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Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11 Hours Ago
Replies: 828
Views: 86,215
Posted By aizan
Lise Sarfati started using digital Leicas because...

Lise Sarfati started using digital Leicas because Kodachrome 200 was discontinued.

Peter Turnley uses an M10, too.

A thought crossed my mind the other day: Leica has become gentrified.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 3 Days Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 312
Posted By aizan
Maybe I'll add "Start a Kickstarter to make...

Maybe I'll add "Start a Kickstarter to make replacement prisms for the Nikon F eye level finder" to my New Year's Resolutions.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 4 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 407
Posted By aizan
Pictures, please! It would be really cool if it...

Pictures, please! It would be really cool if it does have an M-mount.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 4 Days Ago
Replies: 754
Views: 39,547
Posted By aizan
Thanks for the explanation, Kevin! I'll try to...

Thanks for the explanation, Kevin! I'll try to think of something 8 characters long. :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Days Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 1,388
Posted By aizan
My M2 had film advance issues, like a gear tooth...

My M2 had film advance issues, like a gear tooth would slip randomly every few frames. The shutter brake also wore out.

For a pretty good list of how Leicas break, check out the repair manual!
Forum: Nikon RF 4 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 5,124
Posted By aizan
Voigtlander Bessa R2S. :D

Voigtlander Bessa R2S. :D
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 4 Days Ago
Replies: 754
Views: 39,547
Posted By aizan
I see, that’s understandable. What about the...

I see, that’s understandable. What about the placement of the customized text and place of origin? Can it read something like:

LIGHT LENS LAB BEIJING 000/500 REPLICA 1:2/35

Or maybe drop...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 5 Days Ago
Replies: 754
Views: 39,547
Posted By aizan
I just wanted to double check, but will the...

I just wanted to double check, but will the placement of the customization text be adjustable? I'd like to be able to insert "SUMMICRON" (9 characters, but "I" doesn't take up too much space, does...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 5 Days Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 850
Posted By aizan
- Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 C Biogon - Voigtlander 35mm...

- Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 C Biogon
- Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar
- Voigtlander 35mm f/2 Ultron
- Leica 35mm f/2.4 Summarit-M
- Konica 35mm f/2 UC-Hexanon with LTM adapter

There are other lenses to...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 1 Week Ago
Replies: 754
Views: 39,547
Posted By aizan
Nice touch!

Nice touch!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 1 Week Ago
Replies: 754
Views: 39,547
Posted By aizan
Whoaaaaa...I'm speechless. :D

Whoaaaaa...I'm speechless. :D
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 789
Posted By aizan
Harman makes a reusable “disposable” camera, and...

Harman makes a reusable “disposable” camera, and Kodak and Fuji make waterproof disposable cameras.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 1 Week Ago
Replies: 44
Views: 1,317
Posted By aizan
The Artisan & Artist ACAM-280 is a simple,...

The Artisan & Artist ACAM-280 is a simple, understated, well-made strap.

I would love a braided horsehair strap if I could find one. That's as fancy a strap as I'd buy.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 1 Week Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 2,979
Posted By aizan
You can use a 35mm with the Leica CL if you...

You can use a 35mm with the Leica CL if you imagine what the angle of view will be. This video has a good illustration and explanation:

https://youtu.be/nBf5en0GKbo?t=806

See also this thread:...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 1 Week Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 1,148
Posted By aizan
Some cameras are financial investments. World’s...

Some cameras are financial investments.

World’s Most Expensive Camera Sells for $2.8 Million at Auction: The 1923 Prototype Leica O-series was one of only 25 ever...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 1 Week Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 2,979
Posted By aizan
If the Leica M is a little big and heavy, the...

If the Leica M is a little big and heavy, the Konica Hexar RF is basically the same.

For something smaller or lighter, stick to the Zeiss Ikon ZM, Voigtlander Bessa, Minolta CLE, and Leica Cl. I'm...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 754
Views: 39,547
Posted By aizan
No news on the hood, right?

No news on the hood, right?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,307
Posted By aizan
I did something like that with a suit. In the...

I did something like that with a suit. In the end, the jacket was a lost cause after multiple alterations by multiple tailors. The trousers are great, though!
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 240
Posted By aizan
Try calling up Nippon Photoclinic!

Try calling up Nippon Photoclinic!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 754
Views: 39,547
Posted By aizan
While it is just one rough comparison, it’s...

While it is just one rough comparison, it’s enough to see that the replica’s supposedly more rounded aperture does lead to rounder OOF highlights in the f/4 photos. As expected, the photos from both...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 754
Views: 39,547
Posted By aizan
Thanks for the test shots, Ed! They answer my...

Thanks for the test shots, Ed! They answer my question perfectly.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 754
Views: 39,547
Posted By aizan
Kevin, the next time you take sample photos, can...

Kevin, the next time you take sample photos, can you do some side-by-side shots at f/2 and at f/4? I’d like to see how the bokeh and OOF highlights smooth out with the rounded aperture blades.

Also,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 954
Posted By aizan
I buy camera both to use and to collect, and I...

I buy camera both to use and to collect, and I approach them differently.

If I’m shopping for a new camera with a specific purpose in mind, I do these things:

1. Find out what gear that...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 671
Posted By aizan
At this point, I'd only buy cameras on Jauce....

At this point, I'd only buy cameras on Jauce. You'll still see some duplicate postings from eBay, but most of the sellers are actual individuals rather than the group of "buy up everything and raise...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 2,202
Posted By aizan
I can’t think of any reviewer who is a truly...

I can’t think of any reviewer who is a truly amazing photographer, but there are plenty who are pretty good or not bad.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 361
Posted By aizan
So as of this evening, I've got a 6x9 Voigtländer...

So as of this evening, I've got a 6x9 Voigtländer Rollfilm with an 11.4cm f/4.5 Anastigmat Skopar in a dial-set Compur on the way. I'll keep an eye out for a Heliar and let you know if it fits or not!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 754
Views: 39,547
Posted By aizan
I like the way this guy thinks. :D The 8-element...

I like the way this guy thinks. :D The 8-element Summicron is one of those lenses whose bokeh gets smoother when you stop down 2 stops.

What city is Light Lens Lab based in? I'd customize the front...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 361
Posted By aizan
I would think the lens/shutter assemblies are the...

I would think the lens/shutter assemblies are the same if they were for the same camera model to keep it simple. I wish I could get my hands on some cameras to confirm, but all I’ve got are internet...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 361
Posted By aizan
are the lenses and shutters on folding cameras interchangeable?

So if you had a folder with an anastigmat in a Derval shutter, could you swap it for a Heliar in a Compur shutter later if you came across one? Assuming they are the same focal length and for the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 44
Views: 1,346
Posted By aizan
Another Pentax P30 fan here. Try poking around...

Another Pentax P30 fan here.

Try poking around this long list of K-mount cameras, too:

https://www.butkus.org/chinon/lenses/ultimate_k-mount.htm
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 1,783
Posted By aizan
What a wonderful, affecting story! Thank you for...

What a wonderful, affecting story! Thank you for sharing, Simon. You're fortunate to have something of Tom's that's always with you.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 102
Views: 2,114
Posted By aizan
Is none an option? $1500 and I might be tempted....

Is none an option? $1500 and I might be tempted. I’d pay $3000 only for the M10.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 260
Posted By aizan
The II and III viewfinders are basically the same...

The II and III viewfinders are basically the same on both GW and GSW. It shouldn’t be hard to focus, so I’d agree that it must have aged.

The GSW has a sharp edged, sort of pill-shaped rangefinder...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 715
Posted By aizan
Lol, awesome! Anything Leica-related gets lots of...

Lol, awesome! Anything Leica-related gets lots of views on YT.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 715
Posted By aizan
You can remove the current finish, fill in the...

You can remove the current finish, fill in the engravings (soldering, bondo, etc.), then repaint the camera either black or silver (Kanto can do silver).
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 737
Posted By aizan
Speaking of Contax, the Voigtlander 25mm in Nikon...

Speaking of Contax, the Voigtlander 25mm in Nikon S mount is $300 new with the viewfinder on the auction site. The R2s goes for $600.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-31-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 737
Posted By aizan
Just an idea: $450 Leica IIIc, in good, recently...

Just an idea:

$450 Leica IIIc, in good, recently CLA'd condition
$350 Voigtlander 25mm f/4 LTM
$100 Voigtlander 25mm viewfinder, plastic

$900
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-31-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 737
Posted By aizan
If 28mm is your main lens: - Bessa R4a - Konica...

If 28mm is your main lens:

- Bessa R4a
- Konica Hexar RF
- Minolta CLE
- 0.58 Leica M

If 24mm is your main lens AND you don't get a 28mm:

- Bessa R4a
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-29-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,873
Posted By aizan
Last time: Pentax 6x7 and Leica MP. Not doing...

Last time: Pentax 6x7 and Leica MP. Not doing that again!

Next time: I’m thinking Fujica GS645 and Konica Big Mini.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 10-29-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 899
Posted By aizan
Yeah, those accessory folding frame finders like...

Yeah, those accessory folding frame finders like the Kodak Retina ones are no good, but the built-in wire frame sports finders with a targeting aid like in a Cocarette are...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 10-29-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 899
Posted By aizan
What Ko.Fe said. Wire frame finders are great for...

What Ko.Fe said. Wire frame finders are great for glasses wearers, and big.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-28-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 1,903
Posted By aizan
Try researching "life cycle assessment" to learn...

Try researching "life cycle assessment" to learn more about the impacts of photographic product production. I found an article on digital vs. film that finds that there are tradeoffs but neither is...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-28-2019
Replies: 246
Views: 8,170
Posted By aizan
Jonas Rask mentions that most X-Pro owners do use...

Jonas Rask mentions that most X-Pro owners do use the EVF a lot more than the...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-28-2019
Replies: 246
Views: 8,170
Posted By aizan
So... fully-articulated LCD = dad at a...

So...

fully-articulated LCD = dad at a wedding

but...

LCD hinged at the bottom = a very cool, real serious photographer?

:rolleyes:
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-27-2019
Replies: 246
Views: 8,170
Posted By aizan
After all the griping is said and done, I think...

After all the griping is said and done, I think I'm still going to get one even though it's not a big step forward like the X-Pro2 was.

Pros
- "C" setting on ISO dial, set with the front dial (no...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-27-2019
Replies: 246
Views: 8,170
Posted By aizan
It’s like choosing a car: some look better in one...

It’s like choosing a car: some look better in one color than another. The particular, muted contours of the X-Pro3 look best in the Dura silver, IMO. Not sure how bad it’ll look with fingerprints and...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-25-2019
Replies: 246
Views: 8,170
Posted By aizan
Jonas Rask says they removed the dual...

Jonas Rask says they removed the dual magnification feature from the reverse-Galilean viewfinder in order to make the EVF...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-25-2019
Replies: 114
Views: 4,450
Posted By aizan
So what is going on in Wetzlar? How is "a renewed...

So what is going on in Wetzlar? How is "a renewed interest in classical products" the result of the "eradication" of "the soul of Leica products"? How is the M-system "sidelined"? What are "the...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-25-2019
Replies: 246
Views: 8,170
Posted By aizan
The thing that bugs me is that Fuji decided to...

The thing that bugs me is that Fuji decided to prioritize a “statement” camera instead of prioritizing maximum usability.

Direction 1: The LCD hinge limits the audience and satisfies the “true...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-25-2019
Replies: 246
Views: 8,170
Posted By aizan
One last gripe: the X-Pro2 had the nicer top...

One last gripe: the X-Pro2 had the nicer top plate...
Forum: Optics Theory - 10-24-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 304
Posted By aizan
Looks like the same thing as an apodization...

Looks like the same thing as an apodization filter like on the Fuji 56/1.2.
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-23-2019
Replies: 246
Views: 8,170
Posted By aizan
Making the rear LCD screen annoying to use is the...

Making the rear LCD screen annoying to use is the whole point. That extra “friction” and “unease of use” is intentional.

On the other hand, they’re trying to have their cake and eat it, too. It...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-23-2019
Replies: 246
Views: 8,170
Posted By aizan
The loss of the dual-mag viewfinder is pretty...

The loss of the dual-mag viewfinder is pretty significant. It would be nice if they explained why they did that. Did surveys show that only a small percent of owners used it?
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-23-2019
Replies: 246
Views: 8,170
Posted By aizan
Some people will applaud, some people will...

Some people will applaud, some people will scratch their heads, some people will throw their hands up in frustration.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-22-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 720
Posted By aizan
18mm ZM (which I have in black but would be sweet...

18mm ZM (which I have in black but would be sweet in silver instead);
- Nah, you don't need another one.

21mm ZM Biogon 2.8;
- You already have a nice 21mm!

75mm Summarit-M;
- I'm not keen on the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-21-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,003
Posted By aizan
You have to go old for a noticeably vintage look....

You have to go old for a noticeably vintage look. Think 50mm f/2 Summitar era lenses.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-13-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 311
Posted By aizan
Both are great choices. If 65mm is wide enough,...

Both are great choices.

If 65mm is wide enough, add a GSW690 to keep it simple. If you need wider, it's a lot cheaper to go with Mamiya. Their 50mm f/6.3 is only $300, but the Fujinon 50mm f/5.6 for...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-13-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 980
Posted By aizan
The 40mm Rokkor has a good reputation for...

The 40mm Rokkor has a good reputation for "clarity," but it comes at the cost of harsh bokeh wide open and close-up. Stopping down helps. If that's not a problem for you, then it's a good choice with...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-07-2019
Replies: 106
Views: 11,143
Posted By aizan
Nobody wears skinny jeans anymore.

Nobody wears skinny jeans anymore.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-07-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,412
Posted By aizan
If I had to buy a scanner today...I would do DSLR...

If I had to buy a scanner today...I would do DSLR scanning instead.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-02-2019
Replies: 754
Views: 39,547
Posted By aizan
Put me down for chrome, multicoated!

Put me down for chrome, multicoated!
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 10-02-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 691
Posted By aizan
I want an explanation for why they are...

I want an explanation for why they are discontinuing Spectra film instead of making a new Spectra camera that doesn’t have film transport problems. My Minolta Instant Pro has had zero problems.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-01-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,393
Posted By aizan
I recommend the Voigtlander 50mm f/2 Heliar...

I recommend the Voigtlander 50mm f/2 Heliar collapsible. It might not be rigid, but the focus throw is shorter than the collapsible Summicron. Only 90° to go from infinity to...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-01-2019
Replies: 754
Views: 39,547
Posted By aizan
If you'd prefer a plain red dot, DAG sells them...

If you'd prefer a plain red dot, DAG sells them for $5.

https://www.dagcamera.com/store/p113/Red_Lens_Dot.html
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-28-2019
Replies: 79
Views: 2,873
Posted By aizan
If we ignore discontinued classic cameras, the...

If we ignore discontinued classic cameras, the best way forward in the new film photography era is to make simple, open source cameras. No proprietary technology! All intellectual property, if there...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-24-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,627
Posted By aizan
Amateurs are not required to have an identifiable...

Amateurs are not required to have an identifiable and marketable style like most artists and professionals do. They have more permission to try out different gear and not settle on any one thing....
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-22-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,174
Posted By aizan
Got rid of almost all of my 35mm fixed-lens...

Got rid of almost all of my 35mm fixed-lens rangefinders (replaced by P&S and scale focus cameras), so now it’s mostly medium format.

- TDC Stereo Colorist II
- Polaroid 360 Land Camera
- Fujifilm...
Forum: Fuji X Series 09-21-2019
Replies: 246
Views: 8,170
Posted By aizan
Only thing I don't like is how the LCD hinges at...

Only thing I don't like is how the LCD hinges at the bottom. I'd prefer it if it was fully-articulated. The hinge can be pretty slim nowadays, like the Canon...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-14-2019
Replies: 754
Views: 39,547
Posted By aizan
Are they going to make hoods, too?

Are they going to make hoods, too?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-07-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 1,844
Posted By aizan
The best buys for 35mm and 28mm lenses with...

The best buys for 35mm and 28mm lenses with classic rendering, IMO:

35mm f/1.4 Nokton Classic S.C.
35mm f/2.8 Canon LTM
28mm f/2.8 Canon LTM
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-07-2019
Replies: 754
Views: 39,547
Posted By aizan
This project is wonderful and praiseworthy. I...

This project is wonderful and praiseworthy.

I think they should even put the city of manufacture on the front name ring where "Wetzlar" would have been.

Personally, I would engrave "China" in upper...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-06-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,236
Posted By aizan
Why? Look for something else to buy! Another...

Why? Look for something else to buy!

Another rangefinder is more of the same. Try something new. Something weird.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-02-2019
Replies: 63
Views: 2,341
Posted By aizan
Unless you're like me, and you own an MP, but you...

Unless you're like me, and you own an MP, but you still want your old Hexar RF back, and a Bessa, and a Nikon, and a Zeiss Ikon, and a....

Trust me, scratching the Leica itch really hard doesn't...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-02-2019
Replies: 63
Views: 2,341
Posted By aizan
You're not going to find anything in LA....

You're not going to find anything in LA. =(

What's your budget? Do you need a Leica? Does it have to be an M3-type body? Personally, I'd get a Zeiss Ikon ZM for about $1300-1500, or a NIB...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-23-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1,726
Posted By aizan
Could not agree more. The M6’s red dot + front...

Could not agree more. The M6’s red dot + front engraving but w/o top plate engraving styling is long in tooth. It’s 34 years old for goodness sake!
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 08-22-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 684
Posted By aizan
If you know anything about HTML, I would look at...

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

Small Victories
https://www.smallvictori.es/
-...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-21-2019
Replies: 161
Views: 7,743
Posted By aizan
Yeah, but you're comparing the discounted budget...

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

If we...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-21-2019
Replies: 161
Views: 7,743
Posted By aizan
Looking up prices in Popular Photography, we find...

Looking up prices in Popular Photography, we find that the difference between Leica and other brands still wasn't that big in the times of the M4-P (1980-1986). In 1982, the price of a Leica M4-P was...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-20-2019
Replies: 161
Views: 7,743
Posted By aizan
This is the sore point of Leica’s reorientation...

This is the sore point of Leica’s reorientation into a Veblen good. The company’s legacy to the history of documentary photography and photojournalism, to photographers and viewers who were...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-19-2019
Replies: 161
Views: 7,743
Posted By aizan
Leicas have always have been expensive, but they...

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

The original price of a Canon F-1 was 78,000 yen body only, which was about $289.50 in 1972 ($1,776.97...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-16-2019
Replies: 161
Views: 7,743
Posted By aizan
They’re taking advantage of income inequality,...

They’re taking advantage of income inequality, not their M users. It used to be the case that they didn’t make a 50mm Summicron ASPH because “it would have been too expensive” (Mike Johnston said...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-13-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 831
Posted By aizan
I have no idea what kind of sandblasting is...

I have no idea what kind of sandblasting is involved! Walnut shells? Glass beads? Baking soda? All I know is that it’s probably necessary to remove black enamel from the chassis’ trim edges. It’s...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-13-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 831
Posted By aizan
I wonder why camera repair shops in the US don’t...

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

I picked up a Badger Millionair for cheap and a Procon Boy LWA trigger type...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-12-2019
Replies: 754
Views: 39,547
Posted By aizan
You know what would really cool? An M-mount...

You know what would really cool? An M-mount version of the Canon 28mm f/2.8 LTM. It's such a sweet handling lens, and an iconic 28mm. :D
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-12-2019
Replies: 590
Views: 67,790
Posted By aizan
End the thread now! :eek: My best score was an...

End the thread now! :eek:

My best score was an almost new Rolleiflex MX-EVS type 2 for $80. The shutter and film advance needed service, so I took it to Harry Fleenor for an another $300.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-09-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 682
Posted By aizan
Major props for taking the plunge. I want one of...

Major props for taking the plunge. I want one of these someday when I have some money burning through my pocket.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-08-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1,019
Posted By aizan
LCDs can be reverse engineered and copied. You'd...

LCDs can be reverse engineered and copied. You'd probably want to start a business, though. :D
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 08-07-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 771
Posted By aizan
Scale focusing by feel is one of the most...

Scale focusing by feel is one of the most powerful but incomprehensibly under-practiced techniques for rangefinders. But for something like the Rollei 35 (and other scale focus cameras like the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-07-2019
Replies: 754
Views: 39,547
Posted By aizan
That's not the original typeface, but the current...

That's not the original typeface, but the current one looks great so I don't mind. It'll match the newer bodies perfectly. :)
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 08-05-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 771
Posted By aizan
What's your budget? There's a nice DeJur...

What's your budget?

There's a nice DeJur rangefinder on eBay for $35. Jump on...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-04-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 1,766
Posted By aizan
I'm a really wishy-washy guy, and trying to cover...

I'm a really wishy-washy guy, and trying to cover all of the bases is a temptation I have to fight constantly. It's caused me nothing but trouble! My recommendation is to pick either color or B&W,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-30-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 805
Posted By aizan
What would you recommend?

What would you recommend?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-30-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 805
Posted By aizan
Do you have a link? It doesn't show up when I...

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

Just to make sure, I'm looking for...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-29-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 805
Posted By aizan
japan hobby tool lens spanner on shashinki

Has anyone bought a Japan Hobby Tools lens spanner from Shashinki? It looks like this is the only place you can get it online, but I’ve never ordered anything from there. Have you? How did it...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 07-29-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,158
Posted By aizan
Lol, I just made a YouTube vid on the Big Mini. I...

Lol, I just made a YouTube vid on the Big Mini. I think the 301 always has a date back, while the 302 may or may not have one (both of my 302s have a date back). My 300 doesn’t have a date back, but...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-28-2019
Replies: 754
Views: 39,547
Posted By aizan
I love how they're sweating the details like the...

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

The typography nerd wants the engraving font to be exactly the same as the original, too. The words can be different,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-28-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 1,304
Posted By aizan
It is time to quit when you don't have good...

It is time to quit when you don't have good reasons to do something.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-25-2019
Replies: 754
Views: 39,547
Posted By aizan
I'm so on board with the idea of making replicas...

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

The...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-25-2019
Replies: 110
Views: 4,166
Posted By aizan
For sure, part of the price increase is people...

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

I'm still worried that repairmen...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-24-2019
Replies: 110
Views: 4,166
Posted By aizan
i bought a konica big mini bm-300 in like new...

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

i took 7 photos with it, and then it bricked on me. now i'm keeping an eye out for a parts...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-23-2019
Replies: 110
Views: 4,166
Posted By aizan
Social media is great advertising, too. People...

Social media is great advertising, too. People see what other photogs are using, and they think "If I got the same gear, I could take photos like that!"
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-23-2019
Replies: 110
Views: 4,166
Posted By aizan
Is a price bubble really a bubble of it doesn’t...

Is a price bubble really a bubble of it doesn’t burst? I’m not so sure prices for film cameras will come down again. I think it will just level off at this new high.
Forum: DIYS Modifications 07-23-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 438
Posted By aizan
I recommend this $13 set made by Vessel. It...

I recommend this $13 set made by Vessel. It covers the basics and is very good...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-20-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,646
Posted By aizan
Do any of these float your boat? Yashica...

Do any of these float your boat?

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

Minolta...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-19-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,172
Posted By aizan
Cool, I've been meaning to check out your...

Cool, I've been meaning to check out your gallery. I can't go this weekend, but maybe next weekend!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-18-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,172
Posted By aizan
Thanks for the good news! I’m going to have it...

Thanks for the good news! I’m going to have it checked out.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-18-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 3,876
Posted By aizan
Looks cool, clever engineering...but really...

Looks cool, clever engineering...but really expensive to avoid a changing bag and only be able to do one roll per session. ONE ROLL?!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-18-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,172
Posted By aizan
Should I get my 50mm Color-Skopar serviced,...

Should I get my 50mm Color-Skopar serviced, because the aperture ring isn't exactly crisp and precise. It's wiggly in a way that doesn't feel broken, like they're all like that.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-17-2019
Replies: 62
Views: 1,841
Posted By aizan
It basically moves the added cost of bleach...

It basically moves the added cost of bleach bypass from the processing to the film. Might give it a try if I ever need the look.
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 07-17-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 993
Posted By aizan
Nice to see that they redesigned the grip and...

Nice to see that they redesigned the grip and improved the buttons. I'll have to see if the grip is tall enough to avoid the hanging pinky finger.
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 07-15-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 3,907
Posted By aizan
Congratulations, the answer is "no"! You've got...

Congratulations, the answer is "no"!

You've got the best outfit already. Maybe get the 33mm f/1.0 once it comes out?
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-13-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,244
Posted By aizan
A major issue with sophisticated cameras is that...

A major issue with sophisticated cameras is that they are usually designed for planned obsolescence. A camera gets discontinued and replaced with an "upgrade" after a few years, service from the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-12-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,244
Posted By aizan
Those are zone focus and only have AE. No manual...

Those are zone focus and only have AE. No manual exposure or “continuous” focusing! What’s the repairability of them?
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-12-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,244
Posted By aizan
In episode 142 of the Sunny 16 podcast, Bellamy...

In episode 142 of the Sunny 16 podcast, Bellamy Hunt explains that he can't make a high end P&S (e.g., Contax T3, Ricoh GR, etc.) because the manufacturing infrastructure and know-how has been lost....
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-08-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 543
Posted By aizan
Keep an eye on jauce.com (Yahoo! Japan auctions...

Keep an eye on jauce.com (Yahoo! Japan auctions proxy service) and Carousell (sg.carousell.com). There might be something on Etsy, too. I've gotten several things on Jauce, and they've all been good...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-03-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 565
Posted By aizan
I got a bad batch of Kodak Portra 400 (3452 013)...

I got a bad batch of Kodak Portra 400 (3452 013) that has purple splotches throughout the roll. The lab tech at Icon said it was a known issue with defective backing paper. I'm hoping that there was...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-25-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 240
Posted By aizan
The funny thing about conservators is that they...

The funny thing about conservators is that they think the artworks in their care are so unique and special that standards aren't useful, even though archivists and librarians have already sorted all...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-24-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 1,383
Posted By aizan
it's still silver chrome on aluminum, right? not...

it's still silver chrome on aluminum, right? not silver paint? or is it anodized?
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-22-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,678
Posted By aizan
This is what I’d do. Sell and buy things until...

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

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

Mamiya RZ67

Nikon One Touch
Fuji Instax
Forum: Film vs Digital 06-07-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,890
Posted By aizan
they’re both great options these days with their...

they’re both great options these days with their own sets of conveniences and challenges. i would lean toward scanning film since people are (perhaps overly) pessimistic about digital preservation.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-03-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,433
Posted By aizan
It should be a hit with the digital...

It should be a hit with the digital nomads/nomadic New Rich. And the look is perfect for matching your Burning Man...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-31-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 4,148
Posted By aizan
Will this topic ever get old? M3 vs. M2, M4 vs....

Will this topic ever get old? M3 vs. M2, M4 vs. M4-2/M4-P, M6 vs. MP. I’ve been reading this junk for almost 20 years, and I still click on it. Nobody has anything new to add.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-31-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 2,574
Posted By aizan
Leica MP and a Canon 28/2.8 LTM works out to a...

Leica MP and a Canon 28/2.8 LTM works out to a 13:1 ratio, and I was thinking about getting a Voigtlander 125/2.5 APO-Lanthar SL for the Canon EOS 600. That would be around a 75:1 ratio.
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-30-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,929
Posted By aizan
Has anyone bought one of the vertical film travel...

Has anyone bought one of the vertical film travel half frame cameras like the Agat 18k, Yashica Rapide, or Taron Chic? How do they handle?
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-30-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 534
Posted By aizan
Goodbye Canikon, hello Canony? Cony? Canonony?

Goodbye Canikon, hello Canony? Cony? Canonony?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-28-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 523
Posted By aizan
so a shutter that is capping, in the original...

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

but in the more...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-27-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 523
Posted By aizan
AFAIK, capping is synonymous with tapering. Is a...

AFAIK, capping is synonymous with tapering. Is a "self-capping" shutter a term from the 19th century?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-27-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 523
Posted By aizan
the shutter is capping, with the second curtain...

the shutter is capping, with the second curtain abruptly hitting a snag rather than changing speed gradually. it's not a problem specific to spotmatics or related to mirror dampening foam. it's just...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-26-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 982
Posted By aizan
I would take the Nokton since this is a great...

I would take the Nokton since this is a great opportunity to really get to know a new lens that seems to be promising. But take the Summicron if you don't want to risk any surprises.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-25-2019
Replies: 82
Views: 3,577
Posted By aizan
The perfect camera for the Cameras and Coffee...

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

I think the sepia brown makes this the only camera with gold parts that looks halfway decent. Replace the snakeskin with standard vulkanit...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 05-23-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,291
Posted By aizan
Sweet! Make sure to hold onto those gallery...

Sweet! Make sure to hold onto those gallery photos, especially since they’re digital. They can be pretty important for researching the exhibition history of an artist.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-22-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,219
Posted By aizan
I'm tempted, but I agree that it's a little bit...

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

Max height is 51 1/4" without extending the center column, 60" fully extended. The center column looks very...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-21-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 3,221
Posted By aizan
By emotional support, I don't mean saying...

By emotional support, I don't mean saying congratulatory things like that. I had a basic idea of its definition, but it looks like doctors define it in different...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-20-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 3,221
Posted By aizan
I only do photography so I wouldn’t know. But...

I only do photography so I wouldn’t know. But librarian Twitter is very emotionally supportive. That’s more like running a business than doing art, and 80% of librarians are women.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-20-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 3,221
Posted By aizan
Yeah, that's true. The article doesn't say...

Yeah, that's true. The article doesn't say anything about photo gear, I'm just thinking about how it might be relevant to this activity. Nobody's really explained why emotional support is absent from...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-20-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 3,221
Posted By aizan
Also, if anyone's weary of homophobia's impact on...

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

The Power of Touch, Especially...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-20-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 3,221
Posted By aizan
Some people have said that they don't have any...

Some people have said that they don't have any problems talking about creative problems that require emotional support. So why don't we see more threads here on RFF, on APUG (ok, Photrio), on...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-19-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 3,221
Posted By aizan
male photographers talk about gear because they can't talk about emotions

This article from Harper's Bazaar was going around social media last week. I got to thinking about how it related to photography, and it adds a lot to our understanding of why we talk about gear so...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-17-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,719
Posted By aizan
You can’t win. You tell the newbies “Why are you...

You can’t win. You tell the newbies “Why are you using filters to make your photos look like (expired/cross-processed/etc.) film when you can just shoot film?” After shooting film becomes cool,...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-15-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,929
Posted By aizan
Olympus Pen cameras with selenium meters meet...

Olympus Pen cameras with selenium meters meet your budget. You just have to make sure the meter works ok.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-15-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 537
Posted By aizan
Look at the Tenba BYOB 7.

Look at the Tenba BYOB 7.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-12-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 567
Posted By aizan
Maybe use double-sided tape to stick single...

Maybe use double-sided tape to stick single frames to the wall of the developing tank? Except it might fall off or cause uneven developing.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-10-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,126
Posted By aizan
The 35mm Summicron ASPH let me down with its...

The 35mm Summicron ASPH let me down with its bokeh behavior in settings with lots of backlit foliage. No regrets selling it on.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-08-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 663
Posted By aizan
Some of my favorite photobooks are set in New...

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

Paul Strand - Time in New England
Richard Renaldi - Fall River Boys
Mitch Epstein - Family Business
Eugene Richards -...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-07-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 5,191
Posted By aizan
So the announcement was...

So the announcement was today.

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

The only difference I can see is the aperture ring going from the "wing" tabs to the newer style like the 35/2...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-06-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 3,023
Posted By aizan
To be sure, his political messages don't have...

To be sure, his political messages don't have anything to do with left vs. right. Rather, his political messages are about Leica vs. everyone else, this is the best _______, you should buy this...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-05-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 3,023
Posted By aizan
while the common disdain for huff could be boiled...

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

basically, huff is the manifestation of post-truth politics...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-05-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 3,023
Posted By aizan
Which came first? The ghost hunting or the...

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41WTAHSPJ4L.jpg...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-04-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 708
Posted By aizan
Nice find! Where from? The two time traveling...

Nice find! Where from?

The two time traveling cameras I've found are a brand new Minolta Instant Pro and one of my Pentax SL's. And a new hood for my Nikkor-S 5cm f/1.4 LTM.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-04-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 3,023
Posted By aizan
He says its sharpness is not comparable to the...

He says its sharpness is not comparable to the 35mm Summicron ASPH, even though Jon Manjiro and others' tests demonstrate that it is, and he shows nothing to back it up. Err...ok.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 05-04-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 635
Posted By aizan
A new 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 "Grafmatic" back for sheet...

A new 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 "Grafmatic" back for sheet film would be nice.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-01-2019
Replies: 77
Views: 2,229
Posted By aizan
I think this question would be a lot easier to...

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

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

The limited editions whose design I like or that introduce new...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-29-2019
Replies: 77
Views: 2,229
Posted By aizan
Only if it looked like...

Only if it looked like this:

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

One day, they'll get it right...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-28-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 992
Posted By aizan
nice! white/cream/brown cameras are underrated,...

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

someday, i'll do an off-white leica...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-27-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,159
Posted By aizan
do you still want to meter with a...

do you still want to meter with a dslr?

materials:
- grey card
- dslr w/telephoto lens

how to “calibrate” your dslr’s meter
1. go outside on a bright, sunny day.
2. orient yourself so the sun is...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-25-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,900
Posted By aizan
Wow! How'd you find this site? I'm going to be...

Wow! How'd you find this site? I'm going to be spending a lot of time looking around.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-22-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,260
Posted By aizan
I started out with an SP, but the meter switch...

I started out with an SP, but the meter switch was sticky, and they supposedly usually crack when you (un)screw it for repair. So I switched to the meterless SL. A black paint SV would be nice to get...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-21-2019
Replies: 96
Views: 4,759
Posted By aizan
If i have one body, I'll take a 28mm. If I have...

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

If I have two bodies, I'll take a 28mm and a 50mm.
Forum: Nikon RF 04-20-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,999
Posted By aizan
You can’t believe everything you’re told. I got...

You can’t believe everything you’re told. I got to play with the reissued SP and S3 at the camera expo way back when it was in Carson, and they felt like tanks.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-18-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 692
Posted By aizan
make a C shape with your left hand, and use your...

make a C shape with your left hand, and use your thumb to pull the focus lever.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-18-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 692
Posted By aizan
seconded! he’s got a nice stage presence. but i...

seconded! he’s got a nice stage presence.

but i always skip the boring part of these youtube camera reviews where they go around taking photos. it’s so 2017.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-17-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,005
Posted By aizan
running out of shelf space took care of my GAS. :D

running out of shelf space took care of my GAS. :D
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 04-17-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,065
Posted By aizan
I poured over Masahisa Fukase's book of cat...

I poured over Masahisa Fukase's book of cat photos, The Strawhat Cat,...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 04-17-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1,591
Posted By aizan
I’m in! I’ve got a dinged up Rollei 35 and a...

I’m in! I’ve got a dinged up Rollei 35 and a Pentax SL that I’ve been wanting to repaint.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-16-2019
Replies: 66
Views: 2,660
Posted By aizan
what percent "discount" would you say kevin...

what percent "discount" would you say kevin cameras averages? i was looking at something on their ebay account a couple months ago, and the same item was in their online shop for a little less, but...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-16-2019
Replies: 66
Views: 2,660
Posted By aizan
it all went to hell several years ago. the only...

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

shueido in taiwan is also good.

one seller i gripe about these days is kevin cameras. they don’t haggle...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-15-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 3,166
Posted By aizan
Kanto repaint project?

Kanto repaint project?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-14-2019
Replies: 182
Views: 7,012
Posted By aizan
Considering the volume that their equipment was...

Considering the volume that their equipment was designed to produce, I would not be surprised in the slightest if Fuji made a lot of film then put it into deep freeze. Make a lot, put it in the...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-08-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 20,632
Posted By aizan
Let's toast to a generous, dedicated, and wise...

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

RIP Mr. Hicks!
Forum: RFF News 04-07-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 6,175
Posted By aizan
No change since my last post. We have a several...

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

1. Volunteers grit their teeth and clean the spreadsheet by hand. It's not the kind of work you'd want to do for...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-03-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 20,632
Posted By aizan
Very sad to hear this! Roger's knowledge, humor,...

Very sad to hear this! Roger's knowledge, humor, and sensibility will be greatly missed in the online film photography community.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-01-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 514
Posted By aizan
SLR: Pentax SL and 50mm f/1.4 Super-Multi-Coated...

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

Rangefinder: Leica MP and Voigtländer 50mm f/2.5 Color Skopar (despite the lousy aperture ring, it has a great, Konica-esque rendering with...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-01-2019
Replies: 9,108
Views: 896,434
Posted By aizan
I just put in an order for: - Leica M10-P,...

I just put in an order for:

- Leica M10-P, silver chrome
- the new 28mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH, silver anodized
- 50mm f/2 APO-Summicron ASPH, LHSA Edition
- 75mm f/1.25 Noctilux ASPH, black
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-31-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 2,473
Posted By aizan
it's great that someone is now repainting cameras...

it's great that someone is now repainting cameras speculatively instead of always doing a custom order (besides gold plated zorkis). i think this is a new development that's a good sign for the film...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,341
Posted By aizan
I love this thread. :D 1. Panoramic camera, 1"...

I love this thread. :D

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

2. Square sensor camera, full frame image circle, tilting LCD screen with a waist-level folding hood,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-28-2019
Replies: 100
Views: 4,082
Posted By aizan
Actually, the law IS on their side if they ask...

Actually, the law IS on their side if they ask you to stop and/or leave the mall, and yet you refuse to stop taking pictures and leave the mall. It's trespassing if you do that since it's private...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-28-2019
Replies: 100
Views: 4,082
Posted By aizan
I wish they were "good enough" 3-4 years...

I wish they were "good enough" 3-4 years ago.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-28-2019
Replies: 100
Views: 4,082
Posted By aizan
That's basically what I said, though a "no...

That's basically what I said, though a "no photography" policy in a privately owned area doesn't make photography in that area illegal. It's just against their rules, but they can't have you arrested...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-28-2019
Replies: 100
Views: 4,082
Posted By aizan
i wonder how policies will change when smartphone...

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

anyhow, it's...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-25-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 472
Posted By aizan
score! it's at least $1000 for the enlarger alone.

score! it's at least $1000 for the enlarger alone.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-23-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 1,638
Posted By aizan
craigslist, ebay, maybe donate it to goodwill or...

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

glenn evans might have some ideas:

http://www.glennview.com/
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-23-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,069
Posted By aizan
kknox, what kind of photos do you shoot? what's...

kknox, what kind of photos do you shoot? what's the visual style of your photos? and what's your shooting style? how many lenses is too many?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-22-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,069
Posted By aizan
Hold each of them in your hand and see which ones...

Hold each of them in your hand and see which ones spark joy.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-20-2019
Replies: 9,108
Views: 896,434
Posted By aizan
Boring stuff: Pentax 67 extension...

Boring stuff:

Pentax 67 extension tubes
Hasselblad B57 Proxar 2m
Leofoto PC-90 smartphone tripod clamp
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-19-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 472
Posted By aizan
Are Voigtländer Bessa viewfinders interchangeable?

Since R3a and R bodies are common enough, could you swap the optics and end up with an “R2a” (which is pretty rare on the market now) and an LTM “R3m” for all of those screwmount 50mm lenses?
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-18-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,346
Posted By aizan
a higher price may not get you higher image...

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

spending more money will get you more social capital. that's why leicas, contaxes,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-18-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,535
Posted By aizan
being able to shoot the way you want to is worth...

being able to shoot the way you want to is worth it. i'd get the m7 and worry about long-term reliability when the time comes (if ever). unless there's some way to improve your metering skills or...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 03-17-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 2,315
Posted By aizan
now that's interesting. what photo forum is it?...

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




again, very interesting! these "white, western" tourists who are more cautious and respectful...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 03-17-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 2,315
Posted By aizan
i wonder if citing sources will become standard...

i wonder if citing sources will become standard practice for controversial topics like this. tony posted a google doc of citations and corrections...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 03-16-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 393
Posted By aizan
https://www.ebay.com/itm/konica-hexar-rf-diopter-2...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/konica-hexar-rf-diopter-2D-/372543534190?hash=item56bd53346e%3Ag%3ACCEAAOSw29Jb9a6l&nma=true&si=bzeqlfD3hb4wrQLspqEfdEBQcDk%253D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p20476...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-15-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,324
Posted By aizan
plastic fantastic is less likely to be repairable...

plastic fantastic is less likely to be repairable (but still probably more repairable than the mechanical diehards think), but it's classic in its own way. vintage 80s and 90s tech has a unique look...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-15-2019
Replies: 1,695
Views: 434,738
Posted By aizan
that's just regular lens behavior. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ if...

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

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

the 75mm f/2.8 doesn't have that problem. on the longer end of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-15-2019
Replies: 1,695
Views: 434,738
Posted By aizan
The 105mm strikes me as meh. Wide open at medium...

The 105mm strikes me as meh. Wide open at medium distances makes pretty harsh bokeh. I’d recommend the 75mm f/2.8.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-15-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,669
Posted By aizan
The 40/2.8 photos I see on Flickr have really...

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

New lenses on old bodies is as fun as old lenses on new bodies. :D I’m looking at the 40mm, the 50/1.8 STM,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-13-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 334
Posted By aizan
Checking eBay, they’re going for $1700-1900. I’d...

Checking eBay, they’re going for $1700-1900. I’d pay $2000 if it was like new.
Forum: RFF News 03-11-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 6,175
Posted By aizan
Sorry the project has been dead for so long. A...

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

If...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-09-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 570
Posted By aizan
I have a Fimo mold of the "L" seal. You can...

I have a Fimo mold of the "L" seal. You can borrow it if you want. :D
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-09-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,669
Posted By aizan
The only niggle I have with my EOS 600 is that...

The only niggle I have with my EOS 600 is that the focusing screen is unusually hard to clean. Had to do 99% isopropyl alcohol in a jar sitting in an ultrasonic bath to get it close to dust...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-05-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,183
Posted By aizan
Anything I'm leaving out? Voigtlander 50/1.5...

Anything I'm leaving out?

Voigtlander 50/1.5 Nokton
Voigtlander 50/1.1 Nokton (the new f/1.2 if you can stretch your budget)
Zeiss 50/1.5 C Sonnar
7artisans 50/1.1
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