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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Random Excellence

Bud Green, Statue on Construction Site, Las Vegas, Nevada

And if you want to see some examples of what Leicas are good for, check out Bud Green's flickr photostream.

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON, thanks to Rubén Osuna

4 Comments:

Blogger robert said...

Well I got mine in february and went through the teething pains with everyone else, in fact, my first camera died after 24 hours! Not a very good introduction. But I was aware that there were issues, and bought it anyway. So I guess that I fall into the latter camp that you describe as "if that is what you want..."
Where I think your review fall short is that it is not really a review, nor even an appreciation, not that it is unfair or disparaging in the least, it just doesn't really extoll why one might want this particular camera. And it is the why after all, that is important, is it not?
It is unfortunate that you only had the camera for a short while, even tho it is a bicycle sort of thing, you need to shoot a lot and play with the files and make big prints and generally see what it can do that matters. Comparing it to the film M's seem logical, but really it is not. It is it's own thing, although the similarities are high. And if you have used all the other cameras as I know you have, and as I have, then you might get to a place where you start to see what the M8 actually does for you against all those other cameras, how it functions and what it allows you to do, also what it prevents you from doing. Would I use it for everything, no, that is not the point, but I do use if for 90% of my paying work which is 100% of my income, and I have to say it makes going to work fun.
I hope you get to spend more time with it because I know from reading the blog that you are looking for the perfect burrito camera, the small light accomplice. Mine is the M8, and it goes with me everywhere, and I wouldn't trade it for anything else.

11:34 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

This doesn't help me at all - why are Leicas good for doing this rather than some other camera? Nobody has ever explained why a person might need a Leica to take some particular picture. These seem to be takes with a film camera, so the tonal range is mostly a function of the film used. The shots are excellently composed, and excellently exposed - but, what does the Leica bring to the table? How could you tell it's a Leica?

11:35 PM  
Blogger Nemo said...

He is a great photographer!

4:35 AM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

Chris,
You DON'T need a Leica to take any particular picture. It's just a camera.

The reason I know he used a Leica is that it says so on his flickr page.

--Mike

10:03 AM  

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