When is an article not an article? When it's a nerdicle, of course. And this nerdicle is particularly nerdy — being all about Lightroom cataloguing techniques, keywording and photo ranking. Yeah, I know... you're bored already. What can I say? Knowledge is pain.
The Leica SL is a big camera... with a big list of pro features... and a really really big native lens. To review it properly would require an equally big article. Which is exactly why this isn't a proper review. Instead, this article looks only at one particular aspect of the Leica SL — its ability to work with adapted M-mount rangefinder lenses.
What does one do when one vows to publish at least one article per calendar-month, yet arrives back home — jet lagged and fully booked — on the final day of a month spent mostly in Tokyo? One writes a short article to explain why there's no article that month — thus honoring (though somewhat deceptively) one's vow.
Recently, the mad scientists at Lomography surgically removed the Minitar lens from their cult-classic LC-A camera, tarted it up by grafting on a Leica M-mount bayonet, and sent it into the night to tempt us weak and sinful lens addicts. I'm only human. I succumbed. And here, for the benefit of other weaklings, is my report from the stone-cold morning after.
I haven't seen any mention via online rumour sites, but I think it would be rather ignorant to assume that someone somewhere isn't hard at work on the Human 2.0 project. What new features can we look forward to? What bugs will finally be fixed? And is there anything that can be done to actually make me a better photographer?
This is ULTRAsomething's second installment in the "Sensibility Series." It features thousands of words, grouped into hundreds of sentences — a handful of which are actually about the topic it purports to discuss: the Leica M Monochrom (Type 246). I should also mention that it's populated with over a dozen actual photos — and not a one of them falls into the category of "pretty marketing shot" or "test shot." Undeterred? Then read on.
What if Jane Austin had the opportunity to test and compare Leica's new Type 246 M Monochrom camera against both the existing Monochrom and the M Type 240? Would her first published work have been a tale of romantic fiction? Or would it have been something closer to this?
In this world, there are things that motivate and things that demotivate. Curiously, what motivates one person might be exactly the same thing that demotivates someone else. Case in point: exotic vacations to scenic locales. For many people, such trips stimulate an outpouring of photographic activity. But for me, the only thing they stimulate is a bout with photographic apathy. Which is why, on a recent late-winter trip to Iceland, I decided to counter my expected languor by doing the opposite of what I would usually do. I would yin every yang.