The My New Leica M 240 Finally Arrived! Very VERY First Impressions:
Hey everyone! Great news! I just came back from Bergen County Camera, and check out what I brought home with me? It’s the new Leica M or Type 240 as some refer to it. I am so excited to finally get my copy! I’ve been driving in traffic all day (Bergen County Camera is in NJ, and I live in NY), and I haven’t even eaten anything yet lol. First impressions? It’s a bit bigger than the M9 but also a little heavier, which is nice. The leather wrapping around the camera is much gripper, and it feels much nicer than the M9-P. The new screen looks good, and the silver color is awesome…what else is there to say other than…it’s great to have a digital M back in my hands! It really is…
↑ Here’s a quick snap of the back view of the new Leica M. Leica finally updated the screen.
I’m currently charging the battery (btw the battery is bigger, which is another plus), and I’m hoping to get out there tonight to do a little shooting. I haven’t manual focused a lens since I sold my M9 back in October…wonder if I still can do it lol. I really can’t wait to take some photos with my new Leica M. If I get anything tonight, I’ll post some stuff up, and give you all a better first impression.
So anyway, more maybe later tonight, and definitely tomorrow! Right now, I’m going to get some food in me…although I must admit that I’m a bit too excited to eat . I will definitely be doing a review of the Leica M soon…a mutli-page/multi-post review over my time with the camera. I think a camera like this deserves a bit more attention . Thanks for stopping by! More later!
Photo of The Day: Happy Chinese New Year!:
I went out today to shoot more with the Olympus OM-D before I have to return it, and decided to check out Chinatown, since today is Chinese New Year. I saw some of the lion dances going on, and took quite a few photos, most of which I’m saving for my X-E1 vs. OM-D post later. This was only the beginning; next weekend, the lion dances are going to occur all day…I think it’s going to be Saturday if I’m correct.
This photo was taken with the OM-D, and the Panasonic 25 Summilux F1.4 ASPH. What an awesome lens…I actually ran into this “lion” by accident, and when I saw him, i just started snapping away. I was extremely close to him so a lot of the photos had the lion cut off a lot. I checked out what I got, and I found this photo with the guy inside staring straight at me completely tack sharp. I was quite honestly amazed because there was so much movement! This is where the autofocus on the OM-D really comes into play. It was so fast, and precise. Plus, the image stabilization probably had a hand in this shot as well.
Anyway, I might be going to next week’s Chinese New Year celebration but I’m not sure yet. If I do, I’ll probably be shooting with the X-E1. The Oly was fun to use but I miss my Fuji. Take care everyone!
Photo of The Day: Walking Around Brighton Beach With The OM-D:
Hey everyone! I’ve been quite busy these past few days but I have been setting some time apart to use both the OM-D, and my X-E1 for my comparison post coming up in the near future. It will probably be a three part series. After using both essentially sided by side for these past few days, both definitely have unique strengths as well as their own unique weaknesses. I took both out last night but ended up using the OM-D mostly for some night shooting in Brighton Beach, which is near Coney Island. I took a few photos but the snow, and cold got worse so I ended up calling it a night.
Here is one of the photos I shot with the OM-D, and the Panasonic 25 Summilux F1.4 ASPH. I must say, this is a killer lens, and a perfect match for the OM-D. I can’t wait to compare this lens with the Fuji XF 35mm. You all know how much I love the XF 35mm but the 25 lux definitely has its unique look. This shot was taken right on the boardwalk, which I always like to walk, especially in the summers. There’s a lot of life there, and look how massive it looks. As you can see in this photo though, it was rather deserted except for the couple and their dog, which I thought would be great as a black and white photo. I use Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 to convert my file to black and white.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photo. Stay tuned for more stuff coming up. Thanks for stopping by today!
Photo of the Day: This Time a Photo From the Olympus OM-D:
Happy Friday everyone! I was going to do a comparison post today between the Fuji XF 18-55mm and the XF 18mm but I think I will hold off until this weekend because I’m a bit under the weather, and it is absolutely freezing out right now. I will also be doing comparison tests between the zoom, and the other fixed focal lengths as well. For now, check out this photo from my brother in-law, Justin Watkins. He used an Olympus OM-D with a Panasonic 25mm Summilux ASPH, which is great because it’s something different than the usual Fuji around here . Nothing wrong with Fuji stuff, I just like this site to be about a variety of photographic equipment, and subjects.
The OM-D was set to 400 ISO, and this was shot at 1/40s wide open. It’s Friday, and I wanted a fun photo so I thought this would be perfect. The subject as you can see is my brother in-law’s golden retriever, Kopi. She is a real character as you all can see . I hope you all enjoy it. Stay tuned for the comparison tests coming soon, and I will also be reviewing a new strap sometime next week. It would also be great if I can do some sort of comparison test between the X-E1 and the OM-D…hmm…let me see if I can work something out with my brother in-law. He has the 25 Summilux ASPH, and I have the XF 35mm. Both are 50mm equivalents, and both have a wide open aperture of F1.4. It would be a nice comparison. He has the kit zoom too, and so do I for the X-E1. That’ll be a nice comparison as well. Anyway, we will see how that goes. Take care everyone!
Photo of The Day: Shot With The XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro Lens:
Wow, it has been a very cold week in New York! I was going to take pictures today but maybe I will wait a bit . I usually love going out in the cold but who knows, maybe I’m getting older but being that it’s currently 16° outside here in New York, I thought it would be a perfect day to stay in, and clean up my computer, since I have what seems like an endless amount of junk and photos everywhere. So, I’m deleting, and moving things around, and I run into this photo here, which was shot with the X-Pro1, and XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro lens. What makes this photo so special? Well, nothing really lol. It’s just wow, the XF 60mm is pretty darn good.
I’m almost 100% sure that I’m going to sell this lens because quite frankly, I don’t use it much at all. If I need something like a 90mm, the 55mm focal length on the zoom is long enough for me, and I don’t shoot macro much. Also, while I wish I took more portraits with this lens, for some reason, I always end up using the XF 35mm instead. But this is a nice lens, and I’m tempted not to sell it now. The XF 60mm never gets enough credit in the Fuji XF series line, and sometimes seems to be a bit overshadowed by the XF 35mm. But look at the colors, contrast, and the sharpness. Even the bokeh is nice on this lens, and this isn’t even shot wide open. If anyone is interested, you can check out my XF 60mm F2.4 R macro lens review for more info. Anyway, take care everyone, and for those of you who live in New York, stay warm!