THE BLOG

04
Dez

.how many summers do u have left.

think about it… and enjoy every fucking peace of time with all your beloved people around you. family is the most important thing in life. forget stupid beef with your friends or family, forget your own pride. act sincerly, honest, friendly and treat your wife always right!

impressions below.

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24
Nov

.back in the 50´s.

a lot of people asked me what 50´s i shoot, so here is the answer. (not a review, just the way the cookie crumbled)

Zeiss 50/2 ZM

Leica Summicron 50/2 v.4

Jupiter 3 – 50/1.5 LTM (=Leica Thread Mount, or LSM = Leica Screw Mount, means you need an adapter)

Canon LTM 50/1.2 

the first 50 i bought was an Zeiss 50/2 Planar ZM, but i sold it after a few month, because i didn´t like the way it looks, the habtic, the sharpness, the “rendering”, and anything else on it, but i can´t afford any other 50mm at this time, so i sold it to a good friend and he sold it after a couple of weeks … a god damn lens, you hate it, or you love it! than i worked super mega hard and saved money for the Summicron, and that is a reaaaaaally epic lens, an everyday 50mm which you can keep till the end of all times! to be honest, i really prefer the Summiluxes over the Crons. they are in my opinion the best  lenses ever made (and i mean there is no other! no hasselblad, schneider kreuznach, or any other manufacterer), the way it renders is so special and unique, never saw it on another lenses before all of them 28mm/35mm/50mm!!!! but they are heavier, longer and way more expensive (3700€ till 6000€ compared to 2000€ till 3500€ for the crons) and the “crons” are razor sharp even at f.2, has a build in hood and feels suberb build. unfortunately the 50cron has no tab, which is a great bummer. in my opinion and as a passionated streetphotographer, every leica lens really needs a tab! fun fact – the 35 cron asph. has a tab.

after that, i bought the Jupiter - that was an amzing idea! i got it on ebay for 180€ + an L39 to M Adapter for 80€ from Novoflex in a really suberb condition! this is a hell of a lens. from f.1.5 to f.22, it´s rock solid, and the aparture ring is so smooth but clickless (it´s like from a cine primelens), but the aparture ring goes the other way round – to the left!!! if you shoot it for a few hours, it´s not a problem at all, but if you changing lenses all the time, it´s a bit confusing. i think it´s from the late 50´s, has 7 lenses in 3 groups, and a wonderful dreamy bubble bokeh from time to time! that lens is a secret insider tip for me! as you may recognized, i have a big passion for vintage lenses

and the last one was the Canon Dream Lens in mint condition from ebay (australia) for 514€ + import fee. i observed the canon LTM lenses over a couple of month on ebay and never saw one in this condition and so cheap. so lucky me! sometimes it´s worth it waiting, even though i hate waiting more than anything else on this planet – oh no, not true – the american president is more senseless. but, wait for it – surprise – the dreamlens is a dream lens! but it´s an effect lens in my opinion, not an every day 50mm. at 1.2 it´s a bit soft and it glow´s, but that´s not a problem at all. it´s a perfect lens for weddings or portrait jobs, because of it´s unique soft, dreamy, bubble bokeh. the focus way is a bit long but after a few tries(*), u get really used to it, and it is a “bit” heavy because of a really massive front glass element, a bit hefty, but it balances your body really good. i mean it´s not this annoying heavy like a fucking dslr with a 50/1.2 from canon or nikon, fuji, pentax, or others. so thumbs up for that one!

if u have any questions don´t hesitate to hit me a mail (mail@svenbaum.de)

the next post goes out for my 35mm lenses, watch out!

the strap is from www.angelo-pelle.com the best leather strap maker (in second generation i think) on this planet from florence.

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*autofocus makes you stupid!

 

07
Nov

.v for vienna.

by night it is so different in days…

Prater Wien

Prater

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Bad Companies

and another boring building

 

05
Nov

.greetings from falco.

my beloved wife and me went to vienna, austria for a couple of days, for my 34th birthday. the most beautiful city in the world! sorry i´m too lazy to post beautiful architecture from the 17-19th century, if you wanna see that make a google streetview tour. or pack your stuff and go by yourself! more than worth it!

i´m super digging that cine look, as u may see, the last few pictures are looking strange oversized (for me) but you are really loosing some important information by cutting down. so it doesn´t fit for every picture, respectively u have to think about the focal length before shooting. i just switched between my summicron 50/2 v.4, and a voigtländer 35/1.4. that fits most of the situations, but the 50mm is nearly perfect for that.

impression below

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a holy moment

whats the question?

if i could be a bird

The Chest Player

31
Okt

.cineast.

what di you think about cinestills?? this would really kick asses with cinestill film and a hasselblad xpan, but it´s soooo fuckin expensive, i could cry. so if you would loan me yours, you will get free prints forever!!!

it´s a special format from more than 16:9. i think i will go wide for a while.

impressions below

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01
Okt

.absent without valid excuse.

hey friends,

i´m super sorry for beeing so damn absent. long time no see!!! how are you guys???

i was mega busy, since me and my wife are back from travelling abroad. this is not a valid excuse, just to let you know. but the good thing is, there will be amazing things happening in the future. so im working hard on a second page, showing the work from friends and fellows and myself, all leica shooters. it´ll be about our work and gear, about experiences, and how it felt shooting with one of the best niche cameras on the market – analog and digital, with processes from loading film, shooting, develop, darkroom, digital darkroom, accessories, print process or hanging on the wall, and so on.

oh by the way, i bought a new lens, which had my attention since month…drum roll…a canon 50/1.2 dream lens in near mint… photo update next week when i took it from at the customs.

that´s why this blog was a bit frozen for a few weeks. i will give you regular updates now, i promise!

and as is usual, impressions below.

Behind walls

Nonna

nice tie

Nothing really happened

Der weiße Stuhl

Darling Grandma

dreaming about Caroline

Lady in Red

Ich seh Rot

Mein erstes Gähnen

From Hope to desire

.streets, germany.

13
Aug

.a special project.

i shot this episode a few month ago in new zealand. but it was blocked from a huge photo competition i entered in april. so now the winners & finalists announced a few days ago, and i can finally show it wherever i want. it seemed that i passed the finals by a hair´s breadth. but it´s ok! i saw the finalists work and it´s mega impressive and deserved for the guys. i think i still need way more experience and a way more better topic. but at least it was fun…

all shot in one day, with one lens, i got from handevision to test. iberit 24/2.4. no level correction, no barrel distortion, sharp from corner to corner! highly recommended!

i where honored to shoot this special series on my way through new zealand in a sleepy little town called Hokitika. the pictures are showing an old mental nursery. people getting caregiving for over 135 years until the hospital must close in 2007. Now its´s in private hands, but teenager and a lot of young adults gonna break into it at night, drinking, taking drugs, or burn something down. this place was a sanctuary for thousands of people, now it´s a solitary place. when the hospital closed, they took everything with them and left it like nobody was ever there before. what you see are the leftovers and moods like after a toxic gas attack. a ghost town. i ask the owner to look throughout the windows and shot some pictures, and after two attempts and long discussions, he let me in. the result is the feeling from a once hope giving place made from pug, stones and shards.

competition below.

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25
Jul

.the hottest girls in town.

i would like to introduce to you my top 10 camera wishlist. so if anyone of you would like to sell one of this sexy ladies, please hit me a mail…

mail@svenbaum.de

1. the analog leica mp 0.72 (black paint)

2. hasselblad x-pan

3. contax t3 (black)

4. leica monochrom typ 246 (black)

5. hasselblad swc typ 903

6. alpa 12tc

7. leica minilux zoom + cl flash

8. minolta cle + auto cle flash

9. graflex crown graphic 4×5

10. mamiya universal polaroid

… include or without lenses doesn´t matter. call me! thank you!

30
Jun

. 2600 people.

that´s insane. over 2600 people visited my blog this month to see whats happening in here. damn folks. thanks for all your interest in my tiny little bubble. since i started my journey in January, over 10 000 people altogether in 6 month. YOU ARE INSANE!

after so many requests, the print work is getting better and better and i actually sold a few before calling out any proper exhibition plans in the near future.  that will be the next big article about the equipment i bought and paper and so on. first i have to fix the renovation on my flat quickly ^^. so stay tuned for that and thanks again for joining the poll. that was really helpful to give you the possibly best output i can. sometimes i´m a bit lazy to make an informative article besides the normal thrill in my life. so if you have any interests, wishes, questions or suggestions, please let me know at: mail@svenbaum.de

in the near future i have great plans to show up. funny projects will follow…

i love you guys so much. never thought that so many people would join my interests, write me sweet emails or buy large prints from my journey through the world. (shipping world wide!)

impressions below

turn left

Calzedonia

Really?!

Damn Tomorrow

The Butcher

Dazed

Nice Ass Bankerdude

Ota Cornerstore

Mainstreet Highway 2stage detail

Roppongi Tower

 

 

 

 

 

22
Jun

.let me know.

please give me 3 minutes of your time, to improve my blog and it´s content.

much love

help me to help you with 8 questions!!!

(sorry poll closed, thanks a lot for answering!!)