Voigtländer Vitessa T Review

The Voigtländer Vitessa is a somewhat obscure camera from the 1950's - a time when pride was taken to manufacture solid cameras. Often compared in build to the Leica M3, the Vitessa was introduced several years before the iconic Leica M2 first emerged and went through a series of upgrades and model changes until it was ultimately discontinued after 10 years of production.

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The Cameras

My camera history began in the summer of 1984 (at the age of 13) using my father's Minolta SRT-102 which he used for shooting mind-bogglingly exciting things like eggplants and tomatoes in his garden. A year later I  learned how to develop film and wet-print in a darkroom in my 8th grade photography class. I decided I needed my very own camera at that time, and as I wasn't very smart then, I decided a tag-sale bargain Polaroid OneStep would be the way to go. Seeing my mistake, my father continued to let me use his Minolta whenever I wanted. What a swell guy. You'd think this would be the start of a young photographer's pursuit, but I was quickly distracted by the Flash Gordon Pinball machine at the penny arcade, so there are quite a few shaky years below.

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Leica M2 + M3 Review

This review of the Leica M2 & M3 won't be overly technical. Back in January I picked up a 1958 Leica M2 from the fine folks at Green Mountain Camera in Vermont - let's just say the deal was too good to pass up. During that time I had been shooting almost exclusively with this camera and a 1957 Summicron 2/50. Then in June, I picked up a 1961 Leica M3 from Youxin Ye of YYe Camera.  Until June, the Leica M2 was loaded with either Kodak Tri-X or Portra 160/400 film.  Now, the Leica M2 is usually loaded with just the Tri-X and my Carl Zeiss 2.8/35 while the Leica M3 is loaded with Portra 400 and the Leica Summicron 2/50 or Carl Zeiss C Sonnar T* 1.5/50.  This has spoiled me rotten and has returned me to a simplicity in look and style that I adore - so much so that the Leica ME sits rarely used on a shelf.

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