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Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-30-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 3,626
Posted By flavio81
Many thanks! There are few sample pics made from...

Many thanks! There are few sample pics made from this lens on the internet!
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 09-30-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 4,446
Posted By flavio81
I own the W with the 25mm lens and the S with the...

I own the W with the 25mm lens and the S with the 28mm lens.
Looking at the viewfinder the change in angle of view is slight. I'll need to shoot pics with it and develop them to see if there is a...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 09-30-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 2,341
Posted By flavio81
I also own a Olympus Pen W and an Olympus Pen...

I also own a Olympus Pen W and an Olympus Pen S3.5

I will repair mine very soon, i'll tell you how it goes. It is supposedly very simple. I've already cleaned the lens elements.
Forum: RFF Polls 09-30-2016
Replies: 144
Views: 24,201
Posted By flavio81
Anti-reflection coating (mostly magnesium...

Anti-reflection coating (mostly magnesium fluoride) is extra hard. It is never scratched by papers; what scratches the coating is dirt and similar particles.

What i use is glass cleaner (like...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-29-2016
Replies: 25
Views: 2,710
Posted By flavio81
But why? There are plenty of very good 50mm...

But why?
There are plenty of very good 50mm lenses for the Leica.

The Kodak Retina IIIc is a unique animal, far more compact than a film leica (due to the collapsable design), and very refined. To...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-28-2016
Replies: 38
Views: 3,539
Posted By flavio81
Canons and Nikons of the OM-1 time were the Canon...

Canons and Nikons of the OM-1 time were the Canon F-1 and Nikon F2, the two cameras are known as two of the best cameras of all time, still highly valued on the secondhand market, and chances are...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-28-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 4,717
Posted By flavio81
It's very strange... Here in Lima usually nobody...

It's very strange... Here in Lima usually nobody was too fan of Plus-X, everybody said that FP4 was a "better" film, and FP4 was all the rage for a medium speed film.

Then Plus-X was discontinued...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-28-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,058
Posted By flavio81
You can still shoot slides, just buy Provia 100F...

You can still shoot slides, just buy Provia 100F which is arguably the best color slide film ever made, shoot your slides, send them to the lab and enjoy.

Also you can shoot B/W slides with most B/W...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 09-28-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 3,531
Posted By flavio81
For a beginner here are my...

For a beginner here are my recommendations:

100-speed: Ilford FP4
400-speed: Ilford HP5, Kodak Tri-X

There are other films that are great, but i'd recommend the above films for a beginner.
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-27-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 3,990
Posted By flavio81
I agree with you more or less: i find f4.5...

I agree with you more or less: i find f4.5 triplets to be very good, i've had good results (at least in the center) from a 80/3.5 triplet on a Ricoh 6x6 TLR, and i have never ever seen good results...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-27-2016
Replies: 42
Views: 3,092
Posted By flavio81
Hi Capitan Kidd, Above a V550 user mentioned...

Hi Capitan Kidd,

Above a V550 user mentioned you can get "1800dpi max" from that scanner, which is a credible figure.

Since the professional standard for digital prints is 300dpi, that means that...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-26-2016
Replies: 38
Views: 3,539
Posted By flavio81
It's impossible to say which one is the...

It's impossible to say which one is the best.

Leicaflex SL may be the one with the most refinement or build quality, but then Alpa cameras can be debated to be better built or have the same build...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-26-2016
Replies: 38
Views: 3,539
Posted By flavio81
The OM-1 was a VERY influential camera on its...

The OM-1 was a VERY influential camera on its time and it is a very good camera, certainly more than excellent as a first time camera. OM Zuiko lenses are optically good and compact.

However,...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-26-2016
Replies: 42
Views: 3,092
Posted By flavio81
No. None of these Epson scanners do better than...

No.

None of these Epson scanners do better than about 1800dpi.
Even the top V850 won't go beyond about 2300dpi and moreover they all do fuzzy details at that definition.

Now, if you are trying to...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-24-2016
Replies: 25
Views: 2,710
Posted By flavio81
Sacrilege!!

Sacrilege!!
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-24-2016
Replies: 48
Views: 4,093
Posted By flavio81
I own a black F with plain prism and a silver F....

I own a black F with plain prism and a silver F. So i transplanted the black prism along with the black nameplate to the silver F, now i have a duo-tone Nikon F, looks similar to the Nikon F2 where...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-23-2016
Replies: 26
Views: 2,929
Posted By flavio81
This lens is infamous on the web as one of the...

This lens is infamous on the web as one of the worst Nikon zoom lenses.

I think i've read an analysis by Marco Cavina where it is shown that the optical design is very good, but the manufacturing...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-22-2016
Replies: 40
Views: 51,187
Posted By flavio81
Thanks for the story!! I think using "ELCAN"...

Thanks for the story!!

I think using "ELCAN" for the high-end specialized lenses was a stroke of genius. In that way Leitz tells the message that the lenses made in Canada are as good as a lens...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-22-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 945
Posted By flavio81
Well, that's a very overpriced Nikon F3 then....

Well, that's a very overpriced Nikon F3 then. I've owned both cameras and I sold my F3 as part payment for buying the F-1N 1984 LA Olympics edition.

The Canon is a much better machine than the F3...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-22-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 945
Posted By flavio81
Hi Fraser, The New F1 (the best 35mm SLR i've...

Hi Fraser,

The New F1 (the best 35mm SLR i've used or owned) is expensive nowadays and I don't think you could easily find the cover. If you can't find it, the best you can do is to fit a power...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-20-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,179
Posted By flavio81
Thanks for the tests!! Yes, 6x sounds...

Thanks for the tests!!

Yes, 6x sounds reasonable. But for 35mm film that means a 14x21cm print, or 5.5x8.4" print.

I agree that for medium format like 6x9 or 6x7 a flatbed is good enough for a...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-19-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,179
Posted By flavio81
From all sample scans I've seen, plus the scans...

From all sample scans I've seen, plus the scans i've received from two labs that used the EPSON VXXX scanners, those scanners are discarding (read "wasting") information contained on the...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 09-19-2016
Replies: 148
Views: 16,633
Posted By flavio81
Thanks for the graphic. This sensor size should...

Thanks for the graphic. This sensor size should not be called "medium format" if it can't even approach 6x4.5 size!!
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-13-2016
Replies: 44
Views: 34,966
Posted By flavio81
Exactly. Actually a spherical sensor would be...

Exactly.

Actually a spherical sensor would be best.
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 09-13-2016
Replies: 50
Views: 8,439
Posted By flavio81
I saw a recent (201x) interview on Ringo's last...

I saw a recent (201x) interview on Ringo's last book (a photographs book). He mentioned he still kept his Nikon F and his (Nikkor) fisheye lens (unspecified) but that he did not keep the rest of the...
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-12-2016
Replies: 63
Views: 8,472
Posted By flavio81
It's because number of aperture blades is not a...

It's because number of aperture blades is not a factor.
Neither is number of elements or groups.

"Good" blur or bokeh characteristics depends on the decisions of the lens designer. He/she may, for...
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 09-12-2016
Replies: 50
Views: 8,439
Posted By flavio81
My favorite pop/rock drummer, and I'm a...

My favorite pop/rock drummer, and I'm a drummer...

The 2nd camera looks like a Contax II or a Nikon.



That quote is apochryphal, and belonged to a comedian.

The four beatles, and mike McCartney...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-08-2016
Replies: 828
Views: 86,308
Posted By flavio81
Somebody has read too much Ayn Rand...

Somebody has read too much Ayn Rand...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-08-2016
Replies: 135
Views: 6,859
Posted By flavio81
No. I hate Apple and its products with a...

No.

I hate Apple and its products with a passion.

Apple is a cancer that limits the freedom of users, music lovers, and programmers.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-05-2016
Replies: 1
Views: 853
Posted By flavio81
At least your meter works. My F3 worked...

At least your meter works.

My F3 worked perfectly until i just put it back on my camera bag. It sat for 2 or 3 months in my room, without usage. When i tried to use it again, the meter did not work...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-05-2016
Replies: 45
Views: 4,432
Posted By flavio81
With a good 35mm SLR you can enjoy the joys of...

With a good 35mm SLR you can enjoy the joys of shooting at 1/15, 1/8 and even 1/4 speed, handheld. I even have a portrait of a friend, 1/2s handheld, acceptably sharp.

You don't really need to use...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-05-2016
Replies: 45
Views: 4,432
Posted By flavio81
Was it the film advance? That's what I often hear...

Was it the film advance? That's what I often hear when mentioning the reliability problems of the Pentax. The film advance is really ambitious, for it takes just a small angle of the film advance...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-05-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,449
Posted By flavio81
Hi Roger, Considering you have probably used...

Hi Roger,

Considering you have probably used all the medium format SLRs that exist, i am very interested in knowing your opinion on the RZ compared to the RB. I am in the hunt for a RZ, as I...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-05-2016
Replies: 35
Views: 5,963
Posted By flavio81
I find the aperture ring excellent on the Nikon...

I find the aperture ring excellent on the Nikon pre-AI lenses. Better than the aperture ring on the Canon FD lenses. That means, more ergonomic, smoother, easier to use.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-05-2016
Replies: 45
Views: 4,432
Posted By flavio81
Which shutter speeds? How fast? Did you use the...

Which shutter speeds? How fast? Did you use the wooden hand grip? If i can't do 1/30 or at least 1/60 reliably then the camera becomes limited to me.



That is what I thought at the beginning and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-05-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,449
Posted By flavio81
What stops you from buying it? If you put aside...

What stops you from buying it?

If you put aside the big size and weight, this may be the best medium format SLR ever made. Or close to the best.

I own a RB67 and love it more than any of my 35mm...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-02-2016
Replies: 35
Views: 5,963
Posted By flavio81
Yes, i mostly agree with you. But i seriously...

Yes, i mostly agree with you. But i seriously oppose the claim that the A1 has "no manual mode" or that it is "useless". Of course a FTb or F1 is faster to operate in manual mode.

But i'd rather...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-02-2016
Replies: 35
Views: 5,963
Posted By flavio81
EXACTLY AS IN THE A-1 :bang:

EXACTLY
AS
IN
THE A-1

:bang:
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-02-2016
Replies: 35
Views: 5,963
Posted By flavio81
I'm amazed by the comments. I'm a Canon freak...

I'm amazed by the comments.

I'm a Canon freak and i've owned or own:

AE-1
A-1
EF
FT
F-1
New F-1
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-02-2016
Replies: 33
Views: 13,688
Posted By flavio81
From the excellent tests online by Marco Cavina,...

From the excellent tests online by Marco Cavina, it seems that the 50/1.4 AI favored resolution over contrast wide-open, while the previous 50/1.4 Nikkor-SC had more contrast wideopen (particularly...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-02-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 1,452
Posted By flavio81
My FT2 was exactly like that. K screen and all...

My FT2 was exactly like that. K screen and all the other plastic ergonomic improvements.

But the screen was the darkest and most cumbersome screen of all my Nikons and Canons and Spotmatics, so I...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-02-2016
Replies: 45
Views: 4,432
Posted By flavio81
The P67II is an entirely different camera and...

The P67II is an entirely different camera and does not suffer from those issues.

I owned the P67 (1980s version) and sadly it did had a vibration problem. Even at 1/125 some negatives showed slight...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-01-2016
Replies: 77
Views: 16,188
Posted By flavio81
Thanks for the pictures, i have a friend with two...

Thanks for the pictures, i have a friend with two Leicaflexes which need some degrees of repair, and I always wanted to take a look inside.

On the other hand i don't find the Leicaflex (non-SL)...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-01-2016
Replies: 34
Views: 2,354
Posted By flavio81
Hi, I love pre-AI lenses and own a good set of...

Hi,

I love pre-AI lenses and own a good set of them: 28, 35PC, 50/2, 50/1.4, 58/1.4 and 135/3.5.

I've used the following "pre-AI" bodies:

Nikkormat FT2
Nikkormat EL
Nikon F2 with the first...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-30-2016
Replies: 59
Views: 4,412
Posted By flavio81
This is often repeated but consider the Pentax...

This is often repeated but consider the Pentax Spotmatic (1964) and even the earlier Pentax cameras. They were noticeably smaller than its contemporaries (for example the Nikon F); if i'm not...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-30-2016
Replies: 59
Views: 4,412
Posted By flavio81
Can't recall how loud it was. But for example a...

Can't recall how loud it was.

But for example a Nikon F is remarkably quiet once you lock up the mirror. A Nikon F with cloth shutter instead of titanium shutter, and a pellicle mirror, would be a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-22-2016
Replies: 59
Views: 4,412
Posted By flavio81
Of course, i've handled one Pellix, as i'm a...

Of course, i've handled one Pellix, as i'm a Canon fan...

The problem with the pellix was: The pellicle robs speed AND, worse, it affects picture quality. I have a review by "Modern Photography"...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-22-2016
Replies: 59
Views: 4,412
Posted By flavio81
Historic... the list can be really long! So...

Historic... the list can be really long! So narrowing down to only 35mm format:

- the Exakta
- the Praktina (first full system)
- the first Pentax with instant return mirror
- the Nikon F (made...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-20-2016
Replies: 363
Views: 24,805
Posted By flavio81
1. Mamiya RB67. It has no limits... 2. Canon New...

1. Mamiya RB67. It has no limits...
2. Canon New F-1. Just perfect.
3. Nikon F2. Almost perfect
4. Canon F-1. The best built camera on this list.
5. Canon EF or Nikkormat EL. Overbuilt, beautiful,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-18-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 1,236
Posted By flavio81
I don't think you can reliably test speeds faster...

I don't think you can reliably test speeds faster than 1/30 with only one (1) phototransistor. On the other hand your test setup is perfect for testing the slow speeds.

On a focal plane shutter,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-18-2016
Replies: 128
Views: 7,949
Posted By flavio81
I will add one to the topic then: Contax N...

I will add one to the topic then:

Contax N Digital. First 35mm full frame digital SLR. It was a failure due to image quality problems and very bad usability, but still it was the first.

also, the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-17-2016
Replies: 39
Views: 2,451
Posted By flavio81
The OP is a beginner. To properly compare films...

The OP is a beginner. To properly compare films to "pick one you love", he first needs to be sure that he is developing properly at least one brand of film. That's why i suggest to stick to one film...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-17-2016
Replies: 128
Views: 7,949
Posted By flavio81
Curiously, the "Spot-matic" prototype did feature...

Curiously, the "Spot-matic" prototype did feature a bayonet mount. I guess Pentax decided intentionally to switch to M42. Up to that point in time you could say the Exakta bayonet mount was a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-16-2016
Replies: 128
Views: 7,949
Posted By flavio81
Hi Roger, Take a look at...

Hi Roger,

Take a look at this:
http://www.klassik-cameras.de/SLR_History.html

The 1957 Asahi Pentax sets the layout for most other SLRs to follow. Check out the position of the speed dial, shutter...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-16-2016
Replies: 126
Views: 9,164
Posted By flavio81
I own the FT2 and of all my cameras it's the one...

I own the FT2 and of all my cameras it's the one with the darkest viewfinder. This i don't like.

Also the lever for switching speeds makes it a bit awkward to use. There are a range of shutter...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-16-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 947
Posted By flavio81
Congrats on perhaps the best built medium format...

Congrats on perhaps the best built medium format camera of all times.

I assume you are not changing speeds with the shutter cocked, which is OK but doing it with the shutter uncocked is even gentler...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-16-2016
Replies: 128
Views: 7,949
Posted By flavio81
This is true, and it's impressive that they did...

This is true, and it's impressive that they did it so right the first time, because the finished product is great.

Also the "S" camera had a wonderful, deluxe shutter and that's what you get on a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-16-2016
Replies: 39
Views: 2,451
Posted By flavio81
My two cents of advice: - All film made nowadays...

My two cents of advice:

- All film made nowadays is very good film so pick one and stick to it until you get beautiful results out of it. For example FP4.

- As a developer D76 (or ID11) can do...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-16-2016
Replies: 128
Views: 7,949
Posted By flavio81
Pentax SLRs (1950s-) -- set the...

Pentax SLRs (1950s-) -- set the ergonomics/shape/conventional layout that practically all later SLRs that followed

Canon AE-1 (1976) --- forever changed the camera industry; first camera with...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-16-2016
Replies: 126
Views: 9,164
Posted By flavio81
In my country, Mamiya TLRs are expensive. Agree...

In my country, Mamiya TLRs are expensive.

Agree with most names here, my personal take would be:

- ALL minolta film SLR cameras and lenses
- ALL pentax film SLR cameras, except for the (massively...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 08-16-2016
Replies: 49
Views: 6,269
Posted By flavio81
135mm is a beautiful lens for portrait. Let's...

135mm is a beautiful lens for portrait. Let's hush about it and keep the prices low.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-05-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 3,674
Posted By flavio81
I'd advice against it. I suffered a lot looking...

I'd advice against it.

I suffered a lot looking for a good folder.

I had a Zeiss Nettar 6x6 - it gave acceptable pictures but corners were not so good, so they did not justify spending more money...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-05-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 1,314
Posted By flavio81
It will not hurt the camera but you might not get...

It will not hurt the camera but you might not get the speed you were choosing. It is possible that from the top speed down to about 1/250 you can get a sort-of intermediate speeds, because at those...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-04-2016
Replies: 185
Views: 25,601
Posted By flavio81
Agree !! Although i would rate the Nikon F2 a...

Agree !! Although i would rate the Nikon F2 a close second. I would put the Leicaflex in the same tier as the Canon F-1 if I found one that has survived 2016 without a desilvered prism or a rotten...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-04-2016
Replies: 220
Views: 15,916
Posted By flavio81
Full frame DSLR or RF digital cameras can share...

Full frame DSLR or RF digital cameras can share practically everything except the sensor and its associated circuitry.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-04-2016
Replies: 220
Views: 15,916
Posted By flavio81
This is a very good observation. For example in...

This is a very good observation. For example in my country, record aficionados switched from buying old (used) turntables to buying new turntables, exactly because of this.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-03-2016
Replies: 243
Views: 19,133
Posted By flavio81
They are!! Fully up to the quality. Want some...

They are!! Fully up to the quality. Want some recommendations, besides the famed L lenses? There are no poor lenses on the Canon FD line, except for:

- the 100-200 which is not well loved
- the...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 08-01-2016
Replies: 49
Views: 6,269
Posted By flavio81
Thanks Murray, i always wanted to know what were...

Thanks Murray, i always wanted to know what were meanings and difference between "D" and "DS". What about the 80/2.8 "S" lens, does it has a self timer? Or "S" means it was an improved design --...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-31-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 2,166
Posted By flavio81
This is not fully correct. Fomapan 100 does have...

This is not fully correct. Fomapan 100 does have anti-halation features built into the film like any modern film, just slightly less powerful so you may get the effect you mention. In medium format...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 07-31-2016
Replies: 157
Views: 29,479
Posted By flavio81
Agree with you.

Agree with you.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 07-31-2016
Replies: 157
Views: 29,479
Posted By flavio81
- Olympus pen S for maximum stealth effect -...

- Olympus pen S for maximum stealth effect
- Retina IIIc for night and stealth
- many 35mm SLRs in general, Canon and Nikon
- Mamiya RB67 (seriously) for max image quality
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 07-31-2016
Replies: 49
Views: 6,269
Posted By flavio81
Ok, now that i'm sitting at my laptop let me give...

Ok, now that i'm sitting at my laptop let me give you a review of what you need to know about the Mamiya system so you don't need to go through the (excellent) Mamiya TLR FAQ out there on the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-31-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 2,166
Posted By flavio81
Hahahah... What i mean is that it's really a...

Hahahah...

What i mean is that it's really a "unique" film, its spectral sensitivity is very different to the common films (i.e. FP4, TriX), which gives a very different look.

Regarding your...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-31-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 2,166
Posted By flavio81
Fomapan 100 has a very different spectral...

Fomapan 100 has a very different spectral sensitivity. Also, it is a ISO 64-80 film in most developers so if you develop it for EI 100 then the contrast goes up. The conbination of these two factors...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-30-2016
Replies: 243
Views: 19,133
Posted By flavio81
The interesting thing is that for most of the...

The interesting thing is that for most of the 60s, Pentax was king. And if you ignore the Nikon F's motor or interchangeable viewfinder, the Pentax Spotmatic is a far better designed machine in terms...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 07-30-2016
Replies: 49
Views: 6,269
Posted By flavio81
Super has 5 elements instead of 4 for making it...

Super has 5 elements instead of 4 for making it slightly shorter and lighter. I owned both versions, both are sharp lenses and I actually kept the older (4 element) version myself because I feel it...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-25-2016
Replies: 53
Views: 4,553
Posted By flavio81
The Canon F-1 (and F-1n) can use modern batteries...

The Canon F-1 (and F-1n) can use modern batteries with no problem... as long as you use the 675 hearing aid battery which outputs the correct 1.35V for the meter.

Seriously, just put the 675 cell...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-25-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 919
Posted By flavio81
Any FD 200 is a great lens. I had the latest...

Any FD 200 is a great lens. I had the latest 200/2.8 version with internal focus, it had amazing bokeh and it was sharp. The earlier unit-focusing 200/2.8 is supposed to be as sharp or sharper (!!)...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-22-2016
Replies: 35
Views: 5,963
Posted By flavio81
You can fix that by just using WD40 at the right...

You can fix that by just using WD40 at the right spot. I've posted the diagram with the exact place to put it, back in 1998 or 1997. I can' find it now but this page explains exactly what I...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-22-2016
Replies: 53
Views: 4,553
Posted By flavio81
Mechanical speeds on the F1N are 1/90, 125, 250,...

Mechanical speeds on the F1N are 1/90, 125, 250, 500, 1000 and 2000. Slower speeds require the battery.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-22-2016
Replies: 35
Views: 5,963
Posted By flavio81
The A1 operates great in auto mode once you...

The A1 operates great in auto mode once you follow the EV compensation guidelines on the user manual. Meter is very accurate. For manual mode it is a bit slower but not "impossible" as some people...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-21-2016
Replies: 53
Views: 4,553
Posted By flavio81
All good lens choice, all FD lenses are winners.

All good lens choice, all FD lenses are winners.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-21-2016
Replies: 53
Views: 4,553
Posted By flavio81
So which two lenses are they? If i had to strip...

So which two lenses are they?

If i had to strip down my FD gear to only two lenses, they would be the 55/1.2 and a 135/2.5.

You're into a spiral of Canon buying syndrome very soon... FD lenses...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-21-2016
Replies: 53
Views: 4,553
Posted By flavio81
I also have both models. For me the F-1 is the...

I also have both models. For me the F-1 is the best built japanese camera ever (although i haven't tried a Pentax LX) and has a film wind that is smooth as cream. On the other hand the "New F-1" is...
Forum: Leica SL 07-21-2016
Replies: 72
Views: 8,333
Posted By flavio81
A milestone in photography

I'm really really impressed by the Leica SL.

This is the first Leica camera I would like to own, and the first digital camera i'd consider to use over a film camera. And let me put things into...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-18-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 5,153
Posted By flavio81
Canonflex, Canonflex RP, Canonflex RM, Canon FX...

Canonflex, Canonflex RP, Canonflex RM, Canon FX and FT as well as the Canon A-series, they all use also a mechanical governor for mirror action, and they all use tje foam.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 07-13-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 5,258
Posted By flavio81
(Stunned) And here i would have to pay about USD...

(Stunned) And here i would have to pay about USD 800 to get one in mint condition...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 07-13-2016
Replies: 77
Views: 5,343
Posted By flavio81
Excellent choice, i love the F-1, bothj old and...

Excellent choice, i love the F-1, bothj old and new.

I own the (new) FD 100/2.8 and its compact, light, and sharp, although the bokeh is "plain vanilla", that is, smooth and nice but without...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-13-2016
Replies: 71
Views: 10,392
Posted By flavio81
Google "pushing tri-x to 12800" and "super soup"....

Google "pushing tri-x to 12800" and "super soup". It is a great article.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-13-2016
Replies: 1,695
Views: 434,815
Posted By flavio81
I had a Pentax 67. The ergonomics were good, the...

I had a Pentax 67. The ergonomics were good, the build quality high, the 90/2.8 lens was sharp as a tack... BUT it was the only SLR which I have owned with shutter vibration/mirror shock problems,...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 07-13-2016
Replies: 77
Views: 5,343
Posted By flavio81
Great 24 lenses i've used are the Canon new FD...

Great 24 lenses i've used are the Canon new FD 24/2.8. The Nikon AI 24/2.8 should be great as well. Also I own a Sigma "Super-wide II" 24/2.8 for Nikon which is very good as well. For 28mm the Canon...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-13-2016
Replies: 71
Views: 10,392
Posted By flavio81
Great, great shots in this thread!! My lab used...

Great, great shots in this thread!!

My lab used to use Microphen whenever i requested a push for HP5 to 1600. It worked perfectly well, so good that i started telling everybody that HP5 is really "a...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 07-13-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 5,258
Posted By flavio81
Probably the Rollei is sharper by a very slight...

Probably the Rollei is sharper by a very slight amount, because the Rollei is built to tighter tolerances (Rollei, IMO, is the german brand with the highest build quality, at least in that era.)

The...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 07-06-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 4,540
Posted By flavio81
The whole lens is in front of the shutter, so...

The whole lens is in front of the shutter, so this makes service easy.

On the other hand the lens is tiny so when removing the lens element you MUST be very careful to note which side goes "up", so...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-20-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 2,020
Posted By flavio81
I loved the FE despite its lowish build quality...

I loved the FE despite its lowish build quality (compared to other Nikons), until i found about the Nikkormat EL, which basically does everything the FE can, plus it has higher build quality, plus it...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 06-20-2016
Replies: 160
Views: 27,870
Posted By flavio81
The agfa s0l4g0n (don't tell anyone -- we don't...

The agfa s0l4g0n (don't tell anyone -- we don't want prices to rise)
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 06-20-2016
Replies: 160
Views: 27,870
Posted By flavio81
I have own or owned the following: Zeiss...

I have own or owned the following:

Zeiss Contessa (folding)
Minox 35GT
Olympus Trip 35
Rollei 35 made in germany
Agfa Karat IV
Electro 35 GSN
Electro 35 GL
* Olympus 35SP
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 06-20-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 1,886
Posted By flavio81
Those cameras require a proper CLA, particularly...

Those cameras require a proper CLA, particularly if they have the Solagon lens which is good (massive understatement here).

Don't risk it... particularly with the focus helicoid or the film advance....
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 06-20-2016
Replies: 107
Views: 31,702
Posted By flavio81
Ok, so the list is: Canonet QL17 GIII Konika Auto...

Ok, so the list is:
Canonet QL17 GIII
Konika Auto S3
Minolta HiMatic 7SII
Olympus 35 RC
Yashica Electro 35 GSN

Now, if the OP is looking for the "Sharpest", all of them have sharp lenses for all...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 06-20-2016
Replies: 107
Views: 31,702
Posted By flavio81
However, it is smaller than the Electro 35 which...

However, it is smaller than the Electro 35 which is on this list.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-17-2016
Replies: 104
Views: 19,070
Posted By flavio81
I hate DxO scores. I ask for technical basis...

I hate DxO scores.

I ask for technical basis because, as pointed out by the poster above who underlinded the importance of the processing that happens AFTER the linear value captured by the pixel,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-17-2016
Replies: 243
Views: 19,133
Posted By flavio81
Hi Jim, I have handled a Canonflex as well, and...

Hi Jim,

I have handled a Canonflex as well, and was impressed by the build quality, slightly better than the Nikon F as I can recall. It was the Canonflex R2000 and I still hate myself for not...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 06-16-2016
Replies: 98
Views: 24,769
Posted By flavio81
Marco Cavina's website covers in detail some of...

Marco Cavina's website covers in detail some of the best Nikkor zooms and this one is featured as well, if i recall correctly. I heartily recommend his website, he has a very good analysis of the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-16-2016
Replies: 243
Views: 19,133
Posted By flavio81
PS: Found the lens test. This is a 1968 test of...

PS:

Found the lens test. This is a 1968 test of circa 19-21mm wideangles including most of the japanese brands plus Zeiss; you can check out that the standouts performers are the Canon 19/3.5R and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-16-2016
Replies: 243
Views: 19,133
Posted By flavio81
You're welcome!! It is interesting to know how...

You're welcome!!

It is interesting to know how Japan could, seemingly out of nowhere after the war and into the late 50s, have so MANY optical manufacturersa able to bring out a really good...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-16-2016
Replies: 104
Views: 19,070
Posted By flavio81
Most of my digital cameras were CCD cameras:...

Most of my digital cameras were CCD cameras: Nikon D1X, Olympus E500, Kodak Pro DCS SLR/N, but I thought those CCD times were over. Yes, i liked the colors those cameras gave me, but I guess you can...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-15-2016
Replies: 243
Views: 19,133
Posted By flavio81
I have owned or own the following Nikon...

I have owned or own the following Nikon cameras:

Nikon F, plain prism
Nikon F photomic TN
Nikon F2, AS prism
Nikon F2, A prism
Nikon F3
Nikkormat FT2
Nikkormat EL
Nikon FE
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-15-2016
Replies: 243
Views: 19,133
Posted By flavio81
That's just great -- in this way Canon prices do...

That's just great -- in this way Canon prices do not rise. Although:



Exactly... :D
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 06-15-2016
Replies: 98
Views: 24,769
Posted By flavio81
My favorite Nikkors are the pre-AI series and all...

My favorite Nikkors are the pre-AI series and all the classics have already been mentioned. Particularly if you value "bokeh" and a look full of "character", Nikkor pre-AI is what you want.

Now, my...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-14-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 2,980
Posted By flavio81
The remake was a fun movie, and I had a fit of...

The remake was a fun movie, and I had a fit of joy when I saw the pro photographer was using a Nikon F3/T (i owned a plain F3 at that time)

Of course, if it was a Canon F-1N then I would have...
Forum: Optics Theory - 06-13-2016
Replies: 63
Views: 8,472
Posted By flavio81
The cited article is full of pseudoscience and...

The cited article is full of pseudoscience and silly claims, BUT there is truth at the bottom:

In the past (1950s, 1960s), it was hard to correct for excellent wide-open sharpness with good contrast...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 06-13-2016
Replies: 68
Views: 12,750
Posted By flavio81
Perhaps not good at wide open sharpness, but on...

Perhaps not good at wide open sharpness, but on image quality, particularly the quality of the out of focus highlights, it is the best Nikon normal lens i own. The best. I love it so much i will...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 06-13-2016
Replies: 68
Views: 12,750
Posted By flavio81
Agree!! I also had the Nikkor AF 35-80/4.0-5.6...

Agree!!



I also had the Nikkor AF 35-80/4.0-5.6 and found it a very good performer(!) sharp, contrasty and low on distortion. Plus compact and light.



An established classic, and the predecessor...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 06-13-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 3,811
Posted By flavio81
Yes. Yesterday i just finished dissasembling the...

Yes.

Yesterday i just finished dissasembling the 35EE and bringing it back to life. It was a hard procedure, and I still have not got to the task of relubricating the focusing mount (it does not...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-13-2016
Replies: 98
Views: 16,274
Posted By flavio81
I love Nikon pre-AI lenses. These are the ones i...

I love Nikon pre-AI lenses. These are the ones i have:

28/3.5: This is a strange lens with a unique look due to its strong vignetting and the way it produces nice sunstars.

35/3.5 PC-nikkor: This...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 06-12-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 3,811
Posted By flavio81
FYI - just for the people who is finding this...

FYI - just for the people who is finding this thread through the search.

Fujica 35EE - key data:
Year 1961
Lens is 6 elements in 4 groups
Filter size is 35.5mm thread
Parallax-corrected rangefinder,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-10-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 4,348
Posted By flavio81
Hi Mike, Great page. Just some additions /...

Hi Mike,

Great page. Just some additions / info:

- Please warn people that acetone will ruin plastic parts. Sticky residue from old stickers can be removed with WD40, which is safer than...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 06-10-2016
Replies: 68
Views: 12,750
Posted By flavio81
The 24-120mm f/whatever is a rather mediocre...

The 24-120mm f/whatever is a rather mediocre optical performer, having loads of distortion, vignetting, and embarrasing corners. But that is a very useful zoom range, so it can't be called a "bad...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 06-10-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 2,813
Posted By flavio81
PS: Also consider the Olympus Trip 35. It is...

PS: Also consider the Olympus Trip 35. It is bigger, it is only auto-exposure, but it still compact and very light, so "pocketeable."

PS: The Agfa "solinette" and "super solinette." Google those...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 06-10-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 2,813
Posted By flavio81
I owned both. Rollei 35 is heavy so don't get...

I owned both.

Rollei 35 is heavy so don't get fooled by the small size. It is an ergonomical nightmare. And the focus scale is poor, it does not allow setting the focus with precision, unlike other...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 06-10-2016
Replies: 37
Views: 10,088
Posted By flavio81
When it's uncovered, current flows, and due to...

When it's uncovered, current flows, and due to some chemical process i don't understand, the contacts to the actual selenium cell get corroded and this either stops it from working or makes it go...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 06-10-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 1,691
Posted By flavio81
For adjusting infinity focus, which is a MUST...

For adjusting infinity focus, which is a MUST after dissasembling the camera, as well as for verifying the aperture selected by the camera, you need to keep the shutter open, and for this you will...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 06-10-2016
Replies: 40
Views: 6,596
Posted By flavio81
This. The Werra 3 is a good alternative to the...

This. The Werra 3 is a good alternative to the Rollei 35. Another would be the Minox 35 series, although they are a bit delicate.

Actually i didn't find the Rollei 35 build quality "high"; i was...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 06-10-2016
Replies: 40
Views: 6,596
Posted By flavio81
You will have to define what you mean with...

You will have to define what you mean with "similar to Zeiss and Leitz". I mean, what look do you want. By the way, not everyone believes that Zeiss and Leitz made the best lenses of all time, i...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 06-10-2016
Replies: 267
Views: 105,785
Posted By flavio81
PS: I also own a Oly 35SP and, while mine needs...

PS: I also own a Oly 35SP and, while mine needs cleaning for proper assessment, i don't find it the ultimate viewfinder, not by any stretch. The eyepoint is a bit uncomfortable, parallax correction...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 06-10-2016
Replies: 267
Views: 105,785
Posted By flavio81
My review

I own (or have owned) the following:

Kodak Retina IIIc
Zeiss-Ikon Contessa (folding)
Carl Zeiss Jena Werra 3
Yashica 35GL
Yashica Electro 35GSN
Yashica Lynx 14n
Voigtlander Vitoret DR
Walz Envoy...
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