Took the Komura out today for a walk in the neighborhood.
All shots wide-open at F3.5 with a Walz Y2 (medium yellow) filter. The filter is 1-stop compensation, most commonly used with B&W film. All shots have a Gamma curve added, converted to 16-bit pixels in the DNG file. LR6 used to export to...
I suspect that cramming more electronics, internal-focus motors and associated gearing, electrical contacts shortens the life-expectancy of the newer lenses when compared to the manual focus and screw-drive lenses that I'm used to. My friend has the VR-II version of the lens, not "old in my...
(Link above brings up my example shot with the Df and this lens)
I "briefly had" the 24~85, picked up one that needed repair super-cheap, gave it away after repairing it. Sometimes I just buy stuff that...
You'll love the Df. The AF is just fine. I recall the original debate over 51 points and 30"whatever" point: looking at the two modules back then, there was a size difference with the 51-point being larger. I've used mine at ISO 25,600 with good results. ISO 100 is amazing. The saturation count...
It has been stated that Kodak formulated the KAF-10500 CCD used in the M8 to give the same colors as Kodachrome. I've shot Kodachrome, Kodachrome II, Kodachrome-X, Kodachrome 25 and Kodachrome 64. The above shot looks like Kodachrome 25. Just had to narrow it down a bit.
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...
Welcome Riego, I think you will fit right in here. You used the words "Film", "Leica", and "Vintage lens" all in the same sentence...
Post some pictures with those vintage lenses. You will find lots of examples here:
Hard to believe I bought this camera 6.5 years ago.
Leica M Monochrom, Canon 100mm F3.5 with Walz Y2 filter. All at F4, sweet-spot on the lens.
Gamma curve added with custom software, straight exports to JPEG after that.
Using with the Visoflex is the best bet for a J-9. I've gone to ridiculous lengths to use the J-9 via the RF. The latest is to thin the LTM-M adapter to 0.82mm and adjust the main shim of the lens, a real hack. I'm stubborn.
Nice series of portraits.
My Canon 85/1.5 weighs in at 730g. It is 7 elements in 4 groups, dame block diagram as the Simlar 5cm F1.5. Uniquely Japanese implementation of a Fast Double-Gauss.
So this new lens is much lighter than my fast/short telephoto...
It would be most helpful if they compiled and posted repair manuals on their site. I've found some original manuals, but most repair information out there is from home hobbyists taking apart camera equipment and posting lessons learned.
I converted a Nikon Coolpix 950 to full-spectrum years ago, since gave it away to a student. As it was full-spectrum, I tended to use various filters to Block one visible band, leaving that channel sensitive to IR only. These are taken using a Magenta Filter to block green. Blue channel is not...
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...
These are with the Kodak DCS200ir, the N8008s is unmodified except for a special screen to show the cropped FOV of the KAF-1600 sensor.
Micro-Nikkor 55/2.8. The camera stores 50 images on an Internal 80MByte SCSI drive.
Most work I've had to do is take the Back apart and clean contacts. Still...
The Nikon Patent had to do with a "novel" method for making sensor alignment easier. The technique Kodak used 30 years ago works well. My first Digital Camera is a Nikon N8008s with a Kodak DCS back on it, 1993.
15 years ago I was taking pictures at Nikki's Kindergarten when one of the Dad's...
The Retina series is nice. I call these the "Capital Gang", IB, IIC, IIIC. All needed repair. all work great now.
The IIa is smaller, VF a bit squinty- but the 50/2 Xenon is every bit as good as the Collapsible Summicron.
You can always post a want-to-buy on the forum.
Larry has a very good site.
I found this Lighter at an antique store up in the Shenandoah Mountains, it is Made in Occupied Japan. It is fashioned after the Canon III.
So "Canon III and Mini-me".
Larry- have you seen these Lighters before?
I took a walk in the neighborhood with the M8 this afternoon. I'll never sell it- have made a set of lenses just for it. This is with a Minolta MC Mount 50mm F1.4, custom RF cam. RF coupling is good to 0.65m. The 1/8000th second top shutter speed is unique in the M lineup.
I do get a sense of accomplishment when being able to use the M Monochrom and M9 with Fast Telephotos on moving subjects. First shot is with the Nikkor 10.5cm F2.5, wide-open. Second shot is with the Canon 85/1.5 wide-open. The latter lens is big, heavy, and Fast.
I am currently surrounded by Nine Computers all with RS232 interfaces. And I'm at home. The Panasonic CF-53 is a 2.7GHz I5, runs DOS, and even works with a JDM device Programmer. But on the latter- I wrote my own driver for it.
The best explanation I can come up with: The Contax External Mount lenses move ~270degrees from min focus to infinity, the Nikon S-Mount lenses move ~260 degrees from the same min focus to infinity. The adapter's helical that translates rotational motion of the lens to movement of the RF Cam is...
I knew about the differences between Nikon and Contax standards originally from a Modern Photography test done around 1972 or so. They tested a Contax II with 5cm F1.5 lens, and measured the actual focal length. It was ~52.3mm. The Leica Elmar, in the same test, was 51.6mm. I've still got that...
Will the software for the camera run under XP, or must it be Win95/98? What media is the software currently on? CD or Floppy? Lots of Laptop computers on Ebay that run Win98 with RS232, CD, and floppy.
If the camera records in a non-standard format, like my Kodak DC-120, you probably need to...
USB to Serial Adapters don't always work correctly with custom drivers.
My Compaq CF-53 has a "rock-solid" RS-232 on it, runs DOS and XP( and separate Disk for Win7). My Pentium Pro Tower has Win95B on it, with serial cards and SCSI. The latter required for DCS200.
Edit- found a page on what...
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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...
The build quality on these lenses is amazing. I have Nikon, Canon, Minolta, and (what would become) Topcon lenses from this period. Heavy chrome over brass, and lots of it. The Japanese used hard lens coatings, they have stood the test of time. Some of them- the "Simlar 5cm F1.5" (Topcon), some...
It turned out that the seller, camerawest , did not have the lens in stock and refunded my money. They asked if I wanted a 135/4.5 Hektor or Canon 135/3.5 instead: those lenses sell for about 1/2th of this one. To really make it look like bait-and-switch, they put the Minolta lens back up on...
I'm not finished with this 1952 J-8. I need to buy an LTM to M adapter and polish it down a bit to get the index at the 2-O'Clock position, then file the threads down for the RF follower of the camera to follow the new closer focus.
These are at ~0.65ft, "Guess Focus" with the M9. At F2.
Yes, reading websites such as this can be costly.
Minolta 13.5cm f4.0 Tele Rokkor, Finder 3564 | eBay
But I did need a Minolta 13.5cm F4 for my 135 collection. AND it was 1/6th the price of the Nikkor 13.5cm F4.