Camera Gear

Give Me a “T”. Leica Has a New Camera.

Photo websites on the internet have been burning up with news about the new Leica T mirrorless camera system today. I have to admit it is a stunning piece of industrial design. The thing looks gorgeous, but will it make you a better photographer? Probably not. You are only as good as you are, and you improve with practice. This is why a pro photographer can get a pretty impressive image from an iPhone.

The real kicker for me with this camera is the price. I did a recent Pounds to Dollars price conversion using the prices shown on DPreview and the entire set up, not including the case will set you back $7807.00 before taxes. For that kind of money you can get a hell of lot more gear that is equal to or better. It might not look as pretty, but will still take a photo and get you behind the lens time. The second part of that sentence is what helps you to become a better photographer.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by the price Leica has set. All their gear is outrageously over priced. They are a premium luxury brand, and people will pay just to have a camera with that red dot on the front. And, Leica lenses are some of the best in the world, so the price you pay for good glass kind of makes sense.

OK, I’ll admit it. The video above┬ámakes me kind of want this camera like everyone else. I do love good visual design, and the Leica T has it in spades.

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A New Solution for a Vintage Camera.

Back in December when I bought my vintage Olympus OM2 it came with the most amazing original leather case for the whole kit. Fine grain brown leather with enough room to hold the camera, 3 lenses, flash and filters. The only problem with it is the case weighs a couple of pounds empty, and when full loaded the narrow strap cuts through your shoulder like a dull knife. It looks great though. That case got me to wondering where I could find a new case, with a vintage look for both the OM2 and my Olympus OMD EM-5. Enter the Hard Graft Frame 1 Camera Bag.

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Hard Graft makes some serious leather goods, and once again this looks like an amazing piece of work. Retro styling, and modern features. Constructed completely of 100% vegetable tanned leather with a soft wool lining this case will more than protect your pricey camera gear. It features a removable divider components separated and there is a small zip pocket for your memory cards or film (if you still shoot with it), cables or phone. The shoulder strap is detailed with 100% wool felt, is fully adjustable, and features a comfortable shoulder pad.

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