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Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 06-24-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 467
Posted By jim_jm
Thanks from me as well, Richard!

Thanks from me as well, Richard!
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-23-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 278
Posted By jim_jm
I'll hazard to guess that the drying screens are...

I'll hazard to guess that the drying screens are a likely cause. Anything that touches the print, especially while it's drying, is a potential source of contamination. Wiping down the screens would...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-18-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 815
Posted By jim_jm
After final wash, I squeegee, then air-dry fiber...

After final wash, I squeegee, then air-dry fiber prints face-up between two screens (plastic) with about a 2mm gap between the screens. Takes about a day to fully dry. This only leaves a slight curl...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-18-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,215
Posted By jim_jm
If the view thru the prism is clear with no...

If the view thru the prism is clear with no desilvering or lines, it's desirable. Especially if it's a black body with black prism in good cosmetic condition. Here in the US the body/finder in good...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-11-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 878
Posted By jim_jm
The F3 is the first camera I would grab for color...

The F3 is the first camera I would grab for color film, especially slides. Something about that 80/20 center-weighted meter for me has always been incredibly accurate. I've put hundreds of rolls of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-04-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 528
Posted By jim_jm
Good luck with the new gear! I've had an FM2n for...

Good luck with the new gear! I've had an FM2n for a few years now, and it's my "go-to" SLR for just about any situation. I've had the FM, FE and FE2, and they've all been great. Big benefits of the...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-21-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 474
Posted By jim_jm
I'm using Fomatone 131 for Lith printing, and...

I'm using Fomatone 131 for Lith printing, and it's much warmer than I expected.
I still need to dial-in the dilution and toner selection, but this might be a suitable paper for you.
Also, it seems to...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-21-2019
Replies: 60
Views: 4,828
Posted By jim_jm
Recent shot on Ferrania...

Recent shot on Ferrania P30

https://live.staticflickr.com/4257/35699747832_9d02c231a8_b.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-12-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,474
Posted By jim_jm
Stumbled across this scene a few years ago....

Stumbled across this scene a few years ago. Position of the setting sun only makes this possible for a month or so each year.

https://live.staticflickr.com/432/31920949001_310beecf9d_c.jpg
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-01-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 545
Posted By jim_jm
That's why I recommended overexposing about one...

That's why I recommended overexposing about one stop from the meter reading, for average caucasian skin tones. Regardless of how much of the surroundings are included in the shot, the primary subject...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-01-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 545
Posted By jim_jm
Depends if he wants a typical portrait, or more...

Depends if he wants a typical portrait, or more of an environmental portrait which includes more of the interior space. Metering for the face is perfectly correct for traditional portraits. If more...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-01-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 545
Posted By jim_jm
Easiest method is to use window light, especially...

Easiest method is to use window light, especially if your camera cannot meter with flash. Place the subject fairly close to the window so that the light spread is similar to that of a big softbox or...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-19-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 749
Posted By jim_jm
Youxin did a CLA and curtain replacement on my...

Youxin did a CLA and curtain replacement on my Canon IVsb a few years ago.
Excellent work, great communication and I had the camera back in about 2 weeks.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-20-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 721
Posted By jim_jm
For 35mm cameras like rangefinders, where I won't...

For 35mm cameras like rangefinders, where I won't be using any big heavy lenses, I like the Black Bag (https://www.adorama.com/blb205blk.html) thin straps. Really supple and not very expensive. Been...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-12-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 2,738
Posted By jim_jm
Steve - here's...

Steve - here's (http://www.motamedi.info/serial.htm) a reference for dating some Zeiss lenses. The Contax lenses are at the bottom.
Looks like the 50mm Sonnar was from '52-'53 and made in East...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-07-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 512
Posted By jim_jm
Are the streaks lighter or darker than the...

Are the streaks lighter or darker than the surrounding sky?
An example of what you are seeing would be a help.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-25-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 225
Posted By jim_jm
If you're using plastic reels, it's especially...

If you're using plastic reels, it's especially important to agitate sufficiently while fixing to ensure it gets to all parts of the film. As you probably know, you can test your fixer by immersing a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-12-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 281
Posted By jim_jm
Obvious answer is: whatever someone's willing to...

Obvious answer is: whatever someone's willing to pay for it. In reality, I wouldn't suspect much more than $50. Maybe a bit more if condition is really clean, or if it's had the voltage conversion to...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-04-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 560
Posted By jim_jm
In addition to Zeiss lenses for Contax RF, Nikon...

In addition to Zeiss lenses for Contax RF, Nikon also made lenses for this mount. Many Russian lenses were also made to fit. Be aware that some lenses that fit the pre-War Contax, like the 35/2.8...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-27-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 597
Posted By jim_jm
Recently saw a short YouTube film about these...

Recently saw a short YouTube film about these photos, don't recall the link though. I believe they had one body with an 80mm lens, one with a 250mm lens and another with a wide lens (40mm? maybe).
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-20-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 663
Posted By jim_jm
HC110 is also good with TMax films. Even with...

HC110 is also good with TMax films. Even with Rodinal/Adonal @ 1:50, 120 grain shouldn't be too bad.

You have DigitalICE (or other dust/scratch suppression) turned off in your scanner software,...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-13-2018
Replies: 105
Views: 3,247
Posted By jim_jm
and some more...

and some more bikes...

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/14132/U14132I1370930173.SEQ.0.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-13-2018
Replies: 105
Views: 3,247
Posted By jim_jm
https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/galler...

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/14132/U14132I1483335634.SEQ.0.jpg
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-07-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 574
Posted By jim_jm
Thanks Tony! The trick is getting the scan to...

Thanks Tony! The trick is getting the scan to resemble the real print as much as possible. Dark tones seem to really enhance the shortcomings of my old flatbed scanner, so I think it's time to ask...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-27-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,027
Posted By jim_jm
All of bmattock's points are spot-on. No black...

All of bmattock's points are spot-on. No black magic involved with film developing, just maintain fairly consistent temps and develop a routine that works for you. Everyone screws up at some point,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-22-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,047
Posted By jim_jm
Also, you may be able to improve these images by...

Also, you may be able to improve these images by re-fixing the film for another few minutes, then the standard wash times.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-22-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,047
Posted By jim_jm
Definitely too short of a fixing time for Kodak...

Definitely too short of a fixing time for Kodak fixer. 5 mins is the minimum with fresh fixer, and I extend those times as the fixer gets older. 8 -10 minutes is not uncommon for me. I agitate for...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-09-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,385
Posted By jim_jm
I'll second an FT2. It'll take pre-AI, AI and AIS...

I'll second an FT2. It'll take pre-AI, AI and AIS lenses and like madNbad mentioned, you can use modern SO batteries. Literally built like tanks and pretty cheap to buy.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-15-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 718
Posted By jim_jm
Not to split hairs, but a 73xxxxxx serial number...

Not to split hairs, but a 73xxxxxx serial number for the Apollo F could be from '72 or '73. The first 2 digits of the serial number don't necessarily indicate year of manufacture.

Apollo bodies are...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-12-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 412
Posted By jim_jm
You can use a 75 or 80mm lens for printing 6x6...

You can use a 75 or 80mm lens for printing 6x6 negs. Do you have the condenser or dichroic head? If you have the condender head, check the manual as it used different condensers for 75mm and longer...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-11-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,305
Posted By jim_jm
Obviously you want to avoid breathing the...

Obviously you want to avoid breathing the airborne dust while mixing, but I wouldn't be too concerned with toxicity, especially in the relatively low quantities that home darkrooms use. Once it's...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-11-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 495
Posted By jim_jm
The green marks appear to be residual...

The green marks appear to be residual anti-halation backing, as Larry mentioned. Usually occurs when the back of the film is touching something during processing. I tube-process 5x7 film and see...
Forum: Other RF 09-06-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,009
Posted By jim_jm
Have you considered a smaller film SLR like the...

Have you considered a smaller film SLR like the Nikon FE? Set on auto, the camera will set the shutter speed for as long as it needs to correctly expose in low light, based on the aperture you...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-08-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 714
Posted By jim_jm
I have an F2 that makes that noise when the...

I have an F2 that makes that noise when the shutter fires at all speeds. Never been loud enough to be a problem, but I do notice it. It occurs when the mirror drops back down, not when the shutter...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-22-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 895
Posted By jim_jm
If you need reading glasses to read, then you'll...

If you need reading glasses to read, then you'll probably want to add a diopter eyepiece. Makes a world of difference. Most Nikon viewfinders, including the F, are a default -1 magnification. If you...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-15-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,480
Posted By jim_jm
HC-110 or Rodinal. Results may look a little...

HC-110 or Rodinal. Results may look a little different, but they'll both do the job.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-13-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1,307
Posted By jim_jm
Welcome to RFF! If you haven't seen it,...

Welcome to RFF!

If you haven't seen it, Cameraquest has a good write-up here: https://cameraquest.com/zconrf2.htm .
Beautifully made and designed cameras, used by many professionals of the time and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-25-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 797
Posted By jim_jm
I also like TMax 100 and 400, nice tonality and...

I also like TMax 100 and 400, nice tonality and fine grain. This one is 400.

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/14132/U14132I1305608686.SEQ.0.jpg
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-25-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 797
Posted By jim_jm
I've been happy with similar results on Tri-X....

I've been happy with similar results on Tri-X. Here's one in 35mm at an abandoned prison in Idaho:

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/14132/U14132I1305608675.SEQ.0.jpg
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-26-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 442
Posted By jim_jm
Looks like the sun and very bright areas of sky...

Looks like the sun and very bright areas of sky are on the edge of your frame, and this is bleeding outside of the image area. Anti-halation layers in the film are designed to minimize this problem,...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-20-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 580
Posted By jim_jm
Tour of California...

Tour of California 2016

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/14132/U14132I1465578949.SEQ.2.jpg

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/14132/U14132I1465578948.SEQ.1.jpg
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-31-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 836
Posted By jim_jm
When you've got really bright sun in the frame...

When you've got really bright sun in the frame like this, it's not unexpected. The modern Cosina lenses have very good coatings, but in this situation there's not much that can be done. A quick...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-16-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1,354
Posted By jim_jm
Is this B/W film and do you have dust/scratch...

Is this B/W film and do you have dust/scratch reduction enabled in the scanner software? If so, this is probably the cause. Dust reduction software (DigitalICE on Nikon scanners) does not play nice...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-06-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 889
Posted By jim_jm
Press the lens release button and look for the...

Press the lens release button and look for the moving tab inside the top of the body's bayonet mount. This tab engages a notch in the bayonet on the lens. It's possible the tab mechanism is a bit...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-22-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 700
Posted By jim_jm
Post it in the Classifieds here on RFF. Rodinal...

Post it in the Classifieds here on RFF. Rodinal is one of the longest-lasting developers, especially if unopened and stored under reasonable conditions.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-22-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 700
Posted By jim_jm
I've found that once the bottle has been opened,...

I've found that once the bottle has been opened, Multigrade developer concentrate is good for another 2-4 months. It will most likely be dark brown, but is easy to test and you only risk one sheet of...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-14-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2,145
Posted By jim_jm
I've always liked Helen Levitt's work.

I've always liked Helen Levitt's work.
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 09-28-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 2,588
Posted By jim_jm
Really nice shots there, Rick. How do you...

Really nice shots there, Rick.

How do you usually focus, with the RF?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-12-2017
Replies: 245
Views: 14,910
Posted By jim_jm
P30 definitely has a distinct look, with dense...

P30 definitely has a distinct look, with dense highlights and deep blacks, without sacrificing the mid-tones. I've found this to be the case so far when printing at "normal" contrast settings in the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-20-2017
Replies: 245
Views: 14,910
Posted By jim_jm
Wow - that's a great shot Larry!

Wow - that's a great shot Larry!
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 08-09-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 2,342
Posted By jim_jm
I've always like the results I get from the 75 &...

I've always like the results I get from the 75 & 80mm Tessars on both the Rolleis and the Zeiss Super Ikonta I use. Maybe part in due to the way I shoot with a 6x6 format, but definitely different...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 08-08-2017
Replies: 34
Views: 2,309
Posted By jim_jm
I installed a Rick Oleson screen in my Rolleicord...

I installed a Rick Oleson screen in my Rolleicord III, and it's significantly brighter especially in the corners. One downside is that it doesn't seem to "snap" into focus as easily as it did before....
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-08-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,275
Posted By jim_jm
Yep, dotted line in the top portion of the frame....

Yep, dotted line in the top portion of the frame. Since your taking lens has a lower viewpoint than the VF, at closer distances you would be cutting off the top portion of your subject...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-06-2017
Replies: 38
Views: 1,251
Posted By jim_jm
I used a squeegee for years without a problem,...

I used a squeegee for years without a problem, until the first time I got scratches on the film. I was always fastidious about keeping the squeegee clean, but it just takes one tiny unseen particle...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 08-04-2017
Replies: 34
Views: 2,309
Posted By jim_jm
Yeah, the VF hood on both my 'Cord III and V...

Yeah, the VF hood on both my 'Cord III and V don't really snap open on their own. I think the internal springs are only designed to ensure the hood stays open. The hood on my Rolleiflex Automat X is...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 08-04-2017
Replies: 34
Views: 2,309
Posted By jim_jm
I have a Rolleicord III with a Xenar lens in...

I have a Rolleicord III with a Xenar lens in Compur-Rapid shutter, and my shutter lever feels similar to yours. Not much spring tension in the lever to return it to center. Mine was in near mint...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-03-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,275
Posted By jim_jm
I have the VC 21 plastic and 21/25 chrome...

I have the VC 21 plastic and 21/25 chrome finders, and don't need reading glasses or any diopter adjustment to use them. I do use 1.25x reading glasses for reading and computer work. I also have the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-31-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 803
Posted By jim_jm
I have 2 post-1970 bodies that have a bit of...

I have 2 post-1970 bodies that have a bit of resistance and a pronounced click, and a '72 body in mint condition (probably less than a dozen rolls before I got it) that does the same. The lever on my...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-31-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 609
Posted By jim_jm
Good pick! The M2 is my favorite camera, along...

Good pick! The M2 is my favorite camera, along with the Nikon F. Simple, uncluttered and beautifully designed. The M2 with a 35mm lens is a great combination and is my choice for a walkabout camera....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-30-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 523
Posted By jim_jm
My M2 had the same problem when I first got it....

My M2 had the same problem when I first got it. As Nikos72 pointed out, it's likely to be shutter bounce. Not uncommon with Leicas that haven't been serviced in awhile. The first curtain tends to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-12-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 789
Posted By jim_jm
We recently did a home remodel and I took the...

We recently did a home remodel and I took the opportunity to build some "proper" storage for the camera gear in the home office. Installed strip lighting inside and glass shelves, so nothing would...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-07-2017
Replies: 75
Views: 6,254
Posted By jim_jm
I'm really happy with P30 as well. Very "rich"...

I'm really happy with P30 as well. Very "rich" tones without feeling too contrasty. This film is going to be great for flat light and grey days. Supposedly in part that it is less sensitive to red...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-04-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 999
Posted By jim_jm
Take a look at Igor's Camera here:...

Take a look at Igor's Camera here: http://www.igorcamera.com/leica_cameras.htm
Some M3 and M4 bodies under $1000 and an M6 for $1250. His prices seem to be a bit below other online sources and...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 06-21-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 2,833
Posted By jim_jm
According to Jim Hughes' book, Gene wanted to...

According to Jim Hughes' book, Gene wanted to maintain the quality of light coming from a candle to the left and above the man's head, he just needed more of it to take the photo. An assistant held a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-21-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 959
Posted By jim_jm
You shouldn't have to trim the leader for M...

You shouldn't have to trim the leader for M bodies. I've never had a problem with my M2, and it was last serviced about 10 years ago. If your repairman is telling you to trim it, it sounds like they...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-20-2017
Replies: 107
Views: 3,511
Posted By jim_jm
I'll recommend Nikon, only because that's what I...

I'll recommend Nikon, only because that's what I use now. I'm sure your chances of finding an Oly/Pentax/Minolta/Canon body that suits you are just as good. I'd go with an F3 or FE2. Also an FM3A, if...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-11-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 918
Posted By jim_jm
It's possible you've got one shutter curtain...

It's possible you've got one shutter curtain dragging at certain speeds. Just as the closing curtain completes the exposure, it slows down enough to overexpose that last area of the frame. The fix...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-09-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1,250
Posted By jim_jm
I agree with all of your points, Peter. To me,...

I agree with all of your points, Peter. To me, the single greatest feature of the M2 is the beautiful, bright, uncluttered finder. I use a 35mm lens for 75% of my shooting, and with the M2 it's an...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-03-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 4,385
Posted By jim_jm
Abram - Since you're in SoCal, I'd recommend our...

Abram -

Since you're in SoCal, I'd recommend our head bartender Stephen for Nikon F service - details at https://www.cameraquest.com/repairs.htm

I love my Nikon F bodies also. They have their...
Forum: Yashica RF 06-01-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 2,410
Posted By jim_jm
Outstanding reviews on your site Mike. Very...

Outstanding reviews on your site Mike. Very nicely done!
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-05-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1,277
Posted By jim_jm
Developing film and seeing the results is one of...

Developing film and seeing the results is one of the most exiting aspects about film photography for me. At any given time I have a half-dozen cameras with film in them and I develop as I finish them...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-27-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 668
Posted By jim_jm
My 50/2 H does the same thing. The lens probably...

My 50/2 H does the same thing. The lens probably focuses another 5cm closer than the nearest mark on the barrel of 0.6m. Many of my pre-AI and AI/AIS lenses exhibit this characteristic to some...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-15-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 1,217
Posted By jim_jm
That's actually a Nikon F, surprisingly they are...

That's actually a Nikon F, surprisingly they are not 100% bulletproof as some might believe.

Belonged to a Vietnam-era photojournalist, who sadly did not survive. His name escapes me at the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-15-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 1,217
Posted By jim_jm
I've seen no vignetting with this lens and the...

I've seen no vignetting with this lens and the HN-1 hood, but haven't used it with a filter yet. You may want to try it with a thinner filter, but some of them (like Hoya) might not have threads to...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-04-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 899
Posted By jim_jm
#1 and #3 are what I would expect from most any...

#1 and #3 are what I would expect from most any lens in this situation. It might be worse or better depending on your aperture and the position of the sun, in or out of the frame. #1 is a classic...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-25-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 2,315
Posted By jim_jm
Actually, I just discovered on my ELW that this...

Actually, I just discovered on my ELW that this switch does both!

You know you've got too many cameras when you start forgetting how to use them... :bang:
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-24-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 2,315
Posted By jim_jm
Mike - Thanks for the article. There were just a...

Mike -

Thanks for the article. There were just a few corrections I wanted to note:

The ELW only has a center-weighted meter, no (true) spot meter. The metering pattern concentrates 60% on the 12mm...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-20-2017
Replies: 26
Views: 1,246
Posted By jim_jm
I believe that Nikon finders default view is a...

I believe that Nikon finders default view is a -1.0 diopter. I wear reading glasses marked +1.5x, and the eyepiece diopter I've found best is marked +0.5. This allows me to see the display and focus...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-20-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1,448
Posted By jim_jm
I had the same problem with my M2 latch, and the...

I had the same problem with my M2 latch, and the fix was the same as rulnacco described. Just pay attention to the position of the plate and spring as you disassemble. I just gave a little extra bend...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-15-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1,439
Posted By jim_jm
Yep, if you're using Photo-flo no need for a...

Yep, if you're using Photo-flo no need for a squeegee. I used to use one and went years without a scratch, and then the inevitable happened...

I mix it with distilled water and never have any water...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-15-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 1,154
Posted By jim_jm
Take him to some art and photography...

Take him to some art and photography galleries.

Encourage him to photograph every day, of any subjects he's interested in.

Find out what types of photography he likes (nature, photojournalism,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-14-2017
Replies: 40
Views: 2,276
Posted By jim_jm
It's easy. The key is to be consistent with your...

It's easy. The key is to be consistent with your times/temps/agitation and follow the manufacturer's recommendations. Download data sheets for your film and chemicals from the manufacturers (Kodak,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-14-2017
Replies: 40
Views: 2,276
Posted By jim_jm
Well, as an example, Dawn dishwashing liquid...

Well, as an example, Dawn dishwashing liquid includes the following in addition to water and other ingredients: methylisothiazolinone, sd alcohol, sodium chloride, sodium laureth sulfate and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-13-2017
Replies: 40
Views: 2,276
Posted By jim_jm
Please DO NOT use dishwashing liquid as a wetting...

Please DO NOT use dishwashing liquid as a wetting agent! Most commercial brands contain perfumes and other chemicals which will leave residue on your film. Proper wetting agent like Photo-flo is very...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-09-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,025
Posted By jim_jm
If you're looking to develop B/W film at home,...

If you're looking to develop B/W film at home, the cost and materials investment is very small, and will save you money over having your film lab-processed. The only time you actually need a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-20-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,019
Posted By jim_jm
I offer them for free as parts cameras here on...

I offer them for free as parts cameras here on RFF or APUG classifieds. Buyer just pays shipping.

For someone looking for a wind lever, battery cover or particular size screw, etc., it can save a...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-04-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 893
Posted By jim_jm
If it's anywhere near as good as the 65 and 45...

If it's anywhere near as good as the 65 and 45 lenses, it should be a keeper.

I'd be interested to see how it performs as a portrait lens. Maybe a bit too sharp?
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-03-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,227
Posted By jim_jm
You can also check with our RFF host Stephen at...

You can also check with our RFF host Stephen at https://cameraquest.com/repairs.htm

He offers repairs on Nikon SLR's, and L.A. wouldn't be too far for you to ship.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-30-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 1,577
Posted By jim_jm
Haven't used the Zeiss finder, but the VC 21/25...

Haven't used the Zeiss finder, but the VC 21/25 is not too bad, especially if the subject's more than a few feet away. Straight lines do start to curve at the edges of the frame, but it's never been...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-30-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 1,577
Posted By jim_jm
Nope, just metal - but it'd be very easy to glue...

Nope, just metal - but it'd be very easy to glue a rubber washer or ring cut from felt with a few drops of pliobond or epoxy.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-29-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 1,577
Posted By jim_jm
I have the VC 21/25 chrome finder as well. Very...

I have the VC 21/25 chrome finder as well. Very compact and looks great on any LTM or M body. View is bright and clear, it's a gem!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-29-2016
Replies: 68
Views: 3,775
Posted By jim_jm
Any Nikon manual-focus body with the 105/2.5 is a...

Any Nikon manual-focus body with the 105/2.5 is a classic combination for portraits. Steve McCurry used this lens with an FM2 body to take the famous "Afghan Girl" portrait for Nat Geo.

For flower...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-27-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 1,332
Posted By jim_jm
Thanks for the mention, j.scooter and gb...

Thanks for the mention, j.scooter and gb hill!

Sadly, that rail car in Rhyolite is in much worse shape these days. Vandalism and the elements have taken their toll on much of the town.
Forum: Large Format Film RF 12-27-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,804
Posted By jim_jm
It's relatively easy to calibrate the Kalart RF...

It's relatively easy to calibrate the Kalart RF on your Crown, Graflex.org has the details here: http://graflex.org/speed-graphic/kalart-adjustment.html . Using these instructions, it took me about a...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-22-2016
Replies: 36
Views: 3,448
Posted By jim_jm
I'd agree with Bill and Frank's comments above -...

I'd agree with Bill and Frank's comments above - crop a bit off the left side and more off the top (just above the tallest tree). The blank white sky doesn't add anything and draws my eye up out of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-20-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 1,796
Posted By jim_jm
Congrats on the M2 find! I'm sure you have your...

Congrats on the M2 find!

I'm sure you have your preference for focal lengths, but the M2 with a 35mm lens is just about the perfect simple set-up for me. For not a lot of money, you can get a small,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-19-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 1,796
Posted By jim_jm
Keep your eye out here on the classifieds and on...

Keep your eye out here on the classifieds and on the APUG classifieds for a good idea of what the going prices are. It all depends on the seller, and what they expect to be able to get. A quality CLA...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-12-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,613
Posted By jim_jm
Another vote for Youxin Ye.

Another vote for Youxin Ye.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-22-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 670
Posted By jim_jm
Can you see any damage to the negative...

Can you see any damage to the negative itself?

If not, it looks like it might also be a bit of debris or scrap of film that was in the film gate (on the film itself) when you took the shot. Open the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-09-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,216
Posted By jim_jm
As you have probably realized, there are plenty...

As you have probably realized, there are plenty of variables that can affect your results with B/W film. In general, correctly exposed film that is overdeveloped will result in a denser negative with...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 10-27-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 2,496
Posted By jim_jm
I've got a 1916 Kodak Premo No.2 which takes 6x9...

I've got a 1916 Kodak Premo No.2 which takes 6x9 photos on 120 film. Got it for $10 at a garage sale and it takes decent photos, considering they used very simple lenses. Shutter worked well, just...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-23-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1,797
Posted By jim_jm
That is a possibility to be aware of, as the F3...

That is a possibility to be aware of, as the F3 manual does caution about this. As the camera's meter cell is in the bottom of the mirror box facing the shutter curtain, I would think that only light...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-20-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1,797
Posted By jim_jm
F3, F4 and F5. F3 has aperture-priority AE, F4...

F3, F4 and F5.

F3 has aperture-priority AE, F4 has aperture or shutter-priority plus programmed. I believe the F5 is the same.
Forum: Nikon RF 10-13-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 3,724
Posted By jim_jm
Here's another page with the fixed...

Here's another page with the fixed finders:
http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/nikon/nikkoresources/RF-Nikkor/RF-Accessories/Nikon-RF-Finders/index.htm
Forum: Nikon RF 10-13-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 3,724
Posted By jim_jm
Dirk - Here's a good page with information about...

Dirk -

Here's a good page with information about the Nikon finders:
http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/nikon/nikkoresources/RF-Nikkor/RF-Accessories/Nikon-RF-Finders/index2.htm

I have a...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-11-2016
Replies: 2
Views: 1,431
Posted By jim_jm
Thank you for the information, Bill. I really...

Thank you for the information, Bill. I really appreciate it!

Great to see you in the Jazz Loft film as well!
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-08-2016
Replies: 2
Views: 1,431
Posted By jim_jm
Questions about Life magazine print by Eugene Smith

Bill -

Just saw the Eugene Smith Jazz Loft documentary and thought it was great. Thanks for the heads-up here on RFF!

This got me to thinking about some questions I have had for awhile about a Gene...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-07-2016
Replies: 26
Views: 3,501
Posted By jim_jm
Jamie - a good comprehensive overview of his work...

Jamie - a good comprehensive overview of his work is "W. Eugene Smith Photographs 1934-1975" by Mora and Hill. A fairly big book with some text, but a lot of photos.

A smaller book, but also very...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-03-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 1,308
Posted By jim_jm
Based on what I've seen sell recently, you're...

Based on what I've seen sell recently, you're probably in the $100-150 ballpark for the FTn or the F2, but if the F2 has battery issues you may get less. These are great cameras, but there are a lot...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 09-28-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1,766
Posted By jim_jm
I have the plastic 21mm and the chrome 21/25mm...

I have the plastic 21mm and the chrome 21/25mm finders and I almost always use the chrome finder. It's a bit smaller and looks better on chrome bodies. The front element of the 21 finder protrudes...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-22-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1,582
Posted By jim_jm
If you switch to Mamiya 6 or 7, it'll probably...

If you switch to Mamiya 6 or 7, it'll probably end up costing as much or more than the Bronica. Since you're happy with the 645 format (and I assume the RF645 body), hold out for a 100 or 135 lens...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-10-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 683
Posted By jim_jm
Definitely looks to be an agitation issue....

Definitely looks to be an agitation issue. Although for TMax film, my agitation scheme is slightly different in HC110 than for other films. Never had any problem with surge marks.

TMax 400 in HC110...
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 09-09-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 1,507
Posted By jim_jm
Another vote for Youxin Ye. He overhauled my IVsb...

Another vote for Youxin Ye. He overhauled my IVsb and replaced the deteriorating curtains for a very good price. Had the camera back within 2 weeks and his communication is very good.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-09-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 1,052
Posted By jim_jm
Here's a shot with my plain-prism F and the...

Here's a shot with my plain-prism F and the 24/2.8 pre-AI Nikkor-N. Sunny-16 guesstimate with HP5+ @320. Those old Nikons just keep plugging...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 09-07-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 1,391
Posted By jim_jm
If it's in good working condition, I'd say you...

If it's in good working condition, I'd say you got a deal! These Tower/Nicca models are not easy to find and they have an advantage over the Leica and Canon "Barnack"-type cameras with a lever wind...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 09-07-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 1,391
Posted By jim_jm
Eric - If you haven't seen this site, it might...

Eric -

If you haven't seen this site, it might help provide some clues. http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/iannorris/leica.htm
Look under "T" for Tower cameras, which were actually manufactured by Nicca...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 08-10-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 1,164
Posted By jim_jm
Thanks for the mention, Scooter!

Thanks for the mention, Scooter!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-09-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 1,020
Posted By jim_jm
I just started shooting the 70-300 VRII on my...

I just started shooting the 70-300 VRII on my F100 for sports photography and am really happy with the results so far. No idea about drain on batteries, but I don't think it's going to be a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-27-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 1,013
Posted By jim_jm
Clinton - My IIIf BD does the same, the dial at...

Clinton -

My IIIf BD does the same, the dial at 1000 seems to settle half-way down, but it does fire correctly. I assume you know to have the shutter cocked before adjusting the shutter speeds...

I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-26-2016
Replies: 70
Views: 4,253
Posted By jim_jm
I'll second Roger's recommendation. I was first...

I'll second Roger's recommendation. I was first thinking of a Leica M6, but then saw your budget limit. There are plenty of the R2 and R3 models available on the used market. If you buy from the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-03-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,264
Posted By jim_jm
Try not to tilt the camera up or down while...

Try not to tilt the camera up or down while shooting, especially if you have a subject with vertical lines like a building. Also, if you have objects in the frame that are closer than others, this...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 07-03-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 2,455
Posted By jim_jm
There were a multitude of changes in the design...

There were a multitude of changes in the design and manufacture of the Nikon F during it's 15-year run. These are sometimes used to determine the authenticity and integrity of a body, as many parts...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-11-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 2,487
Posted By jim_jm
$1400 seems pretty high for a 3.5 Xenotar. Not...

$1400 seems pretty high for a 3.5 Xenotar. Not that they're not great cameras, but for $1000 or less you should be able to find one recently serviced in excellent condition. That amount of dust in...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-07-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,385
Posted By jim_jm
It just means your focusing accuracy may not be...

It just means your focusing accuracy may not be great, especially when shooting wide-open.

That's one advantage of rangefinders with a larger base length like the Leica M3 or Contaxes - ability to...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-07-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,385
Posted By jim_jm
Yep, the RF645 was originally introduced with...

Yep, the RF645 was originally introduced with 65/135 framelines and the 135 lens was available. Whether it was because of user feedback, or Tamron realized there was a problem with focus accuracy,...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-01-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 2,448
Posted By jim_jm
If you really want a faster 35mm lens, consider...

If you really want a faster 35mm lens, consider the Nokton 35/1.4 also. I have the MC version which is usually attached to my M2. You should be able to find a clean used example for under $500, maybe...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-30-2016
Replies: 52
Views: 3,519
Posted By jim_jm
When I bought my '59 M2 about 6 years ago, it...

When I bought my '59 M2 about 6 years ago, it also had the "L" seal intact. Cosmetically, it was in great shape, but the shutter was capping and the VF was a bit cloudy. Sent it to a local repair...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-30-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 2,448
Posted By jim_jm
Jack - If you haven't seen it yet, this page has...

Jack -

If you haven't seen it yet, this page has a direct head-to-head comparison of the two bodies:
https://cameraquest.com/voigtchart.htm

I see two big advantages of the R2 over the R:
- The R2...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-09-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 1,296
Posted By jim_jm
Looks like you've got a shutter curtain dragging,...

Looks like you've got a shutter curtain dragging, which is not uncommon if the camera hasn't been serviced in a few years. I wouldn't mess with the shutter tension too much unless you know what...
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-04-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 1,812
Posted By jim_jm
Another quick way to discern versions of this...

Another quick way to discern versions of this lens is that the AI version (non-CRC) has the lens information printed outside the filter threads, along the front edge of the focusing ring. The AIS...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-02-2016
Replies: 29
Views: 2,737
Posted By jim_jm
This guy converted an old school bus several...

This guy converted an old school bus several years ago just for this purpose:
http://thephotopalace.blogspot.com/

I believe the blog has photos and information about his conversion project.

He's...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-24-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 3,683
Posted By jim_jm
I'll second Youxin (YYE Camera). Good prices and...

I'll second Youxin (YYE Camera). Good prices and fast turnaround.
He CLA'd and replaced the shutter curtains on my Canon IVsb. Functions like new now.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-24-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 1,911
Posted By jim_jm
Nigel - I have an F3HP and F3, and they are my...

Nigel -

I have an F3HP and F3, and they are my "go-to" bodies for all types of 35mm shooting, including landscapes. More so the F3 as I don't wear glasses and like the higher magnification finder. I...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-11-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 1,672
Posted By jim_jm
Really no reason to put a hood on the viewing...

Really no reason to put a hood on the viewing lens. It won't improve your photos in any way. I only use the upper bayonet to attach a Rolleipar correction lens for close-up work.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-09-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 1,116
Posted By jim_jm
I've been using Acros 100 for years, and it is a...

I've been using Acros 100 for years, and it is a very fine-grained film. I routinely develop 120 Acros in HC-110 Dil B, and recently finished a number of rolls at about 18C. I even have a tough time...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-20-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 3,666
Posted By jim_jm
Mine makes that sound. Never been a problem, it...

Mine makes that sound. Never been a problem, it just sounds a bit odd.

I don't think it makes the camera any less discreet than a 35mm SLR with a flapping mirror. The RF645's benefits far outweigh...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-09-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,027
Posted By jim_jm
I like Acros for night photography, no...

I like Acros for night photography, no reciprocity correction needed up to 3 mins. To my eye it has a more "modern" look, though. I've developed it in Rodinal 1+50, D76 1+1 and HC110 1+14, and I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-05-2015
Replies: 99
Views: 7,049
Posted By jim_jm
One of Robert Capa's Contax cameras used to shoot...

One of Robert Capa's Contax cameras used to shoot the D-Day landings.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-02-2015
Replies: 47
Views: 6,136
Posted By jim_jm
Many of you may already be familiar with Richard...

Many of you may already be familiar with Richard de Stoutz's site, but for those who aren't, check this out http://www.destoutz.ch/nikon-f.html .

Incredibly comprehensive photos and details about...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 10-30-2015
Replies: 124
Views: 8,278
Posted By jim_jm
As a counterpoint to this, Arnold Newman had no...

As a counterpoint to this, Arnold Newman had no qualms about cropping his images - quite severely in some cases. Like the famous portrait of Igor Stravinsky...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-23-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 3,397
Posted By jim_jm
A Absolutely! Other excellent books to consider...

A

Absolutely! Other excellent books to consider are David Vestal's "The Craft of Photography' and "The Art of B/W Enlarging" and Ansel Adams' "The Negative" and "The Print".
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-23-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 3,397
Posted By jim_jm
As noted above, develop your prints for the...

As noted above, develop your prints for the recommended time. Leaving them in a bit longer will have little/no visible effect on the image. Times may vary depending on your temperature, developer and...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-22-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 715
Posted By jim_jm
Pre-war Biogon 35mm and all Jupiter-12 35mm...

Pre-war Biogon 35mm and all Jupiter-12 35mm lenses will not fit the newer IIA and IIIA bodies, but are fine on the older I, II and III bodies. They are the same mount, but these lenses protrude far...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-09-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 690
Posted By jim_jm
One of the benefits of the wheel is it allows you...

One of the benefits of the wheel is it allows you to focus and shoot 50mm and shorter lenses with one hand. Longer and/or heavier lenses should not be focused with the wheel as it can put undue...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 10-05-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 2,037
Posted By jim_jm
Thanks for the mention, Tony! I have to give...

Thanks for the mention, Tony!

I have to give credit to my better half as she spotted the photo potential of this scene first, and pointed it out to me.

Some experimentation with split-grade...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-04-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 1,307
Posted By jim_jm
You probably could find an adapter ring on eBay,...

You probably could find an adapter ring on eBay, or just Google "25 to 39 enlarger adapter" and see what you come up with. It would look similar to a step-up/step-down ring for lens filters. I have...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-29-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 2,346
Posted By jim_jm
Nikon was probably being over-cautious, not sure...

Nikon was probably being over-cautious, not sure what the lifespan would be in real-world use.

I have a well-used F3HP (Oct '83) with an LCD which began fading several years ago, It's very...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-27-2015
Replies: 224
Views: 56,204
Posted By jim_jm
Here's one with the 65mm lens on...

Here's one with the 65mm lens on TMax100

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/679/21578240260_89e2461fde_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/ySN84b)Death Valley Dune (https://flic.kr/p/ySN84b) by jimjm...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 09-25-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 2,879
Posted By jim_jm
Merci Marc! I appreciate the mention.

Merci Marc! I appreciate the mention.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-04-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 1,237
Posted By jim_jm
Are you saying that the image in the RF patch...

Are you saying that the image in the RF patch (yellow square) does not move, or that the RF patch itself does not move within the viewfinder as you focus?

If the image in the patch is not moving to...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-27-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 886
Posted By jim_jm
I've no experience with Zorkis, but on Leica LTM...

I've no experience with Zorkis, but on Leica LTM bodies, this is referred to as the "Rangefinder Eyepiece Adjustment" and adjusts focus of the RF (not the lens) at different distances. It also serves...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 08-19-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 3,729
Posted By jim_jm
I've had the RF645 for several years now and...

I've had the RF645 for several years now and haven't had any problems. Like others have mentioned, the control layout and ergonomics are great. The camera feels solid and is the same size and weight...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-07-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 3,350
Posted By jim_jm
I'd look for a CV finder as well - the metal...

I'd look for a CV finder as well - the metal versions seem more robust and compact than the plastic ones, though.

The Leitz brightline finders are also excellent, but a bit more $$. If you find one...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-04-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 5,994
Posted By jim_jm
Yep - filter on the lens first and the hood...

Yep - filter on the lens first and the hood screws to the front of the filter. Never owned the original Leica hood, so I can't comment on how it would work.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-03-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 5,994
Posted By jim_jm
Kitz - I've got the vented metal hood (from...

Kitz -

I've got the vented metal hood (from heavystar?) I bought years ago for my rigid v2 Summicron. Minimal interference with the 50 framelines on my M2 and great protection for the front of the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-21-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,619
Posted By jim_jm
How do the negatives look? Do they appear darker...

How do the negatives look? Do they appear darker around the edges?

Reason I ask is I used to have a scanner that would produce similar results occasionally. Very gradual lightening towards the...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 07-20-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 1,134
Posted By jim_jm
Yep - looks identical to my IVSB. Very nice...

Yep - looks identical to my IVSB.

Very nice shooter, I prefer it over my Leica IIIF
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-17-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,281
Posted By jim_jm
Another vote for the Domke F2. I carry a Bronica...

Another vote for the Domke F2. I carry a Bronica SQ-A with 4 lenses, 2 extra backs, Gossen Luna-Pro or spot meter, and a ton of film easily. Padded inserts for the main compartment make it easily...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-09-2015
Replies: 37
Views: 8,061
Posted By jim_jm
Think I got the image link in there now ... Just...

Think I got the image link in there now ... Just couldn't get the image inserted for some dumb reason.

The FG is a nice tiny body, but I'd think the electronics would not be as robust as the F3....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-08-2015
Replies: 37
Views: 8,061
Posted By jim_jm
Glad to hear you found an F3 that works for you....

Glad to hear you found an F3 that works for you. For me, it's the best overall manual focus Nikon I have - and I also have F, F2, F4. FM, FE2, F100, FG, F80 and several Nikkormat bodies. All great...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-26-2015
Replies: 37
Views: 8,061
Posted By jim_jm
I have an F3 and F3HP with standard "K" screens,...

I have an F3 and F3HP with standard "K" screens, and VF brightness has never been an issue. With a 50/1.8 mounted, I see no difference in brightness between the center spot and the surrounding field....
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 06-17-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 1,300
Posted By jim_jm
Nice stuff, Tom. Air Group One is having an...

Nice stuff, Tom.

Air Group One is having an airshow in San Diego this weekend. I'm thinking of taking my '38 Super Ikonta B with TMax100 for some of the static displays. Gonna have to watch for...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-12-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 2,721
Posted By jim_jm
You could also try cutting out a round piece from...

You could also try cutting out a round piece from some black vinyl and glue it on with rubber cement or pliobond. Would probably look just as nice.

Great find! F2's are my favorite camera for 35mm.
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 06-06-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 2,101
Posted By jim_jm
A few years ago I purchased a 1938 Zeiss Super...

A few years ago I purchased a 1938 Zeiss Super Ikonta B in excellent condition from the online auction site. Indications were that it was from an estate sale. The camera was obviously well cared for,...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-21-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1,871
Posted By jim_jm
David - You may want to get in touch with Harry...

David -

You may want to get in touch with Harry Fleenor at Oceanside Camera Repair in Manhattan Beach, not too far from the LA airport, before you fly out here....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-15-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1,049
Posted By jim_jm
I'm really happy with them - have been able to...

I'm really happy with them - have been able to develop 6 sheets at a time without any problems.
The major benefits for me are the small amount of developer required, and I only need to have the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-08-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,652
Posted By jim_jm
I have shot tilted pictures also, but that was...

I have shot tilted pictures also, but that was just from not being completely sober at the time :confused:

Seriously, never seen or experienced this with my M2, but I had a VC 25mm finder with...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-30-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 813
Posted By jim_jm
Minolta is sold.

Minolta is sold.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-29-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 813
Posted By jim_jm
Minolta SRT201 body - for parts or repair, FREE - just pay shipping!

Nice chrome SRT201 body, no damage, brassing or dents. Just a little bit dusty and dirty. Shutter functions fine, but mirror flips up when advance lever is wound. Shutter curtains look good, finder...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-25-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 2,878
Posted By jim_jm
Stephen - The F3 is my favorite all-around Nikon...

Stephen -

The F3 is my favorite all-around Nikon body. Nice solid heft like the F2, but a bit smaller with better ergonomics. Has that solid "pro" Nikon feel that the FE/FM series don't, although...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-21-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 939
Posted By jim_jm
Nigel - The 645n has TTL metering, so you should...

Nigel -
The 645n has TTL metering, so you should be able to get a fairly accurate reading with the filter attached. Try it both ways just in case - use the exposure determined by the meter with the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-08-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 2,137
Posted By jim_jm
What's more critical is avoiding any light...

What's more critical is avoiding any light spillage from your enlarger head, condenser stage, etc. This may reflect off any adjacent walls or the ceiling and affect your print, especially with longer...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-27-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 4,916
Posted By jim_jm
Colton - The Bessa R has a metal Copal shutter,...

Colton -

The Bessa R has a metal Copal shutter, so it's not at risk of burning holes in the shutter like Leicas and other cloth focal-plane shutter cameras. That being said, don't be lazy and test...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-25-2015
Replies: 70
Views: 11,809
Posted By jim_jm
I would go with the F3 and Nikkor lenses. The F3...

I would go with the F3 and Nikkor lenses.

The F3 has a great meter (heavily centerweighted at 80/20) and can use pre-AI lenses in stop-down mode if you've got any older glass. Solid build, but it's...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-12-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 4,412
Posted By jim_jm
Two notable photographers, W. Eugene Smith and...

Two notable photographers, W. Eugene Smith and Arnold Newman would frequently crop their images (sometimes severely) to achieve the result they envisioned for their final prints. Both are often...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-03-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 3,768
Posted By jim_jm
Well this one would have driven the OP crazy!...

Well this one would have driven the OP crazy! These buildings are actually curved, even though it was shot with the Nokton 35/1.4 which has a reputation for loads of distortion...;) (I think it's a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-03-2015
Replies: 38
Views: 3,949
Posted By jim_jm
I use the 45-degree prism finder on my Bronica...

I use the 45-degree prism finder on my Bronica SQ-A most often. It has a diopter adjustment and I can focus and frame quicker than with the WLF. It's more comfortable to use than the standard prism...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-02-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 5,355
Posted By jim_jm
My first choice would be any Nikon F2 body, meter...

My first choice would be any Nikon F2 body, meter or non-metered prism. The battery only powers the meter, everything else is mechanical. Plain-prism models will cost more $, so the cheapest bet...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 01-31-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 2,546
Posted By jim_jm
Johann - A Pre-war Ikonta B 521/16 might fit the...

Johann -

A Pre-war Ikonta B 521/16 might fit the bill. Same build quality as the Super but smaller and lighter if that is better for your daughter (similar to the Nettar). The 75/4.5 Novar lens is...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-26-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,826
Posted By jim_jm
A few years ago I had a similar problem getting...

A few years ago I had a similar problem getting my Win Vista 64 bit OS to recognize my Nikon Coolscan V ED.

I found this page (http://www.earthboundlight.com/phototips/coolscan-vista-64.html) which...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-15-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 8,786
Posted By jim_jm
Mike - Very informative and well composed...

Mike -

Very informative and well composed article. I anticipate some of us old luddites here on RFF will want to pick nits with certain details, but I understand your intention and target audience...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 12-29-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,457
Posted By jim_jm
I'd second Joe's recommendation for "Leica:...

I'd second Joe's recommendation for "Leica: Witness to a Century" (Pasi). Beautiful book, big illustrations. Light on technical information, more on Leica history and photos taken with them. Only...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 12-24-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 5,025
Posted By jim_jm
Not uncommon with cloth focal-plane shutters from...

Not uncommon with cloth focal-plane shutters from this period. If you don't have any pinhole light leaks in the curtain, you can try to use the camera until they start to show up.

If you decide to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-19-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 827
Posted By jim_jm
Yep - it'll spin in only one direction. I've...

Yep - it'll spin in only one direction.

I've owned mine for 6+ years and never had a problem with it.
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 12-12-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 9,097
Posted By jim_jm
I've got the 35/2.8 and it's a great little lens!...

I've got the 35/2.8 and it's a great little lens! I bought this one because of it's generally favorable reputation, and I've never needed anything faster.

Works fine on my M2 (with adapter), but...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-02-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 1,973
Posted By jim_jm
Another body to consider is the XE-7 - more...

Another body to consider is the XE-7 - more advanced than the SRT's and I think much nicer looking. A neighbor gave me an SRT201 and some lenses, but the body had some serious problems and wasn't...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-13-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,195
Posted By jim_jm
Care to expand on your negative experience with...

Care to expand on your negative experience with Youxin?

He's always exceeded my expectations for any work I've sent him.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-13-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,195
Posted By jim_jm
Youxin Ye - http://www.yyecamera.com/ Good...

Youxin Ye - http://www.yyecamera.com/

Good prices, fast turnaround.
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 11-07-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 4,042
Posted By jim_jm
I also use a 50 and 90 on my M2 all the time. No...

I also use a 50 and 90 on my M2 all the time. No problems at all.
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 11-07-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 4,042
Posted By jim_jm
Another vote for the M2 here. It's perfect with a...

Another vote for the M2 here. It's perfect with a 35mm lens - uncluttered finder and I've only had the RF flare once in a dimly lit church with spot lighting.

I also use a VCII meter when I don't...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 10-08-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,382
Posted By jim_jm
I second Bill and Franko's recommendations. Both...

I second Bill and Franko's recommendations. Both books are excellent.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-07-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,843
Posted By jim_jm
Thumbs up Tamron Inc still servicing Bronica

Recently had a shock when I opened the rear door to remove the film from my beloved RF645, and the door fell away from the body at the hinge. Apparently the metal of the lower hinge broke, although...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-12-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 8,822
Posted By jim_jm
The P is a very capable camera and a great...

The P is a very capable camera and a great shooter - solidly built and with a nice control layout. If you get one with a clean VF, it's easy to focus. I don't wear glasses, but the 35mm framelines...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-29-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 2,895
Posted By jim_jm
Have you tried checking the focusing screen?...

Have you tried checking the focusing screen? Maybe swap it out with the screen from one of your other F3 bodies to see if the problem is still there. If it was a mirror alignment issue I'd think the...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-23-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 704
Posted By jim_jm
You may have a tough time finding one step-up...

You may have a tough time finding one step-up ring that covers 40.5 to 62. More likely you'll need at least 2 rings - 40.5 to 52 and 52 to 62, or something like that. Also, 40.5 rings, filters and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-11-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 645
Posted By jim_jm
Brush off any loose dust/debris and wipe gently...

Brush off any loose dust/debris and wipe gently with Edwal Film Cleaner and Kimwipes if there are any smudges or grease on them.

If they're really dirty, soak them for a bit in distilled water, then...
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 03-20-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 2,958
Posted By jim_jm
Youxin did an outstanding job on a CLA and...

Youxin did an outstanding job on a CLA and curtain replacement for my IVsb last year, at a very reasonable price and quick turnaround. He has a very high opinion of these cameras.

Being in such...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-01-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 4,584
Posted By jim_jm
George - Sorry if you had a bad sample of this...

George -

Sorry if you had a bad sample of this lens, but I've gotten some very good results with it. I haven't yet had a bad shot that I couldn't attribute to user...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-21-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 5,693
Posted By jim_jm
Sevo - I stand corrected. Just looked at Uli...

Sevo - I stand corrected. Just looked at Uli Koch's "Nikon F - The Lenses" and he states the aperture changed to f32 in 1971, still engraved Nikkor-P with serial numbers starting 40xxxx. He mentions...
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