Friday, April 23, 2010

More Dog Park Torture

Ozzy is in back barking while all of the other dogs (two Bulldogs and a Boston Terrier), play Tug of War.

A Rhodesian Ridgeback named Jackson.

A Bulldog named Tank is obessessive about playing ball.

A Boston Terrier and an Old English Bulldog named "Boo" playing Tug Of War.

Boo and Tank taking a breather.

I went back to the Dog Park to torture myself with the M8.2. It was mid day, the worst time to go. Most of the dogs were either black or white. The M8.2 meter was easily fooled. It's my own fault for going at that time of day. (My dog needed to play though, so what could I do?) The metering was a tough one with the different colored coats of the dogs, and the bright sunlight. I got a few funny shots of the dogs playing Tug of War. I guess it wasn't a total waste.


  1. I the looks on their faces on the last photo. The big dogs look hot and tired and just want to hang out. Ozzy is just trying to get them to come out and play.

    I am really curious about the M8.2 and thinking of getting a used one. What do you like most about it?


  2. I like that the file quality that comes out of the camera, but you have to work for it every time. It's manual everything. When you nail a shot, the file looks gorgeous. I don't think I'm there yet. I've been spoiled by "Auto Everything" cameras, and am now trying to re-learn the basics. I used to be wonderful with an all manual camera, but that was a SLR, not a rangefinder. This camera makes beautiful files when used correctly. It won't replace your Nikon though. It also won't replace your point & shoot. They all have their own purpose. I think the M8.2 is for creating. The others are for a more passive way of taking pictures. The Leica is for total control in the creation process. It comes at a price. The cameras are expensive, and the all-manual settings are work. (I'm lazy by nature, so it's more work for me that others. Plus, my eyes aren't what they used to be.) I wish it was a M9 for the full size files, but then again, I don't have the storage or the faster Mac to run those files. Plus, I don't have the funds! Seven thousand dollars for just a camera body is a lot of money. I bought my M8.2 used, and it was $3600 just for the body. The lenses are what makes the combination great. I bought everything used. I like Summircons, so I bought 35mm, 50mm and 90mm lenses. All of them used Summicrons. Two of them were 6-bit coded for the M8.2. (Costs a bit more for that, I believe).

    The proof is in the printing though. When I had a few shots printed in 5X7 for friends, and family, they just popped. Something different about the files as opposed to other digital cameras. I can only imagine the film Leica is even better in that regard.

    So, I have to say, I'm still getting used to the camera. Some days, I feel that I spent too much money, and feel tremendous guilt. I feel nervous about bringing the camera out due to people staring at it. (No one even notices this camera. They think it's an old film camera.) Other days, I am fine with the purchase and am happy to be able to get wonderful files. I need to catch up creatively to this camera. It's been a while since I've done anything artistically wonderful in photography. The best shots I ever took were with film cameras. This is a step in the right direction for artsy stuff, landscape, street photos though. Might I suggest you rent a camera for a few days to see if you like it? If you use Leica film cameras, you will probably be fine. I never used a Leica film camera, and am new to rangefinders for the most part. (I did get some nice compliments from some pro Leica users about my first few shots, how they have nice tonality and sharpness, so I must be doing something right.)

    Good luck with your decision. It's an expensive one. LOL!