Sync Every Device
If you’re looking for software that automatically syncs your photos across all your devices (Macs, PCs, tablets, Android phones, iPhones, etc.) check out Mylio. It does this without using the cloud. It’s a catalog and editor too.
The new M1 Macs
They are wicked fast, and the M1 with 16GB RAM is more than enough to run everything much faster than even my old Intel i7 with 64GB RAM. PS and LR support the M1. Apps running under Rosetta also run incredibly fast, and in my opinion run faster than on my i9 MBP. I also have the base config MacBook Air with 8GB RAM and we ran a stress test on it, running an incredible number of apps and videos simultaneously. It never slowed down.
Forget the Caps
Leave the lens caps at home. It’s too easy to miss the important shot because your lens cap was on – for M cameras especially (the optical viewfinder) and you may not notice the cap in place.
The Leica Q2, Q2 Monochrom, SL2, and SL2-S all use the same battery. The SL and SL-2 can charge in the camera with USB-C, so if you use a Q and SL2, no need to take the external Leica charger with you.
Group photo with you in it too? Set the interval time to take 10-15 shots, one second apart. When everyone is ready, press the shutter, join the group and 10-15 seconds later you have several shots. The first few will have you entering the frame, but the chances of one or two frames with everyone’s eyes open and looking good are greatly increased.
Microfiber lens cleaning cloths (and lens cleaning fluid) are a great way to gently clean lenses and viewfinders. You can and should wash these cloths and air dry them from time to time.
Easier Lens Mounting
When mounting a lens onto a M body, it is much easier and safer if the lens is pre-set to minimum focus distance. It avoids early engagement with the rangefinder ‘roller’.
Easy Mac Backup
A super-easy method for backing up original photos (and all files) on the Mac without buying a cloud subscription is to use and app called SuperDuper and an external drive.
Where Did My Profiles Go?
When updating Mac OS, you will likely lose printer Manufacturer paper profiles (Epson in particular). The solution is to go to System Preferences/Printers and Scanners and delete the photo printer. Then add it back (recommended to select the Manufacturer’s drivers and not “Airprint”) and restart your system. This will restore all the original paper profiles.
If your Nikon LS4000 stops working, don’t panic. Contact Gleb Shtengel (email@example.com). He has the ability to fix almost any problem, including bad boards, at extremely reasonable prices. A fix is usually around $200.
Speedy Drive Setup
Faster image access: two external hard drives configured in a RAID 0 array will speed up image access. Don’t forget to keep a separate backup of all the images because if one of the disks in a RAID 0 array fails, you will lose everything.
Lens Shades and Series VII Filters
Did you know that both the 12504 and 12501 lens shades for the 35 Summilux Canada and the 21 Super-Angulon f3,4 (respectively) can take Series VII filters in the shade itself? The Super-Angulon f3,4M lens can also accept e48 thread-in filters, but if you have old Series VII filters kicking around, put them to good use!
Close and Closer
The newly announced 35mm APO M lens from Leica is a technological wonder. It close-focuses to 0.3M. But don’t forget, the 35mm SL lens close-focuses to 10 inches (on the SL, SL2 and SL2-S of course).
If you need service on your Leica camera or lens, your LHSA membership entitles you to 15% off (USA) and of course, Leica will do a great job. If their backlog is too long, you may consider sending your gear to Don Goldberg (dagcamera.com) or Youxin Ye (yyecamera.com) who both do excellent work. We’
Many people ask about the difference between sRGB and AdobeRGB color spaces. The shortest explanation is to use sRGB if you will only ever view the image on a screen. If you intend to print (someday) then use AdobeRGB.