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Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 620
Posted By Steve M.
If you're sending a file off for printing, then...

If you're sending a file off for printing, then all bets are off. Not having control over that most crucial step is a real issue. The quality of your printer, the manner in which it's printed, the...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 80
Posted By Steve M.
I attempted to read that review, but all the over...

I attempted to read that review, but all the over the top "patriotic" jingoism and ads for a paypal donation made that impossible. This is a photography site.

Sometimes, less is more :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 408
Posted By Steve M.
I worked in market research for many years, and...

I worked in market research for many years, and have been a member of eBait for a decade or two. I don't think the prices today mean too much. They go up, and they go down, and not always for a...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 20 Hours Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 178
Posted By Steve M.
Here's a nice little article below. As mentioned,...

Here's a nice little article below. As mentioned, anything w/ the word EKTAR is going to be a good lens

https://camerapedia.fandom.com/wiki/Kodak_Signet_35
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 3 Days Ago
Replies: 443
Views: 51,423
Posted By Steve M.
Ariel in Albuquerque. Fiber print from a Retina...

Ariel in Albuquerque. Fiber print from a Retina 1a w/ Xenar 50 3.5 and Y filter. Tri-X w/ Rodinal at 1:20. Beautifully grainy at 11x14. This is a crop from the larger...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 3 Days Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 403
Posted By Steve M.
I know what you mean about wading through the...

I know what you mean about wading through the verbage. My ex wife must be working for them. Her strategy was always....if you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle 'em with bulls**t.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 3 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 191
Posted By Steve M.
What you have now are two cameras that, if they...

What you have now are two cameras that, if they break, may cost more than it's worth to have them fixed, assuming they even could be fixed. Might not be able to be fixed, there's few parts available,...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 3 Days Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 262
Posted By Steve M.
"Yesterday I found the winder going with no film...

"Yesterday I found the winder going with no film in it and the camera turned off."

You probably need a priest to perform an exorcism for that! The problem w/ these old electronic cameras is that...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 4 Days Ago
Replies: 206
Views: 6,523
Posted By Steve M.
"Not the prettiest trio." I agree, it was a time...

"Not the prettiest trio."

I agree, it was a time when camera makers were smoothing things out a lot, especially the Canons. Many of the cameras from that era look like black blobs of plastic. The...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 4 Days Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 274
Posted By Steve M.
My gut feeling is that it's a very good Leica...

My gut feeling is that it's a very good Leica copy/repaint. The screws on the cold shoe have clearly been painted at the same time as the top. Not very smart, as it is going to make unscrewing them...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 4 Days Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 865
Posted By Steve M.
This is a no brainer. Just buy an Epson or an M8...

This is a no brainer. Just buy an Epson or an M8 and enjoy. Those two make the best B&W digital files I've ever seen.
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 4 Days Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 450
Posted By Steve M.
This is why I prefer beater cameras to pristine...

This is why I prefer beater cameras to pristine examples. Years of dealing w/ erratic FSU stuff taught me that one. If it's beat up, it's going to work fine. If it looks mint, there's a reason for...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 5 Days Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 1,815
Posted By Steve M.
Thanks for the real life experience Larry. Very...

Thanks for the real life experience Larry. Very helpful. I'm interested in these contraptions!

I suspect that the problem you had w/ the reel is something that will go away once you understand the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 5 Days Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 1,984
Posted By Steve M.
I got better images from the earlier H 50 2...

I got better images from the earlier H 50 2 Nikkors, which had different coatings. Less is usually more if you shoot B&W.

You wonder why this sort of thing w/ the cheap Chinese lenses hasn't...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 5 Days Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 787
Posted By Steve M.
If Tri-X is around the same price, then your...

If Tri-X is around the same price, then your decision is much simpler. It's surely the best 400 ISO film around (but of course it's actually a 200 or 250 ISO film). It does everything I need it to...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 5 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 235
Posted By Steve M.
Even as an investment you would probably never...

Even as an investment you would probably never get your money back. Investing in photography is a sub optimal idea anyway. Just leave it be. Like many of us here, I've owned lenses with big, and I...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 6 Days Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 745
Posted By Steve M.
I've never made a contact print, but it looks way...

I've never made a contact print, but it looks way easier than an enlarger print. No need to focus, figure out your cropping, etc. Instead of emulating Weston, which is a lost cause really and who...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 6 Days Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 821
Posted By Steve M.
The last pic looks like something from a tractor...

The last pic looks like something from a tractor or something!
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 1 Week Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,109
Posted By Steve M.
Continuing with the Retina theme, the Ia is the...

Continuing with the Retina theme, the Ia is the smallest and lightest "real" 35mm camera you can find, and even the bottom end 50 3.5 Xenar blows away most anything made today w/ it's excellent image...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 728
Posted By Steve M.
It's a mystery to me why they took blads there in...

It's a mystery to me why they took blads there in the first place. Those things will jam, you know, and they're heavy and big to bring to the moon and back. I myself would have brought a Rollei TLR...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 1 Week Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 346
Posted By Steve M.
Make sure the enlarger has the appropriate lens...

Make sure the enlarger has the appropriate lens boards for different film formats because Durst enlargers are very dependent on a plethora of expensive boards with odd sounding names like VEGATUB,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 206
Views: 6,523
Posted By Steve M.
I had one of the old 28 200 G ED lenses Ste S,...

I had one of the old 28 200 G ED lenses Ste S, and it was a really good lens.

The non AI H 50 2.0 lenses are even better :)
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 1 Week Ago
Replies: 52
Views: 1,306
Posted By Steve M.
".....six or seven guys developing Tri-X and...

".....six or seven guys developing Tri-X and making prints with old Stones albums playing."

Sounds like heaven to me, especially if it's the Some Girls album. Great songs and lots of energy on what...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 891
Posted By Steve M.
I'm in New Mexico, so there's plenty of cultural...

I'm in New Mexico, so there's plenty of cultural stuff to shoot, along with stunning skies, vistas, and sunsets. Having said that, the prints I'm looking at are big, and pop off the wall very nicely....
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 2,411
Posted By Steve M.
I think a film camera's optical viewfinders is...

I think a film camera's optical viewfinders is better than any EVF, and film cameras also offer unlimited exposure capability. Just bring more film. My ideal camera would be small, light, and have an...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 193
Posted By Steve M.
Why don't you try to adjust the rangefinder on...

Why don't you try to adjust the rangefinder on one of the cameras that has an inoperative shutter? You don't have much to lose, and you can dig in there and figure out how things work. Think of it as...
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 835
Posted By Steve M.
I don't think you're a Luddite (which is a good...

I don't think you're a Luddite (which is a good thing anyway), you just have common sense. That's in short supply these days. Must be back ordered or something. All these so called labor saving...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 794
Posted By Steve M.
It's cute, but why not buy a Monolta Scan Dual...

It's cute, but why not buy a Monolta Scan Dual for $100-$200 and get results that are essentially as good as my old Nikon film scanners? Those Minoltas give you 2850 PPI vs 4000 for the Nikon, and...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 289
Posted By Steve M.
It's not every day that you see a post that...

It's not every day that you see a post that starts out "I found a Focomat IIc on the sidewalk some time ago....".

I think your print is either under developed or under fixed. Are you agitating the...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 407
Posted By Steve M.
I think the op may be able to change the title by...

I think the op may be able to change the title by using the "advanced" function on the edit feature? I've used all the lenses you mentioned on film cameras, and by far the best was the Leica R glass,...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 339
Posted By Steve M.
I got caught up in a whole mess of those a month...

I got caught up in a whole mess of those a month ago on my bike. It was great. They sorta flew with me and kept me company for quite a while.

I shot this Monarch 30-40 years ago in Savannah, Ga w/ a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,078
Posted By Steve M.
Can't go wrong w/ the Summaron. Small, light, and...

Can't go wrong w/ the Summaron. Small, light, and has that classic Leica way of rendering. As nice as the Canon and third party lenses may be, they can't do that.
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 516
Posted By Steve M.
Honestly, I don't think you need to worry, and a...

Honestly, I don't think you need to worry, and a tripod is probably not needed. I took some fireworks photos using an old Canon AE 1 w/ a 70 200 f4 zoom, and I just let the camera take the exposure...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 336
Posted By Steve M.
You might try looking into the canister area w/ a...

You might try looking into the canister area w/ a strong light to see if anything is pushed in or otherwise obstructing things. I had an early Zorki bottom loader that Oleg had put strap lugs on, and...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,721
Views: 436,639
Posted By Steve M.
These shots look so film-like it's crazy. After...

These shots look so film-like it's crazy. After all these years, and all the engineering, research, etc that camera makers put into their brands to make the best digital cameras, none of them make...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 346
Posted By Steve M.
It probably isn't the print sleeves. They...

It probably isn't the print sleeves. They shouldn't scratch your negs unless you have grit or dust inside the sleeves before you slide a neg into it. It sounds like you had some bad developing or...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 821
Posted By Steve M.
A lot depends on what kind of camera a...

A lot depends on what kind of camera a photographer is shooting. A Rollei TLR can be easily used at very slow shutter speeds, while a SLR MF camera will have a lot of vibration issues due to mirror...
Forum: Optics Theory - 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 386
Posted By Steve M.
I've owned a few lenses that did that (along w/...

I've owned a few lenses that did that (along w/ every Nikon SLR lens I ever owned except the 70-200 2.8 and HC 50 2). They got sold right away because it's a look that I don't care for, but...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 396
Posted By Steve M.
That second shot looks like organized chaos....

That second shot looks like organized chaos. Apparently the traffic lanes are DIY, or just the city's existentially, doomed suggestions. These folk make the Italians look like indecisive, timid...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 249
Views: 70,994
Posted By Steve M.
Retina Ia w/ a 50 3.5 Kodak Ektar lens. Tri-X in...

Retina Ia w/ a 50 3.5 Kodak Ektar lens. Tri-X in D 76

https://i.imgur.com/lmxRQmH.jpg

Agfa Isola scale focus 6/6 medium format tube camera. Tri-X in D 76

https://i.imgur.com/6MGkeWX.jpg

UFO,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 172
Posted By Steve M.
By the by, I found this interesting discussion on...

By the by, I found this interesting discussion on paper developer over at the large format photography forum. Those folks have forgotten more about developing than I will probably ever know.

...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 172
Posted By Steve M.
It's a developer that I've never used, but I've...

It's a developer that I've never used, but I've always been happy w/ products from FF. This sounds like an interesting developer that can be dialed in by varying the concentrations. The one review I...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 169
Posted By Steve M.
Sherman's works more like an artist rather than a...

Sherman's works more like an artist rather than a photographer. Unlike most photographs, her images are ambiguous and a lie. What we see is not what's there, what we see are cultural stereotypes at...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 354
Posted By Steve M.
If you like the smallrig, ck out this cheese...

If you like the smallrig, ck out this cheese handle extension. The photos show it using a wooden handle on the camera w/ a pom pom attached. OK, so it's probably a mic cover, but still, I just love...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,934
Posted By Steve M.
From the look of those saguaro cactus, you must...

From the look of those saguaro cactus, you must live in Tucson goamules.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 1,152
Posted By Steve M.
I never got on w/ those, and much preferred the...

I never got on w/ those, and much preferred the Nikkormats, which you can pick up for peanuts. Nikon had serious sales issues when the pros that bought the F cameras for their main use, and a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 432
Posted By Steve M.
Your Contax calls for a 6V silver oxide or...

Your Contax calls for a 6V silver oxide or alkaline battery (Eveready 544, Ucar 544, Mallory PX28, Alkaline Eveready 537 or equivalent). You should be able to put four of the 1.5V button batteries in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 754
Posted By Steve M.
Arbus gets criticized for using people w/...

Arbus gets criticized for using people w/ developmental disabilities as models, and you have to wonder if they were aware of the way that the photos would be on display nationally and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 44
Views: 1,438
Posted By Steve M.
That's a great article you linked us to in your...

That's a great article you linked us to in your post Solinar. Thanks! Lots of good photos, so we get an idea of what that monobath film is capable of. I especially liked the "spit" idea for...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 44
Views: 1,438
Posted By Steve M.
Garageboy, I found that waiting until it's dark...

Garageboy, I found that waiting until it's dark and using a bathroom works about a hundred times better than a change bag. I take my film and tank and stuff in there, along w/ a blanket and some push...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 713
Posted By Steve M.
Humidity is part of my problem. Here in New...

Humidity is part of my problem. Here in New Mexico we seldom have any. I'm going to order some single weight paper. Never had this much trouble w/ curling, but the last time I wet printed was in...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 713
Posted By Steve M.
The paper I've had the biggest difficulty with is...

The paper I've had the biggest difficulty with is this Ilford FB Cool Tone, which is double weight. I'll also switch back to a single weight paper, which should help.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 713
Posted By Steve M.
Thank you very much. Since I'm moving soon, a...

Thank you very much. Since I'm moving soon, a drymount press isn't an option. So I'm going to try just blotting one off, hang it by a corner to dry, find the archival equivalent of contact cement,...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 713
Posted By Steve M.
How do you flatten your fiber papers?

One could spend the rest of their life reading threads about getting fiber papers flat, and none of them work for me at 11x14 sizes and up. Recently I tried a technique that is normally used for...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-16-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,165
Posted By Steve M.
This is an excellent illustration of why I could...

This is an excellent illustration of why I could never shoot digital :)

The deck was stacked from the start though.... Tri-X shot through a vintage camera is as good as it gets. Thank you for the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-14-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 538
Posted By Steve M.
I agree, we all sort of danced around your...

I agree, we all sort of danced around your question (but I still say that a fixer that takes 7 minutes or 14 minutes or whatever is crazy whether it's old or new fixer), but how could the dye affect...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-14-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,276
Posted By Steve M.
None of those. I'd buy a tiny Konica C 35 or a...

None of those. I'd buy a tiny Konica C 35 or a Retina !a. Thy're much smaller and lighter than the cameras you mentioned, and will deliver results that are nearly as good or just as good as your...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-13-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,008
Posted By Steve M.
Bokeh, bokeh, bokeh! There, I just wanted to get...

Bokeh, bokeh, bokeh! There, I just wanted to get that out. I have NEVER heard anyone on this forum refer to bokeh as defocused anything because it isn't defocused at all, or blurry.

Gee, I never...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-13-2019
Replies: 137
Views: 11,525
Posted By Steve M.
This is the best setup I've ever had. A tiny...

This is the best setup I've ever had. A tiny Retina Ia that takes really good photos for out and about, and a 135 2.8 macro on a Nikon SLR for portraits and flower shots. Simple, cheap, effective.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-13-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 316
Posted By Steve M.
Wow, good info here. Thanks! I'm going to order...

Wow, good info here. Thanks! I'm going to order some of the Farmer's Reducer (great name!), make some small prints and practice on those. I have a good eye and light touch from years of watercolour...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-12-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 316
Posted By Steve M.
The photo's been taken, but that's a good idea,...

The photo's been taken, but that's a good idea, as I like to use yellow and red filters. I ain't touching the negative because I like the way it came out. This is Rodinal w/ Tri-X at 1:20 so it's...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-12-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 316
Posted By Steve M.
How do you touch up skin blemishes on fiber paper portraits

I took a photo of my neighbor's grand daughter, which unfortunately shows her acne blemishes. These are dark spots (which thankfully are not real dark) and on her forehead mostly. The paper was...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-12-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 538
Posted By Steve M.
14 minutes to fix? That's crazy. Is that what it...

14 minutes to fix? That's crazy. Is that what it says on the photography forums for your fixer? I'd switch back to what you had before. Two minutes is the way to go. I use a budget Arista Arifix...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 06-12-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,559
Posted By Steve M.
No, low balling is the about buying stuff, not...

No, low balling is the about buying stuff, not selling it. I'll always accept a reasonable offer, but what I've been getting is, like I said, stupidly low offers. It's something that never used to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-12-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,036
Posted By Steve M.
What I recommend is that you find a small, light...

What I recommend is that you find a small, light camera, sling it over your shoulder and around your back on a strap, and go. I have a little Retina Ia for biking (I bike just about everywhere). You...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-12-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 513
Posted By Steve M.
Your enlarger is fine. An expensive one won't...

Your enlarger is fine. An expensive one won't give you better prints, and even though that's a low end lens, the results look plenty sharp enough to me! Never having printed on graded papers I have...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 06-11-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,559
Posted By Steve M.
eBay escapades. The low ball offer

I listed a few low priced photography items on eBay recently and it's been a crappy experience. I seem to have caught an annoying wave of low ball offers. The first ads were ended because three...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 06-10-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 897
Posted By Steve M.
So they changed the terms AFTER people bought in...

So they changed the terms AFTER people bought in under a different agreement? That's unethical in the extreme. I wonder if someone could get a charge back on their credit card on these kickstarter...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 06-10-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 230
Posted By Steve M.
The roll that you shot will tell you whether the...

The roll that you shot will tell you whether the coating damage or internal hazing (can't tell what it is from the photo) is going to affect your photos. If you put a hood on it you should be fine....
Forum: Nikon RF 06-09-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 1,700
Posted By Steve M.
Wow, the Leica viewfinder is like HD compared to...

Wow, the Leica viewfinder is like HD compared to an old B&W TV set! OK, it's not that bad, but the Leica is sharper, clearer and more contrasty than the Nikon. I'm sure someone could get used to the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-09-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,927
Posted By Steve M.
I don't trust Fuji, and won't buy their films...

I don't trust Fuji, and won't buy their films unless it's the occasional roll of color. They drop films like they drop lies in Washington.
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 06-09-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 355
Posted By Steve M.
The website says it's closed until Monday (what...

The website says it's closed until Monday (what the ???) and wants a password. No previews I guess.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-08-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 337
Posted By Steve M.
Wonderful work. Thanks for posting this.

Wonderful work. Thanks for posting this.
Forum: Photo Software 06-08-2019
Replies: 59
Views: 1,972
Posted By Steve M.
That's an intelligent decision. I did something...

That's an intelligent decision. I did something similar but it was more about getting (IMO) better prints w/ fiber enlargements vs scanned negs, and getting away from the unpleasantness of scanning,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-07-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,438
Posted By Steve M.
Like others have mentioned, something like this...

Like others have mentioned, something like this may bring people over to doing their own film developing. It's decidedly low tech, which is the smart way to go. It keeps the price low and the machine...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-07-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,438
Posted By Steve M.
Thanks Bill. You too. Cool huh? Here's the...

Thanks Bill. You too.

Cool huh? Here's the monobath stuff for B&W. They have it for colour too of course. What's great about this link is there's a small image of a building on the top left that...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-07-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,438
Posted By Steve M.
Freestyle has a new all-in-one developing system for sale

Just got home and checked the emails. This LAB-BOX from Freestyle really got my attention when I watched the video that was attached to their email. Love the idea behind it. I want to buy some of the...
Forum: Film vs Digital 06-07-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,388
Posted By Steve M.
I have a few sort of simple observations, but...

I have a few sort of simple observations, but they may be useful.

Anyone that can afford a Leica camera and lens can afford the film and processing.

Film shooting is about doing your own developing...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-06-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 251
Posted By Steve M.
Thanks. W/ the price of film these days, having...

Thanks. W/ the price of film these days, having half the roll left (thereabouts) means I can play with those exposures once I see how the first half went.

I did what Ko.Fe. and Siluro suggested...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-06-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 251
Posted By Steve M.
I've shot 1/2 of the roll of film. Now what?

I've been away from the nuts and bolts of photography for a spell while doing more traditional art stuff. Now I've forgotten basic photography things.

There's 12 frames out of my 24 that are...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-06-2019
Replies: 147
Views: 4,245
Posted By Steve M.
I've never liked this film, and always end up w/...

I've never liked this film, and always end up w/ it because I'm out of Tri-X and want to see how a new camera/lens is working. The colours are way too cold for my tastes, and it just looks bad...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-05-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 647
Posted By Steve M.
Put a hood on the lens w/ the cleaning marks...

Put a hood on the lens w/ the cleaning marks (circular scratches), avoid shooting directly into the sun, and you'll probably be fine. The one w/ the fungus shouldn't be used. Another vote for a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-05-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 477
Posted By Steve M.
Usually, the problem you're experiencing now is...

Usually, the problem you're experiencing now is that the lens needs to be rotated so that the shutter release is in the best position. I'll bet that it's loose, or loose enough that you can gently...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-04-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 477
Posted By Steve M.
Well yeah, look at the angle of your lens in the...

Well yeah, look at the angle of your lens in the last pic! Something is bent for sure. It's angled up while the camera body is pointing down. Not good. You're going to have to bend things until...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-04-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 516
Posted By Steve M.
If my cooking hasn't contaminated the sinks, then...

If my cooking hasn't contaminated the sinks, then this stuff is OK :) Everyone I know develops their film in the kitchen, then pours it down the drain when it's exhausted, including me. It's...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-04-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 338
Posted By Steve M.
Thanks for the info. I just ordered a bottle of...

Thanks for the info. I just ordered a bottle of the Adox version from Freestyle. Should have bought it the first go around. I had naively assumed that the R09 Spezial was "like" Fomadon R09.

I've...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-03-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 338
Posted By Steve M.
Rodinal, Fomadon R09, and Agfa R09 Spezial

I was just about to develop some Tri-X and discovered that the dilutions and times are quite different for those three developers, at least for the R09 Spezial. That bottle has 1:15 dilution on the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-03-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 947
Posted By Steve M.
I used to shoot the GP3 in 120 format and develop...

I used to shoot the GP3 in 120 format and develop it in full strength Mic-X. The grain was more or less just gone. Loved that film. Lots of fun in Rodinal too, and even in that at 1:25 you had to...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-02-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,810
Posted By Steve M.
The only way that I know to do this is to buy one...

The only way that I know to do this is to buy one on eBay or somewhere and try it out. If you buy wisely you won't lose much if you don't like it and decide to sell it. I always figured that if I...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-02-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 516
Posted By Steve M.
Paper usually develops to completion in 2-3...

Paper usually develops to completion in 2-3 minutes, right? That's all I have ever done. It doesn't really hurt to go longer, but it won't develop any more past that. This is fiber paper, Ilford...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-02-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 516
Posted By Steve M.
Can I develop enlarging paper using the "saw" method?

I have some trays, but I'm not crazy about them. I also have a double sink in the kitchen, which is just a little too small for 11x14 paper. I was wondering if I could use the sinks for developer and...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-02-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 612
Posted By Steve M.
You'd probably be better off if your only camera...

You'd probably be better off if your only camera was a Bessa R, or a small screw mount Leica or Tower. I have a lot of respect for FSU lenses, and absolutely none for their cameras. This is from...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-01-2019
Replies: 532
Views: 46,919
Posted By Steve M.
Nikon N8008s, Makinon 135 2.8 on T Max 400 shot...

Nikon N8008s, Makinon 135 2.8 on T Max 400 shot at 200 and developed in Rodinal at 1:25 for 8 min w/ almost no agitation. The DOF is very small at 2.8 on a 135 lens and this one doesn't sharpen up...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-01-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 549
Posted By Steve M.
You shouldn't need anything to hold the printing...

You shouldn't need anything to hold the printing papers flat. They do that out of the box. But now that we're on that subject, I would highly recommend Adox MCC 110 papers if your budget allows it. I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-30-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,197
Posted By Steve M.
I've lived all over, and never once saw anyone...

I've lived all over, and never once saw anyone wearing a photo vest (outside of an old TV series). Did my share of fishing too, and never saw anyone w/ similar vests w/ lures and stuff. Only in the...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-30-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 862
Posted By Steve M.
I shot the R cameras for years because I...

I shot the R cameras for years because I preferred shooting a SLR to a rangefinder. Still do, but I switched from the Leica cameras to Nikons using the Leica R lenses w/ an adapter. Compared to the...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-29-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,609
Posted By Steve M.
Those Mercury cameras are neat to play w/, but...

Those Mercury cameras are neat to play w/, but not what I would use daily because they're so strangely configured (and heavy). I finally went back to my old standby, a Retina Ia w/ a Xenar 50 3.5...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-27-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 302
Posted By Steve M.
Those look great. I guarantee, if you wet print...

Those look great. I guarantee, if you wet print those the grain will not be nearly as pronounced. The difference between my scanned negs and the prints is huge.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-27-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 393
Posted By Steve M.
I was looking at that, and it's cutting it way...

I was looking at that, and it's cutting it way too close. The cars only need to bump each other a little before this point, or spin, or have the driver miss the braking point, and the photographers...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 05-27-2019
Replies: 625
Views: 54,657
Posted By Steve M.
I have no cool digital photos to post, but just...

I have no cool digital photos to post, but just wanted to chime in on the bike conversation at the top of the page. Carbon bikes tend to run rigid while steel will give you some flex. I suppose not...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-27-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 452
Posted By Steve M.
Your negative will tell you whether it's a camera...

Your negative will tell you whether it's a camera issue or the scanner. Unfortunately, these cameras are known for shutter issues, and often need a good CLA to get things going. The shutters tend to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-27-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 393
Posted By Steve M.
So, you were thinking about being a sports photographer......

I watched the last half of the Monaco GP yesterday and caught the Indy 500 right after it (Sato, my favorite, came in third), and this morning I saw this pic of the photographers at Monaco. They are...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-26-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 328
Posted By Steve M.
Cleaning the mirror is a piece of cake. It's like...

Cleaning the mirror is a piece of cake. It's like you would w/ any camera mirror (which are nearly always mirrored on the front surfaces). The devil is in the details, like getting the top plate off...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-26-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 967
Posted By Steve M.
Those templates are way, way over priced (as is...

Those templates are way, way over priced (as is everything w/ a Leica/Leitz tag on it). Just make your measurements and marks on your film leader and trim it. Plenty of instructions on the web...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-25-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 411
Posted By Steve M.
I was just on that site, but in a different...

I was just on that site, but in a different place. They didn't seem to think it was a good idea on a Focomat because everything was scaled down into a small package. Just like my Federal. Except that...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-25-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 411
Posted By Steve M.
Replacing an enlarger bulb with a LED bulb

I have a small Federal model 135 enlarger that arrived with the bulb broken during shipping. The replacement bulb is nearly $10. It's very small for an enlarger bulb, about the size of a ping pong...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-25-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 624
Posted By Steve M.
My experience w/ Nikon cameras is quite...

My experience w/ Nikon cameras is quite extensive, having owned one or more of: N6006, N8008s, N80, D50, D70, EM, FG, F (like carrying around a brick) all manner of Nikkormats, F4s, and an FE2. The...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-25-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 802
Posted By Steve M.
Take the smallest and lightest. I honestly don't...

Take the smallest and lightest. I honestly don't think any manufacturer ever made a bad 50 lens.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-24-2019
Replies: 235
Views: 5,974
Posted By Steve M.
I just tried to ck out some sample photos of a...

I just tried to ck out some sample photos of a lens there, and I finally gave up after the start page of flickr just froze and would not connect. Maybe it would have eventually got there but I won't...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-23-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 553
Posted By Steve M.
I got a reply from the seller, after pointing out...

I got a reply from the seller, after pointing out that it was a $25 lens and he probably made a listing error. Here's his reply

"Thanks for pointing this out :) will change it definitely!"

He's...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-23-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 2,712
Posted By Steve M.
Another gender stereotype bites the...

Another gender stereotype bites the dust....NASCAR driver cries and acknowledges depression. It's even nicer that his name is Bubba. Stereotypes aren't always accurate, we're all different.

...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-23-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 553
Posted By Steve M.
I contacted the seller, so let's see what...

I contacted the seller, so let's see what happens. I suspect they just made a mistake on the pricing, but maybe not.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-22-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 429
Posted By Steve M.
It's possible that the Australian formula is...

It's possible that the Australian formula is different than the US formula, or that different countries have different ideas on what's hazardous or potentially toxic. MSD sheets are required by law...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-22-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,033
Posted By Steve M.
The Tiltall is a fine tripod. I've owned a few....

The Tiltall is a fine tripod. I've owned a few. They're also not a tripod that you want to carry around much, if any. This new one looks MUCH nicer! Love the design and engineering. Of course I would...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-21-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,466
Posted By Steve M.
Unfortunately, the images here are rezzed down so...

Unfortunately, the images here are rezzed down so much it's difficult to get a feel for what the lens is capable of on these cameras. maddoc's shot however is pretty dramatic in terms of the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-20-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,282
Posted By Steve M.
Well, it's NASCAR, so their security is probably...

Well, it's NASCAR, so their security is probably as good as their racing, which is to say nonexistent. The important things are the pickup truck, beer, blonde, dog and flag, so what more do you...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-19-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 2,712
Posted By Steve M.
I, personally, can talk about emotions until the...

I, personally, can talk about emotions until the cows home...... but who would want to do that? I'd rather talk about women, bikes, cars, food and gear, in that order.
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 05-19-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 435
Posted By Steve M.
Are the Retina Xenar 50 3.5 and 50 2.8 lenses the same optical designs?

I'm trying to figure out if these are essentially the same lenses except for the wide open apertures, or if they're different optical designs. All I can find so far is that the 50 2.8 is a Tessar...
Forum: RFF Polls 05-19-2019
Replies: 303
Views: 125,593
Posted By Steve M.
I'm in the market for an inexpensive, small...

I'm in the market for an inexpensive, small rangefinder camera, so this thread coming up this morning is timely. After looking at stuff on the web until my eyes about fell out I decided to go through...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-18-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 634
Posted By Steve M.
I was going to say that it looks like a working...

I was going to say that it looks like a working class/outskirts of town Southern neighborhood, and then I see that you're in Texas. Reminds me of the Mississippi areas that my family lived in until...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-18-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 538
Posted By Steve M.
There's a disconnect between the quality of an...

There's a disconnect between the quality of an online image and how much someone likes it, at least on this forum anyway. There have been so many, many really lousy shots praised to high heaven...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-16-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,609
Posted By Steve M.
Yikes! There's so many different models of...

Yikes! There's so many different models of Olympus Pen cameras. There's even some in my price range. I may up my budget a little because those Pen cameras fit my needs quite well. A lot of the models...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-16-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,609
Posted By Steve M.
I think my logic (such as it is) leads me to...

I think my logic (such as it is) leads me to think that a half frame camera might be small and light, but that's probably not true.

OK, I'll head over to ebay and look at the Olympus Pen cameras....
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-16-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 371
Posted By Steve M.
Finally found the negs and a print from the...

Finally found the negs and a print from the Fomadon RO9 days. This is a print from a Retina w/ a Xenar lens using Tri-X w/ 1:25 dilution and minimum agitation for 7 minutes at 68 degrees.

Things...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-16-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 371
Posted By Steve M.
That's a good idea Chris. I'll do that, keep the...

That's a good idea Chris. I'll do that, keep the agitations minimal and easy, see what happens.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-16-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 371
Posted By Steve M.
RO9 developer dilutions

I accidentally ordered a bottle of RO9 Spezial developer from Freestyle instead of the other developer that is supposed to be closer to Rodinal's original formula. The instructions on the side give...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-16-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 779
Posted By Steve M.
If that's the case, it's an easy fix Mark. Just...

If that's the case, it's an easy fix Mark. Just put a drop of white glue in the hole and give it a dab w/ a black marker. If you have a bit of acrylic or other paint then it's a one step operation...
Forum: Photo Software 05-16-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,039
Posted By Steve M.
I'm 100% analog now, but in my scanning/inkjet...

I'm 100% analog now, but in my scanning/inkjet printing days I used an old pirated copy of PS7 that my ex wife's son made for me. I can't figure out why anyone would need more than that? Unless I...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-15-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,609
Posted By Steve M.
Half frame camera recommendations

I love my Nikon SLR's, but they're heavier than I want to carry every day, even the little FG and EM when you put a fast lens on them. The little Konica C 35 cameras appeal to me, but so does a half...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-15-2019
Replies: 123
Views: 2,865
Posted By Steve M.
Can't say that I've held up my end on this as...

Can't say that I've held up my end on this as I've never purchased a new camera or lens in my life, but have bought lots and lots of film, paper, chemicals, etc.

I've posted these before, but the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-15-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,553
Posted By Steve M.
35mm Tr1-X in 36 exposure is $5.66 here in the US...

35mm Tr1-X in 36 exposure is $5.66 here in the US at Freestyle Photo, so I can't complain. It's not so bad over here.

It's funny, but Lomography has used Leica's strategy to market their products,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-14-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 496
Posted By Steve M.
Those pics look fine to me. I've never tried...

Those pics look fine to me. I've never tried stand development, nor have I ever used Rodinal at anything other than 1:25 dilution, but 1:100 using Charle's method might be the way to go. Thanks for...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-14-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 496
Posted By Steve M.
I may try it, or may just pitch the Fuji colour...

I may try it, or may just pitch the Fuji colour film presently in the camera. My Tri-X will be here this week, and I can develop that stuff in my sleep. It might be smarter than adding another...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-14-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 496
Posted By Steve M.
Has anyne tried using Rodinal w/ colour film?

I want to develop a test roll to verify that my new camera is working properly, but all I have is Rodinal for a developer and a roll of Fuji consumer 400 speed film until my TriX arrives. It's...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-14-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 275
Posted By Steve M.
As mentioned, some of those lenses had issues,...

As mentioned, some of those lenses had issues, but from what I see in your photos, the lens you're looking at looks great! That little dot on the rear element will mean nothing in terms of IQ.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-14-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,485
Posted By Steve M.
I agree, at some point you let it go and move on....

I agree, at some point you let it go and move on. You could sell that lens for a pretty penny and buy another 35 and start taking photos.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-12-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 415
Posted By Steve M.
I've used the plastic Paterson reels to develop...

I've used the plastic Paterson reels to develop short lengths of 35mm film, and I've tried my hand developing in homemade tanks and even trays. Trust me, you'll be a lot better off using the reels...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-11-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 242
Posted By Steve M.
Very surprised that they used plastic for those...

Very surprised that they used plastic for those gears, as they get a lot of use and have to lift the head up and down for every print. I couldn't tell what needs to be done by looking at your photos....
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 05-10-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 576
Posted By Steve M.
Might want to change the link. It takes me to a...

Might want to change the link. It takes me to a subscription demand, and when I go to the home page and click on an article it brings me right back to that.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-09-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 592
Posted By Steve M.
I think a lot of it is weather related, but maybe...

I think a lot of it is weather related, but maybe you just need a break?

Trying out a new film/camera/lens/developer can get the juices going too. I've learned to let go of worrying about it when...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-09-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 703
Posted By Steve M.
I would assume that the Adox Rodinal would be...

I would assume that the Adox Rodinal would be more active w/ a higher PH? Believe me, I'm no chemist, so a visit to the old APUG site would only give me way more information than I want or need. The...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-09-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 703
Posted By Steve M.
Ah, that simplifies it. I'll order some from...

Ah, that simplifies it. I'll order some from Freestyle now. Thanks guys.

On the other hand, this makes the case that R09 and Adox Rodinal are identical. I guess the R09 is the new version or the R08...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-09-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 703
Posted By Steve M.
Which "Rodinal"?

I want to shoot some Tri-X and develop it in Rodinal, but I forgot which one is the "good" Rodinal. My experience 15 years ago was w/ the R08 variant and it worked great but went off in just a few...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-08-2019
Replies: 880
Views: 186,829
Posted By Steve M.
I think the pic was taken w/ Tri-X in a Contax G1...

I think the pic was taken w/ Tri-X in a Contax G1 w/ a 90 lens on Galveston Island about 20 years ago. This is a trimmed 8 x 12 full frame print on my last sheet of RC paper from a sample...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 05-08-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 9,810
Posted By Steve M.
Bitfeng, that pinhole shot is wonderful. Great...

Bitfeng, that pinhole shot is wonderful. Great composition!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-08-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,008
Posted By Steve M.
Thank for the feedback. As convenient as the...

Thank for the feedback. As convenient as the small size of the pancake lens would be, I don't think I can live w/ "normal" bokeh, as I like to take the occasional B&W flower pic. There's no scanner...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-08-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,008
Posted By Steve M.
How good is the bokeh on Nikkor Series E pancake lenses

I bought a little Nikon FG SLR and need a lens for it. My usual route w/ the FG and EM's is to go w/ the early non AI H 50 2 lenses (which need to be ai'd for the later cameras), but the 50 1.8...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-03-2019
Replies: 80
Views: 2,348
Posted By Steve M.
Maiku, you put me in a difficult position as a...

Maiku, you put me in a difficult position as a Southerner. The present politically correct mafioso has declared the rebel flag persona non grata, and our statues of war heroes have been dragged down...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-02-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 181
Posted By Steve M.
Mine loves contrasty light, and we have that all...

Mine loves contrasty light, and we have that all the time here.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-02-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 181
Posted By Steve M.
Albuquerque

I biked to Old Town this morning, and got these w/ the cell phone. First time I ever left the film camera at home. Using the cell phone is like using a LF camera in a way because you have to hold it...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-02-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 818
Posted By Steve M.
That's OK. I live in New Mexico, the Land of The...

That's OK. I live in New Mexico, the Land of The Sun, so squinting comes naturally. There ain't no other way to get the shots but to head out that door and take a look see. In fact, it's sunny, warm,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-02-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 818
Posted By Steve M.
You're not off your rocker Dante, and I love good...

You're not off your rocker Dante, and I love good bokeh, but I'm not sure that this is a physical thing. It's probably more mind/psychological stuff. Our eyes work very much like a camera lens, and...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-01-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 527
Posted By Steve M.
It doesn't sound like you necessarily need more...

It doesn't sound like you necessarily need more light, it sounds like the negs were underexposed. Make sure you have a meter that is up to the task of reading low light levels inside buildings. A...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-30-2019
Replies: 573
Views: 104,913
Posted By Steve M.
Canon T90 w/ a FD 135 2.5 "beer can" lens. Tri-X...

Canon T90 w/ a FD 135 2.5 "beer can" lens. Tri-X developed full strength in TD-16. That stuff I remember quite well, but where, or when, I took this photo I have no...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-30-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 592
Posted By Steve M.
Have you tried calling them Rob? Here's their...

Have you tried calling them Rob? Here's their phone number. They're generally more responsive than eBay on things of this sort.

1 (888) 221-1161

It could be your browser too, so maybe try using...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-25-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 364
Posted By Steve M.
It's a lot friendlier over here than there, so...

It's a lot friendlier over here than there, so you made a good choice. My goodness, when I was 13 I had a girl friend (Sheryl Felton), owned a motorcycle (small size Honda 65) and had a gun (20 gauge...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-23-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,820
Posted By Steve M.
I think it was a great time for a lot of people....

I think it was a great time for a lot of people. Civil rights were in the forefront, segregation was abolished, the Mustang came out, Ford beat Ferrari at it's own game, mary jane crept out of it's...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-23-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 301
Posted By Steve M.
Those are fun shots! I love old gas stations...

Those are fun shots!

I love old gas stations too w/ all their memories of simpler (and better) times , and have always wanted to convert one into a combined art studio and living space. Keep the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-23-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,820
Posted By Steve M.
Looking Back at Summer in the '60s (PHOTOS)

https://weather.com/holiday/memorial-day/news/2015-05-21-summer-60s-photos#/30


Everyone looked so slim and trim back then, even the 'ol lady and me! Ck out those bell bottom jeans below. Bought...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-22-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,685
Posted By Steve M.
Because you can't learn to be a great...

Because you can't learn to be a great photographer by watching a youtube video, and looking at flickr photos until your eyeballs fall out will not you anyone into Ansel Adams?

Would you want to be...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-22-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 751
Posted By Steve M.
If I were you I would disable updates to avoid...

If I were you I would disable updates to avoid your computer automatically updating to Win 10. That system caused me no end of problems. Not as bad as Vista, but not good either. XP was Windows best...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-21-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 620
Posted By Steve M.
I had a Bessa II w/ a Color Heliar and a Bessa RF...

I had a Bessa II w/ a Color Heliar and a Bessa RF w/ an uncoated Heliar. With B&W the results were essentially identical. The RF is a lower priced version that had the same basic specs but in a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-21-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 792
Posted By Steve M.
D76 is a always good place to start when we start...

D76 is a always good place to start when we start discussing Tri-X and developers :)

My preference is to use it straight, but a lot of people like it 1:2. You won't get the edge sharpness of...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-21-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 216
Posted By Steve M.
Give the whole shutter a flush w/ the lighter...

Give the whole shutter a flush w/ the lighter fluid. The gap in the speed adjustment on the lens is a good place, or thru the self timer. On stubborn shutters, I have had to soak the blades from the...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-21-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 595
Posted By Steve M.
"Please only try this if you have some idea of...

"Please only try this if you have some idea of what you're doing"

Wise words to be sure. Of course, the only way to get some idea of what we're doing is to actually try it and see how it goes ...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-21-2019
Replies: 160
Views: 11,378
Posted By Steve M.
Now that AI development has begun in earnest, I...

Now that AI development has begun in earnest, I want an instant camera that I can tell to go out and take some pics, then bring 'em back so we can look at them.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-21-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 683
Posted By Steve M.
They look like lith prints. Way short on detail,...

They look like lith prints. Way short on detail, tones and sharpness, but they have a wonderful look.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-20-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 466
Posted By Steve M.
Another vote for the Epson 2450 scanner. The 120...

Another vote for the Epson 2450 scanner. The 120 and 4x5 files from it are large and have lots of detail. Great scanner and dirt cheap. I used mine w/o the neg carriers and taped the negs to the...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 04-18-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 474
Posted By Steve M.
People have been saying that painting is...

People have been saying that painting is irrelevant and dead for decades, and yet...... for more than half a century I've enjoyed working with paints and making fine art prints. The galleries and...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-14-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 241
Posted By Steve M.
Nothing says "Olde Money" and "Classe" like a...

Nothing says "Olde Money" and "Classe" like a beautiful, wood covered camera. The beauty below also features tasteful gold...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-14-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 921
Posted By Steve M.
"I think I was getting better negatives when all...

"I think I was getting better negatives when all I was using was my K1000 and my M 50/2."

That's because you probably were. Your 35mm lenses were designed for sharpness, while LF lenses generally...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-13-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,088
Posted By Steve M.
Using another camera for a light meter will work,...

Using another camera for a light meter will work, but you won't be having any fun doing it. $30 will buy you a perfectly good CDS hand held light meter. Shoot, $30 will buy a budget 35mm SLR or...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-13-2019
Replies: 121
Views: 3,477
Posted By Steve M.
You're probably talking about Picture Perfect lab...

You're probably talking about Picture Perfect lab off Menaul here in Abq chip. They know their stuff, and have excellent prices. Are they as good as doing it yourself at home? They certainly are for...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-11-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 427
Posted By Steve M.
Lenses are funny. I used to take head shots of...

Lenses are funny. I used to take head shots of chickens in Hawaii through chain fencing. If you put the lens up to the fence w/ the aperture wide open, it would actually focus PAST the fencing that...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 04-11-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 802
Posted By Steve M.
It's easy to upload only if you have a facebook...

It's easy to upload only if you have a facebook account. Otherwise, nada.
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-06-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 2,605
Posted By Steve M.
It means I can't afford it.

It means I can't afford it.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-04-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 337
Posted By Steve M.
The time honored tradition for home photo...

The time honored tradition for home photo archiving is to pile all the photos into the bottom drawer of a bedroom dresser and forget about them. I'm not kidding. Everyone I've talked to has found...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-29-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 392
Posted By Steve M.
Are you sure that you want to keep cameras and...

Are you sure that you want to keep cameras and lenses in bags that restrict air circulation? Lots and lots of lenses got nice and moldy that way.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-29-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 392
Posted By Steve M.
Hopefully you bought an air purifier with a HEPA...

Hopefully you bought an air purifier with a HEPA filter. They're very efficient filters. You can add a lot of humidity to your place just by running a hot shower with the bathroom door open.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-26-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 927
Posted By Steve M.
In the R line the 50's are good and the 90's are...

In the R line the 50's are good and the 90's are superb. I don't care for the later lenses in either focal length, they can give a harsher look compared to the preceding versions.

Try shooting a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-26-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 514
Posted By Steve M.
The cameras have tons of power to twist big zoom...

The cameras have tons of power to twist big zoom lenses. I usually put an ED 2.8 70 200 on my f4s and you had to make sure you had a good grip on things because everything would twist when you...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-21-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 1,299
Posted By Steve M.
Glad you got outside on a good day. The weather's...

Glad you got outside on a good day. The weather's been funny, so I haven't been to The Square in a while.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-15-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 442
Posted By Steve M.
Unless something was bent in shipping you...

Unless something was bent in shipping you shouldn't have to re align the enlarger. Your DOF at f8 or f11 is quite large. Typically you run into problems w/ warped base boards and printing easels, but...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 686
Posted By Steve M.
The company below has worked well for quick...

The company below has worked well for quick prints, both B&W and colour. You're not going to get an art quality print, but prices are low, and the product is certainly good enough to put on a wall if...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-08-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 331
Posted By Steve M.
I assume that you've already installed a fresh...

I assume that you've already installed a fresh battery, made sure it was put in the right way, etc. Normally these cameras have very reliable meters, but if yours is broken, I would suggest selling...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-08-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,555
Posted By Steve M.
You might want to delve into researching how the...

You might want to delve into researching how the camera will meter w/ a non EOS lens that lacks the electrical contacts (unless your adapters have that). I explored this issue years ago and remember...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-07-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 414
Posted By Steve M.
Scottish Landscape Photographer(s) of the Year Awards

The shots look sorta lifeless to me except for the last one. The B&W is just gray. There's no problem w/ the compositions though. Maybe it's due to using digital, and the locale? I'm probably...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-07-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 494
Posted By Steve M.
The new images look closer to minor reticulation,...

The new images look closer to minor reticulation, but it's probably not that. Since the first dog photo looks like it does, you may be right on contamination of the chemicals. No need to buy...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-05-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 404
Posted By Steve M.
If the fungus is between the cemented elements,...

If the fungus is between the cemented elements, as is often the case because the balsam cement is what it likes to feed on, you'll have to send it to someone like John at Focal Point Optics, and it...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-02-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1,221
Posted By Steve M.
There's quite a bit of difference between a 50...

There's quite a bit of difference between a 50 viewfinder and one for an 85 lens, but since the 50 is much bigger, at least you won't end up with unexpected cropping if you decide to use the 50...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-02-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 413
Posted By Steve M.
Normally I agree with Erik. He's very...

Normally I agree with Erik. He's very knowledgeable. But all that's needed is to unscrew the front element and wipe the rust off w/ a Q-tip that's moistened with lighter fluid. The rust won't go...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-02-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 374
Posted By Steve M.
I would develop the 2 rolls normally. As...

I would develop the 2 rolls normally. As mentioned, it's only 1 stop, and w/ B&W film 1 stop is no big deal. I wouldn't use Rodinal, but something like D76 should be fine.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-01-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 485
Posted By Steve M.
I think the word "copy" spells it out pretty...

I think the word "copy" spells it out pretty well. If I were to paint a copy of a Matisse painting, that's what it would be, a copy. It's only a fake if I try to pass it off as a real Matisse. In the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-01-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 333
Posted By Steve M.
Did you try asking the seller? Reading the...

Did you try asking the seller? Reading the description in the ad, it sounds like they'd be knowledgeable about this.

From the looks of the camera, it looks like all the early Fed and Zorki cameras...
Forum: RFF News 02-19-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,203
Posted By Steve M.
I have no idea what "jump the shark" means, but...

I have no idea what "jump the shark" means, but making better bokeh thru software has been around for many a year. This is a very simple tutorial from 4 years...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-19-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,325
Posted By Steve M.
Fuji has a questionable track record when it...

Fuji has a questionable track record when it comes to supporting their own films, especially B&W films, so don't put all your eggs in their basket. Kodak on the other hand can be trusted, and they...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-16-2019
Replies: 97
Views: 3,907
Posted By Steve M.
Beware the gray market cameras. I'm not sure how...

Beware the gray market cameras. I'm not sure how it works in other parts of the world, but in the US, Nikon will not honor a warranty on those. I would just go w/ a good used one rather than a new...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-16-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,068
Posted By Steve M.
I'm not going to try and repair a fidgety...

I'm not going to try and repair a fidgety electronic camera that can be replaced for 30 bucks. It just isn't in the cards. In the trash heap it goes, and on w/ the replacement, and lest someone moans...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-16-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 916
Posted By Steve M.
As long as there are vintage cameras around there...

As long as there are vintage cameras around there will be people who will repair them (for what that's worth). I've found that it makes much more sense to sell a cranky old camera and replace it with...
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