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Old 11-04-2006   #3081
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If you haven't already, and can bring yourself to do it ... Nokians are nice snow tires/tyres.

Look forward to the pics ... I'm sure they will be better than mine.
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Well, since I unpacked it in the evening, I decided some wine would be better company than coffee (especially that I did not plan to play with the M2 all night long!)
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And here they are together, old competitors. OK, i'm cheating - the lens on the Contax is a Jupiter-9. But still.
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Playing with one's M2 all night is somehow irresistible, isn't it. Oh and I wouldn't worry about a J9 on a Contax, weren't they designed from Zeiss drawings in the first place?
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Now you have an M2. What is your first impression?
Do you feel the difference?
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Yes I feel a better photographer

I don't want to say anything serious about this before I shoot at least 1-2 rolls with the M2. And before i see the results of course.
What i can say from the "dry-shooting" so far is, that the VF is indeed big and brighter than any rangefinders I handled and the RF patch is very contrasty and useable in dim light - yashica electros, Hi-matics, Canonets do not come close; and the Contax IIa is, although easy to focus, much more squinty and, of course, without framelines.
However, the myth of the Silent Leica Shutter is busted It is not more silent than the contax IIa (just makes different sound but at least as loud) and it does not come even close to the silence of a leaf shutter. Might be a bit of a sample to sample variation, of course. But I don't see this as a problem.
I also like that it is very well built and without sloppiness in the moving parts. It's at least as well put together as the Contax IIa.
The grip of the camera is definitely different than what I'm used to, somehow feels small in my hands although the camera body looks rather large. And heavy! It's a very heavy beast, even with a small collapsible lens.
I'll have to figure out the best way to hold it and focus it.
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I also like that it is very well built and without sloppiness in the moving parts. It's at least as well put together as the Contax IIa.
The grip of the camera is definitely different than what I'm used to, somehow feels small in my hands although the camera body looks rather large. And heavy! It's a very heavy beast, even with a small collapsible lens.
I'll have to figure out the best way to hold it and focus it.
I can understand you. I do not have one but I'm planning to buy just because the unique and heavy and mechanism inside the great look of the camera and first of all and naturally the pictures I can shoot with it.
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Since it is impossible to have too many Zorkis I just got my self another one (a one this time).

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My Bessa R hanging out with FrankS's newly refurbished Contaxes (and a Kiev).





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Thanks for posting so quickly, Peter! The bacon and eggs are still heavy in my tummy.
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Frank: How well does the CV viewfinder work on the Kiev?
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Hi Captain, it works very well indeed. There is room in the shoe for the finder to slide a bit further forward than would be ideal for effortless viewing, but it's not a problem. The 50mm external viewfinder is the ideal accesory for all those decent cameras with squinty built in viewfinders (Contax included.)
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My Kiev 2a & some coffee from home... Hopefully my parents will send some more as a Christmas treat because my stock is running low.



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Will you trust me when I say there was a cup of coffee on this table, but it didn't make the final edit?

I added the M3 wind lever to my departed M6TTL because I like the way it feels, but it still isn't half as sexy as an M3. I'd say those Contax IIa's come a real close second, though.
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Will you trust me when I say there was a cup of coffee on this table, but it didn't make the final edit?

I added the M3 wind lever to my departed M6TTL because I like the way it feels, but it still isn't half as sexy as an M3. I'd say those Contax IIa's come a real close second, though.
That M3 wind lever IS a nice change to the M6. Very pretty, Kevin!

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I have a light meter just like the one in this pic. Can anyone tell me a way to make sure it is working correctly without taking a roll of film.


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I did use sunny 16 before and use that method with most of my cameras but I know that film today with its latitude my calculations can be off a little and still correctly exposed.

I have tested against a meter in digital camera and it is off from it.
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I have a light meter just like the one in this pic. Can anyone tell me a way to make sure it is working correctly without taking a roll of film.

test it against another known meter.
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Test it against the sunny 16 rule.

This meter needs mercury batteries, a silver cell battery adaptor, or a modification to the meter. (diode soldered into battery line)

You can use the built in meters in your cameras to compare to the unknown meter.
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I added the M3 wind lever to my departed M6TTL because I like the way it feels, but it still isn't half as sexy as an M3. I'd say those Contax IIa's come a real close second, though.
That does look nice . Is the swap easy to do? I might think about doing that on my M6 if it's something I can do without major disassembly.
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This is a mighty stupid thread, but today I'm in the right mood Hi, here's my M4-2, bought a week ago, my first Leica ever, along with some other favorite things of mine..

The leica is in a rather shabby condition, 1\15 is different every time other speeds are fine. Don't know if it was worth the price, but I bought it impulsively. Let me know what you think
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That M4-2 looks fine to me. A service will fix the shutter and then it's good for another 20 years.
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This is how I like my coffee, with a little forum reading.
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Will you trust me when I say there was a cup of coffee on this table, but it didn't make the final edit?

I added the M3 wind lever to my departed M6TTL because I like the way it feels, but it still isn't half as sexy as an M3. I'd say those Contax IIa's come a real close second, though.
Kevin,

That M3 winder looks great indeed.

btw, why does your red dot look black? You didn't take that photo with the newly released M8-a (which renders all reds and magentas totally black) , did you
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Melanie: Oooh, that's so, so lovely. I have a black OM-2 that needs some work. Maybe I should do it myself; I'd send it off to Clint or John but funds are low and Christmas looms.

Peter & Frank: The Ringwood was indeed fortunate that day. Sheesh, you almost don't need breakfast feasting your eyes on that assemblage. Almost.

Derek: I like how you spread your love among different makes; perhaps you can get a job at the UN?

Peter/Physio: Nicely lit, and a very pretty Kiev! What is the coffee?

Gene: Seems you go to Starbucks occasionally? Can't wait to see Trippin' images.

Jody: Nice shot and great kitchen! Can you come clean mine?
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Update from the new house

Came home to find that my wife had made her way to unpacking the photography supplies and had arranged all my "old" stuff on the top of this small book case...never knew I had so many



There's the Canon QL-17 at the back, a FED-2d with a Jupiter 8, a Zorki 4 with a Jupiter 12, an Olympus Trip 35 and ye-old trusty Nikon FE.
Only the Contaflex doesn't work. Not exactly sure what is in the mug, some French roasted fair-trade stuff.

Oh yeah, and a bit of light reading underneath...
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btw, why does your red dot look black? You didn't take that photo with the newly released M8-a (which renders all reds and magentas totally black) , did you [/quote]

He possibly removed it and repainted it, I think that nemeng.com has a little blurb about doing that..
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...Peter/Physio: Nicely lit, and a very pretty Kiev! What is the coffee?
Thanks! I was lucky with the bright but overcast day... The coffee is Vittoria & it's my favourite brand from home (Australia). Here's a link to their website (click).

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Great cameras but ... I WANT ONE OF THOSE MUGS!

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My latest, from left to right:

The Ikon 426 finder attached to the R-D1.
The framelines for this are ~ 30/45/75mm and the whole frame is ~21mm. So perfect for 15mm, 21mm, 28mm and 50mm lenses on the Epson!

Polaroid 600SE with 127mm lens (75mm lens behind the Epson).
This is just a bit of fun, really! The auction came with some out of date film, and I've been having great fun with it.

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