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Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-24-2019
Replies: 2,012
Views: 608,686
Posted By xia_ke
This is what you get while shooting a "funny...

This is what you get while shooting a "funny camera" and ask your nephew to strike a pose...


Rolleiflex 3.5E2 Type 2 Xenotar
Ilford HP5+ in Ilfosol-3 1+9
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-31-2018
Replies: 1,169
Views: 420,880
Posted By xia_ke
Certo Six w/ Ilford FP4+ in Ilfosol-3...

Certo Six w/ Ilford FP4+ in Ilfosol-3 1+14


https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1724/40677943160_137a595fa4_c.jpg
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-22-2018
Replies: 288
Views: 38,837
Posted By xia_ke
I think I read somewhere that it referred to the...

I think I read somewhere that it referred to the automatic mirror return, which was still kind of a big deal when the original Nikomat/Nikkormat models came out, especially for a consumer grade...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-12-2018
Replies: 288
Views: 38,837
Posted By xia_ke
markk you've had better luck than I have. While I...

markk you've had better luck than I have. While I haven't come across any dead meters on my quest, I have only had a couple that have come within one stop of my Digisix 2. The majority have been 2+...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-12-2018
Replies: 288
Views: 38,837
Posted By xia_ke
Thank you for the correction. I remembered...

Thank you for the correction. I remembered reading somewhere about the metering change, but couldn't remember the specifics.

I think any black paint Nikkormat/Nikomat is a great looking camera, but...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-12-2018
Replies: 288
Views: 38,837
Posted By xia_ke
Nikkormat FT2 w/20mm F/4, yellow filter, Ilford...

Nikkormat FT2 w/20mm F/4, yellow filter, Ilford FP4+ in Ilfosol 3 1+14.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-12-2018
Replies: 288
Views: 38,837
Posted By xia_ke
The EL is a great camera, but it took me a while...

The EL is a great camera, but it took me a while to find one that was accurate. I haven't come across any shutter issues, but I have wound up with plenty that have inaccurate meters. They can still...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-04-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 2,600
Posted By xia_ke
I'll second Charlie's statement of slim pickings...

I'll second Charlie's statement of slim pickings for film. About the only option you have, assuming you are driving up from NY, is to make a stop in Portland, off exit 45 on I95, to Hunt's. It's been...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-23-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 1,143
Posted By xia_ke
For me it's my Olympus mjuII. All of my other...

For me it's my Olympus mjuII. All of my other cameras are completely mechanical with, at best, a built-in light meter and that's the type of camera I prefer to shoot with. The mjuII is just so small...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-06-2018
Replies: 207
Views: 9,495
Posted By xia_ke
My favorite part is that the author had...

My favorite part is that the author had previously written about steps Google was taking to protect image...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-05-2018
Replies: 323
Views: 25,589
Posted By xia_ke
Any digital. Yes it's more convenient, but always...

Any digital. Yes it's more convenient, but always found that any decent shot I got with it, I would end up just regretting I didn't get it on film. That's not a digital vs film thing, just personal...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-15-2018
Replies: 114
Views: 3,755
Posted By xia_ke
My time lately has been pretty 50/50 between a...

My time lately has been pretty 50/50 between a Nikon F2 and a Certo Six.
Forum: Film vs Digital 03-13-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 2,637
Posted By xia_ke
Interesting read. Thanks for sharing :)

Interesting read. Thanks for sharing :)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-26-2018
Replies: 288
Views: 38,837
Posted By xia_ke
This thread needs a bump... Nikkormat FT2...

This thread needs a bump...

Nikkormat FT2 w/(IIRC) 35mm f/2
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-11-2018
Replies: 1,169
Views: 420,880
Posted By xia_ke
https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/galler...

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/14591/med_U14591I1518368411.SEQ.0.jpg

Certo Six, Ilford HP5+, Ilfosol-3 1+9
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-09-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,446
Posted By xia_ke
For a straight scan, that looks fine to me. As...

For a straight scan, that looks fine to me. As Chris mentioned any scan will need adjustments. FP4+ and Ilfosol-3 1+14 is my go-to combo for 35mm and 120. Here is an adjusted crappy scan from a 4490....
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-09-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 731
Posted By xia_ke
Forget looking for a 3.5 or 2.8. The T is a more...

Forget looking for a 3.5 or 2.8. The T is a more than capable camera. Get this serviced and carry on the legacy :)

https://rolleigraphy.org/repair.php
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-02-2018
Replies: 36
Views: 2,332
Posted By xia_ke
GREAT price! Jeese, Adorama is $129.95 for a 100'...

GREAT price! Jeese, Adorama is $129.95 for a 100' roll. Thanks for sharing!
Forum: Travel 01-19-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 3,149
Posted By xia_ke
If only one lens, I always go 35mm. My favorite...

If only one lens, I always go 35mm. My favorite combo is 28mm and 50mm. I tend to go fast and light though. If I'm just leisurely hiking/backpacking, I will take additional options like second body...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-07-2018
Replies: 353
Views: 23,697
Posted By xia_ke
From cameras I own/have owned: Nikon...

From cameras I own/have owned:

Nikon F2
Rolleiflex MX-EVS Type II Tessar
Leica M2
Certo Six
Olympus mjuII
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 12-24-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 1,432
Posted By xia_ke
Got this for my Christmas present this year and...

Got this for my Christmas present this year and snagged a spot on Sover's waitlist, which will be my Christmas present next year (14 month wait...eek!).
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-26-2017
Replies: 3,073
Views: 741,310
Posted By xia_ke
Thumbs up Love this portrait!

Love this portrait!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-11-2017
Replies: 623
Views: 141,492
Posted By xia_ke
Portland Head...

Portland Head Light

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/14591/med_U14591I1510432593.SEQ.0.jpg
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-10-2017
Replies: 45
Views: 6,171
Posted By xia_ke
I'm going to take a different route and recommend...

I'm going to take a different route and recommend a Contax TVSII. Same great build quality, manual adjustments available, and even threaded for filters. No 2.8 lens but how often do you plan to shoot...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-01-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 1,654
Posted By xia_ke
I would skip the OM2000 and opt for any other OM...

I would skip the OM2000 and opt for any other OM model. Perhaps I got a dud, but I was given one from a relative in mint condition that had maybe 20 - 30 rolls put through it. I only got 5 or 6 rolls...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-31-2017
Replies: 42
Views: 3,741
Posted By xia_ke
I was in the same position last summer. For the...

I was in the same position last summer. For the given budget, the decision for me ended up being buy a 'blad with maybe a spare lens or build a full Bronica kit. I opted for the Bronica kit and am...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-31-2016
Replies: 68
Views: 3,808
Posted By xia_ke
Another +1 for the Nikon 105mm f/2.5 and a Nikon...

Another +1 for the Nikon 105mm f/2.5 and a Nikon F/F2/F3.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-26-2016
Replies: 64
Views: 3,578
Posted By xia_ke
Not sure how, but somehow I managed to get taken...

Not sure how, but somehow I managed to get taken off the naughty list :rolleyes: Looking forward to using the darkroom logbook as I really need to keep better track of my work flow.
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 12-26-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 1,430
Posted By xia_ke
My wife and I have been using ours quite a bit...

My wife and I have been using ours quite a bit for the past year, myself for printing family snaps and her for printing digital artwork. Ink can get a little pricey, but isn't all ink? No complaints...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-25-2016
Replies: 82
Views: 5,972
Posted By xia_ke
My wife and niece putting up and decorating a...

My wife and niece putting up and decorating a driftwood "Christmas tree" on the beach, 2015. All shot with a Nikon F2 Photomic, Nikkor 35mm f/2, Ilford FP4+, and Ilfosol...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-13-2016
Replies: 2,578
Views: 495,570
Posted By xia_ke
From a backpacking trip this fall. Olympus mjuII...

From a backpacking trip this fall. Olympus mjuII and Ilford Fp4+

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/14591/U14591I1481672064.SEQ.0.jpg
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-28-2016
Replies: 623
Views: 141,492
Posted By xia_ke
Thanks Dave :) The 100 is a nice, sharp lens,...

Thanks Dave :)

The 100 is a nice, sharp lens, but not really sure how I feel about the focal length. I feel like I always want something a little longer or a little wider. Looking forward to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-27-2016
Replies: 623
Views: 141,492
Posted By xia_ke
Thumbs up Great shot Koni!

Great shot Koni!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-25-2016
Replies: 623
Views: 141,492
Posted By xia_ke
Both Bronica S2a w/ Zenzanon 100mm f/2.8 and...

Both Bronica S2a w/ Zenzanon 100mm f/2.8 and Ilford...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-11-2016
Replies: 2,716
Views: 797,274
Posted By xia_ke
Just picked up one myself about 2 weeks ago....

Just picked up one myself about 2 weeks ago. Luckily mine had been serviced and focus seems to be spot on. So far I've got a Nikkor 50mm f/3.5 and a Zenzanon 100mm f/2.8. Would be interested in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-11-2016
Replies: 3,073
Views: 741,310
Posted By xia_ke
Thanks for the info petronius :) I've gotten it...

Thanks for the info petronius :) I've gotten it close through digital editing, but would love to be able to get it closer in negative so I can get a wet print with that level of contrast.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-11-2016
Replies: 623
Views: 141,492
Posted By xia_ke
Both taken with an S2a, Zenzanon 100mm f/2.8, and...

Both taken with an S2a, Zenzanon 100mm f/2.8, and Ilford...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-11-2016
Replies: 2,578
Views: 495,570
Posted By xia_ke
The Grill Master

Bronica S2a, Zenzanon 100mm f/2.8, FP4+

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/14591/U14591I1473604007.SEQ.0.jpg
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-11-2016
Replies: 3,073
Views: 741,310
Posted By xia_ke
Wow, that is an awesome shot petronius! I've...

Wow, that is an awesome shot petronius! I've tried similar shots but could never quite get the web to "pop" that much. Care to share any details on the shot or any tips?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-11-2016
Replies: 50
Views: 2,827
Posted By xia_ke
Do you wear glasses? I prefer the mechanics of...

Do you wear glasses? I prefer the mechanics of shooting with the IIIg, but had a difficult time seeing the framelines with my glasses, causing me to spend more time composing shots (which isn't...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-08-2016
Replies: 623
Views: 141,492
Posted By xia_ke
Bronica S2a and Zenzanon 100mm...

Bronica S2a and Zenzanon 100mm f/2.8

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/14591/U14591I1473380706.SEQ.0.jpg

Bronica S2a and Nikkor 50mm...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-31-2016
Replies: 91
Views: 6,700
Posted By xia_ke
A VERY good point. My wife and I have individual...

A VERY good point. My wife and I have individual checking accounts that we keep virtually no money in until we need to it purchase something. We then have a joint checking account for all of our...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-31-2016
Replies: 91
Views: 6,700
Posted By xia_ke
That's why I always use a credit card, not a...

That's why I always use a credit card, not a debit. The one time I had an issue with a debit, I was **** out of luck as my bank wouldn't do a thing. The couple times I have had issues with my credit...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-27-2016
Replies: 104
Views: 8,236
Posted By xia_ke
The only medium format regret I had was that I...

The only medium format regret I had was that I sold off my medium format gear. I shall regret no longer though! Just got this beauty in the mail today :)
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-23-2016
Replies: 82
Views: 4,426
Posted By xia_ke
I'm with Chris, and perhaps have just been lucky,...

I'm with Chris, and perhaps have just been lucky, but I've never had to wash my reels. Right after I pull my film off the reels I just give them a good rinsing in hot tap water and let them dry in...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-20-2016
Replies: 37
Views: 2,933
Posted By xia_ke
Looks to me like air bubbles in developing.

Looks to me like air bubbles in developing.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-19-2016
Replies: 353
Views: 23,697
Posted By xia_ke
From what I've owned and used so far: 1. Nikon...

From what I've owned and used so far:

1. Nikon F2
2. Rolleiflex MX-EVS Type 2
3. Leica M2
4. Certo Six
5. Leica IIIg
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-16-2016
Replies: 126
Views: 9,125
Posted By xia_ke
Maybe for the Va or Vb, but the earlier models...

Maybe for the Va or Vb, but the earlier models can still be had for cheap. They can certainly be had for less than a comparable condition 124G.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-16-2016
Replies: 126
Views: 9,125
Posted By xia_ke
I'm going to throw in a vote for Rolleicords....

I'm going to throw in a vote for Rolleicords. With Rolleiflexes getting the most TLR recognition and Yashicas seemingly getting the most mentions for an entry level TLR, the Rolleicord often gets...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-15-2015
Replies: 1,738
Views: 323,541
Posted By xia_ke
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5805/23618093535_f7...

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5805/23618093535_f7440a9c27_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/BZ3Une)Ghost Fleet (https://flic.kr/p/BZ3Une) by Aaron Lehoux (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aaron_lehoux/), on...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-25-2015
Replies: 1,738
Views: 323,541
Posted By xia_ke
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5666/23206799531_ff...

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5666/23206799531_ffb9084b15_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/BmGUZi)Reverance (https://flic.kr/p/BmGUZi) by Aaron Lehoux (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aaron_lehoux/), on Flickr
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-20-2015
Replies: 625
Views: 160,268
Posted By xia_ke
A recent print from my Olympus Stylus Epic DLX....

A recent print from my Olympus Stylus Epic DLX. Appreciating this little guy more and more every time I take it out.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/707/23022904812_fba823c359.jpg...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-29-2015
Replies: 100
Views: 8,726
Posted By xia_ke
Really happy with my current EDC set-up: Nikon F2...

Really happy with my current EDC set-up:
Nikon F2 Photomic
35mm f/2
50mm f/1.4
85mm f/1.8

Keeping with the OP's question, if I had the funds the 35mm would be an f/1.4 and the 50mm would be a...
Forum: Travel 06-27-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 2,552
Posted By xia_ke
Glad to hear you had a good trip. Wished I would...

Glad to hear you had a good trip. Wished I would have known your itinerary as I actually work in Ogunquit :) Looking forward to seeing your shots!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-12-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,143
Posted By xia_ke
Just finished replacing the foam.

Just finished replacing the foam.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-11-2014
Replies: 623
Views: 141,492
Posted By xia_ke
My local Hunt's Photo in South Portland, ME will...

My local Hunt's Photo in South Portland, ME will do C-41 in 120 and 35mm in-house. IIRC it's about $3 - $4 a roll as well. Not 100% on price as I usually shoot slide film for color. They are a chain...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-10-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,143
Posted By xia_ke
Thanks Alpsman, I lucked out. Snagged it "as-is"...

Thanks Alpsman, I lucked out. Snagged it "as-is" for only $175 with a 50mm f/1.4 and (n)everready case. It looked close to mint and was coming from a collector's estate so figured worth a gamble....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-08-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,143
Posted By xia_ke
Thanks Tom. Seems to me that this mod would be...

Thanks Tom. Seems to me that this mod would be well suited to many, not just those using scopes/telescopes. It certainly is a beautiful camera that was on my bucket list of cameras to try. I wasn't...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-08-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,143
Posted By xia_ke
Yep, that did the trick! Thanks Highway :)

Yep, that did the trick! Thanks Highway :)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-08-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,143
Posted By xia_ke
Yep, that appears to be what it is. Thanks!...

Yep, that appears to be what it is. Thanks! However, I can't figure out how it operates??? There is no tension in the button and the lock-up works according to the directions for a regular F.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-08-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,143
Posted By xia_ke
Thanks for the quick response. Yes, I am...

Thanks for the quick response. Yes, I am referring to the small button, the one that looks similar to the self-timer release button. It does not seem to do anything with regards to the mirror lock-up...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-08-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,143
Posted By xia_ke
Nikon F question, what is this?

I just acquired a really nice Nikon F, serial number 6566***. There is a small button located just above the mirror lock-up switch and below the DOF preview button and I can't figure out what it is...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-29-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,530
Posted By xia_ke
I don't have any experience with the Pentax...

I don't have any experience with the Pentax spotmeters, but did use a Soligor Spot Sensor II for quite a while. It's a great meter that can be had for a song in comparison to the digital Pentax and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-20-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 661
Posted By xia_ke
The candids from my honeymoon. My old Luna Pro...

The candids from my honeymoon. My old Luna Pro was on it's way out. I was shooting slide film and made sure to bracket as much as I could, but with the candids I didn't have a chance to and many came...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-12-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 2,760
Posted By xia_ke
Hi Steve, I'm confused by this as well. Getting...

Hi Steve,

I'm confused by this as well. Getting back to Tri-x, shooting box speed has a standard development time of 9 minutes. When you rate the film at 250 you increase the exposure given to the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-12-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 2,760
Posted By xia_ke
It's been a long time since I used dilution H so...

It's been a long time since I used dilution H so I would have to look back at my own records, but MD shows a developing time of only 9 minutes with Tri-X and dilution H. At 70F, that would mean a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-11-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 6,047
Posted By xia_ke
I don't see any reason to stop using D76 if you...

I don't see any reason to stop using D76 if you like it. It has been around for decades upon decades and used by probably millions over the course of its production. While I have never used it, I...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-10-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 6,047
Posted By xia_ke
I never worried much about it to be honest....

I never worried much about it to be honest. Always seemed like most household cleaners are far worse than standard developing chemicals. When I was shooting 4x5 I used to tray develop in Rodinal...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-01-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 4,208
Posted By xia_ke
I can't believe I took the bait :bang: Well...

I can't believe I took the bait :bang:

Well played Steve, well played...lol
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-31-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 926
Posted By xia_ke
I had an Automega B series and there was a filter...

I had an Automega B series and there was a filter tray that hung under the lens. Not sure if you have checked KHB, but here is a parts list for the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-29-2014
Replies: 80
Views: 6,640
Posted By xia_ke
Do yourself a favor and get yourself some of...

Do yourself a favor and get yourself some of these or something similar, your glasses will thank you :)

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=281296438568
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-29-2014
Replies: 80
Views: 6,640
Posted By xia_ke
If you've shot with a IIIa, the M will be a...

If you've shot with a IIIa, the M will be a breeze!!!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-28-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 2,304
Posted By xia_ke
Not sure what he would say about classifying...

Not sure what he would say about classifying different techs, but I know he has no problems referring to different people. My IIIg has a little separation in the viewfinder. It is plenty usable as...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-28-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 2,171
Posted By xia_ke
I had a case of problem 1 myself recently. I have...

I had a case of problem 1 myself recently. I have a cheap adapter and on my M2 it would go kind of inbetween frameline settings where you would see a little bit of the 50 and the 90, but it had a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-28-2014
Replies: 4,611
Views: 1,310,003
Posted By xia_ke
Very nice Cris. I think this one is my fav of the...

Very nice Cris. I think this one is my fav of the series so far.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-20-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 7,237
Posted By xia_ke
Sorry to hear about the M2 Ben, but it sounds...

Sorry to hear about the M2 Ben, but it sounds like the M3 will end up being a better fit for you anyway. Looking forward to seeing some shots :)
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-19-2014
Replies: 2,578
Views: 495,570
Posted By xia_ke
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7435/13278398635_be3...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7435/13278398635_be34c5b593.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaron_lehoux/13278398635/)
. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaron_lehoux/13278398635/) by Aaron Lehoux...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-19-2014
Replies: 526
Views: 179,880
Posted By xia_ke
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2856/13278536193_4c4...

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2856/13278536193_4c4a737d96_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaron_lehoux/13278536193/)
Ubiquitous Selfie (http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaron_lehoux/13278536193/) by...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-15-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 7,237
Posted By xia_ke
Very true Roger. My post was more trying to...

Very true Roger. My post was more trying to address the OP's own desire to get a Leica. He seems like he's trying to justify the purchase to himself. If money is really tight, then building a system...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-15-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 7,237
Posted By xia_ke
From what I have read about the Konica, it is...

From what I have read about the Konica, it is supposed to be a very capable camera. Is there anything lacking in the Konica that you feel a Leica can provide? There are certainly cheaper cameras out...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-15-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 7,237
Posted By xia_ke
You will need to give them a call to purchase. I...

You will need to give them a call to purchase. I don't think they are open on Sundays, though it does say "Also, by appointment" on their website. As for a lens, looks like they have a couple of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-15-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 7,237
Posted By xia_ke
An excellent point!!! I have a collapsible 'cron...

An excellent point!!! I have a collapsible 'cron that I love and was looking to move from a Barnack to an M. However, if I didn't already have a nice lens to use, I wouldn't even think about taking...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-15-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 7,237
Posted By xia_ke
Not sure how soon you are going to Chicago, but...

Not sure how soon you are going to Chicago, but just checked and Dan has an M2 for $525 right now...

http://www.tamarkin.com/products/m-series/cameras
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-15-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 7,237
Posted By xia_ke
I was recently in your same shoes. I was looking...

I was recently in your same shoes. I was looking for an M2 at about the same price point. They are out there if you're patient. One thing to keep in mind is that for that budget any M is going to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-14-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 3,104
Posted By xia_ke
Thumbs up My Recent Experience With Tamarkin Camera

It seems that all too often online we focus on the negative experiences we have with businesses, which are increasingly becoming impersonal now that we are no longer face-to-face. I recently had an...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-11-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 22,932
Posted By xia_ke
You can get a refurbished V600 direct from Epson...

You can get a refurbished V600 direct from Epson right now for $145 with free shipping...

http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/Product.do?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&sku=B11B198011-N
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-03-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,291
Posted By xia_ke
Hi wv, I use Ilford Rapid Fixer which is a non...

Hi wv,

I use Ilford Rapid Fixer which is a non hardening fixer. Also, I didn't mention it before and not sure if you are aware, but you will need to wash your prints before toning.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-02-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,291
Posted By xia_ke
I have never used selenium for RC prints, only...

I have never used selenium for RC prints, only for FB. I keep a gallon of it mixed in a Delta jug. The starting dilution was 1:20. From there, everything I have done has been based upon "feel". I'm...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-28-2014
Replies: 77
Views: 7,358
Posted By xia_ke
In a situation such as this I would opt for...

In a situation such as this I would opt for something I have always wanted, but wouldn't necessarily buy for myself. For me, that would be a new Rolleiflex 2.8FX. I've lusted over a new Rollei since...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-27-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,826
Posted By xia_ke
Wish my first prints had come out that...

Wish my first prints had come out that good...lol

What are you using for a paper/developer combo?
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-26-2014
Replies: 2,578
Views: 495,570
Posted By xia_ke
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7324/12792498783_d17...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7324/12792498783_d176e8020e_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaron_lehoux/12792498783/)
. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaron_lehoux/12792498783/) by Xia Ke...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-26-2014
Replies: 4,611
Views: 1,310,003
Posted By xia_ke
I really need to have a chat with my wife about...

I really need to have a chat with my wife about keeping her eyes open...lol

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2854/12792403065_c8602f1baf_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaron_lehoux/12792403065/)
....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-21-2014
Replies: 58
Views: 7,154
Posted By xia_ke
Up until about 2 months ago I would have voted...

Up until about 2 months ago I would have voted the IIIg, but alas with my new glasses I can't really even see the framelines in the viewfinder anymore. So my vote will be an M2, but with a lever...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-21-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,232
Posted By xia_ke
Thanks for the heads up! I had this DVD years ago...

Thanks for the heads up! I had this DVD years ago and gave it to a friend. Been meaning to grab another copy for a while. At $9.99 with shipping, this is a must buy for anyone interested traditional...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-20-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,654
Posted By xia_ke
Wow, I apparently really needed my coffee this...

Wow, I apparently really needed my coffee this morning. I didn't want to try unscrewing while on the camera and locked in because I didn't want to ruin the locking mechanism. Didn't even think of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-20-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,654
Posted By xia_ke
Thanks again everyone for chiming in. Sounds like...

Thanks again everyone for chiming in. Sounds like I should pick up an M rear cap to keep on hand.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-20-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,654
Posted By xia_ke
Hadn't thought of using the jar opener, that...

Hadn't thought of using the jar opener, that would just make way too much sense...lol Thanks, will try that when I get home.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-20-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,654
Posted By xia_ke
Thanks funkdog. It is a cheap third party adapter...

Thanks funkdog. It is a cheap third party adapter that was given to me. I have used it previously without issue, but it appears my luck has run out. Unfortunately, I do not have an M back cap.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-20-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,654
Posted By xia_ke
Unhappy Stuck M Adapter

I finished a roll in my M2 yesterday and went to remove the adapter off of my collapsible summicron so I could finish off the roll in my IIIg, but the adapter wouldn't budge. I tried leaving it in...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-14-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,889
Posted By xia_ke
+1 for Tamarkin. I just picked up one of their VG...

+1 for Tamarkin. I just picked up one of their VG M2's about 2 weeks ago and it is a great shooter. It has a few more bumps and bruises in the chrome than normal, but came CLA'd, the vulcanite was...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-07-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 3,974
Posted By xia_ke
I'm kind of torn on the gear familiarity issue....

I'm kind of torn on the gear familiarity issue. With the gear I feel the most comfortable with I find that I miss less photographic opportunities, but have a lower percentage of keepers. With gear I...
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 02-06-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 3,274
Posted By xia_ke
+1 A fantastic documentary!!!

+1 A fantastic documentary!!!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-01-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 3,801
Posted By xia_ke
That's odd. I've been using Ilford Rapid Fixer...

That's odd. I've been using Ilford Rapid Fixer for years without issue at 1+4. I can't understand why 1+3 would cause any issues with improper fixing. I could understand a weaker dilution causing it,...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-31-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,144
Posted By xia_ke
Hi Taipei, Thank you very much for the...

Hi Taipei,

Thank you very much for the suggestion. I looked up the movie and while it looks like a good movie, that is not the direction I'm thinking. Appalachia life is very different from that of...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-31-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,144
Posted By xia_ke
Thanks again for the input :) First off, wife is...

Thanks again for the input :) First off, wife is perfectly fine with this. It's funny as we both backpacked the same areas before we met. However, she usually did so in groups of people she knew,...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-31-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,144
Posted By xia_ke
Roger, The year before her and I met I was...

Roger,

The year before her and I met I was spending a lot of time backpacking the huts of the Northern parts of the Appalachian Trail. I have a lot of non-hiking friends and I would always try to...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-31-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,144
Posted By xia_ke
How to tell a story...

Over the course of the past few years I met my (now) wife, went back to school to get my degree, and moved a couple times. Life, as it does, got hectic. Prior to meeting each other my wife and I were...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-30-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 1,339
Posted By xia_ke
Would it have been possible for someone to have...

Would it have been possible for someone to have swapped out the glass? The last year the original thorium 'crons were produced was 1952 with serial numbers starting with 104. The M3's, if I am...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-26-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 2,165
Posted By xia_ke
Hi jean-bob, I'm not familiar with the M700 so...

Hi jean-bob,

I'm not familiar with the M700 so can't really comment on that enlarger, but I do know that it can be a PITA trying to track down Durst parts, at least in the US anyway. A few years...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-26-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,182
Posted By xia_ke
Sounds about as conclusive as any other...

Sounds about as conclusive as any other conversation that pops-up regarding presoaking. I don't think I've seen a post yet that makes a conclusive argument one way or the other. Just a personal...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-25-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,182
Posted By xia_ke
I always do a presoak before developing in 68F...

I always do a presoak before developing in 68F water. I do about 60 sec of constant agitation, which gets rid of the anti halation layer and has the added bonus of making sure the film is at the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-19-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 880
Posted By xia_ke
Okay, I popped open one of the slide mounts and...

Okay, I popped open one of the slide mounts and the light leak is all the way to the edge of the film, but seems like the source is coming is coming from within the film gate as evidenced by the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-19-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 880
Posted By xia_ke
Hi David, The thing that perplexed me was that I...

Hi David,

The thing that perplexed me was that I have shot other rolls that I know would have been exposed to just as much if not more light and with higher speed film, but have seen no trace of it...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-19-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 880
Posted By xia_ke
Thanks Dwig!!! Forgot to even check that as they...

Thanks Dwig!!! Forgot to even check that as they are mounted slides. I'll take one apart when I get home and I'm sure that will help solve the mystery.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-19-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 880
Posted By xia_ke
Hi Dez, Thank you for chiming in :) I have shot...

Hi Dez,

Thank you for chiming in :) I have shot rolls since then in harsh midday sun. It's actually quite easy this time of year. Picture blue bird skies combined with lots of snow. If there were...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-19-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 880
Posted By xia_ke
Light leak, developing error, or...?

I recently had a roll developed that was taken between the end of last summer and beginning of winter. On this one particular roll I had 4 shots that show what appear to be a light leak. The shots...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-12-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,220
Posted By xia_ke
Not familiar with him/her and cannot comment on...

Not familiar with him/her and cannot comment on his/her abilities. However, I tried another self-taught repair person for a Rolleiflex years ago and it was an exercise in futility. I would HIGHLY...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-08-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 8,053
Posted By xia_ke
My vote would be to look for a 3.5B if you're not...

My vote would be to look for a 3.5B if you're not ready to take the full $$$ plunge. Same great build quality of later Rolleiflexes, but at half the price of a Planar or Xenotar model. The Tessar is...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-05-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,341
Posted By xia_ke
I make my dough from scratch :cool:

I make my dough from scratch :cool:
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-23-2013
Replies: 112
Views: 11,389
Posted By xia_ke
+1 I see lots of great images, but was really...

+1

I see lots of great images, but was really hoping to hear what the photographers liked about their shots and why they composed the way they did. I tried to add a bit of a description to my...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-22-2013
Replies: 112
Views: 11,389
Posted By xia_ke
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3065/3081643882_31cd...

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3065/3081643882_31cda56fb5_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaron_lehoux/3081643882/)
Through The Fog (http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaron_lehoux/3081643882/) by Xia...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-20-2013
Replies: 33
Views: 3,134
Posted By xia_ke
Good to hear powasky! I've had Youxin work on a...

Good to hear powasky! I've had Youxin work on a couple Barnacks for me and a couple lenses, including a Thorium 'cron, and he did excellent work on all of them. Looking forward to seeing some shots...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 08-31-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 3,051
Posted By xia_ke
Thanks everyone for chiming in with the...

Thanks everyone for chiming in with the recommendations :)

One more quick question. Eric you mentioned taking the battery out to keep in warm in the cold. Is this okay to do mid-roll? Sorry, my...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 08-31-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 3,051
Posted By xia_ke
Recommendations for a 35mm P&S?

I've been getting a lot more into very long trail/mountain runs and am wanting to find a P&S to take along to capture the sights. My experience with 35mm P&S's is next to nil so I'm hoping the good...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-29-2013
Replies: 653
Views: 151,046
Posted By xia_ke
One of my favs from years ago.

Camera:Rolleiflex MX-EVS Tessar
Film/Developer: Plus-X in HC-110 dil. B
Paper/Developer/Toner: Fotokemika EMAKS G3 in Ethol LPD 1+7 and Selenium...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 08-29-2013
Replies: 73
Views: 12,129
Posted By xia_ke
A few of my favs... "A good photograph is one...

A few of my favs...

"A good photograph is one that makes the viewer so aware of the subject that they are unaware of the print."- Kodak

"...if you find afterwards that you made a mistake, the price...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 08-29-2013
Replies: 314
Views: 52,273
Posted By xia_ke
Any Rolleiflex I've ever sold :bang:

Any Rolleiflex I've ever sold :bang:
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-04-2013
Replies: 29
Views: 4,477
Posted By xia_ke
http://www.yyecamera.com/ :)

http://www.yyecamera.com/ :)
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-04-2013
Replies: 29
Views: 4,477
Posted By xia_ke
Souljer, not sure if you are sending it in for a...

Souljer, not sure if you are sending it in for a CLA, but when I sent mine to Youxin he said he had Leica adapters for $50. Not sure if that is his going price or if it was a deal since I was having...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-03-2013
Replies: 166
Views: 129,504
Posted By xia_ke
Not sure about the collimation aspects of...

Not sure about the collimation aspects of servicing, but I just had two lenses serviced by him, including a Thorium Summicron with haze starting around the edges and a very sticky focus. He did an...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-03-2013
Replies: 29
Views: 4,477
Posted By xia_ke
The shots look good, right inline with what I...

The shots look good, right inline with what I would expect from mine, at least as best as can be told by looking at a small, low res scan on the web. My recommendations would be to get a hood and to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-30-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 6,087
Posted By xia_ke
Hi Souljer, For some reason I had it in my mind...

Hi Souljer,

For some reason I had it in my mind that you were planning to use this for a day time walk around camera, which is why I recommended the Elmar, as you really wouldn't need the extra...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-30-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 6,087
Posted By xia_ke
My 2 Cents

I've recently compared a IIIg vs. an M2 in my quest to find my perfect 35mm rangefinder. It sounds to me like you are looking for an alternative to your M6 versus a replacement for it, something...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-28-2013
Replies: 106
Views: 6,634
Posted By xia_ke
I should have stocked up when I had the chance...

I should have stocked up when I had the chance :bang:

Right now I have E100G in the M2 and Tri-X in the IIIg
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-27-2013
Replies: 63
Views: 8,578
Posted By xia_ke
For me it is simply the desire to try news...

For me it is simply the desire to try news lenses. Every lens I have ever owned has been more than sufficient for my abilities. I love antique cameras just as much as the pictures they produce. Since...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-27-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 5,031
Posted By xia_ke
Yes, the print is the end result, but if I want...

Yes, the print is the end result, but if I want to share that result I need to scan it for posting. There is a very big difference between a B&W neg scanned in grayscale and a finished print scanned...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-27-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 5,031
Posted By xia_ke
Good point on that. I have done battle in the...

Good point on that. I have done battle in the past with FB prints that I couldn't get completely flat and had issues with reflections in the raised areas.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-26-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 5,031
Posted By xia_ke
Clint, I have to agree with you about RC paper....

Clint, I have to agree with you about RC paper. When I first started printing everyone suggested RC paper because it is "easier to work with" and less expensive, so I picked up a couple boxes. I used...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-26-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 5,031
Posted By xia_ke
Thanks again :) sepiareverb, the Moersch was on...

Thanks again :)

sepiareverb, the Moersch was on my list of possibilities. I haven't tried it yet myself, but know many people that love and swear by it. Question for you. what are the differences...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-26-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 5,031
Posted By xia_ke
I have seen variances with using different...

I have seen variances with using different developers with the same paper. Depending on the combo, the differences have typically been subtle, akin to the difference of developing Tri-X in HC-110 vs...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-26-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 5,031
Posted By xia_ke
Thanks for the input :) Roger, I'll have to...

Thanks for the input :)

Roger, I'll have to check out Ilford 300. No worries on FB, I much prefer it over RC despite it being fussier to work with. I had tried their warmtone developer years ago,...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-26-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 5,031
Posted By xia_ke
What is your current favorite paper/developer combo and why?

I moved about 2 years ago and ended up having to sell my darkroom at that time. I've been taking my time the past two months getting the gear I want for a new darkroom set-up. I'm starting to think...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-20-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1,459
Posted By xia_ke
If you're getting accidental double exposures,...

If you're getting accidental double exposures, there has to be an issue with the lock mechanism on yours. With mine, once you trip the shutter, it locks the shutter release until you advance to the...
Forum: Film vs Digital 04-14-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,053
Posted By xia_ke
I personally think he would have be a proponent...

I personally think he would have be a proponent of digital. I'm not sure if he would have actually made the jump himself, but from the interviews I have seen and books I have read I always got the...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-14-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 975
Posted By xia_ke
I've only put 2 rolls through my Certo Six so...

I've only put 2 rolls through my Certo Six so far, but I find the viewfinder representation to be much closer to the realized negative than with many other folders of the era. Perhaps this is because...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-14-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1,099
Posted By xia_ke
AFAIK, unopened should have a seal, but just...

AFAIK, unopened should have a seal, but just because a M has a seal doesn't mean that it hasn't been opened. The seals are replaced by certified techs when they service the camera. Someone please...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-12-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1,459
Posted By xia_ke
I have tried closing mine with a couple different...

I have tried closing mine with a couple different filters of varying thicknesses and it will not close with any. As for a hood, any 40.5mm screw on should work fine. I have also seen people use an...
Forum: Travel 04-11-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 2,552
Posted By xia_ke
My wife and I just spent Sunday and Monday nights...

My wife and I just spent Sunday and Monday nights up in Rockland, ME. It is one of our favorite places for short getaways. Lots of beautiful scenery, from beaches to rocky coastline to lighthouses....
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-11-2013
Replies: 90
Views: 15,390
Posted By xia_ke
Another +1 I have the Hadley Pro and while I may...

Another +1

I have the Hadley Pro and while I may trade cameras left and right, that bag is the one piece I can truly say I will never sell. It goes with me everywhere. Yes they are expensive, but...
Forum: Travel 04-10-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 2,552
Posted By xia_ke
There is a lot to see and do in New England. Are...

There is a lot to see and do in New England. Are you interested more in the mountains, the coast, historic cities, or... ? One thing to keep in mind, September is VERY busy on the coast. I work at a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-09-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 1,537
Posted By xia_ke
Thanks for the congrats! Not quite there yet. I...

Thanks for the congrats! Not quite there yet. I am finishing up my undergrad right now in business. I need a break though, so it'll be a semester off and then onward to my MBA. Hopefully after that I...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-09-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 1,537
Posted By xia_ke
Okay, 2 days up the coast and a handful of rolls...

Okay, 2 days up the coast and a handful of rolls later, I'm thinking I'll be keeping the IIIg. Here are some of my thoughts on comparing the two...
The M2 is a little faster to focus for a general...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-06-2013
Replies: 233
Views: 60,389
Posted By xia_ke
Packing up my camera bag for a short trip with my...

Packing up my camera bag for a short trip with my wife up the coast of Maine starting tomorrow. Here's a list of what's coming along for the ride...
Billingham Hadley Pro
Leica IIIf RDST w/ RS...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-06-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1,526
Posted By xia_ke
I've loved everything about them except the...

I've loved everything about them except the cameras. The more I use the Camera+ app though for practical applications such as this, it is definitely growing on me.

On a side note I apparently need...
Forum: Off Topic 04-06-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 743
Posted By xia_ke
Having gone through this myself recently, eBay...

Having gone through this myself recently, eBay customer service told me if it is legit, it will always show up in your messages on "My Ebay." No message = scam
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-05-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1,526
Posted By xia_ke
No loupe, but with an iPhone and a bit of...

No loupe, but with an iPhone and a bit of tweaking in LR, look what we have here...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-05-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1,526
Posted By xia_ke
Hi Erik, Thank you again for helping with this...

Hi Erik,

Thank you again for helping with this mystery :) The other Elmars I have handled have had some depth to the engraving of the serial numbers. While this one shows brassing on the aperture...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-05-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1,526
Posted By xia_ke
Thanks Erik, That thickens the plot though as I...

Thanks Erik,

That thickens the plot though as I have coated and no serial number, but a triangle index mark. Here is a pic of my example.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-05-2013
Replies: 65
Views: 5,210
Posted By xia_ke
I have quite a few interests, just not sure I can...

I have quite a few interests, just not sure I can say I collect them. Due to budget limitations and not liking clutter, I will generally only have one or two items from these interests at any time. I...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-05-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1,526
Posted By xia_ke
Thanks Dralowid. Definitely not worried about it....

Thanks Dralowid. Definitely not worried about it. More curious about its history. Wasn't sure if maybe the adjustment ring had been swapped out at some point during servicing or something similar....
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-05-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 1,537
Posted By xia_ke
Wish I could Steve. Unfortunately, without my...

Wish I could Steve. Unfortunately, without my final payment the beginning of June, I don't get to graduate. Maybe I'll win the lottery in the next couple of weeks???
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-05-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 1,537
Posted By xia_ke
Thanks for the comments. They both have their own...

Thanks for the comments. They both have their own strengths and character. I don't need the money right now, so I guess I will keep both in my bag for a few weeks and see which I grab for most...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-05-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1,526
Posted By xia_ke
Elmar Red Scale w/o Serial Number?

I have a Red Dial Elmar that came with a IIIg that dates to 1957. I've had a few Elmars pass through my hands and the serial number has always been on the aperture adjustment ring. However, this...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-05-2013
Replies: 40
Views: 3,233
Posted By xia_ke
Not alone at all. I get just as much joy out of...

Not alone at all. I get just as much joy out of the use of a nice camera as I do from the pictures captured.

I hate to break it to you though, but with 50 cameras, you are a collector...lol
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-05-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 1,537
Posted By xia_ke
Now I'm in trouble...

About a month ago I was selling my X100 and got offered a trade for a IIIg. I had really been wanting to try one since it seemed the best of both worlds with the Barnack compactness and bright...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-03-2013
Replies: 105
Views: 8,535
Posted By xia_ke
Last year I spent 9 days at Glacier National Park...

Last year I spent 9 days at Glacier National Park for my wedding/honeymoon. I brought a Rolleiflex, a Balda Super Baldax, and a Leica IIIa. I ended up using the Rolleiflex 95% of the time as it was...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 04-01-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 751
Posted By xia_ke
Thanks for sharing. Some great photography in...

Thanks for sharing. Some great photography in there. Looking forward to having a moment to sit down and read it :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-28-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 597
Posted By xia_ke
+1 With my button rewind the button pops right...

+1

With my button rewind the button pops right back out the second I advance a frame.
Forum: Film vs Digital 03-28-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 1,960
Posted By xia_ke
Beautiful shots Margus!!! Provia 400x is perhaps...

Beautiful shots Margus!!!

Provia 400x is perhaps my favorite slide film. I just wish it wasn't so expensive. Does anyone have experience pushing Provia 100f? It's cheaper to do than buying 400x, but...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-27-2013
Replies: 62
Views: 5,365
Posted By xia_ke
I agree that it can be a hassle. I use packing...

I agree that it can be a hassle. I use packing materials I save from work and ship in Priority Mail flat rate boxes to simplify. I turn over quite a lot of cameras because I enjoy using the cameras...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-27-2013
Replies: 49
Views: 4,687
Posted By xia_ke
I'm using Hunt's Photo for all my E-6 and C-41....

I'm using Hunt's Photo for all my E-6 and C-41. Their C-41 pricing is very reasonable and with FAST turnaround. Their E-6 is a little more expensive, but they are the last place in the area that is...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-23-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,174
Posted By xia_ke
Having been in this same position very recently,...

Having been in this same position very recently, I would say it boils down to how much the non-working one is. I spoke with Youxin about buying direct from him as I had some other stuff I was sending...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-23-2013
Replies: 1,016
Views: 196,671
Posted By xia_ke
Looks to be a beautiful print. Bet this is...

Looks to be a beautiful print. Bet this is stunning in person!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-21-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 433
Posted By xia_ke
Thanks Roger for the confirmation :) Question on...

Thanks Roger for the confirmation :)

Question on the ocular correction, could I use something like the Match Technical 0.85x magnifier to achieve the same...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-21-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 433
Posted By xia_ke
Question on Goggles and VF's

The thing that really made me cave and finally want to go to the M system was shooting with an X100 and having the ability to see outside of the framelines within the viewfinder. Unfortunately, I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-20-2013
Replies: 135
Views: 7,659
Posted By xia_ke
Doing this same exercise myself right now. Still...

Doing this same exercise myself right now. Still trying out a few lenses and bodies to see which I like best and will keep, but so far the scales of want vs. $$$ are leaning toward...

Leica M2
35mm...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-13-2012
Replies: 2,012
Views: 608,686
Posted By xia_ke
A couple from my trip this fall out to Glacier...

A couple from my trip this fall out to Glacier National Park.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8203/8222827656_0e2149fd23_z.jpg...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-24-2012
Replies: 2,012
Views: 608,686
Posted By xia_ke
Love the bokeh from the Seagull!

Love the bokeh from the Seagull!
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-08-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 1,942
Posted By xia_ke
Really an excellent bit of photojournalism/street...

Really an excellent bit of photojournalism/street photography. LOVE that first shot. Thanks for sharing!
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-04-2012
Replies: 53
Views: 11,500
Posted By xia_ke
Sorry Emil, that was not meant to be a bite. The...

Sorry Emil, that was not meant to be a bite. The options in photography are as infinite as the amount of personalities involved in the hobby. Some people get inspired by constantly mixing things up...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-04-2012
Replies: 53
Views: 11,500
Posted By xia_ke
Hi Emil, I went through this hunt myself several...

Hi Emil, I went through this hunt myself several years ago and here's my 2 cents based upon my experiences. While I have seen some great work come from Ricohflexes, the 2 Super Ricohflexes I had I...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-02-2012
Replies: 2,012
Views: 608,686
Posted By xia_ke
Thanks Peter. Funny thing is that was a different...

Thanks Peter. Funny thing is that was a different Precious. I sold it a few years ago to fund a 4x5. I regretted it so much I just bought the identical model a couple of weeks ago. Needless to say I...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-02-2012
Replies: 2,012
Views: 608,686
Posted By xia_ke
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3065/3081643882_251b...

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3065/3081643882_251b73ee3a.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaron_lehoux/3081643882/)
Through The Fog (http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaron_lehoux/3081643882/) by Xia Ke...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-02-2012
Replies: 1,169
Views: 420,880
Posted By xia_ke
Doh!

Thanks Kuzano. That must have been a typo on my part as I am well aware of what the model is. It's a fabulous little folder. My only slight issue is the occasional hang-up with the double exposure...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-22-2012
Replies: 1,169
Views: 420,880
Posted By xia_ke
The Lovers

Recently discovered the joys of MF folders. This is a couple I found cuddled up for the sunrise. Shot with a Balda Super Baldax with a Radionar f/2.9 and Ektar...
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