I've finally got the mini-Studio in working order. I set this up as an echo of my old Storehouse Studio in Belgrave and while it's small. i has the capability to do product shots, portraiture and the like. It's also convenient. It's also available for hire, comnplee with lighting and a choice of digital cameras. And advice - assistance.

I also plan to start a series of YouTube videos on analog photography, focussing on technique and individual cameras that pass through my hands - writing the collectors books on the SLR, TLR and Half-Frame has given me the background and I used to be a Media Studies teacher so I should be able to produce decent vids rather than the boring, rambling unscripted b;later I see on YouTube every time I try to research a camera! Imagine, actual cutraways and product shots, voiceovers and the like! :-)


Canon, Nikon lenses - for digital and Olympus mFT kits

Stop Press - just in - Canon EF 100-400mm L, 16-35mm f2.8L, a couple of 28-135's and (fanfare) a 400mm f2.8 L II IS. Current model. In it's own case which has cup holders! (No, they're compartments for the Extenders, 1.4 and 2x) With soft lens cap and third party hood. One careful owner - yes really - it was used in a fixed rig for aerial recording of power lines. Mechanically, electronically and optically great but slightly marked up body - I'm looking for $5.5K. You'll not see many of these offered second hand except for retired, beaten up ex-sports rentals.

Also some Nikon - 24-120mm 17-85 DX, SB-28 with cable.

And my personal Olympus mFT outfit - doesn't get enough use now so...   Olympus Digital Pen F body. OMD EM5 with power zoom. 25mm Leica Panasonic. . 45mm 1.8. Panasonic 8mm Fisheye. 9mm Body Cap f8. And my favorite - 75mm 1.8 (stellar).


Onward and upward

The total reorganisation of the shop is almost complete - just a bit of tidying to do and new stock to get out on display. The old centre display unit has gone so the romm is now opened up - it's been reborn as a mini-studio at the rear, suitable for product and portrait work. And under my old working name of 'Storehouse Studio'. It's available for customer use - continuous and flash gear available - come in and discuss your needs.

Interesting stock on hand. Have you ever seen a 'new' Leica M3? I have. Imagine a double stroke 1958 example, one of the first batch with the new shutter speeds, that for a strange combination of reasons was never used and ended up in a collection. It may have had a test film through it. It feels new, evvrything just a little tight and without a mark. In the red velvet box with all the papers and the leather case (which has one tiny dint). Amazing! I want a serious premium for this unique find so think low 3K area. That includes the 5cm f3.5 Elmar - shame the original buyer skimped on the lens but it's equally pristine.

Now that the studio is ready to go, I'm planning to set up a YouTube channel with a series of instructional videos on using film cameras and supported by short films about individual cameras or lines of cameras. I'm so tired of seeing dreadful online vids with meandering, unscripted, high volume blowhards offering two minutes of unreliable information embedded in a tem minute ramble - no cuts, no cutaways, no product shots, etc. They've spent too much time watching the Shopping Channel! I used to teach media studies so I want to do it right, not easy, so it may take a while. Standby for more details and if you want to get involved, drop by and talk - coffee is on me.


New collections

Just in - a couple of interesting collections. One very large acquistion from a Victorian collector/photographer which included some remarkably rare items. A Robot 375 for instance - there are probably only 10-15 survivors of this Luftwaffe Stuka dive bomber recording camera and this one, probably war salvage, was fitted with a unique, modfied Ross lens. It's gone off to Germany for a mechanical restoration (the core of it is a standard Robot II) and then off to auction in the UK so if you're interested and have a spare few thousand dollars, let me know quickly! Also a funny little wooden Butcher Royal Mail novelty stamp camera which shot 15 images on 1/4 plate - originally you bought pre-perforated pinting paper and contacted printed your own stamps. Great stuff!

The second collection is from a good friend who is rolling over his stuff, culling the herd, and we're drip feeding box loads of books and speciality items into the store over the coming months. The first batches included some very nice photo monographs from significant artists and a nifty collection of spy and miniature cameras which will make a cute and compact display withing the next fortnight. Minox, Microma, Whittaker and others in 16mm or smaller film formats. Don't miss this - everyone loves a spy camera!


New Stuff for the Holiday Season

Just in - the good stuff and the rare stuff!

Leica IIIg in VERY nice condition, with or without a good Summicron or Summarit 5cm f2.

Century Petite - exquisite little American red bellows quarter plate - original version, 1902

Rollei 35 SE - black, Singapore, Sonnar, super.

Leica M3 in top condition and serviced - slight baseplate marks, otherwise...awesome.

35mm and 50mm f1.4 Summilux M black lenses (1970's) - excellent. With hoods, one with filter.

Collapsible screw mount Summicron and Type 2 Summitar lenses.

65mm Elmar Macro (Visoflex head) with focussing unit and Sony E-mount adaptor.

Extremely rare Zeiss Sonnar f1.5 in Leica screw mount - genuine. (Wartime special). Shoot Zeiss glass on a Leica!

Nikon 8.5cm f2, chrome,  in Contax mount with hood.Contax to Sony E mount adapter available.

Original interchangeable lens Fujica 6x9 rangefinder with standard and 65mm wide lenses. 

Rolleiflex and Rolleicord.

...and ohsomuch more!

Range of beautiful half plate wood and brass cameras around 100 years old - Thornton Pickard, Harringtons, etc. all refurbished, serviced, cleaned and working. Great Christmas pressies for yourself or a very lucky other. Lots of folders as well, some usable.

Large batch of school gear just acquired - basic Pentax and Minolta SLR's, darkroom gear, Ilford Multigrade paper unopened packs up to 30x40", barely expired 120 and 35mm B&W film,