A while back, fellow blogger/photographer Mike Eckman sent me his three favorite Leica copies to compare to my originals. I posted a brief intro before I assessed a Leica II clone, the Zorki-1c. Next was a variation on the classic Barnack design, the Zorki-3. Today’s third, and final review is a curve-ball in every sense, […]Read more "Martyr’s Leica’s vs. Eckman’s Copies: Canon IVsb"
You may have visited my blog expecting the final installment of Martyr’s Leica’s vs. Eckman’s Copies and a review of the Canon IVsb. However, as this isn’t a paid site and my inspiration/motivation is a wavering mess, I’ve decided to postpone the IVsb blog another week (hopefully). Instead, I humbly submit, for your enjoyment and/or […]Read more "Sidetracking with the Voigtlander Bessa R2 and Series Overview"
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 […]Read more "IMHO: Leica M6 TTL .85"
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?"
When I was visiting New York City this past year, to photograph MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT, I accidentally damaged my 1930 Leica. I stopped by The Leica Store, SOHO and talked to them about the problem. I was told that Leica, only in the last several years stopped accepting service requests on […]Read more "The 2019 Leica Repair Tech List"
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"
[first published on http://www.JohnnyMartyr.com in 2015] The Agfa Optima Parat is a beautifully quirky compact, fixed lens, scale focus, 35mm half-frame camera, made in Germany in 1963. I bought mine in 2008 from Tina Waters, the curator of Gallery 61 in New York. I paid $70 for it as a tested, working copy and today, […]Read more "A Rave Review of the Agfa Optima Parat"
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"
At what point do we become photographers? If it’s when we take the first shots we’re proud of then my daughter Harper is well on her way! After years of playing with Mom and Dad’s cameras, Last week I finally purchased our four year old her first camera. I have always allowed Harper to handle our cameras […]Read more "A Four Year Old Photographer"
The Nikon FM2n, the most remarkable unremarkable camera ever made.Read more "My Ode to the Humble Nikon FM2n"