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Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 117
Posted By eckmanmj
Flash synchronization must not have been a...

Flash synchronization must not have been a priority at the time as the only reference to flash use in Kodak's literature is by using one of those external sync cords that connects to the shutter...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 117
Posted By eckmanmj
Thanks for the feedback Steve. I worked really...

Thanks for the feedback Steve. I worked really hard on this review and hope people find it an enjoyable read. That said, I am always looking for ways to make the site more accessible so I'm curious...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 7 Hours Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 117
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Kodak Ektra (1941)

Last week, I declared the Bell & Howell Foton to be my all time favorite 35mm camera, and now, I bring to you a camera which gives that Foton a serious run for it's money.

Designed in the late 1930s...
Forum: Other RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 178
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Bell & Howell Foton (1948)

This is a review of the Foton, a rather obscure camera produced by the Bell & Howell Company of Chicago in 1948.

The Foton was Bell & Howell's first 35mm camera, and offered an interesting wind up...
Forum: Other RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 266
Posted By eckmanmj
Thanks Andrew! I responded to you in the thread,...

Thanks Andrew! I responded to you in the thread, but in case you don't see it, but the clerk behind the counter at Central Camera is Johnny Sisson of the Classic Lenses Podcast and the Vintage...
Forum: Other RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 180
Posted By eckmanmj
I've never been a fan of ANY coupled LVS system...

I've never been a fan of ANY coupled LVS system but some companies did it better than others. But you're right, this is a splendid camera that produces outstanding results. It should, it's got a...
Forum: Other RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 180
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Walz Envoy 35 (1958)

This is a Walz Envoy 35, a 35mm rangefinder camera made by Walz Company, LTD of Tokyo Japan from 1958 to around 1961. The Envoy was an up-level model of the earlier Walz 35 and came with an...
Forum: Other RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 78
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Balda Baldessa Ib (1958)

This is a Baldessa Ib, a 35mm rangefinder made by Balda Kamera-Werk in Bünde, West Germany starting in 1958. This was the third, and best featured of the original Baldessa lineup, improving upon...
Forum: Other RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 266
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: AGFA Ambi Silette (1957)

This is an Ambi Silette, a 35mm interchangeable lens rangefinder camera made by AGFA Camera-Werk AG Muenchen between the years 1957 and 1961. Upon it’s release, the Ambi Silette was AGFA’s top of...
Forum: Other RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 77
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Vokar II (1948)

This is a Vokar II, a 35mm rangefinder camera made by the Vokar Corporation from Dexter, Michigan between the years of 1947 and 1948. It was a very ambitious American made rangefinder camera that...
Forum: Other RF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1,031
Posted By eckmanmj
This is an awesome tip! I am working on a review...

This is an awesome tip! I am working on a review of the Foton and would like to include you tip and name. Is that something you'd be willing to share?

Also, by any chance, do you happen to have a...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-01-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1,142
Posted By eckmanmj
You should read the article. Contax mount 50mm...

You should read the article. Contax mount 50mm and wide angle lenses work fine.

Telephoto lenses 85mm and above have a small focus error closeup, but are fine at infinity. So as long as you dont...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-12-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1,142
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Nikon SP (1957)

Today I take a look at what is perhaps one of the best 35mm cameras ever made, the legendary Nikon SP.

Graciously loaned to me by a local Nikon collector, I was able to pick the best example in his...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 01-31-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 377
Posted By eckmanmj
The Rotoloni Report 3: This is War!

I bring to you the third in a series of chats I've had with Nikon Historian Robert Rotoloni. This time we dive deep into Nippon Kogaku's early history and their significant role during World War...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 07-31-2018
Replies: 0
Views: 813
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Nikon M (1949)

I present to you the only published review I can find on the Internet of a working Nikon M rangefinder, including sample images shot with it.

Due to the extreme generosity of not one, but two...
Forum: Argus RF 05-25-2018
Replies: 0
Views: 594
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Argus C33 (1959)

The C33 might have a very similar model name to the much more famous Argus C3, but the cameras are both quite different. The C33 has a number of significant improvements to the original C3:

A much...
Forum: Other RF 05-25-2018
Replies: 0
Views: 319
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Anscomark M (1960)

The Anscomark M is an interchangeable lens 35mm rangefinder camera built by Riken (Ricoh) for ANSCO in exchange for photocopier technology owned by ANSCO's parent company, GAF. The Anscomark was...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 05-25-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 1,400
Posted By eckmanmj
The Rotoloni Report 1: How I Became a Pawn Star

For those of you who know Robert, or saw his episode, you might find this interesting. This was originally posted in the VCC Facebook group, but Im cross-posting it here for anyone who doesn't "do"...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-20-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 2,185
Posted By eckmanmj
Thanks Phil! It's always good to see you...

Thanks Phil! It's always good to see you checking out my reviews. I dont know if you remember, but several years back, you helped me with a few early repairs on the Mercury II and a few other...
Forum: Other RF 02-19-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1,651
Posted By eckmanmj
Thanks for the kind words Gary. I too, was...

Thanks for the kind words Gary.

I too, was enamored with this little camera. I picked it up for very cheap and didn't expect much from it until I started to use it. I am bummed that I was unable...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-19-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 2,185
Posted By eckmanmj
Thank you for the correction, I have fixed the...

Thank you for the correction, I have fixed the caption on that photo:



Wes, thank you for the additional information. I saw your comment on my blog and I had asked you what changes you recommend I...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-29-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 2,185
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Nikon S2 (1955)

The Nikon S2 needs no introduction. One of the most highly regarded cameras ever made, and one that is on the wish list of many collectors, I am happy this camera is in my collection.

Prices for...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-20-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1,726
Posted By eckmanmj
Yes, mine says "Germany USSR" just like yours. I...

Yes, mine says "Germany USSR" just like yours. I talk about this in my review and I mention a few other possible markings that could have been there on other models too. Check out the whole thing...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-17-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1,726
Posted By eckmanmj
Thanks for the info Brett, but replacing curtains...

Thanks for the info Brett, but replacing curtains is beyond my ability. I tried it once on a different kind of camera and failed miserably! If there ever was a camera that would inspire me to try...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-17-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1,726
Posted By eckmanmj
Thanks everyone for the kind words. I tend to...

Thanks everyone for the kind words. I tend to ramble on in most of my reviews about the past of a camera or its brand, but I rarely go into this much detail. The story of how the Nobles came to own...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-16-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1,726
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: KW Praktina FX (1953)

This is the KW Praktina FX, a fully featured 35mm SLR created for the professional photographer with features like a breech lock bayonet lens mount, interchangeable viewfinders and interchangeable...
Forum: Other RF 08-02-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 907
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Ricoh 519M (1959)

This is the Ricoh 519M, a really nice 35mm rangefinder made by Rikon Optical Industries of Japan in 1959. It was the followup to the popular Ricoh Five-One-Nine, but included a selenium light meter...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 07-28-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 744
Posted By eckmanmj
WHOOPS! Thanks for the catch! I fixed it. :)

WHOOPS! Thanks for the catch! I fixed it. :)
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 07-25-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 744
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Ensign Ful-Vue (1946)

The Ensign Ful-Vue is a twin lens box camera that was made by Barnet Ensign Ltd. of Walthamstow, England between the years 1946 and 1949. It was a simple camera with a single speed shutter and fixed...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 07-25-2017
Replies: 0
Views: 797
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Detrola Model E (1939)

The Detrola Model E was made by Detrola Corp out of Detroit Michigan. Detrola was a radio company who followed the lead of fellow Michigan radio company (IRC - who later became Argus) in releasing a...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 07-25-2017
Replies: 0
Views: 1,090
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Minolta Uniomat III (1963)

The Minolta Uniomat III was the third in the Uniomat series. The Uniomat was an early point and shoot camera aimed at the novice photographer that had a unique exposure system that relied entirely...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 06-21-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 1,387
Posted By eckmanmj
Yes, it was the image from your father's camera. ...

Yes, it was the image from your father's camera. You gave me permission to use it when I first wrote it in early 2015. If you would like me to remove it, just let me know! :)
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 06-19-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 1,387
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Kodak Retina Automatic III (1961)

The Kodak Retina III was the third, and most feature rich in the Kodak Retina Automatic series. The series would represent both a first and a last for the Retina. It was the first to have auto...
Forum: Yashica RF 06-05-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 2,356
Posted By eckmanmj
Thanks for the kind words, Raoul. My site is...

Thanks for the kind words, Raoul.

My site is very small and is hosted on a computer sitting in my basement. I do not have any advertising or any type of promotion other than what Google just finds...
Forum: Other RF 06-02-2017
Replies: 1
Views: 669
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Brumberger 35 (1955)

The Brumberger 35 was a rebadged Neoca 2S sold by Brumberger Co. Inc. out of Brooklyn, NY in the mid 1950s.

Brumberger was mostly known as an importer and distributor of projector, slide, and...
Forum: Yashica RF 06-02-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 2,356
Posted By eckmanmj
It looks like Yashica abandoned the prism...

It looks like Yashica abandoned the prism viewfinder after the very first model. I had always thought the YK was the same camera but with a lesser lens and shutter, but its clear there were cost...
Forum: Yashica RF 06-01-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 2,356
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Yashica 35 (1958)

The Yashica 35 was Yashica's first new model released after their merger with Nicca, and the companies first ever fixed lens rangefinder.

It was a rather basic, but well built meterless 35mm...
Forum: Other RF 05-26-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1,651
Posted By eckmanmj
The Vitomatic I and Ia were scale focus, where as...

The Vitomatic I and Ia were scale focus, where as the II and IIa had coincident image rangefinders! :)
Forum: Other RF 05-26-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1,651
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Voigtländer Vitomatic IIa (1960)

The Voigtländer Vitomatic IIa was a well built and high quality 35mm rangefinder built from 1960 - 1964 and was the most successful of the whole Vitomatic lineup.

It featured a selenium cell...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-02-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 2,286
Posted By eckmanmj
I definitely agree the EM is an underrated gem as...

I definitely agree the EM is an underrated gem as well. Its the smallest and most compact way to use Nikkor manual focus glass, and it has a very accurate meter as well. I have a full review of the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-27-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 2,286
Posted By eckmanmj
I don't blame you! I was given two N2020s and it...

I don't blame you! I was given two N2020s and it took me over a year to even build up the desire to try to shoot with it!

It's certainly better than a garbage bin camera, but as soon as you own an...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-27-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 2,286
Posted By eckmanmj
You know, that's not something I've ever noticed,...

You know, that's not something I've ever noticed, but to be fair, I havent shot my N80 in well over a year! Since I almost exclusively use manual focus lenses, the N80 doesn't get use much, but I...
Forum: Other RF 02-26-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1,236
Posted By eckmanmj
You definitely should. Its not that there aren't...

You definitely should. Its not that there aren't better cameras out there, because there are, but the Bolsey is quite pleasant to use and as you saw, is capable of some quite nice shots.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-24-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,149
Posted By eckmanmj
Phil, I always get so excited whenever I see a...

Phil, I always get so excited whenever I see a response from you to one of my posts! :)

I had already seen your Flickr set where you did some work on a Nikon F, but it didnt seem to help my...
Forum: Other RF 02-24-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1,236
Posted By eckmanmj
They are plentiful on eBay. Depending on your...

They are plentiful on eBay. Depending on your location, you shoudl be able to get one shipped to you for very little.

This one came to me completely frozen. Both the focus and the shutter didnt...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-24-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 2,286
Posted By eckmanmj
Jim, thank you for both your kind words, and also...

Jim, thank you for both your kind words, and also for the corrections. I make every effort to research as much as I can before typing these reviews, but sometimes I miss stuff. I will make the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-24-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 2,286
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Three Decades of Nikon SLRs (ELW, N2020, N90s)

There is a ton of information about Nikon SLRs on the web, and many excellent reviews have been written about many of Nikon's most popular models.

Less is talked about the non F-series models from...
Forum: Other RF 02-24-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1,236
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Bolsey B2 (1949)

The Bolsey B2 is a compact 35mm rangefinder that was pretty popular in the late 1940s and 50s. Many were sold and many are available on the used market.

Despite their frequent presence in the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-24-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,149
Posted By eckmanmj
I am pretty confident the issue isn't with any of...

I am pretty confident the issue isn't with any of the springs. I can get the mirror and shutter to close properly, the issue is that something is preventing the shutter from completing it's cycle...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-23-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,149
Posted By eckmanmj
Nikon F Strange Shutter Issue

I have a 67xxxx serial number Nikon F with a strange shutter issue.

The symptom is that upon cocking the shutter and pressing the shutter release, the mirror flips up, the first curtain opens, but...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-08-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,844
Posted By eckmanmj
And thank you to everyone else for the kind...

And thank you to everyone else for the kind compliments.

I spent a lot of time on this review, because I knew it would draw interest from many loyal Leica owners/users and I wanted to make sure I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-08-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,844
Posted By eckmanmj
I was quite surprised to learn as much as I did...

I was quite surprised to learn as much as I did that wasn't already in one location.

There is a TON of info out there on Leitz, but it's all bits and pieces. You can read about Ernst Leitz II but...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-08-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,844
Posted By eckmanmj
Correct. Whenever I review a camera, I try to...

Correct. Whenever I review a camera, I try to list the date my particular specimen was made. In this case, this one was from 1961.

There are many on my site though, where I am unable to date them,...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 01-06-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1,713
Posted By eckmanmj
My 35ES has a single guide number scale thats...

My 35ES has a single guide number scale thats neither in meters or feet.

The focus scale however, does show both meters (green) and feet...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 01-06-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1,713
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Vivitar 35ES (1978)

I recently acquired a Vivitar 35ES, which is based off the same Cosina rangefinder that was the basis for the highly desirable Konica Auto S3 and Minolta Hi-Matic 7sII.

The Vivitar is the lesser...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-06-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,844
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Leica M3 (1961)

There are already hundreds, maybe even thousands of reviews, posts, blogs, etc for the Leica M series, and it's a pretty safe bet that anyone reading this post, already knows the Leica M3 is a pretty...
Forum: Yashica RF 09-19-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 3,424
Posted By eckmanmj
John, let me know if you ever plan on selling...

John, let me know if you ever plan on selling yours. I'll be honest with you, I won't offer you much, but I will use it, and review it, so at least you'd know it went to a good home! :)
Forum: Yashica RF 09-19-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 3,424
Posted By eckmanmj
The Minister 700 is much less common than the D,...

The Minister 700 is much less common than the D, and while the Yashinon f/1.7 lens is great, and I am definitely jealous that you have a couple of them, their prices are a bit higher on the used...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 09-06-2016
Replies: 90
Views: 29,686
Posted By eckmanmj
I really like this image. It proves that an...

I really like this image. It proves that an image doesn't need to have super sharp focus to be beautiful. The out of focus image enhances this image, IMO.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 08-23-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 2,926
Posted By eckmanmj
I updated this review with some new images taken...

I updated this review with some new images taken after replacing the light seals on this camera. No more light leaks! :)
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 08-23-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 3,719
Posted By eckmanmj
Thank you sir for the kind words! I think I have...

Thank you sir for the kind words!

I think I have fixed the image loading problem. I had been experimenting with an image caching feature in Wordpress that was supposed to speed up image loading,...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 08-09-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 2,960
Posted By eckmanmj
No, there is no physical way a 35mm cassette...

No, there is no physical way a 35mm cassette could ever fit into one of these as it's simply too small.

In my research for this model, in every instance where someone loaded 135 format 35mm film...
Forum: Yashica RF 08-09-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 3,424
Posted By eckmanmj
Thanks for the compliments. I am happy you found...

Thanks for the compliments. I am happy you found it informative! :)
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 08-08-2016
Replies: 625
Views: 159,593
Posted By eckmanmj
I don't have many point and shoots in my...

I don't have many point and shoots in my collection, but one of the more recent shots I got was from a Canon AF35ML with the f/1.9 lens. This was taken at the fish market in Seattle this past...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 08-08-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 3,719
Posted By eckmanmj
Beautiful picture! :)

Beautiful picture! :)
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 08-08-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 2,960
Posted By eckmanmj
I go over how to load standard 35mm into the...

I go over how to load standard 35mm into the Univex, but you definitely have to do it in the dark, and you cannot use the 35mm film cassette. The Mercury's door will not close with the cassette in...
Forum: Yashica RF 08-08-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 3,424
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Yashica Minister-D

When it comes to classic Yashica Rangefinders, Electros, Lynxes, and even the old Nicca branded Leica copies usually come up more often than the lowly Minister-D.

Yet, I'm here to tell you that the...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-25-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 772
Posted By eckmanmj
Why do you say that? I see no discernible light...

Why do you say that? I see no discernible light leaks on any of the 16 images I got out of that first roll.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-25-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 772
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Zeiss-Ikon Nettar 515

I received this beautiful Zeiss-Ikon Nettar 515 from my wife for father's day. Unlike most cameras from the 1930s that need some degree of repair in order to work, this camera just needed a gentle...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 07-19-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 3,719
Posted By eckmanmj
I am glad you enjoyed the review Joao! The Vito...

I am glad you enjoyed the review Joao! The Vito II is quite an excellent camera and I hope more people take a chance on them as they're one of the finest examples of a 35mm folding camera!
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 07-13-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 3,719
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Voigtlander Vito II

I recently completed a review of the wonderful Voigtlander Vito II. My example is from around 1951 and has a Prontor-S shutter and Color-Skopar lens.

This camera was a direct competitor to the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-30-2016
Replies: 2
Views: 1,197
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: KMZ Start

I completed a full review of my KMZ Start camera. Mine is an early variant from 1959 which has a '00' serial number on the lens, and what I am told is an uncommon model with glass lenses on the...
Forum: Other RF 05-01-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 4,924
Posted By eckmanmj
If you ever find out, PLEASE let me know as mine...

If you ever find out, PLEASE let me know as mine is off too. It doesn't affect the accuracy of the rangefinder on mine, I just need to pay attention and make sure the two images that are above and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-01-2016
Replies: 36
Views: 4,843
Posted By eckmanmj
I think you hit the nail on the head. The Nikon...

I think you hit the nail on the head. The Nikon N80 is the best value there is for a Nikon film SLR. It has a modern body and many of the same conveniences of DSLRs, yet still shoots film and can...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 04-29-2016
Replies: 2
Views: 1,937
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: Minolta Hi-Matic 7s

It should come as no surprise to anyone here that Minolta made some really great cameras in the 60s and 70s, but one of my favorites is the Hi-Matic 7s. Not quite as desirable as the 7sII or the 9,...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-28-2016
Replies: 0
Views: 661
Posted By eckmanmj
Review: AGFA Billy-Clack No. 74

This isn't a rangefinder, but I couldnt find any other forum to put this in, but here is a review of a recent roll of film I put through the AGFA Billy-Clack No. 74 from the mid 1930s. This is an...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 04-27-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 2,960
Posted By eckmanmj
Thanks for the compliments! :) In an indirect...

Thanks for the compliments! :)

In an indirect way, I have you to thank. Had it not been for your Mercury II CLA post, most likely I would have never had any interest in the Mercury II, which then...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 04-27-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 2,960
Posted By eckmanmj
Thumbs up Review: Univex Mercury Model CC (With Photos)

I spent quite a while working on this review over the winter. Cleaning the body, restoring the shutter and loosening up the helical. I was able to get this Univex Mercury CC in good working...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-26-2016
Replies: 2
Views: 1,363
Posted By eckmanmj
Thumbs up Review: Asahi Pentax ES II

I've posted a few new reviews on my site. One that I got some especially good results was from a Pentax ES II. Its one of the very few screw mount M42 cameras that is capable of auto exposure.

As...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-22-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 4,311
Posted By eckmanmj
Sadly, that Exakta is not mine. I "borrowed"...

Sadly, that Exakta is not mine. I "borrowed" that picture as an attention getting image of a camera that needed to be brought back to life. It was found in the woods of Oregon by a bunch of hikers....
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-22-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 4,311
Posted By eckmanmj
Smile Breathing New Life into Old Cameras

I've been meaning to make some type of guide showing my methods for collimating a lens, replacing light seals, and cleaning leaf shutters. My original plan was to make these 3 separate guides, but...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-14-2016
Replies: 26
Views: 3,670
Posted By eckmanmj
Thats a good plan in theory, but its possible...

Thats a good plan in theory, but its possible that you get such great results from them, you will have a hard time resisting not using them! :) I have shot 1970s expired Verichrome that turned out...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-08-2016
Replies: 26
Views: 3,670
Posted By eckmanmj
Very nice shots! They certainly arent as...

Very nice shots! They certainly arent as convenient to shoot hand held as smaller cameras, but in good lighting with a shutter speed of 1/100 or faster, it shouldn't be a problem.

As for converting...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 03-08-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 4,066
Posted By eckmanmj
It is interesting that mine has the rewind and...

It is interesting that mine has the rewind and advance knobs like your camera on the left, but the shutter speed dial like the one on the right. Thanks for sharing! :)
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 03-08-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 4,066
Posted By eckmanmj
The Signet 35 is certainly small, but the...

The Signet 35 is certainly small, but the controls are quite easy to use. I would say I have average sized male hands and I had no issue using it (other than your right hand easily blocks the...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-07-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 2,661
Posted By eckmanmj
Things moved so fast back then and the Japanese...

Things moved so fast back then and the Japanese camera industry was in such an infancy state, I am sure changes happened constantly.

Here is a sample of what mine looks like. This isn't my actual...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-07-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 2,661
Posted By eckmanmj
I just guess. This Karoron had an extremely...

I just guess. This Karoron had an extremely sticky shutter and gummed up lenses when I got it, so I detached the shutter and completely cleaned everything with Ronsonol to restore proper operation. ...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-07-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 2,661
Posted By eckmanmj
Yes, you described mine perfectly. It has an...

Yes, you described mine perfectly. It has an uncoupled rangefinder with a waist level finder in the top housing. It also has a popup viewfinder that actually has to be in the up position, otherwise...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-07-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 2,926
Posted By eckmanmj
Cool thanks! It always amazes me that no matter...

Cool thanks! It always amazes me that no matter how many times I proof-read my own reviews, I still miss things like that! :)
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 03-07-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 4,066
Posted By eckmanmj
I couldn't agree more. Is it a perfect camera? ...

I couldn't agree more. Is it a perfect camera? Of course not, but it definitely has a bit of a "Rodney Dangerfield" reputation where people scoff at the shutter and just dismiss the...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 03-07-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 4,066
Posted By eckmanmj
By George, you're right! I never knew what that...

By George, you're right! I never knew what that thing was for and in none of my research of this camera, nor any of the comments Ive received since, has someone said that!

THANK YOU! I will...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-07-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 2,661
Posted By eckmanmj
You're welcome, but this is just one of three...

You're welcome, but this is just one of three Japanese 6x4.5 folders in my collection and they're pretty much all well built with good optics. The other two are a Zenobia C, and a Kuribayashi Petri...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-07-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 2,661
Posted By eckmanmj
Kuribayashi (Petri) Karoron Review

From time to time, I write up reviews of some of my film cameras after acquiring them, surveying their condition, cleaning and repairing anything that needs to be done, and then taking them out for...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 03-07-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 4,066
Posted By eckmanmj
Kodak Signet 35 Review

From time to time, I write up reviews of some of my film cameras after acquiring them, surveying their condition, cleaning and repairing anything that needs to be done, and then taking them out for...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-07-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 2,926
Posted By eckmanmj
Canon P Review

From time to time, I write up reviews of some of my film cameras after acquiring them, surveying their condition, cleaning and repairing anything that needs to be done, and then taking them out for...
Forum: Other RF 02-12-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 4,924
Posted By eckmanmj
Glad to see another Lordomat out in action! I...

Glad to see another Lordomat out in action! I havent seen a lens like yours though. Must be a less common variant of the 50/2.8!
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 12-04-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,644
Posted By eckmanmj
For what it's worth, these images above are...

For what it's worth, these images above are resized from the original scans and do not accurately reflect the extreme sharpness of these images.

Even more impressive is that the original scans I do...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 12-04-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,644
Posted By eckmanmj
Kodak Medalist Review and Samples

Today, I present to you my full review of the legendary Kodak Medalist from 1944.

This post is long, but I cover the delicate process of loading film and shooting with the camera. While I still...
Forum: Other RF 12-04-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 4,924
Posted By eckmanmj
Oh man, thats wonderful, thank you! :)

Oh man, thats wonderful, thank you! :)
Forum: Argus RF 12-04-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 3,446
Posted By eckmanmj
I agree with this assessment. I don't believe...

I agree with this assessment. I don't believe that swapping Argus lenses between multiple bodies will consistently work without readjusting the lens.

What surprised me the most about this however,...
Forum: Argus RF 12-03-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 3,446
Posted By eckmanmj
I didnt show the lens for the Matchmatic, but its...

I didnt show the lens for the Matchmatic, but its definitely the newer design. The issue was that the Matchmatic lens would never focus to infinity on the Matchmatic body. I had to loosen the 3 set...
Forum: Argus RF 12-02-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 3,446
Posted By eckmanmj
(Picture 7):

(Picture 7):
Forum: Argus RF 12-02-2015
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Posted By eckmanmj
(Picture 6):

(Picture 6):
Forum: Argus RF 12-02-2015
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Posted By eckmanmj
(Picture 5):

(Picture 5):
Forum: Argus RF 12-02-2015
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Posted By eckmanmj
(Picture 4):

(Picture 4):
Forum: Argus RF 12-02-2015
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Posted By eckmanmj
(Picture 3):

(Picture 3):
Forum: Argus RF 12-02-2015
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Posted By eckmanmj
(Picture 2):

(Picture 2):
Forum: Argus RF 12-02-2015
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Views: 3,446
Posted By eckmanmj
(Picture 1):

(Picture 1):
Forum: Argus RF 12-02-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 3,446
Posted By eckmanmj
I was able to resolve my problem on my own. Here...

I was able to resolve my problem on my own. Here is what I had to do:

Argus C3 Focus Calibration Update:

I was able to finally get the focus correct on my Argus C3. I found a junk C3 that I had...
Forum: Other RF 11-30-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 4,924
Posted By eckmanmj
Leidolf Lordomat Review

I recently got my first roll from a Leidolf Lordomat which I acquired this past summer.

http://www.mikeeckman.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/DSC_7021-1024x678.jpg

Many people may have never heard...
Forum: Argus RF 11-30-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 3,446
Posted By eckmanmj
I was going to try, but the other body is in...

I was going to try, but the other body is in terrible condition. Even if I were to get it right, I wouldnt want to use the other one. The C3 I am trying to get going is in immaculate condition and...
Forum: Argus RF 11-30-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 3,446
Posted By eckmanmj
Unhappy Argus C3 Wont Focus to Infinity

I am really struggling with getting focus correct on my Argus C3 Matchmatic. I've gone through 3 rolls of film in this thing and no matter what I do, infinity focus is always wrong. I have tried to...
Forum: RFF Polls 10-05-2015
Replies: 76
Views: 13,103
Posted By eckmanmj
I use a rangefinder I wear a Kinetic Seiko...

I use a rangefinder
I wear a Kinetic Seiko watch, so I guess thats right.
I have previously owned manual transmission cars, just not right now.
Definitely not, I work for 'the man'
All of my...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-21-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 1,771
Posted By eckmanmj
I concluded that the correct way to get the...

I concluded that the correct way to get the helical in is to turn the focus lever fully counter clockwise (the position normally used for infinity) and then start threading the helical in with the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-16-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 1,771
Posted By eckmanmj
I think I may have answered my own...

I think I may have answered my own question.

Using trial and error and collimating using Scotch Tape on the focal plane and the lens set to infinity, I found that infinity focus was achieved when I...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-15-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 1,771
Posted By eckmanmj
That was the first thing I did! :) He helped me...

That was the first thing I did! :) He helped me out once before when I CLAd my Mercury II, but I know he's super busy, so I thought I would ask a public question as well! :)

I have the camera back...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-15-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 1,771
Posted By eckmanmj
Im still looking for my answer, but I found this...

Im still looking for my answer, but I found this image of an ANSCO Karomat which is the same camera and you can clearly see it is at Infinity. I approximated the gap between the shutter ring and the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-14-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 1,771
Posted By eckmanmj
Agfa Karat 36 Lens Helical Cleaning

Hello,

I am in the process of cleaning and lubing the focus helical on my Agfa Karat 36. I am following these instructions on Flickr and am stuck at this...
Forum: Argus RF 09-10-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 6,485
Posted By eckmanmj
These are wonderful shots. For some reason, I...

These are wonderful shots. For some reason, I can never get my Argus C3 sharply in focus. It just seems a bit "off". I tried the collimate the lens using scotch tape on the film plane, but I...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-24-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 4,619
Posted By eckmanmj
Thanks! I intentionally sought out one with the...

Thanks! I intentionally sought out one with the engraved name and shutter speeds. I think this is the best looking of the Zorki 4s. I had actually wanted a Zorki 3, but they are considerably more...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-23-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 4,619
Posted By eckmanmj
Ron! Thank you SOOO much! Your instructions and...

Ron!

Thank you SOOO much! Your instructions and images were infinitely helpful for me! Thankfully I had none of the problems you warned me about. The sliding black lever was operating properly...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-22-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 4,619
Posted By eckmanmj
Hello, I am having a similar problem on my Zorki...

Hello, I am having a similar problem on my Zorki 4, but I believe I already have fixed the original issue.

Originally, I had the problem where the second curtain would never close. I took the top...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 05-27-2015
Replies: 90
Views: 29,686
Posted By eckmanmj
Kodak Retina IIa with Kodak Max 400. This was...

Kodak Retina IIa with Kodak Max 400. This was the very first roll I put through the camera after acquiring it. The Xenon f/2.0 has a bit of haze inside of the front lens element that I was unable...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 05-04-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 4,917
Posted By eckmanmj
Thanks for the info Chris. I may pick up a IIc...

Thanks for the info Chris. I may pick up a IIc if I find one for a good price. I really like the Retina line, but the haze on mine is discouraging.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-23-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 1,472
Posted By eckmanmj
Oh, and I had the camera set at ISO 400, the lens...

Oh, and I had the camera set at ISO 400, the lens set at f/8. I used the Sunny 16 rule to guess the shutter speeds.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-23-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 1,472
Posted By eckmanmj
Helios 44-2 on Nikon D7000

Lately, Ive had the itch to try some vintage glass on a digital camera. On the digital side, I have invested my money in Nikon DSLRs, so Im stuck with either using an infinity correction lens (which...
Forum: Yashica RF 03-18-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 7,389
Posted By eckmanmj
Dangit, you're right it is 45mm, not 40. Thats...

Dangit, you're right it is 45mm, not 40. Thats what I get for making posts before 8:30am without actually having the camera near me. :)

Still, I think the CCs are overvalued right now.
Forum: Yashica RF 03-18-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 7,389
Posted By eckmanmj
I've made a couple of attempts to purchase a CC...

I've made a couple of attempts to purchase a CC on eBay, but the prices seem to skyrocket beyond what I'm willing to pay. Considering its not hard to find a good working Electro G/GS/GSN/GT/GTN in...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-17-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 3,161
Posted By eckmanmj
Its a Nikon! They're all great! :) Compared...

Its a Nikon! They're all great! :)



Compared to what? Typically spec for spec, used Nikkors hold their value more than any other brand of lens (OEM or third party). They appeal to pretty much...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 03-17-2015
Replies: 106
Views: 30,526
Posted By eckmanmj
Buy another! There are tons for sale on eBay and...

Buy another! There are tons for sale on eBay and shopgoodwill.com! :)
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 03-16-2015
Replies: 106
Views: 30,526
Posted By eckmanmj
The best thing going for the Konica and Yashicas...

The best thing going for the Konica and Yashicas are how cheap you can find them. The Konica Auto S2 is very similar in size to the Electro, but uses an easier to find battery PX625, of which you...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 03-15-2015
Replies: 106
Views: 30,526
Posted By eckmanmj
Frankly, there is no wrong answer here. All 5...

Frankly, there is no wrong answer here. All 5 cameras you mentioned are great, and are capable of amazing shots. It would seem that the Konica is the one that has gotten the most praise from the...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-26-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 4,353
Posted By eckmanmj
You're right, I dont know what I was thinking! ...

You're right, I dont know what I was thinking! For some reason, all I could picture were the LM models with the flip down light meter covers! :)
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-25-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 4,353
Posted By eckmanmj
In addition to the other excellent...

In addition to the other excellent recommendations here, I'd like to throw into the mix for consideration the Yashica-Mat. It predates the 124 and 124G models by a couple of years, but for my money...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-20-2015
Replies: 2,011
Views: 603,882
Posted By eckmanmj
I *REALLY* like this pic. Ive been staring at it...

I *REALLY* like this pic. Ive been staring at it for the past 5 minutes, and I can almost hear the nonsensical rambling story this guy is probably telling...

Is there any post processing on this...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-20-2015
Replies: 2,011
Views: 603,882
Posted By eckmanmj
This was a spontaneous shot of my son sitting in...

This was a spontaneous shot of my son sitting in the grass at a car show on Labor Day. I shot this with a 1957 Yashica-Mat on Ilford 100.

http://www.mikeeckman.com/media/pic/965465327.jpg
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-18-2015
Replies: 59
Views: 12,211
Posted By eckmanmj
Was this a sale for $1.49? I just checked...

Was this a sale for $1.49? I just checked Adorama, and their 36 exp Fuji 200 is $2.99. Not a bad price, but still twice as much.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-18-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 4,067
Posted By eckmanmj
I had a Nikon EL2 that consistently made shots...

I had a Nikon EL2 that consistently made shots out of focus that look almost identical to yours and it infuriated me. I looked at the lens, my technique, and a few other things.

It ended up being...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-16-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 5,329
Posted By eckmanmj
This is what I call a "beautiful ugly" camera! I...

This is what I call a "beautiful ugly" camera! I love the wear marks, and the brassing, and the patina, yet, I am sure this camera still works as good as the day it was new!

I had an EL2 in similar...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-16-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 7,076
Posted By eckmanmj
I am only quoting the last response, but thanks...

I am only quoting the last response, but thanks everyone for the responses! I know 3 TLRs aren't a lot. I guess I had a little bit of buyers remorse seeing these beauties sitting on my desk along...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-16-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 7,076
Posted By eckmanmj
Im 0 for 2 on FSU cameras. My first Kiev had...

Im 0 for 2 on FSU cameras. My first Kiev had pretty much everything wrong with it (all slow speeds were way off, film transport problems where every frame overlapped, and the rangefinder was way...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-06-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 7,076
Posted By eckmanmj
Do you have any recommendations on cleaning the...

Do you have any recommendations on cleaning the viewfinder? I tried simple air in a can and that only got the stuff on the surface of the lens off. If I shine a flashlight down through the...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-06-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 7,076
Posted By eckmanmj
Convince Me to Keep This Flexaret VII

I didn't mean to buy this camera.

I wasn't looking for a Flexaret, I swear!

But there it was, on the 'Bay from a US seller that had no idea what it was. He had an opening bid of $50 and I...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 02-05-2015
Replies: 55
Views: 27,599
Posted By eckmanmj
Something just occurred to me. Is it possible...

Something just occurred to me. Is it possible that you have the Univex Mercury CC (the first model)? The CC had leather on the back part of the "hump" instead of the serial number plate like on the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-02-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 5,329
Posted By eckmanmj
Thanks for all of the quick responses. I realize...

Thanks for all of the quick responses.

I realize its illogical to demand a camera with no meter of any kind, and logically I know that I could accomplish having a manual camera with mirror lockup by...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-02-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 5,329
Posted By eckmanmj
Fully Mechanical SLR With Mirror Lockup

I am looking to add to my collection a fully mechanical SLR from the 50s or 60s that has absolutely no electronics, no light meter of any kind, but has a mirror lockup.

I have SLRs with mirror...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 01-27-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 4,917
Posted By eckmanmj
When you say 'the surface that faces the...

When you say 'the surface that faces the shutter', do you mean the lens elements that are BEHIND the shutter facing forward, or the lens elements on the front of the camera facing the front of the...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 01-26-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 4,917
Posted By eckmanmj
I have unscrewed the front element, but never...

I have unscrewed the front element, but never separated the front 2 elements. I saw the two screws you were talking about, and Im not against giving that a shot, but my understanding is that this...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-26-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 728
Posted By eckmanmj
It's a false positive that only happens with...

It's a false positive that only happens with Avast. Try accessing it on your phone or another computer with something other than Avast, and it will be fine.

I have already submitted a false...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 01-26-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 4,917
Posted By eckmanmj
In case this helps, here are two pics of the...

In case this helps, here are two pics of the camera. I didnt intend on taking them on the colored tile floor of my son's bedroom, but I was sitting there and liked how the colors looked, so I took...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-26-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 728
Posted By eckmanmj
Next Generation of Film Photographers!

Im always looking for ways to instill my influence on my son. When he was one day old, the first music he heard in the hospital was Master of Puppets by Metallica, Ive shot many photos of him on my...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 01-26-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 4,917
Posted By eckmanmj
Another Retina IIa Lens Haze Thread

I've read the posts here and on other sites about cleaning (or more precisely, the inability to clean) haze off of an effected lens.

From my research, the Xenon is especially prone to haze on the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-26-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 8,753
Posted By eckmanmj
I have the regular Yashica-Mat (not LM, EM, 124,...

I have the regular Yashica-Mat (not LM, EM, 124, etc) from 1958 and I love it! Ive looked at several other TLRs, and so far, the Yashica-Mat suits me in every way. I prefer the film advance crank...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-24-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,622
Posted By eckmanmj
So, I learned something today. I took a night...

So, I learned something today.

I took a night off messing with the FED because I was not having luck. No matter what I did, when I assembled everything, the curtains would not come together at the...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 01-24-2015
Replies: 55
Views: 27,599
Posted By eckmanmj
I haven't been able to find any conclusive...

I haven't been able to find any conclusive evidence regarding when those "feet" started to appear. As a matter of fact, the best information about serial numbers is in this thread by Accursius.

I...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-22-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 3,030
Posted By eckmanmj
There is already a lot of great info here, but...

There is already a lot of great info here, but I'll add my two cents.

1. Get a good pair of precision screwdrivers. Wiha makes excellent ones that you can find easily on Amazon.

2. Get a large,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-22-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 8,753
Posted By eckmanmj
Thanks for the plug. I am aware that a very...

Thanks for the plug. I am aware that a very small amount of anti-virus programs incorrectly flag my website as a spyware site, but that is not true. I think the problem is that since I host it out...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-22-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,622
Posted By eckmanmj
I tell you, this is INFURIATINGLY difficult, but...

I tell you, this is INFURIATINGLY difficult, but I actually think I am making progress.

I have the new curtains and ribbons glued onto the spools correctly and I know how to insert them into the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-22-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 8,753
Posted By eckmanmj
Done! I credited you and put a copyright symbol...

Done! I credited you and put a copyright symbol and date of 2011 under the image. If you click the link in the original post, and hit refresh on your browser, it is in the section near the top...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-21-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 8,753
Posted By eckmanmj
David, do I have your permission to use this...

David, do I have your permission to use this picture in my Guide? I would put it in the area talking about old film. Its a really interesting picture with a lot of history in it and I think it...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-20-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,622
Posted By eckmanmj
Replacing Curtains on FED 2

I am midway through replacing both curtains on my FED 2. I ordered a set of New Old Stock curtains from Fedka, so I know that they are properly sized and the metal lathes were already installed. I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-20-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 8,753
Posted By eckmanmj
I also wanted to add that I am enjoying this...

I also wanted to add that I am enjoying this discussion as well! Even though it goes way beyond the intent of my post, its really cool to hear that people are learning new things in ways I never...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-19-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 8,753
Posted By eckmanmj
Thanks for the links! Keep the info coming!...

Thanks for the links! Keep the info coming! :)

I read the link about bulk roll and could definitely see the cost savings for someone who shoots a lot of film.

I still want to stick to just things...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-16-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 8,753
Posted By eckmanmj
Thanks again for the suggestions! Keep 'em...

Thanks again for the suggestions! Keep 'em coming! :)

I clarified the difference between an uncoupled and coupled light meter.

I added more info to the description of TLRs including the inverted...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-16-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 8,753
Posted By eckmanmj
I actually re-read eBay's selling policy and...

I actually re-read eBay's selling policy and although it does give you the option to say "No Returns", eBay still requires sellers to accept returns if the description of the item is wrong, or...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-16-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 8,753
Posted By eckmanmj
Thanks again to all of the people who posted kind...

Thanks again to all of the people who posted kind words! :) Feel free to share the link to anyone whom you think could benefit from this information.



These are good points which I'll include. I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-15-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 8,753
Posted By eckmanmj
Awesome, thanks for the correction. I have...

Awesome, thanks for the correction. I have updated the wording:

"Some auctions qualify for eBay's Hassle Free Returns policy, but the seller does not have to allow this. Even if they don't, you...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-15-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 8,753
Posted By eckmanmj
Thanks everyone for the comments! I have to say...

Thanks everyone for the comments! I have to say Im already impressed that a bunch of people havent already started finding massive amounts of technical errors! :)



Yeah, I think theres actually...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-15-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 8,753
Posted By eckmanmj
Mike's Guide to Buying Old Cameras

I thought I would share this with everyone in case you are just getting into the hobby of buying old cameras, or know someone who is.

Obviously, there is already a TON of information already out...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 01-07-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 1,159
Posted By eckmanmj
Rename Thread

I misspelled the brand of camera in a thread I created. I think the post has some good info for future users of the site, but they may not find the thread because I misppelled it. I cannot find a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-07-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 3,434
Posted By eckmanmj
Update 4: I collimated the lens using my Nikon...

Update 4:

I collimated the lens using my Nikon D7000 in live view mode. I tried it two ways, one with scotch tape and the other with an unused piece of film (the brownish...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 01-07-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 5,306
Posted By eckmanmj
Update 4: I collimated the lens using my Nikon...

Update 4:

I collimated the lens using my Nikon D7000 in live view mode. I tried it two ways, one with scotch tape and the other with an unused piece of film (the brownish...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 01-07-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 5,306
Posted By eckmanmj
I already told you this in private message, but...

I already told you this in private message, but I'll say it here again, these pictures are wonderful! Some of the best truly vintage photos I've seen!

For anyone else reading this thread, it was...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-07-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 3,434
Posted By eckmanmj
Hopefully this info helps someone else. Normally...

Hopefully this info helps someone else. Normally I don't tear into old cameras, but I had a lot of luck rebuilding several Argus C3s which I've heard people refer to as the "Ford Model T" of...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 01-07-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 5,306
Posted By eckmanmj
Update: One small correction about the washers. ...

Update:

One small correction about the washers. I had originally said there were 3 that were all under the focus knob, this isnt true. One of the washers is smaller and thicker than the other two....
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-07-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 3,434
Posted By eckmanmj
Update: One small correction about the washers. ...

Update:

One small correction about the washers. I had originally said there were 3 that were all under the focus knob, this isnt true. One of the washers is smaller and thicker than the other two....
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 01-07-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 5,306
Posted By eckmanmj
Like I said, I still haven't reassembled the...

Like I said, I still haven't reassembled the rangefinder yet, so I dont know if I messed up focus, but even if I did, that cant be that hard to adjust either.

Whats most amazing to me that is I...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 01-07-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 5,306
Posted By eckmanmj
I fixed my problem! And the amazing thing, it...

I fixed my problem! And the amazing thing, it really wasnt that difficult. Trusting in the fact that the older a camera is, typically the simpler it is, and the fact that I had a nice set of Wiha...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-07-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 3,434
Posted By eckmanmj
I fixed my problem! And the amazing thing, it...

I fixed my problem! And the amazing thing, it really wasnt that difficult. Trusting in the fact that the older a camera is, typically the simpler it is, and the fact that I had a nice set of Wiha...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 01-07-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 5,306
Posted By eckmanmj
Good eye! No, its not stuck there, that just...

Good eye! No, its not stuck there, that just happened to be where it was when I took the picture.

The knob freely moves between the rewind and normal positions, its when you go to turn the knob to...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 01-06-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 5,306
Posted By eckmanmj
I have a prewar Dollina II. Its NOT the Super...

I have a prewar Dollina II. Its NOT the Super Dollina from after the war.

The problem with mine is that the takeup spool is frozen and I cannot advance the film winding knob. My front door,...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 01-06-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 5,306
Posted By eckmanmj
When you say you have a box of "them". Do you...

When you say you have a box of "them". Do you mean a box of Dollinas or other cameras?!

If you have broken Dollinas, if theres a chance that you have one with a bad shutter, but good body, maybe I...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 01-06-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 5,306
Posted By eckmanmj
Ive now heard back from 3 different people who...

Ive now heard back from 3 different people who have had Certo Dollinas with the same problem as me. Apparently something either gets jammed or possibly some kind of lubrication turns into glue over...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-05-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 3,434
Posted By eckmanmj
Robert, I received and responded to your email. ...

Robert, I received and responded to your email. Thank you very much! :)
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-05-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 3,434
Posted By eckmanmj
What is so frustrating is that everything else...

What is so frustrating is that everything else works on this camera. The lens is really clean and free of haze and fungus and the shutter works at all speeds, even 1/2 and 1 sec. I have MANY...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-05-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 3,434
Posted By eckmanmj
Wow! Thanks for all of the good info, this is...

Wow! Thanks for all of the good info, this is all great to know!

I actually like cameras with quirks where you have to take special precaution to accomplish simple tasks that other cameras simplify...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 01-05-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 5,306
Posted By eckmanmj
I am having the EXACT same problem with my Certo...

I am having the EXACT same problem with my Certo Dollina II. Mine is also in great shape, the lens is clear, and the shutter works at all speeds, but nothing I do can get the film advance to work. ...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-05-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 3,434
Posted By eckmanmj
Certo Dollina II Problem

Im not sure if this is the correct spot for a technical question, but since there arent any dedicated forums for Certo Dollinas, I thought Id start here.

I picked up a nice Certo Dollina II from...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-05-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 2,891
Posted By eckmanmj
Cool, thanks for the additional info. Based on...

Cool, thanks for the additional info. Based on my limited knowledge, your Jsorette was probably one of the very first, made in 1936-37.

I finally got some pictures of my actual B2 Commander. Here...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-02-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 2,891
Posted By eckmanmj
In case anyone ever finds this thread and has...

In case anyone ever finds this thread and has questions about the AGFA/ANSCO B2 Commander, I have come to some conclusions.

AGFA and ANSCO merged in 1928 and ANSCO began the practice of releasing...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 12-24-2014
Replies: 55
Views: 27,599
Posted By eckmanmj
Kinda like the Mercury II! Almost 70 years later...

Kinda like the Mercury II! Almost 70 years later and many of them are still alive and kicking! :)
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 12-23-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 2,415
Posted By eckmanmj
Yes, I have looked at your restoration photos...

Yes, I have looked at your restoration photos several times and I am still on the fence about how far I want to go into this camera. Right now, everything seems to work fine. I have no problems...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-22-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 962
Posted By eckmanmj
Aaah that makes perfect sense! Hopefully you...

Aaah that makes perfect sense! Hopefully you didnt go through the effort of making that graphic for me, but it makes sense to me now! :)
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-22-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 962
Posted By eckmanmj
Collimation Question

A while back I disassembled my Argus C3 and knew I'd have to collimate the lens to get the focus right.

I watched a couple of tutorials online showing how to do it with a DSLR, some scotch tape and...
Forum: Other RF 12-21-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 1,484
Posted By eckmanmj
I also have a Yashica Electro 35 GS and while I...

I also have a Yashica Electro 35 GS and while I love that camera too, I think that the Konica is slightly more capable of better shots. For my eyes, the rangefinder in the Konica is easier to...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 12-21-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 2,415
Posted By eckmanmj
I have not posted any pictures of my actual...

I have not posted any pictures of my actual camera since its in pretty rough shape. I plan on doing some restoration on it and replacing the leather, and once I do that, I'll be sure to post some...
Forum: Other RF 12-21-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 1,484
Posted By eckmanmj
Pics from my Wards am551 (same as Konica Auto S2)

I picked up this camera dirt cheap on ebay from someone who most likely did not know what it was. This camera is officially called the Wards am551 and was sold by the Montgomery Wards department...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-21-2014
Replies: 0
Views: 934
Posted By eckmanmj
Pictures from my FED 2

I got my scans back from Dwayne's Photo in Kansas from my first (and possibly only) roll through my Type C2 FED 2. This is the same camera I started a thread on a couple of days ago with the broken...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 12-21-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 2,415
Posted By eckmanmj
Oh, I should add that the last picture of the...

Oh, I should add that the last picture of the house with the Christmas Lights, I shot in bulb mode with the camera propped on the roof of my car and the aperture at f/3.5, and I just counted to 2...
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