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Leica M-3 series two: A return to black and white film

” IF YOU DON’T LIKE WHRE YOU ARE, THEN CHANGE IT…YOU ARE NOT A TREE. “

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Former factory, Beacon, New York. Photographed with a Leica M-3: 50mm Summicron; Tri-X


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Old School Leica:

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There is just something soothing about holding a piece of camera equipment that is as finely crafted as a Swiss watch but solid enough to pound a nail through an oak plank.

I have spent the last twenty-two years developing programs and purchasing digital camera equipment at four newspapers and feel I have an insider’s appreciation for both the quality and economic value of today’s digital visual products…but.

…There is nothing like an “Old School Leica” film camera to give you an appreciation for high-end optics and the refinement of an M-3 body with Leitz Summicron 50mm/f2 lens. The pair was manufactured a year after I was born in 1956 and with a minor dent and some scratches; it’s a working machine much like the owner.

No winder; no auto-focus; no light meter; and a rewind knob that you actually have to turn; just add black and white film.