Faisal is a San Francisco based lifestyle photographer who currently shoots with a Leica M 240 rangefinder camera. These are his thoughts.

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Canon EOS R – Two Months Later

It’s now been a little over two months since I received the EOS R with the RF 24-105 F4L lens. I wrote some initial thoughts after my first outing with the camera and posted a couple more updates with some of the photos I created with it. In the time I’ve had it, I’ve shot in my hometown of San Francisco, and I’ve taken the camera on trips to Charlottesville, New York, Palm Springs, and Joshua Tree National Park; all locations where the camera performed up to my liking.

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Canon EOS R – First Thoughts

I've had the EOS R with the RF 24-105 F4 lens for a few days now and I got a chance to shoot with it over this weekend. I'm most recently coming from a Leica M system, but have owned a Fuji X and Sony FE system in the past, along with a Canon 6D. Because I've been shooting with mostly a rangefinder over the past two years, the EVF is taking some getting used to. I also started wearing eyeglasses during this time, which is proving to be less than ideal with any type of viewfinder.

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One Year Later

It's now been a year since I added a Leica M240 to my collection. You can see my initial impressions and thoughts here. I've stuck with a single lens for my kit, the Voigtlander 50mm F1.5 lens, which I've been pleasantly pleased with. The DNG files are a joy to edit and work with. They have plenty of latitude and the traditional bayer setup makes for speedy processing (compared to Lightroom's handling of Fuji's X-Tran's sensor pattern). I picked up a Leica EVF a few weeks ago, specifically for nighttime use and any other times where I'm a bit time/quality constrained and need to get the shot and move on.

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A Photographer's Thoughts on the iPad Pro

Just a few days ago, we celebrated the iPhone's 10 year anniversary. There's no denying the impact this device had on the technology industry, and the world as we know it. When the iPad was originally introduced, many critics argued that it was just a larger iPhone and that it would go down in history as such. However, with the ten year anniversary of the iPhone, the iPad finally becomes its own. The iPad Pro with iOS 11 seems to finally be the computer many of us were always looking for. I picked up a 10.5" model a few weeks ago, after a long hiatus from iPad ownership, mostly due small variation in screen size between the Plus sized phones and the 9.7" iPads.

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Lessons Switching from Mirrorless to a Rangefinder

Going from a state-of-the-art mirrorless system to a range finder system will be considered a backward move by many. On paper, you're giving up a lot in return for little upside. In reality, though, the story is a lot more complicated. You can read my thoughts on my recent switch to a Leica system here. To be fair, I haven't switched systems in the traditional sense, since I still own all of my mirrorless equipment because there's still a time and place where that just makes sense. Having an arsenal of many options ensures you'll always have the right tool for the job.

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Two Months With a Leica M 240

Ever since I jumped into photography several years ago, I've always had a fascination with Leica. I used to think their cameras were overpriced and absurd — they were heavy and lacked many of the latest features I was accustomed to being on the latest DSLRs. As I became more comfortable with my cameras and as I began understanding my shooting style, I naturally started transitioning from DSLRs to mirrorless, and finally to a rangefinder system. With this self-realization and longer tenure with the craft, I started to appreciate Leica for what the brand and philosophy stands for and for the value their products bring to their users.

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Embarking on a Safari with Fuji

After receiving questions and comments about traveling with Fuji gear and about my editing process, I thought it would be helpful to dive deeper into those aspects of the safari. Over the years, I've shot with almost everything available to me — Nikon, Canon, Sony and Leica. My most recent GAS (Gear Aquisition Syndrome) has landed me with Fuji, specifically the X-Pro2.

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