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Leica Sofort – Instant Camera Review

It’s the end of 2016, a year of global controversies, and today we’re here to examine what might be the most divisive object in the history of mankind. It’s Leica’s newest film camera, the Sofort, the most controversial camera the world has ever known. And while I acknowledge the ridiculousness of the words ‘controversial’ and ‘camera’ landing adjacent to one another in a sentence, them’s the facts. From the moment it was announced, the Sofort was up against it. Photo…

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Leica Store Boston Opening Weekend, Sneak Peak at Leica’s Sofort Instax Camera, and My First Instameet

I walk east down Boylston Street as the early morning sun continues its slow ascent ahead of me. Knife-edged shadows cut into the gleaming, white marble of the buildings that loom on each side, creating a powerful interplay between light and dark. The stark contrast reminds me of the photography of Fan Ho, though as I cross the street and glance at the two annoyed drivers I’ve forced to stop (one in a convertible Bentley, the other a Mercedes Geländewagen) the tenuous similarities between Ho’s Hong Kong…

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Leica IIIc – Camera Review

What can we say about Leica that hasn’t already been said? The subject of countless articles and blog posts, every inch of every Leica ever made has been scrutinized ten times over. Their reputation often precedes them, and whether we like it or not, they’re the camera that so many photographers aspire to. To the casual enthusiast, the Leica camera is a symbol of an unspoken hierarchy within the photographic world and a reminder of our rather lowly place in…

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Why I Choose the Minolta CLE Over Any Leica M

The best 35mm film cameras in the world are Leicas. This is a known fact, right? And the best of the best is surely the M series, yes? I mean, at this point in time the argument is essentially decided. If someone with no experience in photography were to dip their toe into the hobby in even the most superficial way, this unassailable opinion is so ubiquitously plastered across forums, websites, and social media, that it would take a true maverick…

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Not Everyone Needs a Leica

While poking around the local camera store, I overheard a teenage-looking customer ask the clerk about some gear. He wanted a certain type of lens to replace his kit lens, but he couldn’t afford it and spent the next few minutes actively lamenting the fact that his friends were shooting gear far superior to his. He asked the clerk to show him a lens he could afford, listened to the man behind the counter tell him it wasn’t anywhere near…

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The Best First Film Camera for Any Shooter

It’s one of the questions we’re asked most often here at CP, across our social media accounts, and through our online shop. Every day, new shooters and experienced digital photographers ask us to help them choose their first film camera. It’s not an easy task. Often we don’t know the shooter’s goals, experience level, or budget. What we do know, is that there’s a film camera out there for everyone. They just need to find it! With this in mind, we’ve put together…

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Leica Minilux – Camera Review

There are few cameras that elicit the kind of lustful ogling as those made by Leica. For many photophiles, Leica’s machines are the holy grail of cameras. And for many devoted followers, Leica is a brand that can do no wrong. Not without good reason; the boys from Wetzlar long ago earned their enviable spot at the top of the pile due to their unflagging production of nothing but the highest quality cameras. Their M rangefinder system, specifically, has been…

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The Ultimate Camera Battery Compendium

We field a lot of questions here at CP. Whether they come by way of post comments, our online shop, our social networks, or via direct message, there’s a never-ending supply of inquisitive photo-geeks seeking answers to hard questions. And one of the most common questions we field almost every single day gets right to the heart of the hobby. It’s an important, existential question. A question that, were it to go unanswered, would invariably bring the world of photography to a…

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5 Best Point and Shoot Film Cameras – Part 2

A while back, we published a rather popular list of some of our favorite point-and-shoot film cameras. We made it pretty clear that our list was just a small sampling of the amazing machines out there. Even so, many of you chimed in with your favorite models that we may have overlooked. We loved the response, so to thank our readers for their enthusiasm, we’re bringing another list of five super slick point-and-shoots. Like the previous five, these machines are remarkable exemplars of thoughtful design and optical capability. They’re affordable,…

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