Monday, March 8, 2021

Leica M System: In praise of simplicity and longevity

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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.

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

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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...

Toronto over the past 40 years: An introduction

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Richard Scott takes us on a tour of Toronto over the past 40 years

Voigtländer 40mm f/1.2 Nokton: The meat in the sandwich

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The Leica M set the parameters for standard focal lengths — 28, 35, 50, 75, 90. The 40mm VM Nokton is thus an odd one out by historic standards. Leica did experiment with 40mm on the original CL but it didn't catch on. Now, however, the attractions of a middle road — the meat in the sandwich between 35mm and 50mm — are becoming apparent. And with electronic viewfinders the old frameline problem disappears. 

Voigtländer announces new 50mm Nokton-VM f/1.2 ASPH

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Another fast fifty from Cosina-Voigtländer, a 50mm version of the very popular 40mm f/1.2.......

First Look: Voigtländer VM-E Close-Focus Adapter

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Of all the Sony-E-to-Leica-M adapters on the market, the new Voigländer VM-E close focus is the best option but also the heaviest. As well...

Voigtländer Bessa-L with 15mm Super-Wide Heliar and optical viewfinder

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Today I met and fell in love with a little black beauty from Cosina-Voigtlaender, a fifteen-year-old simple shooter with a super wide view of life. Pop in a film and see how it goes.....

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

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

First impressions: Voigtländer Nokton 75mm f/1.5

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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,...

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

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