Serious Compacts Podcast 6: Jono Slack and the Latest from Leica (Berlin Event)

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Amin Sabet, May 12, 2012.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Tonight, Jono Slack was kind enough to join me on the podcast despite being sleep-deprived and tired from travel to discuss the products unveiled at Leica's recent event in Berlin. In addition to attending the event, Jono has been using a prototype of the Leica M Monochrome, which he put through its paces during a recent trip to China. Jono was also given the new Leica X2 to tryout and spent some hands-on time with the new APO Summicron 50mm lens.

    Jono has great insights into the new gear. I hope others enjoy our chat as much as I did.

    You can listen to the 29-minute* episode here:

    *We originally planned to include our discussion in a single episode with a second discussion I recorded tonight with Armanius, Terry, and Bob, but given the length of that second discussion, I thought it would be better to keep them separate.

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    Some of the things we mentioned in the podcast:
    Jono's website:
    Jono's writeup of the M Monochrom: Henri - The Leica M Monochrom
    Jono's images taken with the M Monochrome in China: M Monochrom in China
    Jono's OM-D vs NEX-7 resolution comparison at GetDPI: OMD vs NEX7 - resolution - discuss - The GetDPI Photography Forums
    DPReview's sample images from the M Monochrome: Leica M-Monochrom Hands-on Preview: Digital Photography Review
    Reid Reviews (pay site): Welcome to ReidReviews
    Peter Karbe video about developing the Leica APO Summicron 50/2 ASPH: Peter Karbe & the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. - YouTube
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  2. ajramirez

    ajramirez Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Excellent, as usual. Thank you so much, Amin!


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  3. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Just listened to the entire podcast and it's great! Was fully expecting to fall asleep as I just woke up not too long ago, but was thoroughly captivated by the discussion. Trouble is that I now want a M9M and the new 50 Cron!!! Haha. It'll never happen. But one can dream! :)

    Great to hear Jono's voice as well. Now I can put a voice to the name and words!

    Nicely done. Very insightful indeed.
  4. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I shall look forward to this; i just read Jono's gracious and good tempered response to some rather typical RFF nonsense ...
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  5. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    I must admit my initial reaction to the new 50 Cron was rather negative due to the pricing. But having discussed it with Jono yesterday, I can appreciate the lens for what it is -- a specialty limited lens, which is not meant to replace the current "affordable" 50 Cron non-APO.
  6. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    It was an excellent response to some folks who really didn't deserve a response at all IMO.
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  7. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Great podcast. What a delightful guy! I never think its a terrible thing that Leica makes all of this high end stuff. And in some ways really pushes the species forward. But I rarely pay much attention to the details because, well, its not a neighborhood I shop in and I don't look at the photographs in such a way as to notice those small differences. So, I'm entertained and glad the envelope is still being pushed, but I'll stay firmly perched inside the envelope while others do the pushing. Still, nice to be kept apprised though.

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  8. Landshark

    Landshark PhotoDog

    Jul 15, 2010
    Loved it, great discussion, very entertaining, well worth listening too.
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  9. Ranger Rick

    Ranger Rick Regular

    Mar 12, 2012
    Tempe, AZ
    Thanks, Amin! This has become one of the best, if not the best, and most relevant podcasts in the "podosphere". It's great to hear a conversation among adults. :)
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  10. Julien

    Julien Top Veteran

    Jan 6, 2012
    Paris, France
    Bookmarked! I'm impatient to listen to this, as soon as I have the time :smile:

    EDIT: Just listened to it and, well, very informative and enjoyable as usual. :smile:
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  11. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    this was nice - like eavesdropping on an interesting conversation in a cafe or whatever.

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