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Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 687
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I want a rangefinder coupled adapter for the 8...

I want a rangefinder coupled adapter for the 8 element Super Takumar 50mm f/1.4. or any of the radioactive fast Takumars for that matter.
That said, completely copying this optic is a cool idea.
Phil...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 43
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 826
Posted By Phil_F_NM
If you notice any roughness in the winder. If...

If you notice any roughness in the winder. If your film shows uneven exposure across the frame. If it sounds like it is clearing it's throat. If the shutter speeds don't change to the point that you...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 7 Hours Ago
Replies: 43
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 826
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I kept my M4 only for sentimental reasons but...

I kept my M4 only for sentimental reasons but I've owned and used M2, M4, M4P and a couple of the digital versions. Youxin did a complete overhaul and custom fit job on my M4P and it was one of the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 14 Hours Ago
Replies: 43
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 826
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The black chrome M4p makes you completely...

The black chrome M4p makes you completely invisible if you put tape all over the camera, same with the M4-2. The black paint M4 will draw every camera nerd within a 10 mile radius, so it does the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 17 Hours Ago
Replies: 43
Poll: M4 or M4-P
Views: 826
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Both are extraordinary cameras. Get one, shoot...

Both are extraordinary cameras. Get one, shoot it, enjoy. Splitting hairs over things you have no experience with right now and asking the opinions of others on these things is just mental...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Days Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 2,321
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It's a "workaround" but the operative word is...

It's a "workaround" but the operative word is control. You can fudge the ISO setting but the camera still makes the exposure decision.
Talking Nikons stopping bullets, the day I met Ashley Gilbertson...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Days Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 2,321
Posted By Phil_F_NM
And because I use my fingers (digits) on my Leica...

And because I use my fingers (digits) on my Leica M4, it is a digital camera.🙄
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Days Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 150
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Looks like a B4 mount. It's a TV mount, mostly...

Looks like a B4 mount. It's a TV mount, mostly for location ENG and it won't cover even 16mm 3:4 so on a mirrorless it will vignette mechanically.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 5 Days Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 2,321
Posted By Phil_F_NM
A Nikon SP with a built-in matrix meter and...

A Nikon SP with a built-in matrix meter and aperture priority ability.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 6 Days Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 2,321
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I know what I would like. I want a reflex body...

I know what I would like. I want a reflex body that has multi-format/multi-registration capability.
That is, I want to use every 35mm lens ever made on it (using adapters) then I want the ability to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 6 Days Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 2,321
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It should have all the functionality of the Nikon...

It should have all the functionality of the Nikon FM3a and the reliability of the F2. Actually, the F2 is perfect, so if it were released with an eye level finder that had a meter readout, I would...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 193
Views: 10,186
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I don't know what I put when I first replied to...

I don't know what I put when I first replied to this thread but currently it is my"new" to me Konica Autoreflex T4. Maybe it's just the honeymoon period though. In 16mm, I absolutely love my Bell and...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 1,343
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Take a meter reading off a medium gray zone: open...

Take a meter reading off a medium gray zone: open sky opposite the sun, a big patch of green grass, a gray card, then transfer the reading to manual shutter speeds. Or use your left hand to shield...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 399
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Back in 2004, a friend of mine dropped my DR...

Back in 2004, a friend of mine dropped my DR Summicron from about 5ft onto the marble of one of Saddam Hussein's tertiary military offices. The lens wouldn't mount on a camera at all so I went out...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 1,343
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Just carry an extra battery. Also, get the BEST...

Just carry an extra battery.
Also, get the BEST ND filters you can buy. I always used Heliopan or B+W because that exquisite glass deserves a good filter.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 74
Views: 1,432
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Perhaps try downloading a bootable Linux ISO onto...

Perhaps try downloading a bootable Linux ISO onto a CD or DVD then using that as the OS to look for your files. I recovered almost a terabyte of images from an external mechanical drive without a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 1,523
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Get a large format camera. If you want to stay...

Get a large format camera. If you want to stay busy looking for bits, get a Rittreck 5x7 then begin the hunt for the 4x5 back (more common than the 5x7 back), and then the 8x10 and plate backs. Or...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 1,343
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It was the nicest camera system I've ever owned....

It was the nicest camera system I've ever owned. I sold mine not because of not liking it or it being any less than perfect, but I wanted to put the money towards other things (tuition and car...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 553
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The switch to take a reading on the MR-4 is on...

The switch to take a reading on the MR-4 is on top of the meter to allow rewinding with the M4 rewind mechanism.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,019
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Yeah I wouldn't carry my Leica on my bike unless...

Yeah I wouldn't carry my Leica on my bike unless I was doing a long tour out on lonely country roads. In the city, get a point and shoot with a zoom lens and have fun. You won't cry nearly as much...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 994
Posted By Phil_F_NM
So that makes Vaseline or nose grease the "new"...

So that makes Vaseline or nose grease the "new" unsharp mask? 😉
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 108
Views: 2,657
Posted By Phil_F_NM
So is it pronounced "lay-kah" in Hawaii? Phil...

So is it pronounced "lay-kah" in Hawaii?
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-11-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 2,657
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I fold. Phil Forrest

I fold.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-11-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 2,657
Posted By Phil_F_NM
"Togs" now there is something far worse than...

"Togs" now there is something far worse than tape.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-11-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 2,657
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I can guarantee that tape doesn't make a camera...

I can guarantee that tape doesn't make a camera less conspicuous. It's not like covering your head with your towell in fear from the bug blatterbeast of Trall, in that if you don't see it, it won't...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-09-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 376
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I wish I could meet you to get the FT1. I have...

I wish I could meet you to get the FT1. I have three bodies, all not working due to ribbon connection corrosion. Even after cleaning, I still get the same malfunction. At this point, one body has...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-03-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,153
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I think for the cost of this new Leica combo one...

I think for the cost of this new Leica combo one could HIRE one of your living photography heroes to take you out for a few days of private toutelage to make you a better photographer with your:...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-03-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,153
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I just realized that I don't want to cover my...

I just realized that I don't want to cover my cameras I'm fixing in Aki Asahi, I want to make a one-off Warhol edition with labels from Campbell's soup cans.
I'll do that either to a Konica T3 or...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-03-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 630
Posted By Phil_F_NM
My $12 Helios 103 was 97% the lens that a brand...

My $12 Helios 103 was 97% the lens that a brand new 50 Summicron (last version pre-aspheric) was wide open and the results were indistinguishable from f/4 on.
Phil Forrest

Sent from my moto g(7)...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-31-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 2,358
Posted By Phil_F_NM
http://gallery.leica-users.org/d/439465-2/DSC1865....

http://gallery.leica-users.org/d/439465-2/DSC1865.jpg

I am 99% sure I shot this with the aforementioned lens. It was a really bright day and I stopped the lens down all the way I think, which caused...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-31-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 2,358
Posted By Phil_F_NM
This is an interesting idea. Maybe a free Nikon...

This is an interesting idea.
Maybe a free Nikon FM with an 85mm f/1.4 AIS. I don't own either of those anymore but that was probably the greatest disparity. Nowadays it could be a free Nikon FA with...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-30-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 250
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Sure, that'll work but you'll be carrying the...

Sure, that'll work but you'll be carrying the weight of another flash under the camera. One thing you might try is to fashion a little elastic band which would be like the rung of a ladder between...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 05-27-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 331
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I'll measure the eyepiece from my Konica T3. Give...

I'll measure the eyepiece from my Konica T3. Give me a while to get on that. Holiday and all today. It is smaller than Nikon so it might fit. Any of the big T series Autoreflex cameras have the...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-19-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 752
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I just don't understand the reason to buy what is...

I just don't understand the reason to buy what is basically a catalog with one person's opinion. I suppose they appeal to collectors.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-16-2019
Replies: 123
Views: 2,835
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It means there are far more charity shops than...

It means there are far more charity shops than just Goodwill that have Instax cameras in their bins. It also means that the somewhat unreliable cameras may break and the user may never come back to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-15-2019
Replies: 123
Views: 2,835
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Instax is a red herring. There are no less than a...

Instax is a red herring. There are no less than a dozen Fujifilm Instax cameras on Shopgoodwill.com at any one time. These are those that actually make it to the auction side of the charity. There...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-15-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,748
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Canon 35mm f/1.5. The rare LTM 3.5cm f/1.8 Nikkor...

Canon 35mm f/1.5. The rare LTM 3.5cm f/1.8 Nikkor tops this list IMO.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Travel 05-09-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 672
Posted By Phil_F_NM
What nightfly said is all good. That's why I said...

What nightfly said is all good. That's why I said get on the subway and get out of Times Square.
I'm not a fan of B&H unless I need film and happen to be close.
Right now at the Howard Greenberg...
Forum: Travel 05-08-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 672
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Buy a metrocard and put $30+ on it. Go into the...

Buy a metrocard and put $30+ on it. Go into the station at 42nd 1st and pick any train, going anywhere. See a couple of the other boroughs, ride the Staten island ferry (for free) and get a good look...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-07-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,286
Posted By Phil_F_NM
If you limit yourself to only one lens, you'll...

If you limit yourself to only one lens, you'll take more photos and swap lenses less, also. :cool:
I grew up in the southwest and trying to get it all in, in one photo just doesn't work. The sky is...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-07-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,286
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The micro nikkor and the 80-200. 50mm used to be...

The micro nikkor and the 80-200.
50mm used to be the gold standard for field of view and general purpose lenses. That micro nikkor is also awesome at infinity. And there is a LOT to take very close...
Forum: Digital Compacts 05-05-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 286
Posted By Phil_F_NM
You should have a neutral density filter setting...

You should have a neutral density filter setting available between f/7.1 and f/11. If we're talking about the original GR digital from mid 2000s.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-29-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 848
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Tell us what you were drinking! Phil Forrest

Tell us what you were drinking!

Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-29-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 990
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I don't care if I had "eff you money", I would...

I don't care if I had "eff you money", I would never buy a limited edition digital Leica. I wouldn't buy any digital Leica, for that matter.

Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-29-2019
Replies: 8,802
Views: 858,920
Posted By Phil_F_NM
A beautiful, but slightly funky smelling black...

A beautiful, but slightly funky smelling black paint Konica Autoreflex T3. Needs a CLA and the meter fixed but this one may have to go to Greg Weber. This is my third T3 and the one in the worst...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-27-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,803
Posted By Phil_F_NM
My brainwashing only cost me 8 years in the Navy,...

My brainwashing only cost me 8 years in the Navy, loss of my hearing, early degenerative discs, spinal stenosis, neuropathy, IBS, a yet undiagnosed persistent cough, destroyed knees, multiple...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-26-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 403
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The RX was a low enough production camera that...

The RX was a low enough production camera that it's going to be hard to find one. I'd say look for a broken camera and scavenge.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-23-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,803
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I'll be that guy and I'm 42. The 60s were great...

I'll be that guy and I'm 42.
The 60s were great I've read.
If you were a white male.
Otherwise, the story might be a little different. Not a rule but lets say a very prevalent theme.
But I've only...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-23-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 639
Posted By Phil_F_NM
"Oh, thank you, Doctor." Phil Forrest

"Oh, thank you, Doctor."
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-22-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 220
Posted By Phil_F_NM
You can't put a Konica AR or F mount lens on a...

You can't put a Konica AR or F mount lens on a Minolta MD and still retain infinity focus. The lens registration, or flange to focal plane distance, is a full 6 millimeters longer in the Minolta...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-20-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,796
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Sometimes we just have to scratch an itch, so to...

Sometimes we just have to scratch an itch, so to speak. I had to do that with Leica, beginning in 2004. In 2012 I bought a 3.5cm f/2.5 Nikkor and an Amedeo adaptor and just loved the way that lens...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-20-2019
Replies: 96
Views: 4,449
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Lately it's been the equivalent of a 28mm lens on...

Lately it's been the equivalent of a 28mm lens on my Ricoh GRD IV or an actual 28mm lens in my nikon AF600. I DID just pick up a Canon G9 (the old one) so I'm shooting with that zoom a bit but not...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-16-2019
Replies: 121
Views: 3,458
Posted By Phil_F_NM
You mean someone in marketing didn't tell the...

You mean someone in marketing didn't tell the truth? 😱😱
Phil Forrest
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-13-2019
Replies: 121
Views: 3,458
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Exactly. This thread is about professional labs...

Exactly. This thread is about professional labs and I have seen several close recently. NFL films closed their wet lab a few years ago and they were the largest pro bulk processor of film on the east...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-13-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 327
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Best safelight ever made. If it works, it works....

Best safelight ever made.
If it works, it works. I need to replace a transformer ( I think) in mine but I'm not printing right now so it doesn't matter.
Fix it, use it and enjoy.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-13-2019
Replies: 121
Views: 3,458
Posted By Phil_F_NM
No. I wish we still had Philly photographics,...

No.
I wish we still had Philly photographics, which was the only lab I trusted in a 75 mile radius.
I have hope for film but on the ground in the 5th largest city in the USA, the situation doesn't...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-12-2019
Replies: 121
Views: 3,458
Posted By Phil_F_NM
These days, in the USA, in some of the bigger...

These days, in the USA, in some of the bigger cities, I think we're seeing what the market demands of our postal service and as a result, we're getting less than stellar delivery and far less...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-12-2019
Replies: 121
Views: 3,458
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Risk of loss. No face to face customer service. A...

Risk of loss. No face to face customer service. A faceless entity to complain to when the new guy at the lab botches the chemistry. A faceless entity to complain to when the rollers on the machine...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-08-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,488
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Put on some shiny red and call it covered by...

Put on some shiny red and call it covered by Christian Louboutin. Someone will buy it. Come to think of it, maybe just the bottom plate... I might do this to at least one of my cameras.
For real...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 04-08-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 519
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Why not crop in post? You could get a gridded E...

Why not crop in post? You could get a gridded E screen and use the marks for reference but then have a little wiggle room if you want.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-05-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,069
Posted By Phil_F_NM
This sort of thread will continue to reappear as...

This sort of thread will continue to reappear as long as we live in the current physical model of the universe and have a shared sense of perspective, which leads to both converging lines at infinity...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-04-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,069
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The obvious solution is to simply buy more gear...

The obvious solution is to simply buy more gear and not learn the 101 basics.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-01-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 463
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I've got a few iterations: RF: my Leica M4 with...

I've got a few iterations:
RF: my Leica M4 with DR Summicron.
SLR: my black nikon F2AS with 50mm f/1.2 Ai.
For nostalgia: Pentax Spotmatic with Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 50mm f/1.4.
That which I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-01-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,039
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I'm going to add another desire. A crystal...

I'm going to add another desire.
A crystal synched, digitally controlled Bell & Howell 70DR with silent electric motor. Same chassis, same form factor as the original camera which is amazing but just...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,039
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The registration of the M42 lens is exactly the...

The registration of the M42 lens is exactly the same as the K mount, so (as long as the mirror box has clearance) you can do just what you want with a current Pentax K1 and an original Pentax M42-K...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,039
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It's more durable, needs less maintenance and...

It's more durable, needs less maintenance and won't get burned by the sun.
My titanium curtained SP was VERY quiet, at least the equal to my M4. And much louder in the world of rangefinders isn't...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,039
Posted By Phil_F_NM
This shouldn't be too hard to make. Phil Forrest

This shouldn't be too hard to make.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,039
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I want a full frame 6x6 TLR. Hybrid viewfinder...

I want a full frame 6x6 TLR. Hybrid viewfinder with the standard TLR mirror but also a projected set of data and focus peaking. This data needs to able to have its brightness adjusted as well as...
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-24-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 694
Posted By Phil_F_NM
As long as there are no cracks in that Elmar you...

As long as there are no cracks in that Elmar you can easily polish the elements and have a great little lens. You can get cerium oxide powder or mixed paste for a few dollars and then go to town on...
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-23-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 694
Posted By Phil_F_NM
You're going to have to grind the cam of your...

You're going to have to grind the cam of your donor helicoid to match the focus rate of your Angenieux lens. This will be a significant difference. The difference between the two different versions...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-23-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,340
Posted By Phil_F_NM
That's just the built in Leica "glow" filter....

That's just the built in Leica "glow" filter. :rolleyes:

Phil Forrest
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-22-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 577
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I like buying the second tier (not quite premium)...

I like buying the second tier (not quite premium) compacts from charity shops for a couple bucks then fixing them if possible. I've fixed a few Pentax PC35AFs, a Nikon AF600 (which is like a plastic...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 03-19-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 2,142
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I would love a Z6 but to use my Konica AR lenses,...

I would love a Z6 but to use my Konica AR lenses, not my one remaining Leica lens (DR Summicron.) I'd also like to be able to use all the great Nikkors that I own but really, I want to see how the...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 03-18-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 1,347
Posted By Phil_F_NM
You can draw on new framelines using some kind of...

You can draw on new framelines using some kind of translucent ink or paint. I've done this with a Zeiss 25mm finder to modify it permanently for use on an XPan. Get a high quality precision marker,...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-17-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 814
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The problem won't spontaneously go away. You dont...

The problem won't spontaneously go away. You dont have enough resolution on the M9 screen to see a single pixel line so that is why so many shots are found ruined after the fact in post when looking...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-05-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 566
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I used electrical shrink tubing and it was great...

I used electrical shrink tubing and it was great until it wore through a year later. Then I used $.20 more shrink tubing...
Phil Forrest

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Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-26-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 2,725
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Here's a hypothetical: Capa took many more...

Here's a hypothetical:
Capa took many more photographs and the public affairs bureau of the allied forces only liked 10 of them. At the time, the allies were in their fourth full year of all out war,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-23-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 5,062
Posted By Phil_F_NM
That is a total steaming crock of fecal...

That is a total steaming crock of fecal matter.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-22-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 3,295
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The P&S cameras that use an IR beam (like almost...

The P&S cameras that use an IR beam (like almost all do) cannot focus through glass. A few exceptions are the ones that allow the user to bypass AF by setting infinity or a specific focus distance,...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 02-19-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,864
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I'll have to add the caveat that I am speaking...

I'll have to add the caveat that I am speaking about post-Vietnam era photographers. Even the now defunct COMCAM was an armed squad that participated in tactics alongside the SF and regular units...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 02-19-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,864
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Do you want to know why you don't see any photos...

Do you want to know why you don't see any photos of combat when bullets are flying by actual US military photographers? It's because we all have rifles or we are on mortar platoons or we are manning...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 02-18-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,864
Posted By Phil_F_NM
First off, if you were a Hungarian Jew in Europe...

First off, if you were a Hungarian Jew in Europe during the 1930s, would you change your name if it might save your life? Hitler's regime didn't work out too well for that population, just as a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-18-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 479
Posted By Phil_F_NM
This guy is a toolbag. I don't care who he is....

This guy is a toolbag. I don't care who he is. He's "testing" these flanges in a completely incorrect way. It doesn't matter that the Sony flange is made of powdered metal. Many car engine blocks and...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 02-15-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 477
Posted By Phil_F_NM
A billboard. Greater, even. It all depends upon...

A billboard. Greater, even. It all depends upon the viewing distance. There were billboard sized promo photos for one of the Jurassic Park movies done with a Nikon Coolpix 990.
So it all depends on...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-13-2019
Replies: 101
Views: 3,108
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Get a Busch Pressman model C. Stick a graflock...

Get a Busch Pressman model C. Stick a graflock back on it. Get a bunch of Graflex RH8 backs and have fun. You can find one of these with a good lens in a working shutter for just the cost of the lens...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-12-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1,139
Posted By Phil_F_NM
If I had gotten a Nikon SP before my Leica M4, I...

If I had gotten a Nikon SP before my Leica M4, I may never have bought the Leica. When I bought my Nikon rangefinders I all but abandoned Leica because I preferred the Nikon system more and kept my...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 02-11-2019
Replies: 911
Views: 148,122
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I love Tasmania. Phil Forrest

I love Tasmania.
Phil Forrest
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-11-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 602
Posted By Phil_F_NM
No box included. I'm out. Phil Forrest

No box included. I'm out.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Other RF 02-10-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 1,001
Posted By Phil_F_NM
In not a Foton user but they are fascinating. I...

In not a Foton user but they are fascinating. I am, however, a Bell and Howell Filmo 70 series user and I will add my voice to the chorus of Filmo users out there who say it is the most reliable...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-09-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 940
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I've made a bit of a hobby out of fixing PC35AF...

I've made a bit of a hobby out of fixing PC35AF cameras. The stuck shutter button / locked winder is common not because of the plastic of the shutter but because the strip of metal underneath it...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-09-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,714
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Make sure you don't have a hardware issue before...

Make sure you don't have a hardware issue before going after very mature and stable software.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-06-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 221
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I had one of these back in the early 2000s and I...

I had one of these back in the early 2000s and I had the same problem. Fifteen years has taken a toll on my memory of the specific fix but I remember the top plate was easy to remove and then the fix...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-05-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 2,253
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I thought about adding a laser pointer to a side...

I thought about adding a laser pointer to a side mounted Kalart rangefinder in the spirit of the Kalart focus-spot accessory. Even replacing the regular focus-spot light with an LED penlight with a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-05-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 2,012
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Totally, Helen! All I regularly carry these days...

Totally, Helen!
All I regularly carry these days are capable point & shoot cameras. A Nikon Lite Touch AF600, a Ricoh GRD IV and sometimes a Pentax PC35AF. I love a 28mm camera that can handle macro...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-05-2019
Replies: 66
Views: 2,964
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I honestly believe that if I remain in the USA, I...

I honestly believe that if I remain in the USA, I will work until I die.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-04-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 2,012
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I wish I knew "then" that my first camera, a...

I wish I knew "then" that my first camera, a Pentax ME Super with a 50mm f/1.4 lens, was enough. Rarely since have I needed more camera or lens. Maybe a 28mm and a telephoto zoom but no more....
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-04-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 2,583
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It usually means expensive, harsh and boring to...

It usually means expensive, harsh and boring to me.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-03-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 814
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I found that the dead pixel line was usually...

I found that the dead pixel line was usually minimized or eliminated by using the lowest native ISO on the camera. It is a function of gain and that particular pixel. You may try reloading the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-03-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 3,015
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I want AA covering on my "new" Autoreflex T3. Not...

I want AA covering on my "new" Autoreflex T3. Not to be though.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-02-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 814
Posted By Phil_F_NM
A Nikon SP and S2. I went with a D2x and D2Hs on...

A Nikon SP and S2. I went with a D2x and D2Hs on the digital side.
Phil Forrest
Forum: RFF Polls 02-02-2019
Replies: 71
Views: 1,691
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I'm very left eye dominant and I am ambidextrous...

I'm very left eye dominant and I am ambidextrous but write with my right hand primarily. Cameras are always designed with controls at the right hand. I always rotate the camera so it is resting on my...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-01-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 814
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The way I took care of this problem was to get...

The way I took care of this problem was to get rid of the digital Leicas and never look back. I had it come up twice on an M8 and three times on an M9 as well as a dead shutter. Thank goodness the M9...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-01-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 3,077
Posted By Phil_F_NM
But buying for less than $20 the risk is low and...

But buying for less than $20 the risk is low and failure isn't that bad. Eventually, you get more winners than losers.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-01-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 3,077
Posted By Phil_F_NM
To answer the question "why buy unknown or broken...

To answer the question "why buy unknown or broken cameras?" Well in case you want to learn camera repair, It's a lot cheaper and safer than starting out on your black paint Leica M2r or the Contax...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-01-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 3,077
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Hey there, I'm Phil. Sorry I've been out of touch...

Hey there, I'm Phil. Sorry I've been out of touch for a while. I got to play with a Google VR art application at school and have had my mind completely blown. During that time, my phone diedm then it...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-30-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 3,077
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The door activates a lever that opens and closes...

The door activates a lever that opens and closes a circuit. Open door = closed circuit, camera on. Closed door = open circuit, camera off. No hibernation, just simply off and no power drain.
Phil
Forum: RFF Polls 01-30-2019
Replies: 62
Views: 2,871
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I won't speak for anyone but I could direct folks...

I won't speak for anyone but I could direct folks to the answer to this question through speaking with a few friends of mine and my significant other.

Phil Forrest
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-30-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 3,077
Posted By Phil_F_NM
No. Phil Forrest

No.

Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-29-2019
Replies: 8,802
Views: 858,920
Posted By Phil_F_NM
A whole bunch of broken cameras. 3 Kodak Electric...

A whole bunch of broken cameras.
3 Kodak Electric 8s
1 Pentax PC35AF
2 Nikon Lite Touch AF600s
1 Konica Autoreflex T3 (not broken but needs work)

Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-29-2019
Replies: 132
Views: 3,115
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Y'all should check out how popular Instax is by...

Y'all should check out how popular Instax is by seeing how many of them are being resold at shopgoodwill.com. All of those cameras work and almost all of them are available for under $10. What does...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-29-2019
Replies: 132
Views: 3,115
Posted By Phil_F_NM
There are three labs here in one of the largest...

There are three labs here in one of the largest cities in the US. They only do developing and printing runs when they have enough orders to make the most efficient use of chemistry.
As for your...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-29-2019
Replies: 132
Views: 3,115
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It's not like that here in the largest consumer...

It's not like that here in the largest consumer market in the world. I'm just sayin'.
Phil Forrest
Forum: RFF Polls 01-29-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,779
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Gerald Ford was president when I was born. Wow,...

Gerald Ford was president when I was born.
Wow, when I joined RFF, I was 28 and just about to deploy to Iraq.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-28-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 2,208
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I have used the phonetic: "you-shin" with him...

I have used the phonetic: "you-shin" with him directly in conversation and was not corrected.
The tonal sounds and relationships in that language family are truly amazing in their ability to convey...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-28-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 2,208
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Youxin: Good turnaround time and excellent...

Youxin: Good turnaround time and excellent work.
DAG: May have your camera for many months but exceptional work.
Sherry: PM me.

Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-28-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 498
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Yes, which is why the quality control of the LTM...

Yes, which is why the quality control of the LTM adapter production needs to be taken in to account. Get a cheap adapter, your lens may be misaligned.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-28-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 498
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The "focal length" of the adapter doesn't matter,...

The "focal length" of the adapter doesn't matter, QC does. Leica adapters are best, Voigtlander are excellent, cheap ones have less than stellar QC which can leave coarse threads and a variable...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-28-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 495
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I was just thinking it could also have been...

I was just thinking it could also have been stopped by the UV curing cement. Where do you live? Where does the OP live? I'm wondering if the environment may have something to do with separation. I...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-28-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 495
Posted By Phil_F_NM
That sounds like UV and heat slowing a fungal...

That sounds like UV and heat slowing a fungal bloom rather than separation. If it's a rainbow pattern it could be stray lubricant working its way between non-cemented elements.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-27-2019
Replies: 102
Views: 3,680
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I'll post some images with my PC35AF when I...

I'll post some images with my PC35AF when I develop and scan them. Should be by March, definitely by April. I have four or five rolls on-deck to develop from the following:
Nikon L35AF, Pentax...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-27-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 495
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Sorry, I sold all my Mamiya gear a few months...

Sorry, I sold all my Mamiya gear a few months ago.

Phil Forrest
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-26-2019
Replies: 102
Views: 3,680
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Yeah, the Pentax. Haven't thought about painting...

Yeah, the Pentax. Haven't thought about painting one but I love the Konica Tomato.
Phil
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-26-2019
Replies: 102
Views: 3,680
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Devin, If you get one or three, I can help you...

Devin,
If you get one or three, I can help you with the disassembly/reassembly. Ive had three of them apart about eight times by now.
Phil
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-25-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 3,077
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I should funnel all my thrift shop finds to my...

I should funnel all my thrift shop finds to my brother in Melbourne. If I get enough in one package we could make a killing.
Phil Forrest
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-25-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 371
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It's such a rare gem. If I came upon one I could...

It's such a rare gem. If I came upon one I could afford, I would possibly sell gear just to switch to a Canon F1n and replacement focal lengths for the Nikon gear I regularly use.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-24-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 3,077
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I don't think I would pay more than $25 for a...

I don't think I would pay more than $25 for a working Pentax PC35AF. I have three of them now, two working, one with a dead AF module. They are a crapshoot though. Buy a few and expect one to...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-24-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 495
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Never seen that issue in a Mamia 6 lens...

Never seen that issue in a Mamia 6 lens personally. How you got two of them is amazing odds.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-24-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 3,077
Posted By Phil_F_NM
If you spring for a Pentax pc35af, I have a parts...

If you spring for a Pentax pc35af, I have a parts camera if you need spare bits.

Phil Forrest
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-22-2019
Replies: 102
Views: 3,680
Posted By Phil_F_NM
No Nikon L35AF has manual wind. Phil Forrest

No Nikon L35AF has manual wind.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-21-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 3,077
Posted By Phil_F_NM
To add to what KoFe said, if you want a bona fide...

To add to what KoFe said, if you want a bona fide SLR, many of the best cameras ever made (with a light meter) only need a few little 1.5v button cells. A 1/3N is what I use in all of my film cameras...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-21-2019
Replies: 8,802
Views: 858,920
Posted By Phil_F_NM
A pair of feather pillows. "Holy Mountain" by...

A pair of feather pillows.
"Holy Mountain" by Sleep.
"Family Art Therapy" by Kerr, Hoshino, Sutherland, Parashak and McCarley.
A Nikon S9900 for Bethanne.

Phil Forrest
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-21-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 3,077
Posted By Phil_F_NM
A few of the Samsung P&S cameras had Schneider...

A few of the Samsung P&S cameras had Schneider lenses. I saw one for $.99 at a local goodwill but passed because the batteries were left inside, swollen and corroded. Probably saw a dunk in water. If...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-21-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 625
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Is the camera an "investment" or is it a camera?...

Is the camera an "investment" or is it a camera? If it is an investment, stick it in a vault and visit it every month to run through the shutter speeds a few times.
There is nothing you can really...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-20-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 3,077
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Just scour eBay and your local thrift stores. Buy...

Just scour eBay and your local thrift stores. Buy a bunch but set a reasonable cap, like $10.
I love shooting with old point and shoots but would never pay outrageous prices. Not too long ago I found...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-20-2019
Replies: 60
Views: 2,442
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Remjet. Ick. It's not black and white movie film,...

Remjet. Ick. It's not black and white movie film, correct? I only ask because the B&W motion picture stocks don't have Remjet. You just do a prewash in room temperature water and you're fine. It's...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 01-20-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 3,727
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Buy the lenses, especially the 35mm and the...

Buy the lenses, especially the 35mm and the hard-to-find 80mm. The body will eventually find its way to you.

Phil Forrest
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-20-2019
Replies: 323
Views: 25,223
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Leica digital. When it didn't work. Ok, so the...

Leica digital. When it didn't work. Ok, so the reliability of Leica was out the window with my old M8 and M9. No clue how they are now, nor do I care. My M4 survived hell with me so that's reliable...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-20-2019
Replies: 60
Views: 2,442
Posted By Phil_F_NM
50+ but not in the fridge. Eastman 5222 is...

50+ but not in the fridge.
Eastman 5222 is incredibly stable regardless of temperature so I just keep it wherever.

Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-20-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,811
Posted By Phil_F_NM
+1 for the Hexanon. The Planar can be too...

+1 for the Hexanon. The Planar can be too perfect. I'm a Konishiroku apologist though and love just about everything they have done. Once you get your hands on a UC Hexanon, you will never go back....
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 01-20-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 3,727
Posted By Phil_F_NM
My green Nikonos V was an amazing find on...

My green Nikonos V was an amazing find on Craigslist here in Philadelphia. I got it with the 35mm lens and a new set of seals for only $25. The owner had used it once on holiday then stuck it in the...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-19-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 814
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Get a GRD III or IV. Both have the faster f/1.8...

Get a GRD III or IV. Both have the faster f/1.8 lens and a macro mode that allows you to focus 1cm from the lens. Both outstanding cameras! And tiny, to boot.

Phil Forrest
Forum: Nikon RF 01-19-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,154
Posted By Phil_F_NM
This ^^^^^^^^^ I've bought two brand new cameras...

This ^^^^^^^^^

I've bought two brand new cameras in 30 years. One, a Pentax ZX5n which was great. The other a Leica M9 which was not great.

Phil Forrest
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-18-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 461
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Yup. Hard to find that finder though. The F4 WLF...

Yup. Hard to find that finder though. The F4 WLF is a little more plentiful. The camera is more compact too. Then again, I'm partial to the F4 over all other AF cameras.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Nikon RF 01-17-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,154
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Art photography seems like such a small niche to...

Art photography seems like such a small niche to market a niche product to...
Phil Forrest
Forum: Nikon RF 01-17-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,154
Posted By Phil_F_NM
What kind of cameras do fine art photographers...

What kind of cameras do fine art photographers use?
Phil Forrest
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-17-2019
Replies: 63
Views: 1,876
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Unless you're Jeanloup Seiff. Phil Forrest

Unless you're Jeanloup Seiff.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Nikon RF 01-15-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,154
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I don't doubt that at all. I'm in doubt of the...

I don't doubt that at all. I'm in doubt of the rosy future projected that we will see high quality, affordable, reliable film cameras made for a mass audience.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Nikon RF 01-15-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,154
Posted By Phil_F_NM
So what is happening here is that you're...

So what is happening here is that you're projecting or assigning your values (wanting a new camera, wanting to process yourself, wanting to send your film away, wanting to buy sight unseen) to a...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-15-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,154
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Blind optimism and delusion is just that. There...

Blind optimism and delusion is just that.
There simply is not the mass market worldwide for any manufacturer to retool and create a new film camera to appeal to a large audience at an affordable...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-15-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,154
Posted By Phil_F_NM
:D Phil Forrest

:D
Phil Forrest
Forum: Nikon RF 01-15-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,154
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The last two rallies I went to, just last month,...

The last two rallies I went to, just last month, there was one photographer using a film camera at one (myself) and two at the second one (I was one of them.) I am no longer a reporter but I still...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-15-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,154
Posted By Phil_F_NM
So if film is a niche product, sold to a niche...

So if film is a niche product, sold to a niche market, why does that suggest there will be an increase in use of film outside that market? Simple transitive property here. A. B. C. But in this case,...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-14-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,154
Posted By Phil_F_NM
If Cosina, Nikon, Canon or Pentax bring out a...

If Cosina, Nikon, Canon or Pentax bring out a completely new 35mm film body for general consumer use within the next 5 years, I will give you a working 35mm still or 16mm motion picture camera in my...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-14-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,154
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I'm awake, lighten up. Please enlighten us all...

I'm awake, lighten up.
Please enlighten us all with these industry facts. And I challenge you to get an industry insider to tell us that things are as rosy as you and a couple others here are...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-14-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,154
Posted By Phil_F_NM
That is a fun idea but the meters that came after...

That is a fun idea but the meters that came after the Nikon FA are part of an integrated circuit that controls the shutter itself. With the F and F2 you have to guess at the myriad of steps between...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-14-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,154
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Cosina won't and probably can't make a good...

Cosina won't and probably can't make a good camera that will serve as an "investment" into the craft, for $2000. They could sell you an FM10 for an inflated price though.
I think the camera...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-14-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,154
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Thanks Jan for completely discounting my...

Thanks Jan for completely discounting my experience in the process and post-process side of this industry. I don't care about youtube channels or yet another speculative thread on photrio or...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-14-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,154
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I would like to see an accurate count of new...

I would like to see an accurate count of new photo labs being opened because here in the USA, that is not the case. I've been involved in the post-production end of photography since 2000 and I have...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-14-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,154
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The F6 and D2h/x/xs share similar design,...

The F6 and D2h/x/xs share similar design, identical shutter module, pin connectors, UI buttons and wheels as well as the MultiCAM 2000 AF module. That is where the similarity ends. Everything else is...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-12-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,154
Posted By Phil_F_NM
It would be nice to hear an industry insider...

It would be nice to hear an industry insider (market exec from Nikon, Canon, Fuji, Sony, Pentax, whomever) some real numbers instead of fantastic speculation based upon the observations of folks here...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-12-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,154
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Fujifilm Instax was the best selling analog...

Fujifilm Instax was the best selling analog camera last year because Taylor Swift uses one and Fuji created a blinged out model with her signature on it. It is slightly more expensive than the garden...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-12-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,154
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Not at all, as a matter of fact. I am one of...

Not at all, as a matter of fact. I am one of those young people in a very sophisticated market. There are cinematographers making full length features on cellphones here.
Fuji didn't bet on...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-12-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,154
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I understand fantasization, but that is all this...

I understand fantasization, but that is all this is. It's up there with "what if aliens visited the earth today?"
What if Mercedes-Benz started making bespoke 300SL Gullwings off the 1959 pattern...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-11-2019
Replies: 8,802
Views: 858,920
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Too much. Books, books, books, and supplies for...

Too much.
Books, books, books, and supplies for this term in school
A NOS US Navy utility jacket exactly like the one I was issued in boot camp and wore until the regs changed in 2000.
A partial...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-10-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 7,397
Posted By Phil_F_NM
This thread and my love for Konishiroku products...

This thread and my love for Konishiroku products makes me want to find one of these cameras so bad.

Phil Forrest
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-09-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 3,825
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Here we go again. Phil Forrest

Here we go again.
Phil Forrest
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-09-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,561
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I have this anecdote from Navy photo school I...

I have this anecdote from Navy photo school I tell about the F2.
My instructor was being dropped into Afghanistan with a team of combat cameramen in the early 2000s. All the gear was on a sled with a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-07-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,561
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The vertical travel shutters of the FM and FE...

The vertical travel shutters of the FM and FE can't be compared to the shutter in an F2 farther that both control light in a metered fashion. Otherwise they are 100% different.
To un-jam an FM...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-06-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,561
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Make sure the self-timer lever hasn't been...

Make sure the self-timer lever hasn't been actuated and then gotten stuck. If it flops around, try pushing in the little button a few times. If it is locked, you won't get it to work without...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-04-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,360
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I will reiterate what Peter M said above. Do the...

I will reiterate what Peter M said above. Do the modification but just don't butcher it. I've seen some HORRIBLE cuts by ham-fisted Nikkor owners who essentially ruined their lenses by using crappy...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-04-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 675
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Get a thick rubber band to grab the ring that...

Get a thick rubber band to grab the ring that holds the eyepiece in and try to unscrew it. Make note of the glass orientation before dropping it out. If it is glued in, a dab of acetone should free...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-02-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,265
Posted By Phil_F_NM
16mm is still an entry level professional quality...

16mm is still an entry level professional quality format. The Hurt Locker and Black Swan are recent movies shot on 16mm.
As for the size of 8mm the image is about 1/5 the size of the 35mm motion...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-02-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,265
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The problem is that most of the Super 8 cameras...

The problem is that most of the Super 8 cameras out there, even the highest quality, don't have the ability to shoot modern high speed emulsions. I have a like-new Elmo C300 that can even take DS8...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-31-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 642
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Get some cerium oxide and polish the front...

Get some cerium oxide and polish the front element. You'll be able to get it working better.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-30-2018
Replies: 36
Views: 1,154
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Photography related: Develop the ~200 exposed...

Photography related:
Develop the ~200 exposed rolls of film I have which date back to 2005.
Make a family reunion home movie on 16mm film.
Shoot more.
Travel and shoot more.
Revise my book about...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-30-2018
Replies: 70
Views: 1,372
Posted By Phil_F_NM
For a few months I have been trying to take at...

For a few months I have been trying to take at least one photo a day, sometimes digital, sometimes film. I've been using a Ricoh GRD IV and a number of 35mm point & shoot cameras which include:...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-29-2018
Replies: 67
Views: 9,929
Posted By Phil_F_NM
You really have a combination of bad luck and a...

You really have a combination of bad luck and a personal issue against JK.
Good thing you can skillfully service the cameras yourself to your standards.
Phil Forrest
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-28-2018
Replies: 67
Views: 9,929
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Has Jurgen offered to make the situation right?...

Has Jurgen offered to make the situation right? Have you asked him to make the situation right?
That is the crux of these threads; we hear the squeaky wheel but we don't hear about the oil itself....
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-28-2018
Replies: 67
Views: 9,929
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I don't care how the user whom I was speaking...

I don't care how the user whom I was speaking about feels. This person had SEVEN posts as of their initial complaint. They were looking to gripe at the very least and possibly alter search results...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-27-2018
Replies: 67
Views: 9,929
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Are you trying to use Google analytics in order...

Are you trying to use Google analytics in order to take business away from Jurgen and/or create business for yourself?
You didn't really read the part I posted about the WHOLE experience to its...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-27-2018
Replies: 67
Views: 9,929
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Jurgen repaired a Super Ikonta for me way back in...

Jurgen repaired a Super Ikonta for me way back in 2005 I think and the work was first rate. I couldn't ever complain. He also repaired a few other cameras of mine after I made a deployment to Iraq....
Forum: Film vs Digital 12-27-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 2,063
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I'll say that I may be "addicted" to film cameras...

I'll say that I may be "addicted" to film cameras but also I would shoot nothing but film if I had both the time and space to develop my own. My Ricoh GRD IV makes incredible images but it is far...
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-25-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 830
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The only true sonnars for SLRs you can use will...

The only true sonnars for SLRs you can use will be over 90mm due to the physical constraints of the formula. The original 10.5cm Nikkor for the Nikon F was about the shortest you could find this...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-22-2018
Replies: 60
Views: 1,478
Posted By Phil_F_NM
They had the same designer. As for "mountains",...

They had the same designer.

As for "mountains", I grew up in New Mexico and Colorado, so I expect when people say that word to mean it. I live in Philadelphia and I have heard that there are...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-22-2018
Replies: 60
Views: 1,478
Posted By Phil_F_NM
What age VW? What elevation? If were talking air...

What age VW? What elevation?
If were talking air cooled, the Porsche wins hands down. Above about 8500ft, both start to suck but at least the Porsche can get out of its own way.
Phil Forrest
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-20-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 869
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I would like Santa to pay off mine and my...

I would like Santa to pay off mine and my significant other's student loans.
Phil Forrest
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-19-2018
Replies: 45
Views: 1,335
Posted By Phil_F_NM
To check the physical adjustment of the camera...

To check the physical adjustment of the camera body film plane to lens flange, take a known good lens and mount it on the camera. Mount the camera on a tripod. Remove the film door. Place a piece of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-19-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 347
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Photography kept me alive in 2004 and later. When...

Photography kept me alive in 2004 and later. When I was in Iraq, capturing the image was the reason to stay alive. After the Navy it was a way to distance myself from life and pain. My shield, so to...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 12-17-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 944
Posted By Phil_F_NM
I would absolutely use something like that but it...

I would absolutely use something like that but it would be on a different format.

Phil Forrest
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-15-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 487
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Most DL and all DR came from the factory for 1R...

Most DL and all DR came from the factory for 1R film.

All of the 70 series Filmos have the same basic transport design and modification of the sprocket capstans is really easy. I've done it on a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-15-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 705
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Sounds like this camera just needs a CLA. The...

Sounds like this camera just needs a CLA. The linkage which cocks the shutter may be a little loose or bent and that is why you hear a click (which is releasing the film transport lock) but the...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-13-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 1,940
Posted By Phil_F_NM
This is true. Though I'm not sure how much louder...

This is true. Though I'm not sure how much louder my F2 is when loading it compared with my M4. Further, why is quiet film loading needed? Is it an inherently loud activity? I think the Leica M...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-13-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 2,094
Posted By Phil_F_NM
If you don't like digital cameras, get a film...

If you don't like digital cameras, get a film camera, a good lens, and a lot of film, for the same cost as a working Leica digital.
In the end it is an itch you will scratch.

Phil Forrest
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-12-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 1,940
Posted By Phil_F_NM
That's just how the market works, plain and...

That's just how the market works, plain and simple.
I want a 1967 Mercedes-Benz 190SL. Even more, I want a 1959 300SL. Or even a lowly 1968 280SE. They are not anywhere near the performance of a...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-12-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 1,940
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Can you direct us to the production specs of the...

Can you direct us to the production specs of the FM2 which state it was made by Cosina? Just curious here. Are you mistaking it for the FM-10?
As for the ZI price, it is a much lower production...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-12-2018
Replies: 45
Views: 1,335
Posted By Phil_F_NM
If it is an F/F2 screen frame, then you'll see...

If it is an F/F2 screen frame, then you'll see differences. It is common for people to switch the condenser/groundglass between frames to get more light or increased focus accuracy or various aides:...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-10-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 1,385
Posted By Phil_F_NM
"If crime fighters fight crime, and firefighters...

"If crime fighters fight crime, and firefighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight?"
-George Carlin

A name is just a name. This fixation suggests some deeper issue. Go out and make some...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-09-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 1,385
Posted By Phil_F_NM
Exactly. Get over the fact that you don't like...

Exactly.
Get over the fact that you don't like the term "street photography." That's it, pure and simple. If someone else's description of anything doesn't hurt you or someone else, perhaps the best...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-09-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 1,385
Posted By Phil_F_NM
The real question is, why get worked up about it...

The real question is, why get worked up about it at all? What does it matter that a person or a group of persons chooses to call something street photography? It sounds like there should be more...
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