LEICA CAMERA AT THE LEVI’S® PHOTO WORKSHOP
On-Site Point-and-Shoot Cameras on Loan,
Professional Studio Powered with State-of-the-Art Leica S2 and Gallery of Vintage Leica Cameras
|Leica Camera Inc. is a proud partner of the Levi’s® Photo Workshop, a community-based venue for collaboration and creative production. Local artists and community members alike have the opportunity to engage in a unique photographic experience with the distinguished Leica brand during this ten-week program.|
|WHAT:||Access to the Levi’s® Photo Workshop is free and open to all. Housing a fully-functional photography studio, Levi’s® Photo Workshop visitors can witness professional photo shoots powered by the Leica S2. Free use of the studio is accessible to professional photographers by simply signing up for a time slot in person. The truly collaborative space showcases images taken in the studio throughout the duration of the event. In addition, Leica’s new point-and-shoot cameras, the V-LUX 20, V-LUX 2 and D-LUX 5 are available to pros and amateurs alike for complimentary 24-hour rental for out-of-studio photography. Additionally, a display of antique Leica Camera models dating back to the 1920s, including one of the first Leica’s and the limited-edition Gold Leica M4-2 (made to commemorate the inventor of the Leica camera), introduces visitors to the brand’s rich history.
|WHEN:||October 8, through December 18, 2010
|WHERE:||Manhattan’s SoHo District
18 Wooster Street
New York, New York 10013
Yeah, this is a pretty cool set up. They have a wall of vintage film cameras you can check out just by leaving a $100 deposit (obviously refundable).
I stumbled upon this the day after the Steve Huff Shoot Out. Its a huge space (formally Deitch Projects, an art gallery).
While I was there, a couple had rented the S2. They asked if I could take a few pictures of them together. The S2 was tethered to a 30″ Mac screen and Lightroom 3. This way you can watch all of the shots come up on the screen. The camera is super, super nice. Its large, but easy to hold. I would compare it to a Mark II in terms of feeling, but the image quality is like my Hasselblad.
One thing that struck me as a draw back was the buffer filled up fast. I am not a quick shooter, but every 8-9 shots there would be a 10 second lag. For shooting models this would be an enormous problem. I did not play with the settings, so I dont know if it was due to the camera being set up incorrectly or if the memory cards were crappy, who knows.
Overall it was a great experience.
The S2 is no speed demon but yea, it is gorgeous. The look, the feel, the IQ (under 640) is fantastic. If it were not so expensive, I would lust for one. As it is, I just try to ignore that it exists 🙂