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Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-01-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 2,240
Posted By oscroft
After scanning, it turns out my old roll of...

After scanning, it turns out my old roll of Kodachrome was from a trip to Limerick and Cork in Ireland, in 1987. The camera would have been an Olympus XA2.

The film has been sat exposed for 28...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-31-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 1,852
Posted By oscroft
It's all a matter of perspective. Adox Silvermax...

It's all a matter of perspective. Adox Silvermax 135 costs less than £4 a roll in the UK, and I shoot less than a roll per week. I can easily afford to spend £4 a week (plus chemical costs) on...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-30-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 2,240
Posted By oscroft
OK, so after developing those old reversal films...

OK, so after developing those old reversal films and then getting distracted for weeks, I finally got back to the Plus-X that started this thread (and my first supply of Adox Silvermax has finally...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-08-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,641
Posted By oscroft
Interesting idea, but the image processing...

Interesting idea, but the image processing software I use (GraphicConverter) tends not to like enormous files too much - I don't have Photoshop or Lightroom. Also, I'm evaluating it for a friend...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-07-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,641
Posted By oscroft
Thanks for the help and the tips, folks - it's...

Thanks for the help and the tips, folks - it's doing batch scans successfully now.

The cropping is indeed a little bit off, so I'll have to do some tweaking. The scanning is very slow compared to...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-07-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,641
Posted By oscroft
Aha, I've got it! In the Crop tab I have to...

Aha, I've got it!

In the Crop tab I have to select a "Multi crop" option before "Batch scan" appears under the Input tab!
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-07-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,641
Posted By oscroft
As you can see, my Input tab isn't the same as...

As you can see, my Input tab isn't the same as yours - yours has the "Batch scan" and mine doesn't.

I am using a trial version, as I'm not going to pay for it without seeing if and how well batch...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-07-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,641
Posted By oscroft
Actually, just a thought - is it likely that the...

Actually, just a thought - is it likely that the Trial version doesn't do batch processing?
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-07-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,641
Posted By oscroft
Thanks folks, I'll try that and see how it...

Thanks folks, I'll try that and see how it goes...

Problem is, my Input tab does not have a "Batch scan" option - that's what all the stuff I already found tells me to do, but it's just not...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-07-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,641
Posted By oscroft
VueScan, Mac, Multiple frames at a time

Apologies if this has been answered elsewhere - I did a search and all I could find were old threads talking about previous versions of VueScan that are different to my 9.5.27.

I want to find out...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-25-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 2,240
Posted By oscroft
Yeah, it would remind them of their Happy Days,...

Yeah, it would remind them of their Happy Days, with a bit of luck :)

How did you dev that Verichrome? I'm guessing that the 120 roll I have came from one of the old cameras that I've picked up over...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-25-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 2,240
Posted By oscroft
And scanning reveals the brutal truth - a mess of...

And scanning reveals the brutal truth - a mess of grain, reticulation, fungus, pinholes and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-25-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 2,240
Posted By oscroft
Yes, the first roll certainly looks good enough...

Yes, the first roll certainly looks good enough to scan. I'll do it later and will post a sample. I remember trying to rescue similar negs when I was doing wet printing - it was always a nightmare,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-24-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 2,240
Posted By oscroft
Developing Plus-X, and others

Progress...!

Of the five rolls of probable color reversal film, one had the leader still exposed and it had "7 gone" written on it on pencil - so it seemed like the obvious one to try as a test.

I...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-24-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 2,240
Posted By oscroft
That's great, thanks.

That's great, thanks.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-24-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 2,240
Posted By oscroft
Ooh, and routing round the same attic I've found...

Ooh, and routing round the same attic I've found a 120 roll of Verichrome Pan, five completely unmarked 35mm films (which I think are home-loaded pre-E4 reversal that I was using back around 1976,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-24-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 2,240
Posted By oscroft
For the past five years it's been in an attic...

For the past five years it's been in an attic room with wildly varying temperatures, and it's anyone's guess how and where it spent the previous 30 or so :D

Yes, I think I might do that,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-24-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 2,240
Posted By oscroft
Thanks for the thoughts. Unfortunately I don't...

Thanks for the thoughts.

Unfortunately I don't know what speed the film was shot at, so I can only assume the box speed of 125 - these days I write it on the can with a Sharpie, but they hadn't been...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-23-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 2,240
Posted By oscroft
Developing Plus-X

I just found an exposed roll of Plus-X Pan 135, which must be around 35 years old, and I'll develop it this weekend and see if I get anything.

I have HC-110 and Rodinal (R09 version), so would you...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-18-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 2,350
Posted By oscroft
That makes sense, thanks. Warming it didn't...

That makes sense, thanks. Warming it didn't redissolve it all, so I've dumped it now and I'll move on to the new bottle - which I won't keep in the fridge!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-17-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 2,350
Posted By oscroft
Thanks for the suggestions folks. I've let it...

Thanks for the suggestions folks. I've let it warm up to room temperature, and the crystals don't redissolve even if I shake it, and there's really quite a lot of sludge in it.

There'd only be...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-17-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 2,350
Posted By oscroft
Old crunchy Rodinal

I've had a bottle of the old Agfa Rodinal in the fridge for quite some time, with not much left in it. I checked it today and it makes a crunchy noise when I shake it, as it's obviously got some...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-13-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,530
Posted By oscroft
I've seen people produce excellent shots from...

I've seen people produce excellent shots from simple phone cameras - a number of pros have published great portfolios in recent years.

So no, I don't think any camera should be given any specific...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-13-2015
Replies: 35
Views: 3,366
Posted By oscroft
Thanks Jan, that sounds excellent - I'll be...

Thanks Jan, that sounds excellent - I'll be ordering some this week :D
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 09-12-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 3,097
Posted By oscroft
Long-term stock in the freezer, but a smaller...

Long-term stock in the freezer, but a smaller stock in the fridge for quicker use, and some at room temperature for immediate use - that's the way I do it.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-12-2015
Replies: 35
Views: 3,366
Posted By oscroft
Does the dedicated Silvermax developer really...

Does the dedicated Silvermax developer really produce better results than, say, HC-110? (I like the way APX-100 looks in HC-110).
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 09-12-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 3,097
Posted By oscroft
When I put films in the fridge, they're always in...

When I put films in the fridge, they're always in a sealed container of some sort. The wrapper on a roll film, or the plastic pot for 35mm as the metal cassette isn't airtight. When I take them out,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-09-2015
Replies: 35
Views: 3,366
Posted By oscroft
My trick is to wind it the wrong way (emulsion...

My trick is to wind it the wrong way (emulsion side out) on developing spools (with the film cut into two 18-shot lengths on two spools as it's tricker to load a whole roll that way round), then soak...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-09-2015
Replies: 35
Views: 3,366
Posted By oscroft
That's a shame - but at least it's saved me...

That's a shame - but at least it's saved me wasting any money on it, thanks!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-09-2015
Replies: 35
Views: 3,366
Posted By oscroft
I still have about 40 rolls left in the freezer...

I still have about 40 rolls left in the freezer from the final Agfa batch, but it's not so long ago that APX-100 was still available in the UK as that last batch was huge.

There's a UK supplier...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-25-2015
Replies: 9,112
Views: 897,572
Posted By oscroft
You certainly know a bargain when you see it! :)

You certainly know a bargain when you see it! :)
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-25-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 4,753
Posted By oscroft
If you're worried about the declining value of...

If you're worried about the declining value of your cameras, I reckon the best solution is to get out and shoot a lot more and so get the cost per shot down ;)

So if you buy a body for, say, $4,000,...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-24-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 4,753
Posted By oscroft
Hi BÝrge, That's excellent, many thanks for...

Hi BÝrge,

That's excellent, many thanks for sharing. I'm in the position of thinking of an M digital, and that's exactly the kind of thing that will help me. I think the way you summed it up at the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-24-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 1,795
Posted By oscroft
When I look back on my favourite photos, what...

When I look back on my favourite photos, what comes to mind is the day I took them, where I was, how I was feeling, what I was thinking, why I chose the shot, who I was with... I rarely remember what...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-22-2015
Replies: 100
Views: 12,080
Posted By oscroft
I carry very little gear, but it's different...

I carry very little gear, but it's different every time. Last trip I took a 5D2 with 24-105, previous trip an M6 with 35 and 50.
Forum: Film vs Digital 02-18-2011
Replies: 37
Views: 3,284
Posted By oscroft
Well, I'm going out shooting tomorrow, and I've...

Well, I'm going out shooting tomorrow, and I've just packed my bag with...

Canon EOS 5DII with 24-105L
Leica CL with Summicron-C 40/2 and ERA-100

I love them both
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-17-2011
Replies: 3,801
Views: 318,201
Posted By oscroft
Well, I'm sitting at home in the UK right now and...

Well, I'm sitting at home in the UK right now and it's nearly bedtime. But within reach, loaded, charged, ready to go are...

Leica M2 with a 35mm lens, Leica CL with a 40, Olympus OM4Ti with 85, and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-12-2011
Replies: 85
Views: 8,386
Posted By oscroft
On the subject of FSU lenses, all the stuff about...

On the subject of FSU lenses, all the stuff about their not focusing properly across the whole range is true. But if you know their limits they can be great.

Possibly my favourite lens on my M2 is a...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 07-09-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 6,432
Posted By oscroft
Ah, a resurrected thread about two of my...

Ah, a resurrected thread about two of my favourite cameras :)

I love the XA - I have one in my coat pocket almost all the time.

The IIa is a different thing altogether, with an excellent lens,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-18-2010
Replies: 3,767
Views: 720,410
Posted By oscroft
Hehe - better clear some shelf space, cos you'll...

Hehe - better clear some shelf space, cos you'll need it for the rest of the gear that will inevitably follow :D

Welcome to the club.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-14-2009
Replies: 3,767
Views: 720,410
Posted By oscroft
Hmm, I go away from this thread for a few days,...

Hmm, I go away from this thread for a few days, and when I get back I see an argument has broken out about the somewhat surprising claim that Zuiko lenses are unusually prone to fungus!

I've had...
Forum: Travel 12-09-2009
Replies: 50
Views: 4,266
Posted By oscroft
When traveling I generally choose between Leica M...

When traveling I generally choose between Leica M and Olympus OM systems too, and if I was on a city trip, mostly shooting around the streets, I'd go for the Leica M system pretty much every time (in...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-01-2009
Replies: 125
Views: 11,381
Posted By oscroft
As my 35mm SLR kits have changed, my favourite...

As my 35mm SLR kits have changed, my favourite SLR has changed too...

First, Pentax Spotmatic, back in 1969.

Then Nikon F3-HP around 1990.

Switching to Olympus about 5 years ago, the OM-2N quickly...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-29-2009
Replies: 0
Views: 792
Posted By oscroft
Tetenal E6 price rise

I just checked Tetenal in the UK for prices of their E6 kits, and the price has risen quite a lot. The last 1L kit I bought, earlier this year, cost me around £24, but they now want £30.99 for the...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-28-2009
Replies: 55
Views: 5,674
Posted By oscroft
A couple of ways for me. A lot of my RF gear was...

A couple of ways for me.

A lot of my RF gear was acquired second hand, so bodies have arrived with lenses already attached - that's how I got all my FSU 50s (most of which I've now sold on, together...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-26-2009
Replies: 20
Views: 2,433
Posted By oscroft
Talking of the 50/3.5 (sorry), I've just picked...

Talking of the 50/3.5 (sorry), I've just picked one up from the Famous Auction Site for 45 English Pounds (about $70), from a seller with very good feedback.

Apparently it has a slight ding on the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-26-2009
Replies: 3,767
Views: 720,410
Posted By oscroft
Oh wow, there's a little slot inside the battery...

Oh wow, there's a little slot inside the battery compartment for the winder cover!

I've had a Winder 2 for years and never noticed that!

(Sadly, there was no spare cover hidden in it)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-25-2009
Replies: 52
Views: 13,686
Posted By oscroft
I have a Skopar and I had a Summaron, and I think...

I have a Skopar and I had a Summaron, and I think the two complement each other quite nicely - I agree with the modern/classic characterisations.

I only sold my Summaron because it was a goggled M3...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-25-2009
Replies: 32
Views: 4,203
Posted By oscroft
Yep, I'd say that's a very good description of it.

Yep, I'd say that's a very good description of it.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 11-25-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 3,612
Posted By oscroft
I often use incident metering when I'm out...

I often use incident metering when I'm out shooting B&W, and as I often shoot around the city in varying lighting, I tend to use it to give me a feel for the various exposures that surround me rather...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-23-2009
Replies: 32
Views: 4,203
Posted By oscroft
I like mine a lot, and the only reason I'd get...

I like mine a lot, and the only reason I'd get another 50 is if I wanted something faster.

I used to have a latest-model Elmar 50/2.8 too, but I wasn't using both 50s, and after a direct test I...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-22-2009
Replies: 61
Views: 9,279
Posted By oscroft
Very interesting discussion. I'm in both the RF...

Very interesting discussion.

I'm in both the RF and SLR camps, and until recently I've only shot film - Leica and CV RFs, and OM SLRs. I always knew I'd add digital gear to the mix someday - but not...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-19-2009
Replies: 81
Views: 5,779
Posted By oscroft
M6, Summicron 35, APX-100, HC-110 (and I don't...

M6, Summicron 35, APX-100, HC-110

(and I don't even have a Summicron!)
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-19-2009
Replies: 48
Views: 3,080
Posted By oscroft
I agree with what everyone else has said, really....

I agree with what everyone else has said, really. Over the past 20 years or so, I've carried an awful lot of film though all sorts of airports, and I've never had a single film affected - they claim...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-19-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 3,185
Posted By oscroft
Sorry, haven't had chance to dig out some shots...

Sorry, haven't had chance to dig out some shots yet - hopefully I'll have time later today.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-18-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 3,185
Posted By oscroft
Hi Jesse, It's my favourite Zuiko zoom! £65 for...

Hi Jesse,

It's my favourite Zuiko zoom! £65 for one in immaculate condition sounds pretty reasonable to me (I think I paid around £50 for mine, with a bit of cosmetic wear, and I reckoned that was a...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-18-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 1,507
Posted By oscroft
Hi Nick, If you're starting again after a...

Hi Nick,

If you're starting again after a long-ish break, I'd suggest starting with D-76/ID-11 developer (Kodak and Ilford's versions of the same stuff), because it's hard to get bad results with it...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-18-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 4,419
Posted By oscroft
Hi pb908, While Jupiter lenses might need...

Hi pb908,

While Jupiter lenses might need adjustment in order to perform critically correctly, many people happily use them on their Leicas without any modification at all, and get good results -...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-18-2009
Replies: 84
Views: 9,456
Posted By oscroft
Aha, that's exactly what I've experienced! Many...

Aha, that's exactly what I've experienced! Many thanks for the suggested solution.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-18-2009
Replies: 53
Views: 3,678
Posted By oscroft
Hmm, yeah, you've got me wanting to give it one...

Hmm, yeah, you've got me wanting to give it one last go again now.

One other problem, now that I'm using a film/scan workflow, is that Kodachrome doesn't scan well with my Epson V700. I get a slight...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-18-2009
Replies: 84
Views: 9,456
Posted By oscroft
Oh, someone mentioned the 24/2 - I've had one,...

Oh, someone mentioned the 24/2 - I've had one, and I think the sharpness and contrast of the 24/2.8 is better (the 24/2.8 is one of the gems of the range, in my opinion), so I sold the f/2 and kept...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-18-2009
Replies: 84
Views: 9,456
Posted By oscroft
There's no increased distance from the flange to...

There's no increased distance from the flange to the focal plane - the Canon distance is slightly less than the Olympus distance, so the adapter can keep the distance correct and thus allow the lens...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-17-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 2,380
Posted By oscroft
I use a 5DII too, and yes, in high-ISO low-light...

I use a 5DII too, and yes, in high-ISO low-light shooting it really is quite remarkable.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-16-2009
Replies: 53
Views: 3,678
Posted By oscroft
Well, I've already shot my last rolls of...

Well, I've already shot my last rolls of Kodachrome, sadly. I know it's still there, and I'd like to shoot more, but from the UK we have to send them to Kodak Switzerland, from where they're sent on...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-16-2009
Replies: 3,767
Views: 720,410
Posted By oscroft
The 24/2.8 is a lovely little lens, you know...

The 24/2.8 is a lovely little lens, you know ;-)

And then the 21/3.5 - tiny, and a great performer.
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 11-16-2009
Replies: 47
Views: 3,603
Posted By oscroft
Here's a few of my favourites - I'll come back...

Here's a few of my favourites - I'll come back with some more later.

Ezzie...
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/photopost/data/8119/EPSN1869.jpg

Pappa...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-16-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 2,956
Posted By oscroft
I had an F3HP in the early nineties, and I loved...

I had an F3HP in the early nineties, and I loved it at the time - but compared to the OMs I now use, it was huge and clunky.

Although I sometimes feel I'd like to get another F3 for old times sake,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-16-2009
Replies: 3,767
Views: 720,410
Posted By oscroft
I've got an early silvernose 50/1.4 (don't know...

I've got an early silvernose 50/1.4 (don't know the serial number, and it isn't to hand right now), and I love it - wide open it might not be the sharpest lens in the world, but I love the results I...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-14-2009
Replies: 55
Views: 5,674
Posted By oscroft
The only time I've ever taken two lenses of the...

The only time I've ever taken two lenses of the same FL traveling, it was my two CV 35s - the tiny 2.5 and the 1.4 SC.

They're really very different lenses, and I prefer to use the very well...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-14-2009
Replies: 3,767
Views: 720,410
Posted By oscroft
Hmm, they must be getting pricey these days - I...

Hmm, they must be getting pricey these days - I got mine for about half the price of my 85.

But yes, I'd certainly agree with getting one from an RFFer if possible.

Best,
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-12-2009
Replies: 3,767
Views: 720,410
Posted By oscroft
28mm Zuiko lenses are plentiful, and you should...

28mm Zuiko lenses are plentiful, and you should be able to get either an f/2.8 or f/3.5 for not very much money at all (I've had both, and they're both great - I stuck with the f/2.8). There are many...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-11-2009
Replies: 20
Views: 1,861
Posted By oscroft
Conversely, if you intend to get an M2, M3 or M4...

Conversely, if you intend to get an M2, M3 or M4 later on, you might prefer to get an M6 Classic.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-07-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,720
Posted By oscroft
It would be hard to get smaller than the CV...

It would be hard to get smaller than the CV 35/2.5 pancake.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-06-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 1,982
Posted By oscroft
There are diagrams of the lens elements of both...

There are diagrams of the lens elements of both the 15 and 16 versions here (http://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-forum/discus_e/messages/2/143180.html?1119877661).
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-05-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 2,137
Posted By oscroft
I spent two months in Thailand and Cambodia last...

I spent two months in Thailand and Cambodia last year, with just an M2, a CV 35/1.4, and a bagful of APX-100 - it was wonderful.

Edit: Oh no, I actually had a handful of rolls of Tri-X too
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-03-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 1,224
Posted By oscroft
As far as I can see, none of the bayonet-mount...

As far as I can see, none of the bayonet-mount lenses has been made in silver.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-03-2009
Replies: 72
Views: 5,446
Posted By oscroft
I've got a 35/2.5 (Classic, but optically it's...

I've got a 35/2.5 (Classic, but optically it's the same as the pancake), and a 35/1.4 SC, and I really like them both.

I've had the 2.5 longer, and I agree with all of the comments regarding...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-17-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 1,290
Posted By oscroft
I suspect all it really means is that when using...

I suspect all it really means is that when using flash you should shoot at shutter speeds of 1/30 or slower (though I'd have thought it would be 1/60 or slower), and the reason for that is that it is...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-16-2009
Replies: 20
Views: 1,684
Posted By oscroft
Glad you've got a good 50/1.8 on the way - I...

Glad you've got a good 50/1.8 on the way - I think every OM kit should have one (Though I agree with Keith that the 50/1.4 is a gem - I use mine a lot - I get great results, and it's tiny compared to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-11-2009
Replies: 3,767
Views: 720,410
Posted By oscroft
Wow, yes, a 90/2 is a real gem of an...

Wow, yes, a 90/2 is a real gem of an acquisition.

Apparently, as well as being superb at macro distances, it's also a very good all-round short tele.

You clearly are going to be enjoying yourself...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-09-2009
Replies: 3,767
Views: 720,410
Posted By oscroft
Hmm, I did a count recently, and it's 5 bodies...

Hmm, I did a count recently, and it's 5 bodies (OM1n, 3xOM2n, OM4T), and 13 lenses - and they all get used.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-09-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 1,125
Posted By oscroft
www.retrophotographic.com ?

www.retrophotographic.com ?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-08-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 1,280
Posted By oscroft
I believe the Avenon is the same as the Kobalux -...

I believe the Avenon is the same as the Kobalux - same lens, just two different brand names.

If I'm right, then the Kobalux has a pretty good reputation - but the closest I've come to one was seeing...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-07-2009
Replies: 38
Views: 3,922
Posted By oscroft
The OM1 is great, but one warning - you can't get...

The OM1 is great, but one warning - you can't get the mercury batteries for them any more. I've had mine converted to use silver cells, but it cost as much as an OM1 would cost now. I think there are...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-30-2009
Replies: 68
Views: 4,213
Posted By oscroft
I suspect my local post office in the UK wouldn't...

I suspect my local post office in the UK wouldn't know either, as they don't handle it - dutiable packages are picked up at one of the central offices.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-29-2009
Replies: 68
Views: 4,213
Posted By oscroft
You might get stung for import duty and VAT,...

You might get stung for import duty and VAT, depending on the declared valuation - and then you'd have to pay the Post Office an additional fee for being kind enough to handle it for you. (Though the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-29-2009
Replies: 32
Views: 2,975
Posted By oscroft
The Zuiko primes I'm using the most these days...

The Zuiko primes I'm using the most these days are a 50/1.4 silvernose (which I agree gives very nice B&W results), and an 85/2
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-29-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 2,783
Posted By oscroft
Oh yes, I've had a couple of 35-105s too - I...

Oh yes, I've had a couple of 35-105s too - I already had one, then I bought an Olympus/Zuiko kit for a couple of other lenses that were included, and that included another.

I thought the 35-105 was...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-29-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 2,783
Posted By oscroft
I've had all three of those, and the f/3.6 was...

I've had all three of those, and the f/3.6 was outstandingly sharp - probably as good as primes, I'd say. But the reason I wanted a 35-70 was for travel, and it was a bit big - and I got a good offer...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 09-28-2009
Replies: 40
Views: 6,673
Posted By oscroft
Actually, I think it's something more like 4.2...

Actually, I think it's something more like 4.2 times as concentrated (and they're both available in Europe - the more concentrated one in 1L bottles, and the more dilute one in 500ml bottles).

I use...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-28-2009
Replies: 34
Views: 2,765
Posted By oscroft
I've got a 100/2.8 and an 85/2 (the later...

I've got a 100/2.8 and an 85/2 (the later version), and I love them both.

While the 100 does have the edge in sharpness (especially wide open), the difference (between my two samples at least) is...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-28-2009
Replies: 35
Views: 2,804
Posted By oscroft
Nice price - congrats :)

Nice price - congrats :)
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-27-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 1,260
Posted By oscroft
Actually, I think there was a problem with the...

Actually, I think there was a problem with the film advance - if you were using a slow shutter speed, and were trying to shoot fast and wound too quickly, it could jam the shutter.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-27-2009
Replies: 66
Views: 5,274
Posted By oscroft
I like that :)

I like that :)
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-27-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 1,260
Posted By oscroft
I've no experience of the original R2, but I have...

I've no experience of the original R2, but I have both R3A and R4A and to me they feel pretty much identical in terms of build quality.

And they both feel significantly more solid and chunky than...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-27-2009
Replies: 35
Views: 2,804
Posted By oscroft
I'm happy to be of help - it sounds like you're...

I'm happy to be of help - it sounds like you're getting a very nice kit together, and I'm vicariously excited for you :D

Cheers,
Forum: RFF Polls 09-27-2009
Replies: 204
Views: 32,313
Posted By oscroft
With a few minor exceptions, I've had very good...

With a few minor exceptions, I've had very good results buying cameras via the famous auction site. (Though I'm not a technical perfectionist by a long way - if a lens focuses a centimeter out a...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-27-2009
Replies: 35
Views: 2,804
Posted By oscroft
I've used a couple of Epson scanners. I...

I've used a couple of Epson scanners. I originally had a 3200, since replaced by a V700. I've also seen results from either a 4490 or a 4990 - I can't remember which it was.

And in every case, the...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-26-2009
Replies: 68
Views: 4,213
Posted By oscroft
One thing I really love about the R3 is the 1:1...

One thing I really love about the R3 is the 1:1 viewfinder. Seeing everything life size makes it much easier to shoot with both eyes open, and so keep aware of everything that's going on around me -...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-25-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 1,965
Posted By oscroft
Ah yes, I see what you mean - you've got some...

Ah yes, I see what you mean - you've got some nice shots there on Flickr
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-25-2009
Replies: 68
Views: 4,213
Posted By oscroft
I've been using Bessas for a few years - I...

I've been using Bessas for a few years - I currently have an R3A and an R4A - and the short EBL thing just hasn't been an issue.

Unless you're using a fast 50 or longer, and shooting at short...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-25-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 1,965
Posted By oscroft
I've got the CV 35/1.4, and I don't have the...

I've got the CV 35/1.4, and I don't have the 40/1.4 but I do have a Summicron-C 40/2.

I'm a big 35 nut, and to me 40 is a very different focal length - I love them both, but I just see differently...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-19-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 2,163
Posted By oscroft
Definitely, yes. What I am finding is that I...

Definitely, yes.

What I am finding is that I sometimes use IS deliberately to be able to get a slow enough shutter speed to see motion blur in handheld shots - it can be good for people shots when...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-18-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 2,163
Posted By oscroft
I've been using IS on a Canon 24-105L lens, and...

I've been using IS on a Canon 24-105L lens, and it is very impressive indeed. I really am getting something like 2-3 stops with it, and getting sharp hand-held shots at the 105 end even down to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-18-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 1,341
Posted By oscroft
A smart suit and some well-polished shoes? But...

A smart suit and some well-polished shoes?

But seriously, I'd probably just take an M body and a fast 35mm lens.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 09-17-2009
Replies: 418
Views: 180,430
Posted By oscroft
I've got both the 35 and 50 Color Skopars, and...

I've got both the 35 and 50 Color Skopars, and they do seem to be very similar in character to me.

I can't offer any samples, sorry, because I'm away from my scans at the moment, but I've been very...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-15-2009
Replies: 34
Views: 2,893
Posted By oscroft
I'll add another vote for the CV 28/2 Ultron,...

I'll add another vote for the CV 28/2 Ultron, bought in similar circumstances - I already had a CV 28/3.5 (which I love) but I wanted something a bit faster. I didn't consider any f/2.8 lenses,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-14-2009
Replies: 81
Views: 4,951
Posted By oscroft
£2,070 for an EOS 5DII, but I did pay around...

£2,070 for an EOS 5DII, but I did pay around £1,000 for a Bronica ETRSi in 1991, which is probably more once inflation is accounted for.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-13-2009
Replies: 25
Views: 2,420
Posted By oscroft
Can't offer anything about Nikon, sorry (my last...

Can't offer anything about Nikon, sorry (my last Nikon was an F3), but image quality is way more important to me than the size of the camera - I'm using my 5DII (the first digital I've been able to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-11-2009
Replies: 58
Views: 4,245
Posted By oscroft
Hi nightfly, A lot of good stuff has already...

Hi nightfly,

A lot of good stuff has already been said, but I hope you don't mind me chipping in with my thoughts...

After years of really not liking the idea of digital, I finally got a 5DII last...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-10-2009
Replies: 59
Views: 4,302
Posted By oscroft
My 5DII with a prime (the only prime I currently...

My 5DII with a prime (the only prime I currently have is the 50/1.4 - apart from my Zuiko lenses, with adapter) really isn't too heavy at all - I can sling it over my shoulder almost as conveniently...
Forum: Nikon RF 09-10-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 1,267
Posted By oscroft
Or on some paint ;-) Cheers,

Or on some paint ;-)

Cheers,
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-10-2009
Replies: 59
Views: 4,302
Posted By oscroft
Well, after years of waiting for them to get...

Well, after years of waiting for them to get good/cheap enough, I finally got my first proper digital camera recently (the one I already had that was so poor I only used it for taking pictures of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-09-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 2,252
Posted By oscroft
I got my mint M6 Classic from a classified ad...

I got my mint M6 Classic from a classified ad here for about £600, so I'd agree that £850 is too much to pay for an eBay one.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-09-2009
Replies: 52
Views: 4,920
Posted By oscroft
My wife tells me I'm disgusting - so I'm a third...

My wife tells me I'm disgusting - so I'm a third of the way there ;)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-09-2009
Replies: 42
Views: 2,367
Posted By oscroft
No, HC-110 is great - it's the one I use the...

No, HC-110 is great - it's the one I use the most. It's just that D76 is probably more forgiving with most films and most situations (you've got to be careful with highlights in contrasty shots with...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-07-2009
Replies: 42
Views: 2,367
Posted By oscroft
Even though I rarely use either Tri-X or D76...

Even though I rarely use either Tri-X or D76 these days, I'd concur with the general agreement on Tri-X in D76.

Tri-X gives a nice tonal range which includes lovely mid-tones, and it works well in...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-05-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 721
Posted By oscroft
Yep, you shouldn't use an orange safelight for...

Yep, you shouldn't use an orange safelight for film - it will fog it.

Total darkness is what you need when loading the film - once it's closed in the tank, you can use normal light.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-04-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 3,887
Posted By oscroft
More tightly against the frame lines, because I...

More tightly against the frame lines, because I know there's extra frame space outside the lines.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-04-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 3,887
Posted By oscroft
I'm happy using a 35mm lens on my R3A. As you get...

I'm happy using a 35mm lens on my R3A. As you get a bit more than the 40mm frame, I basically just shoot as if I had the 40 on, but I frame a bit more tightly (kind of as if I was framing with an SLR)
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-03-2009
Replies: 30
Views: 6,120
Posted By oscroft
Don't mention the war?

Don't mention the war?
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-03-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 5,711
Posted By oscroft
Well, as everyone else has said, if you get a...

Well, as everyone else has said, if you get a good one, you really can expect something approaching highest quality.

I've had several, and they've all been good - the late black one that I still...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-03-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 1,102
Posted By oscroft
Yep, CV 28/3.5 and CV 21/4 really are both...

Yep, CV 28/3.5 and CV 21/4 really are both exceptionally good for the money - I use my 28 a lot on my M2 without an external finder (I hate them), and just use the full frame for approximate framing.
Forum: Travel 09-03-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,710
Posted By oscroft
I pretty much agree with everyone else on this...

I pretty much agree with everyone else on this thread who has experience of Thailand. I've spent a fair bit of my life over the past 20 years or so there, and I've carried cameras all over the place...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-02-2009
Replies: 128
Views: 10,040
Posted By oscroft
Hmm, yes - I guess there'll be dealers willing to...

Hmm, yes - I guess there'll be dealers willing to take deposits on that basis.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-02-2009
Replies: 128
Views: 10,040
Posted By oscroft
Hmm, if people can pre-order it (and some perhaps...

Hmm, if people can pre-order it (and some perhaps even have them), that sounds like it removes any doubt about its existence.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-01-2009
Replies: 128
Views: 10,040
Posted By oscroft
So, 7 people reckon they've already got one?

So, 7 people reckon they've already got one?
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-29-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 1,001
Posted By oscroft
Great, thanks - I'll check them out too.

Great, thanks - I'll check them out too.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-28-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 1,001
Posted By oscroft
Thanks folks - I'll give both of those a call.

Thanks folks - I'll give both of those a call.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-27-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 1,001
Posted By oscroft
Camera Insurance, UK

Hi Folks,

Not sure if this is the most appropriate forum, but I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a good UK insurer for camera gear.

I'll need worldwide pro-use cover, but I only need it for a...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 08-25-2009
Replies: 20
Views: 1,555
Posted By oscroft
It can be processed with B&W chemicals, but that...

It can be processed with B&W chemicals, but that would only produce the initial silver image.

To get the final chromogenic dye image (and bleach the original silver image), you need the full C-41...
Forum: RFF Polls 08-22-2009
Replies: 230
Views: 32,719
Posted By oscroft
XA or XA4, depending on what jacket I happen to...

XA or XA4, depending on what jacket I happen to wear - there's one in the pocket of each of my regular jackets.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 08-22-2009
Replies: 33
Views: 9,030
Posted By oscroft
Hi Bob, You're in Jakarta? Head down to all...

Hi Bob,

You're in Jakarta?

Head down to all those crowded side streets, where you'd feel far too cramped with a 50, and perhaps even personally claustrophobic in the mass of humanity that makes up...
Forum: RFF Polls 08-22-2009
Replies: 54
Views: 5,517
Posted By oscroft
I have small hands, so grips are too large - it's...

I have small hands, so grips are too large - it's a standard Luigi case for me.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-18-2009
Replies: 41
Views: 4,142
Posted By oscroft
Hmm, I shoot far more now than I've ever done...

Hmm, I shoot far more now than I've ever done over the past 40 years, so I guess that means I'm getting worse and forgetting what I've learned :D

In reality, most of us shoot what we can afford to....
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 08-16-2009
Replies: 91
Views: 12,649
Posted By oscroft
Letting someone else play guinea-pig, and getting...

Letting someone else play guinea-pig, and getting early problems ironed out before releasing it in a Sony camera might make sense for them.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-16-2009
Replies: 81
Views: 8,294
Posted By oscroft
I don't particularly dislike it - it's a chore,...

I don't particularly dislike it - it's a chore, but an easy one. I use a V750 and can scan 24 frames at a time, so I just load them in, frame them, and leave it going in the background while I carry...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 08-16-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 2,120
Posted By oscroft
I have to say I think that stuff is pretty...

I have to say I think that stuff is pretty nondescript - the only thing of mild interest is that he leaves the little people behind when he's done.

I'm sure there's plenty of scope to execute a much...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-12-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 1,406
Posted By oscroft
I've had both, but I sold my OM2S and now my most...

I've had both, but I sold my OM2S and now my most used OM body is an OM4T (even though I haven't had it very long). The reason I much prefer the 4 is that, as others have said, all of its metering...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-09-2009
Replies: 36
Views: 2,470
Posted By oscroft
For me, I think an M2 with a 35 is the closest...

For me, I think an M2 with a 35 is the closest there is to photographic heaven, but if you've tried it and it doesn't float your boat, then that's cool - at least you know.

I have to say I do use a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-07-2009
Replies: 38
Views: 2,485
Posted By oscroft
I started with an M6, thought the meter was...

I started with an M6, thought the meter was essential, and I'd only need one Leica, but then... oh, never mind, just get an M2! :D
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-07-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,557
Posted By oscroft
Interesting, thanks. I'm tempted to get some of...

Interesting, thanks.

I'm tempted to get some of both - a bottle of APH09 to try, and some modern Rodinal/R09 to stockpile.

Cheers,
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-06-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,557
Posted By oscroft
That's great, thanks - I'm tempted to try the...

That's great, thanks - I'm tempted to try the APH09

Cheers,
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-06-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,063
Posted By oscroft
I've got both, and really like them both, but...

I've got both, and really like them both, but they're very different lenses.

I use the 21/4 a lot (on an R4A), and I find it a very useful lens - it's great in crowded back streets of Bangkok,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-06-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,557
Posted By oscroft
Rodinal in UK?

Hi folks,

Where's the best place to get Rodinal in the UK these days? I can't remember where I got it last time, and now I can't find any - Silverprint has it, but has a minimum order of £25 (and...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 08-06-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 2,846
Posted By oscroft
PS: A slight purplish tint left in Tri-X negs is...

PS: A slight purplish tint left in Tri-X negs is no problem at all - most will still have a little bit of it left
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 08-06-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 2,846
Posted By oscroft
Some Kodak films, like Tri-X, have a purple base...

Some Kodak films, like Tri-X, have a purple base - it's part of the anti-halation business.

I really don't think it's anything to do with fixing - if you just wash it for longer, you'll get it out....
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-03-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 1,602
Posted By oscroft
I use a Digisix too, and I think it's a great...

I use a Digisix too, and I think it's a great little meter - like others, I use it for incident metering quite a lot. (A Leica M2, a 35mm lens, and a Digisix are as close to photographic perfection...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-02-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 7,887
Posted By oscroft
I don't think there's any difference in the...

I don't think there's any difference in the shutter reliability, so it really is down to which features you want.

I have a variety of aperture-priority automatic, manual metering, and unmetered...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-02-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 7,887
Posted By oscroft
Hi Jonas, I have both an M6 and an R4A (not an...

Hi Jonas,

I have both an M6 and an R4A (not an R4M, but the build is the same), and I use a CV 28/2 on both of them (and it's a great lens).

Firstly, the R4 is not as well built as the M6, but then...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-01-2009
Replies: 112
Views: 18,116
Posted By oscroft
Tom A softies, Gordy wrist straps, and a couple...

Tom A softies, Gordy wrist straps, and a couple of half cases (one by Luigi, one by Zhou).
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-31-2009
Replies: 272
Views: 87,986
Posted By oscroft
Only one? My favourite is the R4A, because of...

Only one?

My favourite is the R4A, because of its wide angle frames - I hate external viewfinders. And my other favourite is the R3A, because of the 1:1 viewfinder.
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 07-29-2009
Replies: 49
Views: 13,286
Posted By oscroft
I'm another who really likes the Nokton 1.4. I...

I'm another who really likes the Nokton 1.4.

I have some sample shots with it on Flickr...

First results (http://www.flickr.com/photos/oscroft/sets/72157606811877739/)
Recent test...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-28-2009
Replies: 167
Views: 21,431
Posted By oscroft
I'll second the 100/2.8. It's a really great lens...

I'll second the 100/2.8. It's a really great lens - I'll try to dig out some shots from it (no portraits though). I got mine for about £40 (about $60). It's sharper than the 85/2, and I think a bit...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-27-2009
Replies: 167
Views: 21,431
Posted By oscroft
Interesting talk of 50/1.4 versions. Mine's a...

Interesting talk of 50/1.4 versions.

Mine's a silvernose, serial number 241909, and it's one of my favourite lenses - I wouldn't say it's the sharpest lens I've got, but I just love the look from...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-25-2009
Replies: 167
Views: 21,431
Posted By oscroft
Thanks :) I've just been looking at your Flickr...

Thanks :)

I've just been looking at your Flickr photos - you've got some great stuff there.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-24-2009
Replies: 167
Views: 21,431
Posted By oscroft
And three more (my last for now). All OM2n again...

And three more (my last for now). All OM2n again - first two using the 50/1.4 and the third using a 28-48/4
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-24-2009
Replies: 167
Views: 21,431
Posted By oscroft
And another, same combo - all on ERA 100 in HC-110

And another, same combo - all on ERA 100 in HC-110
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-24-2009
Replies: 167
Views: 21,431
Posted By oscroft
Three recent shots from an OM2n and 50 f/1.4...

Three recent shots from an OM2n and 50 f/1.4 silvernose...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-24-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,757
Posted By oscroft
Thanks again folks. I think I'm safe to use up...

Thanks again folks.

I think I'm safe to use up the lithium cells I have (I hate to waste things) - I'll change them if I notice any fall-off effects in the results (which I suspect is unlikely as I...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-23-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,757
Posted By oscroft
Thanks folks. It's good to know the lithium...

Thanks folks. It's good to know the lithium batteries won't do any harm, so I'll use them up before I go back to my usual SR44s
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-23-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,757
Posted By oscroft
OM4T battery?

I just got an OM4T, which I like so far :D

I was surprised to find it's got a 3v lithium battery in it - I was expecting 2xSR44 1.5v (The seller also included two spare lithium batteries). The meter...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 07-23-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 4,490
Posted By oscroft
Hi Folks, My CL meter was recalibrated to use...

Hi Folks,

My CL meter was recalibrated to use silver batteries by CRR, Luton, UK - they also still have replacement meter cells, I believe (though mine didn't need one).

Since then, it's been...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-23-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 2,406
Posted By oscroft
Great shots - I love the 1:1 VF and "both eyes...

Great shots - I love the 1:1 VF and "both eyes open" framing
Forum: Optics Theory - 07-22-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 3,070
Posted By oscroft
Out-of-focus areas? I've never had any with my...

Out-of-focus areas? I've never had any with my Heliar 15 :D
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-21-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 880
Posted By oscroft
My J-12 works fine on my M2 and M6 with an...

My J-12 works fine on my M2 and M6 with an adapter - but it does stop the meter working on the M6.

The reason they can hit the shutter on a Bessa is, I believe, because the Bessa has a...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 07-21-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 1,940
Posted By oscroft
Well, it rather depends on what you consider to...

Well, it rather depends on what you consider to be "the earth", but I think the the perfect companion is a Summicron-C 40 or M-Rokkor 40 - not sure current prices, but they're in keeping with the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-20-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 1,152
Posted By oscroft
Hi Mick, I'd say mix it too. That way you can...

Hi Mick,

I'd say mix it too. That way you can decide what you want after you get the results, and make up your final project portfolio however you think it looks best.

Cheers,
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-19-2009
Replies: 47
Views: 3,846
Posted By oscroft
I have a secure steel cabinet in my study,...

I have a secure steel cabinet in my study, fastened to the wall, to contain my photo equipment. However...

My two Leicas (M2 and M6) are sitting on a shelf in the bedroom, my Bessas (R3 and R4) are...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-18-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,096
Posted By oscroft
I use HC-110 and I take 100ml out of the bottle...

I use HC-110 and I take 100ml out of the bottle of syrup and partially dilute that each time, and I keep the opened bottle of syrup in the fridge - the diluted extract (1+3.2 - then 1+9 for dil B...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-16-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 3,403
Posted By oscroft
Thanks, I've fixed it.

Thanks, I've fixed it.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-16-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 3,403
Posted By oscroft
OK, I've put two sets of photos up on...

OK, I've put two sets of photos up on Flickr...

CV 35/2.5 Skopar (http://www.flickr.com/photos/oscroft/sets/72157621424765753/)

CV 35/1.4 Nokton SC...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 07-16-2009
Replies: 28
Views: 3,091
Posted By oscroft
I've only shot one roll, but I like it a lot so...

I've only shot one roll, but I like it a lot so far.

I'm impressed by the sharpness and contrast, even at f/2 - it gets a bit soft in the corners wide open, but it's a good deal better than I'd...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 07-16-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 1,483
Posted By oscroft
Ultron 28/2

I was talking about fast 28s in another thread and ended up getting an Ultron, so I've put a few first shots up at Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/oscroft/sets/72157621423765207/).

First...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 07-16-2009
Replies: 28
Views: 3,091
Posted By oscroft
I've put a few shots up on Flickr...

I've put a few shots up on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/oscroft/sets/72157621423765207/).
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-15-2009
Replies: 68
Views: 4,698
Posted By oscroft
I have both M2 and M6, and I really like them...

I have both M2 and M6, and I really like them both. The M6 has the convenience of the meter (and a TTL meter is often very useful, especially when shooting slides), and also the 28mm frame - 28 is a...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 07-15-2009
Replies: 28
Views: 3,091
Posted By oscroft
Will do - they're hanging up now, so I'll scan...

Will do - they're hanging up now, so I'll scan them later
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-14-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 1,347
Posted By oscroft
If you're only talking about a week, it'll really...

If you're only talking about a week, it'll really make no difference at all.

The only time I'll worry about it is when I shoot slide film - I only process it when I have enough to justify buying a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-14-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 990
Posted By oscroft
Congrats - here's hoping it's the first of many :D

Congrats - here's hoping it's the first of many :D
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 07-14-2009
Replies: 28
Views: 3,091
Posted By oscroft
The Ultron arrived this morning :) Construction...

The Ultron arrived this morning :)

Construction quality seems to be pretty good - I'll go shoot a roll with it as soon as I can.
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 07-13-2009
Replies: 28
Views: 3,091
Posted By oscroft
Way out of my price range.

Way out of my price range.
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 07-13-2009
Replies: 28
Views: 3,091
Posted By oscroft
Thanks Tom - I'm only interested in film too,...

Thanks Tom - I'm only interested in film too, mainly B&W, and I agree about the 28/3.5 (I keep thinking I should get another one while I can). I should probably try it with colour film too, one of...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 07-13-2009
Replies: 28
Views: 3,091
Posted By oscroft
Hi mfogiel, Thanks for the info - some superb...

Hi mfogiel,

Thanks for the info - some superb shots there.

The Ultron focus shift test is great stuff, thanks - I rarely shoot close up, and from your results it really does look...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 07-13-2009
Replies: 28
Views: 3,091
Posted By oscroft
Yes, that's true - definitely worth a call.

Yes, that's true - definitely worth a call.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-13-2009
Replies: 58
Views: 4,305
Posted By oscroft
Bit late, so this might not be worth much now,...

Bit late, so this might not be worth much now, but I use OMs a lot - I have one OM1n and three OM2ns. (I had an OM2SP but didn't like it as much, and haven't persuaded myself to spend the money...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 07-13-2009
Replies: 28
Views: 3,091
Posted By oscroft
Yeah, the extra stop attracts me to the CV 28/2...

Yeah, the extra stop attracts me to the CV 28/2 too - as I have the 28/3.5, the Zeiss wouldn't give me much more speed. But then, I do like the idea of trying at least one of the Zeiss range - ah,...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 07-13-2009
Replies: 28
Views: 3,091
Posted By oscroft
Yeah, Jem is very helpful like that - it was...

Yeah, Jem is very helpful like that - it was after he let me have a play with the 35/1.4 that I went back and bought it from him.

But the thing that would stop me doing the same with a Zeiss 28 is...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 07-13-2009
Replies: 28
Views: 3,091
Posted By oscroft
I've got the 15 too, and had a non-cam 25 but...

I've got the 15 too, and had a non-cam 25 but sold it when I realised it didn't work properly with the R4 frames. I've got other CVs too, so if the 28/2 is in keeping with them then I expect I'll...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 07-13-2009
Replies: 28
Views: 3,091
Posted By oscroft
Hi Bob, I'm well, thanks - hope you're getting...

Hi Bob,

I'm well, thanks - hope you're getting on well with the M8.

I actually have a CV 28/2 arriving tomorrow (auction site bargain, I hope), so some sort of meet to compare the two would be...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 07-13-2009
Replies: 42
Views: 3,417
Posted By oscroft
I use nothing but Paterson plastic reels with...

I use nothing but Paterson plastic reels with ball bearings, and as long as they're clean and dry, I never have a problem. I use a hair drier to make sure they're really dry - people do sometimes...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 07-13-2009
Replies: 28
Views: 3,091
Posted By oscroft
Fast 28?

I'm in the market for a fast 28 at the moment (I have a CV 28/3.5, which I love, but 28 is one of my favourite FLs and a faster one would really be useful at times).

The obvious candidates are the...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-12-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 3,403
Posted By oscroft
I did some direct comparison shots this weekend...

I did some direct comparison shots this weekend with 35/1.4 and 35/2.5, on ERA 100 and developed in HC-110.

They're hanging up to dry now - should get them scanned within the next day or...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-10-2009
Replies: 75
Views: 4,071
Posted By oscroft
Hi David, Just seen this thread. You have had...

Hi David,

Just seen this thread. You have had lots of advice already, but...



I've had the privilege of using all three systems.

I started out in SLR photography, in 1969, with Spotmatics and...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-09-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 3,403
Posted By oscroft
Hmm, I have both, but I haven't done a direct...

Hmm, I have both, but I haven't done a direct comparison - in fact, I've only used the Nokton for B&W and I think I've only used the Skopar for colour.

I might do a comparison this weekend - I want...
Forum: Photo Software 07-09-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 2,749
Posted By oscroft
I think however you do your photography it's the...

I think however you do your photography it's the same. Whether you prefer pixels or wet stuff (or both), if you love it and you're dedicated you'll "waste" as much time as you can spare. Waste away,...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-06-2009
Replies: 33
Views: 2,244
Posted By oscroft
R3A - easy! R3/R4 is a combination made in...

R3A - easy!

R3/R4 is a combination made in Heaven (well, Japan, but I'm sure you get my drift). Wide VF on the R4 (wonderful with a 21), and the 1:1 on the R3 for 40/50 - it's really hard to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-06-2009
Replies: 57
Views: 6,983
Posted By oscroft
A few thoughts on zooms, which nobody seems to...

A few thoughts on zooms, which nobody seems to have mentioned so far...

I travel a lot, and light weight and small size can often be a big advantage to me and can outweigh the slightly inferior...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-06-2009
Replies: 57
Views: 6,983
Posted By oscroft
Interesting. I had a 21/3.5 for a while, but I...

Interesting. I had a 21/3.5 for a while, but I found I didn't really use it - even though it's a really good lens.

I do use a 21, but I always found myself reaching for RF gear, which to me seems to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-06-2009
Replies: 57
Views: 6,983
Posted By oscroft
Interestingly, I heard from one source (can't...

Interestingly, I heard from one source (can't remember where) that the 28/3.5 actually had the edge over the 28/2.8. I got a 28/3.5 very cheap (about $12 including a polarising filter), so I did some...
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