I don’t have a Q ⌈clou⌉ – or a tribute to M

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Photo: Thorsten von Overgaard

I don’t have a Q ⌈clou⌉-  why the new Q is suddenly in every Leica shooters bag? If you already have an M, and reading the many reviews this seems to be the case, why then step down to a different type of camera, without the features of changeable lenses, being locked at a 28 mm?

I am so satisfied with my M9, that only if a camera falls down from the sky, I will add it in as a second camera. When I left  the DSLR, changed to Fuji X100 and then to the M8, I got the best times as a photographer – ever. My M9 has now become the one and only. The images it produces either with the Summilux 50mm f1.4 ASPH or in between the Voigtländer 35mm 1.2 ASPH, which gets me the exact feeling I seek. No matter if its B&W or colour. The handling of the camera is easy, and I get the closest to pure photography I can think of any camera will ever give me.

I don’t have the Leica Q, that is so hyped these days, and actually, I don’t need it. It has nothing to do with the Q, it has all to do with the M. I have a back up camera, Fuji X100s, but I rarely use it. Not because it is not a very fine camera, because it is. Different in handling from the M but still a rangefinder, and it also produces excellent images. But still, I act faster and more precisely when shooting with the M9. The colour rendering and the shallow depth of field (bokeh) it produces is outstanding.

I am not a GAS person (GAS: gear acquisition syndrome), because for me it is all about getting the photos taken, not so much what the shutter release button is mounted at. But I must admit I have become a Leica M person. Simply because I love the quality the Leica and lenses are able to produce, and because it is perfect for the type of photos I seek and shoot. So no reason to skip what works, until, if ever, anything better shows up.

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I need a productive reliable camera that works and gives me the best. I have that. The M9.

Another important reason to stick with the M9, is to know the camera so I can shoot it blindfolded. I do not need to think how I handle the settings, how much I shall turn the focus ring to hit, how close or far I have to be from my goal to make the framing I want. Everything almost works on intuition and experience, because I always shoots with same camera and lens. Stick to one camera, and one lens for a long period, and it will become a natural extension of what you see and what you capture. Of course I can upgrade to another newer M, without needing to learn it again, because basically it is the same. But going to another system, will set me back very much, and come between me and the subjects I want to describe. So I don’t. I stick to the M system.

Henri Cartier-Bresson (no introduction needed, or just Google), used the Leica M with a 50mm lens for many years, only using other lenses rarely. Some tells it was because he couldn’t afford another lens for a long time. It could also be so, that he learned how to use this lens, and it became a natural way of framing and capturing the famous moments. By focusing on photography in stead of always changing to the newest gear.

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Leica M9, Summilux 50mm f1.4 ASPH photo@mortenalbek.com http://www.mortenalbek.com

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