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The Gear

2016-08: Daily driver Leica M8 with Voigländer 50mm/f1.5 ASPH LTM

 2014-08: Now days I run with the M240 and RX1

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OLD information: During my years of interest in the art of photography I´v tried out a few cameras and gone back and fort with different lenses and brands.

At the moment I´m sticking to my Canon 5D Mark II, I´v had this for 2 years and it´s a love/hate relationship. Depending on the situation It delivers or not. The FF-sensor is great and I love what It can deliver in form of Depth of field (DOF) and the control of noise at higher ISO-settings. However calling the autofocus system for “auto” is taking it a step to far. Hunting anything faster then a snail will force you in to the blistering fast burst-mode (3,9fps) and hope that one out of a hundred turns out sharp at the right spot. 9 focus points wont give you a hell of allot to play with when it comes to composition and because only the center-point is crosstype you have to use the tools in what ever imageeditinsoftware you use.

Lenses… ohhh all these lenses that Canon offer you att prices sometimes not worth talking about. At the time I own a few lenses:

Mainly used for Lanscape photography. Lovely lens, light and inexpensive (for an L)

  • EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM – SOLD

Recently purchased this, using it for sports and a different approach to Lanscape for that compressed feeling in depth, also works for portrait photography.

  • EF 85mm f/1.2 L USM II – SOLD

Woow… I meen wwwwoooowww, this is a hard lens to work with. The DOF at f1.2 is so small that just the thought of moving the camera will throw you into a blurry and horrifying place. But when you nail it, well there is no sharpness like L-sharpness (not thinking about Leica at the moment).

  • EF 50mm f/1.8 Plastic-fantastic – SOLD

Hmmm, it´s well cheap and it works but at 1.8 you could use a pinhole camera instead.

  • Leica Summicron 50/2 v.3 – SOLD

Wonderful lens, allot of contrast and sharpness wide open

Love the B6W rendering of this lens… works great on the M9 even without the external VF.

  • Voigtländer 35mm 1.2 Nokton v1 – SOLD

First thought – Wow that build, heavy yet subtile.

  • Leica Noctilux 50mm F/1.0 E58 – SOLD

A Beautiful piece of engineering. It renders photos like a painting.

  • Leica Summicron 50mm F/2.0 V.4 – SOLD 

I had this version for a short time on my Leica M9 until i sold the camera. This was the first lens with a focus-tab that I used and I loved it.

  • Leica Summilux 50mm F/1.4 ASPH. – SOLD

My present workhorse so to speak. It’s the lens that is stuck to my M240 at all times and the only reason for removing it is if I need the wider field of view of the 21mm.

  • Leica Elmarit 21mm F/2.8 Pre Asph. – SOLD

Newly in my possession and only there for one reason to cover what the 50 can’t .

  • Voigtländer 50mm F/1.5 Asph. LTM

The silver one matched my Grey M9 perfect and works well with the M8. Its sharp at 1.5 but suffers from focus shifting from 2.0 – 5.6 when DOF starts eating up the difference.
I Have this lens attached with a LTM-M adapter made for the 35mm lenses which in turn brings up the wrong rangefinder crop. I will survive that.

  • SONY FE 28mm F/2.0 – SOLD

For the price and brand behind this lens its a superb everyday walkaround lens. Fast AF and sharp as can be.

  • SONY Zeiss 55mm F/1.5 – SOLD

A great 55mm although I have always thought the pricing on the Zeiss lenses for the FE-system is to high.

On top of this I use the ThinkTank Streetwalker Pro (SOLD) plus a smaller bag for short walks. An old Sigma 530 and Yongnuo flash with remote triggers.

The problem with this “sport” is that you can never get enough stuff and you always find a new lens that you want to try or “know” you need. So because of this I goon through a few lenses:

  • EF 85mm f/1.8 USM – SOLD

A great lens, compact and nice weight. The problem is that you always lust for the 1.2L

  • EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM -SOLD

A workhorce, Heavy like a brick a killer in performance and all but now replaced by version 2.

  • EF 180mm f/3.5 L Macro USM – SOLD

Slow focus however the long throw and lots of glas to move around creats this problem. A great performar for the main subject Macro.

  • EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM – SOLD

Compact, god performar but there is a IS version that is a lot nicer.

  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM – SOLD

Heavy duty like the 24-70L, allso this one is a susbtitute for the IS v2.

  • EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye – SOLD

Fast Fisheye, nice all over even though it’s an old concept.

  • Tokina AF 193 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5 – DAA

Hmmm my first FF-lens. Did it’s job untill I could afford beter alternatives.

  • Sigma 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 DG Macro
  • Sigma AF 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC (Not FF)

I will, in time update my site with my thoughts of the above lenses.

So what about cameras:

  • Canon EOS 20D – my first digital camera bought before a 3 month journey through South America
  • Canon EOS 50D – after traveling around with the 20D I was in desperate need of an upgrade.
  • Canon 5D mark II – SOLD at the moment I don’t own any Canon-gear.
  • Leica M9 – Both Black and grey – SOLD
  • 2014-06: Leica M240 x2 – SOLD
  • Leica Q – Loved this little camera. Produced the most satisfying images however suffered hard from Leicas crippling of the video-mode. – SOLD
  • SONY A7 II – SOLD A quality performer but sadly never spoke to my hart.
  • 2016-08-20: Leica M8

Backups:

  • Olympus E-PL1 – On a motorbike trip, Stockholm – Constanta – Stockholm 5.800km/8 days.
  • Sony NEX-7 – Loved it, but the menu-system is the worst by far that I have used.
  • Panasonic GX1 – A short love affair.
  • Fujifilm X100 – A before the S-release “I have to try it”.
  • Fujifilm X100s – Love the camera but I want a Leica thats the goal the aim and my only choice.
  • Leica M9 – I don’t really know if I would say that the Leica M9 is a backup, rather a complement.
  • Sony A7r – 36MP greatness but heavy shutter vibrations and a bad experience with Scandinavianphoto got me to replace this with the RX1 (a few other factors as well).
  • 2014-06: A complement to my M240 is at the moment the nice compact Sony RX1 with both optical and electronic viewfinder.
  • 2016-08-20: Samsung Galaxy NOTE 5… What, you say? Well at the moment I´m having trouble finding time using the M8 and any other camera for that matter because of this I stay with one main body and as a complement use the NOTE5 for casual shooting.

Camera bag:

  • Since the first Leica M240 came into my possession I bought a used Ona Leather Bowery.
    I love this bag for its simplistic beauty. it works great with a Leica or other mirrorless with one lens attached and two on the side. Well it works for day to day use however are you going for a longer trip and you need o bring along filters, tripod, charger and other accessories you need to complete the setup with a larger bag or just throw everything in your suitcase.

 

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