Tag Archives: accessory

made in the shade

Toronto. Stompin’ Tom wrote a song of the same name in 1986. (And, yes, I have the CD too.) Before the second world war, lenses were uncoated as optical coating was still to be invented. When Leitz made the Leica … Continue reading

Posted in lens | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on made in the shade

a flash in the pan

Toronto. For Christmas 1951 I received the gift of a Brownie Hawk-eye kit with a camera (box), a roll of 620  film, flash  bulbs, flash-gun, dry cells for the gun and a plastic protector to hang over the flash-gun in … Continue reading

Posted in camera | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on a flash in the pan

a new day dawns…

Toronto. In 1958 Leitz Wetzlar began to make and market a new massive focoslide OOZAB (some references list the code name as OOGAN) for its Reprovit series of professional copy stands. It had a smooth rectangular shape and a new … Continue reading

Posted in camera | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on a new day dawns…

Outta da ooze

Toronto. Willard Morgan’s nifty Sliding Focusing Stage must have been selling well because in 1938 Leitz Wetzlar began to make and market the accessory which by this time had a spring-loaded clamping bar to hold the camera both in the … Continue reading

Posted in camera | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Outta da ooze

give me a ring…

Toronto. I mentioned in the previous post that Leitz made a special ring so the fiddly little aperture adjustment on the 5cm Elmar could be seen and moved by a ring that went around the accessory. This avoided the risk … Continue reading

Posted in lens | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on give me a ring…

On a Clear Day,

Toronto. —You Can See Forever or so the song, about a girl with ESP, goes.  Leitz sold rangefinders even before the Leica began to be marketed in 1925. It was a simple camera at the time – no slow speeds, no … Continue reading

Posted in camera, miscellaneous | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on On a Clear Day,

Slow speed ahead…

Toronto. One of the perks of collecting Leicas is the vast array of accessories available – not just additional lenses, but close-up frames, lens elements, extension  tubes, view finders, rangefinders, timers, rings, hoods, bellows, flash guns … and a slow … Continue reading

Posted in camera | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Slow speed ahead…