A little while ago Jeremy told me about an interesting Instagram account called @drsmoothdeath, a photographer who has a very specific stream of photographs, namely old cars on the side of the street, shot on film including Kodak Ektar and Agfacolor. Check out his feed if you haven't and love shiny old school vehicles.Read More
Let's compare a LEICA M typ 240, LEICA M9, Fuji X100S and Nikon D600, each with a 35mm f/2 lens. Let's see how well the real-world combinations of lenses and cameras compare. No one ever dares do comparisons against LEICA because the LEICA is incomparable, but what if we tried?
There are a zillion ways to do comparisons. If you have a different or a better way, please do it and share your results. Let the WAr begin .....
I was on the waitlist to get the new M type 240 for 6 months, and after finally getting it, I was interested in its performance with the Super-Elmar-M 18mm f/3.8 ASPH, the lens I use for pano photography. My first look was to do some test shots comparing it to the M9 with the same exposure conditions. Here are the resultant images shot at ISO200, f/5.6 and 2s. First image is from the M240, second from the M9:Read More
Designed by Apple’s Jony Ive and designer Marc Newson, Leica’s one-of-a-kind M for RED will be auctioned off at Southeby’s on November 23rd 2013 to raise money for The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The hallmark of Ive design is on display with the rounded anodized aluminum outer shell and machined aluminum body. The camera has s a full-format CMOS sensor, high performance processor and new Leica APO-Summicron M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens.
Rangefinders can focus very accurately under most conditions, but unlike auto-focus cameras, put a greater demand on your own eyesight being good. If you wear contacts it's not a big deal - but what about eyeglasses? Let's be honest, it's a pain to shoot with glasses. So what options are there? Frankly, up until a short while ago - not much!
Enter the Walter RX Eyepiece - a custom designed eyepiece attachment that fully corrects for your vision specifically. In fact, it's so specific that you need to know your prescription when ordering one. A custom lens is then made and fitted. This eliminates the need for any diopter correction and may even eliminate the need for viewfinder magnifiers. More importantly, there's no longer a need to wear glasses while shooting!
This is a fairly Old article by Eric, November, 2011 to be exact. Although old, Eric's article is a good start to answering some of the questions asked by WECC Members
About a few months ago, I finally achieved one of my lifetime goals: purchasing a digital Leica (the Leica M9 to be specific). Although I was enthralled by the camera the first month I tested it (when Leica loaned me one for my Paris trip as well as a 35mm Summilux) the initial glitz and glamor faded away. However after shooting with one, I knew I wanted to get one nonetheless for a variety of reasons (explained in this article).
For this review I am going to give you my honest review of the camera, not focusing much on the technical aspects (other sites have already done this to death) but how it actually performs when it comes to shooting street photography. Considering that I have only been shooting with the camera around 3 months—I am not an expert with the Leica M9. However having shot with it enough when it comes to street photography, I am very confortable discussing how it performs when shooting on the streets.
A few years ago I decided not to spend the time, money or effort in the search of a Leica, whether it film or digital. After all at the time I saw Leica's as nothing but over-glorified cameras that acted more like photographic jewellery than that of a camera. Of course Leica M lenses have stood the test of time in both performance and appearance, but as a 2nd year student at the time I preferred food over "photographic glamour". Yet this all changed a few months ago during one of my usual eBay trawls.
I came across a Black, circa 1992 Leica M6 Classic (non-TTL) with very minor scuff marks on the top plate. Of all the M series cameras out there, I knew that the M6 was the one for my needs (the classic look with a light meter appealed to me). It was also an auction but before I checked the starting bid I was certain that it'd be going for at least $1400.00. So I placed a hopeful starting bid of $705 and hoped for the best.
The next morning I checked my emails and found that no one else had bid, and therefore, I had won a Leica M6 at the nice price of $705.00, shipping included. I never thought I'd have a camera so classic in performance, looks or acclaim for that kind of price - but I was hoping that I hadn't won a broken camera. The camera arrived and I tested each shutter speed - all of which worked fine. I was now after a lens but once again didn't want to splurge out too much on my first bit of Leica glass. I ended up finding and buying a Voigtlander 35mm 2.5 Skopar lens for $270.00, used but looking brand new. After a few months I purchased the 50mm Summicron that's pictured off a friend for $500.00, a definite steal! I've only had one problem with the camera - the film advance got stuck but this was quickly fixed for a decent price. I expected something like that to happen most likely due to dried lubricants.
- $705 LEICA M6 CAMERA
- $270 VOIGTLANDER LENS
- $500 SUMMICRON
- $1475 TOTAL
- Not bad for a Leica and two great lenses ;)
by Mino Peric
It's no secret that my Dream camera is the Leica monochrome (one day), so I felt it appropriate to feed my own personal desire by posting in part, Petapixels review by Nelson Tan, titled 'Leica M Monochrom is Not Quite a Black and White Decision'. Great pics as well.
“Monochrome is the new color” The world was introduced to color
photography when Kodak introduced the revolutionary Kodachrome film in
1935. But fast forward to 2012, Leica decided that “monochrome is the
new color”, and wants to turn back the clock with a digital rangefinder that shoots only black-and-white for $7,995. At this point, I can hear you screaming, “That’s the silliest way of spending eight grand!”
To which I will prove you wrong, because I discovered Louis Vuitton sells a LV “Limited Edition” skateboard for $8,250. It comes with a Louis Vuitton trunk and it’s limited to 3 pieces in the world (probably because there are probably no more than three rich brats who will pay for that). So there – I’ve conclusively proven you could do worse than spending eight grand on a Leica M Monochrom.