Choosing Leica mount lenses is always a bit of a struggle for me. I can find things I like and don’t like about them all. And the ones that meet my ideal specs are often out of my price range. So I will end up buying another lens as a reaction to something I did […]Read more "5 LTM 50’s for $500 or Less"
It’s a question that I think many photographers, film and digital alike, dismiss before even considering it: Do professional film photographers still exist? Most people would say, no. But I think there’s an inaccurate narrative about film’s place in modern photography. And it might stem from the lack of noise that pro film shooters make […]Read more "Do Professional Film Photographers Still Exist?"
Most prime lens SLR kits are a 28-50-85 or 135. Most rangefinder kits are a 28 or 35-50-90. 75mm is an odd focal length. I don’t think it’s even available for SLR’s and most rangefinder shooters fall on the side of either 50 or 90 – the distinction between normal and portrait focal lengths. 75. […]Read more "An Odd Length; Voigtländer 75mm 2.5 Heliar"
International Center of Photography shooter James Mignogna once told me that a good photographer matches their light, lens, film and developer. Nowhere do I think these decisions are more critical than portraits in dim lighting. With all of us spending so much time at home lately, I have gotten a number of emails asking for […]Read more "Rating + Processing for Available Light Portraits – EI 1600 ISO"
The Leitz 9cm f4 Elmar is almost as ubiquitous as the famous Leitz 5cm f3.5 Elmar but often seems 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 cameras, model’s II and III. The 9cm Elmar is part of […]Read more "There’s No Excuse Not to Own a Leitz 9cm f4 Elmar"
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 do you think of the Nikon F3? It’s probably Nikon’s most popular and certainly longest running professional grade camera body. They built these things from 1980 all the way to 2001, even while Nikon were simultaneously selling F4’s and F5’s. Apparently they made so many, that they lost count after nearly 800,000! Pretty incredible. […]Read more "The F3, Nikon’s Greatest Achievement?"
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"
I first met film photographer, Brian Henry without realising who he is. You see, around 2011, Brian was processing my film pretty regularly at a lab in Baltimore. Somehow, I connected the dots between our interactions there and his posts in the Film in Baltimore group, so I began following Brian’s work. I also take […]Read more "The Instant (Film) Decay of Brian Henry"
A few weeks ago, I wrote about my new-to-me, super cheapie antique-store-find Yashica A. Last week, I burned my first 5 rolls of Kodak Tri-X in it as a test drive and man, what a test drive it was! Every year, my wife hosts a Fall Family Photo session on our friends’ beautifully rustic property in […]Read more "Yashica A, In Use"