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Forum: Scale Focus 35's 11 Hours Ago
Replies: 249
Views: 70,730
Posted By Steve M.
Retina Ia w/ a 50 3.5 Kodak Ektar lens. Tri-X in...

Retina Ia w/ a 50 3.5 Kodak Ektar lens. Tri-X in D 76

https://i.imgur.com/lmxRQmH.jpg

Agfa Isola scale focus 6/6 medium format tube camera. Tri-X in D 76

https://i.imgur.com/6MGkeWX.jpg

UFO,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 20 Hours Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 90
Posted By Steve M.
By the by, I found this interesting discussion on...

By the by, I found this interesting discussion on paper developer over at the large format photography forum. Those folks have forgotten more about developing than I will probably ever know.

...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 20 Hours Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 90
Posted By Steve M.
It's a developer that I've never used, but I've...

It's a developer that I've never used, but I've always been happy w/ products from FF. This sounds like an interesting developer that can be dialed in by varying the concentrations. The one review I...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 2 Days Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 115
Posted By Steve M.
Sherman's works more like an artist rather than a...

Sherman's works more like an artist rather than a photographer. Unlike most photographs, her images are ambiguous and a lie. What we see is not what's there, what we see are cultural stereotypes at...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 4 Days Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 282
Posted By Steve M.
If you like the smallrig, ck out this cheese...

If you like the smallrig, ck out this cheese handle extension. The photos show it using a wooden handle on the camera w/ a pom pom attached. OK, so it's probably a mic cover, but still, I just love...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 5 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,870
Posted By Steve M.
From the look of those saguaro cactus, you must...

From the look of those saguaro cactus, you must live in Tucson goamules.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 6 Days Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 1,071
Posted By Steve M.
I never got on w/ those, and much preferred the...

I never got on w/ those, and much preferred the Nikkormats, which you can pick up for peanuts. Nikon had serious sales issues when the pros that bought the F cameras for their main use, and a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 6 Days Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 368
Posted By Steve M.
Your Contax calls for a 6V silver oxide or...

Your Contax calls for a 6V silver oxide or alkaline battery (Eveready 544, Ucar 544, Mallory PX28, Alkaline Eveready 537 or equivalent). You should be able to put four of the 1.5V button batteries in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 6 Days Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 680
Posted By Steve M.
Arbus gets criticized for using people w/...

Arbus gets criticized for using people w/ developmental disabilities as models, and you have to wonder if they were aware of the way that the photos would be on display nationally and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 6 Days Ago
Replies: 44
Views: 1,314
Posted By Steve M.
That's a great article you linked us to in your...

That's a great article you linked us to in your post Solinar. Thanks! Lots of good photos, so we get an idea of what that monobath film is capable of. I especially liked the "spit" idea for...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Week Ago
Replies: 44
Views: 1,314
Posted By Steve M.
Garageboy, I found that waiting until it's dark...

Garageboy, I found that waiting until it's dark and using a bathroom works about a hundred times better than a change bag. I take my film and tank and stuff in there, along w/ a blanket and some push...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 1 Week Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 624
Posted By Steve M.
Humidity is part of my problem. Here in New...

Humidity is part of my problem. Here in New Mexico we seldom have any. I'm going to order some single weight paper. Never had this much trouble w/ curling, but the last time I wet printed was in...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 1 Week Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 624
Posted By Steve M.
The paper I've had the biggest difficulty with is...

The paper I've had the biggest difficulty with is this Ilford FB Cool Tone, which is double weight. I'll also switch back to a single weight paper, which should help.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 1 Week Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 624
Posted By Steve M.
Thank you very much. Since I'm moving soon, a...

Thank you very much. Since I'm moving soon, a drymount press isn't an option. So I'm going to try just blotting one off, hang it by a corner to dry, find the archival equivalent of contact cement,...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 1 Week Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 624
Posted By Steve M.
How do you flatten your fiber papers?

One could spend the rest of their life reading threads about getting fiber papers flat, and none of them work for me at 11x14 sizes and up. Recently I tried a technique that is normally used for...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 1 Week Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 1,087
Posted By Steve M.
This is an excellent illustration of why I could...

This is an excellent illustration of why I could never shoot digital :)

The deck was stacked from the start though.... Tri-X shot through a vintage camera is as good as it gets. Thank you for the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 476
Posted By Steve M.
I agree, we all sort of danced around your...

I agree, we all sort of danced around your question (but I still say that a fixer that takes 7 minutes or 14 minutes or whatever is crazy whether it's old or new fixer), but how could the dye affect...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 44
Views: 1,092
Posted By Steve M.
None of those. I'd buy a tiny Konica C 35 or a...

None of those. I'd buy a tiny Konica C 35 or a Retina !a. Thy're much smaller and lighter than the cameras you mentioned, and will deliver results that are nearly as good or just as good as your...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 954
Posted By Steve M.
Bokeh, bokeh, bokeh! There, I just wanted to get...

Bokeh, bokeh, bokeh! There, I just wanted to get that out. I have NEVER heard anyone on this forum refer to bokeh as defocused anything because it isn't defocused at all, or blurry.

Gee, I never...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 11,404
Posted By Steve M.
This is the best setup I've ever had. A tiny...

This is the best setup I've ever had. A tiny Retina Ia that takes really good photos for out and about, and a 135 2.8 macro on a Nikon SLR for portraits and flower shots. Simple, cheap, effective.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 263
Posted By Steve M.
Wow, good info here. Thanks! I'm going to order...

Wow, good info here. Thanks! I'm going to order some of the Farmer's Reducer (great name!), make some small prints and practice on those. I have a good eye and light touch from years of watercolour...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 263
Posted By Steve M.
The photo's been taken, but that's a good idea,...

The photo's been taken, but that's a good idea, as I like to use yellow and red filters. I ain't touching the negative because I like the way it came out. This is Rodinal w/ Tri-X at 1:20 so it's...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 263
Posted By Steve M.
How do you touch up skin blemishes on fiber paper portraits

I took a photo of my neighbor's grand daughter, which unfortunately shows her acne blemishes. These are dark spots (which thankfully are not real dark) and on her forehead mostly. The paper was...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 476
Posted By Steve M.
14 minutes to fix? That's crazy. Is that what it...

14 minutes to fix? That's crazy. Is that what it says on the photography forums for your fixer? I'd switch back to what you had before. Two minutes is the way to go. I use a budget Arista Arifix...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,270
Posted By Steve M.
No, low balling is the about buying stuff, not...

No, low balling is the about buying stuff, not selling it. I'll always accept a reasonable offer, but what I've been getting is, like I said, stupidly low offers. It's something that never used to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 950
Posted By Steve M.
What I recommend is that you find a small, light...

What I recommend is that you find a small, light camera, sling it over your shoulder and around your back on a strap, and go. I have a little Retina Ia for biking (I bike just about everywhere). You...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 463
Posted By Steve M.
Your enlarger is fine. An expensive one won't...

Your enlarger is fine. An expensive one won't give you better prints, and even though that's a low end lens, the results look plenty sharp enough to me! Never having printed on graded papers I have...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,270
Posted By Steve M.
eBay escapades. The low ball offer

I listed a few low priced photography items on eBay recently and it's been a crappy experience. I seem to have caught an annoying wave of low ball offers. The first ads were ended because three...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 696
Posted By Steve M.
So they changed the terms AFTER people bought in...

So they changed the terms AFTER people bought in under a different agreement? That's unethical in the extreme. I wonder if someone could get a charge back on their credit card on these kickstarter...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 185
Posted By Steve M.
The roll that you shot will tell you whether the...

The roll that you shot will tell you whether the coating damage or internal hazing (can't tell what it is from the photo) is going to affect your photos. If you put a hood on it you should be fine....
Forum: Nikon RF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 1,060
Posted By Steve M.
Wow, the Leica viewfinder is like HD compared to...

Wow, the Leica viewfinder is like HD compared to an old B&W TV set! OK, it's not that bad, but the Leica is sharper, clearer and more contrasty than the Nikon. I'm sure someone could get used to the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 61
Views: 2,697
Posted By Steve M.
I don't trust Fuji, and won't buy their films...

I don't trust Fuji, and won't buy their films unless it's the occasional roll of color. They drop films like they drop lies in Washington.
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 312
Posted By Steve M.
The website says it's closed until Monday (what...

The website says it's closed until Monday (what the ???) and wants a password. No previews I guess.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 287
Posted By Steve M.
Wonderful work. Thanks for posting this.

Wonderful work. Thanks for posting this.
Forum: Photo Software 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 59
Views: 1,781
Posted By Steve M.
That's an intelligent decision. I did something...

That's an intelligent decision. I did something similar but it was more about getting (IMO) better prints w/ fiber enlargements vs scanned negs, and getting away from the unpleasantness of scanning,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 44
Views: 1,314
Posted By Steve M.
Like others have mentioned, something like this...

Like others have mentioned, something like this may bring people over to doing their own film developing. It's decidedly low tech, which is the smart way to go. It keeps the price low and the machine...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 44
Views: 1,314
Posted By Steve M.
Thanks Bill. You too. Cool huh? Here's the...

Thanks Bill. You too.

Cool huh? Here's the monobath stuff for B&W. They have it for colour too of course. What's great about this link is there's a small image of a building on the top left that...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 44
Views: 1,314
Posted By Steve M.
Freestyle has a new all-in-one developing system for sale

Just got home and checked the emails. This LAB-BOX from Freestyle really got my attention when I watched the video that was attached to their email. Love the idea behind it. I want to buy some of the...
Forum: Film vs Digital 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,260
Posted By Steve M.
I have a few sort of simple observations, but...

I have a few sort of simple observations, but they may be useful.

Anyone that can afford a Leica camera and lens can afford the film and processing.

Film shooting is about doing your own developing...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 219
Posted By Steve M.
Thanks. W/ the price of film these days, having...

Thanks. W/ the price of film these days, having half the roll left (thereabouts) means I can play with those exposures once I see how the first half went.

I did what Ko.Fe. and Siluro suggested...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 219
Posted By Steve M.
I've shot 1/2 of the roll of film. Now what?

I've been away from the nuts and bolts of photography for a spell while doing more traditional art stuff. Now I've forgotten basic photography things.

There's 12 frames out of my 24 that are...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 121
Views: 2,748
Posted By Steve M.
I've never liked this film, and always end up w/...

I've never liked this film, and always end up w/ it because I'm out of Tri-X and want to see how a new camera/lens is working. The colours are way too cold for my tastes, and it just looks bad...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 562
Posted By Steve M.
Put a hood on the lens w/ the cleaning marks...

Put a hood on the lens w/ the cleaning marks (circular scratches), avoid shooting directly into the sun, and you'll probably be fine. The one w/ the fungus shouldn't be used. Another vote for a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 413
Posted By Steve M.
Usually, the problem you're experiencing now is...

Usually, the problem you're experiencing now is that the lens needs to be rotated so that the shutter release is in the best position. I'll bet that it's loose, or loose enough that you can gently...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 413
Posted By Steve M.
Well yeah, look at the angle of your lens in the...

Well yeah, look at the angle of your lens in the last pic! Something is bent for sure. It's angled up while the camera body is pointing down. Not good. You're going to have to bend things until...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 466
Posted By Steve M.
If my cooking hasn't contaminated the sinks, then...

If my cooking hasn't contaminated the sinks, then this stuff is OK :) Everyone I know develops their film in the kitchen, then pours it down the drain when it's exhausted, including me. It's...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 301
Posted By Steve M.
Thanks for the info. I just ordered a bottle of...

Thanks for the info. I just ordered a bottle of the Adox version from Freestyle. Should have bought it the first go around. I had naively assumed that the R09 Spezial was "like" Fomadon R09.

I've...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 301
Posted By Steve M.
Rodinal, Fomadon R09, and Agfa R09 Spezial

I was just about to develop some Tri-X and discovered that the dilutions and times are quite different for those three developers, at least for the R09 Spezial. That bottle has 1:15 dilution on the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 853
Posted By Steve M.
I used to shoot the GP3 in 120 format and develop...

I used to shoot the GP3 in 120 format and develop it in full strength Mic-X. The grain was more or less just gone. Loved that film. Lots of fun in Rodinal too, and even in that at 1:25 you had to...
Forum: Nikon RF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,730
Posted By Steve M.
The only way that I know to do this is to buy one...

The only way that I know to do this is to buy one on eBay or somewhere and try it out. If you buy wisely you won't lose much if you don't like it and decide to sell it. I always figured that if I...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 466
Posted By Steve M.
Paper usually develops to completion in 2-3...

Paper usually develops to completion in 2-3 minutes, right? That's all I have ever done. It doesn't really hurt to go longer, but it won't develop any more past that. This is fiber paper, Ilford...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 466
Posted By Steve M.
Can I develop enlarging paper using the "saw" method?

I have some trays, but I'm not crazy about them. I also have a double sink in the kitchen, which is just a little too small for 11x14 paper. I was wondering if I could use the sinks for developer and...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 539
Posted By Steve M.
You'd probably be better off if your only camera...

You'd probably be better off if your only camera was a Bessa R, or a small screw mount Leica or Tower. I have a lot of respect for FSU lenses, and absolutely none for their cameras. This is from...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 532
Views: 46,753
Posted By Steve M.
Nikon N8008s, Makinon 135 2.8 on T Max 400 shot...

Nikon N8008s, Makinon 135 2.8 on T Max 400 shot at 200 and developed in Rodinal at 1:25 for 8 min w/ almost no agitation. The DOF is very small at 2.8 on a 135 lens and this one doesn't sharpen up...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 503
Posted By Steve M.
You shouldn't need anything to hold the printing...

You shouldn't need anything to hold the printing papers flat. They do that out of the box. But now that we're on that subject, I would highly recommend Adox MCC 110 papers if your budget allows it. I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 2,999
Posted By Steve M.
I've lived all over, and never once saw anyone...

I've lived all over, and never once saw anyone wearing a photo vest (outside of an old TV series). Did my share of fishing too, and never saw anyone w/ similar vests w/ lures and stuff. Only in the...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 817
Posted By Steve M.
I shot the R cameras for years because I...

I shot the R cameras for years because I preferred shooting a SLR to a rangefinder. Still do, but I switched from the Leica cameras to Nikons using the Leica R lenses w/ an adapter. Compared to the...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,469
Posted By Steve M.
Those Mercury cameras are neat to play w/, but...

Those Mercury cameras are neat to play w/, but not what I would use daily because they're so strangely configured (and heavy). I finally went back to my old standby, a Retina Ia w/ a Xenar 50 3.5...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 252
Posted By Steve M.
Those look great. I guarantee, if you wet print...

Those look great. I guarantee, if you wet print those the grain will not be nearly as pronounced. The difference between my scanned negs and the prints is huge.
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 375
Posted By Steve M.
I was looking at that, and it's cutting it way...

I was looking at that, and it's cutting it way too close. The cars only need to bump each other a little before this point, or spin, or have the driver miss the braking point, and the photographers...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 607
Views: 53,770
Posted By Steve M.
I have no cool digital photos to post, but just...

I have no cool digital photos to post, but just wanted to chime in on the bike conversation at the top of the page. Carbon bikes tend to run rigid while steel will give you some flex. I suppose not...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 397
Posted By Steve M.
Your negative will tell you whether it's a camera...

Your negative will tell you whether it's a camera issue or the scanner. Unfortunately, these cameras are known for shutter issues, and often need a good CLA to get things going. The shutters tend to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 375
Posted By Steve M.
So, you were thinking about being a sports photographer......

I watched the last half of the Monaco GP yesterday and caught the Indy 500 right after it (Sato, my favorite, came in third), and this morning I saw this pic of the photographers at Monaco. They are...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 276
Posted By Steve M.
Cleaning the mirror is a piece of cake. It's like...

Cleaning the mirror is a piece of cake. It's like you would w/ any camera mirror (which are nearly always mirrored on the front surfaces). The devil is in the details, like getting the top plate off...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 799
Posted By Steve M.
Those templates are way, way over priced (as is...

Those templates are way, way over priced (as is everything w/ a Leica/Leitz tag on it). Just make your measurements and marks on your film leader and trim it. Plenty of instructions on the web...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 353
Posted By Steve M.
I was just on that site, but in a different...

I was just on that site, but in a different place. They didn't seem to think it was a good idea on a Focomat because everything was scaled down into a small package. Just like my Federal. Except that...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 353
Posted By Steve M.
Replacing an enlarger bulb with a LED bulb

I have a small Federal model 135 enlarger that arrived with the bulb broken during shipping. The replacement bulb is nearly $10. It's very small for an enlarger bulb, about the size of a ping pong...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 581
Posted By Steve M.
My experience w/ Nikon cameras is quite...

My experience w/ Nikon cameras is quite extensive, having owned one or more of: N6006, N8008s, N80, D50, D70, EM, FG, F (like carrying around a brick) all manner of Nikkormats, F4s, and an FE2. The...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 747
Posted By Steve M.
Take the smallest and lightest. I honestly don't...

Take the smallest and lightest. I honestly don't think any manufacturer ever made a bad 50 lens.
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 235
Views: 5,770
Posted By Steve M.
I just tried to ck out some sample photos of a...

I just tried to ck out some sample photos of a lens there, and I finally gave up after the start page of flickr just froze and would not connect. Maybe it would have eventually got there but I won't...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 479
Posted By Steve M.
I got a reply from the seller, after pointing out...

I got a reply from the seller, after pointing out that it was a $25 lens and he probably made a listing error. Here's his reply

"Thanks for pointing this out :) will change it definitely!"

He's...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 93
Views: 2,636
Posted By Steve M.
Another gender stereotype bites the...

Another gender stereotype bites the dust....NASCAR driver cries and acknowledges depression. It's even nicer that his name is Bubba. Stereotypes aren't always accurate, we're all different.

...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 479
Posted By Steve M.
I contacted the seller, so let's see what...

I contacted the seller, so let's see what happens. I suspect they just made a mistake on the pricing, but maybe not.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-22-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 381
Posted By Steve M.
It's possible that the Australian formula is...

It's possible that the Australian formula is different than the US formula, or that different countries have different ideas on what's hazardous or potentially toxic. MSD sheets are required by law...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-22-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 984
Posted By Steve M.
The Tiltall is a fine tripod. I've owned a few....

The Tiltall is a fine tripod. I've owned a few. They're also not a tripod that you want to carry around much, if any. This new one looks MUCH nicer! Love the design and engineering. Of course I would...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-21-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,430
Posted By Steve M.
Unfortunately, the images here are rezzed down so...

Unfortunately, the images here are rezzed down so much it's difficult to get a feel for what the lens is capable of on these cameras. maddoc's shot however is pretty dramatic in terms of the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-20-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,187
Posted By Steve M.
Well, it's NASCAR, so their security is probably...

Well, it's NASCAR, so their security is probably as good as their racing, which is to say nonexistent. The important things are the pickup truck, beer, blonde, dog and flag, so what more do you...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-19-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 2,636
Posted By Steve M.
I, personally, can talk about emotions until the...

I, personally, can talk about emotions until the cows home...... but who would want to do that? I'd rather talk about women, bikes, cars, food and gear, in that order.
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 05-19-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 364
Posted By Steve M.
Are the Retina Xenar 50 3.5 and 50 2.8 lenses the same optical designs?

I'm trying to figure out if these are essentially the same lenses except for the wide open apertures, or if they're different optical designs. All I can find so far is that the 50 2.8 is a Tessar...
Forum: RFF Polls 05-19-2019
Replies: 303
Views: 125,413
Posted By Steve M.
I'm in the market for an inexpensive, small...

I'm in the market for an inexpensive, small rangefinder camera, so this thread coming up this morning is timely. After looking at stuff on the web until my eyes about fell out I decided to go through...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-18-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 614
Posted By Steve M.
I was going to say that it looks like a working...

I was going to say that it looks like a working class/outskirts of town Southern neighborhood, and then I see that you're in Texas. Reminds me of the Mississippi areas that my family lived in until...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-18-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 516
Posted By Steve M.
There's a disconnect between the quality of an...

There's a disconnect between the quality of an online image and how much someone likes it, at least on this forum anyway. There have been so many, many really lousy shots praised to high heaven...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-16-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,469
Posted By Steve M.
Yikes! There's so many different models of...

Yikes! There's so many different models of Olympus Pen cameras. There's even some in my price range. I may up my budget a little because those Pen cameras fit my needs quite well. A lot of the models...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-16-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,469
Posted By Steve M.
I think my logic (such as it is) leads me to...

I think my logic (such as it is) leads me to think that a half frame camera might be small and light, but that's probably not true.

OK, I'll head over to ebay and look at the Olympus Pen cameras....
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-16-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 318
Posted By Steve M.
Finally found the negs and a print from the...

Finally found the negs and a print from the Fomadon RO9 days. This is a print from a Retina w/ a Xenar lens using Tri-X w/ 1:25 dilution and minimum agitation for 7 minutes at 68 degrees.

Things...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-16-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 318
Posted By Steve M.
That's a good idea Chris. I'll do that, keep the...

That's a good idea Chris. I'll do that, keep the agitations minimal and easy, see what happens.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-16-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 318
Posted By Steve M.
RO9 developer dilutions

I accidentally ordered a bottle of RO9 Spezial developer from Freestyle instead of the other developer that is supposed to be closer to Rodinal's original formula. The instructions on the side give...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-16-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 723
Posted By Steve M.
If that's the case, it's an easy fix Mark. Just...

If that's the case, it's an easy fix Mark. Just put a drop of white glue in the hole and give it a dab w/ a black marker. If you have a bit of acrylic or other paint then it's a one step operation...
Forum: Photo Software 05-16-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 981
Posted By Steve M.
I'm 100% analog now, but in my scanning/inkjet...

I'm 100% analog now, but in my scanning/inkjet printing days I used an old pirated copy of PS7 that my ex wife's son made for me. I can't figure out why anyone would need more than that? Unless I...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-15-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,469
Posted By Steve M.
Half frame camera recommendations

I love my Nikon SLR's, but they're heavier than I want to carry every day, even the little FG and EM when you put a fast lens on them. The little Konica C 35 cameras appeal to me, but so does a half...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-15-2019
Replies: 123
Views: 2,761
Posted By Steve M.
Can't say that I've held up my end on this as...

Can't say that I've held up my end on this as I've never purchased a new camera or lens in my life, but have bought lots and lots of film, paper, chemicals, etc.

I've posted these before, but the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-15-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,513
Posted By Steve M.
35mm Tr1-X in 36 exposure is $5.66 here in the US...

35mm Tr1-X in 36 exposure is $5.66 here in the US at Freestyle Photo, so I can't complain. It's not so bad over here.

It's funny, but Lomography has used Leica's strategy to market their products,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-14-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 478
Posted By Steve M.
Those pics look fine to me. I've never tried...

Those pics look fine to me. I've never tried stand development, nor have I ever used Rodinal at anything other than 1:25 dilution, but 1:100 using Charle's method might be the way to go. Thanks for...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-14-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 478
Posted By Steve M.
I may try it, or may just pitch the Fuji colour...

I may try it, or may just pitch the Fuji colour film presently in the camera. My Tri-X will be here this week, and I can develop that stuff in my sleep. It might be smarter than adding another...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-14-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 478
Posted By Steve M.
Has anyne tried using Rodinal w/ colour film?

I want to develop a test roll to verify that my new camera is working properly, but all I have is Rodinal for a developer and a roll of Fuji consumer 400 speed film until my TriX arrives. It's...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-14-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 222
Posted By Steve M.
As mentioned, some of those lenses had issues,...

As mentioned, some of those lenses had issues, but from what I see in your photos, the lens you're looking at looks great! That little dot on the rear element will mean nothing in terms of IQ.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-14-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,399
Posted By Steve M.
I agree, at some point you let it go and move on....

I agree, at some point you let it go and move on. You could sell that lens for a pretty penny and buy another 35 and start taking photos.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-12-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 363
Posted By Steve M.
I've used the plastic Paterson reels to develop...

I've used the plastic Paterson reels to develop short lengths of 35mm film, and I've tried my hand developing in homemade tanks and even trays. Trust me, you'll be a lot better off using the reels...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-11-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 197
Posted By Steve M.
Very surprised that they used plastic for those...

Very surprised that they used plastic for those gears, as they get a lot of use and have to lift the head up and down for every print. I couldn't tell what needs to be done by looking at your photos....
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 05-10-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 531
Posted By Steve M.
Might want to change the link. It takes me to a...

Might want to change the link. It takes me to a subscription demand, and when I go to the home page and click on an article it brings me right back to that.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-09-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 571
Posted By Steve M.
I think a lot of it is weather related, but maybe...

I think a lot of it is weather related, but maybe you just need a break?

Trying out a new film/camera/lens/developer can get the juices going too. I've learned to let go of worrying about it when...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-09-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 678
Posted By Steve M.
I would assume that the Adox Rodinal would be...

I would assume that the Adox Rodinal would be more active w/ a higher PH? Believe me, I'm no chemist, so a visit to the old APUG site would only give me way more information than I want or need. The...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-09-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 678
Posted By Steve M.
Ah, that simplifies it. I'll order some from...

Ah, that simplifies it. I'll order some from Freestyle now. Thanks guys.

On the other hand, this makes the case that R09 and Adox Rodinal are identical. I guess the R09 is the new version or the R08...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-09-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 678
Posted By Steve M.
Which "Rodinal"?

I want to shoot some Tri-X and develop it in Rodinal, but I forgot which one is the "good" Rodinal. My experience 15 years ago was w/ the R08 variant and it worked great but went off in just a few...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-08-2019
Replies: 856
Views: 185,203
Posted By Steve M.
I think the pic was taken w/ Tri-X in a Contax G1...

I think the pic was taken w/ Tri-X in a Contax G1 w/ a 90 lens on Galveston Island about 20 years ago. This is a trimmed 8 x 12 full frame print on my last sheet of RC paper from a sample...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 05-08-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 9,715
Posted By Steve M.
Bitfeng, that pinhole shot is wonderful. Great...

Bitfeng, that pinhole shot is wonderful. Great composition!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-08-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 954
Posted By Steve M.
Thank for the feedback. As convenient as the...

Thank for the feedback. As convenient as the small size of the pancake lens would be, I don't think I can live w/ "normal" bokeh, as I like to take the occasional B&W flower pic. There's no scanner...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-08-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 954
Posted By Steve M.
How good is the bokeh on Nikkor Series E pancake lenses

I bought a little Nikon FG SLR and need a lens for it. My usual route w/ the FG and EM's is to go w/ the early non AI H 50 2 lenses (which need to be ai'd for the later cameras), but the 50 1.8...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-03-2019
Replies: 78
Views: 2,085
Posted By Steve M.
Maiku, you put me in a difficult position as a...

Maiku, you put me in a difficult position as a Southerner. The present politically correct mafioso has declared the rebel flag persona non grata, and our statues of war heroes have been dragged down...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-02-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 170
Posted By Steve M.
Mine loves contrasty light, and we have that all...

Mine loves contrasty light, and we have that all the time here.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-02-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 170
Posted By Steve M.
Albuquerque

I biked to Old Town this morning, and got these w/ the cell phone. First time I ever left the film camera at home. Using the cell phone is like using a LF camera in a way because you have to hold it...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-02-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 806
Posted By Steve M.
That's OK. I live in New Mexico, the Land of The...

That's OK. I live in New Mexico, the Land of The Sun, so squinting comes naturally. There ain't no other way to get the shots but to head out that door and take a look see. In fact, it's sunny, warm,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-02-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 806
Posted By Steve M.
You're not off your rocker Dante, and I love good...

You're not off your rocker Dante, and I love good bokeh, but I'm not sure that this is a physical thing. It's probably more mind/psychological stuff. Our eyes work very much like a camera lens, and...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-01-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 447
Posted By Steve M.
It doesn't sound like you necessarily need more...

It doesn't sound like you necessarily need more light, it sounds like the negs were underexposed. Make sure you have a meter that is up to the task of reading low light levels inside buildings. A...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-30-2019
Replies: 569
Views: 104,527
Posted By Steve M.
Canon T90 w/ a FD 135 2.5 "beer can" lens. Tri-X...

Canon T90 w/ a FD 135 2.5 "beer can" lens. Tri-X developed full strength in TD-16. That stuff I remember quite well, but where, or when, I took this photo I have no...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-30-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 515
Posted By Steve M.
Have you tried calling them Rob? Here's their...

Have you tried calling them Rob? Here's their phone number. They're generally more responsive than eBay on things of this sort.

1 (888) 221-1161

It could be your browser too, so maybe try using...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-25-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 350
Posted By Steve M.
It's a lot friendlier over here than there, so...

It's a lot friendlier over here than there, so you made a good choice. My goodness, when I was 13 I had a girl friend (Sheryl Felton), owned a motorcycle (small size Honda 65) and had a gun (20 gauge...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-23-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,782
Posted By Steve M.
I think it was a great time for a lot of people....

I think it was a great time for a lot of people. Civil rights were in the forefront, segregation was abolished, the Mustang came out, Ford beat Ferrari at it's own game, mary jane crept out of it's...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-23-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 254
Posted By Steve M.
Those are fun shots! I love old gas stations...

Those are fun shots!

I love old gas stations too w/ all their memories of simpler (and better) times , and have always wanted to convert one into a combined art studio and living space. Keep the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-23-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,782
Posted By Steve M.
Looking Back at Summer in the '60s (PHOTOS)

https://weather.com/holiday/memorial-day/news/2015-05-21-summer-60s-photos#/30


Everyone looked so slim and trim back then, even the 'ol lady and me! Ck out those bell bottom jeans below. Bought...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-22-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,652
Posted By Steve M.
Because you can't learn to be a great...

Because you can't learn to be a great photographer by watching a youtube video, and looking at flickr photos until your eyeballs fall out will not you anyone into Ansel Adams?

Would you want to be...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-22-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 703
Posted By Steve M.
If I were you I would disable updates to avoid...

If I were you I would disable updates to avoid your computer automatically updating to Win 10. That system caused me no end of problems. Not as bad as Vista, but not good either. XP was Windows best...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-21-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 574
Posted By Steve M.
I had a Bessa II w/ a Color Heliar and a Bessa RF...

I had a Bessa II w/ a Color Heliar and a Bessa RF w/ an uncoated Heliar. With B&W the results were essentially identical. The RF is a lower priced version that had the same basic specs but in a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-21-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 753
Posted By Steve M.
D76 is a always good place to start when we start...

D76 is a always good place to start when we start discussing Tri-X and developers :)

My preference is to use it straight, but a lot of people like it 1:2. You won't get the edge sharpness of...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-21-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 205
Posted By Steve M.
Give the whole shutter a flush w/ the lighter...

Give the whole shutter a flush w/ the lighter fluid. The gap in the speed adjustment on the lens is a good place, or thru the self timer. On stubborn shutters, I have had to soak the blades from the...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-21-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 528
Posted By Steve M.
"Please only try this if you have some idea of...

"Please only try this if you have some idea of what you're doing"

Wise words to be sure. Of course, the only way to get some idea of what we're doing is to actually try it and see how it goes ...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-21-2019
Replies: 160
Views: 11,121
Posted By Steve M.
Now that AI development has begun in earnest, I...

Now that AI development has begun in earnest, I want an instant camera that I can tell to go out and take some pics, then bring 'em back so we can look at them.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-21-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 626
Posted By Steve M.
They look like lith prints. Way short on detail,...

They look like lith prints. Way short on detail, tones and sharpness, but they have a wonderful look.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-20-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 436
Posted By Steve M.
Another vote for the Epson 2450 scanner. The 120...

Another vote for the Epson 2450 scanner. The 120 and 4x5 files from it are large and have lots of detail. Great scanner and dirt cheap. I used mine w/o the neg carriers and taped the negs to the...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 04-18-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 436
Posted By Steve M.
People have been saying that painting is...

People have been saying that painting is irrelevant and dead for decades, and yet...... for more than half a century I've enjoyed working with paints and making fine art prints. The galleries and...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-14-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 220
Posted By Steve M.
Nothing says "Olde Money" and "Classe" like a...

Nothing says "Olde Money" and "Classe" like a beautiful, wood covered camera. The beauty below also features tasteful gold...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-14-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 902
Posted By Steve M.
"I think I was getting better negatives when all...

"I think I was getting better negatives when all I was using was my K1000 and my M 50/2."

That's because you probably were. Your 35mm lenses were designed for sharpness, while LF lenses generally...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-13-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,069
Posted By Steve M.
Using another camera for a light meter will work,...

Using another camera for a light meter will work, but you won't be having any fun doing it. $30 will buy you a perfectly good CDS hand held light meter. Shoot, $30 will buy a budget 35mm SLR or...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-13-2019
Replies: 121
Views: 3,375
Posted By Steve M.
You're probably talking about Picture Perfect lab...

You're probably talking about Picture Perfect lab off Menaul here in Abq chip. They know their stuff, and have excellent prices. Are they as good as doing it yourself at home? They certainly are for...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-11-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 414
Posted By Steve M.
Lenses are funny. I used to take head shots of...

Lenses are funny. I used to take head shots of chickens in Hawaii through chain fencing. If you put the lens up to the fence w/ the aperture wide open, it would actually focus PAST the fencing that...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 04-11-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 642
Posted By Steve M.
It's easy to upload only if you have a facebook...

It's easy to upload only if you have a facebook account. Otherwise, nada.
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-06-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 2,492
Posted By Steve M.
It means I can't afford it.

It means I can't afford it.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-04-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 323
Posted By Steve M.
The time honored tradition for home photo...

The time honored tradition for home photo archiving is to pile all the photos into the bottom drawer of a bedroom dresser and forget about them. I'm not kidding. Everyone I've talked to has found...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-29-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 375
Posted By Steve M.
Are you sure that you want to keep cameras and...

Are you sure that you want to keep cameras and lenses in bags that restrict air circulation? Lots and lots of lenses got nice and moldy that way.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-29-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 375
Posted By Steve M.
Hopefully you bought an air purifier with a HEPA...

Hopefully you bought an air purifier with a HEPA filter. They're very efficient filters. You can add a lot of humidity to your place just by running a hot shower with the bathroom door open.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-26-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 912
Posted By Steve M.
In the R line the 50's are good and the 90's are...

In the R line the 50's are good and the 90's are superb. I don't care for the later lenses in either focal length, they can give a harsher look compared to the preceding versions.

Try shooting a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-26-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 488
Posted By Steve M.
The cameras have tons of power to twist big zoom...

The cameras have tons of power to twist big zoom lenses. I usually put an ED 2.8 70 200 on my f4s and you had to make sure you had a good grip on things because everything would twist when you...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-21-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 1,278
Posted By Steve M.
Glad you got outside on a good day. The weather's...

Glad you got outside on a good day. The weather's been funny, so I haven't been to The Square in a while.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-15-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 386
Posted By Steve M.
Unless something was bent in shipping you...

Unless something was bent in shipping you shouldn't have to re align the enlarger. Your DOF at f8 or f11 is quite large. Typically you run into problems w/ warped base boards and printing easels, but...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 674
Posted By Steve M.
The company below has worked well for quick...

The company below has worked well for quick prints, both B&W and colour. You're not going to get an art quality print, but prices are low, and the product is certainly good enough to put on a wall if...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-08-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 289
Posted By Steve M.
I assume that you've already installed a fresh...

I assume that you've already installed a fresh battery, made sure it was put in the right way, etc. Normally these cameras have very reliable meters, but if yours is broken, I would suggest selling...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-08-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,518
Posted By Steve M.
You might want to delve into researching how the...

You might want to delve into researching how the camera will meter w/ a non EOS lens that lacks the electrical contacts (unless your adapters have that). I explored this issue years ago and remember...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-07-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 402
Posted By Steve M.
Scottish Landscape Photographer(s) of the Year Awards

The shots look sorta lifeless to me except for the last one. The B&W is just gray. There's no problem w/ the compositions though. Maybe it's due to using digital, and the locale? I'm probably...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-07-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 482
Posted By Steve M.
The new images look closer to minor reticulation,...

The new images look closer to minor reticulation, but it's probably not that. Since the first dog photo looks like it does, you may be right on contamination of the chemicals. No need to buy...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-05-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 401
Posted By Steve M.
If the fungus is between the cemented elements,...

If the fungus is between the cemented elements, as is often the case because the balsam cement is what it likes to feed on, you'll have to send it to someone like John at Focal Point Optics, and it...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-02-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1,215
Posted By Steve M.
There's quite a bit of difference between a 50...

There's quite a bit of difference between a 50 viewfinder and one for an 85 lens, but since the 50 is much bigger, at least you won't end up with unexpected cropping if you decide to use the 50...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-02-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 392
Posted By Steve M.
Normally I agree with Erik. He's very...

Normally I agree with Erik. He's very knowledgeable. But all that's needed is to unscrew the front element and wipe the rust off w/ a Q-tip that's moistened with lighter fluid. The rust won't go...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-02-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 360
Posted By Steve M.
I would develop the 2 rolls normally. As...

I would develop the 2 rolls normally. As mentioned, it's only 1 stop, and w/ B&W film 1 stop is no big deal. I wouldn't use Rodinal, but something like D76 should be fine.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-01-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 483
Posted By Steve M.
I think the word "copy" spells it out pretty...

I think the word "copy" spells it out pretty well. If I were to paint a copy of a Matisse painting, that's what it would be, a copy. It's only a fake if I try to pass it off as a real Matisse. In the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-01-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 323
Posted By Steve M.
Did you try asking the seller? Reading the...

Did you try asking the seller? Reading the description in the ad, it sounds like they'd be knowledgeable about this.

From the looks of the camera, it looks like all the early Fed and Zorki cameras...
Forum: RFF News 02-19-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,162
Posted By Steve M.
I have no idea what "jump the shark" means, but...

I have no idea what "jump the shark" means, but making better bokeh thru software has been around for many a year. This is a very simple tutorial from 4 years...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-19-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,298
Posted By Steve M.
Fuji has a questionable track record when it...

Fuji has a questionable track record when it comes to supporting their own films, especially B&W films, so don't put all your eggs in their basket. Kodak on the other hand can be trusted, and they...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-16-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,727
Posted By Steve M.
Beware the gray market cameras. I'm not sure how...

Beware the gray market cameras. I'm not sure how it works in other parts of the world, but in the US, Nikon will not honor a warranty on those. I would just go w/ a good used one rather than a new...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-16-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,060
Posted By Steve M.
I'm not going to try and repair a fidgety...

I'm not going to try and repair a fidgety electronic camera that can be replaced for 30 bucks. It just isn't in the cards. In the trash heap it goes, and on w/ the replacement, and lest someone moans...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-16-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 903
Posted By Steve M.
As long as there are vintage cameras around there...

As long as there are vintage cameras around there will be people who will repair them (for what that's worth). I've found that it makes much more sense to sell a cranky old camera and replace it with...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-14-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 1,901
Posted By Steve M.
Yep, these sort of things are relative. My first...

Yep, these sort of things are relative. My first real film camera was a Canon AE-1 w/ the usual FD 50 1.8 lens. Paid $13.50 for it in a Savannah thrift store about 30 years ago. I have prints on the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-11-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 947
Posted By Steve M.
Strap lugs were optional I guess? One thing about...

Strap lugs were optional I guess? One thing about it, whoever faked this did a nice job of the engraving, and painting the numbers and lettering. Good workmanship.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-11-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 797
Posted By Steve M.
The lack of strap lugs is what finally forced me...

The lack of strap lugs is what finally forced me to sell my Zorki many years ago. To some people it's not a big deal, but I just wanted to shoot the camera w/o it being in a case. You'll be pleased...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-10-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 590
Posted By Steve M.
For the Nikon owner who has everything

Mere words alone do not do justice to this :)

https://www.wide-angle.nl/shop/gold-nikon-fm-with-50mm-f1-4-lens-to-commemorate-60-years-of-nikon-very-rare-camera-to-find/
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-06-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 462
Posted By Steve M.
Here's a great deal on one, and offered from one...

Here's a great deal on one, and offered from one of the best sellers you can buy from, complete w/ a 180 day warranty. Not sure what their policy is on shipment out of the US though. I've owned...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-05-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 2,246
Posted By Steve M.
Just buy an SLR camera :) Like you, I learned to...

Just buy an SLR camera :)

Like you, I learned to practice guessing distances and got pretty good at it. However, I suspect that what you find on say a measuring tape or laser rangefinder readout is...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 02-04-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 822
Posted By Steve M.
"Back in 2006 I took out years of frustrations...

"Back in 2006 I took out years of frustrations with my Epson printer by taking it to the middle of the street in front of my house, and hurling it as high as I could into the air, and then watching...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-04-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 225
Posted By Steve M.
You might have more luck looking at the threads...

You might have more luck looking at the threads over at photorio, the renamed old APUG site. They have some seriously good lith print makers over there.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-04-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 1,991
Posted By Steve M.
Well, since experience nearly always comes from...

Well, since experience nearly always comes from doing what didn't work and then going "I'd better not do THAT again", I'd say I've learned more things than can be listed here.

If it had to be one...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-31-2019
Replies: 71
Views: 1,443
Posted By Steve M.
I threw away a lot of negs about 6 months ago,...

I threw away a lot of negs about 6 months ago, and I continually go through my prints and throw away the ones that need to be thrown away. It's a cleansing thing for me for sure. Edit, edit,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-29-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 414
Posted By Steve M.
Any pinhole digital portraits out there? I found...

Any pinhole digital portraits out there? I found this one online made with a 35mm film camera. Very...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-29-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,763
Posted By Steve M.
Keith, I was expecting a poll to see how many...

Keith, I was expecting a poll to see how many members were into chakras healings, teleporting onto another planet in a new, as yet undiscovered universe, and listening to Yanni.

Here's a handy...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-27-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 455
Posted By Steve M.
Yijun (Pixy) Liao

I stumbled onto this photographer/artist whilst looking up Helen Levitt strangely enough. I like her stuff a lot. This series is called Experimental Relationship. Aren't they all...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-27-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 815
Posted By Steve M.
The cameras that are available today, whether...

The cameras that are available today, whether used or new, film or digital, offer everything anyone would ever need to take great pictures. If that's not happening, then the problem is behind the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-26-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 724
Posted By Steve M.
The plastic Parerson tanks are excellent. I've...

The plastic Parerson tanks are excellent. I've been using them for 15 years and never had any problems with leaks or with loading the reels. You don't even need a bathroom, I and a lot of people...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-25-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 386
Posted By Steve M.
The corners will probably be sharper. Your main...

The corners will probably be sharper. Your main improvement will be that the 2.8 will be much easier to focus than the lens you're currently using.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-25-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 456
Posted By Steve M.
You're probably going to have to sand the surface...

You're probably going to have to sand the surface a bit w/ fine sandpaper to get paint to stick to chrome.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-24-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 775
Posted By Steve M.
If that's the look you're after, then you'll have...

If that's the look you're after, then you'll have to shoot film. Or, maybe close enough will be good enough for you, I don't know. But as mentioned, grain is wonderful, noise not so much.
Forum: Nikon RF 01-23-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 446
Posted By Steve M.
Just put a hood on it and shoot it. Probably will...

Just put a hood on it and shoot it. Probably will have zero effect on your images.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-23-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 469
Posted By Steve M.
If it unscrews, just put some water in it. You...

If it unscrews, just put some water in it. You can usually find small bubble levels at a hardware store or even Walmart.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-23-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 456
Posted By Steve M.
I'm pretty sure that if you use the FH-3 film...

I'm pretty sure that if you use the FH-3 film strip holder with the MA-20, which is normally used for slides, that you can get pretty close to a full negative scan. Might have to use the Nikon...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-23-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 459
Posted By Steve M.
51,200? Is that a typo? I can't imagine any film...

51,200? Is that a typo? I can't imagine any film that can go that high. 6400 is usually as far as anyone goes, and at that ISO you can expect LOTS of grain.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-23-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 569
Posted By Steve M.
It's a great looking kit. I'm especially...

It's a great looking kit. I'm especially intrigued by that Hektor 65 2.8 lens. Really well written ad. The British seem so much more well spoken and polite than us crude Americans.

What I...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-22-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 505
Posted By Steve M.
The lighter fluid "fix" is very, very temporary....

The lighter fluid "fix" is very, very temporary. As soon as the lighter fluid evaporates out, and it goes away quite quickly, the lens will do what it was doing before the lighter fluid was applied....
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 01-22-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 271
Posted By Steve M.
You've lost me on this one. What is the post in...

You've lost me on this one. What is the post in reference to?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-21-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1,791
Posted By Steve M.
Wow. Great job! Textile paint.......who...

Wow. Great job! Textile paint.......who knew?

Good to hear of these successful home repairs. Often these threads go "I sent the camera in to (insert name of highly regarded but uncommunicative...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-21-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,021
Posted By Steve M.
They are marvels of engineering and design, but...

They are marvels of engineering and design, but quirky to use, and I never held onto my G systems very long. The lenses are tack sharp, but I prefer the way Nikon, Canon and Leica lenses draw. Seems...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-20-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 350
Posted By Steve M.
What Deardorff38 said. Mess up a small print and...

What Deardorff38 said. Mess up a small print and practice on it before tackling the big one so that you understand how to do this. It's really no big deal once you get the hang of it.

Of course,...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-20-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 443
Posted By Steve M.
You could always get one of those 3rd party...

You could always get one of those 3rd party slotted hoods for under $10. Those work great.
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 01-20-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 552
Posted By Steve M.
So what exactly does the term "non profit" mean...

So what exactly does the term "non profit" mean anyway? I understand that a lot of these terms are simply ways to dodge paying taxes or eliminate certain employee rights, but still, this is...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-19-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 560
Posted By Steve M.
I looked on eBay and there's been a number of M6...

I looked on eBay and there's been a number of M6 cameras that sold as low as $1000-$1200, while the cameras with 0.58 viewfinders were $1700 to $2200, and they were all the TTL model. So if you sell...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 01-18-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 494
Posted By Steve M.
I don't know the answer to those questions, but I...

I don't know the answer to those questions, but I seriously doubt there would be more than a cat's whiskers difference between 1/3 stop and 1/2. In fact, there is probably no discernible difference...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-18-2019
Replies: 95
Views: 3,379
Posted By Steve M.
The gallery should have done a better job editing...

The gallery should have done a better job editing which images they were going to hang. Some are quite good, some aren't.

I learned a long time ago to ignore what artists/photographers said and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-16-2019
Replies: 235
Views: 5,770
Posted By Steve M.
I'm pretty sure the Sex Sluts will require some...

I'm pretty sure the Sex Sluts will require some sort of monetary transaction Larry :)

Not that I have any personal experience w/ that sort of thing. I probably just read about it somewhere. Or...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-15-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,441
Posted By Steve M.
Do you wear eyeglasses? Maybe you could get those...

Do you wear eyeglasses? Maybe you could get those clip on shades that flip up. Fix it so that they flip up and down independently of each other. If it's tinted enough it will allow you to see the rf...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-14-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 1,047
Posted By Steve M.
I'm clean and sober on this one. I've never owned...

I'm clean and sober on this one. I've never owned a camera bag, never saw the need for one, and never will. Why would I want to dig around in a bag for the camera while the shot disappears? I put one...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-14-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 553
Posted By Steve M.
This. It has worked for me 9 out of 9 times. It...

This. It has worked for me 9 out of 9 times. It will be better than a new bellows where you patch it and will remain flexible and lightfast. Just dab it on w/ a model brush. Two light coats are...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 01-14-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 379
Posted By Steve M.
It's been a while since I placed an ad here, but...

It's been a while since I placed an ad here, but isn't there a little "Product Options" drop down menu at the top right of the ads? Perhaps that's where the edit feature is?
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-13-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 663
Posted By Steve M.
There's plastic, and then there's plastic. For...

There's plastic, and then there's plastic. For storing developer, the best plastic is PET. For stop and fixer, HDPE is good enough. For glass bottles, the preferred bottles are empty 10 year old...
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