Leitz Park Recap 2018

Over the years I have had the opportunity and pleasure to visit Leitz Park, Wetzlar, on several occasions since its grand opening celebration, the SL Launch, the M10 Launch, plus a few other noteworthy events. To date I must say that the new facilities are in a word, stunning! It has been both exciting and mesmerizing watching Leitz park mature from concept, to industrial park, to the beautiful factory and finally to a gorgeous campus that it today. The current facilities include a four-star hotel, restaurant, café, museum with a gallery, gallery shop and factory archive, Leica Akademie teaching facility, Ernst Leitz Werkstatten and a new and improved location for Sonder Optic, now Ernst Leitz, cine lenses.

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Elevated & Innovative: A Review of the 75MM APO Summicron-SL

When Jim Sullivan called me up one evening and asked if I would be interested in assisting him to photograph Dominque Crenn in one of San Francisco most esteemed restaurants I was ecstatic! A few weeks earlier Jim purchased a Leica SL system, leaving his Canon 5D gear behind. A bold move for a food and cocktail photographer who's bread and butter (pun intended) is made on the staple system of most foodie oriented photogs. Nevertheless, Jim, like myself, loves to use only the best tools he can get his hands on. Simply put be - different than the pack. Being in some of the most prestigious kitchens all over the world beckons the longing to attain the highest level of artistic finesse and elevated craftsmanship, and also I believe a sense of deviance from norms. But, I deviate from the story at hand.

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4700 Miles with the Leica TL2

I’m not much an of a digital shooter, in fact, I almost exclusively shoot film. When I do shoot digital, it’s mostly for weddings/professional work. When it comes to everyday life, I don’t find my bulky DSLR to be that inspiring or fun to shoot with. In contrast, the film cameras I shoot with are not only compact by comparison, but classic. For me, it’s much easier to connect with and feel inspired by a 35mm rangefinder from the 70’s than the most advanced digital cameras of today.

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Wetzlar Journal “Friends in High Places”

Recently I made the rookie mistake of booking the first flight into SFO. I arrived early to the airport on a Saturday morning only to find out it’s been delayed due to fog. Typical. Luckily for me, I get on the Oakland bound flight. After a short flight and an Uber, I get to the Leica store on Bush street. Walking in the first thing I notice is the soft diffuse light permeating through the large industrial windows. Nothing makes me happier than this type of light. Well except of course all the sexy Leica gear being displayed all around me. I am here to grab the 24-90mm lens so that I can test it for this weekend’s shoot.

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Analog & Digital Simple Setup

Sometimes it is hard to keep things simple with all of the great gear on the market today. This is a simple yet elegant setup that features both film and digital and two focal lengths that are going to cover a lot of photographic needs. Of course, this would not be a complete setup without a few everyday essentials like the S.T. Dupont "0.95" fountain pen, or Tudor 79160 Oysterdate Big block Chronograph. Holding everything is one of our favorite bags on the market today. The Oberwerth Harry & Sally Casual bag which features enough room for these two cameras, and plenty of room for daily essentials and accessories. The Oberwerth casual line up is a beautiful series of bags that features super soft vegetable tanned leather, and an elegant yet straightforward design.

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The River Lens: A Story of A 50MM Summilux, M3 and the Yosemite Landscape

For years Yosemite was my home—three years to be exact. It was in Yosemite where my love for film began. I pretty much left digital behind for my personal work. Being limited to a couple rolls made me a more intentional photographer. Since I wasn’t taking as many shots, I also spent less time behind a camera which allowed me to truly experience what I was photographing. Experience is essential when you’re surrounded by that kind of beauty.

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The Leica CL: First Impressions

I began using the Leica TL lenses and initial "Leica T" the day it arrived at our store in Rancho Mirage three years ago. At the time I was regularly using the Fujifilm X-T1. That quickly changed as I fell in love with the Leica TL glass. I believe this is some of the best glass on the market. The TL and TL2 are unique. I love using them for their simplicity, and Avangard approach to mirrorless photography. I find myself handing my camera off to my daughter all the time because it is just that easy to use. The TL camera body had one major thing missing that I am sure many TL users would agree with. There is no EVF built into the camera. I normally shoot the TL2 without the use of the EVF because the added bulk was annoying and ruined the compact form factor that I loved the TL for. I never thought it would be possible to get an EVF into the camera body and retain the small footprint of the camera. Then comes the Leica CL, the CL is a more "functional" approach to the TL system. It is just the basics, and finally, it features a superb built-in EVF. I have been using the CL now for a couple days, and have taken it out for a full day of photography. So, without any further ado here are my initial thoughts on the new Leica CL.

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