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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Reminiscing: Kodak BW400CN

Shortly before I returned to processing all my own b&w film, I shot Ilford XP2 and Kodak BW400CN when I wanted monochromatic images.  These were the only two chromogenic C41 process films ever on the market to my knowledge.  What this means is that these films created a b&w image but were made up of […]

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Leicavit vs. T-Winder

I’m as much of a Leica fan as anyone but I have to admit, the Japanese reincarnate of Voigtländer seriously one-upped the German Leica gods when they designed their T-Winder. Let’s begin at the beginning. Leica introduced a few rapidwinder devices for it’s screw mount 35mm rangefinder cameras in the 1930’s or 40’s.  The exact history […]

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