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Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 02-23-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 2,005
Posted By Scrambler
If you read the entire sequence of posts through...

If you read the entire sequence of posts through you realise a LOT of wrong ideas were put forward, to be gradually moved past.

My final thought after all the reading was that Capa clearly intended...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-09-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 2,463
Posted By Scrambler
But it seems more 50mm than 35mm.

But it seems more 50mm than 35mm.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-08-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,901
Posted By Scrambler
I dont know how to rate. 2 100ft rolls b+w, one...

I dont know how to rate. 2 100ft rolls b+w, one part used of 160 portra. I think I'm back to nothing stored of store-bought film rolls but how many I have loaded varies. Then theres 4x5- I think 70...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-06-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 367
Posted By Scrambler
Yep thats what the "takeup" they are teferring to...

Yep thats what the "takeup" they are teferring to is. I'll get a photo or two and post later.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-05-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 367
Posted By Scrambler
Interesting. Reading that, get a 135 film inner...

Interesting. Reading that, get a 135 film inner reel and cut the centre slot down to make it fit a standard leader. Any film developer will let you have a used 135 reel for nothing so even if you...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-05-2019
Replies: 146
Views: 4,861
Posted By Scrambler
It finally dawned on me that this has prices. So...

It finally dawned on me that this has prices. So something like the equivalent of 10 pounds per roll of 35mm film - nothing much has changed in nearly 100 years. On the other hand the Leica was more...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-05-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 444
Posted By Scrambler
One possibility is that the camera got dropped...

One possibility is that the camera got dropped and struck either into a lens or from on the back with a lens attached - so the entire front of the camera is pushed in. So make sure the focus is even...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-05-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 444
Posted By Scrambler
Thats a long way off what would be...

Thats a long way off what would be expected.

Think it through - lenses all have different sources but same issue with all: it has to be the camera.
Close focus on the lens means the lens is further...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-05-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 367
Posted By Scrambler
I can't say I know of the thread you recall. We...

I can't say I know of the thread you recall. We can build another though. What camera do you have? Can you post a photo of your takeup spool? Thanks!
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-02-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 2,492
Posted By Scrambler
Another other option would be another, longer FSU...

Another other option would be another, longer FSU take up spool filed to the correct length. Maybe a sleeve over the grip section on your current takeup to lengthen it? Essentially its the same issue...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-02-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 2,492
Posted By Scrambler
The solution to "perforitis" isnt usually the...

The solution to "perforitis" isnt usually the takeup spool but rather the film spool. As I'm sure you are aware the 135 spool is shorter than the originals. Reloadable spools from the early years is...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-01-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 485
Posted By Scrambler
All worth something. The physically bigger items...

All worth something. The physically bigger items are worth more. I'd guess the total around $1k USD give or take.

Check ebay and things like collectiblend for prices.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-31-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1,872
Posted By Scrambler
This really is insanely easy. All you need to...

This really is insanely easy. All you need to watch out for is the film curling at the loose end on the second roll through. Make sure its tucked in and you are good to go. 120 to 620 to 620 gets...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-28-2019
Replies: 146
Views: 4,861
Posted By Scrambler
I understand that it was the M cameras that used...

I understand that it was the M cameras that used the slightly shorter Kodak design. I have copies of the Leica cartridges but also two Agfa cartridges for (as I understand it) loading with film...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-27-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 817
Posted By Scrambler
I would go Paterson as well. Loads differently to...

I would go Paterson as well. Loads differently to the steel, its simple and quick. Should be stacks around. I started with a two reel but now use a three reel because I can do two 120 rolls or 6 5x4...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-14-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,884
Posted By Scrambler
Dropped it? They built it through three...

Dropped it? They built it through three generations and over 10 years. The 6K sensor was outdated at launch but Epson still used it for 10 years. They were a cult item in Japan, and a somewhat...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-03-2019
Replies: 72
Views: 2,502
Posted By Scrambler
PM me if you are in SEQ, and you can try vs my...

PM me if you are in SEQ, and you can try vs my Epson and the Canon lens. There are decent cells of RFers in Sydney and Melbourne and some scattered elsewhere.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-03-2019
Replies: 72
Views: 2,502
Posted By Scrambler
Off topic, but the Sony A7 family does this. At a...

Off topic, but the Sony A7 family does this. At a reasonable price: try getting any M-mount RF for the price of an A7. Get an A7ii plus AF adapter for Leica and have the previously impossible: an AF...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-03-2019
Replies: 72
Views: 2,502
Posted By Scrambler
I'm a lover of Sonnars and have owned a few,...

I'm a lover of Sonnars and have owned a few, including a 1930s uncoated f1.5 and a J8, and thats not including my favourite portrait lens, a Nikkor 85/2. But I also have a Canon 50/1.4 that is sharp...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-03-2019
Replies: 72
Views: 2,502
Posted By Scrambler
Did you do 1.5 tests like the 2.8 ones you have...

Did you do 1.5 tests like the 2.8 ones you have posted? Is it a 1.5 optimised lens?

And what kind of photos are you planning on using it for?

If I had one I would want a 1.5 optimised, because if...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-16-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 809
Posted By Scrambler
Compatibility for the Russian LTMs on the Bessa...

Compatibility for the Russian LTMs on the Bessa R? In general you will be fine with anything except some (but not all) J-12s. Apparently its something like 1/3 will be fine. Others won't fit at...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-16-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 658
Posted By Scrambler
Split prism or plain field? The later split prism...

Split prism or plain field? The later split prism finders are as good as any as far as I can see. Its the small size plain finders that I stuggle with. 6x6 plain finders are no trouble but the 35mm...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-11-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 658
Posted By Scrambler
The cheaper option would be to invest in a...

The cheaper option would be to invest in a slightly newer Exakta with exchangable viewfinders, then chose what you want. The later viewfinders include split prisms which makes everything much easier....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-28-2018
Replies: 58
Views: 1,857
Posted By Scrambler
Welcome mgpsmith. It seems a good question to...

Welcome mgpsmith.

It seems a good question to me, and you have dealt with the key issues.

I would suggest avoiding the M3 simply because it doesn't really do wides so well. M2 or one of the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-27-2018
Replies: 50
Views: 1,711
Posted By Scrambler
APSC is just under 1/2 the pixels. So this would...

APSC is just under 1/2 the pixels. So this would be a high 20s MP APSC crop.

Another way of looking at it is that it would be a TRUE 15MP: each pixel of 15MP would be measured not estimated, so a...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-27-2018
Replies: 117
Views: 11,791
Posted By Scrambler
Looks very interesting. And a LOT faster than...

Looks very interesting. And a LOT faster than most low cost 28mm. I think it's a great lens esp for someone like me with an Epson camera: I don't need to worry about having a Leica lens on it.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-26-2018
Replies: 84
Views: 3,198
Posted By Scrambler
I'm no M Leica expert. I have, however, owned a...

I'm no M Leica expert. I have, however, owned a Konica Hexar RF. Consider one if you want a modern film Leica. They are 100% compatible with even goggled Leica lenses. 0.6 VF so better for 35mm and...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 11-25-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,670
Posted By Scrambler
Possibly not an exact comparison, but Kodak did...

Possibly not an exact comparison, but Kodak did sell a cardboard box for making photographs, with a known but unrelated brand (Brownie) attached for marketing purposes.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 11-22-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 602
Posted By Scrambler
Looks to me like a well made modification to...

Looks to me like a well made modification to attach a cold shoe to a camera capable of having a large screw or bolt on the front, I'd be guessing a 4x5 field camera or similar.

The item is well made...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-13-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,098
Posted By Scrambler
I've a 3c and 3a that I use/ have used with the...

I've a 3c and 3a that I use/ have used with the following 50s:

Summitar (f2)
Summar (f2)
1937 uncoated Sonnar (f1.5)
Jupiter 8 (f2)
Canon f1.4
Russian Tessar clones (f2.8-3.5)

For a genuine fast...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 11-06-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 1,050
Posted By Scrambler
Not often that it pays to be Aussie when buying cameras, but...

$1150 AUD for an A7 body, $100 voucher as well. Thats $830 USD before the rebate or $760 after.

Thats on special, but the non-discounted price is still under $1000 USD.
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 11-02-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 3,300
Posted By Scrambler
3/8 vs 1/4 is European vs UK&USA Earlier Leicas...

3/8 vs 1/4 is European vs UK&USA

Earlier Leicas are available in both. Japanese seem to have gone for 1/4. I wouldn't be surprised to find a Leica of any age in 3/8 but others may have definitive...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-11-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1,191
Posted By Scrambler
I suspect they mean "matte" rather than "malt"...

I suspect they mean "matte" rather than "malt"

I will be an autocorrection fault
Forum: Film vs Digital 12-11-2017
Replies: 30
Views: 2,724
Posted By Scrambler
I like doing stuff differently. To be honest,...

I like doing stuff differently.

To be honest, my most commonly used camera is an Epson R-D1 - a digital you use like a film camera. Even down to hiding the screen. Mind you, you can use my wife's...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-08-2017
Replies: 64
Views: 9,396
Posted By Scrambler
I'm pretty sure it's fairy dust. I have a Pentax...

I'm pretty sure it's fairy dust.

I have a Pentax with the same sensor and it just isn't close (though of course everything else including programming is different).
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-28-2017
Replies: 49
Views: 8,610
Posted By Scrambler
Makes me want to go shooting straight away. Re...

Makes me want to go shooting straight away.

Re sensor (q from 2 years ago): thats not the secret sauce. I have a Pentax K100d with the same sensor. Colours are quite different and I suspect the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-21-2017
Replies: 136
Views: 9,968
Posted By Scrambler
In our house we have 4 decent(ish)-quality...

In our house we have 4 decent(ish)-quality digital cameras of 2 different ages - a Pentax K100d and Epson R-D1 (which have the same sensor but turn out quite different results), a Canon Eos 650 and a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-09-2017
Replies: 56
Views: 5,772
Posted By Scrambler
Why not call it series IV? Because I, II and III...

Why not call it series IV? Because I, II and III are statements of function - each does what the one before does, plus something. Then as the models progress they have a, b, c and so on added across...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-11-2017
Replies: 32
Views: 2,041
Posted By Scrambler
The comments about background and context are...

The comments about background and context are apt. HCB seems to be more involved in selecting the environment and then waiting for people (or person) to make it interesting. I read an online piece a...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-04-2017
Replies: 90
Views: 5,908
Posted By Scrambler
I'm not sure I entirely agree with either side of...

I'm not sure I entirely agree with either side of this discussion.

I would have been sorely tempted to title the pictured piece "Mind and body" which tips the assessment over to the bits of people...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-02-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,193
Posted By Scrambler
Well I love them. The rising price I worry about...

Well I love them. The rising price I worry about is the cost of "having" to one day get a full frame digital to use the full image circle.

I dont have any lenses without film cameras to match. But a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-31-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,224
Posted By Scrambler
You've just got to love this! The camera already...

You've just got to love this! The camera already discussed elsewhere in another shot!

That's the same camera. Rules out photoshopping - it's the same. Confirms it's a Werra (see the underside on the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-31-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,224
Posted By Scrambler
Yes it does look a bit like a Werra, but the...

Yes it does look a bit like a Werra, but the winder is just not right and there should be more chrome.

On the other hand, there's nothing there that couldn't be a Werra with deliberate modification....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-31-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 1,368
Posted By Scrambler
In terms of quality of photo I think you are...

In terms of quality of photo I think you are right - but then this was pretty much always true, or at least pretty close to it.

Regards size of professional cameras - 35mm cameras that we all...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 08-31-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,629
Posted By Scrambler
As I understand, glass polishing is patience and...

As I understand, glass polishing is patience and quality assurance rather than skills. You can polish glass by hand. If you have the time - see the comments section!

The unseen skills here are the...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 08-29-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,945
Posted By Scrambler
On the second linked topic, as a GP I can say...

On the second linked topic, as a GP I can say that what you do in your own time is your own business. However with the worlds most active serial killer having been a GP (Family Physician for the...
Forum: RFF News 08-27-2017
Replies: 32
Views: 2,229
Posted By Scrambler
Welcome, Jim. As you will eventually find out,...

Welcome, Jim.

As you will eventually find out, there are a wide range of viewers here, but the reality is that a disproportionate number of users here have and regularly use film Leicas. There are...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-27-2017
Replies: 49
Views: 2,666
Posted By Scrambler
342 rolls of 36 exposures = 12312 photos. or if...

342 rolls of 36 exposures = 12312 photos. or if taking 10 images per day that is 23 years. Of course, if taking 100 per day its a little more than 2 years. In reality I'd buy a new digital camera...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 08-22-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2,834
Posted By Scrambler
Not my territory but in general you will need to...

Not my territory but in general you will need to have wide enough view for your original. You need to be able to focus well under the rangefinder minimum focus of most lenses and even more than most...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 08-20-2017
Replies: 100
Views: 5,603
Posted By Scrambler
I think that indeed it will be a "Brave New...

I think that indeed it will be a "Brave New World" and I strongly recommend everyone go and read that nearly century-old book to get a feel for it. Though of course in the book they do have some...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-17-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 961
Posted By Scrambler
That is nice. I've downsized my Pentax...

That is nice.

I've downsized my Pentax Proliferation - I've only (cough) got 5 now. I found the Spotmatics didn't do it for me - I couldn't mentally adapt to turning the meter on when I wanted it...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 08-16-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1,839
Posted By Scrambler
I would agree with ozmoose though i havent worked...

I would agree with ozmoose though i havent worked as hard as him at the scanning. I have an older Plustek and would stress that you need an LED light source. The older ones are too fragile and...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-16-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 807
Posted By Scrambler
Somewhere online theres a series of shots taken...

Somewhere online theres a series of shots taken by a lens during a process of extreme degradation. The short answer is that there will be small issues with your lens. Small. It will take photos that...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-16-2017
Replies: 41
Views: 2,077
Posted By Scrambler
I wouldn't object to buying a vintage non...

I wouldn't object to buying a vintage non automatic toaster: the kind you had to turn the toast on yourself. My grandparents had one and it was old in the 1970s. Well, it seemed old. There is no...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-15-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,100
Posted By Scrambler
What a beauty ;-) I can't give you a definite...

What a beauty ;-)

I can't give you a definite but Medium Format SLRs are thin on the ground. The nearest designs I have seen are Japanese postwar. I would be guessing that's the origin. There are a...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-15-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 978
Posted By Scrambler
It should. It certainly works the other way...

It should. It certainly works the other way around - a hood for FED collapsible will fit a Leica lens (well, I can absolutely confirm the Summar but its the same size as an Elmar front).
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 08-15-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 2,665
Posted By Scrambler
The rear of the J12 is so extreme but if you...

The rear of the J12 is so extreme but if you think, it was built to clear a Zorki etc shutter, and these are anything but sleek. The issue with smaller format Sonys is the sensor surround not the...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 08-15-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,493
Posted By Scrambler
This is sound advice in that all the previous...

This is sound advice in that all the previous test confirms is that the rf mechanism is out of kilter but that includes the rf cam of the lens. If someone nearby can lend you a 50mm lens (no cam) you...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 08-14-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,493
Posted By Scrambler
Firstly, there are a multitude of things that...

Firstly, there are a multitude of things that COULD be wrong, but the first thing to check is the focus. So depending on your confidence and/or willingness to get film developed either

1) Mount the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-14-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,101
Posted By Scrambler
@citizen99: I have a 1926 Brownie and a 1926...

@citizen99: I have a 1926 Brownie and a 1926 folding plate camera for 6.5x9cm. With a period adapter the plate camera takes 120. Or I can use the plate holders and cut down 120 in a homemade adapter....
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-14-2017
Replies: 41
Views: 2,077
Posted By Scrambler
About 200 Aud ($160USD) with 1937 uncoated Zeiss...

About 200 Aud ($160USD) with 1937 uncoated Zeiss Tessar 50mm lens. So pretty much FSU territory in Leica prices.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-14-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,101
Posted By Scrambler
Box camera with doublet lens? Or for 120? The pre...

Box camera with doublet lens? Or for 120?
The pre 1926 Kodaks were made of cardboard. Not many cardboard boxes have survived 100 years in fully functional condition.

The issue which is hard to wrap...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-13-2017
Replies: 41
Views: 2,077
Posted By Scrambler
It's easy to say what cameras one should have HAD...

It's easy to say what cameras one should have HAD for profit - I think the three crowns Leica IIIg would have been ideal - but what WILL escalate in price compared to what HAS is a much trickier...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-09-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 1,509
Posted By Scrambler
But the IIIa does have it. You can't shortcut...

But the IIIa does have it. You can't shortcut high to low.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-08-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 820
Posted By Scrambler
I've an FSU lens that has its aperture markings...

I've an FSU lens that has its aperture markings at entirely the wrong place. I'm open to that being a factory error but I'm not inclined to think that Canon put a lens together that wrong without...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 08-07-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1,460
Posted By Scrambler
This may mean some playing around. I have tried...

This may mean some playing around.

I have tried a range of lenses on my 4x5 camera. That includes a 75mm off a 6x6 folder that does 4 but not 5 inches (100mm but not 125).

Frankly it gets a bit...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 08-07-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2,476
Posted By Scrambler
CLE 28 is fine with glasses. There are downsides...

CLE 28 is fine with glasses. There are downsides to 0.6 magnification and some upsides.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-07-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 782
Posted By Scrambler
35s: I have a mid 70s Jupiter 12. That gives...

35s: I have a mid 70s Jupiter 12. That gives usable f2.8 but is not sharp to the sides. But its cheap by Leica compatible standards. The Leica compatible lenses are mostly more affordable.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-07-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 1,509
Posted By Scrambler
Not you commenting on cards. That is...

Not you commenting on cards. That is others.

Sorry if I misunderstood your advice as cure rather than diagnosis.

I still say you can tell enough simply pushing on the film canister. If it is not...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-07-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 1,509
Posted By Scrambler
Oh come on... The FACTORY instructions, and all...

Oh come on...

The FACTORY instructions, and all the aftermarket advice from the 30's to the 50's, is - cut a long leader (10 sprockets from memory, but maybe its 12), attach the takeup spool and...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 08-06-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2,476
Posted By Scrambler
Well the CLE is those, and also smaller than...

Well the CLE is those, and also smaller than either. The only mild nuisance is that the height of the VF above lens is slightly greater than something like the L.

The other niggle is that it turns...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-06-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 1,509
Posted By Scrambler
I can't speak directly re the FSU bottom loaders,...

I can't speak directly re the FSU bottom loaders, but Leicas up to the Ms were all designed for slightly longer film canisters than standard (the Leicas were designed before the standard, and the...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-05-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 1,992
Posted By Scrambler
The best option for low light manual focus with...

The best option for low light manual focus with RF type lenses, IMHO, are the Sonys, though similar apsc cameras would probably be the same.

The Epson is great for focus but ISO is so 2004.

Even...
Forum: Film vs Digital 08-04-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 1,055
Posted By Scrambler
I couldn't agree more. My wife and I had a...

I couldn't agree more.

My wife and I had a Pentax 6mp SLR, and that was fine for use, until one day we popped a card in and it didn't want to work. After some discussion my Wife got a then new 18mp...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-03-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 771
Posted By Scrambler
It's a "thing" particularly with early FSU...

It's a "thing" particularly with early FSU rangefinders, though even then many are fine.

As for "I've never known it to be a problem with my Leica II..." - I can't really work out how you would know...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-03-2017
Replies: 42
Views: 4,030
Posted By Scrambler
Most people (99%?) follow rules of social...

Most people (99%?) follow rules of social engagement - either because they want to or because they are pretty confident they won't get what they want by disobeying them.

Occasionally there's the...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-03-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,297
Posted By Scrambler
Never noticed a need for reading glasses with...

Never noticed a need for reading glasses with external finder. There's nothing "up close" like in a camera finder - the only close thing is the framelines and if they are a bit fuzzy its the least of...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-03-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 622
Posted By Scrambler
It's a light leak through the backing paper. The...

It's a light leak through the backing paper. The shape is the shape of the number viewing window. I would try light-excluding tape (or black duct tape if you have nothing else), run a cartridge...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-03-2017
Replies: 42
Views: 4,030
Posted By Scrambler
I am about to head to work where about 20 people...

I am about to head to work where about 20 people today will ask my opinion. The same tomorrow, the same last week. My past client base would be nearer 6000 than 600. I think that I may have some...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-03-2017
Replies: 42
Views: 4,030
Posted By Scrambler
I don't know anything bar the basics off the net....

I don't know anything bar the basics off the net. But remember the headline is an attention grabber rather than the full story. It reads like they booked and paid for certain features then complained...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 08-01-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2,476
Posted By Scrambler
Scanning - camera can be good (need equipment...

Scanning - camera can be good (need equipment though), flatbeds (like the Rpsons) give a very different result (and lower actual definition) to glassless 35mm scanners. The plus of the lab is it's a...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 08-01-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2,476
Posted By Scrambler
The shop approach is the quickest by far. And...

The shop approach is the quickest by far. And while you didn't ask of the question of me, I can say that overall you would have to be doing a lot of film to make a dedicated film scanner worthwhile,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-01-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 1,547
Posted By Scrambler
Provided you shoot through small alleyways 1-2...

Provided you shoot through small alleyways 1-2 blocks over you should be right.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-31-2017
Replies: 89
Views: 4,806
Posted By Scrambler
There's a multitude of approaches to life and to...

There's a multitude of approaches to life and to life together. There are some truly fascinating bits of work on the liklihood of (and process toward) advancement in criminal organisations that...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 07-31-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2,476
Posted By Scrambler
The CLE will "nail" the focus fine. You would...

The CLE will "nail" the focus fine. You would need something like a 25mm F0.5 for the lens to be too precise for the focus. I used to focus the 21mm/f4 on the CLE but it's a habit as the depth of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-31-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1,344
Posted By Scrambler
I've bought a Leica IIIc from the Netherlands...

I've bought a Leica IIIc from the Netherlands previously. It was a 1950 with classic flaking of the chrome, and the shutter was painted over with rubber cement. If I recall correctly the postage cost...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-30-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 753
Posted By Scrambler
Im happy to see credit go to Barnack and Fender...

Im happy to see credit go to Barnack and Fender but Porsche, while a fine engineer, simply stole the basic idea for the Beetle.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatra_V570
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 07-30-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1,960
Posted By Scrambler
Check around the site here. Use frequently. Best...

Check around the site here. Use frequently. Best not left cocked. If issues with metering display then clean the switches within the shutter dial. But really its a pretty solid camera.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-30-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 1,882
Posted By Scrambler
No. The filter itself does not increase light....

No. The filter itself does not increase light. The filter only decreases. Opening the aperture or prolonging the exposure increases light. How can a filter increase light? If it could surely there...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-30-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 1,882
Posted By Scrambler
Filters can only darken but if it's a 2x filter...

Filters can only darken but if it's a 2x filter you double exposure time or increase aperture and that raises the average: raises both dark and non-darkened colours.

Internal metering can also be...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-29-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 1,882
Posted By Scrambler
I think you probably mean "use a filter that does...

I think you probably mean "use a filter that does not transmit much red" which means a green coloured filter.

Otherwise use an orthochromatic or orthopanchromatic film. Memory isn't leaping to my...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 07-29-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1,960
Posted By Scrambler
I've never seen anything on reversing this but...

I've never seen anything on reversing this but would be tempted to try 1mm of epoxy glue (araldyte). Not too large and allowed 24 hrs to fully cure before testing. Filed to size once cured if...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 07-29-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1,960
Posted By Scrambler
Photos will follow but confirming it is the...

Photos will follow but confirming it is the flange to the left when looking at the unmounted lens from the rear. The lengths are 10mm for 90mm, 9mm for 50mm and 8mm for 35mm. In your case you need to...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 07-29-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1,960
Posted By Scrambler
This is not my area of expertise so I may prove...

This is not my area of expertise so I may prove to be mistaken if a real expert turns up.
I am a former CLE owner though.
This whole thing will get easier if you have access to another Leica mount or...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-28-2017
Replies: 100
Views: 6,228
Posted By Scrambler
Thankyou. It's a flatbed scan of the negative. I...

Thankyou. It's a flatbed scan of the negative. I came to do it under glass but can't recall if this was done that way or with the negative holders.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-27-2017
Replies: 100
Views: 6,228
Posted By Scrambler
This was the photo that cemented my fascination...

This was the photo that cemented my fascination with photography.

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/39439/U39439I1501189966.SEQ.0.jpg

My wife and I were attending the final night...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-27-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 735
Posted By Scrambler
Well, for the late 30's into 1940 the cameras may...

Well, for the late 30's into 1940 the cameras may have been exported to Leitz in USA and then reshipped back to the UK.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-27-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 735
Posted By Scrambler
It wasn't sold in Germany. Well, the baseplate...

It wasn't sold in Germany. Well, the baseplate wasn't but it's a pretty fair bet the rest of the camera belongs with the base.

My IIIa - a 1938 - has auf/zu. It saw worse than yours. Probably. At...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-26-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,104
Posted By Scrambler
Remembering that the British had the opportunity...

Remembering that the British had the opportunity to donate your Leica or Contax to the war effort. Some of this variation could be simply taking what was available. Use of less impressive cameras may...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-26-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1,165
Posted By Scrambler
I don't have one any longer (the whole "turn on...

I don't have one any longer (the whole "turn on the meter" bit does my head) but from recollection the needle moves with changes of settings even if the meter is off. Is this true for yours? and of...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-25-2017
Replies: 136
Views: 8,315
Posted By Scrambler
You've got the wrong end of the stick - stealing...

You've got the wrong end of the stick - stealing demonstrates valuing the item. Snickering is worse.

You can get insurance to buy a newer, higher megapixel camera if the old one is stolen. You...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-25-2017
Replies: 136
Views: 8,315
Posted By Scrambler
That's why some people cover their logos and...

That's why some people cover their logos and model numbers with black tape.
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 07-24-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1,931
Posted By Scrambler
An outsider here - no Xpan - but I use a flatbed...

An outsider here - no Xpan - but I use a flatbed scanner for larger film. Can definitely do Xpan shots at the cost of some definition. Can work well though as no false grain.
Forum: Optics Theory - 07-24-2017
Replies: 45
Views: 4,286
Posted By Scrambler
We are not actually disagreeing, Chris. I own a...

We are not actually disagreeing, Chris. I own a few Tessar formula lenses - some branded as such and some with names in Russian.

But being able to distinguish Tessar fomula lenses branded "Tessar"...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-24-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 782
Posted By Scrambler
And also make sure they actually are worth...

And also make sure they actually are worth selling your stuff to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-24-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 782
Posted By Scrambler
Well it says Fomapan 400 for me - must know I'm a...

Well it says Fomapan 400 for me - must know I'm a cheapskate. Didn't have out-of-date traffic film on there but the Foma's about right.
Forum: Optics Theory - 07-24-2017
Replies: 45
Views: 4,286
Posted By Scrambler
See my comment above: cross-posted.

See my comment above: cross-posted.
Forum: Optics Theory - 07-24-2017
Replies: 45
Views: 4,286
Posted By Scrambler
The catch is that the name "Tessar" on a lens and...

The catch is that the name "Tessar" on a lens and being Tessar formula are different things.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tessar

The modern meaning of "Tessar" for Zeiss is "Not very fast but...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-24-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 803
Posted By Scrambler
Not detracting from the rest of the review, but...

Not detracting from the rest of the review, but as a finicky comment - Zeiss more often design and license lenses rather than make them. This will be a Sony MADE lens but Zeiss designed and Zeiss...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-24-2017
Replies: 32
Views: 2,750
Posted By Scrambler
Having had (and now sold) a couple of M-mount AE...

Having had (and now sold) a couple of M-mount AE cameras, and having had (and gifted) a Bessa R, I would say that there is little difference for the 2. The metering in the R is straightforward, in...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-23-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,060
Posted By Scrambler
M39 is also the standard thread for photographic...

M39 is also the standard thread for photographic enlargers (though this is not a native enlarger lens) and used for some other cameras including early FSU SLRs. I would think you would have better...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-23-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1,630
Posted By Scrambler
Checked mine, matches Ko.Fe's. Both in line, off...

Checked mine, matches Ko.Fe's. Both in line, off to left from above (1 o'clock from the front).

I have an FSU lens with the aperture markings directly under the lens - not very usable but OTOH very...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-29-2017
Replies: 34
Views: 2,469
Posted By Scrambler
I have an old waterproof android with suitable...

I have an old waterproof android with suitable apps. I only use it as a timer, never as a phone.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-29-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 2,120
Posted By Scrambler
There's a simple reason in the common law base of...

There's a simple reason in the common law base of English-speaking countries - and that is that there is no rule to prevent you recording what you see. You could make a sketch, write a note or take a...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 06-22-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 8,953
Posted By Scrambler
That's a lovely photo. Framing - you should be...

That's a lovely photo.

Framing - you should be able to make up one of the make-do options - either a wire frame accessory finder (out of fencing wire or similar) or make a screening device for the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-22-2017
Replies: 107
Views: 3,577
Posted By Scrambler
The comment about individual users is relevant to...

The comment about individual users is relevant to most of us, and so is the comment re choosing lenses first.

I have gone with Pentax equipment, and have a range from 1960 to about 2005, film and...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-18-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 3,948
Posted By Scrambler
I suspect the stripped thread and the rear...

I suspect the stripped thread and the rear elements being too far from the film plane are features of the same issue.

I know its been implied but I would state clearly for others that the perfect...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-11-2017
Replies: 125
Views: 4,764
Posted By Scrambler
I'm selling my 40 - mostly because unlike many...

I'm selling my 40 - mostly because unlike many here I have cheaper cameras and lenses and the 40 I have is the most valuable lens I own.

No Leica frameline is accurate. Everyone allows for...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-09-2017
Replies: 46
Views: 1,558
Posted By Scrambler
OK, not perhaps todays digital camera - but the...

OK, not perhaps todays digital camera - but the R-D1 does have a lever you need to move to take each digital photo. And you can't even get an external winder for it.

And, like film, it's utterly...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-09-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 2,177
Posted By Scrambler
Pentax Spotmatics - have a built in bridging...

Pentax Spotmatics - have a built in bridging circuit.
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 06-08-2017
Replies: 58
Views: 5,741
Posted By Scrambler
And tempting as I find this, there are issues...

And tempting as I find this, there are issues with the adapters with slight wear causing miscalibration across the image frame. It's a genius idea (Leica mount AF on a Sony) but the engineering is...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-07-2017
Replies: 125
Views: 4,764
Posted By Scrambler
My go to 35 is a Jupiter-12 - but really that's...

My go to 35 is a Jupiter-12 - but really that's not a technical lens at all. It's a pre-WW2 design with some coatings added. Lateral quality is laughable - but I still like what it does overall.

My...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 06-07-2017
Replies: 58
Views: 5,741
Posted By Scrambler
Well, mine's an A3000 - the cheapest end of...

Well, mine's an A3000 - the cheapest end of Sony's lineup at the time (but a decent sensor). The VF is appalling - but hits focus quite well. The A7 has one of the highest quality video VFs...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 06-07-2017
Replies: 58
Views: 5,741
Posted By Scrambler
As above this is advice from a different Sony,...

As above this is advice from a different Sony, but the technique is similar.

I have mapped a key (well, on my Sony, the only programmable key) to call up the enlarged view. It works for 2 presses to...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-07-2017
Replies: 125
Views: 4,764
Posted By Scrambler
The Summitar was a lens of its time - well...

The Summitar was a lens of its time - well corrected, good contrast for the era, not toooo many reflective spaces for the basic coating tech.

What it has against it is the limited background...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-07-2017
Replies: 125
Views: 4,764
Posted By Scrambler
I'm not in your price field (normally) but my...

I'm not in your price field (normally) but my sense has been that someone can appreciate modern, sharp, high contrast lenses (Planar, Summicron and others) or older, less corrected and lower contrast...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 06-07-2017
Replies: 58
Views: 5,741
Posted By Scrambler
Like you I'm hoping to eventually make it to full...

Like you I'm hoping to eventually make it to full frame :-)

The A7s is reported to be the most flexible with lens angles - but only 12MP

I currently use a 20MP APS-C Sony. I get good images with...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 06-07-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 995
Posted By Scrambler
OK, I got past the error that started this thread...

OK, I got past the error that started this thread - use a smaller version of the photo - but now I'm stuck on the payments.

PayPal throws an error on the link.

I can log in to PayPal myself without...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-31-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,088
Posted By Scrambler
Wrong part of the day here. Will post a photo or...

Wrong part of the day here. Will post a photo or 2 in 10 hours.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-28-2017
Replies: 330
Views: 50,345
Posted By Scrambler
Glad this resurfaced :-) I've only got back to...

Glad this resurfaced :-)

I've only got back to 1925 (or so) in cameras I own. I only want to have cameras I can use (and so that means really collectable museum pieces are out of the question). The...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-21-2017
Replies: 53
Views: 3,199
Posted By Scrambler
Google search reports UK Weston repairs still...

Google search reports UK Weston repairs still available for 120 pounds. I dont know the price in dollars sorry. I have 2 Weston meters, one dead the other seems ok. I have a selenium meter in a 1957...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-20-2017
Replies: 53
Views: 3,199
Posted By Scrambler
If everything can live on a shelf then go for...

If everything can live on a shelf then go for whatever you want. If you want a period lightmeter that works then get a Weston Master IV or later and get a new selenium cell put in. They only last...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-20-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,078
Posted By Scrambler
I don't doubt you Erik. I am also saying that...

I don't doubt you Erik. I am also saying that older screwmounts for Leicas have the infinity setting away from top dead centre. It was the M mount and associated multi lens VF that led to TDC...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-20-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,078
Posted By Scrambler
I'd give the counselling a go. Older lenses were...

I'd give the counselling a go. Older lenses were set up to be off centre to avoid being blocked by VFs or meters on the hot shoe. While this isn't the age it is the effect. By comparison try a Pentax...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-20-2017
Replies: 45
Views: 3,969
Posted By Scrambler
I've had an Agfa 6x6 folder but the plastic...

I've had an Agfa 6x6 folder but the plastic bellows were unrepairable so not a good budget buy. I've a Zeiss Ikon Nettar (zone focus with triplet lens) which is good quality. The nice user for me is ...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-18-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 2,676
Posted By Scrambler
The purpose of the tab would be to retain the...

The purpose of the tab would be to retain the same tactile function he had used since the 1930s. Keep the same neurons in the game.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-18-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 2,676
Posted By Scrambler
If you look at HCB photos he adapted lenses for...

If you look at HCB photos he adapted lenses for his style of use. I think the tab is just attached not infinity locked. There is a red triangle painted at the distance marker. I've seen photos with...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-18-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,120
Posted By Scrambler
For some of us its already too late. The local...

For some of us its already too late. The local paper is definitely an example of how few people are actually required. They use a couple of photogs but I've never checked whether contracted. They use...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 05-17-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 8,953
Posted By Scrambler
If you want youcan save money and just cut down...

If you want youcan save money and just cut down 120 reels to fit the 35mm. As above, thats what I did to replace a missing piece for my adapter. Looks like the middle part of your pic. You can carve...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 05-17-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 8,953
Posted By Scrambler
And thanks for the Lomography link. I've never...

And thanks for the Lomography link.

I've never tried that with the film. The trouble (so to speak) would be the film only in a space designed for film + heavy paper - so not a truly flat film.

The...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 05-17-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 8,953
Posted By Scrambler
You've lost me. The 635 has vertical film...

You've lost me.

The 635 has vertical film (portrait orientation). Are you saying using the camera on its side? AFAIK there is no pentaprism VF for the Yashicas so you would need to look across into...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 05-17-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 8,953
Posted By Scrambler
No need for an adapter. All you need is to use...

No need for an adapter.

All you need is to use paper from a 120 roll and re-roll with 35mm in place of the 120 film. In your darkbag or other suitably black space, tape the 35mm where the 120 would...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 05-16-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 3,049
Posted By Scrambler
I have far more Leica mount lenses than I care to...

I have far more Leica mount lenses than I care to think of, and all are screw mount - even the roughly Y2K models. You have to really want a Leica lens (i.e. spend a small fortune) to NEED to get M...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 05-16-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 8,953
Posted By Scrambler
The Yashica 635 is the camera mentioned above -...

The Yashica 635 is the camera mentioned above - like the Rolleikin setup, with the camera set to use 35mm on the left and 120 on the right, depending what you have loaded.

But if you want sprocket-y...
Forum: Other RF 05-16-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 2,514
Posted By Scrambler
Filters in the old days were marked outside...

Filters in the old days were marked outside diameter, then changed to inside diameter through to the present. I have a collection of Kodak filters in 32mm and 28.5mm that screw into each other - the...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 05-15-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 3,049
Posted By Scrambler
As already discussed - 35mm framelines are about...

As already discussed - 35mm framelines are about right for 40mm (in some cases just outside the frame, others pretty much right on).

You can mount any lens on, it's just whether the framelines work....
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-14-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 1,152
Posted By Scrambler
As to regret: yes you will regret your choice....

As to regret: yes you will regret your choice. Every road walked down means other roads not walked.

The 1.8 Takumar is a 1960s lens. If that works for you now then you don't need a new (vs older)...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 05-12-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 3,625
Posted By Scrambler
Sure. Not 9yo q.

Sure. Not 9yo q.
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 05-12-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 3,625
Posted By Scrambler
Yep, Leica and most compatibles since around that...

Yep, Leica and most compatibles since around that time (or earlier?) have 28mm frame around the 90mm frame.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-12-2017
Replies: 90
Views: 4,882
Posted By Scrambler
Pherdinand, I do wonder how you found that ad...

Pherdinand, I do wonder how you found that ad...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-12-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 1,571
Posted By Scrambler
Thats true. The issue would be getting a MF...

Thats true.

The issue would be getting a MF scanner which was as good with 35mm as the best 35mm scanners are.

But doing optical enlargement...

The 1:1 crop above is nowhere near grain level...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-12-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1,048
Posted By Scrambler
Sorry I can't help but I can assure you it isn't...

Sorry I can't help but I can assure you it isn't Agfa. The Retina 32mm filters interchange with Retina 28.5 filters. It is inside and outside measurements. But they never tell you which they are...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-11-2017
Replies: 90
Views: 4,882
Posted By Scrambler
Cool If you are left eye dominant you should use an...

If you are left eye dominant you should use an Ensign Auto-Range model, with viewfinder correctly located and film advance with the left hand.

OTOH you can use portrait orientation with Leica with...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-11-2017
Replies: 106
Views: 3,620
Posted By Scrambler
Canon AT-1 with 50/1.4

Canon AT-1 with 50/1.4
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 05-10-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 3,049
Posted By Scrambler
For most common lens parameters the Bessa R...

For most common lens parameters the Bessa R series are fine. If you use a really fast 50 or a fast longer lens (I have an 85mm/f2 that is at least one stop beyond "acceptable" error margin) and you...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-09-2017
Replies: 84
Views: 4,452
Posted By Scrambler
My activity is off to one side of this...

My activity is off to one side of this discussion. I have enough basic cameras to outfit a class. Its art not artisan, I just want to get them able to have a usable picture after 1 class. I suspect...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-09-2017
Replies: 84
Views: 4,452
Posted By Scrambler
I am in the process of getting a film beginners...

I am in the process of getting a film beginners one off class going so this has been an interesting thread.

I know what I will do is interest/hobby level not for professional. But with that in mind...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 05-09-2017
Replies: 89
Views: 12,884
Posted By Scrambler
Which left is which?

Which left is which?
Forum: Lomography 05-08-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 3,215
Posted By Scrambler
I'm sure they know their audience - I think the...

I'm sure they know their audience - I think the advertising speaks to it. As I see it, the clip is the right demographic (young tattooed artists) mentioning words like "bokeh". For the price the...
Forum: Lomography 05-08-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 3,215
Posted By Scrambler
I went through the data to get apertures. 3.5/35,...

I went through the data to get apertures. 3.5/35, 2.8/50 and 4/80. So in Leica mount you could get a pancake 35 of that speed, a collapsible 50 which was smaller that the add on, and a 75, 85 or 90...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-07-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,612
Posted By Scrambler
Battery failure in the middle of firmware update...

Battery failure in the middle of firmware update leaves the camera with no firmware (software) but should be correctable (by reistallation via external software) by a dealer repair centre.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-07-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1,106
Posted By Scrambler
I've seen some very interesting tests of badly...

I've seen some very interesting tests of badly damaged lenses online. The trick (if you need a trick) is to completely black out the damaged area: peterm1's lens could have been rendered as...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-07-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,247
Posted By Scrambler
I use three fed spools and one leica spool. I...

I use three fed spools and one leica spool. I preload the film onto the rewind and the pair can then be dropped in and removed together. Just stop rewinding when it gets back to the start: there's a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-04-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 1,438
Posted By Scrambler
FSU quality control on threads was woeful. Most...

FSU quality control on threads was woeful. Most though will mount to Leica but some wont. FSU cameras have same thread but more space: wriggle room or slop. My J12 is great on Leicas but the Industar...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-02-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,156
Posted By Scrambler
Say what? I own an old passport camera - it uses...

Say what?

I own an old passport camera - it uses medium format Polaroid - but it takes 4 identical photos each about the size of a 35mm negative.

There is no use for any larger passport photo size...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-01-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 2,822
Posted By Scrambler
What I'm not sure of is where this grass is...

What I'm not sure of is where this grass is relative to you and the light. Is it in the same direction as you are shooting? And as others have said, what is its angle to the light compared to the...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 04-30-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,214
Posted By Scrambler
Pretty much. Even the DoF marking originally were...

Pretty much. Even the DoF marking originally were based on broad assumptions, and if critical focussing on an enlargement were considered the DoF would not be as marked. Similarly nearly everthing is...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-30-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 837
Posted By Scrambler
As a rank amateur and taking photos for my own...

As a rank amateur and taking photos for my own pleasure, there are frequently times I don't mind so much about small quality differences, and just want to have the option of running through a film...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-29-2017
Replies: 79
Views: 8,045
Posted By Scrambler
I know we are well off topic but its very...

I know we are well off topic but its very interesting to me. Ive been looking at 1930 photography. My impression is that both panchromatic and ortho film was available with a lot of amateurs likely...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 04-29-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,741
Posted By Scrambler
To confirm : all in the one plastic bag in the...

To confirm : all in the one plastic bag in the one box. Cant speak for Portra but others have plain card top and bottom and sheets of film between.

Yes, the box and bag will keep them light tight....
Forum: Nikon RF 04-29-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 996
Posted By Scrambler
I think just confusing two issues. Contax and...

I think just confusing two issues. Contax and Nikon lenses are regarded as being able to mount to either camera but previously said to have different focus thread pitch. This testing suggests...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-29-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 996
Posted By Scrambler
Thanks for the link, very interesting. Hard to...

Thanks for the link, very interesting. Hard to see why you would do it that way, but it seems Nikon did. More samples would help get a better picture, though. n=1 for each camera isnt really proving...
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 04-29-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 3,461
Posted By Scrambler
Skiff, I loved your whole writeup, though I want...

Skiff, I loved your whole writeup, though I want to comment on this section.

In the '90s the camera world turned to APS as the "new" thing - the recording media was the same tech as 35mm, but the...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-29-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 1,498
Posted By Scrambler
Look for light leaks as said above. I have just...

Look for light leaks as said above. I have just used my long planned darkroom for the first time and all has gone well but the initial testing showed unusual and unexpected light leaks which needed...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-26-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 2,296
Posted By Scrambler
Jan, the mirror cog is an issue - just google....

Jan, the mirror cog is an issue - just google. Can be replaced if you want to spend a lot more than the camera is or ever will be worth.

And the early Bronicas use soft cogs and are reportedly...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-26-2017
Replies: 54
Views: 2,155
Posted By Scrambler
My favorite old software was Sandys Word...

My favorite old software was Sandys Word Processor. Designed to run memory-resident on a 48K Apple II. And loaded from a 5 1/4 floppy, you 3.5 noobs.

On the original Q, once I get my Dad's old...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-26-2017
Replies: 54
Views: 2,155
Posted By Scrambler
And I still have the zip drive. But a parallel...

And I still have the zip drive. But a parallel port? Hard enough getting a USB-to-Serial adapter for Win10 for my Lego Mindstorms IR tower...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-26-2017
Replies: 54
Views: 2,155
Posted By Scrambler
I still have a Lego webcam and the Apple I need...

I still have a Lego webcam and the Apple I need to run it. But I never power them up...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-26-2017
Replies: 54
Views: 2,155
Posted By Scrambler
Errrr, no. They had smaller and larger drives,...

Errrr, no. They had smaller and larger drives, and were a form of floppy disk, but not in any way interchangable with 3.5.

I still have a copy of Windows 95 on Zip drive. Certainly an alive product...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-26-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 1,829
Posted By Scrambler
Lots of older MF cameras have no double exposure...

Lots of older MF cameras have no double exposure prevention. Linking film advance with shutter charging was a Leica idea that caught on.

I don't imagine many cameras will waste 1/4 of their film...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-26-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 2,296
Posted By Scrambler
I'll bite. While agreeing with the general...

I'll bite.

While agreeing with the general sentiment (cameras going up is a good sign not a bad one), I find the list above disagreeing with my general view of reality.

Firstly, there is no such...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-26-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 2,349
Posted By Scrambler
Wrist strap - an ID badge strap and ring...

Wrist strap - an ID badge strap and ring modification to the left strap lug of my IIIc. Then attached to my wrist with a loop in the strap, kinda like a lasso only simpler.

I use a waist bag ("bum...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-26-2017
Replies: 34
Views: 3,738
Posted By Scrambler
For me my black and white standard is expired...

For me my black and white standard is expired (and stored frozen) ISO 400 film for speed cameras. The package information includes a range of developing up to ISO 3200 - which I often use. There are...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-25-2017
Replies: 42
Views: 3,808
Posted By Scrambler
Perhaps its heresy, but wouldn't a newer Leica...

Perhaps its heresy, but wouldn't a newer Leica that coped with higher ISO be the better commercial option? Then you get the extra stops on all your existing lenses?

Failing that, I'd consider RAW...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-24-2017
Replies: 52
Views: 6,749
Posted By Scrambler
No difficulty deciding which is which when OOF is...

No difficulty deciding which is which when OOF is behind the focal point.

Mine is a prewar Sonnar, uncoated, so doesn't cope as well with bright light as the postwar coated Summitar.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-24-2017
Replies: 52
Views: 6,749
Posted By Scrambler
Sorry, can't answer your latest Q, but like you I...

Sorry, can't answer your latest Q, but like you I have a IIIc that I got a Summitar for. Despite all the "bokeh" hype, you just need to use it in a specific way to get the Bokeh King title back off...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 04-24-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 1,783
Posted By Scrambler
Lovely photos. Really lovely. I trust the REAL...

Lovely photos. Really lovely. I trust the REAL reason for the visit went well too!

One other thing - don't be afraid to get the subject off centre - creates more tension/ movement esp if the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-24-2017
Replies: 69
Views: 3,337
Posted By Scrambler
Personally I would consider other forms of...

Personally I would consider other forms of contraception from a strategic perspective, though exactly what your goal is may change that.

While I agree that "street" is a kind of buzzword, it also is...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-24-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,509
Posted By Scrambler
The Wikipedia reference is right, and you have...

The Wikipedia reference is right, and you have only a tiny error, David - the bulb flash release is in advance of the electronic release. This is because it takes time for the bulb flash intensity to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-24-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,509
Posted By Scrambler
Flash sync is a simple switch. It just works -...

Flash sync is a simple switch. It just works - much more simple than shutter timing. There is a higher likelihood of your old IIIf needing shutter timing adjustments, or replacement of the shutter...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-24-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 935
Posted By Scrambler
I'm with Peter. I think reflection coming between...

I'm with Peter. I think reflection coming between the 1st and 2nd shutter curtains (while shutter is closed). Light leak is from the left when facing the front of the camera (right when facing the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-24-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,509
Posted By Scrambler
e As above, no. But the Geiss Synchron-Contact...

e

As above, no.

But the Geiss Synchron-Contact (spelling varies) works well in my experience. It has 2 settings for bulb and electronic flash and as per above attaches to the speed dial and the...
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 04-18-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1,631
Posted By Scrambler
I have one - works very well. Sharper than my...

I have one - works very well. Sharper than my Yashica ...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-15-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2,046
Posted By Scrambler
I must confess that my personal ability to focus...

I must confess that my personal ability to focus is poorer than the J-8 (haven't tried J-3). I've never considered it an issue in practice with a 50mm/f2 , nor any kind of issue at all with a J-12...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-14-2017
Replies: 32
Views: 3,336
Posted By Scrambler
Rare ish. Very definitely sonnar. Comes up from...

Rare ish. Very definitely sonnar. Comes up from time to time. I paid around $800 a few years back for one via ebay. If you want to adapt something though they are the design of the 70s Rollei Sonnars...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-05-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 1,011
Posted By Scrambler
Use the approach in the linked website above. You...

Use the approach in the linked website above. You will need to adjust horizontal and then correct the vertical which will move as well when correcting horizontal. Can be done with jewelers...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-05-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 1,023
Posted By Scrambler
Rollei 40mm/2.8 Sonnar? Some are in black, and...

Rollei 40mm/2.8 Sonnar? Some are in black, and they are LTM despite the advertising (came with adapter, for Rollei branded version of CV Bessa R2)
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-02-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1,471
Posted By Scrambler
"Patina" and "brassing", thank you sir. The right...

"Patina" and "brassing", thank you sir. The right kind of wear raises the price ;-)

In fairness, my dented, chrome flaking, brass showing Leica IIIc has spot-on shutter timing while the cosmetically...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-02-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1,476
Posted By Scrambler
My thoughts too, fwiw. The Zorki has 1.5...

My thoughts too, fwiw. The Zorki has 1.5 magnification, the FED about 0.5. If size matters (small size, in this case) then the Zorki is your best bet, and the collapsible makes it even more...
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