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Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 2 Days Ago
Replies: 590
Views: 66,955
Posted By skucera
About five years ago I bought a large camera case...

About five years ago I bought a large camera case with two catadioptric lenses in it for $15 at a thrift store. One lens was a Vivitar Series 1 600mm lens made from one huge piece of glass. ...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 390
Posted By skucera
My mom's best friend had one of these Olympus...

My mom's best friend had one of these Olympus Infinity cameras back in the day. My mom had a Pentax ME Super with a collection of primes. They both took their cameras on a trip to New England to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 716
Posted By skucera
I've supported my three kids whenever they got...

I've supported my three kids whenever they got curious about photography, I supplied cameras as they themselves thought might be useful. With two of my kids, they don't take many pictures, and the...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 07-28-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 358
Posted By skucera
I have an A110 that this happened to a few months...

I have an A110 that this happened to a few months after I bought it. I think that the very thin metal arms inside mine bent. I downloaded the repair manual for the A110, but the miniaturization...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-11-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 2,869
Posted By skucera
It's been said already, but a new high end camera...

It's been said already, but a new high end camera looks like a Leica M3, but digital... a Leica M10... and then an M11... and then another MP... and then an M12... ad infinitum....


Or it looks like...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 06-21-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,756
Posted By skucera
I can second the Dial 35. I have the Bell &...

I can second the Dial 35. I have the Bell & Howell Dial 35-2, and it does its thing really well. The spring-loaded auto-wind is fun too, and whenever I use it it always gets two or three people...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-13-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 704
Posted By skucera
The choice depends on whether you're going to...

The choice depends on whether you're going to print color in your dark room, or if you're going to scan the negatives and use Photoshop. I find I like to shoot about equal numbers of b/w and color...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-26-2019
Replies: 8,961
Views: 875,528
Posted By skucera
OK, I must admit I like this little detail. It...

OK, I must admit I like this little detail. It makes me want to get a non-black handstrap or two. :)

Scott
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-26-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,405
Posted By skucera
I have a fly fishing vest, but I don't use it for...

I have a fly fishing vest, but I don't use it for photography or fishing. Actually, it is so strangely specialized for fly fishing, that I haven't really gotten around to trying it for fishing in 30...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-04-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 665
Posted By skucera
The only "time capsule" I have like that is a...

The only "time capsule" I have like that is a Kodak Pocket Instamatic 10 in its original box, except for the original roll of film. The family story is that a single roll of film was put through the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-21-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 545
Posted By skucera
My camera was a "free gift" for listening to a...

My camera was a "free gift" for listening to a pitch to buy a vacation time share in 1994 when we lived in San Jose. I imagine that they bought the cameras really cheap since they weren't successful...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-21-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 545
Posted By skucera
My only 3D camera is a 4-lens Nishika N8000. ...

My only 3D camera is a 4-lens Nishika N8000. I've had it for 20 years, but I've never run even a single roll through it. Maybe I should. I saw a YouTube tutorial on how to create little 4-frame...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-03-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 335
Posted By skucera
On one trip to Italy on business, I took so many...

On one trip to Italy on business, I took so many pictures of medieval Bologna and Florence on my iPhone that I simply deleted my music to clear space for pictures. Once back home, the photos went...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-22-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 7,821
Posted By skucera
I think the idea of "maintainable" varies with...

I think the idea of "maintainable" varies with what an individual is trained to do. I find camera mechanics and optics to be very maintainable, but two of my colleagues are electrical engineers, and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-20-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 748
Posted By skucera
Twenty years ago I worked with a color scientist...

Twenty years ago I worked with a color scientist who had been one of Kodak's principal color scientists. He worked on Color Plus and Gold films, and worked on the committees that settled on the...
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 03-19-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 1,739
Posted By skucera
Mounted on top of the wing in the airstream......

Mounted on top of the wing in the airstream... fascinating. Thanks for posting this.


Scott
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-15-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,611
Posted By skucera
You guys are making me want to fish my EOS out of...

You guys are making me want to fish my EOS out of the closet. I had an EOS 650 for years that died when a toddler pulled it off a table, but the digital era had begun and I didn't get a replacement...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2019
Replies: 8,961
Views: 875,528
Posted By skucera
Yesterday I picked up a small lot of Konica SLR's...

Yesterday I picked up a small lot of Konica SLR's and lenses.

First, a black FS-1 with a Hexanon 52mm f1.8 from the early-Seventies, with "EE" as the automatic aperture marking and a chrome focus...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-10-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 2,284
Posted By skucera
We have a Bosch laser rangefinder at work that...

We have a Bosch laser rangefinder at work that has proven to be very handy, but it is too large to be fitted to flash shoe. I like the size of the little Stanley that you found. I'll have to check...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-08-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,121
Posted By skucera
For me, the time to switch from zoom to fast...

For me, the time to switch from zoom to fast prime usually comes as the light levels drop, especially if flash photography is not allowed, or a flash might bring unwanted attention. Low ASA film...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-07-2019
Replies: 8,961
Views: 875,528
Posted By skucera
Oh, the Foton is one of my ultimate dream...

Oh, the Foton is one of my ultimate dream cameras. I am so envious! I can't wait to see your pictures.

Scott
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-28-2018
Replies: 173
Views: 10,483
Posted By skucera
I keep a nice car in my garage and drive around...

I keep a nice car in my garage and drive around in a jalopy because l’m rebuilding the transmission in the nice car and the old Taurus just runs reliably year after year. Then again, the nice car is...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-28-2018
Replies: 84
Views: 3,140
Posted By skucera
Well elucidated, sir. :) Scott

Well elucidated, sir. :)

Scott
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-25-2018
Replies: 84
Views: 3,140
Posted By skucera
I agree... bad analogy. As my grandma told me...

I agree... bad analogy. As my grandma told me when I was 18, "Sex with a condom may be like having a shower with a raincoat on, but at least you're getting a shower...." She had some other, really...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-20-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 1,986
Posted By skucera
I'm likely to be run out of town on a rail for...

I'm likely to be run out of town on a rail for mentioning this, but the few rolls of C-41 black and white film I've shot over the years had no discernible grain at all. None. However, the gradation...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-15-2018
Replies: 37
Views: 1,121
Posted By skucera
I'm glad I'm not the only one with some zoom...

I'm glad I'm not the only one with some zoom lenses that work really well. It's been fun reading this thread.

Effectively, I have three cameras that I use only with zoom lenses. Two of the cameras...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-13-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 497
Posted By skucera
Thanks for sharing, Peter. Your photos make me a...

Thanks for sharing, Peter. Your photos make me a little wistful for my youth, when I hiked in the mountains here in Oregon when I was in college. I should go hiking more....

Scott
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-09-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 857
Posted By skucera
Two years ago I picked up a digital Elph for $10...

Two years ago I picked up a digital Elph for $10 and right about the same time I found a Canon dye sublimation printer that was all but unused for $15, including lots of paper and extra "ink"...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 12-05-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 1,636
Posted By skucera
David, I have collected a lot of old flashes too,...

David, I have collected a lot of old flashes too, but generally only going back the 1960's. I'm surprised how easy it is to get most of the bulb flashes going again... generally only a new battery...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-02-2018
Replies: 1,737
Views: 322,939
Posted By skucera
Dramatic! I love the play of light here. Scott

Dramatic! I love the play of light here.

Scott
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 12-02-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 6,506
Posted By skucera
Thanks, Mattock. I carried my Pentax Auto 110...

Thanks, Mattock. I carried my Pentax Auto 110 during much of my short Naval Aviation career. I was about halfway into NFO training before I saw one of my instructors putting a roll of film in an...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 12-02-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 6,506
Posted By skucera
Yes, a Pentax Auto 110 Super with four lenses...

Yes, a Pentax Auto 110 Super with four lenses will take beautiful pictures. Buy some film and try it out. Remember fresh batteries; if you can see the LED glowing green and you’re in focus, you...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-24-2018
Replies: 102
Views: 3,830
Posted By skucera
While not a pocket camera, my favorite...

While not a pocket camera, my favorite point-n-shoot is my Olympus IS-3dlx. ...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 11-19-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,299
Posted By skucera
If you’re handy with a soldering iron you can...

If you’re handy with a soldering iron you can replace the older electrolytic capacitors with tantalum caps, or with newer solid electrolytic caps. If you’re not familiar with electronics you would...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 11-18-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,299
Posted By skucera
The manual says the Canonet 28 is supported, so...

The manual says the Canonet 28 is supported, so it should work. Double-check the flash’s ready lamp is glowing, and then check that the exposure needle changes with focus distance.

Good luck,
Scott
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-17-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 2,436
Posted By skucera
I love this collection and the racing photography...

I love this collection and the racing photography behind it. Thanks for sharing!

Scott
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 11-17-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,299
Posted By skucera
You can download the manual for that flash at...

You can download the manual for that flash at http://www.cameramanuals.org/flashes_meters/canon_canonlite_d.pdf to read about how to use it. I have one of these flashes for my New Canonet QL 17-L...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-04-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,854
Posted By skucera
After getting an OM-1 that has absolutely and...

After getting an OM-1 that has absolutely and rudely defied me as I try to fix its metering system, I'm really intrigued to try another OM System camera. I've already got two lenses that can go into...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-19-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 1,730
Posted By skucera
I like those photos. :) Keep up the good work,...

I like those photos. :) Keep up the good work, and don't get discouraged.

My passion increases when I'm with someone else who enjoys photography, and it dwindles with humdrum days of snapping...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-09-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 2,612
Posted By skucera
I bought an Exakta, only to learn just now NOT...

I bought an Exakta, only to learn just now NOT left-handed I am. I didn't realize that the entire camera was designed by a lefty for lefties, and I was just too right handed to enjoy it. :P At...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-09-2018
Replies: 100
Views: 2,820
Posted By skucera
I would dearly love to buy a digital Leica M of...

I would dearly love to buy a digital Leica M of some sort, but I cannot afford one. Oh well....

I would also like to buy a Minox from the Sixties, but the film and developing are too expensive too....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-09-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 596
Posted By skucera
You could go more analog. A simpler way to...

You could go more analog. A simpler way to illuminate from the back might be to tape a piece of plain white paper to a north facing window, then tape your negatives to that, and snap away with your...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-28-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 589
Posted By skucera
The city I grew up in got about a dozen Fotomats...

The city I grew up in got about a dozen Fotomats in 1977 or 1978. We had one across the street from my high school. I never used them because they were more expensive than the local Bi-Mart, and I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-15-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 720
Posted By skucera
Yes, the purpose of color checkers is to measure...

Yes, the purpose of color checkers is to measure the difference between what your camera or scanner has captured, then to evaluate scientifically how it differs from the known color of the patches on...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-14-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 720
Posted By skucera
In my haste I forgot to answer Aizan's question. ...

In my haste I forgot to answer Aizan's question. Sorry.

Color science is the study of human perception of color, but the practical application is in methods to match colors, so what you capture in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-14-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 864
Posted By skucera
The cartoonish colors were part of Kodak...

The cartoonish colors were part of Kodak branding, and they're part of the period allure. Another revenue stream from licensed fashion doesn't seem like such a bad idea. Car companies and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-14-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 720
Posted By skucera
So true! I was a "color science" test manager...

So true! I was a "color science" test manager for a company that made spectrophotometers, colorimeters, and software for doing color matching in many industries. I was the odd man out because I had...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-10-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 421
Posted By skucera
I must admit I like my Elan IIe. I bought it to...

I must admit I like my Elan IIe. I bought it to replace an EOS 650 that broke years ago. The eye control is a little eerie the way the metering indicator lights up at the third of the view my eye...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 09-03-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 6,506
Posted By skucera
If you don't mind seeing my inner "art fag" pop...

If you don't mind seeing my inner "art fag" pop out for a moment, I really like this photo. The composition is really good, with the canal bank leading the eye really well... lots of interesting...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-03-2018
Replies: 56
Views: 1,877
Posted By skucera
Dan, that's a brilliant idea. I've got to try...

Dan, that's a brilliant idea. I've got to try that.

As for ridding a basement of dust in the air, thrift shops often have used Hepa air filters for quite cheap (cheaper to buy them at thrift shops...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-29-2018
Replies: 173
Views: 10,483
Posted By skucera
When I travel by airplane, space is usually at a...

When I travel by airplane, space is usually at a premium, so if I bring a film camera it is usually one of the tiny cameras I got for backpacking decades ago. I've only had a few trips by plane in...
Forum: Olympus RF 08-25-2018
Replies: 164
Views: 31,877
Posted By skucera
These are delightful, especially that first one....

These are delightful, especially that first one. :)

Scott
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-25-2018
Replies: 8,961
Views: 875,528
Posted By skucera
I've indulged my irrational fascination with 110...

I've indulged my irrational fascination with 110 cameras. I got a Hanimex VEF Zoom and a Fisher-Price Camera by Kodak. Why? Even I don't know....


Scott
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 08-19-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 6,506
Posted By skucera
Your camera did its part. The photo is well...

Your camera did its part. The photo is well focused and well exposed, and it shows good dynamic range and contrast. It looks like you have a great little camera to enjoy. Composition can be...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-15-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 527
Posted By skucera
You've posted some really nice photos. I look...

You've posted some really nice photos. I look forward to seeing more of your work. Also, I hope there are stories to go along with the photos.

Scott
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 07-25-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 6,506
Posted By skucera
Sean, post your pics in a thread somewhere, or...

Sean, post your pics in a thread somewhere, or link to them so we can check them out. Remember, some of us are deeply geeky 110 enthusiasts who have not yet owned a Minolta 110 Zoom SLR Mk. 2....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-21-2018
Replies: 126
Views: 5,881
Posted By skucera
The toughest SLR I have is a Nikon F2, but I...

The toughest SLR I have is a Nikon F2, but I would never take it backpacking... it's just too heavy. In my youth, I took my Olympus XA backpacking for more than 10 years. It survived being bashed...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 07-21-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 6,506
Posted By skucera
Is it true? No.... All 110 cartridges have a...

Is it true? No....

All 110 cartridges have a cogged gear on the leading reel to pull the film across from the feed side to the side where exposed frames are stored. There's no such thing as a 110...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 07-01-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 6,506
Posted By skucera
Sean, I got a Mk. 1. It was really dirty when I...

Sean, I got a Mk. 1. It was really dirty when I bought it, and it took quite a bit of cleaning to get the nicotine smoke off of it. Luckily, the main lens had its lens cover on it, and it was...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 07-01-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 6,506
Posted By skucera
No, I bought one about two months ago, but I was...

No, I bought one about two months ago, but I was busy at work and haven’t gotten through the test roll yet. I can add an opinion about it after I develop the roll.

Oh, I learned yesterday why my...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 06-29-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 6,506
Posted By skucera
Smaller lenses and smaller aperture openings both...

Smaller lenses and smaller aperture openings both make for greater depth of field. If you're into "bokeh" then smaller lenses may not interest you. However, 110 lenses of small size and f4.5 or...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-29-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 835
Posted By skucera
I've got two cameras that fit this bill: 1....

I've got two cameras that fit this bill:


1. Minolta Weathermatic-A that my dad bought for a snorkeling vacation in Hawaii back in the mid-80's. I've always been a gadget head when it came to 110...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 06-25-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 1,093
Posted By skucera
I might pay that much if the camera still...

I might pay that much if the camera still included the car it was serial-number-matched to. I think a Bitter SC plus one of these cameras would be pretty fun. Here's a link to a winning bid of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-25-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 410
Posted By skucera
I think I've been taking that "buy last year's...

I think I've been taking that "buy last year's model" a little too far lately. ;) The last couple of years I've been buying cameras that I lusted after but couldn't afford when I was in high school...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-20-2018
Replies: 45
Views: 3,686
Posted By skucera
When my first daughter was born I had the idea...

When my first daughter was born I had the idea that I'd buy some 35mm point-and-shoot cameras, one for each kid, so when we went on family car trips they could shoot their own pictures. Well, I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-20-2018
Replies: 8,961
Views: 875,528
Posted By skucera
A mk. 2 is a rare one. Well done. I bought a...

A mk. 2 is a rare one. Well done.

I bought a working Minolta Zoom 110 SLR mk. 1 a month or so ago. I spent more for the battery than for the camera. It took a lot of cleaning up because the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-08-2018
Replies: 81
Views: 3,405
Posted By skucera
Here in Oregon about 10 years ago the only guys...

Here in Oregon about 10 years ago the only guys who wore photo vests were using them to conceal pistols. I never saw any cameras on any of those guys. I don't think I've seen a single photo vest...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-29-2018
Replies: 407
Views: 18,338
Posted By skucera
I'm not an expert, but I think it's a 3 inch 50...

I'm not an expert, but I think it's a 3 inch 50 caliber mark 17 dual-purpose gun. It was also used on submarines, destroyer escorts, and lots of Liberty ships, troop transports, etc. This one is on...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-26-2018
Replies: 677
Views: 50,489
Posted By skucera
Last weekend my oldest daughter heard the words,...

Last weekend my oldest daughter heard the words, "The entire roll was unexposed" from her photo developer. Those words brought her to tears because her beloved Hi-Matic 9 appears to have developed a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-18-2018
Replies: 90
Views: 5,159
Posted By skucera
My thoughts and feelings about that answer and...

My thoughts and feelings about that answer and one I give to such fellow photographers.
"You are a hack. Only work when the meter is on!"
Photography like any of the arts, requires constant...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-17-2018
Replies: 90
Views: 5,159
Posted By skucera
This discussion reminds me of dedicated...

This discussion reminds me of dedicated "concealed carry" guys who scoff at anyone who doesn't pack their pistol on them during all waking hours, out and about or in their home. Carrying a piece of...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-07-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 1,188
Posted By skucera
I just bought a Retina 1b with a stuck shutter,...

I just bought a Retina 1b with a stuck shutter, so I commiserate. I'll be studying how to free it up, and watching this thread for ideas.

Scott
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-07-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 1,423
Posted By skucera
I have only two cameras I shoot for nostalgia......

I have only two cameras I shoot for nostalgia... my dad's Konica AutoReflex T3n and the first camera I ever owned, my Pentax Auto 110.

The other film cameras I shoot were just dreams when I was in...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-06-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 1,660
Posted By skucera
I like the Elmar 90mm that I got with my Leica...

I like the Elmar 90mm that I got with my Leica M3, but I don't use it a lot because it isn't very fast. Its f/4 maximum aperture requires a pretty bright day, or flash photography. On a bright,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-29-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 792
Posted By skucera
I have too many binoculars around the house. I...

I have too many binoculars around the house. I picked up my first pair of 7x50's before I reported for duty in the Navy. I've picked up many smaller backpacking binoculars over the years, often as...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-27-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,414
Posted By skucera
I'm a sucker for variety... a gadgeteer... so I...

I'm a sucker for variety... a gadgeteer... so I like all effects except the look of obvious ineptitude in lens design. I like the look of new, super-clinical clarity, and the look of vignetting, and...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-22-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,226
Posted By skucera
One of the lens repair guys who makes videos on...

One of the lens repair guys who makes videos on YouTube (who does it mime style, with no speaking) uses both a commercial glass cleaner and lighter fluid. I'm not sure why he (and his buddy who does...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-22-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 845
Posted By skucera
Light meters that I have don't have a different...

Light meters that I have don't have a different mode, but old camera manuals and books written in the Fourties, Fifties, and Sixties often mentioned that slides demanded absolutely accurate metering,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-22-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 1,136
Posted By skucera
I've got a Nikon F2 that aggravates me for...

I've got a Nikon F2 that aggravates me for several reasons, but it captures beautiful pictures despite having lenses that turn the wrong way, being incredibly heavy, and having an inoperative light...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-15-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,571
Posted By skucera
I've got a couple of art degrees, and I've found...

I've got a couple of art degrees, and I've found that the best advice about your craft comes from artists who actually make their living from their craft. They're often quite helpful passing on tips...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 04-08-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,580
Posted By skucera
They still appear to have 110 film available for...

They still appear to have 110 film available for sale on their website (https://shop.lomography.com/en/films/110-film). I've never seen a lot of Lomography film for sale locally... only at one local...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-08-2018
Replies: 36
Views: 1,337
Posted By skucera
I've bought a few cameras from overseas, but I...

I've bought a few cameras from overseas, but I haven't been charged duties on any of them yet. Then again, I haven't paid more than $20 for anything yet for old equipment, but none of it appears to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-08-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 717
Posted By skucera
Romantic... Slavic... Gaelic... Nordic......

Romantic... Slavic... Gaelic... Nordic... Germanic... being American, I'm all these things, and I feel them all.

Scott
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 04-06-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1,415
Posted By skucera
I paid about $5 for mine too, but with another $4...

I paid about $5 for mine too, but with another $4 for shipping. It's a nice little camera, and takes nice, clear pictures.

That reminds me, I've got to develop a roll of 110 film I shot over...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-05-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 14,975
Posted By skucera
The M3 I inherited came with a 35mm Summaron with...

The M3 I inherited came with a 35mm Summaron with goggles, along with a 50mm collapsible Summicron, a 90mm LTM Elmar, and a 135mm Tele-Elmar. These lenses have completely met my needs, and the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-31-2018
Replies: 1
Views: 350
Posted By skucera
Wow, is this really such an oddball camera that...

Wow, is this really such an oddball camera that nobody has any pointers? Please, if you can help I would be deeply appreciative.

Thanks,
Scott
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-29-2018
Replies: 1
Views: 350
Posted By skucera
Need help finding a battery cover for a Topcon Auto 100

A lady at work gave me this camera day before yesterday, a Topcon Auto 100:

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/822/40395323504_21aa0eb41a_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/24xAAjU)

Topcon Auto 100 front...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 03-23-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 664
Posted By skucera
I bought some Polaroid film for my Spectra before...

I bought some Polaroid film for my Spectra before Christmas, and the exposures have held their color very nicely. The older IP film had contrast and hue shifting problems, but this newer Polaroid...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-22-2018
Replies: 68
Views: 4,006
Posted By skucera
I've never owned one, but I have occasionally...

I've never owned one, but I have occasionally been intrigued by pellicle mirror cameras like the Canon Pellix or the EOS RT. When the RT was new I fondled one in a camera store, snapping some...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-16-2018
Replies: 114
Views: 3,713
Posted By skucera
This is posed as one question, but for me the...

This is posed as one question, but for me the camera I use most isn't really my favorite, so for me it's two questions.

My favorite camera is usually the one I bought most recently, but lately it...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-05-2018
Replies: 47
Views: 3,537
Posted By skucera
Maybe not the fastest, but my XA has filled that...

Maybe not the fastest, but my XA has filled that role for me for more than 30 years. It started out as my backpacking camera, and has been on many vacations.

If "fast lens" means something faster...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-03-2018
Replies: 50
Views: 2,679
Posted By skucera
Yes and no.... The optical depth of focus for...

Yes and no.... The optical depth of focus for our eyeball is in that range, keeping in mind that large men can have eyes twice the size of small women or children, but vision isn't objective like a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-31-2018
Replies: 8,961
Views: 875,528
Posted By skucera
No picture yet, but I picked up a nicer Kodak...

No picture yet, but I picked up a nicer Kodak Pocket Instamatic 60 rangefinder this evening after work for a few bucks. I had one already, but this new one has no wear at all on it. It even had a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-31-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 2,294
Posted By skucera
The thread focuses on cameras, not guns, but your...

The thread focuses on cameras, not guns, but your point is a good one. I have two gun safes too, but I store guns in them, not cameras. However, in jurisdictions that ban guns, storing cameras in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-28-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 2,294
Posted By skucera
Around here, burglars steal anything they can...

Around here, burglars steal anything they can sell for their next dose of meth... TV's, computers, jewelry, cell phones, cash, stereo components, documents they can use to do identity theft, and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-22-2018
Replies: 8,961
Views: 875,528
Posted By skucera
Kodak 35 Rangefinder

I actually got this last week. It's grimy from hanging from a nail in a closet since the Seventies, judging by the early-Seventies roll of Kodachrome II film in the camera. There's nowhere to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-21-2018
Replies: 1,737
Views: 322,939
Posted By skucera
I like the little hand sculpture too. What a...

I like the little hand sculpture too. What a delightful composition!

Scott
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-20-2018
Replies: 1,737
Views: 322,939
Posted By skucera
At least she was ready for you to see all of it,...

At least she was ready for you to see all of it, and you still have the photo, the memories, and Pippa. :)

Scott
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 01-20-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 833
Posted By skucera
Why is this subforum so specific to Ektar?

Being dyslexic, I originally thought this subforum was for Kodak Ektra rangefinder cameras, which I thought was odd because it was so extraordinarily expensive when it was offered for sale from 1941,...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-19-2018
Replies: 63
Views: 5,299
Posted By skucera
It sure seems to be a bubble for the Stylus Epic....

It sure seems to be a bubble for the Stylus Epic. I got one about a year ago, and it does take nice pictures, but I don't see it being worth $300, or especially $700 that I saw one listed at on eBay...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-19-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 1,835
Posted By skucera
I went all-digital after my EOS 650 took a swan...

I went all-digital after my EOS 650 took a swan dive onto the front of its lens from my dining room table in 2002. I'd been dabbling in digital photography since I was allowed to borrow a Kodak...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-23-2017
Replies: 92
Views: 4,264
Posted By skucera
I'll second the recommendation for the Nikon F2. ...

I'll second the recommendation for the Nikon F2. I was given one with a bad light meter, and it takes beautiful pictures using my iPhone as a light meter. I've got to look into fixing that Photonic...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 11-14-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 1,444
Posted By skucera
At...

At http://minolta.eazypix.de/shades/lensshades.html the OEM lens hoods for 46mm came in both clamp-on and screw on varieties. The screw-in ones were D46NA-D46ND (four versions through time, with the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-14-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 864
Posted By skucera
I haven't tried to get velvet wet, but I don't...

I haven't tried to get velvet wet, but I don't doubt that it dried rock hard. Have you tried brushing it with an old toothbrush? It might brush up like suede, but since velvet is woven cloth, it...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-10-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 567
Posted By skucera
Intriguing! I wonder when we camera enthusiasts...

Intriguing! I wonder when we camera enthusiasts will be able to see this documentary?

Scott
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-09-2017
Replies: 58
Views: 2,310
Posted By skucera
After an intemperate and active youth, at 54 I'm...

After an intemperate and active youth, at 54 I'm finding my knees and ankles are getting to be a limiting factor. Last winter, on a business trip to Italy, my boss and I found ourselves glad to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-05-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,186
Posted By skucera
OK, this may be a little out of order, but our...

OK, this may be a little out of order, but our local thrift shops just dump out all the slides and sell the empty boxes and carousels, often with the original owners’ hand written notes about the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-02-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,186
Posted By skucera
A few minutes on the internet, and I've got the...

A few minutes on the internet, and I've got the most elegant slide scanning method I've ever seen. Project the slides on the screen, and then take a picture with the iPhone. Duh. Too...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-02-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,186
Posted By skucera
My slides are stored in all these ways, plus I...

My slides are stored in all these ways, plus I have my dad's slides starting from his enlistment in the Marine Corps in the late Fifties right up to this death stored in linear trays that fit his...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-02-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 959
Posted By skucera
I don't think I've ever run a roll of b+w film...

I don't think I've ever run a roll of b+w film through my XA in nearly 35 years of ownership. I've got to remedy that.

Great idea!

Scott
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-20-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 1,298
Posted By skucera
Yup. That's exactly the same technique I use,...

Yup. That's exactly the same technique I use, and usually the pictures turn out fine. Sometimes I get really neat movement effects because everything is in focus except for something moving in...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 10-15-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,223
Posted By skucera
Colonel, Do you have any 110 film sized Kodak...

Colonel,

Do you have any 110 film sized Kodak Pocket Carousel 120 sized carousels? I know they're really odd, but I have a Pocket Carousel projector and I haven't found any of those little...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-12-2017
Replies: 62
Views: 3,373
Posted By skucera
About 15 years ago my toddler daughter pulled my...

About 15 years ago my toddler daughter pulled my EOS 650 off of the dining room table by its strap. It smashed its lens and focusing screen. About a year ago I saw another old EOS Rebel in a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-05-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,185
Posted By skucera
I wish they had more info about the camera...

I wish they had more info about the camera itself. The little glass vials look like they hold the chemicals to develop Daguerreotype plates or glass plates, and it looks like there are little plate...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-05-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,159
Posted By skucera
Marko, I've had several periods when I didn't do...

Marko,

I've had several periods when I didn't do photography:

When I was in the Navy... I was too busy with AOCS, Bombardier/Navigator training, then Radar Intercept Officer training, and even with...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-04-2017
Replies: 5,576
Views: 493,252
Posted By skucera
Hogarth, I really like your images. The last two...

Hogarth, I really like your images. The last two in particular are both really good.

Thanks,
Scott
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-04-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,224
Posted By skucera
A couple of years ago I got out a few of my dad's...

A couple of years ago I got out a few of my dad's slides from the late Fifties right through the mid Seventies. It's amazing how bright and clear the colors still are, unlike most of the photos I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-26-2017
Replies: 8,961
Views: 875,528
Posted By skucera
In the space of a couple of days, I got a Nikon...

In the space of a couple of days, I got a Nikon F2 (thank you thrift store) and four packs of Fuji instant B+W film for my Polaroid Land camera (thank you, Godfrey).

Scott
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-20-2017
Replies: 34
Views: 2,666
Posted By skucera
I'm astounded that I actually own two of these...

I'm astounded that I actually own two of these cameras, the Olympus Stylus Epic and the Minox 35 (though a now broken EL and a new to me GT, not an ML), and I own the Summaron 35mm with goggles for...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-19-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 3,743
Posted By skucera
Were they both developed in the same mini-lab...

Were they both developed in the same mini-lab machine? It looks like it could be from the printing process, or perhaps from the developing process. Are these strips visible on the negatives...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-19-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 1,629
Posted By skucera
Even professional photographers chimp. I saw it...

Even professional photographers chimp. I saw it several times last summer, when a guy from the local paper was taking pictures of parades, old car cruises, etc. He even commented about my Konica...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-19-2017
Replies: 100
Views: 7,784
Posted By skucera
The thrift shops all say they remove film from...

The thrift shops all say they remove film from donated cameras, but they leave film in all the time. I've seen many cameras that I have no interest in with film in them, and sometimes good batteries...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-18-2017
Replies: 100
Views: 7,784
Posted By skucera
I just picked up a Nikon F2 Photomic today for a...

I just picked up a Nikon F2 Photomic today for a steal at a thrift shop, and it has a roll of film in it. Every time I've gotten a camera with film in it, it has always been opened by curious folks...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-14-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 1,507
Posted By skucera
It's rare for me to see a photographer's works in...

It's rare for me to see a photographer's works in their presence. It's happened vicariously on this website, but only a few times in real life since college. Having two art degrees, I'm fairly well...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 09-13-2017
Replies: 122
Views: 6,443
Posted By skucera
I think they know they're competing against...

I think they know they're competing against Instax, and against all the old Polaroid cameras in thrift shops and grandparent's closets.

Scott
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 09-13-2017
Replies: 122
Views: 6,443
Posted By skucera
There's all sorts of new products on the...

There's all sorts of new products on the polaroid.com web site now:

New Polaroid branded instant films in all the usual Impossible types...
New One Step camera...
New on-line magazine...
New...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-10-2017
Replies: 26
Views: 2,193
Posted By skucera
Kent, I'm hardly authoritative, so I expect...

Kent, I'm hardly authoritative, so I expect disagreement and humbly hope I didn't offend anyone with my post. The main concern with zoom lens design is that their optical design is so very...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-09-2017
Replies: 26
Views: 2,193
Posted By skucera
I've got a few zoom lenses from the Seventies and...

I've got a few zoom lenses from the Seventies and Eighties, and the only one that is any good is my Vivitar Series 1 70-210 macro. It's huge and the focus spins backward, but the image quality is...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-07-2017
Replies: 38
Views: 4,570
Posted By skucera
My daughter's Minolta Hi-Matic 9 takes brilliant...

My daughter's Minolta Hi-Matic 9 takes brilliant pictures. It is assuredly underrated, since all the hype is on the lower market Hi-Matic 7S.

I just got a Konica Auto S2. I've heard for years that...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-07-2017
Replies: 8,961
Views: 875,528
Posted By skucera
Looking at zwicko's haul, and xlmike's Nokton,...

Looking at zwicko's haul, and xlmike's Nokton, I'm almost a little reluctant to say I picked up a Konica Auto S2 yesterday. How do you follow those?

The S2 is still a little grimy, but I cleaned...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 09-07-2017
Replies: 122
Views: 6,443
Posted By skucera
I've been a little disappointed with the...

I've been a little disappointed with the contrastiness and slow developing of Impossible film, so if Polaroid opened its engineering archives to provide better technical solutions, I'm all for it. ...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-03-2017
Replies: 193
Views: 35,405
Posted By skucera
For user interface, I think the best AF SLR I've...

For user interface, I think the best AF SLR I've used is the Canon EOS 650. It was my first autofocus camera of any sort, so I may be biased by years of use and sheer familiarity. After my EOS 650...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-31-2017
Replies: 90
Views: 2,668
Posted By skucera
mute was cough endothermic cognate donc embarazada...

mute
was
cough
endothermic
cognate
donc
embarazada
tuxedo

But, really, I enjoy combinations of words more....
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 08-25-2017
Replies: 59
Views: 7,014
Posted By skucera
The 800 x 800 print resolution seems low. Can...

The 800 x 800 print resolution seems low. Can someone scan a print at high resolution and post it so we can see what the printed output looks like?

I'm not sure if it will truly be any better...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-25-2017
Replies: 32
Views: 1,529
Posted By skucera
I have very good luck with both buying and...

I have very good luck with both buying and selling on eBay too. The only cameras that haven't worked out were ones clearly labeled as "non-functional, for repair only," which was fair enough. I've...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-25-2017
Replies: 2,578
Views: 494,798
Posted By skucera
Shawn, where did you take this picture? Your...

Shawn, where did you take this picture? Your picture is beautifully done, and the house looks really expensively done, but the details are intriguing, like windows that look newer than the...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 08-20-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,428
Posted By skucera
I've got several I can recommend: Canon Canonet...

I've got several I can recommend:

Canon Canonet QL-17-- very handy, with an exquisite lens, but a very short focus throw.
Minolta Hi-Matic 9 or 7S-- my oldest daughter has the 9, and it delivers...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-18-2017
Replies: 112
Views: 6,369
Posted By skucera
Yup, and my sister asked yesterday if pointing...

Yup, and my sister asked yesterday if pointing her cell phone at the sun during the eclipse might damage its camera, and I confirmed that it would and that she should protect it with the same sort of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-15-2017
Replies: 112
Views: 6,369
Posted By skucera
My house is in an area that will be approximate...

My house is in an area that will be approximate 99.6 totality. That's good enough for my wife, so she's thinking about drinking mimosas in the back yard and enjoying that. My middle daughter and I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-12-2017
Replies: 41
Views: 2,055
Posted By skucera
Cameras are lousy investments. However, some...

Cameras are lousy investments. However, some cameras go through fads when the economy is good, and their values can climb temporarily as interest in them increases, but then their values plummet...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 08-12-2017
Replies: 625
Views: 160,049
Posted By skucera
Peter, that is a great photo! Thank you for...

Peter, that is a great photo! Thank you for posting it.

Scott
Forum: Olympus RF 08-11-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,435
Posted By skucera
I solved this problem many, many years ago by...

I solved this problem many, many years ago by simply placing my right index finger on the button before I put my eye to the viewfinder. With this camera, there's no reason to move that finger off of...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-09-2017
Replies: 45
Views: 2,744
Posted By skucera
My oldest daughter and I were going through some...

My oldest daughter and I were going through some pictures I took just after I got out of the Navy in 1988 and she was delighted to see one of me, and giggled, "It's a selfie!" That's when I went...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-04-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,028
Posted By skucera
I've never had tariffs collected by shippers on...

I've never had tariffs collected by shippers on items purchased in either Europe or Asia, but then again I'm not wealthy enough to buy anything expensive enough to have an import duty. Likewise,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-28-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 669
Posted By skucera
Well, there's no doubt that the twin-lens reflex...

Well, there's no doubt that the twin-lens reflex in the middle is a Rolleiflex, since it says it prominantly on the front label. But does anyone know which model it is, or which lenses it has? Some...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 07-27-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 2,279
Posted By skucera
I can confirm you have a New Canonet QL-17L...

I can confirm you have a New Canonet QL-17L because I own one, but it doesn't use a battery check bulb. Pushing the button next to the viewfinder swings the light meter needle into the blue area on...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-22-2017
Replies: 148
Views: 11,815
Posted By skucera
I thought I replied to this thread, but looking...

I thought I replied to this thread, but looking through the pages I see that I haven't yet. It must have been another thread.

I've been thinking about this idea of bonding with a camera lately, and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-27-2017
Replies: 70
Views: 12,366
Posted By skucera
The M3 I inherited came with four lenses, 35, 50,...

The M3 I inherited came with four lenses, 35, 50, 90, and 135. That affords a ton of photographic possibilities. Oddly, I most use the Summicron 50 and the Tele-Elmar 135, but I have used the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-27-2017
Replies: 68
Views: 12,053
Posted By skucera
I love the rendering from my Elmar 9cm f4 LCM. ...

I love the rendering from my Elmar 9cm f4 LCM. My wife's grandfather bought it in 1955 with the M3 that I inherited. It was one of the first two lenses he bought with that camera. On a summer day...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 06-26-2017
Replies: 60
Views: 3,136
Posted By skucera
LED's have a strobing duty cycle that can be...

LED's have a strobing duty cycle that can be tricky to sync to a digital camera. The cameras in mobile computers I test at work usually have that sync problem on early builds, usually because the...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 06-26-2017
Replies: 60
Views: 3,136
Posted By skucera
My Leica M3 came with its original flash unit, so...

My Leica M3 came with its original flash unit, so I replaced the dead electrolytic capacitors with solid state caps, found a battery, and started using it at Thanksgiving and Christmas family events,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-24-2017
Replies: 107
Views: 3,524
Posted By skucera
I may be a good three pages late to the...

I may be a good three pages late to the discussion, but I recommend getting any name brand Japanese SLR in good condition at any thrift shop for as little money as you can get away with. Download...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-24-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 1,231
Posted By skucera
In all fairness, I should state that my most...

In all fairness, I should state that my most frequently used camera doesn't use film or removable batteries... it's my iPhone, which works very well for street photos, snapshots, and especially macro...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-24-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 1,231
Posted By skucera
SLR's have a slight delay while the mirror flips...

SLR's have a slight delay while the mirror flips before the shutter opens, and even in that minuscule time the shot you thought you were capturing can change to something that isn't so interesting...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-16-2017
Replies: 5,576
Views: 493,252
Posted By skucera
Great use of depth of field. That's my first...

Great use of depth of field. That's my first impression. Which camera, lens, and film did you use? (Yeah, I'm just old enough to still think of film in this digital age, but I'm genuinely not sure...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-28-2017
Replies: 46
Views: 3,637
Posted By skucera
When I was in art school 30-35 years ago several...

When I was in art school 30-35 years ago several of my painting and drawing teachers used to say that blurring the background was one of many tools to emphasize visual focus on the subject or...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-28-2017
Replies: 8,961
Views: 875,528
Posted By skucera
Talking Polaroid 210 Land Camera

I just found a time capsule of sorts, a cased Polaroid 210 Land Camera. It came with half a pack of film in the camera, a new pack of black and white film in the box, plus a pack of matches from...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 05-26-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,629
Posted By skucera
Well, I got my Stylus Epic at a local thrift shop...

Well, I got my Stylus Epic at a local thrift shop for $4.99. I got a Stylus Epic Zoom for $9.99. Both were in "like new" condition, and only needed a battery. Look around and be patient. If you...
Forum: Other RF 05-25-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 572
Posted By skucera
I bought a Hi-Matic 9 for my oldest daughter when...

I bought a Hi-Matic 9 for my oldest daughter when she expressed interest in old cameras, and wow! It has an exquisite lens, and she really appreciates the fully automatic exposure and aperture. The...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 05-19-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 821
Posted By skucera
It looks like you might have a grain of sand or a...

It looks like you might have a grain of sand or a spur of metal on one of the film guides scratching the film. Check everything that the film slides over on its way from the cassette to the take-up...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-19-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 530
Posted By skucera
It looks a little like a Soviet filter I bought...

It looks a little like a Soviet filter I bought off of eBay last year for really cheap from Ukraine. It was mostly unmarked too, but it had a neat gunmetal gray finish. I don't want to use it on my...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-19-2017
Replies: 5,576
Views: 493,252
Posted By skucera
Thumbs up Wow, this reminds me of some of the bayous...

Wow, this reminds me of some of the bayous between Pensacola and Mobile more than 30 years ago, when I was in the Navy. Beautiful....

Scott
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-03-2017
Replies: 89
Views: 8,103
Posted By skucera
Fun thread to resurrect. :) I've had an...

Fun thread to resurrect. :) I've had an irrational love of small cameras since high school. My first camera was Pentax Auto 110, and my next camera was a Olympus XA in college. Since then I've...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-26-2017
Replies: 54
Views: 2,125
Posted By skucera
The human factor is the biggest obstacle to...

The human factor is the biggest obstacle to preserving our photos. When I was a kid in the Sixties my mom started collecting all the old photos of our family's ancestors going back to the 1860's. ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-23-2017
Replies: 49
Views: 2,881
Posted By skucera
The dream cameras on my wishlist are both of...

The dream cameras on my wishlist are both of almost "unicorn" status:

Bell + Howell Foton http://www.vintagephoto.tv/foton.shtml
Ducati Sogno https://www.cameraquest.com/ducati.htm

Of course, I'd...
Forum: Olympus RF 04-23-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1,365
Posted By skucera
The practice of just recharging and discharging...

The practice of just recharging and discharging the capacitors in the flash does sometimes work to bring them back to life, but it can be hard on batteries. However, sometimes the electrolytic...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 04-17-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,821
Posted By skucera
I have a Ricoh Auto Half, and it seems to fit...

I have a Ricoh Auto Half, and it seems to fit this bill except for the auto-focus. It is focus free, which isn't quite auto focus, but you don't have to worry about it being out of focus except for...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-05-2017
Replies: 8,961
Views: 875,528
Posted By skucera
Stavrogin, you can answer a question from an...

Stavrogin, you can answer a question from an Olympus XA thread last year, since your camera was new in its box. What color is your rangefinder patch?

Thanks,
Scott
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 03-25-2017
Replies: 30
Views: 8,833
Posted By skucera
The only time I ever saw one of these was when I...

The only time I ever saw one of these was when I handled a new one at a local camera store when they were new. Having studied industrial design in college I was fascinated by the quirky design work...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-20-2017
Replies: 8,961
Views: 875,528
Posted By skucera
This weekend I found an Olympus Centurion APS SLR...

This weekend I found an Olympus Centurion APS SLR super-zoom for $5. I put new batteries in it (which probably are worth more than what I paid for the camera) and it seems to work just fine. I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 1,411
Posted By skucera
OK, this might be too long to read... sorry....

"Destroy" seems to be the key emotion to your post. It seems that you want either simple operation or maximum automation. Camera market analysis from the Sixties to now have had this dilemma to...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-12-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1,544
Posted By skucera
I too use a 135 mm Tele-Elmar-M, though rarely. ...

I too use a 135 mm Tele-Elmar-M, though rarely. My M3 has frame lines for it, so I simply put it on and I've got a tiny rectangle for framing in the middle of the viewfinder.

Pros: since the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-11-2017
Replies: 131
Views: 10,172
Posted By skucera
I chimed in last August, and since then I've...

I chimed in last August, and since then I've bought several cameras. Only one of them has been fun enough to shoot more than one roll of film through, an Olympus IS-1. It's a super zoom SLR with...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-10-2017
Replies: 266
Views: 16,255
Posted By skucera
Rich, I think you hit a lot of nails on the head...

Rich, I think you hit a lot of nails on the head with your post. After that tour de force, I'm reluctant to mention anything except, "Yeah, what he said."

There is another aspect that inspires me. ...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 02-26-2017
Replies: 45
Views: 7,042
Posted By skucera
I've always dreamed of having a Ducati Sogno...

I've always dreamed of having a Ducati Sogno camera. I saw one at the Ducati factory museum in Italy, and it was just really small and cute, and exquisitely made. Unfortunately for me, their prices...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-18-2017
Replies: 79
Views: 4,086
Posted By skucera
When I was in college 30 years ago, some fine...

When I was in college 30 years ago, some fine artists in the school derided students studying photography and graphic design as "mere illustrators," and also derided paintings and drawings that were...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-05-2017
Replies: 104
Views: 10,441
Posted By skucera
In the summer I like woven cotton straps because...

In the summer I like woven cotton straps because they don't get sweaty. In other seasons I like leather straps of many kinds. Although, for nostalgic reasons I like Seventies SLR's with embroidered...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-05-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 835
Posted By skucera
The "A" filter is sometimes called a "red...

The "A" filter is sometimes called a "red tricolor" that's used for infrared photography. With panchromatic film, it will render reds as white areas on your film, and green areas as black areas. ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-05-2017
Replies: 63
Views: 3,147
Posted By skucera
Many years ago I sat my Canon EOS 650 on the...

Many years ago I sat my Canon EOS 650 on the dining room table with the strap just barely over the edge. One of my kids, at toddler back then, pulled the strap and I watched from three feed away as...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-05-2017
Replies: 58
Views: 4,147
Posted By skucera
There's a lot of wisdom there. Although, for...

There's a lot of wisdom there. Although, for years I went backpacking with an Olympus XA, and it held up to the abuse very well. I stopped tempting fate, and I carry around a Minox 35 GL now on my...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-04-2017
Replies: 8,961
Views: 875,528
Posted By skucera
I'm intrigued. Do you have a link to this...

I'm intrigued. Do you have a link to this surplus workshop? I'm having trouble imagining what you bought.

Scott
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-03-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 2,581
Posted By skucera
I've always loved the designs of Walter Dorwin...

I've always loved the designs of Walter Dorwin Teague. This is streamlining at its best. Black bakelite is really shiny, as was the brown bakelite of my grandma's old Brownie when I was really...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 01-31-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 2,433
Posted By skucera
It reminds me of a friend of my sister's from...

It reminds me of a friend of my sister's from decades ago. We noticed that all her clothes and home decorations were in super-colorful, almost fluorescent, colors. Then we noticed that her TV was...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-01-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 979
Posted By skucera
I can think of several glues NOT to use, like 3M...

I can think of several glues NOT to use, like 3M weatherstrip adhesive or superglue. I have no recommendation, but my advice would be to use one that can be removed later should you wish to put on a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-01-2017
Replies: 62
Views: 3,669
Posted By skucera
When I first saw the title for this thread, all I...

When I first saw the title for this thread, all I thought was that there's no agreement on which Leica is the best, so deciding which criteria to use to decide which one is second best must be...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-30-2016
Replies: 68
Views: 3,789
Posted By skucera
I've always liked the look of lenses in he...

I've always liked the look of lenses in he 75-100mm focal length for portraits. Shorter lenses leave people's noses looking larger than what we normally envision in our memories when we think of the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-24-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,187
Posted By skucera
I've visited Viet Nam, I've had some amazing Pho...

I've visited Viet Nam, I've had some amazing Pho and other dishes, and I've even seen a few people with these poles to carry their wares, but you didn't really ask a question, so there didn't seem to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-19-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 2,242
Posted By skucera
I love the Nikons with bulb flashes! It's fun...

I love the Nikons with bulb flashes! It's fun the see the modern automated flash on the Nikon S3.

I'm very curious about the Yashica with the huge flash reflector and lens. Is that just a really...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-18-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 2,242
Posted By skucera
I found the capacity and voltage conveniently...

I found the capacity and voltage conveniently printed on the capacitor, then went to an electronics component store and bought a new solid state cap of the same capacity. It cost less than $5, and...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-15-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 2,242
Posted By skucera
I use the original bulb flash that my wife's...

I use the original bulb flash that my wife's grandfather bought with the camera in 1955. It still works perfectly, after replacing...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 12-12-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 2,123
Posted By skucera
I just got a Ricoh Auto Shot 35 a couple of weeks...

I just got a Ricoh Auto Shot 35 a couple of weeks ago. It's a close cousin. I haven't finished shooting the first test roll yet, so I have no idea if the selenium cells are still accurate, although...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-10-2016
Replies: 72
Views: 4,344
Posted By skucera
I've seen many sides of this conundrum. I...

I've seen many sides of this conundrum. I benefited when my dad died unexpected in 2001, and I inherited his prized Konica camera and lenses in one bag. He'd sold his other cameras years earlier. ...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-24-2016
Replies: 56
Views: 7,275
Posted By skucera
I saw this thread a while back, and not long...

I saw this thread a while back, and not long after that I asked my local camera store if they still developed APS film, and they did. She was grumpy about the expense they went to back in 1996 or so...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-24-2016
Replies: 44
Views: 2,424
Posted By skucera
When I was in college in the early Eighties, I...

When I was in college in the early Eighties, I shot what was cheapest. I had two cameras, well, after a while I had two cameras. My first camera was my Pentax Auto 110, and I shot both Kodacolor II...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-23-2016
Replies: 8,961
Views: 875,528
Posted By skucera
Agfa Parat I

https://c6.staticflickr.com/6/5711/31206299765_7ef9dd65ed_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/PxArH8)

Agfa Parat I (https://flic.kr/p/PxArH8) by Scott Kucera (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-15-2016
Replies: 38
Views: 3,252
Posted By skucera
I "skimmed" through its 96 pages last night, and...

I "skimmed" through its 96 pages last night, and it impressed me with the thoughtfulness they designed the camera. It has capabilities I've never seen on a point-and-shoot. It's as if they were...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-14-2016
Replies: 38
Views: 3,252
Posted By skucera
I ended up getting an IS-3dlx off of eBay, and it...

I ended up getting an IS-3dlx off of eBay, and it arrived today. It's clean, and came to life with new batteries. I loaded a roll of film, so we'll see what it does.

David is right... this thing...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-12-2016
Replies: 128
Views: 8,509
Posted By skucera
As uncool as it is to admit now, but when my...

As uncool as it is to admit now, but when my Canon EOS 650 was brand new I thought it had the coolest shutter and auto-winder sounds. It just sounded so "high tech." :D

However, these days I really...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-09-2016
Replies: 38
Views: 3,252
Posted By skucera
Years, I heard nothing but raves for the huge...

Years, I heard nothing but raves for the huge Olympus IS-3. I had a boss 15 years ago that had one and loved it. I don't own one, so I have no direct experience with it... only hearsay. ...
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