Lining up the Dot: The British creation that changed the face of Leica lenses

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In this week's Macfilos news round, we look at British invention led to Leica's red dot lens alignment. And more....
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Black and White Filters: Urgently needed and increasingly difficult to find

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Serious black and white photography on film or a monochrome sensor is hardly possible without filters. But despite the b/w renaissance, filters are becoming less and less popular. Also with manufacturers.

The Leica and I: Yul Brynner, Protecting Journalists and some Fotoform

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The Leica and I: What has Yul Brynner to do with Leica? Brynner was a devoted Leica user and a superb photographer. His cameras and his work are featured in the coming Leitz Auction...
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The M Files (21): Zeiss Ikon SW, a very unusual camera for Leica M-Mount

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Our series about non-Leica M-Mount cameras, lenses and accessories continues with an unusual camera. In Part 21, Jörg-Peter takes on the Zeiss Ikon SW. Its striking feature is… the absence of a viewfinder.

Oskar Barnack: His first photograph taken with the Ur Leica camera in 1914

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The first photograph taken with a Leica camera, by its inventor Oskar Barnack, is of a scene in the town of Wetzlar, home of Leica. The scene, the Eisenmarkt, looks almost the same today as it did then, over a hundred years ago. So, naturally, any self-respecting Leica photographer wants to stand in the same spot that Barnack did, and take the same photo.

Colours of the American Southwest on film: Chapter three in lessons learned

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Colours of the American South-West: Erwin takes us on the third leg of his journey with the Mamiya 6
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The M Files Jubilee: Creating the largest knowledge base for M-Mount photographic gear

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The M Files jubilee marks 20 episodes of a unique Macfilos series. It covers third-party lenses, cameras and accessories with Leica M-Mount. Read here why these articles could be useful for you
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It’s coming home: Taking an old AkA camera back to Friedrichshafen

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AkA Friedrichshafen, later akw, is one of the German post-war camera manufacturers that are almost forgotten now. Let's look at the company's history and its products. What cameras are the Akarex, Akarette, Akarelle or Arette?

Leica Sofort 2: Second-generation instant camera

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Leica's second-generatin Sofort 2 instant camera includes the ability to print pictures taken with other cameras and comes with an impressive range of accessories...
Oppenheimer analogue: Claim on a movie poster in Sweden

Oppenheimer Analogue: Why #filmisnotdead in movie production

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A full movie shot on silver halide film in the year of 2023? Quite right. And Christopher Nolan's "Oppenheimer" is not the only production that relies on analogue technology.

Manplan Project: The state of Britain at the end of the Swinging Sixties

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The Manplan project, which was to become one of the highlights of my career as a photographer, came to me in 1969 from a...

Turning to Film: Getting to know the Mamiya 6 and my film preference

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The Bronica has found a new owner and I moved on to the Mamiya 6. Everything related to film photography is new to me, I am happy to at least have the familiar experience of a rangefinder camera...

Leica announces limited edition M6 Leitz Auction set in black finish

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The new M6 Leitz Auction set is available from today, but you’d better be quick off the mark. Only 20 sets have been produced...

Turn to film: Stepping back into the world of film photography

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I don't consider myself a Luddite at all. I am a big believer in technology and its potential to bring improvement to humans across the globe, despite its obvious challenges. And yet, in the world of photography, as I turn to film, I find myself evolving in the opposite direction when looking at where photographic technology is heading...

Leica IIIa brought back to life after 85 years: Flip or flop?

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John has owned the Leica IIIa for 56 years, ever since she was a sprightly 30-year-old. Completely refurbished, the IIIa is now working as well as when new. But is it a keeper, even after all these years?