I like rangefinder cameras. They are from a camera evolutionary path that’s effectively a dead end and that can be a bit frustrating if you want to use long lenses or focus on something closer than a metre or so. But, they are fun to use and generally built to last.
This is my Nikon S3, built sometime in the late 50s and still kicking.
For some history of Nikon and its origins I strongly recommend having a listen to Episode #51 of the Classic Lenses Podcast. On it Bob Rotoloni (the man who literally wrote the book on Nikon Rangefinders) talks about how Nippon Kogaku found its way in camera making after World War 2 and the start of the Nikon brand.
The S3 is the “cheap” version of the legendary Nikon SP. Basically it’s the same except for a much simplified viewfinder/rangefinder. It also shares much of its internals and controls with the Nikon F SLR which was introduced about the same time (which, with its success, basically ended Nikon rangefinders).
Externally the Nikons look very similar to the old Contax rangefinders but internally they take a lot of their cues from Leica.
Thankfully Nikon decided on a fully removeable back which makes film loading much easier than a Leica.
In use, the S3 functions pretty well for a 50 plus year old camera:
My rangefinder patch is pretty pale but still accurate,
the shutter release (which is towards the back of the top plate) is a bit hard to find without looking,
the shutter speeds are good (except for one second exposures taking about two seconds), and,
the top mounted focus wheel is actually pretty useful.
Probably the best thing about this system is the lenses. They’re excellent even today – they must have been extraordinary when they were released. I have the 5cm f2 and the 3.5cm f2.5 (as well as an LTM modified 5cm f1.4). The good news is that Nikon made most of these in LTM as well.
I simply feel this is the most under rated under valued Medium format camera on the market. I LOVE this camera, what is there not to like ...
The Fujifilm GA645 Professional is an autofocus medium format camera introduced by Fuji circa 1995. It uses 120 / 220 roll film and captures images in a 645 format. It is succeeded by the Fujifilm GA645i, released in 1997.
The GA645 uses a Super EBC Fujinon 60mm f/4 lens while the similar GA645W uses a wider 45mm f/5.6 lens. It is based on a 7 element in 6 group lens design with a minimum focusing distance of 0.7m. The shutter is electronically controlled with speeds of 2 sec to 1/700 of a sec. but for the aperture range of f/4 to f/9.5 can only go as fast as 1/400 of a sec. smaller apertures of f/11 and f/22 can use the faster shutter speeds. There is a screw-in shutter release cable socket on the right side of the body. A electronic self-timer is available with a delay of 10 seconds.*
I love the simplicity of using the GA645, point, half press for focus, click picture done. It's form factor is one of the enjoyable aspects of shooting with this camera. Many '645 Medium Format Cameras' are a bit boxy and no where as portable at the Fujifilm offering. Below is a good comparison of size, we have the pocket-able Olympus MJUii, The classic Leica M6 and GA645 herself. I through in a image taken in our sun-room one morning of Hannah... beautiful lens.
I put together a gallery of the first 2 rolls I shot with the camera a few years ago. Nice and sharp ...... most of the time.
Fujifilm did produce a wide & zoom lens version the GA645Wi & GA645Zi respectively. They have remained relatively inexpensive for a medium format camera and you can find them easily on eBay or the like. How long that will continue is to remain seen. For now they really are a great alternative when compared to their heftier Behemoth brothers. I still have one in my camera bag and I think it will be a while before I replace it with anything else for quite some time.
*7/5/2018 - Prices on eBay have skyrocketed. Such a shame. If you are looking for a near mint item expect to pay between $850-$1200
According to Wikipedia ...
The D40 is a now-discontinued Nikon F-mount entry-level digital SLR, announced November 16, 2006. Compared to its predecessor, the D50, the D40 had several features removed, a few added, and a lower price: US$499.95 ESP as of November 2009 with the 18–55 mm G-II kit lens, positioning it as an entry-level model compared to the D80. The D40x (released March 6, 2007) has a 10-megapixel maximum resolution, up from 6 megapixels of the D40 and D50.
The D40 was the first Nikon DSLR without an in-body focus motor. Autofocus requires the use of a lens with an integrated autofocus-motor.
Despite being superseded by newer offerings, the Nikon D40 retained some significant advantages. It enjoyed a long production run which finally ceased in March 2009, shortly before its introduction of its successor, the 3300.
The question I always ask my self and TOTALLY ignore is "Cameras, WHAT DO I REALLY NEED?" For some strange reason although the answer is "what I have right now" I upgrade anyway. Case in point, years ago my brother Marc and I had been working on a short puppet animation film "Little Snips" (do not bother looking it up it never went past pre-production) so with little investigation I grabbed the Nikon D40 with intentions of shooting our stop motion on it. Suffice to say for tech and other reasons it was never used.
I held onto the camera anyway and now and then for fun I would grab it out and 'wala' on camera flash (Yes Terry Richardson). Many friends had their image captured this way when visiting. I was looking through them a couple of days ago and was so impressed with how sharp and great they looked. One image above was going to be used for an independent fashion mag which never saw the light of day. A mock up above was as far as they got.
The images taken with the D40 looked great but I still purchased a D700 anyway and shot with that despite how good the D40 actually was for what I was shooting. Remember, I don't get payed they are just snap shots of friends and a best make it onto a webpage or their mobile phone or heradshot/test for their A4 books. So why did I ever upgrade. If I am completely frank I shoot with a D600 & Sigma 50mm Art lens, if I could do a comparison for the mock up above I think the D40 would still stack up quite well.
The 3 images above show the 1. raw jpg file(left) which was used followed by the 2. Lightroom adjustments and Photoshop liquefy and skin retouch(middle) and finally 3. Lightroom and VSCO Film 01 Kodak Portra 800(right). The image is razor sharp and was more than satisfactory for the magazine cover.
Some more great examples of how usable the Nikon D40 is still today. I really think anyone on a budget should look no further thank the Nikon D40 and it's 2 kit lenses. If I gave this camera to either Tyler Anlberti or Morgan Roberts I am 100% postive the results would be outstanding conditions withstanding.... now theres an idea ..... CASE CLOSED
I was lucky enough to receive not one, but 'two' camera straps in the mail from AFShoot. The straps manufactured in Portugal by Muflon came in two distinct flavors. The simplistic all black leather (red stitching) 'Reporter' strap and a Artisan & Artist 'esque' red ' Yellowstone' strap with black leather ends. This was a very unexpected surprise and obviously, a welcome one as the last strap they had sent me for review was back in November 2015 and that strap had remained on my camera permanently, that is until now.
Both straps came in nicely crafted bags with leather protectors and a set of metal rings. They are handcrafted in Portugal as was the wrist strap and longer leather variant we reviewed before them. Wonderfully finished, attention to detail an obvious objective. They both differe in various ways and depending on your requirements, one will definitely favour your style of shooting . So let's take a look at each individually and see if my experience can give you a little helpful information.
MUFON / Reporter Strap
Anyone looking for something in leather with clean lines simple detailing (embossed logo) the understated 'Reporter' Strap may be just what you are looking for. I paired it with my Nikon F4s for no other reason than I was wanting to run a few rolls through it. I need to say from the start, probably not the best match on my part. The strap has no padding and the F4s is a behemoth of a camera, like many of the full frame DSLR and potential Medium Format cameras, they are heavy and if your planning on running around for the day ..... your going to definitely wish you had a bit of padding. The Leica M6 as an example, would have been a much better choice size and weight considered for this strap.
That being said it was a very comfortable strap to use and started softening up after a week. It is nicely crafted and the strap thickness and finish are spot on. I even thought the logo was understated and complimented the design. I do love this straps simple understated appeal, I find so many straps bloated with unnecessary bits and bobs. I would have no problem recommending the Reporter for anyone sporting a X100f from Fujifilm, Olympus Pen, any Nikon APSC sensor camera... you get the idea.
- Classic rugged leather camera strap. Strong, durable, made to last.
- The Reporter straps are 100 % handcrafted from high-quality bridle leather.
- The strap comes in Black leather with two different stitching colors and four sizes ( 85cm , 100cm , 115cm and 125cm ).
- Perfect for vintage film cameras, Fuji X, Leica M, Leica Q, Sony A7 and other mirrorless cameras
- MUFLON straps are completely handcrafted from premium vegetable tanned leather.
- Comes with 18mm split rings to attach it to your camera plus 2 soft leather discs to protect your camera from getting scratched by the strap metal parts.
Just remember a heavy DSLR or Medium Format cousin may prove a little taxing to carry for any extended amount of time. I would consider a more cushioned option for the shoulder and or neck if this sounds like your camera setup. One more small thing, If your method of shooting has you wrapping your strap around your wrist, the harder leather will take some time to soften sufficiently to accomplish such a task. Which brings me to the next Strap on our list The Yellowstone, wrist wrapping just aint a problem with this product....
My 'Leica Q' & 'Yellowstone' strap are a match made in heaven, the last couple of months has me totally recommending it as It has now replaced the Premium Handcrafted Leather Slim Strap* by Dead Camera which had been on my camera since our review back in November 2015. The Yellowstone is obviously influenced by Artisan & Artist straps of a very very similar styling (cough) for a fraction of their price. (GREAT START),
The simple rope design with leather ends although not original by any means, is just what the Dr ordered. It also comes in a variety of color combinations for those of you so inclined. The supplied leather protectors are a welcome bonus as are the 2 metal rings. I found the strap to be super comfortable strait out of the bag. Unlike my previous strap I was able to wrap the strap around my wrist for easier portability when needed. This was a key design feature and deal maker as far as my strap of choice is concerned for my Leica Q.
Being able to select the length of the strap when ordering is a welcome one. In the past many straps I have reviewed or purchased have been slightly to long for my 180cm height. I wear my cameras across my body and it drives me crazy when the strap is to long, bouncing uncomfortably on my hip while walking is a pet peeve of mine. Chose your length wisely before purchase and you will be a much happier camper indeed. It looks and feels great and does everything I need in a camera strap ... grab this strap 5/5 from us at WECC.
Yellowstone Tech Specs
- Made from the same high quality 10mm climbing rope that the original MUFLON , comes with new strap leather endings with a sturdier design and thicker hand-stitching to ensure maximum durability.
- Same great quality , rugged look .
- MUFLON straps are handcrafted from high quality , strong climbing rope and premium leather.
- MUFLON straps come in 5 different colors and five sizes (85cm , 100cm , 115 cm , 125cm and 135cm).
- The strap comes with 16mm split rings to attach it to your camera plus 2 soft leather discs to protect your camera from getting scratched by the strap metal parts.
- Camera Strap
- 2x soft leather discs
- 2x extra split rings
- Awesome on my Leica Q, but Perfect for Fuji X , Leica M, Sony A7 , other mirrorless cameras and DSLRs
Both straps are a top quality product better than many higher price offerings on the market at the moment. They are beautifully crafted and if you do your homework and consider your needs for your shooting style with the equipment you use one of these will definetly keep you happy. Money very well spent on some of the best straps I have had the pleasure to use. I will update this review in a few months to let you know how they are going.
Your camera will thank you for it so GET ONTO SANTA AND PURCHASE ONE HERE
*Now adorns my Leica M6 film camera
Ever since ramping up my landscape photography gear and getting out onto the trails more often with a more complete camera and filming kit, I've been aware that stuffing my LowePro Nova 140 AW II into my day back "sack" bag hasn't been a very good way of going about my hikes. While the Nova bag itself is fantastic for shorter hops around a location, it's not a backpack so it's not capable of holding any water, food or a tripod on its side.
While I do prefer using a water bladder to store and drink water from on hikes, the downside of my current hiking bag is that it's just a simple pouch with one pocket on the outside. It can barely do anything functional.
My exact requirements for a photographer's day hiking backpack were somewhat specific. I also wanted to be able to treat this as my carry on luggage to keep all of my expensive electronic devices and lenses on my person when travelling on a plane.
I found it difficult initially to find something that fit these requirements while not being too large and too expensive. The LowePro Whistler series look fantastic but were just a little too expensive and excessive for my needs. In the end, I found a pack that seems to cover every requirement without compromise.
By Stein Beck
In the words of someone much wealthier than I ...
More than three decades ago a photojournalist in the trenches designed a revolutionary new kind of camera bag to help pros work more efficiently. His brilliant inventions and commitment to quality created a living legend.
For many, myself included, the search for the ultimate bag is like the search for the Crackerjack* prize as a kid. Exciting but disappointing, leaving you craving yet another box of caramel coated popcorn in hope of the ultimate trinket .... this was to be my first experience of consumer disappointment and the power of great advertising all in one. The search for the perfect camera bag has been no different
So when I lay my eyes on Jeremy's 10+ years rugged olive green 'Domke F-5XB' Shoulder Bag'(below) I was very hopeful. Years ago I had purchased a Domke clone via eBay, the Chinese 'Saffratto' had been an adequate home for my Nikon F4S and a couple of lenses and suffice to say I was very interested to see the expected improvements of the genuine Domke article.
the Domke F-5XB looked to be a dam good replacement home for my Leica Q and Fujifilm GA645, the smaller size and aesthetic of the Domke really appealed to me. For the past couple of years I had been using the Mild Enthusiast(m) which had replaced my earlier purchase of a Dry Red #2 combined with a Large Haven (all by Crumpler). Both excellent bags in their own right, however I now wanted something compact and a better designed for photography. I must state here that The Original Mild Enthusiast in medium** is a cracker of a bag. I have dragged it around for many trips away and its handy iPad pouch on the back and internal pockets for Passports, notepads maps .. whatever, is brilliant. I just now wished for a smaller street shooter contender for my trip to Japan.
This is where the Domke comes into its own, I LOVE this bag for sooo many reasons.
This bag just screams quality, from the water resistant fabric to brilliantly simplistic design. Everything just seems in the right place for the right reason. It holds my
- 'Leica Q/ Leica M6' combo with charger 3 batteries, Kindle, Notepad and headphones brilliantly.
- Fujifilm GA645, Olympus mju ii, Japan Camera Hunter Bikkuri 120 Film Case, Field Notes, Kindle odds and ends.
- Hasselblatt, 120 film, light metre, Ricoh GR, pens, notebook and stuff.a to the same awesome effect. Versatile reliable and understated and sexy. Finally
Versatile, reliable, understated and sexy. What more can a Photofile ask for!. I will leave this article right here as I LOVE this bag and think anyone sporting similar kits as I mentioned above cannot go wrong. Do yourself a favor and grab one.
Here are the TECH SPECS for those of you who need a little more then a rant and a few pics.
Facts and Figures:
- Five compartments and pockets.
- Padded main compartment lined with hook and loop material has two removable padded divider walls.
- Belt loop
- Removable Gripper Strap for shoulder use.
- X-Large YKK® Zippers
Ideal For: 1 SLR or rangefinder camera, 1 or 2 lenses, filters, film and accessories.
- Exterior Dimensions: 10″W x 4.5″D x 7.25″H
- Interior Dimensions: 9.5″W x 4″D x 6″H
*Cracker Jack is an American brand of snack, consisting of molasses-flavored, caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts, well known for being packaged with a prize of trivial value inside. The Cracker Jack name was registered in 1896. The slogan, "The More You Eat The More You Want", was also registered that year. Some food historians consider it the first junk food.
**The Mild Enthusiast has been updated and now only comes in 'Medium' no longer s/m/l, Significant increasing the price by 35% ($129 - $169). Drooped double straps on front & no longer takes an original iPad (2mm to short).
Nick has been shooting with a Leica Summarit-M 35mm f/2.5 for the last two years since he dove deep into the Leica world with his M Typ 240 rangefinder. But when he discovered the newer Voigtländer 35mm f/1.7 Ultron Aspherical, he was keen to grab it as an alternative to the very, very expensive 35mm Summilux F1.4 by Leica.
As you can see, the images are very sharp even wide open, though there is noticeable vignetting from F1.7 to roughly F4. Beyond that it is supremely sharp and clear across the board.
Nick has since started shooting the lens on his new Leica M7 film rangefinder so we'll update this post when he has some of the results developed and scanned!
Match Technical has been producing super camera accessories for some time. In particular their 'Thumbs Up Grip' designs for various camera models are by far their most successful and innovative product. I have used them on many of my cameras in the past, Fuji X100, Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XE-1, Leica M8/M9 and Leica 240 to name a few. Obviously I am a fan, so it comes as no surprise that I was very excited to receive the NEW Thumbs Up EP-SQ2 grip from Scott at Mainline Photographics in Sydney.
This is a slight redesign of the original EP-SQ (above). I am sorry to say that the original had a tendency to slide out of the hot shoe. I have personally lost a Thumbs-Up grip from my Leica Q in this very manner. The new edition of a small lock screw on the top of the hot shoe placement (images to the right) is the remedy, and so far so good. It fits nice and snug and as expected. The handling of the camera is like chalk and cheese, a NO BRAINER.
I think there would be few people, who after trying a Thumbs Up grip on their camera, would not make the purchase (money willing). I know there are many nasty fakes on eBay but I am here to tell you just forget it and get the real thing. The design and craftsmanship that has gone into Match Technical's grips is worth every penny. WECC member Nick Bedford had one cheap $10 grip arrive only to be loose enough to fall out of the hot shoe if he wasn't careful.
I was always so surprised as to why camera manufacturers themselves do not produce such accessories. Leica offer their Finger Loop accessory but in my opinion it's lame and clunky. Before you have a go at me, I purchased one for my Leica Q along with the grip from day one of owning the camera. I used it for about 6 months until it came away from the grip one day and plummeted to the floor, to my horror, hitting the concrete and damaging the top plate, disabling the use of the exposure compensation dial in the process.
My taped up Q above in the video is the giveaway. Shit design, and if you do a bit of Googling I am by no means the only person to have this happen to their Leica camera and Leica Finger loop combo.
Surprise, surprise! With the announcement of the Leica M10 (phenominal release!) came their very own hot shoe "Thumb Rest". Apparently plagiarism is the highest form of flatery. Match Technical must be smitten as it appears they now have the endorsment of a prestige camera brand touting their design brilliance.
According to Leica:
"Sliding the thumb support into the hot shoe enhances the ergonomics of the Leica M10. With the thumb pressed up against the thumb rest, the camera can be held much more steadily and is easier to handle. It makes single-handed shooting much steadier and enables the use of longer shutter speeds without the risk of camera shake. The thumb support is CNC-machined from brass and is finished in the same classic surface coating as the Leica M10 to ensure a perfect match when attached."
Welcome to the 90's Leica! I have no idea why it has taken so long to provide their own thumb grip (rest). I am pleased they have at least, and with Leica's price of $290 AUD, Match Technical's original Thumbs Up is still a worthy option and I, like many, will stick with their option over Leica's considering the quality is as good, if not better.
In the end, the use of a Thumbs Up grip has been a huge increase in comfort for me and many of my colleagues and friends who also choose to use them on their cameras. Members Nick, Hannah, Tyler, Jeremy and others to name a few, swear by them, so do yourself a favour and invest in one of these. You won't regret it.
Source (images Leica Thumb Rest http://www.leicashop.com/)
In the end, I decided that I wouldn't spend thousands on a new DSLR system (while also sacrificing myself again to the size and weight of those systems) so I ended up buying the Leica Summarit 75mm. For head shots, it's close enough to the classic 85mm prime lens to be comfortable, while also maintaining the beautiful rendering characteristics I've come to love from the 35mm and 50mm Summarit lenses I own.Read More
Today Tyler unboxes the SmallRig Sony A6300 Cage (#1661) and the SmallRig Rubber Top Handle (#1446).
All the items that he order and talk about in the un-boxing are listed here -
#1661 SmallRig A6300 Cage - http://www.smallrig.com/SMALLRIG-Sony...
#1446 SmallRig Top Handle Rubber - http://www.smallrig.com/SMALLRIG-Top-...
#1822 SmallRig HDMI Cable Clamp - http://www.smallrig.com/SMALLRIG-HDMI...
#1674 SmallRig Multipurpose U-Base - http://www.smallrig.com/SMALLRIG-Mult...
#1784 SmallRig Universal Lens Support - http://www.smallrig.com/SMALLRIG-Univ...
Video was shot on a Nikon D810 with 24-70 f2.8 and edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
Source (Tyler Alberti Photographer Youtube)
We thought it smart to provide a quick comparison between two (three) 50mm lenses which sit at either end of the spectrum in more ways than one. The first bearing the Leica 50mm f2.5 Summarit (original), 2nd Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens and finally for kicks the Minolta Rokkor F2 40mm M mount. Just strait out of camera nothing else has been done to the files. Below is some info if your interested.
Just a different look and feel but all very nice. Obviously just a quick comparison for nothing more than interest. We do appologise about the model.
During my last trip abroad I was constantly surrounded in close spaced busy scenes and it made me really wish I had an XPan. I made do by stitching 35mm negs but I missed the joy of having that one click spontaneity from a true pano camera. I told fellow WECC members about my interest for an Xpan then Simon mentioned the actor Jeff Bridges having a similar vision in photography and that’s when I discovered the Widelux.
Travelling with an M8 paired with a 21mm was the most organic shooting experience I’ve ever had. I always loved shooting wider perspective, going in close and fitting everything in the frame however controlling depth of field was always a battle hence why the 21mm combo with the crop sensor M8 was a match made in heaven. I didn’t have to worry about bokeh, just zone focus and shoot to get exactly what I see through the viewfinder. Fast forward a year and a half and here I am with the Widelux, a camera that suits my style just right.
Its simple controls really brings back the joy of shooting. There are 3 shutter speeds, aperture wheel and that’s it. Focus area is determined by depth of field and the field of view is identical to what you see with your eyes. There is no light meter on this camera, its completely mechanical. If you ever want to travel out to somewhere completely remote just grab a bunch of film and shoot without having to worry about running out of batteries.
This is by no means a replacement for an XPan. Both are pano cameras with a completely different feel. In close tight spaces the Widelux gives a vibe of atmospheric depth while the XPan has a much flatter and controlled perspective. There are other alternative swing lens cameras such as the Noblex, or Horizon both great cameras in their own rights.
Shooting with the widelux has been an absolute joy. I’ve been able to capture scenes the way my eyes sees it. I love hanging out with friends seeing them laugh, the little gestures and the environment we’re in. I can capture all that in one click without having to worry where to focus and the typical shallow DOF from a full frame camera.
We at WECC were happy for a generous soul to donate a Pakon Impak F-12 film scanner to the club. The Pakon Impak F-12 35mm film scanner was a wiz-bang of a scanner back in the day (20 years ago) selling for a whopping $25,000, CRAZY I know. It scans at 3000X2000 in 8bit colour or black & white 35mm only. It can scan a complete roll of uncut film cut into strips consisting of 4 or 6 frames each.
We took it back to HQ hooked a monitor up and grabbed 1 color 6 neg film strip (Jeremy Morse) and 1 monochrome 6 neg strip (Rocky Teriran) to see some results. Happy indeed as the results straight up are good. A bit of a colour shift and slight streaking, nothing a little post can't fix (almost). A great way to proof your rolls straight from the drying cabinet. Takes only about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes to scan an entire uncut roll of 35mm film and a few seconds to do individual strips
The pictures above are all sharp enough for web or blogging,obviously you would get some much higher scans done for any type of printing larger than a 10x8 or A4 . Nice scanner for a FEEBEE and good for quickly pumping out a Proof Sheets and if your up to it smaller prints.
Now if your not aware this thing runs as part of a 'Frankensteined' Windows NT PC. The software is ancient and finicky but once you get your head around it, fairly strait forward. It comes with some calibrating film strips which need to be done far to often for my liking. However the end result is worth the time.
So from us at WECC this FREE-BEE scanner gets 5/5 for value and 4/5 for conveniance and about 1/5 for software design ok 2/5.
A few months ago – the very same week the Lomography New Jupiter 3+ was announced – I had an email from a chap at Lomography in New York. He’d spotted I was having a lens from a compact camera modded, and wondered if I wanted to try out their Minitar; a Lomo LC-A lens modded by Lomography to M-mount. Obviously I said yes, I’d really like to, but if they were up for loaning me gear, the lens I’d really like to borrow first is the New Jupiter 3+.
Since it was only just released at the time, the demo copies were out in the hands of much bigger fish than me. As such, I had to wait a little while. A few weeks ago, after bothering the nice marketing lady on the Lomography stand at the photography show, a package landed on my desk containing a rather trendy looking box with a very shiny lens inside. This post compromises the thoughts and experiences I had in the few weeks I had to play with it…
Last August I received a Wooden Grip (prototype) in the mail from Snapu on Instagram. This grip was designed to be used on the Pentax 67 (type1). I was itching to give it a whirl and like a great pair of old shoes, film is just nice to get back into. When I loaded my Pentax 67 with some 10 year out of date Kodak TMax 100 yesterday I was very excited to get shooting.
The wooden grip is well constructed and although mine was a prototype, it was a fabulous feel in the hand. It really does help balance out the camera. I compare it to the Thumbs Up on my Leica MP & Q, once felt, its hard to imagine using the cameras without one. Same applies for the wooden grip on the Pentax 67. Once you have it fitted on it's a must have, nicely balances out the hold.
The Pentax 67 is a behemoth of a camera and the extra grip for the right hand is a welcome addition. Just so we are both on the right page, the Pentax 67ii comes standard with a hand grip built in for the right hand. The earlier version 67 does not (examples above). Obviously this wooden grip is for the Version '1' the camera above on the left.
It was a breeze to mount just line up the base of the plate with the cameras lugs on the front as shown in the pic above, then slide the small metal lock lever up .... your good to go.
Wonderfully hand carved and machined this wooden stainless steel construction feels very solid and matched the great construction of the Pentax 67 beautifully. Each standard handle is made to order for 'US$139' and various wood finishes can be chosen from. He sells stock grips if your not to Gear obsessed or for a little more $$$ you can have a custom item made to order.
This beautiful black Custom grip is just one example of what is possible, the choices are yours.. So my final thoughts are this, GRAB ONE YOU FOOL, if you own the Pentax 67 that is. If your interested in purchasing one of these beauties you can email Snapu below, at his Instagram account
email firstname.lastname@example.org to Purchace
AFshoot as you already know have some great products, this Leather Wrist Strap by Deadcameras is yet another cracker of a product. It has graced my Leica M6 over the past 6 months before being turned over to another member to be used with her Fujifilm XE-1 for the last 6 weeks. As expected ...... fantastic.
The attention to detail is superb, brilliant stitch work and signature red pin are all a great touch for the soft leather wrist strap. I have used other wrist straps such as the 'practical' Gordy's Strap, the 'luxurious' Louigi's wrist strap and the almost forgettable 'Noose' by Crumpler. This strap by Deadcameras stands out from the group and at a price point of $66 plus postage, more than justified.
Carrying a camera around using a wrist strap can be taxing. Crazy as it seems the wrist can get fatigued if the leather is on the stiff side. I have found this the case with a fare few wrist straps I have used over the past 25 years. This strap in particular is an exception, it was great to use all day with no discomfort- subtle soft and a pleasure to handle.
It's the attention to detail which I find outstanding in this luxury wrist strap. Just like the full length counterpart we reviewed last year , their wrist strap is neatly finished off with stitch work and burnishing of the highest quality. A nice rubber wring makes width adjustments for your hand easy and visually stylish. Unlike other wrist straps (Noose by Crumpler), this has been designed by those who actually use cameras daily themselves and that listen to other photographer's critiques. The manufacturers of these great straps has left nothing to chance, every part and component works as it should and is exceptionally executed.
So without going to overboard (bit late) I love this strap and give it a massive 4/5 Thunderbird Points. There is nothing not to like ..... grab it and you will be a very happy camper I assure you.
Film photography is not dead. It is hurting, though. It seems every couple months, we lose a few more film stocks. The remaining selection is a small fraction of what we once had. Still, there are plenty of films out there worth loading into a camera. Andthe cameras are pretty cheap now, too. But who knows what the future holds?
_We've put together a collection of films you might want to try while you still can. Some of them are old favorites and others are a little more obscure. All of them, however, offer a unique and often extremely rewarding photographic experience. _
This is by no means an exhaustive list, so feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments. And if you have a freezer full of an old film stock you miss, feel free to leave a comment about that, too. We're sticking to the stocks that are easy to get, but there's all kinds of interesting stuff out there. Let the film bug bite you.
Kodak Portra 400
Type: Color negative film
Price: $8 per 36 exposure roll
Other speeds: 160, 800
by Simon P M Johnson & Alex Bowler
Lets face it when it comes to photography, Voigtlander make some shit hot products. They really are a shinning jewel for so many of us who just cant justify or afford some of the big $$$$ required by Leica and the like when it comes to lens choice. I have had my share of Voigtlander lenses over the years and a couple hold pride of place within my 'M arsenal'. The Voigtlander Ultron 28 was a lens I had been waiting to try for some time so when the opportunity arose I & Alex jumped on it, I was eager to see if this lens was up to the chalenge, at such a great price point would it make the grade and perhaps complete my Holy Voigtlader Trinity lens collection ??
It must be said I have used both the Zeiss & Leica equivalent in the past and the bar had been set at a very high level so was keen to see how a 'budget' lens would stacked up. Alex threw the lens on his Zeiss Icon for a couple of days and ran a roll of color film through it. He just wanted to see how the lens suited his style of shooting and was a great alternative viewpoint to my digital Leica M.
Alex's images above give a great example of how versatile the lens actually is. 28mm is a often overlooked focal length, I suggest those of you who often stick to the slightly longer 35 should definitely give the 28 a try. I made the switch some years ago for my street work and have never really looked back.
The Voigtlander has a lovely hefty feel not cheap at all. It's focusing is smooth and accurate with nice fluid swing. In general I always hyper-focus when shooting with it on the street, however manual focus is a dream to use and very enjoyable on the digital Leica M & both Voigtlander & Icon film bodies. There was no trouble with any of these camera bodies when it came to coupling with their separate rangefinders.
Alex & I both came away very happy indeed, there really isn't anything not to like. Ken Rockwell has a more in depth tech review on his sight which I would recommend having a read. He goes much further into the lens and provides some points you may wish to consider before purchasing. He also provides some great images exampling his findings.
So for me it's a winner at a budget price, if money isn't a issue then the Leica , 2.8 Elmerit-M or even the Carl Zeiss Biogon T f2.8 are the quality choice. For the rest of us the Voigtlander is definitely worth not only your time & money, but your respect ... Cheers Cosina