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Forum: Olympus RF 04-21-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 412
Posted By ACullen
Are you certain that you have inserted the film...

Are you certain that you have inserted the film correctly?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-13-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 14,555
Posted By ACullen
The only barnack I have experience of is my...

The only barnack I have experience of is my Leotax F which came with a Topcor 5cm f2 . It’s a lovely lens which has immaculate handling as well as excellent sharpness
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-30-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 1,870
Posted By ACullen
I’ve used and owned Pearl RS, II & III. I’d say...

I’ve used and owned Pearl RS, II & III. I’d say the handling is pretty similar . Easy to use fold down key to wind on. Decent VF with good RF patch. Accessing the aperture lever is slightly fiddly as...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 02-21-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,368
Posted By ACullen
Thatís pretty much my approach too. Occasionally...

Thatís pretty much my approach too. Occasionally Iíll whip out the meter to double check the light. Works well for both B&W and C41.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-20-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 343
Posted By ACullen
This is great news. I value their chemistry...

This is great news. I value their chemistry particularly their C41 kit.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-02-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 433
Posted By ACullen
Parts of the wrong frame lines do appear on my M2...

Parts of the wrong frame lines do appear on my M2 especially if I’m using an LTM adapter. The cracks you refer to are probably ageing of the silvering. I’ve no idea if this can be fixed but unless it...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-28-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 477
Posted By ACullen
Neither newer version of the CV15mm are anything...

Neither newer version of the CV15mm are anything like as small. I think i'm correct in saying Version II optics are the same as the first version.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-01-2019
Replies: 118
Views: 10,428
Posted By ACullen
I still can’t decide which developers to stock ....

I still can’t decide which developers to stock . My list of favourites varies quite widely to make it tough to narrow down to just two or three choices.

So far favourites are

Acros Rollei...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-14-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 462
Posted By ACullen
Love the Skipper portrait- it looks incredible.

Love the Skipper portrait- it looks incredible.
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 12-07-2018
Replies: 333
Views: 61,729
Posted By ACullen
Great project and photography. I’ve only had a...

Great project and photography. I’ve only had a Rollei 35s about 10 months and it’s growing on me following a recent trip when it was my 35mm of choice. Only snag I’ve found that the light meter...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 12-04-2018
Replies: 102
Views: 3,630
Posted By ACullen
My only p&s is the Pentax Espio Mini with its...

My only p&s is the Pentax Espio Mini with its 32mm triplet. The triplet may sound unpromising but delivers pretty good results. Extreme edges not so good but minimal cropping gets rid of this. It’s...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-03-2018
Replies: 36
Views: 1,091
Posted By ACullen
I added the ZM 50 Planar to my M2 about 18 months...

I added the ZM 50 Planar to my M2 about 18 months ago. No regrets. I wanted a modern 50 to compliment my Nikkor 5cm 1.4 and Topcor 5cm f2. Each has its place. The Plnar is faultless at all apertures....
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-14-2018
Replies: 128
Views: 10,639
Posted By ACullen
I only started home processing colour negative...

I only started home processing colour negative film earlier this year. I was disappointed with my initial results because CP showed a significant blue cast. I assumed it was a processing error as CP...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-08-2018
Replies: 128
Views: 10,639
Posted By ACullen
I’m loving NLP . I had a dozen or so colour films...

I’m loving NLP . I had a dozen or so colour films to scan but was dreading the task using ColorPerfect. CP was slow and sometimes gave really odd results. NLP is vastly quicker. I think it could do...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-17-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 547
Posted By ACullen
My Yashica 44 will need to be fed cut down 120...

My Yashica 44 will need to be fed cut down 120 until next year’s program delivers.��
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-09-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 2,501
Posted By ACullen
My regrets are mainly centred around my inability...

My regrets are mainly centred around my inability to move gear on that I’m not using sufficiently. I’ve a D700 with a number of AF lenses which rarely get used but for the occasional sports...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 10-06-2018
Replies: 488
Views: 145,622
Posted By ACullen
I love the first of these two especially. As ever...

I love the first of these two especially. As ever Erik a great series of photos , my M2 needs some exercise having been neglected a bit over the summer.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-03-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,451
Posted By ACullen
M2 works well for me but a CL often ends up being...

M2 works well for me but a CL often ends up being the choice for travel. If I could have only one it'd be the M2
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-02-2018
Replies: 55
Views: 1,773
Posted By ACullen
Matt Day combines information, humility, empathy...

Matt Day combines information, humility, empathy plus plain good old communication. He's the only YouTuber I care for. The Angry photographer drives me nuts and I've never lasted more than 30 seconds...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 09-30-2018
Replies: 176
Views: 9,730
Posted By ACullen
I’m pretty excited by the prospect of the 35/2 in...

I’m pretty excited by the prospect of the 35/2 in particular. I’d love a smallish 35 for my M2 or CL. I’ve not got a 21 as yet ( being satisfied with 15 and 25mm lenses) who knows I might be tempted...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-27-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,309
Posted By ACullen
This a really troubling development . Quality...

This a really troubling development . Quality outfits such as Ffordes are few and far between. I hope the thieves get caught and punished. Here’s hoping this doesn’t threaten the viability of Ffordes...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 09-07-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1,034
Posted By ACullen
I've had my copy for about 18 months and I'd...

I've had my copy for about 18 months and I'd agree its one superb piece of glass. i couldn't decide between it and the ZM50 sonnar but went in the end for the Planar because I already had a Nikkor...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-06-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 1,380
Posted By ACullen
I wouldn’t say there are any tricks as such. I...

I wouldn’t say there are any tricks as such. I used 28mm as my preferred SLR wide angle but only added a 28 to my M2 set up. I sold a CV25 LTM to get a CV28 to give as wide an
angle on the M2 without...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-04-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,148
Posted By ACullen
I used a 28/50 combo for thirty years before...

I used a 28/50 combo for thirty years before using my first 35mm lens a few years ago . I instantly fell under the spell of the 35mm and it’s my go to focal length for most things. Having said that I...
Forum: Travel 08-05-2018
Replies: 48
Views: 2,447
Posted By ACullen
Sandy Bell's near Greyfriars is the place for...

Sandy Bell's near Greyfriars is the place for traditional music and beer in Edinburgh. Craft brewing is big in Scotland so plenty of pubs have a good selection of interesting IPAs , pilsners, porters...
Forum: Travel 08-05-2018
Replies: 48
Views: 2,447
Posted By ACullen
Great advice 👍

Great advice 👍
Forum: Travel 08-03-2018
Replies: 48
Views: 2,447
Posted By ACullen
If you've got the time the John Muir trail on the...

If you've got the time the John Muir trail on the East Lothian coast is outstanding. You don't have to do the whole thing. A train from Edinburgh to Dunbar would take 25 mins. The coastal scenery is...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 07-28-2018
Replies: 116
Views: 46,087
Posted By ACullen
Joe at JP Camera Repairs took 15mins to cure the...

Joe at JP Camera Repairs took 15mins to cure the wobble on my copy. Three screws needed tightened , according to Joe. He also made aperture click stops much more distinct. Sweet little lens but not...
Forum: RFF News 07-27-2018
Replies: 47
Views: 3,201
Posted By ACullen
I’d love to try Neopan 400 or 1600, as I’ve no...

I’d love to try Neopan 400 or 1600, as I’ve no idea what they offer over HP5 orTri-X.
Forum: RFF News 07-24-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 7,546
Posted By ACullen
I agree 100%. I'm surprised and saddened that...

I agree 100%. I'm surprised and saddened that anyone should have had the reaction of "sell your stuff off". Insurance rarely covers every eventuality and small print exclusions are cited all too...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-21-2018
Replies: 118
Views: 5,091
Posted By ACullen
My vote would go to the Vivitar 19mm f3.8 C/Y...

My vote would go to the Vivitar 19mm f3.8 C/Y mount. I've used this on/off for thirty years. It's small, smooth focus and crisp aperture ring. A joy to handle , not too much flare but distortion and...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 07-19-2018
Replies: 292
Views: 17,666
Posted By ACullen
A Baby Rollei is on it's way to me. There's no...

A Baby Rollei is on it's way to me. There's no strap included , unfortunately.

Are there any alternatives to finding an original strap with the appropriate pins?
Forum: RFF News 07-08-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 7,546
Posted By ACullen
Thanks for posting this

Thanks for posting this
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 06-02-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 1,665
Posted By ACullen
I use the Nikkor 55mm f2.8 lens with my Fuji XE2....

I use the Nikkor 55mm f2.8 lens with my Fuji XE2. Extension tubes for 35mm only.

I use an inverted tripod, spirit level to ensure everything nice and parallel. I do this in my small darkroom. I'm...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-24-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 618
Posted By ACullen
I've the Ikoflex III from 1939. It has an...

I've the Ikoflex III from 1939. It has an uncoated tessar f2.8 80mm lens , which performs wonderfully. As I recall it was meant to compete with Rolleis of the time. Lever wind on, auto frame counting...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-22-2018
Replies: 112
Views: 3,610
Posted By ACullen
Are there any dos and don’ts regarding storing...

Are there any dos and don’ts regarding storing film in a fridge or freezer. I’ve started putting my 120 and 35mm rolls in the fridge. I’m uncertain about the wisdom of sticking it in the ...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-11-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,353
Posted By ACullen
Not London obviously but cameratiks based in...

Not London obviously but cameratiks based in Edinburgh are very good. They replaced the shutter curtains in my Leotax F . I’ve had them service a fair number of my cameras including Ercona II, Agfa...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-01-2018
Replies: 433
Views: 32,458
Posted By ACullen
Great shot.

Great shot.
Forum: RFF Polls 05-01-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 1,367
Posted By ACullen
It's got to be Contax/Yashica for me and then the...

It's got to be Contax/Yashica for me and then the Kodak Retina line
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-26-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1,298
Posted By ACullen
How do make 127 rolls? In the darkroom unravel...

How do make 127 rolls?

In the darkroom unravel film , cut and stick to trimmed 120 backing paper?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-26-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 10,451
Posted By ACullen
As far as I understand it the Canon 35mm f2...

As far as I understand it the Canon 35mm f2 varies , mine is dreamy wide open with smeared edges. At f2.8 centre is good with edges good by f4. Edges continue to sharpen to f8. So for me it's a fair...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-26-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 10,451
Posted By ACullen
Despite preferring 35mm over 50mm I have far more...

Despite preferring 35mm over 50mm I have far more of the latter than the former. I've a 35mm ZM Biogon f2 and an LTM Canon 35mm f2. The Zeiss is dead sharp if a little larger than I'd like whereas...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-16-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 744
Posted By ACullen
I didn't know this was an issue with the M2. I've...

I didn't know this was an issue with the M2. I've looked at mine and I think I've got the older sort. I can focus ok without my glasses but things have improved recently with the addition of a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-06-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,195
Posted By ACullen
Ilfosol is a convenient and expensive short...

Ilfosol is a convenient and expensive short half-life prepared

The (now ancient) Ilford charts document the limitations of the fine grain rendition of Ilfosol: ...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 04-04-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,755
Posted By ACullen
I've the Pen W which is pretty much the same...

I've the Pen W which is pretty much the same camera only with a 25mm 2.8 five element lens. It too has a near silent shutter. No other camera i've used is as quiet. Nice pics and camera by the way it...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-03-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,195
Posted By ACullen
I should add that with HP5 rated anywhere between...

I should add that with HP5 rated anywhere between 400-1600 on the whole Ilfosol 3 developed images had a bit more bite. Grain was remarkably well controlled even at 1600. I probably need to try a few...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-03-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,195
Posted By ACullen
I’ve used XTOL and Ilfosol 3 a far bit over the...

I’ve used XTOL and Ilfosol 3 a far bit over the past 18months. I prefer Ilfosol for a few reasons. Firstly it’s a liquid and secondly I seem to get better grain , sharpness and contrast with it. I’ve...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-03-2018
Replies: 224
Views: 14,250
Posted By ACullen
I’ve used Acros only in 120 and liked what I’ve...

I’ve used Acros only in 120 and liked what I’ve seen. Developed in Rodinal only so far. I’ve placed a modest order for low light use. I’m otherwise happy with Delta 100 or FP4. Both different of...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-31-2018
Replies: 103
Views: 2,786
Posted By ACullen
The CV25 is excellent . I only sold mine when I...

The CV25 is excellent . I only sold mine when I bought the CV28 (and also had a ZM25 ) Both the CV25 and CV28 are very sharp lens that handle nicely. The CV25 is as noted, zone focus. In some ways I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-16-2018
Replies: 114
Views: 3,571
Posted By ACullen
In the last 6 months the cameras I've used the...

In the last 6 months the cameras I've used the most would be,,,,,

35mm ...................Leica CL (although i prefer my M2 by some margin)
35mm Half-frame ...Olympus Pen W...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-06-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 934
Posted By ACullen
I’ve just added a CV28 f3.5 ltm to my collection...

I’ve just added a CV28 f3.5 ltm to my collection for use on my M2. I’m finding the M2 finder to be more than adequate. I’ll use the Zeiss 25/28 finder on my CL and Leotax should I use the lens on...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 02-26-2018
Replies: 89
Views: 12,134
Posted By ACullen
I use my X100 as my digital camera of first...

I use my X100 as my digital camera of first choice. Itís jpegs are great and Iíve found nothing to complain cf my Nikon D700. I prefer the it over my XE2 Aís well. Slow AF is the only reason Iíd...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-25-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 1,550
Posted By ACullen
My Ikoflex III (1939) has a bright enough ground...

My Ikoflex III (1939) has a bright enough ground glass screen. It compares well with my 3.5f especially considering when it was made. There’s not great snap to the focus but I’ve had very good...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-01-2018
Replies: 47
Views: 3,369
Posted By ACullen
Although it has a 40mm lens you might consider a...

Although it has a 40mm lens you might consider a Minoltina S or AL-S . The same camera given different names across the globe. Fast f1.8 40mm lens , RF and reasonably bright VF. I'm astonished how...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-28-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 652
Posted By ACullen
I use an L bracket (3leggedthing) to which I've...

I use an L bracket (3leggedthing) to which I've attached a cold-shoe. I mainly use this to attach a 3 way spirit level, but a flash could be attached as an alternative. I wish someone made a double...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-27-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,800
Posted By ACullen
I like my XA but found it too light leading to...

I like my XA but found it too light leading to camera shake at higher shutter speeds than I like. The problem with most of these P&S cameras is lack of manual override , ability to use bulk film...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-25-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,227
Posted By ACullen
I made the mistake once of developing Delta 3200...

I made the mistake once of developing Delta 3200 in Rodinal. Big grain plus zero shadow detail. Not what I was looking for.
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 01-25-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 5,431
Posted By ACullen
I'm looking forward to using my newly arrived Pen...

I'm looking forward to using my newly arrived Pen W (25mm 2.8).

I love the weight of the thing and how its laid out. My copy has distances in feet rather than the meters I more used to but it's...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-24-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,864
Posted By ACullen
Perceptol does clearly reduce the grain in my...

Perceptol does clearly reduce the grain in my experience but with some lack of sharpness. The flip side of lowered contrast and lowered grain is a beautiful tonal range.

I've tried Ilfosol 3 with...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-09-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,295
Posted By ACullen
I'd agree with everyone so far, start with 35mm....

I'd agree with everyone so far, start with 35mm.

As noted above, it's cheaper , has it's own benefits of portability, greater focal length choice , easier to hand-hold , more photos before roll...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-08-2018
Replies: 91
Views: 3,903
Posted By ACullen
Apologies to pippy-I misread your original...

Apologies to pippy-I misread your original post.

Regarding the focus ring and tab on the CV40mm 1.4 - I find it quite slippery with my finger sliding off it. It's a pity that it and rest of the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-08-2018
Replies: 91
Views: 3,903
Posted By ACullen
I've had a CV40mm SC for 4 months. Used for film...

I've had a CV40mm SC for 4 months. Used for film only on both a CL and an M2. I've not noticed any vignetting with a standard UV filter. I haven't felt the need to try a hood. From what I can see...
Forum: Fuji X Series 01-07-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 3,417
Posted By ACullen
I've had an X100 for 6 years and an XE2 for 3...

I've had an X100 for 6 years and an XE2 for 3 years. AF is slow on both cameras. It matters more to me in real world use on the XE2 when using the 90mm f2, it's nowhere near fast enough for sports...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-03-2018
Replies: 48
Views: 3,034
Posted By ACullen
Thank for that link. The lab have suggested that...

Thank for that link. The lab have suggested that the film might have been X-ray fogged prior to me receiving it. They report that some traders buy grey market film from abroad at reduced cost....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-03-2018
Replies: 48
Views: 3,034
Posted By ACullen
Two rolls of Portra 400 35mm show signs of x-ray...

Two rolls of Portra 400 35mm show signs of x-ray induced fogging. There's a wavy streak along much of the film. At first i thought is might be an extreme drying water mark. The lab however have...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-02-2018
Replies: 57
Views: 2,862
Posted By ACullen
Agree 100% , best bit of film kit I've bought....

Agree 100% , best bit of film kit I've bought. It's made a massive difference to my ability to get into the darkroom. A medical condition limits how long I manage. The analyser allows me to be...
Forum: Chris Crawford 12-29-2017
Replies: 2,526
Views: 365,714
Posted By ACullen
I really love your composition and empathy for...

I really love your composition and empathy for the community you document. It's instructive to me that your pictures rarely actually depict people and yet people seem to be strongly invoked by the...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-29-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 837
Posted By ACullen
I've been using a Marumi brand 40mm UV filter via...

I've been using a Marumi brand 40mm UV filter via Amazon. Quality seems just fine. I also have a 40-40.5mm (this vignettes a bit) and 40-49mm step ring which works fine but looks ungainly. I've a...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-12-2017
Replies: 125
Views: 33,009
Posted By ACullen
I've three CV lens 15/4.5 (ltm), 25/4 (ltm) and...

I've three CV lens 15/4.5 (ltm), 25/4 (ltm) and 40/1.4SC.

Optically all are great. The 15 is the least used which isn't a surprise as I knew when I bought it that any lens that wide would have...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-10-2017
Replies: 8,778
Views: 855,560
Posted By ACullen
Ikoflex III -------from 1939. Uncoated Tessar...

Ikoflex III -------from 1939. Uncoated Tessar 80mm f2.8.

Significantly lighter than my Rollei 3.5F , lens nice a sharp centrally wide open with low(ish) contrast. This TLR has an interesting and...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-28-2017
Replies: 433
Views: 32,458
Posted By ACullen
https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/241...

https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/24130062_10212828365722826_7587582740767389704_o.jpg?oh=5c0f1d8436f3f5b0647bd7a960cef0a8&oe=5AA02F2D


Dawn at Cammo Estate on the western outskirts of...
Forum: RFF Polls 11-25-2017
Replies: 303
Views: 125,344
Posted By ACullen
I purchased an excellent condition Minoltina S...

I purchased an excellent condition Minoltina S for £39 recently which given the slide of the pound is less than $50. It's a fully manual camera, nice 40mm f1.8 lens. Selenium meter isn't to great....
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-15-2017
Replies: 43
Views: 4,392
Posted By ACullen
fogging with "new" Ikoflex III

Wondered if anyone might be able to help with the cause of fogging on my first film through the delightful Ikoflex III TLR. Its on the same place on all images, It's worst when the frame wasn't...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 11-15-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 2,048
Posted By ACullen
I tried the Field Pouch this summer. I tried a...

I tried the Field Pouch this summer. I tried a number of configurations but it worked best holding a couple of ZM Zeiss lens, film and Sekonic meter, whilst having my M2 around my neck. On the same...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 11-01-2017
Replies: 47
Views: 9,909
Posted By ACullen
Thanks for that info. I didn't know that size...

Thanks for that info. I didn't know that size existed. I'll see if SRB UK can make a step-up ring.

The lens for anyone interested seems pretty decent. Decent central sharpness wide open. Very sharp...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 11-01-2017
Replies: 47
Views: 9,909
Posted By ACullen
Can anyone help with the filter thread size of...

Can anyone help with the filter thread size of the Nicca 50mm f2.8 LTM. It's a recent purchase, I fancied a tessar 50mm to add to the other lens types I have. It looks very similar to a Fujinon L...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 10-25-2017
Replies: 45
Views: 8,394
Posted By ACullen
If this has been covered previously please accept...

If this has been covered previously please accept my apologies but I thought I'd share my experience of mounting filters on the LTM version of the Super Heliar 15mm f4.5. I recently purchased a mint...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 09-29-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,485
Posted By ACullen
I'm looking for some advice regarding my new to...

I'm looking for some advice regarding my new to me Leica CL whilst using a CV40mm 1.4.
Both camera and lens are new to me. I wanted a smaller M film package plus I wanted a 1.4 lens for low light...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-25-2017
Replies: 132
Views: 23,574
Posted By ACullen
Having thought I was through with RF lenses I...

Having thought I was through with RF lenses I recently added a CV15mm. I'd probably have preferred 18mm but the Zeiss option is simply too dear.

Now I have

LTM 15,25 ,35, 45 , 50 and 105
M mount :...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-10-2017
Replies: 64
Views: 14,081
Posted By ACullen
I use ZM 25, 35Biogon & 50Planar on my M2. Having...

I use ZM 25, 35Biogon & 50Planar on my M2. Having thought 25mm was wide enough for me on impulse recently I added a CV15 LTM. I figured whilst the ZM 18 was probably a better fit - it'd work out at...
Forum: Other RF 09-09-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 680
Posted By ACullen
I use a Leica cable release FINOT ( i...

I use a Leica cable release FINOT ( i think)

Peter Loy has one http://www.peterloy.com/stock-list.php
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-15-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 1,209
Posted By ACullen
I used an MTL3 many years ago and thought it to...

I used an MTL3 many years ago and thought it to be the high of luxury compared to the Zenith EM.

Now I have the FX model, featured bottom right in the picture above. It's got the same three pin...
Forum: Olympus RF 08-11-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,392
Posted By ACullen
I've stuck a small piece of double sided tape. It...

I've stuck a small piece of double sided tape. It makes the shutter release lightly stickybut easily distinguishable from the rest of the top plate. Works well.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-10-2017
Replies: 8,778
Views: 855,560
Posted By ACullen
A Zeiss Planar for my M2 , a Retina IIc because...

A Zeiss Planar for my M2 , a Retina IIc because it just felt superb and boat load of HP5 to keep shooting film.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-09-2017
Replies: 149
Views: 7,675
Posted By ACullen
Great picture and tones. I've recently tried HP5...

Great picture and tones. I've recently tried HP5 in Perceptol 1:2 and been delighted with the results on the whole. Fine grain, great tones but of course losing a whole stop of speed. I'm going to...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 07-25-2017
Replies: 116
Views: 46,087
Posted By ACullen
That sounds like a decent deal. Just don't expect...

That sounds like a decent deal. Just don't expect much from it wide open. F2.8 is much more acceptable with uniformly good performance across the frame byf4.

Use it on your Bessa before you sink...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-25-2017
Replies: 63
Views: 2,924
Posted By ACullen
I'd agree, as my Micro-Nikkor 55mm 2.8 is the...

I'd agree, as my Micro-Nikkor 55mm 2.8 is the sharpest Nikon lens I've used.
Forum: Optics Theory - 07-24-2017
Replies: 45
Views: 3,946
Posted By ACullen
I have this too and it produces fine images. The...

I have this too and it produces fine images. The rotating aperture ring as you focus is annoying but you do get used to it. Entirely usable wide open with excellent central sharpness and very...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 07-24-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 908
Posted By ACullen
I use a C700 and its a fine budget enlarger. It...

I use a C700 and its a fine budget enlarger. It takes standard 39mm screw enlarging lenses. A 50mm lens will only cover 35mm but will allow for bigger enlargements without reversing the column (which...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 07-23-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 2,460
Posted By ACullen
Took the lid off my Type 014 , and cleaned away...

Took the lid off my Type 014 , and cleaned away all accessible surfaces. I didn't remove the RF. I achieved a brilliant clear view through the VF until I replaced the top. The inside surfaces of the...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-23-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,116
Posted By ACullen
SRB photographic supply filters in 30.5mm size...

SRB photographic supply filters in 30.5mm size

http://srb-photographic.co.uk
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-19-2017
Replies: 148
Views: 11,673
Posted By ACullen
Bonded X100- the original version which I still...

Bonded

X100- the original version which I still use
Contax 139 - small but perfectly formed
M2 - heavy but perfectly formed its exquisite
Rolleiflex 3.5F- another jewel that's a pleasure to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-16-2017
Replies: 42
Views: 2,431
Posted By ACullen
I'm finding Ilfosol 3 to be very convenient...

I'm finding Ilfosol 3 to be very convenient developer. I've found it works well with FP4 , HP5 and Delta 100, all at box speed. Dilutions 1:9 or 1:14 seem equally good.

Ilford states that Ilfosol 3...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-06-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 882
Posted By ACullen
Interestingly reading Ilfords ID11 data sheet,...

Interestingly reading Ilfords ID11 data sheet, there is no mention (unless I missed it) of increasing developement time or volume when using 1+1 etc.

Could ID11 simply be more active or is 10%...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-06-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 882
Posted By ACullen
I've never noticed this to an issue. I'm still...

I've never noticed this to an issue. I'm still using the same Paterson 3 reel tank I've had for decades. 300ml / 500ml per film for 35mm/120 respectively. I am not clear what advantages a rotary...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 07-06-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 2,460
Posted By ACullen
My new (to me) Retina II type 014, is a joy to...

My new (to me) Retina II type 014, is a joy to use despite a fairly mucky viewfinder. It feels perfect in hand, the long travel of the shutter release isn't a hardship. The lens is simply stunning....
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-05-2017
Replies: 67
Views: 4,177
Posted By ACullen
Tiny-----Canon 35mm f2---( as...

Tiny-----Canon 35mm f2---( as above)

Bigger-------Zeiss Biogon f2 sharper and better contrast, flair resistant
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 07-03-2017
Replies: 87
Views: 42,541
Posted By ACullen
I've only had my Retina II (type 014) for a few...

I've only had my Retina II (type 014) for a few weeks but instantly it felt great in the hand. The lens is dead sharp of course. I wouldn't be able to chose between it and my Leotax F. Different...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-01-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 5,754
Posted By ACullen
Wrapping exactly 10cm of Duck tape around the...

Wrapping exactly 10cm of Duck tape around the take up spool in my Pearl III eliminates any problems of image overlap using the automatic wind on mechanism. The only important thing to remember with...
Forum: Travel 07-01-2017
Replies: 43
Views: 2,799
Posted By ACullen
I've been wrestling with this dilemma for several...

I've been wrestling with this dilemma for several weeks. It currently looks like I'll take

X100, M2 plus 25 & 35mm lenses, Olympus XA and Konica Pearl III to cover MF and normal lens FL (50mm...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-22-2017
Replies: 1
Views: 1,687
Posted By ACullen
The lens on this camera is a triplet but is...

The lens on this camera is a triplet but is surprisingly good. Great central sharpness at all apertures. Edges as soft as butter but in a very attractive way.

I have the viewfinder Solida III which...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-22-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,116
Posted By ACullen
The Hexar 75mm f3.5 on the Pearl III uses 30.5mm...

The Hexar 75mm f3.5 on the Pearl III uses 30.5mm filters.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-22-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 9,007
Posted By ACullen
I've a beautiful Ercona II , it has great merits...

I've a beautiful Ercona II , it has great merits namely a very fine lens and of course the 6x9 negative. It is however my least favourite folder. I find the wind on and rewind knobs fiddly to use,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 06-21-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 3,709
Posted By ACullen
I've been tempted by this lens for a while. How's...

I've been tempted by this lens for a while. How's its performance wide open to f2.8?

My current weapon of choice is a Topcor S 5cm f2 , it's got low contrast wide open but very sharp after that.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 06-21-2017
Replies: 110
Views: 45,941
Posted By ACullen
This thread had me dig out my copy of this lens....

This thread had me dig out my copy of this lens. It's a Type 1 . I'd not previously noticed the wobble of the front section of the lens. I was mulling over whether to use this in preference to my...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-17-2017
Replies: 51
Views: 6,019
Posted By ACullen
I'd add my voice saying avoid. I bought an...

I'd add my voice saying avoid. I bought an enlarging lens described as mint , it's condition was completely unusable due to the worst balsam failure I've ever seen. Someone had even written as much...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-15-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 503
Posted By ACullen
I'm interested in a solution to this too as my...

I'm interested in a solution to this too as my Retina II has no top to the shutter release button either. I don't find it too sharp but a more shapely soft release button would be good.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-14-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 2,334
Posted By ACullen
Further thoughts on the Pearl III. I've...

Further thoughts on the Pearl III.

I've established that wrapping 10cm of Scotch duck tape around the take up spool prevents any overlapping frames. Spacing remains uneven which may in part reflect...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-13-2017
Replies: 75
Views: 6,233
Posted By ACullen
I wasn't a backer as I'd not heard of the plans...

I wasn't a backer as I'd not heard of the plans until late last year. I ordered not long after Ferrania got their shop back online.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-13-2017
Replies: 75
Views: 6,233
Posted By ACullen
Sorry don't know !

Sorry don't know !
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-13-2017
Replies: 75
Views: 6,233
Posted By ACullen
My order arrivd today! Not shot anything yet. I'm...

My order arrivd today! Not shot anything yet. I'm hoping for data on a few more developers . I'd want to use either DDX or Ilfosol 3. Anyone tried either of these.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-13-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 2,334
Posted By ACullen
Can anyone familiar with the Pearl III report on...

Can anyone familiar with the Pearl III report on whether double-exposure prevention is meant to occur with this model ?

My copy has shutter cocking and film advance which are totally independent of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-07-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 532
Posted By ACullen
I've had a D700 for eight years but feel no...

I've had a D700 for eight years but feel no inclination to change it. Mainly because it's replacements D850 etc are only slightly improved and lighter.

My dilemma will be whether I kick my Nikon...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-07-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 2,334
Posted By ACullen
Thank you , that makes more sense now that I...

Thank you , that makes more sense now that I understand that modern films are thinner than vintage (rather than the other way around). It doesn't sound like an insurmountable problem. I fancied...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-07-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 2,334
Posted By ACullen
As consequence of GAS I have an excellent...

As consequence of GAS I have an excellent condition Konica Pearl IIIXM on the way.

I'm wondering if anyone can shed and light on the automatic film advance and how to prevent overlapping frames....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-16-2017
Replies: 323
Views: 25,139
Posted By ACullen
Pentacon Zeiss Ercona II, it's got a great...

Pentacon Zeiss Ercona II,

it's got a great tessar lens which if you can either hold the camera steady enough or stop it vibrating when mounted on a tripod will result in great shots. It is however...
Forum: Yashica RF 04-24-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 765
Posted By ACullen
Sorry David I can't answer your question. Welcome...

Sorry David I can't answer your question. Welcome to the board and congratulations on what sounds like a great find. I'd expect pretty decent performance from that lens. At a guess it surely must...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-23-2017
Replies: 26
Views: 2,107
Posted By ACullen
Another thumbs up for the M2. It's the only Leica...

Another thumbs up for the M2. It's the only Leica M I've handled and it feels so good. I paid £549 for my very good condition copy ( Peter Loy London) . It had only a few minor scratches to the top...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-14-2017
Replies: 353
Views: 23,231
Posted By ACullen
Dealing with the cameras that made me fall in...

Dealing with the cameras that made me fall in love with photography either initially or reinvigorated my passion. In historical order.

Kodak Instamatic (126 cartridge)
Contax 139
Nikon...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-10-2017
Replies: 134
Views: 10,598
Posted By ACullen
I've a 3.5F Rolleiflex ( a recent purchase ) and...

I've a 3.5F Rolleiflex ( a recent purchase ) and a Yashicamat 124 ( I've had this since 1983) the Yadhica has a less slick feel, dimmer finder but great lens . The Flex is better in all respects. The...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-06-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,248
Posted By ACullen
Peter Loy is excellent , I bought an M2 and...

Peter Loy is excellent , I bought an M2 and several lenses over the past year or so. Grading is spot on. I've only dealt with him over the phone/ email, not sure if he has a shop front as such....
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-30-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 16,924
Posted By ACullen
I wanted an inexpensive 90mm for my M2. I ended...

I wanted an inexpensive 90mm for my M2. I ended up getting an Elmarit 90mm 2.8 from 1965. It's more than acceptably sharp wide open and is tack sharp from f4. Finally it also only cost £90! I'm not...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 03-30-2017
Replies: 132
Views: 13,600
Posted By ACullen
Thanks for posting. Looks like the M10 is the one...

Thanks for posting. Looks like the M10 is the one to aim for , I'll probably have enough to buy it just in time for the M12 to be released. In all seriousness it sounds very attractive. I'm an M2...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-17-2017
Replies: 75
Views: 6,233
Posted By ACullen
I'm sorry I'm not sure where I picked this info...

I'm sorry I'm not sure where I picked this info up, I might have it wrong.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-17-2017
Replies: 75
Views: 6,233
Posted By ACullen
I only heard of this enterprise last summer and...

I only heard of this enterprise last summer and I'm delighted to hear that they've produced what sounds a unique B&W film. The price and their shipping charges are however pretty high but I've...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-16-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 2,952
Posted By ACullen
Very impressive, you've now got me wondering...

Very impressive, you've now got me wondering about trying D400, just when I'd thought was settled on HP5. No doubt I'll try it later this year although I'm still trying out Bergger Pancro 400 ( which...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-16-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 2,952
Posted By ACullen
Ok thanks, I'll try that first.

Ok thanks, I'll try that first.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-15-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 2,952
Posted By ACullen
I'm about to start using Delta 100, having used...

I'm about to start using Delta 100, having used FP4 and then FP4+ on and off for years. I like HP5 in Perceptol at 200 as it gives a finer grain yet classic look compared to FP4plus in either Xtol...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-13-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 17,729
Posted By ACullen
I've had a Chiyoko Rokkor 45mm 2.8 LTM for the...

I've had a Chiyoko Rokkor 45mm 2.8 LTM for the past six months or so. As others have noted it has striking looks and is nice and compact appearing very well made.

I has a somewhat swirly OOF look...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2017
Replies: 131
Views: 10,062
Posted By ACullen
Most fun, in no particular order Contax 139 -...

Most fun, in no particular order

Contax 139 - beautifully made camera ( until it fell apart)
Leica M2 - I'm astounded how good this is to use
Rolleiflex 3.5F- brighter finder and easier focusing...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-25-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 7,485
Posted By ACullen
I received a few rolls of Pancro 400 yesterday as...

I received a few rolls of Pancro 400 yesterday as part of an order from First Call . It sounds very attractive but of course that could just be hype. I'll probably use Xtol which I'm familiar using...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-23-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2,232
Posted By ACullen
I tried out a P quite recently. Unfortunately I...

I tried out a P quite recently. Unfortunately I had to return it because of shutter curtain sync issues( banding seen at certain speeds ) I thought it was a real beauty of camera. The viewfinder...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-17-2017
Replies: 52
Views: 4,472
Posted By ACullen
I returned to film about 18 months ago. I'd used...

I returned to film about 18 months ago. I'd used and still do a mix of Nikon and Fuji digital. It was the X100 which drew me to the world of rangefinders. On a whim I picked up a Leotax F and quite...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 09-09-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 2,795
Posted By ACullen
I found the 90mm XF to be very sharp at all...

I found the 90mm XF to be very sharp at all apertures. I've never felt the need to take test shots, which is surely an indication that lack of sharpness should not be a concern. Compared to the...
Forum: Chris Crawford 09-06-2016
Replies: 2,526
Views: 365,714
Posted By ACullen
Beautiful photos. Thank you very much for...

Beautiful photos. Thank you very much for sharing. I think I prefer the second shot of the irrigation sprayer because of the lighting off the crop in the foreground. The Barn off Leo Road is my...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-31-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 1,111
Posted By ACullen
I tried Pocket Light Meter and found it generally...

I tried Pocket Light Meter and found it generally reliable for B&W. It would freeze however all too frequently. I recently bought (my first) a hand held lightmeter ( digital Sekonic) and find it much...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 08-29-2016
Replies: 106
Views: 20,931
Posted By ACullen
14mm 2.8 35mm 1.4 90mm 2 I augment these XF...

14mm 2.8
35mm 1.4
90mm 2

I augment these XF lenses with numerous Nikon, Contax/Yashica, Takumar M42 manual focus lenses. I'd rate all three that I own very highly. The 90mm f2 hasn't had much...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-24-2016
Replies: 98
Views: 16,001
Posted By ACullen
I love the quality of Nikon MF lenses . These...

I love the quality of Nikon MF lenses . These days they get more use on my XE2 and Nikon FM than my rather neglected D700.
24mm f2.8 Ai- this is used with Tilt/shift adapter on the XE2 to good...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 08-24-2016
Replies: 54
Views: 6,921
Posted By ACullen
I think I'll continue to rely on my X100 for that...

I think I'll continue to rely on my X100 for that FL in the digital realm. Plus I have a couple of 24mm MF lenses and the CV25mm which provide excellent alternatives when using the appropriate...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-21-2016
Replies: 132
Views: 23,574
Posted By ACullen
25/35/45/50 are used as often as I can I'd...

25/35/45/50 are used as often as I can

I'd probably like to get an inexpensive 90mm lens but I'd be more likely to add additional 35/50 with different characteristics. Whilst I love using a 19mm on...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-21-2016
Replies: 1,035
Views: 258,958
Posted By ACullen
A Super Rokkor Chiyoko 45mm f2.8. It's an...

A Super Rokkor Chiyoko 45mm f2.8. It's an earlier version with 5 digit serial number and a small window on the front of the lens provides a secondary display of the chosen f-stop.
It's very compact...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-13-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 11,904
Posted By ACullen
I have a Solida III with the 2.9 80mm Radionar...

I have a Solida III with the 2.9 80mm Radionar lens. The lens seems very sharp a wide central part of the image with marked softening in the extreme corners. At 30*30cm enlargements it's central...
Forum: Fuji X Series 08-08-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 1,451
Posted By ACullen
I've used a few MF telephoto lenses on my Fuji...

I've used a few MF telephoto lenses on my Fuji XE-2. It is slightly smaller than the XPro1 but it felt pretty ungainly with a long MF attached to the front. It's really too light. The XPro1 is...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 07-30-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 5,762
Posted By ACullen
I've had a Topcor S 50mm f2 (1st chrome version)...

I've had a Topcor S 50mm f2 (1st chrome version) for the past 6 months. It came with a Leotax F. Its the only 50mm RF lens I've tried, so I can't make comparisons. It's a little lacking in contrast...
Forum: Film vs Digital 07-20-2016
Replies: 42
Views: 5,498
Posted By ACullen
After 10 years of exclusively shooting digital I...

After 10 years of exclusively shooting digital I went back to film 120 and 35mm. The costs don't seem too different to a decade ago. Sensible choices in film can control costs. Fuji Acros 100 for...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 07-17-2016
Replies: 72
Views: 55,671
Posted By ACullen
Many thanks.

Many thanks.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 07-17-2016
Replies: 72
Views: 55,671
Posted By ACullen
Forgive my ignorance but why should this lens...

Forgive my ignorance but why should this lens cause peripheral smearing on a FF Sony but not on a FF M9?
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 07-17-2016
Replies: 72
Views: 55,671
Posted By ACullen
I hadn't realised that a 35 mm RF lens could...

I hadn't realised that a 35 mm RF lens could cause problems for a digital sensor. I've read here with issues related to wider lenses 15mm/21mm etc causing problems because the rear element was so...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 07-16-2016
Replies: 72
Views: 55,671
Posted By ACullen
I recently bought a C Biogon ZM 35mm 2.8 but...

I recently bought a C Biogon ZM 35mm 2.8 but ended up returning it because definition away from the most central part of the image dropped off significantly . Edge definition didn't pick up until f8....
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