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Wonders of the Pacific North West from Portland to Vancouver


Imagine your first visit to a major city: Copenhagen, Sydney, Tokyo — I’ll choose Paris. You rent a small apartment on Rue Lepic. When you walk the arcades near Le Louvre, the women seem younger and certainly better put together than you. You might stop for a tagine or even street food: a cheese crêpe. The city is enchanting, and you wonder: could you buy a small place and live here? And would the city retain its magic?

Leica Women Foto Project: Call for entries for fourth Award


Forty thousand dollars and four SL2-S camera sets, including a 24-70mm Vario-Elmarit f/2.8 ASOH lens, are on offer in the 2023 annual Leica Women Foto Project Award. One winner will be selected from one of the four eligible regions — US, UK, Mexico and Canada. The cash element is for use towards the completion of a personal project that bears witness to humanity.

The new Leica film camera: Classic M6 or grown-up M6TTL?


Rumours continue to swirl around the new film camera, which is to be announced in Germany in the second half of next month. Leica Rumors is convinced it will be a faithful reproduction of the original “classic” M6, complete with Leitz red dot, as introduced to the world in 1984. That Leitz roundel lasted for three years before the substitution of the now familiar Leica badge. LR is almost certainly right, but…

Morning Pages: My experience and the benefits…


Morning pages is a concept from Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way. Writing morning pages has many benefits, but some people don’t find it easy, so I thought I’d share my journey with morning pages, my technique, how I lay out my notebook – why I use four pages instead of three! – and how I use what appears in my morning pages to really make the most of them.

Wetzlar Winners: Highlights of the Wetzlar Camera Auction on October 8


Picking actual ‘winners’ in an article about a camera auction is an onerous task since everyone has different tastes. In my own case, I like most vintage cameras, and therefore, almost everything in any major camera auction catalogue would appeal to me.

My Summer: Where the surf meets the turf


Del Mar, California, is famous for its beautiful beaches, world-renowned racetrack, wonderful weather, and upscale living. The Del Mar Racetrack is known for the slogan “Where the Turf Meets the Surf” and is a racing tradition dating back to 1937 when Bing Crosby greeted the first guests.

Billingham adds black-leather trim to sage FibreNyte photo bags


What’s the most popular make of photo bag among Macfilos readers? I’d guess it is probably Billingham, an English company that produces a bewildering range of models in two primary materials and in a plethora of colours.

Many of you will be well aware of the difficulty when choosing which bag is best for your purposes. And this choice just got harder.

Billingham has announced a yet a new colour scheme for those who prefer the slightly lighter FibreNyte material over the more traditional canvas. Many Billingham bags have been offered in the past in sage-coloured FibreNyte with brown-leather trim.

Now, in response to popular demand the same products can be supplied with black-leather trim instead of brown.

Billingham's Hadley Small Pro in the new sage/black combination. A wide range of Billingham's most popular bags also comes in this new and attractive colour.
Billingham’s Hadley Small Pro in the new sage/black combination. A wide range of Billingham’s most popular bags also comes in this new and attractive colour.

The new colourway is available on the following products: 72, Hadley Digital, Hadley Small, Hadley Small Pro, Hadley Pro, Hadley Pro 2020, Mini Eventer, Eventer MkII, and AVEA end pockets.

You can find more information on Billingham’s site here.

See: Macfilos reviews of Billingham bags.

Leica Q2 “Dawn” by Seal limited edition


The latest special edition of the Leica Q2 is launched today. The Leica Q2 “Dawn” by Seal is limited to 500 cameras, every one of which is claimed to be unique because of the individual differences in the woven-fabric cover.

Shock or Not? How I came to return to Leica


I guess some of you might have seen this coming. Perhaps even before I did, which was relatively quick after I wrote my post about how I sold the SL as the last Leica camera I owned.

HM Queen Elizabeth II


Today has been momentous for people in the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and many others in the world. Queen Elizabeth II was a remarkable world figure, transcending politics and providing a constant presence and an aura of stability through three generations, from the problematic post-war years to today, a time when we face equally daunting challenges.