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Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-27-2018
Replies: 201
Views: 14,419
Posted By Mark C
I always enjoy your photos, but this one is...

I always enjoy your photos, but this one is especially fabulous.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-28-2017
Replies: 1,345
Views: 393,948
Posted By Mark C
I've got one coming Monday or Tuesday too. Just a...

I've got one coming Monday or Tuesday too. Just a loaner, but it might be a while before I get around to sending it back :-)
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-26-2017
Replies: 167
Views: 14,750
Posted By Mark C
I ordered from Freestyle less than a week ago,...

I ordered from Freestyle less than a week ago, and received my package yesterday. They were able to ship every item I wanted, including R09 developer (Rodinal). I think it was only 5 days from the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-25-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 1,136
Posted By Mark C
I'm sure people can adjust to some extent...

I'm sure people can adjust to some extent relatively predictable subjects, but I'd be surprised to find it was automatic and didn't require conscious effort.

The place where I started noticing...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-23-2017
Replies: 7,432
Views: 3,788,939
Posted By Mark C
Three of my favorites there. I wish I still had a...

Three of my favorites there. I wish I still had a 28. From the cap, I assume yours is the first version, which is what I had years ago.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-20-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1,401
Posted By Mark C
Yes, all of mine had the V4. Nice engine, but the...

Yes, all of mine had the V4. Nice engine, but the torque seemed a bit more than the freewheel mechanism was meant to deal with. Really, it is odd they continued with the freewheel after the two...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-20-2017
Replies: 38
Views: 1,710
Posted By Mark C
I have some cassettes I've been using for over 15...

I have some cassettes I've been using for over 15 years without issue. I always store them in plastic film containers, so unless you camera is really dirty, there is no reason for them to get grit in...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-19-2017
Replies: 167
Views: 14,750
Posted By Mark C
I had respected B&H's continued support of film...

I had respected B&H's continued support of film photography, and hope they will sort these issues out. In the mean time, I just ordered from Freestyle and was happy to pay the $10 shipping to stock...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-19-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1,401
Posted By Mark C
I had a blue one a lot like yours, but with...

I had a blue one a lot like yours, but with painted grill. I think maybe it was a 1967, but I really can't remember.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-19-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1,401
Posted By Mark C
Nice seeing a Saab 96 again. I had several, plus...

Nice seeing a Saab 96 again. I had several, plus at least one 95. Of course, it was a bit like when I used OM-1's as newspaper cameras, you needed three in case more than one was down for repair....
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-12-2017
Replies: 42
Views: 3,088
Posted By Mark C
Yes, but I still think you will miss and come...

Yes, but I still think you will miss and come back to film for many other reasons. I could well be wrong; I often am, as my wife is quick to point out.

Still, I very much like your home improvement...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-12-2017
Replies: 42
Views: 3,088
Posted By Mark C
Hi Ko. Fe, You have an ME. Use it for digital...

Hi Ko. Fe,

You have an ME. Use it for digital and buy something newer, better when it becomes necessary.

Shoot the M4-2. You'll miss the film eventually. One thing time constraints and film will...
Forum: Travel 01-11-2017
Replies: 41
Views: 4,021
Posted By Mark C
Thank you for the reply. These photos are so...

Thank you for the reply. These photos are so exotic to me, and I was wondering whether your lodgings were also, or maybe much like anywhere else in the world. I could have worded it better but didn't...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-11-2017
Replies: 40
Views: 3,597
Posted By Mark C
Micheal, I'm glad you showed up in this thread....

Micheal, I'm glad you showed up in this thread. Your top picture, plus one of a person welding or brazing were what first piqued my interest in this lens. That plus an old magazine comparison I read...
Forum: Travel 01-11-2017
Replies: 41
Views: 4,021
Posted By Mark C
Lovely photos kuuan. Do you have any pictures of...

Lovely photos kuuan. Do you have any pictures of the places you stayed during your travels?

I like the restraint you showed in adjusting the photos; the colors and textures of the subject do the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-09-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,840
Posted By Mark C
I'm curious about this too. I've thought of...

I'm curious about this too. I've thought of taking mine to a local leather worker to copy. I wouldn't even care about the length being adjustable if I could have one made the same length as mine.

It...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-09-2017
Replies: 78
Views: 5,601
Posted By Mark C
Odd to see they would have that kind of problem....

Odd to see they would have that kind of problem. Is the vignetting any better at close distances? Or worse? I can't really think that one through without it in front of me.

They seemed to have...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-09-2017
Replies: 78
Views: 5,601
Posted By Mark C
This makes a lot of sense if the Contax I came...

This makes a lot of sense if the Contax I came out before the 1.5 existed. I wonder if they redesigned the mount later during the Contax I run. That would explain why some people don't have the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-08-2017
Replies: 78
Views: 5,601
Posted By Mark C
Have you looked through it from the back, or can...

Have you looked through it from the back, or can you do that on a Contax I? You should be able to see if there if something in the mount interfering by look from the corners of the frame with the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-08-2017
Replies: 78
Views: 5,601
Posted By Mark C
Good eye. I hadn't noticed the chrome, but it...

Good eye. I hadn't noticed the chrome, but it seems clearly to be. I wish he had given an idea of serial number on the one pictured. He seems to imply that he believes type 2 went through 1628xxx,...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-08-2017
Replies: 78
Views: 5,601
Posted By Mark C
I think that was one of the other things that...

I think that was one of the other things that confused me when I was trying to date my lens. He doesn't clearly state that he means all Type 3 have f 16, but that is certainly how I would interpret...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-08-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 791
Posted By Mark C
I bought a used no name M42 to Leica M adapter...

I bought a used no name M42 to Leica M adapter from KEH. I assume somebody dumped in on them because it was off. KEH is very good with taking care of problems, but I had this for quite a long time...
Forum: RFF News 01-08-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 6,642
Posted By Mark C
I had a T briefly and really liked it. The...

I had a T briefly and really liked it. The pictures you posted from the Rolleicord were very nice. You seem to have a natural ability with the TLR so I hope the T will inspire you even more.

I...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-08-2017
Replies: 78
Views: 5,601
Posted By Mark C
I have one in black/nickel about 500 numbers...

I have one in black/nickel about 500 numbers before yours Erik. From what I can see in the picture of Gben's lens, his is an earlier version than mine. Mine is like the first one shown on this page...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-07-2017
Replies: 450
Views: 52,837
Posted By Mark C
Wonderful picture Erik.

Wonderful picture Erik.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-05-2017
Replies: 371
Views: 50,846
Posted By Mark C
I'm enjoying looking at this old thread. I used...

I'm enjoying looking at this old thread. I used to have quite a number of old pens, but haven't used them much for a long time. Honestly, I seldom have reason to right much anymore. There is a vase...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-03-2017
Replies: 52
Views: 6,472
Posted By Mark C
The MC are really wonderful lenses and...

The MC are really wonderful lenses and beautifully built, but big. The performance is there, so you are getting something more than just a bit of extra exercise.

The MD lenses were scaled down...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-03-2017
Replies: 52
Views: 6,472
Posted By Mark C
I find some of the Nikkors suit me better than...

I find some of the Nikkors suit me better than others. In general the not multi-coated lenses have a less harsh look; this especially seems to help in the oof. 105/2.5 in any version is one of the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-02-2017
Replies: 115
Views: 36,227
Posted By Mark C
Thanks. That is what I did, but only pulled the...

Thanks. That is what I did, but only pulled the cell into place with some tape to hold position. If it ever shifts on me I may try the teflon tape idea.

I'm shooting film, but fine tuned it quickly...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-02-2017
Replies: 115
Views: 36,227
Posted By Mark C
My 1934 lens is remarkable considering the age...

My 1934 lens is remarkable considering the age and lack of coating. After all, the design was optimized for contrast in the days before coating. It was quite a while before Leica caught up.

Dante,...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-02-2017
Replies: 115
Views: 36,227
Posted By Mark C
Dante, Thanks for the rundown. I've been...

Dante,

Thanks for the rundown. I've been interested in the Sonnars for a while and happened onto a very early Contax mount one this fall. I believe mine is about 1934.

I'm curious to hear more...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-30-2016
Replies: 52
Views: 6,472
Posted By Mark C
I like the XD very much, but the biggest reason I...

I like the XD very much, but the biggest reason I would choose it is for the lovely and cheap Minolta lenses. And don't neglect the much more common X700. It does have a few less features, but has...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-20-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 2,227
Posted By Mark C
It will certainly make an interesting side by...

It will certainly make an interesting side by side comparison with your 35 Summilux.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-19-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 1,935
Posted By Mark C
I like the old painted canisters, especially...

I like the old painted canisters, especially Kodak, and have a number of them but not organized nicely like your cassette collection.

Against my better judgement I do reload some factory cassettes...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-18-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 2,227
Posted By Mark C
You've got two great lenses. I don't see much...

You've got two great lenses. I don't see much point unless you need the sharper 1.4 for low light. I'm actually content enough with the 35 Summilux that my Summicron doesn't get out much lately. I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-16-2016
Replies: 5,574
Views: 957,251
Posted By Mark C
Nice looking camera. Is it the 2nd version RTS?...

Nice looking camera. Is it the 2nd version RTS? I've only had the original one, and need to get it out more often. The lenses are really nice. Is that the 50 1.7? It looks a little different than...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-15-2016
Replies: 38
Views: 2,122
Posted By Mark C
Kodak #10 Cirkut Camera. Panoramic photos from...

Kodak #10 Cirkut Camera. Panoramic photos from negatives 10 inch x about 60 inch. Any length you want depending on focal length and degree of rotation.

The #16 always seemed a little excessive to me...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-15-2016
Replies: 40
Views: 3,597
Posted By Mark C
If the resolution is there, that seems to be the...

If the resolution is there, that seems to be the case to me. Just the normal sharpening regime for scanning is enough to make something like the 35 Summilux seem much sharper wide open compared to a...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-14-2016
Replies: 40
Views: 3,597
Posted By Mark C
The old test? Not much detail beyond resolution...

The old test? Not much detail beyond resolution numbers, so I could post that info here tomorrow. PM me about it.

I've shot quite a bit with the borrowed 50 Summilux 1 over the last 5 days. Mostly...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-13-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,808
Posted By Mark C
I've shot a lot of it over the last few years and...

I've shot a lot of it over the last few years and find it works well in about everything I've tried. Xtol and Acufine were my main developers for it until recently when I started using up some old...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-11-2016
Replies: 86
Views: 7,051
Posted By Mark C
That's the thing, pros aren't all of a kind. If...

That's the thing, pros aren't all of a kind. If you need higher sync speed, then the camera that has it is better. Or smaller, or lighter, or faster motor, more accurate or 100 percent finder. I've...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-11-2016
Replies: 42
Views: 4,012
Posted By Mark C
If favorite is what I shoot the most, then it is...

If favorite is what I shoot the most, then it is Kentmere 100 by quite a margin. It is a very nice film with Ilford quality control. I think it is my favorite 100 I've ever shot, but that may simply...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-10-2016
Replies: 86
Views: 7,051
Posted By Mark C
I agree that FM and FE were nice reliable...

I agree that FM and FE were nice reliable cameras. I did use them, plus FA for work in the 80's and 90's. But what makes you think pros preferred them to the F3. I got them because they were cheap,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-10-2016
Replies: 86
Views: 7,051
Posted By Mark C
I started using F's fairly early after taking up...

I started using F's fairly early after taking up photography. I think they seemed a little out of date even in the early 70's, but delivered the goods with rock solid reliability and 100 percent...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-09-2016
Replies: 40
Views: 3,597
Posted By Mark C
I have a vintage test from Camera 35 magazine...

I have a vintage test from Camera 35 magazine comparing the new and old Summilux, and both to the rigid Summicron. They really only looked at resolution and the results were about as you would...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-09-2016
Replies: 40
Views: 3,597
Posted By Mark C
The focus shift on the Summarit seemed about like...

The focus shift on the Summarit seemed about like with a 50/1.5 Sonnar. I'm okay with that now that I know it is there, but I want it to focus correctly wide open and the Summarit doesn't. I am...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-08-2016
Replies: 465
Views: 95,834
Posted By Mark C
Thanks for the info. This is in the Epson Scan...

Thanks for the info. This is in the Epson Scan "Professional Mode"? Mine is an older model, but I assume the software is similar. Does it do an initial auto exposure that you then adjust for each...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 12-07-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 752
Posted By Mark C
Thanks for the nice link. Jim Lipari helped me...

Thanks for the nice link. Jim Lipari helped me when I first started using Cirkut Cameras, which ended up being how I made a living in photography. Cirkut shooters were mostly a very secretive bunch...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-04-2016
Replies: 40
Views: 3,597
Posted By Mark C
I believe that the Summarit was adjusted to focus...

I believe that the Summarit was adjusted to focus correctly around f2.8. The focus shift always made it hard for me to get it right wide open. I've always assumed that the Nikkor 1.5 made Leica...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-20-2016
Replies: 34
Views: 2,626
Posted By Mark C
That is about my experience too, plus 1/60 @ 4...

That is about my experience too, plus 1/60 @ 4 for fairly bright florescent lit rooms like offices and schools, but open up depending on how the light falls on the actual subject.

And some indoor is...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-15-2016
Replies: 105
Views: 7,112
Posted By Mark C
Straight prism Nikon F.

Straight prism Nikon F.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-08-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 1,668
Posted By Mark C
Are you saying that AI Nikkors have the same AI...

Are you saying that AI Nikkors have the same AI cut for f1.8 and f2 lenses, which is what the OP is saying. My lenses are mostly non-AI, so I can't verify it myself.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-08-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 1,668
Posted By Mark C
I've been trying to stay out of this one since I...

I've been trying to stay out of this one since I don't have 1.8 and 2 AI Nikkors to look at, but it sure sounds like you are saying this whole thread that is supposedly about Nikon metering is based...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-08-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,292
Posted By Mark C
Everything Cal said, plus for me the last resort...

Everything Cal said, plus for me the last resort for really poor light.

Diafine isn't my all purpose developer, but does several different things better than other choices. Just adding 4 or 5...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-07-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,292
Posted By Mark C
I probably wasn't clear. The actual clip test was...

I probably wasn't clear. The actual clip test was Kentmere 400, which happened to be in my camera. I used the same clips for the fresh batch Diafine test last night to be consistent. The film I shot...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-07-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,292
Posted By Mark C
I suspect they just keep making the same product...

I suspect they just keep making the same product with the same directions, only adding the occasional new film. I am glad they do continue to offer Acufine and Diafine.

Diafine 2x was my best...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-07-2016
Replies: 39
Views: 4,327
Posted By Mark C
They came both ways, mine are 6 blade. Difference...

They came both ways, mine are 6 blade. Difference only shows up in bright out of focus highlights. And, of course, no difference wide open. Still, the rounder apertures are nice.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-07-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,292
Posted By Mark C
Some Diafine Tests

This came out of some email discussion with Calzone about shooting in a particular low light venue I go to. I had used 2x Diafine a couple years ago there, and sometimes Acufine. Cal mentioned liking...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-07-2016
Replies: 39
Views: 4,327
Posted By Mark C
Two more air/glass surfaces in this lens, so...

Two more air/glass surfaces in this lens, so should be lower a bit lower contrast than the H. The H is a very nice lens, but I find the out of focus a littler harsher than I would prefer. I've not...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-06-2016
Replies: 39
Views: 4,327
Posted By Mark C
I think mine is the 6 blade version; I should...

I think mine is the 6 blade version; I should really get it out and try it a bit more. It definitely has a different look from the H, at least at larger apertures.

I got it because I've been leaning...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-03-2016
Replies: 48
Views: 3,084
Posted By Mark C
So is the problem that you can't see to line up...

So is the problem that you can't see to line up the rangefinder, or that you do and the pictures are out of focus? M camera rangefinders need to be adjusted fairly precisely for lens like that, and...
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-30-2016
Replies: 36
Views: 2,241
Posted By Mark C
I've mostly done that, except never went all that...

I've mostly done that, except never went all that digital anyway. It would be fun to mess with an M9 or later, and A7 would be handy for lens comparisons, but I love the film process and really don't...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 10-28-2016
Replies: 162
Views: 26,408
Posted By Mark C
This discussion made me remember the Piezography...

This discussion made me remember the Piezography print exchanges I participated in years ago. I was surprised to see that was around 2000.

I dug out my box of prints from the exchanges a itt was...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-28-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 1,053
Posted By Mark C
You're right about that; I originally said 2...

You're right about that; I originally said 2 seconds, but went back and edited that to 4 seconds after I'd done some loading and roughly timed it. I'm sure I might take 6 seconds if I'm being very...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-27-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 1,053
Posted By Mark C
I cut a short curved leader about like the...

I cut a short curved leader about like the factory films. That seems to take about 4 seconds, so I don't know how you could save much time. Maybe you are fussing with it too much.

I just start...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 10-26-2016
Replies: 162
Views: 26,408
Posted By Mark C
Cal, Thanks for all the info. I probably have...

Cal,

Thanks for all the info. I probably have more questions, but need some time to process all you've written.

Yes, the HP was pretty much a matte only printer, but unmatched longevity. I recall...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-26-2016
Replies: 85
Views: 7,544
Posted By Mark C
Very different films; I can certainly see...

Very different films; I can certainly see preferring one over the other. HP5 and Tri-X are very similar to each other in 35mm.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-26-2016
Replies: 85
Views: 7,544
Posted By Mark C
I will check out this Orwo N74; where can you get...

I will check out this Orwo N74; where can you get it?

I've been a TX shooter for a very long time and had become so used to that way of seeing that I had more or less calibrated myself to the film....
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 10-26-2016
Replies: 162
Views: 26,408
Posted By Mark C
I had the original Piezography setup years ago...

I had the original Piezography setup years ago and kind of miss the results. At that time, it was pretty much a matte paper only system. I'd always been a glossy paper darkroom printer, but came to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-24-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 836
Posted By Mark C
A really wonderful lens, and a camera that is...

A really wonderful lens, and a camera that is very nice to work with. I assume this is the later design Summicron with the built in hood, but both are very, very nice.

The bodies are not the most...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-17-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 2,913
Posted By Mark C
24 2.8 is the absolute classic I think. That was...

24 2.8 is the absolute classic I think. That was an exceptionally good lens for the time, and still seems great to me.

I actually like quite a few of the F era wides depending on what you intend to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-16-2016
Replies: 74
Views: 8,065
Posted By Mark C
Looking at more of the links, I also see that...

Looking at more of the links, I also see that Ernesto is a good editor. I would not have found most of the pictures I've liked here, because I expect the photographer to do a bit more of separating...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-16-2016
Replies: 74
Views: 8,065
Posted By Mark C
Ernesto, Thank you for starting this thread, it...

Ernesto,

Thank you for starting this thread, it is one of the most interesting and informative I've seen here. Lots of interesting ideas and new to me ways of thinking about these extreme wides....
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-12-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 1,262
Posted By Mark C
I do some adjustment on my own, but cannot match...

I do some adjustment on my own, but cannot match the accuracy of someone like Sherry or DAG that has the proper tools. As already said here, really check infinity precisely, that sometimes drifts off...
Forum: Optics Theory - 10-11-2016
Replies: 136
Views: 15,907
Posted By Mark C
Oops, I apologize for the thread revival. I...

Oops, I apologize for the thread revival. I really thought this just came up in the rotation. I must have turned it up in a search and got it mixed in with the tabs of current threads I'm following....
Forum: Optics Theory - 10-11-2016
Replies: 136
Views: 15,907
Posted By Mark C
Professionally I always carried a small flash for...

Professionally I always carried a small flash for otherwise unworkable situations. I hardly ever used it but that and f2 lenses was enough. Now I prefer to go without that safety net and like having...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-11-2016
Replies: 36
Views: 3,326
Posted By Mark C
I have way too many cameras, but always come back...

I have way too many cameras, but always come back to the F. I would keep my Leicas if I had to chose only one, but actually enjoy the feel of a plain prism F even more. I suppose a lot of it is just...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-11-2016
Replies: 1
Views: 719
Posted By Mark C
All of the classic fast lenses I've tried do show...

All of the classic fast lenses I've tried do show some focus shift, but not very significant other than the sonnar types. My Summicrons (DR and 4th version) seem to focus correctly at f2 on my...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-30-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 4,712
Posted By Mark C
I've always thought these early Pentax cameras...

I've always thought these early Pentax cameras look and feel great. Black adds quite a bit to the already good looks. I have a Heiland Pentax H2 "Store Demonstrator" in black and would love to try...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-04-2016
Replies: 37
Views: 8,068
Posted By Mark C
The F3 is my favorite Nikon, and favorite SLR. I...

The F3 is my favorite Nikon, and favorite SLR. I prefer the non-HP finder for its larger image. I find it easier to focus, and can still see the whole field adequately well even with glasses.

I need...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 11-30-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 1,923
Posted By Mark C
I visited him a few times and had been wondering...

I visited him a few times and had been wondering about him lately. I had a nice visit and took some pictures of him in 2014 I think. Always interesting conversations. He told me some interesting...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-23-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 1,901
Posted By Mark C
Sorry if I missed it, but have you tried cleaning...

Sorry if I missed it, but have you tried cleaning the lens? If it is just haze, that usually cleans out. Even some fungus damage often has no noticeable effect after cleaning. You should be able to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-22-2015
Replies: 2,108
Views: 388,697
Posted By Mark C
If it is in an undamaged can, it is very likely...

If it is in an undamaged can, it is very likely fine. You say "package", so I'm guessing it is a foil pack and those are iffier in my experience. Most developers will look brown in the the powder...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-18-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 3,840
Posted By Mark C
You got a 50 1.4 Nikkor for free? Not a bad...

You got a 50 1.4 Nikkor for free? Not a bad outcome for you for a lousy eBay scam.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-12-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 5,811
Posted By Mark C
It is interesting to hear that from Sherry....

It is interesting to hear that from Sherry. People often imply that the lens is basically a Summarit and that it is foolish to pay more. I've had many Summarits and they have their charms, but I've...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-10-2015
Replies: 43
Views: 6,019
Posted By Mark C
That certainly is a good summary of the...

That certainly is a good summary of the differences, at least the ones that effect me most. For darkroom printing it can be a big deal; probably not so much for scanning. I darkroom print and really...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 01-07-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 2,943
Posted By Mark C
I may get a chance to try out my battery advice...

I may get a chance to try out my battery advice tomorrow. Nothing like the temps other people have mentioned, but after a couple hours at 12F even my most reliable Pentax screwmount got fussy. I'm...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 01-07-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 2,943
Posted By Mark C
I had another thought on batteries, but didn't...

I had another thought on batteries, but didn't get around to posting yesterday. I had started buying the inexpensive batteries proliferating at Amazon and eBay; I think this started with a...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 01-05-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 2,943
Posted By Mark C
Beautiful light in W.Va. today too. I didn't do...

Beautiful light in W.Va. today too. I didn't do much with it, but enjoyed soaking it in.

Kiss-o-matic, yes, batteries; they recover as they warm back up. Start with fresh if possible. Plus...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-02-2015
Replies: 41
Views: 7,957
Posted By Mark C
Nice shots. I like and use fast lenses and have...

Nice shots. I like and use fast lenses and have been thinking about one of the Nikon 50/55's 1.2's as much for the look as the speed. I recently got a 28 f2 Nikkor for an amazing price from KEH and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-31-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 4,027
Posted By Mark C
Just develop it longer.

Just develop it longer.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-19-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 2,925
Posted By Mark C
The first one that has really tempted me. I...

The first one that has really tempted me. I resisted and bought an F3 for $75. Lots of fun for less than the sales tax on the D750, but that really does seem like a great camera.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-17-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 2,218
Posted By Mark C
I'm surprised to hear they are expensive. They...

I'm surprised to hear they are expensive. They used to be the cheap option compared to the vented hoods.

They really are beautifully made and go nicely with gear of that vintage, but I end up not...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-17-2014
Replies: 124
Views: 35,570
Posted By Mark C
Nice picture and one of my favorite Nikkors. The...

Nice picture and one of my favorite Nikkors. The 105 f2.5 is my other favorite. I'm the odd man out in not preferring their faster long lenses.

Your experience with 50's agrees with mine at least...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-16-2014
Replies: 124
Views: 35,570
Posted By Mark C
I was talking talking about 1.4 lenses; the 1.8's...

I was talking talking about 1.4 lenses; the 1.8's Takumars and the f2 Nikkors do better wide open, but not necessarily better than the 1.4's at f2. Nonetheless I'm happy with all the lenses you...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-16-2014
Replies: 124
Views: 35,570
Posted By Mark C
Most 1.4's were very soft wide open back then;...

Most 1.4's were very soft wide open back then; the cult favorite Super Takumar is no better, and maybe worse. My 1.4 SC is very sharp even from f2. I actually prefer my very slightly less sharp...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-15-2014
Replies: 75
Views: 5,974
Posted By Mark C
It looks like KEH needs to update their profile...

It looks like KEH needs to update their profile on you.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-15-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 2,833
Posted By Mark C
35 1.4's are not that common and I suspect not so...

35 1.4's are not that common and I suspect not so hot wide open. Even the f2's mostly don't live up to the high standards of the rangefinder versions.

I used the 35 1.4 Nikkor for assignments for a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-14-2014
Replies: 75
Views: 5,974
Posted By Mark C
KEH may have a new convert if this order comes...

KEH may have a new convert if this order comes through. I shopped 'til I dropped and still only had $186, but no problem topping up with some goodies from my "not quite sure" list. Lots of screens,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-14-2014
Replies: 75
Views: 5,974
Posted By Mark C
Thanks. I figured some of that out, but not sure...

Thanks. I figured some of that out, but not sure on all. I need to get busy shopping now. I surely can find that much.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-14-2014
Replies: 75
Views: 5,974
Posted By Mark C
I was tempted yesterday at 40 percent, but not...

I was tempted yesterday at 40 percent, but not sure about finding $200 worth. At 50 percent I'm even more interested, but can find no explanation on their site of what qualifies, and of what the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-11-2014
Replies: 68
Views: 8,005
Posted By Mark C
Don't forget that there are some really great...

Don't forget that there are some really great Nikkors too. And some for really reasonable prices. The 24/2.8 and 105/2.5 are my favorites that are hard to beat for any price.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-11-2014
Replies: 68
Views: 8,005
Posted By Mark C
I have given away boxes of series filters....

I have given away boxes of series filters. They're common as dirt and generally sell for right around nothing, but I suppose if you need to order a particular one new right this minute, then you...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-11-2014
Replies: 727
Views: 149,941
Posted By Mark C
If it has to be an SRT, my 102 has a split...

If it has to be an SRT, my 102 has a split screen. They're neat cameras, but not what I especially like using. Later models had some of the best screens in the business.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-10-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 4,105
Posted By Mark C
I've always worried about this and I do forget...

I've always worried about this and I do forget sometimes and think I've done one in, but have never had a problem. I personally am not going to carry around a defocused Leica, or one otherwise not...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-09-2014
Replies: 68
Views: 8,005
Posted By Mark C
I love F's (less so FM's), but would be tempted...

I love F's (less so FM's), but would be tempted to keep the Leica stuff in this situation. You've got two of my favorite R lenses, though all my R lenses were favorites.

Still, the 50 1.4 Zeiss is...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 12-09-2014
Replies: 109
Views: 24,172
Posted By Mark C
OMG no. And how do I count my triple convertibles...

OMG no. And how do I count my triple convertibles anyway? Let alone that Protar set that is around here somewhere.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-07-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 4,161
Posted By Mark C
I don't normally care for built in meters, but...

I don't normally care for built in meters, but have been surprised at how much I like the one in my M5. I got the camera with a bunch of lenses and had wanted a body with the old frameline sizes and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-25-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 2,234
Posted By Mark C
I've really gotten to like the Kentmere 100 and...

I've really gotten to like the Kentmere 100 and intend to try the 400 again some time soon now that my grain allergy has eased a bit. These seem like nice, somewhat old fashioned, films. Plus Ilford...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 11-18-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 7,288
Posted By Mark C
I'm surprised to hear the Kobalux is 6 element....

I'm surprised to hear the Kobalux is 6 element. That is what the old Canon and Nikon were but seems like a stretch for 28. Do you know the design? Have diagram?

I've got one on trial/loan right now,...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 11-16-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 5,852
Posted By Mark C
I think the fakery comes in when you are using...

I think the fakery comes in when you are using varied rough black borders to simulate the full frame look. Obviously that is a personal preference and decision, but it does strike me as fakery...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-16-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 782
Posted By Mark C
I recall now that the "series" number should...

I recall now that the "series" number should indicate the optical design. I'll look it up later, but feel certain it is a tessar. This must be right around the changing point from the Velostigmat to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-15-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 782
Posted By Mark C
A wartime substitute while German lenses weren't...

A wartime substitute while German lenses weren't available in the US. Lager says 1945 and still available into 1950. I assume it is a straight tessar long focus lens, and my old Leica Manual says...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-15-2014
Replies: 61
Views: 7,663
Posted By Mark C
I agree with all of that, but have been enjoying...

I agree with all of that, but have been enjoying my MX's so much that I've neglected the Leica lately. I think the low cost and low worry factor is part of that, plus the novelty.

I find myself...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-14-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 3,615
Posted By Mark C
It is interesting you commented right now. I'd...

It is interesting you commented right now. I'd even forgotten about posting here, but had on my agenda for today to compare Acufine and Diafine. I'll probably test Kentmere 100 for now since it is...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-14-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,400
Posted By Mark C
I have a reprint of the factory "Leica M3 Service...

I have a reprint of the factory "Leica M3 Service Information" book. It looks to be over 150 pages and is not really very useful to a hobbyist, or anyone without the Leica tools and jibs constantly...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 11-06-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 4,907
Posted By Mark C
That 8 element Summicron (I think that is what...

That 8 element Summicron (I think that is what you had) is a really nice lens. The later 6 element is very different, but I have come to like it every bit as well.

With patience you can still find...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 11-03-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 4,907
Posted By Mark C
Or try using it as is. Some people like a slight...

Or try using it as is. Some people like a slight vertical misalignment for rapidly finding focus. It sounds like yours is much worse, but if the actual focus is okay it might be worth just using it....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-02-2014
Replies: 45
Views: 5,151
Posted By Mark C
The quick load kit that came in my M2 worked...

The quick load kit that came in my M2 worked reliably for decades. Those in friends cameras worked fine too. It was always at least as reliable as the M4 style takeup, and I slightly preferred the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-29-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,554
Posted By Mark C
Why did you ever have to juggle a filter; doesn't...

Why did you ever have to juggle a filter; doesn't your camera have a 1/500 second shutter speed?
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 10-23-2014
Replies: 205
Views: 71,354
Posted By Mark C
It is hard to imagine the Canons will be very...

It is hard to imagine the Canons will be very similar; the 1.2 is a pretty wacky lens. I like mine and need to use it more, but it has not been my idea of a general purpose lens. The 1.8 should be a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-22-2014
Replies: 55
Views: 5,177
Posted By Mark C
M3, M5. I don't like the newer frame lines or...

M3, M5.

I don't like the newer frame lines or rangefinders. The .85 is interesting, but the backwards shutter dial would bother me unless all my bodies had it. At least I assume that one goes the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-22-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 4,477
Posted By Mark C
Silver content is pretty well gone in processed...

Silver content is pretty well gone in processed C41 film. It is a dye image. The silver is already in the fixer and is recycled.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-19-2014
Replies: 48
Views: 8,365
Posted By Mark C
It is easy to be confused by Evans' work for the...

It is easy to be confused by Evans' work for the RA and FSA. What you are saying might be true for most of the photographers there, but was not for Evans. He had no interest in the politics or...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-18-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 4,021
Posted By Mark C
Did you photograph the wall from an angle so that...

Did you photograph the wall from an angle so that you could see where the point of focus is? It is probably worth putting a piece of tape or something on the wall to focus on, and to be able to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-18-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 4,021
Posted By Mark C
I've gotten some lovely sharp people shots with...

I've gotten some lovely sharp people shots with mine, but never shot that close. Still, I find it challenging to nail the focus reliably.

I might get mine out today and see if it needs to be tweaked...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 10-13-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 4,907
Posted By Mark C
35 Summicrons with goggles used to be cheaper...

35 Summicrons with goggles used to be cheaper than non-goggled and are great lenses. But maybe they have gone out of sight too.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-13-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 3,615
Posted By Mark C
I have to agree that digital rules; 3200-6400 is...

I have to agree that digital rules; 3200-6400 is nothing today.

But I persist with film for many reason, and like the pictures I get. The developers you mention are still my favorites for this,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-13-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 2,466
Posted By Mark C
You're not getting much feedback on the Nokton,...

You're not getting much feedback on the Nokton, and I'm not going to be able to help on that either. I do second what x-ray said about the 1.2 Nikkors, and some of the 1.4's can be pretty decent. I...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-12-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 2,823
Posted By Mark C
Found...

Found it:
http://www.fotoimport.no/filmtest/fkd76.html

The text is Norwegian, but the content is easy enough to understand. You can see in this particular case that TX has slightly more low-mid...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-12-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 2,823
Posted By Mark C
Development times for box speed are targeted to...

Development times for box speed are targeted to deliver normal contrast. The exact measurement of this varies slightly between manufacturers, but not much. If you want more contrast you simply...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-12-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 4,021
Posted By Mark C
The adjustment of these is pretty straightforward...

The adjustment of these is pretty straightforward IF the lens delivers a properly focused image when set to the infinity mark, and if the camera body rangefinder is properly aligned. Short of those...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-11-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,572
Posted By Mark C
The powder chemicals seem to hold up nearly...

The powder chemicals seem to hold up nearly forever, but the foil pouches appear not to protect them nearly as well as the old cans did. I regularly use developers from the 60's and never see an...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-11-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 4,021
Posted By Mark C
It is a great lens, but I'll be surprised if you...

It is a great lens, but I'll be surprised if you are satisfied with the focus for weddings, or at least anything but longer shots. Still, the M3 will help if the rangefinder patch is still crisp.

I...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-10-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,569
Posted By Mark C
I leave hoods but no caps on my Leica lenses....

I leave hoods but no caps on my Leica lenses. Some are over 50 years old now and just fine. I believe I took the same approach with the Mamiya 6 I had for a while. Back caps of course for...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-10-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,506
Posted By Mark C
I have no experience with the AF-S, but did a...

I have no experience with the AF-S, but did a quick trial at the local store with the 85/1.8 AF not long after it came out. I believe the AF is the same lens as the D, just without the distance...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-09-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 8,147
Posted By Mark C
Well, now we'll find out the "truth" :-)

Well, now we'll find out the "truth" :-)
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-09-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 2,974
Posted By Mark C
Some people believe very late versions might be...

Some people believe very late versions might be slightly better, but I think Leica says they are not changed. Mine is 28xx... and the others I've tried are in a range around that and the one you can...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-07-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,290
Posted By Mark C
Did it focus right at one time? And is infinity...

Did it focus right at one time? And is infinity correct? Generally, when infinity is right, the rest falls in place with older Leica lenses, assuming the rangefinder is adjusted correctly. See if the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-07-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 2,974
Posted By Mark C
The Version 1 8 element Summicron is one of my...

The Version 1 8 element Summicron is one of my favorite lenses. It is very well behaved and meets the description of your needs very well. I would not call it low contrast, but very natural contrast,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-04-2014
Replies: 87
Views: 9,533
Posted By Mark C
I'd love to have the camera, and the paint does...

I'd love to have the camera, and the paint does look very good to me. I've had a few black M4's but don't have the detailed knowledge of Leica that Erik van Straten and others do so I stay out of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-04-2014
Replies: 87
Views: 9,533
Posted By Mark C
Looks great though. The paint is nice and I...

Looks great though. The paint is nice and I wouldn't know either way, but the wear certainly is very tidy. The documentation is really over the top. A very thorough job if fake.

Would Leitz NY have...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 10-01-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 2,306
Posted By Mark C
They must not have been looking all that close;...

They must not have been looking all that close; it's an 8 element lens.

The Nokton is a nice lens, and I think may be sharper than the Summilux at full aperture, but I see no noticeable distortion...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-29-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 11,837
Posted By Mark C
It clearly is, and that has always been part of...

It clearly is, and that has always been part of these deals with manufacturers. Why would they allow Freestyle to advertise that they are selling Tri-X for much less than Kodak price?

I've used a...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-29-2014
Replies: 1,649
Views: 471,499
Posted By Mark C
And the full aperture bokeh of the Summilux is...

And the full aperture bokeh of the Summilux is much nicer to my eye than the Noktons, though they improve greatly stopped down.

It is really hard to beat a 35 Summicron, but you have to hunt pretty...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-29-2014
Replies: 1,649
Views: 471,499
Posted By Mark C
I bought mine because of a couple situations...

I bought mine because of a couple situations where I can't shoot with my 35 Summicrons, and 1.4 makes the difference. I tried a friend's Summilux there and did have ring flare in one situation, and...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-28-2014
Replies: 1,649
Views: 471,499
Posted By Mark C
At all apertures, or just wide open? Mine seems...

At all apertures, or just wide open? Mine seems very well behaved and works more or less like my old Summicrons at f2 and smaller stops. Wide open it is much more finicky.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-27-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,956
Posted By Mark C
That may account for our difference in...

That may account for our difference in perception. Digital is much more malleable. Curve shape becomes much less of an issue, or maybe just a lesser issue but in the opposite direction.

I still...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 09-27-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 5,883
Posted By Mark C
Now there is a sensible idea; I should follow it...

Now there is a sensible idea; I should follow it myself. I manage it pretty well during the summer, can't think of anything I've ever missed, and get a heck of a lot more photography done.

Still, it...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-27-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,956
Posted By Mark C
It's kind of funny, but I was thinking maybe wet...

It's kind of funny, but I was thinking maybe wet prints showed the difference more. I don't know which Bob Michaels does. But I do see your point if you are talking about a very good scanner. Plus...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-27-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,956
Posted By Mark C
You've said that many times and I'm not surprised...

You've said that many times and I'm not surprised you don't see a difference in finished prints, but I certainly notice the difference when I'm printing. The Fuji seems a bit more like TMY to me than...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-26-2014
Replies: 2,108
Views: 388,697
Posted By Mark C
Does anybody have curves for the film? I thought...

Does anybody have curves for the film? I thought it was pretty similar to TX in gradation.

I've got a lot of interesting films in the freezer; maybe I can trade for some XX to try.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-25-2014
Replies: 2,108
Views: 388,697
Posted By Mark C
I have to say, that is the part I don't...

I have to say, that is the part I don't understand either. I enjoy following this thread, but don't see anything that is an improvement over HP5 or TX. I like cheap film and have fun trying different...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-25-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 2,778
Posted By Mark C
I'm a fan of the original 90 Elmarit. They don't...

I'm a fan of the original 90 Elmarit. They don't have all that big a following so can sometimes be had at very reasonable prices. They have a reputation as large lenses, but they are really tiny...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-25-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 13,228
Posted By Mark C
And there's the dilemma. That was very much the...

And there's the dilemma. That was very much the way eBay operated in the old days. I got screwed more than once by nasty sellers who lied about their gear, and were willing to lie and have...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-25-2014
Replies: 2,108
Views: 388,697
Posted By Mark C
Cute picture, and great tones.

Cute picture, and great tones.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-25-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 4,395
Posted By Mark C
An M2R would be great, but I'm surprised that...

An M2R would be great, but I'm surprised that people don't like the Rapid Load kits in an M2. I've always found them to be at least as quick as the M4 style take up, and more positive. I can see not...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-24-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 13,228
Posted By Mark C
Will eBay let sellers take other forms of payment...

Will eBay let sellers take other forms of payment now? I don't recall having any other option as a buyer for quite some time. Of course, as a buyer, I have no complaint, but don't see how sellers can...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-23-2014
Replies: 314
Views: 70,984
Posted By Mark C
Lovely, Erik. The picture and the girl. And one...

Lovely, Erik. The picture and the girl. And one of my favorite lenses; I need to get off my recent Pentax fling and give my Summilux an outing soon.

I'm glad to see this thread take life again; it...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-11-2014
Replies: 134
Views: 11,915
Posted By Mark C
I'm glad the work was published and think it has...

I'm glad the work was published and think it has been a major contribution, establishment shaker, and positive attention getter.

Still, I have to agree with the above post, and am surprised this...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 09-11-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,980
Posted By Mark C
I have not found it finicky (100 speed), but the...

I have not found it finicky (100 speed), but the times are longer than for many other films. D-76 is the most standard developer so why not try to published times for that.

I've mostly used Xtol...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-07-2014
Replies: 2,699
Views: 792,942
Posted By Mark C
The MX and the Pentax lenses seem much better...

The MX and the Pentax lenses seem much better made to me than the OM1 era Olympus gear. I had the OM's when they were fairly new, and don't know anything about later models after the OM1n. The MX is...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-03-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 3,044
Posted By Mark C
#1 Bananas #2 Apples

#1 Bananas
#2 Apples
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 08-09-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 2,872
Posted By Mark C
I thought the stray hand made a positive...

I thought the stray hand made a positive contribution.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 07-24-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 3,183
Posted By Mark C
Dan and alzan, thanks for the info. I need to do...

Dan and alzan, thanks for the info. I need to do this soon. Duplicating the original style appeals to me most, but I may pick up a set of clips for a nylon strap also. Probably a handy thing to have...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-18-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,161
Posted By Mark C
The ones I remember are mostly a mix of black...

The ones I remember are mostly a mix of black paint focus ring with chrome for the rest IIRC. Is that what you mean?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-15-2014
Replies: 200
Views: 22,293
Posted By Mark C
Enjoy it. It's a classic. I'm not one of the...

Enjoy it. It's a classic. I'm not one of the people that think the market was wrong about this camera, but I sure enjoy mine today.

A friend sent me a contemporary review of it and it was...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-15-2014
Replies: 108
Views: 10,372
Posted By Mark C
Not to sidetrack this posse, but I always kind of...

Not to sidetrack this posse, but I always kind of enjoy calling B&H once I got used to what I think of as more NYC brusqueness than rudeness or pushiness. They certainly didn't like chitchat though....
Forum: Fuji X Series 07-15-2014
Replies: 57
Views: 15,699
Posted By Mark C
But I imagine this is the only way the vast...

But I imagine this is the only way the vast majority of people are going to see it.

I'm afraid X-ray summed it up pretty well, for me anyway. Lifeless was the word that had popped into my head when...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-15-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 2,300
Posted By Mark C
Split image is the only way I've been able to...

Split image is the only way I've been able to focus wides on most SLR's. I don't like it, and find it awkward, but it will work. With my 24/2.8 I zone focus. The split also works for me for more...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-14-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 2,947
Posted By Mark C
Oddly, my impression has generally been the...

Oddly, my impression has generally been the oposite. Many of the Nikkor (and other) lenses I did not care for on film really come to like on digital. But we are probably looking at different aspects....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-13-2014
Replies: 200
Views: 22,293
Posted By Mark C
In the old days every repair person worked on...

In the old days every repair person worked on Leicas. They are mostly very straight forward cameras (not the M5 though). I used Leicas for a long time before finding out about Leica specialist...
Forum: Nikon RF 07-13-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 5,716
Posted By Mark C
Nice picture.

Nice picture.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-11-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 4,875
Posted By Mark C
Yes, mine's a Gold Rush in the same color,...

Yes, mine's a Gold Rush in the same color, w/carbon fairing.

I'm always on a hunt for a nice film camera for the bike, but nothing has really beaten out the Panasonic LX3 I have. I'd probably buy...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-11-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 4,875
Posted By Mark C
"Yes". And also "no". I occasionally scan...

"Yes". And also "no". I occasionally scan negatives, but mostly wet print. Then I scan the print if I need digital, and for "gimme" prints. Most people would usually think the digital prints look...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-10-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 4,875
Posted By Mark C
I agree with everything except for the "today"...

I agree with everything except for the "today" part. It's always been this way, just the numbers are bigger now. And the ability to reach out to a larger audience with your pictures. And there seems...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-10-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 4,875
Posted By Mark C
I'm coming around to embracing the imperfections...

I'm coming around to embracing the imperfections too, but I actually shoot film for the economy and convenience. If I didn't have access to a darkroom, I guess it would be different.

I think this...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 07-08-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 3,290
Posted By Mark C
Nice Dan. I wish I could work with the waist...

Nice Dan. I wish I could work with the waist level finder as well as you do. I love the ground glass viewing, but just struggle with seeing the world from the lower vantage point.

I took my Rollei...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-30-2014
Replies: 258
Views: 35,835
Posted By Mark C
Thanks Peter, The SV actually seems to be...

Thanks Peter,

The SV actually seems to be working fine again. I think it may have just needed a bit of exercise. Of course, if it starts wasting film, or losing shots, I'll deal with it, probably by...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-30-2014
Replies: 258
Views: 35,835
Posted By Mark C
I got a Spotmatic outfit at Goodwill last week...

I got a Spotmatic outfit at Goodwill last week and am now hooked.

I preferred Nikon F and F2 cameras for their bayonet mount when I had a newspaper job, but always liked the the lenses and the sold...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-29-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,591
Posted By Mark C
Was it focusing correctly before? If so, then the...

Was it focusing correctly before? If so, then the C lens issue probably isn't a problem. Sherry K agrees that these lenses can be a problem on M's, and explained the issue to me though I'm fuzzy on...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-16-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 6,366
Posted By Mark C
Lots of changes; most, but not every one is a...

Lots of changes; most, but not every one is a step forward. Most were slight revisions to the curvatures, but there was one major redesign around the time AI came out (can't recall, but don't think...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-14-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 6,366
Posted By Mark C
I really like the 1.4 Planar in C/Y mount and...

I really like the 1.4 Planar in C/Y mount and like the bokeh wide open compared to other 1.4's I've used. Still, I nearly always shoot with a Leica M (especially low light), so am starting to sell...
Forum: Photo Software 06-13-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,746
Posted By Mark C
Like night and day at high ISO with my A57, maybe...

Like night and day at high ISO with my A57, maybe not with a camera that has better high ISO performance. Also, many people say that LR supports some cameras better than others. Nikon and Canon is...
Forum: Photo Software 06-13-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,746
Posted By Mark C
That's why it hasn't been available before; Prime...

That's why it hasn't been available before; Prime requires a lot of horsepower. The results are amazing for me. High ISO is now practical with my Sony A57.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-11-2014
Replies: 2,108
Views: 388,697
Posted By Mark C
I don't know if it is the 777 or the Armor All,...

I don't know if it is the 777 or the Armor All, but lovely tones nonetheless. I've been curious about this developer, but will probably never get around to trying it.

Do you have a full shot of the...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 06-10-2014
Replies: 60
Views: 13,082
Posted By Mark C
That's interesting. I knew about the Rolleiflex;...

That's interesting. I knew about the Rolleiflex; she did come into photography from the commercial world where that was pretty much the standard. Is the other info in book somewhere? I have the...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-09-2014
Replies: 1,093
Views: 291,925
Posted By Mark C
It was for me; it is hard to imagine now. I never...

It was for me; it is hard to imagine now. I never got one, but did end up with an ill-fated Trail 90 that would never work reliably for some reason.

My neighbor talks about putting this one back on...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-08-2014
Replies: 466
Views: 80,171
Posted By Mark C
At the end of the Saturday night dance last...

At the end of the Saturday night dance last weekend in Helvetia, WV, they turned out all the lights in the dance hall except for the strings of Christmas lights and a small light bulb over the stage....
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-08-2014
Replies: 1,093
Views: 291,925
Posted By Mark C
My neighbor's S90. Bought new in 1964, ridden for...

My neighbor's S90. Bought new in 1964, ridden for a few years, then parked.

TX in Acufine. 35 Summilux @ 1.4

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3876/14375810701_ae2e98d1c4_c.jpg...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-29-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,086
Posted By Mark C
Yes. I always liked that Kodak recommendation. It...

Yes. I always liked that Kodak recommendation. It seems to bug people, but there is a lot of insight about push processing and about TMY in that recommendation..
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-14-2014
Replies: 1,093
Views: 291,925
Posted By Mark C
Yeah, a few changes; I saw your list above. I...

Yeah, a few changes; I saw your list above.

I never saw many of these and can't swear I ever saw the downpipe version in the flesh (steel). I knew two of the scrambler version way back when.

I...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-11-2014
Replies: 1,093
Views: 291,925
Posted By Mark C
Oh man, I gotta block this thread some how. I'm...

Oh man, I gotta block this thread some how. I'm over motorbikes. Really.

Was that a Norton Atlas a few above? And now a loverly 305 Super Hawk. I don't know why I was always so crazy about those....
Forum: Optics Theory - 05-10-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 11,754
Posted By Mark C
The ashperic is going to give you the best...

The ashperic is going to give you the best sharpness across the field over the aperture range, but you really can't go wrong with any version 35 Summicron.

The original 8 element was my favorite for...
Forum: Optics Theory - 05-10-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 827
Posted By Mark C
I've always wondered if this wasn't one of the...

I've always wondered if this wasn't one of the reasons Mandler allowed as much curvature of field in many of his designs, most particularly the Summiluxes. Allowed the field to curve as much as he...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-10-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 2,613
Posted By Mark C
Does digital have a natural look at all. What you...

Does digital have a natural look at all. What you see is always determined by the engineer who decides how to process the data from the sensor. Making that more or less like photographs have in the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-28-2014
Replies: 258
Views: 25,388
Posted By Mark C
I know it might seem weird, but I look at the...

I know it might seem weird, but I look at the pictures. If you break away from the tech mindset you start to notice some really interesting things. That is if your goal is to take pictures not...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-21-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 2,582
Posted By Mark C
I missed seeing the M2/3 Rapid Load guide on the...

I missed seeing the M2/3 Rapid Load guide on the baseplate. Mine did not have that.
Have you seen that on M4Mots Tom?

Rough may not have been the right word for the film advance feel.
More like some...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-21-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 2,582
Posted By Mark C
The diagram on the bottom shows standard M4...

The diagram on the bottom shows standard M4 loading.
It looks to me like the tulip is just missing in that last photo.
Both of mine had standard M4 loading, though I assume had the slot for drive...
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