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Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 1
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Posted By retinax
The early Retina Reflex and folding RFs have lens...

The early Retina Reflex and folding RFs have lens elements in the body; Retina Reflex S and Retina IIIS and at least the Bessamatic I know don't. They use the Deckel (DKL) bayonet this adapter is...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Day Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 373
Posted By retinax
Thanks for all the replies, but non address the...

Thanks for all the replies, but non address the core of my issue which is how the clearing test might be affected by the dye. I'll order sulfide toner soon anyway and that can be used to test for...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Day Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 350
Posted By retinax
There is no 120 film in bulk, would be very hard...

There is no 120 film in bulk, would be very hard to load.
I see nothing wrong with your preference, I prefer the look of black and white film in black and white.

If you wanted to, your black and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Day Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 859
Posted By retinax
That article simply isn't consistent in its use,...

That article simply isn't consistent in its use, from the first sentence: "the term bokeh (https://photographylife.com/what-is-bokeh) represents the quality of the magical out-of-focus blur". Sure,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Day Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 859
Posted By retinax
No, everyone's product needs it but talking about...

No, everyone's product needs it but talking about it is either done fanatically or dismissed in various ways, little middle ground.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Day Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 350
Posted By retinax
Agree about the tone. Not to excuse it, but...

Agree about the tone.

Not to excuse it, but your post with the statement that C-41 was easier and faster, without explanation why you thought so, perhaps invites less than understanding replies.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 2 Days Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 859
Posted By retinax
Potholes, sure, vibration, no. Inertia prevents...

Potholes, sure, vibration, no. Inertia prevents an adult human body from being accelerated like that. Sack of water is exactly the right metaphor, it would make for a decent camera suspension system,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 2 Days Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 859
Posted By retinax
I've tried a messenger bag or camera bandolier...

I've tried a messenger bag or camera bandolier style and quickly gave it up, with a somewhat low handlebar it will slip and eventually dangle against your thighs and arms. I'm slightly worried about...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 2 Days Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 859
Posted By retinax
What qualities does the proletariat care about...

What qualities does the proletariat care about these days in lenses and photographs?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 2 Days Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 859
Posted By retinax
That would be the degree of blurring or...

That would be the degree of blurring or defocusing or something like that, it's been a long time since I've read anyone on this well-educated forum refer to that as "bokeh". Bokeh is the quality of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 2 Days Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 859
Posted By retinax
Well, the background in the picture above your...

Well, the background in the picture above your post, by Petronius, looks odd to me. But that may be mostly due to the stripes and/or an unluck distance. I think that most lenses can deliver...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Days Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 373
Posted By retinax
With the Fomapan, which has anti-halation-dye on...

With the Fomapan, which has anti-halation-dye on the back, there seems to be the effect I'm hypothesizing for T-Max: If the piece of film is partly submerged, so that both emulsion and back get...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 3 Days Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 373
Posted By retinax
Thanks for the replies, folks. Again, my issue...

Thanks for the replies, folks. Again, my issue isn't how to deal with the purple dye in general, it's the question weather it might affect the *test* for fixing times...
I agree 14 mins is insane. On...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 3 Days Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 373
Posted By retinax
I can fix for 14 minutes, although it's annoying,...

I can fix for 14 minutes, although it's annoying, but I'm concerned that if the test does not clearly show the fixing action, but the dye dissolution, the criterion of doubled clearing time for fixer...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 3 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 402
Posted By retinax
Your results look great for a start. It's normal...

Your results look great for a start. It's normal that the majority of the paper goes to the bin, unless one has sophisticated darkroom meters etc.
For print time and aperture do systematic test...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 3 Days Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 373
Posted By retinax
I have no problem with the purple dye other than...

I have no problem with the purple dye other than uncertainty if my clip tests are reliable. I usually do a pre-soak, too.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 3 Days Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 373
Posted By retinax
Clip test TMY-2 - obscured by the purple dye?

Hi all,
edit: please read carefully, the issue is not how to get rid of the purple dye. It's whether it affects clip tests (like described by Roger, R.I.P, here:...
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 4 Days Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 497
Posted By retinax
Yes, it seems more likely that you could find one...

Yes, it seems more likely that you could find one with a broken front. Fortunately normally the fronts are destroyed in a fall or so.
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 4 Days Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 497
Posted By retinax
If you're so inclined, wouldn't it be possible to...

If you're so inclined, wouldn't it be possible to buy or borrow another specimen, measure the radii of that element, and together with the focal length that your incomplete lens has, calculate what...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Days Ago
Replies: 61
Views: 2,523
Posted By retinax
Great news for the fans of Acros. I've never used...

Great news for the fans of Acros. I've never used it, how would you describe it in comparison to T-Max 100?

Hope this isn't too hard on other manufacturers like Adox, who specialize in medium and...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 5 Days Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 590
Posted By retinax
Look into the techart autofocus adapters, that...

Look into the techart autofocus adapters, that could give af ability with all your lenses.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 6 Days Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 246
Posted By retinax
First time I hear of such a thing. Great idea,...

First time I hear of such a thing. Great idea, hope they start making them in RF sizes (and cheap :o ). I'd usually rather use a rangefinder when I need a filter, as I don't have to look through it...
Forum: Photo Software 6 Days Ago
Replies: 59
Views: 1,576
Posted By retinax
You could always try Darktable, which I'm quite...

You could always try Darktable, which I'm quite happy with, although I have no frame of reference really, or RawTherapee, which can do even more. They're open source, free, and still being updated...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 1 Week Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 201
Posted By retinax
Congrats but in what way except speed is this an...

Congrats but in what way except speed is this an improvement over drying your film hanging in the shower or on the reel laying somewhere if you don't use an air filter?
Forum: Zeiss Contax 1 Week Ago
Replies: 43
Views: 1,979
Posted By retinax
The uneven exposure looks like shutter trouble,...

The uneven exposure looks like shutter trouble, that was shot a a fast shutter speed, right? Maybe a trip back to the repair person is in order if it was supposed to be all good. I don't generally...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 1 Week Ago
Replies: 43
Views: 1,979
Posted By retinax
Some of them look quite sharp, others not so...

Some of them look quite sharp, others not so much. Bokeh looks good to me in the cat photo. The sharpness gradient is really odd. Could that be a dslr-scanning issue? Not perfectly parallel? Although...
Forum: Chris Crawford 1 Week Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 1,321
Posted By retinax
Folks, please refrain from the tirades. Not the...

Folks, please refrain from the tirades. Not the place.

And don't throw stones when you don't know your apostrophes in what I'll assume to be your mother tongue, ironically enough that's another...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 1 Week Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 826
Posted By retinax
I agree! Now can we also restrict the number of...

I agree! Now can we also restrict the number of pictures a user can post in a thread? Kidding, most threads have wonderful pictures, we do want some threads where someone showcases ongoing quality...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 1 Week Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 434
Posted By retinax
11 x 14 is not too large for trays to be used...

11 x 14 is not too large for trays to be used frequently and not too expensive, or one might even find something suitable as trays in a hardware or container store, even just getting a single one and...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 1 Week Ago
Replies: 1,555
Views: 275,415
Posted By retinax
Citroen DS, MD Macro Rokkor 100, TMX, Foma RC...

Citroen DS, MD Macro Rokkor 100, TMX, Foma RC paper


https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/66531/U66531I1559500642.SEQ.1.jpg

(scratches on the sloppily processed work print, not the...
Forum: Chris Crawford 1 Week Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 1,321
Posted By retinax
Congrats on the cat! Cats are such a delight. I...

Congrats on the cat! Cats are such a delight. I miss the one we had when I was a kid and hope to have one around again at some point. Unfortunately it seems like there are less and less places where...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 645
Posted By retinax
"sunny 16" is very optimistic and imho rarely...

"sunny 16" is very optimistic and imho rarely applies - only if everything in the scene that you're interested in is in full sun, and only if you're not too far North or South - beyond the 50th...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 361
Posted By retinax
Capping means there is no slit between the...

Capping means there is no slit between the curtains as they move across the film gate. This is desired while the shutter is being wound and undesirable when an exposure is supposed to happen, and it...
Forum: Optics Theory - 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 289
Posted By retinax
OP, people are understanding your question in two...

OP, people are understanding your question in two different ways. Are you looking for a lens to use on 135 or for one to use on 6x7? To me it sounds like you want to know the closest in 135 to a 90...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 232
Views: 48,038
Posted By retinax
If there's a shadow on the subject and you expose...

If there's a shadow on the subject and you expose for that shadow you're not overexposing. You're exposing correctly. You might try to give more than 1.5 stops, that's still a compromise exposure, in...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 361
Posted By retinax
You're right, that is very strange. Both the...

You're right, that is very strange. Both the pictures you show have a very bright bottom foreground, on the side opposite of the streak. It might be a reflection from something in the mirror box. Is...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 361
Posted By retinax
This is the first time I hear spotmatics were...

This is the first time I hear spotmatics were known for shutter issues. But yours looks like one. If the line is visible outside the frame, it's a light leak, if not, a shutter issue. If the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 383
Posted By retinax
Hate to be that guy, but these photos look pretty...

Hate to be that guy, but these photos look pretty flare-y. Not what I'd expect of this lens. The second one has obvious flare near the bright sky area and most of the others seem to have veiling...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 908
Views: 147,689
Posted By retinax
Wow. Lynn, something about the tonality and...

Wow. Lynn, something about the tonality and simple composition in this one totally does it for me.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 958
Posted By retinax
Is this the earlier style focusing ring?...

Is this the earlier style focusing ring? https://www.casualphotophile.com/2018/09/25/voigtlander-ultron-35mm-f-1-7-ltm-review/ My two specimens with haze were not like that, the focusing ring has...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 958
Posted By retinax
As I posted in another thread about my luckless...

As I posted in another thread about my luckless hunt for a haze-free 35 1.7 Ultron, a repair person told me he suspected it to be a problem with the optical cement used. That would certainly explain...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 887
Posted By retinax
Congrats! Ironically even on screen, it comes...

Congrats! Ironically even on screen, it comes across that they look amazing printed. I think you made an excellent selection, what I see here looks even better together than what I've seen you post...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 93
Views: 2,561
Posted By retinax
It certainly is shallow and the idealisation of...

It certainly is shallow and the idealisation of more or less traditional female behaviours, which have developed as a compliment to traditional male ones, is unreflected and silly.
Nevertheless...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 500
Posted By retinax
Ok sure, I've never considered the screen as a...

Ok sure, I've never considered the screen as a final presentation medium for fine art, for documentary work it has been for better or worse for a long time of course - most of us look at newspapers...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 500
Posted By retinax
Wait, you say pictures start looking like crap...

Wait, you say pictures start looking like crap only after you post them? But before, you must have viewed them on your computer and they look ok? Then that must mean they get shot when uploading,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 500
Posted By retinax
Can you give more explanations why you think...

Can you give more explanations why you think stuff on screen looks like crap? I certainty prefer looking at a print, but screens can look pretty good to me. That requires the screen to be high enough...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 105
Views: 2,514
Posted By retinax
Thanks. Looks similar, some pincushion...

Thanks. Looks similar, some pincushion distortion. Great, less GAS.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 105
Views: 2,514
Posted By retinax
How is the J-3 distortion-wise? The J-8 has a bit...

How is the J-3 distortion-wise? The J-8 has a bit of pincushion distortion which can be annoying for someone who, like me, likes architecture and placing horizons near the edge of the frame.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,295
Posted By retinax
Yeah I may have come around to that conclusion...

Yeah I may have come around to that conclusion too. Looking at paper puts film prices into perspective. Yesterday I placed an order and it didn't include cheap film, as I figured the price difference...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,295
Posted By retinax
Crisper grain sounds great. I don't quite follow...

Crisper grain sounds great. I don't quite follow what you're saying about blacks and whites, I take that to be properties of a print, not a negative. Does that mean it has a straighter curve/less...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,295
Posted By retinax
Thank you, I had totally forgotten about...

Thank you, I had totally forgotten about Nordfoto. They also have very good prices on tmax 400 and hp5+ in 120, either of that might be the way I'll go.
In which ways have you found the pan 400...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,295
Posted By retinax
OP here, that is interesting. It's not only about...

OP here, that is interesting. It's not only about 120, but ideally both 135 and 120.

Where would one get this PAN 400?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,295
Posted By retinax
Of course. I got confused, the naming with CHS...

Of course. I got confused, the naming with CHS and CHM is not very easy to memorize.

Actually under the Agfa APX branding the 30.5 meter rolls seem to be cheapest (50€), 36 frame rolls are indeed...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 335
Posted By retinax
If it's one or two frames at a time, perhaps one...

If it's one or two frames at a time, perhaps one could also develop them in black plastic film cans? I was thinking about doing that for figuring out developing times. Not sure if they are light...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,295
Posted By retinax
Some say that, others say it's not. In any case...

Some say that, others say it's not. In any case the Kentmere stuff under all the known labels, Agfa APX, Adox CHS... is not available in 120...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-11-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,295
Posted By retinax
I just realized Kentmere and Oreo N74 don't seem...

I just realized Kentmere and Oreo N74 don't seem to be available in 120. Is my only cheap option the Foma for 120?
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-09-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 509
Posted By retinax
Same here, it's a pretty interesting system for...

Same here, it's a pretty interesting system for travel IMHO, I also have the dedicated bag for it, which isn't very robust or ergonomic but good enough and can be stowed away in a tiny, light...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-09-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 227
Posted By retinax
Cool, can you describe the differences you've...

Cool, can you describe the differences you've found, if any?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-09-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 227
Posted By retinax
Adox HR-50 in normal developers

Another film question from me. I'm thinking about putting a few rolls of the stuff with the new, mysterious "speed boost tech" in my next order from fotoimpex. Adox recommends the special HR-50...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-09-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,295
Posted By retinax
Thank you. You wouldn't happen to know about N74...

Thank you. You wouldn't happen to know about N74 as well?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-09-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,295
Posted By retinax
Pushability ist a good point and matters too, but...

Pushability ist a good point and matters too, but I was mostly wondering about actual sensitivity as measured in shadow separation.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-09-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,295
Posted By retinax
Which of the cheapo b&w ISO 400 films has the highest actual sensitivity?

Hello folks,
I've been wondering - if I buy some cheaper ISO 400 film in addition to my beloved tmax 400, for fooling around with lenses that don't resolve that much anyway and for fun - I'd like to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-08-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,141
Posted By retinax
When I was there with a 50 and a 35, I didn't...

When I was there with a 50 and a 35, I didn't feel I was missing out on anything, I just focused on making the best of it. In fact I think I pretty much only used the 50. Was with family and didn't...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-06-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 458
Posted By retinax
I did shot some film with other cameras during...

I did shot some film with other cameras during that time!

I didn't mean the film would loosen by sitting in the camera. Rather, that the curl it has from having sat wound around the spool is needed...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-06-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 458
Posted By retinax
I've had no such problems with Fomapan 200, which...

I've had no such problems with Fomapan 200, which I've shot a few rolls of.

I'm wondering about the causes. I don't think it can be only tight winding, something must keep the roll tight on the...
Forum: Digital Compacts 05-03-2019
Replies: 1,156
Views: 233,975
Posted By retinax
If there's much room for recovery, doesn't that...

If there's much room for recovery, doesn't that just mean that the standard profile in Lightroom or whatever you're using doesn't make good use of the dynamic range, rather than being a property of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-02-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 246
Posted By retinax
I hope you have reliable information about the...

I hope you have reliable information about the Bronica correction diopter – camera makers differ in their labeling, some write the actual optical power of the thing that you'd need to add to the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-01-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 338
Posted By retinax
Take pictures at every step, from multiple...

Take pictures at every step, from multiple angles, and mark the parts as KoFe says, so that you'll know how it goes back together, then attack these screws - if this is anything like the Voigtländer...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-01-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 412
Posted By retinax
I think your best option is to move people into...

I think your best option is to move people into positions where the window light works in your favor. That's still less intrusive than flash. I don't have much experience with flash, but short of...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-01-2019
Replies: 54
Views: 1,887
Posted By retinax
Sorry for the very late reply, yes, that or if...

Sorry for the very late reply, yes, that or if the readings are not the same, find a compromise.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-01-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 246
Posted By retinax
Zero is flat glass. Dioptres are the inverse of...

Zero is flat glass. Dioptres are the inverse of the focal length in meters or some such. I believe you can imagine it like this: E.g -1 is to bring a shortsighted eye, the furthest focus of which is...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-01-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 246
Posted By retinax
No, the power remains the same, but it might...

No, the power remains the same, but it might simply not work well if it is an asymmetric element. I'm sure you have glasses as you ask a lot about diopters, just look through them from the other side...
Forum: Travel 04-30-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 978
Posted By retinax
Option 1 sounds better, the hologon is so much...

Option 1 sounds better, the hologon is so much better on film. If you must use the hologon that is. But then why do the longer FL on a digital camera? I would want my photography from a trip to be...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-28-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 252
Posted By retinax
The window is open in every mode on mine, the...

The window is open in every mode on mine, the shutter speed readout next to it isn't. In your picture I can't see if the window glass is actually there, it's supposed to be nearly flush with the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-28-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,175
Posted By retinax
Are you pulling our legs? This is awful, and...

Are you pulling our legs? This is awful, and no-one can see what the lens can do because it's full of digital artifacts, blotches. Probably a very compressed jpeg.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-28-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 252
Posted By retinax
Congrats if this was it, if not, the repair I...

Congrats if this was it, if not, the repair I suggested is very doable for a beginner who doesn't have two left hands.
Regarding seeing the aperture in the finder, are you sure you didn't have a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-28-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 252
Posted By retinax
You just need to remove the four screws that hold...

You just need to remove the four screws that hold the lens mounting flange and you'll see what I'm talking about.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-28-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 252
Posted By retinax
Mine had something similar, although I don't...

Mine had something similar, although I don't recall if it also affected the shutter speeds actually used. In any case I managed to cure it by cleaning and bending into shape the contacts of the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-28-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 308
Posted By retinax
Yes there probably is an adhesive that joins...

Yes there probably is an adhesive that joins them, it's called an optical cement. Usually a special epoxy since the sixties, natural tree resins before that afaik. You do not want to separate them....
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-27-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 313
Posted By retinax
Someone pointed out here in a recent, similar...

Someone pointed out here in a recent, similar thread that yellow or reddish light leak patterns likely are tinted by the film's orange mask, i.e. from the back of the camera (incl. door hinge).
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-27-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,059
Posted By retinax
Ok if we're going to continue this, I'll need to...

Ok if we're going to continue this, I'll need to clarify that only points 3 and 4 are fairly uncontroversial.
1 has been discussed at length in this thread. 2 no. 5 black and white film is negative...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-24-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,175
Posted By retinax
This has been discussed not too long ago in this...

This has been discussed not too long ago in this thread https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?postid=2855919 (with a focus on wides). DSLRs still benefit from brighter finder image...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-23-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 313
Posted By retinax
Assuming you get the PCB coated, what about the...

Assuming you get the PCB coated, what about the other components? The sensor assembly would be more expensive to replace... I'm sure a weatherproof body and lens or if needed, even an underwater...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-23-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,052
Posted By retinax
Would you think very small damages to the paint...

Would you think very small damages to the paint there are significant? Mine is missing under a mm² in total... Then I should probably also touch it up.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-23-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,052
Posted By retinax
I, and others I'm sure, would be interested in...

I, and others I'm sure, would be interested in how you reduced the flaring. Was your lens hazy? Did you (re)paint the sides of the lens elements? How did you get in there?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-23-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,055
Posted By retinax
I used to like the pre-spotmatics better...

I used to like the pre-spotmatics better visually, but bought a spotmatic, the earlier cameras are rarer here in Europe where in their time, German cameras still reigned supreme. As my Spotmatic has...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-22-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,055
Posted By retinax
As people have already pointed out, batteries are...

As people have already pointed out, batteries are no issue, even alkalines work OK. Most meters work. And your reasoning about self timers is correct IMHO, if I were to buy another spotmatic it would...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-20-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 387
Posted By retinax
If something rubs, filing is likely not the...

If something rubs, filing is likely not the solution - the baffles can be gently bent (at your own risk).
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-19-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,059
Posted By retinax
You're overthinking this. If you're using...

You're overthinking this. If you're using negative film, be it black and white or color, give more exposure when in doubt. That's all you need to get you started.
And clearly our replies in this...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-18-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,052
Posted By retinax
Great article and photos, and you squeeze very...

Great article and photos, and you squeeze very nice colors out of that thing.
I'm quite fond of mine, too, although it may be a bit weaker than your copy. Distortion, never gets all that sharp away...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-16-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,059
Posted By retinax
The histogram doesn't tell you which part of your...

The histogram doesn't tell you which part of your scene has what brightness, which can be important. For difficult exposure, you can use the spot metering function as someone has explained above....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-15-2019
Replies: 721
Views: 148,506
Posted By retinax
Wow these are excellent. How did you meter?...

Wow these are excellent. How did you meter? Average reading or spot for the highlights? I always wonder with subjects like this and people say "at ISO 4762", that could mean a lot of different things...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-13-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 251
Posted By retinax
I'm hoping foam will last much longer than that,...

I'm hoping foam will last much longer than that, so if you do remember where you got it, please let us know.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-13-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 339
Posted By retinax
Only relevant if one puts in film that's warmer...

Only relevant if one puts in film that's warmer than the environment, because:




If you actually store color-for-critical-applications or super high sensitivity film long enough, in a warm enough...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-13-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 251
Posted By retinax
Wollen yarn is often recommended, I'm just...

Wollen yarn is often recommended, I'm just starting using that and don't have and experience to share yet other than that black, real wool and the right thickness is surprisingly hard to find.
Could...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 04-10-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 597
Posted By retinax
Mikhail: https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgalle...

Mikhail:
https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/3616/U3616I1554745257.SEQ.0.jpg
Lv72:
https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/26539/U26539I1554728146.SEQ.1.jpg
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-09-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,004
Posted By retinax
Why not buy one of those wide-angle add-on lenses...

Why not buy one of those wide-angle add-on lenses that go in front of your phone's camera, that would allow easy composition in square format. I see no need for it to be MF, native square format or...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-05-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 1,958
Posted By retinax
You get tons of good advice (and some ridicule..)...

You get tons of good advice (and some ridicule..) and choose to listen only to the one person who says buying more gear is the solution? Suit yourself. This is an expensive and slow way to learn, but...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 04-05-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 409
Posted By retinax
Imho, rare-ish cameras like these have some value...

Imho, rare-ish cameras like these have some value as historical artifacts. Of course it deserves to be used. But I'd leave the traces of the life it's lived visible. Restoration to original condition...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-04-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 1,958
Posted By retinax
Sorry, but this is nonsense. Please convince...

Sorry, but this is nonsense. Please convince yourself with a comparison of different formats with lenses with identical fov shot side by side.
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-04-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 1,958
Posted By retinax
Are you certain you see lens distortion and not...

Are you certain you see lens distortion and not perspective? This comes up quite often. That things further away are depicted smaller, making rectangles into trapezoids etc., is not something that...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-28-2019
Replies: 91
Views: 2,517
Posted By retinax
Would that be because for the green and red...

Would that be because for the green and red pixels, it's a low light situation?
Otherwise yes, sky issues are common but not that hard to avoid.




Exactly.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-27-2019
Replies: 91
Views: 2,517
Posted By retinax
Yes, that's grain aliasing. Happens when the...

Yes, that's grain aliasing. Happens when the scanner doesn't resolve the grain, but it does throw densities of individual pixels off. Then it's often compounded by sharpening. I wonder why people try...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-26-2019
Replies: 91
Views: 2,517
Posted By retinax
Hmm motion picture aside, if you can see less...

Hmm motion picture aside, if you can see less detail in nature than in digital images in web resolution on a computer screen, you might need (new) glasses. Or are we talking about oversharpened...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-26-2019
Replies: 91
Views: 2,517
Posted By retinax
I agree with your points about color. Getting...

I agree with your points about color. Getting digital color right is really really hard.
I can't follow your argument about black and white though. Especially if we're talking about looking at...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-24-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 2,880
Posted By retinax
No experience with these cameras here, but... If...

No experience with these cameras here, but... If the leather is indeed glued on with shellack, the right solvent is ethanol. Ask me how I accidentally confirmed my guitar is actually finished with...
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-23-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 626
Posted By retinax
Seems very unlikely to me, but measure away!

Seems very unlikely to me, but measure away!
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-23-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 626
Posted By retinax
You'd certainly need to strip the lens of all...

You'd certainly need to strip the lens of all unnecessary parts like the mounting flange. Measuring the flange/focus distance should be your next step, this will determine if it's possible, then you...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-22-2019
Replies: 91
Views: 2,517
Posted By retinax
I prefer film because I want to make darkroom...

I prefer film because I want to make darkroom prints, I like the cameras and the process. But I don't buy into the idea that scanned film can't be matched by digital capture (except in rare...
Forum: Travel 03-22-2019
Replies: 154
Views: 4,796
Posted By retinax
This post is already inspiring on it's own,...

This post is already inspiring on it's own, looking forward to seeing the photographs!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-21-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 639
Posted By retinax
If beer is a decent developer, why don't we hear...

If beer is a decent developer, why don't we hear more about how it's a great health drink due to antioxidant properties? The two properties are the same; only a few other, less healthy properties...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 03-16-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 2,143
Posted By retinax
Sorry, I won't subject myself to watching...

Sorry, I won't subject myself to watching Northrup for this. But yes, we will continue to analyse what we like, as much as we like.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-14-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 321
Posted By retinax
Are you waiting for your lawyer? We can help...

Are you waiting for your lawyer? We can help better if you disclose more information. ;)
Forum: Olympus RF 03-14-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 446
Posted By retinax
A lens hood could help if you decide to use it...

A lens hood could help if you decide to use it with the scratches. I'd try to find some sort of plastic tube that fits on the lens, go to your local drugstore/chemist's and look at the lids of...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-14-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 321
Posted By retinax
Can you report what happens when you gently push...

Can you report what happens when you gently push the RF arm and rotate the wheel with your finger? That might help the experts here, or maybe yourself, see what's going on I think. That it gets tight...
Forum: Travel 03-13-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,411
Posted By retinax
There's absolutely no need to stress out about...

There's absolutely no need to stress out about what to bring. I'd buy a cheap, lightweight laptop, things break or get stolen on travels. Lots of SD-cards or cloud for backup storage. You can buy...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-13-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 301
Posted By retinax
Check sold listings on eBay. Current offers are...

Check sold listings on eBay. Current offers are absolutely no indicator for prices people actually pay.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-13-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 416
Posted By retinax
I've read about this being done and no, it won't...

I've read about this being done and no, it won't give uneven development because paper is usually developed to completion. You could use more concentrated developer to speed up the process (wear...
Forum: Digital Compacts 03-11-2019
Replies: 284
Views: 16,987
Posted By retinax
It was nice enough to use without a finder for...

It was nice enough to use without a finder for me, even OK in bright sun. I do like a finder, but part of the appeal of the GR for me is that it fits in a pocket, and that's lost with a finder. I saw...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 03-08-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1,051
Posted By retinax
Sounds like a Yes to me. In any case I've had...

Sounds like a Yes to me.
In any case I've had one SD card fail catastrophically, taking a lot of pictures with it.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-07-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 1,235
Posted By retinax
To tempt a weak man like this... I wanted to get...

To tempt a weak man like this... I wanted to get out of PK!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-07-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,210
Posted By retinax
Do you usually shoot at dusk/dawn/night/indoors?...

Do you usually shoot at dusk/dawn/night/indoors? Do you like thin DOF? There are your answers. Unless you're hiking and the weight is usually critical for you, that isn't a major concern if it's just...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-05-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 30,774
Posted By retinax
Yeah that's the main problem beside weight, bulk...

Yeah that's the main problem beside weight, bulk and time for me, too, being fairly tall. If I ever go back to using a tripod, only with a waist level finder or tilting screen.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-05-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 1,998
Posted By retinax
Quite interesting looks, different from most...

Quite interesting looks, different from most still photo lenses. Are all of these lenses designed to only cover Super 35? But you show the full frame here? If so, I'm surprised the corners all all...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 03-04-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,109
Posted By retinax
Oof, new owners? What exactly did they buy, a...

Oof, new owners? What exactly did they buy, a couple boxes of the Chinese lenses and the name rights? I'm afraid the brand name is burned, it didn't even have much of a ring to it before this con......
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-02-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,506
Posted By retinax
Same. It sucks for the backers, but would perhaps...

Same.
It sucks for the backers, but would perhaps be better for ferrania to drop the colour plans, now that Kodak makes Ektachrome again the chances that oit will be profitable are diminished.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-02-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 356
Posted By retinax
I'd let it depend on the rest of your workflow....

I'd let it depend on the rest of your workflow. Is it easier for you to deal with a bit more or a bit less density/contrast than you normally get?
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-01-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,275
Posted By retinax
It certainly is of no practical concern for me,...

It certainly is of no practical concern for me, it's just interesting to think about. And could be useful when one gets to the extremes, w.r.t. diffraction that's probably macro photography. BTW I'm...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 03-01-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 991
Posted By retinax
Red face No free lunch

No free lunch
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 03-01-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 991
Posted By retinax
Major advantage of the swing lens: doesn't...

Major advantage of the swing lens: doesn't distort heads toward the edges of the frame, better for panoramas with people.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-01-2019
Replies: 109
Views: 3,991
Posted By retinax
I've used both and they are both excellent. I do...

I've used both and they are both excellent. I do prefer the OM-1 because it is a bit quieter and has less vibration.[/QUOTE]


Not to worry, the vibration and noise occurs when the mirror comes back...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-01-2019
Replies: 109
Views: 3,991
Posted By retinax
I have only the one data point, but my smc-m 28...

I have only the one data point, but my smc-m 28 2.8 also developed stickiness in the aperture mechanism that made it slow to stop down in cold weather. That, and a bit of haze somewhere...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-01-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,275
Posted By retinax
No-one disputes that one can stop down. However...

No-one disputes that one can stop down. However Ming Thein talks about hand held photography, so the price to pay for stopping down beyond a certain point is higher ISO, as he points out. Which may...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-27-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 928
Posted By retinax
NEVER click on a link in one of those E-Mails....

NEVER click on a link in one of those E-Mails. Well technically the clicking isn't so dangerous, but putting any info in the website it opens. Even if you think it's legit, just go to the website by...
Forum: Digital Compacts 02-26-2019
Replies: 284
Views: 16,987
Posted By retinax
Ha, I really like 28mm, but a 40-50mm model in...

Ha, I really like 28mm, but a 40-50mm model in addition would be great. I suppose the lens would have to be quite slow to fit into the same package though, but I could live with that with today's...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-26-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 2,626
Posted By retinax
You're right (I don't know about the details like...

You're right (I don't know about the details like 1st or 4th assault, or if the crossing really took that long, or how high the waves were, we don't see much surf ,but it doesn't matter), except that...
Forum: Digital Compacts 02-25-2019
Replies: 284
Views: 16,987
Posted By retinax
Were they even better than the APS-C I and II?...

Were they even better than the APS-C I and II? How so? I had an APS-C one and don't think it really gets much better, I was under the impression that the lens resolved more than the 16 mp sensor,...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 02-24-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 796
Posted By retinax
Not sure to which post you're replying.. what...

Not sure to which post you're replying.. what you're saying is essentially right, but I think using "underexposing" this way leads to confusion. Using exposure compensation to avoid overexposure of...
Forum: Lomography 02-24-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 693
Posted By retinax
Is it waterhouse or waterhose? What is a...

Is it waterhouse or waterhose? What is a waterhouse?

In any case, the aperture solution is an interesting one and the dust problem could probably have been mitigated by putting some sort of casing...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-23-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 4,707
Posted By retinax
Sure, I've found a solution for this though: take...

Sure, I've found a solution for this though: take it out of the pocket when sitting down for longer. I do the same with my wallet and phone.:D
Forum: Digital Compacts 02-22-2019
Replies: 284
Views: 16,987
Posted By retinax
What exactly are you expecting from web sized...

What exactly are you expecting from web sized sample photos anyway? These are bad, yes, maybe downsampling gone wrong, but one can't tell a difference between any, even the oldest APS-C sensor pics...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-22-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 4,707
Posted By retinax
There are few truly pocketable AND capable...

There are few truly pocketable AND capable cameras, sure. And I've felt silly for bringing a camera that was pocketable, only to find it lacking for what I wanted to shoot. Just like I've...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 02-21-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,361
Posted By retinax
Sounds like you metered for every shot. That's...

Sounds like you metered for every shot. That's not necessary. Even if you don't feel confident estimating exposure, just keep that meter in your pocket and only use it when the lighting changes or...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-20-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,279
Posted By retinax
Tattoos and nose rings have been around longer...

Tattoos and nose rings have been around longer than film... so there's hope, I guess.
On a more serious note, I'm under 30 (just) and use the half-dead darkroom at my university, and there are a few...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-20-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 1,879
Posted By retinax
That's quite remarkable! :eek:

That's quite remarkable! :eek:
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-20-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 598
Posted By retinax
What strap gives you minimal tangles?

I'm annoyed with straps. But no strap isn't always an option for me either. My main problem is that straps always seem to get in the way of my hands or my eyes when I pick up a camera or lift it to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-19-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 2,609
Posted By retinax
Maybe heavy vignette? In our memories, there are...

Maybe heavy vignette? In our memories, there are no edges of the picture.
Otoh compositions that aren't afraid to cut off stuff also work in a way, the aforementioned Saul Leiter has done that...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 02-19-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,811
Posted By retinax
I see no problem with the article other than that...

I see no problem with the article other than that the wording doesn't make clear enough how speculative a lot of it is. Questioning assumed truths is good, especially if they are so implausible.
Any...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-18-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 220
Posted By retinax
So you fiddled with both the rangefinder and the...

So you fiddled with both the rangefinder and the lens? That's obviously not ideal, as long as you're not certain which one is out, because a) it makes things harder and b) you could end up with a...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-18-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 586
Posted By retinax
Most flashlights won't be as bright as sunlight,...

Most flashlights won't be as bright as sunlight, and sunlight on the window should ideally not fog the film... But experimenting with removing the window or replacing it with something more...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-18-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 591
Posted By retinax
This reads like you'll be scanning rather than...

This reads like you'll be scanning rather than wet printing? In that case, you probably want to add contrast in digital post processing (an S-curve), too contrasty negatives will likely result in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-18-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 472
Posted By retinax
Is that a problem in real use? Longer tele lenses...

Is that a problem in real use? Longer tele lenses will have their own tripod mount, and the camera's lens mount only needs to carry the small weight of the camera. If anything, the mount breaking...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 02-18-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 729
Posted By retinax
Beautiful! I, too, shall try this!

Beautiful! I, too, shall try this!
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-17-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,056
Posted By retinax
The problem of cost isn't because of the parts,...

The problem of cost isn't because of the parts, it's the labor. Or if we're talking about reverse engineering whole boards in small series, the labor that goes into these parts. LCDs etc, the tooling...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-16-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,056
Posted By retinax
Yes, a lot of electronics issues can be fixed,...

Yes, a lot of electronics issues can be fixed, especially the older cameras with discrete electronics, which don't require any reverse engineering really. The problem is usually cost. Finding a fault...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-16-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 548
Posted By retinax
OK, if it feels scratchy, the main problem is...

OK, if it feels scratchy, the main problem is probably not too much grease...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-16-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 548
Posted By retinax
Before you try more radical things, try with less...

Before you try more radical things, try with less grease. Too much, and that is less than one might think, will make the focus rather stiff.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-16-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 3,663
Posted By retinax
If you really want to know, ...le is a diminutive...

If you really want to know, ...le is a diminutive ending in southwestern dialects and ...el is an ending that, I think, indicates a verb has been turned into a noun.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-15-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 324
Posted By retinax
I have no scanner here. But I've exposed some...

I have no scanner here. But I've exposed some paper through the carrier without negative and it seems to be this pattern. Strange because although the enlarger might be not perfectly aligned, the...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-15-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 324
Posted By retinax
One stop, to f/4.

One stop, to f/4.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-14-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 324
Posted By retinax
Strange pattern on print

I got this weird pattern, pictures show a small crop from print. Most visible towards corners of the print and in mid tones. The average edge length of these artefacts must be 0.2-0.3 mm on the...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 02-11-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,356
Posted By retinax
The frame lines in different aspect ratios are a...

The frame lines in different aspect ratios are a great idea that I'd appreciate in standard models, should I ever be in the market for a digital M. But a part of the fan base complains about every...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-09-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 2,403
Posted By retinax
Wouldn't the 6x9 finder likely be for folders...

Wouldn't the 6x9 finder likely be for folders with the typical 105mm lens? That's about equivalent to a 40 on 135. Probably close enough though.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 02-09-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 477
Posted By retinax
And because of the three-pictures limit, here's...

And because of the three-pictures limit, here's an extra post for results. There's vignetting on close focused shots, can't be completely avoided because the Avus' lens is a little longer than the...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 02-09-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 477
Posted By retinax
My Frankenstax - meet the Instavus!

Finally got around to this little project. I'd say it's the easiest and cheapest possible way to make an Instax wide with faster lens and full manual control, downsides: ugly and bulky.

It's a...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 02-07-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 405
Posted By retinax
I'd say the adapter is probably not worthwhile...

I'd say the adapter is probably not worthwhile for just this lens, unless you've tested it somehow and are absolutely in love with it. You could get either a Kiev or maybe even Contax body, or a...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 02-07-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 384
Posted By retinax
Full frame would be total overkill then. For...

Full frame would be total overkill then. For these sizes, any, even older, APS-C models will be perfectly fine.
Select for price and convenience, beside an articulating screen, an AF macro would make...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-06-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 356
Posted By retinax
Wink Unfortunately I don't have access to these...

Unfortunately I don't have access to these measuring tools. I've looked at a ground glass on the film rails and the issue is certainly less than on the focusing screen. I'll need to examine again...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-06-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 4,635
Posted By retinax
Now if they can make small lenses, don't need to...

Now if they can make small lenses, don't need to be fast, but performing well...
A tiny 40 and a tiny 28 a la Cl would be nice.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-05-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 356
Posted By retinax
Yes that might be it. On the focusing screen,...

Yes that might be it. On the focusing screen, focus is definitely different for bottom and top of the frame. I'll need to check if that translates to the film plane. The problem with these cameras is...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-05-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 356
Posted By retinax
Thank you, yes I have adjusted the mirror stop...

Thank you, yes I have adjusted the mirror stop and checked focus with a ground glass on the film rails, image on focusing screen and focus on film plane correspond very closely. The focusing screen...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-05-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 356
Posted By retinax
Thanks. Yeah I know that shimming would solve it...

Thanks. Yeah I know that shimming would solve it at least for infinity focus, I just wasn't sure if the closer distances wouldn't be off the scale, considering they're correct now. But I realize now...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-05-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 356
Posted By retinax
The lenses stop at the infinity mark. However...

The lenses stop at the infinity mark. However infinity focus is reached before that, around halfway between the infinity and the 10m marks on the 50.

I don't know what previous owners did, but I...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-05-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 356
Posted By retinax
Minolta lenses focusing past infinity

Hi all,
I only have the one functioning XD-7 body right now, but several lenses. I've adjusted the mirror stop, so focus on matte screen and film are reasonably close. It still focuses past infinity...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-04-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,250
Posted By retinax
Thank you. If CHS 100 II has better shadow...

Thank you. If CHS 100 II has better shadow detail, doesn't that mean that in practical terms, HR-50 would need to be downrated in speed for an accurate comparison? I guess this will get very...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-04-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,250
Posted By retinax
Do more people have results with this film now?...

Do more people have results with this film now? How does it behave in developers other than the dedicated one? Does it actually reach ISO 50 in the HR-50 dev or in e.g. Xtol? How does it compare to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-03-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 1,972
Posted By retinax
What do you wish you'd realized earlier?

Hi all,
I thought we could have a thread where we share the things about which we've muttered "damn, am I dense" or just "duh.." to ourselves. Should be amusing and maybe some late realizations can...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-03-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 881
Posted By retinax
Sensor sizes follor similar considerations as...

Sensor sizes follor similar considerations as film formats. You use medium format so I suppose you might want full frame.
Another thing to think about is that with full frame, you can keep using your...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-03-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 971
Posted By retinax
I wonder why they included a stop bath. One more...

I wonder why they included a stop bath. One more bath to intimidate beginners, and the benefit of prolonging fixer life is lost on the single use kit.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-03-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 971
Posted By retinax
Price is rather ridiculous, i see it as a...

Price is rather ridiculous, i see it as a reminder to other manufacturers to include more accessible-to-beginners instructions with their products.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-03-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 189
Posted By retinax
I've been wondering about similar things. I was...

I've been wondering about similar things. I was thinking about how neat it would be to use short bits of film for testing cameras/lenses as well as exposure/development. But for the latter, I think...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-02-2019
Replies: 71
Views: 1,672
Posted By retinax
Hmm but most people are used to shooting...

Hmm but most people are used to shooting vertically because phones can be held more easily that way... which leads to the infuriating inflation of videos in vertical format, probably the majority of...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-02-2019
Replies: 71
Views: 1,672
Posted By retinax
Right hand up. I use my right eye. Exceptions are...

Right hand up. I use my right eye. Exceptions are when there is no space for my right elbow, like when I'm leaning against something or it's crowded, or when pushiing the camera against something to...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-02-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 824
Posted By retinax
Yes, the line on the edge looks like a "normal"...

Yes, the line on the edge looks like a "normal" light leak, something to be expected in old cameras, you'll need to renew the door light seals.

The flare in the center looks like it is caused by...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-30-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,057
Posted By retinax
I took advantage this often when I shot digital....

I took advantage this often when I shot digital. But while it worked great for b&w, I noticed that the colors tended to go off. Maybe that was just my software, Darktable?
Forum: RFF Polls 01-30-2019
Replies: 66
Views: 2,866
Posted By retinax
I suppose I must have misunderstood him then. The...

I suppose I must have misunderstood him then. The best of their fields have brain farts like the rest of us; my apologies, Raid, is this wasn't one :p
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-30-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 1,711
Posted By retinax
If the huge batch is the main problem, what about...

If the huge batch is the main problem, what about Fomadon Excel? It is Xtol, in packs for 1L. Works great for me.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-30-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 3,663
Posted By retinax
Too bad but as mentioned, there are still plenty...

Too bad but as mentioned, there are still plenty of suppliers and if we have to, we can mix most photo chemistry at home.

I wonder if they've still had the same terrible, quickly disintegrating...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-30-2019
Replies: 66
Views: 2,866
Posted By retinax
You're mistaken, that's what happens when people...

You're mistaken, that's what happens when people give their ages. If two persons who are 41 today take the poll ten years apart, they'll register in different cohorts even though they're the same...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-28-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 477
Posted By retinax
Some CV lenses have several screw holes for the...

Some CV lenses have several screw holes for the mounting flange, maybe this is one of them. If so, the flange can be mounted a few degrees away from how it is now, I think these extra holes are there...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-27-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 477
Posted By retinax
Do you mean that doesn't align properly, the top...

Do you mean that doesn't align properly, the top of the lens doesn't point to the top of the camera? That's normal and inconsequential, as long as the adapter is screwed all the way on.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-22-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 4,477
Posted By retinax
Your temporary repair looks better than not being...

Your temporary repair looks better than not being able to shoot, but a pressure plate should be really flat for focus. I'd try to stick something stiff and flat on it, maybe material from one of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-22-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 684
Posted By retinax
A while ago I stumbled upon this website, he...

A while ago I stumbled upon this website, he makes totally insane stereo cameras: http://zeissikonveb.de/start/basteleien/stereokameras/index.html
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-21-2019
Replies: 323
Views: 25,133
Posted By retinax
The noise and shake on an MX only occurs when the...

The noise and shake on an MX only occurs when the mirror returns, as you can hear in bulb mode. What bothers me about these cameras is the stiff shutter speed dial and its placement too near the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-18-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 631
Posted By retinax
This seems to be the ultimate thread on the...

This seems to be the ultimate thread on the subject: https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4447

If you feel comfortable with small screwdrivers and know when to stop before...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-14-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,107
Posted By retinax
I also depends on how you want the scene to look....

I also depends on how you want the scene to look. Vince's picture above shows the texture in the snow wonderfully, however for a whole landscape with snow I'd want at least a stop more exposure.
My...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-11-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,000
Posted By retinax
Cosine error is definitely a thing. You can see...

Cosine error is definitely a thing. You can see it happen live in front of you with an SLR and certain lenses.
Forum: Nikon RF 01-11-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,071
Posted By retinax
This hits the nail on the head. No one single...

This hits the nail on the head. No one single camera could appeal to everyone in the market for a new CaNikon RF, so economic viability suffers.
In addition, no-one has the tooling for the mechanical...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-11-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,000
Posted By retinax
Can a mod maybe change the thread title to...

Can a mod maybe change the thread title to include GW and GSW690 and/or move this to the Medium Format RF subforum? Most useful for OP would be input from users of these specific cameras, maybe...
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