It is unfortunate when politics gets in the way of photography, but then photography can be a political statement.
The USA has placed an additional sales tax onto German lens hitting Leica, so Leica who also have production facilities in Portugal are now producing lens there to ship direct to the USA mitigating the sales tax.
It is a shame these cheaper lens cannot be purchased here. I would like a 75mm or 90mm Summicron.
I know a few professional photographers who have the Leica CL as their carry everywhere camera, with its DX cropped sensor, taking the L mount and with adapters just about any other lens available, its a very flexible camera.
I know I go on a lot about how good Fuji, Leica and several other of the smaller camera companies are at supporting there products but it is definitely something to consider if your the sort of person who keeps a camera for a long time.
Well Leica have just announced version 4 of their firmware for the Leica CL. When Leica released the recent Q2 they revamped the user interface and have been rolling out this together with other newer features to their other cameras. Now these features reach the old CL. Many people have been expecting the CL to be replaced shortly so some were surprised by this; thinking the new interface changes and features would be in the CL2 when released, but no, CL users have got them now.
Mirrorless cameras have a number of advantages, the best being able to use most lens available with the use of a suitable adapter.
In an age where modern lens are getting closer to closer to being perfect when combined with software correction, sometimes people want a more unique look.
There is now a growing interest in older lens of character and a number of older designs have come back into production.
A company is now making an adapter to enable the use of Leica M mount lens on the mirrorless Hasselblad medium format camera. The results are striking and if you have a mirrorless Haselblad and some M glass you should really give it a try.
I love my Leica M10, whilst there maybe better carry everywhere cameras (the Leica Q and Leica CL come to mind), I find it an accomplished camera.
If the rumour is true we will be getting an M10 with a higher resolution sensor. My Leica M10 is currently 24MP and my Nikon D800 is 36MP, but many of the latest cameras are now up to 50MP so for many an update is needed.
As a walk around camera the M10 at 24MP is currently enough for me, when I start to look at replacing my main studio camera I’ll be looking for something in the 50MP plus range.
Phone X iPhone 4mm f/1.8 4mm, 1/17 Sec at f/1.8, ISO40 Post Processed in Adobe Lightroom Classic
With the Covid-19 lockdown still very much in force, I have not been out this month or taken any shots. I did snap this with my iPhone, a celebration of home grown produce from our garden. Apart from the cheese and pork pie everything came from our garden, pickles from last years veg, eggs from our chickens and salad straight from the garden.
People say grown your own is the way forward. In practice its not possible to complete with the local markets and shops but being out in the garden is good for your mental health and its feels good eating things you grew and made yourself.