This morning Leica announced 3 new cameras, the M9, X1 and S2, personally I was most interested in the M9, and headed down to Samy's to check it out this morning.
Click to read about the M9, find a link to the announcement WebCast and see my starting collecting of M9 frames.
Was just scanning a few of my old 645 chromes.. ahhh. that stuff sure looks great. Don't get me wrong, I love digital and love the convenience, but film is not dead yet, mostly because it have been fine tuned for almost 100 years, film deliver some shockingly good high-light control and skin tones compared to digital.
Just the camera with one lens, palmed in the hand or over the shoulder even. I have been suspecting this for a long time but have been paying more attention lately, and realized that I am too lazy to pull out the camera, and even more lazy to change lenses, even when I look at something and see a picture.
However when I have the camera in my hand, then I tend to use it. Go figure. This is not rocket science but still something to keep in mind.
This picture is a great exsample, I picked the M up with a 75lux in the morning on the way to breakfast, and stopped cold in my track for the scooter. It just glowed at me. M8 75mm LUX on Larchmont Blvd Los Angeles, on foot towards the cafe. - click on image to see large.
Taking things a bit further, Mike at TOP - The Online Photographer, posted a suggestion that the single best way of really improving ones photography would be to photograph with a Leica and one lens for a year. no changing lenses, one camera, and ONLY one type of film. Learn to use the basic toold and keep working them to the tune of at least 2 rolls a week. I agree 100%.
Click to read the ONE YEAR ONE CAMERA post.
Click to read his explanation the next day.
*Exception to the rule naturally is when I actually work with my camera on a job, in that case a camerabag is very handy and one often need lots of specialized gear to make a shot happen.
This morning on LUF the user NicoleLeica made the suggestion of using a pre-printed sticker for coding the new Zeiss and CV (voitlander) M lenses, several of these lenses now ship with a groove all the way around the base of the lens for coding the lens.
I have been using a sharpie to create this code, and also created a disposable M-coder template for this job, this works well, but sometimes the sharpie marks take a few tries to get them accepted by the camera. So NicoleLeica's suggestion did make some sense.
A hour later I had a prototype, and took to testing the first version of this idea. it is printed and cut on self-adheasive white media. Ahhh ya gotta love computers. Click for Picts.
This weekend I broke down and picked up a Nikon CoolScan 5000ED from BellAir Camera. until now I have been dropping my film at the lap for process and high-rez scan, honestly I was actually pretty happy with the results, even though I did notice I was loosing some highlight and shadow details. Today I pulled out some of those original CD's with store bought scans... OUCH... Keep reading for all the details....
Now this is a interesting thought, photographer Stephen Gill says he wear a DayGlo west when photographing in public to be left alone. We all know public workers wearing DayGlo, they are everywhere and nobody stop for a moment to think about what they are doing, after all, they are wearing DayGlo. I have a DayGlo west which I have used on commercial shoots now and then.. but the idea is that maybe I can work invisibly wearing it for street photography... this must be tested.
Bill also mentions this on his blog about shooting in the street. click to read "the Invisible man".
This is part of the SEP "Somebody Elses Problem" effect - Read the Wikipedia entry.
A few years ago my grandfather gave me his two Robot cameras. They have travled with him around Europe, Denmark and Greenland for decades. This spring I gave one to Steves Camera in Los Angeles for cleanup and adjustment. it is back and working wonderfully. Read about this 1937 state of the art camera. - UPDATE added a ROBOT gallery.
If you take a quick look at the basic elements of replacing a strip of film with a electronic sensor, then it will become clear that this is a very different issue on a rangefinder compared to a SLR
This issue is well illustrated both by physics and also the presence of 3 camera models which all accepts Leica M lenses.
Read more after the break.
Sometime around 1997 I started shooting digital professionally. ever since then the quest have been for a cleaner chips and better resolution. The first Fuji Nikon body was only 1280x960px, but it had a interesting optical system in the body creating "full frame" images, naturally the camera was obsolete the first week and full-frame soon became a forgotten idea, well until the last few years. In the mean time we all discovered instant gratification in our photography workflow, and we also became photoshop junkies because we had to learn how to control noise and other ways of "fixing" our digital files so they would be acceptable to the clients.
Pulling back out film cameras, the question becomes:
How do I get this film back into my electronic darkroom.?