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1. From : Rick (SteffenRichard@aol.com)
Url : http://
Date : 11:22 AM Tuesday 15 March, 2005
Hi All- Like Paul Simon said "Kodachrrrooooooooommme- Gives me the nice, bright colors, gives me the greens of summer,etc,etc". When K25 died, Velvia was a pallbearer. If the rest of the Kodachrome family is also in poor health(as seems evident), lets hope the disease is not catching(of course,we already know about V50). The times they are a-changin' aren't they? On another note, I just returned tonight from the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. All I saw were digital point and shoots being used for garden shots and people-by-the-flowers pics. I saw a LOT of them. BUT.... those folks who were stalking some shots with a different look(at least they appeared to be putting some effort into it) were using film SLRs.I did see several EVF digitals as well. I would have to say though, the film point and shoot seems to be an endangered species.2. From : GLOBETROTTER (email@example.com)
Url : http://www.gallery.globetrotterworld.co.uk
Date : 06:36 PM Monday 14 March, 2005
The only thing that I miss about Kodachrome, is when, many years ago, a whole bulk package of exposed films taken over a 6-month period in Israel and Egypt - that were sent to Kodak labs in UK - somehow got lost in the post (a complete living-nightmare)!
I did also like using the early Ektachrome (although it always had a slightly 'blue' cold cast), but since moving completely to Fujichrome film, I've never looked back. I have tried the latest 'extreme-colour' modern Kodak transparency range of films, and they are a vast improvement on the earlier stock, but they don't have the true 'depth' of colour and fine grain shown in transprencies such as Fuji Velvia 50.3. From : Ian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Url : http://
Date : 09:04 AM Monday 14 March, 2005
I'll miss Kodachrome when it's gone. Switzerland is fine, since that's where it was going anyway. I vaguely remember sending it to Hemel Hempstead in the early 80's. - Ian.4. From : Philip Ashman (email@example.com)
Url : http://
Date : 04:59 PM Sunday 13 March, 2005
Hi guys, I read the site postings a lot, as very informative, but don't often have much to post due to inexperience in all the technical matters! LOL. Anyway, not sure if you know yet or not, but here in the UK I sent off some proceesed paid Kodachrome 64 the other week to the address on the envelope at Deer Park Road (always been there from memory) and it took about 2 weeks for the slides to be returned, with a little note saying they are no longer processing Kodachrome process paid film in the UK and films will need from now to be sent to Switzerland! The details can be obtained from their website. Yet another caualty in the somewhat diminishing film services industry. Intend to stick to Fuji from now on. Phil5. From : Jay (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Url : http://
Date : 02:30 AM Saturday 12 March, 2005
As for the inner Pentaprism contact fix. Look under Anton Brown, or corrosion in the word search feature. Anton was the first mentioning his careful fix in that piror LX Guestbook unaired territory. Using the right key word opens the hidden information via searching with the feature available on this site. --Jay PS I am certain Anton would converse with you via e-mail on more particulars.6. From : Jay (email@example.com)
Url : http://
Date : 02:17 AM Saturday 12 March, 2005
Leica, Contax, Miranda, Petri, etc. Unfortunately, or fortunately, Canon and Nikon have played and paved the R&D and marketing trend trails better than others: still profitable and advancing with all the changes flying about. Undoubtedly, these are the companies with the best talent around. If it were not for the lesser than SLR digital point and shoot camera sales and divergent other products made by these companies many others would join them in spiraling downward. Yet these two leaders do produce professional cutting edge SLR systems and stay afloat. If one sees the numbers and the ads, one realizes how heavily the cards are stacked in favor of these two companies. They are thinking ahead when others were playing catch-up. Pentax has remained profitable, even though a small company. They have a diverent product line in many technology arenas. Though a premature photo show trial stated they would release a modified MZs digital body, they wisely did not take the plunge on the digital sensor which Contax embraced in 2001. In spite of all the resulting false start criticism, now we know why for sure.
Leica's Ten million Euros unprofitability is not much of a loss for such a large company...look at the automobile giants who go hundreds of millions in the red, come up with new products, and bounce back. German business has known, since reunification, the best and worst of times. Leica was sold several years ago to out of local ownership corporate hands--when the local owners knew it was wise to sell while in the black. The uncharted waters of future cameras, and ever-fickle public want of products, Asian cheap labor (and products), etc. made uncertain the creation ofan ongoing sense of desire, want, and need as cohorts of clever marketing, pricing, and imaging technologies.7. From : GLOBETROTTER (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Url : http://www.wildcarp.com
Date : 04:26 PM Thursday 10 March, 2005
It looks like the Legendary LEICA camera company will be the next to fold after Contax, following revelations that Leica lost more than 10 million Euros last year, and are also in deep financial debt.
Leica, the once giant German company, may be able to hold on for some time - hopefully releasing their new DSLR, but the longer road ahead may be blocked for Leica.8. From : Jim King (email@example.com)
Url : http://
Date : 04:12 AM Thursday 10 March, 2005
When my LX was at the Pentax US service center recently for a CLA (sticky mirror) they managed to misplace my Grip B (the contoured black plastic one). I've searched high and low to find a replacement but All I have come across is the Grip A (wood, for custom contouring). Can anyone in this forum point me in the right direction for the Grip B? Many thanks!9. From : Dan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Url : http://
Date : 04:01 AM Thursday 10 March, 2005
A search on this forum did not come up with any discussion on the pentaprism corrosion problem. Is it just a matter of removing the prism and cleaning the contacts on it and the body? I fear this is not my flash problem as the sync cord is not always reliable, either.10. From : AB (email@example.com)PAGE | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 | 37 | 38 | 39 | 40 | 41 | 42 | 43 | 44 | 45 | 46 | 47 | 48 | 49 | 50 | 51 | 52 | 53 | 54 | 55 | 56 | 57 | 58 | 59 | 60 | 61 | 62 | 63 | 64 | 65 | 66 | 67 | 68 69 | 70 | 71 | 72 | 73 | 74 | 75 | 76 | 77 | 78 | 79 | 80 | 81 | 82 | 83 | 84 | 85 | 86 | 87 | 88 | 89 | 90 | 91 | 92 | 93 | 94 | 95 | 96 | 97 | 98 | 99 | 100 | 101 | 102 | 103 | 104 | 105 | 106 | 107 | 108 | 109 | 110 | 111 | 112 | 113 | 114 | 115 | 116 | 117 | 118 | 119 | 120 | 121 | 122 | 123 | 124 | 125 | 126 | 127 | 128 | 129 | 130 | 131 | 132 | 133 | 134 | 135 | 136 | 137 | 138 | 139 | 140 | 141 | 142 | 143 | 144 | 145 | 146 | 147 | 148 | 149 | 150 | 151 | 152 | 153 | 154 | 155 | 156 | 157 | 158 | 159 | 160 | 161 | 162 | 163 | 164 | 165 | 166 | 167 | 168 | 169 | 170 | 171 | 172 | 173 | 174 | 175 | 176 | 177 | 178 | 179 | 180 | 181 | 182 | 183 | 184 | 185 | 186 | 187 | 188 | 189 | 190 | 191 | 192 | 193 | 194 | 195 | 196 | 197 | 198 | 199 | 200 | 201 | 202 | 203 | 204 | 205 | 206 | 207 | 208 | 209 | 210 | 211 | 212 | 213 | 214 | 215 | 216 | 217
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Date : 04:12 PM Wednesday 09 March, 2005
Shame about Contax, much as I love the (ageing) LX, I've always been tempted by the RTS. On a happier note, it looks like Ilford is saved, let's hope they can keep their heads above water. AB
p.s. Ian, sorry to hear about your LX on the blink, sounds like the test bench is going to be the answer. These intermittent faults are the plague of an old electronic camera. I've had all mine carefully CLA'd but still they do funny things every now and then - I'm learning to live with it - there must be so many contacts and switches that could do with cleaning/replacing to pay a tech to go through the whole camera would cost the earth and even after that you may be left with an intermittently failing CPU. So I think fixing what you can and then accepting their age with grace is the answer.
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