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Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-23-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,193
Posted By Arbitrarium
The S1a is the clear winner for me. That extra...

The S1a is the clear winner for me. That extra metal on the front and the lower top plate make them the best looking of the lot. Pure controls with nothing you don't need. But expect shutter...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-01-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,118
Posted By Arbitrarium
The Olympus XA lens on a camera that isn't...

The Olympus XA lens on a camera that isn't compromising itself in trying to be as small as possible... Love the lens, hate the ergonomics.

An aperture priority TLR would be nice!
Forum: RFF Polls 03-25-2019
Replies: 2,917
Views: 1,782,465
Posted By Arbitrarium
I was there too! Saw a good few film cameras...

I was there too! Saw a good few film cameras around: a Spotmatic, Pentax ME Super, Fujica ST something, Nikon FM and an F3, a Hasselblad, a couple of Leica Ms, a Mamiya 645, an Olympus OM1... and...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-12-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 532
Posted By Arbitrarium
Hi Sepha :D No solution from me but I had the...

Hi Sepha :D

No solution from me but I had the same issue with a 120 folding camera. Got the rangefinder perfectly aligned, left it overnight and in the morning it was way off again :confused:...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-12-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 514
Posted By Arbitrarium
The Zeiss shots are most pleasing to my eye. But...

The Zeiss shots are most pleasing to my eye. But it could just be the slightly wider framing.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-05-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,012
Posted By Arbitrarium
They're really well made and look great on a...

They're really well made and look great on a shelf, but in use the viewfinder is awful. Combined with the big depth of field of a 45mm 2.8, it sort of negates the point of it being an SLR altogether....
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-27-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 995
Posted By Arbitrarium
Again, that's been around for a while and is...

Again, that's been around for a while and is different to what OP is discussing.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-27-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 995
Posted By Arbitrarium
Looks like it'll be sent to watchers. I've got a...

Looks like it'll be sent to watchers. I've got a listing with no watchers and no Send Offer button. But I've seen it before and I know what you're talking about!

I've had emails with "An item you're...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 02-26-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,539
Posted By Arbitrarium
If my camera has automation, I use it, if not I...

If my camera has automation, I use it, if not I use Sunny 16. I get just as many duds with guessing the exposure as I do letting the camera work it out after about 2 years of shooting meterless. It...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-20-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,362
Posted By Arbitrarium
Our local college and uni both have darkrooms and...

Our local college and uni both have darkrooms and I see students walking around town with K1000s all the time. Horrible kit zooms but you can't ask too much =P
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-20-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 726
Posted By Arbitrarium
I use these: https://www.cordweaver.co.uk/ Soft,...

I use these: https://www.cordweaver.co.uk/

Soft, light and comfortable, no tangling, stays on your wrist. Love 'em.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-20-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 378
Posted By Arbitrarium
Woo! Please lengthen your message to at least...

Woo!

Please lengthen your message to at least 10 characters.
Forum: RFF News 02-20-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,278
Posted By Arbitrarium
Bowker? What the (insert expletive) is...

Bowker? What the (insert expletive) is that?

It's like "Nye-kon" for Nikon.

You'd think Apple would be able to find at least one Japanese person to ask for the pronunciation...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 02-20-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 865
Posted By Arbitrarium
Am I right in thinking that if your camera winds...

Am I right in thinking that if your camera winds left to right, you pan right for each shot? Had to draw some diagrams to work it out =P
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 02-18-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 865
Posted By Arbitrarium
That's extremely cool and I will be trying this!...

That's extremely cool and I will be trying this! I guess minimising vignette would be beneficial for this technique?
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 02-13-2019
Replies: 1,305
Views: 336,215
Posted By Arbitrarium
Got a few in my Japan half frame...

Got a few in my Japan half frame...
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-12-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 530
Posted By Arbitrarium
I love how serious the guys look holding the...

I love how serious the guys look holding the lenses :D
Forum: RFF Polls 02-07-2019
Replies: 71
Views: 1,763
Posted By Arbitrarium
Depends on the camera. For an SLR with...

Depends on the camera.

For an SLR with viewfinder in the centre, there's not much difference in comfort holding it whichever way, but if it's a long rangefinder with viewfinder in the left corner,...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-06-2019
Replies: 438
Views: 119,875
Posted By Arbitrarium
http://www.arbitrarium.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/20...

http://www.arbitrarium.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/vi78.jpg

Canon 50mm 1.4 LTM, Canon VI-L, Fuji Venus 800
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-05-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 340
Posted By Arbitrarium
What benmacphoto said. I had this on an LTM Canon...

What benmacphoto said. I had this on an LTM Canon 50mm 1.4. Luckily they're stupid easy to disassemble and I just repainted it with a gun metal touch up pen.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-04-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 2,093
Posted By Arbitrarium
I mostly wish I'd kept gear I was selling until...

I mostly wish I'd kept gear I was selling until later. Sold one of those daft Tomioka 55mm 1.2 lenses a couple of years ago, and they're now selling for 3 times what I flogged it for.

And I wish I'd...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 02-04-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,083
Posted By Arbitrarium
I've got a Canon iP8750 and not had any problems...

I've got a Canon iP8750 and not had any problems other than slow boot times. A3 prints on Hahnemuhle paper are incredible. My wife has done reproductions of her artwork and the colour accuracy is...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-03-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,843
Posted By Arbitrarium
I was in Tokyo/Kyoto/Osaka in November and film...

I was in Tokyo/Kyoto/Osaka in November and film is sold all over the place. With stuff you can't get outside of Japan like Fuji Superia 400 Premium which turned out to be 100% better than regular...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-15-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,526
Posted By Arbitrarium
I second the eyepatch suggestion! You'll look...

I second the eyepatch suggestion! You'll look cool too.

Wildcard option is a Voigtlander Kontur accessory viewfinder designed to be used with both eyes open. But that's just for framing, not...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-09-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 571
Posted By Arbitrarium
Not on a rangefinder, but I made a fisheye lens...

Not on a rangefinder, but I made a fisheye lens out of some bits of lenses I had lying about. Front element is a middle element from... something... concave on both sides. Rear element is the front...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 01-09-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 839
Posted By Arbitrarium
Got to be shutter bounce or capping surely. I'd...

Got to be shutter bounce or capping surely. I'd send it back to whoever serviced it.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-02-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 4,511
Posted By Arbitrarium
Probably this one, from November on a trip to...

Probably this one, from November on a trip to Japan. This was in taken in Osaka, off Dotonburi street.

http://www.arbitrarium.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/yash103.jpg

It's my favourite because...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-02-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 514
Posted By Arbitrarium
http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-165.html

http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-165.html
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-18-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 395
Posted By Arbitrarium
I reckon you may as well give a Jupiter a go,...

I reckon you may as well give a Jupiter a go, it's got character and if it doesn't fit, you can just sell it on.

Scroll down to post #7:...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 12-18-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 477
Posted By Arbitrarium
Looks mighty sharp in the centre!

Looks mighty sharp in the centre!
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 12-12-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 931
Posted By Arbitrarium
I scan with an Epson flatbed, but I've made some...

I scan with an Epson flatbed, but I've made some little plastic supports to slot in between frames to keep the film as flat as possible. It's definitely improved the sharpness of my scans when the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-06-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,311
Posted By Arbitrarium
I'm currently enamoured with my Canon VI-L so I'm...

I'm currently enamoured with my Canon VI-L so I'm going to recommend that.

Fastest rangefinder I've used so far, so a good choice for street. The viewfinder is parallax corrected and 1/1 scale so...
Forum: Olympus RF 12-05-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 11,703
Posted By Arbitrarium
This is a brilliant shot

This is a brilliant shot
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-04-2018
Replies: 931
Views: 225,319
Posted By Arbitrarium
Yashica 635, Lomography 400. Love the swirly...

Yashica 635, Lomography 400. Love the swirly backgrounds the Yashikor gives.

http://www.arbitrarium.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/yash75.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-04-2018
Replies: 213
Views: 23,985
Posted By Arbitrarium
I just got back from 2 weeks in Japan. The camera...

I just got back from 2 weeks in Japan. The camera shops... oh the camera shops. I came away with a Canon VI-L and 50mm 1.4, a mint black Pentax ME Super, and a bunch of 'junk' half frames to tinker...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-17-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 431
Posted By Arbitrarium
LTM Canon 50mm 1.4 droplets in lens. Oil or what?

Apologies for the sub-optimal photo but take a look and let me know what you think:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/AEPAyX7m5e1q5qBb8

I'm in Tokyo right now on holiday and found a Canon VI-L with this...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-25-2018
Replies: 1
Views: 191
Posted By Arbitrarium
Large thread soft release?

Hiya.

I've got a couple of cameras that have much wider sockets for cable releases than most. Both my Kiev 4 and Altissa Altix have cable release sockets that are far too large for any of my soft...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-24-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 619
Posted By Arbitrarium
This is my assumption too. A leak happening in...

This is my assumption too. A leak happening in the gap between the film canister and the pressure plate.
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 10-10-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 852
Posted By Arbitrarium
I've only used a Retina II but I think the III...

I've only used a Retina II but I think the III also has a removable front element that just unscrews easily. If you can get to the shutter blades, try dabbing a bit of naptha onto them and firing the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-09-2018
Replies: 100
Views: 2,771
Posted By Arbitrarium
Dream cameras are Robot Royal 24 w/Sonnar and...

Dream cameras are Robot Royal 24 w/Sonnar and Norita 66 with the 80/2.

Both unobtainable due to price and rarity... and they'd both need a service before I touched them.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-04-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 680
Posted By Arbitrarium
Perfectly opposite from centre frame, so I'd...

Perfectly opposite from centre frame, so I'd guess it is. Not that I know how this phenomenon happens... Had it occur to me before though.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-27-2018
Replies: 89
Views: 3,927
Posted By Arbitrarium
Interesting... I've handled maybe 12 or so...

Interesting... I've handled maybe 12 or so Spotmatics and out of those, all but 2 had shutter capping. I stopped looking for them in the end and went with a Miranda TM to mount my Takumar. Absolute...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-05-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 697
Posted By Arbitrarium
In case that was nonsense, here's a picture...

In case that was nonsense, here's a picture showing where to fire the shutter independent of the frame counter etc.

https://arbitrarium.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/asdg.jpg?w=680
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-05-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 697
Posted By Arbitrarium
I've done it on a Perkeo 1 and many other folding...

I've done it on a Perkeo 1 and many other folding cameras. Just re-cock the shutter and release it on the shutter itself. Just trace the linkage of the body shutter button to the shutter and watch...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-31-2018
Replies: 126
Views: 5,849
Posted By Arbitrarium
I'm currently using a Soligor TM (Miranda...

I'm currently using a Soligor TM (Miranda Sensomat with M42 mount) and it's survived getting beer spilled on it (twice) at a wedding and having my 18 stone self land on it when falling off a rock on...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-30-2018
Replies: 39
Views: 1,606
Posted By Arbitrarium
Balda Super Baldax. Similar specs to a Super...

Balda Super Baldax. Similar specs to a Super Ikonta but can often be had a lot cheaper. I used one for a bit, they're very nice. Helical focusing which is actually an improvement over the Ikonta.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-25-2018
Replies: 681
Views: 85,606
Posted By Arbitrarium
A couple from Cleethorpes the other week. Yashica...

A couple from Cleethorpes the other week. Yashica 635 and...
Forum: Travel 06-28-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 826
Posted By Arbitrarium
Kew Gardens for plants (duh). The Barbican for...

Kew Gardens for plants (duh).
The Barbican for architecture.
Soho for street photography.
Everywhere else for street photography.
Street photography.
Forum: Travel 06-28-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 981
Posted By Arbitrarium
I took a 50mm, 24mm and 135mm to Iceland. I think...

I took a 50mm, 24mm and 135mm to Iceland. I think I used the 24mm once and the 135mm twice. Everything else was 50mm. But then I generally prefer normal perspective photos.

Take some ND filters for...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-27-2018
Replies: 123
Views: 4,522
Posted By Arbitrarium
Someone pointed out that the number of UFO photos...

Someone pointed out that the number of UFO photos has not increased along with the number of people who now carry a camera (phone) everywhere. You'd expect a correlation...
Forum: Optics Theory - 06-27-2018
Replies: 161
Views: 9,052
Posted By Arbitrarium
I've certainly shot with f2 lenses that gave more...

I've certainly shot with f2 lenses that gave more 3D and deep images that some f1.4 lenses. Jupiter 8 is a good example. Lovely separation of background/foreground.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-27-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 324
Posted By Arbitrarium
Thanks for that Brett! The stop-down button...

Thanks for that Brett!

The stop-down button automatically resets when the shutter fires, so the paddle also returns. So I'm not sure there's a way to isolate the stop-down mechanism from all the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-27-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 324
Posted By Arbitrarium
Soligor (Miranda) TM extremely loud shutter

Hiya. I've recently been enjoying my new Soligor TM, which is working perfectly, with no shutter capping, and proving to be reliable and very well made.

However, the sound of the shutter is truly...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-31-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 613
Posted By Arbitrarium
Bloody fantastic film, XP2. I shoot at 200 in all...

Bloody fantastic film, XP2. I shoot at 200 in all situations and it works fine for me. Finer grain than a lot of 100 speed true B+W films I've tried. Makes Tri-X and HP5 look like garbage. And I can...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-29-2018
Replies: 47
Views: 1,362
Posted By Arbitrarium
Hmm... If I average a roll of film to be £5,...

Hmm...

If I average a roll of film to be £5, and a Tetenal kit costing £35 will do me 20 rolls, that's £135. That would probably do me 3 months, so that's £540 per year.

There's the costs for...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-03-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 2,654
Posted By Arbitrarium
I'm also just now realising the appeal of TLRs....

I'm also just now realising the appeal of TLRs. I've used a bunch of folders and had a Pentacon Six that died on me, so I went for a Yashica 635 (for the lens).

The first time I took it out, I hated...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 05-01-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,682
Posted By Arbitrarium
Nah, it's not a parody, it's an homage. And as...

Nah, it's not a parody, it's an homage. And as others have said, it does seem to give better quality pics than other Instax Mini cameras.

My favourite thing about the Kickstarter is the stretch...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-04-2018
Replies: 115
Views: 8,923
Posted By Arbitrarium
Chair photos...

Chair photos forever!

https://arbitrarium.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/frank4.jpg?w=680

Franka Rolfix II, Rodenstock Trinar, Ilford XP2
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-29-2018
Replies: 2,578
Views: 494,221
Posted By Arbitrarium
Capturing the aurora on my Pentacon Six in...

Capturing the aurora on my Pentacon Six in Lapland. This was as it was dying down. When the lights were at their most impressive we were too busy watching them to mess about taking...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-22-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,006
Posted By Arbitrarium
Bit of a tangential question: the viewing lens...

Bit of a tangential question: the viewing lens looks multi coated but the taking lens looks single coated... is this the case, and if so why?
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 03-13-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 2,253
Posted By Arbitrarium
Well if this newspaper is anything to go by, the...

Well if this newspaper is anything to go by, the auction he mentioned did indeed...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-06-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,365
Posted By Arbitrarium
On a recent away day with work, I was asked if...

On a recent away day with work, I was asked if I'd take a group photo of all the staff because I "know about cameras". I was handed a Canon something something covered in buttons and screens and...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-28-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,123
Posted By Arbitrarium
Nice catch. First job: stick a bit of black...

Nice catch. First job: stick a bit of black rubber in the infinity lock slot. What a godawful 'feature' that thing is.

I love my Kiev 4a. I have a vague long term goal of learning how to strip and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-27-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 1,369
Posted By Arbitrarium
I prefer the triangular ones. I just use a blunt...

I prefer the triangular ones. I just use a blunt butter knife to open them up if my fingernails can't manage it.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-22-2018
Replies: 0
Views: 288
Posted By Arbitrarium
Kiev 4a light streaks

Hiya,

I recently shot some B+W with my Kiev in very high contrast light at a ruined abbey and on developing noticed some rather odd light streaks across the negatives. Only visible in the dark...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-21-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 761
Posted By Arbitrarium
Update: The extra felt seems to have worked. Much...

Update: The extra felt seems to have worked. Much more accurate focus on this roll, only ever off by a few inches which is easily attributed to user error.

Seems to have slightly uneven focus...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-21-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 761
Posted By Arbitrarium
I'm talking to the repairman via email and he's...

I'm talking to the repairman via email and he's totally fine with me sending it back, we're just discussing possible reasons for the problem because he collimated the lens properly. I made sure to...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-21-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 761
Posted By Arbitrarium
My guess is that the film is supposed to rest...

My guess is that the film is supposed to rest against the pressure plate, like you say, relying on its curvature. Presumably the lens was then collimated using the actual film gate (which would be...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-21-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 761
Posted By Arbitrarium
I had a look at the pressure plate and put some...

I had a look at the pressure plate and put some more tension in the springs, but then realised something.

The pressure plate doesn't actually apply any pressure to the film. It rests on guides...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 02-21-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,246
Posted By Arbitrarium
In terms of trips in the UK, it has to be...

In terms of trips in the UK, it has to be run-down seaside towns for me. My no.1 favourite places to shoot here.

Abroad, so far my favourite place to shoot has been Iceland. But my dream photo...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-20-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 761
Posted By Arbitrarium
Yeah the wheel and front element are geared so it...

Yeah the wheel and front element are geared so it doesn't matter which you turn. Using the front element is better for critical focusing.

And true I should be able to feel if they're out of sync or...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-20-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 878
Posted By Arbitrarium
I thought Compur shutters were meant to run...

I thought Compur shutters were meant to run dry... if anything I'd just use graphite but I'd imagine if everything is clean and dry it'll run as it should without lubricant.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-20-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 761
Posted By Arbitrarium
More Super Ikonta A woes

So, after modifying the albada finder of my Super Ikonta A to better reflect what the lens was seeing, I shot a roll of expired XP2.

Every single shot is focused closer than I was expecting....
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 02-20-2018
Replies: 1,137
Views: 228,608
Posted By Arbitrarium
Wizzy wants in. Ricoh Auto Half SL, Ilford XP2....

Wizzy wants in. Ricoh Auto Half SL, Ilford XP2. Absolutely love this camera. And the cat.

https://arbitrarium.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/ah9.jpg?w=680
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-15-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,084
Posted By Arbitrarium
As an aside, new Kodak Portra dries very flat in...

As an aside, new Kodak Portra dries very flat in my experience. XP2 also dries pretty flat. The majority of the time I shoot on Fuji C200 and that's quite curly, but I just scan upside down, the neg...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 02-15-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 639
Posted By Arbitrarium
The composition's great, and I think the sharp...

The composition's great, and I think the sharp rider on the right adds to the image. The sharp rider gives context of speed to the blurred rider. I also like how the shadows are streaking behind them...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-14-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 548
Posted By Arbitrarium
Sorted this myself, so thought I'd post for...

Sorted this myself, so thought I'd post for anyone with the same problem in future.

The foremost finder piece has a screw on the right hand side, loosening this allowed me to shimmy the two parts...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-13-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 548
Posted By Arbitrarium
Super Ikonta Albada finder askew

Hiya.

I've got a Super Ikonta A with Albada finder. The finder is bright enough and the frame lines are ok in daylight so no complaints there.

However, the silvered section of the viewfinder...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-13-2018
Replies: 336
Views: 81,524
Posted By Arbitrarium
This thread has several videos of the...

This thread has several videos of the prototypes...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-11-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,084
Posted By Arbitrarium
Yeah the oil on water thing is from the neg...

Yeah the oil on water thing is from the neg touching the scanner glass. Just scan them upside down and flip them in Photoshop/whatever
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 02-08-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 7,077
Posted By Arbitrarium
I find it hard to believe that the OP has been...

I find it hard to believe that the OP has been referring to his Yashica Electro as a Canon QL17 this whole time...

OP seriously needs to post a photo of their battery compartment because this is all...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-07-2018
Replies: 47
Views: 3,493
Posted By Arbitrarium
If you're a fan of Electros, I give another vote...

If you're a fan of Electros, I give another vote for the Electro GX. Smaller, lighter, but similar features to the big ones. The CC shutter tops out at 1/250th whereas the GX does 500th. Parallax...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 02-05-2018
Replies: 114
Views: 43,701
Posted By Arbitrarium
Here's my II Type 014. Currently sat on a...

Here's my II Type 014. Currently sat on a bookcase until it learns to stop opening the shutter when I cock it...

https://arbitrarium.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/retina2.jpg?w=680
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 02-01-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 7,077
Posted By Arbitrarium
All 625 variants will be the same size, so don't...

All 625 variants will be the same size, so don't worry about it not fitting. An LR44 or SR44 will fit too, but you might need to pad out the circumference so the battery doesn't wiggle in the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-01-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 2,150
Posted By Arbitrarium
£30! I paid that for my Kiev 4a, but that's fully...

£30! I paid that for my Kiev 4a, but that's fully working already, including the pepper grinder =P

I love the feel and the layout of the Kiev, and the wide rangefinder. I'll definitely be on the...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-01-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 6,578
Posted By Arbitrarium
I'm lusting after a Canon P (or L#). One of the...

I'm lusting after a Canon P (or L#). One of the best looking cameras out there. I've always found them far more attractive than any Leica.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-31-2018
Replies: 50
Views: 2,662
Posted By Arbitrarium
I don't like anything other than 'normal' length...

I don't like anything other than 'normal' length lenses myself. I prefer to shoot scenes as they appear through the eye, even if that means what you actually saw is cropped. I would hope my memory of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-30-2018
Replies: 45
Views: 2,151
Posted By Arbitrarium
I have the same prejudice against lightweight...

I have the same prejudice against lightweight cameras. I had wanted a Nikon FE for ages and when I finally got one and took it out, it felt so empty and fragile and just a bit nothingy really. Even...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-27-2018
Replies: 8,893
Views: 867,680
Posted By Arbitrarium
Oh and I've got a Ricoh Auto Half SL coming from...

Oh and I've got a Ricoh Auto Half SL coming from Ryu Itsuki which I'm far too excited about.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-27-2018
Replies: 8,893
Views: 867,680
Posted By Arbitrarium
A Kiev 4a. To replace my dead Kodak Retina....

A Kiev 4a. To replace my dead Kodak Retina.

Bought from a shop so I got to test it beforehand. Everything works perfectly. Hopefully it'll live up to its reputation and survive my trip to Lapland...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-25-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,254
Posted By Arbitrarium
Kentmere 400 is pretty grainy (and cheap!). Shoot...

Kentmere 400 is pretty grainy (and cheap!). Shoot it at 800 and it'll be super grainy I expect. I wouldn't know about enhancing grain through development as I only do C41.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-24-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 681
Posted By Arbitrarium
6x4.5 box cameras?

Hiya, I just discovered there's a version of the Box Tengor that gives 6x4.5 exposures, are there any other box cameras for 645 format? People are asking daft prices for Tengors on the 'bay and I...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-24-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 695
Posted By Arbitrarium
You got the one with the chrome trim? I'm looking...

You got the one with the chrome trim? I'm looking for one of those myself. Bloody gorgeous things.

The shutter fires at 1/30th so you'll be wanting to use a slower film, probably 100ASA.

I guess...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-22-2018
Replies: 292
Views: 18,152
Posted By Arbitrarium
That's... very interesting. Of course I'd just...

That's... very interesting. Of course I'd just copy the design and make my own however :p

Doesn't 16mm film need sprocket holes though?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-22-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,044
Posted By Arbitrarium
Yeah those are Newton rings from the film...

Yeah those are Newton rings from the film touching the scanner glass. I just scan them whichever way up keeps them off the glass and flip them in PS afterwards.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-18-2018
Replies: 304
Views: 12,108
Posted By Arbitrarium
Hmmm... Pentacon Six TL w/Biometar. Robot...

Hmmm...

Pentacon Six TL w/Biometar.

Robot Star w/Xenon.

Ricoh Auto Half SL.

Fuji GF670.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-16-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1,357
Posted By Arbitrarium
I use an Epson V700 (or some other number, can't...

I use an Epson V700 (or some other number, can't remember) and found that if I let the scanner do the "auto exposure" as it calls it, the grain is fine, but if I scan as a positive and flip/colour...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-15-2018
Replies: 161
Views: 34,336
Posted By Arbitrarium
https://arbitrarium.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/64...

https://arbitrarium.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/6457.jpg?w=680

Ikonta 521 with 3.5 Novar. Possibly missed focus a bit/camera shake. But I like the lens so much I've just forked out for the Super...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-15-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,591
Posted By Arbitrarium
Looks like you can use a Yashica 44 with the 35mm...

Looks like you can use a Yashica 44 with the 35mm cartridge intact:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/_spacedog_/6359670191
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-15-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,591
Posted By Arbitrarium
So according to that link, you just load it with...

So according to that link, you just load it with 35mm on the spool sans cartridge. I guess you could just can-opener it open in a changing bag. And tape the leader onto the take up spool?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-15-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,398
Posted By Arbitrarium
I used to use a 1.4 lens on my main everyday...

I used to use a 1.4 lens on my main everyday camera and often used the widest aperture, but since then I've been using f/2 or slower lenses and not felt like I was missing out, and I shoot plenty at...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-11-2018
Replies: 50
Views: 2,658
Posted By Arbitrarium
One of the main appeals of shooting film is using...

One of the main appeals of shooting film is using old cameras with bygone qualities and history behind them. User experience > features. I don't think I'll ever be interested in a new film camera.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-10-2018
Replies: 50
Views: 2,658
Posted By Arbitrarium
Looks like they're piggybacking on 'Reflex' and...

Looks like they're piggybacking on 'Reflex' and trying to one-up them with a digital back.

"Upcycled components" eh? Another one that found a box of new-old-stock cameras?
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-04-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 3,175
Posted By Arbitrarium
It's in the scanning and auto colour correcting...

It's in the scanning and auto colour correcting (or lack of it), not the film or camera. If you're getting the films done at a mini lab or 1hr photo they'll scan/print with the colours saturated and...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-04-2018
Replies: 49
Views: 2,836
Posted By Arbitrarium
I suppose it might vary depending on who does the...

I suppose it might vary depending on who does the estimate. Can't imagine it's the same person every time so maybe you just got a miserable guy that day!

One in, one out is something I'm trying to...
Forum: Photo Software 01-04-2018
Replies: 84
Views: 5,693
Posted By Arbitrarium
A bit off topic, but I use CS6 at home and CC at...

A bit off topic, but I use CS6 at home and CC at work (because it's paid for by the company).

Photoshop CS6 loads and is ready to go in 4 seconds.

Photoshop CC loads in 30 seconds and won't load...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-02-2018
Replies: 37
Views: 2,028
Posted By Arbitrarium
Never going to happen. Obviously it's possible,...

Never going to happen. Obviously it's possible, but it relies on kids not throwing rocks/toilet paper/sausages at the drones or people stealing them to sell them. Which will definitely happen. I saw...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-11-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1,174
Posted By Arbitrarium
Moltoprene. In a Japanese accent.

Moltoprene.

In a Japanese accent.
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 12-06-2017
Replies: 38
Views: 2,438
Posted By Arbitrarium
We recently got a Canon PIXMA iP8750 for...

We recently got a Canon PIXMA iP8750 for reproduction of my wife's paintings. It's amazing with the right paper. Excellent colour reproduction. We also printed some photos, equally excellent quality....
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-05-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 829
Posted By Arbitrarium
Vince, that photo's incredible. Hard to pick a...

Vince, that photo's incredible.

Hard to pick a favourite from the whole year. I reckon my favourite 'normal' photo is one of these two. Both happen to be by the sea which makes me want to move to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-05-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 915
Posted By Arbitrarium
Cheers dudes, hadn't considered that it was one...

Cheers dudes, hadn't considered that it was one of the metered ones sans the meter!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-04-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 915
Posted By Arbitrarium
What's this weird Exakta lens?

Was browsing Exa stuff and found this:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Camera-Exa-I-Schneider-Curtagon/253192591754?hash=item3af374598a:g:S9MAAOSwG4lZ1lHM

A quick Google search didn't give any clues. It...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-04-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 3,472
Posted By Arbitrarium
This is brilliant! I've just started scanning my...

This is brilliant! I've just started scanning my own negs too and am struggling a bit with the colour correcting but this method seems to work almost perfectly and with zero effort. I'll try it with...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-29-2017
Replies: 1
Views: 626
Posted By Arbitrarium
Nikon helical grease

I recently got a Nikon FE through trading in some tat, and bought a Nikkor 50mm 1.4 AI from the auction site to go with it.

Do all old Nikon lenses have such awful focusing feel? The grease must be...
Forum: RFF Polls 11-27-2017
Replies: 303
Views: 125,817
Posted By Arbitrarium
Seeing this thread from 2009 with all the...

Seeing this thread from 2009 with all the "Yashica GSN" suggestions. Good luck getting one under $50 now!

I voted Konica for the C35 as it's cheap, simple, but feels like a proper camera. Minolta...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-27-2017
Replies: 268
Views: 65,539
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https://arbitrarium.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/co...

https://arbitrarium.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/co7.jpg?w=680

https://arbitrarium.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/photo848.jpg?w=680

https://arbitrarium.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/s-21.jpg?w=680

https...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-23-2017
Replies: 35
Views: 1,768
Posted By Arbitrarium
Two panel pins and a bit of wood!

Two panel pins and a bit of wood!
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-22-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,055
Posted By Arbitrarium
They're very simple under the top cover, easy to...

They're very simple under the top cover, easy to clean and adjust, so it's worth making them usable, definitely. I resorted to gluing the shutter release cap back on. Can't tell the difference :p
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-22-2017
Replies: 108
Views: 6,127
Posted By Arbitrarium
Amazing! Hahaha

Amazing! Hahaha
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-22-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,055
Posted By Arbitrarium
Kodak Retina II has a reverse threaded wind on...

Kodak Retina II has a reverse threaded wind on knob. You need to use a really thin wrench or grind down a tool to fit around a squared off part of the take up spool and then twist the wind on knob in...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-16-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 3,799
Posted By Arbitrarium
Might simply be that the distance from the front...

Might simply be that the distance from the front of the lens to the film plane (or the distance between your right and left hand) is longer on an SLR (generally) so any shake would be more...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-15-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 1,617
Posted By Arbitrarium
If it's for personal satisfaction, make whichever...

If it's for personal satisfaction, make whichever one interests you most! By the sounds of it, the instant system camera.

Your faux Jobo developing kit gave me an idea; I should get a metal wine...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-14-2017
Replies: 108
Views: 6,127
Posted By Arbitrarium
I can see why people have backed the Reflex...

I can see why people have backed the Reflex Kickstarter. It offers new and interesting things.

But I can see zero reasons why anyone would want to back or own this thing. An ugly, uninspiring...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-13-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 1,819
Posted By Arbitrarium
Considering that guy who converted a Konica Auto...

Considering that guy who converted a Konica Auto S3 to have a digital back hardly added any bulk to the camera, this thing is just comically oversized. Why anyone would want to walk around with this...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-13-2017
Replies: 92
Views: 3,898
Posted By Arbitrarium
I'll add to the pile of people suggesting you use...

I'll add to the pile of people suggesting you use it to travel and take photos with the cameras you've already got.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-08-2017
Replies: 1,137
Views: 228,608
Posted By Arbitrarium
https://arbitrarium.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/sp...

https://arbitrarium.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/sprocket-8.jpg?w=643

Wizzy. Voigtlander Perkeo I, Ilford XP2 Super, 3D printed adapters
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-07-2017
Replies: 109
Views: 3,968
Posted By Arbitrarium
Just noticed in the specs: "depth of field...

Just noticed in the specs: "depth of field inverted preview"

... which says to me the lens is stopped down and opens up with a button? If it's the inverse of a normal depth of field preview. I'm...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-07-2017
Replies: 109
Views: 3,968
Posted By Arbitrarium
Their early tests showed some light leaks which I...

Their early tests showed some light leaks which I assume was from the interchangeable mount not being finished, but their newer tests show no leaks so I guess they've worked out how to make them fit...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-07-2017
Replies: 109
Views: 3,968
Posted By Arbitrarium
Reflex on Kickstarter

So the SLR being designed by the people behind If You Leave on Instagram have started their Kickstarter and it turns out the camera does in fact offer something new.

Interchangeable lens mounts!...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-27-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 1,250
Posted By Arbitrarium
So it's just pre-flashed film? Not sure why you'd...

So it's just pre-flashed film? Not sure why you'd pay for someone else to do that... I'm going to pre-flash some with a laser pen tonight and it won't cost me anything.

The light leaks effect thing...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-27-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 767
Posted By Arbitrarium
Help identifying WWII camera

I attended my grandfather-in-law's funeral this week, and afterwards got to look through hundreds of his photos from his time in the RAF as a survey/recon pilot.

Most of the photos were only tiny...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-25-2017
Replies: 32
Views: 1,653
Posted By Arbitrarium
It does, but they've got a bridge circuit so a...

It does, but they've got a bridge circuit so a modern battery works fine with no adjustments needed.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-25-2017
Replies: 32
Views: 1,653
Posted By Arbitrarium
And there it is, mystery solved! :p

And there it is, mystery solved! :p
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-25-2017
Replies: 32
Views: 1,653
Posted By Arbitrarium
K1000 prices...

I've recently been seeing Pentax K1000s regularly selling for over £100 which I think is ludicrous.

I know they're considered 'the student camera' but are people really so lazy that they'll go for...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-23-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,100
Posted By Arbitrarium
Keiichi...

Keiichi Ichikawa

https://www.instagram.com/keiichi.ichikawa/?hl=en

Wonderful black and white urban photography with lots of hard shadows and excellent composition.
Forum: Olympus RF 10-10-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,609
Posted By Arbitrarium
What did the meter needle in the viewfinder do?

What did the meter needle in the viewfinder do?
Forum: RFF News 10-10-2017
Replies: 160
Views: 11,350
Posted By Arbitrarium
Baffling...

Baffling...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-05-2017
Replies: 45
Views: 1,757
Posted By Arbitrarium
I look for a combination of sharpness and...

I look for a combination of sharpness and character. Currently enjoying an M42 Pancolar and got a Super Ikonta III with 3.5 Tessar being CLA'd currently, bought based on results I've seen of the lens...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-05-2017
Replies: 1
Views: 658
Posted By Arbitrarium
Lomo 135BC with flash - am I missing something?

Hiya,

Just finished cleaning and bodge-repairing a Lomo 135BC spring wind camera. 3-4 shots per second!

Anyway, it has a hot shoe but it doesn't fire a flash on any shutter speed. There's no...
Forum: RFF News 10-04-2017
Replies: 160
Views: 11,350
Posted By Arbitrarium
I'm guessing it'll be a cheap digital styled to...

I'm guessing it'll be a cheap digital styled to look a bit like an old Yashica, with the Yashica name on. Highly doubt anything about it will feel like a Yashica. If the name's been bought by a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-03-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 2,101
Posted By Arbitrarium
You could have a go at making your own from a...

You could have a go at making your own from a straight flash bracket. Don't have any other photos of this right now, but it's essentially a flash bracket with the flash shoe area cut off, then a 90...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-02-2017
Replies: 47
Views: 1,551
Posted By Arbitrarium
On a recent holiday I rewound a half frame...

On a recent holiday I rewound a half frame Yashica Mimy but never heard the film 'click' off the take up spool. Thought I must have just missed it, opened the back and there was the film, broken out...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-02-2017
Replies: 47
Views: 1,551
Posted By Arbitrarium
Yeah, sometimes I'll be sat on the sofa watching...

Yeah, sometimes I'll be sat on the sofa watching TV with a camera in my lap like a pet. Agree entirely with you.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 09-27-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,423
Posted By Arbitrarium
Heavily modified Ikonta

Apologies for the Ebay link, but thought this was too bizarre/interesting to not share:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ZEISS-IKON-FOLDING-CAMERA-/132342905085?hash=item1ed04078fd:g:fyEAAOSwkBlZy6Gx

Can...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-18-2017
Replies: 100
Views: 7,697
Posted By Arbitrarium
I was given a free roll of in-date Portra 400...

I was given a free roll of in-date Portra 400 when I got an OM1 from Ebay which I thought was generous. But it ended up having half a roll of photos on it, which I only discovered after shooting the...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-11-2017
Replies: 38
Views: 4,550
Posted By Arbitrarium
I'll second Agfa Selectronic S Sensor. Just...

I'll second Agfa Selectronic S Sensor. Just really fun to use, with a huge full information viewfinder.

I also really liked the Voigtlander VF101 made by Rollei. Really small but solid, cool...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-06-2017
Replies: 12,080
Views: 4,436,913
Posted By Arbitrarium
https://arbitrarium.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/cn...

https://arbitrarium.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/cnv00029.jpg?w=680

Zeiss Taxona + expired film
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-05-2017
Replies: 1
Views: 688
Posted By Arbitrarium
Removing shutter speed dial face plate

Hiya.

I'm wondering how people go about this. A lot of SLRs have screws hidden beneath glued-on face plates, often on the top of the shutter speed dial or the wind on lever. How do you get them off...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 09-05-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 2,242
Posted By Arbitrarium
My suggestion would be a Kodak Retina but they're...

My suggestion would be a Kodak Retina but they're all 50mm lenses. Unless you get the horrible later models with interchangeable front elements. Bleh. I love my Retina II, folds up tiny and has clear...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-05-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 1,510
Posted By Arbitrarium
The description "for serious photographers"...

The description "for serious photographers" amuses me.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-05-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,067
Posted By Arbitrarium
You need a special tool that fits the little...

You need a special tool that fits the little slots. Search 'lens spanner', that's what you need.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-05-2017
Replies: 90
Views: 5,692
Posted By Arbitrarium
I've never been a fan of 'explaining' art. I...

I've never been a fan of 'explaining' art. I studied visual communication (I know, I know...) and as the name suggests, it was very much geared toward how to convey a message without words.

As art...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-05-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,067
Posted By Arbitrarium
You can probably just unscrew the front element...

You can probably just unscrew the front element and clean it yourself if that's as far as the fungus goes. 5 minute job
Forum: Olympus RF 09-01-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1,389
Posted By Arbitrarium
Yikes. An Oly M1 in black, you'd probably only...

Yikes. An Oly M1 in black, you'd probably only find in Japan.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-31-2017
Replies: 90
Views: 2,654
Posted By Arbitrarium
Always been a fan of tentacular

Always been a fan of tentacular
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-23-2017
Replies: 12,080
Views: 4,436,913
Posted By Arbitrarium
https://arbitrarium.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/cn...

https://arbitrarium.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/cnv00004.jpg?w=680

Olympus Pen D, Kodak T-Max 100
Forum: Olympus RF 08-02-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,424
Posted By Arbitrarium
You could stick something textured onto the red...

You could stick something textured onto the red pad, so your finger feels the distinction between the shutter button and the rest of the camera. My first thought was a piece of felt. Bit weird, but...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-01-2017
Replies: 8,893
Views: 867,680
Posted By Arbitrarium
Risked it on an "untested" Fujica Mini. Opened...

Risked it on an "untested" Fujica Mini. Opened the thing up and it looks like it's been sat in a steam room for a decade. Every single bit of it rusted solid. Oh well!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-01-2017
Replies: 68
Views: 2,560
Posted By Arbitrarium
If you like pretty cameras then the OM's are a...

If you like pretty cameras then the OM's are a great choice. Small and well made. I always thought Zuiko lenses had a distinct look, quite warm, not at all clinical.

I don't use my OM1n much because...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-26-2017
Replies: 100
Views: 6,139
Posted By Arbitrarium
Maybe not 'best', but this is still my favourite...

Maybe not 'best', but this is still my favourite photo I've taken. Yeah, it's a photo of someone's back which is about the lowest form of street photography, but nevermind.

I visited Reykjavik last...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-25-2017
Replies: 46
Views: 1,892
Posted By Arbitrarium
Definitely agree about the top colour films....

Definitely agree about the top colour films. Never been a fan of Tri-X myself though, I prefer a slow Ilford.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-18-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 788
Posted By Arbitrarium
Or it's sealing a dangerous and powerful youkai...

Or it's sealing a dangerous and powerful youkai inside the camera. Don't remove it!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-18-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 788
Posted By Arbitrarium
Oh the little sticker with the Kanji on? Probably...

Oh the little sticker with the Kanji on? Probably just a "passed" sticker from a service person.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 07-18-2017
Replies: 42
Views: 3,142
Posted By Arbitrarium
Yeah, I'd agree about ditching autofocus and get...

Yeah, I'd agree about ditching autofocus and get an XA2. No motor wind screeching or slow auto focus, and the 3 zone focus system works fine for point and shoot photography. And cheap!
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-12-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 633
Posted By Arbitrarium
It's only a very quick leak so yeah, my guess...

It's only a very quick leak so yeah, my guess would be the shutter curtain being slow/fast/whatever. Do you know what shutter speed you used on the bad/good shots?
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 07-11-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 2,538
Posted By Arbitrarium
Mine's a type 11 and it was very easy to remove...

Mine's a type 11 and it was very easy to remove the top and clean the viewfinder/rangefinder. Not sure if it's as easy with a type 14 but can't imagine why it wouldn't be. Definitely worth a clean,...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-10-2017
Replies: 411
Views: 16,472
Posted By Arbitrarium
1- I prefer the aesthetic of film images, the...

1- I prefer the aesthetic of film images, the variation in films available and the unpredictability of expired film.

2- I like knowing that I'm in control of everything with knobs and levers....
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 07-06-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1,369
Posted By Arbitrarium
Feel like I just watched the whole film... Looks...

Feel like I just watched the whole film...

Looks pretty cliché and formulaic, and the physical creature thing suggested at the end ruined any suspense.

I did like that they managed to make a flash...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 07-06-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 2,538
Posted By Arbitrarium
I got a Retina II for £25 and it's my new...

I got a Retina II for £25 and it's my new favourite camera. Pocket sized, really quick to use, amazing f2 lens, really bright rangefinder. And it looks stunning. I much prefer the angular Retina...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-05-2017
Replies: 1
Views: 455
Posted By Arbitrarium
Mildly interesting

I was re-skinning an Ihagee Exa last night, and when I removed the leatherette I found that the metal underneath is textured. Thought it was mildly interesting. Aside from that, it just made it a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-03-2017
Replies: 42
Views: 5,068
Posted By Arbitrarium
I love how the out of focus areas look almost...

I love how the out of focus areas look almost motion blurred. Gorgeous
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-03-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 821
Posted By Arbitrarium
ujkozavlanje, I know the general term for the...

ujkozavlanje, I know the general term for the covering is leatherette, I was asking about this particular pattern.

fbf, went to those suppliers first, nothing there.

splitimageview, sent Hugo an...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-30-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 821
Posted By Arbitrarium
Where to source this camera covering material?

I'm a fan of that corduroy sort of style camera cover some manufacturers used. This is the stuff I mean:

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Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-29-2017
Replies: 54
Views: 3,809
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What's it focused on? A mote of dust in the...

What's it focused on? A mote of dust in the foreground?

Yeah probably better off handing someone a manual camera that you've already set exposure and zone focus for. Then they just press a button.
Forum: Olympus RF 06-29-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 985
Posted By Arbitrarium
Done the exact same thing a few times. Sometimes...

Done the exact same thing a few times. Sometimes the cloud will just evaporate and clear on its own.

It's a hassle getting the top off XAs because you first have to remove the bottom, then the...
Forum: Fuji X Series 06-29-2017
Replies: 95
Views: 7,077
Posted By Arbitrarium
Go for it. By the list in your sig, you'll be...

Go for it. By the list in your sig, you'll be rolling around on a bed of cash, laughing manically.
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 06-27-2017
Replies: 141
Views: 36,502
Posted By Arbitrarium
Just watching Ghost Busters 2 and Bill Murray...

Just watching Ghost Busters 2 and Bill Murray uses a Brooks Veriwide for some reason. Of course he's clicking away as though it's a point-and-shoot.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-22-2017
Replies: 12,080
Views: 4,436,913
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Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-22-2017
Replies: 107
Views: 3,512
Posted By Arbitrarium
I've bought and sold/gifted 3 ME Supers and only...

I've bought and sold/gifted 3 ME Supers and only had one of them serviced for a slow mirror. Everything else worked fine on all of them, sounds like you had terrible luck.

As for the P30, a very...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-21-2017
Replies: 407
Views: 71,984
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Forum: Photography General Interest 06-21-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 554
Posted By Arbitrarium
"Example photos"

I often look up manuals of old cameras on Mike Butkus' website and have noticed a trend in a few of the Japanese camera manuals.

You'll get manuals stating that the camera is focus-free and...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-15-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 518
Posted By Arbitrarium
Kodak Retina soft release

Hiya. I just noticed that the little metal cap that would normally be on top of my Retina II shutter release has decided to disappear forever. It's not a standard thread (the cable release socket is...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-13-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 2,592
Posted By Arbitrarium
Eh, they never had any whenever I looked around...

Eh, they never had any whenever I looked around Leeds anyway so I gave up on it already
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-12-2017
Replies: 90
Views: 3,480
Posted By Arbitrarium
For me personally: If it's people photography...

For me personally:

If it's people photography then a great photo is one that miraculously captures a one in a million moment that nobody else captured or perhaps even noticed.

For still life, it's...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-12-2017
Replies: 130
Views: 5,966
Posted By Arbitrarium
Any advice on how to get drool out of my...

Any advice on how to get drool out of my keyboard?

I got my late serial OM 50mm 1.4 for £30 and I thought that was a good deal... you win this time.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-12-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 925
Posted By Arbitrarium
As the previous posters mention, it's a shutter...

As the previous posters mention, it's a shutter problem. And as that vertically shot photo has no light leak, I guess debris in the shutter's path makes sense. Give it a good blast with some canned...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-08-2017
Replies: 46
Views: 1,534
Posted By Arbitrarium
Why use a motor drive attachment?

Probably totally naive but I can't quite grasp why anyone would choose to use a motor drive unless it was totally necessary to take rapid-fire photos (which you wouldn't on film unless you love...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-08-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 925
Posted By Arbitrarium
Does that camera have a vertically travelling...

Does that camera have a vertically travelling shutter? Could maybe be something to do with that?

Just a possibility if the light leaks don't extend beyond the frame.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-08-2017
Replies: 130
Views: 5,966
Posted By Arbitrarium
Got a perfect Olympus Mju ii for £5 on Preloved,...

Got a perfect Olympus Mju ii for £5 on Preloved, listed as "compact camera".
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-08-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 925
Posted By Arbitrarium
Looks like a leaky door, yep. Check the negatives...

Looks like a leaky door, yep. Check the negatives to see how far the light burn goes outside the frame of the photo and maybe see about posting a photo of the negs.

What camera is it?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-07-2017
Replies: 185
Views: 23,779
Posted By Arbitrarium
I had one of these for a bit. The 1.9 lens is...

I had one of these for a bit. The 1.9 lens is more of a liability than a bonus because the camera favours faster shutter speeds and the lens is crazy soft at 1.9. Sold it on the hype train.

As for...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-07-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 2,439
Posted By Arbitrarium
As far as I know, yes, it's because modern...

As far as I know, yes, it's because modern film/backing paper is thinner. The easiest solutions I've read about involve sticking a Post-it note to the film leader to thicken that first bit of...
Forum: Olympus RF 06-06-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,541
Posted By Arbitrarium
Might it be something to do with the mirror...

Might it be something to do with the mirror damper foam? Getting... squished... by the lens... Not sure where I'm going with this.
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 05-31-2017
Replies: 56
Views: 4,251
Posted By Arbitrarium
The C35 came in rangefinder or scale focus...

The C35 came in rangefinder or scale focus versions. I believe the scale focus has a "V" on the front. That, and of course it's missing a rangefinder window.

I liked the C35 for the half-press...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-24-2017
Replies: 53
Views: 5,708
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Forum: Photography General Interest 05-23-2017
Replies: 212
Views: 9,043
Posted By Arbitrarium
I've never considered photography as art. But...

I've never considered photography as art. But then, I'm a graphic designer by trade and I wouldn't call that art either. We should probably avoid trying to define what is and isn't art though because...
Forum: Travel 05-23-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 1,662
Posted By Arbitrarium
Some incredible shots here. You've used the...

Some incredible shots here. You've used the format to great effect. I imagine when using it, you start to see scenes that would only work in panorama, like I did when I started shooting 6x6.

1, 5...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 05-23-2017
Replies: 218
Views: 23,139
Posted By Arbitrarium
I think your demeanour is the deciding factor, as...

I think your demeanour is the deciding factor, as people have stated. If you act calm and with purpose of action, not sneaking, people are less bothered. Personally, it's more of a 'me' problem than...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-22-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,179
Posted By Arbitrarium
I tend to do the quick and messy fix of...

I tend to do the quick and messy fix of absolutely dousing the thing in electrical contact cleaner and firing the shutter repeatedly, mopping up any bits of crap off the shutter blades. Let it dry,...
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