Welcome to episode 32 of The Circle of Confusion, the professional photography podcast.
This week, Peter, Neil and Roger talk about giving less and charging more, a business model that works for Leica and Phase One.
They discuss the professional mindset – follow your heart or shoot big piles of steaming [NAUGHTY WORD REMOVED] to please the market?
Peter explains the medium-format mindset. Roger asks why camera manufacturers are producing cameras that the majority of reviewers say
enthusiasts are too stupid to use are better than their intended audience need.
To hear episode 32 hit the play button below. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. We’d love it if you did.
Recently a Leica sold for – you might want to sit down for this – €2.16million (which includes the auction fee).
Bidding started at €300,000 and got stuck on €1million for a while. Then it just went silly.
You can watch the bidding in this video.
New Leicas sell for nearly as much, though their launches aren’t as exciting as auctions of old ones.
On 10th May, Leica gathered bloggers and other photographic commentators from around the world at the launch of its new monochromatic M-series camera, along with the X2 and a new 50mm lens. By some accounts it was a dull affair, with no models of the new M camera to play with. Even worse, a room full of bloggers had no wifi to tell the world about the new product.
Usually, those who love Leicas don’t question the Red Dot Deity, but at least one commentator had the honesty to raise a dissenting voice: Steve Huff on the Leica launch.
Time is running out to enter our video competition.
Bag maker Vanguard gave us one of its Skyborne 51 backpacks to review as part of a group test in episode 2 of Dynamic Range and we have that bag to give away. Despite the pummeling it got during the test, it is in almost mint condition and Vanguard has said we can either keep it or use it as a prize. So guess what? We’re
keeping it using it as a prize.
All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning it is to purchase a copy of either episode 1 or episode 2 of Dynamic Range between 5th April 2012 and 31st May 2012. Your name will go into the hat and we’ll announce the winner on 7th June in the podcast.
It’s a great prize and we’d like to thank Vanguard for its generosity.
FREE SEGMENT FROM DYNAMIC RANGE EPISODE 2
We produced an abundance of great content for episode 2 of Dynamic Range. We can’t possibly include it all in the release next week, so we’ve decided to give you an entire segment for free here. It’s offered in full HD, and will play automatically at that resolution in full screen mode. If your broadband connection is having trouble with that, click the little gear icon near the bottom right of the player to choose a lower res.
If you like it, why not buy the full episode? It’s available for pre-order here: Dynamic Range Episode 2.
What do you think?
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Lastly, if you’d like to put yourself forward as a correspondent (we’re especially keen to hear from female photographers to help balance our pool of photographers worldwide), then you know what to do.
Blatant plug for our wares
Don’t forget, you can purchase the first episode of our landscape photography video series Dynamic Range for just €9.95, and as a bonus, the pilot episode is just €4.95! You’ll receive the download link via email as soon as you’ve completed the purchase.