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Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-28-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 514
Posted By mdarnton
In terms of raw sharpness, contrast, and...

In terms of raw sharpness, contrast, and liveliness of images, I think the best lens I have ever had of any brand, and there have been many, was the 35/1.7, but I couldn't get along with the crappy...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-01-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,498
Posted By mdarnton
I bought the LTM Ultron when it first came out,...

I bought the LTM Ultron when it first came out, but found it ergonomically poor, and large, so I rarely used it. But it was one of the best lenses I have owned in subjective terms re:rendering. Now...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-26-2018
Replies: 78
Views: 2,362
Posted By mdarnton
I'll shoot with anything. To some extent the...

I'll shoot with anything. To some extent the camera determines how I work and the results, so I do enjoy my phone camera. Regarding detail, I tried shooting RAW with it once, and the quality was...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-25-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 431
Posted By mdarnton
When I bought a bulk bundle of microfiber...

When I bought a bulk bundle of microfiber glass-cleaning cloths once, the instructions that came with it said to not use any detergent or soap, that it would tend to stick to the cloth and make...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-14-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 786
Posted By mdarnton
OP, just to clarify, you are saying that Ebay is...

OP, just to clarify, you are saying that Ebay is trash because YOU failed to read the feedback report before buying? And this is THEIR fault?????
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-11-2018
Replies: 68
Views: 3,919
Posted By mdarnton
Another vote for Nikon FG for those who need to...

Another vote for Nikon FG for those who need to pair an RF with an SLR system. When I was a real photographer, I had Leica and Oly OM1 gear, but the OM1 always was ergonomically irritating. The FG...
Forum: RFF Polls 10-14-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,173
Posted By mdarnton
I have a 28/2, which is about the size of the...

I have a 28/2, which is about the size of the 24/2, and a 24/2.8. I don't often have a strong focal length preference, but marginally prefer 24, and the lens that gets the most used is the 24 because...
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 08-05-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,814
Posted By mdarnton
I don't know if the Canon 7 is like the P, but...

I don't know if the Canon 7 is like the P, but the thing I don't like about my P is the 100% view. I have to get my eye too close to the window, and worse, the view is so large that I can't get an...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-06-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 2,539
Posted By mdarnton
I have done this, but I really like a W/A...

I have done this, but I really like a W/A viewpoint, so I usually include one small W/A lens.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-06-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 718
Posted By mdarnton
I have had very good results...

I have had very good results from
http://www.nikoncamerarepair.com/

I did have to have one job re-done because apparently they have/had a policy of setting MF lenses to focus beyond infinity because...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-27-2018
Replies: 49
Views: 1,572
Posted By mdarnton
I never felt that Sunny 16 works well because it...

I never felt that Sunny 16 works well because it doesn't consider the deep shadows that happen under direct sunlight, and leaves them very underexposed. So it was always Sunny 11 for me, which is...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 03-23-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 3,779
Posted By mdarnton
If I had the money, I would buy it in a...

If I had the money, I would buy it in a heartbeat, and I would use it until it was worn up. I wish every camera looked like that.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-18-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 801
Posted By mdarnton
English: http://www.dhw-fototechnik.de/rolleiflex-...

English:
http://www.dhw-fototechnik.de/rolleiflex-slr/rolleiflex-hy6-mod2.html
Wish I were rich! Looks wonderful.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-09-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 843
Posted By mdarnton
The original plastic VC finder is completely...

The original plastic VC finder is completely uncluttered, but mine was not particularly accurate, having more in the vertical direction than was proportionally correct (the finder was more towards...
Forum: Travel 03-03-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1,273
Posted By mdarnton
This is probably not "professional" enough for...

This is probably not "professional" enough for your purposes, but I recently learned that you can easily buy case inserts with lids and velcroed dividers on Ebay, really, really cheap--like for the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-03-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,257
Posted By mdarnton
Love the last two!

Love the last two!
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-02-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,257
Posted By mdarnton
That's a cool picture. It reminds me of this:...

That's a cool picture. It reminds me of this: https://petapixel.com/2013/05/23/this-is-just-a-part-of-william-egglestons-extensive-camera-collection/
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-01-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,257
Posted By mdarnton
Not too many, I hope: At approximately...

Not too many, I hope:

At approximately 11:
https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7345/11183778614_5cb98e3004_c.jpg

Then, for fun, the same guy at...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-26-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 1,314
Posted By mdarnton
I get small split rings in the key department of...

I get small split rings in the key department of the hardware store. They aren't as thick as the original ones of 50 years ago, but they're good enough. Those triangle things go right in the trash...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 02-25-2018
Replies: 44
Views: 2,505
Posted By mdarnton
I usually take something like a Leica M4, 50, 21,...

I usually take something like a Leica M4, 50, 21, and Tri-X, or if I'm in a SLR mind, Nikon FG, 50, 24. For color and movies, I rely these days on my cell phone (Samsung Note 5) which does a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-18-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,006
Posted By mdarnton
I remember, but can't name the source, that some...

I remember, but can't name the source, that some discussion of the Cooke XVa, which is in current limited manufacture, indicated that they had bought a supply of Copal shutters sufficient to their...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-15-2018
Replies: 67
Views: 2,415
Posted By mdarnton
This, and if you wait around, you can get a...

This, and if you wait around, you can get a chrome one on Ebay for about $120. The aluminum ones would be good, but you can't buy them remotely because many of them have permanent internal-fogging...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-11-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,045
Posted By mdarnton
I have a 100' bulk film can that all film goes...

I have a 100' bulk film can that all film goes into, reverse curled, until I find the time to scan it. That gets it flat long enough for me to scan, then I put it into neg pages. Fortunately, I don't...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-10-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 860
Posted By mdarnton
Magic tape is Scotch's thin, matte tape, as...

Magic tape is Scotch's thin, matte tape, as opposed to the thicker, glossy kind. Other solutions may be too thick---magic tape is really quite thin, and nearly invisible, too.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-10-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 860
Posted By mdarnton
Are the photos still in focus even though the RF...

Are the photos still in focus even though the RF appears to be off? If so, it's not the lens.

I wouldn't grind on anything. One layer of magic tape on the face of the adapter will probably be enough...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-06-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 592
Posted By mdarnton
If this lens were mine, the first thing I would...

If this lens were mine, the first thing I would do would be to run tests at about five feet and twenty feet, wide open and two stops down, to see if there is a focusing problem to worry about.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-05-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 592
Posted By mdarnton
I think almost every Canon lens I've ever had has...

I think almost every Canon lens I've ever had has been a bit out, usually with the RF going past infinity by just a little, which means the lens is focused ahead of the subject just a bit. There is...
Forum: Chris Crawford 02-04-2018
Replies: 45
Views: 2,413
Posted By mdarnton
Bummer. But you know the drill: take your meds...

Bummer. But you know the drill: take your meds and do NOT wear yourself out doing unnecessary things.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-01-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 795
Posted By mdarnton
The 35/1.7 LTM Voigtlander is a fantastically...

The 35/1.7 LTM Voigtlander is a fantastically good lens which I finally dumped because I don't like lenses without tabs. :-) Other than that, it's one of the best lenses I've owned.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-29-2018
Replies: 149
Views: 20,702
Posted By mdarnton
I currently have a IIIa that I was given, and two...

I currently have a IIIa that I was given, and two M4s that I inherited (there's no check box for that!) Over the past 50 years I've had two IIIfs, two M3s, one M2, one M4-2, and all have been bought...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-29-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 2,889
Posted By mdarnton
I've got a two-prong approach--everything I have...

I've got a two-prong approach--everything I have is on a computer which is backed up in the cloud. Every few months, I back up to a loose hard drive as well. Every couple of years the technology has...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-28-2018
Replies: 493
Views: 36,270
Posted By mdarnton
The included diffuser, which may be clear plastic...

The included diffuser, which may be clear plastic with a pattern, like some privacy window glass, may not be adequate. You need enough depth and opacity to blend the bulbs. Raising a uniform but too...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-27-2018
Replies: 493
Views: 36,270
Posted By mdarnton
Check ebay for "video led light". Small ones are...

Check ebay for "video led light". Small ones are dirt cheap, under $20, but you have to figure out what to use as a diffuser. They put out a lot more light than the light pads, and in theory are...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-26-2018
Replies: 7,403
Views: 3,771,921
Posted By mdarnton
Not my last Leica M; my first Leica M in a photo...

Not my last Leica M; my first Leica M in a photo from around 1974:

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7186/6949975111_02e7f7564e_b.jpg
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 01-25-2018
Replies: 112
Views: 43,264
Posted By mdarnton
Me, Retina,...

Me, Retina, 1962:

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7345/11183778614_5cb98e3004_c.jpg
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-21-2018
Replies: 63
Views: 5,222
Posted By mdarnton
Gee--I'm a big Oly fan, but I bought an Epic zoom...

Gee--I'm a big Oly fan, but I bought an Epic zoom and ended up throwing it in the trash shortly after. One of the worst cameras I have ever had in my hands--terrible lens. Actually, that marked the...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-12-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 2,137
Posted By mdarnton
If you are just looking for quality, the 35/1.7...

If you are just looking for quality, the 35/1.7 is one of the sharpest, clearest lenses I've ever owned, but yes, it is big on LTM cameras. At the other end, my 35/1.5 Canon was a dog. I have never...
Forum: Travel 01-12-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 2,026
Posted By mdarnton
The correct answer of what to take is the lens...

The correct answer of what to take is the lens you use the most, and the lens you use the second most.
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-07-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 2,460
Posted By mdarnton
I'm fine with the digital process--I happily use...

I'm fine with the digital process--I happily use it with film negatives, and I don't miss the darkroom even a tiny little bit. There are really only two problems for me.

One is the digital dynamic...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-04-2018
Replies: 47
Views: 2,774
Posted By mdarnton
I have loaded my own for literally decades, but...

I have loaded my own for literally decades, but the other day looking for a 100-foot roll on the Ultrafine site I discovered 20-36x rolls of their T-grain film for about what I usually pay for a big...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 12-27-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1,459
Posted By mdarnton
... whoops...

... whoops...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-24-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1,408
Posted By mdarnton
There's a job I'd like to do, but my two favorite...

There's a job I'd like to do, but my two favorite tools, the 3-pound sledge and 14" pipe wrench probably don't have much application. In my field, violin making, it's the guys who work on bows who'd...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-22-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 2,252
Posted By mdarnton
https://petapixel.com/2012/03/16/photographs-captu...

https://petapixel.com/2012/03/16/photographs-captured-over-years-with-an-open-camera-shutter/
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-18-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,067
Posted By mdarnton
The shoe looks like it's from a CTOOM flash...

The shoe looks like it's from a CTOOM flash bracket.
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-11-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 2,762
Posted By mdarnton
When I started scanning film, the first thing I...

When I started scanning film, the first thing I noticed was how many shots I'd made over the years where the focus wasn't quite perfect, but it didn't matter at all on normal-sized prints. We have...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-05-2017
Replies: 70
Views: 3,355
Posted By mdarnton
I find people who originate posts to complain...

I find people who originate posts to complain about unimportant things annoying.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-13-2017
Replies: 44
Views: 2,615
Posted By mdarnton
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Forum: Film vs Digital 11-12-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 1,540
Posted By mdarnton
I have RC prints from the early 70s that are...

I have RC prints from the early 70s that are fine. They weren't supposed to be, but they are. The occasional prints that are defective are due directly to my not following instructions closely...
Forum: Film vs Digital 11-12-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 1,540
Posted By mdarnton
Godfrey, I have to say I've been shooting film...

Godfrey, I have to say I've been shooting film since around 1958 and haven't lost a bit of it, especially not to chemical/material failure. Every bit of it is still in perfect condition, too....
Forum: Film vs Digital 11-12-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 1,540
Posted By mdarnton
Oh, then you misled us by calling it a...

Oh, then you misled us by calling it a philosophical question. If it's purely technical, as you now say, then film wins, absolutely, because it gives you a tangible mirroring of reality that you can...
Forum: Film vs Digital 11-12-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 1,540
Posted By mdarnton
Yes, it is darkish, but I'm just telling you what...

Yes, it is darkish, but I'm just telling you what will really happen. I'm 68 and just made over part of my house. My furniture up to that point was Early Dead Aunt style. No one wanted it, not even...
Forum: Film vs Digital 11-12-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 1,540
Posted By mdarnton
Go to Flickr and look at pix for an hour or so....

Go to Flickr and look at pix for an hour or so. Notice how many of them are really fine. Does the world even need more photographs? In 100 years, unless you DO something spectacular, no one will care...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-25-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 1,956
Posted By mdarnton
I have a bunch of 60s-style thin leather neck...

I have a bunch of 60s-style thin leather neck neck straps that I made, replicas of the Schwalberg Strapateer strap. When I want to carry a camera in my hand, I loop the strap around my wrist a couple...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-18-2017
Replies: 79
Views: 3,482
Posted By mdarnton
No, because a normal lens is made to eliminate...

No, because a normal lens is made to eliminate those problems around the edge, and the effect is not the same.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-17-2017
Replies: 79
Views: 3,482
Posted By mdarnton
Lensbaby made a pretty good version--their "soft...

Lensbaby made a pretty good version--their "soft focus optic"---they're about $50 on ebay. The rendition beats the Thambar, I think. It's interesting that Leica's sample pix showcase some of the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-17-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 878
Posted By mdarnton
Why not do your own tests? I put a newspaper on...

Why not do your own tests? I put a newspaper on the floor, at some distance, viewing it at an angle, the camera on a tripod, and a coin in the middle of the paper to focus on. Focus and take one...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-14-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 1,939
Posted By mdarnton
I have a v3 Summicron. It is amazingly good wide...

I have a v3 Summicron. It is amazingly good wide open, certainly much better than the goggled Summilux I once had a long time ago. I don't feel cheated for not having it but I do miss the extra stop.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-10-2017
Replies: 183
Views: 26,890
Posted By mdarnton
I had bought a Nikormat FS in high school, and my...

I had bought a Nikormat FS in high school, and my brother, five years older, was a confirmed Nikon S3 user. Some time in my freshman year of college he told me a friend of his was selling a IIIf and...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 10-09-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,589
Posted By mdarnton
The magnifier I have is 1.25X. It was...

The magnifier I have is 1.25X. It was surprisingly comfortable for the 100mm frame, and focused easily. There's no reason focus and framing would change with the finder.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-09-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,108
Posted By mdarnton
I have TAABs on several of my lenses. Though it's...

I have TAABs on several of my lenses. Though it's not what you think you want, the price is good enough to hold you until you find that thing which does not exist. :-) I fastened mine on with...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 10-09-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,589
Posted By mdarnton
I tried my magnifier on my P this morning. The...

I tried my magnifier on my P this morning. The quality of the view is quite good--better than on my M$, but all I am able to see through it is the 100mm frame. Additionally, there is no way to...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 10-05-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,589
Posted By mdarnton
I can only speak to a 1.25X magnifier on my M4,...

I can only speak to a 1.25X magnifier on my M4, but I find that it isn't really an advantage. More glass = more flare and general diffusion, and I find it exactly equally easy to focus with or...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-05-2017
Replies: 45
Views: 1,718
Posted By mdarnton
For me it almost always comes down to ergonomics...

For me it almost always comes down to ergonomics not some esoteric image quality consideration. Modern lenses are all good enough for something, but they don't all work equally well.

For instance,...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-21-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 2,447
Posted By mdarnton
I've had the 1.8, 1.5, and 1.9. I was young and...

I've had the 1.8, 1.5, and 1.9. I was young and stupid and sold the first two, and bought the third recently because it was so much cheaper. The one I want, a black aluminum 1.5, is the lens they...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 09-21-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,170
Posted By mdarnton
I have the 21 and the 15. The difference is huge....

I have the 21 and the 15. The difference is huge. I'm comfy with 21, but have a hard time making the 15 work in any way that isn't grotesque. Sometimes that's fine, but not as a habit, so while my 21...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 07-09-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 2,231
Posted By mdarnton
Unlike camera lenses, which are designed to work...

Unlike camera lenses, which are designed to work in a certain way on certain cameras, enlarging lenses don't have to comply with any standard regarding where they sit relative to the film. Because of...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 07-04-2017
Replies: 136
Views: 7,623
Posted By mdarnton
I have always carried all camera gear in a crummy...

I have always carried all camera gear in a crummy book bag that doesn't beg to be stolen like the ones in the list, so I vote "no".

However:...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-02-2017
Replies: 96
Views: 4,565
Posted By mdarnton
I have a type III Summicron, currently, though in...

I have a type III Summicron, currently, though in the past I've had a variety, including the 35/1.7, which was a great lens. But the Summicron is small AND fast, AND sharp. So what else do I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-19-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1,021
Posted By mdarnton
I had an 85/1.8 RF Canon that I used on my M3s....

I had an 85/1.8 RF Canon that I used on my M3s. In order to facilitate mounting, I carefully filed a round notch on the silver back grip of the lens where a red dot would be, so I could feel it in...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-09-2017
Replies: 493
Views: 36,270
Posted By mdarnton
Assuming that your negative stage or carrier is...

Assuming that your negative stage or carrier is flat and parallel with the neg, the easy way to line things up is put a small mirror there, then adjust the camera so that the image of the reflected...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-07-2017
Replies: 48
Views: 7,464
Posted By mdarnton
I had an M3 and a 35mm lens with a finder, then...

I had an M3 and a 35mm lens with a finder, then traded it to someone for a goggled 35mm. I much preferred the goggles to the separate finder. Then I got an M4 and a normal 35mm. I wouldn't go back to...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-29-2017
Replies: 205
Views: 27,280
Posted By mdarnton
I've had quite a lot of Leica gear over the...

I've had quite a lot of Leica gear over the years, a iiia, two iiifs, an M2, two M3s, two M4s and an M4-2, plus lots of lenses for them . Not a single piece--not a lens cap, even--did I ever buy new....
Forum: Film vs Digital 04-26-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,928
Posted By mdarnton
There's no shame in making one own comparisons,...

There's no shame in making one own comparisons, comparing apples to apples, and oranges,which no one has yet offered in support of their views. Try D7200 vs D7000 here or the comparison of your...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-23-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 2,076
Posted By mdarnton
I don't really think there are any bad choices...

I don't really think there are any bad choices here. 50mm is an easy size to make, and just about every one I have ever had from any maker has been fine. I have a 50mm V3, a collapsible, a Canon...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-22-2017
Replies: 26
Views: 2,110
Posted By mdarnton
Another M4-2 vote. At one time I had one of each,...

Another M4-2 vote. At one time I had one of each, and the M2 didn't get a bit of love from me. If it's the self-timer you hate, the M4-2 doesn't have one. Otherwise, think of it as a newer M2 in...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-22-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,181
Posted By mdarnton
Also regarding the last question, when using...

Also regarding the last question, when using flash, I always use a Leica CTOOM bracket. It keeps the weight off the top, leaves the shoe free for the finder, makes a nice handle, and used with a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-22-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 799
Posted By mdarnton
Here's a...

Here's a manual:
http://www.cameramanuals.org/sears/sears_tower_35-45_nicca.pdf The flash discussion is towards the end of the manual.

If it's to be believed, then at 1/25 or slower it X syncs, for...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-21-2017
Replies: 92
Views: 15,501
Posted By mdarnton
At one point I did have a spot meter, but found...

At one point I did have a spot meter, but found it too large to carry around compared with just using a normal meter and taking a few steps closer. Also, I like the possibility of incident in the...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-17-2017
Replies: 79
Views: 7,615
Posted By mdarnton
For what it's worth, there's one 90mm Elmar...

For what it's worth, there's one 90mm Elmar version with three elements.
http://www.l-camera-forum.com/topic/170917-walter-mandler-90mm-elmar-triplet/

That might be the Leica record for anything...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-17-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1,889
Posted By mdarnton
I use the single focus Hong Kong type, 1.25, no...

I use the single focus Hong Kong type, 1.25, no adjustment. For me it was a wash, the greater magnification being balanced by very slightly more internal reflections. Consequently, most of the time I...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 04-10-2017
Replies: 44
Views: 3,356
Posted By mdarnton
Some day he will assault someone who is not small...

Some day he will assault someone who is not small and old, and that person will flatten him. I will shed no tears. Magnum dropped a couple of notches in my book when I discovered that he was a member...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-06-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 2,228
Posted By mdarnton
I made my own Schwalberg straps for everything,...

I made my own Schwalberg straps for everything, and everything has a Scarabaeus lug on it, too. When not in use, if it's not on my shoulder, it's hanging on my belt. Initially I was unsure about how...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-01-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 599
Posted By mdarnton
Normally it would be a problem with your own...

Normally it would be a problem with your own thumb. :-)

Is this a factory roll, or one you rolled at home? If at home, do you bring the tape around so that it sticks to both the front and back of...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-01-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1,333
Posted By mdarnton
Another instance where I wish people would put...

Another instance where I wish people would put their locations in their profiles: if the OP were near me, I'd invite him over to see my P, and I imagine quite a few others would, too, but now he'll...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-01-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1,204
Posted By mdarnton
A screw thread doesn't assure alignment of...

A screw thread doesn't assure alignment of fittings that go over both lenses, and slip-on isn't secure for heavy add-on lenses. Bayonet keeps everything aligned and secure.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-01-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1,333
Posted By mdarnton
I am with those who say not to do it. I was...

I am with those who say not to do it. I was swayed by all the P lovers here, and if you like Leica for all the Leica reasons, the The Canon P stands for pathetic. It is basically an interchangable...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-29-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 839
Posted By mdarnton
Mt favorite solvent these days for fragile things...

Mt favorite solvent these days for fragile things is odorless paint thinner. I would work very dry with a soft paper towel, rubbing as much as dissolving. Try a test spot in a corner of a print you...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-15-2017
Replies: 303
Views: 35,862
Posted By mdarnton
I did quite of experimentation setting up my...

I did quite of experimentation setting up my system for duping negs, and here's some of what I learned:
-straight enlarging lenses, being designed for 1:10 or greater, are not the best for the job;...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-12-2017
Replies: 160
Views: 7,840
Posted By mdarnton
You can't find maggieo's flickr link and photos...

You can't find maggieo's flickr link and photos blog? Hint: the link is right where your own is not.

By the way, I find your logic more self-serving than explanatory.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-12-2017
Replies: 266
Views: 15,840
Posted By mdarnton
http://thedreamwithinpictures.com/blog/learn-compo...

http://thedreamwithinpictures.com/blog/learn-composition-from-the-photography-of-henri-cartier-bresson
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-12-2017
Replies: 56
Views: 3,875
Posted By mdarnton
I know you're just saying this in your capacity...

I know you're just saying this in your capacity as a Saint, to point fingers, but there are some interesting ethical questions here that people do actually think about, starting from here, for...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-12-2017
Replies: 266
Views: 15,840
Posted By mdarnton
Or, alternately, there's no there there.

Or, alternately, there's no there there.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-12-2017
Replies: 266
Views: 15,840
Posted By mdarnton
HCB is rolling over in his grave re: this comment.

HCB is rolling over in his grave re: this comment.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-11-2017
Replies: 131
Views: 10,069
Posted By mdarnton
My most fun camera is my 5x7 Ansco view, but it's...

My most fun camera is my 5x7 Ansco view, but it's not versatile; if I had to give everything else away and keep just one, it would be the most versatile, my Nikon FG and 50mm lens; the camera I use...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-11-2017
Replies: 56
Views: 3,875
Posted By mdarnton
That's the wonderful thing about internet forums:...

That's the wonderful thing about internet forums: I personally think looking at amateur street photography is a massive waste of time, and never open those threads, but I have the ability to do that,...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-11-2017
Replies: 56
Views: 3,875
Posted By mdarnton
Thank you.

Thank you.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-11-2017
Replies: 56
Views: 3,875
Posted By mdarnton
Your questions are good ones that I have also...

Your questions are good ones that I have also considered. As a result, I decided some time ago only to shoot photos of people known to me, with the specific purpose of showing who they are. No more...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-18-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1,484
Posted By mdarnton
The shots where you focus are in focus. Those...

The shots where you focus are in focus. Those where you don't and trust infinity aren't. The answer is to focus. I would go so far as to say that distance settings on lenses can just about never be...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-13-2017
Replies: 462
Views: 95,007
Posted By mdarnton
Looking through this thread, the results seem...

Looking through this thread, the results seem very similar to those from my 35/2 Nikkor AI, which is one of my favorite lens renderings.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-07-2017
Replies: 123
Views: 8,174
Posted By mdarnton
Backpack with an M4 Leica, 15mm Heliar on it, and...

Backpack with an M4 Leica, 15mm Heliar on it, and a collapsible Summicron in a sock. Tri-X in the camera and one extra roll.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 02-07-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 2,063
Posted By mdarnton
What I...

What I do:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mdarnton/7183241686/
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 02-06-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 1,986
Posted By mdarnton
I clip the top off a thick sock at the bottom of...

I clip the top off a thick sock at the bottom of the ribbing, and hem it at the bottom where the foot used to be. It's very protective, stretches to fit anything, and I can identify what's inside by...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-05-2017
Replies: 80
Views: 9,003
Posted By mdarnton
My favorite strap is the original Strapateer,...

My favorite strap is the original Strapateer, from the 60-70s, and I still have one or two, but these days I make my own. Fully adjustable, thin leather like the original Leica straps, but with a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-31-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,829
Posted By mdarnton
I don't know if OP means exact replicas, but I...

I don't know if OP means exact replicas, but I make all of my own thin leather straps from easily-obtained materials from Tandy leather. The only piece that is hard to buy is the buckle-slide, and...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-29-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1,867
Posted By mdarnton
Not for me. I would just buy it, use it, beat it...

Not for me. I would just buy it, use it, beat it to death, and lose the box. :-)
Forum: RFF Polls 01-26-2017
Replies: 610
Views: 111,416
Posted By mdarnton
When I was in the 5th grade my brother gave me...

When I was in the 5th grade my brother gave me his 2-1/4 x 3-1/4 press camera when he got a 35mm Beauty Canter, and for about a year I shot with that. The man who owned the local studio developed the...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-22-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1,400
Posted By mdarnton
For just chopping things--sheet film to size,...

For just chopping things--sheet film to size, rough margins, etc.- I use a Fiskars rotary cutter and it does the job. When it matters I square with a large plastic triangle, mark the line with two...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-17-2017
Replies: 69
Views: 9,894
Posted By mdarnton
I have used three versions of the micro for neg...

I have used three versions of the micro for neg scanning on asp-c, two 55s and the 60 AF-D, and they were excellent, but recently I switched to a Nikon bellows with duping stage and those lenses...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-16-2017
Replies: 52
Views: 4,474
Posted By mdarnton
James Ravilious felt so strongly about the...

James Ravilious felt so strongly about the compositional disadvantage of RF, of having to inevitably deal with non-compositional clutter in the finder, that he used Imarect finders with his M Leicas,...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-16-2017
Replies: 52
Views: 4,474
Posted By mdarnton
I have always thought of it as the difference...

I have always thought of it as the difference between knowing the picture in my eye and mind, ahead of time, and finding the picture using the camera as a compositional framing device.

With an SLR...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-15-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1,442
Posted By mdarnton
I was going to say ultrawide until you nixed it....

I was going to say ultrawide until you nixed it. The problem is that you will be so close to things that with your 50 you will come out with a lot of nostril photos, thus the need for wide view,...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-14-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,928
Posted By mdarnton
If the Fuji has an anti-alising filter, and I bet...

If the Fuji has an anti-alising filter, and I bet it does, there is no way aroud that the results will be crap when you pixel-level view them. I was always disappointed with my Nikon D300, so I swore...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 12-26-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 1,381
Posted By mdarnton
I have two of them--one at home, one at work. I...

I have two of them--one at home, one at work. I use them only for day-to-day printing, and black and white photos, so I haven't been concerned about color longevity. Consequently, I've been running...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-13-2016
Replies: 2
Views: 627
Posted By mdarnton
Custom setting menu (4th down, with the pencil),...

Custom setting menu (4th down, with the pencil), f, 1, playback mode, zoom on/off. Set it to 1:1. Done.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-13-2016
Replies: 54
Views: 2,773
Posted By mdarnton
I bought a 50/1.4 for my Nikon FG. After I saw...

I bought a 50/1.4 for my Nikon FG. After I saw how much more out of focus the background was on my informal portraits, I immediately bought the 50/1.1 Nokton for my Leica. For me it's not about...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-17-2016
Replies: 26
Views: 3,479
Posted By mdarnton
I think no one has mentioned one of my favorite...

I think no one has mentioned one of my favorite sites: http://www.jazzloftproject.org/
The last time I was there, they had recordings of a radio show derived from the loft recordings, and it's...
Forum: Optics Theory - 10-16-2016
Replies: 136
Views: 15,620
Posted By mdarnton
For me it's more about size than speed. My 50...

For me it's more about size than speed. My 50 collapsible Summicron has been used more because I carry the camera when that's on. Faster lenses don't get used because they don't get out of the house...
Forum: RFF Polls 10-15-2016
Replies: 140
Views: 12,334
Posted By mdarnton
I will probably forget one or two: Nikon Coolpix...

I will probably forget one or two:
Nikon Coolpix 100: http://www.nikonweb.com/coolpix100/
Fuji FinePix MX-700
Olympus Camedia E10 (the camera that caused me to sell my Leicas)
Canon Powershot...
Forum: RFF Polls 10-15-2016
Replies: 153
Views: 14,489
Posted By mdarnton
Look at the context: that was synecdoche. Wires...

Look at the context: that was synecdoche. Wires IS scam: the real thing is air, which is where I usually listen. Wires are grossly inferior to air.
Forum: RFF Polls 10-15-2016
Replies: 153
Views: 14,489
Posted By mdarnton
I thought I was going to be an audiophile. In my...

I thought I was going to be an audiophile. In my work my ears need to be discriminating, and I thought I'd enjoy listening to music better through higher quality wires. I bought some expensive...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-12-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 2,938
Posted By mdarnton
Unlike other Leica stuff, their clip-on metal...

Unlike other Leica stuff, their clip-on metal hoods have all of the strength of cheap a tuna can. After wrecking mine because it was on a lens in my bag--that's all--I bought a screw in reverse-taper...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-07-2016
Replies: 26
Views: 2,005
Posted By mdarnton
I have one of these, on the focus mount for my...

I have one of these, on the focus mount for my Viso, and a
bunch of tubes. Also some rings to fit in on my Nikons. At one
point I tested it for slide duping, and it did a pretty good job;
then I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-14-2016
Replies: 126
Views: 8,986
Posted By mdarnton
Nikon FG. Great metering, especially for someone...

Nikon FG. Great metering, especially for someone used to meterless Leicas, compact and well made, by current standards. Dirt cheap and reliable.
Forum: Travel 05-29-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 2,504
Posted By mdarnton
When I take a lot, I always resent having to...

When I take a lot, I always resent having to carry it and take care of it after a while, so I usually try to intentionally limit myself on trips. I've done things like take a Fed, 50/3.5, and 15 WA...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-26-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 2,330
Posted By mdarnton
I scan with my Nikon D7200, bellows with film...

I scan with my Nikon D7200, bellows with film copy attachment, and 65/2.8 El-Nikkor (the best lens for this project available at a reasonable price. If you want to spend more, you can)....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-26-2016
Replies: 43
Views: 4,417
Posted By mdarnton
Checking through my history, which includes two...

Checking through my history, which includes two M3s, two M4s, an M2 and an M4-2, I'll go with the idea that they're hand-finished: every Leica photo I can find right now seems to have different...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-21-2016
Replies: 243
Views: 18,891
Posted By mdarnton
Speaking for me here, the reason I bought Nikon...

Speaking for me here, the reason I bought Nikon instead of Canon is that Canon has changed it's SLR mount several times over the years, rendering previous lenses unusable on current cameras. On the...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-20-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,334
Posted By mdarnton
Mamiya RB67 holders work fine, are better made...

Mamiya RB67 holders work fine, are better made than the Graflex, and are quite cheap these days, but only come in 6x7. You need to clip a couple of ears (which are there to interlock with the Mamiya...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-20-2016
Replies: 89
Views: 17,740
Posted By mdarnton
My meter got broken in a car wreck in 1973, and I...

My meter got broken in a car wreck in 1973, and I never bothered to replace it. Well, I did, but with a flash meter. Strobes are the only time I use a meter now, and less and less of that, as I get...
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 05-13-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 4,837
Posted By mdarnton
There's a huge step in history between 1948 and...

There's a huge step in history between 1948 and 1958. A gigantic step for Imperial Japan.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-02-2016
Replies: 98
Views: 16,014
Posted By mdarnton
When I got my first digital camera, a Nikon D300,...

When I got my first digital camera, a Nikon D300, I decided I'd buy only vintage MF lenses, and haven't been disappointed.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-02-2016
Replies: 36
Views: 4,831
Posted By mdarnton
On Ebay you can pick up an FG, mint, for $50 all...

On Ebay you can pick up an FG, mint, for $50 all day long, so I have six of them. I like them because it's the compact size and nice handling of a Leica M, with an adequate meter--sort of an M6 SLR,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-01-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 1,680
Posted By mdarnton
Though I have normally used D76 1:1, recently...

Though I have normally used D76 1:1, recently I've been replenishing it instead, with excellent results. In the past I'd done this successfully with UFG and Acufine, so I already knew the concept was...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-30-2016
Replies: 25
Views: 2,887
Posted By mdarnton
My shop is less than a block away, and I drop...

My shop is less than a block away, and I drop over to Central once a week or so, just to say hi and see what's new, buy some little something. I've been doing that since 1984.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-30-2016
Replies: 55
Views: 3,259
Posted By mdarnton
I think it's a mess, and I think they want it to...

I think it's a mess, and I think they want it to be a mess. I went to something on Leica's site once that claimed it was a "compare" link, and all it went to was more mess. If they wanted to make it...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-24-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 2,117
Posted By mdarnton
I think this guy gave the best response to this...

I think this guy gave the best response to this type of thinking:
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2594153&postcount=134
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-23-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 911
Posted By mdarnton
Flatbed stuff can always benefit from a bit of...

Flatbed stuff can always benefit from a bit of sharpening, and that made this one better for me, but there's something weird happening with the cyclist's leg so that sharpening would have to be...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-23-2016
Replies: 47
Views: 3,938
Posted By mdarnton
I like the Summicron for its rendering close to...

I like the Summicron for its rendering close to wide open, but in addition to that there's that I can wear it under my winter coat.

There have been no problems from the collapsing part of it.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-21-2016
Replies: 125
Views: 33,086
Posted By mdarnton
None of the ones I have had has been anything...

None of the ones I have had has been anything less than stellar, so I could vote for all of them:
15mm LTM X 2 -- love the view, don't use it much
21/4 M -- great lens, gets lots of use
25/4 LTM --...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 04-20-2016
Replies: 53
Views: 3,928
Posted By mdarnton
I'm pretty confident in my monitors, but you are...

I'm pretty confident in my monitors, but you are certainly welcome to stop by some time and we can look at them together. I often will download and play with pictures from here and other sites, and...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-20-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,482
Posted By mdarnton
By "portrait" I assume you mean the looser...

By "portrait" I assume you mean the looser definition of pictures of people, generally.

21mm:

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7060/6929076661_33d7830dd1_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/byik5Z)
Mike...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 04-20-2016
Replies: 53
Views: 3,928
Posted By mdarnton
When I see threads like this, I always wonder...

When I see threads like this, I always wonder what I'd see if I were looking at each person's rendition on his own monitor! Most of the versions here look too contrasty to me, with too much black in...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-20-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 1,491
Posted By mdarnton
I guess if you have two lenses and want them both...

I guess if you have two lenses and want them both to work, then you need two bodies. . . . That's one way to sell cameras.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-17-2016
Replies: 25
Views: 3,537
Posted By mdarnton
Most of my 35mm flickr stuff is dslr scanned:...

Most of my 35mm flickr stuff is dslr scanned: http://flickr.com/mdarnton The most recent three are with my D7200 (4000x6000, roughly), the rest with D300 (2800x4200, roughly), and only one, the 4th,...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-17-2016
Replies: 25
Views: 3,537
Posted By mdarnton
What did you use to do the one above, which I...

What did you use to do the one above, which I assume is a DSLR copy of a neg or slide? Camera? Lens? Anything else?

I've been very happy with camera scanning.
Forum: Film vs Digital 04-16-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 4,195
Posted By mdarnton
I don't think there's any shortage of good...

I don't think there's any shortage of good equipment out there at reasonable prices. For large format I currently use an HP G4050. I think it cost me around $150 on sale. I haven't shot much 35mm in...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-15-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 1,491
Posted By mdarnton
Exactly, which is why I am asking if it zeros out...

Exactly, which is why I am asking if it zeros out at infinity. If it doesn't then the tab is too "long", and you can take a bit off it with sandpaper. I use 400 grit wet or dry, place one piece face...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-14-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 1,491
Posted By mdarnton
How's the RF alignment at infinity? Does it zero...

How's the RF alignment at infinity? Does it zero out perfectly? Or does it go past infinity?
Is the cam a full circle on the back of the lens, or just a narrower finger that connects only with the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-12-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 694
Posted By mdarnton
Yes. my first Mp3Cd player had exactly this...

Yes. my first Mp3Cd player had exactly this accessory battery holder. This one: http://www.amazon.com/iriver-iMP-350-Player-Ultraslim-Design/dp/B000063574
If you search this player in google, you can...
Forum: Film vs Digital 04-11-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 4,195
Posted By mdarnton
1. Not true 2. Now THAT is the way to guarantee...

1. Not true
2. Now THAT is the way to guarantee second rate unless you pay the big bucks.
3. Not true
Forum: RFF Polls 04-11-2016
Replies: 83
Views: 7,570
Posted By mdarnton
I shoot film because there are some things I like...

I shoot film because there are some things I like about using it, but I scan and print digitally. With all of the tasks that used to be so hard in the darkroom (or, regarding some tonal...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-11-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1,341
Posted By mdarnton
Interesting. The next time I camera scan I will...

Interesting. The next time I camera scan I will try this. All explanations aside as to why it can't work (and I see a lack of consistency to the explanations, so I'm more skeptical of them than of...
Forum: Film vs Digital 04-09-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 4,195
Posted By mdarnton
I thought we were supposed to not discuss...

I thought we were supposed to not discuss religious issues here?
Forum: Nikon RF 04-09-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 2,249
Posted By mdarnton
Yes, that is sufficiently sexy! I don't much care...

Yes, that is sufficiently sexy! I don't much care for the way RF Nikons handle, but to my mind it is certainly the most beautiful camera design of all time, and the SP is the pick of the litter. And...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-09-2016
Replies: 39
Views: 6,497
Posted By mdarnton
In the last 50 years I've had a few Summicrons,...

In the last 50 years I've had a few Summicrons, v3 and older, and have been happy. The collapsible is my all-time favorite lens, and the one I use the most, but the Canon 50/1.4 (and I currently do...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-05-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 1,282
Posted By mdarnton
Another chimney vote. I inherited two NC2s and...

Another chimney vote. I inherited two NC2s and don't use them. For me one problem is the fixed diopter. My sight's not bad but apparently it's no good. :-)
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-05-2016
Replies: 35
Views: 1,712
Posted By mdarnton
I imagine the discussion was somewhat similar in...

I imagine the discussion was somewhat similar in 1885 when George Eastman brought out a camera anyone could use to shoot rolls of images.

In case no one noticed, by the way, painting is dead--killed...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-04-2016
Replies: 23
Views: 2,191
Posted By mdarnton
I've been using Flickr for years. Every time they...

I've been using Flickr for years. Every time they change something, the whining starts. The resulting product is usually an improvement, but people can't stand change. Personally, I find the whining...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-30-2016
Replies: 56
Poll: IIIg or M4-2
Views: 3,723
Posted By mdarnton
Ever since I knew it existed I've wanted a IIIg,...

Ever since I knew it existed I've wanted a IIIg, but over the same time period I've had two M3s, an M2, M4-2, and two M4s, and no IIIg, so you know that when push comes to shove, I'd get the M4-2.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-27-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 1,872
Posted By mdarnton
The lack of shadow detail in the scans is not...

The lack of shadow detail in the scans is not inherent in scans--it's the result of inept scanning.

Either scanning or printing can do the same thing. Good scanning, in my experience, makes it...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-26-2016
Replies: 208
Views: 27,984
Posted By mdarnton
Histograms mean a lot if they indicate that only...

Histograms mean a lot if they indicate that only the tiniest amount of the camera's dynamic range is being used.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-25-2016
Replies: 208
Views: 27,984
Posted By mdarnton
When I shoot my B&W negs, they hardly fill half...

When I shoot my B&W negs, they hardly fill half the histogram, so there's plenty of room for more contrast. I don't know what that means in terms of dMax.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-25-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 6,084
Posted By mdarnton
My 50/1.4 V1 is completely clear.

My 50/1.4 V1 is completely clear.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-23-2016
Replies: 65
Views: 5,933
Posted By mdarnton
I have/had a mess of 50mm LTM lenses, and I...

I have/had a mess of 50mm LTM lenses, and I hardly think you can go wrong. They're all a bit different wide open, very similar stopped down. I had two Summitars and couldn't ever get into them, but...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-20-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 2,812
Posted By mdarnton
It's not remarkable at all. Quite some time ago I...

It's not remarkable at all. Quite some time ago I took a workshop with David Vestal, and he recommended using the process he outlines in his book for deriving a personal EI.

I followed the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-20-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 2,812
Posted By mdarnton
I've been shooting Tri-X and TMax400, both,...

I've been shooting Tri-X and TMax400, both, lately, and running them at the same time in D76. What I'm getting is less shadow density and detail in TMax, to the tune of about half a stop. That might...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-19-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,351
Posted By mdarnton
I forgot to mention that last year I decided to...

I forgot to mention that last year I decided to make friends with the enemy, and got a Microsoft Office subscription with 1Tb of storage. I've been putting everything there. It's not a photo service,...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-18-2016
Replies: 34
Views: 3,306
Posted By mdarnton
Though for fun I'm all film, Leica, Nikon, and...

Though for fun I'm all film, Leica, Nikon, and 8x10, for work I use digital. I have had a Nikon D300 since 2008, and was well aware of where it fell short; just recently I bought a D7200, and have...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-18-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,351
Posted By mdarnton
Except for mail, I stay away from Google...

Except for mail, I stay away from Google services. They have this bad habit of discontinuing things they think aren't being used enough, and I don't know if it's just me or them, but I've always...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-17-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 2,848
Posted By mdarnton
Sometimes we have the radio on at work; usually...

Sometimes we have the radio on at work; usually someone or another's playing personal recordings; today someone was listening to a talk show in Swedish. It's all the same to me--if I'm really...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-16-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1,871
Posted By mdarnton
I'd love to have something like that. I use...

I'd love to have something like that. I use mostly a 50, so that's the only frame line I really need. Once in a while I use a 90, and that's there, and with wides I like small ones with finders, like...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-15-2016
Replies: 103
Views: 6,925
Posted By mdarnton
There's no better deal than a Nikon FG and 50/1.8...

There's no better deal than a Nikon FG and 50/1.8 lens--$50. If you like it, you can always spend more money later, buying everyone above's wishlists. Me, that was good enough for me, so I spend the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-15-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1,871
Posted By mdarnton
It says CleanLubricateAdjusted, not Restored. Is...

It says CleanLubricateAdjusted, not Restored.

Is that a IIIg or is it a IIg? Or was it a IIIg that didn't have room for the slow speeds and the lens mount release button, both at the same time? I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-15-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 956
Posted By mdarnton
Owner of an actual caliper speaking: In spite of...

Owner of an actual caliper speaking: In spite of internet rumors, I've had quite a few off-brand adapters and never had a thickness problem. These days you have to be pretty unskilled to mess that...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-11-2016
Replies: 52
Views: 5,130
Posted By mdarnton
Imagine, I was somehow under the impression for...

Imagine, I was somehow under the impression for these last 40 years that this photo was fine, and didn't need more sharpness than it has. Now I find out that the lens is unusable wide...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-10-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 1,345
Posted By mdarnton
I'm intrigued by the subtle dismissal implied by...

I'm intrigued by the subtle dismissal implied by the term "working photographer". As if the work is somehow less important because the photographer was paid to do it to make a living. "Working...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-09-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 1,345
Posted By mdarnton
I found him hard to get into, but as always, with...

I found him hard to get into, but as always, with things I don't immediately get that others see value in and appear to understand while I don't, I tried harder. It took me a few months of repeatedly...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-02-2016
Replies: 29
Views: 2,702
Posted By mdarnton
Something along this line,...

Something along this line, perhaps?
http://www.casedimage.com/wp-content/uploads/jamesbragge.jpg
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-29-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,593
Posted By mdarnton
On Ebay, if multiple people have what I am...

On Ebay, if multiple people have what I am looking for, I always pick them, even if I pay a bit more. Have bought quite a bit from them.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 02-29-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 2,123
Posted By mdarnton
Only one question: how much?

Only one question: how much?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-27-2016
Replies: 84
Views: 6,708
Posted By mdarnton
I remember flipping out when 100' of Tri-X went...

I remember flipping out when 100' of Tri-X went from around $10 to $12. Have prices ever gone down? Ever?

Film is just the cost of doing business.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 02-27-2016
Replies: 50
Views: 7,429
Posted By mdarnton
If they take out the VF/RF and put in a digital...

If they take out the VF/RF and put in a digital finder, that will be the equivalent of replacing the VF with a mirror system--that is, a different camera, not a new version of the same. Is the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-23-2016
Replies: 52
Views: 3,784
Posted By mdarnton
Looking at your pictures, I think you're fine...

Looking at your pictures, I think you're fine with the equipment you have. What I see in the photos is someone who's still shooting ideas, but hasn't yet figured out how to make them into strong...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-22-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 1,853
Posted By mdarnton
I use small ziplock freezer bags. They're dust...

I use small ziplock freezer bags. They're dust and water-free, protect well enough when wound up around the lens, and I can see what's in each bag. When they get ratty, throw them out.

Before that,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-22-2016
Replies: 43
Views: 5,594
Posted By mdarnton
There are, as far as I know, just two basic...

There are, as far as I know, just two basic varieties--the long teardrop type and the square Lloyd type, both available in a number of different brands.

The teadrop type provides a non-contact film...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-21-2016
Replies: 72
Views: 8,895
Posted By mdarnton
It's a primitive strategy, but I guess when...

It's a primitive strategy, but I guess when things go wrong, then you have no one but yourself to blame. Me, when things don't work out the way they're supposed to, I hunker down harder and try to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-21-2016
Replies: 49
Views: 5,759
Posted By mdarnton
Film is film. For decades I shot only Tri-X, but...

Film is film. For decades I shot only Tri-X, but a couple of years ago I started jumping around, just to see if I was making an expensive mistake. Lately I've been shooting Tmax400 in one camera,...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-21-2016
Replies: 72
Views: 8,895
Posted By mdarnton
Because YOU failed, the whole concept is wrong?...

Because YOU failed, the whole concept is wrong? Because you took a month, settled for a mindless film body count rather than making good images, and in that month you got bored rather than accomplish...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-20-2016
Replies: 72
Views: 8,895
Posted By mdarnton
I wanted to be a musician, but couldn't do it. I...

I wanted to be a musician, but couldn't do it. I became a photographer by accident. Much later, I learned how real musicians practice, and discovered that this was what I'd been doing as a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-20-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 1,080
Posted By mdarnton
Scanning and working digitally works miracles for...

Scanning and working digitally works miracles for underexposed negs if this is something important.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-19-2016
Replies: 52
Views: 3,784
Posted By mdarnton
Where do you live? And show us some photos, the...

Where do you live?
And show us some photos, the good ones, preferably, so we can see what you're doing that you don't like. Otherwise, we can't really help.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-19-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 1,055
Posted By mdarnton
I love inifinity locks. They make it easier to...

I love inifinity locks. They make it easier to get the lens off, and if you have to crank on the front end to do that, something is going to get looser faster. I also use them for focus, not by...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-18-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 909
Posted By mdarnton
Only for the ones with the short separate cam on...

Only for the ones with the short separate cam on back. The ones with a continuous strip all around the lens don't slap the cam follower every time around.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-17-2016
Replies: 208
Views: 27,984
Posted By mdarnton
Personally, I'm trying to get scans that will...

Personally, I'm trying to get scans that will provide inkjet-printed results either replicate, at the minimum, or improve on what I used to be able to do with silver. That's the only process I...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-13-2016
Replies: 208
Views: 27,984
Posted By mdarnton
For just an instant there I thought you'd posted...

For just an instant there I thought you'd posted an upside-down photo! :-)
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-13-2016
Replies: 23
Views: 1,932
Posted By mdarnton
I like my 50/1.1 Nokton, but then I have to carry...

I like my 50/1.1 Nokton, but then I have to carry it. . . . so most of the time a collapible Summicron is fine.

But I'm not getting rid of the Nokton. You landscapers can bring out your tripods at...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-12-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 2,054
Posted By mdarnton
I do xray film by inspection. If you want to be...

I do xray film by inspection. If you want to be tied to the clock, nothing about developing by inspection forbids the presence of a clock, so I don't understand why some people are treating this like...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-12-2016
Replies: 208
Views: 27,984
Posted By mdarnton
I'm guessing you have never seen a small Durst...

I'm guessing you have never seen a small Durst enlarger then. It's a very straight-ahead copy stand with an enlarger head hung on it. Some people feel the necessity to pay that extra $150 for a box...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-12-2016
Replies: 208
Views: 27,984
Posted By mdarnton
The Durst head screws on with a big knob and a...

The Durst head screws on with a big knob and a screw through the enlarger carriage into the back of the head (you can see this in my photo). The screw is a standard 3/8" tripod screw, and any normal...
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