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"
I’ll say it right now. eBay sucks. Amazon sucks. These are not proper camera retailers and should not be the first places we go to find film equipment and photography supplies. Most sellers on these sites do not check, much less service their vintage cameras or lenses prior to sale. These are sites where people […]Read more "Where to Buy Film Cameras & Lenses"
Something that drives me crazy is when I see photographers with disorganized camera bags. My wife’s is absolutely terrifying. Film photographers are probably the worst offenders but ironically have the greatest need for an organized bag. If you’re an award-winning, world renowned photographer and keep a messy bag, fine. Who am I to criticize you? […]Read more "A Well Organized Bag is a Good Start"
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"
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"
[Cover photo by Stephanie Lee] It’s a popular refrain; “the camera doesn’t matter, buying a Leica won’t make you a better photographer.” And while it’s true, I think the camera does matter and buying a Leica did make me a better photographer. You’re LOLing so loud that I think I can actually hear you 😉 If […]Read more "Leica Made Me a Better Photographer"