Archive for February, 2019

Old School

February 24, 2019
0-series replica and a cappuccino

0-series replica and a cappuccino

I‘m in Berlin this weekend. Recent sales of guitars on Ebay have been going quite well, so I thought I‘d have a look at this camera they had at the Berlin Leica Store:

Leicas latest digital camera. Not.

Leicas latest digital camera. Not.

It‘s a 0-series replica (more…)

Beautifully Wrong

February 14, 2019
It does look Barnack-ish!

It does look Barnack-ish!

First impressions on a new, old lens.

Leica Summaron-M f/5.6 28 mm

Leica Summaron-M f/5.6 28 mm

It comes with a historically correct, humongous hood that I will keep in the presentation box in expectation of appreciation. The lens is deeply recessed into it’s pancake housing, anyway.
Leica did something left-of-center with this lens. It is a reissue of a fifties screw mount lens, this time with coated lenses, M bayonet, 6-bit-coding and slight updates in the engravings. The optical formula they left alone! So it renders like it’s 1955!

Heavy vignetting at f/5.6

Heavy vignetting at f/5.6


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A Slim Messenger Bag

February 5, 2019
Not yet filled to the gills

Not yet filled to the gills

The man purse is all good if you want to go fancy-schmancy, but for carrying more equipment plus a laptop, it doesn’t suffice. And maybe you don’t want to be so conspicuous.

Tenba DNA 15 Slim Messenger Bag to the rescue!

Tenba DNA 15 Slim Messenger Bag to the rescue!

This messenger bag by Tenba is available in a deeper version, but I chose the slim one. The depth is fitting for two Leica M bodies with 35 mm lenses attached. For longer lenses, the dividers can be quickly folded over for a lens-down position of one camera. Plus, it takes a lot of extra lenses, even wider ones like the Canon FD f/1.2 85 mm. And an assortment of color filters for the M monochrom. And a SF 40 flash. And a Rocket blower. And a laptop up to 15″ MacBook Pro size. And an iPad regardless of size. And chargers for the computers and the cameras’ batteries. About as much weight as you can carry comfortably, given that it hugs you body closely.

One feature that is very important to me: it has an extra strap that goes off the main strap and crosses your chest the other way, attaching to a D-ring at the opposite bottom corner of the bag. When you’re wearing it on a bike or motorbike, as I do, this keeps the bag from rotating. It stays reliably in the small of your back. Very useful!

I can live with the utilitarian look.

Small is Beautiful

February 2, 2019

11 inch iPad Pro plus Pencil

Apple said it can replace a laptop, but you gotta be careful. When it comes to photo editing, only the two recent versions of the iPad Pro make the cut. Only they have a color gamut a bit wider than sRGB (still far removed from Adobe RBG). You won’t be adjusting something you can’t see, at least if the web is your platform. (more…)