Posts Tagged ‘Shiny things’

Getting Hooked On -it

June 5, 2010

In my previous post, I was wrong. Sorry about that. Leica wants you to start your M lens habit by buying their new (introduced 2007) Summarit lenses. They reactivated a lens name from the 1950-ies there. It basically means a lens speed slower than f/2.0 (Summicron) and faster than f/2.8 (Elmarit). In their modern incarnation, all Summarits are f/2.5. They share common components of their barrels and avoid exotic glasses and aspheric surfaces. Leica quality standards and mounting accuracy are maintained, though.
Lots more to read about them is on Erwin Puts’ site.
So, the Summarit 75 mm actually closed a gap in my lens lineup. I gave in and got it in today’s lunch break. Shapely legs … uhm, lens, isn’t it?


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The Leica Gateway Drug

June 4, 2010

Berlin does have it’s temptations. Yesterday, I spent my lunch break at the Leicashop off Ku’damm looking at M lenses, especially in the wide angle and normal focal lengths. The used lenses they had in commission weren’t attractively priced, but two new lenses did interest me. One was the Summicron f/2.0 50 mm, first picture below. I had this lens when I owned an Epson RD-1 and sold it with this camera. Even on the digital sensor, it’s sharpness and contrast were outstanding. Stupid to have sold it!
The other temptress was the Elmarit f/2.8 28 mm asph. Even Leica admits it is meant as an introduction to the Leica system. The lens is uniquely small, not much bigger than my Voigtländer f/2.5 35 mm pancake lens. Second picture below.
Someone please hold me back …


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Kind Of Podcasting

May 21, 2009

Some adminstrativa here, and an opportunity for me to make you aware of a new feature of this site. I’ve discovered Audioboo a while ago and have been uploading a few podcasty audio segments. Here are the two most recent ones:
One about a bad (?) habit of mine:
Listen!
And one about my new lightweight approach to high resolution photography:
Listen!
The newest Audioboos will always be linked to in the sidebar of this blog.

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Now That Is Sharp

May 15, 2009

Voigtländer Heliar 3.5 50 mm at f/9, whole image

Voigtländer Heliar 3.5 50 mm at f/9, whole image


As opposed to this:
1950-ties Leitz Elmar 3.5 5cm in a contre jour situation

1950-ties Leitz Elmar 3.5 5cm in a contre jour situation


Everybody knows that nothing lasts forever, not even the enthusiasm about a new (old) camera.
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Man Jewellery

April 22, 2009

Leica IIIf RD ST In Grey Griptac

Leica IIIf RD ST In Grey Griptac


Last weekend, I found a 1950-ties Leica IIIf Red Dial Self Timer in a store in Münster for a good price. Functions seemed ok, the collapsible f/3.5 5 cm Elmar is coated and hasn’t a single scratch. And if it’s a russian imitation, it’s good one …
Still, all was not well. (more…)

Shoot Loose

February 1, 2009

Satanist Transportation

Satanist Transportation


There’s something to be said for shooting loose, not minding much about technicalities, point of view, composition or working with your subject. The view from the angle of your eye, glimpsed in passing, has a certain raw freshness, unpretentiousness.
This came back to me (more…)

People Camera

November 22, 2008

Parkours Du Chien

Parkours Du Chien


Here, as promised, are further impressions from the first few rolls of film done with the new-to-me Nikon S3 LEB. It is refreshingly uncomplicated to work with. No built-in exposure meter means you meter the light with an incident meter before you go into a scene and keep it at that, possibly eyeballing it for vanishing light, opening up the f-stop as you go. That’s taken care of, now we dispense with focusing. It is advantageous to do an estimated focus by turning the lens barrel to the approximate distance your subject will be in. Fine focusing is done with the middle finger on the wheel at the front of the camera, the index finger falls naturally on the shutter release, making that operation and image taking an instant and one-handed operation.
And oh, seeing the subject: just keep both eyes open, it’s a 1:1 viewfinder! You remain concious of your subject’s environs up to the limits of the field of view of your left eye.
Everything on the camera being mechanical, there is no perceptible shutter lag. Could I have captured my son vaulting over our dog’s leash otherwise?
In fact, the Nikon S3 LEB is so conductive to taking fast impressions of fleeting moments (aka snapshots) that I’ve declared it my people camera.

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A new toy

November 9, 2008

 

Nikon S3 Limited Edition Black

Nikon S3 Limited Edition Black

Look what was in the mail yesterday! A 2002 reissue of a classical Nikon rangefinder camera I got on Ebay for quite a bargain. Not really in mint, unused condition, but that’s ok, I was going to use it anyway. As is befitting of a camera of this provenience, today I’m going to take it to the Japanese Garden in Bad Langensalza and gather some impressions with it. More on the experiences with this camera when I make some.

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