Archive | Photography

RSS feed for this section

The Giants have arrived: Canon R and Nikon Z Mirrorless

The last few weeks all the buz has been about the new mirrorless cameras on the block.  It was only a matter of time before Canon and Nikon entered the arena and both have come up with some good solid cameras.

Are these the new market leaders?  No, I cannot see any Sony, Fuji or Leica mirrorless users moving over.  What we have here are capable full frame mirrorless cameras but ones that appeal to their respective user bases.

A Canon user who has not got a mirrorless system yet would not go far wrong with the Canon R, and likewise Nikon with its two bodies have produced a nice starter that Nikon users can move to.

The Canon is no 5D, it has limitations but there is a lot to like.  With me being a Nikon SLR user I have paid more attention to the Nikon and like the Canon it appeals to its own base.  In many ways its a very brave option for Nikon to ditch the F mount but with adapters being available its the right choice.  Its a shame they are not opened up the lens spec to other lens makers and Nikon have been a little hit and miss with their glass sometimes.

The big thing I see here with the Nikon is the focus works more like their Compact P series and when working in live view mode in on its SLR’s, its going to be unfamiliar for the SLR users and some of the focus modes the SLR users are used to are missing.

I hope Nikon and Canon can be a bit braver; and I hope that the focus modes SLR users are used to come to Nikon, maybe take a note out of Fuji’s book and release some killer improvements with firmware updates.

What about Olympus and Panasonic, well I see no threat to MicroFourThirds.  It still has size advantages.  Optical physics and the rules of mother nature have not changed.  Its one of the arguments Leica have made with the SL, if your going mirrorless and full frame you may as well keep the bodies a decent size because a full frame autofocus lens is going to be big.

In fact its because of this you can make the argument for Nikon to bring back the Nikon 1, two bodies, cheap basic for point and shoot for those who want interchangeable lens and a pro model.  Pro features in such a small system would stop Nikon users buying MicroFourThirds.

Leica M10P announced

I have always preferred the P models of the M series, no logo and a more robust LCD.   My first new Leica was the M10, until then I had always purchased secondhand.

The new M10P has now been released.  The shutter has been improved but M10 base module which I have has an excellent shutter the best of any digital M, but they say the new one is even better.

It also has an artificial horizon function and a touch screen.  If you have an pre M10 version I would say is a no brainer to upgrade, but if you already have the M10 then I would say do not upgrade.

With the latest firmware the straight M10 is hard to beat.

Walk down Steep Hill

Its been a stressful week.  Timmy the Greyhound is unwell and needs an operation to investigate.  We are hoping for the best and fearing the worst.

This lunch time I went for a walk with my Leica M10 with the latest firmware to give it a test.  I’ll have to post a blog about dynamic range but the base ISO of 100 is not actually the base ISO but a slight pull setting.

Vet visits

We have been a little worried about Timmy the Greyhounds weight recently.  In this hot weather he has been off his food.  So we took him off to the vets on Saturday for a check up and a blood test.

Hopefully its just the hot weather and nothing too serious.


Mrs B’s Farewell shoot

The lovely Cherry B is retiring this summer, I have photographed her a number of times over the years and she is one of the most professional models I know. No matter what your skill set you will always come away having enjoyed yourself and with great images.

I booked her for a final farewell shoot in May and we played around for the first half of the session with various sunglasses and hats before getting down to business for the actual shot I wanted.  See below.

What to expect from Leica Next

Window Light, Leica M8, Summicron 35mm

Everyone was expecting a new Leica L mount camera the other week to be announced during the official opening of Leica’s new HQ.  It did not arrive but its still expected soon.  We are also starting to get rumours of a new Leica Medium Format camera to arrive before the end of the year.  The Leica S system is great, and the lens and quality cannot be faulted with the exception of a far to high rate of failure of autofocus motors in the lens, which Leica say they have now fixed.

With high end now hitting 200 MP and mirrorless cropped medium format at 50 MP from Hasselblad and Fuji the 37.5 MP Leica S2 is looking out classed.  They need something soon.

New firmware from Leica M10, Q, CL, TL2, TL, T

Friday saw the release of new firmware from Leica.  The interest for me is that they are re-introducting the aperture guess in the exif data.

The Leica M range have no way of informing the camera what aperture they are using, but in previous M digital cameras like my M8.2 it did make a guess.  The M10 did away with that as Leica did not want inaccurate information in the Exif data.  Thanks to pressure from the users, Leica have now brought this back.

Leica M8 sample – Seascape Road