WECC member Nick Bedford has been doing street photography over the last few years with his Fuji X100s and Leica M cameras and has recently put together a 6x9" black and white trade book full of his favourite images.Read More
Why NOT ? With the rise of software simulated bokeh on smartphones in particular Google Camera App, we thought of a quick comparison to see how the Nexus 5 using Google's Camera app for Android would fare against a "real" camera, the Leica M Typ 240 with a 35mm Summarit f/2.5 lens. Purely for an aesthetic comparison nothing more
While at coffee we snapped a few pics of Jeremy, Hannah and Nick. We tried to match it up as best we could, then used VSCOCam to edit the image before emailing it to myself.
I imported it into Lightroom for a slight adjustment and exported it out for this article. The image above of Nick and below of Hannah are the results. Obviously there is some massive colour shifts and if I was not impatient I would have Nick correct these in Lighroom. I haven't bothered because what I really wanted to look at was not the obvious quality differences but just how capable an old mobile phone with the new Google Camera App held up.
I think they look quite good, in some crazy way I am impressed with the app's rendering giving a more portrait lens feel to the image. It is definitely a much better looking result than the normal deep depth of field you get out of a smartphone.
We started with some nice lighting and that helps in this comparison, I certainly would be happy with the Nexus images if I didn't have a large sensor camera on me. I am very interested to see the results using a much nicer camera say like that on the iPhone 7 using Apple's potentially more refined algorithm. You could certainly get away with it, though in the end it can never be as accurate as the real thing. Give it a shot!
Quick enlargement showing the obviously superior Leica Glass.
In the end, I decided that I wouldn't spend thousands on a new DSLR system (while also sacrificing myself again to the size and weight of those systems) so I ended up buying the Leica Summarit 75mm. For head shots, it's close enough to the classic 85mm prime lens to be comfortable, while also maintaining the beautiful rendering characteristics I've come to love from the 35mm and 50mm Summarit lenses I own.Read More
Nick Bedford wrote an interesting article about how his photography process and gear has changed in the last few years and how he's stopped doing certain types of photography to focus on this core idea.Read More