Michael Kamber is a war photojournalist and Leica fan currently operating in Iraq, and in this article he discusses his real-world experiences with the Leica M8. The article is scathing, to put it bluntly. Most interesting to me were not the photographic problems with the camera (absolutely wild fluxuations in color balance, for example) but some very basic usability flaws that rendered the camera unusable for Kamber. In a statement that sounds so familiar to me, he questions whether Leica performed any real-world testing of the camera before shipping. And this guy’s not just being picky.
Originally linked from Luminous Landscape.
My photographic production is streaky, and I definitely don’t market my work. Despite this, I’ve sold my first photograph! I like the thought of offsetting the significant cost of gear like this.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is now available for preorder for $199. According to Luminous Landscape, the price will be good until April 30, when it will increase to the normal price of $299. Also, it appears that both Mac and Windows versions are in the box!
Adobe Lightroom Beta 4 is available for download from the Adobe Labs site. Of particular interest is complete feature parity between the Mac and Windows versions.
Wow, the $5k Leica M8 is a beautiful jewel of techno-photo-snobbery. I love it!
While it is by no means a recent annoucement, I was not aware that Microsoft released RAW image support for Windows Explorer. Unfortunately, its Canon CR2 format support doesn’t work with files generated by a 30D, which may make something like dpMagic interesting.
After going through results of a recent photo excursion, I’ve found myself a bit disappointed with the clarity of the shots I’m getting with my Canon EF 28-135mm IS lens. I plan to run a few tests over the weekend, as well as compare it with a friend’s new EF-S 17-85mm IS. Is it time for me to start dreaming of L glass, possibly the EF 24-105mm IS 4L? For my bank account’s sake I hope not, but this comparison, unfortunately, doesn’t surprise me.
Sponsor a group of professional photographers to go Iceland and use your product and you get this. Links to their photos can be found throughout the blog. Also check out a Lightroom book preview PDF and a podcast.
My Mpix orders arrived promptly this week, and I was extremely impressed. The paper was professional grade, and resolution and colors were simply incredible.
I prefer the normal paper to the metallic, though I liked the metallic effect on at least one shot. Colors differed between the two papers far less than I expected. Overally colors were much closer than I expected to my semi-accurately calibrated home workstation, as were brightness and contast. After seeing my color prints a friend at work got a few large black and whites printed, also with exceptional results. We all submitted files as 16 bit uncompressed TIFF, sRGB color space.
The shipment packaging was almost as impressive as the prints. There was no rolling; everything was sandwiched tightly between layers of cardboard and foam. Next-day FedEx of around $10 is not unreasonable at all with this quality.
I encourage anyone wanting exceptional, highly professional printing results to give them a try.
In a search for a good photo print solution, I’m giving Mpix a try. I’ve ordered a number of 10x15s and 10x20s on both their standard and their metallic papers, along with a few proof sets. I’ll definitely post my findings.