If you want a Leica and you have the disposable income required to inhabit Leica town my advice is to get a Leica.
If you want a Leica and, have red dot fever, will settle for no less, but do not have the disposable income required currently do not buy anything else because you will eventually sell it, potentially at a loss, in order to finance a Leica. If you do not mind the maligned aesthetics of the internally metered M5 that is an option. An older body like an M3 may do the trick for you. Not bad with a Leicameter atop. Pricey for the vintage, but waaay less than an M6.
If you have tried or purchased a Leica and would be willing to settle for a Leica like M mount experience for less outlay there are options. Zeiss, Leitz/Minolta collab, so on and so forth.
Continue reading This Old Camera: Voigtlander Bessa R2
Started out innocently enough looking through posts on a Film GAS Facebook page (Disclaimer: Click at your own risk. I am in no way responsible for any purchases made as a result.) Came across a post on the Petri 7S. Thrown by the brand name at first and moved on. Next day I searched Flickr for some samples that impressed me. Once I realized how cheap these cameras are I picked one up from KEH.com for $23. Here are my thoughts, cons first. Continue reading This old camera: Petri 7S. From “Ha!, like the dish?” to “Why have I never heard of this camera before?” in one day.
Been on a posting hiatus for a few days. Honoring my Grandmother Carrie who transitioned earlier this week to a better place. A long life filled with love. Also understanding the importance of honoring loved ones. Some measure of comfort is taken looking at these portraits taken during a 2016 family reunion. Will miss you dearly Grandma.
A terrible thing happened recently. I am pretty square when it comes to my digital and film arsenals.
What gear? Does not matter.
Why is this terrible? Continue reading Camera Ramble: Understanding good enough can save you a lot of money.
Lomography 400 is one of my favorite films. Have written about it before. 800 is amazing also offering similar performance with barely noticeable grain but is constantly in short supply evidently. It has long been out of stock on lomography’s site and my local camera shop has not fared better. At any price I would like this film. At around $15 for a 3 pack 35mm or 120 it is a straight-up bargain. Continue reading Another roll of @Lomography 400: Love this stuff. #heylomograhy
Had heard of T-MAX P3200. Heard a lot. Never used it before. Now it came back. Gave it a shot. Heard it had beautiful grain and was great for low light. That about covers it. Continue reading FIRST ROLLS: @KODAK T-MAX P3200
This one line from their website says a lot.
World’s Widest 1:1 Macro Lens.
Was impressed by that alone and the macro samples from a favorable PetaPixal preview and review.
Was impressed further by the built-in shift mechanism. A simple 3 position up/center/down setup unlocked by a lever…
Continue reading Versatility in lens form: Venus Laowa 15mm f/4 1:1 @laowa_lens
Surprised I never wrote about just this camera by itself. (Tongue and cheek comparison written for KEH here.) About this lens. Case is pretty spiffy also.
What is it? Continue reading This old camera: FED 2