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Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-02-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,396
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I actually traded in my Zeiss Ikon ZM for a Bessa...

I actually traded in my Zeiss Ikon ZM for a Bessa 2a. I prefer the centered AE readout and the ability to manually chose framelines on the Bessa. The AE readout also doesn't white out as much. It's...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-16-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,890
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Hope you figure out the problem. Those Miranda...

Hope you figure out the problem. Those Miranda cameras are quite underrated in my opinion. Some pretty fine lenses, too!
Forum: Other RF 12-01-2015
Replies: 104
Views: 25,778
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Good to see the Konicas up and running again....

Good to see the Konicas up and running again. This thread inspired me to pick up a IIIa several years ago and I've enjoyed using it.

Joe
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 07-23-2015
Replies: 50
Views: 5,338
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Any rumors on retail price?

Any rumors on retail price?
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 07-22-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 17,552
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I recently picked up this camera, but when I try...

I recently picked up this camera, but when I try to load the film, the motor whirls, but the film never catches onto the take-up spool. Can't imagine I'm doing anything wrong, am I?
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-21-2015
Replies: 371
Views: 51,247
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Like the Leica camera repair wizards--Golden...

Like the Leica camera repair wizards--Golden Touch and DAG--there are also fountain pen nib wizards/doctors, those who can turn your scratchy Pelican or Waterman into a smooth writing machine. I was...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-20-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 3,585
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Yeah, that 35mm Planar makes it a great package...

Yeah, that 35mm Planar makes it a great package for $350. Good get!
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-07-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 3,561
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Indeed. This is great.

Indeed. This is great.
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 06-25-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 1,334
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I wish I filled up my freezer back then! Of...

I wish I filled up my freezer back then! Of course, I was only 6 at the time...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 06-24-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 1,334
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Article on Dennis Feldman's 1960s Street Work

Interesting read and photos on Slate.com: http://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2015/06/24/dennis_feldman_s_hollywood_boulevard_portraits_of_1960s_and_70s_hollywood.html?wpsrc=sh_all_dt_fb_ru

"Making a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-23-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 3,559
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Gosh, I love film. Nice work.

Gosh, I love film. Nice work.
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 06-16-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 3,020
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I was tempted to bid on that camera myself, but...

I was tempted to bid on that camera myself, but the advance lever turned me off. Such a strange modification. Best of luck finding a replacement! Once you do, it'll be a sweet set up.
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 06-15-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 4,821
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Great flick! Alas, type "Pecker" into the...

Great flick! Alas, type "Pecker" into the Netflix search box and you get Woody Woodpecker. Also enjoyable, but the cinematography leaves something to be desired...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 06-01-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 1,781
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Yeah, sounds like the 'Flex is ready for a...

Yeah, sounds like the 'Flex is ready for a service. I love my Rolleicord III with its Xenar lens, but my Rolleiflex 3.5e2 is decently sharper and has a beautiful 3-D rendering at most...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 05-21-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 1,895
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Off the top of my head, there's the much more...

Off the top of my head, there's the much more modern Minox 35 series or the Ricoh FF-1. Maybe not what you're looking for, but great cameras.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-16-2015
Replies: 84
Views: 10,776
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I agree. The single rangefinder/viewfinder makes...

I agree. The single rangefinder/viewfinder makes my Canon IVSB my favorite Barnack user. Although, the Tanack with its swing-open door, is also great, if not quite up to the build quality of the...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 05-16-2015
Replies: 160
Views: 14,488
Posted By Joe Vitessa
What if Winogrand were around during our era of...

What if Winogrand were around during our era of digital cameras? Can you imagine the millions of photos he would have taken? I wonder if he would have shot in the same exact style. Possibly. He shot...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-05-2015
Replies: 44
Views: 6,909
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Yeah, something is not right here. I get much...

Yeah, something is not right here. I get much better results than this when scanning 120 on my Epson v500. I scan in professional mode at 2400 but don't really adjust the histogram unless I'm...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-05-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 2,838
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I've got the same camera. The Neo-Hespar is a...

I've got the same camera. The Neo-Hespar is a great four-element Tessar copy. I also bought a Zenobia TLR with the same lens. I admit that I was first attracted to the unique name--Zenobia. It's...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-01-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 8,301
Posted By Joe Vitessa
12 percent off is still about 70 percent too...

12 percent off is still about 70 percent too pricey for me!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-30-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 3,827
Posted By Joe Vitessa
This does look very interesting! Anyone use...

This does look very interesting! Anyone use them?

Thanks.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-30-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 3,827
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I like Citizens Photo in Portland. They just...

I like Citizens Photo in Portland. They just moved, but it looks like their tanks are up and running. http://www.citizensphoto.com/
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-24-2015
Replies: 623
Views: 142,092
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Khunyapan, The shot of the eye with the bellows...

Khunyapan, The shot of the eye with the bellows attachment is very cool. Nice work!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-20-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 1,202
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Patrick Joust, who's interviewed in the first...

Patrick Joust, who's interviewed in the first article, is the organizer of our Film in Baltimore group. https://www.flickr.com/groups/filminbaltimore.
And...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-16-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,611
Posted By Joe Vitessa
KEH repaired my G1 several years ago. Did a great...

KEH repaired my G1 several years ago. Did a great job.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-14-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 2,569
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Traveling with a Rollei is a fun exercise. Nice...

Traveling with a Rollei is a fun exercise. Nice work! The Xenar is such a great lens.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-13-2015
Replies: 60
Views: 8,322
Posted By Joe Vitessa
This unique SL has been on eBay for a while. I...

This unique SL has been on eBay for a while. I can't decide if it's good looking or hideous....
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 03-29-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 3,137
Posted By Joe Vitessa
The Tanacks are great LTM copies. I haven't seen...

The Tanacks are great LTM copies. I haven't seen this version before. i've got one with a knob wind. The swing-open back door and combined viewfinder/rangefinder is a great help. I've got the f2 50mm...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-29-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 8,533
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Wow, the Norita looks positively puny compared to...

Wow, the Norita looks positively puny compared to the Pentax. Guess that's why I find it easier to hand hold the Norita at slower speeds. Thanks for posting.
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 03-27-2015
Replies: 190
Views: 21,861
Posted By Joe Vitessa
You inspired me to take my TLR out with me today...

You inspired me to take my TLR out with me today for some street work. Hope my negs turn out as good as yours.

Joe
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-27-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 4,893
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I really like the Canon 35mm 1.8 for B/W. The...

I really like the Canon 35mm 1.8 for B/W. The Voigtlanders I've had seemed good for color, but lacked depth/personality for B/W. I think "clinical" was the word someone used.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-22-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1,420
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Got any without her smiling or maybe looking away...

Got any without her smiling or maybe looking away from the camera? I don't think I've seen too many smiles in Jane Bown photos! I'm a big fan, too.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 03-20-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 2,017
Posted By Joe Vitessa
KEH should service them.

KEH should service them.
Forum: Travel 03-16-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,274
Posted By Joe Vitessa
We went to Nova Scotia last summer with our 6-...

We went to Nova Scotia last summer with our 6- and 8-year-old daughters. I have to say, the fantastic scenery did not impress them. That said, we had a great time. I just asked them and the...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 03-15-2015
Replies: 107
Views: 31,570
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I've used all of these except for the Yashica....

I've used all of these except for the Yashica. I'd say the Konica has the sharpest lens, but I like using the Olympus the most. It's smaller and the manual control is great.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-14-2015
Replies: 57
Views: 10,537
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Canon P is a great camera, but I found focusing...

Canon P is a great camera, but I found focusing with Leicas much easier. The Ms also feel more solid/durable.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-12-2015
Replies: 932
Views: 227,175
Posted By Joe Vitessa
^ Great tones in that shot, William. I like the...

^ Great tones in that shot, William. I like the feeling, too.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-12-2015
Replies: 40
Views: 28,632
Posted By Joe Vitessa
The batch scanning makes this scanner more...

The batch scanning makes this scanner more attractive than the Plustek for me, but many reviews state it doesn't actually work. Or work well.

It's a tough call...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-11-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 8,533
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Echoing Texsport's technical findings, in...

Echoing Texsport's technical findings, in real-world situations, I found the Norita's 80mm f2 sharper than the Mamiya's 80mm 1.9 at wide apertures. It's simply a fantastic piece of glass. Actually,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-10-2015
Replies: 623
Views: 142,092
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Not sure, but I'm enjoying your work, Colton!...

Not sure, but I'm enjoying your work, Colton!

Joe
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-10-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 8,533
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I think the price difference has a lot to do with...

I think the price difference has a lot to do with the relative scarcity of the Norita. There are a lot more Pentax 67s out there. I've used them both and prefer the Norita for the square format. The...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-08-2015
Replies: 314
Views: 87,898
Posted By Joe Vitessa
So are the Nikon Coolscans still the best thing...

So are the Nikon Coolscans still the best thing going for 35mm film these days, 10 years after they were released? I'm about fed up with the negative holders on my Epson. ...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-07-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 6,909
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Thanks for your comments, everyone! It's...

Thanks for your comments, everyone! It's definitely a lens that intrigues me. Still debating if the weight/length makes it a no-go.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-03-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 6,909
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Why do I see so many 35mm 1.2s for sale?

I've been hitting the classified ad sections of a lot of photo websites lately and I consistently see the Voigtlander 35mm 1.2 lens for sale more than any other Voigtlander glass. Why do you think...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 03-03-2015
Replies: 54
Views: 8,790
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I've got a silver "limited edition" model with a...

I've got a silver "limited edition" model with a pretty low serial number and I've never had any sort of problem with it. (Knocking on wood.) Simply a great camera.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-02-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1,674
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I had one of them on my Rolleicord. I removed it,...

I had one of them on my Rolleicord. I removed it, but now I'm left with the ends of two screws sticking out of the face plate. It does look like steam should come out of the thing.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-26-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 3,641
Posted By Joe Vitessa
There's always Tri-X pushed and developed in...

There's always Tri-X pushed and developed in Diafine... I've seen Tri-X @ 1600 in DD-X and it was simply stunning. Google that combo a bit. There's a photog who shoots it in medium format with...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-25-2015
Replies: 70
Views: 11,856
Posted By Joe Vitessa
If image quality is your primary concern, I'd go...

If image quality is your primary concern, I'd go for the Contax G system. Get a G2, if you can swing it. That system has the best lenses of the ones you're considering. It's a totally different...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-23-2015
Replies: 220
Views: 53,919
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Yeah, not the most attractive thing, but I...

Yeah, not the most attractive thing, but I REALLY, REALLY like the concept. All I've ever wanted is a full-frame digital rangefinder with no menus and a price tag, um, under $1,000. Guess I'll be...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-22-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,939
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Any idea what Gus charges these days for a CLA on...

Any idea what Gus charges these days for a CLA on an M?
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-21-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 4,384
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Domke F-5XB for all my TLRs. Camera on one side,...

Domke F-5XB for all my TLRs. Camera on one side, small rangefinder on the other, if necessary.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-21-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 4,950
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I've got one of these in excellent shape, but it ...

I've got one of these in excellent shape, but it has a frozen shutter. I recall seeing some repair tips somewhere online...

Thanks for the write-up. Makes me want to fix mine up.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-18-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 2,850
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Interesting bit of history there!

Interesting bit of history there!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-18-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 2,850
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Tom, would the white logo be so bright after all...

Tom, would the white logo be so bright after all these years? I dunno. I also recall seeing another M with imitation brassing that sort of looked like this. It's a little too "neatly brassed." Note...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-18-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 2,850
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Fake Black Leica M3?

Check this listing out: It looks like a repaint--down to the fake brassing--but the serial number corresponds with a real black M3 (or so the seller says). Is it a repaint of a real black M3? Looks...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 02-17-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 5,225
Posted By Joe Vitessa
You sound a lot like me after I picked up a Fuji...

You sound a lot like me after I picked up a Fuji X-T1. I loved the ability to switch between ISOs and the high ISO performance was great. But also like you, my pictures just looked "digital." Too...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 02-16-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 2,134
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Fun thread! Great idea--and photos. A lot of...

Fun thread! Great idea--and photos. A lot of "decisive moments" in here--not always easy to catch with a TLR.
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 02-14-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 3,296
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Yeah, really like that first one, Brad. Just...

Yeah, really like that first one, Brad. Just about perfect.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-12-2015
Replies: 1,178
Views: 452,543
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Wow! What a beauty. Why don't they make modern...

Wow! What a beauty.
Why don't they make modern cameras with Art Deco finishes anymore? ;-)
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 02-09-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 2,451
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Great concept! Thanks for posting.

Great concept! Thanks for posting.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-09-2015
Replies: 85
Views: 9,565
Posted By Joe Vitessa
How about some love for the Kalloflex? I do enjoy...

How about some love for the Kalloflex? I do enjoy mine. The focus knob and film wind are on the same side--unlike a Rolleiflex--which seems very intuitive to me. VERY solidly built, with a great...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-01-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 5,841
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Unfortunately, I'm one of few who has had a...

Unfortunately, I'm one of few who has had a negative experience with Youxin's services. Several years back, I sent him a Summitar, a Summicron rigid and a Summar for service. The Summitar was the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-24-2015
Replies: 44
Views: 4,124
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Depends on where I'm planning to holiday. If I...

Depends on where I'm planning to holiday.

If I think I'll be taking more landscapes or scenics, I'll bring a Mamiya 6 and its three lenses.

For city getaways, I tend to shoot 35mm. For years it's...
Forum: Olympus RF 01-17-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 4,146
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I've got one I'd be willing to part with...

I've got one I'd be willing to part with inexpensively. Shoot me a PM.

Cheers,
Joe
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-15-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 3,340
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Humor is a very subjective thing, apparently...

Humor is a very subjective thing, apparently...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 01-10-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 9,032
Posted By Joe Vitessa
+1 My Konica IIIa has the best viewfinder of any...

+1 My Konica IIIa has the best viewfinder of any fixed lens rangefinders I've used. Just a beauty in every way. (My second favorite camera is the 35RC.)

Have you tried a Konica Auto S3? Also great,...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 01-03-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 6,718
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Which scanner?

+1 Hey, OP -- Which scanner did you settle on?

And, yes, the Zeiss RF is one hell of a camera.
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 12-29-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,478
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Try Leica: Witness to a...

Try Leica: Witness to a Century
http://www.amazon.com/Leica-Witness-Century-Revised-Edition/dp/0393089002
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 12-29-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 4,334
Posted By Joe Vitessa
My problem is that my children -- both under age...

My problem is that my children -- both under age 10 -- quickly grew tired of having me take their pictures. They both recoil whenever they see me take out my camera--even when I try to be candid....
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-09-2014
Replies: 108
Views: 10,517
Posted By Joe Vitessa
New KEH website: From bad to worse?

Have you checked out KEH's new website? What do you think?
The old one wasn't exactly elegant to navigate, but this one I find very hard to use. I spent way too long trying to find lenses and/or...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-05-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 7,717
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Hmmm. I'm skeptical. The first paragraph of the...

Hmmm. I'm skeptical. The first paragraph of the Ebay ad sounds like a lot of marketing mumbo jumbo. What's the difference between this glass and the anti-reflective picture frame glass I got custom...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-29-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,367
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I've got the Semflex with the knob wind. It's...

I've got the Semflex with the knob wind. It's done up in a beautiful gray leatherette like this one. Decent image quality, but not quite up to the Xenar on my...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-16-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1,286
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I've got both and find the Autocord to be the...

I've got both and find the Autocord to be the better built machine. Same lens, but my Autocord seems more refined.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-12-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 4,045
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I think the Konica IIIa is definitely worth...

I think the Konica IIIa is definitely worth getting repaired, but Weber's price seems exorbitant. I'm sure he'd do a good job, but you might want to seek another estimate first. Try Frank Marshman....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-08-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 4,415
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I think the M8 will decline more quickly in value...

I think the M8 will decline more quickly in value than either the M6 or M4. Although, M8s have already declined quite a bit already. Sounds like you're leaning toward the digital side, which might...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 03-08-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 2,604
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Yes, I'm in Baltimore and have mailed my film to...

Yes, I'm in Baltimore and have mailed my film to them. Just pop it in a padded mailer with instructions and your mailing/contact info. Then call them to pay over the phone.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-06-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,108
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Yes, a tuned-up Contax IIa is a thing of beauty!...

Yes, a tuned-up Contax IIa is a thing of beauty! The Sonnar 50mm 1.5 is probably my favorite lens in any format.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-03-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,254
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Very interesting, indeed. Who needs an M9?

Very interesting, indeed. Who needs an M9?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-01-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,406
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I've been tracking prices for a while. You can...

I've been tracking prices for a while. You can get bargain grade M6 from KEH for $1035. I wouldn't pay more.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-01-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 7,304
Posted By Joe Vitessa
-1 I don't think he's starting a film vs....

-1
I don't think he's starting a film vs. digital debate here at all. He's just relating his experiences--and new found enthusiasm--for the M7. Let the OP share his personal findings. Of course, he...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-27-2014
Replies: 131
Poll: Winter Sucks
Views: 9,691
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Summer sucks!

Agree 100 percent! Nothing is worse than summer in Baltimore.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-18-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,600
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I use the baseball cap trick and it works very...

I use the baseball cap trick and it works very well. The system's incredible set of lenses more than makes up for the challenging meter.
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 02-12-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 3,960
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Beautiful work--and good writing. Why can't all...

Beautiful work--and good writing. Why can't all photo blogs be like this? Keep it up!

Joe
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 02-12-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 2,604
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I'm not really sure what the # per rack means,...

I'm not really sure what the # per rack means, but I didn't have to send a minimum. I think they charged $5 shipping for my order, which included about 8-10 rolls of mixed 120, 35mm and a couple of...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 02-11-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 2,604
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Citizens Photo: Good Processing & Cheap!

Just wanted to relate my positive experience with this Portland, OR-based photo lab. I mailed them a variety of 35mm and 120 C-41 with specific and somewhat complicated instructions for each roll and...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-06-2014
Replies: 116
Views: 48,264
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Does anybody know the serial number cut-off...

Does anybody know the serial number cut-off between Version 1 and Version 2 of the Canon 35mm f2?
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 02-05-2014
Replies: 160
Views: 27,834
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Yes, you do need the Oly 35RC. Just a great...

Yes, you do need the Oly 35RC. Just a great camera in a very small package. It's currently tied for my favorite with the aforementioned Konica IIIa. Now that's a handsome machine!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-02-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 1,386
Posted By Joe Vitessa
There has been a variety of threads about this,...

There has been a variety of threads about this, both here and at apug.

Nothing conclusive, but Ultrafine Xtreme is likely Kentmere.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 01-28-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 12,013
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Alas, I have to agree with this. My Canon IVSB...

Alas, I have to agree with this. My Canon IVSB feels more solid than my IIIf and is easier to use.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 01-28-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 12,013
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Don't forget the Tanacks! The cameras are solid...

Don't forget the Tanacks! The cameras are solid and my Tanar 50mm f2 is comparable to my glass from Leitz.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-19-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 16,698
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I'm one of the few, I suppose, who didn't really...

I'm one of the few, I suppose, who didn't really love the Ultron. I thought the results with it were just OK--contrast, bokeh, character, etc. OK, but just not that interesting. I sold it for a Canon...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 12-29-2013
Replies: 82
Views: 12,778
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Also entertaining is Capa's own "Slightly Out of...

Also entertaining is Capa's own "Slightly Out of Focus," a memoir of his WWII war years. Most of the book is light, but his account of "storming" the beaches of Normandy with his Contaxes is chilling.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-28-2013
Replies: 32
Views: 2,948
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Are Freestyle's Arista Premium reels the same as...

Are Freestyle's Arista Premium reels the same as the Samigon? I admit I'm all thumbs when it comes to rolling film, but the AP reels with 120 film is simple even for me. I tend to use Hewes reels for...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-14-2013
Replies: 39
Views: 3,577
Posted By Joe Vitessa
KEH has a bargain grade N90 for $27. Twenty-seven...

KEH has a bargain grade N90 for $27. Twenty-seven dollars! I bought one used years ago for $500. Sure, the AF ain't as great as the F100, but it's pretty darn close. And it's $27! Did you hear me?...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-14-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,583
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Thanks for the responses. I didn't realize the...

Thanks for the responses. I didn't realize the DP-2 was bigger than the other finders. That certainly could play a role in my decision.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-13-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,583
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I checked Sover Wong's website. It'll cost more...

I checked Sover Wong's website. It'll cost more than the camera's value to have the meter serviced.


What about usage? Is it difficult to see the needle of the F2A in low light? Can you see the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-13-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,583
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Nikon F2s or F2a: Which one?

So I'm considering picking up one of these warhorses and I know the basic differences between the DP2 and DP11 finders (LEDs and greater EV range on the DP2) , but which one has proven to be more...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-16-2013
Replies: 1,694
Views: 433,711
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Thanks, Doug. That looks good, but it's probably...

Thanks, Doug. That looks good, but it's probably not shot at 2.4, is it?

I'd love to see more examples of 67 lenses (particularly the 105) on the 645.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-16-2013
Replies: 1,694
Views: 433,711
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I really love the 3D rendering of the 105mm 2.4...

I really love the 3D rendering of the 105mm 2.4 lens. I own a Pentax 645, but not the 67. I wonder if I could achieve the same look by mounting the 105mm lens on the 645 with an adapter. Do you think...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-15-2013
Replies: 1,694
Views: 433,711
Posted By Joe Vitessa
If this thread isn't enough to make you want to...

If this thread isn't enough to make you want to buy a Pentax, then watch this (camera) pornographic video featuring the 67. Wow.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOvTsya2r3Q
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-10-2013
Replies: 40
Views: 11,892
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Tri-X at $5 has forced me to shoot Arista.Edu. If...

Tri-X at $5 has forced me to shoot Arista.Edu. If it goes to $10 a roll, I can't imagine too many people ever shooting it again.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-10-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 2,760
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I tend to travel with my Rolleicord III rather...

I tend to travel with my Rolleicord III rather than my Rolleiflex. The savings in size and weight tend to add up at the end of a trip. But I do think any TLR is great for travel. I always bring a...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-09-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 2,299
Posted By Joe Vitessa
That's quite a rig to get into photography with!...

That's quite a rig to get into photography with! Kind of like learning to drive on a 1959 Ford Fairlane. Good luck with the adventure.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-06-2013
Replies: 40
Views: 11,892
Posted By Joe Vitessa
This is a bummer. Knew it couldn't last forever,...

This is a bummer. Knew it couldn't last forever, but I was hoping it would. Apparently, they have "a lot" of 24-count rolls left.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-23-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 3,883
Posted By Joe Vitessa
The good thing about Konica lenses is that...

The good thing about Konica lenses is that they're still cheap, so you can afford to do that. My vote is for the 50mm 1.7. I prefer it over the 40mm. Just a great lens, available for next to nothing.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-19-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 2,676
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I'd say it's definitely worth the CLA -- and the...

I'd say it's definitely worth the CLA -- and the price you were quoted is quite reasonable if your local guy does good work. You'll be able to see it for much more than the cost of the CLA. Alas,...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 10-07-2013
Replies: 50
Views: 6,753
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I'm more stunned at the $324 cost for the lens...

I'm more stunned at the $324 cost for the lens hood than the $5,000 camera.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 08-08-2013
Replies: 52
Views: 10,398
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I think you're right about that special quality...

I think you're right about that special quality of the Xenar. I find myself carrying my Rolleicord III with its Xenar more often than my Flex with its Planar. And it's not just the weight. I really...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-17-2013
Replies: 105
Views: 8,684
Posted By Joe Vitessa
This sort of sounds like petitioning Pan Am to...

This sort of sounds like petitioning Pan Am to bring back the red eye from LAX to LaGuardia.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-03-2013
Replies: 26
Views: 3,295
Posted By Joe Vitessa
When I traveled to Buenos Aires several years...

When I traveled to Buenos Aires several years ago, I was very impressed with the selection of old cameras. All those Nazis who fled Germany after the war brought their cameras, apparently. Prices...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-13-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 4,048
Posted By Joe Vitessa
The Miranda Sensorex is a very cool looking...

The Miranda Sensorex is a very cool looking camera. The 50mm 1.4 on mine is surprisingly good, too!
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 03-12-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 3,158
Posted By Joe Vitessa
NPR Story about 'Young Folks' Using Film

Check it out:
http://www.npr.org/2013/03/11/174043507/film-cameras-help-young-people-act-on-nostalgia-for-a-time-they-never-knew?sc=17&f=2
Forum: Other RF 03-10-2013
Replies: 103
Views: 7,757
Posted By Joe Vitessa
1. Mamiya 6 -- Best lenses ever on anything 2....

1. Mamiya 6 -- Best lenses ever on anything
2. Contax IIa -- The 50mm 1.5 Sonnar renders so nicely
3. Konica IIIa -- gorgeous viewfinder, cool film advance, great 50mm 1.8 lens
4. Contax G2 -- for...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-08-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 1,945
Posted By Joe Vitessa
My G2 has been fine for several years. I did have...

My G2 has been fine for several years. I did have some problems with a G1, however. I suspect they're not quite as tough as an M6, but should hold up for most uses.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-06-2013
Replies: 43
Views: 2,228
Posted By Joe Vitessa
For C-41: Ektar. Fuji Superia. Kodak Gold....

For C-41: Ektar. Fuji Superia. Kodak Gold.

Everything else is way too expensive.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-26-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 3,511
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Super Fujica 6

If you can find one, the Super Fujica 6 is a wonderful camera with a great lens--and it's rangefinder coupled!
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 02-22-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 820
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I've been happy with Mpix.

I've been happy with Mpix.
Forum: Other RF 01-30-2013
Replies: 104
Views: 25,778
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Very much enjoying your Konica IIIM journal. I...

Very much enjoying your Konica IIIM journal.
I recently picked up a IIIA with the 50mm 1.8 lens. Now I'm trying to find the proper Konihood.

Please keep posting. Wonderful work!

Joe
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-22-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 1,058
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Best Film Prices I've Found Today

Just placed an order for several films at the cheapest U.S. prices I've seen as of Jan. 22, 2013:

Has anyone ordered from Mel Pierce Camera before?
Tri-x 120: $4.15/roll
Reala 120: $19.95/five...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-22-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1,467
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I've been developing the 120 in Clayton F76+...

I've been developing the 120 in Clayton F76+ (Arista Premium liquid developer) with decent results, but I've heard it really shines in XTOL. (Xtol, 1:1 for 13 minutes @68 degrees).
The price is...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-04-2013
Replies: 60
Views: 4,479
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Classic. Just classic.

Classic. Just classic.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-01-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 2,596
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Great camera! The 80mm f2 is one of the best,...

Great camera! The 80mm f2 is one of the best, most unique lenses I've ever used.
Ross Yerkes will have spare parts, but KEH will repair the camera for a cheaper rate. Yes, Essex works on them as...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 12-25-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 1,050
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Essex Camera will do a fine job for $95.

Essex Camera will do a fine job for $95.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-25-2012
Replies: 3,754
Views: 717,435
Posted By Joe Vitessa
The Winder 2 is permanently attached to my OM-2n....

The Winder 2 is permanently attached to my OM-2n. Really like how the camera balances with it mounted. Plus, it's fast enough to shoot my kids!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-21-2012
Replies: 727
Views: 150,992
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I find the shutter on my XD11 to be quieter than...

I find the shutter on my XD11 to be quieter than on my Oly OM-2n. Sorry, can't advise on the lens choice, but my 50mm 1.4 is great!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-21-2012
Replies: 52
Views: 6,062
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Just called Freestyle. They have 123,000 rolls of...

Just called Freestyle. They have 123,000 rolls of the 36 exposure left. Their rep didn't know anything about the film being discontinued, and she checked with her supervisor, too. Just to be safe, I...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-20-2012
Replies: 52
Views: 6,062
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Very curious to know exactly how many rolls that...

Very curious to know exactly how many rolls that would be!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-20-2012
Replies: 52
Views: 6,062
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I knew the day was coming, but it's still sad to...

I knew the day was coming, but it's still sad to hear. I imagine Freestyle will NOT replace Arista Premium film and with just continue with Artista.Edu as long as Foma supplies it.
Just glad I...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-24-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 3,085
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Congrats on your purchase. As a faithful Norita...

Congrats on your purchase. As a faithful Norita 66 user, I think you'll love that 80mm f2 lens. The whole thing is sort of like using a giant Canon F1. Have fun!

Joe
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 07-24-2012
Replies: 58
Views: 10,525
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Regarding fit/finish of German vs. Japanese TLRs,...

Regarding fit/finish of German vs. Japanese TLRs, it's obvious that Rolleiflexes trump the Minoltacords, but I have to say my Kalloflex is one beautiful, solid TLR. And its design--focus knob and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-23-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 2,800
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Rite Aid had a buy-one-get-one free deal on both...

Rite Aid had a buy-one-get-one free deal on both Fuji Xtra and the house brand film (same thing?) last week. Came to less than $2 a roll, plus if you're in their club, you get a $3 off coupon.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 07-13-2012
Replies: 52
Views: 6,966
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Interesting comparison. I much prefer the Pentax...

Interesting comparison. I much prefer the Pentax shot. The DOF is much more interesting. The OMD OOF areas look mushy and bland to my eyes. Thanks for posting.

Joe
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-24-2012
Replies: 124
Views: 7,428
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I'm about 98 percent film. But my kids always...

I'm about 98 percent film. But my kids always express disappointment when they ask me to see the image on the back of my camera that isn't there.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-23-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1,702
Posted By Joe Vitessa
+1 I picked up a 8008 a few years ago to use as...

+1
I picked up a 8008 a few years ago to use as my "kayaking camera" and I've used it so much more than I originally thought I would. Just a reliable machine that fits well in the hands. I paid $30...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-04-2012
Replies: 122
Views: 15,180
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I've picked up a couple Miranda Sensorex in the...

I've picked up a couple Miranda Sensorex in the last few weeks. Nice cameras -- definitely NOT Leica-like, but fun to use. The front-mounted release is comfortable and the 50mm 1.4 lens I've got is...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-29-2012
Replies: 20
Views: 10,386
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I only have a 50mm Planar for my ZM, but my 45mm...

I only have a 50mm Planar for my ZM, but my 45mm G might have a slight edge... Tough call...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-29-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 2,227
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Frank Marshman aka Camera Wiz works on these, as...

Frank Marshman aka Camera Wiz works on these, as well as just about any mechanical camera for that matter.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-27-2012
Replies: 54
Views: 3,891
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Me, too! But with Ultrafine Xtreme 400. Love that...

Me, too! But with Ultrafine Xtreme 400. Love that Vitessa!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-26-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,478
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I purchased 20 rolls a month ago and called last...

I purchased 20 rolls a month ago and called last week looking for more. The sales rep said there were 1000 rolls left. I waited a day or two or three--and poof!--when I went back online to order,...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 03-22-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 2,715
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Anyone know how the 50mm 1.8 compares with the...

Anyone know how the 50mm 1.8 compares with the 48mm 2.0? Dante Stella writes that the 50mm 1.8 is sharper, but if anyone has the 48mm, I'd like to hear how they like it.
Forum: Film vs Digital 03-14-2012
Replies: 156
Views: 87,094
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I've found that shooting with a TLR makes people...

I've found that shooting with a TLR makes people (strangers, too) instantly relax. They think it's wonderful to be photographed with such an antiquity, and can hardly believe that such a thing still...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-11-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 4,020
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Developed some Ultrafine Xtreme 400 120 in F76+...

Developed some Ultrafine Xtreme 400 120 in F76+ (Arista Premium) developer with good results. Used HP5 times per raytoei's recommendation. I haven't shot much HP5 since my college days, but it looks...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-05-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 1,036
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Sure. Pentax 35mm f2 is the obvious choice. A...

Sure. Pentax 35mm f2 is the obvious choice. A fine lens and priced in your budget, too. Go for it.

Joe
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-05-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 2,805
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Yeah, my experiences with OM glass haven't been...

Yeah, my experiences with OM glass haven't been as positive as others around here either. My 35mm 2.8 was just OK. I've been much happier with my Konica 40mm (although my Konica 35mm 2.8 was worse...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-05-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 2,223
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I had heard from a photo retailer that Fuji was...

I had heard from a photo retailer that Fuji was only going to keep its 400H line of C-41 professional films. Not sure about the Superia consumer films...
Can anyone substantiate either rumor?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-05-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 10,800
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I've got the LTM 35mm 2.5 Nikkor and like it a...

I've got the LTM 35mm 2.5 Nikkor and like it a lot. I can't compare it with the 1.8, but it seems to render more modern than my Canon 35mm 1.8. Slightly better contrast.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-04-2012
Replies: 77
Views: 7,305
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I don't think Leica really has much to do with...

I don't think Leica really has much to do with the increase in prices at all. Most people out there are not shooting Leica glass nor ever will. All vintage lenses have gone up in price from Minolta...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 03-04-2012
Replies: 39
Views: 3,302
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I use Rite-Aid for 120 C-41 processing so I don't...

I use Rite-Aid for 120 C-41 processing so I don't have to give money to Wal-Mart. The film goes to the same place and costs the same, but it's actually cheaper for prints and processing ($.88 a roll...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-28-2012
Replies: 30
Views: 15,750
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Congrats. I've been pondering the same question....

Congrats. I've been pondering the same question. I almost pulled the trigger on a BGN grade Aria from KEH for a mere $179 but someone else got there first. Now you've snatched up the ST! Oh, well....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-23-2012
Replies: 142
Views: 21,583
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I've been enjoying one of the bodies that Chris...

I've been enjoying one of the bodies that Chris had Eric service years ago--a beautiful black ME. I've recently acquired some OM gear -- a OM-2n a 28mm f2, 35mm 2.8 and a 50mm 1.8 and frankly, that...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-21-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 2,553
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Care to share which sellers you frequent? I can't...

Care to share which sellers you frequent? I can't say I haven't found eBay film prices to be that much cheaper than other sources anymore. And unless you buy from a reputable seller, you have no idea...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-19-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 2,553
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Yes, I've been aware of Continental Supply's scam...

Yes, I've been aware of Continental Supply's scam on Amazon for months now. Looks so good on the surface...

The best deal I've seen on film from Amazon is for Ektar in 120. $18.45 for 5 rolls with...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-16-2012
Replies: 25
Views: 3,471
Posted By Joe Vitessa
There are actually NO edge markings on the fake...

There are actually NO edge markings on the fake XP2 stuff from Ultrafine except for the frame number and an ISO 400. That's it. It also has a clear base, not orange-y like Kodak BW400CN. I'll try to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-16-2012
Replies: 25
Views: 3,471
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Well, I had some of my generic XP2 C-41 developed...

Well, I had some of my generic XP2 C-41 developed and it's AWFUL. This is the 24-count from Ultrafine, not the 27-count stuff. Lots of scratches, dirt and some fogging. Won't be using that again.

I...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-13-2012
Replies: 20
Views: 4,672
Posted By Joe Vitessa
This is interesting. I just ordered a couple...

This is interesting. I just ordered a couple rolls of APX from Ultrafine but received something marked "Gekko MW 100 plus" instead. It says Made in Europe on the canister. Could this be old APX stock...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-09-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 2,779
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Great deal on a beautiful camera. That 50mm 1.5...

Great deal on a beautiful camera. That 50mm 1.5 Sonnar is one of the best lenses ever made. I like how you titled the thread "my first Contax IIIa." More to come?

Enjoy!
Joe
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-07-2012
Replies: 25
Views: 3,471
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I just bought a couple rolls of that from...

I just bought a couple rolls of that from Ultrafine. We'll see what happens. I also purchased some of their generic XP2 that comes in 24 count cartridges. That is supposedly a different film. It's...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-26-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 4,730
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I love the Xenar on my Rolleicord III. I wouldn't...

I love the Xenar on my Rolleicord III. I wouldn't worry about the Xenar vs. Tessar thing as far as image quality. If your repair guy can't remove the fungus, however, I might send it back.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-24-2012
Replies: 81
Views: 23,819
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Here's another one...

Here's another one (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kalloflex-TLR-Kowa-Optical-Wrks-Lens-Seikosha-MX-Leathr-Case-Tiffen-Fltrs-Org-/330675943614?pt=US_Vintage_Cameras&hash=item4cfdd278be) on eBay. Auction...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-24-2012
Replies: 81
Views: 23,819
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Congrats, James. I saw that one on eBay too and...

Congrats, James. I saw that one on eBay too and was tempted--even though I already have one. I figured other folks should enjoy the pleasures of the Kallo.

I've shot about 5 rolls with my so far....
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-24-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 15,130
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I've got Rick's screens on my Rollei Standard,...

I've got Rick's screens on my Rollei Standard, Rollei III and a Minolta Automat. Big improvement in all of those. I must say my old Yashica 124G had a bright enough screen that I didn't need to...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-24-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 2,219
Posted By Joe Vitessa
The olive color clearly helps take better photos!...

The olive color clearly helps take better photos! :-)

I admit to babying mine a little more than some of my other cameras, but I still use it frequently, usually with a Summicron 50 rigid. Beautiful...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-23-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 4,074
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Interesting. Thanks. Do you shoot it at box...

Interesting. Thanks. Do you shoot it at box speed?
I've read in other places that it's Fomapan (the bluish base would support that), but that film usually works best at 200 or 250.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-23-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 4,074
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Raytoei, So have you now concluded that it is...

Raytoei,
So have you now concluded that it is NOT HP5+? Seems like it would be a little too good to be true...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-19-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 1,496
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Argh! I just logged onto Freestyle to place a big...

Argh! I just logged onto Freestyle to place a big order for Arista Premium. Wish I did it two weeks ago!

I imagine the price is only going to go up from here...

Joe
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 01-18-2012
Replies: 66
Views: 39,778
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Yes! I love my IIIb, too. (Even though it only...

Yes! I love my IIIb, too. (Even though it only has the Skopar lens.) I'd love to get one with the Ultron. The Ultron on my Vitessa is really great. The only problem I've found with the Vitomatics is...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 01-18-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 5,747
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Congrats on two great purchases! The Ricoh 519 is...

Congrats on two great purchases! The Ricoh 519 is one of my favorite fixed-lens rangefinders. The lens is EXCELLENT and the ergonomics are great, too. I love the bottom winder. They are rare but do...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-02-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 5,642
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Nice portrait, by the way. Do as the wife says...

Nice portrait, by the way. Do as the wife says...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-17-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,346
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I just picked up my first OM--a chrome OM-2n--for...

I just picked up my first OM--a chrome OM-2n--for $16.50 on eBay! Surprisingly, it has a very nice grid screen. I think another $35 for a 50mm 1.4 would be a great deal.

The 35mm 2.8 lens I picked...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 11-10-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 10,409
Posted By Joe Vitessa
+2 Konica SLR lenses are some of the best glass...

+2
Konica SLR lenses are some of the best glass out there. And the prices are ridiculously low--at least for now!
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 11-06-2011
Replies: 52
Views: 5,069
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I hope they spelled your name right, V. Congrats!...

I hope they spelled your name right, V. Congrats! (And I hope your eyeballs return to normal soon.)
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-03-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,601
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I used a Canon 1.5 Auto Up on a Leica IIIb and it...

I used a Canon 1.5 Auto Up on a Leica IIIb and it didn't frame properly.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-27-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 1,178
Posted By Joe Vitessa
You should know that Freestyle only has...

You should know that Freestyle only has past-date, 100-foot rolls of Legacy Pro left. There won't be anymore Legacy Pro after that sells out. (Supposedly.)

J
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-23-2011
Replies: 25
Views: 5,080
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I don't think this has anything to do with...

I don't think this has anything to do with creativity. It's all about the physical process of moving about or sitting on your butt in front of a computer screen (like I'm doing now).

I scan and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-21-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,661
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Looks like it's currently $3.99 on Amazon with...

Looks like it's currently $3.99 on Amazon with free shipping for $25 or more ordered. Works out to be 29 cents cheaper than MPEX for 10 rolls of film shipped to Baltimore. Not sure where Amazon is...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 10-20-2011
Replies: 35
Views: 5,457
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I tried out a G3 at a camera store the other day...

I tried out a G3 at a camera store the other day and was impressed with its EVF. I don't want to shell out $200 extra for an EVF on the Oly. It's also slightly bigger than the EP3 so I would assume...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-20-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 9,018
Posted By Joe Vitessa
That's my kayaking camera with a Nikon 28-105...

That's my kayaking camera with a Nikon 28-105 zoom. Great, reliable body and as other posters have stated, it's a great take-anywhere, I-don't-care-what-happens-to-it camera. Probably one of the most...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-30-2011
Replies: 81
Views: 23,819
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Got one!

I was lucky enough to snag this one (http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190582733311&ssPageName=ADME:B:SS:US:1123) this morning. Can't wait to try it out!

Joe
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-21-2011
Replies: 55
Views: 6,306
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I just wish I had a bigger freezer. My wife yells...

I just wish I had a bigger freezer. My wife yells at me every time another roll of Tri-X falls out or she can't find an empty spot for the ice cream.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-18-2011
Replies: 55
Views: 6,306
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I do wonder if the price of film could ever fall...

I do wonder if the price of film could ever fall when/if the price of silver does. Silver prices are astronomically high right now, but if you look at the historical charts, a similar spike happened...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-18-2011
Replies: 55
Views: 6,306
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Freestyle Film Price Increases. Yikes!

Just logged onto Freestyle.com to purchase some film and noticed that a 36-count roll of T-Max 400 now goes for $5.39. Fuji professional color films, which have been increasing for months, are now...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-11-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 6,554
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I shot manual focus Nikons for years before...

I shot manual focus Nikons for years before getting infected with the Leica bug. I'll never forget that first roll of slides with Leica. Wow, the wide open performance just blew the Nikon stuff out...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-26-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 1,163
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I just picked up some 120 c-41 from Rite Aid and...

I just picked up some 120 c-41 from Rite Aid and looks OK per usual. I also just dropped off my first roll of 120 e-6. We'll see what happens with that. Hopefully, you'll be able to get this...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 07-21-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 5,025
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I paid about $150 for a working Old Standard with...

I paid about $150 for a working Old Standard with a clean lens--and I thought that was a very good price. Don't knock these old beauties with their Tessar lenses. They're a blast to use and produce...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-07-2011
Replies: 62
Views: 14,333
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Well-written and thorough description of stand...

Well-written and thorough description of stand development. Thanks for posting this resource.

Joe
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 06-02-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,584
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Sounds like you should pass. The cheapest...

Sounds like you should pass. The cheapest professional CLA on a Rolleicord I've seen is $110 from Essex Camera. You could get a nice, fully operational 'cord for about that. The missing retention...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 06-01-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 1,776
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Yes, the negs were cut, sleeved and returned with...

Yes, the negs were cut, sleeved and returned with the "process and print" roll. A good deal, indeed.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-31-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 1,776
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Rite Aid 120mm Color Processing

I dropped a couple rolls of 120 c-41 film off at Rite Aid to test the waters after reading about it in the $.84-cent RFF Walmart processing thread and on Flickr. I marked one envelope "process only"...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 05-27-2011
Replies: 81
Views: 14,771
Posted By Joe Vitessa
My R2 is definitely a step up from my R. Plus,...

My R2 is definitely a step up from my R. Plus, it's olive, which I like. I'm completely hidden when taking photos from the bushes. ;-)

Joe
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-27-2011
Replies: 52
Views: 5,213
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Whatever TLR you get make sure you have time to...

Whatever TLR you get make sure you have time to test it out and develop a couple of rolls BEFORE you go on a trip. (Um, I won't make that mistake again.) And if you're still not convinced about the...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-27-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 1,287
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Looks good on my monitor. The middle one maybe,...

Looks good on my monitor. The middle one maybe, but I like the look nevertheless.
I always wanted to play with one of those 66s.

Joe
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-19-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 2,106
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Funny, I sold my Yashica 124G and kept my Minolta...

Funny, I sold my Yashica 124G and kept my Minolta Autocord. My reasons were:
1. The Autocord's Rokkor lens was better, IMHO.
2. The build quality of the Autocord really impressed me, too. The...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-19-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 3,000
Posted By Joe Vitessa
If anyone is considering one of those screens...

If anyone is considering one of those screens from REDLEICA on eBay, I would strongly advise getting one from Rick Oleson instead. I have both and Rick's are FAR superior in every way.
Rick's...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 05-14-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 3,629
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Yeah, I was about to pull the trigger on a G2,...

Yeah, I was about to pull the trigger on a G2, but the G3 seems like a much better machine. Price is reasonable, too.

Joe
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-12-2011
Replies: 106
Views: 18,024
Posted By Joe Vitessa
I think I got the last bargain-priced Rollei from...

I think I got the last bargain-priced Rollei from KEH about two months ago. It's a 3.5E with a Planar that was described as inoperative. Purchase price: $275. I had Essex give it a CLA for another...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-27-2011
Replies: 61
Views: 24,578
Posted By Joe Vitessa
If you aren't familiar with Dennis Cordell's work...

If you aren't familiar with Dennis Cordell's work in India, you really should check it out. He shoots nearly everything with Tri-X pushed to 1600 in his 'blad and develops it in DD-X. It's truly...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-27-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,197
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Interesting that you say it dries "super flat"...

Interesting that you say it dries "super flat" for easy scanning as that's the one beef I've heard against Fomapan 200 is that it's super curly (at least in 120mm size.) Will have to see for myself,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-24-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,197
Posted By Joe Vitessa
Fomapan 200/Arista EDU 200 Back in Stock at Freestyle!

Been a while... Good to see it back in stock at Freestyle. I've been wanting to try some in Rodinal for months now.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-20-2011
Replies: 24
Views: 4,913
Posted By Joe Vitessa
The Mamiya 1.9 is great, but the Norita 66's 80...

The Mamiya 1.9 is great, but the Norita 66's 80 f2 has a more unique signature. Simply beautiful...
I do own both lenses.

Joe
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