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Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-13-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 348
Posted By John Shriver
At least on the Viscount, the adjustment screw is...

At least on the Viscount, the adjustment screw is behind the plastic surround around the eyepiece. I haven't done any work on my 35-V, so I don't know where it is on that camera.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-26-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 4,516
Posted By John Shriver
Gee, I use my 70mm film to reload 116/616 backing...

Gee, I use my 70mm film to reload 116/616 backing paper. Have Portra 160, Tri-X, and some stale Plus-X.

I've cut down a roll of 8 inch Portra 160 (for Cirkut) to two strips for 122. Very thick...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-19-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,786
Posted By John Shriver
Ideally, have the metal painted black by an auto...

Ideally, have the metal painted black by an auto body shop. They have great paints and technique.

Another alternative is Scalecoat paint for the model railroad hobby. Ideally airbrush it on, or...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-19-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,786
Posted By John Shriver
Numbers scratched in the focusing mount are...

Numbers scratched in the focusing mount are typically the last few digits of the serial number of the matching optical cell. Leica makes distinct focusing mounts for various ranges of actual focal...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-14-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 6,700
Posted By John Shriver
Did finally get the Hektor 28mm. Lens, hood...

Did finally get the Hektor 28mm. Lens, hood (SOOHN), finder (SUOOQ), and bakelite case. Totaled up to $890 in four separate purchases.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-19-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 1,873
Posted By John Shriver
I haven't poked with a VL, but many Canon RFs of...

I haven't poked with a VL, but many Canon RFs of that vintage have cemented prisms (one half-silvered) for the beam splitter. If the dirt's on the outside, you're home free. If the problem is...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-01-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 1,016
Posted By John Shriver
You can use a micrometer depth gauge to measure...

You can use a micrometer depth gauge to measure flange to pressure plate distance. But you need to know the distance from the pressure plate to the focal plane without film in the camera. Or you...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-10-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 1,119
Posted By John Shriver
Most likely reason not to reset is that the light...

Most likely reason not to reset is that the light seals have the reset lever all gooped up.

Other than that, the spring to return it to start might be one turn too lose. Or some adjustment may be...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-09-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 1,257
Posted By John Shriver
I have one that had been hacked to Canon EF...

I have one that had been hacked to Canon EF mount, thankfully it came with the original Pentax K mount and I was able to restore it, but had to work hard to get some of the right metric screws.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-09-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,785
Posted By John Shriver
I don't think that the focusing collar was...

I don't think that the focusing collar was painted, I think it's black anodizing. Should be able to find some place that does anodizing in any city with industry.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-23-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 8,292
Posted By John Shriver
http://www.doriancolor.com BOS does dip & dunk...

http://www.doriancolor.com BOS does dip & dunk C-41, E-6, and B&W.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-15-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 4,842
Posted By John Shriver
Pentax-A 50/1.2 and 135/2.8 to Eric Hendrickson. ...

Pentax-A 50/1.2 and 135/2.8 to Eric Hendrickson. Both had problems with their A contacts. I'd lost the spring on the 135mm, and a past owner had lost some part on the 50mm. The 135mm also needed...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-13-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 2,122
Posted By John Shriver
I'm with Sevo -- that's just haze. Doesn't even...

I'm with Sevo -- that's just haze. Doesn't even look like fungus. Looks like you have an uncoated Summitar, so any of the usual Leica repair folks will be able to clean off the haze. (Haze in a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-27-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 981
Posted By John Shriver
As for the musty smell, it's mildew. I read...

As for the musty smell, it's mildew. I read instructions on how to de-mildew old magazines, that should also work for this. Get "para" moth flakes. (Not moth balls.) Put the case in a big black...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-27-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,485
Posted By John Shriver
I think around 200 Fahrenheit. Whatever...

I think around 200 Fahrenheit. Whatever temperature is recommended to heat balsam. But first you need to remove the front lens cell (loosen setscrew in face, unscrew cow), and then separate the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-26-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,485
Posted By John Shriver
I improved a really wretched Summar which had...

I improved a really wretched Summar which had major separation in the front doublet by baking the doublet in a toaster oven, to re-melt the balsam. Didn't make it perfect, but got rid of the ghost...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-26-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 1,266
Posted By John Shriver
Congratulations. It's an interesting lens if the...

Congratulations. It's an interesting lens if the front glass isn't scratched, and you've gotten all the haze out inside. Mine is uncoated, but crystal clear (I cleaned it), and flare is not a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-04-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 981
Posted By John Shriver
White fuzz on old plastic knobs may not be...

White fuzz on old plastic knobs may not be fungus. It may be the lead from the plasticisizers leaching out. Pretty common on plastics from the 1950's and 1960's. Easy enough to clean up, but...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-31-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 12,843
Posted By John Shriver
I believe Leica does not sell piece parts for the...

I believe Leica does not sell piece parts for the M rangefinder assembly, they will only provide the entire assembly on an exchange basis (send the broken one back).
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-31-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 1,120
Posted By John Shriver
Yes, Canons need thinner cloth than Leicas. See...

Yes, Canons need thinner cloth than Leicas. See if John Goodman can get you something appropriate.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-31-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1,127
Posted By John Shriver
Neat camera, clever shutter. Oddball frame...

Neat camera, clever shutter. Oddball frame format, it's not half-frame, it's slightly larger. 11 exposures in the space of 6 full-frame ones.

Common -- but hard to find one that's not all corroded.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-31-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 1,076
Posted By John Shriver
Being able to borrow an M Typ 240 would make this...

Being able to borrow an M Typ 240 would make this so much easier. (Make Live View agree with the RF.) For me with only film LTM cameras, adjusting the shimming is a very slow iterative process,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-31-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,600
Posted By John Shriver
I'm afraid Phil's not right. There are multiple...

I'm afraid Phil's not right. There are multiple focal length ranges for Leica 50mm lenses. For instance, for Elmar 50/3.5 lenses, the focusing mounts were made for lenses of 50.1, 50.4, 50.7, 51.0,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-31-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,600
Posted By John Shriver
If the lens was disassembled to the point that an...

If the lens was disassembled to the point that an element was removed, and it was not re-seated properly, it would cause the focal length of the lens to change. The focusing cam on the lens has to...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-31-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 730
Posted By John Shriver
I got one that had been rather crudely converted...

I got one that had been rather crudely converted to Canon EF mount, but thankfully came with the original Pentax mount. It's really pretty obvious just starting from the back removing screws. ...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-31-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 831
Posted By John Shriver
Canon split prisms are cemented -- very nasty to...

Canon split prisms are cemented -- very nasty to separate resilver and re-cement.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-31-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 811
Posted By John Shriver
There's someone selling Canon RF lens parts...

There's someone selling Canon RF lens parts manual copy on eBay. That might show you what goes where.
Forum: Large Format Film RF 02-27-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 3,401
Posted By John Shriver
You could probably fit it in a Nikor Q50, the...

You could probably fit it in a Nikor Q50, the tank for two oversize 220 reels.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-01-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 1,434
Posted By John Shriver
FIKUS is OK on 35/3.5 Elmar (fully collapsed),...

FIKUS is OK on 35/3.5 Elmar (fully collapsed), but the front element of the 35/3.5 Summaron is probably so large to cause vignetting.

However, your flare problem may be a haze problem inside your...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-26-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 724
Posted By John Shriver
The Leica part doesn't fit. No idea about the...

The Leica part doesn't fit. No idea about the Industar.

I bought the correct part from Sherry Krauter for my Canon 35/1.8. Not cheap, but worth it to me.

(Why don't people just glue something...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-26-2013
Replies: 32
Views: 2,928
Posted By John Shriver
Going traveling tomorrow, and taking the Leica...

Going traveling tomorrow, and taking the Leica IIIa instead of the much nicer Canon 7s for straightforward reasons of weight. Don't want to be bogged down with a heavy camera walking around New York...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-26-2013
Replies: 33
Views: 13,176
Posted By John Shriver
Surprised the serial number isn't engraved...

Surprised the serial number isn't engraved somewhere on the head of the lens. At least on my Hektor 135/4.5, the serial number is engraved on the head, and when you unscrew the head (comes off for...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-26-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 3,242
Posted By John Shriver
If you want sharp, it's the Canon 100/3.5. If...

If you want sharp, it's the Canon 100/3.5. If you want something that won't expose every skin defect, the Elmar 90/4 is a better choice. You need one that is clean and haze free, however.

(Then...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-29-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 3,552
Posted By John Shriver
I think all 50/2.8 Elmars (LTM and M-mount) have...

I think all 50/2.8 Elmars (LTM and M-mount) have E39 filter threads. Many appreciate the convenience of having a set of Leica lenses that all use E39 filters.

The A36 LTM 50/3.5 Elmar is just...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-26-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 4,198
Posted By John Shriver
FIKUS works fine for me on Summar at 3,5cm...

FIKUS works fine for me on Summar at 3,5cm setting. There are (rare) FIKUS hoods out there with a "5 Summar" engraving at that mark. This makes for a handy 50/90/135 kit using the same FIKUS hood.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-26-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 892
Posted By John Shriver
You may need to remove the inner ring, drive the...

You may need to remove the inner ring, drive the screw all the way in, and file or grind a bit of the end off. They deform the end some to damage the threads to make the screw captive.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-26-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 7,246
Posted By John Shriver
I was very careful when leaving the country with...

I was very careful when leaving the country with my Beseler Topcon Super D and lens in 1973 to get paperwork from customs that I already owned it. Both so I wouldn't have to pay duty bringing it...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-26-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 1,599
Posted By John Shriver
The beamslplitter in my IIIa was a bit tricky to...

The beamslplitter in my IIIa was a bit tricky to install, as I had to do some shimming with Scotch Magic (R) tape to get vertical alignment. But it was a huge improvement.

To pay someone to do it...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-26-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 28,003
Posted By John Shriver
I have 589416 from that same batch, some lovely...

I have 589416 from that same batch, some lovely blue/purple coating, same meter focusing scale, in nigh-perfect condition. Very lovely lens to use.

Putz noted this batch to be factory coated, but...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-26-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 2,247
Posted By John Shriver
If that's a Leica sync with the delay dial around...

If that's a Leica sync with the delay dial around the shutter dial, it's really a II to IIIf conversion.

Did they add 1/1000 shutter speed?
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 07-25-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 2,385
Posted By John Shriver
You would really want 6B or FP-26B flashbulbs for...

You would really want 6B or FP-26B flashbulbs for any focal plane camera. You can make 25B or M3B work, but at a very limited set of slow shutter speeds.

The short-peak bulbs for leaf shutters are...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-05-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 1,572
Posted By John Shriver
Why? The success of the M8 and M9. Plus, the...

Why? The success of the M8 and M9. Plus, the folks who buy those cameras have deep pockets.

Problem with the Russian LTM glass is that it often doesn't focus accurately on Leica cameras. Slightly...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-25-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 2,727
Posted By John Shriver
The top cover was obviously replaced at the...

The top cover was obviously replaced at the factory in the III to IIIf upgrade. Of course the shutter mechanism is probably IIIa, not IIIc/IIIf.

Any black screwmount Leica with 1/1000 top shutter...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-17-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,101
Posted By John Shriver
Note that the adjustable FIKUS hood will work...

Note that the adjustable FIKUS hood will work fine on the Summar at the shortest setting. If you also have Elmar 50/3.5, Elmar 90/4, or Hektor 135/4.5 it becomes a good buy. You can get a scruffy...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-17-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 2,981
Posted By John Shriver
My impression is that a SOOGZ can be found for a...

My impression is that a SOOGZ can be found for a reasonable price with some patience. (Which is never the case with the authentic SNHOO.)

39mm filters are the most practical path for you. Plus,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-21-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 8,533
Posted By John Shriver
The texture of the paint and the "chippy-ness" of...

The texture of the paint and the "chippy-ness" of the wear points at a repaint to me.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-21-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 629
Posted By John Shriver
Have CRR Luton re-do it in Vulcanite.

Have CRR Luton re-do it in Vulcanite.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-21-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 3,405
Posted By John Shriver
Could be an improperly seated lens element.

Could be an improperly seated lens element.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-21-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 715
Posted By John Shriver
Essex Camera, Dan Goldberg, Sherry Krauter...

Essex Camera, Dan Goldberg, Sherry Krauter (Golden Touch), Kindermann, Steve Choi, and any other good repairer of mechanical cameras should be able to replace the curtains. If it has stainless steel...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-12-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 854
Posted By John Shriver
You would need to remove the screws that lock the...

You would need to remove the screws that lock the star nuts on the bottom of the spring shafts.

But if the shutter speeds are off, a CLA is in order. The National Camera manual on repairing Leica...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-12-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,540
Posted By John Shriver
Yes, the round Canon 35/2.8 // 50/1.8 hood will...

Yes, the round Canon 35/2.8 // 50/1.8 hood will work fine on the 35/1.8, but will block a good bit of the finder. The vented rectangular Canon hood for those lenses is much nicer to use in every...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-09-2012
Replies: 24
Views: 3,738
Posted By John Shriver
Are you certain there isn't a Canon lens mount...

Are you certain there isn't a Canon lens mount riveted or screwed to that brass plate? It normally mounts with four screws. Have you tried sliding the lens release lever on the side of the lens? ...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-09-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 2,065
Posted By John Shriver
Well, you have the formula wrong. Think of the...

Well, you have the formula wrong. Think of the infinity adjustment as the zero intercept (-b). The rate, which is how fast the rangefinder moves as you focus the lens, is your m.

So your rate is...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-26-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 2,273
Posted By John Shriver
There's only two types of Canon magazines. The...

There's only two types of Canon magazines. The original brown-toned brass ones, with two buttons on the end, fit all of the bottom-loaders. The Magazine V, which is black anodized aluminum with...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-26-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 4,217
Posted By John Shriver
Well, sometimes a CLA involves correcting...

Well, sometimes a CLA involves correcting incorrect assembly. Both the threads for the focusing helical, and for the rangefinder helical (used on lenses wider than 51.8mm) have multiple starts, put...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-12-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 3,885
Posted By John Shriver
FIKUS adjustable works fine on a Summar. Use the...

FIKUS adjustable works fine on a Summar. Use the 3.5cm setting -- some are even so marked. That setting also works for Elmar 3.5cm lens, again some hoods are so marked. This lets you have a four...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-12-2012
Replies: 160
Views: 59,332
Posted By John Shriver
I bet you needed a high shutter speed to stop the...

I bet you needed a high shutter speed to stop the subject motion from shivering in that one!
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-06-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1,353
Posted By John Shriver
Get someone with a micrometer to measure the...

Get someone with a micrometer to measure the thickness of the LTM-to-M adapter. If it is not exactly 1mm thick, it is defective, and the cause of your problem. Your symptom would be caused if it...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-06-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 1,823
Posted By John Shriver
It's the lack of oil, but the accretion of oil...

It's the lack of oil, but the accretion of oil and dirt, which is trouble. Adding oil to the dirt won't help for long.

What country are you in, folks here may know affordable places for CLA in your...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-18-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 2,177
Posted By John Shriver
What KEH.com has is different. It is for more...

What KEH.com has is different. It is for more accurate framing when using an Auto-Up on Canon V and later. ...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-15-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 896
Posted By John Shriver
I think that shopping cart (or do Canadians call...

I think that shopping cart (or do Canadians call them trolleys like the English?) is expired as well.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-15-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 846
Posted By John Shriver
Canon's strategy was Series filters mounted in...

Canon's strategy was Series filters mounted in the lens hoods, in the case of this lens a Series VI filter.

If it has threads, they are 34mm. If not, you need a slip-on 36mm series adapter, from...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-15-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 3,320
Posted By John Shriver
Condition is everything in this quest. The...

Condition is everything in this quest. The Summar, Summitar, and collapsible Summicron all have very soft flint (lead) glass for the front element. Many were ruined by careless cleaning. A Summar...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-11-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 1,811
Posted By John Shriver
No, the filter doesn't need any exposure...

No, the filter doesn't need any exposure compensation. But do use it, the Summar, Summitar, and LTM Summicron 50mm lenses all have insanely soft "flint" glass for the front element -- crazy easy to...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-09-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 2,273
Posted By John Shriver
Well, it's not really GAS in my opinion. It's...

Well, it's not really GAS in my opinion. It's "use bulk film without scratches" syndrome. I've had too many sad experiences with dirty felt traps, so my preference is to bulk load only for the...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-03-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 7,931
Posted By John Shriver
OK, I looked at Canon 7 service manual. ...

OK, I looked at Canon 7 service manual. (Available free online.) There is an eccentric at the end of the roller arm on the Canon 7, probably is as well on Canon P. You would probably need to...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-03-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 7,931
Posted By John Shriver
Sounds like you need to adjust what I call the...

Sounds like you need to adjust what I call the "gain". You need to adjust how fast the mirror moves as you focus the lens.

I only have a Canon P parts diagram. Perhaps the roller on the end of the...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-03-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 2,273
Posted By John Shriver
Glad to see you got them. I only have six of the...

Glad to see you got them. I only have six of the Magazine V's, so you may have passed me by now. (It's not a race, I won't be competing with you.)
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-22-2011
Replies: 72
Views: 13,019
Posted By John Shriver
I think mine was $165 in January 2008 on eBay, I...

I think mine was $165 in January 2008 on eBay, I made a throw-away eSnipe bid ("I'll never win this"), and surprised myself by winning. Normal price even then was $200 to $250. So prices are...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-06-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,125
Posted By John Shriver
It needs a clean, lube, and adjust. The oil in...

It needs a clean, lube, and adjust. The oil in the bearings for the shutter curtains has turned to goo, and the shutter is "capping" badly.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-21-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 2,850
Posted By John Shriver
No matter what, there has to be a part in the...

No matter what, there has to be a part in the bottom of the camera that rotates to open and close the outer sleeve. On the magazine V, the locking of that sleeve is just based on a little extra...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-16-2011
Replies: 20
Views: 1,815
Posted By John Shriver
It's really hard to get a first-rate Summar, but...

It's really hard to get a first-rate Summar, but they really are a wonderful mix of tiny and fast. If the glass is sound, the haze cleaned, and the edge-blacking in place, it's very respectable, not...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-16-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 3,169
Posted By John Shriver
If either lens is coated, leave cleaning to a...

If either lens is coated, leave cleaning to a professional. The Leica soft coatings are so soft that they are easily cleaned right off the glass, which is a major loss. The 135mm Elmar would be...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-10-2011
Replies: 65
Views: 5,760
Posted By John Shriver
The advantage of the Leica screw-mounts is the...

The advantage of the Leica screw-mounts is the built-in diopter adjustment for the rangefinder on the III and up. The high rangefinder magnification is a plus, but the M models have a longer...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 10-12-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 2,921
Posted By John Shriver
Hood could be more than half the value of that...

Hood could be more than half the value of that auction -- the early hoods like that are very rare.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-04-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,255
Posted By John Shriver
There were hefty excise (luxury) taxes in the US...

There were hefty excise (luxury) taxes in the US on cameras in the day. But they didn't apply to repairs --- which is how Leica upgrades were treated.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 10-02-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 2,580
Posted By John Shriver
Could be the CLA didn't clean all of the oil or...

Could be the CLA didn't clean all of the oil or grease off the shutter blades, and they are sticking again. Shutter blades stuck with oil are a very common problem with this camera.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-28-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 3,113
Posted By John Shriver
I don't have the Serenar 35/3.5, but as an...

I don't have the Serenar 35/3.5, but as an over-stretched Tessar lens (like the Elmar 35/3.5 it's a copy of), I wouldn't expect a lot. It's the 35/3.2 and 35/2.8 where Canon's own designers strutted...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-28-2011
Replies: 72
Views: 13,019
Posted By John Shriver
Doesn't look like the underbidder was a shill,...

Doesn't look like the underbidder was a shill, this is the first time they have bid on an item from nobbysparrow. But they have only bid on 5 items, so the underbidder is a newbie.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-26-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 6,719
Posted By John Shriver
The Summicron collapses fine on my Canon 7s. (I...

The Summicron collapses fine on my Canon 7s. (I have an early thoriated one.) It's because of the ball and groove that controls the orientation of the lens as it collapses, there's no locking tab...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-19-2011
Replies: 1
Views: 807
Posted By John Shriver
A little under $100, perhaps? Obviously, depends...

A little under $100, perhaps? Obviously, depends on condition. Also black versus chrome -- not that I have any idea which is more valuable.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-15-2011
Replies: 208
Views: 75,007
Posted By John Shriver
Super-glue some plastic in the catch for the...

Super-glue some plastic in the catch for the infinity lock (disabling the latch), then you can put the button back and not risk losing it.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-13-2011
Replies: 22
Views: 3,581
Posted By John Shriver
Not in the character of the light, per-se. Well,...

Not in the character of the light, per-se. Well, it may be slightly less of a point source, given the size of the reflector.

More important is that (presuming you use a 6B or 26B bulb), you can...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-12-2011
Replies: 22
Views: 3,581
Posted By John Shriver
The different battery packs would be useful if...

The different battery packs would be useful if you were using additional flash heads with bulbs off the one battery unit.

The capacitor is readily replaced with a new electrolytic capacitor from...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-09-2011
Replies: 22
Views: 3,581
Posted By John Shriver
Oh, the bulb will fire with a dead cap. Just not...

Oh, the bulb will fire with a dead cap. Just not at full brightness, or not at the right time. Also, the dead cap is likely to be very electrically leaky, and kill the battery in a few days.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-09-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 2,506
Posted By John Shriver
Someone with a good focusing mount and bad glass...

Someone with a good focusing mount and bad glass will probably be made very happy with this lens. It's even got the cut rear element for the RF coupling, it's not the TV lens.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-07-2011
Replies: 22
Views: 3,581
Posted By John Shriver
One time I used my Model Y on my daughter, with a...

One time I used my Model Y on my daughter, with a 6B bulb, she was quite startled. Flashbulbs make a lot more light than electronic flash, with a distinctive sound and smell. (M'mm!)

Note that any...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-06-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 1,035
Posted By John Shriver
Neither of those M mount lenses in the prior...

Neither of those M mount lenses in the prior comment will work on the Canon 7.

I'd suggest the 100/3.5, the little chrome and silver one. Weighs nothing, small, sharp. You're still using enough of...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-18-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 2,916
Posted By John Shriver
The Summar is the other 50mm lens that clears the...

The Summar is the other 50mm lens that clears the finder -- barely.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 08-14-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,842
Posted By John Shriver
That's absolutely normal for the Albada finders...

That's absolutely normal for the Albada finders of Canon's later rangefinder period. The 35mm to 135mm bright line finders are of that type. (The black and chrome 28mm finder remained a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-08-2011
Replies: 1,097
Views: 239,687
Posted By John Shriver
SOOHN shade for Hektor 28mm is godawful...

SOOHN shade for Hektor 28mm is godawful expensive. I finally paid $224 for a somewhat scruffy one from an eBay seller in Bulgaria. That was the cheapest one has changed hands for on eBay in a year,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-08-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,100
Posted By John Shriver
Someone must have one with a missing spool, and...

Someone must have one with a missing spool, and the two can be merged...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-05-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 1,847
Posted By John Shriver
The "upgrades" were also a way to beat the rather...

The "upgrades" were also a way to beat the rather high US Federal Excise taxes on cameras at the time. While you paid the tax on the original Leica I, there was no Excise Tax on the upgrade, as that...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 08-04-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 1,417
Posted By John Shriver
Did you possibly rewind the film with the shutter...

Did you possibly rewind the film with the shutter half-cocked and the lens cap off? I got leaks that way with a Canon 7s.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-04-2011
Replies: 622
Views: 144,790
Posted By John Shriver
With that serial number, your Summitar was...

With that serial number, your Summitar was manufactured coated. If the reflections off the glass have any color to them, the lens is coated. But Leica's coatings of the time were soft, they could...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-02-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 1,212
Posted By John Shriver
There's felt/velvet in there to provide friction....

There's felt/velvet in there to provide friction. It's easy to get it wrinkled when servicing the lens. Or perhaps it's been replaced with the wrong material. Any of the normal places should be...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-18-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 5,271
Posted By John Shriver
What I'm suggesting is that they made the...

What I'm suggesting is that they made the Anastigmat (which was not a Tessar clone) until the patent expired on the Elmar (which is somewhat of a Tessar clone).
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-17-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 5,271
Posted By John Shriver
Since the Elmar was a Tessar clone, perhaps they...

Since the Elmar was a Tessar clone, perhaps they were waiting for the Tessar patent to expire? The Tessar was patented in 1902. On the other hand, the Elmar has the diaphragm in a different...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-12-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 9,787
Posted By John Shriver
Collapse the lens, loosen set-screw holding the...

Collapse the lens, loosen set-screw holding the bayonet flange, and unscrew the bayonet flange.

If the lens is coated, you don't really want to apply ANY pressure to it. It is insanely easy to wipe...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 07-09-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 8,877
Posted By John Shriver
Better to put back the infinity lock, and then...

Better to put back the infinity lock, and then super-glue a bit of wood or styrene into the catch on the fixed part of the lens it hooks on. That way you don't risk losing the button. (Says someone...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-29-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 801
Posted By John Shriver
Take both lenses off the camera. Set both to...

Take both lenses off the camera. Set both to infinity. Measure how far back from the flat plane of the lens mount the rangefinder cam is. It should be exactly 7.5mm. If it isn't, that lens is...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 06-28-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 3,597
Posted By John Shriver
The ultimately practical lens on this is the...

The ultimately practical lens on this is the Canon 50/1.8.

The 85/2.0 and 85/1.9 are pretty similar. The aperture ring is "backwards" on the 85/2.0. Both are heavy and slow to focus. The 85/1.8...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-23-2011
Replies: 622
Views: 144,790
Posted By John Shriver
Note the football shaped out-of-focus highlights...

Note the football shaped out-of-focus highlights on the left -- generally a Summitar or Summar giveaway.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 06-23-2011
Replies: 35
Views: 5,310
Posted By John Shriver
I got several Canon Magazine V's from Cambridge...

I got several Canon Magazine V's from Cambridge World (the descendants of the notorious Cambridge Camera Exchange) for about $20 each. I think it was through an eBay offer, but I didn't buy them out...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-14-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 994
Posted By John Shriver
The Summarit 50/1.5 is probably the only...

The Summarit 50/1.5 is probably the only alternative that has equal "wonky" abilities. The Summitar is toned down compared to the Summar.
Forum: DIYS Modifications 06-14-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 2,073
Posted By John Shriver
Other check is that the RF ring should protrude...

Other check is that the RF ring should protrude 7.5mm from the lens mounting plane when focused at infinity.
Forum: DIYS Modifications 06-14-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,982
Posted By John Shriver
I have something like 100 1.5mm ball bearing...

I have something like 100 1.5mm ball bearing balls, bought off eBay. Needed one for a Pentax-A 50/1.7. (Dropped the original one.)

Glad to post one to Dan, send me PM.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 06-12-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 3,255
Posted By John Shriver
I don't think the flash adapter is from Canon. I...

I don't think the flash adapter is from Canon. I have a similar one from Minicam that I modifed from a proprietary bin-pin connector to PC connection.

Yeah, that was a very good deal.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-23-2011
Replies: 1
Views: 800
Posted By John Shriver
If you screw in the Summicron extended, it won't...

If you screw in the Summicron extended, it won't bang on the ribbing. Also, it will collapse OK, as it can only collapse with the lug not sticking up. (Unless the ball is missing.) It's only when...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-23-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,943
Posted By John Shriver
The Canon 50/1.8 has a durable hard lens coating....

The Canon 50/1.8 has a durable hard lens coating. The coating on the Collapsible Summicron is a soft coating, because Leica couldn't violate Zeiss' patent on hard coatings. (Canon could violate...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-19-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,025
Posted By John Shriver
First check. Focus lens to infinity position. ...

First check. Focus lens to infinity position. Measure projection of rangefinder cam from mating surface of lens mount. If it's not 7.5mm, that cam is in the wrong position.

I'd expect anyone used...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-17-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 1,668
Posted By John Shriver
The meter is definitely the standard series...

The meter is definitely the standard series connection of battery, galvanometer, and CdS cell.

I'd say have it recalibrated for a Silver Oxide battery when having it repaired. (I haven't had to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-17-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 971
Posted By John Shriver
Boy, the Summarit 50/1.5 is subject to many...

Boy, the Summarit 50/1.5 is subject to many condition issues. It is extremely subject to internal haze, sometimes it can be cleaned, often it can't. Like the Summar, Summitar, and collapsible...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-11-2011
Replies: 52
Views: 12,258
Posted By John Shriver
Of course, porktaco's charming subject will...

Of course, porktaco's charming subject will probably start rejecting all photography attempts in about a year...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-11-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 861
Posted By John Shriver
Maybe you (or a prior owner) lost the brass...

Maybe you (or a prior owner) lost the brass spacer ring (selected shim) that goes between the optical block (aperture and two lens blocks) and the focusing mount. Without that shim, the optical...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-27-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,352
Posted By John Shriver
The 35/3.2 is a double-Gauss design, like the...

The 35/3.2 is a double-Gauss design, like the later 35/2.8. The 35/3.5 was a Tessar/Elmar design.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-19-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 1,205
Posted By John Shriver
You would replace that half-silvered mirror. ...

You would replace that half-silvered mirror. Yeah, a telescope mirror silvering service could re-silver it, but at a cost more than a new half-silvered mirror.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-18-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 1,205
Posted By John Shriver
I think there's a half-silvered mirror in the...

I think there's a half-silvered mirror in the IIIg to reflect in the bright frame lines. The color of the finder will depend on whether the mirror is coated with silver, aluminum, or gold.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-18-2011
Replies: 57
Views: 5,065
Posted By John Shriver
Proabably just as easy to have the Summitar's...

Proabably just as easy to have the Summitar's focus adjusted as part of the CLA, probably mis-assembly of the optical block messing up the focal length. Although it could be a mutt, with a focusing...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-12-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 900
Posted By John Shriver
The Elmar's price/performance ratio is a lot...

The Elmar's price/performance ratio is a lot lower than the Summaron 35/3.5. Pricing is more collector-driven on the Elmar. But the Elmar is not as likely to have nasty internal haze as the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-09-2011
Replies: 97
Views: 19,595
Posted By John Shriver
Maclaine, it's easy to have the focusing threads...

Maclaine, it's easy to have the focusing threads on a 50/3.5 Elmar get worn down such that there's some slop, and the lens can get a little sideways. It still focuses reasonably accurately, but...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-07-2011
Replies: 20
Views: 1,823
Posted By John Shriver
There's no exotic long lenses there, just the...

There's no exotic long lenses there, just the 85/2.0 (or maybe 85/1.9) and the 135/3.5. No reflex housing would be involved. Other lenses are 100/3.5, 50/1.8 (or possibly the much more valuable...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-22-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 2,754
Posted By John Shriver
Well, is the prior repair covered by any...

Well, is the prior repair covered by any warranty?

Certainly Essex can do this work.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-22-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 2,408
Posted By John Shriver
Well, the price for the Canon also factors in...

Well, the price for the Canon also factors in collector interest.

This is the same reason a Leica 35/3.5 Elmar can fetch more money than a 35/3.5 Summaron, even through the Summaron is clearly the...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-21-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 2,408
Posted By John Shriver
Some part of that price might be the Nikon finder...

Some part of that price might be the Nikon finder it came with, rather than a more "common" Canon or Leica finder.

The previous one on eBay went for $884, from a seller with 100% feedback, rather...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-20-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 2,754
Posted By John Shriver
Yes, you should have it cleaned again. Foolish...

Yes, you should have it cleaned again. Foolish not to with the lens getting so valuable. Ask them to completely clean and re-lubricate the focusing helical as well, and the iris mechanism, to...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-19-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 1,155
Posted By John Shriver
Leaf shutter leaves run DRY. No lubrication at...

Leaf shutter leaves run DRY. No lubrication at all. The oil on them was a decomposition product of the grease on the focusing helical.

Second problem, could be a missing spring, a spring set up...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-19-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,384
Posted By John Shriver
Presuming the Summaron is coated, it's a "must...

Presuming the Summaron is coated, it's a "must send out". Lenses with the Leica soft coatings are very difficult to clean without removing the all-important coating. Has to be done chemically. ...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-14-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 950
Posted By John Shriver
Interesting. Perhaps the wide-rimmed Leica E34...

Interesting. Perhaps the wide-rimmed Leica E34 filters would have caused vignetting on the Summaron's larger front element...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-14-2011
Replies: 42
Views: 12,841
Posted By John Shriver
Voe -- it's a Summitar, not a Summarit. f/2.0. ...

Voe -- it's a Summitar, not a Summarit. f/2.0. (Yes, Leica lens names are ridiculously confusing.)

The give-away is the football-shaped out-of-focus highlights on the sides and corners.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-14-2011
Replies: 18
Views: 2,679
Posted By John Shriver
Are you sure you need to remove it? See if the...

Are you sure you need to remove it? See if the cable release fits inside it.

It just unscrews counter-clockwise, unless someone glued it on.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-13-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 950
Posted By John Shriver
All the Leica lenses that take the A36 slip-on...

All the Leica lenses that take the A36 slip-on filters will also take E34 threaded filters, with the exception of the 35mm and 50mm Elmars.
I wouldn't buy a lot of new 34mm filters until you make...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-08-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 1,340
Posted By John Shriver
Lenses like the 90/4 Elmar and 135/4.5 Hektor,...

Lenses like the 90/4 Elmar and 135/4.5 Hektor, which only have a narrow coupling cam, are the ones that you want to focus close when going on and off a FSU rangefinder camera without a roller.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-24-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,055
Posted By John Shriver
The Summarit is not known for being an easy lens...

The Summarit is not known for being an easy lens to work on.

Some discussion here:

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=71267

If it has haze, you want to do everything you can...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-23-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 1,307
Posted By John Shriver
The key question, of course, is whether the rear...

The key question, of course, is whether the rear element will fit through the smaller hole in a L39 mount. Leica pretty quickly started making lenses that were infeasible in L39 mount.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-22-2011
Replies: 622
Views: 144,790
Posted By John Shriver
They probably had a jig that supported the...

They probably had a jig that supported the blades. It's hard, but doable.

Note that the only way to safely clean soft-coated Leica lenses (like a coated Summitar) is chemically. Any physical...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-22-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 1,424
Posted By John Shriver
You would want a 36mm cap. You can get a BGN...

You would want a 36mm cap. You can get a BGN grade Leica one from KEH.com for $17 plus shipping. May look ugly, but will work fine.

Lots of real and reproduction ones on eBay.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-20-2011
Replies: 23
Views: 18,859
Posted By John Shriver
The 35/1.8 lens in the pictures is clearly a...

The 35/1.8 lens in the pictures is clearly a prototype, with unevenly spaced apertures. Glad they revised that before shipping it.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-20-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 1,805
Posted By John Shriver
Perhaps the little bracket that catches the...

Perhaps the little bracket that catches the bottom lock is too close to the end of the camera, and thus binding against the magazine.

Never had such a problem with my IIIa.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-19-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,239
Posted By John Shriver
The Canon 35/3.5 is a Tessar design, a clone of...

The Canon 35/3.5 is a Tessar design, a clone of the Leica Elmar 35/3.5. I have the Elmar, it's charming, but has strong curvature of field, a Tessar formula doesn't make a great wide-angle...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-15-2011
Replies: 32
Views: 11,377
Posted By John Shriver
Just tried a Canon IIF in two of my Leica IIIa...

Just tried a Canon IIF in two of my Leica IIIa cases, that's a no-go. Maybe a Canon without a flash rail on the side might fit in a IIIc or later case.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-10-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 921
Posted By John Shriver
I've had no trouble loading either the V type or...

I've had no trouble loading either the V type or bottom-load Canon magazines in any type of bulk-loader. You may have to remove a little spacer shim. That's why there is a knob near the magazine,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-02-2011
Replies: 231
Views: 62,770
Posted By John Shriver
Around serial number 600,000 is there Leica...

Around serial number 600,000 is there Leica lenses were getting pretty consistently coated.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-02-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 886
Posted By John Shriver
Good section on this lens in Tomosy's Leica...

Good section on this lens in Tomosy's Leica repair book.

Probably one helical or the other on the wrong start of the threads.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-26-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 1,475
Posted By John Shriver
The beam-splitter probably needs to be replaced,...

The beam-splitter probably needs to be replaced, just like most Leica screwmount cameras. I'd consider it normal maintenance, every 50 years when it tarnishes.

Most people who buy them are...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-23-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 1,861
Posted By John Shriver
Nah, there's no required order of setting them. ...

Nah, there's no required order of setting them. You haven't broken anything.

The slow speed mechanism is it's own source of unreliability, both the gear train in the bottom of the shutter box, and...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-20-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 1,342
Posted By John Shriver
The Rm and Rh filters are definitely called out...

The Rm and Rh filters are definitely called out for IR film in my 1937 Leica manual set. Filter factors are given for a few brands of IR film with those filters.

I have a Kodak Wratten 89 in Series...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-19-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 2,064
Posted By John Shriver
Good ones are surprisingly good. Most are ruined...

Good ones are surprisingly good. Most are ruined due to the very soft flint (lead) front glass. There may also be issues with sample variation. Mine has a well worn barrel, but the glass is...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-19-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 1,342
Posted By John Shriver
From an old post of mine...

From an old post of mine (http://photo.net/leica-rangefinders-forum/00GnIS) on Photo.net:

Rh would be "Rot Hell", literally bright red. Around 630nm, comprable to a Wratten 29.

Rm would be "Rot...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-14-2011
Replies: 25
Views: 7,798
Posted By John Shriver
The 19mm filters are very rare. There's also...

The 19mm filters are very rare. There's also third-party filters to fit a Argus C3 that are the same size. I'm lucky to have Leica "1" yellow and "Gr" green.

But, the A36 filters fit quite a few...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-13-2011
Replies: 34
Views: 6,758
Posted By John Shriver
I got a 35/3.5 Elmar as a curiosity. Contrast is...

I got a 35/3.5 Elmar as a curiosity. Contrast is low, curvature of field at wide apertures is pretty severe. Sharp corners aren't its specialty. Leica's period instructions said that like all...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-04-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 4,116
Posted By John Shriver
Of course, why pay more for a IIIf. You'll...

Of course, why pay more for a IIIf. You'll probably never use the flash, and the flash connectors will just irritate your brow. Get a IIIc. There's one for 159.00 at http://www.mwclassic.com,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-04-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 4,116
Posted By John Shriver
It's only the II (no suffix) that has only a 1X...

It's only the II (no suffix) that has only a 1X rangefinder.

The IIf should cost a little less, weight a tiny bit less, and cost a little less to get a CLA on. But sometimes it's nice to have 1/15...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-02-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 1,950
Posted By John Shriver
The one- to two-O'clock indexing is so you can...

The one- to two-O'clock indexing is so you can see the focusing scale around the nose of a VIDOM, VIOOH, or similar finder. You sure can't see it through the corner of a screwmount Leica viewfinder,...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-02-2011
Replies: 22
Views: 5,577
Posted By John Shriver
That depends on the serial number of your camera....

That depends on the serial number of your camera. If it is 170,000 or above, you can use 1/125, micro-sync 0. If it is 169,999 or below, you can use 1/60, micro-sync 15.

If you're in low enough...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-02-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 2,003
Posted By John Shriver
You rotate the prism in the VIDOM finder 90...

You rotate the prism in the VIDOM finder 90 degrees for vertical shots, so that they will "only" be flipped left for right. Of course, there's only end you can have up for a vertical.

Leica later...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-31-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 5,577
Posted By John Shriver
M3B's are incredibly common, although you've got...

M3B's are incredibly common, although you've got a very limited choice of (slowish) shutter speeds to use them. The 6B and 26B can be rather hard to find, but give you great flexibility on shutter...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-28-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 5,577
Posted By John Shriver
Yeah, and the M3 is a pipsqueak as flashbulbs go....

Yeah, and the M3 is a pipsqueak as flashbulbs go. In terms of power, flashbulbs put most electronic flashes to shame!

As for the capacitors, a leaky one won't prevent the flash from firing. But...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-23-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 1,600
Posted By John Shriver
If that Summitar is coated, I'd only send it to a...

If that Summitar is coated, I'd only send it to a Leica-specialist technician, as they have the skills to clean haze without removing the soft coating Leica used on older lenses.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-21-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 2,775
Posted By John Shriver
Problem with genuine SNHOO is rarity. Shows up...

Problem with genuine SNHOO is rarity. Shows up maybe once a year on eBay, sells for hundreds of dollars. That's why the reproduction ones were made...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-21-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 1,522
Posted By John Shriver
I wouldn't suggest home internal cleaning of a...

I wouldn't suggest home internal cleaning of a soft-coated Leica lens like a Summitar or collaspible Summicron. Way too easy to clean off the coating as well. Leave it to a professional who knows...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-19-2010
Replies: 27
Views: 5,465
Posted By John Shriver
If you have no groove, you would need the...

If you have no groove, you would need the earliest screw-clamp barndoor hood.

While the barndoor is ugly, it is effective, and it doesn't block the finder. That's a plus.

If you buy the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-17-2010
Replies: 18
Views: 2,465
Posted By John Shriver
0, 1, and 2 are the yellow filters, pretty much...

0, 1, and 2 are the yellow filters, pretty much equivalent to K1 (Wratten 6), K2 (Wratten 8), and K3 (Wratten 9).
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-10-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 2,440
Posted By John Shriver
Front glass is too large to be a Summar clone, so...

Front glass is too large to be a Summar clone, so more like a Summitar clone. After 1945, neither lens was patent protected (due to war reparations).
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-04-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1,332
Posted By John Shriver
Sadly, the Canon "Accessory Coupler" for the...

Sadly, the Canon "Accessory Coupler" for the Canon 7 costs almost as much as the price difference between a Canon 7 and 7s. As a plus, the Canon 7s comes with a reasonably useful CdS meter.

If you...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-04-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 1,548
Posted By John Shriver
QLM is definitely still in business, and they are...

QLM is definitely still in business, and they are the experts on repairing selenium meters. Cinematographers still use selenium meters for the most part, mostly Sekonic.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-04-2010
Replies: 231
Views: 62,770
Posted By John Shriver
There is one extraordinarily rare tropical...

There is one extraordinarily rare tropical version that has a different optical formula, with one extra element. Otherwise, I'd say they're optically all the same.

The key is getting one that is...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-02-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 2,089
Posted By John Shriver
Groan, managed to confuse Guineas and Sovereigns....

Groan, managed to confuse Guineas and Sovereigns. Well, I'm not English, so serves me right for trying to comment on their old chaotic currency system!

At any rate, let's throw in some July 1938 US...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-01-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,529
Posted By John Shriver
This sounds like a simple problem that anyone...

This sounds like a simple problem that anyone with experience working on mechanical cameras should have no trouble with. Sherry and DAG are Leica experts, but this isn't a "tough job". Someplace...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-01-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 724
Posted By John Shriver
Yes, the two images in the RF definitely shift in...

Yes, the two images in the RF definitely shift in relationship to each other as you move your eye. One reason the eyepeice is so "squinty small", to keep you centered.

(Just tested on my IIIa, but...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-01-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 2,089
Posted By John Shriver
In that era, the UK Pound was at least 5 US...

In that era, the UK Pound was at least 5 US Dollars. A Shilling (20 in a pound) was a silver coin of more or less the same size as the US Quarter.

A Sovereign was 21 Shillings, not 20 Shillings. ...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-29-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,126
Posted By John Shriver
You just have to shade any screwmount Leica...

You just have to shade any screwmount Leica rather carefully from the sun when changing lenses. That leak would just be around the sides or ends of the shutter curtains.

Of course, if it hasn't had...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-21-2010
Replies: 71
Views: 17,700
Posted By John Shriver
The II, III, IIIa, and IIIb are lighter than the...

The II, III, IIIa, and IIIb are lighter than the later cameras. It is alleged that they are less rigid, and thus may be less accurate in focusing. What is more definitive is that it's a lot...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-13-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 1,318
Posted By John Shriver
There's a "red scale" Elmar 50/3.5 lens there. ...

There's a "red scale" Elmar 50/3.5 lens there. With clean glass, that's the most valuable item in the haul.

There's a special fun in buying stuff from an antiques dealer for far less than it's...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-05-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 1,682
Posted By John Shriver
Compared to anything later, the Leica screwmount...

Compared to anything later, the Leica screwmount cameras are "Zen simple". Have a look at any SLR by comparison.

Although I'm used to working on a IIIa, there's lots of extra doo-dads on a IIIf and...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-05-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 2,487
Posted By John Shriver
You also should file a screwdriver to exactly the...

You also should file a screwdriver to exactly the right size for each screwhead. That's how you avoid destroying them.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-03-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,392
Posted By John Shriver
Probably dirt on the one of the reflecting...

Probably dirt on the one of the reflecting surfaces of the prism. Presuming it's like a Imarect, the "reflecting" surfaces of the prism aren't silvered, they just aren't painted black like all the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-29-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 1,281
Posted By John Shriver
I have one with the old Kenko brand. It's a...

I have one with the old Kenko brand. It's a packaging of a 34mm to Series VI adapter, and a Series VI vented hood.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-14-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,305
Posted By John Shriver
Circa $75 for the repair. Well worth it, a new...

Circa $75 for the repair. Well worth it, a new beam splitter makes it a very nice camera.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-06-2010
Replies: 32
Views: 7,001
Posted By John Shriver
You don't really even need a lathe, just an old...

You don't really even need a lathe, just an old A36 Leica filter. Say a faded "A" filter, which is doubly useless as a filter. Take out the glass, make a tube of brass from sheet brass, remove...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-26-2010
Replies: 353
Views: 30,414
Posted By John Shriver
Zenlibra, unless the camera is making horrible...

Zenlibra, unless the camera is making horrible noises, no harm is done using it with the shutter needing adjusting.

Those stripes are actually the texture of the cloth the shutter is made of, the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-24-2010
Replies: 50
Views: 5,450
Posted By John Shriver
The Summar is the same size as the Elmar in...

The Summar is the same size as the Elmar in operating position, but it doesn't collapse as far. This is because (1) it has a larger focusing mount so the lens doesn't rotate, and (2) the aperture is...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-11-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 5,577
Posted By John Shriver
I think you can safely assume that any original...

I think you can safely assume that any original Canon flash capacitor is too leaky to use, and needs replacing. Jury-rigging connections is necessary, since you won't find one in the battery form...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-29-2010
Replies: 40
Views: 10,470
Posted By John Shriver
Try pickling with Vinegar. Try baking the paint....

Try pickling with Vinegar. Try baking the paint. But it's hard -- look at the troubles folks have painting brass model railroad models.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-19-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,096
Posted By John Shriver
The first curtain is wound on a quite tight...

The first curtain is wound on a quite tight (under 1/4") drum when the camera is not cocked. The second curtain is flat when the camera is not cocked, and rolled on a 5/8" drum when the camera is...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 08-16-2010
Replies: 36
Views: 4,228
Posted By John Shriver
If you want the heaviest Canon 50mm lens for the...

If you want the heaviest Canon 50mm lens for the P I suspect you'll buy, get the 50/1.5. It's dense.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 08-15-2010
Replies: 36
Views: 4,228
Posted By John Shriver
Both have the same nice knobby shutter speed...

Both have the same nice knobby shutter speed dial. The wind lever is really nice too.

The finders are very different.

The P's finder is still quite simple, with parallax-corrected Albada reflected...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 08-12-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 931
Posted By John Shriver
It is very easy to "mis-time" the gear from the...

It is very easy to "mis-time" the gear from the ASA dial to the f-stop dial. Very.

Check a few photos from the top of Canon 7 cameras, and see if your f-stop dial winds up in the same place at the...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 08-12-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 2,201
Posted By John Shriver
The answer is, unfortunately, a qualified maybe. ...

The answer is, unfortunately, a qualified maybe. Odds are better on a Canon due to the hard coatings, but sometimes haze is etched into the glass by fungus or oil. But you don't know until you...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-12-2010
Replies: 76
Views: 10,897
Posted By John Shriver
If you want a lens almost as small as the 50/3.5...

If you want a lens almost as small as the 50/3.5 Elmar without the fiddly aperture setting, consider a first-rate specimen of the Summar 50/2.0. Very small, and the aperture isn't fiddly. At f/3.5...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-11-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 820
Posted By John Shriver
Wide open, with high-contrast film like slide...

Wide open, with high-contrast film like slide film, you'll surely notice vignetting. It also is a little less color-corrected than the Summitar (chromatic aberration).

But, at f/4 and smaller, it's...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 08-09-2010
Replies: 234
Views: 66,264
Posted By John Shriver
Nokton48 -- better solution to the infinity lock...

Nokton48 -- better solution to the infinity lock is to glue a bit of wood or plastic into the latch on the mount. Then when your widow sells the lens, it still has the infinity lock if the next...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 08-09-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 2,816
Posted By John Shriver
For a screwmount? Probably the Canon 35/1.8.

For a screwmount? Probably the Canon 35/1.8.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-09-2010
Replies: 76
Views: 10,897
Posted By John Shriver
Not only are they smaller than an M Leica, they...

Not only are they smaller than an M Leica, they are a lot lighter. The IIIb and earlier are even lighter than IIIc and up. You don't care that it's over your shoulder for hours at a time.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-06-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,252
Posted By John Shriver
That's what I meant by "before IIIa". Less than,...

That's what I meant by "before IIIa". Less than, not less than or equal.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-04-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,253
Posted By John Shriver
If the Summitar is clear and haze-free, that's a...

If the Summitar is clear and haze-free, that's a fine deal. If it's coated, even better. Serial numbers around 589000 are where Summitars started getting factory-coated.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-01-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,621
Posted By John Shriver
My IIIa has that lever.

My IIIa has that lever.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 07-27-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 923
Posted By John Shriver
Mine is one of the ones in that block without the...

Mine is one of the ones in that block without the Japan engraving. But it did come with a "Made in Occupied Japan" rear cap, which I expect is original to the lens.

The seller has made a beautiful...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 07-23-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 3,541
Posted By John Shriver
I've got a black/chrome Canon 50/1.8 with a...

I've got a black/chrome Canon 50/1.8 with a repaired filter ring ding. But the aperture ring was also tight because the front lens block was "reshaped" by the incident. A little filing has solved...
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