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  1. BrianS

    Stroll Seen while strolling...walking and wandering outside

    "I'll give you such A PINCH!" Walk at the Beach.
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    Nikon Nikon DF...

    3 of the 4 pups up at once. 500/8 Reflex-Nikkor.
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    Nikon 28mm lenses

    The Nikkor 28/2 works for me: is very sharp, much better than the Konica 28/1.8 that sells for twice the amount. I have that lens as well. The AF-Nikkor 28/2.8 stopped down a little is just fine. It is probably the cheapest Nikkor 28 that you will find.
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    Nikon Nikon DF...

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    Nikon Nikon DF...

    Brought out the Reflex-Nikkor 500/8, first version. I've had this lens for over 40 years. Great on the Df.
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    Nikon Nikon DF...

    Nikon Df, very late in the day- almost Sunset. Several years ago we had Fox pups in this sinkhole in the backyard. I suspect one of them grew-up, and returned, Nikkor-H 300/4.5. I dropped the lens when putting it on the camera. The tripod socket hit my desk. Put a dent in the desk.
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    Leica Tales from the Greasy Side: Komura 105mm F3.5 Teardown.

    My advice is to NOT separate the helical, but to expose most of it as I have done. Swab the two parts of the helical with alcohol and/or lighter fluid. Clean the exposed section directly, and the inner section using a q-tip from the inside. It works. The material seems to be a bit softer than...
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    Nikon Nikkor 200mm f/4: Micro vs Non-Micro?

    I use my 200/4 AI Nikkor more than the Micro-Nikkor 200/4 AF-D. Smaller, Lighter, great Bokeh. About 1/10th the price of the latter.
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    Nikon Nikkor 200mm f/4: Micro vs Non-Micro?

    https://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Nikon/Nikon-AF-Micro-Nikkor-200mm-F4D-ED-IF-mounted-on-Nikon-D800E__814 The AF-Micro-Nikkor 200/4 has very low chromatic aberration, much better performance that the newer lenses designed for digital. The latter- somebody figures you can just fix in post. The AF-D...
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    Nikon Nikkor 200mm f/4: Micro vs Non-Micro?

    Size, Weight, Cost. The Micro-Nikkor 200/4 AF-D is one of the sharpest lenses that Nikon ever made. It is big. The manual focus Micro-Nikkor, a bit smaller and lighter- not as sharp. Sharper than the 200/4 Ais. The 200/4 Ais is small, light, and not expensive. Plenty sharp on my Df. Shooting a...
  11. BrianS

    How's your computer doing?

    https://appletoolbox.com/macbook-pro-battery-exploding-safety-tips/ Several Macbooks are on a recall list. https://9to5mac.com/2019/05/30/macbook-pro-catches-fire/ https://www.consumerreports.org/laptop-computers/faa-bans-recalled-apple-macbook-pros-from-planes-over-battery-fire-risk/ Check...
  12. BrianS

    How's your computer doing?

    I've used Wordstar for 40 years now, for writing software. It is fast for writing code. Allows customization based on the language you are writing. I have several IDE's for embedded software and cross-compilers, use Wordstar to edit- and return to the IDE to import and compile. I use 32-bit...
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    Leica Simple Shim for LTM adapter to adjust infinity?

    There are machine shops that will make shims for you, it is not cheap. A company specializing in repair would have this done, or make the shims themselves. Us DIY'rs- get better at cutting foil, or using braided wire.
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    How's your computer doing?

    I use Norton. I keep it to the Virus Scanner portion of the software. After the initial install, it's not too much overhead on any of my computers. I use it on an older 2.2GHz Panasonic Toughbook CF-53, a 2.7Ghz Panasonic Toughbook I5, and HP I7 laptops. The 2.7GHz I5 CF-53, I run Win10 off a...
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    How's your computer doing?

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/technology/kaspersky-lab-israel-russia-hacking.html I would never trust Kaspersky given its history. You like it - fine. I would never suggest that anyone else try it. It has been used as a backdoor by the Russian Government. My wife worked at NIH years ago...
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    What does it really mean: “No good for low light”

    Nikon Df, ISO 12,800, 1/30th Sec, Nikkor-O 35mm F2, wide-open. Nikon Df, ISO 12,800, 1/6th second, Nikkor 85mm F1.8 Ai converted, wide-open. Nikkor 85/1.8, Wide-Open by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr Leica M Monochrom, ISO 10,000, 1/180th sec, 7Artisans 50/1.1, wide-open. G1016955 by...
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    Leica 50mm woes

    The Konica 50/1.7 comes very close to the Summicron of the day. Runs about $30 for one in mint condition. I converted mine to RF coupled M-Mount. If you are shooting a Sony, buy the Konica and save the money.
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    Leica 50mm woes

    The Reeves test of fast lenses convinced me that I did not want a Sony full-frame camera for using with fast lenses. The amount of vignetting shown was much higher than was expected based on using these lenses on my Leica M9 and M Monochrom. SO- I made a light box, took some images, and wrote...
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    Leica New Voigtländer 35mm lenses

    Good think I'm a Fifties Guy. The 50/2 APO-Lanthar is amazing, I suspect the 35/2 APO-Lanthar will be as well.
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    Leica Showcase Simlar 5cm F1.5, very early, on the Canon P and the Leica M8

    Did the diameter of the front element increase with the newer version? It looks like the retaining ring is thicker on it, not sure of the front element changed or not. I cannot think of another 5cm F1.5 lens that uses 39mm filters, the Zeiss and Nikkor F1.5 are 40.5mm, the Canon 50/1.5 is 40mm.
  21. BrianS

    Sad news

    I miss Mike on the forum. I miss his photos, I miss his presence. I saw his picture pop up for his birthday, brought a real sense of loss. Thoughts and prayers for his family, and for his friends.
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    B&W: Words/No Words

    The APO-Lanthar 50/2, wide-open.
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    Vivitar Series 1 35-85 F2.8 Auto-Variable-Focus lens.

    The Series 1 Vivitar lenses of this generation were first-rate. One rumor on the 70~210/3.5 was that Nikon made it for Vivitar, it was that good. These days- the Zooms of this era are cheap. I picked up a Nikkor 80~200/4.5 in near-mint for $25 or so, and a Vivitar 70~210/3.5 for the same.
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    Vivitar Series 1 35-85 F2.8 Auto-Variable-Focus lens.

    Focal length range, F4. Cult lens? Lens for a vintage lens Masochist? For me- A lens to own for the unique compromises taken to achieve the design goals.
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    Vivitar Series 1 35-85 F2.8 Auto-Variable-Focus lens.

    At F4- Nice, smooth Bokeh and color rendering on this lens.
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    Vivitar Series 1 35-85 F2.8 Auto-Variable-Focus lens.

    This is an Obscure Lens. It is not "quite a zoom", it is variable focal length. It does not compensate focus as you change focal length, so- change focal length at any distance except infinity and you need to re-focus. The aperture is constant, max aperture is F2.8. The lens is multi-coated...
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    Leica Showcase Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 50mm F2, M-Mount

    I have the classic Summicrons, a type 1 Rigid 5cm f2 and 3 collapsible 5cm f2 Summicrons. Two of those are "hot glass". Of those- the early one is restored, front glass repolished and recoated. It would probably sell for as much as the APO-Lanthar. Get the APO-Lanthar, then decide about the...
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    Leica Showcase Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 50mm F2, M-Mount

    There is no rule that you must pick out one wine or one beer and drink nothing else for the rest of your life... So- some outings call for sharp, others for smooth.
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    Leica Showcase Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 50mm F2, M-Mount

    F2- Blue reflector, medium yellow filter. Red Reflector. Same reflectors as photographed with the M9.
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    Leica Showcase Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 50mm F2, M-Mount

    At F2, As far as size and weight- it is a couple of grams heavier than my v1 Rigid Summicron, and 3mm longer. It is wider, uses 49mm filters rather than 39mm filters.
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    Leica Showcase Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 50mm F2, M-Mount

    On the M Monochrom (v1), Medium Yellow filter, at F2- F4-
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    Leica Showcase Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 50mm F2, M-Mount

    When converting a color image to B&W, best to do the correction for CA first- then convert. You will get a sharper image.
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    Leica Leica: Nothing makes sense and everything is wonderful

    I picked up the Voigtlander 50/1.5 Nokton-M V2 and the 50/2 APO-Lanthar. Been mostly shooting the M9, the M Monochrom does not like cold weather. Comparing my APO-Lanthar shots with the M9 and those taken with newer cameras, I'm happy with the M9.
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    Leica Showcase Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 50mm F2, M-Mount

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chromatic_aberration Lateral Chromatic Aberration can be corrected by resizing the Red-Green-Blue image planes of the image. The colors do not come into focus on the same location on the image plane, I think of it as being spread out like going through a prism...
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    Leica Showcase Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 50mm F2, M-Mount

    No red flags with this lens. My plan is to use this on the M Monochrom, and the Nokton 50/1.5 v2 on the M9. But I can see mixing it up.
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    Leica Showcase Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 50mm F2, M-Mount

    Flare-resistant At F2- BUT What about COLOR! Color rendition - accurate. All at F2.
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    Leica Showcase Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 50mm F2, M-Mount

    At F2, Easily out-resolves the M9, Sharp and Contrasty.
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    Leica Showcase Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 50mm F2, M-Mount

    This lens is amazing. You will not need a better-corrected lens than this. Unless you shoot UV. Then you need the lens on the Right. When received, I noted the overall size was about the same as my Pentax 85/4.5 Ultra-Achromatic-Takumar (UAT). The latter is 50 years old, maybe 40 lenses known...
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    Leica Leica M10-R (and M11)

    How to make a perfectly good looking camera butt-ugly and then try to get an extra $6500 for it. https://www.ebay.com/itm/VERY-RARE-LEICA-M8-2-SILVER-LIMITED-EDITION-60th-ANN-OF-THE-PEOPLE-OF-CHINA/293551057487 Is anyone going to pay $7500 for a Leica M8.2? Unless they use wads of $100 bills...
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    Leica Leica M10-R (and M11)

    I still the the M9 and M Monochrom too much, and am not one for the special-editions. In the digital age, "special editions" are not going to hold value like the film days. Some sellers still think that the special editions carry a premium.
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    Leica Showcase Simlar 5cm F1.5, very early, on the Canon P and the Leica M8

    I would very much like to see pictures of the two lenses. The early ones: I suspect were made under trying circumstances. As noted on mine: the inner screws had to be put back into the same holes that they came out of. Later lenses- more standardized.
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    Film Just Got my SX-70 Sonar Back From Retrospekt

    When Nikki was a toddler she walked into the camera shop with me, looked directly at everyone behind the counter, and announced "I like Polaroid Cameras".
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    Film Just Got my SX-70 Sonar Back From Retrospekt

    I bought a pair of those cameras back in the 1980s, one for me and one for my Dad. It got a lot of use, finally slowed down using them about 11 years ago. The original Polaroid Film had vibrant color. I still have some peel-apart pack film in the fridge, but sold the 180 a few years ago. I used...
  44. BrianS

    Minolta Himatic 9: Flood Cleaning Shutter and Cleaning Viewfinder, also applies to the 7, 7s, and 11.

    The RF works properly with all three of the HM-9's that I have. With the top off your camera, look down into the mechanism as you focus the lens. You should see it moving. It is possible that it needs old lubricant cleaned out, and some fine oil for the mechanism. I had this happen on a Kodak...
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    Leica Leica: Nothing makes sense and everything is wonderful

    The camera manufacturer has input to the sensor design, buy the sensor must be manufactured with the microlens array, color filter array, etc. Kodak, later Onsemi, turned out the CCDs for the M8, M9, and M Monochrom with the IR absorbing cover glass in place. CMOSIS did the same with the M240...
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    Leica Leica: Nothing makes sense and everything is wonderful

    In the Digital world, with everything "upgrading" every few months it seems, it' nice to have some choices of products that work the same they did 50 years ago.
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    Leica Generations apart: how does the 2004 Epson R-D1 hold up against modern tech?

    Ebay prices for the R-D1 are higher than a comparable condition M8. Good ones occasionally pop up on forums. Prices on Digital RF cameras hold much better than rare Digital SLR's. I picked up a Nikon E3- came out before the D1, maybe 100 made, for $200 several years ago. Prices on the R-D1 and...
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