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The main reason why I photograph with a Leica camera:

“I want simplification, not amplification or complication…I just want light controls … because photography is about light.” – Thorsten Overgaard

“A camera that gives me the joy of ownership and the joy of shooting is much more important than one with the highest number of megapixels or highest ISO performance.” – Yukio Uchida

“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” ― Ansel Adams

“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Leica M-E | First Test Drive

I received my Leica M-E yesterday and did a box opening video that I also posted yesterday.  Here are a couple of my first images that I want to share with the new kit.  My Leica 35mm Summicron acted like a 50mm lens on my Ricoh GXR-M.  Of course now that I’m using it on a FF (Full Frame) camera body it “acts” the way it should.  I will have to readjust my eye while framing an image to get used to the wider FOV aspect!

A couple wow factors for me already and which I expected is the really bright viewfinder, shutter sound and the overall feel of the camera.  I like how it hangs off my shoulder with the factory strap.  My GXR-M with EVF attached was kind of a pain as the EVF stuck out and would snag on whatever I was wearing.

Lake Atagahi | Leica M-E, Leica 35mm Summicron v2

Lake Atagahi | Leica M-E, Leica 35mm Summicron v2

Lake Atagahi | Leica M-E, Leica 35mm Summicron v2

Lake Atagahi | Leica M-E, Leica 35mm Summicron v2

Connestee Falls | Leica M-E, Leica 35mm Summicron v2

Connestee Falls | Leica M-E, Leica 35mm Summicron v2

8 comments on “Leica M-E | First Test Drive

  1. love the second picture a lot!


    1. Thanks Lightfollowers. BTW, I took a photograph of this same location a few days ago with my other camera. There is a difference:


  2. Congratulations to your new purchase, hope it will be a great tool and allow you to enjoy it for a while.

    Some very nice first pictures and I agree that the 2nd is a really nice picture and I also like it best. I think the fog in today’s picture works better but other than that both cameras seem to render b&w images very similar and shows that a lot of the character comes from the lens.


    1. Thanks Cristian. I hope your new year is prosperous and I hope to get back your way soon!


  3. Alan P. says:

    Congratulations on getting a Leica M series. A nice new year present for yourself too! Hope it’ll elevate your photography project like you’ve planned. You’ll love the 35mm.


    1. Thanks Alan. I’m betting it can’t hurt in my effort to elevate my photography this year and then some.


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