Tag Archives: Leitz

not your father’s Elmar…

Toronto. Post war, the Elmar went to the DOOGS. The little camera mounted collapsible Elmar was redesigned as a reproduction and enlarging lens in a much more practical lens mount and the elements were coated to reduce the internal reflections. … Continue reading

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give me a ring…

Toronto. I mentioned in the previous post that Leitz made a special ring so the fiddly little aperture adjustment on the 5cm Elmar could be seen and moved by a ring that went around the accessory. This avoided the risk … Continue reading

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Early Leitz enlarging lens VAROB

Toronto. In the fall of 1983 I had a call from Sam Schlifer. Sam wanted to know if I had a spare camera Elmar lens I could swap for an old enlarger lens by Leitz called a VAROB. I did … Continue reading

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More Fish than Fowl – Leica IIIg

Toronto. 1956 was an exciting year for Leitz Germany and Leitz Canada, the small factory established in Midland as Ernst Leitz Canada. The company made the IIIf, IIIg, and M3 in Germany and assembled them there and in Canada. For … Continue reading

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When Freddie bought the Farm..

Toronto. … and Ernie bought the business. In the early to mid 1800s, most of my ancestors were still in England in the villages around London. The horse was the main mode of transportation, aside from ships for those daring enough … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Optical Institutions

Toronto.An optical institution was a German optical workshop turning out various optical devices and lenses. Other countries used other names. As cameras and binoculars and microscopes became popular,  brands like Zeiss, Zeiss-Ikon, Leitz, Ross, Bausch & Lomb, Rochester Optical, Kodak, … 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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Graflex Ads in LIFE Magazine

Toronto. In the mid last century, Graflex made use of various magazines such as LIFE to promote its cameras as professional instruments used by professional photographers. My friend George Dunbar has been supplying me with a steady supply of these … 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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Steady as you go…

Toronto. Leitz sold many tripod adaptors and steadying gadgets before the war. The first table top tripod complete with a ball and socket head came out in 1949. The early models were code named TOOUG and had a black crackle … Continue reading

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