Since buying, shooting and writing about the Voigtlander 40mm 1.4 Nokton MC, I feel like I see this lens everywhere! I didn’t realise how popular it is. The blog I wrote about it is my third most viewed of all time, I see it mounted to many of the cameras that I read reviews of […]Read more "One Year with the Voigtlander 40mm 1.4 Nokton MC"
*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"
A while back, fellow blogger/photographer Mike Eckman sent me his three favorite Leica copies to compare to my originals. I posted a brief intro before I assessed a Leica II clone, the Zorki-1c. Next was a variation on the classic Barnack design, the Zorki-3. Today’s third, and final review is a curve-ball in every sense, […]Read more "Martyr’s Leica’s vs. Eckman’s Copies: Canon IVsb"
You may have visited my blog expecting the final installment of Martyr’s Leica’s vs. Eckman’s Copies and a review of the Canon IVsb. However, as this isn’t a paid site and my inspiration/motivation is a wavering mess, I’ve decided to postpone the IVsb blog another week (hopefully). Instead, I humbly submit, for your enjoyment and/or […]Read more "Sidetracking with the Voigtlander Bessa R2 and Series Overview"
Recently, fellow blogger/photographer Mike Eckman sent me his three favorite Leica copies to compare to my originals. I introduced this four part blog last Tuesday and will pick up with the first Leica copy review today with Mike’s Soviet-built Zorki-1c. Despite having nearly two decades to improve or just modify it, the 1951 Zorki-1c and […]Read more "Martyr’s Leica’s vs. Eckman’s Copies: Zorki-1c"
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 […]Read more "IMHO: Leica M6 TTL .85"
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"
I guess that I don’t typically shoot my Leitz 50’s in wooded areas. But slowly, an image here, and image there, I began to notice something. When I shot portraits at closer distances and wider apertures in wooded areas with my Leitz Summitar and Summarit lenses, I got something unexpected. Something that I’d always associated […]Read more "Discovering The Swirl"
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"
[first published on http://www.JohnnyMartyr.com in 2015] The Agfa Optima Parat is a beautifully quirky compact, fixed lens, scale focus, 35mm half-frame camera, made in Germany in 1963. I bought mine in 2008 from Tina Waters, the curator of Gallery 61 in New York. I paid $70 for it as a tested, working copy and today, […]Read more "A Rave Review of the Agfa Optima Parat"