The Graduate (and before that, the first day of school).

2017, Beyond 200 feet of My House™, Favourite, Inspiration, Leica 28mm Elmarit ASPH f/2.8, Leica 35mm Summilux ASPH FLE f/1.4, Leica M8 (CCD Lives!), Leica M9(P)/M-E (CCD Lives!), Portrait

Earlier today.

Grade 6 is… history.

Leica M9 (CCD Lives!Prosophos Open Letter to Leica) + Leica 35mm Summilux ASPH FLE.

…but before today, there was the first day:

Leica M8 (CCD Lives! Prosophos Open Letter to Leica) + Leica 28mm Elmarit ASPH f/2.8.

Torontocongo (Comes the Darkness).

2016, Favourite, Inspiration, Leica M8 (CCD Lives!), Print, Voigtländer 35mm f/2.5 Color Skopar Pancake II, Within 200 feet of My House™

“And in your life, there comes the darkness…
And so we crumble…
The grass grows over me…”

—Radiohead, Decks Dark (from the album A Moon Shaped Pool).

Torontocongo

Leica M8 (CCD Lives!Prosophos Open Letter to Leica) + Voigtländer Color Skopar 35mm f/2.5 Pancake II.

My Camera of the Year for 2016.

Inspiration, Leica M8 (CCD Lives!), Leica M9(P)/M-E (CCD Lives!), Q&A, Teaching point

Prosophos - Leica M9 Black

My 35mm digital camera of the year for 2016 is:

Leica M9/M-E

🙂

After experimenting with the Nikon D810 (and other cameras) for more than seven months, I continue to prefer the Leica M9/M-E for image quality, at base ISO.

It is clear to me that the D810 has the better performing sensor by all objective metrics and has more malleable files, but somehow the M9 images look better.

(The runner up camera is once again the Leica M8.)

But, am I being premature with my selection?  What will the second half of 2016 bring?

Leica may finally improve on the disappointing M240 with the release of a new M in the fall, but realistically most of us won’t be able to get a hold of it until 2017.

Either way, don’t expect it to be a CCD camera like many of us have asked for in My Open a Letter to Leica.

I’ll be interested in it anyway, if the image quality is better than the M240.

—Peter.

Previous Camera of the Year Winners:

 

2015: Leica M9/M-E

2014: Leica M9/M-E

2013: Leica M9/M-E

2012: Leica M9/M-E

2011: Leica M9

2010: Leica M9

2009: Leica M9

2008: Leica M8/Nikon D3

2007: Leica M8/Nikon D3

2006: Leica M8

Fraction.

2016, Baseball, Beyond 200 feet of My House™, Favourite, Inspiration, Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4, Leica M8 (CCD Lives!), Portrait, Q&A, Sports, Teaching point

The dividing line (and timing) of an out.

On a technical note, whereas I would have machine-gun-photographed with the D810 at 5 FPS to try to get this shot (and would have had a 50-50 chance), I was able to get the “decisive moment” with the M8 on a single click of the shutter.

—Peter.

Fraction

Leica M8 (CCD Lives!Prosophos Open Letter to Leica) + Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH.

The Dodge Ball Chronicles (1 – 16).

2016, Beyond 200 feet of My House™, Favourite, Inspiration, Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4, Leica M8 (CCD Lives!), Portrait, Sports

(aka “Group Therapy”)

(aka “The Little Gym of Horrors”)

Actually, the real horror in this gym was the mixed lighting, which wreaked havoc on the white balance from shot-to-shot.

On a different note, this Kids vs. Adults match unfortunately resulted in many injuries, so future matches are in doubt.

You can probably guess which group is hurting this morning.

—Peter.

The Dodge Ball Chronicles 1

The Dodge Ball Chronicles 2

The Dodge Ball Chronicles 3

The Dodge Ball Chronicles 4

The Dodge Ball Chronicles 5

The Dodge Ball Chronicles 6

The Dodge Ball Chronicles 7

The Dodge Ball Chronicles 8

The Dodge Ball Chronicles 9

The Dodge Ball Chronicles 10

The Dodge Ball Chronicles 11

The Dodge Ball Chronicles 12

The Dodge Ball Chronicles 13

The Dodge Ball Chronicles 14

The Dodge Ball Chronicles 15

The Dodge Ball Chronicles 16

Leica M8 (CCD Lives!Prosophos Open Letter to Leica) + Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH.

Test Shots: Leica M8 and 75mm Summarit.

Inspiration, Leica 75mm Summarit f/2.5, Leica M8 (CCD Lives!), Q&A, Teaching point, Within 200 feet of My House™

I welcomed the return of an old friend recently:  the Leica M8.  It was the gateway camera for me into the world of rangefinders, almost 10 years ago.

Today, I welcomed another old friend, the Leica 75 Summarit f/2.5.  Seeing as the entire Summarit line of lenses have been updated recently, there are currently many great deals to be had on the “old” versions.  As it happens, the 75/2.5 is one of my all-time favourite Leica lenses (see my brief 75mm Summarit review here).

As soon as the 75/2.5 arrived this afternoon, I stepped outside (but Only Within 200 feet of My House™) to shoot some quick test shots while the light was still good.

It’s nice to see that my two friends still play nicely together.

—Peter.

Prosophos - M8 and 75 Summarit (1)

Prosophos - M8 and 75 Summarit (2)

Prosophos - M8 and 75 Summarit (3)

Leica M8 (CCD Lives!Prosophos Open Letter to Leica) + Leica 75mm Summarit f/2.5.