Can’t Tuna Fish

October 5, 2022
On the wrist

A new watch that doesn’t make any sense, but I like it all the more for that. Why doesn’t it make any sense? Well …

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Video killed the Photo Star

August 14, 2022
Feeding FCP

Since I’ve gotten the Leica SL2-S, I’ve been doing less photography and more, well not videography. It would be presumptuous to say that I produce videos, but I’m moving in that direction. An exciting exploration phase.

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What isn’t it?

August 4, 2022
A week in my possession and I still haven’t fathomed it

The Leica SL2-S turns out to be a camera that serves many purposes, mainly because of its video capabilities. With its 24 MPx sensor, which you can’t really get to produce noise even at 50000 ISO, it is a great addition to the M11. Which has no video, doh!

Video, huh?

You’d want to use one of these fancy new RAW video codecs like ProRes RAW everyone is talking about.

Field monitor / recorder finally working

And you’d want one of those fancy field monitors/recorders that make you look professional and give you more control than you can shake a roll of gaffer tape at.

They do love their wordplay at Atomos

ProRes RAW over HDMI is what the SL2-S can put out, and Atomos’ Ninja V field recorder can take it.

Even more time is needed for the Leica and the field recorder to understand each other and communicate via HDMI. You have to register the Ninja V with Atomos, unlock codecs and tell the field recorder via configuration files. ProRes RAW is free to activate, other codecs cost something. Of course, there are still a lot of settings to be made on the device, but the instructions are quite good. Then you do your first takes and transfer them to the laptop via the essential USB 3.1 dock. In my case to a MacBook Pro 14″.

iMovie doesn’t want them

As delivered, the MacBook Pro 14″ recognizes the ProRes RAW files in the Finder and can open them in QuickTime. When played back, they impress with high resolution and a long tonal range, but they appear very dark. They are just RAW files that need to be post-processed. But iMovie wants nothing to do with them. You must have Final Cut Pro installed to edit, color-grade, cut, and assemble them into a movie. Honi soit qui mal y pense …

Nice flowers, bad focus pulls

The best workaround I’ve found so far is Adobe Premiere Rush. First, it’s included with my photography subscription, it reads ProRes RAW files and can edit them too. Otherwise it has even fewer options than iMovie. Good enough for a survey of your clips.

That’s how far I’ve come so far. I’m still reluctant to pay the additional cost, but Final Cut Pro will probably be inevitable. I’ve already started reading tutorials. Well, the Leica SL2-S is also an excellent stills camera:

To answer the question in the title, what the SL2-S can’t do is produce high-resolution files. That’s what the M11 is for.

Good Omens

August 2, 2022
A Presage is an omen, a portend

Yesterday was a day of good omens. May the positive developments continue…

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Ch-ch-ch-changes!

July 30, 2022
Change will get you

As the Leica Academy Summer Photo Week draws to a close, there have been some changes.

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The 300% Lens

July 25, 2022
On the front ring, a small, but very important script

I’m at the Leica Academy Summer Photo Week, and on the first day we were allowed to borrow material from the Academy’s inventory. I chose the APO Summicron M 35 mm. A lens rarer than hen’s teeth, but now it’s in my hands to try it out thoroughly for a week.

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Divisive Seiko 5 Sports GMT

July 21, 2022
Clockwise: Wrist computer, imitation GMT Master II “Batman”, Seiko 5 Sports Automatic GMT SSK005K1

As already mentioned in the Grand Seiko fluff piece, I got myself a transitional watch and have been using it for four days now. First impressions:

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First Contact with Grand Seiko

July 19, 2022
Impossible to photograph, but we’ll get to that later.
Moving moon (earth, really!), star trails and thoughts about Grand Seiko

When I took this picture from my high vantage point yesterday morning, I had Grand Seiko on my mind.

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Have Tripod, Will Travel

July 10, 2022
Compact it is

The Leica Academy Summer Week is coming up and I’m excited to be attending for the first time. Every day we get different projects that I will tackle with my digital and analogue Leica M equipment. Thinking about what equipment to take with me, I came to tripods. I have a lot to choose from: an ash Berlebach with cinema head, a Gitzo Series 5 with gimbal for bird watching and Calumet carbon legs with Really Right Stuff ball head and Arca Swiss clamp. Even the last one is a huge slog. So a so-called travel tripod was needed. I stuck with the revolutionary Peak Design model. In the aluminum version to keep costs down.

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Je vous ai apporté des bonbons

July 2, 2022
Marmelade skies

Cinestill 50D gives really funky candy colors if you let its halation effect come to the fore. Here are two series from a roll I just developed.

“Puis les bonbons c’est tellement bon
Bien que les fleurs soient plus présentables”

Jacques Brel, Les Bonbons