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12-10-2010, 02:37 AM   #4471
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Thanks The Falcon GTs are some of my most favourite cars to shoot.
back in the colege there was one lie near my dorm house a ford falcon like that. not in good condition but i remember was thinking that is really wide car..

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Nice snowtime snaps! What film did you use?
For an aussie over in dry, hot Perth the thought of snow is rather foreign! And therefore interesting
Thanks!

I was using Kodak BW400 CN.
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Steve, nice results. The FEDs look interesting, I might have to get one to play with, eventually. (I say eventually as right now I am trying to save by not buying any more 35mm bodies, will see how long this will last!).

I have a question regarding Legacy Pro shot at 160. What differences did you notice between this roll of film and others exposed and developed at 100? I gather there are probably many variables, but I am curious.

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The FEDs are interesting cameras, though I would suggest doing your research before doing a purchase. There several FED versions with multiple variants for each model. A good reference for FED may be found at sovietcams.com. Mine is a FED-2 (D-6) made in 1963. Its features and foibles include:
  • Wide rangefinder base (almost as wide as the Contax/Kiev)
  • Contrasty rangefinder patch in a fairly dim finder
  • Limited shutter speeds (1/30s - 1/500s + B)
  • Strap lugs (not all FSU cameras have them)
  • Viewfinder diopter
  • No bright frames in the viewfinder (do any FSU rangefinders have this?)
  • Removable film take-up spool (often missing...check before you buy)
  • Very sturdy (rugged?) construction
  • Knob-type film wind
  • M39 (LTM) lens mount
BTW...The FED-5 has the distinction of being possibly the ugliest rangefinder camera ever made

As for Legacy Pro at IE 160...I don't know that I have ever shot it at box speed except for an initial film speed test series. I use Edwal FG-7 (1+15) developer. One of its properties is an approximate doubling of speed for most films. It also delivers fine grain and excellent retention of shadow detail. I use FG-7 for all of my B&W work with the exception of Arista.EDU Ultra 100 and Foma 100.


Steve

P.S. The only drawback to FG-7 is that the liquid concentrate ages quickly upon exposure to air. I buy it by the quart and pour it off into 4 oz brown bottles to preserve freshness.
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I could not really get use to the quirks of the FED3a = FED2 so I sold it but I agree that the size of the camera is about perfect and that the J-8 is a very nice lens.

Cheers,

Luc
Yes, I noticed (after the fact) that you sold your FSU kit. Did you ever decide what to do with your Canon 50s?


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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
The FEDs are interesting cameras, though I would suggest doing your research before doing a purchase. There several FED versions with multiple variants for each model. A good reference for FED may be found at sovietcams.com. Mine is a FED-2 (D-6) made in 1963. Its features and foibles include:
  • Wide rangefinder base (almost as wide as the Contax/Kiev)
  • Contrasty rangefinder patch in a fairly dim finder
  • Limited shutter speeds (1/30s - 1/500s + B)
  • Strap lugs (not all FSU cameras have them)
  • Viewfinder diopter
  • No bright frames in the viewfinder (do any FSU rangefinders have this?)
  • Removable film take-up spool (often missing...check before you buy)
  • Very sturdy (rugged?) construction
  • Knob-type film wind
  • M39 (LTM) lens mount
BTW...The FED-5 has the distinction of being possibly the ugliest rangefinder camera ever made

As for Legacy Pro at IE 160...I don't know that I have ever shot it at box speed except for an initial film speed test series. I use Edwal FG-7 (1+15) developer. One of its properties is an approximate doubling of speed for most films. It also delivers fine grain and excellent retention of shadow detail. I use FG-7 for all of my B&W work with the exception of Arista.EDU Ultra 100 and Foma 100.


Steve

P.S. The only drawback to FG-7 is that the liquid concentrate ages quickly upon exposure to air. I buy it by the quart and pour it off into 4 oz brown bottles to preserve freshness.

Also light leaks are common, my ugly fed 5 has them, my fed 4 doesn't and the jupiter 12 is also an amazing lens
the rangefinder patch is nice but damn they are dim, i actually zone focus in daytime and use the turret finder i have for framing the 35mm jupiter, it's close to perfect frame lines on the 4 and 5 but on the older models would be off a bit due to parralax error
the fsu rangefinder everyone at RFF swears by is the Zorki not the fed btw
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Also light leaks are common, my ugly fed 5 has them...
the fsu rangefinder everyone at RFF swears by is the Zorki not the fed btw
My FED-2 leaks light from around the rangefinder window, though it takes a bright light source at a specific angle to cause a problem. As for the Zorki vs FED debate...I own a Zorki 4K along with the FED-2 and think they both have their plus points. I thought the folks at RRF swore AT their Zorkis, not by them. Seriously, though...there are so many models of both cameras and so much design cross-fertilization between them that it is hard to make a broad generalization.


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(Bought my FED-2 based on the positive comments on RFF and APUG...)
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
My FED-2 leaks light from around the rangefinder window, though it takes a bright light source at a specific angle to cause a problem. As for the Zorki vs FED debate...I own a Zorki 4K along with the FED-2 and think they both have their plus points. I thought the folks at RRF swore AT their Zorkis, not by them. Seriously, though...there are so many models of both cameras and so much design cross-fertilization between them that it is hard to make a broad generalization.


Steve


(Bought my FED-2 based on the positive comments on RFF and APUG...)

mostly they just sneer at anything not leica
but their are a few dedicated fsu users over there

and they can have a sense of humour about themselves this was done by a member

I want to buy a rangefinder
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Yes, I noticed (after the fact) that you sold your FSU kit. Did you ever decide what to do with your Canon 50s?
Steve
I sent the 50/1.8 Chrome to CLA at Essex camera and I will get it back in january.
I have purchased a 50/1.8 Black/Chrome (like my others Canon LTM - vanity, vanity ) Once I have both in my hands and I can confirm that I like the B/C as much as the C then I will lkely sell the Chrome which by the way feels great on a FED

Cheers,

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QuoteOriginally posted by eddie1960 Quote
mostly they just sneer at anything not leica
but their are a few dedicated fsu users over there

and they can have a sense of humour about themselves this was done by a member

I want to buy a rangefinder

Well if I did not have a Canon P and associated lenses which is a great camera to use - I would have kept my FED Plus J8 plus J12 - sent them to the place in New York to have them CLA and focus adjusted just to make sure that everything was honky dory - and live happy ever-after...

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QuoteOriginally posted by eddie1960 Quote
mostly they just sneer at anything not leica
but their are a few dedicated fsu users over there

and they can have a sense of humour about themselves this was done by a member

I want to buy a rangefinder
By all means, even Pentax users should view the video. It is a real crackup and even more fun if you are familiar with the regulars on RFF. Be sure to view part 2 as well:

I want to buy a rangefinder part two

And "I want to buy a camera" from the same author:

I want to buy a camera


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OMG - That's hilarious!!!

That is just like some of the folks at RFF. I've never owned a Leica, probably never will, but my Olympus SP and Canonet shots made it into the RFF's first book anyway

Like a great chef owning "Cool" pots and pans that make the best food. It's not the equipment, it's the brain composing the shot.
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BTW...The FED-5 has the distinction of being possibly the ugliest rangefinder camera ever made
Yeah, ugly and build like a brick But I had a good time taking slides with my FED-5v in '90-s. Sturdy build camera.
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Got some free time and thought I'd post a few recent pics. Film and developer info on the flickr page.

Thin line between artistic and lazy!



Shot a nearly identical picture last year, but couldn't help myself. I love this tree!






Been a few cars posted lately, thought I'd post my baby!






She's already changed so much in 7 weeks.








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