Reviews

Leica M 240 Review | Craig Fleming

It’s not really a question I needed to ponder over for too long. Leica cameras are the dream machines of many a snapper, young and old, and I’ve never seen a camera get so much attention. Understandably, a lot of people thought I was shooting film. From the front, the M looks – to all intents and purposes – exactly like a rangefinder from my childhood, and possibly many years before that. The look of surprise on everybody’s face when I announced its digital pedigree, whilst spinning it round to show them the back, never failed to make me smile. After the surprise had worn off and I’d explained what it was, most people wanted to hold it. I’ve used many cameras over the years from 10 x 8s, 5 x 4s and Mamiya RB67s right up to the latest Canons, but nothing has ever generated such interest as the Leica. I’ve spoken a number of times about how being a photographer doesn’t mean what it used to – not to me, anyway……

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Leica M Type 240

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Review: Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R | Tomasz Trzebiatowski

It’s time for my first review. Well, let me say it upfront: I am not a technology freak and – that’s for sure – I am not a pixel-peeper. For me a piece of equipment simply is (or is not) an extension of my photographic eye. It either helps me or does not help me with expressing and presenting my artistic vision. I simply like it or not. After starting to use the Fuji X-T1 mirrorless camera a couple of weeks ago, I quickly had a look at the Fuji offering of lenses. After doing my research and listening to the opinions of those on the net, who I respect, I realised that there is quite an amazing line-up of top quality Fujinon lenses out there. What’s even better – there are some great prime lenses available. Trying to build up a strong, but compact set of primes, which would allow me to cover various photographic opportunities, I started my Fujinon collection with two of their primes: the XF 23mm f/1.4 and the XF 56mm f/1.2. The second one is the hero of today’s review……

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2

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2 years of mirrorless shooting | Philipp Winter

About 2 years ago i made a difficult but rational decision. I decided to let go the most desired camera model i ever owned, the Canon 5D Mark 2. Not just the body, but my complete set of lenses and accessoires i purchased all the years before. I seriously love this camera. I captured so many lovely shots with it, carried it to the highest mountains and to far shores and took some great family videos with it. But as time went by, the big camera bag stayed at home more often. I didn’t wanto to carry around all the lenses, the big camera body, and taking pictures in public made everyone look at the guy with the big ass camera. I definitively prefer to stay in the background. So these images were the last ones to be captured by a FF camera…….

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Fuji X-E1

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Fujifilm Completes the F2.8 Lineup! 16-55mm F2.8 WR Lens Review |
Sven Schroeter

We got lucky, for the past seven days we have had the new 16-55mm lens at our disposal (kindly provided for test by the NZ Fujifilm team). With the addition of the 16-55mm lens, the F2.8 lens lineup is now complete and offers an equivalent focal range from 24mm through to 200mm when paired with the already available 50-140mm zoom. The new 16-55mm F2.8 (fixed aperture) weather sealed lens performs on par with the 50-140mm, a match made in heaven for those in search of versatility. Unfortunately we got the lens at pretty short notice and did not have the time to throw together a proper shoot to test each and every aspect of the the lens. So to make the most of the last few weeks of summer and accompanying stelar weather, we once again left the sky scrapers behind in search of tranquility with camera in hand…..

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16-55mm F2.8

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Rikenon 55mm f/1.2 review | Jonas Rask

Vintage lens review time! Some weeks ago I was browsing the classifieds as I regularly do, in search of good ol’ photography gold. My search never really broadens enough to include the word “Ricoh” but on this particular day I wanted to see what the going rate for the Ricoh GR was. What popped up was something quite different. A fast fifty? A really fast fifty? That I hadn’t heard about? That couldn’t be. Nonetheless it was certainly so. The seller seemed to charge a very reasonable price, but I had to check on eBay just to get an idea of the general price range of these lenses. Surprise! Not a single Rikenon 55mm f/1.2 was for sale on the entire eBay network! As I researched further I found out that the lens had some siblings under different brand names. The Yashinon 55mm, The Vivitar 55mm, and The Revuenon 55mm. The lens might have been manufactured by Tomioka in the 70’s 80’s and 90’s, or it might have ben produced by Cosina. I simply couldn’t find a straight answer to the manufacturing site! (if any of you readers know, please leave me a message)……

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Fujifilm One Year On… | Dave Nash

Well It’s hard to believe I know, but it’s been a year since I sold my Canon 5D MkII and 50D and moved over to Fujifilm. I already had an X-E1, but it wasn’t until I went to the Birmingham Photo Show and got my hands on an X-T1 that I made up my mind. When I held that solid little black box and looked through the Tardis of a viewfinder I instantly fell in love with it. What was it about the X-T1? It’s compactness, its size, it’s usability, it’s functions, and above all it’s ability to capture such high quality images. I shoot RAW, always. but every time I have experimented with SOOC Jpegs I have been hugely impressed, in fact more than that, they are outstanding. I remember taking a photo of my wife on the beach in Spain. it was about 9.30 in the evening, so it was dark. I had the ISO on 6400 and I took a few shots hand held. That night when I had a look at them on the computer I just couldn’t believe the quality. So why do I shoot RAW now. To be honest, I don’t know. I could easily switch the dial to high quality jpegs, and be able to take thousands more shots on a card. But I have an inherent nagging feeling that one day it will be a mistake. That and, although I don’t do it much any more, but sometimes I like to play around with images, so having the RAW’s there would be a good idea. I love the layout of the camera as well. Love, love, LOVE it. Everything I need is there at my fingertips. No hunting through layers and layers of menu options. I have a physical dial at my fingertips. My first camera was a Russian Zenit B, so I blame them for my dial fetish……..

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Fuji X-T1

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Fujinon XF16-55mm F2.8 at Zouk Singapore | Flemming Bo Jensen

Our pitch to Fuji Japan for this promotinal project was Singapore by Night. The pictures are going to be used for the web, brochures, exhibitions and books from Fuji. The main story would be a photo and video shoot at a Singapore nightclub. Following up on my first impressions, here are some more random notes about Ferry Corsten’s brother using the Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 lens and our experience creating the stills and the movie for this promotional project…..

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16-55mm F2.8

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Leica M | Art Shots

A decision that did not came immediately but was inevitable from the beginning…

Leica cameras were introduced to me by a friend of mine somewhere back in 2005. At this time I was looking for a relatively inexpensive way to record memories of the first upcoming child. Leica’s brand name came in the conversation because even thought I could afford only inexpensive digital camera I wanted to see what is the best on the market. Back in 2005 digital was such a huge thing that I did not even think about the option of getting a film camera. Looking back at the photos now I can really see what a mistake that was. With a decent camera with real lens and aperture f2 you could do a much better job scanning the negatives at high resolution using a professional scanner. Not to mention we had 2 SLR film cameras in the closet one of which I used already at age of 11. I guess compared to the digital compact they were SLR monsters. One of the two was actually a Zenit E which was a smaller size SLR but had a problem with the mechanics. Still have that camera……

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Leica M Monochrom

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Shooting With Leica’s Nutty No-Screen Camera Is Half Joy, Half Fantasy | Michael Hession

The Leica M Edition 60 is the company’s 60th anniversary limited-edition version of its latest M rangefinder. It costs around $20,000 and has no display and no buttons (aside from the shutter). To some, it’s ridiculous. To most, it’s unaffordable. But after shooting with it for a couple of hours, I can say that if nothing else, it’s incredibly charming. Inside the minimalist exterior of the M 60 are the same set of guts found in last year’s M Type 240 and its 24 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. Attached is a 35mm f/1.4 Summulix ASPH, the ne plus ultra of Leica’s 35mm offerings. There are only 600 of these rigs being made, and one of them was at Leica’s Brooklyn studio last week. We were lucky enough to borrow it for a short stint……..

Source: reframe.gizmodo.com

Leica M or M Monochrome, the cruel dilemma…. and decision time! |
Fae Photographies

Equipped of a M9 since few month, I started a reflection to choose his successor, the M Monochrome or the M? We must choose so I propose to share with you the path who allows me to decide. To immediately fix things, I precise than I don’t attach a vital importance at the brand of my equipment. I’ve owned equipments of brand quite different (Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Fuji) and my choice for Leica equipment’s was made on the only fact of the result camera / lens. To precise that, I would develop by saying that if the Leica camera are beautiful tools in cosmetic point of view and in manufacturing terms, they not crush the competition when we stick to the image quality. The other marks, strong of their experience and often of means superior to Leica, have brought to the digital photo to a level of excellence and maturity which cannot be discussed. Previous cameras I’ve owned have given me some beautiful photographic joys and I won’t denied to have appreciated them…..

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Leica M Monochrom

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