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Forum: Fuji X Series 5 Days Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 259
Posted By Phil_F_NM
C mount lenses have a registration of just over...

C mount lenses have a registration of just over 17mm. Most C mounts under 50mm will mechanically vignette but you can always crop in post. Some of these old optics have amazing signatures and...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 1 Week Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,310
Posted By Phil_F_NM
That 50mm lens is reason enough to own and use a...

That 50mm lens is reason enough to own and use a Mamiya 6. When I bought my first one, I got it with all three lenses. I don't like switching lenses, so I bought another body. No, I'm not rich, I...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 67
Views: 1,765
Posted By Phil_F_NM
My first personal DSLR was a Nikon D100 which was...

My first personal DSLR was a Nikon D100 which was ok but once I got my hands on a D2Hs, I knew that was the pro tool I wanted. I've owned two of them. The D2X is good too but that D2Hs is still...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 475
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Philosophically there is no true objectivity....

Philosophically there is no true objectivity. This is one of the ethical reasons I left photojournalism for a career in a helping profession.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,361
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I never called Kostya nor anyone else an idiot or...

I never called Kostya nor anyone else an idiot or a moron. I just happen to work in a field where I see kids and families with very low socio-economic status, most of which would love to partake in...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,361
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The best thing any photo instructor could do is...

The best thing any photo instructor could do is to have the student use a fully mechanical camera and a handheld light meter.
HCB, Capa, etc, all used rangefinders in their heyday not because they...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 162
Views: 10,282
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Why do people post photos taken with a Leica M...

Why do people post photos taken with a Leica M whatever? Same here.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 9,142
Posted By Phil_F_NM
This method with an SLR is how I accurately...

This method with an SLR is how I accurately calibrate my motion picture lenses. Each lens needs to be critically focused to infinity, perfectly in its own mount, because alll sorts of factors can...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 1,932
Posted By Phil_F_NM
V2 Summicron. AKA "Rigid". If you like focusing a...

V2 Summicron. AKA "Rigid". If you like focusing a little closer and don't mind the weight, get a DR and a set of goggles. Both of those are some of the finest lenses ever made, by any manufacturer,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 1,106
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I am so jealous of your Ashy Pentax MX! Phil...

I am so jealous of your Ashy Pentax MX!
Phil Forrest
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 490
Posted By Phil_F_NM
You have that option? If I sold a camera to a...

You have that option? If I sold a camera to a person and they had taken it apart, I (nor anyone else) would not offer any refund at all.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 1,106
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I was surprised how good the Helios 103 is. I got...

I was surprised how good the Helios 103 is. I got mine straight from eastern Europe, a little decentered, possibly from a plane flight or being moved from place to place for 30 years, but otherwise...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 490
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Do not use crazy glue, model glue, or anything...

Do not use crazy glue, model glue, or anything that has that really powerful smell to it as it will outgas and fog all your glass/air surfaces, probably ruining your rangefinder. You need an epoxy or...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,928
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The USS New Jersey used to have one of these...

The USS New Jersey used to have one of these kits. So did the photo center at NAS Keflavik. A Navy photomate friend of mine was at Keflavik in 2003 when I was in Guam and he used me for advice on...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 123
Views: 3,373
Posted By Phil_F_NM
NFL films stopped using 16mm in 2014 when they...

NFL films stopped using 16mm in 2014 when they switched to Arri digital cameras. Every football game in the country, every week, was covered by no less than six cameras, rolling for the entire game....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 123
Views: 3,373
Posted By Phil_F_NM
^^^^^ This, exactly. Phi Forrest

^^^^^
This, exactly.
Phi Forrest
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 123
Views: 3,373
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I'm not arguing that at all. It's also not hard...

I'm not arguing that at all. It's also not hard to create 400% more demand when the low point was so low that any increase would be very significant. Print stock is still barely being made because of...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 123
Views: 3,373
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Film production will never be what it was before...

Film production will never be what it was before the motion picture industry went to digital projection, and digital production. Yes, there are quite a few directors who work solely on film but for...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 622
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Regarding the important question of hen's teeth...

Regarding the important question of hen's teeth vs hens' teeth, the apostrophe would be before the 's' if the phrase were "...a hen's teeth..." With the 'a' denoting a singular hen. If there is...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 853
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Push the film? Or underexpose in camera, develop...

Push the film? Or underexpose in camera, develop as normal then compensate in printing.
Phil Forrest
Forum: RFF Polls 01-11-2020
Replies: 54
Views: 1,371
Posted By Phil_F_NM
How about personalized dots? For example, a...

How about personalized dots? For example, a portrait of my cat.
Phil Forrest
Forum: RFF Polls 01-10-2020
Replies: 54
Views: 1,371
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Back when I had an M8 I replaced the dot with a...

Back when I had an M8 I replaced the dot with a Yashica Electro logo. Then I did the same to an M9.
Phil Forrest
Forum: RFF Polls 01-09-2020
Replies: 54
Views: 1,371
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I've always been a fan of slightly faded wood...

I've always been a fan of slightly faded wood veneer. I think Leica should go for it. Maybe they could offer it as the "country squire" model, complete with a gas guzzling station wagon to carry the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-08-2020
Replies: 14
Views: 429
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It's how I solved my dust problem when I was...

It's how I solved my dust problem when I was deployed to Iraq. I didn't want to change lenses, so I got another Leica. When you one you need a new rear lens cap, just get a new body instead.
Phil...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-06-2020
Replies: 68
Views: 2,588
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Just last month the IUCN made mention that the...

Just last month the IUCN made mention that the Koala is functionally extinct in the wild. The fires certainly can't be helping that.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-03-2020
Replies: 21
Views: 755
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I found that the lens cap of my Swift Audubon...

I found that the lens cap of my Swift Audubon MkII binoculars fits our Peugeot pepper grinder perfectly. It now lives there as I don't think the binos need a lens cap since I always have them around...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-27-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 720
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Berlebach still offers the old school thread and...

Berlebach still offers the old school thread and plate but I have found attaching a camera to a tripod this way to be far more potentially hazardous to the camera than using a properly sized, fitted,...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 12-27-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 742
Posted By Phil_F_NM
How about a Barnack? Phil Forrest

How about a Barnack?
Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-26-2019
Replies: 80
Views: 3,000
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I had her overhaul my M4 in 2006 and two days...

I had her overhaul my M4 in 2006 and two days after I got it back, while shooting my first roll since repair, the self timer broke and she wouldn't honor her warranty.
Sorry to be off topic.
Phil...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-25-2019
Replies: 80
Views: 3,000
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Youxin removed mine in my M4-P which has a nearly...

Youxin removed mine in my M4-P which has a nearly identical viewfinder.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-25-2019
Replies: 80
Views: 3,000
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Maybe try an M4 with the framelines that you...

Maybe try an M4 with the framelines that you don't want, removed. It can be done during a CLA.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-22-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 390
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The 28/2 does not catch up to the /2.8 until...

The 28/2 does not catch up to the /2.8 until f/5.6, really. The f/2.8 has way less distortion but it's more conservative in max aperture so the designers could make it near perfect that way. The f/2...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-21-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,133
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I'm so glad my window shopping GAS isn't touched...

I'm so glad my window shopping GAS isn't touched by tariffs. I'm not being further taxed on my M4 or my F2, nor any of my motion picture cameras. I don't think this will have any effect on the cost...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-20-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 4,257
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It can indeed be an adapter, not a permanent lens...

It can indeed be an adapter, not a permanent lens modification. All you need is to create an intermediate lens cam follower to act like a plunger on the camera cam follower. This is how the 10.5cm...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-19-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 4,257
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Pentax 50mm lenses, going back to the Super...

Pentax 50mm lenses, going back to the Super Takumar, all have a nominal focal length of 51.6mm, the same as Leica. Add to that, most of them move at almost the exact same rate as Leica 50mm lenses....
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 12-18-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,343
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Easy there. Ferruccio Lamborghini was a tractor...

Easy there. Ferruccio Lamborghini was a tractor engineer before he created his empire of amazing, futuristic and beautiful cars. And the company still makes tractors. They don't make cameras, but...
Forum: Travel 12-17-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,820
Posted By Phil_F_NM
If I had the opportunity to take this trip, I...

If I had the opportunity to take this trip, I would ONLY shoot film. Something that doesn't require a battery and something that doesn't mind water would be my choices.
However you travel, enjoy your...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-14-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 824
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Lots of film. A Bolex REX4 or Beaulieu...

Lots of film.
A Bolex REX4 or Beaulieu R16.
Healthy partner, healthy family.
A banjo with a resonator and the time to get back into playing.
I really just want time.
I can make all the other things...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-14-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 295
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I used jewelers pliers to remove the collar. How...

I used jewelers pliers to remove the collar.
How many ears do you need? I have a bunch of them. Can't spare the screws though if that's a problem.
Regards,
Phil Forrest
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-11-2019
Replies: 176
Views: 6,588
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I have shot with an F3HP more than any other...

I have shot with an F3HP more than any other camera, I think. They always just worked for me. That said, the F2AS is my favorite. I loved my F4s as well but the F2 takes the cake.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-09-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 665
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Fine point jeweler's pliers work fantastic. Phil...

Fine point jeweler's pliers work fantastic.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-07-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 345
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The perf is Bell and Howell which is superior to...

The perf is Bell and Howell which is superior to the Eastman Kodak perf because the BH perfs have rounded corners and don't tear as easily. This standard has been around since the 1920s when Bell and...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-05-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 597
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Last summer I got a beautiful Konica Auto-Reflex...

Last summer I got a beautiful Konica Auto-Reflex T3 in black paint. The less common older version without the built in hot shoe. $4 from Goodwill. Anyway, the leatherette was a little bumpy and the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-03-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 1,779
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I personally know of a Nikon F2 that was...

I personally know of a Nikon F2 that was mis-packed then dropped onto the desert floor in Afghanistan at 300mph, dug out of the dirt, dusted off and worked fine.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-30-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 5,100
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It's about the same as an hour's minimum wage...

It's about the same as an hour's minimum wage here in Pennsylvania.
Phil Forrest
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-30-2019
Replies: 162
Views: 10,282
Posted By Phil_F_NM
That reminds me of when I was stationed on the...

That reminds me of when I was stationed on the USS John C Stennis and we pulled in to Klang in early 2000, pretty close to a huge line of cranes like in your photo. Good times... Holy cow, I *almost*...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-29-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 5,100
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Just buy expired film if the current price is too...

Just buy expired film if the current price is too high. Or pay a student to place an order from the Kodak student store but all you're going to get is EK5222 but it's definitely not $.30 an...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-25-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 965
Posted By Phil_F_NM
A Nikonos IV-A or V can be bought for very little...

A Nikonos IV-A or V can be bought for very little money these days. Quieter than a Leica, excellent Nikon 35mm lens (for use above water.) There is an 80mm available as well. Good light meter, put...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-24-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,641
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The difference between the 35mm and 40mm is about...

The difference between the 35mm and 40mm is about the same as the focus breathing of any lens in either of those focal lengths.
As was said above, the rangefinder will be no panacea, and between...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 11-23-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 351
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It's more than just a mask which gives the Leica...

It's more than just a mask which gives the Leica RF it's hard edges. It is the condenser arrangement and where the mask aperture is in relation to condenser and beamsplitter which enable it. The...
Forum: RFF Polls 11-22-2019
Replies: 88
Views: 6,448
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I have recently had a few dreams of shooting with...

I have recently had a few dreams of shooting with my motion picture cameras. It's my subconscious self trying to do maintenance by dreaming of the things I want to be doing but have no time. I have...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-21-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,632
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It tastes different than German rust, I can tell...

It tastes different than German rust, I can tell you that much.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-21-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,632
Posted By Phil_F_NM
All the stuff that I now should get rid of...

All the stuff that I now should get rid of because we're moving. Just a pain in the rear. Konicas, oddball lenses in even more obscure mounts which I had the intention to convert.
I definitely regret...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 11-20-2019
Replies: 77
Views: 8,690
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I don't doubt you have shown and sold prints from...

I don't doubt you have shown and sold prints from these scans, I'm just saying a DSLR cannot resolve microscopic film grain unless you're using a microscope. No macro lens/sensor combinations exist...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-19-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,325
Posted By Phil_F_NM
They need to be drilled and tapped if the...

They need to be drilled and tapped if the aperture ring is metal. If it is the AF lens, it is probably plastic which only needs to be drilled.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-18-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,037
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I carried two film Leicas all over Kuwait and...

I carried two film Leicas all over Kuwait and Iraq in 2004 where the sun is known to be a bit intense, and I never burned my shutters. I never paid attention to the possibility either, I had other...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-18-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 461
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Does the Planar have the coverage to be useful on...

Does the Planar have the coverage to be useful on an Xpan?
As for the mod itself, there are a few who modify Contax G lenses to Leica mount so there probably isn't a reason the same can't be done to...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-17-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,591
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Awesome to hear! Phil Forrest

Awesome to hear!
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-16-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 989
Posted By Phil_F_NM
There's something on the wing. Phil Forrest

There's something on the wing.

Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-16-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 989
Posted By Phil_F_NM
They're going to love me when I roll up with a...

They're going to love me when I roll up with a few thousand feet of motion picture film in cans which will be fed into two Bell and Howell Filmos. Maybe I should take the big 400ft magazines as...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-15-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,591
Posted By Phil_F_NM
If you feel up to the job and have confidence in...

If you feel up to the job and have confidence in your abilities with a Barnack, you should be able to do an M. The first time I ripped apart a Leica M4 was in Fallujah, Iraq. There is no Leica...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-15-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,070
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Because I don't like the look of standard...

Because I don't like the look of standard doorstops.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-15-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,591
Posted By Phil_F_NM
When organic lubricants dry up and polymerize,...

When organic lubricants dry up and polymerize, they are no longer lubricants. What they do is attract dirt and become polishing compounds or worse. This is why Leicas need regular servicing because...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-14-2019
Replies: 98
Views: 3,081
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Truth be told, a truly mint condition black paint...

Truth be told, a truly mint condition black paint F2 or F2 Titan are among the very few cameras I actually desire very much. Not anything from Leica stirs that in me. They are all just tools but that...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-14-2019
Replies: 98
Views: 3,081
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I can easily pop on my DP12 if I want a TTL...

I can easily pop on my DP12 if I want a TTL meter.
I can stick a very fast lens longer than 135mm on my F2 and not ever worry about focus accuracy.
The F2 is a better weapon. It's more mechanically...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 11-13-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 552
Posted By Phil_F_NM
If you have similar focal length lenses, go for...

If you have similar focal length lenses, go for it. You'll have to get a groundglass to optically confirm both infinity as well as alignment of the lens to the focal plane but it can certainly be...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 11-12-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,917
Posted By Phil_F_NM
How about finding a Konica Auto-Reflex? The first...

How about finding a Konica Auto-Reflex? The first one with the - in the name. It is a switchable full frame / half frame 35mm camera. Amazing lenses that range from 15mm up.
Aside from that, you...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-10-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 693
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The Jupiter-12 can be awesome, just be aware that...

The Jupiter-12 can be awesome, just be aware that you may have some fitting to do. I had a little decentering on all my FSU lenses and I had to do a little work on them, but the J-12 is a fantastic...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-10-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 628
Posted By Phil_F_NM
When you say extremely dark, do you mean your...

When you say extremely dark, do you mean your scans were dark or do you mean you had "bulletproof" highlights and midtones in the negatives themselves? What was your developer temperature? Are your...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-10-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,477
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I got my MX for $14 from Goodwill. Even if it...

I got my MX for $14 from Goodwill. Even if it didn't work, it's still worth it to have CLA'd, so that's a win-win. It works. Not much to go wrong with the fully mechanical K and M series...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-10-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,477
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Pentax MX. Phil Forrest

Pentax MX.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Off Topic 11-10-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 249
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Happy birthday

To the United States Marine Corps. To all those devil dogs here on RFF, thank you for your service.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 11-09-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 2,088
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I am guilty of taking the presence of many people...

I am guilty of taking the presence of many people for granted, as if they will always be there.
With my recent career change and now my long internship at a physical rehabilitation hospital, I feel...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 11-08-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 2,088
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Tom and Tuulikki jumped through a few hoops,...

Tom and Tuulikki jumped through a few hoops, along with my mother, to ensure I got my M2 Rapidwinder, while I was deployed to Iraq in 2004. I shot about 100 rolls with it on deployment I think. It...
Forum: Simon Says -- SimonSawSunlight Photo Technique 11-06-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,569
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Plus-X. Old formula HC110. Phil Forrest

Plus-X. Old formula HC110.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-05-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 889
Posted By Phil_F_NM
There is a difference between M4 and M4-P top...

There is a difference between M4 and M4-P top plates at the accessory/flash shoe. M4-P is hot so the transplant needs an additional shoe and you lose that hot shoe feature.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 11-05-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,486
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Take a fine art drawing class. Then take a fine...

Take a fine art drawing class. Then take a fine art painting class. Take a fine art sculpting class.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-05-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 889
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Find a dentist or dental student friend and see...

Find a dentist or dental student friend and see if you can get some amalgam. It'll flow right in there, harden up and you'll be good to go. Of course, it may be black... You could find some silver...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 11-05-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 349
Posted By Phil_F_NM
My first small spanner was fashioned out of a...

My first small spanner was fashioned out of a cheap pair of kids scissors with the ends ground flat to blades.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 11-05-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 990
Posted By Phil_F_NM
In all Konica Autoreflex T series cameras, the...

In all Konica Autoreflex T series cameras, the difference is obvious and profound. There is no way I would substitute a 1.5v battery, silver oxide or alkaline, in one of those cameras because they...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 11-05-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 990
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Sounds like the meter cells themselves are dead....

Sounds like the meter cells themselves are dead. I get this problem once in a while in a camera I'm tinkering with. The battery will send current so the meter will look active but even if I shine a...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-02-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 602
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Extremely well made. Worked perfectly with my 5cm...

Extremely well made. Worked perfectly with my 5cm f/1.4 Nikkor.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-02-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 570
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Zenji Wakimoto designed the 10.5cm f/2.5 Nikkor...

Zenji Wakimoto designed the 10.5cm f/2.5 Nikkor as well as the 2.1cm f/4 Nikkor.
Yoshiaki Shimizu designed the 58mm f/1.2 NOCT Nikkor.
Werner Wagner designed the 21mm f/3.4 Super Angulon.
Phil...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 11-01-2019
Replies: 77
Views: 8,690
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Using a DSLR is fine for viewing things on the...

Using a DSLR is fine for viewing things on the web but it can't touch the raw output of a multiple pass scan from a dedicated negative scanner. A DSLR can't match the bit depth of what a negative...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-31-2019
Replies: 9,202
Views: 913,643
Posted By Phil_F_NM
1200 feet of Kodak 4X in 16mm. Another 2000 feet...

1200 feet of Kodak 4X in 16mm. Another 2000 feet may be on the way after a clip test.
Oh yeah, I guess I went a little wild... There's also an Angenieux 25mm f/.95 on the way and I snagged a 25-50mm...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-28-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,641
Posted By Phil_F_NM
My Pentax MX with a 50mm f/1.4 SMC-M and a roll...

My Pentax MX with a 50mm f/1.4 SMC-M and a roll of film weighs less than my Leica M4 with DR Summicron and no film. The Pentax body is slightly smaller as well, save for the pentaprism. The way to...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-27-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,641
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I'm not helping anyone by adding my personal...

I'm not helping anyone by adding my personal opinion to another's personal choice, but if I were to be on a trip around the globe with one camera and one lens it would be my Nikonos V with 35mm...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-25-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 862
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Did you buy this F2 with a meter working as it...

Did you buy this F2 with a meter working as it should or has it always been this way? I feel like a bad ground from a sloppy resoldering of the battery box would cause this problem. Just a hair's...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 10-21-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,971
Posted By Phil_F_NM
But reproduction of an image without attribution,...

But reproduction of an image without attribution, on a page or site that relies upon clicks and may have sponsorship is absolutely making money off another's work. It's not selling the work overtly,...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 10-21-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,971
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I agree with his take on "Street photography",...

I agree with his take on "Street photography", that 99% of it is garbage. Once the masses got access to a cheap means of production and publication, we got millions of photos of banal garbage, maybe...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 10-16-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,419
Posted By Phil_F_NM
You might find the 35/2 has a little more...

You might find the 35/2 has a little more contrast, probably due to more modern coatings and that lens being a bit newer than the 50/2.2. when I had it, I loved my Canon 35/2. I sold it for a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-13-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 2,295
Posted By Phil_F_NM
All the shipboard US Navy photographers mates...

All the shipboard US Navy photographers mates used Pentax 67s for aerial shots from helicopters since the late 80s. Hanging out a helo door a thousand feet from the water is one of those places where...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-11-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 548
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Heat the screws then when they cool, use acetone...

Heat the screws then when they cool, use acetone or MEK to further soften any adhesive. I wouldn't use a hammer for a punch, use a spring pin punch instead. You can get them cheap at bargain tool...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-11-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 943
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Definitely send it out for 2k. 16mm has very good...

Definitely send it out for 2k. 16mm has very good resolution and Kodachrome 40 was a good emulsion with pretty fine grain. If your father's camera made a good, stable image, a 2k scan will look...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-08-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,413
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Yet the battleship isn't using that rangefinder...

Yet the battleship isn't using that rangefinder to take a photograph, so it's not really a camera. It shoots, just not film...
Phil Forrest
Forum: Nikon RF 10-06-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 945
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Oh yeah, I need to stress that when I perform...

Oh yeah, I need to stress that when I perform modifications like this, I ensure that the lens can always be returned to original form and spec. In this case, I modified the adapter so if I want to...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-06-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 945
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Aside from the convenience of RF coupling in the...

Aside from the convenience of RF coupling in the super angulon f/3.4, I like the images better because there is slightly less vignetting with the Nikon. And really, at 21mm, even wide open, exact...
Forum: Nikon RF 10-06-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 945
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I have the 2.1cm Nikkor F mount but I use it on...

I have the 2.1cm Nikkor F mount but I use it on my Leica M4. I modified a Novoflex adapter to accept the Nikkor by JB welding a small piece of plexiglass to act as the key that prevents the lens from...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-06-2019
Replies: 88
Views: 2,921
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I shift around a bit with these but my longest...

I shift around a bit with these but my longest owned and used is my Leica M4. Most frequently used though is my Nikon F2, it comes in second place.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-03-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,649
Posted By Phil_F_NM
What is effective though? That's a completely...

What is effective though? That's a completely subjective measurement of the use of a tool used to create a piece of work largely judged on personal aesthetics.
I think that right now I have about 17...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-01-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,545
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I think the only way to get a shorter 50mm lens...

I think the only way to get a shorter 50mm lens that is as fast as you like is to use a Schneider Xenon in an uncoupled barrel from an Adox Adrette or Wirgin Edinex. You'll be scale focusing but they...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-29-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 787
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Stick your finder to the top of the camera with...

Stick your finder to the top of the camera with some good double sided tape.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-29-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1,261
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I have resigned myself to the fact that by the...

I have resigned myself to the fact that by the time I reach retirement age, social security will be all but non-existent and I will work until I die. I have faith in this, growing up in the age of...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 09-28-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 570
Posted By Phil_F_NM
That is a cool conversion. Get that shutter CLA'd...

That is a cool conversion. Get that shutter CLA'd and you're good to go. It's a Compur shutter copy so you could look at one of the online tutorials about servicing it yourself or send it out to any...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-22-2019
Replies: 9,202
Views: 913,643
Posted By Phil_F_NM
A Kodak 50mm f/1.6 Cine-Anastigmat. For a...

A Kodak 50mm f/1.6 Cine-Anastigmat. For a fantastic price. It had a tiny amount of fungus and the whole thing needed to be cleaned and lubed. Finished that today and now I have an amazing fast...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-22-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 877
Posted By Phil_F_NM
No more than two of the exact same composition,...

No more than two of the exact same composition, with a different shutter speed or f/stop. Once I start looking at a wall of identical images, my brain goes foggy and I lose interest, instantly. I...
Forum: Film vs Digital 09-21-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 807
Posted By Phil_F_NM
10 characters.

10 characters.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-18-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,372
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It stays up till just after New Year. If you go...

It stays up till just after New Year. If you go there you can get stuck in a crowd, lift your feet up and be carried for an hour without touching the ground.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-17-2019
Replies: 107
Views: 5,169
Posted By Phil_F_NM
A decade huh? That's a long time. �� Phil Forrest

A decade huh? That's a long time. ��

Phil Forrest
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-17-2019
Replies: 107
Views: 5,169
Posted By Phil_F_NM
My HC110 bottles always collapse. Phil Forrest

My HC110 bottles always collapse.

Phil Forrest
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-15-2019
Replies: 60
Views: 2,434
Posted By Phil_F_NM
TMZ was not competing with another product that...

TMZ was not competing with another product that Kodak already produces, same with Ektachrome.

The problem with this point of view is that it doesn't take into account all the financial woes, burdens...
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 09-15-2019
Replies: 168
Views: 41,129
Posted By Phil_F_NM
In the show "The Wire", the detectives are always...

In the show "The Wire", the detectives are always using a Nikon F2S during the first two seasons. Later seasons it looks like they switched to a digital.
Don't forget the 1950s show "Man With a...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 09-15-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 2,184
Posted By Phil_F_NM
There are so many working Instax cameras...

There are so many working Instax cameras available at thrift stores, can't someone just take one, rip the lens out and put a decent lens that has a focusing helicoid into the camera?
Phil Forrest
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-15-2019
Replies: 60
Views: 2,434
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The only reason that stock is offered at that low...

The only reason that stock is offered at that low price is that 5222/7222 and 7666 are used by university film programs so they intentionally keep the cost low for students. The price I mentioned was...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-14-2019
Replies: 60
Views: 2,434
Posted By Phil_F_NM
That's why I buy 800 feet of EK5222 at a time. It...

That's why I buy 800 feet of EK5222 at a time. It comes out to under $3 USD per roll of 36 exposures. It's the only way I shoot anymore. Once in a while I'll get a roll of Tri-X but these days that's...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-14-2019
Replies: 60
Views: 2,434
Posted By Phil_F_NM
No. The railroad moves things like food, cars,...

No. The railroad moves things like food, cars, materials for what little industry we have left. Photography is not as necessary as a major part of infrastructure. It's way up at the very top of...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-12-2019
Replies: 60
Views: 2,434
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Tmax was available for 27 years alongside Plus-X....

Tmax was available for 27 years alongside Plus-X. I wouldn't say Kodak touted Tmax as the replacement. More like "this is our slow film we offer, you can have any Kodak slow film you want as long as...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-11-2019
Replies: 60
Views: 2,434
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Get a motion picture camera. I think I have 7 or...

Get a motion picture camera. I think I have 7 or 8 16mm motion picture cameras and I barely paid anything for any of them. At the lower speeds, you can shoot single frame and get ~4000 images per...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-08-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 1,943
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Shoot on Kodak Double X, EK5222. This film hasn't...

Shoot on Kodak Double X, EK5222. This film hasn't changed at all in over 50 years. If you can find a slow black and white motion picture reversal stock like Tri-X (which is ISO 200, not 400) shoot it...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-06-2019
Replies: 590
Views: 68,184
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Recently, an Angenieux 17-68mm f/2.2 reflex lens...

Recently, an Angenieux 17-68mm f/2.2 reflex lens in near mint condition hanging off the end of a Bell and Howell 240, for $17. Right after that, a Bell and Howell 70E with a 1" f/1.9 Super Comat and...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-02-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,510
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It's not like this in Jersey City, NJ. Phil...

It's not like this in Jersey City, NJ.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-31-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 498
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Hair dryer isn't enough heat. Use a soldering...

Hair dryer isn't enough heat. Use a soldering iron at the very least. Or a tea candle or good Zippo lighter or even a gas stove. Before you heat it, put a long steel or brass 1/4 x 20 bolt in the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-31-2019
Replies: 107
Views: 5,169
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Thanks for this post, again Ted. HC-110 is the...

Thanks for this post, again Ted. HC-110 is the only developer I prefer to use for my own work, in all formats. Now that I'm doing home processing of 16mm motion picture film at 100ft at a time, I'm...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-30-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,199
Posted By Phil_F_NM
As long as someone wants to fix a mechanical...

As long as someone wants to fix a mechanical camera, there will be a way that camera will get fixed. These things were not gifted to us by German speaking aliens with technology known only to them....
Forum: Optics Theory - 08-29-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 651
Posted By Phil_F_NM
If you're just wanting to transplant the rear...

If you're just wanting to transplant the rear optical block from the Contact to the LTM lens, it's absolutely possible. You'll want to ensure that the J12 lenses are both from relatively similar...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-28-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,576
Posted By Phil_F_NM
NevrDull is for polishing metal, not glass. It is...

NevrDull is for polishing metal, not glass. It is extraordinarily flammable since the petroleum distillate that keeps the chemical polishing compound in suspension is basically kerosene. It will...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-28-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 450
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The Pathe Super 16 made such a stable image. Phil...

The Pathe Super 16 made such a stable image.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-28-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,576
Posted By Phil_F_NM
My 50 1.4 as well as 1.2 both had haze that was...

My 50 1.4 as well as 1.2 both had haze that was easily cleaned.
The one in the original post here really improved a lot.
Once I discovered cerium oxide, a whole new world of old glass was opened to...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-27-2019
Replies: 106
Views: 4,666
Posted By Phil_F_NM
There are no more affordable cine lenses. They...

There are no more affordable cine lenses. They have almost all been bought up and modified. There is a seller on eBay who has a $50 optical block sitting in a $400-500 calibrated RF coupled helicoid...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 08-27-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 2,006
Posted By Phil_F_NM
4x5 is an amazing format that can teach you...

4x5 is an amazing format that can teach you things you can't learn using smaller formats. The thing about movements only being useful if they are extreme is nonsense. You're asking this opinion...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-26-2019
Replies: 106
Views: 4,666
Posted By Phil_F_NM
These old motion picture lenses draw beautifully....

These old motion picture lenses draw beautifully. Are the modifications to make them compatible with Leica M permanent? I ask because there are a few folks out there that have bought up a great...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-23-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 4,277
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Probably about 3000 feet. Phil Forrest

Probably about 3000 feet.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 08-18-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 806
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I was just in NYC yesterday and actually only...

I was just in NYC yesterday and actually only left 2 hours ago. I had a bag of camera gear and a few tools. I could have at least told you if your issue was with your RF or your lens.
Oh well. Ships...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-16-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 3,296
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Looks like I can't make a sarcastic criticism...

Looks like I can't make a sarcastic criticism without having my post deleted. I don't use bad language and I'm not overtly ranting. My last post which was deleted was about 120 film and that I knew...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-15-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 3,296
Posted By Phil_F_NM
What is 120mm? Phil Forrest

What is 120mm?
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-13-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 3,296
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I won't be buying stock but I will be buying a...

I won't be buying stock but I will be buying a few thousand feet of Kodak film this year.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-08-2019
Replies: 54
Views: 1,371
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Hewes are certainly the best but I wouldn't scoff...

Hewes are certainly the best but I wouldn't scoff at a Nikor reel. I learned to develop with stainless Nikor reels and have always chosen them personally. Sometimes I was forced to use Paterson reels...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 08-07-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 757
Posted By Phil_F_NM
You could get the 3.5cm f/2.5 Nikkor in LTM for...

You could get the 3.5cm f/2.5 Nikkor in LTM for not much. You'd have a great lens, and not have to butcher another optic. That particular Nikkor is the one that pulled me away from Leica in...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-06-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 642
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Are you close to Philly? I repair lenses and...

Are you close to Philly? I repair lenses and cameras and Mercedes diesels for fun and the meditation of it.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-06-2019
Replies: 9,202
Views: 913,643
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Another 1000 feet of 16mm Plus-X. Phil Forrest

Another 1000 feet of 16mm Plus-X.

Phil Forrest
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-03-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 695
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The silver stays on the film in K14 whereas in E6...

The silver stays on the film in K14 whereas in E6 only the dyes remain.
Kodachrome is dead. Just deal with that.

If you want to do it at home, there are two ways:
Both start with removal of remjet...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-01-2019
Replies: 9,202
Views: 913,643
Posted By Phil_F_NM
1000 feet of expired 16mm Plus-X and a Morse G3...

1000 feet of expired 16mm Plus-X and a Morse G3 rewind development tank.

Phil Forrest
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-01-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,873
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I hate editing stills, so I take as few photos as...

I hate editing stills, so I take as few photos as possible. If I want to shoot faster than I can with my thumb winding, then I'm shooting a motion picture camera.
Phil Forrest
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-31-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 376
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The SB-27 is funky but lightweight and has a...

The SB-27 is funky but lightweight and has a decent guide number. Perfect for the program of the F4 and it's contemporaries.
Phil Forrest
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-30-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 716
Posted By Phil_F_NM
That is the beauty of pre-flash exposure and auto...

That is the beauty of pre-flash exposure and auto white balance plus the lights illuminating the background being older flourescent tubes. The flash has a fixed color balance so it is "thinking" only...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 07-30-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,194
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Tell him to invest in 60 or so disposable...

Tell him to invest in 60 or so disposable camerasfor that same $300. At least you'll get results from the new disposable. I love point and shoots but I would never spend more than $20 on a point ad...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-29-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 716
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The 20-35 f/2.8 D and the 180 f/2.8 ED. When I...

The 20-35 f/2.8 D and the 180 f/2.8 ED. When I was working on the aircraft carrier, the 16mm f/2.8 was great in small compartments.

Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-28-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 6,224
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Probably some more 16mm gear. And a lot of...

Probably some more 16mm gear.
And a lot of film.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-24-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 1,816
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Back when I deployed to Iraq in 2004 I shot with...

Back when I deployed to Iraq in 2004 I shot with two Leicas only so I didn't have to change lenses often or ever. I used two bodies, an M2 and an M4, as well as three lenses, a 28mm Kobalux, 50 DR...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 07-21-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1,111
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I don't think anything is worth the hype but this...

I don't think anything is worth the hype but this camera is certainly worth the $8 I paid.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 07-21-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1,111
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The shutter button and control buttons will get...

The shutter button and control buttons will get harder and harder to push as the flexible board under the buttons will cause cracks in the gold circuitry. I've had three of these and have made two of...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-17-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 1,862
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Devin, send me a PM. I have too many cameras and...

Devin, send me a PM. I have too many cameras and a few might be options for you.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-16-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 3,581
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I want a rangefinder coupled adapter for the 8...

I want a rangefinder coupled adapter for the 8 element Super Takumar 50mm f/1.4. or any of the radioactive fast Takumars for that matter.
That said, completely copying this optic is a cool idea.
Phil...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-16-2019
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,525
Posted By Phil_F_NM
If you notice any roughness in the winder. If...

If you notice any roughness in the winder. If your film shows uneven exposure across the frame. If it sounds like it is clearing it's throat. If the shutter speeds don't change to the point that you...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-16-2019
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,525
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I kept my M4 only for sentimental reasons but...

I kept my M4 only for sentimental reasons but I've owned and used M2, M4, M4P and a couple of the digital versions. Youxin did a complete overhaul and custom fit job on my M4P and it was one of the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-16-2019
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,525
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The black chrome M4p makes you completely...

The black chrome M4p makes you completely invisible if you put tape all over the camera, same with the M4-2. The black paint M4 will draw every camera nerd within a 10 mile radius, so it does the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-16-2019
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,525
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Both are extraordinary cameras. Get one, shoot...

Both are extraordinary cameras. Get one, shoot it, enjoy. Splitting hairs over things you have no experience with right now and asking the opinions of others on these things is just mental...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-13-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,410
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It's a "workaround" but the operative word is...

It's a "workaround" but the operative word is control. You can fudge the ISO setting but the camera still makes the exposure decision.
Talking Nikons stopping bullets, the day I met Ashley Gilbertson...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-13-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,410
Posted By Phil_F_NM
And because I use my fingers (digits) on my Leica...

And because I use my fingers (digits) on my Leica M4, it is a digital camera.🙄
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-12-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 281
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Looks like a B4 mount. It's a TV mount, mostly...

Looks like a B4 mount. It's a TV mount, mostly for location ENG and it won't cover even 16mm 3:4 so on a mirrorless it will vignette mechanically.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-11-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,410
Posted By Phil_F_NM
A Nikon SP with a built-in matrix meter and...

A Nikon SP with a built-in matrix meter and aperture priority ability.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-10-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,410
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I know what I would like. I want a reflex body...

I know what I would like. I want a reflex body that has multi-format/multi-registration capability.
That is, I want to use every 35mm lens ever made on it (using adapters) then I want the ability to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-10-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,410
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It should have all the functionality of the Nikon...

It should have all the functionality of the Nikon FM3a and the reliability of the F2. Actually, the F2 is perfect, so if it were released with an eye level finder that had a meter readout, I would...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-07-2019
Replies: 292
Views: 16,024
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I don't know what I put when I first replied to...

I don't know what I put when I first replied to this thread but currently it is my"new" to me Konica Autoreflex T4. Maybe it's just the honeymoon period though. In 16mm, I absolutely love my Bell and...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-27-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,718
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Take a meter reading off a medium gray zone: open...

Take a meter reading off a medium gray zone: open sky opposite the sun, a big patch of green grass, a gray card, then transfer the reading to manual shutter speeds. Or use your left hand to shield...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-27-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 651
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Back in 2004, a friend of mine dropped my DR...

Back in 2004, a friend of mine dropped my DR Summicron from about 5ft onto the marble of one of Saddam Hussein's tertiary military offices. The lens wouldn't mount on a camera at all so I went out...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-27-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,718
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Just carry an extra battery. Also, get the BEST...

Just carry an extra battery.
Also, get the BEST ND filters you can buy. I always used Heliopan or B+W because that exquisite glass deserves a good filter.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 06-23-2019
Replies: 74
Views: 2,580
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Perhaps try downloading a bootable Linux ISO onto...

Perhaps try downloading a bootable Linux ISO onto a CD or DVD then using that as the OS to look for your files. I recovered almost a terabyte of images from an external mechanical drive without a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-22-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,755
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Get a large format camera. If you want to stay...

Get a large format camera. If you want to stay busy looking for bits, get a Rittreck 5x7 then begin the hunt for the 4x5 back (more common than the 5x7 back), and then the 8x10 and plate backs. Or...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-17-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,718
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It was the nicest camera system I've ever owned....

It was the nicest camera system I've ever owned. I sold mine not because of not liking it or it being any less than perfect, but I wanted to put the money towards other things (tuition and car...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-17-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 843
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The switch to take a reading on the MR-4 is on...

The switch to take a reading on the MR-4 is on top of the meter to allow rewinding with the M4 rewind mechanism.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-14-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,273
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Yeah I wouldn't carry my Leica on my bike unless...

Yeah I wouldn't carry my Leica on my bike unless I was doing a long tour out on lonely country roads. In the city, get a point and shoot with a zoom lens and have fun. You won't cry nearly as much...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-13-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,204
Posted By Phil_F_NM
So that makes Vaseline or nose grease the "new"...

So that makes Vaseline or nose grease the "new" unsharp mask? 😉
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-13-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 3,173
Posted By Phil_F_NM
So is it pronounced "lay-kah" in Hawaii? Phil...

So is it pronounced "lay-kah" in Hawaii?
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-11-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 3,173
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I fold. Phil Forrest

I fold.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-11-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 3,173
Posted By Phil_F_NM
"Togs" now there is something far worse than...

"Togs" now there is something far worse than tape.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-11-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 3,173
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I can guarantee that tape doesn't make a camera...

I can guarantee that tape doesn't make a camera less conspicuous. It's not like covering your head with your towell in fear from the bug blatterbeast of Trall, in that if you don't see it, it won't...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-09-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 511
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I wish I could meet you to get the FT1. I have...

I wish I could meet you to get the FT1. I have three bodies, all not working due to ribbon connection corrosion. Even after cleaning, I still get the same malfunction. At this point, one body has...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-03-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,564
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I think for the cost of this new Leica combo one...

I think for the cost of this new Leica combo one could HIRE one of your living photography heroes to take you out for a few days of private toutelage to make you a better photographer with your:...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-03-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,564
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I just realized that I don't want to cover my...

I just realized that I don't want to cover my cameras I'm fixing in Aki Asahi, I want to make a one-off Warhol edition with labels from Campbell's soup cans.
I'll do that either to a Konica T3 or...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-03-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 769
Posted By Phil_F_NM
My $12 Helios 103 was 97% the lens that a brand...

My $12 Helios 103 was 97% the lens that a brand new 50 Summicron (last version pre-aspheric) was wide open and the results were indistinguishable from f/4 on.
Phil Forrest

Sent from my moto g(7)...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-31-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 2,686
Posted By Phil_F_NM
http://gallery.leica-users.org/d/439465-2/DSC1865....

http://gallery.leica-users.org/d/439465-2/DSC1865.jpg

I am 99% sure I shot this with the aforementioned lens. It was a really bright day and I stopped the lens down all the way I think, which caused...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-31-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 2,686
Posted By Phil_F_NM
This is an interesting idea. Maybe a free Nikon...

This is an interesting idea.
Maybe a free Nikon FM with an 85mm f/1.4 AIS. I don't own either of those anymore but that was probably the greatest disparity. Nowadays it could be a free Nikon FA with...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-30-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 530
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Sure, that'll work but you'll be carrying the...

Sure, that'll work but you'll be carrying the weight of another flash under the camera. One thing you might try is to fashion a little elastic band which would be like the rung of a ladder between...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 05-27-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 538
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I'll measure the eyepiece from my Konica T3. Give...

I'll measure the eyepiece from my Konica T3. Give me a while to get on that. Holiday and all today. It is smaller than Nikon so it might fit. Any of the big T series Autoreflex cameras have the...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-19-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 1,091
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I just don't understand the reason to buy what is...

I just don't understand the reason to buy what is basically a catalog with one person's opinion. I suppose they appeal to collectors.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-16-2019
Replies: 123
Views: 3,412
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It means there are far more charity shops than...

It means there are far more charity shops than just Goodwill that have Instax cameras in their bins. It also means that the somewhat unreliable cameras may break and the user may never come back to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-15-2019
Replies: 123
Views: 3,412
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Instax is a red herring. There are no less than a...

Instax is a red herring. There are no less than a dozen Fujifilm Instax cameras on Shopgoodwill.com at any one time. These are those that actually make it to the auction side of the charity. There...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-15-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 2,125
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Canon 35mm f/1.5. The rare LTM 3.5cm f/1.8 Nikkor...

Canon 35mm f/1.5. The rare LTM 3.5cm f/1.8 Nikkor tops this list IMO.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Travel 05-09-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 928
Posted By Phil_F_NM
What nightfly said is all good. That's why I said...

What nightfly said is all good. That's why I said get on the subway and get out of Times Square.
I'm not a fan of B&H unless I need film and happen to be close.
Right now at the Howard Greenberg...
Forum: Travel 05-08-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 928
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Buy a metrocard and put $30+ on it. Go into the...

Buy a metrocard and put $30+ on it. Go into the station at 42nd 1st and pick any train, going anywhere. See a couple of the other boroughs, ride the Staten island ferry (for free) and get a good look...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-07-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,569
Posted By Phil_F_NM
If you limit yourself to only one lens, you'll...

If you limit yourself to only one lens, you'll take more photos and swap lenses less, also. :cool:
I grew up in the southwest and trying to get it all in, in one photo just doesn't work. The sky is...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-07-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,569
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The micro nikkor and the 80-200. 50mm used to be...

The micro nikkor and the 80-200.
50mm used to be the gold standard for field of view and general purpose lenses. That micro nikkor is also awesome at infinity. And there is a LOT to take very close...
Forum: Digital Compacts 05-05-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 493
Posted By Phil_F_NM
You should have a neutral density filter setting...

You should have a neutral density filter setting available between f/7.1 and f/11. If we're talking about the original GR digital from mid 2000s.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-29-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,010
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Tell us what you were drinking! Phil Forrest

Tell us what you were drinking!

Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-29-2019
Replies: 77
Views: 2,438
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I don't care if I had "eff you money", I would...

I don't care if I had "eff you money", I would never buy a limited edition digital Leica. I wouldn't buy any digital Leica, for that matter.

Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-29-2019
Replies: 9,202
Views: 913,643
Posted By Phil_F_NM
A beautiful, but slightly funky smelling black...

A beautiful, but slightly funky smelling black paint Konica Autoreflex T3. Needs a CLA and the meter fixed but this one may have to go to Greg Weber. This is my third T3 and the one in the worst...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-27-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 2,063
Posted By Phil_F_NM
My brainwashing only cost me 8 years in the Navy,...

My brainwashing only cost me 8 years in the Navy, loss of my hearing, early degenerative discs, spinal stenosis, neuropathy, IBS, a yet undiagnosed persistent cough, destroyed knees, multiple...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-26-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 566
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The RX was a low enough production camera that...

The RX was a low enough production camera that it's going to be hard to find one. I'd say look for a broken camera and scavenge.
Phil Forrest
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