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Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 905
Posted By Ronald M
Send to DAG camera repair. He used to turn...

Send to DAG camera repair. He used to turn around adding cams weekly for around $100.

Try doing stop down metering as is.

A three cam version of the second generation 50 may be hard to find....
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 1 Week Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,395
Posted By Ronald M
Two frames of 4x5 sheet film. Digital, shoot,...

Two frames of 4x5 sheet film. Digital, shoot, chimp, probably one more even if exposure correct.
For some things, I now expose as much as I can before "blinkies" Then back off. Very few of my...
Forum: Photo Software 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 546
Posted By Ronald M
Levels are your friend so your image is full...

Levels are your friend so your image is full scale. Use the gamma slider in middle to fine tune brightness.

Exposure moves whole histogram left or right. Brightness move the mid tones only

Make a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 114
Views: 22,008
Posted By Ronald M
Did not vote because what is important is know...

Did not vote because what is important is know corrections for every shutter speed, thermometer, type of water, enlarger type, enlarger lens contrast, and meter accuracy.

Come up with a proper...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,395
Posted By Ronald M
I think the same over 4x5 and digital. Why wear...

I think the same over 4x5 and digital. Why wear the camera and get a bunch of photos to cull or clog your computer.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 212
Views: 7,520
Posted By Ronald M
I purchased 5 Nikon F2 cameras in last year,...

I purchased 5 Nikon F2 cameras in last year, silver and black prisms, two AS meter heads, one DP2 head. They are all in very nice but not collector quality, therefore pro quality without paying a...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 07-08-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 363
Posted By Ronald M
I do not use Zeiss, but M8 colors are...

I do not use Zeiss, but M8 colors are considerably improved with the UV/IR filters. Some blacks look purple and sunlit greens take on a strange cast without. Note not plain UV filters. I use the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-07-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 379
Posted By Ronald M
Buy good enuf for intended purpose. 4x6 prints...

Buy good enuf for intended purpose. 4x6 prints of a birthday party can be done with a phone. 8x10 of annual vacation photo, uncle holding prize fish, summer cottage, child in cap and gown, may...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-25-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 733
Posted By Ronald M
I send all my meters there. Never a problem.

I send all my meters there. Never a problem.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-23-2019
Replies: 356
Views: 17,579
Posted By Ronald M
I believe them to be mechanical and optical...

I believe them to be mechanical and optical deficient. I dropped two or three onto my bed while changing lenses and the diaphragms immediately became sticky. That is about an 18" fall to soft...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-04-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 357
Posted By Ronald M
Above all true. Teest with fresh roll of similar...

Above all true.

Teest with fresh roll of similar subjects to real roll and get the time down so you are not here asking how to repair with reducer or intensify
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-04-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 582
Posted By Ronald M
Wear gloves and and be aware of body heat damage...

Wear gloves and and be aware of body heat damage where you hold the paper.

A tray ladder would be much better. They do not seem to be sold today, but are easy to make.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-21-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 808
Posted By Ronald M
Great lens, small and sharp. I never use F2.0 or...

Great lens, small and sharp. I never use F2.0 or even 2.8.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-14-2019
Replies: 699
Views: 78,890
Posted By Ronald M
Sometimes yes with some cameras. Sometimes not...

Sometimes yes with some cameras. Sometimes not with others.

My little old Rollie 35, works fine. Same crisis adapter on the M5 would not fit the battery compartment, combo too tall. ...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-12-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 465
Posted By Ronald M
Film can, 1/2 oz, roll continuously . Similar to...

Film can, 1/2 oz, roll continuously . Similar to processing drums like Unicolor.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-07-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 2,171
Posted By Ronald M
NO If he did he would have learned to expose...

NO If he did he would have learned to expose properly. It take a darkroom magician to print his stuff I understand.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-07-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,252
Posted By Ronald M
The secret to film is Leica, Zeiss, and to a...

The secret to film is Leica, Zeiss, and to a certain extent I have not fully explored Nikon Ai or AiS lenses. Years of trying prove Pentax is a total failure for monochrome.

I love my darkroom...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-04-2019
Replies: 523
Views: 38,908
Posted By Ronald M
Photoshop noise reduction should reduce grain. ...

Photoshop noise reduction should reduce grain. NR is opposite of sharpening. Also try gaussian blur. Use a mask to isolate to the areas you want. Grey rather than black will let some NR thru, ...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-04-2019
Replies: 523
Views: 38,908
Posted By Ronald M
Live view in magnified view. Use tripod mode.

Live view in magnified view. Use tripod mode.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-03-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 246
Posted By Ronald M
DAG used to turn around these conversions very...

DAG used to turn around these conversions very fast.

He might send you one and then have a local install. I think installations is rather simple.

You might get one from a parts lens. Or just...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-26-2019
Replies: 91
Views: 2,655
Posted By Ronald M
I have many digital and film cameras. Leica M,...

I have many digital and film cameras. Leica M, and Pro Nikons. F2 Nikons and M6 are fun and my skill comes out in the darkroom. Digital is nice for color and cookbook mono.

Any bozo can make digi...
Forum: RFF News 03-19-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 3,098
Posted By Ronald M
I bought a 90 mm F4 macro from them listed a...

I bought a 90 mm F4 macro from them listed a used/mint. It was shipped from Hong Kong and arrived in 3 days.

Some user without hands must have been the original purchaser because it was unmarked...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-17-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 7,520
Posted By Ronald M
Been collecting Nikon F2 for some time. Up to 4...

Been collecting Nikon F2 for some time. Up to 4 now, black & silver , plain & metered prisms. These are all metal mechanical cameras made for heavy professional use. F5 is electronic. F6 is...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-02-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,449
Posted By Ronald M
Like houses and cars, bigger is better and costs...

Like houses and cars, bigger is better and costs more. Add in taxes and repairs and insurance and you know the drill.

1200 sq feet is an adequate home. Chevrolet will get you there as fast as...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-11-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 823
Posted By Ronald M
mount and dismount by holding the very rear of...

mount and dismount by holding the very rear of the lens . The front is glued on and you can break the glue. After repair of course
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-11-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 351
Posted By Ronald M
Yes but mine was so tight it took two men and a...

Yes but mine was so tight it took two men and a boy to unscrew.

You do not get to aperture ring that way.

Be careful with disassembly as some products are glued together.
If you can not get it...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-11-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 623
Posted By Ronald M
Gold camera are stealthy and look like they are...

Gold camera are stealthy and look like they are not worth stealing.
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 02-04-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,075
Posted By Ronald M
I just gave up on digital printers a decade+ ago....

I just gave up on digital printers a decade+ ago. It is cheaper to send it to a pro lab all things considered.

Want to print at home? My enlargers are set up ready to go. No ink issues, no...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-29-2019
Replies: 523
Views: 38,908
Posted By Ronald M
Just started looking at this thread , page 9 & 10...

Just started looking at this thread , page 9 & 10 only. The scans from Huss with Z7 are the best so far.

I would just start with a copy stand, strobe, quality macro lens. That is really all the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-28-2019
Replies: 132
Views: 3,204
Posted By Ronald M
I call these ZOMBIE cameras. Stinky diaper is...

I call these ZOMBIE cameras. Stinky diaper is decent also.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-19-2019
Replies: 323
Views: 25,380
Posted By Ronald M
Agreed Leica 35 or 4x5. The cameras you listed...

Agreed Leica 35 or 4x5. The cameras you listed are for portrait work and lenses are not super sharp. The only 35 mm Japanese lenses that work fairly well are Nikon, and not the kit lenses that...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-19-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 630
Posted By Ronald M
My limited experience with pro lab developed 120...

My limited experience with pro lab developed 120 C41 is that they can make a nice clean print. When I scanned same frame with Epson, I got a million small defects from film I cleaned first.

On to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-18-2019
Replies: 356
Views: 17,579
Posted By Ronald M
Image quality was not great. I had 12 all...

Image quality was not great. I had 12 all bought new. Diaphragm was weak. I dropped more than one screwing on lenses and they fell on my bed from 18 inches.
Diaphragm immediately became sticky...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-18-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 474
Posted By Ronald M
I have a WLF for my F2. Late post as we are up...

I have a WLF for my F2. Late post as we are up to F4 now
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-15-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,520
Posted By Ronald M
Hold left hand over left eye. Buy a Leica SL or...

Hold left hand over left eye.

Buy a Leica SL or Nikon Z6 or Z7 and use M lenses with adapter Z6 is $2000. Others are more.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-13-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,859
Posted By Ronald M
Digital will yield better prints than Flat bed...

Digital will yield better prints than Flat bed scanner. Better than my KM5400 which was among the best in the day.

Today My D800 nikon on a tripod in good light yields better prints than I could...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-03-2019
Replies: 107
Views: 3,088
Posted By Ronald M
Leica M is what makes a Leica. The rest are just...

Leica M is what makes a Leica. The rest are just expensive cameras.

Mirrorless should be tried b/4 buying. There is a refresh lag between what the lens sees and eyepiece which is very difficult...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-03-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,941
Posted By Ronald M
Finest grain is t Max 100 as a regular film not...

Finest grain is t Max 100 as a regular film not needing exotic developers. I mix D76.

Bergger 400 shot at 200 gives wonder results , somewhere between old films and state if the new ones.

One...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-03-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 7,047
Posted By Ronald M
35 2.0 nikkors, Ai. Both MC & SC. Little...

35 2.0 nikkors, Ai. Both MC & SC. Little difference except for backlight where flare control is better. Flare has more to do with lens design than coatings.

The BIG difference is from no...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-01-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 381
Posted By Ronald M
Russian street photography

We had a new find here in USA 10 years ago. Previously unknown work was found in a storage locker. Now one from Russia shows up with very engaging...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-30-2018
Replies: 256
Views: 5,707
Posted By Ronald M
Lenses 35 or longer work well. Shorter ones do...

Lenses 35 or longer work well. Shorter ones do not work well with any sensor because the ray angle is too acute in the corners. Fuzzy corners and vignetting are the result unless you stop down to...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 12-30-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 665
Posted By Ronald M
Close one room and clean it all. Filter incoming...

Close one room and clean it all. Filter incoming air. Run a hepa air filter to keep the room clean.

You need t make sure what you think is airborn dust is not really debris from water ( 3 micron...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-29-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 578
Posted By Ronald M
Buy a scale and some chems, mix for $1 per liter....

Buy a scale and some chems, mix for $1 per liter. Put in 4 or 8 oz bottles for 1:1 or stock. Write down mix date. In a sealed bottle, it will be perfect for 6 months after which it slowly...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 12-10-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1,617
Posted By Ronald M
I would suggest you play with a mirrorless and...

I would suggest you play with a mirrorless and check the lag in the viewfinder making it impossible to time exposures. Image is jumpy and makes me dizzy. You may not care. I prefer the speed of...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-09-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,649
Posted By Ronald M
#3 We sent buyers to China to see about getting...

#3 We sent buyers to China to see about getting low prices. Zero heat in the factory at below zero F. When the tour guide was questioned about obviously dangerous life threatening practices, the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-09-2018
Replies: 256
Views: 5,707
Posted By Ronald M
Superb camera even at 10/12 MP. Very well built...

Superb camera even at 10/12 MP. Very well built and almost as good as my two D3 which were the best.

your problem will be 20 and 24 mm which will be soft in the corners to 56 or 8, mostly 8. That...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-08-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 776
Posted By Ronald M
Are you testing us? MORE TO IT THAN sensor size,...

Are you testing us?

MORE TO IT THAN sensor size, but all things being equal, bigger is better.
Equal means same print size over 10x, equal pixel size per unit of seńsor area.

Take a PJ camera...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-08-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 827
Posted By Ronald M
Same condition as you. Put a +1 diopter on the...

Same condition as you. Put a +1 diopter on the eyepiece and use top of bifocals.

If your eye doctor has an old fashioned set of trial lenses, use them to find exact + required or try reader at...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-05-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,046
Posted By Ronald M
You can not over agitate in fix. It is a process...

You can not over agitate in fix. It is a process that goes to completion, then stops.

300 ml is too much for a stainless tank. The chemicals need to move and wash spent chemicals from all of the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-04-2018
Replies: 57
Views: 1,813
Posted By Ronald M
ike many things, people do not understand the...

ike many things, people do not understand the machines they use. They do not understand cars, politics , houses, etc. I admit to not understanding movie streaming. Recently I failed to delete a...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-30-2018
Replies: 36
Views: 1,126
Posted By Ronald M
Elmar M is a lovely lens, both of mine. My ...

Elmar M is a lovely lens, both of mine. My Version 3 1969 Summicron is ok. Rigid or DR are nice 28 to 11. I have all of these, but never owned a Planar. Many have developed a focus wobble and...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 11-30-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 619
Posted By Ronald M
KM 5400 is the best software I ever found. It...

KM 5400 is the best software I ever found. It will not run on current OS, Mac or Windows. If you did not clone your old windows disk for installation now including old OS like Vista, I believe...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-30-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 675
Posted By Ronald M
4x6 commercial 3/16. Or none usually. Any...

4x6 commercial 3/16. Or none usually.

Any print to be framed, it depends on frame size If frame is same size as print, I use a spacer to keep print off glass.

If properly matted, Use paper 2"...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-27-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 333
Posted By Ronald M
Have been since my first Leica in 1980. ...

Have been since my first Leica in 1980. Unfortunately only game in town. Market too small for competition .

Mirrorless is latest and M10 is up with the newest and best mirrorless. Just missing...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-21-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 14,827
Posted By Ronald M
Try a 28 R in Leitax mount or Nikon TS with Nikon...

Try a 28 R in Leitax mount or Nikon TS with Nikon to M adapter.

No live view? Use a matt plastic where the film goes, pan up and measure degrees, and figure where top of frame is . Then find...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-16-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 848
Posted By Ronald M
Photo flow not rinsed of reel or tank from...

Photo flow not rinsed of reel or tank from previous use. Agitate for a full 30 sec on immersion with any developer.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-16-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,396
Posted By Ronald M
Agreed. Do not make a mutt of two lenses. Value...

Agreed. Do not make a mutt of two lenses. Value of both will be near zero.

They are exactly the same optically, only the tolerance in final focal length may be different.

The DR will not work...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-10-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 920
Posted By Ronald M
M9 and buy an extra battery or two. Use it like...

M9 and buy an extra battery or two. Use it like a view camera, think before you shoot.

No need to take 25 pics of everything because it is free.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-10-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 772
Posted By Ronald M
The cameras leak air over time. Some more than...

The cameras leak air over time. Some more than others. Proper CLA with clean the crud off the inside.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-07-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2,545
Posted By Ronald M
All true, but I find it nice to have some...

All true, but I find it nice to have some settings programs set up such a studio flash with perfect white balance, shutter speed etc. That way no need to root through menus to change things and the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 11-04-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 902
Posted By Ronald M
It stops like socialism, when there is no more...

It stops like socialism, when there is no more money.

Or you can not carry more stuff and can`t decide what to bring and come to your senses.

Or you run out of storage space.

We should start an...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-01-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 377
Posted By Ronald M
Not leather originally, but vulcanite. It will...

Not leather originally, but vulcanite. It will crumble just like the camera vulcanite does.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-24-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,459
Posted By Ronald M
Just replaced a damaged Nikon D3 so I am back to...

Just replaced a damaged Nikon D3 so I am back to two + D700. I do not often use more than 100 ISO. Actually Kodachrome 25 was my favorite. But I have done D3 @ 1600 for 11x17 prints and they...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-23-2018
Replies: 1
Views: 256
Posted By Ronald M
Cost reduction. PC is mounted in plastic. With...

Cost reduction. PC is mounted in plastic. With M2,3,4, I took out the old fashioned contacts and put in metal mounted modern PC which do not work better, but I don't have to scavenge the old...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-23-2018
Replies: 70
Views: 1,146
Posted By Ronald M
Being a cheap Bohemian, I would not spend it. ...

Being a cheap Bohemian, I would not spend it.

Gas station was a mob scene today with fools buying tickets. It was on TV poor families spend $410 annually on tickets , middle class $1xx.oo. ...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-23-2018
Replies: 136
Views: 6,996
Posted By Ronald M
After getting it to photoshop, color can be...

After getting it to photoshop, color can be corrected by doing RGB each layer separately.

Open in PS, add a levels layer, from channels open R channel and set blacks to 10, whites to 245,...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 10-22-2018
Replies: 124
Views: 18,753
Posted By Ronald M
Years ago someone presented a trip to China. ...

Years ago someone presented a trip to China. Afterwards he was asked what lenses and he scoffed a 50.

In college a presentation was made from Switzerland. Contaflex and 50 and slide film. They...
Forum: Photo Software 10-17-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 581
Posted By Ronald M
Look for u tube videos on how to select hair. ...

Look for u tube videos on how to select hair. Best process out there and it is near perfect. Select the easiest thing and invert mask if required. Process involves making a rough selection and...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-17-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 1,103
Posted By Ronald M
If you wish to screw around with inkjet and...

If you wish to screw around with inkjet and scanning, be my guest. You are better off scanning, correcting, and sending it to a pro lab for printing.

Best is plug in the old Focomat, mix some...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-14-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 2,403
Posted By Ronald M
F2 Nikons are the best film Nikons ever. Early...

F2 Nikons are the best film Nikons ever. Early Nikkormats are also good too.

D3 is a great digital. Use one is like pure perfection unless you need the x or s derivative. Never tried a D4. ...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-14-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 946
Posted By Ronald M
Still too much contrast, but way better. Stand...

Still too much contrast, but way better.

Stand development is not the easiest to control. I know one wedding photog who did it regularly with Plus X and D76. Competitors thought he used 4x5. He...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-14-2018
Replies: 45
Views: 1,852
Posted By Ronald M
Budget is no Leica at all. Old ones can suffer...

Budget is no Leica at all. Old ones can suffer from age related problems like delivered RF mirrors and deteriorate light seals around film gate. Most that are for sale will need a cla now or soon. ...
Forum: RFF Polls 10-13-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,214
Posted By Ronald M
Worn well = good lens when that old. Get both....

Worn well = good lens when that old.

Get both. Keep one or two.

Neither will have good corners on FX digital until 5.6 to 8. Film is fine Both will work on DX digital.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-13-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 946
Posted By Ronald M
They look good on my iMac. Black car top has...

They look good on my iMac. Black car top has detail. There is no good white except perhaps edge of license plate on van. Hard to evaluate whites.

Cardinal rule is exposure controls black detail,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-13-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,303
Posted By Ronald M
If you get a metol sensistivity, Do not go near...

If you get a metol sensistivity, Do not go near it for life. This is rare, very rare, but mixing outside is safe. Or under a range hood with outside venting.

Xtol is nice. Tank car...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-11-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 1,839
Posted By Ronald M
First camera was a Waltz Envoy 50 2.0 Nippon...

First camera was a Waltz Envoy 50 2.0 Nippon Koagu. Really really wanted more lenses. After college graduation, bought a Spotmatic and 8 or more lenses all the same time. Double parked on...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-10-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,182
Posted By Ronald M
Pray he was not the one who ground the...

Pray he was not the one who ground the cam.

Maybe he lost the shim and substituted what he had .

He the lens came to me for repair in "strange condition", I would not work on it without special...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-07-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,492
Posted By Ronald M
They are all fine i f you get one that works &...

They are all fine i f you get one that works & with a warrantee.

Use it a lot before the trip. New cameras , specially used, are best purchased way ahead of a trip.

The older the camera, the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-05-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 1,127
Posted By Ronald M
I have gone back many times and got worse pics...

I have gone back many times and got worse pics than first time.

There are too many variables to outside pics to even equal the first time attempt. Season, time of day, weather are among them.

I do...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-28-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,046
Posted By Ronald M
pro dslr has grown to battleship size with 16"...

pro dslr has grown to battleship size with 16" guns. I am disliking them more and more. Thin the body, but the glass is same or longer. Mirrorless makes me dizzy to look through. Try following a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-23-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 1,073
Posted By Ronald M
Remember English may not be a primary language...

Remember English may not be a primary language for some.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-23-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 627
Posted By Ronald M
My scanner gathers dust since I made a mistake...

My scanner gathers dust since I made a mistake and updated my Mac Software. The Minolta 5400 no longer works, tried various others like Vue Scan and Silverfast and nothing works to my...
Forum: Leica SL 09-23-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 1,932
Posted By Ronald M
Looks better than a box with a hole, but not by...

Looks better than a box with a hole, but not by much.

They should rehire Porsche as design consultants.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 09-17-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,613
Posted By Ronald M
Old days, one monochrome body, one color. As...

Old days, one monochrome body, one color. As many lenses as would fit in space remaining.

Most recent old days, one Leica M body & 3 to 5 lenses and a spare body.

Now one Leica M digital, 3...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-12-2018
Replies: 91
Views: 2,839
Posted By Ronald M
My GAS is cured. Nothing new will improve my...

My GAS is cured. Nothing new will improve my photography.

Mirrorless makes me dizzy and I really do not see the advantage.

My Leica M`s are mirrorless already. Leica picture quality is...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-08-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 490
Posted By Ronald M
Go into a nearly dark room and let your eyes...

Go into a nearly dark room and let your eyes adjust 5 minutes. now take off the back and bottom. Shine a pen light around the outside while you look at inside. Check around all openings. The...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-05-2018
Replies: 56
Views: 1,850
Posted By Ronald M
Remove dust from air, cabinet, small room, hepa...

Remove dust from air, cabinet, small room, hepa filter,etc.

Turn off forced air heat & A/C and allow hours for dust to settle. Morning is good if A/C has been off.

I allow 2 minutes after wash...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-18-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 280
Posted By Ronald M
If you can make a hologram of a "passenger plane"...

If you can make a hologram of a "passenger plane" hitting the south trade center tower, why not a musician?

With tech today you need not believe what you see.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-09-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 537
Posted By Ronald M
Bright line finer has compensation in it.

Bright line finer has compensation in it.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-09-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 734
Posted By Ronald M
My `59 Ford new was $2000. Bottom of line Custom...

My `59 Ford new was $2000. Bottom of line Custom tudoor model with 6 cyl engine and manual transmission. Decent family car with V8, auto, was more money. How much I do not know. I was a high...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-08-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,224
Posted By Ronald M
Had a 35 mm Waltz Envoy in 1960 as a college...

Had a 35 mm Waltz Envoy in 1960 as a college camera. 50 mm Nikkor permanently on it. Drove me nuts.

Skipping to 2018, I am getting old and do not want to carry much. M plus 1,2, or 3 lenses at...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 07-22-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,277
Posted By Ronald M
Paper is processed at 100 deg F, far above room...

Paper is processed at 100 deg F, far above room temp. Even if you floated them in hot water, maintaining temp would be difficult.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 07-20-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,277
Posted By Ronald M
If you have good access to paper and chems in...

If you have good access to paper and chems in home size quantity and a permanent darkroom, go for it.

A temp controlled bath is required to hold 100 deg F.

A NOVA processor makes anything else look...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-19-2018
Replies: 118
Views: 5,348
Posted By Ronald M
Rigid `Cron IF you can find a good one. APO...

Rigid `Cron IF you can find a good one. APO 50 Summicron is next best. For 2.8 the Elmar M are in-between.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-19-2018
Replies: 126
Views: 5,840
Posted By Ronald M
Nikon F2 plain prism or F. Nikon D3 . Early...

Nikon F2 plain prism or F.

Nikon D3 .

Early Nikormats FT or FT N has same guts as Nikon F with less options a student does not need.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-14-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,012
Posted By Ronald M
Simple. A great number of people don't get it. ...

Simple. A great number of people don't get it. So Nikon keeps it simple stupid. People think the camera is supposed to do all the work.

Some consumer cameras do not even have an easily accessible...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-05-2018
Replies: 109
Views: 27,220
Posted By Ronald M
Nothing to worry about so long as you do not mind...

Nothing to worry about so long as you do not mind finding proper contrast by experiment for every roll!!.

Get it right to begin with and it all works.

I have a darkroom book Ilford gave out at some...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-04-2018
Replies: 60
Views: 2,796
Posted By Ronald M
Just replaced one of my Nikon D3 that got flooded...

Just replaced one of my Nikon D3 that got flooded from water bottle in camera bag. I have made 11x17 prints at 1600 iso that stand close scrutiny, nose close. MP is in 12 range. Color is...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-04-2018
Replies: 50
Views: 1,652
Posted By Ronald M
Judging from what I own, D40 Nikon & either kit...

Judging from what I own, D40 Nikon & either kit 18/135 or 35 1.8 for 28 2.8. Six MP does pretty well for 11x14.

35 mm Rollie super small with 40 mm 3.5 Tessar. Forget the exact model but from...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-03-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 1,370
Posted By Ronald M
LTM compares most favorably with Rigid & DR...

LTM compares most favorably with Rigid & DR Summicrons. Color and contrast better.

I read recently the first Sumi was made for slides which have a lot of contrast. Mine was somewhat flat.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-27-2018
Replies: 60
Views: 2,796
Posted By Ronald M
Just replaced one of my 12 MP Nikon D3. 800 and...

Just replaced one of my 12 MP Nikon D3. 800 and 800E have more MP but not the joy to use. Leica digital RF are fine as is.

Need more MP? Stitch a pano or up rez with new Photoshop algorithm in CC...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-27-2018
Replies: 824
Views: 84,157
Posted By Ronald M
No better RF out there. Cost benefit ratio...

No better RF out there. Cost benefit ratio suggests less expensive DSLR.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-27-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 784
Posted By Ronald M
105 2.5 Ai is superb. The original 105 is same...

105 2.5 Ai is superb.

The original 105 is same quality at distance, but not as sharp at near min focus. This lens has a rear element the size of a dime. Ai and AiS have rear elements as big as...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-26-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,323
Posted By Ronald M
Buy a working metered film slr. They are cheap. ...

Buy a working metered film slr. They are cheap. Resell as required. Nikon Ai and AiS lenses can be later used Nikon DSLR.

My opinion is film has no or not much advantage over digital. Home...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-25-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 5,549
Posted By Ronald M
No DF2. There will be a mirrorless FF Nikon that...

No DF2. There will be a mirrorless FF Nikon that will solve the focus screen and size problems. Will be an extension tube for all previous slr lenses that will make it grow back.

Will I buy one? ...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-15-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 3,063
Posted By Ronald M
Some Chinese and other Asians pride themselves on...

Some Chinese and other Asians pride themselves on being able to "cheat" at business.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-15-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 4,165
Posted By Ronald M
# 1 shutter will not release if lens cap is...

# 1 shutter will not release if lens cap is on.

#2 can not wind past 36

#3 Camera sounds alarm if pointed toward sun

#4 People with little money should never buy a "cheap" used one. They...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-15-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,480
Posted By Ronald M
B/4 you start, put developer in one container, ...

B/4 you start, put developer in one container, ss in a second, fix in a third. Mark the bottles well and put them in order .

Never mix as you go. Cook the same way, measure out everything, ...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-11-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 881
Posted By Ronald M
You need real Nikkor reels. I was given some...

You need real Nikkor reels. I was given some that look real, but are not. Real one grab the film by a mechanism I have yet to figure out.
Perhaps someday I will ponder it more. I purchased most...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-10-2018
Replies: 47
Views: 2,292
Posted By Ronald M
When digital came along I could see my 25 was...

When digital came along I could see my 25 was only sharp in the center and decentered a lot. It is my best paperweight. Have not purchased anything CV since.
Forum: RFF News 06-10-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 2,558
Posted By Ronald M
The Iowa class is supposed to replace the heavy...

The Iowa class is supposed to replace the heavy cruisers if they are ever needed. The heavy cruisers are all worn out.

Interesting vid on You Tube on a tour of one turret on the BB`s. They are...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-09-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,298
Posted By Ronald M
My thought is the stuff is 20 years old and not...

My thought is the stuff is 20 years old and not worth fooling with for serious work.

one roll to experiment for ISO and fog. Play with rest.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-31-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 706
Posted By Ronald M
B&H Comes in Yellow box for 24 or 36 pics. Not...

B&H Comes in Yellow box for 24 or 36 pics. Not expensive, but short lived.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-31-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 474
Posted By Ronald M
mount need modifying to bring up 35 mm lines if...

mount need modifying to bring up 35 mm lines if possible. Will be scale focus without eyes no mater how you use it.

Use as switch the eyes
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-29-2018
Replies: 53
Views: 3,465
Posted By Ronald M
vote with your wallet like me

vote with your wallet like me
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-27-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 471
Posted By Ronald M
Does it line up with strap lugs? Do not forget...

Does it line up with strap lugs? Do not forget film is upside down in camera.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-26-2018
Replies: 93
Views: 6,589
Posted By Ronald M
Use EI200 and cut development 20%. Grain...

Use EI200 and cut development 20%. Grain almost gone. I use D76.

Not a big fan of fast film, but this really works for me.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-26-2018
Replies: 48
Views: 2,559
Posted By Ronald M
Preview levers on previous r models were...

Preview levers on previous r models were frequently sticky and expensive to repair.

Maybe some real owners can advise.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-25-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 618
Posted By Ronald M
M2R were for the government originally. Some...

M2R were for the government originally. Some were over produced and sold to general public.

I liked mine and wish I still had it. There were quite collectable at one time, maybe still.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-25-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 523
Posted By Ronald M
Yes Yellow ok, experiment to find the rest. ...

Yes Yellow ok, experiment to find the rest.

But remember, always best to meter with no filter, add filter compensation, screw on filter and make pic. This is for nit pickers, but valid. ...
Forum: Travel 05-23-2018
Replies: 142
Views: 4,522
Posted By Ronald M
Leica M digital, 35,50 90 lenses.

Leica M digital, 35,50 90 lenses.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-23-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1,103
Posted By Ronald M
I have some 50 year old K 2 slides that look like...

I have some 50 year old K 2 slides that look like new. Waltz Envoy camera, 50 2.0 Nippon Kogaku lens.

I can not find that combo in the Waltz records. Sadly I did not appreciate the 50 2.0...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-21-2018
Replies: 242
Views: 82,099
Posted By Ronald M
Never checked focus shift with mine, but it is...

Never checked focus shift with mine, but it is easily check at infinity, 20 and 10 feet, and see how much you need to compensate.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-21-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 652
Posted By Ronald M
You mean the magnifying lens?

You mean the magnifying lens?
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-21-2018
Replies: 115
Views: 4,630
Posted By Ronald M
The M10 is really like a film M. Handles the...

The M10 is really like a film M. Handles the same or close. Leica lenses are better than my Nikon primes. Both have improved since Nikon F days. The gap is still there but perhaps smaller. ...
Forum: Travel 05-21-2018
Replies: 142
Views: 4,522
Posted By Ronald M
Is it as bad as hauling a RB67 to Door County...

Is it as bad as hauling a RB67 to Door County from Chicago with 3 lenses, 2 backs and one dark slide ? I found a photo studio/camera store about 50 miles away which had one for sale.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-20-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 457
Posted By Ronald M
Construction of V3 is superior. V4 is glued...

Construction of V3 is superior. V4 is glued together and there used to be many threads on glue breaking. Frequently the V4 hood was crooked due to misalignment during gluing.

Should you go V4...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-15-2018
Replies: 464
Views: 95,697
Posted By Ronald M
Keep the 3.5 is my advice. Was never happy with...

Keep the 3.5 is my advice. Was never happy with my 2.8
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-13-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 446
Posted By Ronald M
Move the focus screen up or down. If back...

Move the focus screen up or down. If back focusing, the screen is too high.

On a regular Viso 3, 4 screws hold the screen in place. I do not recall any simple adjustments.

The mirror may not...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-04-2018
Replies: 55
Views: 3,042
Posted By Ronald M
Simple. Kept my Leica darkroom for...

Simple. Kept my Leica darkroom for monochrome.

I will buy software for my KM5400 or buy the best new scanner without going to $10000 for color.

You could send out negs to commercial pro lab to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-03-2018
Replies: 277
Views: 37,699
Posted By Ronald M
$34 bought me a FTN , not pristine but works. Ft...

$34 bought me a FTN , not pristine but works. Ft owned by me for 5 years now, $60.
Works well

FE2 is also in my collection. Three F2 also reside at my home. Lenses are from AiS and I use them on...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-03-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 2,606
Posted By Ronald M
I am into interchangeable lenses. Wide, medium...

I am into interchangeable lenses. Wide, medium and short tele are 3 giant boxes and are worth a kings ransom
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-01-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,134
Posted By Ronald M
Me too, old and cranky. One store within 10...

Me too, old and cranky. One store within 10 miles has decent monochrome supplies. My son takes his daughter to downtown orchestra practice and goes to Central Camera for some supplies.

That is...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-28-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 634
Posted By Ronald M
Flip the film and rescan. If lines are still...

Flip the film and rescan. If lines are still there, it is on the film and it is a shutter fault.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-23-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 768
Posted By Ronald M
Light baffles deteriorate with time. For M...

Light baffles deteriorate with time. For M cameras there are mylar replacements.

To find leaks, use a very small light like a keychain light and a dark room. Tough when the back does not open,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-21-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 704
Posted By Ronald M
pc reconditioning tools for the PC male. As a...

pc reconditioning tools for the PC male.

As a safety, I wire the cable to the strap lug so there is no tension to pull it out. Fancy connectors that do the same are sold for big profit.

M2 & M3...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-21-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1,754
Posted By Ronald M
Changing bag and build a wire frame to hold it up...

Changing bag and build a wire frame to hold it up and open. #10 is ok.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-21-2018
Replies: 37
Views: 1,668
Posted By Ronald M
I have pro level Nikons with video. Do not know...

I have pro level Nikons with video. Do not know if it works.

Just replaced a non repairable D3 that got some water damage. $1000
with 2000 clicks. So I am back to low use pair. Minimal stuff on...
Forum: RFF News 04-21-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,419
Posted By Ronald M
The loophole is do not sign up. You signed away...

The loophole is do not sign up. You signed away your rights when you signed on legal or not. Still they can not get things YOU do not put out there.

Today they record every phone call without a...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-21-2018
Replies: 96
Views: 4,616
Posted By Ronald M
Two Elmar M, silver & black. Love the images. ...

Two Elmar M, silver & black. Love the images. Bought the silver years ago and it looks terrible on black digital M, so I.

Two 35, V4 lives on M8, Asph moves around different cameras.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-20-2018
Replies: 37
Views: 1,668
Posted By Ronald M
My nikons have lots of features I don`t use. ...

My nikons have lots of features I don`t use. Digital Leicas seem about right.

Then again JPEGS I can control are handy once in a blue moon.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-20-2018
Replies: 76
Views: 4,302
Posted By Ronald M
Democracy only works if the citizens are well...

Democracy only works if the citizens are well informed.
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 04-19-2018
Replies: 65
Views: 3,486
Posted By Ronald M
As above, wides do not work well on Sony although...

As above, wides do not work well on Sony although the camera can be modified.

Sony will be in financial stress very soon.

I have three M`s so poor service time is of no consequence to me. To be...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-19-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1,178
Posted By Ronald M
It comes back to the same old issue, nearly...

It comes back to the same old issue, nearly impossible to get to get a commercial source to print the file perfectly, not just commercially acceptable. Certainly possible to get a decent $20 8x10...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 04-18-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 691
Posted By Ronald M
Suggest you do a search for companies offering...

Suggest you do a search for companies offering such tools, then phone and ask.

Mac screens can not be fully calibrated as they are missing some controls.

Last hint, holding down F1 or F2 +...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 04-18-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 1,883
Posted By Ronald M
39 mm filters with thread OUT can be substituted...

39 mm filters with thread OUT can be substituted in the rubber shade
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-10-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 618
Posted By Ronald M
90% of old Leicas are a money pit. Picture is...

90% of old Leicas are a money pit. Picture is such junk we can not tell even what is in it.

TAKE A PASS.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-09-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 609
Posted By Ronald M
I do not think you are interpreting the spec...

I do not think you are interpreting the spec sheet correctly. A short roll or one with few dense highlights will need less stock. The spec has been around for 50 years that I know of and is based...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-08-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 609
Posted By Ronald M
Use stock solution and save time. Use diluted ...

Use stock solution and save time. Use diluted and save money. your choice.

Buy another tank and do two at once.

4 oz or 120 ml stock is required.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-06-2018
Replies: 83
Views: 6,209
Posted By Ronald M
What I do also. Have not had to pick up dust...

What I do also. Have not had to pick up dust from sensor for a very long time. PREVENTION is key.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-06-2018
Replies: 83
Views: 6,209
Posted By Ronald M
I kept one M6 which takes 36 fresh sensors at one...

I kept one M6 which takes 36 fresh sensors at one load.

Digital is really nice though. Clean out the camera before stuff migrates to the sensor. Dust and grime are detrimental to shutter life...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-06-2018
Replies: 87
Views: 3,142
Posted By Ronald M
Marty Foresher ran a very pro oriented camera...

Marty Foresher ran a very pro oriented camera repair business in New York City. First class ++ all the way.

He referred to Pro Nikons and Canons as "buit like a hockey puck." I have since...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-05-2018
Replies: 323
Views: 25,380
Posted By Ronald M
Same. Maybe if I had a Hassy or Rollie SLR. ...

Same. Maybe if I had a Hassy or Rollie SLR. Used a 500C once. Not pleased.

Zone 6 4x5 is honey
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-04-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 607
Posted By Ronald M
There are no decent home scanners you can afford...

There are no decent home scanners you can afford any more. Flatbeds are trash.

Get a Nikon 850 and film scan attachments if you use color neg, otherwise a copy stand, film holder and mask will do...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-04-2018
Replies: 137
Views: 4,732
Posted By Ronald M
Had a Waltz Envoy with Nikor 50 2.0 in College,...

Had a Waltz Envoy with Nikor 50 2.0 in College, early 60`s. Seemed adequate, but I knew little.

Bought extensive Pentax system 1966. Never could get monochrome quality of the sample books at...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-03-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 1,564
Posted By Ronald M
You can tell if new model sensor is in the camera...

You can tell if new model sensor is in the camera by firmware installed unless someone faked it.

If no sensors are available, they will discount a new camera replacement.

Mine is packed away in...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-03-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 909
Posted By Ronald M
It is a magnifier so it enlarges RF patch and...

It is a magnifier so it enlarges RF patch and frame line size. 1.25 makes it close to M3.

1.25 is for 50 & 75 lenses.

1.4 is for 90 &135 lenses. I would not use them for a 50 as it might move...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-26-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 2,144
Posted By Ronald M
Nice kits except no stabilizer. I used to buy...

Nice kits except no stabilizer. I used to buy Kodak.

Everyone else has given proper advice
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-24-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,851
Posted By Ronald M
Calumet shutter tester if you can find...

Calumet shutter tester if you can find one.

Digital camera should work ok as shown above.

TV screens and record players were used in the past
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-21-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 1,425
Posted By Ronald M
Camera production was brought up to modern...

Camera production was brought up to modern maching standard, i.e. make the parts to tighter tolerances so less adjustment points were required in assembly. Cost saving.

Some cost cutting like...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 03-21-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 3,063
Posted By Ronald M
Sellers need a way to "blacklist"...

Sellers need a way to "blacklist" buyers.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-19-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 630
Posted By Ronald M
Always be careful.. Ebay is where people sell...

Always be careful.. Ebay is where people sell off their bad stuff.

CDS cells are old and frequently bad rendering them useless. There is one Nikon repairman in UK who had a batch made for his...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-19-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 738
Posted By Ronald M
Perhaps I am wrong, but I remember some 35 & 50...

Perhaps I am wrong, but I remember some 35 & 50 Summicrons made for Japan ONLY that were convertible. Date late 1990`s or 2000.

Maybe they were late issue screw mounts only.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-16-2018
Replies: 114
Views: 3,656
Posted By Ronald M
Bless you. Same two for film. Digital M and D3...

Bless you. Same two for film. Digital M and D3 , D750 or 800 Nikon for digital.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-14-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 681
Posted By Ronald M
Every time I reuse film fix, similar...

Every time I reuse film fix, similar happens.

They go right through coffee filters. You need pro filter paper. Fisher Scientific.

I reuse fixer as first fix or for trial prints. Problem gone.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-13-2018
Replies: 314
Views: 86,924
Posted By Ronald M
Do not scan. Print film. Shoot digital and...

Do not scan. Print film. Shoot digital and skip scan step.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-12-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 719
Posted By Ronald M
Lots of bad unsound advice on the net. I assure...

Lots of bad unsound advice on the net. I assure you the manufacturer instructions will give the best possible results under a variety of conditions.

Daylight film inside requires a cc filter, blue...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-11-2018
Replies: 109
Views: 9,852
Posted By Ronald M
M6 will be repairable for a long time. I would...

M6 will be repairable for a long time.

I would stay away from special one off types. The whole inside is is different from other M cameras. CRISS battery adapter does not work properly in it . ...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-11-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,760
Posted By Ronald M
Has a special rendering unlike anything else. ...

Has a special rendering unlike anything else. Coating is butter soft and invest in the proper shade .
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-11-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1,093
Posted By Ronald M
One time B&H put a filter on back order, charged...

One time B&H put a filter on back order, charged me, and after a year never shipped.
A 2 minute phone call resolved it.

Dozens of orders have been fine.

I would like to recommend Roberts Camera and...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-09-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 1,005
Posted By Ronald M
As focal length gets shorter, subject in corners...

As focal length gets shorter, subject in corners has to distort toward corners. Circles will become ellipses. This is a result of trying to get three dimensions onto a flat plane.

Look up earth...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-08-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,362
Posted By Ronald M
I have no trouble with each new Nikon. Turn mode...

I have no trouble with each new Nikon. Turn mode to M. Figure where to turn on image review (chimp) and then good to go. Forgot to add turn on back button focus for when I use AF lenses.

Probably...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-07-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 488
Posted By Ronald M
Expired even though frozen and or developer or...

Expired even though frozen and or developer or color developer too old. Contamination gives weird results also. Does not take much.

I used to buy 6 step kits and extra developer so it would be...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-25-2018
Replies: 44
Views: 5,016
Posted By Ronald M
My version 1 35 2.0 was far and away better than...

My version 1 35 2.0 was far and away better than my 2.8 Summaron which contradicts the report in LHS publication. Maybe I had a bad sample. Regardless moved on to V4 that lives on my M8 and ASPH on...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-24-2018
Replies: 56
Views: 2,489
Posted By Ronald M
I bought some Nikon F2 plain prism cameras from...

I bought some Nikon F2 plain prism cameras from Japan. No issues.

If I could buy in USA and see first, that would be better.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-24-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,908
Posted By Ronald M
This is why we need more border protection and...

This is why we need more border protection and when it is all said all 4 borders will need strengthening.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 02-24-2018
Replies: 824
Views: 84,157
Posted By Ronald M
Leica prices have kept with inflation. Problem...

Leica prices have kept with inflation. Problem being average persons income has not.

That leaves hedge fund managers, doctors and lawyers , being those who can afford one.


Restrictions on pro...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-22-2018
Replies: 257
Views: 55,235
Posted By Ronald M
except for digital

except for digital
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-22-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 992
Posted By Ronald M
I despise FedEx. ditto ditto Delivery people...

I despise FedEx.

ditto ditto

Delivery people are contractors, not employees and could not care less what they do. Overnight special delivery packages have been left at my home when they belong...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-17-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1,103
Posted By Ronald M
I bought camera just to get plain prisms, one...

I bought camera just to get plain prisms, one black, one silver. DP1 & DP2 are in storage.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-11-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 2,388
Posted By Ronald M
Buy film Spool as required Shoot Develop in...

Buy film Spool as required Shoot Develop in D76 1:1 Print with focomat.

Train next generation as much as I can.

Do more digital than film lately as I can do more with my computer. Send to a...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-11-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,628
Posted By Ronald M
Summicron ASPH or current 1.4 lux. Otherwise...

Summicron ASPH or current 1.4 lux. Otherwise save your cash
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-10-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 537
Posted By Ronald M
Be mindful leather deteriorates with time unless...

Be mindful leather deteriorates with time unless it is treated frequently with preservative and nobody does that.

Leica M10 now comes with a leather strap and split rings like 50 years ago. Yuck....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-10-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 2,259
Posted By Ronald M
I was wrong. Film is not dead. Still have...

I was wrong. Film is not dead. Still have complete all Leica darkroom which I now share with my son.

Home color is going away and has been since 1970. Harder and harder to get supplies in...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-06-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 401
Posted By Ronald M
Watch for condensation. Seal with zip lok...

Watch for condensation. Seal with zip lok bag.

If you do not have 15 bucks for a second loader, pull out the film and return to original packaging complete with sealing tape. Will be fine...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-05-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 719
Posted By Ronald M
I used masking tape for decades before moving to...

I used masking tape for decades before moving to Leica cassetts that do not use tape.

Use 3 to 4 inches of tape. start on emulsion side and wrap around spool and finish with 2" on the other side. ...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-05-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,894
Posted By Ronald M
Split D23 or divided D23 unless the film has been...

Split D23 or divided D23 unless the film has been reformulated to thin emulsion.

In that case, shoot at 200 and reduce developer time 20%.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-03-2018
Replies: 36
Views: 2,303
Posted By Ronald M
Usually. I have little respect for most...

Usually. I have little respect for most politicians and law enforcement and that will really set me off.

Please do not get me started. The day has started well.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-03-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,228
Posted By Ronald M
Dichroics are a type of filter on glass substrate...

Dichroics are a type of filter on glass substrate used to color the bulb light either for color or VC monochrome printing.

Diffusion is non condenser enlarger where light is diffused before...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-02-2018
Replies: 36
Views: 2,303
Posted By Ronald M
Maybe they figured they can not charge double or...

Maybe they figured they can not charge double or more what others want. Free enterprise you know.

I already ditched them and will not go back.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-31-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1,525
Posted By Ronald M
You really need to code for full frame camera. ...

You really need to code for full frame camera. What you use may work on M8, not to corners on M9.

If you use car lacquer, easy to redo.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-31-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1,525
Posted By Ronald M
There are coding charts on line for m lenses. ...

There are coding charts on line for m lenses. Find best match and code with sharpie pen and see how it works.

If you bought a screw mount, code able lens screw to M adapters available on line. ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-31-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 2,273
Posted By Ronald M
Leave some trinkets out where they can be seen...

Leave some trinkets out where they can be seen easily. Hide or lock up the rest. Generally burglars spend less than 10 minutes in a home.

My inlays used to leave a few hundred dollars on the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-24-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,059
Posted By Ronald M
After checking with a tripod and you find you...

After checking with a tripod and you find you still are off handheld, I suggest a visit to your chiropractor. Many people have or develop a head lean.
Mine was there in 6 th grade when I thought...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-21-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 2,061
Posted By Ronald M
I started with a Waltz Envoy & 50 2.0 Nikkor...

I started with a Waltz Envoy & 50 2.0 Nikkor fixed on it. When money became available, bought Pentax and 12 lenses. And so on thru a few camera systems.

Now using a Leica with one 50. Learn to...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-21-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,456
Posted By Ronald M
Two years ago I was in a local gas station on...

Two years ago I was in a local gas station on Sunday morning and there were people there offering a chance at free gas if I would tell them where I bought my Sunday paper.
I told them I had not...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-19-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 654
Posted By Ronald M
Protection is a hand or neck strap. Change film...

Protection is a hand or neck strap. Change film or lenses over a bag, sitting on grass or bench. Handle only one item at a time.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-17-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,853
Posted By Ronald M
Does a musician buy a new violin every month or a...

Does a musician buy a new violin every month or a cabinet maker a new table saw. NO.

Nothing is perfect so you learn to use what you have to the best advantage.

Two things I don`t like are the...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-16-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 688
Posted By Ronald M
Yes, two versions. First had oversize cut for...

Yes, two versions. First had oversize cut for neg. Second has a blue mask embedded into the glass. Second has top AN and bottom plain glass.

I think the first had no bottom glass, but I never...
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