The KA-BAR BK-9

The Bk-9 shown sheathed with wood scales.
I’ve been looking for a great trail knife for the Jeep for years, and I may have just found what I was searching for. I’ve previously used a classic KA-BAR but it was stolen awhile back so I’ve been open to new styles for the replacement.

After some searching, I decided to go back to KA-BAR and see they had in various styles. I’d heard the Becker had some great designs so I decided to check out their Combat Bowie. A full tang, lightweight, built like a tank, classic bowie shape that is surprisingly reasonably priced.  Continue reading “The KA-BAR BK-9”

The Quest for the Perfect Boot

A common topic of conversation between the three of us here at Field Photographer is that of the perfect boot. Not just the perfect pair of boots, but does such a thing even exist? And let’s say for just a moment that it does, what would it consist of? Countless hours have been spent between the 3 of us here on just this subject.  Continue reading “The Quest for the Perfect Boot”

The 50mm f/2 Zeiss Planar ZM

Highway heading into a storm on the Navajo Reservation, Northern Arizona, Leica M-P 240, Zeiss 50mm f/2 Planar ZM – Photo © Andrew Tonn 

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”

A Tale of Two Undies

ARLINGTON — A few years ago I attended a seminar about keeping yourself safe overseas.  It was taught by a genuine Bearded Tactical Guy (genus Hombre Sapiens Tacticus Barbus Americanus).  I have no doubt he delivered a terrific amount of great information but I only had two major takeaways.  First, the next time you are really, really, really hungry up in Nepal — like lost for a week or two in the Himalayas hungry — control yourself and don’t eat undercooked water buffalo when you finally stagger out of the hills.  It can make you really, really, really sick.  Really, that’s really a lot of reallys but don’t do it. Eat your water buffalo well done.  Wait until you’re back at Longhorns to get the rare steak.  The second thing was that there is underwear with pockets.  In an aside, the instructor mentioned that you could carry some last ditch money, emergency numbers or such items in the pocket of your underpants.  I mean, I’m a guy who loves pockets but I’d never even thought of having pockets on my skivvies. So, remember this, scouts: never eat undercooked water buffalo and there’s underwear with the ability to store more stuff than just your stuff.

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The Filson Feather Cloth Shirt is Back

A staple of mine is the Filson Feather cloth shirt, I could live in this shirt. When the epaulets version was on closeout awhile back, even though they didn’t have my size left in stock, I ordered 4-5 of each color. Although the version with epaulets is sadly still not available, Filson has given us new colors and plaids, as well as the standard short sleeves version. As always Filson backs their wear with their lifetime warranty.

We’ll have a full review of the Feather Cloth Shirt coming up shortly, as our order of the new one should arrive this week. LINK FP

5 Days In Kathmandu

Leica M Monochrome, 15mm f/4.5 Voigtlander Super Heliar, Temple steps, Durbar Square (Photo by Andrew Tonn ©

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.

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The Leica Summaron 35/ƒ2.8 M

The owner of Brittania & Company, one of the classic old Parsi restaurants in old Bombay. Leica M-P (Photo, Andrew Tonn ©)
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”

The Patagonia Down Sweater

Here we are at last with our final entry in the Patagonia down series. We’ve taken a look at their new designs for both the down coat and vest, and have had some harsh words for them on the quality of their new products. Have we saved the best for last?  Continue reading “The Patagonia Down Sweater”

The Aether Shelter Hoodie Review

Aether first caught our attention years ago as a lifestyle brand with real world and performance sensibilities. Brands like Aether and NAU go a long way towards proving you don’t have to give up style to stay warm and dry on the trail. Their products feature a good fit, advanced or industry standard features and a lifetime guarantee. Although Aether is marketed primary as a lifestyle brand, it has a lot of the makings of an outdoors brand. Continue reading “The Aether Shelter Hoodie Review”

Win This! Aether Shelter Primaloft, Topo Designs and Black Diamond… UPDATED

Want your chance to win big with more than $300 worth of free gear? Including not only a Sherpa Aether Shelter Primaloft Hoodie, but a new Tobo Designs climbing rope strap, Black Diamond trucker cap and a 35mm film sampler including ADOX CHS 100, Silvermax, Cinestill 50 and 800 + more!

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