The new Leica park is now open, with the official opening this weekend. Leica can now bring most of the manufacturing together in one spot for there German operations. On site there is a hotel and even a museum so you can stay there, drop your Leica off for a service then have a tour of the factory and a look around the museum.
We had the watch announcement and the rumours were of two cameras also to be announced. One was announced, the Leica C Lux, a rather well specified compact. Its based on the Panasonic but with a Leica manufactured lens and Leica firmware.
The other rumour was of a full frame mirrorless, a camera to partner the Leica SL. This has not yet emerged but I am hopeful it will be announced soon.
A tip I picked up first from a model who also was a photographer and also used by Thorsten Overgaard, was instead of just shooting RAW, shoot RAW+Jpeg.
With Lightroom set to treat the jpg’s as separate files you end up with two versions of each file, colour RAW and a Black & White jpeg. You can then quickly see which one you prefer. Sometimes you prefer the colour and go on to edit the RAW file, sometimes the Black & White. When the Black & White looks fine as it is, no editing is required you can just use the jpeg, but if it needs a little or a lot of editing then you convert the RAW to Black & White and edit it. Editing jpegs is not generally a good idea.
Rolex used to produce tough hard as nails diver watches that were the favourite of the military. Now the Rolex Submariner is more of a fashion watch. While used by some divers a Seiko SKX009 will do just as fine a job for less then £300 rather then £10k.
My Omas fountain pen now retails at many times what I originally paid, and Montblanc Meisterstuck 149 is now close to £700. A simple quality pen but now a ‘Life Style’ Brand.
Leica with their limited editions are also now more of a life style brand then a camera company with their many limited editions. The S medium format camera and the SL are what many people would still consider ‘real’ cameras but the rest over priced, though I would disagree about the M10 which I also consider a real camera.
Today Leica announced a couple of watches. I suppose this makes Leica’s transition to a life style company complete in many eyes, but Leica is a small company and it does what it needs to bring in money to fund the cameras it really wants to build.
As I mentioned yesterday we are getting rumours of a new Leica camera to be released soon.
It looks like along side the official opening of Leica Park there will be an announcement of possibly two new cameras, one of which will be a new L mount camera this month. The common rumours are a smaller camera based on the SL with a full frame Leica 35mm sensor but a few people are making claims that the reason the L mount is so large is that it’s designed for medium format. A single mount for all of Leica’s cameras and that we should expect a mirrorless cropped medium format camera to replace the current S range. If that is true then the bank account is about to get a lot lighter.
This Monday was the start of the Apples’s WWDC. I always try where possible to listen to the CEO’s opening speech. Sometimes we have new hardware but mainly new software.
As someone who is trying to be more private on the web, limiting their use of applications like Facebook to only a few times a month and stopping internet access after 9 pm at night, there was much to interest me.
I am a self confessed Twitter addict and in Apple’s iOS 12 it will be interesting if I can use the social media limiting side to control my obsession. As we try to create the right balance of intake of social media IM and Skype interaction with work, and downtime with friends and family tools like this may help.
Every year the Doddington Hall Estate has a vintage market. This year entitled ‘a Village Affair’.
We took the opportunity to dress up, Caroline in a vintage dress she had made herself, while I wore some English Brogues and trousers, Irish shirt and tweed jacket all topped off with a white Panama hat.
The market was not as big as some years, the uncertainty of the economy with the UK leaving the European Union is causing people to be careful what they spend.
Caroline purchased a small sewing kit, but I did not find anything myself.
Some of the market traders had dressed up and a few visitors. There was also the odd photographer taking snaps.
After having a good look round we treated ourselves to ice-cream and headed home, a very enjoyable Sunday morning.