*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"
The Leitz 9cm f4 Elmar is almost as ubiquitous as the famous Leitz 5cm f3.5 Elmar but seems often forgotten about. The lens dates back to 1933 and was Leica’s first 90mm. It was likely designed to take advantage of their newly released rangefinder camera, the model III. The 9cm Elmar is part of the […]Read more "There’s No Excuse Not to Own a Leitz 9cm f4 Elmar"
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 […]Read more "What’s Your Effective Baselength?"
If you’re cheap or just enjoy a variety of glass in your quiver, it’s worth running vintage Leica Thread Mount (LTM or M39) lenses on your newer bayonet M mount Leica bodies. The fact that this can be done so flawlessly is yet another boon to the Leica rangefinder system and justification to buy a […]Read more "Leica LTM to M Adapters"
As a user of a modest pile of vintage thread mount Leica lenses, I’ve found that shooters often skimp on using shades with these little wonders. Sadly, some of these lenses get a bad rep as a result of what is essentially, improper use. The driver is most certainly, cost. Perhaps not surprisingly, vintage Leica […]Read more "Throwing Shade: XOONS, SOOPD, FISON, FIKUS & Other Made-Up Words"
Nobody would argue that knob-wind Leicas are fine cameras that look as beautiful as they perform. With use of more modern designs, however, it doesn’t take long to realise that these cameras are a bit slippery in the hand, due to the symmetrical rounded sides and lack of front or rear grip. A neat accessory […]Read more "A Thumbs Up for a Knob Wind"
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"