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Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 14 Hours Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 595
Posted By xayraa33
I have all kinds of lenses from many different...

I have all kinds of lenses from many different manufacturers including the big Japanese and German makers plus the FSU stuff.

If you don't enjoy shimming FSU lenses that is fine...not all of them...
Forum: Yashica RF 1 Day Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 236
Posted By xayraa33
I have also used the 4LR44 battery that I use for...

I have also used the 4LR44 battery that I use for my Canon F1N SLR camera.

This stand alone unit and some crumpled aluminium foil to extend the battery terminal for the Yashica's deep battery...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 1 Day Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 595
Posted By xayraa33
With FSU lenses you have to pick the best of the...

With FSU lenses you have to pick the best of the litter.

I got plenty of J-8 and Kiev J8m and I-22 lenses and some J-3 lenses, most came on the camera bodies.

Some are fantastic, most are...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 1 Day Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 595
Posted By xayraa33
If you get a good FSU lens...the quality of...

If you get a good FSU lens...the quality of photos it produces is equal to the best of the best from Germany or Japan.

The bonus of the collapseable I-22 or I-50 lens is that they are as quality...
Forum: Yashica RF 1 Day Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 236
Posted By xayraa33
You can get 20 LR44 batteries for 8 dollars CDN ...

You can get 20 LR44 batteries for 8 dollars CDN and free shipping from Amazon.

A piece of 15mm dia. plastic tubing 45mm long costs $ 1.13 CDN or less at a hardware store.

Aluminium foil is found...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 1 Day Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 595
Posted By xayraa33
A collapsible I-22 or I-50 lens would be my...

A collapsible I-22 or I-50 lens would be my choice.

I got a nice preforming I -22 on my Leica III right now and it is as good as my 50mm Elmar on my other Leica.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 2 Days Ago
Replies: 1,426
Views: 478,753
Posted By xayraa33
Wow...I never cease to be amazed at the beautiful...

Wow...I never cease to be amazed at the beautiful bokeh the 35mm pre-aspherical Summilux lens produces in photos.
Forum: Yashica RF 2 Days Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 236
Posted By xayraa33
I have used four LR44 batteries in a piece of...

I have used four LR44 batteries in a piece of plastic tubing and some aluminium foil as a length extender in the past...it worked fine.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 3 Days Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 1,148
Posted By xayraa33
I don't think you will be disappointed with the...

I don't think you will be disappointed with the performance of this Rokkor lens.

I have found most Rokkor lenses produce very pleasing results in sharpness, colour and bokeh and the overall feel of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Days Ago
Replies: 44
Views: 1,168
Posted By xayraa33
The 35mm and the 50mm are my favourite lenses ...

The 35mm and the 50mm are my favourite lenses for the 36x24 format.
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 5 Days Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 223
Posted By xayraa33
Maybe Nikon has a pile of the Z6 and Z7 cameras...

Maybe Nikon has a pile of the Z6 and Z7 cameras to get rid of or has to make and sell enough of these two models to recover the cost of development of these cameras first., hence delaying the Z9...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 5 Days Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 223
Posted By xayraa33
Nikon Z9?

These FF mirrorless cameras are moving forward in their evolution very nicely.. The planned Nikon Z9 camera for 2021 looks to have the specs that most pros clamoured for and hoped to get on newer...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 5 Days Ago
Replies: 120
Views: 2,677
Posted By xayraa33
Why do I got fool anyone? I am just stating an...

Why do I got fool anyone?

I am just stating an opinion, my opinion.

Do you really think that highly polished silver plated copper was at any time inexpensive or mercury metal was inexpensive or...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 5 Days Ago
Replies: 120
Views: 2,677
Posted By xayraa33
You are making [email protected] up, creating a conflict out...

You are making [email protected] up, creating a conflict out of no conflict, hoping for brownie points for a forum/social media quick and fleeting dopamine hit.

No one is saying film is dead, more like saying...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 5 Days Ago
Replies: 120
Views: 2,677
Posted By xayraa33
You can split hairs to almost infinite ever thin...

You can split hairs to almost infinite ever thin sizes... but a few antiquated art forms here and there is of not too great of a significance.

I am sure a few painters exist that grind their own...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 5 Days Ago
Replies: 120
Views: 2,677
Posted By xayraa33
Yes I am sure that is true....I also looked into...

Yes I am sure that is true....I also looked into wet-plate photography even though film is around and I got a purposely bought freezer for film that still has a good supply of 15 and 7 year old...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 5 Days Ago
Replies: 120
Views: 2,677
Posted By xayraa33
Give it time and film will really be dead...just...

Give it time and film will really be dead...just like all of us..eventually.

Nothing goes on for ever.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 5 Days Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 245
Posted By xayraa33
TT always reminds me of the Tourist Trophy races...

TT always reminds me of the Tourist Trophy races at the Isle of Man.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 5 Days Ago
Replies: 120
Views: 2,677
Posted By xayraa33
I am actually a film shooter...I only got one...

I am actually a film shooter...I only got one digital camera that was gifted to me new over 12 years ago and own and use a countless number or film cameras, many are LTM Barnack types and their...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 5 Days Ago
Replies: 120
Views: 2,677
Posted By xayraa33
That will change with the course of time and with...

That will change with the course of time and with technological improvements and advancements that will digitally mimic film beyond belief in cameras and cell phones as an option.

After a while...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 5 Days Ago
Replies: 120
Views: 2,677
Posted By xayraa33
It still is a fickle trend of up and down in film...

It still is a fickle trend of up and down in film sales...once the novelty wears off or these young people go on to some other trend and or go on to the next phase of their life, like getting married...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 6 Days Ago
Replies: 120
Views: 2,677
Posted By xayraa33
It is not Kodak or Ilford's fault either way......

It is not Kodak or Ilford's fault either way... They will charge what the market can bear above what it cost to make film, they operate not much different today than in the 1950s.

What I am saying...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 6 Days Ago
Replies: 120
Views: 2,677
Posted By xayraa33
Don't forget that in North America at least many...

Don't forget that in North America at least many photofinishers up to the 1990s in some cases, gave you a roll of fill once they developed your film and made your prints...this was for amatures ...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 6 Days Ago
Replies: 120
Views: 2,677
Posted By xayraa33
It is only relatively affordable if one has a...

It is only relatively affordable if one has a good paying job or is willing to make sacrifices in other spending for the sake of the film shooting hobby.

Today's gig economy and the slew of...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 6 Days Ago
Replies: 120
Views: 2,677
Posted By xayraa33
Film has been a special niche item for a while...

Film has been a special niche item for a while now.

Unless they can sell it for high prices and make a good profit.. these few remaining film manufactures will wither away to zero.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 6 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 244
Posted By xayraa33
I had LTM Leicas and copies of such cameras that...

I had LTM Leicas and copies of such cameras that will only get the slow shutter speeds to work properly if the camera was held at a particular angle, again the camera needed a proper CLA.

In the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 6 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 244
Posted By xayraa33
The slow speed escapement mechanism is getting...

The slow speed escapement mechanism is getting sticky on your IIIf...very common problem on these old cameras, especially if they sat unused for many years or decades. The camera just needs a pro...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 253
Posted By xayraa33
I still don't like the IIIg ... even with the M...

I still don't like the IIIg ... even with the M mount.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 622
Posted By xayraa33
Yes, they do look kind of cool too, they are not...

Yes, they do look kind of cool too, they are not a very practical design handling wise though.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 622
Posted By xayraa33
I believe there is an element of art-deco design ...

I believe there is an element of art-deco design in the pre war Contax and the Tenax cameras that was so popular in the 1930s and holds up very well as a pleasant aesthetic thru the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 622
Posted By xayraa33
I always thought that the Tenax is a cool...

I always thought that the Tenax is a cool looking camera....that has a timeless beautiful design like found on the Contax II and the Nikon SP.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 755
Views: 154,427
Posted By xayraa33
The FSU lenses have coatings infused with...

The FSU lenses have coatings infused with vodka....problem is that the makers of these probably drank this vodka more than they applied it to their lenses during manufacture....this is going by the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 755
Views: 154,427
Posted By xayraa33
Yes I do, but my Photobucket site is in a mess...

Yes I do, but my Photobucket site is in a mess and I cannot access it any more to post photo samples on this RFF forum.

But even on computer screen photo samples it will be hard to discern what I...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 755
Views: 154,427
Posted By xayraa33
Well, I have used many German made lenses, be...

Well, I have used many German made lenses, be they made by Leitz, Zeiss or Hugo Meyer or Schneider and they produce a certain look to photographs , albeit a bit different from each other but all...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 755
Views: 154,427
Posted By xayraa33
Rokkor lenses were the closest a Japanese...

Rokkor lenses were the closest a Japanese optical maker got to making lenses that produce photo images with that look of German made lenses.

Canon did not have it and neither did mighty...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 370
Posted By xayraa33
I read it somewhere, David...a long time ago and...

I read it somewhere, David...a long time ago and cannot tell you off hand what article it was...I remember the article said that the defective parts and cameras were not salvageable and dumped in a...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 370
Posted By xayraa33
It will be a 4M if it has the built in...

It will be a 4M if it has the built in lightmeter, the 4AM has no lightmeter and looks classically svelte in shape.

You can tell if it is these last model RF classic Kievs by the rewind crank,...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 370
Posted By xayraa33
The Kiev 4M and Kiev 4AM models started in...

The Kiev 4M and Kiev 4AM models started in around 1980 and ran till around 1984 and these were the last of the classic Kiev RF models based on the pre-War Contax lll and ll.

By the time these...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 1,068
Posted By xayraa33
RIP, Boris I checked out his photos, very good...

RIP, Boris

I checked out his photos, very good work, he was a talented photographer that is for sure.

He was not even 50 years old when he passed on.

May I ask you Kostya... what was the cause of...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 362
Posted By xayraa33
Looks like it is for a C3

Looks like it is for a C3
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,135
Posted By xayraa33
Ken Wheeler brings us more updated bad...

Ken Wheeler brings us more updated bad news...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kq7v0ytv9zQ
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 120
Views: 31,206
Posted By xayraa33
You can if possible visit camera shops that sell...

You can if possible visit camera shops that sell vintage cameras, like the ones found in big cities like Tokyo or New York and compare like models... or if you could meet up with fellow RFFers and...
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 12-15-2019
Replies: 120
Views: 31,206
Posted By xayraa33
I would go with each model as a separate entity...

I would go with each model as a separate entity and check its condition on a one to one basis... they are all 60 plus year old cameras now...some are in better shape than others. Some L1 cameras...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 12-15-2019
Replies: 96
Views: 2,997
Posted By xayraa33
People say these Nikons are better non Leica FF...

People say these Nikons are better non Leica FF mirrorless cameras to use M Leica lenses on, better than Sony or Canon's FF mirrorless cameras.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-10-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 2,280
Posted By xayraa33
It is an amazing lens..for its wide Field of view...

It is an amazing lens..for its wide Field of view and its speed and for its affordable price.

I wonder how good it is optically and at the bigger apertures?

Something half its physical size and at...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-08-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 313
Posted By xayraa33
The pre 1973 Kievs are very nice, I got my...

The pre 1973 Kievs are very nice, I got my first Kiev RF camera in April 1994.. a 1972 Kiev 4 and I really bonded with it. I got the Helios 103 lens much later and found it an excellent lens ...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 12-06-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 374
Posted By xayraa33
Brian in his hacking heyday was known for...

Brian in his hacking heyday was known for putting pre-war Zeiss Sonnar 50mm f 1.5 lenses from the Contax RF bayonet mount to J-3 LTM focusing units. I believe he did some pre war f2 Sonnars to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-04-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,709
Posted By xayraa33
I too would go with the L series...

I too would go with the L series Prakticas....they never have let me down.

My experience with the classical 35mm Exaktas has not been very good... via reliability and ergonomics , although they can...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-04-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 579
Posted By xayraa33
Nikon RF cameras always had the Leica standard...

Nikon RF cameras always had the Leica standard flange distance from day one with the 1948 Nikon I. They used the Contax RF bayonet mount (internal & external) on their cameras but the focus...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-04-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 579
Posted By xayraa33
The Nikon SP Does NOT have a Carl Zeiss Contax...

The Nikon SP Does NOT have a Carl Zeiss Contax flange distance.. but a Leica flange distance.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-03-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 579
Posted By xayraa33
What I am referring to is using that adapter that...

What I am referring to is using that adapter that you showed being sold on Ebay with the Helios 103 lens on a non FSU camera that has the Leica standard lens flange to film plane distance. I was...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-01-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 579
Posted By xayraa33
It will be a nice adapter for under a 100 bucks...

It will be a nice adapter for under a 100 bucks just to use the fabulous Helios 103 lens on LTM cameras or even on M mount cameras.

Might have to give the Heilos 103 lens a 180 degree turn out to...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 11-23-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,879
Posted By xayraa33
If this camera becomes at least a partial success...

If this camera becomes at least a partial success in sales then I could see Sigma developing more featured models to suit still photographers instead of being a quirky camera company that now makes...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 11-23-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,879
Posted By xayraa33
This new Sigma camera does not have their...

This new Sigma camera does not have their traditional Foveon sensor but from the few photo samples I saw online the images look very impressive.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-17-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,269
Posted By xayraa33
Beautiful location, nice photographs . Those...

Beautiful location, nice photographs .

Those cliffs and mesas photographed closer up always remind me of ancient weather beaten eroded bas-relief carvings, sometimes with a Pharaonic Egyptian...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 11-16-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1,135
Posted By xayraa33
Ken Wheeler says Olympus is leaving consumer and...

Ken Wheeler says Olympus is leaving consumer and pro camera and camera lenses as a business. Tony Northrup is kind of on the fence on this and Peter Forsgard says this is not going to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-14-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 759
Posted By xayraa33
Thanks for the links, Peter. I love looking at...

Thanks for the links, Peter.

I love looking at photographs of the past ... and I don't apologise for liking that fact .
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-14-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 588
Posted By xayraa33
Hmmm, that is like confusing a Lada Niva with...

Hmmm, that is like confusing a Lada Niva with a Toyota Landcruiser 70 series.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 11-12-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1,135
Posted By xayraa33
Olympus closing their camera division ?

This guy thinks so:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBUsbiLYs5A
Forum: Nikon RF 11-10-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 621
Posted By xayraa33
You can use a Kiev/Contax mount Jupiter 12 lens...

You can use a Kiev/Contax mount Jupiter 12 lens on the RF Nikons and they are a good lens based on the pre war Zeiss Biogon and go for 50 to 80 dollars. Just be careful mounting the lens, as some...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-05-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 818
Posted By xayraa33
A piece of black tape did the trick for me.

A piece of black tape did the trick for me.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-03-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,503
Posted By xayraa33
I would suggest the Canon 35mm f2.8 the old...

I would suggest the Canon 35mm f2.8 the old style all chrome ones..a nice lens and very available and sell for much less than a Nikkor 3.5cm f2.5 lens and both lenses have very similar signature on...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-29-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 604
Posted By xayraa33
My VIT has the lines in the viewfinder, the VT...

My VIT has the lines in the viewfinder, the VT series of cameras have no lines in the viewfinder...just the high mag, the 50mm and the 35mm positions in the VF.

Some say the high mag position of...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-29-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 604
Posted By xayraa33
The VT series of cameras have nicer less squinty...

The VT series of cameras have nicer less squinty finders than the Canon bottomloaders, even the so-called improved ones.

On the down side, the VT is a heavier bulkier camera and unlike the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-23-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,232
Posted By xayraa33
The Yashica YF and the YE Both Nicca products...

The Yashica YF and the YE

Both Nicca products but Yashica had bought out Nicca in the late 1950s...mainly for their focal plane shutter making expertise.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-23-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,232
Posted By xayraa33
I sort of agree with you on this one, I might go...

I sort of agree with you on this one, I might go for the III model, still svelte, still Oskar Barnack , I like the slow speeds and the strap lugs and the 1.5x mag on the RF on this one while...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-17-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 437
Posted By xayraa33
That camera needs a CLA. It is a fairly simple...

That camera needs a CLA.

It is a fairly simple camera to work on if you are a competent camera tech.

Try Toronto Camera Service Centre or Sunflower Camera Repair if you are in the Toronto GTA area...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-17-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 713
Posted By xayraa33
I remember seeing many new Kiron 28mm lenses in...

I remember seeing many new Kiron 28mm lenses in the bargain bins of camera shops in the late 1980s. These were fairly fast wide angle lenses and came in various SLR mounts but upon inspection most...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-22-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 769
Posted By xayraa33
Use a separate VF in the cold shoe, like a Leitz...

Use a separate VF in the cold shoe, like a Leitz SBOOI for the 50 mil lens. Just use the RF in the camera's VF for focus only.

These 1930s design RF 35mm cameras all have small squinty and dim...
Forum: Yashica RF 09-17-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,078
Posted By xayraa33
Always liked Yashica lenses, they produce...

Always liked Yashica lenses, they produce pleasing photos... Minolta Rokkor lenses have that special quality too and both firms were not the high and mighty Japanese optical giants of Nikkor or...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 09-13-2019
Replies: 56
Views: 3,052
Posted By xayraa33
I got vitamin C and some instant coffee, just...

I got vitamin C and some instant coffee, just need to buy some washing soda and try caffenol as a developer.

I also got a hoard of unopened Rodinal bottles.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-12-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 972
Posted By xayraa33
Looks like a lens hood and a VF diopter mount for...

Looks like a lens hood and a VF diopter mount for a Japanese TLR camera.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 09-12-2019
Replies: 56
Views: 3,052
Posted By xayraa33
I got D-76 running in my blood veins, I used...

I got D-76 running in my blood veins, I used that stuff for decades on end.

The raw materials to mix your own D-76 are not cheap to buy on their own and I would not want that amount sitting around...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 09-10-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,859
Posted By xayraa33
I thought he would live as long as David Douglas...

I thought he would live as long as David Douglas Duncan.

I really liked his " The Americans" book.

Rest in Peace Robert Frank.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-06-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,286
Posted By xayraa33
"My thought exactly. Value for the money and...

"My thought exactly. Value for the money and perhaps worth a try.

Opinion appears to be equally divided, however, on whether the "mushy" finder patch makes the 7 series significantly harder to focus...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-06-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,286
Posted By xayraa33
I have both, the Canon 7 and the Leica IIIf...

I have both, the Canon 7 and the Leica IIIf

They are both great cameras, but each has its own great shooting experience, the Canon 7 may be larger but easier to use and from a more modern era than...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-03-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,238
Posted By xayraa33
"You need to shoot film for longevity"...repeat ...

"You need to shoot film for longevity"...repeat that mantra three times as soon as you get up in the morning and you will shoot film with your beloved film cameras...guaranteed !
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-17-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,807
Posted By xayraa33
It looks costly... like a good Leica should be.

It looks costly... like a good Leica should be.
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 08-16-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 1,310
Posted By xayraa33
I think Gene Smith used any camera he could get...

I think Gene Smith used any camera he could get his hands on.. besides the Minolta SRTs of Minamata fame. Might as well buy some Leica LTM cameras and some Canon VTs too and that weird looking...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 08-05-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 295
Posted By xayraa33
I never seen these for sale new in Canada in the...

I never seen these for sale new in Canada in the 1970s.. I think they never were sold in the USA either.

I heard these DDR made cheapo 35mm cameras were sold in the UK by Boots (the chemist or...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-04-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,985
Posted By xayraa33
I would just flip a coin and go with that. Both...

I would just flip a coin and go with that.

Both are great lenses, although I find Rokkor lenses the closest to the classic German lenses in the way they draw out of all the Japanese lens makers and...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-04-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 406
Posted By xayraa33
I like to use the Kiev 4a and the Kiev 4 I have...

I like to use the Kiev 4a and the Kiev 4

I have many RF cameras to choose from including M Leicas and Japanese LTM Leica copies, but there is something satisfying in shooting film with a Kiev 4a or...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-29-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 207
Posted By xayraa33
Some early instantaneous photos in this video

Some photos pre-date the introduction of the original Kodak camera of 1888.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXakZH0AeRM
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-28-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 476
Posted By xayraa33
Welcome to the forum. Most of us here love FSU...

Welcome to the forum.

Most of us here love FSU RF cameras and lenses.. with all their foibles and DOA qualities and lack of QC but sometimes we luck out on some good examples.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-28-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 254
Posted By xayraa33
I know someone that had good luck fitting an RF...

I know someone that had good luck fitting an RF front bezel off a FED 3 camera on a Canon IVSb RF window.
Forum: Other RF 07-16-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 1,251
Posted By xayraa33
The Amotal lens in LTM for Leica was just a...

The Amotal lens in LTM for Leica was just a conversion done in Italy ( somewhat roughly too) with the leftover Foton camera lenses by photo stores in NYC like Peerless and Willoughby.

The Amotal...
Forum: Other RF 07-16-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 1,251
Posted By xayraa33
Great UK made lens... but that camera was doomed...

Great UK made lens... but that camera was doomed to sales failure with its super high price. Plus the German camera industry was starting up again in a big way in the late 1940s and the nascent...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-16-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 327
Posted By xayraa33
Welcome to RFF ! I do not think mounting that ...

Welcome to RFF !

I do not think mounting that lens on a Zenit SLR can be done.

Unless you want to use that 135mm lens as a close up macro lens and even that is iffy. M42 SLRs and the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-15-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 395
Posted By xayraa33
BTW, I know it is practical but I always hated...

BTW, I know it is practical but I always hated the way the Kiev 4M and Kiev 4AM had its rewind clutch operated with that latch key.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-12-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 395
Posted By xayraa33
One of the bottom opening keys is the rewind, the...

One of the bottom opening keys is the rewind, the one with the orange dot on the bottom cover metal. Just turn that key to the dot and you can rewind the film.
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 07-12-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 2,995
Posted By xayraa33
Put a 50mm Elmar on it and a potato masher flash...

Put a 50mm Elmar on it and a potato masher flash gun and it would make a great 21st century Weegee press camera.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-11-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 902
Posted By xayraa33
interesting video, thanks for the heads up !

interesting video, thanks for the heads up !
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-10-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 714
Posted By xayraa33
The J-12 and the pre war made Biogon are not...

The J-12 and the pre war made Biogon are not recommended for the Contax IIa or IIIa.

They would be fine for the Contax II or III or their Kiev cousins .
Forum: Other RF 07-09-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 383
Posted By xayraa33
One of the few fixed lens leaf shuttered RF...

One of the few fixed lens leaf shuttered RF cameras that had a Sonnar formula lens, the f1.9 model at least.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-24-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1,238
Posted By xayraa33
Owning SLRs did sell more lenses and made camera...

Owning SLRs did sell more lenses and made camera firms more money.

Now we are in the era of mirrorless digital cameras, a far cry from the age of the Leica M3 , Nikon SP and the Canon 7 and Kodak...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-17-2019
Replies: 269
Views: 28,578
Posted By xayraa33
Interesting top-loader bridge on the guitar, as...

Interesting top-loader bridge on the guitar, as befits a Campilongo model.
Has it got the holes thru body and ferrules for through body stringing as an option?

On the vintage Tele and Esquire models...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 06-16-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,205
Posted By xayraa33
I wish I had seen that ad 10 years ago, old not...

I wish I had seen that ad 10 years ago, old not so trust-able Rollei TLR straps with the scissor clips were selling for 60 dollars to 80 dollars in Toronto camera shops, if you could find them.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 06-16-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,205
Posted By xayraa33
This Rollei TLR strap does not look too bad, it...

This Rollei TLR strap does not look too bad, it is better priced than an old used original Rollei TLR strap with its on its way out worn ratty leather waiting to...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 06-16-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,205
Posted By xayraa33
There has got to be a way to drill out the two...

There has got to be a way to drill out the two per side rivets of the scissor clips and install a new leather belt strap, maybe use small bolts or re-rivet the new strap .
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-13-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,184
Posted By xayraa33
Oil on SLR aperture blades on lenses with auto...

Oil on SLR aperture blades on lenses with auto stop down is a regular feature for Kiev SLRS, 35mm or 120 cameras. So it helps to learn to clean the aperture blades yourself, as these Kiev lenses are...
Forum: Other RF 06-09-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 648
Posted By xayraa33
I don't think any leaf shutter 35mm camera ever...

I don't think any leaf shutter 35mm camera ever came to rival the M series Leicas, the Voigtländer Prominent came the closest.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-09-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 2,372
Posted By xayraa33
The IIIg was the only Leica model I got rid...

The IIIg was the only Leica model I got rid of.

I kept the IIIc and III but I found that the IIIg was not bare-bones enough for the Barnack experience.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 06-08-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 384
Posted By xayraa33
Double the price of a Summitar is not bad at all...

Double the price of a Summitar is not bad at all for a rare lens.

If if it was a rare 50mm f2 Nippon Kogaku made lens it would be priced much higher.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 06-08-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 560
Posted By xayraa33
Well, the best now would be the Fujifilm Instax...

Well, the best now would be the Fujifilm Instax series of cameras and Lomography seems to make a decent one with a good lens... but I have never used these cameras so I cannot say how good their...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 06-08-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 560
Posted By xayraa33
The 95 lens is so-so when compared to the lens...

The 95 lens is so-so when compared to the lens on the 110 series, but both Polaroids have better quality lenses then what is on most current made instant film cameras.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-07-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,838
Posted By xayraa33
I just received this email too. All in all, it...

I just received this email too.

All in all, it looks too cumbersome just to save you loading a conventional reel.
Even in daytime with no darkroom I never had a problem loading reels.

I would say...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 06-06-2019
Replies: 253
Views: 85,205
Posted By xayraa33
That is how it was done if you did not have an...

That is how it was done if you did not have an SLR camera (like Exakta Edixa Praktica etc), which were not as common or popular as RF cameras in the 1950s: place camera on copy stand, good lighting,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 06-06-2019
Replies: 253
Views: 85,205
Posted By xayraa33
Most of the 5cm LTM Nikkor lenses came on the...

Most of the 5cm LTM Nikkor lenses came on the Nicca and the Sears Nicca made Tower 35mm precision cameras. I have Nicca/Tower cameras that came with the f2 or f1.4 Nikkor lenses . Sears in their...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-05-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 469
Posted By xayraa33
[QUOTE=richardHaw;2892085]some nicca 3fs have...

[QUOTE=richardHaw;2892085]some nicca 3fs have backs that open much like the nicca 5 so this isnt much of a problem :eek::eek::eek:

To be fair, the OP stated his camera was a Nicca 3F

I own the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-05-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 593
Posted By xayraa33
Interesting speed lens, no doubt. At f 1 the...

Interesting speed lens, no doubt.

At f 1 the image it makes can looks as glowy as the original Summarit shot at f1.5
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-05-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 469
Posted By xayraa33
Bottomloader cameras in the Barnack style need...

Bottomloader cameras in the Barnack style need the film leaders trimmed.

It is not rocket science to do this and avoids a lot of film loading problems with these types of cameras.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-05-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 756
Posted By xayraa33
A few years ago a Russian or Ukrainian eb*y...

A few years ago a Russian or Ukrainian eb*y seller named Jazz something or other was selling a ton of new Helios 103 lenses for 25 USD including shipping.

He even had special bargoon price offers...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-04-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,248
Posted By xayraa33
Both specific models II or III are great Leicas, ...

Both specific models II or III are great Leicas, if you want to go super minimalist and no hassle of slow shutter speeds, the II is the way to go, but generally they sell for more money and are...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-03-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,248
Posted By xayraa33
Leica III Compared to FED 1g, you could get a ...

Leica III Compared to FED 1g, you could get a Leica III in crappy condition and you will be not as happy with it as your smooth fully functioning FED 1g.

But usually a well kept Barnack Leica is...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-02-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 473
Posted By xayraa33
I found the cap of a certain jug of industrial...

I found the cap of a certain jug of industrial liquid soap worked well too.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-02-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 756
Posted By xayraa33
You should always keep a 40 dollar Helios 103...

You should always keep a 40 dollar Helios 103 lens for such emergencies.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-02-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,488
Posted By xayraa33
Bill, it is just a trophy camera for rich folks.

Bill, it is just a trophy camera for rich folks.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 06-02-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 560
Posted By xayraa33
The roll-film Polaroid 110 series and the 900 ...

The roll-film Polaroid 110 series and the 900 Polaroid camera bodies have been converted to 4x5.

The lens on the 95 will most likely not cover 4x5 film at the film plane and shutter speeds are...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-02-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 753
Posted By xayraa33
This is much like buying a 1972 Chevy Impala and...

This is much like buying a 1972 Chevy Impala and finding that the Turbo-Hydramatic transmission is slipping very badly and needs to be re-built or exchanged with a good working transmission from...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-02-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 753
Posted By xayraa33
The original shutter ribbons on Kiev RF cameras...

The original shutter ribbons on Kiev RF cameras are known to give up the ghost a few days after you get them.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 06-01-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 748
Posted By xayraa33
Not all generic lens hoods will cause vignetting...

Not all generic lens hoods will cause vignetting with this fast 35mm lens.

Try out some Vivitar labeled lens hoods and some Canonet and Yashica lens hoods and you may find ones that work very well...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-31-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 748
Posted By xayraa33
It is a great fast lens ! It is the lens on my...

It is a great fast lens !

It is the lens on my bottomloader Canon in my avatar.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-31-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 375
Posted By xayraa33
Oleg at OK camera will most likely sell you a...

Oleg at OK camera will most likely sell you a spare.

http://www.okvintagecamera.com/
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-31-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 5,354
Posted By xayraa33
That Zorki 4 and J-8 did alright. Once you...

That Zorki 4 and J-8 did alright.

Once you find a good Zorki 4 and a good J-8 lens combo, I would say they would be keepers and worth using.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-30-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,115
Posted By xayraa33
One can make great photos with almost any camera...

One can make great photos with almost any camera or lens.

I still use my Praktica LTL camera with its 50mm Zeiss Tessar lens and the 30mm Lydith lens and even sometimes venture out to 135 mm world,...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 05-30-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 757
Posted By xayraa33
Or go the easy route...

Or go the easy route...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 05-30-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 757
Posted By xayraa33
You can always go primitive and make an adapter...

You can always go primitive and make an adapter from a spare Fujifilm X pro body cap. Find the sensor to lens distance needed for proper registration for that lens and work from there by cutting...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-28-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 443
Posted By xayraa33
The Nicca type 5 is a delightful and rare camera...

The Nicca type 5 is a delightful and rare camera with certain improved features that do not appear on Barnack Leicas and deserves professional repair attention to sort it out.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-27-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 443
Posted By xayraa33
That could be caused by many things. Is the top...

That could be caused by many things.

Is the top shutter speed dial in the correct position?

Can you see the metal strip edge of the 2nd shutter curtain when the shutter is set on B and held...
Forum: Jim Lager - Leica Historian 05-18-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1,380
Posted By xayraa33
It still would be "historical"... fully...

It still would be "historical"... fully functional "historical" is much more desirable, to own, as pride of ownership... or even to sell.

No different than say a vintage Vincent Black Shadow...
Forum: Jim Lager - Leica Historian 05-18-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1,380
Posted By xayraa33
I would get it pro CLAed and get the RF 50/50...

I would get it pro CLAed and get the RF 50/50 mirror replaced.

It would be worth the price of admission.
Forum: Jim Lager - Leica Historian 05-18-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1,380
Posted By xayraa33
The internals have to be different too. The...

The internals have to be different too.

The normal lllc has a Viewfinder that utilises a prism to correct the closer together eyepiece placement, (from the lllb onwards) This one had to adapt a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-17-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 5,354
Posted By xayraa33
Yes, it is like the" how long is a piece of...

Yes, it is like the" how long is a piece of string" type answer.

I go by the individual lens, some need shimming and a few that actually work fine the way you get them.

Some work great on FSU...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-16-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 5,354
Posted By xayraa33
The very early J-3s are more for collectors,...

The very early J-3s are more for collectors, made in late 1940s early 1950s, expensive to buy now, and some might have Zeiss parts/glass to varying degrees combined with FSU made glass/parts. ...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-16-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 5,354
Posted By xayraa33
As forum member Kim Coxon can attest, the very...

As forum member Kim Coxon can attest, the very last made black J-3 lenses are difficult to fully correct with shimming and back lens element movement correction, as the back lens element block is...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-16-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 5,354
Posted By xayraa33
They all differ, even within the same type. No...

They all differ, even within the same type.

No two of my J-3s draw the same, each has its own bokeh signature.
The early 1960s ones seem sharper at full bore than the latest black J-3s but the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-15-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 450
Posted By xayraa33
I doubt you would see any faults in the photos...

I doubt you would see any faults in the photos taken by that lens because of those lens coating scratches .
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-10-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 560
Posted By xayraa33
This lens has some natural focus shift, so be...

This lens has some natural focus shift, so be aware of that.

In the past I had good luck shimming lenses with Teflon tape, just use it trial and error style till you find the sweet spot.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-07-2019
Replies: 291
Views: 51,115
Posted By xayraa33
It could be noir... she could be the main femme...

It could be noir... she could be the main femme fatale .. sneering at Robert Mitchum for taking a shine to Gloria Graham and lighting her cigarette.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-05-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 3,106
Posted By xayraa33
Ghost hunting was around before...

Ghost hunting was around before photography.

Photography just made faked pics of ghosts all that easier at the worst scenario ( like the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall) and at the other end some...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-05-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 3,106
Posted By xayraa33
Spiritualism was big in the 19th century,...

Spiritualism was big in the 19th century, complete with cheese-cloth ectoplasm.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ectoplasm_(paranormal)
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-05-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 3,106
Posted By xayraa33
I don't know why he tarnished his photo gear rep...

I don't know why he tarnished his photo gear rep like that.

He could have kept his spirit hunting sideline as a private hobby or sideline... unless you are right and is doing it to profit...
Forum: Optics Theory - 05-05-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 946
Posted By xayraa33
Brian Sweeney could most likely jimmy-rig that...

Brian Sweeney could most likely jimmy-rig that Angenieux lens in a J-8 or J-3 focusing helicoid mount and make it work.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-02-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 749
Posted By xayraa33
Fantastic looking time period photos, John !

Fantastic looking time period photos, John !
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-01-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 749
Posted By xayraa33
I say the RF camera is a Leica III or IIIa, he...

I say the RF camera is a Leica III or IIIa, he does not seem to be at the age to buy a Tower 3 from Sears.

Lens is either a Summar or maybe a Summitar , I am leaning more to the Summar.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-01-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 749
Posted By xayraa33
People were better dressed in 1951.

People were better dressed in 1951.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-29-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 2,043
Posted By xayraa33
My instincts were on the right track, as I just...

My instincts were on the right track, as I just found out that the drug's brand name was named after Milltown New Jersey, which is a borough in Middlesex county in New Jersey.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-28-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 2,043
Posted By xayraa33
I always liked the name "Miltown". Although I...

I always liked the name "Miltown".

Although I never in my life seen a Miltown tablet, the name reminds me of a 1950s suburbia subdivision like Levittown, as in Levittown Pennsylvania.

I have a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-28-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 296
Posted By xayraa33
Bruce Gilden.. being interviewed by Martin Parr

Interesting to hear a Gilden's point of view on his photography.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pnVLkTohlo
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-27-2019
Replies: 85
Views: 4,858
Posted By xayraa33
I am partial to the 50 The Canon 50mm f 1.5 or...

I am partial to the 50

The Canon 50mm f 1.5 or the shimmed Jupiter 3 is usually my pick from my bevy of classic RF 50 mils.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-27-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 2,043
Posted By xayraa33
Yes, I have heard about that so called ADHD...

Yes, I have heard about that so called ADHD diagnoses and the prescribing of Adderall and Ritalin to children ( mostly boys). One of these drugs is a slightly modified form of amphetamine.

In my...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-27-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 2,043
Posted By xayraa33
Amphetamines were also popular as a doctor's...

Amphetamines were also popular as a doctor's prescription for appetite suppressant in that era. Check out photos of Johnny Cash from about 1965 or Bob Dylan from the same time frame, sad and...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-27-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 634
Posted By xayraa33
You can always try your luck with another Zorki 4...

You can always try your luck with another Zorki 4 from a reputable dealer with a return policy, they are common and not expensive.
The only time I would want to get my personal Zorki 4 pro repaired...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-27-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 2,043
Posted By xayraa33
Photographs are just photographs, even if they...

Photographs are just photographs, even if they are photos from the past, we can enjoy looking at them without having to atone for anything or to anyone, or condemn anyone that posts a retro photo...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-25-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,971
Posted By xayraa33
That lens was made by Cooke for the Bell & Howell...

That lens was made by Cooke for the Bell & Howell Foton camera.

That camera turned out to be a bit of an overpriced flop at 700 USD in 1948 so a well known US camera store bought the surplus lenses ...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-25-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 649
Posted By xayraa33
You can look at it from the angle that a Tower...

You can look at it from the angle that a Tower type 3 camera is a far rarer camera in numbers made than a Leica III and very worthy of being fully restored.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-24-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 649
Posted By xayraa33
Get it repaired. 210 dollars amortized over ten...

Get it repaired.

210 dollars amortized over ten years is 21 bucks a year...worth every penny for a well made camera that is a joy to use, with its fine and legendary 50 mil Nikkor lens.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-19-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 597
Posted By xayraa33
I use the J-12 on the Canon 7 and it fits fine...

I use the J-12 on the Canon 7 and it fits fine with no obstruction.

J-12 back ends do vary from different years and some can rub the side light baffles on the Canon 7 camera.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-19-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 964
Posted By xayraa33
This no different then the old days of film and...

This no different then the old days of film and different film format sizes.

35mm vs 6x6 cm vs 4x5 inch etc.

It all depends on what you got at hand, what you require and what you prefer.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-16-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 3,348
Posted By xayraa33
Right on ! I agree 100% "The rebuilding will be...

Right on !

I agree 100%

"The rebuilding will be an opportunity to train new artisans in old skills that are in danger of being lost."

A wonderful art and occupation, although physically demanding...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-16-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 3,348
Posted By xayraa33
It is just another tragic chapter in our material...

It is just another tragic chapter in our material world.

No more tragic than wars and untimely death or the Frisco earthquake and fire of 1906 or the sacking and destruction of the second temple by...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-16-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 3,348
Posted By xayraa33
I don't think this thread needs to be...

I don't think this thread needs to be deleted.

There is nothing offensive to anyone here, just varying opinions and different takes on the matter, that is a healthy thing on a public forum.
No one...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-16-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 3,348
Posted By xayraa33
It will be re-built, not easy or fast or...

It will be re-built, not easy or fast or inexpensive, but very doable even in our age.

Notre Dame is too important to the French psyche and French history and French nationalistic pride and indeed...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-16-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 3,348
Posted By xayraa33
I was in the Notre Dame cathedral many times in...

I was in the Notre Dame cathedral many times in 1977, a magnificent building no doubt and it has been restored on many occasions, including major roof restoration starting in 1844 and the work...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-16-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 3,348
Posted By xayraa33
Some news agencies were claiming that the al-Aqsa...

Some news agencies were claiming that the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem was on fire at the same time as Notre Dame was on fire (what are the odds of that), but there is very little evidence for that...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-15-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 3,348
Posted By xayraa33
Sad thing to have happened. But it will be...

Sad thing to have happened.

But it will be restored as good or better than before.

Reims cathedral was devastated in WW 1 but has been rebuilt.

https://walkingontravels.com/reims-cathedral-france/
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-14-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 557
Posted By xayraa33
Yes it is. You might be able to ameliorate the...

Yes it is.

You might be able to ameliorate the problem with tensioning or slacking the offending shutter curtain, but that is a slippery slope, as you have to be sure the shutter capping is the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-14-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 557
Posted By xayraa33
Welcome to the forum ! It looks like the ...

Welcome to the forum !

It looks like the shutter is capping, ie: the slit formed by the two shutter curtains is closing up too soon as a result of one curtain running too fast or too...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-14-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 728
Posted By xayraa33
In Germany from 1963 to 1968, the Nikon F was ...

In Germany from 1963 to 1968, the Nikon F was labelled Nikkor because Zeiss complained that the name Nikon is too close to their Ikon name trademark.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-14-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 728
Posted By xayraa33
It seems that by mid 1959, it was like someone...

It seems that by mid 1959, it was like someone threw a switch and ushered in the SLR age, everyone suddenly wanted to trade in their RF camera for a new SLR.

I always assumed that SLR camera...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-13-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 728
Posted By xayraa33
In the USA in 1963 they would be the Japanese...

In the USA in 1963 they would be the Japanese knock offs, as firms like Nicca, Leotax and Tanack had the USA as their biggest export market and to a lesser extent Canada and maybe Australia and New...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-13-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 728
Posted By xayraa33
Neubert Nueca camera 1948

It sure does look a bit like some Canon cameras made before the IIB model and even the later Chinese Shanghai camera.

http://www.novacon.com.br/odditycameras/glc.htm
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-13-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 15,558
Posted By xayraa33
I did see an Honor S1 at a camera show many years...

I did see an Honor S1 at a camera show many years ago, it was very well made, and its Zuiho 50mm f2 lens was exquisite.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-11-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 489
Posted By xayraa33
I had an SLR with a similar thing. Always...

I had an SLR with a similar thing.

Always wondered how it got in there and why.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-11-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 357
Posted By xayraa33
It looks like a Roger Mayne type photo, 1950s,...

It looks like a Roger Mayne type photo, 1950s, early 1960s Gt Britain or Ireland type locale.

It could be by any photographer from that time and location.

I may be wrong on this, but was not there...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-11-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 407
Posted By xayraa33
I wonder how verifiable that image is? Three...

I wonder how verifiable that image is?

Three separate radiocarbon tests on the cloth came up with the dates 1260 to 1390 AD

Never the less it is still a remarkable image, and a fantastic process,...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-11-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,552
Posted By xayraa33
The magic is done by the user. I remember the...

The magic is done by the user.

I remember the late Chet Atkins saying that others told him in a dressing room after a live performance on stage, "it must be great to be the owner of many prototype...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-10-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 22,086
Posted By xayraa33
Thanks , l will raise a toast in his honour and...

Thanks , l will raise a toast in his honour and memory on that date !
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-10-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 22,086
Posted By xayraa33
Anyone know when was, or is Roger's...

Anyone know when was, or is Roger's birthday?

Info just says 1950 was the year he was born.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-10-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 407
Posted By xayraa33
I also think along those same lines and wonder...

I also think along those same lines and wonder what we missed.

Imagine actual photos of Napoleon Bonaparte or George Washington or of the American Revolutionary war or the battle of Waterloo or...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-09-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 407
Posted By xayraa33
Early instantaneous photography

Georges Ancely was a French horologist and an amateur photographer that has captured many scenes of his native Toulouse and other parts of France, Spain , Italy and Algeria.

This bottom photo is...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-08-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 22,086
Posted By xayraa33
Rest in Peace, Roger, your suffering is over. My...

Rest in Peace, Roger, your suffering is over.

My condolences to Frances and to family and to their friends.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-03-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 22,086
Posted By xayraa33
This is very sad news indeed. Miracles can...

This is very sad news indeed.

Miracles can happen if we use our minds and the power of positive thought in the RFF community, to alleviate his suffering or even succeed in making Roger cancer free .
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-01-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,799
Posted By xayraa33
Emperor Hirohito of Japan only wanted the Heliar...

Emperor Hirohito of Japan only wanted the Heliar lens used when getting his official studio portrait taken.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-01-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 240
Posted By xayraa33
I just usually cut a thin strip of the right...

I just usually cut a thin strip of the right length from an old open cell rubber mouse pad and glued it in place on my Minolta SRT cameras.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,413
Posted By xayraa33
I always wanted a Nikon SP But then again I...

I always wanted a Nikon SP

But then again I always wanted a mid 1950s Gretsch Duo Jet guitar.

These things are very much possible for me to physically acquire , but I rather leave them to the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 03-29-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,778
Posted By xayraa33
Great site ! I did not know how few Nicca 5L ...

Great site !

I did not know how few Nicca 5L cameras were produced.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-19-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,462
Posted By xayraa33
Wow ! I see what you mean now. That Olympus...

Wow !

I see what you mean now.

That Olympus 25mm f1.8 lens is very bokehlicious !



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeXHy0JHIFs
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-18-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 254
Posted By xayraa33
Oskar Barnack - A portrait about the inventor of the Ur-Leica

It seems the more of these German language containing documentaries that I listen to, the more I seem to understand the spoken German language.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF1-XTx8nCI
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-18-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 363
Posted By xayraa33
Could be a bunch of shutter curtain tapes, that...

Could be a bunch of shutter curtain tapes, that is my guess.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-18-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 363
Posted By xayraa33
Interesting short film clip of the making of the LTM Leica

I would say it looks like post war Leitz factory footage but then again the models shown are the pure Barnack Leicas, like the III, IIIa and IIIb so it very well could be a mix of pre and post war...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-18-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,462
Posted By xayraa33
We are both talking about the same...

We are both talking about the same thing.

Everyone knows that a quality low priced car like a Corolla will be more reliable, practical and lower cost to maintain than a Ferrari, but human beings...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-17-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,462
Posted By xayraa33
But that is not the point. Not everything we...

But that is not the point.

Not everything we humans do is based on logic or economics or common senses or "told you so" . Advertisers know this very well and they play on our emotions, ego and...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-17-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,462
Posted By xayraa33
This is like saying that a Toyota Corolla is as...

This is like saying that a Toyota Corolla is as equal to a Ferrari Testarossa, both vehicles will get you there... but in most cases that is not the point of whole endeavour .
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-16-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,938
Posted By xayraa33
Yup, the round Canon lens hood for the Canon...

Yup, the round Canon lens hood for the Canon 50/f1.5 lens is a larger diameter lens hood than the one for the Canon 50/f1.8 lens.

The round Canon lens hood for the 50/f1.5 lens takes the series...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-16-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 621
Posted By xayraa33
The videos by the great Nobbysparrow might be a...

The videos by the great Nobbysparrow might be a bit of a help to partially get at that drive shaft on the IIIf . You would also have to take the knurled wind knob and film frame counter dial off...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-16-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 621
Posted By xayraa33
The knob is threaded on to the main shaft and...

The knob is threaded on to the main shaft and there is a set screw (or grub screw in UK parlance) on the side of the wind knob for a lock down.

Check to see if that set screw is tight ( do not...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 03-15-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 2,342
Posted By xayraa33
Tony and the Afghan girl photograph

I don't know why the big deal, using today's political correctness standard for something that was done in 1984.

Are we going to over analyse every notable historic photo taken in past and rubbish...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 03-10-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,416
Posted By xayraa33
The odd or funny part of this Meyer Optik thing...

The odd or funny part of this Meyer Optik thing is that by the 1960s and 1970s Hugo Meyer lenses, later badged as Pentacon lenses, were budget DDR made lenses for those who could not afford ...
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