Photos & Projects

A lost roll from Christmas – 50mm V4 Summicron and XP2

January 30, 2015
50mm V4 Summicron and XP2

I shot quite a few rolls over Christmas, but a few got left in cameras halfway through. In the case of this film, it got left in the Leica M7. The purchase of an Leica M3 and a few other distractions has meant I just haven’t picked up the M7, at least outside of making comparisons with it and the M3. And so the film stayed, at least until this morning when I decided I was happy to sacrifice the final 7 frames to see what on earth I had pointed it at.

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Accessories

Footprint Leather Camera Strap with ‘QR Swivels’

January 25, 2015
Footprint Strap

There are so many leather camera strap brands out there these days I imagine that for some people it might be hard to know where to start on the path to finding one that suits them. Fortunately for me and my search I was already fairly well committed to the idea of a Footprint Custom Strap. Firstly because I’ve bought a wrist strap from him before, secondly there’s the fact that 2 1/2 years on am still very happy with it, thirdly, he gave me brilliant service first time round and lastly he is based in Redditch which is a town only about 20 miles from where I live.

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Tutorials & Guides

A Quick Guide to a Rangefinder’s Effective Base Length (EBL)

January 24, 2015
Effective Rangefinder Base length

I recently published my thoughts on the Voigtlander R2a and R3a two great cameras that have one major caveat – their short rangefinder effective base length. I’m now in the process of putting together my thoughts on the Leica M3, a camera that’s biggest technical advantage is possibly its especially long rangefinder effective base length. Short of repeating myself by explaining what rangefinder effective base length means in the M3 post, I thought I’d put together a short post to detail the basics of the subject.

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Photos & Projects

First roll with the Leica M3

January 21, 2015
First roll with the Leica M3

It’s been a very busy couple of weeks since the Leica M3 found its way to me. So much so that I’ve only managed to squeeze a single roll through it so far; I almost feel as if I’m doing it an injustice. Still, a roll is a roll, and the results have landed…

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Guest Reviews, Rangefinders

Canonet QL17 GIII: Affordable, Fine and Reliable

January 19, 2015
IMG_5748 copy

It wasn’t until I was sitting on a train, heading downtown, that a stranger across from me told me how the camera I had on me was great. The Canonet QL17 GIII is a work of beauty. Mine arrived in like-new condition from Japan; in fact, I couldn’t even see anything wrong with it. Everything from the sound of advancing the film, to the size of the rangefinder, to the quality of the lens is simply a delight to use.

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Accessories

The Voigtlander VC Meter II light meter

January 15, 2015
Voigtlander VCii Light Meter

I’ve decided I should review some of the collection of compact camera and rangefinder accessories I seem to have been collecting recently. I was trying to decide where to start, and settled on the idea of starting at the beginning; starting with the accessory I have had the longest: the Voigtlander VC Meter II shoe mountable mini light meter.

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