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  1. BrianS

    GAS: Please Share your Latest Acquisitions Big and Small

    A dozen items from KEH: clamp on lens hood, lens cases, pouches, etc- total $50. I'm making clamp-on Vented hoods for some of my lenses. This is "take-2", I filed down one of the sections of the clamp to open up the "vent". Total cost: $7 each, vs $120 for the vintage clamp-on vented hoods.
  2. BrianS

    GAS: Please Share your Latest Desires Big and Small

    https://cameraderie.org/threads/leica-m8-and-m8-2-using-m8raw2dng.37982/ I've been using M8RAW2DNG since Arvid 1st made it available. https://m8raw2dng.de/ Using the "Button Dance" for the M8, true RAW files are stored. Arvid's "m8raw2dng" converts the RAW files to uncompressed DNG. My...
  3. BrianS

    GAS: Please Share your Latest Desires Big and Small

    https://cameraderie.org/threads/leica-m8-set-to-iso-ludicrous-speed.38677/ I've had the M8 for over 10 years now. https://cameraderie.org/threads/experiments-in-leica-m8-and-m9-conversions.38737/#post-263123 I wrote my own code to process the DNG files for the M8 and M Monochrom. Which means...
  4. BrianS

    GAS: Please Share your Latest Desires Big and Small

    The Leica M9 is my favorite Digital camera- I've been "doing digital" for a long time. The M Monochrom- it is unique. https://cameraderie.org/threads/adding-a-gamma-curve-to-a-digital-image-thinking-out-loud-and-experiments.38778/ I like the "open standard" used to store images, and the ease...
  5. BrianS

    GAS: Please Share your Latest Desires Big and Small

    https://cameraderie.org/threads/7artisans-50mm-f1-1-m-mount-lens.39434/ A lot of images with the 7artisans above.
  6. BrianS

    GAS: Please Share your Latest Desires Big and Small

    With vintage/collectible lenses- much of this is from the number of lenses made. The Nikkor-SC 5cm F1.5 sells for about the same as the Nikkor-N 5cm F1.1. Less than 800 5cm F1.5 lenses made, about 5000 of the 5cm F1.1 lenses made. I found the 5cm F1.5 for "only" $1500, with a "Made in Occupied...
  7. BrianS

    GAS: Please Share your Latest Desires Big and Small

    I picked up a Canon 50/1.2 on a Canon Vt Deluxe at a good price. Using a trigger winder on a camera is very conspicuous. Now- for inconspicuous, I would leave my many Leica cameras at home (many defined as 10 or so) and bring the Tessina spring-wound version. The electric wind version is too...
  8. BrianS

    Name that doodad

    I think that is somewhere in my Lab. The scientist that worked on it retired some 20 years ago.
  9. BrianS

    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...
  10. BrianS

    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
  11. BrianS

    I longed for the simpler times, now I long for the affordable days...

    I'd rather carry a couple of fast fixed-lenses rather than a comparatively HUGE fast-zoom. For video- it makes sense for a super-speed zoom. I used to shoot a lot of movies long ago.
  12. BrianS

    I longed for the simpler times, now I long for the affordable days...

    I have not bought a new digital camera since 2013, with the Nikon Df. Digital Leica M- 2012 for the M Monochrom. Most of my money goes to vintage lenses, and that has slowed down. The cameras have depreciated, the lenses- have gone up in price. Somehow I collected 8 Contax RF's, 2 Contax II, 2...
  13. BrianS

    I longed for the simpler times, now I long for the affordable days...

    My u43 with the 17/2.8 gets quite a bit of use. Small, and I keep the flash on it. The Leicas get the most use. It is easy to go overboard... Go slow on getting new lenses. There are a lot of less expensive choices on the used market. A Voigtlander 75/2.5 is small, light, and sharp. Buying...
  14. BrianS

    The Graying of Traditional Photography

    Faux Rangefinder? I don't have any of those. Things have changed. Personally, I equate Cell Phone Cameras with 126 and 110 Instamatics.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. BrianS

    The rangefinder is not for everybody

    Spring is finally coming around. This Canon 100/3.5 is tiny. At F4 with Y2 filter, someone posted an old test of this lens which indicated stopping down to F4 gave 80lp/mm resolution. The lens is from 1960.
  20. BrianS

    The rangefinder is not for everybody

    I bought my first rangefinder, a Minolta Hi-Matic 9, in 1969 when I was 12. Bought an SLR a year later. AF-SLR in 1989. Bought my first Interchangeable Lens RF in 1996. When Nikki came along 20 years ago, I found focus and framing easier with the RF. I bought the Olympus EP2 with the EVF in...
  21. BrianS

    GAS: Please Share your Latest Acquisitions Big and Small

    I bought a wartime Tessar 5cm F2.8 in Exakta mount- under $50, too good to pass up. Cleaned out internal fog, came out so nice I don;t have the heart to hack it into Leica mount. Guess I'll get a u43 adapter for it.
  22. BrianS

    GAS: Please Share your Latest Acquisitions Big and Small

    I have a full salvo of incoming lenses, all cheap, all need a CLA. Will report back after the salvo has landed and been refurbished.
  23. BrianS

    talk me out of THIS camera

    It uses 24-bit audio sampling. That means that one part of electronic noise in 16Million of signal will corrupt the recording. The amount of electrical noise from the realtime video being recorded will leak into the a/d of the audio subsystem and corrupt the signal. It's just not easy to isolate...
  24. BrianS

    Passing GAS

    Wow. Just Wow. The 35 Asph Summicron should be great for shooting street. Having a lens like that to select is always a great thing. I dropped $300 on Leica filters for my lenses on the M Monochrom at the last camera show, the same dealer that I picked up 3 Leica mount lenses for $60. The 3...
  25. BrianS

    Passing GAS

    That's a great price for a CLA'd M240 with 2 batteries. Go for it. Looking at some of the prices at the store that you linked to: decent prices on some, overpriced on others. The longer focal length lenses such as the Elmar, are high. Wide-Angle and Normal lenses tend to bring in better prices...
  26. BrianS

    Passing GAS

    You have a lot of choices with Leica. I currently have a Jupiter-12 with Zeiss glass in it, was $70; the Nikkor 3.5cm F2.5 ~$300; Voigtlander 35/1.7 Ultron in LTM ~$300; and the Voigtlander 35/1.2 Silver- ~$1200. Sold the 35/2.8 Summaron in favor of the Nikkor, and sold a Canon 35/2 in favor of...
  27. BrianS

    Passing GAS

    Well I am glad the subliminal audio function is working.... Go for it- Sometimes you just need to satisfy curiosity. As the M240 has pretty much stabilized in price, as has the M9: If it is not to your liking, you can sell it at close to what you paid for it. Cheaper than renting. Buy the...
  28. BrianS

    Passing GAS

    I've pushed the M9 to ISO 5000- shoot at 2500 with -1ev compensation, then push in post processing and use LR6 noise reduction. With the M Monochrom: I use my Gamma Curve code to convert to 16-bit samples in the DNG file (normally is 14-bit). I change the black-level values, and the noise is...
  29. BrianS

    Passing GAS

    I've thought about that... It would be cheating....
  30. BrianS

    Passing GAS

    I counted 105 lenses in Leica Mount, probably about 1/3rd of them are custom conversions that I did. After the year- I'll be putting up some of the duplicates. I'm thinking $30 for a coated 9cm F4 Elmar with some marks in the glass, but looks great on my M Monochrom. I had fun taking it apart...
  31. BrianS

    Passing GAS

    This is not the time of year to be coming to your senses. You can wait until the middle of April for that.
  32. BrianS

    Passing GAS

    I could launch an all-out flood of lenses in the Buy/Sell section here... After Christmas, don't want to wait in line at the Post Office... Do I really need 100 lenses in Leica Mount?
  33. BrianS

    Passing GAS

    On the M9: make SURE it has the new CCD with replacement cover glass. The owner should have the repair paperwork. If it has the old sensor, figure $1500 to replace it.
  34. BrianS

    Passing GAS

    Using a camera with the Half-Case will dampen shutter noise "even more". I use a Nikon S2 in a half-case, and have been told- "that's the quietist S2 that I've ever heard". The S2 has a quiet shutter with a loud braking system.
  35. BrianS

    Passing GAS

    Get the M240, get the M240, Get the M240, time is running out.... Does the new Display-Subliminal-Message feature work?
  36. BrianS

    GAS: Please Share your Latest Acquisitions Big and Small

    A 1952 KMZ Jupiter-8. Jupiter lenses made before 1954 have German glass in them, some have Zeiss optical groups in them. I'll be comparing this lens with my Wartime Sonnar "T" 5cm F2.
  37. BrianS

    Given a chance to start with a clean slate...

    I'll probably donate the Nikkor 5cm F1.5, Nikkor 13.5cm F4, and 1946 Leica IIIc to the Marine Museum to go with their exhibit on David Douglas Duncan. The lenses are in the same batch as his. Took me 20 years to find a 5cm F1.5 Nikkor for a "reasonable" price. The Ebay seller paid off her...
  38. BrianS

    Given a chance to start with a clean slate...

    I just sent the Leica M9 in for a sensor replacement and overhaul, and the M Monochrom last year, the latter replaced free of charge. I would buy them over again, and the Nikon Df. I rounded out a nice set of filters for the M Monochrom at the last camera show. I'm done. I probably would not...
  39. BrianS

    When your gear preferences change

    My wife understands that I rarely buy a lens unless I can sell it for more than was paid for it. This of course means going over the lens on my work bench at home. Now- when I see the packages arrive in the Mail Box from the women's clothing store, I give her credit for reviving the economy.
  40. BrianS

    Would like to try ?

    The Ultron 35/2- stated to be more compact than the new 35/1.7. The latter was "retro" in that it looked like the 1950s Voigtlander lenses in Leica mount. The 1950s lenses were Prominent mount lenses in an adapter. I have the original Cosina Voigtlander Ultron 35/1.7, black paint thread mount...
  41. BrianS

    "Trilens" - wouldya...?

    I like reading Walther Benser's books- have two of his on Color photography. I can relate to the many cartoons that he puts in them. I would not trust these "quick-draw" devices- many are cheaply constructed. There was a review on one such device a couple of years ago in which the Photographer...
  42. BrianS

    Would you swap an Olympus E-M10 for a Nikon J5?

    If you like the Nikon 1 system lenses- then it is worth doing. As it is a discontinued system, there will not be any newer bodies. Compare the new body with the one you have. This is likely "a lifetime buy of a discontinued product."
  43. BrianS

    Would like to try ?

    Do not overlook a late Nikkor 50/1.2 Ais. The later version added a couple more aperture blades. I picked up one "mint-in-box" for $400.
  44. BrianS

    Would like to try ?

    Using the $25 newly repaired 24~85 AF-S VR ED G (M-O-U-S-E) ON the Df- just got back from a walk in the neighborhood shooting some pictures.
  45. BrianS

    What do you look for in your gear.

    This is the $43 Leica Elmar 9cm F4. Elmar 9cm F4 Teardown by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr Advertised on Ebay in "as is", debris in the lens, heavy fog... Elmar 9cm F4 Teardown by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr "What do you look for in gear"... literally in this case... It was black paint that...
  46. BrianS

    What do you look for in your gear.

    I want gear that has to be taken apart to make it work again... One of the first couple hundred lenses marked "Canon" Canon 13.5cm F4_3 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr Late 1947, $45. About 90 minutes to take apart and clean it up- came out quite nice, probably never had the glass cleaned...
  47. BrianS

    SD Card Failure

    I only do that with cell phones. Works just like I want it to every time.
  48. BrianS

    SD Card Failure

    I tried the utilities that came with the Sandisk card: they were completely useless. If it ever happens again, i would give them and Recuva a try. I used Xenix on an 80286 computer 30+ years ago, an Intel Sugarcube with four nodes each with 20MFlop SKY array processors on them. You had to...
  49. BrianS

    SD Card Failure

    I'm running this on Win7, 64-bit. The free version of this software was so good that I bought two licenses for the "upgraded version". The other product that I looked at was $3500. This software negated the need to buy that package, and cost me $36 for both licenses. The $3500 software- the...
  50. BrianS

    SD Card Failure

    If there is anything on the card that you need to get, give "recuva" a shot at it. Download Recuva | Recover deleted files, free! If the computer mounts the card, Recuva should be able to do a file analysis even if the format is not recognized by the computer. I stick with 8GByte SD cards...
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