Noah Bershatsky

Noah Bershatsky

I was a nerd before hipsters were cool.


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The 2017 Northwest Chocolate Festival

This past weekend was the annual NW Chocolate Festival. It’s a wonderful event and the best place to go and “try before you buy” chocolate. Honestly, I can’t see buying chocolate any other way. As a preface to this article, let me say that I’m no expert on chocolate, but I do love to eat ...

Herschel Supply Co. Little America Mid-Volume Backpack and Koolertron Camera Insert Review

I originally learned about this bag and got the idea from John Barbiaux over at photolisticlife.com. You can see his article here. He’s got a wonderful blog and is very responsive to questions. I recommend giving him a read and a subscribe. It started when I was Googling for a camera backpack to use on ...

Can you use your Leica M camera and lenses in the rain and near the beach?

This question is one that I’ve been pondering as we enter the rainy season here in the Puget Sound and as I plan for an upcoming trip to Maui. If you read various forums and blogs, you’ll see some people saying that the Leica M240 and Leica M262 have weather sealing. However, Leica doesn’t have ...

Had I Remembered, I Would Have Brought My Camera.

Normally, Vanessa takes Anya to ballet and I’m getting ready to head off to karate. However, today was Anya’s birthday, and so I was going to take her to ballet while Vanessa put the finishing touches on Anya’s party. The plan was to drop Anya off at ballet and pick her up after her class. ...

The best blog theme developer!

If you’re a blogger / photographer like me, you’d rather focus on your writing and photos than coding. I’ve tried a few themes — both free and paid. Most of the time, the support has been HORRIBLE. Quite frequently, there’s a lack of updates, the themes are bloated, and they don’t function properly. I’m happy to say, ...

Second Annual End of Summer BBQ with Shane and Janine

The light was getting low, so I shot most of these images at f/2, a high ISO – a lot at 6400 (which is problematic for the M262), and slow shutter speeds. One thing that I’m getting used to when shooting the Leica rangefinders,  is that some of the best images aren’t always sharp. Many ...

Georgetown Seattle with the Leica 28mm and 75mm Summicron Lenses

Thanks Grandma Marmie! For the first time all year, my wife and I got to go out for an overnighter without the kids. We headed up to Seattle to go to Georgetown and see a show in downtown Seattle. Every photo here was shot with the 28mm f/2 (except when marked otherwise), and edited on ...

Leica 28mm f/2 Summicron – First Images

28mm is a bit wider than I’m used to shooting, but I’m really starting to enjoy the focal length. As far as the lens is concerned, it’s definitely one of the sharpest lenses I’ve ever used. I sold quite a bit of gear to upgrade to this lens from my Elmarit and I have to ...

My Leica 75mm f/2 Summicron ASPH arrived – Thanks Ken Hansen (review)!

I’ve been looking for a good deal on one of these and ended up getting my used copy from Ken Hansen out of New York. Steve Huff Photo has recommended Ken for years, and so I gave him a shot. Ken promptly answered any and all emails, communication was good, and he delivered as promised. It’s ...

A Terrible Choice — 2017 Microsoft Surface Pro Review

PCs and their inner workings are nothing new to me. Many a time, I’ve assembled my own machines, overclocked them, and maintained them. However, I’ve been using Mac computers for quite some time now, and enjoy using them too. Microsoft’s newest iteration of their Surface Pro line successfully lured me into switching from a late ...

Lens Authority and Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux review.

The Leica bug strikes again! This time, I needed a fast 50mm to complete my kit. There’s a lot of choices for the M mount in regards to a 50mm focal length. However, really only one option for an f/1.4 aperture. That’s the Summilux. A brand new Leica M Summilux retails for about $3,900. In ...

Leica M (Typ 262) and Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 ZM Review

WARNING — ARTICLE INCLUDES CAT PHOTOS! Why am I writing about the Leica M262 in May of 2017 when the M10 is out? Well, it’s because of the M10’s lack of availability. My guestimate is that it’ll be about a year before they are readily available. Personally, I’ve been wanting a real Leica M camera (as opposed ...

Leica M 240 Review — My second Leica in less than a month.

Previously, I purchased and returned a Leica M8 (article here). I concluded that I needed to spend more money and get a newer model Leica M camera. The Leica M10 at the time of this writing is largely unavailable unless you want to buy it from a third party that has jacked up the price ...

My first Leica M camera — a Leica M8

There’s a lot of superfluous flatulence nonsense out there regarding Leica cameras, who buys them, what and how you are “supposed” to shoot with them, etc. The reasons that Leica cameras appeal to me are multifold: Other than Sony, it’s the only full frame mirrorless camera system out. Nothing wrong with Sony, but the lenses ...

Budget Camera Review — $155 Olympus E-P3 and 17mm f/1.8

$155? Yup. How? Craigslist of course! I’m always on the hunt for a good deal with regards to photography gear. Once or twice a year, I get a good deal, play with the equipment, and then sell it. Sometimes I make money, sometimes I lose, sometimes I get taken. There have been a few deals ...