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Forum: Photography General Interest 06-19-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 4,039
Posted By payasam
Nine cameras (if I counted correctly) won't leave...

Nine cameras (if I counted correctly) won't leave much room. But all those posters are right who said that C-41 is C-41.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-19-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,719
Posted By payasam
How I wish you were wrong, Robert.

How I wish you were wrong, Robert.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-19-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 2,395
Posted By payasam
Happy birthday. I shall think of you as Lucky...

Happy birthday. I shall think of you as Lucky Martin.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-19-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 3,176
Posted By payasam
Do as Dick says.

Do as Dick says.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-19-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 985
Posted By payasam
I did what Sevo did, though for rather longer:...

I did what Sevo did, though for rather longer: and my cameras and film did not experience any damage from tear gas. It might be sensible to carry a bottle of water and a large handkerchief.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 06-18-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 4,570
Posted By payasam
Two pieces of software deserve to be mentioned...

Two pieces of software deserve to be mentioned here, XZGV and Cinepaint.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-18-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 4,064
Posted By payasam
For architectural work the 50mm will be better.

For architectural work the 50mm will be better.
Forum: Optics Theory - 06-18-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 2,974
Posted By payasam
I recall what I read in the 1960s: "There is no...

I recall what I read in the 1960s: "There is no photograph which cannot be improved with the use of a hood." I try to get the best out of my equipment and cannot understand why people regard hoods as...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 06-18-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 4,570
Posted By payasam
I'm on Debian, wiedo, and use the GIMP for photo...

I'm on Debian, wiedo, and use the GIMP for photo work. Raw conversion is with UFRaw. There's no IPTC meta-data handling in the GIMP, but Digikam does it. There are a few Windows things which I cannot...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 06-16-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 3,861
Posted By payasam
Ampguy, you'll have to see for yourself.

Ampguy, you'll have to see for yourself.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-16-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 2,185
Posted By payasam
There seems to be variation: some Bessas can take...

There seems to be variation: some Bessas can take collapsed lenses, others can't. To err on the side of safety, no attempt should be made to collapse a lens on those cameras. Leica's recommendation...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 06-16-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 3,861
Posted By payasam
I have an Excel spreadsheet in which one can...

I have an Excel spreadsheet in which one can specify film image area (or sensor size), as well as focal length and circle of confusion, and get depth of field. Glad to send it, and another similar...
Forum: Optics Theory - 06-16-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 2,974
Posted By payasam
A polariser is essentially a filter placed in...

A polariser is essentially a filter placed in front of the lens. When using one, a hood is essential.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 06-16-2010
Replies: 45
Views: 4,992
Posted By payasam
What you want will come back, sooner or later,...

What you want will come back, sooner or later, without your doing anything. As another poster said, don't force it.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 06-15-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 2,312
Posted By payasam
Like Proteus617, I use the GIMP. Have done from...

Like Proteus617, I use the GIMP. Have done from the beginning. As with any software package, it needs learning time and effort. If your digital work is in raw format like mine, you'll need to install...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-15-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 2,835
Posted By payasam
Hey, Joe said he's "in a lens buying and trying...

Hey, Joe said he's "in a lens buying and trying mood." He don't got a zoom lens neither for Fine Tuning.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 06-15-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,309
Posted By payasam
Perhaps you mean that focus has to be dead...

Perhaps you mean that focus has to be dead accurate because of the "crop factor"? I have the same trouble with my Canon Serenar 85mm f/2 (no click stops) when I use it at 5 feet or less and maximum...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-15-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 1,764
Posted By payasam
Each mix of developer can be used for several...

Each mix of developer can be used for several prints: one session, with 20 to 30 prints, as tj01 said. It's obvious that large and very large prints will exhaust the developer more quickly.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-15-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 2,835
Posted By payasam
Joe, can't the lenses in your "speed kit" be used...

Joe, can't the lenses in your "speed kit" be used at smaller apertures?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-14-2010
Replies: 7,409
Views: 3,777,385
Posted By payasam
Excellent scheme. I have for some years been...

Excellent scheme. I have for some years been planning to have a bag made by a chap who repairs them. However, the materials are too difficult to find. My part of town is good only for about a million...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-14-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 981
Posted By payasam
If you cut a roll into parts, you can develop...

If you cut a roll into parts, you can develop each part in the same dilution but for different times. I'd suggest the same target, given the same exposure, on all the frames on the film. Once you...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-14-2010
Replies: 7,409
Views: 3,777,385
Posted By payasam
"...and finally got my second body last...

"...and finally got my second body last week!"

Sensible, Chris, to have one chrome body and one black. I like your bag: it shows that at least some photographers chase utility, not brand names.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 06-14-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 3,035
Posted By payasam
I think you'll need two adapters: LTM to M first,...

I think you'll need two adapters: LTM to M first, then M to M4/3.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-14-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 981
Posted By payasam
A mathematically constant relationship is...

A mathematically constant relationship is unlikely, Vincent. Do you need greater dilution to reduce contrast? If you don't, it's best to follow the label.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-14-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 1,796
Posted By payasam
Compose roughly (to see if I need to move back or...

Compose roughly (to see if I need to move back or forwards), then focus, then switch back to V/F, do final framing and shoot.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-14-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 1,289
Posted By payasam
I see what you mean: but in my opinion it's a...

I see what you mean: but in my opinion it's a waste of money.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-14-2010
Replies: 47
Views: 9,994
Posted By payasam
Valuable thread: I need a hood for a collapsible...

Valuable thread: I need a hood for a collapsible I-50.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-14-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 1,289
Posted By payasam
Just what is it about the M3 top cover that you...

Just what is it about the M3 top cover that you find so much better? There's no functional difference anyway.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-14-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 1,769
Posted By payasam
It is a button rewind M2 with frame-line preview....

It is a button rewind M2 with frame-line preview. This cannot be faked. The paint seems to have been removed. There is a Leicavit winder fitted, and the original flash sockets have been replaced with...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-14-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 1,289
Posted By payasam
The rewind knob/crank seems to be the main...

The rewind knob/crank seems to be the main problem.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-12-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 731
Posted By payasam
I believe B&H keep them. Got mine from DAG...

I believe B&H keep them. Got mine from DAG Camera.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-12-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,800
Posted By payasam
Nothing slower than ISO 100, as Doug says. My...

Nothing slower than ISO 100, as Doug says. My experience of Reala has been good. My late friend Al Kaplan used to watch out for sales at Walgreens, which I assume is a supermarket chain. Worked out a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-12-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 811
Posted By payasam
White dots on the print or scan mean opaque dots...

White dots on the print or scan mean opaque dots on the negative.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-11-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1,149
Posted By payasam
Is it a camera body or an accessory self-timer? A...

Is it a camera body or an accessory self-timer? A Standard ought not to have a self-timer.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-11-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 2,914
Posted By payasam
Too late for Stalin, Rick. Maybe Khrushchev had...

Too late for Stalin, Rick. Maybe Khrushchev had love affairs too?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-11-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 713
Posted By payasam
You might think of aiming 10 or 15 per cent lower...

You might think of aiming 10 or 15 per cent lower than KEH. Of course, if you sell on eBay the bidding will decide.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-11-2010
Replies: 44
Views: 4,192
Posted By payasam
I've had cats and do not dislike them; but I find...

I've had cats and do not dislike them; but I find dogs less unpredictable. My present dog, Pappu, begins to lick his privates whenever I aim a camera at him.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-10-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 7,237
Posted By payasam
After the rigid Summicron came out, it was...

After the rigid Summicron came out, it was certainly the best lens to go with an M3. Press photographers, though, usually preferred the Summarit because of its speed. I'm speaking of the mid-1950s.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-10-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 1,764
Posted By payasam
A matter for "research" for those who like...

A matter for "research" for those who like trivia, but it has nothing to do with actual photography.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-09-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 2,732
Posted By payasam
Excellent. I'm happy that there are those who use...

Excellent. I'm happy that there are those who use imagination and skill to make useful things with whatever materials are available to them.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-08-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,603
Posted By payasam
Just what do you mean by conversions, Michael?

Just what do you mean by conversions, Michael?
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-07-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 3,195
Posted By payasam
Chris, you don't need a filter for that trick....

Chris, you don't need a filter for that trick. But a good, succinct description.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-07-2010
Replies: 1
Views: 577
Posted By payasam
The effect of an orange filter is somewhere...

The effect of an orange filter is somewhere between yellow and red; though it cannot be used as freely as a yellow might be used. "Filter factor" probably 3 or 4. That may be marked on the filter...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-07-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,858
Posted By payasam
I seem to "see" the same way regardless of...

I seem to "see" the same way regardless of camera. My preferred W-A on SLR and RFDR was and is 35mm. I found 28mm too wide to handle comfortably. I hardly ever use that length on my digital SLRs even...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-06-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 1,073
Posted By payasam
I recall seeing and holding an OM-1 soon after it...

I recall seeing and holding an OM-1 soon after it came out nearly four decades ago. Impressive little fellow. Everything done right: except the shutter speeds put in the "wrong" place.

I no longer...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-06-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,743
Posted By payasam
The photo shows that enough of the leader has not...

The photo shows that enough of the leader has not been trimmed. You should start the cut 22 holes from the end of the film.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-06-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 2,402
Posted By payasam
Looks good.

Looks good.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-05-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 1,905
Posted By payasam
Partially agree with William. In the 50mm length,...

Partially agree with William. In the 50mm length, something like a Summilux would make more sense than an Elmar. Agree with mfogiel about chromogenic film.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-05-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,743
Posted By payasam
My earlier post was based on my understanding...

My earlier post was based on my understanding that the teeth of the sprockets do not go into the sprocket holes except when the film is taut and the sprocket shaft is rotating. As for the suspected...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 06-05-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,287
Posted By payasam
You'll have to wait a while, Franco, for the 25mm...

You'll have to wait a while, Franco, for the 25mm f/1.4 lens that no one is making.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-04-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 967
Posted By payasam
I did something similar, except that my plight is...

I did something similar, except that my plight is worse.

Some years ago I decided that it was wrong to keep camera equipment which I did not use, so I got rid of almost everything. Last month I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-04-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,204
Posted By payasam
The answer to your question: The picture is...

The answer to your question: The picture is slanted steeply down-hill.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-04-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,743
Posted By payasam
After the take-up spool (with film leader...

After the take-up spool (with film leader attached) and the film cassette are in the camera, you should shut the camera and turn the rewind knob in the direction of the arrow before turning the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-03-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 2,728
Posted By payasam
The SBOOI is excellent and, more important, far...

The SBOOI is excellent and, more important, far better than the built-in finders of the "Barnacks". However, it does only one focal length; and as a result I used a VIOOH on my IIIc and have another...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-03-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,491
Posted By payasam
I've successfully used an I-61 L/D with a Leica...

I've successfully used an I-61 L/D with a Leica IIIa. There should not be much error at f/2.8 even at 1M: but if there is, you could always sway backwards or forwards. Front focussing is easily dealt...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-01-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 2,871
Posted By payasam
If you have the MR4 mounted, you won't be able to...

If you have the MR4 mounted, you won't be able to use a 35mm (or other) accessory finder. If you use slide film, you'll need the accuracy of the Sekonic. Even with negative film, two stops is too...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-31-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 1,668
Posted By payasam
Pfreddee, the plong pleader once came pnaturally,...

Pfreddee, the plong pleader once came pnaturally, as Beemermark psays. I too have never understood what all the pfuss is about.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-31-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,991
Posted By payasam
Those humans whose eyes are correctly aligned and...

Those humans whose eyes are correctly aligned and whose nervous systems are in order are blessed with binocular vision: but that may not be such a blessing when one eye is at a camera's view-finder.
Forum: Yashica RF 05-31-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 2,946
Posted By payasam
If differences in processing and scanning can be...

If differences in processing and scanning can be ruled out, then it seems that there is something the matter with this camera. I must point out, though, that these three photos do not have the same...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-31-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 2,157
Posted By payasam
I wondered if there was anything to either side...

I wondered if there was anything to either side of the planks. A small JPEG file is of course not the best thing to work on.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-30-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 2,157
Posted By payasam
There *are* ways to calibrate monitors to a...

There *are* ways to calibrate monitors to a standard, midniteson, and here's a simple way to check yours. Look at fifty photos in the gallery here. If 45 do not seem to be what they should be, it's...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-30-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 2,157
Posted By payasam
I like the first and the third as compositions....

I like the first and the third as compositions. However, I find all rather on the dark side. I am, incidentally, waiting for a IIIa to come back after a detached shutter curtain has been re-attached.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-29-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 3,197
Posted By payasam
Something like photogrammetry, Dwig?

Something like photogrammetry, Dwig?
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-29-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,834
Posted By payasam
There's use value and there's exchange (or...

There's use value and there's exchange (or market) value. Soviet photo equipment has a good deal of the first only.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-28-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 797
Posted By payasam
"I'll look into the 35 1.2...". Far from...

"I'll look into the 35 1.2...". Far from cured.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-27-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 1,508
Posted By payasam
If you did not alter the 1M adjustment and dealt...

If you did not alter the 1M adjustment and dealt only with the one for infinity, there's every possibility that the R/F will be good at close focus. Unless the vertical alignment is dramatically off...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-27-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 1,000
Posted By payasam
With the field of view of a 100mm lens on a film...

With the field of view of a 100mm lens on a film Leica, this should be good for portrait work in particular: although depth of field will be determined by actual focal length.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-26-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,172
Posted By payasam
Focussing closer than 60cm with a 28mm lens is...

Focussing closer than 60cm with a 28mm lens is unusual, mellow13, and perhaps a bit dangerous also. Welcome to RFF.
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 05-26-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 5,010
Posted By payasam
Maybe you should not react until you have exposed...

Maybe you should not react until you have exposed a couple of rolls of film.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-25-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 4,434
Posted By payasam
I'll agree with Chris that stealth is bad. These...

I'll agree with Chris that stealth is bad. These are suspicious times, and doing things openly is the only sensible way.

Perhaps we should not generalise about Asians, yt. I'm in India, and commonly...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-25-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,136
Posted By payasam
Looks like the fabric is fatigued. Repair is...

Looks like the fabric is fatigued. Repair is probably not an option.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-25-2010
Replies: 31
Views: 2,697
Posted By payasam
The new Leica shooter should do pretty much what...

The new Leica shooter should do pretty much what he did more than twenty years in the past.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-24-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,331
Posted By payasam
The 28 was the Economy Canonet: but it is a...

The 28 was the Economy Canonet: but it is a capable instrument all the same. I wonder, though, how its meter will be powered.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-23-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 807
Posted By payasam
In addition to the PC adapter for the M3's socket...

In addition to the PC adapter for the M3's socket you may need a hot-shoe-to-cord adapter for the accessory shoe as few flash-guns now come with sync cords. I have used many manual flashes with M3s...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 05-23-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 1,034
Posted By payasam
It's much like a 40mm lens on a CV Bessa other...

It's much like a 40mm lens on a CV Bessa other than the R3x. I don't suppose you can see the focus point(s) through the SBLOO.
Forum: Optics Theory - 05-22-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 2,795
Posted By payasam
Ezzie, I have two depth of field calculators,...

Ezzie, I have two depth of field calculators, both spreadsheets, which I'll gladly send you if you give me an e-mail address. Your rig looks well made, though not much about its construction is...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-22-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 834
Posted By payasam
The need for removing chrome has so far dissuaded...

The need for removing chrome has so far dissuaded me. I keep wondering if there really is no paint, or combination of paints, which "takes" on chrome surfaces.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-22-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 1,467
Posted By payasam
The Canon EF (manual or shutter priority...

The Canon EF (manual or shutter priority automatic) has double exposure capability. Rolleicords are the wrong format. I can't remember how many windows the IIIg has on the back: perhaps you should...
Forum: Optics Theory - 05-21-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 2,795
Posted By payasam
Focal length matters, not film-to-flange...

Focal length matters, not film-to-flange distance, and helicoids are good for immortal and all other souls. You should have the flexibility to adapt your home brew device to different apertures,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-21-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 766
Posted By payasam
Try Don Goldberg (DAG) and Sherry Krauter (Golden...

Try Don Goldberg (DAG) and Sherry Krauter (Golden Touch). Good luck: that's fine equipment you have.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-21-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 2,488
Posted By payasam
Hardly recently, but I did learn to ask...

Hardly recently, but I did learn to ask "Why?"
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-21-2010
Replies: 41
Views: 4,988
Posted By payasam
I must say, batterytypehah!, thatR/F cameras are...

I must say, batterytypehah!, thatR/F cameras are no defence against troubles of vision. I thought, for a long while, that I did not need correction for an M finder: but a +1.0 dioptre lens showed how...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-21-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 1,725
Posted By payasam
Stefan, there must be at least another lebenteen...

Stefan, there must be at least another lebenteen dozen members here who can identify a VIDOM with their paws held before their eyes. All ambulatory, what's more.

The VIOOH had a nicer "trick",...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-21-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 1,725
Posted By payasam
VIDOM. Came after the torpedoes and before the...

VIDOM. Came after the torpedoes and before the VIOOH.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-21-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 1,725
Posted By payasam
The five-letter "names" appear to be entirely...

The five-letter "names" appear to be entirely arbitrary. If you'd post a couple of photos of the finder you have, someone here is sure to help.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-20-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,637
Posted By payasam
Thank you, xwhatsit. In my installation of Lenny,...

Thank you, xwhatsit. In my installation of Lenny, IM does have a graphical interface. I don't know yet if it can do conversions of raw files, which is essential for me. I have seen CinePaint, though...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-20-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,637
Posted By payasam
How did you manage the migration from GIMP to...

How did you manage the migration from GIMP to ImageMagick, xwhatsit? The prospect of using 16 bits is attractive, but I do not know what it means and what it entails. I am on Debian.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-20-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 958
Posted By payasam
And cameras, once instruments, turn into fashion...

And cameras, once instruments, turn into fashion accessories...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-19-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 3,555
Posted By payasam
John, I have bought a Geiss Kontakt marked "3a"....

John, I have bought a Geiss Kontakt marked "3a". It should come with instructions, which I shall be glad to copy for you if you still need them. Price, for anyone interested, was $25. There were...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-19-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 888
Posted By payasam
Might be an idea to wait for a less expensive M4...

Might be an idea to wait for a less expensive M4 variant without the winder. Not much point paying for a winder and not using it.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-19-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 1,359
Posted By payasam
There's DAG Camera in the U.S. and Malcolm Taylor...

There's DAG Camera in the U.S. and Malcolm Taylor in England. I dare say there will be places in Germany too. Leica repair persons should be able to direct you.
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 05-18-2010
Replies: 1
Views: 1,661
Posted By payasam
The V35 should not be difficult to come to terms...

The V35 should not be difficult to come to terms with, the book will cover many things which you already know, and 20 quid is probably better spent on paper and chemicals. I have not seen the book...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-18-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 818
Posted By payasam
Nobbylon, my understanding is that if the 1M...

Nobbylon, my understanding is that if the 1M adjustment is correct, it stays correct and only the infinity adjustment (setting in cam follower roller) can drift. I have also always thought that the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-17-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1,613
Posted By payasam
Yes, Ari, the use of rectangular hoods is pretty...

Yes, Ari, the use of rectangular hoods is pretty much ruled out, and the use of polarising filters is made more difficult.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-17-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 1,397
Posted By payasam
Well, well. I too was 39 in 1989: but four years...

Well, well. I too was 39 in 1989: but four years before that I'd bought an M3. Rob-F: "Improvements in the state of the art with time."

Melvin, I understand that the travel of the shutter release...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-16-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,053
Posted By payasam
The curtains, as you say, and probably the R/F...

The curtains, as you say, and probably the R/F beam splitter. You can set a rather better price after an overhaul.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-16-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 940
Posted By payasam
The standard hood of the lens in indeed small....

The standard hood of the lens in indeed small. Round hoods can be had from many sellers, but a rectangular one might be difficult or impossible to find.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-16-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 4,219
Posted By payasam
Leica should thank you, lubitel, for having...

Leica should thank you, lubitel, for having swallowed the bait.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 05-16-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,899
Posted By payasam
Explain, please, TWoK.

Explain, please, TWoK.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-16-2010
Replies: 27
Views: 3,111
Posted By payasam
I too have a FED-2 and am expecting a Leica...

I too have a FED-2 and am expecting a Leica IIIa.

I expect you know that you shouldn't touch the shutter speed dial unless the shutter is cocked.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-16-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,328
Posted By payasam
Athenian inches or Phoenician?

Athenian inches or Phoenician?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-15-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 1,605
Posted By payasam
It's probably possible, Juan, but my guess is...

It's probably possible, Juan, but my guess is that few labs will even know how to do it.
Forum: Optics Theory - 05-15-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 2,177
Posted By payasam
I bought three lenses in 1975 and sold them,...

I bought three lenses in 1975 and sold them, after much use, in 2005. No marks.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 05-15-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,899
Posted By payasam
Well, "harder" means more difficult. It does not...

Well, "harder" means more difficult. It does not mean impossible.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 05-15-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,162
Posted By payasam
Shooting technique cannot introduce a yellow...

Shooting technique cannot introduce a yellow cast. The C-41 process is standardised, and labs seldom go wrong. The most likely culprit is the scanning. I must say, though, that -- apart from the...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-15-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,960
Posted By payasam
"Does anyone else think these look odd for a...

"Does anyone else think these look odd for a Tessar lens?"

Fine pictures. Let's not forget that the Tessar made much of the history of photography.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-14-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 3,109
Posted By payasam
If the preview lever is good for anything, that...

If the preview lever is good for anything, that is previewing. I'd recommend that you get the correct adapters.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-14-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,210
Posted By payasam
I have an Opemus 3 (long unused). I'd say that...

I have an Opemus 3 (long unused). I'd say that Ronald is right.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-14-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 593
Posted By payasam
Looks like the index finger of your left hand.

Looks like the index finger of your left hand.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-14-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,222
Posted By payasam
24 DIN and small paper stickers.

24 DIN and small paper stickers.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-13-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 892
Posted By payasam
Maybe Phil is right about wear.

Maybe Phil is right about wear.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-13-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,411
Posted By payasam
Optical finders are not so accurate anyway, so...

Optical finders are not so accurate anyway, so perhaps you might just not bother about the 10-degree difference. Make sure that nothing crucial is too close to an edge.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-13-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1,398
Posted By payasam
Attractive film title.

Attractive film title.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-13-2010
Replies: 58
Views: 7,148
Posted By payasam
Like losing a dog. You'll think it irreplaceable,...

Like losing a dog. You'll think it irreplaceable, but then the new puppy will take over your world. Fills me with fear, given that I move about on a motor scooter with my camera bag.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-13-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 1,093
Posted By payasam
Many people here have spoken of cable ties.

Many people here have spoken of cable ties.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-11-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 2,258
Posted By payasam
A rare accident that a Leitz adapter does not...

A rare accident that a Leitz adapter does not correctly mate with a Leitz lens. I have had two 3.5/3.5 Summarons and both worked perfectly on M bodies.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-11-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,952
Posted By payasam
Can I use Beard Shears?

Can I use Beard Shears?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-11-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 3,600
Posted By payasam
You can use the thread mount 35 with an adapter....

You can use the thread mount 35 with an adapter. That makes the 28mm the obvious choice.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-11-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 3,496
Posted By payasam
Good lens, good film processing. Besides, you...

Good lens, good film processing. Besides, you clearly know how to compose photos. The viewfinder is sort of accurate at great distances, but close up you must reframe knowing that some of the top and...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-10-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 3,103
Posted By payasam
Beemermark, all human palms have much the same...

Beemermark, all human palms have much the same reflectivity -- regardless of where physical anthropology places their owners. The backs of the hands vary widely. Krzys, this technique is in effect...
Forum: Nikon RF 05-10-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,115
Posted By payasam
Lens at infinity, moon as target, as Ranchu says....

Lens at infinity, moon as target, as Ranchu says. For the near range I rely on actual photos of a test target at closest focus. I photograph a ruler end on, at a shallow angle. at full open aperture....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-10-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 3,600
Posted By payasam
The 35/1.4 would be my choice: but that's because...

The 35/1.4 would be my choice: but that's because I prefer not to go wider. Some people do not find even 28mm wide enough. I should think the quality of your two options would be similar, given that...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-10-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 1,372
Posted By payasam
You might consider an I-50. It came after the...

You might consider an I-50. It came after the I-22 and is recorded as having slightly better resolution. I've just bought one (from Fedka) for the IIIa which should reach me any day.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-10-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 952
Posted By payasam
Good lens, good processing.

Good lens, good processing.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 05-09-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 2,746
Posted By payasam
I do a good bit of portrait work. For that I much...

I do a good bit of portrait work. For that I much prefer 35mm film cameras to my 4/3 digitals. Reason: depth of field. The M4/3 has a sensor of the same size. For the field of view of a 100mm lens on...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-08-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 842
Posted By payasam
Please look at thread 23427 here, first post by...

Please look at thread 23427 here, first post by AGN.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-08-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,181
Posted By payasam
I had this problem once with a Canon SLR, and the...

I had this problem once with a Canon SLR, and the cause was not worn teeth or sagging pressure plate. The cure was two drops of oil -- which my repair person put in on the point of a needle -- on the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-08-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 8,040
Posted By payasam
Heaven help us. I see the Lower Case IIIc...

Heaven help us. I see the Lower Case IIIc becoming another variant or sub-variant.

[edit] Erik, the whites on the uppermost deck seem whiter than those which I have marked with red dots.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-08-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,181
Posted By payasam
Are you getting torn sprocket holes, Greg? Can...

Are you getting torn sprocket holes, Greg? Can you feel and hear the film jumping the sprocket teeth when you cock the shutter?
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-08-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 842
Posted By payasam
The later Leitz reloadable cassette, like the...

The later Leitz reloadable cassette, like the mass produced ones, is 2.2 mm shorter than the first Leitz cassette. I was helped by a member here to solve the problem with a Leica IIIc by using a...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-07-2010
Replies: 31
Views: 5,094
Posted By payasam
Some years ago I did what Leigh did. Had three of...

Some years ago I did what Leigh did. Had three of them. Cost a good bit less than the CRIS ones and worked perfectly. Two went to other RFF members when I sold my Canon SLRs.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-07-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 1,624
Posted By payasam
I didn't suspect camera shake, David, but change...

I didn't suspect camera shake, David, but change of camera position between shots.

My advice is to try ophthalmic lenses of different powers between eye and finder. It may be that one of them is...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-07-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 1,624
Posted By payasam
I have used Leicas since 1965 or so and have...

I have used Leicas since 1965 or so and have owned them since 1985; but this phenomenon is new to me, unheard of. I have had no such experience even when using "modern" film cassettes in the IIIc and...
Forum: Photo Software 05-07-2010
Replies: 102
Views: 10,913
Posted By payasam
In three years with digital SLRs I haven't taken...

In three years with digital SLRs I haven't taken a single picture as a JPEG. Working with raw files is a way of life: and life itself is sometimes a hassle, sometimes not. I suspect I'm not being too...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 05-07-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 2,636
Posted By payasam
Greg, as range-finder base length decreases and...

Greg, as range-finder base length decreases and lens focal length increases, focussing becomes more difficult and potentially less accurate. You might get a CV 75mm instead of trying to modify a...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-07-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 1,043
Posted By payasam
Good that you have found a technician whose work...

Good that you have found a technician whose work pleases you. I suspect that his work with Japanese or Swiss or Swedish precision engineering would be as impressive. As for sound, a between lens...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-07-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,029
Posted By payasam
May depend on what one is used to. I focus fairly...

May depend on what one is used to. I focus fairly well with split-image RFDR cameras, but in SLRs I much prefer micro-prism screens.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-06-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,361
Posted By payasam
You might like to look at eBay item 230450166955....

You might like to look at eBay item 230450166955. A metal push-on hood with a leather case would be roughly the same vintage as the Nikkor. Only problem is, it's 5mm shorter than the 35mm long hoods...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-05-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,361
Posted By payasam
If all you want is a serviceable hood, you might...

If all you want is a serviceable hood, you might try HeavyStar. I got a 49mm hood-with-cap from them for a Jupiter-9 (also 85mm f/2). If they have no 48mm hood you'll need a step-up ring. My Serenar...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-05-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,253
Posted By payasam
I can't see <grumble> what the dog looks...

I can't see <grumble> what the dog looks like.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-05-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,727
Posted By payasam
Strange. Voigtlander M adapters are widely held...

Strange. Voigtlander M adapters are widely held to be well made. Possibly wrongly marked, as Ronald said.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-04-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 1,839
Posted By payasam
The Elmar has an unchallenged place in history as...

The Elmar has an unchallenged place in history as the principal lens to come from Leitz for decades. Faster 50mm lenses such as the Hektor and Xenon and Summitar, and their later derivatives, were...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 05-04-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 2,489
Posted By payasam
Over-reaction, typhillips. I know what you mean....

Over-reaction, typhillips. I know what you mean. I've seen many people go one step beyond to fake thin black borders on their prints.

As for starting a new thread about cropping, maybe you should...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 05-04-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1,404
Posted By payasam
David, things will probably resolve themselves in...

David, things will probably resolve themselves in a few days. Maybe the seller is out of town.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-04-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 2,480
Posted By payasam
The photo says "M4/3". With Micro Four Thirds...

The photo says "M4/3". With Micro Four Thirds it's no problem: but then I don't see why the seller should have dropped the "M" at other places and specified various 4/3 models.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-04-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 2,434
Posted By payasam
Chris, why not a little over-development with...

Chris, why not a little over-development with normal exposure? Seems to me that might be better for the shadow areas.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-04-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1,080
Posted By payasam
That's hilarious, Stewart. But I wonder which eye...

That's hilarious, Stewart. But I wonder which eye she used and which ear she photographed.
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 05-04-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 2,489
Posted By payasam
Here's the result of my messing around. Maybe the...

Here's the result of my messing around. Maybe the two legs at the top are not such a distraction after all.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 05-03-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 1,120
Posted By payasam
Focussing through the lens is inherently more...

Focussing through the lens is inherently more accurate.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-03-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 1,037
Posted By payasam
To repeat what others have said, no machine is...

To repeat what others have said, no machine is perfect: but there are no defects peculiar to the model you have in mind. Do be sure that the specimen you buy is in good condition -- well maintained,...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-03-2010
Replies: 75
Views: 7,506
Posted By payasam
With a normal or wide lens, 1/8 sec. is generally...

With a normal or wide lens, 1/8 sec. is generally safe but 1/4 sec. can be tricky. In both, subject movement is a danger. When possible, I try to put my elbows on something firm -- even my own knees...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-03-2010
Replies: 61
Views: 10,174
Posted By payasam
I'd say that a Bessa R*A should be seen together...

I'd say that a Bessa R*A should be seen together with the M7.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-02-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,404
Posted By payasam
You might begin by searching RFF and the Internet...

You might begin by searching RFF and the Internet for "lens cleaning".
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-02-2010
Replies: 49
Views: 10,182
Posted By payasam
The 9cm Elmar was for long the principal longish...

The 9cm Elmar was for long the principal longish lens offered by Leitz, and with good reason.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-02-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 7,538
Posted By payasam
"I'm indulging myself with a bit of camera...

"I'm indulging myself with a bit of camera fondling.... the iiif is a little jewel of a thing."

The IIIa which should reach me any day now is a 2mm littler jewel of a thing. At this time I don't...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-01-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 7,538
Posted By payasam
If you are getting good focus across the range,...

If you are getting good focus across the range, literiter, and generally acceptable results, an Elmar is unlikely to be an improvement. If you are looking for "a look", the probability is that you...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-01-2010
Replies: 36
Views: 2,978
Posted By payasam
Nearly all prints are now made digitally, and...

Nearly all prints are now made digitally, and negatives are easily converted to digital files. The results are much the same, so it is the act of photographing that is important.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-30-2010
Replies: 75
Views: 32,270
Posted By payasam
Good work, nobbylon.

Good work, nobbylon.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-30-2010
Replies: 75
Views: 32,270
Posted By payasam
Here is something relevant from March...

Here is something relevant from March 2009:

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=71031

... though the thread seems to have become muddled (muddied?).
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-29-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 1,179
Posted By payasam
There are C-41 labs all over. For nearly twenty...

There are C-41 labs all over. For nearly twenty years I have used no other kind of film. I still have the old enlarger and safe-light and easel and tongs, but...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-28-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 969
Posted By payasam
I only thought of it, Shac: Don Goldberg actually...

I only thought of it, Shac: Don Goldberg actually made something of the idea.

Stand by for another useful device. My M3 has received secondary minor surgery from DG and is now in California, from...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-28-2010
Replies: 228
Views: 16,469
Posted By payasam
Some fine pictures here. My Pappu, now 13 months...

Some fine pictures here. My Pappu, now 13 months old, has this strange reaction: he starts licking his whatsit whenever he sees a camera in my hand.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-28-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 969
Posted By payasam
The Leitz-Goldberg CAPOF-M

Some weeks ago I mentioned to Don Goldberg a device which fits in the accessory shoe and opens bottles. The picture shows what I got from him in today's post.
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 04-27-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 2,476
Posted By payasam
Had it with a Bostonian M2.

Had it with a Bostonian M2.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-27-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 948
Posted By payasam
My understanding -- based on the advice of a...

My understanding -- based on the advice of a friend who sells Soviet era camera equipment -- is that the FED-2 is less likely to give trouble than the Zorki-6.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 04-26-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 2,678
Posted By payasam
Welcome, Cheuwi. You could use white or yellow...

Welcome, Cheuwi. You could use white or yellow ink or paint to place a mark on the rim. Look through the filter while rotating it and note the position of the mark when you have the effect desired.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-26-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 1,759
Posted By payasam
I'd say you're right, Sean. I once came across...

I'd say you're right, Sean. I once came across the five-letter Leitz code for the card, but I didn't write it down and now I cannot find it despite searching. My IIIc's case had a similar slot with a...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-26-2010
Replies: 35
Views: 2,367
Posted By payasam
In the boats shot, light came around the edges of...

In the boats shot, light came around the edges of a curtain. The vertical line in the shovel shot looks like a malfunctioning shutter.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-25-2010
Replies: 44
Views: 5,232
Posted By payasam
Will (shadowfox) and Roger Hicks are both right....

Will (shadowfox) and Roger Hicks are both right. I recall the days when 120 was the commonest size and 35mm was praised for its great depth of field, and only last week I showed someone a whole plate...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-25-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 639
Posted By payasam
Should be all right if exposure is not wildly off.

Should be all right if exposure is not wildly off.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-25-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 613
Posted By payasam
Peter said that the bulbous rear element of the...

Peter said that the bulbous rear element of the J-12 might bump into something in the camera body. I said the same on another thread recently, but someone corrected me and pronounced them...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-25-2010
Replies: 66
Views: 3,427
Posted By payasam
You might start with just a 35 and a 75, Chris,...

You might start with just a 35 and a 75, Chris, and add more lenses if you feel the need. You may not feel the need.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-25-2010
Replies: 44
Views: 4,497
Posted By payasam
Drew gave you the bad news correctly.

Drew gave you the bad news correctly.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-24-2010
Replies: 44
Views: 5,232
Posted By payasam
A TLR -- or any camera that uses 120 film --...

A TLR -- or any camera that uses 120 film -- probably makes sense only if you plan to make prints 20" x 30". For a hobbyist, of course, practicality is not relevant.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-24-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 1,586
Posted By payasam
Pocket knife with pliers. I use Victorinox and...

Pocket knife with pliers. I use Victorinox and Wenger.

Ancient Chinese take-away riddle: What fits in trousers and does not poke?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-24-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 1,586
Posted By payasam
Spool's easy, but I've often had trouble getting...

Spool's easy, but I've often had trouble getting the exposed roll of film out.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-23-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 3,904
Posted By payasam
Ellen, to what Hans said I'll add that in a RFDR...

Ellen, to what Hans said I'll add that in a RFDR camera, focussing is indirect: the R/F does not see what the lens sees but must rely on precise alignment. That R/F alignment is often off is one...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-22-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 2,955
Posted By payasam
Good luck, Rob, though such an attachment to a...

Good luck, Rob, though such an attachment to a mere commodity will probably be thought funny by those who don't know irrationality from the inside.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-22-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 3,904
Posted By payasam
After some months with two 85/2 lenses I have...

After some months with two 85/2 lenses I have come to the conclusion that f/2 with that focal length on a RFDR camera is a risky proposition. However, each can also serve as an f/2.8 lens with that...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-22-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 1,428
Posted By payasam
You could try the 75mm finder, framing loosely,...

You could try the 75mm finder, framing loosely, to see if you can manage with it. If it isn't acceptable, a 90mm finder will be fine. My understanding is that the Soviet 85mm finder is not so good....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-21-2010
Replies: 39
Views: 7,558
Posted By payasam
If it's grain you're after, you could try a pyro...

If it's grain you're after, you could try a pyro formula.

Isn't XP-2 a C41 process film, raytoei?
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-21-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 3,330
Posted By payasam
These good pictures -- specially the first and...

These good pictures -- specially the first and the last -- deserve a good lens. I sold my battered but perfectly focussing (after it was fixed by Kim Coxon) J-3 only recently: and now, having bought...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-21-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 1,055
Posted By payasam
What Ranchu says is logical. You should not...

What Ranchu says is logical. You should not expect good pictures -- regardless of the lens used -- at the first attempt. Rapport, or at least acceptance, matters when photographing people. I'd...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-21-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 1,801
Posted By payasam
Because of insurmountable problems with both...

Because of insurmountable problems with both Mandriva and PCLinuxOS, I moved to Debian some months ago. Five years ago it was difficult to install, but now it has become almost child's play.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-20-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 716
Posted By payasam
There are probably two adjustments, not just one,...

There are probably two adjustments, not just one, for horizontal alignment.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-20-2010
Replies: 51
Views: 3,729
Posted By payasam
Steve Bellayr said it.

Steve Bellayr said it.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 04-20-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,906
Posted By payasam
The Jupiter-12 (35mm f/2.8) may not be physically...

The Jupiter-12 (35mm f/2.8) may not be physically compatible because of its large rear element. Certainly it does not work with the CV Bessa models.
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 04-19-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 977
Posted By payasam
Many of the faces are too dark in the shadow...

Many of the faces are too dark in the shadow areas, Ashwin. You could consider making a project of this market area. No more than 20 ruthlessly selected photos, never mind how many rolls of film it...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 04-19-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 906
Posted By payasam
This is no more than speculation. Is it possible...

This is no more than speculation. Is it possible to half press the release button so as to take the meter reading and so eliminate that possible delay. I have been struggling without success to get...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-19-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 2,761
Posted By payasam
I use an inexpensive adapter on my M3 (earlier on...

I use an inexpensive adapter on my M3 (earlier on an M2). It slides into the (cold) accessory shoe and provides a hot shot at the top with a sync lead.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-19-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 10,357
Posted By payasam
Killer photo, Benjamin. Collapsible Summicron to...

Killer photo, Benjamin.

Collapsible Summicron to be avoided on the ground that it was an earlier evolutionary artifact and a short-lived one.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-19-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 6,532
Posted By payasam
The bottom plate is a fool-proof design. If it...

The bottom plate is a fool-proof design. If it can be closed, it will be closed properly.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-19-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,589
Posted By payasam
Hundreds of people must have thought of such a...

Hundreds of people must have thought of such a device, and maybe some were indeed made: but I have not heard of any that was made commercially. The probable reason is that a watch with a second hand...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-19-2010
Replies: 27
Views: 2,348
Posted By payasam
You need patience, Rodrigo. Howsoever good your...

You need patience, Rodrigo. Howsoever good your mechanical skills, it is unlikely that you can fix an M3 and three lenses (the Summaron 35/3.5 is notorious for fog) yourself. For starters, you'll...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-19-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 1,423
Posted By payasam
Welcome to a more leisurely present.

Welcome to a more leisurely present.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-18-2010
Replies: 41
Views: 4,988
Posted By payasam
If you have decided, that's it. However, my...

If you have decided, that's it. However, my experience with deteriorating vision was that I had far more trouble with SLRs than with RFDR cameras.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-17-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,073
Posted By payasam
Seems to me that we are ignoring the obvious way...

Seems to me that we are ignoring the obvious way to arrive at an answer. I propose that you spend a couple of hours just looking at what you would like to photograph -- alternately with the 50 and...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-17-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,073
Posted By payasam
My vote also for the 35+75 combination. With...

My vote also for the 35+75 combination. With those two lenses you can cover just about every situation.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-17-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 936
Posted By payasam
Alun, the camera bottom plate won't close unless...

Alun, the camera bottom plate won't close unless the cassette is properly seated. David will probably do well to follow Hans and tj01.
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