Comments for Adam Marelli Photo Now Boarding Leica Air . . . Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:23:35 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on A Recovering DSLR User: William Bright by adam adam Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:23:35 +0000 Wally,
Im with you…I came from a Hasselblad and Mamiya film system. I’ve never liked auto focus, unless it was being used for sports or birds, which I don’t shoot. I find it to be a distracting chatter in the view finder. Automation, in any tool, detracts from the experience.

Whether its a CNC machine or the autofocus on a camera, it minimizes the immediacy. And as a practicing artist, it is understandable to use automation for production deadlines, but left to my own preferences, the manual version is always more fulfilling.

While I applaud the efforts of Fuji and Sony, to offer competitive products to the Leica…they all deliver something close without meeting my preferences. Though I bet within a few years they will make something that attracts me. Sony is much closer than anyone at this point, though Fuji could surprise us. As of now I prefer…
– Optical view finders…even the best EVFs do not interest me. There is nothing better than seeing the world with my eye, not my eye and a million dots.
– Shutter dial on the top, aperture on the lens. DSLRs spinning dials are of zero interest.
– And the body shapes for the Sony A series, Fuji’s, and Dslrs all need work. The smaller Sonys are well designed, but you could not pay me to carry most of the other cameras. Which is not to say they are bad, but I don’t like them. And Im happy to live in a world where there are options.

All in all, equipment selection is a process for everyone. If you happen to like the gear, its for the better because you will be more likely to take it with you.

Sad to see rants like Jerry whose first comment was that it was “bullshit.” Aside from the lack of manners, for a first time commenter, it does nothing to facilitate an interesting discussion around the ideas of equipment.


Comment on San Miniato Al Monte: Unfinished business by adam adam Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:08:46 +0000 Dear Rob,

I really enjoy the way that you and Kathy travel. So many travelers feel like “one time” visits are enough. Its next to impossible to get a sense of a place in just a few days. Sure it might let someone check a box on a bucket list, but who wants to have goals that can be summed up with a “check.” Bucket lists are for those who lack imagination.

You guys have racked up a nice list of familiar cities. Im looking forward to checking out the North of Scotland…it seems amazing, not just for the photography, but the architecture, scotch and rough coast line.

When we get back to florence we will stop by La Bussola and give our regards for you both! Glasses of chianti in your honor.


Comment on San Miniato Al Monte: Unfinished business by adam adam Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:04:27 +0000 Dear Jan,
You make a valuable point…photography, without the distraction of others, is a much more immersive experience. Sometimes time away from life at home, does wonders.
Looking forward to returning to Matera myself. Even after 4 years, there is a lot more ground to cover.

Comment on San Miniato Al Monte: Unfinished business by Jan Kooreman Jan Kooreman Sun, 29 Mar 2015 10:31:40 +0000 Definitely Matera! I enjoyed the town immensely and think there is much more to discover, but above all I learned a lot during the workshop. I was there all by myself which gave me the mental space to dive into Matera at a more detailed level and be able to experience and absorb it even more.


Comment on San Miniato Al Monte: Unfinished business by Robert Lemmon Robert Lemmon Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:43:11 +0000 Hi Adam:

Kathryn and I share your view of going back to places we have visited for the opportunity to explore the city or village more deeply a second time or third or in some cases a fourth time. The more we travel, the more we find that the reasons for our travel is to connect with the people of the area where we are staying and that takes time. The point that you are making and with which i agree, is with respect to photography, that it takes time to find the elements that will lead to the images that one wants, that it may take a second look for those elements to come together For Kathryn and I, photography has been one of the reasons for going back to places we have visited, but not the sole reason – it is much more than that.

We are fortunate to be at the point in our lives where we can rent an apartment and take the time to stay in a place for an extended period of time, to become part of the neighbourhood and to go back to a city or village for a second time or more and renew acquaintances. We have done this in Florence, Venice, Milan, Paris, London, Edinburgh, Radda in Chianti, San Francisco, New York and look forward to going back to these cities as well as other places that we have visited but have not yet returned to like Santa Fe, Cornwall, Isle of Skye. There are new places that we will visit and hopefully return to as well as the old favourites.

Last years’ workshop in Florence was our fourth visit to the city. I have fond memories of the week and yesterday was actually reworking some of the images from Florence before I noticed your post above. I know that going back this year will lead to even better images for yourself as well as the workshop participants. Enjoy Florence second time around and have a great workshop.


PS – for great Tuscan Pizza go to La Bussola Restaurant, Via Porta Rossa and say hi to Allessandra for us – we visited La Bussola our first trip to Florence and have returned every time thereafter.

Comment on A Recovering DSLR User: William Bright by wally wally Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:06:38 +0000 I am like the author who is tired of carrying bulky DSLRs. I replaced my Canon SLR and L lenses with one camera with the smallest full frame camera in the world – the Sony RX1. Since using the RX1, I now can’t stand using DSLRs because of the plastic feeling bodies unlike rangefinders which are built in metal. I disagree with the author about the auto focus. I use auto focus a lot. As for zooming in, you can always zoom by your feet. With regards to DSLR, I think their end is near. I can imagine new cameras will be a lot smaller and will always be full frame. As for lenses, it will be same. Still huge but with more features like image stabilization, less distortion and longer zoom range.

Comment on Harry Benz Camera Strap: The B Strap by adam adam Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:55:29 +0000 Greg,
Just sent you an email.

Comment on A Recovering DSLR User: William Bright by Jerry Jerry Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:25:52 +0000 No one said he’s “not entitled to his preferences”. If I had the extra money, I’d have a preference for everything that Leica makes. I’ve enjoyed using a Leica and it is about as cool as a camera can be. But the bullshit is all of the false justifications, like losing “control” with a DSLR, having to “argue” with the autofocus, or not having regard for composition, exposure or light with a DSLR. Those problems are entirely with the photographer, not the DLSR. It’s like blaming bad cooking on the dishes instead of the cook. His gear shown above weighs about 1600 grams not including whatever that Zeiss finder weighs. A Canon 6D with 20/2.8, 50/1.4 and 85/1.8 would weigh just under 1900 grams. A Nikon D750 with 20/1.8, 50/1.8 and 85/1.8 would weigh about 1,650 grams. Bulkier for sure, but not 3X bulkier.

Comment on A Recovering DSLR User: William Bright by Lars Lars Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:51:36 +0000 William,

Thank you for the nice article. It fully matches my own experience.


Comment on A Recovering DSLR User: William Bright by Lars Lars Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:49:20 +0000 Talking of bullshit…. Whatever your SoCaNikon is, its bulkier and heavier. Compact DSLR prime lenses? Not when compared to m-mount Zeiss, Voigtlander or Leica. Fully agree that most of what you can do with a rangefinder you can do with an DSLR (and more). It is a completely different way of set up and workflow. And it is not a solution to everything. Neither is a DSLR. I guess that you have not experienced it and if you did, you didn’t like it. That’s fine, however no reason whatsoever to tell someone else he is not entitled to his preferences.

If I take a couple of m mount lenses and a camera it’s about one third of the size of the same in DSLR (in my case Nikon) equivalent equipment.