While doing some research on late 1950s Japanese 35mm rangefinder cameras, I came across the Leotax brand. Their cameras are highly regarded by collectors and photographers alike. They have a reputation of being one of the better built Leica inspired models, especially during the early 1950s. I personally believe that Nicca built the best versions as I own several different models and I occasionally shoot with a Nicca 3-S.
My good friend Paul Sokk pointed out that a Leotax camera box in my collection has the name of the model spelled differently than the accepted norm – ‘Merite vs. Merit’. Intrigued we both started looking for proof as to the camera’s “real” name. The camera was also known as the model TV2.
My recently acquired Leotax Merite camera box (from Japan). Mérite in French.
“Excellent mechanism with the best technology”… Leotax Merite
Thank you to everyone who read my silly blog this past year and a big thanks to the now over 700 total followers! I can’t believe how fun (much needed fun) I got from this blog this year. Here’s wishing everyone a better New Year – stay safe and as always, much Peace and Love sent your way. – Chris & Carol
Remembering back to that March day in 1997 when I retired from twenty-two years of service in the United States Navy. Aerographer’s Mate Senior Chief Petty Officer (meteorology).
This was the last time I wore the uniform. Carol traveled around the world with me for the entire 22 years that I was in and we were able to be together when I was stationed in Japan and Puerto Rico. Of course, there was plenty of stateside duty too. Three ships – USS Midway (CV-41) Japan, USS Forrestal (CV-59) Florida, USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) Florida.
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Canon EOS-1N RS SLR. (RS = Rapid Speed). One of the best late model film cameras made by Canon. The later model EOS-1v was released in 2000 and was at the time the best a professional could get their hands on. In the current used markets the 1v goes for 2 to 3 times the cost of a little used 1N RS. The specs between the two cameras are not that different to justify the extra cost. About the best thing a 1v has going for it is that it’s anywhere from 5 to 8 years newer so maybe it could last longer. I don’t buy that argument as both are built to exceed professional standards for reliability and durability. One could argue that the EOS-1v may have been used harder by professionals than the EOS-1N RS.
Back in late 1994 Canon released the newest member of their EOS 35mm SLR film camera family, the EOS-1N. This hyper-talented camera series would be the last 35mm film cameras made by Canon on the dawn of the digital age.
Do I need the high-speed function of a 35mm SLR film camera that goes through film like it’s a movie camera? Heck no, but it’s a blast owning it (kinda like a Corvette). You don’t need it but it’s fun to drive.
As the weather turns more favorable for out and about shooting I hope to take this marvel for a spin around town (pandemic appropriate of course).
One of the best and most useful features of having a mirrorless digital camera like this Fujifilm X-A10 is the ability to test and use some of my vintage lenses by using an adapter between the lens and the body.
It was a generally cloudy day with the sunlight filtered through some cirrus clouds so no harsh shadows and low contrast images.
I used a Fotodiox Lens Mount Adapter M39 – FX to mount my Nikkor lens to my Fujifilm camera body. Fotodiox makes a wide range of quality adapters for use on almost any mirrorless body and vintage lens. You can find them at https://fotodioxpro.com/collections/lens-mount-adapters
Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day!– Chris
Whenever I reminisce about classic cameras from the 1950s it’s hard not to think of this Nicca camera inspired by the iconic Leica 35mm rangefinder (RF).
By today’s standards there’s nothing easy about using a camera from this era. Some of the “negatives” – manual focusing using a rangefinder (not thru the lens like an SLR), manual exposure and shutter speed settings, difficult film loading, and lots of add-ons just to be able to shoot with a wide angle or telephoto lens to name just a few. The positives – this is considered to be a miniature camera (compared to other film cameras), interchangeable lenses, rugged construction, excellent lens choices, and portability. I like this camera because it just feels right cradled in your hand.
If you want to experience film photography in its purest form then check out one of these amazing machines from the 1950s. Leica, Nicca, Yashica, Canon, Nikon, Leotax, and dozens more.
Totally random here but I wanted to give a shout out to my friend Peggy’s WordPress site at https://cameragocamera.com/ It’s a lot of fun to visit and she’s tested nearly every camera on the planet (almost) nearly every camera. Pop on over for a read and be sure to click follow while you’re there.
Thanks for stopping by and have a safe and beautiful day! – Chris
Batteries, especially AA batteries can “leak” corrosive acid onto sensitive electrical contacts in as little as a few months! Remember to remove any battery from your cameras as soon as you are done with them. It’s easy to forget but the damage is often fatal.