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Forum: Photography General Interest 18 Hours Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 324
Posted By retinax
Wait wait, so all of you who are advising on...

Wait wait, so all of you who are advising on storage boxes etc. do think silica dust constitutes a problem unless gear is contained like that? I normally don't keep my stuff in boxes, as I said...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Day Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 324
Posted By retinax
Yes, these are lockdown mode thoughts... thanks...

Yes, these are lockdown mode thoughts... thanks for the confirmation!
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Day Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 324
Posted By retinax
Gear storage worries: abrasive dusts

Hi all,
In central Europe I'm fortunately largely spared the problems people in some locations face about moisture and fungus - keeping stuff out of basements and leather cases is usually enough. But...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Day Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 421
Posted By retinax
A few M mount cameras have viewfinders that are...

A few M mount cameras have viewfinders that are ideal for 28mm because of their lower magnification: The 0.58 Leica M models (out of your budget I think), the Bessa R4 (expensive for what it is), the...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 2 Days Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 334
Posted By retinax
By the way, on most TLRs the proper way to match...

By the way, on most TLRs the proper way to match focus on both lenses is adjusting their distance from film plane/screen by screwing them in or out of the lens board, don't know of the Rolleicord is...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 2 Days Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 334
Posted By retinax
You'll need a loupe. I don't know what's proper...

You'll need a loupe. I don't know what's proper procedure but I'd first check if infinity on the taking lens matches the scale/hard stop and then see if both lenses are in sync at a close distance,...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 3 Days Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 334
Posted By retinax
Making actual ground glass also isn't hard. You...

Making actual ground glass also isn't hard. You need a shard of glass, pliers to break it to size and sand paper to frost it (make it wet and do it in the sink, you don't want glass particles flying...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 3 Days Ago
Replies: 58
Views: 1,673
Posted By retinax
So much rambling, so little looking! Cabin fever?...

So much rambling, so little looking! Cabin fever? I feel the need to repeat: The main issue sharpness-wise is clearly camera shake. Look at horizontal white lines in the cockpit picture or the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 5 Days Ago
Replies: 58
Views: 1,673
Posted By retinax
Re. the softness, it looks like camera shake to...

Re. the softness, it looks like camera shake to me, but is hard to tell because it looks like a bad scan as well. Take some pictures with high shutter speed or on a tripod and get better scans or use...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Week Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 589
Posted By retinax
Some got a little less exposure, are those the...

Some got a little less exposure, are those the ones that you got darker scans of? Then maybe you should look at the auto exposure settings in you scanner software. And as Zenza mentioned, auto...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Week Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 589
Posted By retinax
They look alright to me. You probably just need...

They look alright to me. You probably just need to optimise your scanning. That some postprocessing is needed is normal. If you also post examples of the scans you're unhappy with, people here can...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Week Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 589
Posted By retinax
Show us a snap of the negatives including the...

Show us a snap of the negatives including the border, just hold them up against the window or something and snap with your phone. Then we'll be able to tell you more.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 374
Posted By retinax
I'd like to try one! How about some sample...

I'd like to try one! How about some sample pictures? What do you think about film flatness? And the 4th word should spell "Klappkameras".
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 988
Posted By retinax
Seems contradictory. Did you mean you need to...

Seems contradictory. Did you mean you need to acquire the 35 f/2?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 1,254
Posted By retinax
Is it moved easily or is it sticky? When you move...

Is it moved easily or is it sticky? When you move that, does the overlaid image in the rangefinder patch move? The rangefinder patch is not supposed to move when no lens is attached and you focus...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 262
Posted By retinax
It's typically more evident at shorter exposure...

It's typically more evident at shorter exposure times. But could be intermittent as well. I suppose if it is intermittent, it's more likely caused by debris like a film chip stuck in a bad place....
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,002
Posted By retinax
I see, that's a decent solution! I've never used...

I see, that's a decent solution! I've never used the built in meter anyway, I just like the idea of having it at my disposal, mine seems to read close enough... But indeed I'm not that worried about...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,002
Posted By retinax
Looks to me like it does cover the meter readout....

Looks to me like it does cover the meter readout. If I accept that, I can even position my stuck on shoe very conveniently, right now it's in front of the frameline selector... It is not that secure...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,002
Posted By retinax
Well I've simply stuck a shoe from a donor camera...

Well I've simply stuck a shoe from a donor camera to my top plate with double sided tape, still beats that thing in elegance and practicality :p
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 163
Views: 6,702
Posted By retinax
Don't forget a good axe! Then you can be a...

Don't forget a good axe! Then you can be a lumberjack for the underground toilet paper making that will soon emerge.
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 163
Views: 6,702
Posted By retinax
Huh? Have you read the post you quote from? I...

Huh? Have you read the post you quote from? I fully endorse that, and practice it myself. I'm just trying to point out that if everyone stops spending right now out of fear of a recession, that will...
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 163
Views: 6,702
Posted By retinax
Ok, I admit it's an over-simplification. However...

Ok, I admit it's an over-simplification. However holding back with expenses now will drive us deeper into a recession...
Keep up the good work!





I know spending as usual is not sustainable for...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 363
Posted By retinax
Are you sure this is even necessary if, as you...

Are you sure this is even necessary if, as you say, aesthetic considerations don't matter? I don't think this is comparable to a car for example, where something needs to be done about corrosion to...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 237
Posted By retinax
Mine is sorta dead, but located in Germany... If...

Mine is sorta dead, but located in Germany... If you can't find anything locally, we can talk about it.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 237
Posted By retinax
The one in my Genbakantoku/Off Road camera looks...

The one in my Genbakantoku/Off Road camera looks similar, maybe in other Konica P&S cameras from the same period, too?
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 163
Views: 6,702
Posted By retinax
For those whose income isn't directly affected by...

For those whose income isn't directly affected by things shutting down, I don't see the need to avoid spending. Either you believe this will lead to a major economic downturn, then you shouldn't hold...
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 163
Views: 6,702
Posted By retinax
I regret not having gone to a local shop to buy...

I regret not having gone to a local shop to buy some film I need anyway before shops were closed here, they certainly could have used the business.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2,102
Views: 313,708
Posted By retinax
Haha, what a madman you are to use super slow...

Haha, what a madman you are to use super slow film in a scale focus camera! But the result is beautiful!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,003
Posted By retinax
Are these lugs perhaps symmetrical and could be...

Are these lugs perhaps symmetrical and could be turned around and last another 50 years if no new ones can be found?
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 275
Posted By retinax
W/NW Genius Loci - can a photo capture the spirit or mood of a place?

This has been an important thing for my photography. I often try to capture the mood of a place. But does it work? Hard to tell for myself because the picture might just bring back memories I have of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 1,858
Posted By retinax
No-one really says that, at least on this forum,...

No-one really says that, at least on this forum, and not for applications that don't require extreme resolution, unless we're talking large formats.
Forum: DIYS Modifications 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,860
Posted By retinax
There is also this:...

There is also this: https://zeissikonveb.de/start/basteleien/praktica%20panorama%20reflex.html
He makes it work with a modified horizontal travel shutter. Even though that is very compact, I don't...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 448
Posted By retinax
Ah now I also see it in the exploded diagram...

Ah now I also see it in the exploded diagram above; sorry I mislead you about the ring around the tripod socket. Didn't expect they changed stuff like that between the 7 and 7S.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 448
Posted By retinax
No, you don't need to unscrew the lock. Only the...

No, you don't need to unscrew the lock. Only the ring around the tripod socket and the two screws.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 2,124
Posted By retinax
Try household rubber gloves, they provide great...

Try household rubber gloves, they provide great grip. Iirc that's how I managed.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 448
Posted By retinax
My 7 does that sometimes after rewinding, takes a...

My 7 does that sometimes after rewinding, takes a stroke or a stroke and a half before the wind mechanism re-engages. So it might be the same mechanism that's sticky and doesn't want to return to...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 1,112
Posted By retinax
Congrats! Re. macro lens, I'd try to find a copy...

Congrats!
Re. macro lens, I'd try to find a copy stand first (seem harder to find, less choices), then you can work out what focal length works best.
You should probably find out what is in the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 943
Posted By retinax
Here's a write-up by our own, sadly departed,...

Here's a write-up by our own, sadly departed, Roger (and Frances): http://rogerandfrances.com/subscription/ps%20real%20pre-flash.html
I'll add that in my experience, there's no one size fits all even...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 943
Posted By retinax
Looks very good! I've always been on the fence...

Looks very good! I've always been on the fence about HP5+ because examples I see online are so variable, but I'll seriously consider it if I need to push! In my limited experience with runaway...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,260
Posted By retinax
That's sad to hear. Make sure you get the camera...

That's sad to hear. Make sure you get the camera back, it's still valuable, especially the lenses could find a new home in one of the cameras with separation or otherwise damaged lenses.
From your...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,186
Posted By retinax
Interesting, I'm a little surprised it tested...

Interesting, I'm a little surprised it tested only at 60 -70 lp/mm. Doesn't tmx have much more resolution? I'd have expected them to be more similar there.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 999
Posted By retinax
I don't think shifting the eye a bit will do it...

I don't think shifting the eye a bit will do it unless you're very, very short-sighted. You'll need to hold the camera in phone picture taking position to meter. Whereas top readout as used on so...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 999
Posted By retinax
Why does it read out from the back? Makes no...

Why does it read out from the back? Makes no sense to me, from top is much more ergonomic. Or maybe it does make sense if you routinely point the meter to the ground...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,954
Posted By retinax
A light leak should be visible outside the frame...

A light leak should be visible outside the frame as long as it's not coming from the lens (or lens mount area), a shutter problem not.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-29-2020
Replies: 121
Views: 4,329
Posted By retinax
Words of wisdom here! We've all been tempted by...

Words of wisdom here! We've all been tempted by the search for the perfect camera. But even if you find it, the search won't be over - it will break or be to dear to carry around or your requirements...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-29-2020
Replies: 5
Views: 445
Posted By retinax
I have to say I like them dim-ish, and warm. Then...

I have to say I like them dim-ish, and warm. Then the eyes don't need to adjust so much when I switch to safe light. Obviously for color darkroom, high CRI is necessary, and could be helpful in b&w...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-29-2020
Replies: 7
Views: 492
Posted By retinax
Also, why would you want shutter priority? That...

Also, why would you want shutter priority? That wouldn't help at all with adapted lenses, aperture priority should work.
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-28-2020
Replies: 7
Views: 716
Posted By retinax
Ok that makes sense. Although I believe that...

Ok that makes sense. Although I believe that "cat's eyes" can also be formed simply because the aperture looks oval from the sides of the field of view, not only when the front element is too small...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-28-2020
Replies: 23
Views: 1,186
Posted By retinax
True dat! I don't scan, but I suspect that for...

True dat! I don't scan, but I suspect that for scanning with one of the more common scanners which won't be able to resolve the grain of Delta 100 anyway, going for the finest possible grain is...
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-27-2020
Replies: 7
Views: 716
Posted By retinax
There's an Excel sheet named "hoodcalc" floating...

There's an Excel sheet named "hoodcalc" floating around the interwebs. It makes do without the entrance pupil, and instead uses the front element, which seems convenient and convincing to me. I...
Forum: Olympus RF 02-26-2020
Replies: 16
Views: 1,056
Posted By retinax
Well I only checked a few pages. I definitely see...

Well I only checked a few pages. I definitely see it in #111, although I can't be sure it's not field curvature. I used to explain this to myself as field curvature (which can be accentuated by a...
Forum: Olympus RF 02-26-2020
Replies: 16
Views: 1,056
Posted By retinax
Seems like a lot to me. I just looked through a...

Seems like a lot to me. I just looked through a few pages of the W/NW: Wide Ohhhpen thread, and didn't see anything comparable, from 35mm or wider lenses. But maybe these were conditions where it's...
Forum: Olympus RF 02-25-2020
Replies: 16
Views: 1,056
Posted By retinax
I see what you mean. Field curvature? But an...

I see what you mean. Field curvature? But an unreasonable amount of it. Maybe the lens was assembled incorrectly?

In medium format cameras, stuff like this is often due to film flatness issues. I...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-25-2020
Replies: 14
Views: 892
Posted By retinax
On the forums which there are on the internet,...

On the forums which there are on the internet, the convention among those who useth them to converse among themselves be such that one proposeth a topic about which to hold a conversation, and the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-25-2020
Replies: 14
Views: 892
Posted By retinax
You're right!

You're right!
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-25-2020
Replies: 14
Views: 892
Posted By retinax
Having a Dutch domain, the author is likely not a...

Having a Dutch domain, the author is likely not a native speaker of English. An offer to proof read would be nicer than calling someone with a pretty solid command of a foreign language "illiterate".
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-25-2020
Replies: 23
Views: 1,186
Posted By retinax
You can also check out this site:...

You can also check out this site: http://www.fotoimport.no/filmtest/filmDelta100.html
I wouldn't trust these results blindly though, to me it doesn't look like they developed all samples to the same...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-23-2020
Replies: 99
Views: 3,796
Posted By retinax
I'm pretty sure cinematographers who buy or rent...

I'm pretty sure cinematographers who buy or rent these lenses use them very deliberately when they want these flares and ghosts and use other lenses, and fancy compendium hoods and flags(!), when...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-23-2020
Replies: 22
Views: 993
Posted By retinax
Another point about the classifieds, it's nearly...

Another point about the classifieds, it's nearly all North America, even though we have sizeable membership in other parts of the world. Especially our European members should be enough, and shipping...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-22-2020
Replies: 99
Views: 3,796
Posted By retinax
I'm feeling argumentative, please don't feel...

I'm feeling argumentative, please don't feel singled out, you''re not the only one who has voice these ideas...

Flare firstly means reduced contrast. Are you sure you always want that? Because...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-22-2020
Replies: 99
Views: 3,796
Posted By retinax
I think well-designed hoods look great...

I think well-designed hoods look great (especially rectangular ones) and improve handling (no fear of fingers on front element, no caps needed), beside all the other advantages... I agree that petal...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-22-2020
Replies: 17
Views: 1,112
Posted By retinax
I'm like the illumination idea. I didn't mean...

I'm like the illumination idea. I didn't mean the material looked too thin, I mean it looks rather thick!
More length would help as the film strip wouldn't want to slip off the thing before the lid...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-22-2020
Replies: 99
Views: 3,796
Posted By retinax
Exactly! I know the feeling, wanting to smack the...

Exactly! I know the feeling, wanting to smack the DSLR users... sometimes they even block their fingers from the zoom ring!
Forum: RFF Polls 02-21-2020
Replies: 99
Views: 3,796
Posted By retinax
Why no hood indoors? Usually you have more light...

Why no hood indoors? Usually you have more light sources that could induce flare. And the ratio of flare-inducing light to intentional-exposure-light remains the same, no matter the absolute...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-21-2020
Replies: 17
Views: 1,112
Posted By retinax
What will serve as diffuser? Where will it be...

What will serve as diffuser? Where will it be seated? Or would one just drop a smart phone with white screen into the box?
Is the material as thick as it looks? Wouldn't some ridges suffice to keep...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-21-2020
Replies: 99
Views: 3,796
Posted By retinax
I voted "all" although I don't put a hood on some...

I voted "all" although I don't put a hood on some lenses where the front element is deeply recessed, so the hood is practically built in, and some lenses for which I don't have one, yet. Also the...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-20-2020
Replies: 121
Views: 4,329
Posted By retinax
You don't need shorter than 1/500 to freeze...

You don't need shorter than 1/500 to freeze action, right? But to keep the lens wide open in lots of light? If you really don't want to rethink that aperture preference, are you certain that you...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-17-2020
Replies: 14
Views: 501
Posted By retinax
Aha, yes what you mean is called spectral...

Aha, yes what you mean is called spectral response. Manufacturers publish spectral response curves. White balance is a concept from digital photography afaic, and there's daylight/tungsten balance in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-17-2020
Replies: 14
Views: 501
Posted By retinax
Assuming that you're not pulling our legs, take a...

Assuming that you're not pulling our legs, take a minute to think about what white balance does. It's about colours, right? And you're asking about black and white film...
Or are you thinking about...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-14-2020
Replies: 1,659
Views: 102,600
Posted By retinax
Yes, I've pointed this out in post 1597. People...

Yes, I've pointed this out in post 1597. People seem to want to disregard this... please, let's not panic.
Forum: Travel 02-14-2020
Replies: 226
Views: 10,253
Posted By retinax
Is that a rock drawing of a gazelle near the left...

Is that a rock drawing of a gazelle near the left edge of the frame?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-14-2020
Replies: 40
Views: 1,455
Posted By retinax
Someone needs to formulate a "new moon f/64...

Someone needs to formulate a "new moon f/64 rule"!
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 02-14-2020
Replies: 20
Views: 3,452
Posted By retinax
If you plan on doing stuff like that again, don't...

If you plan on doing stuff like that again, don't buy normal micro screwdrivers. They will slip and/or degrade the screw heads on Japanese equipment. Order some JIS screwdrivers.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-13-2020
Replies: 104
Views: 3,082
Posted By retinax
You overcompensated the underexposure. Learn to...

You overcompensated the underexposure. Learn to work with the simple tools like levels and curves, plugins can't replace them.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-12-2020
Replies: 104
Views: 3,082
Posted By retinax
Oh right, I got confused and thought the ME was a...

Oh right, I got confused and thought the ME was a variation on the 240, but it's an M9 sister model of course, so almost the same generation as 5D... maybe then the RAW converter applies different...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-12-2020
Replies: 104
Views: 3,082
Posted By retinax
Canon 5D and Olympus E-PL1 are older and have...

Canon 5D and Olympus E-PL1 are older and have less dynamic range. But output contrast range remains the same with your ME, which can record a longer scale. So you get less contrast. It's like...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-12-2020
Replies: 1,659
Views: 102,600
Posted By retinax
Teddy, please read again what you replied to. The...

Teddy, please read again what you replied to. The image in question does not display what you describe. And camera spin wouldn't leave an area near the corner unaffected.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-12-2020
Replies: 1,659
Views: 102,600
Posted By retinax
Huh, what exactly is a typical rendition of all...

Huh, what exactly is a typical rendition of all 35mm lenses? Sharpness here doesn't simply fall off toward the corners. It comes back very near the extreme corner, before it falls off again. As I...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-12-2020
Replies: 1,659
Views: 102,600
Posted By retinax
Ed, is it even toward all four corners?

Ed, is it even toward all four corners?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-12-2020
Replies: 1,659
Views: 102,600
Posted By retinax
It's not wind. Wind would be more visible on...

It's not wind. Wind would be more visible on branches closer to the camera and less on those further away, more on thin branches and less on thicker ones.

And it wouldn't be only in the zone where...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-12-2020
Replies: 53
Views: 2,148
Posted By retinax
Sorry I can't answer your questions, but I'll add...

Sorry I can't answer your questions, but I'll add another question. You already have a Rolleiflex which has a normal focal length, why not consider the wide angle lenses for the two cameras you're...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-12-2020
Replies: 1,659
Views: 102,600
Posted By retinax
What's going on here? At full resolution, there's...

What's going on here? At full resolution, there's a very mushy looking zone in the trees on the right, and then near the corner, it gets sharp again! I don't see this on the left side, which is...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-12-2020
Replies: 40
Views: 1,455
Posted By retinax
This may be some use for technical purposes,...

This may be some use for technical purposes, where something is better than no picture, but even if the sensor and data stream are well behaved, photon noise must kill any pictorial application.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 02-11-2020
Replies: 29
Views: 3,501
Posted By retinax
Really? I think this one...

Really? I think this one
https://live.staticflickr.com/2567/3910231569_3523862189_z.jpg (https://live.staticflickr.com/2567/3910231569_3523862189_z.jpg)
looks absolutely iconic. Insane composition...
Forum: Fuji X Series 02-10-2020
Replies: 7
Views: 577
Posted By retinax
Beside rangefinder lenses, those for half frame...

Beside rangefinder lenses, those for half frame SLRs (and even smaller formats, if they cover) have shorter flange distances than 35mm SLR lenses.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-10-2020
Replies: 6
Views: 555
Posted By retinax
If this camera uses a resistor strip with a sort...

If this camera uses a resistor strip with a sort of wire brush gliding along it to tell the meter about the aperture, it could be in need of cleaning or bending this wire brush into shape. This would...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-10-2020
Replies: 14
Views: 700
Posted By retinax
I'm happy and a little embarrassed to report that...

I'm happy and a little embarrassed to report that a fair bit of my difficulties went away as I increased the tension to a level that seemed uncomfortable, with the naked shutter crate sitting on my...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-09-2020
Replies: 9
Views: 355
Posted By retinax
If you use a Paterson tank, use the twirl stick...

If you use a Paterson tank, use the twirl stick for (at least the) initial agitation. It's excellent at getting bubbles out, as you can observe if you try it during washing.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-08-2020
Replies: 14
Views: 700
Posted By retinax
Thanks for your patience, Brett! I'm aware that...

Thanks for your patience, Brett!
I'm aware that the gap width should be adjusted with the curtain timing mechanism. I'm very surprised that the shutter tension apparently has such a major impact on...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-07-2020
Replies: 22
Views: 1,002
Posted By retinax
It could attach to the flash bayonet, and when...

It could attach to the flash bayonet, and when attached, rest above the rewind crank and have some sort of feet that rest on the top plate around the rewind crank. It would need to be slightly...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-07-2020
Replies: 14
Views: 700
Posted By retinax
Thank you, Brett! That's what I thought...

Thank you, Brett!

That's what I thought previously. But not what I experienced.
At the moment, the first curtain runs away from the second, but only at 1/1000. If I increase tension on the second...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-07-2020
Replies: 14
Views: 700
Posted By retinax
I thought that the slit width is set quite...

I thought that the slit width is set quite independently of the tension, and the relative tension affects travel speed only, but apparently not so, as I can get more exposure across the whole frame,...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-07-2020
Replies: 22
Views: 1,002
Posted By retinax
Sweet! I simply keep mine in a bag or cabinet...

Sweet! I simply keep mine in a bag or cabinet most of the time.
If you're at making gadgets for the Canon 7, have you thought about making an accessory shoe? Now that would be something I'd want.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-06-2020
Replies: 14
Views: 700
Posted By retinax
I've somehow managed to find a setting where...

I've somehow managed to find a setting where everything seems to be working, except for tapering at 1/1000. When the tapering is gone, the shutter is running way too fast. Maybe that means there's...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 02-05-2020
Replies: 85
Views: 3,010
Posted By retinax
Lynn, these pictures look pretty good to me, I...

Lynn, these pictures look pretty good to me, I don't think they're 2 stops ever exposed, that would have blown out the skin tones. The small Instax format benefits from the larger dof, compared to...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-04-2020
Replies: 14
Views: 700
Posted By retinax
Aaaactually you're probably right. Now that the...

Aaaactually you're probably right. Now that the shutter runs much better, I needed to lower the tension a lot to get close to correct speed, and the problem with the second curtain is back. At this...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-04-2020
Replies: 14
Views: 700
Posted By retinax
Thank you monopix, the shutter brake was running...

Thank you monopix, the shutter brake was running smoothly, maybe a bit weak even but not adjustable from the looks of it.
Actually the problem resolved itself. When I looked at it again yesterday,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-02-2020
Replies: 14
Views: 700
Posted By retinax
Nobody? Speculation is also welcome, anything!...

Nobody? Speculation is also welcome, anything! This shutter should be very similar to all Leica type shutters, I don't think the problem is something very specific to this one...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-31-2020
Replies: 38
Views: 1,943
Posted By retinax
Congrats! Your pictures from Cuba with the ~28...

Congrats! Your pictures from Cuba with the ~28 equivalent phone show you can work great with this FL, although those compositions seem to benefit from the dof of the phone. If I ever win the lottery...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-31-2020
Replies: 31
Views: 991
Posted By retinax
Hmm I've been thinking about the J-9. But then...

Hmm I've been thinking about the J-9. But then again the SLR version would be less trouble.
The ground glass thickness does not matter, the image is formed on the matte surface only, which needs to...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-31-2020
Replies: 31
Views: 991
Posted By retinax
Did you get the J-9 to focus right over the whole...

Did you get the J-9 to focus right over the whole range?
Re. the ground glass, it's literally ground glass. Take a shard, break it to the right size with pliers, grind one side on sandpaper or...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-31-2020
Replies: 116
Views: 8,011
Posted By retinax
Not a father myself (so far), but your pictures...

Not a father myself (so far), but your pictures make me feel a bit what it must be like to watch little people grow up! Phantastic work indeed!
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-31-2020
Replies: 31
Views: 991
Posted By retinax
If you have calipers, you just need to know the...

If you have calipers, you just need to know the distance of rf-cam to flange or better, film plane, at infinity or another specific distance. I can't help, don't have calipers...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-31-2020
Replies: 8
Views: 732
Posted By retinax
I think the job of the back door is to keep light...

I think the job of the back door is to keep light away from the film, that's it. As the pressure plate is attached to it with springs, the shape of the back door shouldn't matter beyond keeping the...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-30-2020
Replies: 31
Views: 991
Posted By retinax
1. He wrote he got soft pictures. 2. Even if rf...

1. He wrote he got soft pictures.
2. Even if rf focus was accurate, there are hard stops at both ends of the range indicated by the distance scale. Such a large discrepancy with the scale would mean...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-30-2020
Replies: 31
Views: 991
Posted By retinax
It's common for ltm lenses to sit a bit offset on...

It's common for ltm lenses to sit a bit offset on bodies of different makes, that in itself isn't an issue for focus, only for handling. Often it can be corrected.
Does this J-3 focus correctly on...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-30-2020
Replies: 67
Views: 2,335
Posted By retinax
These Voigtländer 90s have an internet reputation...

These Voigtländer 90s have an internet reputation of haze, like some other ltm Voigtländer lenses. Make sure to check while you can return it!
reddotcameras.co.uk also has one.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-30-2020
Replies: 14
Views: 700
Posted By retinax
Adjusting shutter tension (Canon P)

This Canon P is not only a bit rough and noisy winding, I discovered that the second curtain doesn't travel quite far enough. It just so closes the film gate, but doesn't quite catch up with the...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 01-29-2020
Replies: 15
Views: 702
Posted By retinax
A1 A3: no, please let me decide on timing, I...

A1
A3: no, please let me decide on timing, I probably wouldn't have sat through a slide show.
A4: not too many per se. But I don't really see the connection between the locals' transport and the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-28-2020
Replies: 9
Views: 662
Posted By retinax
I think you can rotate not only the mount on the...

I think you can rotate not only the mount on the lens, which could be trouble with an infinity lock rigidly attached to it, but also the mount on the camera body.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-25-2020
Replies: 108
Views: 5,461
Posted By retinax
So this happened, huh? At some point in the last...

So this happened, huh? At some point in the last few weeks the price for the T-max films from the cheapest sources in Europe jumped by about 2€ per 135/36. Didn't expect such a large increase all at...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 01-25-2020
Replies: 191
Views: 7,205
Posted By retinax
Sure, I didn't mean to say that the curves tool...

Sure, I didn't mean to say that the curves tool is the one and only ticket to "good tonality", but I was mainly responding to Ko.Fe. and his observation that most samples have bad tonality. I...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 01-24-2020
Replies: 191
Views: 7,205
Posted By retinax
Yes well I looked at one of the linked reviews...

Yes well I looked at one of the linked reviews and also from some other stuff I've seen, apparently a lot of people seem to fail to understand that the huge dynamic ra -ok ok, exposure range- results...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-24-2020
Replies: 41
Views: 2,393
Posted By retinax
La France profonde in gorgeous tones. Love them,...

La France profonde in gorgeous tones. Love them, Robert! Also those by cjm and Shab are wonderful tonally.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-24-2020
Replies: 7
Views: 724
Posted By retinax
I have a P which makes the same kind of noise. I...

I have a P which makes the same kind of noise. I also have taken off the shell and lubricated a tiny bit in all the places that were accessible and seemed to need it, but no difference. Dan, where...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-23-2020
Replies: 11
Views: 1,060
Posted By retinax
You're aware that the heads on tripods can...

You're aware that the heads on tripods can usually be exchanged? So if the problem is just the head, you could get a new one or even just take it off to clean. Sorry, know nothing about feet.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 01-23-2020
Replies: 28
Views: 826
Posted By retinax
Amazing what expertise is present at RFF! I...

Amazing what expertise is present at RFF!
I imagine that if you can speak with the person who does the lighting, that could be very helpful for getting your exposures right. And one of the 3200 films...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 01-23-2020
Replies: 51
Views: 2,661
Posted By retinax
Huss, could you post a 1:1 crop from closer to...

Huss, could you post a 1:1 crop from closer to the edge of the frame, at a wider aperture? That would tell us more about the quality of the lens.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-23-2020
Replies: 4
Views: 530
Posted By retinax
Update: There of course are screws for adjusting...

Update:
There of course are screws for adjusting the focusing screen position. No idea why I couldn't find them the first time around. JIS cross heads, placed where you'd expect them, around the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-22-2020
Replies: 48
Views: 1,799
Posted By retinax
I think/hope the OP pictures not only the...

I think/hope the OP pictures not only the specifics of rangefinders being taught, but a photo school which lets students use Leicas a collector donates. Hopefully not exclusively as the phrase...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-22-2020
Replies: 48
Views: 1,799
Posted By retinax
No no I think I get your idea from your...

No no I think I get your idea from your clarification post #6. Sorry I got hung up on the "Leica rangefinder photo school" name - if we don't have to call it that, I'm all for it :).
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-22-2020
Replies: 48
Views: 1,799
Posted By retinax
To clarify my thought, not only for the...

To clarify my thought, not only for the inevitable someone trying to pick a fight: I think lending out a camera collection to people to use would be wonderful, and Deardorffs would ideally be lent to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-22-2020
Replies: 48
Views: 1,799
Posted By retinax
Insurance with a hefty deductible to be paid by...

Insurance with a hefty deductible to be paid by the borrower would have to be part of it.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-22-2020
Replies: 48
Views: 1,799
Posted By retinax
I'm a little sad for all great cameras that have...

I'm a little sad for all great cameras that have to stay in a cupboard somewhere. Putting them to use is good.

I'm afraid a Leica rangefinder photo school would be a gear-centric, elitist affair...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-22-2020
Replies: 17
Views: 821
Posted By retinax
This is a hoax, right? Some hacker-photo-geek...

This is a hoax, right? Some hacker-photo-geek satire collective has taken over their website, yes?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-22-2020
Replies: 2
Views: 285
Posted By retinax
Get your money back and send it to a tech who...

Get your money back and send it to a tech who knows what he's doing. That's a normal, perhaps the most commonly needed, adjustment with older cloth shutters.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-22-2020
Replies: 10
Views: 600
Posted By retinax
M-mount is becoming a new universal mirrorless...

M-mount is becoming a new universal mirrorless mount. Users of CaNiSonic will find the size reasonable. I assume these will not be RF coupled, unnecessary for UWA.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-21-2020
Replies: 11
Views: 566
Posted By retinax
I can imagine these look lovely in person. How...

I can imagine these look lovely in person. How black are the blacks?
I'm sure I will need more advice, but it'll be a while until I actually try this.
Regarding the hardener, can alum not be applied...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-21-2020
Replies: 11
Views: 566
Posted By retinax
Ok obviously I need to read up on this, thanks!

Ok obviously I need to read up on this, thanks!
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-20-2020
Replies: 11
Views: 566
Posted By retinax
Oh wow I certainly won't use that, badly...

Oh wow I certainly won't use that, badly ventilated darkroom and prints will be stored in my bedroom.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-20-2020
Replies: 11
Views: 566
Posted By retinax
All great to know, thanks! I think I will order...

All great to know, thanks! I think I will order some at some point and cost makes Foma the first choice, unless there are objections.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-20-2020
Replies: 26
Views: 853
Posted By retinax
Try it with the recommended dilution of...

Try it with the recommended dilution of photo-flo, that could solve it. Use a syringe to measure. Some also report good results with only a drop of the stuff. Others have good results with a rinse...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-19-2020
Replies: 11
Views: 566
Posted By retinax
Liquid emulsion on paper - please share experience and pics

Hello,
Those of you who have worked with liquid emulsion from Foma or "Rollei" (Maco) or others, or made their own - can we discuss this stuff? Maybe see some examples?
One thing I want to know...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-19-2020
Replies: 44
Views: 1,517
Posted By retinax
Regarding zooms I do concur with the talking head...

Regarding zooms I do concur with the talking head in the video. A prime forces one to get in there, work the perspective, teaches you what you can do with that one angle of view and gives you a set...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-19-2020
Replies: 33
Views: 1,027
Posted By retinax
I can't compare it to any Leica lenses but my J-8...

I can't compare it to any Leica lenses but my J-8 from the 70s is clear like a new lens, too. Shimming it wasn't very hard and it makes nice pictures with that Sonnar look.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-18-2020
Replies: 38
Views: 3,785
Posted By retinax
Great information, thanks! I've used only 1+2 and...

Great information, thanks! I've used only 1+2 and I've mostly produced thin-ish negatives from T-max because I always have some shots with high SBR on a roll and prefer printing with higher grades...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-18-2020
Replies: 38
Views: 3,785
Posted By retinax
Marty, can you elaborate what the problem is with...

Marty, can you elaborate what the problem is with T-grain films and higher dilutions of X-tol? Seems to work well for me, although times do get long. I think the curve shoulders off more unless you...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-17-2020
Replies: 4
Views: 317
Posted By retinax
I don't know the codes, if you need the version...

I don't know the codes, if you need the version with times for 1+2 and 1+3, p.m. me your email address.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-17-2020
Replies: 44
Views: 1,517
Posted By retinax
I don't understand your formula but yes, that...

I don't understand your formula but yes, that idea is what I also added in my response to Out to Lunch. I hardly ever hear that expressed though and it doesn't seem very practical. And that can't be...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-17-2020
Replies: 44
Views: 1,517
Posted By retinax
Hehe no the handle comes from the Kodak camera....

Hehe no the handle comes from the Kodak camera. The only thing thing in my analysis that relates to my formal education is distortion from projections, I learned about them regarding maps, but it ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-17-2020
Replies: 44
Views: 1,517
Posted By retinax
Regarding the "natural human field of view" type...

Regarding the "natural human field of view" type of arguments, they're complete nonsense. We don't see a two-dimensional image of the world with defined borders. We construct a mental three...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-16-2020
Replies: 44
Views: 1,517
Posted By retinax
I don't hear an explanation there why 35mm is...

I don't hear an explanation there why 35mm is supposed to be the best. Everything he says could also apply to 50 or 28 or even wider. And obviously many do pick these or something else.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-16-2020
Replies: 22
Views: 1,027
Posted By retinax
Yashica Electro 35CC for parts. Electronics...

Yashica Electro 35CC for parts. Electronics likely shot.
Olympus Mju Zoom, electronics shot.
Can get individual parts for you out of a Minolta XD-7/11, will keep to rest as a parts donor for...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-15-2020
Replies: 62
Views: 2,361
Posted By retinax
This has been my experience, too. You would...

This has been my experience, too. You would however regret having no backup if your only camera failed, or having brought too much if you have to carry it on your back. Nonetheless fretting about...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-14-2020
Replies: 67
Views: 2,846
Posted By retinax
Sorry to say I think you're seeing what you want...

Sorry to say I think you're seeing what you want to see. The highlights in this look very washed out. I don't think you can reap the benefits of pyro in the highlights with scanning, you need to...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-13-2020
Replies: 74
Views: 1,388
Posted By retinax
I find it hard enough to find areas with even...

I find it hard enough to find areas with even highlights and shadows, respectively, for test strips. Wouldn't work for me and wouldn't have worked for the dude who posted your link if he hadn't found...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-13-2020
Replies: 74
Views: 1,388
Posted By retinax
That would be super useful if you had a print...

That would be super useful if you had a print that had both highlights and shadows all over so you'd get both in each square...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-13-2020
Replies: 74
Views: 1,388
Posted By retinax
Of course, I haven't written anything contrary to...

Of course, I haven't written anything contrary to that. Doesn't matter, what I mean is the method Mike Rosenlof explained.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-13-2020
Replies: 74
Views: 1,388
Posted By retinax
By cumulative exposure I mean the combined...

By cumulative exposure I mean the combined (cumulative) effect of the 00 and the 5 exposures.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-13-2020
Replies: 74
Views: 1,388
Posted By retinax
Sure, my point is however any filter between 00...

Sure, my point is however any filter between 00 and 5 passes a mixtures of the only (in terms of what the paper responds to, subtractive filters will also pass other, irrelevant wavelenghts) green or...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-13-2020
Replies: 74
Views: 1,388
Posted By retinax
Unless you already do this: Do the hard test...

Unless you already do this: Do the hard test strip first, select an exposure time that, based on experience, is maybe a little shorter than what looks good (start thinking of this fudge factor as...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-13-2020
Replies: 74
Views: 1,388
Posted By retinax
For straight prints? Bold claim, can you explain...

For straight prints? Bold claim, can you explain why? VC paper is made up of two or more layers that have different contrast and are sensitive to blue and green to different degrees. Contrast is...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-13-2020
Replies: 74
Views: 1,388
Posted By retinax
Sorry I have no split grade advice other than to...

Sorry I have no split grade advice other than to keep at it and keep your experiments systematic, make sure you developer your test strips to completion, otherwise that could lead to what you're...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-12-2020
Replies: 10
Views: 402
Posted By retinax
So if there is no film loaded, wouldn't it expose...

So if there is no film loaded, wouldn't it expose longer because the pressure plate is probably less reflective than film?
Then if your test, Valdas, was without film, this could be normal behavior.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-12-2020
Replies: 34
Views: 1,122
Posted By retinax
These are really different beasts, for me the...

These are really different beasts, for me the main factors would be if you want close focus and precise framing that an SLR provides.
I've been tempted by the Contax Gs with their flawless glass...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-11-2020
Replies: 1
Views: 1,224
Posted By retinax
That's really cool, thanks for the link!

That's really cool, thanks for the link!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-10-2020
Replies: 8
Views: 413
Posted By retinax
Wait, these mounting flanges fit on most or all...

Wait, these mounting flanges fit on most or all m-mount lenses? They're all the same? Then making one in ltm would be all one needs to use any M-mount lens on any ltm camera, provided there's an...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-10-2020
Replies: 47
Views: 2,943
Posted By retinax
Mike, what is the big glass from the whisky brand...

Mike, what is the big glass from the whisky brand for? Are huge whisky sodas a thing in Japan?
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-09-2020
Replies: 9
Views: 592
Posted By retinax
And how do you agitate? At what temperature? Two...

And how do you agitate? At what temperature? Two and a half minutes with little or no agitation or at a low temperature may be not enough. You should do the maximum black test I proposed above, with...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-08-2020
Replies: 1,659
Views: 102,600
Posted By retinax
Indeed, I think there was camera movement, pretty...

Indeed, I think there was camera movement, pretty clear if you look at the lettering on the multi-colored chocolates (?) at the bottom right. Maybe bad focus too. If the lens performed like that it...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-08-2020
Replies: 9
Views: 592
Posted By retinax
1. Are you by any chance using the satin paper?...

1. Are you by any chance using the satin paper? It just doesn't go very black.
2. Are you definitely developing to completion? Leave a bit of paper in the developer for a few minutes with the lights...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-07-2020
Replies: 220
Views: 7,620
Posted By retinax
Uhmm did you mean to reply to me? I pointed out a...

Uhmm did you mean to reply to me? I pointed out a detail which many don't seem to be aware of. To interpret that as an argument against looking at sold listings is purely conjecture.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-07-2020
Replies: 220
Views: 7,620
Posted By retinax
Keep in mind that sold listings are also...

Keep in mind that sold listings are also inaccurate. In the the case of "BIN or make offer" listings, they will always show the BIN price, even if it was sold for a lower offer.
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 01-07-2020
Replies: 51
Views: 2,661
Posted By retinax
Haha there's an answer to almost every question...

Haha there's an answer to almost every question on RFF! Good to know, I might venture in there again. It is foggy enough to put me off using it (along with the unfortunate lack of a proper distance...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-07-2020
Replies: 49
Views: 1,705
Posted By retinax
I'm sure you can get something like that with any...

I'm sure you can get something like that with any grainy film if you underexpose and overdevelop it, then scan with low resolution. I hope you don't take offense, giganova. You've shown some...
Forum: Olympus RF 01-07-2020
Replies: 5
Views: 601
Posted By retinax
Thank you! I thought so, the eyepiece looks...

Thank you! I thought so, the eyepiece looks larger, but couldn't find the comparison anywhere. Now I'll keep my eyes open for an affordable one. Too bad, the RDs seem to have gone down in value over...
Forum: Olympus RF 01-07-2020
Replies: 5
Views: 601
Posted By retinax
How does the finder of the Olympus SP compare to RD and RC?

Hello,
The title says it all. I'm wondering of the finder is larger on the SP, if so that could compel me to try one. I've realized that the RD is too small to comfortably hold for my hands and the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-07-2020
Replies: 1,659
Views: 102,600
Posted By retinax
Well, this replica is single coated and Kevin...

Well, this replica is single coated and Kevin himself said above that the original Summicron was likely slightly hazy. And it does look like slight haze. I agree it is slight enough it doesn't ruin...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-07-2020
Replies: 1,659
Views: 102,600
Posted By retinax
I'm surprised people here like flare from haze so...

I'm surprised people here like flare from haze so much. It shouldn't be hard to fog any lens if you want more of that... or more reasonably, put a dirty filter on it. If you only want to lift the...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 01-07-2020
Replies: 51
Views: 2,661
Posted By retinax
Inspired by you, Huss, I dug mine out, changed...

Inspired by you, Huss, I dug mine out, changed the light seals, and tried to get to the finder which is fogged on mine, too. I got the top cover off but the finder is underneath a flexible circuit...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 01-06-2020
Replies: 13
Views: 1,424
Posted By retinax
Today I received three beautiful prints, made my...

Today I received three beautiful prints, made my day! Many thanks to the artist. Am I the first one? My own was sent out shortly before Christmas, apologies for the delay.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-05-2020
Replies: 23
Views: 2,387
Posted By retinax
I also just realized that I now have what must be...

I also just realized that I now have what must be the holy trinity of IIas: Zeiss Ikon Ikoflex IIa and Contina IIa, and Kodak Retina IIa! All three made in Stuttgart, where one side of my family...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-05-2020
Replies: 23
Views: 2,387
Posted By retinax
Thanks Doug, I would normally measure from the...

Thanks Doug, I would normally measure from the film rails. But the problem is that the space between film rails and pressure plate is much more than the thickness of film and backing paper. Very odd...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-05-2020
Replies: 23
Views: 2,387
Posted By retinax
I tried to check the focus with a piece of ground...

I tried to check the focus with a piece of ground glass and realized it's not that simple: There's at least 0.5mm between the film rails and the pressure plate! Where will the film be? More...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-05-2020
Replies: 49
Views: 1,705
Posted By retinax
To me, 1/50 @ 5.6 or 8 wouldn't be enough for...

To me, 1/50 @ 5.6 or 8 wouldn't be enough for hand held landscape pictures to be printed large, both in shutter speed and aperture, certainly not with a 50mm or longer, maybe just so with a wide. And...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 01-05-2020
Replies: 5
Views: 640
Posted By retinax
There's a Pentax S-something/H-something in the...

There's a Pentax S-something/H-something in the last photo on the Magnum website! But what is the lens on it?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-05-2020
Replies: 763
Views: 156,648
Posted By retinax
I feel a little left out here because this thread...

I feel a little left out here because this thread is dedicated to the SRTs and I much prefer my XD7/11, but we can agree on the love of Rokkors, so here goes:
MC 24 2.8
MD III 28 2.8
MD III 35...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-03-2020
Replies: 49
Views: 1,705
Posted By retinax
Then, as you must have figured yourself, your...

Then, as you must have figured yourself, your pick out of the Neopan, Delta and T-Max 100 films is probably the ticket! I do like the tmx except for its tendency to give Newton rings also from the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-03-2020
Replies: 49
Views: 1,705
Posted By retinax
You haven't told us if you will take a tripod. If...

You haven't told us if you will take a tripod. If yes, you can also consider the document type films if you're after grainless, high resolution pictures. On the other hand if you want to shoot hand...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-29-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,551
Posted By retinax
Don't blame this on film! Did you have a big tank...

Don't blame this on film! Did you have a big tank for hot water before and now a tankless heater? That's a hard way to learn, but yes, letting warm water run straight onto the film is a big no-no...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-29-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 970
Posted By retinax
Yes I've read there are a lot of fake batteries...

Yes I've read there are a lot of fake batteries sold. If they were all from one source, maybe you were sold alkalines in a lithium battery packaging?
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 12-26-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 908
Posted By retinax
I don't think such a beast exists, I'd be all...

I don't think such a beast exists, I'd be all over it, too.
The Retina IIIS requires an external finder, but yes it does have a RF coupled 28 and leaf shutter.
If you want to go to a larger camera,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-23-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 909
Posted By retinax
This film is clearly cursed or haunted. I'm sure...

This film is clearly cursed or haunted. I'm sure Steve Huff can help. :p
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-18-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1,217
Posted By retinax
Now it's available again for a bit more, still...

Now it's available again for a bit more, still cheap, and they now also have individual rolls for 3.99. I hesitated too long to get it at 30€, but a whole brick would have been a bit much for me...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-17-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 2,028
Posted By retinax
Soda bottles for me. They are gas proof enough,...

Soda bottles for me. They are gas proof enough, after all the fizz stays in the soda a long time, and can be squeezed to get air out, no messing with lots of marbles necessary. Keep them in a cabinet...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-14-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1,217
Posted By retinax
Very cheap, very short dated T-Max 3200

This is both a heads-up and a question - that first: People who have used these high speed films, how long beyond the expiration date would you expect it to be usable? I know these ultra fast films...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-11-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 467
Posted By retinax
Cleaning the darkroom of fixer traces - hypo eliminator?

I'm a bit worried that in the communal darkroom I use, work surfaces, cleaning rags and especially the print dryer may be contaminated with fixer. It occurred to me that hypo eliminator is probably...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-10-2019
Replies: 1,659
Views: 102,600
Posted By retinax
A possible solution could be to simply offer the...

A possible solution could be to simply offer the ltm mounting flange separately so costumers can exchange it on the M mount version to get an ltm lens that focuses down to 0.7 m. Should be...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-10-2019
Replies: 1,659
Views: 102,600
Posted By retinax
I agree, a replica of the 21 mm Super Angulon...

I agree, a replica of the 21 mm Super Angulon would be very cool. And so would one of the 28 Summaron without the price tag of the one Leica has made, but I suppose that would be asking for trouble....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-09-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 888
Posted By retinax
Spotmatic also does that.

Spotmatic also does that.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-09-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1,021
Posted By retinax
You're certainly right, Bob. I'd just love the...

You're certainly right, Bob. I'd just love the simple double clearing time thing to work, I have to admit I don't process enough film to make testing seem more economical, time and money wise, than...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-08-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1,021
Posted By retinax
I chose to believe the don't-worry-sayers and can...

I chose to believe the don't-worry-sayers and can live with a bit of tint on tmy-2. The problem I have, and that I started a thread about that lead to no real result as most didn't seem to understand...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-08-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 2,769
Posted By retinax
Highlight one: Upswept? Highlight two: so......

Highlight one: Upswept?
Highlight two: so... develop it less? Of course you may need to increase exposure even more, but there must be a point where overall contrast is normal, no?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-08-2019
Replies: 1,659
Views: 102,600
Posted By retinax
He is already kind with the selling price, I...

He is already kind with the selling price, I think much of the market would bear a higher price.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-04-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 635
Posted By retinax
Sorry, Peter, for the mix-up, nothing to do with...

Sorry, Peter, for the mix-up, nothing to do with your post. Edited.
But incidentally what you write here,
"For greater clarity (some people do not "do" irony) and just in case my motives in making...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-04-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 635
Posted By retinax
This is a post I did not read¹

I know we have much better writers than myself, please contribute!


¹Comment by Out to Lunch in the "This is a picture I did not take"-thread...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-04-2019
Replies: 1,659
Views: 102,600
Posted By retinax
I'd prefer that, too. My Canon 7 goes down to...

I'd prefer that, too. My Canon 7 goes down to 0.7m. But then I'm interested because it promises to be a great lens, not because it's a replica of something... I'd also prefer multi-coated... but also...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-04-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 782
Posted By retinax
I'll run with a Freudian slip interpretation, the...

I'll run with a Freudian slip interpretation, the alternative of the two sounds being similar to a German ear and still to my mind as well is more embarrassing. So yes, let's fight about this....
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-04-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 782
Posted By retinax
Great idea for a thread! Will you start it or...

Great idea for a thread! Will you start it or should I?

I like the website linked in the OP, inspiring. I had never fought about that writing can work so well to convey a visual impression,...
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