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Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 1 Week Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 621
Posted By MaxElmar
I use Patterson now, I used Patterson 15yrs ago,...

I use Patterson now, I used Patterson 15yrs ago, and I used something that looked just like Patterson 30yrs ago. Not necessarily an endorsement. Keeping everything absolutely clean and dry is step...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-10-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 4,451
Posted By MaxElmar
Great news! I take back most of what I've said...

Great news! I take back most of what I've said about Fujifilm.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-05-2019
Replies: 96
Views: 4,737
Posted By MaxElmar
40/1.4 Nokton - on a Bessa or a CL. It simply...

40/1.4 Nokton - on a Bessa or a CL. It simply works for me.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-18-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 849
Posted By MaxElmar
I think Peter was trying to find out your...

I think Peter was trying to find out your location so as to recommend a repair person. This is a reasonable suggestion as it is not a particularly easy job. Be advised, some of the repair information...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-17-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 925
Posted By MaxElmar
Uh. Did someone say something about a "pop-up...

Uh. Did someone say something about a "pop-up spool" for a IIIa... From a Canon or Leotax? Might one fit a IIIc of IIIf with such a device? My fingers are fatter than when I was a kid and I have no...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-01-2018
Replies: 166
Views: 4,883
Posted By MaxElmar
Yup. I think that's the plan. I have all of...

Yup. I think that's the plan. I have all of 3.12gb in there - $50/yr - that's expensive storage. More than Apple! Which is saying something...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-01-2018
Replies: 166
Views: 4,883
Posted By MaxElmar
Huh. I've happily paid the $25 for the pro...

Huh. I've happily paid the $25 for the pro membership in the past, but I only have 1046 photos on there. There doesn't seem to be enough added value that justifies doubling the price of the...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-12-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 2,620
Posted By MaxElmar
I shot one for yearbook and school newspaper all...

I shot one for yearbook and school newspaper all through my early years. Completely ruined me for 35mm - film for film (iso) there's just no comparison.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-08-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 3,912
Posted By MaxElmar
Very interesting and potentially very useful....

Very interesting and potentially very useful. Very helpful to get some info on those "mystery" films that have been stored "wooden casks" or "made by elves in the forbidden forest." Hey man, I just...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 09-30-2018
Replies: 176
Views: 11,091
Posted By MaxElmar
I would think “right on time” as now both Nikon...

I would think “right on time” as now both Nikon and Canon will be making full-frame digital cameras on which these lenses can be used. Not a coincidence. Perhaps Cosina will be making native R and Z...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-06-2018
Replies: 0
Views: 198
Posted By MaxElmar
Anyone Use DR5 In Their New Location?

This was a highly regarded lab with an amazing range of services. I lost track and I see they moved - and still have yet to get some of their lines back up and running. Anyone use them lately?...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 09-06-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,285
Posted By MaxElmar
Return of the mighty GRAFLARGER ! Don't forget...

Return of the mighty GRAFLARGER ! Don't forget your levels and lasers, kids.
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 08-23-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1,097
Posted By MaxElmar
Nikon Rangefinder Lenses on Nikon Mirrorless

So, has anyone used their classic Nikon RF lenses on a Nikon Z ? Perhaps the Head Bartender will source an adapter to use my W-Nikkor 35/1.8 on a Z6? And just save any noise about how "those old...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-23-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 766
Posted By MaxElmar
It's pretty simple, but it confounds me...

It's pretty simple, but it confounds me sometimes. And I have to force myself to trust the counter. Fortunately the Ennagon in my Balda Mess-Baldix delivers the goods so, all is well. Love that...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 08-01-2018
Replies: 123
Views: 20,562
Posted By MaxElmar
One reason (a small one - among many) I miss Tom...

One reason (a small one - among many) I miss Tom A. - he would be posting samples - "I've been shooting this lens for a few weeks and I can finally talk about it..." ect.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-31-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 1,793
Posted By MaxElmar
I can see why you maybe want to go with a higher...

I can see why you maybe want to go with a higher development temp - but the photo is still super cool. :>)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-31-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,057
Posted By MaxElmar
I think it's a factory or service adjustment to...

I think it's a factory or service adjustment to fine tune the aperture actuator. I've seen a few that were definitely carefully modified, not randomly worn.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-31-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 746
Posted By MaxElmar
I think you may need to modify Horseman (or...

I think you may need to modify Horseman (or Mamiya) backs or the Century to get it to fit properly. It's not a big deal. (Google will reveal the process.) I don't bother, I just use the later Graflex...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-31-2018
Replies: 124
Views: 4,691
Posted By MaxElmar
Saying "film is dead" is really sloppy thinking...

Saying "film is dead" is really sloppy thinking and use of hyperbole. False dichotomy. It's a much smaller, different market. (Room for innovation?) There are fewer products. (Not that big of a...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 07-27-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 13,029
Posted By MaxElmar
I dumped all my Fuji stuff when they stopped...

I dumped all my Fuji stuff when they stopped making Acros. (I had planned to as soon as Nikon announced.) For digital, it's Nikon all the way for me. This cements it. No, it's not as pretty as my...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 07-26-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 13,029
Posted By MaxElmar
That mount looks enormous. Like it could take a...

That mount looks enormous. Like it could take a medium-format sensor. I hear just 2FX and 2DX are planned - but Nikon medium format would be amazing.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-17-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 802
Posted By MaxElmar
A bit of a ride for me (60km or so) but close...

A bit of a ride for me (60km or so) but close enough to seriously consider. I should show up and beg them to get an E6 line going.

Thanks for the tip!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-17-2018
Replies: 58
Views: 4,225
Posted By MaxElmar
Now we know how some of those black paint M2s...

Now we know how some of those black paint M2s acquired the 'patina' that makes them so valuable.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-11-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,523
Posted By MaxElmar
Speaking of a 2.8c that could use some attention...

Speaking of a 2.8c that could use some attention - has anyone here tried Bill Moretz at ProCamera in Virginia? I ask because I could actually drive there - saving the shipping costs and getting a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-10-2018
Replies: 275
Views: 10,785
Posted By MaxElmar
Hi, Nick - First I'd like to say I'm a...

Hi, Nick -

First I'd like to say I'm a "first-time caller/long-time listener." I love your show!

I shoot most days with almost exactly the rig you describe to earn my living. Funny thing is, when I...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-09-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2,329
Posted By MaxElmar
I have used the Bessa R, R2, and Bessa T...

I have used the Bessa R, R2, and Bessa T extensively over a dozen years or so. They have been excellent shooters and very reliable. They are among my favorite cameras to shoot with. I don't think...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-07-2018
Replies: 67
Views: 3,744
Posted By MaxElmar
Hey - I did shoot my S2 in March. W-Nikkor 3.5cm...

Hey - I did shoot my S2 in March. W-Nikkor 3.5cm f1.8
Sorry (?) about the color.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xenotar/42264119514/in/dateposted-public/
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-04-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,859
Posted By MaxElmar
I work with 60 & 150. Nice kit. Very portable....

I work with 60 & 150. Nice kit. Very portable. Close focus capability w/ the 60. Subject isolation and/or a bit of reach with the 150. Both lenses are good to excellent performers with a nice...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-02-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 1,877
Posted By MaxElmar
Daniel - I like my Medalist and use it a lot. I...

Daniel -
I like my Medalist and use it a lot. I would be interested. I will check back to see how you made on converting yours. Please consider offering a feed-side only conversion (as did Ken...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-22-2018
Replies: 61
Views: 2,626
Posted By MaxElmar
"None of those are screw mount" - Uh, Canon P is...

"None of those are screw mount" - Uh, Canon P is not Leica Screw Mount? All my Leica lenses seem to fit. Weird.

"I can't see why 'you can't focus an original II RF'.

Because it (the RF itself)...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-22-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,792
Posted By MaxElmar
I saw a guy with a Barnack with a SBOOI very...

I saw a guy with a Barnack with a SBOOI very neatly secured to his IIf with aircraft safety wire. Not messing around. Not convenient, either...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-22-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 972
Posted By MaxElmar
Yeah, the R3 finder and 40mm frame lines did not...

Yeah, the R3 finder and 40mm frame lines did not work for me (with glasses). Couldn't see the meter readout, either (was R3A). R2 works just fine though.

You know there are two adjustments for a CV...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-20-2018
Replies: 61
Views: 2,626
Posted By MaxElmar
Well, "only" except for the Nikon S2, S3, S4, SP,...

Well, "only" except for the Nikon S2, S3, S4, SP, Canon P, Voigt R3 series... and probably a few others I've missed...

Nice try, but 150% is still better. And you can't focus an original II RF....
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-18-2018
Replies: 61
Views: 2,626
Posted By MaxElmar
"The entire viewing experience is likely to be...

"The entire viewing experience is likely to be dim and squinty, compared to your M camera."

Squinty maybe, but dim? Just have the thing cleaned - mine (both RF and VF) are as bright as any camera I...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 06-06-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 1,352
Posted By MaxElmar
I'm sure there will be pushback from folks who...

I'm sure there will be pushback from folks who have devoted their lives and a LOT of $ to dedicated film scanners, but I'm pretty sure this is the way forward for the vast majority of film users....
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-03-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 711
Posted By MaxElmar
It's kind of a battle with glasses and...

It's kind of a battle with glasses and rangefinders. Even removing the eyepiece I couldn't see the 40mm frame lines on my R3A (which I did not keep for other reasons). The R2 works a little better...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-02-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 711
Posted By MaxElmar
The remaining metal(?) part will scratch glasses...

The remaining metal(?) part will scratch glasses - esp. plastic lenses. Otherwise, no drawbacks.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-01-2018
Replies: 80
Views: 7,561
Posted By MaxElmar
I would just give 'em a call and ask about who...

I would just give 'em a call and ask about who manufactured the stuff. You can get some real info then. Pretty sure they didn't make it.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-30-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 1,183
Posted By MaxElmar
Ah! The Zorki Sacrifice! One of my favorite...

Ah! The Zorki Sacrifice! One of my favorite Christopher Plummer movies.

But seriously, I used my Zorki 6 in much the same way until it finally left me in the lurch once too many times. My Bessa T...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-30-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 1,183
Posted By MaxElmar
Oh, I have lots of cool pictures. It definitely...

Oh, I have lots of cool pictures. It definitely happened.
If posting them here wasn't such a pain in the ass, I might....
Taking a few I noticed a tiny bright mark on a corner of the top plate - I...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-30-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 1,183
Posted By MaxElmar
Wow, did you ever get a camera that seems almost...

Wow, did you ever get a camera that seems almost too clean to use? That's this IIf which arrived last night. I have never seen a RF/VF as clean and useable as this one. What's killing me me is no...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-29-2018
Replies: 47
Views: 1,410
Posted By MaxElmar
Probably most of us don't WANT to know how much...

Probably most of us don't WANT to know how much it costs. You seem like a good guy, but were not going to do your homework for you - especially since the first thing you going to say is "but that's...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-25-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 1,183
Posted By MaxElmar
Leica IIf RD (1/1000)

Hello all -

I'm excited waiting for my latest acquisition - a late IIf RD with the 1/1000 speed. Most of my Leicas are 'users' but this one looks very clean. I'm assuming it will need a trip to get...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 05-25-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 2,500
Posted By MaxElmar
So, most are not brass, but they look like brass...

So, most are not brass, but they look like brass when the black paint models uh... "brass." My CV 50/2.5 is satin chrome, so I may not live long enough to see the actual brass underneath. I'm trying...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-30-2018
Replies: 224
Views: 14,783
Posted By MaxElmar
This is a bummer. Especially the 120. I should be...

This is a bummer. Especially the 120. I should be used to it, but it continues to be a drag. I was just looking at a Japanese document (on PetaPixel) that sure looks like an advance death notice....
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 03-14-2018
Replies: 1
Views: 1,037
Posted By MaxElmar
So far, the references on these lenses indicate...

So far, the references on these lenses indicate they may be different glass. Other than the obvious 20/3.5 vs. 21/3.5 difference - the SL version is quoted as 9 elements in six groups and the FE...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-13-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 2,253
Posted By MaxElmar
Hi Mike - I took the liberty and used your photo...

Hi Mike -
I took the liberty and used your photo to make a side by side direct comparison of your camera with mine. (If that's a problem, let me know and I will remove the link.) As far as I know...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-12-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 2,253
Posted By MaxElmar
I've been looking for these photos for a while!...

I've been looking for these photos for a while! Before anyone goes crazy with a Dremel - I'll have to check my original Medalist at home to be sure - but look at the silver tension roller on the feed...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 03-12-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 4,951
Posted By MaxElmar
How does an APS-C camera get that much bigger and...

How does an APS-C camera get that much bigger and that much heavier (it's very close in size/weight to a comparable DSLR) without adding a bigger battery? Same old NP-W126s! Sony got this right in...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 03-10-2018
Replies: 1
Views: 1,037
Posted By MaxElmar
New FE Mount 21/3.5

Is this a new formula? Or simply the SLR lens in a new mount? I really love what Mr. Ks crew is doing for Sony FE these days.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-25-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 2,353
Posted By MaxElmar
This kind of thread makes me miss Tom A. And...

This kind of thread makes me miss Tom A. And Verichrome.
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 02-25-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,125
Posted By MaxElmar
Maybe you could find some of these cheaper, but I...

Maybe you could find some of these cheaper, but I don’t see show you could go wrong with the Voigtlander 58/1.4 ... of course, you don’t get the thrill of waiting to see if you bought radioactive...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-24-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,910
Posted By MaxElmar
Dante - I’ve been a fan of your old site for many...

Dante - I’ve been a fan of your old site for many years. I will miss seeing “Get Back to Work” on the browser tab! I hope you will consider moving (nearly) all the content over to themachineplanet....
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-19-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,698
Posted By MaxElmar
Looks like a great camera, but I find it...

Looks like a great camera, but I find it frustrating that, even though they made the body much bigger and heavier, they failed to put in a higher-capacity battery. It weighs almost exactly what D7200...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 02-16-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 3,058
Posted By MaxElmar
B&H has preorder for $299 - the cheapest Fuji...

B&H has preorder for $299 - the cheapest Fuji lens, if that price holds. If it's as good as the other XC lenses, the wide setting alone makes it a no-brainer. Yes, I know it won't be in the same...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-17-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 2,041
Posted By MaxElmar
So true sir! Nikon wants to engineer their...

So true sir! Nikon wants to engineer their customers.

Me too. Gone to Fuji. But I still have enough Nikon glass that I would go back for the right mirrorless system.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-10-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 1,633
Posted By MaxElmar
Kind of silly. But you know what might be a great...

Kind of silly. But you know what might be a great use blockchain technology? Copyright ID for photos. Anyone working on that?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-07-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 5,348
Posted By MaxElmar
That's amazing! I wonder if the lever from the...

That's amazing! I wonder if the lever from the "R" will fit?... Or FM10?
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-02-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 2,633
Posted By MaxElmar
Outstanding work - and beautifully documented!...

Outstanding work - and beautifully documented! Congratulations.
Forum: Fuji X Series 11-29-2017
Replies: 60
Views: 4,766
Posted By MaxElmar
Thanks, Willie! That is very, very helpful. I...

Thanks, Willie! That is very, very helpful. I always appreciate it when someone helps me learn something. (In this case, how to dig in to the data on one of my favorite websites. I have some reading...
Forum: Fuji X Series 11-11-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 2,605
Posted By MaxElmar
I agree that Pixelmator is another good choice in...

I agree that Pixelmator is another good choice in the Apple ecosystem. If you want a great X-Trans converter get X-Transformer or Developer from Iridient. (Free demos available for Iridient). I liked...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-27-2017
Replies: 60
Views: 4,766
Posted By MaxElmar
Willy - is the data on photonstophotos.net not...

Willy - is the data on photonstophotos.net not uh.. representative or something? Because directly comparing XTrans II to Trans III is not impressive at all. (Basically identical.) I plan to upgrade...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-25-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 1,254
Posted By MaxElmar
It's a super fun idea if you want to shoot 135 in...

It's a super fun idea if you want to shoot 135 in a 620. A "Browniekin" as it were. I might back it. Especially if it fit other 620 cameras!
But if you want to shoot 620, it is really easy to roll...
Forum: Photo Software 10-25-2017
Replies: 105
Views: 8,547
Posted By MaxElmar
Unexpected good news!

Unexpected good news!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-24-2017
Replies: 51
Views: 2,645
Posted By MaxElmar
Ektar 100 for landscapes, Portra 160 for people...

Ektar 100 for landscapes, Portra 160 for people works for me. The Portra 160 seems especially easy to work with. Medium contrast and saturation - it's very easy to add those in post. (Much harder to...
Forum: Photo Software 10-23-2017
Replies: 84
Views: 5,834
Posted By MaxElmar
I like Photo Mechanic for ingest, metadata,...

I like Photo Mechanic for ingest, metadata, rating, viewing folders, and sending raw files to my favorite raw developers. Iridient for Fuji-X, Raw Power for Nikon, and Affinity for film scans. PM...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-23-2017
Replies: 86
Views: 6,096
Posted By MaxElmar
And 8x10 :>( That's a real loss, given the...

And 8x10 :>(

That's a real loss, given the reciprocity characteristics of Acros.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-23-2017
Replies: 86
Views: 6,096
Posted By MaxElmar
A quick price check at B&H shows that for...

A quick price check at B&H shows that for equivalent/similar films, Kodak is usually cheaper. 8% wouldn't make up the difference. Example Ilford Delta 100 $7.47 Kodak T-Max 100 5.09 both in 135/36....
Forum: Photo Software 10-22-2017
Replies: 84
Views: 5,834
Posted By MaxElmar
Oh, sure Adobe will support "Classic" for a bit,...

Oh, sure Adobe will support "Classic" for a bit, but they're already giving it the "memory hole" treatment:

"You can see this already on Adobe's site. Go ahead, try to find details on Lightroom...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 10-22-2017
Replies: 73
Views: 14,246
Posted By MaxElmar
Just found and purchased a nearly mint R2 - I am...

Just found and purchased a nearly mint R2 - I am really pleased. I had an R for a while and I sold it - and I found I missed it. I also have a T which is a wonderful camera, but not as pretty or as...
Forum: Photo Software 10-20-2017
Replies: 84
Views: 5,834
Posted By MaxElmar
It is true now, maybe you could save a few...

It is true now, maybe you could save a few dollars with the "insy-outsy" - but it won't be very long before Adobe decides any interruption in its cash flow is unacceptable. Cable companies figured...
Forum: Photo Software 10-20-2017
Replies: 84
Views: 5,834
Posted By MaxElmar
Agree with most of this except "Obviously, many...

Agree with most of this except "Obviously, many customers prefer the subscription-license model." It's equally possible - perhaps more likely - that a smaller body of customers is paying...
Forum: Photo Software 10-18-2017
Replies: 84
Views: 5,834
Posted By MaxElmar
Lightroom Stand Alone Dies

Adobe Max news: We are very close to "game over" for traditional Lightroom. "There will be no Lightroom 7" - not without a subscription, anyway....

Thom has the scoop....
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 10-13-2017
Replies: 26
Views: 2,917
Posted By MaxElmar
HEY! Now there's room to put a...

HEY! Now there's room to put a rangefinder/viewfinder on top! Now THAT really would be impressive. I saw a Canon 7 RF assembly on the bay the other day...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-12-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,470
Posted By MaxElmar
In 1995 Arthur Danto declared all art ended in...

In 1995 Arthur Danto declared all art ended in the 1960s... yeah, I thought it was stupid too. But I read it and I realized that he was just saying art criticism needed to change. (Yeah, sure dummy...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-12-2017
Replies: 56
Views: 5,778
Posted By MaxElmar
They're all pretty much the same animal, if you...

They're all pretty much the same animal, if you ask me (except for the very oldest and very latest examples). I wear glasses and use external finders. As for "impossible to actually use" well, it's a...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 10-05-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,720
Posted By MaxElmar
I would like an attachment to reduce the view so...

I would like an attachment to reduce the view so I could see the 35mm frame lines with my glasses on!
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-05-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 4,088
Posted By MaxElmar
Thanks!

Hey Mooge -

Well done, man. Very helpful.

Thank you!
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 09-12-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 5,283
Posted By MaxElmar
Unfortunately, the already large RAF files get...

Unfortunately, the already large RAF files get even larger as DNG! I guess if you are dedicated to using LR and X-Trans it's ok. Still evaluating. They do look good. X-Trans 2 (16mp) RAF files go...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-12-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1,182
Posted By MaxElmar
It's called (in Nikon speak) a Type B (or D)...

It's called (in Nikon speak) a Type B (or D) screen, Dante. It's the solution that was offered at the time (for interchangeable screen cameras) and there is no better solution now (well, live view in...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 08-18-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,742
Posted By MaxElmar
Very impressive work! Would you consider making...

Very impressive work! Would you consider making it available on Shapeways, perhaps?
Forum: Nikon RF 08-17-2017
Replies: 118
Views: 12,532
Posted By MaxElmar
I think I said "folded paper" but I really used a...

I think I said "folded paper" but I really used a thin (~5mm) strip of clean, smooth, high quality card stock (business card) wetted with 1 small drop of cleaning fluid. Whatever you use, make sure...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 08-11-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 2,107
Posted By MaxElmar
Roger - Do you mean "junk" in the sense that its...

Roger -

Do you mean "junk" in the sense that its monetary value has substantially evaporated? Or that it has deteriorated physically so its practical value has been eroded?

Sorry. Saw the link....
Forum: Nikon RF 08-10-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 777
Posted By MaxElmar
I have an S/S2 repair manual in my briefcase. Has...

I have an S/S2 repair manual in my briefcase. Has some exploded views (mostly S2). Post a picture of the part.
Forum: Nikon RF 08-06-2017
Replies: 118
Views: 12,532
Posted By MaxElmar
RE: Nikon S2 RF - Cleaning Success! jonmanjiro...

RE: Nikon S2 RF - Cleaning Success!

jonmanjiro -

I just wanted to thank you for posting about the necessity of cleaning BEHIND the small prism on the S2. It made a huge difference on my camera! It...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 08-03-2017
Replies: 44
Views: 4,858
Posted By MaxElmar
I love everything about it except the heartaches....

I love everything about it except the heartaches. The person who said "Everything Should Be Made as Simple as Possible, But Not Simpler" had this camera in mind. Leaving out the rangefinder was a...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-11-2017
Replies: 75
Views: 8,455
Posted By MaxElmar
If I was into 28mm lenses, this would be the one....

If I was into 28mm lenses, this would be the one. There's a real sparkle to the images. But I find anything wider than 35mm does weird things to humans near the edge of the frame (and I often forget...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-11-2017
Replies: 411
Views: 16,745
Posted By MaxElmar
I, too, am not sure film looks better. But I am...

I, too, am not sure film looks better. But I am pretty sure it looks different. And that's enough to keep me in that game.

And, yes, the darn buttons and batteries are distractions. Mirrorless has...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-14-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1,643
Posted By MaxElmar
What Gives ACROS Its Distinctive Look?

Other than the sharpness - a quality shared by several modern emulsions - one thing for me is way it seems to roll off to black quickly. (Not unlike its Fuji Velvia 50 cousin). But it also seems like...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 06-04-2017
Replies: 53
Views: 4,407
Posted By MaxElmar
Yeah, about that Acros simulation... It doesn't...

Yeah, about that Acros simulation... It doesn't look like Acros to me. Why mess around with a simulation anyway? If I want a film look I use film. Fake film is fake.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-02-2017
Replies: 221
Views: 24,082
Posted By MaxElmar
People get all whacky nostalgic for their...

People get all whacky nostalgic for their favorite cameras, but the F (F2 and F3, for me) are extremely well made, and beautifully functional. Maybe the best SLR finders - for manual focus - ever...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-28-2017
Replies: 30
Views: 5,704
Posted By MaxElmar
I did actually own both systems for a while - I...

I did actually own both systems for a while - I found the lenses to be quite good on both (with everything adjusted properly). But I have to give the edge to the KO. Simply amazing quality - but you...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 10-11-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 5,278
Posted By MaxElmar
Well, if the DL cameras could be actually...

Well, if the DL cameras could be actually released - that might be very positive step to cover the bottom end of the market. Then, in the bottom middle, mirrorless DX (replaces D3XXX), in the upper...
Forum: Photo Software 10-04-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 2,229
Posted By MaxElmar
Yes, Flickr and Tumblr will be part of the sale,...

Yes, Flickr and Tumblr will be part of the sale, but there's no guarantee either will remain part of Verizon AFTER the sale. Watch wording.
Forum: Fuji X Series 09-22-2016
Replies: 38
Views: 4,334
Posted By MaxElmar
I did not think it would be the case, but for me,...

I did not think it would be the case, but for me, the X-E2 was a nice upgrade from the X-E1 - everything is just faster and more responsive. A big one for me is the refresh rate on the EVF in low...
Forum: Fuji X Series 05-28-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 1,410
Posted By MaxElmar
None of the 35 Summilux's are on the supported...

None of the 35 Summilux's are on the supported Fuji list:

Leica M Elmarit M21 mm F2.8 ASPH
Leica M Elmarit-M 24 mm F2.8 ASPH
Leica M Elmarit M28 mm F2.8
Leica M Elmarit-M 28 mm F2.8 ASPH
Leica M...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-29-2015
Replies: 49
Views: 9,090
Posted By MaxElmar
Only on RFF does a thread about the Bessa T get...

Only on RFF does a thread about the Bessa T get revived after a decade! I love my chrome T, esp. with the 40/1.4 + BL finder. Add the CV 21 and it's an amazing, light-wieght kit.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 11-12-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 14,031
Posted By MaxElmar
Java (not Java Script) is required for older...

Java (not Java Script) is required for older versions of Adobe CS, is it not? But not for Adobe CC, as far as I can tell. Flash can be manually controlled by the "Click to Flash" plugin in Safari if...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 10-28-2015
Replies: 74
Views: 6,624
Posted By MaxElmar
Willie - thank you for posting examples - very...

Willie - thank you for posting examples - very helpful. Seeing the flares, I can see where they might really bother some. But for others they may be a "feature" not a "bug." I'm leaning towards the...
Forum: Leica SL 10-25-2015
Replies: 273
Views: 19,578
Posted By MaxElmar
Willie - Thom and others are reporting that the...

Willie - Thom and others are reporting that the focussing is contrast-detect only no PDAF. Is he incorrect?

Because no PDAF is kind of a big omission for a mirrorless AF camera in 2015.... But it...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 10-23-2015
Replies: 89
Views: 10,707
Posted By MaxElmar
I never understood these folks who use the word...

I never understood these folks who use the word "or" between great prime lenses. How about "the 27 and the 35/1.4 and the 35/2." See what I did there? Problem solved.

But seriously folks, the new...
Forum: Photo Software 10-15-2015
Replies: 44
Views: 3,576
Posted By MaxElmar
And you expected to find some other sort of...

And you expected to find some other sort of problem in the "Photo Software" sub-forum of rangefinderforum.com ?
Forum: Photo Software 10-15-2015
Replies: 44
Views: 3,576
Posted By MaxElmar
If you already bought it from the App Store you...

If you already bought it from the App Store you can still download anytime it from "Purchased." And if it works "perfectly" I don't see the problem. Unlike some, Aperture is still getting Camera RAW...
Forum: Photo Software 10-15-2015
Replies: 44
Views: 3,576
Posted By MaxElmar
LR Import Process Screwed

Thanks Adobe, for screwing up my workflow with your crappy changes to the LR import process.

Yes, let's DIM the files to be imported, even though it works the opposite way everywhere else in the...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 10-07-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,970
Posted By MaxElmar
Wax ON or Wax OFF

Looking at a new Domke F-803 -

Should I go "wax" or "no wax" canvas? Advantages? Disadvantages? Can one simply apply wax to other colors? (I notice they sell the wax by the tin.)

Thanks in...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 09-14-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 3,816
Posted By MaxElmar
I messed around with a lot of folders in my time,...

I messed around with a lot of folders in my time, but eventually I got a Kodak Medalist II. I re-spool 120 to fit in it. The 105mm, 5 element coated Ektar in a rigid frame with a wide base magnified...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 09-10-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 2,044
Posted By MaxElmar
The Rokinon 12 is a purely manual affair - every...

The Rokinon 12 is a purely manual affair - every aspect - no electronic anything. But at least you can setup the camera to record the focal length in the exif.

I don't think the 14 and the 12 are...
Forum: Fuji X Series 09-05-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 2,120
Posted By MaxElmar
That's a great summary, Willie - do you know how...

That's a great summary, Willie - do you know how the histogram is derived? (Must be similar.) It's very nice to have a live histogram - that's how I usually gauge exposure. I would be happier if I...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 09-02-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 2,205
Posted By MaxElmar
When the photos get on your phone (or iPad mini)...

When the photos get on your phone (or iPad mini) and into your iCloud photo stream, they're already on your Mac, yes? Perhaps RAF files have to be transferred "the old-fashioned way."
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 08-21-2015
Replies: 65
Views: 7,083
Posted By MaxElmar
This lens is amazingly sharp and super even...

This lens is amazingly sharp and super even across the frame @f5.6 - love it. But I would adore an f1.8 version.
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 08-21-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 2,603
Posted By MaxElmar
The Roninon 12/2 is a way better deal. Designed...

The Roninon 12/2 is a way better deal. Designed for APS-C mirrorless, it's smaller, lighter, faster, sharper, less distortion, takes filters. I've seen used ones for the same price or less. Brand new...
Forum: Photo Software 07-31-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 7,246
Posted By MaxElmar
This is great news - thanks for sharing and...

This is great news - thanks for sharing and congratulations on your release. I will D/L and check it out.
Forum: Photo Software 07-31-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,824
Posted By MaxElmar
Sorry, no work arounds for me. I would simply...

Sorry, no work arounds for me. I would simply rather give my money to someone else. (At home, anyway. At work my employers foot the bill. All Adobe, all the way, the right way. Up-to-date and fully...
Forum: Photo Software 07-31-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,824
Posted By MaxElmar
Adobe CS6 End of the Line

"Thus, CS6 owners now have their last update of camera and lens support from Adobe."

Not like it was unexpected, but CS6 is basically done.

From Thom:...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 05-13-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 4,374
Posted By MaxElmar
Thanks anyway - great article. Yes, the Sonnar,...

Thanks anyway - great article.

Yes, the Sonnar, of course. But I have the Tessar in hand. It is also a great lens. :>)
Forum: DIYS Modifications 05-13-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 4,374
Posted By MaxElmar
A fine project - I really enjoyed reading this....

A fine project - I really enjoyed reading this. (I've always wanted to adapt a Rollei 35 tessar.) The descriptions were great - but how about an image or two of the process?
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 05-11-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 5,972
Posted By MaxElmar
Well, Frank - it will certainly flare with the...

Well, Frank - it will certainly flare with the sun right on the edge of the frame. Seems to do fine with regular backlighting. Pretty similar to the Zeiss 12 as far as I can tell.
Forum: Fuji X Series 04-30-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 2,814
Posted By MaxElmar
For "rangefinder-style" shooting (and good value)...

For "rangefinder-style" shooting (and good value) you can't go wrong with the original 3 XF lenses - 18, 35, and 60. The 18-55 zoom is great when you need OIS. The 27mm is outstanding for "going...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 04-23-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 6,056
Posted By MaxElmar
Stewart, I think you are out of luck using the...

Stewart,

I think you are out of luck using the USB port for the scanner. Our semi-benevolent overlords at Apple have decided that port is for storage or printing only....
Forum: Photo Software 04-22-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 2,767
Posted By MaxElmar
in Mac land, Pixelmator ($30) can do the...

in Mac land, Pixelmator ($30) can do the conversion.

More to the point - they didn't show you a proof before printing anything? They didn't tell you they needed CMYK before printing? A bit odd....
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-18-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 2,582
Posted By MaxElmar
Dust or dirt inside the scanner on the light bar...

Dust or dirt inside the scanner on the light bar and/or line sensor?

Scanning is so painful. Essentially, you have to make the photo twice.
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-16-2015
Replies: 60
Views: 78,693
Posted By MaxElmar
Nice comparison. Very impressed by the Canon...

Nice comparison. Very impressed by the Canon 35/1.5 but... I would have loved to have seen the W-Nikkor 3.5cm/f1.8 in with this group. You know, just out of curiosity. :>)
Forum: Photo Software 04-13-2015
Replies: 84
Views: 9,074
Posted By MaxElmar
Normally, I would have to award Ranchu the...

Normally, I would have to award Ranchu the "Dramatist of the Month" award for comparing an LR subscription to Russian hacker encryption ransomware. But let's just call it hyperbole for a rhetorical...
Forum: Photo Software 04-13-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 2,583
Posted By MaxElmar
Yeah, it's basically a different animal than...

Yeah, it's basically a different animal than Aperture and even iPhoto. It's a great way to manage a cloud-based library in an Apple environment where you want to see all your photos across many...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 04-11-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 5,972
Posted By MaxElmar
Nothing out of the ordinary. Remember these...

Nothing out of the ordinary. Remember these examples don't have any vignetting correction applied in the camera since there's no electronic contacts to tell the firmware to apply it. Some...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-10-2015
Replies: 121
Views: 13,748
Posted By MaxElmar
Well, that means I have to get an F6! So be it....

Well, that means I have to get an F6! So be it. Would someone inform Mrs. Elmar?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-09-2015
Replies: 121
Views: 13,748
Posted By MaxElmar
Another vote for the N/F80 - so gentle and quiet....

Another vote for the N/F80 - so gentle and quiet. Any "pro" Nikon is much louder. I've shot various Pentaxes (SP, K1000, MX, ME, ZX5) and Konica (TC, FS-1). ZX-5 was pretty good too. Higher the sync...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-09-2015
Replies: 436
Views: 83,626
Posted By MaxElmar
Nikon S2 + W-Nikkor 3.5cm/F1.8 +...

Nikon S2 + W-Nikkor 3.5cm/F1.8 + TMY
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7650/16796661258_dfef3858c4_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/rAghcU)Winter2015-27140008 (https://flic.kr/p/rAghcU) by Max_Xenotar...
Forum: Photo Software 04-07-2015
Replies: 84
Views: 9,074
Posted By MaxElmar
Mac folks have a very capable Photoshop...

Mac folks have a very capable Photoshop alternative in Pixelmator. In it's latest incarnation it has CMYK proofing and 16-bit color support. It's $30 - it goes on sale for $20. It has nice...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-03-2015
Replies: 57
Views: 6,126
Posted By MaxElmar
Well problem number 1 with full-frame compacts...

Well problem number 1 with full-frame compacts (excepting Leica) is that the cameras are compact but the lenses are not. Problem number 2 is that no one (excepting Leica) makes a full,...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-31-2015
Replies: 177
Views: 17,949
Posted By MaxElmar
Really like this one. Up close and F2. Nikon S2 +...

Really like this one. Up close and F2.
Nikon S2 + Nikkor-S-C 5cm/F1.4
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8690/16983037652_292ab648a4_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/rSJvq1)
Winter2015-27140016...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-30-2015
Replies: 2,013
Views: 610,490
Posted By MaxElmar
One day, after school, a long time...

One day, after school, a long time ago.
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1337/552159781_2a5067fb13.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/QMXSe)Thinking of Someone (https://flic.kr/p/QMXSe) by Max_Xenotar...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-27-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 4,893
Posted By MaxElmar
Some folks don't like the older Summaron design -...

Some folks don't like the older Summaron design - let's call it the one with the lever. Later one with the tab is pretty wonderful (to me, anyway). I believe the later design also takes regular...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-26-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 4,893
Posted By MaxElmar
Erik - Thanks - I always wondered about the...

Erik - Thanks - I always wondered about the 35/3.5 Summaron - in LTM it's pretty much the only affordable Leica choice. I already have the CV 35/2.5 - it's quite modern and wonderful - but you can't...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 03-22-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 2,387
Posted By MaxElmar
Man, some of those old Hexanons were amazing. My...

Man, some of those old Hexanons were amazing. My first SLR was a TC with 50/1.7 Hex which I shot for 15 years or so. A very good lens - but not like this!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-21-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,577
Posted By MaxElmar
If you already have a great collection of M42...

If you already have a great collection of M42 lenses, by all means get the Canon. They will work very well and you have the option of going with Zeiss, Leica R, or other modern lenses. Canon EOS is...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-20-2015
Replies: 177
Views: 17,949
Posted By MaxElmar
Nikon S2 + Nikkor-S-C...

Nikon S2 + Nikkor-S-C 50/1.4
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8576/16659694788_6693173cf1.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/roahR3)NKS2_038m (https://flic.kr/p/roahR3) by Max_Xenotar...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-19-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 1,316
Posted By MaxElmar
Rob's diagram is cool, but another easy way to do...

Rob's diagram is cool, but another easy way to do it is cut out a rectangle (or make a wire frame) the same size as the film frame and hold it 17mm from your eye. Or any distance equal to the focal...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-18-2015
Replies: 57
Views: 10,534
Posted By MaxElmar
Reading this thread - had to break out the Canon...

Reading this thread - had to break out the Canon P and load it up. Mine has just a hint of a wrinkle in the curtain. Still works great. Easy to load. RF is great - almost as good as my Bessa T and...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-17-2015
Replies: 177
Views: 17,949
Posted By MaxElmar
S2 +...

S2 + 50/1.4
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7632/16639964587_248c3e2b97.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/rmqaKa)NKS2_046m (https://flic.kr/p/rmqaKa) by Max_Xenotar (https://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/),...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-17-2015
Replies: 177
Views: 17,949
Posted By MaxElmar
S2 +...

S2 + 50/1.4
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7591/16847276215_82475547c2.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/rEJGgz)NKS2_048m (https://flic.kr/p/rEJGgz) by Max_Xenotar (https://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/),...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-16-2015
Replies: 57
Views: 10,534
Posted By MaxElmar
I like my Canon P - but it's still LTM, and all...

I like my Canon P - but it's still LTM, and all that implies, lens wise. It's like the difference between a nice Toyota and a basic Mercedes - they both are well made and very useable for the...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 03-09-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 5,972
Posted By MaxElmar
One more. I like this vertical composition...

One more. I like this vertical composition better. Maybe.
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8660/16550624559_61b0b61f7c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/rdwh4R)Interior122-7491 (https://flic.kr/p/rdwh4R) by...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 03-06-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 5,972
Posted By MaxElmar
Ok - Lets try a couple of these from today....

Ok - Lets try a couple of these from today. Nothing special, just a couple of quickies.
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8609/16114434004_737bfdba7a.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qxYFP3)Rokinon122-7471...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 03-04-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 5,972
Posted By MaxElmar
Samyang/Rokinon 12mm/f2 X Mount

I'll get around to posting some stuff in a few days, but does anyone have some samples to share here? If we get some nice examples perhaps a "sticky thread" would be in order. Lots of good examples...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-24-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,209
Posted By MaxElmar
I don't have reference materials here with me,...

I don't have reference materials here with me, but I know the 35/2 was made in LTM (SAWOO?) - the 50 as well (both 'cron and 'Lux). Very rare and expensive items compared to the (not inexpensive) M...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-24-2015
Replies: 145
Views: 44,353
Posted By MaxElmar
Liked my GA645 - great, sharp(!) results, would...

Liked my GA645 - great, sharp(!) results, would have loved it, but I never really made friends with the auto-focus - esp. for people pictures. It's not something you'd see in a web size image, but...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-23-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 5,534
Posted By MaxElmar
Started out as a kid shooting a Koni Omega 6x7,...

Started out as a kid shooting a Koni Omega 6x7, developing and printing for school newspaper and yearbook. And that basically ruined me for 35mm forever. Not that I haven't kept trying for the last...
Forum: Fuji X Series 02-20-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 957
Posted By MaxElmar
Fuji X can do video? (Just kidding. Sort...

Fuji X can do video? (Just kidding. Sort of.)

X-E1 with latest firmware still can't touch even my old D7000. Or even my Nikon 1 V1. I hear things are better with newer cameras, but not much.
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 02-19-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 3,730
Posted By MaxElmar
If that works for you, Garrett, more power to...

If that works for you, Garrett, more power to you. Some of us just like things to work properly. But then again, if the people who made the adapter can't get the registration distance right - are the...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 02-18-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 3,730
Posted By MaxElmar
The main problem with the cheap adapters is that...

The main problem with the cheap adapters is that the infinity focus is wrong. In other words, infinity focus happens before the hard stop on the lens. What's way worse than that, in my opinion, is...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 02-14-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 3,540
Posted By MaxElmar
Do Leather Bags Promote Fungus?

I've always wanted a nice, all-leather, messenger style camera bag. And there are a few out there - and a variety of vintage and knock-off bags available on that auction site. ONA Bowry is nice.

A...
Forum: Photo Software 02-13-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 4,665
Posted By MaxElmar
In my workplace, I used just Photoshop, then the...

In my workplace, I used just Photoshop, then the Bridge>Photoshop workflow exclusively from 2000 to 2012. At home I switched to a Mac environment and started using Aperture in 2009. I liked Aperture...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-11-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 1,076
Posted By MaxElmar
Could the 35mm been coated after the war? My...

Could the 35mm been coated after the war? My Summar got coated that way. Or are there other details that indicate the later vintage?
Forum: Photo Software 02-11-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 2,714
Posted By MaxElmar
Dear Affinity Photo developers: It's super cool...

Dear Affinity Photo developers:

It's super cool you made this great Photoshop alternative with CMYK and 16bit editing and all. It looks like a fantastic tool for serious pros or people who can't...
Forum: Photo Software 02-11-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 4,665
Posted By MaxElmar
RIP Aperture

Right on cue: http://www.macrumors.com/2015/02/11/apple-aperture-removed-from-app-store/

Remember, the RAW interpretation engine is built into the OS. Aperture will continue to work (even with new...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-10-2015
Replies: 43
Views: 7,462
Posted By MaxElmar
Thanks, Mike. It seems for 6x9 you almost have to...

Thanks, Mike. It seems for 6x9 you almost have to jump to a 4x5 enlarger (except for our old friend the Beseler 23).
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-10-2015
Replies: 43
Views: 7,462
Posted By MaxElmar
The Dunco is beautiful, and there is one right...

The Dunco is beautiful, and there is one right near me - but 6x9 is essential for me and I don't think a holder is available.

The Omega B22 - another beauty - but I'll be looking at a D2 - again,...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-10-2015
Replies: 43
Views: 7,462
Posted By MaxElmar
Your Favorite Enlarger & Why

Wow, it's a buyer's market out there! If you were looking to buy a complete enlarger set up on the current market - what are you looking for?

Me - I don't know much of anything about printing color...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 02-06-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,916
Posted By MaxElmar
I think what's going on with the X-P2 is that...

I think what's going on with the X-P2 is that Fuji was surprised by selling many more copies of the X-T1 than expected. Many of us old timers cherish optical finders on rangefinder-style cameras, but...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 02-06-2015
Replies: 88
Views: 9,573
Posted By MaxElmar
Great! I'm somewhat astonished that this hasn't...

Great! I'm somewhat astonished that this hasn't happened before, given the historical connection between rangefinders and Street. And a very fine introduction from the photos shown here (digital or...
Forum: Photo Software 02-06-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 2,231
Posted By MaxElmar
Currently, I'm using Aperture simply as a bridge...

Currently, I'm using Aperture simply as a bridge to get carefully edited versions and sets of my best photos from my real cameras into iCloud, out to my family, and on my iPhone and iPad. It seems...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-05-2015
Replies: 38
Views: 3,976
Posted By MaxElmar
Yes! Chimney finder should be another option to...

Yes! Chimney finder should be another option to vote for. For me (on the Hasselblad) WLF is most used, then chimney, and rarely the 45deg prism.
Forum: Photo Software 02-05-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 2,231
Posted By MaxElmar
Photos for OSX Revealed

Nice introduction at Re/Code. Did not see it in this article, but the software is supposed to be extensible with plug-ins. This could make up for the current lack of some features found in Aperture....
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 09-19-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,315
Posted By MaxElmar
Adobe is so giving me the creeps of late. Had LR...

Adobe is so giving me the creeps of late. Had LR installed on my machine at work. Added Photoshop CC and InDesign CC and now it won't let me update my old version of LR. Wants me to install LR CC to...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 09-07-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,278
Posted By MaxElmar
The good news is LR just keeps getting better and...

The good news is LR just keeps getting better and better with RAF files. We're to the point where they are different to work with, but not really inferior. Massive kudos to Adobe (and Fuji, I...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 08-26-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 1,141
Posted By MaxElmar
Willie_901 : do you use the Fuji 14/2.8 as well?...

Willie_901 : do you use the Fuji 14/2.8 as well? If so, would you say it's comparable to the zoom at that focal length?
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 08-25-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 1,141
Posted By MaxElmar
Lenstip Review 10-24mm F4

Interesting Review from Lenstip of the 10-24. Wow - they really hit it out of the park at 10mm. Not so much at 24mm.... But who buys a wide zoom for the long...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 08-23-2014
Replies: 59
Views: 7,170
Posted By MaxElmar
"Full size sensor" to me, would be 8" x 10"...

"Full size sensor" to me, would be 8" x 10" ...But seriously, it will be an "X" camera, but it will not take XF/XC lenses. My bet is fixed-lens, 24x36 or larger sensor. Like a digital GS645. More...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 08-18-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 3,472
Posted By MaxElmar
August 18, 2014 B&H has the X-E1 + 18-55 Kit for...

August 18, 2014

B&H has the X-E1 + 18-55 Kit for $699 - sorry, I should have said "almost free" - the 18-55 retails for $599 by itself. Right now B&H has the 18-55 on sale for $499 - which is a...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 08-16-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 3,472
Posted By MaxElmar
Yeah - I'm really not sure what the X-E2 gets you...

Yeah - I'm really not sure what the X-E2 gets you with MF lenses. Someone said they don't get focus peaking with mag - uh, I do on my X-E1. Ok - the faux split image RF sounds nice, maybe a little...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 08-05-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 4,030
Posted By MaxElmar
Yeah, I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for a...

Yeah, I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for a new one at $199 (from a legit dealer).
Only you know whether you "need" it or not, but I will venture to say that whatever you pay for it, the...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 07-29-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 5,899
Posted By MaxElmar
Yep. Starting with a cheap X>LTM adapter, I...

Yep. Starting with a cheap X>LTM adapter, I simply use brass shims (washers, really) to make infinity equal infinity on the scale of the LTM Nokton. The adapter was about .015" off as I recall....
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 07-29-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 5,899
Posted By MaxElmar
Samyang just announced a 50mm 1.5 for X mount....

Samyang just announced a 50mm 1.5 for X mount. There's an opening. Not everyone is ready to drop $1k on a 56/1.2.... If it's as good as the 12/2 they will sell a few. I have a CV Nokton 50/1.5 on a...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 07-28-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 5,899
Posted By MaxElmar
Hard to read the Japanese tea leaves on this -...

Hard to read the Japanese tea leaves on this - it's Sigma, Tokina, Cosina, and Tamron who won't play. I suspect some sort of "arrangement" among the Japanese mfgs. Notice Samyang, Zeiss, and SLR...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 07-28-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 5,899
Posted By MaxElmar
The Sigma DN series would be nice additions. And...

The Sigma DN series would be nice additions. And the Sigma 18-35/1.8 ...
Forum: Fuji X Series 07-28-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 2,450
Posted By MaxElmar
This is the eternal question with APS-C. It's...

This is the eternal question with APS-C. It's going to be pretty difficult to find anything that performs better than the native options (even the XC zoom). If you could live with the 40mm FOV, the...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 07-26-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 657
Posted By MaxElmar
Love the soft blue backgrounds on 2, 4, and 6....

Love the soft blue backgrounds on 2, 4, and 6. Nice work!
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 07-26-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 5,899
Posted By MaxElmar
The 27 is really an amazing little lens. Leica...

The 27 is really an amazing little lens. Leica should just buy the glass from Fuji, put them in "T" mount, write 'Summicron-C" on it, and double the price. People would be like "Wow, a solid, low...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 07-25-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 2,694
Posted By MaxElmar
B&H has a Novoflex adapter in stock. It is for...

B&H has a Novoflex adapter in stock. It is for all Nikon F mount lenses including "G" (w/o aperture ring) so it is breathtakingly expensive. But it is properly made.

I would consider looking at the...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 07-25-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 5,899
Posted By MaxElmar
Really great stuff. I've waited for about a...

Really great stuff. I've waited for about a decade for Nikon to make these lenses for a travel kit. Fuji is getting my money these days. More than a little shocked the 16-55/2.8 doesn't mention OIS...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 07-20-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,856
Posted By MaxElmar
Just starting out myself with a X-E1 and a couple...

Just starting out myself with a X-E1 and a couple of lenses. You really can't go wrong doing RAW+JPEG fine. (Unless you're shooting sports and you're worried about hitting the buffer limit. I'm still...
Forum: Photo Software 07-16-2014
Replies: 101
Views: 8,444
Posted By MaxElmar
Yes, extensibility could be a big win. Especially...

Yes, extensibility could be a big win. Especially combined with the convenience of the App Store (or not, since it's a OSX not iOS, if you don't like the App Store). A DXO-style third party plugin...
Forum: Photo Software 07-16-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,325
Posted By MaxElmar
Well. mostly we're talking about the pros and...

Well. mostly we're talking about the pros and cons of Adobe switching to a subscription model, instead of a perpetual license.

Adobe Lightroom is available (for now) in either flavor. A major "con"...
Forum: Off Topic 07-15-2014
Replies: 96
Views: 5,453
Posted By MaxElmar
1. I dislike government intrusion. 2. I seriously...

1. I dislike government intrusion.
2. I seriously dislike dumb ass security guards.
3. Business Insider falls in the same category.
4. It isn't simply a public art installation - it's a 140ft high...
Forum: Photo Software 07-15-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,325
Posted By MaxElmar
I see Adobe updated Lightroom CC so it is still...

I see Adobe updated Lightroom CC so it is still operable after the subscription lapses. The "Develop" and "Map" tabs are no longer functional but the rest (Library functions/Export/Printing) still...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 07-14-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 2,896
Posted By MaxElmar
I know the CFAs have different spectral...

I know the CFAs have different spectral responses, and camera makers play games with WB, but if none of the channels are actually blown out, I'm pretty sure you can map 11, 12, or 14 bits per channel...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 07-14-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 2,896
Posted By MaxElmar
Yeah. I vote for #1 as well. I would probably hit...

Yeah. I vote for #1 as well. I would probably hit it with the "poor man's polarizer" (as Thom Hogan calls it) - using the HSL sliders to bring the luminance down ("blue" and "aqua")and move the hue...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 07-10-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 2,289
Posted By MaxElmar
That's some really nice work! Excellent, in fact....

That's some really nice work! Excellent, in fact. Did you know the folks or did they find you?
Forum: Fuji X Series 07-09-2014
Replies: 64
Views: 9,029
Posted By MaxElmar
24mp - check and yes. Might as well as that's the...

24mp - check and yes. Might as well as that's the current number for APS-C. The raw numbers for noise will be a little worse but, effectively a little better in use.Would very much like to see what...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 07-02-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 2,721
Posted By MaxElmar
Decided to give Fuji a try for my mirrorless...

Decided to give Fuji a try for my mirrorless photography. Loved my 40/1.4 and 21/4 combo on my RFs - starting with 27 & 14 XF lenses. Maybe the 18 instead for a little while. Lot's of nice used...
Forum: Photo Software 06-28-2014
Replies: 101
Views: 8,444
Posted By MaxElmar
Thanks! That's great to know - I have used...

Thanks! That's great to know - I have used referenced files with both LR and Aperture, but family and friends have not. Does this work with iPhoto libraries?

Someone needs to come up with a bit of...
Forum: Photo Software 06-27-2014
Replies: 101
Views: 8,444
Posted By MaxElmar
I can very well imagine the panic of someone that...

I can very well imagine the panic of someone that has been storing the files as part of the Aperture library instead of using referenced files. Forget iPhoto for the same reason. Gives me chills just...
Forum: Photo Software 06-27-2014
Replies: 101
Views: 8,444
Posted By MaxElmar
I was thinking of testing DarkTable, an open...

I was thinking of testing DarkTable, an open source alternative. If anybody who has used it could comment, that would be good. If LR goes full-on CC, I will be looking for an alternative.
Forum: Photo Software 06-27-2014
Replies: 101
Views: 8,444
Posted By MaxElmar
For Aperture, the writing has been on the wall...

For Aperture, the writing has been on the wall for years.

LR is not cloud based yet. It can still be purchased outright. But, if that happens I will be looking at alternatives like...
Forum: Photo Software 06-27-2014
Replies: 101
Views: 8,444
Posted By MaxElmar
Well, at least we know now. I made the jump a...

Well, at least we know now. I made the jump a while ago, but it's good to know for sure. It would appear that Apple is officially recommending LR as a replacement.

"According to Apple Insider,...
Forum: Fuji X Series 06-21-2014
Replies: 132
Views: 26,238
Posted By MaxElmar
Dante- you are very right that a good thought...

Dante- you are very right that a good thought problem can be great fun, especially amongst the RFF crew. This is a fine bunch - more thoughtful than most on the interwebs.

Theoretical...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 06-17-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 708
Posted By MaxElmar
Indeed - they have to update every time a new...

Indeed - they have to update every time a new lens comes out. Hopefully, they will tweak and/or add functionality as the hardware allows. I know some get tired of doing the updates, but I think it's...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 06-05-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 17,422
Posted By MaxElmar
Has anyone tried the W-Nikkor 3.5cm/1.8 on the...

Has anyone tried the W-Nikkor 3.5cm/1.8 on the A7? I have looked around but no examples to be had. There's a a nice s-mount adapter available from the Head Bartender.... I would be over the moon to...
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