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Forum: Off Topic 11-07-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 2,110
Posted By rxmd
"Usage of this container for the disposal of...

"Usage of this container for the disposal of human remains may be in violation of local health ordinances."
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 10-27-2012
Replies: 163
Views: 17,601
Posted By rxmd
To be honest I'm unimpressed. It feels a bit as...

To be honest I'm unimpressed. It feels a bit as if Apple was back into the early 90s again, when after producing really outstanding products for a while, they now produce products that are more or...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 10-15-2012
Replies: 50
Views: 18,056
Posted By rxmd
Actually it seems to sum up pretty much what you...

Actually it seems to sum up pretty much what you were talking about. Basically you were saying that just because Fuji managed to produce a small-sensor, not-for-generic-lenses camera for a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-14-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 4,708
Posted By rxmd
Yeah, I can see that. I got into it only when I...

Yeah, I can see that. I got into it only when I inherited an R5 body.

The Pentax Super Program sounds like a good choice, the system is reasonably cheap, there is a DSLR option, also with good used...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-14-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 4,708
Posted By rxmd
Don't worry. People who want the R-solution have...

Don't worry. People who want the R-solution have their R lenses already, and the $7000 M is not going to get new buyers into the R system en masse (or give them anything that the $2000 Canon 5D...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-14-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 4,147
Posted By rxmd
Henry Scherer's waiting list is a joke. It's not...

Henry Scherer's waiting list is a joke. It's not like he is the only person doing quality work on Contaxes in the US, or is he? Seems hard to imagine (I mean, in Germany I know at least three). I...
Forum: Travel 10-10-2012
Replies: 25
Views: 3,820
Posted By rxmd
This has never happened to me, and I fly a lot...

This has never happened to me, and I fly a lot and with heavy bags. The biggest carry-on luggage I've had with me in the cabin was an electronic stage piano (160x45 cm), the heaviest a bag of...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-10-2012
Replies: 34
Views: 6,985
Posted By rxmd
Sandisk cards are a popular target for...

Sandisk cards are a popular target for counterfeiters; I recall reading that 20-30% of Sandisk cards are not genuine, regardless where they're bought or how they're packaged. You might just have a...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-09-2012
Replies: 168
Views: 29,229
Posted By rxmd
That's like saying Grace Kelly was butt-ugly when...

That's like saying Grace Kelly was butt-ugly when she painted her nails in the wrong colour.

+1 for "I don't understand what the fuss is about".
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-09-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 8,483
Posted By rxmd
The main pitfall is that the M39 thread on this...

The main pitfall is that the M39 thread on this lens has a different thread pitch and cross-section than the Leica standard, so that the lens does not screw into many M39 cameras and adapters.

Other...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-08-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 2,103
Posted By rxmd
There is a market for English-language textbooks...

There is a market for English-language textbooks in non-English-speaking countries, in particular in engineering; that one doesn't surprise me at all. My minors when studying in Germany were computer...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 10-08-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 3,261
Posted By rxmd
Early 1960s spy satellites worked that way - they...

Early 1960s spy satellites worked that way - they would hold a mile or two of film, shoot pictures until it was full, then dump the film into a return capsule that was caught in mid-air by a...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 10-08-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 2,867
Posted By rxmd
Back then when the Sigma DP1 was introduced in...

Back then when the Sigma DP1 was introduced in 2008, all of the Sigma threads went into the Point-N-Shoot subforum (http://rangefinderforum.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=60) and it was OK with...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-08-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 2,103
Posted By rxmd
It took me a while to figure out why the article...

It took me a while to figure out why the article seemed so low on facts and so incoherent. Then I figured out that you linked to page 2. There is a page 1 with more information.

This case revolves...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-06-2012
Replies: 71
Views: 14,251
Posted By rxmd
Do you place the screw mount adapter on top of...

Do you place the screw mount adapter on top of the existing bayonet, or do you have to take off the bayonet flange off the lens and replace it by a screw mount?

The latter would seem a bit...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-06-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 4,979
Posted By rxmd
It would be possible to make one if the adapter...

It would be possible to make one if the adapter could read out the position of the rangefinder cam on the lens.
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 10-06-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 1,276
Posted By rxmd
44x33 is not a lot larger than 36x24, just four...

44x33 is not a lot larger than 36x24, just four millimeters in each direction, so you're well within the reserves of the lens.

I have a 24mm PC lens that according to specs has a 67mm usable image...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-06-2012
Replies: 71
Views: 14,251
Posted By rxmd
It's not the same. The one in the page you linked...

It's not the same. The one in the page you linked to does not have an M-mount, it has a 44mm screw mount.

In order to use Leica M lenses on it, you have to replace the mount on the lens by an M42...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-06-2012
Replies: 49
Views: 8,282
Posted By rxmd
From the OP's website: "I make the lens mount a...

From the OP's website:
"I make the lens mount a universal 44mm screwmount. There are a butt-ton of screw mount lenses out there, and I didn’t want to be limiting, so that’s what I chose. Included in...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-06-2012
Replies: 49
Views: 8,282
Posted By rxmd
While I think "I Love Film" is a bit too abrasive...

While I think "I Love Film" is a bit too abrasive in the way he tries to get his point across, I think his point itself is valid and interesting. If you're modifying the camera to have a 27.8mm...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-04-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 1,630
Posted By rxmd
Good. The overheated clamour here about how Leica...

Good. The overheated clamour here about how Leica would no longer service M8s and abandon their loyal users was hard to bear at some point.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-04-2012
Replies: 49
Views: 8,282
Posted By rxmd
That is a common sentiment, but I think it misses...

That is a common sentiment, but I think it misses the point of the Noctilux. Design constraints for extreme speed lenses are such that it is hard to make them better than a much less constrained...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-04-2012
Replies: 49
Views: 8,282
Posted By rxmd
That way he would end up having to buy new L...

That way he would end up having to buy new L lenses that are, as everybody knows, good, big and expensive. This way he can use his existing lenses that are good, small, and already paid for.

Case in...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-03-2012
Replies: 49
Views: 8,282
Posted By rxmd
Focusing is done using LiveView, I presume? If...

Focusing is done using LiveView, I presume? If you use something like Magic Lantern, you even get focus peaking and the usual perks.

Do you have photos of the final thing?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-03-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 9,615
Posted By rxmd
The AE-1p works like the AE-1, except that it has...

The AE-1p works like the AE-1, except that it has an LED readout instead of a needle and of course a program mode. Both are automatic-centered; manual operation is treated as an override of the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-02-2012
Replies: 33
Views: 5,229
Posted By rxmd
Should have taken that bet, it said...

Should have taken that bet, it said "Luftwaffen-Eigentum" in two words on the originals (and on plenty of other stuff owned by the air force).

Moral: don't place 1000:1 bets on how good army...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-02-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1,013
Posted By rxmd
Did you use the Russar already with another body...

Did you use the Russar already with another body so that you know the lens is OK?

Is the film blank (underexposure) or black (overexposure)? It can't be both at the same time.

Are you sure that the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-01-2012
Replies: 33
Views: 5,229
Posted By rxmd
For 25 EUR it's OK even for a camera that is...

For 25 EUR it's OK even for a camera that is definitely a fake, it's not more than the camera is worth (if it works!!) - personally I'd haggle him down to 15 or 20 and then take it.

The bit about...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-01-2012
Replies: 33
Views: 5,229
Posted By rxmd
It's a Soviet camera indeed, a Zorki-1 in...

It's a Soviet camera indeed, a Zorki-1 in particular, probably of the 1d or 1e variety (difficult to tell at the low-resolution photos). It's a $40 camera with a pretty ugly paint job and a spelling...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-01-2012
Replies: 41
Views: 6,220
Posted By rxmd
Fine if it sucks, just as long as it doesn't blow...

Fine if it sucks, just as long as it doesn't blow (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historic_eruptions_of_Mount_Fuji).
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-30-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 1,674
Posted By rxmd
If it happened during developing, it would not be...

If it happened during developing, it would not be in the same spot on every negative.

If it was a light leak into the camera, shutter partially opening, light leak of the film canister etc. it would...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-30-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 5,859
Posted By rxmd
Oh wow, that's a hideous thing with a mutilated...

Oh wow, that's a hideous thing with a mutilated top plate.

Anyway, you can do it yourself. It's not difficult at all. The wood is glued-on self-adhesive. Just pull it off and glue on a piece of...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-30-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 5,859
Posted By rxmd
They sold for $900-$1100, but they have long been...

They sold for $900-$1100, but they have long been discontinued and were never made in big numbers. The few times I saw them used they seemed to sell in the $700-$900 range.

Nice thing is they're...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-29-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 5,859
Posted By rxmd
Well you could start off with...

Well you could start off with this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Camera-FED-Zarya-2-Fully-black-version-s-n-9009874-/160885276944

This is a repaint job, but no hacked-up camera, so it's much more likely...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-29-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 5,859
Posted By rxmd
Firstly if you pay $169 for a Soviet screw mount...

Firstly if you pay $169 for a Soviet screw mount camera, in all probability you're paying about $120 too much.

Secondly yes, they're capable cameras. But there are very few that have no internal...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 09-28-2012
Replies: 24
Views: 5,593
Posted By rxmd
It sounds a bit like you're paying too much...

It sounds a bit like you're paying too much attention to people writing stupid shіt. The Leica world is full of collectors and fondlers with weird ideas, but if your idea is photography, as soon as...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-28-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 2,112
Posted By rxmd
How do you scan the negatives, do you place them...

How do you scan the negatives, do you place them directly on the glass or do you use a film holder?

Are these 35mm or medium format scans?
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 09-28-2012
Replies: 42
Views: 5,801
Posted By rxmd
I think it's great that Epson still services this...

I think it's great that Epson still services this thing. They introduced it in 2004, stopped making it in 2009, don't make any cameras anymore at all, but they still service them, a nice tough in the...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-28-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 3,105
Posted By rxmd
you mean tricks like "a few good pictures", or "a...

you mean tricks like "a few good pictures", or "a good, descriptive text", or "be a seller with good feedback?" :D
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-28-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 3,105
Posted By rxmd
The last ones I've seen here were in the 400-500...

The last ones I've seen here were in the 400-500 USD range.

The only let-down is the close focusing distance.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-28-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 3,105
Posted By rxmd
Honestly, with posts like these, does it really...

Honestly, with posts like these, does it really surprise you that you don't get warm receptions, like you recently complained (http://rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=124003)?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-26-2012
Replies: 118
Views: 26,657
Posted By rxmd
It's the same.

It's the same.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-25-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 9,615
Posted By rxmd
Use those few weeks to shoot a few rolls and get...

Use those few weeks to shoot a few rolls and get yourself acquainted with the camera.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-25-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 964
Posted By rxmd
Where are you located? I have one here that does...

Where are you located? I have one here that does both - he has my 50/f2 currently and he had a Kiev 5 with a broken advance mechanism when I last visited him - and he seems pretty solid....
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 09-21-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 4,508
Posted By rxmd
Except that it was pretty clear that Fuji's...

Except that it was pretty clear that Fuji's little 18/f2.8 or 35/f1.4 were no full frame lenses to begin with. The whole bit was pure speculation. They're too invested into an APS system now to do a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-21-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 3,467
Posted By rxmd
The alternative would be to use a native...

The alternative would be to use a native telephoto lens and a panoramic head (more likely a nodal point adapter and an extra panoramic plate on an L bracket), "scan" the scene in columns and rows,...
Forum: Nikon RF 09-21-2012
Replies: 48
Views: 9,303
Posted By rxmd
This is exactly what I intented to do with my...

This is exactly what I intented to do with my D600, and what I've been doing for now 38 years of regular photography.

Thank you for this very valuable warning.[/QUOTE]

You're welcome... but then...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-21-2012
Replies: 86
Views: 11,642
Posted By rxmd
And I feel that live view makes the M camera even...

And I feel that live view makes the M camera even simpler to use and more flexible, which is good - but earlier you essentially stated that you were disappointed because it was now too easy and...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-21-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 5,513
Posted By rxmd
I would surmise that full frame sensors will...

I would surmise that full frame sensors will become a lot cheaper when photolithography advances the area of a single exposure beyond those 900-ish mm².
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-21-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 5,513
Posted By rxmd
I guess you mean that's the area that can be...

I guess you mean that's the area that can be exposed in a single exposure - full frame and medium format sensors, for example, get exposed in several consecutive exposures (which is partly what makes...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-21-2012
Replies: 86
Views: 11,642
Posted By rxmd
I rather suspect: Good/needed functionallity -...

I rather suspect:

Good/needed functionallity - whatever the M3 can do.
Bad/unneeded func - whatever the M3 can not do.

And to follow up on that, in the digital age everybody interprets that...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-21-2012
Replies: 86
Views: 11,642
Posted By rxmd
Well for me it's one thing to use niche products...

Well for me it's one thing to use niche products because they're good, or because they get the job done like nothing else. And it's another thing to use them because they make me feel special, or...
Forum: Nikon RF 09-21-2012
Replies: 48
Views: 9,303
Posted By rxmd
"Similarly built" is of course making a lot of...

"Similarly built" is of course making a lot of big implicit assumptions, you don't know how the D600 is built in practice and not all plastic cameras are built alike.

And the idea that you're...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-21-2012
Replies: 86
Views: 11,642
Posted By rxmd
Isn't that just re-stating the fact that an...

Isn't that just re-stating the fact that an expensive, difficult-to-use camera bestows upon its user a little bit of distinction? And doesn't that imply the assertion that when the camera gets too...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-21-2012
Replies: 86
Views: 11,642
Posted By rxmd
The problem is that there are people who consider...

The problem is that there are people who consider some things to be bad simply if they're there, even if they never use or even see them. This is a kind of negative selectivity.

It's not...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-21-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 4,378
Posted By rxmd
No, a large part of the current buyer base would...

No, a large part of the current buyer base would complain that this makes the Leica too accessible to the hoi polloi - like people are now complaining that live view makes focusing too easy and that...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-20-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 1,175
Posted By rxmd
I assume you are talking about adapters to Leica...

I assume you are talking about adapters to Leica M, about focusing the lens wide open, and about close distances.
Also you mention front focusing in the text, and back focusing in the headline. I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-20-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 4,378
Posted By rxmd
I once spoke to a carpenter doing mainly woodwork...

I once spoke to a carpenter doing mainly woodwork for roof trusses. I asked him what brand of drill he uses.

I was expecting something like a Hilti.

He said he always buys the cheapest Chinese...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-20-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 1,373
Posted By rxmd
You could start...

You could start here:
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=57859

But if you have no camera repair experience, it might be a bit of a challenge.
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 09-20-2012
Replies: 136
Views: 18,400
Posted By rxmd
Absolutely... especially near the end: "And,...

Absolutely... especially near the end:

"And, adds Alessandrini, Hasselblad is not forcing anyone to buy the Lunar camera. 'We want to be very honest: we have a tradition of choosing the best...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 09-20-2012
Replies: 136
Views: 18,400
Posted By rxmd
Well, now their PR department has kicked in and...

Well, now their PR department has kicked in and they're on the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-20-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 2,213
Posted By rxmd
Yeah, mine was made by Lenovo but still says IBM...

Yeah, mine was made by Lenovo but still says IBM on the lid. My next one will be a Panasonic Toughbook.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-20-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 1,729
Posted By rxmd
The link is broken, can you fix it? I guess it...

The link is broken, can you fix it? I guess it should go to http://www.thomasstanworth.com/album/terrestrial-cosmos.

I like the series, good abstract work that is quite powerful.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-20-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 2,213
Posted By rxmd
My personal laptop has been a Thinkpad X60 for...

My personal laptop has been a Thinkpad X60 for the last six years. It stands on little feet and has a spill-proof keyboard with a downward drain pipe that has a little drop painted next to the outlet...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 09-20-2012
Replies: 136
Views: 18,400
Posted By rxmd
Maybe means rich people that use some kind of new...

Maybe means rich people that use some kind of new skin care product.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-19-2012
Replies: 86
Views: 11,642
Posted By rxmd
Yeah, and now that you mention it it seems like...

Yeah, and now that you mention it it seems like Captain Obvious was the sculptor. :)
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-19-2012
Replies: 25
Views: 4,394
Posted By rxmd
If you just want to try it out, you could just...

If you just want to try it out, you could just buy a Zorki, which will take all your LTM lenses and, when in good condition, will give you the full Barnack experience for a fifth of the price.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-19-2012
Replies: 86
Views: 11,642
Posted By rxmd
Keith, that's a nice one. Where is that? :)

Keith, that's a nice one. Where is that? :)
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-19-2012
Replies: 86
Views: 11,642
Posted By rxmd
Sorry, don't agree. The fact that you're...

Sorry, don't agree.

The fact that you're arguing this on a rangefinder forum of all places should be enough to show the contradiction in terms. We could argue this in more detail, but it seems...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-19-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 1,148
Posted By rxmd
You might just not toss it and use it with...

You might just not toss it and use it with VueScan instead, which should work with most SCSI scanners as long as you can get a SCSI card to work.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-19-2012
Replies: 86
Views: 11,642
Posted By rxmd
Your argument boils down to that it's now too...

Your argument boils down to that it's now too easy to use a Leica if I understand you correctly.

By counter-argument, is there really value in making cameras deliberately difficult to use so that...
Forum: Nikon RF 09-19-2012
Replies: 48
Views: 9,303
Posted By rxmd
Probably less than that, if you look at the...

Probably less than that, if you look at the digital cameras put into Zorki bodies that appear on eBay every now and then for between $600 and $1200.

The other question is what would it really give...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-19-2012
Replies: 67
Views: 10,940
Posted By rxmd
There is the old Novoflex LEM/CAN adapter for...

There is the old Novoflex LEM/CAN adapter for Canon FD to Leica M, I think it's still being made. It's well made and expensive.

As with most older lenses, a modern sensor will show that what was...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 09-19-2012
Replies: 136
Views: 18,400
Posted By rxmd
The fake gold Leica Zorkis just got a whole new...

The fake gold Leica Zorkis just got a whole new significance.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-19-2012
Replies: 36
Views: 6,803
Posted By rxmd
The word "affordable M camera" was placed in the...

The word "affordable M camera" was placed in the headline only by the magazine editor and copied 1:1 here by jsrockit. The actual interview says they won't make a "below-£1000 compact system...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-18-2012
Replies: 636
Views: 97,985
Posted By rxmd
Well there was an ELCAN (Ernst Leitz Canada)...

Well there was an ELCAN (Ernst Leitz Canada) 90/f1.0, for example, but it looks completely different.

These are typically optics with military applications that practically never get marketed to end...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-18-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 2,240
Posted By rxmd
You look through the viewfinder, turn the focus...

You look through the viewfinder, turn the focus ring until you see that what you want in focus is in focus, then you take the shot. Easy as pie.

It's the beauty of a single-lens reflex camera. Your...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-18-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 2,316
Posted By rxmd
Where are you located?

Where are you located?
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 09-18-2012
Replies: 188
Views: 19,996
Posted By rxmd
This is a discussion that while technically true...

This is a discussion that while technically true is also completely irrelevant.

Cosmic rays are sparse enough at ground level that as a camera owner you really don't have to bother. You're more...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 09-17-2012
Replies: 135
Views: 73,359
Posted By rxmd
First new CV announcement that I'm seriously...

First new CV announcement that I'm seriously interested in, for a while. Great news!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-16-2012
Replies: 87
Views: 9,865
Posted By rxmd
Not going to happen; interchangeable sensor backs...

Not going to happen; interchangeable sensor backs are big and expensive (compare an R8 to an R8 plus DMR), it's one of those things that everybody would like and nobody would buy.

And the latter TO...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-16-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,756
Posted By rxmd
The latter link simply lists three variants of...

The latter link simply lists three variants of the well-known Zenitar fisheye which is a design from the 1980s, there is a Russian overview at...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-16-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 2,316
Posted By rxmd
You can patch it up if the holes are small, but...

You can patch it up if the holes are small, but it's not ideal and it's better to replace it. As cost estimates for that I've seen everything between $50 and $150 so far.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-16-2012
Replies: 87
Views: 9,865
Posted By rxmd
Difficult to do though, as the sensor-to-front...

Difficult to do though, as the sensor-to-front distance has to stay the same for obvious reasons, and the package "sensor package plus electronics plus back cover" is a lot thicker than the package...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-16-2012
Replies: 20
Views: 3,895
Posted By rxmd
Missing option: M5-style large ratcheted bottom...

Missing option:
M5-style large ratcheted bottom rewind crank
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-16-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 1,982
Posted By rxmd
Henry Scherer is IMHO one of those people where...

Henry Scherer is IMHO one of those people where the Internet hasn't done any good; at some point he was hyped to the point that he can now basically dictate his own terms, keeps an arbitrarily long...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 09-16-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 3,141
Posted By rxmd
AFA Fotoversand is a fairly established dealer...

AFA Fotoversand is a fairly established dealer that tends to get good reviews on websites. For EU shipments they request payment before delivery (either bank transfer or PayPal).

As usual when...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-16-2012
Replies: 87
Views: 9,865
Posted By rxmd
Like on the M5 in other words, which has exactly...

Like on the M5 in other words, which has exactly this arrangement.



Left-eyed M5 shooter here, for me it doesn't make a difference nose-placement-wise, but the speed dial on the M5 (coupled with...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-16-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 2,316
Posted By rxmd
There isn't any common "code" for these things...

There isn't any common "code" for these things and there is no "regular service" called CLA, each repairman has a set of things they will do under this label.

In general you can't expect an...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-16-2012
Replies: 87
Views: 9,865
Posted By rxmd
Not many, but then again many people who don't...

Not many, but then again many people who don't want won't buy it either, so it all cancels out. ;)
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-16-2012
Replies: 63
Views: 10,202
Posted By rxmd
So do I... the only one I'm unsure about is the...

So do I... the only one I'm unsure about is the extra video module (they could have it built-in as far as I'm concerned).

I also like the suggestion made elsewhere that Leica should put a bottle...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-16-2012
Replies: 63
Views: 10,202
Posted By rxmd
There are at least two kinds of purists. One is...

There are at least two kinds of purists.

One is the positive kind that works by inclusion, by defining minimum requirements: an M camera needs to have an optical coupled rangefinder. Another is the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-15-2012
Replies: 99
Views: 18,762
Posted By rxmd
You are making a lot of inferences there; they...

You are making a lot of inferences there; they might also simply have had a supply chain issue (i.e. relying on availability by some supplier who then changed their mind), so that they didn't stock...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-15-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 1,431
Posted By rxmd
These are quite good! I also don't think the...

These are quite good!

I also don't think the lens is at fault, probably your process yields more like 1000 ISO rather than 1600. Pushing more is probably not an option really, if you think your...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-14-2012
Replies: 99
Views: 18,762
Posted By rxmd
Agreed 100%. This sums up the whole discussion in...

Agreed 100%. This sums up the whole discussion in a nutshell.

"Never buy anything that you can't afford losing" seems to be one of those simple wisdoms that people always forget. And then they get...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-14-2012
Replies: 99
Views: 18,762
Posted By rxmd
The fuss is there because there is now a wave of...

The fuss is there because there is now a wave of Internet-driven "reverse hype" going on that started from an unavailability notice on a particular spare part and has now snowballed into people...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-14-2012
Replies: 99
Views: 18,762
Posted By rxmd
They didn't "desert" the M8 any more than they...

They didn't "desert" the M8 any more than they deserted the R6 when Seiko stopped providing shutters... You can doubt their supply chain management of course, but in this kind of situation I think...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-13-2012
Replies: 99
Views: 18,762
Posted By rxmd
Maybe this says more about people's expectations...

Maybe this says more about people's expectations and projections than about Leica. What would Leica have had to do to earn your trust, keep up the same price forever?
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-13-2012
Replies: 34
Views: 4,552
Posted By rxmd
Or put it at the top and style it like a M2/M3/MP...

Or put it at the top and style it like a M2/M3/MP rewind knob.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-13-2012
Replies: 36
Views: 11,320
Posted By rxmd
If you can live with a slightly narrower format...

If you can live with a slightly narrower format (95mm, i.e. 50mm-equivalent) and have a bit of time, you could wait a while for a Linhof 220. It's a quirky camera with the vertical format and pistol...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-13-2012
Replies: 50
Views: 7,513
Posted By rxmd
Oh...

Oh well...

http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa318/kirkwoodpix/FOREMAIL006.jpg
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 09-13-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 2,370
Posted By rxmd
It's a joke. There are a few eBay sellers whose...

It's a joke. There are a few eBay sellers whose "ZK" lenses almost always turn out to be fakes.

Unless you have expertise from someone you trust, one simply shouldn't buy an easily-faked item such...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-13-2012
Replies: 50
Views: 7,513
Posted By rxmd
I think of my 5D as a medium format camera. Carry...

I think of my 5D as a medium format camera. Carry around a Kiev 88 or Pentacon Six with a 180/f2.8 lens for a day and you'll see things in a different perspective.

Stylish SLRs? Not many, even less...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 09-12-2012
Replies: 24
Views: 6,612
Posted By rxmd
Polaroid Image 1200, with Impossible Project B&W...

Polaroid Image 1200, with Impossible Project B&W film. Nicely compact, flash built-in if you need it, anybody and their mother can use it. I did just that at a wedding a month ago.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-12-2012
Replies: 34
Views: 4,552
Posted By rxmd
Good luck with that.

Good luck with that.
Forum: Fuji X Series 09-12-2012
Replies: 96
Views: 16,640
Posted By rxmd
Obsolescence is strictly in the eye of the...

Obsolescence is strictly in the eye of the beholder anyway.

Or in other words: You buy camera X because it suits you; if now you think it's obsolete because camera X+1 is out, it's basically your...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-12-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 1,431
Posted By rxmd
Elmar 50/f2.8 will need the same exposure as any...

Elmar 50/f2.8 will need the same exposure as any other lens at f/2.8.
Elmar 50/f2.8 will need a stop more exposure time than another lens at f/2.

These are basically trivialities. To know more it...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-12-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 3,801
Posted By rxmd
$1500 was wishful thinking anyway - full frame is...

$1500 was wishful thinking anyway - full frame is becoming commoditized, and that's a good thing, but not to that extent just yet.

And no, that doesn't mean there will be $2000 full frame digital...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-12-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 4,842,881
Posted By rxmd
In the German wine areas it's usually eaten with...

In the German wine areas it's usually eaten with aromatic but simple meaty dishes. They need not be heavy; the Alsatian and Rhineland variety of Zwiebelkuchen ("Flammkuchen") is based on a very thin...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-12-2012
Replies: 31
Views: 3,795
Posted By rxmd
Do they? A dichotomy is a rhetorical figure. I...

Do they? A dichotomy is a rhetorical figure. I don't think you're making a claim that photographers don't exist or that gearheads don't exist. I think in practice everybody is more or less aware that...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 09-12-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 2,370
Posted By rxmd
Auction ended != Item sold And in all...

Auction ended != Item sold

And in all probability it was not an original.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 09-09-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 3,739
Posted By rxmd
Those specs look hard to meet. Going used is a...

Those specs look hard to meet. Going used is a good idea, but it takes a lot of reading up on the various models, and if you don't do that you might be surprised. I once was looking for a compact...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-09-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 1,470
Posted By rxmd
So yesterday I picked up the Leningrad and...

So yesterday I picked up the Leningrad and 85/f1.5. Impeccable work on both. It turns out that the Leningrad had a broken shaft in the viewfinder, and the transfer plate for the shutter button action...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-09-2012
Replies: 57
Views: 10,499
Posted By rxmd
For architecture I found a shift lens or a camera...

For architecture I found a shift lens or a camera with movements just as helpful (in my case, a 90 on 4x5 and a 24 on 35mm format). When taking pictures of a building I'm usually not interested in...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-08-2012
Replies: 56
Views: 5,798
Posted By rxmd
Note: CL does NOT stand for Caps Lock.

Note: CL does NOT stand for Caps Lock.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-08-2012
Replies: 57
Views: 10,499
Posted By rxmd
Well I've only shot it once and that was on 4x5"...

Well I've only shot it once and that was on 4x5" and there were even some reserves - so while it's certainly possible to stick a roll film holder behind it it's kind of hard for me to think of it as...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-07-2012
Replies: 31
Views: 3,086
Posted By rxmd
Not really. Maybe it gets marginally more visible...

Not really. Maybe it gets marginally more visible with faster film. But there is a benefit with cheaper film :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-07-2012
Replies: 31
Views: 3,086
Posted By rxmd
It works only with negative film, which is nice...

It works only with negative film, which is nice because it's also the cheapest film.

Negative film has a coloured backing. If the light leak is in the front, the light will be normally coloured; if...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-07-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 771
Posted By rxmd
It depends a bit on what you want to do, and on...

It depends a bit on what you want to do, and on whether you already have the microscope and just need a DSLR adapter, or whether you already have the DSLR and want a cheap microscope to go with it,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-07-2012
Replies: 31
Views: 3,086
Posted By rxmd
No offense meant, but most people ruin the first...

No offense meant, but most people ruin the first cameras they start working on - best start with a Zorki rather than an M3.



If you start working on this yourself, just remember:
* re/the shutter...
Forum: Fuji X Series 09-06-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 27,426
Posted By rxmd
Or this...

Or this one:

http://www.upload.ee/image/2074141/36599548-disapoint-reaction.gif
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-06-2012
Replies: 31
Views: 3,086
Posted By rxmd
You use CHS25 for this kind of experiment? :eek:

You use CHS25 for this kind of experiment? :eek:
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-06-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 1,847
Posted By rxmd
If you want cheap lenses, the best FSU road is a...

If you want cheap lenses, the best FSU road is a Kiev. No lever wind, but otherwise a great camera with a whisper-quiet shutter, and you can get things like a Jupiter-12 for under $50 ;)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-06-2012
Replies: 36
Views: 4,004
Posted By rxmd
Ah, the good old Rodinal Sunrise.

Ah, the good old Rodinal Sunrise.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-06-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 1,847
Posted By rxmd
You're spot on about the Kool-Aid. :) And once...

You're spot on about the Kool-Aid. :) And once they start appearing in your house you can't stop them.

That said, there are three reasons to use a FSU rangefinder:

(1) They are quirky.
(2) You can...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-06-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1,332
Posted By rxmd
Hi Bob, great initiative! I've sent you a PM.

Hi Bob,

great initiative! I've sent you a PM.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-06-2012
Replies: 31
Views: 3,086
Posted By rxmd
I wouldn't start messing around with it unless...

I wouldn't start messing around with it unless you know it's wrong. The M3 rangefinder mechanism is pretty rugged. Rather spend that B&W roll for shooting something more meaningful than focus targets...
Forum: Fuji X Series 09-05-2012
Replies: 60
Views: 7,101
Posted By rxmd
Expect prices for the zoom to drop quickly as...

Expect prices for the zoom to drop quickly as people by kits and then sell the zoom separately for part of the $300 markup ($699.95 vs. $400 with the kit).
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-05-2012
Replies: 36
Views: 4,004
Posted By rxmd
As usual it's probably more of a catalog and...

As usual it's probably more of a catalog and showroom rolled into one. Everybody knows that $46000 is too much, so it never gets sold and there are no significant fees. However, it gets a lot of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-05-2012
Replies: 36
Views: 4,004
Posted By rxmd
Give it a break guys, it's mint MINUS :D

Give it a break guys, it's mint MINUS :D
Forum: Fuji X Series 09-05-2012
Replies: 60
Views: 7,101
Posted By rxmd
Have you ever used such a lens for an extended...

Have you ever used such a lens for an extended amount of time? Most cheaper DSLR lenses are built like that and it's not good. Personally I find it bothersome when something around where I grip the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-05-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 1,472
Posted By rxmd
Don't overestimate that. The M style release...

Don't overestimate that. The M style release collar (a threaded button with a wider "bowl" around it) was hardly an original idea. It seems to have been pretty much a commodity feature already at...
Forum: Fuji X Series 09-05-2012
Replies: 60
Views: 7,101
Posted By rxmd
The alternatives are: either bigger lenses with...

The alternatives are: either bigger lenses with lots of extra gears and mechanics and a somewhat unnatural feeling to them; or lenses with a focus ring that rotates when you autofocus and where you...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 09-05-2012
Replies: 18
Views: 4,008
Posted By rxmd
Well it says so on their website, it says so on...

Well it says so on their website, it says so on the box, what more do you want? If you didn't read that before, you can't really claim they've been hiding it from you.

The future of film is boutique...
Forum: Fuji X Series 09-05-2012
Replies: 60
Views: 7,101
Posted By rxmd
Still no Neopan mode though.

Still no Neopan mode though.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-05-2012
Replies: 57
Views: 10,499
Posted By rxmd
Hardly a medium format lens though (to go by the...

Hardly a medium format lens though (to go by the thread title) :)
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 09-04-2012
Replies: 56
Views: 5,979
Posted By rxmd
That's a rather nice one. Did you glue the...

That's a rather nice one. Did you glue the negatives together and contact print them?
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-04-2012
Replies: 77
Views: 7,220
Posted By rxmd
That would also negate the need for good gear....

That would also negate the need for good gear. Less need for worrying about microcontrast or lens rendering. You can do that with a Zorki, no need for Apo-Asph Summicrons.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-04-2012
Replies: 70
Views: 8,013
Posted By rxmd
You could also decide by Google Fight: Nikon vs....

You could also decide by Google Fight: Nikon vs. Canon (http://www.googlefight.com/index.php?lang=en_GB&word1=Nikon&word2=Canon).
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-04-2012
Replies: 70
Views: 8,013
Posted By rxmd
Maybe it's better that way?

Maybe it's better that way?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-04-2012
Replies: 70
Views: 8,013
Posted By rxmd
I'm pretty sure Robert was making a joke. :)

I'm pretty sure Robert was making a joke. :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-03-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 3,473
Posted By rxmd
These are quite nice; was that in a studio...

These are quite nice; was that in a studio setting or do you carry the flash setup around with you?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-03-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 3,473
Posted By rxmd
Honestly, who gets serious about that anymore...

Honestly, who gets serious about that anymore except a few holdouts?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-03-2012
Replies: 85
Views: 9,648
Posted By rxmd
http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/crazy_straws.png (xkcd...

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/crazy_straws.png
(xkcd 1095 (http://xkcd.com/1095/) "Crazy Straws")
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 09-03-2012
Replies: 56
Views: 5,979
Posted By rxmd
That's true. The Xpan provides a much better...

That's true. The Xpan provides a much better interface than the crop approach (at the price of some universality of course).
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 09-03-2012
Replies: 56
Views: 5,979
Posted By rxmd
The cylindrical projection does make a huge...

The cylindrical projection does make a huge difference.

That said, the Widelux has a horizontal coverage of somewhere between 120 and 140 degrees depending on the model, so you could just use a 12...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 09-03-2012
Replies: 467
Views: 61,306
Posted By rxmd
And they get to keep the M8 and use it for parts...

And they get to keep the M8 and use it for parts that they can resell at higher prices than what the M8 would be worth, so they might end up making a profit.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 09-03-2012
Replies: 30
Views: 3,842
Posted By rxmd
For what it's worth, my work laptop is a Dell...

For what it's worth, my work laptop is a Dell Latitude E4200. I work in Central Asia and spend a lot of time traveling on dirt roads and in Soviet turboprop aircraft on badly-maintained airstrips....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-03-2012
Replies: 85
Views: 9,648
Posted By rxmd
How about a Leica R? R5 if you don't mind...

How about a Leica R? R5 if you don't mind electronics, R6 if you want all-mechanical, both of them nicely compact and the 35/f2.8, 50/f2 and either 60/f2.8 macro or 90/f2.8 lenses form a nice set and...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 09-03-2012
Replies: 30
Views: 3,842
Posted By rxmd
It says that only in the EULA, and the legality...

It says that only in the EULA, and the legality of such after-purchase license agreements is questionable already in the USA and is void in many places outside the USA ("I bought it, I own it").

In...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 09-03-2012
Replies: 30
Views: 3,842
Posted By rxmd
I've used MacOS on a Thinkpad, it works, but you...

I've used MacOS on a Thinkpad, it works, but you have to ask yourself "why"; it looks fancy, but I felt no productivity advantage.

To be honest I wouldn't go the Mac route; I don't like the glossy...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-02-2012
Replies: 70
Views: 8,013
Posted By rxmd
I was in a bit of a similar situation two years...

I was in a bit of a similar situation two years ago. I had a bit of money left and wanted to buy a professional SLR. (Digital in my case, the main choice was between a D700 and a 5D II)

At the time...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 09-02-2012
Replies: 467
Views: 61,306
Posted By rxmd
That would be shrewd. Produce a new body shell...

That would be shrewd. Produce a new body shell with no LCD and a rear dial for things like ISO, a bluetooth/WiFi module for pairing with your telephone, call it M8-TSE (True Scotsman Edition) or M8-P...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 09-01-2012
Replies: 467
Views: 61,306
Posted By rxmd
At the point where it seems that improvement is...

At the point where it seems that improvement is no longer possible, usually something radical changes the whole game.

Look, for example, at cell phone cameras, or at the integration of video, or at...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-01-2012
Replies: 63
Views: 10,048
Posted By rxmd
If those are rangefinder M39 lenses, you get no...

If those are rangefinder M39 lenses, you get no infinity focus and are stuck with extreme closeups of questionable usefulness.

If those are SLR M39 lenses for the early Zenits, the adapter is a...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 09-01-2012
Replies: 467
Views: 61,306
Posted By rxmd
If you allow me to polarize a bit, this is...

If you allow me to polarize a bit, this is probably what separates the photographers from the gearheads.

As a photographer, why would you chuck a professional tool that does the job and is...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 08-31-2012
Replies: 57
Views: 10,499
Posted By rxmd
That honor should go to the Seitz Roundshot...

That honor should go to the Seitz Roundshot series. With a medium format version like the 28/220, you can have negatives that are 90° vertically and 180°, 360°, 720°, or in fact any number...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 08-31-2012
Replies: 467
Views: 61,306
Posted By rxmd
This post #438 is identical with post #432, and a...

This post #438 is identical with post #432, and a number of other posts here got deleted. Anything out of the ordinary going on?
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-31-2012
Replies: 132
Views: 19,218
Posted By rxmd
You have just discovered that there are different...

You have just discovered that there are different metrics for the same thing. You are counting visitors. You might also go and see how much money Ken Rockwell is making from their website and how...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 08-30-2012
Replies: 467
Views: 61,306
Posted By rxmd
Or former M8 users, or people considering buying...

Or former M8 users, or people considering buying an M8, or people concerned about their former/current/future M9, or people concerned about Leica in general, and so on.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-30-2012
Replies: 18
Views: 5,935
Posted By rxmd
It will work only with SLR M39 lenses (that were...

It will work only with SLR M39 lenses (that were built for a longer lens register with a mirror box). With rangefinder lenses it won't work because those were built for thinner cameras. So the J-8 is...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-30-2012
Replies: 18
Views: 5,935
Posted By rxmd
Of course you can use it on a Canon A-1. The FD...

Of course you can use it on a Canon A-1. The FD lens register is short enough.

What certainly does work is the Canon "P" adapter, which is for M42 lenses and gives infinity focus, plus a generic...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-29-2012
Replies: 118
Views: 26,657
Posted By rxmd
Adox CHS 25, CHS 50 and CHS 100. If Efke films...

Adox CHS 25, CHS 50 and CHS 100. If Efke films disappear, all three of them will disappear, too.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-29-2012
Replies: 18
Views: 5,935
Posted By rxmd
Hee, or that way round. :) With a Zenit-C or a...

Hee, or that way round. :)

With a Zenit-C or a Kristall the whole package would be just as small as a rangefinder setup if not smaller, image quality would be the same, and focusing would be easier...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-29-2012
Replies: 18
Views: 5,935
Posted By rxmd
Don't worry too much, it's a decent SLR portrait...

Don't worry too much, it's a decent SLR portrait lens with the "Sonnar look". I use one on a 5D and it's quite nice.

The rangefinder Jupiter-9 is also a good lens, but it can get tricky with closeup...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-29-2012
Replies: 118
Views: 26,657
Posted By rxmd
I'm not sure. Harman is already doing that with...

I'm not sure. Harman is already doing that with Ilford and it works because they have a dealer network and higher volumes and are a well-known traditional brand already. Establishing yourself as a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-29-2012
Replies: 118
Views: 26,657
Posted By rxmd
Hm, my guess is either Inoviscoat, or, as Sevo...

Hm, my guess is either Inoviscoat, or, as Sevo pointed out, Adox' own coating facility where they reuse Agfa gear.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-29-2012
Replies: 118
Views: 26,657
Posted By rxmd
I think the reason is that people generalize from...

I think the reason is that people generalize from Efke's papers to Efke's films.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-29-2012
Replies: 118
Views: 26,657
Posted By rxmd
Elsewhere someone quoted a German thread from the...

Elsewhere someone quoted a German thread from the Fotoimpex forum (http://forum.fotoimpex.de/index.php?showtopic=2589) which contained some interesting information by Mikro Böddecker of ADOX on this...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-28-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 1,930
Posted By rxmd
Nice Zorki-2C and it looks like a reasonable...

Nice Zorki-2C and it looks like a reasonable paint job, if a bit over the top. (They could have done without the swastika though.)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-28-2012
Replies: 51
Views: 8,367
Posted By rxmd
I don't think the FSU section holds any kind of...

I don't think the FSU section holds any kind of monopoly on that.
When people are emotionally invested in something, they use emotional language, here and elsewhere.

Just look at APUG where people...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 08-28-2012
Replies: 467
Views: 61,306
Posted By rxmd
"The digital components and shutter assembly of...

"The digital components and shutter assembly of the M9 and the M9-P are similarly constructed with a lifetime of endurance in mind"

Thanks Jamie & Keith. Looks like a pretty bad piece of advertising!
Forum: Fuji X Series 08-28-2012
Replies: 90
Views: 14,399
Posted By rxmd
Wasn't the handicapped cheapo M2 Leica's most...

Wasn't the handicapped cheapo M2 Leica's most successful model? Sounds like a tried-and-true marketing strategy for me, the present these days is as rosy as the past ever was.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 08-28-2012
Replies: 467
Views: 61,306
Posted By rxmd
Did Leica really market the M8 as "this camera is...

Did Leica really market the M8 as "this camera is forever"?
Aren't people just projecting their own romantic ideas about mechanical Leicas upon Leica's marketing of their digital cameras?
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 08-27-2012
Replies: 467
Views: 61,306
Posted By rxmd
Doesn't that simply mean that the M8 is now...

Doesn't that simply mean that the M8 is now where, say, the all-film, all-mechanical R6 has been for a while? (Limited supply of a key spare part, in the R6 case the shutter).

Sounds like it's time...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-27-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 5,018
Posted By rxmd
s/Mag/punch/

s/Mag/punch/
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-27-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 5,018
Posted By rxmd
Get yourself an USB-SCSI adapter, an old SCSI ZIP...

Get yourself an USB-SCSI adapter, an old SCSI ZIP drive, and copy the stuff over.

Get 3 1/2" and 5 1/4" drives if you still have data on those floppies and copy the stuff, or build/buy a dedicated...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 08-26-2012
Replies: 44
Views: 9,566
Posted By rxmd
Total nonsense.[/QUOTE] Actually it's not. I'm...

Total nonsense.[/QUOTE]

Actually it's not. I'm registered on eBay Germany which disallows snipers to this day - they don't do much against them, but they won a lawsuit against the developers of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-25-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 1,121
Posted By rxmd
Actually it was a fair number of cameras; all 1D-...

Actually it was a fair number of cameras; all 1D- and 1Ds-series bodies, as well as the film EOS 1V and EOS 3. I see the point about the resolution argument, but there were several cameras (1Ds Mk...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 08-25-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 3,283
Posted By rxmd
Just like the original Pen F's crop factor is 1.4...

Just like the original Pen F's crop factor is 1.4 (actually √2) relative to "full frame"/135 film. The diagonal of the half frame negative is shorter than the diagonal of a full frame negative by...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-25-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 1,121
Posted By rxmd
I guess the problem here was that Canon's earlier...

I guess the problem here was that Canon's earlier 1-series flagship SLRs (analog and digital) supported autofocus at f/8 just fine, without creating problems with the ancient 50/f1 lens.

Probably...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-24-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 829
Posted By rxmd
Go ahead:...

Go ahead: http://www.intersport-jena.de/FCC-Fanshop
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-24-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 6,913
Posted By rxmd
Next up: Distinguishing lenses by taste. 1950's...

Next up: Distinguishing lenses by taste.

1950's Leica lenses have a somewhat earthy, glowy taste. Modern lenses have a sharper, more biting taste. Russian lenses are an acquired taste. And then...
Forum: RFF News 08-23-2012
Replies: 87
Views: 22,896
Posted By rxmd
Thanks, Colleen. Good to have direct information.

Thanks, Colleen. Good to have direct information.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-23-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 6,913
Posted By rxmd
It's his bloody camera and he can do whatever he...

It's his bloody camera and he can do whatever he wants with it. :cool:

Also, +1 for "best thread ever".
Forum: Sony NEX APS-C format 08-23-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 1,326
Posted By rxmd
I wouldn't use Crazy Glue around anything that...

I wouldn't use Crazy Glue around anything that involves optics; the fumes are known to attack glass surfaces and to leave nasty deposits. As mentioned elsewhere, cyanoacrylates are used in forensics...
Forum: Fuji X Series 08-23-2012
Replies: 76
Views: 12,624
Posted By rxmd
o Market niche for people for whom the X-Pro1 and...

o Market niche for people for whom the X-Pro1 and NEX and m4/3 are not good enough, but who aren't ready to buy a Leica is really small
o Significant investment into developing existing X-mount lens...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-23-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 861
Posted By rxmd
Most probably it would. What do you want to do?...

Most probably it would. What do you want to do? Use smaller filters with a bigger lens? That rarely works.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-22-2012
Replies: 61
Views: 9,727
Posted By rxmd
If I remember the X100 didn't cut it ffor you;...

If I remember the X100 didn't cut it ffor you; maybe the same arguments would apply to the XP1 too.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-22-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 2,848
Posted By rxmd
I find it's much more comfortable with the strap...

I find it's much more comfortable with the strap pad, especially as the bag gets heavier. Ever since I got mine, I haven't taken it off.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-22-2012
Replies: 85
Views: 8,784
Posted By rxmd
Isn't that what comes between parsley, rosemary...

Isn't that what comes between parsley, rosemary and thyme?
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-21-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 5,607
Posted By rxmd
Show me a camera and I'll show you a list of five...

Show me a camera and I'll show you a list of five points that are topped by no other camera :D
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 08-21-2012
Replies: 65
Views: 8,764
Posted By rxmd
Mostly a 35/f2.8, strangely enough. I would have...

Mostly a 35/f2.8, strangely enough. I would have used a 21 if I had a faster one than f/4. I don't care much for ISO 800 and faster film.

In the Berlin subway, you can shoot pretty much everywhere...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-21-2012
Replies: 146
Views: 14,375
Posted By rxmd
I almost never use one with rangefinder cameras,...

I almost never use one with rangefinder cameras, but I use it a lot with SLR and larger cameras, mostly a tripod, rarely a monopod. Apart from the other obvious advantages they tripod help me to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-21-2012
Replies: 146
Views: 14,375
Posted By rxmd
That said, with newer non-medium format SLRs it...

That said, with newer non-medium format SLRs it isn't much of a problem either; manufacturers have been pretty successful at developing mechanics that will dampen the slap in-camera.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-21-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 2,848
Posted By rxmd
I second that, Dave. I got one of these now and...

I second that, Dave. I got one of these now and it was a good decision. It fits a good spot between being light and easy to carry and being large enough to work fully out of it. I can put a laptop...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-21-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 5,389
Posted By rxmd
On the high end of things, you could look at a...

On the high end of things, you could look at a Billingham Hadley Pro. I guess it's mainstream enough now that you can order it in China (they have an official dealer -in Hong Kong- and I guess...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 08-21-2012
Replies: 33
Views: 30,186
Posted By rxmd
Not for the focusing, unless yours is different...

Not for the focusing, unless yours is different from mine.

I'd love it if the 21mm, in addition to the RF coupling, had click stops at 1, 1.5 and 3m like the 25/f4. It really is that useful.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-20-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 3,728
Posted By rxmd
Actually the second version is just as good - the...

Actually the second version is just as good - the optics are identical, and the price premium for used version I lenses IMHO isn't worth it.
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