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Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 02-01-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 11,197
Posted By the_jim
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7803/46176176024_3d...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7803/46176176024_3d28a20dbe_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2dmqYnW)Jenny in Bed (https://flic.kr/p/2dmqYnW) by Jim Fischer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/), on...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-06-2018
Replies: 135
Views: 72,330
Posted By the_jim
It's not perfect with a close-focus adapter, but...

It's not perfect with a close-focus adapter, but it's not too bad...

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4901/46158949122_c3558428b4_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2djUFqo)Cat (https://flic.kr/p/2djUFqo) by...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-30-2018
Replies: 58
Views: 11,197
Posted By the_jim
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4811/46121959161_91...

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4811/46121959161_9106eb15de_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2dgD6Ar)Harvest at Silvershot Vineyards (https://flic.kr/p/2dgD6Ar) by Jim Fischer...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 08-09-2018
Replies: 58
Views: 11,197
Posted By the_jim
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/853/29748283168_208...

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/853/29748283168_208e0c69d0_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/MjKJaW)Mom (https://flic.kr/p/MjKJaW) by Jim Fischer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/), on...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 08-09-2018
Replies: 135
Views: 72,330
Posted By the_jim
I love this lens. It is, by no means, perfect....

I love this lens. It is, by no means, perfect. But...it has tons of character and utility.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1802/43194268992_a977342877_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/28NVViJ)Jenny...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 08-09-2018
Replies: 367
Views: 39,727
Posted By the_jim
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/854/28916871567_983...

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/854/28916871567_98380ef491_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/L4hwta)Jess (https://flic.kr/p/L4hwta) by Jim Fischer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/), on...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-09-2018
Replies: 58
Views: 11,197
Posted By the_jim
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1738/27832514587_87...

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1738/27832514587_872b1ad51c_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/JpsUVa)Bee (https://flic.kr/p/JpsUVa) by Jim Fischer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/), on Flickr
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-08-2018
Replies: 58
Views: 11,197
Posted By the_jim
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1739/41956417564_f1...

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1739/41956417564_f1dff6bd8c_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/26VxBcJ)Jenny (https://flic.kr/p/26VxBcJ) by Jim Fischer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/), on Flickr
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-25-2018
Replies: 58
Views: 11,197
Posted By the_jim
Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 Nokton Appreciation Thread

Hey all, the new 40mm Nokton is a dream. In m-mount, it's very compact, light and creates lovely images. At 1.2 it is sharp (so long as the image is in focus), but not quite as bitingly sharp as some...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 01-18-2018
Replies: 367
Views: 39,727
Posted By the_jim
Also works well in absolute darkness. This was at...

Also works well in absolute darkness. This was at the Oregon coast as illuminated by a couple of campfires many hundreds of feet...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 01-17-2018
Replies: 367
Views: 39,727
Posted By the_jim
Nope. Just stopped down to f/2.

Nope. Just stopped down to f/2.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 01-17-2018
Replies: 367
Views: 39,727
Posted By the_jim
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4713/39744441171_66...

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4713/39744441171_66d7fd8063_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/23y5DFH)Dim Restaurant (https://flic.kr/p/23y5DFH) by Jim Fischer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/), on...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-09-2018
Replies: 414
Views: 117,959
Posted By the_jim
This lens is great!...

This lens is great!

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4664/25729873928_23a9bf6945_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/FcEk71)Jenny (https://flic.kr/p/FcEk71) by Jim Fischer...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-09-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 7,115
Posted By the_jim
Mine has some fungus damage, but works well in...

Mine has some fungus damage, but works well in low contrast scenes. Very strange curvature of field on even the A7s where the corners bend in toward the plane of focus. All-in-all, very small,...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-09-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 7,115
Posted By the_jim
I love these! A lot!

I love these! A lot!
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-09-2018
Replies: 135
Views: 72,330
Posted By the_jim
I LOVE THIS LENS!...

I LOVE THIS LENS!

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4754/25729601528_e731a2e2ef_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/FcCW8s)Jenny (https://flic.kr/p/FcCW8s) by Jim Fischer...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-30-2017
Replies: 367
Views: 39,727
Posted By the_jim
I hear you. The cat eye OOF highlights are...

I hear you. The cat eye OOF highlights are definitely part of this lenses look (thankfully for me, I like them...bokeh is an awfully subjective thing). The only 35mm lens that I've used that renders...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-30-2017
Replies: 135
Views: 72,330
Posted By the_jim
I absolutely love this lens. Like most...

I absolutely love this lens. Like most Voigtlander lenses, I think it balances it's imperfections very well. It has beautiful character and provides the photographer with the ability to make images...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-30-2017
Replies: 135
Views: 72,330
Posted By the_jim
These are incredible! Great work!

These are incredible! Great work!
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-30-2017
Replies: 367
Views: 39,727
Posted By the_jim
More at less than minimum focus via Voigtlander...

More at less than minimum focus via Voigtlander close-focus adapter:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4640/24528659337_d4ad28a4b7_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/DnvMRB)Jenny (https://flic.kr/p/DnvMRB) by...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-22-2017
Replies: 367
Views: 39,727
Posted By the_jim
Michael, your work is incredible. Truly...

Michael, your work is incredible. Truly inspiring. The dog shot really speaks to me.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-22-2017
Replies: 367
Views: 39,727
Posted By the_jim
Here are some other...

Here are some other snaps:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4646/38346394805_bb32de6c60_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/21qxid2)Guitar on Powerline (https://flic.kr/p/21qxid2) by Jim Fischer...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 08-16-2017
Replies: 367
Views: 39,727
Posted By the_jim
The lens also work well with winery...

The lens also work well with winery kitties:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4362/36572540446_91eaf28eee_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/XHMQ7b)kittyas (https://flic.kr/p/XHMQ7b) by Jim Fischer...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 07-24-2017
Replies: 367
Views: 39,727
Posted By the_jim
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4327/35337624063_a3...

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4327/35337624063_a3b53a0630_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/VQEyup)Children at Cycle Oregon (https://flic.kr/p/VQEyup) by Jim Fischer...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 05-14-2017
Replies: 367
Views: 39,727
Posted By the_jim
Plays nice with color,...

Plays nice with color, too.
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4161/33813946564_65e5ceec8b_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Tw2jfG)
050as (https://flic.kr/p/Tw2jfG) by Jim Fischer...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 05-14-2017
Replies: 367
Views: 39,727
Posted By the_jim
Works well with black and...

Works well with black and white

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4156/34616266206_26633d0a70_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/UJVpVY)
098 (https://flic.kr/p/UJVpVY) by Jim Fischer...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 05-14-2017
Replies: 367
Views: 39,727
Posted By the_jim
Not the best shot, but again, the highlights are...

Not the best shot, but again, the highlights are lovely.

[/URL]https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4179/33814106054_61dfcdceec_h.jpg...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 05-14-2017
Replies: 367
Views: 39,727
Posted By the_jim
Truly, the rendering of this lens is so...

Truly, the rendering of this lens is so wonderful. The way it draws highlights with a subtle glow...

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4171/33814391704_a718c91d60_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Tw4Azw)
273as...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 05-13-2017
Replies: 367
Views: 39,727
Posted By the_jim
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4174/34636099455_44e...

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4174/34636099455_44e2d2a5d9_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/ULF4Ex)
Jenny (https://flic.kr/p/ULF4Ex) by Jim Fischer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/), on Flickr
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 04-02-2017
Replies: 367
Views: 39,727
Posted By the_jim
I found a used but mint, in-box copy here in...

I found a used but mint, in-box copy here in Portland for a song. Couldn't pass it up. 35mm is my favorite focal length. I have the Biogon 35/2 and have never really liked it. I had been using the...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-27-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 4,147
Posted By the_jim
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7456/9130216087_811...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7456/9130216087_811043da6f_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/eUNK9K)Grave of D.D. Orgutt (https://flic.kr/p/eUNK9K) by Jim Fischer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/),...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-27-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 4,147
Posted By the_jim
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7385/9130829701_5eb...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7385/9130829701_5eb870f739_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/eURTyi)Barn Ceiling (https://flic.kr/p/eURTyi) by Jim Fischer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/), on Flickr
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-27-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 4,147
Posted By the_jim
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3821/12061427575_aa...

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3821/12061427575_aa33586939_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/jnPYcR)Odd Fellows Cemetery Gates (https://flic.kr/p/jnPYcR) by Jim Fischer...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-27-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 4,147
Posted By the_jim
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5487/12063561805_52...

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5487/12063561805_523b0785f4_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/jo1UCV)Shed (https://flic.kr/p/jo1UCV) by Jim Fischer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/), on Flickr
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-27-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 4,147
Posted By the_jim
I use the first version of this lens on a couple...

I use the first version of this lens on a couple of mirorless bodies and a Zeiss Ikon. I can't remember how cheap it was when it first came out, but with the finder, I want to say it was like...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-27-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 4,147
Posted By the_jim
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5535/12353928365_6a...

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5535/12353928365_6a508836a1_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/jPF7uV)Jenny (https://flic.kr/p/jPF7uV) by Jim Fischer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/), on Flickr
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-27-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 4,147
Posted By the_jim
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3705/13440165214_8e...

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3705/13440165214_8eac2af401_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/mtEmSs)Abandoned Church (https://flic.kr/p/mtEmSs) by Jim Fischer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/), on...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-27-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 4,147
Posted By the_jim
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7279/13680649043_c8...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7279/13680649043_c8ff97e52a_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/mQUUkn)Jenny with Batman Mask Exploring Tide Pools. (https://flic.kr/p/mQUUkn) by Jim Fischer...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-27-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 4,147
Posted By the_jim
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3925/14355138584_ea...

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3925/14355138584_ea11918d83_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nSvQzo)Derelict Hydroelectric Generator (https://flic.kr/p/nSvQzo) by Jim Fischer...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-27-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 4,147
Posted By the_jim
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7464/15775708331_39...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7464/15775708331_39d1c3aa1b_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/q33Cte)Dad (https://flic.kr/p/q33Cte) by Jim Fischer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/), on Flickr
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-27-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 4,147
Posted By the_jim
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8759/17217387131_a5...

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8759/17217387131_a5b964aed9_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/serBmg)Jenny in Yachats (https://flic.kr/p/serBmg) by Jim Fischer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/), on...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-06-2013
Replies: 839
Views: 326,094
Posted By the_jim
On a Nex-5n. I've become wary of using this lens...

On a Nex-5n. I've become wary of using this lens with film because I can't accurately focus with a rangefinder, wide-open. The Nex makes everything sooo much easier. The lens is still pretty soft at...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 09-07-2012
Replies: 52
Views: 10,732
Posted By the_jim
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8445/7952092134_c96e...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8445/7952092134_c96e7c0397_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/7952092134/) img203 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/7952092134/) by jamesfischer...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 09-06-2012
Replies: 52
Views: 10,732
Posted By the_jim
http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6137/5991664946_181f...

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6137/5991664946_181f46b41a_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/5991664946/) jenny (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/5991664946/) by jamesfischer...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 09-06-2012
Replies: 52
Views: 10,732
Posted By the_jim
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5251/5416251609_155c...

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5251/5416251609_155c96bb15_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/5416251609/) josh (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/5416251609/) by jamesfischer...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 09-06-2012
Replies: 52
Views: 10,732
Posted By the_jim
I think it's important to consider what's...

I think it's important to consider what's in-stock and if you're willing to wait. I waited a few months to get the SC, but could've had the MC right away. I imagined that it would do all the things...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-06-2012
Replies: 2,578
Views: 492,577
Posted By the_jim
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7259/7578719158_7fd9...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7259/7578719158_7fd9f80e5a_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/7578719158/)
Jenny (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/7578719158/) by jamesfischer...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 09-09-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 9,119
Posted By the_jim
Skopar 35 f/2.5 vs. C-Biogon 35 f/2.8: anyone ever compared?

As a result of the recent four lenses at f/2.8 poll, I was reminded of a nagging question: has anyone ever compared the Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm f/2.5 to the Zeiss C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8?

I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-04-2011
Replies: 20
Views: 3,248
Posted By the_jim
Ellen, it's a platform/boat launch along the east...

Ellen, it's a platform/boat launch along the east side esplanade of the willamette river. it's a great place to take photos.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-04-2011
Replies: 20
Views: 3,248
Posted By the_jim
Digital ICE can make life easier, but I usually...

Digital ICE can make life easier, but I usually scan with it off. I'd rather 'clean' my scans myself rather than leaving it to a machine.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-04-2011
Replies: 20
Views: 3,248
Posted By the_jim
Thanks! I think so too!!!

Thanks! I think so too!!!
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-04-2011
Replies: 20
Views: 3,248
Posted By the_jim
I see your point and totally agree. But, slight...

I see your point and totally agree. But, slight curves adjustment aside (and it was very slight), I think the ektar just 'pops' more. The ilford definitely has more grain and texture, but the skin...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-04-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 900
Posted By the_jim
well...you were tilted 2.5 degrees, or so, to the...

well...you were tilted 2.5 degrees, or so, to the left which probably doesn't feel like a lot, but makes a pretty big impact on the image. I find that I often tilt to the left too when shooting with...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-04-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 900
Posted By the_jim
here is a quick photoshop tweek. rotated it quite...

here is a quick photoshop tweek. rotated it quite a bit clockwise, adjusted for the keystoning and minor pincushion distortion. it's not perfect...but it gives you an idea.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-04-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 900
Posted By the_jim
yeah...this looks like a little keystoning...

yeah...this looks like a little keystoning (camera is tilted back) + lots of camera is tilted to the left + some minor pincushion distortion.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-04-2011
Replies: 20
Views: 3,248
Posted By the_jim
Totally!!! I was never too blown away by ektar,...

Totally!!! I was never too blown away by ektar, or rather I never gave it a proper chance...now I see the error in my ways.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-04-2011
Replies: 20
Views: 3,248
Posted By the_jim
Kodak Ektar = WOW in B/W!

I recently had the fun task of shooting my niece's senior photos. Having no real experience with taking pictures of people that aren't my girlfriend/close friends and she having no experience with...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-02-2011
Replies: 60
Views: 14,318
Posted By the_jim
Rolleiflex T. It's weird, relatively inexpensive...

Rolleiflex T. It's weird, relatively inexpensive and not particularly brickish. Ross Yerkes serviced it. I went to his house and that was an experience unto itself. Really, he does great work...his...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-18-2011
Replies: 50
Views: 18,983
Posted By the_jim
Brian did a great job with my J-3. I bought a...

Brian did a great job with my J-3. I bought a mint '85 from fedka but wasn't convinced it was reaching it's fullest potential. I have been very pleased with the results after his service. It is one...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-10-2011
Replies: 153
Views: 65,729
Posted By the_jim
Thanks, Juan! I appreciate the comments!

Thanks, Juan! I appreciate the comments!
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-09-2011
Replies: 153
Views: 65,729
Posted By the_jim
J-3 all the way. My '83 and I bonded after being...

J-3 all the way. My '83 and I bonded after being Sweeneyfied. I took it a step further, when finally feeling confident enough and adjusted it to my particular camera. I also made a minor improvement...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-08-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 897
Posted By the_jim
I think this goes to show that the J-3 can be...

I think this goes to show that the J-3 can be absolutely phenomenal. Unfortunately, the word is out on that and now the prices have risen considerably from when I bought mine three years ago.

It's...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-08-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 897
Posted By the_jim
100% crop of the triplets. Left is the Elmar,...

100% crop of the triplets. Left is the Elmar, Right is the Nikkor. Looks like I might have missed the focus a hair on the Nikon. Still, as expected it's much more...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-08-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 897
Posted By the_jim
Here's a 100% crop of the faster lenses. On the...

Here's a 100% crop of the faster lenses. On the left is is the Jupiter-3, right is the Nikon. Of all the lenses I tested here, the J-3 draws the sharpest and was the cheapest, by...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-08-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 897
Posted By the_jim
Here are some 100% crops of the 35mm lenses. Left...

Here are some 100% crops of the 35mm lenses. Left to right is: 1.2 Nokton, 1.4 Nokton, 1.4 Nikkor. It's interesting to see how much veiling flare the Nikon has. Granted it's the oldest design of the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-08-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 897
Posted By the_jim
Two triplet-type lenses. Early 50's Red-Scale...

Two triplet-type lenses.

Early 50's Red-Scale Elmar 50mm f/[email protected]
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6077/6023366228_ffa587e248_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/6023366228/)...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-08-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 897
Posted By the_jim
Two faster 50's Jupiter-3...

Two faster 50's

Jupiter-3 @f/1.5
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Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-08-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 897
Posted By the_jim
Just For Fun: M-mount vs. F-mount

Had a few extra frames remaining on a roll of Pan F+, so I thought I'd set-up an informal test of a few m-mount lenses vs. some f-mount lenses. This was all highly unscientific. Cameras used were a...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 08-08-2011
Replies: 839
Views: 326,094
Posted By the_jim
These were taken at wedding last saturday. I...

These were taken at wedding last saturday. I figured, since it's summer, the event would be outdoors so I loaded my camera up with Pan F+ (ISO 50) and slapped on the big Nokton - hoping to isolate my...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-04-2011
Replies: 34
Views: 2,836
Posted By the_jim
Thanks! Both the Nokton and the Biogon have great...

Thanks! Both the Nokton and the Biogon have great OOF rendering when stopped down a little. That shot was at f/2.8. Yeah, I have the SC version (waited an extra 3 months to receive it) because I like...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-03-2011
Replies: 34
Views: 2,836
Posted By the_jim
This is absolutely spot-on. Plus, distortion with...

This is absolutely spot-on. Plus, distortion with the nokton is suuuper easy to correct in Photoshop.

I may be wrong, but it actually surprised me that this lens had so much distortion. One of the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-03-2011
Replies: 34
Views: 2,836
Posted By the_jim
PF? I must be out of touch with the lingo,...

PF?

I must be out of touch with the lingo, 'cause I was worried you were referencing the first two initials in the name of an absurdly mediocre chain chinese restaurant. Purple Fringing I take...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-03-2011
Replies: 34
Views: 2,836
Posted By the_jim
Agreed. The test was just for funsies and hardly...

Agreed. The test was just for funsies and hardly scientific. I like both lenses for different reasons, but end up using the lil' nokton more just because of it's handling and it's unique (read:...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-03-2011
Replies: 34
Views: 2,836
Posted By the_jim
I find this interesting. I take it that you are...

I find this interesting. I take it that you are shooting on film, right? As the link that I posted shows, my Nokton shows no focus shift...or at least non that I've ever seen...at any stop...ever. I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-03-2011
Replies: 34
Views: 2,836
Posted By the_jim
Far better is subjective. Check out this very...

Far better is subjective. Check out this very informal test that I did:

http://rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=102753

Half way down the page I compare them at f/2 and then on the next...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-03-2011
Replies: 517
Views: 82,202
Posted By the_jim
Jupiter-3, wide...

Jupiter-3, wide open

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4014/4540646854_100da25a30_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/4540646854/)
Ciana (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/4540646854/)...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-03-2011
Replies: 466
Views: 80,110
Posted By the_jim
35mm Nokton @1.2 on original velvia (iso50) @ 1/2...

35mm Nokton @1.2 on original velvia (iso50) @ 1/2 second

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2203/3577428432_42b0ee0f7a_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/3577428432/)
Man at Rainbow Cafe...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 08-01-2011
Replies: 43
Views: 13,031
Posted By the_jim
Here's one I took last week. This was at the...

Here's one I took last week. This was at the minimum focus distance, wide-open. I find it to be sharper than the f/1.2 Nokton that I have, but I find the rendering of this to be a bit...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-27-2011
Replies: 43
Views: 13,031
Posted By the_jim
not the sharpest as these were pretty slow...

not the sharpest as these were pretty slow shutter speeds. what a great lens, though...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5293/5416753806_aea65fc842.jpg...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-26-2011
Replies: 303
Views: 127,167
Posted By the_jim
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5062/5580920739_940...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5062/5580920739_940145bea2.jpg...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-26-2011
Replies: 303
Views: 127,167
Posted By the_jim
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5251/5416251609_155...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5251/5416251609_155c96bb15.jpg...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-26-2011
Replies: 303
Views: 127,167
Posted By the_jim
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5221/5637806041_314...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5221/5637806041_31445f6123.jpg...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-06-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 6,999
Posted By the_jim
Ha! Good point. I was concerned about such...

Ha! Good point. I was concerned about such reports when I bought the 1.4. Here are three 100% crops at 1.4, 2 and 2.8. I don't notice any shift, but I DO see increased resolving power and better...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-06-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 6,999
Posted By the_jim
As much as I love the smoothness of the 1.2 and...

As much as I love the smoothness of the 1.2 and the pop of the Biogon, I'm left to wonder if I can really rationalize having three 35's. The compactness of the 1.4 makes it a real treat to use....
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-06-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 6,999
Posted By the_jim
Juan, I scanned both b/w negatives in color then...

Juan,

I scanned both b/w negatives in color then desaturated and used auto-levels in PS. The largest variable here is how the scanner software tries to auto-correct and set white levels and how,...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-06-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 6,999
Posted By the_jim
it's interesting that you find it smoother. to...

it's interesting that you find it smoother. to my eye, the nokton gets the prize in that category. the biogon has more 'pop' probably due to being higher resolution, higher contrast lens. I find...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-06-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 6,999
Posted By the_jim
I prefer the drawing of the lil Nokton, but like...

I prefer the drawing of the lil Nokton, but like the 'sharpness' and tones of the Biogon.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-06-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 6,999
Posted By the_jim
Now, to make it even more confusing...I also shot...

Now, to make it even more confusing...I also shot the ZM 35mm Biogon f/2 versus the two Noktons. Here is the resulting images @f/2 with the Biogon and the small Nokton:

the 1.4 Nokton @...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-06-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 6,999
Posted By the_jim
Juan, I don't know. This isn't a super...

Juan, I don't know.

This isn't a super scientific comparison. The work flow was the same for both images. I guess any differences in temperature might be relative to the lenses.

I'm just upset that...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-06-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 6,999
Posted By the_jim
look at the tree branches in the top left and...

look at the tree branches in the top left and right corners. 'the beast' is definitely softer and smoother. also the specular highlights in the top left corner: the smaller nokton forms them as...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-06-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 6,999
Posted By the_jim
I find it a little disheartening that my 1.2...

I find it a little disheartening that my 1.2 Nokton appears to be lower resolution than my 1.4. Overall, I like the rendering of the bigger lens more. The background really melts away.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-06-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 6,999
Posted By the_jim
informal test: 35mm nokton vs 35mm nokton

I had a few frames remaining on a roll, so I got out my tripod and cable release. Here is a comparison between the 35mm f/1.4 Nokton at 1.4 and the 35mm f/1.2 Nokton at 1.4. The film used was Neopan...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-21-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 3,329
Posted By the_jim
It's neopan 400 - my favorite black and white...

It's neopan 400 - my favorite black and white film.

My particular J-3 was initially adjusted by Brian Sweeney and I was very pleased with the results. But, out of boredom/curiousity, I took the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-21-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 3,329
Posted By the_jim
Jupiter-3! I remember why I love you.

I've had this J-3 for a couple years now, but haven't used it in a while. Just ran a roll through my Zeiss Ikon and wow - I remember why I loved it. Not the best pics, but I think they show what...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 10-08-2009
Replies: 839
Views: 326,094
Posted By the_jim
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2203/3577428432_42b...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2203/3577428432_42b0ee0f7a.jpg
f/1.2 with Velvia 50.


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2469/3952077904_35eff38992.jpg
f/1.4 with Kodak Ektar 100.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-18-2009
Replies: 72
Views: 6,357
Posted By the_jim
at...

at f/2
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2040/2376389952_8383046a38_b.jpg

at f/1.5
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1087/1345018364_44864fe57d_b.jpg
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-14-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 821
Posted By the_jim
Are you talking about the rarer, m-mount 50 Elmar...

Are you talking about the rarer, m-mount 50 Elmar f/3.5, or the infinitely more ubiquitous LTM Elmar?

If you are talking about the LTM Elmar, I would say Ebay or Kevin Camera's would be your best...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-10-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 2,866
Posted By the_jim
$90!!! I imagined that there must be a an army...

$90!!!

I imagined that there must be a an army of Chinese business men driving around in Maseratis and Bentleys, collecting vintage Leicas, driving up the used prices.

Guess not.

Lucky for you.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-10-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 2,866
Posted By the_jim
Ok...time for the reveal. (drum roll please) The...

Ok...time for the reveal. (drum roll please)

The top photo is the Elmar. @Erik Van Straten: the serial number dates it as a '53.

To me, it is clear that the Elmar is better corrected than the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-09-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 2,866
Posted By the_jim
Cool, thanks for the guess. Does one of these...

Cool, thanks for the guess.

Does one of these images look like it came from a lens that costs seven times as much as the other?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-09-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 2,866
Posted By the_jim
Anyone else?

Anyone else?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-09-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 2,866
Posted By the_jim
Might be. Why do you think so? The Elmar was...

Might be. Why do you think so?

The Elmar was almost $350 with shipping. The FED lens was a little over $50.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-09-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 2,866
Posted By the_jim
Perhaps. Or possibly not.

Perhaps. Or possibly not.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-09-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 2,866
Posted By the_jim
Red-Scale Elmar 5cm vs FED 50. Which is which?

So a few months back, I was looking for a Tessar type lens to use on my Zeiss Ikon, so I jumped on fedka.com and picked up a 50's era FED 50/3.5.

The front element looked like the surface of an...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 09-11-2008
Replies: 48
Views: 4,865
Posted By the_jim
I bought this lens back when Dubya sent us,...

I bought this lens back when Dubya sent us, hardworking folks, our economic stimulus package. The money didn't quite cover the whole cost, but it got me close enough.

I like many people had...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-10-2008
Replies: 3,585
Views: 907,268
Posted By the_jim
A lot of nice pictures here. I love getting...

A lot of nice pictures here. I love getting inspired by other people's work. My contributions:

Rolleiflex T with tri-x:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3200/2799339300_4db509cb8e.jpg

and with...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-06-2008
Replies: 30
Views: 2,435
Posted By the_jim
Developing at home is the way to go and can...

Developing at home is the way to go and can actually be pretty fun. I live in a tiny studio apt and it would be impossible to make any room light-tight. I love to come home after work, drink a beer...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 08-24-2008
Replies: 67
Views: 7,882
Posted By the_jim
Hmmm...interesting topic. I really enjoy...

Hmmm...interesting topic.

I really enjoy Newcastle Beer, old Marshall amps, Vox, Kilkenny, English breakfast at The Cock 'n Bull in Santa Monica (the place from the opening scene of "Leaving Las...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-11-2008
Replies: 29
Views: 3,318
Posted By the_jim
Focus, pan, compose, snap, hope. That's it. ...

Focus, pan, compose, snap, hope. That's it. This element of rangefinder focusing is one of the weak points, but with enough practice you should be ok.

Here is an example at f/2. While not...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-09-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,277
Posted By the_jim
I am not sure that I fully understand why you...

I am not sure that I fully understand why you have to develop at 24? The temperature difference between L.A. and Jerusalem can't be that much and I develop at 20 degrees every day of the year.

I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-03-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 2,547
Posted By the_jim
Not to hijack...sorry... True, most lenses...

Not to hijack...sorry...



True, most lenses suffer as a result of diffraction at their minimum aperature. Does that mean that their performance is unacceptable? That depends on the person. I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-03-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 2,547
Posted By the_jim
Good call. This is completely subjective, but to...

Good call. This is completely subjective, but to my eye, the separation between the subject and background has a certain *pop* and then the lines on the apartment buildings also have a weight to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-03-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 2,547
Posted By the_jim
I just got a Rolleiflex T with a 75mm Tessar and...

I just got a Rolleiflex T with a 75mm Tessar and was amazed at how 3-D it looks when stopped down. I am sure that the same must be true of the Elmar.

I also like to use the Nikon 45mm f/2.8P,...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 07-23-2008
Replies: 114
Sticky: Poll: Zeiss Ikon Problems
Views: 45,339
Posted By the_jim
I bought my Ikon used in October 2006. At the...

I bought my Ikon used in October 2006. At the time of purchase, the rangefinder was off, but I cannot fairly attribute that to the factory, as it was second-hand. Anyway, it was serviced under the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-19-2008
Replies: 61
Views: 4,636
Posted By the_jim
To continue the conjecture (and as I previously...

To continue the conjecture (and as I previously stated), my bet would be that Cooke Speed Panchros were used for "The Good German." You can find a whole bunch of internet-whooey about how this movie...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-16-2008
Replies: 61
Views: 4,636
Posted By the_jim
This is a great point. Take a look at "Dial M...

This is a great point.

Take a look at "Dial M for Murder," which had to have been one of Hitchcock's earlier color movies. The lighting would have worked for black and white, but in color, it looks...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-16-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 1,340
Posted By the_jim
From that info, I would say that yes, 17% of the...

From that info, I would say that yes, 17% of the image will be outside the framelines at infinity.

All lenses breathe. Rangefinders are obviously not the most accurate way of composing an image as...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-15-2008
Replies: 61
Views: 4,636
Posted By the_jim
Not to discredit them as being b/w films, but...

Not to discredit them as being b/w films, but "Control" was shot in color (I believe Kodak 5218?) as was Clooney's "The Good German" and "Goodnight and Goodluck." Still, they are all beautiful. ...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 07-15-2008
Replies: 61
Views: 9,504
Posted By the_jim
Slightly off-topic (and perhaps covered...

Slightly off-topic (and perhaps covered elsewhere): why does Zeiss refer to this lens as a Sonnar? Judging by the block diagram it seems to be a Gauss derivative lens.

I only mention this, because...
Forum: Travel 07-14-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 2,401
Posted By the_jim
I bought my Ikon along with a bunch of other...

I bought my Ikon along with a bunch of other stuff at Fujiya. I can't recommend this store enough. If memory serves, take the rapid on the Chuo line from Shinjuku and get off at the first stop (or...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-05-2008
Replies: 71
Views: 64,752
Posted By the_jim
Fact: eye boner. I want that set-up. very nice...

Fact: eye boner.

I want that set-up. very nice looking images.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 06-21-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 1,623
Posted By the_jim
Ive had both, but I currently use the 4490...

Ive had both, but I currently use the 4490 (thanks to the postal service for breaking the 4990). The difference between the two is subtle. I could be crazy, but I feel that the 4990 gave me a...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-02-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 1,158
Posted By the_jim
I think I agree with you Peter. I just watched...

I think I agree with you Peter. I just watched "There Will Be Blood," again yesterday. That movie is a master course in what one can do with uncoated optics and modern film stock.

For me, I just...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-01-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 1,158
Posted By the_jim
Very nice solution...and cheap. What are the...

Very nice solution...and cheap. What are the dimensions of the hood you made? I have no way to view through the lens, so if I made a hood I run the chance of vignetting the corners of the lens.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-01-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 1,158
Posted By the_jim
Fed 50mm f/3.5 - Flare? Yuck?

I recently purchased a Fed 50mm f/3.5 because I was looking for a low-budget, vintage lens of decent quality.

When it arrived on Friday, I noticed that the glass was in pretty rough shape with...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-12-2008
Replies: 78
Views: 5,234
Posted By the_jim
Hmmm...Let me speak in broad strokes here. ...

Hmmm...Let me speak in broad strokes here. Russian optical design: good. Russian mechanical design: bad. Russian quality control: depends on the hangover. I have a J-3 (that I love. I got lucky)...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-08-2008
Replies: 57
Views: 6,100
Posted By the_jim
Another option to consider is Nikkor 45mm f/2.8p...

Another option to consider is Nikkor 45mm f/2.8p (modern) or GN (vintage). On one of their small bodied SLRs it makes for an extremely compact package. ...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-23-2008
Replies: 27
Views: 4,835
Posted By the_jim
Go check out the Nippon Camera page...

Go check out the Nippon Camera page http://www.nippon-camera.com/monthly.php# and click the third bulleted link to see a small picture of the new nokton mounted on an Ikon. I wish I were back in...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-30-2007
Replies: 29
Views: 2,932
Posted By the_jim
Sure enough, the Makro Planar is apparently based...

Sure enough, the Makro Planar is apparently based on Master Prime technology. Very cool indeed. It also seems that the more recent ZF lenses are using floating elements, which seems to indicate...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-30-2007
Replies: 29
Views: 2,932
Posted By the_jim
Not to nitpick, but they are T1.3. I am holding...

Not to nitpick, but they are T1.3. I am holding one right now. Also, the literature on the Zeiss cine page also states, "At an aperture of f/1.2 or T 1.3 takes became possible at extremely low light...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-30-2007
Replies: 29
Views: 2,932
Posted By the_jim
The idea of this thread devolving into a Leitz...

The idea of this thread devolving into a Leitz vs. Zeiss vs. Voigtlander vs. Big Baby Jesus vs. whatever discussion is really scary and boring. Let's stay focused here.

I would also love to see a...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-30-2007
Replies: 29
Views: 2,932
Posted By the_jim
That is a very sharp shot, indeed. I wonder if...

That is a very sharp shot, indeed. I wonder if it is based on the Zeiss Standard Speed Planar 100/2. If so, that is an impressive older lens. I would love to even see Zeiss Super Speed designs...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-30-2007
Replies: 29
Views: 2,932
Posted By the_jim
My dream would be for Zeiss to create a couple of...

My dream would be for Zeiss to create a couple of lenses for it's M-mount line based on its Master Prime series (a totally awesome set of motion picture lenses that cover focal lengths from 14mm to...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-22-2007
Replies: 4
Views: 1,027
Posted By the_jim
Or you could use any brand of polarizer. There...

Or you could use any brand of polarizer. There are numerous ways to use them. If you dont want to spend a lot of money, I recommend using the methods I described in this...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-04-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 745
Posted By the_jim
Thanks a lot! I'll try and get in contact with...

Thanks a lot! I'll try and get in contact with Tony. My girlfriend's parents live in Thousand Oaks, so I can kill two birds - steal their food and get my camera looked at.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-04-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 745
Posted By the_jim
Ikon Repair in Southern California

Hi,

I am too lazy to email Zeiss to find an answer to this question, but does anyone know where I can get my Ikon serviced in Southern California? Or will I have to mail it somewhere else?

As a...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-19-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 1,119
Posted By the_jim
Yeah, I can understand that. It's a really well...

Yeah, I can understand that. It's a really well made, cool looking, big hunk of glass.

If anyone else has some photos from this Canon it would be nice to see what it can look like when it focuses...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-18-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 1,119
Posted By the_jim
Canon f/0.95 in M-mount: Results (Pics Inside)

Ok, so my boss wouldn't let me buy the lens off of him, but he did let me borrow it for the weekend. These are by no means the best shots. Whatever. Here is what this m-mount .95 lens looks like. ...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-12-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 1,169
Posted By the_jim
That's a lot of dough. I understand your...

That's a lot of dough.

I understand your appreciation of the lens, but damn, that figure makes me think I need to start going to nightschool so I can get some doctor cash.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-12-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 1,169
Posted By the_jim
So true. When I asked my boss if he was willing...

So true. When I asked my boss if he was willing to sell, after replying "no," he replied, tongue-in-cheek, "what are you going to offer me $5, $10?"

He's savvy. I have many lessons to learn.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-12-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 1,169
Posted By the_jim
Well, problem solved, I asked my boss if he would...

Well, problem solved, I asked my boss if he would sell it to me and he said "no." Oh well. Since we don't have the proper mount on the collimator or projector at work, it was decided that I could...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-12-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 1,169
Posted By the_jim
Yikes. That's what I was worried about. That's...

Yikes. That's what I was worried about. That's a bit more than I can afford at this point. Hopefully, he doesn't know this info.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-12-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 1,169
Posted By the_jim
Good point, but I am afraid that I have already...

Good point, but I am afraid that I have already shown my hand a little - my eyes couldn't help but light up when I saw it.

I have a few of things going for me:
1. My boss is nice.
2. He got it for...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-11-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 1,169
Posted By the_jim
Canon f/0.95 in M-mount: what's a fair price?

Ok, so last Friday I was over at my boss' desk asking a question about something or rather. Then, I looked over and there amongst the clutter was a Canon 50mm f/.95 just sitting there. Shocked and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-11-2007
Replies: 68
Views: 15,057
Posted By the_jim
I own/owned an FE2, FM, FM2n, FM3a and F3. The...

I own/owned an FE2, FM, FM2n, FM3a and F3. The finders are great on all of them. The FE2 and FM3a have the match needle system which I like and the FM/FM2n have the +o- system that many people also...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-31-2007
Replies: 159
Views: 87,990
Posted By the_jim
I am a gearhead, but I won't unnecessarily...

I am a gearhead, but I won't unnecessarily deliberate about my best. Here they are:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/sets/72157601120391942/
I am young and have only been taking pictures for...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-28-2007
Replies: 53
Views: 4,031
Posted By the_jim
I like people to know I am taking the picture. I...

I like people to know I am taking the picture. I like the eye contact. Living in Japan it was easy, but sometimes people were just too...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-27-2007
Replies: 53
Views: 4,031
Posted By the_jim
5 - Depends on how much I've been drinking. Size...

5 - Depends on how much I've been drinking.

Size doesn't matter...uhhemm...my girlfriend is 5'2" and 95 pounds and she has the biggest balls of anyone I know (metaphorically speaking, thankfully,...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-27-2007
Replies: 36
Views: 2,853
Posted By the_jim
Usually, no. As a foreigner, you know you have...

Usually, no. As a foreigner, you know you have been living in Japan too long when you develop the ability to sleep while standing on the train and are miraculously able to wake up at your...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 07-27-2007
Replies: 26
Views: 3,567
Posted By the_jim
Cool pictures! I don't quite understand what you...

Cool pictures!

I don't quite understand what you mean when you say that a 15mm lens is not giving you the 3-D look of a 50mm or 70-200mm lens. Of course not. There is almost infinite depth of...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 07-26-2007
Replies: 15
Views: 2,791
Posted By the_jim
Even though it's not sharp on his eye at 1.5, it...

Even though it's not sharp on his eye at 1.5, it has a really charming quality. I can't stop looking at that shot. I don't think this kind of dreamy 'airyness' would work for every photo, but it's...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-24-2007
Replies: 2
Views: 711
Posted By the_jim
I have been thinking about this a lot lately. ...

I have been thinking about this a lot lately. What about a take off of the original 1.2 Noctilux? My Nikkor 50mm 1.2 Ai-S is a wonderful lens to use. If Voigtlander could offer anything even close...
Forum: Off Topic 07-19-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 836
Posted By the_jim
I also wonder how much the psychological value of...

I also wonder how much the psychological value of "Made in Germany" still has on consumers. I assume that this notion of German products being inherently superior is some kind of hang over from...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-18-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 1,542
Posted By the_jim
Another vote for Fujiya. If you are going to...

Another vote for Fujiya. If you are going to Shinjuku, it's just one stop away on the Chuo rapid line. Bic Camera is ok, especially if you check out the Ikebukuro branch on Sun Road, or the big...
Forum: Off Topic 07-18-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 836
Posted By the_jim
Hmmm...I've been wondering about this as well. ...

Hmmm...I've been wondering about this as well. There are probably a lot of factors that affect the price differences between two similar products manufactured in Germany and Japan.

One possible...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 07-12-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 1,198
Posted By the_jim
Whoa! looks great in B/W

Whoa! looks great in B/W
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-12-2007
Replies: 39
Views: 1,985
Posted By the_jim
Darkkavenger - Lots of cool photos in that pool!...

Darkkavenger -

Lots of cool photos in that pool! What a beautiful place you live in.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-12-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 1,492
Posted By the_jim
This is not an eay question. You're likely to...

This is not an eay question.

You're likely to get a 100 different answers from a 100 different people (slight exaggeration).

The good news is that probably any modern lens will allow you to take a...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-12-2007
Replies: 39
Views: 1,985
Posted By the_jim
Bluesman, Nice shots! The first is delightfully...

Bluesman,

Nice shots!

The first is delightfully soft - looks really vintage.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 07-12-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 1,198
Posted By the_jim
Beautiful! Well done. Front focus or not, who...

Beautiful! Well done.

Front focus or not, who cares?

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

I can't believe no one else has responded to this.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-12-2007
Replies: 39
Views: 1,985
Posted By the_jim
Anyone else? I think this is a popular lens. ...

Anyone else? I think this is a popular lens. There have been other J-3 photo threads in the past, but let's see some recent images.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-12-2007
Replies: 39
Views: 1,985
Posted By the_jim
The Jupiter-3 is very cool. I was amazed at how...

The Jupiter-3 is very cool. I was amazed at how small mine (an '86 black model) is.

Obviously, it's not anywhere near as sharp as my Zeiss Planar, but I don't expect it to be. Also, I still...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-10-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 1,607
Posted By the_jim
Wow, what a beautiful looking city. I use to...

Wow, what a beautiful looking city. I use to have the same set up - with an F3 and 28/2.8. Great camera and totally awesome lens. I have a hard time imagining Leica had anything even close to it a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-10-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 1,607
Posted By the_jim
Which, begs the question: why? How long did that...

Which, begs the question: why?

How long did that take? Did the waiting almost kill you?

Nice shots by the way. Number three is cool. I just wish it were a little larger.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-09-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 1,621
Posted By the_jim
Here is a pretty good review. ...

Here is a pretty good review. ...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-09-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 1,621
Posted By the_jim
When I bought the Biogon I was really debating...

When I bought the Biogon I was really debating between three lensesb (which luckily, the store had in-stock so I could handle them): the 35/1.2, Biogon, and 35/2.5 Color-Skopar.

The 35/2.5 was...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-09-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 1,621
Posted By the_jim
I've had the Biogon since Christmas and have used...

I've had the Biogon since Christmas and have used it quite a bit. It's a very good lens in terms of sharpness, size (the summicron is too small for my hands), flare resistance, color rendering,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-08-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 837
Posted By the_jim
There are two ways that I use. 1. Mount a...

There are two ways that I use.

1. Mount a correctly sized PL filter to your lens. Frame your shot. Rotate the filter and watch the light meter. On my Zeiss Ikon, I try to find an F stop where the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-05-2007
Replies: 13
Views: 1,180
Posted By the_jim
Sorry that wasnt very clear. I dont have a box...

Sorry that wasnt very clear. I dont have a box on hand but this info from digitaltruth is the same:

Neopan 400 @ 1600 in 1+4 dillution of T-Max Dev at 20 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes.

I really...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-05-2007
Replies: 13
Views: 1,180
Posted By the_jim
I've done the exact same thing a few times. I...

I've done the exact same thing a few times. I used T-Max Developer at the rated time on the box. The results are nice.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/73/334001785_4d1bb02e84.jpg
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 07-04-2007
Replies: 15
Views: 1,066
Posted By the_jim
I've pushed 400x to 800 before, but it was more...

I've pushed 400x to 800 before, but it was more expensive and took much longer to develop. The overall look for outdoor shooting was fine, but the colorcast of indoor light was really ugly. Same...
Forum: Off Topic 07-03-2007
Replies: 104
Views: 4,894
Posted By the_jim
God, I wish I lived in Germany. That sounds...

God, I wish I lived in Germany. That sounds wonderfully lazy.

The dollar is still strong against the Yen. I recently moved home from Japan and the exchange rate gobbled up a good chunk of my...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 07-02-2007
Replies: 15
Views: 1,066
Posted By the_jim
In Japan, yes. Haven't seen it here. I think...

In Japan, yes.

Haven't seen it here. I think it's also called Ektachrome Panther. Perhaps it was designed for astronomical photography - auroras and what not.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 07-02-2007
Replies: 15
Views: 1,066
Posted By the_jim
Here's a shot with some slightly expired...

Here's a shot with some slightly expired Ektachrome 1600.
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/121/274341593_0a203d7c7f.jpg
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 06-29-2007
Replies: 12
Views: 861
Posted By the_jim
1. Don't worry about it. I can kinda see what...

1. Don't worry about it. I can kinda see what you are talking about. If the problem is really bad, I mean, like it's more blue and red than white-ish and it's interfering with you taking pictures,...
Forum: Off Topic 06-29-2007
Replies: 28
Views: 1,527
Posted By the_jim
Hmmm...strange...it would seem that the direction...

Hmmm...strange...it would seem that the direction of the government, of late, had been to benefit big business. I am not an economist, but this seems like this is going against that trend - a real...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-27-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 2,090
Posted By the_jim
An easy thing to do, is take a picture of the...

An easy thing to do, is take a picture of the driver. I mean, what are they gonna do - stop the train and tell you no?

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/59/204986885_dcce0bdda7.jpg

Anyone else, have...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-27-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 2,090
Posted By the_jim
I totally agree. Here is another one from my...

I totally agree.

Here is another one from my girlfriend.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/161/427475679_37c9e5901d.jpg
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-27-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 2,090
Posted By the_jim
In Japan it's too easy, because people are...

In Japan it's too easy, because people are generally shy and non-confrontational. Foreigners, like myself, tend to abuse that. Not a good thing, but who...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-27-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 2,090
Posted By the_jim
1. Use a TLR, as suggested above. The waist...

1. Use a TLR, as suggested above. The waist level finder is far less conspicuous.
2. Just do it. With confidence. If you act like you are doing what you are supposed to be doing, people will be...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-11-2007
Replies: 127
Views: 11,294
Posted By the_jim
What a pretty ear. Nikon F3, Nikkor 50mm f/1.2...

What a pretty ear. Nikon F3, Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 wide open.http://farm1.static.flickr.com/152/360328816_c043f832f3.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-11-2007
Replies: 127
Views: 11,294
Posted By the_jim
who couldn't love a face like this? Zeiss Ikon...

who couldn't love a face like this? Zeiss Ikon and Planar 50/2 wide open

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/138/344186796_73799a0bdc.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-10-2007
Replies: 99
Views: 12,506
Posted By the_jim
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/70/204974659_0c005a...

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/70/204974659_0c005ae43d.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-10-2007
Replies: 99
Views: 12,506
Posted By the_jim
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/106/284567520_877cd...

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/106/284567520_877cdbf3ee.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-10-2007
Replies: 255
Views: 32,899
Posted By the_jim
Zeiss Ikon and Zeiss Planar 50/2: ...

Zeiss Ikon and Zeiss Planar 50/2:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/173/443016233_713623fef5.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-10-2007
Replies: 255
Views: 32,899
Posted By the_jim
Zeiss Ikon and Zeiss Biogon 35/2 ...

Zeiss Ikon and Zeiss Biogon 35/2

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/127/406368195_76d25d1178.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-10-2007
Replies: 255
Views: 32,899
Posted By the_jim
Nikon FM3a and Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 AI-S ...

Nikon FM3a and Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 AI-S

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/82/266062646_a445f30206.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-10-2007
Replies: 255
Views: 32,899
Posted By the_jim
Nikon F3 and Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-S ...

Nikon F3 and Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-S

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/178/404604148_e29e957d01.jpg
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 04-13-2007
Replies: 39
Views: 4,500
Posted By the_jim
I handled the PII before I bought the Biogon and...

I handled the PII before I bought the Biogon and I found it to be too small for my hands, where as the Zeiss was comfortable. Wide open the contrast is a little lower, but it's certainly no slouch. ...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-02-2007
Replies: 45
Views: 3,501
Posted By the_jim
Here are some from around Japan. First one was...

Here are some from around Japan. First one was f/4.5 at 1/15 of a second. Second picture was f/8 at...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-22-2007
Replies: 52
Views: 2,660
Posted By the_jim
Cool shots Stuart. I like the last one (in...

Cool shots Stuart. I like the last one (in Shinjuku, right?). It captures one those weird social aspects of Japan: older boys openly dating young girls. If this happened in my hometown, the boy...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-20-2007
Replies: 52
Views: 2,660
Posted By the_jim
And some...

And some more:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/70/204974659_0c005ae43d.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/85/248752580_c7b652c167.jpg

Guilty admission: these were taken with an SLR. I used my...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-20-2007
Replies: 52
Views: 2,660
Posted By the_jim
I'll try to link some from my...

I'll try to link some from my flickr.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/106/284567520_877cdbf3ee.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/86/215208063_c062cd47cf.jpg
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-19-2007
Replies: 52
Views: 2,660
Posted By the_jim
Sorry, I am lazy and I can't find the photo I...

Sorry, I am lazy and I can't find the photo I wanted to upload on my HD. If you are so inclined you can check out my flickr page. I have been living in Japan for the last 2.5...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-20-2006
Replies: 13
Views: 2,088
Posted By the_jim
Thanks for the comments guys. I would ideally...

Thanks for the comments guys. I would ideally like a whole bunch of filters, but the 43mm thread size is so uncommon that it's hard to turn up anything beyond a UV or a CPL.

When I was at the...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-20-2006
Replies: 13
Views: 2,088
Posted By the_jim
Photos From my 35 Biogon Honeymoon

Ok. I got the 35/2 Biogon yesterday and what can I say...? It's awesome. Contrast and sharpness all over the place. Here are some samples with Tri-x from today. Also, for all but one, I was...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-19-2006
Replies: 31
Views: 6,002
Posted By the_jim
I went to a couple of shops and they didnt seem...

I went to a couple of shops and they didnt seem to have either lens used, though one of them, had most of the other Zeiss lenses second hand. I ended up picking the Biogon because it was ¥77,000 vs...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-18-2006
Replies: 31
Views: 6,002
Posted By the_jim
Thanks everyone for the very helpful replies. I...

Thanks everyone for the very helpful replies. I am going to head to some stores today and test these lenses out. A camera mag here advertised the Biogon used at one the larger camera shops in...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-16-2006
Replies: 31
Views: 6,002
Posted By the_jim
I agree with many of the above points, and I feel...

I agree with many of the above points, and I feel like they have been thoroughly addressed in other threads. Yes, web images don't do justice to prints, but all things being equal, they do give the...
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