Dec 10, 2014 - 2:28 PM - by Brian
Nov 19, 2014 - 6:46 PM - by Brian
Nov 16, 2014 - 11:45 AM - by Brian
Leica has released new firmware, mostly concerned with adding support for newer lenses.
I do not plan on upgrading the M9 past 1.176, which is stable. After that- built in battery test, which has never given me a problem. I've read that some people have problems with the soft/discrete mode with 1.196.
The "Improvements" for this firmware,
Support of the new lenses:
Leica Summarit-M 35mm f/2.4 ASPH.
Leica Summarit-M 50mm f/2.4
Leica Summarit-M 75mm f/2.4
Leica Summarit-M 90mm f/2.4
of course, you never know when an embarrassing bug fix was snuck in by the author...I'll be watching the m Monochrom in discrete mode for glitches.
On the M8 firmware- I can confirm that the "Button Dance" to unlock RAW mode still works.
Early this year, I bought a Leica M9, replacing an M8.2. I mentioned in a previous post how long of a journey it was to get to this point. Although it works well for me outdoors, I've had problems using the M9 for studio photography. Without automatic focusing, it has been difficult to use with models. My main problem is with focusing sharply. It's easier with the M9 and it's better sensor, but I still have problems. I’ve tried to work through my difficulties, but have been unable to resolve them. It’s embarrassing to have all of this equipment, when a model can take better pictures of me with her iPhone.
A few months ago I discovered Matthew Osbone (see photo below of him), who gives photography lessons and uses the Leica M9 camera and Leica lenses for fashion photography and weddings. He's the same person who taught the workshop that Christina attended at the end of June this year in London. I asked him to give me private lessons to improve my skills in using my cameras and lenses in a studio setting. I had to go to London this past week for a few days for work, so I scheduled one day to go to Matthew's studio in Coventry.
He gave me advice about holding the camera differently, adjusting the lens more smoothly, where to focus on the model, etc. We photographed a model, Gina Underhill for over four hours. He also gave me suggestions on configuring the camera for portrait photography. He went through exposure settings and positioning and use of the studio lights, as well as working with natural lighting.
The result is that I feel much more confident about using my cameras and lenses for studio photography--and it was a fun day. Below are... [Read More]
Russell can be seen occasionally petting his Zeiss Ikon camera and quietly calling it, 'my precious', much to the discomfort of those around him.
Russell's Photography Equipment (updated April 2014)
Zeiss Ikon camera
Leica M9 camera
Leica Elmarit-M f2.8 21mm (E60) lens
Zeiss Biogon ZM f/2 35mm lens
Leica Summicron-M f2 50mm lens
Leica Elmarit-M f/2.8 90mm (E46 Germany) lens
Roger Cicala did some very interesting testing of some top performing SLR 50s and several current production Leica M mount 50s.
As expected, all of them are great. Still interesting to see the differences.
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