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  1. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Showcase Sankyo Kohki W-KOMURA 28mm f/3.5 in LTM

    Was given this lens as part of a 'payment' for cleaning/lubricating/repairing some Super Ikontas and other folders for a fellow film camera user. Turns out the LTM version is a rare beast. I've not come across many other examples and the prices on Ebay sold listings are beyond expensive...
  2. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Showcase Leica 50mm f/1.5 Summarit

    I picked up a crusty Summarit with 1950s serial number for a fair price last week. The front element is pretty scratched up and has two small pits in it. Looks like somebody dragged it along a gravel pathway. The aperture ring was binding quite a bit and really didn't like being disassembled...
  3. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Showcase Carl Zeiss Jena 5cm f/1.5 Sonnar T (1943-ish)

    So, I got my hands on another Fast Fifty last week, It looked a bit dirty with some splotches in the front coating and what looked like fungus along the edges of the front element. Brian did offer some advice on taking it apart for cleaning, which I promptly did. Of course, my specimen did...
  4. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Some portraits from Huis Doorn

    Every year the Huis Doorn Museum organizes a World War 1 living history event in May. For those who are unaware of the history of the Manor house and surrounding estate; Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany fled to the Netherlands at the end of the Great War and was granted asylum because of his blood...
  5. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Some portraits from Bunker Museum IJmuiden

    A week and a half ago (Weekend of the 20th may 2017) I went to a Living History event at the Bunker Museum in IJmuiden (NL) also known as "Widerstandsnest 2000". The various living history groups, Panzer Grenadiers, Dutch and French resistance, Americans, British SAS were spread out over the...
  6. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Leica 2.8cm f/6.3 Hektor disassembly?

    I know it's a long shot, but... I'm looking to clean the haze out of my 2.8cm f/6.3 Hektor, but I'm a little hesitant to just start unscrewing rings and elements left and right. I assume the rear group is held in place with the most inner ring on the back. Anyone got any tips or a proper...
  7. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Along the Kall Trail

    Last Saturday (5 nov), I went on a small hiking trip with a fellow camera fiend. It was a bit of an off-the-cuff thing; "Wanna go to Hürtgenwald this weekend?" "Sure". It kind of spiraled out of control from that point. I remember drinking a lot of beer, eating a lot of pizza and schnitzels and...
  8. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Xenon 5cm f/1.5 disassembly walk-through

    I've done this partial disassembly a couple of times now. The walk-through will give you access to a number of inner lens surfaces for cleaning, and it will show how to fix lens wobble. All without chance of ruining the focus or calibration. All you need is a 1mm flat-head screwdriver. The...
  9. Mr_Flibble

    Leica The Final Thrust 1944-2016

    Early September this year I participated in one of the big WW2 living history trips organized by 2nd Armored In Europe. This time we followed the route of the 9th United States Infantry Division "The Old Reliables" through Belgium during that first week of September in 1944. We started in the...
  10. Mr_Flibble

    Leica M9 or M-Monochrom?

    So, a seller in the UK is offering his M9 and M-Monochrom up for sale. He's asking 2000 and 3000 GBP respectively. The M9 has around 7000 shutter activations and the Monochrom something like 4000. I'm seriously tempted to get one of them (while I still have the disposable income). I'm a bit...
  11. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Showcase KMZ 8.5cm f/2 Jupiter-9 in LTM

    I got this lens about a year ago from an acquaintance, who got it from a friend in the UK, who recalibrated it after he got it from...etc etc. I had not put it through its paces until last week. I mounted it on a Zorki I (c) that I had recently serviced and shot a roll of Fomapan 100...
  12. Mr_Flibble

    Leica A small trip through the Belgian Ardennes

    In the early morning of December 21st, a friend and I drove to Bastogne, with the plan to just travel around and shoot pictures. Camera: Leica IIIc (1942) Lens: Leitz 50mm f/2.5 Hektor (1933) These first two were shot with Rollei Superpan 200, a film I've grown to hate in 135 format. The...
  13. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Leica IIf rebuild

    I picked up a Leica IIIf Red Dial with matching Elmar 50mm f/3.5 last month as a project camera. Mainly to see if I could fix it up myself. It wasn't expensive so I wouldn't be too much out of pocket if I totally screwed up the repair. It looked like someone had been at it with a hammer after...
  14. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Diadem Spider with Epson R-D1

    I had been walking past the web in the middle of my backyard for a few days now, but today I finally saw the spider sitting in it. Snapped it with my Epson R-D1 with Leica PLOOT, Universal bellows and Hektor 135mm f/4.5 head. At f/5.6 and 1600 ISO.
  15. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Leica LTM trouble

    My 1942 Leica IIIc has been acting up lately. The winding knob would jam tight. No way to advance further. To solve it: -I have to remove the film. -loosen the grub screw in the winding knob. -put a screw driver in the slot of the take-up spool stem and unscrew the winding knob slightly...
  16. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Treasure hunting in the Ardennes

    Our annual La Chouffe Weekend in the Belgian Ardennes was filled with old friends, board games, fatty foods and of course La Chouffe beer. On Saturday I went along with some friends who were going "geocaching". A modern-day version of a treasure hunt, using a storyline and a GPS. This one was...
  17. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Oldtimer Car Meet

    Last weekend I was eager to test my freshly arrived Leica IIIc. So I took it with me to the annual Oldtimer Car Meet in a nearby park. When I received the camera it had some issues with the slow speed escapement, but that was resolved after I took the shutter out of the shell and clean what I...
  18. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Showcase Leica 50mm f/2.5 Hektor

    I've managed to snag a 1933 sample of the 5cm f/2.5 Hektor lens. Unfortunately the center of the front element is badly scuffed, causing all kinds of fuzziness at apertures smaller than f/6.3. The Hektor is a triplet consisting of 6 elements in 3 groups of 2 cemented elements each. Designed by...
  19. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Showcase Leica 135mm F4.5 Hektor LTM

    Is there no love for this lens? Some images taken at the Wolluk-Stock 2015 music festival. Camera: Leica M3 (Dual-Stroke 1955) Lens: Leitz 13.5cm f/4.5 Hektor lens (1946 - coated) Film: Fomapan 100 (Ro9, 1+25, 6.5 minutes) I confess I had not used the Hektor in for a number of years...
  20. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Some portraits with a 135mm Hektor

    Some 'candid' protraits that I took over the Easter Weekend at a Living History event at Coastal Fortress IJmuiden. Camera: Leica IIIc (1942) Lens: Leitz 135mm f/4.5 Hektor (coated, 1946) with Y2 filter Film: Rollei RPX 400 Developing: Ro9, 1+100, 1 hour Full Stand Dev (30 seconds initial...
  21. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Showcase KMZ 50mm f/3.5 Industar-22 in LTM

    I hadn't used this coated 1952-dated lens in quite a while, mainly because the curtains on the Zorki Ic it was attached to were starting to come apart. I could shake the camera and flakes of rubber would fall out, no matter how much LET is smeared on the curtains. So last year I decided to...
  22. Mr_Flibble

    Leica London & ICE-totally gaming convention.

    I was in London for business a couple of weeks back. Every other year or so the bosses send me and a number of colleagues to the ICE-totally Gaming convention at the Excel. Personally, I hate the 2 days of stressing, getting on the right flight, getting on the right train, getting to the hotel...
  23. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Monte Carlo Historical Rally Car Scrutineerning

    Last Friday (30th of January) a friend and I drove down to Reims to see the start of the Monte Carlo Historical Rally 2015. The Cars were being scrutinized in the local Expo hall prior to heading into the center of the city. From there they would start their long drive to Monte Carlo. I...
  24. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Another adapter 50 f/1.5 Sonnar in LTM on Christmas eve

    Another adapted 50 f/1.5 Sonnar in LTM on Christmas eve Snapped some low-light shots before and after Christmas dinner with my family. It was with my Leica M3 and the pre-war CZJ 50mm f/1.5 Sonnar I bought from Brian last year. The film is some "Foto Discount Super Color 100" which is...
  25. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Featured: 'Fall biodiversity with Leica IIIb and Summar' by Mr Flibble

    Went out for a walk to test a camera this last Sunday. It's been exceptionally warm this weekend for the time of year. So I took the opportunity to shoot some plant and animal life. I got the Leica IIIb camera a couple of months ago. It came with a motor drive, but I'm missing the linkage...
  26. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Showcase Schneider Kreuznach 75mm f/3.8 Tele-Xenar on Leica IIIc

    Not the best photo to show off the abilities of the lens, but I was having fun. f/3.8 at 1/10th I think. The film is Fomapan 100 classic. Developed in 1+100 R09 one-shot stand development. I was rather surprised to find that something like a Robot-to-LTM adapter actually existed. Let alone...
  27. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Wolluk-stock 2014

    Some photos I took at the Wolluk-Stock music/family festival 2014 a week ago. Camera: Leica IIIc (1942) Lens: Leitz 90mm f/4 Elmar (coated 1937) Films: Fomapan 100 Classicen and Agfa Superpan 200 Extras: Leitz FIKUS shade, VIOOH finder. I was afraid the Fomapan would be too slow for...
  28. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Showcase ZOMZ 50mm f/1.5 Jupiter-3 in LTM

    Some samples taken with my Jupiter-3 50mm f/1.5 lens manufactured in 1959 by the Zagorsk Optical Mechanical Plant (ZOMZ). The lens hasn't been adjusted to proper Leica flange distance. And using it on a Leica body has always yielded some less than satisfactory results. And with my leaky Zorki I...
  29. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Half cases for early LTM Leicas?

    Looking to buy a half case to carry and protect my black Leica II and other 'early' barnacks without strap lugs. I've visited the usual suspects, Luigi, Mr Zhou, Kenji. Luigi's is abso-bleemin'-lutely beautiful, but I can't justify spending $240-260 Euro on one. Mr Zhou, doesn't seem to...
  30. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Villers-la-Ville Abbey

    Leica M3 Dual Stroke, Xenon 50mm f/1.5 with yellow 1 filter, Agfa Superpan 200 I wasn't really out to shoot architecture that day, but the Abbey was too good to pass up. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
  31. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Showcase Leica 50mm f/3.5 Elmar

    Surpised to find there wasn't any topic about this classic Leica lens 1946 coated Elmar 5.0cm f/3.5, Leica IIIa from 1937 1937 uncoated Elmar 5.0cm f/3.5, Leica IIIa (yours truly on the left with the tommygun), Leica IIIa from 1937 uncoated Elmar 5.0cm f/3.5, Adox 100 film...
  32. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Diadem spider, Visoflex + Bellows

    Leica Visoflex + Universal Bellows + Leitz Hektor 135mm f/4.5 head + Epson R-D1 This little fellow is only about 15mm tall. Nearly walked into him when I got home an hour ago
  33. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Showcase Industar-69 28mm f/2.8, on Epson R-D1

    The Industar-69 requires very little modification to change the focus to match Leica standards. These lenses are designed for the Chaika half-frame cameras. It already comes correct thread to fit your LTM camera, probably because they wanted to be able to use it as an enlarger lens too. The...
  34. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Showcase Leica 50mm f/2 Summar

    Couldn't find a Summar thread. So here's a few from my last couple of rolls of Agfa Superpan 200, with a Y2 filter (A36) The Summar is a clean example from 1938.
  35. Mr_Flibble

    Leica Showcase Leica 50mm f/1.5 Xenon

    I got this lens in the first months of this year. It was advertized as "UG" at KEH, The entire lens unit was loose and turning in the mount and both ends were full of cleaning marks. It took me a while to figure out how to properly disassemble and reassemble it, but I managed to tighten up the...
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