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Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 163
Posted By awilder
Canon 50-T-2 hood for 50/1.4?

Anyone have experience using this hood on the Canon 50/1.4? It was designed for their longer lenses like the 85/1/9 sharing the 50 mm clamp size but I wanted to know if anyone has tried it on the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 410
Posted By awilder
Thanks for sharing, I was only going by top plate...

Thanks for sharing, I was only going by top plate photos with the crank folded. I forgot that it was hidden there since I hadn't touched an M body in 10 yrs since giving up film for digital.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 410
Posted By awilder
I've always found on Leica lenses and bodies the...

I've always found on Leica lenses and bodies the markings to be surprisingly accurate especially 50mm and longer. For example testing a 1937 50/3.5 Elmar on a IIIg body, when focused at 103" from a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-11-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 410
Posted By awilder
Measurement of actual subject distance when...

Measurement of actual subject distance when compared to the focusing scale is always done with reference to the film plane (a few mm forward from the rear of the top plate), never to the front of the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-09-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 504
Posted By awilder
Yes I figured the lens is only worth about $125...

Yes I figured the lens is only worth about $125 as it dates to 1937 and is European scale from f/3.5-18.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-09-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 504
Posted By awilder
Thanks Kostya and Rob, that's a big help.

Thanks Kostya and Rob, that's a big help.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-08-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 504
Posted By awilder
Wasn't expecting a big profit as I know...

Wasn't expecting a big profit as I know realistically they don't command nowhere near the same demand as M bodies. However it was the only Leica SM (excluding Canon and current CV) that had parallax...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-08-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 504
Posted By awilder
Leica IIIg opinions and value in current market

I recently had the opportunity to purchase a IIIg with a 5cm f/3.5 Elmar at auction. The body I'd conservatively rate cosmetics as Ex+/Ex. Preview inspection of the RF/VF was surprisingly good and...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-08-2016
Replies: 372
Views: 61,522
Posted By awilder
I use to own one when shooting with Leica 10 yrs...

I use to own one when shooting with Leica 10 yrs ago and it was a great optic with lovely rendering. It didn't flare under some circumstances like the 50 Summicrons (including V5) wide open despite...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 01-28-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 6,497
Posted By awilder
Canon's remarkably sharp 1st version of the 35/2...

Canon's remarkably sharp 1st version of the 35/2 FD (the one with the concave front element) also contained radioactive thorium glass.
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 01-28-2016
Replies: 98
Views: 24,463
Posted By awilder
Don't overlook the 25-50 f/4, preferably the AiS...

Don't overlook the 25-50 f/4, preferably the AiS version. Meters will all older bodies through AiS and digital bodies too. It's my favorite all purpose zoom, very sharp, low distortion with IQ equal...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-30-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 4,619
Posted By awilder
Just purchased another 25-50/4 AIS at a great...

Just purchased another 25-50/4 AIS at a great price that had a Dandelion "chip" installed by the previous owner. IQ is still tops in digital when tested on my D750 having sold all my film gear a few...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-20-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 1,687
Posted By awilder
Why bother???? The 40/1.7 Canon had just an OK...

Why bother???? The 40/1.7 Canon had just an OK lens, but as a camera it's was a great nice package considering features like QL, versatile focal length/lens speed, good close-up range, manual...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 10-20-2015
Replies: 40
Views: 5,289
Posted By awilder
Reassuring about the M240 reliability, makes...

Reassuring about the M240 reliability, makes perfect sense. I believe Leica M film bodies analogous to Rolex watches, i.e. beautiful all mechanical devices but require regular periodic servicing to...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 10-15-2015
Replies: 40
Views: 5,289
Posted By awilder
Lastly another group with a tight 100% crop to...

Lastly another group with a tight 100% crop to better illustrate IQ differences. All were shot at f/5.6. Image order from left to right is D750 with 45/2.8 Ai-P Nikkor, E-X2 with 32/1.8 Touit and...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 10-15-2015
Replies: 40
Views: 5,289
Posted By awilder
I finally had a chance to take just a few images...

I finally had a chance to take just a few images on the same SD card with a lightly used M240 and 35/2 ASPH comparing it to my Nikon D750 with a 45/2.8 Ai-P and Fuji E-X2 with a Touit 32/1.8. All...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 10-09-2015
Replies: 40
Views: 5,289
Posted By awilder
I appreciate all the great comments and input. It...

I appreciate all the great comments and input. It confirms that most of it is due to the superiority of Leica lenses, something I've always considered a given. You can probably get a similar result...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-09-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 2,297
Posted By awilder
I use to own the Leicaflex SL. It had...

I use to own the Leicaflex SL. It had unquestionably the best center microprism aid I've ever used or ever seen in an SLR. The reason is twofold; the center spot was a generous 4mm (matching the size...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 10-08-2015
Replies: 40
Views: 5,289
Posted By awilder
Thanks Bobby, great to know it wasn't manipulated.

Thanks Bobby, great to know it wasn't manipulated.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-07-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 1,382
Posted By awilder
Lots of features, their most advance P&S, but...

Lots of features, their most advance P&S, but unfortunately the 28-56 Vario-Sonnar lens' IQ noticeably suffers compared to their T2 and T3 despite advanced features like using an aspheric element....
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 10-07-2015
Replies: 40
Views: 5,289
Posted By awilder
Bobby, I really like the color and pop of those...

Bobby, I really like the color and pop of those leaves but were those purple-magenta colors correct in the sharp foreground leaves? I'm assuming the Canon shots were muddier by comparison.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 10-07-2015
Replies: 40
Views: 5,289
Posted By awilder
Thanks Godfrey, I too own the D750, a few classic...

Thanks Godfrey, I too own the D750, a few classic primes like the 45/2.8P, 55/3.5 Micro, 105/2.5, 25-50/4 but lately mainly shoot with AF-S lenses like the 70-200/4, 300/4 and 600/4. I also use the...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 10-07-2015
Replies: 40
Views: 5,289
Posted By awilder
Question on the IQ of Leica M-P (M240)

As a former M film shooter, I've glanced at glowing internet reviews of the latest M digital cameras. It's a given that M primes are tops in optics (especially wide open), build quality in a compact...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 10-04-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 1,627
Posted By awilder
I wouldn't bother, just get another camera. I'm...

I wouldn't bother, just get another camera. I'm sure there are plenty out there. Use the opportunity to see how accurate the meter is with silver oxide batteries since mercury batteries are no longer...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 10-04-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 1,627
Posted By awilder
If the rf mirror is really gone, buy another S2...

If the rf mirror is really gone, buy another S2 on ebay or elsewhere and use your body for parts, I doubt they are terribly expensive. But first, shoot test images at infinity (where rf focus isn't...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 10-04-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 1,627
Posted By awilder
Assuming the area you point area slightly rotates...

Assuming the area you point area slightly rotates around the silver flat headed screw when turning the lens focus ring, it should have a mirror affixed to the flat side. If there is no mirror, it...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-04-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 2,621
Posted By awilder
I use to own one and never had a problem with...

I use to own one and never had a problem with correct focus on my Leica M.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-03-2015
Replies: 37
Views: 3,706
Posted By awilder
At least now it responds to light, although...

At least now it responds to light, although erratic.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-02-2015
Replies: 824
Views: 84,427
Posted By awilder
I no longer shoot with Leica M after moving from...

I no longer shoot with Leica M after moving from film to digital. Looking back, besides initial ridiculously high cost outlay, my biggest gripe was that they needed more frequent routine servicing...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-02-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 10,852
Posted By awilder
I'd keep the modern 'cron. Owned both when I shot...

I'd keep the modern 'cron. Owned both when I shot film. The Summilux whie as sharp or sharper as the 'cron centrally, becomes noticably soft in the mid-field and edge unless stopped down to f/5.6 or...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 10-01-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 1,548
Posted By awilder
Dante is correct if pairing to the Leica M series...

Dante is correct if pairing to the Leica M series due it's long base length. Besides pre-7 series Canons, cameras like the CV Bessa series, Epson R-D1 or the Leica CL have base lengths short enough...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-01-2015
Replies: 37
Views: 3,706
Posted By awilder
If the seller won't take it back and issue a...

If the seller won't take it back and issue a refund, take it apart an attempt repair, it's very easy. Typically, the contact "fingers" or copper plate have oxidation buildup that can be easily...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 10-01-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 1,548
Posted By awilder
I agree that an SLR is preferable especially for...

I agree that an SLR is preferable especially for exact framing and uninterrupted focusing range. But if you mainly use an RF, these seem like a good way to go, and more preferable to Leica DR or the...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-30-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 1,548
Posted By awilder
Any market left for Auto-Ups?

Considering the Auto Up series allow close focus up to 22" or 15" on many popular focal length lenses from Canon, Leica or CV, I'm surprised I've had little interest in these items up recently put up...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 08-18-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 3,455
Posted By awilder
I've had both and IQ is very similar but the X-E2...

I've had both and IQ is very similar but the X-E2 with all firmware updates is a better functioning camera. Not a big fan of the digital split image or peaking as they are harder for me to nail spot...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 07-24-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 4,326
Posted By awilder
Upon inspection, the 40/2.8 Sonnar on the 35S/SE...

Upon inspection, the 40/2.8 Sonnar on the 35S/SE with HFT multi-layer coating applies to only one or two air-glass surfaces at best. The other glass surfaces are single layer coatings. The Contax...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 07-23-2014
Replies: 547
Views: 138,842
Posted By awilder
Rollei 35S

A few my favorites taken with a trusty 35S
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 05-20-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 12,799
Posted By awilder
The 38/2.8 Sonnar on the Contax T and T2 was...

The 38/2.8 Sonnar on the Contax T and T2 was reportedly slightly improved over the 40/2.8 version on the Rollei 35S/SE. Owning and testing both versions, I did find the 40/2.8 soft at the edges and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-19-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 948
Posted By awilder
Nikon is best way to go. All their correction...

Nikon is best way to go. All their correction lenses are labeled indicating the total system power of the viewfinder power (-1 D) with the power of the diopter lens. For example, a +3.0 actually...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 05-19-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 12,799
Posted By awilder
I use to own the Contax T3, T2, TVS III, T2, TVS...

I use to own the Contax T3, T2, TVS III, T2, TVS and Oly XA. In terms of sharpness and overall IQ, I'd rank them in the same order. The T3 had the sharpest glass of any fixed lens P&S or 35 RF I've...
Forum: Fuji X Series 05-02-2014
Replies: 351
Views: 47,618
Posted By awilder
Interestingly, Fujifilm has just released a new...

Interestingly, Fujifilm has just released a new firmware update for the X-E2 that incorporates some of the features of the X-T1 like a much faster refresh rate and more focus peaking options for MF...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-14-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,878
Posted By awilder
In addition to Sony mirrorless bodies, the latest...

In addition to Sony mirrorless bodies, the latest digital M also takes these lenses with a Leica adapter and can be viewed with their accessory EVF. For the Leica purist, It's the first time any R...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 04-14-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 7,881
Posted By awilder
For those that own these X mount lenses, Zeiss...

For those that own these X mount lenses, Zeiss has recently provided firmware upgrades for the 12 and 32 Touits. Available as a download just like Fuji-X lenses.
Forum: Fuji X Series 02-12-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 4,399
Posted By awilder
Makes me wonder if a firmware upgrade for the...

Makes me wonder if a firmware upgrade for the X-E2 is in the works to improve it's focus speed.
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 11-13-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 4,423
Posted By awilder
I must be one of a handful that own the 32/1.8...

I must be one of a handful that own the 32/1.8 Touit in the XF mount. Focus noise was definitely quieter than the 35/1.4 Fujinon. IQ difference is a mixed bag. The Touit was just about as sharp at...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-13-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,088
Posted By awilder
As long as stationary (primary) and moving...

As long as stationary (primary) and moving (secondary) images within the patch are well defined, that's normal. This is typical of all basic compact RF cameras to have the patch borders to be ill...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-16-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 2,554
Posted By awilder
"Wild Tales" was also the name of one of his solo...

"Wild Tales" was also the name of one of his solo albums from the early 1970s. I think his second or third and I recall it was excellent. Worth a download.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-03-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 4,619
Posted By awilder
Had one and eventually sold it. Superb build...

Had one and eventually sold it. Superb build quality back in the day of MF lenses and by todays standards it's built quality and IQ is as good or better than the very best Nikon zooms. As you zoom...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-30-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 1,752
Posted By awilder
The 80/2.8 Planar that was briefly produced for...

The 80/2.8 Planar that was briefly produced for the Rollei 35RF camera was advertised by Rollei to be exactly identical to that used in their TLR, just a simple matter of putting the optical group in...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-27-2013
Replies: 148
Views: 8,889
Posted By awilder
Nikon SP (2005 version with 35/1.8 Nikkor)....

Nikon SP (2005 version with 35/1.8 Nikkor). Pretty to look at but I found the RF patch not nearly as good as any M or even the Hexar RF in poor light. Also 1/15 second was off a full stop and the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-18-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 574
Posted By awilder
No and you need to compare the frame lines...

No and you need to compare the frame lines coverage through the goggles at the minimum focus of 1.5 m and also take account cropping with slide mounts as that is how frame line coverage is calibrated.
Forum: Fuji X Series 09-09-2013
Replies: 46
Views: 5,748
Posted By awilder
I like you just have the X-E1, a few Fuji lenses...

I like you just have the X-E1, a few Fuji lenses and a 32/1.8 Touit. Couldn't see the advantage of both bodies unless you do at least 30% of your shooting with the OVF.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 08-28-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 1,045
Posted By awilder
Defintely a big step up from the CV 21/4. I've...

Defintely a big step up from the CV 21/4. I've owned both. The 21/4.5 is quite likely the sharpest lens in the ZM lineup.
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 08-25-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 7,881
Posted By awilder
Last one of the 32 Touit, full frame @ f/1.8 and...

Last one of the 32 Touit, full frame @ f/1.8 and a 100% crop for detail. ISO 1000.
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 08-25-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 7,881
Posted By awilder
Another one from the museum @ f/2.2, ISO 1600....

Another one from the museum @ f/2.2, ISO 1600. The left is a modest crop, the other same shot but tightly cropped for detail demonstration. They were shot through display case glass which softens...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 08-25-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 7,881
Posted By awilder
A few 32/1.8 Touit shots with my XE-1, IS0...

A few 32/1.8 Touit shots with my XE-1, IS0 1000-1600, f/2.2 (center shot) or f/4.5 (1st and 3rd). The last two at the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, PA. The tight crop in the center...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-21-2013
Replies: 30
Views: 6,848
Posted By awilder
I recall owning the 45/2 Planar G and I tested it...

I recall owning the 45/2 Planar G and I tested it as being far sharper than the 50/2 ZM Planar or any 50 Summicron in terms of resolution. Truely the gem of the G series. Even though the design was...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-21-2013
Replies: 30
Views: 6,848
Posted By awilder
I agree, utterly boring shots with no usable...

I agree, utterly boring shots with no usable information. If the review is going to post images, there should at least be some direct comparisons @ 100% of the APO to non-APO 50 Summicrons to help...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-20-2013
Replies: 30
Views: 6,848
Posted By awilder
I would agree that due to film's inherent lack of...

I would agree that due to film's inherent lack of flatness, the APO benefit will be of small benefit. Also for digital camera, one with the EVF accessory like the M digital or non-Leica digital...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-20-2013
Replies: 133
Views: 22,529
Posted By awilder
That's the way many go. Best to periodically...

That's the way many go. Best to periodically check the battery voltage with a voltmeter or an easier way is to note the needle position within the cutout of the camera's built-in battery check when...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-20-2013
Replies: 133
Views: 22,529
Posted By awilder
The latest 1.35v Wein cells last a year or...

The latest 1.35v Wein cells last a year or slightly less and are better than the earlier Wein cells that last less than 6 months. Trouble is, none of the battery sustitutes are as good as mercury...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-20-2013
Replies: 133
Views: 22,529
Posted By awilder
From a shooters standpoint it's my favorite M....

From a shooters standpoint it's my favorite M. The spot metering is a superb feature and well worth the larger size. The downside is that it took mercury cells and they have long been discontinued so...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-14-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 2,301
Posted By awilder
I would consider a Hexar RF. The shutter is 2...

I would consider a Hexar RF. The shutter is 2 stops faster, far more accurate, less likely to need tune ups and the motor drive or AE will come in very handy. A clean one can be purchased for a few...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-13-2013
Replies: 62
Views: 7,936
Posted By awilder
If anyone is interested, I have a mint Hexnon...

If anyone is interested, I have a mint Hexnon 40/1.8 that I could part with. Just send me a PM if interested.
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 08-08-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 2,076
Posted By awilder
You won't be disappointed but you may want to...

You won't be disappointed but you may want to wait for the next generation of X series IL bodies that should incorporate the split image MF aid from their fantastic X100S. I suspect early next year...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-06-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 2,868
Posted By awilder
I recently came across an article in Camera 35...

I recently came across an article in Camera 35 comparing 50 mm lenses from 1968. The 50 Summicron (v3) was $175 new compared to a Canon 50/1.8 FL for $75. A 58/1.2 Rokkor fetched $335 new. It'a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-05-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1,707
Posted By awilder
My expeience with Sherry is that she's very...

My expeience with Sherry is that she's very blunt, no BS or sugar coating, just the plain truth. I seriously doubt she'll disagree with everyones observations. It would save you both time and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-04-2013
Replies: 66
Views: 6,129
Posted By awilder
As much as I loved Leica Ms, their reliability...

As much as I loved Leica Ms, their reliability compared to any properly serviced Nikon F paled in comparison especially M6's and later. The Nikon F, F2 and F3 could withstand far more abuse and go...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-04-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1,707
Posted By awilder
I hope you at least got a good deal on the...

I hope you at least got a good deal on the original purchase. Fixing the problem shouldn't be that expensive from a reputable Leica service tech like Youxin Ye. I would certainly send the seller a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-04-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1,707
Posted By awilder
Definitely oil, send it back. The odd thing is...

Definitely oil, send it back. The odd thing is that the lens is relatively new, so this much would make me nervous. One other option if you like the lens is to get an estimate on repair ask the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-02-2013
Replies: 20
Views: 3,276
Posted By awilder
Early DR Summicrons that have cleaned of haze...

Early DR Summicrons that have cleaned of haze will typically appear uncoated on the concave surface behind the aperture blades as was mine after Leica Service overhauled my lens. I could be wrong but...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 08-02-2013
Replies: 82
Views: 38,473
Posted By awilder
TVS shot from St. Michaels, MD.

TVS shot from St. Michaels, MD.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-20-2013
Replies: 95
Views: 32,672
Posted By awilder
WRT wintoid's comment about v3's flare control, I...

WRT wintoid's comment about v3's flare control, I should mention the that flare control of v3 leaves something to be desired based on my own experience. It is quite evident with Iam's only color shot...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-20-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 730
Posted By awilder
According to Nikon USA, it doesn't change or...

According to Nikon USA, it doesn't change or improve the on/off auto distortion control for the camera, all it does is fix a glitch for certain camera serial # lots where this feature could not be...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 07-17-2013
Replies: 29
Views: 5,939
Posted By awilder
David's post is correct, the camera is capable of...

David's post is correct, the camera is capable of producing amazingly sharp images, the best of any Contax T series and easily the equal of any high end 35 from Leica or Zeiss. The OP shots don't...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-15-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 2,658
Posted By awilder
Use to own a 21/3.4, great classic lens but as a...

Use to own a 21/3.4, great classic lens but as a slide shooter, the vignetting was a big issue since slightly over-exposing to compensate for corner falloff blows out center details. OTOH, the ZM...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-15-2013
Replies: 95
Views: 32,672
Posted By awilder
Ergonomically I think it's the best of any 50...

Ergonomically I think it's the best of any 50 'cron. Spacing of control rings is absolutely perfect and focusing action is always buttery smooth in every sample I've every tried. I also like the long...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-04-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 2,295
Posted By awilder
Mandler glass is of course top notch and won't...

Mandler glass is of course top notch and won't disappoint even by todays standards. Build quality of the lenses was spectacular surpassing that of Nikon and Canon when they had some great MF in that...
Forum: Other RF 07-04-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 4,337
Posted By awilder
The only practical fix is to get a 50 mm external...

The only practical fix is to get a 50 mm external finder and slip it on the camera's accessory shoe. It would be far better optically better than the original. I'd expect parts would have to come...
Forum: Other RF 07-04-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 4,337
Posted By awilder
So is the VF/RF reasonably clear and accurate and...

So is the VF/RF reasonably clear and accurate and does the are the shutter speeds working alright? Glass in decent shape?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-03-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 2,295
Posted By awilder
If the SL2 is anywhere as nice (probably nicer)...

If the SL2 is anywhere as nice (probably nicer) as the SL, grab it! Many years ago I owned an SL and it was the nicest handling SLR I've ever used. That said, keep in mind it uses a mercury cell and...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 07-03-2013
Replies: 115
Views: 65,790
Posted By awilder
Tried both, the T3 was the better camera in terms...

Tried both, the T3 was the better camera in terms of IQ ( just slightly), flash and size/weight (more so). The Nikon gives better exposure and framing detail in the viewfinder (something always...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-03-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 3,037
Posted By awilder
You need to find out from your optician or eye...

You need to find out from your optician or eye doctor the actual prescription and base it on that. If by chance you are using a Nikon -3D on the Cosina, the actual power of that diopter correction is...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 07-03-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 2,084
Posted By awilder
It appears that LR4 Fuji X default settings for...

It appears that LR4 Fuji X default settings for both sharpness and detail is 25. Changing both to 40 upon import improves resolution very close to that of AccuRaw so it seems to have less to do with...
Forum: Fuji X Series 06-23-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 1,263
Posted By awilder
I'd look for a used 18/2 Fujinon X. They can/t be...

I'd look for a used 18/2 Fujinon X. They can/t be that hard to locate.
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 06-23-2013
Replies: 1
Views: 761
Posted By awilder
Did the same on mine months ago. It's the only...

Did the same on mine months ago. It's the only fix that works short of having Fuji swap out the black switch ring for the chrome one on the silver XE-1.
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 06-16-2013
Replies: 47
Views: 3,662
Posted By awilder
I just finished doing an IQ comparison between LR...

I just finished doing an IQ comparison between LR and AccuRaw using the Fujinon 55-200 as my test lens. What I originally thought was an IQ difference beween LR and AccuRaw limited to the Touit...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 06-16-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 2,164
Posted By awilder
I have the lens in Fuji's X mount. It's very...

I have the lens in Fuji's X mount. It's very quiet and focus speed is at least as fast as the Fujinon 35/1.4. It's very high IQ however is not evident in LR 4 because it's default distortion...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 06-16-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 2,084
Posted By awilder
Click on the thumbnail to make bigger. The size...

Click on the thumbnail to make bigger. The size unfortunately is limited to 600 pixels in the long dimension because of RFF upload limitations. The purpose of the images is simply to compare...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 06-16-2013
Replies: 47
Views: 3,662
Posted By awilder
I love the workflow of LR 4. Does anyone know if...

I love the workflow of LR 4. Does anyone know if LR 5 allows you to disable or adjust the distortion correction for the X mount version of the Touit lenses?
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 06-16-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 2,084
Posted By awilder
I'm going by what others have said on the Fuji X...

I'm going by what others have said on the Fuji X forum and my own tests about the sharpness robbing effect of the LR digital distortion correction but was unaware of the LR's demosaic effect. Posted...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 06-14-2013
Replies: 47
Views: 3,662
Posted By awilder
I have LR 4 and find it's built-in digital...

I have LR 4 and find it's built-in digital distortion correction algorithm for Touit X mount lenses reduces image sharpness by about 15-20%. This might be because there is no lens profile to date...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 06-14-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 2,084
Posted By awilder
Test images from the Touit 32/1.8 Fuji X mount

This isn't just a test of lens sharpness but more importantly how much of a difference the RAW file converter makes in delivered sharpness. Unlike the 35/1.4 Fujinon with true optical correction of...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 04-18-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 2,063
Posted By awilder
The 56/1.2 (yes f1.2) should be a better choice...

The 56/1.2 (yes f1.2) should be a better choice for street and portrait work given it's high speed and likely faster AF motor. The 60/2.4 will of course be a fraction of the weight and I would guess...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 04-13-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 2,063
Posted By awilder
Focus speed is reasonably quick at normal...

Focus speed is reasonably quick at normal distances but at close ranges, you must put the camera in macro mode or it will hunt for focus and drive you nuts. In macro mode close up isn't too bad.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-13-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 6,148
Posted By awilder
Thanks, nice to get an update on it's whereabouts.

Thanks, nice to get an update on it's whereabouts.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-13-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 6,148
Posted By awilder
I owned both and without question the Hexanon is...

I owned both and without question the Hexanon is the better performer if you take into account it's lower corner falloff and less focus shift compared to the Noctilux. Sharpness difference is a wash....
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 04-06-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 4,503
Posted By awilder
JuJu regarding your setup, I would try the...

JuJu regarding your setup, I would try the following when testing the 35/1.4 Fujinon: With the camera aimed at the center subject (pin on bill), toggle the focusing rectangle to an available extreme...
Forum: Sony RX Series 03-31-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 3,553
Posted By awilder
It's the digital version of the Contax T3, at...

It's the digital version of the Contax T3, at least in terms of IQ.
Forum: Fuji X Series 02-16-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 2,846
Posted By awilder
I use the Kipon brand Nikon G adapter and it...

I use the Kipon brand Nikon G adapter and it works well. To improve performance with my MF primes like the 105/2.5, I removed the front Nikon F bayonet, shimmed by adding tape of about 0.10mm thick...
Forum: Fuji X Series 02-16-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 8,200
Posted By awilder
I don't really consider my test "stupid" as it...

I don't really consider my test "stupid" as it was only meant to demo IQ differences of two sensors with similar pixel density for a given area (APS-C/Nikon DX) using the same lens/setup for both. I...
Forum: Fuji X Series 02-10-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 8,200
Posted By awilder
Images added back to posting. Size limitations by...

Images added back to posting. Size limitations by RFF on allowed image size makes it a little hard to see degree of detail but it's there. The take away keep in mind is back when I shot film, my...
Forum: Fuji X Series 02-10-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 8,200
Posted By awilder
Image comparison of Fuji X-E1 and Nikon D800 using the same lens

Out of curiosity, I decided to compare the cropped image sharpness between the D800 and X-E1 on a tripod mounted 70-200/4 AF-S @ 200 mm shot wide open with a USAF resolution chart. The X-E1 was...
Forum: Fuji X Series 02-06-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 3,333
Posted By awilder
I just picked up the X-E1 after selling all my...

I just picked up the X-E1 after selling all my OMD EM-5 and my m4/3 gear. The image quality from Fuji's sensor is the clincher. I will say that in some respects the build quality of the EM-5 body is...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 01-29-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 1,328
Posted By awilder
Panasonic 25/1.4 DG Summilux: wide open and close up

A truely excellent lens for micro 4/3 worthy of the name Summilux with it's sharp rendition, high contrast and creamy bokeh even though it's made by Panasonic based on Leica's design. This example...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-18-2012
Replies: 78
Views: 36,940
Posted By awilder
I have always found that Fujinon lenses to be far...

I have always found that Fujinon lenses to be far better than other Japanese offerings from Canon or Nikon, easily competative with the best German lenses fron Zeiss or Leitz. I also understand they...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-05-2012
Replies: 38
Views: 12,201
Posted By awilder
I strongly suggest the 90/2.8 Konica Hexanon-M....

I strongly suggest the 90/2.8 Konica Hexanon-M. Attractively priced at around $450-650 with near optimal sharpness wide open and moderate contrast (unlike the current Elmarit-M with very high...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 09-29-2012
Replies: 558
Sticky: OMD-EM5 Pics
Views: 205,771
Posted By awilder
EM-5, 40-150/4-5.6 M. Zuiko R and pop art filter...

EM-5, 40-150/4-5.6 M. Zuiko R and pop art filter for the shot on the right. The filter produces amazing colors making the normally muted red ferns in the grass become ultra vibrant.

The young blue...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-24-2012
Replies: 191
Views: 37,103
Posted By awilder
Sensor cleaning should be less problematic...

Sensor cleaning should be less problematic without the added depth of a mirror box assuming a blower bulb will do the trick 99% of the time. The EVF, R adapter and focus peaking are welcome additions...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-23-2012
Replies: 191
Views: 37,103
Posted By awilder
Anybody know if the new M will have a built-in...

Anybody know if the new M will have a built-in dust reduction system? I would think that use of live view would tend to increase the likelihood of dust on the sensor.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-17-2012
Replies: 30
Views: 7,459
Posted By awilder
Don't forget that it was one of the few cameras...

Don't forget that it was one of the few cameras back in the 60's that had 1/2000 sec top speed that was accurate to boot. Other trivea, the coarse micoprism spot was optimised for f/2.8 resulting in...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-21-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 6,497
Posted By awilder
The ZM 21 finder is by FAR the best 21 finder...

The ZM 21 finder is by FAR the best 21 finder ever made and I suspect even better than the Contax G version. The CV finder is OK but has more distortion with less brightness, something you'd...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 07-11-2012
Replies: 42
Views: 12,967
Posted By awilder
Back in the days of film, Leica's were a great...

Back in the days of film, Leica's were a great alternative to SLRs given their stealthy superiority not to mention being the best in fast aperture peformance with their lenses. In the digital world,...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 07-04-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 10,915
Posted By awilder
I like black bodies as a rule but would have...

I like black bodies as a rule but would have prefered the traditional pebble grain covering in the silver version to the style of covering used in the black version.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 06-24-2012
Replies: 0
Views: 817
Posted By awilder
Any news yet on bug correction with the new Lumix GX PZ 14-42 f/3.5-5.6?

While it's ultra compact design, excellent MTF performance and impressive technical specs looked quite impressive, I've read about several complaints of poor optical performance. Some state it's...
Forum: Fuji X Series 06-20-2012
Replies: 139
Views: 24,252
Posted By awilder
One thing that surprised (disappointed) me was...

One thing that surprised (disappointed) me was that the X-Pro-1 didn't have a built-in diopter adjustment like their X100 or almost every other camera on the market. Rather, it required old school...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 06-20-2012
Replies: 72
Views: 9,202
Posted By awilder
Finally some good news! Service Photo in Balto.,...

Finally some good news! Service Photo in Balto., MD has a few EM-5 black body kits in stock. Priced at $1099 with the 14-42 ver. II. Beautiful setup! Contact [email protected] for more info. I...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 06-08-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 8,747
Posted By awilder
One thing no one mentioned was confirming the...

One thing no one mentioned was confirming the M9's RF @ 1 meter is correct as that is calibrated by adjusting the length of the cam roller arm. If spot on for your other M lenses like the Noctilux,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-08-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 6,939
Posted By awilder
Nope, it's Jahre referring to 40 Jahre (year)...

Nope, it's Jahre referring to 40 Jahre (year) anniverary of the M3. The 50/2.8 Elmar-M was also a "J" version and sold exclusively with the camera as a kit as it was not yet part of the standard M...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-07-2012
Replies: 30
Views: 4,104
Posted By awilder
Here's a comparison photo including the F2S, F3T...

Here's a comparison photo including the F2S, F3T FM2T:http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/classics/nikonf3ver2/htmls/index7.htm
The F2AS meter head is about 10-15% smaller than the F2S....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-07-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 6,939
Posted By awilder
Nice camera but was it's price any less than a MP...

Nice camera but was it's price any less than a MP not taking into account the lens? Given that the MP had a few more improvements, I was just wondering given it's limited production.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 06-07-2012
Replies: 72
Views: 9,202
Posted By awilder
1/2 dozen for the entire USA this month???? Makes...

1/2 dozen for the entire USA this month???? Makes no sense.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-07-2012
Replies: 30
Views: 4,104
Posted By awilder
Regading the distracting sensitivity issue of the...

Regading the distracting sensitivity issue of the F2S series, The early F2S would only show correct exposure (both +- diodes lite) if correct exposure was within 1/4 stop (+/- 1/8 stop). The...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-06-2012
Replies: 30
Views: 4,104
Posted By awilder
If that's what you want, ask for the FM2n. Higher...

If that's what you want, ask for the FM2n. Higher flash sync of 1/250 instead of 1/200. Also the shutter was improved on the FM2n. The meter only goes down to EV 1 which is 3 stops less sensitive...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-06-2012
Replies: 30
Views: 4,104
Posted By awilder
Nikon F2AS (1st choice), F2SB (2nd choice) or F2S...

Nikon F2AS (1st choice), F2SB (2nd choice) or F2S (3rd choice). All had the most sensitive meter Nikon ever produced with the same low light metering range (down to -2 EV @ ISO 100) and are easy to...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 06-05-2012
Replies: 20
Views: 8,477
Posted By awilder
The Contax G 35/2 Planar has the same (or quite...

The Contax G 35/2 Planar has the same (or quite similar) 7/5 optical layout as the 35 pre-asph. Summicron (ver. 4) based on their optical diagrams.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 06-05-2012
Replies: 48
Views: 5,343
Posted By awilder
Regarding the 40 Sonnar RF, my understanding was...

Regarding the 40 Sonnar RF, my understanding was that only the optical cell was manufactured by Rollei and the rest of the lens (mechanics, barrel) by Cosina. When I purchased one originally from...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-04-2012
Replies: 93
Views: 15,086
Posted By awilder
Don't forget about Nikon Authorized Photo Service...

Don't forget about Nikon Authorized Photo Service (APS) in Morton Grove, Il. The techs are Japanese, Nikon trained, especially enjoy servicing older SLRs, very fast turnaround, reasonably priced and...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 06-04-2012
Replies: 72
Views: 9,202
Posted By awilder
Maybe the high demand for the E-M5 will help them...

Maybe the high demand for the E-M5 will help them out of their financial woes assuming they don't discourage sales because of the long wait.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-01-2012
Replies: 93
Views: 15,086
Posted By awilder
I recently sold my F2A due to a lack of decent...

I recently sold my F2A due to a lack of decent film processor in my area and moving on to digital. That said, the F2 was my favorite F series. Compared to the F3, the action of the all mechanical...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 05-31-2012
Replies: 72
Views: 9,202
Posted By awilder
I'm refering to USA availabilty.

I'm refering to USA availabilty.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 05-31-2012
Replies: 72
Views: 9,202
Posted By awilder
Checked Amazon, black bodies have been listed as...

Checked Amazon, black bodies have been listed as temporarily out of stock or 1-3 month delivery in some ads. Maybe I'm missing something here.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 05-31-2012
Replies: 72
Views: 9,202
Posted By awilder
OM-D E-M5 availability in the USA???????

Anyone heard anything on tight supply of this camera? I ordered a black body from B&H on May 4 and it's still on back order. They've received no updates from Oly and most internet seller have none...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-11-2012
Replies: 397
Views: 27,388
Posted By awilder
While the price is astronomical, so is the...

While the price is astronomical, so is the performance based on their published MTF graphs! For example wide open, it handily exceeds the 50 ASPH Summilux at it's optimal aperture of f/4 or f/5.6...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-24-2012
Replies: 119
Views: 11,048
Posted By awilder
To me, other than improved AF that really needed...

To me, other than improved AF that really needed upgrading from the D700 for tracking smaller darker subjects like birds in flight against a bright detailed background, the higher MPs mean I can now...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-24-2012
Replies: 119
Views: 11,048
Posted By awilder
Nikon has just wisely added a D800 technical...

Nikon has just wisely added a D800 technical guide PDF to their D800 website on how to get the sharpest images from this incredible camera. It touches on many of the things I used to do when testing...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 02-21-2012
Replies: 24
Views: 4,449
Posted By awilder
Same mechanism. Even the new MP has the same...

Same mechanism. Even the new MP has the same mechanism with the exception of improved RF optics coatings and the the flare fix.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 02-21-2012
Replies: 24
Views: 4,449
Posted By awilder
As an owner of M bodies since the early 80's, I...

As an owner of M bodies since the early 80's, I tended to be a bit obsessive about RF alignment both vertical and horizontal (i.e. focus callibration). M5's and earlier were a cinch to align if ever...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-17-2012
Replies: 122
Views: 15,115
Posted By awilder
My vote goes to the Leicaflex SL. The large...

My vote goes to the Leicaflex SL. The large central coarse microprism focusing aid gives the best confirmation of any SLR I've ever tried and comes the closest to giving the confidence of an M...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-17-2012
Replies: 43
Views: 5,589
Posted By awilder
Of course, for a fraction of the cost of an M7...

Of course, for a fraction of the cost of an M7 you can get a Hexar RF. Great for wide angle through 50 mm lens work and the 1/4000 top speed gives you 2 stops more potential for larger aperatures in...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-16-2012
Replies: 43
Views: 5,589
Posted By awilder
What body are you shooting with now? I've shot...

What body are you shooting with now? I've shot with the M6 and MP. The MP is nice but the M6 is equally capable and in my opinion not really worth the extra 2K.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-28-2012
Replies: 18
Views: 1,972
Posted By awilder
No doubt the image quality is better given the...

No doubt the image quality is better given the chip size but I noticed the ISO tops out at only 1250. Are they being ultra-conservative in noise levels or is the noise higher than Nikon's? Sure, it's...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-28-2012
Replies: 18
Views: 1,972
Posted By awilder
If rumors are true, won't the 36 MP Nikon D800...

If rumors are true, won't the 36 MP Nikon D800 provide similar imaging? Granted, the Leica lenses will be a tad better corrected and constructed but not much better than Nikon's top guns.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-25-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 10,546
Posted By awilder
The build quality, superb optics and features are...

The build quality, superb optics and features are all top rate on par with the Contax T3 or Nikon 28Ti. They pulled out all stops when they built this camera. Only drawback is the slow speed of f/3.5...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-20-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 2,078
Posted By awilder
The K screen is the best for general purposes....

The K screen is the best for general purposes. The diagonal split with the P or L screen is a PIA because it's difficult for the human eye to discern perfect alignment on a diagonal as our eyes...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-20-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 7,584
Posted By awilder
I agree, no F7. They will put all their pro...

I agree, no F7. They will put all their pro camera resourses into digital. The F6 will likely be in production for a just a few more years but on a limited basis depending on demand. Non pro cameras...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-18-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 1,471
Posted By awilder
Don is always busy and in very high demand. An...

Don is always busy and in very high demand. An earlier poster was correct, If you don't specify a time range, he'll get to it when he can. If you can reach him by phone, he could give you a rough...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-18-2012
Replies: 24
Views: 1,834
Posted By awilder
The last Wetzlar 50 Summicron version (1969-78)...

The last Wetzlar 50 Summicron version (1969-78) is the closest according to Erwin Puts. Both are double Gauss designs made around the same time. Each relied on modern computer designs to optimize...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-18-2012
Replies: 200
Views: 31,527
Posted By awilder
While the diagonal split image on the P screen...

While the diagonal split image on the P screen would appear to be ideal in accounting for horizontal and vertical lines when using the central focusing aid, in practice it's one of the worst. That's...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-17-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 4,559
Posted By awilder
I made the mistake once of doing a flare test...

I made the mistake once of doing a flare test comparison between my 50 Summicron and Summilux at around f/2 with the sun within the edge of the frame. It was about 2 hours past sunrise at 8:30 AM on...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-16-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 933
Posted By awilder
So basically you're comparing a 50 mm high speed...

So basically you're comparing a 50 mm high speed Sonnar against a slower 45-50 mm Tessar. I'm not sure what the point is but they both seem sharp and contrasty with the biggest difference being the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-13-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1,018
Posted By awilder
I'm sure it would work but you are likely to mar...

I'm sure it would work but you are likely to mar the finish of the lens barrel with such a set up with normal use over time. Somthing like that is best reserved for smaller lenses with a little...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-03-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 2,247
Posted By awilder
Since you seem to put high priority on speed, I'd...

Since you seem to put high priority on speed, I'd forget the V1 50 Summilux and go for a 50/1.4 Canon LTM lens as performance will be better at a fraction of the cost. Leica being well aware of the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-03-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 5,580
Posted By awilder
I'm refering to the performance of V1 and V2...

I'm refering to the performance of V1 and V2 being well behind V3, V4 and the ASPH. Performance of V3 and V4 are of very high order with V4 only a hair better. The ASPH is on par with V4, only...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-03-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 5,580
Posted By awilder
I wouldn't worry about sharpness differences as...

I wouldn't worry about sharpness differences as the 28/2.8 Viii and beyond are all excellent optics and only in lab testing will differences show up, primarily wide open. Vi and ii were not to good...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-25-2011
Replies: 40
Views: 7,339
Posted By awilder
Flare is probably the 50 Summicron's only...

Flare is probably the 50 Summicron's only weakness, primaily the type generated by contra-jour lighting. Each generation was improved over the previous version. The last two versions (same optical...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-17-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 5,634
Posted By awilder
I'm no Rollei TLR expert (actually more of a...

I'm no Rollei TLR expert (actually more of a Rollei 35 expert), but know as a rule, Rollei's tolerances are very tight and the likelihood of a bad copy is quite remote but not impossible. Optical...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-16-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 4,291
Posted By awilder
The LHSA Hammertone version was always grey,...

The LHSA Hammertone version was always grey, never green. I use to own one. Someone's goofed in the color balance of the image, that's all. Green (olive actually) was available on special military...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-12-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 1,322
Posted By awilder
If you mean the 2nd curtain starts to enter the...

If you mean the 2nd curtain starts to enter the film gate shortly before it closes, that's commonly seen where the shutter could use a little service. However, if all speed are good and it only...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-18-2011
Replies: 25
Views: 2,994
Posted By awilder
Any old style 90 'cron is fine with the EP-2. The...

Any old style 90 'cron is fine with the EP-2. The lens' built-in tripod mount helps for critical focusing in low light when a tripod is needed. Almost all 90 'cron's are too heavy to safely support...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-02-2011
Replies: 41
Views: 3,680
Posted By awilder
I remember when the M8 came out and my dealer...

I remember when the M8 came out and my dealer gave me the same line. For me, the only reason to try one is to make certain my lenses focus correctly before purchasing the camera as sometimes focus...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-02-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,302
Posted By awilder
Later versions of the 90 Tele-Elmarit (the ones...

Later versions of the 90 Tele-Elmarit (the ones with 25 ft as the longest distance before infinity) or the 90/2.8 M-Hexanon are both short focus throw lenses. Optically, the Hexanon is better but the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-01-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 2,409
Posted By awilder
Keep in mind that although the lens formula has...

Keep in mind that although the lens formula has been unchanged, minor improvements were made during the production of this lens. Thus, later versions (concave tab) are more likely to include these...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-18-2011
Replies: 204
Views: 16,865
Posted By awilder
Sadly yes. I'm down to one film body (Nikon F2A)...

Sadly yes. I'm down to one film body (Nikon F2A) but mainly use my Nikon D700 and Olympus E-P2. All three bodies use my Nikkors and the Oly can use my Leica lenses too.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-18-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 2,414
Posted By awilder
The 1st Elmarit isn't bad but the Tele-Elmarit...

The 1st Elmarit isn't bad but the Tele-Elmarit (TE) is sharper with slightly better overall contrast especially from f/4 on, super compact but the TE doesn't do well in harsh adverse lighting as it's...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-07-2011
Replies: 77
Views: 13,691
Posted By awilder
DAG once told me the frame counter in the MP is...

DAG once told me the frame counter in the MP is baicallly the same as the one in an M6 and it's design was oversimplified and cheapened compared to the one used in the M3, M4 & M5(?) so unfortunately...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-27-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 770
Posted By awilder
You can, but it's a fixed output unit so you have...

You can, but it's a fixed output unit so you have to use GN calculations to calculate the correct f number.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-25-2011
Replies: 44
Views: 5,574
Posted By awilder
Without hesitation the Contax 45/2 G series is...

Without hesitation the Contax 45/2 G series is the very best period! Then followed by the 45/2.8 AI-P Nikkor or 45/2.8 for Contax SLRs. I suppose the Hexanon 45/1.8 wins for fixed lens RFs followed...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 09-15-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1,915
Posted By awilder
Sorry to hear about your bad luck. I have a...

Sorry to hear about your bad luck. I have a Gossen Super Pilot. Not as sensitive as the Lunasix but is accurate down to at least -1 EV at ISO 100 compared to my other meters.
Forum: Film vs Digital 09-12-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 3,559
Posted By awilder
I'm not sure I understand the resolution aspect...

I'm not sure I understand the resolution aspect as the pixel count is bit higher on a scanned 24x36 mm negative compared to a 24x36 mm digital 12 MP sensor. Also with my D700, resolving power on USAF...
Forum: Film vs Digital 09-10-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 3,559
Posted By awilder
Image quality comparison of scanned slide or color negative film vs digital

I primarily shoot with my Nikon D700 but also own a Nikon film scanner and a Nikon F2. So I was wondering if a scanned image from 200 or 400 ISO film would equal exceed or fall short compared to my...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-05-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 1,260
Posted By awilder
If you are well over 40 and your distance vision...

If you are well over 40 and your distance vision is a perfect 20/20 or better (with or without glasses), consider a "0" diopter Nikon eyepice correction lens. This neutralizes the finder power to 0...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-01-2011
Replies: 32
Views: 3,322
Posted By awilder
I use to own the 35 Summicron R (later 6 element)...

I use to own the 35 Summicron R (later 6 element) and found it to be a good lens but no better than the 35/1.4 Nikkor at similar openings. The optical design of this lens is quite similar to the 35/2...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-01-2011
Replies: 32
Views: 3,322
Posted By awilder
The best compromise on size and performance is...

The best compromise on size and performance is the 35/1.4 AIS Nikkor of any 35 in a Nikon mount. When I had this and the 35 Summicron ver.4, the Nikkors quality was easily on par from f/2.8 and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-01-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 1,735
Posted By awilder
I use to own a lens like yours that was purchased...

I use to own a lens like yours that was purchased new from Tony Rose. It too had some play in the mount and was returned to Leica in Gerrmany under warranty for service requiring replacement helcoid...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-31-2011
Replies: 32
Views: 3,322
Posted By awilder
A 35/1.4 (MF) or 35/2 (AF or MF) Nikkor will do...

A 35/1.4 (MF) or 35/2 (AF or MF) Nikkor will do quite nicely but only if closed down a stop or two. Nether are stellar performers wide open but stopped down a little, they are superb, especially the...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-24-2011
Replies: 100
Views: 12,484
Posted By awilder
"Without more competition at this price point,...

"Without more competition at this price point, how much incentive does Consina have? I'm not against improved quality control by any means, but the fact that this is a shrinking market when Consina...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-24-2011
Replies: 100
Views: 12,484
Posted By awilder
It sound like QC could be enhanced by greater use...

It sound like QC could be enhanced by greater use of thread lock or a drop of enamel over internal screw heads as Nikon typically did. If they go to the trouble of doing this and checking all screws...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-24-2011
Replies: 100
Views: 12,484
Posted By awilder
I't's not so much a Japanese thing but likely...

I't's not so much a Japanese thing but likely company based. My limited experience with Konica RF gear has been great, they seem even better put together than Leica gear. Except for very fast and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-17-2011
Replies: 18
Views: 2,072
Posted By awilder
Interesting way to use exising Visoflex gear but...

Interesting way to use exising Visoflex gear but it's seems rather fruitless. Your converting a mirrorless system to a mirror system, not to mention the micro 4/3 has a 2x crop factor and the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-13-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,158
Posted By awilder
I've tried a few new M7s from time to time with a...

I've tried a few new M7s from time to time with a similar issue so I guess it's par for the camera. When I owned an MP, it's release action was okay in the beginning but became rough/sticky over...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-11-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 3,528
Posted By awilder
Test shots wide open on a single slat from a long...

Test shots wide open on a single slat from a long picket fence taken at a 45 degree angle 10 ft away should immediately tell you if your lens has significant front or back focus and by how much based...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-11-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 2,321
Posted By awilder
You'd think with Nikon gradually moving from F...

You'd think with Nikon gradually moving from F mount to G mount in their lens arsenal that the F100 would be good film back up. I suppose there are so many out there, the price is suppressed. I used...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-11-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 3,528
Posted By awilder
Talk to the seller about the problem and ask for...

Talk to the seller about the problem and ask for a refund on return. I'm not sure what you paid for it but if you really want to keep it and he'll let you send it to a reputable service person for...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-11-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 2,321
Posted By awilder
Why are used Nikon F100s so cheap compared to the FM3A?

As a happy D700 user, I have a nice F100 I'd love to sell but I see on the used market the sell for around $175-225, less than half of a used FM3A. I've always felt the F100 was their best AF body...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-08-2011
Replies: 107
Views: 13,362
Posted By awilder
Mirror slap differences between the Nikkormat and...

Mirror slap differences between the Nikkormat and FM are best determined through test reports from old Popular Photography issues where they show vibration results throughout the entire shutter speed...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-07-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 761
Posted By awilder
I'm not suprised. I've tried different vintages...

I'm not suprised. I've tried different vintages of the 50 Summicron and Summilux both (new and used) and some focus "pefectly" at infinity while others go past or fall short on a given M body....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-06-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,885
Posted By awilder
Stiff focus is somewhat subjective, but if you...

Stiff focus is somewhat subjective, but if you aren't happy, it should be corrected. Usually, frequent use will loosen it up but that takes too long, have a competant service person look at it. I've...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-06-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,885
Posted By awilder
No idea where you live, but I would check with...

No idea where you live, but I would check with independent Leica service people like Sherry Krauter to see if they can correct this problem at a reasonable cost. Since it's not as complex as a lens...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-20-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 7,052
Posted By awilder
Here's some technical info I copied on the Elpro...

Here's some technical info I copied on the Elpro 3 designed for 90 mm Leica R lenses indicating it focuses close enough to give a 1:3 repro ratio:

"90mm f/2.8 or f/2.0 -R 61 to 30cm 241x161mm to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-19-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 7,052
Posted By awilder
Instead of a macro lens, consider an Elpro...

Instead of a macro lens, consider an Elpro close-up lens for the 90/2.8. These highly corrected achromatic doublets work quite well on the 90 Elmarit and give a decent repro ratio but not 1:1.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-14-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 11,399
Posted By awilder
I use to own this lens and of all the Leica 50's...

I use to own this lens and of all the Leica 50's (1, 1.4, 2 and 2.8) I've ever owned it was among the most pleasing in image rendition. My only criticism is that helcoid focusing mechanism is...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-14-2011
Replies: 59
Views: 21,057
Posted By awilder
You might want to consider the Konica Hexar RF,...

You might want to consider the Konica Hexar RF, as nice ones can be had for around $600. The advantages of a much better shutter, higher flash sync, built-in motor winder, AE metering, better build...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-06-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 6,422
Posted By awilder
The backwards focusing direction (for Nikon) is a...

The backwards focusing direction (for Nikon) is a real bitch to use with a split image focusing aid due to their prism base direction or with the arrows with the electronic rangefinder in an AF body...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-05-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 6,422
Posted By awilder
The 45/2.8 P the only Nikkor I've ever used that...

The 45/2.8 P the only Nikkor I've ever used that renders it's image noticably different (i.e. better) than 50 mm Nikkors. This is likely due to it's Tessar design and rounder aperture blades compared...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-05-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 6,422
Posted By awilder
I would strongly suggest the current 45/2.8 P...

I would strongly suggest the current 45/2.8 P over the old version for two reasons. The IQ of the P has the best rendering of any 45-55 mm NikKor out there. Beautiful bokeh and needle sharp...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 07-03-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 4,323
Posted By awilder
If you like these, you'd enjoy the Ricoh 500 and...

If you like these, you'd enjoy the Ricoh 500 and 519. Same lens design, better chrome finish and neat trigger advance. Great user from the 50's.
Forum: Optics Theory - 07-03-2011
Replies: 18
Views: 5,236
Posted By awilder
Unless you must have an f/2 speed, the Contax T3...

Unless you must have an f/2 speed, the Contax T3 is worth a look. When I owned one, the 35/2.8 Sonnar's IQ is second to none (including Leica) and it focuses down to 0.35 meters, closer than the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-03-2011
Replies: 78
Views: 15,984
Posted By awilder
Great responses. R Cutting's pix nicely...

Great responses. R Cutting's pix nicely demonstrated IQ differences between the M9 and D3 or D700. The ISO advantage of the Nikon over the Leica is partially mitigated by Summicron or Summilux lenses...
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