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Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-21-2017
Replies: 26
Views: 1,783
Posted By Rico
I don't like the WA external finders from Leica...

I don't like the WA external finders from Leica due to their boxy shape; ditto CZ. The circular C/V finders with metal build are awesome with bright view, compact size, and great price. I have the 35...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 08-04-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 4,010
Posted By Rico
I remember when the C/V 28/2 was released, and...

I remember when the C/V 28/2 was released, and was underwhelmed—but I own the Elmarit-M 28 ASPH. :) Now, in 2017, I'm once again thinking about the C/V because the Elmarit performs poorly on my...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-01-2017
Replies: 257
Views: 55,257
Posted By Rico
The C/V chrome 35mm finder makes my IIIb a...

The C/V chrome 35mm finder makes my IIIb a pleasure to use with a Summaron 35. The RF is squinty but accurate, or I can just focus by scale. Leica M is an okay shooter, too. :)
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-31-2017
Replies: 8,885
Views: 867,152
Posted By Rico
Nikkor 800/8 AI-S found its intended target...

Nikkor 800/8 AI-S found its intended target (local peregrine falcons). I needed a gimbal and upgraded tripod to operate this monster in the field.

http://makino.fi/rico/fm/wimberley.jpg
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-31-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1,910
Posted By Rico
If oxidation is the cause then the whitening is...

If oxidation is the cause then the whitening is superficial and can be removed with a soft toothbrush. Solvents, or even water, are entirely unnecessary. I just brushed my Zeiss Distagon 21mm in...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-31-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 5,718
Posted By Rico
Recent (and first digital) use of my Elmar 50/2.8...

Recent (and first digital) use of my Elmar 50/2.8 classic. Handling on a Sony A7ii is comparable to a Leica M. All taken wide...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-09-2017
Replies: 2,699
Views: 792,942
Posted By Rico
I don't have a film Nikon at the moment, so the...

I don't have a film Nikon at the moment, so the digital brick will have to serve. :)

http://makino.fi/rico/nikon/misc/nikkor800.jpg

Time to find my local juvenile peregrines...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-07-2017
Replies: 152
Views: 5,072
Posted By Rico
My web content is on a server at my feet. I write...

My web content is on a server at my feet. I write the terms of service, retain all copyright, and control the look-and-feel. Web and email access is through my domain makino.fi which is unlikely to...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-04-2017
Replies: 67
Views: 4,296
Posted By Rico
My three Summicrons live on the shelf because I...

My three Summicrons live on the shelf because I prefer the Summaron 35/2.8. :)
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-04-2017
Replies: 372
Views: 46,318
Posted By Rico
http://makino.fi/rico/sony/misc/roses1.jpg

http://makino.fi/rico/sony/misc/roses1.jpg
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-03-2017
Replies: 8,885
Views: 867,152
Posted By Rico
My first AI-S in 35 years, the 800/8. (Insert...

My first AI-S in 35 years, the 800/8. (Insert panting emoji here). With 9 elements, this Nikkor should handily outperform the Leica Telyt-S and its triplet. :) Handily might be the wrong word for...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 07-01-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 18,596
Posted By Rico
I solved the maintenance concern by acquiring...

I solved the maintenance concern by acquiring three of them. Nothing lasts forever in this mortal coil, but this is a good approximation. :)
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 06-30-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 2,321
Posted By Rico
Looks like a winner! What I really need from C/V...

Looks like a winner! What I really need from C/V is a native FE 28/3.5. My A7ii + Elmarit 28 ASPH handles like an RF, but the edges are a big fail. Damn Sony sensor coverglass.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-28-2017
Replies: 68
Views: 12,025
Posted By Rico
I never liked the bokeh from my Elmarit 90 v1,...

I never liked the bokeh from my Elmarit 90 v1, although build and handling is superb. The classic Elmars have awesome rendering and can be picked up for a song. I have three: 4-element rigid has 15...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-28-2017
Replies: 70
Views: 12,344
Posted By Rico
28/50/90 works nicely with my M4, or 35 for a...

28/50/90 works nicely with my M4, or 35 for a one-lens kit. I have external VFs for all those FLs, too.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-24-2017
Replies: 125
Views: 4,604
Posted By Rico
Just for completeness, I'll mention the reissue...

Just for completeness, I'll mention the reissue C/V Heliars 50/3.5 and 50/2 in their various housings, and available for sale from the head bartender. I don't own one but, based on images posted, the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-23-2017
Replies: 128
Views: 9,521
Posted By Rico
Heh, of course I meant ITOOY. I could have...

Heh, of course I meant ITOOY. I could have attached my SBOOI to the A7ii for an even more authentic analog experience, but focus by scale would be, ah, challenging. :)
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-23-2017
Replies: 128
Views: 9,521
Posted By Rico
I'm a big fan of anything Elmar, and the 50/2.8...

I'm a big fan of anything Elmar, and the 50/2.8 v1 is no exception. Mine is M mount but, as noted already, is identical to the LTM optically. I finally took this gem for a digital spin last week by...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-09-2017
Replies: 783
Views: 114,529
Posted By Rico
Always a great thread, thanks to Trung. I was in...

Always a great thread, thanks to Trung. I was in Hanoi 10 years ago (how time flies). The only two 5-star hotels were the Metropole and the Hilton. I had breakfast in both, and never enjoyed...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-09-2017
Replies: 2,699
Views: 792,942
Posted By Rico
That's a stunning Contarex collection. :) First...

That's a stunning Contarex collection. :) First time I've seen T* coating on Contarex-mount lenses: I thought that CZ innovation was introduced with the Contax RTS system.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 03-29-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 3,892
Posted By Rico
Prices have inverted over time: used pricing was...

Prices have inverted over time: used pricing was once $500 for T3 and $1000 for TC-1.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 03-02-2017
Replies: 63
Views: 13,450
Posted By Rico
From my records, I bought my silver T3 in 2004....

From my records, I bought my silver T3 in 2004. B&H list was $650, then reduced by 10% due to "Contax Days", then a further $100 mail-in rebate for a final price of $485. Kyocera handled the rebate...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-18-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1,685
Posted By Rico
Even in serious films, classic camera rigs rarely...

Even in serious films, classic camera rigs rarely get realistic treatment. I believe there is exactly one existing audio track in Hollywood for flash bulbs firing on a Graflex. I just saw a handheld...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-12-2017
Replies: 1
Views: 1,151
Posted By Rico
The TLA20 is a low-end, and older, model of flash...

The TLA20 is a low-end, and older, model of flash for any Contax G or RTS camera. The TLA280 is a mid-grade, newer model with features like (manual) zoom and tilt. Both lack automatic mode, relying...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-12-2017
Replies: 79
Views: 3,350
Posted By Rico
I like 36 and if a roll needs to be finished...

I like 36 and if a roll needs to be finished right away, I test something: lens, lighting, DOF, etc.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-12-2017
Replies: 35
Views: 2,889
Posted By Rico
I have heavy coverage of ~90mm across several...

I have heavy coverage of ~90mm across several mounts. For M, I would take the Elmarit v2 for modern rendition: it's on my buy list. Otherwise, the Elmars offer a range of prices (from $100) to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-25-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 1,136
Posted By Rico
Regarding the 1/10s delay, you're brain may...

Regarding the 1/10s delay, you're brain may adjust, but you missed the decisive moment. :) In a related test, I wrote a visual-reaction program on my computer where it presented a visual cue and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-20-2017
Replies: 353
Views: 23,480
Posted By Rico
Top five, unordered: - Leica IIIb - Contax T -...

Top five, unordered:

- Leica IIIb
- Contax T
- Contax S2
- Contax RTS III
- Nikon D3X

http://makino.fi/rico/nikon/misc/topcameras.jpg
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-09-2017
Replies: 203
Views: 17,693
Posted By Rico
That service would make total sense, as it did...

That service would make total sense, as it did for Kodak before the Qualex debacle. My Dad sent Kodachrome II from all over the world to the States for processing, and the precious (mounted) slides...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 01-06-2017
Replies: 354
Sticky: RIP Tom A
Views: 51,051
Posted By Rico
Sad news. I only knew him through RFF, but his...

Sad news. I only knew him through RFF, but his generosity and goodness came through his postings and, of course, his pics (Camera & Coffee thread particularly). RIP.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-12-2016
Replies: 18
Views: 2,859
Posted By Rico
The 120 folder I used in the early 1970s had...

The 120 folder I used in the early 1970s had "Made in Germany US Zone" engraved on the body, along with a date of 1946. Camera was a Franka Solida or something very close to it, and the lens was an...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 12-10-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 2,260
Posted By Rico
Nice pics! Waterhouse stops in a P&S: only from...

Nice pics! Waterhouse stops in a P&S: only from the mind of Minolta. I always wanted a TC-1, but they were so expensive. The 28mm lens itself is available as a collectable LTM.
Forum: Fuji X Series 12-10-2016
Replies: 36
Views: 3,815
Posted By Rico
I've mixed lens and camera brands for years,...

I've mixed lens and camera brands for years, generally with respectably machined adapters....
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-27-2016
Replies: 97
Views: 4,617
Posted By Rico
The short-lived Yasuhara Co was maker of a couple...

The short-lived Yasuhara Co was maker of a couple of pretty strange film rangefinders. I recall problems with their use of Copal Square shutters leaking light because the shutters were designed for...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-18-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1,648
Posted By Rico
Leitz equivalent lens, from about the same year,...

Leitz equivalent lens, from about the same year, was the 3-element Elmar 90 in either M mount or LTM. A nice lens that I have used on my Canon 1Ds with various Visoflex bits.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-12-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 1,848
Posted By Rico
My first SLR kit was the new-fangled FM2n and...

My first SLR kit was the new-fangled FM2n and 50/1.4 AI-s. Nowadays, I would use the Contax Aria and P50/1.4.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-10-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 719
Posted By Rico
Custom Function 4 is probably 1, and must be 0 to...

Custom Function 4 is probably 1, and must be 0 to auto-rewind. See p.174 in the manual (available online).
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-28-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,239
Posted By Rico
The registration doesn't jibe. Leica R lens on...

The registration doesn't jibe. Leica R lens on Nikon F body requires a change to the mount of the lens (Leitax), or loss of infinity focus. The original mount of choice for adapter fanatics was Canon...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-22-2016
Replies: 104
Views: 4,416
Posted By Rico
M4 (no batteries), 'lux 50 v2, HP5. Sawn-off...

M4 (no batteries), 'lux 50 v2, HP5. Sawn-off shotgun for the zombies.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-11-2016
Replies: 50
Views: 2,811
Posted By Rico
Another vote against the IIIg. Kudos to Leitz for...

Another vote against the IIIg. Kudos to Leitz for keeping the Barnack dream alive after the M3 was released, but the IIIg comes across as overcooked. Prior models are attractive for being simple and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-09-2016
Replies: 8,885
Views: 867,152
Posted By Rico
Nice one, Mike: Elmar Red Scale is screwmount...

Nice one, Mike: Elmar Red Scale is screwmount royalty.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-29-2016
Replies: 131
Views: 10,142
Posted By Rico
I have the most fun from small cameras that are...

I have the most fun from small cameras that are low tech: the lower, the better. Top of the list is the Leica IIIb with SCNOO rapid winder. Honorable mention goes to the Contax T (optical RF folder).
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-29-2016
Replies: 29
Views: 2,406
Posted By Rico
Take care of your health, Joe. As for the D500, I...

Take care of your health, Joe. As for the D500, I never use continuous shooting modes, let alone 10 f/s. For me, the killer feature is the AF: full-width point coverage, intelligent subject...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-26-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 905
Posted By Rico
Sorry, I have seven Contax SLRs but none are AX....

Sorry, I have seven Contax SLRs but none are AX. :)
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 08-25-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 1,820
Posted By Rico
This picture was taken outdoors: light from the...

This picture was taken outdoors: light from the setting sun from the right, sky light on the left. Repro in a studio would require a hard source at medium distance, and with flagging if the shooting...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-23-2016
Replies: 783
Views: 114,529
Posted By Rico
I love this thread. :) Reminds me it's time to...

I love this thread. :) Reminds me it's time to visit again: my daughter was born in Hanoi and is now 9 years old.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-21-2016
Replies: 2,125
Views: 591,693
Posted By Rico
Nice Elmar kit, although the middle lens cap is...

Nice Elmar kit, although the middle lens cap is postwar (and fits E39). :)
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 08-17-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 1,482
Posted By Rico
I don't like "found" light. It is usually dingy...

I don't like "found" light. It is usually dingy in color, coming from the wrong direction, or shining on uninteresting subjects. Solution for me is xenon flash, or reflectors. If weather is an issue...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-17-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 2,980
Posted By Rico
Heavy for sure. Without apology to 'cron 50 DR...

Heavy for sure. Without apology to 'cron 50 DR fans, I claim the Elmar 90 collapsible is the best built M lens by Leitz. The mechanical interlocks are brilliant. I do prefer the other Elmars for...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-17-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 8,000
Posted By Rico
Most of my Elmar usage is on film, but I have a...

Most of my Elmar usage is on film, but I have a digital image from my Canon 1Ds and Visoflex bits:

http://patternassociates.com/rico/leica/misc/treats.jpg

Shot in studio with the 4-element rigid,...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-13-2016
Replies: 74
Views: 9,641
Posted By Rico
I have the big brother of Color 150, the Color...

I have the big brother of Color 150, the Color 250, and they have the rock-solid construction of that Leitz era. The C2500/CA2500 family is higher end, but not better built. I'm fortunate to them...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-13-2016
Replies: 23
Views: 1,869
Posted By Rico
Actually, I have four ITDOO....

Actually, I have four ITDOO. :)

http://patternassociates.com/rico/leica/misc/hoods2.jpg

On the back rank, new version ITDOO is to the left and old version is to the right. The new version with...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-12-2016
Replies: 23
Views: 1,869
Posted By Rico
Period-correct hood for Summaron 35/3.5 E39 is...

Period-correct hood for Summaron 35/3.5 E39 is ITDOO, a beautiful little thing with felt lining. I have three of them, one with a plastic bell. They fit the f/2.8 Summaron perfectly, of course. They...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-06-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 872
Posted By Rico
I have a late version with the integrated V...

I have a late version with the integrated V mount, and will admit buying it to enjoy the incredible build quality (even for the Leitz era). My copy needs a relube but the glass is clear as a bell....
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-06-2016
Replies: 8,885
Views: 867,152
Posted By Rico
Leica IIIb is my fav Barnack. As mentioned by...

Leica IIIb is my fav Barnack. As mentioned by Waus, the standard base has been swapped out for a flash version—a pretty crude version without flash sync from the shutter. The wartime official version...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 07-30-2016
Replies: 23
Views: 2,460
Posted By Rico
Strange thread, but timely. I can now explain...

Strange thread, but timely. I can now explain what is going on in the kitchen of my office building. Seems like classic meters are being ripped out of the ground all over the country. These...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-27-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 1,386
Posted By Rico
I wish the same: my combo of standard Elmarit 28...

I wish the same: my combo of standard Elmarit 28 ASPH and chrome M4 doesn't look quite right. :)
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-24-2016
Replies: 117
Views: 6,671
Posted By Rico
Stephan, I'm sincerely happy to hear of your...

Stephan, I'm sincerely happy to hear of your happy outcome. Appreciating life is sometimes lost in the crush of daily life. Cheers!
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 07-13-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 2,711
Posted By Rico
Another method that is suitable for beaches or...

Another method that is suitable for beaches or parks: drive tent pegs into the ground, and tie down your stand.
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 06-11-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 2,437
Posted By Rico
I use LTM lenses on A7ii with stacked adapters,...

I use LTM lenses on A7ii with stacked adapters, and all is well. The LTM/M adapter is E Leitz and, of course, fits perfectly. The M/E adapter is C/V and is also of excellent fit and finish. This not...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-02-2016
Replies: 2
Views: 1,177
Posted By Rico
All Barnacks are small and take pictures, but the...

All Barnacks are small and take pictures, but the IIIb is the prettiest of them all. :)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-30-2016
Replies: 2,699
Views: 792,942
Posted By Rico
It is rather pretty, but also fun to use. :)...

It is rather pretty, but also fun to use. :) Ultimate lens pairing for the S2 is the CZ Tessar 45/2.8 in the same champagne chrome finish to minimize the bulk (and maximize the bling). Unfortunately,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-27-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 1,492
Posted By Rico
I recent bought the Rokinon/Samyang 135/2, and...

I recent bought the Rokinon/Samyang 135/2, and the optical performance is a revelation, meaning it hangs with the best primes I own (e.g. Leica Apo-Telyt-R 280/4). Build is plastic, which fine when...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-19-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,204
Posted By Rico
Shame, I learned a lot thanks to him.

Shame, I learned a lot thanks to him.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-19-2016
Replies: 211
Views: 25,359
Posted By Rico
A reissue Summaron 28 will appeal to anyone...

A reissue Summaron 28 will appeal to anyone seeking a nice copy of the classic v1 (that would be me). The original was released a long time ago, and is hard to find in any condition. The Elmarit ASPH...
Forum: RFF News 05-14-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 5,330
Posted By Rico
Great to see Setadel here. :)

Great to see Setadel here. :)
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-13-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,836
Posted By Rico
Your C/V may shimming, a simple adjustment...

Your C/V may shimming, a simple adjustment performed at the lens mount. Since bayonet-mount lenses are secured against the camera mount with spring force, you can just wedge a bit of paper on one...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-13-2016
Replies: 43
Views: 8,559
Posted By Rico
Congrats, Ken, you're a paragon of tenacity! I...

Congrats, Ken, you're a paragon of tenacity! I sidestepped the Summicron/Summarit debate by avoiding the entire focal length. I shoot portraits and f/4 gives barely sufficient DOF, so Elmars 50 and...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-11-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 5,007
Posted By Rico
Besides everything Giulio said about ergonomics,...

Besides everything Giulio said about ergonomics, the Summaron 35/2.8 has the best aperture ring of all Leica lenses (design shared with the 'cron 35 v1). Being slightly oversized and with milled...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-02-2016
Replies: 94
Views: 7,757
Posted By Rico
For me, the attraction of the M9-P is the chrome...

For me, the attraction of the M9-P is the chrome option, Leica script, and removal of the meatball. Pure vanity, I know. :)
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-02-2016
Replies: 40
Views: 2,696
Posted By Rico
I vote pre-ASPH Summilux which, in its various...

I vote pre-ASPH Summilux which, in its various decades of availability, has been released with LTM mount—sometimes as an expensive special edition. Rendition and handling will please any Leicaphile....
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-30-2016
Replies: 118
Views: 22,419
Posted By Rico
I use distilled water as final rinse in the tank,...

I use distilled water as final rinse in the tank, then hang film dripping wet: drop-dead easy. Water is reused. Even with the world's hardest tap water, my results have been perfect.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-30-2016
Replies: 25
Views: 2,903
Posted By Rico
We Chicagoans should make Central our next...

We Chicagoans should make Central our next meeting place—which needs to happen before roguedesigner (Liam) leaves town for his new job.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-30-2016
Replies: 8,885
Views: 867,152
Posted By Rico
Congrats! It's the most beautiful Barnack IMO. I...

Congrats! It's the most beautiful Barnack IMO. I love mine. :)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-29-2016
Replies: 75
Views: 49,808
Posted By Rico
Even lighter is the Yashica 50/2 ML at 140g. Its...

Even lighter is the Yashica 50/2 ML at 140g. Its close focus of .5m barely lags the P50/1.4. All the 50 ML lenses are full-metal build—quality stuff!
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 04-29-2016
Replies: 234
Views: 25,051
Posted By Rico
Removing the motor eliminates a point of failure,...

Removing the motor eliminates a point of failure, eliminates a burden on battery life, makes shutter-cocking silent, and restores that satisfying feel of moving gears. It also restores a place to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-28-2016
Replies: 75
Views: 49,808
Posted By Rico
Agreed about Yashica (the Y in C/Y mount). A...

Agreed about Yashica (the Y in C/Y mount). A couple of primes are legendary, like the 100/3.5 macro and 21/3.5. I have the 24/2.8 ML, 50/1.4 ML, 50/2 ML, 55/2.8 ML macro, 200/4 MLC and 300/5.6 MLC....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-27-2016
Replies: 75
Views: 49,808
Posted By Rico
I use Novoflex: expensive, but of excellent...

I use Novoflex: expensive, but of excellent construction and finish. Lenses attach smoothly without the gritty sensation of the cheapo adapters.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-27-2016
Replies: 75
Views: 49,808
Posted By Rico
I need to get my Contax film cameras (C/Y, T, T3)...

I need to get my Contax film cameras (C/Y, T, T3) back in the field, but at least the Sony A7ii is keeping my CZ lenses busy. Taken with the P100 MMG, wide...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 04-21-2016
Replies: 234
Views: 25,051
Posted By Rico
My dream is body dimensions of (pre TTL) film M...

My dream is body dimensions of (pre TTL) film M and shutter-cocking like the Epson R-D1. We're getting there. :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-20-2016
Replies: 70
Views: 33,650
Posted By Rico
The v4 certainly slipped in build quality,...

The v4 certainly slipped in build quality, especially the early plastic-infused copies like mine, but "piece of junk" might be an overstatement. :) Given the market value of all 'cron 35s have held...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-15-2016
Replies: 139
Views: 26,554
Posted By Rico
I voted "Other" meaning the fabulous Summaron...

I voted "Other" meaning the fabulous Summaron f/2.8, my fav 35mm in any format. Versus my 'crons v3/v4, the Summaron wins for build quality and haptics. The milled-edge aperture ring is perfectly...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-13-2016
Replies: 962
Views: 188,916
Posted By Rico
Chicago el (the city subway and elevated train...

Chicago el (the city subway and elevated train system): I'm guessing it's the Orange Line to Midway Airport.
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 04-11-2016
Replies: 193
Views: 46,319
Posted By Rico
The flash system from Sony (née Minolta) is...

The flash system from Sony (née Minolta) is expensive and underdeveloped. Any third-party unit with auto-thyrister mode will be perfectly acceptable. I already own a mix of brands (Canon, Nikon,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-08-2016
Replies: 55
Views: 6,390
Posted By Rico
Bring back the mechanical self-timer, then we'll...

Bring back the mechanical self-timer, then we'll talk. :)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-07-2016
Replies: 35
Views: 4,010
Posted By Rico
Situations demand different FLs. I was covering...

Situations demand different FLs. I was covering action on a school stage, and 300mm was barely enough. For walkabout, I find 28-35mm about right. I like 50-100mm for macro and studio tabletop....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-07-2016
Replies: 55
Views: 38,335
Posted By Rico
Long primes were a serious weakness of the Contax...

Long primes were a serious weakness of the Contax RTS system. By 200mm, apo designs are essential. The Tele-Tessars 200/3.5, 200/4 and 300/4 were none too cheap, but never saw an update from their...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-02-2016
Replies: 185
Views: 25,172
Posted By Rico
I agree about the AX, although it doesn't qualify...

I agree about the AX, although it doesn't qualify as fully mechanical. The only such model in the Contax RTS line was the S2/S2b which was as well-built as the FM2, but not up to F2 levels. The S2...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-30-2016
Replies: 69
Views: 5,052
Posted By Rico
I have an early chrome 'lux v2 and Elmar f/2.8...

I have an early chrome 'lux v2 and Elmar f/2.8 classic to handle 50mm. In rendering, both complement the Summaron 35/2.8 (my fav lens) and, of course, look great on an M4. I really prefer the Elmar...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-29-2016
Replies: 43
Views: 4,541
Posted By Rico
I used a 1Ds for ten years as my studio camera...

I used a 1Ds for ten years as my studio camera (and still have it) but upgraded to a Nikon D3X. These bodies are certainly large, heavy, and reassuring to handle. I would not, however, take one on...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-29-2016
Replies: 65
Views: 5,949
Posted By Rico
The f/2.8 has an aperture ring for much easier...

The f/2.8 has an aperture ring for much easier handling. A very few late f/3.5 Elmars were housed in the same barrel, but most use the awful thumbnail-driven aperture mechanism.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-17-2016
Replies: 479
Views: 36,881
Posted By Rico
Dang, Allen, this one is freakin' awesome.

Dang, Allen, this one is freakin' awesome.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-08-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 2,814
Posted By Rico
I just store them on the floor with bright lights...

I just store them on the floor with bright lights shining down to accentuate the shiny vintage chrome:

http://patternassociates.com/rico/fm/lcollection2.jpg

:)
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-08-2016
Replies: 245
Views: 28,570
Posted By Rico
Breguet Marine after five years in the combat...

Breguet Marine after five years in the combat zone (my wife's wrist). Sorry for the DSLR pic. :)

http://makino.fi/rico/contax/misc/breguet2d.jpg
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-08-2016
Replies: 39
Views: 4,122
Posted By Rico
All non-ASPH Summicrons are charmingly small,...

All non-ASPH Summicrons are charmingly small, with the v3 being the most available and affordable. Then, there's the Summaron 35/2.8 (my fav).
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-06-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 3,622
Posted By Rico
Not a problem for models and performance artists....

Not a problem for models and performance artists. :) For family and friends, I agree that certain subterfuges are helpful, either to loosen them up or to distract them. This can include some rockin'...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-06-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 3,622
Posted By Rico
The more portraits I take, the longer focal...

The more portraits I take, the longer focal length I prefer. The pic shown by OP is probably 135mm, and I really like the Tele-Elmar. I do not subscribe to the half-an-eye-socket-in-focus school of...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-06-2016
Replies: 56
Views: 5,636
Posted By Rico
An external VF changes everything (even for an...

An external VF changes everything (even for an M). I have SBOOI and longer Leitz versions, but decided that SBLOO was too big and rectangular. The modern Zeiss offerings are even chunkier, so I...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-25-2016
Replies: 2,699
Views: 792,942
Posted By Rico
Contax S2 w/CZ Sonnar 85/2.8. This SLR was...

Contax S2 w/CZ Sonnar 85/2.8. This SLR was Kyocera's version of the FM2, being entirely independent of batteries (except for the meter).

http://patternassociates.com/rico/contax/misc/contaxS2.jpg
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-22-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 6,681
Posted By Rico
The modern C/V external VFs are readily available...

The modern C/V external VFs are readily available and attractively priced. I have the metal 28mm and 35mm versions with chrome finish: awesome build quality, compact, contrasty view, and brightlines...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-10-2016
Replies: 54
Views: 5,323
Posted By Rico
Elmarit v1 has beautiful build and handling, but...

Elmarit v1 has beautiful build and handling, but I never liked it due to bad bokeh f/g and b/g. How did Wetzlar achieve that? :) I guess you could stop it down a bunch but, then, its f/2.8 speed is...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-06-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 2,756
Posted By Rico
I only crave the lens whose barrel reproduces the...

I only crave the lens whose barrel reproduces the 'cron v1 to include the milled aperture ring, usable DOF scale and actual metal tab. Some might also appreciate the missing infinity lock. :) The...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-03-2016
Replies: 107
Views: 20,280
Posted By Rico
Another great thread started by Trung. :) I like...

Another great thread started by Trung. :) I like the B&W treatment of the Highlands, but color does offers a different feel: lots of green vegetation, for example.
Forum: RFF Polls 01-31-2016
Replies: 395
Views: 74,193
Posted By Rico
Unlike my Leica lenses, the number of bodies is...

Unlike my Leica lenses, the number of bodies is under control: IIIb and M4, both chrome. I think of them as best-of-breed. :)
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-28-2016
Replies: 92
Views: 5,976
Posted By Rico
- Nikon D3X in the studio for control over the...

- Nikon D3X in the studio for control over the process, and sheer image quality.
- Contax Aria for walkaround with a couple of small CZ primes
- Leica IIIb for feeling the taking moment
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-27-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,471
Posted By Rico
Mine is the later design with wider chrome band,...

Mine is the later design with wider chrome band, and all engravings moved to the band. Given that the hood rotates when focussing an Elmar 50, any alignment issue seems moot.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-26-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,142
Posted By Rico
Interesting. Regardless of the mount, I imagine...

Interesting. Regardless of the mount, I imagine the head remains unchanged and, therefore, part of the Visoflex I system. That's just a guess (dangerous in VisoLand :)) based on postwar lenses with...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-26-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,142
Posted By Rico
I don't know what the Hektor needs, but OTZFO...

I don't know what the Hektor needs, but OTZFO isn't it. OTZFO (so-called "universal" focusser) only serves the Elmar-V 65mm macro, Elmarit 90 v1, Tele-Elmar 135, and possibly the Elmar 135 (with a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-23-2016
Replies: 2,125
Views: 591,693
Posted By Rico
My Summaron is also LTM and balances perfectly on...

My Summaron is also LTM and balances perfectly on a (prewar) Barnack. I usually insist on Leitz accessories, but don't like the rectangular profile of SBLOO. I selected the modern C/V external 35mm...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 01-16-2016
Replies: 50
Views: 5,884
Posted By Rico
I'm not a fan of roccoco, or even M3 styling, but...

I'm not a fan of roccoco, or even M3 styling, but digital M bodies have moved beyond merely austere to outright brutal. CNC does not allow those organic curves of old.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-14-2016
Replies: 40
Views: 3,857
Posted By Rico
I find 28 and 35 FLs to be different, but will...

I find 28 and 35 FLs to be different, but will select just one for an outing. The 28 Elmarit ASPH is delightfully small and well-corrected for architecture—the only RF lens I bought new. With the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-14-2016
Replies: 104
Views: 9,894
Posted By Rico
Plenty to like about older Leica offerings. The...

Plenty to like about older Leica offerings. The 'cron v4 handles nicely (I have a "tiger paw") but is not as well built as the v3. The v3 also has a more readable DOF scale, and is my pick for black....
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-08-2016
Replies: 57
Views: 7,179
Posted By Rico
My Barnack setup is simple: IIIb, SCNOO, Elmar...

My Barnack setup is simple: IIIb, SCNOO, Elmar 50/3.5 RS, SBOOI. I'm not quite ready for uncoated lenses, but prewar bodies are amazing for their build quality (and they're smaller).
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-03-2016
Replies: 7,432
Views: 3,788,943
Posted By Rico
Looks like the pre-ASPH in its inaugural form...

Looks like the pre-ASPH in its inaugural form (chrome): exceedingly rare and expensive. Note the infinity lock.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-29-2015
Replies: 32
Views: 2,980
Posted By Rico
Various measurements follow, with caps excluded....

Various measurements follow, with caps excluded. All lenses are M mount, and were infinity focussed. Length was measured from mounting flange to end of barrel. Weights on my crappy scale are...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-27-2015
Replies: 37
Views: 4,307
Posted By Rico
Leitz Summaron 28/5.6 is an era-appropriate...

Leitz Summaron 28/5.6 is an era-appropriate match, and tiny, but they are hard to find. Plus, the prices have crept up to $1K. Perhaps you shuld consider an MS Optical 28 triplet.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-25-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,154
Posted By Rico
Personally, I would let sleeping dogs lie if the...

Personally, I would let sleeping dogs lie if the images are sharp across the frame. My version 4 is unsharp on one side, which is a bit annoying. Fortunately, I own a pair of Summicrons version 3...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-23-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,154
Posted By Rico
Your 'cron is the version 4, which has a...

Your 'cron is the version 4, which has a build-quality history. The front section is glued, and can separate if sufficient force is applied (like mounting the lens via the hood).
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-21-2015
Replies: 371
Views: 50,846
Posted By Rico
Le Man 100 Opera, which was the top-of-the-line...

Le Man 100 Opera, which was the top-of-the-line Waterman when I bought it in the late '80s. Fine nib and piston cartridge is installed.

http://patternassociates.com/rico/nikon/misc/leman100b.jpg

Am...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-21-2015
Replies: 74
Views: 6,144
Posted By Rico
SCNOO is a great Barnack accessory! Film advance...

SCNOO is a great Barnack accessory! Film advance is comfortable, and faster than using a lever (I make 2fps easily). In contrast to Leicavit, SCNOO does not allow the camera to sit upright. I'm also...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 12-20-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 2,199
Posted By Rico
Do you know how to set custom functions? The one...

Do you know how to set custom functions? The one you want is 3C.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-21-2014
Replies: 79
Views: 5,156
Posted By Rico
I have no problem with moving-mirror cameras, and...

I have no problem with moving-mirror cameras, and keep many on hand. How about the Contax S2 or Nikon D3X? :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-28-2014
Replies: 783
Views: 114,529
Posted By Rico
Trung, thanks for the last sets. I'm always...

Trung, thanks for the last sets. I'm always touched by your images.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-07-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 3,986
Posted By Rico
Ha, ha, my same impression, Francisco! Except it...

Ha, ha, my same impression, Francisco! Except it was not my M but, instead, a Contax T3. I flipped open the door, stared at the film for awhile, then slammed the door shut in horror. Only lost three...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-07-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 2,857
Posted By Rico
OP has posted twice and mentioned nothing about...

OP has posted twice and mentioned nothing about metering. If the purchase order is one film RF camera and one lens, with Leica dust sprinkled on top, then a Barnack should be considered. A user IIIf...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-01-2014
Replies: 89
Views: 5,736
Posted By Rico
Contessa (don't own) Aria (own)

Contessa (don't own)
Aria (own)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-27-2014
Replies: 85
Views: 9,089
Posted By Rico
If small and light is a requirement, a leading...

If small and light is a requirement, a leading contender is the Contax Aria (a late Kyocera model). It weighs 460g vs 490g for the FG. The Aria has a plastic exterior, but feels solid as brick. The...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 05-23-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1,297
Posted By Rico
Oops, ND not polarizer. :) ND makes the exposure...

Oops, ND not polarizer. :) ND makes the exposure compensation easy. If the EV exceeds 2, then the DX reader can be tricked with those adhesive DX labels.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 05-22-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1,297
Posted By Rico
Light meter is a window on the body and,...

Light meter is a window on the body and, therefore, does not account for light loss from a filter. Polarizer will cut the exposure according to the prevailing light characteristics, but nominally by...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 05-20-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 12,729
Posted By Rico
Budget permitting, the T3 is reigns supreme for...

Budget permitting, the T3 is reigns supreme for your purposes. While I don't have the XA, the CZ Sonnar 35 is not bested for sharpness or contrast by any of my two dozen Zeiss and Leica lenses. The...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 05-18-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 1,359
Posted By Rico
I own the fabulous T3. Your task is not a...

I own the fabulous T3. Your task is not a deal-breaker, but deliberation is required. That seems okay since you need a tripod. Proceed as follows: (1) set up tripod; (2) go the position of the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-18-2014
Replies: 257
Views: 55,257
Posted By Rico
You could put an eye out with that Leicavit. :) I...

You could put an eye out with that Leicavit. :) I use the alternative rapid-winder SCNOO: lower profile, cheaper, 2 fps easily, no pointy bits.

Shooting my M4 and IIIb are different experiences, and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-06-2014
Replies: 783
Views: 114,529
Posted By Rico
I was in Hanoi during August 2007 for an...

I was in Hanoi during August 2007 for an adoption: beautiful people and culture. My daughter is now 7, and we should return for a visit. Will avoid high summer this time. :)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-25-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 2,484
Posted By Rico
Contax T3 is my smallest, but the T is only...

Contax T3 is my smallest, but the T is only slightly bigger and a real RF. Honorable mention goes to the IIIb, but it's much heavier. :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-05-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,290
Posted By Rico
Elmar-V 65 takes the OTZFO "universal" focusser:...

Elmar-V 65 takes the OTZFO "universal" focusser: so-called because it's also used with the Elmarit 90 v1 and Tele-Elmar 135. I have lenses, focussers and tubes for Visoflex deployment on my Canon...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 03-31-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 10,038
Posted By Rico
Quality of my primary display is top priority,...

Quality of my primary display is top priority, and I have used Eizo/Nanao for two decades. Switched to their higher-end flat panel last year: 27" IPS, 30-bit color, aRGB, Mac compatible (mDP input),...
Forum: Photo Software 05-11-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 2,069
Posted By Rico
Script-Fu (at least 10 characters.)

Script-Fu

(at least 10 characters.)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-09-2013
Replies: 32
Views: 3,686
Posted By Rico
Thanks, bw, sage advise. Two of them need minor...

Thanks, bw, sage advise. Two of them need minor attention.
Forum: RFF News 05-03-2013
Replies: 73
Views: 6,965
Posted By Rico
I would like an option to select an alternative...

I would like an option to select an alternative layout for the Buy/Sell forums. The current layout can be retained, but I find it unusably cluttered and lumpy in design. In a busy world, I just don't...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 04-20-2013
Replies: 38
Views: 5,193
Posted By Rico
wintoid, I believe you can disable the blur in...

wintoid,

I believe you can disable the blur in preferences. I have the latest MBP with Retina, so the blurring appears as smooth, which looks great.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 04-20-2013
Replies: 38
Views: 5,193
Posted By Rico
I'm partial to overkill (and Eizo), so I got the...

I'm partial to overkill (and Eizo), so I got the SX2762W. While not part of the (very expensive) ColorEdge line, it's impossible to determine what I gave up. The color quality and general performance...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 04-20-2013
Replies: 115
Views: 65,520
Posted By Rico
True, you cannot set the ISO as such. However,...

True, you cannot set the ISO as such. However, there are two subterfuges. First, mask the DX contacts on the film cartridge to get ISO 100, or tape an accessory DX label to get your desired ISO....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-06-2013
Replies: 4,570
Views: 1,304,169
Posted By Rico
Michel, awesome work as usual. Light, geometry,...

Michel, awesome work as usual. Light, geometry, Russian girl - what's not to like. :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-04-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,410
Posted By Rico
I prefer metal caps, too, but mine take the...

I prefer metal caps, too, but mine take the classic Leitz form (here on a 90/2.8):

http://patternassociates.com/rico/leica/misc/elmarit90c.jpg

These caps are even a smidgen shallower than the hard...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-04-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,576
Posted By Rico
Great lens, optically. Being all-metal build,...

Great lens, optically. Being all-metal build, it's rather heavy. I don't like the one-touch zoom, but that's just me. The lens is quite long at full zoom which, oddly, is the wider FOV (28mm). I also...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-03-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 950
Posted By Rico
Have to agree with Don that the platinum editions...

Have to agree with Don that the platinum editions are tastefully (if expensively) rendered, particularly the Bruckner.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 04-03-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 3,120
Posted By Rico
Until two months ago, my primary display was the...

Until two months ago, my primary display was the Eizo F980, their best-ever CRT. The glass was made by Hitachi with a uniquely fine-pitch (.22mm diag) Invar shadow mask. We won't see that kind of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-30-2013
Replies: 32
Views: 3,686
Posted By Rico
Congrats! The RTS III was a tour de force in the...

Congrats! The RTS III was a tour de force in the early '90s. I do think the camera is overbuilt, but that might be expected from an expert in materials (Kyocera) designing their premier model. I find...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-24-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 1,385
Posted By Rico
Using Contax RTS is its own reward. Technical...

Using Contax RTS is its own reward. Technical issues aside, I like the controls and handling of the system. For low weight, there's nothing better than an Aria, Distagon 28/2.8 and Sonnar 100/3.5....
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-24-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,371
Posted By Rico
Thanks for the tip! Steve is well known around...

Thanks for the tip! Steve is well known around RFF, but I sometimes forget all these repair resources. Need a CLA for my 'lux 50 v2, 'cron 35 v4 and Elmar RS 50 LTM.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-21-2013
Replies: 135
Views: 7,623
Posted By Rico
Impeccable taste! I have the junior...

Impeccable taste! I have the junior configuration:

http://patternassociates.com/rico/leica/misc/iiib2.jpg

For a whole year of RF shooting with a single lens, however, I would choose the Contax T...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-17-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 3,187
Posted By Rico
Lately, I'm into light and lighting, with Baroque...

Lately, I'm into light and lighting, with Baroque painting as my inspiration. Favorite artists include Dutch Masters (Rembrandt, Vermeer), Velazquez and Caravaggio. I particularly like the direct...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-16-2013
Replies: 45
Views: 3,863
Posted By Rico
Never felt the need for an ABLON, either, but I...

Never felt the need for an ABLON, either, but I bought it anyway. GAS is like that!
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-09-2013
Replies: 56
Views: 36,564
Posted By Rico
Copywriter earned his day's pay for that one!...

Copywriter earned his day's pay for that one! Free pierogi lunch for anyone who can work "brainwashed" into today's ad. :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-05-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 1,085
Posted By Rico
The real charm of Visoflex is the sheer craziness...

The real charm of Visoflex is the sheer craziness of it, not the practicalities. I have a small collection of parts, and use them on my Canon DSLRs. The TE135 is one of my favorite lens, period, but...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-21-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 1,522
Posted By Rico
Wow, never thought I would hear that name again!...

Wow, never thought I would hear that name again! Used Promicrol exclusively in the '70s (powered form, May & Baker), usually with Pan F. Must see what this reborn, liquid form is about.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-19-2013
Replies: 49
Views: 3,704
Posted By Rico
Any Elmar is a winner, not least for portability....

Any Elmar is a winner, not least for portability. I prefer postwar, chrome, single coated. Mine are the 4-element (collapsible), 4-element (rigid), and 3-element. Latter shown...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-18-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 1,541
Posted By Rico
Nice work! I also have the Elmarit 90 v1 and...

Nice work! I also have the Elmarit 90 v1 and OTZFO, although its rendering isn't my favorite. A DSLR (Canon 1Ds) is my camera in this shooting mode, and I like the Tele-Elmar 135 or Elmars 90. Below...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-06-2013
Replies: 4,570
Views: 1,304,169
Posted By Rico
That's it: I'm moving to Russia!

That's it: I'm moving to Russia!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-14-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 4,708
Posted By Rico
Except for a couple of fringe models, the Contax...

Except for a couple of fringe models, the Contax RTS design has always placed the shutter speed dial to the left. However, this may be less of a problem than you think. Specifically, the Contax 159MM...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-12-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 1,453
Posted By Rico
One can also use a flash with auto-thyrister....

One can also use a flash with auto-thyrister. Plenty of third-party options are available, along with Leica's entry-level SF20 ($100 used).
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-10-2012
Replies: 85
Views: 9,262
Posted By Rico
Contax T3 in a shirt pocket, no sagging.

Contax T3 in a shirt pocket, no sagging.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-10-2012
Replies: 72
Views: 12,562
Posted By Rico
Nothing wrong with seeking the best, and your...

Nothing wrong with seeking the best, and your budget does permit. I recommend the M2 plus Elmar 50/2.8 classic for a nice street kit. Price will be $1000 for Ex condition. Meterless operation is part...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 10-08-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 2,579
Posted By Rico
Start simply with one light source as a proxy for...

Start simply with one light source as a proxy for the sun. Fill with one or more white cards as close as you please (the flower won't flinch :)). I usually shoot on a long table and can then cause...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-08-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 2,747
Posted By Rico
I have a chrome M4 because I like chrome. :)...

I have a chrome M4 because I like chrome. :) Black paint or later black chrome versions are definitely collector items, and go for 2x to 3x the price in similar condition. M6 is a known quantity and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-05-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 1,859
Posted By Rico
Great idea, and we should make it happen before...

Great idea, and we should make it happen before the snow hits. :) Already getting colder...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-04-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 1,859
Posted By Rico
My M4 needs some work, so I'll be visiting soon....

My M4 needs some work, so I'll be visiting soon. A few other thing might fall in ye olde shopping basket while I'm there!
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-03-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 1,257
Posted By Rico
Sorry, but since you mentioned ITDOO, I thought...

Sorry, but since you mentioned ITDOO, I thought you owned a Summaron E39 LTM (available in f/3.5 and f/2.8 versions). If you want a hood for the earlier A36 version, look for FOOKH. It's uncommon,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-03-2012
Replies: 38
Views: 12,194
Posted By Rico
Most of my Leitz lenses are from the DR era....

Most of my Leitz lenses are from the DR era. Besides the Elmar 90, another good match would be the Summicron: it's very heavy, but all images I see have excellent bokeh fore and aft. Note that all...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-30-2012
Replies: 38
Views: 12,194
Posted By Rico
I have the classic Elmarit 90 in chrome and, out...

I have the classic Elmarit 90 in chrome and, out of 14 Leitz M/LTM lenses, it's my biggest disappointment. The build quality and ergonomics are awesome, but the OOF rendition fore and aft is very...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-30-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 1,257
Posted By Rico
$200 is not a market rate - even in these...

$200 is not a market rate - even in these inflated times. From KEH, I see one rated Ex for $72:

http://www.keh.com/camera/Leica-M-Lens-Shades-and-Hoods/1/sku-LM279990536410

IROOA is your other...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-29-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 5,861
Posted By Rico
If your budget reaches a grand, then you should...

If your budget reaches a grand, then you should consider the modern Leica 0 reissue. The second version with WEISU equivalent looks pretty in black. It's sure to be a severe shooting experience with...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-29-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 2,862
Posted By Rico
Flash options - for both prewar and postwar...

Flash options - for both prewar and postwar models - exist without drilling holes to add a PC socket. One involves an attachment to the shutter speed dial (which is keyed, and turns with shutter...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-23-2012
Replies: 68
Views: 11,929
Posted By Rico
And remember, kids: digital goes down in value,...

And remember, kids: digital goes down in value, kidneys go up!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-23-2012
Replies: 7,432
Views: 3,788,943
Posted By Rico
Odd camera. Did DAG also install the...

Odd camera. Did DAG also install the flash-bracket alignment lug?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-21-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 2,884
Posted By Rico
I have proper hoods (FISON w/Elmar 50/3.5) for my...

I have proper hoods (FISON w/Elmar 50/3.5) for my lenses, but never use them. While my Elmar is a Red-Scale (and thus coated), it nonetheless flares in the sun. I call it art. :)
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 09-15-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 2,295
Posted By Rico
My lens of similar vintage also loosened from...

My lens of similar vintage also loosened from casual handling, and I was quite surprised by this "feature". As a Visoflex junkie, I am familiar with lens heads that unscrew off the barrel, and I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-13-2012
Replies: 50
Views: 7,514
Posted By Rico
For those with a sense of style Teutonic,...

For those with a sense of style Teutonic, consider the Contax RTS III:

http://patternassociates.com/rico/contax/misc/rts3.jpg

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Besides the purposeful and austere demeanor, the controls are analog...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 09-12-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 4,430
Posted By Rico
D300 plus 17-55/2.8 is a pretty heavy loadout....

D300 plus 17-55/2.8 is a pretty heavy loadout. With grip attached, the rig fits snugly in a LowePro MicroTrekker 200 backpack, and can be carried around in some comfort. I now generally prefer the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-29-2012
Replies: 118
Views: 26,657
Posted By Rico
Lens hood as ashtray: never seen that before....

Lens hood as ashtray: never seen that before. Makes me want to take up smoking. :)
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 08-29-2012
Replies: 467
Views: 61,306
Posted By Rico
The sensor was designed by FillFactory, an...

The sensor was designed by FillFactory, an independent Begian company at the time. The chip foundry was Israeli (Tower Semiconductor).
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 08-29-2012
Replies: 467
Views: 61,306
Posted By Rico
Stick to prewar Leica cameras. :)

Stick to prewar Leica cameras. :)
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-29-2012
Replies: 3,801
Views: 316,394
Posted By Rico
Huh? Helen, when did the IIIb happen?

Huh? Helen, when did the IIIb happen?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-25-2012
Replies: 71
Views: 17,587
Posted By Rico
IIIb is the acme of Barnacks: top deck is a work...

IIIb is the acme of Barnacks: top deck is a work of art, and smaller size vs IIIc can be felt in the hand. I also have the SCNOO rapid winder, which adds little bulk and actually performs its task. M...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 08-23-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 5,828
Posted By Rico
Annoying, but the T3 can't do what you ask. I...

Annoying, but the T3 can't do what you ask. I always prefer to overexpose C-41 by half a stop or so. Best trick is exposure compensation, locked by that custom function. Good for ±2 EV only. Note...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 08-06-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 18,596
Posted By Rico
The Contax T is a great street machine:...

The Contax T is a great street machine: unnoticed, shutter instantaneous and silent. Film loading is at least as easy as my Barnack. :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-03-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 950
Posted By Rico
Angry M4 jammed

No, I didn't drop it. :) Had just loaded film, and was advancing to Frame 1. Shutter didn't close after the second firing, and that was it. Mechanically, the gear-train is completely locked, and no...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-20-2012
Replies: 193
Views: 22,848
Posted By Rico
My pet peeve is short-throw focus. It squashes...

My pet peeve is short-throw focus. It squashes the DOF scale into uselessness. If you're in that kind of hurry, manual focus isn't the right technology: try one of those modern DSLRs.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 07-13-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 2,943
Posted By Rico
The only key light that won't appear in curved...

The only key light that won't appear in curved eyewear is a hemispherical dome of diffused illumination - think overcast sky with subject reclined on their back. This lighting scheme is pretty dull....
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-13-2012
Replies: 54
Views: 7,123
Posted By Rico
I already had GAS in the early '70s with an...

I already had GAS in the early '70s with an Instamatic, Halina Paulette, and Franka 6x6 folder: rich trove for a kid. :) Of course, I wanted more, but pocket money did not permit. I visited the pro...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 07-09-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 1,872
Posted By Rico
Zeiss lenses for Hasselblad, when black, most...

Zeiss lenses for Hasselblad, when black, most often sported a black accessory bayonet.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-07-2012
Replies: 25
Views: 4,013
Posted By Rico
Shooting a Barnack is a fussier affair overall....

Shooting a Barnack is a fussier affair overall. Compared to an M, it's primitive, loud, and squinty. I love mine. :) Prewar models are even a bit smaller, but any Barnack makes an M seem strangely...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-07-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 2,750
Posted By Rico
Leica made me buy one of their modern lenses when...

Leica made me buy one of their modern lenses when they released the Elmarit 28 ASPH. :) It remains my only M lens newer than 1980.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-05-2012
Replies: 31
Views: 7,514
Posted By Rico
Nice set, Trung! Your scenes have a timeless...

Nice set, Trung! Your scenes have a timeless quality.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 07-03-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 1,304
Posted By Rico
Thanks for the correction! I now read that...

Thanks for the correction! I now read that Visoflex II was released in1960 - much later than I presumed. That means Viso I had extensive use after the war. Your Viso I Telyt lenses have maximum...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 07-02-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 1,304
Posted By Rico
Be aware that Visoflex I is incompatible with...

Be aware that Visoflex I is incompatible with II/III, so you need the proper (prewar) lenses. Telyt 400mm, as an example, can mean 400/5 prewar, 400/5 postwar, or the later 400/5.6 and 400/6.8...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-29-2012
Replies: 79
Views: 15,525
Posted By Rico
Based on thread title, I surmised Joe was...

Based on thread title, I surmised Joe was thinking about Katie Holmes. :D
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-29-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 8,839
Posted By Rico
I don't mind a heavy rig at events but, for...

I don't mind a heavy rig at events but, for street, I do set a weight limit of 800g (camera+lens). I also want full manual control and no shutter lag. I get all that from Leica M, Contax T, my small...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-29-2012
Replies: 45
Views: 4,625
Posted By Rico
Speaking of collapsible, OP should consider the...

Speaking of collapsible, OP should consider the classic Elmar 50/2.8: fits the budget (in user grade), awesome bokeh, click stops, darned handsome....
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