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Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10 Hours Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 562
Posted By Freakscene
I guess none of you know Kyle Cassidy... Marty

I guess none of you know Kyle Cassidy...

Marty
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10 Hours Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 350
Posted By Freakscene
Absolutely Brett, when I am not book-ended by...

Absolutely Brett, when I am not book-ended by work and home commitments. I was in Tasmania for less than 30 hours this time, sad to say.

Beautiful photos and flowers Nick. I’ve seen many, but...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 18 Hours Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 350
Posted By Freakscene
Just work this time, sadly, but I do come pretty...

Just work this time, sadly, but I do come pretty often.

And I have had time to eat some amazing oysters.

Marty
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 1 Day Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 350
Posted By Freakscene
Beautiful, and apt, seeing as I am sitting in a...

Beautiful, and apt, seeing as I am sitting in a motel in Orford, Tasmania, writing some presentations for a meeting that I am attending.

Marty
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 644
Posted By Freakscene
Sorry if it sounded like a lecture. Just let us...

Sorry if it sounded like a lecture.

Just let us know how you go when you attempt the repair!

Marty
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 644
Posted By Freakscene
It’s separation, but from balsam autdegradation...

It’s separation, but from balsam autdegradation rather than from a breakage or bubble. Balsam gets hard over time unevenly which creates internal shear forces that pull it apart. When this happens...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 644
Posted By Freakscene
That’s not fungus. Marty

That’s not fungus.

Marty
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 329
Posted By Freakscene
https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread...

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=49972

Marty
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 644
Posted By Freakscene
https://www.edmundoptics.co.uk/f/norland-optical-a...

https://www.edmundoptics.co.uk/f/norland-optical-adhesives/11818 or search the web for optical adhesive UK. The Norland 60 and 61 will release in methylene chloride even when fully cured. If you...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 826
Posted By Freakscene
The R6 is pretty good. The R3-5, R7 and RE are...

The R6 is pretty good. The R3-5, R7 and RE are the ones that are terrible.



That depends on what you think is Ďworthwhileí and what is Ďwideí. But they are all at least very good. The e55 28mm...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 644
Posted By Freakscene
https://rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php...

https://rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=89797

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10834

Marty
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 644
Posted By Freakscene
I use bucket loads of microscopy grade canada...

I use bucket loads of microscopy grade canada balsam at work to mount the small marine animals we work on. It is always yellow. Good optical cement is properly clear, with no tint, has a reliable...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 644
Posted By Freakscene
Multiple unit optical groups are designed to not...

Multiple unit optical groups are designed to not have an airspace, to utilize the glass to glass change in refractive index. Putting an airspace in there would render the lens useless.

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 297
Posted By Freakscene
Tube systems work much more consistently than a...

Tube systems work much more consistently than a tank with reels unless your tank technique is just right (and even then it’s amazing how many processing artefacts you see on well developed film). ...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 62
Views: 1,464
Posted By Freakscene
There is a TLR in the camera scrum; could be a...

There is a TLR in the camera scrum; could be a Rollei.

This is the ceiling of the Katholische Kirche Dr. Karl Lueger Gedšchtnis Kirche in the Wiener Zentralfriedhof featured at the end of the Vienna...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 644
Posted By Freakscene
The balsam you'll get online is not optical grade...

The balsam you'll get online is not optical grade and will be yellower than you'd like from the outset. Buy some optical cement if you can, but get one that can be released if you need to.

What...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 644
Posted By Freakscene
It is feasible but risky. Slow, controlled...

It is feasible but risky. Slow, controlled heating - it’s the rate at which you heat it that’s important - is the key. There are general instructions at several astronomy sites, such as:...
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 1,125
Posted By Freakscene
I generally find that putting an eye in Rodinal...

I generally find that putting an eye in Rodinal or D76 stings, and can cause permanent damage, so I don’t recommend developing eyes, even ones belonging to photographers.

Marty
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 283
Views: 11,560
Posted By Freakscene
All you need to do is match the refractive index...

All you need to do is match the refractive index and colour transmission and the rendering will be the same. Glass to do it is available, particularly in China.



Manufacturing the right kinds of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 556
Posted By Freakscene
When? In 1998 I chose black and white and have...

When? In 1998 I chose black and white and have stuck with it for my own work since.

Maybe that wasn't what you were asking...

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 886
Posted By Freakscene
Itís a nice demonstration. I am not sure what...

Itís a nice demonstration. I am not sure what process he is using exactly, Pt/Pd prints usually form completely during exposure (ziatype) or not at all (other chemistries) rather than...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 886
Posted By Freakscene
I also saw this show, but at a different...

I also saw this show, but at a different location. Not sure if the prints were the same. I thought several of the photos were overmanipulated and looked terrible. Some of the tonal transitions...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 62
Views: 1,464
Posted By Freakscene
That deal means nothing to...

That deal means nothing to meeeeeee!
https://youtu.be/xJeWySiuq1I

Marty
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 49
Views: 1,576
Posted By Freakscene
I guess you bought a Huff spirit box. Or maybe...

I guess you bought a Huff spirit box. Or maybe the DEADWAVE ITC Spirit Communication App!!!

Retinax got it all in before me. There is no reason to assume the camera or film would experience those...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 886
Posted By Freakscene
The technology has moved on from the approach in...

The technology has moved on from the approach in Dan Burkholder's book. The easiest way to get really good results doing this currently is to use PiezeDN. https://piezography.com/piezodn It sorts...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 886
Posted By Freakscene
Buy some Lodima from Paula Chamlee, it’s the...

Buy some Lodima from Paula Chamlee, it’s the closest to the chloride contact papers that Weston used. Otherwise use Adox Lupex. Expose in a contact print frame under a bulb. Develop the paper in...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 2,272
Posted By Freakscene
Black paint seven element rigid 50 Summicron next...

Black paint seven element rigid 50 Summicron next please. Leave off the infinity lock.

I had a nice 8 element 35/2, but sold it to a collector. This lens I would be fine about using as hard as I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 78
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 2,101
Posted By Freakscene
Thatís correct. What the top plate is made of...

Thatís correct. What the top plate is made of has remarkably little influence on the photos.

These are 40 year old cameras, if you can get one with a recent verifiable receipt for a clean,...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-06-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,533
Posted By Freakscene
If you have a clean room and proper equipment,...

If you have a clean room and proper equipment, cleaning the mirror is easy. Doing it at home, well, I think it's likely your cleaning could turn into a 'dirtying'.



Indeed. I just dug out the...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-06-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,533
Posted By Freakscene
My comment is a quote from Don, although he...

My comment is a quote from Don, although he didn’t specify of which type. I found one in the 1990s. Maybe he doesn’t really know exactly?

Irrespective, it’s a very, very useful and cool accessory...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-06-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,533
Posted By Freakscene
It’s one of those pellicle mirror housings built...

It’s one of those pellicle mirror housings built by Don Goldberg’s father. Pretty awesome. Less than 50 built according to Don. There is a spacer and no shutter release lever.

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-06-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,323
Posted By Freakscene
Just checked - for Aussies, Film Bloke...

Just checked - for Aussies, Film Bloke lives!
https://www.thefilmbloke.com.au

Marty
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-27-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 420
Posted By Freakscene
I have found, sadly, that if you don't have your...

I have found, sadly, that if you don't have your digital Leica and your lenses calibrated every few years (depending on how much and how hard you use them) focus calibration...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-26-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 420
Posted By Freakscene
No. The focus shift is exactly the same - focus...

No. The focus shift is exactly the same - focus shift is an optical property of the lens and has nothing to do with the camera or recording medium. But - film just shows focus shift less clearly...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-26-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 690
Posted By Freakscene
It usually is, but you have a brick until you fix...

It usually is, but you have a brick until you fix it. In one of my RXs and one ST, when the mirror slip happened other things broke that weren't easily fixed. I got https://contaxrepairs.com/ to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-26-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 690
Posted By Freakscene
The only ones that tick all your boxes are the...

The only ones that tick all your boxes are the Aria or the N series.

The Aria is the only one of the manual focus Comtax SLRs with matrix metering. It is also the only one with a mirror that is...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 06-23-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 368
Posted By Freakscene
Agree. I used to set an assignment where...

Agree. I used to set an assignment where students would compare several Jane Bown photos of teens with some of Joseph Szabo’s:...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 06-23-2019
Replies: 74
Views: 1,865
Posted By Freakscene
Stellar Phoenix worked for me on a card that...

Stellar Phoenix worked for me on a card that Sandisk Rescue Pro and several other programs could not recover.

Marty
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-21-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 487
Posted By Freakscene
There are dozens of sellers on eBay. The Swiss...

There are dozens of sellers on eBay. The Swiss made Renata brand for watches are definitely silver oxide.

Marty
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-21-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 487
Posted By Freakscene
Alkaline batteries have different discharge...

Alkaline batteries have different discharge characteristics, but if the batteries are fresh and the cameras are malfunctioning it is most likely that there is something wrong with the cameras. But...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-20-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 487
Posted By Freakscene
The original RTS used a 6V PX28 or 2x LR44...

The original RTS used a 6V PX28 or 2x LR44 batteries.

As Steve_M points out you can use 4 1.5V batteries theoretically, but it would be hard to load them in and out of the battery compartment.

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-20-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,533
Posted By Freakscene
There is no need to be insulting. If you don’t...

There is no need to be insulting.

If you don’t have a dark space, to load a tank with regular reels you also need a change bag or some other way of keeping things dark to load the reels before you...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-19-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 795
Posted By Freakscene
Maybe Colin Wood travels the US trying to erase...

Maybe Colin Wood travels the US trying to erase his image!? That would make a great plot for a novel.

Marty
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-19-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 795
Posted By Freakscene
Neil Selkirk is the only authorised printer of...

Neil Selkirk is the only authorised printer of Arbus'...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-19-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1,255
Posted By Freakscene
The M7 shutter works at 1/60 and 1/125 if the...

The M7 shutter works at 1/60 and 1/125 if the batteries are flat. The ZI does not work with a flat battery.

The Leica M7 was discontinued in May 2018 and is no longer produced.

Marty
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-19-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1,255
Posted By Freakscene
I must admit, like with Jaguar cars, to have...

I must admit, like with Jaguar cars, to have found the need for two M7s so I can have an operational one at all times, but only have found the need for one MP.

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-19-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,533
Posted By Freakscene
I beta tested a pre-production model. I...

I beta tested a pre-production model. I recommend it; for me it worked just like a modern Rondinax. I did, however, only develop about 20 rolls in it so I can’t comment on longevity or robustness...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-19-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 814
Posted By Freakscene
The last time I ordered Slavich papers (direct...

The last time I ordered Slavich papers (direct from Russia) they said the single weight base was no longer made so the papers were offered only in double weight.

Marty
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-18-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 814
Posted By Freakscene
If you find any single weight FB paper let us...

If you find any single weight FB paper let us know. I am not sure any is manufactured anymore.

Marty
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-18-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 795
Posted By Freakscene
...And No One Else Wanted to Play, right? ...

...And No One Else Wanted to Play, right? Yes:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...And_No_One_Else_Wanted_to_Play
The first versions used Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park as the cover.

I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-18-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 795
Posted By Freakscene
A faint sinister deadness

Mike Johnston, formerly the Editor of Photo Techniques magazine, and lately of the blog The Online Photographer, is recovering from a corneal transplant. Itís a pretty difficult thing to happen to a...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-18-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 814
Posted By Freakscene
I dry FB prints in 2-3 changes of blotters then a...

I dry FB prints in 2-3 changes of blotters then a dry mount press. It is incredibly dry here in summer on the edge of the Australian desert, <10% RH, like where Bob is but for him the dry time is...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-18-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,533
Posted By Freakscene
Ars-Imago mailed me this morning to tell me that...

Ars-Imago mailed me this morning to tell me that my Lab-Box has been mailed. It took 28 months in the end. In my experience of having brought a few different products to market, that’s not...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-15-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 826
Posted By Freakscene
Thanks for the suggestion - I have tried it and...

Thanks for the suggestion - I have tried it and still don't like the shutter release feel or travel. I also sold my R cameras apart from the R6.2 and R8 except an R5 I use as a back cap for my 80...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-15-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 826
Posted By Freakscene
I agree that the lenses in particular are...

I agree that the lenses in particular are underrated. The 28/2.8 with the e55 filter, the e60 50mm Summilux and the 80/1.4 made an awesome kit for me. But I really could not ever get the bodies I...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-13-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,533
Posted By Freakscene
From this morning's email from Ars-Imago via...

From this morning's email from Ars-Imago via Kickstarter:
So, in a few weeks, you will receive your Lab-Box with the additional Crank and the Film Retriever!
so it is at least an option. I can't...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-13-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,533
Posted By Freakscene
I don’t think Freestyle will have them anytime...

I don’t think Freestyle will have them anytime too soon. The Kickstarter deliveries have been delayed, again, according to the message I got this morning. They say something broke when they tested...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-13-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 378
Posted By Freakscene
Pre-made:...

Pre-made: http://stores.photoformulary.com/spotting-reducer-il-farmers-reducer/

Formulae: https://www.photrio.com/forum/threads/will-the-real-farmers-reducer-formula-please-stand-up.137649/

Using...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 06-10-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 812
Posted By Freakscene
Welcome back Sam. I've been there. Just get...

Welcome back Sam.

I've been there. Just get whatever you can find fastest and shoot, shoot, shoot. And consider getting the 85/2 OM lens - a short tele is surprisingly useful for kids for...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-10-2019
Replies: 978
Views: 363,780
Posted By Freakscene
I've walked down there hundreds of times, but...

I've walked down there hundreds of times, but probably never looked as exuberant, or, come to think about it, as fashionable, as those folk. Usually I'd have been wearing a darkroom stained garment...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-10-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 3,023
Posted By Freakscene
I just hope that it has similar spectral...

I just hope that it has similar spectral sensitivity and tonality and the same reciprocity characteristics, and is available again in all formats. The problem with losing films that is rarely...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-07-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,533
Posted By Freakscene
I paid in February 2017. I still donít have it. ...

I paid in February 2017. I still donít have it. Kickstarter is crowd funding, and the terms of service make it completely clear that you may never receive the item you are funding. Ars-Imago, the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-07-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,533
Posted By Freakscene
I tested the pre-production Lab-Box. I have one...

I tested the pre-production Lab-Box. I have one on order. I can see lots of reasons to use, and not to use one. But it is a great way to get consistent agitation, and one of the best and cheapest...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-07-2019
Replies: 978
Views: 363,780
Posted By Freakscene
Fantastic! Is this on CeletnŠ? I see PraönŠ...

Fantastic! Is this on CeletnŠ? I see PraönŠ brŠna in the background.

Marty
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 06-05-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 249
Posted By Freakscene
His book “Here far away” is one of the best books...

His book “Here far away” is one of the best books of photography published this century. Sammallahti is incredibly accomplished; his vision and technical capacity are astounding.

Marty
Forum: Optics Theory - 06-01-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 2,674
Posted By Freakscene
The newest Sony lenses are made using improved...

The newest Sony lenses are made using improved polishing techniques for aspherical elements, at least in part to avoid onion ring...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-31-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 613
Posted By Freakscene
This is absolutely the way to go. Reverse the...

This is absolutely the way to go. Reverse the enlarger, project lower, and get a larger print. No new lens, no tinkering beyond the design engineering, or anything else required.

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-25-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 350
Posted By Freakscene
The desensitizer is probably ferrous oxalate. It...

The desensitizer is probably ferrous oxalate. It allows you to develop under brighter light by inspection, but does not totally desensitize (i.e. fix) silver.

Chromium intensifier is typically...
Forum: Panasonic S1 S1 R L Mount cameras 05-24-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,583
Posted By Freakscene
There is absolutely no evidence that Panasonic...

There is absolutely no evidence that Panasonic did this on purpose or in collusion with Leica. It is doubtful that Panasonic even considered M mount lenses when designing this camera. The...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-23-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,548
Posted By Freakscene
The TTL has the same viewfinder/rangefinder...

The TTL has the same viewfinder/rangefinder design and flares the same as the M6 classic. The MP upgrade can be installed in both and helps, but is nowhere near as good as an M4 or earlier vf/rf...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-23-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 474
Posted By Freakscene
If you stick with Ilford Warmtone youíll need to...

If you stick with Ilford Warmtone youíll need to tone to substantially increase the warmness of tone. It wonít shift in any different developer. I tried everything after Forte Polywarmtone went out...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-21-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 474
Posted By Freakscene
As Erik commented, the Ilford papers hardly...

As Erik commented, the Ilford papers hardly change in different developers.

Try Adox, and especially the Foma warmtone papers.

Marty
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-20-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 2,842
Posted By Freakscene
On the weekend I shot some ducks (legally with a...

On the weekend I shot some ducks (legally with a registered firearm) and had a long conversation with two men, one my age, one six years old, about the ethics of killing and the complex feelings...
Forum: Travel 05-19-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 548
Posted By Freakscene
These are tremendous, and not just because of the...

These are tremendous, and not just because of the content. Iceland has been over covered because it's so dramatic, and almost everything there has been photographed to death this century. These are...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 05-16-2019
Replies: 5,283
Views: 795,194
Posted By Freakscene
Congratulations again Allen. They look great. ...

Congratulations again Allen. They look great. What size are the prints and how did you print them or have them printed?

Marty
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 05-16-2019
Replies: 5,283
Views: 795,194
Posted By Freakscene
This is beautiful Vince, can you tell me a...

This is beautiful Vince, can you tell me a little more about lens, rough aperture and if this was with the MM or 246?

I use that sort of angle both from above like you have, and below, quite often...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-12-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 725
Posted By Freakscene
The short answer is no. All para-aminophenol...

The short answer is no. All para-aminophenol developers with an hydroxide alkali and a little sulphite (added as metabisulphite, but all the hydroxide alkalinity turns it into sulphite) produce...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-12-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 502
Posted By Freakscene
I think I'd prefer to lose a shot of the...

I think I'd prefer to lose a shot of the sasquatch/yowie.

Always look at the rewind knob to ensure the film is actually progressing through the transport . . .

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-12-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 502
Posted By Freakscene
With most 35mm films and a Leica M I can get 39...

With most 35mm films and a Leica M I can get 39 frames without a dark bag. Just load with the shortest leader you can, wind on and go. The distance from the canister to the film gate is short...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-09-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 725
Posted By Freakscene
Post This is as much about the bottle as the...

This is as much about the bottle as the developer. Various Rodinal formulae are good at resisting oxidation, but bottles that allow free movement of oxygen facilitate oxidation and developer...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-09-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,252
Posted By Freakscene
Indeed. You can start with the sun if you live...

Indeed. You can start with the sun if you live somewhere bright.

At Freestyle the Edwards 11x14 UV source is $695. A chemistry kit to start platinum-palladium printing is $2-300, although you...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-08-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,252
Posted By Freakscene
You are welcome. I know you think and care about...

You are welcome. I know you think and care about this stuff.



With the Piezo inks you probably have the best chance of finding out what the solvent is and from there what its risk profile is. Jon...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-08-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,252
Posted By Freakscene
I share your fear in general, if not specifically...

I share your fear in general, if not specifically about Galerie.

There are other options, and I plan to settle on Foma and Adox for fixed grade paper because I think they have the best chance long...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-08-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 400
Posted By Freakscene
Silvermax and how it came about is pretty well...

Silvermax and how it came about is pretty well described.

If you want to know anything about Adox products, just contact them. They are by far more open and direct than any other manufacturer about...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 05-07-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 801
Posted By Freakscene
Did you switch to zooms for optical quality or...

Did you switch to zooms for optical quality or flexibility reasons Chris? I'm interested. I need a hiking camera.

Marty
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-07-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,252
Posted By Freakscene
Azo, Lodima and Lupex are pure chloride papers. ...

Azo, Lodima and Lupex are pure chloride papers. They are very slow and are for contact printing.

The image tone of pure chloride papers is affected more by the developer than modern papers. It's...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-07-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,252
Posted By Freakscene
There is nothing about platinum printing that is...

There is nothing about platinum printing that is more poisonous than silver printing or the aerialised solvents that are produced from inkjets. I'm experienced with working with chemicals; when I...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-07-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 2,171
Posted By Freakscene
There is a huge amount of repeated semi-truth and...

There is a huge amount of repeated semi-truth and myth on the web and in the secondary literature about HCB.

If you have a legitimate academic or historical reason, you can make an appointment at...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-06-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,252
Posted By Freakscene
I do the same, and print onto Azo, Lodima or...

I do the same, and print onto Azo, Lodima or Lupex.



It is a good approach, but the ultimate is platinum or platinum-palladium on rag, which I have done on a limited scale, but that way madness,...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-06-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 2,553
Posted By Freakscene
I understand that Steve Huff takes no...

I understand that Steve Huff takes no responsibility if evil spirits creep in and/or come through the box. What I fear are flare, spherical or chromatic aberration, focus shift and field curvature.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-04-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 851
Posted By Freakscene
Great! Show us some photos when you have...

Great! Show us some photos when you have them.



Zeiss tweaked the design and the N 50/1.4 is substantially better than the regular C-Y 50/1.4 Planar. I really loved it, but sold all my N gear...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-04-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 2,553
Posted By Freakscene
Maybe his copy was possessed. ...

Maybe his copy was possessed. http://huffparanormal.com

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-30-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 468
Posted By Freakscene
The two differently labelled Foma 100 speed films...

The two differently labelled Foma 100 speed films are the same film labelled for different markets. Nothing has been discontinued.

Marty
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-26-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 432
Posted By Freakscene
The main problem is that the FX screen the OP...

The main problem is that the FX screen the OP wants came with the camera and is rare aftermarket or as a spare part. There are several FU and FW screens for the RX for sale on the big auction site...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-26-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 851
Posted By Freakscene
Enjoy! Let us know what you think. Marty

Enjoy! Let us know what you think.

Marty
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-26-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 432
Posted By Freakscene
None of the Yashica screens fit. Keep looking on...

None of the Yashica screens fit. Keep looking on eBay. Also try: [email protected] and https://www.tocad.com/service-support/ and maybe Bellamy at Japan Camera Hunter, although he...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-23-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 851
Posted By Freakscene
I am a Yashica era Contax tragic. In 135 cameras...

I am a Yashica era Contax tragic. In 135 cameras I have more than I care to admit. I doubt I ever paid more than $US100 for a camera.

The private operator Contax repairs UK does good work. The...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-16-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,117
Posted By Freakscene
By developing enough to get good highlight...

By developing enough to get good highlight separation but not so much that you get so much density that you canít scan or print the film.

The major variable is development time. To a (much) lesser...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-09-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 759
Posted By Freakscene
The book is not unobtainable, but like a lot of...

The book is not unobtainable, but like a lot of out of press things can be expensive. For example:
https://www.wesellyourcollection.com/topcon/product/01-topcon-story-topcon-enigma-book/

Marty
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-08-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 16,718
Posted By Freakscene
I’m flying home from a family funeral. Already...

I’m flying home from a family funeral. Already bereaved, I am very sorry to hear this, but pleased for Roger that he is no longer unwell or pained. I will miss our discussions.

I’ll have toast...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-03-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 2,674
Posted By Freakscene
In camera lenses, the Pentax 43mm f1.9 doesnít do...

In camera lenses, the Pentax 43mm f1.9 doesnít do it, in my experience. That doesnít mean it canít.

Hoya, who owns Pentax, holds a lot of patents about production of aspheres.

Marty
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-02-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 16,718
Posted By Freakscene
Sending positive thoughts. Marty

Sending positive thoughts.

Marty
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-29-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 2,824
Posted By Freakscene
To provide fair attribution, it’s from The...

To provide fair attribution, it’s from The Princess Bride: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Princess_Bride_(film)

But to be consigned to drive a JB Camira really is a fate worse than a fate worse...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-29-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 2,824
Posted By Freakscene
Heidelberg West. They assembled Peugeot and...

Heidelberg West. They assembled Peugeot and Renault cars there too. My father collected a Peugot from there in 1956 and drove it home to Brisbane.

Marty
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-28-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 2,824
Posted By Freakscene
The past is a foreign country

In terms of the site contamination, if your friends live there now, the risk is reduced. The site was decontaminated - the top 1-2m of soil removed and replaced with clean material before the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-28-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 2,824
Posted By Freakscene
I worked there for a while, and did my E6 QA/QC...

I worked there for a while, and did my E6 QA/QC course there. I think about it most days, in one way or another.



Awesome. ...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-26-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 399
Posted By Freakscene
The 40mm is one of the best enlarging lenses for...

The 40mm is one of the best enlarging lenses for large 35mm enlargements. The 90 and 105mm lenses are medium format enlarging lenses; the 90 covers 6x7 and the 105 covers...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-19-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 720
Posted By Freakscene
Crazy? Maybe, but it would also be $AU75-125+ to...

Crazy? Maybe, but it would also be $AU75-125+ to send it to an overseas repairer, because shipping and insurance costs here are very high. The going rate for almost everything in Australia is much...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-14-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 475
Posted By Freakscene
For any enlarger use a Versalab Parallel and then...

For any enlarger use a Versalab Parallel and then check the corners of a projected negative with a Peak Critical Grain Magnifier.

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-12-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 433
Posted By Freakscene
As Brett said, use HC110. Very active, least...

As Brett said, use HC110. Very active, least fog.



The 1945 Kodak Films book says 20 minutes in D-76, 20 minutes in Microdol, and 23 minutes in DK-20, all at 68 degrees Fahrenheit. The same times...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 03-12-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 742
Posted By Freakscene
Blake was also:...

Blake was also: https://rangefinderforum.com/forums/member.php?u=31751

The thread here: https://rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=108786 was what got us talking.

I also miss him more...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-06-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,005
Posted By Freakscene
I do too. Zeiss is Neiss. When I was a kid my...

I do too. Zeiss is Neiss.

When I was a kid my father, who was an optical engineer (he is retired now), did a lot of work for Zeiss Australia. My brother got one of these...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-05-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,577
Posted By Freakscene
All these look to me like the wet print...

All these look to me like the wet print equivalent of a starting point for a scan - too flat both in the shadows and highlights.

The problem with P40 is flexibility. If you want to make photos that...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-05-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 266
Posted By Freakscene
It is now. Sorry . . . I am sure RFF wants to...

It is now. Sorry . . . I am sure RFF wants to know all about smoked watermelon.

Marty
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-05-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 266
Posted By Freakscene
Sculpted decay

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/mar/06/beauty-among-the-decay-in-pictures

If anyone is in Melbourne I recommend getting a ticket and seeing it for yourself. It is beautiful,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-05-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,138
Posted By Freakscene
A Hexanon 50mm f2 would overwhelmingly be my...

A Hexanon 50mm f2 would overwhelmingly be my choice for a Hexar RF. It is f2, not faster than f2, but it is my favourite M mount 50mm and it's made for the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-01-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,577
Posted By Freakscene
The complete lack of anything approaching a...

The complete lack of anything approaching a normal density curve from P30 is a real problem if you are wet printing. If you scan you can push it around more.

Marty
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-24-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 764
Posted By Freakscene
If you love the 50 Hexanan why not get the 35...

If you love the 50 Hexanan why not get the 35 Hexanon? It’s also a lovely lens with very similar characateristics to the 50.

With all lenses, out of focus areas appear different with aperture,...
Forum: Fuji X Series 02-17-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1,036
Posted By Freakscene
The photos are outstanding. For personal reasons...

The photos are outstanding.
For personal reasons I find them compelling and chilling and disturbing all at the same time.
Great work, keep it up.

Marty
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-06-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 2,674
Posted By Freakscene
It is not due to the geometry of the lens. They...

It is not due to the geometry of the lens. They are the result of marks on the aspherical element from the manufacturing process. They still appear in monochrome.



Most camera aspherical lens...
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-05-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 2,674
Posted By Freakscene
Like Vienna...

Like Vienna (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJeWySiuq1I) it means nothing to me.

It strictly means that one or more of the lens element surfaces are, as pointed out, made with multiple radii of...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-03-2019
Replies: 899
Views: 69,911
Posted By Freakscene
Did anyone buy any of this? Is it double...

Did anyone buy any of this? Is it double perforated 70mm film?

Marty
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-31-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,185
Posted By Freakscene
Failure mode analysis in engineering essentially...

Failure mode analysis in engineering essentially always uses Gaussian distribution unless adequate data are available (which they almost never are). If you can get enough data for a product,...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-31-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 2,016
Posted By Freakscene
That is what I do too. T-grain and epitaxial...

That is what I do too. T-grain and epitaxial films seem to need more developer. I did the development work for at least one article that was published in that magazine.

Marty
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-30-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 2,016
Posted By Freakscene
Sure, but if you have a problem with storage or...

Sure, but if you have a problem with storage or capacity to mix it might be better for you. It depends on your priorities.

At 1+3 that litre of stock will develop 16 films. That's about US$0.6 a...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-29-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 2,016
Posted By Freakscene
A new player:...

A new player: https://ntphotoworks.com/shop/product/bellinifoto-ecofilm-developer-liquid-xtol-500ml-for-1lt-stock-solution/

Marty
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-25-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 379
Posted By Freakscene
John Milich died...

John Milich died https://www.getdpi.com/forum/sunset-bar/58763-john-milich-has-passed-away.html, so he isn’t in business any more.

Edit: seems like...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-18-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 630
Posted By Freakscene
I developed some from the same batch. Kodak...

I developed some from the same batch. Kodak Australia were baffled too.

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-18-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 630
Posted By Freakscene
Photos of what you are observing would be useful....

Photos of what you are observing would be useful. How large are they? If you are looking at them under a microscope, can you show us photos taken at that magnification?

Why are you measuring...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-14-2019
Replies: 105
Views: 3,246
Posted By Freakscene
http://gallery.leica-users.org/d/468468-1/img425-E...

http://gallery.leica-users.org/d/468468-1/img425-Edit.jpg

Leica MP, 35 Summilux ASPH, Plus-X, Moersch Eco

Marty
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 01-14-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,929
Posted By Freakscene
This explains it:...

This explains it: https://lenspire.zeiss.com/photo/en/article/depth-of-field-and-manual-focusing

For all the love the Nikkor 50mm f1.8 G and D lenses get, despite good sharpness, they have horrible...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 01-13-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,929
Posted By Freakscene
I noticed that. Although Nikon MTF charts show...

I noticed that. Although Nikon MTF charts show only 10 and 30 lp/mm, whereas Leica’s charts show 5, 10, 20 and 40 lp/mm, and the only chart I can find for the Nikkor is for f1.8, whereas Leica shows...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-10-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,353
Posted By Freakscene
Have you got an MP? Taken one apart? I ask...

Have you got an MP? Taken one apart? I ask seriously.

Marty
Forum: Travel 01-09-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,048
Posted By Freakscene
That is unfortunate. Both the photos and the...

That is unfortunate. Both the photos and the writing are excellent, and the place is beautifully unspoiled and little visited.

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-08-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,281
Posted By Freakscene
It looks like it’s been printed dark on silver...

It looks like it’s been printed dark on silver paper and bleached. But it might just be clever post processing.

Marty
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-08-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 1,119
Posted By Freakscene
That is among the best ways to get Ilford FB...

That is among the best ways to get Ilford FB Warmtone to look good.



Adox, Foma and Bergger all also have semi-matte finishes, although they all look different.

Marty
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-08-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 1,119
Posted By Freakscene
Adox MCC 110 and the current series of Bergger FB...

Adox MCC 110 and the current series of Bergger FB papers are technically the best - highest DMax, least fogging of highlights from extended development. The former bleaches slowly, the latter more...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-08-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 2,362
Posted By Freakscene
Xtol creates an S shaped curve, whereas most...

Xtol creates an S shaped curve, whereas most other developers crate an upswept curve.

http://www.covingtoninnovations.com/hc110/curveshapes.jpg

This makes printing easier, not harder, because...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 01-07-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 5,794
Posted By Freakscene
Yes. Firmware 2.0.1.5 released in June 2014 for...

Yes. Firmware 2.0.1.5 released in June 2014 for the Typ 240 fixed this.

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-03-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 2,362
Posted By Freakscene
I liked Acros for some purposes. I found it less...

I liked Acros for some purposes. I found it less picky about developer than it was about how it was developed, and found it generally looked better with more agitation and adjusting contrast by...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-03-2019
Replies: 532
Views: 47,175
Posted By Freakscene
Read “A Tale of Three Enlarger Heads" by Ctein in...

Read “A Tale of Three Enlarger Heads" by Ctein in the Jan-Feb and Mar-Apr 1999 issues of Photo Techniques Magazine and Ctein’s Post Exposure (available online free). There are a lot of disagreements...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-02-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 2,016
Posted By Freakscene
With respect to replenished Xtol, did you follow...

With respect to replenished Xtol, did you follow the times for "seasoned" developer? I found with Xtol that it was affected the least by speed change of any replenished developer I used (HC110,...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-31-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 2,016
Posted By Freakscene
I think Moersch will also ship it to you. It is...

I think Moersch will also ship it to you. It is not DG classified for shipping. This may not make a difference, however, given that a lot of companies won't ship liquids at all anymore.



The...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-28-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 1,005
Posted By Freakscene
Are you washing RC or FB...

Are you washing RC or FB paper?

https://www.fotoimpex.com/darkroom/deville-washer-for-darkroom-trays-30x40-cm-and-larger.html

Or a Kodak tray siphon.

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-28-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,544
Posted By Freakscene
Sorry, you are correct. There are no roll film...

Sorry, you are correct. There are no roll film formats in stock.

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-27-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,544
Posted By Freakscene
It looks like it is out of stock at Fotoimpex now...

It looks like it is out of stock at Fotoimpex now . . .
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-27-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 2,016
Posted By Freakscene
I found that Xtol improved all films in pretty...

I found that Xtol improved all films in pretty much the way Kodak described - better speed with finer grain and better sharpness than HQ or PQ developers, and with tonality very similar to D-76...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-22-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 2,016
Posted By Freakscene
This seems to be because the Moersch Eco is...

This seems to be because the Moersch Eco is slightly more alkaline and isn’t quite as well buffered, but this also means that it has better capacity and enhausts more slowly. Xtol becomes more...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-22-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 2,016
Posted By Freakscene
Fomadon Excel is essentially the same as Xtol,...

Fomadon Excel is essentially the same as Xtol, but it is a powder too, although you can get a pack to make 1L.

Marty
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-22-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 2,016
Posted By Freakscene
DD-X and TMax/RS are nothing like Xtol,...

DD-X and TMax/RS are nothing like Xtol, chemically or tonally.

This: https://www.moersch-photochemie.de/content/shop/negativ/128/eco_film_developer is almost identical in performance to Xtol. It...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-21-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 663
Posted By Freakscene
I used to develop film for a guy who was fixated...

I used to develop film for a guy who was fixated on making TMY-2 work in Rodinal. This happens sometimes when you work for other people. Luckily, Rodinal in TMY-2 guy was flexible and smart enough...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-14-2018
Replies: 105
Views: 3,246
Posted By Freakscene
This brings back a lot of memories. King Street...

This brings back a lot of memories. King Street had a lot of colour in the 1980s. Itís a lot cleaner now.

Great shot.

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-11-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,027
Posted By Freakscene
Yes, it’s a drying mark. They are usually from...

Yes, it’s a drying mark. They are usually from minerals in water. You can also get them from using wetting agent that’s too strong. I get them if I use Kodak Photo Flo at the concentration...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-05-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 822
Posted By Freakscene
Thanks John. Film manufacturers don't mess...

Thanks John. Film manufacturers don't mess around and I have never quite understood the voodoo and scepticism people place in their recommendations. Particularly with processing technique, just do...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-05-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 320
Posted By Freakscene
They are bromoils. Peter, there is a small (6...

They are bromoils.

Peter, there is a small (6 photo, if I recall correctly) Misonne folio in the NLA. You can see it if you visit, but you probably need to order the item in advance. The scans are...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-05-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 822
Posted By Freakscene
Indeed, the basic approach has been understood...

Indeed, the basic approach has been understood for a long time.

Ammonia works, but later work showed that exposure to it was bad for archival stability of film and paper.

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-04-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 822
Posted By Freakscene
So is the bottle transparent glass or...

So is the bottle transparent glass or plastic?

What usually precipitates in heavily used fixer is the silver-thiosulfate complex. It looks black but can look metallic if it is smooth. I have only...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-04-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 822
Posted By Freakscene
Here:...

Here: https://scholarworks.rit.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://www.google.com.au/&httpsredir=1&article=1836&context=theses is a thesis on fixing. It explains everything.

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-04-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 822
Posted By Freakscene
Yes, but test for proper fixation, it worked for...

Yes, but test for proper fixation, it worked for me with Foma FB paper, but the time for others may vary.

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-04-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 822
Posted By Freakscene
Thanks John. Taken in Hradčany, Prague, in what...

Thanks John. Taken in Hradčany, Prague, in what seems like the dim past. Iíve been back recently but didnít walk past here; the wall is probably repaired and painted now.

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-04-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 822
Posted By Freakscene
Thanks Erik, on both counts. I enjoy the...

Thanks Erik, on both counts. I enjoy the consistency of the images you post here very much; it speaks volumes about control of the process you use.

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-04-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 822
Posted By Freakscene
Yes, Iíve used Fomafix for FB paper. I used 1+5...

Yes, Iíve used Fomafix for FB paper. I used 1+5 for about 1.5 min based on a fixation test. 1+5 suggests it is slightly stronger than Hypam. Ammonium thiosulfate comes as standard as a ~60%...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-04-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 822
Posted By Freakscene
Blue-black or metallic looking silver? Marty

Blue-black or metallic looking silver?

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-03-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 822
Posted By Freakscene
There is one extremely important thing to always...

There is one extremely important thing to always remember: the fixer will keep fixing long after it is no longer fixing properly or in a way that is safe for the long-term storage of your film.

What...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-03-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 822
Posted By Freakscene
Monosize flat (t-grain) films have a different...

Monosize flat (t-grain) films have a different balance of silver salts in the emulsion, including a lot more silver iodide, than is contained in traditional mixed size cubic grain films. This...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-30-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 675
Posted By Freakscene
If I am going to the trouble of properly printing...

If I am going to the trouble of properly printing on FB paper, I print about 8x12 or a little larger on 11x14 paper. That leaves enough space for matting for mounted or framed prints, and edge to...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-29-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 977
Posted By Freakscene
Or send them to Fotoimpex in Germany. Their...

Or send them to Fotoimpex in Germany. Their developing is good.

Marty
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 11-27-2018
Replies: 49
Views: 1,734
Posted By Freakscene
Yes. Used to shoot 3-5 rolls a week and 2-3 a day...

Yes. Used to shoot 3-5 rolls a week and 2-3 a day when travelling. Have shot almost none since getting the MM in 2012 and the the 246 in 2015 (because my MM sensors kept corroding).

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-27-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,027
Posted By Freakscene
Foma products work fine. I spent a lot of the...

Foma products work fine. I spent a lot of the 1990s shooting Foma 200 and 800 (no longer available) developing in Fomadon Excel (Xtol clone) and fixing in Fomafix Rapid fixer. Learn good technique;...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-07-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 878
Posted By Freakscene
I asked him when I met him. I am really saddened...

I asked him when I met him. I am really saddened by his passing, he was a rare sort of person.

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-06-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 878
Posted By Freakscene
charjohncarter's approach is as close as you'll...

charjohncarter's approach is as close as you'll get to that look with HC110. You can vary a lot with exposure and development time, but there are subtle inherent differences in film curves with...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-31-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 633
Posted By Freakscene
I love the way the shadows look like bromoil. I...

I love the way the shadows look like bromoil. I wouldn't use this myself, but these look great. How do they print?

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-18-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 576
Posted By Freakscene
It’s a reflection off the transport roller. ...

It’s a reflection off the transport roller. Almost all TLRs do it.

Marty
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-12-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 969
Posted By Freakscene
With Leica lenses all the new designs (after the...

With Leica lenses all the new designs (after the mid-1990s) have aspherical elements. I switched to modern Leica lenses when I got my MM and later the Typ 246 because the older lenses have apparent...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-12-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 612
Posted By Freakscene
I agree Roger, but at the time I was developing...

I agree Roger, but at the time I was developing film for people, and I am particular, as were many of my clients. So the improvement was tinged with the annoyance of having to test and tweak...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-12-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 612
Posted By Freakscene
Kodak films changed in 2002. Your TMX is...

Kodak films changed in 2002.

Your TMX is probably just senescent.

Marty
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-10-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 461
Posted By Freakscene
The fish in the photo labelled rainbow trout is...

The fish in the photo labelled rainbow trout is very clearly a brown trout.

Funny.

Marty
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-09-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 357
Posted By Freakscene
All the flecks in the photos and video you posted...

All the flecks in the photos and video you posted look to me look like the bits that appeared in my Leica v4 35 Summicron. They might be anodisation, paint, or dust. Once I had my lens apart and I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-09-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 357
Posted By Freakscene
Mine did the same. Got it cleaned, did it again....

Mine did the same. Got it cleaned, did it again. I learned to stop worrying and love the bokeh. Some people can’t get over it:

“Unfortunately, my lens developed a problem. The black paint or...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-07-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 398
Posted By Freakscene
No, it will flare like crazy if there is glass in...

No, it will flare like crazy if there is glass in the way, particularly if it is uncoated. The hole is necessary. It will be easier and cheaper to try to get a new Cosina made mirror. Did the old...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-04-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 678
Posted By Freakscene
The ghost is probably from reflections off the...

The ghost is probably from reflections off the front element onto the filter and back to the optical path. Apart from Heliopan SHPMC, and to a lesser extent B+W MRC, filter coatings are much less...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-04-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 678
Posted By Freakscene
It’s reflected where you would expect, at the...

It’s reflected where you would expect, at the opposite of the optical axis. So it’s on the other side, below the centre rather than above it, and upside down.

It’s likely exacerbated by the very...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-04-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 678
Posted By Freakscene
Is it a reflection of what’s in the blown out...

Is it a reflection of what’s in the blown out area above the massage sign?

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-21-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 937
Posted By Freakscene
As Ccopola82 points out, you can control...

As Ccopola82 points out, you can control everything within limits using exposure and development. You can achieve high shadow contrast and moderate highlight contrast, and negatives like this are...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-17-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 2,147
Posted By Freakscene
Thanks, these look right. You know at least itís...

Thanks, these look right. You know at least itís not focusing past infinity. Thatís good; as I said, mine were all off.

Marty
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-16-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 2,147
Posted By Freakscene
How are you measuring infinity? On an optical...

How are you measuring infinity? On an optical bench, my 28 and 50mm Hexanons focus well beyond infinity and the 90mm a little beyond, but more than enough that with the focus against the stop photos...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-14-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 1,089
Posted By Freakscene
Which one? The Rera Pan is Ďmadeí by...

Which one? The Rera Pan is Ďmadeí by Kawauso-Shoten in Japan, and used to be 100 speed. When it was 100 speed at least some of it (which I got) was Fuji Acros. My guess is that now that itís 400...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-08-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 2,147
Posted By Freakscene
The Hexanon-Ms donít have an infinity stop and...

The Hexanon-Ms donít have an infinity stop and are designed to be able to focust past infinity. You need to focus to infinity to adjust them for focus.

Of course if your adjustment works, it works,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-04-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 516
Posted By Freakscene
I never found pyro developed (stained) negatives...

I never found pyro developed (stained) negatives easier to scan. The only thing commonly said about pyro-developed (stained) negatives that I found to be true is that you can make them dual use for...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-04-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 516
Posted By Freakscene
All the Pyrocat developers are much more flexible...

All the Pyrocat developers are much more flexible than 510pyro, which produces very low shadow contrast. If you can get pre-mixed Pyrocat-MC, give it a try.

Marty
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-03-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 516
Posted By Freakscene
I bought a cheap microwave and put it in my...

I bought a cheap microwave and put it in my darkroom. My darkroom isn't heated, so it's also useful for warming solutions when I work in winter (it gets cold but doesn't freeze here).

Pyro is...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 08-21-2018
Replies: 1
Views: 534
Posted By Freakscene
It would be helpful. Since 2012 the Mini has...

It would be helpful. Since 2012 the Mini has been hobbled by being available with only two cores, and is much slower than more powerful machines, even with basic photo editing. Not everyone wants...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-17-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 576
Posted By Freakscene
The fixer that comes as two bottles of liquid? ...

The fixer that comes as two bottles of liquid? Thiosulfates break down into sulfur over time and it might need filtering and checking the clearing time, but probably not after this short a time. It...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-16-2018
Replies: 1,423
Views: 345,928
Posted By Freakscene
With the e58 11821 version and Leica M7, 1/60...

With the e58 11821 version and Leica M7, 1/60 @f1, EI3200, Okavango Delta, Botswana.

http://gallery.leica-users.org/d/228431-1/img034ab.jpg

Marty
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 08-16-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 880
Posted By Freakscene
It is not a rumour, the photo has been published,...

It is not a rumour, the photo has been published, and is reproduced here: http://the-space-in-between.com/2004/10/28/the-art-of-losing-love-pt2-seiichi-furuya-and-christine-gossler/

Some nice...
Forum: Optics Theory - 08-08-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 2,416
Posted By Freakscene
Bloom formation depends on the presence of...

Bloom formation depends on the presence of hydrogen-terminated silicon with a specific type of porous surface. The porosity occurs in specific glass types and is largely determined by cooling...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-05-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 656
Posted By Freakscene
I see at 2:30 someone got invited to wear the fox...

I see at 2:30 someone got invited to wear the fox hat.

These have been really well cared for. My family photos must differ, however, because my father and grandfather and other ancestor’s carefully...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-04-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 358
Posted By Freakscene
Try half or slightly less the e.i. 400...

Try half or slightly less the e.i. 400 development time. You could try D76 1+3 and take a clip and develop that and adjust from there. There are times in the Kodak data sheet for Xtol for e.i. 100,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-03-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 1,712
Posted By Freakscene
Did you check if fb+fog and DMax are the same? ...

Did you check if fb+fog and DMax are the same? Iíd be interested to know. There should be a theoretical optimum temperature, Iím interested to know if that translates practically.

Marty
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