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Forum: RFF Polls 02-18-2008
Replies: 296
Views: 15,822
Posted By Richard Black
To Al and jp, I read your notes and thought of my...

To Al and jp,
I read your notes and thought of my granddad, smoke PA in a can, real cans, for ove 60 years. Think of the cans he would have had. Might I suggest Stokelby's Luxury Slices, a nice...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 02-18-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 680
Posted By Richard Black
I too recommend the Fuji line, the 400 is...

I too recommend the Fuji line, the 400 is multifaceted. The 800 can give you an f stop or two. I've used them in weddings in both 35 and 120 format and they scan wonderfully.
Forum: RFF Polls 01-01-2008
Replies: 35
Views: 3,757
Posted By Richard Black
As mentioned before, round vented! Has a retro...

As mentioned before, round vented! Has a retro sexy look, functionally, the one that came with the lens, VC 28 f3.5
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-06-2007
Replies: 24
Views: 2,678
Posted By Richard Black
Consider Zeiss! I had one and traded it for...

Consider Zeiss! I had one and traded it for something, regret it now. The Agfas are ok but not as razor-sharp as the Zeiss.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-15-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 1,210
Posted By Richard Black
Is mediocrity being use in place of repetitious...

Is mediocrity being use in place of repetitious or expected? To the rest of the world U.S. sports is different from theirs. Take football, not soccer, and the photos each week of the games are the...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-12-2007
Replies: 45
Views: 3,198
Posted By Richard Black
I like the Olympus SP350. Shoots RAW and all jpg....

I like the Olympus SP350. Shoots RAW and all jpg. Put it on auto and it is a great P&S then use the other settings for just about anything else. F2.8 is moderate. Great images and large files!
Forum: RFF Polls 10-10-2007
Replies: 109
Views: 7,748
Posted By Richard Black
Adams, for all the reason noted above.

Adams, for all the reason noted above.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 10-08-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 1,050
Posted By Richard Black
With these results, I have to ask why? Do you...

With these results, I have to ask why? Do you think the RD-1 will improve your vision. Keep posting, I want to see how your photography improves. These are fantastic!!!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-27-2007
Replies: 72
Views: 6,344
Posted By Richard Black
As an owner of the original Fujica ST 701, I can...

As an owner of the original Fujica ST 701, I can attest to the benefits of a smaller SLR. My first was a Yashica Electro, not a bad camera, but after a day of toting that thing around, at age 23, my...
Forum: RFF Polls 09-26-2007
Replies: 124
Views: 18,304
Posted By Richard Black
I prefer the 28mm on most of my cameras and other...

I prefer the 28mm on most of my cameras and other than the 50s it is the only other focal length I own 3 of. It is perfect for my "view".
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-20-2007
Replies: 109
Views: 31,660
Posted By Richard Black
The 28/f3.5 is the sharpest lens I have ever...

The 28/f3.5 is the sharpest lens I have ever used. This is compared to the Minolta/Pentax/Canon/Sigma/Jupiter 35mm lenses I own or have owned. The CV is sharper than either of the 28 Minolta lenses,...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-13-2007
Replies: 308
Views: 34,411
Posted By Richard Black
I have seen efforts to post photos taken with two...

I have seen efforts to post photos taken with two different brands of lenses and ask viewers to select which was taken with which brand, but I found that there are too many variables, including the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-09-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 721
Posted By Richard Black
I have good success with both Walgreens and...

I have good success with both Walgreens and MotoPhoto. I know you said you did not have a Walgreens near, but it might be worth it to see how far one is. The local one here has the latest Fuji...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 08-07-2007
Replies: 36
Views: 2,808
Posted By Richard Black
I have experimented with a wide range of...

I have experimented with a wide range of traditional b&w film, prefer the new Tri X, but found the C-41 b&w films, both XP-2 and the Kodaks, are easier to scan on the Epson 3170 I use. In 120 I can't...
Forum: Off Topic 07-26-2007
Replies: 32
Views: 1,400
Posted By Richard Black
PBS has had several great films/episodes on blues...

PBS has had several great films/episodes on blues and jazz. Both are southern, jazz in New Orleans and the delta recognized as the home of the blues. Martin Scorsesee, excuse the misspelling, had a...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-19-2007
Replies: 421
Views: 62,468
Posted By Richard Black
Doors W/NW

Zorkii 4K/Jupiter 8
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-18-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 1,545
Posted By Richard Black
I think you would not gain much given the two...

I think you would not gain much given the two lenses you have. The 40 has a reputation of being a wonderful lens, but so does the 50. Ask youself how would the 40 fit into your photographic vision?...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-11-2007
Replies: 49
Views: 2,803
Posted By Richard Black
A digital R, raw capture only (post processing on...

A digital R, raw capture only (post processing on a computer), small lcd for compactness, keep it simple in the camera, as few buttons and menu options, just like the R today only with digital...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-11-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 7,301
Posted By Richard Black
I have the folding GS645 with the 75mm lens and...

I have the folding GS645 with the 75mm lens and it is a constant traveling companion. I had the bellows replaced by CameraWiz with an English bellows, great quality and they did some other minor work...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-10-2007
Replies: 71
Views: 4,390
Posted By Richard Black
My loudest camera is a Pentacon Sixtl and my...

My loudest camera is a Pentacon Sixtl and my quietest is either the Fuji GS 645S folder or an Afga Isolette or Vivitar 35es. The Bessa R is closer to the Agfa than the Pentacon and quieter than...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 07-09-2007
Replies: 38
Views: 5,081
Posted By Richard Black
I have one, but, alas, I haven't use it yet....

I have one, but, alas, I haven't use it yet. Seems like a good idea but haven't had to need to break it out. With a light camera it should work great.
Keep us posted!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-24-2007
Replies: 95
Views: 11,065
Posted By Richard Black
I thought I had 1 but counted and have 4, FSU...

I thought I had 1 but counted and have 4, FSU 35mm and 85mm, Argus 35/50/100, and the best, VC 28mm.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-24-2007
Replies: 308
Views: 34,411
Posted By Richard Black
Red face I have bought and hope to buy more! As one who...

I have bought and hope to buy more! As one who has practiced the art of photography since the age of 11, nearly 50 years now, and have viewed lots of different photographs taken by others with a...
Forum: Off Topic 06-17-2007
Replies: 35
Views: 1,338
Posted By Richard Black
Any southwestern American food, from Tex-Mex,...

Any southwestern American food, from Tex-Mex, Indian Tacos and fried bread, mesquite smoked anything, peppers, peppers, peppers, did I say peppers?
Food can be hot as anything you can stand, just...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-17-2007
Replies: 24
Views: 1,241
Posted By Richard Black
Carry or keep in the car Olympus SP 350/love to...

Carry or keep in the car Olympus SP 350/love to use the Bessa R with CS 28mm.
Forum: Off Topic 06-16-2007
Replies: 81
Views: 3,765
Posted By Richard Black
Single malt from the highlands, the lowlands....

Single malt from the highlands, the lowlands. speyside, the isles, any where from Scotland. Found a wonderful Irish, Connomara, pot made peated Irish! What can I say?
Forum: RFF Polls 06-11-2007
Replies: 207
Views: 15,531
Posted By Richard Black
As a tool, I have no problems with plastic. My...

As a tool, I have no problems with plastic. My mom took lots of family photos with a brownie that are quite viewable as they were 40+ years ago. Camera still works. It was nothing to look at however....
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-10-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 1,787
Posted By Richard Black
I have both and use each about the same. The J8...

I have both and use each about the same. The J8 is black so it looks great on the R, but the J3, silver, does also. I really like the Industar 50, colapsible, on it the best, but don't use it in fear...
Forum: Off Topic 06-03-2007
Replies: 27
Views: 2,539
Posted By Richard Black
I would buy this one, too, Steph. I would ask...

I would buy this one, too, Steph. I would ask them to keep the basics, apeture and shutter priority and manual focus optional. RAW capture only to simplify the software and a niffy strap with PENTAX...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-30-2007
Replies: 83
Views: 5,204
Posted By Richard Black
Just one film?

APX 100 FOR SLOW STUFF
TRI X FOR ALL OTHER
XP2 SUPER GENERAL

BOY, I HOPE I DON'T HAVE TO MAKE THAT CHOICE!:bang:
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 05-29-2007
Replies: 60
Poll: R3m Gas
Views: 6,483
Posted By Richard Black
You are a tempter! A gray 4m would be the last...

You are a tempter! A gray 4m would be the last straw, but a 2m would be just so cool! I like the wide angle stuff so the R3s are not that high on my list, but if I had one choice it would be, uh, I...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 05-29-2007
Replies: 60
Poll: R3m Gas
Views: 6,483
Posted By Richard Black
Michael, Are you taunting me? My first camera...

Michael,
Are you taunting me? My first camera ever, at age 11, was your avatar and you now have the gray, or grey if you will, R3A. I am envious!!!!
Forum: RFF Polls 05-29-2007
Replies: 57
Views: 3,035
Posted By Richard Black
Time

As others have written, TIME! I can't use what I have let alone more. I want to travel and the time to take the pics I want to take.:bang:
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 05-28-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 1,292
Posted By Richard Black
I've used the R with the Industar I-50 without...

I've used the R with the Industar I-50 without colapsing it into the camera, the Jupiter 8 and Jupiter 3 along with a Cosina 28 f3.5, and I love the combo. I don't bang my cameras around so the...
Forum: RFF Polls 05-28-2007
Replies: 36
Views: 2,980
Posted By Richard Black
I'll buy one in any color, but I prefer the mini...

I'll buy one in any color, but I prefer the mini soft release, but whatever is available. PM me with instructions.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-28-2007
Replies: 26
Views: 1,858
Posted By Richard Black
At garage sales and flea makets, Kodak cameras...

At garage sales and flea makets, Kodak cameras rule, at least in the US. My mom had a Brownie, a box with a lens, and took hundreds of pictures, as did most of the parents of the post-war generation....
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 05-27-2007
Replies: 48
Views: 3,111
Posted By Richard Black
I must second Bill's point about portraits and...

I must second Bill's point about portraits and r/f cameras. Logically slrs with 85mm-135mm lenses offer a low-cost entre into film photography. Fast lenses abound from all sorts of manufactures. One...
Forum: RFF Polls 05-26-2007
Replies: 296
Views: 15,822
Posted By Richard Black
I smoke a pipe and prefer English or Balkan...

I smoke a pipe and prefer English or Balkan blends for their intrigue. There are some Virginia and Burley tobaccos that are pleasant, but overall the English have the best.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-25-2007
Replies: 99
Views: 12,530
Posted By Richard Black
Another version

At OSU in Stillwater, Theta Pond! Yashica GSN/Kodak B&W c41
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-22-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 2,435
Posted By Richard Black
I have the 28 f3.5 Color Skopar and it has the...

I have the 28 f3.5 Color Skopar and it has the same characteristics as yours above. It can be a bit too much contrast if you use red/orange filters with C-41 b&w film. Love the lens, though.
Forum: Off Topic 05-14-2007
Replies: 66
Views: 2,370
Posted By Richard Black
What Mike said! But not Dickens, I love Dickens....

What Mike said! But not Dickens, I love Dickens. The last I attempted was the Good German. A good reputation but I could not read a page without falling asleep. Most certainly NOT a page turner. Most...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-12-2007
Replies: 17
Views: 1,294
Posted By Richard Black
Since I am rarely without a camera, I do both. On...

Since I am rarely without a camera, I do both. On the odd chance a photo op will happen I have a camera, and then I set out on a photo safari in N.W. Ok to look for subjects. Fun both ways!
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 05-12-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 1,352
Posted By Richard Black
50's

I have several 50's. The FSU, former Soviet Union, lenses are the Jupiter 8 f2,
Jupiter 3 f1.5, and Industar I-50 f3.5. I like them all but each has its distracters. The Jupiter 3 is the fastest but...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-10-2007
Replies: 24
Views: 1,302
Posted By Richard Black
As with anything, your mileage may vary. I use...

As with anything, your mileage may vary. I use them, yellow, dark yellow, orange and red. Depends on the setting , the light, and what I want to achieve. My CV Color-Skopar 28 f3.5 is quite...
Forum: Olympus RF 05-09-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 1,761
Posted By Richard Black
My wife's favorite was a black XA2, but alas it...

My wife's favorite was a black XA2, but alas it finally died. The film advance wouldn't anymore. Hated to see that camra go, for we took 100s of photos of our girls and great ones at that.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 05-09-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 1,376
Posted By Richard Black
I second all of the above. It has all the bells...

I second all of the above. It has all the bells and whistles you'll ever need for r/f photography.
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 05-02-2007
Replies: 47
Views: 15,354
Posted By Richard Black
Cool 35 Es

I have one and love it. As mentioned it does not have a manual override, but I think I wouldn't use that feature much because the meter is quite accurate and the lens does not leave much to be...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 05-01-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 2,383
Posted By Richard Black
I hope to take some shots of people looking. I...

I hope to take some shots of people looking. I really want one where a guy or gal is looking while scratching his/her head, kinda like what's up with this? Humor! Thanks guys, it does feel nice that...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 05-01-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 2,383
Posted By Richard Black
Gotta Brag a bit

:o Just want to announce that I have my "first" photo show at a local coffee house. Some of my photos were selected for a local artistic journal, small distrubution, and they asked me if I would like...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-30-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 2,670
Posted By Richard Black
I like Fuji Reala, asa 100, and Fuji Superia 400.

I like Fuji Reala, asa 100, and Fuji Superia 400.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-28-2007
Replies: 15
Views: 1,074
Posted By Richard Black
I bought a painted black, Rolling Stones song...

I bought a painted black, Rolling Stones song comes to mind, Mir from Rus-foto and have been quite pleased. In my case they cleaned it as well as painted it black. If they do a great job the camera...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-28-2007
Replies: 74
Views: 3,624
Posted By Richard Black
It is neither one or the other for me. I use the...

It is neither one or the other for me. I use the r/f cameras when I travel light and the slrs when I need extra reach, 200mm or more. I like them all, using medium format rfs, slrs, and tlrs. I love...
Forum: Off Topic 04-24-2007
Replies: 64
Views: 4,435
Posted By Richard Black
Angry FSU before it was FSU

One of my all time favorite movies, K19, the sub surfaces breaking up the polar ice. The crew gets out and plays "football", European, and a photographer takes snaps of the crew. I have stopped the...
Forum: Off Topic 04-24-2007
Replies: 64
Views: 4,435
Posted By Richard Black
I think it is a Leica IIIf, but my 60 year old...

I think it is a Leica IIIf, but my 60 year old eyes can be deceived. Do enjoy the program, a camera, darkroom and a bunch of books. The stuff dreams are made of...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-21-2007
Replies: 33
Views: 4,189
Posted By Richard Black
I second Back Alley! Camera on the wrist strap or...

I second Back Alley! Camera on the wrist strap or around the neck on a strap and the extra lenses, filters, cleaning stuff, whatever, in the bag. I keep my camera ready with film advanced and ready...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-20-2007
Replies: 15
Views: 1,073
Posted By Richard Black
For a small traveling digital camera, I bought...

For a small traveling digital camera, I bought the Oly SP350. Has manual everything, shoots RAW, and is quite small. For bike travel, the new Oly something or other that is water proof sound like a...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-18-2007
Replies: 50
Views: 4,538
Posted By Richard Black
I do not think you will have sharpness problems...

I do not think you will have sharpness problems with the 25mm. It is zone focus and from the examples shown on this site, it is sharp. The 28 is also sharp and has greater contrast than some may...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-17-2007
Replies: 197
Views: 71,368
Posted By Richard Black
BJ, I agree with you and I don't have the...

BJ,
I agree with you and I don't have the problems mentioned earlier. If the advance stops mid-stroke, I hit the release button and begin to rewind. After that I complete the advance and trip the...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-17-2007
Replies: 81
Views: 4,327
Posted By Richard Black
I like shadowfox's idea, but I would seek greater...

I like shadowfox's idea, but I would seek greater simplicity. Capture only in RAW or that digital negative thing, thing is a technical word here in Ok., with no LCD. Why, because I shoot an R now and...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 04-17-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 1,038
Posted By Richard Black
Jon, I concur! I thought I had lost my settings...

Jon,
I concur! I thought I had lost my settings before I realized the random gallery just disappeared. No advance notice was provided, unless I missed it. Hate to see it go!
Forum: Off Topic 04-16-2007
Replies: 52
Views: 2,491
Posted By Richard Black
I am saddened by the loss of those students and...

I am saddened by the loss of those students and faculity. My heart goes out to the survivors and their families. I know of nothing that I can say to help them in this dire time. Just think of them...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-16-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 2,352
Posted By Richard Black
Raid, I like all these, but I think the young...

Raid,
I like all these, but I think the young ladies would not like you to use a wide angle for the shots from behind. It may not be the most flattering.
Forum: Nikon RF 04-14-2007
Replies: 55
Views: 3,208
Posted By Richard Black
It is his choice to sell, but I treasure, and...

It is his choice to sell, but I treasure, and use, the cameras I inherited from my father. Are there any grandchildren? Would you use it or keep it for them. Something from last century would be...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-11-2007
Replies: 29
Views: 4,230
Posted By Richard Black
Gene, Is that a Cross fountain pen? Classic image...

Gene,
Is that a Cross fountain pen? Classic image you have ther!
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-11-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 793
Posted By Richard Black
Budget may drive your choice. I love the Color...

Budget may drive your choice. I love the Color Skopar 28 f3.5. Sharp and contrasty, great color saturation. Some complain about its speed but that can be handled with faster film, imho. I love the...
Forum: Off Topic 04-05-2007
Replies: 18
Views: 1,399
Posted By Richard Black
I love the 45mm f2, MD mount. Small and with the...

I love the 45mm f2, MD mount. Small and with the 28mm a great kit.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-29-2007
Replies: 12
Views: 1,305
Posted By Richard Black
Since you are new to the Bessa why not use it...

Since you are new to the Bessa why not use it some more and see if there are issues you can't deal with. What do you think the M will do to your photo making? Are you planning a trip to the outback...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-16-2007
Replies: 95
Views: 11,065
Posted By Richard Black
I use the 28mm with the C-S 28/f3.5 on the Bessa...

I use the 28mm with the C-S 28/f3.5 on the Bessa R and the 35mm on the Mir with J-12. I have an 85mm for a J-9 I sold and a 3 way made by Argus 35-50-100, haven't use it yet.
Forum: RFF Polls 03-10-2007
Replies: 50
Views: 3,802
Posted By Richard Black
I like the waist-level view, sort of the old TLR...

I like the waist-level view, sort of the old TLR viewpoint. I use a waist level v/f on a Exakta VXIIa, Pentacon 6tl, and the MS 330f. I do wish that one was available on a r/f, maybe there is but I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-04-2007
Replies: 22
Views: 1,049
Posted By Richard Black
I have enough stress in my life to make...

I have enough stress in my life to make resolutions! I don't do everything I'm supposed to do so why make things worse!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-27-2007
Replies: 95
Views: 11,065
Posted By Richard Black
I use the CV 28mm with the Color Skopar 28 most...

I use the CV 28mm with the Color Skopar 28 most of the time, unless it is a landscape where framing is not that critical, otherwise I use it. On the Jupiter 12, I use it most of the time also. The...
Forum: Off Topic 02-26-2007
Replies: 26
Views: 1,731
Posted By Richard Black
Anything with grandsons biking cooking listening...

Anything with grandsons
biking
cooking
listening to the blues
and
photography, taking pictures, displaying them, and collecting vintage medium format folders.
Forum: Off Topic 02-23-2007
Replies: 88
Views: 3,769
Posted By Richard Black
First ride was a Harley Davidson 165 M/C followed...

First ride was a Harley Davidson 165 M/C followed by their Sprint, a 250cc Italian, then a Triumph 650, lovely purple.
Favorite wierd car: '66 Saab Monte Carlo - 850cc 3 cylinder 2 stroke engive with...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-19-2007
Replies: 50
Views: 3,802
Posted By Richard Black
I do with the Exakta VXIIa and a waist level...

I do with the Exakta VXIIa and a waist level viewfinder. It is my most stealth camera. No one thinks I'm taking a photo, I am just fiddling with the knobs and things!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-19-2007
Replies: 25
Views: 1,436
Posted By Richard Black
Fuji GS645 Professional - APX 100 Minolta X700 -...

Fuji GS645 Professional - APX 100
Minolta X700 - Kodak BW 400
Bessa R - Fuji Superia 100
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-18-2007
Replies: 17
Views: 997
Posted By Richard Black
I have stopped getting prints of my "artistic"...

I have stopped getting prints of my "artistic" work, only those of my grandsons. Minilab develops and scans to cd or I get a contact print. Save money either way. Oldest film in camera 2-3 months.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-18-2007
Replies: 24
Views: 1,179
Posted By Richard Black
Ae 1

Here is a link to a great deal of information on the AE1 and its role in SLR development.

http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/canon/fdresources/SLRs/ae1/index.htm

I have inherited two...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-17-2007
Replies: 22
Views: 1,074
Posted By Richard Black
Oleg, Your English is better than my Russian. If...

Oleg,
Your English is better than my Russian. If you participate in the forums on former Soviet Union cameras, you can use a tag in your signature that will take us to your website. I visited your...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-10-2007
Replies: 2
Views: 3,215
Posted By Richard Black
Fuji GS645

Hi,
I'm looking for the rare lens hood for the folding Gs645. I saw one once on the auction site everyone disdains, but I have not seen one since. This is akin to bird watching looking for the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-10-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 721
Posted By Richard Black
Great shots! My favorite lens, 28mm. I have them...

Great shots! My favorite lens, 28mm. I have them in Minolta slrs and a Bessa Color Skopar.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 02-08-2007
Replies: 25
Views: 2,699
Posted By Richard Black
Suggestion: If you have a 35mm or 28mm w/a lens,...

Suggestion: If you have a 35mm or 28mm w/a lens, take it with you. Groups indoors need a bit wider than the 50mm. I have taken wedding photos and find the 28mm to be quite useful.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-04-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 845
Posted By Richard Black
Perfect Shot

I don't know what the criteria is for a perfect shot is, but here is the one I believe is the best I've ever taken. My grandson was just born and I was in the delivery room with a Jupiter 9 wide...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-31-2007
Replies: 197
Views: 71,368
Posted By Richard Black
Bessa R Experience

I've had my R for over a year, shot about 25 rolls (too many other cameras) and can report only the following problem. I have a soft release and an everready case. They don't mix. The top of the case...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-20-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 1,049
Posted By Richard Black
I must recommend Fuji Reala, if you can get it....

I must recommend Fuji Reala, if you can get it. ASA 100, with great color saturation and bright colors. I've used it at several weddings and on several trips. It is a bit more expensive and I feel...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-18-2007
Replies: 468
Views: 44,920
Posted By Richard Black
Maxwell makes an excellent screen. Many swear by...

Maxwell makes an excellent screen. Many swear by them.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-17-2007
Replies: 15
Views: 1,939
Posted By Richard Black
I don't think the framelines are meant to be...

I don't think the framelines are meant to be exact to the last mm. General guidelines, so to speak. So the 35mm would give a reasonable approximation of the 40mm. If in doubt flip between the 35 and...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-17-2007
Replies: 25
Views: 4,707
Posted By Richard Black
I've used all of Kodak's C-41 and I can't say...

I've used all of Kodak's C-41 and I can't say that there is a difference that is readily discernible; however, I prefer the T400CN to the others. I don't think it has as pronounce color cast, but...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-17-2007
Replies: 80
Views: 4,084
Posted By Richard Black
APX 25! I am happy with what is available at...

APX 25! I am happy with what is available at present.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-17-2007
Replies: 26
Views: 1,915
Posted By Richard Black
Friedrich, I passed through Istanbul in the early...

Friedrich,
I passed through Istanbul in the early 70's, so what I say is quite dated. I had no problems taking tourist-type photos, but I was respectful that some of the inhabitants did not want...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-15-2007
Replies: 36
Views: 2,095
Posted By Richard Black
I didn't realize how little I have used my slrs...

I didn't realize how little I have used my slrs until I submitted 4 photographs to a new local artistic publication. As I reflected on which to submit all those I chose were taken with a variety of...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-15-2007
Replies: 28
Views: 2,010
Posted By Richard Black
If you can find an Agfa Isolette or Zeiss Ikon...

If you can find an Agfa Isolette or Zeiss Ikon you will get a simple 6x6 folding cameras. Some problems, holes in the bellows and sticky shutters. I have an Isoleette I love, light and pocketiable....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-14-2007
Replies: 39
Views: 4,084
Posted By Richard Black
Ideal Bag?

Bear with me, please. It is cold and sleety in N.W. Ok, the whole state, ok? So I thought I would rearrange me camera closet and pulled out all my cases, bags, what-have-you. I was surprised myself....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-14-2007
Replies: 31
Views: 1,832
Posted By Richard Black
One of the issues I have with trying to determine...

One of the issues I have with trying to determine the "character" of a lens is the reliance on the printed product to make the comparisons. I don't print my own work, but I do have several great labs...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 01-14-2007
Replies: 68
Views: 4,797
Posted By Richard Black
I just posted a photo of the evidence of the...

I just posted a photo of the evidence of the sleet storm of 2007 in the central US. Cabin fever is rapidly approaching!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-13-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 835
Posted By Richard Black
How hard would it be to create a Bessa R2 style...

How hard would it be to create a Bessa R2 style dgital camera with the least amount of automation, i.e. no apeture priority, no shutter priority, just plain simple. Use a small size LCD and minimal...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-12-2007
Replies: 39
Views: 3,278
Posted By Richard Black
My preferred on my Bessa R, CV 28mm and a J-3/8...

My preferred on my Bessa R, CV 28mm and a J-3/8 50. If I need tele I use a Minolta X370/700 or Maxxum 4.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-12-2007
Replies: 31
Views: 1,832
Posted By Richard Black
I, too, have this issue with "the look" of a...

I, too, have this issue with "the look" of a lens. I once shot and I-50 in nearly new shape, J-8, J-3, and a I-50, non-colapsible model, and tried to tell the difference. Same shot x4, and the only...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-12-2007
Replies: 31
Views: 2,090
Posted By Richard Black
Yes there is. C-41 film, color and B7W can be...

Yes there is. C-41 film, color and B7W can be processed by your local mini photo lab at W-M, Walgreens or what have you in N.J. Traditional silver based b&w film requires either you do it yourself or...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-11-2007
Replies: 58
Views: 2,965
Posted By Richard Black
As one who grew up in a funeral home, yes I did...

As one who grew up in a funeral home, yes I did live there, and have attended more funerals than most, I can say that if the family has no objections then it would be ok. Now good taste should...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-10-2007
Replies: 43
Views: 3,760
Posted By Richard Black
I learned from my father when I was 10-11 and I...

I learned from my father when I was 10-11 and I don't think my game has improved much since. I love to play, I'm just not that good.:o
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 01-08-2007
Replies: 68
Views: 4,797
Posted By Richard Black
I've posted 2 to flickr. Do I need to add a tag...

I've posted 2 to flickr. Do I need to add a tag to the PAW for this group? I am new to flickr and would like them to be included in the group's effort.
Forgive me, I succeeded in posting a link to ...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 01-07-2007
Replies: 53
Views: 6,891
Posted By Richard Black
I really like the Vivitar 35ES I have. It shares...

I really like the Vivitar 35ES I have. It shares much of the Minolta 7s and other school. It is easy to use and is quite inexpensive. I carry it in a bag in my car most of the time. Photograpically...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-06-2007
Replies: 53
Views: 3,051
Posted By Richard Black
I owned a nice Leica IIIc but sold it because of...

I owned a nice Leica IIIc but sold it because of the number of rolls of film I messed up because of its bottom feeding method. I know, blame to owner, and I adher to that, but I just did not want to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-05-2007
Replies: 48
Views: 2,212
Posted By Richard Black
an infrequent visitor and not yet a poster!

an infrequent visitor and not yet a poster!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-05-2007
Replies: 150
Views: 11,285
Posted By Richard Black
Kodak Starflash - late 50's Yashica TL -...

Kodak Starflash - late 50's
Yashica TL - 1969
Fujica ST 701 - (my favorite) 1971 stolen 1980's
Pentax K1000 - 1988 also stolen
Minolta X370 - 1988 to present
Minolta X700 - 2006 to present
Zorkii 4...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-04-2007
Replies: 39
Views: 2,285
Posted By Richard Black
This discussion resonates with me as few have. I...

This discussion resonates with me as few have. I took a vacation last summer and hauled 4 cameras and assorted lenses. I used each of them, but I can't think of a time that I changed lenses while out...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 01-02-2007
Replies: 68
Views: 4,797
Posted By Richard Black
My first attemp

I set this up on flikr, it seems like a lot use that site. I hope this link works. I have another site but it is for another purpose. The flikr site will be for my attempts at...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-02-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 1,358
Posted By Richard Black
I really don't think those of use who use b&w...

I really don't think those of use who use b&w film, or convert color to b&w, think in black and white. I'm more a "shades of greyscale" than b&w. Unless there is compelling reason to use high...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 01-01-2007
Replies: 68
Views: 4,797
Posted By Richard Black
As with any challenge, is there a restriction to...

As with any challenge, is there a restriction to film r/f cameras only. I shoot all sorts and couldn't count on film r/f only. If any camera is acceptable, count me in.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-29-2006
Replies: 13
Views: 1,290
Posted By Richard Black
Too much time on your hands

You guys have too much time on you hands. The owner of a local camera shop just called and is willing to loan my a new Sony A100 to test drive. I think my time will be filled, making images, can't...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-29-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 1,377
Posted By Richard Black
Each has his/her opinion about composition and...

Each has his/her opinion about composition and perspective. We all know this and it is why some discussions generate heat and others nothing at all. I look at this photo and find it balanced with...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-29-2006
Replies: 50
Views: 2,975
Posted By Richard Black
I concur with those who spoke of the equipment as...

I concur with those who spoke of the equipment as merely a tool. I look about my office and I have 120/35/digital prints displayed, and my co-workers find them interesting and pleasing. I'm not...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-27-2006
Replies: 60
Poll: R3m Gas
Views: 6,483
Posted By Richard Black
Gray Paint

Do any of you own the gray or grey colored R2/3a? Comments on the color. It looks sooooo cool on Cameraquest. What's it like in real life?:confused:
Tell me it is real ugly so I won't have gas...
Forum: Off Topic 12-26-2006
Replies: 84
Views: 3,680
Posted By Richard Black
Thanks for posting this! I received some cameras,...

Thanks for posting this! I received some cameras, C330 from my father, AE-1 from an aunt, and this event touched me and reminded me of the treasures I have received from those who have gone before...
Forum: Off Topic 12-26-2006
Replies: 84
Views: 3,680
Posted By Richard Black
A nice fountain pen and a 2007 Ansel Adam's...

A nice fountain pen and a 2007 Ansel Adam's calendar to hang in my office for inspiration! I gave my oldest grandson, 7, a small, please forgive me, digital camera. He still needs the instant grat...
Forum: RFF Polls 12-26-2006
Replies: 207
Views: 15,531
Posted By Richard Black
Weight...when slrs dominated they weighed a ton...

Weight...when slrs dominated they weighed a ton compared to r/fs. Extra baggage is the bane of my existence. Rangefinders are superior in that regard and much easier to use their viewfinders.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-25-2006
Replies: 93
Views: 7,674
Posted By Richard Black
I travel with a 50 and a 28. 35 is not wide...

I travel with a 50 and a 28. 35 is not wide enough and 50 is just the right telephoto. the 28 is my normal lens on my RFs and my SLRs.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-25-2006
Replies: 50
Views: 3,657
Posted By Richard Black
My favorite portrait was taken with a Minolta...

My favorite portrait was taken with a Minolta X370 with a Jupiter 9 and adapter. My favorite portrait equipement, Pentacon Sixtl with Kalenar 3, 150mm lens.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-24-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 1,062
Posted By Richard Black
I successfully used FSU lenes on a IIIc, but alas...

I successfully used FSU lenes on a IIIc, but alas I never owned Leica optics that I could use on the FSU cameras that I owned. As a rule, and you know how rules are, ltm lenses will work on FSU...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 12-24-2006
Replies: 4
Views: 821
Posted By Richard Black
Socke, Thanks for that comparison. I see how the...

Socke,
Thanks for that comparison. I see how the German language can be technologically explicit without the same baggage as English. Messucherkamera covers a wide range of focusing methods,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-24-2006
Replies: 30
Views: 1,703
Posted By Richard Black
On the original issue, on this forum I send a PM...

On the original issue, on this forum I send a PM to thank someone for comments. I'm old school and worry about capacity of the site. Some forums I have used asked that thanks and other similar...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-22-2006
Replies: 11
Views: 1,130
Posted By Richard Black
If I order the fresh dated film and it is not...

If I order the fresh dated film and it is not received I return it with a note saying this is not what I ordered. I have not experienced this problem with B&H!:)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-20-2006
Replies: 26
Views: 1,713
Posted By Richard Black
Travel Kit Lite

Bessa R + VC 28/f3.5 J-8
Fuji GS 645 folder
Vivltar 35ES
Minolta x300 28mm/45mm:)
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-18-2006
Replies: 7
Views: 2,209
Posted By Richard Black
I too use this lens but I did break down and buy...

I too use this lens but I did break down and buy the viewfinder. It does help a bit. The case at Cameraquest is not that bulky, and besides, it will hold a J 8 or j3 when you are using the 28.
Forum: RFF Polls 12-16-2006
Replies: 114
Views: 22,599
Posted By Richard Black
When you said medium format, that sealed it....

When you said medium format, that sealed it. Tri-X! It is incredibile and the grain of the new formula is exceptional. I have use HP-5 and it is soooo close, but TriX is a bit cheaper. I love its...
Forum: Off Topic 12-14-2006
Replies: 130
Views: 4,651
Posted By Richard Black
Cool Without a doubt, Fuji GS645 folder, small,...

Without a doubt, Fuji GS645 folder, small, awesome film size and easily transported into the next life
Forum: Off Topic 12-09-2006
Replies: 23
Views: 1,390
Posted By Richard Black
Alternative resolution

May I propose an alternative? You did not say where the camera was sent. Is there a reputable repairman in the vicinty that could realign the r/f for a nominal fee, saves the return shipping and...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-01-2006
Replies: 27
Views: 1,811
Posted By Richard Black
Have you decided which lens you will use? Do you...

Have you decided which lens you will use? Do you prefer wider than 35mm? The 4m would be the ticket if you prefer wider than 35mm because you can use the rangefinder to frame as wide as 21mm. That is...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-01-2006
Replies: 31
Views: 2,934
Posted By Richard Black
I understand your concerns, but I have one of the...

I understand your concerns, but I have one of the above mentioned 70's cameras, AE-1, that has had only the light seals replaced and, of course, the battery, and it still takes fantastic pictures. I...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 12-01-2006
Replies: 17
Views: 1,343
Posted By Richard Black
I have had dealings with Henry's over the ebay...

I have had dealings with Henry's over the ebay and have been very happy with them. Quick service and good products.
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 11-29-2006
Replies: 58
Views: 4,605
Posted By Richard Black
But you have to admit they sure know how to...

But you have to admit they sure know how to distill wisky!:)
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-24-2006
Replies: 20
Views: 1,867
Posted By Richard Black
I have an R and am pleased with the metering. I...

I have an R and am pleased with the metering. I find it to about right. The only problem I have had was in Mesa Verde when the sun light bore directly on the dwellings, a sandstone color. The...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 11-23-2006
Replies: 29
Views: 2,516
Posted By Richard Black
Just like phone calls I don't want or mail that...

Just like phone calls I don't want or mail that is meaningless to me, I don't listen or just throw it away. Those whose tone is unacceptable to me, I don't read or give any value to no matter how...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-21-2006
Replies: 25
Views: 2,699
Posted By Richard Black
Film: Fuji NPH 400 and some TriX. Use available...

Film: Fuji NPH 400 and some TriX. Use available light as much as possible. Even consider the Fuji 1600 Black and White. The weddings I have shot the couple like the B&W the best.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-21-2006
Replies: 22
Views: 1,582
Posted By Richard Black
Replace the Bessa with the embossed Voigtlander...

Replace the Bessa with the embossed Voigtlander and the Bessa model on the top plate so the photog can see which one of the many he is using. Can be confusing when you have more than one, haha!
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-19-2006
Replies: 8
Views: 957
Posted By Richard Black
Suggest you contact CameraWiz to see if he has...

Suggest you contact CameraWiz to see if he has the part. He did some wonderful things to my GS645S, it works like new.
Forum: RFF Polls 11-17-2006
Replies: 156
Views: 16,142
Posted By Richard Black
Conference

I am interested but the west coast would be a challenge for me. One group, Exakta collectors, met in K.C. Mo. They have the conference facilities and is centrally located. Other options would be...
Forum: Off Topic 11-15-2006
Replies: 5
Views: 801
Posted By Richard Black
LightZone

This is an image I produced with LightZone 1.6. Began as a Oly Raw format and ended with this. It is as sharp as I would like but I think I could get there. It is easy to desaturate the color and...
Forum: Off Topic 11-14-2006
Replies: 5
Views: 801
Posted By Richard Black
You guys are great! Thanks, this is what I like...

You guys are great! Thanks, this is what I like about this forum!!!!
Forum: Off Topic 11-14-2006
Replies: 5
Views: 801
Posted By Richard Black
Software

I read about a software program that could be used to imitate specific b&w film, i.e. TriX, Ilford, etc. Was this just a dream or does it exist? I can't find the reference. Thanks!:confused:
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-12-2006
Replies: 21
Views: 1,925
Posted By Richard Black
Film and Digital

I use both, cop out, yeah. But I found the Olympus SP-350 to be an ideal, nearly rangefineresque, digital camera for me. It shoots raw, has a hot shoe, and I can adjust till the cows come home. But I...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-11-2006
Replies: 7
Views: 921
Posted By Richard Black
Fuji 400

Are you dissatisfied with the results you are getting? If you are, you may want to experiment with a lower asa rating. If not, don't worry about what others find satisfactory. I shoot Fuji color film...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-10-2006
Replies: 11
Views: 1,572
Posted By Richard Black
I have been unable to create a new thread, so...

I have been unable to create a new thread, so here goes, and btw I am concerned about your issues. Does anyone here have any experience with Lightzone? Thanks for any help you can share. I used to be...
Forum: Yashica RF 11-10-2006
Replies: 3
Views: 784
Posted By Richard Black
Is something happening with this image? When I...

Is something happening with this image? When I click on it I get a tone and no enlargement. Pop-up blockers haven't blocked them in the past.
Forum: Yashica RF 11-06-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 921
Posted By Richard Black
Welcome, and that feeling you have about other...

Welcome, and that feeling you have about other gear is call GAS. It is contagous and can be expensive. There are a bunch with the GSN so they can share their experience. I had one but sold it when I...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-04-2006
Replies: 16
Views: 1,721
Posted By Richard Black
Guys, I use one on an Olympus SP-350. It has...

Guys,
I use one on an Olympus SP-350. It has 2.5" screen and most of the settings are in the menus, but that doesn't seem to affect me from changing them easily. I haven't seen the back of a Leica...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 11-03-2006
Replies: 58
Views: 4,605
Posted By Richard Black
Jody, Thanks for sharing that one. I, too, am a...

Jody,
Thanks for sharing that one. I, too, am a bike rider, darned motorcyclists stealing biker, and that bike reminds my of my oldest daughter's first bike without trainining wheels, but it was...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-03-2006
Replies: 16
Views: 1,721
Posted By Richard Black
Bob has it. Delkin, easy to mount, pull the tape...

Bob has it. Delkin, easy to mount, pull the tape off and put over the viewfinder. It is one more step in use it because you have to open it, but I haven't scratch the lcd on the Oly, yet!
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 11-02-2006
Replies: 58
Views: 4,605
Posted By Richard Black
Solitude

Taken with a Leica IIIc and a Jupiter 12 on a foggy morning in Enid Ok. Gives a sense of being alone, I think!
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-02-2006
Replies: 16
Views: 1,721
Posted By Richard Black
I have an Oly SP 350 and use one that springs out...

I have an Oly SP 350 and use one that springs out with side bars that help block the sun during daylight. This camera has 2.5" screen so it makes it easy to check if I want to in bright light. Cost...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-01-2006
Replies: 8
Views: 2,835
Posted By Richard Black
My success with the CV 28/3.5 is quite...

My success with the CV 28/3.5 is quite satisfying. I like the images and the size.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-01-2006
Replies: 25
Views: 1,729
Posted By Richard Black
I have had both and have the black version now....

I have had both and have the black version now. Image quality is the same if you get good ones, the black one seems to be coated better. You might try the I-50 collapsible. I really like mine.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-31-2006
Replies: 22
Views: 1,765
Posted By Richard Black
I found a soft, lunch bag that has a space for...

I found a soft, lunch bag that has a space for one of those frozen cooler thingys that works wonders, is soft inside and big enough for what you want and looks like I am carrying my lunch. Cost...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-29-2006
Replies: 18
Views: 2,396
Posted By Richard Black
Wow! That is all I can say. I didn't think I...

Wow! That is all I can say. I didn't think I wanted one this wide but now...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-29-2006
Replies: 37
Views: 8,312
Posted By Richard Black
Are you unhappy with it? Are you considering sell...

Are you unhappy with it? Are you considering sell it? Just joking! I like the images and can't see much not to like. Enjoy Hi! Could you try some Fuji Reala as 80asa. Color should zing!
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 10-29-2006
Replies: 25
Views: 6,235
Posted By Richard Black
Cool Welcome

Welcome and I think your pics a just fine. I lived in upstate N.Y. for a year while in the Navy, and I can't think of a place with fewer days of sunshine. I'm in nw Ok and we have full sun 270 days a...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-27-2006
Replies: 18
Views: 1,213
Posted By Richard Black
I must be lucky. The 42mm mount J-9 I have, a...

I must be lucky. The 42mm mount J-9 I have, a black one, is sharp and the oof area is fantastic. The best photo I have of my grandson was taken with the 42mm J9.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-25-2006
Replies: 46
Views: 2,202
Posted By Richard Black
Talking Color and B&W

I began with a Kodak Starflash in the 1950's shooting Kodak color film and slides. Somewhere along the way I added b&w and shoot both about the same amount. Different subjects or differenct moods. It...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-14-2006
Replies: 33
Views: 2,613
Posted By Richard Black
I have both the J3 and J8 and both have the...

I have both the J3 and J8 and both have the characteristics you desire. I have a collapsible Industar 50, f3.5 that would also meet your requirements.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-08-2006
Replies: 9
Views: 1,116
Posted By Richard Black
My 2 cents echos those pleased with Igor's...

My 2 cents echos those pleased with Igor's products. I am always excited to see the brown paper wrapping and the horsehair string. Good stuff. Slow delivery.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-07-2006
Replies: 44
Views: 3,936
Posted By Richard Black
Black Body Chrome Lens

Here is my contribution to this discussion. I like the combo either way.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 10-01-2006
Replies: 16
Views: 2,317
Posted By Richard Black
Color-Skopar 28mm

As mentioned before, size makes this one attractive lens. That said, I highly recommend this for its optical qualities. I have mine for over a year and am challenged to improve my vision to match the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-24-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 2,488
Posted By Richard Black
I have this meter and really like it. It replaced...

I have this meter and really like it. It replaced a Gossen Pilot which strangely stopped working. I wanted something small, although I don't mount it on the camera. I wear it around my neck and...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 09-20-2006
Replies: 32
Views: 1,625
Posted By Richard Black
I have used and continue to use Reala. Love it! I...

I have used and continue to use Reala. Love it! I have experimented with overexposing and I can't tell a differenece. Unless you have a lab that will work with you, the Fuji processors read the...
Forum: RFF Polls 09-17-2006
Replies: 398
Views: 29,878
Posted By Richard Black
My first was a Yashica, 1969, followed by my...

My first was a Yashica, 1969, followed by my favorite of all time, Fujica ST701 in black. Alas it was stolen after 15 years of use. Replaced with Pentax K1000, stolen and now Minolta X370 and the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-17-2006
Replies: 8
Views: 674
Posted By Richard Black
Welcome to the forum. To answer your question I...

Welcome to the forum. To answer your question I have to admit that I own an R. A major factor in buying it was that I owned several ltm lenses and would not have had to use an adapter or buy another...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-10-2006
Replies: 27
Views: 3,360
Posted By Richard Black
Art?

I second Finder's point that the subject does not determine if it is art or not. Great painters painted scenes that were controversial in their day. I think of van Gogh's self portrait, the one where...
Forum: Other RF 09-09-2006
Replies: 34
Views: 2,529
Posted By Richard Black
I once had a Zenit 412dx that look sorta like it...

I once had a Zenit 412dx that look sorta like it came from Star Wars, but I donated to a chap in S.F. for his students. The rest of mine are like my children, to me they are pretty.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-03-2006
Replies: 47
Views: 2,570
Posted By Richard Black
Glad you brought up spot metering. I don't use it...

Glad you brought up spot metering. I don't use it for "walkin' around" but do for a lot of the other meterless work, and in some cases metered work. I like spot meters. In the discussion above, when...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 09-03-2006
Replies: 9
Views: 1,068
Posted By Richard Black
Anything you want, but I don't think it would be...

Anything you want, but I don't think it would be too good for astrophotography. Portraits are particularly nice.
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 09-02-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 1,738
Posted By Richard Black
Agree with the comments made above. If you have a...

Agree with the comments made above. If you have a 85mm-90mm tele, step back a get close shots of the maker's face or hands and wides for environment.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-01-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 1,873
Posted By Richard Black
I have successfully bought from Rusfoto and Oleg...

I have successfully bought from Rusfoto and Oleg in Russia. But for the best I second Fedka.
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 08-30-2006
Replies: 16
Views: 1,336
Posted By Richard Black
Dinner?

Here is a shot taken with a Vivtar 35es at a restaurant in Santa Fe N.M. Color is great'; it does b&w well too.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 08-30-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 1,873
Posted By Richard Black
John B, Welcome, you'll find a lot of helpful...

John B,
Welcome, you'll find a lot of helpful hints here. I use three old folders, Fuji GS 645, Moskva V, and a Agfa Isolette. Two have rangefinders and the Agfa doesn't, but I do have an auxillary...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-27-2006
Replies: 132
Views: 9,329
Posted By Richard Black
Allstate

Did Sears ever sell cars? Yes, the Allstate 1953!
Forum: Off Topic 08-08-2006
Replies: 62
Views: 2,666
Posted By Richard Black
As a previous owner of Nissans, Toyotas, Hondas,...

As a previous owner of Nissans, Toyotas, Hondas, Subarus, Hyundai, as well as weird 3 cyclinder Saab, I think you should find the major Japanese used cars a good bargain. Probably higher that Chevy...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-07-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 999
Posted By Richard Black
My favorite color film is Fuji Reala, asa 100....

My favorite color film is Fuji Reala, asa 100. Great color, wide lattitude, and easily found. For later shots, Superia 400. The two can be processed anywhere and are both forgiving. Without a light...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-06-2006
Replies: 52
Views: 2,100
Posted By Richard Black
My wife or friends may accompany me, but they are...

My wife or friends may accompany me, but they are not photographers. I wander around and away from them and return when I've caught the images I want. Some involve them, some not. I've found carrying...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-06-2006
Replies: 35
Views: 1,741
Posted By Richard Black
Swap shops and flea markets get my attention. I...

Swap shops and flea markets get my attention. I don't know of an on-line flea market. At least on the great plains one can find all sorts of weird stuff at them. Some will even trade, so it is fun to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-03-2006
Replies: 45
Views: 1,952
Posted By Richard Black
I have a Bessa R and am quite pleased with it. No...

I have a Bessa R and am quite pleased with it. No issues with reliability. It traveled to N.M. and Colorado without a prolblem. The XA s I have seen have quite a few years on them and could be...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-01-2006
Replies: 74
Views: 13,193
Posted By Richard Black
These questions ask the reponder to give you...

These questions ask the reponder to give you inside based on their experience. I like the Bessa R and would love a 2m. I am not a fan of the bottom feeding Leicas because of the difficulty I...
Forum: Off Topic 07-30-2006
Replies: 107
Views: 3,856
Posted By Richard Black
Until they conduct a test of the type of...

Until they conduct a test of the type of testosterone, natural or artificial, I think I'll withhold any opinion. Given all the hype, I think in the end the test will reveal any discrepancy. I haven't...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-30-2006
Replies: 1
Views: 926
Posted By Richard Black
In Praise of the GS 645 (folder)

I just loaded some recent phots taken at Mesa Verde with the folding Fuji Gs 645 and each time I use it I fall in love all over again. Film was Ilford's SFX, 200, and processed at Image in Az....
Forum: Other RF 07-28-2006
Replies: 49
Views: 2,480
Posted By Richard Black
I have an excellent Jupite 9 in 42mm mount and...

I have an excellent Jupite 9 in 42mm mount and use it with an adapter on a MD mount, Minolta x-700/370, and am more than pleased with it. Two of my best protraits were taken with this combo. Looking...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-26-2006
Replies: 3
Views: 1,148
Posted By Richard Black
I have this combo and use it frequently. How...

I have this combo and use it frequently. How accurate is it? I hae the v/f also and use it too when I know most of the shot will be at infinity. I really never had problems with the full rangefinder...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 07-25-2006
Replies: 11
Views: 720
Posted By Richard Black
Any roll of Agfa Agfapan 25 B&W. No longer in...

Any roll of Agfa Agfapan 25 B&W. No longer in production. I have 2 in 120 left and am waiting for the right setting.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-23-2006
Replies: 2
Views: 505
Posted By Richard Black
Odd quirks

Just read that someone had trouble with the meter activation on the Leica CL. I'm sure I would have if I was lucky enough to have one. But it started me to thinking about the "characteristics" of...
Forum: Off Topic 07-23-2006
Replies: 26
Views: 1,156
Posted By Richard Black
Haven't you heard? Its not the heat but the...

Haven't you heard? Its not the heat but the humidity! From tornado alley, out on the plains of Ok, we have ligthening, sorry not pics yet, and heat. We even have heat lightening. So far 107 and...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-19-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 1,342
Posted By Richard Black
I bought the Color Skopar 28 first and used it on...

I bought the Color Skopar 28 first and used it on the R exclusively; howevr, I have purchased the 28mm v/f and am glad I did. It gives me options, and I like that.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-18-2006
Replies: 20
Views: 1,046
Posted By Richard Black
Superia 100. Great color and not too expensive!

Superia 100. Great color and not too expensive!
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-18-2006
Replies: 15
Views: 1,160
Posted By Richard Black
Great shot. The j12 is one of favs.

Great shot. The j12 is one of favs.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-18-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 696
Posted By Richard Black
Cool Welcome and I second the recommendation to find a...

Welcome and I second the recommendation to find a lab that does good scans and use them.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-18-2006
Replies: 42
Views: 1,464
Posted By Richard Black
Raid, Prince Edward Island. I took a wonderful...

Raid,
Prince Edward Island. I took a wonderful vacation in 1978 via motorcycle to Nova Scotia and PEI. Met some great folks and ate some of the best seafood of my life. Shot 10 rolls of film in3...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 07-18-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 1,183
Posted By Richard Black
On my 3170 I set it to automatic first and then...

On my 3170 I set it to automatic first and then adjust if necessary. I haven't run into what you show in this example. Lucky, I guess.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 07-11-2006
Replies: 34
Views: 3,191
Posted By Richard Black
I've use Delta 400, HP5, and XP2 and I like HP5...

I've use Delta 400, HP5, and XP2 and I like HP5 best. XP2 is convenient for processing, but my experience taught me that HP5 matches my images best. Your results may vary...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-09-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 658
Posted By Richard Black
I have personally had two cameras serviced by...

I have personally had two cameras serviced by Oleg and would not hesitate to send him more. Economical and competent.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-09-2006
Replies: 3
Views: 515
Posted By Richard Black
I have just about given up b&w filters on C-41...

I have just about given up b&w filters on C-41 b&w film. I feel they enhance contrast too much. With regular b&w, say TriX or HP5, I use the yellow, orange and sometimes red. In 120, certainly so!
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-09-2006
Replies: 197
Views: 71,368
Posted By Richard Black
Smile Recent photos

My wife and I retuned from a trip to Mesa Verde, the cliff dwellings in S.W. Colorado. I took 4 cameras, including the Bessa R and Color Skopar and J8. I use a Gordy wrist strap so the way it hangs...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-07-2006
Replies: 41
Views: 2,075
Posted By Richard Black
I/15 At 3.5 Or 1.5 Depending On Lens, Cs-28 Or...

I/15 At 3.5 Or 1.5 Depending On Lens, Cs-28 Or Jupiter 3. Acceptable By Bracing Arms In Chest.
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