Digital vs Film _ CONTAX Tvs Digital vs Tvs2

Venice beach by CONTAX Tvs Digital
Venice beach by CONTAX Tvs Digital
Venice beach by CONTAX Tvs2
Venice beach by CONTAX Tvs2

There is another Digital vs Film.

Believe it or not, those were taken at the same time. What’s the difference…….

Maybe, the first “Digital image” looks clearer and sharper. So, as a document, the digital one looks better.

At the same time, film image (bottom) really look like evening compare to the digital one. The film was Ektachrome 100.

Seems like CONTAX Tvs2 exaggerate the color especially in evening. This is what we call “Carl Zeiss lens are good liar…..”

Tell the truth, the color of Tvs digital looks closer to the real color I saw at that time.

But, at the same time, the color of Tvs2 looks more likely to be “evening”.

It is very hard to say which is better….but I prefer to be CONTAX Tvs2 image.

By the way, CONTAX used to sell A2 filter to reduce the color shifting in evening. Although I have it….but I don’t use it because I think it will kill the character of the lens.

By the way, the film image does not look very sharp because of the quality of film scanner I am using.

OLD Pasadena _ Los Angeles

Old Pasadena _ Los Angeles

California was rapidly developed after 1848 Gold rush.

But Los Angeles which used to be a part of Mexico has quite interesting city landscape although it was developed after Mexico era.

Old Pasadena…..Former Mexican ruled and town along the Historic Route 66 and formerly known as rough neighbourhood is now re-developed as one of new fashionable town.

In a cloudy winter day in winter, when the sun light came through the clouds, suddenly the color of the town changed and the short moment was a perfect lighting for my temperamental European flavored Leica Digilux 3.

English bay_Vancouver_Normal adjustment vs HDR image

English bay_Vancouver

This is the view of English bay on West end of Vancouver.

In this kind of back light, normal camera can’t get right exposure.

  • If you adjust to background, other area would be all under the shadow.
  • If you adjust to closer area, background will be wiped off.

But, Thanks for Adobe Photoshop…..All you have to do is….use combination of Adjustment layer and Layer mask.

  • adjust the level at background, then mask out the other area.
  • adjust the level at foreground, then mask out the background.

All I had to do was, use 2 level adjustment layers and layer mask for each adjustment layer.

But these day, this is a kind of out of fashion….People prefer to be HDR image these days.

HDR image means High Dynamic Range image. This HDR got extremely wide dynamic range and almost all the part of image got right exposure.

To create HDR, prepare 3 images which are under exposed, average and over exposed.

Then, go to Adobe bridge….select those 3 images and

go to Tools – Photoshop – Merge to HDR pro…  This will create automatically and after merger, you can do adjustment as well.


This is the HDR I created.

These days, people like extremely crispy sharp image with high dynamic range and high saturation.

So, maybe more people will say this is better…..but I still prefer to be the first one.
The HDR kills taste of Leica lens and just looks fake although I tried not to be….

These days, digital cameras has extremely high definition sensor and lens.

Some way, they are way better than films… the same time, preference of people is getting more simple CG look image….that is ashamed……

Old days, CG designers were trying to be like Photography….and now, Photography is trying to be like CG…..That is ridiculous…..



Wreck beach_Vancouver BC

Wreck beach_Vancouver BC

Wreck Beach is a cloth optional beach in Vancouver which is located East end of University of British Colombia.

After 10 minutes walk down a narrow trail….there is spectacular view….not only the naked people….but also the landscape……

There is a dynamic panorama in front of you.

This is the view when I looked at north. You can see snowy mountains on North Vancouver. Actually, it is making it look cold….

This photo is not original….Yes, I did something with Adobe Photoshop.

And this is the original.

Wreck beach_Vancouver BC original

Does it look a bit warmer?

CONTAX Tvs Digital

Spring in Tokyo_Chidorigafuchi

Spring in Japan is…..Cherry blossom.

What about in Tokyo? No worry….!
Chiyoda-ku has more green than other part of Tokyo.

Chiyoda-ku is located in the middle of Tokyo. Old days, when they called Tokyo “Edo”, the area was about same as Chiyoda-ku today.

Cherry Blossom in Tokyo

Cherry blossom all along the old outer moat of Castle Edo…..from Iidabashi.

Leica Digilux 3


Chiyoda-ku is located in the middle of Tokyo.

Since the Castle Edo which is located in the middle of “Edo” became a center of the politics in 1603, this area has been always been a center of Japanese government.

Chidorigahuchi was originally a part of moat of Castle Edo. This place is famous place for its Cherry blossom.   During the season, Thousands of people are walking in this garden.

CONTAX Tvs Digital

Amtrak _ Coast Starlight _Southern California

Our AMTRAK train left Santa Barbara station.

We are still going along the coast line. In the middle of nowhere……there are so many untouched beaches around.

As I remember, I took photos at exactly the same places when I had AMTRAK trip in 2005.
But this time, It was still in winter and after rain, The sly of Southern California was clearer and landscape was greener.

Those were taken before 3:00PM, due to the strong sun, It was not easy to take through window of the train.

By the way, our AMTRAK train was 2 hours delayed. Perhaps it was better for photography….

LEICA Digilux 3