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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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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Leica LTM to M Adapters

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 […]

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Discovering The Swirl

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 […]

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Tempered Indulgence, the Leica IIIc

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 […]

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