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  1. BrianV

    User Group for Rude Members.

    There is a small minority of members here that appear to view new members as targets. In the few months that I've been here, the same few seem to attack new members posting in the beginner's forum. For whatever reason, these members are not banned. Several of the members that they insulted left...
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    Minolta MC 50/1.4 converted to Leica Mount

    Minolta made great M-Mount lenses. Minolta made great 50/1.4 lenses. Why didn't Minolta make a 50mm F1.4 in Leica M-Mount! The 1976 Pop Photo test of 32 normal lenses put the Minolta 50/1.4 second to the Summilux for lenses in it's class. The wide-open center-performance of the Minolta was...
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    Lenses for the Leica- example shots

    Thought it would be useful to have a thread with example images taken with different lenses for Leica mount cameras, M-Mount, thread-mount, and using RF-coupled adapters. I'm starting with the Voigtlander Cosina 50/1.1 Nokton in M-Mount. This is my lens for low-light on the M9, have not tried...
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    Out of Print LP's...

    Just got the Sony USB turntable up and running, Sound Forge 9, managed to route the USB Codec to the Speakers and can record to disk. I could not find Walter Carlos' Timesteps, full length version, on Youtube. I thought everything that was ever recorded made it's way there. Boxes of LP's in...
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    Sonnar formula lenses on mirrorless cameras: post your shots.

    The Sonnar formula lens appeared on the market for the Contax RF camera of the 1930s. The design optimized transmission of light by minimizing the number of optical surfaces. The lens is in three groups, two sections. The front section is a telephoto lens with a focal length about 2.5times the...
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    Metabones adapter, reduces focal length and increases F-Stop for mirrorless cameras.

    Metabones - Metabones and Caldwell Photographic Introduce Speed Booster It looks like Metabones has revisited the use of optics to create an "inverse teleconvertor". This adapter shortens focal length, and gives an increase in F-Stop. I am sure there are some limits, but looks interesting.
  7. BrianV

    Camera and Coffee

    A popular thread on RFF, and on other forums that I've been on. Grab shots, staged, camera, gear, with a cup of coffee or other beverage in the shot. Old, new, collectible, thrift shop finds. Was a good spot to discover some interesting gear. Thought I would start one here. Nikon F Bullseye...
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    TrueSense debuts first CMOS sensor, and it is 4/3 format...Color and Monochrome vers.

    KAC-12040 - Surveillance - Markets - Products - CMOS TrueSense imaging has announced their first CMOS detector. Kodak used to have a CMOS division, was sold off separately from the CCD Division that became TrueSense. TrueSense makes Color, Monochrome, and visible+Near-IR (no IR cut filter)...
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    Not your off-the-shelf Canon 50/1.4 in Leica mount.

    This Canon 50mm F1.4 Fl mount lens started out life on a Canon Pellix. I put a 58/1.2 on the Pellix, sold the camera years ago. Remember when F1.2 Manual Focus lenses were $50 at camera shows? Before u43 cameras came out they were! Kept the 50/1.4 lens. FL mount lens are very well made, smooth...
  10. BrianV

    "Best of the Bottom", favorite classic film cameras under $50 or so.

    I would like this thread to be a resource for members wanting to try out classic film cameras at reasonable prices. A chance to post some of the "Under the RADAR screen" cameras that can still be picked up for $50 or less. I picked up an Argus/Cosina STL 1000 complete with lens, and working...
  11. BrianV

    Adapted Lenses on Mirrorless Cameras.

    Adapters to use lenses on mirrorless cameras have given many orphaned lenses new life in the Digital age. This can range from picking up an adapter off of Ebay, to dremeling a fixed-lens RF. This one was not that hard, a Konica AR mount 50/1.7 adapted to Leica M-Mount. The adapter, Konica to...
  12. BrianV

    Hello, New to the Photoforum

    Hello from Virginia, I found this forum in a google search for technical photography and Bokeh. I recognize some of the avatars and usernames from other forums, see quite a few people have landed here. Photography has been my hobby for 50 years, since my Grandma gave me a Kodak Brownie when I...
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