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Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 1 Week Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 631
Posted By RObert Budding
I don't have problems with 120 on Paterson reels....

I don't have problems with 120 on Paterson reels. But I'm careful to wind the film on a bit more slowly than i would for 35mm. Dry reels and a freely moving ball bearing matter most.
Forum: Leica SL 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 194
Views: 6,033
Posted By RObert Budding
BHPhoto lists the SL2 at $5,995. Alternatively,...

BHPhoto lists the SL2 at $5,995. Alternatively, a Fujifilm GFX 50R is $4,000, and a Nikon Z7 is $2,697.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 70
Views: 4,483
Posted By RObert Budding
Excellent news. Now if they would just resurrect...

Excellent news. Now if they would just resurrect Neopan 1600 . . .
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 57
Views: 2,750
Posted By RObert Budding
Inspired by Leica? If so, then I’m relieved that...

Inspired by Leica? If so, then I’m relieved that we didn’t get a Hermès Edition S3.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 1,673
Posted By RObert Budding
I’ve owned an Ikoflex and an Autocord. I much...

I’ve owned an Ikoflex and an Autocord. I much prefer the Autocord ergonomics. And the Minolta lens is stunning.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 55
Views: 1,772
Posted By RObert Budding
To travel where? To take what sorts of photos? ...

To travel where? To take what sorts of photos? What is the risk that your gear might be lost or stolen? How easy is it to repair your camera in the places where you will travel?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 66
Views: 2,656
Posted By RObert Budding
Perhaps you'd be happier with an SLR. Or with an...

Perhaps you'd be happier with an SLR. Or with an external finder.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 3,516
Posted By RObert Budding
Agreed. Neopan 1600 was fantastic at EI 800.

Agreed. Neopan 1600 was fantastic at EI 800.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-08-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,019
Posted By RObert Budding
Nonsense. XTOL is an excellent developer.

Nonsense. XTOL is an excellent developer.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-03-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,474
Posted By RObert Budding
You're just getting started! Time to add some...

You're just getting started! Time to add some nice medium format gear to your collection!!!
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-29-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1,204
Posted By RObert Budding
No, Social Security is not a Ponzi scheme. It's...

No, Social Security is not a Ponzi scheme. It's a transfer from today's workers to retirees. And, no, the system will not be bankrupt when the surplus from prior years is consumed. Worse case...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-28-2019
Replies: 62
Views: 2,205
Posted By RObert Budding
The prices for Contax p&s cameras are insane. ...

The prices for Contax p&s cameras are insane. and they are not SLRs, so the T2/T3 are pretty much the last thing that I'd recommend.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-19-2019
Replies: 83
Poll: GW690 gas
Views: 32,484
Posted By RObert Budding
Go for it. It's pocketable, if you select your...

Go for it. It's pocketable, if you select your clothes carefully.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-04-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 810
Posted By RObert Budding
I shot a Contax IIa for a while. It's gone now,...

I shot a Contax IIa for a while. It's gone now, and I've moved on to Nikon rangefinders (and a Mamiya 7II).
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-27-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,088
Posted By RObert Budding
I usually shoot sports, such as indoor...

I usually shoot sports, such as indoor basketball, using a Nikon D750 at ISO 6400. There have been times when I've shot with my Mamiya 7, but that was with studio lights mounted on the gym ceiling...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-30-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 836
Posted By RObert Budding
Proper choice of lighting can make all the...

Proper choice of lighting can make all the difference. Try a short light set-up for people with broad faces.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 07-30-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,137
Posted By RObert Budding
P&S camera prices are a bit nuts. That's why I...

P&S camera prices are a bit nuts. That's why I opted for an Olympus RD and an adapter for silver oxide batteries.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-29-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 1,294
Posted By RObert Budding
It helps to understand composition. The best...

It helps to understand composition. The best book that I've read on the subject is geared towards painters.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1581802560/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i0
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 07-16-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 510
Posted By RObert Budding
Yes, it may be swimming against the current. But...

Yes, it may be swimming against the current. But I'd prefer to delay being swept out to sea!
Forum: Nikon RF 07-16-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 492
Posted By RObert Budding
If only the Yen would weaken a bit more against...

If only the Yen would weaken a bit more against the $US . . .
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-08-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,510
Posted By RObert Budding
I use my Olympus RD when I want a compact camera.

I use my Olympus RD when I want a compact camera.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-28-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 620
Posted By RObert Budding
I bought a fully serviced Olympus RD from Zack's...

I bought a fully serviced Olympus RD from Zack's Camera Repair in Providence. I'm very happy with the camera and with the CLA he performed on it.
http://www.zackscamerarepair.biz/
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 06-24-2019
Replies: 117
Views: 66,808
Posted By RObert Budding
P&S camera prices are nutty. So I use an olympus...

P&S camera prices are nutty. So I use an olympus RD when I want small and compact. Yes, I do have to focus, but that saved me way more than $1,000.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-31-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 744
Posted By RObert Budding
I'd contact Stephen Gandy and see if he could...

I'd contact Stephen Gandy and see if he could overnight a modern Voigtlander lens. Not a perfect solution if you want a vintage lens, but he's an excellent dealer and he's small enough that he would...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-30-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,542
Posted By RObert Budding
Makeover time? I prefer to work out of a...

Makeover time?

I prefer to work out of a Billingham bag myself (never been mugged). YMMV.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-11-2019
Replies: 182
Views: 6,974
Posted By RObert Budding
So you don't see any differences in emulsions...

So you don't see any differences in emulsions from various manufacturers? Film is just a widget, and any old one will do?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-08-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,507
Posted By RObert Budding
Whatever you take, you'll use what you have. ...

Whatever you take, you'll use what you have. Makes me wonder if Robert Capa fretted about lenses as he was preparing for the landing in Normandy.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-08-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,507
Posted By RObert Budding
No selfies along the rim - too treacherous.

No selfies along the rim - too treacherous.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-02-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 589
Posted By RObert Budding
Leaf shutters are perfect for flash photography...

Leaf shutters are perfect for flash photography because they sync at all shutter speeds. And there is no better way to control contrast than popping a bit of fill in to lift the shadows. Even a...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-29-2019
Replies: 77
Views: 2,177
Posted By RObert Budding
No, it's too much trouble finding shoes and a...

No, it's too much trouble finding shoes and a belt to match.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-26-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,515
Posted By RObert Budding
I shot a lot on indoor basketball - before my...

I shot a lot on indoor basketball - before my sons went off to college. I was often shooting at f/2.8 with my Nikon 70-200 mm at ISO 6400 (Nikon D700 and then D750). Yes, there was noise, but they...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-26-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 343
Posted By RObert Budding
Beautiful cameras - I've always had a weakness...

Beautiful cameras - I've always had a weakness for the IIa.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-26-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 497
Posted By RObert Budding
I feel your pain, and I can easily imagine myself...

I feel your pain, and I can easily imagine myself going through the same sequence of events. Best on finding a new focusing screen!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-26-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 933
Posted By RObert Budding
The N1 is an excellent camera. Enjoy!

The N1 is an excellent camera. Enjoy!
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-26-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 2,968
Posted By RObert Budding
Why not try Stephen Gandy? This is from his web...

Why not try Stephen Gandy? This is from his web site (pricing and text may be dated, but I'd check with him):

"Zeiss Contax IIa & IIIa: CLA general cleaning, lubrication and adjustment of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-26-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,994
Posted By RObert Budding
Those were the days before 'Big Gulp' sodas. I...

Those were the days before 'Big Gulp' sodas. I can recall buying refillable 8 oz. bottles of coke from vending machines in the 60's.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-26-2019
Replies: 66
Views: 2,653
Posted By RObert Budding
I'm still trying to understand the difference...

I'm still trying to understand the difference between 'Near Mint' and Exc ++++++.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-25-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 933
Posted By RObert Budding
Used RX's on eBay sell for $100 - $200. So I...

Used RX's on eBay sell for $100 - $200. So I wouldn't service one. Just get another if the old one breaks.
Forum: Nikon RF 04-24-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,989
Posted By RObert Budding
I much prefer the SP to the Contax IIa that I...

I much prefer the SP to the Contax IIa that I used to shoot. The 1:1 finder is excellent, and superb lenses are available for very reasonable cost.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-24-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 906
Posted By RObert Budding
I have Nikon Scan running under Windows 10. It...

I have Nikon Scan running under Windows 10. It was relatively easy:

http://www.shtengel.com/gleb/getting_nikon_coolscan_scanners_work_under_Win7.htm
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-23-2019
Replies: 121
Views: 3,864
Posted By RObert Budding
You do realize, I hope, that newly manufactured...

You do realize, I hope, that newly manufactured buggy whips are still available.

http://www.theoriginalhorsetackcompany.com/weaver-leather-5ft-buggy-whip-89993-prd1.htm
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-23-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 933
Posted By RObert Budding
I owned an N1 for a few years. Excellent camera,...

I owned an N1 for a few years. Excellent camera, but I sold it when Kyocera folded up the camera business because there aren't very many N-mount lenses available. I'd recommend a CY mount body...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 04-23-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,856
Posted By RObert Budding
I used a manual focus 105 mm lens on my D700, and...

I used a manual focus 105 mm lens on my D700, and then on my D750. Why? Because I paid $200 for that lens, versus $1,200 for an AF version.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-22-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 489
Posted By RObert Budding
The S2 is mechanical (except for the light...

The S2 is mechanical (except for the light meter), so any competent repair person should be able to fix it - as long as a new part isn't needed.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-22-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,829
Posted By RObert Budding
On the other hand, I enjoy looking at other...

On the other hand, I enjoy looking at other people's work, and I think about what it is about particular subjects and compositional elements that draw me in. But maybe I don't have your high level...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-18-2019
Replies: 66
Views: 2,653
Posted By RObert Budding
I'm careful to inspect photos of everything that...

I'm careful to inspect photos of everything that I buy on eBay. My most recent purchase from Japan was for a NOS 50mm lens for my Mamiya 7. It was as described, but the seller didn't send the lens...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-17-2019
Replies: 176
Views: 19,770
Posted By RObert Budding
Odd. When I add bulk Tri-X to a cart B&H shows...

Odd. When I add bulk Tri-X to a cart B&H shows shipping to Australia starts at $12. Perhaps you should plan ahead so that you don't need express shipping.

And I, too, buy pretty much all of my...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-13-2019
Replies: 121
Views: 3,864
Posted By RObert Budding
Not true. There are 9 E6 processors listed on...

Not true. There are 9 E6 processors listed on yelp in the Chicago area. And, of course, far more that process C-41.
Forum: Nikon RF 04-13-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 749
Posted By RObert Budding
Perfect! The SP 2005 is too fine a camera to sit...

Perfect! The SP 2005 is too fine a camera to sit unused on a shelf!
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-03-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 20,137
Posted By RObert Budding
“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about...

“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
~ George Bernard Shaw

Thank you, Roger, for sharing your creation. I've always enjoyed your insights.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-02-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,315
Posted By RObert Budding
A Nikon Z-mount with an optical rangefinder. ...

A Nikon Z-mount with an optical rangefinder. I've never been happy with EVFs. There would be limitations with longer lenses, though. But I could live with that.
Forum: Nikon RF 03-30-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 199
Posted By RObert Budding
SK Grimes Custom Step-Up Adapter

A few of my Nikon rangefinder lenses have 43mm filter threads with 0.5mm thread pitch. Modern filters are 43mm with 0.75mm thread pitch, so I had SK Grimes (Woonsocket, RI) make a custom 43mm (0.5mm...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-30-2019
Replies: 559
Views: 43,347
Posted By RObert Budding
Agreed, but I'd hate to give up DICE. It saves a...

Agreed, but I'd hate to give up DICE. It saves a lot of clean-up time.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-30-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 474
Posted By RObert Budding
One of our local shops didn't want to develop 220...

One of our local shops didn't want to develop 220 film, so they quoted $75/roll. without scans. So I took my business - all of it - elsewhere.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-29-2019
Replies: 559
Views: 43,347
Posted By RObert Budding
Odd. My CS 9000 ED produces much sharper scans...

Odd. My CS 9000 ED produces much sharper scans than what you are showing. Attached are wet and dry scans that I made. This was shot with a Zeiss Ercona folder with a Tessar lens.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-27-2019
Replies: 9,057
Views: 890,034
Posted By RObert Budding
I purchased 2 semesters of private college...

I purchased 2 semesters of private college tuition - one for my older son, and one for my younger son. Fortunately they only overlap for this one year!

And I still maintain that a crack habit would...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-27-2019
Replies: 101
Views: 3,522
Posted By RObert Budding
“If you don't know where you're going, you'll end...

“If you don't know where you're going, you'll end up someplace else.”
~ Yogi Berra
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-22-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 1,472
Posted By RObert Budding
How I shoot depends on what I shoot. I shot...

How I shoot depends on what I shoot. I shot digital, often at ISO 6400, when my kids were playing indoor basketball. The action was fast, and focus didn't always lock. So I shot in short burst...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-22-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 1,472
Posted By RObert Budding
Granted, it is a tough job. But it's safer to be...

Granted, it is a tough job. But it's safer to be a police officer now than it was in the 1970's. You want a dangerous job? Try logging.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-22-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 706
Posted By RObert Budding
Premium P&S cameras have gotten insanely...

Premium P&S cameras have gotten insanely expensive. I'd rather carry my Nikon SP, even though it won't fit in a pants pocket.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-13-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,167
Posted By RObert Budding
Why judge the usefulness of an interchangeable...

Why judge the usefulness of an interchangeable len SLR system based on a single lense. there are short telephotos in the system, too (85/4 and 115/4).

I did own a Contaflex that had been serviced. ...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-12-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 788
Posted By RObert Budding
Boston can get pretty humid during the summer, so...

Boston can get pretty humid during the summer, so I store my lenses in a Pelican waterproof case with Dreirite desiccant.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-13-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 2,968
Posted By RObert Budding
Contax service

Mark Hansen has serviced a few cameras for me. He's fast, reasonable, and he does excellent work (and he loves Contax cameras). http://www.zeissikonrolleirepair.com/

I had one camera serviced by...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-12-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 1,082
Posted By RObert Budding
FX Rate

Yes, the transaction currency matters! 1 USD = 9.26620 SEK.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-10-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,953
Posted By RObert Budding
Perfect example as to why it's dangerous to make...

Perfect example as to why it's dangerous to make decisions based on anecdotal evidence (talk about small sample sizes!). Many people who use Hasselblad V's have had shutter jams, and most people...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-10-2019
Replies: 88
Views: 2,283
Posted By RObert Budding
But be certain that you do not put film in...

But be certain that you do not put film in checked baggage.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-09-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,953
Posted By RObert Budding
I run Nikon Scan under Windows 10. Works...

I run Nikon Scan under Windows 10. Works perfectly. Here is a link to the directions, for anyone who may be...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-05-2019
Replies: 71
Views: 1,861
Posted By RObert Budding
Both hands down. One on the camera and shutter,...

Both hands down. One on the camera and shutter, the other on the lens.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 02-01-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 2,485
Posted By RObert Budding
I tested Tmax films as described in Ansel Adam's...

I tested Tmax films as described in Ansel Adam's book, "The Negative". Checked densities with a densitometer and found that my Normal Development, diluted 1:2, is 12.5 min at 68 deg for EI 320. ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-30-2019
Replies: 132
Views: 3,397
Posted By RObert Budding
It seems as if someone should design a cell phone...

It seems as if someone should design a cell phone that requires film.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-26-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 2,103
Posted By RObert Budding
I'll weigh Stephen's advice far more heavily...

I'll weigh Stephen's advice far more heavily because he actually has a camera repair businesses, so his sample volume is far higher than consumers who have had only a few cameras.

I recently opted...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-21-2019
Replies: 323
Views: 25,743
Posted By RObert Budding
I differ on the Nikon FE. Mine worked perfectly...

I differ on the Nikon FE. Mine worked perfectly when I carried it throughout my travels in Europe when I was a young man. But perhaps you prefer cameras that feel like bricks.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-21-2019
Replies: 323
Views: 25,743
Posted By RObert Budding
Yikes! You've gone through a lot of gear. Maybe...

Yikes! You've gone through a lot of gear. Maybe there is no silver bullet. Or maybe the perfect camera is still out there, waiting to be discovered.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-19-2019
Replies: 323
Views: 25,743
Posted By RObert Budding
Contax T2. Small and compact, excellent lense,...

Contax T2. Small and compact, excellent lense, but it would leak light on start-up around the lens mount. Ken Ruth couldn't figure out how to fix it, so I sold it - with the problem disclosed (too...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-18-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1,605
Posted By RObert Budding
I had been thinking of buying an SP, but this has...

I had been thinking of buying an SP, but this has me seriously looking at an S3.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-14-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 753
Posted By RObert Budding
A bag is only low profile until you open it to...

A bag is only low profile until you open it to pull out your camera. I've owned both a ThinkTank Retrospective and a Billingham F-Sharp. IMHO the Billingham is far better. YMMV.
Forum: Nikon RF 01-12-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,938
Posted By RObert Budding
Great Time to Enter Film Camera Manufature

There's no competition left. What could possibly go wrong?
Forum: Travel 01-11-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,454
Posted By RObert Budding
LOL! Milwaukee over Chicago? NFW! That's like...

LOL! Milwaukee over Chicago? NFW! That's like telling someone to stay in Hartford, instead of in New York City, because it's cheaper.
Forum: Nikon RF 01-11-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,938
Posted By RObert Budding
There are tons of classic cameras about. I'd...

There are tons of classic cameras about. I'd rather buy one and pay for service. Or buy a Millennium S3 for $1,500 and be good to go.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-11-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,893
Posted By RObert Budding
My D700 produced reds really well - as long as I...

My D700 produced reds really well - as long as I didn't over-expose the red channel.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-08-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,034
Posted By RObert Budding
I've used Vuescan, but I prefer NikonScan for my...

I've used Vuescan, but I prefer NikonScan for my CS9000. It runs fine under Windows 10, with a few modifications. And if it stops working at some point? I'd cut over to Vuescan. Yes, the UI is a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-03-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 2,073
Posted By RObert Budding
Fine grain? Have you considered shooting medium...

Fine grain? Have you considered shooting medium format?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-29-2018
Replies: 58
Views: 1,860
Posted By RObert Budding
Skip the miniature formats - unless you plan to...

Skip the miniature formats - unless you plan to do a lot of low light shooting. The FUJIFILM GW690III is excellent, or go with a Mamiya 7 if you want interchangeable lenses.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 11-02-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 935
Posted By RObert Budding
Have you tried a Firewire PCI-Express card?

Have you tried a Firewire PCI-Express card?
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-23-2018
Replies: 304
Views: 12,408
Posted By RObert Budding
Airline tickets. And I'd set aside a few $$$'s...

Airline tickets. And I'd set aside a few $$$'s to buy film for my Mamiya 7.
Forum: Nikon RF 09-15-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 838
Posted By RObert Budding
It's an S with fungus. I wouldn't want it at...

It's an S with fungus. I wouldn't want it at that price.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-09-2018
Replies: 363
Views: 24,716
Posted By RObert Budding
This looks just like threads where someone asks...

This looks just like threads where someone asks what camera to buy. There, too, the responses are all over the lot.
Forum: RFF News 09-03-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 8,343
Posted By RObert Budding
LOL! So do you believe that things were better...

LOL! So do you believe that things were better before the ACA? Do you look back fondly on the days when 55 million Americans had no insurance coverage?

The ACA is far from perfect, but it has been...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-02-2018
Replies: 36
Views: 1,322
Posted By RObert Budding
Unless the OP is referring to a Contarex or a...

Unless the OP is referring to a Contarex or a Contaflex, both of which were made by Zeiss.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-30-2018
Replies: 121
Views: 4,884
Posted By RObert Budding
There are forums where people discuss painting...

There are forums where people discuss painting and horseback riding, both of which could be deemed as 'obsolete'. Go figure. I like to shoot film, and I shoot a rangefinder.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-24-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,250
Posted By RObert Budding
XTOL for a bit of extra speed, low toxicity, and...

XTOL for a bit of extra speed, low toxicity, and very fine grain.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-21-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 688
Posted By RObert Budding
Well, I was educated as a chemist, so I'll have a...

Well, I was educated as a chemist, so I'll have a go at this observation.

Pure water freezes at 32 F, but seawater freezes at a lower temperature (typically about 28 F) because it contains salts and...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 08-19-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 13,043
Posted By RObert Budding
That, too. Likely IBIS isn't high on the list...

That, too. Likely IBIS isn't high on the list of features for people who shoot medium format.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-11-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 851
Posted By RObert Budding
Let me know if your set-up turns out to be too...

Let me know if your set-up turns out to be too heavy. I'd be happy to buy it for $380!
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-11-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,689
Posted By RObert Budding
Yes, because it's still a great camera. I sold...

Yes, because it's still a great camera. I sold mine for a D750 because I needed better low light performance and AF. I often wish that Nikon had stayed with the layout of the D700 . . .
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-11-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,689
Posted By RObert Budding
Nikon D700

Nikon D700
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-09-2018
Replies: 37
Views: 1,424
Posted By RObert Budding
There is no free lunch. High speed sync...

There is no free lunch. High speed sync compromises power, so it'snot very useful in bright conditions when a good deal of power is required for adequate fill.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-04-2018
Replies: 157
Views: 4,514
Posted By RObert Budding
Wages between the US and Canada are not directly...

Wages between the US and Canada are not directly comparable - most $15/hr jobs here do not come with health insurance. And the $15.67/hr is the median, so half earn less than that. Plus the number...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-03-2018
Replies: 157
Views: 4,514
Posted By RObert Budding
A good friend of mine, who has been teaching at a...

A good friend of mine, who has been teaching at a photo school here in Boston for 30 years, has seen job opportunities for their graduates diminish over the decades. And there are government...
Forum: Chris Crawford 08-03-2018
Replies: 128
Views: 6,276
Posted By RObert Budding
Great update, Chris! You've sent him on a good...

Great update, Chris! You've sent him on a good path.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 08-03-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 43,611
Posted By RObert Budding
Happy Birthday to Me! I just ordered a NOS 50mm...

Happy Birthday to Me! I just ordered a NOS 50mm lens from a seller in Japan. Hopefully it is as described.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-03-2018
Replies: 157
Views: 4,514
Posted By RObert Budding
I do believe that opportunities to make a living...

I do believe that opportunities to make a living as a professional photographer have diminished. How many weddings are now being shot by the uncle who has 'a nice camera'? And how many news...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-02-2018
Replies: 126
Views: 6,011
Posted By RObert Budding
I carried a Nikon FE throughout Europe when I was...

I carried a Nikon FE throughout Europe when I was a young man. It was tough enough, and it's a nice camera to use.
Forum: RFF Polls 08-02-2018
Replies: 303
Views: 126,840
Posted By RObert Budding
I direct those who ask me such questions to the...

I direct those who ask me such questions to the CameraQuest web site! And I tell them to pick up an olympus RC.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-02-2018
Replies: 157
Views: 4,514
Posted By RObert Budding
I do miss the pre-digital days because film was...

I do miss the pre-digital days because film was relatively expensive, so there were fewer crap photos that people showed me. With digital the sky is the limit!
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-31-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 43,611
Posted By RObert Budding
i didn't say that I could buy them all at once! ...

i didn't say that I could buy them all at once! I'm leaning towards adding the 50mm first.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-31-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 43,611
Posted By RObert Budding
Reviving an old thread because I'm shopping for a...

Reviving an old thread because I'm shopping for a wide. My conclusion? Get em all!
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-31-2018
Replies: 39
Views: 1,758
Posted By RObert Budding
The Zeiss Ercona II with a Tessar lens is very...

The Zeiss Ercona II with a Tessar lens is very sharp, but it is zone focus. The attached photo was hand held. And here's a link to a larger version. ...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-31-2018
Replies: 39
Views: 1,758
Posted By RObert Budding
How cheap? The ebay seller certo6 is offering a...

How cheap? The ebay seller certo6 is offering a CLA's Voigtlander Bessa II with a new bellows for $525.

eBay item number:302824272994
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 07-30-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 13,043
Posted By RObert Budding
That's why I included a link to Thom hogan's...

That's why I included a link to Thom hogan's article in my post. Nikon didn't start with a clean sheet of paper.
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 07-30-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 13,043
Posted By RObert Budding
The D850 sensor is a Nikon design, manufactured...

The D850 sensor is a Nikon design, manufactured by Sony.

Thom Hogan has an interesting article on Sony sensor...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-30-2018
Replies: 39
Views: 1,758
Posted By RObert Budding
You may want to look at the Fuji...

You may want to look at the Fuji GA645.

https://themachineplanet.wordpress.com/2009/04/15/fuji-ga645-family-of-autofocus-6x4-5-cameras/
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-30-2018
Replies: 39
Views: 1,758
Posted By RObert Budding
You need to step up to the 'near Mint' class! ...

You need to step up to the 'near Mint' class! Just be careful since many have fungus.
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 07-29-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 13,043
Posted By RObert Budding
That's a bit more reasonable than saying that the...

That's a bit more reasonable than saying that the D850 is the last Nikon DSLR. I still haven't seen an electronic viewfinder that's a nice as the view through an SLR mirror, though.
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 07-28-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 13,043
Posted By RObert Budding
The new Nikon mirrorless mount looks as if it...

The new Nikon mirrorless mount looks as if it might be large enough for medium format . . .
Forum: RFF News 07-28-2018
Replies: 47
Views: 3,642
Posted By RObert Budding
Neopan 1600 was a brilliant film at EI 800. And...

Neopan 1600 was a brilliant film at EI 800. And Acros 400 was my go-to general purpose film. I had hoped that Ilford would cut a deal with Fujifilm, but perhaps they are happy with their current...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 07-28-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 13,043
Posted By RObert Budding
I seriously doubt that the D850 will be Nikon's...

I seriously doubt that the D850 will be Nikon's last professional DSLR. There is a massive installed base of F lenses, and there is no way that Nikon would stop selling bodies to willing consumers. ...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 07-25-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 978
Posted By RObert Budding
I'd buy inserts for a high-quality backpack. ...

I'd buy inserts for a high-quality backpack. That way you end up with a pack that rides properly on your body. Osprey is the brand that I know best. Best to go to a specialty shop to have it...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-21-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 3,015
Posted By RObert Budding
The Nikon F100 can be set to rewind at the end of...

The Nikon F100 can be set to rewind at the end of the roll. Fantastic camera, and a reasonable size for 'the boy'.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-18-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 3,015
Posted By RObert Budding
I'd recommend getting the CLE into the hands of...

I'd recommend getting the CLE into the hands of someone who will use it!
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-14-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 850
Posted By RObert Budding
My Father

Taken in the Spring 2009 using my Mamiya 7 and bounced flash off of the wall.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-11-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,462
Posted By RObert Budding
Great lenses

I'm partial to the 105/2.5 myself.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-09-2018
Replies: 413
Views: 157,949
Posted By RObert Budding
How often has the camera failed when you've...

How often has the camera failed when you've needed it? For me, never. Yes, it needs a small battery, but I always keep a spare one in my bag. And the camera does have a sturdy metal frame, so...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-05-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,459
Posted By RObert Budding
Do you have any references? I would expect that...

Do you have any references? I would expect that oxidation would be the biggest problem for lubricants.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-05-2018
Replies: 109
Views: 27,547
Posted By RObert Budding
Reaction rate dependence on temperature is...

Reaction rate dependence on temperature is represented by the Arhennius equation. But the general rule of thumb is that reaction rates double for each 10 deg C increase in temperature. So, yes,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-04-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,459
Posted By RObert Budding
By what mechanism? Desiccants do not absorb...

By what mechanism? Desiccants do not absorb organic compounds, they absorb water vapor.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-29-2018
Replies: 123
Views: 4,615
Posted By RObert Budding
Wow. What an offensive post. So-called...

Wow. What an offensive post. So-called refugees? That sit around and collect welfare? Congratulations - You're in rare company. You're now on my 'ignore' list.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-29-2018
Replies: 123
Views: 4,615
Posted By RObert Budding
The empowerment of women is a better solution.

The empowerment of women is a better solution.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-28-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 2,093
Posted By RObert Budding
Could you elaborate on the handling? Was it the...

Could you elaborate on the handling? Was it the placement of the shutter release, or something else?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-07-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 7,885
Posted By RObert Budding
Agreed. It's important to stay with a...

Agreed. It's important to stay with a film/developer combination long enough to understand how they behave together. A roll or two commercially developed is pretty much meaningless.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-03-2018
Replies: 409
Views: 19,397
Posted By RObert Budding
Kodachrome even makes a Gremlin look passable!

Kodachrome even makes a Gremlin look passable!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-30-2018
Replies: 45
Views: 2,253
Posted By RObert Budding
Who knows - maybe we'll be lucky and Ilford might...

Who knows - maybe we'll be lucky and Ilford might pick up a few more emulsions. The film that I really miss, though, is Fuji Neopan 1600.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-20-2018
Replies: 224
Views: 14,791
Posted By RObert Budding
I'm standardizing on Ilford. At least they seem...

I'm standardizing on Ilford. At least they seem to be in the business for the long term.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-16-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1,347
Posted By RObert Budding
Be careful - I scratched the lens of my...

Be careful - I scratched the lens of my eyeglasses on the finder of my Contax IIa. That's when I decided that it wasn't a great camera for me, so I sold it and went to a Mamiya 7 II. The Contax was...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-14-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 31,510
Posted By RObert Budding
I loved my Bronica RF645, but I sold it and...

I loved my Bronica RF645, but I sold it and bought a Mamiya 7. Why? because the Bronica film transport was unreliable. It started to feel as if gravel was in the gears during my first year of...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-21-2018
Replies: 50
Views: 3,883
Posted By RObert Budding
Have you considered using faster film? I,...

Have you considered using faster film? I, personally, try to avoid handheld shots at slow shutter speeds.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-20-2018
Replies: 304
Views: 12,408
Posted By RObert Budding
Airline tickets.

Airline tickets.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-30-2018
Replies: 224
Views: 14,791
Posted By RObert Budding
Kodak and Fuji have been slashing films for some...

Kodak and Fuji have been slashing films for some time. It's why I now mostly shoot Ilford.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-04-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,938
Posted By RObert Budding
I've usually printed B&W in a darkroom. Even...

I've usually printed B&W in a darkroom. Even then, I'm usually unhappy with enlarging 35mm beyond 8x10 (that's with borders). I used to use D76, but I'm now only using XTOL.

You could move up to...
Forum: Chris Crawford 02-04-2018
Replies: 45
Views: 2,682
Posted By RObert Budding
Yes, I know it well. It was actually Levaquin...

Yes, I know it well. It was actually Levaquin that made me ill. And I ruptured a tendon in my foot about 10 years later while playing basketball with my son. It may have been an after-effect of...
Forum: Chris Crawford 02-04-2018
Replies: 45
Views: 2,682
Posted By RObert Budding
Allergic reactions to antibiotics can be bad. I...

Allergic reactions to antibiotics can be bad. I ended up in the ER when I was given Cipro 20 years ago. Hope your progress continues unabated!
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-24-2018
Replies: 304
Views: 12,408
Posted By RObert Budding
Airline tickets.

Airline tickets.
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 06-22-2017
Replies: 162
Views: 21,660
Posted By RObert Budding
I'm not your buddy, you pompous ass. Here, why...

I'm not your buddy, you pompous ass. Here, why don't you critique Joe McNally's photos.

http://portfolio.joemcnally.com/index
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 06-22-2017
Replies: 162
Views: 21,660
Posted By RObert Budding
And yet some photographers have captured stunning...

And yet some photographers have captured stunning images with Nikon...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 02-26-2017
Replies: 162
Views: 21,660
Posted By RObert Budding
The corporation generated over 100 billion yen in...

The corporation generated over 100 billion yen in operating cash flow, so the company itself is not in financial jeopardy.

http://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/ninoy/financials/cash-flow
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-26-2017
Replies: 391
Views: 66,359
Posted By RObert Budding
The value proposition isn't there. I'd prefer to...

The value proposition isn't there. I'd prefer to buy the Fujifilm GFX 50S.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-11-2016
Replies: 86
Views: 7,132
Posted By RObert Budding
I think 'Best' depends on intended use. My...

I think 'Best' depends on intended use. My favorite Nikon SLR for travel was the FE2.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 11-25-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 3,068
Posted By RObert Budding
Mark Hansen

Mark Hansen has repaired a few cameras for me, but never a Contax. He does love Contaxes, though, so I's expect that he's a good bet.

http://zeissikonrolleirepair.homestead.com/index.html
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-05-2016
Replies: 109
Views: 27,547
Posted By RObert Budding
The rule of thumb that I learned (an...

The rule of thumb that I learned (an approximation of the Arrhenius equation near room temperature) is that reaction rates double for a 10 deg C increase in temperature. So if you develop at 70 deg...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-30-2016
Replies: 146
Views: 13,016
Posted By RObert Budding
I just learned that Henry Scherer has 434 cameras...

I just learned that Henry Scherer has 434 cameras on his wait list. If I recall correctly, it takes him about 2 weeks per camera/lens set. So that's a 17 year waiting list, assuming that he takes a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-19-2016
Replies: 80
Views: 8,189
Posted By RObert Budding
That's nice, but I'll stick with my Combi-Plan...

That's nice, but I'll stick with my Combi-Plan tanks.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-19-2016
Replies: 363
Views: 24,716
Posted By RObert Budding
Shen Hao HZX 4X5-IIA Mamiya 7II Minolta...

Shen Hao HZX 4X5-IIA
Mamiya 7II
Minolta Autocord
Nikon S3
Contax IIa
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-25-2016
Replies: 505
Views: 32,702
Posted By RObert Budding
Correction: Britain voted to leave the European...

Correction: Britain voted to leave the European Union. I did make the point that the UK made the right choice in not adopting the Euro, though my phrasing was sloppy.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-24-2016
Replies: 505
Views: 32,702
Posted By RObert Budding
The UK has less reason to leave the Eurozone than...

The UK has less reason to leave the Eurozone than most other countries because they retained monetary sovereignty. It's Greece and Spain that should bail.

A few non-mainstream economists have...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-19-2016
Replies: 505
Views: 32,702
Posted By RObert Budding
Were those forecasts made by economists? The...

Were those forecasts made by economists? The very same group who didn't predict the financial crisis, and who still can't explain what happened?
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 01-29-2016
Replies: 73
Views: 6,378
Posted By RObert Budding
Lesson Learned

My conclusion from this thread is that I shouldn't use LR to process Fuji RAW files.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 12-02-2015
Replies: 43
Views: 3,990
Posted By RObert Budding
Super Ricohflex is a really simple camera, and...

Super Ricohflex is a really simple camera, and you can pick one up for $50 or less. Add in $75-100 for service (Mark Hansen is good).

http://www.zeissikonrolleirepair.com/page04.html
Forum: Zeiss Contax 11-04-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 3,513
Posted By RObert Budding
I shot a Contax IIa for a couple of years, but I...

I shot a Contax IIa for a couple of years, but I ended up selling it. The finder is really small and it's not the most comfortable camera to grip. Lately I've been eyeing the Millennium S3.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 11-04-2015
Replies: 53
Views: 6,873
Posted By RObert Budding
This is easy! The perfect bag is the one in the...

This is easy! The perfect bag is the one in the mail. I haven't used it yet, so there are no disappointments (yet)!
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 11-04-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 5,957
Posted By RObert Budding
My favorite software, unfortunately, is Nikon...

My favorite software, unfortunately, is Nikon Scan. Rumor has it that it will run under Win 10, so I may set up a dual boot on my Mac.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-04-2015
Replies: 824
Views: 85,490
Posted By RObert Budding
Titanium and Ostrich skin is amazing with the...

Titanium and Ostrich skin is amazing with the right outfit!
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 11-02-2015
Replies: 124
Views: 8,495
Posted By RObert Budding
I guess you could apply that philosophy to...

I guess you could apply that philosophy to dining, too. But some things are better cooked.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-19-2015
Replies: 70
Views: 6,096
Posted By RObert Budding
I've been very happy with my D750. One person's...

I've been very happy with my D750. One person's 'partially formed turd' is another person's ergonomically designed body. I like the light weight and the incredible AF performance.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-04-2015
Replies: 39
Views: 11,985
Posted By RObert Budding
I shot a D700 for 5 years. It's a hell of a fine...

I shot a D700 for 5 years. It's a hell of a fine camera.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-27-2015
Replies: 38
Views: 5,084
Posted By RObert Budding
Here's a shot taken on a Nikon D700.

Here's a shot taken on a Nikon D700.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-21-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 4,504
Posted By RObert Budding
Good luck - there are now 383 people on Henry's...

Good luck - there are now 383 people on Henry's waiting list. Can you do without your camera for 4-5 years?
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-12-2015
Replies: 44
Views: 3,459
Posted By RObert Budding
A Nikon D70s will set you back $115 for Ex+...

A Nikon D70s will set you back $115 for Ex+ condition. That will leave enough budget for a lens.

https://www.keh.com/353572/nikon-d70s-6-1-m-p-digital-camera-body
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-06-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 5,395
Posted By RObert Budding
Contax is Gone

Or maybe a Nikon S2 . . . I sold the Contax long ago to partially fund a Mamiya 7II.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-05-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 5,395
Posted By RObert Budding
Too Funny!

Yes, this is an old thread. And I'm feeling like an old guy!

My older son, Phil, is 18 and heading off to college next year. He never had an interest in photography beyond cell phone snaps, but he...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-03-2015
Replies: 45
Views: 6,226
Posted By RObert Budding
Low Toxicity

The flip side is that it's one of the few developers that does not contain hydroquinone, so the waste is pretty benign.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-03-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 5,395
Posted By RObert Budding
I'll revive this old thread. My son, Tim, turned...

I'll revive this old thread. My son, Tim, turned 16 in April. The 'little guy' is now 6' 1" tall. He has taken a leave from photography, but he told me he would like to start shooting again. I...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-29-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 3,600
Posted By RObert Budding
Former Contax Shooter

I've owned both a IIa and a IIIa. I loved the Zeiss lenses, but I ended up selling both cameras to purchase a Mamiya 7 II. The larger film area makes a huge difference.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-27-2015
Replies: 82
Views: 13,834
Posted By RObert Budding
I tried Billingham - too much padding and too...

I tried Billingham - too much padding and too stiff. I've also tried a Thinktank Retrospective - heavy, overly padded, and stiff. I've tried backpacks, too. Currently I'm using a Timbuk2 messenger...
Forum: Photo Software 04-26-2015
Replies: 76
Views: 12,334
Posted By RObert Budding
I'm shopping for new software because Nikon has...

I'm shopping for new software because Nikon has cut support of Capture NX2. That wouldn't be a problem is I hadn't sold my D700 to buy a D750.

I'm seriously thinking of going with Capture One Pro 8...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-26-2015
Replies: 45
Views: 6,226
Posted By RObert Budding
XTOL easily lasts for 6 months, so even...

XTOL easily lasts for 6 months, so even low-volume shooters are looking at $20/year for developer.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-23-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 12,866
Posted By RObert Budding
Hysterical. Fuji was inspired by the random...

Hysterical. Fuji was inspired by the random patterns of crystals in film. So I find it odd that Fuji is criticized for taking a more film-like approach to digital imaging. And they got rid of the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-04-2015
Replies: 57
Views: 5,732
Posted By RObert Budding
There's always wet plate!

There's always wet plate!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-10-2014
Replies: 93
Views: 6,820
Posted By RObert Budding
Yes, Indeed

My wife's expectations when she says "little weight" are very different from mine. Same thing with the budget for camera gear.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-10-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 12,718
Posted By RObert Budding
I really liked my Bronica RF645 (the 100mm lens...

I really liked my Bronica RF645 (the 100mm lens was stunning), but I sold it because I didn't trust the film transport. It was replaced once under warranty, and I sold it after it started getting...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-10-2014
Replies: 93
Views: 6,820
Posted By RObert Budding
There are a lot of nice Contax RX's on eBay now,...

There are a lot of nice Contax RX's on eBay now, for very little money. Just pair with a nice Zeiss 50/1.7 and you're set. Aria is a nice body, too.
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 11-02-2014
Replies: 163
Views: 24,271
Posted By RObert Budding
Unforgiven True Grit (Coen Brothers) Das...

Unforgiven
True Grit (Coen Brothers)
Das Boot
Lawrence of Arabia
Last of the Mohicans
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 11-02-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 8,221
Posted By RObert Budding
My experience is more limited than Fernando2's,...

My experience is more limited than Fernando2's, but what I've seen is consistent with his statements. The V700 is fine if used within its limits (probably around 2400 dpi). Also be aware that it...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-29-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 3,596
Posted By RObert Budding
Good luck on your journies, Paolo. I already...

Good luck on your journies, Paolo. I already have my metal lever - nicley made and highly recommended.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-25-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 3,788
Posted By RObert Budding
The 105/2.5 AIS is a fantastic lens. You won't...

The 105/2.5 AIS is a fantastic lens. You won't be disappointed.
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-24-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 32,594
Posted By RObert Budding
Yes, new film camera sales are close to zero. ...

Yes, new film camera sales are close to zero. But there's a huge supply of legacy cameras out there.

The digital camera market, on the other hand, has matured (I shot my Nikon D700 for 6 years...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-19-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 3,926
Posted By RObert Budding
At least you're done growing. My son fractured...

At least you're done growing. My son fractured his radius when he was 14 y.o. and the growth plate fused. So he ended up with a bone graft and a titanium plate a few years later.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-30-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 8,434
Posted By RObert Budding
Stepping closer changes the perspective. It...

Stepping closer changes the perspective. It depends on what you want. Personally I use my 150mm quite a lot.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-30-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 8,434
Posted By RObert Budding
I have a 150mm lens and it's fantastic. You just...

I have a 150mm lens and it's fantastic. You just have to be realistic when using it - the DOF at 6 feet and f/5.6 is only 4 inches, so stop down a bit and enjoy the lens.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-15-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 2,405
Posted By RObert Budding
"First the film advance can get bad, and in the...

"First the film advance can get bad, and in the worst case imply opening the camera in the dark to salvage film. Normally only one lever strike advances the film to the next frame. When the camera...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-28-2013
Replies: 120
Views: 13,507
Posted By RObert Budding
Seriously? Leica has been on the brink of...

Seriously? Leica has been on the brink of bankruptcy for decades. And the reason that there are fewer Nikon rangefinders is because of the SLR.
Forum: Nikon RF 07-24-2013
Replies: 60
Views: 5,883
Posted By RObert Budding
Small companies can achieve scale in many areas...

Small companies can achieve scale in many areas simply by sourcing standard parts from suppliers. It isn't as if Leica is manufacturing CCD's. Leica did, however, decide to use some of the most...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-12-2013
Replies: 46
Views: 15,338
Posted By RObert Budding
Any system that you're unused to using will feel...

Any system that you're unused to using will feel clunky at first. As for usability of Nikon RF cameras - they must be pretty solid since they were used to shoot the Korean War.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-18-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 4,164
Posted By RObert Budding
The film transit of the RF645 isn't robust. Mine...

The film transit of the RF645 isn't robust. Mine was repaired once under warranty, and it started to act up again about a year later. I sold it and bought a Mamiya 7II. No regrets.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 04-21-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 1,437
Posted By RObert Budding
I've looked at m43 cameras several times, but...

I've looked at m43 cameras several times, but I've never pulled the trigger. The problem is that I end up comparing files to those that I get from my Nikon D700. Then I decide that the D700 isn't...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 04-21-2013
Replies: 38
Views: 5,238
Posted By RObert Budding
Not a calibration believer? You may be able to...

Not a calibration believer? You may be able to get away with that if you buy a high-quality monitor that is reasonably close when it ships from the factory. But even then, calibration makes a big...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 04-17-2013
Replies: 19
Views: 1,943
Posted By RObert Budding
Fantastic.

Fantastic.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-14-2013
Replies: 52
Views: 3,060
Posted By RObert Budding
And that conductive metal contains very cold...

And that conductive metal contains very cold non-conductive film. So there's a cold thermal mass, and there's no way that it would reach thermodynamic equilibrium in 15 seconds. FYI - I was trained...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-12-2013
Replies: 90
Views: 15,451
Posted By RObert Budding
Long ago I sat in a pub in Germany and asked this...

Long ago I sat in a pub in Germany and asked this same question of a Dutch cyclist. His perception of America women was that "They are a little bit fat, and they giggle a lot".
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-06-2013
Replies: 3,801
Views: 317,984
Posted By RObert Budding
Coffee cup. But I'm still in my bath robe.

Coffee cup. But I'm still in my bath robe.
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