Jesse May

Jesse May

Zurich

D. (Donald) Jesse May is a visual artist based in Switzerland. Jesse began working with black and white film during university studies. Since then he has worked in 35mm, medium format and large format film, eventually settling on large format film. ...
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Leica S3 – First Look

The Leica S3 is the latest edition of the S family of cameras. In 2019, I tested a pre-production prototype. This review is based on the use of this prototype. I have been using the Leica S system since 2016. Prior to...

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  • Jesse May
    Jesse May
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    New Leica S3 camera review
    on: March 19, 2020 at 4:34 am

    Very nice review and gorgeous photos of Zurich – one of my favorite cities in the world. No question at 64 MP and with Leica lenses it would outperform ALL desktop scanners and probably most drum scanners for film digitizing, and the samples you show are first-rate. For regular photography no one can quibble about Leica quality. Pricing to be expected in North America will still make it less expensive than a Phase One Trichromatic system but the latter is 100MP, and the camera can be separated from the sensor. I’m wondering whether you looked at Phase One when you decided to go MF digital and if so why you opted for Leica instead. Was it mainly price, or you already own Leica lenses (a big investment) or for technical reasons?

    Weather resistance was a high priority for me, since I do so much work outdoors. I have worked in high winds, rain, snow, dust, etc., all of which make a view camera or a tech camera impractical. I have been in contact with Phase One recently for a demo of their new offerings, however, after their first response I have not heard from them. It could be due to the virus situation.

    Best regards,
    Jesse
    djessemay.com

    Jesse May
    Jesse May
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    Re: Cameras, Lenses and Shooting Gear
    Reply #1 on: March 6, 2020 at 11:01 am

    I have reviewed the new Leica S 3 here

    Best regards,
    Jesse
    djessemay.com

    Jesse May
    Jesse May
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    Re: Medium Format
    Reply #2 on: March 6, 2020 at 10:07 am

    See my review of the latest Leica S3 medium format digital camera here

    Best regards,
    Jesse
    djessemay.com