Leica By Lenny

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So Lenny Kravitz has a Leica named after him and it will set you back $24,000! For this you do get some nice glass but the camera looks like its been kicking around in Lennys bag for a while because it comes pre worn- like stone wash denim.

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Personally if I buy a camera I would like to get one with the paint intact, especially if I am forking out 24k for it, I know its art and style, perhaps I just don’t get it. There was a time a while back when pre stressed furniture was all the rage, I worked for a guy who stressed old railway furniture which he bought at auction for peanuts and then sold to inner city terrace dwellers for insane profits. Similar concept?

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Having said that, wouldn’t say no to a free sample. Leica tends to defy logic that way. Maybe even a review sample? Please?

The Leica M 240

I don’t know if I miss shooting with the Leica M or not, its a complicated relationship. On the one hand its a slow and technically inferior body but on the other the lenses are amazing. At the end of the day I cant afford one so it doesn’t really matter. I earn money from the Canon kit but enjoy shooting the Leica M much more. Unfortunately I am probably better off upgrading the 5D.

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Another Happy Customer

A training session on the M-P for Shan, who is a very nice fellow and a wiz on the violin.
We covered a few key areas for Leica users-
Hyper focal focussing
Lightroom workflow
Camera setup
Metering
Whitebalance

If you need help just email john@johnnyshoots.com.au I can meet up just about anywhere but Newtown is home turf and some great subject matter.
Works well when we can pick a good cafe and over coffee run through your issues. I always bring the laptop to go through Lightroom.
Cost is $100 (coffee included) per hour and we can cover whatever you need.

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YMCA Swimathon Shoot

Did a quick shoot for the people at YMCA who a promoting a great cause-

The YMCA is calling on Australians to register for the 2015 YMCA Swimathon held at YMCA pools across Australia on Sunday 1 March.

The YMCA Swimathon encourages people of all ages and abilities to dive in and swim laps to help prevent the potential for drowning incidents – particularly amongst people with a disability – an often underfunded and under-resourced area when it comes to swimming schools and education.

As part of the YMCA Swimathon, swimmers will take to their local participating pool between 11am and 12pm on Sunday 1 March, raising money to support people with disabilities by giving them the chance to learn vital swimming and water safety skills. Funds are raised by requesting sponsorship from family and friends via the dedicated YMCA Swimathon website – http://www.ymcaswimathon.org.au.

“At the YMCA, we’re committed to providing opportunities for everyone to live healthier, happier lifestyles,” said Leisa Hart, Chief Executive Officer, YMCA NSW. “We know that one in five primary school children leave school without being able to swim the length of an Olympic Swimming Pool[i], however we know the rate amongst people with disabilities would be higher.

“People with disabilities often require specially-qualified instructors or accessible facilities. But more often than not, there are not enough qualified swimming instructors or available equipment to easily access the water. Through the YMCA Swimathon we hope to change this but need the help of all Australians to get behind this worthy cause.

“Last year the event raised $230,000 nationally across 55 YMCA-managed pools. This year the target is set at $250,000, which will fund at least 1600 children and adults with disabilities to have meaningful opportunities to enjoy being in the water. Twenty-five pools across NSW will be taking part this year. All the money raised stays in the local community to support local initiatives,” Ms Hart said.

“You don’t even have to swim to take part. You can walk up and down the pool for an hour if you like. If you’re up for a challenge, you can set yourself a goal and see how far you can swim between. It’s always a fantastic day out for the whole family.”

To register for the YMCA Swimathon or to find out more go to ymcaswimathon.org.au.

And here are some of the shots (the old 5D was really chugging on this one)-

Kenneth To, Australian Olympic Swimmer and Speedo ambassador
Kenneth To, Australian Olympic Swimmer and Speedo ambassador
Kenneth To, Australian Olympic Swimmer and Speedo ambassador
Kenneth To, Australian Olympic Swimmer and Speedo ambassador
Kenneth To, Australian Olympic Swimmer and Speedo ambassador
Kenneth To, Australian Olympic Swimmer and Speedo ambassador
Kenneth To, Australian Olympic Swimmer and Speedo ambassador
Kenneth To, Australian Olympic Swimmer and Speedo ambassador
Kenneth To, Australian Olympic Swimmer and Speedo ambassador
Kenneth To, Australian Olympic Swimmer and Speedo ambassador
Kenneth To, Australian Olympic Swimmer and Speedo ambassador
Kenneth To, Australian Olympic Swimmer and Speedo ambassador
Kenneth To, Australian Olympic Swimmer and Speedo ambassador
Kenneth To, Australian Olympic Swimmer and Speedo ambassador
Kenneth To, Australian Olympic Swimmer and Speedo ambassador
Kenneth To, Australian Olympic Swimmer and Speedo ambassador
Kenneth To, Australian Olympic Swimmer and Speedo ambassador
Kenneth To, Australian Olympic Swimmer and Speedo ambassador
Kenneth To, Australian Olympic Swimmer and Speedo ambassador
Kenneth To, Australian Olympic Swimmer and Speedo ambassador