Picture | “Marburg at Night”

One foggy evening at the shores of the Lahn river. Top right: illuminated castle hidden in deep fog.

Olympus E-P1 + Lumix 20/1.7 @ f/4, 2.5 sec, ISO 200

Picture | “Flock of Pigeons”

Just needed a break from work and found this among my scanned negs. I shot this one foggy morning early this year on my way to work.

Pentax ME + Revuenon 50/1.4 on Kodak VR+ 200

Goodbye M8, hello CL!

A while ago I was debating whether to sell my Leica M8, due to financial issues. Well, I made a decision, and now it’s gone. Its new owner is quite enthusiastic about it, which reminds me a bit about how I felt when I first got it back in 2010. I’ve now spent almost two and a half years with it, and we had a great time together. But as it is with great times, they all come to an end eventually. Some sooner, some later.

If I could have, I would have kept the M8. No question. I loved this camera. But to be honest, during our last holidays this summer, where I only took the Panasonic G1 and 20/1.7 lens, I didn’t miss the M8 at all. And now that it’s gone, I must admit I am also a bit relieved. The M8 is not an easy camera. It’s a dog. It rewards you with some of the most gorgeous pictures you’ve ever seen, if you’re doing it right. My Micro Four Thirds cameras are much easier to use. Heck, even my old Pentax ME is easier to use (apart from the scanning/post-processing involved.)

I will in due time write a retrospective post on my time with the M8. I also still have some 1000+ pictures that haven’t been processed yet, so even though the M8 is gone now, my time with it is far from over. The M8 still has a place in my heart. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll get another one. For the moment however, I got myself a replacement. It’s not digital, it’s not convenient, it’s a dog, too. But it’s a proper Leica. It takes M mount glass, it is a marvel of German-Japanese engineering, and it fills the hole that selling the M8 has left.

And it is … a Leica CL.

The CL is the smallest analog M-mount rangefinder ever built, developed by Leitz and Minolta and produced by Minolta in Japan. It was also sold as the Leitz Minolta CL and the Minolta CL, and its successor, the Minolta CLE, is the most advanced M-mount rangefinder before the M7 and Konica Hexar RF came along (and its metering is still more advanced than that of the latter two.)

This particular CL may look like a beater, but believe, mechanically and electronically it is working a charm. I couldn’t be happier. Also, its beaten exterior means I could get it at a very reasonable price. For the moment, I am using it with my 28mm Zeiss Biogon (which, btw, is up for sale, so if you’re interested drop me a line). But I am awaiting delivery of a russian-made 50mm f/2 Jupiter 8 lens.

Besides a first test roll I haven’t used the CL much yet. All I can say is that the shutter speeds seem to be accurate and that the meter readings are plausible. I will drop the test roll off at my local drugstore today and will report on the results shortly.

So, goodbye M8 and welcome CL!

Fall Photography 2012

The beautiful colours of fall are always a reason to head out and take pictures. I’ve been doing so in the past years, and I did so as well this year. While reviewing the Lensbaby Composer Pro and Sweet 35 optic module for The Phoblographer, I also took some pictures of beautiful autumn scenery. The other fall pictures I’ve taken since leaves began turning yellow here in central Germany were shot using my Panasonic G1 and an adapted 50mm f/1.4 Revuenon lens for Pentax K mount. That 50mm is usually my standard lens on my Pentax ME, but it doubles nicely as a short tele / portrait lens on Micro Four Thirds.

You can find my latest fall pictures in my flickr gallery by clicking on the picture below. Thanks for looking!

Panasonic G1 + Auto-Revuenon MC 50/1.4 PK

Picture | “Leaf”

This may well be the last week of summer. Fall is definitely coming. Not only are the leaves beginning to change their colour and fall, but it’s also cold at night and chilly in the morning.

The picture below was taken with the Lensbaby Composer Pro for Micro Four Thirds with Sweet 35 optic, which I am currently reviewing for The Phoblographer. A first impressions post on the lens will be published later this week or as late as early next week.

"Leaf" | Panasonic G1 + Composer Pro w/ Sweet 35