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Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-19-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 844
Posted By Jonathan R
Shrinking lens for Leica M viewfinder?

Possibly a foolish question, but I have to ask.

I have become a spectacle-wearer due to age, and like so many others before me, find this difficult with my beloved Leica M6. I'm aware of all the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-21-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,120
Posted By Jonathan R
Ah yes, I forgot to mention that I'm left eye...

Ah yes, I forgot to mention that I'm left eye dominant too. Sadly I can't get along with glasses on a string. Too slow, too easily tangled with the camera, too easily squashed. I have...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-21-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,120
Posted By Jonathan R
Spectacles/glasses and Leica M

I'm sure this is commonly debated, but I can't find exactly the advice I'm looking for.

I've had absolutely perfect vision for most of my life, but my close vision gradually went out of whack, and...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-11-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1,100
Posted By Jonathan R
@Sebastel, your reply much appreciated in any...

@Sebastel, your reply much appreciated in any case! It's only chance that I had already seen that repair manual.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-08-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1,100
Posted By Jonathan R
Thanks again. I think the design of these...

Thanks again.

I think the design of these cameras was quite brilliant. I do have a Leica too, because of that focus at wide aperture problem, but I've had some of my best shots with the Rollei. ...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-08-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1,100
Posted By Jonathan R
@Fixcinater: thanks so much, that's what I...

@Fixcinater: thanks so much, that's what I needed. I found the little hole and popped the ring out at last with little trouble.

So now I'll study the service manual again alongside your very...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-08-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1,100
Posted By Jonathan R
Hmm, yes, I do have that service manual. I'm not...

Hmm, yes, I do have that service manual. I'm not particularly stupid, but I have to say it didn't help me much!
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-08-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1,100
Posted By Jonathan R
Rollei 35 Tessar lens repair question

I've posted about this before, in other forums, but not resolved it.

The focus ring on my Rollei 35 Tessar turns too easily, so that it loses position at the slightest touch. Several people have...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-22-2013
Replies: 31
Views: 2,359
Posted By Jonathan R
Have you experienced this as a problem, or are...

Have you experienced this as a problem, or are you following theoretical advice from others? I have never encountered any uneven development issues with Emofin (or any other developer). So I don't...
Forum: RFF News 01-15-2013
Replies: 129
Views: 25,784
Posted By Jonathan R
City?

Is there a supposition in the rules that street photography can only happen in cities? Can it not happen in the countryside?
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 03-16-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 7,235
Posted By Jonathan R
There is nothing whatever wrong with the...

There is nothing whatever wrong with the Singapore-made Tessar, except its performance wide open and its lack of contrast (which in old Leica lenses would be turned into a virtue!). Stopped down, it...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 09-30-2008
Replies: 1
Views: 2,516
Posted By Jonathan R
HELP! DIY Rollei 35 lens repair

The front cell on the 40mm Tessar of my Rollei 35 is slightly loose (side-to-side play). This means that it loses its pre-set focus very easily, and I guess it can't help the optical performance...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-24-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 1,292
Posted By Jonathan R
I don't see how that 220285003774 hood can work...

I don't see how that 220285003774 hood can work effectively for BOTH the 35mm and 50mm. It must be insufficient for the 50, or cause vignetting on the 35, surely?
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 05-07-2008
Replies: 38
Views: 4,820
Posted By Jonathan R
Oh, and if you are using a lab you may be...

Oh, and if you are using a lab you may be particularly disappointed by the results from a BW film. I find films need a little extra development for that lens to boost contrast. Strangely enough my...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 05-07-2008
Replies: 38
Views: 4,820
Posted By Jonathan R
Lawnpotter, that Tessar lens is sharp, but it's...

Lawnpotter, that Tessar lens is sharp, but it's also low in contrast. If your prints were very contrasty, you should definitely suspect something other than the lens. Mike's suggestion about...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-16-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 2,416
Posted By Jonathan R
Andrew, I'm watching this thread with interest,...

Andrew, I'm watching this thread with interest, but you seem to be getting little response.

Some (12?) years ago, I had a Rollei 35 CLA'd by Mike Pye of HB(AV) Ltd, 18 Council Street, Wollaston,...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 04-14-2008
Replies: 25
Views: 3,234
Posted By Jonathan R
Oh that's such a pity, For the girls are so...

Oh that's such a pity,
For the girls are so pretty...

But the pictures are very nice too. Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-11-2008
Replies: 83
Views: 7,638
Posted By Jonathan R
She went through college, she calls herself an...

She went through college, she calls herself an artist, she sells well. If she learned to make a bed, she discarded that bit of training - is that what they mean by talent?
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-11-2008
Replies: 83
Views: 7,638
Posted By Jonathan R
Is it simply too presumptuous for someone to call...

Is it simply too presumptuous for someone to call themselves an artist? Maybe they should just say 'painter' or 'sculptor' or 'photographer'. It's as bad as if they described themselves as...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-11-2008
Replies: 83
Views: 7,638
Posted By Jonathan R
But Roger, there must be people out there who...

But Roger, there must be people out there who don't know whether they are looking at a work of art or not...? Wouldn't it be awful if they bought something they liked and it wasn't actually art? :)
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-11-2008
Replies: 83
Views: 7,638
Posted By Jonathan R
Of course it's perfectly possible to teach a...

Of course it's perfectly possible to teach a range of art skills (drawing, perspective, composition, colour handling, technological processes, expression, criticism, self-criticism,...) and many of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-11-2008
Replies: 27
Views: 2,383
Posted By Jonathan R
I'll be fascinated to know whether this works. ...

I'll be fascinated to know whether this works. Arnulf, please keep us posted! Even if Gabriel is right about the autobrightness function, it seems to me there must be some difference between the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-10-2008
Replies: 27
Views: 2,383
Posted By Jonathan R
Arnulf, 'thin negative' means not much density,...

Arnulf, 'thin negative' means not much density, compared with other negatives. In particular, shadows look almost transparent.
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-08-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 1,488
Posted By Jonathan R
Adding all those glass-air surfaces will add...

Adding all those glass-air surfaces will add considerably to any flare problems. But if you use a lenshood too, your vignetting problems will get worse.

Would a gel holder with a couple of gel ND...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 04-07-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 1,012
Posted By Jonathan R
After a phone call, Leica at Milton Keynes did...

After a phone call, Leica at Milton Keynes did mine while I waited last year. Took about 10 minutes. Might also be worth trying your local Leica dealer, in case technicians do the rounds?
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-07-2008
Replies: 57
Views: 6,154
Posted By Jonathan R
My first 35mm camera (a Zenit SLR) had an...

My first 35mm camera (a Zenit SLR) had an Industar 50. Compared with later acquisitions, that lens was a dog. I'm afraid I couldn't see any redeeming qualities in it.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-04-2008
Replies: 27
Views: 2,383
Posted By Jonathan R
Going against the tide here, but is this negative...

Going against the tide here, but is this negative actually relatively thin? The light source within the picture would have driven the exposure down unless you deliberately gave it more. And it...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-03-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 2,076
Posted By Jonathan R
I think the decisive moment in most situations is...

I think the decisive moment in most situations is a lot longer than 1/60 sec.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-14-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 1,055
Posted By Jonathan R
I agree about the lack of shadow detail in these...

I agree about the lack of shadow detail in these images, but you need to judge the cause by studying the negative directly with a lupe, as your scanning may be contributing.

It's not really a...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-10-2008
Replies: 138
Views: 18,698
Posted By Jonathan R
Fascinating question, Steve. Your response to...

Fascinating question, Steve. Your response to your friend is much as mine would have been.

I don't know the Empty Mind concept, but it sounds a child-like state in which the filters that adults use...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-10-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 1,154
Posted By Jonathan R
Always nice to see, but a pity about the captions...

Always nice to see, but a pity about the captions telling you what you can already see, but failing to tell you what is actually known about the context.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-05-2008
Replies: 54
Views: 2,391
Posted By Jonathan R
Today's news: The classic car makers Morgan have...

Today's news:
The classic car makers Morgan have created the world's first green sportscar. The hydrogen-powered vehicle, which has a top speed of 90mph, has been released to celebrate the centenary...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-05-2008
Replies: 54
Views: 2,391
Posted By Jonathan R
What aspects of the M series would we want Leica...

What aspects of the M series would we want Leica to compromise in a new series? Durability? Lens mount? Size? Format size? Quality? Reliability?
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 02-26-2008
Replies: 44
Views: 1,365
Posted By Jonathan R
Just a small thought that hasn't been mentioned...

Just a small thought that hasn't been mentioned yet. Do you give the film plenty of time in the cassette to curl itself emulsion side in? On the camera take-up spool it acquires a curl in the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-21-2008
Replies: 27
Views: 1,113
Posted By Jonathan R
By the way, you seem to do very nicely 'just...

By the way, you seem to do very nicely 'just wandering about' - some great shots in your Flickr collection. I especially liked 'Insider', but there were many others on quite different lines that...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-21-2008
Replies: 27
Views: 1,113
Posted By Jonathan R
Depends what you want to achieve. Personally I...

Depends what you want to achieve. Personally I would abandon the centre to the tourists and concentrate either on the suburbs where people live and where cultural variety is so evident, or on the...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 02-13-2008
Replies: 47
Views: 1,862
Posted By Jonathan R
Set up a gauge on your darkroom bench for 20 and...

Set up a gauge on your darkroom bench for 20 and 36 exp films. Alternatively you can simply pull off an arm's length, but for me uncertainty about when the film will end in the camera is quite...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-13-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 3,465
Posted By Jonathan R
Very neat, but don't trust it. For Tri-X in...

Very neat, but don't trust it. For Tri-X in Emofin it quotes 5min 17sec for normal contrast using 3 sec inversions at 20 deg . This is my normal film/dev combination and I use 3min 30 sec. 5 min...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-11-2008
Replies: 31
Views: 2,359
Posted By Jonathan R
Sorry to argue with other folk on this thread,...

Sorry to argue with other folk on this thread, but I hate to see myths building up or perpetuating here.

First, in my experience Emofin works considerably more than fine in deep shade! You'll get...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 02-08-2008
Replies: 0
Views: 439
Posted By Jonathan R
Where's Wally at the Fair?

A bit easy, I guess.

There's no prize for guessing what country this is, either.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-06-2008
Replies: 31
Views: 2,359
Posted By Jonathan R
Sorry I didn't spot this thread earlier, Bob, as...

Sorry I didn't spot this thread earlier, Bob, as I could evidently have helped. But it seems you have sorted things out.

I love Emofin, and have used it as my staple with Tri-X @ 800 ISO in all...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-06-2008
Replies: 21
Views: 1,539
Posted By Jonathan R
In a previous house, and before our kids were out...

In a previous house, and before our kids were out of nappies, I used the bathroom. I cut plywood boards to loosely fit into the windows, and stapled strips of velvet cloth around the edges to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-25-2008
Replies: 22
Views: 951
Posted By Jonathan R
I filter my chemicals before use through a...

I filter my chemicals before use through a Paterson funnel filter. (This is a fairly coarse stainless steel mesh.) If I try to filter a solution immediately after mixing, the filter usually clogs. ...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-25-2008
Replies: 22
Views: 951
Posted By Jonathan R
Why are you convinced this isn't dust? There are...

Why are you convinced this isn't dust? There are long fibres on both your examples, as well as the small particles.

Also, when you say these are white particles on the film: they are obviously...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-24-2008
Replies: 19
Views: 937
Posted By Jonathan R
Don't. Take some photos instead and post them...

Don't. Take some photos instead and post them here.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-17-2008
Replies: 51
Views: 2,289
Posted By Jonathan R
Apologies - missed this comment at the time of...

Apologies - missed this comment at the time of posting (page 1 of this thread).

There was no supply. I'd love to meet the lawyer who could argue that there was. My boy was under no illusions: this...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-09-2008
Replies: 15
Views: 601
Posted By Jonathan R
How very much I identify with that comment!!

How very much I identify with that comment!!
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-02-2008
Replies: 2
Views: 579
Posted By Jonathan R
Urban habitat

http://gallery.photo.net/photo/6795513-md.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-21-2007
Replies: 51
Views: 2,289
Posted By Jonathan R
http://gallery.photo.net/photo/4492863-lg.jpg Vin...

http://gallery.photo.net/photo/4492863-lg.jpg

Vino, in veritas
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-21-2007
Replies: 40
Views: 6,498
Posted By Jonathan R
I feel the costume and the hairstyle are crucial...

I feel the costume and the hairstyle are crucial in pinning the image to that experimental modernist period. It doesn't work with a model who belongs to another period because the references are...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-21-2007
Replies: 46
Views: 2,866
Posted By Jonathan R
I think this speaks for itself:...

I think this speaks for itself: http://gusossantos.blogspot.com/2007/10/elliott-erwitt.html
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-21-2007
Replies: 40
Views: 6,498
Posted By Jonathan R
I seem to remember reading that Kertesz told his...

I seem to remember reading that Kertesz told his model (who was a satiric dancer, whatever that is) to strike a pose in keeping with the room and its contents. She made a movement and he took the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-19-2007
Replies: 46
Views: 2,866
Posted By Jonathan R
The only reason I can think to use one is for...

The only reason I can think to use one is for that divine smell of leather whenever you raise the camera to your face. I had a Russian SLR many years ago that excelled on that score. I fancy I can...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-27-2007
Replies: 18
Views: 1,085
Posted By Jonathan R
18% grey matter sounds quite good for an on-board...

18% grey matter sounds quite good for an on-board brain.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-27-2007
Replies: 18
Views: 1,085
Posted By Jonathan R
The metered spot in the M6 is actually quite...

The metered spot in the M6 is actually quite hard-edged (check with a pen light on a blank wall if you don't believe me). I like it, but using it distracts me from taking the photo. So most of the...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-22-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 6,925
Posted By Jonathan R
Get a piece of dark B/W film (the end of a...

Get a piece of dark B/W film (the end of a developed roll), and with the tip of a sharp knife, score fine lines right across the emulsion side, in 2 directions at right angles. Put this in the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-19-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 687
Posted By Jonathan R
Of course. But if you use a slow film and a...

Of course. But if you use a slow film and a tripod and your subject is a landscape or architecture, then you will see the benefit for sure.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-09-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 754
Posted By Jonathan R
Thanks, Avotius, that's very helpful comment.

Thanks, Avotius, that's very helpful comment.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-09-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 754
Posted By Jonathan R
Assaf, please do post your photo when you can, as...

Assaf, please do post your photo when you can, as I was about to take the plunge and buy this lens.

Also, do you have any comment to make about its reputed resistance to flare?
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-08-2007
Replies: 34
Views: 3,691
Posted By Jonathan R
I pity the poor guy looking at the train model,...

I pity the poor guy looking at the train model, with two lunatics pointing cameras at him.

Anyway, so much for the Leica-in-pocket, no exposure meter myths.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-18-2007
Replies: 26
Views: 2,140
Posted By Jonathan R
If you use photo-flo and shake the film HARD...

If you use photo-flo and shake the film HARD while it's in the reel, you definitely don't need to squeegee, which as you say is one cause of lengthwise scratches. However there are other possible...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 10-12-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 1,022
Posted By Jonathan R
Keith, I'll be interested to hear whether you...

Keith, I'll be interested to hear whether you mange to make those bottles stay collapsed. When I briefly flirted with them, I couldn't make them air-tight, and they pushed themselves out again.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-11-2007
Replies: 19
Views: 1,351
Posted By Jonathan R
What Artorius said. Best guess is that the...

What Artorius said. Best guess is that the shutter button is getting depressed while the camera is in the bag.

You could formerly buy a gadget called a 'Rose' from a guy called Larry Welker,...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-10-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 2,026
Posted By Jonathan R
Of these two programmes, I only have experience...

Of these two programmes, I only have experience of Vuescan. It is a bit quirky (e.g. it often seems to ignore my crop lines) and the help material is rubbish. On the other hand, it mostly functions...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-09-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 980
Posted By Jonathan R
I start timing once the chemical is all in, and...

I start timing once the chemical is all in, and regard development as continuing until the stop bath or wash water is in.

Pour the chemicals in and out as fast as you can without spilling. If you...
Forum: Olympus RF 09-05-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 1,855
Posted By Jonathan R
Do you mean the frames were black (overexposed),...

Do you mean the frames were black (overexposed), or clear?

If clear, suspect stuck shutter. Take out film, cock and fire shutter 10-20 times at each speed, especially the fast speeds. Chances are,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-20-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 722
Posted By Jonathan R
Leave it in the cassette overnight after...

Leave it in the cassette overnight after re-winding. It's as simple as that.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-16-2007
Replies: 18
Views: 1,203
Posted By Jonathan R
I find it takes perceptible nanoseconds for my...

I find it takes perceptible nanoseconds for my brain to register whether the rangefinder image lies to the right or left of the true image, and thus which way to turn the focus ring. My focusing...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-05-2007
Replies: 36
Views: 2,898
Posted By Jonathan R
I agree that the newer style as shown above are...

I agree that the newer style as shown above are prone to leak during inversion, far more than the older ones with the small cap. I've found that it's fatal to press the middle of the cap as you put...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-05-2007
Replies: 36
Views: 2,898
Posted By Jonathan R
Why buy them new? They are all over the place...

Why buy them new? They are all over the place right now in car boot sales and the like, and can be had for pence. I can't speak for the quality of the current production, but I've owned 4 in the...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 06-29-2007
Replies: 24
Views: 1,454
Posted By Jonathan R
For years I have routinely used Tri-X at 800 ISO,...

For years I have routinely used Tri-X at 800 ISO, developed in Tetenal Emofin. For old Tri-X I used 4min in each bath, for new Tri-X I find 3min 30 sec is best. Although I do occasionally...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-22-2007
Replies: 24
Views: 1,589
Posted By Jonathan R
Alex, looking at those examples on the other...

Alex, looking at those examples on the other thread, I see nothing much to worry about. They look a bit grey, but that's because the tonal scale is rather compressed. You get more intensely black...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-22-2007
Replies: 24
Views: 1,589
Posted By Jonathan R
Alex, On the negative, the shadows are the...

Alex,

On the negative, the shadows are the least dense (least exposed) parts. If you increased their density while holding highlight density constant, the overall negative contrast would decrease....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-22-2007
Replies: 24
Views: 1,589
Posted By Jonathan R
Alex, highlights do continue to build if you give...

Alex, highlights do continue to build if you give extra development. That's why longer development times lead to higher contrast. In practice, because a film can only be SO black, there is a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-18-2007
Replies: 19
Views: 1,204
Posted By Jonathan R
I shake the film and spiral together, hard, to...

I shake the film and spiral together, hard, to flick off excess water. Cuts drying time and saves on drying marks. Tetenal Mirasol 2000 is a brilliant additive too.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-13-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 1,220
Posted By Jonathan R
I strongly recommend you read Harold Merklinger's...

I strongly recommend you read Harold Merklinger's 'In and Outs of Focus', available at http://www.trenholm.org/hmmerk/download.html.

It gives very practical rules of thumb, and will change your view...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-13-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 995
Posted By Jonathan R
I'm only thinking aloud, but it seems tro me that...

I'm only thinking aloud, but it seems tro me that you're going to end up with very low contrast negs, if you use a standard developer for a shorter than normal time. I'd be inclined to think about...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-07-2007
Replies: 4
Views: 1,622
Posted By Jonathan R
I use the hot air blower in my car to get rid of...

I use the hot air blower in my car to get rid of condensation fast. Not TOO hot of course!
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