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Forum: Fuji X Series 02-11-2020
Replies: 7
Views: 560
Posted By Kumachrome
Thanks for your responses! I'll definitely try...

Thanks for your responses! I'll definitely try Pen F lenses. Also, Peterm, I agree with you. I too, dislike lenses that look awkward when mounted on the camera. I get that it ultimately doesn't...
Forum: Fuji X Series 02-10-2020
Replies: 7
Views: 560
Posted By Kumachrome
Lenses with Short Flange Distance?

Hi there,

I'm been exploring with adapting lenses to my Fuji X-Pro1 and it's really fun to see what these old lenses can do on such a great sensor. However, my one complaint is that the lens...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-06-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 547
Posted By Kumachrome
Just did the slight modification you mentioned....

Just did the slight modification you mentioned. It was very simple and easy. Problem fixed! Thanks!
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-04-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 547
Posted By Kumachrome
Hey Rob, Yeah it seems that's the case. Do you...

Hey Rob,
Yeah it seems that's the case. Do you know if this adjustment would require recalibrating the rangefinder after? I'm comfortable enough with basic repairs on this camera, which I've done.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-04-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 547
Posted By Kumachrome
Leica M4-P Rangefinder Uncouples at Close Focus?

Hi all,
So I've owned a couple of Leica rangefinders in the past and I only just noticed this. Wanted to know if this is inherent to the design. I've noticed with my Leica M4-P, the rangefinder...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-13-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 389
Posted By Kumachrome
Nippon Photo Clinic Experiences?

Hello,
Wanted to know anyone's experiences with Nippon Photo Clinic in NYC. They are the primary repair company for servicing Contax G cameras in the US as far as I'm aware.
Was your repair...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-05-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 415
Posted By Kumachrome
Olympus OM2N Shutter Speed Issue

Hello, I have an issue with my OM2N and I can't seem to find the issue. I'm by no means an expert, but I've removed the top plate and cleaned the viewfinders and prisms from a couple of them in the...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 05-14-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 646
Posted By Kumachrome
Ah, I see. So it seems I'd have to get the...

Ah, I see. So it seems I'd have to get the measurements for the part. Fortunately, the piece that has broken it the top plate of the ISO dial which is what keeps the actual dial itself secured on the...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 05-14-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 646
Posted By Kumachrome
Thanks for your response. Yes, I did consider it,...

Thanks for your response. Yes, I did consider it, but I have no idea where to start with that. Perhaps you can point me in the right direction?
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 05-13-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 646
Posted By Kumachrome
Unhappy Hexar RF ISO Dial

Hello,
I'm having the hardest time trying to source a specific part for my Hexar RF. The ISO dial on my Hexar has broken off, leaving the camera stuck in DX mode. Not only that, but it's a bit ugly...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-08-2019
Replies: 0
Views: 211
Posted By Kumachrome
Konica Hexar RF ISO Dial

Hello all, I'm in a bit of a predicament. The ISO dial on my Hexar RF is broken. The plastic plate on the top of it snapped as I was changing ISO. Well, now it's stuck on DX mode, which is fine, but...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 11-23-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,489
Posted By Kumachrome
Thanks for your reply! As for the electronics...

Thanks for your reply! As for the electronics issue, I figured that since G1's are quite cheap, if it died on me, I wouldn't be too hurt about it since the max I spent on the body is around 150-180....
Forum: Zeiss Contax 11-22-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,489
Posted By Kumachrome
Contax G1 Experiences?

So, every review online talks up the G1 as being near perfect, but I think you fine folks here at the RangefinderForums are very honest, so I'd like your takes. I'm seriously thinking about getting...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-11-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 286
Posted By Kumachrome
https://simonhawketts.co.uk/2016/07/24/fixing-an-o...

https://simonhawketts.co.uk/2016/07/24/fixing-an-olympus-om2-spot-program-stuck-shutter/


Ah, I've fixed the issue. It was pretty simple. Just follow this guide
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-11-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 286
Posted By Kumachrome
Olympus OM-2SP Shutter Jammed

Hello all, I have this OM-2sp in great cosmetic condition, but there's one issue.

I can't advance the shutter, mirror is stuck in the up position, and the shutter release cannot be depressed....
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-15-2018
Replies: 1
Views: 293
Posted By Kumachrome
Leica Summar Aperture Ring Misaligned

Hi there, bought a Leica Summar 50mm f2 with some haze. Cleaned most of the haze easily enough, but I've noticed that the aperture ring doesn't match the f stop numbers. For example, if I set the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-08-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 444
Posted By Kumachrome
I appreciate all the replies! I think the best...

I appreciate all the replies! I think the best course if action is to buy broken rangefinders ans salvage their mirrors. Unfortunately, I can score and cur thw mirrors to size, but drilling the hole...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-07-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 444
Posted By Kumachrome
How to cut a mirror?

Hi there, I'm attempting to replace the frameline mirror in my Bessa R3A. For those who aren't familiar, inside many rangefinders is a mirror that is angled at 45 degrees to the frameline image and...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-01-2018
Replies: 0
Views: 265
Posted By Kumachrome
Bessa R3A 1/2000 Doesn't Light Up

Hello all, been trying to fix up this bessa I bought. If you've seen my previous posts, I managed to align the rangefinder just fine. Turns out my lens was the one who wasn't properly calibrated....
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-25-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 308
Posted By Kumachrome
I'm using a piece of tape traveling perpendicular...

I'm using a piece of tape traveling perpendicular to the film guide rails and looking at the center of it as my focus point. Hmm should I recalibrate the horizontal alignment on the body to match the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-25-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 308
Posted By Kumachrome
Bessa R3A Patch doesn't reach infinity

I know there's been other posts about this, but they don't seem to have the answer. Maybe this'll be different.
My R3A doesn't focus to infinity. It's little bit before infinity. However, checking...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-23-2018
Replies: 0
Views: 252
Posted By Kumachrome
Bessa R3A Viewfinder...Alignment?

Reposting because I posted this in the wrong forum.
Hi there, recently acquired a used R3A for a great price. Adjusted the vertical alignment on it just fine, but I can't seem to figure out this...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-22-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 784
Posted By Kumachrome
CV Bessa R3A Viewfinder...Alignment?

Hi there, recently acquired a used R3A for a great price. Adjusted the vertical alignment on it just fine, but I can't seem to figure out this other issue. Basically, when looking through the...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-09-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 708
Posted By Kumachrome
Thanks for the responses! I'm definitely sold on...

Thanks for the responses! I'm definitely sold on the Bessas! Now...a Gray R3A or an R3m....the tough question
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-09-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 708
Posted By Kumachrome
About to Join the Bessa R3m Club

I think I'm finally going to do it. I've been lusting after the utilitarian and industrial design of the R3M and think it's just time to get one.



My only question regarding the camera is for its...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 07-25-2018
Replies: 36
Views: 6,676
Posted By Kumachrome
Hi everyone, so I ended up getting the Hexar RF...

Hi everyone, so I ended up getting the Hexar RF and I'm loving it! As many of you stated, the rangefinder was out of alignment when it came. It was super easy to adjust. Just had to remove 4 screws...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-09-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 1,972
Posted By Kumachrome
Hello all. Thanks for all the replies. As you...

Hello all. Thanks for all the replies. As you have suggested, it is indeed the mirror. However, this F2 happens to have fresh mirror foam in it right now. I tested it by lifting the mirror up slowly...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-09-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2,413
Posted By Kumachrome
Without Comparing them to Leica, What is Your Experience with the Bessa Rangefinders?

Hi everyone, wanted to know your own personal experiences with the Bessa rangefinders. I'm thinking about getting one. I'm considering the Bessa R, R2, R2A/M, etc. I've owned two Leicas in the past...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-08-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 1,972
Posted By Kumachrome
Nikon F2 Shutter "twang"

Hello,

I recently picked up a pretty nicely working Nikon F2. There's 2 minor issues:
1. Shutter speeds all sound accurate except 1/4th. That sounds strange that that would be the only slow speed...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 07-05-2018
Replies: 36
Views: 6,676
Posted By Kumachrome
Konica Hexar RF Experiences?

Hello all, I'm considering getting a Hexar RF. I've heard some great things about it and some not so great. I wanted to know how its reliability is and how your experience was.
How long did you have...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 06-07-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 1,092
Posted By Kumachrome
That's what I thought. I intended to order from...

That's what I thought. I intended to order from Cameraleather. He has an option for the M4-P to omit the hole for the asa reminder.
Forum: DIYS Modifications 06-07-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 1,092
Posted By Kumachrome
Leica M4-P ASA Dial Delete?

Hi, yes, another one of these posts. I wanted to know if anyone knows if removing the ASA dial on the M4-P is as simple as it is to remove the red Leica logo in the front (which is simply glued on.)...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-04-2018
Replies: 1
Views: 356
Posted By Kumachrome
Bessa R2A/M Servicing?

Considering getting a Bessa R2A or R3M as a secondary to my Leica M4-P. I had an R3M in the past and loved that camera but stupidly sold it. Anyway, are there any good techs you all know about who...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 05-31-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,203
Posted By Kumachrome
Fjall, I imagine it's probably a matter of...

Fjall, I imagine it's probably a matter of dabbing the red logo with some alcohol, waiting a couple of minutes for it to break the glue bonds, then just prying it off. After which, clean up the rest...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 05-28-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,203
Posted By Kumachrome
Which Leatherette for Debadged M4-P?

So, I couldn't find any posts specifically covering this topic, and figured it may be helpful to others undergoing this project. Let's say hypothetically, if I committed the blasphemous act of...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-06-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 442
Posted By Kumachrome
Added more specifics

Added more specifics
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-06-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 442
Posted By Kumachrome
Olympus OM2N Meter Adjustment?

Hello, I'm attempting to adjust the viewfinder meter in my OM2N. It is off by about 1 stop. Tested the auto mode with a roll of film and it gives perfectly exposed photos. However, If I want to shoot...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-02-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 3,003
Posted By Kumachrome
Ko.Fe, Yes, I believe my viewfinder had some...

Ko.Fe, Yes, I believe my viewfinder had some outgassing. I actually took the top plate off last night to clean it. It was quite simple to remove and clean off! I'm not sure what it is that I love...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-02-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 3,003
Posted By Kumachrome
Why Doesn't the M4-P Get Any Love?

As someome who has owned an M2, now an M4-P, I don't really get what's not so great about the M4-P. In my opinion, I actually feel more secure with it. Like it can take a bump and a trip in the rain...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-28-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,996
Posted By Kumachrome
Gid, according to your test, it would seem the...

Gid, according to your test, it would seem the Hex has some great contrast! Very comparable to that of the Cron.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-28-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,996
Posted By Kumachrome
Thanks for the all of the responses! It has been...

Thanks for the all of the responses! It has been really helpful. It seems this is a bit of a harder decision than I thought. I'm sure that whichever I go with, I'll love. When I pick, I'll post an...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-27-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,996
Posted By Kumachrome
Thanks for the response! Based on those Hexanon...

Thanks for the response! Based on those Hexanon photos, I think I'm sold on it. Great rendering, slightly vintage, but slightly clinical like the Leica lenses I think. A good mix of both.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-27-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,996
Posted By Kumachrome
Konica Hexanon 50mm f2 or CV 50mm 1.5?

I'm deciding on an all-around-not-so-expensive 50mm lens for my M4-P. I've boiled it down to either the Konica Hexanon 50mm f2 or CV 50mm f1.5 m mount. I have the Voigtlander 50mm 2.5 Color Skopar,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-04-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 472
Posted By Kumachrome
Built in "Voltage Converter" in Leicameter MR4?

I believe this was briefly covered on other posts, but I can't seem to find them. Anyway, I'm getting a Leicameter MR4 in the mail, and my research on it seems to be hinting that I don't really need...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-27-2018
Replies: 0
Views: 373
Posted By Kumachrome
Canon AE Finder FN Cleaning

Hello, I understand there was a brief thread written about this, but it wasn't too detailed. I wanted to clean the AE finder on my Canon F1 New. It has a bit of dust and such inside. I've...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-15-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 636
Posted By Kumachrome
Film Lengths in Feet and Inch?

Hi, I wanted to know if anyone knows or could figure out the lengths of Ilford HP5+ 36 exp or 24 exp. Also, possibly Kentmere 400. "Why can't you do it yourself?" Well, I don't really have either HP5...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-13-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 1,056
Posted By Kumachrome
Leica Elmar 50mm 3.5 Front Element Removal?

Hello,
I have a Leica 50mm 3.5 Elmar with a good bit of dust inside. It's the type with the front element retaining ring that has the notches for a spanner wrench. I want to remove the front lens...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-26-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,784
Posted By Kumachrome
Tips on Correcting for Parallax Error?

So, I recently acquired a Leica IIIc, recently CLA'd. I actually thought it would be difficult to focus with, but I'm surprised how quickly I'm able to achieve focus in street photography! Also,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-23-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 784
Posted By Kumachrome
Alright, so after madly working all the shutter...

Alright, so after madly working all the shutter speeds 3x each, it seems to have fixed itself! I'm guessing a gear or something in the slow speed escapement got a bit sticky. Thanks!
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-23-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 784
Posted By Kumachrome
Thanks. I'll do that. Might have to say goodbye...

Thanks. I'll do that. Might have to say goodbye to my precious M2 for a couple weeks again :(
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-23-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 784
Posted By Kumachrome
Leica M2 Slow Speeds Stick

Hi, so a couple weeks ago I got my M2 CLA'd and have just discovered that my slow speeds get stuck. I suppose it's not a huge deal since they're not really used, but still. Shutter speeds 1 second to...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-20-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1,671
Posted By Kumachrome
Ergonomics of Voigtlander 50mm 1.5? (the newer version)

Hi,
yep, I'm asking, yet again, about another 50mm lens. Still stuck deciding. I think it may be because I'm trying to find a lens I'll just be happy with, rather than always lusting after another...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-20-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 2,526
Posted By Kumachrome
Your Experience with the Canon IVSB?

Hi, so I've been looking for a second rangefinder that is both cheap and rugged enough for hiking, and light rain. I have my M2, which I use mainly for street and portraits, but I'm not sure if I can...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-17-2017
Replies: 59
Views: 5,008
Posted By Kumachrome
Hmm this is a hard one. I appreciate all the...

Hmm this is a hard one. I appreciate all the replies! I'm now thinking between the 50mm Skopar, or the Voigtlander Heliar f2.
Do both have short focusing throw? I am currently using a Canon 50mm 1.4...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-16-2017
Replies: 59
Views: 5,008
Posted By Kumachrome
Leica 50mm 2.8 Elmar-M or Voigtlander 50mm 2.5?

Hello everyone,
So, I'm looking for a nice, compact black 50mm lens for my Leica M2. I have my sights currently set on either the Leica 50mm 2.8 Elmar-M (the most modern version of the Elmar,) or...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 12-04-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 3,971
Posted By Kumachrome
Should I Upgrade to the V800?

Hi, been using the Epson V600 for a while now and it's been working fine for me, but after seeing a few comparisons of the V600 vs the V800, I'm now considering replacing the my current V600.

Any...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-28-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1,715
Posted By Kumachrome
Nikon F3 Screen in F2

Hi, I have a Nikon F2 with a DE-1 finder. The current A screen in it is quite dirty. I attempted to clean it, ended up making it somewhat worse. Oops. Anyway, I decided I'll just replace it. I read...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-19-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 803
Posted By Kumachrome
sepiareverb, where did you fill in the...

sepiareverb, where did you fill in the information for the commodity codes? I couldn't find any lines for that on the customs form that USPS gave me.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-19-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 803
Posted By Kumachrome
Need Help Shipping Camera Outside US to UK

Hello, hope this is the correct forum for this.
Anyway, some backstory: I'm attempting to ship my Leica M2 for a paint and CLA service by Cameraworks-UK. I used USPS. Everything was smooth until...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-27-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,807
Posted By Kumachrome
Sent Leica M2 For Paint

Hi, so Iíve recently sent my Leica M2 to be painted by Cameraworks-UK. Heard good things about them, and their pricing wasnít bad.
However, Iím starting to realize the horrors of shipping items...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-17-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1,251
Posted By Kumachrome
Nikon DP-1 Finder Problem

Hi, so I recently acquired a Nikon F2 with a DP-1 finder. The camera works flawlessly, but the meter acts strangely. I'm using 2 1.5v LR44 batteries, as recommended. The issue seems to be that it...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-02-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,261
Posted By Kumachrome
That'll do! His work looks excellent. I'll...

That'll do! His work looks excellent. I'll definitely get in contact with him. Thanks!
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-02-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,261
Posted By Kumachrome
Ah, nevermind. Unfortunately, he no longer offers...

Ah, nevermind. Unfortunately, he no longer offers this service! Is there anyone else who offers this service located in the US?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-02-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,261
Posted By Kumachrome
YYe Camera Repaint?

Hello, so I'm looking into repainting my M2. Sure, it might be blasphemous to some, but I'm doing it. So, I wanted to know if anyone has experience with YYe Camera's painting service. I've heard...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-27-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 996
Posted By Kumachrome
I'm not sure what exactly I did, but after...

I'm not sure what exactly I did, but after fiddling around a bit with the lens...somehow it's fixed! I tested out a roll here:
https://imgur.com/a/H8j2n
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-26-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 996
Posted By Kumachrome
Call me crazy, or maybe I fixed my lens somehow...

Call me crazy, or maybe I fixed my lens somehow by taking it apart and putting it back, but during my reshimming process, I encountered something. So, I looked up how to do it. Seemed easy enough to...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-26-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 996
Posted By Kumachrome
Ah I see. Yes, the rangefinder is accurate. I...

Ah I see. Yes, the rangefinder is accurate. I brought it into a tech recently and said nothing really needed to be done since everything was accurate. I've also tried the camera with my Canon 50mm...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-26-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 996
Posted By Kumachrome
Thanks for your response. Is there supposed to be...

Thanks for your response. Is there supposed to be two shims inside? I noticed there was only one in mine. I took it out and the focus actually got worse. Above f2.8 the lens is eh. Earlier I was out...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-26-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 996
Posted By Kumachrome
https://imgur.com/a/jKOHY Here are some images I...

https://imgur.com/a/jKOHY

Here are some images I took on a test roll to demonstrate what is happening. I have circled what I was attempting to get in focus
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-26-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 996
Posted By Kumachrome
Canon 50mm 1.4 LTM Focus Issue

Hi, I can't seem to find anything specific on how to fix this issue. So, I've decided to just go ahead and ask. If this has already been addressed, please excuse my noobness at using Google.

I've...
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