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Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-20-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,714
Posted By FallisPhoto
Actually, that's pretty common in box cameras --...

Actually, that's pretty common in box cameras -- the ones that use glass mirrors. Many used metal mirrors, like the Agfa ShurShot.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-20-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,714
Posted By FallisPhoto
The things are simple mirrors that show you what...

The things are simple mirrors that show you what is at a right angle to the viewfinder. They have nothing at all to do with the photo and simply show you what the camera is aimed at. They are not...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-20-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,714
Posted By FallisPhoto
Those are only viewfinder mirrors, are not reflex...

Those are only viewfinder mirrors, are not reflex mirrors (pivoting mirrors behind the taking lens), and have no effect on the photo, so I'd go to the nearest department store with a sporting goods...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-14-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 13,356
Posted By FallisPhoto
Actually, yes. That's what pretty much everyone...

Actually, yes. That's what pretty much everyone does now, because it does save money.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-09-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,785
Posted By FallisPhoto
Well, I've never seen that particular model and,...

Well, I've never seen that particular model and, in hopes of finding some photos that would give me a clue on how to get into it, I looked all over for info on the L-288 and can't find any. Did you...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-09-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1,555
Posted By FallisPhoto
He's THE best guy for Yashica repairs and he's...

He's THE best guy for Yashica repairs and he's not too shabby with other cameras.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-09-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 2,060
Posted By FallisPhoto
In general, removing the top cap from a camera...

In general, removing the top cap from a camera consistes of removing the winding and rewinding knobs and some small screws near the cap edge. No, it is not normal for any windows not to have glass in...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-08-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 13,356
Posted By FallisPhoto
Yeah, a lot of people would be shocked to find...

Yeah, a lot of people would be shocked to find out that the same people making Bayer Aspirin were also making things like Zyclon B (the cyanide compound used in the "showers" at Auschwitz).

BTW,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-05-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 1,371
Posted By FallisPhoto
Go to a hobby shop and get a pack of microscope...

Go to a hobby shop and get a pack of microscope slides. Get a glass cutter at the hardware store. Go home and start cutting until you get one cut right.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-01-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 13,356
Posted By FallisPhoto
Now about those B2 Speedexes, do you think they...

Now about those B2 Speedexes, do you think they were made here or were they modified here? Seems to me it would be a lot more cost-efficient to put one of those top caps on an Isolette than it would...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-30-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 1,275
Posted By FallisPhoto
Be fair. The shutter undoubtedly works fine. You...

Be fair. The shutter undoubtedly works fine. You loosen a nut on the back of the shutter and you turn it (the shutter) a fraction of an inch. Now the shutter release linkage will trip the shutter...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-30-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 13,356
Posted By FallisPhoto
I have an Ansco Speedex Special R that had "made...

I have an Ansco Speedex Special R that had "made in Germany" embossed on the back, before I releathered it (the one in my avatar). It has Agfa lenses. It's just a rebadged Agfa Isolette III.
...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-29-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 5,991
Posted By FallisPhoto
The problem with that is that it would probably...

The problem with that is that it would probably just get dirty. If you want a wood that changes color with time, try maple. It turns brick red (look at the stock on an old flintlock rifle sometime)....
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-29-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 13,356
Posted By FallisPhoto
Ansco Isolettes are absolutely identical to Agfa...

Ansco Isolettes are absolutely identical to Agfa isolettes -- same lenses, same features, all parts interchangable. I think that Ansco was just Agfa's distributor in the USA. I hear that it got them...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-29-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 13,356
Posted By FallisPhoto
If you have to use a lot of force, as a last...

If you have to use a lot of force, as a last resort, use small strap wrenches, the kind with the rubber strap. It can't mangle the threads and won't crack elements. Actually, I just usually set them...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-26-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 13,356
Posted By FallisPhoto
If you just replace the bellows, then no,...

If you just replace the bellows, then no, "realigning" (the technical phrase is recolimating) the lens is not necessary. When it is necessary is when you have taken the front and center elements out...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-23-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 10,423
Posted By FallisPhoto
Some do, but some don't have the V setting.

Some do, but some don't have the V setting.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-23-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 3,699
Posted By FallisPhoto
Additional note: An Agfa PB20 uses 620 film. I...

Additional note: An Agfa PB20 uses 620 film. I believe it would be fairly easy to convert this one to 120 film. I'd have to do some measuring to be certain, but I think you could just remove the film...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-23-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 3,699
Posted By FallisPhoto
I've got a PB20 and I restored it, along with a...

I've got a PB20 and I restored it, along with a PD16, so I know about this one.

First, remove the shutter from the camera. There is a ring at the back of the shutter that holds it to the front...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-19-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 10,423
Posted By FallisPhoto
1. Yes, it needs film. You can pretty much take...

1. Yes, it needs film. You can pretty much take it for granted that all old cameras that are without red windows need film in them to work right.
2. I'm not sure. Agfas had some variations. If there...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-17-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,560
Posted By FallisPhoto
Well, yeah; you don't want to dip the shutters on...

Well, yeah; you don't want to dip the shutters on some of the Bolseys or similar shutters. They will melt! It isn't likely to be a problem though, since the shutters on Bolseys are usually in such a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-17-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,560
Posted By FallisPhoto
You take the shutter off first, if you're going...

You take the shutter off first, if you're going to do it this way. With VERY few exceptions, I don't dip shutters; I take them apart and clean them. I'm not going to suggest that he do this though,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-16-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 5,991
Posted By FallisPhoto
Note that I do not cover cameras with stick-on...

Note that I do not cover cameras with stick-on vinyl shelf liners. I don't want anyone to get that idea. However, I have used it on SHELVES and it occurrs to me that if you are going to do this, be...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-16-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1,503
Posted By FallisPhoto
That thing looks like someone was banging on it...

That thing looks like someone was banging on it with a rock! What happened?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-13-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 5,991
Posted By FallisPhoto
Just occurred to me that I have a whole roll of...

Just occurred to me that I have a whole roll of goat hide leather in Brittish racing green and not much use for it. If you'd like a square foot of that, I can cut it out and send it to you for just...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-13-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 5,991
Posted By FallisPhoto
If you want some really weird stuff, try going on...

If you want some really weird stuff, try going on ebay and doing a search for weird leather or exotic leather. There are things like leather paper, toad and frog leathers, ostrich leg leather,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-13-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,560
Posted By FallisPhoto
The big problem with that is, as you said, that...

The big problem with that is, as you said, that information on a Mulchro is all but nonexistent. I do a lot of CLAs, mostly folders, and I've never even seen one. I think your best bet will be to...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-13-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 5,991
Posted By FallisPhoto
If you've ever bought cigars, in tubes, you know...

If you've ever bought cigars, in tubes, you know that the tubes come with a very thin wooden liner inside. I think it is cedar. For a small camera, I've occasionally wondered whether this could be...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-13-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 10,423
Posted By FallisPhoto
Each individual element, inside and out?

Each individual element, inside and out?
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-11-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 10,423
Posted By FallisPhoto
You've got the idea, and yes, I mean the ground...

You've got the idea, and yes, I mean the ground glass edges. It really does help. When possible, I darken the edges of all my lens filters, and if I had a camera with lens flare that bad, I'd at...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-04-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 10,423
Posted By FallisPhoto
I think you need to clean your lens elements, and...

I think you need to clean your lens elements, and here's a trick (well-known among telescope owners for reducing flare): Darken the edges of the front element with a Sharpie. In lenses that are prone...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-03-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 10,423
Posted By FallisPhoto
Just to clarify: Certos, being more complex...

Just to clarify: Certos, being more complex cameras, have more things that can go wrong. If you buy a Certo you're not quite sure what you're going to have to do to it to get in into working shape....
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-02-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 3,914
Posted By FallisPhoto
Well, watercolor lampblack or black gouache mixed...

Well, watercolor lampblack or black gouache mixed with flexible bookbinder's glue is the classic option. Good luck!
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-02-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 3,914
Posted By FallisPhoto
I've seen it done. In my opinion, you have to put...

I've seen it done. In my opinion, you have to put it on too thickly (in order to make it opaque enough) for it to be a good option -- unless your bellows liner is a modern rubberized fabric. In that...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-01-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 10,423
Posted By FallisPhoto
Well, you have to figure that any old used camera...

Well, you have to figure that any old used camera you get is going to require some work. Certos and Isolettes are both good cameras but, compared to the Isolettes, the Certos are nightmares to work...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-01-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1,785
Posted By FallisPhoto
Pretty much any part can be replaced if you can...

Pretty much any part can be replaced if you can find someone who has the spare part and who knows how to do it. Your best bet will probably be Camtech Photo Services Inc. They sepciallize in OM...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-01-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 3,914
Posted By FallisPhoto
I don't think so. 1. Very few bellows made after...

I don't think so.
1. Very few bellows made after 1930 or so were leather. Usually they were cellulose on a fabric base. What effect would linseed oil have on cellulose?
2. All oil is persistent....
Forum: RFF Polls 04-30-2010
Replies: 131
Views: 15,610
Posted By FallisPhoto
Best for what? Is this a trick question? ...

Best for what? Is this a trick question?

Different cameras are better for different things. As an example, a really good 8x10 view camera would be great for architecture, landscapes (if you can get...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-28-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 13,617
Posted By FallisPhoto
I agree it's a great camera. I've worked on a...

I agree it's a great camera. I've worked on a bunch of them and the worst thing I've run into so far is one where someone glued the rangefinder adjustment screws down with epoxy. Other than that,...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-28-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1,229
Posted By FallisPhoto
You're welcome. No problem.

You're welcome. No problem.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-27-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1,229
Posted By FallisPhoto
Depends on what model of Moskva you have. If I'm...

Depends on what model of Moskva you have. If I'm remembering this right, for a Moskva 2, you push on the struts, like...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-23-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 3,132
Posted By FallisPhoto
Yeah, I wish I had bought a bunch of Vitessas,...

Yeah, I wish I had bought a bunch of Vitessas, Retina IIIs and Bessa IIs back when I could have gotten them for nearly nothing. I remember Vitessas selling for $25 on ebay not that many years ago.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-21-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 13,356
Posted By FallisPhoto
As Andrew just said, that is not at all the case....

As Andrew just said, that is not at all the case. For example, I had a 6x6 Welta Weltur that needed new bellows, and had to have a bellows custom made. The guy in England who makes them (I'm sure all...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-20-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 13,356
Posted By FallisPhoto
Yes, the Kodak 66 cameras were horrible POS...

Yes, the Kodak 66 cameras were horrible POS cameras with only one good point: They were so bad that they didn't see much use, so their bellows (very good) are usually like new, are easy to remove,...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-18-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 3,132
Posted By FallisPhoto
Beats me; they've got more money than sense? They...

Beats me; they've got more money than sense? They are good lenses, but not THAT good. For that much money, you can do better. I'd be seriously worried about buying it, unless the price was very low....
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-16-2010
Replies: 203
Views: 14,722
Posted By FallisPhoto
Well, I can't say this about Yashicas, but I have...

Well, I can't say this about Yashicas, but I have had more terminally screwed up Minoltas than FEDs. I've had several Hi-Matics that broke down for good before I could get one roll of film out of...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-09-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 2,036
Posted By FallisPhoto
No it isn't. It should be giving you a set of...

No it isn't. It should be giving you a set of equivalent exposures. If it is giving you "only half the equation," something is badly wrong; if it isn't you, then I'd have to say your camera is either...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-08-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 2,036
Posted By FallisPhoto
Look, I may be wrong, but what you are describing...

Look, I may be wrong, but what you are describing sounds to me like a joined aperture and shutter speed setting. If so, all that means is that the exposure controls (shutter speed and f/stop) are...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-08-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 9,137
Posted By FallisPhoto
Depends on the type of alcohol. Rubbing alcohol...

Depends on the type of alcohol. Rubbing alcohol is never okay to use, because (1) it is only 90% pure, at best, and only god and the company that makes it knows for sure what the other 10% is. For...
Forum: Other RF 04-05-2010
Replies: 75
Views: 14,613
Posted By FallisPhoto
If it's rugged you're looking for, check this...

If it's rugged you're looking for, check this out: http://www.bnphoto.org/bnphoto/KodakMedalist.htm

"... and these cameras were incredibly durable, with reports of them being swung as weapons for...
Forum: RFF Polls 04-03-2010
Replies: 150
Views: 19,123
Posted By FallisPhoto
Currently, I have Blue Fire, Efke 25, T-Max 400...

Currently, I have Blue Fire, Efke 25, T-Max 400 and T-Max 100. Two of those are not on the list.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-02-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 9,137
Posted By FallisPhoto
It'll do that -- probably in mere seconds too. ...

It'll do that -- probably in mere seconds too.

I once found a post somewhere or other online where a supposed repair guy was actually recommending alcohol for cleaning focusing screens; if it...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-31-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 9,137
Posted By FallisPhoto
Whatever you do DON'T USE ALCOHOL!!! Alcohol will...

Whatever you do DON'T USE ALCOHOL!!! Alcohol will turn your focusing screen opaque and white. Rubbing the screen is also ill-advised, since if you rub it, the gunk doesn't come off, but lodges in the...
Forum: Yashica RF 03-31-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 3,774
Posted By FallisPhoto
Did I understand this right? You're picking a...

Did I understand this right? You're picking a pair of cameras with bad lenses to get another shutter speed?
Forum: Yashica RF 03-30-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 751
Posted By FallisPhoto
Sounds like someone has cleaned the semisilvered...

Sounds like someone has cleaned the semisilvered mirror, and they shoudn't have done that. Yashica uses aluminum vapor to silver their semisilvered mirrors and when it oxidizes, it will stick to...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-29-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 14,062
Posted By FallisPhoto
The lighter fluid doesn't get everything, just...

The lighter fluid doesn't get everything, just oil and grease. You have to go over it again with distilled water afterward. In addition, lighter fluid, after a few years sitting on a shelf, becomes...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-23-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,369
Posted By FallisPhoto
Here you go:...

Here you go: http://www.smartcomputing.com/editorial/article.asp?article=articles%2F2001%2Fs1202%2F09s02%2F09s02.asp
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-22-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 1,718
Posted By FallisPhoto
You did pretty much what you are supposed to,...

You did pretty much what you are supposed to, except (if I were doing it that way) I'd use a LOT of lighter fluid and sop it up afterward -- to get entirely rid of the crud -- and I'd use a needle...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-22-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 3,914
Posted By FallisPhoto
I just wish you could still find NOS bellows for...

I just wish you could still find NOS bellows for sale cheap, like you could a few years back.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-21-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 3,914
Posted By FallisPhoto
Sorry; the photo of one I was looking at looked...

Sorry; the photo of one I was looking at looked like a 6x6. Some of the Kodak vest pocket 127 cameras were 6x4.5 and they usually go for a song. Since a 645 frame is the same size, the bellows might...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-21-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 3,950
Posted By FallisPhoto
So this is a "problem" for you? Sorry I can't...

So this is a "problem" for you? Sorry I can't help you with it; I have the same "problem," much more advanced.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-21-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 1,686
Posted By FallisPhoto
Those are not light leaks. Spots from light leaks...

Those are not light leaks. Spots from light leaks have fuzzy, ill-defined edges. If you look very closely at the little white dots, you will notice that each one has a dark border. See them? I think...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-21-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 3,914
Posted By FallisPhoto
Well, with the exception of replacement, all...

Well, with the exception of replacement, all bellows repairs are temporary. The problem is that a bellows that leaks has reached the point where the cellulose or vinyl has flexed enough and has...
Forum: Yashica RF 03-20-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 3,774
Posted By FallisPhoto
If possible, I'd look for a Lynx 14e or a Lynx...

If possible, I'd look for a Lynx 14e or a Lynx 5000 instead of the Lynx 1000. The 1000 is powered by a selenium cell, which is (almost certainly) dead by now, since selenium cells only had a typical...
Forum: Yashica RF 03-20-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 3,774
Posted By FallisPhoto
It's the right size and the right voltage, so it...

It's the right size and the right voltage, so it should work fine. I used to use Duracell PX32A batteries until they stopped making them (years ago now) and since then, I've been using the Yashica...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-20-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 14,062
Posted By FallisPhoto
1. If the haze has an oil component, then lighter...

1. If the haze has an oil component, then lighter fluid would be the first thing to try. It will dissolve oil fast and (as long as you don't actually SOAK glued-together elements in it for hours) it...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-15-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,611
Posted By FallisPhoto
That looks much better, but you still have some...

That looks much better, but you still have some of the white fabric base showing around the edges. Can you get a fabric marker, like a Sharpie, and go around the edges, darkening the fabric where it...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-14-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 3,789
Posted By FallisPhoto
I think Bob has pretty much nailed it. Faulty...

I think Bob has pretty much nailed it. Faulty connections right at the CDS cell are a common problem on these. Another thing to check is the state of the wires connecting to the battery compartment....
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-14-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,604
Posted By FallisPhoto
Pretty much any lighter fluid will do (Zippo,...

Pretty much any lighter fluid will do (Zippo, Ronsonol, and etcetera -- they're all pure naptha), or you can go to the hardware store and get a gallon can of naptha (same thing, but sold as an...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-13-2010
Replies: 105
Views: 9,401
Posted By FallisPhoto
Pretty much any 8x10 view camera, I guess.

Pretty much any 8x10 view camera, I guess.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-10-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 3,517
Posted By FallisPhoto
No one has mentioned them yet, and possibly this...

No one has mentioned them yet, and possibly this is with good reason, but there are also the Moskva rangefinders. I wouldn't buy one without taking a peek through the rangefinder first though. If the...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-02-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,611
Posted By FallisPhoto
Well, unless you are into polishing your camera...

Well, unless you are into polishing your camera every week, you need to put some clear lacquer on the brass. I don't have anything against your choice of covering (different strokes for different...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-02-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 926
Posted By FallisPhoto
1. Try flushing out the hinges of the struts with...

1. Try flushing out the hinges of the struts with oil. Sometimes that happens because of gunk in there. Also, oil the hinges of the front door and all the joints. Also, check to see if the chrome in...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-28-2010
Replies: 203
Views: 14,722
Posted By FallisPhoto
The films I use in my medium format cameras (120...

The films I use in my medium format cameras (120 and 127) are Efke and BlueFire. BlueFire is, or at least was, available in 127. I haven't bought any in a couple of years though.

As for the RSFSR:...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-27-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 3,634
Posted By FallisPhoto
Well, let's see: I have a Kodak Hawkeye Brownie...

Well, let's see: I have a Kodak Hawkeye Brownie (I'd heard they were easy to convert to 120, which is absolutely not true). I have a Kodak Tourist II (which IS easy to convert to 120 -- remove the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-27-2010
Replies: 203
Views: 14,722
Posted By FallisPhoto
Okay, It's called the Russian Soviet Federative...

Okay, It's called the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic now.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-27-2010
Replies: 203
Views: 14,722
Posted By FallisPhoto
Oops! Okay, Ukraine doesn't sound right to my...

Oops! Okay, Ukraine doesn't sound right to my ears though.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-27-2010
Replies: 203
Views: 14,722
Posted By FallisPhoto
I have a friend who works as a photographer in a...

I have a friend who works as a photographer in a museum. He routinely makes BIG prints, for which he uses a Hasselblad H3D. I have prints that are sharper than his taken on 6x9 folders. Folders are...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-27-2010
Replies: 203
Views: 14,722
Posted By FallisPhoto
Uh... the Soviet Union still exists, but where...

Uh... the Soviet Union still exists, but where they were made is no longer inside it. FEDs, and Kievs, for example, were made in Ukrania. Ukrania is not part of the Soviet Union.



Take a photo...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-27-2010
Replies: 203
Views: 14,722
Posted By FallisPhoto
Efke 25 or Blue Fire and an enlarger, not a...

Efke 25 or Blue Fire and an enlarger, not a scanner. You lose resolution if you scan.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-26-2010
Replies: 203
Views: 14,722
Posted By FallisPhoto
It's kind of like a guy who goes out and buys...

It's kind of like a guy who goes out and buys $4000 shotguns and then won't clean them.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-26-2010
Replies: 203
Views: 14,722
Posted By FallisPhoto
1) Fifteen seperate states have split off from...

1) Fifteen seperate states have split off from the Soviet Union as of 1991 and are no longer parts of it. This would include the states where many of the cameras mentioned here were made. Some, if...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-26-2010
Replies: 161
Views: 17,426
Posted By FallisPhoto
I think that losing your home does not make you...

I think that losing your home does not make you either sacrosanct or untouchable.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-26-2010
Replies: 1
Views: 915
Posted By FallisPhoto
On pretty much any camera, to fix that, or even...

On pretty much any camera, to fix that, or even clean it, you'd have to take the top off.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-26-2010
Replies: 203
Views: 14,722
Posted By FallisPhoto
What's funny is that some people will pay a...

What's funny is that some people will pay a thousand dollars or more for cameras that some of us can equal or beat with $35 and a few hours of work. Before you laugh too much, check out our galleries...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-25-2010
Replies: 203
Views: 14,722
Posted By FallisPhoto
Sure. The god of F. E. D. is Felix E. Dzerzhinsky

Sure. The god of F. E. D. is Felix E. Dzerzhinsky
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-25-2010
Replies: 203
Views: 14,722
Posted By FallisPhoto
I've got two FSU cameras, an FED3 and a Moskva 2,...

I've got two FSU cameras, an FED3 and a Moskva 2, and both work perfectly. Okay, okay, I had to do a vertical rangefinder adjustment on the Moskva that left me a nervous wreck and loathing the very...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-25-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 1,749
Posted By FallisPhoto
That works, as far as it goes. It shows you...

That works, as far as it goes. It shows you whether your rangefinder is correct, but it doesn't show you whether your lens is focused at the same distance as the rangefinder.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-25-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 3,634
Posted By FallisPhoto
Have you ever taken the lens apart and cleaned...

Have you ever taken the lens apart and cleaned the elements?
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-24-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 3,634
Posted By FallisPhoto
The most reliable source of folders I know of, if...

The most reliable source of folders I know of, if you don't, won't or can't restore them yourself, is KEH. http://www.keh.com/
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-24-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 1,588
Posted By FallisPhoto
Well, I hesitate to mention it, but there is...

Well, I hesitate to mention it, but there is something you can do, if it's really bothering you. It is risky though and you may wind up with a brassed camera if you don't do everything exactly right....
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-24-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 1,749
Posted By FallisPhoto
Only way I know of is to back-sight the camera...

Only way I know of is to back-sight the camera and see if the rangefinder agrees with the distance reading.
Forum: Other RF 02-23-2010
Replies: 75
Views: 14,613
Posted By FallisPhoto
The ultimate in rugged cameras: I'm told there...

The ultimate in rugged cameras:

I'm told there were documented cases, during WWII, of Kodak Medallists being used as weapons -- presumably, in self defence, since a camera would not be an obvious...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-23-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1,325
Posted By FallisPhoto
Other than for the Kodak Retina rangefinder...

Other than for the Kodak Retina rangefinder cameras, Morgan doesn't make kits for any folding cameras; neither does anyone else. This is because they are so simple to cut for yourself from sheets...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-23-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 3,634
Posted By FallisPhoto
While you definitely need to check the feedback,...

While you definitely need to check the feedback, it can be deceptive if you don't actually read it. I know of at least two people who sent him positive feedback after being badly burned. One of them...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-23-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 3,634
Posted By FallisPhoto
C6 and "collectable" don't even belong in the...

C6 and "collectable" don't even belong in the same paragraph. Only god alone knows what combination of shutter and lens that started out with, and it almost certainly isn't original. Very little that...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 02-22-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 3,712
Posted By FallisPhoto
Well, I see a number of problems. The adjustment...

Well, I see a number of problems. The adjustment wheel on the rangefinder would have to be the exact size to accurately focus the lens, and it would be different for every camera. That big...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-21-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 3,634
Posted By FallisPhoto
"Voigtlander from the very beginning had some of...

"Voigtlander from the very beginning had some of the best cameras available on the market."

... but this isn't one of them.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-21-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 3,824
Posted By FallisPhoto
On some others, the rear and front frame halves...

On some others, the rear and front frame halves are both penetrated by the tripod socket. If it was not designed to be removed, a bellows installation like the original is pretty close to impossible...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-20-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 3,824
Posted By FallisPhoto
:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:...

:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooo!
Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! Bad dog!
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-20-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 3,824
Posted By FallisPhoto
Why would you want an electric blue bellows...

Why would you want an electric blue bellows anyway? Next thing you know he'll be doing plaids, polkadots and paisley prints.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-18-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 3,824
Posted By FallisPhoto
After looking at them, my best guess would be...

After looking at them, my best guess would be Ronald McDonald does them.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-18-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 3,824
Posted By FallisPhoto
You're welcome. Oh, wait; I didn't give the link,...

You're welcome. Oh, wait; I didn't give the link, did I? http://www.turnerbellows.com/photographic_bellows.html
As long as I'm at it, here's the link for Columbia Organ Leathers:...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-18-2010
Replies: 39
Views: 7,476
Posted By FallisPhoto
Hoppes gun oil then (wasn't thinking).

Hoppes gun oil then (wasn't thinking).
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-18-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 3,824
Posted By FallisPhoto
I believe they are all vinyl. I wish they were...

I believe they are all vinyl. I wish they were cellulose, but I don't think anyone is still making that (at least not thin enough to make a bellows). If you want leather bellows, your best option is...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-18-2010
Replies: 39
Views: 7,476
Posted By FallisPhoto
I only use it on lightly pitted shutter blades,...

I only use it on lightly pitted shutter blades, to fill in the pits and make them slide over one another more smoothly. I put it on in stick form and rub off all the excess. It is pretty harmless in...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-18-2010
Replies: 39
Views: 7,476
Posted By FallisPhoto
Speaking as a former gunsmith, there are all...

Speaking as a former gunsmith, there are all kinds of gun oils. Some are heavier and some are not. Rem Oil and Kroil, to name just two, are very low viscosity (thin) oils. Hoppes No. 9 is a medium...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-18-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 5,133
Posted By FallisPhoto
Well, you're talking about a ranging (not...

Well, you're talking about a ranging (not rangefinder) folding camera that uses defunct 127 film that you can only get from Coatia (Efke brand). It also has a Meyer Goerlitz Trioplan (a three-element...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-18-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 3,824
Posted By FallisPhoto
I have. I ordered a bellows for a Welta Weltur. I...

I have. I ordered a bellows for a Welta Weltur. I sent the whole camera, so he could get accurate measurements. He dragged it out for three months and when the bellows and camera got here, it didn't...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-14-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,075
Posted By FallisPhoto
Rule of thumb for cleaning and repairing lenses:...

Rule of thumb for cleaning and repairing lenses: Manual primes, no problem. Anything else, you're crazy to even attempt it.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-12-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 2,210
Posted By FallisPhoto
Well, if you are seeing light through the lens at...

Well, if you are seeing light through the lens at every speed, then the light was reaching the film and every frame should have received some kind of exposure. Thus, none should be blank -- unless...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-12-2010
Replies: 1
Views: 994
Posted By FallisPhoto
I'm not sure about the Rollei 35 S specifically,...

I'm not sure about the Rollei 35 S specifically, but it is usually a pin. Sometimes they get sheared or bent.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-12-2010
Replies: 47
Views: 3,767
Posted By FallisPhoto
Yep, I see shutter curtains with brown stains on...

Yep, I see shutter curtains with brown stains on them occasionally. Won't come off either.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-12-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 2,210
Posted By FallisPhoto
Sticky shutter syndrome strikes again! Are the...

Sticky shutter syndrome strikes again! Are the curtains opening? Probably not. If you open the back of the camera, look at where the back of the lens is and trip the shutter, you should see a flash...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-08-2010
Replies: 47
Views: 3,767
Posted By FallisPhoto
Yep. Only thing I can think of to do is to...

Yep. Only thing I can think of to do is to reapply the soldering iron, alternating with cold, until the expanding and contracting metal finally cracks loose from the epoxy.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-08-2010
Replies: 47
Views: 3,767
Posted By FallisPhoto
It's January of 2010. I just found another one....

It's January of 2010. I just found another one. Check this out:

http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/009/1/8/Bessa_Rangefinder_adjustment_by_FallisPhoto.jpg

See the white stuff around the base...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-06-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 4,552
Posted By FallisPhoto
I dare...

I dare...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-06-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 4,552
Posted By FallisPhoto
Unless it has been releathered, there is at least...

Unless it has been releathered, there is at least a slight undercut. The exact measurement isn't that important, as long as there is one, as long as you can't look under the knobs (when they are...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-04-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,205
Posted By FallisPhoto
I've got half a dozen scrapped Isolettes someone...

I've got half a dozen scrapped Isolettes someone sent me to use for parts. PM me with your address and we'll figure something out.

Charles
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-04-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 4,552
Posted By FallisPhoto
Actually, I think .7mm is a little on the thick...

Actually, I think .7mm is a little on the thick side. I'd prefer something between 0.3mm and 0.5mm. This is a kidskin leather from the guy whose stuff I usually buy, and it's between 0.3 and 0.4mm...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-03-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 7,495
Posted By FallisPhoto
You directed me to a site where they attempt to...

You directed me to a site where they attempt to give shy people with very low self-esteem issues some little thing they can feel good about, even though most of the stuff on the site is a crock of s....
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-03-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 7,495
Posted By FallisPhoto
Uh... Take a look at the category this thread is...

Uh... Take a look at the category this thread is in: "Philosophy of Photography." This is not a general photography discussion category. No, we can't take the semantics out of it -- because semantics...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-02-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 1,778
Posted By FallisPhoto
Without the hammers and spoons, you might be able...

Without the hammers and spoons, you might be able to get it close enough so it works, but it's not going to look good.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-01-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 1,778
Posted By FallisPhoto
I guess I'm confusing the Bessa and Bessa I then.

I guess I'm confusing the Bessa and Bessa I then.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-01-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 7,495
Posted By FallisPhoto
People who have overcome their shyness.

People who have overcome their shyness.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-01-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 1,778
Posted By FallisPhoto
That's not really an easy fix, Andrew, unless you...

That's not really an easy fix, Andrew, unless you are pretty darned good at auto body work. You'd be doing a lot of sheet-metal work to fix that and it still probably wouldn't look right. You might...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-01-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 1,778
Posted By FallisPhoto
A reasonable price for a Bessa I would depend on...

A reasonable price for a Bessa I would depend on the lens. A Bessa I with a Voigtar lens can probably be had for $20, with a little careful shopping. A Vaskar lens will probably raise the price to...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-01-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 4,552
Posted By FallisPhoto
It sticks pretty good, but not so tight that you...

It sticks pretty good, but not so tight that you can't get it off.



Well, I'd have some problems with that. Many leather dyes are soluable in alcohol, and I would prefer an adhesive that does not...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-01-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 7,495
Posted By FallisPhoto
Not a thing, except that the thread is about shy...

Not a thing, except that the thread is about shy people and they are not shy.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-31-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 4,552
Posted By FallisPhoto
Just discovered a new adhesive for skins

Just discovered a great adhesive for releathering cameras. The stuff is called "Loctite Stick N Seal." It's a form of contact cement that doesn't have one of most contact cement's biggest drawbacks...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-31-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 7,495
Posted By FallisPhoto
Sure, but can't you see that, once they have...

Sure, but can't you see that, once they have overcome it, they are no longer shy?
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-31-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 7,495
Posted By FallisPhoto
Did you notice that the whole article is about...

Did you notice that the whole article is about overcoming shyness? Once that's done, they are not really shy anymore.
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 01-31-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 2,230
Posted By FallisPhoto
Are you even talking about the same camera? The...

Are you even talking about the same camera? The shutter on a Signet 35 is easy to get into and is easy to service, which is fortunate, because it has a tendency to jam. The body is made of cast...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 01-31-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 2,230
Posted By FallisPhoto
Yeah. Great lens, lousy shutter. What were they...

Yeah. Great lens, lousy shutter. What were they thinking?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-31-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 2,771
Posted By FallisPhoto
As long as the good, thoughtful photographers are...

As long as the good, thoughtful photographers are using rangefinders and view cameras and the evil, degenerate, hacks are using SLRs, rangefinders have a future.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-31-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,829
Posted By FallisPhoto
Not really. Nearly all cameras with autofocus...

Not really. Nearly all cameras with autofocus (including SLRs, DSLRs, and all p&s cameras that don't have fixed focus lenses) use some form of electronic rangefinder technology to determine the...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-31-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 7,495
Posted By FallisPhoto
Oh yeah? Actually looking at medical...

Oh yeah? Actually looking at medical dictionaries, instead of just assuming I couldn't possibly be wrong and making grandiose statements that turn out to be in error, it seems they use the terms...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-30-2010
Replies: 39
Views: 7,476
Posted By FallisPhoto
Hypodermic needles work pretty well too.

Hypodermic needles work pretty well too.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-30-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 3,366
Posted By FallisPhoto
I think you can forget about patching that. New...

I think you can forget about patching that. New curtains are definitely in order.

With that many pinholes, you should see some of them, even though they are really tiny. ever seen the kind of hole...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-30-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 7,495
Posted By FallisPhoto
What I'm going by is the dictionary. Well,...

What I'm going by is the dictionary.



Well, the problem here seems to be terminology then. You see, true shyness really is a social anxiety disorder. If you're introverted, more retiring, and...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-30-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 7,495
Posted By FallisPhoto
That's not shyness you are talking about, that's...

That's not shyness you are talking about, that's compassion and/or sympathy. Shyness, by definition, has pretty much got to inhibit social interaction.

Excerpt from Wikipedia's definition of...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-30-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 3,366
Posted By FallisPhoto
I've heard about that one too, but you have to be...

I've heard about that one too, but you have to be VERY careful with copier toner. Mishandled badly enough, some of the plasticized carbon toners used in laser printers are pretty deadly (cancer...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-30-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 3,366
Posted By FallisPhoto
That would work, as long as the old one fits...

That would work, as long as the old one fits right and isn't baggy then you can take your measurements from it.



Uh... I'd have thought this one would be pretty obvious. In order for them to...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-29-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,360
Posted By FallisPhoto
I meant the finest guage steel strings for...

I meant the finest guage steel strings for guitars, of course. They make pretty good springs.

Oh, and for those little hair-like springs, the extra fine wires they use to make old-fashioned cheese...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-29-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 7,495
Posted By FallisPhoto
Is that really the camera giving them...

Is that really the camera giving them "permission," or is it that their jobs require them to interact with people and the job gives them a push, making them do things they don't really want to? I...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-29-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 2,626
Posted By FallisPhoto
Oh no! Well, it's ruined now. Only thing to do is...

Oh no! Well, it's ruined now. Only thing to do is send it to me and maybe I can use it for parts.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-29-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 3,366
Posted By FallisPhoto
If you want to replace your curtains, Aki-Asahi...

If you want to replace your curtains, Aki-Asahi and Micro Tools both sell the shutter curtain material and ribbons/tapes you'll need. Alternatively, you can patch the holes. I've heard about people...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-29-2010
Replies: 39
Views: 7,476
Posted By FallisPhoto
It's a good page, a lot better than nothing, but...

It's a good page, a lot better than nothing, but he needs to have bigger photos, so you can see the springs.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-29-2010
Replies: 39
Views: 7,476
Posted By FallisPhoto
The graphite in most pencils is mixed with clay....

The graphite in most pencils is mixed with clay. If you're going to do it with a pencil, you need to go to an artist's store and look for a 9B, not just a B. The 9B is near enough to pure graphite as...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-29-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 4,635
Posted By FallisPhoto
Yeah, but ALL the springs and other parts in the...

Yeah, but ALL the springs and other parts in the front of a Tempor are like that. There are no screws in there. It is just posts stuck in holes with parts threaded over them, and there are only two...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-29-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,360
Posted By FallisPhoto
Andrew, making a spring is one thing and bending...

Andrew, making a spring is one thing and bending one from music wire is something else entirely. Everyone I've ever heard of just bends them out of music wire, I guess mostly because they don't have...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-28-2010
Replies: 39
Views: 7,476
Posted By FallisPhoto
I've tried it, dilluting a light gun oil with a...

I've tried it, dilluting a light gun oil with a lot of naptha and brushing it into the escapement and self-timer of a dial-set Compur. The stuff spread like crazy and it took me forever to get it off...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-28-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 7,495
Posted By FallisPhoto
I don't really see how that can be true. Well, I...

I don't really see how that can be true. Well, I suppose it depends, as has already been said, on what kind of photography you are doing. If you are photographing people though, and you are not doing...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-25-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,829
Posted By FallisPhoto
1. You have a sensor problem. For what it would...

1. You have a sensor problem. For what it would cost to repair it, if it isn't under warranty, you'd be better off replacing it.
2. Nikon makes great DSLRs, some of the best around, but their p&s...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-25-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 4,635
Posted By FallisPhoto
Be very careful when taking the faceplate off of...

Be very careful when taking the faceplate off of the Tempor. Remember how I said that the springs are not hooked into place and are just braced against the shutter housing? Well, if you're not...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-24-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 4,635
Posted By FallisPhoto
A Compur has, roughly, about 80 machined metal...

A Compur has, roughly, about 80 machined metal parts in the front of the shutter and they are mostly held in place by screws. A Tempur has approximately 18 parts in the front of the shutter that are...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-24-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 7,495
Posted By FallisPhoto
Well, now we need to define extreme. If you're...

Well, now we need to define extreme. If you're going by the numerical average, there are a whole lot of "phobics" in our society then -- people who are horribly embarrassed to even look at a nude,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-20-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 4,635
Posted By FallisPhoto
Compurs, Prontors, Rapaxes, Seikos and (within...

Compurs, Prontors, Rapaxes, Seikos and (within limits) Copal shutters are very easy to work on and so are their copies -- if they are well made. The Tempor is not a good copy -- Klio and Vario...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-20-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 4,635
Posted By FallisPhoto
Yes, you were lucky. Once they get problems, it...

Yes, you were lucky. Once they get problems, it is sheer hell fixing them, if they can even be fixed. Every camera that came with a Tempor could also be had with a better shutter though, and that...
Forum: Yashica RF 01-20-2010
Replies: 18
Views: 2,203
Posted By FallisPhoto
Two words: Mark Hama.

Two words: Mark Hama.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-19-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 4,635
Posted By FallisPhoto
The people who say, online, that a Tempor is like...

The people who say, online, that a Tempor is like a Prontor must be retarded. I've been inside both and saying that a Tempor is like a Prontor is like saying that a Timex is like a Rollex. A Tempor...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-17-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 7,495
Posted By FallisPhoto
Depends on your definition of "shy," I guess. ...

Depends on your definition of "shy," I guess. Someone who is truely shy is unable to interact with strangers, and does not want to. Distrust and reserve is a part of his/her nature. If it is a...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-14-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 1,222
Posted By FallisPhoto
I don't know if he does, but I do. I charge $80...

I don't know if he does, but I do. I charge $80 for a CLA and that includes rangefinder adjustment. If you just want to align the rangefinder and don't need a CLA, I can show you how to do it. If...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-13-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 1,552
Posted By FallisPhoto
Well, I have about 10 6x9 cameras and some of...

Well, I have about 10 6x9 cameras and some of them have the window pretty close to the center of the camera, as appears to be the case with the OP's second window.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-13-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 1,552
Posted By FallisPhoto
But how much "meat" are you going to have at the...

But how much "meat" are you going to have at the other end if you shoot at the first window? The second window is more like the window placement you'd get with a one-window 6x9, and yet there is...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-12-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 3,311
Posted By FallisPhoto
Nope. Never will either. I mainly do folders and...

Nope. Never will either. I mainly do folders and that's definitely too short to get down into even a partially extended bellows.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-11-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 1,552
Posted By FallisPhoto
Sorry, but everyone else is a little bit off on...

Sorry, but everyone else is a little bit off on what they've told you, so far. If you look at the two windows, you will see that they are in line with one another, so as you advance the film, they...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-11-2010
Replies: 1
Views: 1,089
Posted By FallisPhoto
I'm afraid you're going to be on your own here,...

I'm afraid you're going to be on your own here, because you're the first person I've ever heard of who did this from the back. You're in unknown territory.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-09-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 2,033
Posted By FallisPhoto
Yes, film (especially color film) is sensitive to...

Yes, film (especially color film) is sensitive to all colors of light, but is less sensitive to red, which is why we don't have green, yellow or blue windows. In some of the cameras with no light...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-09-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 7,495
Posted By FallisPhoto
I have shot two weddings, so I can do it, but I...

I have shot two weddings, so I can do it, but I will never do another one. It isn't because I am shy (I am very much not); it is because of the high level of annoyance/aggravation/stress/irritation...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-08-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 7,495
Posted By FallisPhoto
Well, I was talking about things like Zeiss Super...

Well, I was talking about things like Zeiss Super Ikontas, Agfa Isolettes, Welta Weltis and Kodak Retinas. They don't use batteries.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-08-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 7,495
Posted By FallisPhoto
I shoot a little bit of glamour, but mostly fine...

I shoot a little bit of glamour, but mostly fine art.



A release is necessary if the photo is to be used for anything that can be construed as advertizing. Since I try to get as much use as...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-08-2010
Replies: 52
Views: 9,603
Posted By FallisPhoto
I was talking about the RB/RZ, but even a 40-lb...

I was talking about the RB/RZ, but even a 40-lb kit isn't that bad if it's on a backpack. Back when I was in boot camp, we were expected to be able to carry at least twice that, all day long, over...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-08-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 7,495
Posted By FallisPhoto
Yeah, I get that occasionally; also, 3 or 4...

Yeah, I get that occasionally; also, 3 or 4 times, "do they still make batteries for those?" (old folding cameras).
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-08-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 7,495
Posted By FallisPhoto
Well, what I meant was that landscape photography...

Well, what I meant was that landscape photography can be done without having to interact with people, so it is one of the few types of photography that would appeal to those who are "socially...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-07-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,653
Posted By FallisPhoto
If the peripheral stuff to the meter is causing...

If the peripheral stuff to the meter is causing the problem, it can be fixed. If it is the meter itself, the only option is replacement. Sorry, but personally, I think it sounds like it is the meter...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-07-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 2,033
Posted By FallisPhoto
Yeah, the paper backing is supposed to be...

Yeah, the paper backing is supposed to be light-proof. To fog the film, the light would have to come around the paper. Only thing I can think of is that the light trap under the pressure plate isn't...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-07-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 2,033
Posted By FallisPhoto
Is the red window still a dark red, or is it...

Is the red window still a dark red, or is it scratched up and turning orange? If you're fogging film with light from the red window, it sounds to me like the window's color has faded and the light...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-07-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 7,495
Posted By FallisPhoto
Uh... landscape photographers are shy, maybe. I...

Uh... landscape photographers are shy, maybe. I shoot nudes. Other photographers do things like street photography and environmental portraiture, where you have to shoot people, often unaware, and...
Forum: Optics Theory - 01-06-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 3,504
Posted By FallisPhoto
You need to get out more. Lens fungus...

You need to get out more.



Lens fungus behaves no differently than other fungi. Yes, it spreads.

It's quite easy to remove though. A good soak in a 50/50 mix of drugstore hydrogen peroxide and...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-06-2010
Replies: 117
Views: 10,305
Posted By FallisPhoto
Nonsense. 1. A master photographer, one of the...

Nonsense.
1. A master photographer, one of the greats, will have both. If he doesn't, then he has not mastered his craft, and by definition, he's not a master.
2. I think it's pretty evident that...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-06-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,840
Posted By FallisPhoto
Illustrated tutorial on disassembling a Compur...

Illustrated tutorial on disassembling a Compur Rapid shutter: http://pheugo.com/cameras/index.php?page=compur&WEBMGR=b27f345ba8afb234a7226fc760aabfde Even with the tutorial, it isn't anything...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-06-2010
Replies: 63
Views: 15,452
Posted By FallisPhoto
I've heard too many horror stories about Walmart...

I've heard too many horror stories about Walmart to trust them at all with anything. I know for a fact that some Walmart employees have:

(1) used photos taken by their customers for advertizing,...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-05-2010
Replies: 52
Views: 9,603
Posted By FallisPhoto
Yeah, then I might take something else, a Super...

Yeah, then I might take something else, a Super Ikonta, a Baby Speed Graphic -- or maybe one of those cute little RZs. The point is, it isn't that big. People are talking like it's going to give them...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-05-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 2,117
Posted By FallisPhoto
Well, according to my repair manual, it connects...

Well, according to my repair manual, it connects to some sort of armature that goes across the camera, under the lens, but I can't see anything there for it to connect to but the self-timer.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-04-2010
Replies: 45
Views: 7,396
Posted By FallisPhoto
Yeah. Lately, the people here have been sending...

Yeah. Lately, the people here have been sending me an inordinant number of Bessa RFs to fix up. I wonder what's up with that. Has someone been selling a bunch of them cheap? If so, where?
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-04-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 2,787
Posted By FallisPhoto
Really? I've bought most of the ones I used for...

Really? I've bought most of the ones I used for between $5 and $15. lately though, the prices DO seem to have been going up... Hmmmm.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-04-2010
Replies: 18
Views: 1,965
Posted By FallisPhoto
Oh, I haven't been counting, but I've been...

Oh, I haven't been counting, but I've been collecting for a little over 15 years, and started doing my own restorations about two years into that. I started doing restorations for other people,...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-02-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 2,787
Posted By FallisPhoto
The least expensive replacement bellows for an...

The least expensive replacement bellows for an Isolette can be harvested from a Kodak 66. They were horrible cameras, so bad that none of them ever saw much use, but they did have very good 6x6...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-02-2010
Replies: 18
Views: 1,965
Posted By FallisPhoto
I'd prefer the Moskva 4, IF and only if, I could...

I'd prefer the Moskva 4, IF and only if, I could handle it first. You see, although if it's working well, it's great, there are two big potential problems with the flip up finder. The main problem is...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-02-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 2,117
Posted By FallisPhoto
I'd go with Pliobond/contact cement or the...

I'd go with Pliobond/contact cement or the shellac. I'd avoid the rubber cement suggestion; rubber cement is not at all archival.
Forum: Argus RF 01-02-2010
Replies: 74
Views: 12,047
Posted By FallisPhoto
Some need releathering, but that's the worst I've...

Some need releathering, but that's the worst I've seen. They were literally made so a highschool graduate, in a muddy fox hole, could strip it down and repair it in the field.
Forum: Argus RF 01-01-2010
Replies: 74
Views: 12,047
Posted By FallisPhoto
Hardly. The C3 was the best-selling camera in the...

Hardly. The C3 was the best-selling camera in the whole world for almost 30 years. The reason was that it was inexpensive and it worked very well, within its limitations. You got exactly what you...
Forum: Argus RF 01-01-2010
Replies: 74
Views: 12,047
Posted By FallisPhoto
I wouldn't rate them with Leicas, but they are...

I wouldn't rate them with Leicas, but they are pretty darned good cameras and you get way more than you paid for as far as photo quality goes. I doubt anyone back then had even heard of ergonomics...
Forum: RFF Polls 12-29-2009
Replies: 303
Views: 127,767
Posted By FallisPhoto
Well, if you get a GSN, you have to factor in the...

Well, if you get a GSN, you have to factor in the cost of a CLA and a new pad of death, unless you can do it yourself -- something a beginner will find scarey. Now they are very nice cameras and I...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-28-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 2,869
Posted By FallisPhoto
I've been dealing with Cameraleather for years....

I've been dealing with Cameraleather for years. Occasionally, he has trouble filling orders for kits, but if I order it in sheets, it is usually in the mail in 2-3 days. Since I mainly do folders,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-28-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 2,869
Posted By FallisPhoto
...and Fashion Leather International, and...

...and Fashion Leather International, and Columbia Organ leather, and there's even ebay for the weird stuff.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-28-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,585
Posted By FallisPhoto
Hexars are pretty simple to clean. Google it to...

Hexars are pretty simple to clean. Google it to find instructions, but even if you don't it would be hard to mess it up.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-28-2009
Replies: 52
Views: 9,603
Posted By FallisPhoto
Heck, Andrew, I don't do it often, but I've been...

Heck, Andrew, I don't do it often, but I've been known to walk around all day with a 4x5 monorail in a 40-pound case almost the size of a trunk. You just do what you have to do to get what you want....
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