Agfa" in South Africa, had to send control strips daily to Leverkusen Germany for quality control.
Sadly the lab...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 01-08-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 1,159
Posted By leicapixie
My Minolta SLR (similar to R series Leica) do...

My Minolta SLR (similar to R series Leica) do same sherbert..
NO metering if on manual, exposures on Auto are OK.
My Minolta lenses have similar, almost identical flare,
to some of similar focal...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-08-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 956
Posted By leicapixie
I was always disappointed in spacing and...

I was always disappointed in spacing and framing..
My Pentax Spotmatics always nice framing and good spacing.
My Nikon-F brought a whole new concept of quality.
Larger spaces between exposures, no...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-08-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,659
Posted By leicapixie
Did you try with film inside? Occasionally some...

Did you try with film inside?
Occasionally some cameras NEED a film, moving sprocket wheel..
It looks like it needs a service..if all else fails..
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-02-2019
Replies: 107
Views: 3,099
Posted By leicapixie
The CL is a digital camera with built in...

The CL is a digital camera with built in obsolescence..
A new model all the time, battery availability another means,
of killing a model. If your income has no problem with digital Leica prices, go...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-25-2018
Replies: 84
Views: 3,086
Posted By leicapixie
My M3 1155... is 51 years in pro service! Lots in...

My M3 1155... is 51 years in pro service!
Lots in "Interesting times"..
Was on floor of car between shoots, to protect from theft.
Major services, drum was cracked, shutter curtains replaced,
RF...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-24-2018
Replies: 173
Views: 10,432
Posted By leicapixie
My way has changed dramatically since 2007. I...

My way has changed dramatically since 2007.
I slowly had changed to digital for internet pro work.
I began with Pentax Optio with 3.5 MP.
Contrary to most posters on forums, small files were...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-23-2018
Replies: 45
Views: 1,394
Posted By leicapixie
When my daughter went Nikon digital, My old pro...

When my daughter went Nikon digital, My old pro kit was returned..
Off I went to the beach and lo and behold, my focus was wrong on infinity!
All the 5 lenses,,would not reach infinity.
If I removed...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-19-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,372
Posted By leicapixie
I have read much about both AA and HCB. Ansel was...

I have read much about both AA and HCB.
Ansel was NOT meticulous, nor laborious!
Once a friend was invited on a shoot, an early shoot.
Off they went at what we now call "terminal velocity", into the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-17-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 364
Posted By leicapixie
It's not a quick repair on M6TTL, due to...

It's not a quick repair on M6TTL, due to electronics..
Cost was close to $200 in Toronto at Kinderman.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-17-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 654
Posted By leicapixie
my experience is not about super megapixel count..

My experience is different regarding megapixel count.
When I finally tried digital in form of Pentax Optio S-30, year 2005,
with a whopping 3.5 MP count, I was more than happy!
It was perfect for...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-12-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 1,981
Posted By leicapixie
Talking The swing back to film by Millennial folk have...

The swing back to film by Millennial folk have given the price rise..
Innocents in the jungle of cameras that are often faulty, worn out,
badly serviced, have faulty electronics and no hope of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-10-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 846
Posted By leicapixie
Phone cameras give great images under ideal...

Phone cameras give great images under ideal conditions..
In Canada's winter right now, my battery "pooped" out after 3 images..sigh.
In bright sunlight can see zero, nothing..
Some point and shoots...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-10-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,309
Posted By leicapixie
HCB used 50mm for earlier work.. Refer article by...

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

I respect using electronic cameras,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-07-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,309
Posted By leicapixie
My choice, though I love my Leica M's is a SLR.,...

My choice, though I love my Leica M's is a SLR., usually no meter,
Most older are all mechanical (Except Canon A series but very reliable).
Purchased nice condition Pentax Spotmatics, KM,...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-05-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 11,786
Posted By leicapixie
Erik, I used CFL bulb in South Africa, as I...

Erik, I used CFL bulb in South Africa, as I couldn't find standard enlarger bulb.
I used Durst 606, reqd. the opal diffuser, due to bulb configuration.
A way brighter bulb without heat..so leaving it...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-05-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 822
Posted By leicapixie
[QUOTE=retinax;2852407]1. Thanks, important...

[QUOTE=retinax;2852407]1.
Thanks,

important reminder
The silver on side of bottles is not embedded!
That silver can migrate onto films being fixed and make white spots..
Filter all your chemicals:...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-05-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 410
Posted By leicapixie
If "these" blinds were replaced, they were not on...

If "these" blinds were replaced, they were not on this camera..
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-02-2018
Replies: 1,672
Views: 426,601
Posted By leicapixie
I really liked my Pentax 6x7, no MLU. I loved the...

I really liked my Pentax 6x7, no MLU.
I loved the feel of SLR, the flat film, no turns.
The lenses exquisite and that lovely rectangle 6x7 cm..
Color superb and the lenses were and are great.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-02-2018
Replies: 1,672
Views: 426,601
Posted By leicapixie
I never suffered with "camera shake"! Handheld or...

I never suffered with "camera shake"!
Handheld or tripod, i made great sharp images..
A lot of detailed close-up work, HOT flood light and ***, why no smaller than f32!
My tripod originally for 4x5,...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-30-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 941
Posted By leicapixie
The "Rollei TLR's are the BMW" but Mamiya TLR,...

The "Rollei TLR's are the BMW" but Mamiya TLR, C-series the Toyota version.
They just keep om shooting! Heavy but very sharp due to film running straight and flat..
In Mamiya there are other long...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-29-2018
Replies: 58
Views: 1,791
Posted By leicapixie
Do not buy a Leica M. They are jealous cameras...

Do not buy a Leica M.
They are jealous cameras and will throw all your other cameras out of the bag.
They are unique. There are similar, almost, practically same or close!
Viewfinders "may" be...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-24-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,048
Posted By leicapixie
Repeat: Double the clearing time of a piece of...

Repeat: Double the clearing time of a piece of leader.
It may be longer than 3 minutes..
see my original post.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-24-2018
Replies: 113
Views: 9,965
Posted By leicapixie
I read Ken Rockwell and I would NOT say he has...

I read Ken Rockwell and I would NOT say he has given Leica digital a blessing! Awful colors etc.
Konica was a flash in pan and soon no more..
the film Leica reports and images is another story,...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-24-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 1,823
Posted By leicapixie
Enjoy the camera and it's optics. It's a hard...

Enjoy the camera and it's optics.
It's a hard learning experience..
Rollei and othe Medium format cameras sail past 35mm in Quality.
I shoot so slowly with mine, Automat with Tessar.
Amazingly my...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-23-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,048
Posted By leicapixie
Fixer suggestion is Ilford Rapid Fixer, it don't...

Fixer suggestion is Ilford Rapid Fixer, it don't smell as bad.
Fixes fast, use wet piece of negative for "clear"test.
Double the time.
I actually use 2 fixers, it's easy and last a bit longer..
My...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-22-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 1,823
Posted By leicapixie
Talking The availability of 220 film is questionable. I...

The availability of 220 film is questionable.
I have a few rolls out of date!
Use of Pentaprism is also questionable!
The lateral reverse aids in composing and makes a great method!
The 5mm...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 11-15-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 679
Posted By leicapixie
My kid had to build a pin hole camera.. Used a...

My kid had to build a pin hole camera..
Used a flat cigarette box, made a hole, added silver foil with needle hole.
Blackened foil with marker..some photo paper.
Exposed and rinsed after...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-15-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 543
Posted By leicapixie
Definitely time for a clean. Look at the RF...

Definitely time for a clean.
Look at the RF mirror thru small window.
Does it look like old auto glass, spider webs etc.?
M3 is slightly darker than later M's but very clear.
Many, many years ago my...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-15-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 451
Posted By leicapixie
The idea of your filter, is based on the Zeiss...

The idea of your filter, is based on the Zeiss Softar for Hasselblad.
The Softar mostly softened skin but not textures..
Try it as is! Portraits in backlight,that can show bokeh.
Enjoy!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-12-2018
Replies: 68
Views: 3,976
Posted By leicapixie
Talking It matters little but no SLR/DSLR is even similar...

It matters little but no SLR/DSLR is even similar to a RF.
First lenses have to further away from film, due to mirror box..
2nd more important the RF is about RF and frames.
Most frames are Guess...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-12-2018
Replies: 1,672
Views: 426,601
Posted By leicapixie
Talking Great images here. The SLR that i hated as much...

Great images here.
The SLR that i hated as much as My EOS system..
The Pentax is a formidable camera with super lenses and a flat film direction..
The sea scene intriguing, that with Rodinal and my...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-11-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,387
Posted By leicapixie
I snagged an original FT in mint condition at a...

I snagged an original FT in mint condition at a camera sale.
I mean looking newr than new!
I offered it to a friend to use, but declined fearing he might damage it!
I feel same the same!
Guess time...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-10-2018
Replies: 91
Views: 2,795
Posted By leicapixie
My scans such a disappointment compared to...

My scans such a disappointment compared to darkroom prints !
The Lens 50mm Collapsible-Summicron is low contrast..
The group shot by Erik typical of this lens, the image stellar.
I don't advise...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-09-2018
Replies: 91
Views: 2,795
Posted By leicapixie
Reply to Erik, 50mm Collapsible-Summicron f2,...

Reply to Erik, 50mm Collapsible-Summicron f2, Nr.1364344 !
It's one of 2nd Generation, slightly soft wide open, very sharp later..
I have (maybe) more flare at times, possibly Leitz UVa filter always...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-08-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2,548
Posted By leicapixie
The automatic functions on many cameras will DO...

The automatic functions on many cameras will DO their thing, even if person sets!
Check your data after exposure..
I believe that 3x"F's" all reqd!
Find,Focus,Frame and push button..
Sadly all those...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-08-2018
Replies: 91
Views: 2,795
Posted By leicapixie
I have a pristine 50mm Collapsible Summicron.,...

I have a pristine 50mm Collapsible Summicron., 2nd series..
I love the collapsible feature.(unlike Erik)
Finding one NOT scratched and hazed, extremely difficult!
Suggest the 50mm Elmar f2.8, sharp...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-01-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 610
Posted By leicapixie
At times I want some protection, esp. cold I use...

At times I want some protection, esp. cold I use bottom half of Pentax Spotmatic case.
All reqd. was to move screw to hold case to bottom.
Can use the whole case as well..
Oops! I forgot digital...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-28-2018
Replies: 77
Views: 2,964
Posted By leicapixie
I have read all the answers and advice..sigh. If...

I have read all the answers and advice..sigh.
If you want not need a Leica M6, it's on your head!
The cost of another MX, Me body w for Leica will be less than a filter.
Shooting crazy high ISO is...
Forum: Chris Crawford 10-27-2018
Replies: 2,547
Views: 368,489
Posted By leicapixie
A great feature on RFF, are your photos of Fort...

A great feature on RFF, are your photos of Fort Wayne.
I think you should be proud struggling but succeeding in making great images, plus all those details about a place few of us would/could ever...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-25-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 599
Posted By leicapixie
Sadly on my scanner, Canonscan overexposed dense...

Sadly on my scanner, Canonscan overexposed dense negs do not get scanned!
Scanning poor substitute to projection printing.
Negs. totally ignored by scanner, print beautifully..
I am at present using...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-24-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 599
Posted By leicapixie
I simply don't understand "pushing" film...

I simply don't understand "pushing" film speed.
400 ISO is sufficient, changing and pushing, higher contrast, washed out highlights.
Shutter speed, unless one has a electronic shutter, speeds of...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-22-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,462
Posted By leicapixie
Digital cameras a few years old regarded as old,...

Digital cameras a few years old regarded as old, almost worthless..
Why do folks need to press noses on a print?
It's idiotic way of "looking" at photographs..
I recently saw some of my old prints...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 10-21-2018
Replies: 124
Views: 18,771
Posted By leicapixie
The years of Pro are behind me! Sure I carried,...

The years of Pro are behind me!
Sure I carried, lugged, transported, dragged all that dumb equipment.
2 or 3 SLR bodies, meter, lenses: 28, 35.50, 55 macro,105 mm (money lens), 70~300 zoom (seldom...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-20-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 777
Posted By leicapixie
Thank you all about "no feel focus" of...

Thank you all about "no feel focus" of lens!:bang:
I stopped using it, thinking (wrongly) not focusing!
I used it decades ago as a compact street lens, mostly for flash use.
Big strobe units,...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-16-2018
Replies: 77
Views: 2,964
Posted By leicapixie
Your Pentax kit is superb! Maybe add a scanner,...

Your Pentax kit is superb!
Maybe add a scanner, develop your films..
I never shoot more film if I have 2 rolls waiting!
The X-pro would allow color..
I don't shoot color on film anymore..cost too...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-10-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,182
Posted By leicapixie
I guess i failed the monitor test.. send smoke...

I guess i failed the monitor test..
send smoke signals..
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 10-07-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 8,279
Posted By leicapixie
Is this the Olympus with electric drive? I had a...

Is this the Olympus with electric drive?
I had a Pen-S and wrote to japan, suggesting a drive..
Olympus replied very quickly, others had asked as well, including "Gene Smith"..
I never owned one and...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-07-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,080
Posted By leicapixie
The price of new mirrorless cameras is very...

The price of new mirrorless cameras is very high!
Pointless to place a Leica lens where there are program fit, it's fiddly and a mess hearking, back to the 1st "T" mounts. sigh.
The small difference...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-07-2018
Replies: 441
Views: 64,372
Posted By leicapixie
First shutter speeds marked to left of "B" are...

First shutter speeds marked to left of "B" are for calculation only, on Synchro-Compur shutters.
They do not work!
The SWC and the photos here are stunning.
My favorite street camera that i never...
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 10-07-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,161
Posted By leicapixie
I purchased a Leica CL 90mm f4, which would NOT...

I purchased a Leica CL 90mm f4, which would NOT focus correctly on M3 and M2.
Wrong at infinity,,almost correct on 1 M, but totally out at close up (nearest).
Mid distance same bad!
Amount of out of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-01-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 1,671
Posted By leicapixie
At this point in time the "faults" of early Leica...

At this point in time the "faults" of early Leica M made in Canada,
are sorted out! They work well.
Some of the cheaper technology is alive and well in my M6TTL.
The newer MA and M7 using same...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-30-2018
Replies: 353
Views: 23,475
Posted By leicapixie
To mis-quote "Bailey" of "Major Crimes" it's...

To mis-quote "Bailey" of "Major Crimes" it's always the M3.
It's always the M3..
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 09-30-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 12,556
Posted By leicapixie
I was pro photographer doing Fashion,...

I was pro photographer doing Fashion, Advertising and Weddings.,
All with long hours of concentration,examining the image on SLR's.
Major eye strain and headaches..
The M3, M2 and any M was a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-30-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 1,671
Posted By leicapixie
Congratulations and a long friendship with many...

Congratulations and a long friendship with many exposed memories.
The M4-2 a great camera, like all Leica-M's.
Lenses are easy, think of previous experiences.
The 50mm or 35mm Summicron are...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-28-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 706
Posted By leicapixie
Leica M2 and M3 are all really old! Things...

Leica M2 and M3 are all really old!
Things happen, let buyers beware.
If you cannot return, it focuses OK, frames accurate, use.
I have old M2, which is in good shape, but rewind button fell...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-28-2018
Replies: 85
Views: 4,211
Posted By leicapixie
I guess my thought is one stolen from another...

I guess my thought is one stolen from another part of forum.
It concerned cameras and lenses.
Leica and a Russian camera!
With vodka it makes sense..:D
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-27-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 636
Posted By leicapixie
It can be repaired, Gerry did a friends.. "Damage...

It can be repaired, Gerry did a friends..
"Damage due to a knock or fall.."
Wasn't that expensive a repair.
I thought it may have been faulty from manufacture!
Leica made 21 Elmarit a few years ago...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-27-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 408
Posted By leicapixie
Battery ought to be 6 volts. When fresh actually...

Battery ought to be 6 volts.
When fresh actually slightly more, but when older less..
Anything around 5.45 volts, no fire, no work.
The good thing no overexposed images..:D
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-26-2018
Replies: 39
Views: 1,514
Posted By leicapixie
I guess a lot here do NOT know that a lens ...

I guess a lot here do NOT know that a lens cannot do all the wonders and blunders as regards the dynamic range!
A lens can be contrasty (Nikon) and very sharp(Leica).
It can be adjusted by use of...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-25-2018
Replies: 39
Views: 1,514
Posted By leicapixie
The need for LARGER mounts results in Beluga...

The need for LARGER mounts results in Beluga sized lenses!
Not better, just supersized like McD fries..pop etc.
The beauty of Leica was small beautiful lenses, still unmatched!
Some lenses I did not...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-25-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 655
Posted By leicapixie
I am one of the "unwashed folks" who have never...

I am one of the "unwashed folks" who have never bothered with "Raw",
programs that require subscriptions, payments and updates!
I use JPEG (horror of Horror) and simple adjustments like Windows...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-23-2018
Replies: 89
Views: 3,921
Posted By leicapixie
My first real camera after guess the distance and...

My first real camera after guess the distance and exposures..
A live view, a great meter system and the lenses..
First the bad news, a darker viewfinder, stop down metering,
can be difficult to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-22-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,218
Posted By leicapixie
I have had two goggled versions, both well used...

I have had two goggled versions, both well used and enjoyed.
The view after the clean look of my M3 and later the M2,
is at first awful. Distortions, picking up flare and highlights..
Nevertheless...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-19-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 2,164
Posted By leicapixie
The M-9 by Leica standards and the industry is...

The M-9 by Leica standards and the industry is old!
Go compare images on a few sites and compare if worth the cost,
of any Leica digital..
Pal's Mono went for sensor renewal/repair and it was away...
Forum: Film vs Digital 09-19-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 688
Posted By leicapixie
Scanning film gives an image. The image is not...

Scanning film gives an image.
The image is not like optical printing in a wet darkroom..
It sees grain, scratches, faults not a picture.
My Canonscan req's Windows XP, now safely off line..
Scanner...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-16-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 1,317
Posted By leicapixie
There is nothing like receiving surprise...

There is nothing like receiving surprise gifts!
Film has inherent qualities and faults.
Digital basically has no character, but very workable files..
Film is used more carefully!
Even when I only had...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-16-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 2,164
Posted By leicapixie
Sorry it's not the camera that gives Eggelston...

Sorry it's not the camera that gives Eggelston his "look"!
WE worked mainly with Kodachrome film.
There is no equal or close "app" that can duplicate those colors.
David Alan Harvey, Alex Webb,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-13-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 628
Posted By leicapixie
I dislike bright viewfinders as their "clarity"...

I dislike bright viewfinders as their "clarity" or super bright, effects my judging light.
It spoils the whole concept of the M3 and M2 with added viewfinder..
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 09-13-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 823
Posted By leicapixie
Please look up tripods for Pentax 6x7. The main...

Please look up tripods for Pentax 6x7.
The main problem is vibration*.. a ball and socket basically no good.
Tripods with a large plate to rest the body, that has sufficient movement.
It ought to be...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-13-2018
Replies: 91
Views: 2,850
Posted By leicapixie
I owned a Pentax 6x7 and Lenses. It was a...

I owned a Pentax 6x7 and Lenses.
It was a wonderful camera, giving outstanding results!
The lenses are superb, a tad less than Hasselblad's Zeiss,
BUT the film runs in a straight line..
The end...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 09-12-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 4,165
Posted By leicapixie
Rolex forbids any change from the standard...

Rolex forbids any change from the standard provided!
Tiffany Jewelers used to print their name on dial.
Tiffany insisted, Rolex stopped all sales...
Maybe Tiffany have them again,BUT no name on...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-08-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 885
Posted By leicapixie
I guess I've never liked zooms. Strange fuzziness...

I guess I've never liked zooms.
Strange fuzziness and lack of color.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 09-08-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1,313
Posted By leicapixie
A truly great find! Lens with? I'm sure Erik can...

A truly great find!
Lens with?
I'm sure Erik can get it set with autofocus..
I used to own a Leitz Easel with lovely adjustments..
I found most of a Beseler Enlarger, a complete 35mm Omega..
My...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-07-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 797
Posted By leicapixie
So very true! That's why I don't carry or use...

So very true!
That's why I don't carry or use such cameras.
I have stayed with Film boxes that weigh less..
I do NOT carry extra lenses, filters,motor drives, etc.
I am a photographer, NOT a porter.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-06-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 797
Posted By leicapixie
I loved my Pentax 6x7. Non-MLU early version, the...

I loved my Pentax 6x7.
Non-MLU early version, the 135mm Macro, 75mm and 2x Extender.
The results astounding as the noise of shutter release.
Actually quieter than Mamiya RB67 !
The weight killed it...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 09-04-2018
Replies: 157
Views: 28,878
Posted By leicapixie
The most important need is a very responsive...

The most important need is a very responsive camera.
My old Nikon-F's are very quick.
At moment using a 1965 model with 50mm f2 Nikkor, same age.
M3 is my favorite film camera, usually used for...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-04-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 669
Posted By leicapixie
IThe use of digital files the best, cnverting...

IThe use of digital files the best, cnverting color to BW.
Then use various filters and decide.
Worst part is "exposure factor".
Some filters are very dark, meter systems are inaccurate!
You need to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-04-2018
Replies: 56
Views: 1,850
Posted By leicapixie
So many good ideas here and the best thing, an...

So many good ideas here and the best thing, an actual reply from Ted!
Too often, ideas, opinions and experiences are simply left without a reply!
Even IF one has no dust or drying problems NOW, it...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-04-2018
Replies: 56
Views: 1,850
Posted By leicapixie
When i started to scan, the results were really...

When i started to scan, the results were really bad!
I remember before the sky fell, digital era, i had shot a photo-copier,
for a mailing card, actual machine a stamp size (1" x 2") on card.
The 8 x...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-28-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,136
Posted By leicapixie
I used various developers in my...

I used various developers in my processing..
Kodak D-23 (mixed from mainly Kodak chemicals), lIfosol,
Acufine (when money was no object),Kodak D-76 preferring Ilford ID-11(when i wanted clean...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-28-2018
Replies: 104
Views: 8,000
Posted By leicapixie
Erik please ignore gross people! I come from a...

Erik please ignore gross people!
I come from a land far south, sharing some of your culture..
Keep it up, do NOT withdraw.
Now retired in Canada.
An age of dull, ignorant bullies led by worse..
I...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-22-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 394
Posted By leicapixie
Sell a darkroom! LOL. Best bet donate to a young...

Sell a darkroom! LOL.
Best bet donate to a young film lover.
Cleaning stains is possible, but plastic is kinda porous.
Think of a mesh with opening slightly smaller than water droplets..
Steel reels...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-20-2018
Replies: 56
Views: 1,633
Posted By leicapixie
The Contax G uses film! I have a friend busy on...

The Contax G uses film!
I have a friend busy on numerous shoots in Middle East and North Africa.
Film a big problem with X-Rays..Film can be totally destroyed.
NO, absolutely no "Hand...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-18-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 990
Posted By leicapixie
It seems "everyone" believes the film speed on...

It seems "everyone" believes the film speed on the box.
Old film loses speed plus adding fog, more so in fast film. (400).
Pro film often had additional data, meaning more accurate film...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-12-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 821
Posted By leicapixie
I was doing heaps of portraits in fashion. The...

I was doing heaps of portraits in fashion.
The Nikon 105 mm f2.5 at maximum aperture or one down is soft.
The Nikkor lens is based on a Sonnar as the 150 mm on Hasselblad..
Add a Softnar and...
Forum: Yashica RF 08-11-2018
Replies: 128
Views: 25,358
Posted By leicapixie
A stunning set of photos. Cold the nemesis of...

A stunning set of photos.
Cold the nemesis of battery cameras, whether digital or film.
That old Kodak seems almost a myth!
Dirt in water; I use coffee filters for each solution of developer,
stop...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-10-2018
Replies: 258
Views: 35,825
Posted By leicapixie
I love my Petaxes! The early screw mounts S1a...

I love my Petaxes!
The early screw mounts S1a and Sv were not for hard pro work..
Fashion at 20+ rolls a day/night!
Yeah! Film folks shoot less..Get Real.
The Spotmatic simply the best.
Beautiful...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-10-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,224
Posted By leicapixie
Simplicity is not always good.. Leica-M digital...

Simplicity is not always good..
Leica-M digital with lengthy journeys for adjustments, sensors etc. could sure put a damper on your enthusiasm.
I have heaps of old cameras and lenses.
Most are the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-26-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 2,930
Posted By leicapixie
I agree with Phil 100%! Strangely with all the...

I agree with Phil 100%!
Strangely with all the fancy programs, all the modern technology in lenses,
the images turned out by the zillions, are mostly boring!
I am thoroughly tired of moving water ...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-19-2018
Replies: 126
Views: 5,846
Posted By leicapixie
The only method to make someone care for a camera...

The only method to make someone care for a camera outfit.
Make them pay for it!
Free gifts are never appreciated, in most cases.
My daughter (older now) treated my old Pentax SP like a precious...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-18-2018
Replies: 401
Views: 154,970
Posted By leicapixie
To all of you posting these stunning images,...

To all of you posting these stunning images, BRAVO.
Larger formats totally liquidate fancy lenses and bodies in 35mm format.
When I was professional, it was Roll film..
The look, the colors, the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-18-2018
Replies: 275
Views: 10,381
Posted By leicapixie
The majority of folks even here do NOT print. The...

The majority of folks even here do NOT print.
The whole concept of bigger and more pixels a waste of time!
And Money.
Seeing cannot be taught, one either sees or one does not.
I taught photography...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-18-2018
Replies: 126
Views: 5,846
Posted By leicapixie
Professionals cared for their camera outfits! It...

Professionals cared for their camera outfits!
It placed food on table, roof over their heads,
especially Photojournalist.
Newspaper were very different..
My choices, Pentax Spotmatic (usually no...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-15-2018
Replies: 57
Views: 4,992
Posted By leicapixie
Talking With all due politeness, the M3 is my most...

With all due politeness, the M3 is my most REPAIRED camera!
Services, adjustments, necessary looking to..
I love my M3 but reality, my Pentax K1000 and older Pentax SP have NEVER needed a service or...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-12-2018
Replies: 55
Views: 1,683
Posted By leicapixie
So true! My Pentaxes, Spotmatic is the best,...

So true! My Pentaxes, Spotmatic is the best, never needing a service or "care" like my money sucking Leica M models..
The lenses of Takumar a joy in look and flare fighting capabilities..
One of my...
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