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Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-05-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 1,044
Posted By lonemantis
If it's a black chrome or silver chrome camera,...

If it's a black chrome or silver chrome camera, you can remove paint from the engravings with pure acetone on a q-tip. You might need a few, depending on how tough the paint is, but it will usually...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-28-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 972
Posted By lonemantis
You can totally just mount a 49mm filter...

You can totally just mount a 49mm filter backwards, and this is likely the easiest way to do it if you change filters often. I'm not a heavy filter user (usually just a UV for protection), so I...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-09-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 972
Posted By lonemantis
For a longer portrait lens, I'm really enjoying...

For a longer portrait lens, I'm really enjoying the 73mm Sonnetar. It's much more functional as a general-purpose lens than the 50 Sonnetar (my 73 focuses accurately at all distances and apertures,...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-24-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 3,338
Posted By lonemantis
Apparently TTArtisans and 7Artisans are entirely...

Apparently TTArtisans and 7Artisans are entirely separate companies, at least according to this article: https://leicarumors.com/2019/09/07/7artisans-ttartisans-updates.aspx/

I suspect that...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 07-19-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 4,665
Posted By lonemantis
I'd highly recommend the Samsung NX Mini with the...

I'd highly recommend the Samsung NX Mini with the 17mm F1.8 OIS. At the time it was released, it was the smallest and thinnest mirrorless camera available. It has the same 20mp 1" sensor as the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-18-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 459
Posted By lonemantis
I would expect to spend at least $1000 if you...

I would expect to spend at least $1000 if you send it to Leica to replace the element. Leica cannot "repair" the scratch any other way. There are very expensive services that polish and re-coat...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-24-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 502
Posted By lonemantis
There is no one left in Toronto that I consider...

There is no one left in Toronto that I consider reliable enough to work on most film cameras. However, I did just have an excellent experience sending an M2 to Rene Genest at Service Camera Pro in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-09-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,203
Posted By lonemantis
Honestly? Every vintage Leica lens I've tried...

Honestly? Every vintage Leica lens I've tried from before the 70s. People rave about the collapsible and rigid Crons, but they're just not that much better than contemporary lenses from the likes of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-03-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 954
Posted By lonemantis
It's definitely not just you, Dante! Years ago I...

It's definitely not just you, Dante! Years ago I did some work in a lab that studied stereoscopic imaging, specifically for 3D feature films. Their research showed that in order to avoid eye strain...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-10-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 332
Posted By lonemantis
The discrepancy between focus on film vs. digital...

The discrepancy between focus on film vs. digital could be due to digital being more demanding of precise flange depth adjustment - there may be an error on film as well, but you're not seeing it due...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-09-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,357
Posted By lonemantis
I would second the recommendation for the Lomo...

I would second the recommendation for the Lomo LCA-120. It has the same lens specs as the SWC - 38mm F4.5 on 6x6. It's a cheaply made camera - plastic build, crappy viewfinder, scale focus and...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-22-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 883
Posted By lonemantis
The whole Ricoh GR1 series is basically done. ...

The whole Ricoh GR1 series is basically done. The viewfinder and top LCDs are guaranteed to fail eventually, and even if you can find someone to perform the very difficult task of replacing one, it...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 02-07-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 583
Posted By lonemantis
Unfortunately, using the lens' collapsing...

Unfortunately, using the lens' collapsing mechanism won't allow you to focus normally. Any adapter you use will generally be designed for your lens to focus to infinity when mounted. The helical...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-28-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 676
Posted By lonemantis
Repairs in Canada - 2019

Who is still doing good work on film cameras in Canada? The only threads I could find on the subject were over 10 years old, and many of the listed technicians are no longer around.

I used to send...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 12-03-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 2,277
Posted By lonemantis
Out of full disclosure, I've been a client of...

Out of full disclosure, I've been a client of Bellamy's in the past, and have been very satisfied with his services. That said, whether this P&S Project is real or not, I don't believe it is the best...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-30-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 862
Posted By lonemantis
In the case of this particular lens, Miyazaki...

In the case of this particular lens, Miyazaki would have likely had no choice but to put the aperture in front. The optics on this lens are so tiny, and grouped so closely together, that there was...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 09-17-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 873
Posted By lonemantis
They both have the exact same sensor, processor,...

They both have the exact same sensor, processor, and viewfinder system. The R-D1X is only more expensive mostly due to its relative rarity - but at that price, you might as well get an M8 for a bit...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-15-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 1,085
Posted By lonemantis
I used a 2.5mm flathead screwdriver to adjust...

I used a 2.5mm flathead screwdriver to adjust mine. Most guides also recommend using a shaved wooden dowel or chopstick to get the hotshoe cover off, but I found that didn't give me enough leverage....
Forum: Digital Compacts 09-12-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 1,402
Posted By lonemantis
If you look around, you can often find the...

If you look around, you can often find the original Sigma DP1 and DP1 going for around that price. These have better optics, a much larger sensor, and superior image quality to almost any compact...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 09-04-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,044
Posted By lonemantis
It depends on how low-light you're planning to go...

It depends on how low-light you're planning to go with them. For daytime and brighter interiors, 3.5 is fine. For dark interiors or nighttime, it will be more limiting.

If you're concerned about...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 09-03-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,044
Posted By lonemantis
I would second the recommendation for the...

I would second the recommendation for the Avenon/Kobalux 28mm F3.5 in LTM. It's a lovely lens that can usually be found for around $300 USD - only slightly more expensive than the Canons, but with...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-04-2018
Replies: 50
Views: 1,786
Posted By lonemantis
There are practically no cameras out there that...

There are practically no cameras out there that are guaranteed to survive the conditions you're describing, so you may as well bring something you won't mind losing. A cheap film P&S will be...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 06-29-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 4,167
Posted By lonemantis
As someone who just recently bought, then...

As someone who just recently bought, then immediately returned a GR1 for the LCD failure problem, I would strongly caution against investing a lot of money in any high-end point & shoot. All of...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 06-26-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 1,192
Posted By lonemantis
Thanks for everyone's opinions - I was definitely...

Thanks for everyone's opinions - I was definitely leaning towards sending it back, and that's what I've decided to do. It's too bad that we've now truly entered the twilight years of the 35mm...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 06-25-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 1,192
Posted By lonemantis
Ricoh GR1 LCD in 2018

After years of curiosity, I found a great deal on a GR1s and finally pulled the trigger. I just received the camera today, and although I love the handling, it's showing early signs of the dreaded...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-20-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 2,829
Posted By lonemantis
If the process is more convenient, more people...

If the process is more convenient, more people might be inclined to try it for the first time. Traditional processing is easy once you understand the basics, but there are fewer opportunities out...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-26-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 2,923
Posted By lonemantis
The most important thing would be to bring a...

The most important thing would be to bring a laptop or tablet that can open the DNG files with you, and to look at the files while you're still there, especially at 100% magnification. Besides...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 03-14-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 738
Posted By lonemantis
Having shot IP/PO film for the past year now...

Having shot IP/PO film for the past year now (mostly SX-70 colour), I've noticed a massive improvement in the transition from IP to PO. My IP frames tended to shift towards red after just a few...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-28-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,209
Posted By lonemantis
I've heard that the Nikon AR-1 attaches just fine...

I've heard that the Nikon AR-1 attaches just fine to the shutter release on the Barnacks. You may need a thin spacer to keep it from screwing in all the way and keeping the shutter depressed,...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-17-2017
Replies: 59
Views: 4,998
Posted By lonemantis
I would second the recommendation for the F2...

I would second the recommendation for the F2 Heliar. I've tried too many 50s for Leica, and it's the only one I've kept. (besides the new 7Artisans F1.1, but we'll see if that lasts)

The Heliar...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-02-2017
Replies: 64
Views: 9,890
Posted By lonemantis
I still have mine! It's hard to believe that in...

I still have mine! It's hard to believe that in the 13 years since it came out, no one else has figured out how design a digital camera this well - a digital sensor in a good film body is all you...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 07-06-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1,453
Posted By lonemantis
Those kids will have to give up pretty quick once...

Those kids will have to give up pretty quick once all the Impossible film burns through their allowances...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-08-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,629
Posted By lonemantis
I picked up the original vanilla D1 last year for...

I picked up the original vanilla D1 last year for a measly $25 - the seller thought it was broken, but a $25 3rd-party battery brought it right back to life.

Even though the files are low-res and...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-05-2017
Replies: 0
Views: 583
Posted By lonemantis
Dual Scan III Film Strip Holder

I recently received an old Minolta Dual Scan III as a gift from a friend. I'd like to try it out for scanning negatives, but it only came with the mounted slide holder.

Does anyone have any leads...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-20-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 677
Posted By lonemantis
I'd second the recommendation for Gordy's. I've...

I'd second the recommendation for Gordy's. I've used his tripod-mount wrist straps for years, and they work far better than anything else I've tried. They're excellent quality and will last many...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 02-09-2017
Replies: 30
Views: 6,497
Posted By lonemantis
I would second taking a look at the X70. I've...

I would second taking a look at the X70. I've used all three - X70, X100T, and GR - and ended up going with the X70. It had the best AF performance by far. The GR is technically smaller with its...
Forum: Digital: Medium & Larger Format 01-29-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 2,779
Posted By lonemantis
I've used the H-series numerous times and I love...

I've used the H-series numerous times and I love the ergonomics of it. It's a very well laid-out camera with the best viewfinder I've ever used, bar none. My 500CM was fun to use back when I had...
Forum: Fuji X Series 01-29-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 6,134
Posted By lonemantis
If anything, a UV-IR model makes more sense from...

If anything, a UV-IR model makes more sense from a marketing perspective. They're the only ones that sell a full-spectrum large-sensor camera new out of the box - any other camera requires expensive...
Forum: Fuji X Series 01-29-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 6,134
Posted By lonemantis
Considering Fuji has roughly a 1% market share, I...

Considering Fuji has roughly a 1% market share, I doubt they want to to put R&D money into niche models that won't sell. Leica can get away with charging $7500 for the Monochrom because their ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-21-2016
Replies: 45
Views: 3,004
Posted By lonemantis
My oldest (usable or otherwise) is a Kodak No. 2...

My oldest (usable or otherwise) is a Kodak No. 2 Brownie, a model F from 1924. I was lucky enough to find it looking unused, with the original box and manual!

http://i.imgur.com/UYdRvBL.jpg

It...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-02-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 1,969
Posted By lonemantis
If you're good with a soldering iron, this is the...

If you're good with a soldering iron, this is the most in-depth guide I've seen to fixing a bad Hexar PCB:...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 09-22-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 4,803
Posted By lonemantis
What about an R2M? That would get you a fully...

What about an R2M? That would get you a fully repairable mechanical shutter, a good meter, and 1/2000th shutter for a very reasonable price. Not a 4000th, but still better still a full stop better...
Forum: Photo Software 09-22-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 3,563
Posted By lonemantis
I was an avid Aperture user for many years before...

I was an avid Aperture user for many years before Apple left us all by the wayside. After that I switched to Capture One - the interface is very easy for a former Aperture user to pick up quickly,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-12-2016
Replies: 2
Views: 919
Posted By lonemantis
I've never used the integrated ZD body, but I had...

I've never used the integrated ZD body, but I had some brief time with the separate ZD back for Mamiya AFD cameras. (same sensor in both)

It's a lovely sensor with a remarkable way of rendering...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-19-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 3,415
Posted By lonemantis
Fedka is the most reputable source for FSU gear...

Fedka is the most reputable source for FSU gear by far, but also tends to be the most expensive. Really, any ebay auction from a seller with good feedback from North America or Western Europe should...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-19-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 3,415
Posted By lonemantis
It is RF-coupled. I would recommend trying to...

It is RF-coupled. I would recommend trying to find it from a reputable seller if possible. (i.e. Avoid Russia/Eastern Bloc) As one of the rarer FSU lenses, there tends to be a lot of junk passed...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-19-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 3,415
Posted By lonemantis
Even though the Industar-69 uses a 39mm screw...

Even though the Industar-69 uses a 39mm screw mount, it was actually designed for the half-frame Chaika camera. That will cause a few issues for you - firstly, if the lens mounts, it will likely...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-15-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1,966
Posted By lonemantis
Why do anything, if not because you can?

Why do anything, if not because you can?
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 02-21-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 3,076
Posted By lonemantis
Maybe try an automated cleanup utility like Onyx:...

Maybe try an automated cleanup utility like Onyx: http://www.titanium.free.fr/onyx.html

When you do in-place upgrades on any operating system, a lot of detritus tends to build up and occassionally...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-15-2016
Replies: 36
Views: 6,155
Posted By lonemantis
Would you replace it with another G2 if you...

Would you replace it with another G2 if you refused the repair? If so, I'd just get it fixed instead. Last I'd heard, G2 repairs were supposed to stop last year, so the fact that you can still have...
Forum: Leica SL 01-12-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 5,816
Posted By lonemantis
The most cost-effective solution by far would be...

The most cost-effective solution by far would be a used first-gen Pentax 645D. They're going for around $2500 USD now for the body, but use the exact same Kodak CCD sensor tech as the S2 and Typ...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-07-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 2,335
Posted By lonemantis
You might want to try a new battery, just to rule...

You might want to try a new battery, just to rule that out as an issue. Also check to see if there's any corrosion on the metal contacts in the battery chamber. If there is, it could cause sporadic...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-07-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 2,335
Posted By lonemantis
The shutter button is fixable, but the erratic...

The shutter button is fixable, but the erratic startup time suggests issues with one of the PCBs that cannot be fixed, and no replacements are available.

I'd suggest returning it for a full...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 01-01-2016
Replies: 26
Views: 5,044
Posted By lonemantis
The DP1M for $999 at B&H is probably an oversight...

The DP1M for $999 at B&H is probably an oversight - the Merrills have a devoted cult following (myself included), but are largely unknown even amongst the photographic community. They probably reset...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-30-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 976
Posted By lonemantis
Do it the old-fashioned film school way:...

Do it the old-fashioned film school way: clothespins! Get a bag from the dollar store. They're fast and secure to set up, and they don't leave any marks or residue. If you run into any film industry...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-24-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 2,894
Posted By lonemantis
Resetting to -2 is normal - the camera expects...

Resetting to -2 is normal - the camera expects you will wind two frames before you hit 0 (which is the first frame). It doesn't really have any impact except that you count a bit differently.

As...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-22-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 2,140
Posted By lonemantis
Look who arrived under my (very tiny) Christmas...

Look who arrived under my (very tiny) Christmas tree!

https://i.imgur.com/Sqi344N.jpg

Hope to get a roll through in the next week or so.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-21-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 4,131
Posted By lonemantis
I'd talk to these guys and get their opinion:...

I'd talk to these guys and get their opinion: http://www.dr5.com/

They are experts in processing Scala, as well as other types of B&W films as slides. Their work is really high quality, although...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-17-2015
Replies: 65
Views: 6,056
Posted By lonemantis
Cheapest solution: get a tripod, 3 colour...

Cheapest solution: get a tripod, 3 colour filters, and shoot some trichromes! ;) http://ph.brhfl.com/2011/12/27/trichrome/
Forum: Zeiss Contax 12-09-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 5,024
Posted By lonemantis
None of this seems to make sense. Who exactly is...

None of this seems to make sense. Who exactly is supposed to build this camera? Contax was just a brand, and hasn't existed as a real company since the 1960s. Kyocera, who built all of of the...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 12-06-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 25,257
Posted By lonemantis
I had the XA for about 3 days and had the exact...

I had the XA for about 3 days and had the exact same experience. The automatic batch feeding is completely useless. Even when I set it up manually, it couldn't stay in alignment with negs from my...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-05-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 2,246
Posted By lonemantis
I'd be very curious as to what exact versions you...

I'd be very curious as to what exact versions you found of the lenses. Canon never made a 24/1.8, but they did make a 24 1.4 L, a 2.0, and a 2.8. As for the 50, if could be either an older SSC...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-30-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,209
Posted By lonemantis
Do you need a light meter? If not, a classic M...

Do you need a light meter? If not, a classic M like an M3, M2, or M4 is probably your best choice, and will be the most enjoyable to use. You can get into one of these for under $600-700 if you...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-29-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 2,311
Posted By lonemantis
Not to provide an unhelpful answer, but I think...

Not to provide an unhelpful answer, but I think an RF is probably the worst choice the for this type of shooting. Even with a high quality camera like a Leica M, the framelines are only going to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-28-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 2,140
Posted By lonemantis
Sounds like fun!

Sounds like fun!
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-21-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 2,646
Posted By lonemantis
Part of my day job is providing support for some...

Part of my day job is providing support for some very pricy medium format digital systems. (i.e. Phase One, Mamiya/Leaf, Hasselblad, etc.) Every single digital back I get, including new ones just...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 10-09-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,659
Posted By lonemantis
10mm rectilinear on full frame is very...

10mm rectilinear on full frame is very impressive. It looks like Cosina is taking back the title for widest full-frame lens - Canon unseated them for less than a year with their 11-24. Not bad for...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-04-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 4,384
Posted By lonemantis
I bought the Primefilm XA (aka 10M) and used it...

I bought the Primefilm XA (aka 10M) and used it briefly before returning it to B&H. I haven't used the 4000, but I'm extremely lucky to have access to an LS-5000 through my work.

From my limited...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-25-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,507
Posted By lonemantis
The Leica M1 is the closest to what you're...

The Leica M1 is the closest to what you're describing here - any custom mods to an MD-2 would be far more expensive than just buying one of these.

The M1 is basically an M2 minus the RF, but with...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-09-2015
Replies: 39
Views: 4,024
Posted By lonemantis
A key mistake people often make is assuming they...

A key mistake people often make is assuming they have to expose interior/dark scenes the exact same way they would shoot in bright daylight. However, our eyes/brains are used to dark scenes looking...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-16-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 2,134
Posted By lonemantis
You could easily find a Sony RX100 mk. 1 for...

You could easily find a Sony RX100 mk. 1 for under $350. It may even have better high-ISO performance than your M9!
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-12-2015
Replies: 44
Views: 3,551
Posted By lonemantis
An Olympus E-P1 or E-PL1 with the basic 14-42 kit...

An Olympus E-P1 or E-PL1 with the basic 14-42 kit lens should come in well under $200, and might be more comfortable for a 10 year-old with small hands to use.

If she wants an OVF, a Canon Rebel...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 04-26-2015
Replies: 32
Views: 4,620
Posted By lonemantis
It's almost an entirely personal decision, of...

It's almost an entirely personal decision, of course. What look do you prefer? Sharp and clinical, but slow? Or faster, but with a more classic, glowy look? 35ish vs 50ish equivalent FOV? If...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-26-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 1,018
Posted By lonemantis
Here's a look through my M3 DS. It's a bit of a...

Here's a look through my M3 DS. It's a bit of a gloomy day here, but it should give you a rough idea at least.

Yours does seem a little dim - maybe it needs a good cleaning. Has it been serviced...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 03-22-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 2,578
Posted By lonemantis
Maybe it's just me, but my X100 never seemed to...

Maybe it's just me, but my X100 never seemed to work properly when I handed it over to non-photographer friends and family. They just couldn't figure out focusing and recomposing with the central AF...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-21-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 946
Posted By lonemantis
It's entirely possible. My Olympus E-M5 has a...

It's entirely possible. My Olympus E-M5 has a "digital teleconverter" function, which enlarges the image 2x with half the resolution. This essentially takes the central portion of the already 2x...
Forum: Photo Software 02-13-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 4,711
Posted By lonemantis
I was an Aperture user for about 5 years until I...

I was an Aperture user for about 5 years until I heard that Apple was going to kill it off. At that point I preemptively switched to Capture One Pro 8 when it went on sale. I don't regret the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-06-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 1,637
Posted By lonemantis
I'd second the recommendation for Tumblr. Very...

I'd second the recommendation for Tumblr. Very simple to use, great themes and posting tools, and makes it easy to follow other blogs you may be interested in.

Also, the key factor for me is that...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-14-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 1,369
Posted By lonemantis
I have the Soligor 28mm F2.8 for Canon FD mount,...

I have the Soligor 28mm F2.8 for Canon FD mount, which from what I understand is the same glass with a different mount and brand. I used it for a while up until the terrible FD rear cap jammed on...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-09-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,220
Posted By lonemantis
I'd still go ahead and use it when you can - it...

I'd still go ahead and use it when you can - it might not be the best tool for critically sharp landscapes, but I've taken some lovely portraits with my E-M5 and MS-Optical 50mm F1.1. Leica 50s make...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-09-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,220
Posted By lonemantis
As a fellow E-M5 and M-mount glass owner, I can...

As a fellow E-M5 and M-mount glass owner, I can unfortunately say that this seems like pretty typical performance. I've just never had good luck using M lenses on my camera if high resolution is the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-09-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 5,163
Posted By lonemantis
If the VF and lens need a cleaning, I'd just send...

If the VF and lens need a cleaning, I'd just send it to a good service-person right away and just ask them to give the exterior a once-over cleaning as well. There are plenty of threads here about...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 09-05-2014
Replies: 190
Views: 29,300
Posted By lonemantis
An SP would probably be easier, because you can...

An SP would probably be easier, because you can remove the whole back and fabricate a custom one based on that. An M2 would definitely be a one-way conversion, although still an awesome one. If...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-03-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,260
Posted By lonemantis
Thanks guys, that really cleared it up. I've...

Thanks guys, that really cleared it up. I've only handled an RB67 in person before, so I assumed the RZ worked the same way.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-02-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,260
Posted By lonemantis
Spotting RZ67 Revolving Backs

I'm looking to pick up an RZ67 for my studio shooting, and it's been a lot harder than I expected to find one with a rotating back! I've seen a few good deals, but every time I message the seller...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-01-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 8,565
Posted By lonemantis
If you're shooting kids, you definitely want to...

If you're shooting kids, you definitely want to be quick so you can hold their attention or catch them spontaneously. AF and AE on the GA645 are a really great asset here.

I've found the GA645 to...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-29-2014
Replies: 54
Views: 10,407
Posted By lonemantis
About two years ago I switched from Canon DSLRs...

About two years ago I switched from Canon DSLRs to an Olympus m4/3 kit for my professional work, and I have not regretted it once.

To me, the strength of mirrorless is that it is a fully...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 08-29-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 3,765
Posted By lonemantis
The Hexar is totally an anomaly in the compact...

The Hexar is totally an anomaly in the compact camera world - why Konica ever produced it in the first place is baffling to me. But I'm glad they did!

The main benefit of the Hexar over other...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 08-25-2014
Replies: 61
Views: 7,349
Posted By lonemantis
I was in a similar position to you a few years...

I was in a similar position to you a few years ago - I had an M3 with some lenses, and considered buying a used M8. In the end, I opted not to. They have so many issues that are well documented,...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 06-25-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,728
Posted By lonemantis
It's a bit bigger than a P&S, but the Hexar AF...

It's a bit bigger than a P&S, but the Hexar AF does this as well. In P mode it works exactly like a P&S but with a fantastic F2 lens, great VF, and the option for manual control.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-04-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,498
Posted By lonemantis
If you care a lot about sharpness/tonality/print...

If you care a lot about sharpness/tonality/print quality, the safest choice is probably 8x10 or 8x12, since there are very few 35mm negs that don't hold up to that size of enlargement. You should...
Forum: Nikon RF 05-29-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 7,526
Posted By lonemantis
To be completely honest, I think a Nikon RF...

To be completely honest, I think a Nikon RF (especially a limited edition one) would be a pretty big waste of money if better portraits or ergonomics are your goal.

The shots you posted use a lot of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-04-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,179
Posted By lonemantis
I love the M3's finder, but in my experience it...

I love the M3's finder, but in my experience it is not the brightest - especially compared to later M's and even the Bessas.

However, what the M3 finder has going for it is an exceptional amount of...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-30-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 3,464
Posted By lonemantis
That's a great camera, I had one for awhile until...

That's a great camera, I had one for awhile until it broke and I ended up selling it for parts.

If you like the look you're getting from your Yashica, I see no reason not to stick with it! Even if...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-30-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 3,464
Posted By lonemantis
I would second a recommendation for any of the...

I would second a recommendation for any of the Fuji 6X9 rangefinders. (I have a GW III because I use the normal length most often). It handles extremely well, like an oversized Leica, and the lens...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-18-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 3,662
Posted By lonemantis
Since you wear glasses, I'd definitely take a...

Since you wear glasses, I'd definitely take a look at the CLE then. It has 28mm framelines, so there's plenty of relief around the 40 frame. You can often find them packaged with the Minolta 40 for...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-18-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 3,662
Posted By lonemantis
I would definitely go for either the Minolta 40...

I would definitely go for either the Minolta 40 or the Voigtlander, unless you can get a good deal on the Leica. The Leica tends to be overpriced due to its prestigious heritage. The Minolta is...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-18-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 6,698
Posted By lonemantis
Since you mentioned you haven't held a Nikon RF...

Since you mentioned you haven't held a Nikon RF before, I would highly recommend trying one in person before you decide to unload your whole kit.

The Nikon RFs are very well made, but I find them to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-13-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 14,712
Posted By lonemantis
This lens has quickly become one of my...

This lens has quickly become one of my favourites. It's really a perfect balance of speed, good handling, and compact design. I think it's great ergonomically, as long as you don't mind the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-01-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 4,469
Posted By lonemantis
I would also consider the Voigtlander 90 F3.5...

I would also consider the Voigtlander 90 F3.5 Apo-Lanthar. Very similar size and ergonomics to the thin tele-elmarit, but known for being very sharp and modern looking. Also the cheapest option by...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-29-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,797
Posted By lonemantis
I've had good luck using my OM-1n in extremely...

I've had good luck using my OM-1n in extremely cold weather, but I don't believe that mechanical shutters are inherently more reliable than electronic ones in extreme conditions. Mechanical shutters...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-23-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,468
Posted By lonemantis
It should work just fine, it doesn't protrude...

It should work just fine, it doesn't protrude into the camera any further than a 35 Summicron would.

The lenses that tend to have issues are generally wider than 28mm, like the Super Angluons , or...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-04-2013
Replies: 129
Views: 13,648
Posted By lonemantis
It's hard to come up with 5 lenses in 35mm, since...

It's hard to come up with 5 lenses in 35mm, since I don't use that many regularly! If I had to choose though:

-MS-Optical 50mm F1.1 Sonnetar
-Hexar AF 35mm F2
-Olympus OM 50mm F1.8 MC
-Olympus OM...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-29-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 2,635
Posted By lonemantis
If you want a really nice, compact modern 50mm...

If you want a really nice, compact modern 50mm you should check out the 50mm F2.5 Color-Skopar. It's about half the length of the Planar and only a half stop slower. Great brass build and focus tab...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 10-09-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 2,462
Posted By lonemantis
Looks like we share the same birthday then, happy...

Looks like we share the same birthday then, happy belated to both of us!
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-25-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 953
Posted By lonemantis
Rolleiflex CLA in Canada

I just managed to score myself an incredible deal on a Rolleiflex 2.8 on the auction site. It arrived and unsurprisingly, like many compur-based cameras, the shutter is totally gummed up.

Can...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-06-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 1,189
Posted By lonemantis
I'm pretty sure it works like the Mamiya 7, where...

I'm pretty sure it works like the Mamiya 7, where film needs to be loaded for the shutter to fire and film to advance. You could sacrifice a roll of film to try it out.

The missing plastic part of...
Forum: Travel 09-06-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 3,410
Posted By lonemantis
I generally found Tokyo one of the friendliest...

I generally found Tokyo one of the friendliest cities to shoot in, I didn't have any problems at all while I was there. Shibuya and Shinjuku are obvious areas for street shooting, and I had great...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 09-05-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,181
Posted By lonemantis
It's a bit more pricey and pushing the boundaries...

It's a bit more pricey and pushing the boundaries of PnS, but the Konica Hexar AF has an excellent viewfinder for glasses. It's RF style, so it's very large with lots of eye relief around the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-29-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 2,429
Posted By lonemantis
I'd second the recommendation for John from...

I'd second the recommendation for John from zuiko.com. He did a beautiful job on my OM-1 just a few weeks ago and it came back practically better than new!
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 08-28-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,752
Posted By lonemantis
100% fake, no question. Others will probably see...

100% fake, no question. Others will probably see more signs, but first things I noticed were the rectangular window around the front viewfinder (should have a slope on the right side), wrong lens...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-25-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1,230
Posted By lonemantis
Jeez, and I thought carrying my GW690 all day was...

Jeez, and I thought carrying my GW690 all day was a workout!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-20-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,103
Posted By lonemantis
I have seen a few M3's with the M2-style release,...

I have seen a few M3's with the M2-style release, mostly in very late serial number ranges. That said, I can't tell if they left that factory like that or were modified later. Here's an example:...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 08-18-2013
Replies: 50
Views: 5,338
Posted By lonemantis
It's too bad that m43 has been moving in a...

It's too bad that m43 has been moving in a bigger, chunkier direction since the GH3, given how compactness with pro performance has always been one of its strengths. I use my EM-5 professionally,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-15-2013
Replies: 114
Views: 7,941
Posted By lonemantis
I'd say it's because the OM-1 is the SLR version...

I'd say it's because the OM-1 is the SLR version of everything the Leica M tries to accomplish. Compact, unobtrusive, reliable, dead simple to operate, and a great selection of lenses. It's got...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-05-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 624
Posted By lonemantis
Besides resetting the film counter, I believe...

Besides resetting the film counter, I believe there is also a piece on the baseplate that makes sure the film stays on the takeup spool properly.

What I'd recommend is rewinding the film enough to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-02-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,230
Posted By lonemantis
I didn't use it with an M9, but I had one last...

I didn't use it with an M9, but I had one last year and it was a phenomenally good lens. Definitely not lacking in the sharpness department. I sold it for a dumb reason though, which was that I...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 08-02-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 624
Posted By lonemantis
Repair heads up for Hexar AF Users

I'm not sure how widely this is known amongst Hexar AF users, but Bellamy from Japan Camera Hunter provides a relay service to have them repaired in Japan. I wish I had known this before I sent my...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-09-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 3,047
Posted By lonemantis
I've found it mostly tends to be the oldest CV...

I've found it mostly tends to be the oldest CV LTM lenses that have the most aperture ring issues. The only one I ever had a problem with was my old 50/1.5 Nokton, which was so loose that even...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-08-2013
Replies: 52
Views: 6,100
Posted By lonemantis
A good modern option is the CV 35mm F1.7 ASPH. ...

A good modern option is the CV 35mm F1.7 ASPH. It has a pretty good reputation generally, and definitely has a modern level of contrast.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-08-2013
Replies: 135
Views: 11,818
Posted By lonemantis
That was quite a good read Roger, thanks for...

That was quite a good read Roger, thanks for posting that. Part of what I find so interesting about the Leica community is its diversity, which I think this thread illustrates. It seems likely that...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-06-2013
Replies: 135
Views: 11,818
Posted By lonemantis
There's definitely a noticeable shift from...

There's definitely a noticeable shift from professional to amateur use over the last few decades, I wonder why that is?




Perhaps to clarify what I meant by the users being "different" or...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-06-2013
Replies: 135
Views: 11,818
Posted By lonemantis
I follow DRTV pretty closely, so I've seen that...

I follow DRTV pretty closely, so I've seen that before. I think it's definitely notable that Leica can make someone as sarcastic and goofy as Kai wax poetic for 8 minutes!

I saw a similar thread...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-06-2013
Replies: 135
Views: 11,818
Posted By lonemantis
What is special about Leica?

Hey everyone, I'm doing some research for a potential project about Leica and its users, and I'd really love to hear some of your thoughts.

Not everyone here is a Leica user (I shoot an M3), but...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-02-2013
Replies: 59
Views: 6,244
Posted By lonemantis
This is from a school exchange I did to New...

This is from a school exchange I did to New Zealand back in 2006, shot on a Nikon Coolpix E3200 - my only camera for several years. We climbed down the cliff on the left to this secluded black sand...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-26-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 3,462
Posted By lonemantis
900 is already pretty steep for a V3 Summicron,...

900 is already pretty steep for a V3 Summicron, you can often find them in excellent condition for around that price. That said, now that you have the lens, I definitely don't think it's worth...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-24-2013
Replies: 78
Views: 12,000
Posted By lonemantis
I think this really sums it up. Shooting film...

I think this really sums it up. Shooting film these days is all about used cameras, and almost any kind of camera you could want is available used for relatively reasonable prices.

The only reason...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-24-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,226
Posted By lonemantis
Thanks! Looks like Portra is the most practical...

Thanks! Looks like Portra is the most practical option... now to try and find it for cheap.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-24-2013
Replies: 78
Views: 12,000
Posted By lonemantis
That's a real shame, given their position as the...

That's a real shame, given their position as the most affordable AE M-mount camera. (I don't tend to count the CLE due to limited framelines and repair issues)

I'd be really interested to see some...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-24-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 9,094
Posted By lonemantis
They really do deserve a ton of credit. Without...

They really do deserve a ton of credit. Without CV, rangefinder shooting would not have been a practical reality for me. Sure, there are older Leica lenses in the same price range, but I hate the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-19-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,226
Posted By lonemantis
As well, how would you compare Portra 800 vs 400...

As well, how would you compare Portra 800 vs 400 pushed one stop?
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-19-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,226
Posted By lonemantis
ISO 800 Colour in 120?

Hi all, I'm looking for a C-41 film in 120 size to use on a portrait project I'll be starting soon. It'll be mostly indoor natural light, so an 800-speed would be best. So far Portra 800 seems the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-16-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 2,518
Posted By lonemantis
Youxin has done good work for me in the past, but...

Youxin has done good work for me in the past, but my understanding is that his CLA's are fairly basic and not that thorough. If you really want to overhaul it, you could send it to someone like Don...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 06-12-2013
Replies: 135
Views: 18,379
Posted By lonemantis
To me, this is just more evidence that Leica is...

To me, this is just more evidence that Leica is no longer an innovator in the photographic industry, but a jewelry manufacturer. I think that creative spirit died with the M5 and CL.

On a...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-04-2013
Replies: 60
Views: 4,851
Posted By lonemantis
A new Leica film M (preferably M3-styled) with...

A new Leica film M (preferably M3-styled) with the hybrid AE/mechanical shutter from the Nikon FM3a. I would pay all kinds of money for that. 1/4000th shutter speed is a must too!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-02-2013
Replies: 51
Views: 5,949
Posted By lonemantis
XP2 is quickly becoming my favourite film, I love...

XP2 is quickly becoming my favourite film, I love its versatility and convenience. I also love that its shadow/highlight response is the opposite of traditional B&W film - the highlights retain lots...
Forum: Olympus RF 06-01-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 617
Posted By lonemantis
The XA is one of my favourites, but mine has also...

The XA is one of my favourites, but mine has also been quirky as hell. Awhile ago its aperture mechanism disconnected, so the lens was stuck wide open. I fixed it with a controlled drop from about...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-29-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 2,164
Posted By lonemantis
Seems like a bit of overkill for an M2 to M4,...

Seems like a bit of overkill for an M2 to M4, unless you're having unusual flare issues or it's a replacement for a broken part. I've never once had flare problems on my standard (uncoated) M3,...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 05-25-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 5,126
Posted By lonemantis
That's a great price for a nice little point and...

That's a great price for a nice little point and shoot! I paid about $20 for mine. Although I like that the Stylus Epic is smaller and has F2.8, I think the lens on the Leica is better. I've shot...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-10-2013
Replies: 74
Views: 10,436
Posted By lonemantis
I've shot some nude before through organized...

I've shot some nude before through organized group photoshoots, and my ladyfriend certainly has no problem with it. Then again, she occasionally performs in a burlesque troupe!

The group atmosphere...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-11-2013
Replies: 38
Views: 3,158
Posted By lonemantis
I've definitely considered this, although there...

I've definitely considered this, although there aren't as many nice mechanical-only bodies for FD mount. I've used an FTb and thought it was clunky, and the F1 is getting expensive and is much...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-11-2013
Replies: 38
Views: 3,158
Posted By lonemantis
You make a good point, it's not so much an issue...

You make a good point, it's not so much an issue of money though, more of a distaste for redundancy on my part! I'm still undecided on whether I'll sell any of them at all.



I like the zen...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-11-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 2,594
Posted By lonemantis
I'd second the recommendation for a Canon 35mm F2...

I'd second the recommendation for a Canon 35mm F2 if you can find it in your price range. Great little lens, indistinguishable in quality from Summicrons made around the same time.

The CV 35 F2.5...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-11-2013
Replies: 38
Views: 3,158
Posted By lonemantis
Which to keep - Olympus or Nikon?

So at the moment, I have three 35mm SLRs: an Olympus OM-1, a Canon AE-1, and a Nikon FM3a, which is more than I need. I will keep the Canon for sentimental reasons, since it was my first film...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-03-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 1,203
Posted By lonemantis
The compatibility issue is probably because of...

The compatibility issue is probably because of the DR's unique double-cam used for close focus.

I think you should base the decision on whether the DR is giving you images you like or not....
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-02-2013
Replies: 30
Views: 5,798
Posted By lonemantis
Do you have a budget in mind? The cheapest you...

Do you have a budget in mind? The cheapest you could get is definitely a Jupiter-8, a Russian-made 50mm F2. It's a great lens, but with not so great build-quality. You can easily find them for...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-01-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1,546
Posted By lonemantis
What you get with the Nokton is a lens that's...

What you get with the Nokton is a lens that's about as sharp at F1.1, maybe a bit better, as the Nikon is at F1.4 Stopped down to 1.4, the Voigtlander is definitely sharper.

I also find focusing is...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-23-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,181
Posted By lonemantis
If it's a good repair from someone who knows what...

If it's a good repair from someone who knows what they're doing, there shouldn't be any "break-in" period. My M3 was overhauled a few years ago, and I regularly use it out in temperatures down to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-22-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 1,694
Posted By lonemantis
I actually tried something similar with my M3...

I actually tried something similar with my M3 awhile ago. I started by asking the guy I bought it from if he remembered the previous owner. He did, and I managed to get in contact with him. After...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 03-15-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 2,254
Posted By lonemantis
I've seen some hacked up looking lenses, but that...

I've seen some hacked up looking lenses, but that one is by far the most sketchy. A lot of overpriced, beat up, and weird looking camera gear on ebay seems to come out of Poland... I wonder where it...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-11-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 1,977
Posted By lonemantis
Assuming your M2's rangefinder isn't horribly out...

Assuming your M2's rangefinder isn't horribly out of alignment, and the 90 Summicron is in good shape, you should have no problems getting good focus with it close up and wide open.

If you do have...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-10-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 1,071
Posted By lonemantis
Mechanical shutters make all kinds of clicks and...

Mechanical shutters make all kinds of clicks and buzzes, and have natural variances between different cameras of the same model, or even the same camera fired different times.

They're all built to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-08-2013
Replies: 50
Views: 2,854
Posted By lonemantis
The Stylus Epic (mju II) is a great option for...

The Stylus Epic (mju II) is a great option for bar hopping, I take one out a lot. Basically one of the smallest film cameras you can get with full AE, autofocus, and a great F2.8 lens. Plus it's...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-03-2013
Replies: 291
Views: 26,194
Posted By lonemantis
I think there is just as much a need for street...

I think there is just as much a need for street photography as there ever was, but it's far less understood these days by those who don't know about the likes of HCB and Winogrand. One of the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-23-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 1,774
Posted By lonemantis
I really appreciate everyone's thoughtful...

I really appreciate everyone's thoughtful responses here, it's given me a lot to think about. In theory, I fully understand that more expensive cameras do not make better pictures, and that the term...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 02-22-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 5,695
Posted By lonemantis
I had a Nokton F1.1 for awhile, and it was a...

I had a Nokton F1.1 for awhile, and it was a great lens in almost every way. Very good real-world sharpness given the aperture and price, and solid build quality, and it'll surprise you how good it...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-22-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 1,774
Posted By lonemantis
Putting the Leica on sabbatical

Hi all, I've been struggling with a bit of GAS lately (as many of us do), and I'm starting to wonder if my good old DS M3 is the cause, or at least an enabling factor. Leica is an easy thing to sink...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-17-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 881
Posted By lonemantis
I'll take it if you'll mail it to Canada! :)

I'll take it if you'll mail it to Canada! :)
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-15-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 884
Posted By lonemantis
Since I imagine you're in the US, I'd highly...

Since I imagine you're in the US, I'd highly recommend Youxin Ye out of MA for repairs. I've been so happy with his work on my lenses and cameras that I ship to him from Canada! His website is...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-08-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 1,175
Posted By lonemantis
90mm To Complement C-Sonnar

Hi everyone, I'm looking to get a 90mm lens to shoot portraits on my M3. I don't tend to use 90s too often, so I was hoping to spend less than $400, but I could stretch above that a bit for...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-05-2013
Replies: 26
Views: 2,674
Posted By lonemantis
For a body, if you want good 35mm framelines I'd...

For a body, if you want good 35mm framelines I'd definitely recommend the original Bessa R. Not as quiet as a Leica, but a great VF, meter, and multiple framelines for all the lenses you want built...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-31-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 4,327
Posted By lonemantis
If you're keen on a chrome lens, keep in mind...

If you're keen on a chrome lens, keep in mind that the chrome Hassy lenses didn't generally come multicoated (marked T*) from the factory. You can sometimes find ones that were sent back later for...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 01-21-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 2,347
Posted By lonemantis
Wow, I don't think I've ever seen one of these...

Wow, I don't think I've ever seen one of these for sale before... what a beauty! If I were a collector I'd pounce on one of these given its rarity and historical significance. I also found another...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-04-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 3,078
Posted By lonemantis
I actually might take a different approach and...

I actually might take a different approach and sell the lens while keeping the M6. People have this tendency to say that Leica M's are designed for a particular sort of photography, in the OP's...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-26-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1,006
Posted By lonemantis
That's quite a nice kit! A Nikonos would be a...

That's quite a nice kit! A Nikonos would be a really interesting option. I've always been pretty fascinated by them, but unfortunately there aren't many opportunities to either buy or use them up...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-26-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1,006
Posted By lonemantis
Cruise Ship Camera Recommendations?

Hi all, I'm going on a cruise trip with family to the Caribbean in the next few days and I'm stumped as to what cameras to bring with me! I have never been on a cruise before, and most of my...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-18-2012
Replies: 52
Views: 5,077
Posted By lonemantis
Easily my 3 favourite cameras under...

Easily my 3 favourite cameras under $100:
-Olympus OM-1. Smaller than my M3, superb viewfinder, and a meter to boot! The OM-2 is just as good if you want AE.
-Olympus XA. I take this one...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 11-29-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 2,350
Posted By lonemantis
Well, it seems like loading film in it the first...

Well, it seems like loading film in it the first time must have unjammed something, because suddenly the meter is working perfectly whether film is loaded or not. Although it can be tricky because...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-28-2012
Replies: 33
Views: 3,349
Posted By lonemantis
That's such a good price it's implausible... do...

That's such a good price it's implausible... do you know the seller at all? Because if not it's most likely a scam. The lowest I've ever seen an M9 is $4000 for the body alone, and the lenses are...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 11-26-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 2,350
Posted By lonemantis
Ah, I just got it! The meter only seems to work...

Ah, I just got it! The meter only seems to work when there is film loaded. Makes it difficult to test, but I suppose it makes sense as a safety to prevent you from forgetting to load the film and...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 11-26-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 2,350
Posted By lonemantis
Canonet 28 Problems

I won a Canonet 28 for myself on the auction site a few weeks ago for the fabulous price of $19 all in.

The ad said that everything worked, and I was inclined to try it out due to the low price and...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 10-29-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 3,346
Posted By lonemantis
The ME-1 is a bit tight as well, but you don't...

The ME-1 is a bit tight as well, but you don't have to force anything. However, after a bit more use I've found that the EVF sometimes won't activate when the camera is first turned on and the ME-1...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 10-28-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 3,346
Posted By lonemantis
OM-D viewfinder magnifier discovery!

After a shoot for a theatrical show I was covering, I found that the eyecup for my OM-D had broken off and wouldn't stay on anymore. I wasn't terribly enthusiastic about paying $30 for a new one, so...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-08-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 8,658
Posted By lonemantis
I think deciding between the 80 and 100 mostly...

I think deciding between the 80 and 100 mostly comes down to how you'll use them. If you tend to shoot on a tripod in good light or in a studio, especially with slow film or a digital back, then...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-08-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 7,660
Posted By lonemantis
I work semi-professionally, in that most of my...

I work semi-professionally, in that most of my shooting is amateur but I take paid gigs enough that I cover the cost of my gear and make a bit of income. I'll always bring a backup camera, but I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-22-2012
Replies: 48
Views: 8,358
Posted By lonemantis
Since I'm a camera nerd, I'd be absolutely...

Since I'm a camera nerd, I'd be absolutely thrilled to get a pre-war Leica. (the trick would be finding ones that don't need a CLA *and* come with a lens for under $300...)

That said, I think...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-19-2012
Replies: 42
Views: 8,714
Posted By lonemantis
That's true that recoating an old lens is quite...

That's true that recoating an old lens is quite an expense, especially if you're doing every element. However, from what I've heard it seems like it's not a cost one tends to recoup if you re-sell...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-18-2012
Replies: 42
Views: 8,714
Posted By lonemantis
Multicoated Summar?

Found this on the auction site, the seller is from Japan. Feedback rating seems good though, but how would a lens like this even perform? I would have bought it for myself to find out, but I...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 06-13-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 1,031
Posted By lonemantis
OM-D Weather Sealing?

I'm quite proud to say that I've finally dropped all my Canon DSLR gear in favour of a new OM-D. It's an absolutely brilliant camera - tiny, great lenses, and super fast. Anyway, I had one question...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-11-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1,906
Posted By lonemantis
Well, hopefully you don't mind me stealing your...

Well, hopefully you don't mind me stealing your idea! I've sent him a PM, so we'll see about getting that done.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-11-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1,906
Posted By lonemantis
Leica M3 Repaint

Does anyone know if restoration35.com still does Leica M repaints? I tried contacting them but received no response. I've seen some lovely pictures of anti-panda painted M3s and have started to...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-02-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 656
Posted By lonemantis
FED 50 on M3

I just received my new Fed 50 F3.5 in the mail from Fedka today, it's basically perfect except for one slight issue. On my M3 with an adapter, mounting the lens locked at infinity (the only...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-28-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 6,137
Posted By lonemantis
I would absolutely love to have a store for new...

I would absolutely love to have a store for new and used Leica stuff here in Toronto. The used market for Leica gear here is generally very thin, with maybe a few M's listed on craigslist here and...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-06-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 1,350
Posted By lonemantis
Zorki 3 - Totally hopeless?

Recently I received a Zorki 3 and Jupiter 8 combo from a relative who was no longer using it and didn't have much sentimental attachment to it. I accepted, of course, since who could turn down a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-16-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 1,639
Posted By lonemantis
I suspect that it might be the eyes then. I've...

I suspect that it might be the eyes then. I've used a few different rangefinders, and I've never used an RF patch that snaps in as clearly as the M3 in the normal range.

The issue doesn't seem to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-16-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 1,639
Posted By lonemantis
That's odd then... now I wonder if it's an issue...

That's odd then... now I wonder if it's an issue with either the body's RF (which works fine normally), the lens, or the goggles.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-15-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 1,639
Posted By lonemantis
50mm DR RF Alignment

I just received my excellent condition 50mm DR a week ago, serviced by Youxin Ye. It's in amazing shape, but I just had a quick question about RF focusing in the close up range.

When in close-up,...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 09-14-2011
Replies: 34
Views: 8,013
Posted By lonemantis
Well, this certainly is a lot to think about! ...

Well, this certainly is a lot to think about! Anyway, I've decided to hold off on buying an M8, at least for now. I'd agree with several of you that it still takes great pictures, but I think I...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 09-13-2011
Replies: 34
Views: 8,013
Posted By lonemantis
Leica M8 - worth getting in 2011?

Hey everyone, I'm thinking of buying a used M8 to replace my 7D. Right now, I'm mainly trying to figure out if it will be a worthy upgrade (or downgrade) depending upon my needs. I have an M3 that...
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