Looks like a Stefan Daniel product warm up to me, just to get us salivating and developing a bit more GAS…
On another topic. Because the Leica Chronicles are no longer available in print the wonderful Erwin Puts has decided to sell the book as a PDF for Euro 15 (AUD 23.00) on his web site. Its worth every cent I downloaded it and have been dropping in and out all day to grab snippits of worthwhile Leica knowledge, wishing I had the time and just read cover to cover.
The last Leica Compendium has been available in this format for some time at a cost of Euro 30.
I’m hoping that the up coming Leica Practicum will be available as a PDF at the time of publication as I have grown so comfortable with reading on an iPad…
Having followed Eamon McCabe’s career for a long time it was with great delight that I was drawn into this Leica story today curtesy of the one of the best news papers on the planet The Guardian. And it all started when Oskar Barnack invented the Leica.
So that lovely 70′s song by Todd Rundgren goes. Six or seven weeks goes by so quickly, yours truly is preparing for a move so as to expand his photographic oportunities and this is the reason for the lack of posts. Sometimes the stuff of life and needs of family just get in the way of the things that one wants to spend time doing. However I have had some small time to keep up with the machinations of the Leica world and one of the things that is worth reading is short piece Buddhafield: shooting with an M type 240.
Another E book has also been published by another Leica convert Joeri van der Kloet Its called Work your M at $22 for 44 pages its a bit on the steep side but it looks interesting.
If Joeri wants to send me a copy I will gladly review it for him… hint hint!
While this correspondent does not own an M type240 yet, I will some time later this year, it will happen – ‘the stuff of life’ just keeps getting in the way I did however find a really nice M2. I have wanted a wholly manual M for some time and the M2 fits the bill it has frame line for 35′s which is closest to my ideal focal length of 40mm. Most of my darkroom kit has been packed away for some years but I have on average processed one film every few months in Rodinal. There is something about the craft of wet photography that is magnetic in a way that downloading an SD card is not. I sort of knew that if I bought another film camera it would be a Leica The last film camera this photographer spent money on was in the 1990′s besides I felt I was loosing touch with the Leica shooting technique and I just had to keep my hand in. Besides I have a stack of film in the freezer that should be used. Here’s one of the first results. In W.A. at this time of year its a huge struggle to keep the dev at 20 degrees so stand development is out until cooler weather. This is a bit more contrasty than I would have preferred, I have not used Ilford LC29 for many years but I’m reasonably happy with the result even though the cost of developers have gone through the roof $32 for a 500ml bottle Sheee. Sunset in my back garden shot with a 35mm MS perar
There is an interesting slew of comments on Leica Rumors. In fact there is a real buzz all over the web about the new Sony’s as possible Leica replacement. Michael Johnston on the Onlinephotographer advertises them to the point where he omitted to post my slightly critical comment – interesting. To be fair I would be the last person to begrudge a fellow photographer of any source of income. God knows its hard enough to make a crust through this craft in Oz at the moment.
Anyway back to to the Leica Rumors post even Andreas H Kaufmann wades in with a very astute comment.
Mine was thus: Sony are aggressive, very innovative and four years on their cameras sell for $200. And like most of their other products are likely die prematurely. The one good thing is that they adopted Zeiss glass which IF they maintain the lens mount are likely to be held onto for more new Sony cameras, 8- 8R 9-9R… next year perhaps.
I basically like Sony products for all their good reasons. But apart from a twenty something year old clock radio they have all died prematurly this includes quite expensive televisions after four years, radios, one a top of the range world radio, tape decks – a top of the range 1970′s TC160 – a month or so after the warrenty expired – the repair cost half the cost of a new replacement Uck, recievers, a few walkmen of different flavours etc. So with this experience I am hardly likely to trust the tools of ones trade to Sony especially when I noticed that some of the first Alpha’s now sell for $200! Twenty five year old Leica M6′s in good nick still sell for $2000!
Some people are heavy on equipment, not I, I think. I still have a forty year old Yashica Mat and that works as well as the day it was purchased slightly used. A Pentax 6X7 still good and consumes half a dozen films a year to this day. A Canon Ftb that had hundreds of rolls through it. My only issue with Leica’s is people seem to steal them from me! But may be third time lucky I’m still going to buy an M240 sometime hopefully in the not too distant future….
I started to watch this Leica video recorded by B&H in New York almost a month ago but was interrupted and did not get back to it until now. Its quite long but nonetheless worth it… Enjoy This in some ways is very appropriate to mention this now as the Akademie is mentioned several times in the video and Leica has just set up an Australian Leica Akademie under the tutelage of none other than Nick Rains as the principle instructor.
I like cameras but I’m not an absolute GAS gear nut. I don’t go out of the way to collect kit mostly because all the older cameras I like or once used I can’t justify spending the cash on. However I have quite a few books on older cameras that I would never part with, that for me satisfies my curiosity about these mostly wonderful tools of our craft.
I really admire the people who collect and preserve these photographic tools and they should be respected for furthering what now is a craft that has become for the majority an obsolete passion.
Pity then, Alexander Komarov of the Ukraine has been charged with owning obsolete ‘spy cameras’ This in my book is about as unjust and as whacky as it gets. I don’t know Alexander from a bar of soap but he, like me and thousands of others is interested in the art and craft of photography and he collects cameras. The Ukraine has an archaic law that forbids the ownership of a camera that can or could be used as a ‘Spy camera’. One camera in particular that Alexander owns falls into that catagory. It is a Zenit 16 that is now sold by the good people from Lomo as an Ajax-12. And because of this he has fallen fowl of Ukrainian law. Alexander needs all the help he can get. Send him an email of support and check out these links read the story and act.
If you are not familiar with LFI and you are seriously interested in all things Leica you will be interested to learn that LFI is the most authoritative print based magazine devoted to the marque. Personally I have to say it is a well written beautifully produced magazine but I also have a conscience about shipping paper from onside of the planet to the other. In the same vein I attach quite a lot of guilt to operating a wet dark room in my photographic practise, I have yet to try the Eco developers once I use up the last of the Rodinal… ah! some day, some day. But I digress, I recently acquired an iPad for the sole purpose reading and alleviation of carbon guilt, to my great delight a few days later David Rojkowski has produced a new version of the LFI iPad app that is available from the iTunes App store. It is really a great reading experience on the current iPad, after only an hour with it I have given it 5 stars. At last I can buy the magazine when it is published. At last I can with a quick touch and a slide reference Leica news and articles and then return to the magazine without loosing the page. And finally there is a gallery to peruse when all I want to do is look at photographs and wonder… With LFI plus a few other magazines and apps its worth the price of an iPad and the carbon guilt is fading….
And now the urbane quite English but Chinese Digital Rev host Kai Man Wong. He takes us on a casual tour of the new M . He reminds me of Matthew Collings the English Art critic, Kai Wong has a playful mildly sarcastic way with his descriptions that is a cut above the average Utube infotainment. In the next Utube video he goes on to explain his feelings and love for his Leica its got soul…
This week Arthur Azoulay from the French site Focus-Numerique has interviewed Dr Andreas Kaufman who in seventies slang lets it all hang out.
I am undecided whether or not if Dr Kaufman is a bit miffed or flattered about Fuji X series ever expanding line up of cameras. But one thing for sure, is that he sees the future as mirrorless. Its a really good interview Despite the google speak, read twice the article makes a lot of sense except for the penultimate line. Oh google you do make me giggle!!!