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NOTE: below are the new items from summer and fall 2014. These are largely being posted to the Wordpress site, here.

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The terrorists have not won

Twilight of the viewing filter

Fix it now or fix it later?

Silvestri H: the 6×12 ultracamera

Metz 45CL-4 Digital + SCA3045 + SCA3502 M5 + Leica M typ 240

Cameras, proles, and animals are free

Leica M typ 240 firmware the end of the beginning

Pixi Dust

Fuji X100: the Pitch Black project

Leica T: Chi comanda?

Zeiss C Biogon T* 4.5/21 ZM and removing the reds

Archive / Index By Subject


35mm Rangefinder Cameras

35mm SLR Cameras

Medium Format Cameras

Lenses and Other Optics

Light Meters, Flash, Bags and Tripods



How to

Carl Zeiss Optical Practicum


Archive / Expanded Index


A cool trick with the iPod video

Aleratec Copy Cruiser Plus

Curing the autofocus blues

The Devil is in the Dynamic Range

Explain that Leica M8 upgrade again?

Eye-Fi Pro X2 8gb

The Failure of Firmware

Firewire rocks!

Fuji EF-42 Flash for X100 and X-Pro1

Fuji X100: the dirt on the dirt

Fuji X-Pro1: Leicapocalypse?

Fuji X-Pro1: Revisited

Getting raw on RAW files

Kodak DCS 14n

Kodak/Pakon F235 Plus

Leica D-Lux 3

Leica Ennui

Leica M8 Digital Rangefinder

Leica M8 lens testing and other wastes of time

Leica M typ 240: Part 1

Leica M typ 240: Part 1a

Leica M typ 240: Part 3 (pixels)

Leica M typ 240: Part 4 (SF 58 flash)

Leica M typ 240: Part 5 (vs. X-Pro1)

Light balancing filters on digital

The myth of D2x shake

Nikon D2x (vs. Kodak 14n)

Olympus E-P1: (Stylus) Epic Fail?

Outsource, insource, leave me alone

Practical Accessories for the X-Pro1

Reply to Dubovoy

Ricoh GR Digital II

Sony NEX-5

Sony NEX underexposure recovery

Surviving the horrors of 9/9/M9

Twelve filters for digital

Whither Micro 4/3?

Who's afraid of the big bad live view?

35mm Rangefinder Cameras

Canon P

Canon VI-L / 7

Contax T

Kodak Reti na II/IIa/IIc

Konica Hexar

Konica Hexar RF

Konica IIIA and IIIM

Leica IIIc FAQ

Leica M3

Secret roots of the

Tarting up your rangefinder

That Leica CLA Culture

Voigtländer Kontur Finder

35mm SLR Cameras

Buying a used Nikon F3

Konica Autoreflex T4 v. FC-1

Nikon F: beauty in simplicity

Nikon F3 vs FA

Nikon F4 F4s F4e

Nikon F5

Nikon FG: little camera that could

Nikon N2020

Nikon F-Series Accessory Finders

Medium Format Cameras

Brooks-Plaubel Veriwide 100

Folding up on folders

Fuji G690BL, GM670, GL690

Fuji GA645

Fuji GW and GSW 6x7, 6x8 and 6x9 Rangefinders

Fuji GSW690III Resolving Power

Fujinon SWS 50mm f/5.6 for G690 G690BL GM670 GL690

Graflex Norita 66

Koni-Omegaflex M

Lomo Belair-X 6x12

Lomo Belair-X 6x12: In hand

Mamiya RB-67 Pro-S

Mamiya 6 MF

Maximizing your Nikon FH-869S
Medium Format Film Holder

Minolta Autocord

Mythology of the Fuji G690BL GM670 GL690

Noblex 6/150

Pentax 6x7 MLU SLR

[Pola]roid rage

Polaroid Rangefinders

Rolleiflex 2.8F

Lenses and Other Optics

Accessory viewfinders

And now let us praise light, cheap lenses

Block diagrams of Canon Lenses for Leica

Canon Lenses for Leica

Choose your weapon, er... lens.

Evolutionary Chart of Canon Lenses for Leica

Faraway, yet so close: tales of Contax, Nikon, Leica, and Soviet incompatibility

Fujinon XF 18-55m f/2.8-4

Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8

Hands Off My Flange!

Kobalux lenses for Leica

Kobalux 21mm f/2.8 Revisited (M8)

Konica 21-35mm f/3.4-4 M-Hexanon Dual

Konica 35/2 UC-Hexanon

Konica 90/2.8 M-Hexanon

The Legend of Lux-Do

Leica Universal Wideangle Finder M 12011

Nikkor lenses for Leica

Nikkor 8mm f/8 Fisheye (MLU)

Nikkor AF 24mm f/2.8D

Nikkor 28mm f/1.4D AF

Nikkor 45mm f/2.8 GN

Nikkor 105mm f/2D AF-DC

Nikkor 70-210/4 AF: Nikon's best midrange zoom

Nikkor AF-s 70-300mm VR II

Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 ED-IF AI-s

Non-obvious aspects of
accessory viewfinder selection

The plastic fantastic

Sony NEX Wide Adapter VCL-ECU1

Soviet Helios-40-2 85mm f/1.5

Strangefinder photography

Light Meters, Flash, Bags and Tripods

Attack of the Red Pods

Bagging it with Crumpler

Big Flash Guide

BlackRapid RS-7 Strap

Gossen Digisix

Leica SF-24D: Übersortaflash

Logan 750 Simplex Plus Mat Cutter

Nikon SB-20 Flash

Taming the Durst AC800

Tamrac N-45 strap

Tenba P415

Tripod Travails


Leica: what's in a name?

Nikon vs. Ikon

Zeiss: what's in a name?


2012: the Prediculous


L'Addio di Verichrome Pan

All that science

Alternatives to good photography

Automation vs. Automatons

Can Photodo.com predict real-world differences between lenses?

The case for gearheads

The day you became photographically uncool

Digital? Maybe later.

Does a rangefinder make you a better photographer?

Enter the lemur

Just how fast is that lens?

Leica Rangefinder Self-Adjustment and Other Myths

Lithium-Ion: a modest proposal

Methods and madness

The Myth of Mechanical Cameras?

Opiates of the Masses: Bokeh

Same conceit, different day

Stop thinking about photography

35mm color vs. the tyranny of the masses

Verichrome, I do mind dying

What equipment was used for pictures on this site?

How to

Bottom-feeding in the grey market

Camera Show Counter FAQ

Dan Stella's Tenfold Path of Good Photography

Fill flash for amnesicacs (expanded)

Fixing Super Ikonta A, C or Moskva rangefinder alignment.

The fluff on film formats

The Guerilla Darkroom

More lessons from the Guerilla Darkroom

Optical signature manipulation

Practical Filter FAQ

Surviving a trip with your camera

The Olympus Pen FT: relevant once again?

Saving Your bent negatives

Scanning 6x12 with Sprintscan 120
or Artixscan 120TF

The right tool for the job

TMX to Neopan 1600

Carl Zeiss Optical Practicum (with permission)

Achromat, Apochromat, Superachromat - What is the Difference?

Depth of field – An insider's look behind the scenes

How digital one-shot cameras perceive color

How do Zeiss T* and Rollei HFT compare?

How to determine the resolution actually reached in a photograph a practial example

Is rollfilm 220 better than 120 in terms of film flatness?

Resolution of camera lenses where are the limits – and why?

10 Steps to success in high performance photography

Why Carl Zeiss lenses for Contax are made in Japan


A special message from your camera manufacturer.

Leica M3 vs. Feinwerkbau AW93 Light

New Leica Digital Breaks New Design Ground