Keppler’s Vault 94: The History of Zoom Lenses

Ever since the first cameras and first photographic processes were developed in the early 19th century, innovations have continuously come along to improve and simplify the act of making a photo.  The first celluloid films in the late 1800s allowed up to 100 images to be shot without having to …

Classic Lenses Podcast Presents: The Final Episode of Cocaine and Waffles

What started out as a one-episode spin-off of the Classic Lenses Podcast, Johnny Sisson and I decided to record a follow-up to the hugely successful Cocaine and Waffles Podcast this week. Like the first episode, we invited a bunch of our camera collector friends into a single “Brady Bunch style” …

The Best Rangefinder Showdown: Leica M3 vs Nikon SP

When someone asks the question “What is the ‘best’ 35mm rangefinder ever made?”, a great number of responses will likely include either the Leica M3 or the Nikon SP.  The reason for these two models on the tops of so many people’s lists is that they are both very good …