Voigtlander 35mm Classic Nokton MC vs Color Skopar

The two lenses reviewed in this post today, are: Voigtlander Color-Skopar Pan 35mm f/2.5 Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens – Black Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.4 Wide Angle Leica M Mount Lens – Black   I made another quick test of these two lenses. The Voigtlander Color Skopar II is a great little lens, no focus…

Original Leather Cam-Strap for my Leica M3 and M Typ 240

Many of us look for a perfect camera strap. We spend hundreds of dollars on new camera straps and finally realize that none of them really work like we wish. I thought I had found the perfect strap one day until I found out that the metal parts were scratching my camera and lenses so…

Second day with the Leica M Type 240 in Black and White

Second day of testing the Leica M Type 240. I shot in RAW mode then converted to B&W in Lightroom. I also took the M for a little while in a local Carnival and experienced lots of extreme lighting changes that kept fooling the built in meter into overexposing and underexposing by about 2 to 4 stops….

M9 CCD or M 240 CMOS?

I no longer have the amazing Leica M9. I sent it for remapping but apparently had more serious issues and was in the shop for more about 4 months. Finally I was given the opportunity to get a Leica M Typ 240, M-E or  another Leica M9. I prefer the look of the M9 and…

Vintage Summicron 90mm at f/2.8

A quick snap with the Vintage Summicron 90mm Silver and Leica M9. Heavy lens. Is sharp and has a natural vintage glow. It has its own character but is just to heavy for a typical Leica lens.

Film scans Noritsu vs Epson V550

While trying to save costs on film Processing so I can shoot more, I decided to purchase an Epson scanner. I made a bit of research and some folks recommended Epson. I wanted a decent one without having to spend over $300 USD but that wasn’t going to happen. So I finally decided to purchase…

Bulk Film Daylight Loader – Alden 74

I posted a short video with visual instructions on how to load film cassettes with Ilford HP5 using an Alden 74 35mm loader. The link to the video is here: http://youtu.be/fPGiEvkNsoE (MARCH 19, 2015) Current cost a roll with 100 ft Ilford HP5 is $54.90 USD (NOVEMBER 21, 2015 is $57.95) (NOVEMBER 08, 2017 is $61.99)

Medium Format – Ilford Delta 400

I have been shooting a lot of Illford HP5 on my Leica M3 and the results are great if you like grain. I enjoy using HP5 but what if I wanted a cleaner negative similar to what I get on my Leica M9 or any other digital camera? Well, we use Ilford Delta. The grain structure is much smaller and…

Vintage Sessions – Nikon D800

There has always been a special place for vintage ‘anything’ in my mind. Not sure if just reminds us of our childhood or maybe there are certain things that simply past the test of time and become classic icons. Whatever the reason may be. We planned a shoot with a vintage looking bike some weeks…

The Benefits of Bulk Loading your own Black and White Film

I wanted to shoot more film, now that I have more experience with lighting I wanted to see how difficult or easy it would be to shoot film again And so far I’m doing great. I researched film cost and found that In order to shoot more film at low cost I had to do my own…