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    Pyrogallol reacted to Ouroboros in Leica LTM viewfinder seviceability?   
    After years of idly toying with the idea of buying a Barnack, a iiif from my birth year (1954) complete with a 50mm elmar f3.5 and Fison hood is finally on it's way to me.  It the Dealer's description is accurate (I've dealt with him before with no issues, so I expect the camera and lens to be as described), I should be using it by the end of this week or early next week.
     
     
     
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    Pyrogallol reacted to pippy in Nicht immer nur Kaviar ... (English Version)   
    Co-incidentally as I was clearing out old files from an external hard-drive I came across this odd little snap which has an unlikey assortment of bits'n'bobs including some of my old Nikon stuff - the latter of which dates back to my student days of the mid-late '80s. As it also happens to have my M8.2 that dates it to at least five (but probably more) years ago. I took it for a bit of fun when I was transferring a lot of the old clobber to a different storage box after I discovered that humidity/fungus had started to eat away at some of the SLRs...
    Crap snap, I know, and shot at 1/6th second so camera shake is very much present!...

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    Pyrogallol reacted to jerzy in Mystery (Sort Of) Leitz 73mm f/1.9 Hektor   
    Alan, yes, this is most probable case. But there could be as well another possibility. Recently I saw 3 unnumbered Elmars (and 2 of them I inspected/disassembled) with serial number engraved/stamped inside, on the inner, optical barrel, There all were originating from an early II cameras (SN range 71xxx- 72xxx), were in 11 oclock mount without inifintity lock. No SN outside, on black ring. Have "0" on DOF. I have not seen yet Hektor like this but it is very well possible that some of them could bear SN inside and none outside
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    Pyrogallol got a reaction from sandro in Nicht immer nur Kaviar ... (English Version)   
    Something I always wondered. Why are those compur  type shutters called a lens in a shutter when they are really a shutter in a lens, a sandwich of a shutter between two or more lens elements?
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    Pyrogallol reacted to pgk in Leica LTM viewfinder seviceability?   
    I would say that you are absolutely right to assume that many auction bought cameras may need a CLA. If you are lucky you might get one cheap enough to make this viable but reputable dealers don't seem to charge much more for a properly described (and sometimes CLA'd) camera than auction fever can take the price of a relatively unknown auction camera. Personally I'd keep an eye on those dealers who have a good reputation and no doubt a decent copy will eventually appear from one of them.
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    Pyrogallol reacted to bluesky401319 in Zeiss Sonnar 1.5/5cm LTM   
    I bought this lens about four months ago from a lawyer in Berlin, it was a legacy of his father. It doesn’t seem like any Sonnars I‘ve seen and obviously very different from other Sonnars.
    Chris Andreyo from Skyllaney contacts me and share some of his thoughts after I posted it on FB for it’s odd DOF scale, and then I decided to send the lens to him for CLA works and further forensic inspection. 
    Chris dissembled the lens and had it all cleaned, re-centered and adjusted. Chris concludes this is an authentic prewar Zeiss Sonnar, base on many similarities to the official first generation pre-war Sonnar he owns. But why the actual focal length is 58mm remains unknown. For more details click the link below:
    https://www.facebook.com/113802013610784/posts/472072864450362/?d=n
    I‘ve done some homework from internet threads and many says the 58mm Sonnars were from the Stuka Stuvi parts and assembled in transition time, these might not perform well. I compared it with J-3 / Opton-Sonnar and a Prominent Nokton, and find some interesting results.
    This was done with my Leica SL 601. Other then color rendering from the green-yellow tends from J-3, this Sonnar is quite a decent performer and have similar characters with J-3. A bit shaper in some ways but performs very similar. The Opton-Sonnar does a level higher shaper in center and has more overall contrast. Prominent Nokton has no doubts better corner when stopped down and better noticeable optical aberration control, but center sharpness when wide open is quite the same to my Sonnar and J3 but not so sharp as the Opton-Sonnar. BUT the differences was not so much when I used it on film.
    I won’t bother you guys with all the magnified image testing results, I rather soot these fine lenses on film. I think this lens performs quite well, as long as I can keep it from flaring.
    It is very exciting to have a piece of history in hand, and have it restored by Sonnar-Master Chris Andreyo. Skyllaney is highly recommended to CLA your Lens.
     

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    Pyrogallol got a reaction from Xícara de Café in Split grade printing, what technique(s) do you use?   
    Good luck with what you are doing. I have never gone into it in the detail you have, perhaps I should. 
    I don’t know what the Kodak filters are like but if you are trying to follow Ilford recommendations would it not be easier to use Ilford filters to be sure of what grades you are obtaining?
    I use the colour head filters in my Durst enlargers and a set of below the lens Ilford filters on my large format enlarger.
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    Pyrogallol reacted to Xícara de Café in Split grade printing, what technique(s) do you use?   
    Hello,
    I've been doing some printing recently with Ilford multigrade FB paper/chemicals and Kodak Polymax filters. In the past, I've mainly done split-grade printing "the Ilford way", which, if I'm not wrong, involves doing timed-interval test strips with the #2.5 and selecting the best exposure as a starting point for subsequent tests. A second strip is then exposed with the #0 and then the #5 filter with each exposure timed at half that of the selected  exposure in the first trial. From there, times are jiggled in further tests to achieve the desired result in the shadows and highlights, sometimes even replacing the #0 filter with a higher numbered filter to achieve more contrast. I also tried using time-interval strips for the #0 and #5 filters independently, then combining the best times from both tests in on a new strip using both filters. I don't remember where I saw this technique but I did not like it very much as the low-contrast #0 filter also contributes to the shadows and the results, for me, were invariably too dark. Wasted a lot of test strips with this.
    Most recently I've done timed-interval test strips first with the #5 filter, then selecting the interval with the best blacks as a basis to test the highlights (although erring on the lighter side to avoid further darkening with the later additions of the low-contrast filters). A second strip is exposed with the #5 filter at the selected time and then timed exposures are done to this strip with the the #0 filter. The interval with the best highlights, in combination with the effects of the #5 filter, is chosen and further tests and adjustments are made from there. I found that I was able to arrive at the correct exposure/contrast more quickly and with less waste with this last technique.
    I wonder what split-grade techniques are used by people on the forum and why? Are there some here that reject it all together?
    Cheers and a very happy new year to everyone!
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    Pyrogallol reacted to willeica in Nicht immer nur Kaviar ... (English Version)   
    They were a shutter in a lens with glass on either side, but the Compur and others were also mounts, which is one of the points which I am after.  In most cases the aperture was set on the shutter and not the lens.
    One exception to that was the rare Kochmann Korelle K, which I have shown here before, and which has tiny aperture controls on special lenses made by Zeiss, Leitz and others. In this case the aperture control on the Compur was disabled. This is the choice which purchasers had. As  regards the Leitz Elmars, I have one of the few 3.5 cm Elmars that have survived. There is one 7.5cm lens in Wetzlar in the Leica Archives and Lars Netopil is of the view that the 5cm may never have been made. If anyone has one you have one of the rarest lenses in the world. Most surviving examples of the K seem to have Zeiss or Schneider lenses. Note that the f3.5 3.5 cm Tessar and Elmar options were the same price, but the 5cm Elmar version was to have been 30 RM cheaper than the equivalent Tessar version. Back then, Zeiss probably had a better name as regards optics than Leitz. Note that the 7cm Zeiss version was 25.50 RM more than the 7.5 cm Leitz version. The only surviving example of the Leitz version sold for almost €10,000 about 10 years ago. I presume that Leica AG bought it for its Archives. I can show a picture of that item if anyone is interested. 

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    Today, Leica has a highly vertically integrated set up, but it can probably argue that this facilitates service quality and repairs to cameras that are probably somewhat away from the rest of the market as regards design etc. 
    William
     
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    Pyrogallol got a reaction from LocalHero1953 in Leica LTM viewfinder seviceability?   
    You should be able to buy a good one from somewhere like Red Dot Cameras or Peter Loy that does not need servicing for a few years.
    Red Dot have 24 screw bodies to choose from https://www.reddotcameras.co.uk/253-screw-bodies
    and I have bought several cameras and lenses from Peter Loy.
    http://www.peterloy.com/stock-list.php
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    Pyrogallol reacted to thomas_schertel in Nicht immer nur Kaviar ... (English Version)   
    IHAGEE

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    Pyrogallol reacted to Martin B in Barnack Challenge 43, “Water”. Post your picture here.   
    Great submissions so far! Sorry I can't participate because I am currently in the process of moving within Continental US and had to slop all my film development chemicals. For the next few months until I am settled down in my new place, I will be using all digital for a while. Stay tuned!
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    Pyrogallol reacted to Kriehuber in Is shooting film still worth it in 2022 ?   
    Nothing beats b/w and Color darkroom printing!
    The time i spend in my darkroom printing Color or b/w changes everything, for me it’s the final and best form of a photograph. The results are so different from scanning. 
    Absolutely nothing beats opening a box of prints and looking at a good hand print. 
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    Pyrogallol reacted to Al Brown in Nicht immer nur Kaviar ... (English Version)   
    Here is my Adox Adrette II. Such a beautiful little gem.

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    Pyrogallol reacted to a.noctilux in Show me your Black Chrome Film M.   
    M6 HM

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    Pyrogallol reacted to a.noctilux in Show me your Black Chrome Film M.   
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    Pyrogallol reacted to a.noctilux in Show me your Black Chrome Film M.   
    another M5 '50th'

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    Pyrogallol reacted to a.noctilux in Show me your Black Chrome Film M.   
    One of my prefered

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    Pyrogallol reacted to Artin in Show me your Black Chrome Film M.   
    M4-2 ,, just got it for Christmas 

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    Pyrogallol reacted to Al Brown in Show me your Black Chrome Film M.   
    I believe the politically correct term is "black anodized" 😊

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    Pyrogallol reacted to colint544 in Show me your Black Chrome Film M.   
    My 1974 M4 and 1961 35 Summaron 2.8

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    Pyrogallol reacted to graeme_hutton in In Memory of the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster   
    This day 1879. Shot yesterday.
    Graeme

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    Pyrogallol got a reaction from sandro in Nicht immer nur Kaviar ... (English Version)   
    Something different. Cheaper than collecting lenses or cameras.
    I bought another Tewe zoom viewfinder, in its box.
    This one goes from 35mm to 135mm. The other one goes up to 200mm. 
    I would like to find one for Robot cameras.

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    Pyrogallol reacted to Aryel in Negative carriers size for black borders   
    Getting there. Thank you everyone. Just need to spend some time to explore more now.

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