Saturday, 31 October 2015

A Look At The Leica SL (Type 601)...& “Das Wesentliche” Experience

My thanks to Leica Marketing for hosting me together with other photography enthusiasts today at the luxe museum. The Leica SL has been in the photography news of late as I think many are assessing if it meets their needs for that step into Leica or for current Leica owners, an assessment of whether it's the next body/system to get into. 

The SL will have it's own native lens but it can take on other Leica mount lenses with adapters. With the 24-90mm f/2.8-4 on, it's a pretty hefty 1.987kg (Body 847gm and lens 1,140gm) and for me personally, carrying it for a while and shooting with it, I know it's not for me. I'm probably in the camp waiting for the next M, dreaming of the ultimate digital rangefinder with in body evf so you can rangefinder focus and evf focus (with peaking and magnification). the SL from a cost standpoint, is lower priced than the medium format S system and is slightly smaller and lighter so comments of it being a S lite kinda sounds right. It comes in at S$17,850k [Body at S$11k and lens at S$6,850] with the native 24-90mm. 
  • Native L Mount Lens Line Up: Vario-Elmarit 24-90mm f/2.8-4 ASPH for now but 50mm Summilux  f/1.4 ASPH and 90-280mm f/2.8-4 APO to follow in 2016
  • T lenses can be mounted without adapter but will come with a crop factor [i believe 1.5x]
  • Other lens via available adapters but no AF and IS: M, R, S and cine lenses (PL adapter). 
From the presentation and short chat with the Leica folks there, the SL has had a good debut and has good order takeup already which is great to hear. I believe it is a good option for the professional photographer looking to shoot with arguably the best lenses ever made for photography. the "straight pro" tagline also points to the focus for this being more for professional photographers. Built to last (hand made and weather sealed) with a great EVF (4.4MP, 0.8x magnification & minimal lag), high continuous burst mode (11fps with good 2gb buffer), iso50-50,000, 24mp cmos sensor (no low pass filter) and ability to mount loadsa Leica glass and a lovely quiet shutter. Das Wesentliche ~the essentials or the substance of it ~ focusing on what is essential to capturing our desired images... i could experience more of this and am looking forward to future Leica offerings. 

i spy with my little eye something that is red 
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a stairway to (photographic) heaven? :) 
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some models were on hand... and i didn't check the iso settings on my camera so my other 
shots are not too usable so just the one...
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next up we were ushered into a different room and Mr Sunil Kaul, Managing Director at Leica Camera Asia Pacific,
 gave the opening introduction speech on the SL
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rapt attention from all present
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& applause
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then Stephan Schulz, Head of Product Management Professional Camera Systems, followed up sharing more about the SL
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and new friends thinking hard about new Leicas to acquire ;) 
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audience waiting to get some hands on time with the SL...
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after a great sharing by Mr Willy Foo, a professional photographer who spent some time with the SL,
we got to have a feel of it for ourselves
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big & heavy but there were ladies checking the SL out
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more evidence... hmm Seiko wearer... 
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trying to connect to the SL to pull the images out from it... 
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fastest fingers first? 
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i wasn't able to get a SL for the following shots but i assure you they are taken with a Leica lens :) a wonderful dancer, Stephanie, was brought in for the event...
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and t rex begins playing in my head... "i was dancing when i was 12..." 
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"I danced myself right out the womb..."
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"Is it strange to dance so soon?"
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thanks once again to Mr Sunil Kaul (who was sporting a cool Rolex GMT) and Leica Marketing for this great opportunity to experience the 
best tools at capturing our visions and imagination [thanks Nick for taking this shot for us. check out some great shots from Nick here LINK]
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signing off for now and heading out to shoot ;) cheers, raph

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Bond:Does it do anything?

As always do watch it to the end :) great Omega tie-in ad with the Spectre coming
click on the pics below too to find out more about the latest Bond watch and the previous ones from before
SPECTRE 007 IN CINEMAS
THE OMEGA SEAMASTER 300 - 007'S WATCHA 20 YEAR BOND


Thursday, 15 October 2015

Film Photography & Shooting Film in Singapore

Where can I buy a film camera? 
for Singapore based photogs, clubsnap buy sell (others) classifieds section is a good source LINK
Shops at peninsula plaza and peninsula shopping centre also have film cameras for sale. most of the located on the ground floors of both places. 

Where can I buy film, develop and scan/print film? 


1) Konota [111 North Bridge Road Peninsula Plaza #01-26 Singapore 179098. Tel:63334492] - I am very happy with Konota and they have a 45min-1hour express service which is great for me. Black and white will take a couple of days though. for color they won't develop at your push pull ISOs though so have to look for another lab to do that.

2) Triple D [175 Bencoolen St, Singapore 189649 Tel:6224 4006

3) Analog Film Lab LINK - i believe the only slide processing shop in Singapore. you could send it in yourself and save a couple of bucks or drop them off at Ruby.  

Just for getting film

- Ruby Photo [3 Coleman St, #01-01/02, Peninsula Excelsior Shopping Centre] - Best for ilford black and white films and if you want to buy what you need to bulk roll film yourself

Film shooting... 

is a different experience vs digital. with digital you can, if you want to, just spray and pray or run and gun which is to shoot mindlessly, holding onto your shutter button and shooting loadsapics in continous mode and end up with a lot of QQ (questionable quality) shots. with film, you have to slow down, know your composition and what you want to achieve with the shot and it is a more deliberate process. there is a pleasure to shooting film and finding good shots taken in a roll, the happy surprises of a good to great capture. film allows folks to take great pix too of course and prices have come down for getting film gear. the look is not digital clean but has a grain, a feel to it, an organic quality...  alive and imbued with some 'soul' ;) well that's what i think anyway. 

I will be sharing more of my thoughts around film vs digital in time but for now... some film shots to share (these scanned to 1s and 0s of course :) 



self
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subway baby
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crossing
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let me tell u bout...
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such great company
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cinema daze
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exhibition
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