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Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 34
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Posted By aizan
I'm guessing the Texas Leica is out of contention...

I'm guessing the Texas Leica is out of contention now. :D
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 547
Posted By aizan
My shortlist: - Summicron collapsible and rigid...

My shortlist:

- Summicron collapsible and rigid for the perfect match
- Elmar f/3.5 in M-mount for cheap, retro thrills
- Summarit f/1.5 in M-mount for harsh bokeh
- ZM C-Sonnar and Planar for...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 12 Hours Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 498
Posted By aizan
I was in the exact same situation a while ago and...

I was in the exact same situation a while ago and went with the Fuji GS645. The shutter isn't the usual quiet "click" of most leaf shutters (check out my video to hear how loud it is), but it's ok...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Days Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 1,096
Posted By aizan
Don't leave the tripod at home! When I went on my...

Don't leave the tripod at home! When I went on my last big trip, I only took an SX-70 and iPhone as well, and I often wished that I had a tripod because the lens and film are on the slow side....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 5 Days Ago
Replies: 53
Views: 1,462
Posted By aizan
The main reason I look for photos taken with a...

The main reason I look for photos taken with a certain camera is while I'm shopping to get a sense of its "performance envelope." The caveat here is that many cameras have pretty much the same...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 5 Days Ago
Replies: 120
Views: 2,668
Posted By aizan
The relative expensiveness of film has varied...

The relative expensiveness of film has varied over the decades. Making a chart is on my to do list....
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 5 Days Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 212
Posted By aizan
The pitch started out great, but my excitement...

The pitch started out great, but my excitement plummeted as I got to the table of contents.



And section 5:



Ugh! It's not a camera repair course at all, which is what we need to get young people...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 1 Week Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 714
Posted By aizan
I would get the Nikon since it's more repairable....

I would get the Nikon since it's more repairable. The Contax G1 is a risky purchase, so I would only choose that if a backup body is in your budget.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 1 Week Ago
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
Lucky! It's good to hear a second opinion about...

Lucky!

It's good to hear a second opinion about the lens's precision and handling.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 545
Posted By aizan
You’d have to talk to a laser engraving shop to...

You’d have to talk to a laser engraving shop to find that out!
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 1 Week Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 4,152
Posted By aizan
That's his son, also named Harry!

That's his son, also named Harry!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 1 Week Ago
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
Thanks, Kevin! I think I'll get a white...

Thanks, Kevin!

I think I'll get a white paintstick. :D
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 1 Week Ago
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
It will be white on the front ring?

It will be white on the front ring?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 1 Week Ago
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
Can we get "China" engraving in white?

Can we get "China" engraving in white?
Forum: RFF News 1 Week Ago
Replies: 169
Views: 10,234
Posted By aizan
And this is why I always get annoyed when people...

And this is why I always get annoyed when people say things like "Leicas were always expensive" (when they demonstrably were not AS expensive as they are now). Leica is now a gentrified brand....
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 1 Week Ago
Replies: 178
Views: 5,189
Posted By aizan
Here's my ranking of the best to worst looking...

Here's my ranking of the best to worst looking front decorations:

1. Small screw
2. Dot in matching color :angel:
3. Standard red dot
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4. Large flat screw
5....
Forum: RFF Polls 1 Week Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 1,276
Posted By aizan
The 2nd best option isn't on the list! -...

The 2nd best option isn't on the list!

- Matching dot color, e.g., Leica M8.2, or Leica M10 Zagato.
Forum: RFF News 1 Week Ago
Replies: 169
Views: 10,234
Posted By aizan
At public events in Los Angeles...

At public events in Los Angeles (marches/protests, art and photography events and openings, waiting for a table at a popular restaurant), I almost always see someone under thirty with a full frame...
Forum: RFF News 1 Week Ago
Replies: 169
Views: 10,234
Posted By aizan
The Leica market has gotten noticeably younger...

The Leica market has gotten noticeably younger since the days of the Epson R-D1. If Fuji made a full frame M-mount rangefinder for $3000, it would sell like crazy.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 1 Week Ago
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
Kevin, given the state of lens manufacturing...

Kevin, given the state of lens manufacturing capability in China, what’s the likelihood of new (non-large format) film cameras being produced in the next decade?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 348
Posted By aizan
State of Film Cameras in 2019 video interview

If you have about 40 minutes to spare and any interest in the repairability of film cameras, this interview on Nicos Photography Show is worth a watch.

https://youtu.be/RmTi4gH0nHI

The proverbial...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 1 Week Ago
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
There were actually several sets of color photos...

There were actually several sets of color photos where the original 8-element made darker shadows than the replica, despite the likelihood of some degree of haze....

Not sure what's going on!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Week Ago
Replies: 118
Views: 7,717
Posted By aizan
Make sure to test the reciprocity failure. There...

Make sure to test the reciprocity failure. There are several Youtube videos comparing old Acros to new Acros, but nobody has tested the most obvious thing people are interested in. :rolleyes:
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 1,400
Posted By aizan
how annoying a meterless camera and a handheld...

how annoying a meterless camera and a handheld meter is depends on the situations in which you're taking photos.

if you're casually taking photos sporadically while you're out doing other things,...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
i was looking mostly at macro contrast,...

i was looking mostly at macro contrast, distortion, and sharpness. these shots didn't really have much bokeh or flare to look at.

so far, the results are almost identical, which is very...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 220
Views: 6,640
Posted By aizan
I feel a little bad for all the young newcomers...

I feel a little bad for all the young newcomers to film photography. We've been seeing a market correction after many years of undervaluation, but some items have overcorrected so much that it's...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
There is barely any difference!

There is barely any difference!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 1,400
Posted By aizan
What are the various ways that you go out taking...

What are the various ways that you go out taking photos? In what scenarios do you prefer a built-in meter, handheld meter, AE, manual exposure? Then determine percentages to how much time you spend...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 51
Views: 1,343
Posted By aizan
And all I thought I was doing was plugging a nice...

And all I thought I was doing was plugging a nice P&S camera that was still a good deal these days. Thanks for that great story, Mike!
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 51
Views: 1,343
Posted By aizan
If you're thinking about a point & shoot, I would...

If you're thinking about a point & shoot, I would plan to get a backup camera, so I wouldn't recommend anything that expensive: $150 maximum per camera.

I'll vouch for the Konica Big Mini, Konica...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 84
Views: 2,314
Posted By aizan
Hehe, but will the ship sink? Camera companies...

Hehe, but will the ship sink? Camera companies need to keep old customers and add new customers or else things will get worse and worse. A whole generation of potential customers has different...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 84
Views: 2,314
Posted By aizan
My guess is that a company or two will go out of...

My guess is that a company or two will go out of business, or at least take a big hit in market share, before they finally catch on.

Camera companies have to add the functionality that smartphones...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 84
Views: 2,314
Posted By aizan
I've been using my hand-me-down iPhone 6 Plus...

I've been using my hand-me-down iPhone 6 Plus with Moment lenses, and the usability issues are no joke!

1. The LCD screen is not bright enough when it's sunny. Composing a photo is a slow, tedious...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 693
Posted By aizan
No such thing!

No such thing!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
yes, that's it: the yellow and red paint on the...

yes, that's it: the yellow and red paint on the front ring engraving. were those colors a custom request? is the default color white?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
Lucky #1! Santa delivered this year. Was the...

Lucky #1! Santa delivered this year.

Was the yellow and red engraving paint a custom request?
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 84
Views: 2,314
Posted By aizan
The thing holding back smartphones from being...

The thing holding back smartphones from being great cameras is that they are still primarily smartphones. Their usability is still pretty limiting, and there's not much they can do within the...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 742
Posted By aizan
Has Nikon ever thought about the obvious:...

Has Nikon ever thought about the obvious: diversify their business?
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 2,599
Posted By aizan
But...if weather sealing is pointless, why did...

But...if weather sealing is pointless, why did they improve it for the M10? And the M11 might have video, and IBIS is still useful for photography (especially travel, street, documentary, and...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 2,599
Posted By aizan
What the M11 could have that will make the M10...

What the M11 could have that will make the M10 depreciate like usual:

- More weather sealing
- IBIS
- Different sensor versions: high MP, standard MP, low MP
- Internal memory
- App integration...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 269
Posted By aizan
If you can get it repaired, that could be a good...

If you can get it repaired, that could be a good deal. Find out how much it would cost or if anyone still can.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 79
Views: 4,541
Posted By aizan
It's marketed as being less anxiety-inducing?...

It's marketed as being less anxiety-inducing? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Forum: Fuji X Series 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 256
Views: 9,769
Posted By aizan
The OVF is now as functional as a standard Leica,...

The OVF is now as functional as a standard Leica, as in 35mm is the widest practical set of framelines. It’s a drag for sure. As a 28/50 user, the X-Pro3 competes with any other EVF-only camera like...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
8-ELEMENT is what people usually call it, e.g.,...

8-ELEMENT is what people usually call it, e.g., the 8-element 35mm Summicron.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
Makes me want to add a black paint lens to my...

Makes me want to add a black paint lens to my order...and buy a black paint Leica to go with it!
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-16-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 756
Posted By aizan
Give the Heliar a chance! You can learn how to...

Give the Heliar a chance! You can learn how to scale-focus-by-feel (SFxF) and do street photography.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-14-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 816
Posted By aizan
I would trade the FLE and Color-Skopar for the...

I would trade the FLE and Color-Skopar for the Voigtlander 35mm f/2 Ultron. The Summicron pre-ASPH often gives harsh bokeh WOCA, and the ASPH can be harsh in similar situations, so they’re basically...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-13-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,150
Posted By aizan
Yeah, keep all of it, but I’d tidy up the Canon...

Yeah, keep all of it, but I’d tidy up the Canon stuff to keep it strictly for joy riding.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-12-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 1,041
Posted By aizan
Someday...there will be an M-mount,...

Someday...there will be an M-mount, rangefinder-style EVF mirrorless camera, and this lens will be great on it.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-12-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 302
Posted By aizan
$49,000...is a lot of money.

$49,000...is a lot of money.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-12-2019
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
Mike Johnston said the king of bokeh was good at...

Mike Johnston said the king of bokeh was good at middle apertures at moderate distances. Lenses in the normal to mild wide angle range (35-50mm) often have harsh bokeh wide open and closeup, so you...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-10-2019
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
Does it have to be a very expensive lens? One...

Does it have to be a very expensive lens? One that people want but is hard to get in good condition might be another good candidate. Something like the 50mm Summicron Rigid might be popular.

The...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-10-2019
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
But there aren’t any cameras with 60mm framelines.

But there aren’t any cameras with 60mm framelines.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 12-09-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 12,645
Posted By aizan
Nabbed a Fuji DL-300 / Cardia Hite for $50. I'm...

Nabbed a Fuji DL-300 / Cardia Hite for $50. I'm pretty sure that's the cheapest 35mm f/2.8 point & shoot available these days.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-09-2019
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
The max is 8/9 characters, as long as it fits. :)

The max is 8/9 characters, as long as it fits. :)
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-09-2019
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
Anybody else getting chrome? My engraving will...

Anybody else getting chrome?

My engraving will be “REPLICA-M”.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-08-2019
Replies: 192
Views: 28,515
Posted By aizan
Scrolling through this thread has me second...

Scrolling through this thread has me second guessing the Light Lens Lab 8-element replica. :D
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-06-2019
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
Oh well, I thought of an even better idea...

Oh well, I thought of an even better idea today!

“REPLICA-M”

The “-M” brings it up to 9 characters and adds a contemporary touch. :D

DAG or Tamarkin can do the 6-bit coding, but it’s not something...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-06-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 697
Posted By aizan
I hope Voigtlander starts making lenses for Canon...

I hope Voigtlander starts making lenses for Canon RF and Nikon Z mount!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-06-2019
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
Is the blackening on the hood durable? If it’s...

Is the blackening on the hood durable? If it’s like black chrome, that could be a very good looking finish.

About the customization text, is Japanese katakana a possibility? I had the idea to do...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-05-2019
Replies: 829
Views: 87,462
Posted By aizan
Lise Sarfati started using digital Leicas because...

Lise Sarfati started using digital Leicas because Kodachrome 200 was discontinued.

Peter Turnley uses an M10, too.

A thought crossed my mind the other day: Leica has become gentrified.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-02-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 450
Posted By aizan
Maybe I'll add "Start a Kickstarter to make...

Maybe I'll add "Start a Kickstarter to make replacement prisms for the Nikon F eye level finder" to my New Year's Resolutions.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-01-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 510
Posted By aizan
Pictures, please! It would be really cool if it...

Pictures, please! It would be really cool if it does have an M-mount.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-01-2019
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
Thanks for the explanation, Kevin! I'll try to...

Thanks for the explanation, Kevin! I'll try to think of something 8 characters long. :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-01-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 1,690
Posted By aizan
My M2 had film advance issues, like a gear tooth...

My M2 had film advance issues, like a gear tooth would slip randomly every few frames. The shutter brake also wore out.

For a pretty good list of how Leicas break, check out the repair manual!
Forum: Nikon RF 11-30-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 6,473
Posted By aizan
Voigtlander Bessa R2S. :D

Voigtlander Bessa R2S. :D
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-30-2019
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
I see, that’s understandable. What about the...

I see, that’s understandable. What about the placement of the customized text and place of origin? Can it read something like:

LIGHT LENS LAB BEIJING 000/500 REPLICA 1:2/35

Or maybe drop...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-30-2019
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
I just wanted to double check, but will the...

I just wanted to double check, but will the placement of the customization text be adjustable? I'd like to be able to insert "SUMMICRON" (9 characters, but "I" doesn't take up too much space, does...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-30-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,287
Posted By aizan
- Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 C Biogon - Voigtlander 35mm...

- Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 C Biogon
- Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar
- Voigtlander 35mm f/2 Ultron
- Leica 35mm f/2.4 Summarit-M
- Konica 35mm f/2 UC-Hexanon with LTM adapter

There are other lenses to...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-25-2019
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
Nice touch!

Nice touch!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-25-2019
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
Whoaaaaa...I'm speechless. :D

Whoaaaaa...I'm speechless. :D
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-25-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 894
Posted By aizan
Harman makes a reusable “disposable” camera, and...

Harman makes a reusable “disposable” camera, and Kodak and Fuji make waterproof disposable cameras.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 11-24-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,631
Posted By aizan
The Artisan & Artist ACAM-280 is a simple,...

The Artisan & Artist ACAM-280 is a simple, understated, well-made strap.

I would love a braided horsehair strap if I could find one. That's as fancy a strap as I'd buy.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-24-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,403
Posted By aizan
You can use a 35mm with the Leica CL if you...

You can use a 35mm with the Leica CL if you imagine what the angle of view will be. This video has a good illustration and explanation:

https://youtu.be/nBf5en0GKbo?t=806

See also this thread:...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-23-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 1,355
Posted By aizan
Some cameras are financial investments. World’s...

Some cameras are financial investments.

World’s Most Expensive Camera Sells for $2.8 Million at Auction: The 1923 Prototype Leica O-series was one of only 25 ever...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-23-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,403
Posted By aizan
If the Leica M is a little big and heavy, the...

If the Leica M is a little big and heavy, the Konica Hexar RF is basically the same.

For something smaller or lighter, stick to the Zeiss Ikon ZM, Voigtlander Bessa, Minolta CLE, and Leica Cl. I'm...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-21-2019
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
No news on the hood, right?

No news on the hood, right?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-20-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,533
Posted By aizan
I did something like that with a suit. In the...

I did something like that with a suit. In the end, the jacket was a lost cause after multiple alterations by multiple tailors. The trousers are great, though!
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-20-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 340
Posted By aizan
Try calling up Nippon Photoclinic!

Try calling up Nippon Photoclinic!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-18-2019
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
While it is just one rough comparison, it’s...

While it is just one rough comparison, it’s enough to see that the replica’s supposedly more rounded aperture does lead to rounder OOF highlights in the f/4 photos. As expected, the photos from both...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-18-2019
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
Thanks for the test shots, Ed! They answer my...

Thanks for the test shots, Ed! They answer my question perfectly.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-17-2019
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
Kevin, the next time you take sample photos, can...

Kevin, the next time you take sample photos, can you do some side-by-side shots at f/2 and at f/4? I’d like to see how the bokeh and OOF highlights smooth out with the rounded aperture blades.

Also,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-16-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1,038
Posted By aizan
I buy camera both to use and to collect, and I...

I buy camera both to use and to collect, and I approach them differently.

If I’m shopping for a new camera with a specific purpose in mind, I do these things:

1. Find out what gear that...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-14-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 800
Posted By aizan
At this point, I'd only buy cameras on Jauce....

At this point, I'd only buy cameras on Jauce. You'll still see some duplicate postings from eBay, but most of the sellers are actual individuals rather than the group of "buy up everything and raise...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-14-2019
Replies: 54
Views: 2,320
Posted By aizan
I can’t think of any reviewer who is a truly...

I can’t think of any reviewer who is a truly amazing photographer, but there are plenty who are pretty good or not bad.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 11-13-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 464
Posted By aizan
So as of this evening, I've got a 6x9 Voigtländer...

So as of this evening, I've got a 6x9 Voigtländer Rollfilm with an 11.4cm f/4.5 Anastigmat Skopar in a dial-set Compur on the way. I'll keep an eye out for a Heliar and let you know if it fits or not!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-13-2019
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
I like the way this guy thinks. :D The 8-element...

I like the way this guy thinks. :D The 8-element Summicron is one of those lenses whose bokeh gets smoother when you stop down 2 stops.

What city is Light Lens Lab based in? I'd customize the front...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 11-13-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 464
Posted By aizan
I would think the lens/shutter assemblies are the...

I would think the lens/shutter assemblies are the same if they were for the same camera model to keep it simple. I wish I could get my hands on some cameras to confirm, but all I’ve got are internet...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 11-13-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 464
Posted By aizan
are the lenses and shutters on folding cameras interchangeable?

So if you had a folder with an anastigmat in a Derval shutter, could you swap it for a Heliar in a Compur shutter later if you came across one? Assuming they are the same focal length and for the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-10-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,428
Posted By aizan
Another Pentax P30 fan here. Try poking around...

Another Pentax P30 fan here.

Try poking around this long list of K-mount cameras, too:

https://www.butkus.org/chinon/lenses/ultimate_k-mount.htm
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 11-08-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,948
Posted By aizan
What a wonderful, affecting story! Thank you for...

What a wonderful, affecting story! Thank you for sharing, Simon. You're fortunate to have something of Tom's that's always with you.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-07-2019
Replies: 102
Views: 2,459
Posted By aizan
Is none an option? $1500 and I might be tempted....

Is none an option? $1500 and I might be tempted. I’d pay $3000 only for the M10.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-07-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 367
Posted By aizan
The II and III viewfinders are basically the same...

The II and III viewfinders are basically the same on both GW and GSW. It shouldn’t be hard to focus, so I’d agree that it must have aged.

The GSW has a sharp edged, sort of pill-shaped rangefinder...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-07-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 817
Posted By aizan
Lol, awesome! Anything Leica-related gets lots of...

Lol, awesome! Anything Leica-related gets lots of views on YT.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-06-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 817
Posted By aizan
You can remove the current finish, fill in the...

You can remove the current finish, fill in the engravings (soldering, bondo, etc.), then repaint the camera either black or silver (Kanto can do silver).
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-01-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 820
Posted By aizan
Speaking of Contax, the Voigtlander 25mm in Nikon...

Speaking of Contax, the Voigtlander 25mm in Nikon S mount is $300 new with the viewfinder on the auction site. The R2s goes for $600.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-31-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 820
Posted By aizan
Just an idea: $450 Leica IIIc, in good, recently...

Just an idea:

$450 Leica IIIc, in good, recently CLA'd condition
$350 Voigtlander 25mm f/4 LTM
$100 Voigtlander 25mm viewfinder, plastic

$900
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-31-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 820
Posted By aizan
If 28mm is your main lens: - Bessa R4a - Konica...

If 28mm is your main lens:

- Bessa R4a
- Konica Hexar RF
- Minolta CLE
- 0.58 Leica M

If 24mm is your main lens AND you don't get a 28mm:

- Bessa R4a
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-29-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 2,204
Posted By aizan
Last time: Pentax 6x7 and Leica MP. Not doing...

Last time: Pentax 6x7 and Leica MP. Not doing that again!

Next time: I’m thinking Fujica GS645 and Konica Big Mini.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 10-29-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 1,039
Posted By aizan
Yeah, those accessory folding frame finders like...

Yeah, those accessory folding frame finders like the Kodak Retina ones are no good, but the built-in wire frame sports finders with a targeting aid like in a Cocarette are...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 10-29-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 1,039
Posted By aizan
What Ko.Fe said. Wire frame finders are great for...

What Ko.Fe said. Wire frame finders are great for glasses wearers, and big.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-28-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,108
Posted By aizan
Try researching "life cycle assessment" to learn...

Try researching "life cycle assessment" to learn more about the impacts of photographic product production. I found an article on digital vs. film that finds that there are tradeoffs but neither is...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-28-2019
Replies: 256
Views: 9,769
Posted By aizan
Jonas Rask mentions that most X-Pro owners do use...

Jonas Rask mentions that most X-Pro owners do use the EVF a lot more than the...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-28-2019
Replies: 256
Views: 9,769
Posted By aizan
So... fully-articulated LCD = dad at a...

So...

fully-articulated LCD = dad at a wedding

but...

LCD hinged at the bottom = a very cool, real serious photographer?

:rolleyes:
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-27-2019
Replies: 256
Views: 9,769
Posted By aizan
After all the griping is said and done, I think...

After all the griping is said and done, I think I'm still going to get one even though it's not a big step forward like the X-Pro2 was.

Pros
- "C" setting on ISO dial, set with the front dial (no...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-27-2019
Replies: 256
Views: 9,769
Posted By aizan
It’s like choosing a car: some look better in one...

It’s like choosing a car: some look better in one color than another. The particular, muted contours of the X-Pro3 look best in the Dura silver, IMO. Not sure how bad it’ll look with fingerprints and...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-25-2019
Replies: 256
Views: 9,769
Posted By aizan
Jonas Rask says they removed the dual...

Jonas Rask says they removed the dual magnification feature from the reverse-Galilean viewfinder in order to make the EVF...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-25-2019
Replies: 115
Views: 5,158
Posted By aizan
So what is going on in Wetzlar? How is "a renewed...

So what is going on in Wetzlar? How is "a renewed interest in classical products" the result of the "eradication" of "the soul of Leica products"? How is the M-system "sidelined"? What are "the...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-25-2019
Replies: 256
Views: 9,769
Posted By aizan
The thing that bugs me is that Fuji decided to...

The thing that bugs me is that Fuji decided to prioritize a “statement” camera instead of prioritizing maximum usability.

Direction 1: The LCD hinge limits the audience and satisfies the “true...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-25-2019
Replies: 256
Views: 9,769
Posted By aizan
One last gripe: the X-Pro2 had the nicer top...

One last gripe: the X-Pro2 had the nicer top plate...
Forum: Optics Theory - 10-24-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 394
Posted By aizan
Looks like the same thing as an apodization...

Looks like the same thing as an apodization filter like on the Fuji 56/1.2.
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-23-2019
Replies: 256
Views: 9,769
Posted By aizan
Making the rear LCD screen annoying to use is the...

Making the rear LCD screen annoying to use is the whole point. That extra “friction” and “unease of use” is intentional.

On the other hand, they’re trying to have their cake and eat it, too. It...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-23-2019
Replies: 256
Views: 9,769
Posted By aizan
The loss of the dual-mag viewfinder is pretty...

The loss of the dual-mag viewfinder is pretty significant. It would be nice if they explained why they did that. Did surveys show that only a small percent of owners used it?
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-23-2019
Replies: 256
Views: 9,769
Posted By aizan
Some people will applaud, some people will...

Some people will applaud, some people will scratch their heads, some people will throw their hands up in frustration.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-22-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 835
Posted By aizan
18mm ZM (which I have in black but would be sweet...

18mm ZM (which I have in black but would be sweet in silver instead);
- Nah, you don't need another one.

21mm ZM Biogon 2.8;
- You already have a nice 21mm!

75mm Summarit-M;
- I'm not keen on the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-21-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,125
Posted By aizan
You have to go old for a noticeably vintage look....

You have to go old for a noticeably vintage look. Think 50mm f/2 Summitar era lenses.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-13-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 567
Posted By aizan
Both are great choices. If 65mm is wide enough,...

Both are great choices.

If 65mm is wide enough, add a GSW690 to keep it simple. If you need wider, it's a lot cheaper to go with Mamiya. Their 50mm f/6.3 is only $300, but the Fujinon 50mm f/5.6 for...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-13-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1,046
Posted By aizan
The 40mm Rokkor has a good reputation for...

The 40mm Rokkor has a good reputation for "clarity," but it comes at the cost of harsh bokeh wide open and close-up. Stopping down helps. If that's not a problem for you, then it's a good choice with...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-07-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 12,645
Posted By aizan
Nobody wears skinny jeans anymore.

Nobody wears skinny jeans anymore.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-07-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,572
Posted By aizan
If I had to buy a scanner today...I would do DSLR...

If I had to buy a scanner today...I would do DSLR scanning instead.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-02-2019
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
Put me down for chrome, multicoated!

Put me down for chrome, multicoated!
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 10-02-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 752
Posted By aizan
I want an explanation for why they are...

I want an explanation for why they are discontinuing Spectra film instead of making a new Spectra camera that doesn’t have film transport problems. My Minolta Instant Pro has had zero problems.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-01-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,505
Posted By aizan
I recommend the Voigtlander 50mm f/2 Heliar...

I recommend the Voigtlander 50mm f/2 Heliar collapsible. It might not be rigid, but the focus throw is shorter than the collapsible Summicron. Only 90° to go from infinity to...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-01-2019
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
If you'd prefer a plain red dot, DAG sells them...

If you'd prefer a plain red dot, DAG sells them for $5.

https://www.dagcamera.com/store/p113/Red_Lens_Dot.html
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-28-2019
Replies: 79
Views: 3,069
Posted By aizan
If we ignore discontinued classic cameras, the...

If we ignore discontinued classic cameras, the best way forward in the new film photography era is to make simple, open source cameras. No proprietary technology! All intellectual property, if there...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-24-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,698
Posted By aizan
Amateurs are not required to have an identifiable...

Amateurs are not required to have an identifiable and marketable style like most artists and professionals do. They have more permission to try out different gear and not settle on any one thing....
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-22-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,304
Posted By aizan
Got rid of almost all of my 35mm fixed-lens...

Got rid of almost all of my 35mm fixed-lens rangefinders (replaced by P&S and scale focus cameras), so now it’s mostly medium format.

- TDC Stereo Colorist II
- Polaroid 360 Land Camera
- Fujifilm...
Forum: Fuji X Series 09-21-2019
Replies: 256
Views: 9,769
Posted By aizan
Only thing I don't like is how the LCD hinges at...

Only thing I don't like is how the LCD hinges at the bottom. I'd prefer it if it was fully-articulated. The hinge can be pretty slim nowadays, like the Canon...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-14-2019
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
Are they going to make hoods, too?

Are they going to make hoods, too?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-07-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 1,910
Posted By aizan
The best buys for 35mm and 28mm lenses with...

The best buys for 35mm and 28mm lenses with classic rendering, IMO:

35mm f/1.4 Nokton Classic S.C.
35mm f/2.8 Canon LTM
28mm f/2.8 Canon LTM
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-07-2019
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
This project is wonderful and praiseworthy. I...

This project is wonderful and praiseworthy.

I think they should even put the city of manufacture on the front name ring where "Wetzlar" would have been.

Personally, I would engrave "China" in upper...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-06-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,285
Posted By aizan
Why? Look for something else to buy! Another...

Why? Look for something else to buy!

Another rangefinder is more of the same. Try something new. Something weird.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-02-2019
Replies: 63
Views: 2,545
Posted By aizan
Unless you're like me, and you own an MP, but you...

Unless you're like me, and you own an MP, but you still want your old Hexar RF back, and a Bessa, and a Nikon, and a Zeiss Ikon, and a....

Trust me, scratching the Leica itch really hard doesn't...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-02-2019
Replies: 63
Views: 2,545
Posted By aizan
You're not going to find anything in LA....

You're not going to find anything in LA. =(

What's your budget? Do you need a Leica? Does it have to be an M3-type body? Personally, I'd get a Zeiss Ikon ZM for about $1300-1500, or a NIB...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-23-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1,847
Posted By aizan
Could not agree more. The M6’s red dot + front...

Could not agree more. The M6’s red dot + front engraving but w/o top plate engraving styling is long in tooth. It’s 34 years old for goodness sake!
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 08-22-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 721
Posted By aizan
If you know anything about HTML, I would look at...

If you know anything about HTML, I would look at the more customizable options like:

Small Victories
https://www.smallvictori.es/
-...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-21-2019
Replies: 161
Views: 8,018
Posted By aizan
Yeah, but you're comparing the discounted budget...

Yeah, but you're comparing the discounted budget version of the previous generation Leica that's almost 4 years old with the latest and greatest, 1 month old, extra high-end Sony. :rolleyes:

If we...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-21-2019
Replies: 161
Views: 8,018
Posted By aizan
Looking up prices in Popular Photography, we find...

Looking up prices in Popular Photography, we find that the difference between Leica and other brands still wasn't that big in the times of the M4-P (1980-1986). In 1982, the price of a Leica M4-P was...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-20-2019
Replies: 161
Views: 8,018
Posted By aizan
This is the sore point of Leica’s reorientation...

This is the sore point of Leica’s reorientation into a Veblen good. The company’s legacy to the history of documentary photography and photojournalism, to photographers and viewers who were...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-19-2019
Replies: 161
Views: 8,018
Posted By aizan
Leicas have always have been expensive, but they...

Leicas have always have been expensive, but they were the same price as comparable equipment.

The original price of a Canon F-1 was 78,000 yen body only, which was about $289.50 in 1972 ($1,776.97...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-17-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 994
Posted By aizan
Wanted one since it was announced, but I sat on...

Wanted one since it was announced, but I sat on the fence too long waiting for a lens comparison with the Mamiya 7. After a while, I just forgot about it, and then the price went up.

I ended up...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-16-2019
Replies: 161
Views: 8,018
Posted By aizan
They’re taking advantage of income inequality,...

They’re taking advantage of income inequality, not their M users. It used to be the case that they didn’t make a 50mm Summicron ASPH because “it would have been too expensive” (Mike Johnston said...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-13-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 890
Posted By aizan
I have no idea what kind of sandblasting is...

I have no idea what kind of sandblasting is involved! Walnut shells? Glass beads? Baking soda? All I know is that it’s probably necessary to remove black enamel from the chassis’ trim edges. It’s...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-13-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 890
Posted By aizan
I wonder why camera repair shops in the US don’t...

I wonder why camera repair shops in the US don’t repaint cameras. At this point, it should be in more demand than ever.

I picked up a Badger Millionair for cheap and a Procon Boy LWA trigger type...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-12-2019
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
You know what would really cool? An M-mount...

You know what would really cool? An M-mount version of the Canon 28mm f/2.8 LTM. It's such a sweet handling lens, and an iconic 28mm. :D
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-12-2019
Replies: 590
Views: 67,964
Posted By aizan
End the thread now! :eek: My best score was an...

End the thread now! :eek:

My best score was an almost new Rolleiflex MX-EVS type 2 for $80. The shutter and film advance needed service, so I took it to Harry Fleenor for an another $300.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-09-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 705
Posted By aizan
Major props for taking the plunge. I want one of...

Major props for taking the plunge. I want one of these someday when I have some money burning through my pocket.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-08-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1,063
Posted By aizan
LCDs can be reverse engineered and copied. You'd...

LCDs can be reverse engineered and copied. You'd probably want to start a business, though. :D
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 08-07-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 823
Posted By aizan
Scale focusing by feel is one of the most...

Scale focusing by feel is one of the most powerful but incomprehensibly under-practiced techniques for rangefinders. But for something like the Rollei 35 (and other scale focus cameras like the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-07-2019
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
That's not the original typeface, but the current...

That's not the original typeface, but the current one looks great so I don't mind. It'll match the newer bodies perfectly. :)
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 08-05-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 823
Posted By aizan
What's your budget? There's a nice DeJur...

What's your budget?

There's a nice DeJur rangefinder on eBay for $35. Jump on...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-04-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 1,801
Posted By aizan
I'm a really wishy-washy guy, and trying to cover...

I'm a really wishy-washy guy, and trying to cover all of the bases is a temptation I have to fight constantly. It's caused me nothing but trouble! My recommendation is to pick either color or B&W,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-30-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 824
Posted By aizan
What would you recommend?

What would you recommend?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-30-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 824
Posted By aizan
Do you have a link? It doesn't show up when I...

Do you have a link? It doesn't show up when I search for "japan hobby tool lens spanner" or "japan hobby tool lens opener".

Just to make sure, I'm looking for...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-29-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 824
Posted By aizan
japan hobby tool lens spanner on shashinki

Has anyone bought a Japan Hobby Tools lens spanner from Shashinki? It looks like this is the only place you can get it online, but I’ve never ordered anything from there. Have you? How did it...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 07-29-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,177
Posted By aizan
Lol, I just made a YouTube vid on the Big Mini. I...

Lol, I just made a YouTube vid on the Big Mini. I think the 301 always has a date back, while the 302 may or may not have one (both of my 302s have a date back). My 300 doesn’t have a date back, but...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-28-2019
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
I love how they're sweating the details like the...

I love how they're sweating the details like the sound of the infinity lock. :D

The typography nerd wants the engraving font to be exactly the same as the original, too. The words can be different,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-28-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 1,333
Posted By aizan
It is time to quit when you don't have good...

It is time to quit when you don't have good reasons to do something.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-25-2019
Replies: 1,349
Views: 69,803
Posted By aizan
I'm so on board with the idea of making replicas...

I'm so on board with the idea of making replicas of classic lenses. You're filling in a gap in Leica's "Classics Range" with the original 35/2. Can the next lens be a 50mm collapsible Summicron?

The...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-25-2019
Replies: 110
Views: 4,244
Posted By aizan
For sure, part of the price increase is people...

For sure, part of the price increase is people fighting over computerized, electronic cameras that are still working. Even bricked parts bodies are price inflated.

I'm still worried that repairmen...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-24-2019
Replies: 110
Views: 4,244
Posted By aizan
i bought a konica big mini bm-300 in like new...

i bought a konica big mini bm-300 in like new condition on the auction site for a "good" price of $160.

i took 7 photos with it, and then it bricked on me. now i'm keeping an eye out for a parts...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-23-2019
Replies: 110
Views: 4,244
Posted By aizan
Social media is great advertising, too. People...

Social media is great advertising, too. People see what other photogs are using, and they think "If I got the same gear, I could take photos like that!"
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-23-2019
Replies: 110
Views: 4,244
Posted By aizan
Is a price bubble really a bubble of it doesn’t...

Is a price bubble really a bubble of it doesn’t burst? I’m not so sure prices for film cameras will come down again. I think it will just level off at this new high.
Forum: DIYS Modifications 07-23-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 506
Posted By aizan
I recommend this $13 set made by Vessel. It...

I recommend this $13 set made by Vessel. It covers the basics and is very good...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-20-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,710
Posted By aizan
Do any of these float your boat? Yashica...

Do any of these float your boat?

Yashica Minister II (https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyesontheworldphotography/28261399697)
https://live.staticflickr.com/1785/28261399697_6c3c78b50a_b.jpg

Minolta...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-19-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,270
Posted By aizan
Cool, I've been meaning to check out your...

Cool, I've been meaning to check out your gallery. I can't go this weekend, but maybe next weekend!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-18-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,270
Posted By aizan
Thanks for the good news! I’m going to have it...

Thanks for the good news! I’m going to have it checked out.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-18-2019
Replies: 79
Views: 4,541
Posted By aizan
Looks cool, clever engineering...but really...

Looks cool, clever engineering...but really expensive to avoid a changing bag and only be able to do one roll per session. ONE ROLL?!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-18-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,270
Posted By aizan
Should I get my 50mm Color-Skopar serviced,...

Should I get my 50mm Color-Skopar serviced, because the aperture ring isn't exactly crisp and precise. It's wiggly in a way that doesn't feel broken, like they're all like that.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-17-2019
Replies: 62
Views: 1,938
Posted By aizan
It basically moves the added cost of bleach...

It basically moves the added cost of bleach bypass from the processing to the film. Might give it a try if I ever need the look.
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 07-17-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1,053
Posted By aizan
Nice to see that they redesigned the grip and...

Nice to see that they redesigned the grip and improved the buttons. I'll have to see if the grip is tall enough to avoid the hanging pinky finger.
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 07-15-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 4,205
Posted By aizan
Congratulations, the answer is "no"! You've got...

Congratulations, the answer is "no"!

You've got the best outfit already. Maybe get the 33mm f/1.0 once it comes out?
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-13-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,339
Posted By aizan
A major issue with sophisticated cameras is that...

A major issue with sophisticated cameras is that they are usually designed for planned obsolescence. A camera gets discontinued and replaced with an "upgrade" after a few years, service from the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-12-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,339
Posted By aizan
Those are zone focus and only have AE. No manual...

Those are zone focus and only have AE. No manual exposure or “continuous” focusing! What’s the repairability of them?
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-12-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,339
Posted By aizan
In episode 142 of the Sunny 16 podcast, Bellamy...

In episode 142 of the Sunny 16 podcast, Bellamy Hunt explains that he can't make a high end P&S (e.g., Contax T3, Ricoh GR, etc.) because the manufacturing infrastructure and know-how has been lost....
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-08-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 579
Posted By aizan
Keep an eye on jauce.com (Yahoo! Japan auctions...

Keep an eye on jauce.com (Yahoo! Japan auctions proxy service) and Carousell (sg.carousell.com). There might be something on Etsy, too. I've gotten several things on Jauce, and they've all been good...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-03-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 595
Posted By aizan
I got a bad batch of Kodak Portra 400 (3452 013)...

I got a bad batch of Kodak Portra 400 (3452 013) that has purple splotches throughout the roll. The lab tech at Icon said it was a known issue with defective backing paper. I'm hoping that there was...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-25-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 254
Posted By aizan
The funny thing about conservators is that they...

The funny thing about conservators is that they think the artworks in their care are so unique and special that standards aren't useful, even though archivists and librarians have already sorted all...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-24-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 1,625
Posted By aizan
it's still silver chrome on aluminum, right? not...

it's still silver chrome on aluminum, right? not silver paint? or is it anodized?
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-22-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,732
Posted By aizan
This is what I’d do. Sell and buy things until...

This is what I’d do. Sell and buy things until you end up with this:

Leica M-A
Your Minoxes
Leica R6 or some other 35mm SLR

Mamiya RZ67

Nikon One Touch
Fuji Instax
Forum: Film vs Digital 06-07-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 2,040
Posted By aizan
they’re both great options these days with their...

they’re both great options these days with their own sets of conveniences and challenges. i would lean toward scanning film since people are (perhaps overly) pessimistic about digital preservation.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-03-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,488
Posted By aizan
It should be a hit with the digital...

It should be a hit with the digital nomads/nomadic New Rich. And the look is perfect for matching your Burning Man...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-31-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 4,309
Posted By aizan
Will this topic ever get old? M3 vs. M2, M4 vs....

Will this topic ever get old? M3 vs. M2, M4 vs. M4-2/M4-P, M6 vs. MP. I’ve been reading this junk for almost 20 years, and I still click on it. Nobody has anything new to add.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-31-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 2,661
Posted By aizan
Leica MP and a Canon 28/2.8 LTM works out to a...

Leica MP and a Canon 28/2.8 LTM works out to a 13:1 ratio, and I was thinking about getting a Voigtlander 125/2.5 APO-Lanthar SL for the Canon EOS 600. That would be around a 75:1 ratio.
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-30-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 2,016
Posted By aizan
Has anyone bought one of the vertical film travel...

Has anyone bought one of the vertical film travel half frame cameras like the Agat 18k, Yashica Rapide, or Taron Chic? How do they handle?
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-30-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 551
Posted By aizan
Goodbye Canikon, hello Canony? Cony? Canonony?

Goodbye Canikon, hello Canony? Cony? Canonony?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-28-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 546
Posted By aizan
so a shutter that is capping, in the original...

so a shutter that is capping, in the original sense of the word, is operating normally? and it only refers to the operation of a shutter as it is being cocked by the advance lever?

but in the more...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-27-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 546
Posted By aizan
AFAIK, capping is synonymous with tapering. Is a...

AFAIK, capping is synonymous with tapering. Is a "self-capping" shutter a term from the 19th century?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-27-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 546
Posted By aizan
the shutter is capping, with the second curtain...

the shutter is capping, with the second curtain abruptly hitting a snag rather than changing speed gradually. it's not a problem specific to spotmatics or related to mirror dampening foam. it's just...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-26-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1,002
Posted By aizan
I would take the Nokton since this is a great...

I would take the Nokton since this is a great opportunity to really get to know a new lens that seems to be promising. But take the Summicron if you don't want to risk any surprises.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-25-2019
Replies: 82
Views: 3,729
Posted By aizan
The perfect camera for the Cameras and Coffee...

The perfect camera for the Cameras and Coffee thread! :D

I think the sepia brown makes this the only camera with gold parts that looks halfway decent. Replace the snakeskin with standard vulkanit...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 05-23-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,334
Posted By aizan
Sweet! Make sure to hold onto those gallery...

Sweet! Make sure to hold onto those gallery photos, especially since they’re digital. They can be pretty important for researching the exhibition history of an artist.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-22-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,268
Posted By aizan
I'm tempted, but I agree that it's a little bit...

I'm tempted, but I agree that it's a little bit too short for comfort. And I'm only 5'8".

Max height is 51 1/4" without extending the center column, 60" fully extended. The center column looks very...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-21-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 3,346
Posted By aizan
By emotional support, I don't mean saying...

By emotional support, I don't mean saying congratulatory things like that. I had a basic idea of its definition, but it looks like doctors define it in different...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-20-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 3,346
Posted By aizan
I only do photography so I wouldn’t know. But...

I only do photography so I wouldn’t know. But librarian Twitter is very emotionally supportive. That’s more like running a business than doing art, and 80% of librarians are women.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-20-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 3,346
Posted By aizan
Yeah, that's true. The article doesn't say...

Yeah, that's true. The article doesn't say anything about photo gear, I'm just thinking about how it might be relevant to this activity. Nobody's really explained why emotional support is absent from...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-20-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 3,346
Posted By aizan
Also, if anyone's weary of homophobia's impact on...

Also, if anyone's weary of homophobia's impact on male relationships in the 20th century (the focus is on America), there's this NYT article you might want to read:

The Power of Touch, Especially...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-20-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 3,346
Posted By aizan
Some people have said that they don't have any...

Some people have said that they don't have any problems talking about creative problems that require emotional support. So why don't we see more threads here on RFF, on APUG (ok, Photrio), on...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-19-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 3,346
Posted By aizan
male photographers talk about gear because they can't talk about emotions

This article from Harper's Bazaar was going around social media last week. I got to thinking about how it related to photography, and it adds a lot to our understanding of why we talk about gear so...
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