Newsletter – March 2022

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Hi friends! Here is the new monthly MrLeica.com newsletter – A summary of posts you may have missed, upcoming events, useful information and anything else I can think of!

Testing the Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1
Flickr Model Photo of the Month (Natalia) (Most Liked)

Features

  • Recap from February
  • YouTube Videos from February
  • New Blog Posts
  • UK Workshops
  • Overseas Workshops
  • Patreon – Zoom Calls & More
  • March 2022 – Coming up!

Recap from February

Another month passes by in a blur!  Highlights of the month included travelling back to Gdansk for more model photoshoots and teaching my first photography workshop in Poland (See more below). 

Also with me starting to travel again this is great both for my photography and YouTube but also for making more behind the scenes videos (“BTS”) for Patreon.

I also had the opportunity to test the new Voigtlander 50mm f1.0 Nokton lens against the existing Nokton 50mm f1.2 lens and run a UK Leica workshop closer to home (see below).

The nicest surprise in February was to receive a big parcel from one of my Patreons, Richard, in the US, containing two beautiful Contax cameras and a pile of film (see them in my Contax video).  Thanks again Richard! 

YouTube videos slowly improving?

After now posting 230 YouTube videos I might be getting better. This is very much open to debate, but I perhaps made my best YouTube video to date. Maybe not in terms of most information shared but perhaps the most “mainstream” in terms of more on location behind the scenes footage and multiple camera angles (tracking camera footage). If you missed it see the Voigtlander 50mm f1.0 Part 2 video below.

Model Photos Me!  (As seen on YouTube!)
Me working hard in Poland with the Voigtlander 50mm f1.0
New blog posts delayed

I have fallen behind again with sharing new blog post reviews so apologies for that.  I have made some big changes that will take effect from 1st April 2022. This will give me more time to focus on YouTube and the blog so I hope to get back on track in the coming months. (There are 5+ half written articles that I started but are not yet complete). Sign up  to the blog for free so not to miss these future posts!

The 1:1 Zoom calls continued through February with 3 calls to 3 countries back to back one evening. Topics I help with in additional to Leica include vintage cameras and lenses, modern Voigtlander lenses, camera A vs B, portrait lighting, film developing and photo reviews – https://mrleica.com/zoom/

Photography equipment I use and recommend

If you saw my Voigtlander 50mm f1 part 2 video I show some of the lights I was using in Poland. See my full equipment list at https://mrleica.com/kitlist/.

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February 2022 YouTube Videos Catch-up:

Below is a catch up of all the YouTube videos I published last month:

Leica L Mount Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens

If you want to look “professional” (smile) using a big fast lens then definitely consider the Sigma Art 50mm! It’s oversized but optically very good.

Best light meter for photography?

Considering 8 ways to meter your exposure for photography!

£50 Leica!? .. not quite but the vintage Zorki is similar

Want to experience the Leica rangefinder photography on a budget? Try this!

Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1 model photography + vs 50mm 1.2

See me real world testing the new fast glass as part of my model portrait work

CONTAX cameras compared including the T2, RS & IIIA

An introduction to 35mm Contax film cameras and their Carl Zeiss lenses

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New Blog Posts in February

No new published articles in February but multiple reviews part completed and in the pipeline. These written posts often supplement the YouTube videos where I share more photos (and some at full resolution) for the equipment I am testing. (To receive these reviews straight to you inbox you can sign up to the free newsletter).

Workshop Dates and Updates

> Workshop dates – If you a looking to kick start your photography for 2022 you are welcome to join me for one of my 1:1 workshops. There are limited places so I offer on a first come basis:

  • March 2022 – Warsaw Poland 1:1 workshop – 1 Space available
  • April 2022 – London 1:1 – 1 Space remaining / Gdansk Poland – 1 Space remaining
  • May 2022 – London 1:1 – 1 Space remaining

See workshop prices and testimonials on the blog

Leica Workshop UK
Leica workshop in the UK – February 2022
NEW WORKSHOPS FOR MARCH 2022!!

> Discounted UK workshops (Birmingham) – I’m now happy to offer full day UK workshops for only £399.99 (£50 off) and half day workshops for £249.99 (£30 off) in the city of Birmingham. This is closer to home for me so I pass on the cost saving to you.

> Germany workshops – I had hoped to run workshops in Germany but travel from the UK is a lot less easy than planned. Instead, for the near term those photographers now plan to meet me in Poland instead where they get the opportunity to work with some of my favourite models.

> Poland workshops – NEW!! Now available on request in Gdansk, Bydgoszcz and Warsaw workshops. (Same price as my London workshops)*

> Spain workshops – NEW!! Organised 7 day trips to the Valencia-Alicante region of Spain. More information to come next month.

> US workshops – I have at least 3+ photographers in the New York area of the US that are interested in workshops so I will look at trying to plan a visit perhaps late summer/ September time.

> Other countries – If you want me to fly to your city to run a Leica workshop/ model photography workshop please get in touch.

Leica Workshop Poland
Poland workshop – February 2022

Travel Updates

Things are starting to get even busier from March 2022 with flights booked to Budapest (Hungary), Gdansk and Warsaw (Poland) and close to Alicante (Spain). I am also looking at Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Paris (France). I’m happy to teach in any of these cities so feel free to get in touch!

Unedited Fomapan 100 Scan

> February Travel (Gdansk, Poland) – 9 models in just over 3 days. I booked myself up, back to back, morning til night. Great to see some familiar faces from the past and meet some new people too. Minimal cancellations and a big thanks to the 9 girls that showed up and gave it there 110%. Join Patreon to watch some of the fun behind the scenes videos with the girls.

Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1.2
Sample from Poland trip + 2nd most liked photo of the month – Katia
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Patreon + Two 1 hour group Zoom calls/ month

For 2022 you can now enjoy 2 extended group calls a month (1 hour each!)

£3+ Tier members – Dial in for a live Q&A with me (or whatever else we decide to do). Often a slightly larger group.

£5+ Tier members – Dial in for our interactive group chat on all things photography. Learn from each other and even request to take the stage and present to the group. Usually a smaller group so you get more opportunities to speak. Join our private Facebook group and get involved!

March 2022 – Coming Up

Reviews still to follow for the TTArtisan 50mm f0.95 and two 35mm lenses including the 7Artisans 35mm f1.4 Leica M mount lens I promised. I also want to review more of my vintage lenses and film cameras so I’ve booked a few cheap trips to give me an excuse to test those. There are still some great flight price deals if you shop around. I also have the Contax T2 and Contax RS cameras to test AND I still have the Leica SL-CL-M & Lumix S5 comparisons to do.

YouTube video – spotlight (1 of the videos coming soon!)

I definitely want to share my thoughts on the TTArtisan 50mm f0.95 asap as a cheaper alternative to the new Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1.0. Subscribe to the YouTube channel (if not already done so) and turn on your notifications so not to miss the mentioned videos (and have a chance of winning my monthly giveaway!)

Kiev 4a Photography
Flickr Non-Model Photo of the Month – (Most Liked)

First Time Reader? Additional Info Below

> UK Workshops

I teach basic to advanced level photography to anyone with a camera. For full details see the workshop prices and testimonials.

Model Photography Workshop - London
London Leica Workshop 2021

> Overseas Workshops

Happy to travel worldwide to run photography workshops. See above for some of the planned countries and contact me if you’d like me to come to your city.

Hasselblad 60mm Portrait
New York Workshop

Some advantages of meeting you in your city include (1) you don’t need to travel (2) I will give you model contacts in your city that you can keep in touch with after I leave. This has worked well for photographers in the past. The flipside of that is, if you rather come to the UK for a London workshop you have the excuse for a holiday!

Model Photography Workshop
Zurich Photography Workshop
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Newsletter – February 2022

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Leica SL + Sigma Art 50mm f1.4
Flickr Model Photo of the Month – Jan22 (Genevieve) (Most Liked)

Features

  • Recap from January
  • YouTube Videos from January
  • New Blog Posts
  • UK Workshops
  • Overseas Workshops
  • Patreon – Zoom Calls & More
  • February 2022 – Coming up!

Recap from December

In December I had started to try to make “perfect videos” for YouTube. (Don’t laugh I know my videos are very no frills!). The problem was, the information was the same but the editing time increased from 1 day to 2 days (minimum) for each 8-10 minute video. Staying inside for a full 2 days didn’t seem like the best use of my time and the quantity of videos I posted reduced due to time constraints. Rather than try to post all “big topic” videos (like a review of a new popular lens for Leica) I will now also share information videos on smaller niche topics too. I don’t expect lots of views on these but I try to answer some of the questions I receive.

Also with me starting to travel again this is great both for my photography and YouTube but also for making behind the scenes videos (“BTS”) for Patreon.

My 1:1 Zoom calls continue to be popular and i’m getting to meet so many interesting individuals around the world. If you have the words “Leica” and “Problem” in the same sentence I can probably help! That said, the topic we cover are broad, vintage cameras and lenses, modern Voigtlander lenses, camera A vs B, portrait lighting, film developing, photo reviews.. You can read some of the feedback / testimonials at https://mrleica.com/zoom/

What camera equipment does Matt use?

I continue to add to my equipment list at https://mrleica.com/kitlist/. If you see me using something in one of my videos there is a high chance you can now find it here. The list lets you search prices of all current production items I use and recommend and links to eBay for used prices too.

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January 2022 YouTube Videos Catch-up:

Below is a catch up of all the YouTube videos I published last month:

Nikon Lens for Leica! Nikkor H.C 50mm f2 LTM

Did you know Nikon made lenses that fit Leica cameras!?

My top 3 lenses tested in 2021

Following my best lenses of 2020 video here is my best of 2021!

Sigma lenses for Leica L mount – 24mm f2 DG DN

Trying one of the new compact L mount lenses from Sigma

How you calibrate your Leica M camera at home

So happy to now be self sufficient! Calibrating my Leica M3, how to

My oldest Leica camera! A 1931 Leica I (Model C)

What’s better than a Barnack camera? ..yes a black paint Leica iii camera!

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Flash photography with you Leica M3 – How to!

Following my previous Leica flash photography video here I cover the M3 (+M2)

My camera setting for portrait photography – Leica SL

Following my Leica CL settings video people were asking for my SL settings

Exciting first look at the new Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1.0!

I was lucky to receive one of the first batch of Voigtlander 50mm f1.0 lenses

New Blog Posts in Janauary

The MrLeica.com blog was really neglected since I started YouTube towards the end of 2019 but i’m trying to find time to post there again. I managed to write two new posts in January. These written posts often sumpliment my YouTube videos where I share more photos (and some at full resolution) for the equipment I am testing. (To receive these reviews straight to you inbox you can sign up to the free newsletter).

Workshop Dates + Travel Updates

> UK workshop dates – If you a looking to kick start your photography for 2022 you are welcome to join me for one of my 1:1 workshops. I offer them on a first come basis:

  • February 2022 – London 1:1 workshop – 1 Space remaining + Poland Workshop
  • March 2022 – London 1:1 workshop – 1 Space remaining
  • April 2022 – London 1:1 workshop – 1 Space remaining + Germany Workshop*

See workshop prices and testimonials on the blog

> Overseas workshop dates – I know I mention this every month but things are slowly starting to take shape. I now have at least 3+ photographers in the New York area of the US that are interested in workshops so I will look at trying to plan a visit perhaps late summer/ September time. I also have multiple people interested in me running workshops in Germany so I am currently thinking April but it will depend on the local Covid restrictions etc. I need to look at where photographers are based but I think Berlin or Hamburg first perhaps and Frankfurt as another option.

Unedited Fomapan 100 Scan

> January Travel – Covid restrictions have eased in the UK but I was caught out when I visited Poland in January as their rules were different. I had to do a Covid test at the airport when I arrived but then I was “free to go”. I visited a lesser known city called Bydgoszcz which I used to travel for work prior to my photography. Flights are cheap and easy from my nearest airport and it’s a nice place to visit.

> Poland – It was a short 3 day trip so I found a small and affordable central apartment to use and my base and my studio for the trip. If you get creative it’s amazing what you can do with a small space! See my apartment tour and various BTS videos on Patreon where I explain how I setup the room to use as a studio. After 9 models cancelled in December in Gdansk I was happy to have zero cancels and 8 shoots in January. You will see both YouTube videos and new blog posts to follow with sample photos.

> February & March Travel – I will go back to Poland to see model friends and to run a 1:1 workshop that was requested in Gdansk. I booked a short trip to Budapest in March to see models i’ve not seen since pre-Covid. All that to come!

Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH III
Sample from Poland trip – Patreon BTS video coming soon! – Alina
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Patreon + Two 1 hour group Zoom calls/ month

For 2022 you can now enjoy 2 extended group calls a month.

£3+ Tier members – Dial in for a live Q&A with me (or whatever else we decide to do). Often a slightly larger group.

£5+ Tier members – Dial in for our interactive group chat on all things photography. Learn from each other and even request to take the stage and present to the group. Usually a smaller group so you get more opportunities to speak. Join our private Facebook group and get involved!

February 2022 – Coming Up

Like buses, I received a lot of nice lenses all at once for testing. As shared in some of my recent videos, I have the new Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1.0 for Leica, the TTArtisan 50mm f0.95 and two 35mm lenses AND a bonus lens that I am very excited to share when it arrives! Plus various other items. To test all these lovely lenses I need lovely models hence I will go back to Poland in February. Flight prices can be found really cheap right now so I can travel to Poland for the same cost as trains to London! (Fact). (Sadly train prices are up 4x for me vs the offers I used to enjoy).

YouTube video – spotlight (1 of the videos coming soon!)

Last month I told you that the 7Artisans 35mm f1.4 Leica M mount lens is coming and comparing it to the Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.4. This is delayed slightly but that will still come. As that is old new I can tell you that ..hmm should I tell you or keep it as a surprise.. okayy!.. Voigtlander are kindly sending me their Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1.2 lens (again) so I can do side by side testing vs. the new 50mm f1.0. This is a fantastic opportunity as I can show those with the f1.2 lens how the f1.0 compares and whether or not you might want to upgrade in the future. Subscribe to the YouTube channel (if not already done so) so not to miss that.

Zeiss 50mm f1.5 Halation
Flickr Non-Model Photo of the Month – (Most Liked)(Got Explored)

First Time Reader? Additional Info Below

> UK Workshops

Now lockdowns have eased in the UK it has been full steam ahead for teaching 1-to-1 photography workshops again. I teach basic to advanced level photography to anyone with a camera. For full details see the workshop prices and testimonials.

Model Photography Workshop - London
London Leica Workshop 2021

> Overseas Workshops

I’m very aware many of you are overseas and quite a few in both Germany and the US that I speak to. If I can get enough people from one country looking for 1:1 workshops I can look to fly to your country and do a mini road trip to see as many of you as I can. Hopefully travel restriction will reduce by say April and then we can start looking at planning some events. Please contact me if you are interested.

Hasselblad 60mm Portrait
New York Workshop

Some advantages of meeting you in your city include (1) you don’t need to travel (2) I will give you model contacts in your city that you can keep in touch with after I leave. This has worked well for photographers in the past. The flipside of that is, if you rather come to the UK for a London workshop you have the excuse for a holiday!

Model Photography Workshop
Zurich Photography Workshop
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Zoom Consultations

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YouTube Monthly Giveaways

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Newsletter – January 2022

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Minolta X300 45mm Portrait
Flickr Model Photo of the Month – Dec21 (Malgorzata, Poland 2020) (Most Liked)

Features

  • Recap from December
  • YouTube Videos from December
  • New Blog Posts
  • UK Workshops
  • Overseas Workshops
  • Patreon – Zoom Calls & More
  • January 2022 – Coming up!

Recap from December

Happy New Year all! So looking back at December, I managed to finally get back to my model friends in Poland. A well overdue trip! I was greeted with -9 degrees celcius and snow so that made for some nice festive looking photos. I took a few new lenses with me to test and I’ve posted the first 2 of the 3 YouTube videos (see below). There is also the usual behind the scenes videos (“BTS”) shared on Patreon.

Zoom went wild!

My 1:1 Zoom call “service” went crazy in December and in one week I think I spoke to photographers in 5 different countries. If you need consultancy on cameras, lenses, lighting, model photography, film, do not hesitate to reach out to me. I’ve made a new section on the blog with details and testimonials – https://mrleica.com/zoom/

Blog make-over!

Talking of the blog, I took some time over the holidays to try to simplify the 8 years of blog posts on MrLeica.com. The blog has evolved over the years and perhaps wasn’t the easiest website to navigate. To change that, I split out the posts so things are easier to find. The Leica tab is now for Leica cameras (film and digital), Leica Lightroom presets and anything Leica related except lenses. You now have a dedicated Lenses tab which does exactly what is says and includes all lens reviews for all cameras. The new Camera tab is where you now find the film camera reviews, all film formats. Lastly, the Film tab is now specific to film stock reviews.

Find the best price for your photography gear

We all want to find the lowest price when it comes to buying new photography gear so to facilitate this I setup https://mrleica.com/kitlist/. I partnered up with a company where I can now provide you with links to all the products I use in one place. Amazon product links for 60+ countries rather than just limited to the UK and US plus B&H and Adorama links too. You can also use the MRLEICA discount code at selective stores for additional money off.

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December 2021 YouTube Videos Catch-up:

Below is a catch up of all the YouTube videos I published last month:

#1 BESTSELLER | Voigtlander 50mm f2 APO Review (Leica M)

If you need a sharp 50mm lens for your Leica M mount camera look no further!

New Street Photography Lens for LEICA | TTArtisan 28mm f5.6

An excellent value lens from TTArtisan. Beautifully made and TINY!

Voigtlander 90mm f2.8 APO-Skopar Review

New from Voigtlander. A compact high quality 90mm lens for Leica.

Leica R5 vs Leica R7 Review

A reminder of these great cameras. The forgotten yet VERY affordable Leica R.

Voigtlander Heliar Classic 50mm f1.5 Review (for Leica)

Voigtlander changed things up and designed a lens to be imperfect.

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New Blog Posts in December

The MrLeica.com blog has been really neglected since I started YouTube towards the end of 2019. There are only so my hours in a day but in December I tried to get back on it and posted 2 new reviews. These written posts accompany the YouTube videos where I share more photos (and some at full resolution) for the equipment I am testing. (To receive these reviews straight to you inbox you can sign up to the free newsletter).

Workshop Dates + Travel Updates

> UK workshop dates – If you a looking to kick start your photography for 2022 you are welcome to join me for one of my 1:1 workshops. I offer them on a first come basis:

  • January 2022 – London 1:1 workshop – 1 Space remaining
  • February 2022 – London 1:1 workshop – 1 Space remaining
  • March 2022 – London 1:1 workshop – 2 Space remaining

See workshop prices and testimonials on the blog

> Overseas workshop dates – there is a growing interest in overseas workshops as travel restrictions are easing. Please let me know what countries and cities you are in if you’d like to meet up. I plan to teach a 1:1 workshop in Poland in February (already requested) and others are in discussion. My goal is to be overseas more frequently from around May onwards but I will be doing monthly trips until that time too.

> Travel – As mentioned earlier, I finally got back to Gdansk in December despite the increased Covid restrictions being put in place. I found a nice apartment to use as a studio for the week. See the apartment tour and various BTS videos on Patreon. Sadly, I think many of the models had Covid on their minds as from the 15 confirmed bookings 9 then cancelled once I arrived. Thankfully we still had some great shoots and it was nice to catchup with people.

50mm Voigtlander Heliar f1.5
Sample from Poland trip (2nd most liked!) See Patreon for BTS video – Malgorzata
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Patreon & Zoom

Great speaking to some of you on our group Zoom calls in December. We had 3 calls to include a bonus Christmas meetup.

NEW for 2022! 2x 1 Hour Group Zoom Calls/ Month

As requested we will now have 2 one hour duration calls per month.

£3+ Tier members – Dial in for a live Q&A with me (or whatever else we decide to do). Often a slightly larger group.

£5+ Tier members – Dial in for our interactive group chat on all things photography. Learn from each other and even request to take the stage and present to the group. Usually a smaller group so you get more opportunities to speak. Join our private Facebook group and get involved!

Dates are announced on Patreon ahead of the calls, usually weekday evenings, UK time.

January 2022 – Coming Up

It sounds very un-cool but what I’m looking forward to the most in 2022 is getting back to longer brighter days and more sunshine! I’m so productive and happy when there is sunlight (and not overly cold) and I really struggle when it’s dark most the day, wet and cold. I plan to cheat and just find cheap flights to sunnier places until the UK spring-summer arrives!

YouTube video – spotlight (1 of the videos coming soon!)

Rather than tell you about a review that I have already posted (like last month), I can confirm that I am currently testing the 7Artisans 35mm f1.4 Leica M mount lens. I’m exciting to see how it compares to the Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.4 lens so stay tuned for that.

Previous Newsletters (and all the video links!)

Gdansk Christmas Postcard
Flickr Non-Model Photo of the Month – Poland (Most Liked)

First Time Reader? Additional Info Below

> UK Workshops

Now lockdowns have eased in the UK it has been full steam ahead for teaching 1-to-1 photography workshops again. I teach basic to advanced level photography to anyone with a camera. For full details see the workshop prices and testimonials.

Model Photography Workshop - London
London Leica Workshop 2021

> Overseas Workshops

I’m very aware many of you are overseas and quite a few in both Germany and the US that I speak to. If I can get enough people from one country looking for 1:1 workshops I can look to fly to your country and do a mini road trip to see as many of you as I can. Hopefully travel restriction will reduce by say April and then we can start looking at planning some events. Please contact me if you are interested.

Some advantages of meeting you in your city include (1) you don’t need to travel (2) I will give you model contacts in your city that you can keep in touch with after I leave. This has worked well for photographers in the past. The flipside of that is, if you rather come to the UK for a London workshop you have the excuse for a holiday!

Model Photography Workshop
Zurich Photography Workshop
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> Patreon

– More Content? Join Patreon = Instant Access!

Access 200+ exclusive posts including 100+ videos. Two group Zoom calls a month, a friendly private Facebook group and lots of tips and tricks. *Sign up to Patreon for 12 months and get 10% off!

Zoom Consultations

Not sure what camera or lens to buy? Book a 1:1 Zoom call and I can answer your questions and give pros and cons of similar products.

YouTube Monthly Giveaways

Subscribe to the YouTube channel for a chance to win! Monthly giveaways – £30/$40+ of Patreon & Zoom call access and higher value items such as lenses.

> Free YouTube Search Tool

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Newsletter – December 2021

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Hi friends! Here is the new monthly MrLeica.com newsletter – A summary of posts you may have missed, upcoming events, useful information and anything else I can think of!

Kodak Vision3 50D Portrait
Flickr Model Photo of the Month – Nov21 (Mary, Poland 2019?) (Most Liked)

Features

  • November – Recap
  • November – YouTube Videos
  • UK Workshops
  • Overseas Workshops / Travel
  • Patreon – Group Zoom Calls & More
  • December – What’s coming up!

November – Recap

Another month past in a blur. I was thankful to be invited to Tenerife for a second time but I didn’t fully appreciate the light and warm temperatures until I got back to a cold dark UK. I’m still working on my master plan to not be in the UK for next winter! Life is so much better when there is some light and sunshine (and it’s not raining). I shouldn’t complain as I know some of you have it worse than the UK! (But I am British so we need to cover the topic of weather haha).

One advantage of the cold dark wet conditions is I don’t feel like I am missing out on life when sitting inside for days making YouTube videos. With that, I was happy to publish 8 videos in November so roughly my 2 videos per week target. Sadly, as I’m trying to make better videos the editing time is now over double what it used to be. The last 3 posts all did much better than most of my previous videos so I may have finally found a video formula that people are more likely to watch. Onwards and upwards for future months! With that a quick plug, please subscribe to my YouTube so not to miss future videos! (If not already). Thanks!

I was teaching again in November, this time not in London but closer to home. A guy with his Leica M6 so looking a prints over a coffee which was very enjoyable. If you’d like to book a workshop and London is too far for you just get in touch and we can find a solution.

I’m also doing a lot more 1:1 Zoom calls with people booking me for consultations, often regarding camera equipment. I’ve now setup a new tab on the blog so it is easier to find the pricing structure and to get in touch.

Voigtlander Ultron 35mm f2 Testing
Flickr Non-Model Photo of the Month – Tenerife (Most Liked)

November 2021 YouTube Videos Catch-up:

Below is a catch up of all the full length YouTube videos if you missed them:

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Leica Vario-Elmar-R 35-70mm f4 Zoom Lens

Is it time to replace your primes!?

Photography Auction – Rare Cameras and Lenses (BTS)

Behind the scenes at Flints auction house ahead of their Leica (+ Misc) sale!

How To Improve Your Photography

Discussing why some photographers can make great photos much easier than you and why your photos might not be good as you’d like them to be.

Shoot And Develop Film For The Price of a Coffee

Breaking down how I buy and develop black and white film for on £3.51 a roll.

How Many Cameras Do You Need!?

Discussing one camera, one lens and how many cameras we really need!

How Many Lenses Do You Need!?

Discussing one camera, one lens and how many lenses we really need!

Better Alternatives Than 1 Camera, 1 Lens

Discussing one camera, one lens and alternative solutions that work better for me.

Voigtlander Ultron 35mm f2

Brilliant lens and really compact too!

If you live in the UK you can get 5% off the list price of all Voigtlander lenses using the discount code “MRLEICA” at https://www.robertwhite.co.uk/

Voigtlander 50mm f2 APO

How good is the 50mm APO and do you need one!?

If you live in the UK you can get 5% off the list price of all Voigtlander lenses using the discount code “MRLEICA” at https://www.robertwhite.co.uk/

Can ‘t find the YouTube video you are looking for?

That means you are not using my free and helpful YouTube search tool/ database. Just sign up to the blog (link at the end of this post) and I will email you the free tool to play with.

Workshop Dates + Travel Updates

> UK workshop dates – some spaces still available so please get in touch for more information

  • December 2021 – London 1:1 workshop – 1 Space remaining
  • January 2022 – London 1:1 workshop – 2 Space remaining

See workshop prices and testimonials

> Overseas workshop dates – Please let me know what countries and cities you are in if you’d like to meet up. Netherlands and Germany are top of the list for early 2022 all being well.

NEW TRAVEL DATES: OVERSEAS WORKSHOPS*

  • November 2021 – Tenerife (again) – Client booking
  • December 2021 – Gdansk, Poland (Hopefully!) – Model photography
  • January 2022 – TBC

Tenerife (Part 2!) I was invited back to Tenerife for more of the same as we did in October. Mostly model photography for a client (and her friends).

Voigtlander 50mm f2 APO View
Sample photo – Tenerife November 2021

Patreon Latest & Zoom Calls

Great speaking to some of you on Zoom last month. The current format is one £5+ level call where we’ve starting having guest speakers and one £3+ level live Q&A call. Both are great fun to participate in and we have a really knowledgeable group. (We often share extra posts on our private Patreon Facebook group too).

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December – Coming Up

December is already looking very exciting! I have multiple products from 3 different brands to test for YouTube so all that to come. I made a new connection with new-to-me brand so i’m looking forward to sharing all that with you. Fingers crossed the Poland trip will go ahead despite everything Covid throws at me. It’s been a year since i’ve seen my Polish model friends so safe to say I will be packing a lot of film and nice kit to take with me!

Feel free to join us on the Patreon monthly group Zoom calls to get the last info and often a sneak peek as to watch kit i’m currently using/ testing!

YouTube video – spotlight (1 of the videos coming soon!)

Less of a surprise as I published it yesterday but here it is – TTArtisan 28mm!

Previous Newsletters (and all the video links!)

First Time Reader? Additional Info Below

> UK Workshops

Now lockdowns have eased in the UK it has been full steam ahead for teaching 1-to-1 photography workshops again. I teach basic to advanced level photography to anyone with a camera. That said, students are often either Leica photographers and trying to get more from their cameras, film photographers trying to master their latest film camera/ film or anyone wanting to try model photography. We sometimes do street photography too so I tailor it to your needs.

See workshop prices and testimonials on the blog

> Overseas Workshops

I’m very aware many of you are overseas and quite a few in both Germany and the US that I speak to. If I can get enough people from one country looking for 1:1 workshops I can look to fly to your country and do a mini road trip to see as many of you as I can. If you are interested in me flying to you please get in touch so I have an idea of numbers. (I’ve had a request to teach in Istanbul and the Netherlands so those might be happening!)

The other option is do as some others do and fly into London and I’ll meet you there. The advantage of meeting you in your city is (1) you don’t need to travel (2) I will give you model contacts in your city that you can keep in touch with after I leave. This has worked well for photographers in the past. The flipside of that is if you rather come to London you get the excuse for a holiday!

> Patreon Features

Zoom Call Helpline Service!

I’m starting to do more 1:1 Zoom calls as people pro-actively ask for my assistance. I help fellow photographers around the world with camera and lens purchases (especially) but also help with other topics such as film developing, lighting, film camera issues. Get in touch via Patreon if you need my assistance.

– Monthly Zoom Call Group Face-to-Face Meet ~40mins

On the Patreon platform £5+ tier members now meet for a monthly call to chat all things photography and to learn from each other. Dates are announced on Patreon, normally a Wednesday evening UK time. Join us! We also have our own private Facebook group that you can be part of.

– NEW! Monthly Zoom Call Q&A~40mins

On the Patreon platform £3+ tier members can now dial in for a live Q&A session with me. It might be chaos but we can see how it goes in October! Dates are announced on Patreon, normally a Wednesday evening, UK time.

Patreon Extras

For access to 150+ additional post, 18+ images, photobooks and more sign up to Patreon.

> Can You Help Me

Have you Subscribed to my YouTube yet and turned on your notifications!? I know you must get really sick of hearing every YouTuber mention it constantly but sadly it’s a necessary evil as it turns the cogs of the YouTube algorithm. It makes the difference between a video getting shown to more people or not. YouTube tells us publishers the data and after August it said “video view as normal but subscribers down 25% verses previous months”.

While I have my pathetic begging bowl out, if you can click the “LIKE” button on any videos you enjoyed watching that helps more than you could ever imagine! (Now I understand quite how important likes and subs are to the success of a YouTube channel I always leave likes on videos I enjoy watching from others).

Why does this matter to you? The idea is, if I can grow the channel I can attract bigger brands and more opportunities resulting in more new camera and lens reviews, comparison testing so you then know what gear you may want to buy.

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Newsletter – November 2021

Free Monthly Newsletter!

Hi friends! Here is the new monthly MrLeica.com newsletter – A summary of posts you may have missed, upcoming events, useful information and anything else I can think of!

Leica R Lens Portrait
Flickr photo of the month! Sybilla (Leica SL)

Features

  • October – Recap
  • October 2021 YouTube Videos
  • UK Workshops
  • Overseas Workshops
  • Patreon – Zoom Calls & More
  • October – Coming up!

October – Recap

Another months passes in a blur! October was my first month getting out of the UK since Covid and I highly recommend it to everyone! (That feels safe to do so*). It was much needed but that also meant less time for making YouTube videos. It was a poor effort from me this month but I’ll try to get back to 2 videos a week soon. I have multiple blog posts not yet shared to so all that to come! Highlights of the month (1) shooting with models overseas again (2) hosting a German photographer for a London workshop day. Low point of the month, it’s got dark and cold way too fast! Missing the light and warmers temperatures already big time.

October 2021 YouTube Videos Catch-up:

Below is a catch up of all the full length YouTube videos if you missed them:

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Hitting the street with the Leicaflex SL!

Different to most of my videos. This was me walking the streets of Brighton armed with the Leicaflex SL and a pile of film to shoot! It is the cheapest Leica film camera (that i’ve seen) yet still offers Leica photos/ build quality at a discount.

Russian cheap Hasselblad – Is it any good?

Is the famous Russian Hasselbladski medium format camera a good alternative to a Hasselblad for those on a budget?

Looking for a cheap 6×6 camera?

Following on from the Hasselblad vs Kiev 88 here are 2 more low price 6×6 cameras that you may enjoy even more than the ARAX!

Leica SL – Am I still enjoying it 2 months later?

That is the million dollar question! Have I switched back to my trusty Leica CL or full frame Leica M240?

What camera do you use for 28mm photography?

When it comes to packing for a trip I often have the dilemma of what gear to pack. In this video I cover my best options when it comes to shooting 28mm.

Voigtlander 50mm Heliar Lenses (x4!)

Did you see the release of the new Voigtlander Heliar Classic 50mm f1.5! This video includes 4 Heliar lenses and reviews two 50mm f3.5 lenses in more detail.

If you live in the UK you can get 5% off the list price of all Voigtlander lenses using the discount code “MRLEICA” at https://www.robertwhite.co.uk/

Workshop Dates + Travel Updates

> UK workshop dates – some spaces still available so please get in touch for more information

Please always ask! For the end of October I was able to move a few things around and accept a last minute workshop request. A photographer flew in from Frankfurt, Germany to meet me for one of my 8 hour Saturday workshop in London. I booked 2 models for us and we were even treated to some sunshine. Lots of Leicas between us and a really enjoyable day! Sample photo below.

Leica 75mm f2 APO Portrait
October 2021, Leica Workshop London – Lilly modeling for us in the afternoon (Leica SL)
  • November 2021 – London 1:1 workshop – 0 Space remaining
  • December 2021 – London 1:1 workshop – 1-2 Space remaining (tbc)
  • January 2022 – London 1:1 workshop – 1-2 Space remaining (tbc)

See workshop prices and testimonials on the blog

> Overseas workshop dates – Please let me know what countries and cities you are in if you’d like to meet up. Netherlands and Germany are top of the list for early 2022 all being well.

NEW TRAVEL DATES: OVERSEAS WORKSHOPS*

  • November 2021 – Tenerife (again)
  • December 2021 – Gdansk, Poland
  • January 2022 – TBC

> Travel – Finally back on the road!

I took my first flight since Covid in October after a client booked me in Tenerife. A week in the sunshine fully paid in exchange for photos for their Instagram account. New videos to come for YouTube and extra BTS (behind the scenes) for Patreons.

Leica Vario-Elmar 35-70mm Sunstar

Patreon Latest & Zoom Calls

Great speaking to some of you on Zoom again last month. From October I will change the format so that the £3 tier seminar call is now being replaced with a live Q&A going forward.

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November – Coming Up

I have quite a few requested videos in progress, more on the Leica SL, Lumix S5 and a few new release (ish) lenses. I’m back in Tenerife so more opportunities to test gear, make BTS videos and general content for you guys. All that coming soon and more! Have a great month ahead and speak soon!

YouTube video – spotlight (1 of the videos coming soon!)

I can happily announce that the much requested Voigtlander 50mm f2 APO lens review with be out later in November. Testing in progress!

Previous Newsletters (and all the video links!)

First Time Reader? Additional Info Below

> UK Workshops

Now lockdowns have eased in the UK it has been full steam ahead for teaching 1-to-1 photography workshops again. I teach basic to advanced level photography to anyone with a camera. That said, students are often either Leica photographers and trying to get more from their cameras, film photographers trying to master their latest film camera/ film or anyone wanting to try model photography. We sometimes do street photography too so I tailor it to your needs.

See workshop prices and testimonials on the blog

> Overseas Workshops

I’m very aware many of you are overseas and quite a few in both Germany and the US that I speak to. If I can get enough people from one country looking for 1:1 workshops I can look to fly to your country and do a mini road trip to see as many of you as I can. If you are interested in me flying to you please get in touch so I have an idea of numbers. (I’ve had a request to teach in Istanbul and the Netherlands so those might be happening!)

The other option is do as some others do and fly into London and I’ll meet you there. The advantage of meeting you in your city is (1) you don’t need to travel (2) I will give you model contacts in your city that you can keep in touch with after I leave. This has worked well for photographers in the past. The flipside of that is if you rather come to London you get the excuse for a holiday!

> Patreon Features

Zoom Call Helpline Service!

I’m starting to do more 1:1 Zoom calls as people pro-actively ask for my assistance. I help fellow photographers around the world with camera and lens purchases (especially) but also help with other topics such as film developing, lighting, film camera issues. Get in touch via Patreon if you need my assistance.

– Monthly Zoom Call Group Face-to-Face Meet ~40mins

On the Patreon platform £5+ tier members now meet for a monthly call to chat all things photography and to learn from each other. Dates are announced on Patreon, normally a Wednesday evening UK time. Join us! We also have our own private Facebook group that you can be part of.

– NEW! Monthly Zoom Call Q&A~40mins

On the Patreon platform £3+ tier members can now dial in for a live Q&A session with me. It might be chaos but we can see how it goes in October! Dates are announced on Patreon, normally a Wednesday evening, UK time.

Patreon Extras

For access to 150+ additional post, 18+ images, photobooks and more sign up to Patreon.

> Can You Help Me

Have you Subscribed to my YouTube yet and turned on your notifications!? I know you must get really sick of hearing every YouTuber mention it constantly but sadly it’s a necessary evil as it turns the cogs of the YouTube algorithm. It makes the difference between a video getting shown to more people or not. YouTube tells us publishers the data and after August it said “video view as normal but subscribers down 25% verses previous months”.

While I have my pathetic begging bowl out, if you can click the “LIKE” button on any videos you enjoyed watching that helps more than you could ever imagine! (Now I understand quite how important likes and subs are to the success of a YouTube channel I always leave likes on videos I enjoy watching from others).

Why does this matter to you? The idea is, if I can grow the channel I can attract bigger brands and more opportunities resulting in more new camera and lens reviews, comparison testing so you then know what gear you may want to buy.

> Receive this free monthly newsletter via Email

If you accidently stumbled across this post and would like to receive these newsletters automatically via email notification feel free to sign up below!

One new perk for signing up is you now get a free copy of my YouTube video search tool. No more struggling to find a video or wondering if I have made a video on a particular lens or camera. The tool lets you search through my 190+ videos by lens manufacturer, lens mount, focal length, film format and more!