[•] 28mm Leica M Summicron F2 ASPH
The Leica 28mm Summicron F2 ASPH is one of those lens we don’t often see or talk about. There are no video reviews on youtube and not many photographs giving a detailed description on why you would purchase and use this type of lens. The 28mm Summicron is by my definition a hidden gem. Its design enables you to produce a panoramic with multiple photographs stitched together with practically no distortion. Light flares are 99.9% eliminated. Superb image quality, outstanding performance, deeper black shadows, crisper details. With so much thought and design to go into such a small lens who wouldn’t want to add this to their photography kit.
I would consider the 28mm Summicron the epitome of all lenses and foremost a must have for Travel, Street, Landscapes, People and everything under the sun in the world of photography.. I cannot speak highly enough on the 28mm.. wow just wow.
[•] Leica 35mm Summicron F2 ASPH
Serial numbers for this lens started @ 2,974,251 – Today
ASPH Meaning is “Aspheric Design”. The glass element is Leica’s patented “Press” process with the element pressed into an aspherical shape.
As for Summicron. First part is derived from Summit like Mount Everest and the second part Cron came from chroma for colour. I think this detail that Leica puts into a product I find fascinating and the beauty in the craftsmanship and attention to detail in lens perfection is why Im addicted to Leica.
[•] Leica 50mm Summicron F2
It is often said there is no better 50mm lens on Earth than the LEICA SUMMICRON-M 50mm f/2. The summicron is the world’s reference for a 50mm photographic lens when comparing with other manufacturers and sets a benchmark for the world’s standard for performance.
The bokeh is a strong point with the 50mm but what exceeds is the build quality the weight and feel of the len’s.
I could of easily chosen a Zeiss ZM or Voigtlander Nokton 50mm to save some money but in the long term have always felt we should match the brand of lens with the brand of camera. I have found the 50mm will complement the Leica 35mm Summicron and hope to share much more of my thoughts on how this lens performs with future photography.
[•] Leica M7
Leica M7 Japan Edition is simple, mechanical, solid, precise and excels as a small, quiet and lightweight camera for serious photography.
One side to this story is knowing that the camera sensor will not fail after 5 years because thats the beauty of a film camera. Built to last. Many photographers debate the M7’s ability to really last with the built in electronics but I have owned a few canon film cameras which are hitting 30 years of age that still work perfectly and I especially don’t see this as a problem with the M7. So no more digital upgrades every 5 years, no more counting megapixels or ISO capabilities just going to focus on clean simple elegant photography.
Leica M stands for “Messsucher”, which is German for “Rangefinder”.
My Leica M7 “Japan Edition” and how is came to be:
For many years the Leica camera brand had been sitting in the back of my mind. So this magical camera brand with its sleek looks and beautifully crafted bodies and precise engineering that screamed ‘You will own a version of me for life” really made an impression.
Now acquiring this type of camera will come down to a number of sacrifices and the first one is cost. A good friend of mine said to me about photographic gear. “Never buy Second Hand” and I took this on board and thought I would never go down this path until the other day while looking on eBay I saw a Leica M7 for auction. Recommended retail price of $5500… Nope cannot and will not purchase at this price and as I scrolled down the webpage saw the bidding at a price. Over the next few hours I sat back contemplating and working the figures for a future empty wallet and then dreaming of the camera in my hot little hands and ummhed and arrrhed to the point with my heart racing placed a bid in the last 10 seconds hoping I made the final purchase bid. I then took a large sip of Ron de Jeremy Rum that my brother in-law cheekily purchased to help calm the nerves and for the first time became a proud owner of the Leica M7 0.75 Japan Edition in A++ condition. There are a few Leica camera owner’s on websites giving advice on what is the recommended purchase on model type etc…. But selecting your first Leica camera is easy just do all the research in the world. And at the end of the day follow your heart 😉
[•] Leica MP
The ‘MP’ designation stands for “mechanical perfection.”
2002 – Current
This new MP with its lower profile is almost identical to the M6 but with the M3/M2 type rewind knob and film advance lever. However the M6TTL meter read-out with an extra dot diode in the middle for precise exposure control is used. There are many improvements in the internal construction of the camera for the increased durability and in common with other contemporary M cameras the top plate is precision milled from solid brass as zinc is used in the M6. Includes optical improvements to the rangefinder and available with 0.58x and 0.85x magnification viewfinders as well as the standard 0.72x.
The standard finish in black lacquer (Code 10302) and silver chrome (10301) with a new type of body covering that has particularly good grip characteristics. There is no engraving of Leica Camera AG Germany like the M7 making the MP more sleek of any the Leica script and the camera serial number is engraved on top as the M7’s serial is on the top of the hotshoe.
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