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Thoughts on Leica Photokina News

Germany, Cologne… and here we were with Photokina 2018 kicking off. The past few weeks have been dominated by announcements from Canon and Nikon with the EOS R and Z systems respectively. I have been keeping an eye on Leica Rumors as a few intriguing rumors have been swirling around…. Leica Q2, Leica SL2, maybe a mini M (CM) or maybe Leica would finally release the 35mm or 50mm Summicron which at this point long overdue. I had some excitement looking forward to the press release from Leica, and here I am with my thoughts on the news that came out of Photokina. Somewhat disappointed but lets go over some of the key notes.

Thoughts on Leica Photokina News

On the go with the Fuji X100f

Those of you who follow my blog or my posts know that I shoot with Leica cameras or primarily the Leica SL at the moment, but today I will be going over my experience with the Fuji X100f. With my move to a Leica SL from a Leica Q, the one aspect that I lost in between that decision was portability for times when I am on the go or need to travel light. With this my decision came to try and give the Fuji X100f a shot as a companion camera to my main set. For the days when I need a semi pocketable camera that I can take along to places like amusement parks, family get together's and so on. This gives me a camera that's way better than just a smartphone for times when I do not want to bring the Leica SL. What I will go over in this post is how well the Fuji X100f complements my Leica SL from functional and technical perspective.

On the go with the Fuji X100f

Leica SL + Zeiss 50mm Sonnar 1.5 ZM Review

Love it or hate it, that's the term or review I have found the most about this lens, but one statement I have also heard is how this lens has a special character to it. If your looking for that classic or Hollywood glam look of the 1950s, this lens design is your lens. That is really what drew me to this particular lens, my style is looking for those timeless photographs that feel like a lost memory. So I took the plunge and made the effort to make this my primary lens for over one year and decide whether I love it or hate it. With that, I look to share an extensive review of the Sonnar f1.5 to provide a personal field test and view of the lens. When I first started looking at this lens, there really was not any reviews or articles on it, probably due to the fact that there are not many fans of this lens. I've often heard comments about it's softness or so but I will go through how to overcome this and hopefully through this post I can add public information about this lens for anyone interested.

Leica SL + Zeiss 50mm Sonnar 1.5 ZM Review

One week with the Leica Noctilux + Leica SL

Recently an opportunity came across my lap and got me excited, my brother in law was looking into getting into the Leica system and was jumping straight into it with purchasing a Leica Noctilux. He has asked me to purchase it in advance and my only response was heck yeah as this would give me a week to try out the legendary Noctilux. Its very rare that you get to hold and shoot with a $10,000 lens so this was an opportunity that I was excited for and had me waiting for the UPS truck to arrive. 

One week with the Leica Noctilux + Leica SL

Leica SL 75mm and 90mm APO Lenses Officially Announced

Primes are here! 

Its been over a year and a half since the Leica SL lens road map was announced at Photokina, but we are finally seeing the first products of that road map with the official Leica announcement of the 75mm and the 90mm Summicron Prime Lenses. To me, this is exciting as I have been waiting for the new primes to be released since moving to the SL system. The Vario lenses and the 50 Summilux to date have been lenses that I tend to shy away from due to size and weight. Those of you who follow my profile know that I like to be mobile and travel with one lens so primes are my go-to options. To this date, I have been shooting with M mount lenses on my SL as I wait for the release of the 35mm prime. 

Leica SL 75mm and 90mm APO Lenses Officially Announced