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29
Friday
September

I picked up a second hand Voigtlander Super-Wide Heliar 15mm f/4.5 lens from my friendly local Leica shop and, as the British Museum was right outside I popped in to try it out. It'll take some getting used to (it's not Rangefinder coupled, so focussing has to done by estimating distance), but I'm very pleased with how much you can cram into the frame.

As with many wide angle lenses, some people find the vignetting a problem, but I'm personally quite fond of the lomo-esque look.

27
Wednesday
September
Back in June last year I mentioned the Epson RD-1. Until this month's launch of the Leica M8 (which is going to retail at around £3,200), the RD-1 was the world's only digital Rangefinder camera. Despite the fact there were only 10,000 RD-1s manufactured, now - just over a year since launch, they are available for around £1,200. I picked one up yesterday, along with a Leica f/2.0 50mm Summicron lens, fumbled around on the train with the instruction book and finally figured out how to turn it on.

"Would you like stuffing with that?
Oooof Pardon!..."

The pictures below were taken on my walk home. The focusing took a bit of getting used to, but the camera has a great feel, is reasonably intuitive, and is the kind of the object you want to put on the coffee table and stare at, admiringly.

As well as the genuinely smart retro outward look of the camera, the settings allow you to take complete control to take pictures that resemble those you would get from a traditional Rangefinder film camera - so whack on a bit of saturation and contrast, and you have a digital Lomo in your hand. The colours came out vivid and rich and the tonality of the black and white shots easily beat all digital SLR cameras I've encountered.

If you do a google for anything related to the RD-1, all you'll find is praise along with criticism of the price. It can be argued it's overpriced but it's obviously a great camera, and things can only get better - with the launch of the M8 and the forthcoming RD-2, prices are bound to fall dramatically.

The last picture is my friend Sam patiently sat on my window box as I wrestle with the Rangefinder focusing.

I can hardly contain my excitement at the thought of comparing and contrasting the pictures taken by the Leica Digilux 2 with those taken using the the RD-1. Ooof.

21
Thursday
September
Just back from a sunny week in Spain. Lots of sunbathing, drinking sangria and laughing at juvenile innuendos spilling from the mouth of an outrageous homosexual waiter we encountered: "Coq au vin, ooo I wouldn't say no to a bit of that . Oooof pardon!"

 

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