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Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 3 Days Ago
Replies: 132
Views: 15,070
Posted By Solinar
The $10 off Cyber Monday 2019 discount on the...

The $10 off Cyber Monday 2019 discount on the purchase of NLP ends on December 5th - which is today.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 3 Days Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 330
Posted By Solinar
The $10 off Cyber Monday discount on NLP ends on...

The $10 off Cyber Monday discount on NLP ends on December 5th - which is today.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 760
Posted By Solinar
To add to what John Carter wrote, that Barnack...

To add to what John Carter wrote, that Barnack needs its shutter curtains replaced.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-02-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,832
Posted By Solinar
My major beef is that eBay is collecting tax on...

My major beef is that eBay is collecting tax on the shipping as well - which adds up on an overseas purchase.
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 11-02-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 621
Posted By Solinar
Are you really going to take the plunge on a Vito...

Are you really going to take the plunge on a Vito III? The f/2.0 Ultron should be a venerable bokeh factory.
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 11-02-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 621
Posted By Solinar
Kudos on cleaning up the Vitomatic IIa - it's a...

Kudos on cleaning up the Vitomatic IIa - it's a real sleeper with regards to sought after fixed-lens 35mm rangefinder cameras.

In a nutshell, the Voigtlanders circa 1951 to 1963 were over built for...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 10-30-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 901
Posted By Solinar
I use either a Kontur or a Leitz SBOOI when using...

I use either a Kontur or a Leitz SBOOI when using my vintage folders with built-in rangefinders. Both are 1:1 viewing - with approximate parallax correction lines for close-in work. As a wearer of...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-23-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,073
Posted By Solinar
I feel the same way - even though it lacks the...

I feel the same way - even though it lacks the bells and whistles of the 1950s LTM derivatives, which are shown above.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-19-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 3,612
Posted By Solinar
I'll be waiting for the release of Ektachrome...

I'll be waiting for the release of Ektachrome 120mm, (the slide film for photographers with particularly tall cameras.) and waiting, still waiting. This may be a long wait.
Forum: Photo Software 10-15-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 428
Posted By Solinar
My two iMacs have been pestering me with regards...

My two iMacs have been pestering me with regards to the Catalina download. I certainly wish they had a box to check that states don't remind me again.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-13-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 2,134
Posted By Solinar
An electronically control actuation lacks a certain "je ne sais quoi"

This past week I was using an old late 1950'ies Voigtlander fixed-lens 35mm rangefinder in a quiet interior room with a marble staircase and granite floors. The lighting was rather dim. I don't...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10-11-2019
Replies: 326
Views: 33,041
Posted By Solinar
Clothing Vendor - taken with a humble Voigtlander...

Clothing Vendor - taken with a humble Voigtlander Vito II folder - 50mm, f/3.5 Color Skopar

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48729423257_b169bb38b8_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hf42PX)CongoSquare19...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-07-2019
Replies: 106
Views: 11,161
Posted By Solinar
A Vito II fits my pocket just fine

I'm at work and wearing O.D. green cargo pants - as opposed to camos. My Voigtlander Vito II fits with room to spare.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-05-2019
Replies: 106
Views: 11,161
Posted By Solinar
They are out probably way out of fashion - but...

They are out probably way out of fashion - but cargo pants usually have a generous front pocket. The big gotcha is the Rollei 35 is not an automated, point and shoot camera.

With regards to the...
Forum: Yashica RF 10-05-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 968
Posted By Solinar
Youtube can be a great reference for repairs. Two...

Youtube can be a great reference for repairs. Two thumbs up on giving a go.
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 10-04-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,854
Posted By Solinar
That is my preferred technique for street...

That is my preferred technique for street photography. If all the variables are preset, then just a raising of the camera to frame the exposure is all that is needed to finish the job. If the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-01-2019
Replies: 168
Views: 6,219
Posted By Solinar
I work at a major state university - where film...

I work at a major state university - where film cameras are far and few between. I honestly can't remember when I last saw another photographer with a film camera in these parts.

In New Orleans,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-28-2019
Replies: 62
Views: 2,269
Posted By Solinar
I am going cast a second vote for the Pentax MX -...

I am going cast a second vote for the Pentax MX - but the FG with a short nose 50mm, f/1.8 is very light and compact. It doesn't get much respect on camera forums.
Forum: Chris Crawford 09-28-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 4,825
Posted By Solinar
John that sun looks brutal. I see a range of 5...

John that sun looks brutal. I see a range of 5 to 6 EV between the sunny foreground and the shaded background.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-28-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,308
Posted By Solinar
It may be irrational - but even with 6x9 medium...

It may be irrational - but even with 6x9 medium format film - I still try print or display, at least 90% of the narrowest dimension of the frame.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-28-2019
Replies: 79
Views: 2,882
Posted By Solinar
Had the now discontinued Fuji/Cosina GF670 been a...

Had the now discontinued Fuji/Cosina GF670 been a 6x9 - I would have sprung into action and gladly paid the original price.

With that said, I fully understand that designing a lens for 6x6 or 6x7...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-25-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 974
Posted By Solinar
Whoa - I didn't know that a roll of 135-36 black...

Whoa - I didn't know that a roll of 135-36 black and white film is currently almost $13.00 USD in Australia. You all have my condolences.

My advise, try a couple rolls of TMY-2. Then see if...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-23-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,182
Posted By Solinar
Only 8 frames to a roll with 6x9 medium format

One doesn't need to print to a larger size to enjoy a 6x9 medium format negative. In comparison to 35mm, I like the way 6x9 cameras render an image on film. There is a smoother gradation between...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 09-22-2019
Replies: 1,191
Views: 426,145
Posted By Solinar
Same Bessa II - test exposure indoors - Kodak...

Same Bessa II - test exposure indoors - Kodak Tri-X

- Sarah and Sarah -

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48778864398_4a88d455e2_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hjqqXq)SarahB2...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 09-22-2019
Replies: 1,191
Views: 426,145
Posted By Solinar
Test exposure - testing focus - taken with a...

Test exposure - testing focus - taken with a rescued Voigtlander Bessa II

- Fence around the Texas Capitol on a brutally sunny day....
Forum: Photo Software 09-22-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 976
Posted By Solinar
Where to go from here for 64 bit compatibilty?

Probably better asked in its own thread, but who is happy with the alternatives - Alien Skin Exposure X4, Luminar 3 and On 1 Photo.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-21-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 646
Posted By Solinar
Whoa - that's not a kettle - it's a modern day...

Whoa - that's not a kettle - it's a modern day Russian electric samovar.

I have no room to comment, because as mentioned, I used a heavy-duty cast iron stew pot to hold the hot water bath at near...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-21-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 646
Posted By Solinar
My method took the temperature a little higher to...

My method took the temperature a little higher to almost 100°C

In deference to safety concerns, place the two elements on a plate and then into a cold oven on a middle rack - with out any alcohol -...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-20-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 646
Posted By Solinar
Good advice - which is why I stated that it is...

Good advice - which is why I stated that it is dangerous. I say that from past construction and use of an alcohol camping stove, called a spirit burner.

With that said, I use the following:

* A...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-19-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 646
Posted By Solinar
I've tried a naptha overnight soak without much...

I've tried a naptha overnight soak without much success as opposed to the above method. The naptha is good to have when comes time to clean the helical threads with the tips of wooden tooth picks. ...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-19-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 646
Posted By Solinar
Okay - I know what your issue is. The reason...

Okay - I know what your issue is.

The reason that you claim only two groups is that the front focusing cell is firmly stuck within brass ring of the middle element. Two separate the two, you need...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-19-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 646
Posted By Solinar
When you removed the glass elements from the...

When you removed the glass elements from the shutter - were there 3 groups?
-
* rear group located behind the shutter - which is really two elements cemented together
* middle element - which is...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 09-18-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 775
Posted By Solinar
The photo below was taken with a Super Isolette -...

The photo below was taken with a Super Isolette - but not at a wide open aperture.

https://live.staticflickr.com/8805/17053198357_098f0cc053_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/rYW6Kk)SuperIso_TioLionel...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 09-18-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 775
Posted By Solinar
The Super Isolette got my vote

I want to reiterate the Rolleiflex comparison - but in this case it was by viewing large prints taken with the unit focusing, f/3.5 75mm Solinar fitted to the Agfa Super Isolette. Let me just say,...
Forum: Yashica RF 09-16-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 937
Posted By Solinar
A nice series. I really like close in shot of the...

A nice series. I really like close in shot of the anchor chain, plus it really shows off the capabilities of the lens.
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 09-14-2019
Replies: 257
Views: 72,261
Posted By Solinar
Also from the Vito II - same roll of...

Also from the Vito II - same roll of film.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48729434732_e06a0839a9_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hf46eN)CongoSquare19b (https://flic.kr/p/2hf46eN)
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 09-13-2019
Replies: 257
Views: 72,261
Posted By Solinar
One more from the Vito II - a clothing vendor at...

One more from the Vito II - a clothing vendor at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48729423257_b169bb38b8_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hf42PX)CongoSquare19...
Forum: Chris Crawford 09-10-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 4,825
Posted By Solinar
A CLA'd IIIf and three lenses - you're a lucky...

A CLA'd IIIf and three lenses - you're a lucky man. I'm sure that they will be put to good use. As mentioned, if you wear glasses, a SBOOI finder really will make composition with the 50 much...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-04-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 472
Posted By Solinar
Whoa!! Are you referring to this comment? - "i...

Whoa!! Are you referring to this comment? - "i turned the machine off and upsidedown.. hit 2 times the side of it and NOW IT'S PERFECT" -
Forum: Photo Software 08-31-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 792
Posted By Solinar
Is there a secret society on the Rangefinder...

Is there a secret society on the Rangefinder Forum of Alien Skin Explore X4 users?

The reason I ask is that my paid for version on Adobe Lightroom is 32 bit and I'm looking at the alternative...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-31-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 2,003
Posted By Solinar
Great news Robert - I just want to say that up...

Great news Robert - I just want to say that up until about 10 years ago, I could easily purchase darkroom chemistry from two stores that were within bicycling distance to my house. One of which was...
Forum: Yashica RF 08-26-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 761
Posted By Solinar
Smaug - I prefer my Rollei 35S to this camera. I...

Smaug - I prefer my Rollei 35S to this camera. I had a Yashica CC briefly. The lens was spectacular, much better than the compact Zuiko on Olympus XA . However, with that said, the build quality...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-26-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 2,208
Posted By Solinar
With all that said by the O.P. - I often see...

With all that said by the O.P. - I often see images posted that are far above the level of passport photos on this forum.

In my defense, even though they may be a bit cliche, I do have a soft spot...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-23-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,443
Posted By Solinar
This is very true on my older cameras, with...

This is very true on my older cameras, with center averaging meters. There's no AI module to tell the camera when the subject is back-lit or the background is a field of white.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-23-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,443
Posted By Solinar
South Florida in Day Light should be easy peasy

I've been guestimating exposure for many years.

https://web2.ph.utexas.edu/~yue/rff/LVexpose.jpg

It's when I'm indoors - or - outside in mid-winter on a dark grey, cloudy day that I want my...
Forum: Film vs Digital 08-21-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 762
Posted By Solinar
Sorry to read about your mishap. Earlier this...

Sorry to read about your mishap. Earlier this summer I had a hard drive failure on my iMac. Thank goodness I had made a "Time Machine" back up on to a portable HD the weekend before. Installed a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-20-2019
Replies: 103
Views: 3,030
Posted By Solinar
With too many cameras and not being able to...

With too many cameras and not being able to finish a roll in one session, I use a piece blue masking tape at the bottom of the camera, with the date, plus the initials D400 for Delta 400 or TX400 for...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-18-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 629
Posted By Solinar
Both lenses use front cell focusing

Perkeos use a front cell focusing lens as well. Check for motion of the rear lens group relative to the film plane while adjusting the front focus ring.

It's the Bessa RF and Bessa II that...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-16-2019
Replies: 182
Views: 36,020
Posted By Solinar
Ugly is in the eye of the beholder - Optics...

Ugly is in the eye of the beholder - Optics outside of the lens is only a big deal to collectors.

It's good to hear it is getting some use.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-16-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 418
Posted By Solinar
Well done! - I may have to try this technique...

Well done! - I may have to try this technique with my Perkeo II, which currently yields 13 frames on a roll of 120.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-14-2019
Replies: 54
Views: 1,306
Posted By Solinar
Good Luck with New Spirals

Are the Kaiser reels of the type that I've seen with the extra wide guide entry channels? I've read that they're a bit fiddly with 120...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-09-2019
Replies: 54
Views: 1,306
Posted By Solinar
Don't Store the Paterson Tanks with the Lids Attached

A Tip: When not in use, store the tank with the lid laying loosely on the top.

I've been using two Paterson System 4 tanks for over a dozen years - and - while doing inversions, only get at most a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-08-2019
Replies: 54
Views: 1,306
Posted By Solinar
That was my first thought. If you already have...

That was my first thought. If you already have the halves separated after the final rinse - put the reels in a pail of water. Come back later when the film is hanging and give them a quick clean up...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-04-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 3,884
Posted By Solinar
Bravo again. Those are some crisp images from...

Bravo again. Those are some crisp images from the Perkeo II.

Question: Was that 8 minutes @ room temperature with continuous or modern intermittent agitation?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-03-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 543
Posted By Solinar
https://web2.ph.utexas.edu/~yue/AgfaRec/BackFocusI...

https://web2.ph.utexas.edu/~yue/AgfaRec/BackFocusInf.jpg

Whether you are using shims for a unit focusing lens or adjusting the collar on a lens that uses the front cell to focus - I prefer to set...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-03-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 741
Posted By Solinar
That will be a good tale for the forums - the big...

That will be a good tale for the forums - the big yellow father having to sell film made by big green.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-01-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 380
Posted By Solinar
The difference between the two speeds is an...

The difference between the two speeds is an important consideration. A modern thrystor controlled flash on its auto setting can fire for as short as 1/30,000 of second, which is about 33...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-01-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 380
Posted By Solinar
I'm wondering - does the Vollenda even have a PC...

I'm wondering - does the Vollenda even have a PC connection on the shutter assembly?

If it does, unless you use a bracket - you'll have to hold the flash in one hand and the camera in the other,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-01-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,650
Posted By Solinar
The long lived compact predecessor of the...

The long lived compact predecessor of the Olympus XA 2 & 1 - is none other than the Trip 35. As you mentioned, for what it is supposed to be, the design is brilliant.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 07-31-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 523
Posted By Solinar
I read it a few days ago. Although I rely on a...

I read it a few days ago. Although I rely on a guerrillero darkroom set up in my apartment, I'm always keen what other have to work...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-24-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 7,786
Posted By Solinar
I know this that is an old thread - but I also...

I know this that is an old thread - but I also have the same issue with modern films. My advice is to go really slow when winding to the first frame - which I'll describe as a slow crawl.

The first...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-22-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,650
Posted By Solinar
The Vito II is nice carry anywhere 35mm camera. ...

The Vito II is nice carry anywhere 35mm camera. To me it is an early 1950'ies version of Rollei 35 - but with a built in lens cap and luscious curves, as opposed to being a box.

A thumbs up for...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-21-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 3,884
Posted By Solinar
Great news. Thank you for posting the your...

Great news. Thank you for posting the your impressions using a 120 film.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-20-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,650
Posted By Solinar
No automatic mode - but another vote for an early...

No automatic mode - but another vote for an early 1950's Retina IIa.

https://live.staticflickr.com/7916/46815008754_8dbb720b03_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2ejTa6m)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-20-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,346
Posted By Solinar
Cameras, Analog Film Cameras and Electronics

I did a just for grins Google search for a set of 3 Hoya 52mm filters. Amazon has them listed under "Electronics". Priced at $36.24, shipped.

That tells you in which pigeon hole niche places a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-19-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,346
Posted By Solinar
With regards to the MB-16 battery grip - it would...

With regards to the MB-16 battery grip - it would probably cost as much as what I paid for the camera with shipping. :)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-19-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,346
Posted By Solinar
Batteries, schmateries - Oh my -

Isn't there an icon on the LCD information panel to warn the user when the battery charge becomes low?

Originally purchased for one my Speedlight SB30 , I found that rechargeable lithium CR123A...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-18-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 3,884
Posted By Solinar
A youtube video, courtesy of Malcom Peaker -...

A youtube video, courtesy of Malcom Peaker - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdc6T6ydARQ

Just pour out the developer, add whatever milliliters of water that is require by the developing tank - twirl...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 07-18-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 698
Posted By Solinar
It looks wonderful - a very unique and unheard of...

It looks wonderful - a very unique and unheard of Yashica camera.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-18-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 3,884
Posted By Solinar
With regards to a little HC-110 going a long way,...

With regards to a little HC-110 going a long way, about 6 years ago, I divided up a bottle of the developer into 4 brown glass bottles. I'm now part way through through the second glass bottle. ...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-17-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 3,884
Posted By Solinar
Bravo Sir! Let's us know how it performs.

Bravo Sir! Let's us know how it performs.
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 07-16-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 3,957
Posted By Solinar
I can't help you very much weight wise - but the...

I can't help you very much weight wise - but the earlier Kodak Retina II and the wonderful IIa are definitely less bulky than Retina IIIc. My older than dirt Leica II mated to a collapsible...
Forum: Other RF 07-10-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 461
Posted By Solinar
The Ambi-Silette write up by Wes is a very...

The Ambi-Silette write up by Wes is a very interesting read. He definitely has a lot of personal experience with both versions of this camera and its lenses.

If you are not up on the changes that...
Forum: Other RF 07-09-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 461
Posted By Solinar
It has nothing to do with the camera - but I...

It has nothing to do with the camera - but I especially enjoyed the image taken inside Central Camera. What a treat!
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-29-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 2,350
Posted By Solinar
I can see that. Both the camera and case look...

I can see that. Both the camera and case look like total rubbish. :angel:
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-25-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 864
Posted By Solinar
In the nineteen nineties, Seattle Film Works...

In the nineteen nineties, Seattle Film Works flooded the US with ECN-2 film, plenty of which is still available as N.O.S. on eBay.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-25-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 864
Posted By Solinar
My guess: The rem-jet anti halation layer is the...

My guess: The rem-jet anti halation layer is the unidentified contaminate.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-20-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,738
Posted By Solinar
Back in the days before the internet, when I was...

Back in the days before the internet, when I was living in an RV trailer. I had a Rondinax 35U. It worked well and took up less space than a light-proof, changing bag.

The key issues was the need...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 06-18-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 1,399
Posted By Solinar
Welcome. The first exposure of the stairs is a...

Welcome. The first exposure of the stairs is a stunner.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-17-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,254
Posted By Solinar
It was nice to see a IIIa and screw mount lenses...

It was nice to see a IIIa and screw mount lenses juxtaposed with the SLR gear.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-15-2019
Replies: 52
Views: 7,219
Posted By Solinar
A Quick Street Photo take with a Super Isolette

https://live.staticflickr.com/8805/17053198357_098f0cc053_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/rYW6Kk)
SuperIso_TioLionel (https://flic.kr/p/rYW6Kk)
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-15-2019
Replies: 52
Views: 7,219
Posted By Solinar
Horses for Courses

First, let me mention their strong points. With a Tessar equivalent lens, for landscape and architectural scenes, the high-end folders will match those of a TLR. Second, there is always room in my...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-13-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,233
Posted By Solinar
That is a valid concern. One that I share, since...

That is a valid concern. One that I share, since I rely on panniers and tend to inflate my tires to the maximum.

My partial solution to the vibrations concern is to put a satchel sized messenger...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-12-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 733
Posted By Solinar
The projection print scale that I use is an old...

The projection print scale that I use is an old Kodak version. It saves paper by getting you close to the correct exposure right away. Notice that I said close.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-12-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 733
Posted By Solinar
A sneaky way to guess the appoximate exposure needed

A projection print scale is a varied neutral density filter that allows you to quickly get close to the exposure time needed for a particular negative at a particular aperture.

The way it...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-11-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 565
Posted By Solinar
Maybe I should go open a couple of boxes of RC...

Maybe I should go open a couple of boxes of RC paper in my living room from my safebox and count how many sheets I have left. You never know. I could be running low.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-10-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 886
Posted By Solinar
The idea of large format digital is beyond my needs

The smaller format Nikon D850, on paper at least, already seems capable of blowing a 6x9 medium format film camera out of the water with regards to how large an image one can print straight out of...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-10-2019
Replies: 98
Views: 6,245
Posted By Solinar
A poor translation. Try substituting...

A poor translation. Try substituting granularity for graininess.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-10-2019
Replies: 98
Views: 6,245
Posted By Solinar
Awesome news! Thanks for posting this.

Awesome news! Thanks for posting this.
Forum: Other RF 06-09-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 625
Posted By Solinar
I agree. It maybe an Aires...

I agree. It maybe an Aires IIIL.

https://www.mikeeckman.com/2015/07/aires-35-iii-1957/
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-09-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 2,350
Posted By Solinar
As a IIIg owner, based on the cost difference...

As a IIIg owner, based on the cost difference between the two at current prices, I voted for the IIIf.

A Red Dial without the self-timer would be my preference.
Forum: Photo Software 06-09-2019
Replies: 59
Views: 5,802
Posted By Solinar
Greetings everyone. Does the above post mean...

Greetings everyone.

Does the above post mean that if I upgrade my current stand alone LR6 / Photoshop CS6 software to the CC Photography Plan, the new software must check in with the mother ship...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-07-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,738
Posted By Solinar
I've used the older Agfa Rondinax a few times. ...

I've used the older Agfa Rondinax a few times. Just like any other film developing method, you hang the unspooled roll from film clips to dry. The amazing your friends part is probably just...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-05-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,192
Posted By Solinar
It takes less than a minute, to include manually...

It takes less than a minute, to include manually setting the film counter dial.

Needless to say, the original Barnack design for 35mm film isn't everyone's cup of tea. With that said, my Leica...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-02-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 642
Posted By Solinar
Did I read the word "hospital"? - Godspeed on...

Did I read the word "hospital"? - Godspeed on your recovery -

All the best to you and your family. - Andrew in Austin, Texas -
Forum: Olympus RF 06-01-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 492
Posted By Solinar
The orange filter should be a 2X filter factor. ...

The orange filter should be a 2X filter factor. If your camera is loaded with 100 ISO film, set the meter dial to ISO 25.

Sorry, but I'm not able to comment on the green filter. Have fun.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-01-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 761
Posted By Solinar
Try a search for the Domke 700-J5B J-5XB

Just a heads up - There is a J-5XB version of this bag that has a thicker ballistic nylon fabric and the usual Domke heavy duty zipper - which I prefer. (See...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-31-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 4,159
Posted By Solinar
Read the article. Meh! To each their own. Out...

Read the article. Meh! To each their own.

Out of the three Leicas that I still own my 1932 Leica II is my go to camera. With a 50 Elmar the Model II is essentially a compact 35 mm that takes...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-25-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 701
Posted By Solinar
A camera that only misbehaves when there is film...

A camera that only misbehaves when there is film in the camera? That's mean.

When the mirror was hanging up, did you remove the lens to see if the shutter was in the open or closed position? ...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-16-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,722
Posted By Solinar
A non-scientific sample: all my friends that are...

A non-scientific sample: all my friends that are 60 and older use digital cameras.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-16-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 546
Posted By Solinar
In good summer daylight @ F/8 to F/16, I'll...

In good summer daylight @ F/8 to F/16, I'll guesstimate every time.

In the winter months, @F/4 with a dark cloudy days and the subject in the shadows, I'll break out the external RF using my Vito...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-16-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 546
Posted By Solinar
My scale focus cameras have markings in feet. ...

My scale focus cameras have markings in feet. So, 4 to 12 feet usually, which is about 1 meter plus to under 4 meters.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-16-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 546
Posted By Solinar
There's a VOIGTLANDER 93/184 RANGEFINDER on eBay...

There's a VOIGTLANDER 93/184 RANGEFINDER on eBay @ a reasonable price.

A Leitz Fokos is probably more than you need - but I use one hand-held with a Vito II and keep it in a pants pocket when not in...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-14-2019
Replies: 363
Views: 108,119
Posted By Solinar
A trio of...

A trio of Voigtländers

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47728091591_ee8786161e_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2fHyWNT)3Voigtlanders (https://flic.kr/p/2fHyWNT)
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 05-14-2019
Replies: 257
Views: 72,261
Posted By Solinar
Voigtländer Vito II - Fuji C200 -...

Voigtländer Vito II - Fuji C200 -

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/32900189477_f516bf4e98_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/S8h57a)Vito2_NOJFfence (https://flic.kr/p/S8h57a)

New Orleans. May 2019
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-09-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 818
Posted By Solinar
Calbe R09 is no longer available

The resulting negative using the pre-war R09 formulation will be very similar at higher dilutions.

Calbe R09/APH09 had a slightly lower pH value versus the modern Agfa Gevaert version of Rodinal...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-09-2019
Replies: 702
Sticky: 6x9 photos Only
Views: 247,251
Posted By Solinar
"Residential high rises - Meet the new...

"Residential high rises - Meet the new neighbors" - Austin, Texas

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/40751806433_952508d61d_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2566Ehi)Bessa2RezHiRise...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 04-25-2019
Replies: 114
Views: 44,205
Posted By Solinar
The same Retina IIa as shown above - but kitted...

The same Retina IIa as shown above - but kitted out with some accoutrements.

https://live.staticflickr.com/7847/32609535017_b1a9e1fe91_b.jpg

Cheers,
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-21-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 903
Posted By Solinar
Wow - he even uses a Rondinax. Definitely an...

Wow - he even uses a Rondinax. Definitely an interesting design.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-21-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 846
Posted By Solinar
I use the slide on accessory shoe, which fits on...

I use the slide on accessory shoe, which fits on to the pegs, in order to mount a Leitz SBOOI finder.

It works great for landscapes. Close in composition can be a bit dodgy, but the Leitz finder...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-21-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 1,379
Posted By Solinar
To me, the results look more than fine. Keep in...

To me, the results look more than fine. Keep in mind that the O.P. is pushing the film, in which case semi-stand makes sense.

All the best,
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 04-20-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 431
Posted By Solinar
On a scale focus camera, I generally try to guess...

On a scale focus camera, I generally try to guess the distance to my subject and set the focus accordingly. Being able to use an aperture of f/8 or f/11 helps.

My understanding is that the depth of...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-19-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 2,420
Posted By Solinar
Hmmmm, I watched the video and must say that...

Hmmmm, I watched the video and must say that there were other brands of cameras in use in addition to Leica during those conflict situations.

What's up with showing the actions of an Orwellian...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-17-2019
Replies: 66
Views: 2,661
Posted By Solinar
Irohas rocks. I've purchased this seller a...

Irohas rocks. I've purchased this seller a couple of times. The items were immaculate and arrived in less than a week.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-11-2019
Replies: 1,191
Views: 426,145
Posted By Solinar
"Couple of Tugs, Bollinger Dock - Algiers Point,...

"Couple of Tugs, Bollinger Dock - Algiers Point, New Orleans, LA

https://live.staticflickr.com/7888/40623143193_c692cff770_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/24TJebz)6x9AlgiersMissRiver...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 04-11-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,090
Posted By Solinar
It's the other way around. For those of us who...

It's the other way around. For those of us who don't use Facebook, it's a problem for the Zuckerbergs and their share holders.

While on the topic, there is more than one source for images...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 04-04-2019
Replies: 95
Views: 31,374
Posted By Solinar
- From a Retina IIa...

- From a Retina IIa -

https://live.staticflickr.com/7881/33661893068_805f9fcf5d_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/ThA13G)StPatsBarFloat (https://flic.kr/p/ThA13G)
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 04-04-2019
Replies: 114
Views: 44,205
Posted By Solinar
I now have a new to me Retina IIa. - An early...

I now have a new to me Retina IIa. - An early production camera from 1951. (Note the Compur Rapid shutter.)

https://live.staticflickr.com/7916/46815008754_8dbb720b03_b.jpg...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-03-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 615
Posted By Solinar
I really appreciate and respect with what Mirko...

I really appreciate and respect with what Mirko is trying to achieve. It isn't easy being a small manufacturer.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-02-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 20,711
Posted By Solinar
Roger has shared so much with this community. He...

Roger has shared so much with this community. He will be greatly missed.

Both thoughts and prayers for Roger and Frances.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-02-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,057
Posted By Solinar
I'm good with OFWAC. Nearly all of my...

I'm good with OFWAC. Nearly all of my purchases are from the antediluvian era.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-31-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 995
Posted By Solinar
First, that has to be the cleanest Lecia II I've...

First, that has to be the cleanest Lecia II I've ever seen.

Second, as usual you are correct, working with the NOOKY attachment is a chore. It's best used in full daylight @ f/8 or f/11.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-31-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 995
Posted By Solinar
A late contribution to an older than dirt thread....

A late contribution to an older than dirt thread. Image was take about 20 inches from the bluebonnet flowers.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7834/46786716954_3f9bef7752_b.jpg...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 03-30-2019
Replies: 565
Views: 142,788
Posted By Solinar
"The Gypsy...

"The Gypsy Lady"

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7908/33625390138_e766b20db6_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/TemUZQ)SailGitana (https://flic.kr/p/TemUZQ)

Rolle 35S - Kodak Tri-X - HC110
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-28-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 502
Posted By Solinar
Even though it may not seem so significant now, ...

Even though it may not seem so significant now, one US camera maker, (Graflex), introduced the Pacemaker Speed and Crown Graphics in 1947 - to include the baby Crown Graphic, which was a 6x9 sheet...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-27-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 502
Posted By Solinar
1948 is a bit early for the introduction new...

1948 is a bit early for the introduction new products. Germany and Japan were still clearing away the ruins. To add to the dismay, the Soviets had removed factory machinery as war reparations. ...
Forum: Olympus RF 03-27-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 6,229
Posted By Solinar
Truth is that the photograper can lie to the...

Truth is that the photograper can lie to the camera with regards to film speed.

As long as one remembers to undo his or her handy work, select a slower speed ISO that is 1/2 or 1/4 of the rated film...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-26-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 473
Posted By Solinar
Sweet deal - whoever originally purchased the...

Sweet deal - whoever originally purchased the lenses, went for the good stuff. Those are all labelled as APO - which are a step up from what I use.
Forum: Olympus RF 03-26-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 6,229
Posted By Solinar
Times two. Unless I have plenty of time to focus...

Times two. Unless I have plenty of time to focus and compose, I'll generally use zone focusing with the XA due to its dim RF patch.

One problem to this approach is the XA does not have many...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-23-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,346
Posted By Solinar
If I had to choose between a 1990 Era pocketable...

If I had to choose between a 1990 Era pocketable 35mm point and shoot and a plastic bodied auto-focus SLR from the same period then I'm with Nick - but there are more options than these 2 genres for...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-22-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,346
Posted By Solinar
Nick, good luck with the camera. High-end,...

Nick, good luck with the camera. High-end, auto-focus, point & shoot 35mm cameras now sell for $600 and up.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-22-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,346
Posted By Solinar
Huss, I pulled the plug at the end of 2017 for...

Huss,

I pulled the plug at the end of 2017 for the US version of F80, which came with a plastic zoom for under $35.00 shipped. I figured that I could leave it at work on my desk and no one would...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-21-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 1,481
Posted By Solinar
Kudos to the Best Western. How was the...

Kudos to the Best Western. How was the complimentary breakfast?

I mostly use a film camera. So, I'll generally expose only a couple of frames per subject.

Now with regards to people on the move,...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-20-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 5,858
Posted By Solinar
I can clearly see what you mean even on my 2012...

I can clearly see what you mean even on my 2012 11" laptop, which doesn't have the best resolution.

When did you purchase the film?

I'm asking when the film was purchased, because a factory rep...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-13-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 12,367
Posted By Solinar
Nice to see what others have as a favorite...

Nice to see what others have as a favorite developer - but I won't be able to vote, because I regularly use both HC-110 and Rodinal.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-05-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 5,784
Posted By Solinar
I've done it during my lunch break with my Leica...

I've done it during my lunch break with my Leica II and a 50mm Elmar - but you are correct, it's definitely a bit heavy when compared to P&S cameras from the 1990 Era.

God bless the 1990'ies - the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-03-2019
Replies: 258
Views: 56,715
Posted By Solinar
The IIIc in black is gorgeousness.

The IIIc in black is gorgeousness.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-27-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 5,784
Posted By Solinar
I now have both the Retina II and IIa. They are...

I now have both the Retina II and IIa. They are pretty heavy. I may park one for a short period in my pants pocket, but I don't like going on long walks with it stowed there.

There is something to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-27-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,411
Posted By Solinar
I might borrow that quote at a future date. In...

I might borrow that quote at a future date. In the mean time, I'm more of an apple pie with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream type of person.

Translation: My photography will have to get by with...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-27-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 846
Posted By Solinar
Just a heads up on whichever Bessa II you choose...

Just a heads up on whichever Bessa II you choose - make sure that the seller allows for returns.

Voigtländer's strong point is that their optics are second none. The design and build of their...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-23-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 5,784
Posted By Solinar
I 100% agree. - Wear a pair of pants with decent...

I 100% agree. - Wear a pair of pants with decent sized pockets.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-22-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 5,784
Posted By Solinar
Keep in mind that I wear cargo pants - and -...

Keep in mind that I wear cargo pants - and - rarely use neck straps.

I've attended an all day music fest with my Oly XA nestled in my pants pocket within a Rollei 35 pouch to keep out dust.

My...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-20-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 818
Posted By Solinar
It's all part of the adjustment that companies...

It's all part of the adjustment that companies like Ilford and Kodak must do when the original suppliers leave the business.

In the case of Kodak, the original supplier of the ink to print the frame...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-20-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 421
Posted By Solinar
Wonderful news. I wish the new venture well.

Wonderful news. I wish the new venture well.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-19-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 943
Posted By Solinar
The point I want to make - the more B&W film...

The point I want to make - the more B&W film users and home developing options to choose from the merrier I will be.

I used a Rondinax 60 for 120 film for a couple of years - 46 years ago - They...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-19-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,494
Posted By Solinar
Verichrome Pan had an emulsion coating was...

Verichrome Pan had an emulsion coating was thicker than most of today's films. The emulsion contained mix grain sizes to provide for a wide exposure latitude - which was needed when using an old...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-19-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 943
Posted By Solinar
Just to add to a 1 week old thread - the modern...

Just to add to a 1 week old thread - the modern version of the Agfa Rondinax is about to be released. It is the long promised Lab Box, which has some modular improvements versus the original Agfa...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-19-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 818
Posted By Solinar
Pun intended - That's a brilliant idea! :)

Pun intended - That's a brilliant idea! :)
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-10-2019
Replies: 67
Views: 6,671
Posted By Solinar
What's not to like about an 80 year old Leica II....

What's not to like about an 80 year old Leica II. Simple, with nothing more than 6 shutter speeds, rangefinder focusing and your choice of LTM...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-10-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,980
Posted By Solinar
jmpgino - I believe Chris Crawford hit the nail...

jmpgino - I believe Chris Crawford hit the nail on the head. Your new computer doesn't properly support a Firewire connection.


My Nikon Coolscan 8000 and 4000 are now older than dirt and about...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-05-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,082
Posted By Solinar
A starter kit like this may not replace bulk...

A starter kit like this may not replace bulk purchasing for most of us - but it may get some first timers into the fold.

With regards to a liter bottle of HC-110 and a 500ml bottle of Rodinal , ...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 11-13-2018
Replies: 114
Views: 44,205
Posted By Solinar
Sweet camera, Mike - with more than a few nice...

Sweet camera, Mike - with more than a few nice images made with it on flickr, too.
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 11-12-2018
Replies: 1,730
Views: 114,657
Posted By Solinar
- Lunch Time on 21st Street...

- Lunch Time on 21st Street -

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4818/44002568130_eb34e10381_b.jpg

Kodak Retina II
Heligon - f/2 50mm -
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 11-12-2018
Replies: 95
Views: 31,374
Posted By Solinar
Crosswalk #4 - 21st...

Crosswalk #4 - 21st Street

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4892/45094751454_df7756b0b3_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2bGSowJ)

Retina II - f2/50mm Heligon - Ilford Super XP2
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 10-30-2018
Replies: 114
Views: 44,205
Posted By Solinar
It just occurred to me this morning that my...

It just occurred to me this morning that my Retina II is nearly 70 years old.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1886/29701885807_ede2071009_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/MfDVRr)Retina2...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 10-27-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,854
Posted By Solinar
1 Each MR9 Battery Adapter

You can use a Kanto MR9 battery adapter that contains a Schottky diode to bring down the voltage of modern 1.55 volt silver oxide S625PX...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 10-27-2018
Replies: 1,730
Views: 114,657
Posted By Solinar
One more, all of which were taken near 24th and...

One more, all of which were taken near 24th and Guadalupe St in Austin, Texas

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/565/med_U565I1540647350.SEQ.0.jpg

Tri-X developed in Rodinal 1:100...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 10-27-2018
Replies: 1,730
Views: 114,657
Posted By Solinar
My Retina II is more than a bit old-school for...

My Retina II is more than a bit old-school for street photography, but the 50mm F2 Heligon holds its own.

Young lady in the crosswalk - Tri-X HC-110 dilution h for 12...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 10-27-2018
Replies: 95
Views: 31,374
Posted By Solinar
My Minolta 5400 scanner died in 2016. Just...

My Minolta 5400 scanner died in 2016. Just picked up a Coolscan 4000 in late 2018 and I'm having to relearn how to scan.

The Retina II is more than a bit old-school for street photography, but the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-26-2018
Replies: 67
Views: 6,671
Posted By Solinar
A bit late to the party, but I'm glad I found...

A bit late to the party, but I'm glad I found this thread.

First, what an interesting back story to the camera. Second, more than a couple of generations later it's still a capable photographic...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-22-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 1,764
Posted By Solinar
Home developing B&W is affordable

Once you've assembled your developing kit, home developing B&W is very reasonable.

At 1:100 a 500ml bottle of Rodinal is good to go for a 100 rolls of film. Alternatively, a bottle of HC110 used at...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-22-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 1,750
Posted By Solinar
I wonder how many of photography related...

I wonder how many of photography related start-ups that rely on crowd sourced funding turn out well.

What I find troubling with these jokers is they have essentially waste binned the Yashica brand...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 10-14-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,914
Posted By Solinar
It may be a bit late'ish - but the review is very...

It may be a bit late'ish - but the review is very well written from photographer's point of view.
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 10-14-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 999
Posted By Solinar
That'll work with the camera mounted to a tripod....

That'll work with the camera mounted to a tripod. Minolta offered for its Autocord TLR a parallax adjuster that did just that.

I guess you could try this approach with a tripod to try to get a feel...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-12-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,406
Posted By Solinar
That would be my philosophy on the issue.

That would be my philosophy on the issue.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 10-09-2018
Replies: 54
Views: 2,357
Posted By Solinar
I use negative film and that's good advice. ...

I use negative film and that's good advice.

Years ago, I would use a fill flash to bring the shadows within two stops of a brightly lit background. Due to the age of my three favorite 35mm...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-09-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 504
Posted By Solinar
I use a small Igloo ice chest for a water bath. ...

I use a small Igloo ice chest for a water bath. In the warm months, I keep a couple of 1 quart plastic water bottles in the freezer to cool the tap water in the ice chest to about 65°F / 18°C or...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 10-09-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 4,092
Posted By Solinar
With regards to your shutter troubles. Chris...

With regards to your shutter troubles. Chris Sherlock, a.k.a. RetinaRescue in New Zealand can sort out any problems with that IIa.
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 10-09-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 4,092
Posted By Solinar
I've shot with both lenses on Retinas. All I...

I've shot with both lenses on Retinas. All I know is that the Heligon and Xenon are wonderful lenses.

The Heligons were mainly for the German market. The distance markings on the shutter...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 10-09-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 4,092
Posted By Solinar
What nice compact 35mm shooter.

If everything on that IIa is working as it should be - that combo should outperform 99% compact 35mm RF from the 1970'ies with fixed lens.

With regards to the lens swap, neither the Heligon, nor the...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 10-09-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 642
Posted By Solinar
On the older Retina II and III - if it is a push...

On the older Retina II and III - if it is a push on filter or hood, then the 32mm diameter comes into play.

If the above photo is correct, your Automatic III does not have a provision for 29.5mm...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-05-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 390
Posted By Solinar
Isn't Superia 400 with the 4th color layer on...

Isn't Superia 400 with the 4th color layer on Fuji's endangered species list?
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-28-2018
Replies: 95
Views: 3,975
Posted By Solinar
I was thinking FujiFilm - but the film part of...

I was thinking FujiFilm - but the film part of their brand name is on the decline.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-27-2018
Replies: 95
Views: 3,975
Posted By Solinar
That is my theory, as well. Dedicated film...

That is my theory, as well. Dedicated film scanners aren't flying off the supplier's shelves in record numbers.

Face it, film scanning and post processing are not very consumer friendly.

Also,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-25-2018
Replies: 3,109
Views: 749,676
Posted By Solinar
You nailed it William. Spot on composition and...

You nailed it William. Spot on composition and exposure.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 09-24-2018
Replies: 182
Views: 36,020
Posted By Solinar
Nice Looking Perkeo II

That's a wonderfully compact rig for 120 - 6x6. An automatic stop for the film winder is a major plus, in my opinion.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 09-19-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 527
Posted By Solinar
Archivist - are you going to use the tripod mount...

Archivist - are you going to use the tripod mount to secure the strap?

Gordy Straps, advertised here on RFF makes a variety of wrist straps and slings, which can be screwed onto the tripod...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-13-2018
Replies: 91
Views: 3,027
Posted By Solinar
If you have the gumption to memorize how to...

If you have the gumption to memorize how to navigate most of the settings in the CSM on a modern digital camera, they can be powerful instruments.

My issue, is do I really need a 40 plus megapixel...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-08-2018
Replies: 49
Views: 1,803
Posted By Solinar
I watch the youtube video with images from the...

I watch the youtube video with images from the 1950'ies - right up to the Our Lady of Grapefruit image.

I was only 6 years old when the decade ended. What I remember most was that nearly...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 09-08-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1,382
Posted By Solinar
Congratulations. An enlarger that will handle up...

Congratulations. An enlarger that will handle up to a 6x9 neg is rare find. I acquired my Durst 609, while on my bicycle. Unfortunately, it was in South Austin, about 4 miles from my house and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-31-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 933
Posted By Solinar
So, this basically means that Canon probably...

So, this basically means that Canon probably ceased production a while ago and if what was posted over at the Red Dot forum is correct, Leica ceased production of the M7 on 5/24/2018. :(
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-04-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 2,232
Posted By Solinar
As a veteran - the photo reminds one that there...

As a veteran - the photo reminds one that there is no safe MOS in a war zone.

https://www.military1.com/army-enlistment/318806-army-mos-codes/

Any with regards D.I.Y. C41 - there's a youtube...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-03-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 1,541
Posted By Solinar
I went through the same experience - but sold the...

I went through the same experience - but sold the D80 when it came back from Nikon and bought a second hand Nikon D300. - It's been several years and I have no complaints regarding the D300.

With...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-03-2017
Replies: 2,738
Views: 803,930
Posted By Solinar
I already had a collection of five AF-D lenses. ...

I already had a collection of five AF-D lenses. So, I took a gamble on a $20 camera body.

https://web2.ph.utexas.edu/~yue/misc/SLR-RFb.jpg

The N80 performs better than I expected. No complaints,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-02-2017
Replies: 89
Views: 8,193
Posted By Solinar
While not my 35mm smallest camera - nor the...

While not my 35mm smallest camera - nor the easiest to load film in - for daylight photography, my old Barnack is pocket-able with the lens collapsed....
Forum: Nikon RF 04-18-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 771
Posted By Solinar
Yeah - but the next video in the series, ライカ M...

Yeah - but the next video in the series, ライカ M の伝説, shows a tech field stripping a Leica M3.

I did notice in the first video that the proper pronunciation for Nikon is nee-kon.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-14-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 1,347
Posted By Solinar
Another congratulations is in order. The build...

Another congratulations is in order. The build quality alone of the Super Ikonta A MX makes it a keeper. Definitely, post some images once you run some film through the camera.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-10-2017
Replies: 34
Views: 3,769
Posted By Solinar
Excellent post Roger - #2 seem to be the case...

Excellent post Roger - #2 seem to be the case with Rodinal.

The prevailing popularity of stand development of pushed film in Rodinal comes with a big hit to #4 tonality.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-08-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,424
Posted By Solinar
Formulary TF-4 has undissolved solids in it. So,...

Formulary TF-4 has undissolved solids in it. So, I prefer TF-5 that allows me to use only 250ml of the working solution at a time.

The first thing I do when purchase a 1 liter bottle of Formulary...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-07-2017
Replies: 62
Views: 4,396
Posted By Solinar
And mine needed a good cleaning - but it was...

And mine needed a good cleaning - but it was under $800 and came with the glass negative carrier for medium format.

For my MacBook, OS 10.12 - I use a Thunderbolt to Firewire 800 cable, firewire...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 04-02-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 3,492
Posted By Solinar
It's not my photo in the image below, but I'm a...

It's not my photo in the image below, but I'm a sucker for a subject close in to the camera, while juxtaposed to an interesting...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-30-2017
Replies: 41
Views: 2,149
Posted By Solinar
Off topic here: Here in Central Texas because of...

Off topic here: Here in Central Texas because of the amount of dissolved Ca/Mg in the local water supply, I use demineralized water from a vending machine in my coffee brewer to prevent calcium...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-29-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 579
Posted By Solinar
Check the Wikipedia link:...

Check the Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_Leroy

She also won the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award for her coverage of Lebanon.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-28-2017
Replies: 42
Views: 2,642
Posted By Solinar
I have an older push/pull zoom for my DSLR, a...

I have an older push/pull zoom for my DSLR, a 35-70mm 2.8 AF-D Nikkor that I should use more often.

I had hope for it to be a walk-about lens. It's not. After a couple of hours, the extra weight...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-24-2017
Replies: 49
Views: 6,052
Posted By Solinar
I looked at the D600/610 option at the end of...

I looked at the D600/610 option at the end of February, when I purchased my D700.

The D600 was a very attractive option - mainly because they sometimes sell for around $750.00 . My personal...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-22-2017
Replies: 49
Views: 6,052
Posted By Solinar
rfaspen - I just acquired a D700 last month,...

rfaspen - I just acquired a D700 last month, which was $61 over your budget and has 20,000 more clicks of usage.

It was a no brainer since I rarely print larger than a 6 x 9 inch and already owned 4...
Forum: Travel 03-22-2017
Replies: 120
Views: 8,567
Posted By Solinar
Are willing to trade freedom for wealth or security?

Thanks for the link - While no one yet knows the full intel behind this draconian restriction - I just want remind everyone that the EgyptAir flight that blew up over the Mediterranean departed from...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 03-21-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 2,465
Posted By Solinar
West German Quality and Precision

West German Quality and Precision
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 03-21-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 2,465
Posted By Solinar
A Rolleiflex SL35, pre-1973 ??? <edit> Since you...

A Rolleiflex SL35, pre-1973 ??? <edit> Since you state that it isn't a Rollei, I go with with the Agfa, as guessed below. </edit>
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