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    Littman 45 arrived

    My Littman arrived a few days ago and I've begun to play with it. It is a very cool camera.

    For those of you who aren't familiar with it, it is built by the rather controversial William Littman, who has converted a Polaroid 110, I believe from the 60s. His camera is a pretty expensive version of this conversion due to the fact that his rangefinder focusing is rather exact, whereas others doing the conversions aren't. It is a 4x5 handheld rangefinder camera.

    Anyway, it is a very well made camera and I've only shot about 18 shots with it as yet. For me, a portrait photographer is makes sense because it works much the same as medium format, in that you focus through the rangefinder, and shoot. You don't need to mess with focusing, placing the film in, etc. With a grafmatic back you can fire off 6 shots in relative short order.

    The part that I'm still trying to get used to is the rangefinder. Having recently just purchased a Mamiya 7II, with this being my first rangefinder, after having use SLR (Nikon, HAsselblad) for years, I find that with the Littman, I am having to get used to the little triangle in the rangefinder that you actually focus from.

    Unfortunately a couple of years ago, I had to get progressive lenses in my glasses. This I'm told is due to advancing age, whatever the hell that means. Or I could be due to too much masturbation as a kid. We'll never know.

    Anyway, progressive lenses are lineless trifocals and you have to place the correct part of the lens of your glasses on the viewfinder to get the correct focus. So essentially you have to focus your glasses as well as the camera at the same time. I'm working through it.

    If anyone has any questions about this camera please feel free to ask me.

    His site is also the following:http://www.littman45single.com/


    Later,

    Michael McBlane

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    Congrats on the new camera. Did you get one with front tilts or just the standard standard? Which lens? Once you get comfortable with it, it would be interesting to see a few scans to see what you're doing with it.

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    David, what I'm doing with it is kind of personal, isn't it?

    Actually I'll do that. I haven't had the chance to do too much yet. A few shots of the dog.

    It has a 150 lens and it has front tilt.

    Later,

    Michael

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    Blansky said:

    "Unfortunately a couple of years ago, I had to get progressive lenses in my glasses. This I'm told is due to advancing age, whatever the hell that means. Or I could be due to too much masturbation as a kid. We'll never know."

    Michael, If it were bifocals then I would say that the cause is advancing age ...but with trifocals, I am not entirely sure. I am at the bifocal stage...perhaps your libido is more attenuated then mine.

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    Michael,
    With my Leica, I began to have trouble with critical focussing closer than one meter and realized that I needed a corrective lens between me and the camera. Since closeup focussing is the most critical, I started using my midrange glasses, aka, monitor glasses when using the Leica for portraiture. I found I couldn't align the correct portion of my tri-focal quickly enough. Might help if you got a pair.
    Take care,
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    We're not sure where Michael got all his money, it sure can't be from his photography LOL. The RCMP keep asking me if I know where he lives, can't imagine why ......
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    The RCMP? Do you think we'll have to extradite him to Canada? Or is there just so little crime over there that the RCMP investigates Americans just to stay in shape?

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    Maybe this is just me being a little too political for my own good (happens all the time), but something still would bother me about buying a Littman due to his rather assinine actions regarding the sale and modification of old Polaroid cameras. I guess that, no matter how cool I find the final product, it would just bug me to be contributing a rather large chunk of change to support that sort of behavior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fugazi Dave
    his rather assinine actions regarding the sale and modification of old Polaroid cameras.
    I don't understand what you mean here. I kind of thick though. Would you mind elaborating?

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    Mr Littman is a rather emotional Argentinian/American (I believe) who started reworking these older Polaroid 110s and designed an enhancement to the rangefinder systems. For this enhanced design he submitted a patent. He also charges a lot for these cameras and on photonet he has caused a firestorm by writing incredibly long responses to attacks on him personally and his camera price in general.

    He went after a Mr Dean Jones in Australia for advertising on ebay that his conversions were the same as MR Littman's only a hell of a lot cheaper. Mr Jones was advertising that his camera was the same. This may not be all of the dispute but I really don't care that much.

    After wading through all this stuff, and deciding that I like Mr Littmans concept, I purchased his camera. I really couldn't care less about his personal conflicts with anybody, any more than I care if Ford has had litigation over any aspect of their cars. I still like my Ford Explorer and I think I'm going to like my Littman.


    Eric wrote:

    We're not sure where Michael got all his money, it sure can't be from his photography LOL. The RCMP keep asking me if I know where he lives, can't imagine why ......

    Lets just say investments. I have a rather large seal plantation in northern Canada that every years we harvest thousands of baby seal pelts. I also have a facility where we breed dogs and sell the puppies for medical research.

    Up until a few years ago I made "snuff films" and that was pretty lucrative but we got to thinking, why not come up with a concept that we can use the models/actresses more than once. Luckily the internet came along so we now have a large number of porno websites.

    So I guess you could say that in the end, Ed paid for my new camera.

    Michael
    Last edited by blansky; 06-11-2004 at 01:22 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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