The Leica MP rocks. Technically, this 35mm film camera is built to be
tough, simple, reliable, and to be that photographic companion for the
lifetime of the owner.
This is going to be a camera review without sample pictures. Why? This is purely a mechanically driven metal box, the pictures that come out of it are driven by your choice of film, lens, and … skill with a camera.
After testing, I am confident to say this lens is sharp all the way from F2.8 to F16 and only falls over when you each F22.
My test wasn’t exactly scientific. I’m not a pixel peeper. I don’t buy lenses just to test them.
Kodak Portra is a professional level film admired for it’s high level
of detail from a very fine grain, smooth, natural colours but still
with a bit of punch and richness, open shadows without crushed blacks
and for being hard to blow out highlights.
So…I got to try a Noctilux! But unfortunately only for 1 hour. The Leica Noctilux is the lens most Leica users strive for. At nearly $A15,000 new, this is a 50mm price F0.95. Yep, thats right, F0.95. I don’t techically know how a lens can go below F1.0 (which is what the original Noctilux was), but this lens is super shallow, makes night come alive, and wow, it is just everything Leica stand for in a lens.
It is November 2017. The maximum resolution that you can get on a Leica Rangefinder currently is 24 Megapixels.
I actually get asked a lot, why hasn’t Leica gone beyond 24 Megapixels in the full frame digital cameras?
It is a good one.
In my view, the 35mm Summicron is the sharpest lens made by Leica.
Hands down. I’ve made some samples available in full resolution to show
off the power of this lens.
It is a classic. Particularly for street photography. In classic Leica M style, it has a focusing tab, is pure metal, and the hood is detachable.
So I was lucky enough to try out the Leica M10! I only had it in my hands for about 10 minutes at the Adelaide Central Market, but it was enough to grab some similar shots to those I had previously got on the M240.
The Leica 28mm F2.8 Elmarit is not one of the most expensive (Leica) lenses, but sure is one of the best performing at the wide end. Its Aspherical! As with a lot of my gear reviews, the photo samples in this are available in full res to check out.
I’m a Leica Street photographer. I am, by my own admission a gear nut, but I don’t buy gear just to test it or pixel peep. I’m only interested in the art that can be produced with the gear. And seeing what emotions can be brought out in those who see my photos.