In rural Germany they still celebrate the first of may with the placing of a tall tree in the middle of the village. In the small town of Bächlingen in Hohenlohen, this is still done all by manpower. I happen to be there on holiday and was able to make a nice reportage. See all the images on my Flickr account:
I thought I had found the perfect new camera for me. The fujifilm xpro1 camera with the 35mm f1.4 lens. But after playing with an actual model I had second thoughts. It was much bigger then I thought I would be and the Af was bad in low light and the switching to macro when you want to go closer then 1 meter is bad. The only thing I still love is the image quality. Also the limited number of lenses is a problem. Especially when the 18mm is not that great in image quality as the 35 and 60mm lenses. My alternative for a small but good camera is now the Olympus mod em5 . After reading the long review and many images of robin Wong it occurred to me this is a very good quality machine with even nice high ISO images as well.
I would like to buy it with the 12mm f2.0 and the 45mm f1.8. Both give fantastic results in many reviews all over the net. Price wise the mod is also interesting as you an buy the camera with both mentioned lenses for the price of only the fujifilm xpro1 with one lens.
My current Sony a700 is to big for me, the af to slow and high ISO quality is poor.
In the nex couple off weeks I will make my decision so any suggestions in my choice will be most welcome.
For both the cameras I can use an Leica M adapter so I. Can use Carl Seiss ZM and Leica M lenses. maybe even buy a Leica R adapter from Kipon and try that for the telephoto end.
Have a nice weekend
I just put all my pictures, made with the Leica X1, during my visit to the Extremadura region in Spain in my Flickr account. This gives you a nice slideshow for the weekend to enjoy.
Recently i did an interview with the French photographer Nicolas Doreau. I was impressed by his nice and artistic work on Flickr and he agreed to be interviewed by me. He works mainly with the Leica M9 and takes pictures of architecture and people.
You can read the English interview on the Leica in Nederland weblog.
I was just playing a little bit with the Leica X1 because I have to do some difficult shooting this weekend. During a special event in a small church in Germany restored frescos will be shown. I need some good shots form this and the “festival” afterward with fires. Do get the camera as silent as possible I turned off all audio signals but still had the sound of the autofocus. So I tried manual focusing. This is with firmware 2.0 reasonable fast, but then I thought what would happen if I use AF and then switch to MF?
well this works superb! you use Af to get the focus correct and then switch to manual focusing. The set distance from Af is also used in MF. When you release the shutter that is the only sound left. Cannot wait to try this in the church.
so keep an eye on this blog for the pictures.