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Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 3 Days Ago
Replies: 9
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Posted By john_s
The dark spots equate to less density in the...

The dark spots equate to less density in the negative. The light spots the opposite. My guess is in the processing, unless storage was inadequate.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 734
Posted By john_s
Would you consider revealing to us the name of...

Would you consider revealing to us the name of the repairer, either now or whenever there is some resolution? Some good repair people for SL66 have passed away in the last few years making it...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 734
Posted By john_s
My guess is that he is incapable of fixing it and...

My guess is that he is incapable of fixing it and this is how he's wriggling out of the situation. I would consider exerting pressure on him by suggesting that you would reveal his identity. These...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 110
Views: 3,674
Posted By john_s
I obsessively check the prices of my most...

I obsessively check the prices of my most favorite camera system, Rolleiflex SL66 (SLR). I don't really need to complete my lens collection, but I can't help looking. I'm pleased to say I haven't...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 336
Posted By john_s
My approach. I found that having an uncoupled...

My approach. I found that having an uncoupled meter attached to a camera less convenient than I anticipated (it was a heavy Rolleiflex SLR) i decided to attach it to a cord which I wear around my...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 110
Views: 3,674
Posted By john_s
I prefer non electronic cameras. I could live...

I prefer non electronic cameras. I could live with a meter failing, but there's so much equipment out there that is becoming very problematic to repair. I know because I have them. I got rid of my...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-18-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 974
Posted By john_s
Very true. The Agfa APX400 needed to be very...

Very true. The Agfa APX400 needed to be very generously exposed and then it was lovely for portraits, but it was definitely an older style of film compared to the big manufacturers.


Why is Tri-X...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-11-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 7,569
Posted By john_s
Nothing that some carefully applied duct tape...

Nothing that some carefully applied duct tape can't fix. Even some later Nikon SLRs have this problem which I think is bizarrely extraordinary for such a smart company which make products of such...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-11-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 7,569
Posted By john_s
This camera is by far the most comfortable to...

This camera is by far the most comfortable to hold of any SLR I've tried. I have small hands. The contours of the right side of the body just fit perfectly. And mine was full price, new also. (F90x...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-02-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 480
Posted By john_s
Over at APUG there are threads about this,...

Over at APUG there are threads about this, including Kodak's statement about batch numbers affected etc.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-23-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 481
Posted By john_s
My guess is that the Australian rules require...

My guess is that the Australian rules require more information about the ingredients that are in small quantities. I have come to this conclusion after looking at quite a lot of them over the years....
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-22-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 481
Posted By john_s
MSDS docs list only what they have to list. In...

MSDS docs list only what they have to list. In the Australian MSDS for Bromophen, bromide and benzotriazole are both mentioned.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-21-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 481
Posted By john_s
I've had a similar experience with Ilford MG FBWT...

I've had a similar experience with Ilford MG FBWT developed in Ilford ID-78 (despite making this developer using potassium carbonate instead of sodium carbonate which is supposed to promote warm...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-01-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 546
Posted By john_s
I'm a big fan of weak fill flash in such...

I'm a big fan of weak fill flash in such situations, and outside too. Auto flash set for -1.5 stops is worth a try.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-28-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 2,827
Posted By john_s
Kodak also had a large shop in Collins Street,...

Kodak also had a large shop in Collins Street, Melbourne's premier shopping street (jewellers, gentlemen's outfitters, furriers, upmarket women's clothing etc). I went in there one day in the 1970s...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-26-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 404
Posted By john_s
Another worthwhile...

Another worthwhile read:



http://www.darkroomautomation.com/support/appnotevcworkings.pdf
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-26-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 404
Posted By john_s
About settings of yellow and magenta for VC...

About settings of yellow and magenta for VC printing, this article by Paul Butzi (whose web site is different now that he has moved to inkjet printing) suggests a method of calibration. It's worth a...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-18-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 525
Posted By john_s
It can take years unfortunately. I've seen large...

It can take years unfortunately. I've seen large mounted photos (e.g. at my daughter's school) with brown stains appearing in pale areas (possibly more unfixed silver there?)
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-13-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 525
Posted By john_s
Agfa used to make a paper developer called...

Agfa used to make a paper developer called Metinol which was recommended for this sort of work because it was slower working and gave more time to even out unevenness. I made a tray from a timber...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-04-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 2,093
Posted By john_s
I have found that most recipes could do with more...

I have found that most recipes could do with more onions than specified (e.g. minestrone, curries, stews...). Another trick is to cook most of the onions close to the required amount then add some...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-04-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 2,093
Posted By john_s
Expose more, develop less. In other words, the...

Expose more, develop less. In other words, the manufacturers' instructions don't give the best negatives.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-01-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,187
Posted By john_s
That's a lot to go wrong. I wonder if one fault...

That's a lot to go wrong. I wonder if one fault caused the other. I'm not used to Nikons going wrong.... I'm very fond of my D700, especially with older lenses. The modest pixel count helps. I even...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-10-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,071
Posted By john_s
"... Focal plane curved away from the camera...

"... Focal plane curved away from the camera makes it worse..."

I'm trying to get my head around this. We don't see much data about field curvature. If I remember correctly, when I have seen it,...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-07-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,157
Posted By john_s
Another vote for Arca-type quick release plates...

Another vote for Arca-type quick release plates (e.g. Really Right Stuff, Kirk...), and the L-plate if you want a stable setup for vertical shots. I don't use a Pentax 67. My biggest camera for this...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 10-27-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 1,039
Posted By john_s
I'm not alone in having a 35S with bung meter....

I'm not alone in having a 35S with bung meter. It's one of three Rollei devices I have with bung electronics that can't be repaired ("no parts"). I think the manufacturers in that era who were...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-23-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 2,088
Posted By john_s
The way I read this is that the sensor is...

The way I read this is that the sensor is different suggesting that the shallow angle of light coming in at the edge of the frames is less of a problem and this does suggest that it could be better...
Forum: Travel 08-10-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 593
Posted By john_s
I suggest checking prices in your own country and...

I suggest checking prices in your own country and then the Melbourne prices.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-23-2018
Replies: 70
Views: 2,698
Posted By john_s
....Kurosawa!

....Kurosawa!
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-22-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 379
Posted By john_s
I don't know how that would cause a problem with...

I don't know how that would cause a problem with one lens but not others. I do have a Mamiya 6 with the magnet problem but its behaviour is the same with all lenses.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-28-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 687
Posted By john_s
I don't know the Hasselblad prism finder, but I...

I don't know the Hasselblad prism finder, but I had a similar problem with my Rolleiflex SL66 prism finder. I'm short sighted so I normally use around -1.5 for other cameras. The eyepiece lens on my...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-27-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 687
Posted By john_s
Maybe try a telescope bits and pieces place like...

Maybe try a telescope bits and pieces place like Surplus Shed. You might be lucky to find something off the shelf there.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-19-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 548
Posted By john_s
I found that the SF24 was much more flexible than...

I found that the SF24 was much more flexible than the SF20 for my preferred use with my M6TTL. I like to use fill flash at a very low level. I haven't done it for years and my memory is a bit hazy,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-30-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 859
Posted By john_s
From what I've read, the basic problem is that in...

From what I've read, the basic problem is that in the case of very wide angle lenses for rangefinders, the light from the rear of the lens strikes the sensors at a shallow angle near the frame edges...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-27-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,004
Posted By john_s
The Australian MSDS docs usually showed more...

The Australian MSDS docs usually showed more ingredients than the USA ones or even the EU ones. For what it's worth, KBr is shown. Of course the percentages are not much of a guide for recipe...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-19-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,004
Posted By john_s
Would you be able to use one of the Pyrocat...

Would you be able to use one of the Pyrocat versions? They keep well, and produce results somewhat like Rodinal. They do have the disadvantage of being two part developers. You would have to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-08-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 612
Posted By john_s
If you do a search, you'll find probably a...

If you do a search, you'll find probably a million opinions, for and against just about any dilution/quantity amounts. Just about anything will work. Will it be optimum? Most of us will never...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-03-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 3,217
Posted By john_s
Sure it's functionally the same, but I don't like...

Sure it's functionally the same, but I don't like having faulty equipment. The problem is in my head, I admit.

I tried to sell a Rollei 35S with faulty meter (the pocket camera) to a dealer who said...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-01-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 880
Posted By john_s
Exactly my experience also. I have previously...

Exactly my experience also. I have previously mixed various Pyrocats in water and in glycol very successfully. The elegance of the 510-Pyro formula appealed to me, but it produced extremely low...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-28-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 940
Posted By john_s
Very interested in having work done on an SL66....

Very interested in having work done on an SL66. Let us know if you go ahead.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-26-2018
Replies: 45
Views: 2,174
Posted By john_s
I wonder if the scanning of parcels in the post...

I wonder if the scanning of parcels in the post is similar to that given to carry-on luggage on the one hand, or check-in luggage on the other. There are reported to be big differences between the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-25-2018
Replies: 45
Views: 2,174
Posted By john_s
If you're interested in a comparison of Delta...

If you're interested in a comparison of Delta 3200 and TMax 3200 have a look at

http://www.butzi.net:80/articles/theater.htm

You'll have to use the wayback machine as Paul Butzi's web site seems to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-25-2018
Replies: 45
Views: 2,174
Posted By john_s
As much as I like to support the local outlets,...

As much as I like to support the local outlets, the prices of film here at the end of the Earth are ludicrous.

Keith, I'm still going through the HP5+ you got for me in a bulk purchase. I wonder if...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-24-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,863
Posted By john_s
Thank you Dante for some very interesting...

Thank you Dante for some very interesting reading. I also like the "old stuff." I think the web site of Erwin Puts is not as interesting as it used to be because he has removed "obsolete" items. But...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-24-2018
Replies: 56
Views: 2,492
Posted By john_s
I have had only good experiences with Japanese...

I have had only good experiences with Japanese sellers on ebay, but my purchases are maybe not as venerable as those of the OP, being Mamiya 6 (not old folder model) and lenses, manual Nikon lenses,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-22-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 336
Posted By john_s
I have had no problems mixing PMK in water and...

I have had no problems mixing PMK in water and Pyrocat variants in water and in propylene glycol, but I didn't have much luck with Pyro-510. It was brown but hard to describe how "dark." I would...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-16-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 871
Posted By john_s
The standard eyepiece is a fairly positive lens,...

The standard eyepiece is a fairly positive lens, so that the normal eye can see clearly the ground glass just around 50mm below. I don't remember the value but it's something like +10diopters (very...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-10-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 448
Posted By john_s
And also: I have a theory, backed up by some...

And also: I have a theory, backed up by some observations over decades of film development in inversion tanks, that agitation during fixing tends to prevent any tiny bits of dust that might have...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-29-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,185
Posted By john_s
Erik, do you get any cloth fibres on the print...

Erik, do you get any cloth fibres on the print surface? I have a different brand (made in England maybe 40 years ago) and I find that very fine fibres get stuck in the emulsion. Perhaps using a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-14-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 969
Posted By john_s
I have always thought this. I leave a gap and...

I have always thought this. I leave a gap and agitate gently, rolling the tank over (top to bottom then continuing to turn so the top is again on top), turning it a bit, and rolling it over again (to...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-18-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 927
Posted By john_s
Also, the circle of confusion is an approximation...

Also, the circle of confusion is an approximation to the reality, where the point of focus is assumed to be a point but it isn't exactly a point. It is a complex three dimensional curve. Look up...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-18-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 927
Posted By john_s
If the picture isn't going to work because there...

If the picture isn't going to work because there isn't enough DoF then I reconsider the composition. I might decide to change the viewpoint to rely less on the background that's too far out of focus,...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-17-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 927
Posted By john_s
You can compare the markings on the lens with DoF...

You can compare the markings on the lens with DoF tables to work out approximately the circle of confusion (degree of unsharpness) used in the calculation. They are generally misleading because of...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-26-2017
Replies: 86
Views: 5,501
Posted By john_s
I didn't discontinue Fujifilm, they discontinued...

I didn't discontinue Fujifilm, they discontinued me when they discontinued rollfilm Neopan 400.
I understand that a chemical used in the film had to be phased out, and there wasn't enough market to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-20-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 856
Posted By john_s
Apart from testing the true EI for your film and...

Apart from testing the true EI for your film and developer if you want to (I do), it's all about metering. Many decades ago, Minolta had a feature in some SLRs called CLC (Contrast Light Control)...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-20-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 955
Posted By john_s
There isn't a diopter that needs to be removed. ...

There isn't a diopter that needs to be removed. The adjusting diopters have a thin black plastic frame that snaps into grooves that are already there in the viewfinder.

Your eyeglass prescription...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-17-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 897
Posted By john_s
I can't answer most of your questions but I can...

I can't answer most of your questions but I can say that the 50/f1 Noctilux has huge focus shift. At f/1 on my M6 at medium distances it was spot on, actually amazing to me. At f/2 it showed really...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-10-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 848
Posted By john_s
Thanks. The Mamiya frame is very minimal because...

Thanks. The Mamiya frame is very minimal because it fits inside the rectangular viewfinder and it's thin to avoid cutting off the effective size of the viewfinder any more than absolutely necessary. ...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-01-2017
Replies: 48
Views: 3,757
Posted By john_s
In the 1970s I used a couple of rolls of Adox...

In the 1970s I used a couple of rolls of Adox KB14 (box speed 20 ASA=ISO). Pics I took of friends at the top of a mountain in bright sunshine sure were contrasty! These days I would expose more and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-29-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 848
Posted By john_s
Yes, I had already thought of that. To make...

Yes, I had already thought of that. To make matters worse, the larger a lens the thicker it has to be to have the right curvature, and the glasses are a lot bigger than the little Mamiya eyepiece. I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-25-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 848
Posted By john_s
Good job. I have very little astigmatism but...

Good job.

I have very little astigmatism but enough shortsightedness combined with very little accommodation (eyesight focus range) that fairly precise diopter correction is needed. I have minimal...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-24-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,220
Posted By john_s
I know that sound well. It sounds like a shutter...

I know that sound well. It sounds like a shutter but it's not. It is some kind of switch/circuit, maybe with a magnet, which is part of the interlock system that prevents winding on the film if an...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-23-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,220
Posted By john_s
It should dry-fire with the back open. Seeing if...

It should dry-fire with the back open. Seeing if the shutter appears to operate at various speeds would be a start. I assume that in the colour neg scan above that you took 10 frames. I agree with...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-20-2017
Replies: 100
Views: 7,696
Posted By john_s
Some great work...

Some great work here:

http://westfordcomp.com/updated/found.htm
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-06-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 1,131
Posted By john_s
Maybe it is just a soldering job. Maybe it's not....

Maybe it is just a soldering job. Maybe it's not. If it were mine I think I'd live with it as is. Getting to the electronics in cameras often isn't easy. I would try to ascertain exposure using...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-23-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 904
Posted By john_s
I remember Adox KB14 (20ASA) well. Exposed and...

I remember Adox KB14 (20ASA) well. Exposed and developed according to the instructions gave A LOT of contrast. After taking portraits of friends on a mountain top in bright sunshine I gave up on...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 08-19-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 2,192
Posted By john_s
I got this link at...

I got this link at APUG:

http://www.johnsexton.com/newsletter05-2016.html#anchor04
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-12-2017
Replies: 49
Views: 2,388
Posted By john_s
I have an M6 0.85 and it does flare when there is...

I have an M6 0.85 and it does flare when there is a light source in the image space. Like Ronald, I deal with focus first then I don't worry about some flare when I'm framing. Absence of flare would...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-08-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,275
Posted By john_s
Is the dotted line below a solid line? If so, it...

Is the dotted line below a solid line? If so, it is to help framing for close photos. Typically the dotted line is the top of the frame for a 1m distance if I remember correctly.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-07-2017
Replies: 112
Views: 6,353
Posted By john_s
I know there's lots of info out there, but wanted...

I know there's lots of info out there, but wanted to mention that in one of the Ansel Adams books there is a recommendation for pyrocatechol development to control extreme contrast that you might get...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 07-30-2017
Replies: 61
Views: 4,346
Posted By john_s
I haven't voted because although I have the...

I haven't voted because although I have the Sekonic I haven't used the Gossen. I'm happy with the Sekonic but the Gossen looks a touch more pocketable and I agree that the 25deg angle (reflected...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 07-19-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 822
Posted By john_s
A common problem. The ribbon cable linking the...

A common problem. The ribbon cable linking the display with the motherboard (if that's what you would call it) loses connection: some conductors work and some don't so you get variable bits in the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-12-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 1,139
Posted By john_s
The Nokton is much heavier than a 1.4 or 1.5...

The Nokton is much heavier than a 1.4 or 1.5 lens, and it's true that it's f1.1 only in the centre (like every lens). For concerts though, I found that the extra 2/3 stop often enabled one shutter...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-14-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 965
Posted By john_s
The drugstore glasses are positive diopters, for...

The drugstore glasses are positive diopters, for close viewing. Is that what you want? I am shortsighted, so I need a negative diopter added to my cameras, so drugstore glasses are not useful.

SLRs...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-29-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 593
Posted By john_s
Just an aside: There was a post here a few years...

Just an aside:

There was a post here a few years ago suggesting the removal of the plug, not with a pointy tool but by suction using one of those wine bottle vacuum resealers. Causing no damage.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-26-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 3,999
Posted By john_s
According to an old web page by Ryuji Suzuki,...

According to an old web page by Ryuji Suzuki, based on some evidence (MSDS) he guessed the composition to be along these lines:

"Microfine is a ultrafine grained developer supplied in dry powder...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-18-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 834
Posted By john_s
Hybrid process: Leica monochrome digital to film negative to print

I found these prints interesting:

http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-39960121

I wondered how the process from digital file to film negative would have been done.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-15-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,172
Posted By john_s
There is a later model than SF20, the SF24, which...

There is a later model than SF20, the SF24, which offers more control if you want to do weak fill flash. I'll look up details if you're interested.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-15-2017
Replies: 45
Views: 3,718
Posted By john_s
I've done two rolls of 120 on one Jobo reel...

I've done two rolls of 120 on one Jobo reel (smaller series 1500) using the supplied red tab to prevent the two rolls gradually overlapping. Worked well. I assume that the 2500 series reels come...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-11-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 1,548
Posted By john_s
I found the rotating eyepiece to which I referred...

I found the rotating eyepiece to which I referred in a post above. This appears to be ideal for a user with strong cylindrical correction (astigmatism) and who uses a camera which is used...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-10-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 1,548
Posted By john_s
Make sure you have right of return. In my opinion...

Make sure you have right of return. In my opinion +2 isn't going to work well, but I hope that I'm wrong!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-08-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 1,548
Posted By john_s
Let us know how it goes, if you get the +2.

Let us know how it goes, if you get the +2.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-03-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 1,548
Posted By john_s
There is a very good explanation of this...

There is a very good explanation of this at:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyeglass_prescription

Your left eye requires half the correction of your right eye, so it's no surprise that you focus...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-02-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1,449
Posted By john_s
And if you find that your safelight isn't quite...

And if you find that your safelight isn't quite safe enough for paper, a sheet of Rubylith will fix it. It's available in graphic arts shops.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-02-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 1,548
Posted By john_s
Do you need spectacles? If so, it would be...

Do you need spectacles? If so, it would be interesting to know the prescription. If you do a search of rangefinderforum you'll find quite a few posts about choosing a diopter.

As I aged, I found...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-25-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 2,253
Posted By john_s
Hmmm.... Asking price isn't the same as selling...

Hmmm.... Asking price isn't the same as selling price which is its real value. BIN prices are all over the place and it takes time to find one that's not at an inflated price.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-10-2017
Replies: 34
Views: 3,576
Posted By john_s
To that I would add, in addition to "incompetence...

To that I would add, in addition to "incompetence or defective equipment" the design of meters. When the only camera I had was a Nikkormat (1970s) with centre-weighted metering, I set the box speed...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-08-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 543
Posted By john_s
Understandable given that on most cameras in my...

Understandable given that on most cameras in my experience the diopter replaces the standard eyepiece, not added to it (e.g. Nikon SLRs)
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-26-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 2,228
Posted By john_s
I'm a dyed in the wool cold light user, but if I...

I'm a dyed in the wool cold light user, but if I were starting out I would go with a colour head, for its ability to dial in variable contrast grades. I don't know much about which makes/models fit...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-24-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 2,228
Posted By john_s
I should add: if required, the sensor can be...

I should add: if required, the sensor can be retro fitted. Alternative components are available despite Zone_VI being long gone. Aristo made the Zone_VI tubes and maybe the early heads: they looked...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-24-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 2,228
Posted By john_s
Over at apug.org there are numerous posts that...

Over at apug.org there are numerous posts that you can search through, including some from me. Briefly, my guess is that your cold light head is an early one, before they were supplied with a socket...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-09-2017
Replies: 1
Views: 660
Posted By john_s
Just an armchair contemplation, not based on any...

Just an armchair contemplation, not based on any experience: The incandescent light has a continuous spectrum, obviously with some bias towards red. The LED spectrum might be somewhat discontinuous...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-04-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 869
Posted By john_s
By "hypo" do you mean Hypo Clearing Agent (HCA)...

By "hypo" do you mean Hypo Clearing Agent (HCA) like the Kodak product? Hypo is the old name for sodium thiosulphate (it used to be called sodium hyposulphite, hence the abbreviation). As it...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-04-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 2,677
Posted By john_s
I often use the green grass as a meter target. ...

I often use the green grass as a meter target. Often my subject is a young person with pale skin and that is not a good meter target without a compensation of +1.5.
I guess one problem is that late...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 02-12-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,967
Posted By john_s
Ken Rockwell has some comments about this...

Ken Rockwell has some comments about this at
http://www.kenrockwell.com/leica/cle.htm

In his opinion the ASPH is ok whilst the non_ASPH 35 Summicron is not.

I am not vouching for his accuracy, by...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-11-2017
Replies: 30
Views: 1,859
Posted By john_s
Interesting article, and it doesn't surprise me. ...

Interesting article, and it doesn't surprise me. I have a Nikon 75-300 consumer zoom bought new 25 years ago and I did get some nice snaps of the new babies and toddlers. But even then, judging...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-05-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,042
Posted By john_s
I have mixed Xtol as double strength. It takes...

I have mixed Xtol as double strength. It takes some dissolving. I have used water a tiny bit warmer than specified. Make sure Part_A dissolves completely before adding Part_B.
I have done this to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-08-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 1,487
Posted By john_s
Certainly format in camera. Never had a problem...

Certainly format in camera.

Never had a problem deleting shots in a number of various sorts of digital cameras, though.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-26-2016
Replies: 962
Views: 188,923
Posted By john_s
This reminds me. In our main suburban station...

This reminds me. In our main suburban station here in Melbourne, Flinders Street Station, in the subways there is the notice permanently vitrified in the wall tiles "Do Not Spit." However, in the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-23-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 1,417
Posted By john_s
A stop more exposure and 20% less development...

A stop more exposure and 20% less development time tames contrast very nicely for some subjects. I find it a useful control.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-22-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 3,511
Posted By john_s
I bought a Rolleiflex SL66 (so nothing like the...

I bought a Rolleiflex SL66 (so nothing like the OP's TLR) and it had had a body panel replaced for cosmetic reasons and consequently had no serial number. I have the purported serial number on some...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-31-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 856
Posted By john_s
From memory, the Nikon lens allows something like...

From memory, the Nikon lens allows something like 11mm rise/fall, so its image circle must be at least (36+11+11=58mm). It might well have a bit more even if the definition falls off a bit, so my...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-06-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 1,252
Posted By john_s
If your other lenses focus accurately on the...

If your other lenses focus accurately on the body, the lens is faulty and you must get a refund. Lots of lenses are bought, tested, then sold if they're not quite right. At least in this case, the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-09-2016
Replies: 153
Views: 10,042
Posted By john_s
You got three years? Lucky you!

You got three years? Lucky you!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-23-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,471
Posted By john_s
An old Agfa chart for Rodinal and Rodinal Special...

An old Agfa chart for Rodinal and Rodinal Special (nothing like Rodinal, it was a phenidone developer probably rather like DDX or Microphen) shows the same times for FP4 and FP4+ for Rodinal, but...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-20-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,672
Posted By john_s
Absolutely correct!

Absolutely correct!
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-20-2016
Replies: 23
Views: 2,625
Posted By john_s
I recently bought a Thorens turntable (to add to...

I recently bought a Thorens turntable (to add to my SOTA) because I could play my parents' 78s, some of which were bought second hand around the time of World War 2 because of the import restrictions...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-01-2016
Replies: 118
Views: 20,402
Posted By john_s
I've used Jobo inversion tanks for 50 years. The...

I've used Jobo inversion tanks for 50 years. The only criticism I could make is that the opening of the current series is smaller than some other makes (e.g.Paterson) and it's possible that it would...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-03-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 843
Posted By john_s
I bought one of these lenses new in Los Angeles...

I bought one of these lenses new in Los Angeles and when I got home to Australia I noticed that the aperture ring was misaligned, but in the opposite direction. The Australian agent fixed it for me....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-02-2016
Replies: 1
Views: 754
Posted By john_s
I suppose it's a limitation of the thyristor...

I suppose it's a limitation of the thyristor itself. Presumably the TTL electronics in the camera are more capable of the very fast reaction times needed for very high speed film. I don't use film...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 04-30-2016
Replies: 373
Views: 41,335
Posted By john_s
Would converting the scanned images to monochrome...

Would converting the scanned images to monochrome work as well?

Yes, I agree with the above poster. Michael, these are great photos. I have gone back to look at them several times.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-30-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 829
Posted By john_s
I'm a fan of the SL66 which is a mechanical...

I'm a fan of the SL66 which is a mechanical camera (and some later models had built-in meters but they're not so common and tend to be expensive). There were far fewer SLX cameras made and, as much...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 04-29-2016
Replies: 373
Views: 41,335
Posted By john_s
That last one looks like dual toning (partial...

That last one looks like dual toning (partial toning as one does with bleach and redevelop toning on a wet print). How that could result from scanning a negative is hard to figure.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-08-2016
Replies: 90
Views: 6,704
Posted By john_s
I'm completely happy with my D700 except for the...

I'm completely happy with my D700 except for the weight. As I advance in years/decades I will probably look at a lighter Nikon FF DSLR. I tend to not use zooms so the weight/unwieldiness is not...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 03-08-2016
Replies: 205
Views: 27,506
Posted By john_s
Three new lenses had to go back for faults....

Three new lenses had to go back for faults. Several second hand lenses have all been good. The only new body I bought had to go back twice to have its rangefinder finally put right, and the second...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-14-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 2,626
Posted By john_s
Another very happy user of the MS-Optical x1.15...

Another very happy user of the MS-Optical x1.15 magnifier. Its adjustable diopter is perfect for me as at my age it has to be spot on. (As one ages, the ability to focus at different distances...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-12-2016
Replies: 23
Views: 3,094
Posted By john_s
I have always been suspicious about the generous...

I have always been suspicious about the generous return policies of some USA shops. Here in Australia returning purchases is generally very restricted unless there is something clearly defective,...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 02-04-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1,856
Posted By john_s
Focus shift is a function of the lens design, so...

Focus shift is a function of the lens design, so all units of the same model should be the same in that regard. But a lens can focus badly for other reasons. Does it focus well at any reasonably...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-03-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 2,307
Posted By john_s
There are 50mm lenses very famous for having...

There are 50mm lenses very famous for having focus shift and the Nokton isn't one of them. Maybe it would be worth doing some tests, because if "Nothing is in focus" it's a different problem.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-15-2016
Replies: 53
Views: 5,161
Posted By john_s
Luckily at the moment most chemicals are...

Luckily at the moment most chemicals are available here with a bit of hunting in some cases. It's certainly worth stocking up while one can.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-12-2016
Replies: 53
Views: 5,161
Posted By john_s
That would be conventional economics, but the...

That would be conventional economics, but the market is small and the existing brands (whoever makes them) are well established. Distribution channels are becoming patchy (one supplier in my city of...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 12-25-2015
Replies: 60
Views: 6,068
Posted By john_s
That's what keeps people like me out of the...

That's what keeps people like me out of the market.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-16-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 1,317
Posted By john_s
Thank you from me too.

Thank you from me too.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-13-2015
Replies: 53
Views: 5,161
Posted By john_s
Here at the end of the Earth (Australia), some...

Here at the end of the Earth (Australia), some items have become unavailable (e.g. HC-110), so to become somewhat independent, I make up two film developers, Pyrocat-HD for nearly everything and...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 12-09-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 3,068
Posted By john_s
One option (tilt only) is the Rolleiflex SL66....

One option (tilt only) is the Rolleiflex SL66. Although the lens standard tilts, the effect optically is that it's rear tilt, otherwise the coverage of the standard lenses would be exceeded. I've...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 12-07-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 977
Posted By john_s
I think (not sure) that it causes the camera to...

I think (not sure) that it causes the camera to be wound on again and again without taking a shot, thus wasting film. I remember reading a post about this once. The person said he was disciplined...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-24-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,260
Posted By john_s
They don't smell strongly of SO2, a consideration...

They don't smell strongly of SO2, a consideration for open tray paper processing. I prefer fixers around neutral (like Flexicolor) because they smell only faintly of ammonia which the very alkaline...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-24-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 2,199
Posted By john_s
The GR1v has a 28mm lens which I find often too...

The GR1v has a 28mm lens which I find often too wide. Also, it is very susceptible to readout failure. Mine has, and although it's useable it's too difficult to select various modes because I can't...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-22-2015
Replies: 43
Views: 6,476
Posted By john_s
The film that came to mind is/was Agfapan400....

The film that came to mind is/was Agfapan400. Although it competed with a number of well known 400 speed films, it was a bit deficient in speed: my source here is Geoffrey Crawley in his roundup of...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-09-2015
Replies: 43
Views: 6,476
Posted By john_s
I could have expressed this in a better way. I do...

I could have expressed this in a better way. I do know that there is a standard for determining ISO. I think that lower gamma suits me better, and I'm perhaps in a minority but still a sizeable...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-09-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 765
Posted By john_s
I suppose you're lucky they're $20 not Leica...

I suppose you're lucky they're $20 not Leica prices. The Leica ones don't seem to come loose though. Maybe their threads are shaped differently.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-09-2015
Replies: 43
Views: 6,476
Posted By john_s
We reach our optimum exposure indices and...

We reach our optimum exposure indices and development regimes over the years. (At least, it took me years, in the days before the information and opinions now available on the internet, for good or...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-04-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 1,323
Posted By john_s
I think it's repairable, but I don't know how...

I think it's repairable, but I don't know how much it could cost. Also, I did read a post where someone had a technician to disable the interlock rather than source parts. Worked like a charm but...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-03-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 2,153
Posted By john_s
Maybe the r4m is inherently more reliable with...

Maybe the r4m is inherently more reliable with its mechanical shutter. I hope so as I have one.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-03-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 1,224
Posted By john_s
FWIW, I just had another look at mine. The...

FWIW, I just had another look at mine. The difference between 35-50 and 50-28 is very minimal, and equally smooth. Maybe I just got lucky, as I've read of other cases a bit like yours with...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-01-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 1,224
Posted By john_s
Mine's a bit firmer, but definitely not...

Mine's a bit firmer, but definitely not "grating." As previous poster says, there's a fair bit of mechanism in there.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-31-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 1,323
Posted By john_s
There is a link to a post of mine at photo.net...

There is a link to a post of mine at photo.net here:

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=99875

It seems to be part of the interlock system. I still haven't had mine repaired as...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-08-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 766
Posted By john_s
The last time a meter "crapped out" on me I was...

The last time a meter "crapped out" on me I was advised to carefully clean the battery contacts (no abrasives) and it worked like a charm.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-01-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,337
Posted By john_s
I've posted this link before. This site has some...

I've posted this link before. This site has some charming photos from found film:

http://westfordcomp.com/updated/found.htm
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-27-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 2,887
Posted By john_s
FWIW I did the minor modification to bring up the...

FWIW I did the minor modification to bring up the 35mm framelines to my 35/3.5. I used a Dremel tool and made absolutely certain that no particles could enter the optic area or any moving parts of...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-29-2015
Replies: 80
Views: 7,757
Posted By john_s
The new photography is like the new music.

The new photography is like the new music.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-29-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,405
Posted By john_s
Absolutely!

Absolutely!
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 08-28-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 2,078
Posted By john_s
I sent my GX to Braunschweig for a new meter and...

I sent my GX to Braunschweig for a new meter and was happy with the experience. Freight back to the end of the Earth (Oz) was a bit pricey though.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-15-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,748
Posted By john_s
Everything is a compromise. For me, I would avoid...

Everything is a compromise. For me, I would avoid an old body like M2 because I had an M3 which was a nightmare. Finally the dealer came good with a refund when it became clear that he couldn't find...
Forum: Yashica RF 08-15-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 8,498
Posted By john_s
My approach. I found that having an uncoupled...

My approach. I found that having an uncoupled meter attached to a camera less convenient than I anticipated (it was a heavy Rolleiflex SLR) i decided to attach it to a cord which I wear around my...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-11-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 3,535
Posted By john_s
A good guide to loading 4x5...

A good guide to loading 4x5 holders:

http://www.butzi.net/articles/articles.htm

and go to the article listed near the bottom of the screen.

For film developing, I use a Jobo 2500 series tank with...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-30-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 2,477
Posted By john_s
Thanks for the link. I notice that Roger's test...

Thanks for the link. I notice that Roger's test equipment adjusts for the best focus so in addition to not showing field curvature, it also doesn't show the effects of focus shift.

"... the bench...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 07-28-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 2,645
Posted By john_s
That seems right to me, as an extension of the...

That seems right to me, as an extension of the column. The four large circular openings would be to enable access to the bolt that goes into the base of the column. I would have found an easier way...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 07-27-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 2,645
Posted By john_s
Are the circular holes the right size to...

Are the circular holes the right size to accommodate the enlarger main column?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-25-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 1,922
Posted By john_s
Despite being metal and feeling solid (and...

Despite being metal and feeling solid (and looking beautiful) it is a bit fragile. It has a moving (floating?) element inside which can be dislodged. I had one that I had to return because it was...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-23-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,414
Posted By john_s
The diopter adjustment is more minus and less...

The diopter adjustment is more minus and less plus, quoted i think as -3 to +1. I am under the impression that the range might be a bit less than that at the minus end but I can't be sure. I need...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-22-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,414
Posted By john_s
If x1.25 is a bit too much, there is the x1.15...

If x1.25 is a bit too much, there is the x1.15 from Japan Exposures:

http://www.japanexposures.com/shop/accessories/ms-mag-x1.15-magnifier-for-leica-m.html

I have one and I find the degree of...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-19-2015
Replies: 69
Views: 8,535
Posted By john_s
I was surprised when a new 75/2.5 from Tony Rose...

I was surprised when a new 75/2.5 from Tony Rose turned up with a loose front part and odd behaviour of the aperture ring. I quick email and a new one was dispatched.

I think the OP's problem had...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-18-2015
Replies: 69
Views: 8,535
Posted By john_s
Back in the days when we bought expensive items...

Back in the days when we bought expensive items by cheque (=check in the USA) and banks were a bit slow in clearing funds, one could have a quick look at and try out the product, phone the dealer the...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 07-16-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 2,445
Posted By john_s
I based my pessimistic comment about parts on my...

I based my pessimistic comment about parts on my experience in trying to source the meter electronics for my 35SE which I know is a different camera. It's not the only piece of Rollei equipment I...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 07-15-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 2,445
Posted By john_s
I think it would be a very big job to try to...

I think it would be a very big job to try to repair it. Unless the sentimental value is very high indeed I would consider it beyond repair. Spare parts for these cameras are generally unavailable.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-12-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 1,242
Posted By john_s
Good queston. I was a bit surprised that the R3M...

Good queston. I was a bit surprised that the R3M didn't have 135mm framelines, given its high viewfinder magnification. My guess is that the higher magnification would compensate for the shorter...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 07-12-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 2,597
Posted By john_s
Too dry can dry out leather if there's leather on...

Too dry can dry out leather if there's leather on your cameras, and i've read that it can hasten the drying out of lubricants. I don't know if that applies to all lubricants.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-06-2015
Replies: 61
Views: 6,548
Posted By john_s
Leicas are much the same as each other. Nice...

Leicas are much the same as each other. Nice cameras to use, excellent lenses.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-19-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 2,388
Posted By john_s
The surface of the ferrotyping plate is critical....

The surface of the ferrotyping plate is critical. Half a century ago, I had access to a photographer's flatbed dryer with a pair of ferrotyping plates (maybe chrome plated?), and I did some...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-17-2015
Replies: 39
Views: 5,687
Posted By john_s
I haven't shot any colour film since Kodachrome.

I haven't shot any colour film since Kodachrome.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-28-2015
Replies: 221
Views: 49,967
Posted By john_s
I share your pain. You don't have to change...

I share your pain. You don't have to change brands to suffer this fate. Having used a Leica M6 for years I was attracted to an M6TTL x0.85 but I didn't realise that the shutter knob turned the wrong...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-24-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 3,244
Posted By john_s
Whether one needs a diopter or not is partly a...

Whether one needs a diopter or not is partly a function of age. When young, the eye can accommodate a range of adjustment that it can't do in older age. Look at the graph three-quarters of the way...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-23-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 3,244
Posted By john_s
As I referred to above, I like mine because it...

As I referred to above, I like mine because it has diopter adjustment which I knew I needed. It's interesting that Luke has found the need for diopters changes when using the magnifier. I wouldn't...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-23-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 2,933
Posted By john_s
Another vote for the later Bolex splicer that...

Another vote for the later Bolex splicer that gives a very smooth joint. But the others are fine also if you don't have many to do. You do need to read a guide to use. Another thing that might be...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-23-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 3,244
Posted By john_s
Sorry Raid. I wasn't clear. What I meant was, if...

Sorry Raid. I wasn't clear. What I meant was, if you look through the magnifier on its own (not on the camera) it should give you a clear image (if you don't need spectacles) but magnified. If it's...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-21-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 3,244
Posted By john_s
So not only Raid but also Pioneer see through...

So not only Raid but also Pioneer see through their Leica magnifiers a blurry image. This just doesn't make sense to me. Raid, if you take the magnifier off the camera can you see clearly through...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-21-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 3,244
Posted By john_s
This one from Japan Exposures (used to be...

This one from Japan Exposures (used to be Megaperls (sp?)) has diopter adjustment.

http://www.japanexposures.com/shop/accessories/ms-mag-x1.35-magnifier-for-leica-m.html

I have the x1.15 version...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-20-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,409
Posted By john_s
There are a few variables here. Firstly, and this...

There are a few variables here. Firstly, and this depends on your eyesight, you should be able to see clearly and sharply through the viewfinder. You should be able to see clearly with most subjects...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-19-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 3,296
Posted By john_s
For what it's worth, for some time I used Agfa...

For what it's worth, for some time I used Agfa Neutol WA (slightly warm tone, normal contrast sort of developer) at double strength in order to speed up paper development for a long run of prints,...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-18-2015
Replies: 40
Views: 5,332
Posted By john_s
When I use an AF SLR (film or digital) I set it...

When I use an AF SLR (film or digital) I set it up so that auto focus is not on the shutter release but on the AF_ON button on the back. It's so liberating to focus once and then get on with it.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-11-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1,073
Posted By john_s
Any Rodinal times that came originally from Agfa...

Any Rodinal times that came originally from Agfa are for a fairly contrasty neg (0.65) whereas for straight prints 0.55 or so is preferred.

Your overexposure might not be as bad as you expect,...
Forum: Travel 05-07-2015
Replies: 66
Views: 7,192
Posted By john_s
2 bodies that take the same lens(es)! The...

2 bodies that take the same lens(es)!

The vibration mentioned above is a very serious consideration.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-05-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 1,710
Posted By john_s
The 26 thread per inch was chosen primarily for...

The 26 thread per inch was chosen primarily for thin walled tubing, where a deeply cut thread was inappropriate in large diameter tubes. If you think about it, Imagine a standard bolt thread (say...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-22-2015
Replies: 50
Views: 4,471
Posted By john_s
How many readers here even know what a slide rule...

How many readers here even know what a slide rule is? I'm old enough to have used a 16inch Hemmi (= pretty old).
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-19-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 1,713
Posted By john_s
That's what I do. Once you get it, no problems.

That's what I do. Once you get it, no problems.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-16-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 8,920
Posted By john_s
I have a lens that I've used some black paint on...

I have a lens that I've used some black paint on to ameliorate a scratch and I'm very happy to keep using it. But I didn't pay anything like the price of this ASPH. I have cheap lenses and a couple...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-13-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 2,261
Posted By john_s
That's what I would use, but grain is apparent,...

That's what I would use, but grain is apparent, not that I dislike it. It depends on the subject. For a single portrait it's fine, for a scene with numerous people or fine details the grain can...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-08-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 2,065
Posted By john_s
I have two bodies (one as a backup as repairs are...

I have two bodies (one as a backup as repairs are probably becoming problematic) and most of the lenses. I have found mine perfectly reliable: these were very well made. But maybe I've been...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-31-2015
Replies: 181
Views: 29,966
Posted By john_s
Absolutely. I need mostly the date on my negative...

Absolutely. I need mostly the date on my negative strips. The other possible data could be interesting/useful sometimes, I suppose.

I used the imprinting data back on my F4 too.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-27-2015
Replies: 181
Views: 29,966
Posted By john_s
2984x purchased new in Melbourne 2008.

2984x purchased new in Melbourne 2008.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-16-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 3,617
Posted By john_s
Since you want reasonable speed and minimal grain...

Since you want reasonable speed and minimal grain perhaps rodinal is exactly what you don't want with such a high speed film which shows significant grain in every developer that I've tried...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-05-2015
Replies: 99
Views: 11,251
Posted By john_s
The problem here is that a special edition costs...

The problem here is that a special edition costs almost nothing to make over the standard model: just a few bits of text on the body, an announcement of the limited numbers, maybe a slightly...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-22-2015
Replies: 65
Views: 8,391
Posted By john_s
Years ago he had a shop in Noosa (Australia) and...

Years ago he had a shop in Noosa (Australia) and I have to say his Cibachrome prints were quite fantastic. The guy who did his printing deserved some credit, I thought.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 02-14-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 3,518
Posted By john_s
I've seen mould grow on leather shoes in the...

I've seen mould grow on leather shoes in the bottom of a cupboard and synthetic shoes amongst them being totally free of visible mould. In addition to mould, the chemicals used to treat leather may...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-11-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 4,416
Posted By john_s
I like the square viewfinder, but I usually make...

I like the square viewfinder, but I usually make the print a little bit rectangular, often 1.1:1, rarely over 1.2:1
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-08-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 7,131
Posted By john_s
And furthermore, leaving aside for the moment...

And furthermore, leaving aside for the moment that the rangefinder focus mechanism is at its limit in testing to the degree of accuracy of the lensrental post above, on an optical bench I understand...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-25-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 2,321
Posted By john_s
My guess is that the clip would be useful if...

My guess is that the clip would be useful if doing rotation development. I do gentle inversion, and not a lot of them, and find that I don't need to use the clip.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-16-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 1,145
Posted By john_s
Thank you for the link. I love it. Another site...

Thank you for the link. I love it.

Another site (details of which I've posted before, I think) that I've enjoyed is:

http://westfordcomp.com/updated/found.htm
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 01-11-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1,655
Posted By john_s
Thank you for giving us a look at this...

Thank you for giving us a look at this interesting country, the home of some of the world's most intriguing music.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 01-04-2015
Replies: 38
Views: 4,929
Posted By john_s
I realise that you're not so interested in formal...

I realise that you're not so interested in formal style group photos, but my experience is that a wide angle lens can distort the people at the edge of a group. For a photojournalistic effect, not a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-01-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 4,028
Posted By john_s
After taking the temperature at the beginning,...

After taking the temperature at the beginning, towards the end I put the thermometer through the top of the tank. If there's a change, I adjust the dev time for the average of starting temp and near...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-30-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,409
Posted By john_s
I had no problems mixing RRS ballheads with...

I had no problems mixing RRS ballheads with clamps and Kirk plates until I got a RSS lever clamp. The Kirk plate is too loose to use. I Araldited a strip of brass (from a model maker supplier) to...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-30-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,409
Posted By john_s
The Arca style plate and clamp is the best way to...

The Arca style plate and clamp is the best way to go with a bigger camera, but on an M6 it spoils the balance of the camera to have the plate on it. I have one but don't like it much, but I have to...
Forum: RFF News 12-28-2014
Replies: 77
Views: 18,177
Posted By john_s
I think the OP's approach makes sense. I've used...

I think the OP's approach makes sense. I've used M film bodies for years (new and second hand) and have found them perfectly satisfying. I'd love to use my Leica lenses on a body with similar...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 12-26-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 4,309
Posted By john_s
Looks like a good solution to me, and is more or...

Looks like a good solution to me, and is more or less what I use. No matter how great the RAID is, it can still have a fault (I lost my whole array, RAID6 QNAP which the manufacturer could not help...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-03-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,234
Posted By john_s
I print the date between negatives with my Nikon...

I print the date between negatives with my Nikon F6. The F4 had an alternative film back that did it too, as well as other functions (MF-23 Data Control Back)
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-25-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,172
Posted By john_s
The RH Designs units are ergonomically very...

The RH Designs units are ergonomically very superior (and expensive), but there must be millions of simple 240v timers unused around the world. Maybe local ebay sellers or classified ads?
Forum: Travel 10-06-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 3,609
Posted By john_s
I live in south-eastern Australia and my wife...

I live in south-eastern Australia and my wife often suggests that we visit Broome, a touristy place in the north-west. I point out that for an extra $200 we can go to Spain AND eat decent food. I...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-25-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,288
Posted By john_s
Microphen is a speed enhancing developer with the...

Microphen is a speed enhancing developer with the resulting increase in grain, but still a very good speed/quality ratio. Perceptol is at the other end of the range: speed reducing and very fine...
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