The Leitz 9cm f4 Elmar is almost as ubiquitous as the famous Leitz 5cm f3.5 Elmar but seems often forgotten about. The lens dates back to 1933 and was Leica’s first 90mm. It was likely designed to take advantage of their newly released rangefinder camera, the model III. The 9cm Elmar is part of the […]Read more "There’s No Excuse Not to Own a Leitz 9cm f4 Elmar"
Maybe you’ve read my previous entry, detailing all the things wrong with the current three 35mm 1.4 lenses available in Leica M mount. I got some good recommendations but ultimately, my decision came down to price and ergonomics. It took a lot of consideration and reading but I finally made a decision. But not 35mm. […]Read more "Voigtländer 40mm 1.4 Nokton Classic MC Review"
What are your go-to focal lengths? I shoot most of my work within the 50-90mm range. But everyone needs a jump-start to their creativity once in a while. A different lens can help us take our work in different directions but also can improve what we already do. Yes, folks, the equipment matters. Previously, I […]Read more "The Voigtländer 15mm 4.5 Heliar & An Introduction to Rectilinear Super Wides"
As a user of a modest pile of vintage thread mount Leica lenses, I’ve found that shooters often skimp on using shades with these little wonders. Sadly, some of these lenses get a bad rep as a result of what is essentially, improper use. The driver is most certainly, cost. Perhaps not surprisingly, vintage Leica […]Read more "Throwing Shade: XOONS, SOOPD, FISON, FIKUS & Other Made-Up Words"
Like many photojournalists, I love the 35mm focal length. It’s said to be close to what the human eye sees, making it intuitive in use. For those of us raised on 50mm, a 35 reminds one to include more context in a scene. And on a practical level, 35 has more DoF than 50 and […]Read more "Which New Leica M-Mount 35mm 1.4?"
A few weeks ago, I wrote about my new-to-me, super cheapie antique-store-find Yashica A. Last week, I burned my first 5 rolls of Kodak Tri-X in it as a test drive and man, what a test drive it was! Every year, my wife hosts a Fall Family Photo session on our friends’ beautifully rustic property in […]Read more "Yashica A, In Use"
A while back, I dropped my Leica M6 TTL on concrete. The camera was fine but it’s full weight came square down onto the Voigtlander 50mm 1.5 Nokton ASPH that had been my go-to 50mm for years. The focus ring became very tight from the impact. Because I’d had this lens rebuilt once before and […]Read more "Voigtlander Nokton 50mm 1.5 Rebuilt Again"
Early Leica rangefinders were so small that focusing their tiny lenses with the conventional thumb and forefinger method was cumbersome. So Leica came up with a simple, elegant solution, as Leica often does; a focus knob. Many classic rangefinder lenses have a focus knob to aid in speedy, accurate focusing. The focus knob allows for […]Read more "Add a Focus Knob to Any Lens!"
I just wanted to give a shout-out to my recently purchased Voigtlander 90mm Brightline Viewfinder. The main focal lengths that I use on my Leica and Voigtlander rangefinders are 15, 50 and 90. So I now own both the Voigtlander 15 and 90mm finders, both are the metal versions. The earlier, plastic versions, while often […]Read more "Voigtlander 90mm Brightline Viewfinder"
A lens that has been a long-time staple in my Nikon kit, since about 2005 actually, is my Nikkor 85mm 1.8 K AI’d. I chose the 85/1.8 for the reasons many people reach for an 85/1.8; available light portrait work and a little smaller, lighter, less expensive, easier to control lens than an […]Read more "Go-To Portrait Lens: Nikkor 85mm 1.8 K AI’d"