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Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 19 Hours Ago
Replies: 104
Views: 10,175
Posted By james.liam
Tamarkin Camera is selling really lovely Horwin...

Tamarkin Camera is selling really lovely Horwin leather straps (http://www.tamarkin.com/tamarkin-camera-leather-camera-strap), made in Chi-town.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Day Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,327
Posted By james.liam
Thanks for the link! I was looking for a...

Thanks for the link!
I was looking for a less-specialized normal lens; presently own a NOCT from the olden days, an optic with a narrow performance envelope and best utilized for what it was...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Day Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,327
Posted By james.liam
Voigtländer 2/40 SLI>>experiences?

I’m considering the first version with a cone hood for my FM2-T. Any optical differences between the 3 versions?
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 4 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 588
Posted By james.liam
Anyone use the bellow-less ‘W’ version?

Anyone use the bellow-less ‘W’ version?
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 5 Days Ago
Replies: 130
Views: 2,991
Posted By james.liam
Exactly. At f/5.6, I found it indistinguishable...

Exactly.
At f/5.6, I found it indistinguishable from any other solid 50 except for an absence of distortion. The latter characteristic isn’t worth $5-8k.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 5 Days Ago
Replies: 130
Views: 2,991
Posted By james.liam
At f/2? Yes, very much so. Is it meaningful? Rent...

At f/2? Yes, very much so. Is it meaningful? Rent one and decide for yourself. Beats wondering
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 5 Days Ago
Replies: 130
Views: 2,991
Posted By james.liam
One is not obliged to buy it new. I bought mine...

One is not obliged to buy it new. I bought mine as a factory second, meaning the barrel had a tiny cosmetic imperfection. It’s price was 27% off the full retail and included a full warranty. I’ve...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 5 Days Ago
Replies: 130
Views: 2,991
Posted By james.liam
The SL lenses, IIRC, produce data that requires...

The SL lenses, IIRC, produce data that requires considerable computational correction in-body to produce high quality images. Creating a (very) large lens with the desired optical corrections is a...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 6 Days Ago
Replies: 1,830
Views: 371,663
Posted By james.liam
These are all remarkable images. Bravo! What a...

These are all remarkable images. Bravo! What a wonderful way to look at things. Breathtaking and powerfully contextual, not captured by 35mm, 6x6, 6x7. A shame that there are so few who try and even...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 1 Week Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 891
Posted By james.liam
Didgital years are like fruit fly days.

Didgital years are like fruit fly days.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 1 Week Ago
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Views: 66,226
Posted By james.liam
Wow! Impressive stories. Mine is less dramatic;...

Wow! Impressive stories.
Mine is less dramatic; a mint Leica R8, late model for US$425
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 1 Week Ago
Replies: 89
Views: 1,356
Posted By james.liam
I think if I owned a raft of old SLR lenses but...

I think if I owned a raft of old SLR lenses but in particular 'R' lenses, would opt for the SL. The EVF is the best in breed. Nothing comes close.

Have to agree that M lenses look a bit odd on the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 1 Week Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 901
Posted By james.liam
They’ll be long sold out by the time than happens

They’ll be long sold out by the time than happens
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 1 Week Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 901
Posted By james.liam
Film Ms were made to endure for decades. These...

Film Ms were made to endure for decades. These digital versions are made to endure until the next product cycle upgrade.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 1 Week Ago
Replies: 64
Views: 6,318
Posted By james.liam
Yes. Always. Yellow (light and dark) and orange...

Yes. Always.
Yellow (light and dark) and orange mostly. On occasion red.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 1 Week Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 901
Posted By james.liam
Each and every rational point you make is spot-on...

Each and every rational point you make is spot-on but there's been much grumbling on sites like this about the absence of a "CCD look" nowadays.
For those dies-hards, this may be their last chance to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 797
Posted By james.liam
The writer's conclusion seems to be that while he...

The writer's conclusion seems to be that while he ranked them, they weren't that far apart. No standout.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 797
Posted By james.liam
As addendum, the Nikkor ƒ/2 and ƒ/1.4 are both...

As addendum, the Nikkor ƒ/2 and ƒ/1.4 are both Sonnar designs, tend to focus shift stopped down. The Canon ƒ/1.8 and ƒ/1.4 are not a Sonnar design, IIRC. The rendering will be different. The Nikons...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 797
Posted By james.liam
It's a great lens, don't let the price sway you....

It's a great lens, don't let the price sway you. A sleeper lens, it was produced in much higher numbers than the ƒ/1.4, 1.2 and 0.95 versions of the 50 and more likely used by amateurs so they're not...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 797
Posted By james.liam
You ought to seriously consider a Canon 50/1.8...

You ought to seriously consider a Canon 50/1.8 LTM. First-rate, plentiful and inexpensive.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 68
Views: 1,661
Posted By james.liam
After nothing but black camera bodies ever since...

After nothing but black camera bodies ever since a Nikon D50 (damn, that’s a long time ago) I grew tired of the same body color and particularly of Leica black chrome. Bought an M10-P Safari for same...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 283
Views: 11,998
Posted By james.liam
Seems archaic but it does give you something to...

Seems archaic but it does give you something to grip when mounting/unmounting lenses.
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 244
Views: 12,322
Posted By james.liam
At the moment? Leica R9. The R8/R9 were the...

At the moment? Leica R9. The R8/R9 were the pinnacle of MF SLRs. A joy to use.

Next week I have an inkling that the Nikon FM3a will fill that slot.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 558
Posted By james.liam
1++ for narsuitus' recommendation. Owned a slew...

1++ for narsuitus' recommendation.

Owned a slew of AF Nikkors but my most used were the 14-24, 24-70 v.1 & 70-300. They covered nearly all my requirements, save portraiture and for that, I used an...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 8,805
Posted By james.liam
The original post from 2011. I could...

The original post from 2011. I could cry...

You'd be fortunate for that threesome at US3500 nowadays
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 8,805
Posted By james.liam
143 on mine

143 on mine
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 1,137
Posted By james.liam
I refer you to this thread...

I refer you to this thread (https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=168007) to ponder the OP's question.
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 119
Views: 6,006
Posted By james.liam
. You should have kept the M10 and gotten a...

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You should have kept the M10 and gotten a Zeiss 1,4/35 instead.
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 119
Views: 6,006
Posted By james.liam
Without doubt the best response on the thread.

Without doubt the best response on the thread.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 501
Posted By james.liam
Funny, I never cared much for the color from...

Funny, I never cared much for the color from these legacy lenses, though B&W looks unique to me. Maybe you need to tweet in post to resuscitate
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 119
Views: 6,006
Posted By james.liam
Maybe, just maybe the A7SIII when/if it...

Maybe, just maybe the A7SIII when/if it arrives.

Until then, a Hasselblad XPan whose arrival I await.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 283
Views: 11,998
Posted By james.liam
Don't forget that Leica is in the midst of doing...

Don't forget that Leica is in the midst of doing the same. The 28 Summaron, to my surprise, was a great hit while the 90 Thambar not so much. And they have mentioned that they have others planned for...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 614
Posted By james.liam
What are the differences? I read somewhere that...

What are the differences?
I read somewhere that the ƒ2 is essentially a reworking of the Leica Summicron 8-element adding correction using aspherical surfaces, low-dispersion glass and modern...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 43
Views: 1,139
Posted By james.liam
The F6 is of course the 2nd. What’s the 3rd?

The F6 is of course the 2nd. What’s the 3rd?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 283
Views: 11,998
Posted By james.liam
Enjoy them, the images from them that I've seen...

Enjoy them, the images from them that I've seen look impressive for the price. Only the tincture of time will tell which one of us was right.

Why is it important? While it may very well be "all...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 283
Views: 11,998
Posted By james.liam
Cool I'm big on disposables! Who needs a stinkin' CLA...

I'm big on disposables!
Who needs a stinkin' CLA when there's decentering, oil on the blades, sticky aperture or focus ring?

Toss it into the trash and get a new one.

;)

Would be interested in...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 283
Views: 11,998
Posted By james.liam
Here's a cynic's view... First beat the drum...

Here's a cynic's view...

First beat the drum through a third party/?investor like Kevin-Xu (with only 28 posts here and probably a few dozen on other sites), then in a year, $99.99 + shipping,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 43
Views: 1,139
Posted By james.liam
Never owned an F3 but have an FM2-T and an FM3a....

Never owned an F3 but have an FM2-T and an FM3a.

The F3 body weighs in at 715g, whilst the FM3a is 570g and FM2-T, 515g.
Which would you rather be lugging around in a hot, steamy...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 110
Views: 3,669
Posted By james.liam
What will pop the bubble is when one of the...

What will pop the bubble is when one of the makers turns out a new model. If Kodak has any entrepreneurial verve left, they’d approach someone (? Cosina ? Ricoh) to make a model with their name...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 2,110
Posted By james.liam
What modifications are needed?

What modifications are needed?
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8,885
Views: 867,152
Posted By james.liam
CV 40/2 SL I with the cone hood. More compact...

CV 40/2 SL I with the cone hood. More compact than the new version, much cooler than v.2

All the same optics.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 110
Views: 3,669
Posted By james.liam
Astute observations all ^^^ M2/3 have indeed...

Astute observations all ^^^

M2/3 have indeed steadily risen but not excessively so. They didn’t suffer the collapse in price as did Canikon film bodies. The former, pushing 60+ years in age often do...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 69
Views: 14,842
Posted By james.liam
M6 and an M10

M6 and an M10
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 69
Views: 14,842
Posted By james.liam
The f/2 Biogon is just not at its best @ f/2. ...

The f/2 Biogon is just not at its best @ f/2.

Focus shift—the lens is optimized for f/2.8, not unlike the 1,5/50–lower contrast wide/open because of its symmetrical design and way larger. The C...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 2,110
Posted By james.liam
I was wondering because I’ve been offered one orf...

I was wondering because I’ve been offered one orf two; an all-silver whose barrel and glass is about as clean as I’ve ever seen and a later version with a black aperture ring in slightly less...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 133
Views: 34,198
Posted By james.liam
Poll started before it was introduced

Poll started before it was introduced
Forum: Nikon RF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 379
Posted By james.liam
Wrong thread pitch on the filter?

Wrong thread pitch on the filter?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 212
Views: 7,562
Posted By james.liam
...and that $1000 invested at the time in Apple...

...and that $1000 invested at the time in Apple stock....
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 2,110
Posted By james.liam
No meaningful coating difference? They’re all...

No meaningful coating difference? They’re all single-coated?
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 133
Views: 34,198
Posted By james.liam
1++ It is the perfect match with any Leica...

1++
It is the perfect match with any Leica Monochrom, rendering wonderfully subtle gray tones. Also the smallest M lens I own, body-cap sized only bested in that characteristic alone, by the MS...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 2,110
Posted By james.liam
Is there any optical differences between an early...

Is there any optical differences between an early all chrome and the later black aperture ring LTM versions?
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 1,114
Posted By james.liam
If you roll your own and develop too, sure, it's...

If you roll your own and develop too, sure, it's a minimal cost. Not everyone can or wants to.
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 1,114
Posted By james.liam
A roll of B&W film: ~$5-7.00 Processing &...

A roll of B&W film: ~$5-7.00
Processing & scanning: ~$15-20

If you've shot >250 roles of film, you've more than broken even for a new MM.
By a camera used at ~$3.6k, you break even at 100 rolls.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 212
Views: 7,562
Posted By james.liam
Love them or hate them, the R8/9 were anything...

Love them or hate them, the R8/9 were anything but boring. The 'S' cameras carry on the design exercise.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 212
Views: 7,562
Posted By james.liam
Yet, at the same time these same makers produced...

Yet, at the same time these same makers produced things of enduring beauty, like the Nikon FM2n/3a or bold design experimentation like the Leica R8.
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 1,114
Posted By james.liam
Any Ricoh GR digital. Some of the most striking...

Any Ricoh GR digital.

Some of the most striking OOC jpegs I've seen.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 212
Views: 7,562
Posted By james.liam
Not the prettiest trio.

Not the prettiest trio.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-13-2019
Replies: 52
Views: 1,460
Posted By james.liam
Then get a Leica Monochrom. Essentially an...

Then get a Leica Monochrom. Essentially an endless roll of B&W film.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-13-2019
Replies: 52
Views: 1,460
Posted By james.liam
I’ve always got a few rolls in the freezer at the...

I’ve always got a few rolls in the freezer at the ready. I get the itch, drop one into my FM2/T or R8. The discipline of a finite number of shots forces greater deliberateness, more consideration of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-11-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 2,738
Posted By james.liam
Nikon F2, FM2/3a, Leica M3, M6, M7, MP, R 6.5;...

Nikon F2, FM2/3a, Leica M3, M6, M7, MP, R 6.5; Pentax; Olympus OM1, etc....yes

The rest....No



You can push ISO 3200 film (in the case of Kodak, actually an ISO 800 film) only so far. A Sony A7SII...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-10-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 2,738
Posted By james.liam
All interesting ideas and agree that the market...

All interesting ideas and agree that the market is flooded with pure manual cameras. As long as someone can freshen up the oil and there are parts, even from junked cameras, this is not the entree...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-10-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 2,738
Posted By james.liam
1++ to what was said above; the final iteration...

1++ to what was said above; the final iteration of film cameras like the Leica R9, Nikon FM2n/FM3a were just about perfect. And I doubt you’ll ever again see their like. If a film camera does appear,...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 06-30-2019
Replies: 128
Views: 25,033
Posted By james.liam
The ƒ/2 Biogon is optimized for ƒ/2.8 and some...

The ƒ/2 Biogon is optimized for ƒ/2.8 and some veiling flare & focus shift present wide-open. My personal preference is for the 35 C Biogon, the sharpest and most flare-resistant 35 out there, aside...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-30-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1,274
Posted By james.liam
I dropped off an M6 (Classic) with Leica NJ for...

I dropped off an M6 (Classic) with Leica NJ for CLA back in January. It was back in my hands within a month. The 50 Rigid also with them, hasn't been heard from in 6 months....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-22-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,327
Posted By james.liam
There's something about the AOV of 58mm FL that...

There's something about the AOV of 58mm FL that lends itself better to portraits; tighter by just the right amount. Found this to be the case with the NOCT Nikkor as well, over standard 50mm lenses.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-22-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 478
Posted By james.liam
A repair will probably cost at minimum, $250,...

A repair will probably cost at minimum, $250, assuming the parts are available. KEH has several FM2n's in Ex+ condition for $430-480.

Pick your poison.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-22-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,217
Posted By james.liam
Sounds like you need different films than more...

Sounds like you need different films than more cameras.

BTW, I'd swap the Nikkor 50/1.4 for a 50/1.2 or CV 2/40. Will make your FM2 more interesting
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-21-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1,672
Posted By james.liam
As indication of how low things have fallen, I...

As indication of how low things have fallen, I recently bought a mint R8 (looked like an unused backup camera) for US$450. Add a $900 35 Summicron and it's still cheaper than a Contax T3 or G2.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-21-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,579
Posted By james.liam
Sean Reid compared the V1 vs V2 and among other...

Sean Reid compared the V1 vs V2 and among other things, it was a superior lens in all aspects when it comes to digital. It, and the Elmarit appeared best aligned for use on the SL. Well worth the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-20-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 529
Posted By james.liam
Very soft images until f/2. The f/1 image seems...

Very soft images until f/2. The f/1 image seems barely usable.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-20-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,387
Posted By james.liam
Very strange. Has the knurled focusing ring of...

Very strange.
Has the knurled focusing ring of the Rigid, but the lettering/font of type III. The serial number is in the first batch of the Summicron successor to the Rigid (1968).

Leica is...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-19-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1,274
Posted By james.liam
The ZI is/was a much lighter camera but with a...

The ZI is/was a much lighter camera but with a very bright finder. It’s haptics, build, ’gravitas’ in hand is marginal compared to the LEICAs. More akin to the latest Bessas, also discontinued and...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-18-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,154
Posted By james.liam
https://shop.cameraquest.com/nikon-contax-rangefin...

https://shop.cameraquest.com/nikon-contax-rangefinder-lens-adapters/amedeo-50mm-nikon-rangefinder-lens-to-leica-m-mount/

..and

https://shop.cameraquest.com/nikon-contax-rangefinder-lens-adapters/ame...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-18-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1,274
Posted By james.liam
Do yourself a favor. and don't wonder. Hold and...

Do yourself a favor. and don't wonder.
Hold and compare the ZI and an M6/7. You will quickly understand the difference.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-24-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,556
Posted By james.liam
Mine is a 0.85 Classic, just returned from a CLA...

Mine is a 0.85 Classic, just returned from a CLA & RF optics upgrade with Leica NJ (5 week turnaround!!!).

No TTL? Dial going the other direction? Different LED layout? 2mm shorter?
Details that do...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-23-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,556
Posted By james.liam
Are you planning on using a flash?

Are you planning on using a flash?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-30-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 819
Posted By james.liam
The MATE is far from common so I don’t subscribe...

The MATE is far from common so I don’t subscribe to your argument. Sounds as if your money may be more wisely spent by getting another copy of the same lens in better condition. Leica probably did...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-30-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 819
Posted By james.liam
Ah! There is more to the story. When I had sent...

Ah! There is more to the story.
When I had sent in the 50 Rigid to Leica (another improperly repaired lens by a name mentioned above) I had asked them to contact me whether it was even worth doing a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-30-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 819
Posted By james.liam
This makes no sense. Just today I picked up my...

This makes no sense.
Just today I picked up my M6 from a CLA at Leica NJ previously serviced and botched by one of the people mentioned above. In Leca’s possession are a 50 Rigid and a MATE E49 for...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-14-2019
Replies: 182
Views: 6,569
Posted By james.liam
Thanks guys, some of you have shown so much grace...

Thanks guys, some of you have shown so much grace in your answers above!
I'll enquire elsewhere next time when I have a question.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-13-2019
Replies: 182
Views: 6,569
Posted By james.liam
Fuji film stock coming to an end?

I was told by a reliable sort I know for >10 years working at one of the two notable New York City-based camera equipment suppliers, that the film we see coming from Fuji are stores from deep freeze...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-07-2019
Replies: 8,885
Views: 867,152
Posted By james.liam
3 rolls of....

3 rolls of....
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-04-2019
Replies: 137
Views: 11,632
Posted By james.liam
1 camera and one tri-Elmar (MATE).

1 camera and one tri-Elmar (MATE).
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-31-2019
Replies: 256
Views: 5,711
Posted By james.liam
My first FF DSLR. I had a split circle focusing...

My first FF DSLR.
I had a split circle focusing screen put in and the numerous Nikkor MF lenses I had at the time (8-180mm) were a joy to use, though my favorite was the Voigtländer 2,5/125. That...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,115
Posted By james.liam
Amen! The Dƒ was a marketing ploy, maybe to use...

Amen! The Dƒ was a marketing ploy, maybe to use up extra 16MP sensors left over from the D4. ;)
Deceptive PR lead-up, led many to believe this was "it"....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-31-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 4,119
Posted By james.liam
Nope. Told him that the Japanese Sigma ART 50/1.4...

Nope. Told him that the Japanese Sigma ART 50/1.4 is noticeably superior to Chinese-made plastic Nikkors.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,115
Posted By james.liam
How about a Nikon FM2 or FM3a with a digital...

How about a Nikon FM2 or FM3a with a digital sensor.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-31-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 958
Posted By james.liam
I bought an R9 a few days ago on a lark and a...

I bought an R9 a few days ago on a lark and a pittance, and was also wondering what glass to mate with it, considering the well-regarded 35-70 ƒ/4 or 35 Summicron v.2; both hover around US$1000 in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,115
Posted By james.liam
Rangefinder Polaroid that has a film type that...

Rangefinder Polaroid that has a film type that produces a print and a negative (I recall they made a film like this).
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-29-2019
Replies: 8,885
Views: 867,152
Posted By james.liam
There is no proverbial "free-lunch". Healthcare,...

There is no proverbial "free-lunch". Healthcare, public education that is ostensibly "free" is paid for in overbearing taxes and limited opportunity later on. And so children become an unaffordable...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-26-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 958
Posted By james.liam
Sadly, until it will invariably fail and...

Sadly, until it will invariably fail and remaining parts were sold off to Boris Jamchtchik at Photo Arsenal, now based in Hong Kong. What he plans to do with them remains a mystery.

The R8 was...
Forum: Travel 03-23-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,551
Posted By james.liam
For the 240? WATE, MATE, and 75 Summarit 2.4....

For the 240? WATE, MATE, and 75 Summarit 2.4. Maybe throw in a VM 1,2/50 for when paucity of light dictates.

Walked my way through Istanbul with the GR. Lots of fun and missed no shots.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-23-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 955
Posted By james.liam
-The 50/1.1 7(f)Artisans lens second-hand isn't...

-The 50/1.1 7(f)Artisans lens second-hand isn't worth much after eBay fees and shipping. Give it to someone starting out as a gift. Or donate it to a photo school and get a tax write-off

-50...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-22-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 7,562
Posted By james.liam
There's a cover for every pot. Even plastic ones.

There's a cover for every pot. Even plastic ones.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-20-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,462
Posted By james.liam
The Ikon seems so insubstantial in hand. Looked...

The Ikon seems so insubstantial in hand. Looked at one before getting an M6; Lighter, no solidity to it. Did have a great viewfinder, though.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 03-20-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 4,262
Posted By james.liam
Introduced in 2006, that's got to be 80 in cat...

Introduced in 2006, that's got to be 80 in cat years.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-19-2019
Replies: 386
Views: 35,617
Posted By james.liam
Perhaps the novelty of the thing has worn off?...

Perhaps the novelty of the thing has worn off? 'Huss' seems to have a sharp sample but I can't imagine the QC on it is anything of note given the price and maybe his is the exception and not the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-19-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 1,117
Posted By james.liam
It's nowhere on his site as for sale. Just an...

It's nowhere on his site as for sale. Just an Instagram.
I've been dealing with Popflash for almost 10 years and they are reputable and honest.
Forum: RFF News 03-19-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 3,105
Posted By james.liam
It's actually $5608 Popflash is an authorized...

It's actually $5608



Popflash is an authorized Leica USA dealer. He wouldn't be involved in grey market items. I know that he does business with clients in East Asia; he told me once his prices end...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-16-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 7,562
Posted By james.liam
Available electronic parts as time pass will...

Available electronic parts as time pass will diminish rapidly. As an ominous example, Leica recently announced it is no longer supporting the R8 & 9 while maintaining it for earlier mechanicals.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-15-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 7,562
Posted By james.liam
1+ Back in 1995, bought a Nikon FM2-T new and it...

1+

Back in 1995, bought a Nikon FM2-T new and it has never failed me.

If I had to choose one film SLR right now, it would be the petite OM3/4 or Nikon FM2 or FM3a. The Olympus viewfinder is quite...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-15-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 4,119
Posted By james.liam
Alexandru, vă sugerez să vă uitați la "Sigma"....

Alexandru, vă sugerez să vă uitați la "Sigma". Construcția lor este mult superioară celei Nikkor din plastic realizată în China. Imaginile fotografice pe care le poate produce sunt destul de...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-15-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 4,119
Posted By james.liam
Congratulations on the F6! Can't comment on new...

Congratulations on the F6! Can't comment on new Tamron primes (though the zooms are much superior to their older ones).
The Sigma ART series gives you both AF and optics often superior to Nikkor or...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 03-11-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1,009
Posted By james.liam
If all there's in life is ISO 640 and no further,...

If all there's in life is ISO 640 and no further, then yes, the M9 will do. Lovely camera, quirky and noisy but in context of present-day expectations, very limiting.

BTW, Tony Rose @ Popflash is...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-05-2018
Replies: 49
Views: 2,835
Posted By james.liam
Try PopFash in Los Angeles. Items sold on the...

Try PopFash in Los Angeles. Items sold on the site are charged a flat 20% fee off the final sell price. Better than anything you'll get selling outright to the bigger dealers. Tony Rose always prices...
Forum: RFF News 12-03-2017
Replies: 58
Views: 7,062
Posted By james.liam
True enough, John.

True enough, John.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-02-2017
Replies: 149
Views: 20,774
Posted By james.liam
Bought a QM2 MM and a used M6 0.85 (needing a CLA...

Bought a QM2 MM and a used M6 0.85 (needing a CLA and sent for MP finder upgrade). The Monochrome was perfect without any flaws and at the time, $1000 cheaper than the cosmetically perfect.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-02-2017
Replies: 384
Views: 30,040
Posted By james.liam
Striking contrast in a changing city. Looks like...

Striking contrast in a changing city.

Looks like a great puddle for mosquitos to breed. Hope you brought along the DEET.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-02-2017
Replies: 55
Views: 2,117
Posted By james.liam
It didn't look so terrible when sitting on a...

It didn't look so terrible when sitting on a silver or titanium body. I did find it a bit challenging to get the thing on and off a camera because it's so small.
Forum: Travel 12-02-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 714
Posted By james.liam
Evocative images. One suggestion if I may; the...

Evocative images.

One suggestion if I may; the pictures you've posted, with one exception, don't give context to the country or village where they're taken. A few of that type for each place...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-02-2017
Replies: 48
Views: 2,884
Posted By james.liam
The price of an M9 with a new sensor has leveled...

The price of an M9 with a new sensor has leveled off at about US$3-3.5k. I've seen an M9P for closer to $4k.
As an owner of an MM v.1 with a new sensor, the issues raised above about the non-existent...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-02-2017
Replies: 55
Views: 2,117
Posted By james.liam
The CV 40 is a newer, better corrected, faster...

The CV 40 is a newer, better corrected, faster and more complex design than the simple Tessar 45/2.8 AIP; I've only had experience with the latter on digital and it was great by ƒ/5.6. For me, it was...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-30-2017
Replies: 74
Views: 3,858
Posted By james.liam
This $12k optic will prove popular with the...

This $12k optic will prove popular with the jejune, nouveau riche, Coca Cola & Bordeaux set in Shanghai. Until they grow bored or head for the monstrous & criminal dogmeat festival.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-26-2017
Replies: 8,885
Views: 867,152
Posted By james.liam
Nikkor 8/2.8 non-AI Fisheye bought at a steep...

Nikkor 8/2.8 non-AI Fisheye bought at a steep discount

Type 56 AI-conversion kit bought long, long ago on a lark that's been patiently awaiting a mate.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-26-2017
Replies: 70
Views: 6,356
Posted By james.liam
Have had the iPhone X for 2 weeks; by far the...

Have had the iPhone X for 2 weeks; by far the best phone camera I've ever used; has optical stabilization of the long lens as well as the short.

As for Huawei, I have intentionally shied away from...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-24-2017
Replies: 0
Views: 841
Posted By james.liam
Any experiences with the new CV 5,6/12 v.III?

Finding little written about this lens. Since it's the widest still RF-coupled, I'm thinking of this vs. the 4,5/15.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-19-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 34,813
Posted By james.liam
Because of the way the cover in bound to sensor,...

Because of the way the cover in bound to sensor, imperceptible rot grows. Best have them look at it. I wonder if any of the original sensors will survive. It sounds like its 'genetics' make rot an...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-19-2017
Replies: 3,743
Views: 711,313
Posted By james.liam
Really great images. Giving me a hankering for an...

Really great images. Giving me a hankering for an OM3 and a Zuiko.
Have had my eye on a 40/2 for the past few weeks.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-19-2017
Replies: 245
Views: 28,570
Posted By james.liam
Crazy Joe Biden as Omega's ambassador. Good luck...

Crazy Joe Biden as Omega's ambassador. Good luck to them with that.
I've found the Omega as having the least accurate movement of all these bling watches. IWC, on the other hand, quite the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-12-2017
Replies: 92
Views: 3,896
Posted By james.liam
Shall I replace the 50/2 with a 50/1.4...

Shall I replace the 50/2 with a 50/1.4 Summilux?

--keep the Rigid but go faster as an addition, like a CV 1,1/50 v.II

Shall I replace the 21/3.4 Super Angulon with a 21/2.8 Elmarit?

--Why? The...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-11-2017
Replies: 437
Views: 119,809
Posted By james.liam
Really low contrast. Is it from spherical...

Really low contrast. Is it from spherical aberrations wide-open or just fixed haze on the elements?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-28-2017
Replies: 372
Views: 61,425
Posted By james.liam
Yes. Stopped down beyond ƒ/2.8, gone by 5.6. That...

Yes. Stopped down beyond ƒ/2.8, gone by 5.6. That was my experience. YMMV.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-27-2017
Replies: 372
Views: 61,425
Posted By james.liam
Hated the edgy look of the Summicron; led me to...

Hated the edgy look of the Summicron; led me to sell it in favor of the Summilux.



Afraid you'll gnaw on the first one?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-26-2017
Replies: 372
Views: 61,425
Posted By james.liam
The persistence of the focus-shifting, circa-1979...

The persistence of the focus-shifting, circa-1979 50 Summicron whilst the arguably superior circa-1994 50 Elmarit M went the way of the dodo, is indeed a mystery.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 10-18-2017
Replies: 122
Views: 6,366
Posted By james.liam
..which is in fact, a good thing.

..which is in fact, a good thing.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-18-2017
Replies: 79
Views: 3,520
Posted By james.liam
Just picked up a Canon 100/2 LTM in great shape...

Just picked up a Canon 100/2 LTM in great shape and sent it off for a CLA. It isn't the Thambar but in the rare moments (once every 5 years) I yearn for the grossly exaggerated spherical aberrations...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-17-2017
Replies: 79
Views: 3,520
Posted By james.liam
Of all the lenses to resurrect, this one? And for...

Of all the lenses to resurrect, this one? And for $6500?
I'm at a loss to understand the marketing rationale.

A redux of the 35 Summicron 8-element and 50 Rigid would seem to have a larger...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-03-2017
Replies: 372
Views: 61,425
Posted By james.liam
Viking women must have had hairier legs. Just...

Viking women must have had hairier legs.

Just saying'.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-14-2017
Replies: 38
Views: 3,798
Posted By james.liam
Want to qualify your mention of the 28 R Elmarit;...

Want to qualify your mention of the 28 R Elmarit; only v. II merits the attention and of the SLR lenses listed, none hold a candle to it.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-08-2017
Replies: 53
Views: 2,966
Posted By james.liam
It performs very similar to the old one, in fact....

It performs very similar to the old one, in fact. IIRC, the optical formula in nearly identical.
As mentioned above, the immutable differences between film & digital sensors necessitates some...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-08-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,492
Posted By james.liam
Asked $10k, went for $500. Love the free-market.

Asked $10k, went for $500. Love the free-market.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-08-2017
Replies: 205
Views: 27,490
Posted By james.liam
Does a QM2 count as 'new'? If so, I've had a few....

Does a QM2 count as 'new'? If so, I've had a few. Why pay full tariff when a QM2 gives you exactly the same, with evanescent cosmetic flaws.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-08-2017
Replies: 53
Views: 2,966
Posted By james.liam
They seem to have reformulated the 28 Summaron...

They seem to have reformulated the 28 Summaron for digital without issue. Doesn't seem to be an impossible task. And Leica did imply they were going to release other historical lenses.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-08-2017
Replies: 53
Views: 2,966
Posted By james.liam
IIRC, it has to be ordered through the dealer....

IIRC, it has to be ordered through the dealer. Not generally available otherwise.

In re: 66/2, does it resolve better than the 50/2 APO?
They are separated by 50 years of tech evolution.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-08-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,492
Posted By james.liam
Always expect the unexpected, Huss. Digressions...

Always expect the unexpected, Huss. Digressions sometimes keeps life interesting.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-08-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,492
Posted By james.liam
Inspired by the likely source of this great find....

Inspired by the likely source of this great find. Inspiration is everything and comes from unlikely places, like a Lapita. Whatever that may be...

Or maybe by the Leica 50 Rigid I bought that never...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-08-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,492
Posted By james.liam
Like torturing dogs before they murder and eat...

Like torturing dogs before they murder and eat them back home in Yulin Province. Or sending a bill to political prisoner's family for the executioner's bullet. Or selling the organs to the highest...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-06-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,492
Posted By james.liam
If the seller's grammar is any indication ("NIKON...

If the seller's grammar is any indication ("NIKON F3 Lapita Only 100 Make Brand New"), he is from some far-off land assuming the rubes here will pay him 30 times what he likely paid for it. If even...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-01-2017
Replies: 8,885
Views: 867,152
Posted By james.liam
Voigtländer 3,5/28 LTM. Wasn't really looking for...

Voigtländer 3,5/28 LTM.
Wasn't really looking for one. Dubious I'd ever find one in the wild, much less at a reasonable price.

But there it was, in great shape...
Forum: RFF Polls 07-29-2017
Replies: 240
Views: 157,239
Posted By james.liam
LOL! Also born in that same burg, managed to...

LOL!

Also born in that same burg, managed to reach adulthood relatively intact (but not unscarred) and fled West across the East River, with some time spent on the Potomac along the way.
Forum: RFF Polls 07-29-2017
Replies: 149
Views: 13,387
Posted By james.liam
Monochrom, just back from Jersey with a tasty new...

Monochrom, just back from Jersey with a tasty new sensor.

Ricoh GR.

iPhone 7 Plus.
Forum: Fuji X Series 07-29-2017
Replies: 95
Views: 7,076
Posted By james.liam
ya shoulda sprung for a Monochrom. Might be of...

ya shoulda sprung for a Monochrom.

Might be of a different mind had you done so.
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 07-29-2017
Replies: 98
Views: 10,112
Posted By james.liam
Diminishing few for whom these attributes merit...

Diminishing few for whom these attributes merit the upgrade from the D810.

As a one-time owner of 14 AIS lenses, one of my sore points is that Nikon took some pride in maintaining backward...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-29-2017
Replies: 89
Views: 4,723
Posted By james.liam
Fran Sanfrisco has sadly become the fair weather...

Fran Sanfrisco has sadly become the fair weather refuge of America's flotsam & jetsam, with the indifferent connivance of its elected officials.

Travelers beware.
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 07-28-2017
Replies: 98
Views: 10,112
Posted By james.liam
Less grifters than a company groping for a its...

Less grifters than a company groping for a its future purpose.
Instead of seeing the curtain falling on 1+ kg pentaprism cameras, they double-down on the dinosaur.

Nikon rumors...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 07-28-2017
Replies: 98
Views: 10,112
Posted By james.liam
In a perfect world...but they make their ¥...

In a perfect world...but they make their ¥ selling lenses. And even here, Sigma has outfoxed them. Nikon is a lumbering giant proverbially Waiting for Godot...



Shame of it is that the Dƒ should...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 07-27-2017
Replies: 98
Views: 10,112
Posted By james.liam
Mostly over, but not completely. Lots of folks...

Mostly over, but not completely. Lots of folks out there with an enormous amount of cash sunk into the F mount or too used to the way Nikons work to relearn another who may be reticent to change. ...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-27-2017
Replies: 361
Views: 116,442
Posted By james.liam
I did the very same thing. The Summicron ASPH...

I did the very same thing. The Summicron ASPH tendency to focus shift is what soured me on that lens; killed innumerable shots beyond ƒ2.8 until 5.6. I loved its size and of course, ƒ/2. Considered...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 07-27-2017
Replies: 98
Views: 10,112
Posted By james.liam
Ricoh GR still out there and has a loyal, albeit...

Ricoh GR still out there and has a loyal, albeit small, following.
Not obsolete as its simplicity is its greatest virtue.
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 07-27-2017
Replies: 98
Views: 10,112
Posted By james.liam
The Coolpix A used the very same sensor as in the...

The Coolpix A used the very same sensor as in the Ricoh but in a larger, clunkier body and not nearly as slick UI. The software processing images in-camera was also different, yielding another...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-27-2017
Replies: 63
Views: 3,057
Posted By james.liam
When I migrated away from Nikon DSLRs, sold off...

When I migrated away from Nikon DSLRs, sold off most of my AIS lenses (8mm to 180mm). Kept the FM2-T, more out of sentimental reasons and held onto 3 lenses: 16/3.5 Ai, NOCT and 75-150/3.5 E. Just...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-26-2017
Replies: 62
Views: 11,354
Posted By james.liam
I've never used the Minolta though it looks a bit...

I've never used the Minolta though it looks a bit big. Heard that it shares optical design similarities to the NOCT Nikkor. What is it like?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-26-2017
Replies: 63
Views: 3,057
Posted By james.liam
Actually, a great companion to the 50/1.2 whole...

Actually, a great companion to the 50/1.2 whole be the compact Nikkor 75-150/3.5 E. If you can find a later version with tighter zoom mechanism (less slippage) it can be had for next to nothing....
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-26-2017
Replies: 62
Views: 11,354
Posted By james.liam
Been studying the images at ƒ/1.1 here and...

Been studying the images at ƒ/1.1 here and elsewhere and they just aren't 'all that'. If it's fun at wide-aperture you seek, I'd sooner spring a few more ¥ and go for the MS 1,1/50 or CV 1,1/50. And...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-26-2017
Replies: 63
Views: 3,057
Posted By james.liam
"Forever lens"? This is film, after all, and the...

"Forever lens"?

This is film, after all, and the extra speed will mean the difference between using it and not--aside from film speed, this ain't no Leica; the mirror slap creates quite the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-22-2017
Replies: 386
Views: 35,617
Posted By james.liam
Good grief. I just don't get what all this...

Good grief.

I just don't get what all this attention is about. All for barely usable ƒ/1.1?!?
One would be far better served by adapting a Nikkor 50/1.2 to an M240 or M10.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-16-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,202
Posted By james.liam
Use the 21 SEM once and that Zeiss may not be...

Use the 21 SEM once and that Zeiss may not be safe for long in your kit.

:rolleyes:

Just saying'...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-16-2017
Replies: 161
Views: 33,163
Posted By james.liam
Wow, what a dreary-looking scene. If you would...

Wow, what a dreary-looking scene. If you would have said Pyongyang, I'd have believed you.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-11-2017
Replies: 75
Views: 7,789
Posted By james.liam
Just saying if all the compact 28's are out of...

Just saying if all the compact 28's are out of the price range. I thought it ridiculous too, to carry another camera too but it's so small it easily fit into a pocket. Never bothered by it on trips.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-11-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1,239
Posted By james.liam
Bought new, had mine for over a year; focus ring...

Bought new, had mine for over a year; focus ring was always stiff, developed a coarseness to it and it front-focused at close distance. Took me a while to realize the latter, thinking that it wasn't...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-11-2017
Replies: 75
Views: 7,789
Posted By james.liam
The alternative I used until recently was a Ricoh...

The alternative I used until recently was a Ricoh GR in the pocket and a 50 on my M body. The GR is cheaper than any 28 M-mount lens and arguably better than most.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-29-2017
Replies: 386
Views: 35,617
Posted By james.liam
Ha! It's made by some unpronounceable company in...

Ha! It's made by some unpronounceable company in Shenzhen, "People's" "Republic" of China, that presently manufactures LED lights; probably sold poisoned dog food and ran missile parts to the NORKs...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 06-24-2017
Replies: 75
Views: 7,209
Posted By james.liam
Well, mine was done precisely at 12 weeks. It...

Well, mine was done precisely at 12 weeks.

It appears that the wait as of June 2017 for a sensor swap out of Leica-New Jersey is at 24 weeks. No doubt the mad rush before the 1 August deadline.

In...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-24-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 4,010
Posted By james.liam
Can anyone who's used this lens and the 3,5/28...

Can anyone who's used this lens and the 3,5/28 Skopar speak of the differences?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-24-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,027
Posted By james.liam
The ZM 21 finder is an absolute delight to use...

The ZM 21 finder is an absolute delight to use because of its clarity, brightness and lack of distortion compared with others. Some users report rotational error that it adds because it was designed...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-24-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 2,344
Posted By james.liam
Miyazaki-san seems to understand this as well in...

Miyazaki-san seems to understand this as well in that it is being sold by pre-order only. The fluorite glass used costs a pretty ¥ and this is the wiser route to prevent over-production for a...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-01-2017
Replies: 43
Views: 2,426
Posted By james.liam
Bought a 35 v.1 and after a costly CLA, some...

Bought a 35 v.1 and after a costly CLA, some permanent haze remained and forced to sell it a loss. Not going to go there again.

Have a Summaron ƒ/2.8. Jewel of an optic, mechanical masterpiece....
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-16-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 34,813
Posted By james.liam
I had the same experience but with a Monochrom;...

I had the same experience but with a Monochrom; two summers in New York, and the rot appeared. Since you live in northern NJ, you should take a quick ride to the Leica repair center there and have...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-06-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 2,068
Posted By james.liam
What Jaap said; it's a fiddly lens and mine did...

What Jaap said; it's a fiddly lens and mine did need to visit with Leica for 2 months just after purchase; and it was a late version. If you need ƒ/1.4, it is pretty damned well incomparable. The...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-06-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1,508
Posted By james.liam
Probably a combination of sellers that don't know...

Probably a combination of sellers that don't know and sellers that are trying to manipulate the searches by listing as 'Elmar-M'. I've noticed this when looking for other items and things utterly...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-28-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 892
Posted By james.liam
I'd have gone for a Sigma ART 50/1.4 instead....

I'd have gone for a Sigma ART 50/1.4 instead. Aside from the 50/1.2 and NOCT, never found any of the other Nikkor 50/55/58 all that interesting. Had the 45/2.8 for a while; the novelty of its...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 03-26-2017
Replies: 75
Views: 7,209
Posted By james.liam
Waiting for mine to return. Was told 8-12 weeks,...

Waiting for mine to return. Was told 8-12 weeks, now about 10. We shall see.

I'm disinclined to go for a 246; was told by one dealer that Leica offers a swap through them for ~$3400. Did not seem...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-17-2017
Replies: 32
Views: 3,266
Posted By james.liam
MS Optics in Japan will convert one for you;...

MS Optics in Japan will convert one for you; cheaper still if you provide the camera body yourself. I think they might sell them already converted to M mount. Bellamy Hunt of Japan Hunter will do the...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-26-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 3,073
Posted By james.liam
That isn't fair. Supply & demand. No one "owes"...

That isn't fair. Supply & demand. No one "owes" you a camera.

Personally, almost pulled the trigger when it was $1700 but I'm afraid the prospect of dropping $25 for each ~12 exposures (film,...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-26-2017
Replies: 82
Views: 6,678
Posted By james.liam
I had written to them about the seemingly flat...

I had written to them about the seemingly flat performance of the non-APO Summicron and they replied that the data posted for this lens were in fact incorrect. The best of the lot are all such...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 01-17-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 3,697
Posted By james.liam
My MM v.1 still produces pleasantly grained...

My MM v.1 still produces pleasantly grained images at 6400.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-07-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 1,861
Posted By james.liam
Crazy pricing aside (maybe they meant Yuan...

Crazy pricing aside (maybe they meant Yuan instead of USD), anyone have a clue what sort of performance one might expect from the Swallow?
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