I took a lunch time walk with the Leica and then later tried a bit of experimentation. After taking a few shots, I popped over to a local coffee shop and downloaded the shots via wifi to my camera to upload to Adobe Creative Cloud.
Once at my laptop I launched the new Adobe Lightroom CC. I generally use Lightroom classic but this was an experiment. After a few seconds the photographs appeared and I started to edit them.
The combination of wifi in modern cameras, mobile phones with Adobe CC installed enabling some quick editing. Then being able to grab any internet connected PC’s and use the web based Lightroom or your own laptop with Adobe Lightroom CC you can get on and edit quickly. For power users like me who sometimes do more complex edits we can then return to our desktops, launch Lightroom Classic and again the photographs are there with the edits we have already done.
I still prefer Lightroom classic and its an issue that the short cuts between the versions are different, but the new shortcuts are a little more logical.
The last few weeks all the buz has been about the new mirrorless cameras on the block. It was only a matter of time before Canon and Nikon entered the arena and both have come up with some good solid cameras.
Are these the new market leaders? No, I cannot see any Sony, Fuji or Leica mirrorless users moving over. What we have here are capable full frame mirrorless cameras but ones that appeal to their respective user bases.
A Canon user who has not got a mirrorless system yet would not go far wrong with the Canon R, and likewise Nikon with its two bodies have produced a nice starter that Nikon users can move to.
The Canon is no 5D, it has limitations but there is a lot to like. With me being a Nikon SLR user I have paid more attention to the Nikon and like the Canon it appeals to its own base. In many ways its a very brave option for Nikon to ditch the F mount but with adapters being available its the right choice. Its a shame they are not opened up the lens spec to other lens makers and Nikon have been a little hit and miss with their glass sometimes.
The big thing I see here with the Nikon is the focus works more like their Compact P series and when working in live view mode in on its SLR’s, its going to be unfamiliar for the SLR users and some of the focus modes the SLR users are used to are missing.
I hope Nikon and Canon can be a bit braver; and I hope that the focus modes SLR users are used to come to Nikon, maybe take a note out of Fuji’s book and release some killer improvements with firmware updates.
What about Olympus and Panasonic, well I see no threat to MicroFourThirds. It still has size advantages. Optical physics and the rules of mother nature have not changed. Its one of the arguments Leica have made with the SL, if your going mirrorless and full frame you may as well keep the bodies a decent size because a full frame autofocus lens is going to be big.
In fact its because of this you can make the argument for Nikon to bring back the Nikon 1, two bodies, cheap basic for point and shoot for those who want interchangeable lens and a pro model. Pro features in such a small system would stop Nikon users buying MicroFourThirds.
Its been a stressful week. Timmy the Greyhound is unwell and needs an operation to investigate. We are hoping for the best and fearing the worst.
This lunch time I went for a walk with my Leica M10 with the latest firmware to give it a test. I’ll have to post a blog about dynamic range but the base ISO of 100 is not actually the base ISO but a slight pull setting.
The lovely Cherry B is retiring this summer, I have photographed her a number of times over the years and she is one of the most professional models I know. No matter what your skill set you will always come away having enjoyed yourself and with great images.
I booked her for a final farewell shoot in May and we played around for the first half of the session with various sunglasses and hats before getting down to business for the actual shot I wanted. See below.
Everyone was expecting a new Leica L mount camera the other week to be announced during the official opening of Leica’s new HQ. It did not arrive but its still expected soon. We are also starting to get rumours of a new Leica Medium Format camera to arrive before the end of the year. The Leica S system is great, and the lens and quality cannot be faulted with the exception of a far to high rate of failure of autofocus motors in the lens, which Leica say they have now fixed.
With high end now hitting 200 MP and mirrorless cropped medium format at 50 MP from Hasselblad and Fuji the 37.5 MP Leica S2 is looking out classed. They need something soon.
Friday saw the release of new firmware from Leica. The interest for me is that they are re-introducting the aperture guess in the exif data.
The Leica M range have no way of informing the camera what aperture they are using, but in previous M digital cameras like my M8.2 it did make a guess. The M10 did away with that as Leica did not want inaccurate information in the Exif data. Thanks to pressure from the users, Leica have now brought this back.