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

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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.

Brilliant Quality: Zeiss Ikon rangefinder camera with 25/2.8 and 35/2.8 and 50/2 ZM lenses

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I have to admit, our The M Files series feels a bit like a sad walk through the camera museum so far. You read...

The M Files Encore: five particularly recommendable M-Mount lenses

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One of the major attractions of Leica's venerable M system is the astonishingly wide range of lenses, not just from Leica but from some of the best-known names in the history of lens technology...

Retro Style: Rollei 35 RF with Sonnar 40/2.8

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The M Files, Part 4: Jörg-Peter's journey into the past continues with the Rollei RF, another non-Leica camera which featured the Leica M Mount.

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...

The Leica alternative: The Leica CL analogue rangefinder with its 40/2 and 90/4

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Jörd-Peter expands The M Files with a discussion on the Leica CL and its lenses.

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...

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

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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...

Modern features: Konica Hexar RF with Konica 50/2

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Jörg-Peter Rau continues his exploration of film cameras with the M-mount that are not quite Leicas. The M Files turns to the remarkable Konica Hexar RF rangefinder...

Rolleiflex: 120 film = more megapixels?

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William has been out and about with his latest acquisition, a Rolleiflex. Just what is it about 120 film he asks?

Experimenting with my 1958 Yashica 635 twin-lens reflex

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Quite by chance, Lisa started collecting film cameras after a chance encounter in a flea market. Here she recounts her adventures with her favourite exhibit, the Yashica 635 twin-lens reflex from 1958...

Finding of Mallory’s body. But where is the Kodak VP camera?

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Will George Mallory's Kodak Vest Pocket camera, lost on Everest in 1924, ever be found?

Leica R3 vs Minolta XE Comparison

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Here's an introduction to Analog Insights, a YouTube channel devoted to the use of film cameras in the digital age. Let's start with a comparison between the Leica R3 and the Milolta XE

Decent Exposure Part 2: Hand-held light meters and what they are good for

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The second part of our lightmeter review focuses on hand-held models, starting with the iconic Gossen Lunasix F and ending with Sekonic’s high-tech wonders…

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.