Archive for the ‘gear’ Category

Mirrorlessless

October 8, 2018
Vanilla ice cream, Apfelstrudel and a 45.7 megapixel beast

Vanilla ice cream, Apfelstrudel and a 45.7 megapixel beast

I’m being ungrateful and have been replacing the Nikon D800 that served me so well shooting the wedding with a new body. Ten days ago at Photokina, mirrorless system cameras were all the rage. I had a look through a Nikon Z7 and found the electronic viewfinder straining to my still blissfully good eyesight. Same with the other manufacturer’s EVIL (electronic viewfinder, interchangeable lens, that moniker should be standard!) camera proposals. Only the Leica SL stood out, but that one is a bit out of my price range, especially it’s autofocus lenses.
I kept the Sony alpha 7RIII for last and had a salesman at a big camera store in Nuremberg demonstrate it to me last Saturday. But when neither he nor his colleagues (more…)

Shooting a Wedding

September 4, 2018
A legally married couple, happy!

A legally married couple, happy!

The long awaited wedding of my son and his bride has come and gone. In this post, the emotional content is not the topic, though I hope it will appear in the example photos that I add as they develop. No, I want to talk about my experiences as a wedding photographer and the technicalities of the photographs.
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A Lens with Qualities

August 25, 2018
Diffraction stars at f/3.4. Wait, what?

Diffraction stars at f/3.4. Wait, what?

Uh-oh!

En route to a workshop in Neuss, I went by the Leitz-Park again.

En route to a workshop in Neuss, I went by the Leitz-Park again.

In the Leica Store on the premises, they had a used Summarit-M f/2.5 50 mm that I couldn’t resist buying. (more…)

Rangefinder Genetics

July 28, 2018
As smooth as the drink

As smooth as the drink

As soon as I gave my Leica M6 to my son for his 25-th birthday, I missed it. That’s the way heart-felt presents should feel.
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Going Steady on a Pro Zoom

July 4, 2018
GAS in the kitchen!

GAS in the kitchen!

If you forego the current version of Nikon’s 24 – 70 mm f/2.8 Pro zoom and instead get the version before that, you can save a lot of money. I did when I got a used Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24- 70 mm f/2.8 G ED the day before yesterday. Been putting it to the test since, here are some first results:
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Birding in the Kitchen Sink

May 31, 2018
A healthy bird population at the Lebrade ponds.

A healthy bird population at the Lebrade ponds.

I‘m on vacation (as if you couldn‘t tell from the increased rate of posting here) and today was a photographically successful day. Here‘s a photo diary (more…)

Second Shooter

April 8, 2018

Autofocus sensors right to the edge of the frame

My main DSLR, a Nikon D 800, is 4 years old and has 80000 actuations. Should I trust it to work flawlessly during this year’s photo projects (especially my son’s wedding)? Not without a backup body, no, I won’t.

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Motography

March 12, 2018
More than passing through

More than passing through

For the longest time, I’ve been trying to combine my two passions: motorcycle riding and photography. And failed at it, miserably.
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Gear Disclosure

March 1, 2018

Klick through, I’m not posting this on the front page!
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Film Fetischism

February 11, 2018
Leica bondage

Leica bondage

I realize I don’t bond with a digital camera like I do with an analog one. I even bought my M6 a decorative piece of rope yesterday …
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