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Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 208
Posted By bcostin
Excellent! I have an I-22 I just finished...

Excellent! I have an I-22 I just finished cleaning so this tip is pretty handy.

My girlfriend made fun of me the other day when she realized that the lens cap on my shiny Biotar 75 was formerly the...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-19-2019
Replies: 1,555
Views: 275,463
Posted By bcostin
Canon Dial 35 half-frame, expired Kodak SO-077...

Canon Dial 35 half-frame, expired Kodak SO-077 traffic control film.

https://live.staticflickr.com/3149/2795451394_a3a70edcec.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/5g2qiQ)
Come and go with me...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 04-19-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 1,611
Posted By bcostin
The XA4 is one of my favorites!...

The XA4 is one of my favorites!

https://live.staticflickr.com/8375/8576359952_d53845542c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/e4S623)
An Olympus XA4 Tours the UK (https://flic.kr/p/e4S623) by Bryan Costin...
Forum: Photo Software 04-16-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 825
Posted By bcostin
Windows' 64-bit version has a 32-bit subsystem...

Windows' 64-bit version has a 32-bit subsystem that can handle most older apps.

BillBingham2's VM suggestion is a good one.
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 04-04-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 253
Posted By bcostin
I haven't had any corner problems with SLR lenses...

I haven't had any corner problems with SLR lenses on the A7RII. That includes the Flektogon 35/2.8 in Exakta mount, Canon FD 24/2.8, Vivitar 35/1.9 in MD mount, and a few others.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-23-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 4,767
Posted By bcostin
I have a nice little Konica AA35 half-frame that...

I have a nice little Konica AA35 half-frame that I really like; my father originally bought it for my grandmother to use on vacations. For full-frame my XAs and Retina folders are the closest.

But...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 02-13-2019
Replies: 671
Views: 84,037
Posted By bcostin
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1860/30566924878_82...

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1860/30566924878_826455b36e_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Nz6tQb)
Salt Life (https://flic.kr/p/Nz6tQb) by Bryan Costin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/bcostin/), on...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-10-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 5,103
Posted By bcostin
Yes. I've seen a few of the "Bad Panda" errors....

Yes. I've seen a few of the "Bad Panda" errors. And I've gotten an error when doing an export from Lightroom. But more often the site's been hanging and not fully rendering when loading a page or...
Forum: Photo Software 11-23-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,012
Posted By bcostin
Thanks for the heads up. I've used the Google...

Thanks for the heads up. I've used the Google version of the Nik Collection quite a lot over the years and $35 is a great price for improved compatibility and continued support.

Viewpoint looks very...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-16-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 1,913
Posted By bcostin
I have a Quinaron 35mm that I've used a couple...

I have a Quinaron 35mm that I've used a couple times on my Sony A7R2. It's a nifty lens with an interesting signature. My copy was inherited from my father, and he was apparently in the process of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-15-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,289
Posted By bcostin
Very cool! I can almost smell that 1980's...

Very cool! I can almost smell that 1980's styrofoam from here.

The M42 adaptability should make it a pretty useful body, if you intend to shoot with it.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 08-28-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1,816
Posted By bcostin
I still use my E-P1 and my E-PL1 when I'm in a...

I still use my E-P1 and my E-PL1 when I'm in a Micro 4/3 mood, or for fun C-mount lenses. I originally bought the E-PL1 used to be a cheap ($75) spare body if the E-P1 died on me, but both cameras...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 08-06-2018
Replies: 61
Views: 3,712
Posted By bcostin
I was just about to link to the 35mmc review, as...

I was just about to link to the 35mmc review, as well. I saw one on eBay a while back and almost bought it just out of curiosity. Wish I had.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-06-2018
Replies: 50
Views: 1,579
Posted By bcostin
If you want a reasonably rugged yet cheap film...

If you want a reasonably rugged yet cheap film rangefinder then I'd suggest trying a Soviet Zorki I (very compact) or a FED 2 (nicer RF) with a collapsible FED/Industar 50mm lens.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 07-01-2018
Replies: 823
Views: 82,883
Posted By bcostin
Leica equipment has always been expensive. So are...

Leica equipment has always been expensive. So are Hasselblad, Zeiss, Canon L-series, and plenty of other high-end alternatives.

I have a vintage M3 kit that was my father's, a second-hand M8.2,...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-11-2018
Replies: 47
Views: 2,219
Posted By bcostin
Just seeing this, but I bought a black LTM...

Just seeing this, but I bought a black LTM 21mm/f4 lens from the same seller on Amazon last week. Fun little lens as a tiny little super-wide for my Sony A7RII and LTM film bodies, and as a...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 05-13-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 795
Posted By bcostin
Those are great! I love the anchors. I'm a sucker...

Those are great! I love the anchors. I'm a sucker for big rusty things well photographed.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-25-2018
Replies: 206
Views: 59,597
Posted By bcostin
The Jupiter-8 has become a favorite lens on my...

The Jupiter-8 has become a favorite lens on my new-to-me Leica M8.


https://farm1.staticflickr.com/807/41441362591_b3646113f5.jpg...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 04-14-2018
Replies: 65
Views: 3,343
Posted By bcostin
FWIW, I'm still very happy with my A7RII. Tons of...

FWIW, I'm still very happy with my A7RII. Tons of resolution for cropping, sharp, and generally better results with RF lenses than the non-R models (at least as compared with my original A7).

Sonys...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-17-2015
Replies: 7,403
Views: 3,770,286
Posted By bcostin
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3196/3117290852_ca1...

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3196/3117290852_ca199e8ce1.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/5KsVY1)Leica M3, Elmar-M 50mm f3.5 (https://flic.kr/p/5KsVY1) by bcostin...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-25-2010
Replies: 70
Views: 9,272
Posted By bcostin
Agreed. If people have money and want to spend it...

Agreed. If people have money and want to spend it on film photography then I'm certainly not going to belittle them because they choose to spend it differently than I would prefer. Hipsters with...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 10-16-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 2,841
Posted By bcostin
I have a Minolta Autopole. It works well, and I...

I have a Minolta Autopole. It works well, and I should use it more often than I do.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-17-2009
Replies: 39
Views: 4,053
Posted By bcostin
Seems my good ol' M3 is looking might drab these...

Seems my good ol' M3 is looking might drab these days by comparison. So I guess it's time to buy some Krylon!

I'm thinking hot pink and hunter green, with some baby blue accents on the Elmar and a...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 08-21-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 989
Posted By bcostin
Looking forward to them. I have a 35ML, also one...

Looking forward to them. I have a 35ML, also one with ISO1000, that I enjoy using quite a bit. Nice fast lens, and good handling for a P&S. Almost like a little SLR. It's my favorite "carnival...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-27-2009
Replies: 35
Views: 3,154
Posted By bcostin
I've had Katie West as a flickr contact for quite...

I've had Katie West as a flickr contact for quite a while. The heavily manipulated stuff from other self-photographers usually leaves me a bit cold. West has a more realistic and candid approach...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-20-2009
Replies: 28
Views: 1,897
Posted By bcostin
You are correct regarding the Diafine. You can...

You are correct regarding the Diafine. You can re-use it for quite a while. My previous batch was good for about two years of moderate use in brown plastic bottles. I did have to filter the solution...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-13-2009
Replies: 0
Views: 716
Posted By bcostin
Quick fix for a Retina Frame Finder Model A

I bought a very cheap Retina Frame Finder off of eBay. The seller disclosed that there was some rust, but I didn't care much about cosmetics so I went ahead and purchased.

Unfortunately the worst of...
Forum: RFF News 03-30-2009
Replies: 61
Views: 7,352
Posted By bcostin
It's probably because vBulletin has a table-heavy...

It's probably because vBulletin has a table-heavy page layout, and IE (at least through IE7) tends to slow down quite a bit when rendering pages with lots of tables. The difference can be pretty...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 03-29-2009
Replies: 2
Views: 1,519
Posted By bcostin
Cool. These Fuji FinePix models are among the...

Cool. These Fuji FinePix models are among the very few P&S digitals that are worth as much or more than when they were new. My wife has an F30 and gets wonderful results from it. She prefers it to...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 03-19-2009
Replies: 74
Views: 7,386
Posted By bcostin
I'd be amazed if Panasonic has not considered an...

I'd be amazed if Panasonic has not considered an RF or RF-like design. Which isn't to say they'd actually make one, of course.



Isn't that already possible with some third-party RAW converters? See...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-06-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 1,678
Posted By bcostin
Nice job! I'm actually a little embarrassed that...

Nice job! I'm actually a little embarrassed that I never thought to clean things that well when I had my camera apart.

Sometimes jumping right in is the best way to learn; I know that's true for...
Forum: Olympus RF 03-02-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 1,064
Posted By bcostin
I had the same problem. See if you can find a...

I had the same problem. See if you can find a manual for the Olympus ECR instead. It's the rangefinder version, and the EC is the scale-focus version. Other than that they seem nearly identical.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-23-2009
Replies: 36
Views: 3,671
Posted By bcostin
I hear what you're saying 40oz, but part of being...

I hear what you're saying 40oz, but part of being a responsible photographer is making yourself aware of the policies of the private property owners who's property you are photographing. And if they...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-16-2009
Replies: 41
Views: 3,437
Posted By bcostin
For the sake of casual P&S users I'm hoping that...

For the sake of casual P&S users I'm hoping that those nifty wireless SD cards will catch on. Instant backup to an online site would encourage even the least savvy user to do the safe thing.

But...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-09-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 1,476
Posted By bcostin
If the roll of the C41 had any recognizable...

If the roll of the C41 had any recognizable images then it's probably not the lab. If the tech can load the film into the machine then it should pretty much take it from there.

Most likely the film...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-02-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 983
Posted By bcostin
I always wind on as a matter of habit. Otherwise...

I always wind on as a matter of habit. Otherwise I have the same problem Chris mentioned. I'll inevitably whip out my camera, click the shutter, and...nothing, except me saying naughty words. (I've...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 02-02-2009
Replies: 55
Views: 2,512
Posted By bcostin
Richard's gone? If anyone wants to tell me what...

Richard's gone? If anyone wants to tell me what happened via PM or email I'd surely appreciate it.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/140/325307589_4eb2cbe8c0.jpg...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 01-31-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 2,028
Posted By bcostin
I think you'll be ok. I've misplaced rolls for...

I think you'll be ok. I've misplaced rolls for months and developed them later without any problems. The same things that harm film in the short term will accumulate over time, of course, so keep the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-27-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 1,170
Posted By bcostin
Say what you will, this policy certainly opens up...

Say what you will, this policy certainly opens up lots of interesting sponsorship opportunities for Canon equipment. That 5D Mk II does have very nice high-definition video.

I'm sure reducing...
Forum: Olympus RF 01-26-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 1,938
Posted By bcostin
Congrats. It's a great little camera, isn't it?...

Congrats. It's a great little camera, isn't it? Your test shots are a lot better than mine usually are. I especially like that second one. It reminds me that I should go shoot some color sometime...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-22-2009
Replies: 64
Views: 6,851
Posted By bcostin
Disappointing. Maybe I should buy a 9000 while...

Disappointing. Maybe I should buy a 9000 while they're still available new. My Coolscan V won't last forever, and three generations of slides and negatives aren't going to scan themselves.

I suppose...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-18-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,327
Posted By bcostin
Those are some nice shots. I particularly like...

Those are some nice shots. I particularly like the second color shot. Such a colorful and varied place! Good choice on the Jupiter-8 and the Mir.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-18-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 1,184
Posted By bcostin
Trying out a new FED-50 lens

I really like the Fed-50 lens on my old Fed 1 NKVD. Unfortunately it's a nonstandard lens matched to the camera's mount, so I can't use it on my other rangefinders. So I found a second Fed-50, a bit...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-18-2009
Replies: 32
Views: 11,421
Posted By bcostin
I've wanted to try this for a while with my Canon...

I've wanted to try this for a while with my Canon 24/2.8 and FL 58/1.2. The Canon Lens Mount Converter B always fetches a healthy price, and I'm surprised that our industrious Chinese friends haven't...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-18-2009
Replies: 33
Views: 3,554
Posted By bcostin
It took me a couple weeks to get around to it,...

It took me a couple weeks to get around to it, but I just finished "de-beeping" my AF35ML using petronious' instructions. It's certainly a very quick and easy mod, just a couple minutes with a small...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-16-2009
Replies: 62
Views: 3,693
Posted By bcostin
Speaking as a fellow black-hearted and soulless...

Speaking as a fellow black-hearted and soulless Republican neo-con, I like that shot.

Even though it reminds me of the opening of the Addams Family (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL_9zdu4iVw) just...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-16-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,285
Posted By bcostin
I'm no collector, but I've never used anything...

I'm no collector, but I've never used anything but the Leica ever-ready case on my M3. I suspect it was original to the camera. Given the price differences between used Leica cases in good condition...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-13-2009
Replies: 63
Views: 4,336
Posted By bcostin
I think I liked it better when all the "real"...

I think I liked it better when all the "real" Leica owners hated the M5. Back then I had a chance of maybe affording one. :)
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-12-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 3,421
Posted By bcostin
It's nice to have f1.7 in such a compact and...

It's nice to have f1.7 in such a compact and handy package, even with some limitations. Here are a few taken indoors on rebranded Agfa 100-speed color film.

This one I remember was at...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-11-2009
Replies: 39
Views: 3,226
Posted By bcostin
Interesting. I'd have to see it in person to...

Interesting. I'd have to see it in person to decide if I like the white or not.

But I already prefer it to Canon's line of glittery silver Rebel SLRs. Those things are awful.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-05-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 2,847
Posted By bcostin
I have a Fed-1, which is pretty similar to the...

I have a Fed-1, which is pretty similar to the Zorki 1. It's a nice little camera, and the Soviet 50mm collapsible lenses can really be very good. If the cameras are not abused (and if they're...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 01-04-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 5,602
Posted By bcostin
First roll with my newly repaired Canon Demi...

First roll with my newly repaired Canon Demi EE17. Expired Kodak Gold 100.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1225/3169074117_0d58669075.jpg...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-03-2009
Replies: 35
Views: 10,276
Posted By bcostin
I use the original Leitz leather case for my M3,...

I use the original Leitz leather case for my M3, usually as a half-case. It's handsome (nice burgundy lining), secure, and sturdy. I've seen no need to replace it.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-03-2009
Replies: 44
Views: 3,973
Posted By bcostin
I'm almost through my first 100-feet (bulk) of...

I'm almost through my first 100-feet (bulk) of Premium 400, and I'll soon be ordering another two. I usually shoot from 400-1600 and develop in Diafine, just like Tri-X. It's really nice.
Forum: Travel 12-27-2008
Replies: 83
Views: 6,854
Posted By bcostin
Definitely take the xpan. The camera is...

Definitely take the xpan. The camera is practically made for scenery like that, and that's what you bought it for, right? I think you'd regret leaving it at home.

One M-body with the Noctilux, a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-21-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 2,229
Posted By bcostin
I've been seriously considering adding a 90mm LTM...

I've been seriously considering adding a 90mm LTM lens to my kit. I think it'd be a handy focal length to have for outdoors use. Particularly since they're relatively cheap.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 12-19-2008
Replies: 33
Views: 3,554
Posted By bcostin
Bless you petronius. I've wanted to disable that...

Bless you petronius. I've wanted to disable that darn beep for the longest time.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-18-2008
Replies: 7,403
Views: 3,770,286
Posted By bcostin
Leica M3 double-stroke, circa 1956, with an...

Leica M3 double-stroke, circa 1956, with an Elmar-M 50mm f3.5. This was my father's favorite camera.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3196/3117290852_ca199e8ce1.jpg...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-17-2008
Replies: 25
Views: 1,664
Posted By bcostin
So I can scan them better later, of course. Or...

So I can scan them better later, of course. Or rescan them if something happens to the file. My earliest scans were with a flatbed, now I use a mid-range slide scanner. That upgrade gave me huge...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-17-2008
Replies: 33
Views: 2,119
Posted By bcostin
Indeed. I stumbled on that same combination, and...

Indeed. I stumbled on that same combination, and I agree, they go well together:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2335/2472190509_160445cd03.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcostin/2472190509/)

But...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-16-2008
Replies: 70
Views: 5,096
Posted By bcostin
I think that's a great photo. If the photo was...

I think that's a great photo. If the photo was actually being used for advertising or something primarily in South Africa I could understand worrying about the connotations, but outside of that...
Forum: RFF Polls 12-15-2008
Replies: 296
Views: 15,807
Posted By bcostin
No smoking for me, though I sometimes think I'd...

No smoking for me, though I sometimes think I'd look good with a pipe. :) I've had athsma all my life have enough gunk in my chest already. But I don't think of it as a moral failing, and I detest...
Forum: RFF Polls 12-15-2008
Replies: 220
Views: 39,433
Posted By bcostin
Outside I usually follow Sunny 16. Indoors or...

Outside I usually follow Sunny 16. Indoors or under artificial light I prefer to establish a baseline with a handheld meter, usually a beat up Vivitar CdS meter I keep in my jacket pocket.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-15-2008
Replies: 57
Views: 4,534
Posted By bcostin
Hmm. I should try using one of my Exaktas for...

Hmm. I should try using one of my Exaktas for stealthy shooting. It's be a good excuse to dust off the waist-level finders. :)
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-14-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 1,382
Posted By bcostin
That is a very desirable lens. I know I've...

That is a very desirable lens. I know I've desired one for a while. :)

I have a Canon VT, which is the very similar predecessor model. I bought it at a bargain price mostly for the lens that came...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 12-14-2008
Replies: 15
Views: 5,211
Posted By bcostin
That's a nice rig he's built, and a clever use of...

That's a nice rig he's built, and a clever use of bits and pieces. His sample photos are impressive, too. MacGyver would be proud.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-14-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 1,571
Posted By bcostin
Thank you for the link, they're very nice...

Thank you for the link, they're very nice examples of that distinctive Summar look. I'm pretty well stocked with 50's, but it's a very tempting lens. Particularly since they can still be found at a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-12-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 2,320
Posted By bcostin
That's exactly it, I think. Sometimes with...

That's exactly it, I think. Sometimes with familiar subjects, like that song says, you can't help seeing all the way through. I find I can sometimes counteract that by going to one of two extremes....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-06-2008
Replies: 28
Views: 2,994
Posted By bcostin
Cheaper would be better, but it's not so bad....

Cheaper would be better, but it's not so bad. These days most of my film photography is self-developed B&W. I generally buy Arista branded stuff in bulk 35mm and in 120. When I first got started I...
Forum: RFF Polls 12-06-2008
Replies: 97
Views: 10,619
Posted By bcostin
Photography is part of my job but not my main...

Photography is part of my job but not my main responsibility. I'm the resident "guy with all those cameras" at work. When events are held that require more than point-and-shoot photography or when...
Forum: RFF News 12-01-2008
Replies: 36
Views: 6,010
Posted By bcostin
The US economy is bad enough, but the German and...

The US economy is bad enough, but the German and European economies are in even more precarious condition. Whether they realize it yet or not.

I agree that this probably is an attempt to move old...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-29-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 1,630
Posted By bcostin
Nice work. I particularly like the second from...

Nice work. I particularly like the second from last. Great expression on the drummer's face.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-27-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,253
Posted By bcostin
Good job. Better than my own first attempt a few...

Good job. Better than my own first attempt a few years ago. They ended up covered in residue and water spots. Impatience is my downfall.
Forum: Olympus RF 11-21-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 1,867
Posted By bcostin
My XA seems to do pretty well indoors, though I...

My XA seems to do pretty well indoors, though I wish it had a manual mode. Or support for ISO 1600 like the XA3 and XA4.

According to this review (http://www.urban75.org/photos/olympus-xa.html), if...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-21-2008
Replies: 0
Views: 1,012
Posted By bcostin
Simmons Omega B-8 Enlarger

Any Maryland darkroom users in the market for an enlarger? The local Goodwill store here in Westminster has a Simmons Omega B-8 enlarger tucked away in a dusty corner of their "last chance" room. It...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-21-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 1,031
Posted By bcostin
I've seen some folks set up a sink so that it...

I've seen some folks set up a sink so that it drains into a separate container. You can then drop off contents at your local waste disposal center.

FWIW, the amount of chemicals likely to be...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-21-2008
Replies: 58
Views: 7,375
Posted By bcostin
Thanks, that article looks pretty interesting....

Thanks, that article looks pretty interesting. Like a lot of people, I got started with Diafine. I still use it for almost all of my Tri-X/Arista Premium 400, for when I know I have iffy exposures,...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 11-16-2008
Replies: 63
Views: 4,725
Posted By bcostin
Usually hiking boots or black leather New Balance...

Usually hiking boots or black leather New Balance tennis shoes. But now I remember how much I like Rockports. I should order a pair...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-15-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 1,231
Posted By bcostin
The essential equipment: A daylight developing...

The essential equipment: A daylight developing tank with film reel(s), a timer of some kind, a thermometer, a few measuring cups or graduated cylinders for mixing your chemicals, and some airtight...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-15-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 1,138
Posted By bcostin
This is an interesting discussion. I haven't...

This is an interesting discussion. I haven't needed to disassemble my FED NKVD and hadn't looked for any numbers inside until now.

The serial number stamped on the top plate is 27813. Scratched...
Forum: RFF Polls 11-14-2008
Replies: 56
Views: 3,706
Posted By bcostin
I'm pretty much a cheapskate no matter what the...

I'm pretty much a cheapskate no matter what the economy is like. For the time being I'm not planning any large purchases. I have a few cameras and lenses that could do with CLAs, so I may get them...
Forum: Yashica RF 11-10-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 778
Posted By bcostin
Oops, I was just about to ask what developing...

Oops, I was just about to ask what developing process you used to get those great high-contrast results. :) I like the first one in particular.
Forum: Olympus RF 11-09-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 1,810
Posted By bcostin
Nice work. I think the dove on the steps is my...

Nice work. I think the dove on the steps is my favorite.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-08-2008
Replies: 32
Views: 3,363
Posted By bcostin
Wow, some great examples of this lens in action....

Wow, some great examples of this lens in action. I'm very happy with mine. It was included with a Canon VT I bought recently. Mine had some oil on an inside element, but it wasn't too difficult to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-01-2008
Replies: 73
Views: 7,268
Posted By bcostin
Indeed. I was wondering if someone was going to...

Indeed. I was wondering if someone was going to mention Soviet cameras. The Soviets were Allies of convenience during WWII, and then successfully hid much of their evil behind the Iron Curtain for...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-31-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 1,122
Posted By bcostin
I stumbled upon one of these neat little Accura...

I stumbled upon one of these neat little Accura CDs meters on eBay last week. Mine isn't working, but I think I've found the problem. It looks like a weak point of the internal design is a white wire...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-25-2008
Replies: 611
Views: 140,843
Posted By bcostin
I'm always impressed by the results from this...

I'm always impressed by the results from this lens, especially in contrasty B&W. Though these color shots are also impressive.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 10-23-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 783
Posted By bcostin
It's an even quicker and easier job than the one...

It's an even quicker and easier job than the one you just finished.

Thanks, that is reassuring. I'm embarrassed to admit that I already have an Interslice kit for the QL-17 that I haven't yet...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 10-22-2008
Replies: 63
Views: 6,074
Posted By bcostin
In this case, believe it or not, Walmart is one...

In this case, believe it or not, Walmart is one of the "folks who are keeping Kodachrome alive". Not out of artistc merit, but because it makes money. Thank goodness.

Here's what I suspect is...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 10-21-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 1,407
Posted By bcostin
Very nice job. I enjoyed browsing through your...

Very nice job. I enjoyed browsing through your photostream. That 35mm 1.8 is impressive.

The 50/1.8 photos were also very interesting; I recently started shooting with that same lens myself.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 10-19-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 783
Posted By bcostin
Wow, my Canon QL-17 finder really was dirty

I knew the finder on my Canon QL-17 GIII was a bit hazy, but I did not realize how bad it had gotten.

Increasing difficulty focusing in low-light inspired me to finally take the top off and do some...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-06-2008
Replies: 60
Views: 10,780
Posted By bcostin
Arista Premium 400 is really nice. I bought a...

Arista Premium 400 is really nice. I bought a 100' roll a few days after it came out and have nearly used it up already. It seems to respond in Diafine exactly the same way as Tri-X does, which means...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-25-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 7,198
Posted By bcostin
Thanks for the link. Maybe one of my non-working...

Thanks for the link. Maybe one of my non-working handheld meters will volunteer for surgery. :)
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-22-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 953
Posted By bcostin
It looks like a light leak in the camera to me,...

It looks like a light leak in the camera to me, probably around the sides of the rear door. The 1600 ISO Rodinal set appears to have been shot in subdued light. Wheras the D76 roll, where we see a...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 09-21-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 858
Posted By bcostin
Cool. I've been thinking of trying this myself. I...

Cool. I've been thinking of trying this myself. I have my dehumidifier outflow rigged up to fill a water dish for our cats. I'll have to collect some for darkroom purposes (preferably prior to the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-15-2008
Replies: 46
Views: 3,936
Posted By bcostin
Yep, I've had that happen. For me, it seems...

Yep, I've had that happen. For me, it seems especially bad when it's humid.

Every so often I take a piece of regular kitchen waxed paper and buff the reels with the waxy side. The idea is to leaves...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 09-11-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 1,275
Posted By bcostin
Is it Kodak Gold 200? Expired in 2004 isn't...

Is it Kodak Gold 200? Expired in 2004 isn't really that old, but if you want to be on the safe side you can shoot it at around 150/160 and just have it developed as usual. Most color film tolerates...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-05-2008
Replies: 48
Views: 4,641
Posted By bcostin
Interesting discussion. After using a bunch of...

Interesting discussion. After using a bunch of old cameras my own attitude is pretty much matches Luke's. If it works, don't worry. A CLA is only needed if there are problems that interfere with the...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-04-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 692
Posted By bcostin
Canon VT goes to the Fair

The big Maryland State Fair in Timonium, to be specific. My wife and I wandered around, ate too much carnival food, and took lots of pictures. My main camera for the day was my Canon VT, with either...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 08-18-2008
Replies: 26
Views: 4,112
Posted By bcostin
Nah, they're not "dumping" it, they're just...

Nah, they're not "dumping" it, they're just rebranding it. I think Kodak is just about the only B&W film manufacturer that hasn't had a rebranding arrangement with Freestyle at some point....
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-13-2008
Replies: 40
Views: 3,048
Posted By bcostin
These shots are really nice, capitalK. I'm a...

These shots are really nice, capitalK. I'm a sucker for old signs and urban decay.
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 08-10-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 2,176
Posted By bcostin
Agfa Karat IV adventures

An eBay grab-bag of random cameras included this handsome Agfa Karat IV rangefinder, circa 1955. A happy surprise! This camera has a Solinar 50/2.8, slightly less desirable than the 50/2.0 but still...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 08-09-2008
Replies: 21
Views: 2,603
Posted By bcostin
I haven't had to do my Hi-Matic 7s, but I...

I haven't had to do my Hi-Matic 7s, but I recently adjusted a Minolta AL-F. When I had the top off of the Hi-Matic it looked similar. Remove the top and take a look at the RF assembly. You'll see...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-08-2008
Replies: 28
Views: 3,126
Posted By bcostin
Hi guys. Those are my test shots...

Hi guys. Those are my test shots (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcostin/tags/aristapremium400/) up on flickr. I'm glad they're helpful. I'm sure we'll see lots of samples soon. The edge codes on the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-02-2008
Replies: 49
Views: 16,823
Posted By bcostin
Thanks for posting this information, petronius....

Thanks for posting this information, petronius. I've been interested in this film for a while and I just decided to buy some on ebay. Your examples and Rodinal developing details will be very...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 08-02-2008
Replies: 22
Views: 1,763
Posted By bcostin
I usually finish up a roll with pics of something...

I usually finish up a roll with pics of something mundane. Like our cars, the house, view up and down the street, the neighborhood, etc. I figure that someone, maybe me, will find them interesting...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-29-2008
Replies: 538
Views: 44,936
Posted By bcostin
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3010/2687190860_93e...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3010/2687190860_93eb4a1558.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcostin/2687190860/)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3207/2686369607_e2a814d407.jpg...
Forum: RFF News 07-29-2008
Replies: 64
Views: 8,309
Posted By bcostin
I know of at least two freelance journalists...

I know of at least two freelance journalists who've worked in Iraq recently. Michael Totten (http://www.michaeltotten.com/) and Michael Yon (http://michaelyon-online.com/). They're both doing...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-24-2008
Replies: 61
Views: 4,627
Posted By bcostin
I certainly understand the sentiment. I've been...

I certainly understand the sentiment. I've been there before with lots of other products, especially the computer stuff I use all day for my job. Sometimes a bargain is more trouble than it's worth....
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 07-22-2008
Replies: 69
Views: 5,136
Posted By bcostin
I think that 1000/day number (I read that...

I think that 1000/day number (I read that somewhere too) is just for Dwayne's Kodachrome lines. They also do E6 and C41. It looks like the three rolls of E6 (120) I had developed last month via...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 07-22-2008
Replies: 69
Views: 5,136
Posted By bcostin
I have a roll of K64 in my Olympus 35RC right...

I have a roll of K64 in my Olympus 35RC right now, and three more in the fridge. This is my first experience with Kodachrome and, admittedly, my main motivation was to try it before it disappeared....
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 07-17-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 1,284
Posted By bcostin
I think I'll get one of those. Looks handy.

I think I'll get one of those. Looks handy.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 07-12-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 3,123
Posted By bcostin
Great results. I'll definitely need to try this...

Great results. I'll definitely need to try this sometime, though I don't think I can find a place to cross-process. My favorites are #5, 8, and 10. Some of the combinations work really well.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-11-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 1,774
Posted By bcostin
While I don't by nearly as much gear as some I...

While I don't by nearly as much gear as some I haven't had any problems with KEH so far. I usually buy BGN grade and have never had cause to complain about the conditions of the bodies or lenses I've...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 07-10-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 1,115
Posted By bcostin
New Canon VT and 50/1.8, lens just cleaned

This was was an eBay purchase and a rare impulse buy for me, though I've wanted a Canon LTM body and the 50/1.8 for a while. My father owned a few different Canon rangefinders when I was a kid and...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 07-09-2008
Replies: 65
Views: 7,990
Posted By bcostin
Glasses all the time. I've been severely...

Glasses all the time. I've been severely nearsighted with astigmatism since I was a kid, so I wear glasses all the time. Removing them engages my built-in Noctilux bokeh simulator. :) I can get by in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-09-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 1,958
Posted By bcostin
I have a pro account (see my sig) and use it all...

I have a pro account (see my sig) and use it all the time. I prefer the newer Uploadr app but never had any problems with the old one. My wife has had occasional glitches when she uploads large...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 07-06-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 2,967
Posted By bcostin
That's pretty nice. I have a C35V, well worn...

That's pretty nice. I have a C35V, well worn (http://flickr.com/photos/bcostin/1480437364/) but still functional, and enjoy using it quite a bit. The lens seems to be every bit as good as the RF...
Forum: Olympus RF 07-05-2008
Replies: 19
Views: 2,766
Posted By bcostin
I'm glad someone resurrected this thread; I...

I'm glad someone resurrected this thread; I must've missed it the first time around. Those are some great photos, Bill. Now that the weather is improving I need to give my 35RC some exercise.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-05-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 3,203
Posted By bcostin
Thanks to everyone for posting this information....

Thanks to everyone for posting this information. I successfully disassembled and cleaned a Canon 50/1.8 that came with a VT I recently purchased. I've worked on FSU lenses but this was my first try...
Forum: RFF Polls 06-29-2008
Replies: 89
Views: 16,443
Posted By bcostin
Most of my film, including all of the bulk rolls...

Most of my film, including all of the bulk rolls and sheet film, goes on the bottom shelf of the freezer (an ancient non-defrosting behemoth that came with the house.) A few rolls of current film are...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-28-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 1,176
Posted By bcostin
That's a good idea. I might try it with some...

That's a good idea. I might try it with some generic adhesive foam. My lens caps always seem to end up migrating to my desk or my nightstand via my shirt pocket. Those elastic Cap Keepers are beneath...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 06-24-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 1,697
Posted By bcostin
I like using those films too, especially if...

I like using those films too, especially if they're cheap. I've come across Konica Centuria, Agfa, and Ferriana films in boxes with all sorts of strange brands. The various Dollar Store chains are...
Forum: Olympus RF 06-24-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 1,524
Posted By bcostin
Nice shots. I particularly like the Kiev one. I...

Nice shots. I particularly like the Kiev one. I have the scale-focus version of that camera, the 35EC, and it is a fun shooter.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-21-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 1,096
Posted By bcostin
Thanks Solinar. This camera was my father's, one...

Thanks Solinar. This camera was my father's, one of his favorite 120 shooters. Judging by the worn exterior it's spent a lot of time in a lot of pockets, but it works...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-21-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 1,096
Posted By bcostin
Super Ikonta A visits Gettysburg College

I went to an IT conference at Gettysburg College earlier this month for work. Gettysburg is only about a 30 minute drive from my home in Maryland so I've been to the town many times, but this was the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-18-2008
Replies: 35
Views: 4,266
Posted By bcostin
This has been an interesting thread. You've done...

This has been an interesting thread. You've done a great job with this restoration. I have Perle I picked up a flea market last year for about $15. It's a bit different than yours, with a...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 06-17-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 1,698
Posted By bcostin
A few Retina Ia car show photos

While running errands my wife and I came across a car show at a nearby Wal-mart store. My carry-around film camera that day was a Kodak Retina Ia (Type 015) equipped with the Retina-Xenar 50/3.5...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 06-13-2008
Replies: 1
Views: 906
Posted By bcostin
That's a nice find. The lenses on those Yashicas...

That's a nice find. The lenses on those Yashicas have a good reputation. And the waist level finder is pretty neat.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 06-08-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 1,079
Posted By bcostin
You would need a Minolta, Argus, Rollei, Yashica,...

You would need a Minolta, Argus, Rollei, Yashica, Leica, Ansco, Nikon, and Deardorff!

I have the Argus, Rollei, and Leica covered. Sadly, no Deardorff.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-15-2008
Replies: 42
Views: 4,872
Posted By bcostin
dseelig...

dseelig (http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/member.php?u=5040),
I'm a little late here, but when you have a chance check out the VENONA intercepts and the information that was found in the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-14-2008
Replies: 1,344
Views: 263,340
Posted By bcostin
My new-to-me Zorki 6. The lens is a rigid...

My new-to-me Zorki 6. The lens is a rigid Industar-50, sporting an old Kodak Series V hood..

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2335/2472190509_160445cd03.jpg...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 05-14-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 1,592
Posted By bcostin
That first shot is fantastic. My XA2 is almost...

That first shot is fantastic. My XA2 is almost always in my jacket pocket. Just slide it open and it's ready to go. I just need to find a belt case for it so I can keep in handy in warmer weather,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-14-2008
Replies: 42
Views: 4,872
Posted By bcostin
Unfortunately I don't think there's anywhere...

Unfortunately I don't think there's anywhere entirely free of Barney-Fife-style local yokels with too much time on their hands. In defense of their line of questioning, there were, in fact, Soviet...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 05-14-2008
Replies: 38
Views: 5,539
Posted By bcostin
The guy does seem a little bit nuts. His...

The guy does seem a little bit nuts. His photographic work isn't bad, though. Not my kind of thing, but I can see why people might like it.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-12-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 1,091
Posted By bcostin
I really like the Fed-50 on my Fed-1 NKVD. I wish...

I really like the Fed-50 on my Fed-1 NKVD. I wish I could use it on my other bodies, too, but it's one of the early models with a nonstandard mount spacing fitted for a specific body.

Mine had some...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-12-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 1,238
Posted By bcostin
I'm much happier with my plastic Paterson...

I'm much happier with my plastic Paterson three-reel tank. I've never gotten along with metal reels; they always kink and bind on me, no matter how careful I am. Especially with 120 film. (And I use...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 05-10-2008
Replies: 0
Views: 1,251
Posted By bcostin
Argus-Cosina 35 at the Historical Electronics Museum

A couple weeks ago we visited the Historical Electronics Museum (http://www.hem-usa.org/) in Linthicum, Maryland. I tucked my Argus-Cosina 35 (http://flickr.com/photos/bcostin/507256157/) rangefinder...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 05-10-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 1,814
Posted By bcostin
That's a good idea. Did you need to enlarge the...

That's a good idea. Did you need to enlarge the opening in the meter aperture slots, or was it already the right size to meter correctly at ISO 1600? I may have to try this.

I've thought about...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-08-2008
Replies: 53
Views: 5,971
Posted By bcostin
Those are lovely. The soft colors remind me of a...

Those are lovely. The soft colors remind me of a 1950's issue of National Geographic.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-08-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 1,054
Posted By bcostin
Those are very nice. Early industrial technology...

Those are very nice. Early industrial technology can be very photogenic, to the right photographer.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-08-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 1,903
Posted By bcostin
It sounds like a good cause. I work in higher...

It sounds like a good cause. I work in higher education (in the USA) and can imagine how hard it might be to get purchasing funding for a film-based photography program these days, no matter how well...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-05-2008
Replies: 35
Views: 3,912
Posted By bcostin
A worthy mission. FWIW, I have both a 2.8C and a...

A worthy mission. FWIW, I have both a 2.8C and a Rolleiflex T f3.5. Both are excellent performers, especially if you get into the habit of using a lens hood.

I can't give any advice on local...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 04-27-2008
Replies: 26
Views: 2,515
Posted By bcostin
Another PM sent. Sounds very interesting.

Another PM sent. Sounds very interesting.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-22-2008
Replies: 41
Views: 2,773
Posted By bcostin
Cool, sounds like fun. As another newbie to this...

Cool, sounds like fun. As another newbie to this contest I would also like to see the rules reposted. Thanks!
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-21-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 1,455
Posted By bcostin
That's a good idea, hans. Those little spring...

That's a good idea, hans. Those little spring rings look like they'd be a lot more convenient than the usual split-rings.
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 04-20-2008
Replies: 1
Views: 1,867
Posted By bcostin
Springtime begins with an Olympus 35 EC

This Olympus 35 EC was purchased for $5 on the auction site, listed in unknown but probably working condition.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2359/2416921312_23eaa162fd.jpg...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 04-20-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 1,272
Posted By bcostin
I've used quite a bit of Arista branded bulk...

I've used quite a bit of Arista branded bulk film. I have a couple hundred feet of frozen Arista Ultra Pro 50 (Pan F+) and just finished a bulk roll of Arista II (APX 400). I've always enjoyed using...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-15-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 1,998
Posted By bcostin
I think the lomo.com folks are mostly harmless....

I think the lomo.com folks are mostly harmless. If they were driving up the prices of these cameras elsewhere then I'd be annoyed, but they apparently have their own specialized audience and that...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-09-2008
Replies: 74
Views: 4,818
Posted By bcostin
I've only purchased via one ad here (a Fed 5 and...

I've only purchased via one ad here (a Fed 5 and two great lenses). That transaction went great and I've been very happy. I've been tempted to purchase a lot of other things; fortunately for my bank...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-30-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 1,719
Posted By bcostin
I use round-tipped children's scissors. One less...

I use round-tipped children's scissors. One less sharp point to scratch the film accidentally.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-28-2008
Replies: 70
Views: 3,070
Posted By bcostin
There's a very similar thread today on APUG about...

There's a very similar thread today on APUG about Rolleiflexes. :)

Oddly enough I've never had anyone comment on my M3. Maybe the leather half-case disguises the Leica-ness. But last month I was in...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-25-2008
Replies: 115
Views: 7,962
Posted By bcostin
I love that diagram, Bill. It sums up the...

I love that diagram, Bill. It sums up the personal interactions very nicely.

(FWIW, I also like the original "patriotic" part. I'm an unabashed patriot and apparently lack the dignity to even be...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 03-22-2008
Replies: 51
Views: 8,016
Posted By bcostin
This has been a very interesting thread. I...

This has been a very interesting thread. I developed my first pair (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcostin/2352630006/) of 4x5 negatives this past Thursday. I used a Unicolor Uniroller base and a print...
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-21-2008
Replies: 35
Views: 6,563
Posted By bcostin
For SLRs, the Auto Vivitar Wide-Angle 35mm f2.8...

For SLRs, the Auto Vivitar Wide-Angle 35mm f2.8 is nice. Sharp, nice bokeh, and available cheap in lots of mounts (mine is M42.) The Super Takumar 35/2 is also very nice, and a bit faster. Of course...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-19-2008
Replies: 44
Views: 2,635
Posted By bcostin
Wow, thanks for the link. I, for one, had no idea.

Wow, thanks for the link. I, for one, had no idea.
Forum: Yashica RF 03-18-2008
Replies: 25
Views: 3,921
Posted By bcostin
Cool. I have a couple of those Fedka soft...

Cool. I have a couple of those Fedka soft releases already (they're a great bargain). I'll have to give one a try on my Lynx.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-17-2008
Replies: 2,106
Views: 386,740
Posted By bcostin
Thanks guys! I appreciate the information. I'm...

Thanks guys! I appreciate the information. I'm not sure if I want to commit to 400 feet yet, especially with some other unused bulk stock in the freezer, so I'll probably try my luck with Film...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-17-2008
Replies: 2,106
Views: 386,740
Posted By bcostin
Is Film Emporium the best place to buy 5222? I...

Is Film Emporium the best place to buy 5222? I see they offer 100' short ends on their web site, but judging from the discussion it sounds like they don't always have them in stock even if they're...
Forum: 2008 Street Photos 03-16-2008
Replies: 115
Views: 14,705
Posted By bcostin
Login successful. Hailing frequencies open.

Login successful. Hailing frequencies open.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-13-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 1,032
Posted By bcostin
I just bought some slightly expired K64 to try...

I just bought some slightly expired K64 to try out, before it eventually disappears.

What convinced me was the cheap mail-away processing (via Dwayne's, of course) available through Wal-Mart; a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-11-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 1,308
Posted By bcostin
Those are fantastic. The night shots are...

Those are fantastic. The night shots are inspirational. I also really like #5, the statue.
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 03-10-2008
Replies: 25
Views: 16,880
Posted By bcostin
I have a Silette and and also a Solina, which is...

I have a Silette and and also a Solina, which is pretty much identical except for an f3.5 lens instead of f2.8. The pair were a bargain at $10. They're nice little cameras; I should use them more...
Forum: Olympus RF 03-07-2008
Replies: 21
Views: 2,936
Posted By bcostin
Hey, that looks pretty sharp. I particularly like...

Hey, that looks pretty sharp. I particularly like the gray enamel. In combination with pigskin it somehow reminds me of a vintage car interior.
Forum: Argus RF 03-01-2008
Replies: 2
Views: 2,023
Posted By bcostin
Thanks Robin. That's a good suggestion.

Thanks Robin. That's a good suggestion.
Forum: Argus RF 02-29-2008
Replies: 2
Views: 2,023
Posted By bcostin
Argus Variable Power Viewfinder disassembly?

Hi there. Does anyone have any experience with taking apart an Argus Variable Power Viewfinder? It's the flat-fronted finder with a dial on either side, shown second from the top on this page...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-29-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 6,753
Posted By bcostin
Yep, you can use a "Canon Lens Mount Converter...

Yep, you can use a "Canon Lens Mount Converter E", which allows you to mount inner-bayonet Exacta lenses on an FD camera (http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=48441030%40N00&q=exakta+canon&m=text). Like...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-28-2008
Replies: 89
Views: 2,932
Posted By bcostin
Good for you. My conscience won't let me sleep...

Good for you. My conscience won't let me sleep when I do dishonest things.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-24-2008
Replies: 126
Views: 4,233
Posted By bcostin
Photography as a vehicle for social change has...

Photography as a vehicle for social change has always been overrated. IMHO, this is primarly because many photographers and photojournalists followed their print bretheren and abandoned objectivity...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 02-22-2008
Replies: 32
Views: 2,521
Posted By bcostin
Wow, some great shots here. My XA2 is my faithful...

Wow, some great shots here. My XA2 is my faithful coat-pocket camera.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2040/2096358983_38ef347331.jpg...
Forum: Olympus RF 02-21-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 1,517
Posted By bcostin
Thanks, guys! The 35RC definitely has a knack for...

Thanks, guys! The 35RC definitely has a knack for handling tricky exposures, and the Zukio lens never disappoints.
Forum: Olympus RF 02-20-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 1,517
Posted By bcostin
Olympus 35RC at the Bed & Breakfast

Last October my wife and I visited the Yellow Turtle Inn, the local bed & breakfast where we were married. The place is up for sale, and we wanted to spend a day there (and take some pictures) before...
Forum: Olympus RF 02-20-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 2,406
Posted By bcostin
Those are great shots. The third and the fourth...

Those are great shots. The third and the fourth are my favorites. My RC is quickly becoming a favorite.

Kodak 400CN is nice stuff. I usually develop my own B&W, but after recently working through a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-11-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 3,555
Posted By bcostin
Could it be the less common Exakta outer-bayonet...

Could it be the less common Exakta outer-bayonet (http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/exakta/lenses.html) mount? Unfortunately I don't have a lens that uses the external flanges for comparison.

I have...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-10-2008
Replies: 64
Views: 1,925
Posted By bcostin
If you'd taken a photo of anything other than the...

If you'd taken a photo of anything other than the woman being loaded into the ambulance then you'd probably have been fine. Accident victims may be disfigured, covered in their own bodily fluids, or...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 02-04-2008
Replies: 29
Views: 2,115
Posted By bcostin
That's interesting; I didn't know Rite Aid...

That's interesting; I didn't know Rite Aid handled Kodachrome. I plan to use Wal-Mart for some K64 sometime soon. This is my first Kodachrome, but I've used them for other mail-away processing (via...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-28-2008
Replies: 217
Views: 10,409
Posted By bcostin
Canon AE-1 P. My father gave it to me. It's in my...

Canon AE-1 P. My father gave it to me. It's in my camera cabinet with a sqeaky shutter.
Forum: RFF Polls 01-28-2008
Replies: 75
Views: 5,392
Posted By bcostin
I'd process it. That's only happened to me once,...

I'd process it. That's only happened to me once, though. It was a point-and-shoot I purchased at the Goodwill store. It turned out to be some fairly boring photos of what looked like someone's...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-24-2008
Replies: 97
Views: 3,074
Posted By bcostin
Now I know what to tell my wife when she looks...

Now I know what to tell my wife when she looks skeptically at that new Canon 40D. "I had to buy it honey. For the good of the country!" :)

We don't really carry much debt so it'll probably go into...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-24-2008
Replies: 33
Views: 1,664
Posted By bcostin
My condolences. I think I may have done the same...

My condolences. I think I may have done the same thing. Loss and grieving are a part of life, and, if nothing else, photography exists to record life. The loss of my own father and grandmother was...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-23-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 557
Posted By bcostin
That's a nice find. The A35F isn't quite as nice...

That's a nice find. The A35F isn't quite as nice as the QL17 but it's certainly a bargain at that price. I wish our local thift stores had stuff that nice.

This page...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-17-2008
Replies: 39
Views: 9,229
Posted By bcostin
I voted for D76 1:1. The only thing easier is...

I voted for D76 1:1. The only thing easier is Diafine, and for someone looking to become practiced in time/temperature/agitation control Diafine is almost too easy, since none of those variables...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-09-2008
Replies: 94
Views: 3,648
Posted By bcostin
My father's photo collection, from my own...

My father's photo collection, from my own childhood, is filled with the neighborhood kids playing around and goofing off. Amusement parks with families walking around and people enjoying themselves....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-09-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 898
Posted By bcostin
I'd mix it up and see. If the powder is white and...

I'd mix it up and see. If the powder is white and dissolves ok, then it'll probably work. Two years isn't a very long time, relatively speaking, and dry chemistry seems to keep pretty well when...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 01-06-2008
Replies: 65
Views: 5,466
Posted By bcostin
Very interesting thread. I've always loved Capa's...

Very interesting thread. I've always loved Capa's work. I think a skilled photographer can wring compelling photos from almost any working camera, especially if he has a little time to become...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-05-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 774
Posted By bcostin
I'd go for it. It's easy and very flexible. I...

I'd go for it. It's easy and very flexible. I found two bulk loaders among my late father's camera equipment (a very early model Watson and a slightly newer Lloyds) so my initial investment was very...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-04-2008
Replies: 40
Views: 3,109
Posted By bcostin
One hour service (or next day, if I'm feeling...

One hour service (or next day, if I'm feeling patient) at Target or Wal-Mart, usually process only since I scan my negatives anyway. For all 120 and for 35mm slide film I use Wal-Mart's 2-week...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-27-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 1,877
Posted By bcostin
Congraulations. In a month or two I plan to be...

Congraulations. In a month or two I plan to be stupid too. :)

My wife was satisfied with her little Fuji F30 until I let her borrow my trusty Canon 10D. Now she wants me to buy that 40D I've been...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-27-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 1,048
Posted By bcostin
I'm torn. Subforums do help newcomers who aren't...

I'm torn. Subforums do help newcomers who aren't sure where to start, and for regulars they cut down the time spent thumbing through equipment-specific messages (sometimes with vague titles) that are...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 12-24-2007
Replies: 26
Views: 2,349
Posted By bcostin
It looks like a flipped rear element to me too,...

It looks like a flipped rear element to me too, with the sharp area in the center and the blur getting progressively worse toward the edges. Someone may have opened up the lens for cleaning and made...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 12-18-2007
Replies: 13
Views: 1,343
Posted By bcostin
I made the same plunge a couple months ago. I've...

I made the same plunge a couple months ago. I've been going through a box of misc dead cameras from my father's collection and some of my own less successful ebay acquisitions. So far I've been...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 12-17-2007
Replies: 71
Views: 9,229
Posted By bcostin
Thanks for posting those samples, gregg. I'm very...

Thanks for posting those samples, gregg. I'm very tempted by the A640, especially now that RAW support is available via the amazing CHDK firmware patch (http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK). I've been...
Forum: RFF Polls 12-13-2007
Replies: 398
Views: 29,837
Posted By bcostin
Canon digital SLRs. For film I slightly prefer...

Canon digital SLRs. For film I slightly prefer Canon, but I use all sorts. Oddly enough I do not, however, own a single Nikon. Not on purpose, just haven't fallen into one yet.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-10-2007
Replies: 13
Views: 1,206
Posted By bcostin
I've used a similar plugin from AlienSkin called...

I've used a similar plugin from AlienSkin called Exposure. It's actually quite nice. Yes, the basic presets are somewhat stereotypical. But Exposure, at least, allows you to customize all sorts of...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 12-04-2007
Replies: 1
Views: 848
Posted By bcostin
The cute little PaX I

This PaX 35 was part of my father's collection. After sitting forlornly on a shelf for many years I decided to try a few simple measures and see if I could get it working. I'm glad I did, because...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-04-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 3,604
Posted By bcostin
The finder mirror in my No. 1 Autographic Jr. was...

The finder mirror in my No. 1 Autographic Jr. was also almost completely desilvered. I have a few finders from other parts cameras but none fit quite right. I made a new "mirror" by scribing out a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-30-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 774
Posted By bcostin
Thanks for these links, guys. These photos are...

Thanks for these links, guys. These photos are amazing.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-29-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 725
Posted By bcostin
Thanks, this will make a good checklist for the...

Thanks, this will make a good checklist for the next camera I try out. I've been doing a few kitchen table repairs lately and as I troubleshoot various problems I've realized how much EXIF data has...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-29-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 2,096
Posted By bcostin
Wow, those are nice. #3 and 5 are my favorites....

Wow, those are nice. #3 and 5 are my favorites. You clearly know how to use the light to its best advantage.
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