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1. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
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Date : 07:08 AM Friday 30 January, 2004

Anton, I can't wait to see the T-Max 3200 shots. I was going to mention bouncing the 280T, lol, like you hadn't already thought of it.

I processed that Tri-X I shot in Fance. Lowered the HC-110 time to 5.0mins/20c. Looks bang-on. Scanning as we speak. LX only had one variable frame gap, all others were good. Only interested because JP's said they repaired the transport. - Ian.


2. From : Anton Browne (handmaid@fsmail.net)
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Date : 04:54 AM Friday 30 January, 2004

Cam, you might try Peter at Camera Direct http://www.camera-direct.com/other.asp He is often able to get hold of various LX items from Japan. AB


3. From : Cam Traviss (camtraviss@hotmail.com)
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Date : 02:50 AM Friday 30 January, 2004

Anyone have a spare LX viewfinder cover? I have 2 LX's but only one finder, so I'd like to cover the other one. State price, condition unimportant. thanks!


4. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 01:44 AM Friday 30 January, 2004

Anton, is there any chance you can bounce AF-280 against the ceiling? If it is not too low (ceiling) you could get more ambient-like light, and aviod that creepy shadows.In this case I would prefer manual(1/1)full blast measured by flashmeter,over LX`s TTL.Since it is B&W film you can add 1/2F stop for safety margin. M.


5. From : Ian (meeian@aol.com)
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Date : 09:38 PM Thursday 29 January, 2004

Hello out there, I am an ex-LX owner/user. A super body, yet to be bettered in its field and I regret making the change to what I though was a "better" system. (Would you believe it - I have actually kept my very old "ES" and a few lenses) Now I want to start an LX system again and have looked at a few used examples. Sadly, most of them seem to have worked very hard for their livings and are really only good for retirement. So, and this is what I have been leading up to - are Asahi Optical still making a few LX bodies to special order, as per various rumours I've heard? If so, how do I get my hands on one? Any pointers would be welcome. Ian


6. From : Anton (handmaid@fsmail.net)
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Date : 04:59 PM Thursday 29 January, 2004

Done one days shoot in the studio (recording studio) and it's not good. The first problem is that my main task is to listen to very closely to the singer. It's not easy to concentrate like that and then dash off to take some shots when they pause for discussion etc. Light levels are low (story of my life) 3200 ISO f1.4 lens wide open and still on 1/15 with monopod. This slows me down, as focussing is tricky but needs to be accurate. I have to think about 'holding still', monopod limits freedom and angles of composition. Because I'm in a confined space I'm forever changing fast lenses to get the right angle of view also there's nowhere to put the lenses safely and a lens fell on the floor (carpeted thankfully) yesterday. So... today I load up with Tri-X, slap the 35-105 zoom on the front of the LX and... slap an AF280 on the prism. I know it's a cop-out and I'll lose the atmosphere, but at least I'll get some shots. Anton p.s. I hope!


7. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
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Date : 12:01 PM Wednesday 28 January, 2004

Anton, I've not being paying attention. It runs something like this. If the resultant focal length is longer (i.e. X2 or X1.4), the DOF is shorter. The converter makes no difference to the basic physics. It's as it would be. i.e. f5.6's DOF at 105mm is MORE than f5.6 at 210mm, even if you've got 210mm via a converter. In other words, look at the focal length and aperture not weather you used a converter to get there. Christ! now I'm getting confused. I think. Maybe. Dammit! Can't you just buy a longer lens? Having said that, if I had a converter, I'd be trying it on all my lenses just for the hell of it.

I'm starting to spot lube jobs on my LX. I'm feeling that PJ's (Stoke-on-trent), did a proper job. Approaching full marks. Test film any day now. Later... - Ian.


8. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
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Date : 08:04 PM Tuesday 27 January, 2004

Hi Guys, Though I'm in the cold north country of Norge just now, and lack my reference works, I underscore Mico on converters. The greater the multiplier the lesser the depth of field (and, the longer the focal length too the lesser the depth of field from a given camera location). This has to do with the fact that converters generally flatten imaging income by optical formula outcome, and the selection of one will do exactly what Mico has stated. This is in my own experience as well. Generally long lenses have less depth of field than shorter lenses anyway, f stop for f stop. The working tools for increasing depth of field call for going to a wider optic to increase it, distance for distance over any other lens, moving further away, closing down the lens, and/or selecting a faster film speed, which results in closing down the lens more than a slower film speed. I hope this is helpful. F 5.6 on a 105mm will give the same amount of light to the film, not the same DOF as a 210mm at F 5.6.

Musicians, know any good clubs in Oslo? --JH


9. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
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Date : 08:02 PM Tuesday 27 January, 2004

Hi Guys, Though I'm in the cold north country of Norge just now, and lack my reference works, I underscore Mico on converters. The greater the multiplier the lesser the depth of field (and, the longer the focal length too the lesser the depth of field from a given camera location). This has to do with the fact that converters generally flatten imaging income by optical formula outcome, and the selection of one will do exactly what Mico has stated. This is in my own experience as well. Generally long lenses have less depth of field than shorter lenses anyway, f stop for f stop. The working tools for increasing depth of field call for going to a wider optic to increase it, distance for distance over any other lens, moving further away, closing down the lens, and/or selecting a faster film speed, which results in closing down the lens more than a slower film speed. I hope this is helpful. F 5.6 on a 105mm will give the same amount of light to the film, not the same DOF as a 210mm at F 5.6.

Musicians, know any good clubs in Oslo? --JH


10. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 08:00 PM Tuesday 27 January, 2004

Hi Guys, Though I'm in the cold north country of Norge just now, and lack my reference works, I underscore Mico on converters. The greater the multiplier the lesser the depth of field (and, the longer the focal length too the lesser the depth of field from a given camera location). This has to do with the fact that converters generally flatten imaging income by optical formula outcome, and the selection of one will do exactly what Mico has stated. This is in my own experience as well. Generally long lenses have less depth of field anyway. The working tools for increasing depth of field call for going to a wider optic to increase it, distance for distance over any other lens, move further away, close down the lens, and/or select a faster film speed which results in closing down the lens more than a slower film speed. I hope this is helpful. F 5.6 on a 105mm will give the same amount of light to the film, not the same DOF as a 210mm at F 5.6.

Musicians, know any good clubs in Oslo? --JH


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