Improved AF Tracking, Manual Lens ISO Limit Removed and More In Leica SL Update 3.0


Just some quick thoughts on the recently released SL 3.0 update. First, it went smoothly and seems to be running well. I’ve waited for this update before formally reviewing the SL and just glancing over the improvements, it seems that any issues I have had with the OS have been resolved. The biggest of which was the shutter speed limitations on manual lenses.

I shoot the Leica SL not just with the 24-90mm zoom, but with M glass. The limitations on shutter speed meant that I had to throttle down the ISO and in some cases use a ND filter to shoot with a fast aperture in bright light. One of the wonderful things about the SL is it’s extremely fast electronic shutter. That combined with the ISO speed of 50 means you should’ve been able to shoot very fast lenses like the 50/f1.4, 35/f1.4 or even the 50/f.95 in bright midday light wide open. However the SL limited your shutter speed with manual lens, making this feet impossible. Thankfully these shutter limits on manual limits are gone!  Continue reading “Improved AF Tracking, Manual Lens ISO Limit Removed and More In Leica SL Update 3.0”

Glacier National Park Wool Blanket by Pendleton

For over 100 yrs the US National park blankets from Pendleton have been an iconic part of outdoor life. The Glacier park National park blanket is one of my favorite patterns, not only because of its distinct eye-catching colors and style but because it’s one of the earliest designs dating all the way back to America’s frontier history. Continue reading “Glacier National Park Wool Blanket by Pendleton”

I Know A Good Tailor In Bombay…

(Photo by Andrew Tonn)

The phone rings and the front desk says, “Hitesh the tailor is here.”

“Yes, please send him up.”
A few minutes later I open the door. Hitesh Chhabria is standing in the foyer with two bags and a black and red garment cover bearing the logo of his shop, the Immediate Boutique. We shake hands and I invite him in. He takes off his shoes and we talk for a moment about our days and life in Mumbai. Continue reading “I Know A Good Tailor In Bombay…”

The Writing on the Wall – M Leica 35/f3.5 Summaron, Leica M-Monochrome (CCD)

Leica MM (CCD), M-Mount 35mm f3.5 at f4, ISO 800, SS 1/4000 FP (Photo by Jef Price)

Continue reading “The Writing on the Wall – M Leica 35/f3.5 Summaron, Leica M-Monochrome (CCD)”

The Sailor Strap

The Sailor Strap. With a variety of colors from royal blue to olive and standard black, sturdy stainless steel rings to attached the strap and Italian leather they look great, but how do they perform with daily use? Continue reading “The Sailor Strap”

The Saddleback Leather Co Indiana Bag

The days pass while living abroad as they do back home.  Some people go through ordinary days in strange ways and I marvel at the strange days I go through in ordinary ways.  The exotic and even the frightening quickly become everyday and you feel almost at home until something reminds you of what you left behind.  It is almost always a small thing that triggers the nostalgia, the one mysterious bag of Tostitos in a Mumbai grocery store, the sound of Hank Williams playing on a tinny Russian car speaker in the Carpathian Mountains, or the sympathetic Texan voices of the folks at Saddleback Leather Company. Continue reading “The Saddleback Leather Co Indiana Bag”

Polaroid and Impossible, Together at Last?

Potentially huge news for instant photographers, the majority shareholder of Polaroid is now the same majority shareholder of Impossible Project. Impossible is the last manufacturer of instant pack film (the type our one steps require) and is preparing to release their new Gen 4 color formula any time now. Their Gen 3 color film was met with widespread praise and is considered by many (myself included) to be their best color film yet.
No information yet from Impossible or Polaroid as to what this may mean for their brand and future. But it’s certainly big news that has the potential to change the instant film landscape.

The full story can be found via PetaPixel. FP

When to Hire a Fixer: A Basic Guide – Guest post from Daniel Garee and Jessica Rutherford


The world of documentary filmmaking (and photography) is a fast-paced environment that, more often than not, requires a good bit of travel. And more times than not I’m traveling to places where not only do I rarely know the streets but also the language. This is when hiring a local fixer makes all of the difference. Continue reading “When to Hire a Fixer: A Basic Guide – Guest post from Daniel Garee and Jessica Rutherford”