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Forum: Yashica RF 03-22-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 1,316
Posted By Frontman
The contacts may be dirty. If you put a few drops...

The contacts may be dirty. If you put a few drops of lighter fluid on the switch contacts (remove the bottom cover, hold the camera upside down, and drip lighter fluid on the region below the shutter...
Forum: Yashica RF 08-10-2018
Replies: 128
Views: 25,414
Posted By Frontman
Definitely one of the best, who needs a Leica?

Definitely one of the best, who needs a Leica?
Forum: Yashica RF 08-10-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 453
Posted By Frontman
When you remove the rangefinder, it is easier to...

When you remove the rangefinder, it is easier to put back on if you focus the lens outward, like you are shooting at something closeup. If you put the tip of a screwdriver above the infinity...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-02-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,028
Posted By Frontman
Americans are lucky, no tariffs, no VAT on...

Americans are lucky, no tariffs, no VAT on cameras, lenses, etc.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-01-2017
Replies: 89
Views: 4,736
Posted By Frontman
But drug users steal cameras and other things to...

But drug users steal cameras and other things to buy drugs from gang members. MS 13 are the primary beneficiaries of theft in the areas they control.

I am glad to be in Japan. Japan has little...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-28-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 1,284
Posted By Frontman
I'd leave it alone. Here in Japan there are...

I'd leave it alone. Here in Japan there are people who rub the paint off the corners of their cameras to make them look more used. Then there is the "Relic" guitar market, where people pay more for...
Forum: Yashica RF 07-28-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 739
Posted By Frontman
If you remove the bottom cover you will see a...

If you remove the bottom cover you will see a couple of pots which you can turn to fine-tune the meter. These are small, round switches which can be turned one way or the other to adjust the voltage,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-15-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 853
Posted By Frontman
Or it was a Google translation of a Japanese...

Or it was a Google translation of a Japanese comparison. These are usually quite hilarious.
Forum: Nikon RF 07-07-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,534
Posted By Frontman
I'll trade my Canon P for your Nikon SP, I might...

I'll trade my Canon P for your Nikon SP, I might even toss in a Canon 7 as well.
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 07-07-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 2,550
Posted By Frontman
I have the IIIC, and it is one of the cameras I...

I have the IIIC, and it is one of the cameras I have never been tempted to sell (I can't say that about my Leica M cameras, several of which have passed through my hands). The IIIC is pocketable, has...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-05-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 901
Posted By Frontman
I use Jobo tanks, which are quite large. I have 4...

I use Jobo tanks, which are quite large. I have 4 tanks, each of which can be used with two reels for 35mm, or one reel for 120/220 film, or even 6 sheets of 4x5. I like the larger tanks because the...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 07-04-2017
Replies: 31
Views: 2,512
Posted By Frontman
Camera not winding the film? I have had this...

Camera not winding the film? I have had this problem before, enough that I watch the rewind knob to make sure it's turning when I shoot.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 06-30-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 7,422
Posted By Frontman
He'll shoot with anything. He has used a lot of...

He'll shoot with anything. He has used a lot of cameras, and when he tires of them, or they stop working, he sells them (or gives them away) to a particular shop. I have an old Rolleiflex that he...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-29-2017
Replies: 54
Views: 3,826
Posted By Frontman
I wish I'd been carrying a camera with me pretty...

I wish I'd been carrying a camera with me pretty much whenever I am not carrying a camera. "Which" camera is not so relevant, I don't own any "bad" cameras. But some are faster and easier to use than...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-20-2017
Replies: 107
Views: 3,524
Posted By Frontman
Another vote for the F4. And with the F4 you can...

Another vote for the F4. And with the F4 you can use a myriad of manual and autofocus lenses. It uses AA batteries which are found everywhere, and you can get it without the battery grip which is on...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-15-2017
Replies: 32
Views: 1,466
Posted By Frontman
It's quite fumny that California is called "The...

It's quite fumny that California is called "The Left Coast", but Orange County is (was?) rather the opposite, excepting of course Laguna Beach. Orange County has always been a home of the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-13-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 607
Posted By Frontman
I work on a lot of cameras, and I always work on...

I work on a lot of cameras, and I always work on top of a white towel. I make sure to work near the center of the towel, and not near the edges pf the table, where stuff more easily falls off. I also...
Forum: RFF Polls 06-11-2017
Replies: 149
Views: 13,411
Posted By Frontman
MP on most days, sometimes my D700 or X-100T.

MP on most days, sometimes my D700 or X-100T.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-07-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 564
Posted By Frontman
I am happy to stay with mine. It's one of those...

I am happy to stay with mine. It's one of those tools I can always count on. I have tried the D3, D4, and the DF, but none have motivated me to get rid of my D700. It's the pick up truck in my bag,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-02-2017
Replies: 51
Views: 2,438
Posted By Frontman
One problem with the GSP is that you cannot...

One problem with the GSP is that you cannot declare a different value from the selling price. For some countries where taxes are low this is not an issue, but in many countries the tax is quite high,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-08-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 610
Posted By Frontman
The glass elements are held in with epoxy cement....

The glass elements are held in with epoxy cement. You can cut away some of the epoxy with an exacto knife, and the apply some paint thinner or acetone to soften what is left. Then wiggle the glass...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-01-2017
Replies: 86
Views: 21,981
Posted By Frontman
The Fuji GW (670,680,690) series is the toughest,...

The Fuji GW (670,680,690) series is the toughest, there really is no comparison. The plastic body is sturdy, and absorbs shocks from drops and falls, the leaf shutter system is simple and reliable,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-27-2017
Replies: 8,963
Views: 875,607
Posted By Frontman
My other hobby is playing the guitar, and my...

My other hobby is playing the guitar, and my recent purchases have been guitar-related. I had been wanting a Fender Jaguar for some time (I already have three strats, three teles, two Les Pauls, a...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-27-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,542
Posted By Frontman
There are two kinds of cases for these. The...

There are two kinds of cases for these. The latter type is an imitation leather with a rough texture. The earlier Yashica Electro cameras came with a genuine leather case with a shiny, black finish....
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-20-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1,215
Posted By Frontman
I can send you a photo of the wiring if you need...

I can send you a photo of the wiring if you need it, I happen to be working on an SP today.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-14-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 3,287
Posted By Frontman
I bought a IIA with a bad shutter for a bargain...

I bought a IIA with a bad shutter for a bargain price, but after opening the camera and reading about what was involved, i decided not to attempt the repair. I sent the camera to Oleg in the Ukraine,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-01-2017
Replies: 30
Views: 3,914
Posted By Frontman
I saw this camera as well. But I saw a very...

I saw this camera as well. But I saw a very similar one at a used camera shop with the same poor quality paint. The owner of the shop didn't pretend that the camera was a real MP, and the cost was...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-28-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1,788
Posted By Frontman
Easy to work on, except for the viewfinder, the...

Easy to work on, except for the viewfinder, the prisms and lenses are glued in place, and are very hard to get apart if your viewfinder/rangefinder is hazy.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-28-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 583
Posted By Frontman
Just remove one clip, and loosen the other, and...

Just remove one clip, and loosen the other, and slide out the screen. Before you remove it though, make a note of which side the focusing scale is on (if the screen you are using has one). Also, be...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-27-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 674
Posted By Frontman
I have one, I'll try to post a pic shortly. The...

I have one, I'll try to post a pic shortly. The layout is the same as the Minister D, or Minister 700.

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj268/Frontman7/IMG_4339.jpg...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-19-2017
Replies: 64
Views: 9,248
Posted By Frontman
Good shots!

Good shots!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-19-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1,073
Posted By Frontman
I have found Fuji Acros 100 the least expensive...

I have found Fuji Acros 100 the least expensive and easiest to find 4x5 monochrome film (I live in Japan), which I develop with D76. I use Jobo 2500 series tanks, so I can develop 35mm, 120, and 4x5...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-15-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1,500
Posted By Frontman
It looks like fungus. I've cleaned literally...

It looks like fungus. I've cleaned literally hundreds of lenses, and seen numerous cases of fungus which looks just like this. Removing it will be easy enough, though there is a fair chance that it...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-12-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,061
Posted By Frontman
I have shot a lot of Rollei IR400 film, and found...

I have shot a lot of Rollei IR400 film, and found it to be great for general shooting and infrared use. I also like how it develops flat, and not curly like other BW films.

For normal use I just...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 02-20-2017
Replies: 45
Views: 4,388
Posted By Frontman
Are those who are making mirrorless cameras...

Are those who are making mirrorless cameras earning a profit from them? Judging by the recent sales of digital cameras, probably not. As much as I love that companies are making these cameras, if...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-20-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 865
Posted By Frontman
Not sure about the Summaron, but it's common in...

Not sure about the Summaron, but it's common in enough other lenses, I have some Nikkor and Olympus lenses which do the same thing as they are stopped down. It seems to make no difference I can...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-15-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1,366
Posted By Frontman
When are you coming out? I live in Roppongi, at...

When are you coming out? I live in Roppongi, at Midtown, which is walking distance from Shinjuku or Shibuya. Personally-speaking, these areas have been machine-gunned by photographers for decades....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-14-2017
Replies: 40
Views: 2,284
Posted By Frontman
A proper wetting agent is best, if I have to use...

A proper wetting agent is best, if I have to use dish soap, I use Sunlight, as it always dries without marks. Don't use Dawn, it is too strong, and for whatever reason, it attracts mold.

A chemical...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-13-2017
Replies: 40
Views: 2,284
Posted By Frontman
Plastic works fine. My local shop sells...

Plastic works fine.

My local shop sells one-liter, plastic bottles. These are dark plastic, which does not let in light. Probably not necessary, but that is what all they sell. These cost $2 each....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-12-2017
Replies: 123
Views: 8,244
Posted By Frontman
No bag, just a sling. I'm slinging around a MP/35...

No bag, just a sling. I'm slinging around a MP/35 Summicron. I'm a little tired of hauling around bags lately, my two-year-old is enough to carry.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-03-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 2,581
Posted By Frontman
The black paint Leica MP is a little more glossy...

The black paint Leica MP is a little more glossy than the black paint M4. The black paint Canon 7 also has a very nice finish if you find a clean one. The black Canonets are also nicely painted.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-02-2017
Replies: 73
Views: 3,323
Posted By Frontman
I would recommend buying an M4 which has had the...

I would recommend buying an M4 which has had the shutter curtains somewhat recently replaced. Three out of four M4 cameras which I have owned required new shutter curtains. I sent one to get a bad...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-01-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,270
Posted By Frontman
Cleaning up the slow speeds is easy, you need...

Cleaning up the slow speeds is easy, you need only a couple of tools, a small slotted screwdriver, and a pair of pointed tweezers or pliers to remove the screw for the self timer.

You begin by...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-17-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 2,764
Posted By Frontman
I've gone both routes with photography, digital...

I've gone both routes with photography, digital and film. For digital, I settled on two cameras, a Fuji X100T, and a Nikon D700. The Fuji is a featherweight camera which performs amazingly well. I...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 01-17-2017
Replies: 354
Sticky: RIP Tom A
Views: 51,733
Posted By Frontman
I had the pleasure of meeting Tom in person a few...

I had the pleasure of meeting Tom in person a few years ago when he and Tuulikki visited Japan. We had a good chat over a dinner of Pizza at a nearby restaurant.

Tom was one of those rare and...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-15-2017
Replies: 52
Views: 4,512
Posted By Frontman
I tried it, but I didn't like it. I decided on an...

I tried it, but I didn't like it. I decided on an MP to satisfy my Leica lust, and to do digital with my Nikon.
Forum: Yashica RF 12-15-2016
Replies: 18
Views: 2,765
Posted By Frontman
The mechanical shutters on the Lynx require more...

The mechanical shutters on the Lynx require more lubricant in assembly than the Electro series cameras, and this lubricant invariably gums up the shutter and aperture blades. A proper cleaning with...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-09-2016
Replies: 86
Views: 7,064
Posted By Frontman
True enough. My F2 has had it's shutter left...

True enough. My F2 has had it's shutter left cocked for weeks at a time over a period of many years. I have an optical shutter tester which I use to adjust my cameras when necessary, the F2's shutter...
Forum: Fuji X Series 11-29-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 2,770
Posted By Frontman
I have a nice black paint G2 which I bought...

I have a nice black paint G2 which I bought shortly after getting an X-Pro 1. I had always wanted one of these cameras, and I got the 28mm and 45mm lenses to go with it. The G2 is wonderful with...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-02-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 4,737
Posted By Frontman
I had a black AP with it's original black paint...

I had a black AP with it's original black paint Takumar 58mm f/2 lens. I still have a black paint K in a box somewhere. The only weakness in these Pentaxes is that the shutters curtains get dry and...
Forum: Travel 09-16-2016
Replies: 35
Views: 3,492
Posted By Frontman
I am sitting in a chair at the Nikon Salon in...

I am sitting in a chair at the Nikon Salon in Shinjuku, which is on the 28th floor. Funny, but I can see my apartment across town in Roppngi. I just picked up my 28-70/2.8 D lens after getting a new...
Forum: Yashica RF 09-13-2016
Replies: 36
Views: 3,869
Posted By Frontman
Funny you should say that, here in Japan some...

Funny you should say that, here in Japan some people have actually gone to the trouble of adapting the Yashinon 45/1.7 to the Leica M mount. These end up costing about as much as a common 50mm...
Forum: Nikon RF 09-09-2016
Replies: 40
Views: 4,892
Posted By Frontman
I have now seen a couple eye-level F2 bodies for...

I have now seen a couple eye-level F2 bodies for sale in olive green, and better yet, they have the word "Olive" engraved on the front, right side of the top cover, like "Titan" on the titanium F2....
Forum: Yashica RF 09-09-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 3,508
Posted By Frontman
For whatever reason, I have never tried out the...

For whatever reason, I have never tried out the Minister D. I have a couple Minister 700 cameras, which are essentially the same as the D, but with a faster f/1.7 lens. These are quite well made...
Forum: Travel 08-27-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,530
Posted By Frontman
Check your credit card companies. I use an Amex...

Check your credit card companies. I use an Amex platinum card for travel, and it includes comprehensive travel and medivac insurance. The annual fee is high, but usually less than what it would cost...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-19-2016
Replies: 23
Views: 3,514
Posted By Frontman
A Rolleiflex is more compact and lighter than my...

A Rolleiflex is more compact and lighter than my Nikon D700 with a decent lens attached. And the quality of the results never disappoints.
Forum: RFF News 02-02-2016
Replies: 107
Views: 9,403
Posted By Frontman
I have no problem paying my taxes. I pay income...

I have no problem paying my taxes. I pay income tax, business tax, residency tax, national health care premiums, national pension plan deductions, consumption tax, and various-and-sundry other fees...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-29-2016
Replies: 92
Views: 5,995
Posted By Frontman
I buy and sell a lot of cameras, and some very...

I buy and sell a lot of cameras, and some very nice ones at that. I would have to say that the cameras which make me happy are the ones which I cannot bring myself to sell.

These would be my...
Forum: Fuji X Series 01-25-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 6,672
Posted By Frontman
I shot an X-Pro 2 at Fuji's headquarters today,...

I shot an X-Pro 2 at Fuji's headquarters today, and enjoyed it very much. One of the things I really liked was the ISO dial being located on the shutter speed dial, just like the Minolta SRT series,...
Forum: Fuji X Series 01-13-2016
Replies: 51
Views: 6,614
Posted By Frontman
I like the fact that the X-Pro uses standard...

I like the fact that the X-Pro uses standard Nikon-size diopter lenses, the same size as which come on the FE/FM/FM2, etc. These are easy to find, and very cheap as well.
Forum: Fuji X Series 01-13-2016
Replies: 51
Views: 6,614
Posted By Frontman
I found the X-Pro 1 to be a superb camera. I took...

I found the X-Pro 1 to be a superb camera. I took it to Europe with me on my last holiday, and it was perfect for the trip. Sharp images, wonderful colors, there was nothing not to like about it. The...
Forum: Yashica RF 01-10-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 2,713
Posted By Frontman
I service Yashica cameras, and have worked on 30...

I service Yashica cameras, and have worked on 30 or 40 this year, only one had a bad POD. And yes, the this is true of the GSN as well.

But with the old Electros, it is the opposite, most have bad...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-30-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,900
Posted By Frontman
The CV 50/1.5 Nokton is a stellar lens, and looks...

The CV 50/1.5 Nokton is a stellar lens, and looks good on the M4. I have several 50mm Leica lenses; Summilux, Summicrons of different variations. The Nokton does not disappoint, and compares very...
Forum: Yashica RF 12-29-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 2,713
Posted By Frontman
The GTN seldom has a bad POD, they were produced...

The GTN seldom has a bad POD, they were produced more recently than the GT and GS, and the POD was made with a better material.

To clean out the fungus you need to remove the front lens element...
Forum: Fuji X Series 12-29-2015
Replies: 232
Views: 23,864
Posted By Frontman
Funny, I live almost across the street from the...

Funny, I live almost across the street from the Fujifilm headquarters in Tokyo. I will borrow an XPro-2 as soon as it is released. Quite interestingly, Fuji will let you borrow anything you want to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-26-2015
Replies: 70
Views: 5,594
Posted By Frontman
I bought a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 lens, and it turned...

I bought a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 lens, and it turned out to be an like new S-mount Millenium Nikkor. I got it for the princely sum of $35. A somewhat good deal was a Nikon F2 Titan in clean shape for $400.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-04-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 2,352
Posted By Frontman
I have no less than five F3 bodies, no LCD...

I have no less than five F3 bodies, no LCD deterioration in any of them.

Wish I could say the same about my F4 bodies though, two of the three I have show bleeding in the LCD.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-04-2015
Replies: 48
Views: 5,371
Posted By Frontman
I got the DF, but didn't bond with it. I was...

I got the DF, but didn't bond with it. I was hoping for a digital version of my FM3A, but it wasn't. I found that for digital shooting, my D700 was all that I needed, and the D700 works quite well...
Forum: RFF News 12-03-2015
Replies: 71
Views: 10,523
Posted By Frontman
For Samsung, Germany was the third-largest market...

For Samsung, Germany was the third-largest market for cameras, as Samsung cameras are not sold in Japan (nor are Samsung televisions, for that matter).
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-05-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 1,001
Posted By Frontman
Shutter priority works well if you want to select...

Shutter priority works well if you want to select a minimum speed high enough to prevent shakes and resulting blurs. But for night shooting where shutter speeds are very long, aperture priority works...
Forum: Yashica RF 11-04-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1,555
Posted By Frontman
There is a pin or tab from the aperture ring...

There is a pin or tab from the aperture ring which engages the aperture lever. It is possible that the pin or tab has come loose, or that the aperture blades have become fouled with oil, and are...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 10-29-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 1,599
Posted By Frontman
You need to remove the round button on the back...

You need to remove the round button on the back of the top cover, it unscrews counter-clockwise. Inside you will see the adjusting screw. Normally you need to apply a drop of lacquer to the threads...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-23-2015
Replies: 32
Views: 2,622
Posted By Frontman
I think the Canons are great performers, though I...

I think the Canons are great performers, though I disagree about the interface, I like the controls on the D700. My favorite thing about the D700 and other digital Nikons is the variety of lenses. My...
Forum: Yashica RF 10-23-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 1,240
Posted By Frontman
The POD problem is not that hard to fix, I...

The POD problem is not that hard to fix, I replace these on a regular basis without having to do more than take off the top cover. If you get the camera working, you will find that it is an...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 10-23-2015
Replies: 74
Views: 6,574
Posted By Frontman
I have been using the X100T for several month...

I have been using the X100T for several month now, and had used and X-Pro with the 23mm lens before. I sold my X-Pro system as I find the X100T to suit me better. I didn't find the extra speed to be...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-09-2015
Replies: 40
Views: 7,225
Posted By Frontman
I have bought a few FSU cameras, and not a single...

I have bought a few FSU cameras, and not a single one has worked properly. The worst ones I simply tossed in the trash, the better ones, an FED S, a Zorki 2, and even a Contax II, I sent to Oleg to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-04-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,206
Posted By Frontman
The GX is a better made camera than the Olympus,...

The GX is a better made camera than the Olympus, not that the Olympus is bad.

The 40 f/1.7 lens on the GX is fast, and it is a good performer, the hot shoe allows for automatic flash with the old...
Forum: Yashica RF 09-22-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 4,365
Posted By Frontman
I have extra battery caps if you need them, as...

I have extra battery caps if you need them, as well as other parts.

One thing that many people don't know is that the CC and CCN cameras use thorium glass in the rear elements. This gives the glass...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-13-2015
Replies: 39
Views: 3,381
Posted By Frontman
Agreed, this is the best way to do it. I...

Agreed, this is the best way to do it.

I preordered my new phone yesterday, and will get a new one for the wife too. With taking photos a new baby, she has already used up all the storage in her...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-08-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 8,924
Posted By Frontman
I had the same issue with a buyer in Vietnam, I...

I had the same issue with a buyer in Vietnam, I sold a Takumar 58/2 lens, and the buyer later sent a photo showing the lens full of black spots. I had already left feedback after the buyer paid, so...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 08-01-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 4,792
Posted By Frontman
The Canon 7 is an excellent camera, and is...

The Canon 7 is an excellent camera, and is probably the best bargain you will find in an interchangeable lens rangefinder camera. It was made to compete with the Leica M3 and the Nikon SP, but can be...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-10-2015
Replies: 54
Views: 5,948
Posted By Frontman
There was a lot of criticism directed toward...

There was a lot of criticism directed toward Annie Leibowitz on this forum a few years ago for her photos of Obama and his family.

I agree that the christening photos are nothing but ordinary, but...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-09-2015
Replies: 8,963
Views: 875,607
Posted By Frontman
For a change I got something not camera-related....

For a change I got something not camera-related. In fact, I bought two things, a pair of Gibson Les Paul guitars. The first is a black model made in 1987, and is a real relic. Much of the lacquer has...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-03-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 2,224
Posted By Frontman
You can remove the leatherette by heating it with...

You can remove the leatherette by heating it with a hair dryer, it should come up easily enough. When reapplying the leatherette, apply glue to the camera surface, the back of the leatherette, and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-26-2015
Replies: 37
Views: 8,103
Posted By Frontman
I like the Beattie Intenscreen in my F3, the last...

I like the Beattie Intenscreen in my F3, the last body I got had it already installed. it is very bright, and easy to focus with.

The Pentax screens are indeed bright, when I first put one in my...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-23-2015
Replies: 176
Views: 19,651
Posted By Frontman
I don't buy any film on the internet, luckily it...

I don't buy any film on the internet, luckily it is still easy to find in Tokyo. "Impossible" Polaroid film is not widely sold in stores, but there are three I know of that carry it. All of the major...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 06-21-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 2,405
Posted By Frontman
Funny that the ring doesn't come loose, I always...

Funny that the ring doesn't come loose, I always try to remove the front element group in one piece, but most times only the front ring comes off.

Do not try use oil to loosen up the front ring, it...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-20-2015
Replies: 61
Views: 6,367
Posted By Frontman
Yes, it is. I first used a CV 21mm on my Nikon...

Yes, it is. I first used a CV 21mm on my Nikon SP, and loved how it worked, so I got an M mount version. The CV 21 is a great bargain, it works better (IMHO) than the Nikkor 2.1 CM and Super Angulon...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-20-2015
Replies: 61
Views: 6,367
Posted By Frontman
I pulled out my M4 for a bit of weekend shooting....

I pulled out my M4 for a bit of weekend shooting.


http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj268/Frontman7/IMG_1704.jpg
Forum: Yashica RF 06-19-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 1,551
Posted By Frontman
You are using the correct technique, but...

You are using the correct technique, but sometimes these are very tight. You need a spanner which will take a lot of leverage, I grasp the threaded part with a pair of serrated pliers. The threads...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 05-02-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 2,032
Posted By Frontman
Wonderful colours... a great camera.

Wonderful colours... a great camera.
Forum: Yashica RF 05-02-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 895
Posted By Frontman
Yes, Yashicas sometimes make funny "electrical"...

Yes, Yashicas sometimes make funny "electrical" sounds when depressing the shutter. It can sound like a slight whistling buzz as the shutter button is pushed down. Some cameras make this sound, some...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-30-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 2,440
Posted By Frontman
Whatever you do, don't use a Dremel tool and...

Whatever you do, don't use a Dremel tool and polishing wheel to try to polish off the haze, the glass will become pitted. The best way to remove the haze is with cerium oxide paste, and a pencil...
Forum: Fuji X Series 04-29-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 2,802
Posted By Frontman
My favorites are the 35/1.4, and the 14/2.8. I...

My favorites are the 35/1.4, and the 14/2.8. I also had the 18/2, but seldom used it. The 35/1.4 is a stellar performer, and that is the lens which I used most. The 14/2.8 was my choice for shooting...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-28-2015
Replies: 57
Views: 10,325
Posted By Frontman
Mechanically-speaking, there is not much...

Mechanically-speaking, there is not much difference in quality between the Canon P and Leica M cameras. The Canon's 1 to 1 viewfinder is as bright as a Leica finder, the 35mm framelines are easy to...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-28-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 1,465
Posted By Frontman
I wouldn't bother trying to calibrate the lens to...

I wouldn't bother trying to calibrate the lens to the camera, the Nikon rangefinders are quite solidly made, and will focus within spec. You should make sure the screws which hold on the focusing...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-28-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 3,577
Posted By Frontman
I have shot a lot with the IIA, using the 50mm...

I have shot a lot with the IIA, using the 50mm f/1.5 Sonnar. I got this camera and lens for only $150, so my expectations were not very high. But I was surprised, this camera produces astonishing...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-25-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 2,894
Posted By Frontman
I like the F3P, which is something between the...

I like the F3P, which is something between the regular F3 and the F3T. The P or Press model, has a titanium HP finder with a flash hot shoe, but with no viewfinder shutter. I also like being able to...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-23-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 2,310
Posted By Frontman
Yes, you can use soap and water, just be sure to...

Yes, you can use soap and water, just be sure to dry everything carefully afterward. I don't recommend putting grease on battery cap threads, the Yashica has a positive ground, and needs good...
Forum: Travel 04-18-2015
Replies: 228
Views: 19,196
Posted By Frontman
I live in Asia, and have lived here for sime...

I live in Asia, and have lived here for sime time, it is an interesting place to work, but it is not an attractive place for retirement, at least in my opinion. Here in Japan, outside the cities the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-17-2015
Replies: 3,801
Views: 316,821
Posted By Frontman
http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj268/Frontman7...

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj268/Frontman7/IMG_1511.jpg

This arrived in my mailbox this week, I need to put some film through it this weekend.
Forum: Travel 04-16-2015
Replies: 228
Views: 19,196
Posted By Frontman
I have lived in Albuquerque (any dish with green...

I have lived in Albuquerque (any dish with green chile is wonderful), and spent time in Flagstaff, Sedona, and even Jerome. When I was very young, my father owned a gasoline station/garage on Route...
Forum: Travel 04-16-2015
Replies: 228
Views: 19,196
Posted By Frontman
I have chosen Nice, France, as the place I want...

I have chosen Nice, France, as the place I want to retire.

I chose Nice for a variety of reasons. First, it is next to the sea (important to my wife), next, I love the shops, buildings, and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-14-2015
Replies: 3,801
Views: 316,821
Posted By Frontman
After playing around with the idea for a couple...

After playing around with the idea for a couple years now, I finally bought a black Contax 2 with the 45mm lens. I am having fun with it, and looking forward to developing the first rolls.
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 04-11-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 6,883
Posted By Frontman
The same camera is listed on Yahoo Auctions in...

The same camera is listed on Yahoo Auctions in Japan, roughly the same price.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-02-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 2,530
Posted By Frontman
I have had all these lenses. The Canon 1.2 was...

I have had all these lenses. The Canon 1.2 was not bad, but I seldom shot it wide open. The aperture blades in my Nokton 1.1 lens came apart before I was able to complete the first roll of film. My...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 03-31-2015
Replies: 143
Views: 42,381
Posted By Frontman
Not on your list, but I just got a Fuji X100T. It...

Not on your list, but I just got a Fuji X100T. It doesn't have a true optical rangefinder, but I was surprised that it has a digital split-image focusing aid. I have had it only for a couple days,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-31-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 3,456
Posted By Frontman
Your camera has no light seals, just plastic tape...

Your camera has no light seals, just plastic tape where the seals should be. The seals are foam rubber material, 1.5mm thick, with an adhesive back, and are about the same size as the tape, though...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-24-2015
Replies: 177
Views: 17,870
Posted By Frontman
2.1cm Nikkor mounted to an...

2.1cm Nikkor mounted to an SP,


http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj268/Frontman7/NikonSP085.jpg
Forum: RFF Polls 03-24-2015
Replies: 395
Views: 74,223
Posted By Frontman
Lots, a IIIA, IIIC, IID, two M3 chrome bodies,...

Lots, a IIIA, IIIC, IID, two M3 chrome bodies, two black paint bodies, a silver M4, black paint M4, an M4MOT, and an M6TTL... There may be another one I forgot about lurking in a bag somewhere...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 03-15-2015
Replies: 107
Views: 31,144
Posted By Frontman
I have all five cameras, the GSN is the best...

I have all five cameras, the GSN is the best performer, and is by far the best value. The GSN has a better lens than the other cameras, and, like the Canonet, it has parallax correction. For a cheap...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-09-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 2,406
Posted By Frontman
One thing made me switch from my Leica M cameras,...

One thing made me switch from my Leica M cameras, and that was this,


http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj268/Frontman7/image-4.jpg

The SP doesn't do anything an M camera can't do, but I love the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-28-2015
Replies: 84
Views: 15,257
Posted By Frontman
I have more cameras than I can honestly recall, I...

I have more cameras than I can honestly recall, I opened an old camera shop a couple years ago. I like to shoot with old TLR's, and even a little large format. But since I got my first Nikon back in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-28-2015
Replies: 8,963
Views: 875,607
Posted By Frontman
I found a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 lens listed for sale...

I found a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 lens listed for sale on a local website. I bought it sight unseen, and when it arrived, it turned out to be an S mount Millenium Nikkor. I think the $40 I paid for it was a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-27-2015
Replies: 84
Views: 15,257
Posted By Frontman
The F3P is my all-time favorite camera, I have...

The F3P is my all-time favorite camera, I have three of them, all were previously owned by newspapers and magazines,


http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj268/Frontman7/image-17.jpg
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 02-27-2015
Replies: 267
Views: 104,677
Posted By Frontman
The Konica IIIA and IIIM have the best...

The Konica IIIA and IIIM have the best viewfinders, hands down, nothing else is even close. They are large and bright, with a 1 to 1 view, and the frame lines adjust for both parallax and image size....
Forum: RFF Polls 02-25-2015
Replies: 70
Views: 11,825
Posted By Frontman
I prefer the Nikon F3. I have been shooting the...

I prefer the Nikon F3. I have been shooting the F3 for decades, I have no less than three F3P bodies right now, one of which was dropped in salt water, yet still works.

You have a lot more options...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-04-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 5,374
Posted By Frontman
Another vote for the F2. ...

Another vote for the F2.

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj268/Frontman7/P1150783.jpg
Forum: Nikon RF 02-04-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 1,864
Posted By Frontman
Funny, I have several F cameras, from the 640...

Funny, I have several F cameras, from the 640 series to the Apollos, none has ever required a shutter calibration, ever. Most have never had any service since new. I have a Kyoritsu shutter tester,...
Forum: Off Topic 01-03-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 951
Posted By Frontman
Welcome to the world of retail. As buyers, people...

Welcome to the world of retail. As buyers, people think that every buyer is more or less the same, they buy something, pay for it, and that's it. But if you are a seller anywhere, from eBay to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-01-2015
Replies: 8,963
Views: 875,607
Posted By Frontman
I got a '59 Gibson Les Paul in rough shape, and...

I got a '59 Gibson Les Paul in rough shape, and had one of the guitar gurus in Ochanomizu bring it back to life. I am spending every free moment playing with it, it plays like a dream.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-01-2015
Replies: 49
Views: 4,399
Posted By Frontman
I would say that it is an inherent problem, I...

I would say that it is an inherent problem, I have had three curtain failures in two different M4's. In one of the cameras, I had one curtain replaced, and the second curtain failed the day I got the...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 12-31-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,285
Posted By Frontman
Agreed, I love mine. Many thousands of negatives...

Agreed, I love mine. Many thousands of negatives from 35mm half-frame to 4x5 without a hiccup.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-25-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 6,746
Posted By Frontman
One of the good points to living in Tokyo is that...

One of the good points to living in Tokyo is that theft is not a problem. I once left a new Prada bag (a gift from my wife) on the subway platform with a black paint M4, Summilux, notebook PC, etc....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-24-2014
Replies: 70
Views: 23,028
Posted By Frontman
55/1.2 wide open and up...

55/1.2 wide open and up close,

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj268/Frontman7/TogeneTownPark015.jpg
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-18-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 2,714
Posted By Frontman
If you have at least one of the old blades, a new...

If you have at least one of the old blades, a new one can be cut out using an old blade as a template, and a new pin hole easily drilled. The only difficult part is the ramp slot, which must be...
Forum: Yashica RF 12-18-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,117
Posted By Frontman
I got my old CCN up and running again, and am...

I got my old CCN up and running again, and am looking forward to trying out a Telewide kit for the GX. I sell lots of Yashicas, but I haven't been shooting with them very much.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-15-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,603
Posted By Frontman
Any luck getting the camera back together? I did...

Any luck getting the camera back together? I did this job on a Super Deluxe last year, the shutter blades were gummy and sticky, and while I had them out, I decided to clean the aperture blades as...
Forum: Travel 11-11-2014
Replies: 137
Views: 14,719
Posted By Frontman
If you have a 35mm lens for your SP, it would be...

If you have a 35mm lens for your SP, it would be a good choice, a 28mm lens might be even better. I have a four lens kit for my SP, from 21mm to 50mm. The 28mm seems to work best for me.

On my last...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-26-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 899
Posted By Frontman
You'll find that the Konica has the best...

You'll find that the Konica has the best viewfinder, though it's doublestroke winding system is a little strange. The Topcon has a wonderful lens, but the viewfinder is not as good as the Konica, and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-25-2014
Replies: 134
Views: 16,379
Posted By Frontman
Get one of each, they complement each other. I...

Get one of each, they complement each other. I have a few of each, three F3 Professionals, and an F3T, along with an F2 Titan, and an F2AS. All of these have seen heavy use, and all work properly....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-24-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 2,470
Posted By Frontman
Looking in my files, I found a few images which I...

Looking in my files, I found a few images which I shot with the Nikkor 5.8cm f/1.4. Funny that while on this walk, I was approached by an executive who worked at the Nikon company, he was quite...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-19-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 4,752
Posted By Frontman
Newer cameras are the D700, Fuji X-Pro, Pentax...

Newer cameras are the D700, Fuji X-Pro, Pentax MX-1, the Lumix LX-7, and my iPhone.

Older cameras are my Nikon SP, Rolleiflex 2.8F, Nikon F2 Titan, Nikon F, and Olympus Pen W.
Forum: Travel 10-14-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,097
Posted By Frontman
In Kyoto I usually stay at the new Royal Park...

In Kyoto I usually stay at the new Royal Park hotel near Gion. The hotel is reasonably-priced, near the market area, is very close to the Kamo river, and easy walking distance from Kiyomizu temple....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-14-2014
Replies: 68
Views: 7,704
Posted By Frontman
I have owned and used half a dozen Leicas over...

I have owned and used half a dozen Leicas over the years, I am a big fan. But of the cameras I have owned (Nikon, Canon, Pentax), the Leicas are by far the least reliable. My M4M got a jammed shutter...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-13-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 2,470
Posted By Frontman
I wish I had some examples, maybe I do somewhere,...

I wish I had some examples, maybe I do somewhere, of the 5.8cm f/1.4. I got one of these a couple of years ago to shoot on my favorite F camera. I have heard both good and bad about this lens, but in...
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 10-12-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 6,298
Posted By Frontman
I repair a lot of Canon 7 cameras, and as far as...

I repair a lot of Canon 7 cameras, and as far as I can tell, I have seen no problems with deterioration from exposure to light. Faulty meters usually have one of two problems, the selenium surface...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-12-2014
Replies: 45
Views: 5,977
Posted By Frontman
The problem with this is that many buyers are in...

The problem with this is that many buyers are in fact sellers as well. Who here only sells on eBay, but doesn't buy as well? Buy making it easier for people to sign up and become sellers, many of...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-11-2014
Replies: 45
Views: 5,977
Posted By Frontman
That's the way eBay is. I have been selling on...

That's the way eBay is. I have been selling on eBay for almost ten years, and have over 1000 positive feedbacks. I have also done nearly half a million dollars in sales over that time. Last year I...
Forum: Other RF 10-07-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,011
Posted By Frontman
The fullsize Yashica Electros can take long...

The fullsize Yashica Electros can take long exposures, the smaller ones can't. The CC has a maximum speed of 16 seconds, the CCN and GX are 8 seconds. Battery strengh can affect the longer shutter...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-06-2014
Replies: 87
Views: 9,543
Posted By Frontman
The top cover has a serial number, and it's in...

The top cover has a serial number, and it's in the 2005 SP range. I sometimes find interesting things out here, my favorites are cameras and parts which are left over "dead stock" (new, but unsold...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-05-2014
Replies: 87
Views: 9,543
Posted By Frontman
This is true. While out shopping for camera...

This is true. While out shopping for camera parts, I came across a batch of extras made for the 2005 SP. I was able to get the top and front covers, back cover, as well as the shutter lever cap, and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-01-2014
Replies: 287
Views: 14,585
Posted By Frontman
A few years ago this would be an easy question to...

A few years ago this would be an easy question to answer. But now after using so many cameras, trying to choose which is best is not quite difficult. The difference in the end product when using a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-01-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 3,000
Posted By Frontman
You need to remove open the viewfinder as though...

You need to remove open the viewfinder as though you are using it, and remove the mounting screws (there are three of them on my C model, your B shouldn't be too much different), then you need to...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 09-30-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 2,684
Posted By Frontman
It's quite possible that the frame lines are not...

It's quite possible that the frame lines are not precisely framing your shots. The parallax adjustment might need a little work to make sure the film is seeing what you are seeing. The frame lines...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-30-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 2,804
Posted By Frontman
Often when you try to remove the front group,...

Often when you try to remove the front group, only the retaining ring comes off, other times the entire assemply threads out. What I do to remove the retaining ring is to put a couple drops of paint...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 09-30-2014
Replies: 45
Views: 7,042
Posted By Frontman
For Japanese cameras, and interesting and...

For Japanese cameras, and interesting and not-to-expensive camera is the Olympus Ace. These were made in the 50's, and came with three lenses, a 35mm f/2.8, 45mm f/2.8, and a 80mm f/5.6.

The...
Forum: Off Topic 09-29-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,982
Posted By Frontman
I use an old Gillette Bostonian razor. I tried...

I use an old Gillette Bostonian razor. I tried various adjustable razors like the Aristocrats, Fat Boy, Toggle, etc. but my magic combination for the best shave was the Bostonian and Gillette Bleue...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-29-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 2,804
Posted By Frontman
It is fungus, but it will easily clean up. You...

It is fungus, but it will easily clean up. You need to separate the front retaining ring to remove the front element. Use a tool to hold the back half of the lens assembly, and use a spanner or...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-29-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,607
Posted By Frontman
The lever also unlatches the front pins on the...

The lever also unlatches the front pins on the prism via a plate which shifts to the side. Sometimes this plate does not shift, so the rear of the prism seems to come up a little, but the front stays...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 09-28-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 3,586
Posted By Frontman
Actually, the fix is simple, the lube on the...

Actually, the fix is simple, the lube on the lever which cycles the lens aperture has probably dried up. If you take off the bottom cover, you will see a linkage which passes under the lens mount....
Forum: RFF Polls 09-19-2014
Replies: 2,934
Views: 1,783,615
Posted By Frontman
I got a D700 for cheap yesterday, it is my only...

I got a D700 for cheap yesterday, it is my only DSLR. I will go out and put it to use over the weekend.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-19-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 6,202
Posted By Frontman
Second on the Mamiya, you can get a K type roll...

Second on the Mamiya, you can get a K type roll film back which will shoot all three formats. Added to this is a variety of lenses from 50mm to 250mm. The Mamiyas are half a century newer than the...
Forum: Other RF 09-19-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 2,032
Posted By Frontman
I will check over the weekend, I have another...

I will check over the weekend, I have another IIIA I plan to modify. I will take some photos for reference. The tab I have removed is not bent over at 90 degrees, it is like a small comb with teeth...
Forum: Other RF 09-18-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 2,032
Posted By Frontman
I have done this mod on a few IIIA cameras, but...

I have done this mod on a few IIIA cameras, but the ones I have worked had the EV tab riveted in place. The tab is located inside the shutter housing, so once the screws/rivets are removed, you need...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-16-2014
Replies: 79
Views: 9,146
Posted By Frontman
Dropped a Nikon SP, which broke the prism and...

Dropped a Nikon SP, which broke the prism and blacked out the viewfinder. I have givn up trying to find a replacement, so I am attempting to make one myself.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-12-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 8,851
Posted By Frontman
"Yes, you can paint it black, but it needs to be...

"Yes, you can paint it black, but it needs to be done properly if you intend to use the camera. You can't get paint to stick to chrome, no matter what any manufacturers may say."

Unlike the black...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-12-2014
Replies: 134
Views: 11,927
Posted By Frontman
It sounds like Mr Deal is the real "heir...

It sounds like Mr Deal is the real "heir apparent" in this situation. After he collects his fees (which will include a lot of airfare to France) his client may not receive very much. Mr Maloof's...
Forum: Travel 09-06-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 8,396
Posted By Frontman
Japan is one of the strangest places you'll ever...

Japan is one of the strangest places you'll ever visit. Casinos are illegal, but pachinko and slot machine games can be found in every city. You win trinkets in the palo which you exchange for cash...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-06-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 19,844
Posted By Frontman
One of the local Japanese photomags did a...

One of the local Japanese photomags did a side-by-side shootout with a pair of Rolleis to compare the Planar to the Xenotar. At normal size there was no difference that I could notice. Cropped, some...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-06-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 2,198
Posted By Frontman
"Looking at the Autocord shutter, the uppermost...

"Looking at the Autocord shutter, the uppermost shutter blade has a slight bend right at the tip, when viewed from the front. When viewed from the back, there is nothing like this."

On some...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-06-2014
Replies: 83
Views: 18,585
Posted By Frontman
Masa Saita has done a couple Leicas for me. He...

Masa Saita has done a couple Leicas for me. He did an M4 with a nice semi-gloss finish, and an M3 with a glossier finish. The semi-gloss looked better. His paint job included a full CLA, and new...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-01-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 3,291
Posted By Frontman
"Any further tips?" I have lately been using...

"Any further tips?"

I have lately been using cerium oxide powder, which is a glass polishing agent. This works about the same as regular toothpaste, but is less messy, though your lens won't smell...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 08-31-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 3,291
Posted By Frontman
This haze may or may not be easily removed....

This haze may or may not be easily removed. Sometimes cleaning fluid will work, sometimes not. If cleaning fluid doesn't do the job, you can use toothpaste with a damp cotton swab. This should get...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 08-14-2014
Replies: 35
Views: 3,880
Posted By Frontman
I have carried a few bags over the years, but I...

I have carried a few bags over the years, but I now find that even lighter loads carried in these bags are not comfortable, my back begins to complain rather quickly. Now I simply use a backpack of...
Forum: Other RF 08-06-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 11,542
Posted By Frontman
Of the cameras mentioned, the SP is the best. It...

Of the cameras mentioned, the SP is the best. It is a very well made camera, with a great performing lens. The quality of materials is also good, especially the glass. The weakest point of the...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-06-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,218
Posted By Frontman
The slow speed mechanism can be removed for...

The slow speed mechanism can be removed for cleaning easily enough. You need to remove the lower dust cover inside the camera below the lens mount by removing two screws. These are not a strsight...
Forum: Yashica RF 08-04-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 2,393
Posted By Frontman
The meter lamps should illuminate even if the POD...

The meter lamps should illuminate even if the POD is bad. The contacts may have gotten dirty or contaminated, wind the charging lever all the way, and hold it at the end of it's travel, then depress...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 08-04-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 3,967
Posted By Frontman
The thread pitch or depth is ever-so-slightly...

The thread pitch or depth is ever-so-slightly different. I was doing a test with two Soviet lenses, and FED 50/2 collapsible, and a Jupiter 3. I was attempting to shoot these lenses with a Kipon...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 08-01-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,296
Posted By Frontman
The Canon 7 does have light seals, in each of the...

The Canon 7 does have light seals, in each of the channels at the top and bottom of the rear of the camera, and at the hinge. The Canon P does not use seals in the channels.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 08-01-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 3,967
Posted By Frontman
Actually, I believe I do have one an extra...

Actually, I believe I do have one an extra 90/3.5, I'll see if I can find it.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-31-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 3,967
Posted By Frontman
A box with a UV lamp will keep the fungus at bay,...

A box with a UV lamp will keep the fungus at bay, these are used by barbers and others to keep their instruments free of bateria and such.

The fungus in Sekor lenses is easily removed (if caught...
Forum: Other RF 07-29-2014
Replies: 54
Views: 7,320
Posted By Frontman
Bunyo Ishikawa used a Olympus Pen W for many of...

Bunyo Ishikawa used a Olympus Pen W for many of his most moving photos of the Vietnam war. His main workhorse was a Nikon F, but his "chance" shots seem to be taken mostly with the Pen. The Pen W is...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 07-25-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 903
Posted By Frontman
Set the ISO to 400, and turn the shutter speed...

Set the ISO to 400, and turn the shutter speed dial to 1/15 second, then make sure the orange f/2.8 lines up with the mark in the meter window. Then you can back out the three set screws which hold...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 07-22-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 3,534
Posted By Frontman
The actual size of the pack is not relevant so...

The actual size of the pack is not relevant so long as the straps can be adjusted enough to set the pack in the proper position. Having set up a number of rucksacks as an Infantryman under the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-20-2014
Replies: 79
Views: 5,162
Posted By Frontman
For something similar to the Nikon SP I usually...

For something similar to the Nikon SP I usually shoot with, the Nikon F is it's SLR twin. I like the F2 as well, but it is noisier than the F, or at least my F2 Titan is. Lately I have been playing...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-19-2014
Replies: 107
Views: 8,002
Posted By Frontman
Get another camera, something "off-the-wall" like...

Get another camera, something "off-the-wall" like a Graflex, and have some fun with it.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-19-2014
Replies: 3,801
Views: 316,821
Posted By Frontman
After reading the "Pentaxians" thread in the SLR...

After reading the "Pentaxians" thread in the SLR forum, I decided to put a roll of film through this old AP with an old Takumar 58/2 lens. Unfortunately, the shutter and winder decided to lock up...
Forum: Travel 06-18-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,137
Posted By Frontman
The monochrome might be the best choice for...

The monochrome might be the best choice for Paris, there isn't much color in the narrower streets and alleyways, though they are rich in subject matter.

But Southern France is very colorful, Nice...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-13-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 2,854
Posted By Frontman
I have sold hundreds of cameras on eBay, and...

I have sold hundreds of cameras on eBay, and nearly all transactions have been great ones. On occasion I have made a mistake, I have sent the wrong camera to a buyer, or forgotten to put something in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-11-2014
Replies: 3,801
Views: 316,821
Posted By Frontman
Something newer for a change, a Nikon F4 with a...

Something newer for a change, a Nikon F4 with a 50/1.4 D lens. The "silent" mode is actually very quiet, and using an AF lens is kind of fun after using manual cameras for so long,
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-28-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 5,531
Posted By Frontman
I just picked up a Nikon F4 with a Sigma 24mm...

I just picked up a Nikon F4 with a Sigma 24mm f/1.8 lens for this kind of shooting. The AF seems to work quite well in low light, and the camera has a "silent" shooting mode, which while not as quiet...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-28-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 5,273
Posted By Frontman
I have had and used every type of 50mm Zuiko lens...

I have had and used every type of 50mm Zuiko lens made, and though each has it's strong points, the best overall is the basic 50/1.8. There is nothing in the 40/2 to justify it's high price outside...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-25-2014
Replies: 85
Views: 9,099
Posted By Frontman
If you have an FG, just get an FE and keep your...

If you have an FG, just get an FE and keep your Nikon glass. As for the wonky meter in OM, just turn the meter off. It is good to learn how to shoot without a meter, even a working meter will...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-24-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 876
Posted By Frontman
If I were in Birmingham, I would drive to...

If I were in Birmingham, I would drive to Anniston, and see if it were possible to get into Fort McClellan. The fort was a basic training facility for God knows how long, but was closed a few years...
Forum: Off Topic 05-23-2014
Replies: 0
Views: 1,139
Posted By Frontman
eBay Fraud Warning, now Paypal Spoof Mails

After changing my eBay passwords yesterday, I received a quite realistic spoof "Paypal" email today, warning me of suspicious activity in my account. The email contained a couple of links, which ask...
Forum: Yashica RF 05-15-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 3,349
Posted By Frontman
The GL suffers from two main problems. The first...

The GL suffers from two main problems. The first is that the connection to the battery wire is easily corroded, and can cause the camera to go dead. Second, it is prone to getting fungus between the...
Forum: Yashica RF 05-14-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 3,349
Posted By Frontman
If you remove the bottom cover on the CC, you...

If you remove the bottom cover on the CC, you will see a pair of small switches which can be turned with a screwdriver, these are used to to tune the shutter speed at the factory. These can adjusted...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-10-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 3,812
Posted By Frontman
Buying my first Barnack opened the door to Leica...

Buying my first Barnack opened the door to Leica for me, and it has remained open ever since. I now have a shelf covered with them. I love to shoot with them, and tee see just how great they really...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-05-2014
Replies: 48
Views: 8,382
Posted By Frontman
In some of the shops in Tokyo they are having...

In some of the shops in Tokyo they are having trouble keeping Tri-X on the shelves, it sells very well. Two out of the last three times I have been to Bic Camera in Yurakucho, they have been sold...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-25-2014
Replies: 222
Views: 25,774
Posted By Frontman
http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj268/Frontman7...

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj268/Frontman7/CCNChiba060.jpg
Forum: Yashica RF 04-19-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 644
Posted By Frontman
There are three wires which attach to the flash...

There are three wires which attach to the flash shoe, a ground wire, hot flash wire, and a wire for the AE flash. The hot flash and sync socket are connected with a brown wire, I think the AE wire is...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 04-17-2014
Replies: 98
Views: 24,474
Posted By Frontman
The Nikkor 5.8cm f1.4 is a good classic...

The Nikkor 5.8cm f1.4 is a good classic lens,


http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj268/Frontman7/image-9.jpg
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-15-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 3,606
Posted By Frontman
A Nikon FE or F3 is a great choice, either can be...

A Nikon FE or F3 is a great choice, either can be had for very little. I use the Nikkor 50-300 ED zoom, which is a little more pricy, but only a tenth of its original $3500 price tag when new. The...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-12-2014
Replies: 200
Views: 31,527
Posted By Frontman
One of mine, the black paint on the titanium...

One of mine, the black paint on the titanium models is far tougher stuff than they put on the standard black cameras, and it is not easily scratched or worn...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-10-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 6,024
Posted By Frontman
There health risks are not really significant if...

There health risks are not really significant if you take just a few small precautions. The first is ventilation. Most kitchens or bathrooms have ventilation fans which will draw out most vapors. The...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-09-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 611
Posted By Frontman
In A mode, the QL17 operates in shutter priority....

In A mode, the QL17 operates in shutter priority. You still need to adjust the shutter speed until the meter needle moves to an aperture setting in the viewfinder, if the shutter setting is too high...
Forum: Olympus RF 04-08-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 13,703
Posted By Frontman
I have one of these too. It's a great camera, and...

I have one of these too. It's a great camera, and I have gotten some interesting comments from otjer shooters here in Tokyo. The lens isn't bad even when shot wide open....
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-07-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,082
Posted By Frontman
Probably fungus and/or haze. It's not hard to get...

Probably fungus and/or haze. It's not hard to get out if you have a few tools. I have better luck getting into OM lenses from the back. You can usually remove the black sheet metal collar that...
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