Featured: 'En el Colmado San Rafael - Return to Leica M' by ajramirez

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  1. ajramirez

    ajramirez Leica Place Veteran

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    Mar 30, 2013
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    The Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art is currently sponsoring a program where artists have presented proposals for performance and fine art pieces based on the different neighborhoods that comprise the Santurce section of San Juan. One of the activities is scheduled to take place during February in the Alto del Cabro sector of Santurce.

    Alto del Cabro is a very small, mostly poor, section of Santurce where a group of residents have taken the task of cleaning up and improving the quality of life of the sector, while attempting to stave fairly consistent attempts at displacement and gentrification.

    A town hall meeting of sorts took place yesterday afternoon at Colmado San Rafael, where members of the community and Museum staff discussed certain aspects of the performance. I was asked by the Executive Director of the Museum (my sister) to take some documentary shots at the meeting. This turned out to be the maiden voyage for my new Leica M-P Type 240.

    As some of you may recall, I have been shooting with an M9P since the beginning of 2012. However, last year my camera developed the sensor glass corrosion and delimitation issue that has been affecting M9 sensors, particularly those in humid climates. I sent the camera to Leica NJ in mid-December, and shortly thereafter received a call with the diagnosis. Even though Leica would replace the sensor for free, since this would have been my second sensor replacement, and Leica has not yet implemented a permanent solution to the problem, I decided to take advantage of their offer to upgrade to an M-P Type 240. The amount offered in trade-in for my M9P was more than the current used value of the camera, so I accepted it. The camera arrived last Thursday and, after a two-month hiatus, I am a Leica shooter again. The shots below are a sample from its first shots:

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    As to the camera, in comparison with the M9P, I must say that at this point the jury is still out. The obvious improvements are the speed of operation, the quality of the LCD screen, and the much more accurate framing with my 24mm and 18mm lenses through the EVF rather than the add-on optical viewfinders. The improved shutter release, and the much quieter shutter, are also significant improvements.

    High ISO performance appears to be better, but even though the M9P had higher noise (at ISO 800 and above) the CCD sensor noise is IMO more pleasant than the CMOS noise. As to color performance, I am still working on learning how to process my M 240 files, which certainly have a different look from my M9P files. Only time will tell as to this aspect.

    Of course, the Leica and Zeiss glass continue to shine on either body. All of the shots above, except no. 4, were shot with the 50mm Summilux. No. 4 was with the 90mm Summarit.

    Cheers,

    Antonio
     
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  2. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    These look great, I am sure that you will bring the color files to your liking.

    CMOS and CCD produce a different look, have certain nuances. I am betting that the next evolution in sensor technology will benefit the next generation of Leica M digital photography- Back Side Illuminated sensors. have a lot of the optical qualities of a CCD and combine that with the on-chip processing capabilities of CMOS.
     
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  3. VINCETAN

    VINCETAN Leica Place Top Veteran

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    Aug 19, 2013
    Great work Antonio. I am sure you will enjoy the M-P.
     
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  4. ajramirez

    ajramirez Leica Place Veteran

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    Mar 30, 2013
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    Here's the promotional poster the Museum put together for the performance. The three colour shots, and the second black and white shot in the first row, are older shots done on the M9P. The rest are from Saturday's shoot with the M-P.

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    Thank you very much for your kind comments.

    Cheers,

    Antonio
     
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  5. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    Congratulations. The product of skill, devotion, and hard work.
     
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  6. ajramirez

    ajramirez Leica Place Veteran

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  7. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Leica Place Regular

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    Larry
    These are all just wonderful!
     
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  8. VinVin

    VinVin New to Leica Place

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    Feb 6, 2015
    Wow... that first photo... just wow... it knocked me off my feet! Something about that photo is just... wow!
     
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  9. ajramirez

    ajramirez Leica Place Veteran

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    Mar 30, 2013
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
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