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Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 2 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 325
Posted By Robert Lai
I put deoxit on all of my electrical contacts. ...

I put deoxit on all of my electrical contacts. It saves me from annoying intermittent function and contact corrosion.
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,702
Posted By Robert Lai
Well, parting out singly, either here on RFF or...

Well, parting out singly, either here on RFF or on ebay is your best bet at liquidation. Don't try to use a photo store or consignment shop. Don't sell "kits", as they fetch far less than if you...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 936
Posted By Robert Lai
The Canon FX and the Canon 7s

The Canon FX was my very first camera. Actually, my father bought it for himself when he had an interest in photography, and he bought it from my uncle, who had studied engineering in Japan. The...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 936
Posted By Robert Lai
I have the Canon 7s, with the CdS meter instead...

I have the Canon 7s, with the CdS meter instead of the now most likely dead selenium meter. It also gives you a real accessory shoe, which the Canon 7 lacks.

Compared to the Bessa R (best...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 768
Posted By Robert Lai
Battery Drain Issue is REAL

I've had the wide version, and the folding bellows version. The wide version had no issues at all, and the lens is spectacularly sharp. I can tell the film from that camera as it's sharpness is a...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 480
Posted By Robert Lai
I've had the Zeiss Super Ikonta C with Opton...

I've had the Zeiss Super Ikonta C with Opton Tessar, which was overhauled by Henry Scherer. With the large 6x9 negative, the lens problems at the corners do become evident. I feel that the front...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 529
Posted By Robert Lai
Frank Marshman is my go to guy for almost...

Frank Marshman is my go to guy for almost everything besides Leica (DAG). He's done a lot of work on my Fuji 645 folder, several Mamiyaflex TLRs, and various sundry other cameras. At the moment he...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-31-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 2,192
Posted By Robert Lai
I like the IIIG

I've had the IIF RD, IIIF RD with self timer, and IIIG (x 2).
I got rid of the F models.

The adjustable flash synchronizer of the F is very versatile in theory. But it's just a pain to use in...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-05-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 3,707
Posted By Robert Lai
The only meters that are unfixable are the ones...

The only meters that are unfixable are the ones where the old mercury battery has leaked into the circuitry, and corroded everything. This happened on a few non-working meters that I bought for...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-29-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 660
Posted By Robert Lai
Gossen Lunasix F is what I use at night. Very...

Gossen Lunasix F is what I use at night. Very sensitive. You'll need a flashlight to see the needle display at night though.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-26-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 446
Posted By Robert Lai
Give Bellamy Hunt at Japan Camera Hunter an...

Give Bellamy Hunt at Japan Camera Hunter an email.
He can negotiate with Fuji in Japan (in Japanese naturally) to get you items that Fuji USA cannot get.

I sent my GF 670 to Japan to get the...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-24-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 2,442
Posted By Robert Lai
Voigtlander lenses are optically excellent, but...

Voigtlander lenses are optically excellent, but they tend to have strange body shapes and handling.

The VM 35 mm 1.7 is an excellent lens. I have it.
But, I almost never take it out because it's so...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-23-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 780
Posted By Robert Lai
QLM has run out of replacement selenium...

QLM has run out of replacement selenium cells.
They had a few for years, but they have been used up in repairs.
I had them repair my Weston III and Weston V meters with new cells. But, those days...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-17-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 567
Posted By Robert Lai
The Nikon F case is my favorite. The straps...

The Nikon F case is my favorite. The straps attach to the side of the case, preventing strap wear on the camera. Moreover, the leather strap has steel liners where they attach to the strap, thus...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-17-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 651
Posted By Robert Lai
MR-4 is a CdS meter with the activation switch on...

MR-4 is a CdS meter with the activation switch on the top to clear the canted rewind knob / lever of the M4.
Earlier MR meter had a lever that stuck out on the side, and it was OK with the rewind...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-25-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 433
Posted By Robert Lai
Expose at the rated EI. Meter for the...

Expose at the rated EI. Meter for the highlights, but USE A FLASH to bring up the shadows from becoming entirely black.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-01-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 527
Posted By Robert Lai
Contact DAG. It may be a desilvered mirror which...

Contact DAG.
It may be a desilvered mirror which is easily replaced.
The prism was the expensive and hard part.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-09-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,023
Posted By Robert Lai
For those who are not familiar with the push on...

For those who are not familiar with the push on filters, there are little slits cut out around the circumference of the part of the filter that fits on the lens. This allows you to fine tune the fit...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-09-2018
Replies: 195
Views: 12,461
Posted By Robert Lai
Black shadows without detail are the reason that...

Black shadows without detail are the reason that I carry a fill flash with me whenever I use slide film. Or, pick overcast days or scenes of low contrast.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-04-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 1,049
Posted By Robert Lai
It's probably not dead, only having poor...

It's probably not dead, only having poor electrical contact with the battery. Try getting a little tube of de-oxit red. Swab it on the contacts, AND the screw thread of the battery cover AND the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-29-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 826
Posted By Robert Lai
I don't know why the M4-2 is so maligned when it...

I don't know why the M4-2 is so maligned when it is actually built very well. Furthermore, it saved the entire Leica rangefinder line from extinction. I believe somewhere in the middle of M4-2...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-23-2018
Replies: 157
Views: 22,220
Posted By Robert Lai
Funny, for the non-metered M cameras, I love the...

Funny, for the non-metered M cameras, I love the M4-2.
As with all of my cameras, mine has been serviced by DAG.
It is reliable, and just works great.



The synch ports were the primary weakness. ...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-21-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 516
Posted By Robert Lai
This happened to me with a IIIF, due to a loose...

This happened to me with a IIIF, due to a loose AR switch.

Set the switch to R, make sure the film can rewind. Then tighten the screw. Use the correct size screwdriver head, and maintain...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-20-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 806
Posted By Robert Lai
Thanks for the link to Richard Haw's article on...

Thanks for the link to Richard Haw's article on the lens. His Youtube video well explains the use of the lens.

He recommends using a flash meter to determine your initial guide numbers. This is...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-20-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 806
Posted By Robert Lai
As a flash bulb user, I love this lens. It gives...

As a flash bulb user, I love this lens. It gives me guaranteed correct exposure, as long as I set the correct guide number for the bulb/ film in question. It is also very sharp, and petite. There...
Forum: RFF Polls 10-14-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,241
Posted By Robert Lai
I should say that I voted "none" for the reasons...

I should say that I voted "none" for the reasons above. Also, such a wide angle lens as 24mm is hard for most people to use effectively. This is especially true of beginners. When she is more...
Forum: RFF Polls 10-14-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,241
Posted By Robert Lai
madNbad has encapsulated my sentiments. You're...

madNbad has encapsulated my sentiments.
You're thinking as an adult, not as a 10 year old. 10 year olds want things easier, and not be boggled with complexity.

I started my photography hobby with a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-03-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,517
Posted By Robert Lai
Good luck trying to get DAG to get anything back...

Good luck trying to get DAG to get anything back to you in a hurry. He's had my gear for over a year.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-03-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 485
Posted By Robert Lai
Complex electronics tend to die. Minolta cameras...

Complex electronics tend to die. Minolta cameras were notorious for an electrolytic capacitor that died, rendering the shutter inoperable. Not a hard fix, but nevertheless....

There are no circuit...
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-24-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,906
Posted By Robert Lai
The older lenses were simpler. They had a...

The older lenses were simpler. They had a characteristic rendition depending on their optical design.


I've tried meniscus lenses, doublets, and triplets. The first two are usually on some...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-22-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,118
Posted By Robert Lai
Leitz and Voigtlander adapters are the ones that...

Leitz and Voigtlander adapters are the ones that are always on spec.
I tried a fotodiox adapter once. Such a crude tight fit that I was afraid that it would never come off my M7. The machining was...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-15-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 760
Posted By Robert Lai
The original way is to use a Contax III or...

The original way is to use a Contax III or IIIa.
Cheaper alternatives include the Kiev III/IIIa, 4, 4M, 4AM.

All have selenium meters.
Henry Scherer puts new selenium meters into the Contax when he...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-15-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 439
Posted By Robert Lai
I would ask you not to ruin a perfectly good...

I would ask you not to ruin a perfectly good Contax lens. Zeiss doesn't make these any more. For Contax users such as myself, they are beautiful lenses that image superbly.

You can get an Amadeo...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-14-2018
Replies: 1
Views: 458
Posted By Robert Lai
The 2.8 cameras have an 80mm lens, while the...

The 2.8 cameras have an 80mm lens, while the f/3.5 cameras have a 75mm lens. Thus, the same metering arm won't work for both. However, I have seen some illustrations that showed that at least on...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-11-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 762
Posted By Robert Lai
I have a C2 that I bought here on RFF. It came...

I have a C2 that I bought here on RFF. It came with the chrome 105mm f/3.5 lens, mirror finder as well as standard WLF, and handgrip. Everything came in the original boxes. The camera was in...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-08-2018
Replies: 54
Views: 2,240
Posted By Robert Lai
I don't see a basis for giving negative feedback....

I don't see a basis for giving negative feedback. It did work when you received it. Technically, you were the one that broke it.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-08-2018
Replies: 54
Views: 2,240
Posted By Robert Lai
True If you open a complaint on eBay they usually...

True
If you open a complaint on eBay they usually rule in favor of the buyer and authorize a return.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-08-2018
Replies: 54
Views: 2,240
Posted By Robert Lai
Kievs were imported into the UK for many...

Kievs were imported into the UK for many years.
You should be able to find a repair center with parts and experience.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-08-2018
Replies: 54
Views: 2,240
Posted By Robert Lai
The shutter not completely traveling smoothly was...

The shutter not completely traveling smoothly was your clue that the ribbons are frayed and rubbing against the shutter crate.

Too bad that Carl Zeiss in the 1930s used silk for the ribbons and they...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-08-2018
Replies: 54
Views: 2,240
Posted By Robert Lai
The shutter ribbons have snapped. If the camera...

The shutter ribbons have snapped.
If the camera looks mint and is collectible, then contact Henry Scherer and wait in line for 7 years. Otherwise send it to Oleg in Russia. It will get Kiev parts...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-06-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 1,458
Posted By Robert Lai
Get closer to your foreground subject

Get closer to your foreground subject
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-02-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 313
Posted By Robert Lai
I think its a retainer. It goes inside the lens...

I think its a retainer. It goes inside the lens hood, so that the lens hood won't fall out if you unbutton the flap upside down.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-02-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 313
Posted By Robert Lai
My Canon lens hood S-40 came in such a leather...

My Canon lens hood S-40 came in such a leather case.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-30-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 823
Posted By Robert Lai
From what I have on hand, and what I can think...

From what I have on hand, and what I can think of:
Agfa Super Isolette (and the Russian copy Iskra)

Fuji GS645
Fuji GF670
Voigtlander Bessa IIIW (wide version of Fuji GF670)

Kodak Medalist I,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-30-2018
Replies: 121
Views: 4,750
Posted By Robert Lai
Back from 2000 to 2006, I was very active on...

Back from 2000 to 2006, I was very active on photo.net. Then it went wierd, and very negative. People used to rage against each other over trivialities. I remember back when film was still...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-29-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 1,289
Posted By Robert Lai
Bought a little something for my wife that she...

Bought a little something for my wife that she wanted, instead of something for myself.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-19-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 4,069
Posted By Robert Lai
Unfortunately Erik, I have too much experience...

Unfortunately Erik, I have too much experience with old Leica leather straps. My father in law had an original Leica strap on his M3, which he bought brand new in the 1960s. One day in the 1990s,...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-19-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 4,069
Posted By Robert Lai
All the old leather straps that I've ever seen -...

All the old leather straps that I've ever seen - except by Nikon and Kodak - have been brittle and useless. What makes the Nikon F and Kodak straps different is that there is an inner plastic liner...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-19-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 4,069
Posted By Robert Lai
I'm partial to the Op-Tech EZ comfort strap for...

I'm partial to the Op-Tech EZ comfort strap for those cameras that don't require some type of ring to attach the strap. For example, the Leica M5 has those flat lugs, for which a strap like this...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-19-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,139
Posted By Robert Lai
Ruined a probably nice Kiev IIIa.

Ruined a probably nice Kiev IIIa.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-18-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 2,765
Posted By Robert Lai
I sold some things off in 2013 when I had...

I sold some things off in 2013 when I had financial difficulties. My Nikon F3 and Leica M7, as well as the Coolscan 5000 scanner come to mind. I had paid a lot more than what I sold it for. I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-18-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 2,765
Posted By Robert Lai
Get in ahead of the rush

After Leica discontinued the M7, I noticed that all of the left over new stock on dealer's shelves were quickly sold off. Used prices rose also.


It would seem to be only a matter of time before...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-18-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 997
Posted By Robert Lai
There are a few learning points that I obtained...

There are a few learning points that I obtained from your experience Sara.

First, if you intend to photograph in an exotic location that you're not going to go to again for a long time, then don't...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-16-2018
Replies: 63
Views: 12,025
Posted By Robert Lai
In the summer of 2017, I bought a Kiev IIa from...

In the summer of 2017, I bought a Kiev IIa from Fedka, circa 1956. It was the nicest one that Yuri had in stock. When I tested it out, I found that 1/1250 and 1/500 shutter speeds gave uneven...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-16-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,542
Posted By Robert Lai
My Nikkor 24 mm 2.8 AI that I bought used flared...

My Nikkor 24 mm 2.8 AI that I bought used flared horribly.
When the focusing dried up I had the lens serviced.
The tech told me that there was a lot of internal haze in the lens elements which...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-15-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,542
Posted By Robert Lai
Oh yes, focusing directions! The early Canon FL...

Oh yes, focusing directions!

The early Canon FL lenses copied Leica slavishly, with the aperture rings up front, and the focusing towards infinity in the same direction as Leica. When they switched...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-15-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,542
Posted By Robert Lai
I have both systems. The early FL lenses had...

I have both systems. The early FL lenses had problems. They only had one guide pin for the focusing helical, so they sometimes tended to bind. Worse, the helical lube commonly migrates into the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-12-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 625
Posted By Robert Lai
He either means the ring at the front of the lens...

He either means the ring at the front of the lens that is threaded to hold filters, or the ring around the front element that identifies the lens. The ring at the front that is threaded to hold the...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-09-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 802
Posted By Robert Lai
You may also wish to look over this thread I...

You may also wish to look over this thread I started over 1 year ago, on Gitzo vs Really Right Stuff:
https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=161910
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-08-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 658
Posted By Robert Lai
His story sounds way too fishy. I would look...

His story sounds way too fishy. I would look elsewhere.
What he claims ("He didn't need it [the top plate]") sounds ridiculous for someone willing to shell out $1000 on a tripod. Either the legs...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-08-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 658
Posted By Robert Lai
The tripod is useless without this plate, as you...

The tripod is useless without this plate, as you can't mount your ballhead or camera on anything with the bare legs alone. Why is the seller not including this item?
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-06-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 2,577
Posted By Robert Lai
After more than a year, I have no regrets buying...

After more than a year, I have no regrets buying the RSS tripod. Still solid, and tight. Nothing came loose at all.



I do use my little Gitzo series 1 travel tripod a lot more - only because it's...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-06-2018
Replies: 37
Views: 1,360
Posted By Robert Lai
You guys are making it harder than it needs to be

I have a Kiev 2a with the flash synch, as well as several Leicas.
You need to use the guide number system.

I usually use slow film, such as Rollei 25. Pan F at ISO 50 will do in a pinch. ISO 100...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 07-31-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 856
Posted By Robert Lai
QLM ran out of replacement selenium meter cells a...

QLM ran out of replacement selenium meter cells a few years ago.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-29-2018
Replies: 197
Views: 11,526
Posted By Robert Lai
I have Kodak E100G in 120 from Nov. 2013, still...

I have Kodak E100G in 120 from Nov. 2013, still in the freezer. I think that there may be a slight shift in color rendition, based on some other older rolls that weren't frozen.


For stability,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-29-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 547
Posted By Robert Lai
The F3 has a long shutter winding throw. If you...

The F3 has a long shutter winding throw. If you don't wind it ALL THE WAY TO THE END, it will appear to be jammed. The first thing to do is to try winding again to be sure that you hit the end...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-22-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,491
Posted By Robert Lai
That's usually been the rule. Beautifully...

That's usually been the rule. Beautifully preserved cameras on the outside have been so little used that they need service by the time I buy them. I've had only one exception.

About 1 year ago, I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-14-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 1,278
Posted By Robert Lai
FP bulbs

To clarify a point that DWIG made:
#6, Press 26 bulbs (same bulb, different manufacturers), were made for the "miniature" (i.e. 35mm film) focal plane shutters.

For medium format and large format...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-09-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 443
Posted By Robert Lai
Solder the positive lead of the A23 to the upper...

Solder the positive lead of the A23 to the upper battery lead (positive). The negative lead goes to the bottom battery terminal, which is negative.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-09-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 443
Posted By Robert Lai
You have the insert for 4 x AA batteries. You...

You have the insert for 4 x AA batteries. You need to put them so that they alternate in polarity. They are wired in series to give a 6V charge. The 22.5V version is like this...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-06-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 445
Posted By Robert Lai
Dave Elwell is great for doing things like...

Dave Elwell is great for doing things like that.
If you break that little chain that connects your Leica magnifier to its case, Dave will send you a replacement for free.


I called and asked how I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-01-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 421
Posted By Robert Lai
I find the full case rather too bulky and...

I find the full case rather too bulky and annoying to use.

Half the case is far better. It gives a nice grip to the camera, and serves as a measure of protection while the camera is being used.

...
Forum: Other RF 06-30-2018
Replies: 0
Views: 385
Posted By Robert Lai
Minute 16 film cartridge - free to a good home

In my ebay acquisitions came a metal can which contains the film cartridge for the Minute 16. If you're not familiar with the camera, here's some...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-22-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 618
Posted By Robert Lai
The rangefinder baselength is long enough for...

The rangefinder baselength is long enough for accurate focusing. The off to the side viewfinder window is inadequate for framing, even if you use the RF patch. You will be well off with a 135mm...
Forum: Other RF 06-19-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 1,039
Posted By Robert Lai
Wow, what an exquisite jewel. And I thought that...

Wow, what an exquisite jewel. And I thought that the Barnack Leicas were jewel like.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-19-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 4,937
Posted By Robert Lai
My Kodak Medalist II uses series 6 filters. The...

My Kodak Medalist II uses series 6 filters.
The early 135mm f/2.8 Elmarit M requires series 7 filters.

It's primarily for these two items that I have series filters.

Most of the filters are older,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-18-2018
Replies: 61
Views: 2,580
Posted By Robert Lai
Nicca looks good. The lens is a very good Zeiss...

Nicca looks good. The lens is a very good Zeiss Sonnar copy by Nikon. I have a Leotax like it. You will have to test out the flash synch ports. They are most likely timed for flash bulbs. On my...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-18-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 1,540
Posted By Robert Lai
Usually something will catch my eye as being of...

Usually something will catch my eye as being of interest. Then I will try to arrange things for the composition. Perhaps not analytically, but by moving around and seeing how things change in...
Forum: Optics Theory - 06-18-2018
Replies: 161
Views: 9,304
Posted By Robert Lai
I needed to clarify something here. You can't...

I needed to clarify something here. You can't just compare apertures by dividing them to figure out light transmission. Apertures are actually based on area, which is proportional to the square of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-17-2018
Replies: 151
Views: 7,929
Posted By Robert Lai
Intermediate shutter speeds

There is a misconception that only the M5 can give you intermediate shutter speeds. Not true.

The M7 gives you intermediate speeds in the AUTO mode.
However, if you use manual mode, you are stuck...
Forum: Optics Theory - 06-17-2018
Replies: 161
Views: 9,304
Posted By Robert Lai
I've read elsewhere - perhaps on Erwin Puts -...

I've read elsewhere - perhaps on Erwin Puts - that Leica's philosophy has always been to do the most with the minimum number of lens elements. Initially in the uncoated lens days, it was to maximize...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-16-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 6,428
Posted By Robert Lai
I used to own the 80-200 AIS. A really great...

I used to own the 80-200 AIS. A really great lens image-wise, it has no tripod mount, and it's bulky. When I was using it, I always felt that it was going to wrench the lens mount out of square...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-12-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 552
Posted By Robert Lai
If you use the Arca Swiss type tripod clamp, it's...

If you use the Arca Swiss type tripod clamp, it's simple enough to buy a plate with the correct 3/8 x 16 tpi screw in it.


The even better alternative for Leica cameras is Leica's own CTOOM bracket....
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 06-11-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 581
Posted By Robert Lai
Most cameras: shutters can only be at marked...

Most cameras: shutters can only be at marked speeds.
Apertures are continuously variable.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-10-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 750
Posted By Robert Lai
Back in 2011, I bought a Micro-Nikkor 55 2.8 from...

Back in 2011, I bought a Micro-Nikkor 55 2.8 from a fellow RFFer. He disclosed in the ad that the lens needed relubrication. I bought it, and had it sent directly to APS. $110 later, it was as...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-07-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 392
Posted By Robert Lai
I think this is to mount 1 or two extra flash...

I think this is to mount 1 or two extra flash units on a light stand or tripod. Back in the days of bulb flashes, there are unpowered units called "extension flashes". You use an extension cord...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-03-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 696
Posted By Robert Lai
Leave it there. It protects your eyeglasses. It...

Leave it there. It protects your eyeglasses.
It also protects the viewfinder system from ingress of dust.


Once you remove it, I expect that you'll forever lose it in less then one week.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-02-2018
Replies: 151
Views: 7,929
Posted By Robert Lai
They seem to be all GONE! B&H and Adorama are out...

They seem to be all GONE!
B&H and Adorama are out of stock. What is left on Amazon has been jacked up to the M10 price level.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-02-2018
Replies: 151
Views: 7,929
Posted By Robert Lai
M7's TTL is very accurate, and it is the only...

M7's TTL is very accurate, and it is the only film M Leica that offers High Speed Synch flash with shutter speeds from 1/250 to 1/1000. It always just works perfectly with my Metz flash. I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-02-2018
Replies: 151
Views: 7,929
Posted By Robert Lai
Real message: Leica will be running out of circuit boards for the M7

The main problem is circuit board availability once the camera is discontinued. Leica already has no more circuit boards for the M6TTL. If you fry your circuit with a high voltage flash, then...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-23-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 513
Posted By Robert Lai
Is this the external diameter of the cap, or the...

Is this the external diameter of the cap, or the internal diameter?


Is the cap threaded or push-on?
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-22-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 650
Posted By Robert Lai
Ivor Matanle had an entire article about the...

Ivor Matanle had an entire article about the Ikoflexes here:
http://www.tlr-cameras.com/German/Ikoflex%20Article.html


I once had an Ikoflex - can't remember the model. It felt rather frail, and...
Forum: Film vs Digital 05-20-2018
Replies: 156
Views: 85,661
Posted By Robert Lai
Diametrically opposite experiences with film cameras in public

Yesterday, I went to a dinner at a medical charitable society. They were handing out scholarship checks to high school graduates, to help with college. The mayor of the town was there to hand out...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-18-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,943
Posted By Robert Lai
For those of you looking for rear lens caps for...

For those of you looking for rear lens caps for your internal mount 50mm lenses (Nikon S or Contax RF mounts), here's your...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-18-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 878
Posted By Robert Lai
In my experience with this film, there is...

In my experience with this film, there is excessive red rendition. All faces look sunburned. I've avoided using it since. I had to churn my way through a 5 pack from B&H.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-15-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,943
Posted By Robert Lai
Zeiss put the 50mm f/1.5 C-Sonnar glass into a...

Zeiss put the 50mm f/1.5 C-Sonnar glass into a limited edition lens in Nikon S (RF) mount. I am using it on my Contax IIa, and it seems to focus perfectly. Henry Scherer is the one who tipped me on...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-15-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 1,927
Posted By Robert Lai
Swirly bokeh literally makes me nauseous. That's...

Swirly bokeh literally makes me nauseous. That's why I could never stand looking at the pictures from the Petzval that Lomography is selling.
Forum: RFF Polls 05-12-2018
Replies: 205
Views: 16,376
Posted By Robert Lai
Personally, I find something that is broken to be...

Personally, I find something that is broken to be incredibly annoying. I won't rest until it has been corrected. Thus, I never have any non-functional cameras. In this way, I've done my bit to...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-09-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,199
Posted By Robert Lai
I use Frank Marshman for my Mamiya TLR repairs. ...

I use Frank Marshman for my Mamiya TLR repairs. He's also serviced my Tele-Rolleiflex.
[email protected]

He's in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-07-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,777
Posted By Robert Lai
David asked an interesting question, Who are...

David asked an interesting question,
Who are today's scapegoats?

Here's my list, although it will probably land me in Guantanamo Bay, getting waterboarded.

1) Russia. Everything that a Western...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-06-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,777
Posted By Robert Lai
If you wonder why I'm so interested in this, it's...

If you wonder why I'm so interested in this, it's because I had a Jewish partner when I was working in Chicago. His wife's parents both were killed in the camps.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-06-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,777
Posted By Robert Lai
Pioneer, Good for your forefathers who had the...

Pioneer,
Good for your forefathers who had the morality to do what was right. I visited New England seaports many years ago (Kittery, Maine was one of them), and many of these seaside homes had...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-06-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 822
Posted By Robert Lai
If you do, keep the receipt handy in you wallet. ...

If you do, keep the receipt handy in you wallet. That way, if they hand inspect it, and want to know what it is, you can show you bought this from a camera store.

If they balk about "carrying...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-06-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,777
Posted By Robert Lai
How is it revisionist, when people that he...

How is it revisionist, when people that he rescued, or their descendents are still living in the US? This information comes from a Rabbi, after all.

How many people did your ancestors rescue from...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-06-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,777
Posted By Robert Lai
Judge people by what they do.

Did any German industrialist have the power to refuse to "join" the Nazi party "voluntarily" in 1930's Hitler's Germany?
Certainly, if he wanted to keep his company going, and to obtain military...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-04-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 2,067
Posted By Robert Lai
I seem to recall that early M5 cameras had...

I seem to recall that early M5 cameras had problems with cracking of the shutter drum. Is this what the OP may be thinking of?

The electronic shutter of the M7 has fewer mechanical parts than the...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-03-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 2,809
Posted By Robert Lai
Soft focus options

Rolleiflexes have very sharp lenses, whether Schneider or Zeiss.
For those looking for soft focus adapters, Rollei did make their own, called the Rolleisoft. It comes in different strengths. 0 and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-03-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 2,067
Posted By Robert Lai
I have M7 0.72X #2778xxx, which is from the 2nd...

I have M7 0.72X #2778xxx, which is from the 2nd batch made in 2001. The DX reader was flaky, sometimes losing the ISO in the middle of the roll. Also, the rangefinder flared when shooting in...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-03-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,849
Posted By Robert Lai
I don't own the M4-P, so I don't love it or hate...

I don't own the M4-P, so I don't love it or hate it.
However, I do love the equally despised M4-2.
Mine has the original brass top, and the condenser is still in there. Plastic flash blocks have...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-28-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 949
Posted By Robert Lai
Stock hood works great. You do realize that...

Stock hood works great. You do realize that there are two notches in the lens that projections from the hood fit into, right?
Also, you need to squeeze the mounting buttons tight, to expand the...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-26-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 1,824
Posted By Robert Lai
I agree cogee. Working with the Tele Rolleiflex...

I agree cogee. Working with the Tele Rolleiflex is the same as working with any 2.8 or 3.5 E Rolleiflex.

People are universally fascinated with TLRs, as they have a truly unusual appearance. Like...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-26-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 1,824
Posted By Robert Lai
I bought a type 1 Tele Rolleiflex from a fellow...

I bought a type 1 Tele Rolleiflex from a fellow RFF member here (NY Dan).
The type 1 cameras are 120 film format only, while type 2 could accept 120/220 films. This particular camera had lens...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-24-2018
Replies: 1
Views: 390
Posted By Robert Lai
There is an American seller of front surface...

There is an American seller of front surface mirrors cut to fit any camera you want. Here's his listing for the main mirror of a 2.8E, 2.8F with removable...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-22-2018
Replies: 122
Views: 19,647
Posted By Robert Lai
f/1.2 is 1/2 stop faster than f/1.4

Mathematically,
you have f/1
then 1/3 stop down is 1.12246 (round to 1.1)
1/2 stop down from f/1 is 1.19 (which you can round to 1.2)
2/3 stop down from f/1 is 1.25992 (1.26)
1 stop down from f/1...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-17-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 1,757
Posted By Robert Lai
I had mine overhauled and converted to 120 by Ken...

I had mine overhauled and converted to 120 by Ken Ruth. Mine had a decemented viewfinder eyepiece doublet, so Ken separated the elements and recemented them. The overall cost of the overhaul was...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 04-14-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,921
Posted By Robert Lai
Now I've got to figure out what to do for my...

Now I've got to figure out what to do for my Nikon Coolscan 9000. Last time I used it was 4 years ago, and I had a Windows XP computer at the time. I had several job changes, and so the Coolscan...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-14-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 727
Posted By Robert Lai
The IIIg case, like the M3 case has a cutout in...

The IIIg case, like the M3 case has a cutout in the rear to allow you to see the film reminder dial. The cutout has a plastic "glass" which is usually yellowed by now.

The IIIf cases lack the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-14-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 727
Posted By Robert Lai
Use the original Leica IIIg case

Mr Zhou and Luigi make cases for the IIIg. Unfortunately, their case designs block the self timer. I wrote to them about it, and their response was essentially "take it or leave it, we're not...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-08-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 409
Posted By Robert Lai
I don't have the original cap. I threw it away...

I don't have the original cap. I threw it away several years ago, in anger. It was shallow, made of bakelite or some other plastic. I think it did say "A" on the inside, but I'm not absolutely...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-08-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 409
Posted By Robert Lai
I bet it's the rear Canon lens cap.

Do you have the original Canon rear cap?
The original rear cap is SO SHALLOW that the lens MUST BE PUT AT THE MINIMUM FOCUS DISTANCE BEFORE YOU CAP IT. Otherwise, the rangefinder coupling cam on the...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-07-2018
Replies: 207
Views: 9,384
Posted By Robert Lai
His arguments are meant to inflame, and the fact...

His arguments are meant to inflame, and the fact that he stole Ken Rockwell's picture (after removing the watermark), etc... this is just bad. I'm surprised that Adorama is still keeping the article...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-06-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 516
Posted By Robert Lai
You need really, really good vision, or a...

You need really, really good vision, or a loupe.
Hold up a millimeter ruler perpendicular to the filter.
If you see two full threads between the millimeter marks, then you have a 0.5mm pitch. If...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-06-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,109
Posted By Robert Lai
Based on the excitement of this film's...

Based on the excitement of this film's introduction, I bought one roll of Delta 3200 in 120 format, and 3 rolls of Tmax 3200 in 35mm. I shot the Delta in a Fuji GS645 camera, at EI 1000. On 3x5"...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-06-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 3,381
Posted By Robert Lai
I have the plain "Pleasant Auto-Up NOOKY", not...

I have the plain "Pleasant Auto-Up NOOKY", not the Super version.
You have a close up lens which "screws" into the front of the lens. Well, maybe attach is the proper term, as it pushes on the front...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-06-2018
Replies: 323
Views: 25,477
Posted By Robert Lai
You guys are hurting my delicate feelings with...

You guys are hurting my delicate feelings with all this Nikon F3 hate, and Mamiya TLR antipathy.

I've had an F3 for over 35 years (bought it in 1983), and now an F3T.
It has always been reliable,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-05-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 424
Posted By Robert Lai
For the meters that I had overhauled by Gus...

For the meters that I had overhauled by Gus Lazzari, I use the pratedthai battery adapter. Gus believes that trying to adjust the circuit for 1.5V will affect its...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-03-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 926
Posted By Robert Lai
I find the 1.25X useful for most things. It...

I find the 1.25X useful for most things. It makes a 0.72x finder into almost a M3 finder (0.72 x 1.25 = 0.9). 50mm framelines are nicely visible, 35mm frame lines will require scanning around with...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-01-2018
Replies: 137
Views: 4,813
Posted By Robert Lai
Well, a Leica is just slightly more affordable...

Well, a Leica is just slightly more affordable than a Ferrari.
Just slightly....
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-01-2018
Replies: 137
Views: 4,813
Posted By Robert Lai
I've bought all of my film cameras used, and they...

I've bought all of my film cameras used, and they usually needed service. Once that was done, they have worked well. I find that the Leicas seem to need more tuning up periodically compared to the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-01-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 929
Posted By Robert Lai
I keep a UV filter on the front of my collapsible...

I keep a UV filter on the front of my collapsible Summicron exactly because the glass is so soft. A hood won't help with blowing sand or abrasive grit. The filter can take the abuse, not the front...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-17-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,058
Posted By Robert Lai
I recently had the face of my Tele Rolleiflex...

I recently had the face of my Tele Rolleiflex meter (a Rolleiflex E with a 135mm lens) changed. There are some sellers from China who make new replicas for under $30. So, there is no reason to...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-17-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,058
Posted By Robert Lai
Then you've got the easier solution! If the...

Then you've got the easier solution!
If the selenium cell is still good, then replacing the meter is super simple - literally plug in, rotate, and screw down a locking screw.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-17-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,058
Posted By Robert Lai
The usual cause of light meter failure is not the...

The usual cause of light meter failure is not the meter movement, it's the selenium cell. If you look on ebay, occasionally a new old stock selenium cell shows up. The voltage output of the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-15-2018
Replies: 114
Views: 3,707
Posted By Robert Lai
I like the auto exposure cameras for fast...

I like the auto exposure cameras for fast shooting.
In 35 mm that’s the
Nikon F3
Leica M7.

Right now I’m on a road trip with the Fuji GF670.
So compact when folded up, but gives big 6x7 cm images.
Forum: RFF Polls 03-11-2018
Replies: 109
Views: 9,908
Posted By Robert Lai
Well, I have an F, two F2 and an F3T. The LCD on...

Well, I have an F, two F2 and an F3T.
The LCD on the F3T is still good after about 30 years.
I know about the risk to the ISO ring on the F3 from impact.

The F and F2 have been overhauled by Sover...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-11-2018
Replies: 109
Views: 9,908
Posted By Robert Lai
An MP is just the M6 in a fancy new shell. ...

An MP is just the M6 in a fancy new shell. Sherry Krauter has been replacing old M6 circuit boards with new ones made for MPs.

The M6TTL and M7 require the circuit boards to work in order for the...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-11-2018
Replies: 109
Views: 9,908
Posted By Robert Lai
M6 TTL electronics are NOT repairable

I thought that this was common knowledge by now.

Read this and weep:
https://www.l-camera-forum.com/topic/270500-help-no-one-can-fix-my-leica-m6-ttl-light-meter-not-even-leica/
Forum: RFF Polls 03-10-2018
Replies: 109
Views: 9,908
Posted By Robert Lai
DAG services M5 cameras

In response to a question above, Don Goldberg does service M5 cameras. He has one of mine now in for service (yes, I have two M5).

The M6 should continue to soldier on, as the meter is the only...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-27-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,140
Posted By Robert Lai
It's a real Zeiss Contax IIa. The West German...

It's a real Zeiss Contax IIa. The West German Zeiss post war resurrected cameras differ from the original pre-war ones most noticeably in the location of the rangefinder window. The pre-war cameras...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-26-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 1,380
Posted By Robert Lai
I like the Nikon triangles. They hold well, and...

I like the Nikon triangles. They hold well, and have the plastic liners that prevent scratching, as Tim says.

My preference is always to mount the strap on a leather half case, if available. The...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-25-2018
Replies: 45
Views: 2,185
Posted By Robert Lai
Way back in 1984 (that Orwellian year), I tried...

Way back in 1984 (that Orwellian year), I tried Kodak Royal 1000 color negative film. It was truly awful. Gigantic sandpaper grain. Washed out colors. I regretted using the stuff for an important...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-25-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 529
Posted By Robert Lai
As MadNBad noted, the pin layouts are the same...

As MadNBad noted, the pin layouts are the same between Leica and Nikon. Hence Nikon TTL flash cords work with Leica cameras.

The flashes themselves are likely to work differently between Nikon and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-24-2018
Replies: 45
Views: 2,185
Posted By Robert Lai
Thanks for the tip. I'm usually much more...

Thanks for the tip. I'm usually much more interested in slow speed films such as Rollei RPX 25, as I'm in the Southern USA, where the sun is quite intense. However, I am curious about this film, so...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-24-2018
Replies: 56
Views: 2,506
Posted By Robert Lai
Caveat emptor. If I can't find something anywhere...

Caveat emptor.
If I can't find something anywhere else, I resort to ebay.
Then study the pictures very carefully.
At this point in time, anyone should be able to take a clear sharp picture - even...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-23-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 680
Posted By Robert Lai
My experience with Ken Ruth's 120 conversion

I had Ken Ruth modify my Medalist II to use 120 on both sides, and overhaul it at the same time. There are pluses and minuses with this. The main minus is that he had to grind out recesses in the...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-23-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 680
Posted By Robert Lai
I love my Medalist II. It is indeed solidly...

I love my Medalist II. It is indeed solidly built, and with thoughtful touches that show that the engineers really thought about making the best product. Unfortunately, Kodak made so many junky...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-23-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 640
Posted By Robert Lai
I'd probably get the unblemished lens, just...

I'd probably get the unblemished lens, just because it would be such a worry that weighted down my joy of having the camera. It's just my personal psychological obsession, but I like having things...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-20-2018
Replies: 84
Views: 2,784
Posted By Robert Lai
All get scanned. 35mm ones get loaded into a tray...

All get scanned.
35mm ones get loaded into a tray and projected. Though to be honest it's been a while since I hauled out the projector.

I need to remember to shoot duplicates - one for scanning,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-19-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1,048
Posted By Robert Lai
I find a few screw on lens hoods in this thread...

I find a few screw on lens hoods in this thread size on ebay.
Some made by Agfa, so there should be something that works.
Otherwise, measure the outside diameter of the lens, and look for a slip on...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-18-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1,268
Posted By Robert Lai
You got the faster speeds as accurate as...

You got the faster speeds as accurate as possible, which is great.
1/1250 is never that fast. So, getting 1/1000 out of it is fantastic.
On the Kiev 4, they finally admitted that the top speed was...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-15-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1,268
Posted By Robert Lai
The springs for the two curtains are on a common...

The springs for the two curtains are on a common shaft. This makes adjusting shutter speeds on this camera quite difficult. You need to set a tension, let it equilabrate for a few days, and then...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-14-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 841
Posted By Robert Lai
I got rid of my Nikkor 50mm lenses. The...

I got rid of my Nikkor 50mm lenses. The exception is the 55mm Micro Nikkor f/2.8 AIS, which is wonderfully sharp and distortion free. Also focuses to 1:2 on its own.

I used to have the 50mm f/1.8...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-12-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 737
Posted By Robert Lai
These lenses are single coated, and so they don't...

These lenses are single coated, and so they don't have super contrast. However, a Tessar design inherently has higher contrast as there are few glass air interfaces.

At f/32, you'll have a lot of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-12-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 1,163
Posted By Robert Lai
There is often slack in the film inside the...

There is often slack in the film inside the cassette. So, you may wind the film, but the rewind knob doesn't move. After loading film and winding once, I usually wind the rewind knob in the rewind...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 02-10-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 1,227
Posted By Robert Lai
I'm in Arkansas and my lens is in Chicago. But,...

I'm in Arkansas and my lens is in Chicago.
But, from what I recall, the thumbscrew locks or unlocks an internal threaded ring in the hood. You lock the internal ring by tightening the thumbscrew. ...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-10-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 460
Posted By Robert Lai
Best way to test is to fire an electronic flash...

Best way to test is to fire an electronic flash at a wall at 1/500, and look through from the back of the camera. If you see the entire lens opening in your retinal afterimage, then you're...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-06-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 2,379
Posted By Robert Lai
Beg and plead with Sover to please do it. Say...

Beg and plead with Sover to please do it. Say that you'll wait 2 years to see it again. He may relent. He did overhaul ALL of my F and F2 cameras just 2 years ago.

The Morton Grove, IL guys are...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-03-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,860
Posted By Robert Lai
Arrrgh - 3 years with the shutter spring wound...

Arrrgh - 3 years with the shutter spring wound up!!!
(Queasy and nauseous feelings).

Clearly, the shutter didn't mind it.
When my electronics act up, the first thing I do is attack the battery...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-28-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 905
Posted By Robert Lai
His cameras, especially the one to our left, are...

His cameras, especially the one to our left, are all in ebay "mint" condition.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-28-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 2,294
Posted By Robert Lai
Thieves have to be careful in the Southern US,...

Thieves have to be careful in the Southern US, because most home-owners here have guns - lots of them. The thieves are likely to be after the guns too, since they are quite valuable. Most of these...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-27-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 2,815
Posted By Robert Lai
I had the 8 element 1st version Summicron 35mm. ...

I had the 8 element 1st version Summicron 35mm. Had been overhauled, looked mint, the works. I shot with it. It was an excellent lens, but I didn't see that it was that much better than the...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-26-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 2,287
Posted By Robert Lai
Excellent write up Colton. White face are the...

Excellent write up Colton.

White face are the last production 3.5F / 2.8F / Tele Rolleiflex models. They are otherwise identical to their predecessors. Soon afterwards, Rollei ceased TLR...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-25-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,238
Posted By Robert Lai
I'm testing camera / lens / lighting combinations...

I'm testing camera / lens / lighting combinations a lot.
In order to keep things straight, I carry a notepad with me. Right now I use a small Moleskin, but I don't recommend it. The paper doesn't...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-23-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 1,199
Posted By Robert Lai
This looks great! Would you care to elaborate on...

This looks great!
Would you care to elaborate on what changes you made to allow the camera to use 120 film?

Spool extenders
strips of metal to reduce the film gate size.

How do you know how much to...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-22-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 1,430
Posted By Robert Lai
Best to email him: [email protected] My...

Best to email him:
[email protected]

My Autocord was purchased from a fellow RFF member who did his own CLA on the camera. Unfortunately, the focus was not set correctly. I sent it off to...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-21-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,248
Posted By Robert Lai
Frank Marshman still fixes them. He fixed mine...

Frank Marshman still fixes them. He fixed mine about 2 months ago - the PC flash socket didn't work.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-16-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,675
Posted By Robert Lai
Hilarious! Fill flash was invented to prevent...

Hilarious!
Fill flash was invented to prevent things like this.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-15-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 734
Posted By Robert Lai
Maybe that was the only lens available in that...

Maybe that was the only lens available in that focal length at the time that was coated. I've seen in reading literature of that era that "color" lenses mean single coated lenses as opposed to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-14-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 1,243
Posted By Robert Lai
I'm curious why you want such fast film. My...

I'm curious why you want such fast film. My experience with such fast films have been disappointing.

I used Kodak Royal 1000 in a Nikon F3 when I was first going out with my girlfriend (now wife of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-14-2018
Replies: 54
Views: 3,768
Posted By Robert Lai
When I had an M7 0.85, the 35mm frame line was...

When I had an M7 0.85, the 35mm frame line was already out to the edges. I don't know how there is space to fit in the 28mm frame lines. Even 35mm required pan and scan with my eyeball, just to see...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-07-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 930
Posted By Robert Lai
Uneven travel means that friction is building up...

Uneven travel means that friction is building up in the shutter train, due to old grease and dirt. You've overcome it temporarily with increasing the shutter spring tension. However, all that does...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-07-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 1,600
Posted By Robert Lai
No, don't do it. Sooner or later it will need...

No, don't do it. Sooner or later it will need service, for which there is none.

I did break the rule myself once. I sold my long serving Nikon F3, and then missed it. So, I bought myself another...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-06-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 1,325
Posted By Robert Lai
Andy, The F2 is one of the best built cameras...

Andy,
The F2 is one of the best built cameras ever. However, there are a lot of them, and Nikon film SLRs nowadays don't command a high price. You have the F2 with the original DP-1 metering...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-03-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 1,970
Posted By Robert Lai
Rolleiflexes do grow on you. At first I...

Rolleiflexes do grow on you.

At first I thought they were a truly weird design. I got a Zeiss Ikoflex out of curiosity and I didn't like it. The screen was very dim, and the camera overall felt...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-01-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 1,940
Posted By Robert Lai
Get it serviced. Something in the winding...

Get it serviced. Something in the winding mechanism is slipping, as if a setscrew had worked loose. The shutter will not fire because it's not fully wound. And it's not fully wound because the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-31-2017
Replies: 57
Views: 2,945
Posted By Robert Lai
Love the retro cameras! Even the newer retro...

Love the retro cameras! Even the newer retro cameras such as the Leica M7, and Fuji 667 folder.

Every dial, lever, knob, ring, and button has a well defined function.
No "multifunction" control...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-31-2017
Replies: 57
Views: 2,945
Posted By Robert Lai
I used to do the entire developing and printing...

I used to do the entire developing and printing in a darkroom routine. But with a full time job, and family commitments, I don't find the time to do this any more. I'm happy when the envelope from...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-31-2017
Replies: 57
Views: 2,945
Posted By Robert Lai
The unpredictability is part of the fun. If...

The unpredictability is part of the fun. If something fails, you learn from it, and the next time things get better. Also, there is a time lag between taking the picture and seeing the result. I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-31-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 1,313
Posted By Robert Lai
I'm very sorry to learn of your visual...

I'm very sorry to learn of your visual difficulties.
What does the eye doctor say?
Will your vision stabilize at some point?
Will it be correctable with glasses at that point?

I hope for a speedy...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-31-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,278
Posted By Robert Lai
I didn't want to get too deep into this issue,...

I didn't want to get too deep into this issue, but there is a point with FP bulbs.
According to the Leica instruction manual for the M4, you can use class M bulbs using the bulb synch port, and AG-1...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-30-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,278
Posted By Robert Lai
The M7 does give you the option of first curtain...

The M7 does give you the option of first curtain or rear curtain X-synch.
You can choose to have your flash fire immediately once the first curtain has cleared the film gate (first curtain...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-30-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,278
Posted By Robert Lai
M7 is the only Leica film camera that can do HSS flash

High speed synch works only with the M7 in film land.

I use it at times for fill flash in outdoor settings, when I want to open up the lens for shallower depth of field. Then the shutter speeds...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-19-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 818
Posted By Robert Lai
You are correct Tim. He deserves the...

You are correct Tim. He deserves the donation.
However, if you just want to know if the manual is of any use or not, then you can check them out on his site.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-19-2017
Replies: 64
Views: 5,480
Posted By Robert Lai
Heavystar hoods won't work, unless you find one...

Heavystar hoods won't work, unless you find one made for 35mm lenses. The ones made for 50mm lenses will vignette a 40mm lens.

I found out that it was hard to find a hood for my Jupiter 3+ 50mm...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-19-2017
Replies: 64
Views: 5,480
Posted By Robert Lai
Voigtlander and Zeiss play this game. No hood...

Voigtlander and Zeiss play this game. No hood for their lenses. Hoods are about $50+ extra. I think the profit margin lies in the hood. How much does a threaded length of tubing cost to make?

I...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 12-19-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 2,586
Posted By Robert Lai
There is a difference in glass as well, which may...

There is a difference in glass as well, which may have lead to the recomputation. West German Zeiss had access to the latest glass from Schott. The Russians seemed to have used a lot of leaded...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-16-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 818
Posted By Robert Lai
Instruction manuals - good / bad / ugly

Being a camera hoarder and general GAS afflicted person, I've acquired a lot of gear over the years. I also like to obtain a copy of the manual to go with the gear, to make sure that I'm not missing...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-12-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 1,634
Posted By Robert Lai
For Rolleiflexes, Harry Fleenor and Krikor...

For Rolleiflexes, Harry Fleenor and Krikor Malarian (when he was still active) were excellent. I don't want to say bad things of others, but a lot of people think Rolleiflexes are simple to fix when...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-12-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 1,634
Posted By Robert Lai
All motions on a Rolleiflex should be smooth and...

All motions on a Rolleiflex should be smooth and effortless.

CLA may mean nothing was done, except some money was stolen.
I've had "CLA'd" cameras that had fungus, corrosion, and old dirt and grease...
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-11-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 2,865
Posted By Robert Lai
If anyone wants ultimate lens sharpness, stop...

If anyone wants ultimate lens sharpness, stop down 2 stops, use fine grain film, and use a tripod. That's a formula from the oldest photography texts that I have, from decades ago. This "secret"...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-08-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 736
Posted By Robert Lai
From Leica guides, for the black dial IIIf, you...

From Leica guides, for the black dial IIIf, you can only use 1/30 second, with the synchronizer on 2 for electronic flash.
All other settings are flash bulb settings which will cause the flash...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-03-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2,379
Posted By Robert Lai
Sover Wong is the ONLY person to trust. I had the...

Sover Wong is the ONLY person to trust.
I had the Morton Grove, IL guys overhaul my F and F2.
When I sent them to Sover, he completely dismantled them, and by his photographs it was evident that...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-01-2017
Replies: 55
Views: 2,122
Posted By Robert Lai
I would be wary of the electronic Nikons. There...

I would be wary of the electronic Nikons. There are no more replacement circuit boards. Once something goes wrong, they are dead. NIKON purposefully destroyed all replacement parts for these...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-20-2017
Replies: 149
Views: 20,810
Posted By Robert Lai
Since I love old film cameras, and they aren't...

Since I love old film cameras, and they aren't being made anymore (M2, M3, M4-2, M5), I had to buy used.

Usually I try to buy used in excellent to fantastic condition. Even then I mentally allocate...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 11-20-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 1,684
Posted By Robert Lai
I don't normally add much to the cameras besides...

I don't normally add much to the cameras besides what the manufacturer put on them.

Half case or Arca-Swiss type tripod plate.
I prefer the half cases where the strap attaches to the case. It...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-19-2017
Replies: 165
Views: 7,081
Posted By Robert Lai
The name is going to create a lot of...

The name is going to create a lot of confusion.
Just like the M-P and the MP (film camera).

I wonder when they're going to call the next boring digital camera the Leica "M3"?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-19-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 915
Posted By Robert Lai
Most repairers whom I know do use lubrication. ...

Most repairers whom I know do use lubrication. Typically a fine watch oil, often synthetic. The main issue is to totally degrease and clean the item first, before putting new oil in it. The oil is...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-16-2017
Replies: 30
Views: 1,922
Posted By Robert Lai
Link works fine for me. I have a copy of this...

Link works fine for me. I have a copy of this review already. I appreciate the reviews from this era, as they are clearly detailed and in-depth. The M5 has a lot of sophisticated features for the...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 11-14-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 2,172
Posted By Robert Lai
Op tech lens hood...

Op tech lens hood hats:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=lens%20hood%20hat&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

You can use them to cover the lens hood, in order to cap a lens...
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