Tag: Leica

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Panasonic GX8 — Photographing our 4 year old’s birthday party and fireworks.

The Birthday Party: Yesterday was our 4 year old’s birthday party — a dance party no less. Ever try to take photos of a little kids dancing and running around? It’s quite a frustrating endeavor! However, the Panasonic GX8 with the Leica 15mm is the tool for the job! I set it to shutter priority and shot at ...

Fuji X-T1 vs Leica Typ 113 with Chocolate

It took a year to do this comparison, but I’m glad I returned the Leica and stuck with the Fuji X-T1. Here’s the original post of the Leica X Type 113. The Leica costs $2,000, has a 35mm equivalent lens, and shoots the majority of the time at f/2.8. That’s the camera I shot with ...

Panasonic Lumix GX8 review with the Leica 15mm f/1.7, Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7 and Leica 42.5mm f/1.2

Anyone who says that your photography equipment doesn’t matter is lying. Having better gear doesn’t help with your technique, but it does make it easier for you to focus on your technique and produce better images. That’s really the whole point of the micro 4/3 platform. Quality images, without the bulk or cost of a ...

Leica X typ 113 Review and Samples aka The Leica Lie

I’ve always been interested in the Leica brand — great reputation, good looks, but big cost of entry. I read about their newest X camera with a 35mm equivalent focal length (my favorite) and a bright aperture of f/1.7. I bought one based upon the specs and the Leica name. Initial impressions: Feels and looks cheap and ...