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Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-26-2010
Replies: 84
Views: 8,827
Posted By ERV
I recently started playing with my F3 that I...

I recently started playing with my F3 that I bought as a present to myself after grad school in the mid 80's.
I'm intrigued by a lens that I use wide open and have been thinking about the nikon 50mm...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-26-2010
Replies: 106
Views: 6,918
Posted By ERV
I treated myself to two super cool items from...

I treated myself to two super cool items from HeavyStars, a summitar to 39mm filter adapter and a 40mm summicron-C hood and series 5.5 to 39mm filter adapter.
Now I can use both lenses on my M8.

My...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-19-2010
Replies: 27
Views: 5,396
Posted By ERV
I use a clip on summicron vented hood 12585 or an...

I use a clip on summicron vented hood 12585 or an ITOOY hood for an Elmar 50mm f2.8 that I once had.
The ITOOY is smaller, doesn't vignette however hard to find and expensive.
Forum: Travel 12-18-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 2,056
Posted By ERV
I travel with my M8 and the brick battery charger...

I travel with my M8 and the brick battery charger always draws suspicion in my hand luggage. I have to get the compact version.
I've also learned not to travel with a double end cap connecting two...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-01-2010
Replies: 42
Views: 6,921
Posted By ERV
Resisting change- This is also one way to explain...

Resisting change- This is also one way to explain why a Leica M body has looked the same for the last 50 years!
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 11-14-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 2,490
Posted By ERV
I went to this show today and cannot say that I...

I went to this show today and cannot say that I was impressed with his work.
I thought that the images were redundant- door frame, AC vent, steering wheel, something framed through the...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-03-2010
Replies: 36
Views: 10,004
Posted By ERV
I have a Tewe finder that I use on my LTM bodies...

I have a Tewe finder that I use on my LTM bodies and it is very well made.
I like the lower profile and barrel shape over the Leica Imarect finder that I once had. The Tewe has a red dot at the 40mm...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10-03-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 601
Posted By ERV
Okay class, this is what happens when you post...

Okay class, this is what happens when you post after a dinner party
and you try to channel your inner Carl Sandberg.

Let me translate;
I've sent my cameras to be repaired by people who I will never...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10-02-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 601
Posted By ERV
W/NW Camera repair people

I dress my cameras
to cross lands
I do not see
They land in hands
I will never know
Who has set them right?



Rollei Expert Krikor Maralian
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-18-2010
Replies: 251
Views: 36,793
Posted By ERV
The reason I am a Leica owner is because of my...

The reason I am a Leica owner is because of my wife.
She's a pro photog and I went with her to the original Ken Hansen many moons ago went she bought an M6 and a 35, 50 and 90.
They were a gift from...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 09-09-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 7,598
Posted By ERV
I had a shutter jam issue with mine and took it...

I had a shutter jam issue with mine and took it to Nippon Photo.
They would not take it in because they said they could not get parts if they were needed.
They did recommend that I play with the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-25-2010
Replies: 68
Views: 7,481
Posted By ERV
My favorite is Reala and went to B and H on...

My favorite is Reala and went to B and H on Sunday to pick some up for an upcoming trip. They had none and said its been discontinued.
A quick online search confirmed the worse.
I called Adorama and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-20-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,148
Posted By ERV
By the way, it is great lens. Have it adjusted...

By the way, it is great lens.
Have it adjusted and you won't be disappointed.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-27-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 870
Posted By ERV
DAG has rubber rings that fit over metal...

DAG has rubber rings that fit over metal viewfinders to avoid scratching eyeglasses.
They are 15$ each, but do the trick. See his website.
I tried to improvise with a small rubber O ring but could...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-23-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 2,291
Posted By ERV
I also have a 40-C and it is the one lens I would...

I also have a 40-C and it is the one lens I would never sell. Perfect walk-around lens.
I have a 35 cron V4 and the 40C is just as sharp with a little less contrast.
In strong light the lens will...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 03-25-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 2,933
Posted By ERV
KEH often has the original hoods.

KEH often has the original hoods.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-09-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 1,471
Posted By ERV
Another vote for Krikor at Krimar Photo in...

Another vote for Krikor at Krimar Photo in NJ/NY.
I took my newly purchased Rolleicord to him for a CLA on Saturday.
Very nice man with 43 years of experience with Rolleis.
He said it would be ready...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-04-2010
Replies: 75
Views: 6,926
Posted By ERV
She and my daughters said "Merry...

She and my daughters said "Merry Christmas!"

They bought my M8 for me :)
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-26-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 1,889
Posted By ERV
For what it is worth, I bought a Rolleicord V...

For what it is worth, I bought a Rolleicord V this week on ebay for $195.00 from person in Canada who had a positive history of selling flex's and cords.
It is in great condition and appears to work...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 02-19-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 8,376
Posted By ERV
You may want to consider starting with an...

You may want to consider starting with an Xpan.
It is less expensive than a 6x17, Leica-like with great lenses, uses 35mm film and capable of excellent results.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-01-2010
Replies: 391
Views: 84,001
Posted By ERV
I bought a used ZI as a second (or third)...

I bought a used ZI as a second (or third) traveling camera.
I would have liked an M7, but I paid in the $850 range for the ZI and it is a great camera.
The ZI doesn't have the build quality of my...
Forum: Travel 01-06-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 1,810
Posted By ERV
Jke- good suggestions. I agree about taking a...

Jke- good suggestions.
I agree about taking a simple digital point and shoot with a zoom. My kids took amazing photos of birds and animals, and all I had to do was tell them what to shoot for me...
Forum: Travel 01-05-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 1,810
Posted By ERV
I went to Costa Rica last year with my M8, 28,...

I went to Costa Rica last year with my M8, 28, 35, 50 (my standard traveling kit) and a ZM with a CV 28mm f3.5 lens.
I debated whether to take a longer lens and a tripod or monopod and decided to...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-05-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 902
Posted By ERV
You could try Nippon Photo Clinic.

You could try Nippon Photo Clinic.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-11-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 758
Posted By ERV
You can try Calumet on 22nd street. They are open...

You can try Calumet on 22nd street. They are open on Saturday.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-30-2009
Replies: 74
Views: 5,724
Posted By ERV
I am always surprised by the number of seemingly...

I am always surprised by the number of seemingly ordinary people in my city who have recognized my Leicas, even with black tape covering the M6/ M8, which is my preference.
This past weekend I was...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-27-2009
Replies: 52
Views: 4,954
Posted By ERV
Lot's of good recommendations for eating on these...

Lot's of good recommendations for eating on these posts- many are my favorites when I'm out and about with my cameras.
My most-used lens on my M8 in NYC is my 28mm Elmarit V4.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-01-2009
Replies: 70
Views: 3,613
Posted By ERV
Simplethings- congratulations. It was my wife who...

Simplethings- congratulations.
It was my wife who had the first Leica in the family- a M6 with a 35mm summicron V4 and a rigid 50mm summicron.
She's a pro photographer and uses it for her personal...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-07-2009
Replies: 35
Views: 10,749
Posted By ERV
I have a few Sonnars that I bought on ebay, all...

I have a few Sonnars that I bought on ebay, all for very reasonable prices.
Coated, uncoated, 1930's to 1950's.
All are incredible lenses with distinct signatures.

Here is my most recent find- a...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-06-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 2,544
Posted By ERV
Photos from a trip to Morroco in 2007. Beautiful...

Photos from a trip to Morroco in 2007.
Beautiful country, and an amazing place for photographs.
Taken with an M6 and a pre-ASPH 35mm Summilux.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-19-2009
Replies: 25
Views: 2,368
Posted By ERV
I have both an early Wetzlar and later Solms M6....

I have both an early Wetzlar and later Solms M6.
Aside of the slight differences in lightmeters, which I agree, the advance lever of the Wetzler version is smoother to the Solms in my opinion.
I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-06-2008
Replies: 63
Views: 3,486
Posted By ERV
Having a quieter camera shutter is important to...

Having a quieter camera shutter is important to me and the Bessa body that I had for a while was too loud for my taste.
I eventually traded up to an M6 which is much more discreet.
A small piece of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-02-2008
Replies: 31
Views: 2,946
Posted By ERV
I also like older less contrasty (pre-modern...

I also like older less contrasty (pre-modern formula) lenses however
I shot all of my trip to Morocco last year with two M6's and two lenses,
a 35mm Summilux pre-asph and a Zeiss 28mm.
The Zeiss is...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-28-2008
Replies: 34
Views: 2,240
Posted By ERV
I agree with Pablito. Keep your M4 while you try...

I agree with Pablito.
Keep your M4 while you try out the M6. If you can swing it, keep both.
I've never had a M4, but I had an M4-2 that I liked.
In the end, the on-board meter is the key for me.
It...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-24-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 2,396
Posted By ERV
I have a Zeiss 21mm f4.5 that I really...

I have a Zeiss 21mm f4.5 that I really like.
Small lens, very sharp, excellent price.
Its only 4.5 but that's fine for what I use it for.
Popflash has the Zeiss 21 modified for the M8.
I also have a...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 11-19-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 2,354
Posted By ERV
I have a Wetzler M6 with bumpers and a serial...

I have a Wetzler M6 with bumpers and a serial number of 168xxx.
My partner has one without bumpers and a serial number of 1657xxx.
Both have Leitz red dots.
I also have a Solms version but prefer the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-15-2008
Replies: 25
Views: 2,941
Posted By ERV
My chrome streetwalker just came back from Essex...

My chrome streetwalker just came back from Essex Camera Repair after a CLA.
Works like a charm.
I have three M5's, two users with CLAs and a beautiful chrome one that had a battery conversion.
I've...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 09-30-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 2,261
Posted By ERV
I'm paying for the upgrades. What is a drag is...

I'm paying for the upgrades.
What is a drag is the upgrade schedule is taking precedent and not the repair.
In other words, they should have said send it in for repair and we'll do the upgrade rather...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 09-30-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 2,261
Posted By ERV
I uploaded firmware 2.0 and still have a center...

I uploaded firmware 2.0 and still have a center banding issue at asa 2500.
I called Leica NJ today and will send it back and have upgrades done at the same time.
They gave me a date at the end of...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 08-30-2008
Replies: 40
Views: 3,745
Posted By ERV
I bought the zeiss 21 4.5 from a fellow RFF...

I bought the zeiss 21 4.5 from a fellow RFF member a couple of weeks ago. I had a chance to play with one before I bought it and I was really impressed with the tonality and sharpness across the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-13-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 1,258
Posted By ERV
Wow, I'm sorry to hear that. He has worked on...

Wow, I'm sorry to hear that.
He has worked on two LTM bodies and several non-metered M bodies for me and everything has always been fine.
He also will do a CLA on lenses.
He doesn't work on...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-13-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 1,258
Posted By ERV
Three cheers for Mr Ye.

Three cheers for Youxin Ye.
I sent my Leica IIc to him on Friday for a shutter repair and its back home tonight- 5 days later.
He also replaced the rangefinder mirror so now looking through it is...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 06-19-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 1,831
Posted By ERV
I had one that I sold for $1500 with a 45mm lens....

I had one that I sold for $1500 with a 45mm lens. It had some paint loss and a low shutter count. I've regretted selling it ever since, however at the time I needed the money.
In my opinion your...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-14-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 1,397
Posted By ERV
Here is a link to a recent post about the m5. I...

Here is a link to a recent post about the m5.
I have 3 (why? why not!) M5's and they are great cameras.

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=52592
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-05-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 2,772
Posted By ERV
This is my opinion of Kurland as well even though...

This is my opinion of Kurland as well even though I was buying an expensive item from him. (My M8)
He also wasn't very helpful on a later service/ warranty related issue.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-05-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 2,772
Posted By ERV
Photovillage is a good option. I would email them...

Photovillage is a good option.
I would email them and ask what they have in stock.
New York is filled with Europeans these days.
Everything is 1/2 price with the strong euro.
Jaifo- I lived in BCN...
Forum: RFF Polls 05-01-2008
Replies: 188
Views: 33,872
Posted By ERV
I like the size and portability of a rangefinder...

I like the size and portability of a rangefinder camera with a normal or wide angle lens and don't have a lens longer than a 50mm.
I always wonder why there are more 90's for sale than any other...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 04-30-2008
Replies: 82
Views: 6,921
Posted By ERV
Its actually very easy. Choose a place and hang...

Its actually very easy.
Choose a place and hang around for a while.
Look for interesting things.
Don't think too much about cameras or lenses.
Don't talk too much.
Read books.
Wear regular...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-24-2008
Replies: 87
Views: 6,357
Posted By ERV
Although I would pay a little more for a camera...

Although I would pay a little more for a camera with a CLA from a Youxin, Dag, or Sherry, its been my experience as a seller that you never fully recover the cost of a CLA.
This is particularly true...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 03-25-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 1,326
Posted By ERV
Robby, I have a chrome Zeiss body that I bought...

Robby,
I have a chrome Zeiss body that I bought from Matisuya in Japan that I'm going to sell.
I also have a Zeiss 35mm Biogon that I may consider selling as well. Its black, however.
(too many...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-25-2008
Replies: 25
Views: 1,686
Posted By ERV
If I'm not mistaken the D3 has a crop factor of...

If I'm not mistaken the D3 has a crop factor of 2x, which would make a 50mm lens a 100mm lens.
If its a true 50mm focal length that you want, them you'll have to look in the 25-28mm range. I have a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-24-2008
Replies: 102
Poll: M7 or MP
Views: 3,282
Posted By ERV
My vote is for two M6's over either of them. :)...

My vote is for two M6's over either of them. :)
My two M6's are working mules, I just keep them happy and they plow away.
Now isn't that what a Leica should be?
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-19-2008
Replies: 94
Views: 3,653
Posted By ERV
The other side to this issue is photographing...

The other side to this issue is photographing one's own children and not being able to post them on Photo websites due to the fear that the images will end up in other locations.
My kids are my...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-19-2008
Replies: 125
Views: 4,591
Posted By ERV
Joe, I'm on the the Upper Westside and have...

Joe,

I'm on the the Upper Westside and have followed this story as well as seen your photograph. Its a very tragic event that I'm sure is even more difficult for you because she was a friend of...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-18-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 1,089
Posted By ERV
I have a older Billingham Hadley classic bag that...

I have a older Billingham Hadley classic bag that I use with 2 bodies and 3 lenses. You could probably fit 4 lenses in it. The Pro model has inserts that can be re-arranged depending on your needs. ...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-18-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,587
Posted By ERV
Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I've had...

Thanks for the suggestions everyone.
I've had the lens for almost a year and have shot about 100 rolls with it.
Yesterday I was out shooting Chinese New Year celebrations with it and I thought that...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-17-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,587
Posted By ERV
ZM lens with stiff focusing ring?

I have a ZM 28mm lens that I use with my M film bodies and now an M8 and I think the focus ring is a little stiff. I took it to a reliable local camera repair shop and they said it wasn't bad and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-11-2008
Replies: 28
Views: 922
Posted By ERV
Very clever...;) anyway, Magnum was having its...

Very clever...;)

anyway, Magnum was having its annual meeting in NYC during 9-11 and many of the big guns were out and about.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-07-2008
Replies: 55
Views: 9,395
Posted By ERV
This is a quick test shot of the ZM Biogon 21mm...

This is a quick test shot of the ZM Biogon 21mm 4.5 on my M8 at B&H Photo in NYC a couple of weeks ago. ASA 1250 at f4.5, BW jpeg fine.
The lens is very compact and has a nice feel to it.
I'm saving...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-02-2008
Replies: 2
Views: 700
Posted By ERV
Nice. The Pyrenees are amazing, I've been to...

Nice.
The Pyrenees are amazing, I've been to both the Spanish and French sides (by car only!) and its hard to appreciate just how steep the roads are until you are on them.
The mountain stages are...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-27-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,129
Posted By ERV
well, the Impact generic battery worked fine for...

well, the Impact generic battery worked fine for two weeks and then wouldn't recharge. I had already tossed the packaging and receipt but I took it back to B&H anyway and they gave me a store credit....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-22-2008
Replies: 102
Views: 3,277
Posted By ERV
A couple of random thoughts to add about the...

A couple of random thoughts to add about the M5;
I consider the M5 one of the few times in Leica history that the designers were given an opportunity to rethink the design of the rangefinder...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-14-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,129
Posted By ERV
I bought an Impact brand battery for my M8 at B&H...

I bought an Impact brand battery for my M8 at B&H and it works fine.
$69.00.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-11-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 976
Posted By ERV
I'm not sure I agree about the vignetting. This...

I'm not sure I agree about the vignetting.
This is the Zeiss 21mm 4 on my M8 at B and H, straight up, no filter or lens coding.
Looks good to me.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-11-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 976
Posted By ERV
Another option is the Zeiss 21mm f4. I tried one...

Another option is the Zeiss 21mm f4. I tried one at B and H over the weekend and its an amazing lens and about the size of a 35mm summicron.
Its F4, however. Congrats on the RD-1. Its a great camera.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-11-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 1,918
Posted By ERV
Akiva, if I understand correctly, you are only...

Akiva, if I understand correctly, you are only using focus confirmation to focus, correct? Can you install a split prism yourself on the P1?
I have a Canon 10D-Leica 28mm R lens setup with a split...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-24-2007
Replies: 108
Views: 5,997
Posted By ERV
I agree. I'm a little nuts about the M5. Why...

I agree.
I'm a little nuts about the M5.
Why three? Why not, I say.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-24-2007
Replies: 108
Views: 5,997
Posted By ERV
My M5 collection.

My M5 collection.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-24-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 1,008
Posted By ERV
Youxin Ye has worked on my screw mount lenses and...

Youxin Ye has worked on my screw mount lenses and bodies.
He's reasonable, fast, and does an excellent job.
Search RFF for his contact info.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-20-2007
Replies: 17
Views: 982
Posted By ERV
Congratulations! Even though I live in an...

Congratulations!
Even though I live in an exciting big city and have a bunch of cool cameras, my two daughters are my favorite subjects.
Enjoy.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-12-2007
Replies: 39
Views: 3,053
Posted By ERV
I purchased a Zeiss ZM body from Matsuiyastore....

I purchased a Zeiss ZM body from Matsuiyastore.
Noriaki was very honest and accomodating.
I would recommend him.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-05-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 985
Posted By ERV
I discovered that the Contax hood and UV filter...

I discovered that the Contax hood and UV filter for my G series 28mm lens also fits the ZM 28mm without vignetting, so when I sold my G2 camera and lenses I kept both. The hood is a solid round shape...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-03-2007
Replies: 35
Views: 1,922
Posted By ERV
For $200. more get an M6 with a built in meter....

For $200. more get an M6 with a built in meter.
Leave the battery out and you'll have the best of both worlds. ;)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-27-2007
Replies: 26
Views: 2,141
Posted By ERV
I have a Zeiss 28mm and recently picked up a ZM...

I have a Zeiss 28mm and recently picked up a ZM 35mm.
I considered the 25 however decided on the 28 because of the framelines on my .72 M6. I also use it on my RD-1 as a standard lens, again because...
Forum: Other RF 11-18-2007
Replies: 171
Views: 13,706
Posted By ERV
Leica IIc Leica M5 2 lug chrome Leica M5 3 lug...

Leica IIc
Leica M5 2 lug chrome
Leica M5 3 lug chrome
Leica M5 3 lug black
Leica M6 Wetzlar
Leica M6 Solms

Contax IIa
Zeiss Contina
Epson RD-1
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-12-2007
Replies: 32
Views: 2,044
Posted By ERV
I second (or third) the use of a 28mm lens and...

I second (or third) the use of a 28mm lens and use a zeiss biogon 28 almost exclusively on my RD-1.
The other thing to remember is the RD-1 is great in low light, so a slower lens may not be a...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-06-2007
Replies: 1,649
Views: 470,564
Posted By ERV
A couple of images from Morocco last Spring. M6...

A couple of images from Morocco last Spring.
M6 and Summilux 35mm pre-ASPH.
One image with the typical Summilux flare.
Oh well, it is what it is.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-05-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 936
Posted By ERV
RML- thanks for the advice. I also like checking...

RML- thanks for the advice.
I also like checking out your blog from to time to time.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-02-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 948
Posted By ERV
Its been my experience that B and H will tell you...

Its been my experience that B and H will tell you what is grey market and what is a USA product. They have nothing to lose.
Another option is Matsuiya in Japan, I bought my ZM body from him on ebay...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-01-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 936
Posted By ERV
Thanks for all the tips guys. Good bye spots,...

Thanks for all the tips guys. Good bye spots, hello mr clean.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-01-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 936
Posted By ERV
Thanks for the link jl-lb. I'll start with the...

Thanks for the link jl-lb.
I'll start with the blower method.
Has anyone tried the wet cleaning method?
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-01-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 936
Posted By ERV
RD-1 How to clean sensor?

Has anyone ever cleaned the sensor on their RD-1?
I have a couple of spots that I would like to eliminate from my images and
post processing is too time consuming.
How do I go about cleaning the...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 10-30-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 1,233
Posted By ERV
I use Capture One LE. I think it was $80 or so....

I use Capture One LE. I think it was $80 or so.
It works great with the RD-1.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 10-30-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 1,080
Posted By ERV
I second the Matsuiya store recommendation. I...

I second the Matsuiya store recommendation.
I bought a ZI body from him and service was excellent.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-28-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 6,433
Posted By ERV
I was in the shop last month and they had just...

I was in the shop last month and they had just received about 15 demo M8's, chrome and black all boxed up and ready to go.
Eli wasn't there, however the person I spoke t said they would be gone in...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-11-2007
Replies: 33
Views: 3,668
Posted By ERV
I had the original Elmar 50 f2.8, which is a...

I had the original Elmar 50 f2.8, which is a great classic lens if you find one in good condition. Using the lens takes work because the focusing ring and aperture ring are adjacent to each other and...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-06-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 1,017
Posted By ERV
Joerg, I was thinking of Nippon as well. I've...

Joerg,
I was thinking of Nippon as well.
I've used them for years and they do good work.
I'll give them a call.
thanks.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-06-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 1,017
Posted By ERV
No need to apologise for your suggestion. I...

No need to apologise for your suggestion.
I turned the camera off and on several times and checked the batteries.
I even downloaded the manual before I changed the batteries to make sure I didn't...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-06-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 1,017
Posted By ERV
Zeiss Ikon ZM Repair in US?

I recently discovered that the used ZM body I just bought for my wife is in need of repair.
After two rolls the camera is completely dead. The shutter will not trigger and the lightmeter is blank....
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 10-06-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 1,051
Posted By ERV
I use a 28mm Biogon on my RD-1 99% of the time....

I use a 28mm Biogon on my RD-1 99% of the time.
Its an excellent lens and 42mm with the crop factor, which is equal to the Nokton focal length on a film camera. In general, I'm a 50mm and under...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 09-28-2007
Replies: 17
Views: 1,569
Posted By ERV
I just bought a Zeiss Ikon from Matsuiya and it...

I just bought a Zeiss Ikon from Matsuiya and it arrived in NYC in four days.
The shipping label said Used Camera, value $19.00.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 09-27-2007
Replies: 29
Views: 3,059
Posted By ERV
I bought a used chrome ZI-M from Matsuiya on...

I bought a used chrome ZI-M from Matsuiya on Sunday and it arrived in NYC on Wednesday morning. His communication was great and I didn't even have time to check the tracking number.
It was a birthday...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-25-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 2,030
Posted By ERV
A couple of local observations.. B and H is...

A couple of local observations..
B and H is closed at this time of the year for four major Jewish holidays that coincide known as the Days of Awe. The store is owned and operated by Hasidic Jews who...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-20-2007
Replies: 58
Views: 3,619
Posted By ERV
I agree with Paul and others. Consider another M...

I agree with Paul and others. Consider another M as well if this is your first Leica.
I bought my M bodies (M5, M6) with idea of using them on daily basis, and since none of them have been new, I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-19-2007
Replies: 41
Views: 3,015
Posted By ERV
M5 owners on RFF are a dedicated bunch. DAG...

M5 owners on RFF are a dedicated bunch.
DAG converted the meter to use new batteries and installed a third lug on mine. It was very reasonable.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-19-2007
Replies: 58
Views: 3,619
Posted By ERV
Freestyle photo has the details to the Leica...

Freestyle photo has the details to the Leica Student Assistance Program.


http://www.freestylephoto.biz/tl_educators_specials.php
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-19-2007
Replies: 58
Views: 3,619
Posted By ERV
First of all, congratulations on marrying an...

First of all, congratulations on marrying an American. ;)
Secondly, I would suggest seeing what is available from reputable dealers in the US. You could fly to NYC for a long weekend, buy a used MP...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-12-2007
Replies: 81
Views: 4,395
Posted By ERV
A Leica IIc or f or IIIc is a good starting...

A Leica IIc or f or IIIc is a good starting point.
I have a IIc that I take on every trip along with its big sisters, my M bodies. I also suggest Youxin Ye for a CLA and prism replacement if you...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-25-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 1,606
Posted By ERV
I have a jupiter 12 and wouldn't try it on my m5....

I have a jupiter 12 and wouldn't try it on my m5.
The rear element projects far into a standard M body and I'm sure it would hit the meter arm on a m5.
A Voigtlander 28 or 35 lens is another option...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-13-2007
Replies: 17
Views: 3,202
Posted By ERV
After too many Jet Blue flights from NYC to...

After too many Jet Blue flights from NYC to California stuffed into my seat with a camera bag at my feet, backpack for reading materials and I-pod, bags with dinner and snacks, a book and toy bag for...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 06-12-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 8,358
Posted By ERV
It would be great if the site offered the...

It would be great if the site offered the opportunity to purchase specific articles individually as well as buy a full subscription. I'm mainly interested in user M bodies and classic Leica lenses in...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-02-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 767
Posted By ERV
Try Youxin Ye in Boston. He's fast and...

Try Youxin Ye in Boston. He's fast and reasonable. He CLA'd 3 lenses for me as well as a couple of non-metered M bodies.
Google him or search here for his contact info.
Forum: Off Topic 06-01-2007
Replies: 28
Views: 1,441
Posted By ERV
Check out the Hosteling International USA website...

Check out the Hosteling International USA website for info on the hostel on Amsterdam Ave and 103 St in Manhattan. It always looks like a happening place in the summer. The website says shared rooms...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-31-2007
Replies: 270
Views: 47,225
Posted By ERV
Tim, Very nice, elegant design. Which program...

Tim, Very nice, elegant design.
Which program did you use to model the M8?
I don't even have an M8 and I want one.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-28-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 1,849
Posted By ERV
Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone.

Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-25-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 1,849
Posted By ERV
C-41 Processing in NYC

Can anyone recommend a good C-41 Mini Lab in New York City?
I have a film from a recent vacation that I would like to have processed and scanned to CD.
I usually use my local 1 hour photo on the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-18-2007
Replies: 308
Views: 34,344
Posted By ERV
I had two, a 35 skopar and a 25mm. I eventually...

I had two, a 35 skopar and a 25mm.
I eventually sold both because they were too contrasty for taste. In particular, I thought they lacked a middle range in that images were either dark or light and...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 05-11-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 1,464
Posted By ERV
Check KEH. They often have them. I sold my Xpan...

Check KEH. They often have them.
I sold my Xpan last year...a move I now regret..
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-01-2007
Replies: 13
Views: 1,020
Posted By ERV
I spent 10 days in Morocco this April with my...

I spent 10 days in Morocco this April with my family and my two M6's.
Marrakesh is a particularly dusty and smoggy city due to the lack of emissions controls. It all depends on how much film you...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 04-24-2007
Replies: 40
Views: 3,588
Posted By ERV
Lubitel, Very nice website design. The images...

Lubitel,

Very nice website design. The images aren't bad either ..;)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-20-2007
Replies: 37
Views: 4,996
Posted By ERV
I agree! Do it! also, the only problem that I...

I agree! Do it!
also, the only problem that I have with the M5- they are addictive..
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-20-2007
Replies: 37
Views: 4,996
Posted By ERV
I am a big fan of the M5 and have a chrome...

I am a big fan of the M5 and have a chrome like-new 135xx shelf queen and recently bought another chrome 129xx user here on RFF. It sat in the classifieds at very good price with no takers, so I...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-15-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 2,707
Posted By ERV
As mentioned, Adorama usually has more Leica...

As mentioned, Adorama usually has more Leica stuff than what is listed on their website and often in very used condition. I got a good deal on a nice M6 at Adorama, so worth a look. True, to get the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-13-2007
Replies: 18
Views: 1,262
Posted By ERV
I agree- I have a IIc, Jupiter 12 and a nice...

I agree- I have a IIc, Jupiter 12 and a nice Tewe multi-finder. The Finder is larger than a dedicated CV 35 metal finder, however it has settings for 35, 40, and 50mm framelines. The Jupiter 12 is a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-07-2007
Replies: 4
Views: 2,455
Posted By ERV
I have a elmar 50-M and a rigid cron. My flickr...

I have a elmar 50-M and a rigid cron. My flickr site has a couple of samples of the elmar; do a search for elmar.
I had a current 50, which is a nice lens although a little too sharp and contrasty...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-06-2007
Replies: 92
Views: 4,309
Posted By ERV
I am also late to this thread, however I just...

I am also late to this thread, however I just returned from 10 day trip to Morocco with my wife and two children.
I took two M6 bodies with grips, and my three favorite traveling lenses, a zeiss...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-04-2007
Replies: 38
Views: 2,797
Posted By ERV
Very nice, Ray. I returned yesterday from a 10...

Very nice, Ray.
I returned yesterday from a 10 day trip to Morocco with my family.
I took my two M6's, zeiss 28, 35 lux, and 50 elmar-m and shot a ton of film, Reala, Superia 400 and XP2 BW. (My...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-21-2007
Replies: 44
Views: 2,401
Posted By ERV
In my own experience I've found metered M's to be...

In my own experience I've found metered M's to be much easier for my photography.
When I'm out on the street looking for pictures, I prefer not having to think (or in my case, guess) about exposure...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-18-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 1,638
Posted By ERV
Two words for a CLA your M2; Youxin Ye Very...

Two words for a CLA your M2; Youxin Ye
Very reasonable and fast.
Google him for contact info.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-15-2007
Replies: 13
Views: 1,062
Posted By ERV
I sold a beautiful M2 with a recent CLA on ebay...

I sold a beautiful M2 with a recent CLA on ebay last month for under $700.
(and I'm an open and honest guy! )
I've also have bumped into other RFFers on ebay and wouldn't discount it as an option.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-14-2007
Replies: 13
Views: 1,453
Posted By ERV
I oh so want one to take on a trip to morocco...

I oh so want one to take on a trip to morocco next week but my intuition tells me that I would be better off with my pair of m6's.
Please convince me that I have it all wrong!
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-07-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 1,489
Posted By ERV
Endustry, Sirvine, both good points. I've...

Endustry, Sirvine, both good points.
I've considered the convenience factor of buying locally, and if I do, I'll go to Photo Village or Tamarkin over B and H.
Sean at Camera West is a good option....
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-07-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 1,489
Posted By ERV
B and H also had chrome M8's in stock last night...

B and H also had chrome M8's in stock last night as well.
I'm also in Manhattan and l've gone as far as had one in my cart but the sales tax issue brought back to my senses.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-02-2007
Replies: 33
Views: 2,834
Posted By ERV
Another option is an M5. Wetzler body with...

Another option is an M5.
Wetzler body with excellent meter and mechanics.
A little bit larger and easy to find for less than $1000.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-27-2007
Replies: 68
Views: 6,603
Posted By ERV
And that you come back safely and with...

And that you come back safely and with Godspeed.

Personally, I wouldn't care if the man was using a busted up Holga he found in the middle of the desert. What is important for me is that he is...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-25-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 1,227
Posted By ERV
I also like the IIa however I decided to buy a...

I also like the IIa however I decided to buy a Contax to M adapter from John Luk on ebay. It's wasn't cheap, I paid 200. including shipping in the dead of August when no one was around- but when you...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-19-2007
Replies: 34
Views: 2,195
Posted By ERV
I've had a M4-2 and a M4-P and I were to consider...

I've had a M4-2 and a M4-P and I were to consider a second body to a M5 I would go for a M6 or M2. The M6 is a better made, more solid camera the 4-2 or P, IMO, and having an onboard meter is key for...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-19-2007
Replies: 34
Views: 2,195
Posted By ERV
Welcome home Chris. I also sent my black M5 to...

Welcome home Chris. I also sent my black M5 to Sherry's country camp and when it came back it was like a new camera in an old body.
Worth the wait, and worth its weight in..well, if it was gold, I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-15-2007
Replies: 53
Views: 3,856
Posted By ERV
I had an original elmar 2.8 M mount and now have...

I had an original elmar 2.8 M mount and now have the current version and there are a couple of differences to consider. On the original, the focus and aperture ring rotate together so that focusing...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-06-2007
Replies: 15
Views: 6,807
Posted By ERV
I have an M5 and and M6 and like them both for...

I have an M5 and and M6 and like them both for different reasons.
The M5 has a better functional layout that allows you to change and see shutter speeds in the viewfinder while looking through it....
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-03-2007
Replies: 159
Views: 19,666
Posted By ERV
Its interesting how the new lens has a similar...

Its interesting how the new lens has a similar character to the early sonnars.
Here are a couple of images with the originals;
The roses were taken with a 1930's 50mm 1.5 sonnar wide open,
and the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-31-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 784
Posted By ERV
I layered thin strips of black gaffers tape on...

I layered thin strips of black gaffers tape on the aperture ring knuckles of my
40Cron to give them a better grip and make them a little taller than the ring of the lens shade. It helps- I now know...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-28-2007
Replies: 20
Views: 1,902
Posted By ERV
Guys, This is very helpful. I have 35mm summilux...

Guys, This is very helpful. I have 35mm summilux that is missing its tab.
Its basically useless with a small screw sticking out.
I emailed Youxin and he said to send it to DAG for repair. I emailed...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-26-2007
Replies: 15
Views: 1,450
Posted By ERV
I had a user CL that I sold on ebay in Dec for...

I had a user CL that I sold on ebay in Dec for $210. It worked fine but had a few scuffs and a dead meter. (I offered it here first and had many emails but no takers...)
While I was selling it I...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 01-23-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 4,039
Posted By ERV
I had a CV 25 that I sold when I came across a...

I had a CV 25 that I sold when I came across a demo Zeiss 28 for a great price.
The CV 25 is a nice lens, compact, very sharp, and the focal length is not too wide to show distortion. Although using...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-18-2007
Replies: 15
Views: 1,504
Posted By ERV
Venchka- I agree with your new math! (and I'm not...

Venchka- I agree with your new math! (and I'm not here either.)

I always find it interesting that the M3 is held up as the epitome of Leica development and craftsmenship when it was the first is a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-17-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 6,815
Posted By ERV
I'm surprised to hear about Mr. Ye working on an...

I'm surprised to hear about Mr. Ye working on an M6.
He did tell me that he only works on meterless m bodies.
The first time I used him I sent him a couple of emails asking questions about prices to...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-12-2007
Replies: 39
Views: 3,274
Posted By ERV
My lens setup is a rather conventional 28,...

My lens setup is a rather conventional 28, 35,40,50.
I know there is not a lot of variation in this, however I like my 50 elmar M as a standard traveling lens, my 40 C as a inexpensive everyday...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-10-2007
Replies: 78
Views: 3,228
Posted By ERV
How does your spouse or significant other view...

How does your spouse or significant other view your G.A.S.?

She never sees it because I bribe the kids not to tell Mom when a 10x10x10 box is delivered for me!

I recently sold a lot of stuff and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-16-2006
Replies: 15
Views: 1,705
Posted By ERV
Loop, An inexpensive option is a 40mm...

Loop,

An inexpensive option is a 40mm summicron, which is a compact, excellent lens.
You can modify it to bring up the 35 framelines, which is what I did.
I use it on my m5 all the time.
I have a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-14-2006
Replies: 54
Views: 6,250
Posted By ERV
I have both and post similar photos later. The...

I have both and post similar photos later.
The Zeiss 28 is a great lens as well.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-13-2006
Replies: 54
Views: 6,250
Posted By ERV
Thanks for these! I've been considering a biogon...

Thanks for these!
I've been considering a biogon and have been trying to imagine how its size compares to a summicron. It looks like a beauty.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-12-2006
Replies: 150
Views: 11,263
Posted By ERV
In 1993 my wife gave me a Leica CL for a trip to...

In 1993 my wife gave me a Leica CL for a trip to Prague. (that I eventually sold.)

Fast forward to 1997:
It all began again with a Fed 2 (sold).
which begat a Fed 3a (sold)
Kiev 4am
Contax...
Forum: Off Topic 12-12-2006
Replies: 56
Views: 2,008
Posted By ERV
Candy Canes, show flakes, M8s, I think its cool!

Candy Canes, show flakes, M8s, I think its cool!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-01-2006
Replies: 23
Views: 1,949
Posted By ERV
I'm following this post with interest because I...

I'm following this post with interest because I also want a fast 35mm. I was also thinking about a summilux however it may be a little out of my price range.
How about the CV Ultron 35 1.7? I know...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-28-2006
Replies: 699
Views: 78,566
Posted By ERV
Until then, You can check out the Leica M5 group...

Until then, You can check out the Leica M5 group on Flickr!

Or, for everyone who has drank the M5 kool-aid (as we say in my office) join the group! :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-28-2006
Replies: 699
Views: 78,566
Posted By ERV
I'd like to add to this M5 lovefest. I also have...

I'd like to add to this M5 lovefest.
I also have two and they are the easiest M to use for street shooting because everything is seen in the viewfinder, meter (which I like; I also have have...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-27-2006
Replies: 24
Views: 3,587
Posted By ERV
I had both and sold the original elmar 2.8 for...

I had both and sold the original elmar 2.8 for the current model.
The original has the same build quality has a chrome summicron rigid; nicely finished and heavy weight for a small lens. It was a...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-21-2006
Replies: 50
Views: 5,840
Posted By ERV
B & H is my local camera shop and I make up...

B & H is my local camera shop and I make up excuses to sneak away on the weekends to visit. I usually buy film, however I did buy a new contax G 28mm lens a couple of years ago, used it for a day and...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-19-2006
Replies: 45
Views: 4,369
Posted By ERV
I agree, I think it would be a difficult choice...

I agree, I think it would be a difficult choice as well.
True, an M5 may need a CLA, which can be expensive. Fortunately in the US we have DAG and Sherry Krauter to choose from. The swing arm of...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-18-2006
Replies: 45
Views: 4,369
Posted By ERV
This could be your camera! M5 with 1950's Zeiss...

This could be your camera!
M5 with 1950's Zeiss Sonnar Option 50mm 1.5 and Contax to Leica adapter.
The best of both worlds!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-14-2006
Replies: 33
Views: 2,470
Posted By ERV
Max, thanks for your comments. I didn't mean to...

Max, thanks for your comments. I didn't mean to 'hijack' your post with my story.
I was relunctant to take my camera (a Leica, to an event for someone who was brought into Magnum by Cartier...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-14-2006
Replies: 33
Views: 2,470
Posted By ERV
Max, That sounds really great. It is always...

Max,
That sounds really great. It is always special to meet someone you really admire. Kodelka is one of my favorite photographers.
Last week I also had the opportunity to spend time with another...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-05-2006
Replies: 42
Views: 3,879
Posted By ERV
True, and its a good thing because I had my...

True, and its a good thing because I had my wallet out as I was looking at their site. A couple of days ago they were in stock and I decided to pass and continue saving up for an M8. I guess I'll...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-29-2006
Replies: 7,409
Views: 3,776,616
Posted By ERV
Roundg; DAG does a 3/4 and a full CLA. A 3/4...

Roundg;
DAG does a 3/4 and a full CLA. A 3/4 starts at around 200.
Sherry did a full CLA on my black M5 and also replaced the rangefinder patch, which had small cracks. The total cost was not...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-29-2006
Replies: 7,409
Views: 3,776,616
Posted By ERV
Meet the family. M6, M5, CL, IIC. A couple of...

Meet the family.
M6, M5, CL, IIC.
A couple of changes have taken place since this photo;
I sold the current 50 cron to a fellow RFF member in favor of the elmar M, the chrome M5 went to DAG for a...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-28-2006
Replies: 5
Views: 1,426
Posted By ERV
Wow, a black G2 kit, very cool. I just listed my...

Wow, a black G2 kit, very cool. I just listed my chrome G2 and 35 and 45 in the classifieds because it wasn't being used lately. I like my Leicas, but there are many things about the Contax that I'll...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-27-2006
Replies: 8
Views: 1,462
Posted By ERV
I've been using a CC-1 hood from a Contax G lens...

I've been using a CC-1 hood from a Contax G lens on my ZI 28.
It does block the corner of finder since its solid, however I haven't had the spare change to buy the $85. hood. It works..
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 10-27-2006
Replies: 51
Views: 10,631
Posted By ERV
In the past I've said that "a Leica is like a...

In the past I've said that "a Leica is like a Porsche 911, classic design, built for speed and nothing else." (garcia, pg 211)
Anyway, lots of good ideas here.
An m4 is a nice camera, however if I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-27-2006
Replies: 7
Views: 1,097
Posted By ERV
I have the same early model as the one your...

I have the same early model as the one your interested in with a push button rewind, no self timer, and a serial number of 9420xx.
The push button rewind is fine. Some say that the button can pop out...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 10-24-2006
Replies: 63
Views: 5,122
Posted By ERV
Its funny how things come around. I bought this...

Its funny how things come around.
I bought this black T as a demo from Adorama, used it for a while and decided to sell it when I bought an M6. (you know the thinking when you first start out, hey,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-17-2006
Replies: 7
Views: 878
Posted By ERV
I also have and enjoy this book. I use it as a...

I also have and enjoy this book.
I use it as a resource to dip into from time to time to see how different photographers addressed various subjects and moments in history.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-15-2006
Replies: 23
Views: 3,585
Posted By ERV
I completely missed out. Last night the mrs and...

I completely missed out.
Last night the mrs and me went to the WBGO Rythmn Review Dance Party at Roseland and didn't get home until 3:30.
I spent the day in Riverside Park with the family and at...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-12-2006
Replies: 35
Views: 5,012
Posted By ERV
I decided to start very slowly by buying one lens...

I decided to start very slowly by buying one lens that I can also use with my current M bodies- a zeiss biogon 28m.
A 28/ 37mm on an M8 will suit me just fine and my existing 35, 40, and 50's can...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-06-2006
Replies: 20
Views: 4,042
Posted By ERV
Anyone read the childrens book "Hats for Sale"...

Anyone read the childrens book "Hats for Sale" ?
Well, the punchline is 'you monkeys you, give me back my hats!"

Anyway, I have a 40 cron and it is one of my favorites.
The summitar is a 1950's...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-03-2006
Replies: 37
Views: 2,520
Posted By ERV
I just bought a very lightly used zeiss 28 biogon...

I just bought a very lightly used zeiss 28 biogon and am extremely pleased with it.
The images are very sharp and have a nice 3-D quality to them.
I had and sold a CV 25 because I didn't care for...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-30-2006
Replies: 43
Views: 2,946
Posted By ERV
I've had similar problems with KEH as well. I...

I've had similar problems with KEH as well.
I bought my Xpan setup from them at a good price and without issues, however I also had a shipping, refund, quality control issue with an M6 with an...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-28-2006
Replies: 290
Views: 22,002
Posted By ERV
My list of 50's hits: current elmar 50 M...

My list of 50's hits:

current elmar 50 M 2.8
Summicron 50 rigid M mount
1950's Zeiss Sonnar Opton 50mm 1.5 and 2.0 used with a Contax/Leica adapter
LTM Summicron 50mm collapsible
LTM Summitar

I...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-26-2006
Replies: 11
Views: 1,322
Posted By ERV
Try Youxin Ye for a CLA of your IIc. I also have...

Try Youxin Ye for a CLA of your IIc.
I also have a IIc that he CLA'd for me after I bought it.
He's fast and very reasonable. You can search RFF for his contact info.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 09-26-2006
Replies: 17
Views: 4,573
Posted By ERV
The two and the brown case- very very nice. I've...

The two and the brown case- very very nice.
I've been thnking about a fast, reasonably priced lens recently that I could use in low light situations.
Is it the single or multicoated version? and,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-25-2006
Replies: 9
Views: 1,730
Posted By ERV
well, that's no excuse! :)

well, that's no excuse!
:)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-25-2006
Replies: 9
Views: 1,730
Posted By ERV
Where have you guys been? The pictures have been...

Where have you guys been? The pictures have been up on the building for over a year now. Publicity stunt? Maybe..
Great assignment that no one on this forum (straight and/or crazy, or not..) would...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-22-2006
Replies: 32
Views: 1,909
Posted By ERV
My father was a recreational skydiver in So Cal....

My father was a recreational skydiver in So Cal. in the 1960's and he had a special helmet with a flat front plate that a camera could be mounted on.
In those days the concept of a small, affordable...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-21-2006
Replies: 40
Views: 3,932
Posted By ERV
Youxin told me he only works on M1 - M4 bodies. ...

Youxin told me he only works on M1 - M4 bodies. He also did a CLA on my IIc and I think he still works on LTM bodies.
He doesn't work on metered M's such as the CL, M5, M6, etc.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-21-2006
Replies: 40
Views: 3,932
Posted By ERV
Youxin also did a CLA on my ebay M2 user special....

Youxin also did a CLA on my ebay M2 user special.
before: overlapping shutter curtains, speeds off, tight winder;
after: purr, purr, smooooth.
Too bad he doesn't work on M6, M5, CL.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 09-20-2006
Replies: 32
Views: 1,625
Posted By ERV
Almost all of my photos are with Reala rated at...

Almost all of my photos are with Reala rated at 100.
It has plenty of pop and color separation, and I find it to be perfect for older Leica lenses that have slightly lower contrast.
Its also cheap...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-18-2006
Replies: 23
Views: 1,530
Posted By ERV
This M2 on EB looks good for the price. No...

This M2 on EB looks good for the price.
No mention of viewfinder condition, however the seller has +900 positive feedbacks, although mostly for stuff other than cameras.

200028557961
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-13-2006
Replies: 41
Views: 2,095
Posted By ERV
Tim, I'm glad you like the lens, it served me...

Tim,
I'm glad you like the lens, it served me well. :)
-Gene
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-12-2006
Replies: 17
Views: 1,143
Posted By ERV
Why don't you get the m6 and 35 lux first and use...

Why don't you get the m6 and 35 lux first and use it for a while before thinking about a longer lens?
I know that many people like longer lenses and use them for portraits etc, however I like the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-12-2006
Replies: 16
Views: 2,356
Posted By ERV
I use the bottom half of an Leica eveready case...

I use the bottom half of an Leica eveready case on my m6. The top and bottom of the case are held together by a sliding snap-like connector, and can be separated from each other.
The Leica case...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-31-2006
Replies: 33
Views: 1,740
Posted By ERV
I was watching the ice skaters at Lasker Rink at...

I was watching the ice skaters at Lasker Rink at the north end of Central Park last winter when two local teenagers skated up to me and pointed at my old m5 around my neck, said hey, does that thing...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-29-2006
Replies: 236
Views: 8,956
Posted By ERV
I have a user CL body, current 50 summicron M,...

I have a user CL body, current 50 summicron M, and a CV25 lens with finder that all need new homes.
Forum: RFF News 08-25-2006
Replies: 287
Views: 49,356
Posted By ERV
The blue dot is for the Cosina/ Zeiss...

The blue dot is for the Cosina/ Zeiss collaboration. :D
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-23-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 1,038
Posted By ERV
trev, I would also check out the m6 for $900 in...

trev,

I would also check out the m6 for $900 in SF as well. 100 bucks more and you have a built in meter..
-Gene, Cal Grad in NYC.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-21-2006
Replies: 55
Views: 3,498
Posted By ERV
I have a sekonic twinmate L-208 that I really...

I have a sekonic twinmate L-208 that I really like. Its small, easy to read and use, and not too expensive. I also have a CVII meter that works great if you want a meter to mount on your camera. The...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-16-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 972
Posted By ERV
Many handheld lightmeters have markings for...

Many handheld lightmeters have markings for international speeds as well, which will allow you to select the correct readings.
The CV II meter does not, however I just use 60 for 50 and so on...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-09-2006
Replies: 2
Views: 692
Posted By ERV
Check out this collection for sale on ebay

Check out this collection up on ebay- item # 130013592803

Very nice..time's running out, it may be a good deal for some lucky person..
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-09-2006
Replies: 43
Views: 3,133
Posted By ERV
Great replies! I have two 5's, one black everyday...

Great replies!
I have two 5's, one black everyday user, one chrome shelf prince.
I had Sherry do a full cla on the user and Don add a third lug and adjust the meter for new batteries on the prince....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-20-2006
Replies: 51
Views: 3,618
Posted By ERV
We allowed my younger daughter to use a small...

We allowed my younger daughter to use a small digicam when she was about 4. (she's 6 now)
In explaining how to use it we told her that the viewfinder was for 'framing' the picture- we explained what...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 06-15-2006
Replies: 167
Views: 14,788
Posted By ERV
One of the most satisfying purchases I made...

One of the most satisfying purchases I made earlier this year was a Contax to M adapter. I bought the Hong Kong verison from a seller in Lisbon and it's great.
I was considering a Bessa R2c for my...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-12-2006
Replies: 44
Views: 5,998
Posted By ERV
Back alley, that is one shiny body and lens. Nice...

Back alley, that is one shiny body and lens. Nice looking, too. What is your secret?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-03-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 1,272
Posted By ERV
I had him adjust the meter on my m5 this past...

I had him adjust the meter on my m5 this past Spring.
It took about 4 weeks door to door.
His price was very reasonable, however.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-01-2006
Replies: 23
Views: 1,600
Posted By ERV
jrong, very nice photos. Makes me want to keep my...

jrong, very nice photos. Makes me want to keep my G2 and get a wide lens for it.
I lived and worked in BCN for three years leading up to the '92 Olympics and have been back a couple of times since...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-22-2006
Replies: 21
Views: 1,097
Posted By ERV
The message 'CL chat' from April discussed...

The message 'CL chat' from April discussed different hood options for the 40C.
Here is my post from then; I modified the original rubber hood to take a 35 summicron rectangular hood.
eugene

--You...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-22-2006
Replies: 30
Views: 2,833
Posted By ERV
M5 with 50mm 1.5 Zeiss Opton Sonnar and a Contax...

M5 with 50mm 1.5 Zeiss Opton Sonnar and a Contax to M mount adapter on Fuji Superia 400.

I've wanted one of these adapters for a while and finally found one for a reasonable price on the bay from...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-19-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 815
Posted By ERV
I have a Contina II with an Opton Tessar lens...

I have a Contina II with an Opton Tessar lens that has a very stiff rangefinder/ distance knob (the dial on top right).
I just guess the distance and set the lens distance ring accordingly and it...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-11-2006
Replies: 49
Views: 2,780
Posted By ERV
and someone has already taped it FOR them! Wow,...

and someone has already taped it FOR them!

Wow, here's a pre-taped bike...man, I just finished my last roll on my Leicas..I guess I'll take that one...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 05-10-2006
Replies: 30
Views: 2,171
Posted By ERV
Robert White has a great price. What is their...

Robert White has a great price. What is their return policy?
Will Epson USA honor the warranty on a camera from the UK?
thanks.

-eugene
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-09-2006
Replies: 30
Views: 2,353
Posted By ERV
Man oh man, If I did that I would be submerged...

Man oh man,
If I did that I would be submerged in a glass bubble filled with water in a NYC public space for a while.
Lucky guy, congrats!
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