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  1. BrianS

    Nikon Df Autofocus Question

    I bought the Silver version the first weekend that the camera was in Stores. Never failed me, looks great, I also got a good deal on the Nikon fitted case for it.
  2. BrianS

    Leica Showcase Komura 135/3.5 Leica Mount

    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...
  3. BrianS

    Nikon Df Autofocus Question

    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...
  4. BrianS

    Nikon Df Autofocus Question

    https://cameraderie.org/threads/is-anybody-else-out-there-wanting-an-m10.46761/post-342095 (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...
  5. BrianS

    Leica Showcase Leica M8 / M8.2

    The Skylight 1A (warming) filter was also billed by Kodak as being a Kodachrome Filter. I have one marked that way.
  6. BrianS

    Nikon Df Autofocus Question

    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...
  7. BrianS

    Leica Showcase Leica M8 / M8.2

    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.
  8. BrianS

    Nikon Df Autofocus Question

    I'm tempted to take an old SB-23 and rewire it to just turn the Focus Assist light on.
  9. BrianS

    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...
  10. BrianS

    Hi camerads!

    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: Leica Showcase
  11. BrianS

    Leica Showcase Canon 100mm F3.5, Black Version, 40mm filter thread

    Spring has Sprung, it's warm enough for taking nice walks in the neighborhood. And I have the focus on this lens nailed. All at F4, with Walz Y2 filter.
  12. BrianS

    Dramatic B&W images

    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.
  13. BrianS

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

    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.
  14. BrianS

    Leica 7Artisans 75mm 1.4 M-Mount lens announced!

    Weight (g) 730 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...
  15. BrianS

    Leica 7Artisans 75mm 1.4 M-Mount lens announced!

    I'll probably end up with one- and it cannot be any bigger/heavier than my Canon 85/1.5. I'm a sucker for Fast Telephoto lenses.
  16. BrianS

    B&W Family Photos

    Opened an old folder- early DSLR, DCS200ir.
  17. BrianS

    Spring is Springing

    Leica M9 with Komura 105mm F3.5.
  18. BrianS

    Film Save a 100,000 Analog Cameras

    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.
  19. BrianS

    Dramatic B&W images

    Very old Digital Camera- DCS200 series. Infrared Monochrome.
  20. BrianS

    Starting to crack the infrared code?

    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...
  21. BrianS

    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...
  22. BrianS

    Film Save a 100,000 Analog Cameras

    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...
  23. BrianS

    Film 2019 Film Photography Day

    Good time to finish off some of the Polaroid in the Fridge. Model 250, converted to AAA batteries. I sold the 180 a few years back.
  24. BrianS

    Film Save a 100,000 Analog Cameras

    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...
  25. BrianS

    Film Save a 100,000 Analog Cameras

    Save those film cameras. SOMEBODY will come up with Digital Film...
  26. BrianS

    Film Save a 100,000 Analog Cameras

    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.
  27. BrianS

    Canon Canon Rangefinder images

    Pair of Canon P's with 5cm F2 Sonnars, converted to Leica Mount. I'm impressed the forum Software picked up the Exif data for the camera used to make this picture. It is over 20 years old.
  28. BrianS

    Canon Canon Rangefinder images

    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?
  29. BrianS

    Leica Q is starting to lose its magic :(

    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.
  30. BrianS

    Show basic colors

    Canon 85/1.5 wide-open. The latter lens is big, heavy, and Fast.
  31. BrianS

    Leica Q is starting to lose its magic :(

    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.
  32. BrianS

    Leica Q is starting to lose its magic :(

    You need the M Monochrom...
  33. BrianS

    Leica Showcase Leica M8 / M8.2

    Leica M8, Konica 50mm F1.7 AR-Mount, converted to M Mount, RF coupled. M8RAW2DNG.
  34. BrianS

    Looking for help.... how to gets pics off of late 1990's "Intel Minicard" memory cards?

    If worse comes to worse- you can send me the camera and software. I've kept a Pentium Pro computer running for 22 years now, home and at work. You never know when you need to read something obscure.
  35. BrianS

    Looking for help.... how to gets pics off of late 1990's "Intel Minicard" memory cards?

    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.
  36. BrianS

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

    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...
  37. BrianS

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

    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...
  38. BrianS

    Looking for help.... how to gets pics off of late 1990's "Intel Minicard" memory cards?

    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...
  39. BrianS

    Looking for help.... how to gets pics off of late 1990's "Intel Minicard" memory cards?

    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...
  40. 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...
  41. BrianS

    What's your oldest "living" digital camera?

    Kodak DCS200ir, 1993. This is the first Infrared Camera delivered in the Kodak series. I asked them to make it. Nikon E3, 1997.
  42. BrianS

    Which cameras are actually made in Japan these days?

    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...
  43. BrianS

    Which cameras are actually made in Japan these days?

    I have lenses and cameras marked "Made in Occupied Japan"... My Nikon Df is made in Japan. Nikon stamps their lenses as to where they are made.
  44. BrianS

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

    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...
  45. BrianS

    Leica Showcase Jupiter 8

    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.
  46. BrianS

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

    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.
  47. BrianS

    First thing I think of is Assembly Language. If you really want a fast interface for a camera...

    First thing I think of is Assembly Language. If you really want a fast interface for a camera, code it all in Assembly Language. PASM- TI's assembler, also PIC assembler.
  48. BrianS

    How about "Me and my Buddies use PASM for writing code for TI embedded processors."

    How about "Me and my Buddies use PASM for writing code for TI embedded processors."
  49. BrianS

    Leica Showcase Canon 100mm F3.5, Black Version, 40mm filter thread

    At F4, with the Y2 filter. Final adjustment for this lens for use on the M Monochrom. I've parted out 2 SLR lenses now to get the best glass of 5 lenses into the 3 RF lenses. I'm biased.

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