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Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-13-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 2,040
Posted By Grober
Yes you should

Sell the Hass'y and buy my mint M8.

PM me for photos.

Thanks!

-grober
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 04-18-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 2,865
Posted By Grober
I started with a googled 35/3.5 Summaron in 1967...

I started with a googled 35/3.5 Summaron in 1967 (on a pair of used double-stroke M3s) and use a 35/2.0 Summicron ASPH today on my M8. How I used to squeeze an extra f-stop out of that first Summaron...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 04-18-2009
Replies: 71
Views: 7,643
Posted By Grober
I've shot 140-150 weddings with M-film and only...

I've shot 140-150 weddings with M-film and only two with the M8. I much prefer shooting film since it freed me to concentrate on the bride and not aways fiddle with the camera to check one thing or...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 04-18-2009
Replies: 48
Views: 5,376
Posted By Grober
Using the LTM (first) version of the CV 15mm...

Using the LTM (first) version of the CV 15mm Heliar is no problem. Zone focusing is easy to learn since this lens has such a huge depth of field. (I usually shoot it at f5.6 or f8. Wearing this lens,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-18-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 7,479
Posted By Grober
If you're planning on attending the LHSA event in...

If you're planning on attending the LHSA event in Seattle this fall AND also have a SOMKY device, please let me know. I have a collapsible CV 50mm Heliar that I'm eager to try on this close-up device...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 03-25-2009
Replies: 35
Views: 3,210
Posted By Grober
That CV 15mm Heliar is a kick in the pants, isn't...

That CV 15mm Heliar is a kick in the pants, isn't it?

One fun suggestion: mount a small pocket tripod under your M8 + 15mm and go capture some long exposure night shots around town. Working at f8,...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 03-25-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 1,976
Posted By Grober
Kyzer, welcome to the group! 1st choice: Leica...

Kyzer, welcome to the group!

1st choice: Leica 28/2.0 Summicron. 2nd choice: Leica 28/2.8 Elmarit. 3rd choice: CV 28/1.9 Ultron with appropriately 6-bit coded adapter. (You MUST also get a suitable...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 03-25-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 1,082
Posted By Grober
Thanks for this info. I had exactly the same...

Thanks for this info. I had exactly the same query and didn't previously know about Slideshow Pro.

Ah, the value of community!

-g
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 03-25-2009
Replies: 35
Views: 3,458
Posted By Grober
Thanks to the earlier item in this thread, I've...

Thanks to the earlier item in this thread, I've also learned that my uncoded, "thin" 90mm Tele-Elmarit triggers the M8 when I switch on code recognition.

Now I just have to figure out which 90mm the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-25-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 2,003
Posted By Grober
If you have the budget, either the Zeiss or Leica...

If you have the budget, either the Zeiss or Leica 18mm.

But for the most fun, add a CV 15mm Heliar (with "codable" LTM adapter and UV/IR filter) to your kit.

-g
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-25-2009
Replies: 52
Views: 10,049
Posted By Grober
Logically I know that 160 should deliver the best...

Logically I know that 160 should deliver the best results but when I shoot @ 320, I'm more in synch with that part of my brain that shot s-o-o-o much film @ 400 over the years. Seems more natural to...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-25-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 1,575
Posted By Grober
C1 V4 is surely more useful in processing a large...

C1 V4 is surely more useful in processing a large batch of DNG files out of the M8. Photoshop, of course, can read DNG too but I haven't figured out its batch processing capabilities yet.

I wish C1...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 03-25-2009
Replies: 73
Views: 9,894
Posted By Grober
The tiny CV 15 Heliar makes me smile everytime I...

The tiny CV 15 Heliar makes me smile everytime I use it.

Mine wears a coded Milich adapter at the back end and a B+W 486 filter wedged onto its nose with a rubber O-ring I bought in the plumbing...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-11-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,367
Posted By Grober
I'd like to "attack" Berlin's significant...

I'd like to "attack" Berlin's significant architecture with a new Super-Elmar-M 18mm on my M8.

-g
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 03-11-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 2,609
Posted By Grober
I bought a new non-ASPH Elmarit 21mm lens in my...

I bought a new non-ASPH Elmarit 21mm lens in my M6 days and see no reason to ever sell it.

It's effectively a 28mm lens on my M8. When on the M8, I use the 28 lines of the excellent Zeiss 25/28...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-11-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 847
Posted By Grober
BTW: the hearts of all English majors race a wee...

BTW: the hearts of all English majors race a wee bit faster when we see the proper article form in front of a word like "Hexar."

Well done!

-g
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-11-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 1,528
Posted By Grober
Hey, we'd all like to use either the 21/1.4 or...

Hey, we'd all like to use either the 21/1.4 or 24/1.4, but the new Leica optic that most strikes my fancy is the surprise Elmar-M 24/3.8.

Come to Pappa, baby!

-g
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 03-11-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 744
Posted By Grober
USE CAUTION before mounting any flash on either...

USE CAUTION before mounting any flash on either the Epson or Leica dRF cameras. Especially with the older Vivitar 283 and Sunpak 383 units, which are still widely available through used...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-06-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 1,022
Posted By Grober
I like the optical performance of my Ultron...

I like the optical performance of my Ultron 28/1.9 but regret its large physical size.

The newer Ultron 28/2.0 would seem to be a better option but I haven't handled one yet.

-g
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-07-2007
Replies: 20
Views: 1,310
Posted By Grober
Screw-in aluminum are my choice when I can find...

Screw-in aluminum are my choice when I can find 'em in the size I need. The Zeiss spring lens caps are looney at best.

(Despite my absolute dis-like of the Zeiss lens caps, I always use...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-12-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 1,188
Posted By Grober
The B+W 39mm filter with the addition of a rubber...

The B+W 39mm filter with the addition of a rubber gasket commonly found in the plumbing section of larger USA hardware stores does the trick. Use care but once you have correctly sized the gasket,...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-12-2007
Replies: 22
Views: 1,708
Posted By Grober
The ViewSonic 18 inch I bought six years ago for...

The ViewSonic 18 inch I bought six years ago for my dedicated Photoshop computer has always been solid. I would buy this brand again. I have no idea about the current market though...

-g
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-12-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 1,188
Posted By Grober
Here's what I've done to solve the unwanted and...

Here's what I've done to solve the unwanted and unplanned-for IR problem with the M8:

Every lens I use at 35mm and below is coded. In the case of my two CV w.a. lenses (15 Heliar and 28 Ultron)...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-29-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 1,425
Posted By Grober
Dave, Your experience in the leap to "serious"...

Dave,

Your experience in the leap to "serious" digital with the M8 in some ways mirrors my own progression from M4, M6 and M7 cameras to my current M8. Before the M8, I would confidently shoot...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-28-2007
Replies: 97
Views: 11,950
Posted By Grober
RAW? Of course. BUT Capture One, supplied by...

RAW? Of course.

BUT Capture One, supplied by Leica in the M8 box for use in processing RAW files, is not the easiest program to learn, there is little really useful help online and -- most...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-26-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 1,073
Posted By Grober
Slide show for JPG images on a disk

Occasionally I'd like to give family and friends a CD containing some of my photos captured in DNG with the M8, then converted with Capture One in to JPG for distribution.

What program could I...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-08-2007
Replies: 20
Views: 1,997
Posted By Grober
Bought my M8 last November and haven't cleaned it...

Bought my M8 last November and haven't cleaned it yet. (Yes, it flew to Solms last December for the "fix" too.)

I'll clean the sensor sometime soon. Thanks for taking the time to post this very...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-01-2007
Replies: 4
Views: 834
Posted By Grober
Oh, oh: now you've done it. NO other camera will...

Oh, oh: now you've done it. NO other camera will ever again feel "just right" in your hands.

WELCOME to the ward!

-g
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-30-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 1,557
Posted By Grober
Haven't bothered to load 1.107 until I hear that...

Haven't bothered to load 1.107 until I hear that all early-adopter bleeding has been staunched.

BUT it seems to me that the little sensors should be arbitrary. What would a firmware update have to...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-30-2007
Replies: 29
Views: 2,200
Posted By Grober
100% of the time. The 21 & 75 Leica lenses wear...

100% of the time.

The 21 & 75 Leica lenses wear Leica filters.

15, 28, 35, 50 (x2), 90 all wear or share B+W 486 filters. (When my 35 Summicron gets back from Leica 6-bit encoding, I'll buy it a...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 07-26-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 1,171
Posted By Grober
Thanks, Eon. Anyone seen the 18mm Zeiss ZM lens...

Thanks, Eon. Anyone seen the 18mm Zeiss ZM lens in the States yet?

-g
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-26-2007
Replies: 29
Views: 3,812
Posted By Grober
I don't doubt his magnificant soccer skills but...

I don't doubt his magnificant soccer skills but this thread reminds me why our household is so cool to the mania of college sports here in the USA: we'll start to watch it when universities pay...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 07-23-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 1,171
Posted By Grober
ZM 18mm lens: where and when?

Where is the ZM 18mm?

Anyone have info on pricing and/or availability?

Thanks!

-g
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-05-2007
Replies: 38
Views: 17,115
Posted By Grober
Zeiss glass is good but don't forget about the...

Zeiss glass is good but don't forget about the pre-ASPH 21mm Elmarit. (I use one, bought new from a local, authorized Leica dealer some years ago, although I am still waiting for my Leica-supplied...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-02-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 3,100
Posted By Grober
While I've been waiting for the Leica IR-cut...

While I've been waiting for the Leica IR-cut filter in size E60 to show its face (for my 21mm non-Asph Elmarit) I have found myself using the 28mm Ultron quite a bit. Yes, it is a little large, but...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-20-2007
Replies: 0
Views: 718
Posted By Grober
Capture One "coprright" query

The M8 is proving itself reliable and capable of some quality, sellable images BUT -- just as I feared -- I have a whole lot of workflow learnin' still to master.

Anyone know how to force my...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 05-09-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 1,604
Posted By Grober
Sorry, I'm not sure we confirmed RF shooters can...

Sorry, I'm not sure we confirmed RF shooters can put into words why we are the way we are.

We look at DSLR shooters with considerable puzzlement and amazement that anyone would ever countenance such...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-08-2007
Replies: 22
Views: 2,787
Posted By Grober
No such coupons in the box with any M8 that I...

No such coupons in the box with any M8 that I know of. I believe you may mean the USA-only promotion that bundled two Leica USA coupons for the 6-bit coding of two already-owned Leica lenses when...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 05-08-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 2,824
Posted By Grober
The "old" CV 25 in screwmount is a bargain by any...

The "old" CV 25 in screwmount is a bargain by any standard but the ZM 25 is clearly in a league of its own.

I had the ZM 25 and sold it (on this forum!) only because there were too many issues, some...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-08-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 1,287
Posted By Grober
Very cool photos. Glad to see examples of...

Very cool photos. Glad to see examples of communities that still honor and remember their own.

For what it's worth about IR filter selection: my local Leica rep also reps B+W filters. He...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-08-2007
Replies: 17
Views: 1,765
Posted By Grober
Third-party batteries may very well work just...

Third-party batteries may very well work just fine -- post standard disclaimer here: "your mileage may vary" -- but after considering everything, it's just not worth the potential risk, IMHO.

If a...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-04-2007
Replies: 4
Views: 1,095
Posted By Grober
Thanks for the report. VERY sorry to have missed...

Thanks for the report. VERY sorry to have missed it but I had no choice (due to scheduling conflicts.)

Fall, 2007 meeting in Rochester, NY. Any feel where the Spring event will be in...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 04-28-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 2,904
Posted By Grober
Rico, Thanks for spotting this. ZM 18mm in...

Rico,

Thanks for spotting this.

ZM 18mm in August in the U. S. for about $1100 (street price) is a good guess. Hmmm -- better start saving now.

-g
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 04-27-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 1,574
Posted By Grober
I'd love for someone to make and sell a 24/2.0. ...

I'd love for someone to make and sell a 24/2.0. Failing that minor miracle, I'm very happy with my 28/1.9 now that I've been able to correctly code its adapter ring and have also found a B+W 486...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-27-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 1,247
Posted By Grober
You have the E55 filter when you return from your...

You have the E55 filter when you return from your 2007 SUMMER vacation.

(I'm waiting for the E60. ERGGGGG!!!)

-g
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-21-2007
Replies: 25
Views: 3,240
Posted By Grober
Billingham Hadley Pro. A little large for the...

Billingham Hadley Pro. A little large for the config you mentioned but I really like the study handle, in addition to the shoulder strap, that Billingham put on this bag (but not the standard...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 04-19-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 2,904
Posted By Grober
Where is the ZM 18mm lens, eh?

Anyone have pricing and availability (in the USA) on the rumored ZM 18mm lens?

-g
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-19-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 2,694
Posted By Grober
One primary reason to buy the 75 Summicron is...

One primary reason to buy the 75 Summicron is that it is the closest focusing lens in the Leica M-stable (save for the 90/4 Macro which I don't own.)

I too am using my brace of three 50mm lenses...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-17-2007
Replies: 15
Views: 2,438
Posted By Grober
I would IF this Leica flash (or its replacement)...

I would IF this Leica flash (or its replacement) had a tilting head. Simple request but Leica seems tone deaf on this isue. I am very adverse to direct flash WHEN that flash is mounted directly on...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-10-2007
Replies: 27
Views: 2,448
Posted By Grober
Agreed, it's a great camera from a fine old...

Agreed, it's a great camera from a fine old company.

Now, wouldn't it also be great if Leica aspired to attain world-class status in becoming more responsive and more effective with customer...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-29-2007
Replies: 17
Views: 1,839
Posted By Grober
4 Gb cards (for the M8) don't exist. I prefer...

4 Gb cards (for the M8) don't exist.

I prefer Lexar Pro 133x cards; haven't had a problem yet.

-g
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-28-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 1,796
Posted By Grober
Tempted... My first M8 is black; having a 2nd...

Tempted...

My first M8 is black; having a 2nd one in silver would make an interesting combo, yes?

-g
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-24-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 1,532
Posted By Grober
[QUOTE=Andy Aitken]Let's see - I registered on or...

[QUOTE=Andy Aitken]Let's see - I registered on or about the 24th of January. They came direct from Solms by UPS. QUOTE]

I'm glad someone has received the filters. Thanks for posting.

I have not...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-16-2007
Replies: 41
Views: 3,330
Posted By Grober
I hate to be maudlin but no M-compatible film...

I hate to be maudlin but no M-compatible film body will have much future value if it is anything other than a mint collectible with all its boxes and literature intact. Alas, the average film Leica...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-16-2007
Replies: 12
Views: 1,407
Posted By Grober
Yup. My choice for 21mm is the non-Asph Elmarit...

Yup. My choice for 21mm is the non-Asph Elmarit which I had coded by Leica in New Jersey. (Process took four weeks @ $125.00 plus one-way shipping cost.)

I'm still waiting for the 60mm IR-cut...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-16-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 1,146
Posted By Grober
I love the quality of image and the precision...

I love the quality of image and the precision feel of the ZM25 Biogon but the dual problems of getting it to invoke the more-appropriate 24mm frame in my M8 and then to hand coding it properly proved...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-13-2007
Replies: 28
Views: 2,706
Posted By Grober
An inexpensive purchase price suddenly becomes...

An inexpensive purchase price suddenly becomes oppressively expensive the instant the item doesn't perform up to the requirement of the moment.

Saving money when buying items for M8 is enticing to...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-08-2007
Replies: 22
Views: 2,085
Posted By Grober
Yup; agreed. But when one factors in the...

Yup; agreed.

But when one factors in the growing scarcity of reliable film suppliers and, on top of that, the ever-shrinking selection of quality color film processing labs, the M8 begins to fit...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-05-2007
Replies: 42
Views: 3,533
Posted By Grober
Using a Nikon film scanner for four years allowed...

Using a Nikon film scanner for four years allowed me to "ramp up" in the digital world while I waited for the digital-M, whatever it was going to be called. It seemed logical that Leica would...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-19-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 1,332
Posted By Grober
BEWARE imitations or knock-offs! Buy only from a...

BEWARE imitations or knock-offs! Buy only from a reputable dealer who will stand behind whichever card you select.

-g
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-13-2007
Replies: 1
Views: 838
Posted By Grober
Head's up: Canon 28/2.8 lenses

If you every thought of adding this lens to your kit, there are several interesting examples on eBay at the moment...

-g
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-13-2007
Replies: 20
Views: 2,725
Posted By Grober
I'm rapidly shifting from film to digital...

I'm rapidly shifting from film to digital (M7-to-M8) as I learn this thing called, digital workflow. I'll keep my Leica 21mm finder for use with a 15mm lens I'll buy down the road. (I'm waiting on...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 02-11-2007
Replies: 27
Views: 3,243
Posted By Grober
Something may be in the works (by Zeiss USA) to...

Something may be in the works (by Zeiss USA) to do just this.

Re U. S. Customs duties on re-entering lenses: I now have my ZM25 registered with U. S. Customs but they will still charge me for the...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 02-10-2007
Replies: 27
Views: 3,243
Posted By Grober
Zeiss now tells me that they will change the...

Zeiss now tells me that they will change the mount on my ZM25 to a ZM25 mount, thus invoking the 24/35 frame on the M8 and solving my framing problem. Zeiss fee: 40 Euros; shipping extra. (I still...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-09-2007
Replies: 104
Views: 7,438
Posted By Grober
I'm guessing that you guys have not been in the...

I'm guessing that you guys have not been in the software development business, right?

Delays are to be expected! All one can do is chill.

A standard illustration from the s/w business still is...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-09-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 1,467
Posted By Grober
Richard: Here's what I'd need: have Zeiss...

Richard:

Here's what I'd need: have Zeiss professionally change the original lensmount on my ZM 25mm lens into a ZM35 lens mount. Zeiss in Germany e-mailed me that they'd perform this service for...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-06-2007
Replies: 12
Views: 1,600
Posted By Grober
Ditto the remarks above. ScreenPatronus is clear...

Ditto the remarks above. ScreenPatronus is clear with the company being very responsive but I echo the comments above about the corners catching on things.

I'll clean the screen and try again. The...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-05-2007
Replies: 32
Views: 4,566
Posted By Grober
If you are content with film OR wear glasses when...

If you are content with film OR wear glasses when shooting, buy the ZM 28.

If you think there is a M8 in your future (but you'll also continue to shoot film), the ZM 25 may be a better choice. ...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-04-2007
Replies: 47
Views: 3,986
Posted By Grober
Zeiss quote via e-mail from their HQ in Germany:...

Zeiss quote via e-mail from their HQ in Germany: change ZM 25 mount to ZM 35 mount for 40 Euros (shipping and applicable customs duties extra.)

-g
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-01-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 1,562
Posted By Grober
Jorge, Posting photos from the M8 to appear like...

Jorge,

Posting photos from the M8 to appear like these continues to be a complete puzzle to me. If I am able to transfer anything, they always show up as tiny tumbprints or worse, very wee...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 02-01-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 963
Posted By Grober
"For the want of a nail, a kingdom was lost...

"For the want of a nail, a kingdom was lost ..."

This little meter performed wonderfully and accurately but just wouldn't stay put.

Once, when shooting several tall ships at a large summer port...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-01-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 1,467
Posted By Grober
Huck, Thanks VERY much for this info! -g

Huck,

Thanks VERY much for this info!

-g
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-01-2007
Replies: 13
Views: 917
Posted By Grober
My wife selected the Olympus 35RC as her camera...

My wife selected the Olympus 35RC as her camera when we were living on Okinawa some four decades ago. A nifty little camera with a turckload of features that could either do it all by itself or...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-31-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 2,702
Posted By Grober
Brian, Read you review. Did/do you shoot with...

Brian,

Read you review. Did/do you shoot with the Ultron's supplied lens hood on or off?

Seems to me that WITH the hood on, the lens would obscure more of the viewfinder than you indicated in your...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 01-31-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 1,467
Posted By Grober
Official Zeiss dist for North America is...?

Anyone know who the official distributor for Zeiss ZM in North America will be?

Should be annouced this spring but if you know, let the cat out, eh?

-g
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 01-26-2007
Replies: 2
Views: 1,057
Posted By Grober
Well that sure looks like garbage. How does one...

Well that sure looks like garbage.

How does one load photos that will actually appear here (not as an attachment) and still stay within the forum's 150K file limit?

It's a puzzle to me.

-g
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 01-26-2007
Replies: 2
Views: 1,057
Posted By Grober
ZM 25/2.8 Biogon in the kitchen

Leica M8 just back from Solms with firmware 1.09, no IR-cut filter, mini-tirpod on the kitchen counter with 2-sec delay, cloudy skylight at 90 degrees from the right, DNG file with minimal procession...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-26-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 2,326
Posted By Grober
Mad Canadian inventor shows M8 grip

Thanks to Terry Cioni posting these two photos, we now have a shot of Tom Abrahamson and his latest prototype: http://www.flickr.com/photos/streetfusion/sets/72157594496963047/

Looks like another...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-25-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 1,559
Posted By Grober
Think wider: 28mm at least if not 24 or...

Think wider: 28mm at least if not 24 or 25...

The 50mm Summicron is now your short-tele of choice.

Consider selling the 90mm Summicron (I sold mine) and buy a used 90mm Elmarit or Tele-Elmarit. ...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-24-2007
Replies: 33
Views: 3,529
Posted By Grober
Love to see the 21mm Elmarit work posted here. ...

Love to see the 21mm Elmarit work posted here. Got my M8 back from Solms last week and should get my newly coded 21mm Elmarit back from Leica later this week. I can't wait to marry the two and...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-23-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 1,787
Posted By Grober
I love monochrome work; I love your "face on the...

I love monochrome work; I love your "face on the wall" shot. The photo would diminish to nothingness were it not for the two figures in the frame. Good work!

-g
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-23-2007
Replies: 2
Views: 1,135
Posted By Grober
Stephen, Thanks for posting. My main regret...

Stephen,

Thanks for posting.

My main regret after my only trip to HK eleven years ago was not riding the Star Ferry more. It is, without any doubt, the best tourist bargain in the world!
Great...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 01-21-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 1,363
Posted By Grober
Thanks, Philipp for making some good sense with...

Thanks, Philipp for making some good sense with your comment.

I'm thinking I'll probably sell this lovely lens and buy the Leica 28mm Elmarit-M as a replacement. I save myself the angst of having...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-19-2007
Replies: 12
Views: 1,875
Posted By Grober
Who cares where the glass is made? If Leica puts...

Who cares where the glass is made? If Leica puts its logo on it, it'll be fine.

Some decades ago, a friend visited the Leica plant in Canada and saw boxes with the label, Hoya, scattered around the...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-19-2007
Replies: 0
Views: 840
Posted By Grober
Bessa R2M warranty repair experience

Positive.

I noticed a few overlaps on three of the first dozen or so rolls I shot with my new R2M. Late last month, I sent it back to CameraQuest for repair/adjustment under warranty. I received...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 01-17-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 1,363
Posted By Grober
Right. But with any film body (other than a...

Right. But with any film body (other than a Leica .58) I always use the Zeiss 25mm aux. viewfinder so I really don't care what the modified lens mount on my Biogon is invoking inside the camera. ...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 01-17-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 1,363
Posted By Grober
Zeiss (Germany) offers new service

I quite like my Biogon 25mm ZM lens. I use it for both film and, when I get my M8 back from Leica Germany, intend to use it on the digital camera as well. However, the lens would work better on the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-15-2007
Replies: 18
Views: 1,854
Posted By Grober
My M8 is at the factory now for a re-fit, but...

My M8 is at the factory now for a re-fit, but whilst I had it briefly in November, I did shoot some wedding shots of a friend's wedding.

Given all the controversy about the IR problem and having...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 01-12-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 1,000
Posted By Grober
New Zeiss 18 & 21 lenses: availibility?

Anyone know when the two new Zeiss ZM w.a. lenses will be available?

I'm particularly interested in the 18mm. Thanks!

-g
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 01-10-2007
Replies: 18
Views: 1,717
Posted By Grober
I dislike the Zeiss lens caps. My finger tips...

I dislike the Zeiss lens caps. My finger tips are large so I dislike all the fumbling with their caps and those tiny finger tabs.

For my ZM25, I found and bought a cheap, aluminum screw-in cap and...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 01-10-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 4,112
Posted By Grober
Film camera: ZM28 + ZM50. Digital Epson or M8:...

Film camera: ZM28 + ZM50.

Digital Epson or M8: ZM25 + ZM50.

-g
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-10-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 2,742
Posted By Grober
Both Leica flash units are inadequate IMHO. ...

Both Leica flash units are inadequate IMHO. Leica needs to introduce a unit compatible with the M8 that has a tilting flash head.

Yes, METZ units are wonderful but they are physically too large...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-04-2007
Replies: 12
Views: 1,925
Posted By Grober
Which? The ad or the camera? (Still waiting for...

Which? The ad or the camera?

(Still waiting for mine to be returned from a fixit trip to Solms.)

-g
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 01-01-2007
Replies: 31
Views: 2,704
Posted By Grober
A simple, aluminum, screw-in lens cap will solve...

A simple, aluminum, screw-in lens cap will solve your problem here. I put the Zeiss cap in the box the lens came in and happily use the screw-in cap. The Zeiss one is a poor design.

-g
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-01-2007
Replies: 19
Views: 2,961
Posted By Grober
Don't overlook the Zeiss ZM 25/2.8 and 28/2.8...

Don't overlook the Zeiss ZM 25/2.8 and 28/2.8 lenses.

The ZM 25 will NOT pull up the "correct" 24mm frame in the M8. Zeiss is aware of this problem and may be evaluating a service to take...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-31-2006
Replies: 41
Views: 5,147
Posted By Grober
More praise for Tony and his colleagues: earlier...

More praise for Tony and his colleagues: earlier this month I queried them about the availability of B+W IR cut filters. "None in stock now but we'll let you know when we have them again," quoth...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-27-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 2,019
Posted By Grober
Do you live in the U.S.? If so, I'm encouraged...

Do you live in the U.S.?

If so, I'm encouraged that you got the letter but also VERY discouraged that Mr. Lee didn't make things clearer and easier for the company's U. S. customers. I might need...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-25-2006
Replies: 15
Views: 1,899
Posted By Grober
Remember when you teased us with this service,...

Remember when you teased us with this service, Jorge?
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-24-2006
Replies: 3
Views: 1,530
Posted By Grober
Any Bessa is not a Zeiss camera BUT the R2M and...

Any Bessa is not a Zeiss camera BUT the R2M and R3M lets you mount any 75mm lens and have only the 75mm frame showing in the viewfinder: a significant benefit, IMHO.

-g
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-24-2006
Replies: 22
Views: 2,430
Posted By Grober
The only way we're being stupid is to buy the M8...

The only way we're being stupid is to buy the M8 (I did) and expect NOT to have any problems.

The bleeding edge of technology always has bumps along the way.

I hope my M8 gets back from its...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-23-2006
Replies: 15
Views: 1,899
Posted By Grober
Jorge, What 6-bit coding are you going to put on...

Jorge,

What 6-bit coding are you going to put on this Zeiss lens and how are you going to do it?

I'm also searching for the appropriate 6-bit coding to place on my ZM 25mm and for some one to do it...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-14-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 1,394
Posted By Grober
Sent my R2M back to the authorized US dealer I...

Sent my R2M back to the authorized US dealer I bought it from earlier this year as soon as they became available. Everything is fine EXCEPT irregular film advance intervals between frames on the...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-10-2006
Replies: 18
Views: 3,715
Posted By Grober
Tom, The Leica 50mm Elmar, a superb lens, CANNOT...

Tom,

The Leica 50mm Elmar, a superb lens, CANNOT be collapsed into the M8 because of its excessive rearward projection when collapsed. THe Heliar, on the other hand, only protrudes about 1mm when...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-10-2006
Replies: 18
Views: 3,715
Posted By Grober
Tom, Attached photo shot @ ISO 1250 in B&W on my...

Tom,

Attached photo shot @ ISO 1250 in B&W on my M8 with the 50/2 Heliar at about 1/12 of a second wide open, handheld. The bride was in a very weak spotlight in the dark, large reception hall. ...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-08-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 1,471
Posted By Grober
Speaking for myself and not for any other person...

Speaking for myself and not for any other person or group, I figured my best course of action was to send the M8 via a reliable, insured carrier to New Jersey then follow up with a phone call. It...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-08-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 1,471
Posted By Grober
New Jersey says, "Four weeks."

Leica Service in New Jersey (USA) is currently quoting 4 weeks turnaround on updating your M8.

Mine is flying the Altantic today, bound for Solms. I sent if off to them last Friday via UPS from...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-06-2006
Replies: 3
Views: 1,256
Posted By Grober
Pester you Leica dealer who should then prevail...

Pester you Leica dealer who should then prevail upon their Leica rep to clarify the situation.

Communications with my area Leica rep have received no replies or any kind.

-g
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-05-2006
Replies: 20
Views: 1,839
Posted By Grober
ZM 25/2.8 now, then add a 75/2.5 or 2.0 later. -g

ZM 25/2.8 now, then add a 75/2.5 or 2.0 later.

-g
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-05-2006
Replies: 14
Views: 1,314
Posted By Grober
Thanks, Tom. I'll let y'all know what...

Thanks, Tom. I'll let y'all know what happens.

-g
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-04-2006
Replies: 35
Views: 3,464
Posted By Grober
A lot of us would have opted for the Epson R-D1...

A lot of us would have opted for the Epson R-D1 if we felt that the company was really behind their revolutionary product.

Epson wasn't and isn't so if you crave a pro digital RF camera, there's...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-04-2006
Replies: 22
Views: 3,008
Posted By Grober
We're all doing the same mental tinkering. Of...

We're all doing the same mental tinkering. Of course, everything is further complicated by the fact that most of us will also continue to shoot film on occasion. (I'm shooting a gig this Thursday...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-04-2006
Replies: 18
Views: 3,715
Posted By Grober
Non-Leica CV 50/2 Heliar works just fine 'cause...

Non-Leica CV 50/2 Heliar works just fine 'cause the rear element of the lens only protrudes from the mount about 1mm when collapsed, less than the measured protrusion of my Leica 23/2 Summicron-ASPH....
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-03-2006
Replies: 14
Views: 1,314
Posted By Grober
Thanks to all for some very helpful info. -g

Thanks to all for some very helpful info.

-g
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-02-2006
Replies: 14
Views: 1,314
Posted By Grober
R2M woes

I've bought the R2M as soon as CameraQuest had them in stock. Now about every three rolls of film I'm noticing that once on the roll is overlaps images on the film. In other words, it doesn't wind...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-02-2006
Replies: 14
Views: 1,359
Posted By Grober
Or use Series VI filters IF you can find the 40mm...

Or use Series VI filters IF you can find the 40mm filter ring that Canon made in the 1950s.

NEW Series VI filter may be hard to find but used camera stores usually have them by the dozens at $1 or...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-30-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 2,756
Posted By Grober
I bought the ZM 25mm as soon as it was available...

I bought the ZM 25mm as soon as it was available in the USA and have used the lens a lot. (Previously my 25mm was an older, slower but tiny LTM Canon 25/3.5) The ZM 25 handles very well, focuses...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-30-2006
Replies: 7
Views: 1,567
Posted By Grober
Sean's 28mm review is appreciated around our...

Sean's 28mm review is appreciated around our campfire since I've used the Canon 2.8 LTM lens with pleasure for about three years. The little beauty could use a CLA 'cause it's focusing is a bit...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-30-2006
Replies: 31
Views: 3,258
Posted By Grober
Ultimately? The irresistable pressure of the...

Ultimately? The irresistable pressure of the BOTTOM LINE.

Plus, they sure couldn't miss making a big splash at Photokina. (My dealer tells me he could have sold five times the number of M8s he...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-30-2006
Replies: 1
Views: 1,023
Posted By Grober
Yes, the dealer from whom I purchased the M8 is...

Yes, the dealer from whom I purchased the M8 is ignorant about the details too. They are a reputable establishment: I suspect Leica is communicating poorly with them just like they are communicating...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-28-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 1,921
Posted By Grober
Leica is on record saying they will "offer" the...

Leica is on record saying they will "offer" the IR filter with the purchase of subsequent Leica lenses. They didn't say "provide with each lens." (You'll need to also buy the filter.)

-g
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-28-2006
Replies: 17
Views: 1,798
Posted By Grober
Have I missed something? You have a voucher from...

Have I missed something? You have a voucher from Leica?

Is there REALLY a 30% discount available toward the purchase of one Leica lens for we M8 sufferers? If valid, is the discount global or...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-24-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 1,531
Posted By Grober
Good idea. What is a 50/2.8 Elmarit-M anyway?...

Good idea.

What is a 50/2.8 Elmarit-M anyway? Did you mean the collapsible 50mm Elmar?

-g
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-22-2006
Replies: 24
Views: 2,259
Posted By Grober
NO. The more I use the M8 in different colors...

NO.

The more I use the M8 in different colors of light I realize that the WB, set to auto OR manual, is untrustworthy.

I'm shooting a wedding this Saturday as a secondary photog and will now sell...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-20-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 2,046
Posted By Grober
Welcome to the ward where ALL the patient records...

Welcome to the ward where ALL the patient records are stamped large with one word: "INCURABLE."

-g
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-18-2006
Replies: 58
Views: 5,885
Posted By Grober
So why use the DNG format anyway? In other...

So why use the DNG format anyway?

In other words, what advantages does DNG have over TIF or even JPG?

-g
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-18-2006
Replies: 21
Views: 2,606
Posted By Grober
The way Epson has effectively disowned and...

The way Epson has effectively disowned and ignored the RD-1 community there's no one there to complain to anyway.

-g
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-18-2006
Replies: 28
Views: 3,727
Posted By Grober
This is a bit off topic and has nothing to do...

This is a bit off topic and has nothing to do with 6-bit coding BUT does touch the subject of the ZM 25mm Biogon invoking the more desirable 24mm frame vice the current 28mm frame on the M8. Zeiss...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 11-18-2006
Replies: 2
Views: 1,553
Posted By Grober
I do have this lens but not the body you mention....

I do have this lens but not the body you mention. I noticed that the Heliar's rearward projection (when collapsed) is LESS than the rearward projection of my 35mm Summicorn ASPH. This doesn't...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-18-2006
Replies: 4
Views: 856
Posted By Grober
Louie, I don't think you'll have a problem...

Louie,

I don't think you'll have a problem assuming the lens mount on the Canon body is without defect. The wee & wide Heliar is a very good performer once you learn to hold the camera so your...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-18-2006
Replies: 11
Views: 1,952
Posted By Grober
I use my Canon LTM 28/2.8 (with adapter) on my M8...

I use my Canon LTM 28/2.8 (with adapter) on my M8 without apparent problems but I really haven't given the lens a throough workout because I'm so very much in thrall with my Zeiss ZM 25mm...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-17-2006
Replies: 1
Views: 960
Posted By Grober
CV 50mm Nokton 1.5 on M8 today

Quick shots as I waited for my lunch guest to arrive. I'm looking across a boundary fence as this small Seattle area city park.

I was imporessed with how the Leica M8 handled severely backlit...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-17-2006
Replies: 4
Views: 1,315
Posted By Grober
With a double accessory shoe, which you can buy...

With a double accessory shoe, which you can buy from cameraquest.com, you could mount both the flash and a viewfinder. One problem with this accessory: it turns your hot shoe into a cold shoe; you...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-17-2006
Replies: 2
Views: 1,092
Posted By Grober
Related question: how can I instruct C1 NOT to...

Related question: how can I instruct C1 NOT to download ALL files from the SD card but only pick and choose the photos I want?

Anyone?

-g
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-17-2006
Replies: 27
Views: 2,924
Posted By Grober
[QUOTE=msadat]it is very clear that leica knew...

[QUOTE=msadat]it is very clear that leica knew about these issues yet did nothing to inform us before buying the m8. and suprised all with the issues.


it seems the fix will be 200usd a pop for...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-16-2006
Replies: 1
Views: 1,234
Posted By Grober
Under a cloudy sky: M8 + ZM 25mm

Here's my first effort to specifically shoot in DNG, convert with Capture One (C1) and dump into Photoshop Elements 4 as a TIF file for subsequent manipulation (PE4 is what I know best). Then I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-15-2006
Replies: 30
Views: 2,748
Posted By Grober
Ralph came off as grumpy with a dash of "I don't...

Ralph came off as grumpy with a dash of "I don't care what you think of me" when he led a master's class for 15 or so of us Leica-M users five years ago. Our local weather didn't suit his likes nor...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-15-2006
Replies: 21
Views: 2,559
Posted By Grober
ZM 25mm Biogon on Leica M8 this morning...

ZM 25mm Biogon on Leica M8 this morning...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-14-2006
Replies: 5
Views: 1,526
Posted By Grober
samthase, If you're considering a new CV 90mm...

samthase,

If you're considering a new CV 90mm then you should also consider a used 90mm Tele-Elmarit if you can find a clean one of the thin variety. Check the Leica list to make sure its serial...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-14-2006
Replies: 20
Views: 2,564
Posted By Grober
Makes me want to reach for that old Leica deep...

Makes me want to reach for that old Leica deep red 39mm filter, set my M8 to b&w and snap a few.

Don't have time today; will try some tomorrow.

-g
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-14-2006
Replies: 5
Views: 1,702
Posted By Grober
Jan: thanks for the good suggestion. -g

Jan: thanks for the good suggestion.

-g
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-14-2006
Replies: 5
Views: 1,702
Posted By Grober
Will do. I'll have some time to mess with...

Will do. I'll have some time to mess with re-sizing (shrinking) the images down to fit through the internet pipe tomorrow. If you don't see 'em here, look in the Zeiss thread.

I'm pleased with...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-13-2006
Replies: 5
Views: 1,702
Posted By Grober
CV 50mm Heliar collapsible on the M8

I carefully have followed Leica severe warning about not collapsing certain lenses into their "storage" position when using them on the M8.

Then I noticed the rearward permanent optical protrusion...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-12-2006
Replies: 7
Views: 1,303
Posted By Grober
Yesterday first charge of the M8's battery out of...

Yesterday first charge of the M8's battery out of the box netted about 80 shots but that included MUCHO chimping as we tried to discover every menu option and learn about the camera.

Fully charged...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-09-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 2,018
Posted By Grober
My dealer has already said he'll have no lack of...

My dealer has already said he'll have no lack of buyers in case I elect not to accept delivery from UPS tomorrow.

He was unaware of the M8's IR problem until I brought it up.

I'll talk to him...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-08-2006
Replies: 73
Views: 7,623
Posted By Grober
Yes, it is (was?) for me too. We just all...

Yes, it is (was?) for me too.

We just all steamed about the extra UNPLANNED expense of at least $1000 additional to get all our lenses 6-bit coded right away AND the added cost to buy lots of...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-08-2006
Replies: 4
Views: 929
Posted By Grober
The DC power from your automobile (via the cable...

The DC power from your automobile (via the cable supplied with the M8) m-a-y charge the battery faster than 120V AC. Just a hunch...

My M8 arrives tomorrow.

-g
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-07-2006
Replies: 14
Views: 2,114
Posted By Grober
Jorge, My M8 should be here on Thrursday; I...

Jorge,

My M8 should be here on Thrursday; I should be ready to post some shots by the weekend BUT I DON'T KNOW HOW on this site.

Care to post a short tutorial on how to post pictures...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-07-2006
Replies: 24
Views: 2,198
Posted By Grober
Any 35 Summicron.

Any 35 Summicron.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-06-2006
Replies: 20
Views: 1,761
Posted By Grober
I have a Horizon (Russian) for 35mm chromes only....

I have a Horizon (Russian) for 35mm chromes only. But since it is small (I don't know if they make larger) I went looking again and landed on a Pentax 5.5x. It's large, well made and I've very...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-06-2006
Replies: 9
Views: 1,888
Posted By Grober
Pete, While we're certainly itching to start...

Pete,

While we're certainly itching to start shooting with the M8 which should be here mid-week, I certainly remember with fondness our Olympus 35rc.

We purchased said pocket giant of a camera in...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-05-2006
Replies: 9
Views: 1,888
Posted By Grober
Good looking and engaging family but aren't those...

Good looking and engaging family but aren't those three shots at least 1/2 overexposed?

-g
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-05-2006
Replies: 3
Views: 1,077
Posted By Grober
Jay, I've used that same Tri-Elmar on film...

Jay,

I've used that same Tri-Elmar on film bodies and have no qualms about it EXCEPT its speed. (I sold it because of this one issue.)

You MUST obtain at least one Leica lens of f2 or faster. ...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-05-2006
Replies: 20
Views: 3,447
Posted By Grober
Very helpful discussion here. Leica should...

Very helpful discussion here. Leica should consider a tutorial for those of us who sometimes struggle with file types and file conversions and data management issues. (Do we sense a market...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-05-2006
Replies: 41
Views: 5,443
Posted By Grober
Adding the M8 handgrip will give the camera more...

Adding the M8 handgrip will give the camera more heft, yes?

I know what you're saying: after using the Leica Motor drive so much on my M7, I found handling the "naked" camera without the drive...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-04-2006
Replies: 7
Views: 4,303
Posted By Grober
Stieglitz, Welcome to the ward! -g

Stieglitz,

Welcome to the ward!

-g
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-04-2006
Replies: 27
Views: 3,243
Posted By Grober
You can. You just need to mannually hold the...

You can. You just need to mannually hold the frame selection lever to the 24/35 frame.

I'll be doing this myself until Zeiss comes up with a solution.

I will NOT be butchering the lug on this...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-03-2006
Replies: 82
Views: 5,796
Posted By Grober
Hey, we're all in a major paradigm shift; an...

Hey, we're all in a major paradigm shift; an inflection point in photography.

Film usage will diminish but not go extinct: everyone will have more choices for their personal expression as a...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-03-2006
Replies: 27
Views: 3,243
Posted By Grober
Andy hasn't witnessed my metal-working skills,...

Andy hasn't witnessed my metal-working skills, has he? Nope, no filing for me: I would surely mangle the mount beyond recognition!

I'll wait for Zeiss to offer up a solution. Hopefully in the...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-03-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 2,102
Posted By Grober
The only thing I've seen in the M8 owner's manual...

The only thing I've seen in the M8 owner's manual states that the battery must be between 0 and 35 degrees centigrade in order to be charged. There is one note about eliminating condensation "on or...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-03-2006
Replies: 27
Views: 3,243
Posted By Grober
I considered this of course. However, with any...

I considered this of course. However, with any film camera I would ALWAYS use the accessory Zeiss 25/28 viewfinder when shooting. The M8 offers the wonderful bliss of shooting with a ZM 25 Biogon...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-03-2006
Replies: 14
Views: 1,568
Posted By Grober
ABSOLUTELY leave Macro photography to your DSLR. ...

ABSOLUTELY leave Macro photography to your DSLR. The strength of the Leica M is its mimimalist nature, ideal for quietly shooting pictures of people and real life as those events pass before your...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-03-2006
Replies: 27
Views: 3,243
Posted By Grober
Using the Zeiss ZM25 lens on the M8

As you may know, the Zeiss ZM 25/2.8 lens on the M8 brings up the 28mm frame and not the more desirable 24mm frame. I sent a query about a solution to this problem to Carl Zeiss AG and received an...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-02-2006
Replies: 4
M8
Views: 1,430
Posted By Grober
Where is the M8 Gallery? -g

Where is the M8 Gallery?

-g
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-02-2006
Replies: 25
Views: 2,343
Posted By Grober
I've owned both and enjoyed both. The feel of...

I've owned both and enjoyed both. The feel of that now-sold M4-P is still in my dreams!

If you can live without a meter, get the M4-P but be careful about its shutter. Get a warranty if possible...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-02-2006
Replies: 0
Views: 830
Posted By Grober
M8 via two-day air

My Leica dealer believes three M8 cameras were sent today from New Jersey today via 2-day air. He has 22 units on order so far. He continues to acknowledge that I'm #1 on his list.

We'll see what...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-01-2006
Replies: 11
Views: 2,402
Posted By Grober
Thanks for posting. I'm guessin' the two sign...

Thanks for posting.

I'm guessin' the two sign shots were taken with the 75mm, right?

Yup, I agree. The Leica grip for the M8 is the very first accessory I will order. I have shot so much with...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-01-2006
Replies: 15
Views: 2,752
Posted By Grober
Right. Make me feel miserable for having sold my...

Right. Make me feel miserable for having sold my lil' 15mm Heliar three years ago because I couldn't see any practical use for a lens wider than 21mm.

ERRRRRR!

Anyone have a used but still clean...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-01-2006
Replies: 92
Views: 9,014
Posted By Grober
I know this seems a bit backward but here's my...

I know this seems a bit backward but here's my priorities over the next two weeks:

1. hound my Leica dealer and remind him that I was the first to place an M8 order at their store many months ago;...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-01-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 2,948
Posted By Grober
Thanks. I purchased this Biogon from Stephen...

Thanks. I purchased this Biogon from Stephen during the short time he was allowed to sell Zeiss lenses. I'll query him on the possibility for a retrofit; I hadn't thought of that possibility.

-g
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-31-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 2,948
Posted By Grober
OK. The consensus seems to be that there are NO...

OK. The consensus seems to be that there are NO parts available in the USA for this lens.

And Zeiss in Germany doesn't answer e-mails (so far.)

Anyyone have an address for Zeiss in...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-30-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 2,948
Posted By Grober
John, you haven't seen my metal working...

John, you haven't seen my metal working skills...

-g
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-30-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 2,948
Posted By Grober
Jano, I want the ZM Biogon 25 to act just like...

Jano,

I want the ZM Biogon 25 to act just like the Leica 24 when it's on the M8. Yes, I will use the same lens on film bodies but in that case I'm always using the extra Zeiss 25/28 viewfinder so I...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-29-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 2,948
Posted By Grober
Zeiss Biogon 25mm lens query

How can I buy a genuine Zeiss part in the United States?

Anyone have contact info for Zeiss parts in the USA?

I wish to purchase the bayonet mount for the Zeiss 35mm lens so I can convert my...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-24-2006
Replies: 9
Views: 1,958
Posted By Grober
Universal rule: my desire for the newest Leica...

Universal rule: my desire for the newest Leica M-lens always exceeds my available buget by 200%.

-g
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-22-2006
Replies: 21
Views: 4,832
Posted By Grober
Why has Leica NOT published any photos shot with...

Why has Leica NOT published any photos shot with production M8 firmware to date?

Two possible reasons:

1. "Production" firmware still not ready.
2. They know the first year's production is all...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-17-2006
Replies: 8
Views: 1,981
Posted By Grober
#3 answer: buy a radio trigger device but make...

#3 answer: buy a radio trigger device but make sure to query Leica first on recommended vendors of this sort of thing for the M8 in particular. I'd hate to blow the circuit in a $5k camera with the...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 10-17-2006
Replies: 14
Views: 4,021
Posted By Grober
Any idea what Sherry might charge to CLA a Canon...

Any idea what Sherry might charge to CLA a Canon 28mm 2.8 LTM lens?

Thanks!

-g
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-15-2006
Replies: 318
Views: 82,621
Posted By Grober
ZM 25 Biogon devotee here. Don't own the Z1...

ZM 25 Biogon devotee here.

Don't own the Z1 nor plan to; I'm saving all my juices for the M8.

The newly announced ZM 18/4 looks interesting.

-g
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-15-2006
Replies: 23
Views: 3,647
Posted By Grober
Thanks for the report, Grant. I've been #1 on...

Thanks for the report, Grant. I've been #1 on the list for my M8 at my Leica dealer for more than just a little while.

If the M8 lands in my hands before the four day USA Thanksgiving Day holiday...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-13-2006
Replies: 71
Views: 5,638
Posted By Grober
Absolutely. And I'm glad they do too.

Absolutely. And I'm glad they do too.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-12-2006
Replies: 35
Views: 5,106
Posted By Grober
Of course, it depends what your intend to shoot...

Of course, it depends what your intend to shoot but here's my put for a versatile 3-lens outfit:

25 Biogon
35 Summicron-Asph
75 AA Summicron

(I'm assuming I'll find someone to modify the Biogon's...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-10-2006
Replies: 31
Views: 3,253
Posted By Grober
Here's an additional reason: to stick it in the...

Here's an additional reason: to stick it in the face of all my ignorant friends who think Leica shooters are very backward and who have so repeatedly bludgeoned me with their noisy Canon or Nikon...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-10-2006
Replies: 23
Views: 3,537
Posted By Grober
You gettin' one, Ben? (Mine already on...

You gettin' one, Ben?

(Mine already on order.)

-g
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-10-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 1,784
Posted By Grober
1. I anticipate being 95% diigtal if my M8 pans...

1. I anticipate being 95% diigtal if my M8 pans out as expected. Reason: poor quality of available photofinishing. One film body, a Bessa, will be kept; all the Leica bodies are now gone pending...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-08-2006
Replies: 57
Views: 5,772
Posted By Grober
Leica 90mm Elmar in an M-mount. Rare but...

Leica 90mm Elmar in an M-mount. Rare but available. Cool, small lens also very light in weight.

Second choice, 90mm Leica Tele-Elmarit, "thin" not the "fat" design.

Third choice: CV 90mm lens...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-08-2006
Replies: 23
Views: 2,625
Posted By Grober
What a beautiful gift! You can pay tribute to...

What a beautiful gift! You can pay tribute to your father by investing in a cleaning and general check by a reliable, Leica-experienced service rep and shoot with it. Don't trust it to a service...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 10-08-2006
Replies: 48
Views: 3,496
Posted By Grober
Not to worry. I had an M7 for about three years...

Not to worry. I had an M7 for about three years and replaced its batteries about once a year. Big Deal. A small investment in order to use such a magnificent instrument. (Now awaiting my first...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 10-08-2006
Replies: 3
Views: 1,281
Posted By Grober
Thanks Nightlight. I have the same Bessa kit and...

Thanks Nightlight. I have the same Bessa kit and need to get off my rusty dusty, figure out how to post photos on this site and post some examples.

If anyone wants to help me figure this out,...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-08-2006
Replies: 52
Views: 5,420
Posted By Grober
With the Leica M, I am looking through a simple...

With the Leica M, I am looking through a simple pane of glass, not only at the area of interest inside the viewfinder frame, but also at all the additional information around the area of the intended...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-08-2006
Replies: 43
Views: 8,459
Posted By Grober
My five current Leica lenses will get lots of...

My five current Leica lenses will get lots of time on the M8 but
l'll also be eager to mount my 25mm Biogon and see what it can do.

(Kudus to the first service organization that can offer me a...
Forum: RFF Polls 10-06-2006
Replies: 73
Views: 19,714
Posted By Grober
Another vote for Billingham: supple, durable and...

Another vote for Billingham: supple, durable and still lookin' good.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 10-05-2006
Replies: 9
Views: 1,204
Posted By Grober
The Canon 25/3.5 I briefly owned rendered...

The Canon 25/3.5 I briefly owned rendered satisfactory results but was objectionable because the focusing was so un-ergonomic. The Color-Skopar looks to be easier to focus, given it nifty little...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-04-2006
Replies: 43
Views: 8,459
Posted By Grober
ANY clean, usable 35mm Summicron you can find.

ANY clean, usable 35mm Summicron you can find.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-04-2006
Replies: 170
Views: 30,330
Posted By Grober
You are truer than you know: most of us will end...

You are truer than you know: most of us will end up owning TWO of these beasties just like we did when Leica Ms were "only" film.

My first two were double stroke M3s.

-g
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-04-2006
Replies: 14
Views: 2,771
Posted By Grober
#1 on the list, if I can believe my "local"...

#1 on the list, if I can believe my "local" authorized Leica dealer.

And I ain't telling anyone the city in which said dealer holds court ... err, does business.

-g
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-04-2006
Replies: 14
Views: 4,421
Posted By Grober
A perfect summary of the entire subject. Good,...

A perfect summary of the entire subject. Good, thorough reportage here!

Why can't the American press write like this?

Answer: because we teach everything BUT language skills at our secondary...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-04-2006
Replies: 35
Views: 5,106
Posted By Grober
If ONLY three: 21 Elmarit 35 Summicron 75...

If ONLY three:

21 Elmarit
35 Summicron
75 Summicron

Because I already have these three although none are yet 6-bit coded. (Yes, I do lust after the tiny new 28 Elmarit.)

Sold the M7, Motor...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-30-2006
Replies: 8
Views: 2,295
Posted By Grober
Any news on the new Metz flash?

Leica is suggesting that there will be a new Metz flash, perhaps even designed with the M8 in mind.

I'm hoping it is less of a monster (in size) than the current line of Metz flashes AND comes with...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 09-30-2006
Replies: 15
Views: 1,745
Posted By Grober
Less than whatever it was before the M8 became...

Less than whatever it was before the M8 became official, that's for sure.
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