Life Style Brands

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.


Leica Flash and building out a system

The SF60 Flash and SF C1 remote unit is now available.

A modern high power unit, the remote has microSD for easy firmware updates and it works across all the current Leica cameras.

I expect my blog to be very Leica heavy this next few weeks, with at least two new camera.  One will be a rebadged Panasonic with a Leica lens and Leica firmware, but the other will be an L mount.

Family Update

Its now June, and we have been getting back on top of the garden.   With the guests we had staying over the last few months, Timmy the Greyhound’s vet visits and having to have some of his front teeth out, and finally Caroline having to have a minor operation to remove a small cyst, the garden and our blog has been neglected.

Despite all of this we have managed a few days out and a holiday; I also managed to do a few studio shoots and some corporate portraits.

Now I hope things are getting back to normal and we can get the veg plot planted up and get some photographic shoots organised.

Saturday night was interesting as we had an earthquake.  Very minor as these things generally are here in Lincolnshire but it made the local media.


A new Leica and rumours about the L mount

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.

A new Leica Mirrorless?

Leica M8 with Summilux-M 50mm

A lot of my general photography and test shots in the studio are taken with Leica equipment so when rumours start to appear of new Leica cameras I aways pay close attention.

It seems we are now going to get a lower end full frame camera based on the Leica SL.  I really hope its true.

While I have no complaints over the Leica M10 and my Nikon D800 produces excellent, it would be nice for a cheaper Leica SL variant.

The need for more hardware

As a photographer we always want the latest toys; sorry latest necessary tools.

As a photographer I love my Leica M10, and I would love an Hasselblad X1D and Nikon D850.

On the computer side I have the latest MacPro, but my MacBookPro is now ten years old and I feel that my desire for a new laptop is justified.

Leica M8 sample – Boudoir

Now even an old Leica M8 can produce impressive results like that above, but having a modern laptop is extremely useful.

I was disappointed that Apple’sWWDC yesterday did not announce any new hardware but I will be looking out for a new laptop.

After ten years I think deserve one.

Apple WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference)

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.

A Vintage Affair

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.