Submitted by Double Negative on August 22, 2011 - 8:55am
Metering. Some times you have a tricky lighting situation or need a convenient "grey card." Use what's around you and meter the sky or the back of your hand, and add one stop - or just meter some grass - to get a roughly 18% exposure. If you don't have a meter, use the "Sunny 16" rule which states that at f/16 you set the shutter speed to the reciprocal of the ISO (e.g. 1/125s for ISO 100). You can adjust from there and if the lighting doesn't change - neither does the exposure. Both film and digital have enough of a latitude to make up small differences.
Submitted by Double Negative on August 19, 2011 - 3:02pm
While checking out the latest, depressing news headlines - I came across an interesting video featured on CNN called film: not dead yet that offers "a unique look into New York City's still vibrant analog photography community." Really nice production value, and starts off with a guy (Colin H) shooting a Mamiya C330 TLR... Features a Leica briefly, familar scenes and Erwin Elliot. Works for me.
Submitted by Double Negative on August 18, 2011 - 12:27pm
In an interesting tidbit, courtesy of the Leica MP product page at Robert White (a UK-based and online Leica dealer) we learn that Leica has temporarily halted production of the stock and "a là carte" MP bodies until "early 2012." Leica "a là carte" lets you customize your MP or M7 camera...
Submitted by Double Negative on August 15, 2011 - 8:55am
The self timer. More useful than you think, especially on the M9. When in bulb mode you can hit the shutter button once to open the shutter and the LCD will count up the seconds (up to 240). Just hit the shutter button again to close the shutter. On the Ti M9 it's the only way to use bulb since it lacks a threaded cable release socket. The M7 and M8's LCD work the same way (going up to 999), but you'll need a locking cable release to keep the shutter button down. New on the M9 is the ability to disable it altogether to prevent accidental activation.
Submitted by Double Negative on August 12, 2011 - 4:05pm
Added today is the Lens Primer - Advanced Topics article.
The third article of the series, this one gets into more advanced topics such as optical aberrations, lens design elements, ergonomics, bokeh and more.
Submitted by Double Negative on August 12, 2011 - 8:59am
Heliopan has announced the new Vario ND filter, a variable neutral-density filter. This is great news as some of the other options available currently are just not usable. Unfortunately, at least for now - the available sizes of the new filter run from 52-82mm. List price ranges from €140-220,- (incl. 19% MwSt.). However, there are still some lenses that can use it, such as the Cosina/Voigtländer 35mm f/1.2 (52mm) and 50mm f/1.1 (58mm) Noktons and of course, the Leica Noctiluxes (with step-up rings). Here's the press release:
Submitted by Double Negative on August 9, 2011 - 12:45pm
Added today is the Lens Primer - Creative Controls article.
The second article of the series, this one delves into the creative aspects of a lens. Using focus and depth of field, perspective and even "signature" in creative ways.
Submitted by Double Negative on August 7, 2011 - 7:46pm
For those of you that missed the first, limited run of 1,000 of the Leica Compendium by Irwin Puts... And got your pre-orders in for the updated second edition - they're ready! Irwin posts on his blog
First a simple announcement: the new print of the Leica compendium has been arrived at the distributors in Europe and I will start shipping the books from tomorrow (August 8). Past experience shows that it will take three weeks to arrive in USA, Canada, Australia and Far East.
Submitted by Double Negative on August 7, 2011 - 9:56am
Exposure lock. Available on the M7, M8 and M9. With a half-press of the shutter button, it's much faster to use for one-off shots than fiddling with exposure compensation. If your scene meters too dark/bright, just frame an appropriately brighter/darker area of the scene and lock the exposure; keep the shutter button depressed halfway as you recompose and shoot. Grass makes for a convenient 18% grey card equivalent for metering. You can also use your hand, but add about a stop to the exposure.
Submitted by Double Negative on August 6, 2011 - 12:39pm
Added today is the Lens Primer - The Basics article.
Choosing a lens involves a lot of decisions - including cost, optical specifications, lens mount and even its "signature." This article gets into the basic parameters of a lens and will be followed by a more in-depth article as part of a series. Call it "Lens 101."