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Forum: Nikon RF 07-06-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 7,383
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Thanks for sharing this picture. I'm interestered...

Thanks for sharing this picture. I'm interestered in getting a digital body for the rangefinder Nikkors, please see the thread on the Nikon RF forum, title Nikon RF lenses on a digital body. Do you...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-05-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1,452
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Interesting approach. Thanks for sharing.

Interesting approach. Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Nikon RF 06-22-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1,452
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Thanks Tim for the suggestion to go for two...

Thanks Tim for the suggestion to go for two adapters and for posting the picture. It's good to see our older Nikon glass giving excellent results on a digital sensor.
Forum: Nikon RF 06-22-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1,452
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
What Timmyjoe has pointed out is correct. I think...

What Timmyjoe has pointed out is correct. I think the Df is a very good choice if you want to use older Nikkors in F-mount (AI and first generation AF). For Nikkors in S-mount (rangefinder) you'd...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-21-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1,452
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Nikon RF lenses on a digital body

I have been using the Nikon RF system for quite some time, but with film and development prices steadily increasing, Im wondering if there is an alternative to use my RF Nikkors on a digital body,...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-10-2013
Replies: 60
Views: 10,558
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
A great picture, maddoc ! A lot of good advice...

A great picture, maddoc !

A lot of good advice has been given already, so little more to add. If you avoid the really expensive lenses (3.5 f/1.8 , 2.5 f/4 and 2.1 f/4 Nikkors), you still have...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-21-2013
Replies: 50
Views: 9,117
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Not only were cameras not considered obsolete in...

Not only were cameras not considered obsolete in 6 months, they were also finished products when they were available at the dealer.

My father had only one camera and lens, a Futura S with 50mm. It's...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-21-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 8,377
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Good to read these kinds of remarks. Too many of...

Good to read these kinds of remarks. Too many of these new sets, or vintage Nikons for that matter, are gathering dust on some display shelf or cabinet. Mine go out for some "exercise" on a regular...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-14-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 8,377
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
That's exactly what I have found myself, but I...

That's exactly what I have found myself, but I would extend that to the SP 2005 as well : both kits change hands fairly often. The kits I have are both intact, the cameras look unused and come with...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-12-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Like putting a personalized number plate on a car...

Like putting a personalized number plate on a car that costs more than the car itself.

BTW, this is already post number 1,000 on this thread. Can I now claim my free Nikon voucher ? :D:D
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-12-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
You should get a D4 instead. Heavier, bigger and...

You should get a D4 instead. Heavier, bigger and the rounded corners of the D4 will be gentler on your door.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-12-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Famous photographers shoot film !

Famous photographers shoot film !
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-12-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
You'd also have a problem when you want to sell...

You'd also have a problem when you want to sell it in order to upgrade.

If it dies on you, you'd have a personalized paper weight. :D
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-12-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Just so the customer feels important. A bit like...

Just so the customer feels important. A bit like the Leica cameras la carte. Maybe some day soon we'll be able to order a chrome Df with black dials. :)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-12-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
That would indeed suck. Instead of a camera with...

That would indeed suck. Instead of a camera with a complete different lay-out and user experience, we would have just your average DSLR with retro / pseudo-vintage styling.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-12-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Giving an end date for this service must be...

Giving an end date for this service must be Nikon's way to assure at least some deals. Pure marketing gimmick.

Personally I wouldn't want my name engraved on the camera. Not sure my full name would...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-11-2013
Replies: 120
Views: 13,612
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
You'll find the biggest difference between the S2...

You'll find the biggest difference between the S2 and SP is in the viewfinder. The S2 only provides a viewfinder for the 50mm lens, but excels in providing you a very bright and uncluttered...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-09-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 2,373
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
It is more than likely that the lady he bought it...

It is more than likely that the lady he bought it from didn't have a clue about the potential value. It is also probable that the seller didn't realize how far it could have went if he had offered it...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-09-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Camera available as a body only in the...

Camera available as a body only in the Netherlands, at least from this site...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-09-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 2,373
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
How much do you think it was worth ? Even with...

How much do you think it was worth ?

Even with the zero feedback, there were several bidders who started bidding and drove up the price several days before the end of the auction. I always wonder...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-08-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Sample images here...

Sample images here :

http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/df/sample.htm

Downloadable brochure here :

http://chsvimg.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/df/pdf/df_8p.pdf
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-08-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
That is an optional leather strap, so it seems. :(

That is an optional leather strap, so it seems. :(
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-08-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
There is a place for different cameras geared...

There is a place for different cameras geared towards different needs. The SP and S3 rangefinders are a perfect example of this, as the S3 was much simplified over the SP. The F-801 was kind of the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-08-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Thumbs up I hope Nikon is taking note.

I hope Nikon is taking note.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-08-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
:eek: I don't get what you are basing that...

:eek:

I don't get what you are basing that assumption on. There are probably as many fine prime lenses as heavy zoom lenses in use, it's all down to personal preference.
Forum: Nikon RF 11-08-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 2,373
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
It just sold for 2,002.66. I was expecting some...

It just sold for 2,002.66. I was expecting some last second bidding, but none came through.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-07-2013
Replies: 64
Views: 8,892
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Like snow scenes in bright sun light, you'd want...

Like snow scenes in bright sun light, you'd want to have exposure compensation set to +1,5 overexposure all the time over what the camera's in-built meter tells you to expose. Would work in manual...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-07-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
No problem, Jonas. Belgium and France must have...

No problem, Jonas. Belgium and France must have been amongst the most expensive countries for photographic purchases, but that was quite some time ago and luckily for us, the European Union has...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-07-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
These must be pre-production samples then, like...

These must be pre-production samples then, like in the video that was posted a bit earlier on this thread.

A bit silly anyway to display non-funtional kit. Like a car dealer with a new model, and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-07-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
It would also be interesting to take into the...

It would also be interesting to take into the equation what the camera cost is when it enters the UK or any other country for that matter. In other words, what's the profit margin the dealer takes to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-07-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Big compared to the FM2, not so big compared to...

Big compared to the FM2, not so big compared to the F3 HP. And certainly not big if you compare it to an F3 with motor drive attached.

By the way, did Nikon ever say it was going to be the size of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-07-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Well, thanks for correcting me, it was not my...

Well, thanks for correcting me, it was not my intention to mislead anyone. I've checked it and it is now indeed 21%, on par with Spain, which are the only two countries I've ever purchased new...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-07-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I didn't have a smart phone until some weeks ago,...

I didn't have a smart phone until some weeks ago, and that was mainly so I could check my emails for work. In the end, technology will catch up with all of us. :)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-06-2013
Replies: 64
Views: 8,892
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Then I hope they will have more offspring than...

Then I hope they will have more offspring than just this one. They should do in vitro insemination with any combination of classic Nikons. :D
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-06-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Nikon discontinued most of their AIs lenses years...

Nikon discontinued most of their AIs lenses years ago. I'm happy I bought several during the early 2000s and kept all the others I've accumulated since the 1980s.

My guess is that, in the short...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-06-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Import taxes are one thing, VAT is another. In...

Import taxes are one thing, VAT is another. In Spain, VAT is 21%, in Belgium it may be as high as 33% (25% VAT plus 8% "luxury taxes"). I would have to check if the VAT in Belgium is still as high,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-06-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
791 posts and 66,855 views so far, this must be...

791 posts and 66,855 views so far, this must be the fastest growing thread on RFF since quite some time.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-06-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Nice. Please keep us informed and post some pics...

Nice. Please keep us informed and post some pics when you can.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-06-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 2,042
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I agree with you there. OK, so only a size...

I agree with you there. OK, so only a size comparison.:rolleyes:
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-06-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 2,042
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Nice, but you are comparing two cameras that are...

Nice, but you are comparing two cameras that are not in the same price league. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the M9 twice the price of the Df ?

Plus, comparing the size of a rangefinder and a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-06-2013
Replies: 64
Views: 8,892
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
These marketing VP's are probably all in their...

These marketing VP's are probably all in their late twenties and grew up with smart phones and Play Stations. They should have given them all an F, three rolls of film, a handheld meter and sent them...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-06-2013
Replies: 64
Views: 8,892
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Really nice, keep them coming !! Camera made in...

Really nice, keep them coming !!

Camera made in Japan, lens made in Germany. :D
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-06-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Hey, I tried that, but for some reason I couldn't...

Hey, I tried that, but for some reason I couldn't send the form, even if all the fields were filled in. Maybe Nikon didn't like what I was trying to tell them. :D:D
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-06-2013
Replies: 64
Views: 8,892
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I'd gladly lay out 3.000 Euros for a digital SP,...

I'd gladly lay out 3.000 Euros for a digital SP, kind of the same price the SP 2005 kits go for these days.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-06-2013
Replies: 64
Views: 8,892
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
We should get some RFF members to apply for a job...

We should get some RFF members to apply for a job at Nikon's engineering department and show them how it's done. Great design, Spyro.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-06-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Because I think many have been holding on to...

Because I think many have been holding on to their AIs lenses in the hope there would one day be a viable digital alternative from Nikon to use them on. Now, if they prove to be awkward to use (read...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-06-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Either the camera is a success and in consequence...

Either the camera is a success and in consequence the price of second hand AI (s) lenses will rise considerably, or it is a downright sales failure and the market will get flooded with AI (s) lenses....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-06-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
They could also add a persistent warning beeping...

They could also add a persistent warning beeping sound, like they did on the F-801 :D.

From an F-801 spec sheet : "Electronic beeper;-With power switch at iiii)), beeper sounds in the following...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-06-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
If so, they should put a warning on the display...

If so, they should put a warning on the display every time a photographer leaves the P and/or AF setting : "Beware, this setting may result in blurry or badly exposed pictures". :D
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-06-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I can only speak for myself here. I'm very...

I can only speak for myself here. I'm very interested in this camera, but need all the information and feedback I can get in order to make an informed decision to part with 3.000 Euros of my hard...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-06-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
If this is the case, then I wonder what the Nikon...

If this is the case, then I wonder what the Nikon engineers are using for a brain. :bang:

That and the lack of an interchangeable focus screen makes me wonder why they try and market this as a DSLR...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-06-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Amen, couldn't have said it better myself....

Amen, couldn't have said it better myself. Interesting times, let's see more from Nikon or other manufacturers.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-05-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
If the shutter dial is designed like the one on...

If the shutter dial is designed like the one on the F3, the lock is only there at one particular setting. On the F3, when you put the shutter dial on "A", it locks, which is kind of obvious. Unlock...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-05-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Remember, the first users will actually pay for...

Remember, the first users will actually pay for the privilege of testing the camera and providing the necessary feedback to Nikon.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-05-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
As far as I know, no production sample has been...

As far as I know, no production sample has been delivered yet, at this point Nikon only takes orders. Nikon's marketing has been scarce with information so far.

I understand there are pre-production...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-05-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Yes, but you can't compare $159 of 1973's money...

Yes, but you can't compare $159 of 1973's money to $159 in 2013.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-05-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
The same could be said for loads of other...

The same could be said for loads of other cameras. I use a camera to take pictures, not pose. I couldn't care less what other people think.



I already did. As I read the 640 posts on this thread.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-05-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
From the Nikon USA website : "As digital camera...

From the Nikon USA website :

"As digital camera technology has evolved, so has the way we control our cameras. Mechanical dials have given way to buttons, menu systems and LCD displays. But what...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-05-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
In these 3 videos on the Nikon website, you can...

In these 3 videos on the Nikon website, you can see 3 photographers handling the Df. All things considered, the camera doesn't seem that large, unless they choose photographers with big hands on...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-05-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I have no experience with recent DSLRs, so I'm...

I have no experience with recent DSLRs, so I'm not really into a position to judge. I think manual focusing with this camera will be one of the main points that will be adressed in reviews. So I'll...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-05-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I'm not in a position to judge, but I think you...

I'm not in a position to judge, but I think you need a focus screen with a split image for pinpoint manual focusing and this seems to lack on the Df. :bang:
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-05-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Here is visual...

Here is visual...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-05-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
They should have placed black dials on the top...

They should have placed black dials on the top plate, then. :D
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-05-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
If you compare the 2 cameras in the picture, it...

If you compare the 2 cameras in the picture, it is obvious here that they wanted to style it with a retro look, but that doesn't make it a digital FM2, rather an F3 HP on steroids.

A bit like the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-05-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Interesting links here...

Interesting links here :

http://nikondf.nikonusa.com/
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-05-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Is this a nicer way to say that we are a dying...

Is this a nicer way to say that we are a dying breed ? :cool:
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-05-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
A nice effort from Nikon, but as you say, too...

A nice effort from Nikon, but as you say, too many buttons scattered around. They could have kept it much simpler.

This just shows how far out of touch the Nikon designers are with their own legacy...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-05-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Could it be a cover of some kind that can be...

Could it be a cover of some kind that can be unscrewed to reveal a socket to plug in an electronic cable release ? Mystery, mystery, there's a bigger one and a smaller one over at the other side.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-04-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
As far as I know, the price nor the final spec...

As far as I know, the price nor the final spec sheet have been announced, so we'll have to wait for these to be confirmed to be able to judge accordingly.

Teaser #3′s slogan said : “No clutter, no...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-04-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Few Nikon lenses ? Just about any Nikkor ever...

Few Nikon lenses ? Just about any Nikkor ever made has f-stops, except for G lenses, which should never have come off the belt anyway.:D
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-03-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
DF = Digital F This is what Nikon should have...

DF = Digital F

This is what Nikon should have made in 2009 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the F, the greatest SLR system of all times.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-01-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Talking I couldn't have said it better. As far as cameras...

I couldn't have said it better. As far as cameras are concerned, I'm glad to be old fashioned.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-31-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
If the rumoured price of 3,000 USD is anything to...

If the rumoured price of 3,000 USD is anything to go by, it will sell for about 3,000 Euros in Europe and 3,000 USD in the United States. Not over 4,000 USD.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-31-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I have no experience with a "newer two-dial...

I have no experience with a "newer two-dial DSLR", so I can't judge on that. What I would like to see though is a shutter speed dial on the top plate and an aperture ring on the lens, that you can...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-31-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Unfortunately, a 3,000 USD price tag will...

Unfortunately, a 3,000 USD price tag will translate into a 3,000 Euro price tag. Given the dollar-euro exchange rate, it should be less, but photo equipment is considered a luxury product this side...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-31-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
The introduction of autofocus on the F4 was first...

The introduction of autofocus on the F4 was first seen by professional photographers as something they would never accept. Maybe the F3 AF had something to do with that, but pros used to their F3...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-31-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Talking I don't think Nikon will venture that far and...

I don't think Nikon will venture that far and give us the joys of a manual-only camera. But as long as it meters fine with AI and AI-s lenses and has a decent focusing screen (or better still, a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-31-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 92,469
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
It looks larger to me than an...

It looks larger to me than an FM2/FM3a.

According to a leading french photography magazine, there will be a special stand at the Paris photo show on 7th November. This stand will be inspired by the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-24-2013
Replies: 180
Views: 17,212
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
You might well be right about that. This is what...

You might well be right about that. This is what can be found amongst the supposed set of specifications :

"EVF/OVF hybrid viewfinder"

"Can be used with true mirror lock up for non-AI lenses while...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-24-2013
Replies: 180
Views: 17,212
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I'm glad I never got rid of any of my AIS lenses....

I'm glad I never got rid of any of my AIS lenses. :D

I can only welcome this news, although I hope it gets beyond the stage of a rumour. Even if the final product will probably be closer to an F3 on...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-20-2013
Replies: 1
Views: 754
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Very nice pics, I like the color rendition. To...

Very nice pics, I like the color rendition. To take full advantage of the lens' maximum aperture, maybe some shots at twilight or in another low light situation could show us its potential. How would...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-11-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 8,377
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I don't think it's just being lucky. The way...

I don't think it's just being lucky. The way Nikon rangefinders stand the test of time is a testimony to how well they were designed and how well they were built. In that respect I see no difference...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-10-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,717
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Gorgeous ! I'd love to see some shots taken with...

Gorgeous ! I'd love to see some shots taken with this lens.

Is that a soft release on the SP ? It certainly raises the shutter button quite a bit from the top plate.
Forum: Nikon RF 10-10-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 8,377
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
If you also take into account that, according to...

If you also take into account that, according to certain sources, Nikon lost money on both projects and sold the camera kits under their real manufacturing value, I think both the S3 2000 and the SP...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-05-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 8,377
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
You are correct, the S3 2000 was produced in...

You are correct, the S3 2000 was produced in limited numbers, initially in a chrome body version. In the year 2002 Nikon produced a black body version to meet demand. I can't confirm the 6,000 USD...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-24-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1,157
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
The 3.5 cm f/1.8 is a stellar lens, but it comes...

The 3.5 cm f/1.8 is a stellar lens, but it comes with a price tag to match. If I recall correctly only about 8,000 of these were made during the time Nikon manufactured the rangefinder system. That...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-23-2013
Replies: 36
Views: 2,302
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Great pics. That case is the best I've seen, it...

Great pics. That case is the best I've seen, it should be great for travel.
Forum: Nikon RF 08-20-2013
Replies: 36
Views: 2,302
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
The 5cm f/1.4 and f/2 have an internal bayonet,...

The 5cm f/1.4 and f/2 have an internal bayonet, the 5cm f/1.1 exists in both internal and external bayonet mounts. I think that all other lenses, from wide angle (3.5, 2.5, 2.1) to tele (8.5, 10.5...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-20-2013
Replies: 36
Views: 2,302
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
You should definitely get that book. Mind you...

You should definitely get that book. Mind you that it is very addictive reading and you'll soon want other lenses to build up your system. And then another camera. Most of us on the Nikon RF forum...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-20-2013
Replies: 36
Views: 2,302
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Found a link to an instruction manual for the S3...

Found a link to an instruction manual for the S3 :

http://bmwdean.com/nikon-s3-manual.htm
Forum: Nikon RF 08-20-2013
Replies: 36
Views: 2,302
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Just to put things into a historical perspective,...

Just to put things into a historical perspective, and at the risk of symplifying a bit, the Nikon rangefinder cameras were the only Nikon products available just after the second world war, when...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-19-2013
Replies: 36
Views: 2,302
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
First of all congratulations on getting such a...

First of all congratulations on getting such a nice camera and on your intention to use it for it what it was meant to be : taking pictures.

The 21mm Voigtlander is a good alternative to the much...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-19-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 851
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
The only diopters I've seen so far are for the...

The only diopters I've seen so far are for the Nikon S2 vintage (made between December 1954 and June 1958), but at a price you wouldn't want to pay : around 400 USD now.

Nikon may have made them for...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-16-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 1,540
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Only Rokas Photo Video would try and sell an...

Only Rokas Photo Video would try and sell an empty Nikon case for that much. That's probably why they wear gloves when photographing their items, to make us think they are super rare. :D

I would...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-07-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 1,060
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
There certainly is, although I have never handled...

There certainly is, although I have never handled one.

Are there any pictures of the lens and/or pictures taken with this lens you could share with us ?
Forum: Nikon RF 08-03-2013
Replies: 60
Views: 5,896
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
True when you start out, but once you are...

True when you start out, but once you are building a system, I think you'd rather be upgrading the body to go with your existing lenses. So for Nikon there is money to be had both ways. If Nikon...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-31-2013
Replies: 60
Views: 5,896
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
That's the whole point of us wanting a digital...

That's the whole point of us wanting a digital Nikon RF. Most long-time Nikon users like myself have a bunch of high quality glass and fast primes that would be great to put to a digital use, if of...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-31-2013
Replies: 60
Views: 5,896
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
You should give him a call.

You should give him a call.
Forum: Nikon RF 07-31-2013
Replies: 60
Views: 5,896
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Thanks for the information, Jon. Something that...

Thanks for the information, Jon. Something that can probably be relegated to the realm of (internet) urban legends is that Nikon changed a number of chrome S3 2000's that didn't sell and converted...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-30-2013
Replies: 60
Views: 5,896
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Thanks Jon. I see that the SP wasn't that much...

Thanks Jon. I see that the SP wasn't that much more expensive new than the S3 LE Black, but I think it is the more desirable of the three reissues, which is reflected in its resale price today.

It...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-29-2013
Replies: 60
Views: 5,896
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I checked my own notes : The S3 "reissue" was...

I checked my own notes : The S3 "reissue" was announced in August 2000, its dealer cost was $ 5,000 and the expected sales price was $ 5,500 (calculating a 10% margin for the dealer). Prices from...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-29-2013
Replies: 60
Views: 5,896
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Thanks for this, Jon, it's always a pleasure...

Thanks for this, Jon, it's always a pleasure being corrected on this forum.:D

So Mito Nikon and Tochigi Nikon are manufacturing plants within the Nikon group ? Where is the main manufacturing being...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-29-2013
Replies: 60
Views: 5,896
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I'd be more than happy if Nikon could make this,...

I'd be more than happy if Nikon could make this, there has been demand for this for a number of years now, although I doubt that Nikon would listen to a very small group of its users.





I have...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-12-2013
Replies: 1
Views: 773
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Verascope stereo camera World War 1

I have no idea if this has been posted on RFF before. If so, please feel free to remove the thread :

http://anerdsworld.com/verascope-world-war-1/

The 3D rendering of the pictures is great.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-04-2013
Replies: 90
Views: 8,265
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I don't have a smart phone and don't need one....

I don't have a smart phone and don't need one. Just a normal phone will do, you know, the kind that you use to make and receive calls. Period.

Besides, what is so "smart" about a "smart phone"...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-28-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 998
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I did ! Here is a selection of vintage Nikon ads...

I did !

Here is a selection of vintage Nikon ads :

Rangefinder

http://www.treefrog.be/photography/RF_ads.php

F
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-14-2013
Replies: 30
Views: 3,577
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Exactly, look at a properly lit picture here,...

Exactly, look at a properly lit picture here, photograph by Georges Merillon, World Press Photo Award from 1990. The shadowy areas actually add some drama to the picture as well. A much more natural...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-14-2013
Replies: 30
Views: 3,577
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Forensic investigators ? The jury should just...

Forensic investigators ?

The jury should just take a look at the RAW file, just as we used to look at a negative or slide on the light box. It shouldn't be more complicated than that. Would you...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-14-2013
Replies: 30
Views: 3,577
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
World Press Photo 2013 a fake ?

The World Press Photo winner of the 2013 award, Paul Hansen, may have applied too much manipulation to his winning...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-18-2013
Replies: 76
Views: 22,867
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Gorgeous picture, Jon.

Gorgeous picture, Jon.
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 04-12-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 663
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
You have some great shots there, especially in...

You have some great shots there, especially in your people portfolio. For the landscape shots I would do two different portfolios : one for b/w, the other for colour, but that is of course a personal...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 04-12-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1,063
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I was born in Belgium and although I have now...

I was born in Belgium and although I have now relocated, Bruges is a must on my visits to Belgium. Great architecture shots can be had.

I see that you climbed the 365 steps of the Belfort tower,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-04-2013
Replies: 55
Views: 5,149
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I agree. Maybe something with a reference to...

I agree.

Maybe something with a reference to your alias "MP Guy" ?
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-04-2013
Replies: 42
Views: 3,836
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Quote from the article : "there is nothing like...

Quote from the article : "there is nothing like the magic of that slow analog approach; an approach that results in deficiencies, such as overexposure, slightly blown out detail, a blurred...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-04-2013
Replies: 55
Views: 5,149
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Difficult one, but personally I think that...

Difficult one, but personally I think that "Photoblogphy.com" sounds a bit odd. If you want to have a presence on the web, maybe you should pick a name that can be easily read, pronounced and hence...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-29-2013
Replies: 161
Views: 11,601
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Le vol des pigeons

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2541/4147740282_f1070d1988_z.jpg?zz=1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4147740282/sizes/z/in/photostream/)
Le vol des pigeons...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-28-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,733
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Another SP ad

I've added a new SP ad here :

http://www.treefrog.be/photography/RF_ads.php

You couldn't travel incognito with your SP back in 1958, or at least that is what the ad wants us to believe, and I don't...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-25-2013
Replies: 44
Views: 2,907
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I did so too, only a bit later. I got these three...

I did so too, only a bit later. I got these three at a special discount price from Cameraquest :

50mm f/1.5 Nokton, 50mm f/2.5 Skopar and 85mm f/3.5 Lanthar

And I bought the SC-Skopar 21mm f/4...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-15-2013
Replies: 69
Views: 7,540
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
You can overcome that problem by using your...

You can overcome that problem by using your filters inside your lens hood, as long as the particular hood provides an inner thread as well, which isn't always the case. Just mount the hood first and...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-14-2013
Replies: 69
Views: 7,540
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Not only 48mm filter thread. By the looks of it,...

Not only 48mm filter thread. By the looks of it, I think this particular hood was made for a focal length equal or close to 40mm, as it doesn't have the usual wide angle hood shape. Hence my question...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-13-2013
Replies: 69
Views: 7,540
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I've had the same experience with US sellers...

I've had the same experience with US sellers quoting very high prices to ship items to Europe. I don't want to generalize, but my guess is that they quote the highest shipping price, i.e the swiftest...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-13-2013
Replies: 69
Views: 7,540
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Cool. Who manufactures these hoods ?

Cool. Who manufactures these hoods ?
Forum: Nikon RF 03-13-2013
Replies: 69
Views: 7,540
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
It looks great. Have you checked for vignetting ?

It looks great. Have you checked for vignetting ?
Forum: Nikon RF 03-12-2013
Replies: 69
Views: 7,540
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Thanks, very neat. Although my eyes keep...

Thanks, very neat. Although my eyes keep wandering off the hood to look at that gorgeous S2.
Forum: Nikon RF 03-11-2013
Replies: 69
Views: 7,540
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Hi Erik, I would love to see that 51mm "slip-in"...

Hi Erik,

I would love to see that 51mm "slip-in" cap. Great idea.

Jan
Forum: Nikon RF 03-11-2013
Replies: 69
Views: 7,540
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Granted, your solution is smaller and easier to...

Granted, your solution is smaller and easier to carry around / store away. Would it also be possible to fit a lens cap on yours ? Mine is lacking a cap.

As for the "all RF Nikon" solution, I...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-11-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 1,205
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I agree, the S2 is your best option for the 5cm,...

I agree, the S2 is your best option for the 5cm, it gives you an uncluttered viewfinder. Even though I like my S3s and S, the S2 is the one I always go back to whenever I want to shoot the 5cm focal...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-11-2013
Replies: 69
Views: 7,540
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Step-up ring +...

Step-up ring + hood

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8548397564/in/photostream

When I say it's close enough in shape, I only judge from pictures I've seen of the original Nikon hood. I...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-11-2013
Replies: 69
Views: 7,540
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Lens with step-up ring...

Lens with step-up ring mounted

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8548397682/in/photostream
Forum: Nikon RF 03-11-2013
Replies: 69
Views: 7,540
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Sure. Here is what you...

Sure. Here is what you...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-09-2013
Replies: 69
Views: 7,540
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I use a metal wide angle hood made for the...

I use a metal wide angle hood made for the Olympus OM series (49 mm thread) together with a 48-49 mm step-up ring. It works like a charm and is close enough to the Nikon original in shape. Cost me...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-11-2013
Replies: 1
Views: 546
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Celebrities with cameras

Maybe this has been posted before, but I can't find it on RFF. Quite some Nikons on this web page, nice to see Bob Dylan (well, kind of...) with an...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-11-2013
Replies: 20
Views: 1,288
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Great Jon, thanks. Not many manufacturers have...

Great Jon, thanks. Not many manufacturers have such a history to go back to and even want to look back. Praise to Nikon for doing so.
Forum: Nikon RF 02-11-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 2,713
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Gorgeous picture of the black version in...

Gorgeous picture of the black version in Jonmanjiro's shot. Mine is serial number 403120 and is a chrome version. I suppose we see the normal intermixing of black and chrome as far as serial numbers...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-27-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,144
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
You can find loads of hoods here, some come with...

You can find loads of hoods here, some come with front caps as well (no connection to the seller)

http://www.ebay.com/sch/heavystar/m.html
Forum: Nikon RF 12-27-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,144
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I've got some hoods from Yama, but they are only...

I've got some hoods from Yama, but they are only available in Japan.

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=116499&highlight=generic+hood+front+cap

(some links in this thread might...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-27-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 3,341
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Are you sure it was a dealer ? Will the RFF...

Are you sure it was a dealer ? Will the RFF member and happy new owner now confess to buying it ?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-27-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 1,527
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
The brochure being in Japanese it may be worth...

The brochure being in Japanese it may be worth twice that, but certainly not what they are asking for. There must be thousands of brochures like this one that went off the press when this camera was...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-27-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 1,527
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Nikon FM3A - When a brochure costs more than the actual camera

Just spotted this on the big auction site :

http://www.ebay.es/itm/Used-Nikon-FM3A-SLR-Camera-Brochure-Japanese-2001-/380221314738?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5886f4d6b2

9,000 USD for a brochure...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-27-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 3,341
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
The seller must have been delighted to get a...

The seller must have been delighted to get a quick sale and is probably more than happy with the price he/she got. The buyer must be thrilled with what may be the bargain of the year.

Why wasn't I...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-26-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 3,341
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
What a find. It would have been very difficult to...

What a find. It would have been very difficult to spot this one with just the description "camera" as the title.

Can anyone tell if this is a genuine black S2 ? The serial number according to the...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-24-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 1,733
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Thanks Vics. It all started here, looking at...

Thanks Vics. It all started here, looking at these vintage ads made me curious about the Nikon rangefinders. Bob Rotoloni's book did the rest, as well as a little "help" from fellow RFF members....
Forum: Nikon RF 12-24-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 1,733
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Thanks for that, it certainly puts things in...

Thanks for that, it certainly puts things in perspective. Getting into the Nikon system or into a comparable system of another manufacturer back in the 1950s meant a considerable amount of one's...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-23-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 1,648
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I don't really keep track of prices, but the kit...

I don't really keep track of prices, but the kit does seem on the expensive side.

You have to take into account that black dial S2s are not as common as regular chrome S2s, so you'll have to pay a...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-23-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 1,733
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
A perfect Christmas

I've added another Nikon ad to my small collection.

"Nikon will make your Christmas photographically perfect."

(see the first ad in the link...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-16-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 2,022
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
So this one is very close to the highest known...

So this one is very close to the highest known number, only 15 numbers below it.

I see it has been sold. I think it was a good price, even with the bad back.
Forum: Nikon RF 12-15-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 2,022
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Thanks for pointing this out. I should reread...

Thanks for pointing this out. I should reread Bob's book.
Forum: Nikon RF 12-15-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 2,022
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
The stamp is visible on the last picture (a...

The stamp is visible on the last picture (a detail shot of the back), but you have to look close.
Forum: Nikon RF 12-15-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 2,022
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Early Nikon S

According to the Cameraquest website, the earliest S are marked "Made In Occupied Japan" imprinted in small lettering on the back leather. Production is supposed to be slightly more than 300 cameras,...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-29-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 2,512
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
There is also the excellent 3.5cm f/1.8 lens to...

There is also the excellent 3.5cm f/1.8 lens to consider that is part of the kit (a multi-coated version of the vintage 3.5cm).

You can read more on the SP and 3.5cm...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-19-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 9,199
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Very sad times we are living right now. I'm a...

Very sad times we are living right now.

I'm a Belgian expat, so you were not far off.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-19-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 9,199
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
The Spanish terms used in this context are...

The Spanish terms used in this context are "resistencia pasiva" and "desobediencia".

The official version is that it is forbidden to take images, record sound or publish data about police officers...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 10-01-2012
Replies: 39
Views: 9,184
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Nice one, only the description reads "s2" instead...

Nice one, only the description reads "s2" instead of "S".
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 10-01-2012
Replies: 39
Views: 9,184
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
How much would the shoe flash bracket usually go...

How much would the shoe flash bracket usually go for ?
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 10-01-2012
Replies: 39
Views: 9,184
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
The seller also forgot to mention the 5cm/1.4...

The seller also forgot to mention the 5cm/1.4 that was on the camera, his description is of a two-lens kit instead of a three-lens kit. Anyone knowledgeable enough will have spotted the third lens...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-01-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 1,312
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Thank you guys for your input. The info on the...

Thank you guys for your input.



The info on the SP, S3 and S4 having a vinyle covering is new to me, thanks for pointing that out. I shall assume that vinyle was also used on the S3 2000 and SP...
Forum: Nikon RF 09-27-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 1,312
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
S2 black leather covering

Not that I'm in the market for this, but it's always nice to see a black S2. (no connection to the...
Forum: Nikon RF 09-06-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 3,378
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Thanks. Some ads can be found by doing a google...

Thanks. Some ads can be found by doing a google image search with the search words "contax ad".
Forum: Nikon RF 09-06-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 3,378
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
That's very interesting to know. Do you have any...

That's very interesting to know. Do you have any Zeiss Ikon Contax ads from that era you could share with us?
Forum: Nikon RF 09-06-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 3,378
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
More RF ads

I've added some more ads (new additions highlighted in red)

http://www.treefrog.be/photography/RF_ads.php
Forum: Travel 09-05-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 3,521
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I've read somewhere that the person operating the...

I've read somewhere that the person operating the scanner can boost up the power if he/she needs to see something more clearly. If this is in the realm of "urban legends" I don't know, maybe someone...
Forum: Travel 09-05-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 3,521
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
On a recent trip I asked for a hand check at...

On a recent trip I asked for a hand check at Brussels airport and got refused. The person consulted with his superior and told me that any film below 3200 ISO had to go through the scanner. He was...
Forum: Nikon RF 09-03-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 6,226
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I was leafing through a photography magazine from...

I was leafing through a photography magazine from August 2000 and found an article announcing the then new S3 2000. It compares it to the vintage S3. Price quoted for a mint vintage S3 in the year...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-30-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 2,925
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
These hoods look great. Would it be possible to...

These hoods look great. Would it be possible to post some pictures with the hoods mounted on the lens ?
Forum: Nikon RF 08-24-2012
Replies: 62
Views: 10,820
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
The prediction of 14,000 USD wasn't far off. ...

The prediction of 14,000 USD wasn't far off.

Did anyone look at the bid history ?

"Retracted: US $95,000.00"
"Explanation: Entered wrong amount"

Imagine you want to bid 9,500 USD and you...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-28-2012
Replies: 124
Views: 22,969
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I got a set of step-up rings like...

I got a set of step-up rings like...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-28-2012
Replies: 124
Views: 22,969
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
An alternative to using a filter without the...

An alternative to using a filter without the glass is to use one or two step-up rings. I'm not sure about the filter size of your 21mm lens, but if it is 52mm, you could use for instance a 52-55mm or...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-27-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 3,378
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Yes, I have the same ad. Here are a bunch of...

Yes, I have the same ad. Here are a bunch of others, ranging from June 1952 up to June 1960, spanning 8 years of fine Nikon ads.

http://www.treefrog.be/photography/

By the way, this webpage is the...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-21-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 907
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Replacement lens cap for Nikkor 2.5 cm

Hi,

Does anyone know of a front lens cap that could be used on the 2.5 cm f/4 Nikkor ? Any manufacturer will do. I'm not interested in getting the original Nikon front cap, but am only concerned...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 07-14-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 1,593
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Focilux certainly rings a bell. I just don't...

Focilux certainly rings a bell. I just don't spend enough time in Belgium lately to know Art & Craft.

It certainly is a good price, especially when you compare it to the 10mm lens that is advertised...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 07-13-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 1,593
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I am from Belgium, although I do not currently...

I am from Belgium, although I do not currently live there. I have no experience with this particular shop, but at the price these cameras are being advertised I doubt there would be many in...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-13-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 4,794
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Thanks for correcting me, somehow I missed the...

Thanks for correcting me, somehow I missed the 1.25x conversion factor in the description.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-13-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 4,794
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Contax/Yashica to...

Contax/Yashica to Nikon

http://www.fatuarte.es/tienda/product.php?id_product=207

Leica R to Nikon

http://www.fatuarte.es/tienda/product.php?id_product=192

Bronica SQ to Nikon (according to the...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-06-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 2,540
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I don't see any addendum, the description still...

I don't see any addendum, the description still says " (...) is an authentic Nikon black paint S-3 and is worthy of a professional restoration."

But some people must have withdrawn their bids, it's...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-06-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 2,540
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Then he is not being ambiguous, this is outright...

Then he is not being ambiguous, this is outright deceit. Probably explains to a certain point the bids received so far. Just proves you can never be careful enough as a buyer.
Forum: Nikon RF 07-06-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 2,540
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
He describes it as a "rare black paint Nikon...

He describes it as a "rare black paint Nikon rangefinder S-3 body".
It is certainly an ambiguous way to describe it, "black repaint" would be closer to the truth. Describing it as rare is misleading...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-06-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 2,540
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Well, maybe I wasn't specific enough. What I...

Well, maybe I wasn't specific enough. What I meant to say was that if going through the whole process of stripping a chrome camera of its chrome layer and have it professionally painted, would we...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-06-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 2,540
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Thank you all for your input. So it is a fake...

Thank you all for your input. So it is a fake after all : probably the paint started to wear off and it was in the process of getting repainted.

8 bids and 219.50 USD so far, 13 hours to go. This...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 07-03-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 2,040
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Brilliant. I will have to restrict myself to just...

Brilliant. I will have to restrict myself to just watching the pictures for now, but that is a huge satisfaction on its own. It would be a good idea to present the content in English as well, that...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-02-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 2,540
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Black paint S3 for restoration or parts

Just spotted this on the big auction site (no connection to the seller):

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=261056325629


There is a rather strange story to explain why these...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-27-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,027
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Yes, I see the screw now. This one didn't need...

Yes, I see the screw now. This one didn't need any adjusting, so it may well have been a combination of both : the synchro dial not tightened down enough and the rewind crank too tight on the shaft.
...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-27-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,027
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Yes, you did read the problem description...

Yes, you did read the problem description correctly. It was just as you described : the rewind crank was in contact with the synchro dial and this braked the rewind unit. So, I followed the steps you...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-27-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,027
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Interesting issues you brought up. I'm not really...

Interesting issues you brought up. I'm not really technically skilled, but I'll try and explain in more detail. When I select the R setting, the winding uncouples and the shutter logically can't be...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-27-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,027
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Thank you Sevo for your thoughts. I've ruled out...

Thank you Sevo for your thoughts. I've ruled out the sprocket wheel. I just tried the camera without film on the A setting : cocking the shutter and winding on all work fine. The frame counter also...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-27-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,027
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
S2 rewind problem

Hi,

I experienced a problem on a recent shoot with the S2 black dial. I tore the film apart somewhere half way the roll. Half of the film is still in the cassette, the other half exposed but ruined...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 04-05-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 5,378
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
But you could argue that Fuji (and other camera...

But you could argue that Fuji (and other camera makers for that matter) should put a totally finished product on the market. It seems like the first buyers of any product nowadays are the ones that...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-29-2012
Replies: 92
Views: 11,210
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Let me guess: all his pictures looked black...

Let me guess: all his pictures looked black because he didn't take the cap off?

This guy's first video has been watched 406 times already, his second video 144. Probably 98% of these are RFF...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-29-2012
Replies: 92
Views: 11,210
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Maybe in his next video he will show us his new...

Maybe in his next video he will show us his new Ferrari and tell us he's disappointed it's manual gear shift only.

Besides, if he's going to shoot at f/4 all the time, why would he need a Noctilux?
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-29-2012
Replies: 92
Views: 11,210
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
From the videos: "If your subject is close,...

From the videos:

"If your subject is close, then you're more likely to get blurry pictures."

"A dial that says 5.6, 8, 11, you know, they skip a couple of numbers in between (...) you don't focus...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-27-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 1,308
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I have the black S3 "2002" set and am about to...

I have the black S3 "2002" set and am about to complete an SP 2005 purchase as well. Way too nice to just let them pass.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-27-2012
Replies: 91
Views: 6,270
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
The problem with customs, at least in Spain where...

The problem with customs, at least in Spain where I have experience with these matters, is that if there is no mention of the value of the content, they will invariably open the package for...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-27-2012
Replies: 169
Views: 17,421
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Thank you Timor. I must admit I should have tried...

Thank you Timor. I must admit I should have tried that myself before asking.

Charlie, I had a brief look at your website yesterday and bookmarked it to have a read later today.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-26-2012
Replies: 169
Views: 17,421
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Charlie, I'd love to know more about this....

Charlie,

I'd love to know more about this. Could you please provide a link to your website?

Thanks
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-26-2012
Replies: 169
Views: 17,421
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
I think there is something tangible using the...

I think there is something tangible using the analogue systems. Loading your film, pressing the shutter of a fine mechanical camera and winding on to the next frame is a very satisfying experience...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-26-2012
Replies: 91
Views: 6,270
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Ebay

I've had a really bad experience from a US seller on a 40 USD transaction. The item never arrived and the seller refused to send me a simple proof of shipping. After several emails back and forth to...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-05-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 1,265
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
S2 diopters

The only place I've seen original S2 diopters for sale is here:

www.kevincameras.com (http://www.kevincameras.com)

Click on Nikon RF, then on Nikon RF Misc. The diopters are the 8th listed item...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-29-2011
Replies: 436
Views: 85,196
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Taken with the vintage...

Taken with the vintage lens.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2541/4147740282_4f3bb11216_o.jpg

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4147740282/in/photostream
Forum: Nikon RF 03-01-2011
Replies: 22
Views: 3,936
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
Thank you James for your support. Especially...

Thank you James for your support. Especially since you are largely responsible for sparking off (and constantly reviving) my interest in vintage Nikon literature. :)

As said, I've been through my...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-01-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1,981
Posted By Jan Van Laethem
The regular 5cm f/1.4 was introduced around 1950...

The regular 5cm f/1.4 was introduced around 1950 and made until the end of the rangefinder production in 1962. There are basically two versions of it, chrome and black.

In 1962 Nikon produced a...
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