Tag Archives: Leica

Hektor 2.8cm f/6.3 Leitz Screw Mount Lens

Toronto. On a sunny April day in 1982, I met Alex Thomas at a restaurant in North York. He had a few things to show me including this example of a 28mm Hektor wide angle lens for screw mount Leicas. … Continue reading

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Pierre Angenieux Paris R11 Lens

Toronto. As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I extended my Exakta Varex IIa camera with a 135m and a 28mm lens. I chose an Angenieux pre-set Retrofocus R11 lens for the 28mm as it focussed under 2 feet and … Continue reading

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Ilfobrom Photographic Paper

Toronto. As I learned more about photography I gravitated to Ilford products. The icon at left shows the Ilford Test Strip Holder. To save on the cost of paper and chemistry, it was common practice to do a series of … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Close-up Photography

Toronto. One of my favourite pastimes is close-up photography. Close-up is generally thought of as 1:4 down to a magnification of 1:1 or life size. Greater magnification is usually the domain of microscopes. Most cameras can handle 1m to infinity. Some … Continue reading

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Graflex Wins Again (in 1938)

Toronto. My friend George Dunbar sent me another whack of ads the end of last month (April 2017). One ad stuck out for me since Popular Photography magazine, founded in  1937,  had recently closed its magazine doors. The ad featured … Continue reading

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High End Camera Auction May 29th – Toronto

Toronto. Lily Singh sent me an email yesterday evening. A.H. Wilkens auction house in Toronto is holding an auction of high end camera equipment on Monday, May 29th, 2017 (viewing of lots on Sunday the 28th). Have a look at … Continue reading

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Geoffrey James Exhibition: Stephen Bulger Gallery

Toronto. You may have seen Geoffrey James’ excellent show at our last November meeting. Nevertheless, be sure not to miss his wonderful exhibition of prints at the Stephen Bulger Gallery From February 25th to March 25th, 2017. A preview of the … Continue reading

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Montreal Spring Camera Show April 2 2017

Toronto. My Friend Sol Hadef sent me a note the other day. His spring camera show in Montreal will be held once again at the Holiday Inn in the West Island (Pointe-Claire), on April 2nd. Write Sol to reserve a … Continue reading

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Pictorialism and Leitz

Toronto. A century or more ago a trend in photography called Pictorialism took place and photography merged with art resulting in soft, slightly fuzzy and some times grainy images in monochrome tones usually other than black. Leitz belatedly responded with their … Continue reading

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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 1924. It was a simple camera at the time – no slow speeds, no … Continue reading

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