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  1. 18 minutes ago, Sari ONeal said:

    Ruuudeeh, that's not going to solve the problem. You are going to have to take yourself by the neck and LEARN TO MULTITASK.

    As I type here, I have a video render going on the background. I also have my lunch here, so I can take a bite when my hands are momentarily free. That moment to grab a bite is hard to find, however, since I have a cat on my shoulder who demands petting.

    So, man up, you can do it all...



    .... cleaning? What's that word, I don't recognize it 😮

    I am a Virgo  'nuff said :)


    (Since my wife works outside the house and I work from home and have therefore presumably more time on my hands, I am a master at multitasking.... Like now, I am bull Sh*tting, editing, and a few other things all at the same time lol) 

    As much as I love photography, it has taken a toll and takes up too much of my time and I am struggling to keep up with the everyday basics such as cleaning and maintaining our home, so something has to give. I will be selling my equipment and miscellaneous materials.
    Please don't ask any questions, as i would rather not talk about it.
    Below is a list of what's available. All prices are negotiable within reason. Serious inquiries only please.
    Thanks for reading and understanding...
    1. Dustpan and Broom
    2. Sponges
    3. Dusters
    4. Mop and bucket
    5. Window cleaner
    6. Vacuum
    7. Dishwashing liquid
    8. Laundry detergent
    9. Fabric softener
    10. Laundry baskets
    11. Toilet brush
    12. Cleaning sprays
    13. Scrubbing brushes

  3. Patrick,

    Those lenses with "floating" elements work best at close distances and to my knowledge focus adjustments are done automatically. Isn't that the whole purpose of floating elements?

    I had a similar cable release problem with my Graflex Crown (top right)  There is a cable release terminal on the shutter, but since it is a press camera, there is also a remote release on the camera body (That shiny square looking thingy under the rangefinder), which is a mechanical thing with springs and levers that goes to the release button on the lens. This remote body release also has a thread for a cable release, but the problem was there that I needed  a release with a very long throw, which were hard to find. I found a plastic $4.00 one and the only one that works. Since your Koni Omega is also a press camera with a pistol grip with a release, I can imagine you had a similar problem.

    Shutter setting, when not used for a long time, can get sticky. A bath in lighter fluid, high quality naphtha,  or electronic contact cleaner usually solves that problem (provided you can remove the front and rear elements.) But maybe in your case it was just a matter of a spring that popped off. 

    Either way, in theory you shouldn't have a problem with a cable release on the RB. It has a normal thread in the release button like pretty much all cameras of that era

    Here is a link to the original manual for that camera if you need it: https://butkus.org/chinon/mamiya/mamiya_rb67_pro-s/mamiya_rb67_pro_s.htm

    Congrats on your sale on Alamy

  4. On 9/1/2020 at 5:22 AM, Patrick Cooper said:

    So out of curiosity, has anyone here shot with a Mamiya RB67? That is a beast of a camera. 


    On 9/1/2020 at 1:23 PM, Sari ONeal said:

    Patrick - you need to ask Ruuudeeeh, he is into the stuff that I wouldn't know how to operate...LOL :P


    On 9/1/2020 at 1:32 PM, Patrick Cooper said:

    Sari yes, Rudy would be the one to ask about such cool retro equipment :)

    Gosh, I tried to watch your jumping spider video but it's giving me an error symbol. 


    Thanks for the vote of confidence :)

    and yes, I am into that old stuff. For Cameras that is, not for much else. (Although I did get my Medicare card this month LOl)

    What do you want to know about that legendary jewel? Other than it came with a free membership to the gym if I remember correctly

    Here are a few I shoot with. (there are 3 more I am afraid)

    my camerasSSRZ.jpg

  5. On 9/2/2020 at 6:30 PM, BalkansCat said:

    plus, maybe, if we start to do this massively, they will see there's an issue that costs more than their reviewing policy...

    The same thing has been going on for at least 10 years

    There were times it was worse and there were times it was better, but the constant was always the consistency in their inconsistency

  6. 45 minutes ago, Evgeniia Ozerkina said:

    I finally got to the service. The master looked at the camera, twisted the viewfinder setting and that's it. Said that the wheel of the viewfinder turned because of the impact. He took no money. I am ashamed that such an obvious thing did not occur to me.

    A mother (or father) always thinks the worse when something happens to their baby.

    Don't be ashamed. It was a good thing you were worried 

  7. 36 minutes ago, KeremGogus said:

    I actually don't scan myself. Every time I shoot film, I send the roll to a local lab and they do the develop and scanning for me. Film is a hobby for me so I don't submit my shots as stock ^_^ My budget could be $100 tops thanks to the amazing economy of my country 😂

    Based on US prices, you should be able to get something nice for under $100 like the Olympus Pen Patrick mentioned or an Olympus XA-2 of a Canon A35F rangefinder.  Whatever you do, do not buy anything vintage Russian. (sorry my Russian friends) They are all build like crap without any quality control to speak of. Don't know anything about prices in your country

    btw, it is probably cheaper if you scan yourself or digitize it with your digital camera.  I have an Epson V600 and works perfectly fine (Although I am going to give myself an Epson V850 for Christmas. So I can do some wet scanning and scan my 4 x 5's. (9 x 12cm) Don't say anything, my wife doesn't know it yet....:) )

    My film stuff is not for stock either (not much is nowadays). I just sell them on POD sites

  8. 9 minutes ago, Patrick Cooper said:

    Yes TLRs are designed for hand holding but I find them awkward to shoot with like that. I actually have trouble holding them still during the exposure (even when they're pressed against me.) I guess I'm more used to hand holding an SLR. 

    I haven't used my Yashica TLR for a few years but it was working fine the last time I used it. Annoyingly, I can't find it at the moment. It's likely somewhere in storage. I'd like to shoot some long exposures of star trails with it. 

    You can use a short neck strap and push/pull the camera down. That works like a reversed string "tripod" and should help. (or just use a string)


  9. 19 minutes ago, Charles Lewis said:

    Good information, thanks!

    My father was very into cine photography - this was the early 1960s - and he used this exposure meter extensively. I also have his Brownie Movie camera. My sister had all his cine films put onto DVDs for the family.

    I like the exposure meter and it ain't going anywhere.


    You can still buy Cine film for 8, 16 and 35mm. (all versions) 16mm and 35mm are also used for still photography. 16mm fits in many subminiatures and needs to be cut by the user. 35mm comes is a regular 35mm film cartridge ready to use. They also make cinefilm for 120mm

    You should get into that. Lots of fun.

  10. 30 minutes ago, Patrick Cooper said:

    Speaking of medium format rangefinders, I have a Koni Omega Rapid. Though it is a bit bulky. I also have a Yashica D twin lens reflex with Yashinon lenses. I prefer to use both of those cameras on a tripod. 

    That Koni is a press camera. Similar to the Mamya 6 Press. The Yashica was actually designed to be handhold. Like the Rolleiflex. If you need a CLA, I know a really good guy for those Yashicas 

  11. 29 minutes ago, Charles Lewis said:

    But exposure meters are so cool .... especially in a public place. Just tell people it is a phaser ..... set phasers to stun ....

    I inherited this from my dad.


    YES! They are cool. I have a few Gossen meters. For my landscapes I use a Gossen SBC with a 1 degree spot. (Talking about big!) , but just to walk around, I usually wing it. So far, so good lol.

    I used to have a Zone VI modified digital spot meter that I sold. Probably one of the dumbest things I did.

    Hold on to that Ikophot. Zeiss only made 2 models and this is the first one.


  12. 1 hour ago, KeremGogus said:

    But I really want to switch to a range-finder type of camera... A bit more older but still relatively easy to use. I'd love to have your recommendations on it! ^_^

    What is your budget? 

    Also, how do you plan to scan them? If you digitize them with a DSLR, 35mm is fine. If you use a scanner, I recommend medium format.

    If you want to stay under $500, the Rollei 35S or SE is great for 35mm. The Olympus is nice too. For medium format, the  Fuji GSW690III (aka The Texas Leica) or a Mamiya 6 folder. or a Rolleicord (not Rolleiflex) or a Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 6 x6. (best folders on the planet)

    "folders" are small cameras with a short bellow that gets tugged away when you close the camera

    Remember, especially with film cameras, glass is king and I happen to like German glass. I think there is nothing better, and don't worry about an exposure meter, you don't need one


  13. 22 minutes ago, KeremGogus said:


    Photography once was an art form but not anymore in the global dumb society of idiocracy.

    That's one of the reasons I went back to film with vintage cameras. No problems photographing with a pre war Zeiss Ikon or 1950's Graflex or Rolleiflex. On the contrary. It is fun and people love it usually. I get "What a cool camera" instead of "Get out of here" and I can do what I want. (Within reason and  maintaining respect)

  14. 1 hour ago, stevemart said:

    I found that using a Sony A6000 tends to have people ignore you as it looks like a toy! If you use the articulated screen as a waist-level finder, most people don't even know that you're taking a shot.

    Street photography was like that since the early days of photography. Hence the quarter plate cameras, later  35mm like Leica, subminiatures and other unobtrusive small cameras.

    Big bulky DSLRs were never ideal for the streets 

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