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10-24-2014, 05:53 AM   #2161
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QuoteOriginally posted by Swift1 Quote
Thanks Dave.
I've only taken 3 shots with the Hasselblad so far, so at this point I can't say too much.
Things I've noticed so far, compared to my Bronicas,

The Hasselblad is noticeably smaller than my S2, a far bit smaller than my EC, and is actually about the size of my ETR-Si, though it is heavier than my ETR-Si.

One of my biggest complaints about my S2 is the focus screen. I've always had trouble focusing it, and have ruined a few really good photos by missing focus. The Hasselblad (so far) seems much better in this regard, although I have yet to see if it's focusing accurately. The Hassy does have a $400 Beattie focus screen too.

I think some things on the Bronica S2 are better thought out, namely that a dark slide is required to remove the film back, and even with the slide it's impossible to accidentally remove the back. On the Hasselblad, it seems ridiculously easy (too easy) to remove the back.
Thank Colton. (Yes I've been away from this thread for a month and just caught up.) I have noted the same with my S2; its focusing screen is a bit dim, prone to reflections and glare, and does not pop crisply from out of focus to in focus. If a Hassy improves on that, hmmm.... I do also remember from the one time I held a Hassy in a store, its film advance was so smooth that it made the Bronica's winding feel like working a meat grinder, by comparison. But right now I'm not flush with funds so this is an academic comparison anyway!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Cuthbert Quote
It appears I've my first medium format camera:

Hopefully I'm gonna like it.
Super Ikonta 531/16? If it has the CZJ Tessar lens, you'll love it. I have the viewfinder 521A with the Tessar, and it's an amazing camera even without the rangefinder.
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QuoteOriginally posted by nparsons13 Quote
Super Ikonta 531/16? If it has the CZJ Tessar lens, you'll love it. I have the viewfinder 521A with the Tessar, and it's an amazing camera even without the rangefinder.
No, it's got the other West Germany lens, the Novar.

Still I've to understand if the lenses are interchangeable.
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Well, I've never used one with a Novar, but I understand it is no slouch, either.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Cuthbert Quote
It appears I've my first medium format camera:



Hopefully I'm gonna like it.
Super Ikonta III?
The Novar lenses can be great. I had a Nettax 513/16 with a 75/4.5 Novar and it was superb. My friend has a Super Ikonta IV with a Tessar and it's nearly his favorite and most used camera.
Here's a set of photos from my Nettax, https://www.flickr.com/photos/daiku_san/sets/72157648885391726/
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cuthbert Quote
It appears I've my first medium format camera:



Hopefully I'm gonna like it.
Nice! I hope you like it also. I prefer my TLR for 6x6 shots. and folder for 6x9.
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Well, I had no sooner said I had no Canon or Nikon Rangefinders, when my neighbour said I could have these old cameras which had been stored in his shed. They have obviously been neglected, but the shutters seem to work. The Canon is a "P" with attachable lightmeter. Some of the inner glass has haze, so I need to figure if I can get in to clean it, given I don't know what I am doing mostly.
The Ricoh was a surprise, (still has film in it) as I didn't know they had a TLR. I now need to start cleaning these up. I may post an 'after' shot if justified.
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QuoteOriginally posted by arnold Quote
Well, I had no sooner said I had no Canon or Nikon Rangefinders, when my neighbour said I could have these old cameras which had been stored in his shed. They have obviously been neglected, but the shutters seem to work. The Canon is a "P" with attachable lightmeter. Some of the inner glass has haze, so I need to figure if I can get in to clean it, given I don't know what I am doing mostly.
The Ricoh was a surprise, (still has film in it) as I didn't know they had a TLR. I now need to start cleaning these up. I may post an 'after' shot if justified.
What a great neighbor! And definitely post shots taken with them too!

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QuoteOriginally posted by arnold Quote
Well, I had no sooner said I had no Canon or Nikon Rangefinders, when my neighbour said I could have these old cameras which had been stored in his shed. They have obviously been neglected, but the shutters seem to work. The Canon is a &quot;P&quot; with attachable lightmeter. Some of the inner glass has haze, so I need to figure if I can get in to clean it, given I don't know what I am doing mostly.<br />
The Ricoh was a surprise, (still has film in it) as I didn't know they had a TLR. I now need to start cleaning these up. I may post an 'after' shot if justified.<br />
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It appears that these old Canon lenses tend to lose their coating that precipitates on the last element, the one immediately after the iris. My 1.2 is hazed too...at the rangefinderforum they told me it's easy. to clean and they sent me a page on how to do it.<br />
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QuoteOriginally posted by Swift1 Quote
Super Ikonta III?<br />
The Novar lenses can be great. I had a Nettax 513/16 with a 75/4.5 Novar and it was superb. My friend has a Super Ikonta IV with a Tessar and it's nearly his favorite and most used camera.<br />
Here's a set of photos from my Nettax, <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/daiku_san/sets/72157648885391726/" target="_blank">https://www.flickr.com/photos/daiku_san/sets/72157648885391726/</a>
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Thanks guys, hopefully the camera will work well, they say the only problem is that the slower speeds are a little too slow, I wanted an an Iskra but I won this one for 75 quid.

Edit: How to clean a canon lens:

http://www.johanniels.com/index.php/camera-gear-articles/39-cleaning-a-canon-50mm-1-2-rangefinder-lens

I'm a little reluctant to do the operation by myself, though.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Cuthbert Quote
How to clean a canon lens:
Thank you for that, I have bookmarked it. It looks simpler than an Auto type lens, so may give it a go sometime.
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Took a chance on an "As-is, sold as parts, no refund & no return" Olympus OM-3. I was hoping that given the price that it would be at least be in reasonable cosmetic condition and mechanically functional or at least be workable enough for restoration. Since it is only battery dependent for metering, I figure I can still use it even if the circuit board is toast. As I was pleasantly surprised when it came. It has very good cosmetics, viewfinder is clean and clear, all seems to function as intended and meter is accurate as my Sekonic spot meter. The battery check beeper also stops after 30 seconds which indicates it has the upgraded circuit board that doesn't drain the battery!




That completes the set . . .

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Thank you for that, I have bookmarked it. It looks simpler than an Auto type lens, so may give it a go sometime.
I've worked on a few of the Canon RF lenses, and they are not hard to understand.
The Canon P is a nice camera, with a much better VF than the older models - esp. for us with glasses. I prefer the build quality of the older IV models, but the pinhole VF is a pain with glasses.
I've used both the 50 1.4 & 1.8 of that vintage on Leica M9 digital and Sony A7, and they give very good results.
If perchance you want to use a Canon reloadable film cassette in the P, it takes the later "V" style cassette and not the one for the model IV and earlier. (The earlier models had removable baseplates so the release button on the cassette had to be revised to work with the swing-open back.)
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That completes the set .
Nice! This is one manufacturer I don't have, but I sure remember in the late seventies comparing my MX with the OM 10. Sadly the Olympus lenses are not as versatile (usable) as the Pentax K or M42.

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What a great neighbor! And definitely post shots taken with them too!
The Diacord cleaned up well, and is fully functional, but what a brick. You could stun a Moose with it. I am not surprised these TLRs fell out of favour, because their use is fiddly and cumbersome, setting one up for failure. Beautifully made, this "Diamond" version, but my 9X6 Franka Folder is so much more user friendly.
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I'm a little reluctant to do the operation by myself, though.
OK, I just pulled this one apart enough to clean the required surfaces. Well, not quite, because one rear element consists of two lenses cemented opposite each other in a short tube. I saw no way of getting between them, but the overall improvement is worthwhile anyway. As I thought, this is a simple lens since it has no auto stop-down mechanism to deal with.
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