Friday, December 4, 2009

Summicron 50 GF-1

Originally uploaded by rkolewe

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Summicron on GF-1

Panasonic GF-1, Summicron 50mm with Voigtlander VM adapter
Like a lot of people, I'm waiting for an M9; in the meantime, playing with a Panasonic GF-1. I can't tell whether the focus is a bit off in these (though at f/8 it shouldn't matter that much), whether it's camera shake (1/60 sec here, others 1/50, but what's that old rule about the shutter speed never being longer than the reciprocal of the focal length for handheld shots, and 50mm on the GF-1 is equivalent to 100mm, so...), noise (iso 800 here, but others are iso 400), or whether the Summicron draws just a bit soft (or is that another way of saying diffraction...) with this sensor.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Leica M6, Zeiss Biogon 35mm f/2
The point of the Leica Year exercise was one film, one lens, one year.

I can't do it anymore.

I put colour film in the M6 (Portra NC 400) and I'm in love. This stuff is luscious. I haven't been this excited about colour in a long time.

Monday, September 28, 2009

I did it.

Before they're scattered to the four winds
Sold the D700 today. The lenses are up next. There will now be an interval when the only digital camera I own is the one in my phone. (I even had to borrow back my long ago given away and now venerable CoolPix to take this shot.)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Leica, I hate you

Leica M6, Zeiss Biogon 35mm f/2
Ok. I've been shooting TriX with the M6 since June, almost every day (certainly every day on average) and this is destroying my life. I stopped using the G10, and sold it a few weeks ago. (The long term value of a digicam tends to zero. I sold the G10 just before the G11 became available. Good move.) For a while I was shooting the D700 on weekends, because I love colour, but it's soooo heavy, and I just put colour film in the M6, and now I'm really reluctant to haul D700+24-70+70-300+++, like 4 kilos of camera and lens and shit? And now there's the M9, and I just got a 90mm Elmarit-M 2.8 on eBay. If anybody wants a D700 kit drop me an email. It's only a matter of time before it winds up on craigslist first eBay second, and I order an M9. I've decided that I hate 35mm film (strange since I really like 120 and 4x5) but I love the Leica. Trouble. This is trouble.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Pushing it.

Leica M6, Zeiss Biogon 35mm f/2
Roll 8, pushed two stops to ISO 1600. Love the grain.

Monday, August 17, 2009

In the dark

Leica M6, Zeiss Biogon 35mm f/2
I definitely have a predilection for shooting in the dark. This is why I really like the D700. But it seems that film doesn't do too badly in the dark, either. This is straight Tri-X at ISO 400. The next roll I'm pushing to 1600.