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Forum: RFF Photo Projects 07-14-2019
Replies: 267
Views: 7,440
Posted By ninjin
I have received 35 lovely cards, but as we...

I have received 35 lovely cards, but as we established in project #10, there is someone in Royal Mail or in my building that loves to nick the odd card.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-12-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 822
Posted By ninjin
Absolutely wonderful, thank you for sharing! I...

Absolutely wonderful, thank you for sharing! I also advice you to stick around for the credits to enjoy some beautiful portraits.
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 06-12-2019
Replies: 267
Views: 7,440
Posted By ninjin
I have received a good 32 at this point....

I have received a good 32 at this point. Hopefully mine should have started arriving by now, as the final ones went out early last week.
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 05-31-2019
Replies: 267
Views: 7,440
Posted By ninjin
My MOO order got delayed due to Easter and only...

My MOO order got delayed due to Easter and only arrived just before I was heading out for a 3 1/2 week trip to Japan. I am now back in London, but sadly I missed the deadline, however the majority of...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 04-22-2019
Replies: 267
Views: 7,440
Posted By ninjin
Crivens! 42!? I went ahead and put in my order...

Crivens! 42!? I went ahead and put in my order with MOO (The MOREWITH15OFF code worked nicely) last week for a solid 50, since I am about to hit the road for almost a month and thinking it was a safe...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 04-22-2019
Replies: 265
Views: 8,538
Posted By ninjin
Thanks a ton randolph45 and seakayaker1 for the...

Thanks a ton randolph45 and seakayaker1 for the additional details. When I wrote “damaged: very very minor ‘rubbing mark’, barely visible”, this really is minor and should speak in favour of MOO’s...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 04-15-2019
Replies: 267
Views: 7,440
Posted By ninjin
As a reference, I paid GBP 0.624 (USD 0.82) each...

As a reference, I paid GBP 0.624 (USD 0.82) each for a batch of 50 from MOO last time. I would not call it “cheap”, but I was very happy with the quality and figured that it was less than what one...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 03-31-2019
Replies: 267
Views: 7,440
Posted By ninjin
Please, no need for special treatment of myself –...

Please, no need for special treatment of myself – especially as such a remark would bring undue pressure onto other participants. Sorry for having kept bringing up this point, my reasons were...
Forum: Travel 03-26-2019
Replies: 154
Views: 5,410
Posted By ninjin
Just wanted to chime in and say thank you for...

Just wanted to chime in and say thank you for sharing these photos, I am looking forward to every update and that recent sunflower shot from Ukraine is absolutely stunning.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 03-25-2019
Replies: 110
Views: 5,105
Posted By ninjin
I am very happy with mine that I have used since...

I am very happy with mine that I have used since spring 2018. My only gripe would be that it is a bit “fat”, but it is undeniably good “value” if what you want is a digital rangefinder. Bonus, the...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 03-25-2019
Replies: 267
Views: 7,440
Posted By ninjin
To me, it is not about “perfection”, but rather...

To me, it is not about “perfection”, but rather that some postcards last time got so damaged that it distracted from the subject and photo itself. Take Don Parsons’ lovely photo of the graves for...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 03-20-2019
Replies: 267
Views: 7,440
Posted By ninjin
You bet I am in! Mail going out in a...

You bet I am in! Mail going out in a moment.

After analysing the sorting machine damage to the cards from the last round, I am fairly solidly in the "Let's make sure to send the cards in...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 03-20-2019
Replies: 265
Views: 8,538
Posted By ninjin
Good thinking, here is my analysis. 1. ABrosig...

Good thinking, here is my analysis.

1. ABrosig (damaged: colour tearing)
2. Big Ursus (pristine)
3. COLSEBASTIANMORAN (pristine)
4. Don Parsons (damaged: severe colour tearing)
5. FDarnell (damaged:...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 03-17-2019
Replies: 265
Views: 8,538
Posted By ninjin
London. You will never find a more wretched hive...

London. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. Jokes aside, thank you so much to everyone that has offered to send me additional cards. It is much appreciated, but I am happy...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 03-04-2019
Replies: 265
Views: 8,538
Posted By ninjin
I am in, if not just to evaluate the reliability...

I am in, if not just to evaluate the reliability of the UK mail system.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 01-26-2019
Replies: 0
Views: 538
Posted By ninjin
“How to Hack an Expensive Camera and Not Get Killed by Your Wife”

An amazing write-up about diving into the M240 firmware [1] that popped up on my computer science channels, perhaps it will give you some enjoyment too?

[1]:...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 01-19-2019
Replies: 265
Views: 8,538
Posted By ninjin
18 received here in London, one thing that struck...

18 received here in London, one thing that struck me is how often they are damaged in transit which is a bit sad. Hopefully all of mine made it since they were in envelopes that would take the worst...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 12-12-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 870
Posted By ninjin
I shoot the Zeiss Biogon 2.8/28 ZM on my M240 and...

I shoot the Zeiss Biogon 2.8/28 ZM on my M240 and it is easy enough to compose if you assume that just about everything you see in the viewfinder will be in your shot. Below is a photo from a metal...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-23-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 618
Posted By ninjin
Wow, rscheffler, you are absolutely correct. As...

Wow, rscheffler, you are absolutely correct. As this is my first adventure into conversions and I have never been a Contax user, the rather obvious FOTODIOX printed on the helicoid went completely...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-22-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 618
Posted By ninjin
Following the cleaning yesterday, I headed...

Following the cleaning yesterday, I headed outside to shoot a set of “exciting” wall photos. It is very cloudy today, so no opportunity to shoot the sun and a clear blue sky for testing. I faced...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-22-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 618
Posted By ninjin
First batch of “boring” test pictures, sorry for...

First batch of “boring” test pictures, sorry for making another post but the limit of three attachments is indeed limiting.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-22-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 618
Posted By ninjin
Thanks Shawn and Larry, those are some very quick...

Thanks Shawn and Larry, those are some very quick responses.

I did try a few shots with the second love of my life – after my wife – that is, my ZM Sonnar, and things looked fine on those shots. The...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-22-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 618
Posted By ninjin
Issues with used Contax 90mm F2.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* M-mount conversion

For my current trip to Japan I planned to pick up a 90mm M-mount lens that accepts 46mm filters to complete my ideal 28/50/90 set of lenses. While I would have loved for it to be a Zeiss like my...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 08-16-2018
Replies: 265
Views: 8,538
Posted By ninjin
My office just notified me that a postcard has...

My office just notified me that a postcard has arrived from a “Roland”, looking forward to seeing it when I get to the office!
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 08-13-2018
Replies: 265
Views: 8,538
Posted By ninjin
I received the postcards from MOO this morning...

I received the postcards from MOO this morning and the first batch should go out today. The back of the postcards were a little bit too glossy for my taste and it appears not to have liked sucking up...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 07-31-2018
Replies: 265
Views: 8,538
Posted By ninjin
#10 will be my first, any advice on postcard...

#10 will be my first, any advice on postcard printing in general and even better, advice for printing in London. I generally prefer to support physical shops, but online will do if they have a good...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 03-23-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 2,039
Posted By ninjin
Here is my Typ 240 depreciation curve that I...

Here is my Typ 240 depreciation curve that I posted in another thread [1].

* 15 July, RFF, USD 3,200
* 15 July, RFF, USD 3,400
* 2 October, RFF, USD 2,800
* 13 October, RFF, USD 3,500 (new)
* 16...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-11-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 658
Posted By ninjin
Used camera market in the UK and the rest of the EU

Last year brought me both involuntary [1] and voluntary [2] un-acquiring of camera gear, but I have been determined to get a new digital rangefinder since I involuntarily lost my M8 last May. To this...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-11-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 996
Posted By ninjin
First of all, a thank you for all the advice; it...

First of all, a thank you for all the advice; it really made me get my act together – mostly. Pretty much everything is gone now, apart from the overhauled old lens (I need to learn eBay this month)...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-30-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 996
Posted By ninjin
Well, if they are good, they are good. ...

Well, if they are good, they are good. Personally, I have been singing the praises of Kanto Camera ever since they turned my 1949 Summitar into something so clean and functional that I had an M10...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-29-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 996
Posted By ninjin
Thank you Steveh, commission sales would never...

Thank you Steveh, commission sales would never have crossed my mind and now it seems like the obvious choice. Would you and others that have experience selling things in the UK say that Ffordes is...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-29-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 996
Posted By ninjin
Un-acquiring camera gear (in London, in particular)

While I have not mastered the art of acquiring gear, I think it is fair to say that I am at least half-way decent at it. But having involuntarily lost my digital Leica and favourite lens [1] I am...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-30-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,143
Posted By ninjin
Thanks Peter, MapCamera has now confirmed that...

Thanks Peter, MapCamera has now confirmed that the serial number was correct. Great guys, do visit them if you are in Tokyo. Not a place for bargains, but someone that you can trust and has an...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-29-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,143
Posted By ninjin
Agreed newfilm, that one is a lesson I now...

Agreed newfilm, that one is a lesson I now learned the hard way. I never showed any camera, it was always in its side pocket. I did potentially show that I had a fairly cheap Dell laptop, but I was...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-27-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,143
Posted By ninjin
Thank you jonmanjiro. I asked my wife to get me...

Thank you jonmanjiro. I asked my wife to get me those numbers from a MapCamera receipt back home in England really quickly last night and I suspect we messed it up. Hopefully she can confirm the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-27-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,143
Posted By ninjin
Leica camera gear stolen near Brussels

Everyone,

Apologies if I am posting this in the wrong forum, given the subject matter and that the thief also got my charger I am in a bit of a hurry. Last night I had a backpack stolen on a train...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-31-2016
Replies: 1
Views: 1,009
Posted By ninjin
To answer my own question with the best...

To answer my own question with the best information that I currently have. According to the staff at Yodobashi Camera in Shinjuku, there is no difference between the Kata and Manfrotto version apart...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-23-2016
Replies: 1
Views: 1,009
Posted By ninjin
Opinions on the Kata/Manfrotto 3NI-25PL (or similar) as a day-to-day bag?

Everyone,

After a decade of using messenger bags my shoulders have started protesting
(well, they really started protesting half a decade ago, but I ignored it) and
I feel that I may be better off...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-15-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,697
Posted By ninjin
I have had mine since the spring of 2012 and I...

I have had mine since the spring of 2012 and I love it. Built like a brick
and gets the job done. As a price point, mine was nearly spotless back when
I bought it for ~30,000 JPY (~250 USD). Also,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-25-2014
Replies: 78
Views: 4,441
Posted By ninjin
Even though I am still somewhat undecided on what...

Even though I am still somewhat undecided on what I think of the plot,
I found "The Grand Budapest Hotel" [1] to have excellent camera work.

[1]: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2278388/
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 11-18-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 3,149
Posted By ninjin
I have to agree with Rick. Give me a digital...

I have to agree with Rick. Give me a digital camera, the looks and build
quality of an M-series or at least a Bessa, buttons and dials for everything
I care about, ISO, shutter speed, etc. Then a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-16-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 1,121
Posted By ninjin
The only service I have been in contact with is...

The only service I have been in contact with is Kanto Camera Service [1] and
they currently have two of my lenses in for an overhaul. From what I
understand, they are not cheap, but you can get a...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 08-30-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 1,147
Posted By ninjin
Thank you for all the information and the...

Thank you for all the information and the pictures. The friendliness off the members here at RFF really moves me.

About the project, I picked up the supplies from Tokyu Hands in Shinjuku yesterday...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 08-28-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 1,147
Posted By ninjin
Painting an Aluminium SNHOO Copy

I visited Kanto Camera Service last weekend and was rightfully "scolded" for not realising that I should paint the inner regions of the SNHOO copy [1] that I use for a Summitar on my Leica IIIf. ...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-25-2014
Replies: 0
Views: 653
Posted By ninjin
Sources for a 39mm (E39) Polariser in Chrome/Silver

All of my glass is in chrome and a few days ago I started looking for a polariser since I have an upcoming trip to the Mediterranean where it would certainly come in handy. However, to my surprise I...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-24-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 4,560
Posted By ninjin
Yesterday I took a trip down to Kawasaki and...

Yesterday I took a trip down to Kawasaki and dropped by Kanto Camera Service for a 12585H hood for the Summitar. Goodness me, the people down there are friendly and the displays they have of the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-23-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 4,560
Posted By ninjin
@bence8810: About my "real" work, there is no...

@bence8810:

About my "real" work, there is no need to worry, little more than a handful of people on this planet can probably grasp every detail of my work. It is fascinating, but lonely... Also,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-19-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 4,560
Posted By ninjin
I am a little bit late, but I have been shooting...

I am a little bit late, but I have been shooting a 1949 Summitar for the last two years on my LTM Leica, Bessa and M8. It was inherited from grandfather, so I have a bit of an emotional attachment...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 03-25-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 1,565
Posted By ninjin
Thanks a bundle ark8012, I will try out the...

Thanks a bundle ark8012, I will try out the software on any pictures I have taken, will take, over the next few days or weeks that needs fixing. Then contact Leica Japan and hope they will be kind to...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 03-25-2013
Replies: 1,368
Views: 324,787
Posted By ninjin
http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-hcOBOEw9BGc/UVDd...

http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-hcOBOEw9BGc/UVDdU9WFEEI/AAAAAAAABMY/XD3PMkFdevI/s800/2013-03-23_Kurashiki.jpg

Two girls waiting as the shop staff cooks a batch of pancake-roll sweets (ちょふ) in...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 03-24-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 1,565
Posted By ninjin
M8 - "Red Line" - How to address this in 2013?

I just got my used M8 last Friday and I can't say much else than that I am in love. Having just gotten back from a small weekend trip I have several shots that I can't imagine that I would have...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 10-16-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 1,586
Posted By ninjin
@gilpen123: Sorry to go slightly off topic, but...

@gilpen123: Sorry to go slightly off topic, but when you mention "airline restrictions" you are referring to the silly rules regarding batteries by airmail, correct? The only hassle I have with...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-29-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 5,314
Posted By ninjin
Sadly, not any more: ...

Sadly, not any more:

http://www.mapcamera.com/item/itemDetail/?mapCode=4988617021594

But a used "fair" R-D1s going for 84,800 JPY:

...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 06-24-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 2,460
Posted By ninjin
Congratulations on a neat fix-up beanous, the...

Congratulations on a neat fix-up beanous, the CONUS requirement helps to remedy some of the envy. ;)
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-19-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 2,905
Posted By ninjin
Thanks everyone for a ton of replies and...

Thanks everyone for a ton of replies and information. I'll start my hunt for a Summitar filter where the glass can be removed. Maybe I should send a PM to yossarian123 that has a few up for sale...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-17-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 2,905
Posted By ninjin
Using my ruler on the Summaron it looks like the...

Using my ruler on the Summaron it looks like the screw-in diameter is actually 22mm, I haven't spent more than a few minutes digging info on this type of filter but so far I can't really come up with...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-16-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 2,905
Posted By ninjin
Thanks buzzardkid, would you recommend trying to...

Thanks buzzardkid, would you recommend trying to get filters here on RFF or head into the wild (EBay)?

About my little hack earlier, I think it could be done for about 55 USD, SOOTF ~40 USD and...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-15-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 2,905
Posted By ninjin
Getting E39 Filters onto a 35mm Summaron (SOOGZ?) or Stick With A36?

I have recently picked up my late grand fathers old gear and I have to say it is a bit of an emotional experience, both handling historical gear and since it apparently runs in the family.

I have a...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 02-04-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 8,248
Posted By ninjin
I walked down to Shinjuku today and had a look at...

I walked down to Shinjuku today and had a look at the used camera stores for the first time. I didn't see a single R-D1, but plenty of R-D1s;s. A flawless R-D1s goes for about 110,000 JPY (1,450...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-16-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 8,248
Posted By ninjin
Wow, Yodobashi still lists it for close to...

Wow, Yodobashi still lists it for close to 300,000 JPY and Kakaku is yet to pick up. Not convinced yet, but I am getting...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-15-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 8,248
Posted By ninjin
No worries, I haven't had my hands on a Ricoh for...

No worries, I haven't had my hands on a Ricoh for long but I can't say I felt a connection when I did (I'll give it a new chance when I drop by the camera store again). Fujifilm is cooking up the...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-15-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 8,248
Posted By ninjin
Sorry to de-rail the discussion, but as an...

Sorry to de-rail the discussion, but as an aspiring rangefinder user I am curious about what digital Rollei you are talking about. I did some searching, since the only digital M-mount cameras I know...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-15-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 8,248
Posted By ninjin
From what I have seen since around Christmas last...

From what I have seen since around Christmas last year on ebay and RFF. Asking prices for an R-D1 or R-D1s is usually around 1'500 USD. I have seen two R-D1x;s, ranging from 1'500 to 2'000.

Just as...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-06-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 4,021
Posted By ninjin
According to R-D1.info,...

According to R-D1.info, yes:

http://r-d1.info/camera-use/problematic-lenses/

I have a collapsible Summitar 50mm f2 from 1949 and if I did my measurements correctly it doesn't go as far back as 20.5...
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