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Agfa Ambi Silette 35mm Film Rangefinder Camera Review

3000 1688 James Tocchio

The Agfa Ambi Silette is an odd duck. Here we have an all-metal, fully mechanical, interchangeable lens rangefinder camera with bright-line frame lines for three focal lengths, parallax correction, and a sophisticated leaf shutter. It’s…

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The Great Joys and Many Compromises of Shooting a Minox Spy Camera

3000 1688 James Tocchio

The Minox spy camera is a near-perfect analog to the romantic myth of the charming spy. The idea of this tiny film camera is one of sophistication and luxurious style. But like the fictitious spooks…

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Voigtländer Ultron 35mm f/1.7

Voigtländer Ultron 35mm f/1.7 Leica Thread Mount Lens Review

3000 1688 Chris Cushing

My foray into the world of Voigtländer started off as a lark, and I can blame this Voigtländer Ultron 35mm f/1.7 LTM lens for that. I wanted a 35mm lens to use on my Canon…

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Unboxing a Brand New, Never Opened, Leica M6 Classic – Video Feature

2400 1350 Nelson Murray

Very rarely does one get to experience something old as though it were new. Instead, we search for the cleanest examples, the vintage gear with the lowest mileage, striving to get as close as possible…

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Leica M5 – 35mm Film Camera Review

2400 1350 James Tocchio

The Leica M5 is the most radical Leica M film camera ever made. Debuting in 1971, it deviated from the earlier M formula by introducing a totally new design aesthetic. It also brought functional and…

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Shooting Martha’s Vineyard with the Leica R5 and Kodak Ultramax

2400 1350 James Tocchio

In five years of shooting film cameras, I’d never shot the Leica R5. When one rolled through the shop an hour before I was set to board a boat to Martha’s Vineyard, it seemed like…

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We Review the M-A, Leica’s Newest 35mm Film Camera

2198 1236 Chris Cushing

In 1968 Mercedes-Benz introduced the world to the pinnacle of the luxury sedan. Up to that time, the 300SEL 6.3’s combination of engineering, ambition, and sheer bloody mindedness had never been matched. While others had…

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Ten Years Later Zeiss’ Distagon T* 18mm F/3.5 Ultra-Wide for Nikon F and Canon EF Mount is Still Pretty Great

2400 1350 James Tocchio

I realized with sudden terror that I’d been yanked away from everything I loved. My family, my cappuccino, the delicious key lime tart I’d been eating just moments before raising the camera to my eye,…

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Contax IIa – Zeiss Ikon’s Best Classic Rangefinder Reviewed

2400 1350 James Tocchio

In 1944, Allied invasion forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in France. With the first wave of troops was a young combat photographer named Robert Capa. In his hand was the Zeiss Contax II, then…

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What I Learned from a Weekend Doing Everything Wrong (Photographically)

2200 1237 James Tocchio

Before we get too far in, and to ensure that we feel the full impact of my idiotic failings of the past weekend, it’s important to really make clear all the things at which I…

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Five Favorite Photos – German Photographers Edition

2362 3065 Jeb Inge

Wickham Steed once said that the Germans “dive deeper but come up muddier.” A stereotype, but born out in many facets of life, including their photography. Whether it’s the provocative eroticism of Helmut Newton or…

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A Year with the Leitz Summicron R 50mm F/2 Lens

2200 1467 James Tocchio

Made to fit Leica’s R mount SLR cameras, Leitz R series lenses don’t enjoy the fanfare heaped on their M mount brethren. No surprise; Leica shooters skew toward rangefinders, and sticker shock keeps kids looking…

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Carl Zeiss G Mount 28mm F/2.8 Biogon Lens Review – Another Impressive Contax G Lens

2200 1238 James Tocchio

For the right photographer, recommending the Carl Zeiss 28mm Biogon in G mount is about the easiest piece of consumer advice I’ve ever written. Do you like a wide field of view and own a…

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Which Leica Rangefinder Should You Buy?

2200 1237 James Tocchio

Every day, someone asks me which Leica rangefinder they should buy, and I think they expect me to come back with an easy answer; “Get an M-whatever.” But it’s not that simple. Instead, I ask…

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