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Forum: Photography General Interest 04-02-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 993
Posted By pgk
Which camera?

Which camera?
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-01-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,119
Posted By pgk
Just a digital back - a 5" x 4" Graflok fitting...

Just a digital back - a 5" x 4" Graflok fitting digital back which covers 5" x 4" and produces a 20-30MPixel image. This would make an enormous amount of perfectly good cameras usable again.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-28-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,407
Posted By pgk
Well, my two M9s are still going strong. Both...

Well, my two M9s are still going strong. Both have had free sensor replacements and one is looking very well used. And they still deliver excellent low ISO files, which is what I want. Cameras are...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-23-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,407
Posted By pgk
Such catastrophic failure looks more like damage...

Such catastrophic failure looks more like damage - heat? water damage? chemical exposure?
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-19-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,011
Posted By pgk
There is only so much technical perfection one...

There is only so much technical perfection one can take.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-18-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,011
Posted By pgk
Why did anyone buy anything other than the...

Why did anyone buy anything other than the cheapest film SLR in the past? The cheapest models shared the same sensor (film) and brand lenses as the most expensive from the same manufacturer and so,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-27-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,338
Posted By pgk
Technical excellence is merely a prerequisite,...

Technical excellence is merely a prerequisite, not an end in itself, for professional photography.
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-06-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 2,689
Posted By pgk
The simplest implication is that the design is...

The simplest implication is that the design is relatively new and that the lens has been designed with an aspherical surface to improve it in some way (I know that this might mean improve its...
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-04-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 2,689
Posted By pgk
Aspherical lens surfaces are used in all sorts of...

Aspherical lens surfaces are used in all sorts of applications, some expensive, some not. Most are now molded but in the past they were ground which was far more expensive. They have advantages for...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-01-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,192
Posted By pgk
Whilst I can see logic and reasoning in the posts...

Whilst I can see logic and reasoning in the posts here, am I not correct in thinking that this would all be easy to put into practice IF the RAW file had not bee subjected to the manufacturer's...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-30-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,192
Posted By pgk
Well I never shoot above base ISO on my Leica M9....

Well I never shoot above base ISO on my Leica M9. I always rely on adjustments to the RAW files during processing and this works very well indeed. I've done it for years. Not so with the Sony A7II -...
Forum: Optics Theory - 01-27-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 2,864
Posted By pgk
Simplistically, a 'classic' lens usually has a...

Simplistically, a 'classic' lens usually has a mix of aberrations which operate to provide an image which looks (or looked) pleasing under certain circumstances. 'Classic' lenses may have been...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-22-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 4,492
Posted By pgk
FWIW here in the UK if you read the small print...

FWIW here in the UK if you read the small print on insured parcels by Royal Mail you will find that broken glass is almost certainly excluded. I think that this is true of other shippers too. So I...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-18-2019
Replies: 63
Views: 1,961
Posted By pgk
Photography in my book is about three things;...

Photography in my book is about three things; subject, composition and lighting. Composition for me includes all those variables that go into creating the image 'technically' including the effects of...
Forum: Travel 01-17-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 724
Posted By pgk
Well, I live in North Wales and there are both...

Well, I live in North Wales and there are both mountainous routes as well as reasonably 'flatter' ones. If you look at: https://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map and have a look at route 8 - there are some...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-07-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,160
Posted By pgk
If you don't mind buying an older/heavier tripod...

If you don't mind buying an older/heavier tripod look for a suitable Gitzo. Their early tripods are very well made but a bit heavier being aluminium. I still have my Gitzo Reporter bought secondhand...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-05-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,175
Posted By pgk
It seems to be an inevitability unless you are...

It seems to be an inevitability unless you are fortunate enough to find that one system covers all your needs - I'm not, and its a real pain having to use several very different cameras.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-26-2018
Replies: 173
Views: 10,436
Posted By pgk
I wonder how many people have an expensive car to...

I wonder how many people have an expensive car to keep in the garage and a cheap jalopy to actually drive around in? In my book the same applies to cameras. Life is risky - so be it (and always...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-16-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 2,584
Posted By pgk
If you look at the history of photography I think...

If you look at the history of photography I think that you will find that cameras and lenses are probably cheaper now than they have ever been, especially if you factor the cost of film into the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-09-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 780
Posted By pgk
I and other photographers I talk to, who use 35mm...

I and other photographers I talk to, who use 35mm and smaller formats, mostly agree that the smaller format images are less 'satisfying' in technical terms than the full frame. I don't think that...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-26-2018
Replies: 84
Views: 3,090
Posted By pgk
I have an (black chrome - mostly now anyway) M4...

I have an (black chrome - mostly now anyway) M4 from a batch which I believe were used as cruise ship cameras - for taking pictures of guests which were then sold to those guests. It was very trashed...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-08-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2,594
Posted By pgk
If you use A7 series cameras like an M (in my...

If you use A7 series cameras like an M (in my experience few do) then they are easy enough to set. Use them for any specialist applications and they are an absolute mess.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-08-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2,594
Posted By pgk
Virtue no. A way of doing things which can be...

Virtue no. A way of doing things which can be very useful though. Using skills to take an image only works in one's favour when it yields an image that would otherwise not be viable (say by taking it...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-08-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2,594
Posted By pgk
Which is fine until you want to do something else...

Which is fine until you want to do something else with it. I use a Sony A7II underwater but needed to copy some slides the other day. It took me 5 minutes to go through and reset everything because...
Forum: Optics Theory - 10-30-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 805
Posted By pgk
The Nikonos system included both underwater...

The Nikonos system included both underwater finders and above water ones - for the 80mm certainly but I think maybe for the 35 too(?). They also made a 28mm lens which was not for underwater use but...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-25-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,463
Posted By pgk
I've had enough MPixels for a good many years.

I've had enough MPixels for a good many years.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-05-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 3,103
Posted By pgk
Shipped to them in late May, back a couple of...

Shipped to them in late May, back a couple of weeks ago (two lenses). I rang about a month ago and they instantly described the packaging I'd used as the lenses had just moved up the line onto the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-05-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 3,103
Posted By pgk
I've just had two M lenses serviced by them -...

I've just had two M lenses serviced by them - took time but I think that's because they are taking up the slack from other people who are reducing their workload or retiring. Great job on the lenses...
Forum: RFF Polls 09-23-2018
Replies: 144
Views: 24,086
Posted By pgk
I remember watching a sports photographer at...

I remember watching a sports photographer at Silverstone many years ago. First he extracted a Nikon F2 camera from his bag; no body cap so he blew the dust out with a good lungfull. He then removed a...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-19-2018
Replies: 67
Views: 2,232
Posted By pgk
Ease of use. Simple UI. Easy to assimilate menus....

Ease of use. Simple UI. Easy to assimilate menus. A straightforward camera.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-12-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 645
Posted By pgk
Gitzo supply various 'plates' to fit in the...

Gitzo supply various 'plates' to fit in the recess at the top of the tripod. Simple flat plates, centre column plates, video 'bowls' and levelling devices. I'm pretty sure that you can buy similar...
Forum: Travel 08-05-2018
Replies: 48
Views: 2,516
Posted By pgk
Well I'm just back from a very warm Scotland'...

Well I'm just back from a very warm Scotland' west coast (with very few midges for once) after visiting Arran (Island), Loch Fyne, Oban and Moidart. The base problem in Scotland is that there are too...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-18-2018
Replies: 118
Views: 5,354
Posted By pgk
In 1980 I took a photo on a borrowed 28mm f/3.5...

In 1980 I took a photo on a borrowed 28mm f/3.5 Nikkor which had seen better days (someone had broken the Ai prong off which takes a fair bit of doing). I got a print made - a Cibachrome - and framed...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-17-2018
Replies: 58
Views: 4,140
Posted By pgk
Treating gear badly is a sure way to have it let...

Treating gear badly is a sure way to have it let you down when you don't want it to. If this doesn't bother you then so be it - it would bother me and my gear is well-used and shows the results of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-05-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,398
Posted By pgk
Worth being aware is that the blue indicator is...

Worth being aware is that the blue indicator is cobalt chloride which is classified as a 'substance of very high concern' as a suspected carcinogen by the EU. I think that the orange indicator is the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-02-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,005
Posted By pgk
If only this was true. I have a couple of 'well...

If only this was true. I have a couple of 'well used' M4s which have seen better days which are anything but collectable, but that's not the point, They have seen life and this no longer seems to...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 06-30-2018
Replies: 57
Views: 3,770
Posted By pgk
Oddly enough I just picked up a Minox B with...

Oddly enough I just picked up a Minox B with tripod adapter and binocular clamp at an antiques fair for a price which, given the quality of this equipment, was very little indeed. The camera seems to...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-30-2018
Replies: 60
Views: 2,800
Posted By pgk
In my experience few people have sufficient...

In my experience few people have sufficient wallspace to hang as many pictures as they would like. Which brings in the question about the practical viability of large sized prints. I can and do...
Forum: Travel 06-28-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 827
Posted By pgk
Natural History Museum and British Museum. I...

Natural History Museum and British Museum. I lived in London for a time and sometimes revisit - these two are worth visiting repeatedly.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-23-2018
Replies: 115
Views: 4,631
Posted By pgk
I'm sure that far cheaper cameras could produce...

I'm sure that far cheaper cameras could produce as good results but I'm not bothered about this at all.
I like using rangefinder cameras so there is a limited choice of makers, and I have a number of...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-19-2018
Replies: 90
Views: 5,147
Posted By pgk
Well, I've been a freelance professional...

Well, I've been a freelance professional photographer for 28 years and I am as enthused about my photography as ever (perhaps more) and almost always carry a Leica with me. Only if I know that there...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-16-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 1,876
Posted By pgk
Some of the early Petzvals would probably be...

Some of the early Petzvals would probably be cheaper too - strange when a modern 'equivalent' is more costly than a piece of photographic history.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-16-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,468
Posted By pgk
Malcolm Taylor has very kindly just sorted out a...

Malcolm Taylor has very kindly just sorted out a Mountain Elmar for me - its a lenshead in a 'custom mount' but wouldn't focus to infinity. Now its back its stunningly good - far better than I had...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-11-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,468
Posted By pgk
Malcolm is still doing repair stuff but is...

Malcolm is still doing repair stuff but is semi-retired-ish, maybe, I think (that said I had a chat with him this morning and he's as enthused as ever).
Forum: Optics Theory - 05-11-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 2,850
Posted By pgk
I have an old Mountain Elmar (105mm f/6.3) in a...

I have an old Mountain Elmar (105mm f/6.3) in a home made mount which I've been using on a Sony A7II. I am staggered at the images it can produce stopped down. They are not up to the best of current...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-11-2018
Replies: 677
Views: 50,449
Posted By pgk
I despair whenever I see questions relating to...

I despair whenever I see questions relating to "which camera strap". Most cameras are supplied with one .....
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-15-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,562
Posted By pgk
The problem is that whilst reviewers can give you...

The problem is that whilst reviewers can give you comparative data and photographers can illustrate that the vast majority of cameras and lenses are highly capable these days, using photographic...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-07-2018
Replies: 137
Views: 4,736
Posted By pgk
I had M8s and still have M9s. Despite all their...

I had M8s and still have M9s. Despite all their faults they still deliver superb images. I sell gallery prints from both.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-07-2018
Replies: 137
Views: 4,736
Posted By pgk
In 50 years time I doubt that I'll care and...

In 50 years time I doubt that I'll care and unless any of us is clairvoyant;) its conjecture as to whether any existent film or digital cameras will still be usable. As far as I am aware M3 parts are...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-07-2018
Replies: 137
Views: 4,736
Posted By pgk
Well, given that no camera can produce an image...

Well, given that no camera can produce an image as the eye sees it (fortunately, the eye is a very dodgy optic and your perceived images are based on experience and massive infilling by the brain....
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-07-2018
Replies: 137
Views: 4,736
Posted By pgk
Photography is actually derived from Ancient...

Photography is actually derived from Ancient Greek: photo = light, graphé = drawing. I'm not sure that we know who first thought it up but if you look up in wiki (with the usual caveats) there are...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-05-2018
Replies: 137
Views: 4,736
Posted By pgk
The film versus digital and Leica 'quality'...

The film versus digital and Leica 'quality' (however you define it) versus other manufacturer's 'quality' debates are irrelevant with respect to the thread's question (and pretty irrelevant anyway...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-04-2018
Replies: 137
Views: 4,736
Posted By pgk
Whether anything is worth what you pay for it is...

Whether anything is worth what you pay for it is really a question only individuals can answer for themselves. M equipment can be had for surprisingly little money if you don't mind poor cosmetics...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-03-2018
Replies: 137
Views: 4,736
Posted By pgk
But at the end of the day the most important...

But at the end of the day the most important settings are aperture, shutter speed and focus - ISO too but mostly I, at least, just leave this at base. And I can see ALL these relevant settings at a...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-03-2018
Replies: 137
Views: 4,736
Posted By pgk
Sorry. Pointless discussion. If you can't see the...

Sorry. Pointless discussion. If you can't see the difference between a simplistic and and automated camera then so be it.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-03-2018
Replies: 137
Views: 4,736
Posted By pgk
It is but in the same way that applying paint to...

It is but in the same way that applying paint to paper with a paintbrush is the essence of painting - but nothing to do with art.

Photography like painting requires understanding. The Leica M...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-03-2018
Replies: 137
Views: 4,736
Posted By pgk
True enough, except that pressing a shutter...

True enough, except that pressing a shutter release isn't using a camera is it?
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-02-2018
Replies: 137
Views: 4,736
Posted By pgk
A friend (Nikon shooter) asked me to show him how...

A friend (Nikon shooter) asked me to show him how my Leica digital rangefinder worked last week. I handed it to him and showed him the focus lever and let him look through the viewfinder. After about...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-26-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 19,073
Posted By pgk
In the early 1980s I worked in a London camera...

In the early 1980s I worked in a London camera shop. The manager had been there since the war and told me that as soon as the government broadcast that they wanted quality cameras, a few were also...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 02-20-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 2,100
Posted By pgk
I suspect that the Nikonos 35mm lens is the same...

I suspect that the Nikonos 35mm lens is the same lens Nikon used on their rangefinders back in the 1950s - I also suspect that the original Calypso camera designed by De Wouters and which became the...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-25-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 1,874
Posted By pgk
I have copied largish prints in two sections and...

I have copied largish prints in two sections and stitched them in photoshop then adjusted and had them digitally printed on archival paper with surprisingly good results. Trick is to get everything...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-07-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 1,233
Posted By pgk
Could be. From Leica Forum: M4 Chrome - 47,522,...

Could be. From Leica Forum: M4 Chrome - 47,522, M4 Black chrome - 6,775 & M4 Black paint - 4,889, so the black paint version shouldn't be that much rarer than the black chrome but I can't say that it...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-07-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 1,233
Posted By pgk
Many black (chrome or paint) M4s seem to have...

Many black (chrome or paint) M4s seem to have been well used. I had a black chrome M4 back in 1980ish and foolishly sold it - to another working photographer - so I suspect that it worked hard....
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-12-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 2,850
Posted By pgk
I run a gallery and one of the best selling...

I run a gallery and one of the best selling prints - the images area of which is approximately 26" x 17" (M9 - 18MPixels at 200ppi) was taken on a 135mm Leica lens designed over 50 years ago. The...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-09-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 683
Posted By pgk
I am aware that its possible to convert an M4 to...

I am aware that its possible to convert an M4 to take a motor because I talked to Malcolm Taylor about this, and he said that he has done so although it isn't a cheap thing to do.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-06-2017
Replies: 56
Views: 2,950
Posted By pgk
There does appear to be an aversion to having...

There does appear to be an aversion to having equipment which is merely 'fit for purpose' as though having better will somehow enhance the resulting images (it doesn't). I suspect that if we were...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-16-2017
Replies: 41
Views: 2,048
Posted By pgk
It depends on what you define as an investment,...

It depends on what you define as an investment, over what time period and how much you anticipate making.

My take on how to buy a camera as an investment is to:

Buy mint, buy cheap, sell at the...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 06-22-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1,078
Posted By pgk
You could try something like Rain-X or some other...

You could try something like Rain-X or some other windshield anti droplet product. I've used these on housing ports with mixed results - you may need to shake off any excess water before composing...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-28-2017
Replies: 46
Views: 3,629
Posted By pgk
Zeiss covered the technical side of bokeh in a...

Zeiss covered the technical side of bokeh in a newsletter or download from their website a few years ago. If I remember correctly they explained that the characteristics of oof areas can be predicted...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 02-21-2017
Replies: 45
Views: 4,344
Posted By pgk
FWIW I went to a photo show last year organised...

FWIW I went to a photo show last year organised by my local camera dealer. By far the most innovative manufacturer was Leica! New products, in a variety of categories but only one dSLR which should...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-26-2016
Replies: 824
Views: 84,296
Posted By pgk
You make an interesting point which whilst it...

You make an interesting point which whilst it might appear on the surface to be valid needs significantly qualifying. I would suggest that its perceived value. Given that the very vast majority of...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-23-2016
Replies: 824
Views: 84,296
Posted By pgk
Well, doesn't it depend what you are using them...

Well, doesn't it depend what you are using them for? If you are shooting with a specific aim in mind for which the output of either is more than good enough and both are more than capable of shooting...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-21-2016
Replies: 824
Views: 84,296
Posted By pgk
Whilst new Leica prices are high so are resale...

Whilst new Leica prices are high so are resale prices. When a similar question was asked elsewhere a year or so back I did a rough estimate of what my Leica gear had cost me, in terms of depreciation...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-20-2016
Replies: 97
Views: 4,619
Posted By pgk
Well in the UK there are some still made:...

Well in the UK there are some still made: http://walkercameras.com
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-19-2016
Replies: 97
Views: 4,619
Posted By pgk
Reid and Sigrist - high quality Leica copies -...

Reid and Sigrist - high quality Leica copies - eventually bought up by Decca it seems.

Topcon still exists though and is in business (my optician uses their equipment) but no longer builds cameras
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 10-13-2016
Replies: 58
Views: 4,836
Posted By pgk
If you do, try to get one that has not been dived...

If you do, try to get one that has not been dived with. Each model has its foibles. If you go for a 5 prise the rubber cap off the top of the winder mechanism - its stuck on and if water stays under...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-04-2016
Replies: 26
Views: 3,001
Posted By pgk
I have had the 24/2.8 and the 21/3.4 SE and own...

I have had the 24/2.8 and the 21/3.4 SE and own the 50/1.4 asph. Whilst the 24/2.8 is very good ,I would pair up the 21SE with the 50/1.4 as both being contemporary designs with a similar signature....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-05-2016
Replies: 33
Views: 3,290
Posted By pgk
The serial number is certainly low, but black...

The serial number is certainly low, but black chrome M4 cameras , whilst a little more expensive than chrome ones, are not sufficiently enhanced in value to make them worth faking - given that this...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-30-2016
Replies: 131
Views: 10,148
Posted By pgk
Most Fun: Film - Leica M4, Digital - Leica...

Most Fun: Film - Leica M4, Digital - Leica M9

Least fun: anything that I can't figure out how to set shutter speed aperture and focus after 5 minutes without the manual - that's a lot these days.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 08-26-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 1,600
Posted By pgk
50% of the light striking the water surface is...

50% of the light striking the water surface is lost within about 1m (reflection/absorption) so open up one stop immediately you go underwater. Red is most deficient so you can get 'correction'...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 08-03-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 2,031
Posted By pgk
DoF is relevant when its relevant, and needs to...

DoF is relevant when its relevant, and needs to be mathematical when the end requirement is absolutely known - so for focus-stacking for a known output its highly relevant as is the inter image stack...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-19-2016
Replies: 7,440
Views: 3,790,512
Posted By pgk
My recently returned black chrome M4. Needed a...

My recently returned black chrome M4. Needed a new body shell as the original was cracked and glued back together. An MD-2 donated one but the self timer and frame selector were dispensed with as a...
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-21-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 1,308
Posted By pgk
A basic overview might be Sidney Ray's "The...

A basic overview might be Sidney Ray's "The Photographic Lens" ISBN 0240510321 - old and out of print. He was one of my photographic science course tutors many moons ago. Its not mathematical though....
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-24-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 1,060
Posted By pgk
I spoke to one of our postmen who said had seen...

I spoke to one of our postmen who said had seen the customs operation and that it was a semi-random check as stuff rolled past on a conveyor belt - but this was a few years back. I'd suspect that...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-15-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 1,502
Posted By pgk
I'm pretty sure that I've discussed this with...

I'm pretty sure that I've discussed this with Malcolm and in this case re-polishing isn't possible with the 35 pre-asphric Summilux as the front element is quite thin and actually very difficult to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-20-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 3,725
Posted By pgk
Without provenance this camera really has got to...

Without provenance this camera really has got to be suspect. As a cheap working camera with engravings on it (which in all honesty could have been done by anyone at anytime) it is fine (as long as it...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-19-2016
Replies: 336
Views: 81,551
Posted By pgk
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorbothane

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorbothane
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-19-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 3,725
Posted By pgk
FWIW:...

FWIW: http://www.l-camera-forum.com/topic/247122-leica-cameraslenses-with-fakespurious-engravings-listed-for-auction/
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-17-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 3,725
Posted By pgk
I think that there was a relatively recent...

I think that there was a relatively recent auction with a load of engraved stuff in it just like this. Prices were low if I remember correctly from which you can draw your own conclusions.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-05-2016
Replies: 205
Views: 27,508
Posted By pgk
M8, M8-2 & M9 - all 'new but ex-demo' therefore...

M8, M8-2 & M9 - all 'new but ex-demo' therefore reduced in price, and as they are used professionally I reclaim the tax so cheaper still. The warranty is potentially worth paying for.

Absolutely...
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-19-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 2,780
Posted By pgk
The answer is yes. The 'natural contrast' as you...

The answer is yes.

The 'natural contrast' as you describe it, is in essence the scene contrast less the reduction in contrast due to the lens (caused by veiling flare). What this does is to reduce...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-16-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 862
Posted By pgk
I have a 3.4 SA and have used it on my M8 and now...

I have a 3.4 SA and have used it on my M8 and now my M9. Its still a surprisingly good little lens. However it does suffer from two attributes which you need to be aware of and are happy to accept or...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-15-2015
Replies: 824
Views: 84,296
Posted By pgk
I do (25 years as a freelance this...

I do (25 years as a freelance this year).

Depends what they are doing. Horses for courses and all that. I shoot Canons underwater (my specialism) but Leica M9s above (90% of the time). The Canons...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-13-2015
Replies: 824
Views: 84,296
Posted By pgk
Ahhh. Investment - I see. Thing is, we live in a...

Ahhh. Investment - I see. Thing is, we live in a digital age. Electronic goods or equipment containing electronics are NOT investments. Like cars (even medium expensive ones), they have a life and...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-10-2015
Replies: 824
Views: 84,296
Posted By pgk
When both were in production (2006) a Canon 1DS...

When both were in production (2006) a Canon 1DS Mk2 cost more than a Leica M8 new - compare the used prices today and you will find that, despite all its flaws, the M8 still retains a higher value...
Forum: Leica SL 10-22-2015
Replies: 184
Views: 16,110
Posted By pgk
You need to communicate directly with head office...

You need to communicate directly with head office - pm me and I'll forward details. I've found the Leica 'pro' service better and faster than either Canon (or Nikon in the past) in the UK, even when...
Forum: Leica SL 10-21-2015
Replies: 184
Views: 16,110
Posted By pgk
Actually Leica has by far the best 'pro' service...

Actually Leica has by far the best 'pro' service that I've ever used. You will need to contact Leica and prove pro status and if you then have a problem its dealt with very speedily (only used it a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-09-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 3,871
Posted By pgk
Well put Roger. Can I just add that a no lens can...

Well put Roger. Can I just add that a no lens can deliver 100% contrast due to some (albeit small) degree of veiling flare and that 'low contrast lenses' supply less 'information' than 'high contrast...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 02-16-2015
Replies: 62
Views: 13,277
Posted By pgk
My M8-2 is still working hard and shooting images...

My M8-2 is still working hard and shooting images that I like. It remains a very capable camera despite its detractors. Every time I consider changing it for an M9 I only have to look through some of...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-26-2015
Replies: 120
Views: 13,555
Posted By pgk
Rough, thin Tele-Elmarit 90mm - £90 from a...

Rough, thin Tele-Elmarit 90mm - £90 from a dealer! - works superbly if not as smooth as it could be but still delivers excellent images. Not pretty though.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-18-2015
Replies: 44
Views: 6,061
Posted By pgk
Fabulous, quirky camera. I shoot mine with older...

Fabulous, quirky camera. I shoot mine with older lenses and am still amazed by the results if I'm specific and careful over what I shoot.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-14-2015
Replies: 118
Views: 13,485
Posted By pgk
I'm in a similar position and my experience has...

I'm in a similar position and my experience has taught me what I tend to like and accept, but also not to have preconceptions. And certainly not to try to define 'rules'.

"Has the use of the bokeh...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-14-2015
Replies: 118
Views: 13,485
Posted By pgk
The only rule I subscribe to in photography is...

The only rule I subscribe to in photography is that there are no rules. How can you define what is visually appealing in terms of rules? Even composition defies analysis. I've shot landscapes with...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 12-30-2014
Replies: 71
Views: 14,363
Posted By pgk
Conformity stifles creativity and innovation. I'm...

Conformity stifles creativity and innovation. I'm happy for others to hold different views......

But am I agreeing with you?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-28-2014
Replies: 1,345
Views: 393,991
Posted By pgk
From today 21/3.4 on...

From today 21/3.4 on M8-2

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=101118&stc=1&d=1419789238
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 12-22-2014
Replies: 75
Views: 13,891
Posted By pgk
Doesn't it all depend on how you drive? Many may...

Doesn't it all depend on how you drive? Many may want to emulate other drivers and their skills but not everyone has the driving skills, or perhaps more importantly, is prepared to learn or modify...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-22-2014
Replies: 178
Views: 44,238
Posted By pgk
Whilst its not a (complete) black paint camera,...

Whilst its not a (complete) black paint camera, this item might be of interest in this thread. Basically this is an M3 style Black Paint wind on lever which came off an MD-2 POST (yes, that's...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-28-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 2,755
Posted By pgk
Wink FWIW I have carried out some very empirical...

FWIW I have carried out some very empirical testing with a very specific set-up, namely a Canon 5D2 with a 100mm macro lens when used underwater to identify and capture the details required to...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-15-2014
Replies: 124
Views: 13,272
Posted By pgk
My sister-in-law studied art and paints. She has...

My sister-in-law studied art and paints. She has no problem with photographs as art. Perhaps we should ask a few more painters what they think.......
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-11-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 6,353
Posted By pgk
Define 'better'. If what you have delivers...

Define 'better'. If what you have delivers results that you are happy with, then its 'fit for purpose'. If you want to move on and the camera limits you then you need to decide what the limiting...
Forum: Travel 10-01-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,397
Posted By pgk
Connemara, the Arans and the Burren could all too...

Connemara, the Arans and the Burren could all too easily take up your 7 days. The Cliffs of Moher are spectacular too, but you should really try to get down to the ring of Kerry and if at all...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 10-01-2014
Replies: 253
Views: 22,708
Posted By pgk
Concepts may well be appealing, but whether their...

Concepts may well be appealing, but whether their reality is is something else entirely. The concept bit is all about simplicity. The reality bit is about usability.

Of course some will find that...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 09-19-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,812
Posted By pgk
Many years ago my father spent a few years...

Many years ago my father spent a few years working as a woodwind instrument repairer (he was an engineer and a musician). Many of the instruments which came in used leather pads which would get wet...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-19-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,916
Posted By pgk
Shelter do a great job, but as with any...

Shelter do a great job, but as with any organisation they need to realise where their mandate ends. If a polite request not to photograph their collectors is rebuffed, politely, then that should be...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-14-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 3,705
Posted By pgk
Whilst it has many adherents, to me Canon's...

Whilst it has many adherents, to me Canon's 24~105 was a 'bad' lens. I detested its (perfectly viable I hasten to add), mechanics and it distorts badly. Two qualities I really do not like. That said...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 08-13-2014
Replies: 82
Views: 11,531
Posted By pgk
I would rephrase this to say that when 'correct'...

I would rephrase this to say that when 'correct' decision making (in whatever context) becomes a subconscious action then mastery is being achieved. I don't think that anything is being forgotten as...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-11-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 3,705
Posted By pgk
In my opinion a good lens is one which delivers...

In my opinion a good lens is one which delivers an image as required, when required and which is a pleasure to use (good ergonomics/weight/etc.). These attributes make 'good' (as in 'as desired')...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-28-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 6,139
Posted By pgk
Which in turn dictates far more than one might at...

Which in turn dictates far more than one might at first imagine. If you have no specialist needs then the choice is wide and numerous 'systems' might be suitable. But as soon as there is any...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-28-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 6,139
Posted By pgk
Or perhaps the new Box Brownie - is format really...

Or perhaps the new Box Brownie - is format really that relevant in such terms?
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-28-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 6,139
Posted By pgk
Absolutely! And given that an awful lot of...

Absolutely! And given that an awful lot of digital cameras are now extremely capable, its more a matter of using gear that you actually enjoy using.

For me this means working with lighter, simpler...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-22-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,060
Posted By pgk
I was quoted around the £50GBP mark so $150(US?)...

I was quoted around the £50GBP mark so $150(US?) sounds high to me!
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-11-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,373
Posted By pgk
Thanks. I love the 'Flashlight material cannot be...

Thanks. I love the 'Flashlight material cannot be sent by mail" statement. I note now that magnesium ribbon is still available and on ebay and can be sent via the post. Many other things of course...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-11-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,373
Posted By pgk
I'm impressed. So it may just be a 'real' antique!

I'm impressed. So it may just be a 'real' antique!
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-11-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,373
Posted By pgk
I remember lighting ribbon at school - so manual...

I remember lighting ribbon at school - so manual synchronisation I assume?. I didn't realise it was used as a light source for contact prints - this makes more sense of the instructions. Era?
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-11-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,373
Posted By pgk
Magnesium Ribbon Flash Holder by Kodak

Not sure where to put this but it does seem to fit under Photo General Interest so here goes. I picked this up in a car boot sale for a pittance not long ago - obviously its been stored in less than...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-23-2014
Replies: 48
Views: 5,719
Posted By pgk
I recently watched this years TT and the...

I recently watched this years TT and the difference between the very top riders is both subtle and incomprehensible (to me). I couldn't begin to describe it, but it most certainly exists!

I think...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-16-2014
Replies: 84
Views: 10,226
Posted By pgk
In all honesty, on-line pictures can really tell...

In all honesty, on-line pictures can really tell you very little. Some lenses do have somewhat distinctive characteristics such as the way they flare, but these only show anything when they this is...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-10-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 4,368
Posted By pgk
Been there. Done that. Bought another which now...

Been there. Done that. Bought another which now sits alongside the replacement SE - two 'classic' lenses I would say, so different and yet with the same design philosophy - small and neat and...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-22-2014
Replies: 65
Views: 10,856
Posted By pgk
It should be, and the answer is of course that...

It should be, and the answer is of course that all this extra gear makes me a better photographer. Most of it is faulty in this respect unfortunately - I need a clear-out.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-22-2014
Replies: 65
Views: 10,856
Posted By pgk
Ummmm. Sort of. I'll often take one body, one...

Ummmm. Sort of. I'll often take one body, one lens out with me. But, if I'm honest, this is because I can't be bothered carrying anything else, and I'll 'adapt' how I shoot to the lens on the camera...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-20-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,800
Posted By pgk
I'd go for either the 50/1.4 or 35/1.4. The...

I'd go for either the 50/1.4 or 35/1.4. The 50/1.4 is as good if not better than the 1.2 at the expense of half a stop(ish). I had and sold the 1.2 which was too soft at full aperture and replaced it...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-19-2014
Replies: 1,345
Views: 393,991
Posted By pgk
Talacre lighthouse. Typical SA square...

Talacre lighthouse. Typical SA square flare.
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=99632&stc=1&d=1400504318
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-18-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,060
Posted By pgk
I have tried to figure the R and Frankenfinder...

I have tried to figure the R and Frankenfinder interchangeability, but to no avail. So if anyone does, please post!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-14-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,060
Posted By pgk
I have had the same problem! Leica Mayfair (UK)...

I have had the same problem! Leica Mayfair (UK) have given me the spare part number which is 422-077.029-000 and it is a service spare, so it may have to be ordered direct from your Leica importer...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-08-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,137
Posted By pgk
See: http://cameraquest.com/nikonf.htm Its a...

See: http://cameraquest.com/nikonf.htm

Its a Questar modified camera for astronomy with a mirror lock added I believe.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-13-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 991
Posted By pgk
Nikonos to Leica M possible???

So here's a thought. The Nikonos 35mm f/2.5 lens has an ancestry which dates back to the Nikon RF lens from the '50s. The difference being that the last versions (built only 15 years ago), had far...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-10-2014
Replies: 85
Views: 8,188
Posted By pgk
Malcolm has my damaged copy of this lens....

Malcolm has my damaged copy of this lens. Fortunately the dodgy section is actually undamaged and I imagine that providing it is undamaged then fixing isn't going to be the problem. In my case the...
Forum: RFF News 03-28-2014
Replies: 269
Views: 131,818
Posted By pgk
I too like the 'thanks' buttons so I'd second...

I too like the 'thanks' buttons so I'd second this.

My only other suggestion would be some way of stopping posted images being 'quoted' and reappearing in subsequent posts - and a 'thanks' button...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-01-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,421
Posted By pgk
The potential problem that you have is that if...

The potential problem that you have is that if you unfortunately buy a 'bargain' lens which then turns out to need more work on it than anticipated, then the cost of service/repair/coding could well...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-01-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 6,454
Posted By pgk
Me too. Both are lovely cameras and both are...

Me too. Both are lovely cameras and both are technically capable of producing excellent images. I've given up bothering to compare them and will pick up either as I feel inclined and enjoy each for...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-31-2013
Replies: 224
Views: 18,811
Posted By pgk
35/1.5 'lux asph pre-FLE wide...

35/1.5 'lux asph pre-FLE wide open.
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=98379&d=1388510715
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-28-2013
Replies: 201
Views: 25,860
Posted By pgk
Leica's predicament is to ensure that less people...

Leica's predicament is to ensure that less people believe the doom laden ramblings of pundits who are probably in less of a position to predict the future than us - the camera/lens...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-21-2013
Replies: 117
Views: 11,689
Posted By pgk
Actually (in the UK at least) a tax inspector...

Actually (in the UK at least) a tax inspector cannot tell you how to run a business and what tools you should use, as far as I am aware........
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-21-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 4,000
Posted By pgk
1971 M5 for sale here:...

1971 M5 for sale here: http://www.collectablecameras.com [other than having bought from them, I have no other connection].
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-19-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 5,344
Posted By pgk
We have our own share of security daftness here...

We have our own share of security daftness here in the UK. A friend recently lost two short spanners, although exactly how a 3" spanner could have been used as a weapon more effectively than many...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-18-2013
Replies: 58
Views: 5,788
Posted By pgk
Both. The trick is of course to have sufficient...

Both.

The trick is of course to have sufficient technical knowledge to produce the images that you want, and leave it at that.

Many years ago I studied scientific photography/photographic science....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-27-2013
Replies: 87
Views: 9,083
Posted By pgk
Rubbish - working photographers use what works...

Rubbish - working photographers use what works best for them including Leicas. In my case I use Leicas and given the resale value of the lenses, they are a good working investment too:). But the...
Forum: Optics Theory - 11-15-2013
Replies: 20
Views: 4,460
Posted By pgk
'Sharpness' is overrated IMHO. There is far more...

'Sharpness' is overrated IMHO. There is far more to a lens than its ability to extract the maximum detail from a scene.

My pet hate is flat horizons (such as the sea) which curve when near a frame...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-12-2013
Replies: 87
Views: 9,083
Posted By pgk
I have a black chrome M4 that actually looks...

I have a black chrome M4 that actually looks worse. Its being repaired and a new body-shell won't go amiss. It has a suspected history of extensive use as a cruise ship camera (a batch of black...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-12-2013
Replies: 120
Views: 11,362
Posted By pgk
Unfortunately I do believe it - too many...

Unfortunately I do believe it - too many photographers that I've talked to think that things have shifted (and I don't mean talking via social media - I mean direct talking) and result is reducing...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-12-2013
Replies: 120
Views: 11,362
Posted By pgk
Photography has changed substantially over the...

Photography has changed substantially over the last few years and in the UK at least, it is getting more and more difficult to make a living (let alone a 'good' living) from photography alone.

I...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-11-2013
Replies: 120
Views: 11,362
Posted By pgk
A medical friend used to go away on Safari. If he...

A medical friend used to go away on Safari. If he failed to get the shot he wanted, there was always another safari. If I go away and fail to get shots, its an expensive non-income making journey. I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-11-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 3,743
Posted By pgk
I think that my copy has some focus shift, but in...

I think that my copy has some focus shift, but in the 2 years or so that I've had it, its never been a problem - focus mistakes are usually down to me rather than the lens I suspect. Cracking lens...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-11-2013
Replies: 120
Views: 11,362
Posted By pgk
FWIW an amateur photographer can often spend more...

FWIW an amateur photographer can often spend more time creating a specific image than a professional because if you are being paid to produce an image time is after all money. Other than that the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-11-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 890
Posted By pgk
Thanks sevo. You may well be right in that the...

Thanks sevo. You may well be right in that the two elements might just have separated cleanly due to a hard knock. There appears to be some shift in the optical axis as the diaphragm (which still...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-10-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 890
Posted By pgk
35 Summicron v.4 internal 'Newton's rings'

I've just bought a 35 Summicron v.4 which exhibits what was described as 'balsam separation' inside visible when viewed from the rear. I'm far from convinced that it is in fact separation. What can...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-09-2013
Replies: 44
Views: 7,803
Posted By pgk
Is it so popular now? Like any other photographic...

Is it so popular now? Like any other photographic technique it does have its place (I will often carry a camera 'pre-set' to a hyperfocal setting as a precautionary 'just in case' scenario), but tend...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-05-2013
Replies: 26
Views: 3,291
Posted By pgk
Sort of. I estimate to be honest and its not...

Sort of. I estimate to be honest and its not really all that difficult - an auxiliary finder would be useful but I don't feel that its essential.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-04-2013
Replies: 26
Views: 3,291
Posted By pgk
I really like the 21mm f/3.4 Super-Angulon on my...

I really like the 21mm f/3.4 Super-Angulon on my M8-2. Good usable copies seem to be available at fairly reasonable prices at the moment. Its sharp across the image on the M8-2, has just a little...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-19-2013
Replies: 45
Views: 7,162
Posted By pgk
I agree - its an awful big lump to put in front...

I agree - its an awful big lump to put in front of a perfectly good iPhone:eek:.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-14-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 3,783
Posted By pgk
I had an underwater flash unit correctly...

I had an underwater flash unit correctly identified in Manchester airport from its X-ray - that did impress me.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 09-10-2013
Replies: 1,357
Views: 323,836
Posted By pgk
M8 c/w 21mm/3.4...

M8 c/w 21mm/3.4 SA
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=97386&d=1378886311
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 09-10-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 5,177
Posted By pgk
I've been shooting with an M8 & 21mm f/3.4...

I've been shooting with an M8 & 21mm f/3.4 Super-Angulon recently which is in effect meter-less. So I've relied upon careful consideration of the scene and lighting conditions and have found (by...
Forum: RFF Polls 09-05-2013
Replies: 206
Views: 291,398
Posted By pgk
Despite having RF cameras I don't seem to tick...

Despite having RF cameras I don't seem to tick any of the other boxes. I do listen to some classics but my music tastes are eclectic. I used to drive old British m'bikes but don't now. My car is 12...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-05-2013
Replies: 1,345
Views: 393,991
Posted By pgk
One from a hot and very crowded central...

One from a hot and very crowded central London.
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=97326&stc=1&d=1378379424
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-23-2013
Replies: 1,345
Views: 393,991
Posted By pgk
M8 c/w 3.4 SA - drizzly night, wide open &...

M8 c/w 3.4 SA - drizzly night, wide open & handheld.

...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-22-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,186
Posted By pgk
Update. Sadly the camera is not viably repairable...

Update. Sadly the camera is not viably repairable so back to plan A - use it for spares - I may need to use the body shell for an M4 that's had a hard life..... . Not sure whether to retain the M3...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 08-20-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 8,974
Posted By pgk
Scott Try posting at www.wetpixel.com to find...

Scott

Try posting at www.wetpixel.com to find out where to get your Nikonos serviced. I'd use a specialist repairer (I do in the UK) if you can because the resealed camera will require a pressure...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 08-19-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 8,974
Posted By pgk
If anyone is interested, I wrote an article for...

If anyone is interested, I wrote an article for the RPS Journal about the Calypsophot. If anyone would like to read it they can pm me their email and I will forward a pdf version.
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 08-19-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 8,974
Posted By pgk
There was a 'splash-proof' 28mm - not designed...

There was a 'splash-proof' 28mm - not designed for submersion - and the commoner underwater 28mm which, it was apparently claimed, could be used at small apertures above water. This had a slightly...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 08-19-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 8,974
Posted By pgk
OK so the manual says it should be serviced...

OK so the manual says it should be serviced annually. As a pro underwater photographer for 30 years I can honestly say that I've never come across a Nikonos which has been serviced annually!

As the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-16-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,186
Posted By pgk
FWIW, here is the top view: 97030

FWIW, here is the top view:
97030
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-15-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,186
Posted By pgk
Thanks Tom. Very helpful indeed. Mine has the...

Thanks Tom. Very helpful indeed. Mine has the shutter locked at flash sync. 1/50 as you state, but has a full frame 36x24mm film gate. I have found this link which shows the same camera (in rather...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-15-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,186
Posted By pgk
'Post' cameras were cameras fitted with a fixed...

'Post' cameras were cameras fitted with a fixed focus lens and used for recording multiple telephone meter readings. Most were MD and MDa models I believe, but there seem to have been some later ones...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-15-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,186
Posted By pgk
Query about Leica 'Post' cameras

I recently bought a Leica MD-2 as a potential donor camera for spares. It has some odd features and my research so far indicates that its a 'post' camera. It appears to have been built in 1980...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-26-2013
Replies: 107
Views: 20,715
Posted By pgk
I have many of my own photos on the walls, some...

I have many of my own photos on the walls, some from other photographers and a number of drawings and paintings. I have far more stacked up in the attic with insufficient wall space for them. What's...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-10-2013
Replies: 99
Views: 15,909
Posted By pgk
Actually, to quote Sid Ray, one of my former...

Actually, to quote Sid Ray, one of my former lecturers, the hologon was a 'unique lens' and lenses bearing its name have appeared in several mounts . Whilst it can be discussed within the Zeiss...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-08-2013
Replies: 99
Views: 15,909
Posted By pgk
Dirk You may find these interesting...

Dirk

You may find these interesting too:

http://www.digitaltruth.com/articles/lenscorrections.php

http://allphotolenses.com/lenses/item/c_348.html
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-07-2013
Replies: 80
Views: 8,035
Posted By pgk
If you haven't seen it, here is worth a look:...

If you haven't seen it, here is worth a look: http://www.cameraquest.com/leicacl.htm
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-05-2013
Replies: 99
Views: 15,909
Posted By pgk
Menos - you can go to:...

Menos - you can go to: http://blogs.zeiss.com/photo/en/?p=1044 to find a link (below the second photo) to a downloadable pdf from Zeiss - near the end is some information on the Hologon.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-01-2013
Replies: 80
Views: 8,035
Posted By pgk
Not bad but... you'd be better off trying to get...

Not bad but... you'd be better off trying to get hold of a CL and its original 40mm if you can. I've owned and used a CL in the dim and distant past and its a very nice little camera but I'd...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-30-2013
Replies: 80
Views: 8,035
Posted By pgk
Dealer Peter Loy in London is showing an M3 at...

Dealer Peter Loy in London is showing an M3 at £295 (may need a CLA but said to be usable) or an M2 at £375 with warranty. Also 50 Elmars at around £150. So within your budget by the look of it - and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-30-2013
Replies: 38
Views: 4,493
Posted By pgk
My M4 is in the same situation (but was sent...

My M4 is in the same situation (but was sent before November for a new bodyshell) so I do relate. On the bright side, both will no doubt arrive back from Malcolm working better than ever.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-29-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 730
Posted By pgk
Sorry, only just seen this post, but when I used...

Sorry, only just seen this post, but when I used a Contax 645 it did need the contacts cleaning every so often. I don't remember the batteries making any difference, as I just found it was mucky...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-26-2013
Replies: 56
Views: 3,970
Posted By pgk
Personally speaking I take as much care as I can...

Personally speaking I take as much care as I can before and when taking a photograph. But adding in post processing possibilities can improve images more. I try to visualise and pre-determine what...
Forum: Travel 01-24-2013
Replies: 40
Views: 3,097
Posted By pgk
Its a fair few years since I visited Jordan...

Its a fair few years since I visited Jordan (fabulous place) and when I did the first time I carried a Contax 645 with 35/80/210 lenses (!) which were perfectly satisfactory and covered everything I...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-27-2012
Replies: 134
Views: 12,760
Posted By pgk
Photography : drawing with light. Photographer :...

Photography : drawing with light.

Photographer : someone who draws with light.

In the OP by the above definitions, two of the three people quoted are not undertaking photography. The other might...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-19-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 2,417
Posted By pgk
No contest - M8

No contest - M8
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-12-2012
Replies: 141
Views: 16,685
Posted By pgk
21/3.4 SA on M9 93610

21/3.4 SA on M9
93610
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-12-2012
Replies: 25
Views: 2,308
Posted By pgk
FWIW the Nikonos 35mm f/2.5 appeears to be a...

FWIW the Nikonos 35mm f/2.5 appeears to be a direct descendant of the lens used in the '50s on Nikon rangefinders (the original French Calypsophot use a Som Berthiot lens which probably originated...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-03-2012
Replies: 42
Views: 4,799
Posted By pgk
Sensors do eventually wear out. I bought a Fuji...

Sensors do eventually wear out. I bought a Fuji S2Pro dSLR when they came out (about 10 years ago I think). Many have since died due to sensor failure. When I queried this with a repairer he said...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-29-2012
Replies: 42
Views: 3,885
Posted By pgk
Well a UK dealer (I've bought from them in the...

Well a UK dealer (I've bought from them in the past, no other connection) has one at £1099 - http://vintageclassiccamera.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=32&products_id=3291 which sound...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-28-2012
Replies: 80
Views: 8,527
Posted By pgk
And isn't that the point? I am led to suspect...

And isn't that the point? I am led to suspect that my tatty black chrome M4 was actually one of a number used by cruise ship's photographers and as such it has been used primarily as a tool (and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-26-2012
Replies: 80
Views: 8,527
Posted By pgk
I have an M4 (black chrome) which is currently...

I have an M4 (black chrome) which is currently away having a new bodyshell fitted due to the old one being held together by epoxy resin. I'll post pix when it finally arrives back....
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-23-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 8,776
Posted By pgk
Ummm. I use different cameras for different...

Ummm. I use different cameras for different applications. I use Leica Ms and Canon dSLRs. Not sure that I'd class either as primary - I probably shoot similar numbers of pix on each per year. Also...
Forum: Travel 03-17-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 2,576
Posted By pgk
I'll second this - fascinating, so period and...

I'll second this - fascinating, so period and with some amazing exhibits (the glass 'replica' marine creatures and stunning).
Forum: Travel 03-16-2012
Replies: 45
Views: 4,666
Posted By pgk
Bard I've been lucky enough to visit just once -...

Bard

I've been lucky enough to visit just once - for three days. The walk that I most remember being thoroughly enjoyable was from Glacier Point (we got a bus up) down to the valley floor - a most...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-20-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,254
Posted By pgk
I vaguely seem to remember that there was a known...

I vaguely seem to remember that there was a known issue with the FE which would result in a lock up with the mirror up, and could be temporarily amended by 'flicking' the mirror downwards to release...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-14-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 4,128
Posted By pgk
Well that's interesting in itself, as I believe...

Well that's interesting in itself, as I believe that Eloxal is an extremely hard anodised coating. As I said, it is used on the underwater equipment that I sell as it is both abrasion and seawater...
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