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Go east, young man: A photographic journey Posted on February 15, 2018 by William Fagan
15th February 2018
Go east, young man: A photographic journey
Posted on February 15, 2018 by William Fagan
In 2005 I was invited to Qatar and was asked if I would head up the liberalisation of the telecoms market. Even though I am not a great fan of very warm weather, I accepted the challenge and thus I spent about five years doing that task in Qatar.
I visited other countries in the region while I was working in Qatar and I intend to do a series of articles for Macfilos showing the photos I still have from those countries, as well as Qatar itself. Some photos have gone missing for various reasons. This is a ‘taster’ for those articles, set out in the sequence of our visits with a couple of photos from each location. The articles will appear in the same sequence.
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Beacon Camera Club host Joe Cornish at The Swan Theatre, Worcester on 14th July 2018
12th February 2018
Beacon Camera Club host Joe Cornish at The Swan Theatre, Worcester on 14th July 2018

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PRINT and PROJECTED IMAGE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018
08th February 2018
Midland Counties Photographic Federation affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain
PRINT and PROJECTED IMAGE
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

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MidPhot 2018 55th Annual Exhibition of Midland Photography Wednesday 21st March to Sunday 25th March
08th February 2018
MidPhot 2018
55th Annual Exhibition of Midland Photography
Wednesday 21st March to Sunday 25th March

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MidPhot 2018 55th Annual Exhibition of Midland Photography
17th January 2018
MidPhot 2018
55th Annual Exhibition
of Midland Photography

It is time to start entering Midphot 2018. Please click on the link below for entry details including an 'How to Enter' instuction.
Midphot Entry is now an online Entry System.
Midphot Rules 2018 and Entry form
Members Log-In page
08th January 2018
The Members Log-In page will go 'live' with the Spring 2018 issue of the Magazine when the password will be published, this password will be changed next February with the Spring issue 2019.
I have also added a Members Sales and Wants page (again with the same password). This page is for Members to submit their Sales and Wants to the Web Master for inclusion on this page. Sales and Wants items will be rigorously vetted and will be only put on their for 2 months, if I think the item is it not suitable it will not be put on.
cameraworks-uk Leica Rangefinder Repairs and Restoration
03rd January 2018
Members might like to have a look at the web site for cameraworks-uk Leica Rangefinder Repairs and Restoration,
Fast, friendly, and fully functional, our Leica Repair Service is well renowned throughout the UK, Europe and beyond with fast turnaround. Our speciality is 35mm rangefinder film camera repair, service and restoration with the skill and experience our clients have come to expect. We always stand behind our work, with customer satisfaction being our top priority. Our charges start at £145 for a full service/repair on a Leica Screw Mount camera, £175 for a full service/repair on your Leica M2/3, £85 for a lens service/repair. All work is covered by a 12 month transferable warranty. Read more or Contact us to learn more about our service and how we can help you!

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MIDPHOT 2018 IMPORTANT INFORMATION
29th December 2017
MIDPHOT 2018 IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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Rolleiflex: 120 film = more megapixels? by William Fagan
18th December 2017
Rolleiflex: 120 film = more megapixels?
Posted on December 15, 2017 by William Fagan
Eagle-eyed readers will have spotted that the picture of the tree above is square. The negative for the photo is, in fact, 6cm x 6cm on 120 film, Kodak Portra 160 to be precise. It was taken with my recently acquired Rolleiflex f/3.5 Planar E from 1956.
Regular readers will know that I am a collector of all things Leica. I have, however, started a smaller ‘side collection’ of significant cameras from the 20th Century, which made a large impact on the development of photography, both as a business and as a hobby. This smaller side collection does not exclude Leicas as they also made a significant contribution during the last century. The Rolleiflex is part of that collection and here are the current cameras in this grouping.

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A Critic at Large, by The New Yorker, Candid Camera, The cult of Leica.
14th December 2017
A Critic at Large, September 24, 2007 Issue of The New Yorker,
Candid Camera, The cult of Leica. By Anthony Lane

Fifty miles north of Frankfurt lies the small German town of Solms. Turn off the main thoroughfare and you find yourself driving down tranquil suburban streets, with detached houses set back from the road, and, on a warm morning in late August, not a soul in sight. Nobody does bourgeois solidity like the Germans: you can imagine coming here for coffee and cakes with your aunt, but that would be the limit of excitement. By the time you reach Oskar-Barnack-Strasse, the town has almost petered out; just before the railway line, however, there is a clutch of industrial buildings, with a red dot on the sign outside. As far as fanfare is concerned, that’s about it. But here is the place to go, if you want to find the most beautiful mechanical objects in the world.

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Leica M3: Return of the King
14th December 2017
Leica M3: Return of the King
Posted on December 14, 2017 by Claus Sassenberg
"Forth now, and fear no darkness!"
Théoden in J.R.R. Tolkien’s "The Return of the King“
The first film Leica I acquired many years ago was an M3. It was made in 1955 and is a “DS” or Double Stroke model — which means you must flick the film advance lever twice to reset the shutter and move the film to the next frame. It also has a little self timer mechanism, a cute masterpiece of purring clockwork.

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The 2018 LHSA annual meeting will take place in Wetzlar, Germany, in October 2018
12th December 2017
The 2018 LHSA annual meeting will take place in Wetzlar, Germany in October 2018 the home of Leica AG. Preparations are already under way, and Leica AG and LHSA are collaborating to make this meeting an exciting and meaningful experience for Leica enthusiasts.
Please see full details under the 'EVENTS' heading.
'Amberlands': travels across Jordan by John Brockliss
10th December 2017
'Amberlands': travels across Jordan

I am delighted to announce the posting today of my new website gallery, 'Amberlands'. This new collection of original photographs was taken during my travels across Jordan earlier this year.

South to the Red Sea, east across the haunting desert sands of Wadi Rum, north west exploring the astonishing lost city and tombs of Petra then driving Highway 40 into the arid wastelands towards the eastern borders with Iraq/Saudi and the ancient cities of Kerak and Roman Jerash.

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www.johnbrockliss.com/portfolio/album/amberlands

John Brockliss photographer

Web: www.johnbrockliss.com
A new and updated edition of John Brockliss's second photo-documentary book 'Restless'
10th December 2017
A new and updated edition of John's second photo-documentary book 'Restless, from tempest to tranquility' including eight new marine landscape images is now published. The 250mm x 200mm format book features 84 pages of monochrome and full colour images taken over a five year period.

Capturing the ever-changing moods of our seas and shorelines, 'Restless' is available to preview in animated form and/or purchase by clicking the following link to John's publishers website:

www.blurb.co.uk/b/8335432-restless
MCPF February 2018 Newsletter
02nd December 2017
MCPF February 2018 Newsletter.
If this link to the newsletter does not work then please go to the MCPF website and follow the links. You can also find previous editions on the website.
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Chasing “Les Feuilles Mortes” with a Leica M10
30th November 2017
Chasing “Les Feuilles Mortes” with a Leica M10
Posted on November 30, 2017 by William Fagan

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Leica Lens Compendium by Thorsten von Overgaard
07th November 2017
Leica Lens Compendium by Thorsten von Overgaard
"Complete guide to Leica lenses, serial numbers, production years, etc"


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A Tale of Two Leicas by William Fagan
30th October 2017
A Tale of Two Leicas: Oldest of times, newest of times
by William Fagan
The camera shown is a very early Leica I Model A from 1926 with a four-digit serial number. It has the earliest version of the famous Elmar lens, which, apart from the name, looks almost identical to the previous Elmax lens.

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Going to Chicago, missing New Orleans, avoiding some hurricanes by William Fagan
25th October 2017
Last year I joined the Leica Historical Society of America (LHSA), now also known as The International Leica Society. I have had three articles published in the Society’s magazine, Viewfinder, based upon articles originally published on Macfilos. I decided earlier this year to attend the LHSA’s annual meeting in Chicago, on October 6-7, with my wife Laura. After I had booked for the event I was asked to present my images from Greece and Syria which were previously published in Macfilos here and here which I was delighted to do.

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