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Frank Walsh
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Attended Drexel University
Lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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I got my beloved Leica IIIf back from a full CLA at Authorized Camera Repair in Willow Grove, PA. They also did an internal cleaning on the 35mm Summaron.

I couldn't wait to get our and put a roll through it. My son tok a photo walk on Father's day and I captured this portrait of him on Neopan 400. I couldn't be happier with the image!
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Great result! They did a great job with your camera. Keep enjoying it.
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Reprocessed version of one of my favorite shots from New Orleans
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I think my latest find is going to be one of my favorites to shoot. I picked up the Minolta Hi-Matic 9 on an antique shop day with my wife for the princely sum of $13. I could not tell if the meter worked, but the shutter fired and the camera looked very clean inside and out.

I put in a battery when I got home and the meter sprung to life and has accurate readings compared with my light meter in my D7000. I shot my first roll of film through the camera in about a week.

It took me a little while to figure out how the controls work to be honest. The camera has two rings on the lens to adjust the shutter speed and aperture. it also has tiny levers to set the ASA, self timer, and the flash guide number for auto flash exposure. The camera was designed to be used fully automatically or fully manually. At first I thought it I left either the aperture or shutter ring in "A" (auto) that the camera would set the other automatically, but that is not the case. When both are in A, the camera works automatically, otherwise both must be set manually

When in manual mode, the meter is not a match needle type. It simply reads the exposure value which you then set by adjusting the aperture and/or shutter speed until the correct EV appears in a small opening on the lens. You cannot do this by looking in the viewfinder, you have to look at the lens. A little slow, but simple.

Most of my test roll were basic outdoor shots with a normal range of light and shadow, so I let the camera meter set the exposure. Every frame I shot like this was well exposed with a nice dynamic range. I tried a few shots in what I thought was aperture priority mode and these were all over exposed. Finally when I figured out the right way to use the camera manually, I easily got correctly exposed frames that way as well.

The viewfinder is large and bright, and the rangefinder has excellent contrast. The throw of the 45mm lens is very short, so manual focusing is fast and easy. The lens produces beautiful images, star from corner to corner with no noticeable vignette or distortion.

The camera feels good in the hands, the only real issue being an extremely long wind lever throw. It is easier to make two short pushes than to wrap the lever all the way around in one shot! I also wish it has a shutter lock like my Yashica to prevent accidental exposures, but the shutter button has a nice feel and the shutter itself is wonderfully quiet.

I think the images are superior to the Yashica GSN, and I prefer the ability to shoot manually if I want, which I can't do with the Yashica. The GSN is a little "prettier", but this camera has a nice utilitarian look that is ll business.
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Beautiful camera. For $13 is a steal. Enjoy it my friend. 
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First ride today on my new saddle, a Forte Sweep Gel from Performance Bike. Performance just introduced a new line of gel saddles. The Sweep is an "endurance" saddle with a 144mm width and a curved profile. With titanium rails it weighs in at 242 grams, reasonably light. The saddle is also a real bargain at $80, often on sale for $50.

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Product_10052_10551_1193483_-1_400195__400195

I spent a little less than 2 hours on it today and at this point I an very satisfied. The padding is sufficient, the cutout is effective, and the surged shape lets me move around during a ride and change the pressure points. The cover is quite slick. At first I thought it might be a problem that my chamois slid so easily, but i didm't notice at all after a few minutes, except for the fast that it seemed easier to reposition and my shorts never hung up on the nose as sometimes happened with my old saddle.

I'll withhold final judgement until after I've had some longer, 4+ hour rides, but first impression is that this is a winner.
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I replaced my cruiser seat to as well.


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I recently took a short trip to Mojave, CA for business. I knew I wouldn't have much time to shoot, but I took my Yashica FX-2 with a roll of Tri-X anyway figuring I could grab an opportunity here and there.

This was one of those opportunities. I knew the Joshua trees in the foreground with the wind farm in the background would be an interesting image. I could have hoped for some dramatic skied, but it was simply not to be the case and there was nothing I would do.

I took a "safety shot" with my iPhone at the same time since the Tri-X was many years expired. I've also posted that shot (not in this forum) which I processed with a dark red filter effect. I like both shots and they are very different.

Yashica FX-2
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Processed in D76 1:1
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Shot and processed a second roll through my Minolta Hi-Matic 9. This one was Fomapan 100. This is the second and last roll of this film I have, this one was developed in D76. I am not impressed with this film. The Fomopan 400 had finer grain in my opinion that this 100 speed! This is especially true in the skies, where the grain is big and chunky. I felt the same about the first roll I shot and processed (That one in Adorama liquid developer)

I just picked up several rolls of expired Tri-X very cheap and I have a good stock of Ultrafine 125 and 400 which has always given me good results.

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I've missed Sam Posey's monologues in the US #F1 coverage this season. Good to hear him again in the Russian GP pre-race #Formula1
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Minolta Hi-Matic 9, Fomapan 400, Adorama developer 8 min

From the historic district of Bethlehem, PA

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Chestnut Street bridge in Northampton, PA. Slated for demolition in 2017.

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Sad such a beautiful structure is to be demolished. They don't build them like this anymore.
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Education
  • Drexel University
    Engineering, 1988
  • Red Land HS
    1982
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Father, husband, Engineer, Former race car driver, photographer, cyclist, astronomer, geek.
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Engineer - Engineering manager
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  • FLSmidth
    Engineer - Engineering manager, present
  • Gilbert Commonwealth
  • FLSmidth
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Pennsylvania - Rocky Mt, NC - Panama City, FL - Mertztown, PA - Bethlehem, PA - Tulsa, OK - York Haven, PA
A wonderful little hotel in one of the best neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. Rooms are small and simple, clean and comfortable. The hotel is beautifully decorated with a modern feel. Amenities of the hotel are minimal, but in this neighborhood that is a non issue. Breakfast was fresh and delicious and the staff was always ready to cheerfully serve. I read some complaints about noise from the surrounding restaurants and clubs, but I can honestly say it was a non issue in my room (situated near the middle of the building but with a window). My single complaint? WIFI is free but disconnects every time your device sleeps. Annoying but certainly not a deal breaker. No doubt I would stay here if I visit Buenos Aires again.
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This place is crazy, let's just get that out of the way. Always a long wait on the phone, in person, whatever. Nevertheless, they are experts and they stand behind their work and the parts they sell. If it is VW related they either have it or can get it.
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