The Gear Journal

The Leica M by Jony Ive

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Apple has, on some level, always wanted to be Leica. And Leica, of course, has suddenly wanted to become more of a fashion brand like Prada. So, it’s only natural that the two get together a build a special edition one-of-one camera to be auctioned off by Sotheby’s. I’m betting this hunk of shit will sell well north of $50k.

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iSketchnote

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So you dig your iPad, but still yearn for a good ole fashion piece of paper? Yeah me too… These guys are trying hard to change our minds though. Check it out.

The New Fuji XF23mm F1.4

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I shot Leica stuff almost exclusively for three years. Frankly, it was hard to do. Not because the equipment was bad (it was phenomenal), but because anything with a red dot is so oppressively expensive that I was almost afraid to take it anywhere. I’m over that now. I sold off my M9 and most of my Leica glass. In fact, the only German made camera stuff I have left is a film M6 and an old 50mm Cron from the glory days of Leica. I imagine I’ll take those two to the grave with me.

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The Phone Camera

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I love cameras. I don’t really like phones all that much… Which is a shame, because amateur photography is quickly headed towards a merger with the cell phone. And frankly, it only makes sense. The concept above leaked by Sony is where we will be in a few short years. I can already see myself yearning for a “simple” digital camera.

Details here.

Tap & Dye

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Expensive… But damn these are nice camera straps by Tap & Dye. While a Gordy is perfect for your modern digital or film M6, these more archaic straps would fit perfectly on your M3. Pretty damned cool.

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Tile

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Find your stuff with this idea… It’s one of those deals that is just a good idea unless it hits critical mass. And in that case, it becomes world changing.

Boombot REX

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The market is littered with wireless speakers these days ranging from the $300 Jawbone to plenty of shitty little $50 jobs found at Target and Walmart. I’ve tried a lot of them (including the Jawbone) and none are as good as the REX. It’s reasonably priced to at $150. Details here.

Fuji X-M1

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So the new Leica is a complete loser on paper. How about three times the camera for a quarter of the price? Introducing the new entry level X-series from Fuji – the Fuji X-M1. If Fuji’s past couple of years are any indication, this will be one hell of a camera.

Details here.