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Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 1 Week Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 1,372
Posted By xayraa33
It looks costly... like a good Leica should be.

It looks costly... like a good Leica should be.
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 1 Week Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,044
Posted By xayraa33
I think Gene Smith used any camera he could get...

I think Gene Smith used any camera he could get his hands on.. besides the Minolta SRTs of Minamata fame. Might as well buy some Leica LTM cameras and some Canon VTs too and that weird looking...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 181
Posted By xayraa33
I never seen these for sale new in Canada in the...

I never seen these for sale new in Canada in the 1970s.. I think they never were sold in the USA either.

I heard these DDR made cheapo 35mm cameras were sold in the UK by Boots (the chemist or...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 902
Posted By xayraa33
I would just flip a coin and go with that. Both...

I would just flip a coin and go with that.

Both are great lenses, although I find Rokkor lenses the closest to the classic German lenses in the way they draw out of all the Japanese lens makers and...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 268
Posted By xayraa33
I like to use the Kiev 4a and the Kiev 4 I have...

I like to use the Kiev 4a and the Kiev 4

I have many RF cameras to choose from including M Leicas and Japanese LTM Leica copies, but there is something satisfying in shooting film with a Kiev 4a or...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 150
Posted By xayraa33
Some early instantaneous photos in this video

Some photos pre-date the introduction of the original Kodak camera of 1888.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXakZH0AeRM
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 353
Posted By xayraa33
Welcome to the forum. Most of us here love FSU...

Welcome to the forum.

Most of us here love FSU RF cameras and lenses.. with all their foibles and DOA qualities and lack of QC but sometimes we luck out on some good examples.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 200
Posted By xayraa33
I know someone that had good luck fitting an RF...

I know someone that had good luck fitting an RF front bezel off a FED 3 camera on a Canon IVSb RF window.
Forum: Other RF 07-16-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 476
Posted By xayraa33
The Amotal lens in LTM for Leica was just a...

The Amotal lens in LTM for Leica was just a conversion done in Italy ( somewhat roughly too) with the leftover Foton camera lenses by photo stores in NYC like Peerless and Willoughby.

The Amotal...
Forum: Other RF 07-16-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 476
Posted By xayraa33
Great UK made lens... but that camera was doomed...

Great UK made lens... but that camera was doomed to sales failure with its super high price. Plus the German camera industry was starting up again in a big way in the late 1940s and the nascent...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-16-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 217
Posted By xayraa33
Welcome to RFF ! I do not think mounting that ...

Welcome to RFF !

I do not think mounting that lens on a Zenit SLR can be done.

Unless you want to use that 135mm lens as a close up macro lens and even that is iffy. M42 SLRs and the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-15-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 300
Posted By xayraa33
BTW, I know it is practical but I always hated...

BTW, I know it is practical but I always hated the way the Kiev 4M and Kiev 4AM had its rewind clutch operated with that latch key.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-12-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 300
Posted By xayraa33
One of the bottom opening keys is the rewind, the...

One of the bottom opening keys is the rewind, the one with the orange dot on the bottom cover metal. Just turn that key to the dot and you can rewind the film.
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 07-12-2019
Replies: 54
Views: 1,628
Posted By xayraa33
Put a 50mm Elmar on it and a potato masher flash...

Put a 50mm Elmar on it and a potato masher flash gun and it would make a great 21st century Weegee press camera.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-11-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 806
Posted By xayraa33
interesting video, thanks for the heads up !

interesting video, thanks for the heads up !
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-10-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 541
Posted By xayraa33
The J-12 and the pre war made Biogon are not...

The J-12 and the pre war made Biogon are not recommended for the Contax IIa or IIIa.

They would be fine for the Contax II or III or their Kiev cousins .
Forum: Other RF 07-09-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 244
Posted By xayraa33
One of the few fixed lens leaf shuttered RF...

One of the few fixed lens leaf shuttered RF cameras that had a Sonnar formula lens, the f1.9 model at least.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-24-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1,008
Posted By xayraa33
Owning SLRs did sell more lenses and made camera...

Owning SLRs did sell more lenses and made camera firms more money.

Now we are in the era of mirrorless digital cameras, a far cry from the age of the Leica M3 , Nikon SP and the Canon 7 and Kodak...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-17-2019
Replies: 211
Views: 24,760
Posted By xayraa33
Interesting top-loader bridge on the guitar, as...

Interesting top-loader bridge on the guitar, as befits a Campilongo model.
Has it got the holes thru body and ferrules for through body stringing as an option?

On the vintage Tele and Esquire models...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 06-16-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 863
Posted By xayraa33
I wish I had seen that ad 10 years ago, old not...

I wish I had seen that ad 10 years ago, old not so trust-able Rollei TLR straps with the scissor clips were selling for 60 dollars to 80 dollars in Toronto camera shops, if you could find them.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 06-16-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 863
Posted By xayraa33
This Rollei TLR strap does not look too bad, it...

This Rollei TLR strap does not look too bad, it is better priced than an old used original Rollei TLR strap with its on its way out worn ratty leather waiting to...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 06-16-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 863
Posted By xayraa33
There has got to be a way to drill out the two...

There has got to be a way to drill out the two per side rivets of the scissor clips and install a new leather belt strap, maybe use small bolts or re-rivet the new strap .
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-13-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,071
Posted By xayraa33
Oil on SLR aperture blades on lenses with auto...

Oil on SLR aperture blades on lenses with auto stop down is a regular feature for Kiev SLRS, 35mm or 120 cameras. So it helps to learn to clean the aperture blades yourself, as these Kiev lenses are...
Forum: Other RF 06-09-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 561
Posted By xayraa33
I don't think any leaf shutter 35mm camera ever...

I don't think any leaf shutter 35mm camera ever came to rival the M series Leicas, the Voigtländer Prominent came the closest.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-09-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 2,100
Posted By xayraa33
The IIIg was the only Leica model I got rid...

The IIIg was the only Leica model I got rid of.

I kept the IIIc and III but I found that the IIIg was not bare-bones enough for the Barnack experience.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 06-08-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 336
Posted By xayraa33
Double the price of a Summitar is not bad at all...

Double the price of a Summitar is not bad at all for a rare lens.

If if it was a rare 50mm f2 Nippon Kogaku made lens it would be priced much higher.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 06-08-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 375
Posted By xayraa33
Well, the best now would be the Fujifilm Instax...

Well, the best now would be the Fujifilm Instax series of cameras and Lomography seems to make a decent one with a good lens... but I have never used these cameras so I cannot say how good their...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 06-08-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 375
Posted By xayraa33
The 95 lens is so-so when compared to the lens...

The 95 lens is so-so when compared to the lens on the 110 series, but both Polaroids have better quality lenses then what is on most current made instant film cameras.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-07-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,562
Posted By xayraa33
I just received this email too. All in all, it...

I just received this email too.

All in all, it looks too cumbersome just to save you loading a conventional reel.
Even in daytime with no darkroom I never had a problem loading reels.

I would say...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 06-06-2019
Replies: 242
Views: 82,196
Posted By xayraa33
That is how it was done if you did not have an...

That is how it was done if you did not have an SLR camera (like Exakta Edixa Praktica etc), which were not as common or popular as RF cameras in the 1950s: place camera on copy stand, good lighting,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 06-06-2019
Replies: 242
Views: 82,196
Posted By xayraa33
Most of the 5cm LTM Nikkor lenses came on the...

Most of the 5cm LTM Nikkor lenses came on the Nicca and the Sears Nicca made Tower 35mm precision cameras. I have Nicca/Tower cameras that came with the f2 or f1.4 Nikkor lenses . Sears in their...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-05-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 380
Posted By xayraa33
[QUOTE=richardHaw;2892085]some nicca 3fs have...

[QUOTE=richardHaw;2892085]some nicca 3fs have backs that open much like the nicca 5 so this isnt much of a problem :eek::eek::eek:

To be fair, the OP stated his camera was a Nicca 3F

I own the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-05-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 530
Posted By xayraa33
Interesting speed lens, no doubt. At f 1 the...

Interesting speed lens, no doubt.

At f 1 the image it makes can looks as glowy as the original Summarit shot at f1.5
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-05-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 380
Posted By xayraa33
Bottomloader cameras in the Barnack style need...

Bottomloader cameras in the Barnack style need the film leaders trimmed.

It is not rocket science to do this and avoids a lot of film loading problems with these types of cameras.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-05-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 699
Posted By xayraa33
A few years ago a Russian or Ukrainian eb*y...

A few years ago a Russian or Ukrainian eb*y seller named Jazz something or other was selling a ton of new Helios 103 lenses for 25 USD including shipping.

He even had special bargoon price offers...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-04-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,106
Posted By xayraa33
Both specific models II or III are great Leicas, ...

Both specific models II or III are great Leicas, if you want to go super minimalist and no hassle of slow shutter speeds, the II is the way to go, but generally they sell for more money and are...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-03-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,106
Posted By xayraa33
Leica III Compared to FED 1g, you could get a ...

Leica III Compared to FED 1g, you could get a Leica III in crappy condition and you will be not as happy with it as your smooth fully functioning FED 1g.

But usually a well kept Barnack Leica is...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-02-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 378
Posted By xayraa33
I found the cap of a certain jug of industrial...

I found the cap of a certain jug of industrial liquid soap worked well too.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-02-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 699
Posted By xayraa33
You should always keep a 40 dollar Helios 103...

You should always keep a 40 dollar Helios 103 lens for such emergencies.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-02-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,280
Posted By xayraa33
Bill, it is just a trophy camera for rich folks.

Bill, it is just a trophy camera for rich folks.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 06-02-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 375
Posted By xayraa33
The roll-film Polaroid 110 series and the 900 ...

The roll-film Polaroid 110 series and the 900 Polaroid camera bodies have been converted to 4x5.

The lens on the 95 will most likely not cover 4x5 film at the film plane and shutter speeds are...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-02-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 688
Posted By xayraa33
This is much like buying a 1972 Chevy Impala and...

This is much like buying a 1972 Chevy Impala and finding that the Turbo-Hydramatic transmission is slipping very badly and needs to be re-built or exchanged with a good working transmission from...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-02-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 688
Posted By xayraa33
The original shutter ribbons on Kiev RF cameras...

The original shutter ribbons on Kiev RF cameras are known to give up the ghost a few days after you get them.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 06-01-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 549
Posted By xayraa33
Not all generic lens hoods will cause vignetting...

Not all generic lens hoods will cause vignetting with this fast 35mm lens.

Try out some Vivitar labeled lens hoods and some Canonet and Yashica lens hoods and you may find ones that work very well...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-31-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 549
Posted By xayraa33
It is a great fast lens ! It is the lens on my...

It is a great fast lens !

It is the lens on my bottomloader Canon in my avatar.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-31-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 322
Posted By xayraa33
Oleg at OK camera will most likely sell you a...

Oleg at OK camera will most likely sell you a spare.

http://www.okvintagecamera.com/
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-31-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 3,345
Posted By xayraa33
That Zorki 4 and J-8 did alright. Once you...

That Zorki 4 and J-8 did alright.

Once you find a good Zorki 4 and a good J-8 lens combo, I would say they would be keepers and worth using.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-30-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 920
Posted By xayraa33
One can make great photos with almost any camera...

One can make great photos with almost any camera or lens.

I still use my Praktica LTL camera with its 50mm Zeiss Tessar lens and the 30mm Lydith lens and even sometimes venture out to 135 mm world,...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 05-30-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 584
Posted By xayraa33
Or go the easy route...

Or go the easy route...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 05-30-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 584
Posted By xayraa33
You can always go primitive and make an adapter...

You can always go primitive and make an adapter from a spare Fujifilm X pro body cap. Find the sensor to lens distance needed for proper registration for that lens and work from there by cutting...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-28-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 312
Posted By xayraa33
The Nicca type 5 is a delightful and rare camera...

The Nicca type 5 is a delightful and rare camera with certain improved features that do not appear on Barnack Leicas and deserves professional repair attention to sort it out.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-27-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 312
Posted By xayraa33
That could be caused by many things. Is the top...

That could be caused by many things.

Is the top shutter speed dial in the correct position?

Can you see the metal strip edge of the 2nd shutter curtain when the shutter is set on B and held...
Forum: Jim Lager - Leica Historian 05-18-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1,156
Posted By xayraa33
It still would be "historical"... fully...

It still would be "historical"... fully functional "historical" is much more desirable, to own, as pride of ownership... or even to sell.

No different than say a vintage Vincent Black Shadow...
Forum: Jim Lager - Leica Historian 05-18-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1,156
Posted By xayraa33
I would get it pro CLAed and get the RF 50/50...

I would get it pro CLAed and get the RF 50/50 mirror replaced.

It would be worth the price of admission.
Forum: Jim Lager - Leica Historian 05-18-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1,156
Posted By xayraa33
The internals have to be different too. The...

The internals have to be different too.

The normal lllc has a Viewfinder that utilises a prism to correct the closer together eyepiece placement, (from the lllb onwards) This one had to adapt a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-17-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 3,345
Posted By xayraa33
Yes, it is like the" how long is a piece of...

Yes, it is like the" how long is a piece of string" type answer.

I go by the individual lens, some need shimming and a few that actually work fine the way you get them.

Some work great on FSU...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-16-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 3,345
Posted By xayraa33
The very early J-3s are more for collectors,...

The very early J-3s are more for collectors, made in late 1940s early 1950s, expensive to buy now, and some might have Zeiss parts/glass to varying degrees combined with FSU made glass/parts. ...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-16-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 3,345
Posted By xayraa33
As forum member Kim Coxon can attest, the very...

As forum member Kim Coxon can attest, the very last made black J-3 lenses are difficult to fully correct with shimming and back lens element movement correction, as the back lens element block is...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-16-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 3,345
Posted By xayraa33
They all differ, even within the same type. No...

They all differ, even within the same type.

No two of my J-3s draw the same, each has its own bokeh signature.
The early 1960s ones seem sharper at full bore than the latest black J-3s but the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-15-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 394
Posted By xayraa33
I doubt you would see any faults in the photos...

I doubt you would see any faults in the photos taken by that lens because of those lens coating scratches .
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-10-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 480
Posted By xayraa33
This lens has some natural focus shift, so be...

This lens has some natural focus shift, so be aware of that.

In the past I had good luck shimming lenses with Teflon tape, just use it trial and error style till you find the sweet spot.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-07-2019
Replies: 288
Views: 50,532
Posted By xayraa33
It could be noir... she could be the main femme...

It could be noir... she could be the main femme fatale .. sneering at Robert Mitchum for taking a shine to Gloria Graham and lighting her cigarette.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-05-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,734
Posted By xayraa33
Ghost hunting was around before...

Ghost hunting was around before photography.

Photography just made faked pics of ghosts all that easier at the worst scenario ( like the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall) and at the other end some...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-05-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,734
Posted By xayraa33
Spiritualism was big in the 19th century,...

Spiritualism was big in the 19th century, complete with cheese-cloth ectoplasm.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ectoplasm_(paranormal)
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-05-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,734
Posted By xayraa33
I don't know why he tarnished his photo gear rep...

I don't know why he tarnished his photo gear rep like that.

He could have kept his spirit hunting sideline as a private hobby or sideline... unless you are right and is doing it to profit...
Forum: Optics Theory - 05-05-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 744
Posted By xayraa33
Brian Sweeney could most likely jimmy-rig that...

Brian Sweeney could most likely jimmy-rig that Angenieux lens in a J-8 or J-3 focusing helicoid mount and make it work.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-02-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 696
Posted By xayraa33
Fantastic looking time period photos, John !

Fantastic looking time period photos, John !
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-01-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 696
Posted By xayraa33
I say the RF camera is a Leica III or IIIa, he...

I say the RF camera is a Leica III or IIIa, he does not seem to be at the age to buy a Tower 3 from Sears.

Lens is either a Summar or maybe a Summitar , I am leaning more to the Summar.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-01-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 696
Posted By xayraa33
People were better dressed in 1951.

People were better dressed in 1951.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-29-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,889
Posted By xayraa33
My instincts were on the right track, as I just...

My instincts were on the right track, as I just found out that the drug's brand name was named after Milltown New Jersey, which is a borough in Middlesex county in New Jersey.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-28-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,889
Posted By xayraa33
I always liked the name "Miltown". Although I...

I always liked the name "Miltown".

Although I never in my life seen a Miltown tablet, the name reminds me of a 1950s suburbia subdivision like Levittown, as in Levittown Pennsylvania.

I have a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-28-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 261
Posted By xayraa33
Bruce Gilden.. being interviewed by Martin Parr

Interesting to hear a Gilden's point of view on his photography.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pnVLkTohlo
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-27-2019
Replies: 96
Views: 4,568
Posted By xayraa33
I am partial to the 50 The Canon 50mm f 1.5 or...

I am partial to the 50

The Canon 50mm f 1.5 or the shimmed Jupiter 3 is usually my pick from my bevy of classic RF 50 mils.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-27-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,889
Posted By xayraa33
Yes, I have heard about that so called ADHD...

Yes, I have heard about that so called ADHD diagnoses and the prescribing of Adderall and Ritalin to children ( mostly boys). One of these drugs is a slightly modified form of amphetamine.

In my...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-27-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,889
Posted By xayraa33
Amphetamines were also popular as a doctor's...

Amphetamines were also popular as a doctor's prescription for appetite suppressant in that era. Check out photos of Johnny Cash from about 1965 or Bob Dylan from the same time frame, sad and...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-27-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 568
Posted By xayraa33
You can always try your luck with another Zorki 4...

You can always try your luck with another Zorki 4 from a reputable dealer with a return policy, they are common and not expensive.
The only time I would want to get my personal Zorki 4 pro repaired...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-27-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,889
Posted By xayraa33
Photographs are just photographs, even if they...

Photographs are just photographs, even if they are photos from the past, we can enjoy looking at them without having to atone for anything or to anyone, or condemn anyone that posts a retro photo...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-25-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,605
Posted By xayraa33
That lens was made by Cooke for the Bell & Howell...

That lens was made by Cooke for the Bell & Howell Foton camera.

That camera turned out to be a bit of an overpriced flop at 700 USD in 1948 so a well known US camera store bought the surplus lenses ...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-25-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 476
Posted By xayraa33
You can look at it from the angle that a Tower...

You can look at it from the angle that a Tower type 3 camera is a far rarer camera in numbers made than a Leica III and very worthy of being fully restored.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-24-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 476
Posted By xayraa33
Get it repaired. 210 dollars amortized over ten...

Get it repaired.

210 dollars amortized over ten years is 21 bucks a year...worth every penny for a well made camera that is a joy to use, with its fine and legendary 50 mil Nikkor lens.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-19-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 476
Posted By xayraa33
I use the J-12 on the Canon 7 and it fits fine...

I use the J-12 on the Canon 7 and it fits fine with no obstruction.

J-12 back ends do vary from different years and some can rub the side light baffles on the Canon 7 camera.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-19-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 782
Posted By xayraa33
This no different then the old days of film and...

This no different then the old days of film and different film format sizes.

35mm vs 6x6 cm vs 4x5 inch etc.

It all depends on what you got at hand, what you require and what you prefer.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-16-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 2,935
Posted By xayraa33
Right on ! I agree 100% "The rebuilding will be...

Right on !

I agree 100%

"The rebuilding will be an opportunity to train new artisans in old skills that are in danger of being lost."

A wonderful art and occupation, although physically demanding...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-16-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 2,935
Posted By xayraa33
It is just another tragic chapter in our material...

It is just another tragic chapter in our material world.

No more tragic than wars and untimely death or the Frisco earthquake and fire of 1906 or the sacking and destruction of the second temple by...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-16-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 2,935
Posted By xayraa33
I don't think this thread needs to be...

I don't think this thread needs to be deleted.

There is nothing offensive to anyone here, just varying opinions and different takes on the matter, that is a healthy thing on a public forum.
No one...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-16-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 2,935
Posted By xayraa33
It will be re-built, not easy or fast or...

It will be re-built, not easy or fast or inexpensive, but very doable even in our age.

Notre Dame is too important to the French psyche and French history and French nationalistic pride and indeed...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-16-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 2,935
Posted By xayraa33
I was in the Notre Dame cathedral many times in...

I was in the Notre Dame cathedral many times in 1977, a magnificent building no doubt and it has been restored on many occasions, including major roof restoration starting in 1844 and the work...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-16-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 2,935
Posted By xayraa33
Some news agencies were claiming that the al-Aqsa...

Some news agencies were claiming that the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem was on fire at the same time as Notre Dame was on fire (what are the odds of that), but there is very little evidence for that...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-15-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 2,935
Posted By xayraa33
Sad thing to have happened. But it will be...

Sad thing to have happened.

But it will be restored as good or better than before.

Reims cathedral was devastated in WW 1 but has been rebuilt.

https://walkingontravels.com/reims-cathedral-france/
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-14-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 501
Posted By xayraa33
Yes it is. You might be able to ameliorate the...

Yes it is.

You might be able to ameliorate the problem with tensioning or slacking the offending shutter curtain, but that is a slippery slope, as you have to be sure the shutter capping is the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-14-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 501
Posted By xayraa33
Welcome to the forum ! It looks like the ...

Welcome to the forum !

It looks like the shutter is capping, ie: the slit formed by the two shutter curtains is closing up too soon as a result of one curtain running too fast or too...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-14-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 579
Posted By xayraa33
In Germany from 1963 to 1968, the Nikon F was ...

In Germany from 1963 to 1968, the Nikon F was labelled Nikkor because Zeiss complained that the name Nikon is too close to their Ikon name trademark.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-14-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 579
Posted By xayraa33
It seems that by mid 1959, it was like someone...

It seems that by mid 1959, it was like someone threw a switch and ushered in the SLR age, everyone suddenly wanted to trade in their RF camera for a new SLR.

I always assumed that SLR camera...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-13-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 579
Posted By xayraa33
In the USA in 1963 they would be the Japanese...

In the USA in 1963 they would be the Japanese knock offs, as firms like Nicca, Leotax and Tanack had the USA as their biggest export market and to a lesser extent Canada and maybe Australia and New...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-13-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 579
Posted By xayraa33
Neubert Nueca camera 1948

It sure does look a bit like some Canon cameras made before the IIB model and even the later Chinese Shanghai camera.

http://www.novacon.com.br/odditycameras/glc.htm
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-13-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 15,013
Posted By xayraa33
I did see an Honor S1 at a camera show many years...

I did see an Honor S1 at a camera show many years ago, it was very well made, and its Zuiho 50mm f2 lens was exquisite.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-11-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 438
Posted By xayraa33
I had an SLR with a similar thing. Always...

I had an SLR with a similar thing.

Always wondered how it got in there and why.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-11-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 323
Posted By xayraa33
It looks like a Roger Mayne type photo, 1950s,...

It looks like a Roger Mayne type photo, 1950s, early 1960s Gt Britain or Ireland type locale.

It could be by any photographer from that time and location.

I may be wrong on this, but was not there...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-11-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 368
Posted By xayraa33
I wonder how verifiable that image is? Three...

I wonder how verifiable that image is?

Three separate radiocarbon tests on the cloth came up with the dates 1260 to 1390 AD

Never the less it is still a remarkable image, and a fantastic process,...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-11-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,309
Posted By xayraa33
The magic is done by the user. I remember the...

The magic is done by the user.

I remember the late Chet Atkins saying that others told him in a dressing room after a live performance on stage, "it must be great to be the owner of many prototype...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-10-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 16,955
Posted By xayraa33
Thanks , l will raise a toast in his honour and...

Thanks , l will raise a toast in his honour and memory on that date !
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-10-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 16,955
Posted By xayraa33
Anyone know when was, or is Roger's...

Anyone know when was, or is Roger's birthday?

Info just says 1950 was the year he was born.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-10-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 368
Posted By xayraa33
I also think along those same lines and wonder...

I also think along those same lines and wonder what we missed.

Imagine actual photos of Napoleon Bonaparte or George Washington or of the American Revolutionary war or the battle of Waterloo or...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-09-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 368
Posted By xayraa33
Early instantaneous photography

Georges Ancely was a French horologist and an amateur photographer that has captured many scenes of his native Toulouse and other parts of France, Spain , Italy and Algeria.

This bottom photo is...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-08-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 16,955
Posted By xayraa33
Rest in Peace, Roger, your suffering is over. My...

Rest in Peace, Roger, your suffering is over.

My condolences to Frances and to family and to their friends.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-03-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 16,955
Posted By xayraa33
This is very sad news indeed. Miracles can...

This is very sad news indeed.

Miracles can happen if we use our minds and the power of positive thought in the RFF community, to alleviate his suffering or even succeed in making Roger cancer free .
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-01-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,579
Posted By xayraa33
Emperor Hirohito of Japan only wanted the Heliar...

Emperor Hirohito of Japan only wanted the Heliar lens used when getting his official studio portrait taken.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-01-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 212
Posted By xayraa33
I just usually cut a thin strip of the right...

I just usually cut a thin strip of the right length from an old open cell rubber mouse pad and glued it in place on my Minolta SRT cameras.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,119
Posted By xayraa33
I always wanted a Nikon SP But then again I...

I always wanted a Nikon SP

But then again I always wanted a mid 1950s Gretsch Duo Jet guitar.

These things are very much possible for me to physically acquire , but I rather leave them to the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 03-29-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,540
Posted By xayraa33
Great site ! I did not know how few Nicca 5L ...

Great site !

I did not know how few Nicca 5L cameras were produced.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-19-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,011
Posted By xayraa33
Wow ! I see what you mean now. That Olympus...

Wow !

I see what you mean now.

That Olympus 25mm f1.8 lens is very bokehlicious !



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeXHy0JHIFs
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-18-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 248
Posted By xayraa33
Oskar Barnack - A portrait about the inventor of the Ur-Leica

It seems the more of these German language containing documentaries that I listen to, the more I seem to understand the spoken German language.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF1-XTx8nCI
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-18-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 343
Posted By xayraa33
Could be a bunch of shutter curtain tapes, that...

Could be a bunch of shutter curtain tapes, that is my guess.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-18-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 343
Posted By xayraa33
Interesting short film clip of the making of the LTM Leica

I would say it looks like post war Leitz factory footage but then again the models shown are the pure Barnack Leicas, like the III, IIIa and IIIb so it very well could be a mix of pre and post war...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-18-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,011
Posted By xayraa33
We are both talking about the same...

We are both talking about the same thing.

Everyone knows that a quality low priced car like a Corolla will be more reliable, practical and lower cost to maintain than a Ferrari, but human beings...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-17-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,011
Posted By xayraa33
But that is not the point. Not everything we...

But that is not the point.

Not everything we humans do is based on logic or economics or common senses or "told you so" . Advertisers know this very well and they play on our emotions, ego and...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-17-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,011
Posted By xayraa33
This is like saying that a Toyota Corolla is as...

This is like saying that a Toyota Corolla is as equal to a Ferrari Testarossa, both vehicles will get you there... but in most cases that is not the point of whole endeavour .
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-16-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,685
Posted By xayraa33
Yup, the round Canon lens hood for the Canon...

Yup, the round Canon lens hood for the Canon 50/f1.5 lens is a larger diameter lens hood than the one for the Canon 50/f1.8 lens.

The round Canon lens hood for the 50/f1.5 lens takes the series...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-16-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 293
Posted By xayraa33
The videos by the great Nobbysparrow might be a...

The videos by the great Nobbysparrow might be a bit of a help to partially get at that drive shaft on the IIIf . You would also have to take the knurled wind knob and film frame counter dial off...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-16-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 293
Posted By xayraa33
The knob is threaded on to the main shaft and...

The knob is threaded on to the main shaft and there is a set screw (or grub screw in UK parlance) on the side of the wind knob for a lock down.

Check to see if that set screw is tight ( do not...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 03-15-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 2,243
Posted By xayraa33
Tony and the Afghan girl photograph

I don't know why the big deal, using today's political correctness standard for something that was done in 1984.

Are we going to over analyse every notable historic photo taken in past and rubbish...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 03-10-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,248
Posted By xayraa33
The odd or funny part of this Meyer Optik thing...

The odd or funny part of this Meyer Optik thing is that by the 1960s and 1970s Hugo Meyer lenses, later badged as Pentacon lenses, were budget DDR made lenses for those who could not afford ...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 03-04-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,248
Posted By xayraa33
Probably better made bikes than the UK made ones...

Probably better made bikes than the UK made ones in the good old days, that came with the mandatory oil drip from the crankcase, typical of most classic British made motorcycles :D
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 03-04-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,248
Posted By xayraa33
That is a wide spread practice for most big...

That is a wide spread practice for most big brand name manufactured goods, be it cars , motorcycles and appliances and power tools.

Some just cut the pretence and actually say made in China or...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-03-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 478
Posted By xayraa33
The pro level Topcon SLRs were just as rugged as...

The pro level Topcon SLRs were just as rugged as the Nikon F, but hampered by that small diameter Exakta derived lens mount and also by a certain quirkiness to their body designs and styling and...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-02-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1,236
Posted By xayraa33
The best ones I found for that focal length is...

The best ones I found for that focal length is the Canon brightline finder, the ones in the black and chrome finish.

Years ago they were low priced because people only wanted the 50mm to the wide...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-02-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 478
Posted By xayraa33
It is hard to top Tokyo Kogaku glass, Rokkor...

It is hard to top Tokyo Kogaku glass, Rokkor came close but not as conservatively built.
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 03-02-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 1,710
Posted By xayraa33
I find it odd that Nippon Kogaku wanted a product...

I find it odd that Nippon Kogaku wanted a product for world wide sales, no different than the other up-start miniature camera makers in post war Japan and yet played around with 24x32 and 24x34 ...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-01-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 344
Posted By xayraa33
It looks to be an F type from 1949 to 1953 and...

It looks to be an F type from 1949 to 1953 and these are suppose to have a standard pitch, but with these you never know until you get it in your hands and test it out.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-01-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 491
Posted By xayraa33
one is a Zorki 1 and the other is a Fed 1 all...

one is a Zorki 1 and the other is a Fed 1 all have the bullsh!t engraving and phoney period serial nr.

A real IIIc would have a slow speed dial and a few other things.

They get away with the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-01-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 419
Posted By xayraa33
It is not a rare or expensive lens, especially...

It is not a rare or expensive lens, especially in M42 mount and in the UK.

You will run into many good and unmolested examples for sale if you search them out.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-28-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,460
Posted By xayraa33
"We all lust for those super cameras with the big...

"We all lust for those super cameras with the big sensors and big price tags"

Good topic, Bill

I don't normally follow the usual YT photo gurus, especially these two but they did bring up some...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-28-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 419
Posted By xayraa33
Great lens, I have two of them. I believe the...

Great lens, I have two of them.
I believe the lens first came out in 1964 and it was always a preset design, no auto aperture stop-down.


It it imprints its own signature style to the photos and...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 02-28-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,248
Posted By xayraa33
Even if this consortium could not find anyone in...

Even if this consortium could not find anyone in Germany to do the manufacturing, I would surmise that the lens design and specs are doable in Germany, if the price is right.

The manufacturing could...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 02-28-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,248
Posted By xayraa33
Short term thinking and being scam masters...

Short term thinking and being scam masters fly-by-nights, like the recent Yashica y35 debacle is not sustainable for long term profit once the fleecing ripoff is exposed.. and that is fast and easy...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-27-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,338
Posted By xayraa33
Yup, put together an auto radio signal scanner...

Yup, put together an auto radio signal scanner and a cheap solid state mini guitar amp and a rough coil of bare copper wire with some flashing Christmas tree lights and make videos in cemeteries, ...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-27-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 472
Posted By xayraa33
I never owned or used a 50/f3.5 Nikkor lens like...

I never owned or used a 50/f3.5 Nikkor lens like this, but from using the FSU I -22 and I -50 , I- 26 lenses and Canon 50mm f3.5 and the Elmar version and the Tessar .. my observation is that...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-27-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,338
Posted By xayraa33
A 135mm focal length lens? I would never bond...

A 135mm focal length lens?

I would never bond with it, it is not my favourite focal length.

I tried to like that FL, bought 135mm lenses known for their legendary great bokeh , like the Zuiko...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-27-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 405
Posted By xayraa33
"I was wondering is an early 1st version 35mm...

"I was wondering is an early 1st version 35mm steel rim for collectors or shooters?"

With asking prices running the gamut from 3k to 17k USD I say these days they have become more for...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-25-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 2,896
Posted By xayraa33
Robert Capa was like the rock 'n roll star of...

Robert Capa was like the rock 'n roll star of war photographers.

And yes, just like the legendary rock 'n roll stars of the 1950s and 1960s he was promoted and hyped up in his lifetime and...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-24-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 2,896
Posted By xayraa33
"In my limited experience, film does not...

"In my limited experience, film does not “melt.”*In your experience, under what circumstances during the processing of rolls of film would it “melt?” What possibly could happen? Very hot wash water...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-24-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 772
Posted By xayraa33
I have both lenses and prefer the...

I have both lenses and prefer the Summicron.

The f 1.5 Summarit produces OOF areas that are loved by some and loathed by others, I am in the latter camp, so it all boils down to personal...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 02-24-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,923
Posted By xayraa33
Robert Capa was hyped during his lifetime but...

Robert Capa was hyped during his lifetime but after his death the hype machine went in overdrive.
I wonder if the military industrial complex had a vested interest in Capa's elevation to...
Forum: Lomography 02-24-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 811
Posted By xayraa33
Like a well seasoned old bacon greased long...

Like a well seasoned old bacon greased long service cast iron skillet, the dust on the lens elements will give this Lomography type lens tons of character and lower contrast and a 19th century ...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-23-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 1,615
Posted By xayraa33
I never had a problem using a tripod in public...

I never had a problem using a tripod in public spaces while doing wedding photography in the 1980s and 1990s in Ontario Canada.

I doubt that things have changed as far as using a tripod in a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-22-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 1,615
Posted By xayraa33
I wonder what would happen if I set up a 8x10...

I wonder what would happen if I set up a 8x10 view camera, heavy tripod and black cloth and all in a public place for wet-plate photography?

Would these overly paranoid complainers who see a threat...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-22-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 722
Posted By xayraa33
"Your opton may be a lemon." Yes, it has...

"Your opton may be a lemon."

Yes, it has occurred to me that could be, Raid.

I rather try my luck on a J3 for my Kiev cameras.

That will be next on my shopping list.
Forum: Nikon RF 02-22-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 722
Posted By xayraa33
I also have several examples of the Canon 50mm...

I also have several examples of the Canon 50mm f 1.5 lenses and many Jupiter 3 lenses in LTM and an f1.5 Opton Zeiss Sonnar .


The f1.4 Nikkor claim to fame was its sharpness at f1.4 ( when...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-22-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 722
Posted By xayraa33
I have several of the original f 1.4 Nikkors, in...

I have several of the original f 1.4 Nikkors, in LTM and the Nikon S mount.

They have their own charm and were cutting edge lenses in the early to the mid 1950s for fast 50s but personally I...
Forum: RFF News 02-20-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,278
Posted By xayraa33
Even if they first got the pronunciation almost...

Even if they first got the pronunciation almost correct, eventually it will be modified to the "American" way .

Reminds me of the Subaru car commercials, when that car brand was first advertised on...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-19-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,371
Posted By xayraa33
Verichrome had a wider latitude because it was...

Verichrome had a wider latitude because it was more likely to be used with simple box cameras and their limited control over shutter speeds and lens aperture setting.

The stuff would last for...
Forum: RFF News 02-19-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,278
Posted By xayraa33
Import words into the English language are...

Import words into the English language are nothing new, in fact many words have been imported from other languages and found a sweet home in the English lexicon.

Turning a noun into a verb is just...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 02-18-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,923
Posted By xayraa33
I don't see what the fuss is all about. Many...

I don't see what the fuss is all about.

Many things we consider as historical facts could be bogus, no big deal.

Robert Capa as professional as he was with a camera could have had many things...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-14-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 5,100
Posted By xayraa33
Its good that they are selling the fast f 1.2 ...

Its good that they are selling the fast f 1.2 already.

I am sure a run of the mill Canon f 1.8 50mm will be not too far off. That speed of very affordable 50mm lens is a traditional Canon...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-14-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 5,100
Posted By xayraa33
I am sure the Canon will cook up a nifty fifty...

I am sure the Canon will cook up a nifty fifty and a posh fast 50 with the red ring in the near future for their FF mirrorless system.

They got a whole slew of zoom lenses and even two 85mm lenses...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-14-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 675
Posted By xayraa33
In the mid 1970s the 5cm Summar lens was one...

In the mid 1970s the 5cm Summar lens was one of the lowest priced used Leitz lens one could buy from those well known NYC camera stores that advertised their wares by listing category in the...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-12-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1,171
Posted By xayraa33
Still one of the most beautiful RF cameras ever...

Still one of the most beautiful RF cameras ever made, even 61 and a half years later.
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-12-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 539
Posted By xayraa33
They all have that worried "Sakamoto Ryōma look"...

They all have that worried "Sakamoto Ryōma look" to their face.

The subdued Canon sensor colour to their portraits does not help in this matter, but only adds extra sombreness.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-11-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,407
Posted By xayraa33
It has " PATINA" ! To use a current euphemism...

It has " PATINA" !

To use a current euphemism that is popular these days to describe old clunky beater cars in a good light, instead of saying what they really are..rusted out pieces of worn out ...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-11-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 626
Posted By xayraa33
And I thought the Nikon SP frameline illuminator...

And I thought the Nikon SP frameline illuminator clip on accessory was the ultimate for the Nikon owner who has everything .
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-11-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 988
Posted By xayraa33
I don't know why or how a legit auction house...

I don't know why or how a legit auction house would want to ruin their good name in a sleazy fashion like that, even if they gain a couple of thousand kronor on the sly.

In this day and age of the...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-09-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 5,100
Posted By xayraa33
It will be a great bargain FF mirrorless camera...

It will be a great bargain FF mirrorless camera in a few years, once the price goes down to Sony A7 levels for a new one.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-09-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,581
Posted By xayraa33
The Topcor 3.5 cm f2.8 in LTM would be my...

The Topcor 3.5 cm f2.8 in LTM would be my choice of a sleeper lens.

Better sharpness and corner rendering than the Canon 35mm f2.8 and the Nikkor 3.5cm f2.5 lens

The rear element is huge,...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 02-08-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 333
Posted By xayraa33
Canon rumored to announce new lower priced FF mirrorless camera

It looks like Canon might go head to head in the lower priced full frame mirrorless camera department with Sony.

Canon is also rumoured on planning to add some more new lenses to this FF mirrorless...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 02-02-2019
Replies: 131
Views: 117,195
Posted By xayraa33
You can try using a Nikon Z to Leica M adapter...

You can try using a Nikon Z to Leica M adapter combined with Amadeo's various Nikon/Contax external/internal bayonet mounts to Leica M adapter to suit your various Nikon S lens...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-02-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 2,446
Posted By xayraa33
I have that hook shaped spring on my Zorki 1...

I have that hook shaped spring on my Zorki 1 spool.
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 01-31-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 406
Posted By xayraa33
Great reading article ! Should have mentioned...

Great reading article !

Should have mentioned that Dr Karl Bauer president of Zeiss USA being angry and p*ssed off at Jacob Deschin , for writing an article in the New York Times in December 1950...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-30-2019
Replies: 71
Views: 1,502
Posted By xayraa33
"What’s Gonna Happen to Your Photographs?" After...

"What’s Gonna Happen to Your Photographs?"

After physical death I don't think I will be in a position to worry about the trivialities of my former life on the earth plane .
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 01-29-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,197
Posted By xayraa33
The earliest postwar Nicca/ Tower cameras of the...

The earliest postwar Nicca/ Tower cameras of the late 1940s to the very early 1950s were sold with the collapsible Nikkor 50mm f2 lens, well at least the ones exported to the USA.

The Sears...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 01-29-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,197
Posted By xayraa33
I only saw a Nikkor f2 50mm collapsible LTM lens...

I only saw a Nikkor f2 50mm collapsible LTM lens in 1978 when I first spotted a Leica IIIg with a non collapsible 50 mil Summicron in a store window case.

Next day I came back to buy the IIIg ...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-27-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 10,236
Posted By xayraa33
Raid, the cost is around 480 USD for you lucky...

Raid, the cost is around 480 USD for you lucky American buyers.

Anywhere else (like Canada, Australia or Europe) it would be the usual arm and a...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-27-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 10,236
Posted By xayraa33
The 7artisans 28mm f1.4 lens in M mount

It looks like this Chinese company has another winner on their hands, while not as low priced as their previous lenses, it still is a bargain in the M lens world for fast wide lenses.

...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-26-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 324
Posted By xayraa33
you should be able to push up on the pronged...

you should be able to push up on the pronged shaft from the inside when the camera back is opened just in case it is stuck, do not force it if it will not...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-26-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 667
Posted By xayraa33
Get an M Leica or most CV Bessa cameras or a...

Get an M Leica or most CV Bessa cameras or a Canon P or VIL or VIT or the 7 series cameras if you want to & do not like accessory finders and want to use LTM lenses.

The Color Skopar 50 mil fits...
Forum: Olympus RF 01-23-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 31,090
Posted By xayraa33
Those leaf shuttered OLYMPUS film cameras had...

Those leaf shuttered OLYMPUS film cameras had some very fine Zuiko lenses fitted to them. Only some Konicas and some Rokkor equipped Minoltas could equal them.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-23-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 515
Posted By xayraa33
Forty some years ago pushing 400 asa film to ...

Forty some years ago pushing 400 asa film to 1600 asa was a big deal and only done in special cases with the resulting loss of shadow detail , too contrasty negs that were hard to print and golf...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-23-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 667
Posted By xayraa33
You still get plenty of surprises on the...

You still get plenty of surprises on the negatives, even with a SBOOI equipped Leica IIIc or IIIf .
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-23-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 667
Posted By xayraa33
Been there and done that, to me that is...

Been there and done that, to me that is unusable.

SBOOI it or use a small diameter lens like the Elmar and their clones or anything f2 or f1.8 like the Summars , Summitars , Canon f1.9 or f1.8 or...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-23-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 477
Posted By xayraa33
See if the seller can refund you a partial...

See if the seller can refund you a partial discount.

If its haze and not fungus, it is an easy lens to clean.

The front lens element block unscrews as a unit from the front ( use a piece of rubber...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-23-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 515
Posted By xayraa33
The Gossen Luna Pro meter can go down to EV-4 at...

The Gossen Luna Pro meter can go down to EV-4 at ISO 100, which is very good for light meters.


Quantum Instruments had a meter called Calculight XP that was one of the best for low light reading ...
Forum: RFF News 01-22-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1,196
Posted By xayraa33
Canon cameras, the Fender Telecaster of the...

Canon cameras, the Fender Telecaster of the camera world.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-19-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,109
Posted By xayraa33
The Pentacon Super was only made from 1969 to 72...

The Pentacon Super was only made from 1969 to 72 as a primo camera and Prakticas continued to be made till 1990 in East Germany.

The 1960s Prakticas with the cloth shutter, like the Nova were very...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-19-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,109
Posted By xayraa33
This was the camera that the USSR cosmonauts ...

This was the camera that the USSR cosmonauts took with them to supposed space.
Forum: Digital: Medium & Larger Format 01-18-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 1,570
Posted By xayraa33
Panasonic S1: full-frame mirrorless camera makes London debut

It looks very nice.

Its supposed dual card slot is a step in the right direction.
https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/news/panasonic-s1-full-frame-mirrorless-camera-makes-london-debut
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-18-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 630
Posted By xayraa33
All film can have manufacturer defects, just a...

All film can have manufacturer defects, just a matter of percentage that's all.

The eastern European and Chinese brands were and are more prone to this than the well known primo American and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-18-2019
Replies: 359
Views: 17,986
Posted By xayraa33
I found the Takumars to be the best constructed...

I found the Takumars to be the best constructed of the Japanese lenses, when compared to the Nikkors, Canons, Rokkors and Zuikos that I own.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-18-2019
Replies: 95
Views: 3,607
Posted By xayraa33
Mr Gibson has changed his mind regarding using...

Mr Gibson has changed his mind regarding using digital cameras in these last 11 years.

Back then he said he was not interested in using a digital camera (5:14 in the video), but things have move so...
Forum: Travel 01-16-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 725
Posted By xayraa33
Anyone for " Home Rule for Wales"? I been...

Anyone for " Home Rule for Wales"?

I been fascinated with this prospect since it was brought up in the TV series "Doctor in The House" in the late 1960s early 1970s.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-16-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,071
Posted By xayraa33
The SBOOI is svelte and looks good on a Barnack...

The SBOOI is svelte and looks good on a Barnack Leica but the gargantuan SBLOO finder is more suited to the M series Leica, like the M3
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-15-2019
Replies: 63
Views: 1,961
Posted By xayraa33
Horses for courses as they say. Any photographic...

Horses for courses as they say.

Any photographic image benefits from a steady camera and a sweet spot aperture setting.

A small camera with a fast lens and relatively fast iso film or sensor...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-15-2019
Replies: 72
Views: 2,377
Posted By xayraa33
A new YT video on that lens showed up 2 days ago...

A new YT video on that lens showed up 2 days ago and at around 8 min. into the video the author discusses how to solve the focus shift problem with the lean in...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-14-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 661
Posted By xayraa33
I would make sure that the shutter curtain...

I would make sure that the shutter curtain tension on both curtains is correct , then check to see if the second curtain catches or latches are doing their job and the release pawl is in the correct...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-14-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 661
Posted By xayraa33
Clarify what you mean by "rewind knob", do you...

Clarify what you mean by "rewind knob", do you mean the knob at the end of the camera that you turn to get the exposed film back to the cassette, OR do you mean the A-R knob that is coaxial to the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-12-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 315
Posted By xayraa33
try a small piece of bike inner tube rubber on...

try a small piece of bike inner tube rubber on the stripped screw head and apply a wide blade tip screwdriver on top of that to get some purchase on the stripped head.
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 01-12-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,628
Posted By xayraa33
It is said by a few that the in between...

It is said by a few that the in between pictographs are very useful to focus on Forest Beings:D
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-11-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 667
Posted By xayraa33
A SBOOI and its modern CV clone are expensive to...

A SBOOI and its modern CV clone are expensive to buy but they make using these old cameras very enjoyable, even on the Canon bottomloader cameras, with their dim and squinty tiny viewfinders.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-10-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 667
Posted By xayraa33
It blocks it alot, in fact it makes the built in...

It blocks it alot, in fact it makes the built in VF practically useless.

I use a SBOOI finder on my Leica III and its Nicca copies when I use the 50mil Nokton f1.5 lens or the Canon 50 mil f1.4...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-10-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 517
Posted By xayraa33
You can buy a parts IIIc and change the whole RF...

You can buy a parts IIIc and change the whole RF assembly in one piece and maybe put the new 50/50 mirror on it instead, no guarantee that the parts camera will have a good usable RF unless you get...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-09-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 315
Posted By xayraa33
I like old photographs, especially Americana

Something about that second comment made laugh ,( "most interesting ghost in the underworld") . Maybe I was thinking along similar lines when perusing the photograph with great interest and keen...
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