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. 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"
Instead of reviewing yet another needless classic camera, I wanted to talk about products that will actually help our photography while still indulging our universal fixation on gear; developing tanks. If you are interested in developing your own film or have been doing it for decades, hopefully you find this review useful in some far […]Read more "Paterson Film Developing Tank Review"
Maybe you’ve read my previous entry, detailing all the things wrong with the current three 35mm 1.4 lenses available in Leica M mount. I got some good recommendations but ultimately, my decision came down to price and ergonomics. It took a lot of consideration and reading but I finally made a decision. But not 35mm. […]Read more "Voigtländer 40mm 1.4 Nokton Classic MC Review"
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"
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?"
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"
When we think of Leica, the second thing we often think of is Summicron. But before Leica formulated their legend, there was a lesser known yet still quite remarkable nifty 50. Thanks to having been overshadowed by the Cron, this very capable Leitz 50/2 is usually available for less than $400. That’s right, I’m talking […]Read more "Leitz 5cm f2 Summitar"
In one corner we have a black nosed Zuiko 50mm 1.8 that sells for about the price of an original OM lens cap but has a heck of a reputation! In the other corner we have a chrome-nosed Zuiko 50mm 1.4 that sells for 3 or four original OM lens caps and has a controversial reputation! […]Read more "Olympus Zuiko 50mm Shoot Out!"