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Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 1 Week Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 549
Posted By Dante_Stella
I'm starting to look at the X100F now that it's...

I'm starting to look at the X100F now that it's popping up new for less than a grand. Still supported.

I am not sure what is so special about X-trans that it can't output as DNG like Leicas. But...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 1 Week Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 549
Posted By Dante_Stella
Fuji X100V samples? ACR compatibility?

Has anyone seen any RAF samples? Or have any idea what minimum version of ACR might be needed? I don't feel so bad upgrading after 10 years with the X100 (I did have a X100T too...), but not so much...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 2,962
Posted By Dante_Stella
Spoiler alert - the original X100 was weather...

Spoiler alert - the original X100 was weather resistant with its filter adapter. Don't ask me how I learned that.... :)
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 01-15-2020
Replies: 191
Views: 6,471
Posted By Dante_Stella
Lens cams have tolerances. Cameras have...

Lens cams have tolerances. Cameras have tolerances. Even the squareness of a lens' RF cam to the lens axis can cause focusing issues, since it interacts with the parallelism of the RF roller to the...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 01-15-2020
Replies: 191
Views: 6,471
Posted By Dante_Stella
Not surprising. More pixels, less photons, less...

Not surprising. More pixels, less photons, less low-light ability. Not sure why you would cap it, though, since 25k on an M246 still has comparable grain/noise to Tri-X.

D
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 01-13-2020
Replies: 191
Views: 6,471
Posted By Dante_Stella
I love my M246, now that it is dialed in, but I...

I love my M246, now that it is dialed in, but I regard debugging a new digital M across 13 lenses with the same excitement I have about walking into a car dealership...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 12-23-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 2,905
Posted By Dante_Stella
Except that it's a new M240, which means you get...

Except that it's a new M240, which means you get a warranty.

D
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 12-23-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 2,905
Posted By Dante_Stella
The depreciation curve of any higher-end digital...

The depreciation curve of any higher-end digital camera can be shortcut as being $1,000 a year, barring some anomaly. I'd put the M9-at-M240-money in the irrational, anomalous category.

Dante
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-21-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,488
Posted By Dante_Stella
It's a pretty light camera. And yes. D

It's a pretty light camera. And yes.

D
Forum: Travel 12-19-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,840
Posted By Dante_Stella
Because they don't have batteries in Asia?

Because they don't have batteries in Asia?
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-19-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,488
Posted By Dante_Stella
Horseman SW612 with the 35/4.5. Now that is wide.

Horseman SW612 with the 35/4.5. Now that is wide.
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-11-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 2,345
Posted By Dante_Stella
Haven't tried it yet. Hey, I only yesterday got...

Haven't tried it yet. Hey, I only yesterday got some plastic anaglyph glasses to sub for the pair of cardboard ones I borrowed from my 7yo daughter's "Cute Animals in 3D" book. :)

D
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-10-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 2,345
Posted By Dante_Stella
I can report that testing with the 1-2-3 model...

I can report that testing with the 1-2-3 model manufactured by Shawn has worked out. There are three bases:

65mm (1+2): works for most subjects. This is the standard base, what Shawn shows...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-09-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 928
Posted By Dante_Stella
Three ways to kill this: Develop in Rodinal. ...

Three ways to kill this:


Develop in Rodinal.
Or with any developer, Permawash in a five minute soak takes care of this. Change the water 8 times after that to finish your rinse stage.
In the...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-05-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 2,345
Posted By Dante_Stella
Hey Abbazz - How is the DxO One software in...

Hey Abbazz -

How is the DxO One software in Android?

Dante

P.S. I recently obtained a G690 sports finder. Could they have made it any larger?!
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-05-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 2,345
Posted By Dante_Stella
It's not the used prices, which are definitely...

It's not the used prices, which are definitely modest for what they originally cost ($90 or so vs $700). It's the degradation in the permanently-mounted batteries, which means that some run down...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 12-03-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 2,345
Posted By Dante_Stella
Every time I play with my (embarrassingly many)...

Every time I play with my (embarrassingly many) DxO Ones, I like to say "Open the pod bay doors, HAL."
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 12-03-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1,090
Posted By Dante_Stella
Financial literacy principles and historic info...

Financial literacy principles and historic info on Leica depreciation (which levels off after a point) would suggest that keeping a $1,600 M246, using it, and trading up to a then-$5,500 M10M three...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-27-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 883
Posted By Dante_Stella
You are right about the JJC, but you can also...

You are right about the JJC, but you can also just mount a 49mm filter backwards. For reasons I just don't get, the JJC outer front thread is 53 or 54mm, not 55. Inner is obviously 49mm.

How are you...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-27-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 883
Posted By Dante_Stella
It's pretty. I have a 35/2 Hexanon in silver,...

It's pretty. I have a 35/2 Hexanon in silver, which is pretty hard to put down!

Dante
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-21-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 883
Posted By Dante_Stella
Ok. Will keep that hood unit in mind. Was the...

Ok. Will keep that hood unit in mind. Was the issue with the 50/1.1 just that it had to be dialed in? I've had phenomenal luck with mine, but it definitely has some quirks.

D
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-16-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 226
Posted By Dante_Stella
Loctite blue. You can still remove screws. If...

Loctite blue. You can still remove screws. If that doesn't work, you need to do something more radical.

Dante
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-16-2019
Replies: 79
Views: 3,256
Posted By Dante_Stella
More often than not, it's the laser in your...

More often than not, it's the laser in your player going bad. Discs can go bad too. But laser diodes have a finite life.

Dante
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-09-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 883
Posted By Dante_Stella
Ha! At one point, I had every variation of the...

Ha! At one point, I had every variation of the Zeiss: prewar 1.5 and 2, Opton f/2 and f/1.5. And both Nikkors. And the C-Sonnar. And the Sonnetar. Problem is that they all shoot almost identically. I...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-09-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 883
Posted By Dante_Stella
Shallow question: short/long silver lens for M240?

"I have CDO. It's like OCD, but the letters are in the right order."

So for reasons that seem to boil down to color coordination and may only be fully understood by a psychiatrist, I use lenses...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-09-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 449
Posted By Dante_Stella
Looks like fun! Dante

Looks like fun!

Dante
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 09-29-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 2,222
Posted By Dante_Stella
Fascinating article. I understood more than I...

Fascinating article. I understood more than I thought I would, but two things on the debug menu were of interest:

- Adaptive Dynamic Range
- Focus Confirmation

Are these just new names for contrast...
Forum: Off Topic 08-25-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 2,612
Posted By Dante_Stella
I have that one. They make stuff called Polywatch...

I have that one. They make stuff called Polywatch ($8 on AMZN) that will buff that crystal up as good as new.

Dante
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-21-2019
Replies: 161
Views: 8,273
Posted By Dante_Stella
I only bought Leicas because I thought they were...

I only bought Leicas because I thought they were Portuguese.... now you're telling me they're German?! Criminy.

Dante
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 07-26-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 530
Posted By Dante_Stella
Three things: 1. Try hitting the autocorrect...

Three things:

1. Try hitting the autocorrect button and see what happens.
2. There is an autoexposure button (like a sun). Make sure it is pressed.
3. If you are batch feeding, auto on ADF.
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 07-18-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,966
Posted By Dante_Stella
Done this a hundred different ways, and the...

Done this a hundred different ways, and the runner-up was the X-trans sensor. And by runner-up, that means #2, not that it was close to an M246. The problem with color cameras is that they do lose...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 06-12-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 2,011
Posted By Dante_Stella
Maybe it's time for eBay to charge money for...

Maybe it's time for eBay to charge money for listings again. Allowing seemingly infinite free listings seems to mean that many sellers set absurd prices and nothing actually sells. In the old days,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-17-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 402
Posted By Dante_Stella
OKARO is orange. The original color of the RF...

OKARO is orange. The original color of the RF image was yellowish.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-02-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 934
Posted By Dante_Stella
No, I agree that with normal eyesight, we see...

No, I agree that with normal eyesight, we see shallow DOF all the time (and in fact a very small "good" area at a time too - only the center of the retina has color and definition). It's just that...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-02-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 934
Posted By Dante_Stella
Does excessive bokeh make your eyes (actually) hurt?

I think I have finally identified why I don't really like pictures that rely on razor-thin depth of field - aside from the obvious cliche and crutch-like nature of a lot of them, they tend to make my...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-30-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 943
Posted By Dante_Stella
Is it a RoHS issue with replacement glass? New...

Is it a RoHS issue with replacement glass? New environmental regs went into place since that lens was put to market.

Dante
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-13-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,174
Posted By Dante_Stella
Film doesn't have a histogram until you scan it,...

Film doesn't have a histogram until you scan it, so the general rule is:

- Negative film: expose for the shadows, develop for the highlights

- Slide film: expose for the highlights, keep your...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 04-04-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 563
Posted By Dante_Stella
SLR lenses on A7R II?

How are the corners with SLR wides on the A7R II? Since I have an A6300 infrastructure (batteries, chargers, audio adapters, Metz flash, TechArt), I was thinking of adding an A7R II to run SLR lenses...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-04-2019
Replies: 137
Views: 11,983
Posted By Dante_Stella
I tend to think that obsessions with "one camera,...

I tend to think that obsessions with "one camera, one lens," where not driven by necessity, tends to be a sign of what Tom Wolfe would have called "sclerosis."

Personally, I find that 90% of my...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-04-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 23,200
Posted By Dante_Stella
This is sad news. Roger represents, as someone...

This is sad news. Roger represents, as someone put it about 600 posts ago, the best of places like RFF (or wherever he pops up). Where Roger is an engaging writer and a truly nice person, we all...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-15-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,544
Posted By Dante_Stella
I'm sure Kodak Alaris is looking forward to...

I'm sure Kodak Alaris is looking forward to Fuji's price increase. With a 30% increase, we're about to find out the price elasticity of demand for Fuji films.

Also, I vote bring Verichrome back....
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-11-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 824
Posted By Dante_Stella
Thanks for the info (and Peter, for the...

Thanks for the info (and Peter, for the reassurance)!

Chemical treatment is something I will let run for a few days. The affected lenses spent 12 hours a day in air-conditioning on the trip, and my...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-10-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 824
Posted By Dante_Stella
Drying/dehumidifying lenses after travel?

So I was four days touring in a country on the equator with 90 degree (F) weather and very high humidity. What is the recommendation on drying lenses out? I kept them in plastic bags with silica gel...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 02-28-2019
Replies: 147
Views: 8,162
Posted By Dante_Stella
The M240 is really unsurpassed as Leica's system...

The M240 is really unsurpassed as Leica's system M camera - performing, at least at a minimal level, everything that modern digital cameras do. The cheap EVF (you can use Olympus), the inbuilt...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-24-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 364
Posted By Dante_Stella
Thanks. At least the Tri-X is up to speed! D

Thanks. At least the Tri-X is up to speed!

D
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-22-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 5,999
Posted By Dante_Stella
Try the DxO One. It's half the size of a Rollei...

Try the DxO One. It's half the size of a Rollei 35 and a third the size of an "ultracompact" 35mm p/s.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-22-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 364
Posted By Dante_Stella
Question TMY 120 Emulsion #s at Freestyle, Samys, BH, Adorama (2/2019)

Could anyone (quickly) comment on where any of the major mail order houses are on emulsion numbers for TMY 120 or possibly TX 120? Are they at 159 or beyond?

I have not had issues with 154-158 (of...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-21-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 702
Posted By Dante_Stella
Singapore sights and MF suggestions?

Ok, so the last time I was in SG was 28 years ago, and I'm sure the place looks nothing like it did in 1990. If nothing else, the Raffles Hotel was shut down for renovations. First, any must-sees?...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-21-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 1,745
Posted By Dante_Stella
This is sadly ironic where the root of strict...

This is sadly ironic where the root of strict European privacy law is a reaction to state surveillance... also where it was Orwell in the UK who first flagged the possibility of a video surveillance...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-14-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 639
Posted By Dante_Stella
Kanto in Japan.

Kanto in Japan.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-16-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 4,192
Posted By Dante_Stella
You're right. The F4 is the coolest thing to tote...

You're right. The F4 is the coolest thing to tote around for selfies!

D
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 01-12-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 2,345
Posted By Dante_Stella
The MTF is unreal.

The MTF is unreal.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-12-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 322
Posted By Dante_Stella
Detroit 1949 Street View

If you are in Detroit between now and March, there is an incredible exhibit at the main branch of the public library. It shows Detroit's Black Bottom neighborhood, which was razed to build Lafayette...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-12-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 537
Posted By Dante_Stella
I saw this one at the DIA. It's very interesting...

I saw this one at the DIA. It's very interesting to see everyday life long ago, or even its banalities. It's also a good show aesthetically - the photos they show are well done yet still very...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-03-2019
Replies: 72
Views: 2,599
Posted By Dante_Stella
Tip: slavishly following the RF is not helpful on...

Tip: slavishly following the RF is not helpful on any Sonnar. To hit focus below f/2.8, you will turn the focusing ring to the left by a hair (toward infinity). It will be the smallest perceptible...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 11-29-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 783
Posted By Dante_Stella
The 1.4 on an M240 is great with the 75/1.4 - you...

The 1.4 on an M240 is great with the 75/1.4 - you get to 95% magnification. Would be even better with the M10, which would get you to 101%. I didn't see the point in the 1.25, which doesn't have...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 11-28-2018
Replies: 49
Views: 2,181
Posted By Dante_Stella
An M246 with a 50/1.1 MS Sonnetar is a hell of a...

An M246 with a 50/1.1 MS Sonnetar is a hell of a thing.

Out of sheer experimental urges, I've shot (both on my own with my 8yo) many dozens of rolls of TMY and Ultrafine in the last year on a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-24-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 555
Posted By Dante_Stella
Cleaning/recycling microfiber lens cloths?

I have a bunch of microfibers that I would prefer not to pitch, but I am not 100% sure whether there is a good way to wash these that gets any grit* out without introducing some kind of residue that...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-20-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,976
Posted By Dante_Stella
Ok. Brought back the old site on a newer hosting...

Ok. Brought back the old site on a newer hosting service. I think all the technical stuff is back up where it belongs, though I need to fix the formatting on some of it.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-31-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1,085
Posted By Dante_Stella
Gift horses.

Gift horses.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-24-2018
Replies: 445
Views: 14,612
Posted By Dante_Stella
I don't know if contempt is the right word, but...

I don't know if contempt is the right word, but Graham Greene's Dr. Fischer of Geneva comes to mind. But I'm some kind of M240/246 user, so take it for what it's worth (or not worth).

Dante
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-24-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 3,601
Posted By Dante_Stella
For a grand or so, it's hard to beat for its...

For a grand or so, it's hard to beat for its size. It's more like a 21mm lens (that's what it uses for a finder). Film advance can be rickety, and no one services Compur 00 shutters anymore. But it...
Forum: RFF News 10-21-2018
Replies: 169
Views: 10,675
Posted By Dante_Stella
Anybody catch that it uses a Sony battery...

Anybody catch that it uses a Sony battery (NP-FW50) or that the OVF looks like it was photochopped from a CV finder (the same kind that Sony sells)? Would not be completely surprising if this had...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-18-2018
Replies: 445
Views: 14,612
Posted By Dante_Stella
Shutter cocking is not eating much if any battery...

Shutter cocking is not eating much if any battery power - old school motorized cameras like the Hexar RF can run 140 rolls on a two tiny CR2s, which is thousands of pictures - and that is cocking a...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-09-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 2,190
Posted By Dante_Stella
Sorry, but the M 246 crushes it. Dante

Sorry, but the M 246 crushes it.

Dante
Forum: Digital Compacts 10-05-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 2,862
Posted By Dante_Stella
https://themachineplanet.wordpress.com/2018/09/30/...

https://themachineplanet.wordpress.com/2018/09/30/dxo-one-liberte-egalite-insanite/

Short piece.

Dante
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-05-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 851
Posted By Dante_Stella
No, I think based on your posts here that you...

No, I think based on your posts here that you have a hot water heater fetish....

But speaking of weird, I always find it funny when a competing product is identified as the one you might like. You...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-04-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,069
Posted By Dante_Stella
Samy's is cheaper for 120 and a lot more...

Samy's is cheaper for 120 and a lot more expensive (by more than a buck) for 35mm. Guess it depends on your product mix. Note also that B&H prices based on marginal cost of replacing stock, meaning...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-04-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 644
Posted By Dante_Stella
Tom - I think that once the matte coating is...

Tom -

I think that once the matte coating is off, the problem is not coming back. You just go from a sticky matte surface to a slightly less matte bare plastic with the same detailing. The catch is...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-03-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 644
Posted By Dante_Stella
Is the Nikon F100 back "leather" just textured plastic?

So I was cleaning up a vaguely sticky F100 back, and I think that the "leather" or "rubber" is just a thin soft coating sprayed onto the molded plastic piece, i.e., there is no separate "leather"...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-03-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 863
Posted By Dante_Stella
There is nothing Dave can't fix, though sometimes...

There is nothing Dave can't fix, though sometimes it takes a while if it's an exotic type of thing that requires some creativity to fix. He's been doing work for me for 20+ years (he's relatively...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-02-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,069
Posted By Dante_Stella
Film always gets more expensive, but that's...

Film always gets more expensive, but that's because we have long memories of its being cheap - memories untethered to precisely when it was "cheap." For example, TMY was $2.50 a roll about 13 years...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-02-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,069
Posted By Dante_Stella
I keep telling myself that when I finish the last...

I keep telling myself that when I finish the last 100 rolls of TMY that I have, I will quit film, but where film prices have been passable, I've been replenishing the supply. On the one hand, there...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-02-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,069
Posted By Dante_Stella
Kodak T-Max 120 price increase?

Just noticed a propack of TMY 120 had jumped, apparently in the last month or two, from 25.5 to 32 per propack at B&H and Adorama.

Was this increase announced somewhere?

Dante
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-24-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 499
Posted By Dante_Stella
It's taken through a diffuser and shrunk down to...

It's taken through a diffuser and shrunk down to the tiny sensor within. Should not be a surprise that it is not sharp. Clever, almost like a Speed-Magny.
Forum: Digital Compacts 09-24-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 2,862
Posted By Dante_Stella
Not that exciting - you have to start wireless...

Not that exciting - you have to start wireless with the camera docked, and it drops if you shut the camera off. At least with the DxO, you can still use the lightning connection. Can't imagine what...
Forum: Digital Compacts 09-23-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 2,862
Posted By Dante_Stella
Fantastic little camera. Better than an X100 in...

Fantastic little camera. Better than an X100 in image quality; almost as good as an A6300. And when was the last time you could get anything with a ~35/1.8 for $125?

The OLED rough viewfinder is...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-15-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 661
Posted By Dante_Stella
F2/F3 non HP eyepieces are the best. Better...

F2/F3 non HP eyepieces are the best. Better rubber, which you can transfer to a diopter.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-14-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 471
Posted By Dante_Stella
If you're talking glass carrier too, at least...

If you're talking glass carrier too, at least $1,000.

A lot less if the seller mysteriously only has the slide carrier. The carriers for the 8000 are the same as for the 9000, and especially the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-29-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1,036
Posted By Dante_Stella
If the linearity adjustment is correct, the RF...

If the linearity adjustment is correct, the RF being "past" infinity means front-focusing and stopping short means back focusing. But if the linearity is anything but perfect, or it's not adjustable,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-22-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 645
Posted By Dante_Stella
Hi, and I apologize I have not reposted that...

Hi, and I apologize I have not reposted that article in some more convenient place.

Plusses for the GSW690III
- Great rangefinder
- Handles like an oversized Leica
- Overall quieter (though it does...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-22-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 448
Posted By Dante_Stella
They used to make HCL or H2S04 “tray...

They used to make HCL or H2S04 “tray cleaner,” but it was seriously nasty stuff. Not worth it.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-18-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 866
Posted By Dante_Stella
If it's a cheap vented hood, it may be threaded...

If it's a cheap vented hood, it may be threaded roughly or incorrectly.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-15-2018
Replies: 0
Views: 289
Posted By Dante_Stella
Where to get SLR zooms cleaned in 2018?

Could anyone recommend a repair person/service who is good for cleaning AF zoom lenses?

Thanks,
Dante
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-09-2018
Replies: 37
Views: 1,703
Posted By Dante_Stella
You guys act like this is just a digital thing....

You guys act like this is just a digital thing. Think about film SLRs, which might rate as the biggest feature-chase of all time. At least with digital, the sensing is increasing in capability. But...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-07-2018
Replies: 126
Views: 11,820
Posted By Dante_Stella
It's a Harmon product. I bulk loaded a lot of...

It's a Harmon product. I bulk loaded a lot of film and confusedly exposed some Pan F Plus as Ultrafine. Same base, same emulsion color. Unfortunately, not the same EI... :(
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-03-2018
Replies: 126
Views: 6,127
Posted By Dante_Stella
Hardly expensive these days. You can get a nice...

Hardly expensive these days. You can get a nice looking F4 for under $200.

What seems overpriced is Nikon's amateur and midrange manual focus cameras. Think of it this way: you can buy six N6006...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 08-02-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,881
Posted By Dante_Stella
Well, the main tool was a logic class from 1994,...

Well, the main tool was a logic class from 1994, coupled with a good working knowledge of wildcarding. :)

But seriously, my former incarnation as a child programmer was fascinated with how, as you...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 08-01-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,881
Posted By Dante_Stella
Ok, I was totally right about this information...

Ok, I was totally right about this information being there.

Export the publish collection using Lightroom Voyager. That generates a text file with all of the collection information. Yes, Virginia,...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 08-01-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,881
Posted By Dante_Stella
Godfrey - I think that's not actually correct...

Godfrey - I think that's not actually correct about the collection info coming in from the plug-in, since Lightroom annoyingly tracks changes to metadata and re-sorts folders to identify updated...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 08-01-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,881
Posted By Dante_Stella
Angry Viewing local folders for Lightroom publish services?

:mad:

So per a popup message from Lightroom, and apparently without any prior end-user warning, effective today, Facebook dropped the Lightroom plug in, the plug-in shows as disabled, and the local...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 07-25-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,521
Posted By Dante_Stella
For 35mm, get a Pakon F135 plus and be done with...

For 35mm, get a Pakon F135 plus and be done with it. When you can scan a roll of film in 3 minutes, in one pass, to a resolution which is fine for any web use or printing up to 8x10, with better...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-25-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 3,078
Posted By Dante_Stella
So the exciting conclusion: - The boy has bonded...

So the exciting conclusion:

- The boy has bonded with the N2020 and 50/1.8D. And somewhat troublingly for my retinas, the SB-20.

- As the "shoot along for Dad," I picked up an essentially new late...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-21-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 617
Posted By Dante_Stella
The roller cam, if not perpendicular to the lens...

The roller cam, if not perpendicular to the lens mount, can cause focusing errors depending on the lens.


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Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-19-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 3,078
Posted By Dante_Stella
Quick update: I came home from the office last...

Quick update: I came home from the office last night, and saw the Boy (8) had walked off with the N2020, a 50/1.8, and an SB-20 that were sitting on the dining room table. He had gone to a concert...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-16-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 3,078
Posted By Dante_Stella
Do you ever even look at the manual once you've...

Do you ever even look at the manual once you've got the camera dialed in? I had a D700 for many years and never really took it off Aperture Priority.

Dante
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-13-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 3,078
Posted By Dante_Stella
Replace my CLE with a Nikon F4 or F6?

Ok, so this may be the mother of all bad ideas, but when I was assembling a cheapo set for my 8-year-old to practice with (a $25 N2020 and 50mm), it occurred to me that 1980s AF is not really that...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-12-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2,397
Posted By Dante_Stella
How about this: the R was a beautiful reuse of...

How about this: the R was a beautiful reuse of some of the Konica TC-X tooling.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-06-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 2,662
Posted By Dante_Stella
Still, (1) is a waste of fuel and time and (2)...

Still, (1) is a waste of fuel and time and (2) this film was already a success as Gold 100 up to about 10 years ago. :)

Dante
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-06-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 2,662
Posted By Dante_Stella
I don't think the two films are in danger of...

I don't think the two films are in danger of being confused. It's probably Ektar that would be threatened - because why use a super-testy fine-grained film susceptible to ills from temperature and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-05-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 2,662
Posted By Dante_Stella
Kodak now selling Pro Image 100 in another market - but not where it is made!

https://www.dpreview.com/news/1785236641/kodak-alaris-brings-35mm-pro-image-100-film-to-europe

So now what's Kodak's explanation for why people in the United States have to buy Pro Image 100 on the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-05-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 346
Posted By Dante_Stella
Disparate Kodak Data / 400TMY and HC-110 (b)

Anyone ever catch that in F-4043 (2/2016), the times for TMY in large tanks with HC-110 don't actually match what is in the HC-110 instruction sheet (J-24, 12/2017)?

So look at TMY at 68 degrees in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-04-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,513
Posted By Dante_Stella
Raid, the Eva Dry I am referencing (the E-333) is...

Raid, the Eva Dry I am referencing (the E-333) is a unit that basically acts as a silica gel pack - the one you found is a full-blown condensing dehumidifier. Which is impressive in its own way!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-04-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 753
Posted By Dante_Stella
So is a week or two good? If I roll my own,...

So is a week or two good? If I roll my own, should they be 20s or 24s then?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-04-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 753
Posted By Dante_Stella
Pan F plus - latent image fade?

I have used Pan F Plus on and off for quite some time but am now reading for the first time that it has a relatively quick latent image fade. Is this real? I don't ever remember having a problem,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-04-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,074
Posted By Dante_Stella
I can see that part of the issue with the metal...

I can see that part of the issue with the metal snap caps is pressure exerted on the cap by the felt pad. If you turn the metal cap a few times once mounted, this disappears.

Also, the popping cap...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-04-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,878
Posted By Dante_Stella
Been shooting a Sonnetar with a CLE. Which should...

Been shooting a Sonnetar with a CLE. Which should not work but somehow does!

Dante
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-04-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,513
Posted By Dante_Stella
I love the design of that thing. If you are not...

I love the design of that thing.

If you are not dehumidifying an armory, there is now a rechargeable (well, re-dry-able) silica gel pack (Eva Dry) that simply plugs into the wall when it's time to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-04-2018
Replies: 50
Views: 1,774
Posted By Dante_Stella
For a film camera, a Konica Genba Kantoku (Site...

For a film camera, a Konica Genba Kantoku (Site Manager) is a 35mm construction site camera designed for precisely the conditions you mention: it's designed to be shockproof, sandproof and...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-04-2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6,372
Posted By Dante_Stella
I understand that the festival was represented by...

I understand that the festival was represented by a large private law firm (which I will not name) whose rates I'm pretty sure the festival could not afford if it couldn't afford to license a...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-03-2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6,372
Posted By Dante_Stella
This seems like an unusual case for a mega-firm...

This seems like an unusual case for a mega-firm to take on defending, since it seems fraught with potential positional conflicts with large media clients.

Understand this decision for what it is - a...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-28-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 736
Posted By Dante_Stella
Eyeglass shops don't cut glass, and edging...

Eyeglass shops don't cut glass, and edging machines do not go that small. I had one in Ann Arbor cut a didymium filter years ago (to Series VI), but with the demise of glass prescription lenses in...
Forum: Optics Theory - 06-26-2018
Replies: 161
Views: 11,016
Posted By Dante_Stella
"Pop" is the product of having a subject that is...

"Pop" is the product of having a subject that is uniformly sharp against a background that is uniformly soft (usually because it is a bit to the rear). Low-element-count lenses tend to give the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-26-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,074
Posted By Dante_Stella
You know, once I taught him not to twirl a p/s by...

You know, once I taught him not to twirl a p/s by the neck strap, he's been pretty careful. But he burns through a massive amount of Fujicolor 200, and it's time to make this a cheaper exercise.

On...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-25-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 929
Posted By Dante_Stella
Hey Peter/Moto - how did you get the film counter...

Hey Peter/Moto - how did you get the film counter to advance? The film rolls right past the film counter. I ended up wrapping the center of the film counter drum with electrical tape; am probably...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-25-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,074
Posted By Dante_Stella
That's because I have concentrated all of my film...

That's because I have concentrated all of my film dropping/fat finger incidents with 120 film!

D
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-25-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,074
Posted By Dante_Stella
I'm a big fan of electrical tape! D

I'm a big fan of electrical tape!

D
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-25-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,074
Posted By Dante_Stella
I don't have a local lab to raid, so that's kind...

I don't have a local lab to raid, so that's kind of tough to do! I've never actually had a canister pop.

D
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-25-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,074
Posted By Dante_Stella
Keeping snap-cap 35mm cassettes together?

If I want to protect hand-loaded reloadable metal film cassettes from popping apart when dropped, is there a good way to do that? A drop of hot melt glue? Asking for, uh, a friend who is going to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-23-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,505
Posted By Dante_Stella
The simple answer is that Arista was a product of...

The simple answer is that Arista was a product of surplus film stock. As that slack is taken up, the price will rise to resemble whatever product it is rebadged from. It's not a mystery. Even at $50,...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-22-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,964
Posted By Dante_Stella
If you look on Shapeways, there is a mount you...

If you look on Shapeways, there is a mount you can buy to convert a Canon Owl 35mm brightline finder to a standalone shoe mount. Some assembly required. Robert Jagitsch designed it. it's quite...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-22-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 2,250
Posted By Dante_Stella
Variety and turnover is a benefit or a hazard....

Variety and turnover is a benefit or a hazard. Just ask Gene Smith, who was pretty much the biggest equipment whore but also one of the world's greatest photojournalists (if not the greatest). He...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-22-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 641
Posted By Dante_Stella
Not for a Frankenfinder on a Fuji. Lens barrel is...

Not for a Frankenfinder on a Fuji. Lens barrel is too big.

D
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-22-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,964
Posted By Dante_Stella
Um, that's not by design?

Um, that's not by design?
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-21-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 641
Posted By Dante_Stella
Taming/restraining runaway viewfinders

So I dropped my Leica Frankenfinder, for the second time. The first was at MoMA, on the marble near the back veranda. This time, it slid out of the shoe of a Fuji G690, bounced off the sidewalk, and...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-21-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 11,795
Posted By Dante_Stella
...from someone who probably wants to hype the...

...from someone who probably wants to hype the lens.

I have one of these in front of me, and as soon as Hamish answers my questions about a couple of things, I'll share my comments. It has...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-13-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 504
Posted By Dante_Stella
Gone. Move on to Continental Photo @7.88.

Gone. Move on to Continental Photo @7.88.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 06-08-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 3,645
Posted By Dante_Stella
I think it's some kind of sorcery. Dante

I think it's some kind of sorcery.

Dante
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-07-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 1,738
Posted By Dante_Stella
You and everyone else are looking for this. You...

You and everyone else are looking for this. You might find a Canon 35/1.5, but aside from that, the "cheap fast 35mm lens" ship has sailed. If it was ever in the port...

Dante
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-07-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 929
Posted By Dante_Stella
No - they just cut and pasted the Pentax 6x7...

No - they just cut and pasted the Pentax 6x7 description (P67 has a 45mm lens) for a different sized unit for Fuji (which only has 50, 65, 100, 150, and 180mm lenses). I assume they measured a Fuji...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-07-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 9,239
Posted By Dante_Stella
Are you getting weird wide spacing, usually in...

Are you getting weird wide spacing, usually in the same places on a roll? This seems to be a thing with the GLs and GMs and modern films, and spacing is largely hard-wired.

Dante
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-07-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 823
Posted By Dante_Stella
An Avenon/Kobalux 28mm on a 35mm/135mm LTM...

An Avenon/Kobalux 28mm on a 35mm/135mm LTM adapter is tiny and very sharp on the CLE. The nice thing is that you can use super-compact lenses without experiencing color shift when you shoot on film.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-06-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 929
Posted By Dante_Stella
For 6x9 cameras, it's 24x80, which is a weird...

For 6x9 cameras, it's 24x80, which is a weird 3.3:1. The Mamiya 50mm viewfinder for the 7 has panoramic marks, but I guess we'll be getting a lot of extra with the Fujinon 50....
Forum: Film vs Digital 06-06-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 2,500
Posted By Dante_Stella
Are we addicted to film cameras and not film?

Today, I managed to buy 50 more rolls of film (40 in 35mm and 10 more in 120). Shooting this will bring my household 35mm film consumption up to 100 rolls in the past calendar year - which is more...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-06-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 929
Posted By Dante_Stella
Chinese panoramic conversion kits?

Has anyone tried one of these:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Panoramic-Conversion-Kit-For-Fuji-6x9-/262842635329

I ordered a Fuji 6x9 one, but I was thinking it would be more practical to mount in a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-04-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 868
Posted By Dante_Stella
The feedback argument makes no sense. User ads...

The feedback argument makes no sense. User ads disappear immediately after they are marked "Sold." If anything, user ads should stay up for a little while - but sponsors are known quantities. So why...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-03-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 868
Posted By Dante_Stella
Could we purge "Sold" sponsor ads?

Would it be possible to purge all of the sponsor ads that are marked "Sold"? It kind of clutters things up.*

*And, I am tired of being taunted by a $2K Linhof Technorama 617 that found a new home...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-30-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 746
Posted By Dante_Stella
They come in bricks of 20. They seem to conk out...

They come in bricks of 20. They seem to conk out every 24-36 frames. Better buy in bulk.

D
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-30-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 746
Posted By Dante_Stella
You should check the sensor. I heard that the...

You should check the sensor. I heard that the electronics in M3s fail after about 60-70 years. :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-25-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 561
Posted By Dante_Stella
It will almost always require exposure...

It will almost always require exposure compensation. The Monochrom has substantially the same meter and requires a little experimentation to get the filter factors right.

Point the camera at a grey...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-23-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 679
Posted By Dante_Stella
I put it in the classifieds here. Not cheap, but...

I put it in the classifieds here. Not cheap, but a third less than what I paid.

Had my other one CLA-ed. Wow, that's getting to be non-cheap.

I don't know how or why I ended up with two of these,...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-21-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 714
Posted By Dante_Stella
It's not needed; the 2.8GX doesn't even have one...

It's not needed; the 2.8GX doesn't even have one (although you can swap in a 2.8F or 3.5F finder that has one).
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-20-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 562
Posted By Dante_Stella
It doesn't need to be removable unless you plan...

It doesn't need to be removable unless you plan to make a mess of the application. Think about it - if it separates, it is by definition removable. If it doesn't, and the window stays where it is...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-18-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 1,041
Posted By Dante_Stella
Kinetronics makes an unpowered double brush that...

Kinetronics makes an unpowered double brush that you can use to loosen dust before blowing off with some kind of pumped air or compressed gas.

Otherwise, the moving air/gas solutions will be fairly...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-15-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 742
Posted By Dante_Stella
The Convertible 842 is the ancestor of the SW612,...

The Convertible 842 is the ancestor of the SW612, only for whatever reason, Horseman never went beyond the 62mm. I've seen a couple of homebrew setups that used other lenses with the 842, but it was...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-10-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 11,795
Posted By Dante_Stella
By external design, not optical formula. Right...

By external design, not optical formula. Right down to the filter size.

Dante
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-05-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 946
Posted By Dante_Stella
On cheaper lenses, you can take nail polish and a...

On cheaper lenses, you can take nail polish and a file to adjust the cam engagement angle. Kind of a nuclear solution, but that's how the factory did it.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-27-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,765
Posted By Dante_Stella
"Rolleiflex chassis"* notwithstanding, I'd take...

"Rolleiflex chassis"* notwithstanding, I'd take the GX or even FX over the F series 101 times out of 100. The F series seems to be a full-employment act for repairpeople; the GX and FX are somewhat...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-26-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,765
Posted By Dante_Stella
That's about 52 years too early! The 2.8FX-N was...

That's about 52 years too early! The 2.8FX-N was the end of the line in 2012.

Dante
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-26-2018
Replies: 83
Views: 2,279
Posted By Dante_Stella
The crappy imaging chain degrades with every...

The crappy imaging chain degrades with every crappy step in it, so yes, you will do better with 400-speed film and a good lens than 400-speed and a Holga.

By the way, modern 400-speed film is quite...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-26-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 11,795
Posted By Dante_Stella
Hey, Pavlov's Dogs - Just because something is a...

Hey, Pavlov's Dogs -

Just because something is a "Sonnar-type" doesn't mean that it is good.


Sonnars were a workaround for a lack of coatings in the day. That they disappeared with the advent of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-19-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 677
Posted By Dante_Stella
That's a "Germany" issue per DAG. At least on...

That's a "Germany" issue per DAG. At least on later Ms, that's an internal adjustment that requires a very specific test fixture.

Dante
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-02-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 408
Posted By Dante_Stella
Front-element marks from filter

I am looking at a 75/4.5 Nikkor LF lens that has a tiny (1-2mm) spot in the front element that looks like it came from a filter being screwed down on it.

At some point I had a mark like this on an...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-31-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 802
Posted By Dante_Stella
Aron Alpha 802 is essentially superglue and is...

Aron Alpha 802 is essentially superglue and is used to secure the screw from rotation once set.

Dante
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-26-2018
Replies: 825
Views: 167,327
Posted By Dante_Stella
How about a multiformat/focal length viewfinder...

How about a multiformat/focal length viewfinder with an internal level? Bonus points for shift capability. Think Silvestri 1080B.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-14-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 645
Posted By Dante_Stella
Sounds like a minor thing.

Sounds like a minor thing.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-11-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,202
Posted By Dante_Stella
It means taking camera A, sending it to someone...

It means taking camera A, sending it to someone else, getting some money, and then spending that money (and more) to later acquire another camera A!

Two steps forward, three steps back.

D
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-10-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 1,339
Posted By Dante_Stella
I have now confirmed this on several other...

I have now confirmed this on several other lenses; chrome ones aren't designed to have a cutout in the lock ring for a locking pin.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-10-2018
Replies: 117
Views: 49,635
Posted By Dante_Stella
I would describe non-aspheric (or traditional)...

I would describe non-aspheric (or traditional) 35mm lenses like this:

The f/1.4 and 1.5 lenses are impressionistic where they can't be good.

The f/1.8 and f/2 lenses all have cult followings based...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-10-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,202
Posted By Dante_Stella
I know. My being behind on the Machine Planet has...

I know. My being behind on the Machine Planet has helped a few escape the purge.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-10-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,202
Posted By Dante_Stella
The conceit is that the storyteller won't be...

The conceit is that the storyteller won't be executed as long as the story is left unfinished for the next night.

D
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-10-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,202
Posted By Dante_Stella
The Scheherazade effect and selling cameras

Ok, be honest - who has put a new roll of film in a camera and shot a few frames just to forestall selling it "until the roll is done"? I find this works best with 36 exposures. :)

Dante
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-10-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 1,219
Posted By Dante_Stella
Nikon made the AR-11 for the FM-3A - which is...

Nikon made the AR-11 for the FM-3A - which is quite beautifully made and is convex. It's also reasonably sized if you think you are going to have clearance issues. I use it with my 2.8GX, which has a...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 03-08-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 4,527
Posted By Dante_Stella
If you want to make your own, I have some Super...

If you want to make your own, I have some Super Luminova luminous watch pigment I can lend you. I actually thought about doing this on my chrome-plated Fuji G690BL, but in that context, it's not...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 03-07-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 1,413
Posted By Dante_Stella
PS - the Horseman "convertible" is like a SW612...

PS - the Horseman "convertible" is like a SW612 but for 6x9 - and it takes standard Horseman/Graflex type rollfilm backs.
Forum: DIYS Modifications 03-07-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 1,413
Posted By Dante_Stella
The Horseman SW612 series is pretty minimalist,...

The Horseman SW612 series is pretty minimalist, considering that the only function of the thin box-like body is to connect a back, a lens cone, and the finder. The Linhof Technorama is essentially a...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-03-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 632
Posted By Dante_Stella
Take it to your optometrist. They can read it off...

Take it to your optometrist. They can read it off the diopter.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-25-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 679
Posted By Dante_Stella
Extra 50mm Fujinon for G690BL: keep or sell?

I am a little on the fence about having two 50mm Fujinons for 6x9; is there still a market for them?

Dante
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-25-2018
Replies: 45
Views: 2,307
Posted By Dante_Stella
As I recall, it doesn't work with Diafine. Flat...

As I recall, it doesn't work with Diafine. Flat negs.

Dante
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-24-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,976
Posted By Dante_Stella
New AF Hexar page is up - with some hopefully...

New AF Hexar page is up - with some hopefully interesting information on the lineage of its AF system. Plus lots of diagrams.

Anyway, the feedback so far has been good on the black-text-on-white;...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-23-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,976
Posted By Dante_Stella
Thanks! Here is the new link for that. One of the...

Thanks! Here is the new link for that. One of the easier ones to move.

https://themachineplanet.wordpress.com/2018/02/24/maximizing-your-nikon-fh-869s/

Dante
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-23-2018
Replies: 145
Views: 7,405
Posted By Dante_Stella
Agree with getting this in 120, though neither it...

Agree with getting this in 120, though neither it nor Neopan 1600 have ever been available in that size. But with TMZ, weren't there issues with radiation and this film in the past? I seem to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-23-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,976
Posted By Dante_Stella
I did keep copies of everything! Dante

I did keep copies of everything!

Dante
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-22-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,976
Posted By Dante_Stella
Retiring my old web site - and moving to a new one!

Well, I think I have had it with hosting the old dantestella.com website; the back end had become disorganized (my fault), the hosting company kept getting hacked (not my fault), I kept getting FTP...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-20-2018
Replies: 145
Views: 7,405
Posted By Dante_Stella
You know, when Kodak thinks too much, things go...

You know, when Kodak thinks too much, things go wrong.

D
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-18-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,144
Posted By Dante_Stella
Mechanical ones are all out of print....

Mechanical ones are all out of print. Fortunately, Copals are pretty much bulletproof.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-14-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,896
Posted By Dante_Stella
Also field curvature, as you will see from the...

Also field curvature, as you will see from the almost impossible DOF for f/2.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-13-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 885
Posted By Dante_Stella
Nominally, 1/3 of the DOF is supposed to be in...

Nominally, 1/3 of the DOF is supposed to be in front of the focused subject and 2/3 behind, but in practice, fast lenses usually bias toward front focus (subject and in front) at larger apertures and...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-12-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,896
Posted By Dante_Stella
Ok. Here you can see how this does at about a...

Ok. Here you can see how this does at about a meter and f/2.0. Sharp as hell with commensurate massive falloff.

The arguments I've heard about the black one (which I have used extensively myself)...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-12-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,304
Posted By Dante_Stella
Frank Marshman fixed it. It is very, very...

Frank Marshman fixed it. It is very, very smooth!

Dante
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 02-12-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 2,474
Posted By Dante_Stella
Vertical adjustment affects horizontal, and if...

Vertical adjustment affects horizontal, and if they are both off "diagonally" the same amount, then you need to turn the vertical adjuster barrel. It's just like a Hexar RF.

Dante
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-09-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,014
Posted By Dante_Stella
Probably a little more complex. 1. Canon's last...

Probably a little more complex.

1. Canon's last RF lens came out in 1965 (the 35/2 II), so 1970 pricing is not going to be representative. What you are looking at in Canon's book is the list price...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-07-2018
Replies: 36
Views: 2,387
Posted By Dante_Stella
When 100' does 18 rolls of 36, how is even 75 a...

When 100' does 18 rolls of 36, how is even 75 a good deal?

That's still over 4 dollars a roll (before shipping, cartridges, and a loader), and you get the increased likelihood of funky frame...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-07-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,896
Posted By Dante_Stella
Jiyeng, sold by Fotodiox and on Ebay, has a much...

Jiyeng, sold by Fotodiox and on Ebay, has a much better than average chance of being thin. Their adapters typically run from 0.95 to 0.99, at least on the 10 or so I measured. In general, off-brand...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-07-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,896
Posted By Dante_Stella
Black is the 35/2 screwmount lens from...

Black is the 35/2 screwmount lens from 2000
Chrome is the 35/2 screwmount lens from 1996
(both are Hexar lenses from 1992 in Leica mount)

Ok. So the 35/2 chrome arrived today.
- Green coatings
-...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-06-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 654
Posted By Dante_Stella
Get a thinner adapter. Usually the Chinese ones...

Get a thinner adapter. Usually the Chinese ones are short of 1.0mm. The cam rate and focus position on a 50mm lens move at the same rate. Done.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-03-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,330
Posted By Dante_Stella
Dursts dichro heads run on 24V/250W halogen ELCs,...

Dursts dichro heads run on 24V/250W halogen ELCs, as I recall, which are neither illegal nor out of print. They are essentially track light bulbs. I have a box of them in the basement. They're $3-6...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 02-03-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 2,272
Posted By Dante_Stella
The wobble is overblown. It comes from the...

The wobble is overblown. It comes from the helicoid, not the optical unit It's not as bad as Zeiss or even Canon LTM. It is also fixable (DAG adjusted mine); it's just that things get loose after 22...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-02-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,896
Posted By Dante_Stella
Archlich, try a thinner LTM adapter. That will...

Archlich, try a thinner LTM adapter. That will fool the camera into thinking that the lens is focused further than it actually is, since the cam moves faster than the optical unit.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-02-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,896
Posted By Dante_Stella
If the UC is "better" with focus shift (as...

If the UC is "better" with focus shift (as opposed to just shifting the focus to mask the problem as is done on ZM Sonnars), that necessarily means it has less SA (and probably worse bokeh). I...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-02-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,896
Posted By Dante_Stella
Some of the issue might just be Miyazaki. The...

Some of the issue might just be Miyazaki. The MS-Sonnetar only focuses correctly at f/2.8 when the adjuster (which is labeled "coma" but is really focal length) is at "neutral." You can actually set...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-02-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,896
Posted By Dante_Stella
The UC designation in the 1980s on Konica lenses...

The UC designation in the 1980s on Konica lenses was not in derogation of the fact that most of its other lenses were already multicoated. UC stood for "ultra compact," "ultra coating," and "ultra...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-01-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,896
Posted By Dante_Stella
I believe the chrome 35, the UC, and the Hexar...

I believe the chrome 35, the UC, and the Hexar are all the same lens, all modeled on the 35/1.8 Nikkor. The chrome one probably the most so because it even mimics the scalloped focus ring.

The...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 02-01-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 4,540
Posted By Dante_Stella
Actually, when it comes to flexibility, the M240...

Actually, when it comes to flexibility, the M240 is a superior system: better metadata recording, longer battery life, video, internal artificial horizon for wideangles, ability to connect a GPS or...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-01-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,896
Posted By Dante_Stella
Chrome Hexanon 35/2L vs 35/2 UC-Hexanon?

Ok, so I found a chrome 35 Hexanon screwmount at a price I couldn't refuse, following a 35/2 Canon at a price I couldn't refuse, following a Canon P with a 35/2.8 at a price I couldn't refuse...

So...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-31-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 886
Posted By Dante_Stella
Konica Hexanon 35/2L in silver does not have a...

Konica Hexanon 35/2L in silver does not have a tab.
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 01-30-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1,850
Posted By Dante_Stella
Just hold the shutter open on B, look through the...

Just hold the shutter open on B, look through the back, and be careful of what happens when you screw the lens in.
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 01-30-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1,850
Posted By Dante_Stella
Possibly. Consistency of manufacture was not a...

Possibly. Consistency of manufacture was not a highlight of that lens.

Dante
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-30-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,628
Posted By Dante_Stella
The real question is whether you had backing...

The real question is whether you had backing paper frame numbers transferred to your clothing. :)

Dante
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