Picture | Joie de vivre

Simply enjoying life. Wildpark Edersee, May 1st, 2012.

Leica M8 + Planar 50/2 ZM @ f/2, 1/2000 sec, ISO 160

Re-skinning the Leica M8

When I first got my Leica M8, I immediately disliked the standard leathering it came with. The fine grain of the original M8 leathering resembles sandpaper (from the looks at least), and offers as good as no grip. Leica fixed this with the M8.2, where they switched to the more pronounced vulcanite covering, but for some stranges reason reverted to the sandpaper style with the gray M9. The black M9 and the new M9-P models, however, all feature the vulcanite covering, which has just recently been slightly refined.

Thus, very early, I desired to give my M8 a new leathering. However, at that time, the only supplier for M8 leatherettes was cameraleather.com (if you did not wish to send your camera in to Leica themselves). They have some very nice leathers in their product lineup, but they’re all relatively expensive. Then I remembered that when I got my Olympus E-P1, I ordered a custom leatherette from the Japanese manufacturer Aki Asahi, for much the same reasons that I now wanted one for my M8: grip. And also looks. But the E-P1’s metal finish in particular proved very slippery, and also attracted finger prints due to its shiny surface. However, Aki Asahi were only offering custom coverings for analog M models, not for the digital M8 or M9. That is, until very recently. Continue reading Re-skinning the Leica M8

News & Articles | April 4th, 2012

I thought I’d reinstate my irregular News & Articles column, starting with today. I’ve been neglecting this for some time, but I find so many interesting news bits and other kinds of articles during my daily web-crawling routine, that I find I should share at least some of them with you. So, without further ado, here’s a list of recent news and articles for you to digest!

Three Approaches to Shooting a Classic Screwmount Leica

On Steve Huff’s blog, Khoa Tran shares his experience with shooting an old screwmount Leica IIc, and shares some tips about how to approach shooting such a camera. A very insightful read, with some very nice pictures!

The real digital Holga

Gearhead Mike Martens has created an actual digital Holga by sticking a 20 megapixel Phase One medium format back to the front part of a Holga. He shares a description of how he did it and some pictures taken with that combination in his flickr photostream.

Using The Zeiss 50mm Planar ZM On Micro Four Thirds

A little advertising for myself and for the website I’m writing for: I wrote a little hands-on review about using the Zeiss 50mm Planar ZM on my Olympus E-P1 and Panasonic G1 cameras for The Phoblographer. Just in case you’re interested in that kind of stuff …

Fuji X-Pro 1 goodness

Over at Luminous Landscape, photographer Nick Devlin shares his insights into the Fuji X-Pro 1.
Meanwhile, David from SoundImagePlus is working on a multi-part review of said camera. As always, he uses it mainly for his landscape work, and goes deeply into detail, uncovering what’s great and what’s awful about Fuji’s new flagship. His ravings begin here.
Lastly, here is dpreview’s first look at the X-Pro 1.

Have fun, and see you next time ’round!

PADs #104–108

This week was a week of crazy skies and beautiful light.

PAD #104 | “Sunrise” | Around 8:30 a.m. at my office, I saw the sun rise above the hills surrounding Marburg. Recently, sunrises have been extraordinarily beautiful around here.

Olympus E-P1 + Lumix 20/1.7 @ f/4, 1/200 sec, ISO 200

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PADs #100–102

PAD #100 | “Prized” | When he was younger, my grandfather was a passionate hunter. This is the head of the first elk he ever shot, back in the sixties.

Olympus E-P1 + Lumix 20/1.7 @ f/1.7, 1/25 sec, ISO 400

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