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Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 2 Days Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,174
Posted By jonmanjiro
Lately its been this > A&A bag, ZI, 35mm FLE,...

Lately its been this > A&A bag, ZI, 35mm FLE, 50mm Elmar-M, Klasse W, Neopan 400, other stuff.

I took this kit with me to Thailand and Myanmar last November, and its with me now during an extended...
Forum: Cosina Voigtlander Bessa 2 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 619
Posted By jonmanjiro
Zeiss ikon every time !!! The viewfinder is...

Zeiss ikon every time !!! The viewfinder is glorious. I've owned several Bessa R2A's and I much prefer the Zeiss Ikon. It's just a much nicer camera to use.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 5 Days Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 727
Posted By jonmanjiro
This is worth considering, Gabor. Beats shipping...

This is worth considering, Gabor. Beats shipping the camera half way around the world. I know of another member here who got his M2 fully CLA'd by Takahashi-San at Lumiere recently for 33,000 yen,...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 5 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 352
Posted By jonmanjiro
If you haven't already, try installing Nikon Scan...

If you haven't already, try installing Nikon Scan 4.0.3 64-bit for Vista...
Forum: Zeiss Ikon ZM 5 Days Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 319
Posted By jonmanjiro
Were you shooting in AE mode? If so, the meter...

Were you shooting in AE mode? If so, the meter could have been fooled by bright lights in the frame resulting in under exposure.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 608
Posted By jonmanjiro
A few years back I did a four way shootout...

A few years back I did a four way shootout between a Skopar 28/3.5, Zeiss 28/2.8, Avenon 28/3.5, and Elmarit 28/2.8 ASPH. The Elmarit was very sharp at f2.8 and the sharpest across the frame at all...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Week Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,413
Posted By jonmanjiro
Interesting to read that about Superia 400 X-TRA...

Interesting to read that about Superia 400 X-TRA having the 4th colour layer. The data sheets on the Fujifilm USA website certainly show a 4th colour layer for both Superia 400 X-TRA [CH]...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 608
Posted By jonmanjiro
Yep, the 28mm Elmarit ASPH is very flare...

Yep, the 28mm Elmarit ASPH is very flare resistant and the sharpest 28mm I've ever used. Fantastic little lens and a great match for the 50mm Summilux ASPH I'd say.

Here's another Elmarit ASPH...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Week Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,413
Posted By jonmanjiro
There actually are (were) a few different...

There actually are (were) a few different flavours of Superia 400.

Currently, there's Superia 400 X-TRA (as its branded in Japan) which is the cheap version and almost certainly the version used...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 1 Week Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 984
Posted By jonmanjiro
https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2870/11731185653_bb...

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2870/11731185653_bb3dff182b_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/iSDoMB)
trio (https://flic.kr/p/iSDoMB) by jonmanjiro (https://www.flickr.com/people/98716602@N00/), on...
Forum: Nikon RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,114
Posted By jonmanjiro
Yes, this is my lens purchased from Sanpo Camera...

Yes, this is my lens purchased from Sanpo Camera in Tokyo a few years ago. It's one of only two I've personally seen with a metric distance scale. I've seen a dozen or so of these with an imperial...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 241
Posted By jonmanjiro
I'd try a new battery before anything else. If...

I'd try a new battery before anything else. If that doesn't solve the problem, Fujifilm still fixes these (the list of 35mm film cameras they still repair is here...
Forum: 120 RF's 1 Week Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 4,526
Posted By jonmanjiro
Just thinking out loud here, but did you try...

Just thinking out loud here, but did you try cleaning the electrical contacts on the lens (and camera) with a pencil eraser? The problem you describe could be caused by poor contacts between the lens...
Forum: Nikon RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,114
Posted By jonmanjiro
Not so sure if its important to get, but the rear...

Not so sure if its important to get, but the rear cap for the S-mount 2.1cm certainly is expensive to get (and nigh on impossible to find on its own).

The only aftermarket rear lens cap that I know...
Forum: Nikon RF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,114
Posted By jonmanjiro
At a guess, I'd say the cap you spotted was for...

At a guess, I'd say the cap you spotted was for the F-mount version of the lens. They're far more numerous and look very similar ;)
Forum: Nikon RF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,114
Posted By jonmanjiro
Nikon only made 298 of these lenses. I wonder how...

Nikon only made 298 of these lenses. I wonder how many still have intact rear...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 630
Posted By jonmanjiro
I'm not sure about the situation elsewhere, but...

I'm not sure about the situation elsewhere, but in Japan I'm pretty sure Nikon still services and repairs the final generation of Coolscan scanners (V, 5000, 9000). They'll service older scanners...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 566
Views: 78,756
Posted By jonmanjiro
Neopan 400, Contax...

Neopan 400, Contax T3

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7530/16283179465_c7aede270e_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qNTxXx)
pet bottle guard (https://flic.kr/p/qNTxXx) by jonmanjiro...
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 131
Views: 4,019
Posted By jonmanjiro
Me too. I hadn't seen Liu Tao's excellent photos...

Me too. I hadn't seen Liu Tao's excellent photos before. Thanks for the link(s), Gabor!
Forum: Film vs Digital 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 1,043
Posted By jonmanjiro
I just checked used F6 prices at my regular used...

I just checked used F6 prices at my regular used camera shops in Tokyo, and they're going for as little as 65,000 yen (approx. US$560). Wow that's cheap :eek:
Forum: Nikon RF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 473
Posted By jonmanjiro
A CVII meter in the accessory shoe is accurate...

A CVII meter in the accessory shoe is accurate and very handy, but you've gotta admit it makes a pretty camera look, um... rather uggggly :eek::D:p

Personally, I'd prefer to get a handheld meter (I...
Forum: Film vs Digital 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 1,043
Posted By jonmanjiro
Gosh, all this praise for the F6 (yep, I agree...

Gosh, all this praise for the F6 (yep, I agree its a very special camera) is making me seriously think about buying another one... :eek::eek::eek:
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 473
Posted By jonmanjiro
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8088/8346979595_7db...

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8088/8346979595_7db9c05559_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/dHAsei)
From Yokohama with love (https://flic.kr/p/dHAsei) by jonmanjiro...
Forum: Cosina Voigtlander Bessa 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 1,405
Posted By jonmanjiro
Completely agree! The Zeiss Ikon is definitely...

Completely agree! The Zeiss Ikon is definitely the best Bessa (and an M7 killer IMO). I'm glad to have mine back and won't be selling it again :)
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 184
Views: 6,951
Posted By jonmanjiro
Ditto that :)

Ditto that :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 563
Posted By jonmanjiro
If you don't mind saying, which store was that?...

If you don't mind saying, which store was that? I'll think twice about doing business with them in the future.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 563
Posted By jonmanjiro
I personally don't have any experience with this...

I personally don't have any experience with this lens, but don't remember anyone ever saying it was flare prone. Have you checked the lens for haze?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 66
Views: 12,086
Posted By jonmanjiro
I did a comparison ages ago and found that the...

I did a comparison ages ago and found that the Elmarit ASPH has sharper corners at all apertures and better flare resistance. While the sharpness difference is only small (the Skopar is really good...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 275
Views: 12,605
Posted By jonmanjiro
The sensor horror stories scared me away. That...

The sensor horror stories scared me away. That and I should really use the 400+ rolls of film stashed in my fridge anyway.
Forum: Zeiss Ikon ZM 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 2,854
Posted By jonmanjiro
Luckily for me, the friendly RFFer I sold my...

Luckily for me, the friendly RFFer I sold my (purchased new by me) ZI to last year agreed to sell it back to me for the original purchase price after a few months of ownership. The first thing I did...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 1,025
Posted By jonmanjiro
I bought one of these in great condition just a...

I bought one of these in great condition just a few days ago for a little over $1000. I purposely sought out one of these instead of a TTL version because the shutter speed dial rotates in the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-18-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,082
Posted By jonmanjiro
Its possible that Nikon just plain screwed up....

Its possible that Nikon just plain screwed up. But $200 is a LOT of money in some parts of the world. I think its far more likely that something illegal went on. Such as someone in the factory that...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-16-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 720
Posted By jonmanjiro
IMO you can't go wrong with either a W-Nikkor...

IMO you can't go wrong with either a W-Nikkor 3.5cm F1.8 or F2.5. They're both great lenses, and I found them to be quite similar in shots I've taken with both. The biggest difference between them is...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 12-16-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 516
Posted By jonmanjiro
The same lens is used in the Klasse S as well....

The same lens is used in the Klasse S as well. Fantastic lens. The Klasse S has a max. aperture of f2.8 rather than f2.6 due to a redesigned shutter/aperture mechanism which allows higher shutter...
Forum: Zeiss Ikon ZM 12-12-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 452
Posted By jonmanjiro
I was eating an ice cream in Taormina, Sicily...

I was eating an ice cream in Taormina, Sicily when the shutter speed dial on my ZI decided to pop off. It was quite a challenge to gather all the pieces and then reassemble them while trying not to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-08-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 663
Posted By jonmanjiro
The adapter engraved CC-L39 is for Contax and the...

The adapter engraved CC-L39 is for Contax and the adapter engraved NS-L39 is for Nikon.
Forum: Digital Fixed Lens Advanced Compacts 12-07-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 2,823
Posted By jonmanjiro
FYI the Klasse W is also discontinued. Both the S...

FYI the Klasse W is also discontinued. Both the S and W were discontinued around the same time (apologies for the tangent from the original...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-06-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,165
Posted By jonmanjiro
Its been a while since I've handled the adapter...

Its been a while since I've handled the adapter and any of the mentioned lenses, but suspect the nub is designed for the F-mount Heliar 12mm and 15mm. I think the adapter was designed to work with...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-06-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,165
Posted By jonmanjiro
Mounting the lens/adapter combo on the camera is...

Mounting the lens/adapter combo on the camera is straightforward. Mounting the lens on the adapter is the tricky bit. From memory, the instructions state that the adapter is not designed to work with...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-06-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,165
Posted By jonmanjiro
The F-mount 2.1cm does mount on the F-S adapter,...

The F-mount 2.1cm does mount on the F-S adapter, but not smoothly like the Voigtlander 12mm and 15mm Heliars. Some fiddling is required to get it on there. That was my experience anyway.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 12-06-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 834
Posted By jonmanjiro
The Klasse S and W can be set to leave the film...

The Klasse S and W can be set to leave the film leader out or wind it fully in.
Forum: Nikon RF 12-03-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,165
Posted By jonmanjiro
I had one of these adapters briefly but sold it...

I had one of these adapters briefly but sold it along with an F-mount Heliar 15mm lens.

Why did I sell it? Because I didn't find it to be particularly useful.

Except for the Heliar, none of my...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 11-26-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 980
Posted By jonmanjiro
The title is different, but maybe you mean this...

The title is different, but maybe you mean this thread (http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=85782)?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-26-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,057
Posted By jonmanjiro
I have first hand experience with this! I have an...

I have first hand experience with this! I have an Ai-S 28mm f2.8 with a 90xxxx serial number (current s/n range started in 2006) that suddenly started taking randomly blurry photos one day. After...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 11-25-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 980
Posted By jonmanjiro
I'm glad you've finally found your compact P&S...

I'm glad you've finally found your compact P&S cam, Dave. I actually went the other direction and got a Klasse W. So far I'm liking it a lot. The lens is way better than the one in GR1v IMO. Can't go...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 11-24-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 475
Posted By jonmanjiro
AFAIK the restrictions are on the American side,...

AFAIK the restrictions are on the American side, not the Cuban side. The rest of the world can travel to Cuba quite easily. I spent three weeks there in December 2005/ January 2006 and loved it. ...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-13-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 2,302
Posted By jonmanjiro
(in addtion to what Gabor wrote) 33 years.

(in addtion to what Gabor wrote)

33 years.
Forum: Nikon Historical Society -- hosted by Bob Rotoloni 11-12-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 633
Posted By jonmanjiro
Now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure I've...

Now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure I've seen the same patent number on both 10.5cm F2.5 and 13.5cm F3.5 Nikkors in the same place as pictured above. I'm a bit surprised you haven't seen it...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society -- hosted by Bob Rotoloni 11-12-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 633
Posted By jonmanjiro
I tried searching too but as per the previous...

I tried searching too but as per the previous posters the number seems to be incomplete. I found several patents that that use the number but nothing related a Nikkor 8.5cm F2 lens from the 1950s. I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-11-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 2,302
Posted By jonmanjiro
I spoke with a rep at Leica Kyoto about this...

I spoke with a rep at Leica Kyoto about this exact topic just a few weeks ago. He told me the M-A is an MP (identical parts) minus the meter, associated electronics, and ISO dial etc.
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