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Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12 Hours Ago
Replies: 15
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Posted By jonmanjiro
Here you go:...

Here you go: https://www.mapcamera.com/item/3717001919442
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 22 Hours Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 8,857
Posted By jonmanjiro
This photo...

This photo (https://www.instagram.com/p/BIV5Q_Gj3LT/) on Instagram shows "JCH PAN 400" on the film edge. This lays to rest any discussion of the film being from a pancake that was already...
Forum: Nikon RF 22 Hours Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 152
Posted By jonmanjiro
I've used a CVII meter on Nikon RFs and it works...

I've used a CVII meter on Nikon RFs and it works fine (it looks ugly but that's another story :)). The meter's shoe can be attached in two positions on the underside of the meter. One position is for...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Day Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 433
Posted By jonmanjiro
Sometimes (well, most of the time in my case)...

Sometimes (well, most of the time in my case) sellers have to deal with buyers in a different time zone, so it can take a few days of back and forth messages to agree on the details and close the...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 1 Day Ago
Replies: 188
Views: 13,908
Posted By jonmanjiro
https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8674/28552179255_a7e...

https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8674/28552179255_a7eed7fe9f_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Kv4o9F)

https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8522/28445866812_bc4e11ce47_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/KkEvaw)
Forum: Nikon RF 1 Day Ago
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Thanks Erik! Here's a couple more from last...

Thanks Erik! Here's a couple more from last weekend.

https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8674/28552179255_a7eed7fe9f_b.jpg...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Days Ago
Replies: 171
Views: 23,605
Posted By jonmanjiro
Woah that's significantly more than Leica Japan...

Woah that's significantly more than Leica Japan charges.

I've been keeping an eye out (more out of curiosity than anything), but I have yet to see a 6 bit coded Elmar-M other than mine. There must...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 2 Days Ago
Replies: 108
Views: 2,362
Posted By jonmanjiro
Glad you're still with us, Stephen!

Glad you're still with us, Stephen!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Days Ago
Replies: 171
Views: 23,605
Posted By jonmanjiro
They're very uncommon. Your best bet would be to...

They're very uncommon. Your best bet would be to find an uncoded lens for a good price, then send it to Leica to be six bit coded.
Forum: Nikon RF 5 Days Ago
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8860/27849264204_366...

https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8860/27849264204_366671c784_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/JqWKZE)
横浜 (https://flic.kr/p/JqWKZE) by Jon (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonmanjiro/), on...
Forum: Nikon RF 6 Days Ago
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8056/28346785092_7ae...

https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8056/28346785092_7aec0f2b2d_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/KbUFC1)
銀座 (https://flic.kr/p/KbUFC1) by Jon (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonmanjiro/), on...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 1 Week Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 1,421
Posted By jonmanjiro
It can be downloaded from multiple Nikon group...

It can be downloaded from multiple Nikon group company websites.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 1 Week Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 1,421
Posted By jonmanjiro
Actually, I use a Mac too, a dual boot Mac with...

Actually, I use a Mac too, a dual boot Mac with both OSX and Windows 7 installed :D I use Windows 7 for translation software only available for Windows so it was convenient to install Nikon Scan...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 1 Week Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 1,421
Posted By jonmanjiro
>What version and what OS? I'm currently using...

>What version and what OS?

I'm currently using Nikon Scan 4.0.3 on Windows 7 Professional. Except for ICE (for color negs and slides), Nikon Scan works just like it did on Windows 2000 and Windows...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 1 Week Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 1,421
Posted By jonmanjiro
Coolscan scanners require Vuescan? Nikon Scan...

Coolscan scanners require Vuescan? Nikon Scan works just fine for me. I tried Vuescan one time but quickly found I preferred Nikon Scan so went back to using that. My Coolscan 5000 takes about 45...
Forum: Nikon RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Interesting discussing on the ins and outs of...

Interesting discussing on the ins and outs of scanning. Now for a few more W-Nikkor 35/1.8 photos! These were taken inside an izakaya (restaurant/bar) in Tottori City, one at MFD and one with the...
Forum: Nikon RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Thanks Cal! After many years of not being very...

Thanks Cal! After many years of not being very satisfied with my B&W scans, in recent months I've finally honed in on the settings/developing that give me results I'm reasonably happy with.

Here's a...
Forum: Travel 1 Week Ago
Replies: 76
Views: 1,324
Posted By jonmanjiro
Exactly this! Jarno, fancy a trip to Cuba in...

Exactly this! Jarno, fancy a trip to Cuba in December for some mohitos? :)



Being the intrepid traveler that you are, "hope some day" probably means next month! You didn't already buy a ticket did...
Forum: Nikon RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Giulio, Erik, thanks a lot! Erik, I'll have to...

Giulio, Erik, thanks a lot!

Erik, I'll have to double check to be certain but I'm pretty sure the Nikon Scan software can be used to measure points on the negative to determine the lightest and...
Forum: Travel 1 Week Ago
Replies: 76
Views: 1,324
Posted By jonmanjiro
Meet in Cuba for one too many mohitos, then? It's...

Meet in Cuba for one too many mohitos, then? It's possible I'll be there in December! Hehe :)
Forum: Nikon RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
I'm not sure if the Coolscan 5000 has a...

I'm not sure if the Coolscan 5000 has a densitometer, Erik. There's nothing in the specs on Nikon's website about anything like that.
Forum: Nikon RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 474
Posted By jonmanjiro
A lovely kit! I like the Woody Sushi shot...

A lovely kit! I like the Woody Sushi shot too.



Considering that the S2 frame line is closer to 55mm than 50mm, I'm not sure how one would go about framing even a 35mm lens through an S2 finder,...
Forum: Off Topic 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Uncommon but it happens. See this thread >...

Uncommon but it happens. See this thread > http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=156613
Forum: Travel 1 Week Ago
Replies: 76
Views: 1,324
Posted By jonmanjiro
... and experience the "overview effect"! (link...

... and experience the "overview effect"! (link (https://vimeo.com/55073825)).

Impossible to top that! The ultimate dream travel destination and experience for sure.
Forum: Nikon RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Here's a few more izakaya (restaurant/bar) shots...

Here's a few more izakaya (restaurant/bar) shots taken somewhere in Matsue City, Shimane. I love izakaya shop fronts.

https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8711/27699215724_69b96f1872_b.jpg
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Forum: Nikon RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Thanks Cal. I love the W-Nikkor for night...

Thanks Cal. I love the W-Nikkor for night shooting. Actually, I like the W-Nikkor for any shooting hehe :-)



Hi Erik, I think the W-Nikkor stamps its character pretty clearly on images in night...
Forum: Nikon RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Another izakaya (restaurant/bar) somewhere in...

Another izakaya (restaurant/bar) somewhere in Matsue City, Shimane
https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8792/28201872412_4bf77af1a5_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/JY6Y8w)
居酒屋@松江市 (https://flic.kr/p/JY6Y8w) by Jon...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,152
Posted By jonmanjiro
It's only as complicated as you want to make it....

It's only as complicated as you want to make it. With a 35mm lens, precise focusing isn't really necessary most of the time > scale focusing. An external finder is nice but not necessary. IIRC Lynn...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,152
Posted By jonmanjiro
I second Lynn's advice! A 35mm lens works really...

I second Lynn's advice! A 35mm lens works really well on a Leica Barnack. Despite having several 50mm screw mount lenses I could use, I only ever use a W-Nikkor 3.5cm F1.8 LTM lens on my Leica IIIf....
Forum: Nikon RF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Izakaya (restaurant/bar) in a side street in...

Izakaya (restaurant/bar) in a side street in Matsue City, Shimane
https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8599/27671042123_c207c8e216_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/JacjMa)
居酒屋@松江市 (https://flic.kr/p/JacjMa) by Jon...
Forum: Nikon RF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Rural Tottori,...

Rural Tottori, Japan
https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8562/28208091851_0e128288e3_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/JYDQXe)
鳥取 (https://flic.kr/p/JYDQXe) by Jon (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonmanjiro/), on...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 1,056
Posted By jonmanjiro
We've got a pretty good train system here so I've...

We've got a pretty good train system here so I've no need for a car most of the time, and just hire one when I do need one.

Here's a map of the local train...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 414
Posted By jonmanjiro
I'd do it. 15 seconds less/more developing at 7.5...

I'd do it. 15 seconds less/more developing at 7.5 to 8 minutes developing time is pretty much insignificant. Not having the temperature of the developer bang on would probably make a bigger...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 325
Posted By jonmanjiro
A year or so after the ZI was released, Pop Flash...

A year or so after the ZI was released, Pop Flash started advertising Zeiss Ikons with "new improved rangefinder" on eBay. From memory, the serial numbers of those cameras started with 1559. Fred,...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 325
Posted By jonmanjiro
What's the first four digits of the serial...

What's the first four digits of the serial number?

1552,1559, or 1561?
Forum: Optics Theory - 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 1,470
Posted By jonmanjiro
Excellent work, Roland! Thanks for posting this....

Excellent work, Roland! Thanks for posting this. I particularly like the diagrams - a much better representation of the optics than a typical cross section.



Done!
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 268
Posted By jonmanjiro
The aperture blades in the S-mount 50/1.4 are...

The aperture blades in the S-mount 50/1.4 are identical. That's the parts lens you want. The Nikkor 50/2 blades are smaller so won't work.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 899
Posted By jonmanjiro
Regardless of the seller's expertise or lack...

Regardless of the seller's expertise or lack thereof, the punters have decided it's the real deal as the auction is already at $4050 :eek:
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 308
Posted By jonmanjiro
Glad to hear it was just a loose retaining ring!

Glad to hear it was just a loose retaining ring!
Forum: Travel 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 401
Posted By jonmanjiro
No, not at Sensoji, at least not during peak...

No, not at Sensoji, at least not during peak cherry blossom season :eek:

Also a good idea to ensure a means of communication. Fairly easy to do these days with ever more accessible WIFI and the...
Forum: Travel 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 401
Posted By jonmanjiro
Are you kidding! You come to Japan to buy a black...

Are you kidding! You come to Japan to buy a black paint Nikon SP, but Marc already has one of those!!!

Marc, there's so much to see and do, and you'll only scratch the surface in 10 days, but I'm...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 308
Posted By jonmanjiro
Sounds like the optical cell retaining ring is...

Sounds like the optical cell retaining ring is loose. Tighten it up and the lens should be fine.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7360/27385065504_a409037ff4_b.jpg
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 430
Posted By jonmanjiro
Printing C41 negs on B&W paper

I've never tried it but am thinking about giving it a go. Is it possible? What could I expect results-wise?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 619
Posted By jonmanjiro
That's correct, there's three different versions...

That's correct, there's three different versions of barrel, all with the same optics. The "SL" chrome ring and bayonet hood mount version (and rabbit ears in the case of the Nikon F-mount version)...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 667
Posted By jonmanjiro
At first glance I thought the top plate was...

At first glance I thought the top plate was speckled with corrosion :eek:

I'd much rather have this one for a lot less money:

https://www.mapcamera.com/item/3717001858727
Forum: Nikon RF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 75
Views: 12,417
Posted By jonmanjiro
The Millennium 50mm F1.4 lens is not that hard to...

The Millennium 50mm F1.4 lens is not that hard to find on its own. Quite a few of the 10,000 or so reissue S3 Limited Edition sets that Nikon sold have been split up by now, so there's quite a few...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-19-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 797
Posted By jonmanjiro
It does look quite good! Looking forward to see...

It does look quite good! Looking forward to see some of the results of your project.
Forum: Travel 06-19-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 1,342
Posted By jonmanjiro
Tin, that photo was taken at the local market...

Tin, that photo was taken at the local market just near Heping Gate in the south east corner of the city wall, where there is nary a tourist in sight.
Forum: Travel 06-19-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 1,342
Posted By jonmanjiro
Yes indeed! And an amazing attraction at that. I...

Yes indeed! And an amazing attraction at that. I went there on my first trip in May 2014.

https://c8.staticflickr.com/3/2903/14279439495_818678dbd4_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nKPRSF)

I shot...
Forum: Travel 06-18-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 1,342
Posted By jonmanjiro
Very nice photos, Maggie! And very interesting to...

Very nice photos, Maggie! And very interesting to see the same place in colour.



Its always interesting to see how other photographers photograph the same things/places so please pepper away!

We...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-18-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 708
Posted By jonmanjiro
Hard to tell anything from that photo. I'd risk...

Hard to tell anything from that photo. I'd risk it.
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 06-18-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 348
Posted By jonmanjiro
"Image currently unavailable" would indeed be...

"Image currently unavailable" would indeed be more clear.
Forum: Nikon RF 06-18-2016
Replies: 40
Views: 2,349
Posted By jonmanjiro
Do you mean the focus helical? If so its meant to...

Do you mean the focus helical? If so its meant to run dry so there is no lube in there. The reissue Nikon RFs are built to tighter tolerances than the originals, so the focus helical can get squeaky...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-18-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 708
Posted By jonmanjiro
Yes, its worth a few hundred (assuming it cleans...

Yes, its worth a few hundred (assuming it cleans up ok).

FYI > https://www.mapcamera.com/item/3000009565286
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 06-18-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 348
Posted By jonmanjiro
It just means the ad has expired i.e. the period...

It just means the ad has expired i.e. the period of time specified for "How long do you want your ad to run?" when creating the ad has finished. The same thing happens when an ad is placed on hold.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-18-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 708
Posted By jonmanjiro
Which Nikon 3.5cm? F1.8, F2.5, or F3.5? Its a...

Which Nikon 3.5cm? F1.8, F2.5, or F3.5?

Its a screaming deal if its an F1.8, a great deal if its an F2.5, and still not bad if its an F3.5.

Nikkors have tougher coatings than Leica lenses of the...
Forum: Travel 06-17-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 1,342
Posted By jonmanjiro
That's all from me for now. If anyone else has...

That's all from me for now. If anyone else has some photos of Xi'an they'd like to post, go for it.

https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7383/27723584875_4b3c0c02e7_b.jpg...
Forum: Travel 06-17-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 1,342
Posted By jonmanjiro
Abandoned food stall (I...

Abandoned food stall (I think)
https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7361/27723584955_e98d2d079f_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/JeQBW4)

This guy went into the sewage pipe to clear a...
Forum: Travel 06-17-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 1,342
Posted By jonmanjiro
https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7204/27445503760_641...

https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7204/27445503760_641b674297_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/HPgo5G)

https://c5.staticflickr.com/8/7397/27445504220_9a22d84606_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/HPgodC)
Forum: Travel 06-17-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 1,342
Posted By jonmanjiro
Yes, that's correct. Lamb and beef are the two...

Yes, that's correct. Lamb and beef are the two main meats in the Muslim quarter. The smell of grilled lamb permeated the air everywhere around there.
Forum: Travel 06-17-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 1,342
Posted By jonmanjiro
Thanks Erik! Most photos were taken with an LTM...

Thanks Erik! Most photos were taken with an LTM Nikkor 35/1.8, but there's also a few shots among them taken with a LTM Nikkor 50/2, 35mm Summicron ASPH, Klasse S, and GR21.
Forum: Travel 06-17-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 1,342
Posted By jonmanjiro
Guangren Lama Temple founded in 1705, a Tibetan...

Guangren Lama Temple founded in 1705, a Tibetan Buddhist temple in the north west corner of the city wall.

https://c5.staticflickr.com/8/7065/27127252684_f51f037b02_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Hk9g8b)
Forum: Travel 06-17-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 1,342
Posted By jonmanjiro
These street cleaners spiked up the little guy's...

These street cleaners spiked up the little guy's hair, gave him a straw broom, and then let him loose. He nearly whacked me with the...
Forum: Travel 06-17-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 1,342
Posted By jonmanjiro
The local market just near Heping Gate in the...

The local market just near Heping Gate in the south east corner of the city wall is busy throughout the day.

https://c3.staticflickr.com/8/7276/27445503610_440c542b1c_b.jpg...
Forum: Travel 06-17-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 1,342
Posted By jonmanjiro
The lack of refrigeration for meat kinda...

The lack of refrigeration for meat kinda surprised me. I do wonder how they manage during the summer months (its 38C to 40C there right...
Forum: Travel 06-17-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 1,342
Posted By jonmanjiro
I was wondering if someone would notice! That's...

I was wondering if someone would notice! That's my nephew-in-law shooting a Leica M8. He was my (excellent) guide for a day in the old city. His English is so so and my Chinese is non-existent, so...
Forum: Travel 06-17-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 1,342
Posted By jonmanjiro
Life in Xi'an seems more laid back than in other...

Life in Xi'an seems more laid back than in other big Chinese cities.

https://c3.staticflickr.com/8/7643/27445503930_4364a70006_b.jpg...
Forum: Travel 06-17-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 1,342
Posted By jonmanjiro
Thanks Lynn! The traffic inside the city wall...

Thanks Lynn!

The traffic inside the city wall can get ridiculously bad, so scooters and other smaller forms of transport are the way to...
Forum: Travel 06-17-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 1,342
Posted By jonmanjiro
Inside the Muslim quarter is the Great Mosque of...

Inside the Muslim quarter is the Great Mosque of Xi'an, founded in 742. The architecture is very unusual for a mosque as its typical Chinese architecture, and there are no minarets or domes.

Main...
Forum: Travel 06-17-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 1,342
Posted By jonmanjiro
A few more photos of the Muslim...

A few more photos of the Muslim quarter

https://c5.staticflickr.com/8/7289/27461478140_ed5ddfa3d6_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/HQFfH3)

https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7431/27403954952_c6c3df146b_b.jpg...
Forum: Travel 06-17-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 1,342
Posted By jonmanjiro
The Muslim quarter at the city centre, just north...

The Muslim quarter at the city centre, just north west of the bell tower is an incredible place to wander around. It feels very different from other Chinese cities I've visited. It’s a popular...
Forum: Travel 06-17-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 1,342
Posted By jonmanjiro
Xi'an City (China)

Xi'an is a fascinating city. It's without doubt my favourite city in China. The current city wall, 11.9 km (7.4 mi) in circumference, was constructed in 1370 and dominates the landscape of the city...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-17-2016
Replies: 36
Views: 1,200
Posted By jonmanjiro
My film was stored in a fridge, but has never...

My film was stored in a fridge, but has never been frozen.

You're right about speculating... we're stuck with the film we've got and we can't complain to Fujifilm anymore now that they're no longer...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-16-2016
Replies: 36
Views: 1,200
Posted By jonmanjiro
Teasing a sick panda... sheesh:eek:

Teasing a sick panda... sheesh:eek:
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-16-2016
Replies: 36
Views: 1,200
Posted By jonmanjiro
Hi Casey, I just went through my film and came up...

Hi Casey, I just went through my film and came up with the following list of "batch codes". The six digit code starting with 48 is only found at the start of the film near the "00" frame (edit: its...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-16-2016
Replies: 36
Views: 1,200
Posted By jonmanjiro
I don't reuse chemicals. I mix up a fresh batch...

I don't reuse chemicals. I mix up a fresh batch each time. I use 1L packs of Super Prodol powder (all were from the same production batch this time) that I dissolve in warm water then filter through...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-15-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 1,191
Posted By jonmanjiro
The OP said this in a followup post > "I...

The OP said this in a followup post > "I should've mentioned the internal glass needs a tweak since the right side of the field is a tad soft while left side and center is sharp."

That...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-15-2016
Replies: 36
Views: 1,200
Posted By jonmanjiro
https://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7326/27584257582_ab6...

https://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7326/27584257582_ab65803e50_b.jpg (https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7326/27584257582_71abfb7c74_o.jpg)

100% crop of...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-15-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 1,191
Posted By jonmanjiro
splitimageview, who I know has dealt with Youxin...

splitimageview, who I know has dealt with Youxin extensively, already gave us the answer. But yes, no harm in shooting off an email.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-15-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 1,191
Posted By jonmanjiro
Swapping out lens elements or lens groups and...

Swapping out lens elements or lens groups and then shimming the lens to produce a decent image is relatively straightforward. Making micro tilt adjustments to the elements or lens groups to try and...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-15-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 1,191
Posted By jonmanjiro
That kind of fine-tuning adjustment is not...

That kind of fine-tuning adjustment is not something that a regular CLA would fix. The lens would probably require a full factory level rebuild with the poorly aligned element/s being replaced. I'd...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-15-2016
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Thanks Erik. I didn't do anything special, and...

Thanks Erik. I didn't do anything special, and just took photos in the same way I always do. I actually found it very easy to take photos in the Great Mosque and Muslim quarter of Xi'an, and in China...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-15-2016
Replies: 36
Views: 1,200
Posted By jonmanjiro
You have a very good memory, Nicolas! That...

You have a very good memory, Nicolas! That previous time I had developing problems with Neopan 400, I traced the cause to gunk buildup on the Patterson rolls which got dislodged when banging the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-15-2016
Replies: 36
Views: 1,200
Posted By jonmanjiro
Thanks Lynn. I use DryWell, which is Fujifilm's...

Thanks Lynn. I use DryWell, which is Fujifilm's equivalent of PhotoFlo, but as with the developer and fixer, the exact same DryWell went into all three tanks but only the films in one tank got the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-15-2016
Replies: 36
Views: 1,200
Posted By jonmanjiro
I can see the black dots on the negative with a...

I can see the black dots on the negative with a 40x loupe but have no idea what they are.

I used the same developer, fixer, and washing water for all three tanks (2 rolls in each tank) that I...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-15-2016
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Thanks! If you mean the Great Mosque of Xi'an in...

Thanks! If you mean the Great Mosque of Xi'an in the Muslim quarter, I certainly did visit it. Its a very old mosque (founded in 742 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Mosque_of_Xi%27an)), so I...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-15-2016
Replies: 36
Views: 1,200
Posted By jonmanjiro
The weird thing is I used the same developer for...

The weird thing is I used the same developer for four other rolls at the same time in two other separate tanks, and they were fine.
Forum: Nikon RF 06-15-2016
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Thanks Pete! Here's a few more from the Muslim...

Thanks Pete!

Here's a few more from the Muslim quarter in central Xi'an. I really enjoyed wandering around here with camera in hand.

https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7044/27685114395_885947bee9_b.jpg...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-15-2016
Replies: 36
Views: 1,200
Posted By jonmanjiro
Neopan 400 white dots - what's going on here?

I recently developed 18 x Neopan 400-135 rolls, all using the same developer and same fixer. I developed 6 rolls at a time using 3 tanks, so 2 rolls in each tank. All the rolls came out fine except...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-14-2016
Replies: 171
Views: 23,605
Posted By jonmanjiro
Mine is 6-bit coded and the S/N is 4047xxx, which...

Mine is 6-bit coded and the S/N is 4047xxx, which I think places it in the last batch. FWIW I heard the last batch didn't leave the factory 6-bit coded, but were actually recalled to the factory for...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 06-12-2016
Replies: 23
Views: 2,686
Posted By jonmanjiro
Just stumbled on the very interesting quote below...

Just stumbled on the very interesting quote below on the head bartender's website (link here (https://cameraquest.com/mlenses.htm) - scroll down the the "Fogging" section). Other than the fact that...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-12-2016
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Xi'an,...

Xi'an, China

https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7291/27029043413_3b2a3010a7_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/HbsUVT)
Forum: Optics Theory - 06-12-2016
Replies: 47
Views: 2,423
Posted By jonmanjiro
The blog post lost me at the Ken Wheeler quote.

The blog post lost me at the Ken Wheeler quote.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-11-2016
Replies: 55
Views: 7,205
Posted By jonmanjiro
Looks like its $2.99 a roll now.

Looks like its $2.99 a roll now.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-11-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 1,600
Posted By jonmanjiro
I've used this trick, but its not ideal because...

I've used this trick, but its not ideal because it can leave hard to remove ugly looking marks on the blades as the alcohol evaporates (well, it did on the aperture blades of my S-mount Nikkor-S 5cm...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-11-2016
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
A few more pics from Chengdu,...

A few more pics from Chengdu, China

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7380/27599679985_a18578cb22_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/J3Tzit)

https://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7317/27322491670_830920f6ba_b.jpg...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 06-10-2016
Replies: 150
Views: 47,057
Posted By jonmanjiro
Leica MP, Nikkor-H 5cm F2 LTM, Neopan...

Leica MP, Nikkor-H 5cm F2 LTM, Neopan 400
https://c5.staticflickr.com/8/7720/27494068372_a1636578c7_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/HTyhDA)
Forum: Nikon RF 06-10-2016
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Great to see others posting photos to this...

Great to see others posting photos to this thread. Keep the pics coming, guys!





Giulio and Dirk, thanks :)
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 06-09-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 719
Posted By jonmanjiro
I doubt you'll find anything at Map. Try Camera...

I doubt you'll find anything at Map. Try Camera Box or Used Camera Market in Shinjuku. Possibly also Alps-do, also in...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-08-2016
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Xi'an,...

Xi'an, China
https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7380/27264120600_7c8d3c0cd1_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/HxeKbQ)
Forum: Nikon RF 06-08-2016
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Xi'an,...

Xi'an, China
https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7574/26932257813_f60f2f929d_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/H2URWD)
Forum: Nikon RF 06-08-2016
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Xi'an, China - these street cleaners spiked up...

Xi'an, China - these street cleaners spiked up the little boy's hair, gave him a straw broom, and then let him go for it.
https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7357/26931735443_1813c5f09c_b.jpg...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-08-2016
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Xi'an, China - I think this was grandpa giving...

Xi'an, China - I think this was grandpa giving his grand kids a ride home in a cart.
https://c3.staticflickr.com/8/7632/27263524530_7d98730d99_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/HxbFZL)
Forum: Nikon RF 06-07-2016
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Xi'an,...

Xi'an, China
https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7328/26913487713_26ea69fda5_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/H1fEfe)
Forum: Nikon RF 06-07-2016
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Bell tower at the center of Xi'an,...

Bell tower at the center of Xi'an, China
https://c8.staticflickr.com/8/7377/26895085023_344682d049_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/GYCkLt)
Forum: Nikon RF 06-07-2016
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Muslim quarter, central Xi'an,...

Muslim quarter, central Xi'an, China
https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7090/27502982555_8d31422faa_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/HUkYwp)
Forum: Nikon RF 06-07-2016
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Muslim quarter, central Xi'an,...

Muslim quarter, central Xi'an, China
https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7431/27403954952_c6c3df146b_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/HKAr4W)
Forum: Nikon RF 06-06-2016
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Muslim quarter, central Xi'an,...

Muslim quarter, central Xi'an, China
https://c5.staticflickr.com/8/7335/27403954412_b5336eb43a_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/HKAqUC)
Forum: Nikon RF 06-06-2016
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Chengdu,...

Chengdu, China
https://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7375/27400088702_8425f01991_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/HKfBLs)
Forum: Nikon RF 06-05-2016
Replies: 923
Views: 192,239
Posted By jonmanjiro
Lovely set! I don't remember ever seeing a hood...

Lovely set! I don't remember ever seeing a hood with the E.P. marking before. Its the standard Nikon hood shape though, rather than vented. I don't think Nikon made an actual vented hood for the...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-04-2016
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Thanks Pete. Let's go to Noge-cho for yakitori...

Thanks Pete. Let's go to Noge-cho for yakitori and sake again in December!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-04-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 749
Posted By jonmanjiro
I shot some of this shortly before it was...

I shot some of this shortly before it was discontinued about five or six years ago. Its an old school B&W film > wide latitude so very forgiving for exposure errors but quite grainy for ISO 100. Will...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-04-2016
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
I didn't adjust the finder as such. The right...

I didn't adjust the finder as such. The right edge of the frame was getting slightly cut off so I adjusted the camera's accessory shoe to point as far to the left as possible on the camera (within...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-04-2016
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Thanks Erik! I use a Voigtlander 35mm metal...

Thanks Erik! I use a Voigtlander 35mm metal finder which I've finely adjusted to get quite accurate framing. This is the setup pictured...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-04-2016
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Thanks Erik! That's an interesting idea indeed...

Thanks Erik! That's an interesting idea indeed regarding the book. I'll keep shooting for a bit and see if I can get enough material for one. Meanwhile here's a few more photos taken at Noge-cho in...
Forum: Optics Theory - 06-03-2016
Replies: 60
Views: 25,845
Posted By jonmanjiro
50mm lenses? We're talking about 35mm lenses in...

50mm lenses? We're talking about 35mm lenses in this thread Dave ;)

benmacphoto's post above covers it!
Forum: Optics Theory - 06-03-2016
Replies: 60
Views: 25,845
Posted By jonmanjiro
Ken Rockwell's website has all the info you're...

Ken Rockwell's website has all the info you're after, Dave.

http://www.kenrockwell.com/leica/35mm-f14.htm...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 06-02-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 1,944
Posted By jonmanjiro
Yes, the LTM and S-mount versions have the same...

Yes, the LTM and S-mount versions have the same optical formula. All the LTM Nikkors have the same optical formulas as their S-mount equivalents.

The Nikkor did well, but I'm most impressed with...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 06-01-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 1,944
Posted By jonmanjiro
100% crops from the left edge (click to see full...

100% crops from the left edge (click to see full size):

@ f/2.8 (f/3.5 for the two slower...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 06-01-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 1,944
Posted By jonmanjiro
Ok, here's the results of a quick comparison at...

Ok, here's the results of a quick comparison at infinity. Equipment used:

Canon 28mm F2.8 LTM
Canon 28mm F3.5 LTM (both Canon LTM lenses used the same L-M adapter)
S-mount W-Nikkor 28/3.5 on Amedeo...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-01-2016
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Queue for the yakitori...

Queue for the yakitori restuarant
https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7738/27364903626_dd997ef2a5_b.jpg

Bar stools on the street
https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7619/27300344022_5eb0700107_b.jpg

Lots of...
Forum: Optics Theory - 06-01-2016
Replies: 60
Views: 25,845
Posted By jonmanjiro
Since this comment I've tried the FLE on digital...

Since this comment I've tried the FLE on digital and found that it focus shifts somewhat too. Not as much as the pre-FLE ASPH, but its there. I asked Leica Japan about it and their reply was that the...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-01-2016
Replies: 34
Views: 1,725
Posted By jonmanjiro
The standard lever doesn't stick out so far that...

The standard lever doesn't stick out so far that there's a gap between it and the body. Its that gap where my shirt kept getting caught. Besides that, the Apollo lever is nicer to use...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-01-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 1,318
Posted By jonmanjiro
I did a comparison between a Nokton 35/1.4 MC and...

I did a comparison between a Nokton 35/1.4 MC and SC a while back, and came to the same conclusion as dc.watch.impress i.e. very little difference between the two. Thread with sample photos linked...
Forum: Nikon RF 05-30-2016
Replies: 34
Views: 1,725
Posted By jonmanjiro
Apollo lever? I had Apollo levers on my two Nikon...

Apollo lever? I had Apollo levers on my two Nikon SP 2005s for a while. The lever protruding out the back of the camera kept catching on my shirt (overlap where the buttons attach) and ended up being...
Forum: Nikon RF 05-30-2016
Replies: 34
Views: 1,725
Posted By jonmanjiro
Most of the ones I've seen have been in very...

Most of the ones I've seen have been in very good, hardly used, condition. Not that surprising really, as the SLR era was well under way by the time these got released in September 1965, and most...
Forum: Travel 05-30-2016
Replies: 324
Views: 29,872
Posted By jonmanjiro
Fantastic photos, Michael. Keep 'em coming! This...

Fantastic photos, Michael. Keep 'em coming!

This one below must have been taken from the top of Sakura Tower?!
Forum: Nikon RF 05-30-2016
Replies: 34
Views: 1,725
Posted By jonmanjiro
Congrats! It looks fully original to me, right...

Congrats! It looks fully original to me, right down to the correct colours on the shutter speed dial, and the F-type film advance lever and frame counter cover with six concentric rings. The shutter...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-28-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 1,944
Posted By jonmanjiro
I intend to use an M9 so the default is colour....

I intend to use an M9 so the default is colour. After a few quick shots yesterday, I can already see that the Canon 28mm F2.8 is sharper overall and definitely better in the corners than the Canon...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-27-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 1,944
Posted By jonmanjiro
I have the following lenses on loan to try out so...

I have the following lenses on loan to try out so will do a comparison and post the results. Both Canon lenses look to be optically in excellent shape. I also have a nice S-mount Nikkor 28/3.5 I can...
Forum: Nikon RF 05-25-2016
Replies: 76
Views: 3,710
Posted By jonmanjiro
Excellent point! Thanks for pointing that out,...

Excellent point! Thanks for pointing that out, Nicolas.

Definitely don't do this unless you know what you're doing (including how to correctly align after cleaning).
Forum: Nikon RF 05-24-2016
Replies: 76
Views: 3,710
Posted By jonmanjiro
As already mentioned, the shape of the focus...

As already mentioned, the shape of the focus patch is more of a fuzzy blob than a clear cut rectangle. But focusing is still very easy with a clean finder.

You can check how clean your finder is by...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-24-2016
Replies: 73
Views: 3,108
Posted By jonmanjiro
So the first batch 222xxxx is a dud batch?!...

So the first batch 222xxxx is a dud batch?! That's interesting, Erik.

Anyway, Raid, the Nikkor is winning the poll! Doesn't that mean you have to take the Nikkor instead? :)
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-23-2016
Replies: 73
Views: 3,108
Posted By jonmanjiro
I didn't realise this comment would open up such...

I didn't realise this comment would open up such a can of worms :eek:



I completely agree with you, Nicolas! With Erik's first example of soft corners taken at f/2.8, I didn't mention it in my...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-23-2016
Replies: 73
Views: 3,108
Posted By jonmanjiro
Hi Erik, I think you meant to write "see for...

Hi Erik, I think you meant to write "see for yourself" rather than "watch yourself". At least I certainly hope so :eek:

Yes, the corners are a bit weak at f2.8, but not really unexpected at that...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-22-2016
Replies: 73
Views: 3,108
Posted By jonmanjiro
Due to sample variation? Or cheapened barrel? I...

Due to sample variation? Or cheapened barrel? I thought all pre-asph 35mm Summiluxes were optically the same :confused:
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-22-2016
Replies: 78
Views: 9,433
Posted By jonmanjiro
Alas, I was wrong. I played with one of these a...

Alas, I was wrong. I played with one of these a few days ago at a store in Tokyo and this lens has the same old single helical design as all previous lenses from Miyazaki-san > changing the aperture...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-22-2016
Replies: 33
Views: 4,504
Posted By jonmanjiro
Yodobashi Kyoto may not have it in stock but you...

Yodobashi Kyoto may not have it in stock but you can get them to order it for you. But boxes of 100 rolls only. Try Kitamura Camera for smaller lots. Kitamura has several stores around Kyoto.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-22-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 683
Posted By jonmanjiro
A mild version of this >...

A mild version of this > http://www.apug.org/forum/index.php?threads/leica-m6-finish-bubbles-corrosion.116250/
Forum: Nikon RF 05-22-2016
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
And one more shot taken wide open at 1/25. Hand...

And one more shot taken wide open at 1/25. Hand held after one too many sakes.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7089/26562674003_727bdea5b3_b.jpg
Forum: Nikon RF 05-22-2016
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Thanks for that, Cal. Very interesting! And one...

Thanks for that, Cal. Very interesting!

And one more pic for testing the W-Nikkor's flare resistance. Not bad at all for a vintage...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-22-2016
Replies: 73
Views: 3,108
Posted By jonmanjiro
You have both lenses AND an M9! You could do a...

You have both lenses AND an M9! You could do a quick comparison in 20 -30 minutes... what are you waiting for, Raid! :)



I got two reissue W-Nikkor 3.5cm F1.8 lenses from the Nikon SP Limited...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-21-2016
Replies: 73
Views: 3,108
Posted By jonmanjiro
A couple of observations after recently shooting...

A couple of observations after recently shooting both of these lenses (LTM W-Nikkor and late s/n Wetzlar Summilux) on film:

* the W-Nikkor has field curvature with the plane of sharpness curving...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-18-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 1,251
Posted By jonmanjiro
Interesting you posted that one, Alkis! Last...

Interesting you posted that one, Alkis! Last October at a bar in Tokyo, I found myself sitting next to a chap called Takeshi Ishikawa. He worked as Eugene Smith's assistant on his multiple trips to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-17-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 1,251
Posted By jonmanjiro
Looks like a Nikon F with waist level finder.

Looks like a Nikon F with waist level finder.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-17-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 1,251
Posted By jonmanjiro
Afghan girl, Steve McCurry, 1984 Nikon FM2 and...

Afghan girl, Steve McCurry, 1984
Nikon FM2 and Ai-S 105mm F2.5 lens, Kodachrome 64 color slide film

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghan_Girl
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-17-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 1,251
Posted By jonmanjiro
Napalm girl, Nick Ut, June 1972 Leica M2 and...

Napalm girl, Nick Ut, June 1972
Leica M2 and Summicron 35mm

http://www.apimages.com/Collection/Landing/Photographer-Nick-Ut-The-Napalm-Girl-/ebfc0a860aa946ba9e77eb786d46207e
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-17-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 852
Posted By jonmanjiro
Only played with a few in the local camera shops,...

Only played with a few in the local camera shops, never owned one. It's a basic Tessar lens with a simple single helicoid design, so the entire front of the lens rotates when you focus. Not exactly...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-17-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 1,251
Posted By jonmanjiro
Rainbow over the Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet by...

Rainbow over the Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet by Galen Rowell, 1981

Motorized Nikon F3 with Series-E Nikon 75-150mm f3.5 zoom lens

http://www.mountainlight.com/gallery.tibet/images.html
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-16-2016
Replies: 150
Views: 42,448
Posted By jonmanjiro
Lumiere in Japan! That's Takahashi-san, trained...

Lumiere in Japan! That's Takahashi-san, trained by Shintaro. As well as an excellent painter, Takahashi-san is also an excellent repairman. He did a CLA on an MP 0.85 for me last year and made it the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-16-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 1,944
Posted By jonmanjiro
How does the Canon 28/2.8 LTM compare with the...

How does the Canon 28/2.8 LTM compare with the Canon 28/3.5 LTM? Being a slightly newer optical design than the F3.5 version, I'd expect performance of the F2.8 version to be on par or slightly...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-16-2016
Replies: 90
Views: 11,563
Posted By jonmanjiro
The diagram for the 35mm f2.4 is also available...

The diagram for the 35mm f2.4 is also available online. The six element four group optical formula looks absolutely identical to the f2.5 version. Wth the f2.4 version, Leica clearly marks the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-16-2016
Replies: 90
Views: 11,563
Posted By jonmanjiro
I don't think Leica is ever going provide...

I don't think Leica is ever going provide definitive answers to these questions, so the best we've got are opinions. So here's my completely opinionated based on nothing at all two yen worth on this...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-14-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 1,944
Posted By jonmanjiro
I'm looking for a classic LTM 28mm lens too so am...

I'm looking for a classic LTM 28mm lens too so am interested to hear what others have to say about these two lenses. My positive experience with an S-mount W-Nikkor 28/3.5 has me leaning in that...
Forum: Nikon RF 05-14-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 994
Posted By jonmanjiro
I love RFF! Where else could you read a thread...

I love RFF! Where else could you read a thread like this :D I think we're never going to know the full story about the differences between the Nikon RF and old Contax RF mounts, but speculation is...
Forum: Optics Theory - 05-14-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 1,418
Posted By jonmanjiro
I should have added "just as well as an...

I should have added "just as well as an unscratched lens" after "The lens performs as I'd expect with that amount of scratches".

The scratches on your lens are pretty minor really, and while they...
Forum: Optics Theory - 05-13-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 1,418
Posted By jonmanjiro
AiS version. That front element isn't destroyed,...

AiS version.

That front element isn't destroyed, its just got character! The lens performs as I'd expect with that amount of scratches.
Forum: Nikon RF 05-12-2016
Replies: 40
Views: 2,349
Posted By jonmanjiro
The Nikon rangefinders from the SP onward are...

The Nikon rangefinders from the SP onward are basically a Nikon F without the mirror and SLR viewfinder prism, so just like the Nikon F they rarely break. If they do, anyone who can fix a Nikon F...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-10-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 1,371
Posted By jonmanjiro
Summar performance can vary considerably...

Summar performance can vary considerably depending on the condition of the lens (haze, scratches, internal paint degradation). I did a comparison (link below) of three Summars in varying states and...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-09-2016
Replies: 46
Views: 3,679
Posted By jonmanjiro
Lol in that case, get yerself a Nikon S3. It'll...

Lol in that case, get yerself a Nikon S3. It'll make a lovely rear lens cap for the S-mount W-Nikkor 35/1.8 you couldn't help purchasing ;)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-09-2016
Replies: 31
Views: 2,448
Posted By jonmanjiro
Its been a while since I re-covered my MP so I...

Its been a while since I re-covered my MP so I don't remember exactly. I do remember wondering if the covering may have slipped on the cutter when Aki cut it because the cutouts didn't quite line up...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-06-2016
Replies: 46
Views: 3,679
Posted By jonmanjiro
I suggest getting an LTM version. No need for...

I suggest getting an LTM version. No need for conversion (except for an L-M adapter), it focuses in the correct direction, and while you pay a premium for one they retain their value very well so you...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-05-2016
Replies: 46
Views: 3,679
Posted By jonmanjiro
50,000 yen I think. A shame to trash a perfectly...

50,000 yen I think. A shame to trash a perfectly good S-mount 35/1.8 lens regardless of the cost though.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-05-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 679
Posted By jonmanjiro
Yeah that's what I meant. "Manual operation only"...

Yeah that's what I meant. "Manual operation only" as in you have to manually set the setting on the flash, not manual operation where you select 1/1, 1/8, or 1/32 flash power.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-01-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 679
Posted By jonmanjiro
Manual operation only with settings for ISO 100...

Manual operation only with settings for ISO 100 and ISO 400 film. Match the aperture on the lens with the aperture setting on the flash and set a shutter speed of 1/50 or slower. That's it.
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 04-28-2016
Replies: 2,193
Sticky: User Feedback
Views: 202,855
Posted By jonmanjiro
Buyer: Bingley Item: LTM Nikkor-H 5cm f.2.0...

Buyer: Bingley

Item: LTM Nikkor-H 5cm f.2.0 lens.

Perfect transaction: Great communication and super fast payment. Hope you enjoy shooting with the lens, Steve!
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 04-28-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 1,141
Posted By jonmanjiro
And... here's a pic of Tom A shooting with the...

And... here's a pic of Tom A shooting with the super rare metric scale Nikkor-O 2.1cm F4 lens shown on the updated 21/4 Nikkor page! Excuse all the blemishes... I had a bit of a developing accident...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-27-2016
Replies: 40
Views: 2,349
Posted By jonmanjiro
That's about what the Nikon S3 Limited Edition...

That's about what the Nikon S3 Limited Edition Black sets go for in Japan these days.

Lightly used Nikon S3 Year 2000 Limited Edition sets (i.e. the chrome/silver version) are now going for around...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 04-25-2016
Replies: 97
Views: 5,590
Posted By jonmanjiro
All shots at f/1.4...

All shots at f/1.4...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 04-24-2016
Replies: 97
Views: 5,590
Posted By jonmanjiro
In the world of pixel peeking to see minor...

In the world of pixel peeking to see minor differences between high end lenses, this is definitely a "smoking" ;)

"The Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM has ten elements in seven groups. Two of the elements...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 04-24-2016
Replies: 97
Views: 5,590
Posted By jonmanjiro
This is where the ZM Distagon 35/1.4 smokes the...

This is where the ZM Distagon 35/1.4 smokes the ZM Biogon 35/2 - coma control.

Distagon @ f/1.4
https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5712/23711300596_64f3dc6ff7_b.jpg
Biogon @ f/2 (image borrowed from here...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 04-24-2016
Replies: 97
Views: 5,590
Posted By jonmanjiro
Its a new design for M-mount.

Its a new design for M-mount.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 04-24-2016
Replies: 97
Views: 5,590
Posted By jonmanjiro
Lovely photos, Michael! I'll go out on a limb...

Lovely photos, Michael!

I'll go out on a limb here and say the ZM Distagon 35/1.4 is technically the best 35mm M-mount lens ever made! But its size (for an RF lens) in a market already flooded with...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-23-2016
Replies: 1,079
Views: 287,940
Posted By jonmanjiro
The Leica man, hunting in his natural habitat, on...

The Leica man, hunting in his natural habitat, on the street!

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1462/26332375860_98f6f418f0_o.jpg
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-23-2016
Replies: 7,879
Views: 3,050,236
Posted By jonmanjiro
On the W-Nikkor 35/1.8, the aperture numbers are...

On the W-Nikkor 35/1.8, the aperture numbers are on the rotating aperture ring. On the Nikkor-H 50/2, the aperture numbers stay in a fixed position and the ring with the dot on it rotates instead....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-23-2016
Replies: 7,879
Views: 3,050,236
Posted By jonmanjiro
Now wrap your head around this... the aperture...

Now wrap your head around this... the aperture rings on both lenses rotate in the same direction to stop down the aperture!
It had me stumped for a little while too ;)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-23-2016
Replies: 7,879
Views: 3,050,236
Posted By jonmanjiro
Loving Nikkors once again. Does anyone notice...

Loving Nikkors once again. Does anyone notice something odd with the aperture scales?

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1493/25982168983_393d55c772_c.jpg
Forum: Travel 04-22-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 476
Posted By jonmanjiro
I really enjoyed that set. Very nice work and a...

I really enjoyed that set. Very nice work and a refreshing take on Japan. You've got a great eye!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-21-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 1,427
Posted By jonmanjiro
Kimutaku... superstar to some. To me... not so...

Kimutaku... superstar to some. To me... not so much. I'm not opening that link :p:D
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-21-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 1,427
Posted By jonmanjiro
Great pics. Thanks for the thread! I visited...

Great pics. Thanks for the thread! I visited Okinawa in July 1998 and not much has changed by the looks of it.



How about this one :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNmUstkmfMI...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-17-2016
Replies: 81
Views: 4,078
Posted By jonmanjiro
I was thinking the exact same thing.

I was thinking the exact same thing.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-17-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 1,032
Posted By jonmanjiro
This is the standard shape for a Summar. Leica...

This is the standard shape for a Summar. Leica used a circular shape with the early to mid run Summitars, and then changed back to a shape like the Summar on the later production Summitars.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-17-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 1,032
Posted By jonmanjiro
The aperture blades in the lenses I've worked on...

The aperture blades in the lenses I've worked on to as far as pulling the aperture blades out (only S-mount and LTM Nikkors) cannot go out of alignment. The aperture blades go in one way and that's...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-16-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 1,032
Posted By jonmanjiro
Nick, the Summar aperture shape is a symmetrical...

Nick, the Summar aperture shape is a symmetrical hexagon. Aperture blades are easy enough to replace if broken or damaged. I think the main problem here would be finding replacement parts (assuming...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-16-2016
Replies: 1,639
Views: 423,035
Posted By jonmanjiro
Period correct 35mm lens for a late s/n IIIf...

Period correct 35mm lens for a late s/n IIIf :)

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1645/25869638223_b8faf4ceac_b.jpg
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-15-2016
Replies: 81
Views: 4,078
Posted By jonmanjiro
Another vote here for just do it. The F6 is a...

Another vote here for just do it. The F6 is a special camera, and the specs alone don't tell the entire story IMO. There's something special about the tactile feel and operation of the F6 that is...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-15-2016
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Thanks Helen! :) I recently compared my LTM...

Thanks Helen! :)

I recently compared my LTM W-Nikkor 35/1.8 back to back with a recently cleaned very nice condition Summicron 35mm V1. Both are really good lenses, but I definitely prefer the...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-15-2016
Replies: 224
Views: 35,132
Posted By jonmanjiro
Leica IIIf, LTM W-Nikkor 3.5cm...

Leica IIIf, LTM W-Nikkor 3.5cm...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-14-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 916
Posted By jonmanjiro
My experience working on LTM Nikkors is that...

My experience working on LTM Nikkors is that there is no way to adjust the focus by unscrewing some screws, rotating something, then retightening the screws. Assuming the RF is fine, all you can do...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-13-2016
Replies: 37
Views: 2,150
Posted By jonmanjiro
Interesting indeed! I read a comment on...

Interesting indeed!

I read a comment on Instagram recently mentioning that the saw-toothed pattern aperture blades (like the Summilux ASPH at f2.8) are used to reduce focus shift. First time for me...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-13-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 513
Posted By jonmanjiro
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread....

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=79631

I'm not sure about Nikon-S to Sony-E, but for Nikon-S to Leica-M (or LTM), the thread linked above might help.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-12-2016
Replies: 5,034
Views: 736,856
Posted By jonmanjiro
Currently procrastinating checking over my...

Currently procrastinating checking over my freshly CLA'd IIIf before starting a translation job :)

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1596/26127413180_7e79c6acfb_b.jpg
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-11-2016
Replies: 1,639
Views: 423,035
Posted By jonmanjiro
My freshly overhauled IIIf. Its a smooth shooter...

My freshly overhauled IIIf. Its a smooth shooter now :)

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1571/26364801755_469c9961cc_b.jpg
Forum: Nikon RF 04-10-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 1,555
Posted By jonmanjiro
Haha ok then. I know that Rotoloni has been made...

Haha ok then. I know that Rotoloni has been made aware of the Japanese newspaper clipping I linked. I think his response was something like "ah well the Olympics factor makes for a good story but...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-10-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 1,555
Posted By jonmanjiro
This has been repeated so often that its become...

This has been repeated so often that its become internet fact (I'm not giving up, Nikon Kiu!) :bang:

The S3 Olympics were released in September 1965 a year after the Tokyo Olympics. Many apparently...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-10-2016
Replies: 31
Views: 2,448
Posted By jonmanjiro
Ah ok. Maybe Aki misremembered the number. He...

Ah ok. Maybe Aki misremembered the number. He sent me this reply below last November when I asked about the vulcanite similar to the Leica ala carte vulcanite. He called it 4034 in his reply.

 
Forum: Nikon RF 04-10-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 1,555
Posted By jonmanjiro
Congrats! A lovely souvenir from Japan indeed :)...

Congrats! A lovely souvenir from Japan indeed :) I read through your blog write up. Sounds like you had a great time here. The SP 2005 was my first rangefinder (was a Nikon SLR shooter up to then)...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-09-2016
Replies: 55
Views: 4,288
Posted By jonmanjiro
Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the...

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the only difference between the frame lines in an M6 0.72 and an M-A is that the M-A doesn't have to accommodate meter diodes so the frame lines at the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-07-2016
Replies: 55
Views: 4,288
Posted By jonmanjiro
Every new/used M-A I've seen in Tokyo (15 or so...

Every new/used M-A I've seen in Tokyo (15 or so cameras?) has had a s/n starting with either 4914xxx (black) or 4915xxx (silver), suggesting only one lot of M-As (max of 1000 of each color?) has been...
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