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Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-22-2019
Replies: 552
Views: 163,100
Posted By Luddite Frank
Shawn, For what it's worth, I have a 1932 Leica...

Shawn,

For what it's worth, I have a 1932 Leica II, with a 5 cm nickel Elmar, 11 o'clock Infinity lock, serial # 99xxx (stamped in bezel around front element).

I've tried this lens on both my 1933...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-16-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 407
Posted By Luddite Frank
Leica III-g: getting at the winding shaft...

On the III-g, does the body shell come-off the “shutter crate”, as with the brass-body Barnacks?

Need to get access to the winding shaft on my III-g...

Thanks,

LF
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-15-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 720
Posted By Luddite Frank
Very nice camera & lens ! I have a II (s/n...

Very nice camera & lens !

I have a II (s/n 77xxx) with 11 o'clock nickel Elmar (s/n 99xxx).


Can you share a picture your with the lens removed, so we can see the lens-mount ring ?


Thanks !
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-15-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 667
Posted By Luddite Frank
The pre-c Leicas had a body that was built-up...

The pre-c Leicas had a body that was built-up from stamped sheet brass.

The -c and later Barnacks used a die-cast body housing that was more rigid, and probably less labor-intensive to build.

I...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-15-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 667
Posted By Luddite Frank
:eek: :p :D Me too... :rolleyes:

:eek: :p :D

Me too... :rolleyes:
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-15-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 571
Posted By Luddite Frank
All - Thanks for your replies ! According to...

All -

Thanks for your replies !

According to comments here, and via Google, indeed Leica did change the take-up spool with the I-g / III-g cameras, the new spool being compatible with the M's,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-12-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 571
Posted By Luddite Frank
Leica IIIg take-up spool: new and different, or same old Barnack ?

A while back I posted about an issue I was having with my "new" Leica IIIg:

During my first test-roll, about 10 exposures in, when winding-on for the next frame, I felt something slipping / catching...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-15-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 488
Posted By Luddite Frank
Would this really be useful ? Bessamatic/Retina lens to Canon EOS adapter...

Sorry if this isn't the best dept for this question, I'll start here, since it perhaps has a "general" element to it.

These days, all sorts of analog to digi-cam adapters are available, to enable...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-21-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 2,040
Posted By Luddite Frank
Two more photos, of the pawl NOT releasing at...

Two more photos, of the pawl NOT releasing at speeds below 1/125th.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-21-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 2,040
Posted By Luddite Frank
Update - pulled the bottom plate...

Today I had some time and motivation, so I decided to pull the bottom plate of the F-2, and see what I could see.

I found that there is a ratchet and pawl on the shutter-wind mechanism, which I...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-09-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 2,040
Posted By Luddite Frank
You are right about closing the back of the...

You are right about closing the back of the camera; to re-set the rewind release, one must turn the take-spool in the Advance direction.

I was reluctant to put too much force into trying to turn...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-09-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 2,040
Posted By Luddite Frank
Another update: Fiddled some more with the beast...

Another update:

Fiddled some more with the beast last night... tried every (?) combination of working the DOF button, mirror lock-up lever, rewind release button, motor-drive shutter release...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-08-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 2,040
Posted By Luddite Frank
Sprockets will not turn to wind shutter. :( If I...

Sprockets will not turn to wind shutter. :(

If I press the "Rewind" release button in the bottom plate, the sprockets will freewheel, enabling film to be wound back into cassette, but once the back...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-07-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 2,040
Posted By Luddite Frank
Yes. That was my first ( and several subsequent ...

Yes. That was my first ( and several subsequent ) checks.


LF
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-07-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 2,040
Posted By Luddite Frank
Self-timer winds & runs-down smoothly and evenly,...

Self-timer winds & runs-down smoothly and evenly, and I hear a little "ping" inside the body at the end of its journey, when it tries to trip whatever it mates with.


I believe I can just see the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-07-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 2,040
Posted By Luddite Frank
Thanks all for the replies. Will try some of the...

Thanks all for the replies.

Will try some of the suggestions for poking - prodding.

LF
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-06-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 2,040
Posted By Luddite Frank
New acquisition: Nikon F2 Fotomic... jammed.

Was visiting a local antiques co-op with my wife today, and while she was off in another area, I spotted a case with some cameras, and a note stating, "50% off !"

I spotted a Nikon F2 Fotomic,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-05-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,245
Posted By Luddite Frank
Wow... two Voigtlander Superb TLR's...

Wow... two Voigtlander Superb TLR's...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-05-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 475
Posted By Luddite Frank
Look like pinholes in the curtain to me. I have...

Look like pinholes in the curtain to me.

I have a IIIf black-dial from 1951 that has the same issue.

Luddite Frank
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-01-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 465
Posted By Luddite Frank
Thanks for the comments and suggestions... I...

Thanks for the comments and suggestions...

I rummaged around some more in the camera closet, and found a Pentax SV with clip-on Meter, and borrowed the 55/1.8 Super Takumar lens, and the 625-A...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-31-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 744
Posted By Luddite Frank
Roger - I actually cobbled-up through multiple...

Roger -

I actually cobbled-up through multiple adapters and cables, a set-up to use an original Leitz Blitzlichthalter (flash gun) from the early 1930's, with one of my 1933 black III's that had a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-30-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 744
Posted By Luddite Frank
Careful if you go poking at it... don't want to...

Careful if you go poking at it... don't want to make it worse.

If you do get that button out, you might find a black plastic or rubber plug that will do the job more discretely... even a small...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-29-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 465
Posted By Luddite Frank
Praktica LTL 3 - stuck lens diaphragm...

Last night I was rummaging around in my camera closet, and unearthed a Praktica LTL3, that I had picked-up a couple years ago.

Nice cosmetics, body seems to work ok (meter unknown, don't have a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-29-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 744
Posted By Luddite Frank
I don't know. That's unfortunate. I have a...

I don't know. That's unfortunate.

I have a black Leica III from 1933 which has had a co-axial PC flash socket added in just about the same place.

Perhaps yours had a similar flash connection...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-22-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 632
Posted By Luddite Frank
Thanks all for the replies - I will check the A-R...

Thanks all for the replies - I will check the A-R switch first, then dig deeper if necessary.

I have about 1/2 a roll of exposed film in it, so I'll try the outside-stuff before I re-wind and open...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-21-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 632
Posted By Luddite Frank
Leica IIIg - film advance slipping ?

After having it for nearly 6 months, I finally took my "new" Leica IIIg out shooting today.

The camera is in excellent cosmetic condition, and appears to be in very good operating condition as...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 10-20-2018
Replies: 194
Views: 39,376
Posted By Luddite Frank
Not sure how early you mean, but I have a black...

Not sure how early you mean, but I have a black Bessa 6x9, uncoated lens (assuming pre-war), no RF, just a folding viewfinder on the side.

Luddite Frank
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-20-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 377
Posted By Luddite Frank
Is there an "Idiots Guide" to using the Bessamatic ?

A few months ago, I acquired a very nice Voigtlander Bessamatic from a fellow RFFer, and really haven't had a chance to work with it until now.

I'm finding the linked shutter / aperture / meter...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-12-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 14,582
Posted By Luddite Frank
It might be worthwhile to take this question to...

It might be worthwhile to take this question to the "Coffee with the Mentors" department, to "Jim Lager, Leica Historian"...

He could probably give you some definitive info about it.

Or, if you...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-12-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 14,582
Posted By Luddite Frank
There was also a Summaron 3.5 /35mm in M mount,...

There was also a Summaron 3.5 /35mm in M mount, 1956-60, code SOONC (same code as the LTM collapsible). I believe this was the first Leitz 35mm lens in M-mount ?

Then the 2.8 35mm Summaron M-mount...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-12-2018
Replies: 0
Views: 344
Posted By Luddite Frank
Lens service in US for Voigtlandr Zoomar ?

Can someone recommend any lens techs in the US to work on a Voigtlander 36-82mm Zoomar ?


I recently acquired one in Exakta mount, but there's a lot of fungus on the glass, inside and out. ( I...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-12-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 847
Posted By Luddite Frank
Thanks for the replies, all. Good information...

Thanks for the replies, all.

Good information for me to have.

Luddite Frank
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-11-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 847
Posted By Luddite Frank
Voigtlander Bessamatic - buyers guide, things to watch-out for ?

Thinking about adding a Voigtlander Bessamatic SLR to the collection.

What particulars should I examine when looking at candidates ?

Thanks,

Luddite Frank
Forum: Large Format Film RF 05-11-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,651
Posted By Luddite Frank
Santino, When I acquired my Zeiss "Donata" 9x12...

Santino,

When I acquired my Zeiss "Donata" 9x12 plate camera, I was on a summer high-school band-tour of western Europe, circa 1983, and ran across it in an antique shop somewhere in Bavaria. The...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-11-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 2,255
Posted By Luddite Frank
Depending on your budget and what crosses your...

Depending on your budget and what crosses your path, the f:2 Leitz Summicron is a fine lens, and so is the f:1.5 Summarit.

They are vintage lenses, and may need to be professionally de-hazed.



I...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 05-10-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,651
Posted By Luddite Frank
Nokton really came-through with some good...

Nokton really came-through with some good information.

That Rada catalog is a god-send !


I will only add that the camera-back pictured in post # 5 indeed appears to be a "spring-back", where...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-09-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 14,582
Posted By Luddite Frank
This reference suggests you have the second...

This reference suggests you have the second (collapsible) version of the 35mm f:3.5 Summaron, made from 1956-1960.

Your lens has E39 filter threads, whereas the rigid Summaron 35 uses push-on...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 05-09-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,651
Posted By Luddite Frank
I cannot tell for sure. From the photos in the...

I cannot tell for sure. From the photos in the link, it appears that the focusing screen is on springs, and will displace away from the rear standard, to allow a film-holder to be inserted?

The...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 05-09-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,651
Posted By Luddite Frank
Santino, Can you post some pictures of the...

Santino,


Can you post some pictures of the rear-standard of your camera, and the focusing screens ?

Assuming you have a non-American version of this outfit ?

If it does not have a "spring back" ...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 05-09-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 1,062
Posted By Luddite Frank
Thanks for the replies. Looking into it a bit...

Thanks for the replies.

Looking into it a bit more, this would be a relationship not to be entered into lightly... :eek:

:cool:

LF
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-07-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 648
Posted By Luddite Frank
Maybe it's the same Zoomar that keeps popping-up,...

Maybe it's the same Zoomar that keeps popping-up, but I see auction listings for Voigtlander mount more frequently than Exakta mount.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-07-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 648
Posted By Luddite Frank
It was listed at $199 USD, but the front element...

It was listed at $199 USD, but the front element was almost completely clouded-over from fungus / coating loss ?

Darned shame; it had the case & cable release...

I see more Bessa-mount Zoomars...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 05-06-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 1,062
Posted By Luddite Frank
Cirkut cameras ?

Anybody have one / use one ?

Not an "RF", strictly speaking, but a cousin to the Graphic field cameras...


LF
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-06-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 648
Posted By Luddite Frank
Sorry - yes, Icarex. Ikoflex was a TLR... :o

Sorry - yes, Icarex.

Ikoflex was a TLR... :o
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-05-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 648
Posted By Luddite Frank
Voigtlander Zoomar, 36-82 mm for 35mm cameras

I have been chasing a Zoomar 36-82mm lens for my Exakta cameras for a while now...

There seem to have been several versions: Exakta, Bessamatic, Ikoflex, M42, etc.


Are they all the same as far as...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-23-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 852
Posted By Luddite Frank
I agree that it looks to be a light-leak from the...

I agree that it looks to be a light-leak from the top of the camera.

Are all the perimeter screws that secure the top plate to the body in place ?

As an experiment, you could try a band of black...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-21-2018
Replies: 552
Views: 163,100
Posted By Luddite Frank
Not sure what the purists would call it... Some...

Not sure what the purists would call it...

Some would say " II-c / sync added "...

Some might say "II-c converted to -f Black Dial".

I would be in the second camp, as the film-wind knob has been...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-20-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 530
Posted By Luddite Frank
Going from memory here, but I don't think the...

Going from memory here, but I don't think the body lugs on a screw-mount Leica are long enough to project beyond the leather of a stock case ?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-18-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 453
Posted By Luddite Frank
That accessory shoe with the two mounting screws...

That accessory shoe with the two mounting screws is interesting.

Enough to cause me to go pull my III-c / f sync / BD / ST out of the bag and have a look.

The shoe on mine looks like the usual...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-18-2018
Replies: 39
Views: 1,217
Posted By Luddite Frank
Laughing out loud... :p

Laughing out loud...


:p
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-18-2018
Replies: 39
Views: 1,217
Posted By Luddite Frank
Some of the the other respondents to this thread...

Some of the the other respondents to this thread will have to speak to the "blooming" phenomenon.

I have a black Leica II from 1932, s/n 77xxx with a nickel 11 o'clock Elmar 50. Both slightly...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-18-2018
Replies: 39
Views: 1,217
Posted By Luddite Frank
Production was 1930-36, about 10,000 units,...

Production was 1930-36, about 10,000 units, total. Probably on the rarer side of screw-mount lenses.

With s/n 125xxx, yours should be from 1932.

Early versions were nickel, and the the 11 o'clock...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-18-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 453
Posted By Luddite Frank
I would call it a " IIc/f ". I have a 1946 IIIc...

I would call it a " IIc/f ".

I have a 1946 IIIc that was converted to -f / Black dial / Self-timer. Has the little sync plate affixed to the top-plate with tiny screws.

I refer to mine as III-c /...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-18-2018
Replies: 39
Views: 1,217
Posted By Luddite Frank
The separation I am used to seeing is more...

The separation I am used to seeing is more irregular / "blotchy", and with a translucent "amberish" tint to the affect areas...

An "11 oclock" Hektor in "feet". Wow.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-16-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 852
Posted By Luddite Frank
I was fortunate to find the bottom-half of a...

I was fortunate to find the bottom-half of a III-g case on e-bay for not much money.

It is my user case for whichever Barnack is in my go-bag.

I particularly like the metal strap rings that are...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-10-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 1,290
Posted By Luddite Frank
Were there any other TLR's that used Nikkor...

Were there any other TLR's that used Nikkor optics ?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-10-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 668
Posted By Luddite Frank
I wonder if the large barrel to the right of the...

I wonder if the large barrel to the right of the Hektor 135 is some sort of microscope adapter / reflex housing, and the item to the furthest right is an associated view-finder ?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-07-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 1,181
Posted By Luddite Frank
Nice to see some Ciro-Flexes getting some...

Nice to see some Ciro-Flexes getting some love.

Gummy shutters seem to be common.

I have a Ciro-flex with a gluey Alphax... someday I will dig-into it and get it loosened-up.

Mine has the ERC...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-05-2018
Replies: 2,167
Views: 617,053
Posted By Luddite Frank
Very nice. I have its slightly older brother,...

Very nice. I have its slightly older brother, 777xx, with an 11 o'clock nickel Elmar 50, 99xxx.

:cool:
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-02-2018
Replies: 103
Views: 3,242
Posted By Luddite Frank
So, you aim the camera looking down on the spirit...

So, you aim the camera looking down on the spirit level, and not by holding the VF up to your eye ? ( I'm planning to do this on a screw-mount Leica, BTW)

I guess the FOV is wide enough that it...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-02-2018
Replies: 103
Views: 3,242
Posted By Luddite Frank
General question about using such a wide...

General question about using such a wide lens.

My interest, not far removed from the OP wanting to shoot sporting-grounds, would be landscapes, and architecture.

Is it practical to shoot such a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-01-2018
Replies: 103
Views: 3,242
Posted By Luddite Frank
Good advice. At those prices, I would probably...

Good advice.

At those prices, I would probably not chase one just to use on a Barnack.

I do have a Canon FTb, so there is slightly more reason (?) to find a Canon super-wide, but hopefully to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-01-2018
Replies: 103
Views: 3,242
Posted By Luddite Frank
Hmmm.... the Canon FL 19mm / FD 17 mm SLR lenses...

Hmmm.... the Canon FL 19mm / FD 17 mm SLR lenses are not exactly cheap...

Seem to run in the same price range as the CV LTM wide-angles... or higher...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 04-01-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 1,114
Posted By Luddite Frank
I have always been a little suspicious of early...

I have always been a little suspicious of early auto-exposure cameras... they all seem to have the automatics control the shutter speed, which can make for some dicey shooting if there's any movement...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-01-2018
Replies: 103
Views: 3,242
Posted By Luddite Frank
I found several on e-bay, ranging from original...

I found several on e-bay, ranging from original box & literature for $80 to no box / no caps / no literature for $35.

The example I grabbed had both caps, and was wearing some sort of Leitz LTM>M...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-31-2018
Replies: 103
Views: 3,242
Posted By Luddite Frank
Thanks Raid. I just grabbed a Canon B adapter......

Thanks Raid.

I just grabbed a Canon B adapter... I have some FL / FD Canon lenses
(nothing as wide as you have spoken of, but that may soon change.).

Regards,

LF
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-31-2018
Replies: 103
Views: 3,242
Posted By Luddite Frank
Question about the Canon FL > LTM adapter...

Question about the Canon FL > LTM adapter B:

Will this fit any Canon breech-mount lens to a screw-mount Leica ?
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 03-30-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 1,114
Posted By Luddite Frank
What's old is (was?) new again... The Bausch &...

What's old is (was?) new again...

The Bausch & Lomb "Unicum" shutters from the "brass-bound" plate camera eras employed pneumatic "escapement" to control shutter speeds: depending on where speed...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-26-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 2,249
Posted By Luddite Frank
That might be dodgy, both for the Chrome and the...

That might be dodgy, both for the Chrome and the curtains...

-g's have been out of reach for me... I keep hoping I will run across a lucky bargain someday... :)
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-26-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 2,249
Posted By Luddite Frank
Mac - just exhumed my c/f BD ST. s/n 44394x. I...

Mac - just exhumed my c/f BD ST.

s/n 44394x.

I think it has the original -c top plate. For the flash sync, a little sync scale plate was added underneath the shutter speed dial, with two little...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-26-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 2,249
Posted By Luddite Frank
Don - Your new -g looks very nice on the...

Don -

Your new -g looks very nice on the outside. I think you did well, given market-prices on this thing.

Hope it works as nice as it looks.

Frank
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-26-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 2,249
Posted By Luddite Frank
Mac - I have a III-c/f BD / ST, 1949 body, not...

Mac - I have a III-c/f BD / ST, 1949 body, not sure when the conversion was done... chrome is beautiful. Picked it up in Copenhagen on a trip to Denmark in 2014.

Will have to dig it out to find s/n.
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 03-21-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 8,004
Posted By Luddite Frank
"This is likely going to be my final film camera....

"This is likely going to be my final film camera. "

I wouldn't bet on it... ;)


I'm glad you are enjoying this camera, and are getting such wonderful images from it.

My first "real" camera outfit...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-21-2018
Replies: 1,196
Views: 462,250
Posted By Luddite Frank
Oh my ! :eek: :cool:

Oh my ! :eek:

:cool:
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-21-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,026
Posted By Luddite Frank
A number of years ago, I was trying to...

A number of years ago, I was trying to photo-document a Shriners mosque that was being sold, and going into "mothball" storage.

At the time, I was using an Exakta VX, which I usually shot with a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-20-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 2,249
Posted By Luddite Frank
Don, I have been keeping any eye open for a nice...

Don, I have been keeping any eye open for a nice IIIg for several years now.

$600-$700 seems to be the going rate for body-only.

Can't speak about shutter curtains.

Unless you are getting the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-13-2018
Replies: 2,167
Views: 617,053
Posted By Luddite Frank
Beautiful old II, Mike ! I have s/n 77xxx...

Beautiful old II, Mike ! I have s/n 77xxx with an 11 o'clock nickel Elmar, s/n 999xx.

:)
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-10-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 534
Posted By Luddite Frank
John - 1947 - 1952, according to Rick...

John -

1947 - 1952, according to Rick Oleson.

Lenses and shutters were from Wollensak in Rochester, so if your Speedex is an AGFA product, it might have a sturdier lens.

LF
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-10-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 534
Posted By Luddite Frank
One is 1947-ish, 1st version w/o flash sync. The...

One is 1947-ish, 1st version w/o flash sync.

The other two are flash-synced (bayonet), so 1949-52-ish ?

As for the "clean with shirt-tail (or sandpaper) club", one would think that with the expense...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-10-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 534
Posted By Luddite Frank
Ansco Automatic Reflex - delicate glass ?

I have three Ansco Automatic reflexes, and each one has scratched glass, both the taking and viewing lenses.:bang:

All three came from different places.


Are Ansco Automatic reflexes members of the...
Forum: Other RF 03-09-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 540
Posted By Luddite Frank
Thanks, guys ! Helpful info. :cool: This...

Thanks, guys !

Helpful info. :cool:


This little beast might have to go on the back burner for a while, but this info will be very useful when I decide to dig into it.

The better-looking of the...
Forum: Other RF 03-08-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 540
Posted By Luddite Frank
Kodak 35 - common issues ?

The Kodak 35 is kind of an ugly duck among RF cameras, and doesn't seem to get much love...

I found two in my camera closet, sources unknown.

Both seem to have "jammed shutters" - won't cock or...
Forum: Other RF 03-07-2018
Replies: 87
Views: 7,259
Posted By Luddite Frank
Does it work decently ? I have a Perfex...

Does it work decently ?

I have a Perfex Forty-Four, s/n 11737, (with crackled/ "holey" shutter blinds), but the internet wisdom says they were kind of dodgy in operation...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-06-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,543
Posted By Luddite Frank
Erik, Beautiful camera ! What lens is it...

Erik,

Beautiful camera ! What lens is it wearing?

I have two black Leica IIIs', both in the 117xxx neighborhood. A bit sadly, both have had PC flash syncs added, but they are both delightful...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-27-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,252
Posted By Luddite Frank
Steamer- I wonder if the film bases of today are...

Steamer- I wonder if the film bases of today are thinner ?

Through the life of 35 mm "cine" films, we have gone from cellulose-nitrate, to acetate, to polyester, to ... ???

After my black III...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-26-2018
Replies: 70
Views: 7,510
Posted By Luddite Frank
In 2014, my wife & I were traveling in Denmark,...

In 2014, my wife & I were traveling in Denmark, and I was able to pick-up two nice screwmount Leicas: one was a IIIc, converted to IIIf / BD, the other was a IIIc "stepper", that had been painted...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-26-2018
Replies: 70
Views: 7,510
Posted By Luddite Frank
Johan - I realize this thread is a bit old, but I...

Johan - I realize this thread is a bit old, but I was just reading it...

I have a very nice Leica II from 1932, with a nickel Elmar 5cm lens, with "11 o'clock" focus lock, and old-style lock knob...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-26-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,252
Posted By Luddite Frank
I once had a film-loading catastrophe with a...

I once had a film-loading catastrophe with a black-paint 1933 Leica III, where the leader got "split", with part of it winding-onto the take-up spool, and the other part diverting past the framing...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-26-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,014
Posted By Luddite Frank
Hopefully, when we pay well for services (or...

Hopefully, when we pay well for services (or goods), one of the differences is "attention to detail"... something that frequently goes wanting in today's society.

It took me a long time to start...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-25-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,014
Posted By Luddite Frank
Looks like he recently sold a freshly-serviced...

Looks like he recently sold a freshly-serviced IIIc "stepper" for $365...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-08-2018
Replies: 1,196
Views: 462,250
Posted By Luddite Frank
Very nice ! Are those coated lenses ? ( They...

Very nice ! Are those coated lenses ? ( They look like they have a purplish tint... )
Forum: Nikon RF 02-02-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,243
Posted By Luddite Frank
Short answer - the slow speeds are a separate...

Short answer - the slow speeds are a separate "department".

My Dad got an S back in the late 1960's, with the 50 f:1.4, and the slow-speeds did not work even then.

Between the two of us, we shot...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-30-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,565
Posted By Luddite Frank
You might find a Komura f:3.5 / 35mm in that...

You might find a Komura f:3.5 / 35mm in that price-range.

I have a black example with scalloped focusing ring, probably from the 1960's.

Not a fast lens, but is LTM, and reasonably sharp.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-26-2018
Replies: 102
Views: 35,892
Posted By Luddite Frank
My wife & I visited friends in Helsingor &...

My wife & I visited friends in Helsingor & Hellebeck in 2014, plus a few days in Copenhagen.

Loved it. Would go back in a heartbeat. :)
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-26-2018
Replies: 1,196
Views: 462,250
Posted By Luddite Frank
My favorite TLR... :cool:

My favorite TLR... :cool:
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-26-2018
Replies: 102
Views: 35,892
Posted By Luddite Frank
Nyhaven ? Beautiful photos. :)

Nyhaven ?

Beautiful photos. :)
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-27-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,772
Posted By Luddite Frank
When I was still shooting a lot of film with my...

When I was still shooting a lot of film with my Leica III, about 7-8 years ago, I used an Elmar 35mm lens most of the time, the rest of the time a 50mm Summicron.

I had a Nikon Vari-focal finder in...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-27-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,772
Posted By Luddite Frank
Wide-angle lens. 35mm. The Leica screw-mount VF...

Wide-angle lens. 35mm.

The Leica screw-mount VF doesn't suffer as much from parallax error as do Contax and Nikon RFs, due to the VF window being almost centered over the taking lens.

I would...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-19-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,131
Posted By Luddite Frank
It slides over the factory eyepiece - there is a...

It slides over the factory eyepiece - there is a small shoulder & groove, I believe.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-18-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,131
Posted By Luddite Frank
Could the VF / RF widget be an accessory (leitz...

Could the VF / RF widget be an accessory (leitz or aftermarket) diopter / magnifier attachment ?

I have nothing for the accessory shoe...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-13-2017
Replies: 43
Views: 4,520
Posted By Luddite Frank
Thank you ! Great photo - I am stunned by the...

Thank you ! Great photo - I am stunned by the color rendition !

Same lens as my 614... will have to get mine cleaned-up, just ordered a new front-surface mirror, and will get some film...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-13-2017
Replies: 43
Views: 4,520
Posted By Luddite Frank
Wow. What is the car, please ? When you say...

Wow. What is the car, please ?

When you say 'Rolleiflex Old Standard', do you mean the knob-wind K-1 ? I have one that I am trying to get into useable condition... version 614 with the 3,8 / 75...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-11-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 974
Posted By Luddite Frank
Very best thing is to send the lens for a...

Very best thing is to send the lens for a CLA.

DIY:

Try running a swab heavily dampened (not dripping ) with Ronsonol (lighter fluid) around the parting line between the aperture ring and front of...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-09-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 665
Posted By Luddite Frank
Follow-up thought: If anyone is really...

Follow-up thought:

If anyone is really determined to shoot with their K-1, with re-spooled 120, the best / easiest (?) bet is to use 620 spools, assuming the camera has already had its winding-key...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-08-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 665
Posted By Luddite Frank
117 / B-1 Film spool dimensions - K-1 Rollei

For anyone plying around with the Rolleiflex K-1 (first model, knob-wind), who might be cruising the interwebs looking for old 117 / B-1 size spools to load with 120 for shooting, here is some...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-04-2017
Replies: 0
Views: 617
Posted By Luddite Frank
Rolleiflex K-1 - correct length for cable release ?

The original Rolleiflex (knob-wind), came with a cable-release whose top-end rested in a little forked bracket on the lens panel of the camera, to the left of the viewing lens.

Can anyone tell me...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-28-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,068
Posted By Luddite Frank
Also a common issue with Graflex / Speed Graphic...

Also a common issue with Graflex / Speed Graphic press cameras... they like to grow verdigris ( a waxy, green mung ) around and under any brass fittings mounted in contact with the leather body...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 11-18-2017
Replies: 1
Views: 1,340
Posted By Luddite Frank
Graphic press cameras - Where is the serial number located ?

The post-War Pacemakers and later Speeds have it stamped in the bed or data plate on the bed.

How about the Anniversary and earlier press cameras ?


Thanks !

LF
Forum: Large Format Film RF 11-18-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,517
Posted By Luddite Frank
Looks pretty good. Be patient. This kind of...

Looks pretty good.

Be patient. This kind of work takes time.


If you start to feel tight / tired, put it down and take a break. Get up, walk around...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 11-15-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,517
Posted By Luddite Frank
Sorry - see revised post above. I was sort of...

Sorry - see revised post above.

I was sort of correct... :(
Forum: Large Format Film RF 11-15-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,517
Posted By Luddite Frank
I thought I heard that Grimes had closed due to...

I thought I heard that Grimes had closed due to someone's passing, but it still exists... thank goodness.

Link here and scroll towards bottom... "to avoid...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 11-15-2017
Replies: 1
Views: 1,311
Posted By Luddite Frank
Dating / Resources for Graphic / Graflex cameras ?

My memory may be fading, but I think I remember somewhere in the limitless ether, a website that had very good taxonomy info on Graphic and Graflex press cameras.

It was NOT Graflex.org.

The site I...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 11-14-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 1,151
Posted By Luddite Frank
Thanks - that link got me to...

Thanks - that link got me to this:

http://emulsive.org/articles/building-a-naked-aero-ektar-speed-graphic-the-aerographic-project-part-4-reassembly#step-6-shutter-mechanism


This is for the late...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 11-14-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 1,151
Posted By Luddite Frank
Speed Graphics with rear shutter: setting-up curtain & tension controls ?

Any web-based resources / videos for setting-up the rear shutter blind in "Speed" Graphic press cameras ?

I've read the service instructions provided by Graflex, and they are somewhat arcane and...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-14-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,262
Posted By Luddite Frank
Yes, real leather, or at least constituted from...

Yes, real leather, or at least constituted from real leather.

I imagine the chemicals used in the tanning process are what are reacting with the brass to create the verdigris in the first...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-14-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,262
Posted By Luddite Frank
Thanks for the replies. Yes, will remove...

Thanks for the replies.

Yes, will remove hardware when / wherever possible.

In the case of Graphic Press Cameras, quite a few of the offending fittings are mounted on the body over-top of the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-11-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,262
Posted By Luddite Frank
Speed Graphics - techniques to remove verdigris ?

Zeiss cameras may get "bumpy", but they got nothing on Graphic Press cameras for growing heavy, gunky verdigris around any & all brass fittings (essentially every bit of hardware on the ...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-23-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 839
Posted By Luddite Frank
Very nice images... you could certainly use it...

Very nice images... you could certainly use it on a Viso... not sure what that would do to the focusing distance...

Looks kind of big to have been part of a Paxette outfit...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-08-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 1,506
Posted By Luddite Frank
Davidnewtonguitars - I am impressed with your...

Davidnewtonguitars - I am impressed with your copper-work. :cool:


Good job ! :D
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-08-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,691
Posted By Luddite Frank
Geiss Sync and Hakosyn attachments show-up...

Geiss Sync and Hakosyn attachments show-up frequently on e-bay, in the vicinity of $20 USD. Check the listing to be sure which model Leica it is for, the older Leicas have a smaller shutter-speeds...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 06-08-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 1,283
Posted By Luddite Frank
Thanks folks ! :cool:

Thanks folks !

:cool:
Forum: Large Format Film RF 06-07-2017
Replies: 0
Views: 1,090
Posted By Luddite Frank
Speed Graphic 2-1/4 x 3-1/4 - where is serial number ?

I was out spelunking yesterday, and picked-up a VERY nice 2 x 3 Speed Graphic kit, camera with several film holders, pack-back, and Kodak series hood/ filter holder, all in a nice fitted brown fibre...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 06-07-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 1,283
Posted By Luddite Frank
Dumb question regarding Graphic / Rite-way film holders: dark-slide

What is the accepted convention regarding installing the dark-slide in the sheet-film holder ?

With the "modern" ( ie: black ) Graphic, Rite-Way, Fidelity, etc. holders, the grip-end of the...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-14-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 862
Posted By Luddite Frank
Thanks. I have a couple of the next version oval...

Thanks. I have a couple of the next version oval units, which still work.

Have to figure-out how to get the beast apart... after it sits for several days.

I was able to get the front ring and lens...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-13-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 862
Posted By Luddite Frank
Heiland Strobnonar 64 - Repair info ?

Does anyone have / know of any repair info available for the Heiland-Honeywell "Futuramic Strobonar 64" flash gun ?

I have a nice looking example that charges, ready-light comes-on, but does not...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-10-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,278
Posted By Luddite Frank
I tried the Prinz or similar variant that came...

I tried the Prinz or similar variant that came with a bulk film loader from e-bay; I found it to be more trouble than I felt it is worth.

I'm content with my Revlon curved cuticle scissors. ;)
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-10-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 1,104
Posted By Luddite Frank
If the battery tube will take modern batteries,...

If the battery tube will take modern batteries, such as C or D dry cells, AND there is no capacitor, it will probably fire just fine on 3 volts.

Many simple American flash guns of the 1930's -...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-10-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 2,954
Posted By Luddite Frank
I would assume that the dial-set are earlier ?

I would assume that the dial-set are earlier ?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-09-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,278
Posted By Luddite Frank
From the photo, it looks like nickel-plated...

From the photo, it looks like nickel-plated brass; if so, it's probably pre-war ?

If aluminum, post-war ?

Slightly educated guess on my part. All the generic ones I've seen are aluminum.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-31-2016
Replies: 0
Views: 596
Posted By Luddite Frank
Metz Mecablitz - the original

Does anyone have an instruction manual, or any advertising info on the original Metz Mecablitz electronic flash ? It looks very similar to their "45" , but there is no model number anywhere that I...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-29-2016
Replies: 102
Views: 7,105
Posted By Luddite Frank
My first two Barnacks came from Sandy Ritz...

My first two Barnacks came from Sandy Ritz Cameras, ndba Collectible Cameras. This was in 2007 or so.

I got a III-f BD with a nice collapsible Summicron, and a very nice 1932 II with an 11 o'clock...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-29-2016
Replies: 102
Views: 7,105
Posted By Luddite Frank
Heh-heh-heh.... ;)

Heh-heh-heh.... ;)
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-29-2016
Replies: 102
Views: 7,105
Posted By Luddite Frank
For proof that Barnacks "can take a good...

For proof that Barnacks "can take a good picture", look at any photo presented by Erik van Stratten.

And Scigeek, your Ludlow photo is oustanding !


On a trip to Denmark a few years ago, I took...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-28-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 2,588
Posted By Luddite Frank
That's pretty darned nifty ! Never imagined...

That's pretty darned nifty ! Never imagined something in such an elegant little package.

I would not want to tote it about on my person... :eek:
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-28-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 2,588
Posted By Luddite Frank
Flash gear ( and other ancillary gear ) can be...

Flash gear ( and other ancillary gear ) can be just as addictive as Leicas themselves. :o

When I was born (late 1960's), my Dad bought himself a second-hand Nikon S. Somewhere along the way, he also...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-27-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 2,588
Posted By Luddite Frank
LOL... I prefer existing light or studio...

LOL... I prefer existing light or studio lighting, but there's something about flashbulbs and flashguns that really hooked me as a kid...

And I also have a weakness for convoluted contraptions, so...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-26-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 2,588
Posted By Luddite Frank
On a trip to Denmark the other year, I picked-up...

On a trip to Denmark the other year, I picked-up two Leica III-c cameras, one a beautiful conversion to -f Black Dial + Self-Timer, and the other, a stepper that had been painted black, which has a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-25-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 2,588
Posted By Luddite Frank
Good stuff ! Thank you! :)

Good stuff ! Thank you! :)
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-24-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 2,588
Posted By Luddite Frank
Leica - "the gift that keeps on giving" ...

Leica - "the gift that keeps on giving" :p


Happy Christmas ! :cool:
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-23-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 1,988
Posted By Luddite Frank
Johan, If you have the camera screwed-down to...

Johan,

If you have the camera screwed-down to the bottom of the case, that 3mm is hardly noticeable.

I carried my daily-shooter III in it for something like six years... if your cameras have the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-23-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 1,988
Posted By Luddite Frank
It's not for a II, but my workhorse case is the...

It's not for a II, but my workhorse case is the bottom half of a -g Leica case...

Metal strap loops that take any kind of clip-on strap, and you can still tie the body down using the big screw...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-23-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 2,588
Posted By Luddite Frank
I think the other symbol was a curved sine-wave ?

I think the other symbol was a curved sine-wave ?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-22-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 2,588
Posted By Luddite Frank
The example I posted pictures of has stories to...

The example I posted pictures of has stories to tell, judging by the heavy tool-marks on the terminal-post screws... :eek:

I think "my" example is pre-war, and yours post-war. Conjecture on my...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-22-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 2,588
Posted By Luddite Frank
and the last one...

and the last one...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-22-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 2,588
Posted By Luddite Frank
Here's some photos of a less than complete one...

Here's some photos of a less than complete one...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-22-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 2,588
Posted By Luddite Frank
David, your efforts are truly appreciated. I had...

David, your efforts are truly appreciated.

I had (wrongly) assumed that the flash contacts were closed simply by depressing the shutter plunger ( like the Kalart flash-guns that used a cable-release...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-21-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 2,588
Posted By Luddite Frank
Thank you, David. Very helpful ! One of the...

Thank you, David. Very helpful !

One of the ones I had seen listed was missing the little "mushroom" button above of the E. Leitz logo. Any idea what the purpose of this button is ?

Also,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-21-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 1,244
Posted By Luddite Frank
Here's Gen-u-whine Leitz...

Here's Gen-u-whine Leitz offering...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Leica-Leitz-Oztno-Shutter-Release-Button-Chrome-14088-M-screwmount-Film-RARE-/262733011091?hash=item3d2c1b9893
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-21-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 2,588
Posted By Luddite Frank
Leitz "Vacu" flash synchronizer

Does anyone have a complete Vacu synchronizer attachment for the 1930's era Leica ? If so, could you post some pics ?

This is the metal & phenolic block that screws-down on the shutter release...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-19-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 1,244
Posted By Luddite Frank
Here's an early Leica II with a raised-release on...

Here's an early Leica II with a raised-release on e-bay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/192054691168?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT


The hole on the side of the barrel, towards...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-12-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 4,406
Posted By Luddite Frank
I did not unscrew the ring, I just tucked the...

I did not unscrew the ring, I just tucked the disc of gel into the channel between the glass and the bezel with a round, pointed wooden toothpick.

It was a little bit fiddly, but turned-out...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-09-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 1,466
Posted By Luddite Frank
If you were getting a sweet deal for this, we...

If you were getting a sweet deal for this, we would all probably say "go for it!", but seller's not exactly giving anything away here.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-08-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 1,466
Posted By Luddite Frank
The Hektor 135 and Elmar 90 aren't worth more...

The Hektor 135 and Elmar 90 aren't worth more than about $150 each, if they are coated and in mint condition, with caps or bubble.

The Elmar 50/2.8 and Summaron 35/3.5 might be worth $250 each...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-03-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,012
Posted By Luddite Frank
Unlike earlier aperture systems (Waterhouse,...

Unlike earlier aperture systems (Waterhouse, Uniform Stops, etc.) the stops employed on mid-Century cameras do "fit-in" with our modern f-stop scale, in terms of actual lens opening, even if...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-26-2016
Replies: 102
Views: 7,105
Posted By Luddite Frank
Rightly or wrongly, I was given to believe that...

Rightly or wrongly, I was given to believe that the Soviet versions of German cameras were really hit-or-miss, in terms of quality, and that as years went by and machinery and dies became...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-26-2016
Replies: 102
Views: 7,105
Posted By Luddite Frank
Then all the stories we've been hearing about FSU...

Then all the stories we've been hearing about FSU cameras being made by Vodka-soaked workers on worn-out equipment were just Capitalist lies ? :eek:
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-25-2016
Replies: 102
Views: 7,105
Posted By Luddite Frank
If "mistakes are not an option", avoid FSU...

If "mistakes are not an option", avoid FSU cameras... too much of a gamble.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-25-2016
Replies: 102
Views: 7,105
Posted By Luddite Frank
if you're lucky, you might even run across a II...

if you're lucky, you might even run across a II or III-c that was upgraded to flash sync and self-timer... ;)


I agree that if you found all variants on the shelf at the same store, the -c models...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-25-2016
Replies: 102
Views: 35,892
Posted By Luddite Frank
Depends on what you want it for: round-out your...

Depends on what you want it for: round-out your vintage Leica kit, shooting "artsy" photos, or you need a "fast" 50 mm lens.


If you want a fast 50, you may be better off with a modern...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-07-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 2,047
Posted By Luddite Frank
Wasn't there a copy included with most Watson 66...

Wasn't there a copy included with most Watson 66 bulk film loaders ?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-03-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 1,446
Posted By Luddite Frank
Your nickel Elmar - Does the Infinity lock at 7...

Your nickel Elmar - Does the Infinity lock at 7 o'clock or 11 o'clock ?

If 11 o'clock, is is quite early, and will not work on your early III: focusing tab will collide with the slow-speeds...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-02-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 1,317
Posted By Luddite Frank
ROTFL... :)

ROTFL... :)
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-01-2016
Replies: 65
Views: 4,269
Posted By Luddite Frank
They eventually get wise.... :eek:

They eventually get wise.... :eek:
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-01-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 1,397
Posted By Luddite Frank
Also, for pre-c Barnacks that have a true 1/1000...

Also, for pre-c Barnacks that have a true 1/1000 shutter speed, when set to 1/1000, the shutter speed dial sits a bit higher on the body than for all the other speeds.

( Just in case somewhere in...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-30-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 799
Posted By Luddite Frank
Your choice. I believe Leica's intent was for...

Your choice. I believe Leica's intent was for it to go on the RF window, the one closest to the shutter-speed dial, as John mentioned.

This colors the center (moving ) RF spot.

Some folks like...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-25-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 1,165
Posted By Luddite Frank
While any camera needs to be light-tight, I would...

While any camera needs to be light-tight, I would think that few, if any cameras around in 1912 were completely air-tight.

I would imagine that the pressure inside camera would probably equalize...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-25-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 1,165
Posted By Luddite Frank
Would the gelatin / emulsion dissolve ? ( Dumb...

Would the gelatin / emulsion dissolve ? ( Dumb question, I guess if we're talking about a 114 -year soak...)

How about the nitrocellulose substrate ?
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-25-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 1,165
Posted By Luddite Frank
Life exptancy of exposed / unprocessed film in North Atlantic ?

Last night I got suckered into a Facebook post about "lost pictures from Titanic recovered" or something to that effect, purporting that there were images from a camera recovered from the wreck.

The...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-25-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 1,631
Posted By Luddite Frank
I assume that the FIKUS adjustable would cause...

I assume that the FIKUS adjustable would cause vignetting on the 28 Hektor ?

Rick's idea sounds like a good DIY - experiment with various card-board tubes or contruction-paper cones...


LF
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-21-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 960
Posted By Luddite Frank
Thank guys, for the recommendation, and the...

Thank guys, for the recommendation, and the plaudits.

Will contact him and get this beast shipped out.

LF
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-18-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 3,349
Posted By Luddite Frank
The III-c seem to be the most plentiful and...

The III-c seem to be the most plentiful and least-expensive bodies ?

From 2007-2014, my everyday shooter was an "ugly" 1934 III with mangy chrome, but it worked great.

In 2014, on a trip to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-18-2016
Replies: 0
Views: 549
Posted By Luddite Frank
Quick & cheap cap for FIKUS hood ?

Has anyone found a cheap and easy snap-on cap that goes over the front of the collapsible FIKUS lens hood ?

Bottle-cap, etc ?


Would like to have something to throw over mine when shooting...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-18-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 960
Posted By Luddite Frank
Screw-mount Pentax repair specialist ?

Sorry if this is covering old ground, didn't seem to find anything from a forum search.

Is there a go-to specialist in the US for screw-mount Pentax SLRs ?

I have an HV-1 that needs CLA,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-19-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 1,137
Posted By Luddite Frank
Does there seem to be a detent / setting above...

Does there seem to be a detent / setting above 1/500 ?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-11-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,565
Posted By Luddite Frank
I would suggest carefully examining the front and...

I would suggest carefully examining the front and rear elements, outer surfaces for scratches / cleaning marks, using a flashlight through the lens, and looking into it at an oblique angle.

If the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-03-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 3,709
Posted By Luddite Frank
Wow. Looks like a "holy grail"...

Wow. Looks like a "holy grail" lens...

Congratulations ! I have the 50/1.5 Nokton for my V-lander Prominent I, but would LOVE to have one in LTM !

May we see some pictures from your example...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-02-2016
Replies: 40
Views: 2,745
Posted By Luddite Frank
Tough to find Leitz Summarits with good glass...

Tough to find Leitz Summarits with good glass that won't break the bank...

I'd suggest the later LTM Canon 1.4 or the LTM Nikkor 1.4.

The Cosina-Voigtlander is good value, but might have more...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-18-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 2,195
Posted By Luddite Frank
In addition to a complex aperture system, Summars...

In addition to a complex aperture system, Summars are also infamous for scratched front elements.

If the glass in your prospective acquisition has issues, plus the wonky aperture, sounds like the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-05-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1,708
Posted By Luddite Frank
I have used the FIKUS hood on my Elmar 35 (1941,...

I have used the FIKUS hood on my Elmar 35 (1941, uncoated). I have not noticed any vignetting. ( I keep the FIKUS completely collapsed on the Elmar 35. )

I have no hands-on experience with the 35...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-22-2016
Replies: 38
Views: 12,491
Posted By Luddite Frank
The car appears to be a '57 or '58 Cadillac...

The car appears to be a '57 or '58 Cadillac...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-20-2016
Replies: 38
Views: 12,491
Posted By Luddite Frank
Very interesting photos in the link... I find it...

Very interesting photos in the link...

I find it intriguing from the beauty-shop selfie, dated 1978, Ms. Maier was using a 40+ year-old black Leica II, in spite of also owning a more recent Leica...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-10-2016
Replies: 55
Views: 11,894
Posted By Luddite Frank
Ebay seller "nobbysparrow" in Japan has a decent...

Ebay seller "nobbysparrow" in Japan has a decent reputation here.

I have purchased a few small bits from MW Camera in England, and have been quite satisfied with their wares.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-07-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 4,164
Posted By Luddite Frank
PLOOT is my favorite Leica telegraph code... :D

PLOOT is my favorite Leica telegraph code... :D
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-06-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 4,164
Posted By Luddite Frank
I believe the bayonet lugs on the inner end of...

I believe the bayonet lugs on the inner end of the lens-tube and the diameter of the lens tube are slightly different between the various 50mm lenses... thus the different variants of NOOKY, etc.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-04-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 916
Posted By Luddite Frank
Looks like nickel finish... I think the...

Looks like nickel finish...

I think the Infinity-lock button has been replaced; that stepped-button looks like chrome-plate to me.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-01-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 867
Posted By Luddite Frank
Bingo !...

Bingo !...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-01-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 867
Posted By Luddite Frank
A clue from Google & Photo.net: "Alex Lofquist ,...

A clue from Google & Photo.net:

"Alex Lofquist , May 30, 2008; 02:17 p.m.


The slider on the base plate adjusts for synchronizing speeds from 1/20 to 1/1000 sec. I found a reference and photo in...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-30-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 867
Posted By Luddite Frank
Looks like you have either a SELIS or SELSY flash...

Looks like you have either a SELIS or SELSY flash base-plate:

http://br.collection.pagesperso-orange.fr/leica/flashes.html

If you can find instructions for this, it should explain the delay...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-30-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 867
Posted By Luddite Frank
I have one of these outfits, but haven't played...

I have one of these outfits, but haven't played with it for a while.

If your III-b was not upgraded with a III-f type black or red-dial flash sync under the shutter-speed dial, I'm not aware of any...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-25-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 3,599
Posted By Luddite Frank
I installed mine on the RH RF window, so the...

I installed mine on the RH RF window, so the center patch is colored.

Might not be an ideal substitute for a new beam splitter, but can be a helpful get-by on a camera with a marginal RF patch.

If...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 01-24-2016
Replies: 45
Views: 12,957
Posted By Luddite Frank
Very nice ! I should get my Nicca serviced /...

Very nice !

I should get my Nicca serviced / re-curtained and burn some film.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-24-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 1,010
Posted By Luddite Frank
Should work. That is the style for the earlier...

Should work. That is the style for the earlier cameras.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-23-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,482
Posted By Luddite Frank
I have an uncoated Elmar 35 from 1941. I have...

I have an uncoated Elmar 35 from 1941. I have not had mine cleaned ( slight haze ), and always use a hood (FIKUS).

Condition issues notwithstanding, the Summaron is a better wide-angle lens in its...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-14-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 3,599
Posted By Luddite Frank
In theatrical gel, this would be Roscolux R-64, 65

In theatrical gel, this would be Roscolux R-64, 65
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-13-2016
Replies: 2
Views: 1,204
Posted By Luddite Frank
Thank you - looking into substitutes and battery...

Thank you - looking into substitutes and battery adapters.

LF
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-10-2016
Replies: 2
Views: 1,204
Posted By Luddite Frank
Sekonic Micro-Junior L-138 meter - what battery ?

I just picked-up a Sekonic Micro-Junior L-138 CdS meter, but missing the instruction book and battery.

Can someone tell me which battery this originally used ?

Cute little devil, a bit smaller than...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-09-2016
Replies: 29
Views: 1,968
Posted By Luddite Frank
I have yet to run across a vintage shoe-mount...

I have yet to run across a vintage shoe-mount selenium meter (Leicameter, Metrophot, or any of the clones: Walz, Nihon Koden, etc.) that still work. They're cute, but not even heavy enough to serve...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-09-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 3,599
Posted By Luddite Frank
I used Roscolux R-21 in the RH window of my III-f...

I used Roscolux R-21 in the RH window of my III-f and another one of my Barnacks... didn't even have to unscrew the bezel, just carefully cut the gel to the same size as the bezel, then carefully...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-02-2016
Replies: 9,248
Views: 923,659
Posted By Luddite Frank
I love the build quality of those old Folmer /...

I love the build quality of those old Folmer / Kodak cameras...

If this one has a focal plane shutter, be sure to lube all the roller / curtain pivots... they spin really fast as the curtain pulls...
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