A New Rule I Just Made Up. If it's over 95° and I'm just shooting for fun the camera I bring along has to be small, light and preferably have a fixed lens. Sweaty hands are bad news for lens changes.
Photographers carrying their cameras with them everywhere is one of the bedrock traditions of the discipline and has been for decades and decades. You can't make a photograph if you can't be bothered to bring your camera.
It's hard to understand why people don't have a dedicated, carry anywhere camera. Hell, we've trained like 95% of the population to never leave their cellphone alone even for a second. One would think that people whose lives, passions and businesses revolve around making beautiful photographs would have at least one serious camera that they can hang over their shoulder or on a strap across their knee when sitting at the coffee shop or restaurant and be ready for opportunity. I've learned from experience that trying to recreate something you saw and didn't shoot in the moment is a futile exercise.
Bring a camera with you. You wear pants. You wear shoes. Maybe you wear glasses every day. So when you get dressed be sure to pick out a camera. Wear it proudly. Nuff said.
A quick review of the Leica SL 24-90mm Vario-Elmarit after a day's use toiling in the fields of advertising.
The Leica Vario-Elmarit 24-90mm zoom lens was one of the first of three lenses Leica delivered along with their original SL camera back in 2015 or 2016 (depending on whether you look at the first announcement of delivery or actually being able to get delivery...).
The lens was specifically designed for the shorter distance from the rear element to the image sensor in the camera and additionally was designed to deliver high performance results with the 24 megapixel sensor in that model. The lens is heavy, weatherproofed and features image stabilization. Leica's design goal was to create a standard zoom that would match or exceed premium, individual prime lenses at each focal length. It's performance has only recently been exceeded by a handful of primes and these are mostly the frightfully expensive Leica SL series prime lenses.
Roger Cicala of LensRental fame did a tear down of this lens and his statement (near the beginning of his article) of what makes a Leica lens different from the rest is a very interesting read: Here's is a snippet from Roger:
"OverviewMy experience with the lens is, as I've said, very short. I put it on the Leica SL2 and headed to Kerrville, Texas, which is two hours from Austin, yesterday to photograph the process of sorting and pressing grapes for wine-making. My brief as to shoot the process any which way I wanted to.
Swim, walk, jog, run, play water polo, bike, walk, dance, move. Your happiness depends on it.
Just an hour a day. One less Netflix movie. One less (badly done and uninformative) YouTube photo "tutorial." One less session of online "research." One fewer shopping trips per day to your favorite online merchant. That's all you need.
Take a Leica with a 24-90mm lens along with you if you also want a weight intensive workout....
You can't be expected to hit the streets without some good nutrition.
Gearing up for a couple more days of "Hill Country Wine" shooting and wouldn't you know it? the heat is back in central Texas. Gathering together some white bandanas for the cameras and lenses. So far I haven't see anyone come out with sunscreen for cameras...
Heading over to the local camera candy shop in a few minutes to trade around some gear. Might be shooting with a very interesting lens tomorrow. All depends on how brave I am about changing stuff.
Sunday Afternoon Street Combo. A Leica SL2 and the Sigma Art Series 24-70mm f2.8 DG DN. Add some blue skies and a few people and you've got some potential street photography.