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Rant: Don’t let others influence your lens purchases

I’ve been seeing to many articles published recently that are suggesting what lenses individuals should purchase. It’s more than likely click bate. Maybe it’s to get Amazon or B&H affiliate links. But don’t fall for the trap. Those of us shooting for a while now have gone through this bullshit. ‘Wow there’s this new ‘enter brand name here’ lens. It’s so much better and sharper than the lens from two years ago’. Of course we fall for it. And end

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Rant: There is no such thing as a perfect lens for Street Photography

I don’t know if it’s a trend to write about “the best lens…” right now, but for some reason my RSS feed is filled with them. There’s no such thing as the best lens for street photography, or any photography for that matter. There “IS” such a thing as the best lens for “YOU“. And only YOU can figure out what focal length speaks to the type of work you’re trying to create. A lot of street photographers will say

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Kodak 5222 B&W Cinema Film

Leica M7; Leica 18mm Super-Elmar-M; Kodak 5222 Film

Recently I picked up some spools of Cinema film and Kodak 5222 was one of them. I’ve been eyeballing this film for a while but all my “sources” didn’t seem to stock it. I finally managed to luck out when I purchased some film from Reel Good Film in California. Thanks Guys!! I have to say I’m quite impressed. It’s exactly what I hoped for. It’s essentially Tri-X 400, but with it’s own unique contrast and highlight ratio. This leaves

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Another Purge

A while ago I wrote about purging some social media accounts. Titled “Goodbye Tumblr”. I got rid of, obviously Tumblr, Facebook, Eyeem and at the time I was debating getting rid of Ello. Remember that social network? It’s been a bit of a weird year, since I thought at one point that going back to Flickr and Eyeem might be a good idea. But honestly, it’s just making me worry about posting on it. I keep forgetting. Then I have

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Rant: A Monumental Screw Up

Leica M7; Leica 18mm Super-Elmar-M; Kodak 5219 500T

This happens to the best of us. We shoot film. We get comfortable with how we shoot and develop. Then we forget. How long have those chemicals been sitting there? Can’t be that long. Don’t think I processed to many rolls through it. Then you take the dive. Develop two rolls and realize you screwed up! When you pull the negatives out of the tank. Queue Wah Wah sound! This is what happened to me. Two rolls of cinema film

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Annoyed with Leica Support

Image issue with M9.

Frankly I’m a bit annoyed about the process of dealing with Leica repair. I posted this image a while ago asking if anyone has seen an error as seen above. In response I was linked to a whole swath of posts which pertained to the M8 and this glitch. Well apparently the issue was supposed to have been resolved with the M9. Leica reached out to me a few days later saying “The sensor is defect, please contact the LEICA

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Kodak 5207 250D

Leica M7; Leica 18mm Super-Elmar-M; Kodak Vision3 250D (5207)

Ever since I started shooting Cinema film I’ve enjoyed the colour tones it gives me. I use Tungsten balanced film primarily and Kodak 5230 500T is by far my favourite. Which apparently now is discontinued. When it comes to daylight balanced film I’ve always struggled a little. Whenever I shot it at 200ASA I’ve found that the images tended to sway too much into the yellow/red and even after post processing, I was never really happy with the palette it

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