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Post Processing / Re: Digital "Enlarger"
« on: October 01, 2014, 07:46:52 AM »
An enlarger is a projector for film, right?  So why not take a digital projector (of the sort used in offices to project Powerpoint slides), set it up aimed at the wall, set the photo file to 'inverse' (or is the setting actually called negative?) and you then can adjust the distance until you have the right size image you want.  Focus properly, tape the paper holder to the wall, put in your print paper, and you've rigged up a digital enlarger.

Proceed normally from there.

Decades ago I would turn my enlarger head 90 degrees and tape the paper to the wall so I could get massive amounts of enlargement.  Same deal here.

Would that satisfy the urge to go analog from digital (cheaply)?

Lenses / Re: Lenses that you want Canon to release next
« on: September 18, 2014, 10:00:45 PM »
I would like an EF 20-150/f2.8 L IS USM

EOS-M / Re: The firesale begins... EOS M in UK £199
« on: July 30, 2014, 09:47:41 PM »
I'm hoping for another round of sales here in the US.

I was going to LifePixel mine, but I like it too I need another (cheap) for conversion.

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 08, 2014, 11:22:17 PM »
I'd like the 7D2 to fill the place of the 1D4....essentially I'd like a 1 series APC weather sealed, wildlife monster.

I would spend 3000-3200 on that in a heart beat and I'm sure many other wildlife / sports guys would also.  For other stuff I'll hold onto my 5D3.

Yes but that would kill sales on the long lens and idx. Canon do need to bring this out, but as a 3D and simlar price to the 1D x

It would only kill the sales of long lens and the 1dx if they make the sensor much better.  A long lens and a FF frame still beat a APS-C.

as an aside, I doubt very much if Canon will bring out any camera with a 3D marking that isn't, well, a 3-D camera.  Too high a likelihood of consumer confusion and complaints.

Perhaps the 4D or 8D, but not the 3.

Photography Technique / Re: Tour de France crops
« on: July 08, 2014, 09:37:48 PM »
Yesterday afternoon a stage of the Tour de France started from Cambridge

Someone please explain why the "Tour de France" started in England?

It would appear that France invaded England; undoubtedly much to their surprise, they apparently won.

We'll know for certain when they move the Eiffel Tower to London.

I'd vote for photo 3 - I think the view of the side of the cathedral like building is necessary to make the image look 'correct'.

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 08, 2014, 08:50:58 PM »
The only thing that would interest me would be a much higher video frame rate.

Give me full HD at 1200 frames per second for less than $2K and I'm there.

Lighting / Re: Small container for holding spigots/studs?
« on: June 14, 2014, 10:46:02 PM »
If you are in the US, check out "The Container Store".

They have a web site, and you can probably find what you want there, but if you can actually visit one of their locations, there is much pleasure to be had just wandering around one of their stores - the variety of containers to be had is simply astounding.

I concur that the OP missed what the client wanted, and would also recommend he simply provide what he that meets the client's requirements.

However, I would not hesitate to track down the runner in that photo (and any similar ones he has) and see if they're interested in their photos.  After all, that is a nice photo of that runner...


EOS Bodies / Re: More Sensor Technology Talk [CR1]
« on: April 30, 2014, 10:28:11 PM »
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<p>We’re told by a few other people that Canon is working on a “foveon like” sensor for their next generation of full frame cameras. The goal is to have the new sensor tech in their next “prosumer” camera, so perhaps that means a new large megapixel camera with a smaller body than an EOS-1, or the EOS 5D Mark IV in 2015.</p>

<p>More to come…</p>
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Uh-oh.  Foveon like 5D4?  My bank account trembles.

Assuming, of course, that we get excellent high ISO, fast readout (effectively frames per second), and even better autofocus.

Lenses / Re: New TS-E Lenses for Photokina [CR2]
« on: April 21, 2014, 08:37:21 PM »
Unique feature?

Maybe a uniquely high price?

Nothing unique about a Canon L lens having a high price...

Perhaps they'll be unique by being really affordable L's?  Nah...

Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« on: April 20, 2014, 07:37:21 PM »
The real perverts are the ones who see everyone else as a potential pedophile all the time.

Maybe he thought you were poaching on his territory.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Dissuade me to get a Rolleiflex
« on: April 20, 2014, 07:32:22 PM »

I'll hit the shop on Saturday for more details and start the nego.

Now that we weren't able to dissuade you from buying the Rollei, I'm feeling a bit more comfortable to hijack this thread. Not only I didn't managed to dissuade you out of buying I got some severe GAS myself in the process :). I'm thinking of buying my first TLR. However, I cannot afford to spend more than around 100-120$ including shipping (which unfortunately in my case could mount to 50$ by itself).   I've read a bit for the last few days and figured out that my best chances are Super Ricohflex, Czech Flexarete, Yashica A or 635 and maybe with a bit of luck Yashica-mat (not the 124). Even these, for 60-80$ (after shipping deduction) are extremely hard to find in working condition.

Am I missing something here? Are there any "cheap" but reliable TLR's (not Lubitels or Seagulls of course). Or should I pass it for now? My intention is mostly to shoot landscapes and portraits on 120mm B&W film and develop it myself.

Thanks .       

Hit eBay for a Rollei.  The 3.5D and 3.5E sometimes sell for that amount (less the shipping).  I got my first 2.8E for not much more (I think I paid $150 for it).

Since you plan on using it, I would avoid the earlier models (the Old Standard etc) as they are getting old enough to likely require servicing.  And their internal mirror will be failing (the silver does deteriorate over time, much more so on the pre-war models), and the ground glass isn't nearly as good as 'later' ones (meaning 1960's vintage).

I write that as someone who rarely uses his 1929 Rollei (first year of production).  I much prefer the more modern ones.

Also, keep your eye open for one with a built in meter that is broken; you can frequently get a really nice camera with a bad meter cheap.  And if the one you are eyeing has a meter, make certain it is working, or offer lots less.  I've never had an model Rollei with a working meter (I've gone through quite a few in the last 40 years).  Electronics was not their strong suite.

You'll never go wrong with one of their TLR's.

So the solution to using an AF-B on a 5D3 is to buy an Ed-C from Canon (less than $20 delivered), take the mounting piece off (four size 00 philips screws), remove the mounting piece from the AF-B, and put the piece from the Ed-C on.  The screw holes in the opposite corners will line up perfectly (lower left and upper right when looking at it).
Mystery solved.


thank you for your clarification.
After thinking a while and using Google a lot I came to the same conclusion: To mount the Ed-C onto the AngleFinder-B and maybe squeezing the screw holes a little bit.

My problem:
Even after searching a lot on the Canon website or even the worldwide google search, I haven't found a single source where to buy the adaptor Ed-C. The only result I can find is a focusing screen called Ed-c, but no adaptor to the AF-C.
It might be that I am "partially blind" and just could not find, where others just make three klicks and say "here it is", so I might need a hint where to look  ;)  Do you have a good source / link to a website at hands?

// MB

You're not blind - Canon makes it exceedingly difficult.  I traded email with customer service for a week before I got the right answer.  This is what they sent:

"The Canon Direct Store does not sell parts.  If you wish to purchase parts, please contact our Jamesburg Parts Order Center.  They can provide you with the price and availability of the part or Ed-C Adapter you're requesting.  You may call them at (866) 481-2569 between 9 am and 7 pm ET, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays)."

So if you are in the US, call that number.  The part number is YG2-0430-000 ADAPTOR ED-C (MECH) and it is $12.16 plus $6 postage (and sales tax).

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Dissuade me to get a Rolleiflex
« on: April 14, 2014, 11:19:42 PM »
Went to my usual shop today for some CF cards.

Since my last visit a Rolleiflex popped up in their Vintage section. 2.8F, visually and optically mint. Asking price of 2300 USD (in local currency). Can probably be bargained down quite a bit (around 10% would be a reasonnable aime just for principles).

Just one THAT is a viewfinder!!! Why the hell does no company keep making this kind of camera??? The form factor is truly excellent!

I was so troubled that I forgot to ask for the accessories accompanying it and got the wrong serial number (taking lens not camera). I was in a rush to get my bank card away.

Anyone to dissuade me? Or will there be some GAS propaganda?

Dissuade?  Hardly.

You must answer only one question - will you get $2300 worth of enjoyment out of it, instead of some other form of enjoyment (a new lens for your Canon perhaps).  If the answer is yes, read on...

OK, I have two 2.8E's, which I use fairly regularly.  In the old days I would load one with color and one with B+W to cover both bases.  These days, I stick with B+W, and only thus only carry one at a time.

One word of advice (keeping in mind the camera is at least 25 years old, and more likely closer to 40); if it comes with an original leather neck strap, DO NOT use it.  Even if it looks perfect, it is likely there is dry rot internal to the leather, and when you least expect it, it will break.  The thin straps are awful anyway, but by now they are dangerous to your gear.  It's easy enough to adapt a modern strap to the camera to not make it worth the risk.

Accessories - You'll want the lens hood.  The 2.8F will use Bay III components, and there are plenty of filters and such out there at very reasonable prices.  I'd suggest the panoramic adapter (it goes between the camera and tripod, has a built in level, and has indexing steps so you get perfectly spaced pictures...useful on other cameras too :-)), and if you're into stereo, there is a stereo device that the camera attaches to, and you shoot one shot, then slide the camera over to the other side and get a perfectly spaced second shot.  Also potentially useful for other cameras.

I keep hoping that someone will come out with a digital back.  The back is removable from virtually all Rollei TLR's so you can use a sheet film adapter, so making a replaceable digital back would be "easy" (once they get those 6x6 cm sensors out at reasonable prices).

I have to admit, I keep looking at a 'droid and thinking it would make a nice viewfinder for the top of my 5D3 so I could belly shoot in digital...


Hi BL,
seems that either you've got an other mount on your AF-B than I or that the 5D-c has a different mount-shoe for the eye-cap than the 5D-III.
Here is a picture of my AF-B in total plus it's mount next to the mount-shoe of my 5D-III.
I hope that someone just could tell me "buy the 'Adaptor xxx'" or so :-)


I owe you an apology.  Upon closer inspection, it is actually apparent that my Angle Finder B seems to have been 'hacked' by a previous owner.

A few weekends ago, I stumbled upon a new in box AF-B; it looked like it had never been opened.  So I bought it, took it home, and tried it.  It fit my 50D, but not my 5D3.  WTF.

Then I got out the calipers and did a close inspection of the one that does fit.  The metal mounting piece is clearly different...then I noticed that two screws were missing.  Humm...what's this?

It turns out that the mounting piece from an Angle FInder C (the adapter part "Ed-C") just happens to have a hole though it EXACTLY the same diameter as that of the AFB.  And two of the four holes for the little phillips head screws line up.

So the solution to using an AF-B on a 5D3 is to buy an Ed-C from Canon (less than $20 delivered), take the mounting piece off (four size 00 philips screws), remove the mounting piece from the AF-B, and put the piece from the Ed-C on.  The screw holes in the opposite corners will line up perfectly (lower left and upper right when looking at it).

Mystery solved.

I am quite ashamed that I hadn't noticed that before, so again, my apologies for misleading y'all.

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