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The End.

Every end is a beginning.

The End

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“I’m writing you, to catch you up on places I’ve been

And you held this letter
Probably got excited
But there’s nothing else inside it

Didn’t have a camera by my side this time
Hoping I would see the world through both my eyes
Maybe I will tell you all about it
When I’m in the mood to lose my way with words.”

—John Mayer, 3 x 5.

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“Compliments” suggesting your photos are actually bad.

“Great colours.”

“Outstanding black and white tones!

“Thanks for sharing.”

“Nicely seen and rendered.”

Looking for a Konica Hexanon 60mm f/1.2?

konica-hexanon-60mm-f.2.

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This lens is rarely offered for sale, as only 800 copies were ever made and current owners tend to hold on to them.

However, Bellamy of Japan Camera Hunter fame has one available in mint conditionBellamy has a great reputation for his service and he excels at finding hard-to-find gear, so if you’re interested do not hesitate to contact him.  However, I should warn you the price of this lens is… well….

My review of the Konica Hexanon 60/1.2, Special Edition was written three years ago, and I still have people writing and asking me why I sold it.  At the time I purchased it, I “over-payed” for it, then sold it for a loss, and now it’s worth 4 – 5 times that price!

Ironically, I believe my review helped drive up the cost of this lens, but now I can’t afford to get another one…

Anybody want to crowd-fund a purchase?

—Peter.

 

Leica 75mm Summarit f/2.5 [Updated].

Leica Summarit 75mm.

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I’ve updated my review of the Leica 75mm Summairt f/2.5 lens.

More images from recent posts have been added, and some content editing was done as well.

Thanks,

—Peter | Prosophos.

I see stars.

I see stars

Leica M(240) Akademie Workshop In Toronto!

Leica M Akademie Toronto

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Leica is coming to my town on July 19th (that’s less than 5 days away)!

From Leica‘s own promotional email:

“This full day, hands-on workshops are designed to help owners of the latest Leica M model get outstanding results from their game changing, digital rangefinder.”

(The grammatical error above is courtesy Leica.)

Unlike the Leica Akademie workshop of 2012, I won’t be the guest speaker, as I haven’t figured out how to “get outstanding results from their game changing, digital [M240] rangefinder”.

On a related note…

If you haven’t already done so, please consider signing my Open Letter to Leica.

(over 250 signatures so far… )

Prosophos Open Letter to Leica

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The Beautiful Game – Shift Change.

Mirroring, parallelism, and synchronicity.

And, beautiful light.

—Peter.

The Beautiful Game - The Shift Change

Sigma DP2 Quattro.

Sigma Quattro

↑Image courtesy of Sigma Corporation.

It may be because the Sigma Photo Pro (SPP) converter hasn’t yet been optimised, but the initial RAW/JPG images I’m seeing from the new Sigma DP2 Quattro are somewhat disappointing.

The images are suggesting that image quality has suffered (as compared to the Sigma Merrill) with the re-design of the fabled Foveon sensor.  I hope they haven’t indeed messed things up.

This is reminiscent of the whole Leica M240 vs. M9 business.

—Peter.

The Leica 75mm Summarit – back again.

Leica Summarit 75mm.

A few days ago, I hinted that a second lens would soon be joining my newly-acquired Leica M-E, and it arrived today.

Yes, the Leica 75mm Summarit is back (and it joins my 35mm Summarit for a 35/75 set-up).

My detailed report on the Leica 75mm Summarit is here.

—Peter.

Toothless and cyanotic.

One thing about the 6 x 7 format I really appreciate is that everything is depicted in a “grand” way (even blue tongues!) and truer to life vs. the 35mm format.

The effect is always visible to my eye, but becomes more apparent  when comparing images from the two formats in a side-by-side fashion.

—Peter.

Toothless and Cyanotic

Man, oh man, that sweet M9/M-E CCD.

Okay, I’ve made no secret of my appreciation of film over all things digital.   I’ve always felt this way, but as I’ve gained more and more experience over the years with digital and film images from various gear, that appreciation has only grown.

Similarly, in returning to the Leica M9/M-E a few days ago, my appreciation for that magical Kodak (now Truesense) CCD has grown.  After photographing with various CMOS sensor-based cameras this past year (including the Sony RX1R, Leica M240, Nikon D800E, and Nikon Df), I can honestly say that the CCD sensor in the M9/M-E is still superior to them all.

—Peter.

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If you haven’t already done so, please consider signing my Open Letter to Leica.

(over 250 signatures so far… )

Prosophos Open Letter to Leica

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Related posts:

 

Andy Gemmell Photography.

Long-time friend and contributor of this site, Andy Gemmell, has just launched his own photography site:

Andy Gemmell Photography

Many of you have seen Andy’s work on my site, and have benefited from his frequent and always thoughtful commentary.

(So, we’re expecting big things from you Andy and you’re off to a great start with your first article!)

Congratulations Andy,

—Peter.

 

Father’s Day, Part 2.

Part 1 was presented a few days ago here.

Father's Day, Part 2

After 4 months with the Mamiya RZ67 & 110/2.8…

After four months with the Mamiya RZ67 and Mamiya RZ 110/2.8 lens, I can say with absolute certainty that this gear (together with Kodak Tri-X 400 film) is superior to anything I’ve ever used before for portraiture.

To think that people are practically giving this film equipment away is very telling of our instant gratification-based culture.

Sometimes, the results are truly worth waiting for.

I’ll be posting new images soon, but in the meantime, please have a look at some of the photographs the combo has yielded for me so far:

—Peter.

Love Aura   Hockey GirlWinter Hat Portrait Brushing Honey  The Truth  Smile

Photography will die.

If film dies.

(honestly)

—Peter.

Po(i)sed (test shot).

This is a test shot involving some challenging (but beautiful) light.

The gear: Mamiya 7II + 80mm, and Kodak Portra 400 film.

The “test” part is referring to not only the camera gear, but also the film scanning from Downtown Camera.

So far, I am getting superior sharpness (I did not sharpen this image at all), tonality, and colours from them vs. my home scanning with the Plustek 120.

—Peter.

Po(i)sed

Downtown Camera.

Downtown Camera

Some of you have e-mailed me asking where my colour film is being processed and scanned.

The answer:  Downtown Camera.

I’ve been happy with their quality and impressed by their service.  In particular, George there has been extremely helpful.

As many of you know, I don’t allow advertising on this site (in fact, I pay a fee to eliminate ads), so my recommendation of Downtown Camera is purely based on the fact that I’m a satisfied customer.

Thanks,

—Peter.

Nikon Df and Voigtlander 40mm @ f/2 – 100% magnification.

The kids raised this money for the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

—Peter.

Nikon Df and Voigtlander 40mm f_2 - 100% magnification

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