*photos and text depict July 2019 There they were, a continuous, almost organized line of middle-aged men in various stages of unfolding tripods, mounting massive DSLR’s on them, carefully aiming long lenses at indeterminate points in the darkening late evening sky. The LCD’s lit their faces with a soft glow as they took test shots […]Read more "Photographing Fireworks with a 90 Year Old Leica"
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 […]Read more "Nikon Film Shooters, Buy New!"
The Nikon F6 was first introduced by the top Japanese cameramaker in 2004. It was the sixth camera in the Nikon F dynasty which began, 60 years ago in 1959 and totally redefined 35mm photography. Today, the F6 remains the most technically refined, advanced and modern film camera, not just 35mm camera, not just SLR […]Read more "There’s Still Time to Buy a Brand New Nikon F6 for Christmas!"
This past Friday, the Leica Store DC hosted a gallery opening for famed photojournalist David Burnett‘s Apollo XI 50th anniversary photo series, We Choose to Go to the Moon. Though the astronauts made it to the Moon in 1969, my wife and I barely made it to DC! We were about 40 minutes late but […]Read more "We Choose to Go to the Moon; David Burnett @ the Leica Store DC"
One day, you feel inspired to take some photos with your trusty old K1000. That old camera never lets you down! You open that cool, old case you’ve been lovingly storing your Pentax gear in, load some film and head out the door filled with high spirits. But when you uncap the lens and look […]Read more "Is There a Gremlin Lurking In Your K1000?"
Between the years of 1940 and 1951, the skilled craftspeople at the Leica factory in Wetzlar, Germany painstakingly hand-crafted and hand-assembled one hundred and thirty one thousand Model IIIc 35mm rangefinder type camera bodies. The vast majority of which featured no unusual markings, no rare customization. Just many thousands of perfectly mass produced, boringly precise […]Read more "Tempered Indulgence, the Leica IIIc"
What do you think of the Nikon F3? It’s probably Nikon’s most popular and certainly longest running professional grade camera body. They built these things from 1980 all the way to 2001, even while Nikon were simultaneously selling F4’s and F5’s. Apparently they made so many, that they lost count after nearly 800,000! Pretty incredible. […]Read more "The F3, Nikon’s Greatest Achievement?"
I’ve been combing the used photography book sections for years and of all the inspirational, informative publications out there, I have to tell you, if you’re only going to get off the internet for one hard, tangible, funky-smelling used book this year, I wholeheartedly recommend, fully endorse, would buy every film photographer a copy if […]Read more "Buy This Book!"
Say what you will about wedding photography but few other gigs will allow you to party with beautiful people without having to even know a single dance move. My wife and I are freelance wedding photographers. She shoots digital and I shoot on b&w 35mm film. I use vintage, all manual cameras and lenses and […]Read more "Wedding Receptions on Film; No Flash, No Automation"
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"