My opinion of the Wotancraft Ryker, Scout and the new Leica 28 Cron
by Dan Bar
Hello Steve and Brandon!
About a week ago I received my new 28 cron. It is the first time I use a 28 as I am a 35\50 guy. I was really curious to see how I felt about it. I also read Steve’s articles about the Wotancraft 2 bags + read all articles related, so I bought a new Scout a few months ago, and when I heard a friend of mine ( Tomer Vaknin) wanted to change his Ryker ( his was brown and he bought a new Ona Berlin Black) I immediately gave him one of my BLACK bags and took his BROWN Ryker.
There are a lot of article\reviews about those bags and i am no expert, so I will just emphasize my opinion and thoughts. Both bags are beautiful , the Ryker is is made of the finest smooth leather and looks beautiful, as a matter of fact to my eyes it is the most beautiful bag on the market. It is not big and it can hold two Leica M cameras with lenses and no more ( in the main department of course). The front department has no zipper which is not safe, so I will never keep batteries of memory cards there. Next is a zipped pocket which can hold the cards + batteries but it is not separated into 2 pockets and that makes it uncomfortable to carry a few things together.
Nobody mentions it is a heavy bag. You could go to the articles and see it is 1.675 grams but I don’t intend to write a review. I simply mention my feelings. It is a heavy bag, even with one camera ( no BATTERY and charger). It is heavier than the scout wich is bigger. That of course is a leather side effect.
So I will use this bag for only one camera + charger, some batteries , memory cards etc. All being said i love the look of this bag, the leather quality. Everything here shouts top-notch. Oh, unlike my friend Tomer I love the brown color which will age nicer than the black version ( in my opinion). You can see more at WOTANCRAFT.com
THE LEICA 28 CRON
As said I received my 28 Cron a week ago, so I did not have much time with it, As with the bags I shall only write about my feelings. The lens is a beauty. It is small beautifully built like all Leica lenses , very comfortable to use, it is not a heavy and the best thing is the metal hood which is compact and this time screwed to the body so no more accidents with it. I think it is a very sharp lens with a nice bokeh. It is very light and I know LEICA people love the Cron version.
Here are some of the photos of the 28 shot with the Leica 246 of my family..
Thank you and take care!
Steve, could you do a review of the Wotancraft Avenger (blk)? A quick Google search reveals little to no reviewers attention to this bag. I think it looks like a great bag and would love to hear your take. Thanks
Did you meet any focus shift problem on the new 28 cron?
Love the third image.
Very nice Dan. Beautifull lens and very nice camera. Thanx for sharing
My favorite focal. The 28mm. Wow. I use the elmarit 28. Ive got a 28 in each film system I own except for nikon.
did you add vignettes to the shots?
Very amusing to see who is in focus in the first picture! But seriously, thanks for trying out and sharing what 28mm can do. For my taste the nose (picture 4) and the hand (picture 5) are too prominent, but I love the tonality of them all.
Those are some nice photos Danny. I love the tones of the black and white, very creamy. Thanks for sharing.