I’ll say it right now. eBay sucks. Amazon sucks. These are not proper camera retailers and should not be the first places we go to find film equipment and photography supplies. Most sellers on these sites do not check, much less service their vintage cameras or lenses prior to sale. These are sites where people […]Read more "Where to Buy Film Cameras & Lenses"
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"
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"
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"
I’m as much of a Leica fan as anyone but I have to admit, the Japanese reincarnate of Voigtländer seriously one-upped the German Leica gods when they designed their T-Winder. Let’s begin at the beginning. Leica introduced a few rapidwinder devices for it’s screw mount 35mm rangefinder cameras in the 1930’s or 40’s. The exact history […]Read more "Leicavit vs. T-Winder"
Going on a trip? If you’re shooting on film, don’t forget that you need to get it safely through an x-ray scan at each airport that you move through!Read more "Flying with Film in the 21st Century"
With film shooters moving to larger formats and digital shooters using face-palm-inducing software to emulate the look of film, a 35mm shooter begins to wonder “What cool characteristic can 35mm film provide that no other format can?” Enter the frame burn. Unexposed 35mm film comes to us in a metal canister with a […]Read more "35mm, the Art of the Frame Burn"
Ektar has been the name for various products from Kodak since the 1930’s. Apparently the word is derived from combining “Eastman” with “Tessar,” the famed Zeiss lens. Today, Kodak Ektar film is probably one of the coolest, most ambitious films that has been released in the 21st century. When it hit the streets in 2008, […]Read more "Film Review: Kodak Ektar 100"
In October of last year, my best friend Laurie was still pregnant with her, as we now know, beautiful little girl Clara. Laurie had scheduled a maternity session with my fabulously talented wife and partner photographer Stephanie Lee. Few people hire me for posed portraits and certainly not maternity photos but it was my best friend, […]Read more "Chronicle of a Second Shooter"
I have been shooting weddings on film for over 4 years. I started shooting about 15 years ago and in that time frame, when we were attending Villa Julie College, just outside Baltimore, is when I met Joe and his lovely girlfriend (then girlfriend, now wife) Christina. In college, Joe and I were artistic one-uppers […]Read more "An Inspired/ing Wedding"