The Leica CL was a cheaper Leica M and did well, the new Leica CL is a camera I have been waiting for Leica to produce for the last few years and it excites me greatly.
The Leica Vario was marketed as a mini Leica M, and because of this if failed. It was a good camera and fitted a niche well but because of the marketing people were expecting something it was not.
The Leica CL takes the best parts of the Leica X series, Leica Q and Leica TL and produces a real photographers mirrorless camera.
If your looking for a new camera then an Olympus, Sony or Panasonic mirrorless camera may be better but if you want a Leica and to be able to use Leica’s TL and SL glass plus all the old M glass and even R glass in a small modern mirrorless camera then its the one to pick.
I can imagine a lot of older photographers whose eyesight is now getting the better of them, trading their Leica M’s for this and still being able to use there favourite glass collected over the years.
For many photographers its what they expected the Leica TL2 to be.
With all the interest currently being shown in high resolution sensors, its with great timing Sony have released their latest medium format sensor roadmap.
The Pentax, Fuji and new Hasselblad all use the more affordable 50 MP sensors but we have 100 MP version coming in or soon after 2018. More important then just higher resolution the new sensors deliver nearly 100% faster data read speeds so expect the next generation of mirrorless medium format cameras to be much faster. For the big boys, and were are talking high end PhaseOne and Hasselblad H series cameras we have a 150 MP sensor coming soon. Exciting times ahead.
There is not much of the year left, and this year I have not managed as much studio work as I would have liked, so I have booked in a few sessions before the year ends, to try out a few ideas and to test shoot another new model to me.
With the recent released of mirrorless medium format cameras I thought I would give some thought to how they fit in with the use I would put them to, and how they fit in with those tasks.
On one side we have the Hasselblad, fixed rear screen weather sealed and only a leaf shutter. The Hasselblad was announced and nearly released at the same time as the Fuji, but delay after delay hit them and the firmware was very buggy.
For outdoor use its a good solid camera but it excels when shooting fashion outdoors mixing studio and daylight with great creative options due to the leaf shutters built into each lens.
Fuji are less well thought off when it comes to medium format but they have a long history of producing well designed medium format; not only that, but Fuji built the built the Hasselblad X-Pan panoramic for Hasselblad.
The Fuji with its tilting rear screen, weather sealing and focal plane shutter is not quite as flexible in mixed lighting conditions but is possibly superior for landscape use. With the focal plane shutter you can also use other lens with the Fuji. It also has the advantage of the removable EVF which hopefully will get upgrades.
As an alternative there is also the Leica S. An SLR styled camera with weather sealing and a focal plane shutter, but the lens are available in two versions one without a shutter and one with a leaf shutter, thus if you need a leaf shutter lens its available to you.
What would I choose, well if money was no option the Leica is the most tempting with its flexibility. The newer Hasselblad and Fuji have the advantages of newer higher resolution sensors and they are also cheaper then the Leica. So out of these two I would say my heart says Hasselblad but my mind says Fuji. At the moment the Fuji is the better camera, better hardware and firmware.
Today my iPhone X arrived, I went for the silver model as I have always had black to space grey before. To be honest it will not make much difference once its in a case but I suspected the silver model might be less popular so got that in the hope and success of getting one early.
So far I am extremely happy. Face ID works very well and being someone who does not upgrade every year you really notice the improved performance.
Today was the annual Lincoln Photography Show run by London Camera Exchange. The major players were all there, Nikon, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Olympus, Fuji, as well as some of the bigger accessory companies.
Fuji had their Medium Format camera which I like, I also played with latest version of the Fuji X100, I camera I really want to like but I don’t know if its my imagination but the current version seems to have a very poor optical viewfinder and I would not pay the kind of money they are asking for it.
Sony keep charging forward, and while they have many good cameras there always seems to be either an issue or a replacement coming along.
Olympus and Panasonic both have strong lineups and Olympus have really rounded out their professional lens now.
A fun event and I enjoyed the seminars.
The most impressive camera was the new Nikon D850. My D800 is a real high end heavy hitter and when the D810 came out I could not see enough of an improvement but the D850 feels like a small Nikon D5, its a real top of the line pro model.
The price of the D850 is an issue for that kind of money its now worth considering a mirrorless system, you could get an Olympus and all the pro lens for the price of a D850 and a few pro Nikon lens.
I have now finally take the jump and upgraded my Lightroom CC to the latest Lightroom Classic.
A quick edit using some of my existing M10 presets configured for the previous Lightroom, but a reasonable editing job if done in a couple of seconds. Over the coming few weeks i’ll be using it continually and getting a good feel of the new version. I might also download the new cloud based Lightroom CC to my laptop and do a little testing of it.