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Forum: RFF Polls 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 67
Views: 4,780
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I have recently had a few dreams of shooting with...

I have recently had a few dreams of shooting with my motion picture cameras. It's my subconscious self trying to do maintenance by dreaming of the things I want to be doing but have no time. I have...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 1 Day Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,107
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It tastes different than German rust, I can tell...

It tastes different than German rust, I can tell you that much.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 1 Day Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,107
Posted By Phil_F_NM
All the stuff that I now should get rid of...

All the stuff that I now should get rid of because we're moving. Just a pain in the rear. Konicas, oddball lenses in even more obscure mounts which I had the intention to convert.
I definitely regret...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 2 Days Ago
Replies: 70
Views: 6,869
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I don't doubt you have shown and sold prints from...

I don't doubt you have shown and sold prints from these scans, I'm just saying a DSLR cannot resolve microscopic film grain unless you're using a microscope. No macro lens/sensor combinations exist...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Days Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 923
Posted By Phil_F_NM
They need to be drilled and tapped if the...

They need to be drilled and tapped if the aperture ring is metal. If it is the AF lens, it is probably plastic which only needs to be drilled.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Days Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 839
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I carried two film Leicas all over Kuwait and...

I carried two film Leicas all over Kuwait and Iraq in 2004 where the sun is known to be a bit intense, and I never burned my shutters. I never paid attention to the possibility either, I had other...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 3 Days Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 308
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Does the Planar have the coverage to be useful on...

Does the Planar have the coverage to be useful on an Xpan?
As for the mod itself, there are a few who modify Contax G lenses to Leica mount so there probably isn't a reason the same can't be done to...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 5 Days Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 1,239
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Awesome to hear! Phil Forrest

Awesome to hear!
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 5 Days Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 829
Posted By Phil_F_NM
There's something on the wing. Phil Forrest

There's something on the wing.

Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 6 Days Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 829
Posted By Phil_F_NM
They're going to love me when I roll up with a...

They're going to love me when I roll up with a few thousand feet of motion picture film in cans which will be fed into two Bell and Howell Filmos. Maybe I should take the big 400ft magazines as...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 1 Week Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 1,239
Posted By Phil_F_NM
If you feel up to the job and have confidence in...

If you feel up to the job and have confidence in your abilities with a Barnack, you should be able to do an M. The first time I ripped apart a Leica M4 was in Fallujah, Iraq. There is no Leica...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 882
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Because I don't like the look of standard...

Because I don't like the look of standard doorstops.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 1 Week Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 1,239
Posted By Phil_F_NM
When organic lubricants dry up and polymerize,...

When organic lubricants dry up and polymerize, they are no longer lubricants. What they do is attract dirt and become polishing compounds or worse. This is why Leicas need regular servicing because...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 480
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Truth be told, a truly mint condition black paint...

Truth be told, a truly mint condition black paint F2 or F2 Titan are among the very few cameras I actually desire very much. Not anything from Leica stirs that in me. They are all just tools but that...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 480
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I can easily pop on my DP12 if I want a TTL...

I can easily pop on my DP12 if I want a TTL meter.
I can stick a very fast lens longer than 135mm on my F2 and not ever worry about focus accuracy.
The F2 is a better weapon. It's more mechanically...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 328
Posted By Phil_F_NM
If you have similar focal length lenses, go for...

If you have similar focal length lenses, go for it. You'll have to get a groundglass to optically confirm both infinity as well as alignment of the lens to the focal plane but it can certainly be...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 1 Week Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 1,031
Posted By Phil_F_NM
How about finding a Konica Auto-Reflex? The first...

How about finding a Konica Auto-Reflex? The first one with the - in the name. It is a switchable full frame / half frame 35mm camera. Amazing lenses that range from 15mm up.
Aside from that, you...
Forum: Nikon RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 392
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The Jupiter-12 can be awesome, just be aware that...

The Jupiter-12 can be awesome, just be aware that you may have some fitting to do. I had a little decentering on all my FSU lenses and I had to do a little work on them, but the J-12 is a fantastic...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Week Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 503
Posted By Phil_F_NM
When you say extremely dark, do you mean your...

When you say extremely dark, do you mean your scans were dark or do you mean you had "bulletproof" highlights and midtones in the negatives themselves? What was your developer temperature? Are your...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 44
Views: 1,279
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I got my MX for $14 from Goodwill. Even if it...

I got my MX for $14 from Goodwill. Even if it didn't work, it's still worth it to have CLA'd, so that's a win-win. It works. Not much to go wrong with the fully mechanical K and M series...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 44
Views: 1,279
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Pentax MX. Phil Forrest

Pentax MX.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Off Topic 1 Week Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 114
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Happy birthday

To the United States Marine Corps. To all those devil dogs here on RFF, thank you for your service.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 1 Week Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 1,721
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I am guilty of taking the presence of many people...

I am guilty of taking the presence of many people for granted, as if they will always be there.
With my recent career change and now my long internship at a physical rehabilitation hospital, I feel...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 1,721
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Tom and Tuulikki jumped through a few hoops,...

Tom and Tuulikki jumped through a few hoops, along with my mother, to ensure I got my M2 Rapidwinder, while I was deployed to Iraq in 2004. I shot about 100 rolls with it on deployment I think. It...
Forum: Simon Says -- SimonSawSunlight Photo Technique 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 1,273
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Plus-X. Old formula HC110. Phil Forrest

Plus-X. Old formula HC110.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 606
Posted By Phil_F_NM
There is a difference between M4 and M4-P top...

There is a difference between M4 and M4-P top plates at the accessory/flash shoe. M4-P is hot so the transplant needs an additional shoe and you lose that hot shoe feature.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 986
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Take a fine art drawing class. Then take a fine...

Take a fine art drawing class. Then take a fine art painting class. Take a fine art sculpting class.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 606
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Find a dentist or dental student friend and see...

Find a dentist or dental student friend and see if you can get some amalgam. It'll flow right in there, harden up and you'll be good to go. Of course, it may be black... You could find some silver...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 233
Posted By Phil_F_NM
My first small spanner was fashioned out of a...

My first small spanner was fashioned out of a cheap pair of kids scissors with the ends ground flat to blades.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 664
Posted By Phil_F_NM
In all Konica Autoreflex T series cameras, the...

In all Konica Autoreflex T series cameras, the difference is obvious and profound. There is no way I would substitute a 1.5v battery, silver oxide or alkaline, in one of those cameras because they...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 664
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Sounds like the meter cells themselves are dead....

Sounds like the meter cells themselves are dead. I get this problem once in a while in a camera I'm tinkering with. The battery will send current so the meter will look active but even if I shine a...
Forum: Nikon RF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 417
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Extremely well made. Worked perfectly with my 5cm...

Extremely well made. Worked perfectly with my 5cm f/1.4 Nikkor.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 373
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Zenji Wakimoto designed the 10.5cm f/2.5 Nikkor...

Zenji Wakimoto designed the 10.5cm f/2.5 Nikkor as well as the 2.1cm f/4 Nikkor.
Yoshiaki Shimizu designed the 58mm f/1.2 NOCT Nikkor.
Werner Wagner designed the 21mm f/3.4 Super Angulon.
Phil...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 70
Views: 6,869
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Using a DSLR is fine for viewing things on the...

Using a DSLR is fine for viewing things on the web but it can't touch the raw output of a multiple pass scan from a dedicated negative scanner. A DSLR can't match the bit depth of what a negative...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9,058
Views: 890,291
Posted By Phil_F_NM
1200 feet of Kodak 4X in 16mm. Another 2000 feet...

1200 feet of Kodak 4X in 16mm. Another 2000 feet may be on the way after a clip test.
Oh yeah, I guess I went a little wild... There's also an Angenieux 25mm f/.95 on the way and I snagged a 25-50mm...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 55
Views: 1,783
Posted By Phil_F_NM
My Pentax MX with a 50mm f/1.4 SMC-M and a roll...

My Pentax MX with a 50mm f/1.4 SMC-M and a roll of film weighs less than my Leica M4 with DR Summicron and no film. The Pentax body is slightly smaller as well, save for the pentaprism. The way to...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 55
Views: 1,783
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I'm not helping anyone by adding my personal...

I'm not helping anyone by adding my personal opinion to another's personal choice, but if I were to be on a trip around the globe with one camera and one lens it would be my Nikonos V with 35mm...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 665
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Did you buy this F2 with a meter working as it...

Did you buy this F2 with a meter working as it should or has it always been this way? I feel like a bad ground from a sloppy resoldering of the battery box would cause this problem. Just a hair's...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,513
Posted By Phil_F_NM
But reproduction of an image without attribution,...

But reproduction of an image without attribution, on a page or site that relies upon clicks and may have sponsorship is absolutely making money off another's work. It's not selling the work overtly,...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,513
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I agree with his take on "Street photography",...

I agree with his take on "Street photography", that 99% of it is garbage. Once the masses got access to a cheap means of production and publication, we got millions of photos of banal garbage, maybe...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 10-16-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 873
Posted By Phil_F_NM
You might find the 35/2 has a little more...

You might find the 35/2 has a little more contrast, probably due to more modern coatings and that lens being a bit newer than the 50/2.2. when I had it, I loved my Canon 35/2. I sold it for a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-13-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 2,035
Posted By Phil_F_NM
All the shipboard US Navy photographers mates...

All the shipboard US Navy photographers mates used Pentax 67s for aerial shots from helicopters since the late 80s. Hanging out a helo door a thousand feet from the water is one of those places where...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-11-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 397
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Heat the screws then when they cool, use acetone...

Heat the screws then when they cool, use acetone or MEK to further soften any adhesive. I wouldn't use a hammer for a punch, use a spring pin punch instead. You can get them cheap at bargain tool...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-11-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 631
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Definitely send it out for 2k. 16mm has very good...

Definitely send it out for 2k. 16mm has very good resolution and Kodachrome 40 was a good emulsion with pretty fine grain. If your father's camera made a good, stable image, a 2k scan will look...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-08-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,286
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Yet the battleship isn't using that rangefinder...

Yet the battleship isn't using that rangefinder to take a photograph, so it's not really a camera. It shoots, just not film...
Phil Forrest
Forum: Nikon RF 10-06-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 764
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Oh yeah, I need to stress that when I perform...

Oh yeah, I need to stress that when I perform modifications like this, I ensure that the lens can always be returned to original form and spec. In this case, I modified the adapter so if I want to...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-06-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 764
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Aside from the convenience of RF coupling in the...

Aside from the convenience of RF coupling in the super angulon f/3.4, I like the images better because there is slightly less vignetting with the Nikon. And really, at 21mm, even wide open, exact...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-06-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 764
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I have the 2.1cm Nikkor F mount but I use it on...

I have the 2.1cm Nikkor F mount but I use it on my Leica M4. I modified a Novoflex adapter to accept the Nikkor by JB welding a small piece of plexiglass to act as the key that prevents the lens from...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-06-2019
Replies: 88
Views: 2,481
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I shift around a bit with these but my longest...

I shift around a bit with these but my longest owned and used is my Leica M4. Most frequently used though is my Nikon F2, it comes in second place.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-03-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,489
Posted By Phil_F_NM
What is effective though? That's a completely...

What is effective though? That's a completely subjective measurement of the use of a tool used to create a piece of work largely judged on personal aesthetics.
I think that right now I have about 17...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-01-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,307
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I think the only way to get a shorter 50mm lens...

I think the only way to get a shorter 50mm lens that is as fast as you like is to use a Schneider Xenon in an uncoupled barrel from an Adox Adrette or Wirgin Edinex. You'll be scale focusing but they...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-29-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 636
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Stick your finder to the top of the camera with...

Stick your finder to the top of the camera with some good double sided tape.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-29-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1,205
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I have resigned myself to the fact that by the...

I have resigned myself to the fact that by the time I reach retirement age, social security will be all but non-existent and I will work until I die. I have faith in this, growing up in the age of...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 09-28-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 409
Posted By Phil_F_NM
That is a cool conversion. Get that shutter CLA'd...

That is a cool conversion. Get that shutter CLA'd and you're good to go. It's a Compur shutter copy so you could look at one of the online tutorials about servicing it yourself or send it out to any...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-22-2019
Replies: 9,058
Views: 890,291
Posted By Phil_F_NM
A Kodak 50mm f/1.6 Cine-Anastigmat. For a...

A Kodak 50mm f/1.6 Cine-Anastigmat. For a fantastic price. It had a tiny amount of fungus and the whole thing needed to be cleaned and lubed. Finished that today and now I have an amazing fast...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-22-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 816
Posted By Phil_F_NM
No more than two of the exact same composition,...

No more than two of the exact same composition, with a different shutter speed or f/stop. Once I start looking at a wall of identical images, my brain goes foggy and I lose interest, instantly. I...
Forum: Film vs Digital 09-21-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 570
Posted By Phil_F_NM
10 characters.

10 characters.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-18-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,207
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It stays up till just after New Year. If you go...

It stays up till just after New Year. If you go there you can get stuck in a crowd, lift your feet up and be carried for an hour without touching the ground.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-17-2019
Replies: 107
Views: 4,700
Posted By Phil_F_NM
A decade huh? That's a long time. �� Phil Forrest

A decade huh? That's a long time. ��

Phil Forrest
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-17-2019
Replies: 107
Views: 4,700
Posted By Phil_F_NM
My HC110 bottles always collapse. Phil Forrest

My HC110 bottles always collapse.

Phil Forrest
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-15-2019
Replies: 60
Views: 2,254
Posted By Phil_F_NM
TMZ was not competing with another product that...

TMZ was not competing with another product that Kodak already produces, same with Ektachrome.

The problem with this point of view is that it doesn't take into account all the financial woes, burdens...
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 09-15-2019
Replies: 143
Views: 37,472
Posted By Phil_F_NM
In the show "The Wire", the detectives are always...

In the show "The Wire", the detectives are always using a Nikon F2S during the first two seasons. Later seasons it looks like they switched to a digital.
Don't forget the 1950s show "Man With a...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 09-15-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,879
Posted By Phil_F_NM
There are so many working Instax cameras...

There are so many working Instax cameras available at thrift stores, can't someone just take one, rip the lens out and put a decent lens that has a focusing helicoid into the camera?
Phil Forrest
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-15-2019
Replies: 60
Views: 2,254
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The only reason that stock is offered at that low...

The only reason that stock is offered at that low price is that 5222/7222 and 7666 are used by university film programs so they intentionally keep the cost low for students. The price I mentioned was...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-14-2019
Replies: 60
Views: 2,254
Posted By Phil_F_NM
That's why I buy 800 feet of EK5222 at a time. It...

That's why I buy 800 feet of EK5222 at a time. It comes out to under $3 USD per roll of 36 exposures. It's the only way I shoot anymore. Once in a while I'll get a roll of Tri-X but these days that's...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-14-2019
Replies: 60
Views: 2,254
Posted By Phil_F_NM
No. The railroad moves things like food, cars,...

No. The railroad moves things like food, cars, materials for what little industry we have left. Photography is not as necessary as a major part of infrastructure. It's way up at the very top of...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-12-2019
Replies: 60
Views: 2,254
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Tmax was available for 27 years alongside Plus-X....

Tmax was available for 27 years alongside Plus-X. I wouldn't say Kodak touted Tmax as the replacement. More like "this is our slow film we offer, you can have any Kodak slow film you want as long as...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-11-2019
Replies: 60
Views: 2,254
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Get a motion picture camera. I think I have 7 or...

Get a motion picture camera. I think I have 7 or 8 16mm motion picture cameras and I barely paid anything for any of them. At the lower speeds, you can shoot single frame and get ~4000 images per...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-08-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 1,779
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Shoot on Kodak Double X, EK5222. This film hasn't...

Shoot on Kodak Double X, EK5222. This film hasn't changed at all in over 50 years. If you can find a slow black and white motion picture reversal stock like Tri-X (which is ISO 200, not 400) shoot it...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-06-2019
Replies: 590
Views: 67,612
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Recently, an Angenieux 17-68mm f/2.2 reflex lens...

Recently, an Angenieux 17-68mm f/2.2 reflex lens in near mint condition hanging off the end of a Bell and Howell 240, for $17. Right after that, a Bell and Howell 70E with a 1" f/1.9 Super Comat and...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-02-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,293
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It's not like this in Jersey City, NJ. Phil...

It's not like this in Jersey City, NJ.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-31-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 467
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Hair dryer isn't enough heat. Use a soldering...

Hair dryer isn't enough heat. Use a soldering iron at the very least. Or a tea candle or good Zippo lighter or even a gas stove. Before you heat it, put a long steel or brass 1/4 x 20 bolt in the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-31-2019
Replies: 107
Views: 4,700
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Thanks for this post, again Ted. HC-110 is the...

Thanks for this post, again Ted. HC-110 is the only developer I prefer to use for my own work, in all formats. Now that I'm doing home processing of 16mm motion picture film at 100ft at a time, I'm...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-30-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,048
Posted By Phil_F_NM
As long as someone wants to fix a mechanical...

As long as someone wants to fix a mechanical camera, there will be a way that camera will get fixed. These things were not gifted to us by German speaking aliens with technology known only to them....
Forum: Optics Theory - 08-29-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 530
Posted By Phil_F_NM
If you're just wanting to transplant the rear...

If you're just wanting to transplant the rear optical block from the Contact to the LTM lens, it's absolutely possible. You'll want to ensure that the J12 lenses are both from relatively similar...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-28-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,442
Posted By Phil_F_NM
NevrDull is for polishing metal, not glass. It is...

NevrDull is for polishing metal, not glass. It is extraordinarily flammable since the petroleum distillate that keeps the chemical polishing compound in suspension is basically kerosene. It will...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-28-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 426
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The Pathe Super 16 made such a stable image. Phil...

The Pathe Super 16 made such a stable image.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-28-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,442
Posted By Phil_F_NM
My 50 1.4 as well as 1.2 both had haze that was...

My 50 1.4 as well as 1.2 both had haze that was easily cleaned.
The one in the original post here really improved a lot.
Once I discovered cerium oxide, a whole new world of old glass was opened to...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-27-2019
Replies: 106
Views: 4,094
Posted By Phil_F_NM
There are no more affordable cine lenses. They...

There are no more affordable cine lenses. They have almost all been bought up and modified. There is a seller on eBay who has a $50 optical block sitting in a $400-500 calibrated RF coupled helicoid...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 08-27-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,743
Posted By Phil_F_NM
4x5 is an amazing format that can teach you...

4x5 is an amazing format that can teach you things you can't learn using smaller formats. The thing about movements only being useful if they are extreme is nonsense. You're asking this opinion...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-26-2019
Replies: 106
Views: 4,094
Posted By Phil_F_NM
These old motion picture lenses draw beautifully....

These old motion picture lenses draw beautifully. Are the modifications to make them compatible with Leica M permanent? I ask because there are a few folks out there that have bought up a great...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-23-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,962
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Probably about 3000 feet. Phil Forrest

Probably about 3000 feet.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 08-18-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 658
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I was just in NYC yesterday and actually only...

I was just in NYC yesterday and actually only left 2 hours ago. I had a bag of camera gear and a few tools. I could have at least told you if your issue was with your RF or your lens.
Oh well. Ships...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-16-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 3,209
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Looks like I can't make a sarcastic criticism...

Looks like I can't make a sarcastic criticism without having my post deleted. I don't use bad language and I'm not overtly ranting. My last post which was deleted was about 120 film and that I knew...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-15-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 3,209
Posted By Phil_F_NM
What is 120mm? Phil Forrest

What is 120mm?
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-13-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 3,209
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I won't be buying stock but I will be buying a...

I won't be buying stock but I will be buying a few thousand feet of Kodak film this year.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-08-2019
Replies: 54
Views: 1,286
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Hewes are certainly the best but I wouldn't scoff...

Hewes are certainly the best but I wouldn't scoff at a Nikor reel. I learned to develop with stainless Nikor reels and have always chosen them personally. Sometimes I was forced to use Paterson reels...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 08-07-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 560
Posted By Phil_F_NM
You could get the 3.5cm f/2.5 Nikkor in LTM for...

You could get the 3.5cm f/2.5 Nikkor in LTM for not much. You'd have a great lens, and not have to butcher another optic. That particular Nikkor is the one that pulled me away from Leica in...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-06-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 555
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Are you close to Philly? I repair lenses and...

Are you close to Philly? I repair lenses and cameras and Mercedes diesels for fun and the meditation of it.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-06-2019
Replies: 9,058
Views: 890,291
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Another 1000 feet of 16mm Plus-X. Phil Forrest

Another 1000 feet of 16mm Plus-X.

Phil Forrest
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-03-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 663
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The silver stays on the film in K14 whereas in E6...

The silver stays on the film in K14 whereas in E6 only the dyes remain.
Kodachrome is dead. Just deal with that.

If you want to do it at home, there are two ways:
Both start with removal of remjet...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-01-2019
Replies: 9,058
Views: 890,291
Posted By Phil_F_NM
1000 feet of expired 16mm Plus-X and a Morse G3...

1000 feet of expired 16mm Plus-X and a Morse G3 rewind development tank.

Phil Forrest
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-01-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,646
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I hate editing stills, so I take as few photos as...

I hate editing stills, so I take as few photos as possible. If I want to shoot faster than I can with my thumb winding, then I'm shooting a motion picture camera.
Phil Forrest
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-31-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 349
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The SB-27 is funky but lightweight and has a...

The SB-27 is funky but lightweight and has a decent guide number. Perfect for the program of the F4 and it's contemporaries.
Phil Forrest
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-30-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 654
Posted By Phil_F_NM
That is the beauty of pre-flash exposure and auto...

That is the beauty of pre-flash exposure and auto white balance plus the lights illuminating the background being older flourescent tubes. The flash has a fixed color balance so it is "thinking" only...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 07-30-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,138
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Tell him to invest in 60 or so disposable...

Tell him to invest in 60 or so disposable camerasfor that same $300. At least you'll get results from the new disposable. I love point and shoots but I would never spend more than $20 on a point ad...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-29-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 654
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The 20-35 f/2.8 D and the 180 f/2.8 ED. When I...

The 20-35 f/2.8 D and the 180 f/2.8 ED. When I was working on the aircraft carrier, the 16mm f/2.8 was great in small compartments.

Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-28-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 6,152
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Probably some more 16mm gear. And a lot of...

Probably some more 16mm gear.
And a lot of film.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-24-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 1,751
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Back when I deployed to Iraq in 2004 I shot with...

Back when I deployed to Iraq in 2004 I shot with two Leicas only so I didn't have to change lenses often or ever. I used two bodies, an M2 and an M4, as well as three lenses, a 28mm Kobalux, 50 DR...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 07-21-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 771
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I don't think anything is worth the hype but this...

I don't think anything is worth the hype but this camera is certainly worth the $8 I paid.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 07-21-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 771
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The shutter button and control buttons will get...

The shutter button and control buttons will get harder and harder to push as the flexible board under the buttons will cause cracks in the gold circuitry. I've had three of these and have made two of...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-17-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 1,766
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Devin, send me a PM. I have too many cameras and...

Devin, send me a PM. I have too many cameras and a few might be options for you.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-16-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 3,033
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I want a rangefinder coupled adapter for the 8...

I want a rangefinder coupled adapter for the 8 element Super Takumar 50mm f/1.4. or any of the radioactive fast Takumars for that matter.
That said, completely copying this optic is a cool idea.
Phil...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-16-2019
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,419
Posted By Phil_F_NM
If you notice any roughness in the winder. If...

If you notice any roughness in the winder. If your film shows uneven exposure across the frame. If it sounds like it is clearing it's throat. If the shutter speeds don't change to the point that you...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-16-2019
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,419
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I kept my M4 only for sentimental reasons but...

I kept my M4 only for sentimental reasons but I've owned and used M2, M4, M4P and a couple of the digital versions. Youxin did a complete overhaul and custom fit job on my M4P and it was one of the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-16-2019
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,419
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The black chrome M4p makes you completely...

The black chrome M4p makes you completely invisible if you put tape all over the camera, same with the M4-2. The black paint M4 will draw every camera nerd within a 10 mile radius, so it does the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-16-2019
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,419
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Both are extraordinary cameras. Get one, shoot...

Both are extraordinary cameras. Get one, shoot it, enjoy. Splitting hairs over things you have no experience with right now and asking the opinions of others on these things is just mental...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-13-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,210
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It's a "workaround" but the operative word is...

It's a "workaround" but the operative word is control. You can fudge the ISO setting but the camera still makes the exposure decision.
Talking Nikons stopping bullets, the day I met Ashley Gilbertson...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-13-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,210
Posted By Phil_F_NM
And because I use my fingers (digits) on my Leica...

And because I use my fingers (digits) on my Leica M4, it is a digital camera.🙄
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-12-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 258
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Looks like a B4 mount. It's a TV mount, mostly...

Looks like a B4 mount. It's a TV mount, mostly for location ENG and it won't cover even 16mm 3:4 so on a mirrorless it will vignette mechanically.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-11-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,210
Posted By Phil_F_NM
A Nikon SP with a built-in matrix meter and...

A Nikon SP with a built-in matrix meter and aperture priority ability.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-10-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,210
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I know what I would like. I want a reflex body...

I know what I would like. I want a reflex body that has multi-format/multi-registration capability.
That is, I want to use every 35mm lens ever made on it (using adapters) then I want the ability to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-10-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,210
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It should have all the functionality of the Nikon...

It should have all the functionality of the Nikon FM3a and the reliability of the F2. Actually, the F2 is perfect, so if it were released with an eye level finder that had a meter readout, I would...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-07-2019
Replies: 292
Views: 15,672
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I don't know what I put when I first replied to...

I don't know what I put when I first replied to this thread but currently it is my"new" to me Konica Autoreflex T4. Maybe it's just the honeymoon period though. In 16mm, I absolutely love my Bell and...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-27-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,659
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Take a meter reading off a medium gray zone: open...

Take a meter reading off a medium gray zone: open sky opposite the sun, a big patch of green grass, a gray card, then transfer the reading to manual shutter speeds. Or use your left hand to shield...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-27-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 585
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Back in 2004, a friend of mine dropped my DR...

Back in 2004, a friend of mine dropped my DR Summicron from about 5ft onto the marble of one of Saddam Hussein's tertiary military offices. The lens wouldn't mount on a camera at all so I went out...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-27-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,659
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Just carry an extra battery. Also, get the BEST...

Just carry an extra battery.
Also, get the BEST ND filters you can buy. I always used Heliopan or B+W because that exquisite glass deserves a good filter.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 06-23-2019
Replies: 74
Views: 2,413
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Perhaps try downloading a bootable Linux ISO onto...

Perhaps try downloading a bootable Linux ISO onto a CD or DVD then using that as the OS to look for your files. I recovered almost a terabyte of images from an external mechanical drive without a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-22-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,642
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Get a large format camera. If you want to stay...

Get a large format camera. If you want to stay busy looking for bits, get a Rittreck 5x7 then begin the hunt for the 4x5 back (more common than the 5x7 back), and then the 8x10 and plate backs. Or...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-17-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,659
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It was the nicest camera system I've ever owned....

It was the nicest camera system I've ever owned. I sold mine not because of not liking it or it being any less than perfect, but I wanted to put the money towards other things (tuition and car...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-17-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 729
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The switch to take a reading on the MR-4 is on...

The switch to take a reading on the MR-4 is on top of the meter to allow rewinding with the M4 rewind mechanism.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-14-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,225
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Yeah I wouldn't carry my Leica on my bike unless...

Yeah I wouldn't carry my Leica on my bike unless I was doing a long tour out on lonely country roads. In the city, get a point and shoot with a zoom lens and have fun. You won't cry nearly as much...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-13-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,151
Posted By Phil_F_NM
So that makes Vaseline or nose grease the "new"...

So that makes Vaseline or nose grease the "new" unsharp mask? 😉
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-13-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 3,023
Posted By Phil_F_NM
So is it pronounced "lay-kah" in Hawaii? Phil...

So is it pronounced "lay-kah" in Hawaii?
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-11-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 3,023
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I fold. Phil Forrest

I fold.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-11-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 3,023
Posted By Phil_F_NM
"Togs" now there is something far worse than...

"Togs" now there is something far worse than tape.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-11-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 3,023
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I can guarantee that tape doesn't make a camera...

I can guarantee that tape doesn't make a camera less conspicuous. It's not like covering your head with your towell in fear from the bug blatterbeast of Trall, in that if you don't see it, it won't...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-09-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 476
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I wish I could meet you to get the FT1. I have...

I wish I could meet you to get the FT1. I have three bodies, all not working due to ribbon connection corrosion. Even after cleaning, I still get the same malfunction. At this point, one body has...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-03-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,408
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I think for the cost of this new Leica combo one...

I think for the cost of this new Leica combo one could HIRE one of your living photography heroes to take you out for a few days of private toutelage to make you a better photographer with your:...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-03-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,408
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I just realized that I don't want to cover my...

I just realized that I don't want to cover my cameras I'm fixing in Aki Asahi, I want to make a one-off Warhol edition with labels from Campbell's soup cans.
I'll do that either to a Konica T3 or...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-03-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 744
Posted By Phil_F_NM
My $12 Helios 103 was 97% the lens that a brand...

My $12 Helios 103 was 97% the lens that a brand new 50 Summicron (last version pre-aspheric) was wide open and the results were indistinguishable from f/4 on.
Phil Forrest

Sent from my moto g(7)...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-31-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 2,558
Posted By Phil_F_NM
http://gallery.leica-users.org/d/439465-2/DSC1865....

http://gallery.leica-users.org/d/439465-2/DSC1865.jpg

I am 99% sure I shot this with the aforementioned lens. It was a really bright day and I stopped the lens down all the way I think, which caused...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-31-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 2,558
Posted By Phil_F_NM
This is an interesting idea. Maybe a free Nikon...

This is an interesting idea.
Maybe a free Nikon FM with an 85mm f/1.4 AIS. I don't own either of those anymore but that was probably the greatest disparity. Nowadays it could be a free Nikon FA with...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-30-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 458
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Sure, that'll work but you'll be carrying the...

Sure, that'll work but you'll be carrying the weight of another flash under the camera. One thing you might try is to fashion a little elastic band which would be like the rung of a ladder between...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 05-27-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 479
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I'll measure the eyepiece from my Konica T3. Give...

I'll measure the eyepiece from my Konica T3. Give me a while to get on that. Holiday and all today. It is smaller than Nikon so it might fit. Any of the big T series Autoreflex cameras have the...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-19-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 980
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I just don't understand the reason to buy what is...

I just don't understand the reason to buy what is basically a catalog with one person's opinion. I suppose they appeal to collectors.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-16-2019
Replies: 123
Views: 3,227
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It means there are far more charity shops than...

It means there are far more charity shops than just Goodwill that have Instax cameras in their bins. It also means that the somewhat unreliable cameras may break and the user may never come back to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-15-2019
Replies: 123
Views: 3,227
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Instax is a red herring. There are no less than a...

Instax is a red herring. There are no less than a dozen Fujifilm Instax cameras on Shopgoodwill.com at any one time. These are those that actually make it to the auction side of the charity. There...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-15-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 2,022
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Canon 35mm f/1.5. The rare LTM 3.5cm f/1.8 Nikkor...

Canon 35mm f/1.5. The rare LTM 3.5cm f/1.8 Nikkor tops this list IMO.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Travel 05-09-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 826
Posted By Phil_F_NM
What nightfly said is all good. That's why I said...

What nightfly said is all good. That's why I said get on the subway and get out of Times Square.
I'm not a fan of B&H unless I need film and happen to be close.
Right now at the Howard Greenberg...
Forum: Travel 05-08-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 826
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Buy a metrocard and put $30+ on it. Go into the...

Buy a metrocard and put $30+ on it. Go into the station at 42nd 1st and pick any train, going anywhere. See a couple of the other boroughs, ride the Staten island ferry (for free) and get a good look...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-07-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,507
Posted By Phil_F_NM
If you limit yourself to only one lens, you'll...

If you limit yourself to only one lens, you'll take more photos and swap lenses less, also. :cool:
I grew up in the southwest and trying to get it all in, in one photo just doesn't work. The sky is...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-07-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,507
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The micro nikkor and the 80-200. 50mm used to be...

The micro nikkor and the 80-200.
50mm used to be the gold standard for field of view and general purpose lenses. That micro nikkor is also awesome at infinity. And there is a LOT to take very close...
Forum: Digital Compacts 05-05-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 399
Posted By Phil_F_NM
You should have a neutral density filter setting...

You should have a neutral density filter setting available between f/7.1 and f/11. If we're talking about the original GR digital from mid 2000s.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-29-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 947
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Tell us what you were drinking! Phil Forrest

Tell us what you were drinking!

Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-29-2019
Replies: 77
Views: 2,190
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I don't care if I had "eff you money", I would...

I don't care if I had "eff you money", I would never buy a limited edition digital Leica. I wouldn't buy any digital Leica, for that matter.

Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-29-2019
Replies: 9,058
Views: 890,291
Posted By Phil_F_NM
A beautiful, but slightly funky smelling black...

A beautiful, but slightly funky smelling black paint Konica Autoreflex T3. Needs a CLA and the meter fixed but this one may have to go to Greg Weber. This is my third T3 and the one in the worst...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-27-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,994
Posted By Phil_F_NM
My brainwashing only cost me 8 years in the Navy,...

My brainwashing only cost me 8 years in the Navy, loss of my hearing, early degenerative discs, spinal stenosis, neuropathy, IBS, a yet undiagnosed persistent cough, destroyed knees, multiple...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-26-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 499
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The RX was a low enough production camera that...

The RX was a low enough production camera that it's going to be hard to find one. I'd say look for a broken camera and scavenge.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-23-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,994
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I'll be that guy and I'm 42. The 60s were great...

I'll be that guy and I'm 42.
The 60s were great I've read.
If you were a white male.
Otherwise, the story might be a little different. Not a rule but lets say a very prevalent theme.
But I've only...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-23-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 715
Posted By Phil_F_NM
"Oh, thank you, Doctor." Phil Forrest

"Oh, thank you, Doctor."
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-22-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 250
Posted By Phil_F_NM
You can't put a Konica AR or F mount lens on a...

You can't put a Konica AR or F mount lens on a Minolta MD and still retain infinity focus. The lens registration, or flange to focal plane distance, is a full 6 millimeters longer in the Minolta...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-20-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,989
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Sometimes we just have to scratch an itch, so to...

Sometimes we just have to scratch an itch, so to speak. I had to do that with Leica, beginning in 2004. In 2012 I bought a 3.5cm f/2.5 Nikkor and an Amedeo adaptor and just loved the way that lens...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-20-2019
Replies: 96
Views: 4,750
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Lately it's been the equivalent of a 28mm lens on...

Lately it's been the equivalent of a 28mm lens on my Ricoh GRD IV or an actual 28mm lens in my nikon AF600. I DID just pick up a Canon G9 (the old one) so I'm shooting with that zoom a bit but not...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-16-2019
Replies: 121
Views: 3,868
Posted By Phil_F_NM
You mean someone in marketing didn't tell the...

You mean someone in marketing didn't tell the truth? 😱😱
Phil Forrest
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-13-2019
Replies: 121
Views: 3,868
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Exactly. This thread is about professional labs...

Exactly. This thread is about professional labs and I have seen several close recently. NFL films closed their wet lab a few years ago and they were the largest pro bulk processor of film on the east...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-13-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 445
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Best safelight ever made. If it works, it works....

Best safelight ever made.
If it works, it works. I need to replace a transformer ( I think) in mine but I'm not printing right now so it doesn't matter.
Fix it, use it and enjoy.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-13-2019
Replies: 121
Views: 3,868
Posted By Phil_F_NM
No. I wish we still had Philly photographics,...

No.
I wish we still had Philly photographics, which was the only lab I trusted in a 75 mile radius.
I have hope for film but on the ground in the 5th largest city in the USA, the situation doesn't...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-12-2019
Replies: 121
Views: 3,868
Posted By Phil_F_NM
These days, in the USA, in some of the bigger...

These days, in the USA, in some of the bigger cities, I think we're seeing what the market demands of our postal service and as a result, we're getting less than stellar delivery and far less...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-12-2019
Replies: 121
Views: 3,868
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Risk of loss. No face to face customer service. A...

Risk of loss. No face to face customer service. A faceless entity to complain to when the new guy at the lab botches the chemistry. A faceless entity to complain to when the rollers on the machine...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-08-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,608
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Put on some shiny red and call it covered by...

Put on some shiny red and call it covered by Christian Louboutin. Someone will buy it. Come to think of it, maybe just the bottom plate... I might do this to at least one of my cameras.
For real...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 04-08-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 667
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Why not crop in post? You could get a gridded E...

Why not crop in post? You could get a gridded E screen and use the marks for reference but then have a little wiggle room if you want.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-05-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,538
Posted By Phil_F_NM
This sort of thread will continue to reappear as...

This sort of thread will continue to reappear as long as we live in the current physical model of the universe and have a shared sense of perspective, which leads to both converging lines at infinity...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-04-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,538
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The obvious solution is to simply buy more gear...

The obvious solution is to simply buy more gear and not learn the 101 basics.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-01-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 511
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I've got a few iterations: RF: my Leica M4 with...

I've got a few iterations:
RF: my Leica M4 with DR Summicron.
SLR: my black nikon F2AS with 50mm f/1.2 Ai.
For nostalgia: Pentax Spotmatic with Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 50mm f/1.4.
That which I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-01-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,318
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I'm going to add another desire. A crystal...

I'm going to add another desire.
A crystal synched, digitally controlled Bell & Howell 70DR with silent electric motor. Same chassis, same form factor as the original camera which is amazing but just...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,318
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The registration of the M42 lens is exactly the...

The registration of the M42 lens is exactly the same as the K mount, so (as long as the mirror box has clearance) you can do just what you want with a current Pentax K1 and an original Pentax M42-K...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,318
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It's more durable, needs less maintenance and...

It's more durable, needs less maintenance and won't get burned by the sun.
My titanium curtained SP was VERY quiet, at least the equal to my M4. And much louder in the world of rangefinders isn't...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,318
Posted By Phil_F_NM
This shouldn't be too hard to make. Phil Forrest

This shouldn't be too hard to make.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,318
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I want a full frame 6x6 TLR. Hybrid viewfinder...

I want a full frame 6x6 TLR. Hybrid viewfinder with the standard TLR mirror but also a projected set of data and focus peaking. This data needs to able to have its brightness adjusted as well as...
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-24-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 855
Posted By Phil_F_NM
As long as there are no cracks in that Elmar you...

As long as there are no cracks in that Elmar you can easily polish the elements and have a great little lens. You can get cerium oxide powder or mixed paste for a few dollars and then go to town on...
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-23-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 855
Posted By Phil_F_NM
You're going to have to grind the cam of your...

You're going to have to grind the cam of your donor helicoid to match the focus rate of your Angenieux lens. This will be a significant difference. The difference between the two different versions...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-23-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,539
Posted By Phil_F_NM
That's just the built in Leica "glow" filter....

That's just the built in Leica "glow" filter. :rolleyes:

Phil Forrest
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-22-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 709
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I like buying the second tier (not quite premium)...

I like buying the second tier (not quite premium) compacts from charity shops for a couple bucks then fixing them if possible. I've fixed a few Pentax PC35AFs, a Nikon AF600 (which is like a plastic...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 03-19-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 4,907
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I would love a Z6 but to use my Konica AR lenses,...

I would love a Z6 but to use my Konica AR lenses, not my one remaining Leica lens (DR Summicron.) I'd also like to be able to use all the great Nikkors that I own but really, I want to see how the...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 03-18-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 1,466
Posted By Phil_F_NM
You can draw on new framelines using some kind of...

You can draw on new framelines using some kind of translucent ink or paint. I've done this with a Zeiss 25mm finder to modify it permanently for use on an XPan. Get a high quality precision marker,...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-17-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 1,002
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The problem won't spontaneously go away. You dont...

The problem won't spontaneously go away. You dont have enough resolution on the M9 screen to see a single pixel line so that is why so many shots are found ruined after the fact in post when looking...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-05-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 642
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I used electrical shrink tubing and it was great...

I used electrical shrink tubing and it was great until it wore through a year later. Then I used $.20 more shrink tubing...
Phil Forrest

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Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-26-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 3,187
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Here's a hypothetical: Capa took many more...

Here's a hypothetical:
Capa took many more photographs and the public affairs bureau of the allied forces only liked 10 of them. At the time, the allies were in their fourth full year of all out war,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-23-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 5,751
Posted By Phil_F_NM
That is a total steaming crock of fecal...

That is a total steaming crock of fecal matter.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-22-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 3,451
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The P&S cameras that use an IR beam (like almost...

The P&S cameras that use an IR beam (like almost all do) cannot focus through glass. A few exceptions are the ones that allow the user to bypass AF by setting infinity or a specific focus distance,...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 02-19-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 2,011
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I'll have to add the caveat that I am speaking...

I'll have to add the caveat that I am speaking about post-Vietnam era photographers. Even the now defunct COMCAM was an armed squad that participated in tactics alongside the SF and regular units...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 02-19-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 2,011
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Do you want to know why you don't see any photos...

Do you want to know why you don't see any photos of combat when bullets are flying by actual US military photographers? It's because we all have rifles or we are on mortar platoons or we are manning...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 02-18-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 2,011
Posted By Phil_F_NM
First off, if you were a Hungarian Jew in Europe...

First off, if you were a Hungarian Jew in Europe during the 1930s, would you change your name if it might save your life? Hitler's regime didn't work out too well for that population, just as a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-18-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 527
Posted By Phil_F_NM
This guy is a toolbag. I don't care who he is....

This guy is a toolbag. I don't care who he is. He's "testing" these flanges in a completely incorrect way. It doesn't matter that the Sony flange is made of powdered metal. Many car engine blocks and...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 02-15-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,008
Posted By Phil_F_NM
A billboard. Greater, even. It all depends upon...

A billboard. Greater, even. It all depends upon the viewing distance. There were billboard sized promo photos for one of the Jurassic Park movies done with a Nikon Coolpix 990.
So it all depends on...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-13-2019
Replies: 101
Views: 3,530
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Get a Busch Pressman model C. Stick a graflock...

Get a Busch Pressman model C. Stick a graflock back on it. Get a bunch of Graflex RH8 backs and have fun. You can find one of these with a good lens in a working shutter for just the cost of the lens...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-12-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1,238
Posted By Phil_F_NM
If I had gotten a Nikon SP before my Leica M4, I...

If I had gotten a Nikon SP before my Leica M4, I may never have bought the Leica. When I bought my Nikon rangefinders I all but abandoned Leica because I preferred the Nikon system more and kept my...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 02-11-2019
Replies: 973
Views: 152,819
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I love Tasmania. Phil Forrest

I love Tasmania.
Phil Forrest
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-11-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 655
Posted By Phil_F_NM
No box included. I'm out. Phil Forrest

No box included. I'm out.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Other RF 02-10-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 1,267
Posted By Phil_F_NM
In not a Foton user but they are fascinating. I...

In not a Foton user but they are fascinating. I am, however, a Bell and Howell Filmo 70 series user and I will add my voice to the chorus of Filmo users out there who say it is the most reliable...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-09-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 1,112
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I've made a bit of a hobby out of fixing PC35AF...

I've made a bit of a hobby out of fixing PC35AF cameras. The stuck shutter button / locked winder is common not because of the plastic of the shutter but because the strip of metal underneath it...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-09-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,958
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Make sure you don't have a hardware issue before...

Make sure you don't have a hardware issue before going after very mature and stable software.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-06-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 270
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I had one of these back in the early 2000s and I...

I had one of these back in the early 2000s and I had the same problem. Fifteen years has taken a toll on my memory of the specific fix but I remember the top plate was easy to remove and then the fix...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-05-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 2,309
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I thought about adding a laser pointer to a side...

I thought about adding a laser pointer to a side mounted Kalart rangefinder in the spirit of the Kalart focus-spot accessory. Even replacing the regular focus-spot light with an LED penlight with a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-05-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 2,201
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Totally, Helen! All I regularly carry these days...

Totally, Helen!
All I regularly carry these days are capable point & shoot cameras. A Nikon Lite Touch AF600, a Ricoh GRD IV and sometimes a Pentax PC35AF. I love a 28mm camera that can handle macro...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-05-2019
Replies: 66
Views: 3,152
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I honestly believe that if I remain in the USA, I...

I honestly believe that if I remain in the USA, I will work until I die.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-04-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 2,201
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I wish I knew "then" that my first camera, a...

I wish I knew "then" that my first camera, a Pentax ME Super with a 50mm f/1.4 lens, was enough. Rarely since have I needed more camera or lens. Maybe a 28mm and a telephoto zoom but no more....
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-04-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 2,948
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It usually means expensive, harsh and boring to...

It usually means expensive, harsh and boring to me.
Phil Forrest
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