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Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-10-2019
Replies: 100
Views: 4,702
Posted By burninfilm
I asked the Film Ferrania rep directly over at...

I asked the Film Ferrania rep directly over at Photrio (former APUG site) about whether or not the E6 film has been cancelled. The reply was:



Of course, Film Ferrania has also said that the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-08-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 2,061
Posted By burninfilm
Honestly, I loved the look my Summar created....

Honestly, I loved the look my Summar created. Very cool lens that can make great images when in decent condition. I even liked the way it’d flare around bright light sources. About as “vintage look”...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 08-13-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 927
Posted By burninfilm
Iím sure it would. I was just trying to inform...

Iím sure it would. I was just trying to inform that filters arenít an option for exposure compensation on the Pentax Auto 110 due to the TTL meter.

The OP did specifically state they didnít like the...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 08-13-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 927
Posted By burninfilm
Doesn’t the Pentax 110 have a TTL meter? In that...

Doesn’t the Pentax 110 have a TTL meter? In that case, a filter over the lens won’t do any good, as the camera’s meter will simply alter the exposure to compensate for the filter, and still...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 07-22-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 665
Posted By burninfilm
Great little cameras! Very simple shutter that is...

Great little cameras! Very simple shutter that is easily gummed up, but luckily easily cleaned.

Be sure to post up some results from it!
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 04-11-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 3,118
Posted By burninfilm
The Retina Ib and IB were both equipped with the...

The Retina Ib and IB were both equipped with the f2.8 Xenar.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-04-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 426
Posted By burninfilm
I've always just used 120 film and re-rolled it...

I've always just used 120 film and re-rolled it onto 620 spools. It's a very simple process, especially if you are willing to sacrifice a film roll to get some practice.

However, you will need at...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-04-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 426
Posted By burninfilm
If you could measure the size of the smallest...

If you could measure the size of the smallest prints, that could help determine the negative size. It was common back then to make contact prints from the negatives, so the resultant prints might...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-07-2019
Replies: 100
Views: 4,702
Posted By burninfilm
It's interesting to hear about the other crazy...

It's interesting to hear about the other crazy long Kickstarters. The Star Citizen one sounds insane!!!




I have already read those threads. Guess I just got something different out of them. I've...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-05-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,967
Posted By burninfilm
They have a decent little Tessar lens, but the...

They have a decent little Tessar lens, but the cameras are fairly complex and prone to mechanical issues after sitting without use for several decades.

No auto-return mirror, and it can be difficult...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-28-2019
Replies: 100
Views: 4,702
Posted By burninfilm
Hmmm... yes, it was very ambitious. Still, it's...

Hmmm... yes, it was very ambitious. Still, it's very obvious now that they either vastly under-estimated (and I mean a MASSIVE amount of under-estimating) what it would take to get things up and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-28-2019
Replies: 100
Views: 4,702
Posted By burninfilm
Film Ferrania: Most delayed Kickstarter Product EVER? (2014-19)

Have there been any other photography related Kickstarter campaigns with more delays??? I'm not talking about completely failed Kickstarters... I mean ones where the company is supposedly still...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 01-19-2017
Replies: 629
Views: 49,538
Posted By burninfilm
I know, 5 million! That's a ton of cameras. If...

I know, 5 million! That's a ton of cameras. If they weren't so ugly, they'd probably sell a bunch more, like I've been saying over and over again! To repeat, yes, they are selling a lot... I think...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 01-19-2017
Replies: 629
Views: 49,538
Posted By burninfilm
LOL. I never said the Fuji Instax cameras didn't...

LOL. I never said the Fuji Instax cameras didn't sell well. Just that they'd probably sell better if they weren't hideous. Personally, I think the 90 is a bit "cheesy" in regards to its "retro"...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 01-19-2017
Replies: 629
Views: 49,538
Posted By burninfilm
I think the sold-out Sofort is due primarily to...

I think the sold-out Sofort is due primarily to people really wanting a Fuji Instax camera that isn't completely hideous. Lol.

If Fuji were to make some better looking versions of thei own Instax...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-16-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1,388
Posted By burninfilm
I once had a beautiful 1942 coated Summitar with...

I once had a beautiful 1942 coated Summitar with the earlier f-stop numbering. It was an awesome lens.

I would suspect the early/late production dates don't have too much impact on value. Some may...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-09-2017
Replies: 76
Views: 5,188
Posted By burninfilm
I'd love to support the 2-3 local stores that...

I'd love to support the 2-3 local stores that offer basic 35/120 film types and developing chemicals/supplies, but their selection isn't very broad (or dependable... they'll often not have basic...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-19-2016
Replies: 97
Views: 8,790
Posted By burninfilm
The Zeiss Tengors and Baldurs (a simpler Tengor)...

The Zeiss Tengors and Baldurs (a simpler Tengor) can be nice box cameras if you accept the inherent limitations of the lens. The few I've had over the years were a bit soft overall, as compared to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-27-2016
Replies: 131
Views: 10,375
Posted By burninfilm
Great discussion, and it's interesting to see...

Great discussion, and it's interesting to see what people like/dislike. Here's my somewhat unorthodox list, made up of cameras that for whatever reason stick out as notable for an interesting and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-09-2016
Replies: 18
Views: 1,606
Posted By burninfilm
The Kodak Medalist's Ektar lens is still one of...

The Kodak Medalist's Ektar lens is still one of the sharpest medium-format vintage lenses I have ever used. In the full-resolution version of my profile picture, you can actually count the number of...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-17-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,565
Posted By burninfilm
Your first images definitely look like a slightly...

Your first images definitely look like a slightly hazed up Summar I used to have. Personally, I actually enjoyed the blown-out highlights, as they added a neat "glowing" look that I thought looked...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-23-2015
Replies: 55
Views: 3,816
Posted By burninfilm
I've got a set of 3 Nikon F bodies and a few...

I've got a set of 3 Nikon F bodies and a few Nikkor lenses which I have kept through some good times and some bad ones. I've got a lot of history with those 3 cameras... and don't see them going...
Forum: Other RF 05-19-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 1,356
Posted By burninfilm
I doubt you'll get much 6X9 frame coverage from a...

I doubt you'll get much 6X9 frame coverage from a 50mm-ish vintage Ektar lens off of an 828 format Bantam camera. They simply weren't ever meant to cover such a huge (in comparison) negative...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-31-2015
Replies: 66
Views: 8,018
Posted By burninfilm
I also believe that sellers should be responsible...

I also believe that sellers should be responsible for doing their own research. I know it's easy to think you are doing someone a favor by offering some pricing advice, but if they are capable enough...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-28-2015
Replies: 66
Views: 8,018
Posted By burninfilm
It's hard to tell in the pictures provided how...

It's hard to tell in the pictures provided how "legit" it may be. It certainly looks nice, and looks to be engraved correctly. If all original, it would have to be one of the absolute nicest...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-17-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 3,869
Posted By burninfilm
It's always a bummer when your camera is...

It's always a bummer when your camera is delivered and turns out to be a dud.

I've actually had horrible luck with Ebay camera purchases. Easily 80% of the cameras I buy from there that are...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 11-18-2014
Replies: 168
Views: 17,500
Posted By burninfilm
Gotta say it... the iPhone 5 makes a stellar...

Gotta say it... the iPhone 5 makes a stellar pocket camera. I'm always amazed at what it can do in the right lighting. Really good stuff.

The Olympus XA makes a good pocket camera as well, but I...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 11-13-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,909
Posted By burninfilm
That sprinkler shot is certainly a cool image....

That sprinkler shot is certainly a cool image. For me it's definitely evocative of the feeling of getting up early and heading out to work. But that's likely just because I lived at an apartment...
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-23-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 33,123
Posted By burninfilm
LOL. Your comment about being "serious" cracks me...

LOL. Your comment about being "serious" cracks me up. Good stuff, and I totally agree with it. And let me know if Siri ever starts taking her own pics... that would be one hell of an Apple...
Forum: Argus RF 10-23-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 10,534
Posted By burninfilm
Just to add to the above, with use it's pretty...

Just to add to the above, with use it's pretty easy to remember which shutter speed & aperture correspond to which number. Furthermore, the Matchmatic's aperture and shutter numbers are simply a...
Forum: Argus RF 10-22-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 10,534
Posted By burninfilm
Great job on the restoration. These later C3...

Great job on the restoration. These later C3 models (the Matchmatic and the Standard) are the nicest of the C3 line.

I recently did a general cleaning and RF readjustment for a 1961 production C3...
Forum: RFF News 10-16-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 13,243
Posted By burninfilm
The full text of the Paypal polices are actually...

The full text of the Paypal polices are actually pretty crazy if you read them all. For instance, the part about Paypal being able to judge an item as "counterfeit" via their own discretion, and then...
Forum: RFF News 10-09-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 13,243
Posted By burninfilm
If you read that post, it quotes a ProPay "High...

If you read that post, it quotes a ProPay "High Risk Sales" policy which does not allow their service to be used. This covers many transactions that a RFF'er would use it for, such as selling vintage...
Forum: Other RF 10-08-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 1,437
Posted By burninfilm
The Wollensak lens on the Clarus-35 is actually a...

The Wollensak lens on the Clarus-35 is actually a fairly decent piece of vintage glass. I had a fully working example at one time, and it made fabulous images. Well... at least I liked them. LOL....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-08-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 3,605
Posted By burninfilm
I fully agree that the new site makes it very...

I fully agree that the new site makes it very hard to find what you are looking for. I posted up on their Facebook as well.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-25-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,083
Posted By burninfilm
Hmm... they could probably do a similar project...

Hmm... they could probably do a similar project for many other U.S. cities, though I can certainly see the irony of a photography project related to the demise of Kodak. The article does sound a bit...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-12-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 1,394
Posted By burninfilm
I had a IIIa with a back that flexed and made a...

I had a IIIa with a back that flexed and made a little pop. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the camera. Worked great, and was in excellent condition. There are probably some slight variances...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-07-2010
Replies: 18
Views: 1,079
Posted By burninfilm
What's a fair price? Depends on what your...

What's a fair price? Depends on what your intentions are. Are you planning to pay full market value, or just a price both you and the owner can be happy with? If working and the optics of the lens...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-25-2010
Replies: 42
Views: 6,186
Posted By burninfilm
Some of the Zeiss Nettars and Ikontas would...

Some of the Zeiss Nettars and Ikontas would likely be the best bet. They are very common, and have decent lenses. With very few exceptions, Kodak stopped making 120 cameras in the 1930s.

Other...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-23-2010
Replies: 203
Views: 14,739
Posted By burninfilm
While I find the Russian cameras crude and...

While I find the Russian cameras crude and unrefined, I've had decent luck with working examples. I've used several Kiev rangefinder models, including a very rare "No-Name Kiev." One of the nicest...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 02-21-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 6,031
Posted By burninfilm
See! I told you changing out the backs wouldn't...

See! I told you changing out the backs wouldn't be difficult.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-08-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 1,314
Posted By burninfilm
Well, everyone has different opinions... nobody...

Well, everyone has different opinions... nobody is really wrong. Just different mindsets... different ways of seeing things. What may be a "user" to one person may be "junk" to another. I have three...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-08-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 4,227
Posted By burninfilm
I've used both LTM Leicas and a Zorki 3, and...

I've used both LTM Leicas and a Zorki 3, and found I MUCH preferred the Leica LTM bodies. Please note, the LTM Leicas I've used have all been IIIa models, but they are very similar in function and...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 02-08-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 6,031
Posted By burninfilm
Haha! :) "Just use it." I totally agree with you...

Haha! :) "Just use it." I totally agree with you there!

Normally, I'm not one to dwell on particulars, but when it comes to Graflex 4X5 cameras the particulars start becoming fairly important....
Forum: Large Format Film RF 02-08-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 6,031
Posted By burninfilm
Are you sure your friend's camera is indeed a...

Are you sure your friend's camera is indeed a Crown Graphic?

All Crown Graphics used the same "rounded corner" lens boards as the later (post-1947) Pacemaker Speed Graphics. It was the earlier...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 02-08-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 6,031
Posted By burninfilm
There's really no need at all to worry about...

There's really no need at all to worry about those screws. Just unscrew them, and mount up a Graflok back in place of the original Graphic spring back. Those screws are just simple wood screws, which...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 02-08-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 6,031
Posted By burninfilm
The camera above is indeed a "Speed" for several...

The camera above is indeed a "Speed" for several reasons:

1. It says "Speed Graphic" right there on the lens standard
2. They didn't make Crown Graphics when this camera was produced

Your Speed...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-04-2010
Replies: 42
Views: 4,727
Posted By burninfilm
Yes, that one there is a beauty! Even with the...

Yes, that one there is a beauty! Even with the worn paint, it'll still bring some good $$$ due to being a very early black 64XXXXX Nikon F.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-03-2010
Replies: 42
Views: 4,727
Posted By burninfilm
Sure do! It's actually not too bad... Better than...

Sure do! It's actually not too bad... Better than any other 4 frames-per-second motor made for the Leica M3 or M2.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-03-2010
Replies: 42
Views: 4,727
Posted By burninfilm
A RemoPack would be really cool!

A RemoPack would be really cool!
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-03-2010
Replies: 115
Views: 17,312
Posted By burninfilm
Just sell me your Leicaflex SL... problem...

Just sell me your Leicaflex SL... problem solved!

One thing on the SL to watch out for is the lens release button. The originals were red plastic which break fairly easily. If yours still has the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-03-2010
Replies: 42
Views: 4,727
Posted By burninfilm
The most evil of Classic SLRs: Nikon F with an...

The most evil of Classic SLRs: Nikon F with an original, fully functional F36 motor and battery pack. One of the sweetest cameras I've ever had the pleasure of using! It's amazing how well the motor...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-29-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 2,484
Posted By burninfilm
Do you know Mr. Harris? I highly doubt he is...

Do you know Mr. Harris? I highly doubt he is pulling anyones chain... Some people are busy and just don't post every other hour at RFF.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-25-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,116
Posted By burninfilm
Modifying the 120 film spools works for many...

Modifying the 120 film spools works for many cameras, but not all of them! For your specific model, you could try sanding or clipping the ends of the 120 spool to see if it will function. Even then,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-21-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 3,549
Posted By burninfilm
Raid, I find this to be an interesting statement....

Raid, I find this to be an interesting statement. Out of curiousity, what options do LTM cameras offer that M cameras don't?

In regards to the OP, if you feel you'd be better off with a IIIg, go...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 01-19-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 3,604
Posted By burninfilm
Hey Raid, No, Brian wasn't mistaken, just...

Hey Raid,
No, Brian wasn't mistaken, just referring to a different camera. Kodak still made the knob-wind Retina II camera after WWII, which was later replaced by the Kodak Retina IIa.

So, in...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-18-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 4,338
Posted By burninfilm
The Canon 7 is the best deal in Canon...

The Canon 7 is the best deal in Canon rangefinders in my opinion. It has a decent finder with nice, bright frames, covering the 35mm, 50mm, 85mm (also useful for 90mm), 100mm, and 135mm. While you...
Forum: Other RF 01-17-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 2,695
Posted By burninfilm
Looks like you got yourself a beautiful classic...

Looks like you got yourself a beautiful classic Olympus. Neat camera!

I'm sure if you stuck it on the auction site, you'd easily net twice, maybe even three or four times, what you paid. Some well...
Forum: Other RF 01-16-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 2,695
Posted By burninfilm
That's a really good price for an older Olympus...

That's a really good price for an older Olympus 35S. They're actually somewhat collectible... alot of the early Olympus stuff is somewhat valuable.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-15-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 2,484
Posted By burninfilm
BTW Michael... you never replied to my PM... ...

BTW Michael... you never replied to my PM...

Oh, and it sounds like you ran into a Contax II or IIa. Chances are it's a IIa, as a "mint-in-box" 1930s Contax would be a very rare find indeed.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-15-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 2,484
Posted By burninfilm
WTF? :D Pullin our legs? :confused: You come here...

WTF? :D Pullin our legs? :confused: You come here telling about this great find of yours, don't provide pics, no specific descriptions of the camera model, lens type, etc...

Guess I'll have to...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-15-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 3,534
Posted By burninfilm
While they may be rare, this seems to me like the...

While they may be rare, this seems to me like the type of camera people wouldn't notice, and therefore never get reported. I'm willing to bet there are a few more out there than a dozen examples.
Forum: Argus RF 01-06-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 15,612
Posted By burninfilm
Hmm... it's not terribly complex. When you meter...

Hmm... it's not terribly complex. When you meter something, and the LCD comes up with something like "11" or "9.5", you simply turn the dial with the red pointer to point at the the red "11" or "9.5"...
Forum: Argus RF 01-05-2010
Replies: 74
Views: 12,106
Posted By burninfilm
You make some interesting points. Yes, stating...

You make some interesting points. Yes, stating that all FEDs are simply Leica clones is an over-generalization. The FED 2, FED 3, etc. are all innovative/creative in their own way. However, they are...
Forum: Argus RF 01-05-2010
Replies: 74
Views: 12,106
Posted By burninfilm
Just saw this thread, so I thought I'd mention a...

Just saw this thread, so I thought I'd mention a few things.

Yes, the Argus was designed to make a quick buck. The original manufacturer made radios, and seeing an opportunity in 35mm photography,...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-29-2009
Replies: 45
Views: 7,405
Posted By burninfilm
Yup, noticed the APO-Lanthar immediately....

Yup, noticed the APO-Lanthar immediately. Beautiful camera.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-24-2009
Replies: 25
Views: 2,811
Posted By burninfilm
Personally, I'd recommend KEH. I've had great...

Personally, I'd recommend KEH. I've had great luck with their items, and they have many Leica and Canon LTM bodies for well under $200. Many are "Bargain" condition, but even their "Bargain" items...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-23-2009
Replies: 49
Views: 14,340
Posted By burninfilm
Surely not autographed by W. Eugene Smith, right?...

Surely not autographed by W. Eugene Smith, right? ;)
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-23-2009
Replies: 49
Views: 14,340
Posted By burninfilm
As others have stated, Smith used everything....

As others have stated, Smith used everything. When he started getting into photography, he used an old Kodak Autographic with a packfilm back that belonged to his mother. As he progressed, he...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-22-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 1,099
Posted By burninfilm
Wasn't trying to put words in your mouth at...

Wasn't trying to put words in your mouth at all... just making sure the right info was out there! ;)

It makes sense that new M2s were available when the M4s started being sold. I wasn't around at...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-22-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 1,099
Posted By burninfilm
From what I've seen, nice M4s are still selling...

From what I've seen, nice M4s are still selling for more than M2s, all things being equal. The M2 has some really nice features, such as the simple 35/50/90 frameline set, with just one frameline...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-21-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 1,014
Posted By burninfilm
It looks like Mr. Abrahamsson answered the...

It looks like Mr. Abrahamsson answered the question pretty well, but it also sounds to me like a problem with the take-up spool slipping. I had an M2 with this problem, though it was never severe...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-19-2009
Replies: 52
Views: 8,010
Posted By burninfilm
Bringing up some discussion about the early...

Bringing up some discussion about the early Leicas sounds like a good idea to me!

Yes, the Leica I is a scale-focusing camera. However, they were often sold with an accessory rangefinder...
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 12-18-2009
Replies: 113
Views: 20,041
Posted By burninfilm
I always love how emotional people get over the...

I always love how emotional people get over the offerings from camera companies... So, Leica offers a product that's a generation or two behind the products of other companies and charges twice as...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-17-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,500
Posted By burninfilm
Well, I have one stainless tank that might make...

Well, I have one stainless tank that might make you rethink this. It's strange, it looks like the tank has a bunch of tiny cracks along it's entire exterior, and when filled with developer/fixer, the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-17-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,500
Posted By burninfilm
That's funny... I always had problems with the...

That's funny... I always had problems with the plastic reels, but once I used a stainless reel, I never went back!

Just goes to show you how all our advice stems from what each one of us finds...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-13-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 3,748
Posted By burninfilm
Just an FYI, but if you are looking for a Canon...

Just an FYI, but if you are looking for a Canon G10, you might shop around a bit... Many dealers are selling the G11 for $499.99, so picking up a G10 for $480 doesn't seem like a great deal. However,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-16-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 3,319
Posted By burninfilm
Lookin good! My 90mm Summicron looks and handles...

Lookin good! My 90mm Summicron looks and handles very well on my Nikon F. That 135mm Elmarit is impressive, considering the optical damage. Of course, you do realize I soooo coulda snatched those...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-07-2009
Replies: 25
Views: 5,044
Posted By burninfilm
It probably wouldn't have done much good to...

It probably wouldn't have done much good to expose the Ansco color transparency film anyway... Ansco probably used a different development process than what's used today. The Ektachrome looks fairly...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-02-2009
Replies: 57
Views: 3,400
Posted By burninfilm
You should easily be able to accomodate a Leica...

You should easily be able to accomodate a Leica M-mount body and a good 35 or 50mm lens for around $1200-$1500. Patience helps, too. I have picked up a user-condition M3, 50mm Summicron, and 90mm...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-27-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 1,843
Posted By burninfilm
What you have is an Argus AF... Basically it's an...

What you have is an Argus AF... Basically it's an Argus A with a proper focus helical. They produce decent results... considering what they are. Produced around 1938-38.
Forum: Olympus RF 09-15-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 2,952
Posted By burninfilm
Strange... I always felt the same way about my...

Strange... I always felt the same way about my B&W results from my own XA. I just figured my film/processing choices weren't ideally suited for the negatives from the XA's lens. Results from C-41...
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 09-13-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 2,454
Posted By burninfilm
Your question may be a good one, but I must add...

Your question may be a good one, but I must add that nobody has properly reviewed this camera yet, and nobody has reported on an example they purchased for personal use. So, we actually have no idea...
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 09-13-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 2,454
Posted By burninfilm
Yes, that is certainly a well founded opinion....

Yes, that is certainly a well founded opinion. However, as I questioned earlier, what are the advantages to a focusing ring with a distance scale around the lens? How does such a feature aid in...
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 09-13-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 2,454
Posted By burninfilm
My point was that they likely set the camera up...

My point was that they likely set the camera up this way because it made the camera less complicated, and still allows the camera to be operated with a single hand, even when focusing the camera...
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 09-13-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 2,454
Posted By burninfilm
I believe you use the thumb wheel on the back to...

I believe you use the thumb wheel on the back to change the focus, and look at a distance scale on the LCD. Not a bad setup if you think about the "LCD-centric" interface this type of camera will...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 09-08-2009
Replies: 35
Views: 2,308
Posted By burninfilm
Try a D40. I don't know what all the fuss is...

Try a D40. I don't know what all the fuss is about pertaining to all the excess features on a DSLR. Most of them can be turned off. Set the D40 to "Manual," put an old AI or pre-AI lens on the front...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-08-2009
Replies: 36
Views: 3,221
Posted By burninfilm
Okay... so... I guess you'll have to go buy the...

Okay... so... I guess you'll have to go buy the other "full-frame" digital rangefinder...

So much complaining, and people haven't even used the camera yet... makes me wonder why Leica would even...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-08-2009
Replies: 36
Views: 3,221
Posted By burninfilm
In regards to the .68X rangefinder, I'm guessing...

In regards to the .68X rangefinder, I'm guessing that Leica is trying to streamline and offer a compromise in regards to the rangefinder magnification. Furthermore, they DO offer eyepiece magnifiers...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-08-2009
Replies: 102
Views: 10,291
Posted By burninfilm
Yeah, that's um... like... exactly what he said....

Yeah, that's um... like... exactly what he said. ;)

Here's a quote from his site at http://kenrockwell.com/leica/m9.htm:

"Like many camera companies, Leica supposedly published full data on the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-06-2009
Replies: 218
Views: 29,393
Posted By burninfilm
If you read the catalog, it's pretty interesting....

If you read the catalog, it's pretty interesting. If truly legit, you almost get the feeling that Leica is trying to forget the M8/M8.2 ever even existed!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-27-2009
Replies: 57
Views: 5,178
Posted By burninfilm
Now, here's the rest of the images from the...

Now, here's the rest of the images from the series. All were made on a medium format rangefinder, so they are perfectly suitable for RFF. Check it out:

1964 Beatles Tour: A Press Conference in...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-26-2009
Replies: 57
Views: 5,178
Posted By burninfilm
That's a wide angle accessory finder in the Nikon...

That's a wide angle accessory finder in the Nikon S2's accessory shoe. The S2 only had framelines for the 50mm lens... every other lens required an accessory finder of some sort.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-26-2009
Replies: 57
Views: 5,178
Posted By burninfilm
Pretty clever, now aren't you?;) Uhhhmmmm......

Pretty clever, now aren't you?;)



Uhhhmmmm... no. This shot is actually on a roll of 120 film. I'm pretty sure they were made with a Linhof Technika 70.

The cool thing about this series of...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-26-2009
Replies: 57
Views: 5,178
Posted By burninfilm
No worries... that's only mostly creepy...:)

No worries... that's only mostly creepy...:)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-26-2009
Replies: 57
Views: 5,178
Posted By burninfilm
The Strangest Things Happen Here at RFF!!!

Okay, so I posted a picture in an ad for a REALLY nice black Nikon S2 in the classifieds here, just hoping to ad a little historical context to a great camera. Well, little did I know what posting...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-13-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 4,487
Posted By burninfilm
It certainly does appear to be an Ikoflex Ia. I...

It certainly does appear to be an Ikoflex Ia. I believe this model had a Prontor shutter, or something similar. They are fairly good shutters, even if a little limited. However, they do tend to stick...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-13-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 4,487
Posted By burninfilm
Sounds like the typical results for an older...

Sounds like the typical results for an older Zeiss TLR that has gone 50+ years without being serviced. Not to state the obvious, but you should really read a manual for an Ikoflex TLR if you haven't...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 08-07-2009
Replies: 131
Views: 12,011
Posted By burninfilm
Hot damn! Cosina builds a decent, and incredibly...

Hot damn! Cosina builds a decent, and incredibly fast hunk of glass and we start threads complainin' about it? :confused:

Y'all need to spend more time with loved ones, and less time talking about...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 08-06-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 3,097
Posted By burninfilm
You can pick up decent, used D200s for around...

You can pick up decent, used D200s for around $650, even from KEH. They'll support metering with all Nikon lenses except vintage pre-AI glass.
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 08-04-2009
Replies: 25
Views: 6,474
Posted By burninfilm
I see several (including me) have cited battery...

I see several (including me) have cited battery dependence as a downside for the XA. So, I just wanted to clarify that it's not a huge problem at all. The XA uses two very small batteries, which last...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 08-04-2009
Replies: 25
Views: 6,474
Posted By burninfilm
I've used both, and they are both great cameras...

I've used both, and they are both great cameras in their own way. For ease of use and "pocketability" go for the XA. The 35mm lens, extremely low weight, and auto-exposure make it great for carrying...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-31-2009
Replies: 590
Views: 68,357
Posted By burninfilm
Still haven't found many once-in-a-lifetime type...

Still haven't found many once-in-a-lifetime type of deals. Bought a LNIB Diana for $5. A LNIB Kodak Anniversary Camera for $25. Bought a complete Bolex H16 kit for $50. I can't complain too much......
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-28-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 2,574
Posted By burninfilm
Apparently, Glenn used a Leica as well.

Apparently, Glenn used a Leica as well.
Forum: Olympus RF 07-28-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 1,142
Posted By burninfilm
You might look closely at the Goodwill camera (I...

You might look closely at the Goodwill camera (I assume you noticed the one over at their auction website). I'd bet it'll need a CLA, as it looks like the shutter isn't fully closed. Something to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-28-2009
Replies: 64
Views: 3,523
Posted By burninfilm
So, why did the buyer have Paypal reverse the...

So, why did the buyer have Paypal reverse the transaction? If there was something wrong with the product, why haven't they sent it back? From what you posted, it seems that the buyer was satisfied...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-26-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 782
Posted By burninfilm
$500-$600 sounds like a fair price. Figure this...

$500-$600 sounds like a fair price. Figure this much for the kit:

$250-$300 Working Contax II body
$100-$150 Decent 50mm f2.0 Sonnar
$50-$75 Jupiter-12 w/ finder/caps
$50-$75 Jupiter 9 w/ caps/hood
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-21-2009
Replies: 45
Views: 2,481
Posted By burninfilm
OP stands for "Original Poster"... as in you. ...

OP stands for "Original Poster"... as in you.

Just wanted to add again that you have some really great stuff in your gallery. Once you learn all the metering and exposure settings you need to use...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-16-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 4,189
Posted By burninfilm
The Great Things From 1938: Leica IIIa and 5cm Summar

Hello All!
For nearly two years I've been shooting with a IIIa and Summar (both produced in the 1938), and despite my low expectations from the lens, I have been delighted with the results. I...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 07-15-2009
Replies: 54
Views: 7,898
Posted By burninfilm
If you ever wish to expand, try one of these...

If you ever wish to expand, try one of these Photo Lab buildings out. Here's a link (scroll down a little ways and you'll see what I mean):

http://www.idahomotorpool.com/

They expand out to an...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 07-14-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 1,264
Posted By burninfilm
I personally wouldn't ever pay over $300 for a...

I personally wouldn't ever pay over $300 for a working IIIc body. Heck, if you check over at KEH they have a IIIc listed in "EXC" condition for $299. If I were to buy a good, functional IIIc in nice...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-04-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 5,487
Posted By burninfilm
The Kodak Medalist lens is extremely nice. I...

The Kodak Medalist lens is extremely nice. I don't think it gets quite as much credit as it deserves. It'll make a Summicron on a 24mmX36mm frame look like nothin! I'm not sure what design flaws the...
Forum: Olympus RF 03-04-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 2,862
Posted By burninfilm
You want to know if the meter on a 20+ year old...

You want to know if the meter on a 20+ year old camera is accurate enough for slide film? Sounds like something you should check out for your individual camera. Put some film in it, shoot the roll,...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-26-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 3,194
Posted By burninfilm
Here's some shots I made with a well-used Canon...

Here's some shots I made with a well-used Canon 35mm f2.0 a while back. I've since sold this lens off when I left the Leica scene for a while, but I'll probably find another example to stick on my...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-07-2008
Replies: 43
Views: 2,385
Posted By burninfilm
Don't you love it when you ask a question about a...

Don't you love it when you ask a question about a recent purchase, only to be drastically misinformed? Giving out advice and expertise is great, but only when the information given is verifiable...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-03-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 1,788
Posted By burninfilm
The Kodak Tourist is a 6X9 format folder. Also,...

The Kodak Tourist is a 6X9 format folder. Also, the Anastar lens that was offered on the higher-end Tourists (I know, "high-end Kodak Tourist" is almost an oxymoron) is a fantastic Tessar formula...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-12-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 769
Posted By burninfilm
Don't think of the Summitar as an improved...

Don't think of the Summitar as an improved Summar... think of the Summicron as an improved Summitar.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-11-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 904
Posted By burninfilm
Hopefully you can find one for a good price. I...

Hopefully you can find one for a good price. I had one for a while which was very worn, and the optics weren't perfect. Still, the lens surprised me with the good performance it was capable of....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-27-2008
Replies: 21
Views: 1,267
Posted By burninfilm
Just wondering, but isn't an F3 an F3? I mean,...

Just wondering, but isn't an F3 an F3? I mean, isn't the F3HP that everyone keeps referring to just an F3 with the HP finder? C'mon, all of you keep stating that the F3HP is better than the F3???...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-25-2008
Replies: 28
Views: 1,179
Posted By burninfilm
Hell, the III and II series Leicas are incredibly...

Hell, the III and II series Leicas are incredibly tough cameras. You'd have a hard time "squashing" any of them, as the bodies are dense and have incredible structural integrity. I tend to keep mine...
Forum: Optics Theory - 01-25-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 1,529
Posted By burninfilm
Here's a few shots from the well-used Canon 35/2...

Here's a few shots from the well-used Canon 35/2 that I used to have. I'll definitely find another example in the future, as it was a really neat, compact lens that produced good results. I suggest...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-14-2008
Replies: 30
Views: 3,399
Posted By burninfilm
I may be "nitpicking" a little too much here, but...

I may be "nitpicking" a little too much here, but the WWII tandem setup doesn't appear to me to be outfitted with a 50mm Summitar. The presence of the long focusing lever and flatter mount would seem...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-27-2007
Replies: 35
Views: 2,295
Posted By burninfilm
Yet, you still add to the discussion?;) ...

Yet, you still add to the discussion?;)

Myself, I wasn't really addressing the original poster's woes, just the general concept. Ebay is a horrible place to buy items "as-is" if you expect the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-27-2007
Replies: 35
Views: 2,295
Posted By burninfilm
Let's see here. We have a seller who claims a...

Let's see here. We have a seller who claims a camera to be in mint condition, yet includes a preface that descriptions are determined by a visual inspection. However, they do state that shutter is...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-27-2007
Replies: 37
Views: 1,993
Posted By burninfilm
Just thought I'd mention that early Elmar 5cm...

Just thought I'd mention that early Elmar 5cm f3.5 lenses didn't have serial numbers.

And of course these old lenses made sharp pictures. Do you really think photographers would have accepted the...
Forum: Argus RF 12-02-2007
Replies: 4
Views: 1,412
Posted By burninfilm
You seem to have a few Argus C3 cameras at your...

You seem to have a few Argus C3 cameras at your disposal for parts (you did state the you took the RF assembly from another body and transplanted it into the camera you were working on). If you do...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 11-26-2007
Replies: 2
Views: 2,571
Posted By burninfilm
I'm surprised a few gentle taps of the camera...

I'm surprised a few gentle taps of the camera body won't release the shutter blades. You might also try gently tapping it against a hard surface, such as a table (remember, tap it gently, no need to...
Forum: Argus RF 11-26-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 5,533
Posted By burninfilm
Is it possible to shoot an electronic flash with...

Is it possible to shoot an electronic flash with an Argus C3? Well, yes, it is possible. However, you will have to do several things to enable this.

1. For true X-sync, you'll need to alter the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-19-2007
Replies: 13
Views: 949
Posted By burninfilm
Do you really think that you'll find a currently...

Do you really think that you'll find a currently produced light meter that matches the overall build quality of a 1950's Leica?

Many of the members here have used the Sekon L-208, L-308S, and the...
Forum: Argus RF 11-18-2007
Replies: 13
Views: 3,740
Posted By burninfilm
Raid, I believe what radiocemetery was referring...

Raid, I believe what radiocemetery was referring to is somewhat different than mounting or un-mounting Geiss C4 lenses properly. The C4 uses a rangefinder assembly that screws down onto the die-cast...
Forum: Argus RF 11-18-2007
Replies: 13
Views: 3,740
Posted By burninfilm
Raid, it was no problem at all to be honest. I'm...

Raid, it was no problem at all to be honest. I'm just glad you didn't take my post in a negative way, as it wasn't meant that way at all. I have always liked the fact that you get out and actually...
Forum: Argus RF 11-18-2007
Replies: 13
Views: 3,740
Posted By burninfilm
Raid, I've gotta be honest with you here, but the...

Raid, I've gotta be honest with you here, but the results look very soft. In fact, you'd likely get equal or better results from a low-end disposable camera. At least, that is if you are wanting some...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-13-2007
Replies: 50
Views: 5,431
Posted By burninfilm
I'm glad to see that others are proving the point...

I'm glad to see that others are proving the point that lens "signature" and other factors have little actual effect upon the resultant photograph. Check this out:

Which lens has been used for this...
Forum: Argus RF 11-07-2007
Replies: 4
Views: 3,445
Posted By burninfilm
Glad to see you got the camera cleaned/adjusted....

Glad to see you got the camera cleaned/adjusted. The RF is somewhat tricky to get adjusted properly, as there really is no precise way to move the adjustment a very small amount. So, you tend to go...
Forum: Argus RF 11-04-2007
Replies: 4
Views: 3,445
Posted By burninfilm
How do you get into an Argus C3? Check this out: ...

How do you get into an Argus C3? Check this out:

Rick Oleson's Argus C3 Notes (http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-86.html)

The Argus C3 is incredibly simple. You can do alot of the cleaning of...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-31-2007
Replies: 29
Views: 1,703
Posted By burninfilm
You wouldn't happen to be mocking me now, would...

You wouldn't happen to be mocking me now, would you? :p

Seriously, I'm not trying to argue with you at all. In fact, if you carefully read my first reply to this thread, I was actually agreeing...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-31-2007
Replies: 29
Views: 1,703
Posted By burninfilm
Tom, honestly, I think you took me WAY to...

Tom, honestly, I think you took me WAY to seriously the last time around. My comment about you passing on the outfit because it wasn't a "Half Race" Leica was meant more as a joke than anything!...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-30-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 852
Posted By burninfilm
Hello Mike, If you have the slow speed dial set...

Hello Mike,
If you have the slow speed dial set to 1 second, but the main shutter speed dial is set to anything except 1/25 (or whatever speed a LTM Leica, Canon, etc. uses for the slow speeds),...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-30-2007
Replies: 29
Views: 1,703
Posted By burninfilm
LeicaTom, are you stating the price you'd offer...

LeicaTom, are you stating the price you'd offer ($200-$300) in terms of how much YOU would be willing to pay? I'm fairly certain the outfit would sell for more on Ebay if it was parted out,...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-24-2007
Replies: 28
Views: 1,844
Posted By burninfilm
Well, following the premise that human culture...

Well, following the premise that human culture has the inherit need to evolve and progress, you might say that humans have always been developing ways to improve technology. However, if you look into...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-23-2007
Replies: 17
Views: 1,971
Posted By burninfilm
However interesting the camera specifications may...

However interesting the camera specifications may be, I still think one of the neatest aspects of the Olympus DSLRs is the new lenses being offered. Specifically, the 14mm-35mm f2.0 zoom. That's a...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 10-17-2007
Replies: 26
Views: 3,823
Posted By burninfilm
A little off topic, but if you don't like the...

A little off topic, but if you don't like the fact that the knob on the rewind lever doesn't move, you might stay away from Nikon rangefinders like the S2 all the way up the earlier Nikon F SLR's....
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10-15-2007
Replies: 12
Views: 943
Posted By burninfilm
Nice shots, Michael. Also, you should know that...

Nice shots, Michael. Also, you should know that there's a good chance that the older truck is probably worth more than this Mercedes. Guys go crazy over older, clean, pre-1950 American pickups.

I'm...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-15-2007
Replies: 67
Views: 4,958
Posted By burninfilm
Thanks for your informative reply, and for the...

Thanks for your informative reply, and for the links to your other posts. Who knows, maybe I'll find a IIIa and a good clean Summar down the road sometime. I chuckled a bit after seeing the other...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-14-2007
Replies: 67
Views: 4,958
Posted By burninfilm
Wow. I'm pleasantly surprised that these were...

Wow. I'm pleasantly surprised that these were your results with the lens at f2.0... They seem much better than what I've heard/read. I've been browsing around for a decent IIIa with an Elmar or...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-14-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 1,394
Posted By burninfilm
Who knows, maybe it's difficult to find film...

Who knows, maybe it's difficult to find film where that seller lives. I know that in the small town I lived in for a while, the only film available in town (at the local grocery store) was mostly...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-08-2007
Replies: 20
Views: 1,474
Posted By burninfilm
Yes, I believe you are correct. That's why I was...

Yes, I believe you are correct. That's why I was surprised when I read that many people agreed that a nice, intact black III was only worth about $200, even if it did need a minor CLA. The resultant...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-07-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 936
Posted By burninfilm
If a person were truly patient, and truly had a...

If a person were truly patient, and truly had a fairly strict budget, they might be able to pick up one of the various Kiev models in working condition at a fraction of the price ($75-$125). They...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-07-2007
Replies: 20
Views: 1,474
Posted By burninfilm
My Lord, I'm glad he didn't follow this advice....

My Lord, I'm glad he didn't follow this advice. After he put the Leica III outfit up for sale on Ebay, it brought over $600.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-04-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 1,425
Posted By burninfilm
Well... sure, one person thought it looked...

Well... sure, one person thought it looked "dodgy." But then nearly everyone responding after that couldn't say with absolute certainty that the camera was genuine (including you, by the way). Things...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-04-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 1,425
Posted By burninfilm
Man, what an incredible amount of bad information...

Man, what an incredible amount of bad information in one post! If you are simply speculating about the originality of the camera/accessories, but don't know for sure, I'd advise you not to post until...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-04-2007
Replies: 13
Views: 1,105
Posted By burninfilm
A Kiev as smooth as a Contax? Sure. In fact, I've...

A Kiev as smooth as a Contax? Sure. In fact, I've used Kievs that were smoother than the Zeiss offerings. Really, a more important factor than manufacturer is maintenance. Also, some have suggested...
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 09-26-2007
Replies: 17
Views: 5,829
Posted By burninfilm
What is the actual signifance of the ďSkinner Canon IV-1950" cameras?

Hello. I am very interested in hearing your explanation of what makes the ďSkinner Canon IV-1950" cameras such an important part of Canon history. You stated in an article that this series of cameras...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-21-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 834
Posted By burninfilm
To further add to the confusion, it appears that...

To further add to the confusion, it appears that the lens mounted on your camera is actually a Leitz Summarit 50mm f1.5. So, it's a Canon camera with a Leica lens.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 08-20-2007
Replies: 2,016
Views: 620,402
Posted By burninfilm
Just curious, but can you recall what aperture...

Just curious, but can you recall what aperture you used for your photo? The Ciroflex and Graflex 22 (same camera, different name) had some pretty good triplet lenses which are plenty sharp when...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-21-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 2,340
Posted By burninfilm
Ahhhh... I see what your are referring to: the...

Ahhhh... I see what your are referring to: the the later M4-Ps with the m6 top-plate. As I understand it, the change only affects the top-plate itself as well as the flash sync. The optics and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-21-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 2,340
Posted By burninfilm
What exactly do you mean by M4 and M6 finder? The...

What exactly do you mean by M4 and M6 finder? The M4-P utilized the 28-135mm framelines that the M6 had. I had an extremely early M4-P, and it did indeed have the larger range of framelines of the M6...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-21-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 1,290
Posted By burninfilm
Okay, I've teased you long enough. This IS a...

Okay, I've teased you long enough.

This IS a 50mm f2.0 Summicron. In fact, it's a 1962 vintage Rigid Summicron. A very nice lens, and perfectly capable of very sharp, contrasty results. I can't...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-20-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 2,340
Posted By burninfilm
Are you absolutely sure, behond the shadow of a...

Are you absolutely sure, behond the shadow of a doubt, that the M4-P was equipped with two different finders? Are you sure these finders came from the M4 and from the M6?

Just asking, as I want you...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-20-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 2,340
Posted By burninfilm
Howdy! So, is this the same M4-P I sold you a...

Howdy! So, is this the same M4-P I sold you a while back? If it is, that is a very nice camera. I'm sad to see it didn't work out for you... However, I will admit to prefering the M2 as well. The...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-20-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 1,290
Posted By burninfilm
Just before I tell you which lens I used, are...

Just before I tell you which lens I used, are there any other guesses?

And be looking out for another picture in Marc A.'s new post!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-20-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 1,290
Posted By burninfilm
Hey guys/gals. Looks like we've had quite a few...

Hey guys/gals. Looks like we've had quite a few different attempts at nailing down the lens. Okay, here's some hints:

It's a 50mm.
It is vintage, and yes, it's a RF lens (I recently got an M2)
...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-19-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 1,290
Posted By burninfilm
Which lens has been used for this picture?... Part 2

Hello All. In a very recent discussion, Marc A. posted an image, and allowed others to try and determine which lens was used to form the negative. Now, let's try another sample, and see what comes...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-19-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 1,574
Posted By burninfilm
Okay, let me rephrase what I stated: If the...

Okay, let me rephrase what I stated: If the background is uniform and simple, then an observer of the resulting photograph is basically uncapable of concluding the lens used to make it?

Man, that...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-19-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 1,574
Posted By burninfilm
So basically, what you're saying is that lens...

So basically, what you're saying is that lens type makes no difference without out of focus areas in a photograph? Everything from the Jupiter 8 to the collapsible Summicron have been mentioned, and...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 07-15-2007
Replies: 2
Views: 1,614
Posted By burninfilm
Well, this reply may be a bit late, but I thought...

Well, this reply may be a bit late, but I thought I'd "speak" my mind anyway.

First of all, these cameras are crude compared to German and even Japanese competitors. In fact, for one of the better...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-11-2007
Replies: 46
Views: 3,206
Posted By burninfilm
So the FM and FM2 use a diode display, huh? My...

So the FM and FM2 use a diode display, huh? My mistake... it's been a while since I used one of them. The well thought out diode displays of many Nikon cameras work great too. Even the meter display...
Forum: Other RF 07-10-2007
Replies: 25
Views: 1,784
Posted By burninfilm
Hey Melanie, I'm glad you could post some pics...

Hey Melanie, I'm glad you could post some pics from that Polaroid Automatic 230! I've got one sitting around I was always intending to try out. Which variety of film did you run through that old...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-10-2007
Replies: 46
Views: 3,206
Posted By burninfilm
Well, first of all, let's clarify that the F3 CAN...

Well, first of all, let's clarify that the F3 CAN meter with an open aperture with AI-S lenses AND the regular AI lenses. The whole Nikon lens compatibility thing is kinda confusing, so you often...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-05-2007
Replies: 86
Views: 6,343
Posted By burninfilm
Well, there's a picture in the book "Larry...

Well, there's a picture in the book "Larry Burrows Vietnam" published by Alfred A. Knopf with Larry Burrows sporting a chrome M3 with a wide angle lens and external VF, another chrome M3 with the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-04-2007
Replies: 86
Views: 6,343
Posted By burninfilm
W. Eugene Smith, huh? Have you ever really read...

W. Eugene Smith, huh? Have you ever really read up about the man? I mean, c'mon, he used just about any camera that he thought would work for a certain job. In the 30's he used a Speed Graphic, then...
Forum: Yashica RF 06-16-2007
Replies: 18
Views: 1,492
Posted By burninfilm
Which is why I said "comparable" and not "exact"....

Which is why I said "comparable" and not "exact". You might note, however, that the price of the Yashicamat didn't change much. I included the price of this camera to allow a direct comparison to the...
Forum: Yashica RF 06-16-2007
Replies: 18
Views: 1,492
Posted By burninfilm
I don't know from what year the information you...

I don't know from what year the information you have came from (regarding the original prices of the cameras). However, I have a photographic supplies catalog from 1960 with a few interesting cameras...
Forum: Argus RF 06-13-2007
Replies: 2
Views: 1,997
Posted By burninfilm
Well, Argus believed that the talented users of...

Well, Argus believed that the talented users of Argus cameras should take advantage of the high precision of the C3. Therefore, they incorporated shutter speeds of less than a "stop" of exposure...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-29-2007
Replies: 15
Views: 13,053
Posted By burninfilm
Sure, the IIf might be a more uncommon camera,...

Sure, the IIf might be a more uncommon camera, but I highly doubt it's worth enough to buy a pair of IIIf's. Seriously, look at the online retailers of vintage Leica equipment (like ritzcam.com) and...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 05-23-2007
Replies: 3
Views: 717
Posted By burninfilm
I would say that your IIIa needs some attention....

I would say that your IIIa needs some attention.

The IIIa I used to own was incredibly smooth, in fact, I could operate the winding knob with the side of my finger, allowing for a very quick film...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-05-2007
Replies: 24
Views: 1,381
Posted By burninfilm
Yes, I'd agree that the Minolta SRT101's are very...

Yes, I'd agree that the Minolta SRT101's are very durable cameras. My father used one for many years, that he bought new in the early 70's. Several years later, his house was hit by a large tornado,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-19-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 1,199
Posted By burninfilm
Check out the M-mount Leicas that KEH sells on...

Check out the M-mount Leicas that KEH sells on Ebay from time to time. All the ones I've checked out so far had some chipped vulcanite, bright marks, scratches, dings, etc. Probably still within the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-18-2006
Replies: 17
Views: 1,424
Posted By burninfilm
Just thought I'd mention that the KEH's grading...

Just thought I'd mention that the KEH's grading of Leica M's is basically exactly like their rating scale. After seeing a few M3's from KEH sell on [email protected], it seems that their "bargain" condition M3's...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-17-2006
Replies: 5
Views: 1,556
Posted By burninfilm
If you are going to stick a Leica M-mount lens on...

If you are going to stick a Leica M-mount lens on a Nikon F-mount camera, be aware that you won't be able to focus to infinity. In fact, you will probably be limited to focusing at a pretty short...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-07-2006
Replies: 15
Views: 1,318
Posted By burninfilm
I'd hate to ask what might be a stupid question,...

I'd hate to ask what might be a stupid question, but are you sure the rangefinder is properly adjusted? If your wide open shots are the ones most consistently out of focus, than an inaccurate...
Forum: Other RF 10-05-2006
Replies: 15
Views: 1,694
Posted By burninfilm
If you could, I'd appreciate having his e-mail...

If you could, I'd appreciate having his e-mail address as well. If not, no big deal, but he does have some stuff I'm interested in.
Forum: Other RF 10-05-2006
Replies: 15
Views: 1,694
Posted By burninfilm
Looks like a terrific old RF. Rodenstock lenses...

Looks like a terrific old RF. Rodenstock lenses are very nice, and the Heligon has the same basic lens design as the Schneider Xenon. As many Kodak Retina and Agfa Karat users have shown, these Xenon...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-05-2006
Replies: 5
Views: 814
Posted By burninfilm
Really, there isn't much competition here. If you...

Really, there isn't much competition here. If you are looking for the most popular camera, the Minolta 7SII wins by a WIDE margin. It is often compared to the Konica S3, and is a very small RF. Plus,...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-26-2006
Replies: 9
Views: 1,620
Posted By burninfilm
I found your info: ...

I found your info:

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7878&highlight=zorki+rangefinder+infinity

Took me all of 2 minutes to look it up. I need to do the same thing on a Mir!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-24-2006
Replies: 21
Views: 1,309
Posted By burninfilm
You know, you could simply take a label with YOUR...

You know, you could simply take a label with YOUR name and stick it over the other name. Or just place a piece of black tape over it. That's what I'd do. Who know, maybe I will!

It looks like a...
Forum: Off Topic 09-13-2006
Replies: 26
Views: 3,521
Posted By burninfilm
The Xenar equipped Rolleicords include the III,...

The Xenar equipped Rolleicords include the III, IV, V, Va, and Vb. The Rolleicord III's were introduced in the early 1950's, and are the simplest Rolleicords you can get that have a Xenar lens...
Forum: Off Topic 09-13-2006
Replies: 26
Views: 3,521
Posted By burninfilm
Don't look over the Rolleicords. If you don't...

Don't look over the Rolleicords. If you don't need a lever advance and are willing to cock the shutter yourself, a Rolleicord (with the Xenar lens) is just as capable of a camera as a Rolleiflex...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-11-2006
Replies: 11
Views: 1,183
Posted By burninfilm
You could try finding one of those hot shoe...

You could try finding one of those hot shoe adapters to slide into the cold shoe. I can't imagine a cheaper way to give a VC Meter II a "boost".

Edit: Never mind, as I see you already solved the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-11-2006
Replies: 72
Views: 2,875
Posted By burninfilm
Well, it's just about like any other Kiev. It...

Well, it's just about like any other Kiev. It does seem very well made, but I personally don't have a good example of a standard Kiev 4a to compare against it (my Kiev 4a is a well used example, not...
Forum: Off Topic 09-10-2006
Replies: 34
Views: 1,678
Posted By burninfilm
The sling release really isn't a difficult part...

The sling release really isn't a difficult part to make, but getting it to work correctly can be a challenge. There are a few sites on the web that cover this. On mine, I just used a thin steel rod...
Forum: Off Topic 09-10-2006
Replies: 34
Views: 1,678
Posted By burninfilm
And after you build the first trebuchet, you've...

And after you build the first trebuchet, you've GOTTA build another one. Only this time bigger. Much bigger!

Me, I built one of these two years ago. It's still sitting in my garage, as it's to...
Forum: Other RF 09-09-2006
Replies: 34
Views: 2,540
Posted By burninfilm
Yes, but it also doesn't make it a bad camera. ...

Yes, but it also doesn't make it a bad camera.

Back on topic, here is a camera that isn't the prettiest in the world:

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d165/BurninFilmzd/Cameras0012-1.jpg

The...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-09-2006
Replies: 30
Views: 1,630
Posted By burninfilm
For the Kiev, you have to use Contax mount...

For the Kiev, you have to use Contax mount lenses. The Nikon mount can be put onto your Kiev, but any lens with a longer focal length than 35mm will likely focus inaccurately.

So, you can use the...
Forum: Other RF 09-09-2006
Replies: 34
Views: 2,540
Posted By burninfilm
No, Kodak's main competition for the Argus C4...

No, Kodak's main competition for the Argus C4 would probably be the Signet 35, as the C4 and the Signet 35 were introduced in the early 1950's. The Kodak 35 RF, on the other hand, was introduced in...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-09-2006
Replies: 72
Views: 2,875
Posted By burninfilm
LOL. My list is 5 lines long and ORANGE. Tacky?...

LOL. My list is 5 lines long and ORANGE. Tacky? Maybe. Do I care. No.

I listed it so others could see what I have, and ask questions if they are interested in something similar. For instance, how...
Forum: Other RF 09-09-2006
Replies: 34
Views: 2,540
Posted By burninfilm
I've always had good luck with Kodak 35 RF's. The...

I've always had good luck with Kodak 35 RF's. The Anastar lens is basically a coated, front focusing Tessar design. True, the ergonomics aren't the greatest but they are pretty good compared to its...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-07-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 1,033
Posted By burninfilm
Does he repair Compur shutters? I sure hope so,...

Does he repair Compur shutters? I sure hope so, since the Rolleicord III I sent him has one in it!

So, to answer your question, yes, he does repair/CLA Compur shutters.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-07-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 1,033
Posted By burninfilm
Yep, I sent him my Rolleicord III and was...

Yep, I sent him my Rolleicord III and was rewarded with a beautifully functioning camera afterwards. The CLA was $59, and it was money well spent!
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