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Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-19-2007
Replies: 54
Views: 2,552
Posted By kiev4a
The party was big on presentation cameras,...

The party was big on presentation cameras, awarded for outstanding performance in industry and the military. One reason was the cameras were a cheap way to make an award. Once had a chance to bid on...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-19-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 1,410
Posted By kiev4a
I've used the turret finder on a Zorki 1 with a...

I've used the turret finder on a Zorki 1 with a 28mm Soligor M42 lens with an M39 adapter. Worked fine.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-19-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 1,626
Posted By kiev4a
Most I ever spent on an FSU camera was $170 about...

Most I ever spent on an FSU camera was $170 about four years ago for a 1948 FED/Zorki. Wish I had kept it because they are worth about three times that price now.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-19-2007
Replies: 24
Views: 1,661
Posted By kiev4a
Find a thin but fairly rigid piece of...

Find a thin but fairly rigid piece of plastic--slide it down into the film channel between the film rails and the pressure plate, Hook a 35mm roll with a standard leader to your take-up spool, then...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-19-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 1,626
Posted By kiev4a
One of the reason the earlier Kiev IIs were...

One of the reason the earlier Kiev IIs were smooth is at least some of the parts were actually made in Germany and brought back to the SU. One from 1950 very well could have some German parts. Later...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-27-2007
Replies: 20
Views: 1,762
Posted By kiev4a
Bottom loaders

Jay:

The 1B with the indents I alluded to earlier is a double Zorki (with sync added) that I got from the famous Anya of Odessa.

I have a 1937 NKVD FED 1 and FED from just after the war that don't...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-26-2007
Replies: 13
Views: 889
Posted By kiev4a
The Zorki 1 shell is the same size as the Z5 but...

The Zorki 1 shell is the same size as the Z5 but fastens differently to the top and the camera guts. Was going to use a Z5 shell on a Zorki 1 once because of the strap lugs but w required grinding...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-26-2007
Replies: 58
Views: 4,889
Posted By kiev4a
The most quiet FSU camera I have is a Zorki 1C,...

The most quiet FSU camera I have is a Zorki 1C, with a 2C shell (strap lugs) and shutter curtains made by Jay of an extra light material. I don't a Leica II of III would be any quieter.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-26-2007
Replies: 20
Views: 1,762
Posted By kiev4a
Soft bodies and taffy

I've had probably a dozen Z1Bs and there was only one--a late model--that had a body comparable in strength to the 1C and later bodies, 1Bs with alloy bodies exist but they seem to be relatively...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-15-2007
Replies: 398
Views: 30,029
Posted By kiev4a
Nikon 2 Fs 1 FM 1 F3hp 1 F4s

Nikon
2 Fs
1 FM
1 F3hp
1 F4s
Forum: Off Topic 06-09-2006
Replies: 64
Views: 3,895
Posted By kiev4a
Have stayed off this forum after getting tired of...

Have stayed off this forum after getting tired of listening to the chest beaters who insult people, then wail their rights have been violated when their posts are removed. I particularly dislike...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-08-2006
Replies: 17
Views: 1,267
Posted By kiev4a
I think you have the answer to the problem je2a3....

I think you have the answer to the problem je2a3. Even some of the post war coated FED 50mm had the non standard thread and/or a non standard lens-to-film distance. It's much safer to go with the...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-05-2006
Replies: 26
Views: 5,781
Posted By kiev4a
Rodinal will give you a more apparent grain that...

Rodinal will give you a more apparent grain that D-76 which gives the appearence of sharpness until you step up close to a print. Rodinal is quite similar to HC-110 in what it does to the emulsion.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-05-2006
Replies: 18
Views: 1,158
Posted By kiev4a
Speaking of the soft bodies. I have a 1B near...

Speaking of the soft bodies. I have a 1B near mint but it has two slight depressions in the back of the body that match the back of the metal snaps on the "never-ready" case exactly. Apparently just...
Forum: Off Topic 05-02-2006
Replies: 43
Views: 1,273
Posted By kiev4a
Bill: It's driving government officials at all...

Bill:

It's driving government officials at all levels crazy that they can't get a piece of the internet pie through taxes. As sales over the internet continue to grow there will be all sorts of...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-01-2006
Replies: 68
Views: 3,211
Posted By kiev4a
Apparently using engraved cameras as rewards was...

Apparently using engraved cameras as rewards was popular in government circles in the '60s and early '70s. The Zorki 2C was especially popular. Several years ago on Ebay presentation cameras were...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-01-2006
Replies: 9
Views: 780
Posted By kiev4a
Agreed. I always go one-shot, mostly D-76 1:1....

Agreed. I always go one-shot, mostly D-76 1:1. Another advantage is shelf life.
I mix D-76 by the gallon and store it in quart plastic bottles and squeeze as much air as possible out of the bottles...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-28-2006
Replies: 68
Views: 3,211
Posted By kiev4a
>Besides, if the "performance-based evaluation"...

>Besides, if the "performance-based evaluation" was not a crucial communist criterion, the USSR would not have technologically dominated the world for almost 50 years.<

The SU never technologically...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-19-2006
Replies: 8
Views: 1,381
Posted By kiev4a
My Kiev 35Ahas a decent lens and worked OK after...

My Kiev 35Ahas a decent lens and worked OK after I painted the interior with flat back paint to keep the sun shining in. Can't say I would trust it to be a primary camera, however. If you want a...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-19-2006
Replies: 2
Views: 931
Posted By kiev4a
I have a Zorki 1 that has been taken apart...

I have a Zorki 1 that has been taken apart several times (original body replaced with a Z2C shell) and I probably haven't been as precise as I should be about reinstalling the shims under the lens...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-17-2006
Replies: 4
Views: 2,045
Posted By kiev4a
I think the Iskra has the sharpest lens of any...

I think the Iskra has the sharpest lens of any Soviet meduium format. Everything I see from an Iskra is tack sharp. The only thing that has scared me off is their mechanical problems. Great shot!
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-13-2006
Replies: 25
Views: 3,637
Posted By kiev4a
Hi, Jay Wayne

Hi, Jay

Wayne
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-12-2006
Replies: 25
Views: 3,637
Posted By kiev4a
"Big Time" is a hard word to define with FSU...

"Big Time" is a hard word to define with FSU gear. My collection has gone as high as 65 and is currently static at about 50 RFs with no plans to increase or decrease. But I'm a lightweight. There are...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-07-2006
Replies: 18
Views: 1,991
Posted By kiev4a
It may be a ZorkFEDstein. When I first started...

It may be a ZorkFEDstein. When I first started with Soviet cameras I thought I ha found a real collector's item--no serial number. Turned out to be a FED body and top plate with a late Zorki 1...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-06-2006
Replies: 18
Views: 1,991
Posted By kiev4a
The B is the last model with the film guide...

The B is the last model with the film guide attached to the bottom plate. Some of the early FED/Zorkis may have a pointed cam but the two Bs I have now have the more moden cam and 5 digit SNs. At...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-06-2006
Replies: 72
Views: 4,862
Posted By kiev4a
O..L...E...G spells RELIEF. He's done at least a...

O..L...E...G spells RELIEF. He's done at least a half dozen cameras for me -- none were gone more than two months (most less) and they always work the way they are supposed to work. Even with...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-06-2006
Replies: 18
Views: 1,991
Posted By kiev4a
The "Zorki-Zorki" came in a late "B" model but...

The "Zorki-Zorki" came in a late "B" model but mostly as "C" models (two scews on the back of the top rather than three as in the "B" model. There may have been a few "D" Zorki Zorkis, too. Saw one...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-06-2006
Replies: 5
Views: 973
Posted By kiev4a
Some folks will try to just adjust spring tension...

Some folks will try to just adjust spring tension but that seldom works very well. You are getting uneven exposure because the mechanism is dirty. The only way to really clean it properly is to...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-06-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 1,189
Posted By kiev4a
Strange your 1E has a quieter shutter. I've...

Strange your 1E has a quieter shutter. I've always "found the "Zorki-Zorki" models to be superior in workmanship and quieter if properly set up -- better finish, too. You probably could switch the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-24-2006
Replies: 19
Views: 1,192
Posted By kiev4a
The General's FED isn't a FED. It's a TSVVS, made...

The General's FED isn't a FED. It's a TSVVS, made only in 1949 and 50. It was a high class Leica II copy -- only about 1000 made. It had a Jupiter 8 lens in a proprietary mount. No Contax or LTM lens...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-08-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 683
Posted By kiev4a
The one with the vertical line looks like a light...

The one with the vertical line looks like a light leak--either crack in the curtains or body. Since the other photos don't have it it could be a body leak that only shows up when the light strikes...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-06-2006
Replies: 7
Views: 943
Posted By kiev4a
Usually, if your curtains aren't hitting the...

Usually, if your curtains aren't hitting the right speed, adjusting spring tension won't ba a good solution. The speed is off because the guts are gummed up to some degree. The only way to get...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 03-03-2006
Replies: 1
Views: 694
Posted By kiev4a
I do most processing with a 4-roll SS tank and...

I do most processing with a 4-roll SS tank and I'm usually using D-76 1:1 so processing times are up around 9 minutes. I agitate every 30 seconds, normally inverting twice, while turning the tank...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-03-2006
Replies: 98
Views: 5,094
Posted By kiev4a
The question on film (at least color film) may...

The question on film (at least color film) may not be how long it will be available but how long processing will be available? Right now every corner drug store has one-hour processing. But I would...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-02-2006
Replies: 3
Views: 550
Posted By kiev4a
The FED 2 and later all have removable backs....

The FED 2 and later all have removable backs. Only the FED 1 was a bottom loader.

In the Zorkis the Z1, ZC, Z2C and Z5 are bottom loaders. The Z3s and Z4s have removable backs and the Z6 has a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-10-2005
Replies: 0
Views: 783
Posted By kiev4a
And another one bites the dust

During the past few months several members have checked out of the forum for what would have to be catagorized as "political" reasons. The latest to vanish was Bill, today, because someone apparently...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-10-2005
Replies: 226
Views: 11,768
Posted By kiev4a
OK If Bill's comment is off base because of it's...

OK

If Bill's comment is off base because of it's politics or flag waving or whatever, then why is the above comment appropriate?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-10-2005
Replies: 63
Views: 2,126
Posted By kiev4a
It was shorter than "Krasnogorski Mekhanicheskii...

It was shorter than "Krasnogorski Mekhanicheskii Zavod"
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-10-2005
Replies: 226
Views: 11,768
Posted By kiev4a
Funny. I always pictured you as a blond,...

Funny. I always pictured you as a blond, blue-eyed kid with glasses.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-10-2005
Replies: 226
Views: 11,768
Posted By kiev4a
Your Avatar suggests you have beagles. We have...

Your Avatar suggests you have beagles. We have one beagle. You have our sympathies.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-10-2005
Replies: 12
Views: 1,070
Posted By kiev4a
They also look very cool

They also look very cool
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-10-2005
Replies: 14
Views: 1,176
Posted By kiev4a
I found that when you get up around forty...

I found that when you get up around forty (cameras, not years) the madness subsides a little. Of course "cheap" is no longer an operative justification -- especially after sending a dozen back to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-10-2005
Replies: 68
Views: 3,591
Posted By kiev4a
Thirty-eight years together and no regrets. My...

Thirty-eight years together and no regrets. My partner in life and out granddaughter.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-10-2005
Replies: 14
Views: 1,176
Posted By kiev4a
You should be aware that if you buy four FSU...

You should be aware that if you buy four FSU cameras and "Everything work properly" on all of them, you have beaten the same odds you would face to winning the Powerball Lottery. There aren't many...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-10-2005
Replies: 226
Views: 11,768
Posted By kiev4a
Ah, I always felt more secure with an M-60, too.

Ah, I always felt more secure with an M-60, too.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-10-2005
Replies: 226
Views: 11,768
Posted By kiev4a
About five years ago. I'm much better looking now.

About five years ago. I'm much better looking now.
Forum: RFF Polls 11-10-2005
Replies: 170
Views: 10,742
Posted By kiev4a
Only use digital for occassional snapshots and...

Only use digital for occassional snapshots and web work
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-09-2005
Replies: 290
Views: 22,268
Posted By kiev4a
I have 48 detachable 50 mm for my slrs and RFs...

I have 48 detachable 50 mm for my slrs and RFs and a few additional fixed 50s.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-09-2005
Replies: 6
Views: 895
Posted By kiev4a
OT: Tool guide

Subject: Useful workshop tools & their purpouse


Hey gang, now that winter is setting in, it's time to start working in the
shop, repairing all those little devices that need some overhauling....
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-09-2005
Replies: 6
Views: 491
Posted By kiev4a
The 3S is a great camera--basically a Zorki 4 w/o...

The 3S is a great camera--basically a Zorki 4 w/o the self timer but a much better build than the later Z4s. I consider my 3S one of my best Zorki picture-takers. Enjoy!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-08-2005
Replies: 24
Views: 1,954
Posted By kiev4a
Playing a little Devil's advocate here, but the...

Playing a little Devil's advocate here, but the reviewer just seems to be giving a personal opinion. Different strokes for different folks. There aren't any cameras past or present, that I know of,...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-08-2005
Replies: 5
Views: 1,078
Posted By kiev4a
Zorki 3 or Zorki 4 or FED 5 are all pretty decent...

Zorki 3 or Zorki 4 or FED 5 are all pretty decent for glasses wearers. The Kiev advocates will say it's better but as a life-long eye glass wearer, I have much better luck with the above mentioned....
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-08-2005
Replies: 18
Views: 1,606
Posted By kiev4a
The Zorki 4 finder is much brighter and easier to...

The Zorki 4 finder is much brighter and easier to view if you wear glasses.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-07-2005
Replies: 3
Views: 999
Posted By kiev4a
There are several factors that come into play,...

There are several factors that come into play, including how the big gear on the bottom of the main drum meshes with the smaller gear. for the curtains to align perfectly you have to hit exactly the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-07-2005
Replies: 15
Views: 1,597
Posted By kiev4a
I tried the plastic screw tops but had problems...

I tried the plastic screw tops but had problems with the tops coming unscrewed while I was loading or unloading a camera. Swithed to metal. The Kalt are good and I also uses a generic black metal...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-07-2005
Replies: 3
Views: 999
Posted By kiev4a
Shutter curtain alignment

One of the most difficult situations for someone working on one of the FSU Leica copies is when you bump into a camera where the old shutter curtain is completly detached from the drum. The points on...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-07-2005
Replies: 45
Views: 1,926
Posted By kiev4a
Nothing to do with cameras but I had a friend who...

Nothing to do with cameras but I had a friend who always said if he could start life over again, or be reincarnated, he would rather be a bull in Montana. The older I get the more that idea appeals...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-06-2005
Replies: 83
Views: 4,227
Posted By kiev4a
"Double" Zorki 1 (Name in latin and Cyrllic) with...

"Double" Zorki 1 (Name in latin and Cyrllic) with Jupiter 8 and Jupiter 12.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-04-2005
Replies: 11
Views: 927
Posted By kiev4a
Keeping track of my toys

Just finished putting together an Access database listing all of my equipment, along with photos. Still have some small stuff to enter but it contains all the major equipment and some notes on where,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-04-2005
Replies: 110
Views: 3,912
Posted By kiev4a
An excellent assessment. Photography always has...

An excellent assessment. Photography always has been equipment-driven. To the best of my knowledge there have never been magazines for painters with in-depth articles on a newly-released type of...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-04-2005
Replies: 13
Views: 999
Posted By kiev4a
I think today's world is more difficult to deal...

I think today's world is more difficult to deal with when you are old enough to remember when things were different. And they deffinately were different. My parents have been gone more than 20 years...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-04-2005
Replies: 83
Views: 3,067
Posted By kiev4a
Ansco Super Memar with the f2 lens -- about 1960...

Ansco Super Memar with the f2 lens -- about 1960 -- still have it.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-02-2005
Replies: 21
Views: 1,014
Posted By kiev4a
3M is a better bet than the Z3 because the Z3 is...

3M is a better bet than the Z3 because the Z3 is prone to problems with the slow speeds. I'm not sure that the Zorki 6 isn't more bang for the buck with the long based rangefinder and hinged back....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-02-2005
Replies: 146
Views: 8,320
Posted By kiev4a
250 Leicas hidden from a wife who thought he...

250 Leicas hidden from a wife who thought he collected Steam trains. This is one of the most entertaining exchanges in recent memory :) :)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-02-2005
Replies: 21
Views: 1,014
Posted By kiev4a
http://www.okvintagecamera.com/

http://www.okvintagecamera.com/
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-02-2005
Replies: 4
Views: 871
Posted By kiev4a
Oleg will replace curtains for about $30 for the...

Oleg will replace curtains for about $30 for the curtains and the postage both ways will run $40-$50. If the camera is in really nice condition otherwise, with a working meter, it might be worthwhile...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-02-2005
Replies: 7
Views: 1,278
Posted By kiev4a
I think "more expensive" is the key phrase here....

I think "more expensive" is the key phrase here. Also, the Ruskie copies can almost always be spotted because of the types of collars around the shutter release--except for the early FEDs and a few...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-02-2005
Replies: 7
Views: 1,278
Posted By kiev4a
The wording is done very carefully so the seller...

The wording is done very carefully so the seller can't be pinned down on whether it s a copy of a Leica or a copy of a Leotax. The seller knows exactly what he or she is selling.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-02-2005
Replies: 11
Views: 690
Posted By kiev4a
No matter how smooth the rewind knob operates you...

No matter how smooth the rewind knob operates you have the problem of doing the rewind with a very small burred knob that requires a great many turns to move the film any distance. You might pull up...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-02-2005
Replies: 46
Views: 1,903
Posted By kiev4a
Only liberals have brains? I believe that ...

Only liberals have brains?

I believe that remark is totally innappropriate on a photography forum.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-01-2005
Replies: 121
Views: 5,633
Posted By kiev4a
Bill: OT slightly: I learned my lesson about...

Bill:

OT slightly:

I learned my lesson about bad mouthing other states many years ago when I wrote a newspaper column about traveling through Nebraska and how the only place more boring than...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-01-2005
Replies: 121
Views: 5,633
Posted By kiev4a
I have visited Texas once (San Antonio area,...

I have visited Texas once (San Antonio area, several years ago). I have to say, in defense of that state, that the people we met were some of the most friendly we have encountered anywhere in the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-01-2005
Replies: 16
Views: 1,069
Posted By kiev4a
At one time (30 years ago) I did some...

At one time (30 years ago) I did some freelancing. One one hand, that would seem like a tougher gig now than it was then because digital photography has made it easier for everyong to shoot photos....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-01-2005
Replies: 121
Views: 5,633
Posted By kiev4a
Bill: Hey. This is why there are forums...so...

Bill:

Hey. This is why there are forums...so folks can express their opinions:)

Regards

Wayne
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-01-2005
Replies: 121
Views: 5,633
Posted By kiev4a
Bill: I no not agree that a person in public has...

Bill:

I no not agree that a person in public has no expectation of privacy. I believe there are (or should be) graduations. There is a difference, as far as I am concerned, between a person who...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-01-2005
Replies: 121
Views: 5,633
Posted By kiev4a
Guess I''ll go out at lunch today with my camera...

Guess I''ll go out at lunch today with my camera and concentrate on boobs and butts. Nothing wrong with that. If those people out in public don't want their parts photographed, they should wear...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 10-31-2005
Replies: 23
Views: 1,339
Posted By kiev4a
Your flatbed has to have a seperate illumination...

Your flatbed has to have a seperate illumination unit in the top and the scanning software will have a seperate option for scanning negatives and slides. The white background in the lid doesn't...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-31-2005
Replies: 3
Views: 988
Posted By kiev4a
My best friend's son is a sergeant in the Stryker...

My best friend's son is a sergeant in the Stryker unit that just returned to Ft. Lewis from Iraq. He probably knows the guy.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-29-2005
Replies: 25
Views: 1,874
Posted By kiev4a
I have Kodachromes from the '60s that haven faded...

I have Kodachromes from the '60s that haven faded any as far as I can see. In the other hand, virtually all my Ektachrome E-4 stuff from the same period has faded, at least some -- all my stuff was...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-29-2005
Replies: 7
Views: 617
Posted By kiev4a
I used Portra in 2002 to photograph our...

I used Portra in 2002 to photograph our daughter's wedding on Maui. Probably before the "improved scanning" type but I have scanned a few frames off the film with no problem. Standard Portra is nice...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-28-2005
Replies: 62
Views: 3,285
Posted By kiev4a
The problem is that worldwide it's likely that...

The problem is that worldwide it's likely that folks who have never had any type of camera may jump directly to digital, thereby taking away the incentive enterprising developing nations to pick up...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-28-2005
Replies: 62
Views: 3,285
Posted By kiev4a
Very good points, Bill. The fewer the customers,...

Very good points, Bill. The fewer the customers, the higher the price. Looking at it from a strictly personal basis, I figure I'll run out of time just about the time film gets too expensive for me...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-28-2005
Replies: 62
Views: 3,285
Posted By kiev4a
Going...Going....

This may already have been addressed but I was at Wally World the other day and discovered their film display has shrunk to about 1/3 its previous size. There also is less choice of film with much of...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-27-2005
Replies: 40
Views: 1,452
Posted By kiev4a
No. I liked it the way it was before. Put it...

No. I liked it the way it was before. Put it back! :angel:


Great job, Jorge
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-27-2005
Replies: 17
Views: 1,147
Posted By kiev4a
I can remember when Kodachrome 64 was considered...

I can remember when Kodachrome 64 was considered fast:) Given the slow speed and the lack of latitude of slide film, I would use the most modern equipment with the most sensitive metering possible if...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-27-2005
Replies: 43
Views: 2,277
Posted By kiev4a
When I discovered FSU gear about five years ago,...

When I discovered FSU gear about five years ago, I went through a period when I didnít feel complete unless I had a least a couple of cameras in the pipeline from the Ukraine. Fortunately, they were...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-27-2005
Replies: 46
Views: 1,766
Posted By kiev4a
OK. Gallery seems to be fine now. Thanks

OK. Gallery seems to be fine now. Thanks
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-27-2005
Replies: 46
Views: 1,766
Posted By kiev4a
I can't get to my photos by clicking on "My...

I can't get to my photos by clicking on "My Gallery." The only way to reach them is through the galley edit function. Tried renaming the gallery but that didn't help.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-27-2005
Replies: 18
Views: 1,105
Posted By kiev4a
The T-34 was unquestionably the best tank to come...

The T-34 was unquestionably the best tank to come out of WWII -- not in terms of sophistication -- the German Panther was head and shoulders above it. But no other tank touched the T-34 in terms of...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-27-2005
Replies: 24
Views: 982
Posted By kiev4a
Korean is a good bet

Korean is a good bet
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-27-2005
Replies: 46
Views: 1,766
Posted By kiev4a
7:40 a.m. and raining in SW Idaho. Speed seems to...

7:40 a.m. and raining in SW Idaho. Speed seems to be considerably better. Thanks, Jorge.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-26-2005
Replies: 53
Views: 2,460
Posted By kiev4a
Seems to be doing better but the proof will be...

Seems to be doing better but the proof will be when it gets a full load of users.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-26-2005
Replies: 9
Views: 1,662
Posted By kiev4a
I have two Kiev 4As and one leaks. A friend of...

I have two Kiev 4As and one leaks. A friend of mine who is really into old Contax and Kievs has been fighting the problem on one camera for month.

On the other hand, I don't think Kievs ever suffer...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-26-2005
Replies: 27
Views: 1,808
Posted By kiev4a
Damn! That's exactly why I sold my Graphic View...

Damn! That's exactly why I sold my Graphic View camera 35 years ago. Even when I turned it upside down, the picture was upside down. Too bad they didn't have on line forums back then.:)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-26-2005
Replies: 9
Views: 1,662
Posted By kiev4a
It has been my experience that the FEDs tend to...

It has been my experience that the FEDs tend to be the most reliable out of the box (although I like the Zorkis better). The Kievs are tougher to repair and the quality tended to drop off toward the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-25-2005
Replies: 53
Views: 2,460
Posted By kiev4a
I didn't see any difference in speed--at least...

I didn't see any difference in speed--at least not enough to measure

I saw the message
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-21-2005
Replies: 11
Views: 1,810
Posted By kiev4a
I got that from Oleg not long ago. He had two...

I got that from Oleg not long ago. He had two Zorki 3s and a Zorki 3m with synch. The modification on mine is about as nice as I've seen. Makes you wonder why they had to extend the cover on the 3S...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-21-2005
Replies: 16
Views: 1,336
Posted By kiev4a
You deffinately lucked out getting one that late...

You deffinately lucked out getting one that late with all the bells and whistles. I suspect it would be considered a fairly rare example.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-21-2005
Replies: 11
Views: 1,810
Posted By kiev4a
Misery Loves Company. I'm picking up four or five...

Misery Loves Company. I'm picking up four or five more pieces of misery this weekend from someone locally. :)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-21-2005
Replies: 11
Views: 1,810
Posted By kiev4a
Natan Dayton's site ...

Natan Dayton's site (http://www.commiecameras.com) has a lot of info as does Jay Javier's (http://jay.fedka.com/) and Jim Blazik's (http://www.geocities.com/fzorkis/). Of course I'm prejudiced but...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-21-2005
Replies: 16
Views: 1,336
Posted By kiev4a
And I've got a 1963 model w/o strap lugs, nylon...

And I've got a 1963 model w/o strap lugs, nylon covering and painted name but engraved shutter speeds.

Of course the other fly in the oitment is the fact that some sellers mix and match parts from...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-21-2005
Replies: 16
Views: 1,336
Posted By kiev4a
There was a period in the early '60s when the...

There was a period in the early '60s when the Zorki 4 gradually changed. The factory apparently ran out of some of the older versions of part sooner than others. Vulcanite was replaced by nylon...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-21-2005
Replies: 16
Views: 1,336
Posted By kiev4a
I don't know if the ss dial on the early Z4 is...

I don't know if the ss dial on the early Z4 is the same as the Z4K--don't have them in front of me. The Z4s from 1956 to about 1960 were engraved, and some even later than that. One from one of thos...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-20-2005
Replies: 10
Views: 859
Posted By kiev4a
Let's say I have a photo stored on my computer...

Let's say I have a photo stored on my computer that is, say 8 x 10 inches at 300 dpi. If I'm going to upload it to the gallery I'll size it down to 6 or 8 inches wide at 72 dpi and save it as a jpg....
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-20-2005
Replies: 15
Views: 1,098
Posted By kiev4a
I have a 35A that fogged film. Solved problem by...

I have a 35A that fogged film. Solved problem by painting the inside of the back with flat black paint--there were some spots in the plastic shell that were translucent. I shot a couple of rolls or...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-20-2005
Replies: 18
Views: 1,105
Posted By kiev4a
I've always thought of the FED 2 as the...

I've always thought of the FED 2 as the photographic version of the T-34--a little rough around the edges in workmanship, no frills, but built to operate reliably under conditions when competitors...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-19-2005
Replies: 17
Views: 1,900
Posted By kiev4a
The Soviets made 39mm screw mount lenses for some...

The Soviets made 39mm screw mount lenses for some of their early SLRs but they won't work on a rangefinder body because the lens to film distance is incorrect.
Nikkor provided LTM lenses for at...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 10-19-2005
Replies: 27
Views: 1,767
Posted By kiev4a
You make a very good point. In the beginning,...

You make a very good point.

In the beginning, Adobe and Apple were nearly one in the same in most users' minds. Photoshop made its reputation on the Mac Platform back in the days when PCs were still...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 10-19-2005
Replies: 27
Views: 1,767
Posted By kiev4a
That's exactly the problem with Apple. Anything...

That's exactly the problem with Apple. Anything they come out with something that might be really ground-breaking, only the latest computer model with the latest OS will handle it.

That's why we've...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-19-2005
Replies: 5
Views: 549
Posted By kiev4a
There might be an I-22 in the other stuff he...

There might be an I-22 in the other stuff he wants to sell. I check.

I've heard of some people trying --successfully and unsuccessfully, to replace the selenium cells. Often, it's not the cell...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-19-2005
Replies: 7
Views: 4,029
Posted By kiev4a
An adapter is a much better solution the the Wein...

An adapter is a much better solution the the Wein air zinc cells which are short-lived and expensive.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-19-2005
Replies: 5
Views: 549
Posted By kiev4a
The 1956 Z4 was the first year. They don't turn...

The 1956 Z4 was the first year. They don't turn up too often.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-19-2005
Replies: 5
Views: 549
Posted By kiev4a
A happy camper

If things go as planned this weekend I'll be filling some holes in my FSU camera collection when I acquire some gear from a local buddy who has decided to focus his efforts on motorcycle restoration...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-19-2005
Replies: 18
Views: 1,105
Posted By kiev4a
IMHO virtually anything done to change the look...

IMHO virtually anything done to change the look of a Zorki 2C or C is an improvement.:)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-18-2005
Replies: 18
Views: 1,105
Posted By kiev4a
I've modified a few bodies -- always with black...

I've modified a few bodies -- always with black leather, but not on the rare models. I wouldn't think of peeling the vulcanite off my FED 1 NKVD, My Zorki 2 or Red Zorki 5. There just weren't that...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-18-2005
Replies: 18
Views: 1,105
Posted By kiev4a
A sad sight

Only 10,000 Zorki 2s were made over a two year period, one of the rarest of the Zorkis. It was the only Soviet true Leica II copy with a self timer and strap lugs. So, a seller does THIS...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-18-2005
Replies: 8
Views: 670
Posted By kiev4a
Hmm. Looks like the FED 2 I got from the Ukraine....

Hmm. Looks like the FED 2 I got from the Ukraine. It glows in the dark -- except you don't have to plug it in. Let's see...what's the name of the town...Cher.....something:)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-18-2005
Replies: 78
Views: 8,628
Posted By kiev4a
I sent a early postwar FED 1 to Oleg for new...

I sent a early postwar FED 1 to Oleg for new curtains. At the same time sent him two broken Red Zorki 5s and requested he turn them into one good one. Told him he could keep the second Z5 for parts...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-17-2005
Replies: 38
Views: 1,944
Posted By kiev4a
Visited Gettysburg in the mid 1980s--95 degrees...

Visited Gettysburg in the mid 1980s--95 degrees and 80 percent humidity in early July -- just like at the time of the battles. Dead silent--sound didn't seem to carry more than a few feet in the...
Forum: RFF Polls 10-17-2005
Replies: 59
Views: 3,007
Posted By kiev4a
That's not a joke :bang:

That's not a joke :bang:
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-16-2005
Replies: 14
Views: 837
Posted By kiev4a
It's a FED 1, late model with all the plating...

It's a FED 1, late model with all the plating removed.

The cupped collar around the shutter release is a dead giveaway (among other things)
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 10-16-2005
Replies: 28
Views: 1,489
Posted By kiev4a
I usually shoot b&W with my FSU gear and my 120...

I usually shoot b&W with my FSU gear and my 120 cameras -- color in my Nikon F3. My only trouble with B&W is I tend to get a backlog of undeveloped film.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-16-2005
Replies: 17
Views: 1,374
Posted By kiev4a
I've had several 28mm over the years but almost...

I've had several 28mm over the years but almost never used them. I consider 35mm pretty much "normal" for my shooting and 28mm is too close. The 24mm has always been my choice for the next step below...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-15-2005
Replies: 30
Views: 1,731
Posted By kiev4a
I often make "play" bids -- bids that I don't...

I often make "play" bids -- bids that I don't expect to stand up but would certainly honor of they came out on top. That's what an auction is about, trying to get a bargain. A seller who cancels an...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-14-2005
Replies: 189
Views: 6,154
Posted By kiev4a
Had an OM1 back in the late '70s. Kept forgetting...

Had an OM1 back in the late '70s. Kept forgetting to turn off the meter. Don't like that seperate switch.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-14-2005
Replies: 7
Views: 714
Posted By kiev4a
Abot the only one I know of in that price range...

Abot the only one I know of in that price range is the Pacific Image 1800 dpi scanner. It did the job if you didn't need big enlargements but was somewhat tempermental.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-14-2005
Replies: 189
Views: 6,154
Posted By kiev4a
You'll probably spend less for a really nice F3...

You'll probably spend less for a really nice F3 than you would for an F2 AS.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-14-2005
Replies: 4
Views: 669
Posted By kiev4a
It's either a Zorki 1B or 1C. Starting with the...

It's either a Zorki 1B or 1C. Starting with the 1D the SN was on the back rather than to top. Probably from 1953
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-14-2005
Replies: 121
Views: 5,633
Posted By kiev4a
You can put any spin you want on Minnesota ...

You can put any spin you want on Minnesota winters. But they still are harsh compared to just about anywhere south of Kiev:)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-13-2005
Replies: 189
Views: 6,154
Posted By kiev4a
True happiness is a Nikon F3 with the HP finder.

True happiness is a Nikon F3 with the HP finder.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-13-2005
Replies: 121
Views: 5,633
Posted By kiev4a
We haven't seen the photos--at least I haven't....

We haven't seen the photos--at least I haven't. Maybe they do show intent.

I find it interesting that everyone is condemning the police and the media for flying off the handle. But I donít think...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-13-2005
Replies: 35
Views: 1,875
Posted By kiev4a
Henry Ford once said customers could have any...

Henry Ford once said customers could have any color Model T they desired --- as long as it was black. I'm sorta the same way with cameras. Not into snake skin coverings either. But hey, different...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-12-2005
Replies: 35
Views: 1,379
Posted By kiev4a
The bottom line involves why folks shoot photos...

The bottom line involves why folks shoot photos with fil and why there are forums like this one. There are a great many variables one must master--camera, lens, film, developer, time and temperature....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-12-2005
Replies: 121
Views: 5,633
Posted By kiev4a
I would want to see examples of the photos...

I would want to see examples of the photos (obviously that won't happen) before passing judgement. There's a big difference between taking a picture of a mom and/or child having fun at an event and...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-12-2005
Replies: 35
Views: 1,379
Posted By kiev4a
A good lens can't make up for a crappy emulsion....

A good lens can't make up for a crappy emulsion. On the other hand, a great emulsion can't make up for a really crappy piece of glass. I guess they are equally important although I would go for a...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-12-2005
Replies: 33
Views: 2,702
Posted By kiev4a
Frank: I think your FED collapsible is probably...

Frank:

I think your FED collapsible is probably the Industar 10, comparable to the I-22. I don't know if there is any real difference. The "10" designator just means it's a FED lens. The I-10 lens...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-12-2005
Replies: 33
Views: 2,702
Posted By kiev4a
Can't beat the Jupiter 8. There isn't a lot of...

Can't beat the Jupiter 8. There isn't a lot of difference between the collapsible I-22 and I-50 although the I-50 may be a little better at wide apertures
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-11-2005
Replies: 25
Views: 10,882
Posted By kiev4a
The FED 2 is a little bigger (and heavier) than...

The FED 2 is a little bigger (and heavier) than the FED 1. The Zorki 6 may be a little taller than the FED 2 (Don't have them in front of me), but I always get the impression the Z6 is more compact,...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-11-2005
Replies: 25
Views: 10,882
Posted By kiev4a
My problem with the FED 2 vulcanite is , at least...

My problem with the FED 2 vulcanite is , at least on my camera, its rough enough to peel the skin off your knuckles if your aren't careful. I don't care for the nylon cover on the Z6 but intend to...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-11-2005
Replies: 25
Views: 10,882
Posted By kiev4a
The Zorki 6 finder is much brighter than the FED...

The Zorki 6 finder is much brighter than the FED 2. It's easier to load. To me the Zorki has a better feel. As someone else pointed out, the FED (at least to me) seems a little more crudely made...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-10-2005
Replies: 64
Views: 2,570
Posted By kiev4a
Red face Different strokes for different folks. As much as...

Different strokes for different folks. As much as I like cameras, lenses and even a fine firearm, whatever still tops my fondling list
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-10-2005
Replies: 1
Views: 863
Posted By kiev4a
40.5mm Nikon S lens hood

Just ordered a 40.5mm "Nikon S" lenshood on an Ebay BIN. It has the cut-out back. Should look cool on a J8 on a Kiev or Zorki. I know they've been available for awhile but I'm still excited. The...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-10-2005
Replies: 64
Views: 2,570
Posted By kiev4a
If a man speaks in the forest, and there's no...

If a man speaks in the forest, and there's no woman around, is the man still wrong?

(Married women usually think this question is funny. Young, single women think it's sexist).
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-10-2005
Replies: 64
Views: 2,570
Posted By kiev4a
You can have the best camera body with the most...

You can have the best camera body with the most accurate exposure meter ever made and the smoothest film advance, but in the final analysis the photo is only going to be as good as the lens...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-10-2005
Replies: 20
Views: 1,173
Posted By kiev4a
The Russar is way expensive -- to my way of...

The Russar is way expensive -- to my way of thinking more of a collector lens although it can produce good results. I would think you would be better off with the Skopar
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-09-2005
Replies: 31
Views: 1,663
Posted By kiev4a
"It's Jorge's board ...but...I don't like this...

"It's Jorge's board ...but...I don't like this picture because it's digital...I don't like that picture because it has been digitally manipulated...I don't think non RF photos are appropriate....I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-08-2005
Replies: 56
Views: 3,126
Posted By kiev4a
If you are sneaky, some people will think you are...

If you are sneaky, some people will think you are being sneaky for a reason. I'm not a big believer in "street shooting" unless it's a public event where people should expect they might be...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-08-2005
Replies: 94
Views: 8,148
Posted By kiev4a
Pentax SV, Spotmatic II, Zenit 11 and Mamiya 1000...

Pentax SV, Spotmatic II, Zenit 11 and Mamiya 1000 DTL
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-07-2005
Replies: 4
Views: 603
Posted By kiev4a
On the newer black version the entire front...

On the newer black version the entire front assembly, including the frot element, turns when focusing. On the white version the front assembly does not turn.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-07-2005
Replies: 21
Views: 2,358
Posted By kiev4a
The Zorki 3 is known for having problems with the...

The Zorki 3 is known for having problems with the slow speed dial--something about the rod that goes from the dial to bottom of the camera -- that's why they came out with the 3M. I have a Z3 I got...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-06-2005
Replies: 14
Views: 651
Posted By kiev4a
"Life" is what happens to us while we are making...

"Life" is what happens to us while we are making other plans.

Can't remember who said that. Probably Twain.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-05-2005
Replies: 5
Views: 809
Posted By kiev4a
I ran into a Zorki 1 ones with a blurry...

I ran into a Zorki 1 ones with a blurry viewfiner. Turned out the eyepiece was a rangefinder eyepiece (the prescription s of the two are different). Found an eyepiece for a viewfinder and the blur...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 10-05-2005
Replies: 9
Views: 1,197
Posted By kiev4a
It's also important that the end of the film...

It's also important that the end of the film clipped to the reel be centered. If it isn't the edge of the film will take off in the wrong track. Practice in daylight, then with your eyes closed. When...
Forum: Other RF 10-05-2005
Replies: 16
Views: 1,195
Posted By kiev4a
Not worth it unless you just want to get some...

Not worth it unless you just want to get some experience in that sort of work.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-04-2005
Replies: 50
Views: 2,097
Posted By kiev4a
Well said.

Well said.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-03-2005
Replies: 3
Views: 972
Posted By kiev4a
Jupiter 8 works exactly the same way.

Jupiter 8 works exactly the same way.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-03-2005
Replies: 12
Views: 1,741
Posted By kiev4a
In further praise of Oleg

There was a surprise in the mail today. Only about two weeks after he notified me they were on their way, I received two cameras I had sent to Oleg for repair.

The early postwar FED 1 now looks AND...
Forum: RFF Polls 10-03-2005
Replies: 9
Views: 1,731
Posted By kiev4a
I like seeing 20 pixs in the gallery. I still...

I like seeing 20 pixs in the gallery. I still believe the size of the uploads needs to be controlled, which would make the site operate better.

I also think there should be a maximum number of...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-03-2005
Replies: 28
Views: 1,896
Posted By kiev4a
When I click on the link I get a message asking...

When I click on the link I get a message asking me if I want to download an unknown file. Not likely
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-03-2005
Replies: 5
Views: 1,053
Posted By kiev4a
Jupiter 3 LTM. There are good ones but I've never...

Jupiter 3 LTM. There are good ones but I've never seen one.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-03-2005
Replies: 102
Views: 6,097
Posted By kiev4a
No political bias inherant to photos? How about...

No political bias inherant to photos? How about the L.A. Times photographer who modified a photo to make a soldier appear to be pointing his weapon at civilians when he really wasn't?

A photographer...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-03-2005
Replies: 11
Views: 617
Posted By kiev4a
Popups are a bigger problem nowadays than...

Popups are a bigger problem nowadays than viruses. They can litterally bering a computer to a standstill. Get AdAware. Microsoft has a beta anti spyware program but it seldom seems to block anything...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-02-2005
Replies: 102
Views: 6,097
Posted By kiev4a
When you have that many photos, basically the...

When you have that many photos, basically the same, it's not an "essay," it's a political statement. In the photos these is no outstanding composition. It's just individual photos of people holding...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-02-2005
Replies: 48
Views: 1,586
Posted By kiev4a
Amen -- Sorry, didn't mean to get political:)

Amen -- Sorry, didn't mean to get political:)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-02-2005
Replies: 7
Views: 845
Posted By kiev4a
I suspect a museum might be the top bidder on...

I suspect a museum might be the top bidder on that camera.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-02-2005
Replies: 80
Views: 6,503
Posted By kiev4a
We're not worthy!

We're not worthy!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-02-2005
Replies: 48
Views: 1,586
Posted By kiev4a
Logic? what is the definition of logic? If...

Logic? what is the definition of logic? If someone agres with you, it is logical? If they do not agree it is illogical?

Some say there is evidence, and therefore it is logical that global warming...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-02-2005
Replies: 48
Views: 1,586
Posted By kiev4a
Seen it with Hillary too. I don't believe it...

Seen it with Hillary too. I don't believe it belongs on the forum either.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-02-2005
Replies: 48
Views: 1,586
Posted By kiev4a
A person should have the right to post photos of...

A person should have the right to post photos of a protest but I also have the feeling that the numbers posted and the content suggest that the purpose if more to make a political ststement than to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-02-2005
Replies: 7
Views: 845
Posted By kiev4a
Here's a camera I haven't owned

Here's a camera I have never owned and never will (I wonder if Wallgreens carries film for it?

http://cgi.liveauctions.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6562091326&category=28272#la-image-1
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-02-2005
Replies: 11
Views: 1,242
Posted By kiev4a
That's a big advantage os SS reels. Shouldn't be...

That's a big advantage os SS reels. Shouldn't be a problem to load wet film (if you are familiar with that type of reel. Plastic reels? Forget it.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-30-2005
Replies: 28
Views: 2,903
Posted By kiev4a
On the Jupiter 12 the first two digits of the SN...

On the Jupiter 12 the first two digits of the SN are the year of manufacture.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 09-30-2005
Replies: 7
Views: 1,177
Posted By kiev4a
That's the word given to me at our local Post...

That's the word given to me at our local Post Office.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 09-30-2005
Replies: 7
Views: 1,177
Posted By kiev4a
Good luck on getting something of value out of...

Good luck on getting something of value out of Mexico by mail
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-30-2005
Replies: 6
Views: 988
Posted By kiev4a
I know all about the effects of loose or broken...

I know all about the effects of loose or broken ribbons. When I first started collecting FSU gear I got a FED 2. I pulled off the back and thought I might improve the smoothness by putting a small...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-30-2005
Replies: 6
Views: 988
Posted By kiev4a
You probably have a curtain ribbon that has come...

You probably have a curtain ribbon that has come loose or is broken. It won't be long before the whole thing crashes and is inoperable. In fact, from the look of the picture, doesn't seem like it...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-30-2005
Replies: 80
Views: 6,503
Posted By kiev4a
My camera list is a lot longer than my woman...

My camera list is a lot longer than my woman list. I've been married to the same woman for 38 years:)

Come to think of it--Maybe my woman list is short cuz I spent so much time with cameras.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-30-2005
Replies: 80
Views: 6,503
Posted By kiev4a
List begins in about 1955.... Ansco Pioneer...

List begins in about 1955....

Ansco Pioneer (620)
Ansco Super Memar
Exa I
Canon IV SB
Perti Flex V
Pentax H1a
Mamiya 1000 TL
Nikkormat FTn
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-29-2005
Replies: 29
Views: 3,114
Posted By kiev4a
Actually, there seems to be less quality...

Actually, there seems to be less quality difference in the Jupiter 8s than any other FSU lens. (the Jupiter 3 is another story entirely -- at least in LTM)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-29-2005
Replies: 37
Views: 2,115
Posted By kiev4a
Looks like a good choice -- one of the early,...

Looks like a good choice -- one of the early, engraved models -- they tend to be better built. Hope you enjoy it -- looks like a good price.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-29-2005
Replies: 2
Views: 558
Posted By kiev4a
No appreciable difference between the viewfinders...

No appreciable difference between the viewfinders on the RED and black Z5s. I've had really bad luck with the film advance on the RED model--got three different cameras and the all were rough or...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 09-29-2005
Replies: 25
Views: 1,745
Posted By kiev4a
One of the things that takes up a lot of space...

One of the things that takes up a lot of space ins the dpi some folks seem to be using. Looks like some must be saving at 300 dpi or above as slow as they load, when 72 dpi is actually fine for...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-29-2005
Replies: 15
Views: 1,388
Posted By kiev4a
I usually scan at the highest practical dpi...

I usually scan at the highest practical dpi (usually 3800) at 100 percent, then change the scanned file to the size I want to print at 300 dpi (graphic arts standard--anything above that is overkill).
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-28-2005
Replies: 20
Views: 1,229
Posted By kiev4a
The Kievs from the 1950s and 1960s are better...

The Kievs from the 1950s and 1960s are better built if you can find one in good mechanical shape. The finish is better and they are smoother operating. It seems like the quality went downhill from...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-28-2005
Replies: 7
Views: 552
Posted By kiev4a
Here's the camera. Actually Peter's last name is...

Here's the camera.

Actually Peter's last name is Hennig not Henning
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-28-2005
Replies: 7
Views: 552
Posted By kiev4a
The wonders of the internet

I continue to be amazed by the amount of information on the internet and the way that information can move around the world. For instance.

About a year ago a dear friend in Canada sent me a gift --...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 09-28-2005
Replies: 2,236
Sticky: User Feedback
Views: 253,724
Posted By kiev4a
User: afaceinthecrowd Dan sent me a camera...

User: afaceinthecrowd

Dan sent me a camera saying "we'll work something out later" . We did work out a trade. Great person to work with with and a great communicator.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-28-2005
Replies: 11
Views: 1,140
Posted By kiev4a
I've shipped stuff to Europe and Asia, always...

I've shipped stuff to Europe and Asia, always used air letter post and never had a problem. Don't hink I've ever shipped to Australia, however. ALP isn't insured but in areas where theft is a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-27-2005
Replies: 25
Views: 1,749
Posted By kiev4a
I normally ship Priority Mail in the U.S. but...

I normally ship Priority Mail in the U.S. but sometimes will ship UPS if the item has some value. UPS automatically insures every package for up to $100. The Post office charges extra. Plus a UPS...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-27-2005
Replies: 25
Views: 1,749
Posted By kiev4a
I've sent a number of packages to Canada via the...

I've sent a number of packages to Canada via the postal service and never had a problem. Although the packages were listed as gifts I don't know if the recipients had to pay duty. It seems about as...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 09-27-2005
Replies: 9
Views: 833
Posted By kiev4a
I think you are correct about the temp/time...

I think you are correct about the temp/time intolerance. You couldn't really push film with Microdol. Extending the development didn't seem to make a lot of difference in the negs.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-27-2005
Replies: 10
Views: 894
Posted By kiev4a
Looks like maybe a Zorki 1D. If it was a 1B the...

Looks like maybe a Zorki 1D. If it was a 1B the body probably would crumple if you tried to put it in a pocket:)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-27-2005
Replies: 38
Views: 2,570
Posted By kiev4a
I don't need no steenking template!.

I don't need no steenking template!.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 09-27-2005
Replies: 9
Views: 833
Posted By kiev4a
Haven't used Microdal-X in probably 35 years and...

Haven't used Microdal-X in probably 35 years and tend to agree the at you can get similar results with diluted D-76. As I remember, Microdal give the impression of finer grain by sort of fuzzing up...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-27-2005
Replies: 72
Views: 4,862
Posted By kiev4a
I saw his Ebay posting awhile back. Might be...

I saw his Ebay posting awhile back. Might be worth a shot--especially with the recent postage increases in FSU countries.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-26-2005
Replies: 11
Views: 1,810
Posted By kiev4a
It's easy to say "just go to a lab." But in our...

It's easy to say "just go to a lab." But in our area there is only one "lab" it's a 20-mile round trip and an hour out of my life to drop off film --not to mention gas prices--and the turnaround time...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-23-2005
Replies: 51
Views: 1,952
Posted By kiev4a
I think my first Commadore VIC 20 came with 1.5K...

I think my first Commadore VIC 20 came with 1.5K ram--about enough to type in a 100 line program in basic.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-23-2005
Replies: 57
Views: 4,198
Posted By kiev4a
Luna Pro SBC or a 40-year-old Sekonic for less...

Luna Pro SBC or a 40-year-old Sekonic for less critical readings.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-23-2005
Replies: 7
Views: 728
Posted By kiev4a
Jocko Welcome. It's nice to meet a real veteran...

Jocko

Welcome. It's nice to meet a real veteran of FSU camera madness.
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