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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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Thumbs Up and Opera Act 4

This is my “mini” review of Tim Isaac’s Thumbs Up and Opera Act 4 for the Leica M rangefinder camera.  In the course of my interest and research on anything Leica M camera stuff it was hard not to come across Tim Isaac’s products, especially the Thumbs Up and his line of soft releases at Match Technical Services.

Before purchasing my Leica M-E, I had only handled the Leica M9 a couple times.  Twice while visiting my friend Albert in Barcelona, Spain and once while on vacation in San Diego.  My initial impressions of the camera were it is built like a tank and of course heavier than my Ricoh GXR.  The Leica M does not have a grip so to speak, of course there are optional attachments one can buy.  Those that shoot the film Leica Ms use the film advance lever to rest their thumb on to help in holding the camera.  Since the digital Ms don’t have a film advance lever Tim Isaac created  the Thumbs Up device.

From the Match Technical Service website: “This serves to dampen vibration, provide a more stable contact with the camera body and better protect the Leica camera body.”  I can say after having the Thumbs Up on my Leica M-E it makes a big difference in how the camera handles.  I could not see using this camera without it.

I also purchased Tim Isaacs soft release “The Opera Act 4”.  I find the soft release really helps in providing a better “feel” when actuating the shutter release and allows me to gain about a full stop in hand held operation.

So if you have a digital Leica M and haven’t tried the Thumbs Up yet I can highly recommend Tim’s Thumbs Up and any of his soft releases.


4 comments on “Thumbs Up and Opera Act 4

  1. Hi Duane, I’m wondering whether the Thumbs Up in the picture is the “steel grey” or the “M-E grey” color advertised at the Match Technical Services website? I’m asking because I can’t find the “M-E grey” one for sale in Europe, and if the one above is the “steel grey”, it looks like a pretty good match.
    Thanks, Patrick


  2. This is the M-E “Anthracite” color version that matches the camera. I’d email Tim Isaac at Match Technical to see if he offers shipping to Europe!


  3. I found the anthracite grey version at the Berlin online Leica store! Thanks.


    1. Great! I hope it works as well for you as it does me!


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