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Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-10-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 598
Posted By Mjd-djm
Yep, decided I was just beating myself up about...

Yep, decided I was just beating myself up about missing out on a bargain, so changed the post to something more Ďusefulí.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-10-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 598
Posted By Mjd-djm
Developing film without a sink

just moved house to a new build. My wife wonít let me use our en-suite bathroom to develop any more. Can I do it on a garage with bottled tap water perhaps? Tip it down the drain in the street? Or is...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-24-2019
Replies: 82
Views: 3,277
Posted By Mjd-djm
Yours for a special price of just £20,000.

Yours for a special price of just £20,000.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-20-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 3,050
Posted By Mjd-djm
I personally think that our tendency to talk...

I personally think that our tendency to talk about gear comes down to our origins. Way back when, when the men weren’t out hunting, they were sharpening their arrows, restringing their bows and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-10-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,079
Posted By Mjd-djm
Yep, I didnít rate that camera either. I was...

Yep, I didnít rate that camera either. I was surprised by how distinctly average it was.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-10-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 677
Posted By Mjd-djm
Both lenses are good and I’ve owned both but I...

Both lenses are good and I’ve owned both but I kept the VC Skopar in silver for my IIf. It’s a good lens but does make some compromises to keep it compact. At the end of the day if you take a great...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-10-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 494
Posted By Mjd-djm
Just read this on another forum...suggesting I...

Just read this on another forum...suggesting I need to reduce the shim. Any other opinions on this?


“Front or back focusing can usually be adjusted by taking away or adding shims between the lens...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-10-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 494
Posted By Mjd-djm
Before I do this I just want to double check......

Before I do this I just want to double check... to correct front focus I add shims? This is the opposite of other posts Iíve read. Normally when focusing a lens the optics need to move away from the...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-10-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 494
Posted By Mjd-djm
Ok, that sounds much easier. I read that with...

Ok, that sounds much easier. I read that with Russian lenses which typically back focus unless shimmed require an added shim to focus correctly. If this is true then I assumed to correct front focus...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-10-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,079
Posted By Mjd-djm
Summicron 50mm for me too. Focus shift on an f2...

Summicron 50mm for me too. Focus shift on an f2 lens for £1000 used. Iíd rather keep my Zeiss Planar.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-10-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 494
Posted By Mjd-djm
Canon 50mm 1.5 LTM Shim Help

I picked up one of these lenses a few weeks ago. After shooting a few rolls on my IIF and M6 TTL I can see it has a front focus issue despite the rangefinder being aligned at infinity. I realise...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-02-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 2,056
Posted By Mjd-djm
Sorry to resurrect a dead thread... but I want to...

Sorry to resurrect a dead thread... but I want to clean mine out a little. Some marks and very light haze on inner element just below the aperture. I have done my Canon 50mm 1.4 LTM many times with...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 04-09-2019
Replies: 110
Views: 5,123
Posted By Mjd-djm
This thread is giving me GAS. I think I may have...

This thread is giving me GAS. I think I may have to order one tomorrow!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-08-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 292
Posted By Mjd-djm
Overexposure? Over-development?

I'm having a few issues with both my M6 and M6 TTL which I think must be a metering issue. Obviously I'm trusting the cameras meter too much and every roll I get a couple of shots like this which are...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-14-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 346
Posted By Mjd-djm
Lol, ok so when I gently push the RF arm and...

Lol, ok so when I gently push the RF arm and rotate it moves freely, although it is definitely stiffer than my M4 which is very easy to move. It doesnít appear bent. When I release it it feels as if...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-14-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 346
Posted By Mjd-djm
Itís especially noticeable on my Zeiss 35mm 2.8...

Itís especially noticeable on my Zeiss 35mm 2.8 and also my collapsible summicron. Much better on my 50mm skopar and 50mm v4 cron.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-14-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 346
Posted By Mjd-djm
Leica M6 TTL RF coupling not smooth

I’ve just picked up an M6 TTL and on some of my lenses the lens focus is not smooth and gets quite tight especially when you get down to close focus. They all focus nice and smooth on my M4. Is there...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-06-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,016
Posted By Mjd-djm
The VC 50mm 2.5 colour skopar is available in...

The VC 50mm 2.5 colour skopar is available in chrome.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-06-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,016
Posted By Mjd-djm
Just sold one without the hood here in the...

Just sold one without the hood here in the UK...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Voigtlander-50mm-f2-5-Color-Skopar-Leica-LTM-Fit-Lens/183702991795?hash=item2ac58d33b3:g:u~EAAOSwRiFcemZk
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-06-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,016
Posted By Mjd-djm
Yep, 50mm skopar is tiny, especially without the...

Yep, 50mm skopar is tiny, especially without the mini hood it comes with. A pretty good performer for the size too.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 02-21-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,571
Posted By Mjd-djm
I never regret using a meter, but I sometimes...

I never regret using a meter, but I sometimes regret not using one.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-21-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 402
Posted By Mjd-djm
Every m2 Iíve owned has spots in the patch in...

Every m2 Iíve owned has spots in the patch in bright light. Not sure Iíve ever seen streaks though.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-21-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 841
Posted By Mjd-djm
If you rotate the front of the lens like you...

If you rotate the front of the lens like you mentioned can you see any glass moving forward / backward or rotating in place?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-21-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 1,639
Posted By Mjd-djm
No real issues in the UK if you donít force it in...

No real issues in the UK if you donít force it in peopleís faces. Generally speaking if youíre polite about it you wonít have any issues. I always point my camera out of our bedroom window to check...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 02-19-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,939
Posted By Mjd-djm
Weíre missing the point here. Itís not about the...

Weíre missing the point here. Itís not about the fact that he was scared on the beach... I mean who the hell wouldnít be? And he took a lot of risks in his career, heís a braver man than me.

My...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 02-18-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,939
Posted By Mjd-djm
Thanks for the share... really interesting...

Thanks for the share... really interesting article. It goes to show you canít always accept things at face value. Sometimes our heroes are not quite what we think. The Steve McCurry photoshopping...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-16-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 599
Posted By Mjd-djm
Iím really confused by it to be honest. After...

Iím really confused by it to be honest. After greasing it feels awful... like itís dry as a bone... a really scratchey, un-smooth feel. Maybe Iím just using the wrong grease... lithium based in a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-13-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 599
Posted By Mjd-djm
Modifying a Canon 50mm 1.4 LTM

I picked up one of these lenses cheap. The focus is very stiff so I took it apart to re-lube. It was fairly straight forward and everything seemed to work better after lubrication... until I slotted...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-08-2019
Replies: 0
Views: 211
Posted By Mjd-djm
VC 50mm 3.5 Heliar LTM Cleaning?

Does anyone know how to get into the front of this lens? I assumed it would work like collapsible summicron where it just rotated and unscrews. There is some minor haze in front of the aperture I...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-05-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 345
Posted By Mjd-djm
What is this?

I've seen this quite a few times before in lenses and have been meaning to ask. It appears to be marks on the metal components inside the lens, but not exacty sure. Anyone with better knowledge than...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-14-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 585
Posted By Mjd-djm
That one as been on there for a while. Look at...

That one as been on there for a while. Look at the ones marked Ďnewí.

All of the stuff booked in today looks really superb.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-14-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 585
Posted By Mjd-djm
All of it is mint or mint-. Real collector stuff.

All of it is mint or mint-. Real collector stuff.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-14-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 585
Posted By Mjd-djm
http://ffordes.com/category/Film_Cameras/Rangefind...

http://ffordes.com/category/Film_Cameras/Rangefinder/Leica_M/M_Cameras
http://ffordes.com/category/Medium_Format/Rolleiflex/Twin_Lens_Reflex/TLR_Cameras
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-14-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 585
Posted By Mjd-djm
Ffordes.co.uk collectables

Just wanted to give anybody on the UK a heads-up that ffordes have just listed a load of really interesting collectible cameras on their site for sale.

There is some nice rare Leica M and Rolleiflex...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 08-11-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,119
Posted By Mjd-djm
Photos below...

Photos below...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 08-11-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,119
Posted By Mjd-djm
Zeiss 50mm 1.5 Sonnar LTM

I’ve not heard much about this lens in LTM but I know there are lots of fakes around. I’ve come across quite a nice looking example which is very clean but could possibly be a fake. Anyway there are...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 07-21-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 919
Posted By Mjd-djm
What about the Canon 35mm 1.8 LTM? Great lens as...

What about the Canon 35mm 1.8 LTM? Great lens as is the 35mm f2. What’s your budget?
Forum: RFF News 07-21-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 8,014
Posted By Mjd-djm
Hang on... so someone spends all of their cash on...

Hang on... so someone spends all of their cash on everything but health insurance, then gets sick and can’t pay. So he starts a go fund me, comes out of hospital and still has all the great stuff he...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-24-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 990
Posted By Mjd-djm
I understand why the first of a line might be...

I understand why the first of a line might be rare, but the last? Doesn’t quite work for me.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-20-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 948
Posted By Mjd-djm
I’ve owned many Bessa rangefinders and overall...

I’ve owned many Bessa rangefinders and overall they are good cameras. The great thing is that you can adjust the RF alignment yourself in quite a simple process. The downside in my experience is that...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 06-19-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 641
Posted By Mjd-djm
Looks like differences in sharpening to me? Are...

Looks like differences in sharpening to me? Are you sure you used the same sharpening setting each time. There is a world of difference between medium and high in epsonscan.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-03-2018
Replies: 1
Views: 303
Posted By Mjd-djm
Oops...too late

Oops...too late
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-09-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 3,141
Posted By Mjd-djm
This is old now but does anyone still have this...

This is old now but does anyone still have this assembly chart? Help much appreciated. Thanks. Matt
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-06-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 799
Posted By Mjd-djm
Possibly a light leak on the film canister? Was...

Possibly a light leak on the film canister? Was it completely dark when you opened it? Doesn’t look like any camera or development issue that I have ever seen.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-29-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 5,054
Posted By Mjd-djm
I’ve put the camera back together now. I’ve...

I’ve put the camera back together now. I’ve removed all of the parts shown in the pics. The problem appears to be right on the hinge of the back door at the top. Could it be that it is stuck down...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-28-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 5,054
Posted By Mjd-djm
Just tried to take mine apart. All worked ok...

Just tried to take mine apart. All worked ok except the top just would not come off... it felt like it was still attached above the door hinge (I had already taken the screws under the cover out. So...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-21-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 812
Posted By Mjd-djm
I love my Bessa R3a. Best thing is to try not to...

I love my Bessa R3a. Best thing is to try not to worry about things like this. By the time you actually see the film images you will have forgotten how you framed it. I have shot loads of rolls and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-12-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,621
Posted By Mjd-djm
Contax G1 for me with the 45mm. Quick, easy,...

Contax G1 for me with the 45mm. Quick, easy, comfortable and delivers stunning images. I tend to think you make your own history with a camera... when you’ve taken enough great pictures with it it...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-10-2018
Replies: 516
Views: 45,876
Posted By Mjd-djm
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/890/41369826501_1da...

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/890/41369826501_1da8a71bc3.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/262Hb7H)Flood (https://flic.kr/p/262Hb7H) by Matt Dowd (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mjdmjd/), on Flickr
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-08-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,314
Posted By Mjd-djm
I use GIMP. Pretty darn good for free.

I use GIMP. Pretty darn good for free.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-02-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,350
Posted By Mjd-djm
I started off on digital and went straight into...

I started off on digital and went straight into MF and loved it. However, after a while I tried 35mm and found I preferred it. Itís quicker, easier, more cost effective, camera bodies and lenses are...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 03-26-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1,379
Posted By Mjd-djm
Keep the G2, you’ll only regret it... and you...

Keep the G2, you’ll only regret it... and you can’t get it back. You can get a Leica digital anytime.
Forum: Travel 03-26-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 2,503
Posted By Mjd-djm
This is a great idea guys. Maybe next time in...

This is a great idea guys. Maybe next time in London?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-20-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 2,170
Posted By Mjd-djm
I bought a IIIg in exc+ condition from a well...

I bought a IIIg in exc+ condition from a well known UK dealer a while back and it functions perfectly with no major issues. I bought a IIIf from the same shop a few weeks ago and it had loads of...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-19-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 726
Posted By Mjd-djm
When this happened to my v500 I just gave it a...

When this happened to my v500 I just gave it a few hard taps to the top and it has worked fine ever since.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 02-16-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 2,336
Posted By Mjd-djm
I have owned two of these and they were both...

I have owned two of these and they were both clear with no haze.... and I always check thoroughly with a flashlight.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-11-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,401
Posted By Mjd-djm
I could never really get to like any Ilford films...

I could never really get to like any Ilford films using ilfotec dd-x. The grain looked ugly and lacked any real punch. I switched to LC-29 and now am really happy with the results. The developer can...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-10-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 882
Posted By Mjd-djm
If youíre using ltm lenses on an M camera (you...

If youíre using ltm lenses on an M camera (you mention your other M lenses) then you will be using an adapter. These adapter vary in quality and tolerances. Leica and Voigtlšnder adapters are more...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-26-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 1,592
Posted By Mjd-djm
Mrs got me ‘Magnum Contact Sheets’ book. Great...

Mrs got me ‘Magnum Contact Sheets’ book. Great insight into some of the best photos in history.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-22-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 705
Posted By Mjd-djm
Simple: donít risk it. If you try it and lose all...

Simple: donít risk it. If you try it and lose all pictures on the roll how are you going to feel? If youíre willing to buy the film then pay for fresh chemicals too.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-12-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,083
Posted By Mjd-djm
There are quite a few places to get it done in...

There are quite a few places to get it done in the UK. In London you’ll pay through the nose. I have found that Peter from CRR Luton is very good with Leica. He did a complete CLA involving a lot of...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-11-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 920
Posted By Mjd-djm
They seem to get stiffer with age. Common...

They seem to get stiffer with age. Common problem. Mine is similar but not as bad as youíve described. It just needs a bit of a lube.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-02-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 783
Posted By Mjd-djm
On mine I see a tiny amount of grease in the same...

On mine I see a tiny amount of grease in the same place but not as much as you have on yours. Mine is the first m mount version, not the PII.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-01-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 841
Posted By Mjd-djm
Zeiss Planar 50mm f2 DOF Anomaly

For some reason my new (to me) Zeiss Planar lens appears to be front focussing. Whenever I take a picture at distances over 10 or 15 feet at f2 the vast majority of the DOF is in front of the subject...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-17-2017
Replies: 79
Views: 3,552
Posted By Mjd-djm
I seriously doubt they would rerelease any lenses...

I seriously doubt they would rerelease any lenses which would detract from sales of their current lineup... so the DR 50mm and 35mm v4 summicron are out. It is likely to be specislist lenses only......
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-04-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 838
Posted By Mjd-djm
If the price is adjusted to take the fault into...

If the price is adjusted to take the fault into account then I wouldnít worry too much about it. Plus you should always know roughly how far through a roll you are. Like you said... always have a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-26-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 1,847
Posted By Mjd-djm
Does anyone still have these instructions? I need...

Does anyone still have these instructions? I need to take the top off my Bessa R to clean the viewfinder. Thanks.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-15-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 1,016
Posted By Mjd-djm
Yes, that really helps a lot. It really is a...

Yes, that really helps a lot. It really is a complex system. I'm not sure which of the three it could be. Viewfinder is dimmer than my r2a but very clean. I doubt it is a botched job, it feels like...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-15-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 1,016
Posted By Mjd-djm
Leica M2 weak viewfinder double image

I have an interesting problem with my new M2 and I can't find mention of it on any older threads so here goes... the rangefinder image is very bright and clear, more so than on any other M2 / M3 I...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-13-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 1,607
Posted By Mjd-djm
If it takes pictures with no issues the sell it...

If it takes pictures with no issues the sell it as is. I would rather get a bargain, use it for a while and then service when it's needed. Just bought a Mamiya 645j for peanuts because it has a few...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 09-07-2017
Replies: 108
Views: 5,929
Posted By Mjd-djm
Not a good investment. The fact that he owned it...

Not a good investment. The fact that he owned it has got to cause premature depreciation!
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 09-07-2017
Replies: 108
Views: 5,929
Posted By Mjd-djm
I should add that I know nothing about carpentry.

I should add that I know nothing about carpentry.
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 09-07-2017
Replies: 108
Views: 5,929
Posted By Mjd-djm
To me he seems like an ok guy. However, he is...

To me he seems like an ok guy. However, he is massively over promoting himself. I would never pay to go to one of his workshops in a million years because I have not seen any photos of his which I...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-05-2017
Replies: 97
Views: 5,636
Posted By Mjd-djm
Thank goodness we don't have to worry about this...

Thank goodness we don't have to worry about this in the UK. The police couldn't shoot us even if they wanted to.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-02-2017
Replies: 77
Views: 2,680
Posted By Mjd-djm
I use a 50mm f2.5 Skopar as well and I can't say...

I use a 50mm f2.5 Skopar as well and I can't say enough good things about it. It works well on the IIIg and is nicely balanced. I tend to use it more on my R2a though and use my 5cm 3.5 Elmar on the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-31-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 1,908
Posted By Mjd-djm
I have a coated Elmer from 1948 which has the...

I have a coated Elmer from 1948 which has the slightest haze inside. The image quality is superb from 3.5 and perfect from 5.6 onwards... in my eyes, although it does still flare on occasion. It is...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-29-2017
Replies: 1
Views: 849
Posted By Mjd-djm
Black paint M3... nice. And an M4-P half frame......

Black paint M3... nice. And an M4-P half frame... didn't even know they existed.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-29-2017
Replies: 1
Views: 849
Posted By Mjd-djm
Cool Rare Leica Stuff in UK shop

Hi all, just saw a UK dealer has a load of very cool Leica stuff just come into stock. Way out of my price range but I thought I would share on here. Some of it very collectable.

FYI I have no...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-28-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1,758
Posted By Mjd-djm
It's a great camera, especially with the 45mm...

It's a great camera, especially with the 45mm lens. I regret selling mine. I certainly don't remember any flickering, but I could be wrong.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 08-27-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1,303
Posted By Mjd-djm
nothing wrong with your shot! I was talking about...

nothing wrong with your shot! I was talking about the painting itself.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 08-27-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1,303
Posted By Mjd-djm
Seriously cool, except for the rainbow colours....

Seriously cool, except for the rainbow colours. Whole thing would have looked better in black and white.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-27-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 898
Posted By Mjd-djm
Important question... when you focus the lens to...

Important question... when you focus the lens to infinity does the rangefinder patch line up at infinity too? It should line up perfectly. If the rangefinder goes beyond infinity then the lens will...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 08-26-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 2,225
Posted By Mjd-djm
Yes, I've sent it back already for a full refund.

Yes, I've sent it back already for a full refund.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-26-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 923
Posted By Mjd-djm
If it is a developer issue, would the failure be...

If it is a developer issue, would the failure be so dramatic? I would expect reduced speed etc, not completely blank film?[/QUOTE]

That's what I assumed too. But my developer was getting off colour...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-26-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 923
Posted By Mjd-djm
Btw it is devastating when you lose your photos...

Btw it is devastating when you lose your photos like that. 1 roll was enough to put me on a downer. But like you said, it's a lesson in humility. I guess the Digital version of this is corrupting a...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-26-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 923
Posted By Mjd-djm
Ok, that definitely suggests a development /...

Ok, that definitely suggests a development / fixing issue. Could the film have been exposed to light at any point? I've only experienced this once using out of date Ilfosol 3 developer which had gone...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-26-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 923
Posted By Mjd-djm
Are there markings visible on the edge of the...

Are there markings visible on the edge of the film or is the whole thing completely blank?that will narrow it down by eliminating either camera problems or developing problems.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 08-26-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 2,225
Posted By Mjd-djm
Camera arrived this morning. Fungus around the...

Camera arrived this morning. Fungus around the edges in both lenses. Balsam separation in the taking lens. Gutted. And this was from a well known UK shop. What a waste of time. I'm sick of people...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 08-25-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 2,225
Posted By Mjd-djm
I pulled the trigger on the 2.8e it coming...

I pulled the trigger on the 2.8e it coming tomorrow. Guy seems like a respectable seller and knows his stuff so it should be ok. Not sure if the focus screen is a good one... he didn't know either....
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 08-25-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 2,207
Posted By Mjd-djm
I would be a bit cautious. I've owned two, one...

I would be a bit cautious. I've owned two, one like new and the other well used. No problem with either but because of the value I sold both before anything went wrong. If you really need panoramic...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 08-25-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 2,225
Posted By Mjd-djm
The 2.8e is a type 1 but comes with a bright...

The 2.8e is a type 1 but comes with a bright screen fitted. The meter does have a small crack in it and probably doesn't work. I would use a handheld meter anyway. Seriously leaning towards the...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 08-25-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 2,225
Posted By Mjd-djm
I do shoot a lot of portraits, and I do tend to...

I do shoot a lot of portraits, and I do tend to shoot wide open on a regular basis so maybe the 2.8e is the better choice. I don't like the idea of extra weight. How much heavier are they?
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 08-25-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 2,225
Posted By Mjd-djm
Rolleiflex MX-EVS with Tessar vs 2.8e with Planar

I'm about to get back into MF and buy another Rolleiflex. I have a choice between an MX-EVS with tessar 3.5 lens for £400 or a 2.8e type 1 with planar lens for £600. I'm tenpted by the cheaper...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-21-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 1,781
Posted By Mjd-djm
Whatever happens you should leave negative...

Whatever happens you should leave negative feedback. I'm fed up of immoral sellers who do not describe an item accurately. A regular camera seller will know what they are doing. Hey just hope they...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 08-20-2017
Replies: 38
Views: 7,601
Posted By Mjd-djm
35mm f2 is a good lens. The 35mm 1.5 is also a...

35mm f2 is a good lens. The 35mm 1.5 is also a good performer although slightly soft and low contrast wide open. Might be a little bit harder to find than the others.
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 08-19-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,428
Posted By Mjd-djm
Canonet QL19 is also pretty darn good.

Canonet QL19 is also pretty darn good.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-19-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 752
Posted By Mjd-djm
I tend to take pictures with my cameras not 'of'...

I tend to take pictures with my cameras not 'of' my cameras... but I do think a black lens on the M2 looks a treat. I had the 1.5 Nokton before and loved the way it looked. I actually prefer it to...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-17-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 834
Posted By Mjd-djm
Better to get it done. It will only annoy you......

Better to get it done. It will only annoy you... especially when you have paid for it.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-14-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,332
Posted By Mjd-djm
The more I think about this I remember seeing the...

The more I think about this I remember seeing the film rewind knob moving as my strap touched against it. The rewind knob rotated freely in both directions even when the film was loaded. Is it...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 08-12-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 818
Posted By Mjd-djm
I always scan every shot on a roll of film....

I always scan every shot on a roll of film. Sometimes you get lucky... but more importantly I feel that analyzing every shot blown up is the best way to learn. Plus I consider every shot I take as...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-12-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,332
Posted By Mjd-djm
After looking really closely it actually looks...

After looking really closely it actually looks like it's paint loss from a mask or frame inside the viewfinder. I think it's not on the glass at all.

I put a roll through the camera yesterday and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-11-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,332
Posted By Mjd-djm
Is this Balsam separation in my M4-P viewfinder?

Does anyone know if Balsam separation was a problem on M4-P?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-09-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,257
Posted By Mjd-djm
Leica M4-P Chrome standard version?

I recently pulled the trigger on a Leica M4-P in chrome but now I have it in my hands I have only just noticed that it is not the anniversary edition. I thought only the anniversary version was...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-23-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 632
Posted By Mjd-djm
Leica III leatherette browning / oil

I just picked up a Leica III today from 1934. I noticed that some parts of the leatherette were browning slightly and my hands smelled of grease / oil after using the camera. I tried to use a baby...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-05-2017
Replies: 33
Views: 2,125
Posted By Mjd-djm
Unfortunately film SLRs have the same problem. If...

Unfortunately film SLRs have the same problem. If the mirror is out of alignment then the focus will not be accurate. In my opinion the only system that allows you to manual focus lenses with...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-05-2017
Replies: 33
Views: 2,125
Posted By Mjd-djm
I have owned 3 silver label g1s. Each of them had...

I have owned 3 silver label g1s. Each of them had back focus problems. I finally bought a green label version and focus was spot on with 28mm, 45mm and 90mm lenses. I now don't have to worry about...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-11-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 815
Posted By Mjd-djm
I just checked the negatives and it looks...

I just checked the negatives and it looks perfectly clear around the edge of the frame, sprocket holes and between pictures. I guess that suggest a processing error? I just assumed it would be...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-11-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 815
Posted By Mjd-djm
Leica M2 light areas on edges of pictures

I picked up a new M2 a few weeks ago and I seem to be having a little problem with it. On some images, not all, I am seeing lights patches at the top and bottom of the image (or the sides if taken in...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-10-2016
Replies: 595
Views: 88,087
Posted By Mjd-djm
https://c3.staticflickr.com/1/223/31521232706_48a4...

https://c3.staticflickr.com/1/223/31521232706_48a439bb92_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Q2qyiq)Movement (https://flic.kr/p/Q2qyiq) by Matt Dowd (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mjdmjd/), on Flickr
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-07-2016
Replies: 31
Views: 2,336
Posted By Mjd-djm
I use an M2 with glasses all the time, pressing...

I use an M2 with glasses all the time, pressing my glasses up to the eyepiece every day. I have never scratched them at all. In fact I've never had any problems wearing glasses with any Ms.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-04-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,224
Posted By Mjd-djm
Well spotted. It's true I only 'use' one camera...

Well spotted. It's true I only 'use' one camera one lens one film. I bought this lens from a dealer a while back and used it for a while then put it in my camera drawer. Time to sell it to fund lots...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-03-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,224
Posted By Mjd-djm
Looking for around £420. Probably should have put...

Looking for around £420. Probably should have put this on the classified but don't seem to be able to edit it. Oh well, we learn as we go.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-03-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,224
Posted By Mjd-djm
I've listed mine on in the classifieds. To be...

I've listed mine on in the classifieds. To be honest I just prefer the look of modern lenses. May also get rid of my 50mm 1.4 LTM as well soon. Great glass, just a bit dreamy for me wide open.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-30-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 980
Posted By Mjd-djm
Thanks for it all the feedback. I certainly am a...

Thanks for it all the feedback. I certainly am a 'glass half empty' kind of guy so I guess I just need to get my head around things.. It's good to know that so many people have kept it going despite...
Forum: Fuji X Series 11-29-2016
Replies: 43
Views: 4,666
Posted By Mjd-djm
That is absolutely true and I guess each person...

That is absolutely true and I guess each person has different preferences. The satisfaction with the results is more important than depreciation. My problem with digital is that its too easy to want...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-29-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 980
Posted By Mjd-djm
Arthritis and photography

So I am 35 and was diagnosed recently with osteoarthritis in my back, knees and fingers. I actually suspected a serious problem with my hands because holding dslrs became very uncomfortable even a...
Forum: Fuji X Series 11-29-2016
Replies: 43
Views: 4,666
Posted By Mjd-djm
Don't do it. The XE2 will only depreciate in...

Don't do it. The XE2 will only depreciate in value, the M4 won't. There will soon be an XE3 and your XE2 will become even more obsolete. I've tried digital many times but keep coming back to film and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-29-2016
Replies: 526
Views: 179,666
Posted By Mjd-djm
Love this photo Helen.

Love this photo Helen.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-29-2016
Replies: 526
Views: 179,666
Posted By Mjd-djm
https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1697/26276754585_142...

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1697/26276754585_14226eed86_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/G2ZeER)New Camera Selfie (https://flic.kr/p/G2ZeER) by Matt Dowd (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mjdmjd/), on Flickr
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-29-2016
Replies: 422
Views: 134,013
Posted By Mjd-djm
https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8804/28569292135_49c...

https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8804/28569292135_49c2d6579d_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Kwz6dk)Reaching (https://flic.kr/p/Kwz6dk) by Matt Dowd (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mjdmjd/), on Flickr
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-29-2016
Replies: 7,463
Views: 3,800,314
Posted By Mjd-djm
https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5488/30413397473_606...

https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5488/30413397473_6060d1da27_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/NkwBtX)Learning How (https://flic.kr/p/NkwBtX) by Matt Dowd (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mjdmjd/), on Flickr
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-29-2016
Replies: 533
Views: 47,634
Posted By Mjd-djm
https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5488/30413397473_606...

https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5488/30413397473_6060d1da27_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/NkwBtX)Learning How (https://flic.kr/p/NkwBtX) by Matt Dowd (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mjdmjd/), on Flickr
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-24-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 1,524
Posted By Mjd-djm
I have a Contax T2 and a G1 with 45mm planar...

I have a Contax T2 and a G1 with 45mm planar lens. They are both great cameras and I have had people (my wife and kids mainly) to take some photos with no problems. The G1 does not have full auto...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-19-2016
Replies: 97
Views: 4,625
Posted By Mjd-djm
Don't forget Contax. Such a shame.

Don't forget Contax. Such a shame.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-17-2016
Replies: 54
Views: 4,119
Posted By Mjd-djm
I can't stand then either. I thinks it's because...

I can't stand then either. I thinks it's because the only purpose they serve is to get attention from others. Typical 'look at me' behaviour. Ice bucket challenge, mannequin challenge. They're all...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-17-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,224
Posted By Mjd-djm
Canon 35mm 1.5 lens rare? Value?

I'm looking on eBay to try and find an idea of the value but I can't find any old listings. Is it because they are rare? What are they worth? What the verdict on the IQ?
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-19-2016
Replies: 2
Views: 943
Posted By Mjd-djm
In praise of the Zeiss Contax 45mm f2 Planar - post some Images

This is simply the best 35mm lens I've used for film. So sharp with just the right amount of contrast. I'd love to see your images to celebrate a lens which just 'gets it right'.

Here are a couple...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-17-2016
Replies: 51
Views: 4,452
Posted By Mjd-djm
One camera, one lens, one film

So after some long term G.A.S I've finally got fed up with all the buying and selling, so I took my wife's advice and I've sold everything except one camera and one lens.

I've realised I hate...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-14-2016
Replies: 54
Views: 2,866
Posted By Mjd-djm
I've tried so many times. I really want the...

I've tried so many times. I really want the convenience of digital. Conversely it is the convenience of digital that makes it unfulfilling for me. Too easy to take 10 shots of the same thing to make...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-12-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 1,267
Posted By Mjd-djm
Be aware that the lens could be the problem...

Be aware that the lens could be the problem especially if it appears to focus to infinity but focus is still off. The rangefinder images coninciding at infinity when the lens is focussed to infinity...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-02-2016
Replies: 25
Views: 1,968
Posted By Mjd-djm
I say stick with the films you like. No point in...

I say stick with the films you like. No point in sacrificing quality for cost. You'll only regret going cheap.
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 10-02-2016
Replies: 1,635
Views: 103,754
Posted By Mjd-djm
Recent one from...

Recent one from me...

https://c8.staticflickr.com/8/7779/29569061495_a763d375b3_z.jpg 1024) {this.width=1024;this.alt='Click here to see a large version';}" onmouseover="if(this.alt)...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-24-2016
Replies: 36
Views: 1,889
Posted By Mjd-djm
I just sold my M8 for an x-t1 with 35mm 1.4. I...

I just sold my M8 for an x-t1 with 35mm 1.4. I still had about £200 left over as well. While I loved the Rangefinder focussing of the m8 and the simplicity of the experience, the xt1 is also an...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-27-2016
Replies: 70
Views: 4,267
Posted By Mjd-djm
I've owned several Leicas, M2, M3, M6, Bessa R...

I've owned several Leicas, M2, M3, M6, Bessa R (several), Canon 7 & P, as well as Contax G1. To be honest you can take great pictures with all of them. Given your budget I would get an original Bessa...
Forum: RFF News 07-18-2016
Replies: 1
Views: 1,416
Posted By Mjd-djm
Winter, everyone was stuck indoors instead of out...

Winter, everyone was stuck indoors instead of out shooting. Second best activity for a photographer after taking pictures... Is talking about taking pictures.
Forum: Fuji X Series 07-18-2016
Replies: 34
Views: 2,096
Posted By Mjd-djm
I owned one for a while a few years ago. I seem...

I owned one for a while a few years ago. I seem to recall the first one I had was badly decentered, with one side of the frame being really soft. The second copy was great. It is very compact an the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-17-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,674
Posted By Mjd-djm
Thanks for all the great feedback. I decided to...

Thanks for all the great feedback. I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a green label G1. Put two rolls through it and the focus is spot on, even with the 90mm. That suggests to me that there...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-12-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,674
Posted By Mjd-djm
Can anyone help me with this?

Can anyone help me with this?
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-11-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,674
Posted By Mjd-djm
Contax G System - Focus Problems

Hi everyone, I know that Contax G focus problems have been discussed many times in the past but I need some advice to help keep me using the system. Firstly let me say that I have been massively...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-13-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,432
Posted By Mjd-djm
Mine is quite stiff and doesn't really move...

Mine is quite stiff and doesn't really move unless you want it to. I used to have one that was so stiff you really had to dig your thumb nail into one of the grooves to turn it. I guess it all...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-02-2016
Replies: 40
Views: 2,699
Posted By Mjd-djm
I love my Canon 50mm 1.4 LTM lens. It's a superb...

I love my Canon 50mm 1.4 LTM lens. It's a superb lens... So much so that I sold all my others and use that exclusively on my M2 with an adapter.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-18-2016
Replies: 95
Views: 32,680
Posted By Mjd-djm
Really love these pictures. Nice work.

Really love these pictures. Nice work.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-11-2016
Replies: 39
Views: 6,706
Posted By Mjd-djm
I've just actually been checking out some of the...

I've just actually been checking out some of the Zeiss 50mm Planar threads that were mentioned in the responses... and I've got to say the images look great. I might explore that avenue after all. it...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-11-2016
Replies: 39
Views: 6,706
Posted By Mjd-djm
Thanks for all the great feedback. It's just one...

Thanks for all the great feedback. It's just one of those things... an itch to use a classic Leica lens on a classic Leica camera. Having said that I am happy with the Canon, I actually like the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-09-2016
Replies: 39
Views: 6,706
Posted By Mjd-djm
Leica 50mm Summicron worth it?

So, I've just got a Leica M2 after having sold my first one a few years ago. I bought the same lens I used back then... a Canon 50mm 1.4 LTM lens (Japanese Summilux) which actually performs very...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-09-2016
Replies: 4,582
Views: 1,306,537
Posted By Mjd-djm
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8146/7623871600_f42...

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8146/7623871600_f423cdcd2a_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/cBGkq5)Touch the Bokeh (https://flic.kr/p/cBGkq5) by Matt Dowd (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mjdmjd/), on Flickr
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-09-2016
Replies: 4,582
Views: 1,306,537
Posted By Mjd-djm
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8282/7719610204_be3...

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8282/7719610204_be3fe4f734_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/cLa2aE)Banker (https://flic.kr/p/cLa2aE) by Matt Dowd (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mjdmjd/), on Flickr
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-09-2016
Replies: 4,582
Views: 1,306,537
Posted By Mjd-djm
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1694/25471805991_09...

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1694/25471805991_092ed04bc2_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/ENREuP)Sunny (https://flic.kr/p/ENREuP) by Matt Dowd (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mjdmjd/), on Flickr
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-09-2016
Replies: 2,578
Views: 494,770
Posted By Mjd-djm
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1697/26276754585_14...

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1697/26276754585_14226eed86_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/G2ZeER)New Camera Selfie (https://flic.kr/p/G2ZeER) by Matt Dowd (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mjdmjd/), on Flickr
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-07-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,900
Posted By Mjd-djm
The couple of time I tried that she took better...

The couple of time I tried that she took better pictures than me... So I stopped doing it!
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-07-2016
Replies: 50
Views: 4,573
Posted By Mjd-djm
I wouldn't get too sucked in to spending more. I...

I wouldn't get too sucked in to spending more. I use an Epson v500 which I bought really cheap with the standard film holders and software. The scans are more than good enough for my purposes: web...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-07-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 2,086
Posted By Mjd-djm
I too have bought quite a bit from ffordes. They...

I too have bought quite a bit from ffordes. They are generally very good (in the past) but my last few transactions have been a little disappointing. Cameras / lenses that haven't been checked...
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