Tag Archives: Leica

Joseph Tyrrell, gold miners and dinosaurs

Toronto. My friend Goldie was wandering around the Fisher Rare Book Library on the U of T campus when he discovered photos of the Dawson Creek area around 1898-1901 (during the gold rush). The photos were taken by Joseph Burr … Continue reading

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for the buggy photographers

Toronto. in the last century, a book was published for nearly any discipline. This book by Linssen was published by the Fountain Press in London in 1953, over a half century ago now.  Many books at the time were heavy … Continue reading

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phoenix rising

Toronto. Just over two weeks after touting its IIIf model, in the May 31, 1954 LIFE (p60). Leitz announced its most radical and eventually best selling Leica M3. The camera design began before the war and the prototype was field tested … Continue reading

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the power of persuasion

Toronto. In its May 17, 1954 LIFE (p64) ad, Leica rested on its laurels as the driving force in kick starting the  minicam era.  The ad featured its newest camera, the IIIf with the f/2 collapsible Summitar lens that replaced the … Continue reading

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der Leica farbig (the Leica in colour)

Toronto. It was an exciting time for colour photography post 1945. 35mm colour slides were becoming common and more importantly, being accepted by professionals in the publishing industry. In the USA, Kodachrome was the most prominent slide film while in … Continue reading

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Leica, you say – LHSA

Toronto, In the early 1980s when I was treasurer and Ron Anger president of the national PHSC society, at an executive meeting held at the home of Ron and Ellen Anger, I was surprised to learn of the existence of … Continue reading

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metal spiders and close-up photography

Toronto. I bought Herbie over a half century ago in this fair city. Herbie is a lucky Danish spider and once had a thread from its tummy for hanging it vertically. Spider legs (and filaments) were also used in photography. … Continue reading

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easy as I, II, III

Toronto. Did you ever wonder why the original Leica I with a “hockey stick” infinity lock and a non-interchangeable 5cm lens (or any I or II for that matter) is so darn hard to find? The answer lies with the … Continue reading

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retrofitting lenses

Toronto. When Leitz came out in 1954 with the wildly popular M3 camera, they took into account the money Leica fans had tied up in auxiliary lenses and accessories. While the M series camera bodies were thicker than the older … Continue reading

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do you see what I see

Toronto. When Leitz marketed their famous little Leica in 1925, it had a squinty little 5cm viewfinder that remained unchanged for the life of the screw mount cameras.  Worse,  by 1930, Leitz had added lenses of other focal lengths and … Continue reading

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