George James, 1942-2018

My friend George is dead. He had known for many months that he had little time left after his seven-year battle with cancer. But he set his heart on one last Christmas Day which he enjoyed with his family around him. Having achieved his goal, he died peacefully in his own bed on Saturday morning. 

Leica Q and my Photo of the Year

John has chosen his photo of the year — and it was taken in Rumania with the Leica Q…..

William Hannah’s notebook and the Dumas Dad Montblanc

I have a soft spot for notebooks and writing implements. So what better gift to receive than one of William Hannah’s finely crafted British notebooks and a Montblanc collectors’ item to use with it?

Confessions of a Leica beta tester

Jonathan Slack has been beta-testing pre-production Leicas for a decade. But is it all beer and skittles? Jonathan lifts the veil on the hard slog of aiming for perfection.

A tale of one camera, one lens and a wet weekend in Dickens’ Rochester

Where better to hold s Dickens Festival than the City of Rochester? But Rochester has a surfeit, no fewer than TW0 Dickens extravaganzas, one for the winter, one for the summer. See which characters you can spot on this December outing…..

The refuelling of remote communities

Phil Coomes, a keen Leica enthusiast and curator of The Leica Society’s Circle D monthly photographic competition, has just completed a magnificent photo essay on rural fuel stations for the BBC website.

My first photo, my first camera and a five-hour trek to Goodwood

Most of us can remember our first damera. But how many can think of the first photograph taken with that camera. John takes us back to 1960 and his first outing with the Halina 35X…..

Paklenica National Park, Croatia: Part Two

Kevin continues his exploration of the Paklenica National Park in Croatia

Agfa Silette comes back to life after 50 years

Mike remembers his first proper camera — after a series of hand-me-down Box Brownies and Kodak folders — and how much it cost him....

Cheap Shot: The long-lens itch is scratched for a few dollars

Our Leica X1 ambassador has nurtured a secret lust for a long zoom. It’s an itch he has scratched for just a few dollars, with Fuji as the surprise newcomer to the Shingleton stable.