Barcelona, Spain | 2012-11-13
Even though we’ve been on the road traveling in our Airstream I still had to go to work. So while we were staying in San Diego for a month I flew two work rotations from there. On November 11th my company had me airline to the NY area for a trip to Barcelona, Spain. I emailed a fellow Ricoh GXR shooter Albert who lives there that I’d be coming through and asked if we may get together again. I’d been to Barcelona this past summer and had a great visit with Albert and hoped to see him again.
I arrived to Barcelona the morning of the 13th after flying all night from NY. I grabbed a few hours sleep after getting to the hotel and woke around 4 in the afternoon. Albert asked me what I thought I’d like to do. Of course with the winter sun being much lower this time of year, day photography was out of the question. So I suggested we go to the the camera store he’d taken me before when I last visited.
I’ve been very happy with my current hardware but am fascinated and dream to have a couple more different focal length lenses to attach to my GXR. Since I don’t live near a camera store its a real treat to visit one that stocks Leica and Zeiss lenses that will work on the Ricoh GXR M mount.
Albert picked me up at the Hilton hotel where I was staying we headed to the store. While there I had a chance to try several different lenses that I had never had on the camera but only read about. They included the Zeiss ZM 21mm, 25mm, and 50mm Sonnar. All beautiful lenses. I also got a chance to mount a used Leica Tri-Elmar 28-35-50 mm f/4 aspherical lens. This is a discontinued lens and was made from 1998 – 2007. Its a very compact lens and its not a zoom lens so to speak but does have the three different focal lengths. An amazing lens. Leica still makes the Leica’s 16-18-21 Wide Angle Tri Elmar which currently sells for $4,950.00, if you can find one in stock.