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Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 799
Posted By aizan
Could not agree more. The M6’s red dot + front...

Could not agree more. The M6’s red dot + front engraving but w/o top plate engraving styling is long in tooth. It’s 34 years old for goodness sake!
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 3 Days Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 449
Posted By aizan
If you know anything about HTML, I would look at...

If you know anything about HTML, I would look at the more customizable options like:

Small Victories
https://www.smallvictori.es/
-...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 4 Days Ago
Replies: 159
Views: 4,058
Posted By aizan
Yeah, but you're comparing the discounted budget...

Yeah, but you're comparing the discounted budget version of the previous generation Leica that's almost 4 years old with the latest and greatest, 1 month old, extra high-end Sony. :rolleyes:

If we...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 4 Days Ago
Replies: 159
Views: 4,058
Posted By aizan
Looking up prices in Popular Photography, we find...

Looking up prices in Popular Photography, we find that the difference between Leica and other brands still wasn't that big in the times of the M4-P (1980-1986). In 1982, the price of a Leica M4-P was...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 5 Days Ago
Replies: 159
Views: 4,058
Posted By aizan
This is the sore point of Leica’s reorientation...

This is the sore point of Leica’s reorientation into a Veblen good. The company’s legacy to the history of documentary photography and photojournalism, to photographers and viewers who were...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 6 Days Ago
Replies: 159
Views: 4,058
Posted By aizan
Leicas have always have been expensive, but they...

Leicas have always have been expensive, but they were the same price as comparable equipment.

The original price of a Canon F-1 was 78,000 yen body only, which was about $289.50 in 1972 ($1,776.97...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 690
Posted By aizan
Wanted one since it was announced, but I sat on...

Wanted one since it was announced, but I sat on the fence too long waiting for a lens comparison with the Mamiya 7. After a while, I just forgot about it, and then the price went up.

I ended up...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 1 Week Ago
Replies: 159
Views: 4,058
Posted By aizan
They’re taking advantage of income inequality,...

They’re taking advantage of income inequality, not their M users. It used to be the case that they didn’t make a 50mm Summicron ASPH because “it would have been too expensive” (Mike Johnston said...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 433
Posted By aizan
I have no idea what kind of sandblasting is...

I have no idea what kind of sandblasting is involved! Walnut shells? Glass beads? Baking soda? All I know is that it’s probably necessary to remove black enamel from the chassis’ trim edges. It’s...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 433
Posted By aizan
I wonder why camera repair shops in the US don’t...

I wonder why camera repair shops in the US don’t repaint cameras. At this point, it should be in more demand than ever.

I picked up a Badger Millionair for cheap and a Procon Boy LWA trigger type...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 1 Week Ago
Replies: 288
Views: 12,811
Posted By aizan
You know what would really cool? An M-mount...

You know what would really cool? An M-mount version of the Canon 28mm f/2.8 LTM. It's such a sweet handling lens, and an iconic 28mm. :D
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 1 Week Ago
Replies: 582
Views: 66,274
Posted By aizan
End the thread now! :eek: My best score was an...

End the thread now! :eek:

My best score was an almost new Rolleiflex MX-EVS type 2 for $80. The shutter and film advance needed service, so I took it to Harry Fleenor for an another $300.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 465
Posted By aizan
Major props for taking the plunge. I want one of...

Major props for taking the plunge. I want one of these someday when I have some money burning through my pocket.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 861
Posted By aizan
LCDs can be reverse engineered and copied. You'd...

LCDs can be reverse engineered and copied. You'd probably want to start a business, though. :D
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 537
Posted By aizan
Scale focusing by feel is one of the most...

Scale focusing by feel is one of the most powerful but incomprehensibly under-practiced techniques for rangefinders. But for something like the Rollei 35 (and other scale focus cameras like the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 288
Views: 12,811
Posted By aizan
That's not the original typeface, but the current...

That's not the original typeface, but the current one looks great so I don't mind. It'll match the newer bodies perfectly. :)
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 537
Posted By aizan
What's your budget? There's a nice DeJur...

What's your budget?

There's a nice DeJur rangefinder on eBay for $35. Jump on...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 51
Views: 1,540
Posted By aizan
I'm a really wishy-washy guy, and trying to cover...

I'm a really wishy-washy guy, and trying to cover all of the bases is a temptation I have to fight constantly. It's caused me nothing but trouble! My recommendation is to pick either color or B&W,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 715
Posted By aizan
What would you recommend?

What would you recommend?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 715
Posted By aizan
Do you have a link? It doesn't show up when I...

Do you have a link? It doesn't show up when I search for "japan hobby tool lens spanner" or "japan hobby tool lens opener".

Just to make sure, I'm looking for...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 715
Posted By aizan
japan hobby tool lens spanner on shashinki

Has anyone bought a Japan Hobby Tools lens spanner from Shashinki? It looks like this is the only place you can get it online, but I’ve never ordered anything from there. Have you? How did it...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 969
Posted By aizan
Lol, I just made a YouTube vid on the Big Mini. I...

Lol, I just made a YouTube vid on the Big Mini. I think the 301 always has a date back, while the 302 may or may not have one (both of my 302s have a date back). My 300 doesn’t have a date back, but...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 288
Views: 12,811
Posted By aizan
I love how they're sweating the details like the...

I love how they're sweating the details like the sound of the infinity lock. :D

The typography nerd wants the engraving font to be exactly the same as the original, too. The words can be different,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 1,145
Posted By aizan
It is time to quit when you don't have good...

It is time to quit when you don't have good reasons to do something.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 288
Views: 12,811
Posted By aizan
I'm so on board with the idea of making replicas...

I'm so on board with the idea of making replicas of classic lenses. You're filling in a gap in Leica's "Classics Range" with the original 35/2. Can the next lens be a 50mm collapsible Summicron?

The...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 110
Views: 3,698
Posted By aizan
For sure, part of the price increase is people...

For sure, part of the price increase is people fighting over computerized, electronic cameras that are still working. Even bricked parts bodies are price inflated.

I'm still worried that repairmen...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 110
Views: 3,698
Posted By aizan
i bought a konica big mini bm-300 in like new...

i bought a konica big mini bm-300 in like new condition on the auction site for a "good" price of $160.

i took 7 photos with it, and then it bricked on me. now i'm keeping an eye out for a parts...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 110
Views: 3,698
Posted By aizan
Social media is great advertising, too. People...

Social media is great advertising, too. People see what other photogs are using, and they think "If I got the same gear, I could take photos like that!"
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 110
Views: 3,698
Posted By aizan
Is a price bubble really a bubble of it doesn’t...

Is a price bubble really a bubble of it doesn’t burst? I’m not so sure prices for film cameras will come down again. I think it will just level off at this new high.
Forum: DIYS Modifications 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 280
Posted By aizan
I recommend this $13 set made by Vessel. It...

I recommend this $13 set made by Vessel. It covers the basics and is very good...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-20-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,430
Posted By aizan
Do any of these float your boat? Yashica...

Do any of these float your boat?

Yashica Minister II (https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyesontheworldphotography/28261399697)
https://live.staticflickr.com/1785/28261399697_6c3c78b50a_b.jpg

Minolta...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-19-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 981
Posted By aizan
Cool, I've been meaning to check out your...

Cool, I've been meaning to check out your gallery. I can't go this weekend, but maybe next weekend!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-18-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 981
Posted By aizan
Thanks for the good news! I’m going to have it...

Thanks for the good news! I’m going to have it checked out.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-18-2019
Replies: 66
Views: 2,862
Posted By aizan
Looks cool, clever engineering...but really...

Looks cool, clever engineering...but really expensive to avoid a changing bag and only be able to do one roll per session. ONE ROLL?!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-18-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 981
Posted By aizan
Should I get my 50mm Color-Skopar serviced,...

Should I get my 50mm Color-Skopar serviced, because the aperture ring isn't exactly crisp and precise. It's wiggly in a way that doesn't feel broken, like they're all like that.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-17-2019
Replies: 62
Views: 1,483
Posted By aizan
It basically moves the added cost of bleach...

It basically moves the added cost of bleach bypass from the processing to the film. Might give it a try if I ever need the look.
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 07-17-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 830
Posted By aizan
Nice to see that they redesigned the grip and...

Nice to see that they redesigned the grip and improved the buttons. I'll have to see if the grip is tall enough to avoid the hanging pinky finger.
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 07-15-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,009
Posted By aizan
Congratulations, the answer is "no"! You've got...

Congratulations, the answer is "no"!

You've got the best outfit already. Maybe get the 33mm f/1.0 once it comes out?
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-13-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 2,761
Posted By aizan
A major issue with sophisticated cameras is that...

A major issue with sophisticated cameras is that they are usually designed for planned obsolescence. A camera gets discontinued and replaced with an "upgrade" after a few years, service from the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-12-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 2,761
Posted By aizan
Those are zone focus and only have AE. No manual...

Those are zone focus and only have AE. No manual exposure or “continuous” focusing! What’s the repairability of them?
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-12-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 2,761
Posted By aizan
In episode 142 of the Sunny 16 podcast, Bellamy...

In episode 142 of the Sunny 16 podcast, Bellamy Hunt explains that he can't make a high end P&S (e.g., Contax T3, Ricoh GR, etc.) because the manufacturing infrastructure and know-how has been lost....
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-08-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 363
Posted By aizan
Keep an eye on jauce.com (Yahoo! Japan auctions...

Keep an eye on jauce.com (Yahoo! Japan auctions proxy service) and Carousell (sg.carousell.com). There might be something on Etsy, too. I've gotten several things on Jauce, and they've all been good...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-02-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 482
Posted By aizan
I got a bad batch of Kodak Portra 400 (3452 013)...

I got a bad batch of Kodak Portra 400 (3452 013) that has purple splotches throughout the roll. The lab tech at Icon said it was a known issue with defective backing paper. I'm hoping that there was...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-25-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 201
Posted By aizan
The funny thing about conservators is that they...

The funny thing about conservators is that they think the artworks in their care are so unique and special that standards aren't useful, even though archivists and librarians have already sorted all...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-24-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 943
Posted By aizan
it's still silver chrome on aluminum, right? not...

it's still silver chrome on aluminum, right? not silver paint? or is it anodized?
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-22-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,240
Posted By aizan
This is what I’d do. Sell and buy things until...

This is what I’d do. Sell and buy things until you end up with this:

Leica M-A
Your Minoxes
Leica R6 or some other 35mm SLR

Mamiya RZ67

Nikon One Touch
Fuji Instax
Forum: Film vs Digital 06-07-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,548
Posted By aizan
they’re both great options these days with their...

they’re both great options these days with their own sets of conveniences and challenges. i would lean toward scanning film since people are (perhaps overly) pessimistic about digital preservation.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-03-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,280
Posted By aizan
It should be a hit with the digital...

It should be a hit with the digital nomads/nomadic New Rich. And the look is perfect for matching your Burning Man...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-31-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 3,583
Posted By aizan
Will this topic ever get old? M3 vs. M2, M4 vs....

Will this topic ever get old? M3 vs. M2, M4 vs. M4-2/M4-P, M6 vs. MP. I’ve been reading this junk for almost 20 years, and I still click on it. Nobody has anything new to add.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-31-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 2,423
Posted By aizan
Leica MP and a Canon 28/2.8 LTM works out to a...

Leica MP and a Canon 28/2.8 LTM works out to a 13:1 ratio, and I was thinking about getting a Voigtlander 125/2.5 APO-Lanthar SL for the Canon EOS 600. That would be around a 75:1 ratio.
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-30-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,705
Posted By aizan
Has anyone bought one of the vertical film travel...

Has anyone bought one of the vertical film travel half frame cameras like the Agat 18k, Yashica Rapide, or Taron Chic? How do they handle?
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-30-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 495
Posted By aizan
Goodbye Canikon, hello Canony? Cony? Canonony?

Goodbye Canikon, hello Canony? Cony? Canonony?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-28-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 480
Posted By aizan
so a shutter that is capping, in the original...

so a shutter that is capping, in the original sense of the word, is operating normally? and it only refers to the operation of a shutter as it is being cocked by the advance lever?

but in the more...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-27-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 480
Posted By aizan
AFAIK, capping is synonymous with tapering. Is a...

AFAIK, capping is synonymous with tapering. Is a "self-capping" shutter a term from the 19th century?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-27-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 480
Posted By aizan
the shutter is capping, with the second curtain...

the shutter is capping, with the second curtain abruptly hitting a snag rather than changing speed gradually. it's not a problem specific to spotmatics or related to mirror dampening foam. it's just...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-25-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 868
Posted By aizan
I would take the Nokton since this is a great...

I would take the Nokton since this is a great opportunity to really get to know a new lens that seems to be promising. But take the Summicron if you don't want to risk any surprises.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-24-2019
Replies: 82
Views: 3,207
Posted By aizan
The perfect camera for the Cameras and Coffee...

The perfect camera for the Cameras and Coffee thread! :D

I think the sepia brown makes this the only camera with gold parts that looks halfway decent. Replace the snakeskin with standard vulkanit...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 05-23-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,123
Posted By aizan
Sweet! Make sure to hold onto those gallery...

Sweet! Make sure to hold onto those gallery photos, especially since they’re digital. They can be pretty important for researching the exhibition history of an artist.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-22-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,106
Posted By aizan
I'm tempted, but I agree that it's a little bit...

I'm tempted, but I agree that it's a little bit too short for comfort. And I'm only 5'8".

Max height is 51 1/4" without extending the center column, 60" fully extended. The center column looks very...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-21-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 2,879
Posted By aizan
By emotional support, I don't mean saying...

By emotional support, I don't mean saying congratulatory things like that. I had a basic idea of its definition, but it looks like doctors define it in different...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-20-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 2,879
Posted By aizan
I only do photography so I wouldn’t know. But...

I only do photography so I wouldn’t know. But librarian Twitter is very emotionally supportive. That’s more like running a business than doing art, and 80% of librarians are women.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-20-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 2,879
Posted By aizan
Yeah, that's true. The article doesn't say...

Yeah, that's true. The article doesn't say anything about photo gear, I'm just thinking about how it might be relevant to this activity. Nobody's really explained why emotional support is absent from...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-20-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 2,879
Posted By aizan
Also, if anyone's weary of homophobia's impact on...

Also, if anyone's weary of homophobia's impact on male relationships in the 20th century (the focus is on America), there's this NYT article you might want to read:

The Power of Touch, Especially...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-20-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 2,879
Posted By aizan
Some people have said that they don't have any...

Some people have said that they don't have any problems talking about creative problems that require emotional support. So why don't we see more threads here on RFF, on APUG (ok, Photrio), on...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-19-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 2,879
Posted By aizan
male photographers talk about gear because they can't talk about emotions

This article from Harper's Bazaar was going around social media last week. I got to thinking about how it related to photography, and it adds a lot to our understanding of why we talk about gear so...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-17-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,621
Posted By aizan
You can’t win. You tell the newbies “Why are you...

You can’t win. You tell the newbies “Why are you using filters to make your photos look like (expired/cross-processed/etc.) film when you can just shoot film?” After shooting film becomes cool,...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-15-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,705
Posted By aizan
Olympus Pen cameras with selenium meters meet...

Olympus Pen cameras with selenium meters meet your budget. You just have to make sure the meter works ok.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-15-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 481
Posted By aizan
Look at the Tenba BYOB 7.

Look at the Tenba BYOB 7.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-15-2019
Replies: 123
Views: 3,002
Posted By aizan
Thom Hogan's been saying forever that camera...

Thom Hogan's been saying forever that camera companies should make their stuff communicating, programmable, and modular. I wonder why they haven't done it...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-12-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 470
Posted By aizan
Maybe use double-sided tape to stick single...

Maybe use double-sided tape to stick single frames to the wall of the developing tank? Except it might fall off or cause uneven developing.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-10-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,068
Posted By aizan
The 35mm Summicron ASPH let me down with its...

The 35mm Summicron ASPH let me down with its bokeh behavior in settings with lots of backlit foliage. No regrets selling it on.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-08-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 618
Posted By aizan
Some of my favorite photobooks are set in New...

Some of my favorite photobooks are set in New England. Have you looked at these?

Paul Strand - Time in New England
Richard Renaldi - Fall River Boys
Mitch Epstein - Family Business
Eugene Richards -...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-07-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 2,449
Posted By aizan
So the announcement was...

So the announcement was today.

https://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/1183108.html

The only difference I can see is the aperture ring going from the "wing" tabs to the newer style like the 35/2...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-06-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,734
Posted By aizan
To be sure, his political messages don't have...

To be sure, his political messages don't have anything to do with left vs. right. Rather, his political messages are about Leica vs. everyone else, this is the best _______, you should buy this...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-05-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,734
Posted By aizan
while the common disdain for huff could be boiled...

while the common disdain for huff could be boiled down to a matter of players vs. haters, i think it goes deeper than that.

basically, huff is the manifestation of post-truth politics...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-05-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,734
Posted By aizan
Which came first? The ghost hunting or the...

Which came first? The ghost hunting or the photography? Or did they go hand in hand? OoooOoooOoooOooo!!!

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41WTAHSPJ4L.jpg...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-04-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 657
Posted By aizan
Nice find! Where from? The two time traveling...

Nice find! Where from?

The two time traveling cameras I've found are a brand new Minolta Instant Pro and one of my Pentax SL's. And a new hood for my Nikkor-S 5cm f/1.4 LTM.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-04-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,734
Posted By aizan
He says its sharpness is not comparable to the...

He says its sharpness is not comparable to the 35mm Summicron ASPH, even though Jon Manjiro and others' tests demonstrate that it is, and he shows nothing to back it up. Err...ok.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 05-04-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 524
Posted By aizan
A new 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 "Grafmatic" back for sheet...

A new 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 "Grafmatic" back for sheet film would be nice.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-01-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 1,677
Posted By aizan
I think this question would be a lot easier to...

I think this question would be a lot easier to answer if limited editions:

A) Usually looked good
B) Weren't shameless cash grabs

The limited editions whose design I like or that introduce new...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-29-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 1,677
Posted By aizan
Only if it looked like...

Only if it looked like this:

https://live.staticflickr.com/7814/31698116237_9ab43e4e7d_o.jpg

One day, they'll get it right...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-28-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 877
Posted By aizan
nice! white/cream/brown cameras are underrated,...

nice! white/cream/brown cameras are underrated, which is weird since linhofs were cream/tan with silver chrome accents, and so were many polaroid land cameras.

someday, i'll do an off-white leica...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-27-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,119
Posted By aizan
do you still want to meter with a...

do you still want to meter with a dslr?

materials:
- grey card
- dslr w/telephoto lens

how to “calibrate” your dslr’s meter
1. go outside on a bright, sunny day.
2. orient yourself so the sun is...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-25-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,605
Posted By aizan
Wow! How'd you find this site? I'm going to be...

Wow! How'd you find this site? I'm going to be spending a lot of time looking around.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-22-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,194
Posted By aizan
I started out with an SP, but the meter switch...

I started out with an SP, but the meter switch was sticky, and they supposedly usually crack when you (un)screw it for repair. So I switched to the meterless SL. A black paint SV would be nice to get...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-20-2019
Replies: 96
Views: 4,568
Posted By aizan
If i have one body, I'll take a 28mm. If I have...

If i have one body, I'll take a 28mm.

If I have two bodies, I'll take a 28mm and a 50mm.
Forum: Nikon RF 04-20-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,883
Posted By aizan
You can’t believe everything you’re told. I got...

You can’t believe everything you’re told. I got to play with the reissued SP and S3 at the camera expo way back when it was in Carson, and they felt like tanks.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-18-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 665
Posted By aizan
make a C shape with your left hand, and use your...

make a C shape with your left hand, and use your thumb to pull the focus lever.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-18-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 665
Posted By aizan
seconded! he’s got a nice stage presence. but i...

seconded! he’s got a nice stage presence.

but i always skip the boring part of these youtube camera reviews where they go around taking photos. it’s so 2017.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-17-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 951
Posted By aizan
running out of shelf space took care of my GAS. :D

running out of shelf space took care of my GAS. :D
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 04-17-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 936
Posted By aizan
I poured over Masahisa Fukase's book of cat...

I poured over Masahisa Fukase's book of cat photos, The Strawhat Cat,...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 04-17-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 985
Posted By aizan
I’m in! I’ve got a dinged up Rollei 35 and a...

I’m in! I’ve got a dinged up Rollei 35 and a Pentax SL that I’ve been wanting to repaint.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-16-2019
Replies: 66
Views: 2,510
Posted By aizan
what percent "discount" would you say kevin...

what percent "discount" would you say kevin cameras averages? i was looking at something on their ebay account a couple months ago, and the same item was in their online shop for a little less, but...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-16-2019
Replies: 66
Views: 2,510
Posted By aizan
it all went to hell several years ago. the only...

it all went to hell several years ago. the only seller in japan i bother with now is irohas.

shueido in taiwan is also good.

one seller i gripe about these days is kevin cameras. they don’t haggle...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-15-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 2,642
Posted By aizan
Kanto repaint project?

Kanto repaint project?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-14-2019
Replies: 182
Views: 6,579
Posted By aizan
Considering the volume that their equipment was...

Considering the volume that their equipment was designed to produce, I would not be surprised in the slightest if Fuji made a lot of film then put it into deep freeze. Make a lot, put it in the...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-08-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 16,955
Posted By aizan
Let's toast to a generous, dedicated, and wise...

Let's toast to a generous, dedicated, and wise man! His contributions to the photography community will never be forgotten.

RIP Mr. Hicks!
Forum: RFF News 04-07-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 5,445
Posted By aizan
No change since my last post. We have a several...

No change since my last post. We have a several options to get over this problem:

1. Volunteers grit their teeth and clean the spreadsheet by hand. It's not the kind of work you'd want to do for...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-03-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 16,955
Posted By aizan
Very sad to hear this! Roger's knowledge, humor,...

Very sad to hear this! Roger's knowledge, humor, and sensibility will be greatly missed in the online film photography community.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-01-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 484
Posted By aizan
SLR: Pentax SL and 50mm f/1.4 Super-Multi-Coated...

SLR: Pentax SL and 50mm f/1.4 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar

Rangefinder: Leica MP and Voigtländer 50mm f/2.5 Color Skopar (despite the lousy aperture ring, it has a great, Konica-esque rendering with...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-01-2019
Replies: 8,901
Views: 868,507
Posted By aizan
I just put in an order for: - Leica M10-P,...

I just put in an order for:

- Leica M10-P, silver chrome
- the new 28mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH, silver anodized
- 50mm f/2 APO-Summicron ASPH, LHSA Edition
- 75mm f/1.25 Noctilux ASPH, black
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-31-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 2,146
Posted By aizan
it's great that someone is now repainting cameras...

it's great that someone is now repainting cameras speculatively instead of always doing a custom order (besides gold plated zorkis). i think this is a new development that's a good sign for the film...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,119
Posted By aizan
I love this thread. :D 1. Panoramic camera, 1"...

I love this thread. :D

1. Panoramic camera, 1" sensor stretched out to 2.40:1 aspect ratio.

2. Square sensor camera, full frame image circle, tilting LCD screen with a waist-level folding hood,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-28-2019
Replies: 85
Views: 2,319
Posted By aizan
Actually, the law IS on their side if they ask...

Actually, the law IS on their side if they ask you to stop and/or leave the mall, and yet you refuse to stop taking pictures and leave the mall. It's trespassing if you do that since it's private...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-28-2019
Replies: 85
Views: 2,319
Posted By aizan
I wish they were "good enough" 3-4 years...

I wish they were "good enough" 3-4 years ago.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-28-2019
Replies: 85
Views: 2,319
Posted By aizan
That's basically what I said, though a "no...

That's basically what I said, though a "no photography" policy in a privately owned area doesn't make photography in that area illegal. It's just against their rules, but they can't have you arrested...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-28-2019
Replies: 85
Views: 2,319
Posted By aizan
i wonder how policies will change when smartphone...

i wonder how policies will change when smartphone cameras get "good enough." will they ban photography with all cameras? or will they let people take photos with "more serious" cameras?

anyhow, it's...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-25-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 407
Posted By aizan
score! it's at least $1000 for the enlarger alone.

score! it's at least $1000 for the enlarger alone.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-23-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 1,416
Posted By aizan
craigslist, ebay, maybe donate it to goodwill or...

craigslist, ebay, maybe donate it to goodwill or salvation army.

glenn evans might have some ideas:

http://www.glennview.com/
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-23-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 958
Posted By aizan
kknox, what kind of photos do you shoot? what's...

kknox, what kind of photos do you shoot? what's the visual style of your photos? and what's your shooting style? how many lenses is too many?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-22-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 958
Posted By aizan
Hold each of them in your hand and see which ones...

Hold each of them in your hand and see which ones spark joy.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-20-2019
Replies: 8,901
Views: 868,507
Posted By aizan
Boring stuff: Pentax 67 extension...

Boring stuff:

Pentax 67 extension tubes
Hasselblad B57 Proxar 2m
Leofoto PC-90 smartphone tripod clamp
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-19-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 368
Posted By aizan
Are Voigtländer Bessa viewfinders interchangeable?

Since R3a and R bodies are common enough, could you swap the optics and end up with an “R2a” (which is pretty rare on the market now) and an LTM “R3m” for all of those screwmount 50mm lenses?
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-18-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,011
Posted By aizan
a higher price may not get you higher image...

a higher price may not get you higher image quality, but there is something else that it gets you: status.

spending more money will get you more social capital. that's why leicas, contaxes,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-18-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,462
Posted By aizan
being able to shoot the way you want to is worth...

being able to shoot the way you want to is worth it. i'd get the m7 and worry about long-term reliability when the time comes (if ever). unless there's some way to improve your metering skills or...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 03-17-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 2,243
Posted By aizan
now that's interesting. what photo forum is it?...

now that's interesting. what photo forum is it? i'm interested in the captions as much as the photos.




again, very interesting! these "white, western" tourists who are more cautious and respectful...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 03-17-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 2,243
Posted By aizan
i wonder if citing sources will become standard...

i wonder if citing sources will become standard practice for controversial topics like this. tony posted a google doc of citations and corrections...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 03-16-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 320
Posted By aizan
https://www.ebay.com/itm/konica-hexar-rf-diopter-2...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/konica-hexar-rf-diopter-2D-/372543534190?hash=item56bd53346e%3Ag%3ACCEAAOSw29Jb9a6l&nma=true&si=bzeqlfD3hb4wrQLspqEfdEBQcDk%253D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p20476...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-15-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 7,594
Posted By aizan
plastic fantastic is less likely to be repairable...

plastic fantastic is less likely to be repairable (but still probably more repairable than the mechanical diehards think), but it's classic in its own way. vintage 80s and 90s tech has a unique look...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-15-2019
Replies: 1,674
Views: 427,180
Posted By aizan
that's just regular lens behavior. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ if...

that's just regular lens behavior. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

if a lens makes harsh bokeh wide open, it'll smoothen out if you stop down 2 stops.

the 75mm f/2.8 doesn't have that problem. on the longer end of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-15-2019
Replies: 1,674
Views: 427,180
Posted By aizan
The 105mm strikes me as meh. Wide open at medium...

The 105mm strikes me as meh. Wide open at medium distances makes pretty harsh bokeh. I’d recommend the 75mm f/2.8.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-15-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,595
Posted By aizan
The 40/2.8 photos I see on Flickr have really...

The 40/2.8 photos I see on Flickr have really nice, smooth bokeh. I want one eventually.

New lenses on old bodies is as fun as old lenses on new bodies. :D I’m looking at the 40mm, the 50/1.8 STM,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-13-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 321
Posted By aizan
Checking eBay, they’re going for $1700-1900. I’d...

Checking eBay, they’re going for $1700-1900. I’d pay $2000 if it was like new.
Forum: RFF News 03-11-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 5,445
Posted By aizan
Sorry the project has been dead for so long. A...

Sorry the project has been dead for so long. A couple people recently asked what's up, so I posted a doc to the Google Drive folder to illustrate the problem with cleaning the export of posts.

If...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-09-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 551
Posted By aizan
I have a Fimo mold of the "L" seal. You can...

I have a Fimo mold of the "L" seal. You can borrow it if you want. :D
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-09-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,595
Posted By aizan
The only niggle I have with my EOS 600 is that...

The only niggle I have with my EOS 600 is that the focusing screen is unusually hard to clean. Had to do 99% isopropyl alcohol in a jar sitting in an ultrasonic bath to get it close to dust...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-05-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,141
Posted By aizan
Anything I'm leaving out? Voigtlander 50/1.5...

Anything I'm leaving out?

Voigtlander 50/1.5 Nokton
Voigtlander 50/1.1 Nokton (the new f/1.2 if you can stretch your budget)
Zeiss 50/1.5 C Sonnar
7artisans 50/1.1
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-03-2019
Replies: 1,674
Views: 427,180
Posted By aizan
It doesn't look like anyone else made a 67mm .44x...

It doesn't look like anyone else made a 67mm .44x diopter, either! So much for that. :bang:
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 03-01-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,079
Posted By aizan
Before I got the Moment anamorphic lens, I was...

Before I got the Moment anamorphic lens, I was seriously considering a panoramic mask with 35mm adapter for the Pentax 67. I would have gotten a 45mm lens for it.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-28-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 284
Posted By aizan
The same thing happened on my collapsible...

The same thing happened on my collapsible Summicron.

I think the helicals get worn down over time, or they weren't quite perfect when they were made. Getting it re-lubed didn't fix it.
Forum: Digital Compacts 02-25-2019
Replies: 292
Views: 19,974
Posted By aizan
Let us know how bright the screen is. The White...

Let us know how bright the screen is. The White Magic screen in the GRV was maybe 3 stops too dim in the sun.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-22-2019
Replies: 1,674
Views: 427,180
Posted By aizan
I got the other lens they had w/o case. :) Yes,...

I got the other lens they had w/o case. :)

Yes, I'm going to do portraits. They have dedicated close-up lenses? I was just going to get a set of extension tubes and see which one worked.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-21-2019
Replies: 1,674
Views: 427,180
Posted By aizan
Waiting patiently for a 300mm f/4 non-ED. The...

Waiting patiently for a 300mm f/4 non-ED. The examples of bokeh on Flickr are soft as buttah. :D
Forum: Digital Compacts 02-21-2019
Replies: 292
Views: 19,974
Posted By aizan
and it only took them 10 years to add image...

and it only took them 10 years to add image stabilization!

maybe it'll just be another 10 years to add an EVF?
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 02-18-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,923
Posted By aizan
Whoa, whoa! Did you read this article? Coleman...

Whoa, whoa! Did you read this article? Coleman admits that Capa may have been suffering from PTSD. I don't think it's appropriate to disparage Capa for leaving the battlefield so quickly because...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 02-17-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,923
Posted By aizan
you should read the introduction of this new...

you should read the introduction of this new article. it lays out the stakes more succinctly than the previous series of blog posts.
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 02-17-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,923
Posted By aizan
thanks for the new article. i read a.d. coleman's...

thanks for the new article. i read a.d. coleman's articles when they were first published on his site. people were quite upset about the iconoclasm, but aren't we all the better for intellectual...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-17-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,101
Posted By aizan
Dealing with specific weak points is less...

Dealing with specific weak points is less daunting.

How hard would it be to make replacement flex cables for Konica Big Minis? Or film counter LCDs for Contax cameras?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-17-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,101
Posted By aizan
Maybe some of them would be interested in coming...

Maybe some of them would be interested in coming out of retirement for a fun project? :D
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-17-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,101
Posted By aizan
There are a couple themes in this discussion I...

There are a couple themes in this discussion I should elaborate on.

First, there's the cost that people assume is "prohibitively" expensive. Does anyone know how much it costs to reverse engineer...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-16-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,101
Posted By aizan
Reverse engineering: Hope for the future of electronic film cameras

Let's try to be more positive when it comes to repairing electronic film cameras. We've become too fatalistic about it, accepting their "inevitable" demise without so much as a fight. Don't give...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-14-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 5,100
Posted By aizan
the best news of the day is the RF-mount...

the best news of the day is the RF-mount 70-200/2.8. look at how small it is!

https://www.dpreview.com/files/p/articles/7063034951/Canon-RF-70-200-03.jpeg

if the bokeh stays soft and smooth, this...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-14-2019
Replies: 101
Views: 3,308
Posted By aizan
Portraits? What kind? Since you want a 50mm or...

Portraits? What kind? Since you want a 50mm or 35mm-e lens, I’m assuming you’re talking about environmental, documentary style portraits like Mark Steinmetz or William Eggleston.

And if you’re into...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-13-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 2,017
Posted By aizan
Since you're a 28/50 guy, I would recommend a...

Since you're a 28/50 guy, I would recommend a 0.58 Leica M6 TTL as the expensive, less risky option and a Konica Hexar RF as the inexpensive, more risky option.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-13-2019
Replies: 101
Views: 3,308
Posted By aizan
Yes, it's removable...

Yes, it's removable (https://www.ebay.com/itm/Fuji-GS645S-replacement-leather-cover-kit-precut-many-leather-available/112050966032?hash=item1a16c20e10:m:mvjWDrWOKk_JucLyQLS7JIQ:rk:1:pf:0).
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-13-2019
Replies: 101
Views: 3,308
Posted By aizan
Almost everything in this filtered list of...

Almost everything in this filtered list of completed auctions (https://www.ebay.com/b/Medium-Format-Film-Cameras/15230/bn_81659?LH_Sold=1&rt=nc&_sop=16&_udhi=600) meets those criteria. I have some of...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-10-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 5,100
Posted By aizan
But how well Canon FF mirrorless cameras have...

But how well Canon FF mirrorless cameras have sold recently does not tell you what percentage of the FF mirrorless userbase uses Canon FF mirrorless.

Point being that recently Sony FF mirrorless...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-10-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,581
Posted By aizan
135mm lenses in general are sleepers, especially...

135mm lenses in general are sleepers, especially on rangefinders because you have to use an accessory viewfinder. It also seems odd to use such a long lens on one.

Doesn't mean they aren't fun!
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-10-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 5,100
Posted By aizan
well, technically that's just point of sale. it...

well, technically that's just point of sale. it doesn't say anything about the percent of current full frame mirrorless users.
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-08-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 5,100
Posted By aizan
the shorter grip is a...

the shorter grip is a bummer.

https://petapixel.com/assets/uploads/2019/02/comparison-800x316.jpg
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-04-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 2,689
Posted By aizan
It usually means onion-ring bokeh to me.

It usually means onion-ring bokeh to me.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-25-2019
Replies: 154
Views: 17,395
Posted By aizan
I think that's actually converging verticals,...

I think that's actually converging verticals, though pincushion could be mixed in there. I don't really see any in the flare test shot.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-25-2019
Replies: 154
Views: 17,395
Posted By aizan
Thanks for the bokeh test, Jon! This lens seems...

Thanks for the bokeh test, Jon!

This lens seems to be ticking a lot of boxes: no distortion, good flare resistance, bokeh with a bit of "character" wide open and smoothes out stopped down, good...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-24-2019
Replies: 176
Views: 10,124
Posted By aizan
someone check the bokeh wide open and closeup,...

someone check the bokeh wide open and closeup, then stopped down 2 stops!
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-22-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 729
Posted By aizan
I got really excited about stereo photography...

I got really excited about stereo photography because of the 3D show at LACMA. I never knew that stereographs could be so clear and “present.”
Forum: RFF News 01-22-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1,196
Posted By aizan
That’s what an installed user base will get you....

That’s what an installed user base will get you. People will cut you a lot of slack for a modicum of consistency.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-21-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 3,155
Posted By aizan
That's a good looking camera! How do you like the...

That's a good looking camera! How do you like the features and overall feel?

https://www.fk-secondhand.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/026962_fujifilm_dl-300_sucherkamera_70207854_02.jpg

The...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-20-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,881
Posted By aizan
I had the M-Hexanon for several years when I had...

I had the M-Hexanon for several years when I had the Konica Hexar RF, and I recently got the Planar and Color Skopar.

I agree with karlin. The Planar has more contrast than the M-Hexanon. I like the...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-17-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,373
Posted By aizan
For shame! And Nikon even has its own...

For shame! And Nikon even has its own museum.

Does Nikon have a corporate archives? I know Leica has, and Polaroid donated theirs to Harvard Business School.
Forum: Nikon RF 01-15-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,373
Posted By aizan
I doubt that will happen for a mass audience,...

I doubt that will happen for a mass audience, too. Unless you count Instax and Lomography as mass audience. For a niche audience, most probably it will happen. And who cares about the mass audience?...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-15-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,373
Posted By aizan
This Is Why Film Photography Is Making a Comeback...

This Is Why Film Photography Is Making a Comeback (http://time.com/4649188/film-photography-industry-comeback/)

Maybe I’ll dig up annual reports tonight, but the evidence that film sales have been...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-15-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,373
Posted By aizan
The niche for film is growing, especially among...

The niche for film is growing, especially among younger people. Go to a protest and there are film cameras everywhere. Will it grow enough for Canikon? Probably not. For Cosina, Zeiss, and new...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-14-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,373
Posted By aizan
I completely agree with this idea. Polaroid...

I completely agree with this idea. Polaroid Originals is already doing it, and it saves customers from going through all of the trouble of finding a reliable used camera. Refurbishing programs will...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-14-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,373
Posted By aizan
The original price of the Voigtlander Bessaflex...

The original price of the Voigtlander Bessaflex (https://web.archive.org/web/20031004014455/https://www.cameraquest.com/voigtFlexTM.htm) in 2003 was $300. Adjusted for inflation that's about $410,...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-14-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,373
Posted By aizan
The Nikon F2A is a great, well-made camera, but...

The Nikon F2A is a great, well-made camera, but it's not one of the more desirable models. The popular cameras are in high demand and their prices reflect that. Any new film camera would have to be a...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-14-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,161
Posted By aizan
I love my bargain basement Linhof Profi Port...

I love my bargain basement Linhof Profi Port (3450) and highly recommend Linhof tripods, but you'll be waiting a long time to find one with a ball head. They almost all have pan-tilt heads, and the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-12-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 336
Posted By aizan
Awesome! Looking forward to the catalog, and I’ll...

Awesome! Looking forward to the catalog, and I’ll have to go to the Harry Ransom Center if I’m ever in Texas to make an appointment to see the archival collection.
Forum: Nikon RF 01-10-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,373
Posted By aizan
What if... ...Nikon made a reissue of the F? :D

What if...

...Nikon made a reissue of the F? :D
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-10-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 1,015
Posted By aizan
Will Cosina Voigtlander ever make Bessas again?

Now that the Film Renaissance is here, do you think Cosina will ever start making new Voigtlander Bessas again? In 135 and 120? Used prices are up, especially for the GF670, and R2A bodies are hard...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-07-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,161
Posted By aizan
i don't think there are any tripods that meet...

i don't think there are any tripods that meet your requirements ($200, ballhead, good for a pentax 67).

what would you rather compromise on: price or ballhead?
Forum: RFF News 01-05-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 5,445
Posted By aizan
Back on the trail again! Everyone who expressed...

Back on the trail again! Everyone who expressed interest will be getting a PM for your email so you can be added to the project's Google Drive, Slack, and Trello.

If anyone is interested in being...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-04-2019
Replies: 188
Views: 11,879
Posted By aizan
open shade IS bluish. a warming filter will take...

open shade IS bluish. a warming filter will take care of that.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-02-2019
Replies: 107
Views: 3,101
Posted By aizan
Less than a rangefinder M, maybe even less than...

Less than a rangefinder M, maybe even less than an SL, more than a CL. You know what I mean.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-02-2019
Replies: 107
Views: 3,101
Posted By aizan
This thread might point to the unmet demand for a...

This thread might point to the unmet demand for a full frame M-mount camera with a rangefinder-style EVF. Beside the mechanical simplicity, it would probably sell in greater volume and cost less as a...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 01-02-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 698
Posted By aizan
That was one of the stereo cameras I was looking...

That was one of the stereo cameras I was looking at buying after I went to the show on 3D at LACMA (https://hyperallergic.com/453080/3d-double-vision-lacma/). I ended up getting a TDC Stereo Colorist...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-01-2019
Replies: 107
Views: 3,101
Posted By aizan
It doesn’t feel like an M because it has an EVF....

It doesn’t feel like an M because it has an EVF. If you actually want an EVF, I’d recommend the SL because then you don’t have the crop messing things up. If you want a reverse Galilean viewfinder...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-29-2018
Replies: 70
Views: 1,445
Posted By aizan
I’ve been taking portraits with a Hasselblad...

I’ve been taking portraits with a Hasselblad 500cm and a 150mm. Just got a 250mm for tighter shots.

The Moment anamorphic and 58mm tele lenses also finally arrived, so I’ll be using my phone a lot...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-29-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 1,031
Posted By aizan
I take it you're shooting a digital camera and...

I take it you're shooting a digital camera and not dealing with film scans? And you're ok with spending money on books and website subscriptions? And that you'll go to an art school or academic...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-24-2018
Replies: 176
Views: 10,124
Posted By aizan
There already was a 50/2 Heliar in M-mount, but...

There already was a 50/2 Heliar in M-mount, but they haven't done the 50/2.5 Color-Skopar yet!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-23-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,534
Posted By aizan
that was when dr. kaufmann bought 95% of leica in...

that was when dr. kaufmann bought 95% of leica in 2004.

leica made deluxe limited editions before that, and became the dentist’s preferred camera in the 1980s and ‘90s (or did that cliche start...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-22-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,534
Posted By aizan
Here are the ones I found: Republic of China...

Here are the ones I found:

Republic of China Centennial
60th Anniversary of PRC
Ahn Jung-geun Camera, 60th Anniversary of Korea’s Independence
Terry O'Neill
Ralph Gibson
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-21-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 756
Posted By aizan
it must be something else. all film leica m...

it must be something else. all film leica m bodies “pop” when you press the back door, ime.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-20-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 930
Posted By aizan
cameraquest.com...

cameraquest.com (https://www.cameraquest.com/classics.htm) and the Leica FAQ (http://leica.nemeng.com/) are the best resources.
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 12-16-2018
Replies: 49
Views: 8,580
Posted By aizan
i finally found my digital xpan: iphone with the...

i finally found my digital xpan:

iphone with the moment anamorphic lens
https://www.irishtimes.com/polopoly_fs/1.3457268.1523377539!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_620_330/image.jpg

and it...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-15-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 927
Posted By aizan
second the great cinematography. i saw it at the...

second the great cinematography. i saw it at the hammer this wednesday, and people everywhere were crying.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-13-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 342
Posted By aizan
unscrew the nose ring!

unscrew the nose ring!
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-12-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 1,984
Posted By aizan
zeiss service in oberkochen still repairs the...

zeiss service in oberkochen still repairs the zeiss ikon, and there’s four years left of legally required service. after that, you can still probably get it repaired for lots of problems. if the...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-12-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 1,984
Posted By aizan
zeiss ikons are selling for $1100-1850, which...

zeiss ikons are selling for $1100-1850, which seems like a reasonable price range considering the alternatives. it’s a great camera, not as heavy as a leica, and designed from the ground up to have a...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 12-11-2018
Replies: 91
Views: 88,972
Posted By aizan
anybody put the new 40/1.2 on a cl yet?

anybody put the new 40/1.2 on a cl yet?
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-09-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 1,423
Posted By aizan
Did anybody here major in English or film? I...

Did anybody here major in English or film? I think they'd know a lot about the question of whether genre exists or not.
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 12-07-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 371
Posted By aizan
I’m curious about this as well, especially how...

I’m curious about this as well, especially how the bokeh behaves in various situations.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 12-07-2018
Replies: 54
Views: 1,925
Posted By aizan
They’re just cannibalizing P7 pods, so my main...

They’re just cannibalizing P7 pods, so my main concern right now is whether this is just a one off, or if they will be able to make more reagent in the future. What are their medium or long term...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-03-2018
Replies: 8,901
Views: 868,507
Posted By aizan
A Leofoto PC-90 smartphone clamp that I will...

A Leofoto PC-90 smartphone clamp that I will modify to use with a Kodak Brownie. :D
Forum: RFF News 12-03-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 5,445
Posted By aizan
Great! I can probably look at the export of posts...

Great! I can probably look at the export of posts and make a project plan, etc. on Sunday, so I'll set up Google Drive, Slack, and Trello when I get home.

Would any of the current volunteers like to...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-01-2018
Replies: 36
Views: 1,129
Posted By aizan
i recently sold my 35mm cron asph to get back to...

i recently sold my 35mm cron asph to get back to 50mm. my shopping notes basically went like this:

- 50mm collapsible and rigid for less contrast and decent bokeh (it’s harsher from the DR to the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-29-2018
Replies: 57
Views: 1,824
Posted By aizan
I think I'm going to have to write an article...

I think I'm going to have to write an article about why vernacular photography DOES matter, historically speaking, and write a guide on family or personal digital archiving and digital preservation....
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-29-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 2,072
Posted By aizan
JCH point & shoot camera speculation, news, rumors, and wishlists

It's been over a year since Bellamy Hunt announced (https://kosmofoto.com/2017/09/japan-camera-hunter-planning-new-35mm-compact-camera/) that he has started working on a 'premium compact camera.'...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 11-29-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,652
Posted By aizan
i would buy accessories made by respected chinese...

i would buy accessories made by respected chinese manufacturers. :rolleyes:
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-28-2018
Replies: 58
Views: 1,792
Posted By aizan
nikon s3 2000 bodies go for under $1k, and you...

nikon s3 2000 bodies go for under $1k, and you can get a nikon or voigtlander lens to go with it for not that much. you already know what the nikon f feels like, so imagine that but with a reverse...
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