The Kit Zoom: Not so boring after all

So-called standard kit zooms often have a bad rap. But there are good ‘uns and not-so-good ‘uns. The Leica 18-56mm Vario-Elmar-TL is one of the best options if you value high image quality in a lightweight, tiny package. It about as far away from a “kit” zoom as you can get, but it is the first lens you should buy for your CL or TL.

From the Archive: First Impressions of the f/0.95 Leica Noctilux

It wasn’t a new lens, but it was new to me. The Noctilux 0.95 went out for a run in Mayfair back in 2013

2013: Leica M goes to London’s Borough Market

Five years ago and a visit to London’s Borough Market with a Leica M

All about the Leica M10-D

In my household the M10-D has caused more controversy than any other camera that I’ve tested for Leica, and on the internet...

Leica M-D: Long-term review of the screenless digital

A screenless digital camera with a handful of options, no menus. Madness or pure inspiration? Mike has been using his M-D, the first to arrive in the UK, for three months and has a good answer to these questions.

Sony RX100 VI Review: The teeniest with the mostest

After extensive reviewing of both the Leica C-Lux and the Sony RX100 Mark VI, we are suffering from one-inch sensor overload here at Macfilos. The Sony, however, turns out to fully justify its “pocket” pretensions and crams a tremendous amount of power and sophistication into a package weighing just 50% more than an iPhone X.

Fujifilm X-T3 — is it a leap forward and will I buy one?

The Fujifilm X-T3 brings a raft of major improvements but not everyone will be upgrading according to David Bailey….

Voigtländer 65mm Apo-Lanthar samples Richmond-on-Thames

There’s always a first picture from a new lens. Most times, I admit, it’s a shot inside the office after unpacking the box. This time, though, Mike was on the hoof in Richmond when the Voigtländer 65mm Macro Apo-Lanthar arrived. The first shot turned out depict a particularly attractive scene…..

Voigtländer 40mm f/1.2 Nokton VM: A lens for all occasions

The Voigtländer 40mm Nokton is a very fast manual lens that works well on the Leica M and a whole range of mirrorless cameras. It offers a great deal for a very low price.

Review: Billlingham Hadley Small Pro

Billingham’s ever-popular Hadley Small has undergone a transformation and now incorporates features photographers have been asking for — including a top carrying handle, rear zip pocket and luggage trolley strap. Mike has been trying out the bag for a month…..