Upgrade Your Meterless Film Camera!

The beauty, the style and the build quality of mechanical film cameras made before the 1960’s is simply unmatched.  Barnack Leica’s, the original Nikon F, Rolleiflex TLR’s, Konica rangefinders, early Pentax SLR’s, Zeiss, Voigtlander and Agfa folders.  WOW!  Okay, I’m going to need a moment to calm down!  (Particularly since most of the cameras pictured […]

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IMHO: Leica M6 TTL .85

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 […]

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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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Leica LTM to M Adapters

If you’re cheap or just enjoy a variety of glass in your quiver, it’s worth running vintage Leica Thread Mount (LTM or M39) lenses on your newer bayonet M mount Leica bodies.  The fact that this can be done so flawlessly is yet another boon to the Leica rangefinder system and justification to buy a […]

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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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