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Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 6 Days Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 1,820
Posted By alexandru_voicu
For those living in Europe, macodirect (Germany)...

For those living in Europe, macodirect (Germany) is a good place to buy from:


https://www.macodirect.de/en


Regards,
Alex
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 1,797
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Thank you! It was a nice surprise seeing you...

Thank you! It was a nice surprise seeing you here, too! Anyway, I'm sorry to hear about your problems with the M4-P. You should definitely return it. And you shouldn't hurry buying a new body. In my...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 1,797
Posted By alexandru_voicu
I think that's the way to go. Besides that,...

I think that's the way to go.


Besides that, what a small world! :) I believe we recently had a transaction on ebay. For everyone else, I'm not the seller of the M4-P. :)
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 04-02-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 465
Posted By alexandru_voicu
+1 And if you don't succeed with F64, you can...

+1


And if you don't succeed with F64, you can try at www.robertwhite.co.uk. But really, Peter Wijninga is right, F64 is a great place to buy rangefinder gear at great prices.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-01-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,911
Posted By alexandru_voicu
I have absolutely nothing against AF-D series...

I have absolutely nothing against AF-D series and, to be honest, I despise the lack of an aperture ring in G lenses. I opted for the 85/1.4G because I lacked the cash to buy a second hand lens. Yes,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-29-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,911
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Thank you, Peter, creenus and Photon42! The F6 is...

Thank you, Peter, creenus and Photon42! The F6 is am impressive camera in every aspect, including weight (the MB-40 with 8 NiMH AA batteries adds a lot to it). Being on a shopping spree (which will...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-27-2019
Replies: 181
Views: 29,772
Posted By alexandru_voicu
My new F6 has just arrived. It's still in the...

My new F6 has just arrived. It's still in the box, but I checked its serial number: 0035682.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-27-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,911
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Hey everyone, It has arrived. :) The package is...

Hey everyone,


It has arrived. :) The package is unimpressive, but the content should be. The serial number is 0035682.


Thank you for all your help, but I think I'm still going to need some....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-24-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,911
Posted By alexandru_voicu
It's really good to know that, thank you for...

It's really good to know that, thank you for sharing such hard-to-find info. Too bad the Tamron sale ended, but I'll keep looking.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 03-23-2019
Replies: 372
Views: 40,500
Posted By alexandru_voicu
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7870/46724929524_43...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7870/46724929524_438ac5ec99_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2ebVtFb)m6zeiss35034 (https://flic.kr/p/2ebVtFb) by gordon_comstock (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/),...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-15-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,911
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Hi Peter and thank you for the link. I too had...

Hi Peter and thank you for the link. I too had founded it when googling for a solution. It seems, however, I cannot find a proper answer.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-15-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 443
Posted By alexandru_voicu
I would buy something like this...

I would buy something like this (https://www.ebay.com/p/Johnson-Level-Tool-Johnson-Level-and-Tool-40-6184-Three-Beam-Magnetic-Torpedo-Laser-Level/2255990996?iid=401634565103). I actually have pretty...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-15-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,911
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Hi everyone, While still waiting for my F6, I...

Hi everyone,


While still waiting for my F6, I started looking for lenses. My favorite local store has a fantastic discount for the Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8. With that discount, the Tamron is only...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-03-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 344
Posted By alexandru_voicu
My English is lacking in technical terms. Yes, I...

My English is lacking in technical terms. Yes, I meant the advance lever (not rewind crank etc.). I wonder whether stiffness may also be the wrong word... Without film, the advance lever moves...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-02-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 344
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Sure, I'll let you know. However, after watching...

Sure, I'll let you know. However, after watching all the youtube videos showing the film loading of Pentax 6x7, I am inclined to believe that the behavior I described in my first post is rather...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-02-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 344
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Randy, thank you for taking the time to share...

Randy, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on the matter. Indeed, with a new roll loaded, I am able to pull out the leader of the film with some degree of resistance, but nothing to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-02-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 344
Posted By alexandru_voicu
In my camera, the tiny metal thingy (film...

In my camera, the tiny metal thingy (film retainer) that goes into the slots of the film spool is stiff, much like in the beginning of the video I mentioned in my first post.

As for the overall...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-02-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 344
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Question about the Pentax 6x7 MLU

Hi everyone,


A few months ago, I purchased a nice Pentax 6x7 outfit. The former owner told me that the camera has never been CLA'd, so I sent it to one of the better known technicians in Europe...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-24-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,911
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Jan, after reading your post (and Skiff's), I'll...

Jan, after reading your post (and Skiff's), I'll go with the 50/1.8. Hard to do that after just getting the Nokton 50/1.2 in M mount, but I have to learn to live with the "puny" F1.8. :)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-24-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,911
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Thank you, Skiff. The lack of focus shift does...

Thank you, Skiff. The lack of focus shift does count for a lot.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-23-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,911
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Hi everyone, Thank you for sharing your thoughts...

Hi everyone,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the lenses, I shall keep them in mind. It will take some time until the first purchase, because I don't want to buy the lens(es) before the camera...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-21-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,911
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Thank you for the advice. Surely, the 50/1.8 is...

Thank you for the advice. Surely, the 50/1.8 is on the short list. But so is the 50/1.4. Still hard to digest the idea that no aperture ring is better than aperture ring. :)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-21-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,911
Posted By alexandru_voicu
The situation is like this: if I had bought a...

The situation is like this: if I had bought a second hand F6, I would have still found it very difficult to buy lenses. Why is that? Because I bought the new F6 in 12 installments. Which means that...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-20-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,911
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Hi everyone, Again, thank you so much for your...

Hi everyone,

Again, thank you so much for your suggestions. I certainly do have to buy my first F mount lens, but I haven't yet decided which one. And, after the expensive purchase, it will be...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-20-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,911
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Ted, I guess I'll be the laughing stock of this...

Ted, I guess I'll be the laughing stock of this forum, but I have to face it: I have no lenses in F mount. I have several in M mount, but no F mount... So... I don't know. I'll probably start with 35...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-20-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,911
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Hi everyone, Just a quick update. Today I...

Hi everyone,

Just a quick update. Today I ordered the F6 and the MB-40 from a local dealer. In two weeks to one month, I shall be the proud owner. I wonder what serial number will I get... Above...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-20-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,911
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Hey Skiff, Thank you for the piece of advice....

Hey Skiff,

Thank you for the piece of advice. Sure, I will get the MB-40. I like the fact that I can use rechargeable NiMH batteries. Right now I'm communicating with two local stores.

Regards,
Alex
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-17-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,911
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Skiff, Thank you very much for your...

Skiff,

Thank you very much for your encouragement. For me, it's also that kind of "once in a lifetime" purchase. Let's hope that the local store will be able to bring one F6 at a reasonable price....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-17-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,911
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Ted, you want to demonstrate that buying a new F6...

Ted, you want to demonstrate that buying a new F6 makes no sense. I understand your point and I'm not forcing mine. Living where I live and taking all the facts into consideration, my conclusion is...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-17-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,911
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Used or not, when you buy something from outside...

Used or not, when you buy something from outside the Union, you have to pay VAT and taxes. Which means that, if I buy a mint F6 from Japan, I might actually pay more than for a brand new one from a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-17-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,911
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Hi Ted, I admit that the situation may be...

Hi Ted,

I admit that the situation may be different in the US. In Europe, the difference is less. Even if I find a mint F6 at a Japanese seller, I still have to pay VAT and taxes, which means an...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-17-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,911
Posted By alexandru_voicu
A brand new Nikon F6 at Grays of Westminster is...

A brand new Nikon F6 at Grays of Westminster is 1899GBP. A mint condition (not like-new condition) Nikon F6 sold by Peter Walnes is 875GBP. In US dollars, the difference is about 1300. So, again, the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-16-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,911
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Thank you, Pioneer. Not that I don't appreciate...

Thank you, Pioneer. Not that I don't appreciate everybody's input. I certainly do. There is a big difference between new and second hand, although the much quoted sum of 1700 dollars is...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-16-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,911
Posted By alexandru_voicu
I know that feeling. Most threads on the RFF have...

I know that feeling. Most threads on the RFF have this effect...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-16-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,911
Posted By alexandru_voicu
In Britain, the difference between a second one...

In Britain, the difference between a second one in mint condition and a new one is about 1000 pounds, which is less than 1300 US dollars. True, it's a huge amount. But... You do get the piece of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-15-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,911
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Thank you, everyone, for your help. Before...

Thank you, everyone, for your help. Before posting here, all my attempts to find this piece of info on google were in vain. I shall consider all the suggestions. Once again, thank you!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-15-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,911
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Nikon F6 - where can I buy one new?

Hi everyone,

I believe the title says it all. I'm thinking of buying a new Nikon F6 - as it's generally agreed it's still in production. But where can I find one in Europe (to buy online)? Any...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-15-2019
Replies: 72
Views: 2,271
Posted By alexandru_voicu
If you lens is optimized for F1.5 (which I...

If you lens is optimized for F1.5 (which I doubt), the point of focus will inexorably move backwards when you stop down. That until F11 or so, when it will (or so they say, but never tested it) move...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-08-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 917
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Well said. This might be the real culprit.

Well said. This might be the real culprit.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-04-2019
Replies: 72
Views: 2,271
Posted By alexandru_voicu
PunkFunkDunk, congratulations on your new...

PunkFunkDunk, congratulations on your new purchase. I've read what the other people posted on this thread and I must say that some replies were more or less inaccurate.

I have had my C-Sonnar...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-20-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 729
Posted By alexandru_voicu
I had my M6 viewfinder upgraded by Don Goldberg....

I had my M6 viewfinder upgraded by Don Goldberg. In my opinion, there was not a significant improvement. I would suggest to have the camera CLAd. Given that your VF is foggy, a simple cleaning may do...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-04-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,831
Posted By alexandru_voicu
In my experience, most lenses exhibit some degree...

In my experience, most lenses exhibit some degree of focus shift. Even my Planar 50/2 suffers from it, although the shift can be measured in millimeters at minimum focus distance. But this can only...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-03-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,831
Posted By alexandru_voicu
There is some focus shift, but that is to be...

There is some focus shift, but that is to be expected from such a fast lens. It's bearable, though. When I got mine, I put in on a tripod to check it. At F1.2 and F1.4, I have some slight front...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-03-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,831
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Nokton 50/1.2 wide open on Leica M6. Fomapan 200...

Nokton 50/1.2 wide open on Leica M6.
Fomapan 200 @ EI 100, XTOL 1+3 for 10 minutes at 20C

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4814/31226885807_1afd4ac5f5_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/PzpXdT)focus030...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-29-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 442
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Thank you, Erik. Indeed, there's a difference of...

Thank you, Erik. Indeed, there's a difference of 5 millimeters between the two cameras. But they have both been adjusted. The ZI was adjusted by Zeiss in Oberkochen, the M6 by DAG. I trust both my...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-29-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 442
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Voigtlander Nokton 50/1.2 in M mount - first impressions & more

Hi everyone,


I finally did it. While not needing any more 50mm lenses (I've got the Zeiss 50/2 and 50/1.5 among others), I decided to buy the new CV 50/1.2. I ordered it from Robert White in the UK...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-07-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 781
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Thank you, everyone, for the advice. I really...

Thank you, everyone, for the advice. I really like 6x7 format and I do wet print in my darkroom. I know I haven't been offered a bargain, but I just wanted to be sure that I don't overpay by a huge...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-06-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 781
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Thank you, Steve. I bear in mind all that, that...

Thank you, Steve. I bear in mind all that, that is why I'm so hesitant to buy the kit.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-06-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 781
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Thank you, Doug, for your detailed description....

Thank you, Doug, for your detailed description. The three lenses are marked "SMC Pentax-6x7" and they all look from the same generation - and have rubberized focus rings, if that helps. The 55/4 I...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-06-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 781
Posted By alexandru_voicu
True. I really like the P67 and I don't mind the...

True. I really like the P67 and I don't mind the weight (I mean I do, but it's not the end of the world). My only issue is the price. All in all, I just want to make sure that I don't pay way too...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-06-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 781
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Many thanks for your insights. Yes, that is also...

Many thanks for your insights. Yes, that is also my feeling, that the price is rather on the high side. Unfortunately, I'm a terrible negotiator - and furthermore, I owe him. In fact, I did try to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-05-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 781
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Thank you, Corran, and thank you, aizan, for...

Thank you, Corran, and thank you, aizan, for sharing your thoughts. It seems that prices of the Pentax 6x7 are all over the place. Of course, before posting here, I did check ebay to get an idea....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-05-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 781
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Pentax 6x7 price

My fellows of the craft,

A friend of mine, who in the past was very generous to me, is selling his Pentax 6x7 (MLU version) together with three lenses (55/4, 90/2.8 and 165/2.8). The body and lenses...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-19-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 927
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Yes. Perhaps not as vivid of yours. But I...

Yes. Perhaps not as vivid of yours. But I certainly dream of spectacular landscapes that I want to capture on film only to realize that I don't have the camera. Another leitmotif is that somehow I...
Forum: Travel 05-24-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 818
Posted By alexandru_voicu
What about Bucharest? Not that I'm overly...

What about Bucharest? Not that I'm overly patriotic, but I simply cannot afford to travel in the near future. However, I am ready to host some of the fellow rff members and be the tour guide (and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-25-2017
Replies: 26
Views: 1,014
Posted By alexandru_voicu
I'm not quite addressing your concerns, but I...

I'm not quite addressing your concerns, but I have to say I stay away from staining developers because of one major reason. Given that I wet print my negatives and that most papers are now variable...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-23-2017
Replies: 72
Views: 2,771
Posted By alexandru_voicu
I don't loathe any of the formats, but I...

I don't loathe any of the formats, but I certainly dislike very "wide" formats (6x12 and wider). And this comes from a 35mm film user... I'm amazed that 6x7 is so unpopular. I would have preferred...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-09-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1,379
Posted By alexandru_voicu
It could be bad scanning or bad processing. Or...

It could be bad scanning or bad processing. Or both. Does the negative look "normal"?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-16-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 686
Posted By alexandru_voicu
In my opinion, these spots are caused by old...

In my opinion, these spots are caused by old fixer. I once experienced something similar with some old foma rapid fixer.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-26-2017
Replies: 80
Views: 7,454
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Now these...

Now these (https://www.rt.com/viral/375197-stalin-era-photos-from-american-embassy/) weren't shot with a FSU camera (most likely), but they certainly take you back in time.
Forum: Off Topic 07-26-2016
Replies: 2
Views: 399
Posted By alexandru_voicu
After being unbound into customs for one month,...

After being unbound into customs for one month, the camera finally arrived at its destination. Don (DAG camera) was kind enough to confirm, as the tracking number still says that the camera is in the...
Forum: Off Topic 07-14-2016
Replies: 2
Views: 399
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Leica M6 inbound to US customs

Hi everyone,

I would like to consult you on a very important matter to me. In short, a month ago I bought a Leica M6 CL (manufactured in 1991) in new condition from Leica Shop (Austria). Given that...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-30-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1,913
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Are you sure you are placing the paper with the...

Are you sure you are placing the paper with the emulsion up? Sometimes, in case of matte papers, it's hard to distinguish between the two.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-25-2016
Replies: 2
Views: 4,498
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. The ZI is...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. The ZI is properly adjusted, as all my ZM lenses (35/2, 50/2, 50/1.5) focus accurately (the only one that misbehaves is the Sonnar, due to its inherent focus...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-21-2016
Replies: 2
Views: 4,498
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Shimming a Helios-103

Hi everyone,

I am the proud owner of a Amedeo Contax to Leica M adapter and I just gave it a first try with a 1982 Helios-103 lens. Everything went smooth on my Zeiss Ikon body, but, after I...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 03-15-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 1,487
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Sorry, I missed the irony (I read your initial...

Sorry, I missed the irony (I read your initial post late night, on my phone). In my case, the rewind crank failed unaided. It became rougher and rougher in operation and one day it stopped working.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 03-15-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 1,487
Posted By alexandru_voicu
That's interesting. Not so long ago last, I also...

That's interesting. Not so long ago last, I also sent my ZI to Oberkochen in order to have the rewind crank repaired. Let's hope this is something we have to do every couple of years.

Best,
Alex
Forum: Lomography 03-03-2016
Replies: 336
Views: 30,980
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Hi Ken, I actually bought a second one (I...

Hi Ken,

I actually bought a second one (I returned the first) and, unfortunately, the back focus in still there. In addition, I also noticed a speck between the internal elements. It is really a...
Forum: Lomography 02-28-2016
Replies: 336
Views: 30,980
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Hi Ken, Thank you for your input. I actually did...

Hi Ken,

Thank you for your input. I actually did try it on a Bessa R3A body, which, unfortunately, is slightly misaligned at infinity, both vertically and horizontally. Even so, I found that the...
Forum: Lomography 02-28-2016
Replies: 336
Views: 30,980
Posted By alexandru_voicu
As for the focus shift, yes, these are my...

As for the focus shift, yes, these are my findings, too. But with regards on the colimation, I guess that you, sir, are lucky. :) Or maybe I'm unlucky. My Zeiss Ikon was recently adjusted in...
Forum: Lomography 02-28-2016
Replies: 336
Views: 30,980
Posted By alexandru_voicu
I'm glad you find my "observations" useful, thank...

I'm glad you find my "observations" useful, thank you. The glass itself is not bad. Actually, I find it quite sharp wide open and with less focus shift than my C-Sonnar. Surely, the focus does move...
Forum: Lomography 02-28-2016
Replies: 336
Views: 30,980
Posted By alexandru_voicu
I scanned the test film and the results are not...

I scanned the test film and the results are not encouraging. At 0.7m, wide open, the lens back focuses by 2.5 cm on my recently adjusted Zeiss ikon. Being a sonnar, it should have actually front...
Forum: Lomography 02-27-2016
Replies: 336
Views: 30,980
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Well, after a few days of deliberation, I did...

Well, after a few days of deliberation, I did what my irrational part of me dictated to. I bought the J3+ this evening. A few observations:

1. Very compact, good looking.
2. Not impressively well...
Forum: Lomography 02-19-2016
Replies: 336
Views: 30,980
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Why isn't the C-Sonnar a true Sonnar?

Why isn't the C-Sonnar a true Sonnar?
Forum: Lomography 02-17-2016
Replies: 336
Views: 30,980
Posted By alexandru_voicu
What about the build quality between the C-Sonnar...

What about the build quality between the C-Sonnar and the new J-3, did anyone have the chance the compare them side by side? I have the C-Sonnar but, as an admirer Jupiter lenses, I must admit I'm...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-21-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,709
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Hi Klaus, Thank you so much, that solved the...

Hi Klaus,

Thank you so much, that solved the "problem". It's quite a relief. I wouldn't have figured it out without your help.

Now I have print with it. I have an El-Nikkor 50/2.8 and I want to see...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-21-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,709
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Hi and thank you so much for your help. Just a...

Hi and thank you so much for your help. Just a few comments. Of course I wouldn't use the lens at f16. However, if the lens is supposed to reach f16 but it doesn't, it means it has been tempered with...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-21-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,709
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Rodenstock APO Rodagon N 50mm smallest aperture

Hi everyone,

I have just bought and received an used APO Rodagon N 50mm lens and, while it generally appears in good shape, there is something that drew my attention. Namely, the aperture goes from...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-16-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,696
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Hello, In my opinion, TMY-2 does not push well....

Hello,

In my opinion, TMY-2 does not push well. Not even to 1600. While I had some success at 1600, I wouldn't use Rodinal, but rather a developer that offers full emulsion speed, such as X-TOL or...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 10-03-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 962
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Maco Direct (Germany) sells high quality 39mm...

Maco Direct (Germany) sells high quality 39mm Heliopan filters.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 09-20-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 874
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Zeiss service is excellent. When I sent my ZI for...

Zeiss service is excellent. When I sent my ZI for a minor RF adjustment, it arrived back in about one week.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-06-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1,135
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Hi, I haven't noticed any vignetting. I used a...

Hi,

I haven't noticed any vignetting. I used a uv filter (with the hood on) since the very first day I bought the lens.
Forum: Travel 05-05-2013
Replies: 91
Views: 9,290
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Raid, don't be upset at my bitter comment. It is...

Raid, don't be upset at my bitter comment. It is bitter because I've seen crimes beyond imagination committed by the rebels. Otherwise, I didn't want to turn this topic into a political one. I'm...
Forum: Travel 05-05-2013
Replies: 91
Views: 9,290
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Very good pictures, Raid. Too bad a good portion...

Very good pictures, Raid. Too bad a good portion of this country has been destroyed by Western (and Qatari and Saudi) backed terrorists. I wish I had visited Syria myself, now all the chances are...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-28-2013
Replies: 44
Views: 4,888
Posted By alexandru_voicu
I'm afraid it's the other way around. Overexpose...

I'm afraid it's the other way around. Overexpose and underdevelop. When a negative is underexposed, if you contact print it for maximum black, you shall notice that the entire frame is too dark. The...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-25-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 2,945
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Exactly. The Syrian "opposition" is a melange of...

Exactly. The Syrian "opposition" is a melange of foreign terrorists, local Sunni extremists (some of whom have fought in Iraq) and all sorts of misguided elements. This is the "armed" branch. The...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-25-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 2,945
Posted By alexandru_voicu
I'm sorry for the second post, but I must add...

I'm sorry for the second post, but I must add something about Ceauşescu. While his regime was despicable in many ways, I must say it was not murderous.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-25-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 2,945
Posted By alexandru_voicu
I do not follow the Syrian "state press agency",...

I do not follow the Syrian "state press agency", but I dare to quote from another "state press agency":

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18115084

There were many other similar attacks...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-25-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 2,945
Posted By alexandru_voicu
It seems to me I'm not the only one "talking...

It seems to me I'm not the only one "talking politics" (I actually did nothing more than to mention a very disturbing fact about the Syrian "opposition"), so I don't really understand why you picked...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-25-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 2,945
Posted By alexandru_voicu
I actually have an idea, that's why I posted on...

I actually have an idea, that's why I posted on this thread. I did my share of reading.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-25-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 2,945
Posted By alexandru_voicu
No, I am not. May I ask what does one have to do...

No, I am not. May I ask what does one have to do with the other?

How can you support a "movement" that spawns countless suicide bombers?

The suicide attacks at WTC were bad, the suicide attacks...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-23-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 2,945
Posted By alexandru_voicu
John, did you take your time to think about the...

John, did you take your time to think about the hundreds - if not thousands - of people murdered by the so-called "pro-democracy" protesters?
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-18-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 892
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Wonderful short documentary. It's really amazing...

Wonderful short documentary. It's really amazing how inventive people are and how they develop a certain professionalism all by themselves. Nabi is a better photographer than most.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-14-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 2,703
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Many thanks for sharing your thoughts. I'm so...

Many thanks for sharing your thoughts. I'm so glad there are people who really appreciate T-Max films. Speaking of which, I shot and developed an entire roll this evening at my "personalized film...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-14-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 2,703
Posted By alexandru_voicu
I did print a couple of shots and they came out...

I did print a couple of shots and they came out fine. Deeper blacks than usual. I haven't had the chance to shoot an entire roll at the new "speed", though.

On the other hand, I will never...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-14-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 2,703
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Hi, Thank you for taking your time to help me...

Hi,

Thank you for taking your time to help me out.

I don't think the meter if off, at least not by one stop (my 640 vs your 320), as I compared the camera readings with a Sekonic L-308S meter.

The...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-14-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 2,703
Posted By alexandru_voicu
I actually followed exactly the second part of...

I actually followed exactly the second part of the test. The wet prints confirmed what I saw with my bare eyes on the negative. The question remains, however. How much difference should there be...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-14-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 2,703
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Hi everyone and thank you very much for your...

Hi everyone and thank you very much for your replies. After readings countless articles and posts that "most films" are actually slower than what the manufacturers claim, it is really unsettling to...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-13-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 2,703
Posted By alexandru_voicu
TMY-2 strange findings

Hi everyone,

Some time ago, I decided to use TMY-2 (T-Max 400) as my main film. Until yesterday, however, I've never bothered to check its speed. After reading Tom Halfhill's "Personalizing your...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 05-01-2012
Replies: 25
Views: 5,213
Posted By alexandru_voicu
I guess your message is a follow up to mine (as I...

I guess your message is a follow up to mine (as I was the only one talking about a third of a stop). I guess *I've "heard* of personal film speed, that's why I was saying I need to make more tests.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 05-01-2012
Replies: 25
Views: 5,213
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Hi, I also think my ZI meter tends to...

Hi,

I also think my ZI meter tends to underexpose a bit (one third of a stop or so), but I can't say for sure, yet. I have to make more tests.
Forum: DIYS Modifications 03-16-2012
Replies: 34
Views: 10,136
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Hi everyone, Please excuse me for my false piece...

Hi everyone,

Please excuse me for my false piece of advice. I haven't shimmed FSU lenses recently and my memory played a trick on me. You are right, it's the other way around. Front focus = decrease...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 03-14-2012
Replies: 34
Views: 10,136
Posted By alexandru_voicu
If your lens front focuses, the lens is too...

If your lens front focuses, the lens is too "close" to the film. Therefore, you need to add shims. Think the other way. If you lens front focuses, you have to manually back focus a bit, right?
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-02-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 1,634
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Hi everyone, Thank you for your comments. Today...

Hi everyone,

Thank you for your comments. Today I decided to buy a Zeiss Planar, I went to the shop only to discover that the only Planar they got was what appeared to be a returned item (given the...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-01-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 1,634
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Which 50mm lens for my R2A

Hi everyone,

I have a Bessa R2A needing a 50mm lens. At this time, I have to choose between a Heliar 50/2, a Zeiss Planar 50/2 and a Nokton 50/1.5. I must admit I'm tempted by the Heliar, but I kept...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-30-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,201
Posted By alexandru_voicu
In this case, if I understand correctly (English...

In this case, if I understand correctly (English is not my native language), there is no practical difference between half stop compensation and full stop compensation.

Thank you for your help,
Alex
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-29-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,201
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Bessa R2A exposure compensation

Hi everyone,

I have one short (and silly) question. How does the exposure compensation on a bessa r2a/r3a work?

For instance, if I compensate by -1/2 stops, would the shutter actually fire at -...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 03-29-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 2,969
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Hi Brian, Thank you for your support. Today I...

Hi Brian,

Thank you for your support. Today I did my best to calibrate the R3A rangefinder. It's much better, but not perfect. I used the instructions found here...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 03-28-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 2,969
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Hi again and thank you for your replies. Brian,...

Hi again and thank you for your replies.

Brian, we (me and my gf) both have voigtlander adapters, which are supposed of being higher quality. On my Bessa R2A, all my J8 lenses reach infinity on the...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 03-28-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 2,969
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Hi Brian (and everybody else reading this...

Hi Brian (and everybody else reading this thread),

Thank you very much for your comments. I guess I will never be able to have "the perfect J8", so I'll start by shimming it first. I've read all...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 03-28-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 2,969
Posted By alexandru_voicu
Just another Jupiter 8 collimation thread

Hi everyone,

This is my first post here, but I am a long time reader of RFF. I'm very glad my account was finally validated.

This is my story. I have Bessa R2A and a bunch of FSU lenses (three...
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