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Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-17-2010
Replies: 36
Views: 6,547
Posted By TJV
I haven't posted here in a long time, and I'm...

I haven't posted here in a long time, and I'm sorry it's in a thread like this.

Six months ago I was heartbroken when I was forced to sell my Leica kit, made up of all new series lenses and cameras,...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-13-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 22,890
Posted By TJV
I have the 80, 65 and the 50mm is due to arrive...

I have the 80, 65 and the 50mm is due to arrive any day now...
The 65 is supposed to be the lesser lens in the M7 lineup but I'd have no hesitation using it wide open for anything at all. It's...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-06-2010
Replies: 39
Views: 3,754
Posted By TJV
Mamiya 7ii all the way for me too. I was a die...

Mamiya 7ii all the way for me too.

I was a die hard Leica shooter but grew unsatisfied with 35mm colour film, especially when scanned. I bought a Mamiya 7ii and quickly realized Leica 35mm wasn't...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-09-2009
Replies: 238
Views: 37,117
Posted By TJV
The M9 is a great camera for what it is, just as...

The M9 is a great camera for what it is, just as a Nikon D700 is a great camera for what it is. They both have strengths and weaknesses but it would be naive to suggest either is a milestone in the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-12-2009
Replies: 238
Views: 37,117
Posted By TJV
Some of you guys need to get real and enter the...

Some of you guys need to get real and enter the modern age. We aren't living in 1960 anymore, at least not last time I checked. Either they release a new camera every few years for people to buy or...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-10-2009
Replies: 104
Views: 15,281
Posted By TJV
My take on looking at one DNG file from...

My take on looking at one DNG file from Getdpi.com, where the file seemed underexposed by about 3/4 of a stop at 1000 ISO, is that this new M9 performs as I'd expect it to. 1DS MKIII files I've seen...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 08-28-2009
Replies: 25
Views: 4,436
Posted By TJV
You haven't by any chance accidentally placed the...

You haven't by any chance accidentally placed the exposure compensation dial on -1ev? I often knock that on mine and it really annoys me. I never use the internal meter, though, just a handheld...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 08-23-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 1,881
Posted By TJV
photo.co.nz (New Zealand) have an M8 for $8500NZ.

photo.co.nz (New Zealand) have an M8 for $8500NZ.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-21-2009
Replies: 62
Views: 3,405
Posted By TJV
The M7 in the classifieds is mine and I haven't...

The M7 in the classifieds is mine and I haven't sold it yet. I'm going to reduce the price to $1800US as my credit card is really screaming at me! It breaks my heart to sell it but I have to keep...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-11-2009
Replies: 60
Views: 9,651
Posted By TJV
Isn't the CFV-39 about $14000US? That's almost...

Isn't the CFV-39 about $14000US? That's almost three times the rumored price of the M9...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-08-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,575
Posted By TJV
How much for the upgrade? Didn't know it'd make...

How much for the upgrade? Didn't know it'd make such a difference.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-08-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,575
Posted By TJV
That's exactly what I thought! OT: Actually, I...

That's exactly what I thought!

OT: Actually, I was looking at eventually getting an Imacon 848 to replace my works Nikon 8000ED. I did some tests side by side and while the Imacon was a little...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-08-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,575
Posted By TJV
Directly from the Nikon rep here in New Zealand,...

Directly from the Nikon rep here in New Zealand, I'm afraid. I'd get in quick if I were you as he said they sell pretty well and couldn't understand why they'd discontinue a popular product.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-07-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,575
Posted By TJV
No worries, you're not hijacking the thread as...

No worries, you're not hijacking the thread as I'm wondering the same things. Maybe you'rs would fetch at the high end and mine the bottom? As I said, I've never really noticed the VF or DX reader...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-07-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,575
Posted By TJV
Thanks. It seems after reading Puts' M7 FAQ my...

Thanks.

It seems after reading Puts' M7 FAQ my camera has the early DX code reader and original finder. Interesting, seeing as I never noticed either of these two "flaws" in practice. Only hint...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-07-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,575
Posted By TJV
How can I tell? I didn't know there was two...

How can I tell? I didn't know there was two types. I've only ever set mine manually.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-07-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,575
Posted By TJV
Hey mate. Thanks for the quick reply. I read here...

Hey mate.
Thanks for the quick reply. I read here of RFF and LUF that after a certain serial number (I can't remember the exact number) new coatings, or something like that, were applied to the RF...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-07-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,575
Posted By TJV
M7 questions...

Hi all.
I'm considering selling my chrome M7 but have a few questions first.

Looking at ebay's completed listings, it seems an excellent + condition M7 sells for between $2000 - $2300US with box,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-04-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 5,803
Posted By TJV
400X is way more forgiving compared to Provia...

400X is way more forgiving compared to Provia 100F.

I'd never use my M7ii with AE on trannie, though. I always use a handheld meter. From experience the results are more consistent with what I see.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-04-2009
Replies: 101
Views: 10,738
Posted By TJV
While I think David is most likely an honest man,...

While I think David is most likely an honest man, I'm not sure how many people have paid in full for these S2's yet considering there are many details regarding full specs etc yet to be released. Not...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-03-2009
Replies: 101
Views: 10,738
Posted By TJV
Here's hoping it'll be out by Christmas. That's...

Here's hoping it'll be out by Christmas. That's what I've heard from people in the know, at least.

I'm hopeless at maths - how many megapixels would a 35x24 sensor have if it was just a cut down...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-02-2009
Replies: 101
Views: 10,738
Posted By TJV
It goes to show you how important it is to...

It goes to show you how important it is to develop as much technology in house as possible, or at least how smart investment in R&D on the high end has a trickle down effect. I assume the processor...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-02-2009
Replies: 101
Views: 10,738
Posted By TJV
Yeah I know but it's late here and I'm a dreamer....

Yeah I know but it's late here and I'm a dreamer. Many dealers have definitely had official notice from Leica about the camera and I find it hard to believe they don't know more info. It seems the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-01-2009
Replies: 101
Views: 10,738
Posted By TJV
M9 continued...

Hi all.

News of the upcoming M9 is now all but official it seems, what with dealers in many parts of the world saying the same thing. Many I know for certain aren't quoting forums. I'm told it's...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-01-2009
Replies: 92
Views: 12,660
Posted By TJV
I'm looking forward to seeing this new camera...

I'm looking forward to seeing this new camera eventuate, which now seems certain if the PC version of C1 includes an M9 profile.

I wouldn't hold my breath on it having both full frame AND no need...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-16-2009
Replies: 51
Views: 8,992
Posted By TJV
Actually, this is exactly what I imagine they'll...

Actually, this is exactly what I imagine they'll do if they can't "solve the full frame problem" fast enough to keep the line alive.

I can live with the 1.3x crop as long as other small bugs are...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-04-2009
Replies: 3,191
Views: 765,089
Posted By TJV
downsampling

As an aside but very much relevant to MF shooters wanting to maintain detail at all print sizes...

I find when I scan MF images at 4000dpi (Nikon 8000) and downsample for output at smaller print...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-29-2009
Replies: 493
Views: 175,154
Posted By TJV
If I were to be buying one, I'd buy from Chiif in...

If I were to be buying one, I'd buy from Chiif in Singapore, who I think has posted early in this thread? Great to deal with - I've bought two viewfinders off him and he's fun to correspond with over...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-26-2009
Replies: 60
Views: 27,961
Posted By TJV
Haha, good point, but they don't make them...

Haha, good point, but they don't make them anymore do they?

Must admit, I've always had a lust for a wide angle Plauble Makina. Wouldn't buy one now when I could get a 50mm or 43mm for the Mamiya,...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-26-2009
Replies: 60
Views: 27,961
Posted By TJV
This new folder seems pretty cool but the Mamiya...

This new folder seems pretty cool but the Mamiya 7 is obviously a better camera for me. It has a more rigid body - mine has taken an absolute thrashing and not a single thing has gone wrong with it....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-26-2009
Replies: 455
Views: 48,026
Posted By TJV
Do you expose at the box ISO? I find under...

Do you expose at the box ISO? I find under tungsten light if I over expose by a stop the colours are much better and more easily able to be made more tonal without losing the feel of the warm yellow...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-21-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,935
Posted By TJV
Such a nerd thing to say but my heart will always...

Such a nerd thing to say but my heart will always be with my old, beat up and now passed away M3 and matched collapsable Summicron. I went through some tough times with that camera and shot thousands...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-16-2009
Replies: 1
Views: 1,219
Posted By TJV
The 43mm viewfinder I've used is really dim...

The 43mm viewfinder I've used is really dim compared to the Leica / Zeiss / CV finders for 35mm format. I don't think this is unusual, but then again I've never looked through one fresh out of the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-14-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 1,559
Posted By TJV
It is crazy when you think of it like that....

It is crazy when you think of it like that. You've got to wonder where the money is going, especially since I assume Cosina actually make the Zeiss viewfinder?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-14-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 2,100
Posted By TJV
I liked my old CV 28mm metal finder but prefer a...

I liked my old CV 28mm metal finder but prefer a clean and clear Leica SLOOZ. Not cheap but it has less distortion and if it's a good example - which are increasingly rare these days - very bright....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-14-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 1,559
Posted By TJV
I love using finders for 28mm and wider, even on...

I love using finders for 28mm and wider, even on a 0.72x mag leica body with internal frame lines. I prefer the older Leica SLOOZ over the metal CV finders, providing the former is a good example....
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 06-12-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 1,914
Posted By TJV
Do you mean the new Leica 24mm finder? What is...

Do you mean the new Leica 24mm finder? What is the build like compared to the new Zeiss and older Leitz metal finders? Are the multiple frame lines for film and digi a pain?
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 06-12-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 1,914
Posted By TJV
Do you use flash much? If not I'd really suggest...

Do you use flash much? If not I'd really suggest trying and external VF as an experiment. For the M7 I'd get the Zeiss 25/28mm finder as it covers the focal lengths you've mentioned but you could wet...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 06-11-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 1,914
Posted By TJV
I hate the 28mm lines on my 0.72x Leica's but,...

I hate the 28mm lines on my 0.72x Leica's but, fortunately for me, I prefer using the 28mm with an external VF. I find the hyperfocal thing really liberating when working on the street.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-09-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 2,541
Posted By TJV
I don't know if it looks better than, say, the...

I don't know if it looks better than, say, the canon f0.95, which is about the same money pre converted.

Looks cool on the camera though!
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 06-09-2009
Replies: 52
Views: 9,879
Posted By TJV
As an aside, can someone point me in the...

As an aside,
can someone point me in the direction of a pic showing a ZM beside an M7? What are the dimension differences? Just wondering about how far out a Zeiss VF would be compared to the Leica...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-09-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 2,541
Posted By TJV
Crazy looking lens! Does it cover 35mm format or...

Crazy looking lens!

Does it cover 35mm format or only 16mm?

What are they worth before conversion?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-09-2009
Replies: 32
Views: 2,726
Posted By TJV
I was worried about that with the wide Heavystar...

I was worried about that with the wide Heavystar hood but actually it adds about the same length to the lens as the original Leica hood. Much prefer the Heavystar option.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-08-2009
Replies: 32
Views: 2,726
Posted By TJV
Seems to be great so far. It actually shades...

Seems to be great so far. It actually shades quite a bit but I'll let you know when I've shot more in the sun.
T
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-06-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,141
Posted By TJV
Thanks guys. I just bought a black SLOOZ off...

Thanks guys.
I just bought a black SLOOZ off BrettS here at a really good price.
And sold my VC finders to help make the process less financially crippling! I hope it is as good as the other Leica...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-05-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,141
Posted By TJV
That's great. I've got my eye on one metal Leica...

That's great. I've got my eye on one metal Leica finder but will keep looking at the plastic option as well.
T
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-05-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 1,831
Posted By TJV
Wow, looks pretty good to me. $10K is a lot for...

Wow, looks pretty good to me.
$10K is a lot for anything, but if you've got the money the new 0.95 looks like a great tool for what it's designed for - low light and / or shallow DOF without...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-05-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,141
Posted By TJV
Yeah, it's a bright finder but I don't really...

Yeah, it's a bright finder but I don't really like it.
I have one already but I find it doen't have enough eye relief. The Leica SLOOZ that a friend has I find much better. For the price, the CV...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-05-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,141
Posted By TJV
Leica plastic finders

Hi all.
I'm wondering what the quality of Leica's older plastic finders is like. I'm particularly interested in the 28mm finder, and would much rather get the metal SLOOZ, but the plastic (BL?)...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-05-2009
Replies: 32
Views: 2,726
Posted By TJV
I ended up getting the hood peter_n suggested and...

I ended up getting the hood peter_n suggested and find it totally perfect. Really compact, blocks less of the VF than the stock hood and is really light.
Highly recommended.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-29-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,201
Posted By TJV
Personally, I like using a 28mm finder on my 0.72...

Personally, I like using a 28mm finder on my 0.72 bodies because I find the 28mm framelines too cramped and I like to see outside the frame. For everything else I'd use the internal lines.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-29-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,201
Posted By TJV
That's helpful, thank you. I've never looked...

That's helpful, thank you. I've never looked through the 25/28, just the Zeiss 18mm finder, which was superb. If you have time do you think you'd be able to post a quick sketch of the frame lines of...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-28-2009
Replies: 210
Views: 104,460
Posted By TJV
I don't own either of these 50mm lenses but from...

I don't own either of these 50mm lenses but from the photos shown here it is clear both have a very distinct character. I like the idea of the Sonnar because of its tiny size (for a 1.5 lens,) and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-28-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,201
Posted By TJV
The CV 28mm metal finder is pretty accurate with...

The CV 28mm metal finder is pretty accurate with my M4-P. The little close focus marks are a little off but close enough. On my M7 the close focus marks are quite a way out, which I suspect will be...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-27-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 1,935
Posted By TJV
I take your point about the Billinghams, but have...

I take your point about the Billinghams, but have you looked at the Hadley Digital? I have one and it's perfect for what you describe. I put two M's with lenses attached into it with film, wallet,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-26-2009
Replies: 32
Views: 2,726
Posted By TJV
That's exactly the info I need, thanks. It seems...

That's exactly the info I need, thanks. It seems it may block a little more than the standard hood, if not the same amount.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-25-2009
Replies: 32
Views: 2,726
Posted By TJV
How much less does the 28mm hood protrude into...

How much less does the 28mm hood protrude into the viewfinder compared to the stock hood?

Thanks and sorry for the million questions!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-25-2009
Replies: 32
Views: 2,726
Posted By TJV
The stock shades lock really annoys me, too. I...

The stock shades lock really annoys me, too. I just like to unclip it like the other Leica lenses I own. I heavysay shade I got was ok but when it screws in the vent is not in the right place and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-25-2009
Replies: 32
Views: 2,726
Posted By TJV
Hey, thanks guys. Can you explain a little about...

Hey, thanks guys.
Can you explain a little about how you reversed the attachment part? I don't quite understand. Would I have to modify it to fit if I got one or does it get knocked out of place...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-25-2009
Replies: 32
Views: 2,726
Posted By TJV
Do you guys use a protective UV filter? I've hot...

Do you guys use a protective UV filter? I've hot a SMC Heliopan filter for protection but have never really tried to shoot without a hood because I'm used to shooting in really harsh light here in...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-24-2009
Replies: 32
Views: 2,726
Posted By TJV
35mm Summilux ASPH Hood

Anyone else out there use a different hood than the stock one with their ASPH 'Lux? I find the stock one blocks too much of the viewfinder and is rather bulky. I got one from Heavy2Stars which is...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-23-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 4,489
Posted By TJV
I'd only buy from HK Supplies via the net from...

I'd only buy from HK Supplies via the net from Hong Kong, but they don't do second hand. This Nine Days just seems dodgy to me...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-22-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 4,489
Posted By TJV
Nine Days Photography

Is SH Photo now trading as Nine Days Photo?
I keyed in Super Angulon and the first listing that came up was Nine Days and the pics of the shop interior look like SH.

Ebay Item Number:...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-20-2009
Replies: 245
Views: 59,797
Posted By TJV
The Leica fan boys over on LUF are, by and large,...

The Leica fan boys over on LUF are, by and large, saying they'd much rather a Noctilux despite the price difference. The price difference is worth it, they reckon...
At least most here are more even...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-20-2009
Replies: 245
Views: 59,797
Posted By TJV
Forgive me but I have never used any Voigtlander...

Forgive me but I have never used any Voigtlander lenses but I wonder what people who own them think of their quality control and sample variation. Are we talking Canon (in my experience fair to bad...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-19-2009
Replies: 245
Views: 59,797
Posted By TJV
Tom A, sorry if this has been asked before but...

Tom A,
sorry if this has been asked before but does it have half aperture click stops?
Thanks
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-18-2009
Replies: 245
Views: 59,797
Posted By TJV
I would actually shed a tear if true. I'd hope...

I would actually shed a tear if true.
I'd hope that it has half click stops unlike the other CV F mount lenses I've used.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-16-2009
Replies: 57
Views: 12,166
Posted By TJV
Man I want the 50mm... Love my 65 and 80mm, but...

Man I want the 50mm... Love my 65 and 80mm, but mostly use the 80mm these days.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-15-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,351
Posted By TJV
I for one am really happy that Leica don't bother...

I for one am really happy that Leica don't bother to produce "digital crop" lenses and instead concentrate on lenses all platforms can enjoy. Nothing worse than a suite of EFS or DX type lenses going...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 05-13-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 1,529
Posted By TJV
Why not an M7 with 0,58x viewfinder if you like...

Why not an M7 with 0,58x viewfinder if you like the wider angles?
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-07-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,872
Posted By TJV
Actually I'd love a 500c/m. I was doing stills...

Actually I'd love a 500c/m. I was doing stills for a film a few weeks ago where a MF SLR type camera with interchangeable backs would have been perfect. The Mamiya 7 really shines in more candid and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-07-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,371
Posted By TJV
I have the Voigtlander 28mm and 35mm metal...

I have the Voigtlander 28mm and 35mm metal finders. The accuracy of the 28mm is average at best on my M7, a little better on my M4-P (shorter body) and the 35mm was pretty bad on my M3.

I lust for...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-01-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 2,287
Posted By TJV
I find the focus a little easier to get right on...

I find the focus a little easier to get right on my M4-P compared to my Leica M7 and Mamiya 7ii. This is mainly due to focus patch flair (Leica M7,) and the Mamiya 7ii's marginally darker, polarized...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 04-28-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 768
Posted By TJV
That's a bummer. The Australian owned company, C....

That's a bummer.
The Australian owned company, C. R. Kennedy does bring them into NZ but only on firm pre order. No good for those of us on a budget and who like to handle things before buying! In...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-27-2009
Replies: 2
Views: 797
Posted By TJV
What I don't like about my M7

I hate the frame lines of my M7 in the way that the bottom lines of the 50mm and 35mm aren't complete, just two tiny marking on the ends with a big gap in the middle. My M6, M4-P and old M3 all had...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 04-17-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 768
Posted By TJV
Thanks mate. Very helpful. I really wish that...

Thanks mate.
Very helpful. I really wish that Zeiss ZM gear was easier found here in NZ. It's only bought it on a confirmed purchase basis. A bit silly if you ask me. If I could hold the lenses and...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 04-17-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 768
Posted By TJV
ZM in Brisbane?

Hi all.
My mother just emailed me from Brisbane, Australia (I'm in New Zealand,) and asked if I'd like her to pick up anything for me I can't get at home. I'm wondering if anyone can recommend any...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-17-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 2,416
Posted By TJV
I've had my Elmarit-ASPH for three years and it's...

I've had my Elmarit-ASPH for three years and it's only now I'm starting to use it at all! Seems appropriate to mention in this thread that practicing zone focusing with it and using an external...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 04-17-2009
Replies: 1
Views: 1,922
Posted By TJV
Monitor Questions:

Anyone out there know a thing or two about monitors?

I'm looking to spend up to $900US for a 22-24" display to use solely for image editing so it must be very good with displaying colour (I have a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-14-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 1,976
Posted By TJV
I love mine. For me it's what RF cameras are all...

I love mine. For me it's what RF cameras are all about - small size, great build quality and very sharp. I couldn't live with the size of the 'cron if using it solely on film. It I were to have an M8...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 04-12-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,990
Posted By TJV
flawless at 40x60"? Give me a break! I'm not...

flawless at 40x60"? Give me a break! I'm not knocking what 10mp can do but that is pure madness. "Acceptable at moderate distances" may be a better choice of words. I know from experience using my...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 04-11-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,990
Posted By TJV
There are times I've thought the same as you but...

There are times I've thought the same as you but having recently had to sort through a truck load of old M8 files to ready work for an exhibition I've vowed to not look at another digi M until it has...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 04-08-2009
Replies: 45
Views: 5,774
Posted By TJV
I'd be all over a 50mm f1.4 Planar. Love the...

I'd be all over a 50mm f1.4 Planar. Love the Sonnar, but would like a more modern fast 50mm that doesn't cost the earth.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 03-28-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 3,256
Posted By TJV
If I were to say which lens I absolutely bonded...

If I were to say which lens I absolutely bonded with 100%, it would be an old collapsible 50mm Summicron. I totally adored it because it was small and the focus tab had the little roller ball thing...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-28-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 1,570
Posted By TJV
A mix of both. If you can't find something on...

A mix of both. If you can't find something on their ebay shop or web shop, email them and they will let you know price and how to order.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-27-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 1,570
Posted By TJV
Have bought 4 lenses, two viewfinders, a light...

Have bought 4 lenses, two viewfinders, a light meter and camera off them. Top notch service and all declared as gifts!
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-23-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 1,933
Posted By TJV
Got to admit, now my Mamiya is back from service...

Got to admit, now my Mamiya is back from service and after I tried to reaquaint myself with my Leicas, I just think my Mamiya 7ii was built for me. I love the camera, format, and all its quirks.

But...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-22-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,872
Posted By TJV
I live in New Zelaland, so the agent I sent it to...

I live in New Zelaland, so the agent I sent it to is Panavision, NZ. I was really happy with them, obviously!

As an aside, I'm getting some scans done on a Hassy X5 scanner this week to see how...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-22-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,872
Posted By TJV
My Mamiya 7ii keeps trucking...

:D

My Mamiya 7ii has taken a beating over the last few months. First, some of you may recall, it was in a major car accident a nearly went through the window. Afterwards, I did some tests and...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-15-2009
Replies: 119
Views: 12,372
Posted By TJV
Man, the new 0.95 sounds amazing. As an aside, I...

Man, the new 0.95 sounds amazing.
As an aside, I wonder what the numbers of production for the new Nocti are. Do you think they will make them in numbers like any other lens or mainly to order?
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-14-2009
Replies: 119
Views: 12,372
Posted By TJV
When I saw the one and only Noctilux I've ever...

When I saw the one and only Noctilux I've ever seen in a local photoshop I nearly cut out a kidney right there and then to get it. I was generously allowed to take a few photos using my M7 with it...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-13-2009
Replies: 119
Views: 12,372
Posted By TJV
Good to see these new products are now hitting...

Good to see these new products are now hitting the shelvesand people are getting to use them.

24mm f1.4 would be ideal on an M8 but the 21mm f1.4 would be killer indeed. Don't even get me started on...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-13-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 2,603
Posted By TJV
In my opinion, keep the Elmarit and save your...

In my opinion, keep the Elmarit and save your money unless you really require an extra stop. The extra bulk of the Summicron puts me off. In fact, I've been thinking a lot about my 35mm Summilux ASPH...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 03-13-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,958
Posted By TJV
Have you sold the lens?

Have you sold the lens?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-12-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 964
Posted By TJV
Leica Elmar-M 24mm f3.8

Anyone out there using one of these new lenses?
Can someone post some results and impressions?

As you can all probably tell, I'm in the hunt for a new wide. Either a 21mm or 24mm. 21mm makes sense...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-10-2009
Replies: 1,352
Views: 401,020
Posted By TJV
I love the look of all of your examples but I...

I love the look of all of your examples but I worry, like you mentioned above, that the SA 3.4 might not fit in with the rest of my kit. I once tried a beautiful V2 50mm Summilux and was quite...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-10-2009
Replies: 1,352
Views: 401,020
Posted By TJV
At the moment I have only Leica lenses, being all...

At the moment I have only Leica lenses, being all new series 50mm Summicrion, 35mm Lux ASPH and 28mm Elmarit ASPH. I've never shot ZM lenses but they sure feel great and are lighter on the wallet!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-10-2009
Replies: 1,352
Views: 401,020
Posted By TJV
$850!!! :eek: Arsenal are selling them for about...

$850!!! :eek:

Arsenal are selling them for about $1300!!! I'm not sure what the majority of people here think, but, for getting the metering issue, which is the better lens between the ZM C Biogon...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-10-2009
Replies: 1,352
Views: 401,020
Posted By TJV
21mm Super Angulon

What's a 21mm Super Angulon worth these days? I see just about all of the ones on ebay are selling by Photo Arsenal and we all know they inflate prices.

Of the two versions, f4 and f3.4, what are...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-07-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 1,473
Posted By TJV
Hang on a minute... You're not Japanese!!!...

Hang on a minute... You're not Japanese!!! :eek:
My world is turned upside down! :D
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-07-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 877
Posted By TJV
Haha, yeah but then my wallet would be so light...

Haha, yeah but then my wallet would be so light it would actually levitate!

It's an interesting comment about having too much of a range per for focal length. I totally agree it would be hard for...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-06-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 1,837
Posted By TJV
Yes, all in NZD.

Yes, all in NZD.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-05-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 877
Posted By TJV
I say I'm a snob but the reality is I like...

I say I'm a snob but the reality is I like supporting Leica. The Zeiss lenses are just brilliant value for money and the CV lenses are obviously very good too and very cheap compared to even the ZM...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-05-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 1,837
Posted By TJV
Here's a link to a shop I buy from. I've...

Here's a link to a shop I buy from.
I've inspected this camera and the lens and they are both totally mint (except the lens has a tiny mark on the outside near the focus ring.) If I had the money I'd...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-05-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 1,837
Posted By TJV
To be honest, I'd but totally Zeiss ZM lenses and...

To be honest, I'd but totally Zeiss ZM lenses and a near mint M6 TTL.
Or, if I'm even more honest, and I wanted to buy new for warranty purposes, I'd get one of the limited offer Zeiss Ikon kits that...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-05-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 877
Posted By TJV
A "do you reckon Leica will make this" thread...

I've been thinking a lot lately about getting a 21mm lens to round off my kit. Currently, the three that catch my eye are the Zeiss ZM C 21mm f4.5, the Leica 21mm f2,8 and the Zeiss ZM f2.8. I know...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-03-2009
Replies: 77
Views: 5,728
Posted By TJV
Dude, chill out. With such pent up frustration...

Dude, chill out. With such pent up frustration you could be due for a heart attack.
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 03-03-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 2,940
Posted By TJV
The green band you describe is the main reason I...

The green band you describe is the main reason I sent back my m8's. Totally stupid in my opinion to have to avoid shooting certain ways. I could live with the filters and the reflections they very...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 03-02-2009
Replies: 2
Views: 721
Posted By TJV
I would really like the C Biogon 35mm to use as a...

I would really like the C Biogon 35mm to use as a general, small walkaround lens when I can't be bothered with the size of my 35mm Summilux ASPH (great lens, a bit to big for me.) I used to have a...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 02-28-2009
Replies: 56
Views: 9,066
Posted By TJV
I think this is great news. I'm the first to...

I think this is great news. I'm the first to admit I have often thought Leica had lost its way. But if they implement this then I can only give them the thumbs up. A company who actually listens to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-21-2009
Replies: 455
Views: 48,026
Posted By TJV
I said it here before and I'll say it again. I...

I said it here before and I'll say it again. I waited over a year for a Nocti after pre paying in full and I got tired of waiting. I bought a Mamiya 7ii and two lenses, plus V700 and got some (a lot)...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-21-2009
Replies: 455
Views: 48,026
Posted By TJV
Thanks for replying. I like the look of the Ektar...

Thanks for replying. I like the look of the Ektar but not the slow (ish) speed. The colours look very good and I hear that it is easier to scan with better grain characteristics than most colour neg...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-20-2009
Replies: 455
Views: 48,026
Posted By TJV
That Ectar looks quite nice. How do you find it...

That Ectar looks quite nice. How do you find it scans compared to other films? I'm used to using Fuji Pro400H and 800Z but find they are quite sensitive to scanning in that the grain gets really...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-17-2009
Replies: 20
Views: 2,633
Posted By TJV
Personally, I reckon it's an exciting lens....

Personally, I reckon it's an exciting lens. Especially if one owns an M8. I'm not an ultra wide kind of guy but if I were to buy another M digital with cropped sensor I'd want to make sure that 1: I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-17-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 2,278
Posted By TJV
More a sign of the current world economic...

More a sign of the current world economic situation and the significance it has for nearly all of us.
Tend to agree, though. Not exactly Capa's dying soldier.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-14-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 3,612
Posted By TJV
Dude, come on! In Leica terms I'm sure this lens...

Dude, come on! In Leica terms I'm sure this lens will sell well. You'd rather Leica sell only focal lengths no other manufacturer sells?
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-14-2009
Replies: 2
Views: 1,389
Posted By TJV
If you put a UV filter on the front then it most...

If you put a UV filter on the front then it most certainly needs one. The biggest problem is that the hood, because the front lens element is a little recessed from the filter thread, is that it...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-14-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 2,098
Posted By TJV
The Plaubel camera I used had a pretty poor...

The Plaubel camera I used had a pretty poor rangefinder. It was more dim than the Mamiya 7ii I own and the contrast of the patch was worse. I suspect this may be partly an age thing. The main...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-13-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 2,645
Posted By TJV
Cool, looks like home! Let me know if you post...

Cool, looks like home!
Let me know if you post any more.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-13-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 3,612
Posted By TJV
Coding

I guess for people who want a minimum of fuss, buying a Leica lens, all be it at a premium, is worth it because it comes coded and therefore properly supported by Leica in the M8's firmware.

I've...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 02-11-2009
Replies: 538
Views: 49,172
Posted By TJV
Totally agree. When 35mm and fast (in relative...

Totally agree. When 35mm and fast (in relative terms) lenses were invented it was a liberation to photographers. The next step for us or our children will be clean and clear ultra high ISOs. It'll...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-11-2009
Replies: 67
Views: 4,442
Posted By TJV
I had this on several M3 bodies. Most likely it...

I had this on several M3 bodies. Most likely it is caused by stretched or warped shutter curtains, or as said above, the foam / felt seal. The foam seal is easy enough to fix for a competent tech but...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-10-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 2,645
Posted By TJV
HAHA! Wow, it's a small world! Yeah, it's a...

HAHA! Wow, it's a small world!

Yeah, it's a great shop and I work there from time to time and usually over the summer when I need to save for the tax bill! I don't know if you talked to the other...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-09-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 2,645
Posted By TJV
From memory, you have an M3? I suppose you use...

From memory, you have an M3? I suppose you use finders a lot? I'd love to get one but no one sells Zeiss here in New Zealand. The only option is to import one and the exchange rate kills me!
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-08-2009
Replies: 20
Views: 2,004
Posted By TJV
Seems like a bit of a crazy thing to have to do...

Seems like a bit of a crazy thing to have to do with a $5000 camera combo. It's a shame Leica haven't opened up the coding to be menu driven.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-08-2009
Replies: 30
Views: 3,457
Posted By TJV
My M7ii has been in a major car crash and smashed...

My M7ii has been in a major car crash and smashed against a windscreen and recently dropped on a concrete floor from 1.5m straight on the lens. Both times I've sent the camera for a check up and both...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-07-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 2,645
Posted By TJV
The Zeiss finders look cool too... Ahhhh, if only...

The Zeiss finders look cool too...
Ahhhh, if only money grew on trees.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 02-07-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 2,094
Posted By TJV
Just to throw a spanner in the works, how about...

Just to throw a spanner in the works, how about the new Leica 24mm f3.8? How much does that go for? When I shot a 28mm on my old M8 it didn't feel wide enough where as 35mm on film felt perfect....
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-07-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 2,645
Posted By TJV
Sure, unless you're buying a black Leitz finder...

Sure, unless you're buying a black Leitz finder for $1000US.
Actually, the Voigtlander is very good but at some stage I'd like the ZM 25mm and I'd need the Zeiss finder to go with it anyway. We're...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-07-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 2,645
Posted By TJV
Holy Cow! Now I know why the cost so much!

I recently bought a Voigtlander 28mm metal viewfinder, which is great for the money, but I was finding it a bit troublesome to use as there is not much eye relief and the outside of the frame is...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-29-2009
Replies: 25
Views: 4,873
Posted By TJV
I got my Mamiya 7ii kit from hksupplies.com and...

I got my Mamiya 7ii kit from hksupplies.com and they were cheap, fast and helpful. If you email them or visit their web site you may be able to pick up the standard 80mm and camera for about what you...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-27-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 1,618
Posted By TJV
All the Leica filters I own are horrible - they...

All the Leica filters I own are horrible - they seem to come loose and wobble around after a year or so of use and cleaning. I have to agree, a B+W filter is my first choice. You'll notice the...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-22-2009
Replies: 57
Views: 12,166
Posted By TJV
Yay! Mine is back from camera hospital so I can...

Yay! Mine is back from camera hospital so I can use it again. Looking forward to it. For some reason I haven't been able to get used to the Leica format again.
Sweet....
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-20-2009
Replies: 57
Views: 12,166
Posted By TJV
I love mine too but it's currently in camera...

I love mine too but it's currently in camera hospital due to an unlucky bump.

My main lens in the 65mm, with the 80m being the only other I currently have. They are both stunning. If I had the money...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-13-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 1,757
Posted By TJV
I'm probably the only person in history liking a...

I'm probably the only person in history liking a 35mm kit consisting of 28, 35 and 50mm lenses. I don't go for longer - toyed with a 90mm which I never took to - and I've never ever considered a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-13-2009
Replies: 62
Views: 6,023
Posted By TJV
Almost every other company has stopped production...

Almost every other company has stopped production of film bodies so it's no surprise if the M7 goes, really. The Nikon F6 is long discontinued, Canon only make a plastic EOS and Olympus don't even...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 01-10-2009
Replies: 83
Views: 8,052
Posted By TJV
I use a Canon FS4000US and a Nikon 80000ED. Both...

I use a Canon FS4000US and a Nikon 80000ED. Both are great but the Nikon is better, even without the MF capability. I'm saving for the 9000ED because I fear mine are on the way out and want to make...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-07-2009
Replies: 35
Views: 2,896
Posted By TJV
five years with mine and not a single problem. I...

five years with mine and not a single problem. I use it a lot, probably have put a thousand rolls through it. Only thing I've always done is set the film speed manually. Not because the DX doesn't...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 12-28-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 1,271
Posted By TJV
Thanks again. In short, I think the other person...

Thanks again.
In short, I think the other person may have to pay my excess (which I think is what you Americans must call 'deductible.') My insurance company is a bit vague on details.

Actually,...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 12-27-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 1,271
Posted By TJV
Thanks for your reply. I live in New Zealand, so...

Thanks for your reply.
I live in New Zealand, so the camera will probably have to go to Japan. The national suppliers are very good but I'm not sure they have the gear to properly fix lenses.
I'll...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 12-23-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 1,271
Posted By TJV
Mamiya repairs

Hello.
My camera was part of a car accident the other day and took a massive hit, smashing the lens hood in the process. On inspection it seemed ok. The rangefinder patch lined up perfectly at...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-07-2008
Replies: 113
Views: 11,229
Posted By TJV
In my opinion full frame can wait. The most...

In my opinion full frame can wait. The most exciting thing to be announced of late is micro four thirds and the Olympus concept camera is a step in the right direction for me. In many respects, I...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-07-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 7,399
Posted By TJV
You think the little Elmarit is too contrasty, is...

You think the little Elmarit is too contrasty, is that what you're saying? When I used mine on the M8 I was pretty taken back by the bite it has, which was in part due I think too it's high contrast...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-07-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 2,205
Posted By TJV
Amen to that! At the end of the day, f4.5 for a...

Amen to that! At the end of the day, f4.5 for a lens I'd probably not use as much as the 28mm - 50mm range is okay for me. I'm just so used to the little size of the Leica 28mm ASPH Elmarit. It's...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-07-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 2,205
Posted By TJV
Thanks for the replies. It seems it has its...

Thanks for the replies. It seems it has its advantages over the 2.8 ZM offering in size but more importantly has less distortion - which is an important thing to me. I've never shot with a 21mm...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-06-2008
Replies: 2
Views: 519
Posted By TJV
Yeah, I assume it's a simple thing. I might get...

Yeah, I assume it's a simple thing. I might get the flash sync issue I've been having with it fixed while I'm at it. Trouble is I live in New Zealand and most things need to be sent out of the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-06-2008
Replies: 2
Views: 519
Posted By TJV
Out of whack frame lines

Hi all. A while ago I posted a question about a possible problem with the framelines of my M4-P. I frame a photo through the viewfinder and get considerably more on the right of the frame and a lot...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-05-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 2,205
Posted By TJV
21mm C Biogon

I keep hearing great things about this little lens but have read no real reviews and can't remember a thread devoted to it here. Anyone care to throw some photos up and talk us through them?
I've...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-01-2008
Replies: 120
Views: 71,224
Posted By TJV
Zeiss calibrate them to f2.8 out of the factory...

Zeiss calibrate them to f2.8 out of the factory and for special requests adjust it to f1.5 for fee under warranty.
T
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-29-2008
Replies: 120
Views: 71,224
Posted By TJV
It's great that the option to have the lens...

It's great that the option to have the lens recalibrated is there, and for free! I can't imagine Leica ever offering such a service for free. It's interesting to note that the Noctilux shifts more in...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-25-2008
Replies: 120
Views: 71,224
Posted By TJV
It's good to hear real use stories. I'm...

It's good to hear real use stories. I'm definitely getting one and will trade my Summicron against it. I just think the 'Cron has too much bite to it and would appreciate the extra stop or so.

In...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-24-2008
Replies: 120
Views: 71,224
Posted By TJV
I'm pretty much decided I'll get the lens and...

I'm pretty much decided I'll get the lens and don't mind a 2.8 version. Actually, I think I'd prefer it set to 2.8.
It's actually hard to find decent examples of what the lens can do on the internet...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-24-2008
Replies: 120
Views: 71,224
Posted By TJV
Thanks Abenner. I emailed Tony at Pop Flash to...

Thanks Abenner.
I emailed Tony at Pop Flash to check to see if they are still coming out of the factory at f2.8 and he says they are. They will only receive ones set to f1.5 upon special...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-23-2008
Replies: 120
Views: 71,224
Posted By TJV
So I've revived this old thread from the...

So I've revived this old thread from the ashes...

To those who are still using this lens, how about posting some shots here that prove the focus shift issue is only of very minor importance, able to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-22-2008
Replies: 0
Views: 532
Posted By TJV
lens request

Hello everyone.

I've got a favour to ask, perhaps of someone with an M8 or RD1. I'd like to see some comparative shots, of the same scene, between a modern 50mm Summicron and ZM C Sonnar 50mm. I've...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-22-2008
Replies: 86
Views: 12,722
Posted By TJV
Billingham Hadley Digital is my favourite. I can...

Billingham Hadley Digital is my favourite. I can fit two M bodies with lenses attached (usually a 35mm Lux ASPH with hood and Summicron 50,) a light meter, wallet and few rolls of film in the pocket....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-21-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 994
Posted By TJV
Exactly. I think my frames are off center. What...

Exactly. I think my frames are off center. What do you mean by take the lens off and move the frame lines? Do you mean with the frame line selector? What would I be looking for?
Thanks mate.
T
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-20-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 994
Posted By TJV
I was thinking it would be a costly thing to have...

I was thinking it would be a costly thing to have done and, at the end of the day, I'd probably just prefer another reconditioned M3.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-20-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 994
Posted By TJV
The best Leica I've ever owned is an M3 which I...

The best Leica I've ever owned is an M3 which I ran into the ground. I loved that camera. The M4-P I like second although I feel I need to get to know it a little better. Mine is the brass top plate...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-20-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 994
Posted By TJV
frame line

Hi all. Just wondering if through out the M line there is a variance in the accuracy of the frame lines. I know there are some models that use the same frame masks and that the older ones are...
Forum: Photo Software 11-14-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 1,383
Posted By TJV
No, I'm using it to remove scanner noise and the...

No, I'm using it to remove scanner noise and the worst of grain aisling.
Forum: Photo Software 11-13-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 1,383
Posted By TJV
Noise Ninja

Holy cow!

I've been scanning negs and slides for over four years and could never get my C41 colour work to come out anywhere near as good as my E6 scans. I use a Canon FS4000US and a Nikon...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-12-2008
Replies: 0
Views: 530
Posted By TJV
It's been a while.

Well, over the last year I've been mainly using my Mamiya 7ii for work and my M7 and M4P have been sitting safe in a bag unused. The other day I took the Mamiya in to get fixed as the rangefinder was...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-09-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 672
Posted By TJV
The Cross Brand Lens Q&A Session...

A badly worded title, I know. Sorry...

Anyway, it has been discussed many times before I suppose but I'm going to ask these questions anyway.

I have three Leica lenses.
1: 28mm Elmarit ASPH
2: 50mm...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-03-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 1,211
Posted By TJV
I found the new shutter a lot quieter too but the...

I found the new shutter a lot quieter too but the lack of vibration is the biggest plus. The delayed recock is very much a great thing and if I was to buy again I think the 8.2 is worth it for that...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-02-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 1,514
Posted By TJV
I've never used black and white film in my Mamiya...

I've never used black and white film in my Mamiya 7 but have shot thousands of rolls of 35mm HP5+, D3200, pushed HP5+ etc and from my experience, which is a lot of marginal light shooting in varied...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-28-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 4,760
Posted By TJV
I checked out the M8.2 today and the shutter is...

I checked out the M8.2 today and the shutter is certainly a lot quieter. I'm not sure about the frame line improvement because I only looked through the viewfinder. Much better grip too.

Saw a photo...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-28-2008
Replies: 43
Views: 4,464
Posted By TJV
I own both and they're both brilliant but as an...

I own both and they're both brilliant but as an all around, carry everywhere camera, the Leica would probably be a better choice if only because of the fast lenses.

Lately I've been shooting 95%...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-23-2008
Replies: 254
Views: 32,189
Posted By TJV
I think this is brilliant and really wish Leica...

I think this is brilliant and really wish Leica luck and good fortune. It looks to be a brilliant mix of technology and functional ergonomics. I'm especially excited to hear that Phase One may help...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 09-16-2008
Replies: 49
Views: 6,701
Posted By TJV
haha! I'm surprised he gets so much cred, to be...

haha!
I'm surprised he gets so much cred, to be honest. I had not read his first glowing review until after I got my M8 and the first 10 pics I took with it turned out very strange looking indeed....
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-15-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 4,036
Posted By TJV
All good info, thanks. I'm with you. I think I'd...

All good info, thanks.
I'm with you. I think I'd probably still use my 65mm most of the time but I'd love the option of going wider in a tight squeeze or on the street.
I reckon I use the 80mm lens,...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-12-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 4,036
Posted By TJV
Indeed. Care to share any other thoughts on the...

Indeed. Care to share any other thoughts on the mentioned 50mm?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-10-2008
Replies: 149
Views: 16,325
Posted By TJV
Man. Some of you guys need to chill out. I'm not...

Man. Some of you guys need to chill out.
I'm not made of money but I can see myself one day buying the 24mm Summilux.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-09-2008
Replies: 149
Views: 16,325
Posted By TJV
Great news. I'd rather invest in glass than new...

Great news.
I'd rather invest in glass than new camera body any day of the week.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 09-04-2008
Replies: 77
Views: 11,841
Posted By TJV
I know (a little) about this new product. The...

I know (a little) about this new product. The price will be the same as the current version, maybe $75 more. Big deal.

I think this isn't such bad news. In fact, I see it as all good news.
Some of...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-02-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 4,036
Posted By TJV
Nice pic Bob. It sounds like no one really uses...

Nice pic Bob. It sounds like no one really uses the external finder. I'm more and more thinking it could be the lens to complete my kit.

As for pictures,
keep 'em coming!
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-02-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 4,036
Posted By TJV
I've got a feeling I'd love the perspective. With...

I've got a feeling I'd love the perspective. With 35mm, 28/25mm is too long for my tastes but in 67 format I think it will be perfect.
Do you have any of your shots in Kabul on line?
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-01-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 4,036
Posted By TJV
Mamiya 7 50mm

Am I mad? I've been whining for weeks about the state of all things film and now I'm tempted by a new lens for my Mamiya 7ii - the 50mm ultra wide. I love the 6x7 format and find the challenge of...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-31-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 1,934
Posted By TJV
This makes me smile because I always thought home...

This makes me smile because I always thought home colour processing was almost impossible! To think of someone doing it in the kitchen sink gives me great hope, but not as much hope, faith and an ear...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-31-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 1,934
Posted By TJV
That brings up an interesting and important...

That brings up an interesting and important point. How do you check the pH level before processing to check that you've got a good, neutral batch of chems made up? I'd hate to think it's a guessing...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-31-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 1,934
Posted By TJV
So the basic CE-2 starter kit, two master mercury...

So the basic CE-2 starter kit, two master mercury thermometers and a digi thermometer is the ticket, you reckon?

And Tetenal three bath kits are okay? Or is there another brand that's better?
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-31-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 1,934
Posted By TJV
Also, Roger, have you put a water circulation...

Also, Roger, have you put a water circulation pump in your Jobo bath? I read everywhere that it needs something to circulate the water to keep it consistent.

Tim
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-30-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 1,934
Posted By TJV
Thanks Roger. So you reckon Fuji times (I'm...

Thanks Roger. So you reckon Fuji times (I'm assuming you're meaning C41 process,) are longer than Kodak times for best results?

As for pre-heating the drum, would it be wise to pre-soak the film...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-30-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,109
Posted By TJV
It seems that the speeds are perfect (my chromes...

It seems that the speeds are perfect (my chromes are testament to it!) but, after finishing my last roll, I mounted the flash on the camera, opened up the back of the body and took off the lens. I...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-30-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 1,934
Posted By TJV
advice on Jobo processors

Hi all.
I've decided it's time that I can no longer trust my local labs and need to process my own C41 and E6 film.
I've been looking at the Jobo processors on the net and people seem to recommend...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-30-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 1,952
Posted By TJV
Thanks all. Roger: What times and temp would...

Thanks all.

Roger: What times and temp would your wife use with D-76 if she was pushing to ISO/EI? 1600?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-28-2008
Replies: 58
Views: 4,857
Posted By TJV
I love my M4-P. I have the early version with...

I love my M4-P. I have the early version with recessed viewfinder. It feels solid works flawlessly - just like every film Leica I've owned.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 08-27-2008
Replies: 78
Views: 27,896
Posted By TJV
Hey, great photos. Can you tell me a bit about...

Hey, great photos.
Can you tell me a bit about the Fuji SP-1500 scanner? I've never heard of it before. For the life of me, I can't get scans that look as good as that from negatives with my Nikon...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-24-2008
Replies: 2
Views: 1,010
Posted By TJV
I find its OOF areas quite pleasing. It's no less...

I find its OOF areas quite pleasing. It's no less attractive than my 50mm Summicron, it seems. I'd love to have a few days with the 28mm Summicron to see how much the size takes away from the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-23-2008
Replies: 46
Views: 4,000
Posted By TJV
Good on him. I like stories like that, especially...

Good on him. I like stories like that, especially seeing as he's always wanted one. Wish him luck for me.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-23-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,109
Posted By TJV
The SF20 is set properly. It works on my Mamiya...

The SF20 is set properly. It works on my Mamiya 7ii and M7.
ISO and aperture settings won't effect this problem as it's to do with the shutter.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-23-2008
Replies: 2
Views: 1,010
Posted By TJV
A note on the 28mm Elmarit ASPH

Just thought I'd drop a line and say how impressed I am with Leica's latest 28mm offering. I've owned it for over a year but haven't really given it a great try on film, just the M8. I'm more of a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-23-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,109
Posted By TJV
Roger, good idea. I've loaded a roll of film...

Roger,
good idea. I've loaded a roll of film already so when I finish it I'll check using your method. Most of the shot is unexposed when set at a 50th so I'm assuming a 60th will either be the same...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-23-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,109
Posted By TJV
Hot shoe with an SF20.

Hot shoe with an SF20.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-23-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,109
Posted By TJV
M4-P Flash Sync Speed

Hello all.
I've found that my M4-P flash sync speed isn't what it's supposed to be. I'm getting 1/3 exposed frames when I set my camera to a 50th. Several months ago, after having a roll of half...
Forum: Off Topic 08-19-2008
Replies: 213
Views: 10,429
Posted By TJV
I moonlight in the photo retail industry where...

I moonlight in the photo retail industry where it's my job to know what I'm making per sale so I don't get fired. I know for a fact the price has gone up here but I'm not for a second suggesting that...
Forum: Off Topic 08-19-2008
Replies: 213
Views: 10,429
Posted By TJV
Man, I didn't think my post would cause so much...

Man, I didn't think my post would cause so much debate! Then again, I should have guessed.
I don't have a problem with Leica being a prestige brand at all. Generally speaking, I'm prepared to skimp,...
Forum: Off Topic 08-19-2008
Replies: 213
Views: 10,429
Posted By TJV
Yeah, I was shocked to hear it too. It's not like...

Yeah, I was shocked to hear it too. It's not like the exchange rate here has got any worse since the release. In fact, it got much better for a long time, until recently when it dropped back to...
Forum: Off Topic 08-18-2008
Replies: 213
Views: 10,429
Posted By TJV
M8 Price Hike

I was just informed, and I'm probably quite behind, but the price of the M8 went up another $1000 here in New Zealand recently. When I bought one of the first two that came into New Zealand I got it...
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