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 helps 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"
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 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"
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 […]Read more "Reminiscing: Kodak BW400CN"
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 […]Read more "Leicavit vs. T-Winder"