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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.