Tag Archives: Leica

Full Circle

Toronto. In 1957, I started the big adventure of my life. I joined Bell’s Tropospheric Scatter project which would bring telephone communications to remote areas of Northern Quebec and Labrador. Training was based in Montreal in the old Salada Tea … Continue reading

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Imitation… Flattery… and all that

Toronto. Cameras basically offer a light-tight means to hold a sensitive media the correct distance from the lens, plus offering a means to allow a calculated  brief bit of light through the lens to properly illuminate the light sensitive media … Continue reading

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Westlicht Camera Auction June 10, 2017

Toronto. A regular contributor of notices to this author is the well known Westlicht Gallery in Vienna, Austria. Their latest auction next week is a fabulous opportunity for those of you wishing to augment your collection with some rare beauties. … Continue reading

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Remember the Wollensak Lenses for the Leica?

Toronto. PHSC Member George Dunbar sent me this April 1945 advertisement from Popular Photography. During WW2, Leitz NY continued to operate. One big problem: merchandise from Germany dried up. To solve one of the issues, Leitz NY manufactured lens mounts that … Continue reading

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Elmarit 28mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Lens

Toronto. A Toronto Star ad by Len MacNeil sent me off to Scarborough in quest of Leica M lenses. When I arrived, Len had sold most of his lenses but he had a beautiful 28mm Elmarit left. This lens was … Continue reading

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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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