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Forum: Photography General Interest 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 143
Posted By Rayt
I think these type of natural photos are superior...

I think these type of natural photos are superior than look-at-me photos because they are just more interesting. If I took a photo of my kid staring into the camera that photos should only be...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 22 Hours Ago
Replies: 391
Views: 157,354
Posted By Rayt
About to go on a road trip to the southwest I...

About to go on a road trip to the southwest I couldn't decide which camera to use. I had already done the the trip with Leica R, Rollei 6x6, and 4x5. So for something completely different I bought a...
Forum: RFF News 1 Day Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,180
Posted By Rayt
What a fortuitous turn for the UK! After Brexit...

What a fortuitous turn for the UK! After Brexit we will have access to a myriad of low tariff high quality British made tech products.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 5 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,651
Posted By Rayt
There is little need for high speed sheet film so...

There is little need for high speed sheet film so I am going to guess the other way - a new formula iso 50 film.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 777
Posted By Rayt
I bought a CL for my 40mm. With either 35mm and...

I bought a CL for my 40mm. With either 35mm and 50mm framelines you are left guessing what is actually being covered. Go for the Biogon.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 1 Week Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 705
Posted By Rayt
I’ll wait for the Lenny Kravitz pre-chewed...

I’ll wait for the Lenny Kravitz pre-chewed edition.
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 9,007
Views: 882,388
Posted By Rayt
I just ordered it off KEH with the description...

I just ordered it off KEH with the description “with grip and cable” so I assume it has the anatomical grip. I’ll look into getting my 135mm cammed. I think cams are still made?
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 9,007
Views: 882,388
Posted By Rayt
Linhof Master Technika 4x5. It’s a rangefinder!

Linhof Master Technika 4x5. It’s a rangefinder!
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 1 Week Ago
Replies: 1,905
Views: 377,619
Posted By Rayt
It’s just my personal style. The test I do is to...

It’s just my personal style. The test I do is to crop the image and see if the edited parts are vital to the image. I prefer to have the final image at exposure and not crop the final print. It’s...
Forum: RFF Polls 1 Week Ago
Replies: 445
Views: 75,736
Posted By Rayt
MP .58x, M2, M5, and several Barnacks.

MP .58x, M2, M5, and several Barnacks.
Forum: Travel 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 43
Views: 1,230
Posted By Rayt
I don’t have photos, only a very sad story. Go on...

I don’t have photos, only a very sad story. Go on on google map and look up Altay and Kanas Lake in China. These places are in western China near Kazakhstan slightly south of Mongolia. Altay is a...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,905
Views: 377,619
Posted By Rayt
One common problem with “failed” panos is that...

One common problem with “failed” panos is that the shot didn’t need to be in pano at all. If you can't fill the frame with relevant material then better to use another format. I tried doing street...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,905
Views: 377,619
Posted By Rayt
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48845450586_62...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48845450586_62c6962252_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hqiGH9)Jaipur1s (https://flic.kr/p/2hqiGH9) by ray tai (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,905
Views: 377,619
Posted By Rayt
Jaipur, India Xpan, 45mm,...

Jaipur, India
Xpan, 45mm, TMX

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48787174543_bc0f4b7661_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hka2gM)IndiaX1s (https://flic.kr/p/2hka2gM) by ray tai...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,905
Views: 377,619
Posted By Rayt
Hiran Minar near Lahore Pakistan Xpan, 45mm,...

Hiran Minar near Lahore Pakistan

Xpan, 45mm, Velvia 50

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48840418913_1860ea7969_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hpRUYa)colorxpan1sm (https://flic.kr/p/2hpRUYa) by ray...
Forum: Travel 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 1,010
Posted By Rayt
This is wonderful! Where was this taken?

This is wonderful! Where was this taken?
Forum: Travel 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 4,371
Posted By Rayt
I hope the OP is around to post more photos. I...

I hope the OP is around to post more photos. I was in Lahore earlier this year and never have I met friendlier people in my travels.
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 168
Views: 5,597
Posted By Rayt
Over processed HDR would have been his norm. :)

Over processed HDR would have been his norm. :)
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 210
Views: 28,060
Posted By Rayt
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48731342526_ff...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48731342526_ffd86c0a98_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hfdSmN)L9997778 (https://flic.kr/p/2hfdSmN) by ray tai (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 210
Views: 28,060
Posted By Rayt
I bought a 28mm Summilux for my M8. Now I have a...

I bought a 28mm Summilux for my M8. Now I have a fast 35/1.4 equivalent and will delay any digital upgrade for 5 years. Worth every penny. Here is a test shot in Tokyo where I used it for the first...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 544
Posted By Rayt
I use Alden 74 loaders and the counter is pretty...

I use Alden 74 loaders and the counter is pretty accurate. I start at zero and roll the film counter one revolution to stop again at zero. Taking account of the exposed ends I get 35 usable frames in...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 1,065
Posted By Rayt
Maybe Leica is hoarding parts not selling them to...

Maybe Leica is hoarding parts not selling them to independents. If true then it is as good as no parts given what they charge.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 261
Posted By Rayt
Do you have a picture of the adapter? Even though...

Do you have a picture of the adapter? Even though the 13.5 adapter will bring up the 35 frame it won’t work on your 35mm lenses if it doesn’t have the cut out for the infinity lock. I learned this...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 79
Views: 2,539
Posted By Rayt
It would probably be easier to get Cosina to...

It would probably be easier to get Cosina to reintroduce the Bessa III 667 than to start fresh. What is the minimum order? I’ll buy one if it is priced around US$2k.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 77
Views: 2,077
Posted By Rayt
I have bought limited edition Leica film cameras...

I have bought limited edition Leica film cameras because I wanted the black paint lenses. Too bad I didn’t keep the bodies because they are worth 8 to 10 times now. I am not interested in digital so...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 75
Views: 2,443
Posted By Rayt
I don't think you can. And why would you want to?...

I don't think you can. And why would you want to? Choose the right gear for the job.

I have been shooting for 30 years and know what I want to shoot and know what gear I need to help me get it. But...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 653
Views: 151,214
Posted By Rayt
Nikon F, 50/1.4 Ai....

Nikon F, 50/1.4 Ai. Tmax100

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48787145418_d478d0cd3e.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hk9SBC)Hotel (https://flic.kr/p/2hk9SBC) by ray tai...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 316
Views: 31,599
Posted By Rayt
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48787566547_e1...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48787566547_e1d4518561.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hkc2Nt)Lahore11 (https://flic.kr/p/2hkc2Nt) by ray tai (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 126
Views: 10,044
Posted By Rayt
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48787378011_1f...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48787378011_1f5f32bdfb.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hkb4KR)tan2s (https://flic.kr/p/2hkb4KR) by ray tai (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 215
Views: 11,168
Posted By Rayt
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48787329876_9b...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48787329876_9b04b40059.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hkaPrW)Boogie (https://flic.kr/p/2hkaPrW) by ray tai (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 75
Views: 2,443
Posted By Rayt
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48787299316_27...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48787299316_279e9e7cb1.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hkaEn3)4C1EAC6F-7708-4C3A-9B85-45B7D2BF42A3 (https://flic.kr/p/2hkaEn3) by ray tai...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 75
Views: 2,443
Posted By Rayt
I mostly do street photography and for a few...

I mostly do street photography and for a few years only traveled with an SWC. My “style” was to walk right up to the subject maybe from 4 to 6 feet away and snap. I grew tired of it because the shots...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 921
Posted By Rayt
The VALOO works fine on the 3.5cm Elmar. There is...

The VALOO works fine on the 3.5cm Elmar. There is some minor mechanical vignetting just the very very edge of the corners. The hood is a good match.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 391
Views: 66,085
Posted By Rayt
I am primarily a film shooter but the M8.2 comes...

I am primarily a film shooter but the M8.2 comes in handy in low light. I don’t like the look of pushed b/w film and 1600iso after b/w conversion still looks pretty good. Someday when I go digital it...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 3,132
Posted By Rayt
Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki Nikon, Canon,...

Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki

Nikon, Canon, Minolta, Pentax

John, Paul, George, Ringo

Ford, GM, Chrysler, Jeep (?)

Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 3,132
Posted By Rayt
I understand what you mean but I am pedantic and...

I understand what you mean but I am pedantic and will reply with an observation.

If there is no internet then digital photography would not have existed or at least not as a consumer product. The...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 3,132
Posted By Rayt
On a photo forum when the subject of Leica is...

On a photo forum when the subject of Leica is brought up there will be inevitable trolling from virtuous people who regularly donate their income and make do with a point and shoot. “Fondler,...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 391
Views: 66,085
Posted By Rayt
The happy couple have since divorced. Can you buy...

The happy couple have since divorced. Can you buy it at half price?
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 09-14-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,436
Posted By Rayt
I am shooting with an M8.2 and also notice how...

I am shooting with an M8.2 and also notice how nice the files are. I am not a serious digital shooter so the M8.2 is enough for me and I like it for the RF experience. I shot this photo last week in...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 09-13-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,436
Posted By Rayt
You like the look of underexposed print film. How...

You like the look of underexposed print film. How do you attribute this to the M8? Can’t any camera provide files for you to play with in post?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-08-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 1,556
Posted By Rayt
I had the same idea back in the 90's when I...

I had the same idea back in the 90's when I wanted a vintage look to emulate the masters. I agree with Ko.Fe. The darkroom is where it is. Using a lower contrast lens of any vintage with correct...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-03-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,868
Posted By Rayt
I have about 800 pages of b/w negs in storage and...

I have about 800 pages of b/w negs in storage and when I retire I intend to spend my days printing them traditionally. I tried getting into digital more then once. I had the Epson R2400 but the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-02-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 511
Posted By Rayt
Facial recognition technology will be adapted...

Facial recognition technology will be adapted willingly by the public. I am already unlocking my iPhone with it and many countries will have facial recognition as well as already existing biometrics...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-02-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 511
Posted By Rayt
For example? As an American we have already given...

For example? As an American we have already given away much of our freedom so actually getting something in return is a good thing. Do you know how much the police can get away with in my country?...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 09-02-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 986
Posted By Rayt
The Contarex 35mm Curtagon is an F4 lens and the...

The Contarex 35mm Curtagon is an F4 lens and the adapter has no RF coupling. I am used to the Hasselblad SWC so scale focusing isn't a problem for shots from 3 meters. No external finder is...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-02-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 511
Posted By Rayt
This is an interesting topic. We want to live in...

This is an interesting topic. We want to live in an ideal world and yet we exist in reality. How many times have we read something in the papers or online about an assault in the streets and...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 09-01-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 986
Posted By Rayt
With the Curtagon there is hardly any fall off...

With the Curtagon there is hardly any fall off even at max aperture. The entire image circle maintains even luminance. I still have the lens and the Xpan adapter though regrettably no longer have the...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 09-01-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 986
Posted By Rayt
Eventually I did manage to buy the native 30mm...

Eventually I did manage to buy the native 30mm Xpan lens and used it without the center filter. I can say the filter is not necessary. It vignettes but barely visible. I shoot b/w often at max aper...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 09-01-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 986
Posted By Rayt
I owned an Xpan years ago and the 30mm lens to me...

I owned an Xpan years ago and the 30mm lens to me was unaffordable at around $4000. I bought some adapters including Leica, Contarex and Contax C/Y to Xpan. I tried the Zeiss 35/2.8 shift lens,...
Forum: Travel 09-01-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 672
Posted By Rayt
I have been to both cities recently and there is...

I have been to both cities recently and there is nothing to choose. Both are great. For street photography I would give the nod to Budapest. For scenics I would choose Prague. Beer - Prague; food -...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-29-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,321
Posted By Rayt
Erik, How do the 50/1.5 Summarit and the Xenon...

Erik, How do the 50/1.5 Summarit and the Xenon compare to the V1 Summilux?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-28-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 453
Posted By Rayt
My 40mm Summicron for the CL also takes series...

My 40mm Summicron for the CL also takes series 5.5 filters held in place with the dedicated rubber hood. I really hate that hood and wish for an alternative. A 39mm filter goes on about 1/4 of a turn...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-28-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,321
Posted By Rayt
I had a 50 Summilux v1 in original LTM once and...

I had a 50 Summilux v1 in original LTM once and it was so soft I sold it. If I had known anything about Leica lens rarity I would have kept it and tried to fix it. I knew these lenses couldn’t have...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-27-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 330
Posted By Rayt
Erik, I am an admirer of your work. Are you an...

Erik, I am an admirer of your work. Are you an architect? You have a good eye for lines, depth and space.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-27-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 330
Posted By Rayt
This one is a bit hazy so I’ll have it cleaned....

This one is a bit hazy so I’ll have it cleaned. It does not have a serial number on the front. I have two other 35mm Elmars both coated and they are lovely lenses.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-27-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 330
Posted By Rayt
It is coupled and has the "heavy cam". I have...

It is coupled and has the "heavy cam". I have never seen a heavy cam aside from online photos so this is a pretty good day so far! Anyway I already have a III with slow speeds and a IIIc (converted...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-26-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 330
Posted By Rayt
How to use 11 o'clock 35mm Elmar?

I bought a nickel 35mm Elmar online and realised upon receipt it has the 11 o'clock infinity lock. I have never seen one before. The first thing I did was to try it out on the M8 with the ltm/m...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 08-26-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,589
Posted By Rayt
Yes but he wants to learn how to use LF. The...

Yes but he wants to learn how to use LF. The advantage of LF is the ability to use the movements.
Forum: Large Format Film RF 08-26-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,589
Posted By Rayt
I would not recommend something like that and...

I would not recommend something like that and instead steer you to a used foldable camera like a Wisner, Shenhao, etc. In the beginning all you will need and probably use is front rise. After you...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-23-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,362
Posted By Rayt
The OP writes like Dr. Seuss! Yes I would, could...

The OP writes like Dr. Seuss! Yes I would, could and have used meterless cameras. My first serious camera was an Nikon F. I didn’t know what I was doing at the time and bought a spotmeter. I used my...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-15-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 783
Posted By Rayt
Mine is engraved: for a good time call Guenther

Mine is engraved: for a good time call Guenther
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 07-22-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 5,086
Posted By Rayt
My last two trips were via SFO and Schiphol...

My last two trips were via SFO and Schiphol (Amsterdam). They had the new scanners that look like hospital CT machines with a round entry way. They are supposed to take "many" scans of your luggage...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-16-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 2,589
Posted By Rayt
Get out of that copycat mentality and do...

Get out of that copycat mentality and do something original and interesting.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-10-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,059
Posted By Rayt
Sure but will people pay for it? I am the type...

Sure but will people pay for it? I am the type who thinks $$$ is worth it for a mechanical Swiss watch while others will say a $100 Swatch does the same thing (which is true). While I appreciate the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-10-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,059
Posted By Rayt
Used film bodies especially from N, C, P, M are...

Used film bodies especially from N, C, P, M are so cheap I doubt any company would be foolish enough to market a new camera. But the idea of a film body with EVF is interesting. I would be up for a...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 07-06-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 1,396
Posted By Rayt
Very nice. Is this the G16 converted or the 15mm...

Very nice. Is this the G16 converted or the 15mm Hologon? Were the photos taken with the center filter?
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-27-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,632
Posted By Rayt
The meter is just a non TTL reflective with a...

The meter is just a non TTL reflective with a broad angle of view. Definitely use a handheld meter unless the illumination is uniform.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-27-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,632
Posted By Rayt
I used to travel with 2 Mamiya 6 bodies with...

I used to travel with 2 Mamiya 6 bodies with 50/75 mounted. Collapsed they fit into a Billingham Alice bag. Super lightweight. I then got into the SWC and 500CM so something had to go. That was a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-26-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 864
Posted By Rayt
I still have a set of C/Y lenses from 28mm to...

I still have a set of C/Y lenses from 28mm to 50mm. I use them with the RX. They can be had from Japan on eBay for around $250. The first version has focus confirmation and I bought it for that...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-24-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,205
Posted By Rayt
Send it back.

Send it back.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-22-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 2,510
Posted By Rayt
I really like Voigtlander lenses for the...

I really like Voigtlander lenses for the price/performance factor. ZM not so much as it is much more expensive and due to the poor QC early on with the wobbling and awkward handling with the pimple I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-21-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,556
Posted By Rayt
Hasselblad SWC

Hasselblad SWC
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-20-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,491
Posted By Rayt
I would say $3k to the right collector.

I would say $3k to the right collector.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-19-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 4,020
Posted By Rayt
That acrylic grey sweater should go really well...

That acrylic grey sweater should go really well with my 500CM. The sleeves are too long though.
Forum: Travel 06-18-2019
Replies: 209
Views: 8,236
Posted By Rayt
The historical Binondo area of Manila is a great...

The historical Binondo area of Manila is a great street photography destination. Within Binondo is Manila Chinatown. The area is pretty well preserved, a well worn authentic fossil far away from...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-18-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,431
Posted By Rayt
Fantastic. Made my day!

Fantastic. Made my day!
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-16-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,814
Posted By Rayt
Take the Rolleiflex.

Take the Rolleiflex.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 06-16-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 990
Posted By Rayt
I use original Rollei straps purchased used from...

I use original Rollei straps purchased used from KEH. When the leather becomes brittle there are shops who can make new leather straps from the clips.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-14-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 4,020
Posted By Rayt
Some kind of adapter to take legacy xpan lenses...

Some kind of adapter to take legacy xpan lenses and pano cropped option for X1D?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-12-2019
Replies: 699
Views: 79,583
Posted By Rayt
At least that black mark isn’t impaling someone’s...

At least that black mark isn’t impaling someone’s neck ala The Omen!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-10-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 3,205
Posted By Rayt
Too bad Kubrick didnít shoot the moon landing...

Too bad Kubrick didnít shoot the moon landing with Acros. But itís not too late for the Mars mission which is part of the moon.
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 06-10-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,877
Posted By Rayt
The bokeh should improve without the rear element.

The bokeh should improve without the rear element.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-26-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,499
Posted By Rayt
Photo vests are very convenient for the LF...

Photo vests are very convenient for the LF shooter. There are a lot more accessories for LF such as the loupe, cable, spare cable, filters, notebook, pencil, lens caps, small incident meter, spot...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-26-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 656
Posted By Rayt
If you got a good deal then keep it. Sounds like...

If you got a good deal then keep it. Sounds like this M6 is in good condition otherwise. Remember the last of the M6 was discontinued 20 years ago so buying old cameras come with certain risks. If...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-19-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 3,112
Posted By Rayt
I used to ride with a motorcycle club so of...

I used to ride with a motorcycle club so of course we talk about bikes and bike related gear when we hang out. But the ride itself is the therapy no need for words. We ride in some pretty challenging...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-30-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 493
Posted By Rayt
There are two types of Fomapan 100?

There are two types of Fomapan 100?
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 04-21-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 5,086
Posted By Rayt
Resurrecting old thread. Airports are now using...

Resurrecting old thread. Airports are now using the new 3D scanners which look like the CT scanners at hospitals. The 3D scanners take hundreds (?) of images of the carry-on to form a 3D image. And...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-20-2019
Replies: 96
Views: 4,662
Posted By Rayt
If I carry one camera then it’ll have a 35mm on...

If I carry one camera then it’ll have a 35mm on it. If I carry two then they’ll have 28/50 mounted.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-14-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 979
Posted By Rayt
I am taking a friend to Bodie State Park (the...

I am taking a friend to Bodie State Park (the “ghost town”) and since I have photographed there before in 4x5, 6x6 and 135 formats already I thought I’d do something different, so I bought a Harman...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-10-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,192
Posted By Rayt
This is my Hopper moment from a Rolleiflex. I...

This is my Hopper moment from a Rolleiflex. I shoot and print in 6x6 full frame. The square is very natural for street portraits. I have done a lot of street photography with the SWC and will scan...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-09-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 19,082
Posted By Rayt
When I bought Amateur Photographer regularly the...

When I bought Amateur Photographer regularly the first page I turned to was Rogerís essay. I have learned a lot from Roger since. He will be missed.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-04-2019
Replies: 137
Views: 11,770
Posted By Rayt
If the shooting location and subject matter are...

If the shooting location and subject matter are known to me and I have control over when I will be there for the best light then camera, lens and film choice would be clear to me. It would just be...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-02-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,025
Posted By Rayt
My camera mocks me, calls me an untalented hack.

My camera mocks me, calls me an untalented hack.
Forum: Travel 03-23-2019
Replies: 209
Views: 8,236
Posted By Rayt
That’s an excellent suggestion. I tend to go for...

That’s an excellent suggestion. I tend to go for the Leffe Blonde and will give Beersel Oud Kriek a taste on this trip. I work for a Dutch company so travel to Amsterdam regularly and then take local...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-23-2019
Replies: 3,058
Views: 483,455
Posted By Rayt
My first image post. And it works thanks to Chris...

My first image post. And it works thanks to Chris Crawford!

Monochrom Noctilux

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7849/33572275668_a7a7943b27_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/T9EFV7)L1000637...
Forum: Travel 03-22-2019
Replies: 209
Views: 8,236
Posted By Rayt
I have traveled extensively though not all at one...

I have traveled extensively though not all at one go. Normally I travel to another country every other month. It is easy to do living in Asia with the region within easy reach. From your list I would...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-21-2019
Replies: 187
Views: 2,423
Posted By Rayt
Have you heard? Winogrand prize liberal exposure...

Have you heard? Winogrand prize liberal exposure resulting in delayed development and there will be no contacts made.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-21-2019
Replies: 187
Views: 2,423
Posted By Rayt
Shudder count on this thread so far is very high.

Shudder count on this thread so far is very high.
Forum: Travel 03-20-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 1,773
Posted By Rayt
I do ask for hand inspection but won’t sweat it...

I do ask for hand inspection but won’t sweat it if they won’t. When I travel with 4x5 and sheet film I do not want to draw attention to it and never ask for hand inspection fearing some idiot will...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-16-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,018
Posted By Rayt
I bought a Contax N1 with the Planar 50/1.4N to...

I bought a Contax N1 with the Planar 50/1.4N to satisfy my dream of owning one when I was priced out at the time. I loaded it with Tmax 400 and off to target practice. Then it all came rushing back...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-12-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,572
Posted By Rayt
If you are concerned about re-sale value then...

If you are concerned about re-sale value then keep it as original as possible. This applies to classic cars and motorcycles, watches, whatever. Original Leica OEM covering is not vulcanite. Silly me...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-12-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 491
Posted By Rayt
The Rolleicord takes Bay I. I am not aware of any...

The Rolleicord takes Bay I. I am not aware of any Bay I to Bay III adapters.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 850
Posted By Rayt
Thatís just typical Nat Neo style of photography...

Thatís just typical Nat Neo style of photography to shoot your subjects with ultra wides. It works when it works.
Forum: RFF News 02-27-2019
Replies: 146
Views: 5,491
Posted By Rayt
Japan is the hardest country in the world to fire...

Japan is the hardest country in the world to fire employees. Companies can’t lay off people just because a particular unit is unprofitable. So decisions need to be long term because once a company is...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 02-27-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 11,448
Posted By Rayt
I have the trigger on the camera for the heft and...

I have the trigger on the camera for the heft and do not use it as a winder. The heft balances out the lens and I like the handling.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-20-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,297
Posted By Rayt
I paid something like $2500 for an M7 when it...

I paid something like $2500 for an M7 when it came out and it is the best camera I own. This camera has been around the world with me. If something breaks like all things will eventually I don’t mind...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-07-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,054
Posted By Rayt
Anyone here remember the Polachrome instant slide...

Anyone here remember the Polachrome instant slide processing kit from Polaroid? I recall getting a bunch of interesting images (and lots of scratches). I would jump at something like that again.
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 02-07-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 1,093
Posted By Rayt
Broken Rapidwinder

I was shooting and felt the belt snapped. I opened it up and confirmed it didnít slip off or anything but torn at one end. Is there a designated repair shop with parts for the Rapidwinder?

I have...
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-04-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 2,844
Posted By Rayt
Easier to design and produce lenses?

Easier to design and produce lenses?
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-03-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 2,147
Posted By Rayt
Stick to one thing whether gear, film or...

Stick to one thing whether gear, film or chemicals and be an expert with it. Biggest regret: not taking that shot (lots of those).
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-03-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,885
Posted By Rayt
They look like CT scanners in hospitals with an...

They look like CT scanners in hospitals with an arch shape and are in use at SFO. Youíll know it when security does not require the traveller to remove the laptop and other items from the carry on...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-03-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,885
Posted By Rayt
I have the same experience but only with 100 and...

I have the same experience but only with 100 and 200 b/w films. I am worried about the latest 3D scanners though. They are supposed to take over a hundred scans in order to form a 3D image.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-31-2019
Replies: 71
Views: 1,538
Posted By Rayt
I tend to keep an entire roll of b/w negs even...

I tend to keep an entire roll of b/w negs even when there is only one good shot. When I shot slides I only kept that one mounted frame. I don't know why but for b/w negs I can't get myself to edit as...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-21-2019
Replies: 74
Views: 3,227
Posted By Rayt
Certainly I have more film than I need. I pack...

Certainly I have more film than I need. I pack them in a commercial freezer.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-12-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 832
Posted By Rayt
Looks like a real camera.

Looks like a real camera.
Forum: Nikon RF 01-10-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,668
Posted By Rayt
If I had that 35/1.8 I would probably keep it for...

If I had that 35/1.8 I would probably keep it for a long time. Too bad it wasnít issued separately.
Forum: Nikon RF 01-10-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 6,668
Posted By Rayt
I owned one of the 2000 models but ultimately...

I owned one of the 2000 models but ultimately sold it because the lack of lenses. Yes I know there are vintage as well as S mount CVs but the ones I want I either have or can get in LTM. If Nikon had...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-10-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 1,078
Posted By Rayt
I would rather see Cosina make tiny tiny tiny...

I would rather see Cosina make tiny tiny tiny MS-Optical style lenses but with useable controls as well as quality control.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-09-2019
Replies: 173
Views: 10,520
Posted By Rayt
Yes money is better spent on experiences rather...

Yes money is better spent on experiences rather than on objects. Possession is a burden to the spirited traveller. Last year alone I travelled to a different country every month all funded mostly by...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-09-2019
Replies: 173
Views: 10,520
Posted By Rayt
Were you robbed or assaulted in Myanmar or Laos?...

Were you robbed or assaulted in Myanmar or Laos? Asia is very safe. I live here and have been to nearly all the countries more than a few times including Myanmar and Laos. I travel all the time for...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-30-2018
Replies: 70
Views: 1,487
Posted By Rayt
I am shooting with two M7s a .72x and .85x with...

I am shooting with two M7s a .72x and .85x with 35mm and 50mm Summicrons. Our fridge broke and I am forced to remove all my film from the freezer some 200 rolls. I am not going to refreeze them again...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-28-2018
Replies: 36
Views: 1,211
Posted By Rayt
I only shoot b/w film and do not scan. I develop...

I only shoot b/w film and do not scan. I develop the film, dry, cut into strips, insert them into Printfile pages and put them away in archival folders not to be seen again. I only check to see if...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-27-2018
Replies: 2,132
Views: 597,888
Posted By Rayt
This thread cost me money. I bought a IIIc...

This thread cost me money. I bought a IIIc converted to IIIf self timer with sharkskin from KEH. What a beauty!
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-27-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 567
Posted By Rayt
http://www.crrluton.co.uk

http://www.crrluton.co.uk
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 942
Posted By Rayt
Leather chaps and vest would be my cruising...

Leather chaps and vest would be my cruising outfit of choice.

It was too late when I decided to sell off some less used film gear but by then they no longer fetch much money so I use them when...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-25-2018
Replies: 49
Views: 2,437
Posted By Rayt
I still have 8 cans with the Arista label. It...

I still have 8 cans with the Arista label. It looks good in Rodinal 1:50 but it is sterile looking a bit too clean. TMY is my standard film and I will cry if that goes.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-25-2018
Replies: 173
Views: 10,520
Posted By Rayt
I have standardised my travel gear into 3...

I have standardised my travel gear into 3 formats. Kit 1) 4x5 Ebony SW with 72/150mm Schneiders; 2) Rolleiflex 3.5F and Rolleiwide; 3) Leica M7 with 3 lenses. If I need the movements then 4x5 it is...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-24-2018
Replies: 173
Views: 10,520
Posted By Rayt
I went to Kyoto two weeks ago. Rain was in the...

I went to Kyoto two weeks ago. Rain was in the forecast so I took the Contax N1 with 24-85 zoom. It did rain at times heavily and I was able to shoot with one hand while holding an umbrella with the...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 12-17-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1,099
Posted By Rayt
I have the Leitz waist level finder the version...

I have the Leitz waist level finder the version without the swing out lens for 35mm. It can be useful for sneaking a shot when your victim think you are only fidgeting with the camera. Shooting...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-11-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 1,467
Posted By Rayt
If a fellow photographer asked what do I shoot...

If a fellow photographer asked what do I shoot and I reply "street photography" then there is an understanding what I am talking about. This is what communication is about isn't it? If a non...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-02-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 814
Posted By Rayt
The film feeler mechanism in the 3.5F failed on...

The film feeler mechanism in the 3.5F failed on me while shooting in Taiwan last month. Good thing I always travel with two cameras. I do prefer matching dots loading for this reason. The newer...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-01-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 814
Posted By Rayt
I have the old original version with the Zeiss...

I have the old original version with the Zeiss Distagon. It makes an ideal two camera kit with the 3.5F and I have travelled all over the world with them. Indeed the price reflects it rarity but it...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-27-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,081
Posted By Rayt
I don't mix X-tol or D76 anymore because I can't...

I don't mix X-tol or D76 anymore because I can't be sure I can finish it within a comfortable period. So I have standardised on Adox "Rodinal" 1:50 for slower films - Acros, Foma 100, Foma 200; and...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-27-2018
Replies: 176
Views: 10,878
Posted By Rayt
In this test the pincushion distortion of the...

In this test the pincushion distortion of the 35mm Summicron ASPH is very low.

http://www.opticallimits.com/leicam/837-summicron35asph?start=1
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-26-2018
Replies: 84
Views: 3,153
Posted By Rayt
I have been a Leica user for more than a decade...

I have been a Leica user for more than a decade with two M7 bodies. For the past few years I started shooting mainly Rolleiflex TLR and a Hasselblad SWC. Rolleiflex 3.5F, Rolleiwide and an SWC make...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-23-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,096
Posted By Rayt
Great lens. The waist level finder is a blast for...

Great lens. The waist level finder is a blast for street.
Forum: RFF News 11-13-2018
Replies: 151
Views: 8,592
Posted By Rayt
In this disposable society I tip my hat to you...

In this disposable society I tip my hat to you sir. I am also using an M8.2. However not everyone feel the way you. But then again I am sure companies would prefer their consumer base to keep buying...
Forum: RFF News 11-13-2018
Replies: 151
Views: 8,592
Posted By Rayt
My film Leicas are 20 to 50 years old and built...

My film Leicas are 20 to 50 years old and built like a tank. Same with my Rollei TLRs. They will last forever even with regular use. What I don’t understand is why make a solid metal digital M when...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-12-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 929
Posted By Rayt
Couldn't they have used the herpes scarred...

Couldn't they have used the herpes scarred leather from the M6Ti?

Any news on the Gene Simmons edition painted with real demon blood?
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-23-2018
Replies: 70
Views: 1,191
Posted By Rayt
I would quit my job to invest in a factory making...

I would quit my job to invest in a factory making peel apart b/w 4x5 pack film. And then two years later beg for my job back.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-22-2018
Replies: 304
Views: 12,322
Posted By Rayt
I am done with accumulating stuff. In fact I sold...

I am done with accumulating stuff. In fact I sold $5000 of camera gear this month including my back from CCD replacement Monochrom. If I had $3k to spare I would use it to pay for a two week trip to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-18-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 588
Posted By Rayt
After reading all the praise for the M5 I bought...

After reading all the praise for the M5 I bought one from KEH. After the first roll I found it awkward especially the longer shutter travel so the meter arm can move out of the way I assume. I then...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-18-2018
Replies: 445
Views: 13,949
Posted By Rayt
Well I don’t care why other people buy what they...

Well I don’t care why other people buy what they buy. The market will decide whether this was ill conceived or not. I personally like features that are helpful for picture taking. I’ll admit nothing...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-18-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,020
Posted By Rayt
The Leica M7 .72x has been my main camera since I...

The Leica M7 .72x has been my main camera since I bought it new I think 10 years ago.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 09-17-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,684
Posted By Rayt
Yes I use a .58x MP with a 28mm and a .85x M7...

Yes I use a .58x MP with a 28mm and a .85x M7 with 50mm. That’s my basic travel kit.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-09-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 980
Posted By Rayt
Unless the M9 has had a recent sensor replacement...

Unless the M9 has had a recent sensor replacement I would go for the M8.2.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-28-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,210
Posted By Rayt
Rodinal for slow film up to 100 ISO, and HC110...

Rodinal for slow film up to 100 ISO, and HC110 for everything else.
Forum: Travel 08-12-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 1,830
Posted By Rayt
I lived in SF from '91 to '95 and visit every...

I lived in SF from '91 to '95 and visit every year and would move back in a heart beat if I could. The Tenderloin is a part of town I always head to for the restaurants. I worked with the homeless on...
Forum: Chris Crawford 07-27-2018
Replies: 123
Views: 5,723
Posted By Rayt
Way to go Chris! You did a wonderful job as a...

Way to go Chris! You did a wonderful job as a parent and your son is a good kid. Congratulations!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-11-2018
Replies: 107
Views: 3,659
Posted By Rayt
C’mon the USA makes the greatest military...

C’mon the USA makes the greatest military equipment in the world. And NATO better cough up more dough or else. Made in the USA used in foreign land with pride!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-11-2018
Replies: 107
Views: 3,659
Posted By Rayt
A pair of US brand basketball shoes cost $200...

A pair of US brand basketball shoes cost $200 retail US but cost $10 to make whether in China, Vietnam or some developing country. So after the freight and whatever costs the difference comes to say...
Forum: Travel 06-24-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,855
Posted By Rayt
I travel to Tokyo once or twice a year and always...

I travel to Tokyo once or twice a year and always do the camera shop tour. Map and Fujiya are my favourites. All you need to do is pick up one of the photo magazines and the shops often with maps and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-23-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,455
Posted By Rayt
I am not a very good photographer. 35 out of the...

I am not a very good photographer. 35 out of the 37 shots are usually wasted.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-14-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,188
Posted By Rayt
Otherwise how is the camera’s overall condition?...

Otherwise how is the camera’s overall condition? An old camera will need a CLA.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-08-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,188
Posted By Rayt
No you need to use earlier backs with the SW and...

No you need to use earlier backs with the SW and SWA. I have a Supreme Wide and two SWA all in regular use. I am not a Hasselblad expert I only use the stuff. The very early Supreme and SWA models...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-07-2018
Replies: 55
Views: 3,121
Posted By Rayt
I shoot tons of film, process them, put them in...

I shoot tons of film, process them, put them in the Printfile sheets/boxes and store them away. When I retire I plan to put together a darkroom and make wet prints. Well that's the plan anyway. If...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-02-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,889
Posted By Rayt
Usually for a little more money I can get an M6...

Usually for a little more money I can get an M6 with the benefit of a meter or for even less money I can get an M4-2. It is just my practical decision not to buy an M4-P.
Forum: RFF News 04-24-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,536
Posted By Rayt
PETA is fighting to extend human rights to non...

PETA is fighting to extend human rights to non humans.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-31-2018
Replies: 224
Views: 14,672
Posted By Rayt
Couldn’t wait so ordered from Freestyle!

Couldn’t wait so ordered from Freestyle!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-30-2018
Replies: 224
Views: 14,672
Posted By Rayt
Time to make room in the freezer.

Time to make room in the freezer.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-30-2018
Replies: 224
Views: 14,672
Posted By Rayt
I should stock up on 4x5. Can’t beat Acros for...

I should stock up on 4x5. Can’t beat Acros for longggg exposures.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-14-2018
Replies: 118
Views: 11,468
Posted By Rayt
I am set on the following combinations and they...

I am set on the following combinations and they work for me:

Rodinal with Acros
D76 with Tri-X and TMY
HC110 with HP5+
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-12-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 2,015
Posted By Rayt
I travel with at least one light meter a Sekonic...

I travel with at least one light meter a Sekonic 308 and of course the phone meter app. For large format I also bring the Pentax spotmeter. Last week I left my Sekonic at home. 12 frames into the...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-09-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,545
Posted By Rayt
In the 90’s I shopped at these NY camera shops in...

In the 90’s I shopped at these NY camera shops in person and let me tell you they were all one big rodeo. “Hey ya buyin or not- get atta heeere”. I ended up buying most of my Nikon gear used from...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-06-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 976
Posted By Rayt
If I can live with my lenses blocking a chunk of...

If I can live with my lenses blocking a chunk of the viewfinder I can live with not seeing the frame lines.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-13-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 1,760
Posted By Rayt
Sounds like the developer was belligerent in...

Sounds like the developer was belligerent in court and the judge handed out a harsh verdict. Well that’s what appellate courts are for, to separate emotion from law and facts. I doubt the artists had...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 02-13-2018
Replies: 73
Views: 14,175
Posted By Rayt
The R4M with the very wide VF is such a great...

The R4M with the very wide VF is such a great tool to have in my kit. I really hate external finders. When the Leica .58x came out I was overjoyed and Cosina turned it up to 11. My dislike though...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-13-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 1,760
Posted By Rayt
If the law says the new owner needs to preserve...

If the law says the new owner needs to preserve due to droit moral then does he have the obligation as a private entity to do so or the city would have had to buy the property and turn it into a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-13-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 925
Posted By Rayt
I have had occasions when I managed to cut off...

I have had occasions when I managed to cut off heads and arms while using Leica 35mm framelines for the 40mm Summicron but that’s just user error for not giving a bit more room in the composition!
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-12-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 2,425
Posted By Rayt
I shoot b/w film mainly with Leica, Rolleiflex...

I shoot b/w film mainly with Leica, Rolleiflex and LF. I process everything in the bathroom. I don’t scan though I should get a flat bed or something. I also own a Monochrom for when the light...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-05-2018
Replies: 109
Views: 9,934
Posted By Rayt
This old thread was what inspired me to buy an...

This old thread was what inspired me to buy an M5. Immediately I noticed the finder to be different than the mini bodies - M4 etc. I can actually focus a Noctilux with an M5 but needed a .85x M7...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-01-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 758
Posted By Rayt
You can mix it and process a test strip but is it...

You can mix it and process a test strip but is it worth your time over 8 bucks?
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-30-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 2,199
Posted By Rayt
I doubt this happened in the camera because the...

I doubt this happened in the camera because the interposed piece of film is processed so it must have been entangled with yours during processing.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-28-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 2,315
Posted By Rayt
Yup. We were robbed by a gang of 13 year olds....

Yup. We were robbed by a gang of 13 year olds. Can’t live in fear.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-25-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,929
Posted By Rayt
No more accumulation of "stuff". I would buy a...

No more accumulation of "stuff". I would buy a ticket to Mexico City and then Havana. In fact I'll be in MEX next month but not enough time for Cuba. I hope to do that next year via Paris.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-23-2018
Replies: 36
Views: 2,007
Posted By Rayt
I have the 75mm Summilux for portraits but never...

I have the 75mm Summilux for portraits but never got on with that focal length for general use due to the lack of proper framelines on M bodies. Live view might change that for me if I ever get in to...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-22-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,264
Posted By Rayt
I have the same problem. I bought a GSW690III...

I have the same problem. I bought a GSW690III from KEH a few years ago with around 2000 rolls shot according to the meter on the underside. Frankly I pretty much bought it during one of their sales...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-21-2018
Replies: 138
Views: 13,150
Posted By Rayt
Lovely shot of Utrecht! I appreciate the...

Lovely shot of Utrecht! I appreciate the minimalism in your photos Erik.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-09-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,627
Posted By Rayt
I have some very precious photos of my son when...

I have some very precious photos of my son when he was born shot with a then cutting edge digital camera that saved files directly onto floppy discs. They are fine printed out in 3x5" but all I care...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-07-2018
Replies: 353
Views: 23,706
Posted By Rayt
Hasselblad SWC Rolleiflex 3.5F Planar Leica M7...

Hasselblad SWC
Rolleiflex 3.5F Planar
Leica M7 (or any M body)
Ebony SW45
Ebony SLW810
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-03-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 1,365
Posted By Rayt
I have not used the V3 so do not know if it...

I have not used the V3 so do not know if it possesses the qualities you are looking for. However I have owned and used the 28mm Elmarit APSH and it is a high contrast lens much higher contrast than...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-03-2018
Replies: 47
Views: 2,827
Posted By Rayt
Foma 200 is a beautiful film. I bulk load the...

Foma 200 is a beautiful film. I bulk load the Arista Edu version. Nice and cheap.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-20-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1,279
Posted By Rayt
Thanks Chris. I'll throw it away. BTW your work...

Thanks Chris. I'll throw it away. BTW your work has been an inspiration and I follow your tested development times to the letter.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-20-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1,279
Posted By Rayt
I have seen brown liter sized Grolsch bottles...

I have seen brown liter sized Grolsch bottles somewhere the type with the signature resealable top. Or should I just get the proper brown bottles from B&H?
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-20-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1,279
Posted By Rayt
I am thinking about this as well. I use plastic...

I am thinking about this as well. I use plastic bottles made for photo chemicals and after use I always rinse them off. Fill up pour out, shake it a few times with the cap on, re-rinse. This time...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-20-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1,279
Posted By Rayt
Looks like diluted tea. I shot a roll of TMY by...

Looks like diluted tea. I shot a roll of TMY by mistake at @100 a few months ago. I sort of wrote it off already so will use it as my test subject.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-20-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1,279
Posted By Rayt
No the powder was fine with a 5/2019 expiration...

No the powder was fine with a 5/2019 expiration date. I'll process a roll of TMY this afternoon and see how it goes.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-20-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1,279
Posted By Rayt
Freshly mixed d76 turned brown

I mixed a gallon of D76 last night and this morning it was brown. What I usually do is to mix in a gallon pack of powder in 1.9 L of tap water heated on the stove until warm to the feel, stir and let...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-20-2017
Replies: 9,007
Views: 882,388
Posted By Rayt
Ordered for myself a Christmas present - RRS...

Ordered for myself a Christmas present - RRS BH-30 ball head
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-28-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 5,165
Posted By Rayt
When I started out in photography I was inspired...

When I started out in photography I was inspired by masters like David Vestal and Minor White, and strove to emulate their results in the dark room. Film/developer choice did influence the process...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-25-2017
Replies: 43
Views: 2,830
Posted By Rayt
I sold a Thambar years ago and made money on it....

I sold a Thambar years ago and made money on it. I had bills not covered by insurance so it was the responsible thing to do but otherwise I am not in the business of buying and selling.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 11-22-2017
Replies: 99
Views: 10,384
Posted By Rayt
I like using the GR1v because of the SNAP mode....

I like using the GR1v because of the SNAP mode. Set it to 2 meters and shoot away.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-18-2017
Replies: 409
Views: 156,823
Posted By Rayt
Now I really really want to go to Greece!

Now I really really want to go to Greece!
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-17-2017
Replies: 44
Views: 2,678
Posted By Rayt
For a year I used a IIIf regularly as my only...

For a year I used a IIIf regularly as my only camera for weekend outings. I settled on the business card method and my fastest loading time was 30 seconds standing up with the bottom plate in my...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 11-17-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,410
Posted By Rayt
I sent my Monochrom in August to Germany and got...

I sent my Monochrom in August to Germany and got 2 emails one in October and then a few weeks ago about shortages of spare parts. Disappointed yes but meanwhile I'll use up my film stockpile. I still...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-16-2017
Replies: 43
Views: 7,631
Posted By Rayt
I prefer a flat negative because I can tweak it...

I prefer a flat negative because I can tweak it when I process and wet print. Also when traveling I don't have the luxury of being somewhere when the light is perfect. Outside of dusk and dawn a...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-16-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 5,358
Posted By Rayt
I have a mint condition Autocord with a broken...

I have a mint condition Autocord with a broken focusing mechanism inside the body, not the lever. My repairman doesn't have the part to fix it. I'll give Karl a try.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-15-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 2,748
Posted By Rayt
Yes but I couldn't call it "new". New model yes...

Yes but I couldn't call it "new". New model yes but there is nothing "new" about it.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-15-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 1,630
Posted By Rayt
i want a handheld 6x4.5 RF camera fixed lens or...

i want a handheld 6x4.5 RF camera fixed lens or otherwise in landscape format.
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