Leica X typ 113

IMG_1455Uh oh.. Red DOT? and YES! Its a Leica !

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If I ask someone, “What day was your happiest day in your life?” majority of them will be hesitating and thinking for quite a long time. However, if I get asked the same question, I can say, “The day I bought my Leica!” (beside the day mum brought a cat home).

Leica is a German, Camera and Lens manufacturing company, famous for their quality, history, craftsmanship, anything related to photography and camera. Leica would be photographers’ first object of envy. However, there is a one problem, which is a price ! (They often be thought as overpriced). In my point of view, as long as a consumers are happy with the product, then I wouldn’t think of price that much even though I was considering of purchase for 3 months.

Here are some basic specs

Sensor
Max resolution 4928 x 3264
Other resolutions 4272 x 2856, 3264 x 2160, 2144 x 1424, 1632 x 1080
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23 x 15.5 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Color filter array Primary Color Filter
Image
ISO Auto, 100-12,500
White balance presets 2
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Unknown
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Super fine, fine
File format
  • JPEG
  • DNG
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 35 mm
Optical zoom 1×
Maximum aperture F1.7–32
Autofocus
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Face Detection
Digital zoom Yes
Normal focus range 20 cm (7.87)
Macro focus range 20 cm (7.87)
Number of focus points 11
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 920,000
Touch screen No
Screen type LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Built-in flash Yes
Continuous drive 5.0 fps
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot

<Table from Digital Photography Review : http://www.dpreview.com&gt;

I think this camera is simply amazing. There are several reasons that I bought this camera, even though people think its overpriced camera.
1. Aesthetics
Somehow Leica has chosen the colours that attracted me in 0.2 seconds.
2. Image quality
I don’t care what other people thinks about Leica’s picture quality or etc, I think the     outcome of this camera is great. Depth of field is well shown in the image, colours are well corrected and exposed. The best part is, their own black and white contrast filter, programmed in the camera. It is simply amazing and beautiful, I can’t even express in words.
3. It’s smaller than DSLR
Well, it isn’t smallest camera, but as long as its easier to carry around than my Canon 60D, I am happy.

I am still not 100% sure, why Leica makes my heart to pound, but it hasn’t disappointed me yet.

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Canon 40mm f/2.5 STM

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Mounted on Canon 60D

This tiny beast is my favourite lens in my camera bag, it doesn’t usually come off unless I’m going out to shoot as a work. I think its focal length is just about a perfect when 50mm feels to close, 35mm feels to far.

This tiny thing isn’t much bigger than a lens cap, and is also known as ‘pancake’ lens for its thinness. It is sharp, light, thin, bright and capable of being almost all – round lens.

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Canon 60D • Canon 40mm f/2.5 STM

Canon 60D

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DSLR is considered to be the most wanted camera gear, for those who are passionate about photography. This post is about my beloved but old Canon 60D.

Canon 60D is an 18.1 megapixels DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera. It was released back in August, 2010 and is successor of the EOS 50D and is predecessor of the EOS 70D.

Key features:

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800)
  • 5.3 fps continuous shooting
  • 1080p HD video recording with manual controls
  • SD / SDHC / SDXC storage
  • In-camera raw development
  • Subject modes with ‘Ambience Selection’ (Standard, Vivid, Soft, Warm, Intense, Cool, Brighter, Darker and Monochrome)
  • In-camera Creative Filters (special effects)
  • Fully articulated 3.0″ screen (3:2)

 

60D was my very first digital SLR camera and I haven’t doubted its ability for once. Although 60D isn’t told to be a professional – level camera, I have had no problem producing high quality images with this camera (Not that I shoot professional level..). Weddings, parties, portraitures, studio shots, etc.

I would recommend this camera even as a second hand, rather than buying new 700d or equivalent. Canon’s entry – level cameras do not have LCD screen on the top of body, which is extremely handy. (This tells you what settings you are using / Otherwise you would click on menu every now and then to check your current settings!)

Owning a fancy and monstrous full frame DSLR would be wonderful, but as photographic gears tends to put a massive hole in your bank accounts every now and then, 60d won’t disappoint you for a budget!

Canon AT – 1 & 50mm 2.0

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This is the one and only film camera I own currently. Picked up at ‘Camerahouse’ in Central Market in Adelaide, for $120 AUD as far as I remember.

This camera  35mm FD-mount single-lens reflex camera manufactured by Canon of Japan from December 1977. The attached lens is Canon FD 50mm F2.0, which is quite handy and useable focal length for most type of photography.

On my point of view, it is a solid film camera, that is capable of produce nice film photographs at a relatively low price !