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Forum: Photography General Interest 05-01-2008
Replies: 19
Views: 1,853
Posted By Iskra 2
I have purchased several items from russian...

I have purchased several items from russian Sellers using personal checks. Never had a problem. My problems have been with Sellers from Pennsylvania, what a bunch of losers. :mad: Maybe not all are...
Forum: Off Topic 03-16-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 1,343
Posted By Iskra 2
:bang::bang: Goldman Sachs, the other Wall...

:bang::bang:

Goldman Sachs, the other Wall Street oil traders and their ilk are the reason for the high price of oil.:bang: There is enough oil worldwide, regardless of what you hear and read....
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2008
Replies: 89
Views: 5,501
Posted By Iskra 2
Smart lady.:cool: Buying new memory cards is...

Smart lady.:cool: Buying new memory cards is cheaper and safer than downloading the card contents to a computer and then storing on a CD IMHO. :)
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 03-12-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 1,654
Posted By Iskra 2
I wouldn't pay much over $100 on Ebabe or...

I wouldn't pay much over $100 on Ebabe or whatever you can afford to lose. Recent experiences with PayPaw indicate they are out of control with fraudulent Sellers. JMHO :bang: I had a recent buying...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-09-2008
Replies: 107
Views: 6,306
Posted By Iskra 2
No!!!! No!!!!! Mine is infinitely better than yours!!!

:D :D :D :D Chuckle. :D :D :D Nice to see Nick, that you've taken alot of recent advice from people on this forum in establishing your perfect system. Education is powerful. Regards. :) :angel:
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-12-2008
Replies: 35
Views: 1,692
Posted By Iskra 2
In the world of energy use, residential lighting...

In the world of energy use, residential lighting is insignificant. :confused: Of course, we all want to do our part. :o When they turn off the lights and heating/cooling in the glass office...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-04-2008
Replies: 311
Views: 53,372
Posted By Iskra 2
Compact camera design has progressed from early...

Compact camera design has progressed from early folders with bellows to telescoping lenses on P&S digitals. I'll opt for the bellows design. :) ... and I like old Porshes .:D Regards.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-03-2008
Replies: 311
Views: 53,372
Posted By Iskra 2
Thanks, the light was "right". 120 Astia (any...

Thanks, the light was "right".

120 Astia (any E6) is a pain to work with, but worth it.:)
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-03-2008
Replies: 311
Views: 53,372
Posted By Iskra 2
An Iskra 2 is a good example of the perfect...

An Iskra 2 is a good example of the perfect folder format, IMHO. :) 6x6 is big enough (remember the funny postures of people trying to take a vertical format pix). A simple film wind scheme is...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-13-2008
Replies: 0
Views: 704
Posted By Iskra 2
FUJI Z1's

I suppose a more expensive/featured P&S is available, but my Fuji Z1 has alot to offer for the price ($110). It's small size and form factor (folded lens) is what attracted me. It rides around in my...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 11-14-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 4,376
Posted By Iskra 2
No. The shutter curtain is only actuated...

No. The shutter curtain is only actuated mechanically by the body release (using a finger or attached cable release).

The shutter curtain edge has metal strips which pass over contacts in the...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 11-13-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 4,376
Posted By Iskra 2
The "Speed's" shutter is designed like a rollup...

The "Speed's" shutter is designed like a rollup window shade. Not very complex and large enough in scale that it's hard to screw up when disassembled. Mine needed some parts and Bert Sanders supplied...
Forum: RFF Polls 08-20-2007
Replies: 98
Views: 5,095
Posted By Iskra 2
Minox 35GL. Tough, cheap, quick (if you know how...

Minox 35GL. Tough, cheap, quick (if you know how to zone focus and set the aperture in the dark :) ), and a great lens compared to my new (refurbed :D ) Fuji Z1 which I sometimes carry around for...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 08-12-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 2,081
Posted By Iskra 2
The tripod head is an old Linhof. The lens is a...

The tripod head is an old Linhof. The lens is a Schneider 210 Xenar w/o a shutter. Regards.
Forum: Large Format Film RF 07-29-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 2,081
Posted By Iskra 2
When my "Speed" arrived it was a basket case. The...

When my "Speed" arrived it was a basket case. The bare wood under the leather was not the greatest looking material. I decided the original leather was the best route. You will like the camera, lots...
Forum: Yashica RF 07-27-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 854
Posted By Iskra 2
The Electro's "magical" metering is hard to...

The Electro's "magical" metering is hard to fool, as your pix demonstrate, and they are "spooky" silent, :) and the T's have a superior attitude. :D...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 07-23-2007
Replies: 60
Views: 7,204
Posted By Iskra 2
Nick, is your Summar adjusted for the FSU lens...

Nick, is your Summar adjusted for the FSU lens mount to film plane distance? According to Dante Stella that might be a problem when close focusing. Regards.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-22-2007
Replies: 58
Views: 4,889
Posted By Iskra 2
The Colonel's Zorki 4 that Oleg CLA'd is rather...

The Colonel's Zorki 4 that Oleg CLA'd is rather quiet. Compared to my Yahica Electro, Minox GL or Iskra it sounds loud, but not as loud as my Canon T90, T70 or the Speed Graphics focal plane shutter....
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-19-2007
Replies: 1,356
Views: 270,709
Posted By Iskra 2
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1296/845082526_4b8a...

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1296/845082526_4b8a309840_o.jpg

Swweeeeeet!!!!! :) Does she have red velvet undies like the rest of her sisters? :D Too bad your first one was in bad shape. Did you...
Forum: Yashica RF 07-17-2007
Replies: 43
Views: 3,447
Posted By Iskra 2
wordpress, how much do you want for your...

wordpress, how much do you want for your collection of Electros? :) Regards.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-11-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 9,376
Posted By Iskra 2
"I run Astia in my Iskra 2 and use a handheld...

"I run Astia in my Iskra 2 and use a handheld meter. Portra is nice, forgiving when the exposure is tricky for the in-camera selenium meter."

The in-camera selenium meter is usually close enough...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-09-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 9,376
Posted By Iskra 2
I like Astia 100 in my Iskra 2....

I like Astia 100 in my Iskra 2. :)

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/photopost/data/6960/medium/1024_Iskra-2-at-the-Marina.jpg





Regards.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 07-09-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 9,376
Posted By Iskra 2
Son of Sam (err Super Isolette)

Keep the lens shaded. :)

6x6 folders are too good to be forgotten. Very handy form factor. Let's see some pix. I run Astia in my Iskra 2 and use a handheld meter. Portra is nice, forgiving when the...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 07-08-2007
Replies: 39
Views: 2,996
Posted By Iskra 2
.... not an argument George, whatever works, and...

.... not an argument George, whatever works, and film still does for alot of people who aren't interested in digital or can't afford it .......... but ....... hmmmm ...... maybe a Fuji Z1 to replace...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 07-08-2007
Replies: 39
Views: 2,996
Posted By Iskra 2
Steve, did you take that pix with a digital? :) ...

Steve, did you take that pix with a digital? :)

I couldn't resist either. OK, I apologize.

Regards.:angel:
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 07-08-2007
Replies: 39
Views: 2,996
Posted By Iskra 2
Those words make me nervous. :eek: ......... how...

Those words make me nervous. :eek: ......... how about reduced demand ..... uneducated consumers .... lazy consumers .... impatient consumers .... indifferent consumers ..... etc. ....... etc....
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 07-08-2007
Replies: 372
Views: 100,905
Posted By Iskra 2
IMHO newer Walmarts for Kodak 35mm...

IMHO newer Walmarts for Kodak 35mm film/processing are the best and cheapest (approx $1/roll for fresh Gold 200 and about $2 for Max 800). Kodachrome from Dwayne's when they return your slides.
B&W...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-12-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 763
Posted By Iskra 2
Can you close the cover with the adapter...

Can you close the cover with the adapter installed? Regards.

....... is that 32 mm a Series filter size?
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-12-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 763
Posted By Iskra 2
Interesting, but I've never used B&W film in my...

Interesting, but I've never used B&W film in my Iskras. I have a yellow filter which seems to screw on but I don't trust the threading. It is small enough to allow closing the cover when it is...
Forum: Off Topic 06-08-2007
Replies: 230
Views: 6,679
Posted By Iskra 2
Ok, ok, other than talking about it (the sky is...

Ok, ok, other than talking about it (the sky is falling, the sky is falling), what do we do about nasty CO2 that has, according to the experts :rolleyes: , an impact on GW? :confused: Switch to...
Forum: Off Topic 06-08-2007
Replies: 230
Views: 6,679
Posted By Iskra 2
Are you sure that Al Gore and his...

Are you sure that Al Gore and his financers/handlers/followers are correct? The jury is still out, you know, and asking for more evidence.



There are probably more important things to worry about....
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 06-08-2007
Replies: 267
Views: 107,016
Posted By Iskra 2
Did anyone mention an Iskra or Argus. I wish my...

Did anyone mention an Iskra or Argus. I wish my Electro GT viewfinder was as good as my Zorki 4 or my Iskra 2. The old Argus C3's were not too shabby. Regards.
Forum: Off Topic 06-06-2007
Replies: 230
Views: 6,679
Posted By Iskra 2
Ok, ok, the climate is changing, just like...

Ok, ok, the climate is changing, just like always, right? Was it ever possible to stop it or change it? :bang:

Now then, who gets to profit or survive from this normal change? Examples, in the...
Forum: Off Topic 06-05-2007
Replies: 230
Views: 6,679
Posted By Iskra 2
Global Warming is NOT a science, :eek: and...

Global Warming is NOT a science, :eek: and ........ Gore's documentary is not science! :o

We live on an interesting rock in a big place for an instant in the scheme of things. :angel:

Should we...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-19-2007
Replies: 122
Views: 6,516
Posted By Iskra 2
What, would you call this?:D All this...

What, would you call this?:D

All this discussion about Leica "glow" and most of the examples are B&W. :confused:

[center]http://www.rangefinderforum.com/photopost/data/6721/SPG.jpg

Regards.
Forum: Yashica RF 05-18-2007
Replies: 25
Views: 2,393
Posted By Iskra 2
Never been inside a Leica but have taken some...

Never been inside a Leica but have taken some other cameras apart. Recalling the 60 to early 70's military technology/mfg/quality standards and comparing to the Yashica it's no "slouch". :)

Gold...
Forum: Yashica RF 05-18-2007
Replies: 25
Views: 2,393
Posted By Iskra 2
EDIT #1: GT not GTX. :confused: :o Decided to...

EDIT #1: GT not GTX. :confused: :o Decided to "fondle" the Electro this morning and when I took it out of it's case I saw it was a GT not a GTX. The full lens name is Color= Yashinon DX. :o

EDIT...
Forum: Yashica RF 05-17-2007
Replies: 25
Views: 2,393
Posted By Iskra 2
"Auurraaah"... that's what it is. A new name for...

"Auurraaah"... that's what it is. A new name for OOF, flare and whatever other lens characteristic....... and the Electro 35 GT's "Color=Yashinon DX" has it all. :D ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-23-2007
Replies: 84
Views: 5,070
Posted By Iskra 2
schadenfreude \SHOD-n-froy-duh\, noun: A...

schadenfreude \SHOD-n-froy-duh\, noun:
A malicious satisfaction obtained from the misfortunes of others. :(

After satisfying their "digital itch" many have "Buyer's Remorse" and need to "feel...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-22-2007
Replies: 84
Views: 5,070
Posted By Iskra 2
So.......... I thought so ...... there is money...

So.......... I thought so ...... there is money to be made. :) Then there's hope for us, maybe. :D '
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-22-2007
Replies: 84
Views: 5,070
Posted By Iskra 2
Unhappy Interesting Stephanie, how would you rate the...

Interesting Stephanie, how would you rate the minilabs in the new Super Wal-Marts and Super Targets? Agreed that some of the older Pharmacies have marginal machines and operators, not to say you are...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-22-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 1,699
Posted By Iskra 2
The newer Kodak Max800 works for me when the...

The newer Kodak Max800 works for me when the lights are low. Kodak Gold 200 for all the rest.

KM800 Day:

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/photopost/data/6743/Trek-510.jpg

KM800...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-21-2007
Replies: 84
Views: 5,070
Posted By Iskra 2
Unfortunately, our politicians, bureaucrats, Wall...

Unfortunately, our politicians, bureaucrats, Wall Street and big business have already sold out the "American worker". :bang: Fortunately, film still belongs in the class of products that remain...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-21-2007
Replies: 84
Views: 5,070
Posted By Iskra 2
Wal Mart Almost worldwide or coming soon to a...

Wal Mart
Almost worldwide or coming soon to a location near you :)
One hour or less 35mm (SF) C41 machine processing/scanning to CD.

A worlwide trip for me would include Kodachrome/120 Astia/120...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-21-2007
Replies: 84
Views: 5,070
Posted By Iskra 2
Doesn't everyone get scans to CD from the...

Doesn't everyone get scans to CD from the "Wallies" for computer proofing and sharing plus short term storage? Then some prints, if desired. :)

Half hour processing and scanning for less than $5 is...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-18-2007
Replies: 15
Views: 1,744
Posted By Iskra 2
I think the EPA "brainless" should worry more...

I think the EPA "brainless" should worry more about mercury in fluorescent bulbs. The whole world is going crazy over this kind of nonsense. :mad:

If it happens in the US, then let China do it. They...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-02-2007
Replies: 32
Views: 1,848
Posted By Iskra 2
Hi Keith, don't know about using my Iskra's in...

Hi Keith, don't know about using my Iskra's in the hot and damp. Since electronics are not involved they should be ok. They love cold damp weather. I'd still take the Colonel's Zorki 4/Jupiter 8...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-01-2007
Replies: 32
Views: 1,848
Posted By Iskra 2
Simplify, simplify, two Iskra's, one loaded with...

Simplify, simplify, two Iskra's, one loaded with Astia 100 and the other Portra 400VC. Then maybe a medium (100mm) and long (200mm) for the SF body (T90). And of course, the Colonel's Zorki 4/Jupiter...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-27-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 745
Posted By Iskra 2
Save your money and stick with the "Commie"...

Save your money and stick with the "Commie" stuff. Unusual/outstanding/unsurpassed glass, they are rugged but many have been mishandled (film advance), rugged bellows (many other old folders have...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 03-11-2007
Replies: 12
Views: 2,155
Posted By Iskra 2
Here's my LF rangefinder resting. I was able to...

Here's my LF rangefinder resting. I was able to set the rangefinder to match the 210 Xenar. Most of the time I handhold "Kong" (or is "Kong" holding me). I need more time to play with "Kong". :D ...
Forum: Yashica RF 03-10-2007
Replies: 13
Views: 1,708
Posted By Iskra 2
I like my Jupiter 8 better than the Yashinon on...

I like my Jupiter 8 better than the Yashinon on my Electro GT...... and some say the Leica equivalent to the J8 is better. And then there are sooo.... many nice different Leica/other lenses.

Of...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 03-04-2007
Replies: 58
Views: 24,260
Posted By Iskra 2
Never thought about putting "Minnie" on a tripod...

Never thought about putting "Minnie" on a tripod for long exposure shots. This one was shot wide open at whatever shutter speed it liked. Mine is pretty "beat up" after falling numerous times from my...
Forum: Yashica RF 03-03-2007
Replies: 19
Views: 1,262
Posted By Iskra 2
I do to!:D Then I invent some reason to go take...

I do to!:D Then I invent some reason to go take some pix with it. :)

I had a Canonet and never liked the metering. Blocking the shutter if the exposure was out of range never made sense to me, if...
Forum: Yashica RF 03-03-2007
Replies: 19
Views: 1,262
Posted By Iskra 2
An entry level Canon Ftb body sold in the $200's...

An entry level Canon Ftb body sold in the $200's in the 70's and then you still had to buy a lens which was another big piece of change. For most general purpose pix my Electro GT compares favorably...
Forum: Yashica RF 02-28-2007
Replies: 37
Views: 2,835
Posted By Iskra 2
Ok, Ok ......... now I see ......... Oly...

Ok, Ok ......... now I see ......... Oly Fairy-dust and Yashica Magic. :)

Old sorcerors and magicians who designed those cameras must be all gone now.:D Regards.
Forum: Yashica RF 02-27-2007
Replies: 37
Views: 2,835
Posted By Iskra 2
How did OLY do it?:confused: :confused: Regards.

How did OLY do it?:confused: :confused:

Regards.
Forum: Yashica RF 02-25-2007
Replies: 37
Views: 2,835
Posted By Iskra 2
Testing the "Electro Magic Meter", let's see, did...

Testing the "Electro Magic Meter", let's see, did the the red light or the yellow light come on, or were they both off, or was it the wide latitude of the film, too much to remember, whatever....
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-12-2007
Replies: 1,356
Views: 270,709
Posted By Iskra 2
The Colonel's...

The Colonel's Zorki.

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/1709/U1709I1146276329.SEQ.0.jpg

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/1709/U1709I1146276327.SEQ.0.jpg
Forum: Yashica RF 02-06-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 1,555
Posted By Iskra 2
I like my Electro. Easy to use at night. Pix have...

I like my Electro. Easy to use at night. Pix have a unique look. Different from a J8 or an Industar.

[center]http://www.rangefinderforum.com/photopost/data/6680/Ordway02.jpg

Regards.
Forum: Yashica RF 01-30-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 2,757
Posted By Iskra 2
I have a Yashica GT and Minox 35GL. The 35GL is...

I have a Yashica GT and Minox 35GL. The 35GL is always in a shirt or coat pocket loaded with Kodak 800 film. The Yashica rides on the floor of the truck loaded with the same Kodak film to be used for...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-16-2007
Replies: 28
Views: 2,030
Posted By Iskra 2
I believe we have stumbled on something here that...

I believe we have stumbled on something here that has gone undiscovered/unnoticed for many years. :D The 'Time Machine Look' of the Iskra lens when used wide open. The circular tunneling bokeh must...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-15-2007
Replies: 28
Views: 2,030
Posted By Iskra 2
Many Iskras have been heavily used so it is not...

Many Iskras have been heavily used so it is not surprising the film advance mechanisms are worn on some. I have three Iskra 2's and the film advance works on all of them. Tessars are not noted for...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-15-2007
Replies: 28
Views: 2,030
Posted By Iskra 2
I'll have to try it wide open. :( Seems ok when...

I'll have to try it wide open. :( Seems ok when stopped down a bit. :D

[center]http://www.rangefinderforum.com/photopost/data/6162/medium/1024_Iskra-2-at-the-Marina.jpg

Isn't overlapping frames a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-29-2006
Replies: 78
Views: 4,586
Posted By Iskra 2
Don't use in bright midday sun till you get more...

Don't use in bright midday sun till you get more familiar with it. Meter on the highlights or average across the scene, like any chrome film. Shoot it straight ASA 64 the first few rolls, then...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-28-2006
Replies: 78
Views: 4,586
Posted By Iskra 2
Using Kodachrome has always come with a price....

Using Kodachrome has always come with a price.

From it's inception, it was/is always more expensive/inconvenient to purchase/process and was/is slower and more unforgiving than other available...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2006
Replies: 78
Views: 4,586
Posted By Iskra 2
Thanks. Good fortune with your Kodachrome...

Thanks. Good fortune with your Kodachrome project. Looking forward to seeing the results.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2006
Replies: 78
Views: 4,586
Posted By Iskra 2
.... and another ........ a repeat from earlier...

.... and another ........ a repeat from earlier ....... not quite 25 years old. :)

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/photopost/data/4911/Cali-Coast-K64Untitled-2.jpg
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2006
Replies: 78
Views: 4,586
Posted By Iskra 2
......... and again.:angel:...

......... and again.:angel:

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/photopost/data/4911/Classic-Cars.jpg
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2006
Replies: 78
Views: 4,586
Posted By Iskra 2
Hmmm, let's try...

Hmmm, let's try this.

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/photopost/data/4911/thumbs/Classic-Cars.jpg
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2006
Replies: 78
Views: 4,586
Posted By Iskra 2
:D :D RFF doesn't seem to like links to pnet. Oh...

:D :D RFF doesn't seem to like links to pnet. Oh well:D :D

Take a look and see if you are interested in unmatchable 35mm positive film.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2006
Replies: 78
Views: 4,586
Posted By Iskra 2
Here is a mid 50's Kodachrome shot from the hotel...

Here is a mid 50's Kodachrome shot from the hotel Balcony with an Argus C3. Pretty good "keeping" characteristics.:D


http://gallery.photo.net/photo/5378213-md.jpg
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-11-2006
Replies: 56
Views: 5,254
Posted By Iskra 2
Hi Frank, I picked up my 35 GL at a flea market...

Hi Frank, I picked up my 35 GL at a flea market last year. Nice pix of your pair. Have you tried new batteries? Regards.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-11-2006
Replies: 56
Views: 5,254
Posted By Iskra 2
Frank, do you have the flash units? Mine went...

Frank, do you have the flash units? Mine went swimming in an earlier life.:)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-11-2006
Replies: 56
Views: 5,254
Posted By Iskra 2
Frank, what models and how much?:angel:

Frank, what models and how much?:angel:
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-11-2006
Replies: 56
Views: 5,254
Posted By Iskra 2
A Minox 35GL meets my pocket needs. Not a...

A Minox 35GL meets my pocket needs. Not a rangefinder, but who needs a rangefinder with a 2.8/35mm lens? Camera is almost indestructible, I've dropped mine several times from my pocket. Minox was a...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 08-23-2006
Replies: 37
Views: 2,206
Posted By Iskra 2
Wink I purchased one of the first 4870's. Constantly...

I purchased one of the first 4870's. Constantly feel remorse, am unfulfilled in my photographic pursuits and commiting heresy every time I use it. ;)

Here's a scan of an old Kodachrome....
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-16-2006
Replies: 15
Views: 1,047
Posted By Iskra 2
Smile Oleg does a good job fixing old Iskras. :)...

Oleg does a good job fixing old Iskras. :) Depending on the cosmetic condition of your Iskra, a round trip to Russia might have been worth it. Mine is well traveled and performing nicely now....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-05-2006
Replies: 4
Views: 1,450
Posted By Iskra 2
The additional cost for shipping the entire unit...

The additional cost for shipping the entire unit would be well worth having Oleg work on the complete camera. He repaired the metering system and CLA'd my Iskra 2. I am pleased:) Another option is...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-28-2006
Replies: 16
Views: 1,153
Posted By Iskra 2
Hi Jano, is your Iskra 2 for sale now?:)

Hi Jano, is your Iskra 2 for sale now?:)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-27-2006
Replies: 16
Views: 1,153
Posted By Iskra 2
I liked Kodak Portra 160VC for awhile (see...

I liked Kodak Portra 160VC for awhile (see below). Now I'm using Fuji Astia 100F for awhile. I ordered a 5 pack of Kodak Portra 800 to tryout. Too many new film options.:) I don't have time for...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-23-2006
Replies: 129
Views: 5,219
Posted By Iskra 2
Don't know about doubs43's 4x5 but 'King Kong'...

Don't know about doubs43's 4x5 but 'King Kong' has a side mounted Kalart rangefinder which can be adjusted to match many lenses. 'Kong' has a Schneider 210 Xenar w/o a shutter so it closes into the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-23-2006
Replies: 129
Views: 5,219
Posted By Iskra 2
The old focal plane shutter just gets louder when...

The old focal plane shutter just gets louder when it's cold. I'm the one that needs warm clothing. Regards.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-23-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 1,110
Posted By Iskra 2
Oleg repaired my Zorki 4 and Iskra 2. Outstanding...

Oleg repaired my Zorki 4 and Iskra 2. Outstanding work and trustworthy! Regards. :)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-23-2006
Replies: 129
Views: 5,219
Posted By Iskra 2
"King Kong" awakens to survey the crowd and meet...

"King Kong" awakens to survey the crowd and meet doubs43, another LF friend :) :p Regards. :angel:
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-23-2006
Replies: 129
Views: 5,219
Posted By Iskra 2
Come on doubs43, this is about snobbery :D and...

Come on doubs43, this is about snobbery :D and my Iskra 2 is a real snob around SF stuff. :) She doesn't care about anything less than 20x30 prints on the wall. I'll bet your Iskras feel the same...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-23-2006
Replies: 129
Views: 5,219
Posted By Iskra 2
I agree kmack, my Iskra 2 beats any of these puny...

I agree kmack, my Iskra 2 beats any of these puny small format things. She grins :p everytime she's out and about with them. :D :angel: Regards. Peace. :angel: :angel:
Forum: RFF Polls 06-22-2006
Replies: 35
Views: 3,405
Posted By Iskra 2
I'd take an Iskra 2 and much film. They are...

I'd take an Iskra 2 and much film. They are inexpensive, have no batteries, good glass, accurate rangefinder, medium format for big prints, relatively small for an MF camera, almost indestructible,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-20-2006
Replies: 125
Views: 4,754
Posted By Iskra 2
Buyer Beware!!!!!!!

Buyer Beware!!!!!!!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-14-2006
Replies: 41
Views: 2,189
Posted By Iskra 2
Looks good the way it is. Regards.

Looks good the way it is. Regards.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-14-2006
Replies: 41
Views: 2,236
Posted By Iskra 2
Hi tkluck, good point on the toxicity; however,...

Hi tkluck, good point on the toxicity; however, the world's packaging, transportation, chemical, etc, etc industries pollution far exceed the insignificant Kodachrome processing pollution. :mad: Sort...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-13-2006
Replies: 5
Views: 1,030
Posted By Iskra 2
K64 (Leica film) in a Zorki 4 under a Jupiter 8....

K64 (Leica film) in a Zorki 4 under a Jupiter 8. The Jupiter starts to flare, I should get a shade.

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/photopost/data/4911/K64-Z4-J8-Flare.jpg

Regards.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-13-2006
Replies: 60
Views: 2,645
Posted By Iskra 2
To agitate and convince my offspring who...

To agitate and convince my offspring who consider an old man running around with too many old film cameras as demented/senile. :D
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-12-2006
Replies: 41
Views: 2,236
Posted By Iskra 2
dmr, great available light shot. I usually avoid...

dmr, great available light shot. I usually avoid high contrast lighting, some say filters work, sometimes the high contrast works for you.

Agreed, grain is minimal, colors are natural and, the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-12-2006
Replies: 41
Views: 2,236
Posted By Iskra 2
Nice pix dmr, wish they still had 120...

Nice pix dmr, wish they still had 120 shutterflower.

This pix shows what an old Jupiter 8 can do with some Leica film (Kodachrome). :angel: ...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-12-2006
Replies: 41
Views: 2,236
Posted By Iskra 2
Kodachrome Rules!

Haven't seen any threads pointing out the superiority of Kodachrome film recently. :( :D

How about some positive experiences from those who know how to expose it properly vs those who can't. :D ...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-20-2006
Replies: 2
Views: 660
Posted By Iskra 2
optikhit, if you look at the front of the camera,...

optikhit, if you look at the front of the camera, on the lower right of the lens, there is a small screw that adjusts the rangefinder infinity point. Look closely for an even smaller locking screw...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-30-2006
Replies: 68
Views: 3,211
Posted By Iskra 2
Darned FSU Quality

........ and I forgot to mention, the Colonel's camera takes pretty good pix using Leica film..... ahem... Kodachrome. :)...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-29-2006
Replies: 68
Views: 3,211
Posted By Iskra 2
Colonel's Origin

Hi CVBLZ4, the Colonel's camera came from somewhere in the FSU (Ebabe) and then back to Oleg for a CLA. Neat camera, smooth operating and cheap. :D
Regards.
Forum: RFF Polls 04-29-2006
Replies: 195
Views: 16,565
Posted By Iskra 2
Kodachrome Reminder

Always have Kodachrome 64 loaded in a body, usually the Electro 35 which meters almost perfectly. The old Canon FTb's/T70 meter OK too. Astia 100 is great for MF and LF, doesn't look like the other...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-28-2006
Replies: 68
Views: 3,211
Posted By Iskra 2
Colonel's Gift?

Wonder what the Colonel did for this award....... or maybe it was done by himself ....... ? :D

Hmmm... didn't the "Stealth" aircraft design concepts originate in an FSU scientific...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-19-2006
Replies: 50
Views: 2,034
Posted By Iskra 2
Dial-up used to have a reasonable response time,...

Dial-up used to have a reasonable response time, not any more. Too much other stuff loading and playing. :bang:
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-19-2006
Replies: 50
Views: 2,034
Posted By Iskra 2
It was faster than now! :bang:

It was faster than now! :bang:
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-04-2006
Replies: 8
Views: 2,660
Posted By Iskra 2
Not to worry

And, not to worry, if Kodak shut the plant, you can believe the chinese have a "copycat" plant two blocks away ready to go. I love "globalization" :)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-04-2006
Replies: 8
Views: 2,660
Posted By Iskra 2
Somebody forgot to change the film box printing...

Somebody forgot to change the film box printing then. I do sort of remember something though, like... someone tried to organize the workers..... so they moved the plant to Antarctica........ penguins...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-04-2006
Replies: 8
Views: 2,660
Posted By Iskra 2
New Kodak Film?

Trying to find someone else who is surprised by this "Made in China" Kodak Max 800-4 film.

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/photopost/data/5814/Les-Miserables1.jpg

Less grain than earlier versions....
Forum: RFF Polls 03-03-2006
Replies: 98
Views: 5,094
Posted By Iskra 2
Film will be around till: 1. Digital cameras...

Film will be around till:

1. Digital cameras don't need batteries. :D

2. Digital cameras have viewfinders at least as good as my Zorki-4. :D

3. Digital cameras are as inexpensive as my Zorki-4...
Forum: Yashica RF 03-03-2006
Replies: 4
Views: 1,011
Posted By Iskra 2
back alley

back alley, how did X360 post the pix on the "Give us a sample picture from your Yashica" thread?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-03-2006
Replies: 19
Views: 1,242
Posted By Iskra 2
Anyone else noticed how much faster site is operating?

I think I'll spend more time here. Latest site changes seem to have improved performance :)
Forum: Yashica RF 03-03-2006
Replies: 845
Views: 210,444
Posted By Iskra 2
How did X360 post that picture? ...

How did X360 post that picture?

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/photopost/data/5814/Les-Miserables1.jpg (http://www.vbulletin.com) (Linked)

Ok, Ok, I see now.

"Film is dead"! This "Made in...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-28-2006
Replies: 0
Views: 858
Posted By Iskra 2
Is It New and Improved?

Tried out some Kodak Max 800-4 from K-Mart recently in my Electro GT and was surprised at the small grain structure. Anyone else noticed a recent improvement?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-22-2006
Replies: 48
Views: 2,184
Posted By Iskra 2
Hi Bobbo, when those D10's are older and cheaper...

Hi Bobbo, when those D10's are older and cheaper I'll try one out. I'd have to sell all my existing stuff and then some to get one with a lens now. :bang: :D :)

Do you think a D10 would be happy...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-22-2006
Replies: 48
Views: 2,184
Posted By Iskra 2
On the floor of the truck, naked (not in their...

On the floor of the truck, naked (not in their eveready cases), when they get out of the house. The old FSU's (Iskra and Zorki), Canon Ftb's, Rb67 and Speed Graphic don't seem to mind. The cold...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-12-2006
Replies: 11
Views: 1,028
Posted By Iskra 2
PJ Club Qualifications

Does the hand strap on my Speed Graphic get me in the PJ's club? :) Maybe "King Kong" rangefinders are in "style" again. :D
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-11-2006
Replies: 32
Views: 3,169
Posted By Iskra 2
Steve, I like your pix and what the J-8 can do....

Steve, I like your pix and what the J-8 can do. Luck has much to do with FSU equipment purchases. Here is a J-8 shot with some Leica film (Kodachrome 64) in the Colonel's Zorki-4. I wasn't happy with...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-05-2005
Replies: 11
Views: 2,245
Posted By Iskra 2
Fidget, Oleg's "The Man". :) :angel:

Fidget, Oleg's "The Man". :) :angel:
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-05-2005
Replies: 5
Views: 640
Posted By Iskra 2
Jon, now that you know it's working, try a roll...

Jon, now that you know it's working, try a roll of Astia 100F. I like the Iskra "look" more than my Jupiter 8 "look" using Astia. The old "Eagle Eye" likes Portra 160 VC also. The meter may need to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-31-2005
Replies: 25
Views: 1,872
Posted By Iskra 2
Hi Sooner, check the manufacturer's Technical...

Hi Sooner, check the manufacturer's Technical Sheets. I won't repeat what Kodak and Fuji have to say, confirm for yourself what most know already. Without dropping names, some Museums avoid E6...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-31-2005
Replies: 25
Views: 1,872
Posted By Iskra 2
Trius, I used many rolls of Agfa film in the 80's...

Trius, I used many rolls of Agfa film in the 80's looking for accurate colors as you say. It's history now. :bang: That's why I bring up Kodachrome all the time. I'd like to see it become more...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-30-2005
Replies: 25
Views: 1,872
Posted By Iskra 2
Trius, whatever the marketing name, it was Kodak...

Trius, whatever the marketing name, it was Kodak Kodachrome ASA 25. :o

You picked the yellow box that said Kodak Kodachrome or another "Wannabee" Kodachrome slide film if you couldn't afford the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-29-2005
Replies: 25
Views: 1,872
Posted By Iskra 2
Nope, just K25 in the early 50's. :)

Nope, just K25 in the early 50's. :)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-29-2005
Replies: 25
Views: 1,872
Posted By Iskra 2
Kodachrome Reveals Photographers Errors

Been using Kodachrome since the 50's. Every bad slide was the result of my mistake using a handheld meter or in-camera metering quirks. :mad:

Kodachrome is unforgiving! You make a metering...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-29-2005
Replies: 33
Views: 1,904
Posted By Iskra 2
Cameras are sorta like golf clubs aren't they? :)...

Cameras are sorta like golf clubs aren't they? :) You always can use another club(camera) for a certain shot...... and if it is logical to have a bag full of clubs for the golf course, then a bag...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-11-2005
Replies: 14
Views: 1,842
Posted By Iskra 2
Iskra 2 CLA

I purchased an Iskra 2 that needed meter repairs. Sent it to Oleg and he fixed everything. He was able to find a good selenium part. :) You will be happy with a good Iskra. :D ..... and you will...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-19-2005
Replies: 37
Views: 3,576
Posted By Iskra 2
In theory, unit focusing with the helical is a...

In theory, unit focusing with the helical is a good idea. This is why the Iskra can get down to one meter while the others are usually in the 1.5 to 2 meter range.

The old FSU grease is tough to...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-19-2005
Replies: 37
Views: 3,576
Posted By Iskra 2
Always used color film and haven't needed a...

Always used color film and haven't needed a filter. There are filters that screw into the inner threads of the lens and you can close the camera with the filter on. One of mine had a yellow filter...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-18-2005
Replies: 37
Views: 3,576
Posted By Iskra 2
[QUOTE=wlewisiii]Minimum focus is 1 meter on the...

[QUOTE=wlewisiii]Minimum focus is 1 meter on the Iskra./QUOTE]

And it is a unit focus system, the entire lens assembly moves. :D........... and the exposure meter is pretty neat and fairly accurate...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-17-2005
Replies: 37
Views: 3,576
Posted By Iskra 2
THE Greatest Rangefinder?

Never used any of the German folders so can't compare with the Iskra. I do know that Iskra's are "tough" cameras with outstanding glass. :)

Anybody had any experiences with the German folders? :D
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 08-17-2005
Replies: 35
Views: 1,835
Posted By Iskra 2
Rockwell identifies the various options to...

Rockwell identifies the various options to consider. My 4870 (now the 4990) works for me. Does a great job with 35mm at 8x10, more than adequate for MF up to 20x25 + and is nice to have when scanning...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-16-2005
Replies: 11
Views: 1,348
Posted By Iskra 2
His service is worth far more than the cost IMHO....

His service is worth far more than the cost IMHO. :)
Forum: Other RF 08-14-2005
Replies: 11
Views: 2,769
Posted By Iskra 2
I carried around a C3 for years back in the 50's...

I carried around a C3 for years back in the 50's and 60's. The old Kodachromes are still pretty good. I have some pics in my gallery which demonstrate the Cintar's abilities. :) Much...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-12-2005
Replies: 18
Views: 1,891
Posted By Iskra 2
Oleg just sent me an email saying my Zorki is now...

Oleg just sent me an email saying my Zorki is now OK. :D Had three payment options. I wouldn't worry. :)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-12-2005
Replies: 18
Views: 1,891
Posted By Iskra 2
Hi RML, Recently I needed to transfer a small...

Hi RML,

Recently I needed to transfer a small amount of money between two different banks that were close to each other in the same town. The cost......$16.00.

International Money Order cost was...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-11-2005
Replies: 18
Views: 1,891
Posted By Iskra 2
Do I understand this correctly, Oleg doesn't want...

Do I understand this correctly, Oleg doesn't want to use Paypal anymore or Paypal doesn't want to do business with OLeg.... and Western Bid doesn't want to let Oleg use one of their email addresses...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-01-2005
Replies: 20
Views: 1,719
Posted By Iskra 2
Trust

I used various "wanabee Kodachrome" color slide films in the 50's and 60's but stopped in the late 60's after noticing the "wanabees" fading. I have never trusted the claims of the "wanabees" since...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-31-2005
Replies: 20
Views: 1,719
Posted By Iskra 2
Hi Roger, I use a "Staticmaster" instead of...

Hi Roger, I use a "Staticmaster" instead of "Digital Ice"....... why degrade the scan? :confused: There is hardly enough info on 35mm to waste with an imperfect algorithm. I suppose if there are many...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-31-2005
Replies: 20
Views: 1,719
Posted By Iskra 2
Kodachrome Rules!

As most photographers chase the "quick, gaudy and short lived" E6 transparency, Kodachrome use diminishes. :bang:

Use Kodachrome as much as you can for as long as you can........ and then maybe we...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-29-2005
Replies: 4
Views: 835
Posted By Iskra 2
Wedding congratulations Apostata! Nice pics,...

Wedding congratulations Apostata! Nice pics, looks as if your shutter is working, wish mine was :bang: Maybe someday my Z4 will come back from Russia. :) Anticipation :D
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-29-2005
Replies: 24
Views: 1,984
Posted By Iskra 2
I wish you guys would stop bothering Oleg till he...

I wish you guys would stop bothering Oleg till he finishes my Z4 :bang: :D :angel:
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-26-2005
Replies: 4
Views: 1,096
Posted By Iskra 2
My three Iskra 2's have no English lettering. I...

My three Iskra 2's have no English lettering. I think you're correct about export models having English lettering. Curious, what is the serial number on the one you are looking at? One of mine is...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-26-2005
Replies: 34
Views: 2,500
Posted By Iskra 2
Kodachrome Rules

All my rangefinders and SLR's use Kodachrome. Beginning with the C3 many years ago, then the Canon stuff, the recent Electro GT and soon in the Zorki 4 when it's repair is complete. Can't wait to see...
Forum: Yashica RF 07-24-2005
Replies: 48
Views: 3,491
Posted By Iskra 2
Me to. :D This one is not "real" low light but...

Me to. :D This one is not "real" low light but enough to demonstrate the excellent autoexposure capabilities of the GT. Of course the Kodachrome 200 helped. :D
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-15-2005
Replies: 20
Views: 1,517
Posted By Iskra 2
Hi...

Hi Lubitel,

http://www.okvintagecamera.com/address.htm will get you there. He CLA'd an Iskra 2 for me. It may take awhile. He is busy. :)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-13-2005
Replies: 68
Views: 2,928
Posted By Iskra 2
Thanks Kiev4a. I'm going to let Oleg do mine and...

Thanks Kiev4a. I'm going to let Oleg do mine and then practice on another old "beater". :)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-13-2005
Replies: 68
Views: 2,928
Posted By Iskra 2
Kiev4a, where did you get the info on replacing a...

Kiev4a, where did you get the info on replacing a zorki curtain? I can't "Google" anything that isn't an expensive book that costs more than another Zorki. Just curious. :)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-13-2005
Replies: 17
Views: 2,715
Posted By Iskra 2
Kodachrome and Astia work for me. Remember,...

Kodachrome and Astia work for me. Remember, everything scanned ends up on a computer screen or a piece of paper.

I have several slides in my gallery. No comparison to the projected image. But...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-11-2005
Replies: 1
Views: 1,042
Posted By Iskra 2
Zorki 4 Curtain Replacement

Now that I need to repair the shutter curtain in my Zorki, how do I get into the cage properly? :o :bang: :D

All kinds of info on adjustment but Google can't find curtain replacement without...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-10-2005
Replies: 16
Views: 1,493
Posted By Iskra 2
Nearsighted

I really liked the Zorki diopter adjustment. I sometimes have my glasses on and sometimes off. I could quickly adjust the diopter range for either situation. I'm going to try out a Bessa though and...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-10-2005
Replies: 16
Views: 1,493
Posted By Iskra 2
Oleg To The Rescue

I e-mailed Oleg last nite. His site shows some more Zorki's available. I wonder if the Bessa has as good a rangefinder as the Zorki?

After looking "under the skirts" of my Zorki I am very impressed...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-10-2005
Replies: 16
Views: 1,493
Posted By Iskra 2
My Mint Engraved Zorki 4 Experience

My shutter closing problem turned out to be a real curtain failure. With a bright light and mirror look inside the shutter cage on the left side (from the front) (or disassemble it further with the...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 07-08-2005
Replies: 18
Views: 2,635
Posted By Iskra 2
Zeiss Ikon: chapter 6

Zeiss laments the end of Leica as serious competition. :) :angel: Peace.
Forum: Other RF 07-08-2005
Replies: 37
Views: 2,225
Posted By Iskra 2
The FSU cameras I have purchased were heavily...

The FSU cameras I have purchased were heavily used or uncared for. :eek: I believe the FSU users were not "fondlers" and treated the equipment in a more utilitarian fashion. In other words they...
Forum: Yashica RF 07-08-2005
Replies: 9
Views: 1,181
Posted By Iskra 2
Great Pics! Now try some Leica film .......

Great Pics! Now try some Leica film .... ahem....Kodachrome :) What a great little camera. Someone mentioned in a thread on PN that there are people in Japan that modify their Yashica lenses with a...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-07-2005
Replies: 12
Views: 1,030
Posted By Iskra 2
Here is what my engraved Zorki looks like....

Here is what my engraved Zorki looks like. Interesting but "No Cigar" :)

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7521559305&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&rd=1

Any ideas on who the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-07-2005
Replies: 12
Views: 1,030
Posted By Iskra 2
The Camera Arrives

The Zorki 4 arrived in a yak string wrapped package yesterday. Not a bad looking unit but it has problems. Shutter speeds are "off", rangefinder diopter adjuster is loose, rangefinder needs vertical...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-07-2005
Replies: 28
Views: 21,364
Posted By Iskra 2
Bad FSU Equipment Reviews

Many more good reviews for the FSU stuff and the Ebabe bids and prices will be on the way up. :bang: I need to finish some more purchases quick. :) I'm going to use my Zorki 4 as a lens cap for a...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-30-2005
Replies: 7
Views: 692
Posted By Iskra 2
One of my Iskras had a similar problem, though...

One of my Iskras had a similar problem, though not as bad. The film path was worn and bare metal was showing through the paint. Most of the time there was no problem, the streak was only there with a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-29-2005
Replies: 5
Views: 1,538
Posted By Iskra 2
Mine also, with a fresh battery. As it discharges...

Mine also, with a fresh battery. As it discharges the meter needle stops "pegging".
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-25-2005
Replies: 26
Views: 2,152
Posted By Iskra 2
You have entered heaven Pherdinand. :) :angel: ...

You have entered heaven Pherdinand. :) :angel:

After viewing on a light table I scan and print the ones I like. Then I keep them just like negatives.

Someday someone will get rid of an MF...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-25-2005
Replies: 13
Views: 1,213
Posted By Iskra 2
Iskra "Radiance"

William, talk about Leica "glow", that old Tessar is "radiant". :)

I wonder if the glass really did come from Zeiss? :D

We'll never know.
Forum: Yashica RF 06-24-2005
Replies: 2
Views: 1,150
Posted By Iskra 2
Thanks, but one of your's is better I'm sure. :)...

Thanks, but one of your's is better I'm sure. :) I should have been a butcher.

Regards.
Forum: Yashica RF 06-24-2005
Replies: 2
Views: 1,150
Posted By Iskra 2
Thumbs up Does My Electro Pass Final Exam?

After replacing and adjusting the rangefinder I have wondered about my GT's wide open performance and meter accuracy so I tried a roll of Kodachrome 200 in the rain. One shot turned out ok for...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-21-2005
Replies: 32
Views: 2,838
Posted By Iskra 2
Thumbs up I've been thinking about an L but wasn't sure it...

I've been thinking about an L but wasn't sure it could handle the ride in my truck. Glad to hear it passes the "Truck Test" :) like my other old stuff. :D
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-21-2005
Replies: 66
Views: 4,807
Posted By Iskra 2
Shoot from the hip

Shoot from the hip as Zakk9 suggests and let your Electro handle the exposure. Practice estimating distances and zone focus. The shape of the Electro lends itself to hip shooting for me. The Bessa...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-20-2005
Replies: 45
Views: 4,116
Posted By Iskra 2
Stuart, I have a Zorki 4 on the way with a...

Stuart, I have a Zorki 4 on the way with a Jupiter 8 following. After I feel comfortable with the Zorki I'll probably get a Leica lens to capture the Leica "glow". After I can capture the "glow" I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-20-2005
Replies: 45
Views: 4,116
Posted By Iskra 2
Tough Cameras

Who can pass the truck test? My Iskra 2's do. My FTBn's do. My RB67 does. I hope my repaired GT can take it. :) There is carpeting on the floor though :D

The point I was making along with others...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-20-2005
Replies: 45
Views: 4,116
Posted By Iskra 2
Ernesto, why spend large amounts of money for...

Ernesto, why spend large amounts of money for exotic lenses which will only provide marginally better performance in most cases? And, who takes their expensive collector lenses out into the bad...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-20-2005
Replies: 45
Views: 4,116
Posted By Iskra 2
Peter, nice shot, it looks as if your pic was...

Peter, nice shot, it looks as if your pic was taken from a low angle. Did you frame it or just point it?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-20-2005
Replies: 45
Views: 4,116
Posted By Iskra 2
My Lazy/Fun/Stealth Camera

Now that I fixed the rangefinder on mine I carry it around on the floor of the truck and use it as a quick/easy/stealth shooter. I took a couple of recent shots using zone focusing and held the...
Forum: Yashica RF 06-19-2005
Replies: 15
Views: 1,613
Posted By Iskra 2
What do you think of the rectangular hoods...

What do you think of the rectangular hoods ........or one that would be flat on top?

I can't find one like that.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-19-2005
Replies: 12
Views: 1,030
Posted By Iskra 2
CVBLZ4 Don't think the value could be reduced...

CVBLZ4

Don't think the value could be reduced much lower than what I paid for it. What you say though is encouraging, the Colonel probably had a working camera or he wouldn't have paid for the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-19-2005
Replies: 45
Views: 4,116
Posted By Iskra 2
I agree with the various accolades for the old...

I agree with the various accolades for the old rangefinder lenses. :) Newer lens designs have different abberations :p old Tessars and others can hold their own from an artistic standpoint. :)...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-17-2005
Replies: 12
Views: 1,030
Posted By Iskra 2
I agree on the price, but don't you think the...

I agree on the price, but don't you think the Colonel would be a little 'teed off' if the camera from the Commander-in-Chief didn't work? :mad: I'm betting someone checked it over to make sure...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-16-2005
Replies: 12
Views: 1,030
Posted By Iskra 2
I'm hoping this one had some special attention in...

I'm hoping this one had some special attention in the finishing and final inspection. Probably too much to hope for. The camera serial number was 1970 which matched the engraving date. The lens was...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-15-2005
Replies: 12
Views: 1,030
Posted By Iskra 2
Engraved Zorki 4

Curious, are there many Zorki's with special engraving like the Feds?

I've been watching Ebabe for a few weeks and saw one, a Zorki 4, and I bought it. :D and it wasn't black :D

Anybody know who...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-14-2005
Replies: 0
Views: 647
Posted By Iskra 2
Engraved Zorki 4

Curious, are there many Zorki's with special engraving like the Feds?

I've been watching Ebabe for a few weeks and only saw one, a Zorki 4, and I bought it. :D and it wasn't black :D

Anybody know...
Forum: Yashica RF 06-02-2005
Replies: 2
Views: 800
Posted By Iskra 2
Digital...............?? How do you do that? :D...

Digital...............?? How do you do that? :D

Quick description........ rotate the lens all the way out........ remove top cover.............. looking down at the top, remove the thin exposure...
Forum: Yashica RF 06-02-2005
Replies: 2
Views: 800
Posted By Iskra 2
Electro Organ Replacement

My recently acquired GT's rangefinder was "off" a bit, but not enough to stop using till the roll was finished, so it joined the Iskra on the floor of my truck. Sometime during its travels it must...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-02-2005
Replies: 7
Views: 1,247
Posted By Iskra 2
Know your meter and meter carefully. From sunny...

Know your meter and meter carefully. From sunny 16 to handheld spot metering the easiest and best for me is my match needle FTBn. :) High contrast and backlighting seems to fool my T70 and Electro....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-29-2005
Replies: 34
Views: 3,003
Posted By Iskra 2
Bertram, I am getting so "down" reading this...

Bertram, I am getting so "down" reading this forum that I think I'll get a blue Zorki on ebabe to replace my blue pills. :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-29-2005
Replies: 34
Views: 3,003
Posted By Iskra 2
Kodachrome processing is no different today than...

Kodachrome processing is no different today than 50 years ago. I've heard all the E6 hype for a long, long time. Kodachrome is unforgiving if not used carefully and I learn something new with each...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-29-2005
Replies: 10
Views: 1,305
Posted By Iskra 2
It's broken or modified in some unusual fashion...

It's broken or modified in some unusual fashion which I would question.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-29-2005
Replies: 10
Views: 1,305
Posted By Iskra 2
For continued focusing smoothness, add a few...

For continued focusing smoothness, add a few drops of synthetic gun oil to the threads as you focus, then wipe off any excess with Q-tips. Do this a few times for several days. :)

Good Luck!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-28-2005
Replies: 34
Views: 3,003
Posted By Iskra 2
KODACHROME RULES! :) Scan the slide in 10 years...

KODACHROME RULES! :)

Scan the slide in 10 years with the latest stuff and see what more is revealed.

I can't understand why Leica and Zeiss glass owners don't use more Kodachrome to show off their...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 05-22-2005
Replies: 46
Views: 9,009
Posted By Iskra 2
Joe, I need to let my comments develop longer...

Joe, I need to let my comments develop longer before posting. Thanks. Those CL's are nice, still beyond the reach/needs of many ELECTRO users and beyond the comprehension of the general...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 05-22-2005
Replies: 46
Views: 9,009
Posted By Iskra 2
No mystery............. Kepler and others...

No mystery............. Kepler and others are/were involved in directing the heavily subsidized postwar Japanese/Taiwanese camera industry for a variety of perhaps not obvious reasons IMHO.

And...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-13-2005
Replies: 64
Views: 2,899
Posted By Iskra 2
Let me think about that.................

Let me think about that.............. interesting....... will take some planning.......... and some savings.......... sounds better than a cruise boat........ we can discuss offline. Regards. :)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-13-2005
Replies: 64
Views: 2,899
Posted By Iskra 2
:eek: OK, ok, then I'll be careful. :) Thanks...

:eek: OK, ok, then I'll be careful. :) Thanks for the advice :D

Just curious, where on the map are you located in Mongolia? That part of the world is like "the moon" to me. Any discount flights...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-12-2005
Replies: 64
Views: 2,899
Posted By Iskra 2
Since when do vodka bottles freeze? :)

Since when do vodka bottles freeze? :)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-12-2005
Replies: 64
Views: 2,899
Posted By Iskra 2
My around-the-world route would avoid places with...

My around-the-world route would avoid places with batteries and pleasant weather. The only reliable choice that will return with lots of bits, a time tested Iskra 2.

Hmmm... a recent post indicates...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-12-2005
Replies: 15
Views: 1,944
Posted By Iskra 2
Ain't Kodachrome nice? :) This is becoming more...

Ain't Kodachrome nice? :) This is becoming more and more evident as lower cost scanning equipment unlocks the old images.

You, I and others who suffered through the long ago Kodachrome processing...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-12-2005
Replies: 15
Views: 1,944
Posted By Iskra 2
Your web pic size is 215k bytes and will never...

Your web pic size is 215k bytes and will never show detail like a print or larger file. Remember, web views and digital display is only good for cartoons and other non-real world images and colors....
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-12-2005
Replies: 15
Views: 1,944
Posted By Iskra 2
New Kodachrome Scan

jwcat,

New Kodachrome/Astia and Portra 160VC scan well for me. I do have problems with other transparency films and correct colors. Fuji Provia curl will not scan or flatten. I don't use it anymore....
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-12-2005
Replies: 15
Views: 1,944
Posted By Iskra 2
Hi jwcat, What is the depth of focus (DOF) on...

Hi jwcat,

What is the depth of focus (DOF) on your flatbed? My 4870's DOF is enough to handle small variations in film distance from the glass. As a test, scan a solid object and see how far off...
Forum: Yashica RF 05-11-2005
Replies: 4
Views: 1,055
Posted By Iskra 2
Hi Rob, With a point source light you can watch...

Hi Rob,

With a point source light you can watch the over/under lights go on/off as the light is moved around the viewfinder area. There is a defined area that is smaller than the entire viewfinder...
Forum: Yashica RF 05-11-2005
Replies: 4
Views: 1,055
Posted By Iskra 2
Playing around with my GT, it seems to vary...

Playing around with my GT, it seems to vary depending on the ASA setting (watch the blinds over the meter change with the ASA setting). I don't think the Electro's were designed for manual spot...
Forum: Yashica RF 05-09-2005
Replies: 12
Views: 1,315
Posted By Iskra 2
Rob, I like your method. Better to be focused...

Rob, I like your method. Better to be focused correctly up close than at infinity. When you adjust this way do you see any major problems with distant focusing?

Regards.
Forum: Yashica RF 05-09-2005
Replies: 12
Views: 1,315
Posted By Iskra 2
Thanks for the info, when I finish the current...

Thanks for the info, when I finish the current roll of film I'll re-adjust the rangefinder. I've assumed that the mechanical lens coupling is correct but I think a quick check with ground glass is in...
Forum: Yashica RF 05-08-2005
Replies: 12
Views: 1,315
Posted By Iskra 2
Rangefinder Closeup Accuracy

Hi Yashica experts,

After I adjusted my GT rangfinder for infinity focusing, the closeup values seem to be off about one foot when focusing on a subject about ten feet away. Is this typical or...
Forum: Yashica RF 05-05-2005
Replies: 0
Views: 973
Posted By Iskra 2
Another Survivor

Picked up some Astia slides taken with one of my old GTs that needed battery connection repairs. Takes awhile to get acustomed to the camera's foibles. Most slides were ok, but the rangefinder needs...
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