Saturday, July 4, 2020

Leica Q: Long term review and deciciso​n on upgrading to the Q2

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Own a Leica Q? Should you upgrade to the Q2 or stick with the old model for the next year or two?

What are the prospects for a lighter L-Mount full-frame camera?

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Panasonic is still working on a "more affordable" L-Mount full-frame camera. If "affordable" means lighter and smaller, we're already signed up.

Pay to View: A wall of death for Times Online

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TechCrunch has waded into the controversy over News International’s decision to stop free viewing of The Times and The Sunday Times news sites. My article (King Cnut: £1 a day to see his news site) offered the right advice on March 26 when the announcement was made: Goodbye, Rupert. Now TechCrunch says that “moving its content behind a pay-wall be the death of The Times; one of the world’s most respected newspapers and a British national treasure. Even with a relatively modest subscription cost of £1 a day or £2 for the whole week, it has been shown time and time again that the hassle factor of making even a small payment to access a website will result in a haemorrhaging of readers.”

Read Paul Carr’s story in full here.

Macfilos, photography and the V word

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been plodding on with photography posts. I've thought several times that I should mention the elephant...

Interrupted relationships in the Lockdown of 2020

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In the space of six weeks, our horizons have shrunk to what they were 200 years ago. We're in danger of becoming too parochial in these days of house arrest.

Sigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN lens for L-Mount: First impressions

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Sigma's relatively inexpensive 45mm f/2.8 Contemporary lens is a fine addition to any Leica SL or Panasonic S1/R camera. It comes closer to Leica quality than the modest price tag would suggest.

Leica’s model numbering system returns to logic with the D-Lux 7

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The next D-Lux will the called the D-Lux 7, the current model is just D-Lux, its predecessor was the D-Lux 6. So is the current D-Lux the D-Lux 6.5? Die Modellnummerabfolgeerfindungskontrollabteilung is back on the right track…..

Sigma Contemporary: Three fast primes exclusively for Leica CL and TL. Or not.

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Sigma's launch of three primes just for the Leica TL/CL is curious but, nonetheless, very welcome. It could put some new life into the system.

Britain’s motor industry and the plug-in future: A visit to Gaydon

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How practical is an electric car? I'm on a strong learning curve as I get to grips with the new Jaguar I-Pace. But its excellence is tarnished by the dreadful EV charging infrastructure in Britain. Only Tesla is doing it right. The rest, including Jaguar, are fast gurgling down the plughole. A new approach is needed if we are to meet the new 2035 targets.

Life inside Melbourne’s COVID lockdown

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Lockdown is in force throughout much of the world — and every area imposes different restrictions. In Melboure, Jason is fortunate in that he can carry on working, but life in general has changed profoundly.