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Forum: Repair / Camera Care 5 Days Ago
Replies: 68
Views: 3,275
Posted By Graybeard
I've dealt with all/each of the technicians which...

I've dealt with all/each of the technicians which you mention and, in the past, have been pleased with the work of each.

More recently, I have not been pleased by my communication with Sherry. When...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 1 Week Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 259
Posted By Graybeard
I'm not sure where you are located, but here in...

I'm not sure where you are located, but here in the US there is a useful product called "liquid electrical tape"; it is a jet black, gooey (technical term) liquid with the consistency of rubber...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 119
Views: 7,037
Posted By Graybeard
I'm also a fan of 35mm stereo photography. My...

I'm also a fan of 35mm stereo photography.

My first stereo camera was a Revere Stereo, given to me by a relative in law who found it in her attic. The Revere had the common film advance...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-12-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 32,674
Posted By Graybeard
The "liquid electrical tape" is genuinely useful...

The "liquid electrical tape" is genuinely useful stuff.

The large format fraternity has been using it for years to repair bellows light leaks - nasty little pinholes occur at the fold corners of...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-22-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 635
Posted By Graybeard
Ditto on the AR switch as a potential source of...

Ditto on the AR switch as a potential source of the problem.

I had the same thing happen with my IIIg and, much earlier, with a IIIf.

The switch needn't be loose to cause trouble, it may just not...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-04-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 2,263
Posted By Graybeard
What sort of camera are you hoping to buy, should...

What sort of camera are you hoping to buy, should you acquire a properly functioning M8?.

Technology has moved on quite a bit since the M8 was a serious contender. IMHO a Fuji xpro1 or (better yet)...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-04-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 2,795
Posted By Graybeard
I regret ever having dabbled in Russian 35mm...

I regret ever having dabbled in Russian 35mm cameras.

The lenses have been of good quality (often only after relubrication and shimming, that being done, I use them to this day). The Russian LTM,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-22-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 664
Posted By Graybeard
I have several Fuji 6x9 cameras and have brought...

I have several Fuji 6x9 cameras and have brought them with me on trips across North America and Europe. I have been pleased with my images and a 6x9 negative is a pleasure to work with in the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-21-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 1,225
Posted By Graybeard
I formed a similar impression and sold mine while...

I formed a similar impression and sold mine while it was still in one piece.

I particularly worried about breaking the back door off, given its plastic construction.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-16-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 2,967
Posted By Graybeard
There are booms and there are booms. I bought a...

There are booms and there are booms.

I bought a Leica IIc with a 50mm Summar in 1965 for $25.

Much later, 1984, an M3 for $200 - still have it and still use it.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-17-2018
Replies: 126
Views: 6,208
Posted By Graybeard
Nikkormat FT3/50mm f2 Nikkor and a plastic food...

Nikkormat FT3/50mm f2 Nikkor and a plastic food container to protect it from sand when not in use.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-11-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,895
Posted By Graybeard
In my earlier comments, I suggested that Raid's...

In my earlier comments, I suggested that Raid's need to have his camera restored to reliable operating condition might be met by a competent service technician who set out to repair the extant...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-11-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,895
Posted By Graybeard
Do you really need the extensive teardown/rebuild...

Do you really need the extensive teardown/rebuild service that Mr Fleenor offers or does your camera just require a shutter cleaning/lube and having the viewfinder cleaned?

Most competent shops can...
Forum: Travel 06-30-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1,614
Posted By Graybeard
Does the x-ray radiation from an airport machine...

Does the x-ray radiation from an airport machine used for carry-on luggage actually penetrate a metal 35mm cassette or is the image formed only of the cassette silhouette?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-18-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 2,258
Posted By Graybeard
Not sure what the Aussies are using. A walkabout...

Not sure what the Aussies are using.

A walkabout lens for me is one used for everyday streetshooting.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 06-07-2018
Replies: 0
Views: 431
Posted By Graybeard
Ansco Automatic Reflex

My Ansco Automatic Reflex arrived today. Its a clean one with flawless glass and modest signs of use - some paint loss where in rubbed against the leather case going into and out of the case for film...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-11-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 2,258
Posted By Graybeard
How would you compare (if you are in a position...

How would you compare (if you are in a position to comment) your Hexanon 50mm/f1.9 to the ltm Nikkor 50mm/2, Canon(aka Serenar) 50mm/f1.8, or Topcor-S 50mm/f2.

"Can't say for lack of experience" is...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-11-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 2,258
Posted By Graybeard
Thank you, everyone, for all of the helpful...

Thank you, everyone, for all of the helpful comments.

I enjoy street shooting in Europe, especially in the early evening when everyone is out and about.

I need a relatively fast lens for shooting...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-10-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 2,258
Posted By Graybeard
50mm walkabout for a Leica iiig

I've just added a Leica iiig to my collection and am considering an appropriate (50mm) lens for my new jewel.

I shoot only B&W with my Barnack leicas and print mostly 11x14" with some 16x20".

I am...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-10-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 838
Posted By Graybeard
I stand corrected.

I stand corrected.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-10-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 838
Posted By Graybeard
I believe the shot was made with a 35mm, probably...

I believe the shot was made with a 35mm, probably a Leica.

The contact sheet containing this famous photograph has been published more than once. Surprisingly, the mother is not unhappy in all of...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 03-29-2018
Replies: 176
Views: 13,721
Posted By Graybeard
You seem disappointed. That is what locking does...

You seem disappointed. That is what locking does on the x100f.

This is prevent in camera settings if these most exposed controls are inadvertently pressed with the camera in use or in a camera bag.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 03-15-2018
Replies: 44
Views: 19,789
Posted By Graybeard
A 75 watt photoflood bulb (readily available in...

A 75 watt photoflood bulb (readily available in the US) works well in my Focomat - look for a LED bulb with the same light output (lumens) as a 75 watt incandescent bulb
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 03-01-2018
Replies: 44
Views: 19,789
Posted By Graybeard
FSU is an abbreviation for "Former Soviet Union"....

FSU is an abbreviation for "Former Soviet Union". Most often it will be Ukrainian or Russian vendors offring the tubes.

Search eBay for "Leica Extension Tubes" and be sure to buy ones with the...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 03-01-2018
Replies: 44
Views: 19,789
Posted By Graybeard
Look on eBay for extension tube sets made for...

Look on eBay for extension tube sets made for Barnack Leicas.

These are frequently offered by FSU sellers. There is usually the correct length extension tube in these sets. The el Nikkor 50mm on...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-20-2018
Replies: 105
Views: 7,292
Posted By Graybeard
The original (standard) Leicaflex should be on...

The original (standard) Leicaflex should be on your list.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-03-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,373
Posted By Graybeard
I've been using a PH213 incandescent bulb in my...

I've been using a PH213 incandescent bulb in my Durst138 for some time now with satisfactory results on 5x7, 4x5, and 6x9cm on B&E. I'm aware that some users may not agree, just take a bit of time...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-30-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 3,108
Posted By Graybeard
A camera in need of attention for a gummy shutter...

A camera in need of attention for a gummy shutter and/or a dim dusty viewfinder and/or a faulty rangefinder mirror doesn't necessarily require complete disassembly and rebuilding to be restored to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-30-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 894
Posted By Graybeard
If your supermarket carries distilled water, a...

If your supermarket carries distilled water, a gallon will set you back about a dollar and eliminate worries about water quality.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-30-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 894
Posted By Graybeard
[QUOTE=Freakscene;2786326] I have never seen...

[QUOTE=Freakscene;2786326] I have never seen commercial deionised or distilled water, apart from very expensive molecular biology or analytical grade water (yes, such things exist) that is sold in...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-24-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 2,203
Posted By Graybeard
Consider an ND8 filter.

Consider an ND8 filter.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-12-2018
Replies: 96
Views: 33,641
Posted By Graybeard
I have two Focomat Ic's and a V35. I prefer the...

I have two Focomat Ic's and a V35. I prefer the Focomat Ic that I've fitted with a (last generation) El Nikkor 50mm lens - no difficulty in setting the Focomat for autofocus with this lens, it took...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-08-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 2,051
Posted By Graybeard
No doubt that Harry Fleenor is a fine choice for...

No doubt that Harry Fleenor is a fine choice for a Rolleiflex CLA.

If the camera hasn't been abused, there may be no reason for an extensive overhaul. Cleaning of the shutter, cleaning of the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-18-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 1,863
Posted By Graybeard
It is well known that some Leica R4's were...

It is well known that some Leica R4's were unreliable. Later production cameras are said to avoid the initial production problems.

Should either a Leica R4 or R5 be operating properly now, it...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-12-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1,482
Posted By Graybeard
Ilford Pan F Image Keeping

I'll be using a Rollei 3.5(Planar) for travel B&W photography in the future.

I've run some trials with Ilford Pan F and have been quite pleased with the 16x20 prints I've made from the negatives...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-24-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1,361
Posted By Graybeard
As has been noted, Jupiter 8's generally don't...

As has been noted, Jupiter 8's generally don't require shimming; it is the J3 and J9 that are often troublesome.

I've used a number of J8's on Barnack Leicas without focus problems.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-21-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 941
Posted By Graybeard
DAG repairs Leicaflexes as a matter of routine....

DAG repairs Leicaflexes as a matter of routine. In the past he has offered reilvered prisms for the mechanical Leicaflexes.

Sherry Krauter repaired a Leicaflex Standard for me earlier this...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-07-2017
Replies: 133
Views: 5,883
Posted By Graybeard
If you find it necessary to ask the question you...

If you find it necessary to ask the question you may, very well, not understand the answer.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-13-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1,422
Posted By Graybeard
Cameraworks, Latham NY. Ask to speak to Al.

Cameraworks, Latham NY. Ask to speak to Al.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-13-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 1,022
Posted By Graybeard
The Ic enlarger head rests on an indexing pin...

The Ic enlarger head rests on an indexing pin which goes through the column about at the column midpoint.

It should be a simple task to fabricate a spacer that slips over the enlarger column to...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-12-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1,422
Posted By Graybeard
Lezot did an OK CLA for me on a Canon LTM...

Lezot did an OK CLA for me on a Canon LTM rangefinder a few years ago. I'd use them again but I've since found a competent shop 30 minutes from me who also does good work.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-05-2017
Replies: 77
Views: 2,796
Posted By Graybeard
Use caution when buying the 50mm/2.8 Elmar in...

Use caution when buying the 50mm/2.8 Elmar in screw mount.

There seems to be a glass pitting/corrosion problem with at least one internal surface with the LTM version. The is considerable discussion...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-04-2017
Replies: 77
Views: 2,796
Posted By Graybeard
The are a number of attractive alternatives...

The are a number of attractive alternatives available you.

The Nikkor f2/50mm, the Serenar/(later)Canon f1.8/50mm, and the Topcor LTM 50mm will give fine performance with little difference among...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-11-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,511
Posted By Graybeard
I am enjoying reading this thread. I suggest...

I am enjoying reading this thread.

I suggest (one might say, IMHO} there are a number of levels to which an (undamaged, merely old) camera can be "serviced", "CLA'd", or brought up to "spec".

An...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-11-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,511
Posted By Graybeard
Cameraworks in Latham NY has done a nice job on...

Cameraworks in Latham NY has done a nice job on Rolleis for me.
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 08-11-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 2,849
Posted By Graybeard
The least expensive way to make an eyepiece...

The least expensive way to make an eyepiece diopter is to cut it out of the plastic lens from a pair of dollar store reading glasses.

I use a jeweler's saw; a cut off wheel on a Dremel tool also...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-10-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 2,271
Posted By Graybeard
I use the Pradethai MR-9 adapter myself and can...

I use the Pradethai MR-9 adapter myself and can report that it works quite well.

The batteries used by older SLRs (these being the real cameras IMHO) differ significantly in size and suggest this...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-09-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 2,271
Posted By Graybeard
This really isn't an intractable problem. The...

This really isn't an intractable problem.

The information isn't difficult to find on the web but you will probably have to search by individual camera model.

Virtually any camera than originally...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-09-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 2,271
Posted By Graybeard
It is worth mentioning that there are adaptors...

It is worth mentioning that there are adaptors available that will drop the silver oxide cell voltage to 1.35 volts (check eBay).

If you buy such an adaptor you can choose a camera on its mechanical...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-09-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 2,271
Posted By Graybeard
This is true of the earlier Spotmatics but I...

This is true of the earlier Spotmatics but I don't think this is true of the Spotmatic F.

Other readers please correct me if I wrong here.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-01-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 2,755
Posted By Graybeard
You will need an inexpensive digital scale (eBay...

You will need an inexpensive digital scale (eBay USD10-15) and a measuring pipette or syringe.

The recipe for "Mytol", a popular Xtol clone is:

Water 750ml
Sodium sulfite (anhydrous) 85g
Sodium...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-31-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 2,755
Posted By Graybeard
That is overkill on an acetic acid stop bath,...

That is overkill on an acetic acid stop bath, just send it down the drain. It is too weak an acid to upset anything; no worse that if you were to put some orange juice don your sink.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-31-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 2,755
Posted By Graybeard
The worst offender is spent fixer. Silver is a...

The worst offender is spent fixer. Silver is a potent germicide and will upset the functioning of a septic tank. You might allow the spent fixer to evaporate and dispose of the solids with...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-12-2017
Replies: 134
Views: 11,220
Posted By Graybeard
Now - I did send it off for CLA, and the wait...

Now - I did send it off for CLA, and the wait time is around 4 months... ugh! At least I have plenty of other cameras (film and digital) to hold me over, but I really look forward to shooting with...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-10-2017
Replies: 134
Views: 11,220
Posted By Graybeard
Your best choice is a Rolleiflex or later model...

Your best choice is a Rolleiflex or later model Rolleicord. These are the quality cameras. Avoid the Rolleiflex with the f2.8 Tessar lens, it was a mistake on Rollei's part.

I suggest you avoid...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-01-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 2,406
Posted By Graybeard
Did you find a condenser set?

Did you find a condenser set?
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-25-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,515
Posted By Graybeard
My own experience is that you may never get a...

My own experience is that you may never get a post-1960 Kiev that is reliable.

I worked my way through six of these (all from FSU and all inexpensive or I would never have purchased so many).

All...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 03-25-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 2,623
Posted By Graybeard
Widelux F7 vs Horizon 202 Comparison

I have, and regularly use, both marques of cameras; one of the Horizons has been with me since 2002. Permit me to ramble-

This winter I've been working with my negative archive, making some large...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-25-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 2,406
Posted By Graybeard
From what I can see in your photographs, you will...

From what I can see in your photographs, you will need the condensor set in addition to the bulb socket cap.

The cold light source was a replacement for the original condenser light source that your...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-24-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 2,406
Posted By Graybeard
Are you certain that the cold light source is a...

Are you certain that the cold light source is a Zone VI. Aristo units were often used with the Beseler 23.

It would be helpful if you posted photographs of what you have - both the cold light...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-22-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,343
Posted By Graybeard
You may find that this becomes rather tedious by...

You may find that this becomes rather tedious by amount the third print.

How do you plan to wash the prints?
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-21-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,343
Posted By Graybeard
Take a look in discount stores for shallow...

Take a look in discount stores for shallow plastic storage boxes. These are common in sizes approximating 16x20.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-12-2017
Replies: 1
Views: 897
Posted By Graybeard
Electrical Repair of a Beseler Variable Contrast Head

The variable contrast head on my Beseler 23 suddenly began blowing bulbs; the bulb which I had been using for some time, and then a couple of replacements. The head was unusable in that...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-04-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1,470
Posted By Graybeard
Most B&W negative films can be processed as...

Most B&W negative films can be processed as transparencies, Ilford recommends their FP4 for this purpose.

I've done this with 35mm in the past and will be making stereo slides this summer.

As has...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-26-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,921
Posted By Graybeard
The 16mm Zenitar M42 mount with an M42/LTM...

The 16mm Zenitar M42 mount with an M42/LTM adaptor works well on a Barnack Leica; I've used this for some time now. Presumably ithis would work as well on an M Leica by adding an M/LTM adaptor.

As...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 02-11-2017
Replies: 40
Views: 8,015
Posted By Graybeard
One can only be pleased that things worked out so...

One can only be pleased that things worked out so well for you; if only things were so for me.

My own, clearly, ham-handed attempts at minor camera repairs have proceeded to such an unhappy end in...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 02-11-2017
Replies: 40
Views: 8,015
Posted By Graybeard
I've been tempted by these, more than once, at...

I've been tempted by these, more than once, at flea markets.

Unhappily for me, the examples with operating shutters had very cloudy viewfinders.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-03-2017
Replies: 42
Views: 3,483
Posted By Graybeard
Me again, the OP. Has anyone tried any of the...

Me again, the OP.

Has anyone tried any of the (homebrew) Diafine substitutes?

Your experience and comments on results, especially shadow detail, please.

What is a realistic estimate of the speed...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-02-2017
Replies: 42
Views: 3,483
Posted By Graybeard
Again, my thanks to everyone for the comments,...

Again, my thanks to everyone for the comments, suggestions, and observations.

Gentlemen can differ.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-01-2017
Replies: 42
Views: 3,483
Posted By Graybeard
Thank you all for the replies. For those...

Thank you all for the replies.

For those suggesting xtol, which dilution do you recommend?
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-31-2017
Replies: 42
Views: 3,483
Posted By Graybeard
Pushing TX to 1600

I find that I'm shooting indoors (artificial light) quite a bit these days with film Leicas.

Clearly a fast film is called for. Tri-X rated at 1600ASA/DIN/(whatever standard one chooses) would be...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-07-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,675
Posted By Graybeard
My first Focomat Ic came without the little...

My first Focomat Ic came without the little tabs.

I fixed the helix in position with a with hose clamp. The hose clamp overlapped both the knurled section of the helix and the black painted section...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-30-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 1,313
Posted By Graybeard
Leica got off to a bad start with the R4 which...

Leica got off to a bad start with the R4 which was often unreliable (and sometimes not repairable). The zinc alloy outer shell seems to corrode easily and the black finish can lift in spots; this is...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-29-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 2,199
Posted By Graybeard
Not always so simple if the sun in near overhead...

Not always so simple if the sun in near overhead in the middle of the day.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-29-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 2,199
Posted By Graybeard
I've been using a Fuji 690s as my "big negative"...

I've been using a Fuji 690s as my "big negative" travel cameras for a number of years now. I can easily make attractive 16x20 prints with negatives from this camera - I shoot FP4 processed in 1:1...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-29-2016
Replies: 167
Views: 15,220
Posted By Graybeard
Midwest Photo (Columbus) also ships darkroom...

Midwest Photo (Columbus) also ships darkroom chemistry.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-26-2016
Replies: 167
Views: 15,220
Posted By Graybeard
sophistry n pl , -ries 1 a a...

sophistry
n pl , -ries


1 a a method of argument that is seemingly plausible though actually invalid and misleading


b the art of using such arguments
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-23-2016
Replies: 167
Views: 15,220
Posted By Graybeard
[QUOTE=henryp;2669165]Adding a new product brand...

[QUOTE=henryp;2669165]Adding a new product brand or a new line or genre whether or not it is "more lucrative" has no bearing n whether or not we will continue to offer darkroom products to the best...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-23-2016
Replies: 167
Views: 15,220
Posted By Graybeard
Which buyer? Who will resume the shipping?

Which buyer? Who will resume the shipping?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-23-2016
Replies: 167
Views: 15,220
Posted By Graybeard
Sodium sulfite and sodium thiosulfate are readily...

Sodium sulfite and sodium thiosulfate are readily available from local chemical suppliers in bulk sacks (dairy farms and swimming pool maintenance use both). You avoid shipping expense buying this...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-15-2016
Replies: 105
Views: 7,292
Posted By Graybeard
The original Leicaflex (sometimes called the...

The original Leicaflex (sometimes called the "Standard"), second version, is the SLR equivalent of an M4 (M3 if you prefer) equipped with a Leicameter.

The detractors of this camera sometimes...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 11-12-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 5,137
Posted By Graybeard
The appropriate filter medium depends on the size...

The appropriate filter medium depends on the size and type of the solid debris you hope to remove from the liquid phase.

I buy my developer components in bulk; the sodium sulfite, which I buy as...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-11-2016
Replies: 1
Views: 1,311
Posted By Graybeard
Focomats, Focotars, and extension tubes

Hello All-

I have a couple of Leitz Focomat Ic's (and a box of parts from a DOA third enlarger).

One of these came fitted with a 1952 vintage Focomat (Leitz P/N DOOCQ) with a firmly attached (via...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-24-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 5,395
Posted By Graybeard
Putting the optical performance comparisons of...

Putting the optical performance comparisons of Yashica glass versus Rollei optics to one side for the moment, I offer my personal observation that the mechanical build quality of the Yashica TLR's...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-22-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 1,779
Posted By Graybeard
Have you tried Cameraleather?

Have you tried Cameraleather?
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-10-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1,968
Posted By Graybeard
Meeting New People

I spent a pleasant morning today at the Waterford (NY) Tugboat Roundup. This is the seventeenth such event for Waterford, the town at the beginning (eastern) of the Erie Canal and the (southern) end...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-18-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 1,168
Posted By Graybeard
The Chinese adaptors are offered (eBay) for quite...

The Chinese adaptors are offered (eBay) for quite a range of prices. Even the most expensive are 1/2 to 1/3 the cost of the Voigtlander adapters and an even smaller fraction of the price of a Leitz...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-24-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,224
Posted By Graybeard
No more than three camera at most - two identical...

No more than three camera at most - two identical RF's and the Rollei or just the Leicaflex and the Rollei.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-24-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,224
Posted By Graybeard
An f2 Summicron 50mm, an Elmar 50, and a 28. The...

An f2 Summicron 50mm, an Elmar 50, and a 28. The Rollei will be on hand as needed.

I enjoy making large prints and am sure to regret not having a MF camera with me.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-23-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,224
Posted By Graybeard
Shooting Unplugged

We're planning our summer travel for the next few years (world wide). Much of our earlier travel was/has been (quite successfully) recorded with a Leica iiif (Serenar 50/mm f1.8). I thought I'd might...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-08-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 5,017
Posted By Graybeard
Rolleiflex Service

I just picked up my Rolleiflex 3.5E (Planar) from Cameraworks in Latham NY. The shop is a 45-60 drive for me and if/when I can combine a visit there with other business in the area, I hand-carry my...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-08-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 5,017
Posted By Graybeard
Rolleiflex Service

I just picked up my Rolleiflex 3.5E (Planar) from Cameraworks in Latham NY. The shop is a 45-60 drive for me and if/when I can combine a visit there with other business in the area, I carry my camera...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-28-2016
Replies: 332
Views: 36,162
Posted By Graybeard
Dulcimer Jam, Altamont

https://c5.staticflickr.com/8/7352/27933357836_54f621a92e_o.jpg
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 06-28-2016
Replies: 0
Views: 654
Posted By Graybeard
The Shape Note Singers

In Altamont, a group of strangers formed a choir and...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 06-27-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,482
Posted By Graybeard
Nice work. The whalers came to Hudson from New...

Nice work.

The whalers came to Hudson from New England during the War of 1812. Their native home ports were subject to raids by the British Navy and they decided to go inland of New York City (100...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-27-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 2,004
Posted By Graybeard
The filters that I mentioned using are advertised...

The filters that I mentioned using are advertised as fitting the x10
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-27-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 2,004
Posted By Graybeard
I'm using several of the new production Chinese...

I'm using several of the new production Chinese filters on Canon 50mm/1.8 lenses/ The filters screw on easily without binding.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-27-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 2,004
Posted By Graybeard
New 40mm UV filters are being offered by several...

New 40mm UV filters are being offered by several vendors on eBay.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-31-2016
Replies: 38
Views: 2,947
Posted By Graybeard
A Rollei could certainly be an attractive...

A Rollei could certainly be an attractive choice.

If the objective is to have the ability to make large prints, particularly of landscapes and travel subjects, then a 6x9 negative has clear...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-31-2016
Replies: 38
Views: 2,947
Posted By Graybeard
There is no substitute for square inches of...

There is no substitute for square inches of negative, even better with a fine lens. I suggest the Fuji 690's.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-28-2016
Replies: 88
Views: 9,804
Posted By Graybeard
Working Discount Codes

Just now, KEH10 didn't work for me. ACKEHMAY16 did work and produced a discount.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-17-2016
Replies: 88
Views: 9,804
Posted By Graybeard
Anyone have a currently valid code?

Anyone have a currently valid code?
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 05-16-2016
Replies: 23
Views: 5,780
Posted By Graybeard
Adapter

There is a Chinese eBay vendor selling a 5.5 to 39mm adaptor for about USD12 if memory serves.

I have a couple - they are well made and fit just fine.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-11-2016
Replies: 88
Views: 9,804
Posted By Graybeard
It is still working - a Summicron for me.

It is still working - a Summicron for me.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-21-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 1,158
Posted By Graybeard
You might consider using a low Durometer (soft)...

You might consider using a low Durometer (soft) o-ring cord, available from industrial supply houses.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-14-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 2,388
Posted By Graybeard
[QUOTE=02Pilot;2603932]What guide did you look...

[QUOTE=02Pilot;2603932]What guide did you look at?

(a fellow Hudson Valley denizen, it seems - how far up the valley are you, Graybeard?)

Near Kinderhook
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-13-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 2,388
Posted By Graybeard
IMHO you really want a competent technician to...

IMHO you really want a competent technician to CLA your camera. Ask him to have a go at cleaning the RF/VF optics while he/she/other is inside the camera (it needs it/ clean the glass whenever you...
Forum: Fuji X Series 04-10-2016
Replies: 33
Views: 4,527
Posted By Graybeard
My strong preference is for an M Leica (M3, an M4...

My strong preference is for an M Leica (M3, an M4 if you really insist, or an M6) with modern glass (Hexanon M 50/f2, Zeiss ZM 50.f2, and, off course the Summicon 50/f2). A Leica iiiF with a Canon...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-01-2016
Replies: 185
Views: 26,036
Posted By Graybeard
What problems do you commonly encounter?

What problems do you commonly encounter?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-01-2016
Replies: 185
Views: 26,036
Posted By Graybeard
The original Leicaflex, the Leicaflex SL,...

The original Leicaflex, the Leicaflex SL, followed by the Nikon F2.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-28-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 990
Posted By Graybeard
Check the slowest shutter speeds and see/hear if...

Check the slowest shutter speeds and see/hear if they are working properly. They ( 1 sec. 1/2 second) should operate smoothly and without hesitation and sticking.

Look through the rangefinder and...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-28-2016
Replies: 65
Views: 6,020
Posted By Graybeard
In screw mount, there are some serious...

In screw mount, there are some serious competitors to Leitz glass.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-26-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 1,415
Posted By Graybeard
I use a PH211 (75 watt) bulb in my black Focomat....

I use a PH211 (75 watt) bulb in my black Focomat. These are widely available; B&H and eBay, for example, are two sources.

If the bulb is too bright, you can control its output with an ordinary...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-24-2016
Replies: 65
Views: 6,020
Posted By Graybeard
Might be an appropriate time for others to...

Might be an appropriate time for others to comment here.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-24-2016
Replies: 65
Views: 6,020
Posted By Graybeard
Something is wrong here. The lens should be...

Something is wrong here.

The lens should be sharp at f5.6 at all distances, especially infinity.

Your comments suggest a focus calibration problem.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-24-2016
Replies: 65
Views: 6,020
Posted By Graybeard
This suggests quality control problems at Cosina.

This suggests quality control problems at Cosina.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-23-2016
Replies: 65
Views: 6,020
Posted By Graybeard
I've used most of the lenses that have been...

I've used most of the lenses that have been mentioned here and I suggest that the 50/1.8 Canon (aka Serenar) is the best choice on the basis of build quality and optical performance.

If you search...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-23-2016
Replies: 65
Views: 6,020
Posted By Graybeard
Be very careful when considering purchase of the...

Be very careful when considering purchase of the Elmar 2.8 in LTM.

The inside surface of the front lens element degrades and forms a white film. This has the appearance of haze which one would...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 08-18-2010
Replies: 36
Views: 17,569
Posted By Graybeard
Robin 1.9's and 1960's cheapie users

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I am indeed familiar with the Robin 1.9.

There were evidently a number of Taron cameras around in the US in the early 1960's.

A Robin...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-21-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 3,082
Posted By Graybeard
On my M6 and M3 using my 40mm Summicon, I frame...

On my M6 and M3 using my 40mm Summicon, I frame tightly with the 50mm frame lines and sort things out in the darkroom. After all, I'm using a Summicron - modest enlargments will no be evident.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-07-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 1,285
Posted By Graybeard
If this is a IIIc to IIIf upgrade done by Leitz...

If this is a IIIc to IIIf upgrade done by Leitz (likely) the flash synch delay numbers will be on a small separate plate secured by a couple of screws to the camera top by the shutter speed dial. A...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-02-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 1,016
Posted By Graybeard
With all of the time that has passed since your...

With all of the time that has passed since your camera left Wetzlar, one would think that any minor assembly problems would have surfaced and been set right by the service that camera has seen since...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-27-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,070
Posted By Graybeard
The Jupiter 12 is the best value for the money by...

The Jupiter 12 is the best value for the money by a considerable margin.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-18-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,224
Posted By Graybeard
Don's turnaround time changes constantly...

Don's turnaround time changes constantly depending on the number of camras that people have sent him for work at that moment.

Before you send him a camera, ask, by eMail, what his current turnaround...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-18-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,196
Posted By Graybeard
The IIIg is a Barnack Leica through and through,...

The IIIg is a Barnack Leica through and through, albeit slightly larger. But then, the IIIc is larger then the IIIa.

The IIIg was a last hurrah for the Barnack camera diehards in Wetzlar and was...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-15-2009
Replies: 57
Views: 4,881
Posted By Graybeard
The chicks that comment on my Barnack Leicas are,...

The chicks that comment on my Barnack Leicas are, unhappily, in my age group and also gray.

It's my Tachihara that seems to draw the 20 somethings. Also some really rough looking characters when...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-13-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 1,488
Posted By Graybeard
The Jupiter 12 isn't the lens that often requires...

The Jupiter 12 isn't the lens that often requires shimming. The 50mm J3 is the optic that is often mentioned as requiring shimming to focus properly.

I've used the J12 on several Barnack Leicas...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-06-2009
Replies: 42
Views: 3,325
Posted By Graybeard
Your suggestion of a collapsible Summicron is...

Your suggestion of a collapsible Summicron is certainly a practical way of having a "pocketable" camera. The 40mm/f2 Summicron C is another (I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned). My Elmar is...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-05-2009
Replies: 42
Views: 3,325
Posted By Graybeard
Thanks for your thoughtful reply. As it happens,...

Thanks for your thoughtful reply. As it happens, over the years, I've acquired several fast 50mm lenses, among them a Summilux, Cosina Nokton, and a Nikkor 1.4. These are all first rate glass and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-05-2009
Replies: 42
Views: 3,325
Posted By Graybeard
Flash certainly does declare the presence of the...

Flash certainly does declare the presence of the photographer but sometimes even Leicas are used for simple snapshots and in simple indoor gathering situations where some depth of field is needed (an...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-04-2009
Replies: 42
Views: 3,325
Posted By Graybeard
How fast is fast enough?

For about 45 years now I've shot with some flavor Leica (IIc, then IIIc, then IIIf, then M3, to M6) with an f2 lens (usually LTM Canon optics on the Barnack Leicas but I also used a Summar then,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-23-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 2,293
Posted By Graybeard
It is possible that the purchaser had no...

It is possible that the purchaser had no photographic or collecting interests at all and actually was an antique dealer or would-be speculator with an somewhat inflated idea of the value of the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-26-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 1,027
Posted By Graybeard
As many others have indicated, this is a diopter...

As many others have indicated, this is a diopter adjustment for the rangefinder. If your vision isn't perfect, you can adjust the RF optics to correct for your vision, sort of like having an eyeglass...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-25-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 929
Posted By Graybeard
I suggest that you only consider a post-war...

I suggest that you only consider a post-war camera. These are of more robust construction and often cost less than their pre-1940 counterparts.

The group which I recommend includes the IIIc and IIIf...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-23-2009
Replies: 38
Views: 2,826
Posted By Graybeard
With the exceptions of the Nikon F and F2, it is...

With the exceptions of the Nikon F and F2, it is difficult to imagine that an SLR, a camera design that has many components that must stay in register and continue to operate properly for the device...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-22-2009
Replies: 2
Views: 740
Posted By Graybeard
I suggest that you don't really have a problem...

I suggest that you don't really have a problem here. From your posting, it seems unlikely that the camera is in genuinely "mint" condition, that is, a purchaser would expect that the camera is in the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-15-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 847
Posted By Graybeard
If you send the camera to Youxin, you'll have it...

If you send the camera to Youxin, you'll have it back in a week and it will be working properly.

If you would like to fiddle a bit before sending your jewel away - Try winding and firing the shutter...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-14-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 944
Posted By Graybeard
I'm afraid that you have a...

I'm afraid that you have a defective/mismanufactured lens and I wouldn't waste any more time with it.

A good I22 will thread snugly against the camera body as does an Elmar.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-08-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 875
Posted By Graybeard
What sort of shooting do you do? Do you need a...

What sort of shooting do you do? Do you need a really fast 28mm for low level available light or will a slower lens do?

Voigtlander offers a couple of quite good lenses at this focal length.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-08-2009
Replies: 48
Views: 2,960
Posted By Graybeard
I suggest going with a 50mm lens first. Part of...

I suggest going with a 50mm lens first. Part of the charm of a Barnack Leica is its small size. The bulk will increase with an auxiliary finder.

The small size of the collapsible Elmar f3.5 or an...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-03-2009
Replies: 75
Views: 20,216
Posted By Graybeard
Some of us can load an M3 while chewing gum.

Some of us can load an M3 while chewing gum.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-03-2009
Replies: 44
Views: 5,218
Posted By Graybeard
I also was not pleased with work done by...

I also was not pleased with work done by Kinderman.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-28-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 1,357
Posted By Graybeard
Many users, myself included, have found the...

Many users, myself included, have found the Jupiter 12 to be quite a decent performing 35mm lens, the bad luck of others here notwithstanding. While there certainly are problems with some Russian LTM...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-20-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,397
Posted By Graybeard
I use a 50mm and a 90mm almost exclusively with...

I use a 50mm and a 90mm almost exclusively with my M3; I have a 135mm but seldom use it unless I'm photographing a stage performance.

Unlike many other people, I find little use for a 35mm lens.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-27-2009
Replies: 117
Views: 12,959
Posted By Graybeard
I've had Barnack Leicas since 1963 - a IIIc...

I've had Barnack Leicas since 1963 - a IIIc (Serenar 50mm/f1.8 - camera and lens, at different times, from the bandits at Olden Camera in NYC), then, in addition, a IIc, with a 50mm Summar ($25 out...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-17-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,867
Posted By Graybeard
It does get stuffy in a closed darkroom if you...

It does get stuffy in a closed darkroom if you spend much time working there. Ventilaion certainly makes things more pleasant.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-06-2009
Replies: 45
Views: 2,590
Posted By Graybeard
You might even consider buying an inoperative...

You might even consider buying an inoperative Weston meter and sending it off to George for a rebuild. A dead Weston meter should go for about $5.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-01-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 1,578
Posted By Graybeard
The Summaron will focus properly on any M...

The Summaron will focus properly on any M Leica.

Should you want an auxiliary finder, the most economical dedicated 35mm finders are the Russian ones that appear frequently on eBay. These work well...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-01-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 2,464
Posted By Graybeard
The Mirandas of that period that I remember were...

The Mirandas of that period that I remember were 35mm single lens reflexes. These first appeared as "Orion" cameras then changed to the Miranda name.

These were relatively low-priced, serviceable...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-23-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 1,437
Posted By Graybeard
When I travel, I carry an M3 with a 40mm...

When I travel, I carry an M3 with a 40mm Summicron-C as my back-up camera. The Summicron-C on the M3 makes a compact, flat package that fits nicely into a Lowepro Z-30 belt pouch, and I scarcely...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-13-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,206
Posted By Graybeard
Thanks for the replies- Are you fellows shooting...

Thanks for the replies-

Are you fellows shooting completely off-hand or do you brace yourself in some way (lean against a wall, for example)? I'm eager to learn more about your technique.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-11-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,867
Posted By Graybeard
Venting the discharge air throuh a duct shouldn't...

Venting the discharge air throuh a duct shouldn't be a problem provided that the fan/blower which you use has adequate capacity. Most ceiling ventilator blowers (bathroom fans) that I've seen were...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-10-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,206
Posted By Graybeard
Still Wondering About Those Slow Speeds

I do quite a bit of shooting B&W (Neopan 400 or HP5 in D76) in available light, hand-holding both Barnack Leicas or an M6. I've had a IIIc or a IIIF since 1963 (and a IIc since 1965), and, given the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-10-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 3,264
Posted By Graybeard
I've dealt with S. K. Grimes in the past for work...

I've dealt with S. K. Grimes in the past for work on view camera lenses and shutters. They are a competent, first class outfit.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-10-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 2,066
Posted By Graybeard
You should be pleased with this lens. The black...

You should be pleased with this lens. The black ones are of later manufacture (yours was made in 1977 as you can tell from the serial number) and usually do not require focus mount relubrication. The...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-10-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 894
Posted By Graybeard
The external surfaces of the glass elements in...

The external surfaces of the glass elements in the RF/VF's on the M Leicas can accumulate a surprising amount of dirt over the years. Viewfinder brightness (and especially the RF patch) can often be...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-10-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 3,264
Posted By Graybeard
Tiffen made a filter adaptor for the Summitar. It...

Tiffen made a filter adaptor for the Summitar. It slips over the end of the lens and allows use of Series VI filters. These appear on eBay now and then.

It is a bit bulky but does allow use of the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-07-2009
Replies: 114
Views: 6,884
Posted By Graybeard
In the 1950's, many of us shot perfectly good...

In the 1950's, many of us shot perfectly good color slides using only the exposure guide printed on the Kodak data sheet thet came with the film.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-04-2009
Replies: 114
Views: 6,884
Posted By Graybeard
Indoor artificial lighting can be surprisingly...

Indoor artificial lighting can be surprisingly consistent, I imagine because people select a light level with which they are comfortable. With ASA400 film, f4 at 1/60th gives good results in quite a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-04-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,316
Posted By Graybeard
A futher advantage of the lens is that it is...

A futher advantage of the lens is that it is quite compact. An M-Leica with a 40mm Summicron easily fits into a coat pocket.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-31-2008
Replies: 34
Views: 2,813
Posted By Graybeard
Over the years, I've run into a several cameras...

Over the years, I've run into a several cameras that had evidently been stored in a damp humid place and were corroded to the point of unusability. One Leicaflex Standard, from Florida, would...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-18-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1,079
Posted By Graybeard
The 40mm Summicron is a fine lens to have and to...

The 40mm Summicron is a fine lens to have and to use. An M3 with the 40mm Summicron makes a compact package that easily fits into a coat pocket - that alone, IMHO, is sufficient reason to use the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-13-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 1,249
Posted By Graybeard
I offer these comments on "dim" rf/vf's on Leica...

I offer these comments on "dim" rf/vf's on Leica M3's -

I have several DS M3's. Two of these had quite dim rangefinder patches when I bought them - DAG serviced both of these cameras for me and...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-25-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 4,584
Posted By Graybeard
Some interesting information On Jupiter-9 focus problem.

I've been thinking about buying a fast 90mm-ish lens and have been considering the LTM version of the Jupiter-9 85mm/f2. These have a horrid reputation for focus problems.

I've had good luck dealing...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-20-2008
Replies: 42
Views: 3,702
Posted By Graybeard
Echoing the earlier posts here, you got a modern...

Echoing the earlier posts here, you got a modern 50mm lens, which is at least as fine a performer as a Summicron, for less money than a Summicron would fetch.

The only problem that I can see is that...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-18-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 1,092
Posted By Graybeard
I use Hexanon 50mm's on an M3 and an M6 and have...

I use Hexanon 50mm's on an M3 and an M6 and have checked the focus with test targets at minimum focus range. The Hexanons work perfectly. Most people who've tried the Hexanon on their Leica M have...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-14-2008
Replies: 30
Views: 3,590
Posted By Graybeard
Our beards are roughly the same length, Al, but...

Our beards are roughly the same length, Al, but you have far more on top.

In 1965, when I saw the Geiss-Kontakt at the Spiratone store in Manhattan, five dollars was more than I could part with (I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-14-2008
Replies: 30
Views: 2,566
Posted By Graybeard
Mabelsound asked for help and it isn't obvious to...

Mabelsound asked for help and it isn't obvious to me that his questions were answered. At the risk of repitition let me offer these comments.

Most modern electronic flash units use what is called a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-14-2008
Replies: 30
Views: 3,590
Posted By Graybeard
I have a set of instructions for the...

I have a set of instructions for the Geiss-Kontakt but no way to scan them for you. The installation instructions are pretty simple so I'll try to provide them here.

1) You should have two parts to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-14-2008
Replies: 30
Views: 3,590
Posted By Graybeard
You can find a table of settings for the f-series...

You can find a table of settings for the f-series Barnack Leicas in many of the "Leica Manual"s by Morgan and Lester. This is a useful reference for any Barnack Leica user.

I have the 14th edition...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-03-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 1,365
Posted By Graybeard
With the J-8, a f2/50mm, you are all set. Buy a...

With the J-8, a f2/50mm, you are all set. Buy a lot of film and use it all.

-Graybeard
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-01-2008
Replies: 167
Views: 138,005
Posted By Graybeard
If you can tolerate a long turnaround time...

If you can tolerate a long turnaround time (months), John Maddox will provide service of superb quality on Barnack Leicas. His only rival is DAG. John has access to a surprising variety of new...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-30-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 1,365
Posted By Graybeard
I doubt that the lack of shutter speeds below...

I doubt that the lack of shutter speeds below 1/30th will be much of a problem for you at all. With a reasonably fast lens, f2 say, and ASA400 film, you wil be able to shoot in most indoor...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-19-2008
Replies: 41
Views: 2,616
Posted By Graybeard
If Leitz installed flash synchronization they...

If Leitz installed flash synchronization they almost certainly would have gone the whole route and done a IIIc to IIIf conversion. If you have only a PC terminal on the camera, it was done by a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-17-2008
Replies: 41
Views: 2,616
Posted By Graybeard
Buy a dead Weston Master IV or Weston Master V on...

Buy a dead Weston Master IV or Weston Master V on eBay. Don't spend more than $10 - there are plenty of pretty but inoperative ones available for that price.

Send the meter to Quality Light Metric...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-15-2008
Replies: 41
Views: 2,616
Posted By Graybeard
A Jupiter 8 will be a fine choice for your new...

A Jupiter 8 will be a fine choice for your new Leica. Try for one of the more moden black bodied ones.

The odds of getting a good Russian lens sem to depend a great deal on the particular lens...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-11-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 1,344
Posted By Graybeard
Some thoughts- For a modern lens both the...

Some thoughts-

For a modern lens both the 50mm/f2 Hexanon and the 50mm/f1.5 Nokton are fine lenses. I have, and use, both. My preference is the Hexanon, principally because the Nokton is so large....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-11-2008
Replies: 104
Views: 5,800
Posted By Graybeard
Back again three years after my initial posting....

Back again three years after my initial posting. It is pleasant to see that the thread is active again.

My wife is now using an Olympus Stylus for casual shooting with color film. When she wants me...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-07-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,759
Posted By Graybeard
Let me provide some additional detail- There are...

Let me provide some additional detail-

There are no chrome Jupiter 8 lenses. The silver colored ones are aluminum alloy. Pretty good but not as durable as chrome plated brass.

The silver colored...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-05-2008
Replies: 45
Views: 8,251
Posted By Graybeard
We may have to agree to disagree on this...

We may have to agree to disagree on this point.

IMHO there seem to be quite a number of people who had their Konica M focus problems sorted out with warranty repairs. As it happens, I've had...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-05-2008
Replies: 48
Views: 4,682
Posted By Graybeard
Sherry aqnd DAG will certainly do a fine job, but...

Sherry aqnd DAG will certainly do a fine job, but for routine work, Youxin Ye will do a fully competent CLA on your M3 for under $100 (provided that the shutter curtains are OK - but if they aren't...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-05-2008
Replies: 15
Views: 1,809
Posted By Graybeard
Some German dealers attached a shop decal to the...

Some German dealers attached a shop decal to the inside of the camera rather than an external plate.

I have a IIIc with a decal on the inside of the baseplate from a shop in Dortmund.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-05-2008
Replies: 45
Views: 8,251
Posted By Graybeard
The shims may have been installed aftermarket in...

The shims may have been installed aftermarket in an attempt to have the lens focus properly on a Konica M body. There were serious quality problems with the Konica bodies regarding flange to film...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-04-2008
Replies: 45
Views: 8,251
Posted By Graybeard
If anything, the Hexanon mechanical construction...

If anything, the Hexanon mechanical construction is superior to that of the Summicron. "Built like a tank" bragging rights go to the Hexanon.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-23-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 1,275
Posted By Graybeard
She does fine work but note my earlier comments.

She does fine work but note my earlier comments.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-21-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 1,275
Posted By Graybeard
Evidently the RF was very dirty and the repair...

Evidently the RF was very dirty and the repair was a thorough cleaning.

Several years ago DAG worked the same magic for me on a different DS M3 that Sherry had done her best on, but with modest...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-20-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 1,275
Posted By Graybeard
Worth the wait

In a weak moment last October, I bought a beater DS M3, with my eyes open, for $280. The shutter functioned just fine, even the slow speeds, but the rangefinder patch was barely visible. When I...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-13-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 1,753
Posted By Graybeard
FWIW- There are two real magicians in the world...

FWIW-

There are two real magicians in the world of Barnack Leica overhauls; Don Goldberg and John Maddox. Both of these fellows are horribly backlogged - figure six months for a full overhaul. No...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-27-2008
Replies: 27
Views: 2,594
Posted By Graybeard
I've backpacked with cameras in the front range...

I've backpacked with cameras in the front range of the Rockies and, much more often, backpacked and canoe-camped with my cameras in the Adirondacks. My cameras were Leicas and Rollei's. With this as...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-22-2008
Replies: 39
Views: 3,294
Posted By Graybeard
A Leica is a good start but if you really want to...

A Leica is a good start but if you really want to attract some company, try a Rolleiflex. Europe, US, doesn't seem to matter you will draw comments and conversation partners.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-23-2008
Replies: 21
Views: 2,170
Posted By Graybeard
Before you make a large expenditure on a 21mm...

Before you make a large expenditure on a 21mm lens, you might want to consider if you are overdoing things. A 21mm lens is VERY WA indeed.

IMHO, a 28mm will be adequate for most WA shooting,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-02-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 693
Posted By Graybeard
My mistake, the seller is Heavtstar. Thanks for...

My mistake, the seller is Heavtstar. Thanks for the correction.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-02-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 693
Posted By Graybeard
Filters for Canon Lenses

Perhaps it's old news here, but I'll mention this workaround for finding 40mm filters for the Canon 50mm/f2 lenses.

An ebay vendor called "Heavyside" offers a 40mm to 40.5 mm step up ring at quite a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-20-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 1,393
Posted By Graybeard
This often sell on ebay for $300-325. It pays to...

This often sell on ebay for $300-325. It pays to be patient, there can be a number of auctions for these which end near $400 then $300 will be the winning bid on the next few.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-18-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 1,042
Posted By Graybeard
Youxin recently replaced the shutter on a IIIf...

Youxin recently replaced the shutter on a IIIf for me. The cost was $120 with a turnaround time of one week.
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 04-12-2008
Replies: 78
Views: 16,094
Posted By Graybeard
I have, and use, both a Horizon 202 and a Widelux...

I have, and use, both a Horizon 202 and a Widelux F7. Both are reliable cameras and produce impressive results.

Both of these cameras are mechanical with a swinging lens turret. If dirt, debris, or...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-11-2008
Replies: 31
Views: 2,279
Posted By Graybeard
Try shooting with a Rolleiflex.

Try shooting with a Rolleiflex.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-30-2008
Replies: 33
Views: 2,355
Posted By Graybeard
It would be a good idea to budget for a CLA in...

It would be a good idea to budget for a CLA in addition to the purchase price. This will assure 100% functionality and avoid disappointment out in the field.
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 03-12-2008
Replies: 1
Views: 848
Posted By Graybeard
Bob Watkins at Precision Camera Works in Chicago...

Bob Watkins at Precision Camera Works in Chicago is the man to see about Widelux repairs. He still has a stock of parts for the F7.
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