Martyr’s Leica’s vs. Eckman’s Copies: Introduction

It’s totally unnecessary to write yet another article extolling the historical relevance of the early Barnack Leica cameras to photography.  After a century of influence, everyone knows the story of how Oskar Barnack, Ernst Leitz and Max Beret revolutionized photography with their tiny, intuitive 35mm cameras and lenses during the 1920’s and ’30’s. Perhaps a […]

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Nikon Film Shooters, Buy New!

Film photographers love old gear.  But what about NEW gear? As our equipment ages and continues to be used, things are simply going to deteriorate.  When possible, I like to buy NEW photo equipment that’s relevant to what I do.  It provides a better user experience for me than dealing with eBay returns and relentless […]

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Upgrade Your Meterless Film Camera!

The beauty, the style and the build quality of mechanical film cameras made before the 1960’s is simply unmatched.  Barnack Leica’s, the original Nikon F, Rolleiflex TLR’s, Konica rangefinders, early Pentax SLR’s, Zeiss, Voigtlander and Agfa folders.  WOW!  Okay, I’m going to need a moment to calm down!  (Particularly since most of the cameras pictured […]

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IMHO: Leica M6 TTL .85

INTRODUCTION I’m not going to wax poetic about the Leica M6 TTL .85. I don’t need to. This camera is the best 35mm film camera ever conceived or constructed.  Chances are, you’re reading this because you’re a photographer interested in buying the best Leica that you can.  Or perhaps you already own a Leica and […]

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PANIC! Kodak Film Price Increase!

Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!  Kodak employees are actually attempting to earn a living and sustain their business!  Look out! Yes, the news was all over the interwebs towards the end of 2019; Kodak Alaris formally announced that they are being forced by their supplier to raise the cost of film products in 2020.  The cited […]

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What’s Your Effective Baselength?

Looking to buy your first rangefinder?  Here’s a tip, start with the lenses! Effective Baselength, or EBL is often left with little or no consideration by SLR shooters looking for their first interchangeable lens rangefinder. Review after review will sing praises of a bright viewfinder, numerous (or lack of) framelines and a plethora other features […]

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