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Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-26-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 3,938
Posted By jmcd
Thank you for your tale, John. Best wishes for...

Thank you for your tale, John. Best wishes for you.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-08-2013
Replies: 46
Views: 5,355
Posted By jmcd
Tap is fine. I use a couple of rinses at this...

Tap is fine. I use a couple of rinses at this stop stage to prevent carryover of developer pH to the fixer.
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 05-28-2013
Replies: 100
Views: 9,423
Posted By jmcd
Get well, Tom!

Get well, Tom!
Forum: Large Format Film RF 04-16-2013
Replies: 63
Views: 18,695
Posted By jmcd
9-1/2" Dagor on 8x10 or 5x7. Luscious.

9-1/2" Dagor on 8x10 or 5x7. Luscious.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-09-2013
Replies: 32
Views: 7,949
Posted By jmcd
I would ask for a photo of the window from the...

I would ask for a photo of the window from the front, to check against potential balsam separation.

Cameras from Tamarkin will have been thoroughly combed over. I have never had a problem with a...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-09-2013
Replies: 20
Views: 1,662
Posted By jmcd
I spent some days with an old timer, who had the...

I spent some days with an old timer, who had the good fortune to have created a few popular images over his career. His personal favorites were not widely popular.

I suppose the photographer has a...
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 04-07-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 4,911
Posted By jmcd
The incident attachment for the Weston is an...

The incident attachment for the Weston is an Invercone!
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-05-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,767
Posted By jmcd
Imogen Cunningham described herself as an amateur...

Imogen Cunningham described herself as an amateur because she loved photography (amator).

Maybe you could share some of what you have learned as a pro. I imagine it was quite a shift in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-30-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,182
Posted By jmcd
Fabulous photo essay, unflinching love. (Two...

Fabulous photo essay, unflinching love.

(Two days ago I just finished eight months of surgery and chemo, and I am thrilled to see people sharing such personal, moving work.)
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-28-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 4,173
Posted By jmcd
The L3 is a sweet design. The 35mm viewing window...

The L3 is a sweet design. The 35mm viewing window is very nice, and the camera handles great.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-14-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1,117
Posted By jmcd
Spotting, sure. SpoTone is my favorite. I also...

Spotting, sure. SpoTone is my favorite.

I also learned to bleach what you can, including large areas of the print, followed by a second fix ( this was a method of Eugene Smith's).

As for scraping,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-14-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 901
Posted By jmcd
I can't answer your question directly but I had...

I can't answer your question directly but I had the front two elements of my Summitar glued back together at Focal Point—looks like new.
http://www.focalpointlens.com/fp_intro.html
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-08-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 940
Posted By jmcd
These have such nice shutters, and the nifty...

These have such nice shutters, and the nifty pop-up rewind. Have fun.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-05-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 2,020
Posted By jmcd
Excellent, serene image, Sara (and good article,...

Excellent, serene image, Sara (and good article, too). Congratulations. (My pop was a boxer.)
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-04-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 3,719
Posted By jmcd
The viewfinder on a nice 7 is crisp and superb,...

The viewfinder on a nice 7 is crisp and superb, with easy focusing.

If the P had the viewfinder of the 7, that would be a fine combination.
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-04-2013
Replies: 61
Views: 8,117
Posted By jmcd
I think this is some bad bokeh (Pentax 35mm/2.4...

I think this is some bad bokeh (Pentax 35mm/2.4 wide open and close).

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8513/8529687610_6598501ba9_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8529687610/)
IMGP0253...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-04-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 992
Posted By jmcd
I have used both cameras. The P is fantastic, but...

I have used both cameras. The P is fantastic, but I prefer the less cluttered finder on the M3. For focusing, the images in the focusing patch on the M3 have crisp edges, and so focusing is a bit...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 03-03-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1,622
Posted By jmcd
Magnifiers for large format are typically around...

Magnifiers for large format are typically around 4x. Better magnifiers are sharp across the view.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 03-01-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 1,094
Posted By jmcd
I like those colors!

I like those colors!
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-20-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 1,755
Posted By jmcd
I am glad you are feeling better, out enjoying...

I am glad you are feeling better, out enjoying the beautiful city. You inhabit a magical place.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-20-2013
Replies: 87
Views: 7,516
Posted By jmcd
Weston Master V, with Invercone small, accurate,...

Weston Master V, with Invercone
small, accurate, mechanical, looks and feels lovely
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-13-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1,477
Posted By jmcd
Thanks for showing what is possible with fine...

Thanks for showing what is possible with fine tuning, XFer. And thanks for the opening comparison photo, hteasley.
Forum: RFF Polls 02-03-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 1,589
Posted By jmcd
I would prefer "same size."

I would prefer "same size."
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-01-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 2,697
Posted By jmcd
"Any recommendations on who to send it to? I was...

"Any recommendations on who to send it to? I was thinking Youxin Ye since he did my CLA a couple years back."

I don't personally work on cameras as do many RFF members, so I would send the camera to...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 01-31-2013
Replies: 83
Views: 190,254
Posted By jmcd
Luckily it was not quicksand. I am glad you were...

Luckily it was not quicksand. I am glad you were able to make it back safely to land.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-30-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 825
Posted By jmcd
No interactive problem mixing films in the tank.

No interactive problem mixing films in the tank.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-30-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 3,821
Posted By jmcd
I often use "E". Instead of using 1 unit of HC110...

I often use "E". Instead of using 1 unit of HC110 (B), I use 3/4 and extend the time by half, as a start. By the time you take it down to "H" characteristics in HP5+ will begin to change.

I also...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-29-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 11,694
Posted By jmcd
The alkaline batteries will work fine for many...

The alkaline batteries will work fine for many months in the M5. As the battery discharges it will get to the point where the meter calls for extra exposure, up to a stop—still juice left, but not...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-28-2013
Replies: 3,174
Views: 497,356
Posted By jmcd
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8351/8418386515_a8bf...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8351/8418386515_a8bf50c4fe_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8418386515/)
IMGP0222 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8418386515/) by bwmacstar...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-28-2013
Replies: 3,174
Views: 497,356
Posted By jmcd
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8371/8419473768_5c50...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8371/8419473768_5c50f0b7d7.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8419473768/)
IMGP0229 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8419473768/) by bwmacstar...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-27-2013
Replies: 64
Views: 4,402
Posted By jmcd
It takes a lifetime to fully savor a set of fine...

It takes a lifetime to fully savor a set of fine tools.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-27-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 3,294
Posted By jmcd
One big point in favor of the 45V-XL. The...

One big point in favor of the 45V-XL. The platform on which the negative carrier sits is stationary—the top jaw clamps down. This is a good design to maintain accuracy. The design is reversed on the...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-27-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 3,294
Posted By jmcd
I have owned and worked with the MXT, and I...

I have owned and worked with the MXT, and I currently own the 45V-XL. Either will get the job done, but neither is terribly refined.

The 45V-XL is incredibly heavy, but the MXT can be moved readily....
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 01-26-2013
Replies: 51
Views: 6,657
Posted By jmcd
Your work is so fun to view and your colors are...

Your work is so fun to view and your colors are gorgeous. You will make great photos with whatever you use.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-25-2013
Replies: 19
Views: 1,091
Posted By jmcd
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8189/8404872972_ee94...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8189/8404872972_ee94e7f89c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8404872972/)
IMGP0230 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8404872972/) by bwmacstar...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-25-2013
Replies: 19
Views: 1,091
Posted By jmcd
My doctor repeats to me throughout my visit,...

My doctor repeats to me throughout my visit, "Where do you find joy?"

Caught a bit unprepared to answer, I felt clumsy with my initial replies. Then I realized the question was largely rhetorical,...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 01-23-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 3,038
Posted By jmcd
That's an elegant, great looking site and it is...

That's an elegant, great looking site and it is so easy to navigate. And your photos are a treat.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-21-2013
Replies: 3,174
Views: 497,356
Posted By jmcd
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8097/8404696038_c0c9...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8097/8404696038_c0c9740c60.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8404696038/)
IMGP0252 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8404696038/) by bwmacstar...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-06-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 2,765
Posted By jmcd
Lots of good advice on this thread. I was only 8...

Lots of good advice on this thread.

I was only 8 days in the hospital this summer, and I definitely nearly lost it—there was only vapor to cling to. I may not know just what it is, but I missed it...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-02-2013
Replies: 33
Views: 4,638
Posted By jmcd
Cosmo, I think the odds are slim. I hope you...

Cosmo,

I think the odds are slim.

I hope you enjoy the M4 and Elmar. I was missing the M3, had started shopping for one, and then I saw my old one for sale. Thanks, Cosmo for trading it back to me....
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 01-01-2013
Replies: 31
Views: 8,962
Posted By jmcd
Thanks for those tips, Bob. I have had the R3000...

Thanks for those tips, Bob.

I have had the R3000 for about a month.

I have only made b&w glossy ink prints, but my vivid light magenta and light cyan are as low as my light light black, light...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-08-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 4,769
Posted By jmcd
I recently looked into shipping an 8x10 camera to...

I recently looked into shipping an 8x10 camera to Australia from the US, and the price was indeed horrifying. UPS was off the charts at $650, with USPS much lower but still at $330 before insurance....
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-27-2012
Replies: 77
Views: 7,010
Posted By jmcd
I had a iiia that I loved, and I would like to...

I had a iiia that I loved, and I would like to try one again. I bought mine for about $200, and sold it (why?) for about the same. That and a Summitar or Elmar or whatever you would like and then...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 07-01-2012
Replies: 25
Views: 2,422
Posted By jmcd
If 5 minutes at 20°C was working, I would suggest...

If 5 minutes at 20°C was working, I would suggest reducing the temp. of the developer from 25 to 23°, and using dilution "E" for 5 minutes. "E" uses about 2/3 of the syrup as does "B."

Adjust your...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 06-01-2012
Replies: 24
Views: 3,523
Posted By jmcd
Sounds good to me. 5x7 contacts look great, as...

Sounds good to me.

5x7 contacts look great, as do 8x10. There is much pleasure to be found in such a relatively direct process.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-30-2012
Replies: 93
Views: 15,189
Posted By jmcd
As mentioned earlier, the viewfinder is excellent...

As mentioned earlier, the viewfinder is excellent on the F2, and the shutter is distinct and superbly crisp.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-09-2012
Replies: 69
Views: 18,927
Posted By jmcd
"I can recommend John Titterington for...

"I can recommend John Titterington for repairs/CLAs of classic SLRs very highly."

I agree, what a great guy. I have him set up my SRTs with the standard 1.35 volt and use a converter, because I find...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-22-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1,320
Posted By jmcd
Are you passing the film under the roller (before...

Are you passing the film under the roller (before the first bend, bottom of camera)? If so, and the problem continues, this film-sensing roller mechanism might need adjustment.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-07-2012
Replies: 18
Views: 2,244
Posted By jmcd
jsrockit: "The most important thing is to pack...

jsrockit: "The most important thing is to pack your packages well because they do get thrown around."

Definitely your best insurance against damage. Many take a shortcut here.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-25-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1,037
Posted By jmcd
The AT-1 has a split image screen. It is...

The AT-1 has a split image screen. It is electronic like an AE-1, but with just the manual controls.

The AT-1 has an overhanging speed dial, very handy.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 02-24-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 1,549
Posted By jmcd
I'll agree with wash your hands, and handle the...

I'll agree with wash your hands, and handle the negatives by the edges only.

If you use gloves, make sure the gloves are clean and stay clean.
Forum: Sony NEX APS-C format 02-23-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,350
Posted By jmcd
Awesome work, Mr. McClain! Mucho mojo!

Awesome work, Mr. McClain! Mucho mojo!
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 01-23-2012
Replies: 48
Views: 4,040
Posted By jmcd
I have found the classified fees on this forum...

I have found the classified fees on this forum well worth the return—in part due to the excellent seller's controls over how the ad can be presented and edited over its run.

I am glad there is no...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-23-2012
Replies: 52
Views: 5,312
Posted By jmcd
Both cameras are excellent, of course, so I agree...

Both cameras are excellent, of course, so I agree that personal preference acts the subjective judge. The M2 loads fine, but I find the M4 film loading superb (I put a little bend at the end of the...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 09-25-2011
Replies: 37
Views: 2,750
Posted By jmcd
Great photos, Joe.

Great photos, Joe.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-12-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,078
Posted By jmcd
I second the recommendation for the AP loader,...

I second the recommendation for the AP loader, also sometimes referred to as the Bobinquick Junior. With this loader your film rolls are good through the last frame. Freestyle Sales carries AP...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 08-29-2011
Replies: 34
Views: 3,845
Posted By jmcd
I used to enjoy Hostess fried pies, usually...

I used to enjoy Hostess fried pies, usually pineapple or apple, from 7-11 in Big D. Very tasty after mowing a few lawns in 100 plus degree heat. These pies were eaten at room temperature, or heated...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 05-21-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,008
Posted By jmcd
Paul, I think about you every day and wish you...

Paul, I think about you every day and wish you strength and health. You are an inspiration.

(Do they let you roll around in those chairs or do they keep the wheels locked?)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-21-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 694
Posted By jmcd
Whether or not you need to shim will depend, I...

Whether or not you need to shim will depend, I think, on the particular lens. My J-12 focuses fine at f2.8.

However, on the P I had, the rear element was just too wide to fit between the light...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-20-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 826
Posted By jmcd
Why not get a few extra bulbs? Mine do seem to...

Why not get a few extra bulbs? Mine do seem to last a very long time, but I have never figured out how long that actually is.

One thing I have noticed over the years is that a lot of stuff...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-20-2011
Replies: 87
Views: 7,208
Posted By jmcd
Just venturing a thought: I think it has to do...

Just venturing a thought: I think it has to do with your overall exact state of mind when you are tripping the shutter. Perhaps in a split second you shift your attention from the essential...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-19-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,315
Posted By jmcd
I asked Focal Point about this adjustment of...

I asked Focal Point about this adjustment of close focus on the M3 to .7 meters, and they told me that whether or not this can be done depends on the particular M3—some can be adjusted, and some...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-18-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1,237
Posted By jmcd
What format? It could also be a problem with so...

What format? It could also be a problem with so much developer that it does not allow for enough movement to get fresh developer everywhere. I just cover the reels.

When I have had too much...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-18-2011
Replies: 40
Views: 2,729
Posted By jmcd
I don't think it would be bad if you wanted to...

I don't think it would be bad if you wanted to remove the meter arm in this case, but it sounds like your meter might have a loose connection somewhere, which could probably be repaired without...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 05-16-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 2,848
Posted By jmcd
Another, required reading from my Professor and...

Another, required reading from my Professor and mentor, suitable for those considering an indirect approach, is Flatland, by Edwin A. Abbot. Our host is an inhabitant of two-dimensional space, and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-15-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 928
Posted By jmcd
I don't know much about the Leica cassettes, but...

I don't know much about the Leica cassettes, but I have been bulk loading with regular commercial cassettes for twenty years, and I cannot trace one problem to using them.

I always keep them in film...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 05-14-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 2,848
Posted By jmcd
I suggest Zen in the Art of Archery, and Zen and...

I suggest Zen in the Art of Archery, and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. They are not specifically photography books, but both explore perception, subject, object, and quality.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-12-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 1,064
Posted By jmcd
Sorry to hear about your blank film. Is there...

Sorry to hear about your blank film.

Is there any chance that you used fixer as the first step?

If you have any developer left you could process a small clip to see if the developer is still...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-11-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 2,352
Posted By jmcd
Pete Smith is a top repairer of Nikon F. Right...

Pete Smith is a top repairer of Nikon F. Right now he is a bit backlogged, and has had mine for about 5-6 weeks.

You might want to give him a call to discuss your camera. He's at Delray Camera:...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-09-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 2,676
Posted By jmcd
For just tripping the shutter, I like either...

For just tripping the shutter, I like either style. If I want to hold the shutter open, the disc lock works automatically and reliably; whereas, the t-lock has to be screwed down firmly after the...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-07-2011
Replies: 35
Views: 5,318
Posted By jmcd
Could be, but these wrinkles seem so common with...

Could be, but these wrinkles seem so common with the P, and not with another that I know of, that they could likely have something to do with the design. I have seen a lot of Canon F1 camera over the...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-07-2011
Replies: 35
Views: 5,318
Posted By jmcd
I think Fawley has it right.

I think Fawley has it right.
Forum: RFF Polls 05-07-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 4,914
Posted By jmcd
At one time it was not uncommon for portrait...

At one time it was not uncommon for portrait photographers to present clients with a backwards proof, which the client would feel comfortable with because it was the same view he or she was used to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-05-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 4,235
Posted By jmcd
Equilibrium?

Equilibrium?
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-01-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 1,649
Posted By jmcd
All you need is a negative, a sheet of heavy...

All you need is a negative, a sheet of heavy glass bigger than the negative (I use 1/4" thick), and a light source. If you are using regular enlarging paper a light source with an aperture is...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-30-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 829
Posted By jmcd
D76 1:1 Hp5+ @800...

D76 1:1 Hp5+ @800 Summitar

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5105/5673815474_3b6d364811_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5673815474/)
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-30-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 829
Posted By jmcd
My agitation is moderate, but our lengths of...

My agitation is moderate, but our lengths of agitation and rest are the same. I bet our results would be similar.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-30-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 829
Posted By jmcd
I love HP5+ and D-76 1:1, and get my best results...

I love HP5+ and D-76 1:1, and get my best results with Ilford agitation—four inversions at the top of the minute for ten seconds.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-30-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 1,082
Posted By jmcd
A couple of more thoughts. Are you sure your...

A couple of more thoughts.

Are you sure your meter is accurate and linear across the scale?

Also, regarding a general reflective reading, from the Weston light meter manual—the distance of the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-30-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 1,082
Posted By jmcd
I really only shoot film. When shooting a roll...

I really only shoot film.

When shooting a roll of film in mixed lighting situations (as opposed to a predictably overcast day, or a single location) I expose and develop for N-1 situation, such that...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-27-2011
Replies: 59
Views: 9,033
Posted By jmcd
I enjoy my Frederick Sommer t-shirt, which...

I enjoy my Frederick Sommer t-shirt, which reads,
"Enthusiasm is the duty of understanding
Before the night fatal to remembrance."

The shirt is black, long sleeve, and doubles as an excellent...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-25-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,492
Posted By jmcd
Perceptol does make for some film speed loss, and...

Perceptol does make for some film speed loss, and development times can be long at one part developer to two parts water, but the image quality is superb—sharp with excellent tonality.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-20-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 1,289
Posted By jmcd
I hang mine up from one corner with clothes pins,...

I hang mine up from one corner with clothes pins, plastic or wood, strung from a wire.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-20-2011
Replies: 68
Views: 9,560
Posted By jmcd
Thank you for pointing that out, emraphoto.

Thank you for pointing that out, emraphoto.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-19-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 728
Posted By jmcd
The framelines move around to account for...

The framelines move around to account for parallax, but they do not change in size—so at infinity a negative will have more showing than was showing within the framelines; and close up will have...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-17-2011
Replies: 109
Views: 8,070
Posted By jmcd
Yes. It has a pouch for the uv filter and memory...

Yes. It has a pouch for the uv filter and memory cards.

DigiRoo is the brand, with a special export version, the DigiRu.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-17-2011
Replies: 109
Views: 8,070
Posted By jmcd
I think they use Australian digital cameras.:D

I think they use Australian digital cameras.:D
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-17-2011
Replies: 20
Views: 2,712
Posted By jmcd
If your Autocord is similar to my Rollei you can...

If your Autocord is similar to my Rollei you can open the sports finder on the hood—focus on the ground glass with the built-in magnifier and compose in the sports viewer at eye level. It works great.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-15-2011
Replies: 1
Views: 608
Posted By jmcd
41.5mm outside diameter (front) 36mm inside...

41.5mm outside diameter (front)
36mm inside threads accept Series VI adapter
50.5mm, overall length, extended, at infinity
42.5mm front to base where it mounts, extended
24mm to base,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-13-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 3,604
Posted By jmcd
Eric Hendrickson http://pentaxs.com...

Eric Hendrickson
http://pentaxs.com (http://pentaxs.com/)
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-13-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 3,604
Posted By jmcd
Eric is wonderful and capable. I am enjoying...

Eric is wonderful and capable. I am enjoying Paul's old SP1000 and was actually using it today.:)
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-10-2011
Replies: 26
Views: 2,845
Posted By jmcd
Just a little poof from a rubber bulb is plenty...

Just a little poof from a rubber bulb is plenty to blow the dust away, with little risk of forcing dust into the lens works.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-10-2011
Replies: 20
Views: 5,225
Posted By jmcd
pdf links for Foma 100 and 400...

pdf links for Foma 100 and 400 information

www.foma.cz/upload/foma/prilohy/F_pan_100_en.pdf

www.foma.cz/upload/foma/prilohy/F_pan_400_en.pdf
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-10-2011
Replies: 20
Views: 5,225
Posted By jmcd
Even in the Foma literature, the Foma 400 is...

Even in the Foma literature, the Foma 400 is listed as having an EI of 250, even though it says 400 on the box. And it does not tolerate underexposure, whereas with Tri-x, while an ideal negative...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-10-2011
Replies: 20
Views: 5,225
Posted By jmcd
I have used this film for years in 120 and 35mm,...

I have used this film for years in 120 and 35mm, and I think it works just fine, in Xtol, Rodinal, D76, and HC-110—all I have tried it with. I find EI is 200 with this film.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-07-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,354
Posted By jmcd
A problem could be flare. Old timers used to...

A problem could be flare. Old timers used to paint in the scratches black to stop this from happening.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-07-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 3,204
Posted By jmcd
If it is separation you might contact John Van...

If it is separation you might contact John Van Stelten via e-mail: he repaired my Summaron that had such a problem (lens cement separation repairs):
http://www.focalpointlens.com/fp_intro.html
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 04-06-2011
Replies: 41
Views: 6,665
Posted By jmcd
Many prices are on the rise, it seems.

Many prices are on the rise, it seems.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-05-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 11,694
Posted By jmcd
For the record (if not for the OP), if the M5 is...

For the record (if not for the OP), if the M5 is modified to accept a Varta 625U alkaline the meter will be perfectly liner from very dim to very bright light—dead accurate. As the battery drains...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-05-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 11,694
Posted By jmcd
I would not recommend a conversion to alkaline...

I would not recommend a conversion to alkaline 625, well unless someone installs the proper diode. Better by far (than the alkaline), I think, is to use the Criscam adapter with silver oxide,...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-03-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 1,737
Posted By jmcd
What's the outside diameter of the lens in mm? A...

What's the outside diameter of the lens in mm? A slip-on Series 5 or 6 could allow the use of filters and shade (that's what I ended up doing with my Summaron 35/3.5).
Forum: Off Topic 03-30-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 1,136
Posted By jmcd
I sent him a rigid cron that he had worked on...

I sent him a rigid cron that he had worked on previously that was starting to work loose, in mid December. I figure I will hear from him when I hear from him. If I bugged him with a bunch of e-mails...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 03-29-2011
Replies: 2,235
Sticky: User Feedback
Views: 252,599
Posted By jmcd
USER: back alley COMMENT: Joe bought a lens from...

USER: back alley

COMMENT: Joe bought a lens from me. Very nice to work with, Joe stayed in communication throughout the transaction.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-28-2011
Replies: 23
Views: 1,950
Posted By jmcd
Concentrated heat can traumatize your camera—just...

Concentrated heat can traumatize your camera—just a thought.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-28-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 2,836
Posted By jmcd
I can just see the M3 framelines with glasses,...

I can just see the M3 framelines with glasses, but not beyond; with the M2/4 easily beyond.

I find the M3 excels at such things as watching the subtle expressions on people's faces. I like the M2/4...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-28-2011
Replies: 20
Views: 5,470
Posted By jmcd
It sure is nice to have some highly recommended...

It sure is nice to have some highly recommended repair services for these classics.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-28-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 1,151
Posted By jmcd
If you do want to dry on screens, squeegee and...

If you do want to dry on screens, squeegee and then place face up on screens (face down for fiber). Ilford RC should dry quite flat. The drier environment will tend to curl prints more, which is why...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-28-2011
Replies: 20
Views: 5,470
Posted By jmcd
Ken's number is definitely 951.246.9136.

Ken's number is definitely 951.246.9136.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-28-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1,330
Posted By jmcd
filterfind.net can usually provide a satisfactory...

filterfind.net can usually provide a satisfactory solution for these many distinct filter sizes. If you don't see it, ask Tim. He seems to check and reply the e-mail about once a day.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-27-2011
Replies: 22
Views: 2,912
Posted By jmcd
If you dry your film in a very dry environment,...

If you dry your film in a very dry environment, it will tend to curl more than if it is dried in a damp environment.

When the film looks dry and is dry to the touch, just, it is not near as dry as...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-27-2011
Replies: 22
Views: 2,912
Posted By jmcd
Well, the Photoflo is a good idea. For your stop...

Well, the Photoflo is a good idea.

For your stop bath, I would recommend several changes of regular tap water (at correct temperature) or an acid stop bath. Either of these methods will minimize...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-27-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,299
Posted By jmcd
As the master home brewer Charlie Papazian says,...

As the master home brewer Charlie Papazian says, "Relax, have a home brew!"
And, "Worrying is like paying interest on a debt you may not owe."

It sounds like you have found a winning combination,...
Forum: Film vs Digital 03-27-2011
Replies: 96
Views: 6,286
Posted By jmcd
I think this is a self-fulfilling projection of...

I think this is a self-fulfilling projection of marketing, even if it does have much evidence behind it.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-27-2011
Replies: 40
Views: 4,781
Posted By jmcd
This is the beginning of the dream sequence.

This is the beginning of the dream sequence.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-27-2011
Replies: 84
Views: 8,066
Posted By jmcd
I can imagine! When I was a starving student, it...

I can imagine! When I was a starving student, it was difficult getting enough food. Okay, and enough beer.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-27-2011
Replies: 84
Views: 8,066
Posted By jmcd
Tamarkin does seem to have sold a whole slew of M...

Tamarkin does seem to have sold a whole slew of M bodies. It looks like over the past few months the price of an M5 there has dropped by about 10-15% (lower serial number), but M3 bodies have gone up...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-22-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,249
Posted By jmcd
I believe you could squeeze more speed out of...

I believe you could squeeze more speed out of Delta 400 with Xtol or DDX.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-22-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 2,125
Posted By jmcd
At least 5 minutes but less than 20 or 22. If it...

At least 5 minutes but less than 20 or 22. If it helps to get a negative that prints well, the relatively negligible time spent developing is a great investment in the overall goal of making a fine...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-22-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 1,565
Posted By jmcd
1. The glossy is a bit glossy in RC, but with...

1. The glossy is a bit glossy in RC, but with fiber I always print on glossy, which looks great. In RC, the more textured your surface, the less clear the photo, but overall it might look better with...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-22-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 1,486
Posted By jmcd
Are you using fresh developer (in date and mixed...

Are you using fresh developer (in date and mixed the day of the printing session), agitating the prints continuously, and developing to completion? It looks like the prints might be underdeveloped.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-18-2011
Replies: 53
Views: 4,769
Posted By jmcd
But does Paypal actually honor this as "a...

But does Paypal actually honor this as "a signature that can be viewed online." Or would this be another link in a chain of unsatisfactory proof. I don't know, just trying to find out.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-18-2011
Replies: 53
Views: 4,769
Posted By jmcd
Can a signature with USPS Signature Confirmation...

Can a signature with USPS Signature Confirmation even be viewed online? From USPS' service description: A delivery record, including the recipient's signature, is maintained by the USPS and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-15-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 4,397
Posted By jmcd
I do use hypo clear with fiber base printing...

I do use hypo clear with fiber base printing paper, because it makes the paper wash much faster. This is readily seen when testing for residual fixer with HT-2.

Film washes very fast without it, so...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-09-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 1,210
Posted By jmcd
How about a short term plan of shooting a bit...

How about a short term plan of shooting a bit (one roll or the digital equivalent) and producing a finished, keeper print, matted and framed?

edit: I've seen some of your work in other threads, and...
Forum: Off Topic 03-07-2011
Replies: 32
Views: 3,613
Posted By jmcd
Rangefinders, no longer at home, home on the...

Rangefinders, no longer at home, home on the range...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 03-07-2011
Replies: 30
Views: 4,256
Posted By jmcd
Keith, With that X100 and a splash of High...

Keith,

With that X100 and a splash of High Karate, you are going to be irresistible! :D
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-06-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 907
Posted By jmcd
Two overall nice Summitar's have come my way over...

Two overall nice Summitar's have come my way over the past few years (one has moved on), but the both had separation between the front two elements, a common problem. Looking at the lens from one...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 03-04-2011
Replies: 180
Views: 17,115
Posted By jmcd
This thread is so much goodness.

This thread is so much goodness.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-04-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 1,986
Posted By jmcd
I think this is proof that exercise is good for...

I think this is proof that exercise is good for your well being!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-04-2011
Replies: 36
Views: 3,084
Posted By jmcd
Thanks for setting the record straight, dfoo—I am...

Thanks for setting the record straight, dfoo—I am relieved to know this. Yes, I just entered the number into the canadapost.ca system and it works great, including signature image recorded for online...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-04-2011
Replies: 36
Views: 3,084
Posted By jmcd
Another question is, "can you track it and...

Another question is, "can you track it and confirm delivery?" Fairly recently I sent a camera worth about $1000 to someone in Canada, and as Brian suggested above, via Express Mail International so...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-26-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 856
Posted By jmcd
Pretty lenses, and cute cat's paws. Is that...

Pretty lenses, and cute cat's paws. Is that Quimper on the left?
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 02-23-2011
Replies: 63
Views: 6,535
Posted By jmcd
Here's wishing all the best to your wife,...

Here's wishing all the best to your wife, including superb vision. What type of lenses did she select?
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 02-22-2011
Replies: 29
Poll: X100 - Cla
Views: 3,614
Posted By jmcd
What would be the cost of adding an M2-style wind...

What would be the cost of adding an M2-style wind lever?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-20-2011
Replies: 64
Views: 19,039
Posted By jmcd
In the Darkroom section of Camera from 1978,...

In the Darkroom section of Camera from 1978, Ralph discusses how for years he struggled with a normal negative. Then while the Somnambulist was being printed, he noticed how much ink the printer used...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-16-2011
Replies: 63
Views: 4,225
Posted By jmcd
Tension, yes...high stakes! Actually, I think any...

Tension, yes...high stakes! Actually, I think any one of these cameras is the potential winner.



I agree with that, Rob-F.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-16-2011
Replies: 63
Views: 4,225
Posted By jmcd
M2=paper M3=scissors M6=rock

M2=paper
M3=scissors
M6=rock
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-16-2011
Replies: 63
Views: 4,225
Posted By jmcd
Talking Yes, a little squishing is in order if you wish...

Yes, a little squishing is in order if you wish to see the 50 frame edges of the M3 while wearing glasses—however, less squishing than seeing the 35 frame edges on a .72 viewfinder.

The 50 frame...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-14-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,245
Posted By jmcd
Yes, I bulk load it and there is no bar...

Yes, I bulk load it and there is no bar code—great film!
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-13-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 836
Posted By jmcd
What you have is normal for the IIIa. Versions on...

What you have is normal for the IIIa. Versions on later cameras were improved, as you noted.

My IIIa shoe is oversized a bit, but by placing a small strip of blue painter's tape on the "insole" my...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-12-2011
Replies: 1
Views: 1,172
Posted By jmcd
Thanks for that, Jerry. Very fun visiting Hove...

Thanks for that, Jerry. Very fun visiting Hove through your photos.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-09-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 2,775
Posted By jmcd
I've use the Alden and the AP Bobinquick Jr. Both...

I've use the Alden and the AP Bobinquick Jr. Both work fine, but the Bobinquick is a gem, and loads in such a way that your film is good all the way to the end of the roll. With the Alden, you have...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-08-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 1,061
Posted By jmcd
"Should I change to Delta 400 or keep HP5 as my...

"Should I change to Delta 400 or keep HP5 as my allrounder."

Look at prints you make from your best and average efforts from each of these films to decide. It is really a matter of your taste, and...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-05-2011
Replies: 156
Views: 98,069
Posted By jmcd
KARL EHLERS Karl has worked on a couple of...

KARL EHLERS

Karl has worked on a couple of Rolleis for me also, and his work is superb. He is one of the Rollei "specialists," and his prices are very competitive.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-04-2011
Replies: 156
Views: 98,069
Posted By jmcd
I would choose someone who specializes in the...

I would choose someone who specializes in the Rollei specifically, and who fully breaks down the shutter and aperture blades for proper cleaning. A specialist will have the proper optical machine to...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-04-2011
Replies: 30
Views: 2,412
Posted By jmcd
The pan head on the Tiltall is smooth, and the...

The pan head on the Tiltall is smooth, and the lock-down handles work great.

The overall build of the Tiltall is to tight tolerances, so I found that I had to pull the legs out to the length I...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-04-2011
Replies: 30
Views: 2,412
Posted By jmcd
I have had a Leitz Tiltall, and much prefer the...

I have had a Leitz Tiltall, and much prefer the Bogen—so what one prefers is much a matter of taste, rather than an absolute.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-04-2011
Replies: 30
Views: 2,412
Posted By jmcd
I second the Bogen—I have a 3221, used much for...

I second the Bogen—I have a 3221, used much for over twenty years, with never a complaint. I like the three-way pan head 3030 (for a small camera.)
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-01-2011
Replies: 36
Views: 6,231
Posted By jmcd
The Weston's are wonderful, and allow reflective...

The Weston's are wonderful, and allow reflective and incidence readings. They are handy, mechanical joys, and accurate.

However, one problem with them is switching between the high and low light...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-01-2011
Replies: 98
Views: 7,634
Posted By jmcd
Check out the General Packaging Guidelines on the...

Check out the General Packaging Guidelines on the Fed Ex page:
http://www.fedex.com/us/service-guide/our-services/package-shipment/index.html

They expect very super serious padding, especially for...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-01-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,378
Posted By jmcd
You need a FILCA cassette, or you can shim up...

You need a FILCA cassette, or you can shim up your standard cassettes with a ring of felt, or just live with the crookedness!
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-01-2011
Replies: 98
Views: 7,634
Posted By jmcd
When shipping any lens or camera I adhere to...

When shipping any lens or camera I adhere to Harry Fleenor's shipping advice, at a minimum (and I usually double box) Packaging Your Rollei for Shipping:
http://www.rolleirepairs.com/
Big air...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-31-2011
Replies: 30
Views: 3,140
Posted By jmcd
I used TF-5 recently with film, mixed a half...

I used TF-5 recently with film, mixed a half gallon, and within a few rolls the film's clearing time more than doubled, and the fixer turned color. I was told by one of the people who worked on the...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-26-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 7,700
Posted By jmcd
I regularly carry and use a Bogen 3021 full-sized...

I regularly carry and use a Bogen 3021 full-sized tripod. If the light is there I can shoot hand held, but if the light is lower (perhaps the shade side of a building or as daylight turns to dusk)...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-24-2011
Replies: 1
Views: 635
Posted By jmcd
It is only missing the rewind dial—otherwise good...

It is only missing the rewind dial—otherwise good condition. And combined shipping for multiple items will keep total costs in check!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-24-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 995
Posted By jmcd
First, make sure you have your reading glasses...

First, make sure you have your reading glasses on!

Then, push in the center of the dial (think child-safety medicine cap) and rotate to the desired position. It will click-lock into place.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-23-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 2,557
Posted By jmcd
Bubbles are a sign of excellent quality glass...

Bubbles are a sign of excellent quality glass from the old days. The old Dagor lens literature explicitly pointed this out. Will they affect your images—only to the degree that you have excellent...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-23-2011
Replies: 24
Views: 2,483
Posted By jmcd
If you use Photo-flo, and I do, make sure to...

If you use Photo-flo, and I do, make sure to rinse your reels and tanks thoroughly so build-up does not occur over time, which can cause problems with your developer.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-23-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 3,473
Posted By jmcd
I am so glad I clicked on this thread!...

I am so glad I clicked on this thread! :)

Gorgeous lighting!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-23-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1,586
Posted By jmcd
It could be that the film was not wound properly...

It could be that the film was not wound properly onto the reel, and so film was touching.

The film should load very smoothly onto the reel—without any fell of kinking, or sound of popping. Usually...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-23-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 979
Posted By jmcd
In my personal experience selling on this forum,...

In my personal experience selling on this forum, about 1 in 5 people actually leave feedback after a transaction.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-23-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 979
Posted By jmcd
Pack the gear you sell for a safe journey—at...

Pack the gear you sell for a safe journey—at least a couple of wraps of bubble wrap, and suspend in peanuts with at least two inches to the sides, top, and bottom of the box. During shipping the box...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-22-2011
Replies: 24
Views: 2,483
Posted By jmcd
In addition to all the good advice above, be...

In addition to all the good advice above, be gentle with the negatives in the solution—lower gently, and let sit in the solution for at least one minute.

To minimize the amount of the Photoflo on my...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-15-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,285
Posted By jmcd
That's what I shoot Tri-X at to get good shadow...

That's what I shoot Tri-X at to get good shadow detail—200 or 250.

Some nice photos there, that you have made.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-13-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 9,770
Posted By jmcd
With long storage time D-76 changes pH (becomes...

With long storage time D-76 changes pH (becomes more alkaline) and for a given development time, contrast increases.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-29-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 1,887
Posted By jmcd
The F-1 and F-1n are both great cameras. With a...

The F-1 and F-1n are both great cameras. With a good meter cell the battery is accurate across the scale, from dim light to bright, powered by a Criscam adapter and silver oxide battery, with the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-20-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 1,769
Posted By jmcd
Is that what pinholes in the shutter curtains...

Is that what pinholes in the shutter curtains look like?
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 12-19-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 1,584
Posted By jmcd
Those sure look like some little tire tracks. I...

Those sure look like some little tire tracks. I did have some very similar marks on several Foma printing paper sheets about a year ago (still love Foma.)
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-17-2010
Replies: 211
Views: 59,379
Posted By jmcd
Just curious if you are using a minimum of 100ml...

Just curious if you are using a minimum of 100ml per roll?

I like both D-76 and Xtol, and find in general that D-76 is better at providing a harder look, Xtol more open, lighter. Either developer is...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-14-2010
Replies: 52
Views: 3,482
Posted By jmcd
The 50/2 NAI is very sharp, and the front element...

The 50/2 NAI is very sharp, and the front element is recessed such that the shade is basically built in.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-09-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 2,107
Posted By jmcd
I keep a liter bottle filled with distilled water...

I keep a liter bottle filled with distilled water and a couple of drops of photo-flo, which is a very weak dilution, but plenty because distilled water is so clean. After washing the film, I shake...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-07-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 2,267
Posted By jmcd
I print in a conventional (wet) darkroom, and...

I print in a conventional (wet) darkroom, and print my contact sheets to "proof for black." Based on this and subsequent printing, I find HP5+ to have about 2/3 stop more speed than Tri-x or Neopan...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-03-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 1,416
Posted By jmcd
I used Essex to work on a Canon P, and they did a...

I used Essex to work on a Canon P, and they did a super job with a quick turnaround—about two weeks.
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 12-01-2010
Replies: 2,235
Sticky: User Feedback
Views: 252,599
Posted By jmcd
USER: jimrohrer COMMENT: super fair and...

USER: jimrohrer

COMMENT: super fair and rewarding equipment trade with Jim, a real pleasure
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-28-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,535
Posted By jmcd
Here is one: http://www.focalpointlens.com/

Here is one:

http://www.focalpointlens.com/
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-19-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 755
Posted By jmcd
I have several types of cable releases, but one...

I have several types of cable releases, but one of my favorites is this simple German-made 10" release from Fedka (it is nice and smooth, much better than the similar 20"...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-19-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 2,548
Posted By jmcd
I don't know but if that worked in a 35 mm camera...

I don't know but if that worked in a 35 mm camera the usable negative would be very big, for such a small camera.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-19-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,109
Posted By jmcd
To avoid any possible uncertainty about clear...

To avoid any possible uncertainty about clear time, I place a dot of fixer near the end of the leader strip and let that clear. Then I dip the leader end into the fixer and start the clock. Comparing...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-19-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,109
Posted By jmcd
If you use water for the stop bath use several...

If you use water for the stop bath use several changes so that you do not carry over developer to the fix—if you want to maximize the effectiveness of your fixer.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-19-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,109
Posted By jmcd
You should be fixing for 2-3 times the amount of...

You should be fixing for 2-3 times the amount of time it takes the film to clear. Agitation will clear the film faster.

As clear times approach double of a fresh fixer, a new batch of fixer is...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-19-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 6,919
Posted By jmcd
I learned with a fellow who half fixed all of his...

I learned with a fellow who half fixed all of his prints during a work day, rinsed and left them soaking (with periodic water changes.)

When he was ready, he mixed up a solution of potassium...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-14-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 3,096
Posted By jmcd
Yes, that is a beautiful shot. But with regard...

Yes, that is a beautiful shot.

But with regard to Arista Edu Ultra and scratching, since in this instance we are talking about roll film there is hardly any danger of scratching since there is no...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-13-2010
Replies: 32
Views: 3,597
Posted By jmcd
Another, less expensive red bulb for a standard...

Another, less expensive red bulb for a standard socket:
http://www.freestylephoto.biz/12622-Halco-11-Watt-S14-Transparent-Red-Bulb
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-13-2010
Replies: 32
Views: 3,597
Posted By jmcd
With this paper I use a Bright Lab Jr. bulb that...

With this paper I use a Bright Lab Jr. bulb that screws into a regular incandescent light socket (from Delta CPM http://www.cpmdelta1.com/safelights.htm.)
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-13-2010
Replies: 32
Views: 3,597
Posted By jmcd
I have printed a bit with Adox MC 110, and it is...

I have printed a bit with Adox MC 110, and it is a fine paper, negatives print readily, and it can be quite warm or cold depending on the paper developer you use, or depending on the...
Forum: Photo Software 11-12-2010
Replies: 32
Views: 3,933
Posted By jmcd
I have no helpful response to your initial...

I have no helpful response to your initial question, Boris, but your work is so beautiful and has an amazingly good feeling to it—really wonderful.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-12-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 5,063
Posted By jmcd
1. I never put mine on "B" as a battery saver,...

1. I never put mine on "B" as a battery saver, but mine last a bit over a year.

2.A year old batteries, but "in date"? "Use by 2014, e.g.
A battery tester from the hardware store would show how...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-09-2010
Replies: 36
Views: 3,056
Posted By jmcd
The Fomapan 120 springs along its length but...

The Fomapan 120 springs along its length but across its width it is flat.

In 35mm, I find Foma pretty much dead flat. But the 400 speed is probably closer to 200 or 250—pretty, though.

I find HP5+...
Forum: RFF Polls 11-07-2010
Replies: 189
Views: 29,774
Posted By jmcd
The metal cassettes from Freestyle are good. I...

The metal cassettes from Freestyle are good. I have used some up to 8 times without problem, and still going.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-06-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 1,928
Posted By jmcd
What a great pleasure to view your work, Stranded...

What a great pleasure to view your work, Stranded in Paris—beautiful.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-06-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 2,061
Posted By jmcd
"I need a camera with the warranty and ability to...

"I need a camera with the warranty and ability to return if I don't like it."

Tamarkin offers this.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-06-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 2,061
Posted By jmcd
I have been working with Tamarkin recently, and I...

I have been working with Tamarkin recently, and I really like them. You can talk to them on the phone, and they will pick up the actual camera or lens and look it over with regard to your specific...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-06-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 3,194
Posted By jmcd
How about Pete Smith in Florida? A quality job by...

How about Pete Smith in Florida? A quality job by someone who loves Nikons and your camera will run strong for decades more.
I think this is the current phone number: 561-433-8434
Forum: Large Format Film RF 11-05-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 3,995
Posted By jmcd
I have an Agfa Ansco that is solid, has a 4x5...

I have an Agfa Ansco that is solid, has a 4x5 reduction, sets up fast, and operates smoothly. It doesn't fold up as small as some of the modern folders, but it is a great camera—something to...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-04-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,149
Posted By jmcd
As reported above, you can fix about (17-) 20...

As reported above, you can fix about (17-) 20 rolls per liter.

Here is a test, to be sure:
1. Take a clipped leader from the film of your choice, and place a drop of freshly mixed fixer on the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-04-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 2,824
Posted By jmcd
"After going through hundreds of images on flickr...

"After going through hundreds of images on flickr I think that I really like the look produced by leitz lenses. The question is if I am really able to distinguish photos taken by those lenses or is...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-04-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,617
Posted By jmcd
"I have a 1C and I think the short neck may be a...

"I have a 1C and I think the short neck may be a better bulb for the 1C's chamber ?"

I think your 1C should be able to adjust its height to allow for different length bulbs, so you should be able to...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-04-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,617
Posted By jmcd
Notes from Glennview about the Valoy II, bulbs,...

Notes from Glennview about the Valoy II, bulbs, and a solution
http://www.glennview.com/leitz.htm
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-04-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,617
Posted By jmcd
short neck and...

short neck and modern
http://glennview.com/jpgs/leitz/valoy2/big_13.jpg
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