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Forum: Off Topic 04-25-2007
Replies: 20
Views: 1,110
Posted By iMacfan
How much can you get a decent Contax T3 for now? ...

How much can you get a decent Contax T3 for now? The 40mm lens might be a bit long for what you want, but it's immensely sharp and very, very small.

David
Forum: Other RF 10-05-2005
Replies: 15
Views: 957
Posted By iMacfan
A superb camera if working OK. Remember that it...

A superb camera if working OK. Remember that it is a bit quirky, in that you have to extend the lens, and then only retract it after winding on the film. Also, with the slow lens and no RF, it's...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 10-04-2005
Replies: 5
Views: 950
Posted By iMacfan
I know that it doesn't account for everything,...

I know that it doesn't account for everything, but the Quick Load ones do wind on enough film to get you ready to shoot without firing the shutter, so it might not always seem like its working until...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-23-2005
Replies: 2
Views: 1,116
Posted By iMacfan
IF you are talking about the everready case made...

IF you are talking about the everready case made for the Bessa L and small lenses, then the answer should be yes, as I can fit my R3a and a 50mm summicron in it. However, you won't have the space to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-20-2005
Replies: 12
Views: 979
Posted By iMacfan
Just like the others here (I imagine), I'm very...

Just like the others here (I imagine), I'm very impressed how much self control you had in that situation.

Personally, whenever I have to deal with Jessops, Dixons, PC world or the like, I factor in...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-20-2005
Replies: 55
Views: 3,562
Posted By iMacfan
To throw in my two pennies, I'd suggest getting a...

To throw in my two pennies, I'd suggest getting a dedicated Russian setup with a cloth shutter - maybe a Zorki 4k with a Jupiter 9 85/2. The lens is superb and pretty fast - perfect for concert...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-18-2005
Replies: 9
Views: 1,418
Posted By iMacfan
Thanks everyone for the replies. This does bring...

Thanks everyone for the replies. This does bring up another question: Does anyone know if my 'cron should be flare prone?

Thanks,

David
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-17-2005
Replies: 9
Views: 1,418
Posted By iMacfan
Hood for Summicron 50

Hello everyone,

I wonder if you could suggest a hood for my Summicron 50, as the results I've been getting are variable, and I think that this is sometimes down to flare, and sometimes just me being...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-13-2005
Replies: 86
Views: 3,332
Posted By iMacfan
I'd like to add some positive feedback for the...

I'd like to add some positive feedback for the camera.

Firstly, the retention of the old form factor and the use of an external VF will make for a very 'non-digital' shooting experience.

Secondly,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-31-2005
Replies: 37
Views: 4,639
Posted By iMacfan
Indeed. What's so good about the film GR is that...

Indeed. What's so good about the film GR is that it has a function to set the focus point at 1 meter, 2,3,5 or infinity. That dramatically reduces shutter lag to an RF like experience.

David
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-31-2005
Replies: 37
Views: 4,639
Posted By iMacfan
Sounds interesting. I certainly love my GR1v -...

Sounds interesting. I certainly love my GR1v - the pics are excellent and the camera is tiny. If they really do stick to the old brief -i.e. fixed focal length lens, quick and accurate control of...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-29-2005
Replies: 8
Views: 1,046
Posted By iMacfan
Great! Glad one Dave could help another.

Great! Glad one Dave could help another.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-28-2005
Replies: 8
Views: 1,046
Posted By iMacfan
I've had exactly the same problem, and managed to...

I've had exactly the same problem, and managed to fix it myself only a few days ago. Do a search for something like "R3 RF alignment" on this site, and you'll find a thread with pictures. You have...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-27-2005
Replies: 18
Views: 989
Posted By iMacfan
I think the other version of this that has...

I think the other version of this that has certainly happened to me is someone pointing at an at least 30yr old camera and asking: "Is that digital?" This happened with a Rollei35!

David
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-26-2005
Replies: 6
Views: 629
Posted By iMacfan
It depends if you have a lens mounted or not -...

It depends if you have a lens mounted or not - Because both the parallax corrected framelines and the RF patch move with focussing. Without a lens mounted, the RF cam has nothing pushing against it,...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-25-2005
Replies: 44
Views: 3,082
Posted By iMacfan
Remember that, as much as the R2a and R are great...

Remember that, as much as the R2a and R are great cameras, the M3 has a far longer baselength RF - so when CV come out with a 135mm f1.4, don't expect to focus it!

David
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-25-2005
Replies: 37
Views: 3,565
Posted By iMacfan
Clean, Lubricate, Adjust - Basically a complete...

Clean, Lubricate, Adjust - Basically a complete overhaul.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-25-2005
Replies: 1
Views: 660
Posted By iMacfan
Hello, Looks like the camera can stay out of the...

Hello,

Looks like the camera can stay out of the shop for the moment - I did a search through the site and found some instructions for correcting the RF patch. I'm still to be absolutely convinced...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-24-2005
Replies: 44
Views: 3,082
Posted By iMacfan
From what I recall, the R is a more cheaply made...

From what I recall, the R is a more cheaply made camera, with more plastic parts than the R2 and R2/3a. Also, though I'm sure you've thought of this, the M-mount is far more versatile, as even some...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-24-2005
Replies: 1
Views: 660
Posted By iMacfan
Question RF adjustment and lens CLA

Hello everyone,

I'm thinking of getting my R3a and the 50mm Summicron that I keep attached to it looked at. The RF has recently gone a bit out of alignment vertically, and so it's getting tricky to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-21-2005
Replies: 11
Views: 1,214
Posted By iMacfan
Dear everyone, Thanks once again for all the...

Dear everyone,

Thanks once again for all the suggestions - the Thames path east of Greenwich won! It really is a wonderful mix of river views, the defunct Dome and maritime and industrial detritus....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-19-2005
Replies: 11
Views: 1,214
Posted By iMacfan
Thanks everyone for the suggestions: I like the...

Thanks everyone for the suggestions: I like the idea of the Thames path - does anyone know if I can cycle down it, and just to check that it is safe enough?

Thanks,

David
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-19-2005
Replies: 11
Views: 1,214
Posted By iMacfan
Less obvious subjects in London

Hello everyone,

I don't know if any of you remember me - I used to post fairly often about six months ago but have tailed off recently. To be honest, so has my photography, but I'm determined to...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-05-2005
Replies: 5
Views: 673
Posted By iMacfan
Maybe try Robert White - No idea if there is a...

Maybe try Robert White - No idea if there is a service department, but they have always been very good for buying CV gear from, and ultimately get things done in a timely and professional...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-03-2005
Replies: 28
Views: 1,921
Posted By iMacfan
Question We are all idiots who deserve to be kicked in the face...

Well, kind of.

I hope you realise that this isn't me that is talking, its a TV ad that I saw last night. The BT broadband commercial features a dad in a camera shop being shown two almost...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-22-2005
Replies: 4
Views: 1,035
Posted By iMacfan
I've had pretty good results with Boots, but it...

I've had pretty good results with Boots, but it definitely varies from store to store and time to time. Try a big store with their own Frontier setup etc. and 9-5 on weekdays when the best trained...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-22-2005
Replies: 54
Views: 3,984
Posted By iMacfan
If you ask me, one of the key companies to blame...

If you ask me, one of the key companies to blame (well, someone else would have probably done it anyhow) is General Motors. They introduced the idea of "Planned Obsolescence" to their cars. This...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-10-2005
Replies: 8
Views: 1,043
Posted By iMacfan
Yes, it's important to not move the advance lever...

Yes, it's important to not move the advance lever unless the lens is fully extended.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-08-2005
Replies: 4
Views: 971
Posted By iMacfan
I'd second the vote for Calumet, not as cheap as...

I'd second the vote for Calumet, not as cheap as 7dayshop, but much, much cheaper than Boots, especially stuff like Superia. And, for what it's worth, although its a pro shop, and I buy only a few...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-08-2005
Replies: 43
Views: 4,162
Posted By iMacfan
I know that if I had a new Leica (or anything...

I know that if I had a new Leica (or anything more flash than my R3a or IIc) - Id want to keep it as low-profile as possible!
Forum: Off Topic 03-06-2005
Replies: 35
Views: 1,947
Posted By iMacfan
I think that the point being made here is how...

I think that the point being made here is how something is done makes a big difference. So what, he was asked for ID - BUT maybe it could have been done with more tact and sense.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 03-05-2005
Replies: 54
Views: 4,623
Posted By iMacfan
If it's of any use, CV definitely started at...

If it's of any use, CV definitely started at 0000001 on the R3a, because my number's in the 30s - I'm quite proud of that for some reason, but will be less so if it plays up!

David
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-04-2005
Replies: 43
Views: 4,162
Posted By iMacfan
Personally, if things go really bad, I can see...

Personally, if things go really bad, I can see two possible outcomes:

1. Contax - like sticking of badge to anything with a lens (Do I hear Leica cameraphone?)

2. The pearing down of Leica to a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-04-2005
Replies: 16
Views: 2,034
Posted By iMacfan
Ditto that - while it's not totally absent, you...

Ditto that - while it's not totally absent, you don't usually use a 21mm for bokeh, so the only point of the extra stop is sheer speed - only one stop can be made up with faster film, less coffee or...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-28-2005
Replies: 41
Views: 2,580
Posted By iMacfan
Thanks, Is there a way I can subdue the grainy...

Thanks,

Is there a way I can subdue the grainy appearance in Photoshop Elements. BTW would it be worth upgrading to ver 3?

David
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-27-2005
Replies: 41
Views: 2,580
Posted By iMacfan
A couple more pics

A couple more pics
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-27-2005
Replies: 41
Views: 2,580
Posted By iMacfan
Hi everyone - Long time no post! Anyhow, I...

Hi everyone - Long time no post!

Anyhow, I finally got round to scanning some of the pics this evening. They really are a testament to the quality of the CV 21/4 and the latitude of XP2. Anyhow,...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 02-27-2005
Replies: 9
Views: 1,348
Posted By iMacfan
I can't give a comparison, but I definitely can...

I can't give a comparison, but I definitely can give a thumbs up for the 21/4. It's tiny, cheap and the results are superb. Look below for a couple of examples, then think what some with talent...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-26-2005
Replies: 7
Views: 1,184
Posted By iMacfan
Kiev takeup spool

Hi everyone,

I've just bought off flebay a kiev with working lightmeter, and covered in a very fetching blue Lizard skin. While a very nice camera, it is an ergonomic nightmare - the focusing wheel...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-23-2005
Replies: 8
Views: 1,128
Posted By iMacfan
The question I think many of us have is if you...

The question I think many of us have is if you push a C41 film (colour or B&W), do you have to tell the processor or not?

Thanks,

David
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-15-2005
Replies: 27
Views: 2,387
Posted By iMacfan
CLA = Clean, Lubricate and Adjust - I think.

CLA = Clean, Lubricate and Adjust - I think.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-15-2005
Replies: 8
Views: 2,029
Posted By iMacfan
Regardless of quality, it seems that those kits...

Regardless of quality, it seems that those kits don't go that wide or that tele, and are a complete PITA to use, so I've steered well clear from them. However, I'm sure that with enough use almost...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-15-2005
Replies: 27
Views: 2,387
Posted By iMacfan
Wow, I'd heard about how nasty and bitchy...

Wow, I'd heard about how nasty and bitchy photo.net can be, but I'd never seen it in action before this link!

David
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-15-2005
Replies: 8
Views: 1,571
Posted By iMacfan
Probably, but most likely it won't have anything...

Probably, but most likely it won't have anything to do with the nameplate :p

David
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-14-2005
Replies: 2
Views: 2,770
Posted By iMacfan
Question Picture mounting kits?

Hello,

I'm looking for a picture mounting kit for a family member who wants to frame/mount watercolours, but I expect the idea is the same for photos. I seem to remember seeing in a photo magazine...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-13-2005
Replies: 41
Views: 2,580
Posted By iMacfan
Thanks - I'll try the lens cloth option. ...

Thanks - I'll try the lens cloth option. Unfortunately, the scanner software disables ICE when you set it to B&W and I'm not savvy enough to scan in colour or anything else. A roll of superia done...
Forum: Other RF 02-13-2005
Replies: 12
Views: 2,024
Posted By iMacfan
That would definitely be useful, as I have posted...

That would definitely be useful, as I have posted a couple of LTM related questions into the M-mount forum before.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-13-2005
Replies: 41
Views: 2,580
Posted By iMacfan
Angry The lab trashed my negs!

Hi,

I've just got back a roll of XP-2 from the high street lab which I always use, and find pretty good usually. However, this time while the enprints are fine (though they put borders on them...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-13-2005
Replies: 8
Views: 1,294
Posted By iMacfan
Thanks everyone for the kind remarks. The night...

Thanks everyone for the kind remarks. The night shots are actually inside the great turbine hall, used for big special installations. Currently, it's pretty bare as the installation is a sound one...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-12-2005
Replies: 8
Views: 1,294
Posted By iMacfan
Another couple of shots. I do want to ask a...

Another couple of shots. I do want to ask a couple of questions. What do people think of the bokeh in the blue pic? It's because I'm not so fond of it here, and from what I've seen, it seems to be...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-12-2005
Replies: 8
Views: 1,294
Posted By iMacfan
Arrow A Free Afternoon... (Comments Appreciated)

Hi everyone,

I've found this forum over the past few months to be very entertaining and helpful. However, the one thing I do very little of is actually shooting any film, which I hope to change. ...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-07-2005
Replies: 3
Views: 765
Posted By iMacfan
Thanks, that appears to be the intention with...

Thanks, that appears to be the intention with this lens, but I think someone has been 'at' it. In addition to the DOF markings being 90 degrees askew from the correct focus point, the preset apature...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-07-2005
Replies: 3
Views: 765
Posted By iMacfan
Wierd Lens Q.

Hi,

A recent GAS attack resulted in the arrival this morning of a Canon FTb (has mirror lock-up for macro, and was only about $20) - however the lens that came with it has me puzzled. It's a...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 02-05-2005
Replies: 7
Views: 697
Posted By iMacfan
I'm not so sure that would be such a good idea. ...

I'm not so sure that would be such a good idea. VC don't even include 135 framelines on the 1.0x finder in the R3a. I've also noticed that the focus point changes a bit as you move your eye from...
Forum: Other RF 02-04-2005
Replies: 9
Views: 1,619
Posted By iMacfan
Superb shots!

Superb shots!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-03-2005
Replies: 1
Views: 1,663
Posted By iMacfan
Leica M meter

Hello,

I wonder if any of you could explain to me why the M-meter is valued so little compared with all other Leica products. I know they take the old mercury batteries, but replacements are...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-03-2005
Replies: 18
Views: 2,664
Posted By iMacfan
Here's the only other pic available:

Here's the only other pic available:
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-02-2005
Replies: 18
Views: 2,664
Posted By iMacfan
Is this real?

Hi, I still find it very difficult to tell from photos the difference between real and fake LTM bodies and lenses - I don't have a contemporary lens for my IIc, and previous GAS attacks have left me...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 02-02-2005
Replies: 3
Views: 1,049
Posted By iMacfan
The EBL comes from the multiplication of the VF...

The EBL comes from the multiplication of the VF magnification and the distance between the VF and RF patch windows. These are quite close together on the Bessa, so your MP still wins out - in fact...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 02-02-2005
Replies: 18
Views: 1,896
Posted By iMacfan
That's a good idea - Since the RF stops at 0.8m,...

That's a good idea - Since the RF stops at 0.8m, and this is exactly in the range where the RF is, it can be more confusing than no RF at all.

On the topic of the L and J-12, I just tried, and it'll...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 02-02-2005
Replies: 18
Views: 1,896
Posted By iMacfan
I'd also like to second that an L and the 21/4...

I'd also like to second that an L and the 21/4 works very well. However, I've heard that most Jupiter 12s don't fit the L or any other bessa because of a baffle near the meter.
Forum: Off Topic 02-02-2005
Replies: 27
Views: 1,657
Posted By iMacfan
Everybody has a right to vent - there is...

Everybody has a right to vent - there is absolutely no need to apologise for it. For me at least, a combination of my faith and 'gut-feeling' give me confidence that things like this usually have a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-31-2005
Replies: 6
Views: 1,836
Posted By iMacfan
IIc Questions.

Hi,

I managed to acquire a IIc a while back, and am very impressed with the quality of something so old. I would, however, like to use it. Does anyone know how to load it properly, easily, and...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-31-2005
Replies: 2
Views: 797
Posted By iMacfan
Wierd Macro focusing phenomenon

Hello,

Sorry - this is pretty OT, but I have found this forum to be one of the friendliest ones around, and people actually respond intelligently. I haven't been able to get an answer elsewhere,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-31-2005
Replies: 31
Views: 3,011
Posted By iMacfan
Re your question: The short answer is yes, the...

Re your question: The short answer is yes, the long one is Yeeesssss! - But seriously, all the MF RF cameras look amazing and for such a 'niche' product, show up very often in the photo magazines I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-30-2005
Replies: 23
Views: 2,091
Posted By iMacfan
Thank you very much - I'll find that very useful.

Thank you very much - I'll find that very useful.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-30-2005
Replies: 23
Views: 2,091
Posted By iMacfan
Hi, I must say I don't see what all the fuss is...

Hi,

I must say I don't see what all the fuss is about with this VueScan software. Maybe it's because I'm using a Mac, but I tried the free trial and it seems slow and totally unintuitive. The...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-28-2005
Replies: 35
Views: 3,083
Posted By iMacfan
This made $350! - That is crazy.:eek:

This made $350! - That is crazy.:eek:
Forum: Off Topic 01-26-2005
Replies: 33
Views: 1,361
Posted By iMacfan
Being from the UK, I'd have to admit that the UK...

Being from the UK, I'd have to admit that the UK car industry has a long and esteemed history of being totally crap! However, it does excel in some sectors, some of the time. - e.g. Noble, Aston...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-26-2005
Replies: 35
Views: 3,083
Posted By iMacfan
The price this is going for is starting to get...

The price this is going for is starting to get stupid.

I thought that I might bid, not imagining that it would go much over $100, but it's now over $160 with a day and a half to go! - I paid not...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-25-2005
Replies: 63
Views: 5,993
Posted By iMacfan
The olympus is the only decently priced camera...

The olympus is the only decently priced camera currently available new. If you go high-end, of course the Leica CM and Contax T3 are sure to be superb, but are the same price as a new Bessa and...
Forum: Off Topic 01-22-2005
Replies: 14
Views: 1,842
Posted By iMacfan
I believe that many A-1 era Canon FD lenses have...

I believe that many A-1 era Canon FD lenses have 52mm threads, I know the 50/1.8 I'm staring at at the moment does!

May I ask if you intend on stopping down the reversed lens, as that will make a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-22-2005
Replies: 30
Views: 2,376
Posted By iMacfan
Seems like a great idea - I've just bought a R3a,...

Seems like a great idea - I've just bought a R3a, and while it is good value and an excellent camera in its own right, it ... wel it isn't a Leica. But it is only a good idea if you have no...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-18-2005
Replies: 14
Views: 931
Posted By iMacfan
It's unlikely that the Digilux2 will have the...

It's unlikely that the Digilux2 will have the same size sensor as the RD-1. It is after all a compact, and even though the sensor is larger than most, they are all a magnitude smaller than ones inb...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-18-2005
Replies: 14
Views: 931
Posted By iMacfan
Thumbs up Do you mean that you are going to use a Digilux2...

Do you mean that you are going to use a Digilux2 at a set focal length and hyperfocal distance with an external VF - if so it sounds like an excellent case of adapting a machine to your needs instead...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-09-2005
Replies: 12
Views: 1,590
Posted By iMacfan
I'm not completely sure, but I believe that the...

I'm not completely sure, but I believe that the distances you are talking about are the same for the russian lenses, and that is why the LTM versions can cause focusing problems on VC and Leica...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-09-2005
Replies: 41
Views: 4,860
Posted By iMacfan
Sorry if I annoyed anyone - I too agree that...

Sorry if I annoyed anyone - I too agree that Leica is not the "be all and end all" of RF photography. I'd also say, though, that CV are releasing some of their more interesting new lenses (e.g....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-09-2005
Replies: 41
Views: 4,860
Posted By iMacfan
The Bessa R is a LTM and not M-mount camera, and...

The Bessa R is a LTM and not M-mount camera, and so you'd be preventing yourself from using almost any Leica lens made in the past 50 years.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-07-2005
Replies: 7
Views: 4,308
Posted By iMacfan
I too have nothing to complain about the Fuji...

I too have nothing to complain about the Fuji Superia films, but the most important thing is how incredibly cheap they can be. Go to a pro dealer (I use Calumet here in London), and they are only...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-07-2005
Replies: 41
Views: 4,860
Posted By iMacfan
It all depends on whether the priority is for the...

It all depends on whether the priority is for the results or how you get them. Having just bought a 50yr old user Leica IIc (for what, I don't know - eBay is an evil place), I really can appreciate...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-07-2005
Replies: 26
Views: 2,360
Posted By iMacfan
I'd just remind you from recent personal...

I'd just remind you from recent personal experience that the lens to flange distance on the russian lenses is not quite the same as with the Leica and VC lenses and bodies. If you are using f2-2.8,...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-07-2005
Replies: 8
Views: 1,935
Posted By iMacfan
From what I have heard, the CZ designs are pretty...

From what I have heard, the CZ designs are pretty retrofocus, which is exactly what you want with a digital sensor to minimize the angle at which the light hits the sensor.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-06-2005
Replies: 24
Views: 2,656
Posted By iMacfan
Oh come on! That really is below the belt - I...

Oh come on! That really is below the belt - I never saw sanity listed as a condition for joining this forum, in fact I thought that it was dissaproved of. :D
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-06-2005
Replies: 24
Views: 2,656
Posted By iMacfan
Thank you all for the replies - All that really...

Thank you all for the replies - All that really matters is that the camera body is OK, as I'm planning on getting the 40/1.4 Nokton pretty soon for wide open work.

Thanks,

David
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-05-2005
Replies: 24
Views: 2,656
Posted By iMacfan
Do people think that this could be solely down to...

Do people think that this could be solely down to the difference between FSU and LTM spec? If so, is it possible to have the Jupiters altered to work, as I know they can produce excellent pics.

If...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-05-2005
Replies: 24
Views: 2,656
Posted By iMacfan
Thanks everyone for the replies. I think that...

Thanks everyone for the replies.

I think that the slow shutter speeds were my main downfall, as I'm not so good handholding yet. Also, Roman, thanks for confirming that wide open the jupiters are a...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-05-2005
Replies: 24
Views: 2,656
Posted By iMacfan
This is OK as well:

This is OK as well:
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-05-2005
Replies: 24
Views: 2,656
Posted By iMacfan
One I think is OK

One I think is OK
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-05-2005
Replies: 24
Views: 2,656
Posted By iMacfan
Last bad one...

Last bad one...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-05-2005
Replies: 24
Views: 2,656
Posted By iMacfan
another

another
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-05-2005
Replies: 24
Views: 2,656
Posted By iMacfan
and another...

and another...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-05-2005
Replies: 24
Views: 2,656
Posted By iMacfan
Here's a pic:

Here's a pic:
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-05-2005
Replies: 24
Views: 2,656
Posted By iMacfan
Dissapointing first results from R3a

Hello,

I've enjoyed using my new R3a over the holidays, but have just had the two rolls developed, and am dissappointed on the whole. I think that the problem is definitely with me, as most of the...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-31-2004
Replies: 10
Views: 2,039
Posted By iMacfan
Thanks for all the advice - I'm leaning towards...

Thanks for all the advice - I'm leaning towards the CV 40, as it is the fastest, cheapest and smallest. I'd agree that the J8 is an excellent lens, but it seems to me the one thing that it can't do...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-30-2004
Replies: 10
Views: 2,039
Posted By iMacfan
Which Nokton

Hello all,

I'm extremely happy with my new R3a, as it's the first real interchangable lens RF that I have had (well, apart from a zorki 4k!). Today, I managed to catch a few snaps with it of a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-19-2004
Replies: 3
Views: 1,568
Posted By iMacfan
Red face Did I miss out on a bargain?

Hello,

I've just been pipped to the post on an eBay auction, and I'm really annoyed. There was a collection of an OK condition working IIIc (war-time, red shutter), with four lenses, multifinder,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-17-2004
Replies: 6
Views: 1,573
Posted By iMacfan
Thanks, the serial number checks out. Is there...

Thanks, the serial number checks out. Is there anything 'special' about the red shutter curtain that would either make it valuable or a fake?

David
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-17-2004
Replies: 6
Views: 1,573
Posted By iMacfan
Checking that a IIIc with red shutter curtain is not a fake...

Hello,

I'm toying with the idea of bidding on a user IIIc with a red shutter curtain. How can I check that it is not a fake? I don't mind it if anything has been replaced, I just don't want to...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-16-2004
Replies: 29
Views: 5,663
Posted By iMacfan
Thanks for those pics - I'm impressed by both the...

Thanks for those pics - I'm impressed by both the lens and the photographer. Yes, the subjects are incredibly mundane, but they seem to be interesting, and appear to have a certain 'look' across all...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-09-2004
Replies: 28
Views: 2,918
Posted By iMacfan
Mine came without any at all, but they did email...

Mine came without any at all, but they did email me a word file. However, it does not have any pictures, including the one that shows what all the parts are for. Now, I think that I have worked...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-09-2004
Replies: 25
Views: 3,598
Posted By iMacfan
I thought that the Jupiter-12s don't mount...

I thought that the Jupiter-12s don't mount properly on the more modern cameras - I have one but am afraid to try to use it with my R3a.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-08-2004
Replies: 28
Views: 2,918
Posted By iMacfan
Received the r3a today. I'm pretty impressed,...

Received the r3a today. I'm pretty impressed, especially because my serial number is in the 40s - does that make me an early adopter?:-) It was shipped so early that the instruction booklet is to...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-06-2004
Replies: 28
Views: 2,918
Posted By iMacfan
A heads up for those in the UK: Robert White has...

A heads up for those in the UK: Robert White has them in stock, and for a very reasonable price : 350 +VAT. Mine's arriving on Wed:D

Another bargain (at leas I think so) at the moment is at...
Forum: Off Topic 12-06-2004
Replies: 27
Views: 1,947
Posted By iMacfan
Me too, but I'm in the UK, so it might cost more...

Me too, but I'm in the UK, so it might cost more than its worth to ship!

David
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-15-2004
Replies: 43
Views: 4,614
Posted By iMacfan
This is literally my first scan with the machine,...

This is literally my first scan with the machine, with no corrections at all (no ICE, no USM...). So, considering that, I'm pretty impressed with the overall quality of the image, but can't judge...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-14-2004
Replies: 43
Views: 4,614
Posted By iMacfan
Hello again, As I promised, here is one of my...

Hello again,

As I promised, here is one of my first pics with the 21/4. It's also the first scan with my new Minolta 5400 film scanner, which I think will have a far greater learning curve, so...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 10-22-2004
Replies: 4
Views: 1,567
Posted By iMacfan
Case for Bessa L

Does anyone know which case would be best for a Bessa L with the 21/4 and finder - I'd just put it in anything if it wasn't for the very vulnerable looking finder which looks like it'll scratch if I...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 10-15-2004
Replies: 9
Views: 2,082
Posted By iMacfan
I'd also be very interested to hear other...

I'd also be very interested to hear other people's opinions, as I'm likely to get a film scanner in the coming months.

On the topic of the scan quality, it seems to me that if you want it done well,...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 10-15-2004
Replies: 43
Views: 4,614
Posted By iMacfan
Thanks everyone for the help - I finally took the...

Thanks everyone for the help - I finally took the plunge and bought the 21/4. Also a heads up for those in the UK: Robert White are offering a Bessa L for 25 with any CV 12,15 or 21 lens, so how...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 10-14-2004
Replies: 43
Views: 4,614
Posted By iMacfan
Wow - I only just realised - an extremely nice...

Wow - I only just realised - an extremely nice setting for a library! I guess it makes studying just that little bit more tolerable.

David
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 10-14-2004
Replies: 43
Views: 4,614
Posted By iMacfan
Thanks very much Dan - an excellent example of...

Thanks very much Dan - an excellent example of what the lens can do, and enough to make my decision up.

David.

P.S. Ironically enough, I can see the RF forum image, but not the .Mac version, even...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 10-14-2004
Replies: 43
Views: 4,614
Posted By iMacfan
Thank you Rover, those shots are pretty good,...

Thank you Rover, those shots are pretty good, especially since they are from the first roll on such an extreme perspective lens. I particularly like the 'pop' 3d effect on the gravestone shots. One...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 10-14-2004
Replies: 43
Views: 4,614
Posted By iMacfan
Thank you - that really is what I needed to know....

Thank you - that really is what I needed to know. I tend to prefer longer focal lengths, so the 21 will be challenge enough. If anyone could put my mind to rest re the optical quality of the 21,...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 10-14-2004
Replies: 43
Views: 4,614
Posted By iMacfan
CV 15mm vs CV 21mm

Hi,

Sorry if I'm boring anyone about asking another x vs y question, but here goes:

I'm going to buy either the CV 15mm or 21mm lens. I have never seen both, but everying I have heard on both...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 10-13-2004
Replies: 18
Views: 1,898
Posted By iMacfan
The only pocket camera with a wide-ish lens for...

The only pocket camera with a wide-ish lens for under $100 is the Olympus mjuII - called the stylus epic in America. Excellent lens for the price, though not the level of control which I'd hope...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-12-2004
Replies: 31
Views: 2,010
Posted By iMacfan
Any suggestions where to find bargains like that...

Any suggestions where to find bargains like that in london - decent cameras just don't seem to show up that much in my local charity shops.

David
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-10-2004
Replies: 72
Views: 3,076
Posted By iMacfan
Well, first things first - that is an excellent...

Well, first things first - that is an excellent shot, which really to me conveys the character of the subject.

I feel very similar to you, if anything more so, and would find it very difficult to...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 10-10-2004
Replies: 17
Views: 7,298
Posted By iMacfan
I'll agree that with the lens stopped down, this...

I'll agree that with the lens stopped down, this is one of the best bargains in photography. Mine's not had a CLA probably for years, and the foam seals are going gummy, but the pics I had back are...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 10-09-2004
Replies: 18
Views: 1,898
Posted By iMacfan
I'd second the recommendation for the GR1s/v I...

I'd second the recommendation for the GR1s/v I have the v model, which is the only camera so far that I have paid any real money for, and don't regret it at all. The pictures are superb, and it is...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-08-2004
Replies: 17
Views: 1,860
Posted By iMacfan
Searching the net, I've found some opinions that...

Searching the net, I've found some opinions that the summicron is not as well built as the elmar - is this really a problem? One of the things I was hoping for from Leica was bombproof...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-07-2004
Replies: 17
Views: 1,860
Posted By iMacfan
If anything, that info makes me want the...

If anything, that info makes me want the Summicron more - I feel that I have no talent and little desire to do any serious portraits, especially with a 50mm lens. Anyhow, if I did, I would then use...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-06-2004
Replies: 17
Views: 1,860
Posted By iMacfan
Thanks for all the very many replies. Just to...

Thanks for all the very many replies.

Just to clarify - I was trying to say by using the word 'real' that I do like the equipment that I have at the moment, which I think in many ways is excellent,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-06-2004
Replies: 17
Views: 1,860
Posted By iMacfan
Help needed in choosing a 'real' RF kit.

Hello everybody, I wonder if I could bend your ears for a minute concerning a difficult (yet potentially enviable) situation that I am in.

After a couple of years dabbling with RFs, I now have the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-02-2004
Replies: 4
Views: 2,202
Posted By iMacfan
The 90/2 and R3a look like they are made for each...

The 90/2 and R3a look like they are made for each other, to me. I know that the RF is fairly short, but if you are looking for a way to use the superb lenns that you already have with a fairly small...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-29-2004
Replies: 5
Views: 2,373
Posted By iMacfan
Feedback from someone who visited the ZI stand at...

Feedback from someone who visited the ZI stand at Photokina is that expected RRP is 1500-1800 Euros, but that may change. The RRP of the Bessa R3a is 699 - less than half.

A bessa it is...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-29-2004
Replies: 93
Views: 20,968
Posted By iMacfan
While we still wait with bated breath for news on...

While we still wait with bated breath for news on pricing, I've a slightly more optimistic thought about what it might be. The R3a has been announced at the same price as the outgoing R2. Now, with...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-29-2004
Replies: 26
Views: 2,639
Posted By iMacfan
I'd doubt that there will be many price...

I'd doubt that there will be many price reductions. If you look at the improvements over the past generation (AE, quieter shutter, longer EBL, stronger rewind crank...), the R3a at the same price as...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-29-2004
Replies: 93
Views: 20,968
Posted By iMacfan
I think that it is an excellent camera, and just...

I think that it is an excellent camera, and just what Leica needed (i.e. a kick up the...)

However, for me, just about ready to purchase my first M-mount RF, there are two problems.

1. 7 months! I...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-26-2004
Replies: 26
Views: 2,314
Posted By iMacfan
What!!! - No 15/4.5?!?!?:p

What!!! - No 15/4.5?!?!?:p
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-20-2004
Replies: 85
Views: 6,853
Posted By iMacfan
Oh I understand completely, I was just making the...

Oh I understand completely, I was just making the point that the High mag Bessa still has a shorter EBL than the extra-wide Leica. Also, that huge gap round the rewind crank begs the question - why...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-20-2004
Replies: 85
Views: 6,853
Posted By iMacfan
I am very interested in these new developments,...

I am very interested in these new developments, but one thing on the CameraQuest page caught my eye:

The effective baselength on the R3A is still less than that on the low-magnification .58...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-19-2004
Replies: 24
Views: 2,171
Posted By iMacfan
I think the problem is that this highlights the...

I think the problem is that this highlights the short RF baselength. It shows how the opportunity to move the VF to the edge of the camera, thus lengthening the baselength, has been lost.

The most...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-30-2004
Replies: 7
Views: 530
Posted By iMacfan
I can just imagine the news stories... "His...

I can just imagine the news stories...

"His co-workers were totally unaware that he had brought a photosniper to work..."
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-23-2004
Replies: 9
Views: 2,407
Posted By iMacfan
Thanks everyone for the ideas. Doug, thanks for...

Thanks everyone for the ideas.

Doug, thanks for reminding me about the sticking-out rear element of the J-12.

Part of the thing is that I might get some help with the cost from my parents as a 21st...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-22-2004
Replies: 9
Views: 2,407
Posted By iMacfan
Russian lenses with an M-series

Hi,

I've been getting into RF photography recently, and would like to move up to a Leica. However as a student, my budget is minimal. I know I could get a Bessa, but I'd prefer one really good...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-04-2004
Replies: 64
Views: 5,100
Posted By iMacfan
Here in the UK, one of the oldest and most...

Here in the UK, one of the oldest and most respected photography magazines, Amateur Photographer, is reporting that the new VC RF will be based on the ... M6! What do you all make of that?

David
Forum: Other RF 06-30-2004
Replies: 39
Views: 5,713
Posted By iMacfan
I'd recommend a Zorki 4k. I've got one, which I...

I'd recommend a Zorki 4k. I've got one, which I bought from a classic camera dealer, which works pretty well. The Feds there did not look as user friendly and I did not like the rangefinders as much...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-29-2004
Replies: 55
Views: 4,186
Posted By iMacfan
As for 'colourless' prints from C41 B&W here in...

As for 'colourless' prints from C41 B&W here in the UK, I've found the Boots that I have tried to be good. I think that many of their labs run Fuji (possibly frontier) machines.

David
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-27-2004
Replies: 9
Views: 2,068
Posted By iMacfan
Don't quote me, but apparently the GIII is one of...

Don't quote me, but apparently the GIII is one of the few cameras which take the P625 which have a circuit that allows for accurate metering with the new alkaline 625s. Mine seems to work fine, and...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-24-2004
Replies: 55
Views: 4,186
Posted By iMacfan
I don't have a huge experience, but do have a few...

I don't have a huge experience, but do have a few ideas:

Colour:

Fuji Superia 100/200. Now, the colours are 'consumer' (i.e. bright and appealing as opposed to 100%accurate), but the quality has...
Forum: Other RF 06-02-2004
Replies: 2
Views: 2,856
Posted By iMacfan
I'd also appreciate this greatly, I have begun...

I'd also appreciate this greatly,

I have begun to amass a small collection of mini rangefinders etc... (well, it only amounts to a Zorki 4k (+4 Jupiter lenses), a Canonet GIII - 17 QL and a rollei...
Forum: Other RF 05-30-2004
Replies: 9
Views: 1,639
Posted By iMacfan
I'd personally not crop so much off the top as to...

I'd personally not crop so much off the top as to actually cut the subject, and I'd prefer a colour balance between the first and second version. I must say though : "What the hell do I know?" and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-22-2004
Replies: 13
Views: 5,031
Posted By iMacfan
On the subject of Russian lens quality, what do...

On the subject of Russian lens quality, what do you think of the Jupiter-9, 85mm/f2? It's just that I've bought one, but haven't used it yet, and was wondering what to expect.

David
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-22-2004
Replies: 13
Views: 5,031
Posted By iMacfan
I'd suggest that using a J-12 with such an...

I'd suggest that using a J-12 with such an expensive body is too risky. I have the J-12, and it really is frightening how much it sticks out at the back. Alas, I only have a Zorki 4k to use with...
Forum: Off Topic 05-21-2004
Replies: 3
Views: 1,482
Posted By iMacfan
http://www.badgerbadgerbadger.com

http://www.badgerbadgerbadger.com
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-16-2004
Replies: 6
Views: 1,694
Posted By iMacfan
I'd recommend the Russian Multi-finders, which...

I'd recommend the Russian Multi-finders, which have separate optics for 28, 35, 50, 85 and 135mm. The front elements rotate round to select to required length. It's very usable and cheap, I managed...
Forum: Other RF 05-04-2004
Replies: 15
Views: 2,924
Posted By iMacfan
Why not a Rollei 35? A superb lens (Tessar and...

Why not a Rollei 35?

A superb lens (Tessar and Sonnar), and extremely small. The slower lens means that the lack of a RF is not as bad as you might think. Non-mint ones can be cheaper than you...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-02-2004
Replies: 21
Views: 4,182
Posted By iMacfan
Kris, I think that you have just proved that...

Kris,

I think that you have just proved that the Nokton is an excellent lens at all apetures! Out of interest, which film did you use for the sunset shot? - the colours really are...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-15-2004
Replies: 15
Views: 2,687
Posted By iMacfan
Remember though that the framelines are slightly...

Remember though that the framelines are slightly different in the Rollei (e.g. there is a 40mm one).

David
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-13-2004
Replies: 39
Views: 2,962
Posted By iMacfan
The shutter speed isn't too annoying, as long as...

The shutter speed isn't too annoying, as long as you use appropriate film (i.e. don't leave 400 film in on a bright day in Summer). One idea is to use a polariser, which doubles up as a 2-stop...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-12-2004
Replies: 39
Views: 2,962
Posted By iMacfan
Slide film will indeed be the hardest to shoot...

Slide film will indeed be the hardest to shoot without an accurate meter. You won't get TTL metering in a '70s compact rangefinder, only in the Leica M5 or later, and the Cosina Voigtlanders. The...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-12-2004
Replies: 39
Views: 2,962
Posted By iMacfan
How can you get that kit for that price?

How can you get that kit for that price?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-12-2004
Replies: 39
Views: 2,962
Posted By iMacfan
Firstly, let me say that I am far from the most...

Firstly, let me say that I am far from the most experienced person who could answer this, but as a student who is in the middle of sorting out a rangefinder kit, I might be of some help.

Now, you...
Forum: Other RF 04-09-2004
Replies: 11
Views: 16,766
Posted By iMacfan
I understand that the Rollei XF 35 is actually a...

I understand that the Rollei XF 35 is actually a compact rangefinder, as opposed to the ultra compact scale-focusers such as the 35/s/se/t/te.

David
Forum: Other RF 04-06-2004
Replies: 23
Views: 7,874
Posted By iMacfan
Hi, do you then know where you can buy new...

Hi, do you then know where you can buy new russian LTM stuff?

Thanks,

David
Forum: Other RF 04-04-2004
Replies: 3
Views: 3,539
Posted By iMacfan
I know that it's not exactly the same, but I have...

I know that it's not exactly the same, but I have a GR1v, and can say that it is an excellent camera. The 21 is apparantly the same size, but the lens does not retract flush with the front of the...
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