I wasn’t really hyperbolizing when I said that the Leica 14312 is the best camera strap in the world. I own one for each of my Leica bodies and swap them onto my other rangefinders and SLR’s too. So when Mark from Due North Leather Goods in Canada reached out to me about test-driving one […]Read more "Is Your Camera Due for a New Strap?"
Recently, fellow blogger/photographer Mike Eckman sent me his three favorite Leica copies to compare to my originals. First, I provided a brief introduction. And last Tuesday I posted my thoughts on the popular Zorki-1c. Today’s review is for another of Mike’s Soviet Leica copies, the Zorki-3. So this is where Leica copies get interesting to […]Read more "Martyr’s Leica’s vs. Eckman’s Copies: Zorki-3"
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"
It’s totally unnecessary to write yet another article extolling the historical relevance of the early Barnack Leica cameras to photography. After a century of influence, everyone knows the story of how Oskar Barnack, Ernst Leitz and Max Beret revolutionized photography with their tiny, intuitive 35mm cameras and lenses during the 1920’s and ’30’s. Perhaps a […]Read more "Martyr’s Leica’s vs. Eckman’s Copies: Introduction"
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"
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"
Unless you’re a studio photographer, the first time that most film shooters begin considering purchasing a light meter is when they fall in love with some beautiful vintage camera that does not feature a built-in light meter. When I was younger, I naively clung to cameras with built-in meters, not fully appreciating bodies such as […]Read more "Metering the Meterless"
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"