PHOTOGRAPHER AND VISUAL STORYTELLER
Be warned, great feelings can be at stake here.
LEICA M10 BLACK
This is my preferred tool for all personal, artistic and people photography.
The M10 is a modern camera, 24 megapixel, 5 fps, liveview/EVF option, bright optical viewfinder, and the big inspiration for ex. Fujifilm X-pro and X-T cameras.
I bought this along with a summilux 35mm and thought I could control my needs for more lenses, but as the rest of the list shows, its not exactly what happened.
Leica M10 is a workhorse, it's lightweight for a fullframe camera, its it accurate in focus and exposure and it only ask you to operate the 4 basic tools in photography. Focus, Shutter, Aperture and Iso.
Framing is intuitive and you just place your motive inside the framelines, that reflects your lens of choice.
The M mount dates back to 1954 and the camera can use, almost, all the lenses produced to M in the last 65 years.
Weight 660 grams
Leica No: 20000
LEICA VISOFLEX VIEWFINDER (Typ 020)
This electronic viewfinder gives you a 2.4 megapixel image to frame and determine exposure. It converts your rangefinder into a mix between a mirrorless and a hasselblad with the ability to tilt 90 degrees.
I is really great to make indoor, night and architechtural work with the M10, EVF, WAKE and my Gito Traveller tripod.
Reviews: Jeff Mellody
LEICA TRI-ELMAR 16-18-21/4 ASPH
This is a very 'strange' Leica lens.
So why do you buy the WATE (WideAngelTriElmar)?
Easy, because its fantastic.
The construction of moving lens elements in a aluminum body, that allows you to use 16mm on a fullframe rangefinder, delivers crisp, sharp, contrasty results with no compromise.
I use the EVF finder for the M10, so I can frame my compositions, it really works.
Especially on a tripod the EVF works great. The EVF can be tilted upwards and allows you to have a lower standpoint, which does good things for most architechturel og landscape pictures.
I use the WATE as a zoom, so even if it does have clicks at 16,18 and 21mm, you can leave it between clicks and it works.
I use this lens for nightscape, indoor, architecture, nature and travelling, I love it.
Weight: 335 grams
Leica No: 11642
LEICA SUMMICRON 28MM/2 ASPH
This lens is the first lens I used when I entered the world of Leica. I used it on my M9, in a combo with a 75mm.
Its the best compromise between speed and weight. The small Elmarit 28mm is lighter but f2.8, and the Summilux 28mm, with wonderful bokeh, is bright at f1.4, but a good bit heavier. This is the great choice between these parameters for a general purpose lens.
It takes 46mm filters under the screw-on metalhood, and doesn't block the viewfinder too much, with its see-through corner on the hood.
I have used it a lot. On reportage in India and Istanbul I walked the streets with this unobtrusive lens, getting good contact with people.
It makes good attention on the main subject, and allow sekundary components to be visible, but in a subtle way.
It competes heavily with the summilux 35mm and the summilux 50mm to be the 'one-lens-to-bring-on-a-deserted-island'.
Weight 257 grams, 46mm filters
Leica No: 11672
LEICA SUMMILUX 35MM/1.4 ASPH FLE
This is truely a workhorse, the one-lens solution, best built lens, best contrast, best sharpness and best rendering in sharpness and bokeh.
The lens feels heavy and solid in your hand and on an M10 it gives you the optimum balance.
I started out with this one lens, when I came back to Leica after a Fuji-break of 5 years. Bought it together with my M10 and I was complety blown away by the combo.
A lot of times when I think I have gotten more good pictures from a trip than usual, it almost always falls back to me having used the 35mm exclusively, because this lens gives you great focus and concentration.
This is ideel for street, portraiture, landscape, bar/club/festival photography and much more.
Weight 320 grams, 46mm filters
Leica No. 11663
LEICA SUMMILUX 50MM/1.4 ASPH
This is maybe the most complete lens in the current Leica line-up. Design wise this is the closest to the ideal lens. Compact, built-in lens hood. Perfect size, perfect weight, fantastic sharpness and boked, wonderfull at 1.4, creates an image where elements are almost 3D like.
I come from an age where the 50mm was something you always had. Not because you used it, but it was normally in the box with the camera, when you bought it.
Today it is a very popular lens because 99% of all pictures are mady by a (smartphone) 28mm and then the perspective from a 50mm stands out.
I prefer this over the Noctilux because of weight and price, over the summicron because of the rendering at 1.4 and the elmarit because this one just lets you work in all kinds of light.
Weight: 335 grams, 46mm filters
Leica No: 11891
LEICA SUMMICRON 75MM/2 ASPH
One more optical marvel, the summicron 75mm is a legendary lens with the same great design as the summilux 50mm, build-in metal hood, 49mm filter and perfect balance on the camera.
I am in a dilemma between the 50mm and the 75mm for my 'long' lens, when using the M10 for travelling. The 75mm is pinsharp, contrasty, great microcontrast and wonderful bokeh, but the DOF is soooo small and the framing with a rangefinder or EVF is a bit more critical.
Why not a 90mm, you might ask. To me it is too difficult to focus, a bit too bulky and a bit too long.
Maybe I'll use my 50mm for a while, as this lens have a great and classic perspective, and then I might decide later if I need and keep the 75mm.
But, learned by heavy experience, the only regrets you have on a Leica lens, is when you, in a weak moment, sell it.
Weight: 430 grams, 49mm filters
Leica No: 11637
GITZO TRAVELLER TRIPOD
This tripod has been my travelpartner for the last 10 years or so.
It was really expensive, but quality and price goes hand in hand here. Nothing has unscrewed it self, it solid as a rock, even with a DSLR + lens, weighs around 1000 grams, folds down to 40cm, and sets up a 165cm. The legs can be folded in reverse position for compactness and also be placed in 3 different positions if you want to go low on something.
The new model is equipped with a different ballhead than mine, and personally I do't like those Quick-Plate solutions, so I am glad to have the old, 'simple' skrew mount.
PROFOTO A1 AND PROFOTO AIR TRIGGER
After for many years to have had a full, heavy, Bowens studio flash light set, 4 heads, stands, batteripack, etc plus several Canon 600EX-RT speedlight with ST-E3 triggers, I have been able to convert it all to a very simple setup.
2 Profoto A1 flashheads for Canon - 2 extra batteries
Color Conversion Gels - 2 light stands
2 Profoto umbrellas - 1 universal Air trigger
The genius about this set is the fact that the Profotos are as quick as my studiolight, weighs as little as my speedlights, shoots as many pictures as a set of AAA batteries in a speedlight.
The much improved ISO handling on my cameraes makes it possible to shoot on iso 200-400-800 and still get top results.
It shoots TTL on the Canon, Manual on the Leica and manual with the trigger. This is all I wan't, simple and easy.
If I need more power I rent 1-2 Profoto B1's
On a daily basis I use the new mirrorless camera from Canon, called the R. It is 30 megapixel, same sensor as the Canon Eos 5DIV, great for stills and useable for video.
In the beginning I used my EOS lenses, but eventually traded them in for a full set of RF lenses, which are incredible.
I use 15-35/2.8, 24-105/4, 70-200/2.8 and the compact 35/1.8, all lenses are equipped with IS, even the cheap 35mm.
The system is almost as compact as my former Fujifilm setup and it is fullframe.
My PROFOTO A1 works with TTL on these cameras.
I'll be back later for review of the system.