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Film Photographers: Here’s Some Help With Shooting Double Exposures

Feeling stuck in a dry spell with your creative projects? Time to shake things up and pick up a film camera. Whether you’re doing it for the first time ever or first time in a long time, the constraints of film will definitely get you thinking about your photos and squeeze creativity out of you. One of the ways that film photographers then and especially now get creative is by doing double exposures — in camera. We’ve got some pretty interesting examples that will get you curious to try it out yourself!...
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Are You Now Watching Your Favorite Photographers and Creatives on IGTV?

With the recent launch of IGTV, Instagram is gearing itself up to be more than just a platform for sharing and checking out visual content. While IGTV is a separate app that you can watch — as its name suggests — like your usual TV, you can also watch videos from the content creators you follow within the Instagram app. Could this mean that we may all eventually move to watching our favorite photographers share their tips and tricks from YouTube channels to IGTV channels?...
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The pixl-latr is a Nifty Tool for Digitizing Films and Transparencies with Ease

Film photographers, especially those who develop their own films at home, know all too well the struggles of digitizing their negatives without a film scanner. That’s why when Hamish Gill announced that he’s developing a tool he called pixl-latr, everyone who ever thought and tried creating digital versions of their film photos took to his Kickstarter campaign to support his project. If you haven’t yet, maybe you’d like to check this device out and see if it’s something you need for sharing your film photography....
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MFA Boston Explores Ansel Adams’ Legacy in Upcoming Exhibit

Heads up, Ansel Adams fans and landscape photographers! You might want to mark your calendars as early as now and plan ahead your next visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. An upcoming exhibit is set to bring together the landscape master’s most renowned work with those of his 19th century predecessors and over 20 contemporary artists who presently delve into the same subjects and themes....
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“Carbonated Ocean” Photos Raise Awareness for Climate Change’s Lesser Known Evil Twin

Last time we were in touch with performer, filmmaker, and underwater “artivist” Christine Ren, we had an insightful discussion about her then project about ghost fishing titled Silent Killers. Now, she’s back with a new website and another evocative project centered on marine conservation. This time, she zeroes in on climate change’s lesser known evil twin: ocean acidification....
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“Night of the Hunted” Is a Southern Gothic Photobook That Deserves a Spot on Your Bookshelf

If a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s a book that tells not one, but three fascinating stories, Titled Night of the Hunted, the photobook is comprised of three southern gothic stories set in 1960s America. If you’re a fan of conceptual photography projects with a clear and compelling narrative, you can grab this photobook and show your support on Kickstarter....
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Flarestick Makes Dreamy Lens Flare Effects Quick and Easy

Feel like trying out a new creative effect to spice up your work? We’ve found just the right stuff for you. If you’ve always wanted to try creative lens flare effects, looks like you’ll have lots of fun with Flarestick. With this set of professional lens flare crystals, you won’t have to spend time adding flares in post — you can just get the popular dreamy effect in-camera!...
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These Are the Most Popular Cameras and Settings for Stock Photography

Ever been curious about getting into stock photography? It remains a major industry with a lot of photographers finding themselves dabbling into these projects on top of their main work. If you want to get an idea about the gear and settings typically involved in stock photography work, we have just the infographic for you....
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Joris Hermans Travels in Search of Experiences to Photograph

I’m Joris Hermans, a documentary and portrait photographer based in Belgium. I started studying photography in Antwerp more than ten years ago and graduated in 2009. Ever since, I’ve been combining personal and freelance work while trying to travel as much as I could. I’ve won several awards among which a Nikon Press Photo Award in my country last year....
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The Nissin MG10 Multi-Purpose Wireless Strobe Is Basically a Bracket Flash

Need to upgrade your flash gear and take your flash photography to new heights? Nissin’s new offering could be worth checking out for you. The company has recently announced the new MG10, an advanced Nissin Air System 2.4GHz wireless strobe which is geared for on-camera and studio photography. Whether you’re mostly doing studio projects or have some outdoor shoots on-location planned, this new flash promises to get you stunning lighting effects....
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The New CineStill Df96 Monobath Promises Simple BW Film Home Development

Ever been afraid of messing up developing your own black and white film at home? It’s a relatively easy process, but a lot can still go wrong — too much development, improper dilution, lengthy development time, bubble marks, and over-agitation are among the most common. But, CineStill comes to the rescue with a solution. Say hello to fool-proof home development for your black and white films using the CineStill Df96 Monobath!...
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The Instant Magny 35 Turns Your SLR and Rangefinder into an Instant Camera

With the popularity of the Fujifilm Instax Mini and Instax Square photos, everyone seems to be going after Instax cameras these days. They are definitely loads of fun to use and make swapping photos easy, but they don’t really give you much control over your photos. The analog answer to this has always been instant backs for film SLR cameras. The latest of these is the curious-looking Instant Magny 35 currently being funded on Kickstarter....
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Pro Tip: Put Something in Front of Your Lens for Instantly More Interesting Photos

Once in a while, we feel the need to shake up our routine, styles, and techniques to improve our photography. If you feel that your work could use something new and different, you might want to try out this quick pro tip. It’s so easy that you probably haven’t thought of it before! ...
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Here’s the $60 Trick for Adding Fog or Haze to an Outdoor Shoot

Got a cool idea for a moody and misty outdoor shoot but keep putting it off because you haven’t found the perfect foggy location yet or can’t get your timing right for those foggy days? Here’s a cheap and easy trick from Shutterstock Tutorials that will let you get those dreamy foggy shots whenever you need to, in your outdoor location of choice! ...
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This Gorgeous Silver Fujifilm TX-1 Rangefinder is Your Not-So-Secret Hasselblad XPan

It’s time once again for us to indulge your GAS tendencies and grow your collection with another ebay find! Today, we tip you with an analog beauty that is without a doubt one of the most popular and coveted rangefinder cameras of all time. If you’ve long had the gorgeous Fujifilm TX-1 on your wishlist, now is your chance to grab one if you’re prepared to shell out close to $3,000 for it. If you’ve had your eye on this piece for a while, you most likely know why it’s going for that much!...
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Leica and Zeiss Once Collaborated to Make the Rare M4 MDa

Ready to score another amazing vintage beauty? Our latest ebay find may just be the stuff you’re looking for. It’s a rare Leica M4 version that was born from the partnership of Leica and Zeiss once upon a time. If you were interested in the rare military-issued M4-M from early this year, you’ll surely find this yet another fascinating piece. But, as with any other Leica, this beauty is definitely worth a fortune!...
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This 15-Year-Old Olympus Can Still Make Some Pretty Good Results with Underwater Housing

We’ve definitely gone a long way in terms of camera specs and image quality, but it’s still interesting to look back at what the cameras of yester-years and decades past can do. Some of them, we’ll actually find still make pretty good results, even by today’s standards. Case in point is the 15-year-old Olympus Camedia C-5060, as shown to us in this quick test run video!...
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This Super Rare Nikon I Rangefinder from 1948 is Yours for $27,445

Are you a photographer with a passion for rare rangefinders or a vintage collector on the lookout for historic pieces? Our recent ebay find is definitely a catch for you. This super rare Nikon I rangefinder that goes all the way back to 1948 would make a great addition to your collection if you have some serious cash to burn....
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Here’s Why Astrophotography in Creepy Abandoned Spots Can Be Worth It

So, you’ve finally decided to do some astrophotography and nail one of those gorgeous star trail and Milky Way photos. If you did your homework, you already know that one crucial element in this kind of photography: location, location, location. You’ll need something that’s far enough from the city so there’s no light pollution that could cloud your long exposure. Somewhere with an interesting foreground would also be great. For photographer Brendan van Son, it was a creepy ghost town. The results, however, was worth the scare!...
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These Five Ansel Adams Interviews Will Inspire Every Landscape Photographer

Whether you’ve chosen to follow the footsteps of Ansel Adams and mainly do landscape photography or dabble in the genre once in a while, one thing remains certain: he remains an inspiration for generations of photographers, regardless of the kind of photography they practice. Today, we want to stoke the fires and bring you some insightful and inspiring interviews with Ansel Adams. ...
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KitSplit Allows Pro Content Creatives to Get Affordable Gear Rental Insurance

Here’s some good news to photographers and production teams who frequently rent cameras for their projects. Camera and gear rental startup KitSplit has recently partnered with Heffernan Insurance Group’s InsureMyEquipment.com to bring a new and affordable gear rental insurance program. Called KitSplit Instant Insurance and supported by OneBeacon Insurance Group, this program offers the lowest rates for gear rental insurance in the industry with the convenience of online purchasing....
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This Interview Is the Only Known Recording of Robert Capa

Anyone who develops an interest in photography will always come across the iconic Robert Capa and his timeless work. However, reading about the him or his work is one thing; listening to him speak about his work and adventures is another, given the decades that have passed since his days as “the greatest war photographer in the world.” Here’s a rare 1947 interview with the Hungarian photographer, the only known recording that the world has of his voice....
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This Unusual Zenit SLR Camera Would Probably Get You Shot and Killed Today

Today, we’re bringing out the big guns with our latest ebay find. If you thought that the rare pistol-shaped subminiature DORYU 2-16 was such a cool shot, say hello to the big daddy of unusual cameras like it: the hefty Zenit Photosniper. It’s one of those things that would probably get you in some kind of trouble, but we can’t blame you if you want it!...
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Kodak Teases New Ektachrome 100 Film, Gets Us Wanting Better Scans

It’s been over a year since Kodak’s big announcement that they’re bringing back the iconic Ektachrome 100 slide film in 35mm format. The revival was supposed to happen during holiday season 2017, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen and film fans have been kept waiting. After what we can only guess as a rigorous long-term testing, Kodak finally has a substantial update for us in the form of some successful test shots. It definitely stoked the fire for those of us who have been eagerly waiting, but also got most of us wondering if there has been some mistake with scanning the film....
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Could “Noct” Be the Name for Nikon’s New Mirrorless Camera or Lens Line?

Things are starting to get exciting for the Nikon camp, especially since the company has a new (and believed to be full-frame) mirrorless camera in the works. Mirrorless Rumors has recently shared a possibly interesting development to this: Nikon has registered the name “Noct” under the camera and lens category last month....
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Tenba Adds a Sleek Backpack in Two Sizes to the Cooper Collection

If you’re thinking of switching to a camera backpack or adding one to your existing camera bag collection for more options, Tenba is one the brands to check out. The company has been actively releasing camera backpacks to cater to the different and discerning needs of photographers. The recent of these is the sleek Cooper backpack, which comes in two sizes: Slim Backpack and DSLR Backpack....
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This Unusual Rolleiflex TLR Wide Angle Lens Goes for $5,200

Rolleiflex TLR cameras are always on top of every photographer and camera collector’s must-have list. Whether you’re looking to add one more to your growing collection or yet to have your first elegant Rolleiflex, you might want to check out our latest ebay find: a Wide-Angle Rolleiflex in mint condition. It doesn’t come for cheap, however, at a whopping $5,200 for the buy it now price....
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Lomography Brings the Color Negative F²/400 to Medium Format Snappers

A year after analog lovers hoarded the Lomography Color Negative F²/400 in 35mm, we finally have another chance to snag a few rolls but in 120. Lomography has recently released for medium format snappers the long lost film that they aged to perfection, but we have to be quick as it may soon sold out again in the blink of an eye! ...
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This Full Set of Gorgeous Art Deco Kodak Beau Brownie Cameras is Yours for $3,600

Ready to grab another vintage beauty and grow your camera collection? How about a complete collection of beautifully designed Kodak Brownie cameras? That’s exactly what we have today for our latest ebay find: a full set of Kodak Art Deco Beau Brownie cameras from the 1930s. If you love both the legendary Kodak Brownie and all things Art Deco, this collection will definitely catch your attention!...
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CIPA Report Suggests Manufacturers Need to Step Up the Tech in Their Cameras

The worldwide shipment report from January to April 2018 released by the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) revealed some good and bad news. Overall, camera shipments are down compared to last year, but system camera sales were up than in 2017 and 2016. According to Mirrorless Rumors, this is mainly because mirrorless system cameras saw some increased sales, with 24% up in numbers compared to the same month last year. This also saw the value of mirrorless cameras up by 40%. ...
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Manfrotto Adds Three Premium Models to Their Befree Traveler Tripods

If you’re doing a lot of travel photography, landscape photography, and videography, you might be interested in Manfrotto’s latest additions to their Befree traveler tripods. Now, professional photographers and videographers have more options with the release of the carbon fiber versions of the Befree Advanced, Befree Live, and the new Befree GT collection....
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You Can Own the Last (and Most Expensive) Leica M3 Ever Made

Been wanting to grab a Leica camera with an interesting story or cool fact behind it? You might want to consider getting our latest ebay find: the last Leica M3 ever made. That is, if you’re willing to part with an outrageously large sum. ...
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Can You Guess What’s So Special About This Polaroid Land Camera 185?

Polaroid cameras, especially the rare ones, remain some of the most sought after gems both by camera collectors and instant photography lovers. There’s a special place in every Polaroid fan’s collection for our latest ebay find: the limited edition Polaroid Land Camera 185. Even if it’s a very recent model compared to the usual folding Polaroid cameras, this interesting camera is going for a big sum. Is it worth the $1,840 buy it now price?...
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Master Photographer William Klein Tells the Story Behind the Photos on His Contact Sheet

Before photographers could preview their works through computer thumbnails, they had contact sheets. A single sheet of thumbnail-sized photos was an important reference for photographers, allowing them to look at a shoot or a potential material for a series in its entirety. It was also after studying the contact print that a photographer selects the photos to be printed and published for everyone to see. In a short episode of a film collection titled Contacts, American-born French photographer William Klein dissects one of his contact sheets and gives fascinating narrations of the story behind some of his interesting images....
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Paulo Monteiro Reveals the Rituals and Soul of Azores on Kodak Tri-X

Wherever people settled and built towns and cities, they also crafted their collective spirit on myths, stories, and rituals. We can say that many street and documentary photographers have made it their mission to uncover these elements through their work. One of them is self-taught photographer Paulo Monteiro, who has been documenting his town, the autonomous region of Azores in Portugal....
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FileShadow Consolidates Cloud Storage Accounts and Drobo Storage Into a Single Repository

Ever felt lost searching through your DropBox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and other cloud storage accounts? You might benefit from the cloud account consolidation offered by FileShadow, especially if you have a lot of files on Adobe Creative Cloud as well. Apart from connecting accounts from these popular cloud storage sites into a single repository, the service has also recently included support for Adobe Creative Cloud....
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Dimitar Karanikolov’s Photos of Venice from Above Will Charm You

If you have a growing interest in aerial photography, we’ve found something to inspire you. A stunning a body of work by London-based architect and photographer Dimitar Karanikolov takes us to Venice, one of Italy’s most stunning cities, renowned for its beauty, art, and architecture. But instead of showing its beauty from the streets, we are treated to a breath-taking view from above....
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Mark Broyer Takes Us on a Misty Night Stroll Around Hamburg’s Harbor

In our previous explorations of Mark Broyer’s beautiful night photography, we’ve seen what he has captured in the dreamy hours between dusk and dawn. In his After Hours series, the Hamburg-based photographer captured his city’s vibrant alter-ego as the rest of the city has gone quiet in sleep. Meanwhile, in his What the Fog series, the city seems to take on a more moody character during foggy nights. The most recent of this series takes us around the harbor, where the scenes were a little bit different but still eye-catching....
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Tutorial: When to Use Constant Lighting vs. Flash

When you’re shooting in a studio, you’re typically also working with different lighting equipment which are often either constant light or flash. The key to making great shots in the studio is knowing when it’s best to use one over the other. Learn how the pros do it in an in-depth lesson from Adorama TV’s On Set with Daniel Norton....
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New Visual Data Map Proves That Your Instagram Isn’t Special

The next time you post an artsy snap of your cappuccino on Instagram, you might wonder, how many times had someone else sat on the very spot you’re sitting on, took the exact same photo of a cappuccino, and posted it on social media. Turns out that the answer is many countless times. All these similar photos may primarily be a stark reminder that none of us are as original as we think. But, more interestingly, they also piece together a city’s digital identity. From the hundreds of similar snaps of a single landmark, to thousands of cappuccinos and dishes posted by foodies visiting the same cafe, we can get to know and map a city through the innumerable social media posts that all look the same....
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These 5 Reasons Are Why Bad Photographers Think They’re Good

At several points in our lives, we encounter people who believe they are absolutely great at what they do despite overwhelming evidence that their output is terrible. It manifests in many areas of our lives but it’s especially prominent in anything that involves work. And yes, that includes photography, whether you’re doing it professionally or as a hobby. In an insightful and introspective video, London-based photographer Jamie Windsor explores why some bad photographers think they’re good, and what we can do to avoid falling into that trap....
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Peak Design Announces Improvements to the Everyday Messenger V2

In need of a new camera bag and still haven’t picked one? Peak Design’s popular Everyday Messenger bag could be worth considering, especially since the company has added some  interesting upgrades. The eye-catching bag said to be made for creatives, travelers, commuters and everyone in-between” already had some nifty features prior to the upgrade, so those who loved it should really be excited about the V2....
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Marvel at Andrés Gallardo Albajar’s Photographs of Seoul’s Urban Geometry

When we talk about Seoul, it’s almost always more about the food, pop culture, and shopping that comes to mind. Architecture isn’t commonly the first to get mentioned. However, Estonia-based photographer Andrés Gallardo Albajar reveals that South Korean capital is actually peppered with many architectural elements that have interesting lines, curves, and shapes. ...
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Navatics MITO Underwater Drone Lets You Channel Your Inner Jacques Costeau

Heads up, underwater photographers and videographers, you might want to dive deep into this news. Underwater robotics specialist Navatics has recently introduced the Navatics MITO, an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) which is equipped with 4K video recording capabilities and advanced active stabilization technology. With this new underwater drone, Navatics aims to make marine videography accessible both for consumers and professionals alike. ...
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Jürg Kaufmann Captures the Beauty of the Monstrous Nazaré Waves

The seaside village of Nazaré in Portugal has become sort of a pilgrimage site both for surfers and surf photographers. Only the most experienced adrenaline junkies, however, would dare ride Nazaré’s epic waves. For the uninitiated, we let Zurich-based Jürg Kaufmann introduce you to the home of the biggest waves ever surfed through his impressive photos....
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Only $7,000 Can Get You This Leica Apo Telyt-R f2.8 400mm Focus Module

Heads up, Leica fans, we’ve got another treat for you! If you’ve ever dreamed of grabbing one of those APO Telyt lenses for your Leica R SLR cameras, you’re in luck. Our latest ebay find is a Leica Apo Telyt-R f2.8 400mm Focus Module, a manual focus telephoto lens that, as its name suggests, comes in a modular system that is both unusual and really cool. Anything that is both really cool and a Leica is bound to come with a hefty price tag; for this one, it’s $7,000....
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Learn White Balance Basics to Achieve Accurate Colors

How do you make sure the colors in your photos are as accurate as you saw them with your own eyes? You set the white balance on your camera or do it in post-processing. In a quick tutorial by J.T. of the Run N Gun channel, he explains how this is done through a variety of white balance presets and how you can create your own white balance setting....
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This is How You Can Make Your Backgrounds More Effective in Photography

If you’re doing a lot of product and lifestyle posts for social media, flat lays are most likely one of the most used styles in your arsenal. Whether it’s for personal purposes or for marketing campaigns, it’s imperative that the shots look eye-catching. According to the suggestions in this quick video tutorial by x. cape on YouTube, some simple items around you could make for some pretty interesting backgrounds for moody, Instagram-worthy flat lays....
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Drool Over David Silver’s Impressive Vintage Camera Collection

Everyone, meet your new photography hero. In a recent episode of Gizmodo’s Show Me Your Nerd, California-based vintage camera collector historian David Silver showcased his beautiful collection of mid-century cameras — all of them beautifully displayed on their dedicated shelves and screaming the vintage aesthetic that has been popular in the last few years. If you’re looking for inspiration to grow your camera collection, he’s definitely someone who fits the bill!...
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This Rare Leica Telyt 400mm f6.8 Prototype Was for Handheld “Snapshots”

Leica may be best known for its M Series rangefinder cameras, but most fans and vintage camera collectors would know that the company also made SLR cameras. If you happen to have a Leica R series or Leicaflex camera, our latest ebay find could be at least of interest to you: a “single piece” Leica Telyt 400mm f6.8 prototype....
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