Posts Tagged ‘Carl Merkin’

Carl Merkin: Inside the Leica Store SoHo New York … So Much More than a Store

Elmarit-M 16mm/f2.8 on Leica M  © Carl Merkin

Some of you may know that just after the new Leica Store SoHo in New York City had their official opening party in February, I started working there a few days a week. This has since evolved into a full-time staff position and a very interesting chapter in my life with Leica. I feel, as [...]

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Carl Merkin: The Leica M2 and Advertising

© Carl Merkin

The sixth season premiere of “Mad Men” included an unexpected treat for Leicaphiles and for Leica Camera USA. This was not a case of product placement, just an idea from the writers of “Mad Men.” The Leica M2 played an interesting part in the plot. If, like me, you’re not a regular viewer, I’ll explain. [...]

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Carl Merkin: The Spy Who Came In From The Cold…The 180mm f/3.4 APO-Telyt-R.

Apo-Telyt-R 180mm f/3.4, R9, and DMR © Carl Merkin

The Leica APO-Telyt-R 180mm f/3.4 lens was originally produced as part of a U.S. Navy High Resolution Small Format Camera System in the early 1970s, meant for use in surveillance at long distances. It was made available to the public in 1975. Its designer Dr. Walter Mandler was the man whose genius brought us the [...]

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Carl Merkin: A Brief History of LHSA Special Editions

LHSA Hammertone MP set with baseplate and caps

Since it was founded in 1968, LHSA, The International Leica Society, has had a close working relationship with Leica Camera. Over the years the Society has commissioned Leica to produce a number of special edition cameras. The early editions were small numbers of regular production cameras with engravings to commemorate anniversaries of the Society, but [...]

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Carl Merkin: Into The Shadows

© Carl Merkin

We create images with light … and shadows. In many of my images, like the ones above, shadows play a big role and they are an important part of my visual toolbox. Of course there are many situations without shadows and I also love shooting on overcast, foggy and rainy days with little or no [...]

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Carl Merkin: Public Sleepers

Washington Square Park © Carl Merkin

Today we are going to look at a personal project that I’ve been working on for several years involving people sleeping in public. In this era of sleep deprivation and homelessness they seem to be everywhere in New York. There are so many public sleepers, that we tend not to see them and just walk [...]

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Carl Merkin: Selective Focus and the Leica Look

© Carl Merkin

On a visit to Leica in Solms I spoke with Peter Karbe, head of lens development. He made a point of the fact that Leica lenses are designed to produce their very best performance even when used wide open and he encouraged the use of the lenses without stopping down. It is referred to as [...]

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Carl Merkin: Test Driving the New Super-Elmar-M 21mm f/3.4

© Carl Merkin

After downloading the new firmware ver. 1.162 for the M9 and ver. 2.014 for the M8.2, I set about learning what improvements were incorporated. One of the many upgrades included was support of the new lens “Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f/3.4”. No sooner had I read these words than the phone rang. It was my friends at the [...]

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Carl Merkin: A Visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Falling Water”

Falling Water; Taken by Carl Merkin

We got to see the “Falling Water” house in Mill Run, Pennsylvania as part of the 2011 Leica Historical Society of America (LHSA) Annual meeting, held earlier this month in Pittsburgh. The house is perhaps Frank Lloyd Wright’s best known building project and has been listed on the Smithsonian’s Life List of 28 places to [...]

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Carl Merkin: Off the Beaten Path

Grand Canyon Of Pennsylvania

“When we get these thruways across the whole country, as we will and must, it will be possible to drive from New York to California without seeing a single thing.” – John Steinbeck, “Travels with Charlie” 1960 Whenever I go on the road, I keep this thought in mind. For me, to travel the back [...]

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Carl Merkin: The Thing With Three Eyes – A History of Three-lens Turrets

1949 Haber & Fink advertisement.

The Haber & Fink turret had a brief production run in 1949 and disappeared after 200 or so units were made, or should I say, converted by Haber & Fink  from original Leica screw mount bodies. These were a mix of new and used store stock and customers’ cameras sent in for conversion. Examples seen [...]

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Carl Merkin: Wild Animal Photo Safari…in the Bronx!

One of three lion cubs born at the Zoo in February 2010; Taken with Leica R9/DMR - Apo-Telyt-R 280mm f/2.8 + Apo-Extender 2X

This article will perhaps be your introduction to one of New York’s richest treasures: the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo, located in Bronx Park in the north central part of the Bronx. The WCS also includes the Central Park Zoo in Manhattan, the New York Aquarium in Coney Island, Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Zoo and the [...]

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Carl Merkin: Back to the Source; Wetzlar, Solms and Beyond

M9s for Everyone

This is the second guest post in a series from Carl Merkin, photographer and member of the Leica Historical Society. His first guest post discussed the Leica lens legacy. The Leica Historical Society of America took the ultimate Leica trip for our most recent annual meeting last September … Germany!  We chose Wetzlar, the original location [...]

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The Leica Lens Legacy — A True Systematic Approach

Taken by Carl Merkin

Leica cameras are legendary in the world of photography for many reasons. So many of the great photographers whose work we love have used Leica. The work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Eisenstadt, Margaret Bourke-White, Lisette Model, Robert Capa, Walker Evans, Ilsa Bing, Yousef Karsh and others too numerous to mention, have truly made Leica the [...]

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Carl Merkin: Leica Plus Facebook Made Him Famous

Found on http://www.facebook.com/carl.merkin.photographs by Carl Merkin

A successful New York commercial photographer for over 40 years and an inveterate Leica collector, Carl Merkin tapped into his creative core and fashioned a fulfilling second career by combining his love for Leicas with his enthusiasm for Facebook. The popular social networking site drew him out of obscurity and revealed him to be a [...]

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