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by Simon P M Johnson & Alex Bowler
Lets face it when it comes to photography, Voigtlander make some shit hot products. They really are a shinning jewel for so many of us who just cant justify or afford some of the big $$$$ required by Leica and the like when it comes to lens choice. I have had my share of Voigtlander lenses over the years and a couple hold pride of place within my 'M arsenal'. The Voigtlander Ultron 28 was a lens I had been waiting to try for some time so when the opportunity arose I & Alex jumped on it, I was eager to see if this lens was up to the chalenge, at such a great price point would it make the grade and perhaps complete my Holy Voigtlader Trinity lens collection ??
It must be said I have used both the Zeiss & Leica equivalent in the past and the bar had been set at a very high level so was keen to see how a 'budget' lens would stacked up. Alex threw the lens on his Zeiss Icon for a couple of days and ran a roll of color film through it. He just wanted to see how the lens suited his style of shooting and was a great alternative viewpoint to my digital Leica M.
Alex's images above give a great example of how versatile the lens actually is. 28mm is a often overlooked focal length, I suggest those of you who often stick to the slightly longer 35 should definitely give the 28 a try. I made the switch some years ago for my street work and have never really looked back.
The Voigtlander has a lovely hefty feel not cheap at all. It's focusing is smooth and accurate with nice fluid swing. In general I always hyper-focus when shooting with it on the street, however manual focus is a dream to use and very enjoyable on the digital Leica M & both Voigtlander & Icon film bodies. There was no trouble with any of these camera bodies when it came to coupling with their separate rangefinders.
Alex & I both came away very happy indeed, there really isn't anything not to like. Ken Rockwell has a more in depth tech review on his sight which I would recommend having a read. He goes much further into the lens and provides some points you may wish to consider before purchasing. He also provides some great images exampling his findings.
So for me it's a winner at a budget price, if money isn't a issue then the Leica , 2.8 Elmerit-M or even the Carl Zeiss Biogon T f2.8 are the quality choice. For the rest of us the Voigtlander is definitely worth not only your time & money, but your respect ... Cheers Cosina
We met up with Bellamy Hunt aka JapanCameraHunter to get his top 5 picks for classic film cameras for under $1000US plus give you some advice on where to shop for film cameras in Hong Kong.
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We here at WECC are great fans of the various Fujifilm 'X series' of cameras. I would go so far as say more than any other camera, my X100s travels with me 90% of the time (only outdone by my pocketable Ricoh GR). So when 'Digidirect' & 'Fujifilm' produced this trio of 'LTD Edition' X Series Cameras I just had to blow a WECC HORN
A spiffy LTD Orange Leatherette has replaced the cameras original Black skin. A nice cosmetic treat indeed, other than that the same superb cameras. There are not that many available and this is a LTD run, so if your keen for the Orange .... get in quick.
DigiDirect Brisbane has them in stock as of RIGHT NOW. So head in to 166 Adelaide St Brisbane & have a chat with one of the guys & girls ASAP.
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Swiss photographer best known for iconic portraits of Che Guevara and Picasso dies aged 81 after a long illness
The Swiss photographer René Burri, celebrated for his portraits of Che Guevara and Pablo Picasso, died on Monday in Zurich aged 81, the Magnum Photo agency said. Burri, who lived between Zurich and Paris, had been suffering from a long illness, Magnum said.
M Magazine – The Magazine for Leica M Photography. With Bruce Gilden, Trent Parke, Alex Webb, Jan Grarup, Anton Kusters, Ciril Jazbec and a best-of unforgettable pictures taken by acclaimed Leica photographers.
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Personal Matters is a collection of everyday snapshots by one of Japan’s most promising emerging talents in fashion photography. However, for Hasui, the personal matters more. Caught between emotional ties to his Japanese identity and an affinity to the West, Hasui captures his relationship to a place, Tokyo, and to the people who wander in and out of his life.
A good insight insights into the one of the greatest minds in photography.
Henri Cartier-Bresson (August 22, 1908 -- August 3, 2004) was a French photographer considered to be the father of photojournalism. He was an early adopter of 35 mm format, and the master of candid photography. He helped develop the street photography or life reportage style that was coined The Decisive Moment that has influenced generations of photographers who followed.
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Looking back, Nashville photographer Jeremy Cowart's career was a happy accident.
He was a painter who realized painting likely wouldn't be a way to make a living. So he explored graphic design and dabbled in creating album covers for his musician friends, like Matt Wertz and Dave Barnes. When digital photography emerged as a new technology, Cowart picked up a basic camera to incorporate stills into his design. His friends' record labels started hiring him for other artists and shows. In 2005, Cowart signed with an agent — someone he had beaten for a job — who helped him break out of the Nashville bubble and into L.A.'s photography scene. Soon he was shooting acts like Sting and Rob Thomas. Just a few weeks ago, he shot the the gritty and emotional photo for Carrie Underwood's new album cover.
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Back in November 2013 and again in May this year we announced the rumor of the new Leica m Monochrom. Now Leica Rumor has announced the same thing. People gave us a bit of stick but we trusted our source and I would be very surprised if it was not announced very soon.
We will all have to just wait and see.
We posted Mark Soon's great article a couple of weeks back regarding Adobe Lightroom's limitations when dealing with Fujifilms X-trans sensor files. Here Peter Bridgewood runs you through his X-trans imaging process when using Lightroom, enjoy.
Sharpening is one of the most taxing aspects of the digital process and consequently many photographers prefer to stick to safe and secure ways, either using presets, plug-ins, exporting to Photoshop or ultimately using JPEGs straight from camera. The X-Trans sensor produces wonderful JPEGs, and all the usual advice about always shooting in Raw doesn’t necessarily hold true anymore. There are now many professional photographers who happily shoot JPEG using X-Series cameras all the time and have no complaints.
JPEGs are very convenient, but for a landscape photographer like me, interested in the creative process and using post-processing as part of the digital alchemy, Raw files are so much more versatile. Sharpening Raw files from the X-Trans processor can be challenging for those of us who have grown familiar with more traditional Bayer array sensors; they demand a different approach and even experienced photographers will find there is a learning curve.
The sharpening controls in Adobe Lightroom have evolved to a degree of simplicity and perfection that eclipses much of the competition, including Photoshop. There were some initial teething troubles when sharpening X-trans files using earlier iterations of Lightroom; ‘waxing’ is one of the terms used to describe what can happen in images with high detail frequency (for example scenes with lots of fine detailed foliage). However, Adobe and Fujifilm have been working closely together to perfect the algorithms working behind the scenes. At the time of writing, I’m using Lightroom 5.6 to sharpen all my Fuji RAF files and creating exhibition prints up to A1 size without any significant problems.
This guide offers an introduction to perfect sharpening for Fujifilm X-Trans Raw files (.RAF files) in Lightroom 5
The processing of any digital image requires two essential and distinct types of sharpening: output sharpening and capture sharpening. Output sharpening is the final step in preparing an image for printing or display on screen. Because output sharpening always depends on known variables like printer model, paper type, and degree of enlargement, it is best performed automatically. In Lightroom, output sharpening is applied in the print module or for images intended for display on-screen it is applied on export. This guide relates only to sharpening that requires our human judgment, capture sharpening.
Snake Plissken at home and down-time with The Fog: celebrating John Carpenter's most iconic movie moments with an exclusive preview of a new book
As the saying goes: behind every great man there's a great woman. In the case of American photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker, she was often behind the scenes of cult director John Carpenter’s original and thrilling films. From Halloween – arguably the first ever slasher film – to eerie classic The Fog, to cynical anti hero Snake Plissken’s performance in Escape From New York, Gottlieb-Walker was involved in documenting some of Carpenter’s most enduring work.
She began her life with photography taking 35mm stills during her freshman year at University of California, Berkeley, covering contemporary events such as the Free Speech Movement in 1964. After shooting a failed independent motion picture, her colleague on the project, Debra Hill, was drafted in to work Carpenter’s Halloween, or as it was initially titled “The Babysitter Murders.” Hill remembered Gottlieb-Walker’s good work, and brought her along, kickstarting an eclectic career that – alongside her Carpenter work – included diverse television shows such as Star Trek, Cheers, and even subjects such as Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley.
Gottlieb-Walker is set to release the book On Set With John Carpenter, which features many images giving invigorating insight into these trendsetting horror and sci-fi films from the 1970s and 80s. As Carpenter himself describes in the book’s dedication: “Kim’s behind the scene stills catch the fun we were having at the time. Her portraits and action shots are exquisite.”
What was your experience of your early career – attending UCLA film school and working as a grad student for Motion Picture production?
Kim Gottlieb-Walker: I loved the Motion Picture department at UCLA. My film school teacher, Bill Kerby, used to do interviews for the underground press and brought me along to shoot the stills - it's how I got to shoot portraits of Jimi Hendrix when I was 20 and he ran the light show when the Doors played locally - which I got to help with as well. I worked as a teaching assistant for students making their first films when I was in grad school. Working for the underground press helped me compile a portfolio full of fascinating musicians, politicians, authors and popular culture heroes in the late '60s.
Back in 1989, as the Berlin Wall fell, Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine set out on what was meant to be an 18-month tour of Africa in their Mercedes Benz G Wagon. Now, with more than 800,000km (500,000 miles) on the clock, Gunther is still going.
The German former airline executive has travelled the equivalent of 20 times around the planet in the vehicle - which he calls Otto. He says he has never had a serious breakdown. Recently in Vietnam, Canadian-born photographer David Lemke joined Gunther on one section of his epic journey.
All images subject to copyright. Photography by Gunther Holtorf and David Lemke.
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There is something both human and otherworldly in the work of Marc West, a veteran film photographer in the United Kingdom. Three years ago, I’d stumbled into his Flickr account, a journey into ethereal double exposures and stark, gritty photography pulled from the streets. Coinciding with the birth of our friendship was the creation of Analogue Sunrise – West remains an original moderator for the Facebook community page, still serving as a beacon for both the site and its ethos: promoting and creating an international collective of independent and innovative photographers.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in a small village near cambridge in the UK. I work in retail and any spare time I have is filled with my love of music, art, movies, and of course photography.
What does photography mean to you?
I think most importantly, photography has changed the way I interact with the world around me, I’m much more aware and I definitely see things now that I never used to notice.
Toby Mason – a.k.a. “Fotobes” – has been on the top of my list for film photographers to interview since Analogue Sunrise began. He’s helped Analogue Sunrise advance from the beginning days – he can’t be thanked enough for all of his contributions and impact. After seeing his Flickr many moons ago, I realized Toby is in a class of his own – from double exposures around Brighton with the beloved LC-A+ to capturing the moody environments of subway tunnels, working people, and the ever so beautiful Brighton Beach, his craft truly stands out. With a recent photo exhibition in London, there is no slowing down his iconic imagery.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m 38 years old, recently married, with a one year old son, and a seven year old step-son. Through photography, I have become far more aware of the beauty in the world around us, and I enjoy trying to capture a little of this. As well as photography, I have a passion for music, and I think that photographs can be enhanced with a little musical accompaniment.
What inspired you to pick up film photography?
I grew up on film photography, I remember my mum using an Olympus Trip and my dad’s old Pentax SLR.. I loved the excitement of film photography as a boy, using some sort of 110 cartridge camera (I forget what it was exactly) – I felt like I could capture secrets, and when I was about 18 or 20, I bought an Olympus OM1, which I replaced with an Olympus OM10 after a couple of years, and I still use today. When digital cameras first arrived on the scene, I purchased an early Nikon CoolPix, but I just found the results to be too flat and lacking in character. So before long I switched my attentions back to analogue, and there I have remained.
Since moving down to Brighton on the south coast, I’ve met lots of people who share this passion for film photography, and there’s a great melting pot for shared ideas and techniques in Brighton. I suppose what I try to achieve through my photography is to capture some of the quirky and natural beauty of the world around me.
Leica has long been known as a company that has paved the way for modern photography. But in recent years, they seem to be taking the back seat to many Korean and Japanese manufacturers. Still though, Leica has their core customers and considering economic disparity these days, there are many folks with deep pockets that want all their cameras. But Leica’s X series of cameras haven’t always been a big hit. Sure, they’ve got an APS-C sensor at the heart, a nice size, and beautiful looks–but when you start talking about the price you’ll want to cry a bit and wish that you were a trust fund kid living in Williamsburg.
But recently at Photokina 2014, Leica decided to try again. This time, the Leica XE has a 16.2MP APS-C sensor, a 24mm f2.8 lens, and a 2.7 inch 230 Dot LCD (which actually isn't too bad in real life practice). But otherwise, the camera is still very much the same. Considering that Leica is slow to innovate, we can only expect so much.
What we didn't expect, on the other hand, is to be this surprised by the camera.
Ciril Jazbec, born in Slovenia in 1987, moved from commercial photography to photo journalism. Jazbec’s documentary work now focusses primarily on the effects of climate change and the societal interplay between tradition and modernity. In 2013 he won the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award. This earned him a new Leica M (Typ 240).
An expedition into a disappearing world: Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award-winner Ciril Jazbec travelled to Greenland to document the consequences of climate change in the region. The glaciers are melting while at the same time many traditional ways of life are gradually disappearing. Images from a world impacted by global environmental change.