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  1. BrianS

    Nikon Nikon Introduces the Z5, lower cost entry into full-frame mirrorless.

    https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/product/mirrorless-cameras/z-5.html Quick Take: biggest downgrade is the use of standard CMOS sensor rather than BSI CMOS. The latter accommodates legacy lenses made for short flange distance, like RF lenses. $1400 MSRP for the Body, 3.7MDot EVF...
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    Today, June 29th, is National Camera Day in the US!

    My wife just told me that today is National Camera Day! WooHoo! Take a picture with your Camera! Take a camera apart and fix it! Oh. Did that yesterday. And I did not even know National Camera Day existed! Buy or Give someone a camera...
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    Leica Showcase Minolta Chiyoko 3.5cm F3.5 in Leica Thread Mount

    This lens came out in 1956 and features "multi-layer achromatic coating". This lens is rare, meaning a few hundred made in Leica mount. It was also available in Minolta's proprietary mount for the Super-35. This is the last lens that I needed to complete a collection of Minolta LTM lenses...
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    Leica Showcase Carl Zeiss Jena 5cm F1.5 Sonnar "T", Pre-War- converted to Leica Mount

    The Sonnar series of lenses evolved fairly rapidly in the 1930s. Every year seemed to bring a change in the mechanical construction, materials used, and optical formula. In 1935 Zeiss brought in the equipment to apply coatings to optics. By 1938 coated lenses were marked with a "T" for...
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    Happy Easter, Everyone

    Happy Easter, everyone. I've already pulled chicken from the freezer- "not our usual custom", but these are unusual times. Stay safe, know you are not alone.
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    Leica Showcase 1934 Carl Zeiss Jena 5cm F1.5, converted to Leica Mount.

    The F1.5 Sonnar is amazing, 7 elements in 3 groups. This uncoated lens has near perfect glass with a nice bloom on it. The glass on the F1.5 lens is more durable than that of the F2. It is common to find the F1.5 lens with glass that cleans up nicely. The F2 lens- glass is softer, much like the...
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    Leica Company in the United Kingdom offering Professional Lens conversion to Leica AND a new Sonnar

    https://skyllaney.com/ I saw this on Leicarumors, had to check it out. This company is offering Professionally Done conversions for lenses that I've hacked out on my desk. They also offer adjusted Jupiters. https://skyllaney.com/2020/04/02/sonnar-resurrection/ I've inquired whether they...
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    Flickr account with classic pages from Photo Magazines, Books, etc.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/38552878@N02/ Some very interesting photography pages, many classic ads, and camera articles scanned in: worth looking at if you use/like vintage equipment. And there is a website : https://alookback.net/
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    Minolta Himatic 9: Flood Cleaning Shutter and Cleaning Viewfinder, also applies to the 7, 7s, and 11.

    I bought this camera in 1969, my first 35mm camera, and a whole Summer of mowing Lawns. I was 11. The viewfinder had enough haze built up to make focusing difficult- last CLA was 1976. Time to clean it, I'm a lot better at fixing cameras than I was in 1976. Tools required: Flat Head...
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    Windows 7 End-of-Life (or at least Microsoft Support)

    I'm one of those that waits until the last minute to perform a computer "upgrade", and have been running Win7pro on my main home computers. This month, Microsoft is ending support for Win7. When "WIN10" was new, Microsoft offered a free "upgrade". With some of the Win10 issues seen, I did not...
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    Computer-Oriented Jokes...

    Why does Yoda use FORTRAN when he writes code? In FORTRAN there is no "TRY", there is only "DO".
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    Leica Showcase Canon 50mm F2.2

    This is a rare lens, made from 1/1961 to 6/1961 and sold only in Japan. According to Peter Kitchingman's authoritative book, serial numbers ran from 10000 to 13381. This is the 89th lens produced, and is in beautiful condition. Glass is near perfect, focus is smooth, and there is no play in the...
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    Leica Showcase Canon 50mm F1.8, later Black version.

    Now I know why this lens is claimed to be the sharpest of the Canon 50's in Leica Mount. It is. The 50mm F1.8 Serenar was introduced in 1951, replaced the 50mm F1.9 Serenar. The 50/1.8 Serenar is much sharper than the older F1.9. The Black version is a new lens, even though it retains the same...
  14. BrianS

    W/NW Pictures of "Selfies"

    Inspired by Mike G's photographs in Must have a selfie. Post photographs of people taking Selfies.
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    Leica Showcase Minolta Chiyoko 13.5cm F4, Leica mount

    This is an obscure lens, very little written about it. The 4-digit "3xxx" serial number puts it around 1948. Hard to tell production numbers, but probably a couple of thousand. More than the Nikkor 13.5cm F4, many less than the Canon 135 F4. One of the best resources for Minolta Chiyoko lenses...
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    Leica Yeenon Adapters for LTM to M-Mount, high-quality and reasonable cost.

    A friend asked me for a recommendation for LTM to M-Mount adapters. Voigtlander no longer makes their adapters, which I have always found to be top-quality. The original Leica made adapters are also highest quality, but are decades old now. I have bought more than one to find some dents that...
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    Leica Showcase 7Artisans 75mm F1.25

    On the M9, quick tests right out of the Box. No adjustments required, I use a 1.25x magnifier for focus. First impressions- this lens is FAST, and compact. Much smaller than my 50/1.1 Nokton. Click stops for the aperture mechanisms. Focus very smooth after a brief workout of turning from 0.8m...
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    Leica Happy 10th Birthday to the Leica M9.

    10 Years ago today marked the launch of the Leica M9. 9/9/2009. Feel free to share pictures, new or old.
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    W/NW The Subject got the Last Laugh...

    And I got soaked.
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    Leica 7Artisans 75mm F1.25, shipping next month.

    https://leicarumors.com/2019/04/15/7artisans-75mm-f-1-25-lens-for-leica-m-mount-specifications-and-sample-photos.aspx/ The 7Artisans super-speed lens is now on sale, delivery starts in September. Under $500 with tax and shipping, ordered from the US. I could not resist. I will be comparing it...
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    Leica Heads-Up, Amedeo is putting his Adapters up on Ebay again-

    https://www.ebay.com/sch/amedeo.m/m.html?item=133087140318&hash=item1efc9c99de%3Ag%3AqXkAAOSwFAZTsJAb&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562 Amedeo has some of his Nikon to Leica and Contax to Leica adapters back up on Ebay. These -in my opinion- are the best adapters ever made for using Zeiss Contax...
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    Infrared Images Visible+Infrared with the Leica M8.

    The Leica M8 has a relatively week IR absorbing filter with a 5% leakage in the IR. An Orange filter blocks Blue light and about 1/2 of Green light. These are shot using RAW mode to get uncompressed DNG files, then the Blue and Green channels are equalized with Red. The result is IR in the Blue...
  23. BrianS

    Leica Showcase Industar-50 Collapsible Mount 50mm F3.5

    This lens is a Tessar formula 50/3.5 in a brass mount with "very shiny Chrome". Performance compares well with the post-war 50/3.5 coated Elmar and coated Zeiss Tessar 5cm F3.5. The I-50 is the third formulation of the 50/3.5 Tessar in the Industar series, it improves on the optics of the...
  24. BrianS

    Infrared Images Mt Vernon in IR.

    These are some images made quite a while ago at Mt Vernon, VA. All images with a Micro-Nikkor 55/2.8, Nikon R60 filter. The DCS200ir is a full-spectrum CCD based camera, back when the IR response was as strong as the Visible response. Shots hand-held. I always spun up the internal 2.5" hard...
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    Leica Prices of used Leica M9 and M240- about the same now.

    I went to the Leica website, wanted to see what the current offer is. The main site now has a used camera section. https://www.leicacamerausa.com/used/m-camera-bodies/ I find it interesting that the prices of the M9 and M240 are "about the same" now. This most likely reflects the M9 being...
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    Leica Showcase Jupiter-9 85mm F2

    We have a separate showcase for the 8.5cm F2 KMZ Jupiter-9, and rightfully so. The optical formula changed, the type of glass changed. The J-9 is a classic 7 element in 3 group, 1-3-3 configuration. It is undercorrected for spherical aberration, renders more smoothly than the Nikkor 8.5cm F2...
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    Interesting Reading: Mike Eckman's Web-Site with "Keppler's Vault".

    Keppler's Vault Archives - mike eckman dot com I miss Herb Keppler. Read his articles since I was 12- going back to 1970. Have many old Magazines with his articles. Mike Eckman has posted many of Herb Keppler's articles on his articles on his website. There are also many interesting camera...
  28. BrianS

    Completed For Sale: 1975 Jupiter-8, Shimmed for Leica, with caps. | Location: USA | Ships: World

    Classifieds Type For Sale Price (see description) Item 1975 Jupiter-8, Shimmed for Leica, with caps. My Location USA Picture File(s) attached Description For sale is a 1975 Jupiter-8 50mm F2 lens in EX+ condition, shimmed for Leica. Includes front and rear caps. I used my Leica M9 to adjust...
  29. BrianS

    Leica New Canon Rangefinder Site, plus a few extras...

    Larry Huffman is in the process of setting up a new Canon Rangefinder Site, also has some other lenses and cameras from other makers as well. Larry has some Minolta Chiyoko lenses, very little about them on the Internet. The website is: https://www.canonrangefinder.org/ Larry is open to...
  30. BrianS

    Leica Inexpensive Adapter, Nikon RF to Leica Thread Mount. ~$70.

    Just arrived in the mail, under $70 with shipping. This compares with adapters costing 3x as much. The Amedeo adapters are works of art, his M-Mount adapter for internal mount Contax RF lenses has an indexed cam to correct the slight difference between the Zeiss 52.4mm focal length and the...
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    Nikkor 135/2.8 Ai, "compact" design

    The Nikkor 135/2.8 5 element in 4 group lens was introduced in 1976, a more compact design that replaced the larger 4/4 135/2.8. SN of the new lens starts at 730001. The lens was soon updated to Ai, later to Ais. The optical formula remained the same. The Nikkor 85/2, 105/2.5 (1973 and later)...
  32. BrianS

    Leica Tales from the Greasy Side: Komura 105mm F3.5 Teardown.

    This thread will be continued as I try to bring this lens into working order. For now- the teardown, as I could not find this anywhere on the web. This is a fairly uncommon lens in Leica mount. It is similar in construction to the 135mm F3.5 Komura that I relubed- and learned some lessons with...
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    Unjamming a Nikon F2, a "Likely Place to Look"

    I've owned Nikon F2's since 1978, and have never had one jam up on me. BUT- I've bought two that were jammed, dirt cheap. Some 20 years ago, sent a jammed Nikon F2 and F up to Essex for a CLA. They are no more, and prices to repair film cameras have skyrocketed. I picked up a '71 Black Nikon F2...
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    Leica Showcase Komura 135/3.5 Leica Mount

    Komura is a well-known 3rd party maker of lenses for SLR's, usually sell under various brand names.This particular lens was marketed as a "Super-Vemar", but is identical to the Super-Acall. This particular lens also needed a CLA. If you ever get one, and need to lube it: DO NOT SEPARATE THE...
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    Nikon Micro-Nikkor 105 F2.8 ED IF VR- not a good first impression.

    I've used Micro-Nikkors since 1978. The Micro-Nikkor-P 55/3.5 on Kodachrome 25 loaded into a Nikon F2a "defined Sharp". I was loaned the "Micro-Nikkor 105 F2.8 ED IF VR" (too funny, Nikon just loves acronyms. ED means Extra Dollars). My friend with a D850 felt the lens "was just not sharp". I...
  36. BrianS

    Song Game: Music/Video Links with Songs Featuring Photography

    I heard Flock of Seagulls "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)" on the way into work today. Searched the forum, did not find a "Song Game" thread. Put up a link to a Music Video (or audio only) to a song centered on a photographic theme, or mentioning anything photographic. Like Kodachrome...
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    Nikon Reliability of Modern AF/VR lenses.

    Epic fail? 70-200s of all makes among least reliable lenses As mentioned on the Leica forum, my friend's relatively new, but out of warranty, Nikkor 70~200 VR-II lens was not giving sharp results and the Nikon estimate is $600 for a repair. I've done some searches on common problems- the VR...
  38. BrianS

    7Artisans 50mm F1.1 M-Mount lens

    This Chinese produced lens is based on the 1950s Sonnar formula Zunow 5cm F1.1. THAT lens in Leica mount would cost about $5,000 today. In the 1950s, it was priced at what the 7Artisans 50/1.1 costs now. If you want a super-speed lens, and "don't want to pay a LOT for it", get one. Most likely-...
  39. BrianS

    Nikkor 55mm F1.2, Ai version.

    This is one of those lenses that you need to find one in good condition. The front section of this lens is "huge" and can be prone to hard knocks ruining alignment of the front element, and killing the performance. This example is near mint, and has never failed to impress me- whether on a Nikon...
  40. BrianS

    Leica Leica M9 Sensor Repair Time- weeks, not months

    It has only been two weeks since I packed up my Leica M9 and sent to Leica, New Jersey. I detected the first signs of cover-glass corrosion about 3 weeks ago. Today the repairman notified me that the M9 was on its way back to me. The invoice confirms that Leica replaced the sensor, did a...
  41. BrianS

    Helios-103 and Menopta 53/1.8, Contax Mount, adapted to Nikon S-Mount

    The Helios-103 and "rebranded" Menopta 53/1.8 are based on the Zeiss Biotar Double-Gauss formula, 6 elements in 4 groups. The lens is made for the internal mount of the Contax and Kiev camera. With a slight modification, it can be used on a Nikon S-Mount Rangefinder camera. On the latter- it is...
  42. BrianS

    Konica 50/1.7, AR-Mount

    If someone were to ask for a short list of "must-have" manual focus lenses for under $50, the Konica 50/1.7 in AR mount would be first on the list. This lens compares well with the much more expensive Leica 50/2 Summicron. The Konica AR mount is a "dead system", no Digital SLR was ever made to...
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    Action

    Nikkor 10.5cm F2.5, wide-open on the Leica M Monochrom.
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    Leica A truly reliable M8...

    I packed up the M9 and sent to Leica for a new sensor. 7.5 years old- I spotted first signs of the S8612 corrosion and wanted to get the new CCD sensor put in. I like this camera- want to use it until it can no longer be repaired. With Fall colors outside, and some snow still on the ground from...
  45. BrianS

    Photoshop 2019 install causing problems in Win7 SP1 machine

    So- my daughter is taking an IT course requiring the Creative Cloud Suite- and the 1-year subscription was under $250, and you can run on two machines- so I have it on my Win7 SP1 machine and her Win10 machine. The Creative Cloud Manager informed me that "Photoshop 2019" was available. I...
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    Leica SHOWCASE Links -under construction-

    This thread contains Links to Lens Showcase Threads. First Pass- Lenses will be Sorted by Focal Length Groups, Super-Wide (21 and Under) Wide (Greater than 21mm, Less than 45mm) Normal (Greater than 40mm, Up to 60mm) Short Telephoto (Greater than 60mm, up to 110mm) Telephoto (greater than...
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    News / Rumor David Douglas Duncan passed away, 6/7/2018, at the age of 102.

    David Douglas Duncan, 102, Who Photographed the Reality of War, Dies David Douglas Duncan passed away at the age of 102 this week, on June 7th. In my opinion, the greatest war correspondent of all time. His book "This is War" captures the Korean War like no other. David Douglas Duncan was also...
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    Leica Been "insanely busy" with work.

    And not enough time for photography... Been focusing on some new projects that I've been asked to take on, and the project that I've worked on for 15 years now still needs attention. If there is a pony in here- I still use FORTRAN, Assembly, DOS and Wordstar -for almost 40 years- and get asked...
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    Leica Showcase Minolta 5cm F1.8, Leica Thread Mount

    This lens is a 6 element in 5 group Double-Gauss, the same as my Minolta Hi-Matic 9 that I bought in 1969. That was a lot of lawns. First shot with it- could see on the back of the M9 screen that it rendered like the lens on my Hi-Matic. I'm happy. The salesman at K-Mart convinced me that the...
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