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The Contax T2 – the killer compact

There is another contender on the compact scene, the T2
Recently it has all been about the Ricoh GR1, but what everyone forgets is that there is a very famous rival out there, which can certainly trade punches with the GR. So lets have a look at the T2.
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Camera porn weekend

The weekend is here, and its bloody pouring down. Typhoon season means more time indoors…

The more time indoors, the less time that I have to go out shooting or buying or scavenging, as a consequence of this I spend more time taking pictures of the cameras that I currently have. So not all is lost really, I mean, you get your porn and I get to mess around with some pretty nice stuff.

Anyway, less waffling and more pictures;

Mmmmm, shiny

I decided not to label the cameras this time, you can guess what they are, which is part of the fun.

You sexy beast

That one is pretty obvious, but it looks nice. I am not really sure I would have the confidence to rock out with a gold camera, but it has a certain hipster crass bling appeal and wouldn’t look out of place in a wanky art gallery.

Just a bit of fun really

Cant get enough of these cameras, they are so easy to use and just so damned friendly. I could happily carry one around with me all day. Right then, last one, I am hungry and despite the rain I am going to have to venture out to fill my belly. There should be more stuff up in the next couple of days, including a really interesting little kit camera that I recently acquired. You can see me make a monkey out of myself as I try to build the damn thing.

This one is pretty easy….Return of the deceptecons

Keep on coming and come and see my e-bay site too, these are all up for sale.


Contax compact cameras are awesome

Contax compact cameras are awesome
How did a boring Japanese company make things as pretty as this? Who knows, but Contax made some fine cameras, and here are a few of them.
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Lens porn Monday is here!

Monday blues? This could be your cure, a bit or lensporn . Ooooh lookee lookee, something lovely for all of you lovely people…

I have decided that as a cure for Monday blues I am going to try and put up some gearporn or general camera geekery every Monday to cheer you up and help you look forward to the next time you go shooting. So here is it, the 1st Monday porn posting.

And what a start we are off to, three absolutely outstanding lenses. I managed to pick these up this weekend from the charming and very talented Mr Patrick Tsai of My Little Dead Dick fame. Patrick decided he needed to sell the lenses and I was more than happy to take them off his hands. I don’t know, maybe it is just me, but I like knowing that the gear I have bought has taken some amazing shots in the past.

So, first up to bat we have the absolutely outstanding Leica Summicron 35mm f2 ASPH E39

Words cannot describe how sharp this lens is, it is ‘radiant’ in its sharpness. This really is a legendary lens and something that I am really excited to finally own. 35mm is pretty much the ideal focal length for me and this lens is as close to the perfect lens as you are going to get. It will fit on all of the Leica cameras since the M3, although you will need an external viewfinder as the M3 doesn’t have the framelines.
Now for the geekery stuff…This lens has 7 elements placed in 5 groups, an 8 blade diaphragm with half clicks from 2.8 up through f16. It fits a 39mm filter and has been the standard for Leica since the 50′s.
I could go on and on, but you can go and read Ken ‘bloody’ Rockwell for the rest.

I scored the silver chrome version, which I think is the prettiest of all of them, although it is actually heavier than the black because of the materials used in the manufacture. Personally, I like the feel of the weight and it balances on the camera nicely.

All of the lenses that I am putting up today are on a black Konica Hexar RF, which is an outstanding camera in its own right, but I shall have to put them on a Leica as soon as I get one.

Next up, possibly the greatest lens of all time….The one…the only…Leica Summicron 50mm f2 E39

Wow, just wow. This is a stunning lens and considered to be the GREATEST 50mm lens of all time! Though I am sure that some Summilux owners would have an issue with me saying that.

his particular one is the silver chrome version from pre-1994, with 6 elements in 4 groups with magenta coating. Again it come with the 39mm filter size. This is the oldest lens design that exists in the Leica armoury so they have had plenty of time to perfect it. If you want to know more give that Rockwell fella a lookup, he does it best.

I cannot wait to to go out shooting with this thing, really excited.

And last, but by no means least…The stunningly pretty Zeiss Biogon 28mm f2.8

This is a pretty enigmatic lens and the name Carl Zeiss is a true photography icon. The basis for this lens is from far back in the photographic mists of time. And they really have done a fine job of making a tack sharp and high quality lens. This particular lens is made by Cosina in Japan, who now manufacture all of the Zeiss and Voigtlander lenses. Compared to the Leica lenses, the quality of the Zeiss is clearly not as good. It is lighter and feels less solid, but the optical quality is almost comparable to most people.

I have not shot with this lens and will be selling it, as I have no real need for a 28mm and I want to keep my Leica pure Leica, but whoever gets this lens will be really happy of that I am sure.
Here is one more just to keep you all happy.

So, there you go. A bit of geekery, perhaps some new information, something to take up 10 minutes of your day and helped you dodge some work. If you have any comments, suggestions or questions, drop me a line, I am always happy to hear from you all.




Japanese camera collectors are hardcore

You really have no idea how far the rabbit hole goes . Today I had a pretty good day, I got to play with some special gear

Yeah, I guess it was a good weekend, I got to buy some gear for myself (more of that later), and I got to play with some amazing equipment. I am very fortunate that I am in Japan and the people around me are complete camera hardcore. My wife’s uncle is an amateur photographer. When I hear this I was intrigued, but I didn’t realize how seriously he took it.

I went to his house and found that not only had he been published and won competitions, but he had a serious collection going on. And when I say serious, he puts most pros to shame.
*deep breath*

  1. Two Hasselblad 503CX bodies with 50mm, 80mm, 150mm, 300mm and 500mm lenses, backs etc
  2. A contax G2 black with all of the lenses, including the rare 21mm Biogon!
  3. A contax G1 silver with a complete set of lenses.
  4. A contax T2 silver.
  5. A contax T3 silver.
  6. Contax RTS and Aria bodies and a selection of lenses including 105mm, 150mm, 200mm and 300mm.
  7. A Linhoff Technica and 5 lenses!!!
  8. All the extra bits and bobs that would be part of this, including 6 Gitzo tripods, lightmeters, darkness time calculators and tons of film.

This guy was amazing. He completely lit up when he started to talk about photography and it was wonderful to see someone so passionate about it.
I think this is one of the reasons why I love it here, the people. When they get hold of something, they take it as far as they possibly can, which is usually fat beyond the people from the UK would take it.

And the best thing, he was completely open about his work and what he liked, there was no jaded views on what photography should be, it was just a case of  take pictures of what you like and what makes you happy. I love that way of thinking.

Hopefully he will take me out sometime, or at least let me use some of his gear….