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Photo of the Month – October

Leica M10
Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH 6-Bit
50mm, 1/125 Sec at f/2,  ISO1600
Post Processed in Adobe Lightroom CC2015.12
On a Mac Pro, OS-X 10.12.6

iPhone X

My current phone is an iPhone X as my Personal Device and I currently have a Nokia Windows phone for work.  While I prefer iOS, I quite like the difference of the Microsoft phone system, its been a brave and different operating system for Microsoft.  While I cannot see myself leaving iOS, I can well see why companies go for the Microsoft Ecosystem.  Its such ashamed that Microsoft now seem to be ditching it.

I had the first iPhone and while it did less then my previous phone I liked the way it worked and have stayed with Apple ever since.

My current iPhone 6 is working well and I have no reason to upgrade, but having the first iPhone I devices I would also buy the iPhone X.

Its too expensive and I definitely do not need one but I placed my order last Friday for the top model, and look forward to receiving it in a couple of weeks.

Leica News – a new camera and lens

There are still rumours flying that Leica are to release a new camera with the L mount and a new lens.

The camera is rumoured to be a DX format camera to partner the TL2, hopefully with an EVF this time, the lens a will also be a DX crop format to go with it but no news as to its focal length.

 

Christmas is just a couple of months away

Christmas is now just a couple of months a way and we are starting to think about presents for ourselves and for the house.

We finally had to retire our large CRT wide screen Sony Wega.  We bought one of the latest 4K HDR screens, but the sound sucks compare to the old TV, so we are looking at a decent surround sound system.

The other thing on our list as we both love quality coffee is a high end coffee grinder.  By high end I am talking sub £1000 price range while real coffee experts think that a grinder at £1000 is budget!

Lastly I will be approaching a significant birthday in a few years and there is a chance of a high end English fountain pen coming my way.  I have been dropping hints and it looks like its working.

Leica APO Summicron 50mm LHSA 50th Anniversary Lens

Leica M10 50mm Summilux

I see the special edition Leica 50mm Summicron is now for sale.  I have the Summilux which as you can see above produces a lovely image.  There are two versions of the Summicron, the standard none APO which is very affordable for a Leica lens and the APO version which if you have £6000 will leave you change for a few nice coffees.

This special edition wraps the lens in the old metal classic design with red trim and costs over £8000.  A lot to pay for a 50mm lens no matter how good.

Huawei P10 with Leica lens

I used to always buy Nokia phones, and use a Psion and then a Palm Pilot as a PDA.  I have used a few Windows phones, the latest being a Nokia Windows 8 phone, but my choice has always been Apple iPhones.

Leica have now continued there relationship with Huawei and the new P10.  For many people the phone has become their compact camera.

While a Leica fan, at least with their M range, I will not be getting rid of my iPhone just yet.

Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic

The long awaited update to Lightroom arrived and its causing a lot of confusion.  Lightroom CC has been renamed Lightroom Classic CC and we now have a new cloud based solutions which currently has a lot less functionality but is called Lightroom CC.

Confused?

For now I am sticking with Classic but will have a look at the new version soon.

Classic Leica M Lens – The Thambar-M

We have had the Summaron and now Leica have released their second classic lens, the Leica Thambar.  Similar to the Nikon 135mm DC this lens has a distinctive softness which useful for portraits.  I am quite tempted by the Summaron a 28mm with a strong vignette, but I would find it hard to justify the cost of the Thumbar.

Belton House Annual Greyhound Walk

Last Sunday was the annual Belton House Greyhound Walk.

Always a good day out, and its when you get whole pack of greyhounds together you realise how well behaved they are compared to the majority of other dogs.  As usual the Lincolnshire Greyhound Trust had their stand there to raise awareness and money.

If you want a well trained dog that is low maintenance and well behaved its hard to think of a better dog then a greyhound.  Most areas have a local Greyhound Trust and its well worth making contact, even if you cannot adopt one of these beautiful animals please support the trusts anyway you can.

http://lincolnshiregreyhoundtrust.com

 

Coffee Shop

I love good coffee.  The major brand shops offer consistent coffee but for great coffee its often better to seek out the independents.   Those that buy in coffee from independent coffee roasters with relationships with small coffee growers.  Coffee at its peak, roasted to perfection.  Many towns now have small independent coffee shops and the better ones do source there coffee from the better suppliers.  We in Lincoln are lucky enough to have several independent coffee shops and one in particular is excellent.

I try to at least twice a week get out into Lincoln with my Leica and shoot a little street photography but to also occasionally take a few snaps in the coffee shop