Macfilos Weekender by Richard Scott
Visiting Tokyo a few years ago, I made a point of seeing the tuna auction at Tsukiji fish market. This takes place at 6am, so I needed to really want to see it. The tuna command huge prices, up to £30,000 per fish.
I was told that on the first day of the new year, the prices can go over £100,000, but that seems to be an exercise in achieving bragging rights rather than the actual value of the fish.
Still even at the regular price, a lot of money is involved and the buyers acting for fishmongers and restaurants need to be sure they get what they are paying for. This fellow was deep in thought as he pondered the fish and it didn’t take much imagination to see why.
This photograph was taken with a Leica M8 and an early 1960s brass-and-chrome Summicron 50mm.
I found the M8 to be the best B&W digital camera I ever owned. I suppose the Monochroms were better, but I never had the funds to afford one. If someone wanted to get into digital B&W without spending much money I’d recommend an M8 without hesitation. Perhaps the added infrared sensitivity made the pictures look like some of the B&W films I used to use so much, mostly Tri-X and Pan-X.
Incidentally, I am one of those people who is going back to Leica from Fuji. I find the Fujis too complicated and it’s too easy to accidentally press on the many buttons that seem to cover every surface of the camera and then end up ruining the shot. That said, they do create excellent photos when I can make them work.