As old as sellotape and frozen food...

Discussion in 'Leica M Forum' started by Lightmancer, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
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    Bill Palmer
    Now, I feel a bit of a fraud posting this here, because this is an LTM ("Barnack") shot not an M, but there doesn't seem to be a Barnack forum around here so... :wink:

    This is a bit of Autumn loveliness taken with my Leica II (D in the US). It is a 1929 "Standard", upgraded to II spec in 1934. I have had it about five years not and have added to the brassing and patina through quite a bit of use. It wears a 5cm Nickel Elmar most of the time, and lives on 400CN. I took this shot a couple of weeks ago:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lightmancer/6477824173/" title="Barnack Nature by RangefinderGeneral, on Flickr">[​IMG]"612" height="914" alt="Barnack Nature"></a>
    ...and here is the tool itself...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lightmancer/2553526647/" title="IID 5cm Nickel Elmar by RangefinderGeneral, on Flickr">[​IMG]"500" height="320" alt="IID 5cm Nickel Elmar"></a>

    Great fun, and proof that oldies are still goodies. :cool:
     
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  2. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Bill, you seems to have forgotten that those cameras are for looking at, not looking through
     
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  3. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
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    Bill Palmer
    A roll every couple of weeks says otherwise... :wink: Just enough to keep the old boy supple, following his CLA a few years ago.
     
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  4. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
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    Nice!!! The photo and the camera are definitely welcome on this subforum, or any other one!!! I think I'll go shoot some film next time. I still have a few unused frames of the Ilford XP400 sitting inside my only film camera. They've been sitting in the camera for about a year now.
     
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  5. chromatin64

    chromatin64 SC Veteran

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    Apr 26, 2011
    A Leekist in York, UK
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  6. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
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    Mark
    ENVY, ENVY, ENVY!! You folks and your Barnacks....:hail:

    Never handles one in the flesh, but is the viewfinder as small and dim as it looks?

    Bill: those whites are so nice and creamy...can I ask what film you used there?
     
  7. greyelm

    greyelm SC Top Veteran

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    Oct 1, 2011
    London, England
    In the spirit of show and tell, here are my shelf queens.

    [​IMG]
     
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  8. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
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    Wow .... :)
     
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  9. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
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    Bill Palmer
    Actually, the viewfinder is very good. I've used many cameras including more than a few Ms and would rate it as very usable and certainly better than the squinty things found on the Canon G series for instance. Don't forget it is separate view- and rangefinders on the Barnacks so you do have to move your eye from one to the other to focus and compose.

    The film I always use is 400CN - I love the way it renders whites, as you have spotted, and also metallic surfaces, thus:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lightmancer/1936331211/" title="IIIc Millennium Bridge by RangefinderGeneral, on Flickr">[​IMG]"592" height="800" alt="IIIc Millennium Bridge"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lightmancer/1936325983/" title="IIIc Lloyds Building by RangefinderGeneral, on Flickr">[​IMG]"525" height="800" alt="IIIc Lloyds Building"></a>

    Both shot with the Barnack I had before this one, a IIIc.
     
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  10. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    lovely lovely lovely tones in those two
     
  11. Brian

    Brian SC Top Veteran S.C. Charter Member

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    Jul 7, 2010
    That's a Summar 5cm f2- I keep one on a Leotax D-IV.

    The IIIF had an Early Summicron on it. With a newly polished front element, sone at focalpoint.
     
  12. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
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    I'm drooling just looking at all these well cared for beauties. The closest thing to looks that I could get to is the modern X100. I am a sucker for chrome on beautiful tools/machines...and cars.:wink:

    Lovely...and we do have a film thread and we do have an Open Gear forum, too. Glad you brought yours out to use, Bill! And Malcolm, you're a lucky man yourself!
     
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  13. greyelm

    greyelm SC Top Veteran

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    Oct 1, 2011
    London, England
    These old Leicas are a joy to use and the icing on the cake is that the lenses can be adapted to micro4/3. Joy all round :smile: