Dear rangefinder enthusiasts and classic photographers,
Thank you for allowing us to share some news and random thoughts with you.
Danish for Breakfast
On Tuesday, June 29, one day after the end of school and the fifteenth day past our second vaccinations, my wife, Rita, and I boarded a plane heading to Copenhagen. It had been over two years since we last saw our daughter and her beau, who call that beautiful city home. Time to break the endless loop of bad news, negativity and discord that the pandemic brought us! The flight was through Paris, so we finished the twelve-day getaway in Brittany, northwest France.
With a handful of reasonable Covid restrictions, Copenhagen was fully open. Both street life and its famous bicycle culture were back. Everyone appeared to be in good spirits. France was a bit more restricted and there was some tension in the air. Wanting to travel light, I only packed the Q2. Not surprisingly, it lived up to its reputation: dependable, responsive and top-notch.
As travel, events and social interaction bounce back, photography will resume its essential role in recording the beauty and elegance of daily life.
Just the Essentials, Please!
2 new offerings from Leica go the extra mile to highlight the importance of simplicity and reasonable resolution.
Leica SL2-S: Modern, Fast, Adaptive
We’ve written previously about the SL2-S, its ease of use, incredible ergonomics, speed, and dynamic range. Its 24-megapixel sensor, in my opinion, remains the sweet spot for all-around digital photography.
In a perfect marriage between old and new, all legacy M lenses can be used on Leica’s most modern digital platform, thanks to the free ML adapter that works seamlessly and beautifully on the SL2 and SL2-S. Appreciate your M lenses in a new light, as an integral part of the SL system.
M10R-BP: A Very Nice Rub
The best thing about the Leica M10-R with black-paint finish is… drum roll… it’s a Leica M10-R. If you’re a fan of the classic, black-paint M, then you know the prized, brassy patina will emerge over years of creative use.
Other changes include replacing the red dot with the classic Leica script and an Ernst Leitz Wetzlar engraving on the top plate. Also, the standard, shutter-release button is swapped out for one finished in polished silver chrome, and there’s cross-knurled machining on the side of the shutter speed and ISO dials. All in all, it’s a classy and luxurious look
While the patina, font and texture won’t improve your photography one bit, the 40 megapixel, dual-gain CMOS sensor, wide dynamic range and exceptional colour, not to mention access to superb Leica M lenses, will!
Rumour Has It…
The M10-R is barely past its first birthday. Performance-wise, it is light years ahead of the competition. But from the swamp of rumour sites, there’s a whiff of something new to come.
Will Leica abandon the optical-mechanical rangefinder that’s at the core of M photography? I certainly hope not, and cannot imagine the optical-mechanical design and classic form of the M10-R being cast aside for an electronic viewfinder.
At some point down the road, there will definitely be an M11. Advances in sensor and processor technology dictate that. But, for the foreseeable future, I recommend challenging your creative self with the best digital M there is, the one you’re holding in your hand.
Looking for a classic lens to render your subject in a unique way, a film camera or digital body that will deliver top-notch results, or a hard-to-track-down accessory that is no longer in production? Our general pre-owned counter and our Leica section have been exceptionally busy and active. May I suggest browsing through our constantly changing inventory of used equipment? You’ll find a treasure trove of photographic must-haves at fair prices.
How A Garden Grows
Pierre Fauteux is a longtime client and great friend of the Boutique. In the preface to his calming and pensive book, Walking the Paths of Robert W. Reford, Pierre writes, “gardens are not for photographing.” Then, in plate after plate of thoughtful and rich black-and-white images, goes about disproving this statement! That’s about the only thing he gets wrong in this masterful display of analogue photos that are remarkable both for consistency of vision, as well as for the obvious passion he has for his subject.
Make no mistake about it, although these gardens are formal, Pierre’s unique and creative take is clear in the square, traditional Rolleiflex TLR images and in the panoramic prints assembled from 3, 6x6 frames shot using the vintage, Rollei panoramic head.
Reford Gardens in Grand-Métis is a 6+ hour drive from Montreal. If you’re planning a trip to Gaspésie, I urge you to visit these classic, English-style gardens. At the same time, you can view the beautiful and well-installed exhibition of these images in this book. If you cannot make the journey, I am happy to report that we have several signed copies of the book available at the Boutique.
Drummondville and Beyond
A catalyst and integral member of the modern, Quebec, humanist, photographic movement, for 50 years Jean Lauzon has been documenting daily life along the Trans-Canada Highway near his base in Drummondville, QC. Of course, this photographic retrospective, Jean Lauzon, Cinquante Années De Photographie, does not restrict itself to his hometown, with photographs from Paris, Lisbon, and Montreal rounding out the impressive compendium. While the book’s cover gives little hint of what is inside, perusing the pages reveals a photographer with great appreciation of the richness of human nature.
For your viewing pleasure, we have a few copies available at the Boutique.
Nature and Me - Photo Contest
Camtec Photo and Fujifilm are calling all photographers who, during the past year-and-a-half, have developed or renewed their appreciation of nature. Be it in your own backyard, a local park, or in the wilds of Quebec, our province is internationally renowned for its pristine lakes, whitewater rivers, rugged coastline, majestic wildlife, and um… mosquitos and black flies. But you get the picture, so, show us your photos from the great outdoors!
Entries must be submitted by Friday, September 24. Winners will be announced on Friday, October 1
Three prizes will be awarded:
First prize: $500 Gift Certificate towards Fujifilm Products
Second prize: $200 Gift Certificate towards Fujifilm Products
Third Prize: $100 Gift Certificate towards Fujifilm Products
Go out, take pictures, then send us your best!
● The theme of the contest is Nature and Me
● Photographs should capture the natural environment, both urban and rural, and transmit a sense of discovery and joy
● It is essential that the photographs be appropriate in every respect
● Be certain your pictures adhere to the theme
● Contest is open to all residents of Quebec
● Entries must be received no later than 23:59 on Friday, September 24, 2021. Results will be announced Friday, October 1, 2021
● Each participant can enter up to 2 images in either colour or black and white
● Files submitted must be in JPEG format and have a resolution of 4000 pixels on the long side
● Please include your name, telephone number and the camera and lens used for the capture (they don’t have to be Fujifilm). Please include the date, hour (verified by the EXIF information in the RAW file) and the location
● Entries must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will email an acknowledgement to you. Be certain that your mail program does not compress the image quality. (Send at “full size”, no additional compression.)
● By submitting an entry the participant authorizes Camtec Photo and Fujifilm Canada to use and publish the images submitted for the strict purpose and within the context of this contest only.
● The submitted images will not be used for any other purpose promotional or otherwise. The photographer will remain the sole proprietor of his or her images
● A three-person jury will choose the contest winners
● Indicate whether the photo is full frame or cropped. (This will have no impact on the judging)
People are welcoming back life’s simple pleasures. Please, stop by the boutique for an espresso and a chat. We look forward to seeing you!
Always looking forward to your comments.
Jean Bardaji and Daniel Wiener