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Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-18-2013
Replies: 41
Views: 11,049
Posted By jnoir
I do also use the Weltur and I like it. Have it...

I do also use the Weltur and I like it. Have it with Xenar and with Radionar, depends on what I prefer when choosing the camera. It is a nice and sturdy camera, with lots of details. Since I am also...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 11-23-2013
Replies: 178
Views: 39,465
Posted By jnoir
It is for the old film packs

It is for the old film packs
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 11-21-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 741
Posted By jnoir
What VictorM said. Here my two Semi...

What VictorM said.

Here my two Semi Pearl:

http://www.jnoir.eu/img/konishiroku-semi_pearl-02.jpg

As you can see both have an advance mechanism by key, like yours.

You may notice that the one on...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 08-09-2013
Replies: 69
Views: 44,549
Posted By jnoir
Don't know about the OP, after all these years -...

Don't know about the OP, after all these years - his last post is from January 2012, his last access 5 months ago.

Me, I went and bought the 50mm. And I am as happy as I could be.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-02-2013
Replies: 39
Views: 7,469
Posted By jnoir
Plaubel did some very nice things during their...

Plaubel did some very nice things during their time. Makiflexes are pretty nice beasts:

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3672/8922766299_06a65548a2_c.jpg


The Makina can work with the Peco (a LF...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-31-2013
Replies: 39
Views: 7,469
Posted By jnoir
Oh, by the way! yours looks like a dial-set...

Oh, by the way! yours looks like a dial-set Makina II, early because of the dial-set and the round RF window. Could it be, or is it obvious that RF unit is a later addition?
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-31-2013
Replies: 39
Views: 7,469
Posted By jnoir
Welcome to the wonderful Makina world. I am a big...

Welcome to the wonderful Makina world. I am a big fan of this system, and enjoy a nice set which is fairly complete - only one lens missing. I even have the focal plane shutter which is somewhat...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-29-2013
Replies: 26
Views: 2,502
Posted By jnoir
I suffer the opposite, specially being used to...

I suffer the opposite, specially being used to think in meters but fond of Ensign cameras, and I simply divide by three to get ''my distance''. Multiply by three and you are good to go :)
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-29-2013
Replies: 26
Views: 2,502
Posted By jnoir
Far from my intention to disagree but, the way I...

Far from my intention to disagree but, the way I see it it's a really valuable advice: when dealing with the first foray into folders having a nice, working one might be one of the key parts to catch...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-29-2013
Replies: 26
Views: 2,502
Posted By jnoir
Directly answering OP's question: Assuming both...

Directly answering OP's question:

Assuming both are in good shape and working well, I'd go with the Super Baldax (although I would prefer it to have a Radionar, one of my favorite triplets). I am...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-18-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 1,292
Posted By jnoir
That sounds pretty much spot on. According to...

That sounds pretty much spot on. According to this site:

http://www.schneideroptics.com/info/age_of_lenses/

and if I'm reading the serial number correctly (1981708), that dates the lens some time...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-19-2013
Replies: 105
Views: 21,230
Posted By jnoir
Looks nice, I guess you can't be too wrong giving...

Looks nice, I guess you can't be too wrong giving it a try, if you get lost you can easily ask for a repairman to solve your mess ;-)

These are my Avus, different models and...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-16-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 1,467
Posted By jnoir
Grab it from a Yashica 35mm RF. I don't recall...

Grab it from a Yashica 35mm RF. I don't recall the exact model now, but one of them was an exact replacement, and usually cheaper than EO alternatives (and, mostly, that I wouldn't trust myself...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-12-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 5,558
Posted By jnoir
I followed it to replace one that I broke just a...

I followed it to replace one that I broke just a few weeks ago, but went for more than what I was prepared to pay just for the glass... Luckily I have a second one and another with a plain glass, but...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-12-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 5,558
Posted By jnoir
#13 from this picture: ...

#13 from this picture: http://www.urmonas.net/manuals/makina/makina-2.jpg

Read from the fourth paragraph on page 9 of the manual: http://www.urmonas.net/manuals/makina/makina-9.jpg (The "button...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-12-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 4,342
Posted By jnoir
I just tested with mine - I usually wear contact...

I just tested with mine - I usually wear contact lenses - and it's not that bad. Maybe a tad above average, I'd say.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-12-2013
Replies: 105
Views: 21,230
Posted By jnoir
AFAIK they were not made for 4x5, but it would be...

AFAIK they were not made for 4x5, but it would be interesting to know otherwise to keep an eye on them.

They are pretty easy to spot: the 9x12 holders have a plain plate sorrounding the back, while...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-11-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1,491
Posted By jnoir
The only folding camera I've found so far capable...

The only folding camera I've found so far capable of this is the Super Ikonta (to be more precise, 532/16, can't say for other models though, I've never tried with my 6x4.5 models and don't own a...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-04-2013
Replies: 105
Views: 21,230
Posted By jnoir
The VAG was the entry level model for...

The VAG was the entry level model for Voigtländer's series of plate cameras around the 1920's.

There was the VAG (acronym for Voigtländer AG?), then came the Avus (Aktiengesellschaft Voigtländer Und...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-30-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 2,023
Posted By jnoir
IMHO, it's just the name. Kind of buying Apple...

IMHO, it's just the name. Kind of buying Apple devices: it's not just the item, it's the name and the "cult followers". Zeiss made some nice folders, but so did Voigtländer, Welta, Ensign, Franka,...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-22-2013
Replies: 42
Views: 4,120
Posted By jnoir
I would say so, yes. Actually I am not that fussy...

I would say so, yes. Actually I am not that fussy about the format, but I find 6x4.5 a wee bit too small for my liking. Sometimes the vertical composition of the format on old folders may help, but...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-20-2013
Replies: 42
Views: 4,120
Posted By jnoir
That sounds pretty much like what happens to one...

That sounds pretty much like what happens to one of my Konica Semi Pearl... I ended up buying a second camera and I always intend to make one fully working Semi Pearl out of the two, but it seems...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-15-2013
Replies: 42
Views: 4,120
Posted By jnoir
Cameras with mask aside, these are the 6x4.5-only...

Cameras with mask aside, these are the 6x4.5-only folders that I have kept over the years:

- Welta Weltur, 4-element single coated lens, CRF and unit focusing
- Super Ikonta A (there were several...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-08-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 3,542
Posted By jnoir
Good to know, although I have never had any issue...

Good to know, although I have never had any issue with any of my backs. I have Rollex backs, too, but I find RADAs are more reliable. I usually prefer the ones with red windows (the springy cover is...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-08-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 3,542
Posted By jnoir
The Commando does indeed have frame counter. Like...

The Commando does indeed have frame counter. Like my SI 512/16 it provides 11 6x6 pictures if enabled. It can be disabled to get 12 6x6 or 16 6x4.5 exposures by using the red window(s) in the...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-07-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 1,089
Posted By jnoir
I use almost exclusively folders. The only one...

I use almost exclusively folders. The only one that I have found so far capable of being closed with a filter attached to the lens is my Super Ikonta 532/16 MkII (original Zeiss yellow filter). I...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-02-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,439
Posted By jnoir
Looks regular to me. Does it fully compress when...

Looks regular to me. Does it fully compress when focusing to infinity ?

http://imageshack.us/a/img831/9719/iskrarf01.jpg

I also notice from your picture, the long spring that goes from the advance...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-24-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 6,526
Posted By jnoir
That may be true for MF. However, see...

That may be true for MF. However, see http://www.flickr.com/photos/p-pix/8120822323/
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-24-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 6,526
Posted By jnoir
Mine is a IVb with MC D.Zuiko lens. Nice camera...

Mine is a IVb with MC D.Zuiko lens. Nice camera indeed.

As far as I know, C Zuiko means 3-element lens, D is four, E is five, etc.

http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Zuiko#Letter_code



I'd say...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-08-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 1,252
Posted By jnoir
The French-made Gallus Derby was inspired on the...

The French-made Gallus Derby was inspired on the Foth.

https://sites.google.com/site/ldtomei/earlyvintagecameras

I own the RF version of the Foth Derby, nice little camera, mine does not see...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-28-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 3,460
Posted By jnoir
I had once a Super Isolette (the model that KMZ...

I had once a Super Isolette (the model that KMZ looked at when making their Iskra) which had some stressed gear teeths: the frame counter did not work if the user put the slightlest upwards pressure...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-12-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,382
Posted By jnoir
A photo could help me be fully sure what you mean...

A photo could help me be fully sure what you mean and what you may need to do (English not being my first language... ;-)
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-11-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 1,016
Posted By jnoir
Probably everybody has an opinion. Me, I wouldn't...

Probably everybody has an opinion. Me, I wouldn't replace the leatherette on special cameras with higher value, to make it appealling for both users and collectors as potential buyers.

The 531 is...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-03-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,825
Posted By jnoir
It's actually spelled Porst. Hapo = HAns POrst,...

It's actually spelled Porst. Hapo = HAns POrst, the entrepreneur who built up Porst, a big photo retailer in Germany. I have one of his own catalogues, signed and with anotations. Curious, to say the...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-30-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 5,558
Posted By jnoir
I love this system and I have a fairly complete...

I love this system and I have a fairly complete IIIR kit gathered over the years...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7085/6956859118_5c19327f34_c.jpg

I even have the focal plane shutter with extra...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 11-15-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 816
Posted By jnoir
It is definitely in feet. Folders typically...

It is definitely in feet.

Folders typically have a minimum focusing distance of 1 meter or 1.2 meters. That's 3 / 3.5 feet when using Imperial scales.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 10-29-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 1,575
Posted By jnoir
Since I do own an Auto Semi, I was probably part...

Since I do own an Auto Semi, I was probably part of those other threads :D

Based on your description, it looks like your camera is bound to need a good CLA. It is typical of old folders that the...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 10-27-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 4,178
Posted By jnoir
I do own and use lots of folders, with regard to...

I do own and use lots of folders, with regard to Balda I am selling a Hapo 66E with the f/3.5 Haponar (most frequently it can be found with the f/4.5 version) which is not bad at all (but I have...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 10-18-2012
Replies: 38
Views: 17,464
Posted By jnoir
On mine, 37mm push on. I keep the original ZI...

On mine, 37mm push on. I keep the original ZI yellow filter always on: another good point of this camera, I can store mine with its filter and it closes perfectly. Well thought, that.

And one sample...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 10-12-2012
Replies: 38
Views: 17,464
Posted By jnoir
Thanks for that, it seems that the production was...

Thanks for that, it seems that the production was faster than my calculations.

Does that imply that SI 532/16 with serial number X***** were made for just a couple of months only ? Is the same...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 10-12-2012
Replies: 38
Views: 17,464
Posted By jnoir
Mine is a chromed 532/16 with red T Opton Tessar....

Mine is a chromed 532/16 with red T Opton Tessar. I don't really like it for color work, but I have had better luck with B&W.

Camera's letter is X, I have always assumed it is from 1953 based on...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 09-11-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 2,443
Posted By jnoir
Who will pay 150USD for a mask ? Made out of...

Who will pay 150USD for a mask ? Made out of gold, huh ? ;)

http://www.ebay.es/itm/200810806345

52.95USD, and it has been for sale quite some time.

For the record:

You may notice that the mask...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 09-09-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 2,118
Posted By jnoir
I think the OP is looking for a 6x9 folder (all...

I think the OP is looking for a 6x9 folder (all the names he mentions are 6x9) so I'd say the Perkeo does not qualify, being 6x6, like most of the names mentioned.

If neg size is not a constraint,...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 09-08-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 1,345
Posted By jnoir
I do own an AutoRange 16-20, as well as a Super...

I do own an AutoRange 16-20, as well as a Super Ikonta A 531 and just last month sold my Super Ikonta A 530.

Both cameras are pretty similar in terms of functionality. Both are CRF but with front...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-13-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 3,297
Posted By jnoir
The outer ring hold the lens and shutter assembly...

The outer ring hold the lens and shutter assembly in place, with a spanner wrench or homemade tool, by removing it the block can be removed and fasten into position. There is sometimes a pin that...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-12-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 9,599
Posted By jnoir
Guilty as charged ;) You are completely right,...

Guilty as charged ;) You are completely right, no offence taken :cool:



A favorite of yours to mention? It's a bit OT but Joosep already got his answer so, if you don't mind... :D The last...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-12-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 9,599
Posted By jnoir
Thanks for the hint! I am actually based in...

Thanks for the hint! I am actually based in Spain, so I'll give a shout to my Catalonian friends, maybe one of them is tempted ;-)
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-11-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 9,599
Posted By jnoir
Sure thing boss! ;-) My comment was more...

Sure thing boss! ;-) My comment was more intended towards mentioning other cameras - you and others have already made good points in your answers -, I always like it when I ask something about a...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-10-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 9,599
Posted By jnoir
I like my Bessa RF with Heliar a lot. However, my...

I like my Bessa RF with Heliar a lot. However, my favorite 6x9 is the Balda Super Pontura. Not easy to find, but for me its focussing system is easier to use, and the rangefinder is brigther and with...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-01-2012
Replies: 1,217
Views: 437,970
Posted By jnoir
Vasile sells cheap shutter testers, with the...

Vasile sells cheap shutter testers, with the schemas that are freely available everywhere on the WWW. But, for those less skilled with the soldering iron, it is an excellent option. I own two of his...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-29-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 2,641
Posted By jnoir
Vertical RF realignment on both CRF and...

Vertical RF realignment on both CRF and non-coupled RF is a typical issue with easy solution.

I have not opened a 524/2 so I cannot guide you on how to do it. Usually there are a few screws, maybe...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-26-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 12,614
Posted By jnoir
In my experience (in Europe), Super Ikontas are...

In my experience (in Europe), Super Ikontas are more expensive than the Fujica. I regularly see Super Isolettes go for around 300 or 350 Euro (I sold one CLAd with new bellows for that price two...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-25-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,476
Posted By jnoir
Not a bad camera, although I don't like it for...

Not a bad camera, although I don't like it for color work. As usual with this kind of cameras, a CLA is recommended. Mine's a late, multicoated...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-23-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 12,614
Posted By jnoir
For the record, I finally found mine...

For the record, I finally found mine :-D

http://www.jnoir.eu/img/fujica-super_six.jpg

Will be testing it these days, will report my experience.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-12-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1,575
Posted By jnoir
The only part where the film is actually in...

The only part where the film is actually in contact with the camera is "between rollers", so I'd make sure the left roller does not have anything causing the issue, then clean thoroughly the areas...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-11-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 13,681
Posted By jnoir
Owning, restoring and then using several dozens...

Owning, restoring and then using several dozens of folders has taught me that lens panel alignment, struts rigidity or pressure plate are actually far more critical when speaking about film flatness...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-11-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 13,681
Posted By jnoir
+1 My favorite 6x9 folder. Mine's even boxed...

+1

My favorite 6x9 folder. Mine's even boxed :dance:


http://jnoir.eu/_common/images/bessa-jnoir-02.jpg

BTW, that theory about the vacuum... Well, cameras are far from being air tight, so I...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-10-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 6,043
Posted By jnoir
My Super Ikonta A 530 (6x4.5, for which I have a...

My Super Ikonta A 530 (6x4.5, for which I have a picture off-hand) has the albada finder:

http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTAyNFg3Njg=/$(KGrHqJ,!i4E-)cU)z6dBP)7oglbsQ~~60_12.JPG

And a later model,...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-10-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 6,043
Posted By jnoir
This albada yellowing issue, has it to do just...

This albada yellowing issue, has it to do just with the 6x9 version?

All my SI have clear finders but I have none in this big format, may be good to know in case I ever change my mind...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-09-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 6,043
Posted By jnoir
In 6x9 CRF I own (order of preference): -...

In 6x9 CRF I own (order of preference):

- Voigtlaender Bessa RF (as mentioned above by citizen99) with Heliar
- Balda Super Pontura with Xenar
- Plaubel Makina IIIR (press camera, I'm not sure it...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-01-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 10,264
Posted By jnoir
Yup, exactly so. A nice example, joeswe. ...

Yup, exactly so. A nice example, joeswe.

Anthony & Scottville was Agfa's official reseller in the US since short before WWII. I think these B2 / Jsolette were the first Ansco-rebadged Agfa cameras....
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-29-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 10,264
Posted By jnoir
Could it be that the red button you guys are...

Could it be that the red button you guys are referring to is the one from the Ansco B2? Similar to those early Isolettes.

http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1036/1465088524_b23d448a63_z.jpg?zz=1

Is...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-13-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 12,614
Posted By jnoir
Ensign is one of my favorite camera makers, they...

Ensign is one of my favorite camera makers, they only made large and medium format cameras, they did not even produced a prototype for 35mm. They went out of business by early 60s. I think they are...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-12-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 12,614
Posted By jnoir
A hidden gem: Ensign 220 Auto-Range. Pricey (and...

A hidden gem: Ensign 220 Auto-Range. Pricey (and not that common) with Tessar lens, but with Ensar (triplet) is very affordable and still a good performer, small, portable and CRF, dual format...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-01-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 10,280
Posted By jnoir
A nice camera, indeed. So simple, cheap, reliable...

A nice camera, indeed. So simple, cheap, reliable and capable of providing great...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-24-2012
Replies: 41
Views: 3,780
Posted By jnoir
35mm: - Voigtlaender Vitessa (have it with...

35mm:
- Voigtlaender Vitessa (have it with Ultron)

MF:
- Any of the Ensign AutoRange (16-20, 12-20 or 8-20 CRFs)
- Voigtlaender Bessa (have it with Heliar)
- Balda Super Pontura (have it with...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-22-2012
Replies: 77
Views: 7,315
Posted By jnoir
I would like to arise another point that I think...

I would like to arise another point that I think nobody mentioned: what would happen in, say, 10 years when "everybody" is using their tablet/mobile gadget for taking photographs, and "nobody" is...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-22-2012
Replies: 115
Views: 49,510
Posted By jnoir
And another one in blue ...

And another one in blue

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7094/7005438619_94b1a5c986_z.jpg
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-22-2012
Replies: 115
Views: 49,510
Posted By jnoir
Nice thread! Let's start with one that I have off...

Nice thread! Let's start with one that I have off hand, incidentally one of my favorites

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6051/5878330047_b5cb079507_z.jpg
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-21-2012
Replies: 99
Views: 5,949
Posted By jnoir
For some time I have been, but on perspective I...

For some time I have been, but on perspective I think I was more embarrased by not being able to justify myself if asked to decide which ones to keep and which ones to let go... Not that anybody ever...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-15-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 15,109
Posted By jnoir
Maybe you meant Welta Weltur? ;) It's not...

Maybe you meant Welta Weltur? ;) It's not spelled the right way neither in your signature nor in your comment (just FYI :) )
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-13-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 3,131
Posted By jnoir
I am abroad until Friday and unable to check, but...

I am abroad until Friday and unable to check, but if I recall correctly I use both an original Agfa hood, and an ancient Cenei hood. I have never had any issue with vignetting, but they came with the...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-10-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 10,428
Posted By jnoir
All I can say is that I wouldn't part with mine...

All I can say is that I wouldn't part with mine for 500 Euro.

Try to get it as cheap as possible, have it cleaned and adjusted (RF misalignment is also a common fault, but one easy to solve), and...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-10-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 3,131
Posted By jnoir
For the record. There are four variants of...

For the record.

There are four variants of Solinar, as found on Agfas Isolette.

The first version is tipically uncoated, although there are coated units identified by a red dot. It is the pre-war...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-09-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 3,131
Posted By jnoir
I guess he says that it is reformulated because...

I guess he says that it is reformulated because previously there was a Solinar 85/4.5 lens (don't know if it was an option together with the 75/3.5, but I wouldn't be surprised). I also own a couple...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-09-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 3,787
Posted By jnoir
Mysteries at RFF do not last long... Very...

Mysteries at RFF do not last long...

Very informative sevo, thank you very much !
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-09-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 3,787
Posted By jnoir
Just thinking, couldn't it be a phone number? At...

Just thinking, couldn't it be a phone number? At least, 1 is the area code (or was) for Vienna. But, I don't know how where phone numbers organized by then. I read that used a similar method than...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-09-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 3,131
Posted By jnoir
The Solinar 75/3.5 that can be found on an Agfa...

The Solinar 75/3.5 that can be found on an Agfa Super Isolette uses 32mm push-on filters.

The Solinar 75/3.5 that can be found on an Agfa Isolette II or III uses 30mm push-on (or slip-in) filters....
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-09-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 11,099
Posted By jnoir
Japanese camera makers were not known for their...

Japanese camera makers were not known for their innovative designs most of the time. This Mamiya Six "bears some resemblance" with the English-made Ensign Commando, which also has film-plane...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-09-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 11,099
Posted By jnoir
It is definitely not a I, II or III, since those...

It is definitely not a I, II or III, since those had waist-level finders integrated in the top cover.

I agree it looks like it is a IV. Nice one, at that.

I have a IVb with D. Zuiko on Seikosha...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-06-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 15,109
Posted By jnoir
Yeah, sorry, English not being my first language,...

Yeah, sorry, English not being my first language, sometimes my explanations are not clear enough... :bang: When I said "file a slotted tip", I meant what you did, take a screwdriver and file the...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-05-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 15,109
Posted By jnoir
Exactly so, you got it. My spanner is the T-132...

Exactly so, you got it.

My spanner is the T-132 with 7-D tips for those big screws. Not sure if SP1 would work (it closes up to 12mm, and I don't know the distance between both little holes) but I...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-01-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 15,109
Posted By jnoir
@meandihagee, just today a friend came to...

@meandihagee, just today a friend came to collect, among other things, a white set of bellows for his GS645, which is to be repaired in a different place. They will do the repair (some screws cannot...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-01-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 15,109
Posted By jnoir
Basically the first four screws for the front...

Basically the first four screws for the front standard can be removed with the camera closed, opening the rear door and you will be able to see them.

Next, you need to remove one screw at each side...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-01-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 15,109
Posted By jnoir
Perfectly understandable... I won't touch a GS645...

Perfectly understandable... I won't touch a GS645 but to replace the bellows. Mechanical parts, I can cope with them and understand how they work. But, when electric components are around...

If you...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-01-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 2,191
Posted By jnoir
Hans himself has good pictures about that, I did...

Hans himself has good pictures about that, I did not suggested that because I guess you already tried, but there is a foam inside, under the cover, that may have disintegrated, and light coming from...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-01-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 15,109
Posted By jnoir
That seller frequently has bellows for large...

That seller frequently has bellows for large format cameras, and I was tempted to purchase one for my Linhof (actually, they were off duty due to Chinese New Year, but the seller wrote me a couple of...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-01-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 15,109
Posted By jnoir
I'm based in Spain, and I can replace the bellows...

I'm based in Spain, and I can replace the bellows on your Fuji with new ones made out of leather.

A sample:

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6215/6318892583_6b57b67202_z.jpg

Another one with...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-31-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 4,652
Posted By jnoir
I think there were a couple of designers over...

I think there were a couple of designers over there at Ensign that had too much fun at the expense of photographers... Those needles in your thumb if you forgot to advance the film, the detail you...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-31-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 4,652
Posted By jnoir
I have my own webpage, but unless you can read...

I have my own webpage, but unless you can read Spanish, the English version is still far from being complete.

I can tell you that there were three main Rolfix models over the years. The original...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-31-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 4,652
Posted By jnoir
Wow, an AutoRange 820, recurrent wet dream of...

Wow, an AutoRange 820, recurrent wet dream of mine... :bang:
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-30-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 4,652
Posted By jnoir
The Rolfix is not a bad camera, I have one with...

The Rolfix is not a bad camera, I have one with Radionar in its original box. It was also sold as Hapo 5 by Hans Porst, so you can look for that...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-29-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 4,652
Posted By jnoir
It's quite similar. The AutoRange 220 and the...

It's quite similar. The AutoRange 220 and the Weltur, for example, have the lever in the inside part of the bed / door. The Super Pontura has the lever outside, and I find it more...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-29-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 4,652
Posted By jnoir
I like triplets a lot, and in fact use them...

I like triplets a lot, and in fact use them regularly for BW. Radionar, Apotar, Vaskar...

But, since OP will use it mostly for slides, in my opinion he should go for, at least, 4-element lenses....
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-29-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 4,652
Posted By jnoir
My favorite 6x9 folders are the Super Pontura...

My favorite 6x9 folders are the Super Pontura with Xenar and the Bessa IIE with Heliar, together with the Plaubel Makina IIIR which is a press camera with interchangeable lenses and not a folder per...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-26-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,002
Posted By jnoir
OK, maybe I misunderstood. If the viewfinder is...

OK, maybe I misunderstood. If the viewfinder is from a different format, as Timor pointed out, then it may be the case that both show more or less the same image.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-26-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,002
Posted By jnoir
You will see more than what will get caught in...

You will see more than what will get caught in the negative.

It all comes down to "angle of view". A 50mm MF lens covering 6x9 is roughly equivalent to 28mm on a 35mm lens, with an angle of view of...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-26-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 4,871
Posted By jnoir
Others have answered before I did, but their...

Others have answered before I did, but their answers are equally correct.

I have handled a lot of Isolettes, and in the end it all comes down to each particular unit. I have had Isolettes with mint...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-25-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 4,871
Posted By jnoir
I'd go for the Perkeo (I also own both). The...

I'd go for the Perkeo (I also own both).

The only trouble that the Perkeo may have is a non-functional double exposure prevention system. But the issue is not that frequent and is an easy fix, and...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-23-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 1,012
Posted By jnoir
Try Edmund Scientific...

Try Edmund Scientific...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-23-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 12,325
Posted By jnoir
I love Franka cameras, I have several versions,...

I love Franka cameras, I have several versions, II, IIIe, IIL, with Prontor and with Compur, with and without rangefinder, with and without lightmeter...
...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-23-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,787
Posted By jnoir
As far as I know, the Baldix does not cock the...

As far as I know, the Baldix does not cock the shutter automatically.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-23-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 1,661
Posted By jnoir
I manufacture and replace my own leather bellows....

I manufacture and replace my own leather bellows. I follow a procedure pretty similar to that of RichL, with specific materials I can find here in Europe.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-30-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 2,819
Posted By jnoir
Oops, sorry, I misunderstood. Still, I don't...

Oops, sorry, I misunderstood.

Still, I don't know where to match the serial number to a specific or approximated date. All I know is that there were some 35.000 Bessas II made, and that the...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-30-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 2,819
Posted By jnoir
As far as I know, yes, that is the only serial...

As far as I know, yes, that is the only serial number for the camera. At the same time, I doubt there is some "secret coding" put into Voigtlaender's serial numbers. But I may be wrong, it'd be...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-30-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 1,816
Posted By jnoir
Thanks! I'm on my way to rebuild the site for...

Thanks! I'm on my way to rebuild the site for making it more accessible.

Don't hesitate to ask any question you may have! I'll be glad to be of any help.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-30-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 1,816
Posted By jnoir
It all comes down to the kind of photography you...

It all comes down to the kind of photography you like to do. If you shoot most of your pictures with the lens wide open, I recommend to stay away of the Agnar lens (nevertheless it is only a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-30-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 5,664
Posted By jnoir
Great ! Did they provide you with the specs for...

Great ! Did they provide you with the specs for that material (e.g. abrasion resistance, crease recovery, hydrophilic properties, maybe tensile strenght...)?
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-30-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 1,816
Posted By jnoir
Personally, I do not find the Agnar a good...

Personally, I do not find the Agnar a good triplet lens, and therefore I tend to avoid it. In my opinion, it qualifies somewhere in the "lomography" region, quality-wise. The best bang for the buck...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-30-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 5,664
Posted By jnoir
Nice ! I have never managed to use computers for...

Nice ! I have never managed to use computers for design, my bellows are hand made, for me is faster and easier.

For which materials did you settle in the end?
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-30-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 2,819
Posted By jnoir
I have the Bessa RF, not the II, but IIRC the...

I have the Bessa RF, not the II, but IIRC the number should appear engraved on the rim of the front element.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-27-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 4,925
Posted By jnoir
I love my Bessa RF with Heliar, together with my...

I love my Bessa RF with Heliar, together with my Super Pontura and my newly acquired Plaubel Makina, are my 6x9 cameras of choice.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-23-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 5,664
Posted By jnoir
Absolutely! That's the best way to be sure :-)...

Absolutely! That's the best way to be sure :-) Since I don't do FSU cameras (now I know better, having seen the Iskras I've seen...), if you can share the results if they are interchangeable, it'd be...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-22-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,776
Posted By jnoir
Not sure where you're located, if in Europe I can...

Not sure where you're located, if in Europe I can do it for you just for the shipping costs, I've already CLA'd a few of them xD

http://jnoir.eu/_common/images/agfa-superisolette-jnoir-02.jpg
...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-22-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,776
Posted By jnoir
It is not hard at all, but since the camera is...

It is not hard at all, but since the camera is valuable enough, if I were you I'd send it to a trained repairman.

You must remove the top cover, and then you will see the rangefinder housing. The...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-22-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 5,664
Posted By jnoir
Sorry for the bad news, but I'm afraid it is not...

Sorry for the bad news, but I'm afraid it is not that easy. Bellows are defined by three figures: lenght, rear size (for the part that joins to the body), and front size (for the part that joins the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-21-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 5,664
Posted By jnoir
It's a Fujica GS645 Professional, a 6x4.5 folder...

It's a Fujica GS645 Professional, a 6x4.5 folder introduced by 1983 or so

I _love_ mechanical folders, this one uses just two SR44-type batteries for the light meter.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-21-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 5,664
Posted By jnoir
Put some color on for taking great B&W photos......

Put some color on for taking great B&W photos... :D This is actually one of my favourite "mods"

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6051/5878330047_b5cb079507_z.jpg

Ain't she pretty? ...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-21-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 5,664
Posted By jnoir
Thumbs up Thanks! Well, the cost depends mostly on which...

Thanks!

Well, the cost depends mostly on which materials you're going to use... I do my bellows out of leather: with little care they will last decades. Yeah, they are not as cheap as others made...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-21-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 5,664
Posted By jnoir
I've been manufacturing my own bellows for MF...

I've been manufacturing my own bellows for MF folders and LF cameras for several years now

http://jnoir.eu/_common/images/agfa-isolette-jnoir-00.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-17-2011
Replies: 363
Views: 108,547
Posted By jnoir
Thanks for your comments ! Sure, don't...

Thanks for your comments !



Sure, don't hesitate to ask ! It's taken long until I found the right one for me (I wanted a IIIR with Compur Rapid up to 1/400 badly ;) ) but it's worth it indeed,...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-17-2011
Replies: 363
Views: 108,547
Posted By jnoir
Just the last one that joined the family of...

Just the last one that joined the family of Agfas, Baldas, Weltas, Frankas, Zeiss Ikons...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7031/6525555549_5fa22c8e34_z.jpg
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-05-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 10,242
Posted By jnoir
IIRC the serial number is embossed on the...

IIRC the serial number is embossed on the leather, in one side (opposite to the model type)
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-04-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 10,242
Posted By jnoir
Most probably you'd be better off trying to date...

Most probably you'd be better off trying to date the lens.

Here is a great resource: http://www.motamedi.info/serial.htm
Forum: RFF News 12-02-2011
Replies: 174
Views: 16,111
Posted By jnoir
+1 to Steve M. This has been annoying, but little...

+1 to Steve M. This has been annoying, but little else.

I'm more surprised by all those "I saw it up and running and went directly to classifieds" posts. Looks like most people here missed RFF as...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-21-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 943
Posted By jnoir
When removing, I usually mark the point where it...

When removing, I usually mark the point where it fully disengages, for using it when remounting. Since you did not do that, I'm afraid most likely you're bound to trial and error until you get it.
...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 11-18-2011
Replies: 20
Views: 6,671
Posted By jnoir
The ERC from an Iskra will fit a Super Isolette,...

The ERC from an Iskra will fit a Super Isolette, I know that for sure.

I have no experience with Moskvas, I cannot say for sure, but I wouldn't be surprised either.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 11-08-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 3,373
Posted By jnoir
Tipically, those with non-combined RF (i.e....

Tipically, those with non-combined RF (i.e. separate windows for RF and VF, usually three on the front and two on the rear part of the top cover) provide higher magnification. I vouch for a Braun...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-06-2011
Replies: 30
Views: 15,588
Posted By jnoir
The bellows are undoubtely the weakest part in...

The bellows are undoubtely the weakest part in these cameras. Otherwise, they're pretty nice. I went for a Mamiya 7II, though, 6x4.5 has never appealed me...

I have serviced several of these...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 11-06-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 3,373
Posted By jnoir
+1 I have one with the 50/2 Ultron, and although...

+1

I have one with the 50/2 Ultron, and although I don't use it that often, for some reason I can't get rid of it... The "combi-plunger" is great when you become used to it, and lens performance is...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 11-06-2011
Replies: 20
Views: 6,671
Posted By jnoir
IIRC, in square format the Super Ikonta B has...

IIRC, in square format the Super Ikonta B has coated Tessars only from post-war 532/16 - easily identified by its chrome front, as opposed to the black enameled front of previous model - and...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 10-12-2011
Replies: 38
Views: 7,675
Posted By jnoir
Sharing that interest with you, I am lucky enough...

Sharing that interest with you, I am lucky enough to have tried out and even own a few japanese folders. In my opinion, most of them are close copies to their German counterparts. I have Mamiya,...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 10-10-2011
Replies: 38
Views: 7,675
Posted By jnoir
Well, I see it like going to a second-hand car...

Well, I see it like going to a second-hand car dealer asking for Car A, and the seller saying "hey dude, you're aiming too low, why have a Car A when you can have a Car B with basically the same...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-03-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 2,200
Posted By jnoir
I'd say it mostly depends on how the film has...

I'd say it mostly depends on how the film has been stored. Is it a-116, a-120, a-122...?
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 09-29-2011
Replies: 38
Views: 7,675
Posted By jnoir
Not that bad either, I have one with Xenar and...

Not that bad either, I have one with Xenar and black top cover, and also a Minolta Auto Semi, its japanese copy. Together with the Super Ikonta, my three 6x4.5 folders of choice (the Auto range 16-20...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 09-28-2011
Replies: 38
Views: 7,675
Posted By jnoir
Actually, the "regular" (i.e. VF, not RF) Selfix...

Actually, the "regular" (i.e. VF, not RF) Selfix 16-20 came with Xpress 75/3.5 in one of its variants (mkIV?). The Selfix 16-20 can also be found with Ensar Anastigmat or Rosstar lenses, I have not...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 09-22-2011
Replies: 38
Views: 7,675
Posted By jnoir
Actually, all Super Isolettes / Super Speedex...

Actually, all Super Isolettes / Super Speedex came with the 75/3.5 Solinar lens. Early units (according to my records and IIRC, up to serial number 7.000 approximately) with Synchro-Compur MX, from...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 09-22-2011
Replies: 38
Views: 7,675
Posted By jnoir
What about an Ensign Auto-Range 220? Dual format...

What about an Ensign Auto-Range 220? Dual format (6x6 and 6x4.5), coupled RF, 8-speed shutter, distances in feet, automatic frame counter for both formats... I have one for sale, it's been CLAd and...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-12-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 3,053
Posted By jnoir
Couldn't it be that the box was actually made and...

Couldn't it be that the box was actually made and sold before the bicentenary? Not that it makes lots of sense, 5 years are somehow a lot of time, but in this world who knows :bang:
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-12-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 3,053
Posted By jnoir
I have a Bessa RF with the Heliar lens, and its...

I have a Bessa RF with the Heliar lens, and its original maker's box (actually, a bicentenary edition, 1756-1956), in absolutely great shape (rangefinder's vertical alignment was slightly off, I...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 09-10-2011
Replies: 30
Views: 7,570
Posted By jnoir
With old folders, one can override the double...

With old folders, one can override the double exposure prevention as you discovered (but this may make harder keeping the camera stable) or, if it has the capability to receive a cable release, by...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 08-31-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 4,562
Posted By jnoir
The price that people is lately paying for 6x4.5...

The price that people is lately paying for 6x4.5 Super Ikontas is crazy... I see them go for 150+ Euro. They have more than doubled their price in barely four years!

Maybe someone has an...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 08-27-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 4,562
Posted By jnoir
In Europe, it's 5 years by law

In Europe, it's 5 years by law
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 08-06-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,206
Posted By jnoir
I'd take the risk with a figure around 3000 Euro...

I'd take the risk with a figure around 3000 Euro (whatever that is in USD).

Say 800 for the body, 900 for the 43mm, 750 for the 65mm, 600 for the 150mm, 100 for the panorama kit and another 100 for...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 08-02-2011
Replies: 69
Views: 44,549
Posted By jnoir
Since I am the happy owner of a 7II, I too want...

Since I am the happy owner of a 7II, I too want to add an extra lens to the "default" kit (that I got with the 80mm lens).

I know better than to choose the lens based on technical differences,...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-02-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,613
Posted By jnoir
I have a couple of Super Ikontas, one A in black...

I have a couple of Super Ikontas, one A in black and one B chromed. Also a "regular" Ikonta 6x9 (can't recall it's model number now). They are nice, but not my favourites. Especially the B (532/16)...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-01-2011
Replies: 30
Views: 7,570
Posted By jnoir
There should be some numbers embossed in one side...

There should be some numbers embossed in one side of the leatherette, helping you to identify the model number. I'd say you have an Ikonta A 521, 6x4.5, but it's hard to say with just a couple of...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 07-07-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 2,836
Posted By jnoir
Hopefully that's a good thing :-P Actually,...

Hopefully that's a good thing :-P



Actually, two of the several KW Patent Etuis that I own have a Tessar 120mm lens, however those are for 6.5x9cm. Maybe it covers 9x12? I don't know, have not...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 07-06-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 2,836
Posted By jnoir
Some holders are compatible between cameras (e.g....

Some holders are compatible between cameras (e.g. some Ikon and Voigtlander holders), but others are not (e.g. Patent Etui holders). Also, they were prepared for glass plates, so Thomas you may also...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 07-06-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 2,836
Posted By jnoir
I use Voigtländer Avus and KW Patent Etui in...

I use Voigtländer Avus and KW Patent Etui in 9x12. No rangefinders, but I don't need them either. Just a few weeks ago I spent half the summer payroll on sheet film from Ilford's ULF, stocking up for...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-06-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 4,341
Posted By jnoir
Bellows pinhole maybe? Have you tried going to...

Bellows pinhole maybe? Have you tried going to the darkroom and shining a torch inside the opened camera? if there are pinholes, you will locate the leaks. It may be that some foam or seal in the...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-05-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 2,396
Posted By jnoir
I own a Foth Derby RF, nice little gem. Not...

I own a Foth Derby RF, nice little gem. Not really rigid, not really a folder, but it has some bellows

I'd like to own a Multex, but I cannot justify the expense just because I like the maker......
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-25-2011
Replies: 1
Views: 1,305
Posted By jnoir
Nice. I _love_ Ensign cameras. I have several...

Nice. I _love_ Ensign cameras.

I have several versions of the 16-20, with their original maker's box. I also have a 8-20 Special, and with its mask I can shoot also 6x6 so I sold my 12-20 Special...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-15-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,794
Posted By jnoir
I have noticed, repairing Perkeos I, that the...

I have noticed, repairing Perkeos I, that the double exposure prevention mechanism is not as reliable as it should be. Not a big issue, and taking into account its small size, it is one of my...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-13-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 2,036
Posted By jnoir
So say I... but instead am designing a custom...

So say I... but instead am designing a custom closet to keep them safe and clean when in storage... and setting targets for the upcoming months :bang:
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-13-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 2,036
Posted By jnoir
I love mine, although is post-war. Luckily I got...

I love mine, although is post-war. Luckily I got it even cheaper than yours, with its original maker's box, etc. One of those "once in a lifetime" occasions... Your price is also fantastic for such a...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-08-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 935
Posted By jnoir
No, AFAIK. If there was, I'd have already cleaned...

No, AFAIK. If there was, I'd have already cleaned it up :-P

However, in Madrid you may have a look on Sunday morning at "El Rastro", a second hand street market. You may find something...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-09-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,291
Posted By jnoir
Great! You won't be disappointed, it is a good...

Great! You won't be disappointed, it is a good investment.

Just out of curiosity, to whom did you send the camera for CLA?
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-09-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,291
Posted By jnoir
It may be, as the leaks do not seem consistent...

It may be, as the leaks do not seem consistent and produces only "similar" marks. And I'd say, in that case, you have pinholes in both corner sides of bellow's top part. Try covering those pinholes...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-08-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,349
Posted By jnoir
Thanks for sharing, it is a best practice indeed,...

Thanks for sharing, it is a best practice indeed, even mandatory for some cases.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-08-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,291
Posted By jnoir
It's strange in that it is more common to find...

It's strange in that it is more common to find lines instead of curves, when dealing with light leaks. It may be a blade that is going slower than the others when closing back after exposure, or...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-06-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 1,886
Posted By jnoir
Then I'd say that, based on your description,...

Then I'd say that, based on your description, it's a perfectly serviceable camera. And a very good one, indeed. Ensign is one of my favorite camera makers, they never even made a prototype for a 35mm...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-06-2011
Replies: 1
Views: 1,214
Posted By jnoir
I am not a big Kodak fan myself, and don't have...

I am not a big Kodak fan myself, and don't have the Regent, but I bet that you'll need to respool it. I guess you can try just putting an unexposed roll of 120 film in the taking-up chamber, and see...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-06-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 1,886
Posted By jnoir
What shutter does it have? Epsilon shutters are...

What shutter does it have? Epsilon shutters are reportedly unreliable, but they are perfectly serviceable, as most other shutters. The lenses faults will require further investigation for a proper...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-05-2011
Replies: 69
Views: 10,250
Posted By jnoir
Iskras are known for having a kind of "foam", if...

Iskras are known for having a kind of "foam", if I recall correctly, under the film advance wheel / auto counter, for the wind axle. It usually is "wrapped" around the pivot. I'm currently overseas...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-04-2011
Replies: 69
Views: 10,250
Posted By jnoir
Indeed one cannot use them all at the same time,...

Indeed one cannot use them all at the same time, but I try to be fair with my "toys" hehe...

For me, it's "just listed" or "just because". I am happy if I can keep the addiction at bay, and make it...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-04-2011
Replies: 72
Views: 7,935
Posted By jnoir
That's partially true. At least for some...

That's partially true. At least for some shutters, such as Ensign's Epsilon, one should not change between 1/10 and 1/25 when cocked, by its design this will break the shutter if you force that.
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Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-04-2011
Replies: 69
Views: 10,250
Posted By jnoir
I am not a collector myself but I can say that,...

I am not a collector myself but I can say that, as silly as it may sound, it is equally true. And after that you'll start with folders from the 40s and 30s, and after that plate cameras that you may...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-09-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 7,113
Posted By jnoir
Super Isolettes were made for just 3 or 4 years...

Super Isolettes were made for just 3 or 4 years (compare that to the various models of Isolette made for 15 or 20 years, or with the Agfa 66 made for just about one year with about 5000 pieces).


...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-08-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 4,298
Posted By jnoir
The sellers for the last three Agfa 66 I have...

The sellers for the last three Agfa 66 I have seen in Europe asked around 1500 Euro for one, with ERC and in needs for a CLA. One even had the original user manual (no box, though, I have yet to see...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-07-2011
Replies: 69
Views: 10,250
Posted By jnoir
+1 And I do use _a lot_ of folders

+1

And I do use _a lot_ of folders
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-28-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 8,266
Posted By jnoir
Actually, I'd say Isolette's bellows were made...

Actually, I'd say Isolette's bellows were made out of vynil with some kind of cloth backing (I've heard it was made by "spraying" vinyl or similar rubberized material over this fabric to "seal" it)....
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-28-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 4,298
Posted By jnoir
I am based in Spain and regularly service old...

I am based in Spain and regularly service old folders for friends. My favorite CRF folders are the Super Isolette and the Ensign 2-20 Autorange.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-25-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 1,328
Posted By jnoir
Thanks man! I missed that recommendation from...

Thanks man! I missed that recommendation from APUG, I reached Mamiya.nl and was confident that, if needed, they'd take good care of my little new toy. It's good to know my first impression was right...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-25-2011
Replies: 1
Views: 897
Posted By jnoir
It's good to know, although I hope I won't have...

It's good to know, although I hope I won't have any chance to put the resistance of mine to test... :cool:
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-24-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 1,328
Posted By jnoir
BTW, I'd like to know similar options but based...

BTW, I'd like to know similar options but based in Europe :)
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-24-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 4,908
Posted By jnoir
I own one pretty much like yours. All-chromed...

I own one pretty much like yours. All-chromed units are the second version (call it MkII). It is not my favorite, though...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-19-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 3,198
Posted By jnoir
My Super Ikonta has its original Zeiss filters,...

My Super Ikonta has its original Zeiss filters, yellow and orange. Both are marked as 37mm. And both are "push-on" type, they do not screw.

It's the only 6x6 folder I have capable of keeping its...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-19-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 8,266
Posted By jnoir
I own a Bessa IIE (or RF, seems to depend on who...

I own a Bessa IIE (or RF, seems to depend on who you ask) from the '50s with its original box, and Heliar lens. Since I think I have not seen any sample of this lens in this post, I will upload a...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 11-05-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 2,937
Posted By jnoir
For the same reasons that Mr. Kerensky was...

For the same reasons that Mr. Kerensky was pointing out. And by readings such as http://www.earlyphotography.co.uk/site/entry_C63.html , that's why I was guessing. I have never used Panchromatic...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 11-04-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 2,937
Posted By jnoir
I guess that's why cameras such as the Purma...

I guess that's why cameras such as the Purma Special came with two sets of interchangeable plastic pieces for the windows, red and green, so that you can switch depending on the film you will be...
Forum: Film vs Digital 11-04-2010
Replies: 139
Views: 28,450
Posted By jnoir
About 90% of my shoots are film. Digital SLR for...

About 90% of my shoots are film. Digital SLR for backup when travelling abroad.
Forum: Film vs Digital 11-04-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,909
Posted By jnoir
I'm barely 25 and since 10+ years I'm doing film,...

I'm barely 25 and since 10+ years I'm doing film, mostly medium format with old cameras. I have never attend to a photo school or course, I learned from books and practice, and I do it for my own...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-12-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 5,091
Posted By jnoir
As far as I know, ISCO and JSCO are the same (has...

As far as I know, ISCO and JSCO are the same (has to do with I and J and the german language).

JSCO means J. Schneider & Co. Schneider lenses were made in Kreuznach and Isco/Jsco lenses in...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-01-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,439
Posted By jnoir
+1 on that

+1 on that
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-01-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 1,002
Posted By jnoir
By "oil" you might mean "lighter fluid"? You...

By "oil" you might mean "lighter fluid"? You know, cameras and cars are not the same thing ;-P

You may need to remove the film-counter panel, it will allow access to shutter cocking, film advance...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-02-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 2,740
Posted By jnoir
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Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-02-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 13,376
Posted By jnoir
Supposedly, IG was Swiss-based. Nevertheless,...

Supposedly, IG was Swiss-based. Nevertheless, being based in Europe, in a place where one of Kodak's factory was, may allow me to throw a bit more of light to a few events, some of them mentioned by...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-29-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 13,376
Posted By jnoir
Well, of course I do have cameras with limited...

Well, of course I do have cameras with limited features, but my point there was that folders are cameras perfectly usable, some (like Isolettes of all levels) have higher chances to require a good...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-25-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 3,719
Posted By jnoir
I was wondering, did you by chance registered the...

I was wondering, did you by chance registered the dimensions of the Mamiya's bellows? Could it be possible for you to post them here or send me a PM with the details?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-25-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 25,931
Posted By jnoir
I use an ultrasonic cleaner with dedicated...

I use an ultrasonic cleaner with dedicated chemicals
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-25-2010
Replies: 35
Views: 19,119
Posted By jnoir
I'd put it clearly about where NOT to squeeze it...

I'd put it clearly about where NOT to squeeze it in :D
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-25-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 3,719
Posted By jnoir
Cool! A great job, indeed. And a great deal, even...

Cool! A great job, indeed. And a great deal, even more with the mask for focal plane focusing still inside!

This is a detail of the mask from my...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-25-2010
Replies: 35
Views: 19,119
Posted By jnoir
I agree with Silva's suggestion of a Franka...

I agree with Silva's suggestion of a Franka Solida (never mind it being a II, III or plain Solida, they were named rather randomly and cameras with same features received different badges). Bear in...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-25-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 13,376
Posted By jnoir
@chippy, thanks! Very informative, I have never...

@chippy, thanks! Very informative, I have never handled an Ansco branded camera yet, and because I do not collect but use I have always skipped those "low-spec'd" models.

BTW, this is what happens...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-25-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 1,629
Posted By jnoir
Whenever I asked Jürgen to sell me a couple of...

Whenever I asked Jürgen to sell me a couple of bellows for me to replace on my own, basically I only received evasions and that was several years ago... So, now I make my own bellows. Being based in...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-24-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 13,376
Posted By jnoir
I would not use hot water... But if you do, I...

I would not use hot water... But if you do, I guess you can only do it if you remove the two front elements sticked together (I would not put water anywhere near the shutter assembly). Anyway, use...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-22-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 3,703
Posted By jnoir
Your camera actually looks like a PD16 Viking...

Your camera actually looks like a PD16 Viking (there was a PD Readyset Special, but the WLF attached to the shutter reveals it as a Viking). A manual for the camera can be found at...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 05-20-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1,255
Posted By jnoir
Congratulations! You have a capable camera. ...

Congratulations! You have a capable camera.

Agnar lenses are triplets. Color-Agnar (which first appeared by the end of the 50's last century) are also triplets, with better correction for color...
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