It has been a while since I tried out a manual rangefinder camera. I have become used to Leica SL, its stunning viewfinder and focus peaking to use my favorite lens. Rangefinder cameras have become a bit harder to use as my eyesight has started to lose its youthful vigor. The SL fits the bill … Continue reading Horsing Around
I recently watched a video podcast on YouTube where one of the panelists asked a question many have wondered but never voiced: Why do photographers bother with the idea of taking photos on film only to scan them and make them digital again? I thought about it and came up with three potential reasons: You … Continue reading Why Bother with Film
Over the long Labor Day weekend, I visited DeYoung museum along with my good friend Chris Michel to look at their vast collection of artworks. And eventually I ended up making some photos of the building, whose edges and angles are always inviting from the perspective of a photographer. I sincerely wished I had a … Continue reading DeYoung Delight
You might have heard that Leica has a new lens called the Leica APO-Summicron-SL 1: 2/50 ASPH. For a few weeks now, I have had the opportunity to use a pre-release version of the lens on my SL. I’ll cut right to the chase and tell you that I’m very happy with the results.
Before I dive into the details, let me be very clear: I don’t shoot anything but landscapes, mostly long exposures. About two-thirds of my photos are shot with my camera on a tripod. I am painfully slow, and I treat my digital cameras as if I am using a film camera. Where most people use techniques like multiple exposures and are more adventures, my style is very staid.
Attempting to capture a few dozen photos in 24 hours is adventurous for me. Even getting two to five images on a given day is a great personal achievement. In other words, don’t look to me to give you feedback on the lens from the perspective of a travel photographer, a portrait photographer, or a casual photographer. So, don’t think of this as a review. I am simply sharing my experience. Continue reading “The Must-Have Lens for your Leica SL”