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21.11.2018

First Impressions

Why did I get this chunky heavy camera in the first place? I bought some M42 lenses and used them (with adapter) on my M6 and a Ricoh GXR before I started to buy M and L39 lenses. Despite the fact that these lenses were cheap (a Porst 2.8 35mm, a Pors...

First Impressions

The Minox 35 ML does not look like anything special. And it was not untill I had developed the first role of black and white film that I realized that I finaly found what I had been looking for during the past two years.

What I had been looking for was...

First Impressions

I loved her right away when I took her out of the box. She is nicely designed and feals well in your hand. She looks like a hybrid between a modern camera and a classical rangefinder. And that is what this camera actually is. My camera came with a fla...

First Impressions

I had read a lot about the quality of the lense and what great pictures it would take and that Terry Richardson would use them for fashion shootings. But I was still a bit disappointed when I held this piece of plastic in my hand after I got it of the...

First Impressions

I started to think about buying a Nikonos-V about five years ago. I am generally a bit rough with my equipment and from what I read this amphibious camera does not only work under water but seemed to be able to handle my way. It still took a while til...

First Impressions

The CLE  (Compact LEICA Electronic) is much smaller than I thought was one of the first thing that went through my mind when I held her in my hands for the first time. And she is definetly a child of the 80ies. A very boxy design that reminded me of t...

First Impressions

I think it was in 2000 that I used an XPan (and a rangefinder purposely) for the first time. I worked as Art Director during those days and Hasselblad Germany was my client. I used it on two occasions: for a small campaign with the Asian model (see th...

First Impressions

My wife does not even make a comment when a new old camera arrives. I guess she simply accepted my passion for it. And although "meeting" a new camera is like meeting a new person. They are all different. Some seem overrated, other are what you expect...

First Impressions

My very first contact with the Leica M6 was purely visual. When I was a teenager I went down town from time to time to wander through shops of all kinds. One of the shops I visited on a regular basis was Brinkmann at the Spitalerstr. in Hamburg. And o...

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