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Monday, 27 August 2018

Desford Scarecrows 2018

The scarecrows are back in Desford. Over 150 to see. A lot of work gone in by a lot of people.

I just rocked up and squeezed a few snaps off.

Working my way through my 50's. Today was the turn of the series 1 Summicron collapsible. The hot glass version as I have heard it called. Some rare earth materials in the glass apparently.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

New member of the team V2

Oh my goodness, a year (and some) has passed since last post. Must try harder.

So that's in the past, in the present, I have now finally got my hands on a Leica M (type 240) M-P.
Was it worth waiting for the M-P over an M? Yes.
I skipped the normalM and went straight for the M-P
It looks right, it feels right, but even without trying the M, that extra buffer capacity makes all the diffrence.

I really liked the look and feel of the sensor inthe M9. I know it's a big departure for Leica to have changed lanes and gone the CMOS route, but quess what, I like the look of these images as well.

Easy to get hung up on the tech but the images are what count, nobody was bothered what quill Mr Shakespear used.

I would say the menus have been simpled out compared to the M9, they weren't bad but the menus and options her ebring you that bit closer to simpleness.

The range finder has definately improved over the M9. Standard range finder focusing is an absolute joy.
And with the live view I now have the option to use non range finder coupled glass.
Like my Pentax 77mm 1.8 Limited, that is, a truly stunning piece of glass.

So what did I go and play with today, first time had proper chance to play with the M-P. Yep, only seems right to pair my newest cam with my oldest piece of glass. The Lecia 5cm F2 Summar.

How does an old piece of glass (1936) render on a comparatively recent modern sensor?

Bit like this. As ever, straight out the cam.


Bird on a Hog


Or, Black and white


By Yokohama

My Playground

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

New member of the team

Have not long added another 50mm lens to my collection. Did I NEED another fifity? No, course not.
So what does this one bring to the party? F1:1.4 that's what.. And, to top it all, its a Canon. What the chuff!

I am weak and could not resist the lure of a fast fifty. I have fifties that convey various flavours of Bokeh and others of contrast and sharpness. But this one brings that extra something in terms of low lightness.

It's an imposing beast on the M9 compared to the other 50s. But looks right.

For reasons I cannot quite explain, other than just pure luck, this particular sample seems to match the focusing of the M9 extremely well. I have heard of people sending lenses/cameras off for calibration, but this just seems to be so well matched. Mildly puzzling/frustrating that it matches better than some of my Leica lenses. Go figure.

Anyway, here's a few shots from a recent outing, Think shot at either 2.8 or 4.

 Shot of the day for me.
 Not bad for a manual focus camera on the fly.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

All sorts

Bit of a mixed bag today. Some, shot from the hip, some not. No big wordy thoughts on the todays subjects just pics from the chip. As always no fiddling just straight off the chip.

In no particular order.

Open all hours?

 Baskets, the lot of 'em
 Have bag, will travel. One from the hip..
 Music on the go.
 Lucky 7
 Object of desire.
 Smallest washing line?
 From the hip 2.
 Just nice.
 Man in the mirror
 Anyone would think it's December and just above freezing. Oh hang on..........
 Nice light
 Industrial strength door handle.