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Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 03-22-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,711
Posted By mkvrnn
Maybe this is the wrong place to say this, but...

Maybe this is the wrong place to say this, but unless you love old cameras for their mechanical charm (which I do), just sell them all and buy a good modern digital - and I don't mean a Leica.

If...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 03-21-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 3,198
Posted By mkvrnn
Sorry but I must take issue with that. I don't...

Sorry but I must take issue with that. I don't have facilities to measure the accuracy of a shutter, so the best I can do is judge by the sound. Any photographer quickly develops an ability to get a...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 03-20-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 3,198
Posted By mkvrnn
Chinese buyers on ebay - beware

I recently sold both of my M3 cameras on ebay, one with a Summicron and one with Summilux lens. Both were bought by the same buyer who I assume to be Chinese. I posted them the same day to the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-10-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 2,182
Posted By mkvrnn
Selling my M3. Advice please

The time has come to part with my M3. I had wanted one since I first became aware of them in 1963, and 4 years ago I finally bought one. But the time has come to start some serious decluttering, and...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 10-14-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 886
Posted By mkvrnn
Thank you for the link. I'll have a look.

Thank you for the link. I'll have a look.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 10-14-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 886
Posted By mkvrnn
Art Deco Rolleicod help

One of my nicest cameras is a Rolleicord Art Deco model which is in virtually mint condition except that it has lost the Art Deco style circular disc which decorates the film wind knob.
Does anybody...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-12-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 2,510
Posted By mkvrnn
I own a few Ts and I love them, but a word of...

I own a few Ts and I love them, but a word of warning.
The front panel can be difficult to remove and very tricky to reassemble. If the shutter speed or aperture bands break you will be in serious...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-25-2017
Replies: 94
Views: 11,699
Posted By mkvrnn
The LOUDEST I ever had was my first SLR, a...

The LOUDEST I ever had was my first SLR, a Zenith. That one used to frighten horses.

After that all the Olympus, Pentax, Rolleiflex and other SLRs seemed whisper quiet.

The quietest shutter I've...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-02-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 3,052
Posted By mkvrnn
Firstly, I'd have a look at the excellent...

Firstly, I'd have a look at the excellent TLR-cameras.com which gives lots of information about every make of TLR camera you're likely to find.

They will all do the job, but later cameras are...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-31-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 1,453
Posted By mkvrnn
There's a good description with very good photos...

There's a good description with very good photos on the excellent tlr-cameras.com website. The exact address is http://www.tlr-cameras.com/German/slides/Rolleicopi/Rolleicopi.html

The website is...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-31-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 1,453
Posted By mkvrnn
I'm surprised that nobody has replied to this....

I'm surprised that nobody has replied to this. Does nobody out there own one?

There is currently one for sale on ebay, complete with its original case - extremely rare.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-28-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 2,816
Posted By mkvrnn
Another vote for MW Classics. They always have a...

Another vote for MW Classics. They always have a selection at reasonable prices with fairly accurate descriptions, so you won't go far wrong buying from them.

Importing from Japan is far more risky...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-28-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,779
Posted By mkvrnn
Sorry to put a dampener on this, but if he sends...

Sorry to put a dampener on this, but if he sends it away for a service and a recover, a 120 camera with no lens suddenly becomes a 320 camera with no lens. And there are a lot of very nice cameras...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-17-2017
Replies: 363
Views: 25,073
Posted By mkvrnn
In ascending order Leica IIIg* - the best...

In ascending order

Leica IIIg* - the best Barnack, or the only one with a nice viewfinder

Leica M3* - the best Leica

Pentax SV* - Leica M3 contemporary but better in every way

Rolleiflex 3.5F...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-09-2016
Replies: 9,180
Views: 909,266
Posted By mkvrnn
BMW i3

BMW i3.
Ok it's not a camera, but it's been ages since I bought such an interesting car. I'm lucky enough to own a few cars, but this is likely to be the one I choose for all but the longest...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-29-2016
Replies: 709
Views: 81,331
Posted By mkvrnn
I think it's great the way all you M5 owners...

I think it's great the way all you M5 owners stick together, doing your best to convince each other that it's not the ugliest camera ever built.
I know exactly how you feel because I once owned a...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-22-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 3,804
Posted By mkvrnn
Thanks, that corresponds with my estimate of the...

Thanks, that corresponds with my estimate of the camera's age. It's interesting that Bill's link appears to show a much earlier production date for the lens. When I get time I must look at the lens...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-22-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 3,804
Posted By mkvrnn
Thanks Bill that's very useful. Mike

Thanks Bill that's very useful.
Mike
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-22-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 3,804
Posted By mkvrnn
Yes that's always possible although the nameplate...

Yes that's always possible although the nameplate looks the same age as the rest of the camera and has a similar amount of wear.
I'm hoping that somebody will either tell me of a hidden location for...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-22-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 3,804
Posted By mkvrnn
Rolleiflex with no serial number?

The time has come to sell one of my 3.5Fs so I'm about to list it on ebay.
Strangely, I can't find any sign of a serial number on the camera.
The horizontal face on top of the Rolleiflex nameplate is...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-27-2016
Replies: 31
Views: 3,220
Posted By mkvrnn
This is the first interesting thread I've read on...

This is the first interesting thread I've read on here in ages. And well done Giganova, your results look good.

I've been putting off recovering my iiig for a couple of years for the same reason. ...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-29-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 4,485
Posted By mkvrnn
Absolutely correct Dan, I agree entirely. Just...

Absolutely correct Dan, I agree entirely.

Just ask the seller to give you a detailed, honest description. If necessary explain how to wind on, cock and fire the shutter at the one second setting. If...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-06-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 2,490
Posted By mkvrnn
Thanks for the tip about Leitax, Fuchs. A couple...

Thanks for the tip about Leitax, Fuchs.

A couple of years ago I bought a fairly large R4 outfit in pristine condition, almost all of it still in its original boxes. Even the soft leather Universal...
Forum: Travel 09-06-2016
Replies: 74
Views: 4,506
Posted By mkvrnn
The Amalfi coast is fabulous and the coast road...

The Amalfi coast is fabulous and the coast road is spectacular with stunning views around almost every bend. But in summer it is very crowded and you can expect traffic problems which often involve...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 06-30-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 1,298
Posted By mkvrnn
Fantastic! Many thanks Jonmanjiro for such a...

Fantastic! Many thanks Jonmanjiro for such a fast response and for providing the photo.

You were absolutely correct. The retaining ring was very loose and gently tightening it has provided an...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 06-30-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 1,298
Posted By mkvrnn
Help! Nikkor Ltm 50mm f1.4 problem

I've just bought a Nikkor 50/1.4 lens attached to Nicca 3S. The lens seems to be optically pristine but the front part of the lens seems to be slightly loose. By the "front part" I mean the main...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-24-2016
Replies: 505
Views: 33,211
Posted By mkvrnn
I am desperately sad and disappointed by the...

I am desperately sad and disappointed by the result. I feel that leaving will be a massive backward step, not only for the UK but also for our European friends and probably for the world in general.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 06-23-2016
Replies: 37
Views: 10,480
Posted By mkvrnn
In an attempt to return this thread to its...

In an attempt to return this thread to its original subject, I'll just say that I've recently bought my 3rd Leotax, an Elite imported from Japan. I love the Leotax range for their build quality and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-23-2016
Replies: 505
Views: 33,211
Posted By mkvrnn
I'm off to cast my vote now. I was really hoping...

I'm off to cast my vote now.

I was really hoping that Boris J would become more widely recognised as the unprincipled opportunist that he clearly is, but sadly there are so many ignorant and...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-18-2016
Replies: 59
Views: 26,717
Posted By mkvrnn
Islandor I appreciate your concern, but to be...

Islandor

I appreciate your concern, but to be honest it isn't just the 40 Rolleis which deprive me of sleep. It's all the other TLRs and the Leica collection, not to mention the Leica clones and all...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-17-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 1,726
Posted By mkvrnn
I agree, Niccas are very nice indeed and that one...

I agree, Niccas are very nice indeed and that one looks great value. They are quite rare here in the UK but with shipping costs and import duties that one would be 300 or more once imported.

The...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-17-2016
Replies: 59
Views: 26,717
Posted By mkvrnn
The main reason for choosing a 2.8F over a 3.5 is...

The main reason for choosing a 2.8F over a 3.5 is to help you sleep at night.

I had trouble sleeping after I bought my first Rolleicord, a Va, because I knew the Vb was out there with that lovely...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-18-2016
Replies: 0
Views: 682
Posted By mkvrnn
MW Classics, London

I recently had a positive experience buying a camera from MW Classics in London and thought I should pass on the details.
I had an urge to try a Canon barnack inspired camera for the first time and...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-16-2016
Replies: 95
Views: 9,869
Posted By mkvrnn
Well said Bill. That is the first post on this...

Well said Bill. That is the first post on this site that has really made me stop and think, so thank you.

As for Pepe, we don't need to worry about him. He has already chosen to spend his time in...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-14-2016
Replies: 31
Views: 18,030
Posted By mkvrnn
It's the C3 / C330 range for me every time...

It's the C3 / C330 range for me every time because I love their heavy build quality. They feel like serious cameras.
I couldn't resist buying a C220F a couple of years ago because it was absolutely...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-13-2016
Replies: 709
Views: 81,331
Posted By mkvrnn
Helen, I take it all back. Your use of capital...

Helen, I take it all back. Your use of capital letters has convinced me that the M5 must be the most beautiful camera ever, and well worth the 500% extra compared to all those inferior Japanese...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-13-2016
Replies: 709
Views: 81,331
Posted By mkvrnn
M5 owners

I love the way M5 owners stick together, trying to convince each other that the M5 wasn't the ugliest camera Leica ever made and somehow actually worth the inflated prices common to most used Leicas.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-13-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 2,910
Posted By mkvrnn
Solution found

I've found a good solution.

Ikea Gnedby / Benno tower units are designed for CD storage but each compartment is ideal for one camera. The shelf spacing is easily adjustable for my medium format and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2016
Replies: 2
Views: 635
Posted By mkvrnn
Camera auction websites

Around 3 weeks ago I submitted a new thread about the pitfalls involved in buying cameras from Japanese auction websites. I considered this to be a subject of general interest to a large number of...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-31-2016
Replies: 56
Poll: IIIg or M4-2
Views: 3,771
Posted By mkvrnn
Personally I can't see the attraction of any...

Personally I can't see the attraction of any post-M3 Leica because from the early sixties onwards they were outclassed by most of the better SLR rivals and became increasingly irrelevant. So out of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-23-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 1,754
Posted By mkvrnn
I'm baffled by this thread. The CRR website I've...

I'm baffled by this thread. The CRR website I've viewed is excellent. They give a detailed breakdown of their various repair services including costs, and the description and video of their vulcanite...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-16-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 4,583
Posted By mkvrnn
I've just tried posting a new thread under...

I've just tried posting a new thread under Photography General Interest, entitled "Japanese Auctions -Beware". For some strange reason a moderator saw fit to move it to a different and inappropriate...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-16-2016
Replies: 2
Views: 2,240
Posted By mkvrnn
Buying Cameras at Japanese auction sites -beware!

I recently discovered the Yahoo Japan Auction site, and since my current obsession is Leica copies, it seemed like a good alternative to ebay to try to buy one or two. It seems to have turned out to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-15-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1,942
Posted By mkvrnn
I'm not sure that I understand the point of that...

I'm not sure that I understand the point of that camera!
Why would somebody go to the trouble of converting a iiig to bayonet mount when they could go out and buy an M3?
I love the iiig with a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-09-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 2,910
Posted By mkvrnn
Hi David Thanks for those suggestions. I've...

Hi David

Thanks for those suggestions.

I've just been searching for Lidl cabinets but their website is hopeless and their staff aren't much better. Did you mean the Livarno cabinet or have they...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-08-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 2,910
Posted By mkvrnn
Displaying my camera collection. Any ideas?

Like a lot of people on here, I seem to have been taken over by a camera collecting obsession. It started 4 years ago when I was struck by a whim to get hold of a Rolleiflex because I had wanted one...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-05-2016
Replies: 56
Views: 5,899
Posted By mkvrnn
The best Leica Barnack?

I like the Barnack Leicas, by which I mean anything pre-M series.
I like them for their styling and their simplicity, and I've accumulated a small collection of them including various II and III...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-25-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 2,056
Posted By mkvrnn
I must have been 12 years old at the time, and...

I must have been 12 years old at the time, and I'd recently discovered the joys of contact printing, closely followed by developing a film.

My enthusiasm for my new-found hobby had clearly rubbed...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-24-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 1,099
Posted By mkvrnn
UK Import Duties

I like the idea of importing old cameras from their country of origin where they more plentiful and perhaps cheaper.

Yesterday a nice 1957 Leotax K body arrived from Japan, bought via ebay, but...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-24-2016
Replies: 49
Views: 11,286
Posted By mkvrnn
A very nice Leotax K body arrived from Japan...

A very nice Leotax K body arrived from Japan yesterday. But UK Customs decided that they wanted their share, so it wasn't such a good buy as I had hoped. In fact I'll be reluctant to buy from...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-16-2016
Replies: 49
Views: 11,286
Posted By mkvrnn
Many thanks for that info Peter. I've found a...

Many thanks for that info Peter.

I've found a IVSB at a decent price so I'll probably buy that, but then I'll fret about it not having the slightly larger finder of the later version. And I'll still...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-16-2016
Replies: 49
Views: 11,286
Posted By mkvrnn
Well, I've found a lens and can't wait for it to...

Well, I've found a lens and can't wait for it to arrive. It's a Canon 50mm f1.5 in LTM.

So I just need a body to go with it. I still want a Leotax or a later Nicca, but maybe a Canon would be more...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-13-2016
Replies: 49
Views: 11,286
Posted By mkvrnn
Yes I'm certainly tempted by a Canon and the...

Yes I'm certainly tempted by a Canon and the viewfinder is very important. I have a small collection of Barnack Leicas but the only one I would want to actually use is the iiig because the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-09-2016
Replies: 49
Views: 11,286
Posted By mkvrnn
Thanks for the replies so far everybody. I'm...

Thanks for the replies so far everybody. I'm still looking.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-08-2016
Replies: 49
Views: 11,286
Posted By mkvrnn
Leotax, Tower, Nicca or similar

I want to buy a screw-mount Leica copy such as a Leotax, Nicca, Tower, Canon or similar, with or without a lens. I've tried a Wanted ad on here without success, so can anybody suggest a good...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-09-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 11,061
Posted By mkvrnn
Vick Your question has nothing to do with lens...

Vick

Your question has nothing to do with lens performance. The differences are marginal and you wouldn't be asking the question if the differences were obvious.

The real question is would you be...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-22-2015
Replies: 0
Views: 663
Posted By mkvrnn
Mamiya RB67 problem

I've just bought a Mamiya RB67 with 2 lenses.

One lens has fungus in it so I presume the lens is scrap, although the shutter in it works fine.

The other lens is optically fine but there's a delay...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-08-2015
Replies: 142
Views: 21,678
Posted By mkvrnn
SSSHHHHHHHH DON'T TELL EVERYBODY !!! I want...

SSSHHHHHHHH DON'T TELL EVERYBODY !!!

I want to be able to continue buying old Pentax MEs, Spotmatics etc for next to nothing while the other people on RFF pay though the nose for their old Leicas.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-17-2015
Replies: 76
Views: 8,206
Posted By mkvrnn
Why would anybody want anything other than an M3

Well the title grabbed your attention, but seriously, why would anybody want to buy anything other than an M3, or maybe an M2 or a iiig?

Those pre-M3 Leicas feel nice and look pretty on the shelf (I...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 06-10-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 8,808
Posted By mkvrnn
As a lover of cameras and of TLRs in particular,...

As a lover of cameras and of TLRs in particular, I tried my best to watch the video of that dreadful presentation. But I found myself losing the will to live after a short while. Did anybody make it...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-09-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 3,200
Posted By mkvrnn
jsrockit, I'm aware that the first RX100 is...

jsrockit, I'm aware that the first RX100 is cheaper, but perhaps you didn't read my original post. My top priority is a viewfinder.

A few years ago I bought a Sony Nex 5. The first time I took it...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-09-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 3,200
Posted By mkvrnn
Today I had finally decided that the Panasonic...

Today I had finally decided that the Panasonic LF-1 is the best compromise, combining nearly all of the features I want in a genuinely pocket sized camera at a reasonable price.
But then I noticed...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-08-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 3,200
Posted By mkvrnn
Thank you everybody for all of your...

Thank you everybody for all of your suggestions.

Having spent 5 days reading reviews and searching adverts, my head hurts and I've decided that what I'm looking for doesn't exist.

Various cameras...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-05-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 3,200
Posted By mkvrnn
You're right of course, Fuji can't be blamed for...

You're right of course, Fuji can't be blamed for my not having proof of purchase, but I did expect a little sympathy from them because the camera had the latest modifications and was from the latest...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-05-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 3,200
Posted By mkvrnn
Thanks for the replies so far. I'm researching...

Thanks for the replies so far. I'm researching all the options suggested but at first glance none of them seems ideal.

My ideal camera would be a Fuji X100 but with a fixed zoom lens of 24-135...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-04-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 3,200
Posted By mkvrnn
Please recommend a small digital camera

There's a similar thread elsewhere but my requirements are more specific, so please offer your suggestions. Just 3 basic requirements.

(1) I want a small digital which I can carry in my pocket or...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 06-03-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 2,018
Posted By mkvrnn
Thanks for the replies so far. My question was...

Thanks for the replies so far.
My question was really to ask what is involved in repairing the shutter tape if it has come loose at the bottom. Is it a feasible DIY repair? The curtains themselves...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-29-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 2,018
Posted By mkvrnn
Nicca iiif shutter issue

My Nicca iiif has a shutter problem. It fires at all speeds and sounds reasonably accurate, and there are no holes, but one of the curtains is slightly ruffled. Looking at it through the front of the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-29-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 763
Posted By mkvrnn
Sorry I should have mentioned that the camera is...

Sorry I should have mentioned that the camera is a Nicca iiif, not a Leica. I've posted in this section because there are probably a lot more Leica iiif owners here than Nicca iiif, and I assume that...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-29-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 763
Posted By mkvrnn
Shutter curtain issue

My iiif has a shutter problem. It fires at all speeds and sounds reasonably accurate, and there are no holes, but one of the curtains is slightly ruffled. Looking at it through the front of the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-23-2015
Replies: 9,180
Views: 909,266
Posted By mkvrnn
I first saw the Pentax S1A and SV in 1966 in my...

I first saw the Pentax S1A and SV in 1966 in my Wallace Heaton Blue Book.
Today a very kind Pentax enthusiast in the UK has given me this one, and it was worth the wait. I can now see why everybody...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-19-2015
Replies: 84
Views: 10,853
Posted By mkvrnn
Surely copies can't be counted as Barnacks...

Surely copies can't be counted as Barnacks whether they're good or bad? That would just be silly. Leica manufacture must be the first prerequisite.

On the other hand surely anybody but the most...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-07-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 4,376
Posted By mkvrnn
This thread amuses me. It illustrates the folly...

This thread amuses me. It illustrates the folly of confusing rarity with desirability.

Do people really think that an inferior version of a camera is automatically more desirable than the superior...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-05-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 1,521
Posted By mkvrnn
Yes, the grey Graflex is one I'd like to try. I...

Yes, the grey Graflex is one I'd like to try. I do have a Ciroflex (black) in my collection and it's a nice solid dependable camera. But Graflex/Ciroflex are very rare here in the UK.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-04-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 1,521
Posted By mkvrnn
Grey TLRs

For some reason I'm rather fond of grey TLRs. Maybe it's because they're slightly unusual.

I have a few Rolleiflex Ts and both a Rolleiflex 4x4 and a Yashica 44, as well as a Flexaret VI and a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-22-2015
Replies: 35
Views: 7,275
Posted By mkvrnn
Such things always amuse me. In my opinion...

Such things always amuse me. In my opinion anybody who is stupid enough to believe that rarity must equate to desirability and high value deserves to be ripped off.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-17-2015
Replies: 133
Views: 22,646
Posted By mkvrnn
Landberg, I hope that by now you have seen some...

Landberg, I hope that by now you have seen some sense and decided against the daft idea of buying an M5.

Your post aroused my curiosity because i've never considered an M5,so I had a quick look...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-02-2015
Replies: 225
Views: 22,533
Posted By mkvrnn
Dez, I agree with your original post entirely. ...

Dez, I agree with your original post entirely. Special editions of any sort, and especially this one, just devalue the reputation of the company in my opinion. Rather sad.

In fact I would join in...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-26-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 2,628
Posted By mkvrnn
The reference to "swivel lug" my the last...

The reference to "swivel lug" my the last sentence was clearly meant to read "eared lug".
I'd finished the wine and moved on to the scotch by the time I wrote it!
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-25-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 2,628
Posted By mkvrnn
If the E prefix denotes 1933 then I think we can...

If the E prefix denotes 1933 then I think we can safely say that all of the "eared" cameras were built in 1933 and that the later style of strap lugs were introduced later in that year.

Unless, of...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-25-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 2,628
Posted By mkvrnn
Oh I like these number games so I'll join in...

Oh I like these number games so I'll join in too.

I've managed to find 4 of my Superbs so far but there's another one lurking somewhere.

I think the number on the side of the lens housing is the...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-23-2015
Replies: 66
Views: 14,430
Posted By mkvrnn
Hey, that's enough! I have a special section...

Hey, that's enough!

I have a special section of my display cabinet reserved for Voigtlander Superbs, and I'm currently trying to corner the market. I've only managed to buy 5 so far.

So please,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-23-2015
Replies: 165
Views: 14,993
Posted By mkvrnn
What??? Go and wash your mouth out David Murphy!

What??? Go and wash your mouth out David Murphy!
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-23-2015
Replies: 165
Views: 14,993
Posted By mkvrnn
Fuji X10 Nice looking modern digital, almost...

Fuji X10

Nice looking modern digital, almost like a real camera. And best of all, a proper viewfinder instead of a stupid screen which becomes invisible as soon as the sun comes out.

But the image...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-23-2015
Replies: 165
Views: 14,993
Posted By mkvrnn
All Leicas pre-1954 and post 1966 Most of those...

All Leicas pre-1954 and post 1966

Most of those Leicas up to the iiif look quite pretty but surely only a dedicated masochist would consider using one for actually taking photographs? All that...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-23-2015
Replies: 1,183
Views: 456,678
Posted By mkvrnn
Rolleiflex 3.5F

Rolleiflex 3.5F
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-19-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 2,344
Posted By mkvrnn
Dan. I've never come across a second serial...

Dan. I've never come across a second serial number either. One of my 3.5Fs has no number, but the Rolleiflex name plate looks original because it looks as worn as the rest of the camera, yet there's...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-19-2015
Replies: 94
Views: 20,185
Posted By mkvrnn
Come on Austerby, I think you owe us an...

Come on Austerby, I think you owe us an update!

Is the Planar camera as good as the Xenotar version they sent? I hope it hasn't turned out to be very slightly inferior cosmetically, because then...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-14-2015
Replies: 48
Views: 7,627
Posted By mkvrnn
Ken Rockwell sums it up nicely by saying that the...

Ken Rockwell sums it up nicely by saying that the goggles make it look like the Millhouse character from The Simpsons. But he rates the lens highly.

Last year I bought a Leica M1 unseen, mainly...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-11-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 7,330
Posted By mkvrnn
On second thoughts Eckmanj, I have a practical...

On second thoughts Eckmanj, I have a practical solution to your dilemma.

Clearly a man with only 3 TLRs doesn't appreciate them, so you should get rid of that Flexaret quickly. Move it along. And...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-10-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 486
Posted By mkvrnn
Thanks Tunalegs. The are no actual camera tests...

Thanks Tunalegs. The are no actual camera tests on there but the magazines still make interesting reading.
Mike
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-10-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 486
Posted By mkvrnn
Camera test archives

Does anybody know where I might find magazine tests of old film cameras, preferably online?

As a teenager in the 1960s in the UK I used to buy Amateur Photographer every week, and the first page I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-10-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 498
Posted By mkvrnn
Camera test archives

Does anybody know where I might find magazine tests of old film cameras, preferably online?

As a teenager in the 1960s in the UK I used to buy Amateur Photographer every week, and the first page I...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-09-2015
Replies: 1,183
Views: 456,678
Posted By mkvrnn
Rolleicord Art Deco

I still can't work out this camera.
When I bought it I couldn't believe that it was in such brilliant original condition with hardly any signs of use or of age (around 80 years). But surely this...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-07-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 7,330
Posted By mkvrnn
Good grief eckmanmj, what's wrong with you? What...

Good grief eckmanmj, what's wrong with you?

What makes you think that 3 is anything like an adequate number of TLRs?

If you're a newcomer here then those three are a promising start, but you need...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-06-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,772
Posted By mkvrnn
According to sources quoted on Paul's excellent...

According to sources quoted on Paul's excellent website the total production of the Yashica 24 was 21,171 between November 1965 and November 1967. This compares with 573,362 for the 124G.

For those...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-05-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,772
Posted By mkvrnn
Hi Sid Yes the sliver pressure plate does have...

Hi Sid
Yes the sliver pressure plate does have slightly raised ears. I was wrong about the exposure guide though, it is a film speed conversion chart (ASA/DIN) in the space normally occupied by the...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-04-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,772
Posted By mkvrnn
Yashica 24 Anoraks only

WARNING. This thread is only of any interest to Yashica Anoraks. In fact it is probably only really of any interest to Arch Anorak paul52 in Australia.

So non-geeks and non-anoraks, please move...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-29-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,234
Posted By mkvrnn
Thanks guys. What I really meant was how good is...

Thanks guys. What I really meant was how good is the build quality and how close are they to the originals?
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-29-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,234
Posted By mkvrnn
Rolleiflex replica lens caps

Does anybody have any experience of the Chinese replica lens caps for the 2.8F models?
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-17-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 4,513
Posted By mkvrnn
Nikos, you seem to have missed the point...

Nikos, you seem to have missed the point completely. A comparison using films of different speeds is meaningless.
However, if you can notice any difference in sharpness using the same film under the...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-27-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 7,505
Posted By mkvrnn
Here are some random thoughts, based on my...

Here are some random thoughts, based on my collection of 40+ Rollei TLRs

3.5F. Lovely camera, but that coupled meter worries me - expensive to repair

3.5E. Lovely camera, cheaper and less...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-05-2014
Replies: 87
Views: 9,622
Posted By mkvrnn
Well said rbsinto. I was thinking exactly the...

Well said rbsinto. I was thinking exactly the same thing as I read splitimageview's post.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-16-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,862
Posted By mkvrnn
I'm feeling a bit smug because I've recently...

I'm feeling a bit smug because I've recently acquired a practically mint Leica M1. I bought it unseen and took no notice of the lens because it was the camera I wanted, and I just assumed the lens...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-06-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 4,525
Posted By mkvrnn
Ok, having read some of the above comments I'm...

Ok, having read some of the above comments I'm now sufficiently scared not to attempt to remove the rangefinder housing! Besides which I don't have a screwdriver small enough for that grubscrew and...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-05-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 4,525
Posted By mkvrnn
What does removal of the top cover involve please?

What does removal of the top cover involve please?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-04-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 4,525
Posted By mkvrnn
Thanks for all the interesting comments, and...

Thanks for all the interesting comments, and especially to Dralowid for the suggestion about the focus problem. I unscrewed the infinity stop, unscrewed the helix, and screwed it back from a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-04-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 4,525
Posted By mkvrnn
Strange Leica III

I've just acquired what seems to be a Leica III in black enamel and nickel. It has the slow speed dial and a fastest speed of 1/500 so I'm assuming that it is a III.

The odd thing is that the serial...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 03-08-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 2,676
Posted By mkvrnn
I have a similar problem. Can anybody help?

I have a similar problem.
Can anybody help?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-03-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 3,176
Posted By mkvrnn
Camera body recovering. Aki-Asahi

I recently received a recovering kit from Aki-Asahi in Japan for my Leica IIIg and I have to say that I'm absolutely delighted with their service.

Not only is the material extremely close in...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 02-20-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 2,309
Posted By mkvrnn
The best Olympus Pen?

I've loved my Olympus Pen S since the day I bought it, secondhand for around 10, in 1966. I loved it for its portability, build quality, almost silent shutter, brightline viewfinder and its optical...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-04-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 683
Posted By mkvrnn
Rollei viewfinder hood problem

I've noticed that on some of my Rolleicords and Rolleiflexes with the removable folding hood, the hood doesn't quite fold down completely. The rear edge sits around 2mm higher than it should. I can...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-01-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 4,550
Posted By mkvrnn
There are still plenty of Yashicas around in that...

There are still plenty of Yashicas around in that price range. The Yashinon lenses are the best, found in all the Yashicamat series. Yashica 24 is one of my favourites and you might be lucky enough...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-26-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 1,161
Posted By mkvrnn
Grey Rolleicords and Rolleicopi kit

I've always liked the look of the grey Rolleiflex T model and have a few in my collection. I've also read that the Rolleicord Vb was available in grey but I've never actually seen one previously. ...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-25-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1,453
Posted By mkvrnn
Rolleicopi

Are there any Rolleicopi owners out there?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-10-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 992
Posted By mkvrnn
I've now received the pin, courtesy of Andrea...

I've now received the pin, courtesy of Andrea Frankl at Leica in Germany.

What excellent service I received! I must say that I'm extremely impressed and would highly recommend Leica Customer...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 01-09-2014
Replies: 56
Views: 21,132
Posted By mkvrnn
"The medical model has a mask that only exposes a...

"The medical model has a mask that only exposes a circular image on the film"

- Sorry Mike but that's incorrect. The viewfinder has a circular mask but the film frame is the normal 18 x 24 mm...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 12-30-2013
Replies: 56
Views: 21,132
Posted By mkvrnn
Pen FT Scientific

This is my Pen FT Scientific model which came with this strange looking adaptor for a microscope or an endoscope.

It is almost identical to the FT but without the delayed action mechanism, and it...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-21-2013
Replies: 38
Views: 12,916
Posted By mkvrnn
This is wonderful news, KoNickon. There's...

This is wonderful news, KoNickon. There's potential for a whole new thread here! Shall we restrict it to Yashicas lens caps or even Yashica D caps, or should we invite broader participation by...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-21-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 992
Posted By mkvrnn
Thanks for the suggestions, kzphoto.

Thanks for the suggestions, kzphoto.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-19-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 992
Posted By mkvrnn
Lens hood mounting pin for 28mm Leica lens

I have a 28mm Elmarit lens which should have two chrome pins, one on either side of the front of the barrel, for mounting the lens hood.
One of these pins is missing, and as I'm about to sell the...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-19-2013
Replies: 38
Views: 12,916
Posted By mkvrnn
Oh dear! Paul, I'm sorry if you interpreted my...

Oh dear! Paul, I'm sorry if you interpreted my post as criticism because none was intended. Your website is excellent and I've enjoyed reading it.

My post was written in jest of course, and was...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-13-2013
Replies: 38
Views: 12,916
Posted By mkvrnn
I like this thread. Wonderfully anorakish! And...

I like this thread. Wonderfully anorakish!

And I like this daft (ie. incorrect) notion that 120 film doesn't work in the Yashica 24, because it means that the 24 can still be bought for bargain...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 10-29-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 2,917
Posted By mkvrnn
This discussion is becoming delightfully...

This discussion is becoming delightfully anorakish, isn't it?

I seem to have accumulated a few Ts so I've just been checking. My 4 grey ones all have serial numbers below 2140***. The 2 black...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 10-29-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 2,917
Posted By mkvrnn
Thanks JPD. I'll try to upload some pics.

Thanks JPD. I'll try to upload some pics.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 10-29-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 2,917
Posted By mkvrnn
Thanks Photo_Smith, but that doesn't really help....

Thanks Photo_Smith, but that doesn't really help. I know that the later T2 and T3 came in black, but mine is a T1.
Your link contains another link to the Rollei Club website which seems fairly...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 10-29-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 2,917
Posted By mkvrnn
Rolleiflex T1 Grey or black?

I've just bought a very nice Rolleiflex T.
The serial number is T 2143*** which identifies it as a T1 model.
According to the Rollei Club the T1 model has grey leather.

But this one is BLACK.

Any...
Forum: Digital Compacts 09-17-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 3,148
Posted By mkvrnn
Some interesting replies there, but for me the...

Some interesting replies there, but for me the LF1 easily beats the cameras mentioned.
If the RX100 had a viewfinder, a wider zoom range, a slimmer profile and a lower price, I might consider...
Forum: Digital Compacts 09-16-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 3,148
Posted By mkvrnn
Chris. You're probably right, and a Leica M3...

Chris. You're probably right, and a Leica M3 sized viewfinder would be marvellous but I don't think that's a realistic possibility in a pocket sized compact digital just yet. I remember buying an...
Forum: Digital Compacts 09-16-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 3,148
Posted By mkvrnn
The perfect compact camera at last ????

Finally there's a camera which (almost) satisfies my requirements for a carry-everywhere alternative to a DSLR. It must be compact (ie. pocketable) and it must have a viewfinder. Adequate picture...
Forum: Digital Compacts 08-12-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 3,552
Posted By mkvrnn
Further thoughts after hours spent pondering and...

Further thoughts after hours spent pondering and reading reviews:- there's nothing on the market that satisfies all my requirements.

I've looked at all the Canons from G2 to G15 and G1X, Nikon V1,...
Forum: Digital Compacts 08-10-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 2,952
Posted By mkvrnn
My ideal compact camera must have the following,...

My ideal compact camera must have the following, in this order:-

(1) A decent viewfinder

(2) Small enough to fit my pocket or my car's glove box.

(3) Reasonably good picture quality, and most...
Forum: Digital Compacts 08-08-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 3,552
Posted By mkvrnn
Thanks for all the replies so far. Apologies...

Thanks for all the replies so far.

Apologies about the Nikon V1 - it does have a viewfinder so I was wrong. I'll try to find one and take a look.

I'm not keen on a clip-on finder because the whole...
Forum: Digital Compacts 08-07-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 3,552
Posted By mkvrnn
The Nikon V1 doesn't have a viewfinder as...

The Nikon V1 doesn't have a viewfinder as standard, which is absolutely essential for me. Using a camera with just a screen is like using my mobile phone.
Forum: Digital Compacts 08-07-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 3,552
Posted By mkvrnn
Thanks for the replies so far. The Canon G and...

Thanks for the replies so far.

The Canon G and Nikon P series both look like possibilities, but the Canon G range looks bewildering and neither viewfinder looks as good as the Fuji.
The add-on...
Forum: Digital Compacts 08-07-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 3,552
Posted By mkvrnn
Are there any non-Fuji compacts with a viewfinder?

I've posted a similar thread in the Fuji section, but since I want a different make this forum is probably the better choice.

My Fuji X10 is dead. When I turn it on it displays "FOCUS ERROR".

I...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-25-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 721
Posted By mkvrnn
Didn't some of the IIf cameras have shutter...

Didn't some of the IIf cameras have shutter speeds up to 1/1000? I'm sure I've read that somewhere, although mine has a later serial number (570***) and the fastest is 1/500.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-23-2013
Replies: 49
Views: 13,030
Posted By mkvrnn
Yes, you're nuts. Completely bonkers in...

Yes, you're nuts. Completely bonkers in fact.

Don't even consider a Rolleiflex 4x4 until you have at least a basic starter collection of Rollei 6x6. And by that I mean an Automat or two, a...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-15-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 1,104
Posted By mkvrnn
By coincidence I have a Yashicamat LM which is...

By coincidence I have a Yashicamat LM which is complete and working except that it is missing the badge and meter. I bought it here in the uk last year so I wonder if it might be possible that the...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-24-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 6,000
Posted By mkvrnn
Vic. I couldn't agree more about not going for a...

Vic. I couldn't agree more about not going for a CLA unless it really needs one, especially on the F models which are more complicated and expensive to service.
Your comments about the 3.5F vs...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-23-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 6,000
Posted By mkvrnn
Hi DaN I've just sent you a PM because a have a...

Hi DaN
I've just sent you a PM because a have a selection of E and F models in both 3.5 and 2.8 varieties, but I've never tried a Hasselblad.
My personal choice would be a 3.5E or 2.8E, simply...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-20-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 1,887
Posted By mkvrnn
Ray, it's hardly a surprise that Rolleiflexes are...

Ray, it's hardly a surprise that Rolleiflexes are fetching increasingly high prices. With savings rates so low and stock markets uncertain, many people are looking for places to invest their money....
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-17-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 789
Posted By mkvrnn
Have you had a look at the Butkus site? ...

Have you had a look at the Butkus site? www.butkus.org
The manual for your camera should be there, and the problem is probably something very simple. I had similar problems with my ETRSi at first...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-21-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 5,007
Posted By mkvrnn
Hi Brett Thanks for taking the time to reply...

Hi Brett
Thanks for taking the time to reply again.
I did try the lighter fluid trick but it didn't help, so the front will have to come off. I hadn't realised that the front element group will...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-20-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 5,007
Posted By mkvrnn
The shutter release button has started to stick,...

The shutter release button has started to stick, although the shutter was working fine before. Also there may be a very faint trace of fungus in the lens so I would like to clean it.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-18-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 5,007
Posted By mkvrnn
Many thanks to all for the helpful suggestions. ...

Many thanks to all for the helpful suggestions. That little differential does sound a bit intimidating, but do I actually need to disturb it? All I want to do is unscrew the front element of the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-13-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 5,007
Posted By mkvrnn
Rolleiflex front panel removal

Can anybody advise me please?

I'd like to remove the front panel of my Rolleiflex 3.5F to access and clean the lens and shutter.

I know the holding screws are underneath the leather coverings,...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-07-2013
Replies: 39
Views: 3,211
Posted By mkvrnn
100 Aus dollars = 65 in real money ? Sounds...

100 Aus dollars = 65 in real money ?

Sounds about right for a C33 with a dodgy lens but you will pay the same again for a lens, so why not just buy a good one?

There are hundreds of TLRs on eBay....
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-01-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 1,838
Posted By mkvrnn
Hi Ezzie. Many thanks for your reply. I had not...

Hi Ezzie. Many thanks for your reply. I had not realised that rotating the speed dial cocks the shutter, so that's a big help. But I'm still confused about the functions of all the other...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-31-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 1,838
Posted By mkvrnn
Foth-Flex

I've recently bought a Foth-Flex 1, an unusual german TLR from 1935 with a focal plane shutter.

Unfortunately somebody has repainted it, badly, but everything seems intact underneath the black...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-21-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1,535
Posted By mkvrnn
At risk of stirring up controversy, my sympathies...

At risk of stirring up controversy, my sympathies lie with the seller here, particularly since he did the decent thing and offered a refund.

The reason i say this is that it is so easy to damage an...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-20-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 692
Posted By mkvrnn
That's a good idea Rich. Many thanks.

That's a good idea Rich. Many thanks.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-19-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 692
Posted By mkvrnn
Autocord hood repair - needs new rivet

My Minolta Autocord has a small problem with the folding hood. The rivet which connects the two halves has pulled out of the slot in the inner half, which makes the hood very difficult to fold.
Can...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-16-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 1,162
Posted By mkvrnn
Scrumptious, but I hope she's not going to eat it...

Scrumptious, but I hope she's not going to eat it .....
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-03-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,786
Posted By mkvrnn
The seller has now replied and agreed to a...

The seller has now replied and agreed to a partial refund, so I'm happy.
I now have four Yashica 24s, two of which are very nice, one is horrible, and one has a 124 nameplate but is otherwise very...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-30-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,786
Posted By mkvrnn
Thank you to everbody for the replies. The issue...

Thank you to everbody for the replies.

The issue isn't whether or not the 24 will accept 120 film, but whether I should return the camera or ask for a partial refund. In fact I've emailed the...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-29-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,786
Posted By mkvrnn
Yashica 24 / 124 advice please?

I've recently bought a Yashica 124 off Fleabay. I think the 124 is the nicest camera in the range so I ws pleased to get it for a reasonable price.

However when I opened the back I found a "Use 220...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-28-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 2,486
Posted By mkvrnn
What kind of bug and how did it get there?

What kind of bug and how did it get there?
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-19-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 1,916
Posted By mkvrnn
My first serious camera as a teenager in the mid...

My first serious camera as a teenager in the mid 1960s was a Microcord. It was recommended to me by a friend of my father who was a professional press photographer, and he told me it was as good as...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-20-2012
Replies: 127
Views: 22,407
Posted By mkvrnn
Good grief john, surely you can't be serious? ...

Good grief john, surely you can't be serious? Just four TLRs?
Four Rolleiflexes, four Yashicas and a handful of Mamiyas, Microcords, Autocords, Flexarets etc. might form the basis of a starter...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-15-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,697
Posted By mkvrnn
The downside is that the prism turns one of the...

The downside is that the prism turns one of the prettiest cameras in the world into one of the most ugly.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 10-24-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 15,253
Posted By mkvrnn
Originally Posted by patrickjames You can...

Originally Posted by patrickjames

You can significantly improve your ground glass by waxing it. I did this to my 4x5 and the difference was so dramatic (it already had a fresnel too!) that I also...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 10-19-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 8,223
Posted By mkvrnn
All the cameras in the Mamiya C range are...

All the cameras in the Mamiya C range are wonderful and the differences are minimal.

I bought a C33 and was so impressed that I immediately bought a C330F as well, but I later sold the 330F because...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 10-06-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 3,688
Posted By mkvrnn
Thanks for posting the video but it really needs...

Thanks for posting the video but it really needs to have a standard screen side by side with a Maxwell for purposes of comparison. My 3.5F, T and Rolleicord Vb all appear to be as bright as that one...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-17-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 1,405
Posted By mkvrnn
Ken, there's no reason to feel guilty about it:...

Ken, there's no reason to feel guilty about it: you can't have too many 3.5Fs in my opinion. And there's no need to put up with Nikons and Leicas when there are serious cameras out there to be...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-12-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 1,642
Posted By mkvrnn
Sound advice from Shutterspark above. The best...

Sound advice from Shutterspark above. The best way to be certain is from the camera serial number, and look at eBay completed listings. The prices for items actually sold are shown in green, so...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-09-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 1,464
Posted By mkvrnn
Hi Dan. Many thanks for the quick and detailed...

Hi Dan.
Many thanks for the quick and detailed reply.
The retaining ring came undone quite easily with the aid of a pair of dividers from a school geometry set - not the ideal tool but it worked....
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-09-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 1,464
Posted By mkvrnn
Rolleicord Vb focus knob diconnected?

My newly purchased Rolleicord Vb arrived yesterday and it's in very nice condition. However, after playing with it for 5 minutes the focussing knob seems to have become disconnected and no longer...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 08-23-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 2,613
Posted By mkvrnn
Pen FT Scientific (microscope model)

I have two Olympus Pen FT cameras. One is the normal silver FT with 3 lenses including a 25mm f2.8 and a 100-200mm zoom. Unfortunately the mirror has recently started sticking and I'm reluctant to...
Forum: Sony NEX APS-C format 08-22-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 3,418
Posted By mkvrnn
Thanks to all for the replies. the Youtube videos...

Thanks to all for the replies. the Youtube videos were especially useful.

I'm not sure what to do now. The screen is still absolutely fine when switched on, so perhaps I should leave it as it is,...
Forum: Sony NEX APS-C format 08-20-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 3,418
Posted By mkvrnn
Hi Paddy Thanks for the suggestions. I have to...

Hi Paddy
Thanks for the suggestions.
I have to admit that the effect is exactly like the screen protector still being in place. In fact I didn't buy the camera new so I can't be certain that the...
Forum: Sony NEX APS-C format 08-20-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 3,418
Posted By mkvrnn
NEX 5 screen problem or is this normal?

The LCD screen on my NEX 5 looks a bit strange when the camera is switched off. It has a sort of mottled look, as though the outer glass is starting to delaminate or there is some coaing on an inner...
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