News / Tips

Categories

Beacon Camera Club host Joe Cornish at The Swan Theatre, Worcester on 14th July 2018
12th February 2018
Beacon Camera Club host Joe Cornish at The Swan Theatre, Worcester on 14th July 2018

Click here to see poster
PRINT and PROJECTED IMAGE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018
08th February 2018
Midland Counties Photographic Federation affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain
PRINT and PROJECTED IMAGE
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

Click hereto see more details
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!

click here to go to web site
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.

Click here to read the full article
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.

Click here to read the full article
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.

Click here to read the full article
'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
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

Click here to see the article
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"


Click here to go to full article
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.

Click here to read the full article
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.

Click here to read the article
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'
Photos of Classic and Vintage Cars taken with Leica M10, WATE and 24mm Elmar
10th July 2017
Photos of Classic and Vintage Cars taken with Leica M10, WATE and 24mm Elmar

Click here to see images
Grubb and Parsons: Optical and engineering giants
12th April 2017
Grubb and Parsons: Optical and engineering giants, by William Fagan

It was my recent acquisition of a Grubb lens made in Dublin around 1855, shown above, that led me to pen this article about two remarkable Irish and Anglo Irish families. In particular, this involves two father and son duos where the fathers were born in the same year (1800) and the sons both passed away in the same year (1931). 
The contributions of the Grubb and Parsons families in the fields of optics and astronomy are well known, but they also had achievements in other fields such as the consistent printing of bank notes and the creation of the steam turbine. The 19th century was truly a great time for inventors and creators and what we might call ‘renaissance men’ or ‘polymaths’ who could, seemingly, turn their hand to anything and succeed.

Click here to read the full article
Oracle on a Tripod — all Greek to me Posted on March 3, 2017 by William Fagan
03rd March 2017
Oracle on a Tripod — all Greek to me
Posted on March 3, 2017 by William Fagan

Click here to read article
Monthly Leica meets in Bristol
21st February 2017
Monthly Leica meets in Bristol

London Camera Exchange Bristol (Baldwin Street) will be hosting a monthly social meet and photo walk, named Bristol Leica Social. The first meeting will be on April 1st, 2017, and on the first Saturday of every month thereafter.

Each meet will start at the store, at 9am, (3 Alliance House,Baldwin Street, BS1 1SA) then divide into smaller groups for a photo walk around the centre, meeting at a café at 12 noon to compare images and, of course, discuss all things Leica.

For more information please contact LCE on 0117 929 1935. Please note that there are two branches of London Camera Exchange in Bristol. The Leica specialist Baldwin Street branch is near the Waterfront area of the city.
Leica M10 vs Leica M (Typ 240) Comparison Review
24th January 2017
Leica M10 vs Leica M (Typ 240) Comparison Review by Park Cameras.

click here to read article
The last rose of Summar Posted on December 5, 2016 by William Fagan
05th December 2016
The last rose of Summar
Posted on December 5, 2016 by William Fagan

The Leitz Summar: A lens which has an undeserved bad reputation among Leica collectors. I’m not entirely sure why so I am taking a look at some aspects of the Summar that may have been overlooked. As I now have eight Summars in my collection, I feel that I must say something on behalf of this wonderful lens.

Click here to read all the article