Nikon Film Shooters, Buy New!

Film photographers love old gear.  But what about NEW gear? As our equipment ages and continues to be used, things are simply going to deteriorate.  When possible, I like to buy NEW photo equipment that’s relevant to what I do.  It provides a better user experience for me than dealing with eBay returns and relentless […]

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What’s Your Effective Baselength?

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 […]

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The 2019 Leica Repair Tech List

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 […]

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Good Riddance to the VW Beetle

Volkswagen has announced that the last Beetles will roll off the assembly line in July of this year.  Articles and social media are lit up with nostalgic tributes to this iconic automobile.  After all, the world has been driving the Volkswagen Beetle since 1938. Well, not really. The revolutionary Porsche-designed 1938 Type 1 sedan differs […]

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Metering the Meterless

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 […]

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