While it will perform exactly as the more expensive 240, the 262 is intriguing precisely because of its relative simplicity and purity of concept. By all accounts it has had a very positive reception among dedicated rangefinder enthusiasts. M262 and 35mm Summicron ASPH. It represents a move back to rangefinder goodness that Leica fans have been demanding ever since the demise of the M9. Indeed, this nostalgia for the simpler life is manifested in the increasing demand for the previous M model, the M9. Now Leica has settled the sensor problem, second-hand M9s and M9-Ps are in greater demand. I know several owners of Ms and M-Ps who have recently bought “cheap” M9s as a second camera and to enjoy the simplicity and lighter weight of what is fast becoming a classic. Some have even gone back to the M9 exclusively because of its relative purity and easier handling…….
Mechanical Perfection. That’s what the MP abbreviation means according to Leica. Is the MP labeling just marketing, or is there some truth to it? Is it really mechanical perfection? For about a year now, I’ve been using the Leica MP as my go-to camera. During that year I’ve shot about 120 rolls of film. That’s not a lot for a year, but I’ve also been using a Leica M240, Fujifilm X100T, Sony RX100M3 and a Hasselblad 501cm during that year. But my primary go-to camera for shooting has always been the MP, simply because it’s my most inspiring and fun to use camera. The MP I have is a standard production model in black paint. I purchased mine as a demo-model, but it had never been used. It had only been showcased in a glass shelf at a photography exhibition and then it was put straight back into its retail box. This saved me about $1000 off the new price! I purchased mine from Ken Hansen in NYC. He often has good Leica deals available. I recommend checking with him if you’re looking for new or old Leica gear…….
In a world where most manufacturers have abandoned all-metal construction and favor automated assembly, Leica M bodies and lenses continue to push the envelope of supremely compact, superbly constructed, photographic tools. Their newest optical offerings, the 24/1.4 and 28/1.4, continue the tradition of cost-is-no-object over-the-top excellence for which Leica is known. You have to pay through the nose for it, yes, but a Leica product is always going to be as good as it gets; certainly its never going to be just average, or worse, mediocre. Leica’s philosophy of cost-is-no-object excellence may not be compatible with your wallet, but it’s consistent with its history, where no compromise excellence has always been the guiding principle……..
- The FUJIFILM X-Pro2 is better than 98% of the interchangeable lens cameras we tested.
- It is better than 100% of the interchangeable lens cameras we have tested under $2,000.
- It is better than 97% of the mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras we have tested.
Back in 2012, Fujifilm’s X-Pro1 expertly melded together vintage design and great build quality to produce a rangefinder that captured both pros and enthusiasts by surprise. Capitalizing on the success of the groundbreaking Fujifilm X100, the X-Pro1 truly gave shooters itching for an interchangeable lens camera a unique experience. After four long years, the sequel is finally here. And after spending over a week straight with the camera, it looks like the Fujifilm X-Pro2 (MSRP $1699.96) is going to do it all over again, only better. With a new sensor, a faster processor, and improvements to…well, everything, the X-Pro2 is one of the best cameras we’ve ever tested. While there are still a few questionable areas–such as lackluster video quality and questionable RAW compatibility–we think advanced photographers will love the X-Pro2 to bits. Nitpicking aside, this is an amazing camera that any shooter worth their salt should be proud to own……
A few weeks back as I sipped my coffee driving east toward a sunrise location on the snowy backroads of Montana I came to sudden realization. I was about to celebrate one year of making images with my Fuji X-T1. The last year of making images with my new camera system has been a bit of a revolution and creative awakening. As I’ve mentioned before, I was a bit nervous about switching camera systems from the more traditional digital Nikon DSLR that I had been shooting for a decade. It had served me well, but the bulk and heavier weight were starting to wear me down for my travels. As I started to research lighter weight systems I realized the mirrorless technology has come a long way and performance specs were up to snuff with DSLR for a fraction of the weight and bulk……..
If you’ve read any our blog before, you’ll know we love shooting street with the Fuji 56mm 1.2. At the end of 2015 however, the time had come to widen our field of view. After a substantial amount of searching we came upon two online reviews for the SLR Magic 23mm 1.7 lens: (Davedillonphoto) (ThePhoblographer). We recommend you check these out, as they are both really excellent articles. Instead of duplicating what’s already been said about the lens, we instead offer our feelings, thoughts and images acquired over the past month, attached to the Fuji XT1. Hovering over images will provide available camera settings, please note: aperture is not shown here as the lens has no electronic feedback…….
Here is a short review of the Fuji WCL, I don’t bother with charts and all that so it’s just a few photos of the kit, what I think about it and a healthy dose of sample images, all images are shot RAW and edited in Lightroom. I’M WORKING WITH THE ORIGINAL X100. The Fuji WCL will turn your X100’s 35mm field of view into a 28mm [full frame equivalent] whilst keeping it an F2 lens and retaining the fuji quality, it screws on nice and simply, you then tell the camera it’s there and away you go. Its a nice small attachment that adds a good bit on length to the X100’s lens, allowing you (as with the TCL) to hand hold it with the left hand and have a bit more support. Here is a comparison between the 18mm F2 and this WCL I’ve set them up the same so you can see the difference, they are both shot RAW and edited in Lightroom, apart from a bit of colour difference [not sure whats going on there] they are very similar…….
Note: This is part four of a five part review series on the soon to be released Fuji X-Pro2: Part One: Unboxing and First Impressions Part Two: Low light autofocus and high ISO Part Three: Cityscapes, long exposures and street photography Part Four: Portraiture Part Five: Final thoughts Hello again! Part four of this series will…
I wanted to test the X-Pro2 under as many different situations as I possibly could though, so I contacted a close friend (and beautiful model) who I shoot with often and we spent a few hours making some portraits…..