Content having to do with good old-fashioned analog film.

Leica Compendium - Third Printing

Erwin Puts will be printing a third run of his “Leica Compendium” book this November. It's not clear if there will be any changes in this run from the 2nd Edition released in August. If the previous two editions are any indication, they will sell out in short order.

There is such a demand for my Leica Compendium book that a third printing is necessary. It will become available end November 2011 and is printed in very limited numbers.

Tip of the Week (#013) - No Shutter

Click - nothing. Some times things can get a little out of sync; for example - you go to press the shutter release and nothing happens! Rare, but here's how to get yourself back on track. First, make sure the rewind lever is straight up. Then, using the rewind knob - rewind the film in the direction indicated by the arrow until the slack tightens up. Finally, try the winding lever to make sure it's fully wound and the shutter cocked. You should be good to go now!

Two New Leica Limited Editions

We've got two new Leica limited editions to tell you about you about today, based on a Leica M9-P and M7 (with an M9 to follow).

Tip of the Week (#012) - Drying Film

Drying film. Not everyone has a dedicated darkroom at home in which to develop their film, and a common problem is spots (dust) on negatives. So what to do? A great solution is to hang your film to dry in the bathroom. Run the shower for a couple of minutes with hot water to steam things up a little. This will remove dust from the air. Hang your film from the shower curtain rod for about two hours or so (until dry) with the door closed - try not to use the bathroom during that time, which will stir up the dust again.


Street Photography eBooks

If you're curious about or into street photography, there are a number of great eBooks out there that are worth checking out: Street Shooting for the Purist - by Chris Weeks Going Candid - by Thomas Leuthard Collecting Souls - by Thomas Leuthard

Voigtländer 35mm f/1.2 Nokton II Trickling In

The newly revamped Voigtländer 35mm f/1.2 Nokton II is starting to trickle in around the globe! The price in the United States is projected at $1399, and the (only) hood (the LH-8) is $109. The performance of the lens remains to be seen, but what we do know is that it's a little bit shorter in length over the old version with a revised optical formula. Also new is the chrome ring around the front of the lens, much like the Zeiss ZM line. More info available on the Voigtländer site.