NEW YORK NEW YORK – I’m in the process of rediscovering my 35mm F1.4 Summilux FLE lens. I’ve worked wit a number of 35s, including the version 4 Summicorn (known as the “bokeh king”) and the current Summichron. the FLE is wonderfully sharp corner to corner and has a look that is a good balance between contrast and acutance. I had drifted away from it because it has some tendency to flare, but of course if you know that you take steps to mitigate it. Here it is showing off on Third Avenue, three frames stitched.
kDay 2056 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
On this say four years ago (day 595): Empire State and Flatiron. As I said four years ago this is a twofer in terms of iconic structures.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Equipment matters to me. I went out today with the classic Leica 28mm Summicron bolted onto my camera. I have an ambivalent relationship with this lens. It has good definition, manageable contrast, nice out-of-focus character and a slight tendency to flair, but somehow it doesn’t resonate with me. I brought back not much.
Day 2043 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YORK A busy and productive day on the images front. Nice late afternoon images in midtown after a foggy morning. I’m shooting security cameras, which are everywhere, when good opportunities show up. All images shot with a 90mm Summicron lens on my Leica Monochrom type 246.
Day 2042 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – A new camera today. The new version of the Leica Monochrom arrived in my life this morning. I’ve been shooting the original Monochrom for just over three years now. Remember that the Monochroms produce black and white only files; the absence of a Bayer filter over the sensor (which is how cameras see in color) doubles the effective resolution; and the absence of color information leads to a simpler “de-mosaicing” step in in-camera processing, which results in smoother, deeper files. This works for me because I shoot only in black and white.
The old Monochrom produces lovely film-like black and white renderings; based on limited initial experience so does the new Monochrom (which is referred to as Model 246 to distinguish it from the older camera). The new camera doesn’t offer much in the way of resolution improvement: 24 megs without a Bayer filter (up from 18 with the current Monochrom), which produces the equivalent of 48 meg resolution, solidly in medium format land. Based on initial impressions the files are even more flexible than the original Monochrom in terms of ability to bring out shadow detail.
I got the new camera because of some minor sensor issue with the old one and because although it looks exactly the same it just a better camera with improved weather sealing, quieter shutter, better rangefinder, more useful frame lines, faster start up and frame to frame speeds, better high ISO performance and better battery life.
From this point on assume that the images you see on this site are taken with the Leica Model 248 Monochrom. I spent the day shooting familiar scenes to begin to get a feel for the camera.
Day 2038 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
On this day two years ago (day 1308): Basil our Norwich Terrier, breaking my “no photographs of cute pets” rule.