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Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-19-2006
Replies: 7
Views: 837
Posted By doubs43
Princelle identifies the maker as "Optek" but...

Princelle identifies the maker as "Optek" but doesn't give any additional information. The sample illustrated in his book is dated 1956 while the one for sale is serialed as 1957. However, the...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 08-19-2006
Replies: 22
Views: 1,636
Posted By doubs43
It would be interesting to compare APX-25 with...

It would be interesting to compare APX-25 with EFKE-25. As for suitable subjects, anything that has sufficient light will do. I shot many hundreds of Kodachrome-25 slides and they still look...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-15-2006
Replies: 16
Views: 2,951
Posted By doubs43
Looking at the ISO ratings of the B&W films they...

Looking at the ISO ratings of the B&W films they plan to introduce, it will be interesting to see what formulations they actually use. The ISO's they propose could be a combination of Ilford, Agfa,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-04-2006
Replies: 4
Views: 1,450
Posted By doubs43
Russ, I received an Iskra I over a year ago and...

Russ, I received an Iskra I over a year ago and the shutter was inop. I ended up sending it to Oleg in Russia for repair. I sent only the shutter & lens because of shipping costs. Oleg did his usual...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-03-2006
Replies: 4
Views: 603
Posted By doubs43
Yes, a Moskva in good shape is a decent...

Yes, a Moskva in good shape is a decent performer. The Moskva 5 is made on a cast aluminum frame and has an improved shutter/lens. If light-tight and properly adjusted, it should take an excellent...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-23-2006
Replies: 129
Views: 5,219
Posted By doubs43
Sir, I humbly bow to your superior and ultimately...

Sir, I humbly bow to your superior and ultimately snobbish Iskra II. Now that you mention it, there is a certain attitude displayed by my Iskras that I couldn't quite place but snobbish could be it....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-23-2006
Replies: 129
Views: 5,219
Posted By doubs43
I'm gonna be a troublemaker here! Let's stand...

I'm gonna be a troublemaker here! Let's stand together and take a picture of the same object at 50 yards. You with the Iskra and me with my RF 35mm & 135mm lens. All else being equal, which of us...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-22-2006
Replies: 129
Views: 5,219
Posted By doubs43
Wellllll........ I dunno! :D I was, of course,...

Wellllll........ I dunno! :D

I was, of course, teasing you about the number of different lenses you've bought and sold but the ZI may be exactly what you need. I like the description of sharp and...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-22-2006
Replies: 129
Views: 5,219
Posted By doubs43
Snobbery is often the self-dilusional idea that...

Snobbery is often the self-dilusional idea that others really care what you think. If you own a Leica and sneer at my Pentax, I don't really mind. If you own a Nikon and sneer at my Leica, I still...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-22-2006
Replies: 129
Views: 5,219
Posted By doubs43
Well, Joe, it could be that you're a guy on an...

Well, Joe, it could be that you're a guy on an unending quest for the perfect lens! Maybe the perfect outfit? I don't think you've found it yet! :D

Walker
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-22-2006
Replies: 21
Views: 1,004
Posted By doubs43
OK...... time to make your own! I used a piece of...

OK...... time to make your own! I used a piece of cheap plate glass from a picture frame and very fine valve-grinding compound to make a ground-glass surface. Then I cut the appropriate size piece...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-20-2006
Replies: 21
Views: 1,004
Posted By doubs43
I have one in Kiev mount that was out of focus....

I have one in Kiev mount that was out of focus. The cure for mine was to unscrew the rear lens element until it was in-focus on ground glass at the film plane at infinity and then make a washer of...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 06-18-2006
Replies: 85
Views: 9,686
Posted By doubs43
There are, essentially, two types of "snob";...

There are, essentially, two types of "snob"; high-brow and low-brow for want of better terms. The high-brow snob will only accept owning the very best and the more it costs, the better as cost often...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-12-2006
Replies: 11
Views: 1,705
Posted By doubs43
I recently bought a Pentax Spotmatic from ebay...

I recently bought a Pentax Spotmatic from ebay and the Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4 lens had multiple elements infested with fungus. Fortunately, Asahi engineers apparently operated on the KIS principle...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-11-2006
Replies: 57
Views: 2,685
Posted By doubs43
RJ, I've tightened a couple of mounts using the...

RJ, I've tightened a couple of mounts using the same technique. It doesn't require much to make the mount like-new tight again and it's easy to go too far. Be careful and you won't have a problem....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-11-2006
Replies: 57
Views: 2,685
Posted By doubs43
I find nothing insulting anywhere in your post....

I find nothing insulting anywhere in your post. In fact, it's well stated.

As I understand it, Zeiss was hampered by patents held by Leitz so the Contax was far more complicated than it would have...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-11-2006
Replies: 3
Views: 1,471
Posted By doubs43
The 50mm F/2.5 Hektor lens is a desireable...

The 50mm F/2.5 Hektor lens is a desireable collector's item and those in good condition bring pretty hefty prices. Still, $650 is likely too much and I'm no expert on Argentina but if I were really...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-10-2006
Replies: 57
Views: 2,685
Posted By doubs43
The beauty of the breech-lock system is that the...

The beauty of the breech-lock system is that the mating surfaces remain constant while any minute wear on the surfaces that rub are automatically compensated for by tightening the collar just a wee...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-10-2006
Replies: 57
Views: 2,685
Posted By doubs43
Interestingly I've used screw-mount lenses on...

Interestingly I've used screw-mount lenses on Leicas and SLRs since the 1960's and never have I cross-threaded one in spite of trying to start them at all sorts of odd angles. Anyone who can...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-04-2006
Replies: 35
Views: 1,590
Posted By doubs43
Joe, you should be taking pictures WITH the...

Joe, you should be taking pictures WITH the Nikkor and NOT pictures of it! I think the solution to your problem (you didn't know you had one? Geeeeeez......) is to send that 28 to me so I can compare...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-03-2006
Replies: 4
Views: 950
Posted By doubs43
Two months? Sounds like DAG may be waiting for a...

Two months? Sounds like DAG may be waiting for a part to be delivered to him. If you have any doubts about the length of time he'll have the lens, why not call and ask?

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-02-2006
Replies: 26
Views: 2,071
Posted By doubs43
It's in the correct serial number range for a...

It's in the correct serial number range for a 1941/1942 IIIc Leica and is undoubtedly a genuine Leica wartime IIIc.

The Navy was the only branch of the German military that marked their cameras...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-01-2006
Replies: 16
Views: 2,257
Posted By doubs43
A nicely written story, Bill. I enjoyed reading...

A nicely written story, Bill. I enjoyed reading it even though I don't agree with the writer on some points. He concludes that he can "shotgun" 12 shots and do better than his father who would likely...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-01-2006
Replies: 21
Views: 1,839
Posted By doubs43
It's an odd duck for sure. The serial number...

It's an odd duck for sure. The serial number makes it a IIIa as does the top speed of 1/1000th. BUT, there's no slow speed dial on the front and it doesn't appear as if it ever had one. My guess is...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-30-2006
Replies: 21
Views: 3,585
Posted By doubs43
I have a Moskva 4 that came to me looking almost...

I have a Moskva 4 that came to me looking almost new but when I checked focus on a ground glass, it was off enough to ruin the image. IMO, the previous owner tried it, became disillusioned and laid...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-27-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 1,346
Posted By doubs43
I just pulled an early nickle-plated pre-war...

I just pulled an early nickle-plated pre-war Elmar from my drawer and it's marked 50mm.

Walker
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-27-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 1,346
Posted By doubs43
I'd say it's a genuine Elmar but I see some...

I'd say it's a genuine Elmar but I see some damage to the front surround. Probably won't hurt performance. The serial number on the brass ring around the optics is a pretty good indication that it's...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-26-2006
Replies: 21
Views: 1,406
Posted By doubs43
DO NOT - I repeat - DO NOT try to mount a Hektor...

DO NOT - I repeat - DO NOT try to mount a Hektor or Canon or Serenar or wide angle Elmar or Summaron lens on an FSU camera that has a tear-drop coupling. They WILL bind up or refuse to seat properly...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-23-2006
Replies: 80
Views: 7,418
Posted By doubs43
Judging solely from your images I'd select the...

Judging solely from your images I'd select the lenses in this order of preference: Leica, Rokkor, CV and Hexanon. Truthfully, I'm not at all overly impressed by the Hexanon.

My order of preference...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-21-2006
Replies: 3
Views: 649
Posted By doubs43
I'd say, "Honey, I drive one hard bargain!"...

I'd say, "Honey, I drive one hard bargain!" :D

Seriously, that's a great camera for an outstanding price. It'll give you sterling service and great pictures. Way to go!

Walker
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-21-2006
Replies: 9
Views: 2,010
Posted By doubs43
From their introduction in 1939 until the...

From their introduction in 1939 until the Summicron was introducted, the Summitar was the flagship f/2 lens for Leitz. It was highly regarded in it's day and is still a fine lens if in good...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-21-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 1,287
Posted By doubs43
The FIKUS hood is designed to fit on the front of...

The FIKUS hood is designed to fit on the front of lenses that accept A-36 filters. The A-36 filter is designed so that you place it on the front of the lens and then put the FIKUS hood on the front...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-20-2006
Replies: 23
Views: 1,574
Posted By doubs43
Shrink wrap....... shrink wrap! :rolleyes:...

Shrink wrap....... shrink wrap! :rolleyes:

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-19-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 871
Posted By doubs43
Pedro, I've just had a look at your other...

Pedro, I've just had a look at your other pictures from this camera and your exposures look to be spot-on. In one - the group shot - you may have gotten some sun in the lens but it's still not bad....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-19-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 871
Posted By doubs43
Pedro, there's nothing wrong with the shot you...

Pedro, there's nothing wrong with the shot you posted. It's certainly sharp enough IMO.

Some of those cameras will have a red dot or other marking that is used as a point & shoot setting. I'm not...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-18-2006
Replies: 55
Views: 2,384
Posted By doubs43
I also like my Exaktas..... and Leicas, Pentaxes,...

I also like my Exaktas..... and Leicas, Pentaxes, Prakticas, Super Ikontas...... I think you get the idea! Arrrrrrgh........ I'm going broke buying bargains! But at least I'll be happy. :)

I did get...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-18-2006
Replies: 55
Views: 2,384
Posted By doubs43
RJ, I'm waiting for an M3 body exactly like the...

RJ, I'm waiting for an M3 body exactly like the one shown in that ad...... $490 on ebay earlier this week.

I see in the Dowling ad that the Exakta VX with Schneider lens cost more than the Leica...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-18-2006
Replies: 55
Views: 2,384
Posted By doubs43
Sadly, some people are not able to select their...

Sadly, some people are not able to select their brand without slamming the competition. I'm a Leica man myself but I also wish ZI well and hope they are successful. There's room for more than one or...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-18-2006
Replies: 11
Views: 1,615
Posted By doubs43
My father used a similar technique except he used...

My father used a similar technique except he used the back of a closet door with the clamp at the top and unrolled the film downward. He loaded hundreds of rolls that way and had both 20 and 36...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-18-2006
Replies: 21
Views: 1,549
Posted By doubs43
IMO, you can't go wrong with any of them if all...

IMO, you can't go wrong with any of them if all are in the same condition. I wish I were in a position to make that choice. I just bought an M3 on ebay and I'm waiting for delivery. It's my first M...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-18-2006
Replies: 5
Views: 1,379
Posted By doubs43
The Summitar is not only a "faster" lens than the...

The Summitar is not only a "faster" lens than the Elmar but, IMO, gives a superior image in most instances. The Summitar is also pretty easy to clean so I wouldn't find a minor amount of haze to be a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-18-2006
Replies: 11
Views: 2,163
Posted By doubs43
If the RF still functions with the lens mounted,...

If the RF still functions with the lens mounted, use an Imarect finder or 50mm finder mounted in the shoe. Problem solved.

Walker
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-17-2006
Replies: 8
Views: 2,099
Posted By doubs43
The Elmar isn't a bad lens when coated but the...

The Elmar isn't a bad lens when coated but the Summaron is a far better performer and worth the extra cost. As has been said, many of the Summarons will have haze internally and require cleaning. I...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-15-2006
Replies: 4
Views: 1,190
Posted By doubs43
If I understand your question correctly, then...

If I understand your question correctly, then yes, that's normal. There is one light for each of the two rows of negatives, slides etc.

You should be able to look at your images in the preview mode...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-14-2006
Replies: 49
Views: 3,076
Posted By doubs43
My 1950 IIIc does it too. Walker

My 1950 IIIc does it too.

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-14-2006
Replies: 23
Views: 1,382
Posted By doubs43
Joe, just a quick mental count shows that I have...

Joe, just a quick mental count shows that I have at least six LTM 135's. I keep one of them in my bag at all times. At the moment it's a pre-war uncoated Hektor that resides in my bag. If I add in my...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-14-2006
Replies: 46
Views: 2,591
Posted By doubs43
I keep a gallon bottle about half full of a...

I keep a gallon bottle about half full of a prepared Photoflo solution. I fill a large glass beaker with the solution, sit it on the edge of the bath tub and see-saw the negative strip through it. I...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-13-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 1,472
Posted By doubs43
Now and then one gets lucky and it was your turn....

Now and then one gets lucky and it was your turn. It looks like a very nice post-war Summitar and should take great pictures. Way to go! :)

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-13-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 1,048
Posted By doubs43
Great! I've missed the ramdom gallery pictures...

Great! I've missed the ramdom gallery pictures and I'm pleased to have them back! Thanks, Jorge.

Walker
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-12-2006
Replies: 14
Views: 1,187
Posted By doubs43
William, I have one roll of EFKE-25 that I've...

William, I have one roll of EFKE-25 that I've used from a 100' bulk roll. I developed it in Rodinal 1:25 for 4 minutes at 68 degrees F. The negatives are a bit dense for my taste and I think 3 1/2...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-12-2006
Replies: 14
Views: 1,187
Posted By doubs43
Doug, my real concern isn't any of the above but...

Doug, my real concern isn't any of the above but I have my doubts that Diafine and Efke 25 will give the best results. D-76 or Rodinal would, IMO, be better choices. But, I could be wrong.

Walker
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-12-2006
Replies: 14
Views: 1,187
Posted By doubs43
The box that my Diafine is in shows Agfapan 25 to...

The box that my Diafine is in shows Agfapan 25 to be rated at 64. I'd think that the Efke/Adox would rate about the same.

I'd also mention that EFKE suggests a 1 minute water pre-soak prior to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-07-2006
Replies: 63
Views: 3,237
Posted By doubs43
Bill, that gentleman will soon enough discover...

Bill, that gentleman will soon enough discover that you were not only correct but that you were diplomatic as well. Sadly, the chances of him EVER admiting that you knew the score are very remote....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-07-2006
Replies: 83
Views: 4,303
Posted By doubs43
You had a typewriter? Darn...... you were...

You had a typewriter? Darn...... you were well-off. ;)

My father had an old manual Remington with flat keys and a raised chrome ring around them. It didn't take long for them to hurt your fingers as...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 05-07-2006
Replies: 1
Views: 1,113
Posted By doubs43
The Serenar 5cm f/1.9 lens will work on the R...

The Serenar 5cm f/1.9 lens will work on the R when extended but is likely to strike something inside of the chamber if you try to collapse it. If I wanted to use it on my Bessa "T" or an "R" (which I...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-05-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 1,872
Posted By doubs43
IMO you'd be better served by paying a little...

IMO you'd be better served by paying a little more and getting a Leitz VIOOH finder... often called an IMARECT Finder. It will include 35, 50, 73 or 85, 90 & 135mm settings and the parallel...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 05-05-2006
Replies: 11
Views: 996
Posted By doubs43
The aperture adjustment "ears" are there but it...

The aperture adjustment "ears" are there but it sure looks an awful lot like a Jupiter-3. The earliest J-3's had the ears. More detailed pictures would be needed to make a determination though. If I...
Forum: Nikon RF 05-05-2006
Replies: 47
Views: 8,296
Posted By doubs43
I couldn't agree more. As soon as I see the "Live...

I couldn't agree more. As soon as I see the "Live Auction" symbol, I pass to the next item. They are too expensive by far and can keep their overpriced stuff AFAIC.

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-04-2006
Replies: 23
Views: 1,115
Posted By doubs43
Well said, Ted. Sometimes I look at the pictures...

Well said, Ted. Sometimes I look at the pictures and they just give me the feeling that something is being hidden. On a Pentax Spotmatic, I especially want to see the bottom and the condition of the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-04-2006
Replies: 23
Views: 1,115
Posted By doubs43
I look for contradictions by the seller. I've...

I look for contradictions by the seller. I've seen, for instance, "All functions working normally" followed by "Not tested so sold as-is, no returns".

I look at the overall attitude of the ad and...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-04-2006
Replies: 13
Views: 864
Posted By doubs43
The claw is always useful when opening cans, film...

The claw is always useful when opening cans, film boxes and cassettes.

The biggest problem with bear necessities is watching where you step! They're very difficult to potty train! :D

Just kidding,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-03-2006
Replies: 9
Views: 4,388
Posted By doubs43
I've posted quite a few shots taken with my...

I've posted quite a few shots taken with my 9cm/90mm uncoated Elmars. They are, IMO, vastly underrated because people believe, in general, that coated lenses are immeasureably superior. No doubt they...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-02-2006
Replies: 8
Views: 816
Posted By doubs43
The black 135mm f/3.5 Canon is supposed to be...

The black 135mm f/3.5 Canon is supposed to be better than their earlier models.... according to what I read. I have a black model but have yet to give it a fair workout.

Walker
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-02-2006
Replies: 25
Views: 2,427
Posted By doubs43
It sounds as if the winner will be given the...

It sounds as if the winner will be given the option of not accepting the camera if they thought they had bid on a genuine Leica. That's about as much as the seller can do but at least they're willing...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-01-2006
Replies: 26
Views: 1,863
Posted By doubs43
Joe, Rich said the black model. It dates to 1925...

Joe, Rich said the black model. It dates to 1925 or there about and brings a lot more than the chrome one.

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-01-2006
Replies: 26
Views: 1,863
Posted By doubs43
Rich, you keep that up and you'll drive prices...

Rich, you keep that up and you'll drive prices even higher that the ridiculous amounts we see now. ;)

I'm with Raid on the unbelieveable prices and I think the only reason Leica doesn't make some...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-30-2006
Replies: 25
Views: 2,427
Posted By doubs43
Glenn, the Russian copy here is based on the...

Glenn, the Russian copy here is based on the Leica Model II which doesn't have the die-cast body of the IIF. The interesting thing about the Leica II is that in spite of not having slow shutter...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-30-2006
Replies: 25
Views: 2,427
Posted By doubs43
Jay, thank you. I wasn't aware of the I-10...

Jay, thank you. I wasn't aware of the I-10 although it's easily different enough to be told apart from the Elmar. The engraving of the fake lens is rather crude which shows it to be other than Leitz...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-29-2006
Replies: 25
Views: 2,427
Posted By doubs43
Bill, I called attention to this particular...

Bill, I called attention to this particular auction because on first look it appears to be genuine! Only on close examination did the differences begin to show themselves. It really is very well done...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-29-2006
Replies: 25
Views: 2,427
Posted By doubs43
THIS Fake is Better Than Most!

But it's still a fake. See if you can pick out the tell-tail differences that expose it for the Russian clone that it is....
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-29-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 2,151
Posted By doubs43
John, if you have Puts' book, please see what he...

John, if you have Puts' book, please see what he says about Summitars in the 5281xx block. The coating reflects different colors from the elements inside and the deepness of the outside coating...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-29-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 2,151
Posted By doubs43
They're easy to clean and if you search the forum...

They're easy to clean and if you search the forum for Summars you should find pretty detailed instructions. The fungus needs to be removed if nothing else. I'd like to see your results.

Walker
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-29-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 2,151
Posted By doubs43
Raid, they made a ton of the Summars (approx....

Raid, they made a ton of the Summars (approx. 123,000) and IMO they are underrated whether coated or not. I'd really like to see some pictures taken with yours when you get it.

Walker
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-29-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 2,151
Posted By doubs43
To the best of my knowledge, all Summar 5cm...

To the best of my knowledge, all Summar 5cm lenses were uncoated at time of manufacture. Judging from the color of the coating when compared to a 1946 Hektor, it was factory coated by Leitz at some...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-29-2006
Replies: 18
Views: 1,536
Posted By doubs43
That's being very wise, Raid. Don't ever let it...

That's being very wise, Raid. Don't ever let it go. They are well made and the optics are top-drawer. You can't go wrong with it.

Walker
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-29-2006
Replies: 18
Views: 1,536
Posted By doubs43
OldProf, I have to laugh at that because of a...

OldProf, I have to laugh at that because of a story my father told me. It took place in the 1930's I believe when half a dozen local Farmers and farm hands gathered at a store one evening and began...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-29-2006
Replies: 18
Views: 1,536
Posted By doubs43
Tom, you nailed it. It was an early "Made in...

Tom, you nailed it. It was an early "Made in Occupied Japan" chrome Nikkor that took those shots. Alas, in a moment of madness I sold or traded it and have regretted it ever since. The pictures were...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-28-2006
Replies: 51
Views: 3,166
Posted By doubs43
Mike, this particular poster has, on many...

Mike, this particular poster has, on many occasions, "stated his opinion" and it's gotten to be a broken record. If it ain't Leitz glass it's junk is the repeated message. So far no one has risen to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-28-2006
Replies: 18
Views: 1,536
Posted By doubs43
Which 135mm Took This Picture?

The attached image was taken with a IIIb Leica and a 135mm lens. The film was Ilford FP-4 developed in straight D-76. What you see represents about 40% of the full negative.

Your choice of 135mm...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-28-2006
Replies: 51
Views: 3,166
Posted By doubs43
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Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-28-2006
Replies: 51
Views: 3,166
Posted By doubs43
Vince, that's a very sensible attitude and I have...

Vince, that's a very sensible attitude and I have also refrained from entering into a no-win discussion that serves no purpose. I've been a "Leica man" for a long time but I also own and use cameras...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-28-2006
Replies: 51
Views: 3,166
Posted By doubs43
Todd, I agree 100%. Walker

Todd, I agree 100%.

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-27-2006
Replies: 24
Views: 1,791
Posted By doubs43
Raid, if it were me, I'd put in a new roll of...

Raid, if it were me, I'd put in a new roll of film and make sure the lens cap is on. I'd advance the film to an unexposed section and then I'd take a picture of anything for reference.

Then replace...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-27-2006
Replies: 9
Views: 1,499
Posted By doubs43
Number 3 is particularly good. I think you've...

Number 3 is particularly good. I think you've found a winner.

Walker
Forum: Nikon RF 04-26-2006
Replies: 23
Views: 1,794
Posted By doubs43
That is correct. The problem State-side (CONUS)...

That is correct. The problem State-side (CONUS) is that the downtown merchants often beat BX prices handily. The days when service members actually got a bargain by purchasing on-base are pretty much...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-26-2006
Replies: 23
Views: 1,794
Posted By doubs43
Addressing your last comment first, "EP" is...

Addressing your last comment first, "EP" is common on Cannon rangefinders and optical equipment. The "PX" (Post Exchange) sold goods tax-free to service members and certain civilians entitled to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-26-2006
Replies: 33
Views: 4,771
Posted By doubs43
It'll be truly beautiful when they make it in...

It'll be truly beautiful when they make it in thread mount.

Walker
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-25-2006
Replies: 41
Views: 2,549
Posted By doubs43
Just a little run down! Walker

Just a little run down!

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-25-2006
Replies: 55
Views: 3,049
Posted By doubs43
ANY camera will work...... as long as a beautiful...

ANY camera will work...... as long as a beautiful young nymph is attached to it! :D

Walker (Now officially a dirty old man!)
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-25-2006
Replies: 18
Views: 3,224
Posted By doubs43
I bought a clamp-on polarizer with built-in hood...

I bought a clamp-on polarizer with built-in hood that had defective glass. I removed the glass and use it as a hood only. Works just fine.

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-25-2006
Replies: 75
Views: 3,686
Posted By doubs43
Ahhhhh........ the old Leica vs Nikon debate is...

Ahhhhh........ the old Leica vs Nikon debate is back in vogue. Indeed, if it ever went away at all. I own only one Nikkor lens that fits LTM cameras; a 5cm f/2 Nikkor that came with a Tower camera....
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-24-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 2,151
Posted By doubs43
1.) I took the pictures. That's my oldest son,...

1.) I took the pictures. That's my oldest son, now 37 and an MBA graduate of Notre Dame University.

2.) I have no idea if the safe contained anything at all. They were tearing down a large building...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-24-2006
Replies: 11
Views: 3,050
Posted By doubs43
Bill, I was certain that either a large or medium...

Bill, I was certain that either a large or medium format camera was the first RF but wasn't sure which one. Thanks for the information.

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-24-2006
Replies: 2
Views: 615
Posted By doubs43
I saw that and read the text carefully as I'd...

I saw that and read the text carefully as I'd never seen one before. It should be an interesting piece of gear and looks to be very well made. Let us know how it performs once you've had a chance to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-24-2006
Replies: 2
Views: 615
Posted By doubs43
My Ebay Weekend

In general I tend to avoid ebay on Saturdays and Sundays for one reason; prices often go to ridiculous heights as more people are active then. However, yesterday I bid on two items - very reasonable...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 04-23-2006
Replies: 21
Views: 1,104
Posted By doubs43
I have a gallon of fixer that's actually quite...

I have a gallon of fixer that's actually quite old but as long as it has the acidic odor to it, it's good and I have no problem with it.

I hope you're giving some aggitation to your film while it's...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-23-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 2,151
Posted By doubs43
Thanks Ed and Daniel. Here's another one taken...

Thanks Ed and Daniel. Here's another one taken against the light and clearly showing the "bokeh" of the dog-leg iris blades.

Walker
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-22-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 2,151
Posted By doubs43
Coated Summar Shots from 1972

Here are a few pictures I took in 1972 using my Leica IIIb and a 5cm coated Summar. The film was FP-4 developed in D-76 straight. These are all full-frame shots.

Walker
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-22-2006
Replies: 167
Views: 13,398
Posted By doubs43
Pre-Columbian Burial Mound located near Macon,...

Pre-Columbian Burial Mound located near Macon, Georgia, USA. Picture taken with a Kiev 4A.

Walker
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 04-21-2006
Replies: 21
Views: 1,104
Posted By doubs43
Freestyle is a class act and I've used them for...

Freestyle is a class act and I've used them for many years. Their service has always been excellent. In fact, I just ordered two 100' rolls of past-date Arista Pro-50 film which is Ilford Pan-F+ I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-21-2006
Replies: 14
Views: 2,558
Posted By doubs43
Very nice, Frank. Please post some pictures from...

Very nice, Frank. Please post some pictures from it when you have the chance.

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-21-2006
Replies: 19
Views: 1,653
Posted By doubs43
Ebay....... a somewhat constant topic on RFF but...

Ebay....... a somewhat constant topic on RFF but deserving of the attention, no doubt. One's perception of ebay will depend upon their experiences. In general, mine have been good in spite of a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-20-2006
Replies: 20
Views: 1,527
Posted By doubs43
VERY nice! I like the mood and the...

VERY nice! I like the mood and the perspective.

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-20-2006
Replies: 18
Views: 1,140
Posted By doubs43
I think you'll find that Frau Blucher in "Young...

I think you'll find that Frau Blucher in "Young Frankenstein" was a "hottie" compared to the good Chancellor. :D
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-19-2006
Replies: 75
Views: 3,686
Posted By doubs43
Leica IIIc & 1938 9cm uncoated Elmar at f/4.5....

Leica IIIc & 1938 9cm uncoated Elmar at f/4.5. Taken in the shade of a covered and screened-in porch.

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-19-2006
Replies: 75
Views: 3,686
Posted By doubs43
Jupiter-9 85mm f/2 lens on a Leica IIIc. ...

Jupiter-9 85mm f/2 lens on a Leica IIIc. Aperture was f/4.

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-19-2006
Replies: 75
Views: 3,686
Posted By doubs43
Brian, those Nikkor 85mm shots are SHARP!! It's...

Brian, those Nikkor 85mm shots are SHARP!! It's easy to see how Nikon got their reputation for excellent optics.

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-19-2006
Replies: 75
Views: 3,686
Posted By doubs43
Did you offer to purchase one or more Canon...

Did you offer to purchase one or more Canon lenses at ashtray prices? I would have.

While I've been a Leica kind of guy for many years, I would not denegrate other brands in that manner as I've seen...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-18-2006
Replies: 29
Views: 1,487
Posted By doubs43
Bill, you're more kind to the seller than most....

Bill, you're more kind to the seller than most. He's been an ebay member for 17 months and has 23 sales under his belt. IMO, he's hoping you'll just give up and he'll re-list..... maybe with a higher...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-17-2006
Replies: 16
Views: 868
Posted By doubs43
Clarence, congratulations and good for you! Now...

Clarence, congratulations and good for you! Now all we need is to see some pictures from these underappreciated lenses. You don't say but I suspect they are all LTM?

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-17-2006
Replies: 15
Views: 884
Posted By doubs43
At nearly 63 years of age, I'd say I'm "vintage"....

At nearly 63 years of age, I'd say I'm "vintage". A darned fine year too!! :D

The word "vintage" is sorta like the word "mint". It all depends upon who uses it as to the meaning at the moment. To...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-16-2006
Replies: 20
Views: 999
Posted By doubs43
I got home from work around 10 PM Friday night...

I got home from work around 10 PM Friday night and there was my package sitting in front of the door. Inside was a very well-packed Leitz Pradolux RT-300 slide projector. I sat it up on the kitchen...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 04-16-2006
Replies: 22
Views: 987
Posted By doubs43
Yes, tap water can have mineral deposits and more...

Yes, tap water can have mineral deposits and more dirt than you can imagine. That's why I filter my water. I'm on city water so the minerals aren't a problem but dirt particles are. It depends upon...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 04-16-2006
Replies: 22
Views: 987
Posted By doubs43
I use only running water adjusted for 68 degrees...

I use only running water adjusted for 68 degrees (20C) and run through a filter. You can see from my picture how I've adapted an in-line water filter for the purpose of film development. The actual...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-14-2006
Replies: 20
Views: 999
Posted By doubs43
It's interesting that you posted this today. I...

It's interesting that you posted this today. I bought a Leitz Pradolux RT-300 on ebay last weekend and it's to be delivered today. The lens is a 60~110 Vario-Elmaron f/3.5 which is supposed to be...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-13-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 1,859
Posted By doubs43
I use high temperature automobile wheel bearing...

I use high temperature automobile wheel bearing grease to lube helicals. It's the right consistency, doesn't "bleed" at high temperatures and stays put. So far, it's been good stuff.

Vaseline should...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-12-2006
Replies: 20
Views: 1,527
Posted By doubs43
My 1939 EXPERIMENTAL hard coated Summitar being...

My 1939 EXPERIMENTAL hard coated Summitar being an exception, of course! ;)

Just kidding. (Brian, you had me going for about 10 seconds, wondering what you knew about Summitars that I didn't! Then I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-12-2006
Replies: 8
Views: 807
Posted By doubs43
Tsk, tsk......... denial only makes it worse!...

Tsk, tsk......... denial only makes it worse! ;)

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-10-2006
Replies: 14
Views: 4,542
Posted By doubs43
Jim, the rear lens group is a cemented doublet in...

Jim, the rear lens group is a cemented doublet in front and a single element in the rear. The doublet will unscrew and allow you to clean all the surfaces. I use Q-Tips and non-streak Windex or the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-10-2006
Replies: 19
Views: 1,720
Posted By doubs43
Jim, I honestly don't see a whole lot to choose...

Jim, I honestly don't see a whole lot to choose between at f/5.6. The Summitar records the least amount of fine detail in the OOF areas but isn't that far off of the other three that all are just...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-10-2006
Replies: 19
Views: 1,720
Posted By doubs43
Jim, the Canon and Summitar seem to be the...

Jim, the Canon and Summitar seem to be the sharpest at f/2..... in that order. The Summicron has the most pleasing bokeh to my eye and all of them seem to render the colors pretty nicely. The Canon...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-10-2006
Replies: 2
Views: 3,846
Posted By doubs43
Pradolux RT-300 Slide Projector

Does anyone here have experience with the Pradolux RT-300 slide projector marketed by Leitz back in the 1980's? They were actually made by Singer Sewing Machine Company (or so I've read) and they use...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-10-2006
Replies: 14
Views: 4,542
Posted By doubs43
Jim, as you've noted, those screws are for the...

Jim, as you've noted, those screws are for the aperture iris adjustment. If you remove them fully, you can then turn the aperture ring but the blades will not move.

Once removed, you'll see that...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-10-2006
Replies: 16
Views: 1,156
Posted By doubs43
Among the Exakta crowd, the auto-Quinons are well...

Among the Exakta crowd, the auto-Quinons are well thought of and bidding for them on ebay can go fairly high. I don't own a Quinon in any mount but I do have an 85mm Culminar in Exakta mount and it's...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-10-2006
Replies: 14
Views: 4,542
Posted By doubs43
Your pictures are interesting. I have three...

Your pictures are interesting. I have three Summars and none have the screws in the aperture scale ring that your pictures show. There are also other differences between the three examples I have. ...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-09-2006
Replies: 52
Views: 2,094
Posted By doubs43
Here are a couple of shots I made this past week....

Here are a couple of shots I made this past week. The first is a Norfolk-Southern diesel looking for all the world like a "Triclops". It was taken with a 5cm f/2 Summitar at f/8. The second is my...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-09-2006
Replies: 7
Views: 804
Posted By doubs43
John, go to the Leica Thread-Mount Forum and see...

John, go to the Leica Thread-Mount Forum and see the sticky "How to Load a Bottom feeder". It's right here on RFF.

Walker
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-09-2006
Replies: 7
Views: 1,228
Posted By doubs43
I fully agree about the bright spot which is why...

I fully agree about the bright spot which is why I cropped it out in the second picture. It wasn't an easy shot to frame in the camera because I wanted the trees in the background. To the right was...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-09-2006
Replies: 7
Views: 1,228
Posted By doubs43
I don't mind at all. Your crop is different and I...

I don't mind at all. Your crop is different and I like it. Everyone "sees" an image in a different way and that's why I asked for opinions. Thanks.

Walker
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-08-2006
Replies: 7
Views: 1,228
Posted By doubs43
A Summitar Shot - Which Do You Prefer?

I was finishing up a roll of Arista EDU-200 Ultra film and had a couple of shots left so I took this image of the branch of an Oak tree with my Summitar 5cm lens. It was taken at approximately 1...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 04-07-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 2,086
Posted By doubs43
Here's a link to the table. If you print it, use...

Here's a link to the table. If you print it, use the landscape format.
http://www.fotoimpex.de/Technik/body_body_entwicklertab/body_body_entwicklertab.HTM

I also would call your attention to the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-07-2006
Replies: 17
Views: 1,725
Posted By doubs43
If I'd meant breasts, I'd have made the title...

If I'd meant breasts, I'd have made the title plural! ;)

Walker
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-06-2006
Replies: 115
Views: 63,142
Posted By doubs43
Your Hektor was made in 1938 and should be a fine...

Your Hektor was made in 1938 and should be a fine lens. I like mine and I appreciate the information.

Walker
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-06-2006
Replies: 115
Views: 63,142
Posted By doubs43
Victor, that's an interesting lens. It's a 1945...

Victor, that's an interesting lens. It's a 1945 production and may be very late war-time or very early post-war. It's normally thought that lenses prior to serial number 600,000 were only coated if...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-06-2006
Replies: 82
Views: 7,814
Posted By doubs43
Sorry, Nick, but I disagree.... unless it's an...

Sorry, Nick, but I disagree.... unless it's an apples & oranges test. The difference between f/2 and f/1.4 is sufficient to invalidate a direct comparison at those apertures IMO. They can be compared...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-06-2006
Replies: 82
Views: 7,814
Posted By doubs43
While I like #2 best, I'm not so certain that...

While I like #2 best, I'm not so certain that it's a "fair" test. The greater DOF of the Summicron at f/2 as opposed to f/1.4 has a direct effect upon the OOF image. Take them both at f/2 and then...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-05-2006
Replies: 17
Views: 1,725
Posted By doubs43
I agree that it's fake and I seriously doubt the...

I agree that it's fake and I seriously doubt the "long ago estate sale" claim. The tell-tale signs are everywhere. The lens is an obvious fake with the ring aperture adjustment and the engraving was...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-05-2006
Replies: 17
Views: 1,725
Posted By doubs43
Real, or a Fake?

Have a look and give your opinion of this piece. Is it a genuine Luftwaffe-issue Model II Leica...... or not? Explain why it is or isn't....
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-05-2006
Replies: 19
Views: 2,183
Posted By doubs43
As I've noted elsewhere, the collar on a Leica is...

As I've noted elsewhere, the collar on a Leica is not uncommon and I've seen many of them. I'd look for additional clues before declaring it a Zorki or FED based solely on the collar.

Walker
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-04-2006
Replies: 19
Views: 2,183
Posted By doubs43
Leitz used both a number AND a letter designation...

Leitz used both a number AND a letter designation on most of the early cameras. The Model II was also designated the Model D while the III was also the Model F. The first Leica was called both the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-03-2006
Replies: 19
Views: 2,183
Posted By doubs43
Given the choice, I'd opt for the III with the...

Given the choice, I'd opt for the III with the slow shutter speeds. The II is fine for most situations but not when only a slower speed will work.

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-02-2006
Replies: 53
Views: 2,968
Posted By doubs43
My analogy is rather simple and direct. Image...

My analogy is rather simple and direct. Image that the camera is a race car. The lens is the engine, the film is the fuel and the body contains the running gears and wheels. Which one can you do away...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-02-2006
Replies: 18
Views: 1,690
Posted By doubs43
Rob, your IIf looks GOOD! Walker

Rob, your IIf looks GOOD!

Walker
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-02-2006
Replies: 28
Views: 2,265
Posted By doubs43
Congratulations on your new M2 Leica. While most...

Congratulations on your new M2 Leica. While most seem to prefer the M3, I've always had a liking for the M2 and I'm sure you'll be pleased with it. Post some images as soon as you can.

Believe...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-02-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 1,279
Posted By doubs43
John, I removed the bad glass from an A-36...

John, I removed the bad glass from an A-36 clamp-on filter and fit a 39mm~49mm step-up adapter to it. Now I use a wide-angle 49mm hood. I may try to set one up later with a smaller diameter...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-02-2006
Replies: 41
Views: 4,365
Posted By doubs43
Raid, you are, I believe, correct. I don't recall...

Raid, you are, I believe, correct. I don't recall ever seeing a Helios-103 in LTM. I have one or more (I'll have to count) and all are in the Kiev mount.

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-02-2006
Replies: 11
Views: 1,297
Posted By doubs43
I also use a Pentax *ist-DS and a pair of Sigma...

I also use a Pentax *ist-DS and a pair of Sigma zooms for my "professional" real estate pictures. Anyone who would like to see the pictures I post on our web site can visit...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-02-2006
Replies: 41
Views: 4,365
Posted By doubs43
The Helios-103, as I understand it, is an...

The Helios-103, as I understand it, is an improved Jupiter-8 with a maximum apertture of f/1.8. That would make it a Sonnar based design I suppose.

Walker
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-02-2006
Replies: 41
Views: 4,365
Posted By doubs43
Many people forget - or never knew - that pre-war...

Many people forget - or never knew - that pre-war Japanese optics and precision machined goods were world-class. Too many associated Japanese goods with the post-war toys and tin crickets that seemed...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-01-2006
Replies: 41
Views: 4,365
Posted By doubs43
I was just yankin' a few chains, trouble maker...

I was just yankin' a few chains, trouble maker that I am. :D The debates over which lens maker is best has been going on for decades and will continue long after I'm gone. I have lenses made by all...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-01-2006
Replies: 41
Views: 4,365
Posted By doubs43
That is correct according to Princelle's book....

That is correct according to Princelle's book. The "ZOMZ" (eyeball-light ray logo) factory was under the KMZ military-industrial complex umbrella and backed up the main plant. Princelle says that the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-01-2006
Replies: 41
Views: 4,365
Posted By doubs43
Kinda makes you wonder how they'd have sold if...

Kinda makes you wonder how they'd have sold if they'd have been any good, doesn't it? I have a few Leitz lenses that I like. Think I'll keep them. :)

Walker
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-01-2006
Replies: 24
Views: 3,014
Posted By doubs43
Thanks, guys. I have all three downloaded now....

Thanks, guys. I have all three downloaded now. When I clicked on "Download" before, the pictures of the girls came up but no download window. This time the window came up.

Walker
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-01-2006
Replies: 24
Views: 3,014
Posted By doubs43
John, perhaps I'm dense but when I click on the...

John, perhaps I'm dense but when I click on the links it shows the file name but offers no way to download anything. What am I doing wrong?

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-01-2006
Replies: 22
Views: 1,437
Posted By doubs43
Actually, I'm buying it. Camera talk will be...

Actually, I'm buying it. Camera talk will be restricted to the Zorki 1 and the Leica clones of the Zorki. (Not many people know that Leica copied the Zorki) Even mention the "C" camera or the "N"...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-01-2006
Replies: 16
Views: 1,220
Posted By doubs43
There is a filter already. Go to "Advanced...

There is a filter already. Go to "Advanced Search" and click on the circle beside "Include"; click on the down arrow and select "Exclude" and type in the name of the seller you want to eliminate. I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-31-2006
Replies: 3
Views: 553
Posted By doubs43
I dunno if it's a new server or not but I...

I dunno if it's a new server or not but I couldn't access RFF all day and most of tonight. It's working great now. I hope it keeps it up.

Walker
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 03-31-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 1,085
Posted By doubs43
I've only used Acufine and D-76 with the D-Max...

I've only used Acufine and D-76 with the D-Max 400. Published developing times seem too long, judging from my results. I'll likely use up the remainder of my bulk roll and not get any more. I think...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-31-2006
Replies: 71
Views: 3,176
Posted By doubs43
Here's one from last week. I call it "Porch...

Here's one from last week. I call it "Porch Light".

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-31-2006
Replies: 63
Views: 2,744
Posted By doubs43
To Frank's excellent point I'd like to add that...

To Frank's excellent point I'd like to add that if existing threads aren't to your liking then start one that is both relevent and interesting.

In truth, there are many threads that I don't open...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-31-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 1,279
Posted By doubs43
Jim, I don't see a thing wrong with the way your...

Jim, I don't see a thing wrong with the way your J-12 performs and one inch at a meter is easily covered by DOF...... even at f/2.8. Looking at my own J-12, I estimate a DOF of at least 5-6 inches at...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 03-31-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 1,085
Posted By doubs43
Hi Allen, The dust reduction and grain reduction...

Hi Allen,

The dust reduction and grain reduction is all software. I have the Epson 4180 scanner and I use the provided software to scan. I use Corel Phot-Paint 12 to manipulate my images. The grain...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-31-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 1,279
Posted By doubs43
Hi Jim, I have a wide angle hood that will work...

Hi Jim,

I have a wide angle hood that will work better but I was hoping to eliminate having to carry an extra piece of gear. The FIKUS works great on any 50mm & longer lens that uses A-36 clamp-on...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-31-2006
Replies: 115
Views: 63,142
Posted By doubs43
Here's a Leica III with the 9cm Elmar & Imarect...

Here's a Leica III with the 9cm Elmar & Imarect Finder mounted. The quarter gives size reference. The combination is not in the least difficult to handle. It's actually a very nice...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 03-30-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 1,085
Posted By doubs43
Thanks, Roy. Byron is roughly 15 miles South of...

Thanks, Roy. Byron is roughly 15 miles South of Macon on I-75. I avoid Hotlanta traffic as much as possible and rarely go there.

I try not to crop too much although I do if I think it helps the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-30-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 1,279
Posted By doubs43
FIKUS Hood & the Summaron

Somewhere I'd read that the FIKUS hood that is normally marked 5cm, 9cm & 13.5cm can also be used with a 3.5cm lens. Mine is apparently an early model and has a mark that looks to be about correct...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 03-30-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 1,085
Posted By doubs43
Thanks, Chaser. I did know that but others...

Thanks, Chaser. I did know that but others reading this may not have.

Walker
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 03-30-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 1,085
Posted By doubs43
Doug, maybe I'm expecting too much from a 400...

Doug, maybe I'm expecting too much from a 400 speed film and my elderly gear. Mostly it's the sky areas that bother me most and unless I wash the sky out the grain is horrible IMO. Perhaps I'll give...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-30-2006
Replies: 115
Views: 63,142
Posted By doubs43
Bill, both of those shots are very nice. I like...

Bill, both of those shots are very nice. I like the colors and they show that the old uncoated lenses, if in good condition, are capable of first class results. I have a 1938 vintage 9cm Elmar on...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-29-2006
Replies: 48
Views: 3,368
Posted By doubs43
Mostly around my neck on either a snake chain or...

Mostly around my neck on either a snake chain or thin leather/vinyl strap.

Walker
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 03-29-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 1,085
Posted By doubs43
Leica IIIa, Arista D-Max 400 & D-76

I'm not sure I like this combination but maybe I also need to work with it more. The following shots were taken with a Leica IIIa on Arista D-Max 400 developed in D-76 straight for 7 1/2 minutes @ 68...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-29-2006
Replies: 18
Views: 1,262
Posted By doubs43
I ordered a Leica III-IIIa kit last weekend and...

I ordered a Leica III-IIIa kit last weekend and the following day I received a confirmation email with an order number. I sent an international MO Monday.

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-29-2006
Replies: 4
Views: 5,223
Posted By doubs43
King, the MTL3 self timer is mechanical and not...

King, the MTL3 self timer is mechanical and not dependent upon battery power. While the alkaline 625A battery has a slightly higher voltage than the old PX-625 mercury battery, I believe that the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-27-2006
Replies: 39
Views: 2,485
Posted By doubs43
Look closer and you'll see "5cm" clearly engraved...

Look closer and you'll see "5cm" clearly engraved on the Elmar. I think you've mistaken the aperture marking for the focal lenmgth.

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-26-2006
Replies: 28
Views: 2,958
Posted By doubs43
Jon, your kit is tops IMO and I've certainly put...

Jon, your kit is tops IMO and I've certainly put mine to good use. There's not a better light seal value on the market.

Walker
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-26-2006
Replies: 13
Views: 995
Posted By doubs43
Joe, is it the one I sent you a PM about? If so,...

Joe, is it the one I sent you a PM about? If so, way to go! Looks like a nice one.

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-26-2006
Replies: 160
Views: 19,502
Posted By doubs43
I can just see the prices paid for J-3's going...

I can just see the prices paid for J-3's going through the roof now! It's all your fault, Raid! :D

Walker
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-26-2006
Replies: 115
Views: 63,142
Posted By doubs43
Bill, thank you. Your 1933 Elmar is the earliest...

Bill, thank you. Your 1933 Elmar is the earliest one I've encountered so far.

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-25-2006
Replies: 160
Views: 19,502
Posted By doubs43
I lied. I really don't like that picture! :D...

I lied. I really don't like that picture! :D

Just kidding. IMO, it has the best balance between the highlights and shadow details. It also points out that you just can't tell which lens will work...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-25-2006
Replies: 127
Views: 6,690
Posted By doubs43
My first Leica, a IIIf RD, and four lenses came...

My first Leica, a IIIf RD, and four lenses came to me quite by accident. A seller at a Farmer's Market/Flea Market in 1970 or '71 offered me all of it for $125. I still have the IIIf and three of the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-25-2006
Replies: 160
Views: 19,502
Posted By doubs43
Raid, I couldn't begin to tell you which lens...

Raid, I couldn't begin to tell you which lens took which pictures although #9 (3rd row, 1st picture) would seem to be the I-61. I can, however, tell you which four I think are the preferred images...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-25-2006
Replies: 160
Views: 19,502
Posted By doubs43
For the life of me I can't think why....... BUT,...

For the life of me I can't think why....... BUT, if I count all of my 50's - including SLR lenses - I have AT LEAST between 30 and 40.

I know of one fellow on the RFF who has more than half that...
Forum: Off Topic 03-25-2006
Replies: 11
Views: 880
Posted By doubs43
I have conflicting thoughts about the HU posts....

I have conflicting thoughts about the HU posts. On one hand, the poster feels that they are calling attention to something that someone on RFF may have an interest in and in so doing is...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-25-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 1,040
Posted By doubs43
Leica virgin? Are you sayin' you've never had...

Leica virgin? Are you sayin' you've never had your advance knob turned or shutter snapped? :D

Welcome to RFF. You'll be exposed to all sorts of things here!

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-25-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 746
Posted By doubs43
Insurance is something I always request and pay...

Insurance is something I always request and pay extra for. I just won an item on ebay and the seller's shipping rate was for parcel post. I requested Priority Mail WITH insurance and paid a few...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-24-2006
Replies: 26
Views: 1,289
Posted By doubs43
Mine has shipped also. Hopefully I'll have it by...

Mine has shipped also. Hopefully I'll have it by this time next week.

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-24-2006
Replies: 160
Views: 19,502
Posted By doubs43
Raid, I didn't want to intrude on your test so I...

Raid, I didn't want to intrude on your test so I didn't say in my last post that I've been planning a test of my own with my 50's. I have two Summitars, three Summars and others that you don't list...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-24-2006
Replies: 160
Views: 19,502
Posted By doubs43
Raid, that's an ambitious test and, like everyone...

Raid, that's an ambitious test and, like everyone else, I'm anxious to see the results. As far as the poll goes, I'm not sure how that can be done other than numbering the pictures and asking which...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-23-2006
Replies: 3
Views: 1,152
Posted By doubs43
In addition to OldNick's advice, I'd also try...

In addition to OldNick's advice, I'd also try more than that one lens on the body. I have two pre-war 50mm Elmars and neither one has perfect coincidence at infinity while my other lenses do. One is...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-22-2006
Replies: 9
Views: 1,933
Posted By doubs43
Yes it can! I bought a 180mm f/2.8 CZJ Sonnar in...

Yes it can! I bought a 180mm f/2.8 CZJ Sonnar in Pentacon-Six mount that had been sitting for a long while from all indications. The aperture blades were frozen wide open and wouldn't move in...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-21-2006
Replies: 22
Views: 1,383
Posted By doubs43
I just ordered my copy and I'd like to thank...

I just ordered my copy and I'd like to thank everyone who had a hand in making the book possible. Now I can say I've been "published" in something other than newspapers. :D

Walker
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-21-2006
Replies: 1
Views: 525
Posted By doubs43
I can't help but wonder how those who paniced and...

I can't help but wonder how those who paniced and paid completely outrageous prices for Rodinal a month or so back are feeling today?

Walker
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-21-2006
Replies: 25
Views: 2,504
Posted By doubs43
I think I used to own one only it was called a...

I think I used to own one only it was called a 1954 Ford. :confused:

Walker
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-21-2006
Replies: 13
Views: 1,913
Posted By doubs43
Apologies for not replying sooner but I've been...

Apologies for not replying sooner but I've been almost unable to access RFF at all since late Sunday night. It's much worse than I ever experienced when RFF was on the old server. I hope Jorge is...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-19-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 800
Posted By doubs43
Joe, I hate to tell you this because I'm a Leica...

Joe, I hate to tell you this because I'm a Leica man but, after cleaning, my 50mm f/1.9 Serenar does quite well and I'm going to keep it. The pictures below tell the story. A couple have been posted...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-19-2006
Replies: 19
Views: 1,580
Posted By doubs43
A pre-war Leica was worn around George C. Scott's...

A pre-war Leica was worn around George C. Scott's neck in "Patton".

Walker
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-19-2006
Replies: 13
Views: 1,913
Posted By doubs43
Hi Tom, 63 in June? Me too...... 3 June,...

Hi Tom,

63 in June? Me too...... 3 June, 1943.

I don't use my Tower much any more as my eyes have a real problem with the rangefinder and I have several Leicas to choose from. The slow speeds no...
Forum: Other RF 03-19-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 1,134
Posted By doubs43
Greg, your picture doesn't show much wear that I...

Greg, your picture doesn't show much wear that I can see. I do see corrosion on the chrome and in places that the snake chain couldn't possibly have reached. Improper long term storage has a way of...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-18-2006
Replies: 13
Views: 1,913
Posted By doubs43
Tom, the Nicca-made Tower Leica clone is a...

Tom, the Nicca-made Tower Leica clone is a very-well made camera and worth the cost of a CLA, etc. IMO. I have a later model with an advance lever rather than the knob and my only criticism is the...
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