Author Archives: Photographs by Peter

First Day of School, revisited.

The reality was more benign than what they had feared.

First Day of School, revisited


12 50 3.

I’ve owned twelve Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH lenses in my lifetime, and three of them have been perfect in build quality and astoundingly sharp at f/1.4.  The rest have been just short of exceptional.  Most people wouldn’t notice… because they’ve never been crazy enough to buy, use, and sell multiple examples of them.

And don’t even ask me how many new Leica lenses will arrive with loose aperture rings, or wobbly built-in hoods, or back-focusing, or front-focusing, or… etc.

The moral of the story: in the case of Leica lenses, it can be advantageous to buy used vs. new in a sealed box.  You not only save on price, you also have the opportunity to examine and photograph with the lens you’re interested in before purchasing.


The Peter | Prosophos Open Letter to Leica, revisited.

Ahhh, that Kodak (now Truesense) sensor in the M9/M-E/Monochrom… is it still the best sensor out there?

My answer:  Yes.

Is there another sensor that conjures up the same level of image quality?

Yes, the one in the M8!

So, I’d to like see CCD sensors in future Leica M bodies.

Would you?

Please consider signing my Open Letter to Leica.

(over 250 signatures so far… )

Prosophos Open Letter to Leica


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The beautiful game.


The Crucible.

“You will, Judas, my brother. God will give you the strength, as much as you lack, because it is necessary—it is necessary for me to be killed and for you to betray me. We two must save the world. Help me.”

Judas bowed his head. After a moment he asked, “If you had to betray your master, would you do it?”

Jesus reflected for a long time. Finally he said, “No, I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to. That is why God pitied me and gave me the easier task: to be crucified.”

― Nikos Kazantzakis, The Last Temptation of Christ.

The Crucible

The End.

Every end is a beginning.

The End



“I’m writing you, to catch you up on places I’ve been

And you held this letter
Probably got excited
But there’s nothing else inside it

Didn’t have a camera by my side this time
Hoping I would see the world through both my eyes
Maybe I will tell you all about it
When I’m in the mood to lose my way with words.”


—John Mayer, 3 x 5.



An example of Life’s Little Moments.



Looking for a Konica Hexanon 60mm f/1.2?



This lens is rarely offered for sale, as only 800 copies were ever made and current owners tend to hold on to them.

However, Bellamy of Japan Camera Hunter fame has one available in mint conditionBellamy has a great reputation for his service and he excels at finding hard-to-find gear, so if you’re interested do not hesitate to contact him.  However, I should warn you the price of this lens is… well….

My review of the Konica Hexanon 60/1.2, Special Edition was written three years ago, and I still have people writing and asking me why I sold it.  At the time I purchased it, I “over-payed” for it, then sold it for a loss, and now it’s worth 4 – 5 times that price!

Ironically, I believe my review helped drive up the cost of this lens, but now I can’t afford to get another one…

Anybody want to crowd-fund a purchase?




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