#782. The coming of Julia (an un-review). A brilliant new Zeiss with just a hint of Leica

#782. The coming of Julia (an un-review). A brilliant new Zeiss with just a hint of Leica

For all those of you familiar with  Faust and similar myths, whereby a man loses/sells his soul to the Devil, you know how hard it is to get it back, and it usually involves the love of a fair maiden. Like that is going to happen to a man of

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#781. The Leica M9 Journey: Class, Crass or Fast Glass – No One Rides for Free

#781. The Leica M9 Journey: Class, Crass or Fast Glass – No One Rides for Free

I thought it was high time that I continued my tale of Leica M9 ownership…     It’s been nearly a year now (where has this expletive deleted year gone?!) since I took the plunge and ponied up Sony A7Rii money for something that in functionality terms was akin to my

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#780. Monday Post (29 October) Resurrecting the Kodak Brownie (or is it the Instamatic?)

#780. Monday Post (29 October) Resurrecting the Kodak Brownie (or is it the Instamatic?)

This post comes inspired by the release of the Leica M10-D. The M10-D is essentially a M10-P (the one with a very quiet shutter) minus the rear LCD. Leica call it “digital body – analogue soul”. And, to make this even more obvious, the M10-D sports a very analogue-like lever

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#779. Monday Post (22 October 2018) In defence of succumbing to GAS

#779. Monday Post (22 October 2018) In defence of succumbing to GAS

Defending giving in to GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) might seem strange coming from a guy who has spent all of this year with a 20+year old lens (Leica Elmarit R 28mm f:2.8) mounted on a 7-year old camera (Sony NEX 7), both more-or-less-loved leftovers from past times.     When

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#745. (Monday Post 02 July 2018) – Further Adventures in La La Land

#745. (Monday Post 02 July 2018) – Further Adventures in La La Land

It was a fairly normal day.   I continued to argue* with the good bad folks who host (sic) the photos on my website, whilst preparing some event coverage quotes for a couple of perspective clients   *apparently that my photos no longer display because they rolled out an improved

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#705. Monday Post (26 March 2018) The M9 dream four months on

#705. Monday Post (26 March 2018) The M9 dream four months on

Regular readers of DS may recollect my pseudo M9 review from a few months back, and if you can’t, then feel free to click here and you’ll find the article.   It’s been four months now, and I thought that you might like to know how the M9 and I

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#680. A New Old Camera Review: Never Meet Your Heroes?

#680. A New Old Camera Review: Never Meet Your Heroes?

Never meet your heroes. Isn’t that what they say?   I’ve always wondered what that really means. Perhaps in ancient times it meant that upon meeting that big brave knight you discover that he’s actually scared of little spiders. Perhaps in modern times it means that upon running into the

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#665. Swimming upstream

#665. Swimming upstream

Cats years are reckoned to be nine of ours. Dogs, seven.   There’s agreement on that, but not much on camera longevity, especially if it’s a Leica. I’m not sure I don’t think that’s a bit disingenuous.       Got it yet? Yes, I succumbed a year ago. I

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#663. Decisive steps. Looking into my past purchases to plan the future.

#663. Decisive steps. Looking into my past purchases to plan the future.

The cat is out of the bag. After months of waiting, Sony have released the A7RIII. Thus I, and many other A7RII owners, ask myself the question: is it worth upgrading?     The answer to this question is made less obvious than some would like it by the fact

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#660. Is Sony the Un-Leica-ly company?

#660. Is Sony the Un-Leica-ly company?

In the old days – God, I hate posts that start like that – photography was at least a two-tier world. The first tier, with Kodak Brownies and Polaroids, was for home consumption. Document precious moments, go to print or slide and populate albums.     The second-tier was professional,

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