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Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 1 Week Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,343
Posted By David Murphy
Yes, but PayPal is starting to collect it for...

Yes, but PayPal is starting to collect it for most states now. A major court case, resolved in the U.S. Supreme Court recently enabled states to compel all sellers, no matter where they are, to remit...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 1 Week Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,343
Posted By David Murphy
Correct. This has been a goal of "brick and...

Correct.

This has been a goal of "brick and mortar" business and state tax collectors and their many political supporters since e-commerce began. The idea is to "level the playing field". Of course...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 1 Week Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 454
Posted By David Murphy
What an amazing item. Just when one thinks...

What an amazing item. Just when one thinks they've heard of everything in the Contax Universe something like this pops up.

I suppose that dial on the finder compensates for parallax? I have little...
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 88
Views: 2,399
Posted By David Murphy
I used a Pentax K1000 almost exclusively for...

I used a Pentax K1000 almost exclusively for about 20 years (1983-2003 or so), mostly with the SMC 50/2, but later adding a 24/2.8 Vivitar wide. The K1000 was well regarded when it came out, and soon...
Forum: RFF News 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 71
Views: 3,731
Posted By David Murphy
The real craziness of this is, if I understand it...

The real craziness of this is, if I understand it correctly, is that both sides have been found to subsidize their aerospace monopolies. From what I have read over the years this is pretty obvious...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-17-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 3,182
Posted By David Murphy
I am personally a skeptical of the idea that...

I am personally a skeptical of the idea that anyone is really better off by allowing businesses to restructure under Chapter 11 as Kodak did. A break up and sell-off of assets may in fact be more...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-17-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 3,182
Posted By David Murphy
Nice video and review. I loved seeing that Canon...

Nice video and review. I loved seeing that Canon FX going to work! FreeStyle is selling Pro Image 100 - at a modest price.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-16-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 3,182
Posted By David Murphy
I'd actually suggest buying their film, or at...

I'd actually suggest buying their film, or at least simply promoting its many virtues to others might be more important than buying their stock right now - they apparently hurt for revenue.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-16-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 3,182
Posted By David Murphy
I'll take good taste over good grammar any day.

I'll take good taste over good grammar any day.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-27-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 657
Posted By David Murphy
Any competent camera tech can CLA a Contax at...

Any competent camera tech can CLA a Contax at modest cost. The recent mystique concerning the difficulty of repairing these has been exaggerated to a ridiculous extent. There are hundreds of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-23-2019
Replies: 110
Views: 4,117
Posted By David Murphy
The last global economic downturn coincided with...

The last global economic downturn coincided with the maturation of digital photography and the abandonment of film photography by most consumers, which really caused the price of anything film...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-09-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,212
Posted By David Murphy
I agree this is an interesting question. While...

I agree this is an interesting question. While many of these recent vintage film SLR's suffer from too much plastic, etc. they are often in overall better condition than better made vintage SLR's,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-07-2019
Replies: 292
Views: 15,610
Posted By David Murphy
I've been enjoying my Praktina IIa lately -...

I've been enjoying my Praktina IIa lately - especially with my Zeiss Flexon F2 prime mounted on it.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-24-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,201
Posted By David Murphy
Maybe, but a reliable camera can make you a...

Maybe, but a reliable camera can make you a better photographer, or at least one that can help you make properly exposed and undamaged images.

I agree mostly about finders, and the IIIg finder beats...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-24-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,201
Posted By David Murphy
The best Leica made LTM camera (and arguably the...

The best Leica made LTM camera (and arguably the most mechanically refined M39 camera ever) was the IIIg IMO. It has a look and feel that just exudes quality and excellence -- reminiscent of the very...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-15-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 4,109
Posted By David Murphy
Maybe they've inked some sort of deal to be the...

Maybe they've inked some sort of deal to be the official provider of cameras to Lunar missions again. For those who were around in that era, that was a major profile raising event for Hasselblad (and...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-15-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,875
Posted By David Murphy
The Olympus Pen SLR's have really good optics and...

The Olympus Pen SLR's have really good optics and are reliable cameras. I don't use or need their meters, but the one on mine still works. They are decent SLR's.
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 04-20-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,174
Posted By David Murphy
Yeah, agreed, the color was great - beautiful....

Yeah, agreed, the color was great - beautiful. The documentary also really explained well why Winogrand preferred black and white. It was motivated by economics and the relative complexity of color...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 04-20-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,174
Posted By David Murphy
Yes I did watch, and it was clear to me that the...

Yes I did watch, and it was clear to me that the at least one of the younger women commentators (mainly the curator of an art museum in SF I think it was) expressed reservations about his book Women...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 04-20-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,174
Posted By David Murphy
Yes a fascinating documentary. The excellent,...

Yes a fascinating documentary. The excellent, good quality 8mm color film clips he shot was something completely new to me regarding his work.

I was completely unaware of Winogrand until I read...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-09-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 819
Posted By David Murphy
Wow, very impressive shot. Striking colors.

Wow, very impressive shot. Striking colors.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-06-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 319
Posted By David Murphy
I've had 35mm rangefinders of that era where the...

I've had 35mm rangefinders of that era where the spindle holding the takeup spool slips when the film mechanism is advanced. This is a common problem.

Any time a camera like this is opened up, one...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-30-2019
Replies: 85
Views: 2,440
Posted By David Murphy
I was taking photos of my 3 y/o son riding the...

I was taking photos of my 3 y/o son riding the little mechanical "Choo-Choo train" at the Victoria Gardens outdoor mall in Southern California about two years ago. The camera was a Canon rangefinder...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-24-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,212
Posted By David Murphy
I had a late era 35mm Minolta-Konica Autofocus...

I had a late era 35mm Minolta-Konica Autofocus SLR with a matching short zoom not too long ago that I was toying with (I am a pretty hard-core vintage era mechanical camera guy). I was pretty...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-28-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 671
Posted By David Murphy
I'd avoid any lens with significant cleaning...

I'd avoid any lens with significant cleaning marks. Some serial number ranges of collapsible Summicron's are radioactive (I would not recomened those either). Otherwise a clean non-radioactive...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-28-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 441
Posted By David Murphy
It's a real classic in my view and 30 pounds is a...

It's a real classic in my view and 30 pounds is a good price.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-28-2019
Replies: 128
Views: 6,297
Posted By David Murphy
It's certainly a pretty camera, nicely made, and...

It's certainly a pretty camera, nicely made, and I cannot fault Pentax K mount lenses. I have found the LED meter on the MX to be hard to use, and in fact the finder is not particularly friendly to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-09-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,656
Posted By David Murphy
For a bargain, in LTM, the I-22 collapsible...

For a bargain, in LTM, the I-22 collapsible 50/3.5 if you can find one with clean glass and good mechanics (and there are plenty).

The Avenon 28/3.5 in LTM is hard to beat for the price in the 28mm...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 02-08-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 2,079
Posted By David Murphy
I loved his book on classic SLR's - his advice...

I loved his book on classic SLR's - his advice regarding and experience with that genre was exceptional
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-03-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 2,181
Posted By David Murphy
Nice shots - very cool, and beautiful models. The...

Nice shots - very cool, and beautiful models. The lens is obviously quite excellent in use, especially for the price.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 01-30-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,348
Posted By David Murphy
I have a Cristar, nice images, but not to the...

I have a Cristar, nice images, but not to the level of the collapsible Leica Summicron or even the Summitar IMO. Like the Nikkor Collapsible discussed in this thread, the Cristar is a good example of...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 01-20-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 949
Posted By David Murphy
I actually have a Topcor 50/2 as well (black),...

I actually have a Topcor 50/2 as well (black), but I've temporarily misplaced it! I am moving my home office right now to another room after remodeling and with all the camera stuff I have ... well...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 01-20-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 949
Posted By David Murphy
I am a bit confused. Was there a purely Topcon...

I am a bit confused. Was there a purely Topcon branded version of the 50 mm F1.5 Simlar?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-19-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,189
Posted By David Murphy
Let us know how you like it and how it works out...

Let us know how you like it and how it works out in use. I've always been curious about that SLR. I own a Praktina, and I like it. My experience with Praktina has been a little mixed in the past...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 01-05-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 10,381
Posted By David Murphy
Oh yes, I fully agree regarding the Japanese...

Oh yes, I fully agree regarding the Japanese sellers. They are not perfect, but much better than the average eBay seller, and quite friendly to deal with overall. By the way, I can say the same for...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 01-05-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 10,381
Posted By David Murphy
I do not repair cameras like you, but I admire...

I do not repair cameras like you, but I admire your skill. I am general agreement with you however regarding your camera evaluations: The Leotax DIV is the most beautiful Leotax model I have seen....
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 09-21-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 939
Posted By David Murphy
Very nice work all. I once owned the 5 cm F2...

Very nice work all. I once owned the 5 cm F2 Rokkor, and I was always surprised at how well it handled color film. My impression from these examples is that the F1.8 is an improved lens. It reminds...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-08-2018
Replies: 363
Views: 24,655
Posted By David Murphy
Leica M2 Voigtlander Bessa R Pentax K1000 Konica...

Leica M2
Voigtlander Bessa R
Pentax K1000
Konica Autoreflex
Leica IIIg
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 08-03-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 979
Posted By David Murphy
Meyer lenses generally are excellent in my...

Meyer lenses generally are excellent in my experience. I am not familiar with this particular one, and it probably rare (certainly not common). It may have been designed to be used on a reflex...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 07-26-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 4,430
Posted By David Murphy
Wow, what fantastic shots. I was vaguely aware of...

Wow, what fantastic shots. I was vaguely aware of this uncommon lens, but never expected such fine performance - great stuff!
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-24-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 787
Posted By David Murphy
Those are really excellent shots. I once owned an...

Those are really excellent shots. I once owned an I-22 and it was an amazingly good lens, especially for what I paid for it (close to nothing compared to its German and Japanese made competition). It...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-09-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 9,931
Posted By David Murphy
Both are very fine lenses IMO. The 28/3.5 CV is...

Both are very fine lenses IMO. The 28/3.5 CV is rather expensive in LTM these days. The Avenon/Kobalux is typically less expensive.
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 01-11-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 8,093
Posted By David Murphy
Sorry to hear this RIP - his book on Canon...

Sorry to hear this RIP - his book on Canon Rangefinders is one of the greatest of it kind.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-23-2017
Replies: 31
Views: 3,065
Posted By David Murphy
I own the Kobalux/Avenon 28mm F3.5 and I can...

I own the Kobalux/Avenon 28mm F3.5 and I can recommend it. It clearly outperforms both the Canon lenses, although both the Canon's are respectable lenses especially considering their vintage, and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-30-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1,817
Posted By David Murphy
Thanks for the very interesting review of...

Thanks for the very interesting review of Praktina.

I own and use the slightly later IIa model. It is an interesting camera, but the lenses are even more interesting which is the main reason I use...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-19-2017
Replies: 1
Views: 1,022
Posted By David Murphy
The Filmomat - Automatic Home Film Processor

Has anyone had experience with this device? It appears to be a new automatic film processor designed for home use: https://www.filmomat.eu/
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-12-2017
Replies: 108
Views: 6,233
Posted By David Murphy
I support any new serious film camera effort. I...

I support any new serious film camera effort. I will buy one if it is even close to reasonably priced!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-08-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,117
Posted By David Murphy
The link to robsphotojournal leads to a suspended...

The link to robsphotojournal leads to a suspended web site.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-07-2017
Replies: 109
Views: 4,066
Posted By David Murphy
Interesting, but battery dependent cameras are...

Interesting, but battery dependent cameras are not for me. I applaud their efforts however.
Forum: Off Topic 09-30-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 759
Posted By David Murphy
The issue is "not charging for their services",...

The issue is "not charging for their services", but providing the exact same link that now results in a charge (for a service once at that link that is available for free). I consider this...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-13-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,856
Posted By David Murphy
I handled one once - beautiful old-school build...

I handled one once - beautiful old-school build quality - nice looking
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 09-11-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 1,647
Posted By David Murphy
Interesting dream-like quality to these Raid....

Interesting dream-like quality to these Raid. Destin (and that area of Florida) is one place I really, really want to visit - striking beach and sea.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-01-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 3,031
Posted By David Murphy
Yes you are totally right about that - it is...

Yes you are totally right about that - it is Summitar-like, which is good company to be in. The value of the Cristar is perfectly ridiculous, but I'm not complaining - I guess not many were made. I...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-01-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 3,031
Posted By David Murphy
Very interesting, thanks for posting this, and...

Very interesting, thanks for posting this, and stunning shots. I have a Fuji Photo 5cm F2 Cristar, a similarly rare vintage Japanese LTM collapsible which looks quite similar in build. I think your...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 08-29-2017
Replies: 40
Views: 1,808
Posted By David Murphy
I've never seen a Rolleiflex without a dim...

I've never seen a Rolleiflex without a dim screen, fresh CLA or not. Your taking lens seems good and the other problems seem routine, I'd say you have a keeper. A CLA can be done for $100 by any...
Forum: Off Topic 08-29-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 759
Posted By David Murphy
computer browser.

computer browser.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-27-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 630
Posted By David Murphy
Robert, thanks for posting that fascinating...

Robert, thanks for posting that fascinating article summary. One can really get a keen sense of the early circumstances that led to the birth of the modern Japanese camera industry.

Those behind...
Forum: Off Topic 08-26-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 759
Posted By David Murphy
PayPal warning for all

PayPal now offers to place money onto ones Visa credit/debitcard when one withdraws funds from ones PayPal account. On my PayPal page, this is now the default setting for withdrawals.

Well, so...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-25-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,209
Posted By David Murphy
BTW I'd not attempt your own CLA on any camera...

BTW I'd not attempt your own CLA on any camera unless you've been thoroughly trained by a professional or have been to a camera repair school.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-25-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,209
Posted By David Murphy
Shoot a roll and if it comes out good, you are...

Shoot a roll and if it comes out good, you are fine. As I remember some of the Canons with metal curtains make that "swooshing" sound - normal. The other worry is tapering at the higher speeds -...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-23-2017
Replies: 40
Views: 3,789
Posted By David Murphy
It totally depends on what I'm developing. E6 is...

It totally depends on what I'm developing. E6 is a pure Job operation, Black and white I use a conventional hand agitated tank, but I use my Jobo to get my chemicals at the proper temperature.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 08-20-2017
Replies: 932
Views: 227,079
Posted By David Murphy
It's my only TLR, so I suppose it's my favorite:...

It's my only TLR, so I suppose it's my favorite: Yashica-Mat 124. Not a Rolleiflex, but it works pretty well. A recent with Fuji RDP-III (ISO 100 E6 self...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-20-2017
Replies: 3,588
Views: 910,831
Posted By David Murphy
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4433/35866159094_36...

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4433/35866159094_360140d5b5_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/WDnrxm)IMG_0016 (https://flic.kr/p/WDnrxm) by davidociwedu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/david_in_pasadena/), on...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-19-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 1,703
Posted By David Murphy
Roger I love your books, but "for...

Roger I love your books, but "for free"?

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=roger+hicks
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-15-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 1,498
Posted By David Murphy
aganiban, Cron's appear hear on RFF regularly in...

aganiban, Cron's appear hear on RFF regularly in the classified section - often at modest prices (by Leica standards) and most sellers here are quite reliable. That would be my first stop if I had...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-15-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 1,498
Posted By David Murphy
Expect to pay at least $800 for an acceptable...

Expect to pay at least $800 for an acceptable rigid cron in good condition. Of course there are always some who score them for less, but that's a risky endeavor and largely a matter of luck. A...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-13-2017
Replies: 41
Views: 2,077
Posted By David Murphy
One word - just one word: Rolleiflex

One word - just one word: Rolleiflex
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-12-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1,073
Posted By David Murphy
In a pinch you can use a spool from a standard...

In a pinch you can use a spool from a standard canister of 35mm film - I've done it. Kiev spools are available form Russian sellers on eBay at modest cost - some of them are metal too and they work...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-08-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,346
Posted By David Murphy
Fantastic shots of Pont du Gard - my interest in...

Fantastic shots of Pont du Gard - my interest in this lens is really getting stoked by this thread! NAI glass is just wonderful in my view.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 07-29-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 888
Posted By David Murphy
Nice work! I don't about the rest of you, but...

Nice work! I don't about the rest of you, but I'm getting sold on Bergger.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-29-2017
Replies: 63
Views: 3,293
Posted By David Murphy
I agree, and it is actually reasonably priced...

I agree, and it is actually reasonably priced compared to most other superspeed lenses - probably because Nikon still makes it - that may not last long.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-28-2017
Replies: 31
Views: 2,325
Posted By David Murphy
Wonderful news if true (and that looks like an...

Wonderful news if true (and that looks like an actual lens!). Hopefully it will at least be made for Leica M or Nikon F, although LTM or any other such vintage mount would be a dream.
Forum: Travel 07-27-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 1,470
Posted By David Murphy
Apparently one of the triggers for enhanced...

Apparently one of the triggers for enhanced screening (a very aggressive pat-down), is anything that causes the TSA to hand-check your carry-on luggage (source: ACLU, which tries to track events with...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-25-2017
Replies: 63
Views: 5,063
Posted By David Murphy
Link to the tests?

Link to the tests?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 07-25-2017
Replies: 31
Views: 4,312
Posted By David Murphy
Great news! Please post some test shots when you...

Great news! Please post some test shots when you get them - more information on this is very welcome.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-22-2017
Replies: 386
Views: 36,328
Posted By David Murphy
Nice work with the Canon 50/1.2 pepeguitarra. I...

Nice work with the Canon 50/1.2 pepeguitarra. I own and use one too and I'm ever impressed by it. So far it has no competition at it's price point in LTM - the other super-speeds in LTM are all rare...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 07-20-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,629
Posted By David Murphy
This guy is brilliant!

This guy is brilliant!
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-19-2017
Replies: 148
Views: 11,908
Posted By David Murphy
I hate to admit it: I love the Pentax...

I hate to admit it: I love the Pentax K1000!

Others of note: Yashica-Mat LM TLR, Leica II, Canon IIB, Tower 48, Nikon F, Leica M2, Bessa R/R2/R2C, R2S, Bessaflex TM, B&H Filmo (16mm), Arriflex 16mm,...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-19-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,568
Posted By David Murphy
You might consider using a linear polarizer

You might consider using a linear polarizer
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 07-16-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,810
Posted By David Murphy
What a fantastic combination. This lens is better...

What a fantastic combination. This lens is better than I expected.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-11-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 578
Posted By David Murphy
The photos look pretty good to me. The one in the...

The photos look pretty good to me. The one in the deep shade may have a color temperature problem when shot - normal for color film with out correction filters of artificial light supplements, but it...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-09-2017
Replies: 386
Views: 36,328
Posted By David Murphy
This lens may have another interesting effect,...

This lens may have another interesting effect, and not a photographic one. If it takes off, it may put downward price pressure on other new and used super-speed lenses. This competition will be to...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-07-2017
Replies: 386
Views: 36,328
Posted By David Murphy
Lovely images, great looking green-eyed cat.

Lovely images, great looking green-eyed cat.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 07-07-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,219
Posted By David Murphy
Excellent. This camera is delivering close to...

Excellent. This camera is delivering close to Rolleiflex performance at a fraction of the price. A reasonably sharp lens coupled with a large negative make the difference. I'm impressed.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-06-2017
Replies: 75
Views: 8,437
Posted By David Murphy
Yes, sure, I'm happy to expand. The Skopar 28/3.5...

Yes, sure, I'm happy to expand. The Skopar 28/3.5 was easily purchased for around $200 or so used perhaps 15 or so years ago, and then at some point Voigtlander stopped making it (and most LTM...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 07-05-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,563
Posted By David Murphy
The camera tech I use replaces screens in TLR's,...

The camera tech I use replaces screens in TLR's, including Yashica's, with brighter and better ones all the time. Of course he shims them properly so focus is preserved. I'm not sure where he gets...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-05-2017
Replies: 386
Views: 36,328
Posted By David Murphy
I love the shot of that ham rig!! I passed the...

I love the shot of that ham rig!! I passed the General Class in '71 (when I was 15) -- seeing that radio makes me want to get back into the hobby.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-05-2017
Replies: 386
Views: 36,328
Posted By David Murphy
Because many (perhaps most) rangefinder bodies do...

Because many (perhaps most) rangefinder bodies do not have rangefinders sufficiently well adjusted to focus a lens like this with the required precision at its fastest settings. For example, the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-05-2017
Replies: 386
Views: 36,328
Posted By David Murphy
Not bad at all - especially for the price. It...

Not bad at all - especially for the price. It would interesting to see a comparison with the CV 50/1.1
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-03-2017
Replies: 75
Views: 8,437
Posted By David Murphy
It's a nice lens, but too expensive for what it...

It's a nice lens, but too expensive for what it is IMO. It was an economy lens of sorts when it came out years ago -- before Voigtlander moved to the high-end market. Lamentably, there are no...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 07-03-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 631
Posted By David Murphy
Sometimes one can find a bad connection that can...

Sometimes one can find a bad connection that can be re-soldered, or otherwise reattached, when you open them up.

These are usually many of these for sale on eBay at low prices, so you can also buy...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 07-02-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,810
Posted By David Murphy
Nice setup, but indulge us with more photos...

Nice setup, but indulge us with more photos please! The above shot is nice BTW.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-02-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 891
Posted By David Murphy
There are camera repair techs in every part of...

There are camera repair techs in every part of the world. Most of them can fix any camera, or try. The Bessa R is a modern camera and it should be an easy fix. I suggest you locate someone local.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-02-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 773
Posted By David Murphy
Interesting blog. I was not really aware of the...

Interesting blog. I was not really aware of the Tenax II, but I'll check it out. I once owned and used a copy of the 3.5cm F4.5 Orthometar in Contax rangefinder mount and it was fabulous, especially...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-02-2017
Replies: 79
Views: 3,429
Posted By David Murphy
Some shoot one frame of 35mm at a time. I know...

Some shoot one frame of 35mm at a time. I know there is a back for the Contax rangefinder that holds a single frame of 35mm film.

Rolls with 12 exposures were once common and are useful for testing...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-01-2017
Replies: 386
Views: 36,328
Posted By David Murphy
I plan to buy one of these lenses myself if the...

I plan to buy one of these lenses myself if the reports on it are at all reasonable.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-01-2017
Replies: 386
Views: 36,328
Posted By David Murphy
Yes, exactly and we can be grateful for it too!

Yes, exactly and we can be grateful for it too!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-01-2017
Replies: 386
Views: 36,328
Posted By David Murphy
I doubt they are copying any existing lenses....

I doubt they are copying any existing lenses. Designing and manufacturing common camera lenses these days is rather routine affair optically. Anyone with a credit card can purchase powerful...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-01-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,572
Posted By David Murphy
The Canon 7 is also a good inexpensive, reliable...

The Canon 7 is also a good inexpensive, reliable LTM body that is easy to use.
Forum: Nikon RF 07-01-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,572
Posted By David Murphy
The Canon P is a good choice these days for a...

The Canon P is a good choice these days for a newbie to LTM cameras. They are easy to load for beginners and inexpensive. The Bessa R is also a great choice and it has a good meter, but they cost...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-01-2017
Replies: 344
Views: 120,510
Posted By David Murphy
B.Toews those are very nice architectural shots....

B.Toews those are very nice architectural shots. So many of the residential neighborhoods in Canadian cities have a peaceful, retro sort of quaint charm we lack here in the more frantic lower 50.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 06-30-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,111
Posted By David Murphy
You might try taking the lens off, setting its...

You might try taking the lens off, setting its focus to the minimum distance, and then remounting it.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 06-28-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,219
Posted By David Murphy
Very nice shot. This looks like a very fun camera...

Very nice shot. This looks like a very fun camera to own and use. Some of these old TLR's can really deliver quality images - at modest cost too.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-27-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 2,999
Posted By David Murphy
Great news. I assume this is E6 process - I could...

Great news. I assume this is E6 process - I could not discern that from the link.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-26-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 1,346
Posted By David Murphy
I've had some problems with Japanese eBay sellers...

I've had some problems with Japanese eBay sellers in regards to the misrepresented condition of lenses and cameras (the usual: stick iris blades, slow shutter speeds). Overall it's been fairly...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 06-25-2017
Replies: 60
Views: 3,279
Posted By David Murphy
I still remember the strange smell of the bulbs...

I still remember the strange smell of the bulbs after they fired. They were fun (when they worked!).
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-25-2017
Replies: 386
Views: 36,328
Posted By David Murphy
This is welcome news. The lens is listed for...

This is welcome news.

The lens is listed for sale now on Amazon and eBay at $369.00 including shipping. I do not see it at Adorama or B&H - they usually have the latest new lenses in stock.

Now, we...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-25-2017
Replies: 143
Views: 6,672
Posted By David Murphy
I agree with much of what you say, but I have a...

I agree with much of what you say, but I have a slightly different spin on some of the details. There is no doubt the Contax system is lower priced than the vintage Leica system in an overall sense....
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-24-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 3,642
Posted By David Murphy
Nice shots, and yes excellent sharpness.

Nice shots, and yes excellent sharpness.
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 06-24-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 1,142
Posted By David Murphy
Wow very sharp images for such a tiny negative....

Wow very sharp images for such a tiny negative. Is this the same thing as "Agfa COPEX Rapid AHU Source Document Film" in 100' 16mm rolls? Another question, which model of Minox do you have?
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-20-2017
Replies: 143
Views: 6,672
Posted By David Murphy
David I can definitely understand the desire to...

David I can definitely understand the desire to experiment with gear, FSU made or whatever, that's part of the fun of this hobby no doubt, and in fact that's why I went through a FSU camera era...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-20-2017
Replies: 143
Views: 6,672
Posted By David Murphy
At the risk of having hell rained down on me,...

At the risk of having hell rained down on me, regarding the Kiev 4 and 4a in comparison to Contax, they are not even remotely comparable in build quality or fit-finish. The Contax IIa/IIIa and its...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-20-2017
Replies: 143
Views: 6,672
Posted By David Murphy
Why one would mess with all these notoriously...

Why one would mess with all these notoriously unreliable cameras from the Soviet era is beyond me (and I've owned and used several by the way). Japanese made Leica copies in working condition are now...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-20-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 2,409
Posted By David Murphy
Whatever ........

Whatever ........
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-19-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 2,409
Posted By David Murphy
Flourite glass, while once a novelty, is commonly...

Flourite glass, while once a novelty, is commonly used in scientific and industrial optics these days. While not that special for custom optics, it is less common these days for mass produced optics...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-19-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 2,409
Posted By David Murphy
If this lens has fluorite glass as the above...

If this lens has fluorite glass as the above document seems to indicate, it is really quite special. Fluorite is legendary for its ability to correct for chromatic aberration
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-16-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 3,947
Posted By David Murphy
The thing I hate about the J-12 are the damn nice...

The thing I hate about the J-12 are the damn nice optics it has! That makes us suffer through the miserable mechanics. PF those are great images! The others above are cool too.

The above comments...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-16-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 3,947
Posted By David Murphy
I had one J-12 LTM version literally fall apart...

I had one J-12 LTM version literally fall apart in my hands. It was a newer one.

I've had somewhat better luck with the Contax mount version.

Most of the ex-FSU stuff is like that - it's hit or...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 06-14-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 841
Posted By David Murphy
I could be wrong, but it appears you have a...

I could be wrong, but it appears you have a Komura Uni adapter lens, with an a Minolta SLR SR-mount Uni-adapter that threads onto it. As I understand it, the Komura Uni system was a universal lens...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 06-14-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 841
Posted By David Murphy
I could be wrong, but it appears you have a...

I could be wrong, but it appears you have a Komura Uni adapter lens, with an a Minolta SLR SR-mount Uni-adapter that threads onto it. As I understand it, the Komura Uni system was a universal lens...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-14-2017
Replies: 63
Views: 3,447
Posted By David Murphy
Anything one can find from Cosina-Voigtlander in...

Anything one can find from Cosina-Voigtlander in M under $500. The collapsible Summicron, a fabulous lens that can sometimes be found in acceptable condition for $500, is radioactive and thus off my...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-13-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,256
Posted By David Murphy
They are no big deal to service. The idea that...

They are no big deal to service. The idea that they are difficult somehow to repair is a myth. Any competent camera tech can fix them at modest cost - I've had several CLA'd. There were thousands...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 06-10-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,361
Posted By David Murphy
I own a Tower 48 and it's an excellent camera. I...

I own a Tower 48 and it's an excellent camera. I had mine CLA'd not long after I bought it and it's now my main LTM body. It is very well made and yet light - a pleasure to use. I like it more than...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 06-10-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 3,608
Posted By David Murphy
I finally got around to testing my Cristar 50mm...

I finally got around to testing my Cristar 50mm F2. I used a Tower 48 LTM body and Arista 100 EDU Ultra, self processed and scanned on my Canonscan 8800F. No filters were used. I made some slight...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-09-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 2,177
Posted By David Murphy
Here's a vote for the K1000 - simply reliable...

Here's a vote for the K1000 - simply reliable metering, and a very reliable camera overall.

I'm pretty sure the Pentax MX takes silver oxide batteries too - another quality camera and not too...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-01-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 4,285
Posted By David Murphy
Very nice shots from all. This is a really cool,...

Very nice shots from all. This is a really cool, perhaps underrated wide.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-01-2017
Replies: 53
Views: 3,199
Posted By David Murphy
Back in the 70's (the era in which I learned) I...

Back in the 70's (the era in which I learned) I never saw a working professional photographer use a light meter more than as the occasional aid, usually for indoor lighting. The color emulsions in...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-29-2017
Replies: 77
Views: 6,121
Posted By David Murphy
The Non-AI 50/2 is an insanely good lens for the...

The Non-AI 50/2 is an insanely good lens for the money used, but it will probably increase in price (and I think already is).
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-29-2017
Replies: 53
Views: 3,199
Posted By David Murphy
The most reliable and flexible meter for still...

The most reliable and flexible meter for still photography that I've ever owned was a Gossen Luna Pro, that had been professionally calibrated and converted to use silver oxide batteries. Although...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-19-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 3,327
Posted By David Murphy
The going rate for a decent Canon 50/1.2 LTM ...

The going rate for a decent Canon 50/1.2 LTM starts at about $400 with the really nice ones selling for $500-600 or so. Occasionally they can be found for less than $400, but most of these have...
Forum: Nikon RF 05-17-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 5,512
Posted By David Murphy
Wow nice shots. BTW this lens is also rather...

Wow nice shots. BTW this lens is also rather nicely constructed in all versions I've seen.
Forum: Off Topic 05-17-2017
Replies: 61
Views: 2,014
Posted By David Murphy
I also get the impression that real estate is...

I also get the impression that real estate is getting fairly expensive in Canada, at least in most places compared to a few years ago (I was looking at new houses near Vancouver about 2000 - wish I...
Forum: Off Topic 05-17-2017
Replies: 61
Views: 2,014
Posted By David Murphy
Forgive us sire, we are only petty little...

Forgive us sire, we are only petty little bourgeois people talking about small things on our Off Topic thread. I do confess, we are, regrettably, so uncouth. Just remember, not everyone can aspire to...
Forum: Off Topic 05-17-2017
Replies: 61
Views: 2,014
Posted By David Murphy
I have been influenced a good deal by Peter Lynch...

I have been influenced a good deal by Peter Lynch and Warren Buffet.

I am also a follower of Dave Ramsey, and I agree 100% with his philosophy about borrowing money: i.e. avoid borrowing money...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-05-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 2,248
Posted By David Murphy
Is it the legendary Zunow SLR?

Is it the legendary Zunow SLR?
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-01-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2,593
Posted By David Murphy
Very nice work - fantastic place

Very nice work - fantastic place
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 04-29-2017
Replies: 561
Views: 141,571
Posted By David Murphy
https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2853/34311804946_6a7...

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2853/34311804946_6a741a053d_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Uh1YcU)scan_0005_NEW (https://flic.kr/p/Uh1YcU) by davidociwedu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/david_in_pasadena/),...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-26-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 2,296
Posted By David Murphy
Thanks for the tip. I have a young Thomas fan in...

Thanks for the tip. I have a young Thomas fan in my house - we are rather loaded up on the stuff. I'll be sure and store anything Thomas away carefully when he outgrows it! Maybe it will help pay for...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-26-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 2,296
Posted By David Murphy
Well if you are right, it might explain the...

Well if you are right, it might explain the Rolleiflex "bubble". A few years ago one could buy a used 2.8 Rolleiflex for $300-500. Now anything less than at least $1000 without some sort of serious...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-26-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 2,296
Posted By David Murphy
We are having fun chatting with each other - try...

We are having fun chatting with each other - try it sometime, you might enjoy it.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-26-2017
Replies: 47
Views: 2,697
Posted By David Murphy
Insanely good shots. Nice work. I am really...

Insanely good shots. Nice work. I am really impressed by the capability of the photographer and the camera/lens.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-26-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 2,296
Posted By David Murphy
After an initial near collapse when digital came...

After an initial near collapse when digital came along, I have watched film camera prices, particularly for the collectible gear, rise and fall several times over the last 20 years. It is economy...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-16-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 2,375
Posted By David Murphy
The camera takes great shots - impressive Elmar...

The camera takes great shots - impressive Elmar performance as well (as usual with these). Keep it up!

As noted by at least one other, capping is often worse, or even only noticeable on higher...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-02-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1,248
Posted By David Murphy
Stunning shot - great example of a Rolleinar in...

Stunning shot - great example of a Rolleinar in action!
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-02-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1,248
Posted By David Murphy
There are also Bay-1 Telephoto and wide-angle...

There are also Bay-1 Telephoto and wide-angle auxiliary lenses that modify Bay-1 TLR's to longer or shorter effective focal lengths, respectively, such as those made by Yashica (and I believe there...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-24-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2,557
Posted By David Murphy
Fine shots, lovely scenery, amazing lens.

Fine shots, lovely scenery, amazing lens.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-09-2017
Replies: 82
Views: 4,592
Posted By David Murphy
I saw a detailed description for the Kodachrome...

I saw a detailed description for the Kodachrome process somewhere not too long ago. It did not strike me as any big deal for a good wet chemist to replicate - I never understood what all the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-11-2016
Replies: 25
Views: 4,285
Posted By David Murphy
I've not owned one, but it sure seems to be a...

I've not owned one, but it sure seems to be a great little lens. Wonderful shots above - all very impressive!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-10-2016
Replies: 64
Views: 4,859
Posted By David Murphy
I've never used one, but I once had a Vers. 1...

I've never used one, but I once had a Vers. 1 Summilux in my possession for a while as I was selling it for a friend. The build quality left a lasting impression on me. It was really one of most...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-10-2016
Replies: 86
Views: 7,129
Posted By David Murphy
Full agreement on the F. It may not have the very...

Full agreement on the F. It may not have the very best viewinder compared to more modern SLR's, and the metering prisms are really sort of a mess (I avoid them), but I personally find an F with an...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 11-04-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 3,608
Posted By David Murphy
Mine just came out of the shop with a CLA - all...

Mine just came out of the shop with a CLA - all spiffed up now - tests will be coming soon.
Forum: Nikon RF 10-13-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1,670
Posted By David Murphy
Wow - amazing image. Did Nikon also make this...

Wow - amazing image. Did Nikon also make this lens on Contax RF mount by any chance?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-07-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 2,272
Posted By David Murphy
Fuji Cristar 5cm F2

Fuji Cristar 5cm F2
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 10-01-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 3,608
Posted By David Murphy
So Summar or Summitar clone seems to be one open...

So Summar or Summitar clone seems to be one open question regarding the Cristar. I'll do a test roll with it and post the results.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-01-2016
Replies: 25
Views: 2,698
Posted By David Murphy
Lovely shot raid

Lovely shot raid
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-30-2016
Replies: 25
Views: 2,698
Posted By David Murphy
Wow very nice work. The Retina lenses are far...

Wow very nice work. The Retina lenses are far better than the Retina bodies themselves (consumer grade stuff that has not held up too well), and now you have an excellent and unique Leica lens!
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 09-29-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 3,608
Posted By David Murphy
Brian, No I bought it on eBay. I was actually not...

Brian, No I bought it on eBay. I was actually not aware that Leica mount lenses were traded on facebook (retro-me I'm afraid).
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 09-29-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 3,608
Posted By David Murphy
The Collapsible Fuji Cristar 5cm F2

Does any one here have experience with this fairly rare lens? I just bought one (it's in the mail now). From the photos, it looks a lot like a Summitar, or maybe a Canon 5cm F1.9 collapsible. Should...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 09-17-2016
Replies: 31
Views: 4,312
Posted By David Murphy
The Kardon is a Leica thread mount camera so it...

The Kardon is a Leica thread mount camera so it will take any Leica thread mount lens, and there are many (old and new). The black Canon 50mm F1.8 is pretty cheap these days on the used market ($100...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 09-09-2016
Replies: 31
Views: 4,312
Posted By David Murphy
There are no reasonably priced rare rangefinder...

There are no reasonably priced rare rangefinder lenses, especially the Ektar which is not common and is always expensive if sold by any knowledgeable seller. Expect to pay well over $1000 if found...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-22-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 1,877
Posted By David Murphy
I have little doubt Canon was influenced by the...

I have little doubt Canon was influenced by the Praktina mount. The Canonflex came out in 1959, overlapping in the marketplace with the Praktina, and it had the Canon "R" mount, a breech mount, which...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 07-06-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 4,300
Posted By David Murphy
Nice work. A somewhat retro little camera the...

Nice work. A somewhat retro little camera the 35S, but the Sonnar is in a class of its own. Astonishing performance. The Tessar Rollei is also a winner I might add - not quite as sharp, but the...
Forum: RFF News 07-04-2016
Replies: 67
Views: 7,540
Posted By David Murphy
The proposal seems quite reasonable to me. I...

The proposal seems quite reasonable to me. I would consider joining.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-24-2016
Replies: 23
Views: 3,205
Posted By David Murphy
I bought a Topcon SLR body on eBay from them a...

I bought a Topcon SLR body on eBay from them a few years ago and it was an excellent camera at an excellent price. I'd do business with them again!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-24-2016
Replies: 243
Views: 19,111
Posted By David Murphy
Agreed - Pentax maintained a degree of forward...

Agreed - Pentax maintained a degree of forward compatibility in a manner similar to Leica.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-23-2016
Replies: 243
Views: 19,111
Posted By David Murphy
I believe the "Canon Dream Lens" had it's own...

I believe the "Canon Dream Lens" had it's own mount (for the Canon 7). I seem to recall, and I could be wrong, that some of the very long Canon SLR telephotos were made for certain cine or TV camera...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-23-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 2,206
Posted By David Murphy
OK - got it - one more nuance to perfect when...

OK - got it - one more nuance to perfect when distinguishing Leica's vs. the Soviet copies!
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-23-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 6,639
Posted By David Murphy
I've owned and used the black version in LTM. It...

I've owned and used the black version in LTM. It is an amazing lens - probably comparable to a Summicron. Very crisp images, with good contrast. They are not cheap however - probably about $400 or...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-23-2016
Replies: 243
Views: 19,111
Posted By David Murphy
Interesting to see the rarely discussed Praktina...

Interesting to see the rarely discussed Praktina system mentioned in this thread at least twice. I have a good deal of actual experience using Praktinas. The variety and ingenuity of accessories and...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-17-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 2,206
Posted By David Murphy
Probably a real Leica due to the slow speed dial....

Probably a real Leica due to the slow speed dial. What bothers me though is that the finder window does not have a rounded upper-right-side corner - maybe some early Leica's were like this (as is the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-14-2016
Replies: 69
Views: 5,107
Posted By David Murphy
Any 50mm Cron < $1000 (of which there are many)...

Any 50mm Cron < $1000 (of which there are many) will do the trick
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-01-2016
Replies: 185
Views: 25,545
Posted By David Murphy
I agree with Stephen about the Leicaflex - pretty...

I agree with Stephen about the Leicaflex - pretty camera, but not the most reliable around.

The Nikon F with an un-metered prism would be my choice - simply amazing quality and reliability.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-30-2016
Replies: 37
Views: 3,270
Posted By David Murphy
I use it occasionally, but I am with those who...

I use it occasionally, but I am with those who thought it was once better. My greatest complaint is that the site seems much slower than it once was. The supposed user interface improvements over the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-21-2016
Replies: 49
Views: 5,868
Posted By David Murphy
I might add that I was once a Tri-X adherent, but...

I might add that I was once a Tri-X adherent, but I've not used it since about 1978 or so (I switched to color film then). I also use Ilford and it is incredible in all respects - all versions - not...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-21-2016
Replies: 49
Views: 5,868
Posted By David Murphy
I've been shooting some with Arista 100 and 400...

I've been shooting some with Arista 100 and 400 EDU lately from Freestyle and I really like the look. Modestly priced too.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-20-2016
Replies: 466
Views: 97,222
Posted By David Murphy
I've got a little boy about his age too -...

I've got a little boy about his age too - amazingly cute like yours! Nice shot!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-17-2016
Replies: 46
Views: 9,959
Posted By David Murphy
I'm impressed - nice shots - amazing lens

I'm impressed - nice shots - amazing lens
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 02-14-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 4,322
Posted By David Murphy
I dabble in C41 and don't claim to be an expert....

I dabble in C41 and don't claim to be an expert. One thing to be certain of is that the film never touch other film surface when developing (the only exception might sometimes be home processed cine...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-07-2016
Replies: 70
Views: 6,892
Posted By David Murphy
Yeah, that's really a beautiful camera and lens...

Yeah, that's really a beautiful camera and lens and as much photographic capability for the money as I can possibly imagine.
Forum: Off Topic 02-06-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 748
Posted By David Murphy
One pretty good alternative is to sell quality...

One pretty good alternative is to sell quality camera gear right here - global reach too.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-03-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 3,726
Posted By David Murphy
It's a very good lense (I owned and used it in...

It's a very good lense (I owned and used it in the past) - easily as good as an Elmar. Somewhere on the forum there is a thread with some sample shots I took with it.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-01-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 2,559
Posted By David Murphy
I have one (and it's currently for sale here)....

I have one (and it's currently for sale here). It's an excellent lens. This lens was in production for several years and I think there are three versions if I'm not mistaken. I think mine is a later...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 01-23-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 2,668
Posted By David Murphy
BTW aluminum is much cheaper material, easier to...

BTW aluminum is much cheaper material, easier to machine, and I would imagine (I'm not an expert), easier to plate (anodize or iridite). It is also light and strong, but not as much as titanium.

Job...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 01-23-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 2,668
Posted By David Murphy
I can't imagine that it would be illegal to make...

I can't imagine that it would be illegal to make a replacement part for anything, or even sell it. Just check out any auto parts store sometime!

You will need to do more than machining however -...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-06-2016
Replies: 82
Views: 13,547
Posted By David Murphy
Write-in candidate

Write-in candidate: Bessaflex TM
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 12-30-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 2,450
Posted By David Murphy
Excellent shots. I own a silver one in LTM that I...

Excellent shots. I own a silver one in LTM that I am testing now on a film camera body. It is really a compact lens and nicely made.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 12-17-2015
Replies: 37
Views: 10,384
Posted By David Murphy
Nice shots with the Elite. The rapid wind and...

Nice shots with the Elite. The rapid wind and film counter are somewhat (theoretically) superior to a bottom loader, and the camera looks great, but I agree it's really an evolutionary camera rather...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 11-17-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 2,506
Posted By David Murphy
I've used lots of film 10-20 years old with great...

I've used lots of film 10-20 years old with great results.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 11-17-2015
Replies: 92
Views: 15,630
Posted By David Murphy
If I am shooting in daylight, particularly with...

If I am shooting in daylight, particularly with B&W film and with an old camera such as Leica or other vintage rangefinder, I do not use a meter. If the camera is a modern SLR with a reliable TTL...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-15-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1,354
Posted By David Murphy
It is well to keep in mind that the FL lenses...

It is well to keep in mind that the FL lenses came along towards the end of the Canon LTM rangefinder era, and most of us here know how excellent some of the Canon LTM lenses are. My point is that...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-15-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 4,464
Posted By David Murphy
I've owned and used them both (more than one of...

I've owned and used them both (more than one of each in fact) and found neither particularly reliable. The earlier Kiev 4's probably have a slight edge in quality (which is overall lacking on both)....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-14-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1,354
Posted By David Murphy
Very nice. Those FL lenses are not only superbly...

Very nice. Those FL lenses are not only superbly made, they have excellent optics (and are even reasonably priced these days).
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 10-28-2015
Replies: 41
Views: 25,504
Posted By David Murphy
Nice lens and very sharp (I once owned this one...

Nice lens and very sharp (I once owned this one as well!).
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 10-18-2015
Replies: 1
Views: 3,936
Posted By David Murphy
Nice seascapes and yes fantastic optics. A good...

Nice seascapes and yes fantastic optics. A good working IIIS with Schneider lenses is a wonderful rangefinder and really collectible these days as well.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10-15-2015
Replies: 409
Views: 31,454
Posted By David Murphy
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery...

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/3428/U3428I1149933791.SEQ.0.jpg
Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, Pentax K1000, 50/2, Fujichrome...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-08-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 940
Posted By David Murphy
Just unscrew it and see. My guess is there will...

Just unscrew it and see. My guess is there will also be a loose wire or two to deal with since the rail is also an electrical connector. Be advised that these sorts of modifications will greatly...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-04-2015
Replies: 38
Views: 2,988
Posted By David Murphy
I'm just curious why do you feel compelled to use...

I'm just curious why do you feel compelled to use a photo forum, dedicated to rangefinder cameras of all things, for left-wing proselytizing against (at this moment) Texas? Or maybe you simply live...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-04-2015
Replies: 38
Views: 2,988
Posted By David Murphy
I am originally from Texas and I don't like the...

I am originally from Texas and I don't like the swipes against Texas (a wonderful place to live, work, or study).

A sort of bureaucratic obsession with perceived "intellectual property" is common...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-02-2015
Replies: 824
Views: 85,455
Posted By David Murphy
...........LOL!

...........LOL!
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