Back in December was feeling pleased with myself after being advised to get a paid of "computer glasses". Up to then I had been happily using my varifocal glasses for everything. I didn't think anything of it until I realised I was getting neck and back problems while working at the iMac on the office desk.
Despite my love of the latest gadgets, I do have a soft spot for old mechanical contraptions such as typewriters, trams, cars and, of course, steam engines. So I am grateful to Engadget for news of the latest development in USB-charging power. An enterprising mechanic has harnessed a small steam engine to a generator in order to produce enough power to charge and run any device that can take a USB feed--including our beloved iPhone. Now this is much more fun than simply plugging the thing into the wall socket. It makes a lovely noise and you really get all the visual and audible clues that your device is being charged.
When I heard about the new M-A (the M-Analog according to Dr. Kaufmann) I was not so sure it would be popular. Wouldn't most film fans prefer the MP with its built in light meter or, even, the automatic M7?
Mike sets out for Cologne and Photokina, travelling by train unusually, and choosing a lighter weight camera set up than he had intended.
The interesting thing about the new and certainly predictable Leica M-P is not the sapphire screen, nor the ultra-discreet appearance. No, it is the additional features that address two of the known criticisms of the M since it was introduced in 2012. The buffer was too small, at 1GB, and even in normal operations there was sometimes a significant delay while files were written to disk. M connoisseurs will see this as a major improvement.