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  1. Brian

    How's weather at your place?

    Very, Very cold- Around 10F last night and everybody in the house has a miserable, lingering cold. Supposed to warm up this week.
  2. Brian

    News Digital Cameras: A 2024 "status symbol"? 🤔

    Writing to the internal SCSI disk was faster, once it spun up. The trick was to spin up the disk and take a second shot. The spinning disk acted like a gyroscope. In Camera Stabilization, 1992. My Kodak DC50 and Nikon E3 use PCMCIA cards. The later DC120 moved to CF.
  3. Brian

    News Digital Cameras: A 2024 "status symbol"? 🤔

    I had a Nikon Coolpix 950 that I converted to full-spectrum myself. Gave it away to a student intern for his studies.
  4. Brian

    News Digital Cameras: A 2024 "status symbol"? 🤔

    The high-voltage power supply on many of these are blowing out, and electronics fail. My Pentium Pro still boots up. The IBM Professional Graphics Controller display- smoked. My Xerox 820-II power supply blew-out, but the Fergasun Big-Board-II and floppy drives booted up. I have two or 3 PGC...
  5. Brian

    News Digital Cameras: A 2024 "status symbol"? 🤔

    Twenty years ago at a restaurant in Old Town Alexandria our waiter brought out much of the staff to show them my Leica M3 with the Summicron on it. I let him take a picture with it. My Leica M8- couple of years ago, taking a walk in the neighborhood, a young woman in a red convertible stopped to...
  6. Brian

    News Digital Cameras: A 2024 "status symbol"? 🤔

    Next time try Smellivision, as seen on Bugs Bunny.
  7. Brian

    News Digital Cameras: A 2024 "status symbol"? 🤔

    I mean, who would want to be seen with one of these? The trend is set.
  8. Brian

    News Digital Cameras: A 2024 "status symbol"? 🤔

    Digital is so last year.
  9. Brian

    News Digital Cameras: A 2024 "status symbol"? 🤔

    They missed the mark. Polaroid, baby, Polaroid.
  10. Brian

    Challenge! The Photo Below Me (TPBM)

    Yes- a Kodak DCS200ir, ~1992. I called Kodak and spoke with the engineers to have a run of KAF-1600 CCD's made without the integrated IR filter. Mine is the first one made. Working in the Optical Sciences Division has advantages. Years later in 2009, I called the same group and asked for a...
  11. Brian

    Challenge! The Photo Below Me (TPBM)

    Kodak DCS200ir, 55mm F2.8 Micro-Nikkor. R60 filter. I got Photo-Bombed by a Bee. The Photo Below Me was taken at a Celebration. After all, it is New Year's Eve.
  12. Brian

    Challenge! The Photo Below Me (TPBM)

    The Photo Below Me is Monochrome.
  13. Brian

    Challenge! The Photo Below Me (TPBM)

    Kodak DCS420. The frog invited itself to our Pool Party, and wanted all of us to leave so they could party in style. The Photo Below Me includes a Musical Instrument.
  14. Brian

    Gear Porn

    The first Prime of Nikon, final version~1955 or so. This lens was formulated in the 1930s, and was sold in collapsible mount in the 1940s. This final version is a rigid mount, close-focus to 18", but loses RF coupling at 3ft. I've probably used more lenses on my Nikon Z5 than anyone. I bought...
  15. Brian

    Challenge! The Photo Below Me (TPBM)

    Reflex-Nikkor 500/8 v1, on the Df. Fox Pups that were born in my Backyard. The Picture Below Me is a Native Plant
  16. Brian

    Challenge! The Photo Below Me (TPBM)

    Fed me a Straight Line for this evenings drive through the Bull Run festival of Lights.... Af-Nikkor 24/2.8, picked up for $45 and replaced the front element from a parts 24/2.8 Ais. Out the car window. The Bear lights up in sequence... So- a Little Bit Off. TPBM is a Table Set for Dinner...
  17. Brian

    Challenge! The Photo Below Me (TPBM)

    A story how I got this camera. My Daughter finished her final exam on a Wednesday Afternoon, and we immediately started on the 14-hour car trip for the graduation ceremony. Had my Df packed with lenses up to the 200/4. Forgot the camera bag, trip to Walmart to pick up this $160 "super-zoom". It...
  18. Brian

    Challenge! The Photo Below Me (TPBM)

    Nikkor 55/1.2 Ai, wide-open on the Z5. TPBM has an Aircraft in it.
  19. Brian

    Challenge! The Photo Below Me (TPBM)

    Taken with my Christmas Present- a Nikkor-QC 5cm F3.5 in Leica Mount, "The First Prime of Nikon". TPBM has SNOW in it.
  20. Brian

    Nikon Question about pre AI/ P Nikkor lenses and FTZ adapter

    I also use Fotasy adapters for my LTM lenses. Today- The Nikkor-QC 5cm F3.5, rigid mount. 1955 or so. The 5cm F3.5 is "the First Prime of Nikon", formulated in the 1930s.
  21. Brian

    Nikon Question about pre AI/ P Nikkor lenses and FTZ adapter

    I use manual focus lenses with a very inexpensive Nikon F to Z-Mount adapter. https://www.ebay.com/itm/265395714781 $15. I just bought a second one. The FTZ should work, that adapter does not provide AI coupling. The lens will be completely manual operation. But- for $15, a simple adapter...
  22. Brian

    Documentary Holiday 2023 - Show Your December Holiday Images - Any Kind - No Restrictions

    Nikkor-QC 5cm F3.5, LTM, on the Nikon Z5. "First Prime of Nikon"
  23. Brian

    Challenge! The Photo Below Me (TPBM)

    Nikkor-PC 8.5cm F2, on the M Monochrom. Seeing how it is Christmas Day, The Photo Below Me is a Christmas Tree.
  24. Brian

    GAS Latest Shiny Things (non camera related)

    Coincidence??? I DO NOT THINK SO!!!! I was on to it with the first glance. Now your wife will want to know why you named the new fridge "Kronos".
  25. Brian

    GAS Latest Shiny Things (non camera related)

    Full-movie up on Youtube. The YF-100 Super-Sabre Prototype beats the Robot, which - to Star Trek Fans- is obviously Nomad's Father!!!!! Translated for Star Wars Fans: "Nomad, I am Your Father!" I'm keeping an eye on my Refrigerator. Not as fancy as John's, no digital readout on the front door. I...
  26. Brian

    GAS Latest Shiny Things (non camera related)

    @John King It's funny how some images bring up an ancient memory from something over half a century ago. This giant metal obelisk flashed me back to a movie I have not seen in over 50 years...
  27. Brian

    GAS Whatever happened to the non-photography stuff acquisition thread?

    There is also this much newer one- https://cameraderie.org/threads/your-x-mas-gift-present-non-photographic-related.56711/ Also does not apply to me....
  28. Brian

    GAS Whatever happened to the non-photography stuff acquisition thread?

    https://cameraderie.org/threads/latest-shiny-things-non-camera-related.46992/ This one? I searched for "Non-Camera" in quotes, titles only. I'm not sure I ever posted to it...
  29. Brian

    Photographs and the songs you think of to go with them.

    @La Bikina- Adolf Hitler with an Afro?
  30. Brian

    Photographs and the songs you think of to go with them.

    @La Bikina That last photograph is amazing. Is this a poster? It looks like a montage of photographs.
  31. Brian

    Offbeat Optics: Unusual, Uncommon, Underrated, Unknown.

    Most Faster-than-F2.8 classic lenses fall into Double-Gauss, Biotar/Planar formula where the front and rear groups are just slightly asymmetric, or the Sonnar "wild-roller-coaster-ride for Photons" asymmetric design. The Sonnar- front section is a telephoto, rear group is about the same focal...
  32. Brian

    Offbeat Optics: Unusual, Uncommon, Underrated, Unknown.

    Another 6 element in 5 group F1.4 lens- https://www.buhla.de/Foto/Konica/Objektive/e57_14.html The Konica 57mm F1.4, in Konica AR mount. I had this lens some 20 years ago, was low contrast and soft compared with my Nikkor lenses. I sold it long ago, and picked up the newer Konica 50mm F1.7 and...
  33. Brian

    Film Entertainment in Film Mistakes.

    Bummer! I guess you left the leader out to make it easier to load into the spool? I have a roll of Plus-X in the fridge, and can mix up some old chemicals. I know it has never been shot.
  34. Brian

    Offbeat Optics: Unusual, Uncommon, Underrated, Unknown.

    Too add - there are not a lot of normal range F1.4 lenses with 6 elements. The first F1.4 lens, a Biotar 4cm F1.4 and slightly later 5cm F1.4 were both 6 element designs, 1-2-2-1 configuration. These were made for the movie industry. Fast normal Lenses for full-frame 35mm cameras were typically...
  35. Brian

    Offbeat Optics: Unusual, Uncommon, Underrated, Unknown.

    The lens is center sharp, but over-corrected for spherical aberration. It will smooth out skin, and has swirly bokeh. It is single coated, and yes- grinding the aperture rin will adapt to Ai cameras. I always used it on the Nikon F Photomic, so never an issue. It is as close to a Leica Summarit...
  36. Brian

    Offbeat Optics: Unusual, Uncommon, Underrated, Unknown.

    https://lens.ws/minolta-mc-rokkor-pf-58mm-f1-4-mc2/ My favorite site for Minolta Lens Reviews. The Minolta 58/1.4 is a 6 element in 5 group, is a stretched version of the 50/1.8 Minolta Rangefinder lens. This is an "Ultron" type lens, a variation of a double-Gauss. The Minolta 50/1.4 that...
  37. Brian

    New old guy!

    Photography is a great motivation for getting out, walking around, and taking some pictures. There are a number of theme threads here that would be good places to post your pictures when out and about.
  38. Brian

    Offbeat Optics: Unusual, Uncommon, Underrated, Unknown.

    I often get asked for suggestions for lenses with a different look, or some that fly under the RADAR screen. Lenses that were "cult status" a few years ago have come way down in price- with patience. Just about any lens designed for a camera with interchangeable lenses can be used on a...
  39. Brian

    Photographs and the songs you think of to go with them.

    Ahhh Big Hair. Me and all my friends had hair like that.
  40. Brian

    Crashed the car on the weekend.

    Glad you are Okay. I've had my car lose traction like that before. My Daughter is learning to drive now- from my own experience, tell her anytime it is raining after a long dry spell, oil that has built up on the road from cars going over it come up to the surface. It becomes an oil slick. That...
  41. Brian

    Photographs and the songs you think of to go with them.

    Watch it! Loose Lips Sink Ships... Toughest Cook in the Navy.
  42. Brian

    Photographs and the songs you think of to go with them.

    Just in case you need a manual to go with the RADAR... https://www.maritime.org/doc/radar/part4.php
  43. Brian

    Documentary STEM Day at School

    I always picked up the Radio Shack Electronic Lab kits for students- would tell them if you like this, you will be a great engineer. Not all did- but we turned out some great engineers in the SEAP programs.
  44. Brian

    Photographs and the songs you think of to go with them.

    Found the song to go with this picture. The "SS Sunfish", rescued my Dad and his B29 crew after ditching in the pacific. Dad had heard the sub was lost. A few years ago- visiting a memorial for submarines lost in the War, noted the Sunfish was not on the list. Looked up the history- the...
  45. Brian

    Photographs and the songs you think of to go with them.

    Nikkor-HC 5cm F2, wide-open on the M9. I remember this from when first shown on the Smothers Brothers in 1968. Etched.
  46. Brian

    Photographs and the songs you think of to go with them.

    Most people cannot understand Madonna's lyrics and meaning behind her hit song of decades ago, "Leica Virgin" The song of a girl finding the camera of her dreams.
  47. Brian

    GAS GAS: Please Share your Latest Acquisitions Big and Small

    I received a Pentax ME Super, Pentax K-1000, Canon AL-1, and Olympus XA3 from a forum member, cleaned them up, new seals, battery, checked out- will be giving away to members of my daughters youth group that asked for film cameras. I've given away 6 in the last year.
  48. Brian

    Photographs and the songs you think of to go with them.

    RIMG0133 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr Well, as long as he said my name, Whatever you do- do NOT open this link: https://sonnar-brian.imgbb.com/albums Only 145 albums for lenses. Wait until I retire for more.
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