Yilong is a second year student in SFU.
He is interested in film photography and that’s mainly what he prefers over digital.
Yilong focuses on street photography most of the time, however, street photography is hardly possible now due to the pandemic so he is doing more landscape and portrait photography.
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About a year ago I got my first digital Leica camera, the M9P. The CCD (charge-coupled device) sensor in the camera is considered one of the best sensors because the colour reproduction and rendering is unrivalled by other cameras. I fell in love with the camera instantly after seeing the first shot I took of myself as the photo seems even realer than real life! After spending some time with the camera it truly makes me wonder, if the advancement of technology actually contribute to better photos.
You can argue that there are way more pixels and image stabilizing with current camera models, but the sharpness of the CCD is just enough to look at and I haven’t found anything that can get close in terms of colour reproduction (most samples are directly from the camera with some being brightness adjusted).
For photography, do we need innovation or do we just follow the same formula and make it better and better? I think everyone will have a different answer, but to be honest, Leica seems to be the brand that are improving their formula — they know the rangefinder body type works, they know that the CCD Sensor works (sadly CCD Sensor is discontinued due to the unstable nature of the coatings), and they are slowly removing buttons and menus to make the cameras feeling more and more convenient and less complicated.
Many other brands are trying to push out new features that can aid the photographer to get a better image which I don’t agree with, as I consider the camera as a tool to take photos, not as an aid.