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Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 3 Days Ago
Replies: 156
Views: 3,952
Posted By Dante_Stella
I only bought Leicas because I thought they were...

I only bought Leicas because I thought they were Portuguese.... now you're telling me they're German?! Criminy.

Dante
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 289
Posted By Dante_Stella
Three things: 1. Try hitting the autocorrect...

Three things:

1. Try hitting the autocorrect button and see what happens.
2. There is an autoexposure button (like a sun). Make sure it is pressed.
3. If you are batch feeding, auto on ADF.
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 07-18-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,122
Posted By Dante_Stella
Done this a hundred different ways, and the...

Done this a hundred different ways, and the runner-up was the X-trans sensor. And by runner-up, that means #2, not that it was close to an M246. The problem with color cameras is that they do lose...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 06-12-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,656
Posted By Dante_Stella
Maybe it's time for eBay to charge money for...

Maybe it's time for eBay to charge money for listings again. Allowing seemingly infinite free listings seems to mean that many sellers set absurd prices and nothing actually sells. In the old days,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-17-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 358
Posted By Dante_Stella
OKARO is orange. The original color of the RF...

OKARO is orange. The original color of the RF image was yellowish.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-02-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 843
Posted By Dante_Stella
No, I agree that with normal eyesight, we see...

No, I agree that with normal eyesight, we see shallow DOF all the time (and in fact a very small "good" area at a time too - only the center of the retina has color and definition). It's just that...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-02-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 843
Posted By Dante_Stella
Does excessive bokeh make your eyes (actually) hurt?

I think I have finally identified why I don't really like pictures that rely on razor-thin depth of field - aside from the obvious cliche and crutch-like nature of a lot of them, they tend to make my...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-30-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 820
Posted By Dante_Stella
Is it a RoHS issue with replacement glass? New...

Is it a RoHS issue with replacement glass? New environmental regs went into place since that lens was put to market.

Dante
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-13-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,119
Posted By Dante_Stella
Film doesn't have a histogram until you scan it,...

Film doesn't have a histogram until you scan it, so the general rule is:

- Negative film: expose for the shadows, develop for the highlights

- Slide film: expose for the highlights, keep your...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 04-04-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 358
Posted By Dante_Stella
SLR lenses on A7R II?

How are the corners with SLR wides on the A7R II? Since I have an A6300 infrastructure (batteries, chargers, audio adapters, Metz flash, TechArt), I was thinking of adding an A7R II to run SLR lenses...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-04-2019
Replies: 137
Views: 11,641
Posted By Dante_Stella
I tend to think that obsessions with "one camera,...

I tend to think that obsessions with "one camera, one lens," where not driven by necessity, tends to be a sign of what Tom Wolfe would have called "sclerosis."

Personally, I find that 90% of my...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-04-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 16,933
Posted By Dante_Stella
This is sad news. Roger represents, as someone...

This is sad news. Roger represents, as someone put it about 600 posts ago, the best of places like RFF (or wherever he pops up). Where Roger is an engaging writer and a truly nice person, we all...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-15-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,371
Posted By Dante_Stella
I'm sure Kodak Alaris is looking forward to...

I'm sure Kodak Alaris is looking forward to Fuji's price increase. With a 30% increase, we're about to find out the price elasticity of demand for Fuji films.

Also, I vote bring Verichrome back....
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-11-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 741
Posted By Dante_Stella
Thanks for the info (and Peter, for the...

Thanks for the info (and Peter, for the reassurance)!

Chemical treatment is something I will let run for a few days. The affected lenses spent 12 hours a day in air-conditioning on the trip, and my...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-10-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 741
Posted By Dante_Stella
Drying/dehumidifying lenses after travel?

So I was four days touring in a country on the equator with 90 degree (F) weather and very high humidity. What is the recommendation on drying lenses out? I kept them in plastic bags with silica gel...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 02-28-2019
Replies: 110
Views: 5,031
Posted By Dante_Stella
The M240 is really unsurpassed as Leica's system...

The M240 is really unsurpassed as Leica's system M camera - performing, at least at a minimal level, everything that modern digital cameras do. The cheap EVF (you can use Olympus), the inbuilt...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-24-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 326
Posted By Dante_Stella
Thanks. At least the Tri-X is up to speed! D

Thanks. At least the Tri-X is up to speed!

D
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-22-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 5,381
Posted By Dante_Stella
Try the DxO One. It's half the size of a Rollei...

Try the DxO One. It's half the size of a Rollei 35 and a third the size of an "ultracompact" 35mm p/s.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-22-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 326
Posted By Dante_Stella
Question TMY 120 Emulsion #s at Freestyle, Samys, BH, Adorama (2/2019)

Could anyone (quickly) comment on where any of the major mail order houses are on emulsion numbers for TMY 120 or possibly TX 120? Are they at 159 or beyond?

I have not had issues with 154-158 (of...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-21-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 608
Posted By Dante_Stella
Singapore sights and MF suggestions?

Ok, so the last time I was in SG was 28 years ago, and I'm sure the place looks nothing like it did in 1990. If nothing else, the Raffles Hotel was shut down for renovations. First, any must-sees?...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-21-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 1,615
Posted By Dante_Stella
This is sadly ironic where the root of strict...

This is sadly ironic where the root of strict European privacy law is a reaction to state surveillance... also where it was Orwell in the UK who first flagged the possibility of a video surveillance...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-14-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 324
Posted By Dante_Stella
Kanto in Japan.

Kanto in Japan.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-16-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 3,891
Posted By Dante_Stella
You're right. The F4 is the coolest thing to tote...

You're right. The F4 is the coolest thing to tote around for selfies!

D
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 01-12-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,955
Posted By Dante_Stella
The MTF is unreal.

The MTF is unreal.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-12-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 290
Posted By Dante_Stella
Detroit 1949 Street View

If you are in Detroit between now and March, there is an incredible exhibit at the main branch of the public library. It shows Detroit's Black Bottom neighborhood, which was razed to build Lafayette...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-12-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 494
Posted By Dante_Stella
I saw this one at the DIA. It's very interesting...

I saw this one at the DIA. It's very interesting to see everyday life long ago, or even its banalities. It's also a good show aesthetically - the photos they show are well done yet still very...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-03-2019
Replies: 72
Views: 2,377
Posted By Dante_Stella
Tip: slavishly following the RF is not helpful on...

Tip: slavishly following the RF is not helpful on any Sonnar. To hit focus below f/2.8, you will turn the focusing ring to the left by a hair (toward infinity). It will be the smallest perceptible...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 11-29-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 649
Posted By Dante_Stella
The 1.4 on an M240 is great with the 75/1.4 - you...

The 1.4 on an M240 is great with the 75/1.4 - you get to 95% magnification. Would be even better with the M10, which would get you to 101%. I didn't see the point in the 1.25, which doesn't have...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 11-28-2018
Replies: 49
Views: 1,740
Posted By Dante_Stella
An M246 with a 50/1.1 MS Sonnetar is a hell of a...

An M246 with a 50/1.1 MS Sonnetar is a hell of a thing.

Out of sheer experimental urges, I've shot (both on my own with my 8yo) many dozens of rolls of TMY and Ultrafine in the last year on a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-24-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 454
Posted By Dante_Stella
Cleaning/recycling microfiber lens cloths?

I have a bunch of microfibers that I would prefer not to pitch, but I am not 100% sure whether there is a good way to wash these that gets any grit* out without introducing some kind of residue that...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-20-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,864
Posted By Dante_Stella
Ok. Brought back the old site on a newer hosting...

Ok. Brought back the old site on a newer hosting service. I think all the technical stuff is back up where it belongs, though I need to fix the formatting on some of it.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-31-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 847
Posted By Dante_Stella
Gift horses.

Gift horses.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-24-2018
Replies: 445
Views: 13,538
Posted By Dante_Stella
I don't know if contempt is the right word, but...

I don't know if contempt is the right word, but Graham Greene's Dr. Fischer of Geneva comes to mind. But I'm some kind of M240/246 user, so take it for what it's worth (or not worth).

Dante
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-24-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 3,144
Posted By Dante_Stella
For a grand or so, it's hard to beat for its...

For a grand or so, it's hard to beat for its size. It's more like a 21mm lens (that's what it uses for a finder). Film advance can be rickety, and no one services Compur 00 shutters anymore. But it...
Forum: RFF News 10-21-2018
Replies: 151
Views: 8,120
Posted By Dante_Stella
Anybody catch that it uses a Sony battery...

Anybody catch that it uses a Sony battery (NP-FW50) or that the OVF looks like it was photochopped from a CV finder (the same kind that Sony sells)? Would not be completely surprising if this had...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-18-2018
Replies: 445
Views: 13,538
Posted By Dante_Stella
Shutter cocking is not eating much if any battery...

Shutter cocking is not eating much if any battery power - old school motorized cameras like the Hexar RF can run 140 rolls on a two tiny CR2s, which is thousands of pictures - and that is cocking a...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-09-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 2,088
Posted By Dante_Stella
Sorry, but the M 246 crushes it. Dante

Sorry, but the M 246 crushes it.

Dante
Forum: Digital Compacts 10-05-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,743
Posted By Dante_Stella
https://themachineplanet.wordpress.com/2018/09/30/...

https://themachineplanet.wordpress.com/2018/09/30/dxo-one-liberte-egalite-insanite/

Short piece.

Dante
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-05-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 797
Posted By Dante_Stella
No, I think based on your posts here that you...

No, I think based on your posts here that you have a hot water heater fetish....

But speaking of weird, I always find it funny when a competing product is identified as the one you might like. You...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-04-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 976
Posted By Dante_Stella
Samy's is cheaper for 120 and a lot more...

Samy's is cheaper for 120 and a lot more expensive (by more than a buck) for 35mm. Guess it depends on your product mix. Note also that B&H prices based on marginal cost of replacing stock, meaning...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-04-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 532
Posted By Dante_Stella
Tom - I think that once the matte coating is...

Tom -

I think that once the matte coating is off, the problem is not coming back. You just go from a sticky matte surface to a slightly less matte bare plastic with the same detailing. The catch is...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-03-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 532
Posted By Dante_Stella
Is the Nikon F100 back "leather" just textured plastic?

So I was cleaning up a vaguely sticky F100 back, and I think that the "leather" or "rubber" is just a thin soft coating sprayed onto the molded plastic piece, i.e., there is no separate "leather"...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-03-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 716
Posted By Dante_Stella
There is nothing Dave can't fix, though sometimes...

There is nothing Dave can't fix, though sometimes it takes a while if it's an exotic type of thing that requires some creativity to fix. He's been doing work for me for 20+ years (he's relatively...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-02-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 976
Posted By Dante_Stella
Film always gets more expensive, but that's...

Film always gets more expensive, but that's because we have long memories of its being cheap - memories untethered to precisely when it was "cheap." For example, TMY was $2.50 a roll about 13 years...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-02-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 976
Posted By Dante_Stella
I keep telling myself that when I finish the last...

I keep telling myself that when I finish the last 100 rolls of TMY that I have, I will quit film, but where film prices have been passable, I've been replenishing the supply. On the one hand, there...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-02-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 976
Posted By Dante_Stella
Kodak T-Max 120 price increase?

Just noticed a propack of TMY 120 had jumped, apparently in the last month or two, from 25.5 to 32 per propack at B&H and Adorama.

Was this increase announced somewhere?

Dante
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-24-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 435
Posted By Dante_Stella
It's taken through a diffuser and shrunk down to...

It's taken through a diffuser and shrunk down to the tiny sensor within. Should not be a surprise that it is not sharp. Clever, almost like a Speed-Magny.
Forum: Digital Compacts 09-24-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,743
Posted By Dante_Stella
Not that exciting - you have to start wireless...

Not that exciting - you have to start wireless with the camera docked, and it drops if you shut the camera off. At least with the DxO, you can still use the lightning connection. Can't imagine what...
Forum: Digital Compacts 09-23-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,743
Posted By Dante_Stella
Fantastic little camera. Better than an X100 in...

Fantastic little camera. Better than an X100 in image quality; almost as good as an A6300. And when was the last time you could get anything with a ~35/1.8 for $125?

The OLED rough viewfinder is...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-15-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 604
Posted By Dante_Stella
F2/F3 non HP eyepieces are the best. Better...

F2/F3 non HP eyepieces are the best. Better rubber, which you can transfer to a diopter.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-14-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 391
Posted By Dante_Stella
If you're talking glass carrier too, at least...

If you're talking glass carrier too, at least $1,000.

A lot less if the seller mysteriously only has the slide carrier. The carriers for the 8000 are the same as for the 9000, and especially the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-29-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 939
Posted By Dante_Stella
If the linearity adjustment is correct, the RF...

If the linearity adjustment is correct, the RF being "past" infinity means front-focusing and stopping short means back focusing. But if the linearity is anything but perfect, or it's not adjustable,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-22-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 539
Posted By Dante_Stella
Hi, and I apologize I have not reposted that...

Hi, and I apologize I have not reposted that article in some more convenient place.

Plusses for the GSW690III
- Great rangefinder
- Handles like an oversized Leica
- Overall quieter (though it does...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-22-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 397
Posted By Dante_Stella
They used to make HCL or H2S04 “tray...

They used to make HCL or H2S04 “tray cleaner,” but it was seriously nasty stuff. Not worth it.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-18-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 801
Posted By Dante_Stella
If it's a cheap vented hood, it may be threaded...

If it's a cheap vented hood, it may be threaded roughly or incorrectly.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-15-2018
Replies: 0
Views: 239
Posted By Dante_Stella
Where to get SLR zooms cleaned in 2018?

Could anyone recommend a repair person/service who is good for cleaning AF zoom lenses?

Thanks,
Dante
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-09-2018
Replies: 37
Views: 1,612
Posted By Dante_Stella
You guys act like this is just a digital thing....

You guys act like this is just a digital thing. Think about film SLRs, which might rate as the biggest feature-chase of all time. At least with digital, the sensing is increasing in capability. But...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-07-2018
Replies: 70
Views: 5,865
Posted By Dante_Stella
It's a Harmon product. I bulk loaded a lot of...

It's a Harmon product. I bulk loaded a lot of film and confusedly exposed some Pan F Plus as Ultrafine. Same base, same emulsion color. Unfortunately, not the same EI... :(
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-03-2018
Replies: 126
Views: 5,852
Posted By Dante_Stella
Hardly expensive these days. You can get a nice...

Hardly expensive these days. You can get a nice looking F4 for under $200.

What seems overpriced is Nikon's amateur and midrange manual focus cameras. Think of it this way: you can buy six N6006...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 08-02-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,590
Posted By Dante_Stella
Well, the main tool was a logic class from 1994,...

Well, the main tool was a logic class from 1994, coupled with a good working knowledge of wildcarding. :)

But seriously, my former incarnation as a child programmer was fascinated with how, as you...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 08-01-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,590
Posted By Dante_Stella
Ok, I was totally right about this information...

Ok, I was totally right about this information being there.

Export the publish collection using Lightroom Voyager. That generates a text file with all of the collection information. Yes, Virginia,...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 08-01-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,590
Posted By Dante_Stella
Godfrey - I think that's not actually correct...

Godfrey - I think that's not actually correct about the collection info coming in from the plug-in, since Lightroom annoyingly tracks changes to metadata and re-sorts folders to identify updated...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 08-01-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,590
Posted By Dante_Stella
Angry Viewing local folders for Lightroom publish services?

:mad:

So per a popup message from Lightroom, and apparently without any prior end-user warning, effective today, Facebook dropped the Lightroom plug in, the plug-in shows as disabled, and the local...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 07-25-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,294
Posted By Dante_Stella
For 35mm, get a Pakon F135 plus and be done with...

For 35mm, get a Pakon F135 plus and be done with it. When you can scan a roll of film in 3 minutes, in one pass, to a resolution which is fine for any web use or printing up to 8x10, with better...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-25-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 2,931
Posted By Dante_Stella
So the exciting conclusion: - The boy has bonded...

So the exciting conclusion:

- The boy has bonded with the N2020 and 50/1.8D. And somewhat troublingly for my retinas, the SB-20.

- As the "shoot along for Dad," I picked up an essentially new late...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-21-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 553
Posted By Dante_Stella
The roller cam, if not perpendicular to the lens...

The roller cam, if not perpendicular to the lens mount, can cause focusing errors depending on the lens.


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Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-19-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 2,931
Posted By Dante_Stella
Quick update: I came home from the office last...

Quick update: I came home from the office last night, and saw the Boy (8) had walked off with the N2020, a 50/1.8, and an SB-20 that were sitting on the dining room table. He had gone to a concert...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-16-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 2,931
Posted By Dante_Stella
Do you ever even look at the manual once you've...

Do you ever even look at the manual once you've got the camera dialed in? I had a D700 for many years and never really took it off Aperture Priority.

Dante
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-13-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 2,931
Posted By Dante_Stella
Replace my CLE with a Nikon F4 or F6?

Ok, so this may be the mother of all bad ideas, but when I was assembling a cheapo set for my 8-year-old to practice with (a $25 N2020 and 50mm), it occurred to me that 1980s AF is not really that...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-12-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2,246
Posted By Dante_Stella
How about this: the R was a beautiful reuse of...

How about this: the R was a beautiful reuse of some of the Konica TC-X tooling.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-06-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 2,433
Posted By Dante_Stella
Still, (1) is a waste of fuel and time and (2)...

Still, (1) is a waste of fuel and time and (2) this film was already a success as Gold 100 up to about 10 years ago. :)

Dante
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-06-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 2,433
Posted By Dante_Stella
I don't think the two films are in danger of...

I don't think the two films are in danger of being confused. It's probably Ektar that would be threatened - because why use a super-testy fine-grained film susceptible to ills from temperature and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-05-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 2,433
Posted By Dante_Stella
Kodak now selling Pro Image 100 in another market - but not where it is made!

https://www.dpreview.com/news/1785236641/kodak-alaris-brings-35mm-pro-image-100-film-to-europe

So now what's Kodak's explanation for why people in the United States have to buy Pro Image 100 on the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-05-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 300
Posted By Dante_Stella
Disparate Kodak Data / 400TMY and HC-110 (b)

Anyone ever catch that in F-4043 (2/2016), the times for TMY in large tanks with HC-110 don't actually match what is in the HC-110 instruction sheet (J-24, 12/2017)?

So look at TMY at 68 degrees in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-04-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,398
Posted By Dante_Stella
Raid, the Eva Dry I am referencing (the E-333) is...

Raid, the Eva Dry I am referencing (the E-333) is a unit that basically acts as a silica gel pack - the one you found is a full-blown condensing dehumidifier. Which is impressive in its own way!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-04-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 673
Posted By Dante_Stella
So is a week or two good? If I roll my own,...

So is a week or two good? If I roll my own, should they be 20s or 24s then?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-04-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 673
Posted By Dante_Stella
Pan F plus - latent image fade?

I have used Pan F Plus on and off for quite some time but am now reading for the first time that it has a relatively quick latent image fade. Is this real? I don't ever remember having a problem,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-04-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 990
Posted By Dante_Stella
I can see that part of the issue with the metal...

I can see that part of the issue with the metal snap caps is pressure exerted on the cap by the felt pad. If you turn the metal cap a few times once mounted, this disappears.

Also, the popping cap...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-04-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,683
Posted By Dante_Stella
Been shooting a Sonnetar with a CLE. Which should...

Been shooting a Sonnetar with a CLE. Which should not work but somehow does!

Dante
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-04-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,398
Posted By Dante_Stella
I love the design of that thing. If you are not...

I love the design of that thing.

If you are not dehumidifying an armory, there is now a rechargeable (well, re-dry-able) silica gel pack (Eva Dry) that simply plugs into the wall when it's time to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-04-2018
Replies: 50
Views: 1,655
Posted By Dante_Stella
For a film camera, a Konica Genba Kantoku (Site...

For a film camera, a Konica Genba Kantoku (Site Manager) is a 35mm construction site camera designed for precisely the conditions you mention: it's designed to be shockproof, sandproof and...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-04-2018
Replies: 132
Views: 5,877
Posted By Dante_Stella
I understand that the festival was represented by...

I understand that the festival was represented by a large private law firm (which I will not name) whose rates I'm pretty sure the festival could not afford if it couldn't afford to license a...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-03-2018
Replies: 132
Views: 5,877
Posted By Dante_Stella
This seems like an unusual case for a mega-firm...

This seems like an unusual case for a mega-firm to take on defending, since it seems fraught with potential positional conflicts with large media clients.

Understand this decision for what it is - a...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-28-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 687
Posted By Dante_Stella
Eyeglass shops don't cut glass, and edging...

Eyeglass shops don't cut glass, and edging machines do not go that small. I had one in Ann Arbor cut a didymium filter years ago (to Series VI), but with the demise of glass prescription lenses in...
Forum: Optics Theory - 06-26-2018
Replies: 161
Views: 9,069
Posted By Dante_Stella
"Pop" is the product of having a subject that is...

"Pop" is the product of having a subject that is uniformly sharp against a background that is uniformly soft (usually because it is a bit to the rear). Low-element-count lenses tend to give the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-26-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 990
Posted By Dante_Stella
You know, once I taught him not to twirl a p/s by...

You know, once I taught him not to twirl a p/s by the neck strap, he's been pretty careful. But he burns through a massive amount of Fujicolor 200, and it's time to make this a cheaper exercise.

On...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-25-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 808
Posted By Dante_Stella
Hey Peter/Moto - how did you get the film counter...

Hey Peter/Moto - how did you get the film counter to advance? The film rolls right past the film counter. I ended up wrapping the center of the film counter drum with electrical tape; am probably...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-25-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 990
Posted By Dante_Stella
That's because I have concentrated all of my film...

That's because I have concentrated all of my film dropping/fat finger incidents with 120 film!

D
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-25-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 990
Posted By Dante_Stella
I'm a big fan of electrical tape! D

I'm a big fan of electrical tape!

D
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-25-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 990
Posted By Dante_Stella
I don't have a local lab to raid, so that's kind...

I don't have a local lab to raid, so that's kind of tough to do! I've never actually had a canister pop.

D
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-25-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 990
Posted By Dante_Stella
Keeping snap-cap 35mm cassettes together?

If I want to protect hand-loaded reloadable metal film cassettes from popping apart when dropped, is there a good way to do that? A drop of hot melt glue? Asking for, uh, a friend who is going to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-23-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,429
Posted By Dante_Stella
The simple answer is that Arista was a product of...

The simple answer is that Arista was a product of surplus film stock. As that slack is taken up, the price will rise to resemble whatever product it is rebadged from. It's not a mystery. Even at $50,...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-22-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,657
Posted By Dante_Stella
If you look on Shapeways, there is a mount you...

If you look on Shapeways, there is a mount you can buy to convert a Canon Owl 35mm brightline finder to a standalone shoe mount. Some assembly required. Robert Jagitsch designed it. it's quite...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-22-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 2,182
Posted By Dante_Stella
Variety and turnover is a benefit or a hazard....

Variety and turnover is a benefit or a hazard. Just ask Gene Smith, who was pretty much the biggest equipment whore but also one of the world's greatest photojournalists (if not the greatest). He...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-22-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 597
Posted By Dante_Stella
Not for a Frankenfinder on a Fuji. Lens barrel is...

Not for a Frankenfinder on a Fuji. Lens barrel is too big.

D
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-22-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,657
Posted By Dante_Stella
Um, that's not by design?

Um, that's not by design?
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-21-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 597
Posted By Dante_Stella
Taming/restraining runaway viewfinders

So I dropped my Leica Frankenfinder, for the second time. The first was at MoMA, on the marble near the back veranda. This time, it slid out of the shoe of a Fuji G690, bounced off the sidewalk, and...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-21-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 11,008
Posted By Dante_Stella
...from someone who probably wants to hype the...

...from someone who probably wants to hype the lens.

I have one of these in front of me, and as soon as Hamish answers my questions about a couple of things, I'll share my comments. It has...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-13-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 464
Posted By Dante_Stella
Gone. Move on to Continental Photo @7.88.

Gone. Move on to Continental Photo @7.88.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 06-08-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 3,523
Posted By Dante_Stella
I think it's some kind of sorcery. Dante

I think it's some kind of sorcery.

Dante
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-07-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 1,563
Posted By Dante_Stella
You and everyone else are looking for this. You...

You and everyone else are looking for this. You might find a Canon 35/1.5, but aside from that, the "cheap fast 35mm lens" ship has sailed. If it was ever in the port...

Dante
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-07-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 808
Posted By Dante_Stella
No - they just cut and pasted the Pentax 6x7...

No - they just cut and pasted the Pentax 6x7 description (P67 has a 45mm lens) for a different sized unit for Fuji (which only has 50, 65, 100, 150, and 180mm lenses). I assume they measured a Fuji...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-07-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 9,070
Posted By Dante_Stella
Are you getting weird wide spacing, usually in...

Are you getting weird wide spacing, usually in the same places on a roll? This seems to be a thing with the GLs and GMs and modern films, and spacing is largely hard-wired.

Dante
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-07-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 710
Posted By Dante_Stella
An Avenon/Kobalux 28mm on a 35mm/135mm LTM...

An Avenon/Kobalux 28mm on a 35mm/135mm LTM adapter is tiny and very sharp on the CLE. The nice thing is that you can use super-compact lenses without experiencing color shift when you shoot on film.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-06-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 808
Posted By Dante_Stella
For 6x9 cameras, it's 24x80, which is a weird...

For 6x9 cameras, it's 24x80, which is a weird 3.3:1. The Mamiya 50mm viewfinder for the 7 has panoramic marks, but I guess we'll be getting a lot of extra with the Fujinon 50....
Forum: Film vs Digital 06-06-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 2,150
Posted By Dante_Stella
Are we addicted to film cameras and not film?

Today, I managed to buy 50 more rolls of film (40 in 35mm and 10 more in 120). Shooting this will bring my household 35mm film consumption up to 100 rolls in the past calendar year - which is more...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-06-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 808
Posted By Dante_Stella
Chinese panoramic conversion kits?

Has anyone tried one of these:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Panoramic-Conversion-Kit-For-Fuji-6x9-/262842635329

I ordered a Fuji 6x9 one, but I was thinking it would be more practical to mount in a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-04-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 839
Posted By Dante_Stella
The feedback argument makes no sense. User ads...

The feedback argument makes no sense. User ads disappear immediately after they are marked "Sold." If anything, user ads should stay up for a little while - but sponsors are known quantities. So why...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-03-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 839
Posted By Dante_Stella
Could we purge "Sold" sponsor ads?

Would it be possible to purge all of the sponsor ads that are marked "Sold"? It kind of clutters things up.*

*And, I am tired of being taunted by a $2K Linhof Technorama 617 that found a new home...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-30-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 707
Posted By Dante_Stella
They come in bricks of 20. They seem to conk out...

They come in bricks of 20. They seem to conk out every 24-36 frames. Better buy in bulk.

D
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-30-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 707
Posted By Dante_Stella
You should check the sensor. I heard that the...

You should check the sensor. I heard that the electronics in M3s fail after about 60-70 years. :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-25-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 525
Posted By Dante_Stella
It will almost always require exposure...

It will almost always require exposure compensation. The Monochrom has substantially the same meter and requires a little experimentation to get the filter factors right.

Point the camera at a grey...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-23-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 650
Posted By Dante_Stella
I put it in the classifieds here. Not cheap, but...

I put it in the classifieds here. Not cheap, but a third less than what I paid.

Had my other one CLA-ed. Wow, that's getting to be non-cheap.

I don't know how or why I ended up with two of these,...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-21-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 656
Posted By Dante_Stella
It's not needed; the 2.8GX doesn't even have one...

It's not needed; the 2.8GX doesn't even have one (although you can swap in a 2.8F or 3.5F finder that has one).
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-20-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 513
Posted By Dante_Stella
It doesn't need to be removable unless you plan...

It doesn't need to be removable unless you plan to make a mess of the application. Think about it - if it separates, it is by definition removable. If it doesn't, and the window stays where it is...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-18-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 966
Posted By Dante_Stella
Kinetronics makes an unpowered double brush that...

Kinetronics makes an unpowered double brush that you can use to loosen dust before blowing off with some kind of pumped air or compressed gas.

Otherwise, the moving air/gas solutions will be fairly...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-15-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 545
Posted By Dante_Stella
The Convertible 842 is the ancestor of the SW612,...

The Convertible 842 is the ancestor of the SW612, only for whatever reason, Horseman never went beyond the 62mm. I've seen a couple of homebrew setups that used other lenses with the 842, but it was...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-10-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 11,008
Posted By Dante_Stella
By external design, not optical formula. Right...

By external design, not optical formula. Right down to the filter size.

Dante
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-05-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 896
Posted By Dante_Stella
On cheaper lenses, you can take nail polish and a...

On cheaper lenses, you can take nail polish and a file to adjust the cam engagement angle. Kind of a nuclear solution, but that's how the factory did it.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-27-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,682
Posted By Dante_Stella
"Rolleiflex chassis"* notwithstanding, I'd take...

"Rolleiflex chassis"* notwithstanding, I'd take the GX or even FX over the F series 101 times out of 100. The F series seems to be a full-employment act for repairpeople; the GX and FX are somewhat...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-26-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,682
Posted By Dante_Stella
That's about 52 years too early! The 2.8FX-N was...

That's about 52 years too early! The 2.8FX-N was the end of the line in 2012.

Dante
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-26-2018
Replies: 83
Views: 2,167
Posted By Dante_Stella
The crappy imaging chain degrades with every...

The crappy imaging chain degrades with every crappy step in it, so yes, you will do better with 400-speed film and a good lens than 400-speed and a Holga.

By the way, modern 400-speed film is quite...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-26-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 11,008
Posted By Dante_Stella
Hey, Pavlov's Dogs - Just because something is a...

Hey, Pavlov's Dogs -

Just because something is a "Sonnar-type" doesn't mean that it is good.


Sonnars were a workaround for a lack of coatings in the day. That they disappeared with the advent of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-19-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 591
Posted By Dante_Stella
That's a "Germany" issue per DAG. At least on...

That's a "Germany" issue per DAG. At least on later Ms, that's an internal adjustment that requires a very specific test fixture.

Dante
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-02-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 371
Posted By Dante_Stella
Front-element marks from filter

I am looking at a 75/4.5 Nikkor LF lens that has a tiny (1-2mm) spot in the front element that looks like it came from a filter being screwed down on it.

At some point I had a mark like this on an...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-31-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 753
Posted By Dante_Stella
Aron Alpha 802 is essentially superglue and is...

Aron Alpha 802 is essentially superglue and is used to secure the screw from rotation once set.

Dante
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-26-2018
Replies: 823
Views: 162,745
Posted By Dante_Stella
How about a multiformat/focal length viewfinder...

How about a multiformat/focal length viewfinder with an internal level? Bonus points for shift capability. Think Silvestri 1080B.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-14-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 604
Posted By Dante_Stella
Sounds like a minor thing.

Sounds like a minor thing.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-11-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,149
Posted By Dante_Stella
It means taking camera A, sending it to someone...

It means taking camera A, sending it to someone else, getting some money, and then spending that money (and more) to later acquire another camera A!

Two steps forward, three steps back.

D
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-10-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 1,304
Posted By Dante_Stella
I have now confirmed this on several other...

I have now confirmed this on several other lenses; chrome ones aren't designed to have a cutout in the lock ring for a locking pin.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-10-2018
Replies: 116
Views: 47,401
Posted By Dante_Stella
I would describe non-aspheric (or traditional)...

I would describe non-aspheric (or traditional) 35mm lenses like this:

The f/1.4 and 1.5 lenses are impressionistic where they can't be good.

The f/1.8 and f/2 lenses all have cult followings based...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-10-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,149
Posted By Dante_Stella
I know. My being behind on the Machine Planet has...

I know. My being behind on the Machine Planet has helped a few escape the purge.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-10-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,149
Posted By Dante_Stella
The conceit is that the storyteller won't be...

The conceit is that the storyteller won't be executed as long as the story is left unfinished for the next night.

D
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-10-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,149
Posted By Dante_Stella
The Scheherazade effect and selling cameras

Ok, be honest - who has put a new roll of film in a camera and shot a few frames just to forestall selling it "until the roll is done"? I find this works best with 36 exposures. :)

Dante
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-10-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 1,025
Posted By Dante_Stella
Nikon made the AR-11 for the FM-3A - which is...

Nikon made the AR-11 for the FM-3A - which is quite beautifully made and is convex. It's also reasonably sized if you think you are going to have clearance issues. I use it with my 2.8GX, which has a...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 03-08-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 3,995
Posted By Dante_Stella
If you want to make your own, I have some Super...

If you want to make your own, I have some Super Luminova luminous watch pigment I can lend you. I actually thought about doing this on my chrome-plated Fuji G690BL, but in that context, it's not...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 03-07-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 1,241
Posted By Dante_Stella
PS - the Horseman "convertible" is like a SW612...

PS - the Horseman "convertible" is like a SW612 but for 6x9 - and it takes standard Horseman/Graflex type rollfilm backs.
Forum: DIYS Modifications 03-07-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 1,241
Posted By Dante_Stella
The Horseman SW612 series is pretty minimalist,...

The Horseman SW612 series is pretty minimalist, considering that the only function of the thin box-like body is to connect a back, a lens cone, and the finder. The Linhof Technorama is essentially a...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-03-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 571
Posted By Dante_Stella
Take it to your optometrist. They can read it off...

Take it to your optometrist. They can read it off the diopter.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-25-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 650
Posted By Dante_Stella
Extra 50mm Fujinon for G690BL: keep or sell?

I am a little on the fence about having two 50mm Fujinons for 6x9; is there still a market for them?

Dante
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-25-2018
Replies: 45
Views: 2,175
Posted By Dante_Stella
As I recall, it doesn't work with Diafine. Flat...

As I recall, it doesn't work with Diafine. Flat negs.

Dante
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-24-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,864
Posted By Dante_Stella
New AF Hexar page is up - with some hopefully...

New AF Hexar page is up - with some hopefully interesting information on the lineage of its AF system. Plus lots of diagrams.

Anyway, the feedback so far has been good on the black-text-on-white;...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-23-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,864
Posted By Dante_Stella
Thanks! Here is the new link for that. One of the...

Thanks! Here is the new link for that. One of the easier ones to move.

https://themachineplanet.wordpress.com/2018/02/24/maximizing-your-nikon-fh-869s/

Dante
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-23-2018
Replies: 145
Views: 6,910
Posted By Dante_Stella
Agree with getting this in 120, though neither it...

Agree with getting this in 120, though neither it nor Neopan 1600 have ever been available in that size. But with TMZ, weren't there issues with radiation and this film in the past? I seem to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-23-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,864
Posted By Dante_Stella
I did keep copies of everything! Dante

I did keep copies of everything!

Dante
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-22-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,864
Posted By Dante_Stella
Retiring my old web site - and moving to a new one!

Well, I think I have had it with hosting the old dantestella.com website; the back end had become disorganized (my fault), the hosting company kept getting hacked (not my fault), I kept getting FTP...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-20-2018
Replies: 145
Views: 6,910
Posted By Dante_Stella
You know, when Kodak thinks too much, things go...

You know, when Kodak thinks too much, things go wrong.

D
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-18-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,037
Posted By Dante_Stella
Mechanical ones are all out of print....

Mechanical ones are all out of print. Fortunately, Copals are pretty much bulletproof.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-14-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,414
Posted By Dante_Stella
Also field curvature, as you will see from the...

Also field curvature, as you will see from the almost impossible DOF for f/2.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-13-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 836
Posted By Dante_Stella
Nominally, 1/3 of the DOF is supposed to be in...

Nominally, 1/3 of the DOF is supposed to be in front of the focused subject and 2/3 behind, but in practice, fast lenses usually bias toward front focus (subject and in front) at larger apertures and...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-12-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,414
Posted By Dante_Stella
Ok. Here you can see how this does at about a...

Ok. Here you can see how this does at about a meter and f/2.0. Sharp as hell with commensurate massive falloff.

The arguments I've heard about the black one (which I have used extensively myself)...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-12-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,241
Posted By Dante_Stella
Frank Marshman fixed it. It is very, very...

Frank Marshman fixed it. It is very, very smooth!

Dante
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 02-12-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 2,309
Posted By Dante_Stella
Vertical adjustment affects horizontal, and if...

Vertical adjustment affects horizontal, and if they are both off "diagonally" the same amount, then you need to turn the vertical adjuster barrel. It's just like a Hexar RF.

Dante
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-09-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 964
Posted By Dante_Stella
Probably a little more complex. 1. Canon's last...

Probably a little more complex.

1. Canon's last RF lens came out in 1965 (the 35/2 II), so 1970 pricing is not going to be representative. What you are looking at in Canon's book is the list price...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-07-2018
Replies: 36
Views: 2,305
Posted By Dante_Stella
When 100' does 18 rolls of 36, how is even 75 a...

When 100' does 18 rolls of 36, how is even 75 a good deal?

That's still over 4 dollars a roll (before shipping, cartridges, and a loader), and you get the increased likelihood of funky frame...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-07-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,414
Posted By Dante_Stella
Jiyeng, sold by Fotodiox and on Ebay, has a much...

Jiyeng, sold by Fotodiox and on Ebay, has a much better than average chance of being thin. Their adapters typically run from 0.95 to 0.99, at least on the 10 or so I measured. In general, off-brand...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-07-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,414
Posted By Dante_Stella
Black is the 35/2 screwmount lens from...

Black is the 35/2 screwmount lens from 2000
Chrome is the 35/2 screwmount lens from 1996
(both are Hexar lenses from 1992 in Leica mount)

Ok. So the 35/2 chrome arrived today.
- Green coatings
-...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-06-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 605
Posted By Dante_Stella
Get a thinner adapter. Usually the Chinese ones...

Get a thinner adapter. Usually the Chinese ones are short of 1.0mm. The cam rate and focus position on a 50mm lens move at the same rate. Done.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-03-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,232
Posted By Dante_Stella
Dursts dichro heads run on 24V/250W halogen ELCs,...

Dursts dichro heads run on 24V/250W halogen ELCs, as I recall, which are neither illegal nor out of print. They are essentially track light bulbs. I have a box of them in the basement. They're $3-6...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-03-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 1,976
Posted By Dante_Stella
The wobble is overblown. It comes from the...

The wobble is overblown. It comes from the helicoid, not the optical unit It's not as bad as Zeiss or even Canon LTM. It is also fixable (DAG adjusted mine); it's just that things get loose after 22...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-02-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,414
Posted By Dante_Stella
Archlich, try a thinner LTM adapter. That will...

Archlich, try a thinner LTM adapter. That will fool the camera into thinking that the lens is focused further than it actually is, since the cam moves faster than the optical unit.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-02-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,414
Posted By Dante_Stella
If the UC is "better" with focus shift (as...

If the UC is "better" with focus shift (as opposed to just shifting the focus to mask the problem as is done on ZM Sonnars), that necessarily means it has less SA (and probably worse bokeh). I...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-02-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,414
Posted By Dante_Stella
Some of the issue might just be Miyazaki. The...

Some of the issue might just be Miyazaki. The MS-Sonnetar only focuses correctly at f/2.8 when the adjuster (which is labeled "coma" but is really focal length) is at "neutral." You can actually set...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-02-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,414
Posted By Dante_Stella
The UC designation in the 1980s on Konica lenses...

The UC designation in the 1980s on Konica lenses was not in derogation of the fact that most of its other lenses were already multicoated. UC stood for "ultra compact," "ultra coating," and "ultra...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-01-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,414
Posted By Dante_Stella
I believe the chrome 35, the UC, and the Hexar...

I believe the chrome 35, the UC, and the Hexar are all the same lens, all modeled on the 35/1.8 Nikkor. The chrome one probably the most so because it even mimics the scalloped focus ring.

The...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 02-01-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 4,272
Posted By Dante_Stella
Actually, when it comes to flexibility, the M240...

Actually, when it comes to flexibility, the M240 is a superior system: better metadata recording, longer battery life, video, internal artificial horizon for wideangles, ability to connect a GPS or...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-01-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,414
Posted By Dante_Stella
Chrome Hexanon 35/2L vs 35/2 UC-Hexanon?

Ok, so I found a chrome 35 Hexanon screwmount at a price I couldn't refuse, following a 35/2 Canon at a price I couldn't refuse, following a Canon P with a 35/2.8 at a price I couldn't refuse...

So...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-31-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 819
Posted By Dante_Stella
Konica Hexanon 35/2L in silver does not have a...

Konica Hexanon 35/2L in silver does not have a tab.
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 01-30-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1,600
Posted By Dante_Stella
Just hold the shutter open on B, look through the...

Just hold the shutter open on B, look through the back, and be careful of what happens when you screw the lens in.
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 01-30-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1,600
Posted By Dante_Stella
Possibly. Consistency of manufacture was not a...

Possibly. Consistency of manufacture was not a highlight of that lens.

Dante
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-30-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,565
Posted By Dante_Stella
The real question is whether you had backing...

The real question is whether you had backing paper frame numbers transferred to your clothing. :)

Dante
Forum: RFF News 01-29-2018
Replies: 55
Views: 15,420
Posted By Dante_Stella
The handle actually serves the purpose of...

The handle actually serves the purpose of levering the lens/adapter into the camera's bayonet and out; otherwise, you have to grab it by the lens. For this reason, I found the dedicated 50 to be more...
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 01-29-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1,600
Posted By Dante_Stella
Don't buy a mint one if you are mounting a J12...

Don't buy a mint one if you are mounting a J12 because you will end up butchering the baffles. Buy a pre-butchered one so you won't feel so bad about that (or using the camera in general).

Dante
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-25-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,061
Posted By Dante_Stella
Are you right handed and left eye dominant? In...

Are you right handed and left eye dominant? In target shooting, that almost instinctively induces a tilt. For photography, that means jamming your RF camera against your nose. Maybe also the tilt...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-24-2018
Replies: 71
Views: 6,417
Posted By Dante_Stella
35/2.8 Canon. It's a little sharper wide-open...

35/2.8 Canon. It's a little sharper wide-open than the 35/2 Canon. Actually, it's hella sharp. It's also the only legit budget lens that has been mentioned on this thread. I will probably list a...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-23-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 6,842
Posted By Dante_Stella
The shutter switch needs to be replaced, not...

The shutter switch needs to be replaced, not cleaned. The interwebs are fraught with stories about how this is dirt. It's not. There is a reason that the "fixes" last a couple of months - it's...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-23-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 7,480
Posted By Dante_Stella
Received one of these today. Remarkably sharp...

Received one of these today. Remarkably sharp lens on an M typ 240 in indoor testing; need to actually try it on a Canon RF.

How bad flare are people getting pointing this at point light...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-21-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,241
Posted By Dante_Stella
GS645 folder woes!

Who still fixes these well? I know of Frank Marshman, but I thought he told me a couple of years ago that he was done with them. Mine seems to have jumped "out of cycle" after many months of non-use...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 01-15-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 4,306
Posted By Dante_Stella
That's because people use underpowered flashes...

That's because people use underpowered flashes with FP cameras. I have an Agfatronic 643CS sitting on my desk that has a GN of 212, which pretty much moots the need for HSS. Now I totally want to try...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-12-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,447
Posted By Dante_Stella
Come on, the real Bond used a .25 Beretta. That...

Come on, the real Bond used a .25 Beretta. That one - which Fleming had in the Royal Navy - was known as a purse gun at the time (and to be fair, less powerful than a modern .22). But guns were not...
Forum: Fuji X Series 01-12-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1,980
Posted By Dante_Stella
So if the split image doesn't work that well with...

So if the split image doesn't work that well with adapted lenses, I should just stick those on my a6300? I guess they could autofocus too with the Techart, but... split screen on the Fuji!

Dante
Forum: Fuji X Series 01-12-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1,980
Posted By Dante_Stella
Ko.Fe - they are full-frame lenses whose focal...

Ko.Fe - they are full-frame lenses whose focal lengths are short enough to be useful for half-frame. No coverage issues!

D
Forum: Fuji X Series 01-12-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1,980
Posted By Dante_Stella
X-Pro2 as a manual focus platform?

I have a half-frame Konica SLR and was thinking it would be cool to use some of the same Tokina AT-X lenses with a digital body (a 24-40/2.8 and 60-150/2.8). It's somewhat slow going on an M due to...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 01-11-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,172
Posted By Dante_Stella
The M sensor averages; the lens has vignetting...

The M sensor averages; the lens has vignetting that drags the average down. Most lenses show about 1/3 stop slower, sometimes more. And yes, it's a measure of the overall T/stop in a crude kind of...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 01-09-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 2,315
Posted By Dante_Stella
Tamrac Zuma 4...

Tamrac Zuma 4 (https://www.amazon.com/Tamrac-5724014-Zuma-Camera-Black/dp/B004USLVM4)

I think that of all the options, it's both cheap and versatile - top loading (rather than messenger flap over)...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-05-2018
Replies: 91
Views: 4,016
Posted By Dante_Stella
The CLE is a very elegant camera and one of the...

The CLE is a very elegant camera and one of the best film platforms for wideangle lenses. It's also the only RF where you can buy a TTL flash for under $20 (a Vivitar 550FD). I think the shutter...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-03-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 854
Posted By Dante_Stella
It's probably changing the alignment of your eye...

It's probably changing the alignment of your eye to the RF, which does cause back and front focusing. Maybe your RF was actually off but appeared to be correct by virtue of your eye position without...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-02-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,731
Posted By Dante_Stella
I have some small children whom I will get to...

I have some small children whom I will get to work on mine if I could ever repeat the dancing LEDs.

Are we sure it's not skin conductance (or lack thereof) that's causing the glitchiness? :-) Also,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-02-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,731
Posted By Dante_Stella
I found that the dancing LED thing - when it...

I found that the dancing LED thing - when it turned out to not be the battery - was addressed by pressing in the lock button and spinning the shutter dial a few times - and then turning the ISO...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-27-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 1,584
Posted By Dante_Stella
The Star Trek: Wrath of Khan soundtrack on two...

The Star Trek: Wrath of Khan soundtrack on two LPs. For the win.
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-11-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 2,850
Posted By Dante_Stella
I can concur with the original poster - quite a...

I can concur with the original poster - quite a few purportedly "worthless" zooms and primes for SLRs do very well on mirrorless cameras like the Leica M. In fact, even things like the ZM Sonnar do...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-28-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 790
Posted By Dante_Stella
Thanks for the tip! There are plenty of 28-90s in...

Thanks for the tip! There are plenty of 28-90s in other mounts; it is just the K/AR that seems to be missing. Maybe I'll just get a Nikon one and use my Nikon mount adapter (though it is not as much...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-28-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 790
Posted By Dante_Stella
Where to find Vivitar Series 1 (28-90 or 28-105) for Konica AR?

I have been looking unsuccessfully for a while for a Vivitar Series 1, either the 28-90/2.8 or the 28-105/2.8, for Konica AR mount. Anyone have any ideas about where all these lenses have gone? I...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 11-19-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1,819
Posted By Dante_Stella
My comments on...

My comments on this.

https://themachineplanet.wordpress.com/2017/11/18/dont-jump-to-instant-conclusions-about-the-fujifilm-polaroid-suit/

Dante
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 11-17-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1,819
Posted By Dante_Stella
Fujifilm vs Polaroid Cage Match!

I don't know if you caught this, but Fujifilm sued Polaroid yesterday in federal court in New York, attempting to invalidate Polaroid's trademark and trade dress for the SX-70/600 style integral...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-29-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 840
Posted By Dante_Stella
Yeah, most recently I had to have Leica fix my...

Yeah, most recently I had to have Leica fix my M240 because it had a displaced part inside the RF that DAG said he did not have the tools to fix (it's the thing that prevents patch drift when you...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-28-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 840
Posted By Dante_Stella
Do Leica M bodies ever front focus after shocks or service?

Has anyone ever had an M camera unexpectedly front focus across all lenses? I have been using them for 20 years+, and the only direction the RF has ever drifted off is in the direction of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-11-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1,150
Posted By Dante_Stella
Thanks - I never really thought of that as an...

Thanks - I never really thought of that as an accurate focusing surface with a fresnel, but I'll try it!

Dante
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-11-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1,150
Posted By Dante_Stella
How do (did) you focus slow zooms on an MF SLR?

Serious question. The higher-end cameras (Nikon F and Canon F-1 series, for example) have interchangeable screens, some of which have focusing aids optimized to small aperture lenses. But for most...
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