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  1. BrianS

    Feedback i've been seeing a LOTo of ads

    Damn. Almost makes me want to log off to see these ads. But I don't think being a teen model is in my future.
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    Fall colors

    Canon 50/2.2, wide-open on the Leica M9.
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    Leica Showcase Canon 50mm F2.2

    Splashes of color- wide-open, Overall impression of this lens- center sharp even wide-open. Noticeable vignetting at F2.2, gone by F4. Much sharper overall at F4- like most lenses of the day. Some "swirlies", typical of Planar type lenses. But the Bokeh on this lens is very smooth. Most 50mm...
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    Leica Showcase Canon 50mm F2.2

    Distance shots, F2.2 and F4.
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    Leica Showcase Canon 50mm F2.2

    Flare shot- wide-open, into the Sun.
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    Leica Showcase Canon 50mm F2.2

    F2.2 and F4 pairs,
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    Leica Showcase Canon 50mm F2.2

    Sun came out, and I have a new lens to test... And Nikki got a new shirt. Wide-Open,
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    Nikon 610 kit with 50 mm for $897

    It was the D600 that had the oil-on-sensor problem, caused by the shutter design. The D610 replaced the D600 to correct the problem. Nikon's program for replacing D600 shutters is coming to an end soon- anyone with the older camera should have it checked.
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    Leica Showcase Canon 50mm F2.2

    I've seen a number of lenses hacked into Leica mount coming out of China for a lot of money. I figured there was high interest in older lenses there. Lenses that used to be considered "junk", such as the Wollensak 51mm F1.5 Raptar go for more than Summarit 50/1.5's. I'm surprised that more shops...
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    Leica Showcase Canon 50mm F2.2

    This lens was billed as an "Economy lens". The 50/2.2 is a 5 element in 4 group lens, a 1-2-1-1 layout. The rear doublet of a traditional double Gauss 1-2-2-1 layout was combined to an element of higher power. In 1961 it was 40% less cost than the 50/1.8 (6 elements in 4 groups) and 25% less...
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    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...
  12. BrianS

    Name that doodad

    I think that is somewhere in my Lab. The scientist that worked on it retired some 20 years ago.
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    GAS: Please Share your Latest Acquisitions Big and Small

    I need to slow down... but prices for vintage Leica mount lenses are lower than I've seen in 20 years. With Ebay, and prices down in Japan- picked up some rare lenses. A Canon 50/2.2, beautiful condition- $100 with shipping. This lens was made for only 6 months, not sold outside of Japan. A...
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    Name that doodad

    I also have one or two of those, plus the version for the Polaroid Land Camera series. One came with a Nikon S4, another with a Leica. I could even find them... In the Nikon RF Drawer
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    Leica Showcase 7Artisans 75mm F1.25

    "A Day at the Races". Regular lights back on, the Skate Racing event is always fun to photograph. All Wide-Open, ISO 1250.
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    Leica Showcase 7Artisans 75mm F1.25

    Nikki went skating today, one of my favorite places to try out a fast lens. Leica M9, 75mm F1.25, all wide-open. 1.25x finder used. This lens is sharp enough, and handles well. The DOF at F1.25 is wafer thin. But- with some practice, this would be a great lens for indoor sports.
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    Which mount to speed boost?

    The flange distance is probably not the limiting factor- more likely that the lenses have not been made in a long time. It's too bad- the Konica lenses were right up there with Leica in the lens comparisons.
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    Which mount to speed boost?

    Nikon F for me. I have enough to stock a small used camera store. Starting from scratch: Konica AR Mount or Canon FL/FD mount.
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    Leica Showcase Canon 50mm F1.8, later Black version.

    The Black 50/1.8 is about 2/3 the weight of the chrome lens. It's a bit smaller as well. This lens would be perfect on the Leica CL film camera. I'll have to try that.
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    Leica Showcase Canon 50mm F1.8, later Black version.

    First shot wide-open, then stopped down to F4.
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    Leica Showcase Canon 50mm F1.8, later Black version.

    It finally got sunny- took a walk in the neighborhood with the Canon 50/1.8 on the M9. All wide-open, last one is pointed into the Sun.
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    It will never be the same again ...

    The lens can be replaced. I'm glad you are Okay.
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    Leica Showcase Canon 50mm F1.8, later Black version.

    I'd like to see a showcase thread posted for that lens- I see from the thread in "Manual lenses" that you are on a Biotar kick! For the Canon 50/1.8, I learned that the early black lenses have 13 aperture blades, went to 11 blades, then 8 blades. Mine has 11 blades.
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    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...
  25. BrianS

    Ships of the Fleet (Star Trek Edition)

    I just have the Galileo 7... Nice shots of the models. I also have the #1 and #2 Star Trek Comic books. Total cost: $0.24.
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    Software DxO Nik Collection 2 rumoured soon.

    As a stand-alone, the original programs of the NIK collection, including SFX, can only open JPEG files. Lightroom converts RAW and DNG imges to TIFF before passing to the NIK software.
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    Software DxO Nik Collection 2 rumoured soon.

    I've opened the ".exe" files directly, and opened JPG's and TIFF's. with it. It does not handle RAW and DNG. It does not handle catalogs. I have the original version of the software. A valuable feauture for a new version to integrate raw processing. I'll take a closer look this weekend.
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    Software DxO Nik Collection 2 rumoured soon.

    It can be used in both modes, but is designed to be primarily used as a plug-in for another program such as Lightroom.
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    Software DxO Nik Collection 2 rumoured soon.

    That's how I feel about word processors. I use Wordstar 6.0. The hard part is getting a modern computer with a big SATA drive formatted to run DOS. But I figured it out. I run my custom DNG processor for the M Monochrom on the same computer.
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    Software DxO Nik Collection 2 rumoured soon.

    I have everything for the Darkroom downstairs. When I retire, I'll be back to it.
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    Software DxO Nik Collection 2 rumoured soon.

    Just got this Email- RELIVE THE GOLDEN AGE OF BLACK-AND-WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY ONLY $149 THE ULTIMATE SOLUTION FOR BLACK-AND-WHITE CONVERSION
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    Software DxO Nik Collection 2 rumoured soon.

    My original copy of Silver Efx came with the Leica M Monochrom. I like it, but not for every image. I'm not big on GUI's- the original interface is intuitive.
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    Show basic colors

    7Artisans 75mm F1.25 on the Leica M9, Skyline Caverns
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    Feeling blue

    Skyline Caverns, 75mm F1.25 7Artisans on the Leica M9.
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    Red.....

    Skyline caverns.
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    Leica Showcase 7Artisans 75mm F1.25

    This lens is a bargain at under $500. I find it to have plenty of contrast, sharpness, and light-gathering power. If you are using it with the rangefinder, as I do on the M9, calibrating the cam to the specific camera is going to be necessary. This is easy to do- takes a little time and a couple...
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    Leica Showcase 7Artisans 75mm F1.25

    We went up to Skyline Caverns in Front Royal, VA today. A cold/cloudy day is a great time to get a tour of the caverns- it stays about 50F all year round. I took the 7Artisans 75mm F1.25 with me, on the M9.
  38. BrianS

    Why not a digital XA?

    Sensors are thicker than film, and cannot handle high angles of incidence. Digital cameras require much more power than a film camera- batteries are bigger than the film cartridge. Add in that most people want Autofocus (which requires motors) and Liveview, you get a bigger camera. The Leica...
  39. BrianS

    Some Graphs Just Make It Clear

    Film CL or new Digital CL? The rate of change in the Line-Up and high cost for new cameras and lenses might have something to do with it. I took out the Olympus E-P2 yesterday, it delivers good-enough results for most people. You can get a used body on Ebay for $75, less than 1/10th of the...
  40. BrianS

    Fall colors

    The Olympus E-P2 with it's then state-of-the-art SVGA resolution EVF came out 10 years ago. I bought mine not too long after the debut, used it with adapted lenses. It also became my Video camera of choice, with a fast Nikkor 5cm F1.4 on it- was great at low-light. These are with a 55mm F3 Macro...
  41. BrianS

    For Critique Help with cropping

    I prefer #1, much less empty space and closer to the "rule of thirds". This thread has a poll in it... "I Voted".
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    Leica Showcase 7Artisans 75mm F1.25

    First shot at F1.25, second at F4. Just to show I know how to use the aperture ring... If anyone went to see the new movie "Midway", this aircraft was the main one featured. An SBD Dauntless Dive-Bomber.
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    Leica Showcase 7Artisans 75mm F1.25

    Wide-Open at ISO160.
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    Leica Showcase 7Artisans 75mm F1.25

    This lens is sharp enough wide-open across range. Getting it calibrated perfectly for your camera will take a couple of tries: but it is worth the effort. $450 for this lens is 1/2 the price of the Voigtlander 75/1.5, and less than the price of the 75/1.8 used. It's less than the Tax in Virginia...
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    Leica Showcase 7Artisans 75mm F1.25

    I made it to the Marine Museum at Quantico today, shot with the 75/1.25 on the M9 and Canon 85/1.5 on the M Monochrom. I have the focus of this 7Artisans 75mm F1.25 spot-on with the M9. I'm using a 1.25x magnifier, I could not have focused the lens without it. These are wide-open. All are with...
  46. BrianS

    Black and white, or monochrome photos of people

    One of my favorite lenses- 1936 Carl Zeiss Jena 5cm F1.5, Orange filter, wide-open on the Leica M Monochrom.
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    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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    Cameraderie Photo Challenge #23: HOT!

    Jamestown Settlement, Nikkor-PC 8.5cm F2.
  49. BrianS

    Black & White, monotone and sepia

    7Artisans 75mm F1.25 wide-open, medium Yellow filter, Leica M Monochrom.
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