These days emphasis seems to be on a bewildering array of focus points which can be individually selected to home in on the subject. Many photographers prefer the old method of relying on a fixed centre focus point followed by recomposing the shot. Trouble is, I had difficulty setting up the Leica SL to do this. But Leica's Robin Sinha and I found the solution. it's easy when you know how.
This versatile 24-200mm (equivalent) professional zoom from Olympus is likely to be popular for travel. Although slower than the 12-40 (24-80) it is not dramatically larger, nor heavier. Mike got his hands on one at Photokina.
Mike’s recent article, about a possible ‘modernised’ version of the Leica 2.8cm f/5.6 Summaron screw-mount lens being introduced, tempted me to take down my copy of this lens and to shoot some photos on my most modern Leica digital M, the M240.
Let's go and get some shots in Oxford. Visiting photographer Samon Takagi from Yokohama was on his first time in Britain. He'd already polished off Dublin, Edinburgh and London, not to mention Havana on the way from Japan. So a spot more culture was in the cards. I grabbed the new Leica M-D and we were ready to roll.
Mike wakes up to an offer he can't refuse....
The most expensive M-lens, the f/0.95 Noctilux, comes into its own when twinned with the new SL. It is a marriage made in heaven, to coin a cliché.
Last week I joined Mike Evans on the South Bank in London when he did some of the first shots with the Leica M-D. These appeared in the Macfilos review of the Leica and are being reproduced in the next issue of the Leica Society of America's Viewfinder magazine.
On Sunday I decided to follow Mike's footsteps with something different in hand—the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and that rather addictive 12-40 M.Zuiko f/2.8 zoom which featured in our zoom lens comparison last week. Mike had earlier taken the Leica SL and 24-90mm zoom along the same well-trodden path south of the Thames and it is interesting to compare those results with the M-D and, now, the Olympus.
Reader Michael Kong has discovered that he can use an Eye-Fi SD card to wirelessly transmit DNG files to his iPhone and then transfer JPG files to the Photos app.