Photokina 2016 Day 1

Photokina is now underway, Panasonic made a lot announcements, mainly compacts including a 1 inch sensor compact that I am sure is going to get rebadged by Leica.  

The rumoured Fuji medium format made an appearance which will be interesting.  For users wanting a small good handling medium format camera you just really had the Leica S to choose from but now we have the new Hasselblad X1D-50c and the new Fuji GFX 50S.  Its a tough to say which is best, I think the Hasselblad may just come top, and at 51 MP the Fuji is certainly a megapixel king, but the Leica S system may still hold on to second place with the selection of lens available.  

Certainly with these offerings the Leica S needs upgrading soon as at £13,165 and only 37.5 MP the competition is coming.

Leica Sofort

Leica Sofort

We have now had the first Leica announcement and it really came from left field.  No Leica T replacement or the much waited for M; no but a film camera, an instant film camera.  Basically its a rebadged Fuji Instax, and at £250 I expect it may do well for some people wanting a fun party camera.

Personally as most people have smartphones this days you would be better off adding a battery operated wireless printer which would cost about half of what this would.

Photokina Rumours and new releases

EOS M5

Canon have released their best mirrorless yet, we now have very good bodies from Leica, Sony, Panasonic, Fuji, Olympus and Canon are slowly getting there.  Note a major manufacture missing, yep Nikon, come on Nikon get your act together.

If I had no cameras at all then I would likely buy the Leica S for my medium format solution, Leica M for my full frame mirrorless and I am hoping that the new Leica TL will be a cropped sensor sensation.  If I had to buy a mirrorless now it would be between Panasonic and Olympus.

On the Leica front we have rumours of a new zoom for the SL and new primes bringing the range to 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and 90mm so a good range of primes and zooms of 16-35mm, 24-90mm and 90-280mm.  With adapters for Nikon and Canon SLR cameras plus the ability to shoot with any Leica lens made its now quite a system.

iOS 10

iOS 10

Here in the UK iOS 10 was released at 18:00 on Tuesday night.  I was looking forward to this more then the new iPhone, my iPhone 6 Plus is still going strong with no issues, I skipped the 6S and will skip the new 7.

I was not at home when it was released but had my laptop, iPad and iPhone with me and internet access.  I had made sure that my iDevices were backed up, but also before updating I checked out the forums to see what issues people were having.  Lucky I did as the OTA (over the air) update was corrupt so many users ending up having to restore their phones.  Apple quickly resolved that and once the reports looked good I upgraded my phone.  When I was happy with that I then updated the iPad.

Once again iOS10 is more polish and has changed a few things including getting rid of the iconic swipe to open.  Overall I like the changes.

Family Update

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The garden has done well this year, an excellent crop of potatoes, onions and garlic.  Once again the peas and beans were disappointing I think the pigeons get to them before we do!

Its looking like an expensive week a head, we have the car and Caroline’s motorcycle booked in to be looked at.  The car is now thirteen years old and we have now passed one hundred thousand miles, the Honda motorcycle is now seventeen years old and last week overheated with clouds of steam being given out.

The car we think just needs the ABS looking at and the throttle, the motorcycle I think is just a broken fan so hopefully they will both be sorted soon.

Apple Watch – Will I, Won’t I

I am having a really good look at AppleWatch OS3 and the new devices.

It’s one of those devices that I want but do not need.  Like the iPad I waited until an app appeared that would make the device useful for Photography, with the watch I’ll be spending the next week looking into the apps to see if its a device I can truly get something out of.  So fitness, walking and possibly sailing, kayaking and swimming.  I can also think of a few uses for work.

If I decide to get one then which model.  I should get the sport model as its the cheapest but I do really like the black stainless steal but I’ll find it hard to justify the cost, so might just go with the black sport model.

Apple Press Conference- iPhone 7 & AppleWatch S2

So there we have it, the new iPhone 7.  I actually found it quite impressive, better colour gamut for both screen and camera, colour management, and the ability to shoot in RAW using Adobe DNG, not a proprietary format like Canon and Nikon. 

With phones now getting this good, the small sensor compact is dead. 

The watch also I thought was a good improvement, thinner screen, 30% bigger battery, nearly twice the performance. With waterproofing and gps, I can now log my walks, runs, etc without having to carry my phone and not worry when I swim, kayak or sail. 

Leica should announce two new cameras but not an M

Leica X 113Not long now to Photokina, and the latest Leica rumour is definitely two cameras will be announced including the Leica T replacement, possibly called the TL but the second will not be the M.

Looks like my wallet can take a breather.

Will the other camera be the new X, and will it be fixed lens or Vario.  Hope its the fixed lens with built in viewfinder, basically a mini Q would go down well.

Leica Q

Sailing

On the Pool

While I have done a little kayaking in the past I have never sailed before but it is something I have always wanted to try.

Sailing

This weekend North Hykeham sailing club had a taster session day so this Saturday I visited them and had a go at sailing for the first time.

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We were placed either singly or in pairs with an experienced helm.
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For the first session I went out in an RS Vision.  I was at the front handling the jib sail, while my instructor handled the main sail and rudder.

The basic manoeuvres of tacking and gybe were demonstrated and after a while we switched positions.
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With me in the rear I handled the rudder while my instructor handled both sails, and we practiced the tack and gybe again.  Once I got the hang of that I took over the main sail as well as the rudder.

In total we had three good sessions and I got to try a GP14 and hanging out over the side as you in when people race.

It was a fun if somewhat wet day and I would recommend it to anyone.

New Leica TL 60mm Micro

Native Leica TL Lens
Native Leica TL Lens
When the Leica T was released, a unibody DX cropped sensor compact, it was quite a revelation, it showed Leica were into pushing technology forward, and while it had issues (slow and no built in viewfinder), as each new firmware was released it got better and better.

The Leica T with its T mount did interest people because the mount was huge, yet the sensor in the T was just DX, people hoped that this meant a full frame version was coming.  Well that arrived with the Leica SL and the T mount was renamed the L mount, with the lens for the T re-branded TL.

The T has now become officially discontinued but this week saw the release of a new TL lens, a DX crop 60mm macro.  I think its safe to say that the T system will continue for now in both DX and full frame forms, with a new T coming soon and the SL its mirrorsless big brother giving people the choice between 35mm crop DX and full frame autofocus cameras and lens and the  equipment size and depth of field options this gives.