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MidPhot 2018 55th Annual Exhibition of Midland Photography
17th January 2018
MidPhot 2018
55th Annual Exhibition
of Midland Photography

It is time to start entering Midphot 2018. Please click on the link below for entry details including an 'How to Enter' instuction.
Midphot Entry is now an online Entry System.
Midphot Rules 2018 and Entry form
YOUR URGENT ATTENTION NEEDED
10th January 2018
YOUR URGENT ATTENTION NEEDED
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LHSA DEADLINE FOR THE WETZLAR VISIT, NEXT OCTOBER,
IS THE 30TH JANUARY FOR YOUR DEPOSIT TO BE PAID
TO REGISTAR A PLACE ON THE VISIT.
Members Log-In page
08th January 2018
The Members Log-In page will go 'live' with the Spring 2018 issue of the Magazine when the password will be published, this password will be changed next February with the Spring issue 2019.
I have also added a Members Sales and Wants page (again with the same password). This page is for Members to submit their Sales and Wants to the Web Master for inclusion on this page. Sales and Wants items will be rigorously vetted and will be only put on their for 2 months, if I think the item is it not suitable it will not be put on.
cameraworks-uk Leica Rangefinder Repairs and Restoration
03rd January 2018
Members might like to have a look at the web site for cameraworks-uk Leica Rangefinder Repairs and Restoration,
Fast, friendly, and fully functional, our Leica Repair Service is well renowned throughout the UK, Europe and beyond with fast turnaround. Our speciality is 35mm rangefinder film camera repair, service and restoration with the skill and experience our clients have come to expect. We always stand behind our work, with customer satisfaction being our top priority. Our charges start at £145 for a full service/repair on a Leica Screw Mount camera, £175 for a full service/repair on your Leica M2/3, £85 for a lens service/repair. All work is covered by a 12 month transferable warranty. Read more or Contact us to learn more about our service and how we can help you!

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An Evening With Arthur Edwards MBE at Saint Francis Hospice
30th December 2017
An Evening With Arthur Edwards MBE at Saint Francis Hospice, Pepperell Education Centre,
Havering-atte-Bower, RM4 1QH, on the 26th January 2018

Arthur Edwards MBE is a legendary royal photographer and has been credited for taking the greatest royal pictures of all time. We are lucky enough to have the man himself here, showcasing his royal photography collection at an exclusive event for us in January.
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MIDPHOT 2018 IMPORTANT INFORMATION
29th December 2017
MIDPHOT 2018 IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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Rolleiflex: 120 film = more megapixels? by William Fagan
18th December 2017
Rolleiflex: 120 film = more megapixels?
Posted on December 15, 2017 by William Fagan
Eagle-eyed readers will have spotted that the picture of the tree above is square. The negative for the photo is, in fact, 6cm x 6cm on 120 film, Kodak Portra 160 to be precise. It was taken with my recently acquired Rolleiflex f/3.5 Planar E from 1956.
Regular readers will know that I am a collector of all things Leica. I have, however, started a smaller ‘side collection’ of significant cameras from the 20th Century, which made a large impact on the development of photography, both as a business and as a hobby. This smaller side collection does not exclude Leicas as they also made a significant contribution during the last century. The Rolleiflex is part of that collection and here are the current cameras in this grouping.

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A Critic at Large, by The New Yorker, Candid Camera, The cult of Leica.
14th December 2017
A Critic at Large, September 24, 2007 Issue of The New Yorker,
Candid Camera, The cult of Leica. By Anthony Lane

Fifty miles north of Frankfurt lies the small German town of Solms. Turn off the main thoroughfare and you find yourself driving down tranquil suburban streets, with detached houses set back from the road, and, on a warm morning in late August, not a soul in sight. Nobody does bourgeois solidity like the Germans: you can imagine coming here for coffee and cakes with your aunt, but that would be the limit of excitement. By the time you reach Oskar-Barnack-Strasse, the town has almost petered out; just before the railway line, however, there is a clutch of industrial buildings, with a red dot on the sign outside. As far as fanfare is concerned, that’s about it. But here is the place to go, if you want to find the most beautiful mechanical objects in the world.

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Leica M3: Return of the King
14th December 2017
Leica M3: Return of the King
Posted on December 14, 2017 by Claus Sassenberg
"Forth now, and fear no darkness!"
Théoden in J.R.R. Tolkien’s "The Return of the King“
The first film Leica I acquired many years ago was an M3. It was made in 1955 and is a “DS” or Double Stroke model — which means you must flick the film advance lever twice to reset the shutter and move the film to the next frame. It also has a little self timer mechanism, a cute masterpiece of purring clockwork.

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The 2018 LHSA annual meeting will take place in Wetzlar, Germany, in October 2018
12th December 2017
The 2018 LHSA annual meeting will take place in Wetzlar, Germany in October 2018 the home of Leica AG. Preparations are already under way, and Leica AG and LHSA are collaborating to make this meeting an exciting and meaningful experience for Leica enthusiasts.
Please see full details under the 'EVENTS' heading.
'Amberlands': travels across Jordan by John Brockliss
10th December 2017
'Amberlands': travels across Jordan

I am delighted to announce the posting today of my new website gallery, 'Amberlands'. This new collection of original photographs was taken during my travels across Jordan earlier this year.

South to the Red Sea, east across the haunting desert sands of Wadi Rum, north west exploring the astonishing lost city and tombs of Petra then driving Highway 40 into the arid wastelands towards the eastern borders with Iraq/Saudi and the ancient cities of Kerak and Roman Jerash.

To view the 'Amberlands' gallery click:

www.johnbrockliss.com/portfolio/album/amberlands

John Brockliss photographer

Web: www.johnbrockliss.com
A new and updated edition of John Brockliss's second photo-documentary book 'Restless'
10th December 2017
A new and updated edition of John's second photo-documentary book 'Restless, from tempest to tranquility' including eight new marine landscape images is now published. The 250mm x 200mm format book features 84 pages of monochrome and full colour images taken over a five year period.

Capturing the ever-changing moods of our seas and shorelines, 'Restless' is available to preview in animated form and/or purchase by clicking the following link to John's publishers website:

www.blurb.co.uk/b/8335432-restless
MCPF January 2018 Newsletter
02nd December 2017
MCPF January 2018 Newsletter.
If this link to the newsletter does not work then please go to the MCPF website and follow the links. You can also find previous editions on the website.
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43RD SMETHWICK INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION 6th to 14th January 2018
30th November 2017
43RD SMETHWICK INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION 6th to 14th January 2018
On January 6th the Smethwick International Exhibition opens its doors for a 9 day run. In addition to the 700+ prints that will be on view there are two major Projected Image shows. The Open sections have a music backing and as usual the show has been put together by John Holt ARPS, DPAGB an expert in AV. In contrast the Nature Images will be presented together with a live commentary by Barbara Lawton FRPS, DPAGB
The exhibition offers your members the opportunity to see really top class International Photography that should inspire their own work.

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Chasing “Les Feuilles Mortes” with a Leica M10
30th November 2017
Chasing “Les Feuilles Mortes” with a Leica M10
Posted on November 30, 2017 by William Fagan

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Leica Lens Compendium by Thorsten von Overgaard
07th November 2017
Leica Lens Compendium by Thorsten von Overgaard
"Complete guide to Leica lenses, serial numbers, production years, etc"


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A Tale of Two Leicas by William Fagan
30th October 2017
A Tale of Two Leicas: Oldest of times, newest of times
by William Fagan
The camera shown is a very early Leica I Model A from 1926 with a four-digit serial number. It has the earliest version of the famous Elmar lens, which, apart from the name, looks almost identical to the previous Elmax lens.

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Going to Chicago, missing New Orleans, avoiding some hurricanes by William Fagan
25th October 2017
Last year I joined the Leica Historical Society of America (LHSA), now also known as The International Leica Society. I have had three articles published in the Society’s magazine, Viewfinder, based upon articles originally published on Macfilos. I decided earlier this year to attend the LHSA’s annual meeting in Chicago, on October 6-7, with my wife Laura. After I had booked for the event I was asked to present my images from Greece and Syria which were previously published in Macfilos here and here which I was delighted to do.

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Thorsten von Overgaard short documentary “A Life with Leica”:- 
13th October 2017
This link will allow you to watch Thorstens’ short documentary “A Life with Leica”:- 
Click here to see 'A Life with Leica'
Black&White Photographer of the Year 2018
29th August 2017
BlackWhite Photographer of the Year 2018
BlackWhite Photographer of the Year 2018 is open for submissions.
Win one of three fantastic Fujifilm cameras: an X-Pro2 plus three lenses, an X100F or an X-T20 plus lens.
BlackWhite Photography magazine, in association with Fujifilm, is excited to announce that the competition to find the BlackWhite Photographer of the Year 2018 is now open.
We are looking for the best in contemporary black & white photography. The competition is open to all and pictures can be taken on any kind of camera.
The winners will be chosen from three categories:

   The World of People (from formal portraits to street photography to photojournalism).
   The World Around Us (landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes and wildlife)
   The Creative World (let your imagination roam, from still life to abstract, using old processes to smartphone filters, whatever you think fits).
The deadline for entries is Midnight 30th October 2017.
For full competition details see the website: bpoty.com