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Sturdy Pixels

June 13, 2019
Eye-AF?

Eye-AF?

Tested a Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera yesterday. First thing I did was upgrade it to version 2.0 firmware. The one that introduced eye-autofocus. (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.

An Experimental Platform

January 26, 2019
Canon FD f/1.2 85 mm and Visoflex (Type 020) fitted

Canon FD f/1.2 85 mm and Visoflex (Type 020) fitted

Putting a Visoflex electronic viewfinder on a Leica M10-D seems nonsensical.
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More about Less

January 17, 2019
Different sisters, one surplus lever

Different sisters, one surplus lever

The first days with the new Leica M10-D are strange and full of new experiences. In use, the camera feels positively small.
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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…)

Slinging it

July 26, 2018
It actually will hold the iPad Pro that sits beside it.

It actually will hold the iPad Pro that sits beside it.

“My name is Christoph and I’m a photobagoholic.” No, really, (more…)

Fujilux

May 27, 2018

By the hood, you can see (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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