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About jamesk8752

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    Erfahrener Benutzer
  • Birthday 04/20/1941

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    Suburban Detroit, MI USA
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    Cameras and photography, telescopes and astronomy, computers, audio video systems, cooking, fine wines and spirits, science fact and fiction.
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    Suburban Detroit, MI USA
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    Cameras, photography, astronomy, computers, cooking, gardening, home theater, SF+F
  • Job
    Retired R+D chemist - pigmentation and color design of automotive finishes
  • Your Leica Products / Deine Leica Produkte
    Leica Bodies: Series 0 Replica, I Model A, I Model C, II Model D, IIIa, IIIc, IIIf RD ST, IIIg, M1, M2, M3, M4, M4-2, M4-P, M5 (3-lug), M6, M6 TTL, M7, M8, M8.2, M9, M Typ 240, M10
    Leica TM Lenses: 12
    Leica M Lenses: 39

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  1. Having had a gunmetal M9 and a silver M, I asked my dealer for a silver M10 but he didn't have one in stock. I took a black one home instead, with a promise that if a silver one came into stock in the next few days he would trade it for my black one. Short story, he called the next day to say he had a silver one coming in the next few days. However, having and using the black one over the weekend I told him I wanted to keep the black one. Still very happy with that choice...
  2. I use a Leica Typ 240, but more and more I find that my Fujifilm X-T1 and X-E2 are more satisfying to use. Also, the excellent Fuji lenses are a lot more affordable than Leica glass. When I need more reach and/or faster AF I use my Pentax K-3ii, and for casual carry I enjoy using my Sony RS100 Type 4.
  3. I have a couple of these lenses and can testify that the front element is very easily scratched. Both of mine went to John van Stelten for polishing and recoating and they are fine now. The recoating costs a fair amount but it was worth it to me. Regards, Jim
  4. I'm a little concerned that dropping attachments from inactive posts over two years old will result in the loss of images essential to the topic under discussion. Would it be possible to retain these for a longer period of time? We often see old but interesting threads resurrected and I'd hate to lose the valuable info they contain. Regards, Jim
  5. Susie, the Lens Wiki is wrong where it describes the early Elmar (first series) lens as having five elements; all of the authorities describe it as having the same 4 elements in three groups as the later versions. Hopefully someone with editing privileges will correct this mistake. Regards, Jim
  6. Now that you can fit it to your camera, please give us a report on how it performs. Regards, Jim
  7. Hi Alan, I enjoyed meeting you at the LHSA doings in Dearborn It was my first LHSA meeting but it will not be my last! Being a gearhead, the 50mm Lens Shootout was one of the highlights for me, along with meeting a lot of folks who had previousy just been names on the Internet. Hopefully others willchime in with their reactions as well. Regards, Jim
  8. My Barnack cameras: • I model A with 50mm f3.5 Elmar • I model C with 50mm f3.5 Elmar • II model D with 50mm f3.5 Elmar • IIIa model G with 50mm f3.5 Elmar • IIIc with 50mm f2 Summitar • IIIf RD ST with 50mm f2 Summicron • IIIg with 50mm f2 Summicron They look very pretty and tell a story of Leica through the years. Regards, Jim PS - I also have a Series 0 Replica with 50mm f3.5 Anastigmat - does it count as a Barnack?
  9. Another new Fuji user here - bought a slightly used X-E1 with 18mm, 35mm, and 60mm primes. Love the light weight and RF-like handling - it's just about the same size as a late Barnack Leica. Regards, Jim
  10. I have one of these "threadless" 135/2.8 lenses and, being unable to find a better solution (and after consulting with Don Goldberg), I cemented a glassless 55 mm filter ring to the front of the lens using contact cement. It now accepts 55 mm filters and looks quite professional. I used contact cement so I can remove the filter in the future if I wish. Regards, Jim Sent from my iPad using Forum Runner
  11. Hopefully I bought well and she will get even more... Of course I won't be here to receive either praise or abuse. Regards, Jim
  12. Actually, I hide it in plain sight. I've convinced my wife that it is an investment and display it in curio cabinets throughout the house. The "good stuff" is interspersed with the more prosaic gear. Fortunately she doesn't inquire about how much I paid for it. I have given her the name of a reliable consignment broker. When I depart this vale of tears she is in for a surprise when she has it valued! Regards, Jim
  13. Put it down to collector's mania -and please don't tell my wife! Regards, Jim Sent from my iPad using Forum Runner
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