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Forum: Photography General Interest 05-19-2013
Replies: 92
Views: 7,661
Posted By dap
Unless those fine FB prints are from an artist...

Unless those fine FB prints are from an artist with some name recognition I wouldn't expect them to increase in value much. The mystique surrounding silver based prints seems to be on the decline. ...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 10-05-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 3,909
Posted By dap
Life is too short to worry about what others...

Life is too short to worry about what others consider "good" art. IMHO if you are going to plunk down hard earned dosh on a photography book you better like the images inside (unless you collect...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 10-05-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 3,909
Posted By dap
I don't think it is boring at all - I really like...

I don't think it is boring at all - I really like his work. Then again I'm a sucker for classic portraits. The style could be considered to be a bit dated by some, but I wouldn't call it kitcsh. ...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-20-2012
Replies: 67
Views: 11,004
Posted By dap
Quite honestly, as far as the vast majority of...

Quite honestly, as far as the vast majority of 35mm lenses are concerned (not including soft focus lenses, lens babies, specialty lenses, etc), I agree with you. I think that many of the differences...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-18-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 1,922
Posted By dap
It has been awhile since I ordered from KEH, but...

It has been awhile since I ordered from KEH, but at that time they did allow separate billing and shipping addresses.
Forum: Large Format Film RF 07-05-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 4,880
Posted By dap
Your not kidding. I think these old birds have...

Your not kidding. I think these old birds have gotten really popular due to digital - almost like a backlash against "perfect" computer designed lenses. A lot of them do offer very unique looks...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 07-05-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 4,880
Posted By dap
Hmmm...that is so unlike this forum :).

Hmmm...that is so unlike this forum :).
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-24-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 5,805
Posted By dap
I think it is time it put the cleaning supplies...

I think it is time it put the cleaning supplies down and step away from the lens :)

If you are really set on having a "perfect" lens, Focal Point offers a coating service. It will probably cost you...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-24-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 5,805
Posted By dap
I'll give you some advice that took me years to...

I'll give you some advice that took me years to learn...ignore the smudge :).
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-22-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 4,305
Posted By dap
When I ownd a UC I never broke the hood out due...

When I ownd a UC I never broke the hood out due to the size of the thing (I thought it kind of defeated the purpose of having a lens that small). I bought a 43mm round/non-vented hood meant for the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-22-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 1,860
Posted By dap
Yeah...you gave them a screaming deal (Ixmoos...

Yeah...you gave them a screaming deal (Ixmoos usually go for higher prices than Filcas). I'd say the average ebay price for a single Ixmoo cassette is around $20-25 USD. Finding groups of more than...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-21-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 4,305
Posted By dap
It might look fancy, but the UC hood is just a...

It might look fancy, but the UC hood is just a standard vented lens hood from what I remember.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-12-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 4,305
Posted By dap
call SK grimes and tell them what you want to do....

call SK grimes and tell them what you want to do. If you can think of it, they can make an adapter for it. I've had work done by them before - awesome quality. Whether or not it is worth the money...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-11-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 4,305
Posted By dap
http://www.skgrimes.com/

http://www.skgrimes.com/
Forum: RFF Polls 05-11-2012
Replies: 45
Views: 5,177
Posted By dap
30 responders to the poll so far and the largest...

30 responders to the poll so far and the largest group (with 6) consider themselves to be "master printers" - who knew.

Out of curiosity is there some kind of consensus as to what "master printer"...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-11-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 9,620
Posted By dap
I never shot with the F3, but I have owned a...

I never shot with the F3, but I have owned a couple of Pentax LXs. They are beautiful little cameras, but be prepared to spend on maintaining them. I've found the old wives tales about Leicas...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-11-2012
Replies: 62
Views: 4,067
Posted By dap
as others have said - move on to some other...

as others have said - move on to some other brand. I guess I never became all that attached to any one particular make/model of film. There will always be some type of B&W film to shoot (whether it...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 05-10-2012
Replies: 184
Views: 18,579
Posted By dap
Boy - I can't wait till all the Leica monochrome...

Boy - I can't wait till all the Leica monochrome vs B&W film threads start flying :bang:

Hats off to Leica for going out on a limb though - nothing ventured nothing gained. It is definitely...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 05-03-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 2,408
Posted By dap
Honestly almost any general book on composition...

Honestly almost any general book on composition will do - all of them that I have paged through (maybe 4-5) are variations on the same theme (for obvious reasons - these "rules" have been in play...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-21-2012
Replies: 72
Views: 5,840
Posted By dap
Boy - tough call. It would be a toss up either...

Boy - tough call. It would be a toss up either Steichen or Mortensen...maybe Demachy.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-05-2012
Replies: 42
Views: 8,674
Posted By dap
Kodak's sensor division was sold months ago. ...

Kodak's sensor division was sold months ago. Maybe the changeover to the new ownership group is causing a delay in sensor production.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-08-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 825
Posted By dap
If megabuck photos are the name of the game I'd...

If megabuck photos are the name of the game I'd vote for a previous record breaker...Steichen's "the pond-moonlight". Seriously though - it is a beautiful print. I love Steichen's early work. If I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-19-2012
Replies: 161
Views: 12,737
Posted By dap
Can buying leica lenses be justified? From an...

Can buying leica lenses be justified?

From an objective standpoint (just weighing actual performance vs value)...no way in hell.

Good thing very few of us are objective.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-24-2011
Replies: 54
Views: 4,967
Posted By dap
Very well said...

Very well said...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-10-2011
Replies: 23
Views: 3,088
Posted By dap
I remember buying one new for about $750. You...

I remember buying one new for about $750. You could probably get double that price now if you found the right buyer. The real worth probably lies somewhere between the two. It is a nice lens but...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-29-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 3,032
Posted By dap
I don't think any one of us are going to be able...

I don't think any one of us are going to be able to tell you what equipment to keep...tastes differ. Pick YOUR favorite SLR system that you currently have and sell the rest. It may leave a bitter...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-14-2011
Replies: 42
Views: 5,725
Posted By dap
I looked into buying a NIkon scanner for a little...

I looked into buying a NIkon scanner for a little while and this is one of the reasons I never pulled the trigger. At the time it was pretty apparent that the film scanners were the red-headed...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-02-2011
Replies: 60
Views: 14,484
Posted By dap
I have and use a Ricohmatic 225. Of all the TLRs...

I have and use a Ricohmatic 225. Of all the TLRs I have shot with it is by far the most user friendly as far as controls are concerned. The Ricoh twin focus levers are a brilliant design. They are...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 09-02-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 6,298
Posted By dap
Nice find on the Durst. They are built like...

Nice find on the Durst. They are built like tanks. Assuming everything is working OK on it $600 is a fair price.

As far as paper is concerned - I wouldn't worry about it. As long as people still...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-16-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 3,794
Posted By dap
Finding one book that does an excellent job of...

Finding one book that does an excellent job of covering all different aspects of the darkroom is a tall order. What kind of "look" are you going for? Are you looking for specific info on...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-16-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 1,282
Posted By dap
I think the price is directly related to demand. ...

I think the price is directly related to demand. I imagine that there can't be many sold in todays market.

I use a versalab print washer. It is basically a large plastic tub that has removable...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-14-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 1,566
Posted By dap
taping a red filter or rubylith over the ipod...

taping a red filter or rubylith over the ipod screen should be able to solve that problem.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-14-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 1,566
Posted By dap
I use an old tape recorder...I made a tape w/...

I use an old tape recorder...I made a tape w/ audible alerts that coincide w/ when I remove the print from the developer/stop/fixer etc. I rewind it after every series of prints and press play as...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-21-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 4,997
Posted By dap
I used to have a durst m605...supposedly another...

I used to have a durst m605...supposedly another enlarger that did not need to be aligned due to the design. I used a Salthill aligning aid on it out of curiosity and found out that the negative...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-29-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 4,101
Posted By dap
I will second the Saunders V-track...

I will second the Saunders V-track recommendation...They are awesome. I retired my 4 blade leitz in favor of a Salthill (the salthill makes the leitz look underdesigned - they are outstanding). The...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-28-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 4,101
Posted By dap
Are you interested in the 2 blade or 4 blade...

Are you interested in the 2 blade or 4 blade model?

Once in a great while you will see a 12x16" leitz two blade go for sale on ebay for serious money (hundreds). I have never seen a 12x16" leitz 4...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 03-13-2011
Replies: 66
Views: 10,563
Posted By dap
Sheesh...I hope not. That would be the nail in...

Sheesh...I hope not. That would be the nail in Fuji's coffin. There is a reason that there is no current camera system that utilizes a screw mount lens design instead of a bayonet mount.
...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-13-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,818
Posted By dap
I have never filed out a V35 carrier (When I...

I have never filed out a V35 carrier (When I owned one I was lucky enough to own the factory oversized carrier so there was no need), but if memory served me correctly they were made out of aluminum....
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 02-19-2011
Replies: 22
Views: 2,932
Posted By dap
My vote goes to the Bronica RF645. Great...

My vote goes to the Bronica RF645. Great concept, great camera, and poor timing (introduced just as digital was starting to explode). The whole 135mm lens debacle didn't help the situation.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-02-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 3,054
Posted By dap
Like others have already mentioned, Fletcher...

Like others have already mentioned, Fletcher seems to be considered the high water mark (Keencut is said to be Fletchers equal, but in the US it seems like Fletcher owns the market). I never used...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-25-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 3,637
Posted By dap
You are probably a bit late to the game. This is...

You are probably a bit late to the game. This is not to say that there isn't a good amount of equipment still changing hands out there, but compared to a couple of years ago there seems to be much...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-17-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 1,559
Posted By dap
We'll have to agree to disagree on this one...

We'll have to agree to disagree on this one...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-16-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 1,559
Posted By dap
I used to use a Nova upright slot processor. It...

I used to use a Nova upright slot processor. It definately has its pros and cons. They are nice for small permanent darkrooms due to the fact that they are always ready to go and they take up a small...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-11-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 2,910
Posted By dap
If it was priced at around $30 give or take I...

If it was priced at around $30 give or take I would try one (even at half price I would be tempted). At the price that is being asked for them currently I'll pass. The big worry for me would be...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-05-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 7,615
Posted By dap
If you have any cold hard facts to offer I would...

If you have any cold hard facts to offer I would love to hear them.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-05-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 7,615
Posted By dap
Well...every film format has significantly fewer...

Well...every film format has significantly fewer users than yesteryear - it is not just a 4x5 problem. Do I see any major film formats being dropped in the near future? Color maybe, but I cant see...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-05-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 7,615
Posted By dap
I would agree with you on this one. The old...

I would agree with you on this one. The old advice to buy an enlarger that will handle all the formats that you "might" use in the future (ie. buy as big as you can) is outdated. Back when people...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-03-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 2,909
Posted By dap
$500 is insane...$30 is about right. I bought...

$500 is insane...$30 is about right. I bought the second edition while current in a bookstore for a little over $30. It is a nice book, but If I paid significantly over list price I would be...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-03-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 7,615
Posted By dap
I can also buy new parts for Omegas and Beselers,...

I can also buy new parts for Omegas and Beselers, but it doesn't make a lot of financial sense to do so. New parts for any brand enlarger are going to cost you a LOT of money. Enlargers cost big...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-02-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 7,615
Posted By dap
Yeah - what he said :D Seriously, I would steer...

Yeah - what he said :D

Seriously, I would steer towards common as dirt Omegas and Beselers (in the US). They were popular for a reason. As enlargers get passed from owner to owner parts tend to...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 09-19-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 3,304
Posted By dap
If location is an issue (and it sounds like it...

If location is an issue (and it sounds like it is) I wouldn't limit myself to just the later gray version. The gray version usually sells for much more money, is harder to locate, and doesn't offer...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 09-09-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 1,148
Posted By dap
As far as I know Gravity Works is kaputt. I...

As far as I know Gravity Works is kaputt. I tried contacting them about 6 months ago via email (several times) and never got a response. I have also noticed that most online dealers list their...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-04-2010
Replies: 76
Views: 6,954
Posted By dap
I think your imagination is getting the best of...

I think your imagination is getting the best of you. Other than outright abuse (sticking fingers through shutters, banging the hell out of the camera, poking around in the camera, etc) I don't see...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-02-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 2,275
Posted By dap
I ordered a copy as well - I have not received it...

I ordered a copy as well - I have not received it yet (Just ordered it a couple of days ago). I agree, shipping is a bit on the high side. That being said, used copies stateside are still...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 07-30-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 2,275
Posted By dap
Just to let you all know - this book is available...

Just to let you all know - this book is available now (you have to order direct from silverprint). I wouldn't wait too long to pick one up - from what it sounds like, the reprint was limited to 1050...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 07-20-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 5,764
Posted By dap
For 4x5 you are realistically going to have to...

For 4x5 you are realistically going to have to step up to a 4x5 enlarger. The good news is that with the right carriers/lenses/boards it will work with almost any format you can throw at it (as long...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 07-17-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 5,764
Posted By dap
In the US that would be priced a bit high, but I...

In the US that would be priced a bit high, but I don't know how robust the second hand market in Germany is. That being said, I don't really have an issue with somebody overpaying to get a good...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 07-01-2010
Replies: 96
Views: 33,487
Posted By dap
I does seem to depend on the market. Aftermarket...

I does seem to depend on the market. Aftermarket heads for the Focomat 1c seem to be very rare in the US. Of the few heads sold here Wallner seems to be the most common (by far) on the 1c. I have...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 07-01-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 1,493
Posted By dap
The Nikkor/Nikon EL 50mm f2.8 works well with the...

The Nikkor/Nikon EL 50mm f2.8 works well with the Focomat 1c (make sure you remove the 15mm spacer from the original focotar lens and screw it onto the Nikkor before attaching it to the enlarger). ...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 07-01-2010
Replies: 96
Views: 33,487
Posted By dap
Wallners seem to be the most common aftermarket...

Wallners seem to be the most common aftermarket head made for the IC. If you are looking for a straight bolt up and go option, a Wallner would probably be your best bet (FWIW the Wallner and the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-01-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 5,380
Posted By dap
And just think, if you actually do buy ALBON...

And just think, if you actually do buy ALBON you'll never have to worry about pesky little infections anymore either :)
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-13-2010
Replies: 96
Views: 33,487
Posted By dap
The Leitz brass spacer seems to be even more rare...

The Leitz brass spacer seems to be even more rare than the Leitz AN glass filter (judging by second hand sales). Either one will probably cost you a LOT (the glass filters usually go for over $100 -...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-13-2010
Replies: 96
Views: 33,487
Posted By dap
The valoy, focomat IC, and the V35 will all allow...

The valoy, focomat IC, and the V35 will all allow you to create nice prints (assuming that you are using a good lens). The differences between them all comes down to convenience (autofocus on the...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-29-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 3,367
Posted By dap
The Nikkors are really nice and relatively cheap...

The Nikkors are really nice and relatively cheap on the second hand market. Like any lens lineup some lenses are known for being exceptional (50/2.8, 63mm, 150mm) while others are known as being...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-18-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 2,060
Posted By dap
I had one - it really is a nice camera (the only...

I had one - it really is a nice camera (the only exception being the limited/awkward lineup of lenses). That being said, If I did 90% of my shots in landscape orientation I would probably pass -...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 03-23-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 7,525
Posted By dap
I had one and sold it due to the longish minimum...

I had one and sold it due to the longish minimum focusing distance. The lens was very well built and the images were nice (as long as you don't place any straight lines near the edges of the frame -...
Forum: Off Topic 03-23-2010
Replies: 229
Views: 13,584
Posted By dap
I'd hate to speak for Semilog, but any guy who...

I'd hate to speak for Semilog, but any guy who hangs out at the local public swimming pool and sneaks around taking photos of young women's legs and asses has officially attained full fledged creep...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-04-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 2,681
Posted By dap
The others have already chimed in with good...

The others have already chimed in with good advice. One thing I will add - you only need to file two edges (no need to do all four). It is a little easier to keep things square and neat if you only...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-19-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 1,306
Posted By dap
There is a market for the 1C enlargers. They...

There is a market for the 1C enlargers. They don't seem to be as popular as the later V35 enlargers or the bigger focomat IIc enlargers but they have held their value more than most brands/models. ...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-13-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 6,393
Posted By dap
The only time I ever use the red filter is when I...

The only time I ever use the red filter is when I am positioning myself for tricky dodging and burning (and in those situations I am really happy that I have it). If I am just making straight prints...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-28-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 860
Posted By dap
there is no focusing helical on enlarging lenses...

there is no focusing helical on enlarging lenses (just aperture control)
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-20-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 1,524
Posted By dap
The others have done a pretty good job breaking...

The others have done a pretty good job breaking it down for you. I do have a couple of recommendations for you though. Pick your chemicals and stick to them until you have developed enough enough...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-15-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 3,339
Posted By dap
I think you nailed it. As far as the average joe...

I think you nailed it. As far as the average joe is concerned, they are not going to be able to tell a difference between a print made in a traditional darkroom vs a digital print if it is mounted...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 01-15-2010
Replies: 55
Views: 10,910
Posted By dap
You are correct with this one - the inner spool...

You are correct with this one - the inner spool in the more LTM cassette and the Ixmoo is the same...so if you happen to have an IXMOO shell and are missing a spool just pick up a more common (and...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-02-2010
Replies: 1
Views: 839
Posted By dap
The original lube is probably dried out/gummy. ...

The original lube is probably dried out/gummy. It isn't a hard job to regrease it, but getting the helical back together after being separated can be a PITA (no special skills or tools are needed,...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 11-28-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 4,825
Posted By dap
Bronica RF645s with the 65mm and 45mm seem to be...

Bronica RF645s with the 65mm and 45mm seem to be going in the $800-1000 range as of late (figure about $600 +/- for the camera and 65mm bundled and maybe another $300 +/- for the 45mm and finder). ...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-27-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 4,348
Posted By dap
I think all of this hoopla about repaint vs...

I think all of this hoopla about repaint vs original is a bunch of poop. As far as the original paint being much better looking than a repaint...I don't buy it (at least as far as Leica is...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-02-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 4,333
Posted By dap
I have always wanted a IIc and have been...

I have always wanted a IIc and have been searching for one for years. I even bought a focotar-2 100/5.6 thinking that I would eventually get the IIC to use it on (the 100/5.6 lenses don't come up...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-30-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 979
Posted By dap
You might want to try Paul Ebel (Wisconsin). I...

You might want to try Paul Ebel (Wisconsin). I have heard that he is really good with TLR cameras. I have never utilized his services, but he gets GREAT reviews on the forums.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-13-2009
Replies: 0
Views: 633
Posted By dap
Photo on display at the Centre Pompidou in France...cant remember the photorapher

Hi all,

This is a real shot in the dark post, but here it goes:
I visited Paris several years ago and spent and afternoon at the Pompidou Center. I saw a photo there that has haunted me ever since....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-11-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 3,967
Posted By dap
The short focus throw is actually one of the...

The short focus throw is actually one of the reasons I wanted this one instead of a vintage rigid summicron (that and the modern coatings).

As far as the rough focus is concerned I think this may...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-10-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 3,967
Posted By dap
I used to have one but sold it (I happened to...

I used to have one but sold it (I happened to come across the black version that somebody split from the mp-classic set for a very reasonable price...needed to sell the silver to buy the black). ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-09-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 8,726
Posted By dap
I will chime in with the others on this one. I...

I will chime in with the others on this one. I have sold to KEH in the past, but only after getting an instant online quote. For the majority of items you will get MUCH less than market value (KEH...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 08-30-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,337
Posted By dap
If the base of the comparison is the fact that...

If the base of the comparison is the fact that they are both underpaid, overworked, potentially dangerous, and that the profession peaked awhile ago then you can make the same comparison to many...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 08-30-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,337
Posted By dap
Photojournalists and cowboys.........not even...

Photojournalists and cowboys.........not even close.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-24-2009
Replies: 147
Views: 9,858
Posted By dap
Al, I used to smoke 2 packs a day so it is going...

Al, I used to smoke 2 packs a day so it is going to take more than one :D

Next time I mix a drink I'll skip the rocks glass and break out a tumbler in your honor.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-24-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 1,902
Posted By dap
They are pretty generic. I am partial to...

They are pretty generic. I am partial to kearsarge digital timers, but any will do (do yourself a favor and buy one with a foot switch - it makes dodging and burning much easier). As far as the...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-21-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,845
Posted By dap
What size film do you want to enlarge? If you...

What size film do you want to enlarge? If you are strictly 35mm then there are plenty of compact enlargers out there (durst used to make a decent compact/travel model...I think it was the "f30" or...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-20-2009
Replies: 147
Views: 9,858
Posted By dap
As a former smoker I will tell you that I am...

As a former smoker I will tell you that I am extremely envious of you right now. The mere thought of smoking in a photography darkroom (with an "old fashioned" within arms reach) makes me want to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-09-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 1,776
Posted By dap
I wouldn't sweat it at all. If XP2 works for...

I wouldn't sweat it at all. If XP2 works for your situation better than traditional B&W then go for it. Whenever you get bogged down with the mechanics of photography, Just remember that the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-07-2009
Replies: 38
Views: 2,493
Posted By dap
Calling Dr. Freud..............

Calling Dr. Freud..............
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-04-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 8,687
Posted By dap
I will gladly admit that I overuse B+W. For me...

I will gladly admit that I overuse B+W. For me it boils down to the fact that I can easily process and print B+W at home for a reasonable price. I dabbled with color a bit but I found the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-27-2009
Replies: 89
Views: 8,864
Posted By dap
In response to the OP. I would be willing to bet...

In response to the OP. I would be willing to bet that most quality repaints from reputable artists would end up looking better than the factory paint job. I have a Leica M2-R that I repainted (it...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-06-2009
Replies: 41
Views: 3,481
Posted By dap
In my continuing quest to have a clutter free...

In my continuing quest to have a clutter free basement (currently I am on week three of what will no doubt end up being an entire summer long project) I happened to come across a box of darkroom...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-05-2009
Replies: 41
Views: 3,481
Posted By dap
Funny you should bring this up...just yesterday I...

Funny you should bring this up...just yesterday I read a rant written by David Vestal on this very subject. Quick summary - he said you don't judge composers based on whether they include a full...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 06-26-2009
Replies: 48
Views: 3,406
Posted By dap
Harrr - nice reference! I was cleaning out my...

Harrr - nice reference! I was cleaning out my basement last night and happened across that exact album...hadn't heard it or thought about it in years (looks like I'm going to have to do some...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-19-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 613
Posted By dap
For me the widest view I could get using the .58x...

For me the widest view I could get using the .58x finder was 28mm (and at 28 I could not see outside the framelines). That being said, my results might not be typical ...for what it is worth I have...
Forum: Optics Theory - 06-16-2009
Replies: 54
Views: 7,259
Posted By dap
You can add me to the list of former UC owners...

You can add me to the list of former UC owners who sold it due to the .9M min focusing distance. It was an amazing lens in every other respect...I just found myself thinking "if only I could get a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-08-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 1,576
Posted By dap
I would sell it for $900. The world loves a...

I would sell it for $900. The world loves a bargain :D.

Speaking from personal experience - I have ALWAYS lost money on CLAs when it was performed to make a camera more sellable
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-08-2009
Replies: 81
Views: 4,473
Posted By dap
I'm going to have to agree with the majority of...

I'm going to have to agree with the majority of the other posters on this one (sorry - I don't want you to feel like your getting ganged up on). I think that there would probably be little to no...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-09-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 1,895
Posted By dap
Howdy, Well...I'm guessing that the lack of...

Howdy,

Well...I'm guessing that the lack of response is due to the fact that nobody reading your post has opened the 40mm focotar up. Unfortunately I haven't opened one of those particular lenses...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-08-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 4,333
Posted By dap
Yes that is a black one...the color head looks...

Yes that is a black one...the color head looks almost exactly like the gray version though so I would assume it was made during the transition between black to gray. Without looking at it up close I...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-29-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 1,086
Posted By dap
#2 graded paper is considered "standard", but...

#2 graded paper is considered "standard", but results may vary among different paper companies. Another thing to keep in mind - VC paper printed without any VC filters falls into the general range...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-26-2009
Replies: 1
Views: 1,437
Posted By dap
`Beseler Color Pro lenses are rebadged Computar...

`Beseler Color Pro lenses are rebadged Computar lenses - Very Good!
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-22-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 4,333
Posted By dap
1c vs the V35 is more of a personal preference...

1c vs the V35 is more of a personal preference type of thing, I have owned both have been happy with them. Over the years I have owned a V35 and both versions of the Focomat 1C (gray and black). I...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-06-2009
Replies: 43
Views: 5,534
Posted By dap
The LX is a great camera...compact, solid,...

The LX is a great camera...compact, solid, awesome meter. The only down side is the reliability. I had two of them at one time and both ended up needing expensive CLAs (very few repair shops are...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-03-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,207
Posted By dap
I would only worry about it if the camera was in...

I would only worry about it if the camera was in a humid climate. In any case, I don't think a half case would cause much of an issue.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-02-2009
Replies: 54
Views: 4,359
Posted By dap
Very true. I used to really buy into comparisons...

Very true. I used to really buy into comparisons between lenses and the overall hunt for the "best" lens in any particular class. That all died when I started doing my own darkroom work. There are...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-01-2009
Replies: 35
Views: 2,972
Posted By dap
I wouldn't be too worried about that little...

I wouldn't be too worried about that little plastic sprocket/spool thing on the bottom plate. AFAIK they have been made out of plastic since they were introduced with the M4 and I cannot imagine any...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 03-22-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 2,643
Posted By dap
I was thinking about doing that to an M4 (I have...

I was thinking about doing that to an M4 (I have been planning out a frankenleica project). I haven't done it yet (I am currently gathering supplies and making a jig for the cover work) but it looks...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-21-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 2,869
Posted By dap
I would look for an A 35-105/3.5. It offers a...

I would look for an A 35-105/3.5. It offers a nice range, constant aperture, very good image quality for a zoom from this time period, and is built like a brick s***house (although this comes at a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-21-2009
Replies: 2
Views: 596
Posted By dap
There is only one way to find out - take a nail...

There is only one way to find out - take a nail or something and make a scratch on the inside of the top cover. If it is brass you'll be able to see yellow metal.
Forum: RFF Polls 03-15-2009
Replies: 106
Views: 8,339
Posted By dap
I agree with you on this one. I took advantage...

I agree with you on this one. I took advantage of the big darkroom sell-off that has been happening the last couple of years (picking up gear that I always wanted for pennies on the dollar). I have...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 03-15-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 1,864
Posted By dap
I honestly didn't know that film curl problems...

I honestly didn't know that film curl problems were so prevalent. I just hang my rolls from a clothesline with a second clothespin clamped to the bottom of the strip and let it drip dry overnight. ...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-15-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 1,294
Posted By dap
Theoretically B+W and Heliopan are the best...

Theoretically B+W and Heliopan are the best (superior glass, brass mounting ring...blah blah blah). In the real world I doubt that you will notice any difference between the two previously mentioned...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 03-07-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 887
Posted By dap
I tend to favor the Kearsarge digital models. If...

I tend to favor the Kearsarge digital models. If you want a basic model I would go with either a 201 or 301.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-07-2009
Replies: 20
Views: 1,419
Posted By dap
I would go with one camera one lens (and a flash...

I would go with one camera one lens (and a flash for good measure). It is your brothers wedding - celebrating comes first and taking pictures is a distant second. You don't want to get so bogged...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-07-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 1,471
Posted By dap
Time for a Homer Simpson moment.......Mmmmmmm...

Time for a Homer Simpson moment.......Mmmmmmm Schlitz
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-05-2009
Replies: 39
Views: 7,065
Posted By dap
From what I have read they were originally...

From what I have read they were originally developed due to their ability to control flare in the days before multicoating...I would assume that their original popularity is directly linked to better...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 02-17-2009
Replies: 267
Views: 106,613
Posted By dap
Some other people have already mentioned it -...

Some other people have already mentioned it - Konica IIIa. If the rangefinder patch had crisp edges I would rank it above my Leica M2 (it seriously thrashes the viewfinder of the canonet that I used...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-15-2009
Replies: 69
Views: 5,543
Posted By dap
I would go with the M7. You already have 3 fully...

I would go with the M7. You already have 3 fully mechanical leicas, why not go "high-tech" (a very relative term when used to describe an M :)) with your final purchase. An M7 will definately add...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-11-2009
Replies: 54
Views: 3,630
Posted By dap
If you can manage to find one you might want to...

If you can manage to find one you might want to consider a Konica Hexanon 35/2 UC in ltm. Expect to pay about the same as a 35/2 summicron though.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-28-2009
Replies: 169
Views: 20,477
Posted By dap
I'm kind of late to the party but, given the...

I'm kind of late to the party but, given the choice of an M2 or an M6, I would choose the M6 (ironic since the only leica that I currently own is an M2). I used to own an M6 ttl and honestly didn't...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-27-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 1,831
Posted By dap
If anybody is interested on making one of these...

If anybody is interested on making one of these on a budget you can just order the little blackrapid fastener that screws into the tripod mount (~$12) and then just use your own nylon strap and use a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-25-2009
Replies: 20
Views: 1,682
Posted By dap
$2000 is definately on the high end of the...

$2000 is definately on the high end of the spectrum. I would imagine that for $2000 you are getting a 20+ layer hand rubbed lacquer job (sounds dirty doesn't it :angel:). Seriously though, from what...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-25-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 1,831
Posted By dap
I have one - in my opinion it is the best "Y"...

I have one - in my opinion it is the best "Y" type strap on the market. The only problem is that the entire weight of the leica is hanging off of the bottom plate (which I don't entirely trust due to...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 01-25-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 1,063
Posted By dap
Juan is a really talented photographer - one of...

Juan is a really talented photographer - one of those guys that should be much more popular than he currently is. I bought his book a couple of years ago (highly recomended). At the time he shot...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-24-2009
Replies: 20
Views: 1,682
Posted By dap
Well...I for one have no problems with a...

Well...I for one have no problems with a repainted leica. If fact, I am working on repainting one myself. If you want a black leica and are on a limited budget you really have no choice - real...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-16-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 2,456
Posted By dap
Is this really true or is it an old wives tale? ...

Is this really true or is it an old wives tale? What kind of paint are they using?

I have heard that in leica's golden age you could specify whether you wanted black lacquer (I would guess...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-27-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 1,268
Posted By dap
Leica Repaint - how to remove/attach asa dial

Hi all - I'm about to launch yet another Leica repaint post (feel free to gag/curse/admonish at any time ;-P ). I have done some searches and every painting topic seems to be covered except how to...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 10-18-2008
Replies: 33
Views: 2,726
Posted By dap
Well - I think the above responses covered...

Well - I think the above responses covered everything. I just want to make one recommendation to save you some headaches...purchase Hewes reels. They are more expensive than most but they are by...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 07-26-2008
Replies: 193
Views: 39,503
Posted By dap
Bummer - I was tempted to buy one from him...

Bummer - I was tempted to buy one from him several times but always ended up holding off. Looks like I should have pulled the trigger when I had the chance. I hope the fact that the "well ran dry"...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-07-2008
Replies: 25
Views: 7,352
Posted By dap
Just out of curiosity (and kind of breaking from...

Just out of curiosity (and kind of breaking from the original spirit of the thread) - what's the real difference in the build quality of the M6 ttl vs the mp? I own an M6ttl and had the opportunity...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-28-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 2,080
Posted By dap
I wouldn't worry about chemicals - you have to...

I wouldn't worry about chemicals - you have to remember that most commonly used formulas are published and you can always mix them as needed using the raw chemicals. It is pure speculation but I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-17-2008
Replies: 39
Views: 3,428
Posted By dap
I have ordered from cameraleather w/ no problems...

I have ordered from cameraleather w/ no problems at all. I have to warn you though - it comes in a standard mailing (ie. letter) envelope - my wife almost tossed it out thinking that it was junk...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-14-2008
Replies: 825
Views: 167,356
Posted By dap
I think a 75/2 lens is in order (although I...

I think a 75/2 lens is in order (although I secretly wish that cosina would make an exact copy of the infamous leica 75/2.4 prototype).

An affordable 50/1.2 would also be a step in the right...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-06-2008
Replies: 67
Views: 5,637
Posted By dap
I agree - I think the printing aspect of film...

I agree - I think the printing aspect of film photography is taking a huge dump. I think the most common workflow method using film nowadays involves developing the rolls/sheets in the traditional...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 03-29-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 5,414
Posted By dap
The rollei is a bit slower than I would like (I...

The rollei is a bit slower than I would like (I also already have a nice 35mm - it is a bit close in focal length). I didn't know that they made that few of the MS-mode-s lenses (kind of silly...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 03-28-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 5,414
Posted By dap
MS-Mode-S LTM 50/1.3

Hi just wondering if anybody has any experience with this lens - I heard rumours of it a year or so ago but never saw one offered for sale. How does it rank regarding cost/performance/build? Are...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-22-2008
Replies: 25
Views: 1,722
Posted By dap
If it were me I would go for a Pentax Takumar SMC...

If it were me I would go for a Pentax Takumar SMC 50/1.4. It is a great lens (both in build quality and image quality). This is one of the few pieces of SLR gear that you would have to pry from my...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-08-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 821
Posted By dap
Well - I don't have an M covered with it but I do...

Well - I don't have an M covered with it but I do have a Pentax lx skinned in Griptac. The stuff is pretty awesome as far as improving the handling of the camera. Short of covering your fingers in...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-06-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 8,613
Posted By dap
I have used dilute vinegar solutions in the past...

I have used dilute vinegar solutions in the past to remove mildew smells from canvas camera bags. It works suprisingly well as long as you are able to rinse it really well afterwards (if you like...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-30-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 711
Posted By dap
Well - I may just be lucky in regards to US...

Well - I may just be lucky in regards to US Customs agents, but I have never been slapped with added fees/duties/taxes on any product that I have had shipped to the US from other countries. That...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 01-27-2008
Replies: 1
Views: 1,118
Posted By dap
Hexanon 35/2 original chrome model - user opinions

Hi all,

I have been really tempted to buy the 35/2 hexanon UC lens that everybody raves about (I used to own a AF hexar and loved the photos the camera produced - hated the lack of manual focusing...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-12-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 1,015
Posted By dap
I think that the others have pretty well covered...

I think that the others have pretty well covered what you need - I'll just add one develper option to the mix. DIAFINE - almost foolproof (very easy for beginners to get great results), very...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-30-2007
Replies: 49
Views: 7,551
Posted By dap
Hi - first time poster here (be gentle ;-P) In...

Hi - first time poster here (be gentle ;-P) In my experience, any good SLR from the golden age of the 70's/80's will be vastly superior as far as manual focusing when compared to modern autofocus...
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