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”

Cole Barash’s Smokejumpers: Field Research

Photo from Smokejumpers, © Cole Barash

Photographer Cole Barash’s recent collaboration with the brand Filson takes us to a side of forestry firefighting we rarely see, in a year plagued by major fires across the states, from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Pacific Northwest. From intimate portraits to striking images of these brave men and women at work protecting the forest, the scale of these fires is felt in each image from Barash.  Continue reading “Cole Barash’s Smokejumpers: Field Research”

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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Domke F3x Review

I will begin this review with the conclusion: there is no better all-around camera bag than the Domke F3x.  Now continue reading to find out why.  Or save yourself the time and just order one.  Continue reading “Domke F3x Review”

June Update

A lot has happened since we launched FieldPhotographer.org April 15th, but it’s nothing compared to where we’re heading. This June you’re going to see more features and reviews, we’ll be launching our photographer interviews and we’ll be running our first giveaway! – Look for more info on that June 15th Continue reading “June Update”

I Know A Good Tailor In Bombay…

(Photo by Andrew Tonn)

The phone rings and the front desk says, “Hitesh the tailor is here.”

“Yes, please send him up.”
A few minutes later I open the door. Hitesh Chhabria is standing in the foyer with two bags and a black and red garment cover bearing the logo of his shop, the Immediate Boutique. We shake hands and I invite him in. He takes off his shoes and we talk for a moment about our days and life in Mumbai. Continue reading “I Know A Good Tailor In Bombay…”

The Sailor Strap

The Sailor Strap. With a variety of colors from royal blue to olive and standard black, sturdy stainless steel rings to attached the strap and Italian leather they look great, but how do they perform with daily use? Continue reading “The Sailor Strap”

The Saddleback Leather Co Indiana Bag

The days pass while living abroad as they do back home.  Some people go through ordinary days in strange ways and I marvel at the strange days I go through in ordinary ways.  The exotic and even the frightening quickly become everyday and you feel almost at home until something reminds you of what you left behind.  It is almost always a small thing that triggers the nostalgia, the one mysterious bag of Tostitos in a Mumbai grocery store, the sound of Hank Williams playing on a tinny Russian car speaker in the Carpathian Mountains, or the sympathetic Texan voices of the folks at Saddleback Leather Company. Continue reading “The Saddleback Leather Co Indiana Bag”

When to Hire a Fixer: A Basic Guide – Guest post from Daniel Garee and Jessica Rutherford

 

The world of documentary filmmaking (and photography) is a fast-paced environment that, more often than not, requires a good bit of travel. And more times than not I’m traveling to places where not only do I rarely know the streets but also the language. This is when hiring a local fixer makes all of the difference. Continue reading “When to Hire a Fixer: A Basic Guide – Guest post from Daniel Garee and Jessica Rutherford”

The Matheny Rd Shrine

(Photo, Jef Price)

On a small grass mound between two roads on the edge of a small town, sits a small shrine featuring details in construction from the years past railroad industry. Continue reading “The Matheny Rd Shrine”