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Yes, a bag full of pricy, non-buoyant Leica gear out on the open water in a tippy vessel.
this is an extremely effective image.
and that's why we have insurance, isn't it? so we can actually use our toys
Thanks Doug! Precisely!! It really bugs me sometimes to read on other forums/threads about people leaving their 'expensive' gear (and not just Leica) at home instead of bringing along on vacation, or to imperfect environments. Care and common sense seems to be effective most of the time. That said, my insurance coverage is becoming obscenely expensive. Adding Leica gear only makes this worse.
Ron, I remember you use uncompressed! one thing I forget is try use compressed file instead of uncompressed. especially during event you need quick fire and not ultimate quality.(the difference is extreme small if there is any and heavy scene related.(High DR with highlight detail.)) The camera's computer power is really designed to be handled with compressed file shooting, IMHO.
Recently, at a time shooting uncompressed, I have to removed the battery AND card to be able to restart M9, and my last pic didn't get recorded.
On recent trip to Hawaii, I feel a lot concerned about M9 handle...Show more →
I think that is the point - to be somewhat prepared. I've been pretty impressed with how well the M9 has handled adverse weather. It survived ~ -10 C with ~50-70 km/h wind gusts (snow/ice was blowing horizontally) for hours (my fingers didn't fare as well). Also high humidity at around freezing when the inside of the viewfinder fogged up from my breath, but the camera kept working. Also rainy conditions (but I do try to keep it covered as much as possible)...
While researching the problem on LUF I also came to the realization that shooting compressed, at least for events such as weddings, will alleviate a lot of buffer problems. Awhile ago I dropped shooting RAW+Jpeg and that helped, but compressed should roughly halve write time and possibly prolong battery life.
I've ordered a Panasonic 'gold' card to try. Unfortunately it's no longer possible to get the 'pro' version outside the EU, apparently. But the non-pro versions are nearly identical, with the power failure and data damage guards. Just missing the error correction feature. I do think a lot of my banding problems are related to battery level and power fluctuation in the camera, which could affect card writes. Another logical step would be to update to the latest firmware... We'll see whether the Panasonic makes any difference, is just marketing spin. or if my camera is actually defective. This purchase was brought on in part because my favourite Transcend Class 10 non-UHS-1 cards appear to be discontinued. When I tried a UHS-1 from them, it banded terribly, but we'll see if the Panasonic is any different, since it's also UHS-1.
Ron, I like the canoe shot taken with the Lux 21. Very clean. Can't stop admiring your processing skills.
I agree with zhangyue about shooting compressed dngs. Might be worth a test..
Thanks Hilmar! One advantage of an f/1.4 21mm lens is subject separation at this distance and how it blurred out all the irritating flies buzzing around, meaning much less spotting in post.
Joakim - another wonderful scene. It feels so silvery! You've found a great B&W conversion setting, without doubt!
Michael - looks good, though the clouds on the right side of the horizon seem a bit odd. Too much shadow lifting?
Alberto - great use of the 40, a lens I really like a lot for people photography.
Ryan, love the drama, especially in the first two!
Mitch - the first one is very intriguing, especially the very few visual clues in the specular highlights off the car in the foreground. But I find it difficult for my eye to settle on anything. For this reason #2 and the last one are somewhat more 'comfortable.' On the technical side, I really like the color palette in these. By all means, if f/2.8 is workable, then it will save you $7000. The shallow depth of field look works for some things, but I agree that for street work, stopped down a bit will tell more about an overall scene.
Peter, I think the look is good in those. It's difficult to sometimes achieve a dusk or dawn feel in images, as there's usually a temptation to brighten the images for a 'normal' appearance.
A couple more from the canoe, 28 Cron: