Tag Archives: Leica

16×20 and all that stuff

Toronto. When was the last time you made a big print? Never is the most likely answer when everything today is digital – unless you are an old coot like me. Around 1985, I decided to decorate my office with … Continue reading

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a closer look

Toronto. For many years the convention for mini-cams was infinity down to one metre (1m). Many normal lenses for the Leica followed this standard leading to a variety of means to frame and focus in the macro range – closer … Continue reading

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anything you can do …

Toronto. The title is from a song Irving Berlin wrote for the 1946 Broadway musical “Annie Get Your Gun” The ditty epitomizes that spunky minicam of the 1930s. The big challenge for the marketeers was to convince professionals that indeed … Continue reading

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roll your own

Toronto. When film and 35mm cameras were all the rage, a significant savings could be realized by buying bulk 25, 50, or 100 foot rolls of 35mm film, In the darkroom, the film roll was placed in a light tight … Continue reading

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to the moon, Alice

Toronto. … as Jackie Gleason used to say on the Honeymooners – that hoary old B&W TV series of the 1950s. Nearly 50 years ago, man DID land on the moon carried there by the Apollo 11 space craft! We … Continue reading

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spring auction March 17, 2019

Toronto.  A sure sign of spring: The PHSC spring auction! We are holding it on Sunday, March 17, 2019 down in the Long Branch area of Toronto at the usual venue – free parking and free admission. Come out and … Continue reading

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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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