First impressions: Voigtländer Nokton 75mm f/1.5

The new Voigtländer Nokton 75mm is an interesting lens, offering competition for the Leica Summilux or, even, the extremely expensive f/1.25 Noctilux. At least,...
Voigtländer APO 35, 50 and 90

The M Files (14): Voigtländer APO 35, 50 and 90 – the attack on...

APO, that was once almost a synonym for Leica. And to this day, spectacular apochromatic lens designs come from Wetzlar. But at Voigtländer/ Cosina,...

The M Files: Not quite Leica M… But really interesting

The hype seems never-ending: used Leica M film cameras continue to post new price records on the second-hand market. A good copy of the...

The M Files (11): Distagon revisited — the Zeiss Distagon ZM 18 and 35...

The M-mount saga continues as Jörg-Peter looks at two alternative Zeiss ZM lenses for Leica and other M-mount cameras...

The M Files One Year On: A legend in the making

A niche within a niche: Mike reviews the M Files series which has been carving a place in the world of rangefinder photography over the past twelve months. The M Files now represents a valuable source of reference. And there is more to come in 2022.

Rangefinder Oddity: Bessa T with Voigtländer 35/2.5 and 15/4.5

I can find no better word: This one is a definite oddity among the not-quite-Leica-M cameras. The Voigtländer Bessa T has a rangefinder, but...

Gateways to Heaven or at least to a new (rangefinder) world

There are questions you would rather avoid. And there are those you are only too eager to answer. In connection with the M-Files, I was asked such a welcome question quite a few times: "Now the time has come, I also want to buy a Leica like this, which can take pictures like in the past. But what should I choose?" Here is my answer.

Wide perspectives: Bessa R4M with Voigtländer 21/4 and 35/1.4

Jörg-Peter Rau continues his journey into the world of film cameras which use the Leica M-Mount but which are not Leicas...

Voigtländer 40mm f/1.2 Nokton VM: A lens for all occasions


The Voigtländer 40mm Nokton is a very fast manual lens that works well on the Leica M and a whole range of mirrorless cameras. It offers a great deal for a very low price.

Leica M System: In praise of simplicity and longevity

Judging by the rapid-fire arrival of M-mount lenses, you'd think Leica's cameras were the best-sellers. But no, the secret of the success of the M system lies in simplicity, mechanical excellence and the resulting longevity.

Photographic archaeology on a rainy day

The heavens have opened over Sydney. Confined to barracks. So what better to do with the time that start an archaeological dig in the camera cupboard?

Smartphones: Is the writing on the wall for the good old camera?

Will all or almost all photos be taken with smartphones in the near future? Or will there always be proper cameras? This essay examines the different scenarios...

Besser a Bessa: Looking for a Voigtländer Bessa R4A or R4M

Any old Bessas? We are looking for a Bessa R4A or R4M to borrow for test or, even, buying is a possibility.

Voigtländer 50mm f/1.2 Nokton Aspherical available in August


Voigtländer adds to its stable of fast f/1.2 primes with the introduction of the 50mm Nokton Aspherical which will arrive in dealers’ showrooms in August….

The M-Files postscript

A review of J-P Rau's series covering non-Leica film cameras which used the brand's iconic M-Mount. Jörg-Peter looks to the furure and promises some new surprises...