Nissan Leaf V2 Announced

If you know anything about electric cars then you will know about the Nissan Leaf.  When it was first released it was quite a revelation.  While only having about 70 odd miles of range, it could quick charge in about 20 minutes and was a practical little car.  Version 1.5 came the following year with LED lights and a heat pump, meaning you could drive in winter with the lights and heater on and not lose any of your range.  A battery chemistry update a couple of years ago brought the range up to 107 miles but the competition was getting better.  An updated BMW i3 and an updated Renault Zoe could both top 150 miles, and with cars like the GM Bolt and Tesla Model 3 coming soon with 200 plus miles the Leaf definitely needed a major update.

Well yesterday the Leaf V2 was announced.  This was the short range model with a long range model promised next year.  This short range model should do about 150 to 160 miles equalling the Zoe and the i3 but not enough to compete against the upcoming Bolt and Model 3.  I was a little disappointed but if I had to buy a car today its likely at the top of the list due to the boot (trunk) size, it would easily accommodate a couple of large greyhounds.  By the time it is available in the UK the Tesla Model 3 may also be available and if this is the case I may just go with the Tesla.  The bottom of the range model can do 220 miles and is far more flexible in the charging options.  Its downside is that its a sedan, but I am sure the Timmy would be happy on the back seat in a dog hammock, leaving the front boot (FRUNK) and the rear boot (Trunk) available for luggage.  Its also rumoured the Tesla will be certified for towing so a small trailer will take care of the garden rubbish.

Olympus to update the OM-D E-M10 

If the rumours are true then Olympus is about to update the OM-D E-M10 to the Mk III revision.

Like the little Olympus Pen-F its a camera I like.  Small but very powerful.  

I had the privilege to be allowed to test the original M10 for the day by Olympus and I was very impressed.  

It’s certainly a compact killer and for many would make a replacement to an SLR.

Nikon D850 – The latest Mega Pixel Monster

Sony, Canon and Nikon seem to be leading the megapixel race at the moment.  The D800 series while not always as high resolution as the Canon 5D, leads in dynamic range when considering the high resolution options.  The Sony mirrorless gives you a slightly small body option.

Its hard to think about Medium Format when you have bodies as capable as those.

My digital work is now all Nikon D800 and Leica M10, 35mm full frame 36 MP and 24 MP.  I generally shoot the Medium Format and Large Format just for fun.  When looking at cost and resolution 35mm seems to be winning the war, unless you need a 100 or 200 MP Medium Format monster.


Camera Gear – Large and Small

This last week travelling around Suffolk, I took photographs with my Leica M10, M4 and Hasselblad V.

It made me think about equipment size.

The whole reason 35mm camera became so popular starting with the Leica, then the Nikon F SLR and on to the Canon F1, T90 and EOS 1, was there small light size.

With digital we got a huge jump in size; the current Nikon D5 and Canon EOS 1D are very heavy and much more difficult to handle then my old Hasselblad V.  Even my large format camera the Ebony is lighter and easier to carry then my Nikon D800’s.

Its easy to see why MicroFourThirds is so popular, small and light has a lot going for it.

Southwold Beach and some gentle HDR

We visited Southwold several times during our stay in the area and I decided to shoot a couple of comparison shots from the pier.

This first one is a quick snap while just on the pier. The second one below is a three bracket Adobe Lightroom HDR Merge from the end of the pier so a slightly different view point. The HDR is Lightroom is very gentle and avoids the in the face painted and grunge look that many HDR programs can cause if not used carefully.

Yoxford Antiques Centre and Gardens and Stonham Barns

Our first trip out was to the Yoxford Antiques Centre, while Timmy the Greyhound was not allowed into the Antiques centre, they did have some nice gardens to explore with Timmy while the other looked around the centre.

A little further along was Stonham Barns Retail Village, lots of small units and a car collection of vintage Vauxhall’s.

There was a little pet shop selling home made dog treats so we indulged Timmy, and I managed to find a book shop which had a copy of Bob Carlos Clarke’s ‘The Dark Summer’.  If your into striking photography get a copy the mix of nude and fashion with a dark twist is fantastic.