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Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 566
Posted By wes loder
Got an unexposed roll of Kodachrome in my freezer...

Got an unexposed roll of Kodachrome in my freezer that my brother "gifted" me with. Haven't had the heart to throw it away yet.
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 233
Posted By wes loder
Thank you Steve for the suggestion. I first...

Thank you Steve for the suggestion. I first published this collection several years ago as a gift for my family. But recently I noted Swift1's project and thought, hey, why not? Maybe someone other...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 233
Posted By wes loder
My first collection of photographs.

After some thought, I am making my first collection of photographs available for public purchase via Blurb direct sales. Take a look. <https://www.blurb.com/b/5910338-landscapes-and-interiors-1...
Forum: Nikon RF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 658
Posted By wes loder
Perhaps you need to clarify your chronology. The...

Perhaps you need to clarify your chronology. The 5cm f1.4 came out in the fall of 1950. The change from a marking of NK Tokyo to NK Japan on the beauty ring was not clear-cut but certainly well...
Forum: Nikon RF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 658
Posted By wes loder
Nikon changed all its rangefinder lenses to black...

Nikon changed all its rangefinder lenses to black mountings in 1956-1957 (except the 50mm Micro Nikkor). Any S2 sold after the spring of 1957 probably came with a black-mounted lens. Of course, the...
Forum: Other RF 07-10-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 319
Posted By wes loder
Be sure to also check out my own commentary on...

Be sure to also check out my own commentary on the Ambi Silette. <http://wesloderandnikon.blogspot.com/2019/06/the-ambi-silette-agfas-most-ambitious.html> Cheers, WES
Forum: Other RF 05-12-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 301
Posted By wes loder
Schneider Curtgon for Ambi Silette

Here is a 35mm f2.8 Curtagon converted to Ambi Silette mount. No RF coupling, but beautiful conversion. Not sure who did it, but has an Agfa marking on it. Anyone know of any other like...
Forum: Other RF 04-29-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 301
Posted By wes loder
non-agfa lenses for the Agfa Ambi Silette

Anyone know of any? I have a Schneider Curtagon in Ambi mount on its way to me. Will see how it does.
And another question. Has anyone actually seen or handled a 50mm f2 Solagon in Ambi Silette...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-08-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 914
Posted By wes loder
I have used mine to support the 20 pound 50cm...

I have used mine to support the 20 pound 50cm Nikkor T with no problem.
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 03-08-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 1,707
Posted By wes loder
Nikon formatting

Minolta "invented" the 24X32 format and promoted it heavily to the Japanese government, who, in turn, specified that projectors sold in schools had to use that format. In 1948 the 24X 32 format...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-08-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 914
Posted By wes loder
I wrapped my legs in heavy-duty cloth tape....

I wrapped my legs in heavy-duty cloth tape. Better for gripping and never had an issue with aluminum oxide coming off. Had it for over 50 years and still going strong.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-03-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 2,533
Posted By wes loder
How do you adjust the rangefinder of the Karat 36...

How do you adjust the rangefinder of the Karat 36 type 3? Mine is off at infinity.
Thanks, WES
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 03-02-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 1,707
Posted By wes loder
What does 'M' stand for?

I have seen others state that the 'M' stands for medium format, but it does not make sense. Why would NK want to point out that its camera was midway between 24X32 and 24X36? It wanted to sell a...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-27-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 472
Posted By wes loder
The red C indicates that it is at least...

The red C indicates that it is at least internally coated. Based on the Leitz Elmar. If clear should be a good picture taker.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 02-21-2019
Replies: 814
Views: 91,506
Posted By wes loder
http://www.personal.psu.edu/mwl2/images/Star%20Isl...

http://www.personal.psu.edu/mwl2/images/Star%20Islandw.jpgNikon SP, 28mm
Forum: Other RF 02-11-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 1,110
Posted By wes loder
The rangefinder is very similar to the Leica III...

The rangefinder is very similar to the Leica III with a fair separation from the viewfinder. It's a splendid piece of work, if only they had thought to make it an SLR.
Kilfitt made a reflex...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-19-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 1,625
Posted By wes loder
the 35mm Color Ambion

I have a full suite of lenses for the Ambi Silette,but will admit I am not much of a fan of this lens. Pictures are decently sharp and balanced, but the ergonomics are awful IMHO. The focusing ring...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 12-13-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 510
Posted By wes loder
Actually, 40.5mm is a pretty standard filter...

Actually, 40.5mm is a pretty standard filter size. Zeiss used it on its f2 and f1.5 normals. Nikon used it for its 50mm f2 RF lens, the 50mm f1.5 and the Nikkorex leaf-shutter reflexes. Several of...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-13-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 3,348
Posted By wes loder
At the time the S4 came out, Japan was in the...

At the time the S4 came out, Japan was in the midst of an economic recession. The S4 was an attempt to low the price point for the Japanese market to maintain market share. It was not imported to the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-08-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,016
Posted By wes loder
35.5mm filters screw on perfectly on the Ambi...

35.5mm filters screw on perfectly on the Ambi Silette. The outside diameter is 37mm slip-on. Hope that helps. WES
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-05-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 298
Posted By wes loder
small adjustment screw

I thought that might be it. Worked it a while and loosened the rotating lever a bit and got it to focus to infinity. Will post pictures on my blog eventually (when I have more shots).
Thanks!
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-04-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 298
Posted By wes loder
Ambi Silette rangefinder adjustment

Anyone know how to adjust the horizontal image on the Agfa Ambi Silette camera. I have one where the horizontal is off significantly. Vertical is okay. I can get the top off—no problem, but don't...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-29-2018
Replies: 67
Views: 12,593
Posted By wes loder
I have been cleaning and exercising the area...

I have been cleaning and exercising the area shown in photo. Put in the lighter fluid. Everything works. 20 minutes later back to all slow speeds acting like 'B.' Let go of the release and the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-27-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,016
Posted By wes loder
The slip-on 37mm hood hood I bought for my Tenax...

The slip-on 37mm hood hood I bought for my Tenax II fits perfectly on my Ambi Silette, as does the 37mm slip-on lens caps.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-22-2018
Replies: 8,883
Views: 866,535
Posted By wes loder
Agfa Ambi Silette

Just purchased a Type II Agfa Ambi Silette with all four lenses (35, 50, 90 and 130 and the 130 finder). All in beautiful condition. Lenses show almost no use. The camera works fine with accurate...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-20-2018
Replies: 39
Views: 3,674
Posted By wes loder
A very popular lens in both mounts until the...

A very popular lens in both mounts until the introduction of the 105 f2.5 Nikkor which uses a similar formula. It is heavy. While a "Sonnar" type design, having seen the formulas for both the 85mm...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 09-11-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 999
Posted By wes loder
Thanks for sharing, Dan.

Thanks for sharing, Dan.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 09-06-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 999
Posted By wes loder
I have only shot color with the Tessar. Look at...

I have only shot color with the Tessar. Look at the two pictures. Perhaps a little less contrast compared to a "modern" lens, but otherwise excellent results. Certainly sharp.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 09-05-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 999
Posted By wes loder
Or try:...

Or try: <http://wesloderandnikon.blogspot.com/>
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 09-05-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 999
Posted By wes loder
the Super Ikonta A

I have just uploaded a new page to my blog on my Super Ikonta A. Take a look.
<http://wesloderandnikon.blogspot.com/2018/09/my-super-ikonta-a.html>
Enjoy. WES
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-20-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 2,723
Posted By wes loder
"Before the boom"! My first Nikon SP cost $175....

"Before the boom"! My first Nikon SP cost $175. My second one also cost $175 but included a 28mm and a 135mm Nikkor, plus meter. Those were the days (early 70s).
Forum: Jim Lager - Leica Historian 07-25-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 2,259
Posted By wes loder
Zeiss long lenses

Jim, I have the post-war Panflex, the Panflex Tessar and the 500mm Fernobjektiv in Panflex mount. I had the pre-war Panflex but sold it. Not sure I can answer all your questions,but I can try to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-21-2018
Replies: 407
Views: 18,199
Posted By wes loder
More Kodachromes from WES

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JzhKtSuLY7I/WwMD-T4E2jI/AAAAAAAABKY/0eClrkbSk3EMzTjZVrE4lPtS1X-W549VgCLcBGAs/s640/Michael%2BHarvey%2BCedars.jpgYours truly circa 1949-1950 at Harvey Cedars, New Jersey....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-21-2018
Replies: 407
Views: 18,199
Posted By wes loder
Abandoned truck, Blind River, Ontario

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VDRYYmEEUA8/WwLgkx4n69I/AAAAAAAABJ8/VkP6ZawYzZshrDXSQ62Bews_H-y0yJ82gCLcBGAs/s320/Abandoned%2Btruck%2BBlind%2BRvr%2BOnt%2B9%253A74.jpgKodachrome 64 9/74
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Forum: Nikon RF 05-19-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 499
Posted By wes loder
Lens is from 81 series, probably not original....

Lens is from 81 series, probably not original. Too bad about the back leather and the number on the bottom. Otherwise in good condition.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-19-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,843
Posted By wes loder
Stephen, that would be good. Note that reflex...

Stephen, that would be good. Note that reflex housings and microscope adapters have no problem with focus. With their magnification, should definitely be a problem if back focus was the issue. WES
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-17-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,843
Posted By wes loder
The S and C mounts are the same depth. Which is...

The S and C mounts are the same depth. Which is why even the long lenses match at infinity. The problem is the pitch on the internal focusing helicoid. The Contax takes 274 degrees to get down to 3...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-11-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,415
Posted By wes loder
The 50cmFernobjektiv in Panflex mount

I just uploaded a new page on my Fernobjektiv. Take a look....
Forum: Nikon RF 05-10-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 585
Posted By wes loder
According to Rotoloni, Nikon produced only 2000...

According to Rotoloni, Nikon produced only 2000 S3s in 1959. If all numbers were used, the 6th batch dated 1/20/1959 would have started around 6308300 and run to 6310301. Hope that helps. WES
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-10-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,415
Posted By wes loder
My 50cm Fernobjektiv is in original Penflex mount...

My 50cm Fernobjektiv is in original Penflex mount (external bayonet). No adapter. It is T coated and the serial number (3412655) dates to a 1948 batch all supposedly for the Flektoscop.
Forum: Nikon RF 05-10-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 585
Posted By wes loder
S3s start with 630001. You would have to check...

S3s start with 630001. You would have to check Rotoloni's book to get production numbers and the timeline. WES
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-10-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,415
Posted By wes loder
If you think 50cm fernobjektiv in either...

If you think 50cm fernobjektiv in either Flektoskop or Flektometer are rare, try finding one in Panflex mount. I have one and it is a nice lens, usable on a Nikon F with BR-1 ring. Also usable on...
Forum: Nikon RF 05-09-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 585
Posted By wes loder
The Nikon S2 was discontinued when the S3 went...

The Nikon S2 was discontinued when the S3 went into production: early 1958. No S2s would have been made in 1959.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-29-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 786
Posted By wes loder
I have my mother's Trinovids (10x40) but much...

I have my mother's Trinovids (10x40) but much prefer my 9X35 Nikon for their sharpness, wide field and close focusing. Excellent glass. But if you want glass to die for check out the top-of-the-line...
Forum: Travel 02-21-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 2,967
Posted By wes loder
Kodachrome 64. Still love its colors. WES That...

Kodachrome 64. Still love its colors. WES
That was the year after Kodak replaced Kodachrome II with Kodachrome 25, which I did not like due to its raw colors. But Kodachrome 64 seemed to give the...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-16-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 945
Posted By wes loder
The S has a larger gap between the front...

The S has a larger gap between the front escutcheon and the bayonet prongs than the S2. So it may fit without grinding off a bit of the back mount of the lens. The S mount is closer to the Contax...
Forum: Optics Theory - 01-26-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 34,931
Posted By wes loder
In addition to base and magnification, an...

In addition to base and magnification, an additional factor to consider is the amount of movement of the prism that moves the RF image. Prisms such as found in the Barnack rangefinder and their...
Forum: Travel 01-23-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 2,967
Posted By wes loder
Smile Using Nikkors

Here are three images taken by my wife and I in the Summer of 1972 when we were doing spec photography in the Gros Ventre Range in Northwestern Wyoming. The first shows us on the summit of Sheep...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-21-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 2,061
Posted By wes loder
I might note that D D Duncan stated in his book...

I might note that D D Duncan stated in his book This is War, that every picture in the book, with one exception, were taken using a 5cm f1.5 Nikkor.
Forum: Nikon RF 01-14-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 872
Posted By wes loder
In order to gain the reproduction ratios that the...

In order to gain the reproduction ratios that the other 50mm Nikkors gave with the negative front lens, you need to collapse the Micro-Nikkor—BUT only on a S or P copy stand. Otherwise, the only...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 01-02-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 1,477
Posted By wes loder
I own a Minion 35c withToko 4cm lens # 111441....

I own a Minion 35c withToko 4cm lens # 111441. Looks to be the same design and configuration as yours. From rim should rotate with stops at infinity down to 2 1/2 feet. Screws missing or stripped?
Forum: Nikon RF 01-01-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 2,202
Posted By wes loder
A industrious effort. Unfortunately, your history...

A industrious effort. Unfortunately, your history of Nippon Kogaku prior to the introduction of the Nikon S2 it riddled with errors and perpetuates myths about the company and the sales and...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 12-31-2017
Replies: 272
Views: 84,469
Posted By wes loder
Display? I take pictures with it. Orthometar is...

Display? I take pictures with it. Orthometar is one cool lens.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-28-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,007
Posted By wes loder
Your leather backs were made of vegetable tanned...

Your leather backs were made of vegetable tanned leather. The chemicals in the leather react with copper to form verdigris. Since brass is a copper alloy, that's the culprit. Originally the brass was...
Forum: RFF Polls 11-11-2017
Replies: 40
Views: 1,884
Posted By wes loder
Looked for and started wanting the Model I...

Looked for and started wanting the Model I bellows for the Nikon RF cameras back in 1973. Pretty much got away from serious photography while children were growing up. In 2004 found one on ebay and...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-10-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 779
Posted By wes loder
" Developed in Dektol/Selectol Soft blends or...

" Developed in Dektol/Selectol Soft blends or Amidol."
Amidol! Not many members in the brown-thumb club. :-)
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-05-2017
Replies: 130
Views: 5,961
Posted By wes loder
Nikon Model I bellows for $86 from ebay. Turned...

Nikon Model I bellows for $86 from ebay. Turned out to be the second lowest serial number in the regular series.
Ebay seller listed a large object as "Nikon Enlarger." Turned out to be a Multiphot...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-05-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,179
Posted By wes loder
I use steel cases with compartments each which...

I use steel cases with compartments each which hold about 20 slides. If I project, I lift out in clumps of 20, so easy to work with. Only the slides to the outside of each group seem to gain any...
Forum: Travel 10-10-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,692
Posted By wes loder
Flew from Newark to Seattle (Alaska Airlines)...

Flew from Newark to Seattle (Alaska Airlines) with a 50cm Fernobjektiv lens in my carry-on. It went into the machine and the operators near went nuts trying figure out what it was without cracking...
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-13-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 2,417
Posted By wes loder
The Turner Reich anastigmat was a ten element...

The Turner Reich anastigmat was a ten element symmetrical lens in two groups that mirrored each other. The British patent dated to 1895. Four air-glass surfaces.
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-13-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 2,417
Posted By wes loder
flare and element numbers

The amount of flare that a lens transmits is usually related to the number of air-glass surfaces, not the number of elements. For example, the Protar series VIIa from 1912 had eight elements (!) but...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-11-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,509
Posted By wes loder
How do you double expose with a Tenax?

How do you double expose with a Tenax?
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-11-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,509
Posted By wes loder
Tenax II shots in color

Nice pictures, Alei. Here are a few color images, none of which appear in the Tenax II...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-07-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,814
Posted By wes loder
Images from the book

Here are a few images of the Tenax II book. The third picture is of all four lenses that were sold for use on the Tenax II. From left to right they are: 2.7cm f4.5 Orthometar with finder, 4cm f2.8...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-05-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 795
Posted By wes loder
Try 40.5mm p=50 filters.

Try 40.5mm p=50 filters.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-05-2017
Replies: 272
Views: 84,469
Posted By wes loder
Tenax II with Orthometar

An North American Market Tenax II from 1938 with the rare 2.7cm f4.5 Orthometar and correct...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-03-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 3,147
Posted By wes loder
First rule of photojournalism: A picture is worth...

First rule of photojournalism: A picture is worth a 1000 words IF accompanied by an informative caption. Some pictures do not need titles; sometimes a place or a person's name is enough; other times...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-17-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 748
Posted By wes loder
I have posted to the gallery several pictures...

I have posted to the gallery several pictures taken with the Tenax II including several taken with the 2.7cm Orthometar wide angle. Resolution is good and distortion is minimal, but contrast is low...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-27-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,075
Posted By wes loder
The range of lenses for the Tenax II (27mm to...

The range of lenses for the Tenax II (27mm to 75mm) was similar to the usually purchased Leica range (35mm to 90mm) and the range for the Robot (remember that optics longer than 75mm vignette on a...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-26-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,075
Posted By wes loder
Have seen MF76—a naval-modified Tenax II with 4cm...

Have seen MF76—a naval-modified Tenax II with 4cm Sonnar.
Doubt that they confined to one naval base since M and MF have shown up in Normandy (Brest?) and Poland (Danzing?) and elsewhere.
A few...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-26-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,075
Posted By wes loder
Early equipment came only with M numbers, later...

Early equipment came only with M numbers, later ones with MF numbers. With only one exception (so far), each number appears to be unique. Naval Tenax have numbers that match for camera, advance...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-25-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,075
Posted By wes loder
This would be a lens for the use of the...

This would be a lens for the use of the kriegsmarine (war navy). 'M' is for Marine, there is no consensus as to what the F stands for. It might stand for Fliegen or Flugdienst—which would be a lens...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-10-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,814
Posted By wes loder
I now have my book on ebay with a "buy right now"...

I now have my book on ebay with a "buy right now" option and free postage for $44.10. Check it out. These copies come directly from myself and I will individually sign before mailing if you so...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-05-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 792
Posted By wes loder
Back in the old days, we always referred to duct...

Back in the old days, we always referred to duct tape as "Gaffer tape." Photographers used it for securing lighting cords to floors and walls in studio settings and elsewhere.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-02-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 748
Posted By wes loder
Orthometar for the Tenax II

Now that I have my book on the Tenax II out, I wanted to share information on its rare wide-angle lens, the 27mm f4.5 Orthometar.
I have an entry on my blog...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-02-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,814
Posted By wes loder
You should be able to preview the book at the...

You should be able to preview the book at the Blurb site noted above. Click on "Preview" then move the bar across that appears under the picture of the cover. Cheers, WES
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-02-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,814
Posted By wes loder
I had to make some changes to the Tenax II book....

I had to make some changes to the Tenax II book. Correct URL is:
http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/8032913-the-tenax-ii-zeiss-ikon-s-precision-fast-action-ca

Let me know what you think. Thanks,...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-29-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,814
Posted By wes loder
Tenax II book is out

My book on the Tenax II camera is now available for purchase through Blurb.


http://www.blurb.com/b/8013552-the-tenax-ii-zeiss-ikon-s-precision-fast-action-ca

A comprehensive history and...
Forum: Nikon RF 05-04-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,042
Posted By wes loder
Low number for the SA series. First sold through...

Low number for the SA series. First sold through Tamarkin Auctions a number of years ago. Pictures did not show the negative lens, anti-reflection ring or the case, but if Bob says they were there, I...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-27-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1,258
Posted By wes loder
strange adapter

I seem to remember seeing one of these in a Leica Fotografie back in the 70s. It substituted for the focusing helicoid for the 200 lens. Use the knob on the side to push-pull focus.
WES
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-07-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,814
Posted By wes loder
My own Tenax-II, body no. J. 89893 and CZJ Sonnar...

My own Tenax-II, body no. J. 89893 and CZJ Sonnar 1:2 f=4cm no. 1845179, belonged to my grandfather (who was a Zeiss fan):
Best wishes from Italy,

Enzo (E.L.)[/quote]

An interesting combination....
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-27-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,814
Posted By wes loder
The Tenax II is not that rare, but you are...

The Tenax II is not that rare, but you are correct about the Contax. But the books on the Contax have been done, and I do not own any Contax Is. I have to work with what I have and like. Thanks for...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-27-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,814
Posted By wes loder
Tenax II book

I am currently working on an illustrated history and compendium on the Tenax II camera. I expect to have it in print in 2017. Anyone interested? I am trying to get a feel for numbers, so I will have...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-22-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 923
Posted By wes loder
That's strange. I use a Leitz UV filter on my...

That's strange. I use a Leitz UV filter on my original 35mm f1.8, Never had any problem. But the pitch of the "modern" RF Nikkors from the 00s is different. Maybe that is the problem. WES
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-22-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 727
Posted By wes loder
flare and Tenax II

I seemed to get a lot of flare from my 7.5cm Sonnar for the Tenax II. But re-scanning with a decent scanner reduced the flare in pictures considerably. I now have a UV filter on front. Will see if...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-11-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 805
Posted By wes loder
cleaning a TEnax II

You can buff the chrome and black paint with a soft cloth. The morocco leather may need a bit of TLC. I keep a jar of leather preservative made for leather book bindings. A tiny bit goes a long way....
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 12-30-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 4,066
Posted By wes loder
m-b adapter

The first 55mm Micro-Nikkor for the Nikon F was a preset lens. The close-down ring was also the filter-mounting ring (52mm Nikon F standard). This meant that any filter would rotate when the lens was...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-19-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 2,229
Posted By wes loder
FRom my blog: Nikon SP and BC5

Nikon SP with appropriate BC-5 and extension arm.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-25-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 1,133
Posted By wes loder
Underwater? Long gone. But note that dry, low...

Underwater? Long gone. But note that dry, low temperatures might prolong a latent image. As a side note, when I received Hans Liholm's camera it contained a roll of film exposed in 1950. I had it...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-14-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,055
Posted By wes loder
Here area couple of quick shots from our place...

Here area couple of quick shots from our place taken with the 2.8cm Auto-Nikkor mounted on the Tenax II. Wish I knew how to upload bigger images. Originals are much sharper than they appear here....
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-09-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,055
Posted By wes loder
The upcoming Tamarkin auction lists one Tenax II,...

The upcoming Tamarkin auction lists one Tenax II, plus there is one on ebay in Germany. One or two Tenax II cameras seem to show up on ebay every other month.
WES
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-09-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,055
Posted By wes loder
Maybe-maybe-not. The Nikon F flange to...

Maybe-maybe-not. The Nikon F flange to focal-plane distance is 46.5mm. This was just enough. The challenge is not the mounts so much as the optical flange projections coming out of the nikkors in the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-08-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,055
Posted By wes loder
<In fact, the Tenax II is definitely scarce, if...

<In fact, the Tenax II is definitely scarce, if not rare.>
Simon Worsley estimates that Zeiss Ikon produced about 8500 Tenax II between 1937 and 1940. While scarcer than a Contax, this would make it...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-08-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,055
Posted By wes loder
Nikkor to Tenax

The 28mm Auto Nikkor feels light until you compare it with the small original lenses for the Tenax II. I just wish it was a bit smaller. My 105mm f2.5 Auto Nikkor also mounts and works fine, but does...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-07-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,055
Posted By wes loder
A Nikkor for a Tenax II

Wanted a wide-angle for my Tenax II. The 2.7cm f4.5 Orthometar is so rare (302 made) that I could wait a long time. But maybe there was enough room to mount a F mount Nikkor. After finding the mount...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 07-25-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 2,459
Posted By wes loder
What was even rarer than the 5cm f3.5 Nikkor was...

What was even rarer than the 5cm f3.5 Nikkor was the original lens cap, sun shade and filters. Never seen the filters for the f3.5 lens before.
Case wasn't too bad either. WES
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 07-23-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 2,459
Posted By wes loder
Nikon I on ebay- gone

Item # 172280120208
So who was the person who convinced this seller to end early? He undoubtedly got a bargain. The filters alone have to be as scarce as any Nikon RF item ever sold.
WES
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-17-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,380
Posted By wes loder
Digitizing 120 transparencies?

Shot a roll of Fujichrome with my Super Ikonta A. The results are impressive. Far better than I thought an 80-year-old camera with an uncoated lens could do.
But I am not sure how to scan to digital....
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 07-03-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 2,455
Posted By wes loder
Nikon used various designs for its wind levers...

Nikon used various designs for its wind levers for the Nikon F. The earliest design was a solid lever that was then drilled out underneath to make the end hollow. Only the earliest Fs had this lever....
Forum: Nikon RF 05-14-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 2,057
Posted By wes loder
The depth from the external mount flanges to the...

The depth from the external mount flanges to the focal plane is the same on both the Contax and Nikon RF. I have used a Panflex with a 50cm Fernobjektiv on a Nikon with no problem with focus. I have...
Forum: Nikon RF 05-14-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 2,057
Posted By wes loder
The difference is not the flange to film plane,...

The difference is not the flange to film plane, but the pitch of the built-in helicoid. Contax rotates 274 degrees, Nikon only 270 degrees. Should not be a problem except at close distances and large...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-26-2016
Replies: 1
Views: 574
Posted By wes loder
Stop it down to at least F8 and you might get...

Stop it down to at least F8 and you might get away with it. WES
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 04-23-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 2,231
Posted By wes loder
My brother dealt with a private Japanese exporter...

My brother dealt with a private Japanese exporter expert in selling Nikons to customers in the United States. He carefully covered the words "nippon" and "Nikkor" on the beauty ring with a clear...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-18-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 3,093
Posted By wes loder
And why didn't Leitz start with a model IV name,...

And why didn't Leitz start with a model IV name, with the die cast body, instead of calling it the IIIc...
Because a Leica IV was prototyped but never saw production … It would have had a combined...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-17-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,580
Posted By wes loder
1118 is for 85 & 135 Contax lenses. 1119 is for...

1118 is for 85 & 135 Contax lenses. 1119 is for 50mm lenses for Contax. Both are screw-on. 1115 is a slip-on for the same lenses. WES
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 03-27-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 3,484
Posted By wes loder
He was making a lot of microfilms. Microfilm...

He was making a lot of microfilms. Microfilm format is traditionally 18 x 24. The Micro-Nikkor was designed for microfilming (hence the name). Motor drive would have made it easy to do a bunch of...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-10-2016
Replies: 33
Views: 2,309
Posted By wes loder
As others have indicated, the challenge is...

As others have indicated, the challenge is focusing accuracy, framing and,of course, handling. While the 180 optics for the Contax are well-known, the Kodak Ektra was the RF camera designed to handle...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-09-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 735
Posted By wes loder
I will post some more Tenax pictures to the...

I will post some more Tenax pictures to the gallery when I can. I will include a couple taken with the 7.5cm Sonnar. WES
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-09-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 735
Posted By wes loder
[quote=lynnb;2592114]Wes thanks for that, nice...

[quote=lynnb;2592114]Wes thanks for that, nice samples! I'm surprised a camera taking 50 square exposures on a roll of 35m wasn't more popular, or the idea taken up later by other manufacturers. I've...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-08-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 3,049
Posted By wes loder
The Varifocal finder is a zoom optic. The image...

The Varifocal finder is a zoom optic. The image frame stays the same while the image increases or decreases in magnification. The variframe finder has a a constant size image and a changing frame....
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-08-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 735
Posted By wes loder
More Tenax pictures

I have added five new pictures to the gallery, all taken with my Tenax II and a 4cm f2 Sonnar lens. The more I use this camera and lens, the better I like it.
Comments always welcome. WES
Forum: Nikon RF 03-08-2016
Replies: 124
Views: 13,825
Posted By wes loder
Two from just finished roll

Not taken thi March, but just got the roll back. Driveway was SP with 2.8cm W-Nikkor.
The Cardinal Flower was taken using 5cm f1.4 Nikkor with Contaprox and extension tube. Cheers, WES
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-20-2016
Replies: 172
Views: 33,524
Posted By wes loder
A Cinderella camera

Saw this on ebay (identified as "Zeiss Ikon 35mm camera"!), knew what it really was and decided it might make an interesting cleaning experience.
As you can see, it cleaned up nicely. All but one...
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-16-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 2,142
Posted By wes loder
Absolutely agreed. 'Macro" refers to big. i.e....

Absolutely agreed. 'Macro" refers to big. i.e. bigger than life-sized. Any reduction is merely close focusing. The only manufacturer that ever got it right, as far as I know, was Nikon. Its "Macro...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-06-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 954
Posted By wes loder
43mm Nikon filters

Most 43mm filters for Nikons were labeled "Nippon Kogaku" during the RF era. A few were labeled "Nikkor." It may be difficult to find any in that size with just the Nikon label. Remember, Nikon meant...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 01-22-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 3,370
Posted By wes loder
Now I have more answers, and a new mystery....

Now I have more answers, and a new mystery. Davies, the engineer from the Montana TV station has sent me more pictures of their TV Nikkor. He confirms that it uses a two-inch keyed mount. So that...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 01-21-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 3,370
Posted By wes loder
Solution to the 85~250 mystery?

Fred, I got an answer from the Montana TV engineer. Their 8.5cm~25cm Zoom is the same version as the one you pictured, and (serial #257965) in the same series. So my lens is not a TV camera lens—or...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-20-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 1,874
Posted By wes loder
Very, very fewer of the 5cm f3.5 Nikkor Q's were...

Very, very fewer of the 5cm f3.5 Nikkor Q's were ever made in S mount. Probably only 113. All but 12 were sold with Nikon I's. The lens is a Tessar formula, but copied the Elmar version (i.e. the...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 01-20-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 3,370
Posted By wes loder
Well, I did some careful measurements, and if I...

Well, I did some careful measurements, and if I remove the two-inch short mount, I have just enough room to fit in an adapter for the Kilfittscope in Nikon/Contax mount (thread in front, bayonet in...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-19-2016
Replies: 757
Views: 237,109
Posted By wes loder
The military shops in Japan were still using the...

The military shops in Japan were still using the <E.P> as late as 1970-71. My 24mm has it. Some time after the last SP was sold in a PX. WES
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 01-19-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 3,370
Posted By wes loder
I took some measurements off my lens. There is...

I took some measurements off my lens. There is just space for a Visoflex I housing on the back of mounting. Of course a Visoflex II/III, which only requires 67.8mm of space, should fit with some...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 01-16-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 3,370
Posted By wes loder
Steve: I do not believe this is a "One-off." Sure...

Steve:
I do not believe this is a "One-off." Sure looks like a factory-made mount to me. I believe that it was manufactured by Nippon Kogaku in this form and sold that way. I also believe it was sold...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-16-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 6,181
Posted By wes loder
slip-on caps

The early 5cm f1.4 Nikkor rims measure 45mm, as do the 13.5cm and 3.5/f2.5 Nikkors. The later 5cm f1.4 Nikkors measure 46. Thicker rims and less prone to damage.
But consider that early 135s used...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 01-16-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 3,370
Posted By wes loder
TV cameras

"a TV (electronic) camera lens that old (from a era well before ENG) would almost invariably have been in a blimp box, and focused/zoomed from the camera control unit installed in the control...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 01-16-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 3,370
Posted By wes loder
Rear mt and Serial No of Zoom

Kieu & Steve:
I am attaching two images that show the rear mount and serial number.
The mount, as I said, appears to be two inch thread with a pitch of 24 threads per inch. Note a projecting pin at...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 01-15-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 3,370
Posted By wes loder
Different 85~250 Zoom

The wood case is NK original complete with NK logo on front. Not all Nikon wood cases have plastic grips. My PF copy stand and my P copy kit both have leather handles made the same way.
This is the...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 01-15-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 3,370
Posted By wes loder
Nikkor Zoom 85-250 2 inch thread lens mount?

I recently acquired an 8.5cm~25cm Zoom Nikkor with a 2 inch short mount. It came that way from the factory. Lens is not automatic but features a semi-auto diaphragm. I believe it may have been...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-15-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 6,181
Posted By wes loder
8.5cm f1.5 filters

The Leica-thread version takes 58mm screw-on filters. I believe that 58mm was a common Leica size—but not a Nikon size. The S mount version is NOT 58mm but 60mm. But Nikon did not make any 60mm...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-13-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 1,622
Posted By wes loder
Mounting Nikon SP meter

The meter mounts on the shoe from the front. You slide it on carefully around the front flash contact pin. A spring clip on the left will engage to lock it on on the shoe. Once on, press the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-27-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 4,367
Posted By wes loder
"the dominant camera was the Leica rangefinder...

"the dominant camera was the Leica rangefinder (supplemented by SLRs for long lenses). That changed when digital arrived and allowed the quick transmission of news images."
Bill: I am not sure...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-18-2015
Replies: 0
Views: 494
Posted By wes loder
New Tenax photographs

I just uploaded a few more pictures taken with my Tenax II to the gallery.
Most of these were taken with the 4cm Sonnar. Nice sharp results when the lighting is even. The trees by the creek were...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-13-2015
Replies: 37
Views: 6,365
Posted By wes loder
Contax prices

[quote=wlewisiii;1189849]At the head bartender's web site there is a nice article comparing the prices of Leica & Zeiss in 1938 America.

1) Leica IIIa w/ 50/3.5 Elmar - $134.50
2) Contax II w/...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-25-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 2,651
Posted By wes loder
Film alinement

Michael:
I am attaching three pictures that might shed some light on your problem. In the first, I show (a little blurred) a Tenax partly loaded with a roll of Kodak Tri-X that probably dates to...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-21-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 2,651
Posted By wes loder
Nice camera

Looking at your pictures, I wondering if this the same Tenax ZeissCamera was selling in a package a year or so ago. (?)

Your film is riding too low and out of the guide rails. Of course, that's...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-17-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 2,651
Posted By wes loder
spockets & takeup spools

I have three Tenax II. Each came with different takeup spools, two metal, one plastic. All appear to work. However, modern film magazines are slightly taller above the felt. As a result, the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-31-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,598
Posted By wes loder
Photo using 7.5cm Sonnar on Tenax II

Here is a picture I took with the 7.5cm Sonnar on my Tenax II.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-31-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,598
Posted By wes loder
The 7.5cm Sonnar I have is prone to flare due, in...

The 7.5cm Sonnar I have is prone to flare due, in part, to the large front element. When I use it away from light sources, it does well. I always use a shade. It is compact and light—which I do like....
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-30-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,598
Posted By wes loder
Hi, Raid. Have posted several photos in the...

Hi, Raid. Have posted several photos in the gallery taken with Tenax II in the last two days. I know you might be interested. WES
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-29-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,598
Posted By wes loder
Multiphot & Tenax

I will do what I can. See attachment. This setup uses a BR3 ring to create surface for the Tenax to set on. WES
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-28-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,598
Posted By wes loder
Multiphot

I might add, for those not familiar with it, the Multiphot is a heavy, massive copy stand similar to the Leitz Aristophot. Nikon marketed it in the 70s and 80s. Quite rare, expensive and the Macro...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-28-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,598
Posted By wes loder
Tenax closeup

Answer to your question: The front standard of the Tenax is flat and quite wide. It was not difficult to set and center the camera on the threaded rim of a B2 (K2) ring which is 52mm male thread. The...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-28-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,598
Posted By wes loder
Tenax closeup

Well. I guess no one cares, but, anyway, to answer all the deep, held breaths of the curious:
Picture was taken on a Multiphot with 120mm Macro Nikkor. A B2 ring bayoneted on top established flat...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-27-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,598
Posted By wes loder
Tenax II mystery photo

Took this picture using a Tenax II camera. So how did I do it?
Answer will follow.
Interesting lens.
Cheers, WES
Forum: Nikon RF 06-02-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 954
Posted By wes loder
focus a 105

Is the rangefinder patch matching the background at infinity with no lens on camera? If so, the camera focusing should be okay. If not, adjustment of the RF patch is fairly easy. Remove the front...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-24-2015
Replies: 74
Views: 15,869
Posted By wes loder
Why do I use a 75?

Because it's the only long lens Zeiss ever made for the Tenax II. It's not like one has much choice. Not a bad lens and very compact and not heavy. Gives equivalent of a 94mm lens in 24X36 format. WES
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-22-2015
Replies: 50
Views: 4,471
Posted By wes loder
popularity of 135s

At one time the 135mm focal length was the longest lens that most interchangeable lens 35mm rangefinder cameras could handle. Since getting closer was the game, it was often a first choice for an ...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 03-18-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 4,640
Posted By wes loder
synching a F motor drive

If you have the motor plate, you're halfway there. The two pins that project from the motor hold a series of tiny shims that can be removed or added by taking off the end screw. You may need to add...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-19-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 1,067
Posted By wes loder
It's a contaprox

It is a Zeiss post-war Contaprox for the Contax camera. Somewhat rare and a cool lens. Focus is from past infinity to nearly 1:1. Does not couple to rangefinder. You will need a focusing groundglass...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 12-31-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,281
Posted By wes loder
Scanner possibilities with Mac 10.4.1

I am looking for a scanner of good quality, easy to use software:) and will work for 35mm slides and negs. Should also work with 24X24mm negs and slides, if possible. BUT, it needs to work with a Mac...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 12-14-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,895
Posted By wes loder
Raid, I have seen four of the 7.5cm Sonnars for...

Raid,
I have seen four of the 7.5cm Sonnars for the Tenax II show up for sale in the last ten months. One at Westlicht (which did not sell) and three on ebay. So they are out there. All three of the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 12-13-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,895
Posted By wes loder
Tenax numbers

Leica take-up spools will not work in a Tenax or a Contax. You should be able to make a spool from a standard plastic one by making a diagonal cut at one end of the stem. Directions are on the web...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 12-12-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,895
Posted By wes loder
lens cpas for Tenax

The lens should take a standard 37mm slip-on lens cap. I actually found several Carl Zeiss Jena caps in 37mm slip-on on ebay for my Tenax lenses. They fit very nicely.
The Tessar for the Tenax II...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-09-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 13,649
Posted By wes loder
lock button

There is no lock button, since it is a breech lock. You just tighten it on the camera. WES
Forum: Other RF 11-24-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1,158
Posted By wes loder
prisms in Contessa

I am not sure that the rangefinder prisms inside the Contessa are meant to be moved at all. The moving part of the rangefinder is out on the arm of the lens where you have counter rotating prisms. No...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 10-20-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 3,347
Posted By wes loder
Bellows mount 135mm Nikkor

This lens came out in early 1958. It is a Tessar formula and has no relationship to the earlier 135mm f4s of the late 1940s. WES
Forum: Nikon RF 10-20-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,377
Posted By wes loder
Different 5cm f1.4 Nikkors

I would be interested as to what you base this statement on. The 50mm f1.4 Nikkor for the RF cameras did go through several changes over its production lifetime (at least five, I have read), but if...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-17-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 895
Posted By wes loder
depressing shutter release on S2

The shutter release on early S2s (prior to SP) will depress even when the shutter is uncocked. This closes the flash circuit, allowing multiple exposures when shutter is set to bulb. A dubious value...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 08-18-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 2,907
Posted By wes loder
flange distance

There should be no difference in the flange distance between the S series Nikons and the Contax. The one "expert" who reported a difference was comparing a Contax I with a Nikon SP!—25 years of...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 08-10-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 4,972
Posted By wes loder
MIOJ and this lens

I might add that the MIOJ mark was not required until 1947, and then only on products for export. The lack of a MIOJ mark on this lens may simply mean that it was never intended for export. WES
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 08-10-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 4,972
Posted By wes loder
Mystery Nikkor

The February 1947 list of Nippon Kogaku products lists and includes a photograph of a 38cm Apo-Nikkor, but it is quite different in appearance to this lens. The 2/47 list does not include a 300mm...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-08-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,447
Posted By wes loder
Tenax ii revitalizing

The Tenax II shutter is a Compur type 0 and should be fairly straight-forward to work on. The self-timer is connected to the shutter and the release by a spring and rod. Kind of crude IMHO. To work...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-03-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 8,191
Posted By wes loder
famous quote

It goes something like this: "At the outbreak of hostilities, truth is always the first casualty."
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-20-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,447
Posted By wes loder
location of original note

Asked how I found the original question: I was browsing RFF for entries on the Tenax II and found this. Recently had to take a top off of one of my Tenax II cameras to unjam the self-timer, so had...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-19-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,447
Posted By wes loder
removing the Tenax II top plate

This is one old discussion and no one ever responded! But to answer the question: Remove the two screws at each end. Be careful. These screws also hold the strap eyelets. Remove the frame counter by...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 07-18-2014
Replies: 65
Views: 26,780
Posted By wes loder
optical glass & Chiyoda Kogaku

Just read this thread. Occupation records indicate that Chiyoda Kogaku's optical glass making capacity in the post-war period was 5 tons annually. By contrast, Nippon Kogaku (Nikon) had the capacity...
Forum: Nikon RF 05-04-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,792
Posted By wes loder
40.5mm caps

40.5mm was a common filter size at one time. The Zeiss normals all took this size. The 50mm f2 Nikkor and the rare 50mm f1.5 Nikkor both took the 40.5 size, as did the 135 f4 Nikkor. When NK got into...
Forum: Other RF 04-29-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 985
Posted By wes loder
7.5cm Sonnar for Tenax II

For those of you who use Zeiss Tenax II cameras, I have posted a new page to my blog on the 7.5cm f4 Sonnar for that camera. Includes a few pictures taken with that lens as well. Enjoy....
Forum: Nikon RF 04-25-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,792
Posted By wes loder
Caps for thread-mount Nikkors

I might add that most of the normal Nikkors for thread-mount cameras shipped on Nicca cameras. Their standard caps say "Nicca" or "Tower," depending on whether the Nicca was a Sears import or not....
Forum: Nikon RF 04-25-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,792
Posted By wes loder
43mm lenses caps

You are correct that the most likely found cap for the RF Nikkors would be the snap-on type with the NKT logo. The black slip-on caps would date from around 1950 to 1956 and, yes, the rims of Nikkors...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-16-2014
Replies: 757
Views: 237,109
Posted By wes loder
making a finder adapter

Reply to Curran:
First you would need a finder mounting salvaged from an old Nikon F. Then you salvage the standard shoe from an old Honeywell flashgun and combine the two. It gets complicated. But...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-15-2014
Replies: 757
Views: 237,109
Posted By wes loder
F 21mm on SP

Go to:
<http://www.personal.psu.edu/mwl2/photography.htm>

Scroll down and you will see the F 21 on a Nikon Rf camera. Some pictures too. Enjoy. WES
Forum: Nikon RF 04-15-2014
Replies: 757
Views: 237,109
Posted By wes loder
f-s adaptor and 21 nikkor

Never could understand why some people have problems using the F-S adapter with the F mount 21. The adapter is obviously designed to take the 21 including the prong that alines 21 and existed only...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-07-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,077
Posted By wes loder
fungus in lens

There may not be much hope. First thing, get the lens into a dry environment. Place it in direct sunlight. That might kill the fungus. After that, disassembly and cleaning might help, but fungus...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 04-04-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 3,347
Posted By wes loder
the 135mm f4 Nikkor

Nippon Kogaku sold the 135mm f4 Nikkor in both 'S' and Leica thread mount from November 1948 until sometime in early 1951. The later lenses were mostly sold through the PXs since the 135mm f3.5 was...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-09-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 2,470
Posted By wes loder
5cm changes

Interesting. David Douglas Duncan received a 50mm f1.4 Nikkor sometime in 1951 to replace his beloved 50mm f1.5. He was not impressed and complained that it was not as good as the f1.5. Could that...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-08-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,380
Posted By wes loder
Quirks of Nikon S or S2?

The Nikon S has not yet been discussed here. Quirks: The frame size is 24 X 34. Advance is the same as 24X36 but you do have bigger gaps between frames. The shutter dial will not indicate the correct...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-03-2014
Replies: 198
Views: 41,750
Posted By wes loder
1930s film?

You do have original film to go into these beautiful boxes? Picture shows Kodak magazine with original load of Plus X and its can. Along with a type 119 Retina camera. An illustration from my book on...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-02-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,041
Posted By wes loder
Late model Exakta

You're looking at one of the last Exaktas made shortly before the courts ruled that the West German "owners" had the rights to the Exakta name. It was an attempt to bring the Exakta into the late...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-21-2014
Replies: 85
Views: 9,181
Posted By wes loder
hand-built values

I am not sure how this pertains to RF photography, but living in a timber-frame home that I largely designed and finished myself, I know that I would never be as happy in a prefab as I am in this...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-18-2014
Replies: 120
Views: 13,283
Posted By wes loder
commentt on Leicaflex inferiority

[quote=steveyork;2288308]Nikon Fs are inferior to the Leicaflex and Leicaflex SL too, I know, I've used them all, but they're still good cameras, with good lenses, and they cost a lot less when new,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-09-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 2,196
Posted By wes loder
Values of Nikon vs Leica

I always felt that the Leica controls were backwards, rather than the Nikon's, but I guess that depends on were one started.:p

Comparing current price values of Nikon Fs with the M3s is like...
Forum: Other RF 01-07-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 1,409
Posted By wes loder
Nerwin's last camera

More like a "Texas Contax." Hubert Nerwin designed this camera for Graflex after he migrated to the United States.:rolleyes:
WES
Forum: Other RF 01-05-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 3,844
Posted By wes loder
once had Ricoh 35

I once had one of these cameras. Bought it for my wife back in 1968. Later gave it to my brother-in-law who had it stolen. As others have noted, the handling is sweet, the rangefinder sharp and clear...
Forum: Other RF 01-05-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 3,901
Posted By wes loder
Picture of a Tenax II

Someone asked if we would post a picture of a Tenax II. Here is a picture of mine with the 40mm f2 Sonnar lens. I am also including one of my color images taken with this camera. For more information...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 12-28-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 1,574
Posted By wes loder
My Agfa Silette

Nice picture. If yours is a Type six, what model is mine? Has Prontor SVS shutter and Color Apotar lens.
See <http://wesloderandnikon.blogspot.com/2013/10/my-first-35-agfa-silette.html>

WES
Forum: Other RF 12-21-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 3,901
Posted By wes loder
New Tenax images

I recently posted a few new images taken with my Tenax II camera.
T-Max 100 film. Scanning is a challenge right now. Enjoy. WES
Forum: Other RF 11-03-2013
Replies: 61
Views: 8,910
Posted By wes loder
Is Square neglected or just this thread?

After several years of research and consideration, I recently purchased a Tenax II with 40mm f2 Sonnar lens. Camera is a delight to work with and easy to shoot. Counter appears to hang up at certain...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-12-2013
Replies: 49
Views: 5,379
Posted By wes loder
The adaptor for F lenses to S mount

I own one of the F-to-S adaptors that Steve sold back some six-ten years ago. The 21mm Nikkor in F mount is the only lens I use it with. I find that it fits perfectly, and the adaptor even has the...
Forum: Nikon RF 05-13-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 1,619
Posted By wes loder
caps for 5cm 1.4 Nikkor

The internal threading front mount for the 5cm f1.4 is the same for all versions: 43mm as noted. The external might be 46mm for a slip-on cap. But note that early 50s have a thinner front rim than...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 03-24-2013
Replies: 62
Views: 27,193
Posted By wes loder
Thoughts on 35 and other rare lens

I believe this discussion of the earliest 35mm f3.5 W-Nikkor for the RF Nikons is not getting anywhere at this point and is certainly off topic for this thread. I would be happy to discuss this...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 03-22-2013
Replies: 62
Views: 27,193
Posted By wes loder
Proof, Steve?

Steve: Go to the National Archives in College Park Maryland and look at the records yourself if you doubt their "Proof." Sometimes "conventional wisdom" can be simply wrong.
Did you even read my last...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 03-20-2013
Replies: 62
Views: 27,193
Posted By wes loder
Continued discussion of 3.5cm W-Nikkor

Bar8barian:
Interesting. What is your source for these early 35mm W-Nikkor lens numbers dates? Were these productions in mounts, or serial numbered optical assemblies? The problem is that NK used...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 03-19-2013
Replies: 62
Views: 27,193
Posted By wes loder
Sorry, Steve, where is your proof?

Steve, you and Bob are certainly entitled to your opinions, but the SCAP records are a primary source and there is no indication that they are false at any point. Numbers are confused occasionally,...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-09-2013
Replies: 49
Views: 8,286
Posted By wes loder
digital back for RF Nikon?

Wouldn't it make more sense to design a digital back for a Nikon SP or S3? It would go on like a motor back, would require cocking the shutter and would require an over-the-top sensor (maybe), but...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 03-07-2013
Replies: 62
Views: 27,193
Posted By wes loder
Numbers for the 500mm f5

I would question the numbers of 157 lenses for the 500mm f5 Nikkor T. Does this include the 500mm in all mounts, or just in Nikon bayonet? That might quite a difference in the total number.

My...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 03-07-2013
Replies: 62
Views: 27,193
Posted By wes loder
The age of the first 35mm f3.5 W-Nikkors

I note that I never had a chance to follow up on the issue of the when the first 35mm f3.5 W-Nikkors for the Nikon Rf cameras became available.
For all of you who have read my book, you will know...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-24-2013
Replies: 62
Views: 4,215
Posted By wes loder
Early Nikons (in the 6FB series) use a lens mount...

Early Nikons (in the 6FB series) use a lens mount that is secured to the body with four screws. Later Nikons use a mount that secures with only three screws. (Not an improvement IMHO). WES
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-25-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 816
Posted By wes loder
500mm f8 Ferobjecktiv for Panflex

Larry Gubas has indicated that 40 Fernobjektiv 500mm Lenses came out of the Jena factory in the postwar period. WES LODER
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-22-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 816
Posted By wes loder
Fernobjektiv for Contax RF

Anyone have an idea as to how many 500mm F8 Fernobjektiv lenses Zeiss Jena made in the short-mount to fit the Panflex reflex housing? Curious. WES LODER
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