Touted as one of the most notable cameras by Leica, the Leica II rangefinder camera was also an important piece for 35mm photography itself. Find out why in this installment of Lomopedia!
Leica was already successful in making a mark in 35mm photography when it produced the Leica A (also called Leica I) from 1925 to 1936. Said to be the first commercially successful 35mm camera, Leica A was notable not only for being a relatively compact camera, but also for the superb optics and the detachable vertical rangefinder accessory. In effect, it became the first 35mm rangefinder for this add-on.
The Leica II, meanwhile, was produced in 1932 and was the first of the Leica cameras to have a built-in rangefinder. It also had standardized interchangeable lenses which accommodated lenses from 35 to 135. At the time, it was remarkable for the Leica II to be fitted with a rangefinder considering its small size. However, renowned camera designer Oskar Barnack wouldn’t have it done with a bigger camera size!
Lens: f3.5, 50 mm Elmar, iris diaphragm to f18, continental iris scale. Depth-of-field scale. Screw mount.
Shutter: Focal-plane, speeds 1/20 – 1/500, Z. Speeds are varied by delaying the second blind.
Construction: Vulcanite covered metal body.
Format: 36, 24 × 36 mm exposures on 35 mm cine film held in cassette, film is re-wound into cassette.
Focusing: Helical, scale to 3.5 feet.
Identification: All early points listed below. 11 o’clock infinity release on lens.
Lens cap. Ever-ready case version without retaining screw. 2 cassettes one in tin. Red box for lens.
Yellow filter 1, in red box, screw fitting, white lettering. Yellow filter 0.
Angular finder. Early type with large eye-cup.
“Directions for Model II”, instruction book d. Jan 1933.
Copying device for 1:1 reproduction (BELUN). Early model marked ‘Elmar’. In box.
“Auxiliary Reproduction Devices”, pamphlet d. May 1932.
Looking for a dependable camera for street photography? For Agathe, or theblues in the community, the Konica C35 Automatic rangefinder is the perfect companion for her daily photowalk in Paris. Find out why in this installment of Weapon of Choice!
Before the end of 2014, my girlfriend took the plunge of purchasing a rangefinder camera from eBay as a late Christmas gift for me. Let me present to you: the Fed 5. The Fed 5 has been known as a copy of the Leica M3 rangefinder camera. It is inexpensive compared to Leica models. So what are my experiences of using the Fed 5? Read on to find out more.
This article is dedicated to Serge Moulinier, a largely unknown French photographer who won one of the most important prizes in France with a book on Greek architecture. Strangely, little information can be found on the Internet about this great photographer whose work had also been published in an important essay written by the famous John Szarkowski, former Director of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
As a wildlife cameraman and photographer, Ian Llewellyn has worked on a number of television projects. The UK-based lensman breaks free from the strict confines of his profession by engaging in monochrome photography. His personal work is a plethora of abstract and experimental imagery, created in a style distinctly his own. Llewellyn is an ardent user of a Leica Monochrom camera, on which he mounted the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Lens, producing the most imaginative, phantasmic results.
In December last year James Wright, editor and creative director of So It Goes Magazine, went on a two-week trip to Sri Lanka, "a place so long on our bucket list, but up until then, as yet unvisited," he writes on the first of his three-part photo diary. Herein is the second part of his series that chronicles his adventures, highlighted by a selection of breathtaking images of the Sri Lankan countryside and the locals, among many other images, captured with his trusty photographic companions: the Leica MP, Lomo LC-A+, and an assortment of films including the LomoChrome Purple.
Max van Nieuwpoort was hailed as one of our most popular newcomers of October. Apart from photography, he also enjoys traveling, gliding, and longboarding. Let's welcome him back to the spotlight as our newcomer of the week!
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Edward Weston is one of the most important photographers of the 20th century. From his lifetime up until today, several decades after his death, Weston and his body of work hold an important place in the history of photography.
Film Photography Day 2015 is an exciting event happening on Sunday, April 12. To celebrate this day, Lomography has teamed up with Skillshare to launch a series of FREE classes to help you make the most of your Lomo cameras. To throw in a little more fun, we're also hosting a competition to win a Diana Deluxe Kit and a full year of premium membership to Skillshare to take tons of awesome photography classes. Read on to find out more!
Photography is not only an act of documentation or communication, it is also a way of seeing the world. The camera opens our eyes and lets us see what lies behind the obvious, and we start looking at things as potential subjects of a photograph. Every leak of light unveils secrets that talented photographers turn into a piece of art. Li Hui is one of those gifted artists. We talked to her about her work and her sensitive photographs that picture a wonderful vulnerability.