Author Archives: Robert

Help! I Need Somebody

Toronto. As the Beatles so eloquently sang last century, our journal editor, Bob Lansdale needs your help with the history related to the photographer who took this Chromotype. For those of you unfamiliar with the process, a Chromotype uses an … Continue reading

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just give me a ring …

Toronto. With the sudden burst of growth in the minicam industry, major players like Leitz and Zeiss produced a large variety of lenses, camera models and attachments to make their little marvels suitable to tackle almost any photography job imaginable. … Continue reading

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the trouble with normal …

Toronto. … is it always gets worse, or so sang Bruce Cockburn in the early 1980s in the song he wrote of the same name. Shown at left is the famous Zeiss Planar 80mm f/2.8 lens used as a normal … Continue reading

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Henri Cartier-Bresson

Toronto. When I think of Cartier-Bresson, two things come to mind: His Leica and his photograph “Decisive Moment” showing a man leaping over puddles as he runs to work. You can hear Henri discuss this and other well known photographs … Continue reading

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we all scream for a free screen …

Toronto. … to paraphrase a kid’s chant from over a half century ago. In the 1960s every manufacturer of photo gear wanted a slice of the amateur photography pie – the bigger the better. By 1960, every factory aped its … Continue reading

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wow! that is really small!

Toronto. Last fall, Digital Camera World featured this tiny¬†grain of sand camera. I had heard of small cameras you could swallow for a colonoscopy to spot polyps of about 5mm or larger, but this little guy is even smaller, traversing … Continue reading

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… and how do you like your steak?

Toronto. Medium? Well, for the Hasselblad it is a 150mm lens that is a medium. Medium telephoto that is. Great for portraits on a Hasselblad, that is. Like a 90mm Elmar on a Leica. At an auction a while back … Continue reading

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stretching it

Toronto. In 1951, Leitz offered a Universal Focussing Bellows (Bellows I). This bellows worked with the 13.5cm lens head and Visoflex mirror box to make photographs from infinity down to 1:1. A 5cm lens head and the focoslide focussed from … Continue reading

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mirror, mirror

Toronto. Leitz is a perfectionist company. The original screw mount and bayonet mount rangefinder cameras used a rangefinder (RF) focussing mechanism. This RF was most accurate for 13.5cm lenses and shorter. In 1935, Leitz introduced the Telyt 20cm lens and … Continue reading

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let’s see what develops

Toronto, Ahaaa! Those were the days! You guarded your paltry few shots as if your life depended on them. Why take a dozen and choose the best one when with care and framing you could take and use a single … Continue reading

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