I received the good news that Leica was fixing my Monochrome’s shutter, replacing the sensor glass, and giving the thing a general tune up. The additional good news was that it would all be free. The bad news was they estimated the repairs would take 18 to 20 weeks (and this 8 weeks after sending it in). Regardless, this gave me the green light to buy a bag for my Monochrome. I believe that every camera/camera system needs its own shoulder bag home suited to the way I use that camera. Every camera has an infrastructure that needs to be contained and organized along with items of more general utility that live in camera bags. If you use more than one type of camera and constantly swap cameras in and out of bags, then very soon you’ll find yourself trying to put a Nikon battery into a Leica or attach an M lens to an F mount or find yourself without a flashlight or pen at some critical moment. Continue reading “The Ona Bowery Leica Bag”
When I bought a digital Leica I wanted a new lens to go with it. There was no question that this lens would be 50mm. I use other focal lengths (and have nothing against buying used optics) but, in this case, I wanted a new lens for the new camera. When I bought a Leica M6ttl in 2001, I briefly used an antique 50mm f/2 Summar, but was soon able to acquire well-used 50mm f/2 Summicron from the 1970s. I bought the Summar for $150 from an acquaintance and the second hand Summicron for $500 at the now sadly deceased F-Stop Camera in Akron, Ohio. That lens has served me well but, when I decided to buy the digital M-P 240, the Summicron was in for repairs. Anyway, I wanted a new lens for my new Leica and the M6 would be lonely and jealous if I confiscated its friend Summicron. I like to maintain harmony in my stable of cameras after all. Continue reading “The 50mm f/2 Zeiss Planar ZM”
There were times when our two years in Mumbai seemed an eternity. I knew the time would pass quickly, however, that every day, strange as it was, would crossfade into the next and that sooner, rather than later, we would be headed back to the airport, boarding a flight out, and that everything undone would most likely stay undone.
ARLINGTON — Of all the Leica M lenses out in the world, there is one in particular that does not seem to gets its due. That lens is the 35mm f/2.8 Summaron, a lens made from 1958-1974. Continue reading “The Leica Summaron 35/ƒ2.8 M”
From June 15th through July 15th we accepted submissions for the first Field Photographer giveaway! All you had to do was tweet a photo of you out in the field taking photos tagged #WinFPGear and be following both FP and Emulsive to get entered!
Japan Camera Hunter Bellamy Hunt known for his love of film, released his own Street Pan B&W film awhile back, and that film has been a huge success. If you’ve been shooting this film and want to show off your love for it, Hunt has you covered. Available through his site is the new JCH X Thirdculture StreetPan Pin. The pin will only cost you ¥1,300, that’s about $11.50 in real money. (Link) FP
This is turning out to be a good year for film shooters, with multiple new films and Kodak even bringing back one of their legends. Rollei has now announced a new slide film, Rollei Vario Chrome. It’s a E-6 ASA 320 film that says it can be exposed anywhere between 200-400 speeds without any development adjustments. That would make it a rather versatile film suitable for a wide range of subjects.
We have a few rolls ordered, and will of course provide some samples when able, I’m sure you can look forward to seeing it featured by our friends over at Emulsive in the future as well. You can pre-order the film now through a few sites including Maco Direct and Camera Film Photo for around $9USD. The film is set to be released early July. FP
Kodak’s new extravagantly priced print magazine titled “Kodachrome” – has gone on backorder. Kodachrome is described as not being purely about film photography, but rather as something for everyone who “loves art, film and analog culture.” No update on when the next run of Kodachrome will ship out. Kodachrome is 71 pages and priced at $19.99 an issue. For some reason Kodak’s site wasn’t able to process our order, and we haven’t been able to get ahold of anyone at Kodak, so we will not be reviewing the magazine as we had originally planned. Response on Twitter has been varied, with some praising the new print from Kodak and others wishing it focussed more on photography and less on everything else. With another print run on the way, now would be a good time to get a order in and decide for yourself. (Link) FP
It may look like deepest Africa with fields stretching over rolling hills and wide open plains that resemble the Serengeti, but it is in fact The Wilds of Ohio. The Wilds is a nature preserve filled with African wildlife. Every so often, this wildlife refuge was home to an off road event exclusive to those who owned a Land Rover. We brought a Jeep. Continue reading “The Wilds – Year One”