Photo Gear I’m Bringing With Me to Japan


Photo Gear I’m Bringing With Me to Japan:

In a few hours, I will be on a plane to Japan.  I haven’t been there in over a decade, so I’m interested to see what’s new, and I can’t wait to see what has changed.  I also can’t wait to eat the food there because it is quite good.  Lastly, I will definitely be checking out the camera stores just to see some of those old film collectibles.  I will be taking a lot of pictures when I’m there but I also want to enjoy my visit.  I know I will be doing a lot of walking, so I don’t want to be burdened with too much gear. [click to continue…]


Leica 21mm Summilux ASPH Review in The Works


Leica 21mm Summilux ASPH Review in The Works:

I am super busy packing for my trip to Japan but I just wanted to mention real quick for those who are not part of my new Instagram account that I stopped by the Leica Boutique at Bergen County Camera yesterday to visit Bob, and to also possibly borrow a lens for my trip.  Like always, he’s way to good to me, and not only did he let me borrow a lens, I ended borrowing a freaking fantastic lens I’ve always wanted to use for an extended period of time: The Leica 21mm Summilux ASPH.

If you’re a frequent visitor of my blog, you’ll know that I love shooting with wide angles.  I own the Leica 18mm Super Elmar and the Zeiss Touit 12mm for the Fuji X Series and I simply love them.  While I don’t think I could ever live without my Super Elmar, I thought this trip would be a perfect time to try something new.  I was thinking of maybe borrowing a 24mm lens at first but I’ve owned a 24mm before, and believe it or not, sometimes I felt I need something a little wider.  So, that’s how I settled on the 21mm Summilux ASPH.  I’ve owned a 21mm Elmarit a long time ago but traded it in for something else.  I always felt it was a nice focal length for me.

I wish I had some pictures I could share with you all taken with the 21mm Summilux but the truth is, I’m such a last minute packer :).  I did shoot some photos yesterday but I will save them for when I get back.  However, I will be using this lens extensively in Japan (knowing my love for awesome wide angles like this, I’ll probably be using this lens more than any other lens that I’m bringing with me) and when I come back, I’ll have a lot to share, and I will be writing up a detailed review of this lens.  Thanks for stopping by!


Artisan & Artist Silk Green Wrist Strap Review For Leica


Artisan & Artist Silk Green Wrist Strap #14885 Review For Leica:

For those who prefer holding their camera in their hand instead of having it hang around their neck or shoulders, a decent wrist strap is a nice alternative to a traditional neck strap.  I for one almost never hang my camera around my neck when I’m out taking pictures.  I just find it’s easier for me to weave around a crowded street when the camera is in my hand.  Of course, it’s all about personal preference.  One of my favorite straps from Artisan & Artist has always been the ACAM-301 Silk Cord.  It’s light, strong, and very flexible allowing me to hang it around my neck when I need both hands free or wrap it very easily around my wrist.  But even with such a flexible strap, sometimes the length still makes it a bit cumbersome if all you really need or want is something that can be easily secured to your wrist, which is why the new Artisan & Artist Silk Green Wrist Strap is an excellent alternative. [click to continue…]


Back After Long Hiatus


Back After Long Hiatus:

Hey everyone!  Sorry for the overall lack of activity here recently.  March has been a very busy month for me.  I also went a way for a short last minute trip with a couple of friends.  I’m back now, and I will be answering any comments that have been left over the past couple of weeks, and I will also be replying to all my emails.  Sorry for all the late replies!  In a few of hours or sooner, I will be posting a short review on a new wrist strap as well just to get the ball rolling again.

In about a week, I will be going to Tokyo, Japan.  I will be bringing my Leica M 240 and a few lenses with me.  Bob at Bergen County Camera said he would loan me a lens if I wanted (which is extremely nice of him), so I will also be testing out something cool while I’m there for a review.  If I can get everything in order (packing, last minute stuff, etc.), I will create new content to be released during the week that I’m in Japan, so there will always be something new up on my site.

By the way, as you can see from the photo above, I bought some film (I posted a pic a while ago on my Instagram)…a pro pack of Portra 35mm but mostly medium format.  That’s because I purchased an old Hasselblad medium format film camera recently, which I’m very excited about.  From time to time, I’ve mentioned my old Mamiya 6MF fondly here.  I missed the format enough that I decided to invest back into it.  This time, I wanted to try something different, which is why I went for the Hasselblad.  It took me many months to find exactly the one I wanted.  It still hasn’t arrived yet, and it looks like I won’t get it until after I come back from Japan, so I will talk more about this later.  Again, sorry for the lack of activity!  Stay tuned for more to come!


Floating Ice in New York City Harbors


Ice in New York City Harbors:

We’ve been getting some really cold days here in New York City.  Some days have been in the teens and even the low single digits at night.  Factoring in the wind, it often feels like it’s in the negatives.  I was driving home and I saw some ice on the water, which I thought was really neat since I don’t actually remember a time when I ever saw ice floating around the harbors in New York City.  I wasn’t out for long but here are a few photos I managed to take with my Leica M Typ 240. [click to continue…]