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Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 4,000
Posted By darkkavenger
Hey all, I’ve just been busy with work & growing...

Hey all, I’ve just been busy with work & growing kids, I’m now getting to the point where I may start using again my Contax IIIa :-) thanks for the nice comments.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 06-18-2011
Replies: 71
Views: 6,594
Posted By darkkavenger
Interesting thread... what about people like me...

Interesting thread... what about people like me who enjoy their mechanical russian-made watch? The FSU of watches :D
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-09-2011
Replies: 314
Views: 52,364
Posted By darkkavenger
1970 J-3 in Contax mount. The biggest mistake I...

1970 J-3 in Contax mount. The biggest mistake I did in all my photo-life.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-08-2011
Replies: 251
Views: 36,047
Posted By darkkavenger
Hi, I just purchased one today. That's the reason...

Hi, I just purchased one today. That's the reason why I've sold (and I'm still selling) some lenses (didn't want to impact my monthly budget: holidays, car maintenance, new stuff for baby). I am very...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-07-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 979
Posted By darkkavenger
It's 35mm x 30 meters, perforated

It's 35mm x 30 meters, perforated
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-07-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 979
Posted By darkkavenger
Thanks guys for the info, if no one is interested...

Thanks guys for the info, if no one is interested in this I will probably throw it away :D need to clean up some of my old stuff :-)
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-07-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 979
Posted By darkkavenger
Foma Dokument Pan

Hi guys,

I've got a 30meter roll of Foma Dokument Pan. Have you ever heard of this film? I haven't been able to find any precision about the iso sensivity, except that it is indicated on the box...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-05-2011
Replies: 43
Views: 3,614
Posted By darkkavenger
I try to sell a Zeiss-Opton Sonnar 50/2 and a...

I try to sell a Zeiss-Opton Sonnar 50/2 and a Carl Zeiss Sonnar 135/4, both in Contax mount. These are "Best Offer", I am not expecting to make a thousand dollars with this sale :-) Just need to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-04-2011
Replies: 71
Views: 6,370
Posted By darkkavenger
Thanks for this insightful post. You managed to...

Thanks for this insightful post. You managed to convince me to pickup an enlarger, and print photos again. Hope to do so in the coming weeks :-)
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-01-2011
Replies: 0
Views: 580
Posted By darkkavenger
Question Considering placing an ad for 2 Zeiss lenses

Dear friends, I'm considering placing an ad for the sale of 2 lenses, a 135/4 pre-war sonnar and a 50/2 opton sonnar, is there any interest whatsoever, as I haven't seen contax lenses up for sale...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-11-2011
Replies: 38
Views: 6,013
Posted By darkkavenger
Wonderful series... very amazing, and you can't...

Wonderful series... very amazing, and you can't help but thinking what have they done, and are these girls gone wrong... timeless photos!
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-07-2011
Replies: 42
Views: 8,404
Posted By darkkavenger
I have had both lenses (sort of)... here are my...

I have had both lenses (sort of)... here are my two cents on it:

I am very glad with my Zeiss-Opton Biogon 35/2.8 (Post-War) on my Contax IIIa. I received it a few weeks ago from fellow member...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-03-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 1,555
Posted By darkkavenger
Thanks, aoresteen. I am looking for a repairman...

Thanks, aoresteen. I am looking for a repairman in my area, either in Czech Republic or in Germany, will let you know whether my searches will be successful :-)
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-27-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 1,598
Posted By darkkavenger
Hi Liquid-Sky, that's for a Zeiss-Option Biogon...

Hi Liquid-Sky, that's for a Zeiss-Option Biogon 35/2.8 in Contax RF mount ;-)
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-26-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 1,598
Posted By darkkavenger
Thank you sir! ;-)

Thank you sir! ;-)
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-26-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 1,598
Posted By darkkavenger
Z-O Biogon 35/2.8 with S&W Vented Hood?

I was wondering whether using my S&W 40.5mm vented hood will cause problems with a 35/2.8 Zeiss-Opton Biogon or not... have you had any similar experience to share?

Thanks!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-19-2011
Replies: 42
Views: 6,321
Posted By darkkavenger
Well, my opinion on this is that there is a...

Well, my opinion on this is that there is a market for Zeiss lenses, and a market for Canon/Nikon/Sigma lenses. If Zeiss prefers manual focus and actually build such lenses, it means that there is a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-10-2011
Replies: 62
Views: 4,356
Posted By darkkavenger
Hope you'll be soon OK, Juan. Keep being positive...

Hope you'll be soon OK, Juan. Keep being positive in spite of what happened, what doesn't kills you makes you stronger :) Be safe, think quickly, react faster :)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-09-2011
Replies: 25
Views: 4,068
Posted By darkkavenger
I confirm thread is 40.5mm

I confirm thread is 40.5mm
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-08-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 1,008
Posted By darkkavenger
Thanks for your advices, I was specifically...

Thanks for your advices, I was specifically looking for slide film, I prefer the tones compared to C41 films. I will give a try to Velvia 100 in this case! Thanks again :)
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-08-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 1,008
Posted By darkkavenger
Recommend good inversible film for night long exposure photo?

Hi, I'm planning to do a series of night shots with morphi in Prague this week. I was thinking to use ISO 100 inversible film such as Fuji Velvia 100, with long exposures. Do you have any...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-07-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 707
Posted By darkkavenger
The last photo is extremely strong, I like it...

The last photo is extremely strong, I like it very much.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-07-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 1,555
Posted By darkkavenger
Thanks Highway61. This looks like a routine...

Thanks Highway61. This looks like a routine repair to experts, but knowing myself, I will probably "screw it up" at some point. Would you be able to recommend someone who can service the lens? I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-06-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 646
Posted By darkkavenger
Flickr slideshows are great, I often use them for...

Flickr slideshows are great, I often use them for the same purpose, although once again it depends from the skills of the photographers. It allows me to kind of grab the "signature" of a lens, and...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-06-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 1,555
Posted By darkkavenger
Do you have any hands-on experience with those?

Do you have any hands-on experience with those?
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-06-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 1,555
Posted By darkkavenger
I am not certain whether I have an early version,...

I am not certain whether I have an early version, but three pictures can be seen here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/darkkavenger/sets/72157600010251077/

:)
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-06-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 1,555
Posted By darkkavenger
Thanks for the advices, Brian :-)

Thanks for the advices, Brian :-)
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-06-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 1,555
Posted By darkkavenger
I've had a further look, I don't have the kind of...

I've had a further look, I don't have the kind of spanner needed. I also had a look at Mike Elek's page here: http://elekm.net/zeiss-ikon/repair/sonnar-clean.html

There is no mention of the cord and...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-06-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 1,555
Posted By darkkavenger
Brian, thanks for the hints. I appear to have...

Brian, thanks for the hints. I appear to have such a spanner, I will give it a try... Thanks!
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-06-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 1,555
Posted By darkkavenger
Highway61, thanks, it is exactly how it is...

Highway61, thanks, it is exactly how it is currently happening: getting extremely stiff around f/2 and f/16. I do not really feel up to opening it, I have no precision tools to do that and I tend to...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-05-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 1,555
Posted By darkkavenger
Stiff aperture ring on Zeiss-Opton Sonnar 50/2

Hello,

I've got the feeling that my 50/2 Sonnar aperture ring is getting stiff, it is showing some resistance when turning it to select the aperture. It is usually stiff when lens if fully open or...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-05-2011
Replies: 171
Views: 11,716
Posted By darkkavenger
I've tried an M7 not so long ago, felt nice and...

I've tried an M7 not so long ago, felt nice and solid, indeed desireable but nothing I would die for :-) And currently out of my league financially (not *that* out of my league, but other priorities,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-04-2011
Replies: 171
Views: 11,716
Posted By darkkavenger
It's 1am so good night guys, I'll leave you to...

It's 1am so good night guys, I'll leave you to the "M" wars :D hope you won't be throwing Hektor's at each other :-)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-04-2011
Replies: 171
Views: 11,716
Posted By darkkavenger
Sorry to play the devil's advocate, but what...

Sorry to play the devil's advocate, but what objectively makes the M3 the "greatest" camera? (besides that the M mount has become the de facto RF lens mount standard nowadays. Rational facts, please,...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-04-2011
Replies: 2,963
Views: 1,787,662
Posted By darkkavenger
No film loaded camera for this weekend, but one...

No film loaded camera for this weekend, but one roll of Fomapan 400 (135-36exp) and another of HP5+ (135-36exp) to soup... once again some old rolls (I'd say up to 18 months old)... who knows how it...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-03-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 1,612
Posted By darkkavenger
I've owned several Kievs, the early models felt...

I've owned several Kievs, the early models felt sturdier, more Contax-like in quality, material used and finish. Later models felt a bit cheap, however I distinctly recall Kiev-4A (either from '70 or...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-03-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 3,419
Posted By darkkavenger
Thanks for the interesting link, I need to read...

Thanks for the interesting link, I need to read this more in detail... maybe something new to learn here
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-03-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 3,419
Posted By darkkavenger
Thank you. I used to go for Ilfotol some years...

Thank you. I used to go for Ilfotol some years ago, once again I probably stopped using it while in France due to inavailability in my area. I will go have a look at that, meanwhile I will try my...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-03-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 3,419
Posted By darkkavenger
Hunghang, I was wondering what kind of detergent...

Hunghang, I was wondering what kind of detergent are you using? hand wash soap? when do you add it? how much do you add?

PatrickT, good luck, I'm sure you'll enjoy this combo :)
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-02-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 3,419
Posted By darkkavenger
Well Simon, you're definitely not alone!! That's...

Well Simon, you're definitely not alone!! That's comforting to read :-)

I use very similar times, tap water, no thermometer. I use the 1+19 solution three times. 1st use: 6.5 minutes, 2nd use 7...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-02-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 3,419
Posted By darkkavenger
Peter, thank you for your comment. I switched...

Peter, thank you for your comment. I switched from D76 to LC29 a few years ago because I develop very irregularly and the preparation of D76 doesn't suits my needs. I had nice results with D76, but I...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-02-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 3,419
Posted By darkkavenger
Tri-X 400 in Ilfotec LC29

After seeing Tom inspiring discussion about the classic TX400 and D76 combination, I told myself that it's been too long since I've ran a roll of TX400 through my camera. So I did get a roll of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-31-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 2,243
Posted By darkkavenger
It happens... i've been shooting an imaginary...

It happens... i've been shooting an imaginary roll of HP5+ through my Pentacon Six then a month later I tried to load a roll of HP5+ through it, forgetting that I had half roll of Provia 100F through...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-27-2011
Replies: 189
Views: 43,214
Posted By darkkavenger
I agree with Jamie... now lurking on a german...

I agree with Jamie... now lurking on a german well known auction site :/ :D
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-27-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 708
Posted By darkkavenger
It brings along a lot of sleeping memories, and...

It brings along a lot of sleeping memories, and the funniest thing was my wife's son (celebrating 14 y.o this weekend) telling me how 'oldskool' was the way I was dressed (Nike shoes, Nike T-Shirt,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-27-2011
Replies: 189
Views: 43,214
Posted By darkkavenger
Roberto, your photos are fantastic, they really...

Roberto, your photos are fantastic, they really have a soul! I covet a Contaflex and/or a Contarex, it is not a priority but I hope to own one of those in the future. Your wonderful photos comfort me...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-27-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 708
Posted By darkkavenger
I just found my first photos

While looking for some old papers I found an envelope with very old negatives... the first photos I ever took! It was for a school trip in 1994, I was then 14 years old and I had bought myself a very...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-25-2011
Replies: 230
Views: 19,909
Posted By darkkavenger
Bokeh is just an empty word. The interesting...

Bokeh is just an empty word. The interesting topic is the subject of the photo, then the DOF choice and how the OOF zone will look like is a deliberate artistic choice of the photographer (or just...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-25-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 2,510
Posted By darkkavenger
the preciousssss ... will be ours!

the preciousssss ... will be ours!
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-24-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 7,781
Posted By darkkavenger
Thank you Chris, I am currently stuck with a very...

Thank you Chris, I am currently stuck with a very primitive tank from the '50s which leaks chemicals. When we moved last year my significant other thought my jobo tank and other darkroom material...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-24-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 7,781
Posted By darkkavenger
I've noticed a very weird artefacting that ruined...

I've noticed a very weird artefacting that ruined a film with (IMHO) nice photos. Here are some samples... note the upper irregular "line" going across the sky with dots.. as if the film didn't dry...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-24-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 7,781
Posted By darkkavenger
I'm scanning a few frames... one thing is neat: I...

I'm scanning a few frames... one thing is neat: I desperately need to get some wetting agent.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-24-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 7,781
Posted By darkkavenger
Ilfotec LC29 anyone?

Hi guys, I know there are as many tastes as you may find people on earth... my combo is Ilfotec LC29 at 1+19, Fomacitro 1+20 and Fomafix 1+5. I just developed yet another batch of 120 film, 2 rolls...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-24-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,074
Posted By darkkavenger
I'm not aware of any diopter for the Contax...

I'm not aware of any diopter for the Contax IIa/IIIa, you could look for this thread but nothing much there... http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=72383
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-24-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,074
Posted By darkkavenger
Do you mean an eyepiece / diopter ?

Do you mean an eyepiece / diopter ?
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-24-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,074
Posted By darkkavenger
This link may be handy ......

This link may be handy ... http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/nikon/nikkoresources/RF-Nikkor/Contax_RF/Zeiss-Finders.htm
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-24-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,074
Posted By darkkavenger
Mohammed, joke aside there are many tele...

Mohammed, joke aside there are many tele viewfinders available, either standalone or turret. The original Zeiss ones are very expensive. A classic model is the Zeiss 440 with 21,35,50,85,135 (correct...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-24-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,074
Posted By darkkavenger
Lovely mask :-) are you willing to part with it?...

Lovely mask :-) are you willing to part with it? :D
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-24-2011
Replies: 1,035
Views: 265,253
Posted By darkkavenger
A modest, dented Sonnar f=13.5cm 1:4 from 1937......

A modest, dented Sonnar f=13.5cm 1:4 from 1937... hidden bargain on ebay.de!
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-24-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 827
Posted By darkkavenger
Hopefully batterytypehah! put it right for you!...

Hopefully batterytypehah! put it right for you! Now welcome to RFF and enjoy your Contax and Kiev! Show up some photos sometime :-)
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-24-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 827
Posted By darkkavenger
You've put it pretty clear and straightforward,...

You've put it pretty clear and straightforward, I'm still in office so got a bit mixed up in my description :-)
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-24-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 827
Posted By darkkavenger
Of course, sorry for forgetting this. Make sure...

Of course, sorry for forgetting this. Make sure the inner focusing ring is retracted with the infinity mark at twelve o'clock. The little round level used to lock 50mm lenses should be aligned with...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-24-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 827
Posted By darkkavenger
Hello, the thing with numbers outside is made to...

Hello, the thing with numbers outside is made to accomodate non-50mm lenses, it is the external bayonet mount. You will see a red dot below the viewfinder window. Your lens with an external bayonet...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-24-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 1,135
Posted By darkkavenger
Very interesting 135/4. Although this finish is...

Very interesting 135/4. Although this finish is weird, the f-stop lettering looks very much like those found on regular 135/4 lenses. I just received a 135/4 this morning, a CZJ from 1937 according...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-23-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 1,430
Posted By darkkavenger
Thanks to all for your recommendations. My "main"...

Thanks to all for your recommendations. My "main" camera is a MF SLR,so I really never found a place to discuss it besides the *evil SLR* forum, where I've got the feeling that discussion goes around...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-23-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 1,430
Posted By darkkavenger
Recommend a good Medium Format photography forum?

Hi guys, do you know of a good MF photo forum around? something that would be nearly as good (but not as good of course :D) as RFF ? MF photography is a significant part of my photography passion and...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-21-2011
Replies: 47
Views: 5,987
Posted By darkkavenger
whoa I just read this thread and I still can't...

whoa I just read this thread and I still can't figure out either I am under "USS San Marcos" or if you all had a funny magic mushroom party! Anyways my kind of lemurs are those coming from the outer...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-19-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 2,041
Posted By darkkavenger
Finally have scanned this film, the first series...

Finally have scanned this film, the first series of shots are available at my facebook photography page (until i publish it to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-19-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 2,041
Posted By darkkavenger
wow! that's a roll from last year!

wow! that's a roll from last year!
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-19-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 2,041
Posted By darkkavenger
Actually souping a roll of Fomapan 400 in Ilfotec...

Actually souping a roll of Fomapan 400 in Ilfotec LC29 (1+19) :-)
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-18-2011
Replies: 9,111
Views: 897,076
Posted By darkkavenger
Besides food and a roll of Tri-X 400 earlier...

Besides food and a roll of Tri-X 400 earlier today, I got myself a nice Sonnar 135/4 in Contax mount on german ebay for 23 EUR :D Should arrive here within a week, will keep you guys posted :D
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-18-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 2,041
Posted By darkkavenger
I am sick home, so I will develop some rolls of...

I am sick home, so I will develop some rolls of film tonight :-)
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-17-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 2,041
Posted By darkkavenger
Here are a couple photos... I found an old roll...

Here are a couple photos... I found an old roll of Fomapan 100, I am 100% sure this roll went through my Flexaret IIIa TLR.

Fomapan 100, Ilfotec LC29 1+19, 6.5 minutes....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-17-2011
Replies: 45
Views: 4,741
Posted By darkkavenger
I use only HP5+ in 120, but from time to time I...

I use only HP5+ in 120, but from time to time I use Fomapan 400. Also, Fomapan 400 is my standard film for 35mm RF photography, having replaced Tri-X 400. I will go have a look at the prices of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-17-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 2,041
Posted By darkkavenger
When I see such photos, I can't wait to put my...

When I see such photos, I can't wait to put my Contax IIIa at use again! Lovely one, Peter! Oh and good luck with LR3, Robert!
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-17-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 2,041
Posted By darkkavenger
This surely feels good, I can relate that photos...

This surely feels good, I can relate that photos are a living memory of our lives and families, I wish I could take a few B&W photos of my grandfather when I was in Sicily in 2006. I did of my...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-17-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 2,041
Posted By darkkavenger
Well after the theater yesterday evening I was...

Well after the theater yesterday evening I was able to develop an old roll of fomapan 100, I hope to scan it tonight, after shipping a Contax III with two lenses to a fellow RFF member and friend on...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-17-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 2,041
Posted By darkkavenger
I finally went for a walk around 3 villages and...

I finally went for a walk around 3 villages and 7km with the baby and the Psix. I still need to take 6 photos before I develop the roll, hopefully by the end of next week :)
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-16-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 2,041
Posted By darkkavenger
Packing, see you later gentlemen!

Packing, see you later gentlemen!
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-16-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 2,041
Posted By darkkavenger
What are you up to today?

Hello, is anyone going out to take photos today? I am going out with my son Matteo (7 months). We have a warm sunny day here (10°C!!) and I am going out with my Pentacon Six and a Carl Zeiss Jena DDR...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-14-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1,951
Posted By darkkavenger
I'm using an Epson Perfection 4490 Photo which...

I'm using an Epson Perfection 4490 Photo which allows me to scan a wide range of formats:

http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/Product.do?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&sku=B11B176011

Type: Built-in...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 01-13-2011
Replies: 113
Views: 24,825
Posted By darkkavenger
You've got some pretty stunning photos, the...

You've got some pretty stunning photos, the portraits are amazing, and I love the expression of that lady in NYC metro :-)
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 01-13-2011
Replies: 113
Views: 24,825
Posted By darkkavenger
Hi, I use flickr as the main place to publish...

Hi,

I use flickr as the main place to publish photos, however the shots I consider as worthy end up on my new own website (link in signature) as I've been asked several times if I sell prints. I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-13-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,001
Posted By darkkavenger
Michael, it's up to you, the photos are yours and...

Michael, it's up to you, the photos are yours and you may have your reasons to delete them, placing RFF threads above personal choices may not be the best thing to do :-)
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-12-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,227
Posted By darkkavenger
I know morphi very well and I advised him to get...

I know morphi very well and I advised him to get this Contax III. The lens is in a stunning good shape for this venerable age and I am very much looking forward to see some photos from our new fellow...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-12-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,220
Posted By darkkavenger
Cheers, well met! All the best, Max

Cheers, well met!

All the best,
Max
Forum: DIYS Modifications 01-12-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,876
Posted By darkkavenger
Lovely work, Brian, although I do not have the...

Lovely work, Brian, although I do not have the skills for such kind of precision work. I will go again in Ukraine in april, I will try to see if I can source some lenses and FSU RFs... my last pick...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 01-12-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,876
Posted By darkkavenger
now that *is* engineering!

now that *is* engineering!
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-11-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 3,788
Posted By darkkavenger
Ciao Paola, I too believe that the Sonnar 1.5 is...

Ciao Paola,

I too believe that the Sonnar 1.5 is an exquisite lens, probably one of the best 50mm lenses ever (pls note that I am a ZEISS lover and fan :D)

I'm glad to hear you enjoy it, I like to...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 01-11-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,876
Posted By darkkavenger
I agree, I used the I-61 and the J8 on my...

I agree, I used the I-61 and the J8 on my beginnings with RF photography. I however haven't yet tried this I-61 mounted on a contax-mount J8 base :-)
Forum: DIYS Modifications 01-11-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,876
Posted By darkkavenger
A lens you will not see too often around!

The hidden son of madam Industar-61 and mister Jupiter-8 forbidden love. This was done by a fellow RFF member from Slovakia about 3-4 years ago. I haven't really tested it ever, putting up some pics...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 01-11-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 2,223
Posted By darkkavenger
I regret having had to sell my 1970 J3 about 4...

I regret having had to sell my 1970 J3 about 4 years ago, I was then in dire need of funds. I remember sourcing a 1951 J3 for a fellow RFF member from London, I believe he never regretted buying it....
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-11-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,220
Posted By darkkavenger
Did I mention? this camera is extremely sturdy!

Did I mention? this camera is extremely sturdy!
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-11-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,220
Posted By darkkavenger
Hi Brian, nice to be back here! I've sent you a...

Hi Brian, nice to be back here! I've sent you a PM :-)

Raid, most welcome. It's a pleasure to help, and honestly this poor Fed-5B has been more than neglected!
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-11-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,220
Posted By darkkavenger
Hi Nigel, Agreed!

Hi Nigel, Agreed!
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-11-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,220
Posted By darkkavenger
Thumbs up Anyone wants a Fed-5B body for free?

if you're not in a hurry I'll send it to you free of charge in economy :) fully functional, without lens!
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-10-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1,256
Posted By darkkavenger
I finally got it, and the item is up for trade on...

I finally got it, and the item is up for trade on WTT section!
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-10-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1,256
Posted By darkkavenger
Additionally (I know it's out of topic) I'm...

Additionally (I know it's out of topic) I'm unable to submit a Want To Trade ad, step 2 shows an empty box, is this a known issue?
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-10-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1,256
Posted By darkkavenger
You're a lucky man ;-)

You're a lucky man ;-)
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-10-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1,256
Posted By darkkavenger
Unfortunately, I don't own one, I nearly hit one...

Unfortunately, I don't own one, I nearly hit one in ebay for 62$ a few years ago but due to slow internet I got overbidded :( It was a very nice looking lens. I had to sell my RF lens outfit about 3...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-10-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1,256
Posted By darkkavenger
I would be very much in the same configuration :)

I would be very much in the same configuration :)
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-10-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1,256
Posted By darkkavenger
I thought of this as a possible quirk, I can now...

I thought of this as a possible quirk, I can now say that this Contax III will ship with a J12 ;)
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-10-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1,256
Posted By darkkavenger
Hi dexdog, thanks for your insights on the...

Hi dexdog,

thanks for your insights on the matter, it's very much appreciated! I will think about it and eventually the Contax III will end up on WTT section :)
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-10-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1,256
Posted By darkkavenger
Question Willing to trade a Contax III for a Bessa R2C / Should I?

Hello all,

I haven't been here for a very long while! I have two Contax RFs, a III and a IIIA. I've seldom used my III, although it was fully overhauled including meter by Henry Scherer. Mine just...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-09-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 3,788
Posted By darkkavenger
Hello Paola, I've been a long-time Kiev-2 user,...

Hello Paola,

I've been a long-time Kiev-2 user, I own a Contax III and a Contax IIIa, both are fully functional including the lightmeter and I have never found them ugly or impractical whatsoever. I...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-21-2009
Replies: 67
Views: 8,123
Posted By darkkavenger
Hey all, it's nice to read your opinions and...

Hey all,

it's nice to read your opinions and comments. I've got two films drying in the bathroom at the moment, hoping to scan & post them at flickr either tonight or tomorrow :-) As for MF systems,...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-19-2009
Replies: 67
Views: 8,123
Posted By darkkavenger
Hello everyone, just my two cents, I've had my...

Hello everyone, just my two cents, I've had my Pentacon Six since 2005, I had the film transport issue so I had the camera fully serviced at Pentacon GmbH in Dresden, and also had them add the MLU...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 11-01-2008
Replies: 29
Views: 2,755
Posted By darkkavenger
Heya, I haven't bought/sold anything for a while...

Heya,

I haven't bought/sold anything for a while now, but I wanted to definitely back the comment regarding David Murphy. Three cheers to him! :)

Max
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-28-2008
Replies: 21
Views: 2,086
Posted By darkkavenger
Ah Brian good luck in your Kiev harvest! :) Kind...

Ah Brian good luck in your Kiev harvest! :)

Kind regards,
Max
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-31-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 2,515
Posted By darkkavenger
Good luck with the Flexie, Brian! :)

Good luck with the Flexie, Brian! :)
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-12-2008
Replies: 214
Views: 4,784
Posted By darkkavenger
I don't see what is so special in the RFF...

I don't see what is so special in the RFF community. It is (or used to be, rather, since most of the knowledgeable people left) a nice hub to meet photographers from all over the world and share...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-11-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 697
Posted By darkkavenger
don't forget the uncoupled Zeiss Jena Tessar 28mm...

don't forget the uncoupled Zeiss Jena Tessar 28mm f/8 if you want a genuine Zeiss lens, or the CV S-C Skopar series (21, 25, 28, 35mm), and the russian Orion-15 28/6.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-02-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 623
Posted By darkkavenger
Maybe this would refer to prewar lenses and...

Maybe this would refer to prewar lenses and bodies, made before the introduction of Zeiss designs known as Jupiter lenses (from what I've read somewhere, the russian pronounciation of Zeiss is...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-28-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 1,735
Posted By darkkavenger
Hi, yes that makes a '56 2A and a '57 J8 :) to...

Hi, yes that makes a '56 2A and a '57 J8 :)

to Marc-A: I offered my Kiev 2A to my friend Laurence about one year ago. I miss both very much :D see on microraion.com ;)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-27-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 1,735
Posted By darkkavenger
that's a nice job done with your Kiev. I...

that's a nice job done with your Kiev. I especially enjoy the realism of the 2nd photo, it's striking, and the J8 seems top-notch! what years are this 2A and J8 ?

It's reassuring to see that there...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 11-08-2007
Replies: 31
Views: 2,428
Posted By darkkavenger
I tried to service my Contax III myself but ended...

I tried to service my Contax III myself but ended up in complications (ribbons broken, in addition to a faulty shutter), so I'm waiting to get a job & then to save up enough money to take the train...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-25-2007
Replies: 3
Views: 898
Posted By darkkavenger
I didn't knew of him, thanks for the link. I'll...

I didn't knew of him, thanks for the link. I'll go "czech" his website now ;-) Pretty interesting, since I've met a few czech photographers & worked in a cultural institution before in Prague, these...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-25-2007
Replies: 18
Views: 1,058
Posted By darkkavenger
I must be lucky, I never had any problem with all...

I must be lucky, I never had any problem with all the Kievs I've owned ;)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-24-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 1,213
Posted By darkkavenger
The menopta is a rebadged, re-engraved...

The menopta is a rebadged, re-engraved Helios-103. I don't know who did this and for what reason, but on mine, a 8- starting serial number can be seen underneath the black paint, as well as a russian...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 10-10-2007
Replies: 15
Views: 1,064
Posted By darkkavenger
50mm f/1.5 :) Beautiful, timeless photo ...

50mm f/1.5 :) Beautiful, timeless photo ...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-10-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 821
Posted By darkkavenger
It would be very hard to find a Contax bayonet...

It would be very hard to find a Contax bayonet mount Jupiter-3 in poor condition.

Most of them are excellent performers, and I've had the pleasure of shooting with mine for a long time before I was...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 10-08-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 3,053
Posted By darkkavenger
I guess that Takumar is a Tessar design (hence...

I guess that Takumar is a Tessar design (hence the T-Takumar) ? ;)
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 10-08-2007
Replies: 65
Views: 5,503
Posted By darkkavenger
Thanks to f2eyelevel for his post. I thought of...

Thanks to f2eyelevel for his post. I thought of writing something similar when this thread was started. You can HCB or Doisneau me how much as you want, for me Capa remains the reference. Whatever...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-03-2007
Replies: 144
Views: 20,680
Posted By darkkavenger
Oh no... Leica AND Air France... now that's...

Oh no... Leica AND Air France... now that's really a nightmare thread :D

I shoot Contax, & fly Swiss/Lufthansa ;)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-25-2007
Replies: 1
Views: 697
Posted By darkkavenger
It's really a PITA to be jobless... can't wait to...

It's really a PITA to be jobless... can't wait to get a situation soon so I can take advantage of such offers :)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-25-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 981
Posted By darkkavenger
Thanks! I will give it a check tomorrow when...

Thanks! I will give it a check tomorrow when there's more light to work. I'm feeling a bit sick today...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-25-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 981
Posted By darkkavenger
Thank you! I'm trying to get it, obviously i'm...

Thank you! I'm trying to get it, obviously i'm very unskilled. When I put it "right", the VF is totally blurred (while i cleaned everything) ...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-25-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 981
Posted By darkkavenger
Repair: how to put back the prism in a turret VF ?

Hello, after a thorough disassembly & clean of my universal turret vf from KMZ, i'm stuck with how to put back the two prisms and a sort of cylindrical metallic item. Anyone has ever done...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-25-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 1,472
Posted By darkkavenger
If I may add something to this, there is a second...

If I may add something to this, there is a second book which covers specifically the postwar cameras made by Meopta Prerov (successor of Optikotechnika after the company nationalization by...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-23-2007
Replies: 51
Views: 4,435
Posted By darkkavenger
I kindly disagree as well. Using a WLF gives you...

I kindly disagree as well. Using a WLF gives you more freedom in composition. Even when I'm using my Pentacon Six 6x6 SLR, I prefer to use the WLF rather than the two TTL and non-TTL prisms I have....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-22-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 824
Posted By darkkavenger
Yep, you'll have to wake up early if you want to...

Yep, you'll have to wake up early if you want to catch it almost empty, but it's worth it (and a rare sight in these days) ;)
Forum: Nikon RF 09-22-2007
Replies: 95
Views: 11,996
Posted By darkkavenger
If I'm not mistaken, C-Sonnar stands for "compact...

If I'm not mistaken, C-Sonnar stands for "compact sonnar", I saw this somewhere on Zeiss website.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-21-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 928
Posted By darkkavenger
Mael: I must've been lucky, that '56 Kiev 2A...

Mael: I must've been lucky, that '56 Kiev 2A worked flawlessly... I offered it to a friend of mine when I switched to Contax :)
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-20-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 2,750
Posted By darkkavenger
That's brilliant!

That's brilliant!
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-20-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 928
Posted By darkkavenger
I tried slides with my Kiev-2A and it was spot-on...

I tried slides with my Kiev-2A and it was spot-on (and using only sunny f16), maybe it depends which Kiev ;)
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 09-16-2007
Replies: 38
Views: 7,503
Posted By darkkavenger
Interesting to know. I thought this model...

Interesting to know. I thought this model referred to pre-war occupation of Saar (which ended in 1935 if I'm right).
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 09-16-2007
Replies: 38
Views: 7,503
Posted By darkkavenger
I've never heard that Leica cameras might've been...

I've never heard that Leica cameras might've been assembled in Saarland and marked in french, is this some kind of pendant to Nikon "MIOJ" cameras ? ;)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-12-2007
Replies: 22
Views: 1,601
Posted By darkkavenger
looks like they wanted to make a MF/LF camera out...

looks like they wanted to make a MF/LF camera out of a Fed 3??
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-11-2007
Replies: 52
Views: 2,554
Posted By darkkavenger
I had sold them even before leaving Prague, Ruben...

I had sold them even before leaving Prague, Ruben ;) now I hope I won't have to sell my Contax & Pentacon Six systems :(
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-11-2007
Replies: 17
Views: 825
Posted By darkkavenger
I will probably give away two fed-5 : 1 Fed-5C...

I will probably give away two fed-5 : 1 Fed-5C body (meterless) and 1 Fed-5 body (with uncoupled meter) & panda I61. I'll formally do this when I'll have money to ship the items. For now ... it's on...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-11-2007
Replies: 52
Views: 2,554
Posted By darkkavenger
Hi Ruben, unfortunately I moved away from Prague...

Hi Ruben, unfortunately I moved away from Prague (most stupid decision in my life???) and am now living in French Riviera and searching for a job ... and maybe thinking of returning in Prague to work...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 09-11-2007
Replies: 19
Views: 1,862
Posted By darkkavenger
a 28/2.8 Sonnar? wow! Lovely, but I'll stick with...

a 28/2.8 Sonnar? wow! Lovely, but I'll stick with my 180/2.8 Sonnar, I've a silly fondness for heavy glass :D
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-10-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 1,472
Posted By darkkavenger
Hello Brian, as you know I also own a Flexaret...

Hello Brian, as you know I also own a Flexaret III type A, and for me it's difficult to read the frame numbers if I'm not on good light conditions. Looking forward to hear from others experiences :)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-10-2007
Replies: 52
Views: 2,554
Posted By darkkavenger
many possibilities in Prague & czech republic, i...

many possibilities in Prague & czech republic, i bought more than a dozen nice kievs there, old ones in good cond, even found a '51 J3 in perfect shape. exc. the shortt msg, i'm biking home ;)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-10-2007
Replies: 52
Views: 2,554
Posted By darkkavenger
Now I see what you mean Ruben, weird enough to...

Now I see what you mean Ruben, weird enough to see a 2a with self-timer from waaay newer camera, and I guess that is not all... I would rely only on trustable sellers -or better- buy from known local...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-09-2007
Replies: 52
Views: 2,554
Posted By darkkavenger
Hello Ruben, could you elaborate about what you...

Hello Ruben, could you elaborate about what you mean by "cannibalization" ? I can't grab the meaning correctly (my english is sometimes not sufficient enough)

Thanks & cheers!
max
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-09-2007
Replies: 47
Views: 7,053
Posted By darkkavenger
I am impressed, very impressed, especially...

I am impressed, very impressed, especially because generally I don't care much about Leica but yours is really a sweetheart and made me drool! Enjoy this good company!

One question: what sort of...
Forum: Off Topic 09-09-2007
Replies: 0
Views: 393
Posted By darkkavenger
Smile do you myspace/hi5 ?

Hi, I was wondering if any of you was on myspace / hi5.

I'm there on both places as "darkkavenger"

http://www.myspace.com/darkkavenger
http://darkkavenger.hi5.com

And you ?
Forum: RFF Polls 09-09-2007
Replies: 156
Views: 16,166
Posted By darkkavenger
please guys, think of the poor youngsters ;)

please guys, think of the poor youngsters ;)
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 09-06-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 1,268
Posted By darkkavenger
My former lab when I lived in Prague once helped...

My former lab when I lived in Prague once helped me to fix a problem, I had shot a roll of Portra 160NC at a speed of 400, they underexposed one and half stop and the results were fine :)
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-05-2007
Replies: 3
Views: 950
Posted By darkkavenger
you might want to *bump* this in case anyone...

you might want to *bump* this in case anyone missed the thread :)
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-05-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 1,401
Posted By darkkavenger
Thanks Noel, I will check this tomorrow :)

Thanks Noel, I will check this tomorrow :)
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-05-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 1,401
Posted By darkkavenger
I did a check to the small gears next to the big...

I did a check to the small gears next to the big one (near the light baffle chamber) and they are turning, I managed to get the slow speeds to engage, but after winding & changing speeds, I had slow...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-05-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 1,401
Posted By darkkavenger
Thanks Noel, so far I have the shutter blinds...

Thanks Noel, so far I have the shutter blinds still attached, I don't dare to bring the camera apart further. I'll see how it goes, it might take me weeks, even months, but I'll see :)
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-05-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 1,401
Posted By darkkavenger
The small gears do not move freely under fingers,...

The small gears do not move freely under fingers, are those located under/ tho the left of the winding knob ? i have selected B which works, but when I try 1/2 or 1/5, it goes considerably faster....
Forum: Off Topic 09-05-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 1,182
Posted By darkkavenger
I recall seeing some of these "cute swedes" in...

I recall seeing some of these "cute swedes" in Uppsala a few weeks ago, but I was more captivated by my loved one ;)
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-05-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 1,401
Posted By darkkavenger
Hello f2eyelevel, the spring is there and in...

Hello f2eyelevel, the spring is there and in place. I am trying to get some photos which show the dysfunctions on the shutter. It's quite intriguing!
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-04-2007
Replies: 22
Views: 1,173
Posted By darkkavenger
Just a supposition, Brian, I don't know where the...

Just a supposition, Brian, I don't know where the 123XXXXX habit comes from :) I've got myself a nice list of russian lenses here : http://www.carthago-ltd.com/rldb/ ;)
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-04-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 1,401
Posted By darkkavenger
Thanks Noel & Pherdinand! I will check this...

Thanks Noel & Pherdinand! I will check this tomorrow, with plenty of sunny "available light" and "available brain" ;)
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-04-2007
Replies: 22
Views: 1,173
Posted By darkkavenger
Hi Brian, that's pretty much what I thought, the...

Hi Brian, that's pretty much what I thought, the main difference being the "grip" band being larger on the 50/1.5 Sonnar (which seems to be a constant on pre-war/wartime 50/1.5 sonnars). I suppose...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-04-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 1,401
Posted By darkkavenger
I hope it wasn't a mistake to undergo this.. its...

I hope it wasn't a mistake to undergo this.. its quite complex
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-04-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 1,401
Posted By darkkavenger
Hi Philipp, I will check through Maizenberg's...

Hi Philipp, I will check through Maizenberg's book... B is working correctly :)
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-04-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 1,401
Posted By darkkavenger
Thank you Eugene & Wayno, I will check this. What...

Thank you Eugene & Wayno, I will check this. What was crazy is that even at 1/2, it was firing as if it was at 1/250s (I assume it is 1/250s, but it could be as well 1/125 or 1/500).

Will check for...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-03-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 1,401
Posted By darkkavenger
*bump* thanks :)

*bump* thanks :)
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-03-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 1,401
Posted By darkkavenger
Thanks Frank! I don't know if it's bravery or...

Thanks Frank! I don't know if it's bravery or curiosity! I guess it's the energy that keeps the world in movement : seeing what's "behind/below" ;)
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-03-2007
Replies: 22
Views: 1,173
Posted By darkkavenger
Coating technology was invented by Zeiss in 1936...

Coating technology was invented by Zeiss in 1936 but started to be applied on civilian use equipment such as lenses in 1938. as for the red T sign on lenses, it might've been used as early as...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-03-2007
Replies: 22
Views: 1,173
Posted By darkkavenger
Definitely Frank, there are examples of other...

Definitely Frank, there are examples of other lenses in aluminium barrel made during wartime, even once there was a wartime biogon in LTM39 mount available on eBay.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-03-2007
Replies: 22
Views: 1,173
Posted By darkkavenger
Can't help thinking that your sonnar looks like a...

Can't help thinking that your sonnar looks like a wartime lens. Hope someone can bring in more light regarding this lens. It has many similiarities to the ZK 50/1.5 lens.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-03-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 1,401
Posted By darkkavenger
Question Contax shutter problem

Hello,

I've owned a Contax III for a while that has problem that it already had when I purchased it : shutter is firing at the same speed (seems to be 1/250s) regardless of what speed you select,...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 09-03-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 1,059
Posted By darkkavenger
if you use a ltm39 to M adapter there are...

if you use a ltm39 to M adapter there are possibly no ways to damage your ZI. :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-03-2007
Replies: 18
Views: 1,284
Posted By darkkavenger
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hexar_RF congrats...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hexar_RF

congrats on the article, I find it great, and it always nice to read about a great RF I knew nothing about. :)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-02-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 926
Posted By darkkavenger
Just a thought (it's quite late) .... trying to...

Just a thought (it's quite late) .... trying to find the earliest Kiev is like seeking the Holy Graal, or like trying to move back to the original moment of the Big Bang... (just have to go sleep now...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-02-2007
Replies: 22
Views: 1,173
Posted By darkkavenger
your Kiev is wonderfully looking, I'm in love...

your Kiev is wonderfully looking, I'm in love with it! Don't worry, I'm using a Jupiter-3 on a Contax IIIa ;)
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 09-01-2007
Replies: 372
Views: 96,839
Posted By darkkavenger
Pherdinand, I love this photo!

Pherdinand, I love this photo!
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-01-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 1,102
Posted By darkkavenger
This thread makes me think, does your Contax IIa...

This thread makes me think, does your Contax IIa / IIIa produces a little metallic noise when you focus the lens ? Mine does, it seems to come from the focusing wheel, when I focus a lens with the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-31-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 952
Posted By darkkavenger
Hello Vlad, just checked, it is up :)

Hello Vlad, just checked, it is up :)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-31-2007
Replies: 29
Views: 1,447
Posted By darkkavenger
Hello Todd, I'm fairly sure your lens is coated....

Hello Todd, I'm fairly sure your lens is coated. Try approaching it to a light source, near a window for example and you might notice a very faint light-purple reflection. :)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-31-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 952
Posted By darkkavenger
a *bump* in case some of you missed the thread :)

a *bump* in case some of you missed the thread :)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-31-2007
Replies: 31
Views: 1,752
Posted By darkkavenger
I concur with your impressions, I take different...

I concur with your impressions, I take different photos when I'm working with my Pentacon Six instead of my Contax IIIa. It's not just the format or the lens, it's also the way I see and what I tend...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-31-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 952
Posted By darkkavenger
All helios 103 lenses generally have a very soft...

All helios 103 lenses generally have a very soft purple coating, it's almost unnoticeable, unlike earlier FSU lenses. Could you provide me wih more details? :)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-30-2007
Replies: 29
Views: 1,447
Posted By darkkavenger
Talking Will do if ever, though it'll probably be the...

Will do if ever, though it'll probably be the very last lens I'll sell :D
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-30-2007
Replies: 29
Views: 1,447
Posted By darkkavenger
A friend from RFF has offered me a Menopta lens,...

A friend from RFF has offered me a Menopta lens, it fitted VERY tight into my Contax IIIa, and I've had problems with late Helios-103 lenses to mount on early Kiev bodies. Additionally, I can report...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-30-2007
Replies: 22
Views: 2,162
Posted By darkkavenger
My congratulations, it appears to be a lovely...

My congratulations, it appears to be a lovely camera and you seem to make great photos from it, which is the most important :)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-30-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 952
Posted By darkkavenger
Talking Announcement: The Russian Lenses Database is Back!!!

Dear friends!

After a long time down, I would like to announce that I've brought the RLDB Project back to life!

You can access it at the following url : http://carthago-ltd.com/rldb/

The database...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 08-29-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 1,754
Posted By darkkavenger
Without any hesitation, get a 50/1.5 Jupiter-3. :)

Without any hesitation, get a 50/1.5 Jupiter-3. :)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-28-2007
Replies: 28
Views: 1,792
Posted By darkkavenger
I studied 2 years of law and I learned this :...

I studied 2 years of law and I learned this : send me your ZM Biogon as my fees, and I'll be removing a "weight" from you, you will feel much better by having just one lens, I will take care of a...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-28-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 715
Posted By darkkavenger
THank you Zhang, hopefully by this evening I will...

THank you Zhang, hopefully by this evening I will re-upload the website & mysql database :)

Could you please indicate what factory to you intend as "Optek" ? maybe you can point me to a...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-28-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 715
Posted By darkkavenger
Hello, I've got a 1970 J-3 which comes from ZOMZ....

Hello, I've got a 1970 J-3 which comes from ZOMZ. According to the few data I've gathered on the Russian Lens Database Project, most of the lenses were produced at ZOMZ after 1960, while early models...
Forum: RFF Polls 08-26-2007
Replies: 85
Views: 3,913
Posted By darkkavenger
from here :...

from here : http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Sospel&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=32.66491,82.265625&ie=UTF8&ll=43.816693,7.453537&spn=0.232367,0.6427&t=k&z=11&om=1 ;)
Forum: Off Topic 08-26-2007
Replies: 47
Views: 1,854
Posted By darkkavenger
All the very best wishes from French Riviera,...

All the very best wishes from French Riviera, Greyhoundman ! :)
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-24-2007
Replies: 36
Views: 2,613
Posted By darkkavenger
I bet you've got a lot of hints now.. good luck!...

I bet you've got a lot of hints now.. good luck! Btw... here's how it was at my exhib in Prague : http://www.flickr.com/photos/darkkavenger/sets/72157594378812301/

it was nice & fun, and I got drunk...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-23-2007
Replies: 36
Views: 2,613
Posted By darkkavenger
Hi Colin, why don't you try arranging an...

Hi Colin, why don't you try arranging an exhibition in a bar / pub / café and try to put your photos on sale ? it's not guaranteed to work 100% but it's a good way to start, maybe even with a...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-23-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 1,102
Posted By darkkavenger
My IIIa black-dial produces very pleasant sounds,...

My IIIa black-dial produces very pleasant sounds, at low speeds it gives out a metallic swoosh, at high speeds a solid, pleasant thwap.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-22-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 1,325
Posted By darkkavenger
I was certainly curious about those "bubbles"...

I was certainly curious about those "bubbles" since they seem to be common in prewar lenses (the 50/2 1936 Sonnar I sold to Scotforthlad had a couple lovely zeiss bubbles), but I haven't seen these...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-22-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 1,325
Posted By darkkavenger
Hello Roland, what gives you hints that the lens...

Hello Roland, what gives you hints that the lens is separating? is it the blue-purple ring in there? just curious :)

thnx
max :)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-22-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 1,325
Posted By darkkavenger
Just engaging my own, limited knowledge, but the...

Just engaging my own, limited knowledge, but the lens appears to be in very fine condition. I've been/am dealing with tele Sonnars, but only eastern german models (Sonnar 180/2.8 and Sonnar...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-20-2007
Replies: 32
Views: 2,615
Posted By darkkavenger
Most of the forged postwar "Sonnars" I've seen...

Most of the forged postwar "Sonnars" I've seen were sold with black-painted Kievs, and the forging was poorly done :)

Was referring to this kind of model (generally meterless)...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-20-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 1,915
Posted By darkkavenger
Hi Jocko, just try www.ussrphoto.com, Luiz link...

Hi Jocko, just try www.ussrphoto.com, Luiz link is buggy. :)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-20-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 1,915
Posted By darkkavenger
Hello Luiz, this sounds interesting. I had...

Hello Luiz, this sounds interesting. I had collected a fair amount of lens information for my project the Russian Lens Database, unfortunately the site is down but I still have kept the resources...
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