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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 4, 2012 / 12 Iyar, 5772

The highly bearable lightness of non-computing

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I was wearing slacks, a dress shirt, tie and jacket as I ambled up to the new Leica Store at 977 F Street, Northwest, the other day - a few doors down from a L'Occitane en Provance outlet -- and I'm glad I did.

After all, the "average sale" for a new Leica M camera and lens outfit, said Roland Wolff, director of corporate sales for Leica Camera Inc., the store's owner, is around $10,000. Want a really nice 50 mm lens for that new camera, bunky? Mr. Wolff let me hold one, while saying it's the fastest lens of its kind on the planet; the retail price is only $12,000.

You're not going to find this gear at Costco or Best Buy.

Which, in part, is the zeitgeist - to borrow a word - of the Leica experience. These are professional tools for serious photographers. A smartphone's camera is for a quick snapshot you can post to Facebook or Twitter, Mr. Wolff said. A Leica M series camera is designed to take images for posterity.

To be sure, the M Series is at the high end of things. It is, I'm sure, a wonderful camera, and people who truly appreciate the finest details - the cameras and lenses are assembled by hand, down to the hand-painting of the dials and adjustments on the lenses - and the uniqueness of a "rangefinder" camera. The M series has a separate viewfinder and does not provide the kind of "through the lens" focusing a digital single-lens reflex, or DSLR, camera offers. Without the DSLR's mirror, the M is smaller, thinner, lighter and more agile, the makers say.

Leica also offers "compact" digital cameras that are more affordable, such as the V-Lux-2, reviewed here about 18 months ago. The list price is under $850, and you can find one for as little as $590 on the used camera market.

But whatever Leica you'd like, you'll find it, and the necessary accessories, at this new store, whose hushed tones suggest a high-end jeweler and whose clean lines clearly borrow from the wildly successful Apple Stores found hither and yon. The F Street outlet was selected because of the proximity of professionals (the National Press Club is nearby), and tourists (everything is nearby), and people who can afford the products (just look around you).

Fair enough, and it should be mentioned that the new Leica Store - company-owned - will be followed by others operated in partnership with leading local dealers in New York, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Mr. Wolff said. The store here will feature classes and exhibitions. A current display of "Moments of the Human Existence" by photojournalist Peter Turnley is, well, captivating.

But while some will go for the Leica range, and deservedly so, there are other trends in photography worth noting. One is the coming showdown between DSLRs and the new mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera (MILC), also known as Electronic Viewfinder with Interchangeable Lens (EVIL). Leica doesn't offer a MILC model yet, but the annual Photokina show in Cologne, Germany this coming September might bring some interesting product announcements, Mr. Wolff said. (Leica CEO Alfred Schopf told Britain's "Amateur Photographer" magazine that a compact-system camera, perhaps an "EVIL" model, is on the docket for launch at the 2012 Photokina event.)

For now, Nikon, Samsung, Panasonic, Sony and Olympus have stakes in the MILC marketplace; others may well follow. The new compact-style cameras offer many advantages and price is one of them.

At the even lower end is something on display more and more at public events such as tech industry conferences and other events: use of Apple Inc.'s iPad as a camera. Sure, it's unwieldy and only the "new iPad" model offers a 5 megapixel camera - earlier models deliver .7 MP. But New York-based public relations wiz Brooke Hammerling noticed the trend a tech conference and tweeted about it; I saw it many times during a religious liberty summit in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The latter was decidedly not an event for tech geeks, so I'm guessing this is a wider practice.

How will the industry respond? Good question. How should you respond? I'd start with a copy of Darrell Young's "Beyond Point-and-Shoot: Learning to Use a Digital SLR or Interchangeable-Lens Camera," just published by Rocky Nook at $29.95. The discussion of DSLR versus MILC is worth the price of admission alone; the guidance Mr. Young offer's on photography overall will likely find this book a spot in my camera bag. For the aspiring photographer, it's a title I would highly recommend.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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