Past Perfect

17948191855_0ec226166a_oThe Leica 50mm 2.0 Summicron. Absolutely dead perfect. Please click on image for larger resolution version.

Requiem For a Camera Store


BelAir Camera in Westwood CA closed after being in business a thousand years. The old owner sold to a new one who she hoped would return the store to its former glory. But he closed the place just a few months after buying it. Rika, Moe, Francisco, Peter, hope you guys land on your feet. Very sorry to learn of this. BelAir was a store where the stuff that dreams were made of lived. I loved the place and spent enough time and money there to practically put myself out of business.

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50 ‘Chron Goes to a Clippers Game


Such a stunning lens. Mine was a Canadian version, late optics but older housing. Great lens and I miss it. Don’t sell stuff!

Meet the Newest Member of My Family


No, not Rika, my main Leica pimp at BelAir Camera! It’s a new lens. The 75mm APO-Summicron 2.0 ASPH. Here NOT shown at its best, unfortunately. NO not because of Rika. Behave yourselves! It’s because I shot at ISO 160 which brought my shutter speed down to an arrogant 1/30th of a second. Too slow for my excited hands in that light. So you don’t really see the incredible sharpness of the glass wide open. But… uh… you do see the color and contrast of this incredible tool. Thank you and good morning!

For Maurizio: A Few From the Perfectly Ridiculous Leica 90mm 2.8 Elmarit

Actually, SO many of the images shown on this website this year were taken with this lens. Just click on the categories or tags under the name,




Okay. Are you ready for the kicker? Nice elderly woman in her 70s El Dorado Cadillac. I’ve shot a lot of photo gear. Pro Nikon gear all the way. I’ve never seen anything like this. Click on either of the images below and be amazed.


Riding on Air With the 50’Lux – Part Two

More images from this past Sunday with the incredible Leica 50mm Summilux 1.4 ASPH. Again, whatever virtues these image have are most likely to reveal themselves if you click on them and view the much larger, processed for that size, resolution versions. And thank you for visiting!