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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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?