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Forum: RFF Polls 02-28-2015
Replies: 70
Views: 11,843
Posted By ZeissFan
Reminder: "Contax" is a brand name and not a...

Reminder: "Contax" is a brand name and not a manufacturer. Yashica had the rights to use the Contax brand, and when Yashica became part of Kyocera, those rights were transferred to Kyocera.

Kyocera...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-25-2015
Replies: 70
Views: 11,843
Posted By ZeissFan
Reliability? Probably go with a Nikon but step...

Reliability? Probably go with a Nikon but step down to an F2A/AS.

It's possible that you will need to replace the foam seals on all of the Japanese-manufactured cameras.

I probably wouldn't use...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 02-21-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 5,721
Posted By ZeissFan
For those who don't know, the VF 101 is the Zeiss...

For those who don't know, the VF 101 is the Zeiss Ikon sibling to the Zeiss Ikon S 312. Both have Tessar type lenses - the Zeiss Ikon has a Tessar while the VF 101 has a Skopar.

To be honest, it...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-21-2015
Replies: 1
Views: 1,453
Posted By ZeissFan
The big change in Epson's new scanners is the...

The big change in Epson's new scanners is the move to LED lighting and away from flourescent. The negative holders that I saw had transparent plastic (i don't think they would use glass from a cost...
Forum: Other RF 02-19-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 1,463
Posted By ZeissFan
If the meter needle sweeps smoothly and rapidly...

If the meter needle sweeps smoothly and rapidly as you move from light to dark to light, the selenium cell is fine.

If the needle barely budges, then the selenium cell could be dead. I haven't...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 01-22-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 11,955
Posted By ZeissFan
Give it time. You might get your material soon....

Give it time. You might get your material soon. You might need to follow up with him. You might not ever get a reply, your order or a refund.

I've had very good experiences with Aki Asahi, although...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-21-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 1,278
Posted By ZeissFan
It probably needs to be serviced. Was it ever...

It probably needs to be serviced. Was it ever serviced? If not, you can't expect a mechanical device to run for decades and decades without it ever being service.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-18-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 4,296
Posted By ZeissFan
Yep, it's always embarrassing when you get busted...

Yep, it's always embarrassing when you get busted when you're trying to shoot on the sly.
Forum: Olympus RF 01-17-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 4,137
Posted By ZeissFan
I bought one for $3 at a church sale. It's a good...

I bought one for $3 at a church sale. It's a good camera. It has a sluggish meter needle.

I replaced the foam seals, and it works fine.

You should always use the wrist strap, because the body is...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-17-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 2,005
Posted By ZeissFan
There used to be a lot of cheap Polaroid cameras...

There used to be a lot of cheap Polaroid cameras out there. Those have front-surface mirrors that can be cut down to size.

With a TLR mirror, you can use spacers under the mirror. You probably...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-16-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 4,445
Posted By ZeissFan
The high gloss of a new buffed leather covering...

The high gloss of a new buffed leather covering recedes after a few days. It's leather. Treat it as you would treat other leather products.

There are times when the original covering is beyond...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-14-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 4,405
Posted By ZeissFan
I probably would check the collimation of the...

I probably would check the collimation of the lens on the Yashica.

Unless you know the history of the lens, there is always the possibility that the Yashica lens panel might not be parallel to the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-14-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 1,867
Posted By ZeissFan
There are so many possibilities that it's...

There are so many possibilities that it's impossible to say what is wrong without physically inspecting the camera and possibly removing the top of the camera to inspect the gears.

Some Rollei 35s...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-13-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 850
Posted By ZeissFan
There are some good combos to try. This isn't one...

There are some good combos to try. This isn't one of them for the reasons stated above.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-12-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 2,070
Posted By ZeissFan
No - never judge a book by its cover. Didn't your...

No - never judge a book by its cover. Didn't your mama ever teach you anything?
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-11-2015
Replies: 51
Views: 10,021
Posted By ZeissFan
Here's a Bilora Bella...

Here's a Bilora Bella 66:

http://elekm.net/oddpix/Bilora_Bella_66_02.jpg

http://elekm.net/oddpix/Bilora_Bella_66_01.jpg

Notice that the lens, an achromat (two elements), is made by Rodenstock.

It...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-11-2015
Replies: 51
Views: 10,021
Posted By ZeissFan
Kodak also made a number of 620 cameras aimed...

Kodak also made a number of 620 cameras aimed squarely at the amateur.

Many are bakelite bodies, so you need to handle them a bit carefully, because the bakelite can chip or crack easily.

Argus...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-04-2015
Replies: 94
Views: 11,653
Posted By ZeissFan
I think the word you want to use is "quiet" - not...

I think the word you want to use is "quiet" - not "silent."

Silent means no sound. Quiet means less sound.

In any case, I think the Olympus OMs (single digit models) are quiet cameras. After that,...
Forum: Fuji X Series 01-02-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 2,288
Posted By ZeissFan
Jeez - who ever thought that a camera would have...

Jeez - who ever thought that a camera would have a power saving mode that would reduce the CPU speed? For that matter, who ever thought a camera would have a CPU?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-02-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 2,797
Posted By ZeissFan
That's an unusual copy that you have. Most of...

That's an unusual copy that you have. Most of these Silettes have an Apotar. The Solinar is a Tessar type lens - a better lens than an Apotar.

You will need to remove the focus/lens name ring....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-02-2015
Replies: 189
Views: 43,045
Posted By ZeissFan
Of all of the Contaflex camera, the Contaflex I...

Of all of the Contaflex camera, the Contaflex I and II are the easiest to service. However, the issue with many of these cameras is the pentaprism.

Because most have sat unused for decades, many of...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-01-2015
Replies: 59
Views: 8,633
Posted By ZeissFan
I don't go for the lowest bidder. This is for...

I don't go for the lowest bidder. This is for your photography.

Therefore, I don't buy the cheap Chinese stuff. It might be OK for testing cameras, but that's it. The quality seems to be too...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-31-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 2,797
Posted By ZeissFan
There are so many Agfa cameras named "Silette"...

There are so many Agfa cameras named "Silette" that you should post a photo of it.

In general, the Agfas used a grease that today has the consistency of concrete - as you now know.

I've used some...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-31-2014
Replies: 56
Views: 4,956
Posted By ZeissFan
The Biotar doesn't have the rear protruding lens...

The Biotar doesn't have the rear protruding lens housing that the early Tessar has. This is the only lens that I've had trouble adapting to other M42 cameras.

This version of the Tessar is very...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-31-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 2,015
Posted By ZeissFan
Interesting comparison of with and without the...

Interesting comparison of with and without the auxiliary lens. There is noticeable corner shading, and the wide effect doesn't seem much more than stepping back about 3,5 meters (10 feet).
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-31-2014
Replies: 56
Views: 4,956
Posted By ZeissFan
If it's M42, it will only fit a couple of...

If it's M42, it will only fit a couple of cameras: The very early Contax/Pentacon. I don't know if it will work on a Praktica.

The early Contax/Pentacons have a smaller mirror, which is able to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-30-2014
Replies: 44
Views: 4,677
Posted By ZeissFan
I would purchase a Summitar - which should be a...

I would purchase a Summitar - which should be a better performer in many aspects. Plus, you won't have any problem finding a coated version.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-30-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 2,474
Posted By ZeissFan
Interesting about the straps that Frank Marshman...

Interesting about the straps that Frank Marshman installed. I wonder what material he used.

As I said, I'm planning to tackle strap replacements on mine soon. It's not a job that I'm relishing, but...
Forum: Other RF 12-30-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1,165
Posted By ZeissFan
Yes, it probably is stuck to the tape. Try...

Yes, it probably is stuck to the tape. Try loosening it by prying gently. If that doesn't work, get a small block of wood and LIGHTLY tap it.

I've owned about 15 of these at one time or another....
Forum: Zeiss Contax 12-30-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,913
Posted By ZeissFan
If you pose your question to the Zeiss Ikon...

If you pose your question to the Zeiss Ikon Collectors Group on Yahoo, the members there should be able to provide you with a month and date of manufacture for the body and the lens.

The Tenax II...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 12-30-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 5,842
Posted By ZeissFan
You need to replace that godawful viewfinder on...

You need to replace that godawful viewfinder on top with a proper black Zeiss Ikon finder. Otherwise, good find and good shots.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 12-30-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 6,201
Posted By ZeissFan
I think I might fill the Contax name with some...

I think I might fill the Contax name with some white or ivory color. Otherwise, looks rather cool, although it reminds me too much of the poorly made Soviet knockoffs.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 12-30-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 5,341
Posted By ZeissFan
I was going to tell you that you need to...

I was going to tell you that you need to reposition the gear that controls the upper curtain. It must be in a certain position, otherwise, you get no tension on the upper curtain.

Personally, the...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-28-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 7,456
Posted By ZeissFan
The word "mint" should be disregarded. It's used...

The word "mint" should be disregarded. It's used all-too-often to describe an item that doesn't have any visible marks. There are very few cameras that are "mint" - even the ones that are sold here...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-28-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,278
Posted By ZeissFan
Are you sure it's a 520/2, because I think that...

Are you sure it's a 520/2, because I think that should be a 530/2. I don't believe that a Super Ikomat/Ikonta 520/2 was produced.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-28-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 2,474
Posted By ZeissFan
I have one that needs new shutter straps. I shot...

I have one that needs new shutter straps. I shot several rolls before the straps broke (damn!).

It's a heavy camera. The body is heavy. The lenses (even the 50mm Sonnar) are heavy.

As a user, it's...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 12-28-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 10,021
Posted By ZeissFan
The Apotar is a well-designed triplet and should...

The Apotar is a well-designed triplet and should give you decent photos. When Zeiss Ikon stopped making medium format folding cameras, it stopped making medium format cameras altogether.

I have a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-02-2014
Replies: 330
Views: 50,233
Posted By ZeissFan
I have a couple of Contessa-Nettel cameras...

I have a couple of Contessa-Nettel cameras (pre-1929) and two 9x12 press cameras. I sort of think there is something older, but I can't recall off-hand.

I have a lot of prewar cameras and a pre-1929...
Forum: Digital Compacts 12-02-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 8,423
Posted By ZeissFan
I'm not a fan of cameras without viewfinders. But...

I'm not a fan of cameras without viewfinders. But I'm in the minority. Nice camera, but I'd find it to be a better deal at about $350, which means a used camera.
Forum: Olympus RF 12-01-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,461
Posted By ZeissFan
It sounds to me like the shutter needs to be...

It sounds to me like the shutter needs to be serviced. This is very common with cameras that have leaf shutters. In fact, nearly every camera equipped with a leaf shutter that I've encountered (more...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-22-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,921
Posted By ZeissFan
I think it depends on the filter and the film and...

I think it depends on the filter and the film and also the shutter speed.

Some filter makers put the exposure factor on the filter Some don't.

If two doesn't seem enough, try three.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-18-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 4,579
Posted By ZeissFan
This question seems to come up every few...

This question seems to come up every few months.

Olympus 35 RC comes to mind, but if you step back into the 1950s, you have a lot of offerings, including many from Germany.

The little folding Zeiss...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 11-17-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 6,825
Posted By ZeissFan
There are three screws that hold the front lens...

There are three screws that hold the front lens group to the barrel. There is a small flat plastic ring that covers the three screws. Did you remove those? How did you get the lens apart?

As for the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-13-2014
Replies: 61
Views: 7,706
Posted By ZeissFan
Pentax MX is a nice little camera with the...

Pentax MX is a nice little camera with the emphasis on little. If you have large hands/paws, it might seem too small to you.

Excellent viewfinder. Shutter dial is stiff to turn. The "magic fingers"...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-04-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,322
Posted By ZeissFan
I recall reading somewhere (on the Web, of...

I recall reading somewhere (on the Web, of course) about the possibility of dirty electromagnets.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-04-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 2,399
Posted By ZeissFan
I'm converting all of my enlargers to use LED...

I'm converting all of my enlargers to use LED lights. I don't print color, so it won't be a problem. The only issue will be even illumination across the frame. With a condenser enlarger...
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 10-30-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 7,344
Posted By ZeissFan
That "rumor" is the dumbest thing that I've read...

That "rumor" is the dumbest thing that I've read this month. No facts. no sources. It proves that you can simply be an idiot with a computer and make others believe that what you say is true. Not...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 10-26-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,202
Posted By ZeissFan
There are enough Super Ikonta A models on the...

There are enough Super Ikonta A models on the market that you shouldn't have to buy one that's in poor condition.

I have owned several of these. They are nice little shooters, and the coupled...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-18-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 3,401
Posted By ZeissFan
I agree with the others: - A true macro lens...

I agree with the others:

- A true macro lens would be my first choice.

- A not-fast normal lens would be next.

- A zoom lens would be my last option.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-18-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,028
Posted By ZeissFan
Not to be sarcastic, but if Leica offers a...

Not to be sarcastic, but if Leica offers a diagnosis, don't you think that you should believe them?

I guess we all seek second opinions, but if it's under warranty, I would send it to Leica.
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 09-28-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 1,746
Posted By ZeissFan
That's what I had heard - what is written in the...

That's what I had heard - what is written in the photo of the camera manual page.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 08-02-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 10,380
Posted By ZeissFan
I think the five-blade aperture arrived much...

I think the five-blade aperture arrived much later - in the 1960s. Perhaps, it was a cost-cutting move.

I think that I saw in this thread the the mention of a Xenar on a Rolleiflex 2.8C. That would...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-01-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,520
Posted By ZeissFan
I'm not going to say that I am 100% certain, but...

I'm not going to say that I am 100% certain, but I don't believe that a lens can cause that type of fogging. Simply because of the circular nature of lenses to create an arc-shaped flare or flare...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-24-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 805
Posted By ZeissFan
I thought the Exa was an Exakta mount and not...

I thought the Exa was an Exakta mount and not M42. Does the Exa 1b use M42 - I actually don't know the answer to this.

I had the original Exa with the small barrel Tessar. Nice little camera, and I...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 07-23-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 4,462
Posted By ZeissFan
Stitching photos is a very difficult and tedious...

Stitching photos is a very difficult and tedious task. The scanning exposure for each segment must be nearly exact, and if you plan to scan your negatives using a digital camera, then you will need...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 07-23-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 4,462
Posted By ZeissFan
If you aren't getting quality scans from the...

If you aren't getting quality scans from the V700, either the scanner is faulty, the negatives aren't flat or your process is faulty.

I first would investigate the flatness of the negatives. The...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-20-2014
Replies: 79
Views: 5,171
Posted By ZeissFan
I would get another camera from my cabinet and...

I would get another camera from my cabinet and have fun. Life goes on.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-19-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 6,960
Posted By ZeissFan
I've shot with the Rollei IR film and was very...

I've shot with the Rollei IR film and was very pleased with it.

Although the filterless ISO is 400, once you slap an IR filter onto it, the effective ISO drops sharply to between 12 and 25. The IR...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-13-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 6,404
Posted By ZeissFan
Balda was never the top-tier maker of cameras....

Balda was never the top-tier maker of cameras. They aimed squarely at the amateur segment. However, there often is no logic when it comes to eBay sales.

Remember that Nikon lens shade that went for...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 07-13-2014
Replies: 127
Views: 22,237
Posted By ZeissFan
I have too many. Lost count. A couple of 2.8C...

I have too many. Lost count. A couple of 2.8C (all need work), a couple 3.5F models, an Automat, a prewar Automat, a very early Rolleiflex, several Rolleicords, two Zeiss Ikon Ikoflex Favorits, and...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-13-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 10,377
Posted By ZeissFan
I'm also in the camp that doesn't see a huge...

I'm also in the camp that doesn't see a huge performance difference in fornt-cell focusing and unit focusing.

However, I do understand that moving the entire lens should result in a sharper image...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-12-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 2,630
Posted By ZeissFan
Look, if you're willing to take customers' money,...

Look, if you're willing to take customers' money, then you must add people to handle capacity.

Sadly, this comes up way too often, and the responses are always the same:
- Some get orders filled...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 07-07-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 966
Posted By ZeissFan
I don't think an overheating battery would create...

I don't think an overheating battery would create sensor noise, but I could be wrong.

I think the bigger danger from an overheating lithium-ion battery is meltdown, which might result in the...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 07-04-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 3,667
Posted By ZeissFan
Regarding the suggestion to have older cameras...

Regarding the suggestion to have older cameras serviced, mostly there are a few things involved:

- Remove old, hardened or dried lubrication and then apply new lubrication.
- Clean viewfinders,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-04-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 3,287
Posted By ZeissFan
Lens design is always about compromise, whether...

Lens design is always about compromise, whether it be speed, contrast, distortion, weight or cost.

And then there are discussions about focus shift, rendering of the image, rendering of the...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-02-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 741
Posted By ZeissFan
From a user standpoint, the camera can be easier...

From a user standpoint, the camera can be easier to hold if the lens bed folds down like most (but not all) 6x6 cameras do.

I'm sure it was possible to make a 6x9 with a lens bed that folds down,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-30-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 984
Posted By ZeissFan
You should be prepared to spend much more for the...

You should be prepared to spend much more for the repair than the what you likely paid for the camera. Remember, the cost of work isn't based on the value of the camera but on the amount of time it...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-28-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 3,808
Posted By ZeissFan
I agree, although I haven't had the opportunity...

I agree, although I haven't had the opportunity to use that many adapters.

However, I think that these are being produced (pushed out) so quickly that I would be concerned about quality control and...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-27-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 3,808
Posted By ZeissFan
I think distance scales today on most lenses are...

I think distance scales today on most lenses are not precise. They should be, but it seems that if you pick up three different cameras and focus on the same object that is between 5 and 15 feet from...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-27-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,412
Posted By ZeissFan
That camera doesn't sound mint to me. Your...

That camera doesn't sound mint to me.

Your options are straightforward:

- Keep it and get it repaired.
- Return for a partial or full refund.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 06-26-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 6,939
Posted By ZeissFan
Regarding the 40mm Sonnar for the Rollei 35 RF, I...

Regarding the 40mm Sonnar for the Rollei 35 RF, I had read that the lens elements were made in Japan (likely by Cosina, which made the body) with final assembly of the lens being done in Germany....
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-23-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 4,461
Posted By ZeissFan
Generally with digital and Web things, everyone...

Generally with digital and Web things, everyone just mimics what others are doing.

If you visit news sites, for examples, the popup ad has returned in a big way.

Then there are those links at the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-22-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 7,020
Posted By ZeissFan
I think that's one of the best comments that I've...

I think that's one of the best comments that I've read in the 35mm vs. medium format discussion.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-21-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,221
Posted By ZeissFan
Prices of the earlier versions probably won't...

Prices of the earlier versions probably won't drop. This isn't a digital camera.

I think book collectors - can't really call them bookies ... that's another type of person - usually go for first...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 06-16-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 4,255
Posted By ZeissFan
The folding Retinas are some of the greatest...

The folding Retinas are some of the greatest classics of all time. And the Xenars are outstanding lenses - coated or uncoated.

You never have to make an excuse for using a Xenar.
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 06-14-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 4,340
Posted By ZeissFan
Is your Rollei 35 a "Made in Germany" model? I...

Is your Rollei 35 a "Made in Germany" model? I think those lenses are single-coated. The later Rollei-branded Tessars seem to have a much deeper coating. And the Sonnars use Rollei's HFT...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-13-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 3,005
Posted By ZeissFan
I generally take a Contax IIa with 35-50-135...

I generally take a Contax IIa with 35-50-135 lenses and the turret finder. I also usually pack a folding medium format camera. Then I add a meter and film for both cameras. This has been my basic...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 06-09-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 2,353
Posted By ZeissFan
Sounds like a setting with user permissions, but...

Sounds like a setting with user permissions, but it could be almost anything else.

Sometimes, a change in one area can have unintended consequences elsewhere.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-08-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 7,020
Posted By ZeissFan
You will notice the difference immediately. The...

You will notice the difference immediately. The tones will be richer, because there is so much more negative area. As good as 35mm is, having a large negative makes a noticeable difference.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-08-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 5,238
Posted By ZeissFan
I have a nice Sekonic L-508 (digital), but my...

I have a nice Sekonic L-508 (digital), but my daily "go to" meter is an older Zeiss Ikon Ikophot T, which is easy to use, takes a 9-volt battery that lasts a couple of years and can be read easily in...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-07-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,425
Posted By ZeissFan
You might want to search for "Exakta" wth a "k"...

You might want to search for "Exakta" wth a "k" and not a "c" and you should get better results.

Try www.exakta.org.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-05-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 5,358
Posted By ZeissFan
It looks to me like you are doing an excellent...

It looks to me like you are doing an excellent job with the enlarger and the wet process. Keep it going!
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-05-2014
Replies: 89
Views: 5,780
Posted By ZeissFan
The Contessa

The Contessa
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-11-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 6,478
Posted By ZeissFan
The "original" Olympia Sonnar was for the Contax...

The "original" Olympia Sonnar was for the Contax II and used with a reflex housing. The lens was in chrome and brass and was probably very heavy - and that was before it was attached to the housing...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-12-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 2,203
Posted By ZeissFan
You need to mention your computer setup....

You need to mention your computer setup.

Windows 7 - 32-bit or 64-bit?

Are you using Minolta drivers? Or drivers from Hamrick?

I am able to run my older Epson Expression Scanner only under a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-31-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 2,400
Posted By ZeissFan
My guess is the barrel is dented, if it will no...

My guess is the barrel is dented, if it will no longer focus.

I think the only remedy is to have the lens elements put into a new barrel.

Generally, once you dent metal, it is very difficult to get...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-22-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 622
Posted By ZeissFan
Then you've already covered your costs. Check...

Then you've already covered your costs. Check recent eBay sales for an approximate value of the camera.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-22-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 622
Posted By ZeissFan
A camera with a bad shutter is useless and...

A camera with a bad shutter is useless and detracts from its resale value. How much? That's always the question. It depends on the camera and how desirable that camera is.

I don't know the Canon...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-21-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 3,165
Posted By ZeissFan
There was an article in Shutterbug about eight or...

There was an article in Shutterbug about eight or nine years ago that suggested scanning b/w negatives as color negatives. Then reversing and changing to grayscale. I can't recall the reason. This...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-21-2014
Replies: 70
Views: 12,540
Posted By ZeissFan
As always, the best thing to do is to use a...

As always, the best thing to do is to use a camera. I never believe that you should buy based on someone else's experience.

And ignore most advice in which the reviewer spends time comparing it to...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-20-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,884
Posted By ZeissFan
This isn't a rare camera, and I don't see a...

This isn't a rare camera, and I don't see a reason to buy a camera that someone has beaten to hell and back. This applies to most cameras.

If you can get it cheap, sure, try it. If you're buying it,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-18-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 3,776
Posted By ZeissFan
You still haven't mentioned which camera. It does...

You still haven't mentioned which camera. It does make a difference.

I have several Rolleis from the same time period, and they all were sticky. I was able to resolve it.

And is it the back that is...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 03-13-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 2,079
Posted By ZeissFan
I think that a $1,200 price tag will be a major...

I think that a $1,200 price tag will be a major economic barrier, as well.

But people will vote with their wallets, just as they always have.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-13-2014
Replies: 88
Views: 9,346
Posted By ZeissFan
I don't mind paying a bit more if the customer...

I don't mind paying a bit more if the customer service is helpful.

Digital photography and the Internet have been a double-whammy on real stores.

Most people would rather buy online or from...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 03-12-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,116
Posted By ZeissFan
I bought a Nikon FM/FE replacement on eBay. Cost...

I bought a Nikon FM/FE replacement on eBay. Cost me about $15 or so. Fits fine.

On my original, the rubber tore away.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-10-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 9,196
Posted By ZeissFan
Are you talking about the recent camera? The...

Are you talking about the recent camera? The original Bessa from the 1930s or the postwar camera?

EDIT: Oh, I see that you are referring to the 6x9 model.

For the older all-black prewar model, I...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 03-10-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 3,631
Posted By ZeissFan
The tablet world hasn't evolved enough. Tablets...

The tablet world hasn't evolved enough. Tablets primarily are for entertainment - not productivity. I like my iPad Mini with the Zagg Folio keyboard, but there is only so much that can be...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-09-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 4,020
Posted By ZeissFan
Yes, pressing the shutter button trips the...

Yes, pressing the shutter button trips the shutter, but if the shutter isn't working for whatever reason, then it simply won't open. However, as far as the camera is concerned, the shutter button has...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-09-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 4,020
Posted By ZeissFan
Has the camera ever been serviced?

Has the camera ever been serviced?
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-08-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 4,793
Posted By ZeissFan
I have used Ikontas, Mess Ikontas and Super...

I have used Ikontas, Mess Ikontas and Super Ikontas with Tessars and found them to be excellent cameras.

The Agfa Record III (6x9) also is a very good camera, although you probably will need to free...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 03-07-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 6,113
Posted By ZeissFan
I had one of these. Nice camera. Photos seemed to...

I had one of these. Nice camera. Photos seemed to be sharp. It didn't distinguish itself from other cameras from the same time period. I think that I might have sold it here on RFF.

As I recall, it...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-07-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 3,621
Posted By ZeissFan
Rolleicord with a Xenar is a good option. Xenar...

Rolleicord with a Xenar is a good option. Xenar is pretty much the same as a Tessar. Rolleicord operates a bit differently from a Rolleiflex but the build quality is still excellent.

Don't know...
Forum: Argus RF 03-04-2014
Replies: 35
Views: 10,646
Posted By ZeissFan
Those are good looking shots. Nice work with "The...

Those are good looking shots. Nice work with "The Brick."

It seems that all of these have very stiff rangefinder wheels.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-01-2014
Replies: 70
Views: 12,540
Posted By ZeissFan
Eirik, that's very well put. Photography is...

Eirik, that's very well put.

Photography is always about compromise and finding the best compromise for your particular style and needs.

If you want to try a folder, try something inexpensive but...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-27-2014
Replies: 70
Views: 12,540
Posted By ZeissFan
I own and have used a lot of 120 folding cameras....

I own and have used a lot of 120 folding cameras.

They aren't for everyone. For me, I like how they are compact and how they handle - generally.

Among those that I own, the downsides are that they...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-27-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 4,527
Posted By ZeissFan
You might be able to get a I or II with a Triotar...

You might be able to get a I or II with a Triotar - or if you're lucky a Rolleicord with a Xenar.

Personally, I would suggest saving for a bit longer and then shop for a Rolleiflex Automat, Minolta...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-25-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 3,551
Posted By ZeissFan
Good luck on getting eBay to back you on your...

Good luck on getting eBay to back you on your complaint. I've never been able to get eBay to stop sellers from using my photos, even when the photos in their listings had my name on it.

EBay's...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-25-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,044
Posted By ZeissFan
Hard to say, but I would guess that either the...

Hard to say, but I would guess that either the original lens was replaced or at the end of production of the Retinas and Retinettes that Kodak AG stuck a Xenar on it, rather than the Reomar, because...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 02-24-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 7,122
Posted By ZeissFan
I'd get a lighter weight Canon body and some...

I'd get a lighter weight Canon body and some lighter weight lenses.

I agree that a massive pro-level camera can be too much. It's overkill. Like buying a limo to get groceries.

And of course you...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-22-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,083
Posted By ZeissFan
That screw really acts as a cap that covers the...

That screw really acts as a cap that covers the real screw. I would try to find a replacement, but if I couldn't, I might find a similar size screw, paint it a flat black and then use a tiny amount...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-22-2014
Replies: 78
Views: 203,401
Posted By ZeissFan
I don't quite understand how a national landmark...

I don't quite understand how a national landmark can have a "no photography" rule, unless it's to protect items from the cumulative damage of electronic flash.

I am not a fan of the "no photography"...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-21-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 1,446
Posted By ZeissFan
Micro-Tools sells lubricants of various...

Micro-Tools sells lubricants of various viscosities for different applications.

Rewind knobs can sometimes benefit from a tiny amount of light lubricants but often don't need any.

Keep wet...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-20-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 7,452
Posted By ZeissFan
Lomo already is offering 110 film...

Lomo already is offering 110 film (http://shop.lomography.com/us/films) in both color and black and white.

I'm hoping that they'll add 126 Instamatic film soon.

I have a couple of 126 cameras in...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-20-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 2,203
Posted By ZeissFan
Are you running a 64-bit version of Win7? If so,...

Are you running a 64-bit version of Win7? If so, you might be better off running WinXP in a virtual window and then running Vuescan from within that.

That's just a guess. I don't have any recent...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-20-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 7,452
Posted By ZeissFan
Also, the Baby Ikonta, Zeiss Ikon Kolibri and the...

Also, the Baby Ikonta, Zeiss Ikon Kolibri and the Kodak/Nagel Vollenda Type 48. And you can never go wrong with the Baby Rolleiflex.

There's also the Yashica 44 -- the knockoff of the Baby...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-19-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,561
Posted By ZeissFan
So you've dropped two cameras in the same...

So you've dropped two cameras in the same spot?

This is where plastic stands above metal. Plastic has some flexibility, while a metal bodied camera doesn't. And I think that the rangefinder...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-19-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 690
Posted By ZeissFan
The QL17 has some of the messiest foam on the...

The QL17 has some of the messiest foam on the planet. And I've found that the deteriorating foam often causes any paint or satin chrome finish that it touches to degrade.

Otherwise, it's an...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-17-2014
Replies: 55
Views: 6,392
Posted By ZeissFan
If it's digital, I give it to my kid, who then...

If it's digital, I give it to my kid, who then loses it within a week.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-14-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 4,391
Posted By ZeissFan
I think this happens to many/most of us. I think...

I think this happens to many/most of us. I think it can happen if you shoot in one style only: Landscapes, portraits, lens wide open all of the time, and believing that one camera and one lens is all...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-14-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,289
Posted By ZeissFan
It always helps that you mention the country. If...

It always helps that you mention the country. If it's the U.S., just say East Coast, West Coast or whatever.

We don't need to know the state or city, but without a location, it's difficult to...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 12-19-2013
Replies: 52
Views: 4,797
Posted By ZeissFan
Of course, frequent firmware updates could be a...

Of course, frequent firmware updates could be a sign that 1) the products are rushed to market with adequate QA testing; or 2) the company takes the software approach, which is get it up for sale and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-18-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 5,352
Posted By ZeissFan
The government needs to spend more time looking...

The government needs to spend more time looking for actual suspects instead of looking for problems where they don't exist.

And this is what happens when you create a massive government program...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 12-18-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1,979
Posted By ZeissFan
I agree that a dedicated film scanner is the best...

I agree that a dedicated film scanner is the best way to go. A flatbed will always be a compromise.

By the way, I'm using a flatbed, but I acknowledge the dedicated film scanner is superior.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-17-2013
Replies: 291
Views: 48,123
Posted By ZeissFan
I'm to the point with digital that I've reached a...

I'm to the point with digital that I've reached a "who cares" state. I've become my cynical parents. However, I do like to see the new product releases.
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 12-17-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 2,657
Posted By ZeissFan
Are your photos sharp? That's the real...

Are your photos sharp? That's the real determining factor? If your photos aren't sharp, is it because the swinging arm caused the camera to move?

I wonder if a piece that size could generate enough...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 12-17-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 3,073
Posted By ZeissFan
There is this fairy tale spread by a noted...

There is this fairy tale spread by a noted repairer that most Contax II/III cameras have Kiev shutters. That simply isn't true. It takes considerable effort to swap the shutter. It's simpler to...
Forum: Other RF 12-16-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 4,766
Posted By ZeissFan
There were several versions of the Werra. The...

There were several versions of the Werra. The story, according to classic camera author Ivor Mantanle, is that the Werra was conceived and designed by Carl Zeiss Jena engineers.

It is the only...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 12-15-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 7,537
Posted By ZeissFan
The Vivitar ES is the sibling model to the Konica...

The Vivitar ES is the sibling model to the Konica Auto S3. Both were made by Cosina.

I have one, but the lens is loose. I revisit it every six months or so to try to figure out how to tighten the...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-15-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 7,639
Posted By ZeissFan
Cosina made the camera under contract for Zeiss....

Cosina made the camera under contract for Zeiss. Cosina handles the repair work. They should be able to service it for years to come. However, ultimately, it would come down to the contract between...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-15-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 2,006
Posted By ZeissFan
When you bend metal, it stretches permanently. It...

When you bend metal, it stretches permanently. It will never be the same. I've been able to straighten deformed filter rings, but this one is significant. I would contact Cosina and ask how much it...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-15-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 2,006
Posted By ZeissFan
That sucks. I would pay the extra amount to have...

That sucks. I would pay the extra amount to have it repaired by Cosina. They should be able to replace the front barrel.

With this lens, I can't think of a good reason to try to fix it yourself.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-15-2013
Replies: 41
Views: 10,853
Posted By ZeissFan
I haven't tried this camera. If you like 6x9,...

I haven't tried this camera. If you like 6x9, there also is a Kodak Vollenda 620, Zeiss Ikon Ikonta, Mess Ikonta and Super Ikonta, Agfa Record III and Voigtlander Bessa.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-09-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 2,258
Posted By ZeissFan
While this is nice, it isn't how it works in the...

While this is nice, it isn't how it works in the news world. Thousands of photos a day are sent via the AP wire. No one is taking the time to track how a photo is used across the world among its AP...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-08-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 6,776
Posted By ZeissFan
The whole mystique of having to shoot everything...

The whole mystique of having to shoot everything wide open can quickly turn into a one-trick pony. It works well for certain applications, and of course shooting wide open negates the five-blades vs....
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-08-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 2,258
Posted By ZeissFan
That's the Internet, right? And it's difficult to...

That's the Internet, right? And it's difficult to say what exactly happened. Once a photo hits the AP wire, it's fair game. Sure, there are the usual restrictions: No TV, no Web use, no use in that...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-07-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 4,141
Posted By ZeissFan
I would suspect that these are produced at high...

I would suspect that these are produced at high volume with little actual quality control. The ultimate goal is to make as much money as possible from those who want these adapters. So, if it focuses...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-29-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,453
Posted By ZeissFan
You have the turn the dial hard to get to 1/500....

You have the turn the dial hard to get to 1/500. You must do this before you advance the film/tension the shutter. Repeat: Don't try to change to 1/500 after advancing the film/tensioning the shutter.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-27-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 2,370
Posted By ZeissFan
If you want to enlarge XPan negatives, I would...

If you want to enlarge XPan negatives, I would consider a 4x5 enlarger, simply because of the width of an XPan negative.

At the least, you'll want an enlarger than can handle a 6x9, as the XPan...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-26-2013
Replies: 229
Views: 30,817
Posted By ZeissFan
I really enjoy using the Minolta XD11....

I really enjoy using the Minolta XD11.

http://www.elekm.net/photos/minolta_xd-11/xd-11_front_450.jpg

I've always like my original Nikons (F2A and FE). My second SLR was the Pentax MX. Like the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-22-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,726
Posted By ZeissFan
It's possible the previous owner had it engraved...

It's possible the previous owner had it engraved and filled. It's not engraving is a lost art.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 11-22-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 1,347
Posted By ZeissFan
Looking at the eBay lens, I was thinking that it...

Looking at the eBay lens, I was thinking that it was either an M42 or Exakta mount lens that was modified for LTM.

I don't think that I would want to try to "guess focus" for a 135mm lens unless it...
Forum: Other RF 11-21-2013
Replies: 95
Views: 12,043
Posted By ZeissFan
I'm one of those who bash the camera when asked...

I'm one of those who bash the camera when asked what I think about it. I think the prices for this camera are not justified by its usability. However, the market sets the prices, so plenty of people...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-21-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 917
Posted By ZeissFan
If you really like the Retina experience,...

If you really like the Retina experience, consider the Retina IIC or IIIC (Big C) models, which have much larger and brighter viewfinders. The eyepiece is noticeably larger than the "small c" models,...
Forum: RFF Polls 11-18-2013
Replies: 46
Views: 3,202
Posted By ZeissFan
It's the Internet. Nothing ever dies on the...

It's the Internet. Nothing ever dies on the Internet. Ask anyone who has been arrested and then tried to find a job 10 years later and their youthful stupidity shows up on a Web search.

Plus, who's...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-14-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 2,357
Posted By ZeissFan
The Summitar has two sets of aperture blades....

The Summitar has two sets of aperture blades. Each set is shaped slightly differently, and must be alternated during assembly.

Replacing aperture blades is an exercise in patience, taking roughly 30...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-14-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,848
Posted By ZeissFan
If you haven't removed the prisms, then you...

If you haven't removed the prisms, then you simply need to rotate the serrated wheel until you find alignment at infinity. Then you lift the serrated ring and put it back down so that the lens face...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-14-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,848
Posted By ZeissFan
This is a two-step approach. First, you must...

This is a two-step approach. First, you must collimate the lens to infinity. Then you must calibrate the rotating-wedge rangefinder.

As I recall, you calibrate the rangefinder with the lens face...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-13-2013
Replies: 59
Views: 7,467
Posted By ZeissFan
If you like Tri-X and want results like Tri-X,...

If you like Tri-X and want results like Tri-X, buy more Tri-X.

I'm with Chris Crawford on film developing. I use the traditional methods of film agitation, because I get consistent results. I want...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-12-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 756
Posted By ZeissFan
Why not buy another camera on the used market? I...

Why not buy another camera on the used market?

I just looked and saw that prices are all over the place.

Leica made a Summarit for the M mount. I don't know how different in character the new lens...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 11-09-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,493
Posted By ZeissFan
The Microtek scanners are well spec'ed, and it's...

The Microtek scanners are well spec'ed, and it's good to see a company still active in the film-scanning market. I see they have 120 holders that can handle panoramic negatives/transparencies. Plus,...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-09-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 3,789
Posted By ZeissFan
Can you post a photo to show what screw you mean?

Can you post a photo to show what screw you mean?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-08-2013
Replies: 1,020
Views: 91,334
Posted By ZeissFan
I was thinking the same thing about the number of...

I was thinking the same thing about the number of buttons, dials and switches. Much of the beauty of the FM is in its simplicity. Oh well, that's simply the reality of a digital camera, I guess.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 11-08-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 3,870
Posted By ZeissFan
By the way, that should be an f/4.0 135mm Sonnar....

By the way, that should be an f/4.0 135mm Sonnar. An f/2.8 version didn't come along until much later for the Contarex.

And I agree with the others about getting the camera serviced.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 11-07-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1,607
Posted By ZeissFan
Never had a problem. I've also ordered a sheet of...

Never had a problem. I've also ordered a sheet of material. I've bought from him maybe five or six times.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-05-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 2,921
Posted By ZeissFan
The whole rumor thing was getting out of control....

The whole rumor thing was getting out of control. It seemed like every fifth thread was the latest rumor from one of those moronic sites.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 11-04-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 772
Posted By ZeissFan
If the shutter runs to 1/300, then it's probably...

If the shutter runs to 1/300, then it's probably a Pronto(r). Most Solinars are paired with a Compur, but it's possible that it originally came with Pronto(r).

In the Zeiss Ikon world, some Tessars...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-03-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 3,789
Posted By ZeissFan
There is always the tried-and-true method of...

There is always the tried-and-true method of turning the camera upside down, holding it firmly and smacking it against the palm of your other hand.

My own feeling that it probably would be best to...
Forum: RFF Polls 11-02-2013
Replies: 62
Views: 6,225
Posted By ZeissFan
This made me smile. An excellent response.

This made me smile. An excellent response.
Forum: Other RF 10-27-2013
Replies: 95
Views: 12,043
Posted By ZeissFan
I do not like this camera at all. Love the Ultron...

I do not like this camera at all. Love the Ultron lens. Hate the body and how it handles.
Forum: Digital Compacts 10-22-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 2,037
Posted By ZeissFan
Limited edition Ricoh GR

Limited edition Ricoh GR (http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/photo-news/540139/ricoh-announces-limited-edition-gr-camera).

I just wonder if the GR has sort of gotten lost in the tide of other new...
Forum: Travel 10-18-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 5,370
Posted By ZeissFan
I'd probably take a Ricoh FF-1 or something like...

I'd probably take a Ricoh FF-1 or something like that. Nothing too expensive, so when it gets beat to hell and back, it won't be a major financial loss.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-16-2013
Replies: 48
Views: 3,318
Posted By ZeissFan
Start inexpensively. Perhaps, one of the smaller...

Start inexpensively. Perhaps, one of the smaller offerings from the 1970s. I would look for a camera that has been serviced, or - at the least - has new foam seals.

Nearly every camera from the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-16-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 2,609
Posted By ZeissFan
The small black eyepiece protectors also are...

The small black eyepiece protectors also are found on some other Zeiss Ikon cameras: Continas, etc. Note that some of these cameras have square viewfinders, which don't have the eyepiece protector....
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 10-08-2013
Replies: 293
Views: 36,640
Posted By ZeissFan
It's past Sept. 24. What happened? Was the rumor...

It's past Sept. 24. What happened? Was the rumor true?
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 10-07-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 846
Posted By ZeissFan
If this camera has a built-in flash, be careful...

If this camera has a built-in flash, be careful about the capacitor. If you short it with you body, be prepared for a painful 500-volt shock (approximately).

In other words, don't be digging around...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 10-01-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 3,469
Posted By ZeissFan
Two suggestions: - Sunpak Auto 200 (sold as the...

Two suggestions:

- Sunpak Auto 200 (sold as the Auto 170 outside of the U.S.) - Uses two AA batteries. Has a PC sync cable built into the back of the unit.

- Rollei Beta 1 - Uses two AA batteries....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-30-2013
Replies: 91
Views: 9,412
Posted By ZeissFan
This is not about film's future. It's about...

This is not about film's future. It's about Kodak's plan for its future.

There are other players still in the game. Regardless of what Kodak (or Fuji) does, there will be film available for some...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-29-2013
Replies: 120
Views: 9,644
Posted By ZeissFan
The last person who I saw with a Leica was around...

The last person who I saw with a Leica was around 2000 in the Hong Kong airport.

I see some younger folks now and then with film cameras.
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 09-29-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 4,354
Posted By ZeissFan
Nice set of photos. The Olympus Pen F definitely...

Nice set of photos. The Olympus Pen F definitely is a different shooting experience. And I agree that it can take a long time to get through a roll of 72.

Patrick, why would you be hesitant about...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 09-28-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 3,177
Posted By ZeissFan
That's interesting about the lens. I guess that I...

That's interesting about the lens. I guess that I should update my page.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-28-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,495
Posted By ZeissFan
You could also try Zagg, although their Invisible...

You could also try Zagg, although their Invisible Shield material is a bit pricey. It's fairly durable. There is a small amount of residue when removed, but it is easily removable.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-27-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 1,588
Posted By ZeissFan
That's rather cool. I didn't know that the lens...

That's rather cool. I didn't know that the lens on a C-3 was interchangeable.

I'll be interested in seeing the results from that lens, and also hearing about your experience using it. What are doing...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 09-26-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1,684
Posted By ZeissFan
Other than Foto-Berater, there is the name of the...

Other than Foto-Berater, there is the name of the town, which looks like it is here:

Google map....
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 09-26-2013
Replies: 40
Views: 6,168
Posted By ZeissFan
If you get an Omega D series, you can just add...

If you get an Omega D series, you can just add lenses as your photography grows. And if you expand into 4x5, you'll be ready. The Omega D enlargers are sturdy and built to last a lifetime (or...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-26-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 1,722
Posted By ZeissFan
If a camera s really dirty, I also will use a...

If a camera s really dirty, I also will use a soft-bristle toothbrush. I sometimes buy these just for camera repair. They're only a few dollars.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-26-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 1,722
Posted By ZeissFan
I would say that it always depends on the...

I would say that it always depends on the condition of the camera's surfaces.

- If the leather covering is decrepit, then it probably should be replaced.
- If it's a camera with sentimental value,...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-26-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 2,204
Posted By ZeissFan
You can make some changes to the battery cover to...

You can make some changes to the battery cover to allow the use of a 3-volt 123 lithium cell. I've done this with the Contessa S 310 and S 312 and have never had a problem with it.

The lens is a...
Forum: Other RF 09-26-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 1,567
Posted By ZeissFan
Rare? Possibly. Valuable? Doubtful. Resale...

Rare? Possibly. Valuable? Doubtful.

Resale value: Probably $15-$25.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-26-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 1,438
Posted By ZeissFan
This is Yoda's approach to photography, I think.

This is Yoda's approach to photography, I think.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-26-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 2,010
Posted By ZeissFan
I shoot a lot of Ilford, some Kodak, some Rollei...

I shoot a lot of Ilford, some Kodak, some Rollei infrared and Retro, some Maco (what's left of my supply) and a lot of Adox. I also have some Lomography film in 110.

I shoot some Fuji color print...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-25-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 3,561
Posted By ZeissFan
... I think the question is about a film camera...

... I think the question is about a film camera and not digital.
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-25-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 3,561
Posted By ZeissFan
A few more cameras with 35mm lenses that come to...

A few more cameras with 35mm lenses that come to mind:

- Minox folding cameras
- Ricoh FF-1
- Chinon Bellami
- Olympus Stylus
- Olympus Wide series
- Pentax PC35 AF

There also are a bunch of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-24-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 871
Posted By ZeissFan
APUG is nearly entirely film with the occasional...

APUG is nearly entirely film with the occasional digital comment thrown in. Truth be told, I'm tired of hearing about the latest digital "rumour." I don't even bother looking at the threads. There's...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-22-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 1,327
Posted By ZeissFan
I see your camera has the Compur shutter, which...

I see your camera has the Compur shutter, which is a bonus. Most have the Pronto(r), but the Compur usually is seen as the premium shutter.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-22-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 4,597
Posted By ZeissFan
I have an Alpa 9d. Large, heavy, beautifully...

I have an Alpa 9d. Large, heavy, beautifully made.

The Kern Macro-Switar is the first lens that gave me prints from drug store film that I would describe as 3D.

Very quirky operation with its...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 09-22-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,727
Posted By ZeissFan
I don't know what the stock film carrier looks...

I don't know what the stock film carrier looks like, but I made a 6x9 carrier for an Omega D series.

I made it back in the mid-1980s. I still have and use it today. I made it from shower wall...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-21-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 5,721
Posted By ZeissFan
I shot recently with my Zeiss Ikon S 312...

I shot recently with my Zeiss Ikon S 312 (http://elekm.net/pages/cameras/zeiss_ikon_s_312.htm), which I believe is the sibling camera to the VF 101. I like the small size. It's a very solid camera...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 09-19-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 2,133
Posted By ZeissFan
It's interesting that Nikon has made the design...

It's interesting that Nikon has made the design less "hip" and more traditional with a squarish all-black body.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-19-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 3,805
Posted By ZeissFan
As to the original question, I think it depends...

As to the original question, I think it depends on the person.

Some like variety. Some do better using just one camera or one film or one lens.
Forum: Olympus RF 09-18-2013
Replies: 48
Views: 7,253
Posted By ZeissFan
Most Olympus cameras, including the XA, are held...

Most Olympus cameras, including the XA, are held in high regard. Olympus often led the way or went it alone when it came to cameras. In a way, it still does with its development of the Four-Thirds...
Forum: RFF Polls 09-17-2013
Replies: 124
Views: 31,139
Posted By ZeissFan
I might have replied to this before. Generally, I...

I might have replied to this before. Generally, I use it as a camera. Occasionally, I use it as a conversation piece or a way to remember my time overseas. And sometimes, it is a good way to start an...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-16-2013
Replies: 52
Views: 6,064
Posted By ZeissFan
If you're slapping these onto a digital body,...

If you're slapping these onto a digital body, what difference does it make if it's LTM or M mount? Just get another adapter.
Forum: Digital Compacts 09-16-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 3,133
Posted By ZeissFan
The perfect digital camera is always the newest...

The perfect digital camera is always the newest one. And then another model is announced.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-15-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1,968
Posted By ZeissFan
Sometimes, you can take too many lenses. I often...

Sometimes, you can take too many lenses. I often traveled with a 35-50-135 kit. I know that the 135 length doesn't always get a lot of respect, but I liked that length when traveling.
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 09-15-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 3,245
Posted By ZeissFan
Damaso, congratulations on your fellowship. That...

Damaso, congratulations on your fellowship. That is quite an honor and very deserving, from looking at your work.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-14-2013
Replies: 132
Views: 12,188
Posted By ZeissFan
What made Apple successful for the late Steve...

What made Apple successful for the late Steve Jobs in both his stints with the company is that he understood the market. Generally, most people aren't interested in how things work, only that they...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-12-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 2,114
Posted By ZeissFan
Kyocera introduced the NX, as I recall, just as...

Kyocera introduced the NX, as I recall, just as the major makers began to shift their focus to digital SLRs. Kyocera did introduce a dSLR (full frame, which was awesome conisdering it arrived in...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-09-2013
Replies: 36
Views: 3,306
Posted By ZeissFan
You should know that by the mid-1980s, nearly all...

You should know that by the mid-1980s, nearly all camera makers were using plastic in their bodies in varying amounts.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-09-2013
Replies: 36
Views: 3,306
Posted By ZeissFan
And you should also keep in mind that nearly all...

And you should also keep in mind that nearly all of these cameras will need some level of service. Keep an eye out for those that have been serviced.

My general thoughts on cameras:

- Nikon FE:...
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