Tag Archives: Leitz

why a Leica?

Toronto. After the second world war, Leitz found itself competing with an old outmoded design in the screw mount series of cameras. In the 1954, it began to market the bayonet mount series of M Leicas. The M series is … Continue reading

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camera brochures

Toronto. Camera makers offered many, many brochures to explain the virtues of their products to the common man. I have a few these days, mostly published by Ihagee, Leitz, Hasselblad (or their importers and distributors), or Kodak. These brochures give … Continue reading

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Christmas ad for a Leica c1950

Toronto. Some time ¬†back I did a post on Leitz finally getting ¬†internal flash sync in their cameras. George Dunbar came across this LIFE ad in their November 27, 1950 issue suggesting the new Leica IIIf and a Leitz flash … Continue reading

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close-ups with a Leica

Toronto. For many years Leitz made standard lenses for the Leica that focussed as close as a metre. Want to get closer? Too bad. This all changed in around 1927 when Leitz offered supplementary front lenses for its standard 50mm … Continue reading

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no place like gnome …

Toronto. From its earliest years the famous little Leica camera was offered with a companion projector. Various models were made to project black and white positives and especially film strips. When I was a school boy in the 1940s I … Continue reading

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Wollensak

Toronto. The Wollensak company in Rochester NY made many fine optical components many years ago including lenses for the screw mount Leicas during the war when authentic Leitz lenses were unavailable. Communication companies like Bell Canada used their products (photographing … Continue reading

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Leica M3 Fall 1956 Advertisement

Toronto. In 1954, Leitz finally began selling the famous M3 camera. The design was radically different than the screw mount cameras, adding many features that other makers had adopted. The Bayonet Mount still exists today (over 60 years later) in … Continue reading

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a 50mm Summicron lens

Toronto. A few days ago George Dunbar sent me more ads by email. Amongst them was a Leitz ad for its famous 50mm Summicron in a collapsible mount. I wrote back to George saying, “The seven element 5cm summicron ad … Continue reading

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the dawn of electronic flash for everyone

Toronto. In the 1950s the Braun Hobby flash was touted as the cheap solution for everyone with a camera synced for flash and with an adjustable shutter. George Dunbar sent me this March 1956 Popular Photography ad by Leitz for … Continue reading

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the days of the prime lens

Toronto. We are spoiled these days by the wonderfully sharp zoom lenses which allow us to be lazy and just adjust the lens focal length to crop the scene rather than change a prime lens and actually move to get … Continue reading

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