Add a Focus Knob to Any Lens!

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 […]

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Leitz 5cm f2 Summitar

When we think of Leica, the second thing we often think of is Summicron.  But before Leica formulated their legend, there was a lesser known yet still quite remarkable nifty 50.  Thanks to having been overshadowed by the Cron, this very capable Leitz 50/2 is usually available for less than $400.  That’s right, I’m talking […]

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Behold, the Konica III

It’s been a few weeks since I retrieved my Konica III from BP-ES where it’s sticky shutter was repaired and rangefinder calibrated.  I’m carrying the III with me daily, slowly working my way through a few rolls of Tri-X as I come across interesting scenes in my life. I have only owned one other Konica […]

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