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"
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"
Like many photojournalists, I love the 35mm focal length. It’s said to be close to what the human eye sees, making it intuitive in use. For those of us raised on 50mm, a 35 reminds one to include more context in a scene. And on a practical level, 35 has more DoF than 50 and […]Read more "Which New Leica M-Mount 35mm 1.4?"
A while back, I dropped my Leica M6 TTL on concrete. The camera was fine but it’s full weight came square down onto the Voigtlander 50mm 1.5 Nokton ASPH that had been my go-to 50mm for years. The focus ring became very tight from the impact. Because I’d had this lens rebuilt once before and […]Read more "Voigtlander Nokton 50mm 1.5 Rebuilt Again"
Early Leica rangefinders were so small that focusing their tiny lenses with the conventional thumb and forefinger method was cumbersome. So Leica came up with a simple, elegant solution, as Leica often does; a focus knob. Many classic rangefinder lenses have a focus knob to aid in speedy, accurate focusing. The focus knob allows for […]Read more "Add a Focus Knob to Any Lens!"
I just wanted to give a shout-out to my recently purchased Voigtlander 90mm Brightline Viewfinder. The main focal lengths that I use on my Leica and Voigtlander rangefinders are 15, 50 and 90. So I now own both the Voigtlander 15 and 90mm finders, both are the metal versions. The earlier, plastic versions, while often […]Read more "Voigtlander 90mm Brightline Viewfinder"