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  1. Brian

    Top Gun Maverick- Deja Vu all over again, 633 Squadron and Star Wars

    Finally got a break and went to see Top Gun Maverick. Great movie. Like watching a 21st century version of the Cliff Robertson movie 633 Squadron. This is the movie that George Lucas cites as inspiration for the original Star Wars attack on the Death Star. A quick search showed up that other...
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    Leica Fake 5cm F2 Sonnars on Ebay, Jupiter-8 lenses with a Phony Name ring.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/165160875598 I've noticed many Ebay sellers putting Jupiter-8 lenses with phony namerings on Ebay at prices over $300. These are not pre-war 5cm F2 Sonnars converted to Leica mount. These ARE 1960s Jupiter-8 lenses with a fake namering...
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    Leica A little Pixii Dust sprinkled on the Leica Forum

    The "forum formerly known as the Leica forum" is now the "Leica and Leica M, LTM, L, and R" forum. The intent is to give a place where threads for any Leica camera lens AND any Camera and Lens using M-Mount, LTM, L, and R mount can be posted. OR- "We sprinkled a little Pixii Dust" into the...
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    Leica Showcase Voigtlander 50mm F1.0 Nokton

    The new Voigtlander Nokton 50mm F1.0 uses aspherical optics, floating element, and special glass. Focus is spot-on throughout the entire range with my M9, and accurate at the tested apertures of F1, F1.4, F2, F2.8, and F4. FULL RESOLUTION SHOTS: Nokton 50mm F1.0 Test Shots, have to put up my...
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    Leica Showcase Voigtlander 50mm F1.2 Nokton Aspheric

    I picked this lens up a couple of months ago, have been using it on my Leica M9. Work has been "extremely busy", and taking some breaks while my Daughter is out of school. This lens is fast, relatively compact, sharp, contrasty, and focuses to 0.7m. It uses 52mm filters. About the same size and...
  6. Brian

    Lens WIDE-OPEN, Any Lens, Any focal Length, Any Mount, Any Camera

    This is the Companion to the F1.4 and Faster thread. https://cameraderie.org/threads/f1-4-and-faster-any-focal-length-any-mount-any-camera.52926/ There is nothing wrong with your Camera. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are now controlling the image. We control the horizontal and the...
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    Lens F1.4 and Faster, Any Focal Length, Any Mount, Any Camera.

    The Need for Speed- post your pictures shot at F1.4 and Faster. Voigtlander Asph-Nokton 50/1.2, Wide-Open at 1/25th on the M9. Companion thread- https://cameraderie.org/threads/wide-open-any-lens-any-focal-length-any-mount-any-camera.52932/
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    Leica Voigtlander 50mm F1.0 PRE-ORDERs now being taken

    https://shop.cameraquest.com/voigtlander-leica-mount-lenses/voigtlander-50mm-f/1.0-leica-m-nokton-asph/ Cameraquest is taking orders. I bought my 50/1.1 Nokton, 35/1.2 Nokton v1, 50/1.5 Nokton v3, 50/2 APO-Lanthar, and 50/1.2 Nokton from Cameraquest- so have direct experience. Aspheric optics...
  9. Brian

    Manual Lens 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

    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...
  11. Brian

    Documentary Christmas Past - share your memory making photos

    Inspired by Christmas 2020- This has been a tough year, and I've been going through pictures of Christmas Past. This one is from 1972- my Sister and Nephew. I took this shot with my Minolta HiMatic 9, same camera that I did the CLA on this past year. Christmas, 1972 by fiftyonepointsix, on...
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    Leica New Voigtlander/Cosina 50mm F2 APO Lanthar in M-Mount announced.

    Okay, Voigtlander is just knocking them out of the park these days. https://shop.cameraquest.com/voigtlander-leica-mount-lenses/voigtlander-50mm-f/2-apo-lanthar-aspherical-m/ No sooner than the V2 M-Mount 50/1.5 Nokton comes out, they do this to me... 50mm F2 APO lens, floating element, 4...
  13. Brian

    Macrium Reflect, stand-alone Backup, and when Windows Repair Fails- "Unscheduled System Restore"

    https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree I started using Macrium Reflect several years ago after making 512GByte FAT-32 disks that could dual-boot DOS and Windows XP for working on embedded systems. Figured out how to Defy Microsoft's artificial limits on FAT-32 drives, but it was not easy and took...
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    Leica Showcase Voigtlander 50mm F1.5 M-Mount, v2- October 2020 version

    Nickel and Black finish, 43mm filter thread, compact design- reminded me of a Bertele lens from the 1930s. This lens is compact. It looks to be an Asymmetric design, meaning the front section is probably a loner focal length than the rear. This allows the two sections to be brought close...
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    Leica Why a Russian Lens needs to be adjusted for a Leica- the focal length is built to the Zeiss Standard

    Hard to believe that some sellers of Russian lenses in Fed/Zorki Mount continue to give bad information that they can be used on a Leica standard camera, that the Russian lenses were made to the Leica 51.6mm standard. THEY ARE NOT, How do I know? Because I have the Data Sheets that came with...
  16. Brian

    Leica KAF-18500 CCD used in the M9 and M Monochrom is discontinued, Sensor replacement no longer possible

    As per Leica Rumors- https://leicarumors.com/2020/08/07/leica-m9-ccd-sensors-have-been-discontinued-defective-sensors-can-no-longer-be-replaced.aspx/ This is no rumor- I've followed OnSemi, which bought out Kodak's CCD Division years ago. Last time I checked- almost all CCD products were gone...
  17. Brian

    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...
  18. Brian

    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...
  20. Brian

    Nikon Showcase Nikkor AF-D 28~105 F3.5~4.5, Aspheric Optics, Internal Focus

    The recent Thread on the AF-Nikkor 28~85 F3.5~F4.5 made me miss my old lens, traded off almost 25 years ago against my first Nikon Rangefinder Kit. That lens was ~$450 in 1991. I have zoom lenses, but not an AF wide~short telephoto. Last Summer vacation- such a lens would have been handy. It's...
  21. Brian

    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...
  22. Brian

    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.
  23. Brian

    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...
  24. Brian

    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...
  25. Brian

    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/
  26. Brian

    Minolta AL-E, removing Top Cover to clean the Viewfinder.

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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...
  28. Brian

    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...
  29. Brian

    Computer-Oriented Jokes...

    Why does Yoda use FORTRAN when he writes code? In FORTRAN there is no "TRY", there is only "DO".
  30. Brian

    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...
  31. Brian

    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...
  32. Brian

    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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    Nikon Showcase Nikkor-T 10.5cm F4 in F-Mount

    This is an odd lens, one of the earliest in F-Mount and one of the last for S-mount. This is a "preset" lens, and is one of the few 3-element lenses made by Nikon. This lens is Nikon's version of the "Mountain Elmar", a small/compact longer focal length lens. This lens is very light, weighing in...
  35. Brian

    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...
  36. Brian

    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...
  37. Brian

    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.
  38. Brian

    W/NW The Subject got the Last Laugh...

    And I got soaked.
  39. Brian

    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...
  41. Brian

    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...
  42. Brian

    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...
  43. Brian

    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. Shop Leica Pre-Owned M System Cameras & Lenses Online I find it interesting that the prices of the M9 and M240 are "about the same" now. This most likely reflects the M9 being...
  45. Brian

    Expired For Sale: Canonet QL17l and Minolta Hi-Matic 7s-II | Location: USA | Ships: World

    Classifieds Type For Sale Price (see description) Item Canonet QL17l and Minolta Hi-Matic 7-II My Location USA Picture File(s) attached Description I am putting two fixed-lens Rangefinder cameras up for sale. The first is a “Panda” Canonet QL17l in 8/10 condition, with Skylight 1a filter...
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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...
  47. Brian

    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...
  48. Brian

    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...
  49. Brian

    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...
  50. Brian

    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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