Up, up and away

Up, up and away!

Up, up and away!

Intense

Intense

Stained (RX1)

Stained (RX1)

Thick-rimmed

Thick-rimmed

You missed a little bit (RX1)

You missed a little bit (RX1)

Style and safety

Style and safety

UFO

UFO

UFO

Friday afternoon – people waiting to get on the train to go home – they should be happy the weekend is here!

Zombies..

Zombies..

Untitled

Untitled

Holding on

Holding on

Middle-man

Middle-man

Basking

Basking

The ones that got away – August 2013

Happy Father’s Day to all fathers out there – don’t forget to call Dad đŸ˜‰

Wireless communication

Wireless communication

Bazinga

Bazinga

Dragonboat

Dragonboat

Seeing clearly

Seeing clearly

No exercise for me

No exercise for me

Beach life

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Beach life

Beach life

Park life

Park life

Silverfish

Silverfish

Hang-time #2

Hang-time #2

I’ve been extremely happy with my Leica M9-P since I purchased it last year after selling my Canon 5d Mk II and lenses and accessories. The only thing I wish was better was the low-light performance, as noise really starts to be a problem from ISO 800-1600 onwards. I did a bit of research and recently bought a Sony RX1 – the world’s smallest full-frame camera, which comes with a fixed 35mm f/2 Zeiss lens. Here is a pic of the new baby:

Sony RX1

Sony RX1

I will primarily be using it at night time when I would typically not shoot at all after putting the M9-P away. I’ve only shot with it for two days, but so far let me say a couple of things… First, battery life sucks. I have it set to sleep after 20 seconds of inactivity and I still ran out in less than a day’s shooting (~100 shots). Secondly, I’m finding it odd using the LCD to shoot. “It’s not you RX1, it’s me!” ha  I’m just so used to the rangefinder and zone focusing – I actually find that method faster for taking photos than using the LCD and autofocus on the Sony. I wish I could easily zone-focus with the RX1 and hopefully they will allow something like that in a firmware update. I know there is an optional electronic viewfinder (EVF) for the RX1, but due to the fact that it sits in the hotshoe – i.e. right in the centre of the camera – it tends to draw unwanted attention to it which is the opposite of what you want on the street, so I’ll see how I go with the LCD! The 35mm f/2 Zeiss lens is incredibly sharp. Auto white balance seems to be OK. Menu is easy to navigate. The camera itself is very well made and very small in size – impressively so given it is a full-frame sensor. Great dynamic range. Significant flexibility in post-processing to recover shadow detail. Here are a few RX1 pics:

Smile!

Smile!

Trio

Trio

Branching out

Branching out