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Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-29-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 3,135
Posted By bobby_novatron
This strange co-opting of another nation's...

This strange co-opting of another nation's products is a very common feature of Russian manufacturing IMHO. Think back to the 1970's and 1980's with the USSR buying Italy's complete factory innards...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 08-06-2018
Replies: 167
Views: 39,148
Posted By bobby_novatron
My 2 cents: an Agfa Ansco 6x6 medium format...

My 2 cents: an Agfa Ansco 6x6 medium format folder, with crimson bellows.


One of the jewels in my collection. :)


https://farm1.staticflickr.com/402/19024855018_b2fd5b3885_c.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-04-2018
Replies: 520
Views: 93,627
Posted By bobby_novatron
My teenage daughter, never without her phone......

My teenage daughter, never without her phone... :)


Moskva-5 (1958 model)
Kodak Tmax 400
Elinchrom side-flash wireless trigger


https://farm1.staticflickr.com/595/21991306203_201e642a2f_c.jpg
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 08-04-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,863
Posted By bobby_novatron
Owned both a Canon 7 and a Leica M3. Sold the...

Owned both a Canon 7 and a Leica M3. Sold the Canon 7, kept the M3.


Reason: I was attracted to the variety of M-mount glass available, and I liked the design of the M3 better. The viewfinder on the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-03-2018
Replies: 1,346
Views: 263,930
Posted By bobby_novatron
My Zenit 122. A proletarian plastic Pentax...

My Zenit 122. A proletarian plastic Pentax K-mount clone. Built like a Tupolev tank, and it is (strangely) by far the most reliable of all my FSU cameras. It's so ugly and clunky, I adore it for its...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-22-2018
Replies: 302
Views: 40,236
Posted By bobby_novatron
Thought I'd add this one, to help us remember to...

Thought I'd add this one, to help us remember to enjoy summer while it lasts! :)


Camera: Leica M7
Film: Ilford HP5+ @ EI800
Developed in Ilford DD-X. Epson v700...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-22-2018
Replies: 302
Views: 40,236
Posted By bobby_novatron
Clanky44...

Clanky44 (https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/member.php?u=74701) -- congrats on your developing! Cool shots, and I'd say you did a good job with the darkroom stuff. It gets addictive after a...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 03-10-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 15,244
Posted By bobby_novatron
Nice to see people keeping this thread alive in...

Nice to see people keeping this thread alive in 2018!

M 240 with Summicron 75/2 ASPH.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1672/24340882581_285c4acb4e_c.jpg
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-13-2017
Replies: 53
Views: 5,342
Posted By bobby_novatron
I am an avid G2 user, and have owned a G2 system...

I am an avid G2 user, and have owned a G2 system for about 5+ years now.

I have found that the images the camera produces are consistently superb. The camera itself was probably the pinnacle of...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-02-2017
Replies: 387
Views: 17,274
Posted By bobby_novatron
The Dairy Queen has...

The Dairy Queen has abdicated.

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5794/21626618738_ca5da9d501_c.jpg
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 06-29-2017
Replies: 79
Views: 19,227
Posted By bobby_novatron
FWIW, I've owned an Epson v700 for a few years...

FWIW, I've owned an Epson v700 for a few years now. Also owned a Nikon 9000ED a couple of years ago. Sold the Nikon, kept the Epson. 'Nuff said.

The Nikon was a terrific machine, but when I did...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-29-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 887
Posted By bobby_novatron
Strange, I tend to agree -- that looks...

Strange, I tend to agree -- that looks suspiciously like a Minolta rangefinder. I think a Zorki-4 would have been a nicer choice. You'd think the graphic designer that designed the packaging would...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-19-2017
Replies: 143
Views: 6,403
Posted By bobby_novatron
My personal input: the Soviet cameras can be...

My personal input: the Soviet cameras can be excellent or terrible.

Case in point: I own both a FED Micron 1 and Fed Micron 2, and they are fabulous cameras, they work better than some Japanese...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-18-2017
Replies: 130
Views: 5,879
Posted By bobby_novatron
Ridiculous but true: I was driving through a...

Ridiculous but true: I was driving through a small town in central British Columbia and stopped at a local church "thrift shop" -- just out of curiosity. Maybe they would have some cameras stashed...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-10-2017
Replies: 46
Views: 4,198
Posted By bobby_novatron
My Hasselbladski! Sorry, just couldn't resist. ...

My Hasselbladski! Sorry, just couldn't resist. :)

https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5740/22399392382_c520d34bbb_c.jpg
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 02-06-2017
Replies: 88
Views: 5,911
Posted By bobby_novatron
Contax G1, Zeiss 45/2, Ilford Delta...

Contax G1, Zeiss 45/2, Ilford Delta 3200

https://c1.staticflickr.com/2/1142/4731693629_c628518d40_b.jpg
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 01-17-2017
Replies: 88
Views: 11,210
Posted By bobby_novatron
I have the X100T. Great little camera -- I like...

I have the X100T. Great little camera -- I like the layout and the customization options. It's a camera that I frequently "throw in the bag" for a walk-around. I've consistently been amazed with...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-17-2017
Replies: 1,155
Views: 414,469
Posted By bobby_novatron
I really like the photo of Brandenburg Gate --...

I really like the photo of Brandenburg Gate -- lots of history!

Especially when using a Moskva-5 camera, very "cold war". :)
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 01-14-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 2,284
Posted By bobby_novatron
I like mine as well -- had it for 5+ years, it's...

I like mine as well -- had it for 5+ years, it's scuffed and worn but has served me well. I really like the design, it's a non-descript bag that's extremely functional. I've used mine so much that...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-13-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 3,085
Posted By bobby_novatron
Nice to see a fan of Portra, great shots BTW,...

Nice to see a fan of Portra, great shots BTW, nice feel of the street life.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-07-2017
Replies: 1,155
Views: 414,469
Posted By bobby_novatron
Moskva-5, Ilford PanF+, red filter. Developed in...

Moskva-5, Ilford PanF+, red filter. Developed in D-76

https://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8251/8588499781_20007cf048_c.jpg
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-06-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 888
Posted By bobby_novatron
Sorry to hear about your troubles with the Contax...

Sorry to hear about your troubles with the Contax IIa, it's a beautiful camera. I should have never sold mine! Best of luck with getting the repairs you need. As mentioned, Mr Scherer would be a...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-01-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 1,605
Posted By bobby_novatron
"Investing" in a Fed-2 is not really the word I...

"Investing" in a Fed-2 is not really the word I would use ... more like "gamble". These cameras are now 40+ years old and many of them need work.

In my opinion, the Zorki-4 has a bigger and better...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-29-2016
Replies: 78
Views: 5,461
Posted By bobby_novatron
I owned a Praktica MTL-3 a while back. Built...

I owned a Praktica MTL-3 a while back. Built like tank. Simple, decent camera. Reminiscent of a Pentax K1000, which was one of the first cameras I ever...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-28-2016
Replies: 78
Views: 5,461
Posted By bobby_novatron
Great portrait! Nicely done!

Great portrait! Nicely done!
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-28-2016
Replies: 78
Views: 5,461
Posted By bobby_novatron
Interesting thread -- I'm glad to see that some...

Interesting thread -- I'm glad to see that some (most?) photography enthusiasts have at least TRIED to use an FSU camera. I personally find it fascinating to see how the FSU / COMECON countries...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-04-2016
Replies: 64
Views: 7,569
Posted By bobby_novatron
Here's one, and it even features the color red! ...

Here's one, and it even features the color red! Taken in October.

Taken with my (un)reliable Kiev 88, Arsat 80/2.8 lens. Lomography 100 film, home-developed with...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-03-2016
Replies: 64
Views: 7,569
Posted By bobby_novatron
FSU cameras of the world, unite! You have...

FSU cameras of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your take-up spools!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-29-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,380
Posted By bobby_novatron
FWIW I purchased a few rolls of Soviet-made...

FWIW I purchased a few rolls of Soviet-made 'SVEMA 130' black and white 35mm film from a fellow in Russia. The expiry on the box says mid-1986. I purchased them more as a curio to sit on my shelf...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 09-28-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 2,208
Posted By bobby_novatron
From what I understand, the ZM 50/2 has a very...

From what I understand, the ZM 50/2 has a very slight bit of distortion (this data can be found online), especially when compared to the Leica Summicron-M 50/2 which is considered one of the best...
Forum: Travel 09-28-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 1,108
Posted By bobby_novatron
Don't know exactly which direction you're going...

Don't know exactly which direction you're going in, but the Jasper-Banff Parkway is a fantastic drive, absolutely spectacular. Sounds like a fun trip! Have a great time!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-17-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,507
Posted By bobby_novatron
It's a beautifully engineered lens, I love the IQ...

It's a beautifully engineered lens, I love the IQ from the Zeiss 35/1.4 ... but I agree with Huss, the size + length are a bit chunky. It makes the camera feel a bit front-heavy.

When I don't need...
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 09-12-2016
Replies: 50
Views: 7,906
Posted By bobby_novatron
Here's one of Sir Paul, a selfie with a...

Here's one of Sir Paul, a selfie with a rangefinder. Contax maybe? I'm not sure...any guesses?

http://static.wixstatic.com/media/cdccb0_83440280a1fcea2a821dc4a1514750c8.jpg_512
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-28-2016
Replies: 364
Views: 98,163
Posted By bobby_novatron
https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8702/28656745594_b86...

https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8702/28656745594_b86b235291_z.jpg

Contax G2, Planar 45/2, Adox Silvermax film, Epson v700 scan
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-18-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 1,306
Posted By bobby_novatron
The Zorki-4 and Zorki-6 are two of my fave FSU...

The Zorki-4 and Zorki-6 are two of my fave FSU cameras, congrats!
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 08-12-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 1,041
Posted By bobby_novatron
That is a very low price -- I'd grab it.

That is a very low price -- I'd grab it.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-07-2016
Replies: 220
Views: 15,487
Posted By bobby_novatron
I've heard that sales of the 'camera obscura' are...

I've heard that sales of the 'camera obscura' are booming. No sensor, no film! Just a pencil and paper! :)

https://museumvictoria.com.au/scidiscovery/images/mn005936_w561.jpg
Forum: DIYS Modifications 08-07-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 8,846
Posted By bobby_novatron
Can't offer any suggestions or remedies, but just...

Can't offer any suggestions or remedies, but just wanted to say that I'm really impressed with your camera! That's a very cool project. Best of luck with your camera and upcoming trip! :)
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-06-2016
Replies: 220
Views: 15,487
Posted By bobby_novatron
Throwing fuel on the fire: dpreview.com reviewed...

Throwing fuel on the fire: dpreview.com reviewed the Huawei cellphone / "camera" and ranked it in second place behind the Canon 1DX mk II. Heretical!

Check it out here, if you...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 07-30-2016
Replies: 719
Views: 163,020
Posted By bobby_novatron
I agree with the above quote -- these drums scans...

I agree with the above quote -- these drums scans are mind-blowing. Makes my Epson v700 scanner seem horrible by comparison.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-30-2016
Replies: 911
Views: 148,179
Posted By bobby_novatron
Contax G2, Planar 45/2, Adox Silvermax,...

Contax G2, Planar 45/2, Adox Silvermax, XTOL

https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7306/27624503136_0b26f4b9ce_z.jpg
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-28-2016
Replies: 364
Views: 98,163
Posted By bobby_novatron
Contax G2, Carl Zeiss 90mm F2.8, Ilford HP5+ at...

Contax G2, Carl Zeiss 90mm F2.8, Ilford HP5+ at 400 ISO

https://c7.staticflickr.com/5/4117/4814757142_e0271d799c_z.jpg


Oh -- and about the original question: which is better, the 45/2 or the 50/2...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-28-2016
Replies: 364
Views: 98,163
Posted By bobby_novatron
Contax G2, Biogon 28mm, Neopan...

Contax G2, Biogon 28mm, Neopan 1600

https://c5.staticflickr.com/5/4129/4843164068_20c69d304c_z.jpg
Forum: RFF News 07-28-2016
Replies: 52
Views: 6,156
Posted By bobby_novatron
I don't care if it's the under-30 year olds or it...

I don't care if it's the under-30 year olds or it its the grey-haired dreamers that are buying and shooting film ... as far as I'm concerned, any news like this is GOOD news.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-28-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 6,062
Posted By bobby_novatron
Kentmere 100 is a good film, nice grain and dries...

Kentmere 100 is a good film, nice grain and dries flat. Tried some Kentmere 400. It was OK, but didn't blow me away. A very decent product for the price, though.

I've used HP5+ and Tri-X at box,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-25-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 2,842
Posted By bobby_novatron
Some of the only FSU film cameras I know that...

Some of the only FSU film cameras I know that have "normal" film loading and hinged doors are later cameras like the Fed 35A, or Fed Micron and Fed Micron 2. The Micron 2 is a nice semi-auto camera...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-14-2016
Replies: 36
Views: 7,090
Posted By bobby_novatron
+1 for the Konica S2, it's slightly on the larger...

+1 for the Konica S2, it's slightly on the larger side but it's a well-made camera and renders colors beautifully.

Personally, I own an Olympus 35RC and I think it's fabulous. Tiny form-factor,...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-11-2016
Replies: 795
Views: 90,379
Posted By bobby_novatron
Contax G2, 45/2 Adox Silvermax in...

Contax G2, 45/2 Adox Silvermax in XTOL

https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7306/27624503136_0b26f4b9ce_z.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-27-2016
Replies: 304
Views: 33,497
Posted By bobby_novatron
Jazzers! https://c3.staticflickr.com/4/3241/26187...

Jazzers!

https://c3.staticflickr.com/4/3241/2618787458_0a31783b74_z.jpg
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-25-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 1,111
Posted By bobby_novatron
Thanks guys for the feedback -- I'll have to...

Thanks guys for the feedback -- I'll have to double-check my overall technique.

Strangely, the Portra 400 film substrate looked a little 'dull' after the negs dried -- but some cheapie Lomo 100 film...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-25-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 1,111
Posted By bobby_novatron
C-41 processing problems: scanned negs are overly cyan / blue -- Help!

Hi all, just a question regarding C-41 development.

A recent batch of C-41 had poor colour cast, all the colours were wonky.

Here's a sample:

http://i65.tinypic.com/29em0xz.jpg

Most of the images...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-24-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,181
Posted By bobby_novatron
A completely underrated and unloved classic. ...

A completely underrated and unloved classic. It's a tiny yet full-featured SLR, I am quite fond of mine.

I sincerely hope you get yours working -- it's a gem of a camera!
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-22-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 1,941
Posted By bobby_novatron
Wow, lots of good info on this thread. I always...

Wow, lots of good info on this thread. I always assumed that the CCCP lenses and cameras didn't have a lot of variation, but I was wrong.

I'll have to go back to my Jean-Loup Princelle book and...
Forum: Travel 06-22-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 1,636
Posted By bobby_novatron
+1 for what Ko.Fe....

+1 for what Ko.Fe. (http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/member.php?u=57736) said earlier, HP5+ is extremely versatile and has such forgiving latitude.

I went to Italy a few years ago, and shot EI...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-21-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 2,391
Posted By bobby_novatron
Never owned a M9, but I have enjoyed my M 240 the...

Never owned a M9, but I have enjoyed my M 240 the past couple of years. I previously shot Canon dSLRs for a long time, so I consider myself a refugee from the Japanese SLR camp. I'll try to throw...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-20-2016
Replies: 3,587
Views: 907,969
Posted By bobby_novatron
Mamiya 7ii, 80mm F4, Fomapan 100 in...

Mamiya 7ii, 80mm F4, Fomapan 100 in XTOL.

https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7240/27805301845_ef6e3ee6ef_c.jpg
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-16-2016
Replies: 104
Views: 18,798
Posted By bobby_novatron
No one has said it yet, so I'll be the first:...

No one has said it yet, so I'll be the first: digital Zorki for the win!
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-16-2016
Replies: 1,085
Views: 291,064
Posted By bobby_novatron
Kiev 88, Kaleinar 150mm F2, Ilford Pan F+. ...

Kiev 88, Kaleinar 150mm F2, Ilford Pan F+. Developed in Kodak HC-110.

https://c7.staticflickr.com/4/3106/5792600294_dd143b307c_z.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-15-2016
Replies: 444
Views: 173,420
Posted By bobby_novatron
Yet another type of bridge ... Olympus OM2n,...

Yet another type of bridge ...

Olympus OM2n, 50mm/f3.5, Portra 400

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1538/24414209569_cdea8779e1_z.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-15-2016
Replies: 240
Views: 30,246
Posted By bobby_novatron
Leica M 240, Summilux 50mm...

Leica M 240, Summilux 50mm F1.4

https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7657/17488415331_3691b6eff6_z.jpg
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-05-2016
Replies: 206
Views: 59,728
Posted By bobby_novatron
Kiev 2a, Jupiter-8, Tri-X @ 200 ISO,...

Kiev 2a, Jupiter-8, Tri-X @ 200 ISO, D-76

https://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7123/7445635134_6925d41fc1_c.jpg
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 06-03-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 2,163
Posted By bobby_novatron
Do you have an old FSU / Commie camera lying...

Do you have an old FSU / Commie camera lying around? The quality control on Soviet products was notoriously inconsistent. Maybe try using the lens on a FSU camera and see how well it screws on and...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-31-2016
Replies: 3,587
Views: 907,969
Posted By bobby_novatron
Soviet 6x9 rangefinder-palooza! Sadly, only one...

Soviet 6x9 rangefinder-palooza! Sadly, only one of these handsome cameras works properly, but they just look so cool I can't bear to part with the two broken...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 04-25-2016
Replies: 372
Views: 40,482
Posted By bobby_novatron
michaelbialecki...

michaelbialecki (http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/member.php?u=19145) -- love the India photos! Great stuff!
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 04-24-2016
Replies: 372
Views: 40,482
Posted By bobby_novatron
Great lens, this thread reminds me that I don't...

Great lens, this thread reminds me that I don't use the Zeiss 35/1.4 nearly often enough.

Leica M 240, ZM 35/1.4

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/754/20884570889_50d8743ccc_c.jpg
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-24-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 1,995
Posted By bobby_novatron
Igor gets immeasurable respect in my books for...

Igor gets immeasurable respect in my books for merely having the balls to document the Chernobyl clean-up first hand. He stood on the actual roof of the reactor building with the other workers. ...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-19-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 843
Posted By bobby_novatron
Congrats on your Z-6, it's one of the better...

Congrats on your Z-6, it's one of the better Soviet rangefinders IMHO. The I-26 is a decent lens as well.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-16-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,246
Posted By bobby_novatron
Good comparison, thanks for posting these. I am...

Good comparison, thanks for posting these. I am always amazed at the quality of the images from my humble J-8.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-06-2016
Replies: 50
Views: 4,526
Posted By bobby_novatron
+1 for the Epson v700 / 800 series, I own a v700...

+1 for the Epson v700 / 800 series, I own a v700 and it's a great machine. Easy to use, and the quality is very good.

I used to own a Nikon 9000ED, and the scan quality was somewhat better than...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-01-2016
Replies: 65
Views: 27,880
Posted By bobby_novatron
Contrary to other people's experiences, my...

Contrary to other people's experiences, my Moskva-2 was problematic and never worked properly. My Moskva-5 has worked 100% without trouble.

Design-wise, I like the Moskva-5 a little better than the...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-04-2016
Replies: 676
Sticky: 6x9 photos Only
Views: 241,221
Posted By bobby_novatron
That's a very nice photo Keith, good work!

That's a very nice photo Keith, good work!
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-03-2016
Replies: 2,578
Views: 493,319
Posted By bobby_novatron
Contax G2, Carl Zeiss Planar 45/2 with yellow...

Contax G2, Carl Zeiss Planar 45/2 with yellow filter, Ilford Delta 400 in XTOL. Epson v700 scan.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1679/25310967912_6814ae08a4_c.jpg
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-03-2016
Replies: 1,725
Views: 320,858
Posted By bobby_novatron
Olympus OM2n, Zuiko 50/3.5 macro, Fuji...

Olympus OM2n, Zuiko 50/3.5 macro, Fuji Pro160S.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7244/7265812698_ce5616704b_c.jpg
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-01-2016
Replies: 152
Views: 41,696
Posted By bobby_novatron
Thanks! Just having a bit of fun.

Thanks! Just having a bit of fun.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-01-2016
Replies: 152
Views: 41,696
Posted By bobby_novatron
"Kicking it old school" at the local newsstand. ...

"Kicking it old school" at the local newsstand. Canon 7 with Jupiter-8.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3670/19194487354_d66dc2ffe6_z.jpg
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-01-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 2,092
Posted By bobby_novatron
Congrats! The Fed-2 is a solid workhorse camera....

Congrats! The Fed-2 is a solid workhorse camera. I have a couple myself.

Here's my green Fed-2, it's very reliable machine, especially considering its...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-27-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 2,032
Posted By bobby_novatron
Kiev 4A, Helios 103, Tri-X,...

Kiev 4A, Helios 103, Tri-X, XTOL.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7763/16707907503_f02c1fc081_c.jpg
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 02-24-2016
Replies: 253
Views: 30,362
Posted By bobby_novatron
Really enjoying your photos! Keep 'em coming! ...

Really enjoying your photos! Keep 'em coming! I've never been to NM but now I'm wanting to go there more than ever.
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 02-22-2016
Replies: 26
Views: 1,911
Posted By bobby_novatron
FWIW I was diagnosed with severe "treatment...

FWIW I was diagnosed with severe "treatment resistant depression" in 2014. I sympathize greatly with your journey to recovery. I know exactly what it's like.

And like you, music and photography...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-21-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 5,960
Posted By bobby_novatron
Physical comparison: a couple photos of 3...

Physical comparison: a couple photos of 3 like-minded lenses.

IMAGE #1: Although the two "classic" lenses (center + far right) are Contax mount, I thought a size comparison might be interesting. If...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-21-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 5,960
Posted By bobby_novatron
FWIW I also owned the Zeiss C-Sonnar 50/1.5, it...

FWIW I also owned the Zeiss C-Sonnar 50/1.5, it was a very good lens as well. Extremely well made, I liked it a lot. But I ended up selling it to raise funds for other purchases.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-21-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 5,960
Posted By bobby_novatron
Thanks for your input -- the more informal "lens...

Thanks for your input -- the more informal "lens tests" that I perform, the more I realize there are many variables that need to be standardized. I had the camera WB set on AUTO, so yes, that could...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-20-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 5,960
Posted By bobby_novatron
A couple more comparison photos. Leica M 240,...

A couple more comparison photos.

Leica M 240, 24MP JPEG resized, no crop no editing.
No in-camera lens profile chosen.

Both images were shot at F2.

IMAGE #1: new...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-20-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 4,027
Posted By bobby_novatron
I called Leica NJ, spoke to a helpful service...

I called Leica NJ, spoke to a helpful service person there. Very pleasant and efficient. They didn't seem fazed when I told them about the problem. So I decided to send the M7 off to Leica NJ --...
Forum: Lomography 02-19-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 7,537
Posted By bobby_novatron
Here's another one from this afternoon. The...

Here's another one from this afternoon. The sunset was casting golden light everywhere, it was really beautiful.

I'm finding that F2 seems to be my favourite aperture for this lens, it captures the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-19-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 4,027
Posted By bobby_novatron
Ronald M...

Ronald M (http://rangefinderforum.com/forums/member.php?u=3016) -- yes, that is my assumption also. Kindermann said that setting the timing on the M7 curtains is a tricky job that requires special...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-18-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 4,027
Posted By bobby_novatron
Thanks to everyone for their input and help -- I...

Thanks to everyone for their input and help -- I am also perplexed as to why the M7 would develop this problem.

For the record, the $700 estimate is from Sherry at Golden Touch. More like "Golden...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-18-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 4,027
Posted By bobby_novatron
Help! Leica M7 curtain separation -- anyone have any suggestions?

I recently developed a roll from my beloved Leica M7 and found many of the images were ruined. I examined the camera, and to my shock I discovered that the camera's curtains seem to have...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-18-2016
Replies: 75
Views: 14,141
Posted By bobby_novatron
I've used Sherry's services a couple of times. ...

I've used Sherry's services a couple of times. She definitely knows her stuff. The work was top-notch.

I found her turn-around to be slow, and communication was frustrating and difficult. Emails...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-18-2016
Replies: 157
Views: 13,380
Posted By bobby_novatron
I'd also say "go for it". Especially if you...

I'd also say "go for it". Especially if you manage to find a MF projector. Let us know how it turns out!

FWIW I shot some 35mm and MF E-6 over the past few years. I used Kodak / Fuji / Agfa...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-17-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 5,960
Posted By bobby_novatron
I was actually surprised to see how similar the 3...

I was actually surprised to see how similar the 3 Sonnar designs performed. The only odd one out is the Nokton due to its modern design. But that's not a bad thing -- I quite like how the Nokton...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-17-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 5,960
Posted By bobby_novatron
uhoh7...

uhoh7 (http://rangefinderforum.com/forums/member.php?u=41561) -- thanks for the suggestions. Yes, after I took these shots I realized there were many other factors that I could have tested for. ...
Forum: Lomography 02-17-2016
Replies: 336
Views: 30,969
Posted By bobby_novatron
FWIW I did a comparison of 4 fast 50's including...

FWIW I did a comparison of 4 fast 50's including the new Jupiter-3+. The images can be found here:

http://rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2585034#post2585034

I compared the original...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-17-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 5,960
Posted By bobby_novatron
Compared: new Lomo J3+, original J3, Zeiss Sonnar, Nokton 50

Out of curiosity I did some comparison shots this morning using the new Lomo Jupiter-3+ and some vintage glass I own. Perhaps some people might find this useful.

Note: my testing parameters were...
Forum: Lomography 02-17-2016
Replies: 336
Views: 30,969
Posted By bobby_novatron
I know the booklets aren't the point of the...

I know the booklets aren't the point of the product, but they are part of the 'scope of delivery'. Plus, the cost of producing the booklets is a component (however small) of the overall price.

It's...
Forum: Lomography 02-17-2016
Replies: 336
Views: 30,969
Posted By bobby_novatron
:) Now THAT'S the kind of info I would have liked...

:) Now THAT'S the kind of info I would have liked to read about in the Lomo booklets with the new J-3+!!! Thanks for posting that link, great reading.
Forum: Lomography 02-16-2016
Replies: 336
Views: 30,969
Posted By bobby_novatron
Got mine today, I have to say (like others have...

Got mine today, I have to say (like others have stated) I'm quite impressed with the build quality. It seems like a very well-made product. The lens is compact but has a definite heft. It feels...
Forum: Lomography 02-16-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 7,537
Posted By bobby_novatron
Got mine today, have to say I'm quite impressed...

Got mine today, have to say I'm quite impressed with the build quality. Very well-made product. The focus throw and aperture ring are velvety smooth. The multicoated optics are evident from...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-13-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 2,835
Posted By bobby_novatron
I think it's definitely due to a variable in your...

I think it's definitely due to a variable in your development -- if I remember correctly I had the same problem a couple of times with my C-41 procedure.

In my case I discovered it was a mostly a...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-12-2016
Replies: 1,346
Views: 263,930
Posted By bobby_novatron
Regarding the special edition Fed-2 "Sputnik" ......

Regarding the special edition Fed-2 "Sputnik" ... I bought it off eBay from a Russian seller, I am pretty much of the opinion that the camera is not original. I assume that the Fed-2 was doctored...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-11-2016
Replies: 1,346
Views: 263,930
Posted By bobby_novatron
Close-up of my "Sputnik" edition...

Close-up of my "Sputnik" edition Fed-2.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/760/21630853778_51fa8aff7f_c.jpg
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-11-2016
Replies: 1,346
Views: 263,930
Posted By bobby_novatron
davidnewtonguitars...

davidnewtonguitars (http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/member.php?u=68138) -- collecting FSU cameras is a MUCH cheaper hobby than collecting guitars. You've made a wise move! :)

FWIW I am an...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-11-2016
Replies: 1,346
Views: 263,930
Posted By bobby_novatron
Not a rangefinder, but FSU just the same. My...

Not a rangefinder, but FSU just the same.

My Kiev 88. Purchased from a Russian emigré with 4 lenses, two film backs, and a hard case for $400. Not...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-11-2016
Replies: 1,346
Views: 263,930
Posted By bobby_novatron
Nice to have you here! Glad to see you're...

Nice to have you here! Glad to see you're enjoying your FSU cameras. I like both of your Zorkis, great choices. I quite like the Zorki-4, the viewfinder is big and bright. I own a couple myself....
Forum: Yashica RF 02-10-2016
Replies: 333
Views: 99,820
Posted By bobby_novatron
Yashica Electro 35 GX -- a great camera. Thought...

Yashica Electro 35 GX -- a great camera. Thought about selling it but I might reconsider. Excellent build quality and fast 40/1.7...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-09-2016
Replies: 129
Views: 36,846
Posted By bobby_novatron
Mamiya 7ii, 80mm F4 Kodak Ektacolor 160, expired...

Mamiya 7ii, 80mm F4
Kodak Ektacolor 160, expired in early 1990's
Home-developed Tetenal C-41

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1506/23987480080_bd538582d4_z.jpg
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-05-2016
Replies: 676
Sticky: 6x9 photos Only
Views: 241,221
Posted By bobby_novatron
"Richard Paints" Moskva-5 camera Ektacolor 160...

"Richard Paints"
Moskva-5 camera
Ektacolor 160 film, expired early 1990's
Home-developed C-41 process
Epson v700 scan

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8649/16824836026_3efd191aca_c.jpg
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-05-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 1,194
Posted By bobby_novatron
Maybe you could locate a finder for the CV...

Maybe you could locate a finder for the CV Color-Skopar 21mm F4. That would give you a 21mm field-of-view, almost exactly the same as the MIR. Perhaps there are some available used (eBay).

Here is...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-04-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 2,077
Posted By bobby_novatron
I also own the J-12 (black version) and agree...

I also own the J-12 (black version) and agree 100% about its performance. But it sounds like you want something wider than a 35mm field of view.

If you're open-minded to try a non-Russian lens, I...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-03-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 2,102
Posted By bobby_novatron
I've bought from this seller in the...

I've bought from this seller in the past:

http://feedback.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=grizzly33bear&ftab=AllFeedback&myworld=true&rt=nc

Their feedback seem to have slipped a bit,...
Forum: Lomography 02-02-2016
Replies: 336
Views: 30,969
Posted By bobby_novatron
Thanks for the links to the sample images. Based...

Thanks for the links to the sample images. Based upon the sample photos, I decided I like the rendering of this lens. It draws somewhat like the classic J-3, but the modern revamp seems to impart a...
Forum: Lomography 01-31-2016
Replies: 336
Views: 30,969
Posted By bobby_novatron
+1, that really made me laugh! Thanks for the...

+1, that really made me laugh! Thanks for the Huff-isms, they were spot-on.

You also should add things like "since I got this lens I HAVEN'T TAKEN IT OFF MY CAMERA, IT'S THAT GOOD" and "THIS LENS...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-31-2016
Replies: 2,683
Views: 789,551
Posted By bobby_novatron
Zenit 122 with Helios-44M lens. A simple, solid,...

Zenit 122 with Helios-44M lens. A simple, solid, reliable Soviet camera.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/615/22603549878_240199327c_c.jpg
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-31-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 2,287
Posted By bobby_novatron
Very happy to see the Olympus OM bodies! I have...

Very happy to see the Olympus OM bodies! I have a couple myself: OM4Ti and OM2n. They're in my "all time fave cameras" list.

BTW I think the autocorrect on the earlier posts mutated "Domke" into...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-30-2016
Replies: 129
Views: 36,846
Posted By bobby_novatron
"Sunday at the Mall" Mamiya 7ii, 80mm F4 Tri-X,...

"Sunday at the Mall"

Mamiya 7ii, 80mm F4
Tri-X, D-76
Epson v700 scan

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1631/23962433944_5dfe6c321c_c.jpg
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-30-2016
Replies: 1,346
Views: 263,930
Posted By bobby_novatron
Very nice cameras in this thread. I'm glad to...

Very nice cameras in this thread. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one with the FSU-camera collection bug!

Always wanted to get an ISKRA, I heard the lens on those cameras is outstanding.
Forum: Lomography 01-30-2016
Replies: 336
Views: 30,969
Posted By bobby_novatron
+1 on this idea. I'd buy one! A new and...

+1 on this idea. I'd buy one! A new and improved Zorki-4 would be a really fun camera. Who knows, maybe it could happen.

BTW, to complete the authenticity of the new Jupiter-3, I think KMZ /...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 01-29-2016
Replies: 18
Views: 3,694
Posted By bobby_novatron
Yes, that's a Werra -- I have 2 of them. I got...

Yes, that's a Werra -- I have 2 of them. I got cursed by the ghost of Eric Honecker after buying them, both of my Werra cameras broke immediately after purchase. The lens / integral shutter system...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-29-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 2,044
Posted By bobby_novatron
I have the Zeiss Distagon 35/1.4 in M-mount. ...

I have the Zeiss Distagon 35/1.4 in M-mount. Superb lens in every way. The IQ is outstanding. Build quality is excellent. The only negative is the Zeiss is kind of large for a rangefinder lens. ...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-28-2016
Replies: 59
Views: 15,208
Posted By bobby_novatron
Love the photos in this thread. I forgot how...

Love the photos in this thread. I forgot how good the Stylus is!

Here's a couple of mine.

"Shiny Assets", Fuji Superia...
Forum: Sony RX Series 01-28-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 4,800
Posted By bobby_novatron
Great photos, the colors are wonderfully vibrant....

Great photos, the colors are wonderfully vibrant. Thanks for sharing your results!
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 01-27-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 2,567
Posted By bobby_novatron
I really like the ThinkTank Retrospective bags. ...

I really like the ThinkTank Retrospective bags. I have two. The smaller one is a "Retrospective 5" that holds my Leica camera and 2 lenses. I also own the "Retrospective 7" -- it is slightly...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-27-2016
Replies: 91
Views: 16,800
Posted By bobby_novatron
Leica M7, Summicron-M 50/2 v4, Kodak Portra...

Leica M7, Summicron-M 50/2 v4, Kodak Portra 400

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2903/14700533753_8f42f6d372_z.jpg
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-26-2016
Replies: 96
Views: 5,565
Posted By bobby_novatron
I had a mint-condition Summicron DR that I sold a...

I had a mint-condition Summicron DR that I sold a while back. That lens oozed quality and fine craftsmanship. It was an excellent pairing with my Leica M3. And the image quality was...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 01-26-2016
Replies: 18
Views: 3,694
Posted By bobby_novatron
Revisiting this thread I have to emphasize that...

Revisiting this thread I have to emphasize that this wasn't a very scientific test. Looking at the images again (many months later) I am also surprised by the results. The J-12 is pretty good,...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-25-2016
Replies: 104
Views: 9,858
Posted By bobby_novatron
I'm glad you found my post humorous ... I was in...

I'm glad you found my post humorous ... I was in a strange mood so I thought it was funny at the time.

I also have a J-12, and I agree with you 100%. It's an interesting lens, but not for a lens I...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-25-2016
Replies: 104
Views: 9,858
Posted By bobby_novatron
Jupiter-12 35mm F2.8 in LTM! Only 28 rubles! ...

Jupiter-12 35mm F2.8 in LTM! Only 28 rubles! Cheap!

http://cameras.alfredklomp.com/jupiter12/tag.jpg

Just kidding. :)
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-24-2016
Replies: 97
Views: 5,167
Posted By bobby_novatron
Mamiya 7, 80mm F4, RPX...

Mamiya 7, 80mm F4, RPX 400

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/776/21077303922_18bf9a4325_z.jpg
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-23-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 2,835
Posted By bobby_novatron
I have a 1957 Kiev IIa, a 1960's Kiev 4a, and a...

I have a 1957 Kiev IIa, a 1960's Kiev 4a, and a 1981 Kiev 4a. The Kiev IIa is the best of the three, it works 100% and feels very well-made. But maybe I was lucky.

If you're concerned about...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-23-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 1,582
Posted By bobby_novatron
Thanks everyone for your responses, yes I also...

Thanks everyone for your responses, yes I also was assuming 3-4 years between models. AFAIK the M 240 didn't actually become widely available at retailers until sometime in 2013 (if I recall, many...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-22-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 1,582
Posted By bobby_novatron
Leica M 240 product refresh: where are we in Leica's product cycle?

Hi all, just posing a somewhat rhetorical question (I don't expect anyone to have a crystal ball) -- but where might we be in Leica's product cycle?

Specifically, I'm wondering if the M 240 is due...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-22-2016
Replies: 1,346
Views: 263,930
Posted By bobby_novatron
Despite the shared DNA of the Contax / Kiev...

Despite the shared DNA of the Contax / Kiev models, you can see how the post-war camera bodies (Contax IIa and Kiev 4a, respectively) started to diverge. There are significant differences in the...
Forum: Lomography 01-21-2016
Replies: 336
Views: 30,969
Posted By bobby_novatron
+1 on the Opton, that's a great lens.

+1 on the Opton, that's a great lens.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-21-2016
Replies: 1,346
Views: 263,930
Posted By bobby_novatron
Cousins. ...

Cousins. :)

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4012/5158488559_f782fcc911_z.jpg
Forum: Lomography 01-21-2016
Replies: 336
Views: 30,969
Posted By bobby_novatron
The links are not working, it says the site is no...

The links are not working, it says the site is no longer available. Very strange!

This one works:

http://shop.lomography.com/en/jupiter-3-plus

Anyway, I will just keep using my 1960's J-3 ... and...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-19-2016
Replies: 18
Views: 2,361
Posted By bobby_novatron
Beautiful image, thanks for sharing it with...

Beautiful image, thanks for sharing it with everyone. Makes me want to get an RD-1! And visit Norway!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-19-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 3,715
Posted By bobby_novatron
$7221 USD winning bid! I hope I'm not the only...

$7221 USD winning bid! I hope I'm not the only person who finds that a little bit crazy. Perhaps I should take a Dremel to my M7 and auction it as a one-of-a-kind engraved model...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-19-2016
Replies: 1,302
Views: 335,563
Posted By bobby_novatron
"Frozen Selfie". January 2016, Fuji...

"Frozen Selfie". January 2016, Fuji X100T.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1455/23860624603_ff0d566ec9_z.jpg
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-18-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 2,195
Posted By bobby_novatron
I regularly do my own C-41 at home, I agree with...

I regularly do my own C-41 at home, I agree with you 100%. It's faster and easier than doing B+W. I bought some NOS minilab chemicals off eBay (of course) and now I have enough C-41 supplies to...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-18-2016
Replies: 56
Views: 3,779
Posted By bobby_novatron
I'm a professional piano instructor (my day job)...

I'm a professional piano instructor (my day job) and I also do a considerable amount of freelance work (playing music at functions). I've been doing this kind of freelance work 25+ years. I started...
Forum: Travel 01-18-2016
Replies: 55
Views: 5,065
Posted By bobby_novatron
I've always taken my film through security,...

I've always taken my film through security, sometimes requesting manual check, sometimes just through the x-ray machine at the security point.

Even with my unexposed films going through the x-ray...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-17-2016
Replies: 18
Views: 1,924
Posted By bobby_novatron
I would assume that it's just straightforward...

I would assume that it's just straightforward E-6. But I might shoot a quick test roll to determine base fog or other issues. That's pretty old film! You might not get many usable images. I had...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-17-2016
Replies: 2,892
Views: 1,780,816
Posted By bobby_novatron
It was -24 C (-11 F) this morning, I think we...

It was -24 C (-11 F) this morning, I think we hardy Canadians have you beat. :) Still, the low temperature didn't deter me from grabbing my camera and trying to take some photos of the winter...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-17-2016
Replies: 42
Views: 5,105
Posted By bobby_novatron
Curious: a quick search at B+H shows the retail...

Curious: a quick search at B+H shows the retail price of the new 35/2 ASPH is a little bit lower than the lens it replaces. The difference isn't much, and maybe it's just due to currency...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 01-16-2016
Replies: 26
Views: 3,811
Posted By bobby_novatron
Excellent in-depth review, thanks for the info! ...

Excellent in-depth review, thanks for the info! I agree with you, I think the M262 will be a good seller for Leica.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-16-2016
Replies: 36
Views: 5,388
Posted By bobby_novatron
Agreed. I have owned both. The G2 is a much...

Agreed. I have owned both. The G2 is a much better camera.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-16-2016
Replies: 36
Views: 5,388
Posted By bobby_novatron
One thing you didn't mention was what colour the...

One thing you didn't mention was what colour the G2 lenses are. Are your lenses black? That might influence your decision.

Practical approach: If you can get a champagne G2 for less than the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-12-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 16,840
Posted By bobby_novatron
Great work! Thanks for posting this CLA info on...

Great work! Thanks for posting this CLA info on a very interesting camera.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-11-2016
Replies: 65
Views: 27,880
Posted By bobby_novatron
Congrats on your purchase, the Moskva-5 is a fun...

Congrats on your purchase, the Moskva-5 is a fun camera. I have one myself, everything on it works 100%, even the self-timer.
Forum: Olympus RF 01-10-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 2,319
Posted By bobby_novatron
Word of caution: rangefinders are dangerously...

Word of caution: rangefinders are dangerously addictive. ;)
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 01-10-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 1,263
Posted By bobby_novatron
I'm not sure if adapting RF lenses to your M4/3...

I'm not sure if adapting RF lenses to your M4/3 body is an option, but the Cosina Voigtlander 21mm F4 lens is good bang-for-the-buck. It's really compact, and for the price, the IQ is very good (I...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 01-10-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 1,097
Posted By bobby_novatron
Congratulations on your M-P 240, I am sure you...

Congratulations on your M-P 240, I am sure you will enjoy it.

I checked my M 240, and the card I am using is "Lexar Professional" 32GB. It has 300MB/S transfer rate (2000x speed). I have been...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-07-2016
Replies: 1,346
Views: 263,930
Posted By bobby_novatron
Why do I not like the Smena 8M? It just feels...

Why do I not like the Smena 8M? It just feels very cheap. It's not fun to use and the image quality isn't great, in my opinion. There are many other decent Soviet cameras, like the Kiev 2a / Kiev...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-07-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1,460
Posted By bobby_novatron
Ah, the joys of antique Soviet film cameras and...

Ah, the joys of antique Soviet film cameras and their quirky ways. My wonderful 1957 Kiev 2a has a similar problem, but it doesn't present exactly the same way.

When I wind the film after taking a...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-07-2016
Replies: 29
Views: 1,868
Posted By bobby_novatron
"Convenience for you" -- except this place is out...

"Convenience for you" -- except this place is out of business. As the sign says, "c'est la vie!"

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5741/22132894409_d236a8cd0b_z.jpg
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-07-2016
Replies: 18
Views: 1,698
Posted By bobby_novatron
That is really really cool. Hats off to you!

That is really really cool. Hats off to you!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-06-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 1,469
Posted By bobby_novatron
Sounds pretty similar to what ARAX does nowadays...

Sounds pretty similar to what ARAX does nowadays with the Kiev 60 and Kiev 88. Their Kiev refurbs looks pretty good.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-06-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 1,469
Posted By bobby_novatron
Pioneer...

Pioneer (http://rangefinderforum.com/forums/member.php?u=47855) -- I agree with you. Glad to hear you're enjoying your ARAX 60.

About the camera systems: as well all know, the kind of equipment we...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-06-2016
Replies: 79
Views: 12,501
Posted By bobby_novatron
I'm a big fan of the R4A, I love the big 1:1...

I'm a big fan of the R4A, I love the big 1:1 viewfinder.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-06-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 1,469
Posted By bobby_novatron
A Brief History of the Kiev 88 medium-format camera

I apologize in advance if this post is in the wrong forum or needs to be moved. I thought I'd share this information with fellow RFF'ers -- many of us own different camera systems, not just...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-06-2016
Replies: 205
Views: 27,346
Posted By bobby_novatron
I've always bought used. It would be wonderful...

I've always bought used. It would be wonderful to buy Leica products new, and I'd like to support the company directly, but it's especially hard to justify it with the Canadian dollar at a 14-year...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-05-2016
Replies: 88
Views: 9,657
Posted By bobby_novatron
Leica M 240, Jupiter-3 50mm F1.5 ... subtle flare...

Leica M 240, Jupiter-3 50mm F1.5 ... subtle flare in this image.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/582/21395103276_9e9baa1041_z.jpg
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-05-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,827
Posted By bobby_novatron
Sorry to hear you're having problems with your...

Sorry to hear you're having problems with your Zorki-4. I have a completely different problem with mine: many of the photos I take with the Zorki-4 are blurry. I believe there is a mis-alignment...
Forum: Olympus RF 01-04-2016
Replies: 117
Views: 48,489
Posted By bobby_novatron
May I present my 35RC. The previous owner put...

May I present my 35RC. The previous owner put grey griptac on the body -- very secure to shoot with. The lens on the 35RC is...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-04-2016
Replies: 107
Views: 11,058
Posted By bobby_novatron
I almost think that the second image (the lab...

I almost think that the second image (the lab scan) looks a little too sharpened / grainy. The image just seems a little overly "coarse", but perhaps that is due to the inherent grain of the...
Forum: Olympus RF 01-04-2016
Replies: 18
Views: 4,507
Posted By bobby_novatron
Olympus made so many excellent rangefinder...

Olympus made so many excellent rangefinder cameras in the 1970's, the 35 SP is among the best. Personally I'm a huge fan of the 35 RC (I own two) but the 35 SP is no slouch.

Happy shooting!
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-04-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 2,521
Posted By bobby_novatron
You know, this thought actually crossed my mind:...

You know, this thought actually crossed my mind: smoothing out a ding in a camera body is not that much different from the essentials of autobody work. The brass alloy is not common to car bodies,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-04-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 2,521
Posted By bobby_novatron
Thanks to everyone for the detailed and...

Thanks to everyone for the detailed and informative responses. I'll have to give it some more thought. I don't want to undertake a delicate repair and find out I've gotten in way over my head.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-04-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 2,521
Posted By bobby_novatron
As an aside: I browsed through the DAG Leica M...

As an aside: I browsed through the DAG Leica M parts through the website, and what an eclectic mix of Leica parts! What a great resource for Leica-philes! Now I know where to get a black Leica dot...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-04-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 2,521
Posted By bobby_novatron
schoster...

schoster (http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/member.php?u=33105) -- excellent, thanks for the tip. I just might contact DAG and see what they say.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-04-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 2,521
Posted By bobby_novatron
Good to know! One could consider such signs of...

Good to know! One could consider such signs of wear as "a camera well-loved".
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-04-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 2,521
Posted By bobby_novatron
Thanks for the info regarding removal +...

Thanks for the info regarding removal + replacement, it doesn't really seem to be a major undertaking as long as I am extremely careful.

But as you mentioned, the replacement top plate may not have...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-04-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 2,521
Posted By bobby_novatron
Here's a couple of photos that show the dent. ...

Here's a couple of photos that show the dent. It's on the edge of the Right Hand Side near the winder.

As I mentioned earlier it's purely cosmetic -- but every time I see it I am reminded of the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-04-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 2,521
Posted By bobby_novatron
Leica M3 top plate repair / replace: anyone have experience with this?

Hello all -- I did a quick search of the RFF archives as well as Google but didn't really find the answer I was looking for.

My question is this: my beloved Leica M3 (serial #996 xxx, single-stroke)...
Forum: Sony RX Series 01-04-2016
Replies: 66
Views: 10,281
Posted By bobby_novatron
According to the original source at the beginning...

According to the original source at the beginning of this thread:

http://photorumors.com/2015/10/14/sony-rx1r-ii-camera-with-42mp-full-frame-sensor-announced/

The camera features a "Zeizz" lens. ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-04-2016
Replies: 46
Views: 3,805
Posted By bobby_novatron
It's easy to get carried away with GAS but I am...

It's easy to get carried away with GAS but I am in a selling phase now -- in Fall 2015 I started to feel overwhelmed with all the camera gear I had sitting around. I honestly believe it's better to...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 01-04-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 9,128
Posted By bobby_novatron
Thanks for passing on the info about the exFat...

Thanks for passing on the info about the exFat formatting, I'll have to try that.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-04-2016
Replies: 64
Views: 38,864
Posted By bobby_novatron
I find the Canon 50/1.4 LTM balances and works...

I find the Canon 50/1.4 LTM balances and works well on my Canon 7 rangefinder. Excellent build quality and classic rendering. One of my fave...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 01-04-2016
Replies: 2,528
Views: 621,656
Posted By bobby_novatron
Fuji X100S, B+W mode, red filter...

Fuji X100S, B+W mode, red filter simulation.

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5589/14255123956_3b1623d4e6_z.jpg
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 01-04-2016
Replies: 59
Views: 5,444
Posted By bobby_novatron
FWIW here's a link to Joel's website, there's a...

FWIW here's a link to Joel's website, there's a good sample of his portfolio available for perusal:

http://www.joelgoodman.net/

We may not all agree on whether or not Mr Goodman has shot a...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 01-03-2016
Replies: 59
Views: 5,444
Posted By bobby_novatron
Sad but true-to-life commentary on the UK and...

Sad but true-to-life commentary on the UK and chronic problems with alcohol / binge drinking. Saw it for myself when my relatives lived in the Midlands. We would head down to the local High Street...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-03-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 3,294
Posted By bobby_novatron
My 2 cents: I've owned both a Nikon Coolscan...

My 2 cents: I've owned both a Nikon Coolscan 9000ED, and currently own an Epson v700 flatbed.

The Nikon dedicated scanners do a fantastic job, but I found the software a little...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 01-02-2016
Replies: 99
Views: 10,107
Posted By bobby_novatron
Quick scan of this thread reveals much love for:...

Quick scan of this thread reveals much love for: [in no particular order]
(a) Fuji X-series
(b) Ricoh GR series
(c) Hexar AF
(d) Olympus XA
(e) Rollei / Minox / others ...

My vote:
Film -- Olympus...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 01-01-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 1,046
Posted By bobby_novatron
Great images, thanks for sharing them.

Great images, thanks for sharing them.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-29-2015
Replies: 53
Views: 26,096
Posted By bobby_novatron
I'm a big fan of Fomapan 100 myself, either in...

I'm a big fan of Fomapan 100 myself, either in 35mm or 120 format. I'm still undecided about Foma 400. At 400 ISO I think there are 'better' choices (HP5+, Tri-X, Delta 400, Tmax 400) depending on...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-28-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 4,254
Posted By bobby_novatron
Zorki-4, Industar-50 50mm F3.5, Kodak...

Zorki-4, Industar-50 50mm F3.5, Kodak 400UC.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4118/4749583346_a768e6bd3e_z.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-28-2015
Replies: 421
Views: 61,214
Posted By bobby_novatron
Ukrainian Orthodox Church, rural Alberta, Canada....

Ukrainian Orthodox Church, rural Alberta, Canada. Taken with a Moskva-2 6x9 folding camera, Ilford PanF+ 50, developed in Ilford DD-X.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4094/4755072723_6c61a29bf2_z.jpg
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-28-2015
Replies: 53
Views: 26,096
Posted By bobby_novatron
Resurrecting a long-dead thread, I thought I'd...

Resurrecting a long-dead thread, I thought I'd contribute to this discussion since I just bought 30 meters of Fomapan 400. After reading the many mediocre reviews, I didn't have my hopes set very...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-28-2015
Replies: 126
Views: 12,274
Posted By bobby_novatron
FWIW here's a shot from Summer 2015, taken with...

FWIW here's a shot from Summer 2015, taken with the modern Nokton 50mm F1.5 ASPH (black) on my M 240. Lens was wide-open, focus on the center of the flower.

Even at reduced-for-web resolution,...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-28-2015
Replies: 126
Views: 12,274
Posted By bobby_novatron
Thanks Helen, you're too kind. So many of YOUR...

Thanks Helen, you're too kind. So many of YOUR images are amazing. Best to you in 2016!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-28-2015
Replies: 126
Views: 12,274
Posted By bobby_novatron
Another Jupiter-3 sample shot wide-open, this...

Another Jupiter-3 sample shot wide-open, this time using ISO 100 color film.

(BTW I also own the Nokton 50/1.5 in M-mount, and I think that's an excellent lens.)

Sample image with Jupiter-3, focus...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-28-2015
Replies: 126
Views: 12,274
Posted By bobby_novatron
The OP doesn't say if they're budget-conscious,...

The OP doesn't say if they're budget-conscious, but for fast glass 'on-the-cheap', there is the Jupiter-3 50mm F1.5 ... It's a Sonnar clone, and the 'Red Pi' version has better coatings...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 12-27-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 8,079
Posted By bobby_novatron
I have owned both the Fuji X100T and Leica M 240....

I have owned both the Fuji X100T and Leica M 240. I wondered the same thing: comparison of the colour and IQ between Leica and Fuji.

I took some test photos of the same scene at the same time with...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-26-2015
Replies: 1,346
Views: 263,930
Posted By bobby_novatron
Fed-3, Jupiter-8. Sturdy and reliable...

Fed-3, Jupiter-8. Sturdy and reliable Proletarian camera.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/574/21764304359_e9226224c1_z.jpg
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-26-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 3,622
Posted By bobby_novatron
Jupiter-9 LTM, Kodak 160NC (expired 2010), Zeiss...

Jupiter-9 LTM, Kodak 160NC (expired 2010), Zeiss Ikon camera.

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5171/5428601433_e5aec9169c_z.jpg
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-26-2015
Replies: 40
Views: 5,689
Posted By bobby_novatron
Addendum: the roll of HP5+ that I shot in the...

Addendum: the roll of HP5+ that I shot in the Zorki-4 turned out fine, except that #1 the photos were all quite boring, and #2 many were out-of-focus. This leads me to conclude that (A) I need to...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-26-2015
Replies: 3,587
Views: 907,969
Posted By bobby_novatron
Christmas lights on Christmas Day, testing the...

Christmas lights on Christmas Day, testing the 'bokeh' of my 1963 Jupiter-3 50/1.5 lens on my Leica M 240.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1633/23960500406_991e8d09e5_z.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-26-2015
Replies: 381
Views: 43,732
Posted By bobby_novatron
Three folding 6x9 medium-format...

Three folding 6x9 medium-format cameras.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/668/21877575934_f7d6501b53_z.jpg
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 12-25-2015
Replies: 60
Views: 6,048
Posted By bobby_novatron
I've been watching M 240 prices in the used...

I've been watching M 240 prices in the used market since the Autumn and I've also noticed a general slide in prices.

Currency fluctuations are part of it, as well as product cycles. I think there's...
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