2021 Year in Review

Another year, another Year in Review post!  Skipping past the obvious summaries of the past 12 months, 2021 was a pretty good year for Mike Eckman dot Com.  As was the case every year, traffic increased from the year prior, but this year, traffic really increased, but more on that …

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 …

2020 Year in Review

Holy bleep!  I cannot believe this year is finally almost over.  What a disaster 2020 has been!  From COVID, to the killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, the US Presidential election, murder hornets, Brexit, that huge explosion in Lebanon, the busiest Atlantic Hurricane Season ever recorded, wild fires in …

The Rotoloni Report 5: More Nikon Prototypes

Earlier this year I visited Robert at his home and we had an extensive conversation about Nikon rangefinder prototypes.  I was particularly interested in the Nikon SP2 and SPX as they are fascinating examples of cameras that showed a direction Nippon Kogaku did not continue in.  But as usually happens …

Central Camera Fire

By now, if you’re in my community of film and camera enthusiasts, you’ve probably already heard that there was a fire at Central Camera in downtown Chicago last night as a result of protests over the death of George Floyd.  Owner Don Flesch was interviewed last night by a local …