After only a couple of days with this lens, my worst fears have come true. It is absolutely as brilliant as everyone else has written about. After I ship it back to Lensrentals later this week, I will promptly place my order from B&H for a brand new copy. Simply stunning with nothing bad to say at all. I do look forward to the release of the SL2, but in the meantime, the Panasonic S1R provides the resolution necessary to show off what this lens is capable of capturing.
I got this lens in for testing yesterday thanks to Lensrentals. This has been on my list for quite some time. After 24 hours I can’t imagine sending this back. The images below were capture this morning on the Panasonic S1R, hand held, morning light. Minimal processing in LR (Curves, Clarity, Texture. The results are simply stunning. .
Below are as shot images followed by detailed crops
Below are a couple of samples, again, hand held, indoors, right after the lens arrived.
I am a beloved Leica photographer. I love everything about their cameras except for the price. Their is something intrinsically satisfying every time I hold my Q or my SL or my M. However, I need to have access to higher resolution and a wider variety of affordable yet still of high quality lenses. Thus, while we wait for the SL2, I have acquired the Panasonic S1R.
After a couple of days, I can certainly see why my good friends are smitten by this camera. It is of excellent build quality and the ergonomics are spot on. Virtually every dial on the camera is customizable so that things can be configured in a manner that suits the photographer. The customization process is simple as is the overall menu structure. It took me less than 10 minutes to configure the camera the way I like and I was off shooting.
My initial results are more than satisfying. As part of the L alliance, I can seamlessly move between my manual focus M lenses, my Leica L mount lenses and anything that Panasonic or Sigma produce. I even have a Canon 8-15 coming for my Underwater rig. The flexibility of this alliance is absolutely a dream come true. Now I can pick and choose where I want to invest in glass based on my specific needs versus being trapped in the luxurious, yet often unaffordable land of Leica Glass.
More to come as I get out and put the camera through its paces.
Glenn currently has a showing in Lubec Maine featuring 9 images from the Lubec region. These images are printed on archival grade metal substrate; mounted to a Sintra backing; and come with an aluminum float frame. All images are available for sale in a variety of sizes. Contact us directly for pricing information.
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I have finally decided to separate out my personal work from my professional work on Instagram. I long mixed the two and as my following grew, I found it difficult to keep straight. I have thus created a new instagram account, which is the one linked from this site, that will be dedicated solely to my professional work. I have already begun the process of backfilling that account with past and present images. My other IG account, glenncharles.pro will continue to serve as a platform for me to share my personal creative vision and endeavors including my travel trips. I hope you enjoy!!
Professional Account: www.instagram.com/glenncharlesphotography
Personal Account: www.instagram.com/glenncharles.pro
Just back from an amazing week trip in Iceland. This is my second visit in winter to this magical place and it could not have been more different than the time before. In 2017 the weather was wet and temperate. No snow existed save for our last night in Helnar. Of course, on that trip, we only did the souther portion of the ring road where as this time we did the entire loop.
Fast forward to 2019 and it was a land of snow. We drove most days in some form of white out which made for tough driving and photographing conditions. I carried with me my Leica SL, the Leica 16-35 and the Leica 90-280 lenses along with my Leica Q. I also took the little Mavic Pro 2 versus lugging my Inspire 2 kit. While the conditions were difficult, and much more suited to flying a big drone, I was so amazed with the quality and capability of the little Mavic.
It flew in conditions down to -12c with no issues whatsoever other than my freezing fingers working the controls. This was a classic trip where having the new integrated controller would have been optimal. Dealing with my iPhone as a display mounted to the RC, was a consistent challenge not due to technology but instead the cold. Luckily, I have one on order and it should be here shortly.
Having only been back for a few days, I am still working on my photo essay, but in the meantime I wanted to throw up some of the aerial images and one or two stills, just to get things going. Head over to my stories site, and subscribe to the 2019 Iceland story to be notified of updates.
Thanks once again to the team at Lens Rentals, I have some very cool Leica SL lenses to use on my upcoming trip. From my first trip to Iceland I discovered that about 70% of my shots were taken from 18mm down and the other 20-30% were either shot long >200mm or on my Q @ 28mm. So for my trip this coming week, I have rented the amazing 16-35 to pair with my Leica SL. The lens arrived two days ago and the weather here in SW FL has not been conducive to much testing. However I did manage to get out the first night at sunset and capture a couple of images at the beach.
My first reaction was that like all of the SL lenses, this glass is super well built and relatively large. In a perfect world, I would love to see these lenses be somewhat smaller, but on the same hand, I appreciate what Leica has done. Solid build with weather seeing and state of the art optics with AF comes at a price. Having also shot a great deal with both Nikon FF and Sony FF gear, I can say that size wise this lens is on par with their offerings. As for weight, well, the build quality of the Leica gear is definitely on the more robust side. Very reminiscent of the MF Zeiss glass that I used with my D800 series cameras.
After an evening shooting a couple of test shots I am definitely very excited to use this lens in Iceland. I think on the beaches, around the water falls and in the ice caves it is going to perform brilliantly. Paired with a B&W ND filter to slow things down in the bright reflective light, I am excited to see what it can do.
As we travel the coast of Iceland I will be updating the blog infrequently and instead focused on building out my Iceland Story over on my exposure site. You can follow along there.
For my long work, I have rented the Leica APO Vario Elmarit SL 90-280 which I have to say is quite the beast. I was unable to do any real testing with that lens other than an obligatory selfie in the mirror. More on that lens will be forthcoming.
It now appears that the new DJI Smart Controller is in stock and shipping. This also includes the Mavic Pro 2 combo pack. I have my order for the controller coming but unfortunately it will not arrive before I leave for Iceland tomorrow. The trip to Iceland would have been a great location to evaluate the combo and removed the necessity to rely upon my phone in a foreign country. With that said, I will still be able to get a good sense of the Mavic Pro 2 during the trip and will post a follow up review and thoughts upon my return. By then my Smart Controller should have arrived for my own internal review. I will be sure to share my thoughts and experiences.
It is always a labor of love and pain to launch a new web site. After much hard work, I am excited to have this new site up and running. Embracing my inner Wabi Sabi, I am sure it is not perfect, but it is good enough.
This week I head to Iceland for my second trip to this magical place. We will be circumnavigating the entire Island which should lead to diverse set of imagery and some good stories to boot. I have created a Story where I will be live blogging images and words during my trip and then upon my return I will be updating it with my final selections.
Limited edition prints will be available for purchase this spring.