The 50mm Lens

Last weekend while recording the podcast with Cody and Thomas, we were discussing 50mm lenses and our love of them. I knew I owned a bunch of different ones over the years, but didn't realize how many until I started counting them off. Holy crap - I have issues I think. I can't believe the number of 50's I have purchased in the last 10 years (give or take).

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Nantucket Island Squid

When you get an opportunity to fish squid, you take it. I once again got a chance to head out on the F/V Rimrack with Captain Mike Anderson, his wonderful daughter Kelsea, and hammer-beard deckhand Brian Flood. As you may know, I also went out with them in April to shoot and write an article on scallop fishing for Hearth Magazine which will be published in print this fall - but will be on this blog July 1 (stay tuned - as that article mostly features Mike - while this one is more about Kelsea and Brian). This time, the trip was purely for pleasure.

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Leica M2 + Rye Beach on Film

Last winter, I purchased my Leica M2 with a Summicron 2/50 for a project with Johnny Patience. My first weekend with the camera, I decided to take it out to Rye, NH for a walk on the deserted beach to learn how to use the camera and lens. Coming off the Leica M-E, it was more about getting a feel for metering and so on. Surprisingly, I've only posted a handful of images from that first test roll, but looking back over those images tonight, I realize there really is something special here

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The Belted Galloway

En route to New York City this fall, I swung by my folks house in Ellington, Connecticut for my fill of cretons, pork pie and booze. Ellington is the town I grew up in filled with rolling hills, cornfields, cows and a sparse handful of residents. I didn't really appreciate the rural landscape when I called Ellington home, but when I go back these days, with camera in hand, it's a photographer's delight. The road my parents live on crosses a couple towns in a very short span - and about a mile from their house sits the town line for Somers, Ct. This is also a town where livestock seems to outnumber resident humans - and the farm (Scantic Valley Farm) nestled in the valley below my parents house is a pure delight. Cornfield mazes, barns, strawberry fields, pumpkin patches, chickens, pigs, cats, dogs and - my favorite eye candy - the majestic Belted Galloway.

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Leica M-A Hands-on Review

Ah, the Leica M-A. As you know, I don't want to be that guy that gushes over each new piece of photography equipment that I get.  But I swear, this time - more than any other - it's deserved! This certainly has been a long time coming. I first began drooling / speculating about the Leica M-A this summer when it was first announced. First impression was it was a gorgeous piece of art, but something I really didn't need - already owning the M2 and M3.  Well, cutting to the chase, yeah, I needed it - and so glad I did!

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Manhattan on Film

Last month I headed off to New York City to attend the PhotoPlus Expo and play with the new Zeiss 35mm as well as the new Leica M-A film and Edition 60 digital cameras. While I wasn't at the conference, I was out walking the city trying to capture the vibes on film with one of my best friends, Dori. We ended up doing just one afternoon at the Expo, visiting with Ben, Richard and Nicole from Carl Zeiss Lenses as well as Christopher from Leica.  We spent some time walking to all the booths on the vendor floor, watching some demonstrations and playing with what gear we could play with. Favorites for me were the Zeiss 1.4/35 Distagon and the Leica M-A - though that Leica Edition 60 was awfully nice to shoot.

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NH Highland Games on Film

Last weekend was the 40th Annual New Hampshire Highland Games in Lincoln, NH. I went up north with Linda and her amazing father Jim (both of Scottish descent) to explore this wonderful festival. For gear, I packed my Leica M3 paired with the Carl Zeiss C Sonnar T* 1.5/50, my Leica M2 paired with the Carl Zeiss C Biogon T* 2.8/35, my Weston Master V light meter and my Ona bag loaded with Kodak Portra 400 and Tri-X. In typical Scottish fashion, the weather was a balmy 49º F for most of the day with the on and off spitting of misty rain. It was perfect.  We got to the mountain mid-morning to the sounds of pipes belting out traditional tunes. Though cold, your nose was immediately filled with the scents of great Scottish food - especially my favorite - the meat pie.  I mean really, what's better than a pie filled up with meat? Jim was brave enough to dig into a plate of Haggis - my stomach isn't quite iron enough for Haggis though.

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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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Leica: Buying Vintage Film Cameras

I decided I needed to document my thought process on buying vintage cameras, specifically along the Leica lines. Regular readers know I go through a lot of cameras, trying them out to see if they are for me, then selling them off if they are not. In the past, I have purchased the 1950 Rolleiflex, 1959 Hasselblad 500c, 2012 Carl Zeiss Ikon, 1958 Leica M2 and I am currently waiting on a 1961 Leica M3 being refurbished and CLA'd by Youxin Ye. (Not to mention the piles of vintage glass I have bought and sold over the years.)

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