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About jslabovitz

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    Washington, DC
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    travel, urban landscape, portraiture, circus
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  1. M10-D + Summaron-M 5.6/28, around the edges of Washington, DC.
  2. When I bought my M10-D two years ago, I also bought the EVF 020... then kicked myself because it felt like a stupid add-on that I rarely used. But in the last 6 months or so, I've quite fallen in love with the little bugger. I find I'm better at composing if I think in monochrome, rather than deciding to convert to B&W later. So I use the M10-D as a quasi-M10M by setting the camera to B&W JPEG+RAW mode, which makes the Visoflex display the image in monochrome! It turns it into a decent little B&W previewer. (I filter out the JPEGs before importing into Lightroom.) I've le
  3. I basically use two lenses: the (new) Summaron 28/5.6 and the Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5. They each have their own unique character/signature, and also work very well with my point of view.
  4. I have a Sonnar as my only 50mm and I love it. There’s a certain magical quality that makes me happy. When I import into Lightroom, I’m often surprised to find that I don’t want to do any color adjustment. It’s not for everything or everyone. Certainly if you’re looking for perfect, clinical, precise, etc., it’s may not be the right choice. But if you’re after a more expressionistic feeling, or doing portraits, I highly recommend the Sonnar. It does have a reputation of focus problems on rangefinders if shot wide open. I tend to shoot it at f/2 or f/2.8, because of the focus thing an
  5. I love my little Summaron for urban/cityscape walks. I shoot it ‘wide open’ @ 5.6 (and auto-shutter, auto-ISO) almost all the time. Most of the recent images on my Flickr photostream are from the Summaron: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jslabovitz/
  6. An interesting read, but I think the two viewpoints of the article reveal less about the differences between focal lengths of the lenses, and more of the perspectives of the respective photographers. I found it more interesting to understand where each photographer was standing — in the literal sense of where their feet were planted — and the emotions they were feeling, or were desiring to feel. Each photographer seemed to have strong artistic preconceptions, creative vision, constraints, and limitations (e.g., desires to be part of a crowd vs. separated, a need for glasses, or a mental block
  7. I traveled to Romania in 1998 — Cluj-Napoca and Brasov, but also Suceava and smaller places. It was one of the most interesting journeys I’ve ever taken, and still recall it fondly. It was very raw travel, but I met amazing & friendly people everywhere. I’m sure it’s changed in the 20+ years since, but I’d love to return some day. I wasn’t seriously photographing, but had an Olympus XA4 with slide film. I should dig those slides out some time and take a look...
  8. I borrowed an M10 (non-D) from my local Leica dealer for a few days. It was good, of course, but I think what really enjoy about the screen-less D is... well, the lack of the screen! I’ve always enjoyed understanding the art & skill & craft of photography, and I’ve always found that a screen (e.g., an automatic preview) de-emphasizes the understanding. Of course, some people think different: they are concerned only with the final result, and if the presence of the screen makes that easier, than that’s the better solution. But for me, I’m happy with the process being slo
  9. I love my M10-D! It’s been my favorite digital camera — in fact, really my only digital camera, as every other digital SLR or rangefinder I’d tried over the last 20 years felt ‘wrong’ in my hands. The M10-D was the first one that feels exactly right. I mostly use a Zeiss Sonnar 50/2 and a Summaron 28/5.6, which covers my desired perspectives well, and are reasonably compact and sturdy. I did some minor configuration when I got the camera, but since then have not changed any of the settings. I tend to use auto-ISO and auto-shutter (aperture priority), which, again, works well for the
  10. From what I can see, the DNG files from the M10 are indeed compressed. I used some command-line utilities (‘file’ and ‘tiffinfo’) to examine a recent shot from my M10-D, and those both claimed the DNG was a TIFF file using JPEG compression. I looked up what this really means, and it’s a little hard to find useful info. But I reckon what’s happening is the image is compressed using a process similar to a normal JPEG with ‘maximum’ quality specified. In other words, the image is *lossless* and compressed (as opposed to most JPEG files you find in the wild which are *lossy* and compressed).
  11. I have sadly never had much luck with getting my M10-D to reliably connect via wifi. I’ve tried it many times, and even took it into a Leica store (in LA) to see if they could get any further. Alas, nothing much. It’s not that it never works, but that it often fails to connect, so much that I’ve just convinced myself that the wifi feature does not really exist. 😉 Happily, once I just decided to treat the SD card as a roll of film that I have to remove in order to get the photos, everything’s been fine. I was able to get a connection to the Fotos app to do a little customization of th
  12. I think you’re onto something regarding the interaction between the GPS lock and the power timeout. Classic GPS does indeed need quite a while to get a ‘fix’ onto the available satellites. Modern techniques — like saving last-location, or using cell tower transmissions (more below) — can improve that greatly, but I have a feeling the EVF’s GPS is pretty basic. I have the EVF and use it occasionally on my M10-D — typically for focusing at wide apertures, or in difficult light, as the -D doesn’t have a screen at all for either previewing or chimping. While the EVF works well enough for that
  13. Not really. Fotos has some known wifi connection problems, which hopefully will be fixed in future firmware updates, but generally speaking I prefer changing settings in Fotos instead of some horrible menu on the camera. (You might be different, but I get extremely frustrated using technology with complicated user interfaces.) Like I said before, I found that once I found the best personal settings, I rarely change them. The only downside to using Fotos is that the wifi connection uses a lot of battery. As @Photon42 said, low-energy Bluetooth would have been a better solution. I don'
  14. I'm completely happy with mine. It's a perfect fit for my style of photography, and my contrarian/minimalist philosophy of technology. I'd enjoyed an M3 and a Zeiss Ikon M-mount camera a few years ago, but it never seemed seemed to as good as my medium format gear (especially my beloved Bronica RF645). And while I've experimented with digital cameras since the late 90s, I've always absolutely hated the experience -- horrible UI, too many buttons, etc., etc. Frankly, I'd rather use my iPhone, and often have. But the M10-D is a perfect fit for me. I don't miss a screen, because I've ne
  15. Yes, 28mm! My mistake of a few digits Joking ‘bout the religion of course!
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