While our focus on our website is geared mostly toward Wedding and Family Photography there is no denying that Vin and I are first and foremost photographers. We love everything about photography. While I won't speak for him I certainly feel that in the world of digital photography this business of ours has been flooded with people who take nice pictures but are not necessarily photographers. I certainly do not say this to be mean but rather to differentiate the two. Trust me I'm not a photography snob and I believe photography is for anyone who wants to learn. I'm always willing to learn from those who know more than I and to help those who don't. Most people that have an interest in taking pictures will take a few suggestions on which gear to get and head out to their local best buy and make a purchase. This will undoubtedly come with the dreaded kit lens 18-55mm. While this serves most just fine I'm sure that if I were to walk in to a Best Buy and ask for a 200mm F/2 or a Leica M they would probably point me towards a refrigerator or some other household appliance. This brings me to my point. There are people that take amazing pictures and then there are photographers. The Leica M series camera is a tool for a photographer. To most that pick it up they would be utterly confused however it couldn't be a more simple camera to operate....if you understand photography.
The Leica M9-P Digital Rangefinder with Voigtlander 35mm f/1.7 Ultron Lens
The Leica M9-P come from a long lineage of historic M series cameras handmade in Germany to exacting standards. The craftsmanship is beyond compare with top and bottom plates made from solid Brass with engraved insignia. They have always been known as the worlds best street photography cameras. Fast, light, quiet & unassuming. The Leica is not a resolution monster coming in at only 18 megapixels. Its not even great at low light with an ISO ceiling of 2500. Although I wouldn't push it past 1600...maybe. It doesn't even Autofocus. Thats right manual focus only. There is no 3D matrix metering like my D810 or D750. Were talking center weighted here, thats all. All this "Lack of Tech" for the price of well over $6K when launched in 2011. Oh....thats body only. You still need a lens.
What you do get however, is the feeling of a film camera with an amazing CCD sensor which renders colors only a Leica can produce. Image quality is amazing and for those who know what to look for can tell a Leica image apart from others. The simple nature of this camera is its amazing draw. That and some of the best lenses ever made. With the Leica you simply slow down and think about photography. Your set your ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture and take the frame. There is nothing else to get in the way. It's not even worth chimping the LCD screen because the resolution is pretty low. Then Leica M is a camera that changes you, you don't change "it" to shoot how you like unlike my pro DSLR cameras. This was not meant to be a review as it is lacking a ton of information but rather a post singing the praise of an amazing photography tool the world has ever seen. If you are ever afforded the opportunity to shoot a Leica I suggest you jump at the chance. Following are a few images from today taken with the Leica M9-P and Voigtlander 35mm f/1.7 on Long Beach Island NJ.....Enjoy.
Above Photograph with Voigtlander 35mm Ultron @ f/11 ISO 80mm 1/125th
The Rope shot at f/2. Showing off the Leica CCD sensor. Colors are amazing.
A Few More
Indoors ISO 320 @ f/ 2.8 Above
ISO 600 Above
It wouldn't be a Leica Pic if I didn't take a sneaky picture of someone.
ISO 500 @ 2.4 Awesome colors. Taken at an amazing market named The Local on LBI, NJ.
While I fully understand a camera for this is not for everyone but if your serious about your photography you owe it to yourself to really learn about creating images. Sometimes all that technology can get in the way of the creative process. This is certainly not the correct camera for sports, quick action or even wedding events. What it does for your photography is hard to put into words. It will force you to slow down and think and enjoy ever image you take.