Hands On Review: Samsung NX100

The Samsung NX100 is the latest mirrorless camera in the line and it doesn’t seem to disappoint in some areas. For every photographer that has wanted a Leica-like body, this is perhaps the camera that you’d want to get your hands on. That said, it is also the largest mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses that I’ve ever held (the exception being Leica M bodies.) However, one can easily see themselves slinging it across their shoulder or body as well as being pleased with what it can do.

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PETA Responds to Leica’s Limited Edition Ostrich Skin X1

If you’ve been paying attention to photo news for the past couple of days, you may have read about Leica’s special edition of the X1 featuring ostrich skin. The company is known to do very high-class and fashionable modifications to their cameras every so often and raise the price. Granted, they are collectors items, and in this case the rare X1 will go for $2,400. I contacted PETA to ask them about what they had to say about the cameras, here is their response.

Edit: Leica has since stated that they do not use Ostrich Leather in the manufacturing of the camera.

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What I'm Shooting With For the Next Two Weeks

So for the next two weeks, I will be simultaneously reviewing, working on a personal project and shooting with:

The Leica M7

The 50mm F1.4 Summilux

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 with LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Lens

Kodak BW 400 CN film

M Classics bag (Compact bag, not the M shown on the site)

All products except the film will be reviewed. I’m not going to say much about the personal project, just that it involves me as a Blind Photographer and that a couple of co-workers, Leica and the owner of M Classics Seth Levine know about it. Seth was kind enough to loan me this bag for the gig. It’s a really, really gorgeous bag that can even hold my Canon EOS 5D Mark II with EF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM Lensnot attached while remaining compact, soft, elegant and discrete. The Compact bag is meant for smaller DSLRs like the Olympus OM-1. However, a Micro Four Thirds body can fit in there with little trouble. Hell, I could probably stuff four of them into here. Expect to see some really, really cool stuff.

OKCupid Finds Some Amazing Facts About Attractiveness in Photos

Alex and Serenity

A friend linked me to an article that dating site OKCupid has on their blog about how photography can make you more or less attractive. According to them:

– Panasonic/Micro Four Thirds cameras make their users look the best. Second being Leica.

– Interchangeable lens cameras make users more attractive.

– iPhone users have more sex (which makes sense because of Facetime)

– Android users like me have the least sex (no comment)

The posting goes on to talk about things like Bokeh, flash, and the times of day to take your photo. Bokeh does tend to mesmerize people when they look at the photos and flash (well, lighting in general) needs to be used to the best effects.

What do you think makes people be perceived as attractive in photos? Admittedly, a pretty girl holding a Nikon DSLR, Micro Four Thirds and Leica is attractive to me. Those myspace shots and the duck lips, not so hot.

The Leica M9 at an Event: Redux

Remember that event I shot with the Leica M9 and 35mm F2.5 Summarit and then how I stated that it was easiest for me to just convert the files to black and white because of the high ISO? Well I was bored one night and felt like editing some photos in Lightroom 3 Beta to hone my editing skills. The files from that event were chosen and edited. Originally, I had stated that the M9 files are not as versatile as the Canon 5D Mk II‘s. While that statement still stands, the files are versatile enough to the point where some editing was able to save them to be published in color. The gallery and findings are after the jump.

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Field Review: Leica M9 (Day 7)

In celebration of 2D-x‘s one year anniversary, we partied with a couple of other journalists from other websites. The Leica M9 was there to capture what happened as was the Canon 5D Mk II. High ISO abilities were used and tested. In summary, while the images weren’t as great as the 5D Mk II’s, the M9 still did produce very usable images when converted to black and white.

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Field Review: Leica M9 (Day 5)

As the field review of the Leica M9 continues, I’ve been running into a couple of more problems with the camera in terms of image capturing abilities. In contrast though, the camera has performed in a stellar fashion and for the first time in a while my neck and shoulders do not hurt me after a day of shooting.

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Field Review: Leica M9 (Day 4)

Shooting candid photos with a rangefinder can be very tough—especially if your subject is moving around a lot. Granted, they were meant to do this and using one teaches you to think out of the box in terms of composition and to get your shot in differnt ways. This posting was written on Mother’s Day and the photos in this posting were all shot on Mother’s Day as well when my mother was opening up her gift. While the Leica M9 still takes fantastic photos when coupled with the 35mm F2.5 Summarit, it still can be tedious.

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Leica V-LUX 20 Review Based on The Panasonic ZS-7

With the release of Leica’s new V-LUX 20 camera, it has quickly been deduced that it is really just a Panasonic ZS-7. Leica and Panasonic have a close relationship like this, as they have done previously with the LX-3 and the D-LUX 4 (the latter was reviewed here). The V-LUX 20, like the ZS-7 is aimed towards photography enthusiasts that tend to travel often and want to have a compact camera. Though I haven’t had time with the V-LUX 20 yet, one can expect that when reviews come out, they will be very similar to that of the ZS-7. That said, here’s a round-up of my ZS-7 field review postings and findings.

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Hands On: Leica S2

A while ago at the Leica Roadshow in NYC, the S2 was presented to all who attended. The camera, Leica’s main entry into the professional medium format space, is one that surprised all during the seminar. Being a 37.5MP beast of a camera, when one actually holds it they notice that it is actually more elegant that it is a monster. However, it does have a couple of quirks; as do most medium format cameras.

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