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Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-12-2011
Replies: 111
Views: 9,149
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I always told my Dad that HAL and I would be best...

I always told my Dad that HAL and I would be best friends. HAL was misunderstood.

32 years ago, I "Telecommuted to work" over the Internet to connect to an $8M Supercomputer when going to...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-12-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 774
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I'm not in favor of it, and an optical compromise...

I'm not in favor of it, and an optical compromise is made for the lens to be front-cell focus. In practice, with lenses of moderate aperture- I doubt anyone would notice a difference.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-11-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 3,945
Posted By Brian Sweeney
You used them on the M8, and the M9 has the...

You used them on the M8, and the M9 has the filter over the sensor. Otherwise the world would look like this:

http://www.ziforums.com/picture.php?albumid=202&pictureid=1945
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-11-2011
Replies: 111
Views: 9,149
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Just click on Profile, and "find threads by...

Just click on Profile, and "find threads by user". Two Minutes.

I never associated my camera thing with "objectophilia", still don't.

I believe that your explanation of your own behavior is good,...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-11-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 3,945
Posted By Brian Sweeney
If you do not notice the images being better,...

If you do not notice the images being better, keep the filter on the lens.

I have a number of Leica, B&W, Schneider, and Nikon multicoated filters. They are all high quality. The only time to remove...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-11-2011
Replies: 111
Views: 9,149
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I am the ghost of cameras past.

I am the ghost of cameras past.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-11-2011
Replies: 111
Views: 9,149
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I loved the Burt Reynolds/Dom Deloise movie "The...

I loved the Burt Reynolds/Dom Deloise movie "The End". So did my Dad.

I remember when I was 11, and someone called the house on a Sunday evening and asked for my Dad. Found out later from Dad that...
Forum: Off Topic 12-11-2011
Replies: 45
Views: 3,627
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Because it does the job quite efficiently, and...

Because it does the job quite efficiently, and leaves more money for lenses.

and with this, Off-Topic as this is thread is ore about religion than requirements.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-11-2011
Replies: 111
Views: 9,149
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Nick. Listen to your Id. The Id knows. And as...

Nick.

Listen to your Id.

The Id knows.

And as you approach 50, let's look back on a life of loving cameras.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-11-2011
Replies: 111
Views: 9,149
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Over 30 years ago, my Dad identified my collector...

Over 30 years ago, my Dad identified my collector traits as being "obsessive compulsive, probably due to be potty trained too early". And he was a PhD clinical Psychologist, specializing in suicide...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-11-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 3,824
Posted By Brian Sweeney
The pictures of marines are from the Museum of...

The pictures of marines are from the Museum of the Marine, at Quantico. The mannequins are based on some of the volunteers that serve as guides at the museum, taken from their time in the service.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-11-2011
Replies: 111
Views: 9,149
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Nick, denial and projection of your own faults...

Nick, denial and projection of your own faults onto others.

Clear and Simple, no objections necessary.

Just embrace the truth.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-11-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 3,824
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Nokton 50/1.1, wide-open on the...

Nokton 50/1.1, wide-open on the M9.

http://www.seriouscompacts.com/gallery/data/592/nam_nokton50_f11_iso2500.jpg...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-11-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 3,824
Posted By Brian Sweeney
How bad is the scratch? Is it deep into the...

How bad is the scratch? Is it deep into the glass? As roger stated, black filler will prevent it from corrupting the image.

On the lenses: i have both. I prefer the C-Sonnar for a general purpose...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-10-2011
Replies: 111
Views: 9,149
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Funny. I see a post-middle aged man, in...

Funny. I see a post-middle aged man, in denial.

Collecting is more of an obsessive compulsive thing.

Declaring that certain objects are the absolute best that can be owned, and declaring...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-10-2011
Replies: 111
Views: 9,149
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I suppose that "just being cheap" and buying old...

I suppose that "just being cheap" and buying old stuff because it was cheaper could have something to do with it.

$45 lens...

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1765244

Old,...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-10-2011
Replies: 111
Views: 9,149
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I still think it has more to do with being middle...

I still think it has more to do with being middle aged, and post middle aged.

We like to use the things that we picked up in our youth. It's comforting as you go through life's journey. Wow. But...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-10-2011
Replies: 111
Views: 9,149
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Honestly Nick, Obsessive compulsive behavior can...

Honestly Nick, Obsessive compulsive behavior can always be traced back to human error and being potty trained to early.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-10-2011
Replies: 111
Views: 9,149
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Of course the other explanation is that you were...

Of course the other explanation is that you were potty trained too early.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-10-2011
Replies: 111
Views: 9,149
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Now- there is a special feeling of satisfaction...

Now- there is a special feeling of satisfaction that I get from making a lens out of parts, taking something that is 75 years old and making it work on a 21st century...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-10-2011
Replies: 111
Views: 9,149
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Nick, you are in Denial. You are attempting to...

Nick, you are in Denial.

You are attempting to "think young" by fooling yourself that lust over old cameras is about sex, and not just because you are old.

Sad, really.

Embrace your age.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-10-2011
Replies: 111
Views: 9,149
Posted By Brian Sweeney
yup.. http://rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthre...

yup..

http://rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=102074

We're "Just Old".
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-10-2011
Replies: 111
Views: 9,149
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Nick- you are in denial about getting old. Using...

Nick- you are in denial about getting old.

Using this stuff is more like hanging onto the ways that were good enough when we were young.

Making something old work like new again is just an attempt...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-10-2011
Replies: 111
Views: 9,149
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Personally, I like to buy old camera gear, take...

Personally, I like to buy old camera gear, take it apart, and fix it. Then I like using the stuff that I repair.

I believe it has more to do with being in my mid 50s than anything else. Make...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-09-2011
Replies: 656
Views: 153,024
Posted By Brian Sweeney
My M8 has the C-Sonnar on it, the M9 has the 1936...

My M8 has the C-Sonnar on it, the M9 has the 1936 Sonnar 5cm F1.5 on it.

Less saturation, same retro look.
nikki1_f15 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6456266485/) by zeiss_sonnar...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-09-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 3,826
Posted By Brian Sweeney
and the Fence, at...

and the Fence, at F1.9.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7141/6484004079_ddfe460fa4_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6484004079/)
fence_f19...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-09-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 3,826
Posted By Brian Sweeney
The 50/1.9 on the Leica...

The 50/1.9 on the Leica M8:

Wide-open,

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7027/6484004325_8849093536_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6484004325/)
grass1_f19...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-09-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 1,521
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I like the last two photo's, I find the flare in...

I like the last two photo's, I find the flare in the first one distracting.

As far as the evaluation of the M9- the operation is much closer to a 1970s Nikkormat EL as far as exposure goes. Simple...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-09-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 3,826
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I've built of a couple of boxes of spare parts...

I've built of a couple of boxes of spare parts cameras, left over from making a working camera out of two broken ones. So the Canonets- probably 5 dead/ 10 working from 15 broken ones. Same with...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-09-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 6,352
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Fantastic find. Patience, Luck, fly in below...

Fantastic find.

Patience, Luck, fly in below the RADAR screen. I picked up the Black-Trim Sonnar much the same way. The seller stated it needed a really good cleaning, glass looked awful in the...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-08-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 3,826
Posted By Brian Sweeney
and... The pentaprism from a Minolta XG-1 fits a...

and... The pentaprism from a Minolta XG-1 fits a Kodak Retina Reflex-S perfectly... way brighter, and better than re-silvering.
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-08-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 6,352
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I have one pre-war lens engraved "made in...

I have one pre-war lens engraved "made in germany", and it is a SN160 block lens, circa 1934~1935. Black trim on the mount. Probably Export...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-08-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 3,826
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Canon 50/1.9 Serenar.

I'll be posting some more on this lens as I clean it and use it.

This was bought on the classifieds cheap- the screws that hold the mount were missing. I've repaired A Nikkor 5cm f2 collapsible and...
Forum: Off Topic 12-07-2011
Replies: 45
Views: 3,627
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Again- back to the requirements set forth by the...

Again- back to the requirements set forth by the OP. a machine for $600 to $1000 for running Lightroom.

I've spent more money on computers than I have on cameras.

I feel confident that this 17"...
Forum: Off Topic 12-07-2011
Replies: 45
Views: 3,627
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I had my own Dec VAX 11/750 and a Vax 11/730s....

I had my own Dec VAX 11/750 and a Vax 11/730s. VMS was a great operating system, realtime response when needed. The Vax 11/730 was about the size of a small refrigerator with two fixed disks. Went on...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-07-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 5,441
Posted By Brian Sweeney
The Jupiter-3 is every bit as sharp as the Canon...

The Jupiter-3 is every bit as sharp as the Canon 50/1.5, Sonnar formula lens.

The price on the latter has hit ~$600 or so. A clean J-3, good glass, accurate focus, is hard to come buy.

Here is a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-07-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 5,441
Posted By Brian Sweeney
The Canon SLR mount lens is a different formula...

The Canon SLR mount lens is a different formula than the 50/1.4 RF lens.

http://www.canon.com/camera-museum/camera/lens/s/data/50-85/s_50_14v2.html

6 elements in 4 groups using high-index of...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-07-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 5,441
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I've owned a couple of Canon 50/1.8's with...

I've owned a couple of Canon 50/1.8's with perfect glass, but sold them. I kept the Canon 50/1.4, keep it because it is one of the few 6-element in 4-group F1.4 lenses ever made.

But- I end up...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-07-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 5,441
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Canon 50mm F1.4...

Canon 50mm F1.4 wide-open:

http://www.ziforums.com/picture.php?albumid=159&pictureid=1507

Tight crop:

http://www.ziforums.com/picture.php?albumid=159&pictureid=1508

GOMZ 1958 Jupiter-3, wide-open
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-07-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 2,601
Posted By Brian Sweeney
It has an indexed Cam- should RF couple. I've...

It has an indexed Cam- should RF couple. I've seen a few of these on Ebay and Kevin cameras.
Forum: Off Topic 12-07-2011
Replies: 45
Views: 3,627
Posted By Brian Sweeney
My Micron Trek II is still going after 14 years....

My Micron Trek II is still going after 14 years. the four original Lithium Ion batteries all hold a full charge. My Pentium Pro still going after 16 years. Great realtime device controller running...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-07-2011
Replies: 102
Views: 10,349
Posted By Brian Sweeney
And the last thing that goes through his head...

And the last thing that goes through his head will be out of focus.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-07-2011
Replies: 102
Views: 10,349
Posted By Brian Sweeney
My name is Brian, and I shoot wide-open am proud...

My name is Brian, and I shoot wide-open am proud of it.

On the 1955 Jupiter-3- I swapped out optics until I got the look that i wanted.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-07-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 2,601
Posted By Brian Sweeney
No negativity here- more like being practical....

No negativity here- more like being practical. There are very few 60mm focal length lenses out there.

I think you are looking at $1000 to have a lens made into Leica mount, or many thousands for a...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-07-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 3,107
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I'm on my third Sandisk UhA-1 8GByte card....

I'm on my third Sandisk UhA-1 8GByte card. Another direct from Sandisk.

I never used them in my M9, they died in my computer with the latest Sandisk Imagemate card reader. I was at an electronics...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-06-2011
Replies: 102
Views: 10,349
Posted By Brian Sweeney
And now for a completely meaningless comparison...

And now for a completely meaningless comparison between two lenses made 70 years apart. Both on the Leica M8.

1937 Uncoated Sonnar 5cm f1.5 at...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-06-2011
Replies: 102
Views: 10,349
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Wartime 5cm F1.5 Sonnar "T", stopped down a...

Wartime 5cm F1.5 Sonnar "T", stopped down a little on the Canon P.

http://www.ziforums.com/picture.php?albumid=141&pictureid=1273

Backed off a bit from minimum focus, probably ~f2 or so. Sonnars...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-06-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 2,601
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I'll lend you my 200mm F4.5 Komura, RF coupled,...

I'll lend you my 200mm F4.5 Komura, RF coupled, Thread mount.

After that, the 75/1.8 will seem like mid-range and you'll actually be able to afford it.

The alternative is to Email Amedeo about...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-06-2011
Replies: 102
Views: 10,349
Posted By Brian Sweeney
No one mentioned anything about having to be...

No one mentioned anything about having to be sane.

Look at how much time people around here spend on the Internet.
Forum: Off Topic 12-06-2011
Replies: 45
Views: 3,627
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I use an HP Pavillion G series with 4GBytes of...

I use an HP Pavillion G series with 4GBytes of memory, 500GByte disk, and Pentium I-3 processors, 17" screen. No problem running Lightroom 3.5 with my Leica M9 files and Olympus EP2. Videos are fine...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-06-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 2,601
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Try a 75/1.8. Way cheaper, and more reach that ...

Try a 75/1.8.

Way cheaper, and more reach that 50mm.

It would be the equivalent of a 105 on a full-frame.

Nikkor 105 on the...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-06-2011
Replies: 102
Views: 10,349
Posted By Brian Sweeney
And RFF members,...

And RFF members,

http://www.seriouscompacts.com/gallery/data/565/dana_lena.jpg (http://www.seriouscompacts.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=3570&title=pool-and-pizza-party-21&cat=565)

Hide your...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-06-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 5,441
Posted By Brian Sweeney
If the J-3 is good wide-open, keep it. Canons...

If the J-3 is good wide-open, keep it.

Canons are easier to replace than a J-3 that is in good shape, and accurate.

as far as durability- the Canon 50/1.8 in Black mount is more prone to Haze...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-06-2011
Replies: 102
Views: 10,349
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Jack, Jack, Jack. What did you think would...

Jack, Jack, Jack.

What did you think would happen to those two Sonnars that you sold to me?

The Carl Zeiss 50/1.5, wide-open on an Amedeo Adapter. New front...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-06-2011
Replies: 102
Views: 10,349
Posted By Brian Sweeney
http://www.seriouscompacts.com/gallery/data/565/ni...

http://www.seriouscompacts.com/gallery/data/565/nikki_swing1_j3_f15.jpg...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-06-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 2,061
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Wide angle lenses will work well as zone...

Wide angle lenses will work well as zone focus.

Someday I will make a Rangefinder Cam for a Nikon 50/1.4 SLR lens to RF couple when used with the adapter. The Nikon SLR lenses are a nominal ~51.6mm...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-06-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 2,601
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Of course the Noct-Nikkor 58/1.2 goes for >$3000....

Of course the Noct-Nikkor 58/1.2 goes for >$3000. Used to sell for $800 used.

The 5.8cm F1.4 is closer to $200. The 55/1.2 is closer to $350 these days. Used to be $50 and $125 respectively about...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-06-2011
Replies: 102
Views: 10,349
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Thankyou. My neighbor is holding off cutting the...

Thankyou. My neighbor is holding off cutting the grass because I take pictures of it.



Give me a head of Hair, Long, Beautiful...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-06-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 2,601
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Amedeo can convert a Nikkor 55/1.2 to...

Amedeo can convert a Nikkor 55/1.2 to M-Mount.

Nikon also made a 5.8cm F1.4, I'll bet he could convert it as well.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 12-05-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 2,345
Posted By Brian Sweeney
An original SN201 block lens would stop down to...

An original SN201 block lens would stop down to only F11, and is marked F11. The SN255 block lenses are marked to F11, but physically close down to F16. By SN268 or so, stop down to F22.

It looks...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-05-2011
Replies: 102
Views: 10,349
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I am sure that some psychologist will read this...

I am sure that some psychologist will read this thread, make a series of photographs like this:

http://www.seriouscompacts.com/gallery/data/565/after_rain_f4.jpg...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-05-2011
Replies: 102
Views: 10,349
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I told Nina to get a Black Cat with White Bib and...

I told Nina to get a Black Cat with White Bib and Paws. That way the green eyes will be in focus, black and white surrounding, and then color out of focus background.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-05-2011
Replies: 102
Views: 10,349
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Boom. Success.

Boom. Success.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-05-2011
Replies: 102
Views: 10,349
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I'm after a Bokeh that causes spontaneous human...

I'm after a Bokeh that causes spontaneous human combustion if you look at anything that is not in focus.

http://www.ziforums.com/picture.php?albumid=166&pictureid=1573

I'm always amazed at how...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-05-2011
Replies: 102
Views: 10,349
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Nina wants to get another Cat. I said "NO",...

Nina wants to get another Cat.

I said "NO", having a Teenager is enough.

And, just to show that i do not shoot every picture wide-open,

http://www.seriouscompacts.com/gallery/data/565/nikki_f4.jpg...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-05-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 6,352
Posted By Brian Sweeney
The first shots are with the Olympus EP2: The...

The first shots are with the Olympus EP2: The Anti-Aliasing filter and thicker IR absorbing glass cut into the "pop". After conversion to LTM, I used the M9 for the shots.

Dexdog- it really is a...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-05-2011
Replies: 102
Views: 10,349
Posted By Brian Sweeney
you should be a very happy man, that portrait is...

you should be a very happy man, that portrait is beautiful.
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-05-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 6,352
Posted By Brian Sweeney
And this is with the Carl Zeiss 50mm F1.5,...

And this is with the Carl Zeiss 50mm F1.5, wide-open on the M9 using an Amedeo Adapter-

http://www.seriouscompacts.com/gallery/data/635/yellow_f15.jpg...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-05-2011
Replies: 102
Views: 10,349
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Others can stop-down, and they don't have to...

Others can stop-down, and they don't have to worry about shimming their lenses.

http://www.seriouscompacts.com/gallery/data/635/yellow_f15.jpg...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-05-2011
Replies: 102
Views: 10,349
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Well you went light on them, 7-blade aperture...

Well you went light on them, 7-blade aperture stopped down, phasers only at 70%. Some of them are only stunned.



http://www.seriouscompacts.com/gallery/data/500/fountain_38sonnar_iso2500_f15.jpg...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-05-2011
Replies: 102
Views: 10,349
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I accept your surrender and allow you to stop...

I accept your surrender and allow you to stop down your lens as you see fit.

for the rest of you, Phasers to Full Power.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7149/6456308683_af7db82027_b.jpg...
Forum: Off Topic 12-05-2011
Replies: 45
Views: 3,627
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Asking which PC to buy around here is like asking...

Asking which PC to buy around here is like asking what lens should you get. Some will tell you to get a 50/0.95 Noctilux, and others will tell you to buy a pre-war Contax in RF mount with a Leica...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 12-05-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 1,927
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Thankyou for this assessment- the 58/60 F1.5 is...

Thankyou for this assessment- the 58/60 F1.5 is indeed a mystery. I have examined one of them, a 58mm F1.5. Sounds much like yours.

I have another mystery Sonnar: appears to be a 5cm f1.5 Sonnar...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 12-05-2011
Replies: 38
Views: 10,290
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Looks good- and a good tip for the meter...

Looks good- and a good tip for the meter door.

Thanks for that!
Forum: Nikon RF 12-05-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 4,390
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Just use the entire frame to view for the 35mm...

Just use the entire frame to view for the 35mm lens.

Among other trivial differences- the S4 does not have the lug for the S36 motor drive. The latter is extremely rare and expensive, so no real...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-04-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 6,352
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Winnie the Pooh flare...

Winnie the Pooh flare test...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7147/6456681019_b3d0fc53ed_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6456681019/)
nikki4 Xenon 50/1.9...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-04-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 6,352
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Remember when I made her wear the MTF test...

Remember when I made her wear the MTF test pattern clothing?

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7155/6456658939_d4a2b8e58f_b.jpg...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-04-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 6,352
Posted By Brian Sweeney
From this morning. After morning Fog...

From this morning. After morning Fog lifted.

Wide-Open at f1.5.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7158/6456401147_5974d34780_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6456401147/)
leaf1_f15...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-04-2011
Replies: 66
Views: 4,722
Posted By Brian Sweeney
You'll be fine. Nothing wrong with your eye- and...

You'll be fine. Nothing wrong with your eye- and the eyelid us used to NOT see things!
Forum: Off Topic 12-04-2011
Replies: 45
Views: 3,627
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I routinely used to drop a lot of money on new...

I routinely used to drop a lot of money on new computers. $3000 for a Leading edge Model M with 20MByte disk and 640K, $3500 or a 6Mhz 80286 and 40MByte drive with EGA.

Not any more. The HP G74...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-04-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,634
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I use this one, have not noticed a problem in 5...

I use this one, have not noticed a problem in 5 years:

http://www.ziforums.com/picture.php?albumid=199&pictureid=1929
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-04-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,634
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I use this one, have not noticed a problem in 5...

I use this one, have not noticed a problem in 5 years:

http://www.ziforums.com/picture.php?albumid=199&pictureid=1929
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-04-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,634
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I use either White Lithium Grease from the...

I use either White Lithium Grease from the hardware shop, or Vacuum Pump grease for old and with old and worn helicals. Never vaseline. Not made for lenses.
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-04-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,748
Posted By Brian Sweeney
As several have stated- grit is probably...

As several have stated- grit is probably responsible for most of the cleaning marks in lenses.

But some severe cases seen- had to be chemical reaction. I have someone's fingerprints permanently...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-03-2011
Replies: 24
Views: 3,735
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Is it motion blur, or the anti-aliasing...

Is it motion blur, or the anti-aliasing filter?

The M8 images are very crisp, even sharper than the M9. The lack of AA filter and thinner IR absorbing filter of the M8 have advantages.
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-03-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 6,352
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Wide-Open at F1.5, on the...

Wide-Open at F1.5, on the M9.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7003/6448762737_1ba5c9150c_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6448762737/)
grass1_f15...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-03-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 1,662
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I saw this one fly in: Nikkor 24/2.8 on the M8,...

I saw this one fly in:
Nikkor 24/2.8 on the M8, via adapter.

http://www.ziforums.com/picture.php?albumid=265&pictureid=2979

The SR-71

http://www.ziforums.com/picture.php?albumid=265&pictureid=2980
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-03-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 1,662
Posted By Brian Sweeney
The SR-71, Enterprise, Concorde, Enola Gay, and...

The SR-71, Enterprise, Concorde, Enola Gay, and some other "Big Ones" are at the Udvar Hazy.

Downtown has more setups for Kids- basically a kids Science room. Udvar Hazy has "stay in place" rides...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-02-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 2,559
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Friction- I've never seen a namering come loose...

Friction- I've never seen a namering come loose on one of these lenses. Set screws are necessary when the namering also doubles as a filter ring. I think the set screw in the wartime Sonnars was...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-02-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 6,352
Posted By Brian Sweeney
The lens is now "L-C" convertible mount. Like the...

The lens is now "L-C" convertible mount. Like the "M-S" convertible 50mm F1.3.

Leica thread Mount and Contax Mount.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7160/6444107575_355420a8cd_z.jpg...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 12-02-2011
Replies: 88
Views: 25,276
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Nice- i also picked up an M series Contax III...

Nice- i also picked up an M series Contax III with a SN255xxxx Sonnar "T" 5cm F1.5 on it. The aperture on mine is marked to F11- but has an unmarked F16.

The Contax now has a post-war Zeiss Opton on...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-02-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 1,662
Posted By Brian Sweeney
ISO 640 will be no issue at the Downtown or Udvar...

ISO 640 will be no issue at the Downtown or Udvar Hazy.

I have used the 35/2.8 Summaron on the M3 loaded with Kodacolor 400 without issue. On the M8 and M9, I will use ISO 160 for many shots.
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-01-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 2,559
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Someone decided to glue the front namering, and...

Someone decided to glue the front namering, and the rear module. I was curious about what was in this lens- first time I ever saw one glued.

all of the namerings on the Jupiters that I have seen (a...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-01-2011
Replies: 29
Views: 2,802
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Last weekend and Leesylvania state Park- we had...

Last weekend and Leesylvania state Park- we had some great weather.

C-Sonnar, wide-open on the M8.

http://www.seriouscompacts.com/gallery/data/641/L1009511.jpg...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-01-2011
Replies: 29
Views: 2,802
Posted By Brian Sweeney
C-Sonnar on the...

C-Sonnar on the M8:

http://www.seriouscompacts.com/gallery/data/640/jamestown_1_csonnar.jpg (http://www.seriouscompacts.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=4473&title=jamestown-1-csonnar&cat=640)

I'm...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-01-2011
Replies: 29
Views: 2,802
Posted By Brian Sweeney
W/NW Pictures that you took during the RFF Blackout!

So I took a lot of pictures in the last week.

Thanksgiving Day, Jamestown Settlement, Virginia.

Nikkor 8.5cm F2, wide-open on the Leica...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 11-22-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 4,969
Posted By Brian Sweeney
The IIIc is very simple to pop the top and clean...

The IIIc is very simple to pop the top and clean the finder. rewind knob comes off, three screws on the top plate- done. I will put together a thread on it. Same with the IIIS top plate. The Retina...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 11-22-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 4,969
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I rarely run into people with worse eye-sight...

I rarely run into people with worse eye-sight than my own. Must be the prescription.

But I just do not have a problem using the finder on the Retina II, and my original statement that the eye relief...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 11-22-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 4,969
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Viewfinder of the Leica IIIa, Leica IIIf, and...

Viewfinder of the Leica IIIa, Leica IIIf, and Zorki- brighter and easy to see out to the edges. Combining the rangefinder image requires a beamsplitter, and the Contax and Nikon S finders are darker...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 11-22-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 4,969
Posted By Brian Sweeney
The Leica IIIf and Zorki do not have combined...

The Leica IIIf and Zorki do not have combined VF/RF as do the Retina II series cameras. The Vito II does not have a rangefinder, just a viewfinder. I do not have a Vito II, but do have a Vitessa N,...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 11-22-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 4,969
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Pulled out the Retina II type 11 with the Ektar...

Pulled out the Retina II type 11 with the Ektar lens- bought for $20 at a "second hand shop"... the finder on it also cleaned up well. Same conditon as the Type 14: cleaned up quite well. The finder...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 11-22-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 4,969
Posted By Brian Sweeney
The finder in my Retina II type 14 cleaned up...

The finder in my Retina II type 14 cleaned up quite well, better than my Contax II. With my thick glasses for near-sighted vision, I can see the frames end-to-end.

I just looked through the finders...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 11-22-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 4,969
Posted By Brian Sweeney
The IIc and IIIc (small c) have brightlines for...

The IIc and IIIc (small c) have brightlines for the 50mm lens, better eye-relief, and an over-all larger finder than the earlier Retina II and IIa.

The finder of the Retina II and IIa is comparable...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-22-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 4,061
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Hard to believe that I've had the m8 for almost 2...

Hard to believe that I've had the m8 for almost 2 years now. And the M9 for 8 months. i still like, and use both. I tend to use the M8 with 50mm and 85mm lenses, the M9 with 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm,...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-22-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 4,061
Posted By Brian Sweeney
The M9P carries a different Leica part number...

The M9P carries a different Leica part number than an M9- so it is a different model.

There are differences between the MP and the M6. The finder of the M6 can be upgraded to that of the MP. An M6...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 11-21-2011
Replies: 140
Views: 12,099
Posted By Brian Sweeney
It is pronounced "RF", ask any dog. There are...

It is pronounced "RF", ask any dog.

There are many acronyms that just get "spelled" out. At a meeting in the early 90's about optical networks, some one used the acronyms "SAR" and "ATM". "SAR" was...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-21-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 728
Posted By Brian Sweeney
That is not the collapsible version of the lens,...

That is not the collapsible version of the lens, it is the first series in the standard Rigid mount. It is short like that in S-Mount.

I picked up a Nikon M, 1950, with a collapsible Sonnar on it....
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-20-2011
Replies: 64
Views: 8,856
Posted By Brian Sweeney
The image would not be allowed in the RFF...

The image would not be allowed in the RFF gallery, it would violate TOS. Moderators have received complaints about images less explicit than this one, and from members from Europe, the US, and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-20-2011
Replies: 64
Views: 8,856
Posted By Brian Sweeney
A big dose of reality for a discussion.

A big dose of reality for a discussion.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-20-2011
Replies: 58
Views: 6,870
Posted By Brian Sweeney
After many years of having custom systems built,...

After many years of having custom systems built, I'm amazed how small the M9 is and how much is packed into it. It is much cheaper to make an EVF than it is to make an optical rangefinder. Much more...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 11-20-2011
Replies: 140
Views: 12,099
Posted By Brian Sweeney
It's not a TLA. It's the much less common TLA......

It's not a TLA. It's the much less common TLA...
Two Letter Acronym, not a Three Letter Acronym.
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 11-20-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 2,255
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I had the cash sitting in my Paypal account,...

I had the cash sitting in my Paypal account, ready to buy one.

After reading about user's experience with manual focus, I ended up buying a C-Sonnar 50/1.5 instead. After reading about a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-20-2011
Replies: 20
Views: 2,363
Posted By Brian Sweeney
The camera manuals advise leaving the shutter...

The camera manuals advise leaving the shutter uncocked if it is not going to be used for a while. Lots of springs in the shutter, even some that are used only on certain shutter speeds. I have a lot...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-19-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,054
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I have the C-Sonnar, but do not have an RD_1. I...

I have the C-Sonnar, but do not have an RD_1.

I use it on the M8 and M9.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-19-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 1,203
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I think you did well. collapsible summicrons...

I think you did well.

collapsible summicrons seem to have doubled in price in the last few years. Try a few shots with the setup, the lens is probably fine.

Internal haze on a Summicron is not hard...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-19-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 918
Posted By Brian Sweeney
check the prism behind the RF windows. Some of...

check the prism behind the RF windows. Some of the silvering may have detiorated.

The S2 and SP finder are a world apart from the Nikon S- but the patch on my Nikon S is very bright, and the prism...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 11-19-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 4,969
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Buying a camera that has been properly repaired,...

Buying a camera that has been properly repaired, cleaned, lubed and adjusted means a lot. That service for a Retina is easily worth $125 or so, especially if the gear rack needs to be replaced.

I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-19-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 2,200
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Yes, I love that Summicron. Used it at my...

Yes, I love that Summicron. Used it at my Nephew's piano recital. It's got a great vintage look. The lower contrast of the classic Leica glass is a perfect match for The M8 and M9.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-19-2011
Replies: 58
Views: 6,870
Posted By Brian Sweeney
The guy is digging really deep to rag on an M9 if...

The guy is digging really deep to rag on an M9 if that's what he is compaining about. Silly. He might as well complain that the M2 and every camera since it removed the recess from the viewfinder and...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-18-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 2,093
Posted By Brian Sweeney
If it looks soft when used wide-open, try it with...

If it looks soft when used wide-open, try it with something like a ruler to check the exact focus.

My "made from parts" J-3, with the focus spot-on.

Wide-open at...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-18-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 2,200
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Can you call the shop and talk to someone? I...

Can you call the shop and talk to someone?

I don't like the part about NOT emailing the main address of the store.

I bought a 9cm f2 Summicron with a small "star" in the glass, was a small...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 11-18-2011
Replies: 36
Views: 7,365
Posted By Brian Sweeney
On posting images "inline": the RFF TOS states...

On posting images "inline": the RFF TOS states that you must be the copyright holder, or have permission.

If you took the picture of the album, and posted that image, should be fine. Posting a jpeg...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-18-2011
Replies: 76
Views: 7,077
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Right now My M8 has a Zeiss Sonnar on it and the...

Right now My M8 has a Zeiss Sonnar on it and the M9 has a Zeiss Sonnar on it.

Total cost to me for both of these F1.5 lenses, $400.

The thing about Digital Leicas- you have 80 years of lenses to...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-18-2011
Replies: 58
Views: 6,870
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Especially after it was harnessed to the wing...

Especially after it was harnessed to the wing strut of an airplane and used for aerial survey. I found out afterwards- but surprisingly, the 80MByte SCSI disk survived the vibration.

I saw a Nikon...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 11-18-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 2,559
Posted By Brian Sweeney
front ring comes right off. The Wartime Sonnar...

front ring comes right off.

The Wartime Sonnar lenses have a hidden set screw holding the ring in place- J-3's do not.
Forum: Film vs Digital 11-18-2011
Replies: 30
Views: 2,777
Posted By Brian Sweeney
reminds me to take the DCS200ir out...

reminds me to take the DCS200ir out again.

http://www.ziforums.com/picture.php?albumid=206&pictureid=2024

It will be 20 years old next year.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-18-2011
Replies: 58
Views: 6,870
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Keith- you bought an M8 early on. Did you have...

Keith- you bought an M8 early on. Did you have any reliability problems with it?
Forum: DIYS Modifications 11-18-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 2,559
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Could easily be grease, I rarely see Balsam...

Could easily be grease, I rarely see Balsam coming undone.

If you have a spanner, the front namering comes off easily and this is a 5 minute fix.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-17-2011
Replies: 58
Views: 6,870
Posted By Brian Sweeney
You are always going to find people that are...

You are always going to find people that are disappointed in a new camera,

http://rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=113047

no matter what it is. Most new cameras have their share of...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-17-2011
Replies: 58
Views: 6,870
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Here's what a Leica M9 with a Noctilux sees just...

Here's what a Leica M9 with a Noctilux sees just before getting soaked.

http://www.seriouscompacts.com/gallery/data/639/splash3.jpg...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-17-2011
Replies: 58
Views: 6,870
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Tightsqueeze, also a member here at RFF, used an...

Tightsqueeze, also a member here at RFF, used an M8 in Iraq and also film Leica M- I knew he had an M7, also I believe an MP. He used an M9 in Afghanistan. He sold the M8 on RFF a year or so ago, it...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-17-2011
Replies: 58
Views: 6,870
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I know M9 users that have taken the camera into...

I know M9 users that have taken the camera into some very rough terrain and used them under adverse conditions.

My cameras tend to lead an easy life by comparison.

I would be interested in hearing...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-17-2011
Replies: 24
Views: 2,404
Posted By Brian Sweeney
When I worked in a camera store, the Olympus OM-1...

When I worked in a camera store, the Olympus OM-1 had a 15% return rate for problems within the first few weeks of use.

I'm used to the most expensive pieces of electronic test equipment requiring...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-17-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1,430
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Since you asked about the Zeiss Opton, mine on...

Since you asked about the Zeiss Opton, mine on the M8 using an Amedeo adapter.

Wide-open at F1.5.

http://www.seriouscompacts.com/gallery/data/635/redleaf_f15.jpg...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-17-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 1,789
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Got a little break from the clouds right before...

Got a little break from the clouds right before sunset- Took the 1954 9cm F4 Elmar out on the M8.

focus shift is NOT a problem with this lens. Makes sense as it is a long focal length lens. The 9cm...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-17-2011
Replies: 58
Views: 6,870
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I know several that have had some rough use...

I know several that have had some rough use without fail. Other members have had warranty work done on cameras that did not see rough use. Like any camera, get it and try it out before relying on it...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-17-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1,430
Posted By Brian Sweeney
There was never a Zeiss Opton F2.5 Sonnar, you...

There was never a Zeiss Opton F2.5 Sonnar, you probably saw an F1.5 Sonnar.

It will not mount on a Leica without an adapter, such as the one made by Amedeo.

whatever you have heard about...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-17-2011
Replies: 29
Views: 4,399
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I doubt he is getting rich, otherwise he would...

I doubt he is getting rich, otherwise he would not need a fundraiser for this project.

Photographers make their income by selling pictures. Few get rich off of it. Some of the projects of those in...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-16-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 1,789
Posted By Brian Sweeney
It's been raining for the last two days, I will...

It's been raining for the last two days, I will post some "focus shift" tests when the sun pops out on the fence Post.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-16-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 1,077
Posted By Brian Sweeney
The Retina IIc has a very good 50mm F2.8 lens on...

The Retina IIc has a very good 50mm F2.8 lens on it.

The 50/2 Jupiter-8 would give you 1 F-stop advantage, and similar performance. The price is very reasonable for a fast lens. The Industar-61L/D...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-16-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 2,093
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Load it with some film, and try it out. It should...

Load it with some film, and try it out. It should be fine, Try a couple close-up and wide-open with something that you can check the exact focus on film. I use a fence post, focus on the slat joining...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-16-2011
Replies: 24
Views: 2,404
Posted By Brian Sweeney
My Kodak DCS200ir has never required a trip for...

My Kodak DCS200ir has never required a trip for factory service.

It failed once about 5 years ago. I found the bad connection, cleaned it, re-assembled, and it has worked fine.

I have a spare SCSI...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-16-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 2,514
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I have the 50/1.1 Nokton, 35/1.2 Nokton, and...

I have the 50/1.1 Nokton, 35/1.2 Nokton, and 50/1.5 C-Sonnar.

The 50/1.1 is great in low-light, and for very narrow DOF. I use it and the 35/1.2 about equally. The 50/1.5 C-Sonnar is as sharp of a...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-16-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 1,842
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Roberto- thanks for the explanation, and your...

Roberto- thanks for the explanation, and your English is very good.

Your pictures reminded me of some from the early '70s published in "Modern Photography". The photographer Zoomed a Nikon 43~86...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-16-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,723
Posted By Brian Sweeney
No- the back-focus is 20mm off. It will focus on...

No- the back-focus is 20mm off. It will focus on extreme close-ups only.

Okay- it is "possible", but you have to add a large negative element in front of the lens and use a Nikon L-F adapter. I did...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 11-15-2011
Replies: 119
Views: 14,193
Posted By Brian Sweeney
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/attachment....

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=89374&stc=1&d=1321398743

That's what I'm thinking.
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 11-15-2011
Replies: 140
Views: 12,099
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Well, if you had asked about using apostrophes in...

Well, if you had asked about using apostrophes in FORTRAN, we would have a definitive answer.

But- I think most everyone here had a light-hearted view of this thread, and several laughs.

I could...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-15-2011
Replies: 18
Views: 1,961
Posted By Brian Sweeney
On the rear element being more critical than the...

On the rear element being more critical than the front element: the light is "almost collimated" as it passes through the last surface. The image is "almost formed". So scratches in the rear element...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-15-2011
Replies: 18
Views: 1,961
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I used a Polishing Sheet designed for fiber optic...

I used a Polishing Sheet designed for fiber optic connectors and an eye-glass repair kit on this collapsible Summicron.

Made from the left-over parts of a parts lens bought to fix...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 11-15-2011
Replies: 119
Views: 14,193
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Tessina: 14x21mm images. Same as the Sigma, 20.7...

Tessina: 14x21mm images.

Same as the Sigma, 20.7 mm 13.8 mm Foveon X3 sensor.

That's what we need. A Foveon sensor in a Tessina size camera.
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 11-15-2011
Replies: 119
Views: 14,193
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Hard to judge from blurry pictures, but if they...

Hard to judge from blurry pictures, but if they are using standard size screws: the throat of the mount looks too narrow to be a full-frame digital.

I can believe APS-C, 1.5x crop factor.
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 11-15-2011
Replies: 140
Views: 12,099
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I understand with absolute certainty the use of...

I understand with absolute certainty the use of the apostrophe in the FORTRAN language.

With English, it's not so absolute.

But most humans do not respond with:

120 RF's...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-15-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 1,842
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I would also be interested in the technique used...

I would also be interested in the technique used to attain the images.

They are beautiful.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-15-2011
Replies: 20
Views: 2,363
Posted By Brian Sweeney
It's a nice camera, sharp lens, and good overview...

It's a nice camera, sharp lens, and good overview of it here:

http://www.cameraquest.com/olyrd.htm

With a camera this age: check the light seals, and check for haze in the viewfinder. The latter...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-15-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 1,789
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I'll try some "fence Post" tests with my Elmars,...

I'll try some "fence Post" tests with my Elmars, I have a 9cm f4 collapsible and a pre-war 9cm f4.

This is with the Collapsible 9cm F4 Elmar on the M8,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-15-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 1,789
Posted By Brian Sweeney
for copying work- flatness of field is the...

for copying work- flatness of field is the important feature of a lens. Lenses such as the Sonnar have high field curvature. Instead of a flat plane being in focus, the distances "weave in and out"....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-14-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 1,789
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Focus shift is primarily a product of spherical...

Focus shift is primarily a product of spherical aberration. It is just as much of a problem in SLr's where you focus wide-open through the lens, but it takes the picture stopped-down to the set...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-14-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 1,789
Posted By Brian Sweeney
That is my experience with some bodies- within...

That is my experience with some bodies- within the 0.02mm tolerance, and focus shift is "about" 0.05mm for many lenses.

My M8 and M9 "slightly disagree" with each other. But it works out, lenses...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-14-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 1,789
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Which version of the Elmar is this? The Elmar,...

Which version of the Elmar is this?

The Elmar, like the Summarit and Sonnar, suffer from "focus-Shift" in which focus will move towards infinity when stopped down. I found the Summarit 5cm F1.5 is...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 11-14-2011
Replies: 86
Views: 21,167
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Start a Vintage Aircraft W/NW thread- but my...

Start a Vintage Aircraft W/NW thread- but my in-the-air shots will be with an F2 with 300 and 500.

But I do have some with the Contax and Sonnars of planes on the ground.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-14-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,810
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Try it first, test close-up and wide-open. Often,...

Try it first, test close-up and wide-open. Often, Juputer-3's require the shim to be thickened by a small amount.
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 11-13-2011
Replies: 140
Views: 12,099
Posted By Brian Sweeney
And remember that the only way to get FORTRAN to...

And remember that the only way to get FORTRAN to output an apostrophe is to use a Hollerith constant or load 27h into a valriable and use an A descriptor in the Format statement to print it.

I hate...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 11-13-2011
Replies: 140
Views: 12,099
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I remembered that and edited the post. Now,...

I remembered that and edited the post.

Now, which is which?
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 11-13-2011
Replies: 140
Views: 12,099
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Yes, but if a quote is the last portion of a...

Yes, but if a quote is the last portion of a sentance, does the "." go inside the quotes or outside of the quotes?

The teacher said "the period goes outside the quote."

vs

The teacher said "the...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 11-13-2011
Replies: 140
Views: 12,099
Posted By Brian Sweeney
How do you know the intent was not to use the...

How do you know the intent was not to use the apostrophe to signify Possessive?

120 RF's Forum
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-13-2011
Replies: 41
Views: 3,946
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I use a Nikon FTn, meter is accurate. Mora camera...

I use a Nikon FTn, meter is accurate. Mora camera brought it up to spec ~15 years ago.

I prefer an F2Sb and F2AS.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-13-2011
Replies: 73
Views: 7,530
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Art is in the eye of the beholder? There are...

Art is in the eye of the beholder?

There are lots of articles that I cannot comprehend, that does not make the Author of the article and people that promote it "dumb". I would probably be smarter to...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 11-12-2011
Replies: 38
Views: 10,290
Posted By Brian Sweeney
i probably fixed the meter door on my retina IIIc...

i probably fixed the meter door on my retina IIIc when i first got it, over 10 years ago?

It's a simple mechanism with a catch in the metal. I remember bending it ever so slightly to increase...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 11-12-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 1,583
Posted By Brian Sweeney
By block- Zeiss assigned serial numbers in blocks...

By block- Zeiss assigned serial numbers in blocks to production orders for lenses. so an order for 1000 lenses might start in the SN218xxxxx block. Zeiss used one series of numbers, assigned in...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 11-12-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 1,583
Posted By Brian Sweeney
The early J-3's definitely have German parts in...

The early J-3's definitely have German parts in them. I'm not sure if they were spares, left-overs, or "seconds". My ZK Sonnar from 1949 has the same SN markings in the rear fixture. The early KMZ...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-12-2011
Replies: 73
Views: 7,530
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Tell that to the optical engineer that designed...

Tell that to the optical engineer that designed the two different optics, and they would disagree with you. Completely different design philosophy, and very different results in the image. So once...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-12-2011
Replies: 73
Views: 7,530
Posted By Brian Sweeney
If this forum was about painting, and I was a...

If this forum was about painting, and I was a painter, I'd be mixing my own paints.

http://larrybatesstudio.blogspot.com/2010/11/mixing-your-own-pure-pigment-oil-paint.html

And Planar vs Sonnar...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 11-12-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 1,040
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Nice pictures, and a great ceremony. There is a...

Nice pictures, and a great ceremony.

There is a Guppy class Submarine on Display in Charlottesville, next to the USS Yorktown.

My Uncle was a Submariner during WW-II. Dad was in B-29's, and Uncle...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-11-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 7,755
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Damn. Now it's just like that Star Trek Episode...

Damn. Now it's just like that Star Trek Episode where Norman the Android blows his circuits because everyone agrees that no one agrees.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 11-11-2011
Replies: 86
Views: 21,167
Posted By Brian Sweeney
They flew the FW-190 after restoring it, and...

They flew the FW-190 after restoring it, and before putting it on display.

Some of them they crank up, some they fly. I do not think the Ar-234 was flown- but is fully restored.
Forum: RFF News 11-11-2011
Replies: 114
Views: 19,004
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I just started the RMA process on the replacement...

I just started the RMA process on the replacement card.

I never used it in anything but their Imagemate card reader, with an HP Pavillion Gseries laptop running Win7. Their older cards and the PNY...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-11-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 1,388
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Shoot at 160, the native ISO for the M9. You get...

Shoot at 160, the native ISO for the M9. You get the most dynamic range. If you "must" shoot ISO 100 using an external meter, shoot non-compressed DNG and use Lightroom shift the exposure down 2/3...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 11-11-2011
Replies: 86
Views: 21,167
Posted By Brian Sweeney
When the Smithsonian puts an airplane on display,...

When the Smithsonian puts an airplane on display, it has been restored to working condition. Not just a pretty paint job. The technology is being preserved, as well as the object.

Photographic...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 11-10-2011
Replies: 1
Views: 1,218
Posted By Brian Sweeney
As I understand it- the construction changed on...

As I understand it- the construction changed on the Collapsible M-Summicron. The screwmount version was easy, three visible screws come out. The M-Mount, there is a serrated ring over the focus...
Forum: Photo Software 11-10-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 2,298
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I stopped at Photoshop 7.0. Started at...

I stopped at Photoshop 7.0. Started at 3.0.

Lightroom is nice for Raw conversion, then open up with PS7.0.

When the time comes that 7.0 will not run on a new OS, I'll switch to another...
Forum: RFF News 11-10-2011
Replies: 114
Views: 19,004
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Even with the latest M9 firmware release,...

Even with the latest M9 firmware release, specifically addresses SD errors- Leica advises not to use the Sandisk UHS-1 cards.

Sandisk needs to get to the bottom of this problem. If their own SDcard...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-10-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,777
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I find the Menues of the EP2 to be "a bit much"...

I find the Menues of the EP2 to be "a bit much" and prefer the straight forward setup of the M9 and M8.

I like the manual lens selection on the M9, have a lot of lenses. The one feature that I would...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 11-10-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 10,353
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Konica 50/1.7 is one of the best of the...

Konica 50/1.7 is one of the best of the inexpensive 50's, and is inexpensive as it is "orphaned". The 40/1.8 is good, also inexpensive. The 28/3.5 is worth trying.
Forum: RFF News 11-10-2011
Replies: 114
Views: 19,004
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Turns out the Email was a mistake, and the...

Turns out the Email was a mistake, and the tracking number showed a replacement card going to someone in California. I am in Virginia.

I suspect that SanDisk keeps their RMA records on the...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-09-2011
Replies: 48
Views: 5,469
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Nikkor 8.5cm F2, wide-open on the Leica...

Nikkor 8.5cm F2, wide-open on the Leica M9.

http://www.seriouscompacts.com/gallery/data/634/goldneedles_85_f2.jpg...
Forum: Optics Theory - 11-09-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,392
Posted By Brian Sweeney
If it is old condensation leaving haze, should...

If it is old condensation leaving haze, should come wight off if you can get to the surface.

If it is coating damage- just use it with a shade and be wary of srong backlighting.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-09-2011
Replies: 116
Views: 14,150
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I started using the Internet in 1980. I can't...

I started using the Internet in 1980.

I can't think of anything that I've read on the Internet that has made me worry about my Photography.
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 11-09-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 4,037
Posted By Brian Sweeney
You can use 16mm file if you can find some...

You can use 16mm file if you can find some cassette's. They are reloadable.

Is "Super-16" still around? Some of the Minolta's (MG?) increased the image size on the negative.
Forum: Optics Theory - 11-09-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,392
Posted By Brian Sweeney
What lens is this? Some lenses have problems...

What lens is this?

Some lenses have problems with the lens coating "flaking" off, infamous white dots like this. It was a problem on some of the Minolta m-Mount lenses.
Forum: DIYS Modifications 11-09-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 3,365
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Jupiter-9 for Contax/Kiev is well covered by the...

Jupiter-9 for Contax/Kiev is well covered by the Kiev Survival Guide.

I have a chrome lens of about the same age that I need to tear down as well- way too much focus slop to use the lens. I use a...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 11-09-2011
Replies: 38
Views: 10,290
Posted By Brian Sweeney
The counter interlock is a pain. Years ago, I...

The counter interlock is a pain. Years ago, I would see "jammed cameras" listed on Ebay. Was always worth taking a risk when the film counter was at 0.
Forum: DIYS Modifications 11-09-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 10,104
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Thanks for posting this. accurate positioning of...

Thanks for posting this.

accurate positioning of short-focal length lenses is even more critical than longer lenses for the point of exact focus to be correct.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-08-2011
Replies: 42
Views: 6,052
Posted By Brian Sweeney
These are with the Zeiss Sonnar "T" 50/1.5,...

These are with the Zeiss Sonnar "T" 50/1.5, wide-open on the M9.

http://www.ziforums.com/picture.php?albumid=286&pictureid=3387

http://www.ziforums.com/picture.php?albumid=286&pictureid=3475

100%...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-08-2011
Replies: 42
Views: 6,052
Posted By Brian Sweeney
The Type 1 Rigid Summicron has the same optics as...

The Type 1 Rigid Summicron has the same optics as the DR Summicron: the modules are identical.

The DR Summicron has problems mounting on the M8 and m9, the type 1 Rigid does not.

It was one of...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 11-08-2011
Replies: 26
Views: 3,564
Posted By Brian Sweeney
More likely the mu43 market will be over-run by...

More likely the mu43 market will be over-run by the APS-C sized formats.

I just looked at the Sony NEX-7 specs. That's a lot of camera, built in EVF that looks superior to the Olympus VF-2.

No...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-08-2011
Replies: 42
Views: 6,052
Posted By Brian Sweeney
One time, I did a comparison of fourteen 50mm F2...

One time, I did a comparison of fourteen 50mm F2 lenses on my Leica M3. Leica, Zeiss, Nikkor, Jupiter, did not have the 50/2 Tanar at the time. could have made it 15.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-08-2011
Replies: 42
Views: 6,052
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Two lenses for travel/weekend: wide-angle/short...

Two lenses for travel/weekend: wide-angle/short Telephoto. 28 and 85/90 is a good combo.

If "super-speed" is not important, the 28/2.8 Elmarit (I have a V3) is a great lens. The 90/2.8 Tele-Elmarit...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 11-08-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 1,649
Posted By Brian Sweeney
I've seen a couple lenses in a mount like this:...

I've seen a couple lenses in a mount like this: one was done by Cooke and Perkins, had a <CP> marked on it. I suspect "semi-custom" jobs, like what Japan Exposuers does now- but just...
Forum: Film vs Digital 11-08-2011
Replies: 60
Views: 6,830
Posted By Brian Sweeney
Hard to say. I've seen a lot of nice slides show...

Hard to say. I've seen a lot of nice slides show up in the thift stores with the trays and projectors that were donated by someones kids or grand-kids. I was just given several trays full of slides...
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