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Sunrise Walk in Swakopmund

Friday, 6 May 2022
Sunrise Walk in Swakopmund

I feel that some camera systems have the ability to transform the users way of thinking or seeing things that can sometimes feel very drastically different to what one did before. The last camera to totally transform my photographic  was the Rolleiflex system. Its simple and elegant way of square framing and the lack of lens choice allowed the whole “rule book” to be thrown out the proverbial window....

Thoughts on the Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm PII

Monday, 11 April 2022
Thoughts on the Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm PII

This lens has been around for quite some time in one form or another. This particular Version II Pancake was released in 2004 and hasn’t seen a revision since. I think it could do with a facelift, but optically it leaves little to be desired except for a few minor niggles. It's a lens I only came to appreciate once I compared it to newer and more expensive lenses for the Leica M mount, and in essence...

Thoughts on the Leica Tele-Elmarit 90mm

Monday, 11 April 2022
Thoughts on the Leica Tele-Elmarit 90mm

This Tele-Elmarit 90mm f/2.8 was in production from the early 60’s to the early 70’s. Being not particularly girthy but wider than its successor, it was nicknamed “Fat.” An attribute I can’t quite agree with. I would rather call its successor skinny, since the Elmarti-M that followed it was again heavier, larger and fatter. The odd one out was the “skinny”  Tele-Elmarit from the 1970’s.
The...

Leica M11 Tri-Resolution Marketing

Saturday, 9 April 2022
Leica M11 Tri-Resolution Marketing

As one poster in the Leica Camera Forums mentioned, “ Friends do not let friends use M11 'pixel binning’ ”.
Leica Marketing:
Stay flexible and choose from 60, 36 or 18 Megapixel resolution for DNG and JPG: The exclusively developed Full Frame BSI CMOS Sensor with Triple Resolution Technology in the M11 is a masterpiece of imaging technology.
What it's good for is smaller files at the...

Thoughts on the Summicron 5cm f/2 Type 1

Thursday, 31 March 2022
Thoughts on the Summicron 5cm f/2 Type 1

Last year I was given my grandfathers Leica camera equipment. Amongst which was a 1956 Leica Summicron 5cm, the collapsible Version I.
It was in fairly good condition. A few wear marks, but otherwise in good cosmetic condition. Optics were a tiny bit hazy, and minor scratches on the notoriously soft front element. Mechanically, the focus helicoid was stiff, dry, and the focus action had stiction....

Finally a Leica Part II

Wednesday, 30 March 2022
Finally a Leica Part II

It's the end of March 2022, and you're probably wondering, what happened with the M10 Monochrom including the months from December to March.

Well, it was filled with a lot of frustration, anxiety, and anger. I had no motivation for photogaphy and simply had the camera boxed since the last week of December. I did use my Nikon Z6ii but it just didn’t fullfil me and I really wanted to use...

Finally a Leica

Saturday, 13 November 2021
Finally a Leica

My experience with Leica has been short and intermittent, but I’m not unfamiliar with the sytems' oddities and that it's not all rainbows and unicorns. But I wanted a small camera system with a couple (or four) small lenses that would fit into a small bag. My Nikon system has grown too much, and while I love it, it’s starting too get bulky.

I’ve missed the simplicity that my Rolleiflex...