A Good Morning to you—
So far it's been only Leicas on the Orange Couch. Juan Buhler shoots with an M9 (traded for prints) and an M8; and yesterday my buddy Jack MacDonough (you probably remember his print sale back in June) came by loaded for orange! Orange shirt, orange camera bag for the Leica S2, and orange snap-on case for the Leica T.
The orange bag is actually his real bag for the S2. Why? "So when someone tries to take it, I can see where they are going. So I don't have a bag that looks like a camera bag filled with gear. So I don't take myself seriously."
I really like the Leica T. It's a beautiful little piece of metal sculpture, with an outstanding feel in the hand and a shutter sound that might well be the best of any camera ever. It's surprisingly similar to the Sony NEX / A6000 cameras in shape and general layout, but it feels much better simply because it's such a little work of art.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I generally really like the Kaufmann Leicas. I'd never diss an M camera or anyone who uses one, of course, but it's a legacy design and has never quite felt entirely native to digital to me. Jay Leno, in talking about car design, distinguishes between cars that are the product of one person's vision and those that are made by committees. Andreas Kaufmann's Leicas (I'm primarily talking about the S and the T I guess) seem to have that single-visionary quality to me. He deserves more credit, if you ask me. He's the Steve Jobs of Leica. His cameras are particular, striking successes.
All that said, I'll still take my NEX-6, because of the built-in EVF and the flip-up viewing screen, both features that I like. The NEX-6 is quite a bit cheaper, but I can't say the Leica T isn't worth its price. I think it is.
Obligatory Butters shot
We got the kitchen moved today, and the only part of the task I liked was this:
Later on I cooked for myself for the first time in the new house. I semi-successfully fixed boiled green beans and baked quartered red potatoes. It took every ounce of intelligence I possess and every scrap of attentiveness. Do you think it would be piggish of me to write a “Morning Coffee” about how grateful I can be when someone cooks for me? I know it’s a stereotype, but I really like being cooked for. It doesn't happen very often and I'm genuinely appreciative whenever it does. I have just the smallest shred of aptitude myself. If you're lucky enough to get cooked for today, remember to let the cook know you care.
Hope you have a good one.
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Steve Jacob: "I do the cooking around here. My lovely partner may be able to do magic in InDesign and Photoshop, paint masterly portraits and do my bookkeeping, but she runs out of puff when required to do much more than heat up a ready made flan. Not that I mind. I have a degree in Chemistry and there is not all that much difference when you come down to it. It's also fun to experiment, even if the odd weirdness results. I do however get plenty of appreciation. That's actually part of the reward, along with eating nice food of course. And she does the washing up."
Scott Hill: "So this is what 'Internet famous' feels like! Very proud that our kids occupy such prime real estate—thanks, Mike!"
Mike replies: Hi Scott. Now you're under pressure for this year, y'know. :-)
UPDATE from Jack about the bag: "Regarding the questions about the Orange Bag. It is a Tumi Alpha Bravo Knox Backpack . You can get it from Amazon and TOP will make money. It is not waterproof and has no padding, but it works for me. I can carry any S equipment and accessories. I like that it has a nice carrying handle, but also shoulder straps if I'm going a distance. Normally I just have the camera in my hand, which is why I have a wrist step. Perhaps I should update the wrist strap with orange rather than red? Here is the Leica S2 in the bag. By the way that was not a 70mm on the body at Mike's, it was the 30mm–90mm S zoom [about a 24–75mm-e —Ed.]."
[A different] Scott Hill: "I guess I'm not the Scott Hill. (OK, just not the one referred to here ;-) It's oddly startling to see your name in the middle of something like that."