A number of readers have complained that the Macfilos site is misbehaving in Safari in iOS 8. In particular, buttons such as MENU and LIKE don't work despite furious prodding.Read More
The cute little 27mm f/2.8, this aspherical lens has carved a solid reputation as a versatile optic for the X-series ILCs. For me, it has an overriding benefit in its 27mm focal length which is equivalent to full-frame 41mm.Read More
Not so much Photomonth for me: More like Brick Lane week. Photomonth and the Leica store in Dray Walk is an opportunity to gorge on the delights. Yet I normally visit Brick Lane in East London every couple of weeks because it is a wonderful spot for impromptu street photography (when I'm in the mood, that is). The whole area sparkles, from incredible wall art to eclectic stores and über-cool visitors. It's sometimes a mistake, though, to focus just at street level because the Lane is a vertical as well as a horizontal canvas. Keep looking up and you will be surprised what you find.
Here is Buzz Lightear handling a perilous situation way above Brick Lane and out of the view of all save the most curious. Unfortunately the humble 35mm Summicron on the Leica new Leica M-P is ostensibly far too wide for a high-up capture like this. All is not lost, however. A very hefty crop snatches a semblance of victory from the jaws of defeat.
For a new generation of photographers brought up on autofocus, auto everything cameras the idea of manual focus can be alien. And the concept of a rangefinder camera is even more odd. It was surprising, then, that rangefinder newcomers at Leica's current crop of Brick Lane photowalks are producing great results after minimal exposure.Read More
Leica's impressive pop-up store in the heart of Brick Lane got off to a roaring start yesterday. One after another interesting people walked in to chat about photography. Ivor Cole, of London's Red Dot Cameras was there and acting as greeter and host for visitors. He it was who supplied an impressive showcase of vintage Leicas to demonstrate the long history of the marque.Read More
Today I met Alfred Eisenstadt's nephew. It was in a rather fitting setting: The opening day of the Leica pop-up Store in Brick Lane which is an important part of October's Photomonth in East London. I first noticed the very discreet Fuji X100 slung over his shoulder, snug inside an attractive brown-leather half case. But a quick word of appreciation for the Fuji led to a most interesting disclosure. I was speaking to none other than Allan Leas, the nephew of one of the twentieth century's most revered photographers, Alfred Eisenstadt.Read More
Brick Lane, also known as Bangla Town, is one of London's foremost magnets for street photographers. It's fitting, then, that Photomonth, the East London Photography Festival, is focused on this meandering lane of multiculture. Leica is taking full advantage of the festival by launching a pop-up store, to be called Photography Unplugged, in the old Truman's Brewery which sits right at the heart of Brick Lane.Read More
A sparkling new Fuji X-T1 and the rather good 18-55 kit lens has arrived for review. I am no stranger to the Fuji X series, having used the X-Pro 1, X-E1, X100 and X100S, but the X-T1 with its retro SLR styling and a button or dial for everything has the makings of the best version yet. Almost any adjustment you need to make on this camera can be done directly, either from the top dials or the five dedicated function buttons.Read More
Why bother with a modern digital when you can have all the fun of shooting with an ancient film camera? I am continually amazed by the number of younger street photographers walking around most world cities with a film camera in their hands. An old Leica, perhaps an M3 or an M2 is the usual camera of choice. But this one is unusual: A 1946 Russian-made Zorki which the proud owner, who lives in West London, has repaired and renovated to look like new.
Earlier this year I lusted after the Panasonic Lumix GM1. Apart from an off-the-sale cuteness factor, this little camera is the smallest competitor in the micro four thirds world. A little, pocketable camera than can mount a bewildering array of Leica, Panasonic and Olympus lenses. What is there not to like? Well, precisely, the lack of a viewfinder and the absence of a hotshoe so not even the chance to use an optical viewfinder with a suitable prime lens.Read More
Panasonic's press office has just told me that the highly-anticipated LX100 compact which was announced last month at Photokina has been reduced in price to £699.Read More
There is no secret that some Leica compacts are based on products sold also under the Panasonic Lumix brand. Usually the Panasonic version is cheaper and buyers ask why they should have to pay more for a camera that is essentially the same but has cosmetic styling differences, including the Leica red dot.Read More
Looking for an unusual photo opportunity? You could splurge all of £11,000 on a trip from Singapore to New York in Suites Class. Travel blogger Derek Low did. Or, rather, he claims to have emptied his air miles account for the privilege. I suspect he could have had a helping hand from the PR gurus at Singapore Airlines.Read More
Leica's screen-less M60 has been surprisingly well received, even though it is restricted as a special edition. Many photographers, I know, would like to see a production model. Well, perhaps they could get one for a lot less than Leica will charge. They could support Oliver Baker and his Frankencamera: An M3 converted with a digital back.Read More
This weekend I picked up my Leica Monochrom and decided it would be my one-camera for the next few weeks. There is just something about the Monochrom that blows your socks off. The amount of detail it records is immensely impressive and I love the tones and image quality even at higher ISOs. I rattled off a few shots around London just to get my hand in after using colour cameras for most of the summer.Read More
The new Leica D-Lux has a 4/3 sensor and a 10.9-34mm zoom lens. Since a 4/3 sensor has a crop factor of 2, this lens would normally equate to 22-68mm. But it doesn't. The manufacturer claims that the lens is actually 24-75. This puzzled me at first. A 4/3 sensor has always had a crop factor of 2, so the figures do not add up.
The answer seems to be that this camera doesn't quite use all the sensor area because of the variable aspect ratio function. The effective area is thus marginally less than the normal 18x13.5mm of a 4/3 sensor and this results in a crop factor of around 2.2 — hence the 24-75mm lens. All this makes hardly any difference to the performance of the camera, it's just interesting to know.
When the Leica M60 edition camera was launched at Photokina last Tuesday I immediately noticed German star photographer Michael Agel carrying one over his shoulder as an everyday camera. It appeared to be his camera of choice for his days at the exhibition and he appeared to have no qualms about the possibility of a scratch or two.Read More
The V-Lux 4 has been a popular camera for Leica and I know of many people who have produced some amazing shots. But there is no arguing that the camera's 1/2.3in sensor is small and uncompetitive in 2014.Read More
Choosing between the new iPhone 6 and the huge 6 Plus is a problem for everyone. I outline some of the differences in my article on Macfilos/tech. But what of photographers? Many, I know, carry an iPad as a showcase for favourite shots and there is no doubt that the larger screen of the Air or, even, the iPad mini, is a great showcase for photographs.