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Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 08-18-2008
Replies: 15
Views: 1,771
Posted By myoptic3
Funny isn't it. If this camera had Leica written...

Funny isn't it. If this camera had Leica written on it instead of Nikon, everyone would LOVE it, and all it's faults would be seen as fantastic engineering!
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 08-16-2008
Replies: 64
Views: 5,145
Posted By myoptic3
Dante, I think to a certain extent the delusion,...

Dante, I think to a certain extent the delusion, or misnomer, is that there is any "data" in a negative. There is no data. That is a digital term. There is a collection of silver halide particles,...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-16-2008
Replies: 15
Views: 1,691
Posted By myoptic3
Boy, you MF guys can get things done! Us 35mm...

Boy, you MF guys can get things done! Us 35mm weanies balk at opening a lens. Thanks for showing us how it's done.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 08-16-2008
Replies: 77
Views: 6,683
Posted By myoptic3
I think you should buy a lot of Tri-X and spend a...

I think you should buy a lot of Tri-X and spend a year or two shooting it. For starters.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-16-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 1,758
Posted By myoptic3
You might look at my CLA'd IIIf on the...

You might look at my CLA'd IIIf on the classifieds here,
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-12-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 840
Posted By myoptic3
I think that the easiest thing for you to do is...

I think that the easiest thing for you to do is to move to New Mexico where I am. It was 94 degrees here today.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-12-2008
Replies: 48
Views: 4,800
Posted By myoptic3
First of all, Texas is hardly "the South". Second...

First of all, Texas is hardly "the South". Second of all, this is the sort of thing we in the South have come to expect from Yankee #&^%#$#. The most idiotic laws I ever saw were up in Portland,...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-11-2008
Replies: 40
Views: 3,069
Posted By myoptic3
It appears to be at least as sharp as the J-8...

It appears to be at least as sharp as the J-8 lens, at least at the apertures you're shooting at. These Jupiters are impressive glass for the money. I prefer the Industar 50 3.5 and LD 61's, but...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-10-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 1,284
Posted By myoptic3
I've been going through a lot of gear lately w/...

I've been going through a lot of gear lately w/ the idea of getting the best SLR & RF kit that is in my budget. Doing a lot of lens and exposure testing. Unfortunately, I have quite a few cameras...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-08-2008
Replies: 80
Views: 11,399
Posted By myoptic3
I like the half cases, especially if I am...

I like the half cases, especially if I am shooting a camera w/o lugs. But they are not worth what people are charging for them. $20 should be right for a quality low end one, and $50 tops for a high...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-07-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 1,766
Posted By myoptic3
Useful test. The first lens would seem to be the...

Useful test. The first lens would seem to be the keeper. Thanks for reminding me about that book. I read it a long time ago and would like to reread it again.
Forum: Optics Theory - 08-04-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 1,458
Posted By myoptic3
I must be out of my league here, as I don't know...

I must be out of my league here, as I don't know what an Ektar or a beamsplitter are, but the 2nd photo looks sharper, or contrastier or something. The fact that the focal lengths are different makes...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-04-2008
Replies: 28
Views: 4,028
Posted By myoptic3
Wow, I see more about Ken on this website than I...

Wow, I see more about Ken on this website than I do on his! I like Ken, and I like Nikon cameras, but Leica lenses are incredible aren't they? I wish Nikon could make lenses as good as their cameras....
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-01-2008
Replies: 25
Views: 3,279
Posted By myoptic3
It looks like a cross between a Kiev and a...

It looks like a cross between a Kiev and a Pentax. Now what in the world convinced them that we need a film camera like this? My old Nikon 8008s was twice the camera (and twice the top shutter speed)...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 07-31-2008
Replies: 30
Views: 2,332
Posted By myoptic3
I wish Ken would just speak his mind and not...

I wish Ken would just speak his mind and not worry about upsetting people. Oh, he already does that! In a camera world full of people w/ no sense of humor, I find Ken's attitude refreshing. I may...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-31-2008
Replies: 42
Views: 6,601
Posted By myoptic3
I think that most shots aren't exposed correctly....

I think that most shots aren't exposed correctly. It's film's latitude and the range of exposure correction in Photoshop that brings them into approximate correct exposure. I've been reading Ansel's...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-31-2008
Replies: 22
Views: 1,926
Posted By myoptic3
Thanks for the link to Matt Denton's site SimonK....

Thanks for the link to Matt Denton's site SimonK. He breaks it down very clearly. I have a LD61 and it has that smooth, then tight, then smooth focus issue. Time to pull it apart and get it ship...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-30-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 1,261
Posted By myoptic3
Well, if your camera works fine w/ other lenses...

Well, if your camera works fine w/ other lenses you can eliminate that from the equation. I'd guess that someone took the lens apart and assembled it incorrectly.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 07-30-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 4,334
Posted By myoptic3
Jimmy Koh is a reputable seller. Great prices...

Jimmy Koh is a reputable seller. Great prices too. He'll pull the lens or camera off the shelf and describe them exactly for you. One of my favorite people to do business with.
Forum: Argus RF 07-30-2008
Replies: 28
Views: 6,001
Posted By myoptic3
I would think your price range is about right. If...

I would think your price range is about right. If it were me I would hold out for a camera that the seller had actually run film through. They do come up. These cameras are like Zorki and Feds in...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-30-2008
Replies: 47
Views: 4,380
Posted By myoptic3
Great test. You can see clearly that at 1.7 the...

Great test. You can see clearly that at 1.7 the Ultron has a slight advantage, but by 2.0 it is nearly neck & neck, and by 2.8 there is no difference in the lenses. I actually prefer the Nokton shots...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-28-2008
Replies: 73
Views: 6,289
Posted By myoptic3
Ansel Adams was a practitioner of...

Ansel Adams was a practitioner of previsualization. It must work, judging by his world acclaimed photos. I've read some of his books lately, and the knowledge in them is pretty revolutionary. He just...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-27-2008
Replies: 70
Views: 8,137
Posted By myoptic3
ampguy, Your idea to test the lenses on a...

ampguy,
Your idea to test the lenses on a tripod will definitely show objective results. I usually just shoot the lenses hand held, as that is how I am going to be shooting them in real life. I...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-27-2008
Replies: 70
Views: 8,137
Posted By myoptic3
Nice comparison review. I like it. You can buy a...

Nice comparison review. I like it. You can buy a LOT of Zorkis for the price of an M4. However, ahem, there is a little difference in build quality and userability. I think of Zorkis as fixer upper...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 07-27-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 2,854
Posted By myoptic3
hunghang, Nice shots. I like Tri-X low light...

hunghang,
Nice shots. I like Tri-X low light shots because of the deep blacks. The OOF areas of this lens are very good.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-26-2008
Replies: 61
Views: 4,650
Posted By myoptic3
Unfortunately, buying any old, used camera is a...

Unfortunately, buying any old, used camera is a risk no matter who makes them. I recently bought 2 IIIa's and both have shutter issues even though the sellers described them as film tested. The...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-25-2008
Replies: 21
Views: 2,096
Posted By myoptic3
A hand held light meter adds to your carry around...

A hand held light meter adds to your carry around package. I've always liked the Konica C-35 or one of it's Minolta/Olympus variants. It's a small. light camera w/ good metering, exposure lock, and...
Forum: Off Topic 07-24-2008
Replies: 121
Views: 13,080
Posted By myoptic3
One of the best reviews I have read on one of my...

One of the best reviews I have read on one of my favorite cameras. Ken's photos of the Electro are pretty good! I had to sell my Electro for 2 reasons. I didn't like not knowing what exposure the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-21-2008
Replies: 15
Views: 1,791
Posted By myoptic3
I have never been able to figure out RF pricing....

I have never been able to figure out RF pricing. It is all over the place. When I was using Nikon SLR cameras, I could sell, for instance, a Nikon F4s camera and an 80-200 AF-D 2.8 zoom lens and know...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 07-19-2008
Replies: 19
Views: 6,432
Posted By myoptic3
I have always wanted one. PM me if you wish to...

I have always wanted one. PM me if you wish to sell it.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-19-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 1,808
Posted By myoptic3
You seem to have one of the coated ones. The...

You seem to have one of the coated ones. The Summar is one of the all time under rated Leica lenses because there are so many bad examples around. Surface scratches/cleaning marks usually won't...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-18-2008
Replies: 72
Views: 8,442
Posted By myoptic3
For me. a split prism finder in a SLR is easier...

For me. a split prism finder in a SLR is easier to focus. Couldn't they make the same thing in a RF camera? Or I would prefer to have a RF camera that works like the old Leningrad. On it, the screen...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 07-16-2008
Replies: 15
Views: 2,363
Posted By myoptic3
That DOES look like a Camaro. In Holland?

That DOES look like a Camaro. In Holland?
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-16-2008
Replies: 170
Views: 25,102
Posted By myoptic3
ChrisN, Sadly, I did just that. Went out and...

ChrisN,
Sadly, I did just that. Went out and shot what I thought were killer photos one morning w/ a camera I don't shoot w/ much. I noticed that the film advance seemed unusually smooth and light...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-15-2008
Replies: 25
Views: 3,075
Posted By myoptic3
Is this an ad or something? It doesn't look like...

Is this an ad or something? It doesn't look like the usual post on here. I will probably get flamed for this, but to me they look like DSLR pics.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 07-14-2008
Replies: 128
Views: 24,602
Posted By myoptic3
That probably depends on your scanner and your...

That probably depends on your scanner and your image. W/ my Nikon V-ED I always scanned in gray scale because the color scan mode gave me more information, but worse images. They looked more like...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-09-2008
Replies: 64
Views: 4,610
Posted By myoptic3
I don't get it either. I also don't get all the...

I don't get it either. I also don't get all the mean comments and general low class sniping that occurs on this forum. A camera is just a tool, and some perform their function better than others. One...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-07-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 919
Posted By myoptic3
I am not a big fan of the Bessa's build quality,...

I am not a big fan of the Bessa's build quality, but you could probably buy a nice used R3a for $450 and have a lot of money to buy film or lenses. I had one and it seemed like a nice camera,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-06-2008
Replies: 51
Views: 3,716
Posted By myoptic3
I have had my share of problems w/ eBay's double...

I have had my share of problems w/ eBay's double standards and paypal is a rip off. But when I tried to sell things w/o offering paypal it was like pulling teeth to get people to send a money order!...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-06-2008
Replies: 52
Views: 3,803
Posted By myoptic3
I wonder how many people actually buy Leica gear...

I wonder how many people actually buy Leica gear new anyway. Not me.

The drop in the US dollar has affected nearly everything else, so I can see it affecting photography. Permanent war (or unlawful...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-05-2008
Replies: 55
Views: 4,900
Posted By myoptic3
Thank you for the quote Nh3! Us amateur posers...

Thank you for the quote Nh3! Us amateur posers (poseur?) have to stick together.

But still, if you want to illustrate something, shouldn't it be in focus? It's a moot point. I still think it looks...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-05-2008
Replies: 70
Views: 4,593
Posted By myoptic3
Rokkor 90 M (ok, it's actually a Leica, but it...

Rokkor 90 M (ok, it's actually a Leica, but it says Minolta) - one of the best lenses I have ever used. Recently got a Canon 100 3.5 and it looks like a high quality lens and is very small and light....
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-04-2008
Replies: 55
Views: 4,900
Posted By myoptic3
Well, of course you cannot add grain to a digital...

Well, of course you cannot add grain to a digital file, but you can add noise. The second B&W shot definitely looks better than the first! But it still looks pretty bad.

Maybe because the focus...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-03-2008
Replies: 1,144
Views: 230,414
Posted By myoptic3
Miss Sissy (w/ an attitude).

Miss Sissy (w/ an attitude).
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-02-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 1,368
Posted By myoptic3
One way to add more color saturation is to buy a...

One way to add more color saturation is to buy a $30 lens adapter w/ focus confirmation, and put a Leica R 50 Summicron on it. If that doesn't do it nothing will. Just to play around I bought an Eos...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-02-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 1,579
Posted By myoptic3
Great camera w/ great lenses. My experience is w/...

Great camera w/ great lenses. My experience is w/ the cheaper, somewhat smaller G1's. They are so inexpensive that just replacing the camera is probably cheaper than repairing them. You might ck...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 07-01-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 7,326
Posted By myoptic3
You are probably going to need 1/250 or higher if...

You are probably going to need 1/250 or higher if your subject is not still. Generally, 1/350 is needed to freeze motion, but 1/250 should do it w/ a 40 lens.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 06-29-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1,450
Posted By myoptic3
Sunny, bright days can often give you those flat...

Sunny, bright days can often give you those flat pics. But it could also be the development. I assume the lens is nice and clear? Are you sure the camera exposes properly? Do the shutter speeds sound...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-28-2008
Replies: 825
Views: 167,231
Posted By myoptic3
Maybe they should start with simply fixing the...

Maybe they should start with simply fixing the design and quality issues in their existing cameras?
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 06-24-2008
Replies: 19
Views: 2,115
Posted By myoptic3
I have to agree w/ Tuolumme, especially after the...

I have to agree w/ Tuolumme, especially after the pic Kevin posted. It is sharp, but my goodness, everything but the odd highlight here and there is the same shade of gray. Which is digital in a...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 06-14-2008
Replies: 130
Views: 23,873
Posted By myoptic3
Ken Rockwell is an opinionated pro. He tells it...

Ken Rockwell is an opinionated pro. He tells it like it is, and if people don't like what he has to say they can take a flying leap. There are more than a lot of opinionated amateurs on these forums,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-05-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 1,013
Posted By myoptic3
It looks like a shrine or an altar. Might not...

It looks like a shrine or an altar. Might not make the gods happy if he sells them!
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-05-2008
Replies: 111
Views: 11,141
Posted By myoptic3
I agree w/ Mr. Alien (Sir). Shiny new objects are...

I agree w/ Mr. Alien (Sir). Shiny new objects are GOOD. We must have been crows in another life.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 06-04-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 2,364
Posted By myoptic3
This will be an expensive switch when you factor...

This will be an expensive switch when you factor in lenses, hoods, filters, etc. Have you thought of simply using an N80 (since you are going to be using a film camera anyway)? That way you could use...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-02-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 2,172
Posted By myoptic3
I am pretty sure that you are getting only one...

I am pretty sure that you are getting only one speed because of no battery. Putting one in should (hopefully) fix that.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-30-2008
Replies: 1,048
Views: 137,672
Posted By myoptic3
Galveston Ride

Galveston Ride.
Forum: RFF Polls 05-29-2008
Replies: 92
Views: 9,413
Posted By myoptic3
I do not enjoy cleaning camera glass, so once I...

I do not enjoy cleaning camera glass, so once I get my lens all spiffy a MC UV filter goes right on. Shouldn't ever need to clean it again. I also use a yellow filter if it's bright out w/ B&W film....
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-29-2008
Replies: 70
Views: 23,002
Posted By myoptic3
I've owned about a half dozen of the G1's over...

I've owned about a half dozen of the G1's over the years. I had no problems w/ the AF using the 45mm lens. The AE lock is a joy to use. Noise of AF is not an issue unless you are shooting in a church...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 05-29-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,062
Posted By myoptic3
If your experience is like a lot of others,...

If your experience is like a lot of others, you'll buy a Bessa. You'll love the small size and meter, and be unhappy w/ the noisy, vibrating shutter and the build quality. The strap lugs are in the...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 05-29-2008
Replies: 37
Views: 5,116
Posted By myoptic3
I had a Konica C-35 for years as a pocket camera....

I had a Konica C-35 for years as a pocket camera. Usually loaded w/ Tri-X. They're small, cheap, have a bright view finder, and exposure lock. The 2.8 Hexanon turned out some great shots. The lens...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-27-2008
Replies: 49
Views: 8,533
Posted By myoptic3
I agree w/ Sirius, and trust me, the old lenses...

I agree w/ Sirius, and trust me, the old lenses are as sharp as anything made today (assuming you get a good one). Most every lens manufacturer makes very good to great 50 mm lenses, and Photoshop...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-26-2008
Replies: 67
Views: 7,958
Posted By myoptic3
I don't get many photos of the back of my lens...

I don't get many photos of the back of my lens cap since I went back to an SLR. I do miss the smallness and thinness of the RF cameras, but I had difficulty focusing quickly w/ them. Having the image...
Forum: RFF Polls 05-25-2008
Replies: 157
Views: 17,459
Posted By myoptic3
After selling the RF cameras I am down to 2. The...

After selling the RF cameras I am down to 2. The Nikon 8008s for it's fast AF, wonderful viewfinder, and accurate meter. The R5 for it's lenses.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-23-2008
Replies: 1,144
Views: 230,414
Posted By myoptic3
The Cats

Good Kitty, Bad Kitty, Confused Kitties.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-18-2008
Replies: 51
Views: 5,632
Posted By myoptic3
Willie 901 said many of the shots weren't sharp...

Willie 901 said many of the shots weren't sharp at all. I know this was satire, and I appreciate that, but truthfully many of the shots weren't super sharp, the metering was questionable, and they're...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-16-2008
Replies: 311
Views: 53,340
Posted By myoptic3
I probably shouldn't respond to the bait, but I...

I probably shouldn't respond to the bait, but I can't let that comment about DSLR's ride. No, a DSLR (or DRF for that matter) will not give anyone a better image quality than 35mm, and MF will blow...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-15-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 17,836
Posted By myoptic3
The FE2 is a great, classic MF camera. I know...

The FE2 is a great, classic MF camera. I know nothing about the Contax other than the wonderful G cameras. As you said, the R5 is really well made. Not sure how much Minolta is in it, but it's rock...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-15-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 17,836
Posted By myoptic3
OK, I will get an account w/ one of the online...

OK, I will get an account w/ one of the online galleries. After reducing the files to post here, they're just too small to see anything. Anyway, they're pretty nice for the first roll, and when I get...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-15-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 17,836
Posted By myoptic3
R5 Shots

More R5 Shots w/ Fuji film.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-15-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 17,836
Posted By myoptic3
R5 Shots

R5 Shots. w/ cheap Fuji film.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-15-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 17,836
Posted By myoptic3
Leica R5 Mini Review

I never thought I would own a Leica SLR camera. They have always been expensive, and I never understood their allure, as they seemed hopelessly outdated compared to the Japanese cameras. But digital...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-10-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 1,562
Posted By myoptic3
I agree, those do look like slides. The B&W shot...

I agree, those do look like slides. The B&W shot there is great, but way too clean & stark for my tastes. I like to see some grain in B&W. In color I would rather not, except for my almost diminished...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-07-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 1,829
Posted By myoptic3
If you are after that classic old style Leica...

If you are after that classic old style Leica look, I would recommend the collapsible Summicron 50. It has slightly lower contrast. You can always pull it back up in Photoshop if you wish, or change...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 05-07-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 2,592
Posted By myoptic3
The problem with the CL viewfinder is the low...

The problem with the CL viewfinder is the low magnification. I think it is only .60. It is pretty bright, just small. If you want a big, bright viewfinder go for an M3 w/ .91 magnification and a very...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-07-2008
Replies: 189
Views: 17,642
Posted By myoptic3
Obviously there is something undefineble and...

Obviously there is something undefineble and magical about the best of Bresson's work. Jeez, just look at the photos! The mysterious thing is how he managed to compose some of his best shots by...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-07-2008
Replies: 64
Views: 7,833
Posted By myoptic3
The implications go far beyond photography. The...

The implications go far beyond photography. The State has set it self up as the only entity that may publish a news photo w/o censorship. It follows that The State is assuming control over the news,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-04-2008
Replies: 68
Views: 5,838
Posted By myoptic3
I don't think I am even a real person, much less...

I don't think I am even a real person, much less a real photographer. You just gotta love the guy that said that though. A good laugh is hard to come by these days.
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 05-04-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 1,193
Posted By myoptic3
What happened to the comments on the Sigma...

What happened to the comments on the Sigma camera? To hell w/ Shutterbug (good magazine. I read it whenever I can get it for free), let's see some pics from/reviews of the camera.
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 05-04-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 9,583
Posted By myoptic3
A bank that doesn't understand fractions might...

A bank that doesn't understand fractions might not be a good place to keep your money.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-04-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 1,208
Posted By myoptic3
Some good suggestions here. I like HP5 for it's...

Some good suggestions here. I like HP5 for it's grain and Tri-X for it's tonal look (the old Tri-X was a lot better, to me), but I have seen some great shots w/ the Fuji films too. I second the idea...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-04-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 1,511
Posted By myoptic3
Nice market shots. Strangely, I prefer the B&W...

Nice market shots. Strangely, I prefer the B&W ones too, and this is not usually the case w/ digital images. You're still limited by the narrow dynamic range though, and you can see that the range of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-02-2008
Replies: 37
Views: 3,988
Posted By myoptic3
I love the signature look of the best Leica...

I love the signature look of the best Leica glass. I do not care for the cameras. Too hard to use quickly, too precious for me to sling around. If I can figure a way to use the Leitz glass on a SLR...
Forum: RFF Polls 05-02-2008
Replies: 144
Views: 24,257
Posted By myoptic3
I really like the panties idea. Makes for stares...

I really like the panties idea. Makes for stares on the street though.

Whenever I get a new (to me) lens, the first thing I do is blow it off, hit it w/ a soft brush, wipe off any blemishes w/ a...
Forum: RFF Polls 05-02-2008
Replies: 93
Views: 8,577
Posted By myoptic3
I never understood the odd notion that a zoom...

I never understood the odd notion that a zoom lens makes anyone lazy. By that reasoning, I guess AF, AE, in camera metering, and most everything else is laziness too. Sometimes one can't get close...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-30-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 2,558
Posted By myoptic3
Bob is on the money. I have used the 2200, 1260,...

Bob is on the money. I have used the 2200, 1260, and 1280 printers using M.I.S. Eboni black ink for black only printing, and the results are 100% archival and look great. But this type of printing...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 04-30-2008
Replies: 82
Views: 6,971
Posted By myoptic3
You may as well ask "how do I learn to paint like...

You may as well ask "how do I learn to paint like Degas" Short answer, you don't, and you most certainly can't.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-26-2008
Replies: 102
Views: 27,974
Posted By myoptic3
I had the same problems w/ my CL that Roman had....

I had the same problems w/ my CL that Roman had. It just felt awkward to shoot with. The viewfinder magnification is much less that a Bessa, and I just couldn't get used to the shutter dial position....
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-25-2008
Replies: 32
Views: 2,380
Posted By myoptic3
no words just pics

no words just pics
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-25-2008
Replies: 37
Views: 4,964
Posted By myoptic3
The prices have fallen so much on the G cameras...

The prices have fallen so much on the G cameras and lenses (thank you digital!), that you can pick up one of the G1's w/ a 45mm lens for peanuts. I found mine on eBay for $245 for the kit. As good as...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-23-2008
Replies: 35
Views: 3,326
Posted By myoptic3
You can certainly shoot all manner of blurry, out...

You can certainly shoot all manner of blurry, out of focus images w/ a digital camera if it is manual focus, or even if it is AF. I think that this is two different ways of shooting. W/o a playback...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 04-20-2008
Replies: 27
Views: 2,394
Posted By myoptic3
Thanks georgef for sharing that photo. While I am...

Thanks georgef for sharing that photo. While I am not a fan of digital images, I have to admit that one looks great, and it's the dreamy quality of the lens vignetting that compliments that....
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-17-2008
Replies: 146
Views: 17,940
Posted By myoptic3
I bought one from a fellow RFF member recently....

I bought one from a fellow RFF member recently. Even w/ the big cleaning marks and the loss of coating on the rear element (all of which I knew about before hand), it takes pics w/ that classic Leica...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-17-2008
Replies: 142
Views: 11,066
Posted By myoptic3
Having many cameras and lenses is no problem....

Having many cameras and lenses is no problem. Being attached to them is the problem. Desiring more cameras and lenses, if yours do a fine job, is also a problem. If you were to get rid of that which...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-17-2008
Replies: 104
Views: 12,544
Posted By myoptic3
If your scanner does a worse job than the Walmart...

If your scanner does a worse job than the Walmart scans, you are in trouble. Walmart scans leave out a huge amount of detail, leaving the shots looking like digital images w/ apparent sharpness but...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-16-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 1,451
Posted By myoptic3
Yes, I agree. It is a lot more work, and most SLR...

Yes, I agree. It is a lot more work, and most SLR cameras will do a better job of metering than most any hand held meter because you can instantly switch from spot, center weighted, or matrix...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-12-2008
Replies: 25
Views: 2,343
Posted By myoptic3
I second the idea of a Nikon D50. The image...

I second the idea of a Nikon D50. The image quality is stellar, and it's an intuitive camera to use. You can pick them up for around $400 now w/ batteries, charger, software and possibly a 1 Gig...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 04-10-2008
Replies: 73
Views: 6,583
Posted By myoptic3
TRI-X and HP5 are the two films I use all the...

TRI-X and HP5 are the two films I use all the time. If you are sending them out to a lab, that will be your determining factor. When I send mine out to L.A. B & W Labs the HP5 is gorgeous. When I get...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-09-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 1,825
Posted By myoptic3
There are several versions of the Leica Summi 50...

There are several versions of the Leica Summi 50 2.0. They all have somewhat different image signatures. The Canon is definitely sharp, but I doubt it is as sharp wide open, and it won't give images...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-08-2008
Replies: 74
Views: 4,867
Posted By myoptic3
I have had very good luck buying and selling...

I have had very good luck buying and selling here. Dealt w/ some really great people. But I have also come to understand that if I email someone or PM them I may, or may not, get a reply back. It...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-08-2008
Replies: 57
Views: 3,700
Posted By myoptic3
In many ways you're right. You can do a lot more...

In many ways you're right. You can do a lot more w/ your film digitally than in a darkroom. But your source still counts. You really have to shoot Agfa color film, for instance, to get that Agfa...
Forum: Yashica RF 04-06-2008
Replies: 39
Views: 6,354
Posted By myoptic3
You are fortunate to have stopped things at the...

You are fortunate to have stopped things at the 11th hour, even though you took a big hit on the shipping. craigslist is absolutely full of scammers, so you might want to stick to RFF, photo.net...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-06-2008
Replies: 15
Views: 1,489
Posted By myoptic3
Bessa R3A w/ the VC 35 2.5. You get 1to1...

Bessa R3A w/ the VC 35 2.5. You get 1to1 viewfinder, M mount, AE, no bigger than an R, and only a little bit heavier. I have a CL that is tiny also, and for a fixed lens a Konica C35 is very small...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-06-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 994
Posted By myoptic3
I'll bet that if you put on a yellow filter (for...

I'll bet that if you put on a yellow filter (for B&W) you would eliminate that flare. Or a hood. I have a Nikon 35 70 2.8 zoom that has lots of scratches and nicks on the front element and the...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 04-05-2008
Replies: 96
Views: 18,533
Posted By myoptic3
jplomley, you ask some questions that seem to...

jplomley, you ask some questions that seem to have struck a nerve here. Here's my take: there just isn't enough information w/ an M8 to get the sizes that you want. No amount of resizing is going to...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-05-2008
Replies: 80
Views: 12,907
Posted By myoptic3
Isn't that why digital cameras were invented?

Isn't that why digital cameras were invented?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-04-2008
Replies: 45
Views: 4,931
Posted By myoptic3
SLR lenses are valued for bokeh and sharpness for...

SLR lenses are valued for bokeh and sharpness for sure. I have a Nikon 85 1.8 AF lens that is great for portraits because of it's bokeh, and if I could afford it I would go for the 85 1.4 which is...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-04-2008
Replies: 19
Views: 1,702
Posted By myoptic3
2 degrees is far from 10 degrees. I wouldn't...

2 degrees is far from 10 degrees. I wouldn't worry about it, and either compensate when you shoot, or straighten it out in Photoshop later. For slides you are just screwed. It is probably annoying...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-03-2008
Replies: 19
Views: 1,702
Posted By myoptic3
It's funny you mentioned this, because the last 2...

It's funny you mentioned this, because the last 2 G1's that I owned had small problems in the viewfinders. The green illuminated shutter speed readout in the finders were tilted about the 10 degrees...
Forum: RFF Polls 04-02-2008
Replies: 398
Views: 29,994
Posted By myoptic3
This is my favorite SLR camera. Great lens, and...

This is my favorite SLR camera. Great lens, and very light!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-02-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 1,681
Posted By myoptic3
What you want is the push-pull 80 200 2.8 AF D...

What you want is the push-pull 80 200 2.8 AF D lens. You can usually find them for around $500. Best to get the hood too, as the front glass is huge. These things are big and heavy, but the optics...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-02-2008
Replies: 31
Views: 2,809
Posted By myoptic3
Canon A-1, or F-1 if you don't mind the weight....

Canon A-1, or F-1 if you don't mind the weight. Both beautiful, all metal cameras w/ a great selection of affordable, sharp lenses. But my current favorite is a Nikon N80. The viewfinder isn't as...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 03-31-2008
Replies: 26
Views: 2,141
Posted By myoptic3
Here's one more. Of course, what the shot...

Here's one more. Of course, what the shot actually looked like to begin w/ is anybody's guess, and you may want the tones different, but it's just a starting point.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 03-31-2008
Replies: 26
Views: 2,141
Posted By myoptic3
I took the liberty to pop your photo into...

I took the liberty to pop your photo into Photoshop. The Auto Levels helped a lot by itself, then I brought out a little more detail w/ levels, and did an Auto Color. There's a lot of detail in your...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 03-31-2008
Replies: 22
Views: 4,316
Posted By myoptic3
TriState Cameras is another bad one to watch out...

TriState Cameras is another bad one to watch out for. I second Al's recommendations of B&H and Adorama, in that order, and I would also recommend Calumet Photo. K.E.H. is the best for used gear. It...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 2,190
Posted By myoptic3
Someone asked is painting, writing, music dead?...

Someone asked is painting, writing, music dead? For all practical purposes, yes. Everything goes in cycles, and this is certainly a down cycle for the arts. Painting has said everything it had to say...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 03-28-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 1,621
Posted By myoptic3
I have been able to buy Agfa Vista 200 on the...

I have been able to buy Agfa Vista 200 on the lomography site. It is still inside the expiration date. I prefer Optima, but will take what I can get. Unfortunately I discovered the joys (and...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-28-2008
Replies: 31
Views: 2,208
Posted By myoptic3
Wait until the new feedback rules take effect in...

Wait until the new feedback rules take effect in May (I think), then leave a negative stating the nature of the problem. Under the new feedback rules, a seller cannot leave a buyer a negative. eBay's...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-25-2008
Replies: 41
Views: 2,615
Posted By myoptic3
Only once. It was when I was out w/ a pristine M3...

Only once. It was when I was out w/ a pristine M3 w/ a Dual Range and the chrome Leica lens cap. That thing looked beautiful. But the camera that always got remarks was my Canon A-1 w/ a 50 1.4 lens....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-25-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 1,425
Posted By myoptic3
Any photos of the dogs?:D

Any photos of the dogs?:D
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 03-25-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 2,288
Posted By myoptic3
Always ck the battery first. I agree w/ kknox...

Always ck the battery first. I agree w/ kknox that you should first put in a Zinc air cell battery, which I think is 1.4 volts, just in case yours really hasn't had the 1.5 upgrade. You have nothing...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 03-25-2008
Replies: 33
Views: 3,975
Posted By myoptic3
I would think that an M4 would make a fine backup...

I would think that an M4 would make a fine backup to a CL.;)
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-24-2008
Replies: 30
Views: 1,758
Posted By myoptic3
You are probably smart to leave the people out....

You are probably smart to leave the people out. Always problems w/ people. The shots look very good. I love these G cameras.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-24-2008
Replies: 73
Views: 4,078
Posted By myoptic3
A few years ago I was sleeping on a train to...

A few years ago I was sleeping on a train to Portland when I was awakened at 3 am by 2 suits that identified themselves as DEA. Said they were looking for drugs and weapons. Told 'em fine, I didn't...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-24-2008
Replies: 26
Views: 4,046
Posted By myoptic3
It may be a cute little kitten now, but one day...

It may be a cute little kitten now, but one day it will suddenly turn into a CAT!:D
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-23-2008
Replies: 57
Views: 3,819
Posted By myoptic3
RAW will usually give you a better image, but it...

RAW will usually give you a better image, but it will require a lot more time in PS unless you set up some actions to speed things along. This gets us into the problem w/ digital. Do you remember...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-21-2008
Replies: 308
Views: 34,707
Posted By myoptic3
The VC lenses can be very good. You have to do...

The VC lenses can be very good. You have to do your research to find the best ones. My 35 2.5 was very sharp. But the thing the VC lenses don't do to my knowledge, nor other lenses for that matter,...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 03-20-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 1,590
Posted By myoptic3
I would go w/ an Epson 1280 printer. They can be...

I would go w/ an Epson 1280 printer. They can be found for around $125 to $175 used and can print up to 13x19. As others have said, it isn't necessarily the initial cost so much as the price of ink....
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-20-2008
Replies: 34
Views: 2,366
Posted By myoptic3
Stephanie, if it is any consolation, I had to...

Stephanie, if it is any consolation, I had to sell mine because I couldn't get used to the clacking shutter and the build quality. It was aggravating, because it seemed that if VC had just put in...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-20-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 7,033
Posted By myoptic3
Thanks for the pics and review. I had one and...

Thanks for the pics and review. I had one and marveled at the small size and accurate meter. Wanted to strangle the person who designed the rewind crank (probably the same person who designed the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-20-2008
Replies: 44
Views: 4,279
Posted By myoptic3
How about a Leica CL or CLE w/ a 35 to 50 lens?...

How about a Leica CL or CLE w/ a 35 to 50 lens? Plenty small and great optics. Or a Contax G1 w/ your lens of choice? Not to mention the Konica Hexar AF. The latter two are essentially P&S's. But of...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-18-2008
Replies: 114
Views: 22,661
Posted By myoptic3
One more, just to illustrate HP5 grain. I love...

One more, just to illustrate HP5 grain. I love this film.
Forum: RFF Polls 03-18-2008
Replies: 114
Views: 22,661
Posted By myoptic3
57301I think you have been misinformed. There ARE...

57301I think you have been misinformed. There ARE no other B&W 400 speed films other than Tr-X and HP5 (well, none worth shooting anyway). See enclosed image. If it ain't got grain, it ain't B&W.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-18-2008
Replies: 40
Views: 2,417
Posted By myoptic3
Color Skopar Shots

Here's a couple taken w/ the 35 Color Skopar lens, showing what could only be New Mexico sky..
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-18-2008
Replies: 40
Views: 2,417
Posted By myoptic3
I also would recommend the VC 35 2.5 Color...

I also would recommend the VC 35 2.5 Color Skopar. I sold mine because I just don't use wide angles much, but it was a fine lens. Very sharp, though it did need to be sharpened up a bit in PS at the...
Forum: Off Topic 03-16-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 1,343
Posted By myoptic3
A large screwdriver will pop most any locking gas...

A large screwdriver will pop most any locking gas cap off in a few seconds, but it would certainly stop the more casual, opportunistic, dumb gas robber. We have a tandem bike for getting into town...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-14-2008
Replies: 44
Views: 4,279
Posted By myoptic3
I have a small, older Fuji E-550 for my small...

I have a small, older Fuji E-550 for my small digital P&S. It has a sharp lens, RAW, and the feature I bought it for, very little shutter lag. It also has an optical viewfinder. But I do not like...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-14-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 1,331
Posted By myoptic3
I used to have a Nikon V ED and can vouch for...

I used to have a Nikon V ED and can vouch for their excellent scanning capabilities. They are great. But for a lot less money you can find a Minolta Dimage Scan Dual III film scanner and get very...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-12-2008
Replies: 127
Views: 11,721
Posted By myoptic3
T-Max....the C 41 of B&W film.

T-Max....the C 41 of B&W film.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-12-2008
Replies: 26
Views: 1,635
Posted By myoptic3
Great cameras, but they do occasionally...

Great cameras, but they do occasionally mis-focus. One thing that takes a while to understand is that you want to lock the AF within one of the little ] bars, not in the middle of them [ ]. You will...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-12-2008
Replies: 2
Views: 620
Posted By myoptic3
Oscar, You can find the adapters at most online...

Oscar,
You can find the adapters at most online photography sites, as well as eBay. Since your R has manually selected frame lines it doesn't matter which M adapter you get. Some of the cheaper...
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-11-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 1,890
Posted By myoptic3
Thanks very much guys. Now to search for a CL or...

Thanks very much guys. Now to search for a CL or CLE. I really like the R3a, but I was looking thru some of my photos and saw that the old DR that I sold has a definite signature look to it, so It's...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-10-2008
Replies: 138
Views: 18,698
Posted By myoptic3
Why the arbitrary 2 rolls a week and 3 prints. It...

Why the arbitrary 2 rolls a week and 3 prints. It IS arbitrary. Just shoot whenever there is a shot worth taking (you would be surprised how few shots you will take) and print only the great shots...
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-10-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 1,890
Posted By myoptic3
Leica Summicron DR Questions

I just got a Leica Summicron 50 DR lens and it won't work on my Bessa R3a (should have read Gandy's write up on the R3a first). It binds up on the inside of the camera. I was going to get a CL or CLE...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-10-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 1,366
Posted By myoptic3
I second the idea of getting another camera and...

I second the idea of getting another camera and hanging onto the G. I have had probably a lalf dozen of the G1's. After a while I get frustrated w/ the AF (never knowing quite where it has decided to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-09-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 1,229
Posted By myoptic3
I've never seen light leaks exactly like that,...

I've never seen light leaks exactly like that, but that may mean nothing. Odd that they would have those round, circular shapes, but I am used to SLR's w/ back loading film doors. Almost looks like...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-08-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 1,500
Posted By myoptic3
I would recommend something different. A used...

I would recommend something different. A used Bessa R3a. It is more money, but you get a lot more. In camera metering, AE, 1:1 viewfinder, the selectable frames you want for different lenses. I have...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-07-2008
Replies: 43
Views: 1,842
Posted By myoptic3
I recently purchased one thru K.E.H. It had a...

I recently purchased one thru K.E.H. It had a wonderful feel to it, and the shutter speed dial was where all the Leica shutter dials SHOULD have been all along. Very easy to spin it to get your...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-06-2008
Replies: 89
Views: 5,475
Posted By myoptic3
I'm all for new film cameras, but why a SLR?...

I'm all for new film cameras, but why a SLR? Probably because they are cheap to design and manufacture, compared to RF cameras. I see this as just another inept, ill thought out move by what was once...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-06-2008
Replies: 32
Views: 1,323
Posted By myoptic3
Sounds like a neat camera, although I usually...

Sounds like a neat camera, although I usually prefer a longer lens. I'm glad to see some of these great affordable RF cameras being discussed. I was noticing recently that many of the posts and most...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-05-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 5,792
Posted By myoptic3
Speaking of curvature.....

Speaking of curvature.....
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-05-2008
Replies: 109
Views: 31,741
Posted By myoptic3
The only CV lens I have used is the 35 2.5 Color...

The only CV lens I have used is the 35 2.5 Color Scopar, only because it came attached to a Bessa R I bought. It sure doesn't look like much, and it has that strange little focusing tab on the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-04-2008
Replies: 54
Views: 2,391
Posted By myoptic3
I have to agree w/ endustry. There is no real...

I have to agree w/ endustry. There is no real alternative to the M. The Bessa is just not in the same league (or price), and the Hexar is no more. Ditto for the Contax G. It remains to be seen how...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-04-2008
Replies: 89
Views: 2,995
Posted By myoptic3
Unfortunately, when you deal w/ KEH you sometimes...

Unfortunately, when you deal w/ KEH you sometimes get surprises. They are truly nice people, but this is another example of them not checking the merchandise well before shipping it. I am running...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-03-2008
Replies: 74
Views: 2,842
Posted By myoptic3
I wonder if someone could direct me to the FSU...

I wonder if someone could direct me to the FSU porn threads (just for scientific research, of course. I only read them for the great articles. :=).
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-02-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 713
Posted By myoptic3
Oh, I just thought of another alternative. There...

Oh, I just thought of another alternative. There is some discussion on whether it is an RF camera, but for not much more than your $400 limit (and possibly for just that amount) you could buy a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-02-2008
Replies: 36
Views: 2,271
Posted By myoptic3
I learned photography using a camera w/ a built...

I learned photography using a camera w/ a built in meter( Canon AE-1), and have always used cameras w/ meters. I noticed that when I went to Nikon AF cameras they metered much better than the Canon....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-02-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 713
Posted By myoptic3
Well, you could always buy my Canon 7 in Exc...

Well, you could always buy my Canon 7 in Exc Condition and w/ a working meter. The 50 frame lines are nice. $250 would do it, shipping included. The build quality is quite a bit better than the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-02-2008
Replies: 39
Views: 7,203
Posted By myoptic3
After Hurricane Camille in Gulfport we had a LOT...

After Hurricane Camille in Gulfport we had a LOT of salt water soaked interiors in our cars. Those of us that still had cars after the storm. A few days in the sun and they smelled pretty ripe. A...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-01-2008
Replies: 278
Views: 17,176
Posted By myoptic3
Film, or Digital? It's like a Frankenstein...

Film, or Digital? It's like a Frankenstein (stien?) monster that keeps coming back year after year. I wonder if people were asking "horse, or car"? years ago.

No need to go through the reasons in...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-01-2008
Replies: 32
Views: 2,020
Posted By myoptic3
The sample scans I have seen on the web of the...

The sample scans I have seen on the web of the Plustek look good. They don't have the detail of the higher priced film scanners, but not bad at all. Search around on the web and you can find some...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-29-2008
Replies: 29
Views: 3,666
Posted By myoptic3
$500 to paint a camera? And then the painter...

$500 to paint a camera? And then the painter MIGHT get back to you? Sometime. Lord. No wonder Leica shooters have a, well, strange reputation. You could have the thing taken apart and rechromed for...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-27-2008
Replies: 246
Views: 5,624
Posted By myoptic3
I think Leica has gotten to where they are today,...

I think Leica has gotten to where they are today, and it may be debated as to exactly where they are today, by updating an older design over many decades. It is obviously at the end of that design...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-22-2008
Replies: 90
Views: 6,084
Posted By myoptic3
Where the hell's the naked wimmin (my apologies...

Where the hell's the naked wimmin (my apologies to the Maplethorpe followers)!!!??? Reminds me of the friend who once stated that if they had a band they would name it Free Beer, No Cover.
Forum: RFF Polls 02-20-2008
Replies: 57
Views: 8,339
Posted By myoptic3
When I first started seriously shooting, I...

When I first started seriously shooting, I printed up a lot of stuff. Showed it to friends. Sold a few pieces, but it was to a friend. Loved hanging it on the wall, but hated all the matting and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-20-2008
Replies: 49
Views: 3,070
Posted By myoptic3
That was a great blog of your trip. To me, it...

That was a great blog of your trip. To me, it also suggested that an AF SLR w/ 2 zooms may be a better travel option, as long as you use a small one w/ a quieter shutter. Might want to supplement it...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-19-2008
Replies: 25
Views: 2,894
Posted By myoptic3
These CAN be great cameras, but they have known...

These CAN be great cameras, but they have known issues. 1-occasional LCD bleed. 2-small viewfinder. 3-occasional focus problems (this is on a camera by camera basis. Get a good one, no problems. Get...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-17-2008
Replies: 105
Views: 7,797
Posted By myoptic3
Well, as for myself, I have no real idea if I...

Well, as for myself, I have no real idea if I have nailed a shot until I get the film developed, which is why digi is wonderful. Too bad I don't usually like the digi imagary. I would add another...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-17-2008
Replies: 414
Views: 17,338
Posted By myoptic3
I would be surprised to see color 35mm film last...

I would be surprised to see color 35mm film last more than 5 to 10 years, except for the pro stuff. And has anyone tried to find B&W film at Walmart or Walgreen's, to name two stores? Good luck. The...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-09-2008
Replies: 35
Views: 1,684
Posted By myoptic3
I agree, the older bulbs were crap. Dim as a...

I agree, the older bulbs were crap. Dim as a cave. But the newer ones are fine, and the light bill has gone down nicely. The light is not green anymore. Fluorescent bulbs have come a long way. You...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-08-2008
Replies: 38
Views: 2,374
Posted By myoptic3
Yep, I hate Paypal too. eBay is no fun anymore...

Yep, I hate Paypal too. eBay is no fun anymore either. Gandy may have opened a flood gate w/ his reasonably priced classified ads, and that's great. I would much rather buy from a RFF member than...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-07-2008
Replies: 128
Views: 24,602
Posted By myoptic3
Here's what happened w/ me. I was using a Nikon V...

Here's what happened w/ me. I was using a Nikon V ED film scanner, and scanned in a B&W neg from Ilford HP5 using the color setting, then using the mono setting (whether this is the same as your...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 02-06-2008
Replies: 71
Views: 4,430
Posted By myoptic3
Although I haven't read it, Lenswork has been...

Although I haven't read it, Lenswork has been mentioned by others as a good photography mag w/ good paper and prints. I've heard you can find it at Borders and Barnes and Noble.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-04-2008
Replies: 132
Views: 5,026
Posted By myoptic3
I can't wait to scoop the guys at grandprix.com...

I can't wait to scoop the guys at grandprix.com w/ the new Morgan Formula One car rumor! If a soft drink maker of stimulant drinks can sponsor a race car, I wouldn't be that surprised to see a Morgan...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-04-2008
Replies: 132
Views: 5,026
Posted By myoptic3
I would guess that the pros throw their gear...

I would guess that the pros throw their gear around because someone else's money paid for it. It's different when you have to dig into your own pocket to buy or repair things. For sure cameras are...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-31-2008
Replies: 93
Views: 6,280
Posted By myoptic3
I don't like the new change, and I didn't like...

I don't like the new change, and I didn't like the old way either. In the past I have refrained from leaving negative feedback for a seller (jerk took my money and never sent the camera) because I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-28-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 1,530
Posted By myoptic3
So only people who shoot an old film camera are...

So only people who shoot an old film camera are photographers? The people were checking to see if their shots were exposed/framed properly I suppose, but I am sure everyone knows that. Actually, for...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-28-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 1,530
Posted By myoptic3
So only people who shoot an old film camera are...

So only people who shoot an old film camera are photographers? The people were checkjing to see if their shots were exposed/framed properly I suppose, but I am sure everyone knows that. Actually, for...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-26-2008
Replies: 48
Views: 3,726
Posted By myoptic3
Hopefully it won't come to "rolling your own" any...

Hopefully it won't come to "rolling your own" any time soon. I have given up trying to anticipate these sort of things, as about half of the time I am right , and the other half of the time I am...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-26-2008
Replies: 217
Views: 10,771
Posted By myoptic3
Great shot CJM! I know what you mean about it...

Great shot CJM! I know what you mean about it being all downhill from there too. Better and more gear doth not make better pics. My first slr was a mint AE-1 w/ 50 1.8 lens and a neat Southwest type...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 01-25-2008
Replies: 32
Views: 2,030
Posted By myoptic3
I would be wary of Epson Enhanced Matt. It is a...

I would be wary of Epson Enhanced Matt. It is a paper that prints B&W beautifully, but it isn't archival and will turn yellowish over time, as I and many others have discovered. There are quite a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-21-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 9,039
Posted By myoptic3
I found a web site that offers these and has a...

I found a web site that offers these and has a review. It's www. scandig.com. They are in the Uk I believe. The Dmax is low at 3.2, but the scans shown here look good, at least on the web. It is an...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-20-2008
Replies: 28
Views: 1,393
Posted By myoptic3
It's funny you should mention this. I recently...

It's funny you should mention this. I recently went to a non metered M3, my first Leica, and while I have been getting good results from hand held metering, it isn't as accurate as my Nikon SLR in...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 01-20-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 675
Posted By myoptic3
Admin, Yeah, it would irritate my wife too, but...

Admin,
Yeah, it would irritate my wife too, but now and then I actually make money on ebay sales so it evens out. I don't do it w/ out of pocket money anyway. Put it on a visa, and I can get the...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 01-20-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 675
Posted By myoptic3
Unfortunately I don't have any shooting...

Unfortunately I don't have any shooting experience w/ these 2 lenses, but I do have a system for getting what I need in similar situations. I would just buy both of the lenses. Shoot w/ them, see the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-18-2008
Replies: 55
Views: 1,701
Posted By myoptic3
I second the Epson 1280 printer using the black...

I second the Epson 1280 printer using the black ink only. Too bad Epson discontinued this printer, but there seems to be many years supply pf good used ones on the market. I use the MIS Eboni black...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-17-2008
Replies: 35
Views: 7,778
Posted By myoptic3
Thanks Prosaic for posting the comparison scans...

Thanks Prosaic for posting the comparison scans of the Nikon vs the Plustek (sounds like some sort of dental tool or something). I was hoping to use one of these for B&W negs, but the sample here...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-17-2008
Replies: 263
Views: 54,183
Posted By myoptic3
This is a simple, two step process. #1 - Look at...

This is a simple, two step process. #1 - Look at the sample photos for each that are posted on the various web sites. #2 - Pull out your wallet and see what is in there. Decision made.
Forum: Optics Theory - 01-17-2008
Replies: 2
Views: 1,117
Posted By myoptic3
You have gotten some good advice here. There are...

You have gotten some good advice here. There are several options. Use the lens as it is (assuming the oil problem is not that bad) and make a point to keep it from high temps and ck it now and then...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-14-2008
Replies: 42
Views: 1,467
Posted By myoptic3
I would think this isn't an either-or thing. Use...

I would think this isn't an either-or thing. Use the digital for all the reasons you correctly stated. If you shot only B&W, which it doesn't sound like you do, then I would shoot only film. If you...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 01-13-2008
Replies: 46
Views: 2,407
Posted By myoptic3
The shot w/ the man walking and the boat in the...

The shot w/ the man walking and the boat in the background....this is a good shot. Everything works. Great atmosphere and interesting old time feeling. The man adds a lot of human scale and interest....
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 01-13-2008
Replies: 46
Views: 2,407
Posted By myoptic3
I like to shoot at high noon too. It can be done....

I like to shoot at high noon too. It can be done. The second shot w/ the contrast dialed up looks much better. The trick is to use curves and selectively add and detract contrast, brightness, etc to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-09-2008
Replies: 21
Views: 1,233
Posted By myoptic3
I had the same problem getting a camera to a...

I had the same problem getting a camera to a buyer right before Christmas w/ the USPS. I kept checking over and over to see if the buyer had gotten it and I kept getting a message that said .t was at...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-09-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 556
Posted By myoptic3
Some of the best RF cameras for low light are...

Some of the best RF cameras for low light are some of the cheapest. A Konica C35 and Yashica Electro GSN both have really good lenses. But they are full auto cameras. You can set the shutter speed on...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-09-2008
Replies: 32
Views: 1,969
Posted By myoptic3
More of a Big City Thing. Smaller towns seem to...

More of a Big City Thing. Smaller towns seem to exhibit less paranoia and more common sense. Less power tripping. Of course you pay a price for this, but to me it is worth it. Most folks in a small...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-09-2008
Replies: 44
Views: 1,619
Posted By myoptic3
I wondered about the Minolta scanner. Glad that...

I wondered about the Minolta scanner. Glad that yours sounds like a keeper. In a stupid fit of cost cutting I sold my Nikon scanner a while back and am now searching for a cheapo replacement. I will...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-09-2008
Replies: 44
Views: 1,619
Posted By myoptic3
I wondered about the Minolta scanner. Glad that...

I wondered about the Minolta scanner. Glad that yours sounds like a keeper. In a stupid fit of cost cutting I sold my Nikon scanner a while back and am now searching for a cheapo replacement. I will...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-09-2008
Replies: 44
Views: 1,619
Posted By myoptic3
Here's a few more of the V ED scans. The crane...

Here's a few more of the V ED scans. The crane picture is w/ Kodachrome slide film, and I honestly don't see how you could get much more detail from the slide w/o going to a drum scan. If you click...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-09-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 1,073
Posted By myoptic3
(She saw me lean down and thought I was going to...

(She saw me lean down and thought I was going to scratch her belly. She was a bit upset I was only taking a photo.) Yeah, I'm the same way.

The last three shots look great. They definitely have...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-09-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 887
Posted By myoptic3
I would call a US photo shop like B&H Photo and...

I would call a US photo shop like B&H Photo and see what they say. I would think that if you bring the Diafine in powder form, in it's unopened box, you should be fine as long as it is in checked...
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