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Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 4 Days Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 445
Posted By presspass
I have a iiic and two iiia cameras. The size...

I have a iiic and two iiia cameras. The size difference may not be much but when I'm shooting, it seems much greater. I far prefer the iiia.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 1 Week Ago
Replies: 64
Views: 6,301
Posted By presspass
Rarely. The pre-war uncoated lenses seem to give...

Rarely. The pre-war uncoated lenses seem to give plenty of sky detail in black and white and the developer/film choice can have as much effect as a light filter. That being said, all the lenses I...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 1 Week Ago
Replies: 113
Views: 10,000
Posted By presspass
Anyone know if there is a hood that fits and...

Anyone know if there is a hood that fits and works with this lens? It does not seem to ship with one. Thanks.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 51
Views: 1,528
Posted By presspass
Typically I take 2 Ms and up to 5 lenses. Both...

Typically I take 2 Ms and up to 5 lenses. Both cameras have the same film. One will have either a wide angle lens or a 50, the other either a 90 or a 135.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 77
Views: 6,354
Posted By presspass
If you are happy with the knob rewind and loading...

If you are happy with the knob rewind and loading the film by attaching it to a removable spool, then stick with the M2. The M4 is quicker to load and much faster to rewind unless you add a folding...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 972
Posted By presspass
Post If you can get a good example, the collapsible...

If you can get a good example, the collapsible Summicron is a good lens and no larger than the Elmar when collapsed. The infinity lock works as a focus tab when you get used to it. They are all...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,105
Posted By presspass
Not that often. I have had three done over the...

Not that often. I have had three done over the years - two M6TTL cameras by DAG and a IIIa by Youxin Ye. The Ttl cameras were done years ago and came back better than when they were when I bought...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 07-08-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 750
Posted By presspass
Thanks for the follow-up. It's great to hear how...

Thanks for the follow-up. It's great to hear how these things turn out. Glad it worked well for you
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-07-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,207
Posted By presspass
Always have a camera with me. I'm still not...

Always have a camera with me. I'm still not comfortable shooting something I have to hold at arm's length. If small matters, if it's digital, an old M8. If it's film, a IIIA and a Summar.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-29-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 636
Posted By presspass
Sekonic l-558R does both incident and spot. The...

Sekonic l-558R does both incident and spot. The display is backlit and not overwhelming. In spot mode, the readout is visible in the viewinder as well as on the front screen. The incident dome can...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-25-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,213
Posted By presspass
I have and use the Ultron 1.7 and the Canon 2.0....

I have and use the Ultron 1.7 and the Canon 2.0. The Ultron is a fine lens, but a bit soft at its widest opening. The Canon is also a great lens and is shorter than the Ultron if that matters to you....
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-11-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 2,795
Posted By presspass
Just to take it a step farther, I have an M4 that...

Just to take it a step farther, I have an M4 that I've owned for 40 some years. The camera still works fine, but all the leatherette, or whatever you call it, has crumbled away leaving glue residue....
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-08-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,400
Posted By presspass
Please share some of the results from the first...

Please share some of the results from the first roll. Perhaps you could take it out, get some kids to pose, and then sell the prints to the parents? In this day and age, just asking something like...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-06-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 789
Posted By presspass
For my film work, I've been using older lenses a...

For my film work, I've been using older lenses a lot recently. Some, like the 50mm Summar and 35mm Elmar, don't do well with reviewers unless they use them to shoot black and white and then make...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-31-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 617
Posted By presspass
I have not had a Durst for more than 30 years, so...

I have not had a Durst for more than 30 years, so I don't remember if the column is round or not. If it's round, turn it 180 degrees so the enlarger faces off the short end of the baseboard. Then put...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-31-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 3,561
Posted By presspass
No, but it's all fun to read on an otherwise dull...

No, but it's all fun to read on an otherwise dull Friday afternoon. As such, it achieves its goal.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-30-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,374
Posted By presspass
Does anybody make a mesh vest that's comfortable...

Does anybody make a mesh vest that's comfortable on hot days?
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-30-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,694
Posted By presspass
If you want unique and still producing...

If you want unique and still producing outstanding photos, have a look at the Canon Dial. Relatively small, half frame, and wind-up motor drive. Had one and kept it until the drive spring failed....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-23-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,554
Posted By presspass
The googled lenses do work on the TTL. I use a...

The googled lenses do work on the TTL. I use a 135 2.8 on my TTLs regularly with no problem. I have never tried the dual range Summicron or the wide angles made for the M3, but I cannot see why they,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-23-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,554
Posted By presspass
I have both and use them interchangeably. The...

I have both and use them interchangeably. The TTLs have had more recent CLAs than the classics so they are a bit quieter. The meter display is different. The classic has the two arrows; when both are...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-18-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 555
Posted By presspass
A 75 gives a distinct difference from a 35. The...

A 75 gives a distinct difference from a 35. The only problem with a Leica is the miserable frame lines for the 75. When I carry a four lens kit, it's either 21, 35, 75, and 135 or an 18, 28, 50, and...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-17-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 358
Posted By presspass
Dante, thanks. That is the information I was...

Dante, thanks. That is the information I was looking for. Which ltm cameras had the yellow rangefinder?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-17-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 358
Posted By presspass
There is an accessory but this was supposed to be...

There is an accessory but this was supposed to be the standard color without the accessory.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-17-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 358
Posted By presspass
Colored rangefinder patch

Every now and then I see mention of a yellow rangefinder patch in an early II or III Barnack camera. I really like this idea - my Canon IVSB2 has it - but I cannot find a definitive list of which...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-17-2019
Replies: 59
Views: 1,927
Posted By presspass
Don't use my incident meters much with digital. I...

Don't use my incident meters much with digital. I rely on the highlight preference setting of the Canon DSLRs and then edit. But I use the digitals for work - features, sports, and spot news for our...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-15-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,873
Posted By presspass
What 'character' is the OP looking for? I've...

What 'character' is the OP looking for? I've never been able to define that, or even duplicate it, although I have several of the 'character' lenses mentioned here and elsewhere. Some have softer...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-15-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,361
Posted By presspass
I have been around this circle several times. It...

I have been around this circle several times. It made a lot of sense 30 years ago when I shot 12 or so rolls a week. Right now, I'm shooting two a week and have decided that film is the least...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-07-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,179
Posted By presspass
I have the same dilemma. I've been going through...

I have the same dilemma. I've been going through boxes of prints, almost all black and white, and binders full of negatives dating back to the mid 70s. Some that I did for work, mostly high school...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-04-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 308
Posted By presspass
It has more of an ivory tint than either the...

It has more of an ivory tint than either the regular RC or coldtone. The warm tone reacts well to selenium 1:9 which does a nice job of split toning. It's my favorite paper.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-20-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,287
Posted By presspass
I apparently was not clear when I said tab less...

I apparently was not clear when I said tab less lens in reference to the Canon. I meant to say it does not have a tab.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-20-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,287
Posted By presspass
Repeating what was said earlier - consider a...

Repeating what was said earlier - consider a Canon f2.0. It is a much smaller lens and you give up a minimal maximum opening. The only problem with the Canon is the lens hood. I don't think Canon...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-03-2019
Replies: 616
Views: 15,601
Posted By presspass
Toreno, great way to separate the subject from...

Toreno, great way to separate the subject from the background. You must have been using the 65 Elmar wide open. Also nice to see someone still using the Visoflex. Again, thanks for sharing.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-21-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 1,335
Posted By presspass
There are times when spray and pray works and...

There are times when spray and pray works and times when waiting for a single shot is best. Almost all my work is digital now and I tend to shoot, as said above, in three shot bursts. Film work is...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-15-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 339
Posted By presspass
I have had two M6ttl cameras since new. Both...

I have had two M6ttl cameras since new. Both could reproduce the problem you report until they had CLAs done by Don Goldberg about eight years ago. Since then, they are the smoothest Ms I shoot. BTW,...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-13-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 4,917
Posted By presspass
It's only available used, but the Vivtar 2800 is...

It's only available used, but the Vivtar 2800 is a good fit. It has two auto settings as well as manual, a head that tilts but does not swivel, and runs on four AA batteries. They are usually...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-05-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 447
Posted By presspass
I shot a fire company mud sale this past Saturday...

I shot a fire company mud sale this past Saturday with an M6. Out in below freezing temperatures for nearly two hours and the meter continued to work. Try a cr1/3n battery and see if that makes a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-01-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 646
Posted By presspass
If you are going to shoot black and white film,...

If you are going to shoot black and white film, don't disregard the uncoated lenses. They will handle contrast quite well, give plenty of detail in shadow and highlight, and the results are easy to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-28-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 646
Posted By presspass
If you can get a good example, don't overlook the...

If you can get a good example, don't overlook the Summar. Tiny, f2.0 maximum aperture, and much underapprecited. Look for sample shots in the Summar thread in the ltm section.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-22-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 5,364
Posted By presspass
Lets look at this the other way. Maybe we need to...

Lets look at this the other way. Maybe we need to choose clothing with pockets that suit the cameras we carry. Maybe some day I will find a coat with a big enough pocket to fit my F3/MD4/firing rate...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-22-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 5,364
Posted By presspass
Depends on the pocket. My 111a with collapsed...

Depends on the pocket. My 111a with collapsed Summar or 35 3.5 Elmar will fit easily in a jacket or vest pocket and would probably go in a rear pocket of a pair of jeans. I don't see the point of...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-12-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,579
Posted By presspass
Rokkor 85mm 2.8 ltm. Not a common lens, but...

Rokkor 85mm 2.8 ltm. Not a common lens, but handles contrast well and is sharp enough.
Forum: RFF Polls 02-02-2019
Replies: 71
Views: 1,761
Posted By presspass
Neither hand up. Right hand under the body and...

Neither hand up. Right hand under the body and fire the shutter with right thumb. Left hand cradles the lens to focus. Both elbows tucked in close to the body for stability.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-30-2019
Replies: 71
Views: 1,500
Posted By presspass
Making the same decisions now. Just closed one of...

Making the same decisions now. Just closed one of our weekly newspapers and tossed 30 years of negatives. Nobody wanted them. I still have all the negatives I shot for publication, local fire...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-28-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 2,313
Posted By presspass
Youxin does excellent work, has a quick...

Youxin does excellent work, has a quick turnaround, and the price is reasonable. Don Goldberg also does excellent work, costs a bit more, and takes longer. I have used both and have been more...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-25-2019
Replies: 146
Views: 4,615
Posted By presspass
You can probably figure a CLA will be needed...

You can probably figure a CLA will be needed unless the shop can show you documentation that one has been done in the past five years or so. Beware, however, that you are on a very slippery GAS...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-24-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 457
Posted By presspass
There was an older thread about this and, if my...

There was an older thread about this and, if my memory is good and I wouldn't count on it, one of the suggestions was to mount the adapter in the baseplate hole, put masking tape on the baseplate,...
Forum: Optics Theory - 01-22-2019
Replies: 82
Views: 48,394
Posted By presspass
Great as part of a three lens kit; others are 50...

Great as part of a three lens kit; others are 50 and 90. Last weekend used a 28 Summicron on an M8 to shoot a library book sale. Not a lens I shoot a lot, but one I would not be without.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-16-2019
Replies: 67
Views: 6,418
Posted By presspass
Excellent photos. Thanks for sharing. When you...

Excellent photos. Thanks for sharing. When you have more, please consider posting them.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-16-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 2,149
Posted By presspass
Maybe he has time to work on cameras and lenses...

Maybe he has time to work on cameras and lenses or answer emails.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-10-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,071
Posted By presspass
All manual rangefinder cameras work the same way...

All manual rangefinder cameras work the same way - focus, recompose, and shoot.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-07-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,660
Posted By presspass
You did check the collar around the shutter...

You did check the collar around the shutter button to make sure it is centered for firing rather than set to the left for time exposures or to the right for locked?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-31-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 673
Posted By presspass
I have one that came with a IIIa and it is in...

I have one that came with a IIIa and it is in good condition after a CLA from Youxin Ye. It does flare somewhat but produces great results on black and white film. It's a tiny lens until you mount...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 924
Posted By presspass
I would probably choose the F2, 24, 50, and 200...

I would probably choose the F2, 24, 50, and 200 and Nikon rangefinder with either the 35 or 50 for shore trips. Both cameras are mechanical and they focus in the same direction and both systems are...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-26-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 663
Posted By presspass
We each have our own secret formula or process....

We each have our own secret formula or process. Mine is D-23 either 1:1 or straight, using box speed for the exposure. Most people don't want to make D-23 from scratch, but it's very simple - just...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 12-25-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 921
Posted By presspass
I have one bought in excellent condition, ...

I have one bought in excellent condition, complete with hood and caps. Focus was stiff so it went to Youxin Ye for a cla and came back with its issues sorted. At least as good as an Elmar 4.0 ltm,...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-22-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 928
Posted By presspass
Any of the books by Jonathan Eastland are...

Any of the books by Jonathan Eastland are excellent. The more comprehensive ones stop with the M7, but all give good overviews of M series Leicas and lenses past and present. The equipment...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-18-2018
Replies: 864
Views: 146,062
Posted By presspass
Has the film been advanced so the counter is at...

Has the film been advanced so the counter is at #1? The F3 meter shows a fixed speed until the counter reaches the first exposure. If that's not the case, remove the lens and remount it. If it's...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 12-16-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 597
Posted By presspass
The Tesssina is one of those cameras I have...

The Tesssina is one of those cameras I have always thought I should have but for some reason rational thought intervened each time. I hope I can continue to resist, as I already have too many cameras...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-13-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 1,981
Posted By presspass
I've had one since they first came out. It's one...

I've had one since they first came out. It's one of my least-used cameras, although the finder is superior to any other rangefinder I've ever used. Every so often, I'll load it, shoot a roll, be more...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-12-2018
Replies: 45
Views: 1,394
Posted By presspass
Just to clarify, the F3 and F4 screens will both...

Just to clarify, the F3 and F4 screens will both work in an F3. The F4 screens and some later F3 screens, usually indicated by a red dot on the screen frame, are brighter but that does not mean they...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-10-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 1,420
Posted By presspass
Great idea, Phil. But I'm not sure I can handle...

Great idea, Phil. But I'm not sure I can handle the contempt if I don't categorize it properly. Maybe I'll create a new genre - photos I like.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-10-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 1,420
Posted By presspass
What about those of us who live in rural areas?...

What about those of us who live in rural areas? We don't have streets; we have roads. There are no sidewalks, no street lights, and only two traffic lights, both in the only borough in 192 square...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-09-2018
Replies: 2,125
Views: 591,599
Posted By presspass
Mr. Dulin, can you tell me more about the penny...

Mr. Dulin, can you tell me more about the penny on the baseplate? I understand it pushes the film cannister up so part of the image doesn't fall on the sprocket holes. Once you drilled the penny...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-08-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 828
Posted By presspass
If you are shooting a rangefinder, an auxiliary...

If you are shooting a rangefinder, an auxiliary viewfinder might help. The Zeiss ones are excellent if expensive and they have a rubber eyepiece that won't scratch your glasses. If you shoot a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-06-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,309
Posted By presspass
Don't worry about the uncoated lenses. They are...

Don't worry about the uncoated lenses. They are excellent with black and white film - good shadow detail and the lower contrast helps keeping the highlights from blocking up. A clean Summar is an...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-06-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,309
Posted By presspass
I can't speak about the Contax since I've never...

I can't speak about the Contax since I've never shot one. I do shoot a iiia regularly with a Summar and it's fine. You will probably need an auxiliary finder, either the Leica one or the one sold by...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-05-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 1,845
Posted By presspass
Just to muddy the waters more, two other factors...

Just to muddy the waters more, two other factors to consider. First, Canon lenses focus in the same direction as Leicas; Nikons do not. Canon lenses are not as contrasty and can produce black and...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-01-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,722
Posted By presspass
The Voightlander is not quite as sharp wide...

The Voightlander is not quite as sharp wide open; closed down it's much better. It also has a 39mn filter thread vs the Canon's 40mm, making it easier to get lens hoods or filters. The Canon is...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-30-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 675
Posted By presspass
I choose the border size based on the image I...

I choose the border size based on the image I want to print. I do crop photos and am not of the 'full image' religion. For a horizontal image on 11X14, I will have at least a one-inch border on the...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 11-29-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,650
Posted By presspass
There are also things available from Chinese...

There are also things available from Chinese vendors that cannot be found elsewhere. I have two grips for Nikon F2s. They have bases that fit the Arca Swiss tripod heads and fit the cameras well. I...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-29-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,088
Posted By presspass
I have a Canon that I use on my IIIc and Canon...

I have a Canon that I use on my IIIc and Canon IVSB2. It's a great lens and works well with black and white - I haven't tried color.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-28-2018
Replies: 113
Views: 10,000
Posted By presspass
Is there a hood for this lens? If so, who makes...

Is there a hood for this lens? If so, who makes it? Thanks.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-26-2018
Replies: 84
Views: 3,088
Posted By presspass
If you are planning to concentrate on a 35mm...

If you are planning to concentrate on a 35mm lens, consider a .58 viewfinder or an M2. The 35 frame lines appear by themselves. For a metered body, that means an M6TTL, M7, or MP.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-23-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 439
Posted By presspass
Don't overlook the pre-aspheric 50 Summilux. ...

Don't overlook the pre-aspheric 50 Summilux. Sometimes the earlier lenses with less contrast work better on digital - they give more shadow detail and don't block highlights as much. But they don't...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-19-2018
Replies: 70
Views: 5,829
Posted By presspass
I would also like to see 35mm results. Thanks.

I would also like to see 35mm results. Thanks.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-16-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1,308
Posted By presspass
Not really. It balances pretty well and will...

Not really. It balances pretty well and will produce excellent results consistently down to a 60 th of a second. It produces outstanding results in black and white, just what you would expect from...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-16-2018
Replies: 112
Views: 2,938
Posted By presspass
Maybe some day I will fall into the mirrorless...

Maybe some day I will fall into the mirrorless trap, but I don't expect it to happen any time soon. I shoot DSLR Canons for work and film cameras for my own stuff. I cannot imagine how focus peaking...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-13-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 859
Posted By presspass
Reading David Douglas Duncan's book on the Korean...

Reading David Douglas Duncan's book on the Korean War, I saw he said his cameras worked through some very bitter weather. He noted that the film became brittle and broke but the cameras - both LTM...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-13-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,059
Posted By presspass
Another vote for the Canon 1.5. It's a bit heavy...

Another vote for the Canon 1.5. It's a bit heavy for an early Leica LTM, but the results are outstanding. I bought mine here on the forum and it came with a hood and a UV filter. I have two other LTM...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-13-2018
Replies: 127
Views: 62,898
Posted By presspass
Until last month, it was from B&H. Then Maryland...

Until last month, it was from B&H. Then Maryland started enforcing the Supreme Court decision and began collecting sales tax on items bought via the internet. Fortunately, I'm less than five miles...
Forum: RFF News 11-13-2018
Replies: 151
Views: 8,097
Posted By presspass
I really enjoy threads like this. It's amazing...

I really enjoy threads like this. It's amazing how many people have opinions about a product that has no firm price, no firm specifications, and no firm release date. Talk about vaporware.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-12-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 372
Posted By presspass
It looks like it, but it could also be an IVSB2 -...

It looks like it, but it could also be an IVSB2 - the only difference is the size of the eyepiece - the 2 has a larger eyepiece. I don't know if the Canon company's history site has serial numbers. I...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-10-2018
Replies: 113
Views: 10,000
Posted By presspass
Ultimately, if it gives you photos you like,...

Ultimately, if it gives you photos you like, it's a good lens. The Leica/non-Leica argument reminds me of the fights about German vs. Canadian Leica lenses. The photos matter, not who makes the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-07-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 882
Posted By presspass
You could also try either D76 or D23 at 1:3...

You could also try either D76 or D23 at 1:3 dilution. D23 1:3 helps tame contrast and keeps the shadows open. It will give you printable exposure for clouds in a blue sky without using a filter. Are...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-07-2018
Replies: 91
Views: 2,796
Posted By presspass
That's a thread mount Leica, probably a II...

That's a thread mount Leica, probably a II series - no means of attaching a strap. The lens is most likely a Summar. They are decent lenses and could be used on an M3 with an LTM/M adapter. Be aware...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-04-2018
Replies: 68
Views: 1,529
Posted By presspass
Just to muddy the waters, there are other...

Just to muddy the waters, there are other options. One is the Voightlander 35mm plastic finder. It's rounded corners but rectangular and a bit lower profile than the clyndrical one. Zeiss has a 35...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-31-2018
Replies: 68
Views: 1,529
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After you have shot it a while, you should be...

After you have shot it a while, you should be able to get a good approximation of the field of view even without a supplemental finder. Remember, rangefinders are not for precise framing.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-30-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,138
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D-23 in its various dilutions, etc., for the past...

D-23 in its various dilutions, etc., for the past five years. When I was shooting a lot more film - eight to 12 rolls a week - I used Xtol replenished in one-gallon tanks. When we went to digital at...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-29-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 813
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Remember that the late 1980s saw the increased...

Remember that the late 1980s saw the increased use of autofocus. For the first time, there were autofocus cameras - F4 and EOS 1 - that were intended for professional use. For autofocus to work, the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-25-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 959
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Use a camera small enough to get under your...

Use a camera small enough to get under your raincoat, take it out to shoot, then tuck it back in. Don't try to change lenses. Buy a pack of cloth diapers and stick a couple in your pockets. They're...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-24-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 600
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Do you know what developer your lab is using?...

Do you know what developer your lab is using? Your idea of doing your own developing is a good one - despite the hype, it's not hard. If you can read a thermometer and a clock, you can do your own...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-23-2018
Replies: 121
Views: 4,712
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It is relevant as long as we make it so. I often...

It is relevant as long as we make it so. I often come looking for one thing and then find something interesting I didn't expect. I enjoy the forum, the interaction with other members, and sharing...
Forum: RFF News 10-19-2018
Replies: 151
Views: 8,097
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Two major points missing - release date and...

Two major points missing - release date and price. Once we know that, we can move on to the more minor points like how we can get the images out and how good they will be. And even then, it's not a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-18-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 576
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How did you develop this roll? Was the agitation...

How did you develop this roll? Was the agitation regular? As pointed out above, it could also be an inadequate amount of developer. Did you check the internals of rhe camera for bright spots or even...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-18-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 1,845
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I agree the Olympus is a good camera and small. I...

I agree the Olympus is a good camera and small. I had the OM series for a short while and couldn't get used to having the shutter speeds in a ring around the rear of the lens mount. That's an...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-18-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 1,845
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Used the original Canon F-1 for about 15 years...

Used the original Canon F-1 for about 15 years and never had a problem. Now have the F-3 Nikon and the FM2n. All work well; the FM2 and the Canon do not required batteries except for the meter; the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-17-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 1,104
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I do black and white film in my darkroom. All ISO...

I do black and white film in my darkroom. All ISO 400 films and D-23 developer. 35mm printing with a Focomat V-35 I bought used decades ago; Ilford RC paper, mostly warm tone and toned with selenium....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-15-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 946
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If you're willing to give up stand development,...

If you're willing to give up stand development, try D-23 diluted 1:3. Sharp, good tonality, and a very compensating developer - no blown highlights. Works very well with the films I use - Kentmere,...
Forum: RFF Polls 10-13-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,214
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I have a pre-ai 2.8 and an unrepairable 2.0 ais...

I have a pre-ai 2.8 and an unrepairable 2.0 ais that's been in a drawer for four years. The 2.8 produces great results; as I remember, the 2.0 did as well. The older, more flare-prone lenses give...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-12-2018
Replies: 45
Views: 1,853
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If you want/need a camera with a meter, the M6...

If you want/need a camera with a meter, the M6 classic is probably the most affordable and also the most common. If you don't need/want a meter, go with the M4. Easier to load than the M2/M3, rewind...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-11-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 1,840
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It depends on the system. With the Canon digital...

It depends on the system. With the Canon digital I use for work, it's mostly two zooms. For my own work with film cameras, almost always primes. I do have two good Nikon manual focus zooms - the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-09-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,026
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I've shot M6s for years - ever since they first...

I've shot M6s for years - ever since they first came out. I've had one repair - the bottom plate somehow became distorted and would let the frame counter reset in the middle of a roll. Took two tries...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-08-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 951
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I use Sprint's paper developer, stop bath, fixer,...

I use Sprint's paper developer, stop bath, fixer, and fix remover. I have never used the film developer, primarily because I mix my own D-23. The chemistry does what it's supposed to, is all liquid...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-05-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 1,128
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I have shot the same scenes numerous times and...

I have shot the same scenes numerous times and each is different. Farmland changes from season to season and the light is never the same. Sometimes there are dark clouds from a recently-cleared...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-04-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 2,579
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My periodic attempts to return to medium format....

My periodic attempts to return to medium format. Having shot Koni Omegas and Rolleis when I first started doing newspaper work, I occasionally think I should go back to them or something like them...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-03-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,493
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If you can get one in your price range, an M4....

If you can get one in your price range, an M4. Quick load l, rapid rewind, and traditional Leica quality. The viewinder has four frame lines - 35, 50, 90, and 135 so it's not cluttered. A smooth...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-02-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 1,142
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Canon DSLRs set a half stop underexposed and that...

Canon DSLRs set a half stop underexposed and that produces useable JPEG files. With my Leica M8, using a tip from Leica User Forum from a number of years ago, I set the ISO at 160 and the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-01-2018
Replies: 96
Views: 1,828
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In Lancaster County, Pa., beards are very common....

In Lancaster County, Pa., beards are very common. I grew mine several years after getting out of the army and have kept it from black to pure white.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-25-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 1,671
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I agree with Bill - the M4 is the best of the...

I agree with Bill - the M4 is the best of the Leicas. Fit and finish of the M3, much easier to load, advance film, and rewind. Hope you enjoy it.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-25-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 452
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Keep in mind that a brighter screen may make...

Keep in mind that a brighter screen may make focusing more difficult. The older screens have more snap to them.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-25-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 452
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I seem to recall that what you did - remove the...

I seem to recall that what you did - remove the screen from the F3 mount and install it in an F2/F mount - works. I have never tried this, but I do remember reading that it would work. The frames for...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-24-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 466
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I have at least three, and at age 73, need them....

I have at least three, and at age 73, need them. The smallest is the Cosina metal finder; in between is the Cosina plastic finder; and the biggest is a Zeiss finder made for another brand but is a...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-22-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,912
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We have several in store lobbies in rural...

We have several in store lobbies in rural southern Lancaster County, Pa. Here the program is being run by the public library and the school district. Anyone can borrow, or take, a book and either...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-18-2018
Replies: 105
Views: 8,779
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How much grain shows up may have been determined...

How much grain shows up may have been determined by the scanner. I use a Nikon film scanner and it seems to capture every bit of grain from HP5+, Tri-X, and Kentmere 400. Setting the scanner to...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-18-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 916
Posted By presspass
Yet another reason not to post stuff on the...

Yet another reason not to post stuff on the internet. That won't cure all the problems - I had an insurance company steal/copy a photo from a newspaper and use it until I called them on it. In the...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 09-17-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,971
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I would also go for it. I cannot think of a way...

I would also go for it. I cannot think of a way to replace it for that price. If you bought a used M8, you would have no way to tell if the same problem would crop up with that.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-09-2018
Replies: 353
Views: 23,480
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Original Canon F1 Koni Omega Leica M6 Nikon...

Original Canon F1
Koni Omega
Leica M6
Nikon F2
Leica llla
All cameras I have owned and used. Still have all of them except the Canon F1s and I still miss them.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-08-2018
Replies: 49
Views: 1,708
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All the political points are overwhelming the...

All the political points are overwhelming the photos. We can like images from that era for themselves and many are good representations of the times, no matter how you feel about them.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 09-07-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 4,045
Posted By presspass
Another vote for upstrap. They wear well, don't...

Another vote for upstrap. They wear well, don't slip and, depending on model, handle any weight of camera.
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 09-07-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1,304
Posted By presspass
I, too, would like some information on this. I...

I, too, would like some information on this. I will have to thin the herd sometime in the future and want to be able to do it without hassle. What about selling to a dealer? Is this a good option or...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-07-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 1,589
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Your point about the difference between auto...

Your point about the difference between auto focus and manual focus is well made. The Leica digital Ms also allow zone focusing, something many of us have done for years with our film cameras. There...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 09-06-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,971
Posted By presspass
Do keep us posted. Many of us still shoot Leica's...

Do keep us posted. Many of us still shoot Leica's first digital rangefinder.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-06-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,298
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I have one, not sure the version but it was made...

I have one, not sure the version but it was made in Canada, that has the off-center issue with the lens hood. It also has a loose gizmo - don't know the proper name - for focusing. I've had it for...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 09-06-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,971
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Raid, no I was right the second time. The images...

Raid, no I was right the second time. The images are indeed underexposed but that is very adjustable with Photoshop as long as you're shooting raw. The limited edition of Capture One that shipped...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 09-05-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,971
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Raid, my error. It should read -2 or -3, not...

Raid, my error. It should read -2 or -3, not plus. I apologize.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-05-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 716
Posted By presspass
If your subject is in the midtown/highlight...

If your subject is in the midtown/highlight range, it probably doesn't matter what happens to the shadows. As Aalfano said above, these concerns are inconsequential as long as you are happy with the...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 09-05-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,971
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Raid, what happens if you set the ISO to 160 and...

Raid, what happens if you set the ISO to 160 and then set the exposure compensation to +2 or +3? That's a trick recommended on an M8 site some years ago to give higher iso with less noise. It works...
Forum: Chris Crawford 09-04-2018
Replies: 2,547
Views: 368,525
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Thanks for the plumbing shop series. Your photos...

Thanks for the plumbing shop series. Your photos let us see a traditional small town business that's becoming increasingly rare. As always, your work is carefully done and insightful. Thanks again...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-03-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 264
Posted By presspass
Also try about 100ml of 90 percent alcohol in a...

Also try about 100ml of 90 percent alcohol in a liter of distilled water with one drop of LFN. That speeds the drying process considerably.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-03-2018
Replies: 56
Views: 1,851
Posted By presspass
Also check local schools. They may have a surplus...

Also check local schools. They may have a surplus drier if they no longer have film classes. I know this is a long shot but it may be worth a try. The shower solution works as will any enclosed tube...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-03-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 885
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Two comments. First, slr zooms are no stranger...

Two comments. First, slr zooms are no stranger than all the mirrorless stuff. Second, the later 80-200 4.5 is a great lens. I pair mine with a 25-50 f4, both on film bodies.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-02-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 1,542
Posted By presspass
Could we get back to the lens?

Could we get back to the lens?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-01-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 1,561
Posted By presspass
Yet another vote for the 40 cv. It's a good lens...

Yet another vote for the 40 cv. It's a good lens and not all that popular. And you can get it in single coating which is better if you are shooting b&w film. I should use mine more.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-29-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,344
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Both. Wet prints for what matters, scans for...

Both. Wet prints for what matters, scans for stuff that isn't shot digitally and goes into one of our newspapers. The darkroom process is nice in itself and I like wet ptints.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-27-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 535
Posted By presspass
The 75 1.4 almost requires a magnified finder but...

The 75 1.4 almost requires a magnified finder but I shot it for years, up close and wide open, with a .72 M6 and rarely had a problem. My eyes were a lot better then, however. The only problem with...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-26-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 963
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Either hood will work. The original is big and...

Either hood will work. The original is big and reduces the ability to pocket the camera and lens. I have used both and don't see a real difference in the results. Overall, collapsible lenses can be a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-25-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 963
Posted By presspass
Another thumbs up for Youxin Ye. He did my iiia...

Another thumbs up for Youxin Ye. He did my iiia and Summar and did an excellent job at a reasonable price. Service was quick and he is very responsive.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-24-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 963
Posted By presspass
The Summar takes A36 filters. There is a Leitz...

The Summar takes A36 filters. There is a Leitz adapter that allows the use of 39mm filters. There is a specific hood for that lens. It is bulky but works well. You can mount the filter first and the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-23-2018
Replies: 50
Views: 1,820
Posted By presspass
As said above numerous times - if it gives me the...

As said above numerous times - if it gives me the results I want, it's a good lens for me. It may not suit everybody, but I don't buy for them. I use, and enjoy, a number of 'bad' lenses including...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-22-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 4,045
Posted By presspass
Bags are fine for transport, but if you're in a...

Bags are fine for transport, but if you're in a situation where you are using two cameras - one with a moderate wide angle and the other with a normal or short telephoto, bags are just for storing...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-20-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 4,045
Posted By presspass
Akiva, what do you look for when getting a...

Akiva, what do you look for when getting a cross-body strap? Most of my straps have some kind of anti-slip on them - Upstrap and Domke. These don't seem suitable for carrying a camera the way you do....
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-20-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 4,045
Posted By presspass
Anyone prefer cross-body rather than hanging from...

Anyone prefer cross-body rather than hanging from a shoulder? Seems like that would be more secure.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 08-17-2018
Replies: 1
Views: 291
Posted By presspass
Viewfinder like an IVSB2

Which Canon bottom loaders have the larger viewfinders like the IVSB2? I've been looking for another one of these for a couple of years, but few show up at what I consider a reasonable price. I don't...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-17-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 724
Posted By presspass
Second the recommendation for the CV finder. They...

Second the recommendation for the CV finder. They made two - a metal one that works well and looks nice but can scratch glasses, and a plastic one that sold for a bit less. Both are brightline...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-16-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,531
Posted By presspass
I used four Canon primes - 20, 35, 85, and 200 -...

I used four Canon primes - 20, 35, 85, and 200 - with two original F1s with motor drives for newspaper work for eight years. Never had a problem with binding, despite heavy use and sometimes...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-16-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 717
Posted By presspass
Every now and then I see an ad for a III...

Every now and then I see an ad for a III converted to a IIIf. How was this done, considering the different sizes of the two cameras? Was the III serial number put on a new IIIF shell or did Leitz...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-15-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,531
Posted By presspass
Color or black and white? Canons, the FD series,...

Color or black and white? Canons, the FD series, are known for lenses that are not as contrasty as Nikkors. That said, either system has excellent lenses. There are more used Nikon lenses...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-15-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 688
Posted By presspass
Another hood option is a generic rubber...

Another hood option is a generic rubber collapsible hood. This has the advantage of cushioning the front of the lens if you bump it into something.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-13-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 562
Posted By presspass
The Nikon 25-50 ais is a wonderful lens. Not...

The Nikon 25-50 ais is a wonderful lens. Not small, and a bit awkward with the hood, but stellar results if you can live with the 4.0 maximum aperture.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-09-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 537
Posted By presspass
Keep in mind that rangefinder finders are never...

Keep in mind that rangefinder finders are never exact. Once you are used to a specific camera and lens, you will make the adjustments yourself. Those of us who wear glasses and have greater eye...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-08-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 548
Posted By presspass
Canadian lenses were made in the Leitz factory...

Canadian lenses were made in the Leitz factory there. Many were designed by the legendary Dr. Walter Mandler. They are every bit as good as the ones made in Germany. There of my favorites are the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-07-2018
Replies: 2,125
Views: 591,599
Posted By presspass
Thanks. What I wanted to know is which Elmars...

Thanks. What I wanted to know is which Elmars take A36 and which ones use 39mm filters.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-07-2018
Replies: 2,125
Views: 591,599
Posted By presspass
Which Elmars take the A36 filters? Are they...

Which Elmars take the A36 filters? Are they limited to the uuncoated ones or do the later Elmars also take that filter size? Thanks.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-05-2018
Replies: 2,125
Views: 591,599
Posted By presspass
I have been looking for a dedicated finder for my...

I have been looking for a dedicated finder for my IIIa/35 Elmar. The CV minifinder seems about the right size but I am concerned about eye relief and scratching my glasses. Anyone who wears glasses...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-02-2018
Replies: 1,649
Views: 471,480
Posted By presspass
I have never bothered with the different...

I have never bothered with the different variations of this lens. I have one, made in Canada, and it does what I want it to. I'm happy with the results, either wet printed in the darkroom or scanned...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-01-2018
Replies: 13
Poll: 20mm finder
Views: 662
Posted By presspass
I forgot to mention I also have, and use, the...

I forgot to mention I also have, and use, the Cosina one and the Leica finder. I just like the Contax and can't really give a good reason except for the rubber ring around the eyepiece which protects...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-01-2018
Replies: 13
Poll: 20mm finder
Views: 662
Posted By presspass
I like the Zeiss best but use the Contax most...

I like the Zeiss best but use the Contax most often.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-20-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 1,580
Posted By presspass
I have one and love it. Shooting black and white,...

I have one and love it. Shooting black and white, it produces easy to print negs. Tiny and sharp. If 3.5 is wide enough, it will complement your Summar. A vastly underrated lens.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 07-17-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,314
Posted By presspass
We back up our digital photos on one external...

We back up our digital photos on one external hard drive and then back that drive up on a second external hard drive. The film negs are filed by week in Printfile neg pages and stored in loose leaf...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-15-2018
Replies: 37
Views: 1,349
Posted By presspass
As related in another post, high speed flash...

As related in another post, high speed flash synchronization is possible with an M-7 and the proper Metz flash unit. It is a bit of a hassle, however, as the flash does not work on either tel or auto...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-09-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 2,046
Posted By presspass
As to Nick's comment on autofocus - I wouldn't be...

As to Nick's comment on autofocus - I wouldn't be without it when shooting soccer or football. That's what my Canon DSLRs are for. But the rangefinder focus, properly adjusted, is more likely to be...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-09-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2,241
Posted By presspass
I have an R2 and have used it for years. Mine has...

I have an R2 and have used it for years. Mine has the bottom lever winder on it and that's been the only problem. When I'm in a hurry and pull it too quickly after firing the shutter, it tends to...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-09-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 2,046
Posted By presspass
Yes, I have a digital Leica - the very first one....

Yes, I have a digital Leica - the very first one. I bought an M8 when they first came out and it still works just fine. I wanted a digital for color when I needed it while carrying film M cameras. It...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-09-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,363
Posted By presspass
When I shot film at work, I used an 85 1.4, 105...

When I shot film at work, I used an 85 1.4, 105 1.8, 135 2.0, 200 2.0, and 400 2.8. Now they sit except for the 85. Sad.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-03-2018
Replies: 132
Views: 5,866
Posted By presspass
This is nothing new. Years ago, a photographer...

This is nothing new. Years ago, a photographer took a black and white photo of a mare and her foal running side by side. The state of Kentucky took the image and used it on license plates. The state...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-27-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 784
Posted By presspass
When we shot Nikon AF, we used the 85 1.8 and...

When we shot Nikon AF, we used the 85 1.8 and it's a wonderful lens. Now we've morphed to Canon EOS digital but I still shoot, and love, Nikon film cameras. I have both pre-ai and AIS lenses and my...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-23-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 892
Posted By presspass
Are you developing with trays or a slot processor?

Are you developing with trays or a slot processor?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-22-2018
Replies: 116
Views: 8,122
Posted By presspass
Thanks all for a great thread. Reminds me I need...

Thanks all for a great thread. Reminds me I need to dig out my ltm collapsible and shoot with it. Thanks also to Chris for putting in the film and developing information. For a while, I thought I was...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-20-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,481
Posted By presspass
Two quick notes: Kodak formulated D-23 to replace...

Two quick notes: Kodak formulated D-23 to replace D-76. It never did, but D-23 remains a simple developer to mix at home and it does not go off easily. I store mine in brown glass lab bottles and it...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-18-2018
Replies: 61
Views: 2,575
Posted By presspass
There's something about shooting with an ltm...

There's something about shooting with an ltm camera but I can't describe it. They make the photographer pay closer attention to the process, but that doesn't mean they're slow or not suitable for...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-14-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 549
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Steve, I will give that a try this weekend and...

Steve,
I will give that a try this weekend and let you know how it goes. I just have to find the file I put away years ago. Thanks
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-14-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 549
Posted By presspass
David, The adapter you pictured is the one I'm...

David,
The adapter you pictured is the one I'm looking for. I have the Promaster ones and they have shoulders on them. I know some people who can grind the shoulder off, but if they do that, the...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-14-2018
Replies: 81
Views: 4,371
Posted By presspass
I don't think I have a photo of our 71 orange and...

I don't think I have a photo of our 71 orange and white bus and that doesn't make me sad. Of all the vehicles we've had over some 50 years, it was neck-and-neck with my wife's Austin America for...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-13-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 426
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I have a couple of Summicron 35s and three M6s...

I have a couple of Summicron 35s and three M6s and have never had that problem. Is your M6 a Leitz one or a camera made by the successor firm? The Leitz ones will be marked Leitz; the later ones will...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-12-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 549
Posted By presspass
Tripod thread adapter

My ltm cameras all came with the European thread tripod socket on their baseplates. I've bought adapters from a local camera store but they all have a collar that sticks out below the baseplate....
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-12-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,649
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Like Mr. Fibble, I use a slip of paper on my...

Like Mr. Fibble, I use a slip of paper on my early ltm cameras. Apparently the shoe on ltm cameras was not as standardized as it later became. The hair ties might work, but I may try the piece of...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-10-2018
Replies: 47
Views: 2,293
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I have had this lens since it came out. I haven't...

I have had this lens since it came out. I haven't used it much with digital, and that's an M8, but it's a wonderful film lens. The finder works well, too. That's a bargain.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-08-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 1,561
Posted By presspass
Another vote for the CV 40mm f1.4. If you are...

Another vote for the CV 40mm f1.4. If you are using a Bessa rangefinder, you set the frame lines and you could set them at 35. The difference in the field of view is marginal. It is, as Bob Michaels...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 06-07-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 898
Posted By presspass
A lot depends on whether you are only going to...

A lot depends on whether you are only going to shoot what you set out to take. I carry a film kit with me every day and use it for my own work (as opposed to the DSLR set I use for work). I never...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-06-2018
Replies: 81
Views: 3,374
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I have an old Banana Republic one that's been in...

I have an old Banana Republic one that's been in the closet for years. I may get it out and try it again. The pockets are too small for the big DSLR zooms but it would work for my rangefinder film...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-05-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 818
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Yes, and also with the 28. I had one for years...

Yes, and also with the 28. I had one for years and never used it much - 2.8 Elmarit M. Then I took it on a two-week trip to Prague, teamed with a 50 Summicron and a 90 Tele-Elmarit. For that trip, it...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-21-2018
Replies: 112
Views: 3,668
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Still shooting about two rolls a week. I went all...

Still shooting about two rolls a week. I went all Ilford a number of years ago because they continue to provide film and paper for wet printing.
Forum: Travel 05-20-2018
Replies: 142
Views: 4,524
Posted By presspass
An LTM set: 2 IIIa cameras, 35 Elmar, 50 Summar,...

An LTM set: 2 IIIa cameras, 35 Elmar, 50 Summar, 90 Elmar, film and a small Sekonic incident meter. It will all fit comfortably in a small A&A bag and doesn't weigh much.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-18-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 965
Posted By presspass
Bessler used to market a small compressor for...

Bessler used to market a small compressor for this purpose. It had a replaceable filter between the compressor and the hose. I still have one, but it has a bad seal somewhere and won't keep pressure...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-17-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 544
Posted By presspass
I'm not familiar with the Minolta CLE flash. The...

I'm not familiar with the Minolta CLE flash. The M6TTl works with any flash with the proper adapter. Metz made, and may still make, the replaceable shoe unit to use their flashes with this camera. It...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-11-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 2,023
Posted By presspass
Another vote for the Canon 1.5. It can have a bit...

Another vote for the Canon 1.5. It can have a bit of glow if shot into the light wide open, but otherwise a great lens at a somewhat affordable price. Newer lenses may be sharper; I can only compare...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-08-2018
Replies: 55
Views: 3,045
Posted By presspass
I only use a hybrid system for film images to be...

I only use a hybrid system for film images to be used in our weekly newspapers. I scan with a Nikon Coolscan 5000 and import the images into a page layout program. I do not have, and don't plan to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-27-2018
Replies: 83
Views: 2,164
Posted By presspass
If you're looking for tonality and have harsh...

If you're looking for tonality and have harsh lighting, the older the lens, the better the print. I'm talking about ASPH Leica lenses vs, some pre-war uncoated ones. I can get a better print - more...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-25-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 10,970
Posted By presspass
Two quick questions. First, is it available in...

Two quick questions. First, is it available in the United States? If so, what's the price? Thanks.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-18-2018
Replies: 257
Views: 55,255
Posted By presspass
The IVSB2 is, indeed, a wonderful camera. It also...

The IVSB2 is, indeed, a wonderful camera. It also has a rangefinder patch that's yellow and much brighter than either my IIIa or my IIIc. The finder also has three settings, so you can use it for a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-17-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 584
Posted By presspass
As I said above, when mine was stuck at -2 the...

As I said above, when mine was stuck at -2 the problem was a slightly bent bottom plate. Would the M3 base plate fit on the M6? If so, you could try that to see if it would fix the problem...
Forum: Leica Q / T / X Series 04-17-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 989
Posted By presspass
Gary, It could be. I don't know much about this...

Gary,
It could be. I don't know much about this camera and there's not a lot of information on the web. If it focuses fairly quickly and accurately and the files are decent, I thought I could take...
Forum: Leica Q / T / X Series 04-17-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 989
Posted By presspass
Is the T still a good buy?

I have a chance to buy a nice condition T with a 23mm Summicron and external bright line finder. Is this camera still a good buy at $1,000? Thanks.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-17-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 584
Posted By presspass
I had a similar problem with an M6 and it was, as...

I had a similar problem with an M6 and it was, as reported above, the tongue that is supposed to reset the counter. In my case, the bottom plate was slightly bent and the counter would stay in the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-06-2018
Replies: 87
Views: 3,145
Posted By presspass
In the late 1970s and through the 80s I carried...

In the late 1970s and through the 80s I carried two of them, both with motor drives, and four breach mount lenses - 20, 35, 85, and 200. They all fit in an original Domke bag. I still have the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-02-2018
Replies: 137
Views: 4,734
Posted By presspass
I"ve used them for personal projects and work...

I"ve used them for personal projects and work since the early 1970s. They won't do everything I need - football, etc., for work - but once you've learned them, they are as automatic as any...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-02-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,087
Posted By presspass
I asked this question a year ago. I ended up with...

I asked this question a year ago. I ended up with a Sony Zeiss finder that B&H had on sale at the time for just under $200. The new Zeiss finders are among the best available, but its offset hangs it...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-22-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 556
Posted By presspass
Thanks for the replies. I have no problem with a...

Thanks for the replies. I have no problem with a trigger wind - most of my M Leicas have either Leicavit or Rapidwinders on them. I am more concerned about the viewfinders. I do prefer an uncluttered...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-22-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 556
Posted By presspass
VI-T or P?

I have a chance to buy either a VI-T or a P. The P is described as mint, the VI-T as Exc+. Both CLA'd. I want it to complement an IVSB2 I already have and Canon lenses from 35 to 135. I do have, and...
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