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Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,129
Posted By Cascadilla
Yes, but the difference between 6 and 12 mp is...

Yes, but the difference between 6 and 12 mp is pretty obvious and significant even to casual users at reasonable print sizes. Between 250 and 500, not so much for 99.9% of photographers/print...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 543
Posted By Cascadilla
I started with Elements and found it limiting so...

I started with Elements and found it limiting so I moved on to PS CS 2. I still work with Bridge and PS CC. I have never liked Lightroom and its catalog system, so even though I have it as part of...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-10-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 533
Posted By Cascadilla
The J 12 and the pre-war Biogon it is derived...

The J 12 and the pre-war Biogon it is derived from will not physically fit on a Contax IIa, unfortunately. In addition to the excellent post war Biogon and 35 mm Planar from Zeiss, there are also...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-11-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 736
Posted By Cascadilla
The Speed Graphic/Fuji GFX 100 analogy is pretty...

The Speed Graphic/Fuji GFX 100 analogy is pretty valid, although I can't imagine putting that much money into a camera and lens of that quality just to be able to crop drastically after taking the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-17-2019
Replies: 59
Views: 1,926
Posted By Cascadilla
I always use Sekonic L 718 and L 518 incident...

I always use Sekonic L 718 and L 518 incident flash meters in my studio since I have no desire to "chimp" my way to a proper exposure via the screen on the DSLRs that I shoot with. The L 518 is now...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-06-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,296
Posted By Cascadilla
I use DSLRs for professional work and always use...

I use DSLRs for professional work and always use them with manual focusing and manual exposure. I find live view to be as close to my beloved 4x5's as I can expect in the digital era, and it makes...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-01-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 825
Posted By Cascadilla
I have a few early Contax lenses that only accept...

I have a few early Contax lenses that only accept 42 mm push on lens hoods and filters--a black and nickel 13.5 cm f/4 Sonnar, a black and nickel 5 cm f/2 Sonnar and a chrome 18 cm f/6.3 Tele Tessar...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-25-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1,234
Posted By Cascadilla
Congratulations on your lens--I'm sure you will...

Congratulations on your lens--I'm sure you will enjoy it. The #427 finder is not my favorite Zeiss finder for an 85 since the image is smaller than the #440 and 438 finders that also show the 85 mm...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-14-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 433
Posted By Cascadilla
Your Triotar is probably not coated, so it is...

Your Triotar is probably not coated, so it is more likely to have flare problems with light sources just outside the frame. A lens shade can help to minimize this.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-12-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 650
Posted By Cascadilla
I used Zone VI washers (16x20 and 8x10) for many...

I used Zone VI washers (16x20 and 8x10) for many years and built a table out of 2x4 topped off with a recycled formica kitchen counter top. It was just screwed together, no extra L brackets, etc. I...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-04-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1,234
Posted By Cascadilla
The eBay listings above are for attachments for...

The eBay listings above are for attachments for post war IIa and IIIa models. If you have a pre war Contax II they won't fit. Zeiss did make similar attachments for pre war models, but these mount...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-22-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 537
Posted By Cascadilla
I used Lowell Tota Lights for years, and have...

I used Lowell Tota Lights for years, and have gone through a mile or two of gaffer tape. Ross Lowell certainly changed the way photographers and cinematographers worked for the better and he will be...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-13-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 2,750
Posted By Cascadilla
All 3 of the post war Contax bodies that I own...

All 3 of the post war Contax bodies that I own have knurling around the eyepiece, and none of them unscrew without a lot of force, which I haven't tried.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-12-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 2,750
Posted By Cascadilla
You might get some push back on Leica Vs. Contax,...

You might get some push back on Leica Vs. Contax, but I won't go there. Both of your lenses have a fairly standard 40.5 mm thread. Zeiss made both 40.5 mm Screw in and 42 mm push on shades for the...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-26-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 715
Posted By Cascadilla
That pink Canon P wouldn't be my first choice for...

That pink Canon P wouldn't be my first choice for street photography...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-06-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 942
Posted By Cascadilla
I've stuck with Bridge and Photoshop, currently...

I've stuck with Bridge and Photoshop, currently using CC. I've tried Lightroom several times and I've never gotten used to catalogs and how it handles files, so even though I have it with CC I don't...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-21-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 1,825
Posted By Cascadilla
I've never owned an F series Rollei, but I still...

I've never owned an F series Rollei, but I still have a 3.5 E and a 2.8 D. I prefer the 3.5 version for hand held work because the 2.8 feels front heavy in my hands and I need a higher shutter speed...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 11-04-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 904
Posted By Cascadilla
It can easily become an obsession limited only by...

It can easily become an obsession limited only by the size of your bank account and the tolerance of your significant other. That said, at least you're buying lenses that make great images, and most...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-11-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 1,840
Posted By Cascadilla
Mostly zooms with digital, although I do a lot of...

Mostly zooms with digital, although I do a lot of studio product shots with macro primes. With film, it is strictly primes--Zeiss didn't make zooms for my Contax IIIa!
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-10-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 422
Posted By Cascadilla
I checked further with my 21 and post war 35...

I checked further with my 21 and post war 35 Biogon and the knurling of the lens meshes with the knurling of the shutter speed/film advance dial on my Contax I . My 85 mm Jupiter 9 will mount, but...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-02-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 422
Posted By Cascadilla
It is strange--mine is a I f, as best I can tell...

It is strange--mine is a I f, as best I can tell based on the Kuc history and classification. But it definitely would not mount on the camera.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-02-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 422
Posted By Cascadilla
I just tried my 21 on my Contax I body. It won't...

I just tried my 21 on my Contax I body. It won't mount because the knurled mounting ring on the lens hangs up on the shutter speed/winding knob. The 35 mm Jupiter 12 also won't mount for the same...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 09-06-2018
Replies: 37
Views: 1,177
Posted By Cascadilla
I've never had a card failure either, but if I...

I've never had a card failure either, but if I were shooting weddings I would demand a 2 card camera just to limit the number of potential things that might go wrong when a reshoot just can't happen.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-22-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,994
Posted By Cascadilla
Depending on which version you have, it is a 40.5...

Depending on which version you have, it is a 40.5 mm thread. Mine is the later chrome version and 40.5 works with it. I don't know if the black version had threads or not. Be aware that with a...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-19-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,121
Posted By Cascadilla
At least when I looked nobody had bid on the...

At least when I looked nobody had bid on the "Contax" yet, but the Hasselbladski was approaching $200 with 24 bids. Some Hasselblad collectors/users must be even more gullible than I thought....
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-20-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 400
Posted By Cascadilla
+1 for Larry's comment--I have used 85 mm, 135,...

+1 for Larry's comment--I have used 85 mm, 135, 50 and 53 mm Russian lenses on my Contax IIIa. The 53 mm Helios is a new acquisition and I haven't developed the test roll of film for that yet, so I...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-27-2018
Replies: 60
Views: 2,798
Posted By Cascadilla
My current DSLRs are 24 MP and I'm not really...

My current DSLRs are 24 MP and I'm not really feeling any need for more for the work that I do. I fill up hard drives and M discs fast enough already, and I rarely need to make enormous prints. I...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-04-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,324
Posted By Cascadilla
Zeiss did sell a lot of Contaflexes, but while...

Zeiss did sell a lot of Contaflexes, but while flash sync with leaf shutters is much more versatile than with focal plane shutters, there are a lot of constraints on lens speed/close focusing...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-04-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,324
Posted By Cascadilla
If you want heft to go with your Contax II, the...

If you want heft to go with your Contax II, the Nikkor 35 f/2.5 in the early chrome/brass mount will certainly do the trick. It is only an 1/8" shorter and about 1/2 oz. lighter than a pre war...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-02-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,324
Posted By Cascadilla
RJ--You asked about fast lenses, so I didn't...

RJ--You asked about fast lenses, so I didn't mention a Voigtlander 21 f/4 in NikonS/Contax mount that I have also had good luck with. I like the original Zeiss 21 f/4.5 Biogon slightly better, but...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-29-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,324
Posted By Cascadilla
I have a brass/chrome 35 mm f/2.5 Nikkor, that I...

I have a brass/chrome 35 mm f/2.5 Nikkor, that I have shot quite a bit with. Focus has been fine, both close up and infinity. Since it is a wide angle, and a smaller aperture than the 5 cm f/1.4...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-28-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,324
Posted By Cascadilla
For 35 mm, you could look at a 35 mm Nikkor,...

For 35 mm, you could look at a 35 mm Nikkor, either the f/2.5 or f/1.8. The f/2.5 in heavy brass/chrome is quite sharp and not horribly expensive. The f/1.8 is much rarer and much more expensive. ...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-19-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 1,049
Posted By Cascadilla
A shade for this lens is problematic--I have Hoya...

A shade for this lens is problematic--I have Hoya 40.5 mm yellow and red filters that vignette. The step up ring suggested above is probably your best bet.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-16-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 531
Posted By Cascadilla
It is a brand X Chinese one and it doesn't work...

It is a brand X Chinese one and it doesn't work at all. If I could find an Amadeo version I would probably spring for one since it would still be cheaper than replacing the Zeiss lenses that I...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-16-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 531
Posted By Cascadilla
Adapter for Contax RF lenses to Leica 39 mm thread

I am in the process of returning an adapter I found on eBay to adapt Contax RF lenses to Leica 39 mm thread mount. It only focuses with 50 mm lenses and doesn't screw in fully to a Leica IIIa body I...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-13-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 1,049
Posted By Cascadilla
My lens is the classic 21 first made in the...

My lens is the classic 21 first made in the 1950's for then current Contax IIa/IIIa cameras.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-12-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 1,049
Posted By Cascadilla
My 21 mm Biogon is fantastic on 35 mm film,...

My 21 mm Biogon is fantastic on 35 mm film, virtually distortion free and sharp to the corners. It definitely isn't a shelf queen. I haven't tried it on a digital camera--I don't own a mirrorless,...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-01-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,121
Posted By Cascadilla
I agree that the infinity lock isn't my favorite...

I agree that the infinity lock isn't my favorite Contax feature, but the focus needs to be at infinity when you change lenses in order not to damage the rangefinder so it is actually useful.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-02-2018
Replies: 57
Views: 2,932
Posted By Cascadilla
My commercial work is all digital--anything I do...

My commercial work is all digital--anything I do for clients is either going straight to a website or will need to be digital to be printed on paper. For myself, I shoot film in vintage Contax III...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-14-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 1,554
Posted By Cascadilla
I bought my first Pentax SLR (an MX) in 1977...

I bought my first Pentax SLR (an MX) in 1977 after having travelled with screw mount SLRs and finding lens changing to be a challenge. I moved on to LX bodies, then Pentax digital. I am still using...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-25-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 707
Posted By Cascadilla
I own a couple of reloadable Contax film...

I own a couple of reloadable Contax film cassettes, although I haven't used them yet. From looking at them, I'm not sure that a conventional bulk loader would work. I think that you would have to...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-24-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 820
Posted By Cascadilla
My recently purchased Contax III definitely has...

My recently purchased Contax III definitely has some marks where a current film cartridge might have made them, but my test roll of Tri-X ran through and rewound without a hitch. I wouldn't worry...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-17-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,334
Posted By Cascadilla
+1 on the 35 mm f/2.5 Nikkor--I own one of the...

+1 on the 35 mm f/2.5 Nikkor--I own one of the earlier chrome versions and it is very sharp, as well as fitting perfectly on my Contax IIIa.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-14-2017
Replies: 26
Views: 4,714
Posted By Cascadilla
"Appealing" is in the eye of the beholder, but...

"Appealing" is in the eye of the beholder, but lens coating in general increases light transmission and contrast in the image. It also tends to reduce flare. There is no question that sometimes for...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-06-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 795
Posted By Cascadilla
I also have two collapsible pre war 5 cm f/2...

I also have two collapsible pre war 5 cm f/2 Sonnars that accept 40.5 filters. I also have a pre war collapsible 5 cm f/3.5 Tessar which doesn't--it need 25.5 mm screw in accessories, which are a...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-04-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,034
Posted By Cascadilla
Congratulations on your Contax. If you haven't...

Congratulations on your Contax. If you haven't yet, check the high speeds (1/500, 1/1250) to see if the shutter is capping. You can do this by winding the camera, taking the back off and then...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-24-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 2,051
Posted By Cascadilla
I have one of these made for Contax and Zeiss...

I have one of these made for Contax and Zeiss always recommended that anything longer than 50 mm should be focused with the lens focusing ring rather than the wheel. I would assume the same for any...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 11-15-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,419
Posted By Cascadilla
+1 for this not being your first repair--it's a...

+1 for this not being your first repair--it's a great lens and the odds on getting it back together correctly aren't that good.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-09-2016
Replies: 72
Views: 5,515
Posted By Cascadilla
I teach film and digital classes at a community...

I teach film and digital classes at a community college, and our program still starts out with film. Most of our students rent Pentax K 1000 cameras and 50 mm lenses from the school, while a few...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 07-13-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 3,731
Posted By Cascadilla
I've used Kinderman tanks and Hewes reels for...

I've used Kinderman tanks and Hewes reels for years and have had good reliable results. I haven't found them particularly slow to fill or empty with chemistry, and certainly faster than the brand X...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-01-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,095
Posted By Cascadilla
+1 for the #440 turret for 21, 35, 50, 85 and...

+1 for the #440 turret for 21, 35, 50, 85 and 135. It has diopter adjustment and good parallax adjustment, in my experience. If your wide angle lenses include a 28, you'll need something...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-06-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 1,273
Posted By Cascadilla
There is also an eBay seller who makes plastic...

There is also an eBay seller who makes plastic caps that fit internal mount 50 mm/5 cm Sonnars and goes by the name of Zeissman. I ordered some, and they fit tightly on post war Sonnars and a pre...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-25-2015
Replies: 70
Views: 11,810
Posted By Cascadilla
Of your options, I would choose the Nikon, but I...

Of your options, I would choose the Nikon, but I too have a soft spot for Pentax. Both MX and LX bodies and Pentax 28 and 50 lenses served me well for many years of commercial work.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-20-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 3,272
Posted By Cascadilla
Tried the Mike Elek procedure, but no luck. Oh...

Tried the Mike Elek procedure, but no luck. Oh well, the shutter, f/stops, rangefinder and film advance work well, so it is still a pleasure to use. Thanks again for the information.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-08-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 3,272
Posted By Cascadilla
Thanks for the replies so far--I may be brave and...

Thanks for the replies so far--I may be brave and they the Mike Elek procedure since it doesn't look totally intimidating...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-04-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 3,272
Posted By Cascadilla
Contessa selenium meter repair

I recently acquired a Zeiss Contessa (folding from 1953-55) which works well except for a dead selenium meter. Is it possible to repair this or replace the selenium cell?
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-08-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 19,770
Posted By Cascadilla
I had two Rollei 3.5 Es, one with the Planar and...

I had two Rollei 3.5 Es, one with the Planar and one with the Xenotar. Both were great lenses and I couldn't tell you which one took which images. I sold the one with the Xenotar to a former...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-14-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 640
Posted By Cascadilla
Thanks for the info. I will look probably take...

Thanks for the info. I will look probably take your suggestion and remove it permanently and carefully store it.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-13-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,005
Posted By Cascadilla
I feel your pain... with my Contax IIIA I use my...

I feel your pain... with my Contax IIIA I use my reading glasses to use the rangefinder and then shift to a Zeiss 440 turret finder with diopter correction (built in) for viewing. In addition to...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-13-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 640
Posted By Cascadilla
Loose light baffle on 21 mm 4.5 Biogon

I recently acquired a 21 mm f/4.5 Zeiss Biogon for my Contax IIIA. Negatives look great, but after I have used it for a while and go to remove the lens from the camera, the extra light shielding...
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