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Rollei RPX 400 Black and White Film Profile – Is It Worth a Shot?

2200 1238 Dustin Vaughn-Luma

In a vast sea of similarly-specced black-and-white mid-speed films, finding a stock that speaks the right language can be frustrating. This is especially true for those of us who develop our own film. The seemingly…

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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 I Buy? CP Answers

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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Leica CL Mirrorless Digital Camera Review

2200 1238 James Tocchio

I’ve spent the past month shooting Leica’s newest mirrorless digital camera, and something very strange has happened. Leica’s CL has turned me into a real fan of Leica. Startling, I know, but it’s true; I…

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The Schneider Kreuznach 50mm f/2.8 Lens – Or Why I Love To Hate the Kodak Retina Ib

2200 1238 Chris Cushing

In the world of cameras and optics, few companies are as storied as Leica and Zeiss. Founded in 1846, Zeiss is one of the most enduring manufacturers of anything mechanical anywhere in the world. Leitz…

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Contax G2 Camera Review – The Anti-Rangefinder That’s in a Class of Its Own

2200 1238 James Tocchio

The Contax G2 is like no other rangefinder on Earth. In fact, its technological ethos employs certain tricks that are outright heresy to diehard fans of the classic rangefinder; it runs on batteries, its manual…

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A Camera Like Clockwork – Zeiss Ikon Contina Ic Camera Review

2200 1237 James Tocchio

Zeiss Ikon’s Contina Ic is everything I love about vintage cameras. Functionally elegant, mechanically sophisticated, simple; it’s the kind of camera that works, sounds, and feels like clockwork. It’s a tangible link to a romantic…

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Leica’s Worst Summicron 50mm F/2 is one of the Best (and Priciest) Legacy Fifties Around – Summicron V3 Lens Review

2000 1125 Josh Solomon

Longtime readers of the site will know that I’m far from a Leica fanboy. I generally prefer Japanese manufacturers and often champion their products’ value over their pricier, hyper-mythologized German counterparts. Considering my aversion to…

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A Week Away with the Contax T – a Perfect Travel and Street Rangefinder Camera

2000 1125 James Tocchio

Three film cameras; ten rolls of film. That’s what I packed for a recent week away. Among these cameras was the Contax T, an unbelievably compact 35mm film rangefinder that somehow marries luxurious excess to…

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Zeiss Ikon ZM 35mm Rangefinder Review – Everything a Rangefinder Should Be

2000 1125 Dustin Vaughn-Luma

A few months ago, I sang the praises of the Zeiss C Biogon 35/2.8 M mount lens. In that earlier review, I spoke to my wife’s sixth sense and how she dealt me a whopper…

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Leicaflex SL2 Could be the Best Leica SLR Ever Made – Camera Review

2200 1238 James Tocchio

In 1974 Leitz Wetzlar introduced an evolutionary camera to build on the foundation laid by the first and second Leica SLRs, the Leicaflex and Leicaflex SL. This new camera, christened with the wild abandon so…

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Carl Zeiss 45mm F/2 Planar in Contax G Mount Review – an Almost Perfect Legacy Lens

4000 2250 James Tocchio

The Carl Zeiss Contax G Mount Planar 45mm F/2 prime lens is, without bluster, amazing. It’s helped me make some of my favorite images in years. It’s also irritating. Never before have I used such…

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