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Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 2 Days Ago
Replies: 5,550
Views: 950,177
Posted By rfaspen
I have to say...its nice to see someone else...

I have to say...its nice to see someone else sporting a goggled summaron on a digital M. I use this combo rather often and love the images. I'm not sold on goggled lenses though. I have more fun...
Forum: Chris Crawford 1 Week Ago
Replies: 64
Views: 1,437
Posted By rfaspen
Oh, and now you need to get another Leica Chris. ...

Oh, and now you need to get another Leica Chris. There is a stong connection ya know ;). Only Leica cameras can photograph a cat and show its soul :D.


(Yes, I snap pics of my cats with a Leica --...
Forum: Chris Crawford 1 Week Ago
Replies: 64
Views: 1,437
Posted By rfaspen
We've had 5 cats over the years. Only 2 right...

We've had 5 cats over the years. Only 2 right now. I used to let them outside, but so many bad things happen to cats outside, not to mention the reduction of birds that I rather like in the yard,...
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 1 Week Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 515
Posted By rfaspen
You're so close to having a neato lens. I guess...

You're so close to having a neato lens. I guess I wonder why the rear element is missing. Was it intentionally removed? Or some mishap? I know how labs can get filled with the remnants of so many...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 311
Posted By rfaspen
Wow! That was a great article. Found out I have...

Wow! That was a great article. Found out I have yet another kindred spirit out there......from the old cassette tape drive to the love of old places and the desire to record them before they're...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 413
Posted By rfaspen
My IIIa is my favourite Barnack. Everyone will...

My IIIa is my favourite Barnack. Everyone will have their own favourite model....
I see lots of IIIf and c bodies for sale these days, some even priced correctly.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 112
Views: 2,613
Posted By rfaspen
If you're intent on trying out FSU gear, I would...

If you're intent on trying out FSU gear, I would suggest a Zorki-6 as perhaps the most ergonomic variant, and the Fed-3 as the most indestructible.

Fedka in NYC sells the J-3. Might be more $$ than...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 457
Posted By rfaspen
I don't even get a stop sign. Hope we get to see...

I don't even get a stop sign. Hope we get to see some pics from the contax.... I still have a hard time getting on with my Contax/Kievs. Can't hold them right
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 67
Views: 2,095
Posted By rfaspen
^ there's an idea! I probably wouldn't be able...

^ there's an idea! I probably wouldn't be able to afford it though.
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 247
Views: 5,061
Posted By rfaspen
OK, I've been occupied with work and home...

OK, I've been occupied with work and home repair...

Just decided to sit down and see what's come so far: I have 28 cards. I think one of them might be the bonus card from "The Colonel". I tend...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 247
Views: 5,061
Posted By rfaspen
Raid, your card made it to me as well, but almost...

Raid, your card made it to me as well, but almost didn't. The post carrier delivered it to one of my neighbors. The unfortunately disabled neighbor almost didn't catch the error; but he did and...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 247
Views: 5,061
Posted By rfaspen
All of mine are out! Sorry to my international...

All of mine are out! Sorry to my international friends as those were the last batches to get mailed. I had to spread out the mailing costs this time around due to financial issues -- thanks to the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 416
Posted By rfaspen
OK, backpacking as in a romp around Europe during...

OK, backpacking as in a romp around Europe during your gap year before college.

I wouldn't consider a hard case (Pelican). Likely overkill and its heavy and volume invariant. I've used an insert...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 112
Views: 2,613
Posted By rfaspen
My 1957 J-3 gives me the results I expected from...

My 1957 J-3 gives me the results I expected from this lens. It was shimmed by a fellow RFF member at some point. Of course its a fast Sonnar, but I only need to remember to "lean in" about 5cm...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 247
Views: 5,061
Posted By rfaspen
My cards are going out in trickles.... -> 5...

My cards are going out in trickles....

-> 5 cards out yesterday.
-> 15 going out today.
-> Another 8 go out tomorrow.

And then I need to go get more stamps. I think I need about...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 58
Views: 1,642
Posted By rfaspen
I understood the initial inquiry. Character as...

I understood the initial inquiry. Character as in Petzval character :cool:

I don't know of a 35 with swirly bokeh, but that kind of character is usually related to low correction of one or more...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 1,199
Posted By rfaspen
All I can say is that Don is a "stand up guy". ...

All I can say is that Don is a "stand up guy". And his work is indeed his reputation -- Excellent. Has always made things right for me.

That shop in Portland (OR?) will not be named, but I...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-13-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,833
Posted By rfaspen
.... and no gad-awful stick to be found on this...

.... and no gad-awful stick to be found on this new 75. Whew
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-13-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,833
Posted By rfaspen
OK. I would dearly like to know when this lens...

OK. I would dearly like to know when this lens is going to become available (Stephen?)?


As per agreement with a certain important person. Lens acquisitions are to be few and far between. This...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-09-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 557
Posted By rfaspen
I'm in that "block" space now. I know it will...

I'm in that "block" space now. I know it will pass though, it always does.


I find that advice to photograph with your eyes while you move through the world to be good, productive, advice. I...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 05-06-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 264
Posted By rfaspen
May every day be a great day.....but I'm glad to...

May every day be a great day.....but I'm glad to hear the special day was particularly great. I know family makes my day every time.
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 05-01-2019
Replies: 247
Views: 5,061
Posted By rfaspen
Maybe I missed it, but was there a "label...

Maybe I missed it, but was there a "label friendly" list of addresses this time round?


I'm just getting to printing .... sorry for the lag.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-30-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 731
Posted By rfaspen
First. You will not get a horror story with Don...

First. You will not get a horror story with Don at DAG camera repair. You will receive the best service possible. Some might say better than Leica themselves (my personal opinion). If you're...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-27-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 258
Posted By rfaspen
Oh. I didn't see anything either. I ran my...

Oh. I didn't see anything either. I ran my mouse through the post and "selected", then I saw there was text.

I don't know where to find a service manual for any Tamron lenses. That's likely to be...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-27-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 492
Posted By rfaspen
Colton, I think we could probably suggest the...

Colton, I think we could probably suggest the same guy for either repair or getting a replacement -- Oleg.

https://okvintagecamera.com/ocart/index.php?route=common/home

Oleg is a well-vetted repair...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-26-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 446
Posted By rfaspen
Silver oxide or lithium. Both work well. ...

Silver oxide or lithium. Both work well. Lithium are supposed to be a little better, but its not appeciable in an application such as the M6 meter.

Avoid alkaline which have the potential to...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-26-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 1,098
Posted By rfaspen
The whole month of May? Shouldn't be too hard....

The whole month of May? Shouldn't be too hard. :cool:

I use my 1957 Jupiter-3 rather frequently all year round. ;)

I use one of my Industar-22/Fed-50/Industar-10 type lenses occasionally....
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-22-2019
Replies: 8,778
Views: 855,694
Posted By rfaspen
This is a great catch! Nice. Especially nice...

This is a great catch! Nice. Especially nice for 300E !!
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-22-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 965
Posted By rfaspen
This is very surprising. I had conversations...

This is very surprising. I had conversations about seperation and cements with John Van Stelton (Focal Point) in the U.S. before he retired. John was the last "great" lens repair shop on this...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-20-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 965
Posted By rfaspen
If there is haze between cemented elements, no...

If there is haze between cemented elements, no you will not have them separated by anyone. First, I strongly suspect the cement in modern CV lenses is not balsam but new UV cured cement. ...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-18-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 280
Posted By rfaspen
Ektar is a great lens.

Ektar is a great lens.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-17-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 1,603
Posted By rfaspen
Ah, the good life. I knew it involved...

Ah, the good life. I knew it involved photographic equipment :D

I still think that guy offering those painted cameras is not doing a full-on job with most of them. I guess I understand --> $$$. ...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-17-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 2,008
Posted By rfaspen
I like this one. I once looked at the Hex 60/1.2...

I like this one. I once looked at the Hex 60/1.2 but didn't have enough $$ for it. This is a good example why I wanted it.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-17-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 320
Posted By rfaspen
Capacitors and funky old battery types. I have a...

Capacitors and funky old battery types. I have a flashbulb unit that uses a 22.5volt battery in an odd size that's long not available anymore.

You might end up revampng one of these old...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-17-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 1,603
Posted By rfaspen
^^^ But Devin, Given the # of hours and effort...

^^^ But Devin, Given the # of hours and effort necessary to do a proper repaint, don't you find it suspicous the low-ish prices? I think you have a better feeling for this than most of us.

Of...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-16-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 2,776
Posted By rfaspen
Not religious. Not at all. But, I greatly mourn...

Not religious. Not at all. But, I greatly mourn the loss of all things beautiful and historic, including religious sites. Notre Dame has had the same checkered history as any other "landmark" of...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 04-16-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 778
Posted By rfaspen
Interesting. My cats both hate D/SLRs. They...

Interesting. My cats both hate D/SLRs. They have good taste (what cat doesn't?) and really warm up to the Leicas ;)
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 04-16-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 778
Posted By rfaspen
Guilty as charged. But in my defense, my black...

Guilty as charged.

But in my defense, my black cat is a good test of dynamic range. Very difficult to photograph her and not either block "shadows" or blow highlights or background. I think I need...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-16-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 1,603
Posted By rfaspen
Clearly someone simply applied a spray can of...

Clearly someone simply applied a spray can of auto body paint to "everything". Its low quality for sure -- look at the paint flaking off already on the door hinge. Its wanton waste and ethically...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-12-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 2,016
Posted By rfaspen
. Dude. Not nice to get me excited like that! ...

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Dude. Not nice to get me excited like that! For about 15 seconds I thought my lens dreams came true..... but not quite.

So, how does the lens handle with the 7a tab on it? Probably much...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-12-2019
Replies: 4,557
Views: 1,300,139
Posted By rfaspen
She clearly knows what she's doing. Nice to see...

She clearly knows what she's doing. Nice to see Hassy in the wild. And...I notice she's not aiming that thing in the same direction as the rest of the herd ;)

kewl
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-08-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 516
Posted By rfaspen
Hmm. No takers? I like this idea. I hope it...

Hmm. No takers?

I like this idea. I hope it moves forward.

I happen to need a bezel for a Zorki-6 RF window. --the RF window on the wind lever side of the body.

All I currently have as spare...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-08-2019
Replies: 262
Views: 14,166
Posted By rfaspen
Perhaps I will lift a pint this evening.....to...

Perhaps I will lift a pint this evening.....to honor a great presence in the photographic community. We will miss you Roger.

Bittersweet, but I'm glad the last week was a short one. I've had the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-07-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 447
Posted By rfaspen
This looks like a 3.5 summaron. No?

This looks like a 3.5 summaron. No?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-06-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 447
Posted By rfaspen
While I think it can be done by a very skilled...

While I think it can be done by a very skilled person (can only think of Don Goldberg for such a job), I cringe at the idea of removing another goggled lens from the world. Is it possible to instead...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-06-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 284
Posted By rfaspen
Yes. I have one on my Zeiss Biogon 35/2 and CV...

Yes. I have one on my Zeiss Biogon 35/2 and CV 35/1.4 (the same hood model) from Analog Robot at Shapeways. Was about $35 and I couldn't be more satisfied. For these lenses, the hood goes onto the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-06-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 2,991
Posted By rfaspen
I thought there was microtools US as well as EU. ...

I thought there was microtools US as well as EU. Related but in different locations. I could be very wrong about that.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-06-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 2,991
Posted By rfaspen
Well, a couple-few years ago I ordered full...

Well, a couple-few years ago I ordered full sheets from AA. Did they stop?
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-06-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 284
Posted By rfaspen
I second the shapeways hood. I have two. Great...

I second the shapeways hood. I have two. Great value!
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-03-2019
Replies: 262
Views: 14,166
Posted By rfaspen
I don't know what to say. I think all of you...

I don't know what to say. I think all of you wonderful RFFers have said it.


I am very sad. :(:(:(


Roger, you're awesome! (and I think you know it ;))
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-02-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 924
Posted By rfaspen
I have only found one talking camera in my...

I have only found one talking camera in my life

It had a rather limited vocabulary -- Talker (https://petapixel.com/2017/01/12/minolta-af-s-v-talker-80s-camera-spoke/)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-02-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 550
Posted By rfaspen
The price seems good. We don't know the...

The price seems good. We don't know the condition of the gear though, but it seems like a reasonable price to me if all the bits are in good order.


Like said above, the image quality will be...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-23-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 328
Posted By rfaspen
It really sounds like you need a good...

It really sounds like you need a good old-fashioned rangefinder adjustment in the M3. Many Leica techs can do it quickly and cheaply (relatively)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-22-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 328
Posted By rfaspen
What do you mean, focusing short of infinity? ...

What do you mean, focusing short of infinity?
Regardless, I get the feeling you have a thing going on with the M3 body. A need for adjustment?
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 03-21-2019
Replies: 247
Views: 5,061
Posted By rfaspen
Someone above expressed thanks to Keith for the...

Someone above expressed thanks to Keith for the Avery labels....

ME TOO! :D Thanks very much for those. One year, I just printed the "labels" on a sheet of paper, then cut it up into uhh...labels...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 03-20-2019
Replies: 247
Views: 5,061
Posted By rfaspen
Should be another fun round. I used Vistaprint...

Should be another fun round.

I used Vistaprint for my cards last couple times. Seem to be fine? I don't know how they stand up to postal abuse though.


I usually don't mind the very minor marks...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-20-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 571
Posted By rfaspen
Update: Thanks everyone. A call to Don (DAG)...

Update:

Thanks everyone. A call to Don (DAG) confirms it is a thing and possible to fix. He did not give me an estimate -- wants to physically see the lens first. OK then. Likely to be between...
Forum: Travel 03-18-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 595
Posted By rfaspen
I think the RFF member who did the bike tour has...

I think the RFF member who did the bike tour has a website (tour company?) called Bunyan Velo. I checked, its out there on the web....give a google.
Forum: Travel 03-18-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 595
Posted By rfaspen
We have an RFF member who traveled through one or...

We have an RFF member who traveled through one or more of the 'stans -- on bike! I wonder if he can help out here...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-18-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 686
Posted By rfaspen
Wait, what? $120 for quote refusal? Who are...

Wait, what? $120 for quote refusal? Who are these people?

This is reminiscent of the folks who "fixed" my Rolleiflex. It went to the shop with a sticky shutter release (minor repair)-- came...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-18-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 686
Posted By rfaspen
Hmm. The camera was "serviced" just 18 months...

Hmm. The camera was "serviced" just 18 months ago, and now needs a $330USD service for "light seals"?

Seems wrong to me. I would expect an M2 CLA'd just 18 months ago by my favorite tech (Don...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-18-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 330
Posted By rfaspen
The first Furby?

The first Furby?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-11-2019
Replies: 493
Views: 140,004
Posted By rfaspen
What a wonderful image!!! Funny how some like the...

What a wonderful image!!!
Funny how some like the cat, others don't. I personally love the atmosphere created by the entire scene, including the cat. As always Erik, you share with us such great...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 03-09-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 397
Posted By rfaspen
I used to have an old Daisy BB gun. It was my...

I used to have an old Daisy BB gun. It was my grandfathers. I had a sale and someone was mighty anxious to snap it up. I think I asked too little for it -- perhaps $10? It definitely had a wood...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-09-2019
Replies: 8,778
Views: 855,694
Posted By rfaspen
I had that scanner too. A real workhorse that I...

I had that scanner too. A real workhorse that I loved. I don't know where mine is today....I think I got rid of it when my various computers (upgrades) stopped supporting SCSI. For a while I had...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-06-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 1,103
Posted By rfaspen
Well. The M6J has serial number -- date and...

Well. The M6J has serial number -- date and serial (and M6J) in the usual place. The instagram photo doesn't have that. Perhaps paranoid people photoshopping the image? Not that necessary in my...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-06-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 2,200
Posted By rfaspen
This thread is making me miss Pan-X...a lot. ...

This thread is making me miss Pan-X...a lot.

The OP is one lucky dude. I would love a 100' roll of Pan-X. My last few precious rolls were all long-expired and stored mostly in the fridge. I...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-04-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,833
Posted By rfaspen
I'd like to know this too. I saw a couple other...

I'd like to know this too. I saw a couple other example images somewhere on the net. I think one of them included some of that point-light "bokeh ball" OOF in the image (I can't relocate them now)....
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-04-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,833
Posted By rfaspen
Oh man! My lens lust is at peak levels. My envy...

Oh man! My lens lust is at peak levels. My envy of certain individuals who get to handle and play with these lenses is at peak level too ;)
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 03-04-2019
Replies: 265
Views: 7,906
Posted By rfaspen
I too would like to participate at a rate of once...

I too would like to participate at a rate of once annually -- So count me in for RFF Postcard # ? (which one are we on now?) https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/images/smilies/biggrin.gif

If...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 03-04-2019
Replies: 265
Views: 7,906
Posted By rfaspen
This is an unacceptable count (18 cards!). You...

This is an unacceptable count (18 cards!). You need to talk to someone about stolen/missing/?? mail. This should be truly disconcerting :mad:. What else is not making it to you??

I notice you...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-01-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,833
Posted By rfaspen
How much will this lens cost me? When/where can...

How much will this lens cost me? When/where can I purchase it?

Having dealt with my 35 and 21 desires (partially met by CV), I have a long standing interest in a 75mm for my environmental...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-01-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1,188
Posted By rfaspen
I suspect that is not an additional spring but...

I suspect that is not an additional spring but rather the spring clutch for the wind on that has been "toasted". Likely by someone who insisted that the wind knob is supposed to rotate...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-26-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,290
Posted By rfaspen
He did say it is "the money lens".;)

He did say it is "the money lens".;)
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-25-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 238
Posted By rfaspen
The Foton is interesting. I read good things...

The Foton is interesting. I read good things about its lenses. Well, the Amatol at least...

I think I am seeing the desired images if I click and get directed to the photobucket site....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-21-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 372
Posted By rfaspen
^^^ I think I concur with this. Its hard to...

^^^
I think I concur with this. Its hard to predict when a problem may occur, but it could be a long time from now. Treat the camera nicely and it will probably be fine for a long while (don't hold...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 02-21-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,369
Posted By rfaspen
^^^ I think this is how most of us operate. At...

^^^

I think this is how most of us operate. At least this is what I do.

I kind of like the little game of guessing exposure and then checking how close I got. Its a fantastic way to train your...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-20-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 750
Posted By rfaspen
I don't think I'm of much help here either. Like...

I don't think I'm of much help here either. Like most others, I did 4x5 (and 5x5) proofs from 6x6 negatives. Often made 8x10, 5x7 cropped prints from 35 negs, and 8x12 if I wanted the "full frame"....
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 02-11-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,360
Posted By rfaspen
I overlooked the special PL mount adapter. Were...

I overlooked the special PL mount adapter. Were these available before (as 3rd party)?

Not knowing much about lenses in PL mount, how would the angle of view be affected when mounting on an M10. ...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-11-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 2,421
Posted By rfaspen
I don't remember if I was looking for anything in...

I don't remember if I was looking for anything in particular, but I pulled a few cameras from the cabinet and started trying spools among them.
All spools from the following cameras fit one another...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 02-11-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,360
Posted By rfaspen
This is embarrassing for those of us who like...

This is embarrassing for those of us who like "normal" Leica stuff.

Its been discussed ad nauseum here before -- "good for Leica to exploit the luxury market if it keeps them afloat". Ahem, but...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 02-08-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 407
Posted By rfaspen
Looking for Tessar "look" on a digital M: Not...

Looking for Tessar "look" on a digital M:

Not sure if you've considered the FSU lens Industar-22. Yes, its very inexpensive and sometimes discounted as a mere FSU lens, but its actually a fine...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 02-08-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1,791
Posted By rfaspen
Looks good to me. (That don't look like...

Looks good to me. (That don't look like Eureka)

I've been considering this lens...

Try any flare-prone situations? Do you have/use a hood for this lens?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-03-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 894
Posted By rfaspen
Very odd indeed! I can't tell, but the black...

Very odd indeed!
I can't tell, but the black vulcanite seems to fit well relative to the top and bottom plates -- in other words: Does it appear the vulcanite is over the thickness of the lizard skin...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-02-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,862
Posted By rfaspen
These are nice. Both give me a sense of place...

These are nice. Both give me a sense of place and time. I love to drink beer and flip through photograph books. A favorite pastime. I also like to experience the geese flying through my valley in...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-02-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,862
Posted By rfaspen
OK. I'm not sure what is going on. The original...

OK. I'm not sure what is going on. The original post had a set of photos that I found too contrasty. After that, I saw a bunch of photos I liked a bit more from various photographers, inlcluding...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-02-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 2,421
Posted By rfaspen
Dang it! Now I too will have to pull all my...

Dang it!

Now I too will have to pull all my Leica and clone spools and look at them closely. Honestly, I haven't paid any attention to them at all. Perhaps its time. Like many of you, I'll be...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-02-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 2,421
Posted By rfaspen
Eric, I very much wish I had this problem. I...

Eric,
I very much wish I had this problem. I lust after a 1A. They are such beautiful cameras, and the images you keep posting from it -- beautiful!
I'd live with the sprocket holes problem just...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-30-2019
Replies: 56
Views: 2,293
Posted By rfaspen
In all seriousness, I do hope/wish there was a...

In all seriousness, I do hope/wish there was a stong presence of women RF users here at RFF.

The few women rangefinder photographers (they use Leica,yes) I know are amazing -- photographically and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-30-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,117
Posted By rfaspen
I bought my D700 used (so take from that what you...

I bought my D700 used (so take from that what you will) with about 40K on it. It failed terminally after less than 12 months ownership. I put only ~300 clicks on it. :mad: I did love the handling...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 01-29-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,057
Posted By rfaspen
Are you thinking of acquiring this? Cool! I...

Are you thinking of acquiring this? Cool!

I know nothing about that lens, but I wouldn't mind seeing one, and images it produces.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-28-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 2,159
Posted By rfaspen
I've used Don (DAG) and Youxin in the past. Both...

I've used Don (DAG) and Youxin in the past. Both good service. I had a relatively minor problem with a lens serviced by YYe, but not enough to worry about. Don is the best ever. Period. I have...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-24-2019
Replies: 176
Views: 9,734
Posted By rfaspen
Well, except for that stick that's a very nice...

Well, except for that stick that's a very nice looking lens. Perfect size and appears to be perfectly organized for my taste. Too bad about that stick :D
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-24-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 307
Posted By rfaspen
Don is probably your best bet. You could check...

Don is probably your best bet. You could check with the other big names as well: Youxin, Sherry, Gus, Kindermann, Steve in California, and those dudes in the UK (CRR Luton and ?can't remember?). I...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-23-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 8,447
Posted By rfaspen
The lens I got to handle had click aperture ring....

The lens I got to handle had click aperture ring. I do think the 50/1.1 has a clickless aperture ring...

I'm still perplexed about the missing 11. If I recall correctly, there was no detent/click...
Forum: Travel 01-17-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 634
Posted By rfaspen
Machynlleth is nice. I've stayed mostly in...

Machynlleth is nice. I've stayed mostly in Tallybont and Aberystwyth (I'm usually there for University reasons). More of the activities I like are more northern from there. Never been to southern...
Forum: Travel 01-16-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 634
Posted By rfaspen
From my last visit to Wales, I don't recall that...

From my last visit to Wales, I don't recall that much flat terrain. At least in the northern regions (Aber to Snowdonia).

Regardless, I'm envious. All my Welsh friends have moved elsewhere and I...
Forum: Travel 01-16-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,227
Posted By rfaspen
Sofia, Bulgaria? Only European city I...

Sofia, Bulgaria?

Only European city I expect to visit for some time..... :(
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-28-2018
Replies: 94
Views: 7,094
Posted By rfaspen
I like your RFF name -- Archiver. ;) Seems like...

I like your RFF name -- Archiver. ;)

Seems like a good start for this thread https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif

Do you have any images from the aforementioned cactus...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-28-2018
Replies: 256
Views: 5,490
Posted By rfaspen
Well......we're waiting for some sample images. ...

Well......we're waiting for some sample images. Its been a few hours already :rolleyes:

My D700 is officially dead. Very dead. Shutter issue is more expensive to repair than a new body (even a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-27-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 1,597
Posted By rfaspen
I forgot to say Santa brought me a real camera...

I forgot to say Santa brought me a real camera bag. I am now the owner of a Domke 5XB. Those who know me will know that I have been using thrift store finds all my life. This is my first brand new...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-27-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 1,597
Posted By rfaspen
As a retired firefighter, I have seen my fair...

As a retired firefighter, I have seen my fair share of xmas tree fires. Stuff like that during the holidays were tough to witness.

I once got a small "thank you" for saving the family dog after a...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-23-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 909
Posted By rfaspen
I don't live in UK, and only visited a couple...

I don't live in UK, and only visited a couple times, but it looks like CRR Luton is awfully close to you in Stevenage. They are highly regarded Leica techs.:cool:

Jaap suggested a IIIg. I've been...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-22-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,919
Posted By rfaspen
OK. A big thumbs up for the repair guy (Canada...

OK.
A big thumbs up for the repair guy (Canada Camera Repair).

A giant thumb in the *** for the seller at that camera show. To say he was dishonest or unethical is to but it mildly. I would be...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 12-14-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 2,006
Posted By rfaspen
Same here! But again, I have the P800 and I'm...

Same here! But again, I have the P800 and I'm feeling pretty lucky about that.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-14-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,919
Posted By rfaspen
Hmm. I will be the one to be frank. You got...

Hmm. I will be the one to be frank.

You got taken by a dishonest person. I would be fuming at the seams.

The price you paid ($750) is fair for a fully working, nice condition M2 (as in it had a...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-13-2018
Replies: 99
Views: 8,447
Posted By rfaspen
I'm seriously considering this lens as a fun new...

I'm seriously considering this lens as a fun new addition to my "collection".

But I'm stumped as to why the aperture progression skips 11 -- the progression goes 1.4, 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 16.

I...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 12-13-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 2,006
Posted By rfaspen
I guess I got lucky. A fellow photo enthusiast...

I guess I got lucky. A fellow photo enthusiast was selling his P800 for a very good price. I bought it and I'm quite happy. I guess I narrowly escaped the frustrations of previous models (i.e.,...
Forum: Travel 12-10-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,478
Posted By rfaspen
I recommend New Zealand, but not from firsthand...

I recommend New Zealand, but not from firsthand experience (yet).

I used to let my outdoor activities influence my travel destinations. Caving and climbing has prompted travel to eastern Europe and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-10-2018
Replies: 256
Views: 5,490
Posted By rfaspen
Hey raid, Congratulations. The D700 was a good...

Hey raid,

Congratulations. The D700 was a good camera for me. Unfortunately, mine died just recently when some friends and I went on a small photo expedition. It failed on the first exposure and...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-02-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 570
Posted By rfaspen
Oh yes. That is a lens I have and use every now...

Oh yes. That is a lens I have and use every now and then, and the OP shows the exact very shade I use on it too.

So yeah. If I use a filter with a "deep" or "thick" profile, I get vignetting. ...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-30-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 627
Posted By rfaspen
At first, I thought we were talking about a Leica...

At first, I thought we were talking about a Leica CL with the WATE. But now I think its actually about the Leica CL with a WATE.

Film vs. Digital :cool:
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-30-2018
Replies: 176
Views: 9,734
Posted By rfaspen
I got some of them lenses with a stick (LTM...

I got some of them lenses with a stick (LTM 35/2.5 and LTM 21/4). I tried to work the stick (oh, that sounds bad :eek:), but I just learned to dislike them more with each use. I even had my "tiger...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-30-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1,779
Posted By rfaspen
Confirmed that the excellent Olympus right angle...

Confirmed that the excellent Olympus right angle finder does not fit onto the Bessa R. Really too bad because that finder is really nice and bright and crisp.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-28-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1,779
Posted By rfaspen
Oh, that's not a good sign. I'll still check.

Oh, that's not a good sign. I'll still check.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-28-2018
Replies: 176
Views: 9,734
Posted By rfaspen
Kostya, I'm not sure I quite follow you, but you...

Kostya, I'm not sure I quite follow you, but you reminded me I need to take Yana out to hunt mushrooms before the deep frosts hit.

Cosina has in fact solved quite a few problems for us RF users...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-28-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1,779
Posted By rfaspen
There's a nicely priced Olympus angle finder at a...

There's a nicely priced Olympus angle finder at a local store. I will check and see if it fits my Bessa R.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-28-2018
Replies: 176
Views: 9,734
Posted By rfaspen
I'm glad someone brought this up. I can't see in...

I'm glad someone brought this up. I can't see in any of the pictures on the Cosina website (pictures of the lenses themselves) if that awful stick is still present (as it was on the prototypes). ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-18-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 792
Posted By rfaspen
I think this takes the prize for weird, kooky,...

I think this takes the prize for weird, kooky, interesting, amazing adapter. I've seen external aperture mechanisms before, they were supposed to be used in conjunction with LF lenses that didn't...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-16-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 792
Posted By rfaspen
I need to dig out my most odd adapter and share a...

I need to dig out my most odd adapter and share a photo. Its not necessarly odd looking, but impressive in that it is a big, heavy, solid piece of brass. Did I say it's heavy?

Someone with a metal...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-16-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,066
Posted By rfaspen
Oh wow! Kind of exciting to learn something...

Oh wow! Kind of exciting to learn something new!

Yes, there is a number (pair of numbers?) on the back of the focus tab. And yes they match the flange. Very cool. Now, what does it mean?

I...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-16-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,066
Posted By rfaspen
Just an observation -- It looks like the early...

Just an observation -- It looks like the early serial numbers on Fed lenses (stamped into back flange) are actually a pair of 2-digit numbers. I base that on the way they always seem to appear as...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-15-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,066
Posted By rfaspen
Hey, let me add to the confusion.... Here is my...

Hey, let me add to the confusion....

Here is my "Kombinat" of 1939 with its matching lens (I should say I assume it is the matching lens: came with the body and images come out focused). Note the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-14-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,066
Posted By rfaspen
I guess wait until it shows up. It might not be...

I guess wait until it shows up.

It might not be screwed on completely. There might be grime in the threads keeping it from scewing on completely.

I think the lens in the picture is of the early...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-14-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 781
Posted By rfaspen
Guess I'm the outlier. I've had many...

Guess I'm the outlier. I've had many transactions on ebay. About 33% have been unpleasant in one way or another. Of the most egregious, ebay was of no help whatsoever (and I was the buyer)....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-14-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 811
Posted By rfaspen
To be specific. Temps of -40 or colder are not...

To be specific. Temps of -40 or colder are not exactly common in my town either. However, I seem to recall at least one day in most years when it gets to the -40F mark (or lower: -44, -46). That...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-14-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 811
Posted By rfaspen
I should have mentioned....my experience with...

I should have mentioned....my experience with cold temps is mostly interior North American and at elevation -- U.S. and Canadian Rockies. My town gets -40F (or colder) some/most? years (in winter of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-13-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 811
Posted By rfaspen
Trust me. Leave your camera out (around your...

Trust me. Leave your camera out (around your neck on strap?) for 20 mins in -45F and it will slow down. How do I know??? In fact, I would worry about metal parts breaking at that temp and lower. ...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-01-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 487
Posted By rfaspen
How do you lose a half case? Just curious. ...

How do you lose a half case? Just curious. There might be an interesting story here....
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-01-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 342
Posted By rfaspen
I made my own from a sheet of "leather" from Aki...

I made my own from a sheet of "leather" from Aki Asahi. Not too difficult as you already know.
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 10-30-2018
Replies: 265
Views: 7,906
Posted By rfaspen
Several days ago the last straggler card to...

Several days ago the last straggler card to arrive here in western Oregon was an orange bear. It was indeed a pleasant surprise because I thought no more cards were going to arrive. I think the...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-27-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,647
Posted By rfaspen
We have lots of those little libraries scattered...

We have lots of those little libraries scattered about my town. Most seem to be on residental lands, but some seem to be in public locations too. I like living in a place where nobody gets too...
Forum: RFF News 10-27-2018
Replies: 151
Views: 7,670
Posted By rfaspen
Truth be told, if I have to carry two pieces of...

Truth be told, if I have to carry two pieces of equipment with me (camera and phone) I am not terribly interested. I don't always have my phone with me, and I don't need yet more reasons to be tied...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-26-2018
Replies: 445
Views: 13,109
Posted By rfaspen
I kind of like the lever. I also like an LCD on...

I kind of like the lever. I also like an LCD on my digital Leica. But, what wonderful diversity I see...I'd like to see more.

Its been said over and over that Leica cameras (Leica M cameras that...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-25-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 505
Posted By rfaspen
I have to say... that is the perfect camera to...

I have to say... that is the perfect camera to have and display in a MCM "atomic ranch" home. Very correct period furnishings.

Are the lenses bayonet mount? Are there any lens elements that remain...
Forum: Chris Crawford 10-23-2018
Replies: 2,526
Views: 365,723
Posted By rfaspen
I knew you would love the M4/3 system. Its quite...

I knew you would love the M4/3 system. Its quite capable, and even more so in your hands!
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 10-20-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 949
Posted By rfaspen
- Alas, no M mount version has been...

- Alas, no M mount version has been announced.


Ah. But they showed us one at Photokina. :eek:



Cruel, cruel, Cosina :(
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-13-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 381
Posted By rfaspen
The lens is probably a very simple optical...

The lens is probably a very simple optical formula -- I suspect the rounded part of the rear element faces the film.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-13-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 241
Posted By rfaspen
Very artistic. The lens might have a new...

Very artistic. The lens might have a new specialized use from now on...

Actually, my best guess is one of the elements was replaced "backward" when reassembling. At least I've had similar behavior...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 10-13-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 341
Posted By rfaspen
Its a crazy thing. So there must be a...

Its a crazy thing. So there must be a semi-silver mirror or prism in the lens? Crazy.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-13-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 622
Posted By rfaspen
If the capital outlay is minimal, I say go for...

If the capital outlay is minimal, I say go for it. Sorry I can't recommend any specific models. I've never even held an M39 SLR or any of the lenses. But from my experience more broadly, if I have...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 10-13-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 949
Posted By rfaspen
When does M-mount version arrive? Waiting...

When does M-mount version arrive? Waiting expectantly.....:)
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-12-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 2,298
Posted By rfaspen
So.... Its now about 1 1/2 years later, after my...

So....
Its now about 1 1/2 years later, after my initial post. I very much appreciate everyone's suggestions for dealing with my scented camera.

Until last week, the camera was still as strongly...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-12-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,224
Posted By rfaspen
D-76 is less toxic to you and your children than...

D-76 is less toxic to you and your children than dryer sheets. The formulas are proprietary and secret, but if you knew what was in dryer sheets you would stay far, far, away from them. Similar...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-11-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,131
Posted By rfaspen
This sounds like you're talking about adjusting...

This sounds like you're talking about adjusting the RF in the camera body. I think we agree that's not likely at issue here.

But. the advice about using the correct tools when opening the lens is...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-10-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 451
Posted By rfaspen
Well. Yours came out better than my attempt at...

Well. Yours came out better than my attempt at the "taco method". Never again :mad:

The Mod54 or something like that is probably what I'll have to get. Tray method in mean time. Of course, I...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-10-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 670
Posted By rfaspen
It doesn't have ability to open a FILCA, does it?...

It doesn't have ability to open a FILCA, does it? Doesn't look like it...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-10-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 670
Posted By rfaspen
Oh. you posted some pictures while I was...

Oh. you posted some pictures while I was writing...
Thanks.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-10-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 670
Posted By rfaspen
I'll have to go look this thing up on the net. I...

I'll have to go look this thing up on the net. I wonder what it looks like.

Currently, I have a rather cheap bulk loader. Can't remember the brand, but its common. Its pretty darn flimso, but it...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-10-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,131
Posted By rfaspen
I would be unhappy if my lens came back...

I would be unhappy if my lens came back performing at a lower level.

I am very picky about who I will allow to service my Leica gear. I suspect a lot of camera repair shops are capable of dealing...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 10-10-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 2,135
Posted By rfaspen
Wow. These are really purdy. I don't think I've...

Wow. These are really purdy. I don't think I've had the pleasure to handle one of these...I think I would remember if I had. Looks like an excellent camera for using.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-08-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 878
Posted By rfaspen
You are now a member of a most prestigious and...

You are now a member of a most prestigious and elite group.

Now that you have made it through our initiation ritual, you are entitled to many priveleges not available to the "common public". You...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-04-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 612
Posted By rfaspen
Now we're talking... So detailed, but why get...

Now we're talking...


So detailed, but why get the flash part wrong...I mean, they clearly had one of these in hand to get that detailed.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-04-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 612
Posted By rfaspen
You're absolutely right. And yes it was cool to...

You're absolutely right. And yes it was cool to see the camera.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-04-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,451
Posted By rfaspen
I forgot to chime in with my recommendation for...

I forgot to chime in with my recommendation for the OP....
Ah, looks like everyone else already made it. I will reiterate the advice about the CL. Its a cute camera and I use one with a 35 lens,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-04-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,451
Posted By rfaspen
Yeah, if you really do want a CLA, make sure to...

Yeah, if you really do want a CLA, make sure to send it to someone who actually does a CLA. There are so many shops out there who will take the camera in and "service" it. To be fair, some of those...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-04-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 612
Posted By rfaspen
I'm right at the age where I could be accused of...

I'm right at the age where I could be accused of "not keeping up". However, that's not the case. I'm often more current with the "music scene" than my college age son. It drives him crazy...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-04-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 612
Posted By rfaspen
With a Nikon strap? Heresy?

With a Nikon strap? Heresy?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-04-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 659
Posted By rfaspen
I've had this exact thing happen to be before. ...

I've had this exact thing happen to be before. Yes, a reflection of that blown out area (must be a neon sign that says "750"). Happened most often when I used a Jupiter-3 lens with a UV filter on...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 10-03-2018
Replies: 265
Views: 7,906
Posted By rfaspen
No orange bear in Oregon yet. :( So there's one...

No orange bear in Oregon yet. :( So there's one I'm missing.

I'm up to 25 cards excluding my own. Seems like we had more than 25 participants this round.....more coming???

I remember one round...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-03-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 410
Posted By rfaspen
Hey, it is being offered for the Leica M1 as well...

Hey, it is being offered for the Leica M1 as well as Nikon FE2. Leica M1? Do you think it would fit any other Leica Ms?

Funny. It does remind me of the Speed Magny. But Leica M1? Typo or ?
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-01-2018
Replies: 55
Views: 1,773
Posted By rfaspen
Um. The "Angry Photographer" kind of rubs me the...

Um. The "Angry Photographer" kind of rubs me the wrong way. Just a matter of style and my aesthetic. I know people like him but I just don't click with him. Lots of reasons why... But, the world...
Forum: Chris Crawford 10-01-2018
Replies: 2,526
Views: 365,723
Posted By rfaspen
As a tool afficionado, I can't tell you how...

As a tool afficionado, I can't tell you how disappointing it was when Craftsman tools stopped being Craftsman tools. The change was dramatic. Now, I'm not trying to deride China, but the Chinese...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-01-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 532
Posted By rfaspen
Where can I get one of those retro-vintage...

Where can I get one of those retro-vintage looking E-mount cameras? I haven't seen one of those before.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-29-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 612
Posted By rfaspen
Nikon branded strap on a Canon body. 1970s car...

Nikon branded strap on a Canon body.
1970s car with a digital speedometer?
Disconcerting "jostling and flashing" I see in contemporary music videos. Personally I find that unattractive.
Neat...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 09-28-2018
Replies: 176
Views: 9,734
Posted By rfaspen
Who do we "bug" to make these a reality? Both...

Who do we "bug" to make these a reality? Both have qualities I value very much. The 21/3.5 is attractive right now (see my other thread about decentered elmarit 21/2.8). The small size is more...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-27-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,309
Posted By rfaspen
I hate theives. This kind of thing hurts us all...

I hate theives. This kind of thing hurts us all in the long run.

Find them. Arrest them. Hang em by their thumbs.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-27-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 571
Posted By rfaspen
As you can imagine, decentering to slight levels...

As you can imagine, decentering to slight levels is actually very common. Leica and other "high end" lenses are supposed to have higher tolerances for their lenses. The amount of decentering shown...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-27-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 571
Posted By rfaspen
I do plan to give Don a call. I've learned that...

I do plan to give Don a call. I've learned that he does not like being bothered with email questions, but welcomes phone calls. Apparently, he has a headset or speaker phone setup that allows him...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-27-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 571
Posted By rfaspen
Decentered Elmarit 21mm pre-asph - what to do???

Well. I purchased an Elmarit 21/2.8 pre-asph from Tamarkin about 1.5 years ago. Up until recently, I have only used the lens occasionally for some landscape shots. Seemed OK.

Over this last...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-26-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 404
Posted By rfaspen
Probably won't hurt sales. Not so sure if it...

Probably won't hurt sales. Not so sure if it will help sales though.

I for one am a little curious about this development (L mount stuff). I have resisted the idea of investing or investigating...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 09-13-2018
Replies: 265
Views: 7,906
Posted By rfaspen
A card from krotenblender made it all the way to...

A card from krotenblender made it all the way to the Pacific coast of North America today.

I'm at 22 now (oh wait, I think that includes my own). I'm at 21 :D
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 09-13-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 1,419
Posted By rfaspen
Are these supposed to be great deal prices? I...

Are these supposed to be great deal prices?


I seem to be doing well with my film purchases then :)
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-13-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 2,009
Posted By rfaspen
I love my M9. Its entirely emotional. I...

I love my M9. Its entirely emotional.

I couldn't recommend or not recommend the M9 to anyone else. As mentioned a couple times above, the quality of the output from the M9 is entirely dependent on...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 09-10-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,376
Posted By rfaspen
I'm confused. You ended up with a Zeiss Planar...

I'm confused. You ended up with a Zeiss Planar 50/2 instead of a Biogon 35/2?

The Planar is supposed to be darn nice too. I don't have one though. I do have a Biogon 35/2 and I think I mentioned...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-10-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 674
Posted By rfaspen
The teenage brain is not developed to make...

The teenage brain is not developed to make "common sense" decisions like an adult brain. A lot of recent research has described this, and it is simply the human condition. Teens take risks that...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-09-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1,401
Posted By rfaspen
Adox film is good. I was using Silvermax a fair...

Adox film is good.

I was using Silvermax a fair bit but have tapered off. Tapered off shooting film in general, but have no fear, its just a lull.

Only one roll of Silvermax left in the fridge. ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-09-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 414
Posted By rfaspen
What does Thorsten and his designer friend have...

What does Thorsten and his designer friend have against elephants?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-06-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 401
Posted By rfaspen
Welcome to RFF! You will probably get some good...

Welcome to RFF! You will probably get some good ideas here.

I can't tell just what that is on the example image, but I'm curious why the torn open cannister was involved while loading film on the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-06-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,254
Posted By rfaspen
None of my lenses with square hoods are perfectly...

None of my lenses with square hoods are perfectly aligned. Including Leica lenses. As long as its pretty close to aligned, I don't get too bothered. The images of the hood/lens shown here look...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-06-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 890
Posted By rfaspen
I found a nice chrome M2 with recent service for...

I found a nice chrome M2 with recent service for $650 a little while ago....
Repaints vary a lot. I wouldn't turn down a repaint, but I don't feel the need to seek one out -- thus I don't place a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-05-2018
Replies: 56
Views: 1,784
Posted By rfaspen
I have a special anti-static/dust brush that is...

I have a special anti-static/dust brush that is supposed to be used with vinyl records -- its fairly old and special. I believe it has Polonium at the base of the bristles. If its not Polonium, its...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 09-05-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,764
Posted By rfaspen
I also remember a software called M8Raw2DNG that...

I also remember a software called M8Raw2DNG that provided some ability to remap and eliminate dead pixels (which result in vertical lines). I have the software on my computer, and its free to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-04-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 635
Posted By rfaspen
A book would at the very least provide a tangible...

A book would at the very least provide a tangible reminder of your intentions. I also find books (on pertinent subjects) to be good sources of motivation and ideas. Especially if there are pictures...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-04-2018
Replies: 56
Views: 1,784
Posted By rfaspen
Wow! First. I'm so glad to see I'm not the only...

Wow!

First. I'm so glad to see I'm not the only person dogged by dust. Hate dust!

Second. Nice to see so many (many!) ideas for dust-free drying.

Since I don't have the money or space for a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-04-2018
Replies: 173
Views: 10,328
Posted By rfaspen
How cool that this thread got resurrected. I...

How cool that this thread got resurrected.

I didn't vote initally, nor can I now. My option isn't among choices.

As with nearly everything in life, "it depends."

It depends on exactly where I'm...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 09-04-2018
Replies: 265
Views: 7,906
Posted By rfaspen
Its been a postcard desert here lately. Haven't...

Its been a postcard desert here lately. Haven't received any new cards for about a week now.

Maybe today?!

Really looking forward to more contact-printed cards (got the one from mothertrucker,...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 09-02-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,376
Posted By rfaspen
What's wrong with the Biogon? I have one and I...

What's wrong with the Biogon? I have one and I consider it my most perfect 35. At least among the 35's I own -- which would be a Nokton 35/1.4, various Summarons (2.8 and 3.5), and Skopar in M...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-01-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 564
Posted By rfaspen
Well, sometimes sellers are honest and simply...

Well, sometimes sellers are honest and simply don't know what "good condition" is. Sometimes sellers are not so honest. I have seen plenty of both situations.

Its clear that the camera needs to be...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 08-30-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,349
Posted By rfaspen
I have a strong suspicion that your roll of Ektar...

I have a strong suspicion that your roll of Ektar will come back with a fair number of well-exposed images; despite the fact that Ektar is a more picky film among the C-41 print films out there. ...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-30-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 635
Posted By rfaspen
DIY photography seems like fun. I have never...

DIY photography seems like fun. I have never made a LF camera, but I have thought about it. I have a few parts and a woodworking shop (that can handle occasional metal). What I don't have?

1....
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-30-2018
Replies: 121
Views: 4,587
Posted By rfaspen
RFF is very relevant to me. The world is a...

RFF is very relevant to me. The world is a better place for it.
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 08-29-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,349
Posted By rfaspen
It sounds like a good course of action would be...

It sounds like a good course of action would be to finish out the roll of Ektar. Try just using the meter in the Canon for all your exposures. As you probably know, Ektar is one of the more picky...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-29-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 564
Posted By rfaspen
I hate to say it, but it sounds like the camera...

I hate to say it, but it sounds like the camera will need to visit the camera doctor. The RF arm should not flop around loosely. It should only move when you press on it.

If the RF mechanism has...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 08-29-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,349
Posted By rfaspen
I know its an uncomfortable feeling, but less...

I know its an uncomfortable feeling, but less than one stop discrepancy is not significant. I have compared plenty of in-camera meters and handheld meters (all combinations of these) and I would...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 08-29-2018
Replies: 265
Views: 7,906
Posted By rfaspen
I'm receiving cards too! I just counted and I...

I'm receiving cards too! I just counted and I have 11 cards at this point. Very cool :cool:.

On my card, I forgot to mention that the oldest shoes found in N. America are about 10,000 years old! ...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 08-28-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1,816
Posted By rfaspen
Regardless of vintage status, my EP-2 works well....

Regardless of vintage status, my EP-2 works well. I really should use it more. Its good at macro using adpated lenses (like the micro-Nikkor 55/2.8).

I also use it for long telephoto wildlife...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-28-2018
Replies: 8,778
Views: 855,694
Posted By rfaspen
I hope you enjoy it. I have a Crown too. Its my...

I hope you enjoy it. I have a Crown too. Its my 2nd 4x5, but its my first "portable" 4x5 camera. I pretend its a bona-fide field camera ;)

You'll find that it's a rather capable camera. I hope...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-28-2018
Replies: 297
Views: 34,986
Posted By rfaspen
Vince, this is very creative!!! I love it :cool:

Vince, this is very creative!!! I love it :cool:
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