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Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 17 Hours Ago
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Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 1 Week Ago
Replies: 89
Views: 1,379
Posted By BillBlackwell
Here's another "SL" option for you: Likely...

Here's another "SL" option for you:
Likely framework for the SL-2!
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1455070-REG/panasonic_dc_s1rbody_lumix_dc_s1r_mirrorless_digital.html
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 1 Week Ago
Replies: 89
Views: 1,379
Posted By BillBlackwell
M10 all day long! I have about a dozen M...

M10 all day long!

I have about a dozen M lenses and using them on an SL will work seamlessly with the Leica L to M adapter (almost); focusing accurately in daylight situations requires you to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 499
Posted By BillBlackwell
This late into the run Leica had stopped etching...

This late into the run Leica had stopped etching serial numbers internally, so there shouldn't be any. Also, only the very last M3 batches didn't have the lens release guard.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 499
Posted By BillBlackwell
I'm not sure how to explain it - but Leica's...

I'm not sure how to explain it - but Leica's flash sockets were (AFAIK) proprietary through the end of the M2. They started using standardized sockets beginning with the M4. The sockets on yours...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 499
Posted By BillBlackwell
It's pretty obvious that it's a repaint. The L...

It's pretty obvious that it's a repaint. The L seal, body coverings, and flash sockets are all NOT original. I would say whoever did the paint work - except for painting over the film loading...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,700
Posted By BillBlackwell
Old Tucson,...

Old Tucson, AZ
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Leica M-P 240,...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,700
Posted By BillBlackwell
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Tombstone, AZ
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Forum: SLRs - the unRF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 43
Views: 1,149
Posted By BillBlackwell
That's a tough one! I've owned both over the...

That's a tough one! I've owned both over the years - just not at the same time.

In all practicality, it'd come down to ergonomics. But the F3's removable prism might provide a slight edge to the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 110
Views: 3,690
Posted By BillBlackwell
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Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 51
Views: 1,539
Posted By BillBlackwell
If you can afford one Leica, why not get two for...

If you can afford one Leica, why not get two for twice the price!

Seriously - carry one body (one system) and multiple lenses. I've always managed to get the shots I needed this way.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 110
Views: 3,690
Posted By BillBlackwell
1. Film usage is on the rise; 2. The comparative...

1. Film usage is on the rise;
2. The comparative price of a new Leica film cameras.

M7 prices are also on the rise. Not that long ago I bought one for US$1,700. Today they run for as much as twice...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 349
Posted By BillBlackwell
Leica made a grip with a tripod socket on the...

Leica made a grip with a tripod socket on the base during M6 production. They can still be found...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-18-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 280
Posted By BillBlackwell
I own an M-P 240 and had something like this...

I own an M-P 240 and had something like this happened a little over a year ago - but only the one time. I rarely use live-view, but after using it one day this issue - or something like it -...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-17-2019
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,117
Posted By BillBlackwell
I had Don Goldberg ("DAG") modify an M3 this way...

I had Don Goldberg ("DAG") modify an M3 this way or me several years ago. He replaced some of the brass gears to make it work. Wish I still had...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-16-2019
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,117
Posted By BillBlackwell
I like your sense of humor, Huss!

I like your sense of humor, Huss!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-16-2019
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,117
Posted By BillBlackwell
Or you can simply use your ears. You can tell...

Or you can simply use your ears. You can tell immediately by listening to the shutter from 30th and below.

FWIW, if a Leica M camera is used often a proper CLA can last 20 years or more.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-16-2019
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,117
Posted By BillBlackwell
On the whole, I would agree with Marcelo. ...

On the whole, I would agree with Marcelo.

Except - all things being equal - I would take an M4 for the overall feel compared to an M4-P. It's like choosing a comparably equipped Lexus (M4) over a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-16-2019
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,117
Posted By BillBlackwell
Every M film camera (including the latest film...

Every M film camera (including the latest film MP) was/is built to a lower standard compared to those up, and through, the M5. This is indisputable - but the fact is, if properly serviced, any of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-16-2019
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,117
Posted By BillBlackwell
There are differences other than those mentioned...

There are differences other than those mentioned so far.
M4-P:
* Hot shoe;
* No self timer;
* Has a link for a motor/winder;
* RF condenser has been removed (the RF patch is more inclined to...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-15-2019
Replies: 1,660
Views: 281,113
Posted By BillBlackwell
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Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-10-2019
Replies: 7,440
Views: 3,790,512
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Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-09-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,672
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Forum: Photography General Interest 07-07-2019
Replies: 244
Views: 12,338
Posted By BillBlackwell
Leica M-P 240 + 50mm Asph...

Leica M-P 240 + 50mm Asph Summilux-M
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Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-05-2019
Replies: 95
Views: 3,936
Posted By BillBlackwell
Yes, I've confirmed this from at least two...

Yes, I've confirmed this from at least two reliable sources close to Leica. It makes plenty of sense because they're using the model as an opportunity to blow out excess M240 parts.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-05-2019
Replies: 95
Views: 3,936
Posted By BillBlackwell
The M-E 240 is a better camera when compared to...

The M-E 240 is a better camera when compared to the M240, so YES and NO (the, although limited, used M-E 240 cameras will ensure this).
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-29-2019
Replies: 95
Views: 3,936
Posted By BillBlackwell
Limiting factors are 30 minutes or a maximum file...

Limiting factors are 30 minutes or a maximum file size of 4GB. When I played with the video feature on my M-P 240 I used the maximum image quality setting and always hit the size limit first (~20...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-29-2019
Replies: 95
Views: 3,936
Posted By BillBlackwell
Video is very sharp and clear, but the sound...

Video is very sharp and clear, but the sound quality sucks! Even with the optional microphone attached to the hot shoe, sound is terrible.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-28-2019
Replies: 95
Views: 3,936
Posted By BillBlackwell
If you're used to an M film body the chunkier...

If you're used to an M film body the chunkier digital M will get some minor getting used to. I adjusted quickly and now use my M2 and M-P 240 interchangeably without thinking about it. All digital...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-26-2019
Replies: 95
Views: 3,936
Posted By BillBlackwell
Again, on good authority, they were also in...

Again, on good authority, they were also in limited production (500 units) and in limited markets.
https://www.zenit.photo/en/catalog/photocameras/
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-26-2019
Replies: 95
Views: 3,936
Posted By BillBlackwell
I've heard it elsewhere, but here's the first...

I've heard it elsewhere, but here's the first published indication I've seen of M-E 240 limited production.
https://www.reddotcameras.co.uk/m-bodies/15139-leica-m-e-typ240-camera-body.html
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-26-2019
Replies: 95
Views: 3,936
Posted By BillBlackwell
Leica rarely does that any longer. The current...

Leica rarely does that any longer. The current green M10-P safari, for example, is limited to 1500 units, but there's no indication of that on the camera.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-24-2019
Replies: 95
Views: 3,936
Posted By BillBlackwell
Not quite. The M-E 240 doesn't have the...

Not quite. The M-E 240 doesn't have the frameline preview selector. But it is an improvement over the M240 due to its 2MB buffer (same as M-P 240).

In the Leica world, based on what I currently...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-23-2019
Replies: 95
Views: 3,936
Posted By BillBlackwell
M-E (typ240)

Leica must really be overstocked on M240 parts!

https://us.leica-camera.com/Photography/Leica-M/Leica-M-E
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-17-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,279
Posted By BillBlackwell
The Leica III holds up incredibly well compared...

The Leica III holds up incredibly well compared to the M240! I would have expected an obvious difference. But, on the contrary, in some of these you can't immediately tell which is which.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-17-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 772
Posted By BillBlackwell
Looks like the grandfather of the Leica Q. ...

Looks like the grandfather of the Leica Q. ...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-16-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 539
Posted By BillBlackwell
It's not uncommon for even a Leica lens to be...

It's not uncommon for even a Leica lens to be slightly out of calibration. If you got it for a good price, and it's otherwise clean, I'd have it adjusted and move on.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-15-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 1,079
Posted By BillBlackwell
The slow speeds below 15th of a second should...

The slow speeds below 15th of a second should sound sure and confident (you'll hear the "dragged on mechanical sound" after the shutter closes). The 'proper' sound at 15th of a second only has a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-14-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 3,583
Posted By BillBlackwell
Right, and the M4-2 only had four; but I didn't...

Right, and the M4-2 only had four; but I didn't see this as pertinent to this thread other than the 'aside' about when the framelines changed.

Then you know the first Leica M camera with six...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-14-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 3,583
Posted By BillBlackwell
Yes, I am well aware of the M4-2 issues. But...

Yes, I am well aware of the M4-2 issues. But those that preceded it were the best ever.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-14-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 3,583
Posted By BillBlackwell
In my experience a freshly CLA'd "mint" Leica M...

In my experience a freshly CLA'd "mint" Leica M feels and shoots tight and sometimes better than new - again, in my experience. When the MP first came out I bought one of the first .85 models; it...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-13-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 3,583
Posted By BillBlackwell
Since it's, by all accounts, an MP without a...

Since it's, by all accounts, an MP without a meter, I'd have a very difficult time justifying the cost of buying even a used one. An early M4-P has everything you describe with all six framelines....
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-11-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 2,810
Posted By BillBlackwell
I was in the Chicago area last year and met up...

I was in the Chicago area last year and met up with a good friend. We went to Madison, WI to shoot for the day. To my surprise he had the engraving on the top of his early Wetzlar M6 taped along...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-11-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 1,079
Posted By BillBlackwell
The right question is rather or not the camera...

The right question is rather or not the camera currently needs to be serviced, not necessarily if it has been recently serviced! If an M camera is properly serviced and used frequently, a CLA can...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-08-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 3,583
Posted By BillBlackwell
The "review" is highly subjective being based...

The "review" is highly subjective being based entirely on opinion. It's a complete waste of time, in my opinion.

I've owned and shot dozens of Leica M film cameras - in fact, all of the...
Forum: Leica SL 06-05-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 2,130
Posted By BillBlackwell
Bump. ... A little later than originally...

Bump. ...

A little later than originally predicted (could be announced as early as this month [June 2019]), but all of my other predictions regarding the SL-2 still stand.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-05-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 678
Posted By BillBlackwell
The Leica M was originally best suited for a 50mm...

The Leica M was originally best suited for a 50mm lens - and regardless of which you currently choose, it really still is. Personally, I use an accessory finder for anything wider than 35. They're...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-05-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 954
Posted By BillBlackwell
The answer is in which camera you reach for first...

The answer is in which camera you reach for first when you go out to shoot.

It seems to me like you'd miss the M4 if you gave it up. Plus the M7 will fetch the most in the used market today. And...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-26-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 1,132
Posted By BillBlackwell
By now, I'm hoping someone has done some actual...

By now, I'm hoping someone has done some actual side-by-side tests between these two 40mm lenses.

It's more a curiosity than anything else. Regardless of what "should be" - based on individual...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-24-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,564
Posted By BillBlackwell
As far as I'm concerned - none, whatsoever.

As far as I'm concerned - none, whatsoever.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-03-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,592
Posted By BillBlackwell
I went from film to digital in 2007/2008 on the...

I went from film to digital in 2007/2008 on the original v. 1 Summicron. Had it 6-bit coded - it always performed well.

It is my understanding that Leica is producing lenses more attuned to...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 03-08-2019
Replies: 110
Views: 5,031
Posted By BillBlackwell
I absolutely hated the M8/8.2 and had a love-hate...

I absolutely hated the M8/8.2 and had a love-hate relationship with the M9 causing me to leave Leica in favor of Canon for a few years. Long-story short, I purchased my M-P 240 brand new in around...
Forum: RFF News 03-03-2019
Replies: 146
Views: 5,033
Posted By BillBlackwell
http://time.com/4649188/film-photography-industry-...

http://time.com/4649188/film-photography-industry-comeback/
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/the-rise-of-film-photography-1.4757070
https://sleeklens.com/film-making-comeback/
Forum: RFF News 03-03-2019
Replies: 146
Views: 5,033
Posted By BillBlackwell
It's basic economics. Film usage is actually...

It's basic economics.

Film usage is actually on the rise. Film is in limited production with limited supply. So what happens when demand outpaces supply? Prices go up! The same thing is...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-27-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 382
Posted By BillBlackwell
John Milich's company is still in business -...

John Milich's company is still in business - including the 6-bit coding operation. But you must go through DAG. The current owner will not take orders otherwise. Cost is around $75 (originally...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-27-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 515
Posted By BillBlackwell
The center is off slightly, but the lens will...

The center is off slightly, but the lens will still work properly; this particular lens does not couple to the RF. Regardless, zone focusing works just fine on a lens this wise (even wide-open).
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-19-2019
Replies: 107
Views: 3,101
Posted By BillBlackwell
I've held them side-by side - it's the thumb...

I've held them side-by side - it's the thumb bump.

https://www.apotelyt.com/compare-camera/leica-m9-vs-leica-m-typ-240
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-16-2019
Replies: 107
Views: 3,101
Posted By BillBlackwell
That 0.5 mm is the small thumb bump on the back...

That 0.5 mm is the small thumb bump on the back of the camera which has a dial in it.

Otherwise the dimensions of an M240 are identcal to that of an M9.

However, the M240 is about 90 grams heavier...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-10-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,371
Posted By BillBlackwell
You are certainly entitled to your opinion, but...

You are certainly entitled to your opinion, but actually a new MP is $4,795 in the US (closer to $5k).


Really? Based on what?
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-10-2019
Replies: 107
Views: 3,101
Posted By BillBlackwell
It really depends on your perception of what...

It really depends on your perception of what makes a Leica "special".

If I were entering the Leica world today, I'd be shopping for a clean M9 with a factory replaced sensor. The color renderings I...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-10-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,371
Posted By BillBlackwell
Yes, of course. If your ultimate goal is to keep...

Yes, of course. If your ultimate goal is to keep Leica in business, then knock yourself out.
Forum: Nikon RF 01-10-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,371
Posted By BillBlackwell
They would only hasten their demise (especially...

They would only hasten their demise (especially Nikon)! :bang:


Leica gets away with it (in limited numbers) because they're a privately held company.

IMHO it's foolish to pay $4k+ for an MP or...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-05-2019
Replies: 72
Views: 4,665
Posted By BillBlackwell
50 megapixel FF Leica M-mount camera, with Leica...

50 megapixel FF Leica M-mount camera, with Leica SL style EVF and RF-style focusing, at a cost of <$4,000!
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-30-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 647
Posted By BillBlackwell
While they are "bullet-proof" the leather on...

While they are "bullet-proof" the leather on these old Leitz cases is very hard and non-pliable. They will actually scratch and dent the back door of your M camera. I would choose nearly any half...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-21-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 755
Posted By BillBlackwell
If your M6 VF is a .85 the upgrade will make a...

If your M6 VF is a .85 the upgrade will make a notable difference. The .72 and .58 are inherently more flair resistant. But regardless, the upgrade will make a difference. And fog in the VF will...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-20-2018
Replies: 120
Views: 8,392
Posted By BillBlackwell
I've compared my Collapsible Summicron (has...

I've compared my Collapsible Summicron (has slight haze under the front element and cleaning marks front and back - seen under bright light) directly with my Asph Summilux. The Summicron produces...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-20-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,132
Posted By BillBlackwell
Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.2 vs f/1.4 MC

has anyone done any "road tests" comparing these two lenses?

Seems to me like an obvious curiosity, but Google reveals nothing.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 10-22-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,699
Posted By BillBlackwell
Nice work, but after reading your review (as with...

Nice work, but after reading your review (as with all prior M10 reviews I've seen), I have no motivation to part with my M-P 240.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-04-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,483
Posted By BillBlackwell
10+ year old 10mp cropped sensor that needs...

10+ year old 10mp cropped sensor that needs IR-Cut filters? You're even restricted as to the size and type of SD cards you can use. No thanks!

I watched both videos presented herein above...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-29-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 1,675
Posted By BillBlackwell
Did you clone out the serial number?

Did you clone out the serial number?
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-27-2018
Replies: 67
Views: 2,232
Posted By BillBlackwell
I'd look for something substantially better than...

I'd look for something substantially better than what I have in order to justify the cost of the upgrade.

Not long ago, a friend of mine made me a 30 x 40" print (far beyond my capacity) from a raw...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-27-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 638
Posted By BillBlackwell
I never had the lens repaired, but sold it...

I never had the lens repaired, but sold it "as-is" (this was many years ago). But I have spoken with DAG enough about these things to believe the repair in your case may be far less than you're...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-27-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 638
Posted By BillBlackwell
I believe it can be fixed fairly painlessly. I...

I believe it can be fixed fairly painlessly. I owned one of these lenses (made in Canada) years ago and got rid of it when the adhesive, not screws, Leica used to put the lens together started...
Forum: Panasonic S1 S1 R L Mount cameras 09-26-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 2,583
Posted By BillBlackwell
This sums it all up. At the end of the day,...

This sums it all up. At the end of the day, Leica wins by staying in business. The strategy is nothing new.

And now it appears Leica's digital M cameras are up for grabs to licensees as well.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-26-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 429
Posted By BillBlackwell
Not if it's a discontinued product. The SL-2...

Not if it's a discontinued product. The SL-2 (assuming that becomes a reality) will have the Leica nameplate and be different enough (minimally though firmware) to justify the price difference to...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-26-2018
Replies: 85
Views: 4,225
Posted By BillBlackwell
This (along with the Panasonic/Sigma alliance) is...

This (along with the Panasonic/Sigma alliance) is pretty bold of Leica if you ask me.

Chinese companies are pirating Leica’s 6-bit coded M lens mount; isn’t it reasonable to assume their cameras...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-25-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 1,675
Posted By BillBlackwell
On the back door there is a dial with a red and...

On the back door there is a dial with a red and black dot in the middle with three pie-shaped triangles on it.

Well, the inner dial rotates -
The first two triangles are for color film - daylight...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-25-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 711
Posted By BillBlackwell
I don't think you need to worry about Leica...

I don't think you need to worry about Leica staying ahead of the curve!
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-25-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 952
Posted By BillBlackwell
... other than those ridiculous IR-Cut filters...

... other than those ridiculous IR-Cut filters and that 10+ year old 10MP sensor.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-25-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 1,675
Posted By BillBlackwell
Congrats on your purchase! Others may disagree,...

Congrats on your purchase!

Others may disagree, but IMHO the M4 is arguably the best M camera Leica ever produced. There are allot of reasons for this I won't get into here.

Be that as it may, I'd...
Forum: Leica SL 09-25-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 2,130
Posted By BillBlackwell
A re-branded "PanaLeica" with some firmware...

A re-branded "PanaLeica" with some firmware alterations for the Leica SL-2 is what I'd be expecting, but you could be right. It might be a "real" Leica built in Germany with its own unique shell as...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-24-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 383
Posted By BillBlackwell
I've found the wider you get the more a slight...

I've found the wider you get the more a slight change will make a difference. There seems to be a world of difference, for example, between 18 and 21 - or 15 and 18. But 21 and 24, not so much.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-24-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,286
Posted By BillBlackwell
BTW - I've owned many of the Leica and Zeiss...

BTW - I've owned many of the Leica and Zeiss offerings both long and wide and I can highly recommend the Zeiss 25mm Biogon f/2.8 ZM. It's every bit as good as the, now discontinued, Leica 24mm Asph...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-24-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,286
Posted By BillBlackwell
I you like the 35 FL and want a bit more around...

I you like the 35 FL and want a bit more around the edge, I would skip over the 28 and go with the 24/25 FL. You can always crop a little if you want less.

Although you can look around the edges...
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-24-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,864
Posted By BillBlackwell
It's like this - Soft lenses are "Classic" (or...

It's like this -

Soft lenses are "Classic" (or have that "Leica glow");
Lenses sharp to the edge wide-open are "Modern";
Lenses with pleasant bukeh are "Special";
High-contrast lenses are "Bold" or...
Forum: Panasonic S1 S1 R L Mount cameras 09-23-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 2,583
Posted By BillBlackwell
Very little of what Leica does makes sense to me....

Very little of what Leica does makes sense to me. But the SL apparently won't work only as a boutique camera. So if the line is going to be viable, it has to be expanded to the 'regular' consumer. ...
Forum: Leica SL 09-23-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 2,130
Posted By BillBlackwell
A Prediction - The Leica SL-2 is Coming Soon

Re-posted from PN -

Not that I have a particularly great track record predicting Leica's 'top secret' new products, but I have one anyway.

Within the next 4-months (by the end of January 2019)...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-17-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,625
Posted By BillBlackwell
+1 There's no chance I'd keep any M8 today (10mp...

+1
There's no chance I'd keep any M8 today (10mp cropped sensor and IR-Cut filters). And IMHO the M10 far out classes the M9 with better dynamic range and image capacity.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-17-2018
Replies: 54
Views: 3,722
Posted By BillBlackwell
Is it really so far beyond the imagination that...

Is it really so far beyond the imagination that some tech could have replaced the original .85 masking with one which includes the 28mm framelines?

Why would you automatically assume the OP must be...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-01-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,131
Posted By BillBlackwell
Yes, but it's not a simple procedure. DAG is the...

Yes, but it's not a simple procedure. DAG is the only one I know of who will do it.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-28-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,131
Posted By BillBlackwell
Actually, it's a flat metal insert in place of...

Actually, it's a flat metal insert in place of the RF window. It simply slides out. No drilling or cutting required. ...

There are some M1's out there with rangefinders installed. I've seen a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-28-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,131
Posted By BillBlackwell
You'd have to ask him. As I indicated prior,...

You'd have to ask him. As I indicated prior, I've done several of these and DAG did the work on every one of them. So he knows how much time is involved. I'd guess it to be another two hours, or...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-28-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,131
Posted By BillBlackwell
Well, it's difficult enough to do that most techs...

Well, it's difficult enough to do that most techs wont agree to do it. It involves tapping a new hole into the chassis and the installation of the new 'post' mechanism. This time around, Don...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-28-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,131
Posted By BillBlackwell
Well - almost. It's - * a classic M6 chassis; *...

Well - almost.

It's -
* a classic M6 chassis;
* M1 topcover modified with the internal frame counter window (as you've surmised);
* M6 rangefinder (all 6 framelines).

All of the parts on top...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-28-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,131
Posted By BillBlackwell
An M1 top cover has the M2 external frame...

An M1 top cover has the M2 external frame counter. ...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-28-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,131
Posted By BillBlackwell
Here's another pic. ...

Here's another pic. ...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-28-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,131
Posted By BillBlackwell
Fuchs is close. ... I'm enjoying the...

Fuchs is close. ...

I'm enjoying the head-scratching going on here. ...

Here are some hints -
* Your clue it's not an MP is in the hot shoe;
* It can't be an M7 either (shutter speed dial and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-27-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,131
Posted By BillBlackwell
My Latest FrankenLeica Creation ...

Work performed by DAG.
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 09-08-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1,935
Posted By BillBlackwell
Unless it's a warranty issue, no one touches my...

Unless it's a warranty issue, no one touches my lenses or film bodies but DAG.

I have used Gus Lazzari as well (in some ways he's just as good), but Don does things for me others won't even...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-04-2017
Replies: 141
Views: 8,025
Posted By BillBlackwell
Congrats, Bob. Looks like the ultimate street...

Congrats, Bob. Looks like the ultimate street camera (made for 'stealth').
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-04-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 1,510
Posted By BillBlackwell
Ah, yes. Always the ultimate gouge with these...

Ah, yes. Always the ultimate gouge with these guys!

I'd wager they paid some schmuck $10,000 for the set - or less.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 09-02-2017
Replies: 57
Views: 4,852
Posted By BillBlackwell
I understand this mentality, but I don't live by...

I understand this mentality, but I don't live by it. If I somehow ended up with two lenses of the same (or similar) focal length I would generally see no reason to keep both - especially if one...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 09-02-2017
Replies: 57
Views: 4,852
Posted By BillBlackwell
What does the 7Artisans do that the CV doesn't? ...

What does the 7Artisans do that the CV doesn't? Or maybe a better question is - What does it do better?
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 09-02-2017
Replies: 57
Views: 4,852
Posted By BillBlackwell
Yes, these are much better for sure, but I still...

Yes, these are much better for sure, but I still don't like the OOF areas in some of the shots. What did you do in post-processing? (Raid's shots look less processed).

The other downer on this lens...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-02-2017
Replies: 141
Views: 8,025
Posted By BillBlackwell
To the OP: Please post a pic of your finished...

To the OP:

Please post a pic of your finished camera - I'd like to see it.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-02-2017
Replies: 141
Views: 8,025
Posted By BillBlackwell
With a few exceptions, whenever I've needed...

With a few exceptions, whenever I've needed service through Leica, I've gone through my Leica dealer, Tony Rose at Popflash Photo.

Other than just wait time I've had no issues, whatsoever, with...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 09-02-2017
Replies: 57
Views: 4,852
Posted By BillBlackwell
I must say, after reading this thread any...

I must say, after reading this thread any aspiration I had to attain this lens was shattered. The OOF areas are, to be kind, funky (I thought the 50mm CV f/1.1 was bad) and it's quite soft until...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 09-02-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 2,157
Posted By BillBlackwell
Now that I think about it, there was one occasion...

Now that I think about it, there was one occasion that my 90mm Elmarit-M was picked up as a Summarit on my MP-240. After dismounting and blowing off the 6-bit code, it read correctly once remounted...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 09-02-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 2,157
Posted By BillBlackwell
I always have my flanges milled (I used to have a...

I always have my flanges milled (I used to have a direct source for that, but now go through DAG). Fill with water-based model paint (acrylic black and white). Again, as long as the coding is...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-28-2017
Replies: 53
Views: 2,967
Posted By BillBlackwell
"Why doesn't E. Leitz reissue GREAT...

"Why doesn't E. Leitz reissue GREAT lenses?"

Mainly because E. Leitz hasn't been in business in over 40 years!
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-27-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 2,157
Posted By BillBlackwell
This has not been my experience at all! If the...

This has not been my experience at all! If the lens is coded properly (make sure any after-market lens is coded with the proper framelines of the lens you want on the exif data) an M/MP-240 will...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-26-2017
Replies: 205
Views: 27,508
Posted By BillBlackwell
I've had no problems buying either new or used...

I've had no problems buying either new or used Leica bodies (excepting digital, which I've always purchased new) and lenses.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-26-2017
Replies: 69
Views: 14,855
Posted By BillBlackwell
I've owned all of these ZM lenses - and their...

I've owned all of these ZM lenses - and their Leica counterparts - at one time or another, including the latest CV 15. The Zeiss Ms are all wonderful lenses and well worth a look.

The 18mm Leica...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 02-16-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 3,088
Posted By BillBlackwell
I was a life-long M user right up until the M9...

I was a life-long M user right up until the M9 came out. After putting up with the IR-Cut filter fiasco (with the 1.33 crop factor) I was pretty rashed by the time the M9 came out.

So I dropped...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-01-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 4,714
Posted By BillBlackwell
+1 At one time the M6 had the designation as the...

+1

At one time the M6 had the designation as the 'ultimate M'. Find a nice M6 and have it CLA'd along with the finder upgrade and you'll be blessed with an MP 'dressed in rags' and > $3,000 left in...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-14-2012
Replies: 7,440
Views: 3,790,512
Posted By BillBlackwell
Leica M2, KS15-4

Leica M2, KS15-4
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-05-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 2,131
Posted By BillBlackwell
I have heard the Japan 'engraving' was actually...

I have heard the Japan 'engraving' was actually silk-screening.

Which is it?
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-13-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 5,224
Posted By BillBlackwell
Look here (for future...

Look here (for future reference):

http://whimster-photography.com/leica_m_lens_codes/index.html
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-13-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 5,224
Posted By BillBlackwell
I would use the six-bit code for a 35mm Summarit,...

I would use the six-bit code for a 35mm Summarit, which will get you to the nearest wide-open aperture.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-06-2011
Replies: 52
Views: 4,401
Posted By BillBlackwell
This is not a new development. But there appears...

This is not a new development. But there appears to be a marked increase in unscrupulous sellers over the last few years. This is no doubt a result of the world-wide economic mess we've been in the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-01-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 9,478
Posted By BillBlackwell
The dealer you purchased the lens from ordered it...

The dealer you purchased the lens from ordered it that way (a dealer option). Unless Zeiss changed the specs (a possibility), the standard lens flange on the 25 ZM brings up 28mm framelines. I have...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-30-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 9,478
Posted By BillBlackwell
I have owned and used both - just not at the same...

I have owned and used both - just not at the same time. The [Zeiss] 25 is said to be sharper (and I know first-hand it is comparable to the Leica 24mm Asph. Elmarit-M) compared to the [Zeiss] 28,...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-28-2011
Replies: 78
Views: 15,979
Posted By BillBlackwell
Please don’t tempt me! As many of you already...

Please don’t tempt me!

As many of you already know, I am a long-time Leica freak (especially about the M system), but Ben couldn’t be more right-on. As film slowly fades into the distant past, I am...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-23-2011
Replies: 29
Views: 6,267
Posted By BillBlackwell
"Leica's goal is to create a new market in the...

"Leica's goal is to create a new market in the Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable Lens segment. ..."

... simply more items in the Leica stable to be on back-order.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-30-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 3,647
Posted By BillBlackwell
You are not going to get a straight answer to...

You are not going to get a straight answer to your question - because not even Leica knows ... Cameras serial numbered well after 3 million (~2004) were still not sealed at the factory.

The...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-26-2011
Replies: 66
Views: 12,610
Posted By BillBlackwell
I don't get it ... I find it absolutely...

I don't get it ... I find it absolutely incredible! How does a speck of sensor dust get to be shaped like a jet? :rolleyes:
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-07-2011
Replies: 42
Views: 8,531
Posted By BillBlackwell
Sounds like a good problem to have. Mine is grey...

Sounds like a good problem to have.

Mine is grey - I chose it simply because there are fewer of them.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-07-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 1,261
Posted By BillBlackwell
No. The disk is glued at the factory into the...

No. The disk is glued at the factory into the center of a larger dial that turns in 'clicks' with a push of your thumb and/or forefinger. Sometimes they pop out and get lost, which necessitates...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-07-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 1,261
Posted By BillBlackwell
Yes, glue. And believe it or not, a dab of...

Yes, glue. And believe it or not, a dab of Elmer’s works very well in this case.

IMHO, don't waste your money on a paper one.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-28-2011
Replies: 24
Views: 4,731
Posted By BillBlackwell
First off, 'Leitz' no longer exists - so I would...

First off, 'Leitz' no longer exists - so I would not recommend sending anything there.

Be that as it may, sensor dust goes with the territory. The M8/9 sensor picks up dust simply by firing the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-21-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 7,064
Posted By BillBlackwell
I had one for ~10 years and used it only once...

I had one for ~10 years and used it only once during that time. I sold it a few years ago for what I paid for it; they are very hard to sell, so before buying be sure you really want it.

One thing...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-15-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 5,822
Posted By BillBlackwell
I think I can safely say we've seen the last...

I think I can safely say we've seen the last special edition film camera from Leica.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-15-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 5,822
Posted By BillBlackwell
No other modern M has these.

No other modern M has these.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-12-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,205
Posted By BillBlackwell
One of the main things it does is provide a sense...

One of the main things it does is provide a sense of community to a very small niche market of camera of users in the US. I've been an LHSA member for years, but I did not extend this year. I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-03-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 1,812
Posted By BillBlackwell
As long as the CLA was done 'correctly' I would...

As long as the CLA was done 'correctly' I would agree it sounds like a good price.

Sherry Krauter (Golden Touch), Don Goldberg ("DAG"), Steve Choi, and Gus Lazzari are all very reputable and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-24-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 984
Posted By BillBlackwell
It is simply a reminder dial - it does nothing...

It is simply a reminder dial - it does nothing otherwise.

In my 35+ years of using non-metered M film cameras I have done nothing but ignore that dial.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-06-2011
Replies: 37
Views: 3,835
Posted By BillBlackwell
... which can also be easily adjusted in...

... which can also be easily adjusted in Photoshop.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-06-2011
Replies: 37
Views: 3,835
Posted By BillBlackwell
After I got my M9 I immediately sold the M8.2...

After I got my M9 I immediately sold the M8.2 along with all of those freekin’ IR-CUT filters. I was never a happier seller.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-28-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 2,962
Posted By BillBlackwell
I am a 'camera person' and it was still like...

I am a 'camera person' and it was still like watching paint dry. The process seems enormously inefficient.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-29-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 1,334
Posted By BillBlackwell
There is no need to step-grate firmware updates –...

There is no need to step-grate firmware updates – regardless, you wouldn't be able to do this since only the latest firmware version is available at any given time.

But I wanted to point out there...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-28-2010
Replies: 48
Views: 3,424
Posted By BillBlackwell
MPs are very nice and well build cameras. But,...

MPs are very nice and well build cameras. But, no - those older Leicas are most definitely made better, "mechanical perfection" marketing slogans notwithstanding.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-28-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 1,674
Posted By BillBlackwell
If your camera is under warranty (I acknowledge...

If your camera is under warranty (I acknowledge it might be out by now), using 'other' batteries could void the warranty.

OTOH, I have heard stories of these after-market batteries ranging from...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-28-2010
Replies: 48
Views: 3,424
Posted By BillBlackwell
The issue(s) to which you are referring relate to...

The issue(s) to which you are referring relate to the change in the eyepiece design beginning with the introduction of the MP. The design is inferior because it does not create a natural seal...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-26-2010
Replies: 221
Views: 76,468
Posted By BillBlackwell
Some years back I found a 'spare part' Millennium...

Some years back I found a 'spare part' Millennium topcover and converted my M7 to a BP MP-7 one-of-a-kind. All of the BP parts were ordered through Leica.

I sold the camera to a collector a few...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-24-2010
Replies: 221
Views: 76,468
Posted By BillBlackwell
The M6 Millennium was produced in 2000 (2,500,001...

The M6 Millennium was produced in 2000 (2,500,001 – 2,502,000) and represented the first BP camera Leica had produced in ~32 years. Variations included the ICS (200 units), Safari (300 in green...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-21-2010
Replies: 186
Views: 14,170
Posted By BillBlackwell
I agree with those who had responses along the...

I agree with those who had responses along the lines of "What was Leica thinking?" It's M9 ala M5 Titanium...

... But I also think they'll sell-out very quickly.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-20-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 3,855
Posted By BillBlackwell
Mine seems to work just fine coded as a WATE.

Mine seems to work just fine coded as a WATE.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-30-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 2,053
Posted By BillBlackwell
Similar to what was going on when the M8 was...

Similar to what was going on when the M8 was released Leica's most popular lenses are backordered along with the M9. And back orders mean presales - and presales mean people might be willing to pay...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-26-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 2,147
Posted By BillBlackwell
Okaayyy... for all intensive purposes we are...

Okaayyy... for all intensive purposes we are talking about the same thing, right? - so let's not get into hair-splitting details about defining 'flair' and RF patch 'white-out' (which is the exact...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-26-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 2,147
Posted By BillBlackwell
With all due respect with any who have responded...

With all due respect with any who have responded to the contrary, this is simply not correct. The condenser 'upgrade' in question will cause the finder to be flair resistant - not flair-free.

The...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-26-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,566
Posted By BillBlackwell
Thanks, Jeff. This may have been 'common...

Thanks, Jeff. This may have been 'common knowledge' to some, but I had no idea about this until I experienced it for myself. And I posted simply because when I asked the local Leica rep about it,...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-25-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,566
Posted By BillBlackwell
WATE on an M9 – with automatic lens identification selected

FWIW -

Here’s an interesting tidbit I have not seen posted anywhere to date. When a WATE is mounted to your M9 with lens identification turned to the 'on' position, the camera will not...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-11-2010
Replies: 99
Views: 11,090
Posted By BillBlackwell
It is considered by many to be the best 28 FL for...

It is considered by many to be the best 28 FL for ANY 35mm camera.



On the contrary, I personally did a subjective test on the 28mm Summicron against the 28mm Ultron M on an M8.2 shortly after it...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-30-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 3,508
Posted By BillBlackwell
Maybe the reason is it’s actually a new lens...

Maybe the reason is it’s actually a new lens being sold (under MSP) within Leica guidelines for a franchised dealer. Notice the "in-store" warranty matches the duration of Leica's warranty.

Just a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-30-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 3,508
Posted By BillBlackwell
Look...

Look here:

http://www.popflash.com/index.php?p=product&id=2389
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-30-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 3,508
Posted By BillBlackwell
It should be easy - the Elmarit-M Asph. is the...

It should be easy - the Elmarit-M Asph. is the only E39 version, while the Elmarit-M is one of three E46 versions.

There is no such E46 "Asph." version.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-30-2010
Replies: 56
Views: 19,638
Posted By BillBlackwell
The "flair-prone" M6 finder can be upgraded with...

The "flair-prone" M6 finder can be upgraded with the flair-resistant condenser for less than $200.

Be that as it may, I would take the M6 for the meter alone. Except for the self-timer/light-meter...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-28-2010
Replies: 61
Views: 5,299
Posted By BillBlackwell
M5 - What, a camera? :eek:

M5 - What, a camera? :eek:
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-26-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 3,414
Posted By BillBlackwell
Look...

Look here:

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=71292

The Ikon (personally, you couldn't give me one for free) vs. [pick your Leica M] has been discussed many times in this forum...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-26-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 984
Posted By BillBlackwell
Personally, I prefer the plastic finders; they're...

Personally, I prefer the plastic finders; they're easier on the accessory shoe. Be that as it may, the CV finder is probably better because it's sealed from dust (the Leica plastic finder is not). ...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 07-25-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 1,849
Posted By BillBlackwell
The 24mm framelines on the M8 are comparable to...

The 24mm framelines on the M8 are comparable to 28mm framelines in a .72 film M camera finder.

Fine if you don't wear glasses, but problematic if you do.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 07-25-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 3,646
Posted By BillBlackwell
I use a Milich coded lens mount modified to bring...

I use a Milich coded lens mount modified to bring up the 50mm framelines and coded as a Super-Elmar.



I bought a CV 15mm thread-mount when they first became available (about 10-years ago?), which I...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 07-25-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 3,646
Posted By BillBlackwell
A little late in the thread but... ... I tested...

A little late in the thread but...

... I tested the ZM 18mm Distagon against the Leica 18mm Super-Elmar on My M8.2 shortly after the Leica became available. The result was that I found them to be...
Forum: Travel 07-25-2010
Replies: 35
Views: 2,639
Posted By BillBlackwell
Some pics from two of my recent trips up the CA...

Some pics from two of my recent trips up the CA Coast can be seen here (June 2009 and June 2010):

http://photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=975535

Locations are all noted hereinabove.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 07-23-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 14,631
Posted By BillBlackwell
They still aren’t ‘dirt cheap’ - but low enough...

They still aren’t ‘dirt cheap’ - but low enough now that you are likely to recoup most of your investment should you decide to sell/trade-up. As long as you are willing to commit to IR/CUT filters...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-22-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,916
Posted By BillBlackwell
In keeping with the [other] typos in this post,...

In keeping with the [other] typos in this post, I'm not so sure this is entirely accurate. I have seen M4-2 cameras with numbers in the 1,468,8xx range. I have also observed the Wetzlar/Canadian...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-22-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,916
Posted By BillBlackwell
The main thing you're missing is Steve Gandy is...

The main thing you're missing is Steve Gandy is not infallible and his list, although very good, is not perfect.

The first 100, or so, M4-2 cameras were in this serial range and had the Leitz...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-19-2010
Replies: 104
Views: 15,923
Posted By BillBlackwell
It's just an expression (an American idiom). No...

It's just an expression (an American idiom). No offence intended.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 07-19-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 9,923
Posted By BillBlackwell
The difference in speed is only a half-stop, but...

The difference in speed is only a half-stop, but you probably would not be able to see an appreciable difference between them stop-to-stop.

I would be leaning to the Zeiss Biogon - it's a little...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-18-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,508
Posted By BillBlackwell
IMHO, you should have it coded. Leica...

IMHO, you should have it coded.

Leica recommends coding any FL wider than a 35.

I tried mine without for a while and was dissatisfied with the results (but my 28 is a Summicron).
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 07-18-2010
Replies: 32
Views: 3,337
Posted By BillBlackwell
In your budget, my first choice would be a 35mm...

In your budget, my first choice would be a 35mm Zeiss f/2 Biogon. Performance is similar to the v4 Summicron.

The CV Nokton f/1.2 is a one of a kind lens - performance is not stunning, but there...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-16-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 6,908
Posted By BillBlackwell
If you have the flange milled, use model paint...

If you have the flange milled, use model paint (it comes in a small glass bottle) - you can find it at most model/hobby stores. The water-based variety (what I use) works fine too.

I recommend you...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-16-2010
Replies: 104
Views: 15,923
Posted By BillBlackwell
In order to avoid a hair splitting exercise...

In order to avoid a hair splitting exercise (which might simply degrade into an elaborate 'pissing contest'), I will simply agree. On the whole, the M4 and MP rangefinders are indeed optically the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-15-2010
Replies: 104
Views: 15,923
Posted By BillBlackwell
This is simply not correct by any measure. The...

This is simply not correct by any measure. The MP is put together in an assembly-line by unskilled employees. The M4 was put together by highly skilled artisans.

The MP has the same 'right or...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-14-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 6,908
Posted By BillBlackwell
You really have only one option: Summilux-M 35mm...

You really have only one option:

Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH (011101)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-13-2010
Replies: 67
Views: 5,716
Posted By BillBlackwell
Personally, I am not big on BP Leicas - nor am I...

Personally, I am not big on BP Leicas - nor am I a big fan of the M6TTL. But my all-time favorite BP Leica M is the M6 Millennium. She has all of the traditional engraving and the paint won’t...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-12-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 2,752
Posted By BillBlackwell
... then the 35mm pre-asph Summilux should not be...

... then the 35mm pre-asph Summilux should not be on your list.

Of the choices listed I would opt for the 35mm ZM. Don’t rule out the 35mm f/1.2 Nokton either. If you like fast lenses, it isn’t...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-10-2010
Replies: 104
Views: 15,923
Posted By BillBlackwell
Some of the changes referenced were already...

Some of the changes referenced were already present in the M6 by its termination. But as to the rest, I will defer to Mr. Puts.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-10-2010
Replies: 104
Views: 15,923
Posted By BillBlackwell
Your 'gut' would be wrong. I mean no offence,...

Your 'gut' would be wrong.

I mean no offence, but I have read all of the material on this, discussed the differences with Leica reps and techs, and I know of no change whatsoever to the shutter. ...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-09-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 1,602
Posted By BillBlackwell
IMHO - it sounds to me like it simply needs a CLA...

IMHO - it sounds to me like it simply needs a CLA - plan on ~$350 for that. If you budget this amount, then ~$500 (around $350 for a button rewind) would be a fair price - assuming there are no...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-09-2010
Replies: 104
Views: 15,923
Posted By BillBlackwell
Let me clarify one thing - I am very happy Leica...

Let me clarify one thing - I am very happy Leica is still making [film] cameras. And they are still great cameras that will most likely outlast the availability of the film they are designed to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-09-2010
Replies: 104
Views: 15,923
Posted By BillBlackwell
Leica M6 (classic) vs. MP

The "Good, Bad, & Ugly" between a Leica M6 (classic) and an MP:

1. The MP has a brass top; the M6 is zinc alloy;
2. The MP has the “Leica” script engraving; the M6 has no engraving (early M6 camera...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-08-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 836
Posted By BillBlackwell
An odd question, but the answer is yes. Any...

An odd question, but the answer is yes.

Any prior Leica M back cover will work on your MP. Older (non-metered) models made back-door replacement easy with a small knob inside the door - simply...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-07-2010
Replies: 104
Views: 15,923
Posted By BillBlackwell
It's a rebadged-retagged M6 classic. The MP has...

It's a rebadged-retagged M6 classic. The MP has the RF condenser added back (taken out half-way into the M4-2 run) and a brass topcover (woohoo) - and various other sundry items such as ‘real’ paint...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-01-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 4,909
Posted By BillBlackwell
This was precisely my experience. When I tried...

This was precisely my experience. When I tried this lens (had it for one full day) I immediately fell in love with it. But hard as I try, I cannot justify the substantial cost differential compared...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-29-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 7,538
Posted By BillBlackwell
Dude, you're cracking me up!!! :D I suppose...

Dude, you're cracking me up!!! :D

I suppose it's all relative.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-28-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 7,538
Posted By BillBlackwell
My experience with the Leica M Motor was just the...

My experience with the Leica M Motor was just the opposite.

The grip is too large for my hands and the unit adds 50% again to the overall weight of the camera.

Try lugging the package you show...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-28-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 7,538
Posted By BillBlackwell
Almost from the time they came out I had a...

Almost from the time they came out I had a Leicavit permanently mounted to my MP (or M6) - not because I liked to use it, but because I preferred the extra grip (and bulk) it added to the camera.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-28-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,031
Posted By BillBlackwell
The reviewer's statement is very misleading. It...

The reviewer's statement is very misleading. It simply does not work that way.

Back in the 1970's, when the M5 first came out, I vividly recall asking my local Leica dealer about this portion of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-28-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,031
Posted By BillBlackwell
There is nothing wrong with your camera. The...

There is nothing wrong with your camera.

The speeds below 1/2 sec on an M5 are basically one 'bulb' setting. Why Leica chose to design the M5 shutter dial that way is anyone's guess.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-27-2010
Replies: 42
Views: 3,220
Posted By BillBlackwell
What!? Coming from someone who has trouble...

What!?

Coming from someone who has trouble with RF patch white-out (or 'finder flair'), that is very odd. The Zeiss Ikon finder whites out worse than any RF I have ever used. While the finder is...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-25-2010
Replies: 42
Views: 3,220
Posted By BillBlackwell
Functionally speaking there is nothing whatsoever...

Functionally speaking there is nothing whatsoever a Leica MP offers over that of an M6 classic. And think of an M7 as an M6 TTL with aperture priority auto with two manual speeds thrown in as...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-25-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,111
Posted By BillBlackwell
You might have better luck listing it on eBay...

You might have better luck listing it on eBay where I would think you could fetch your price. I sold mine with the matching Leicavit not quite two years ago for $5,000, but it was in perfect...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-24-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 1,405
Posted By BillBlackwell
It's simple: Buy the John Milich flange. That...

It's simple: Buy the John Milich flange. That way if you ever need to use the Zeiss warranty, you can simply reinstall the original flange and mail it in for service. This is precisely what I did -...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-24-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 1,682
Posted By BillBlackwell
The tolerances will be most apparent when close...

The tolerances will be most apparent when close focusing (as demonstrated by front or back focusing). Personally, I would have the lens adjusted - it is not that expensive, you only have to do it...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-24-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 1,682
Posted By BillBlackwell
Precisely! Some lenses do indeed need to be...

Precisely!

Some lenses do indeed need to be adjusted, but not because there are any differences in the distance between the lens flange and the film plane.

The fact is, the digital sensor is...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-23-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 1,405
Posted By BillBlackwell
I too like the way the Leica handles better...

I too like the way the Leica handles better compared to the Zeiss (I also prefer the tab). At just over double the price, the Leica would have to show at least some performance improvement over the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-23-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 1,405
Posted By BillBlackwell
I have the 18mm Zeiss and tested it against the...

I have the 18mm Zeiss and tested it against the Leica 18mm Super-Elmar and found no difference between them. Even the OOF areas were rendered virtually the same. The Zeiss is coded to read as a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-22-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 2,982
Posted By BillBlackwell
IIRC, place the 12504 shade in your right hand...

IIRC, place the 12504 shade in your right hand and twist toward you with your right hand and the bottom portion away from you with your left hand. If that doesn't work, then try it the other...
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