Why Leica31 Mar 2016
One of the cool perks of joining Cargomatic is the ability to have 1:1s by the ocean. Add to the mix that, as a photographer, Venice is a place with so much to shoot. Street art. Magnificent ocean views. My beloved palm trees.
Since I bought my Leica M-P, I try to take it with me everywhere. It’s always in my bag, and I’m always shooting, trying to improve my technique and how to meter by myself (still learning that!).
Three days ago I realized that the framelines weren’t being shown correctly - the mechanism wasn’t locking properly in place.
So I called Leica, and asked for an warranty repair. All good, quick and painless. But the expected repair duration was 2-3 weeks. Wow. So long.
After figuring out how to ship the camera, I picked up my old friend: The Sony α7. This is the camera that opened up the world of Vintage Lenses for me and actually brought me into Leica.
The funny thing is, I can’t shoot with it anymore: First, the weight. My Summilux is so heavy, but the M-P body actually balances it really well. The Sony is so light that the balance of the camera is completely off.
Second, by looking into the EVF, I now understand the whole “tunnel vision” effect that Leica shooters talk about (and that I used to scoff).
The M-P is so simple and gives me the ability to see what’s outside the point of view of the lens:
As you can see above, the focus peaking from the Sony is really interesting and nails the focus most of the time - wide open, I still need to zoom to nail it. I focus much faster on the M-P, mostly because I’m completely adapted to the rangefinder patch now.
And third, look how crowded the Sony is. It’s a lot of information to grasp while trying to nail your exposure. Honestly, I feel like I have the Terminator Vision:
Long time ago, Aline and I stumbled across a book called High Tech, High Touch. I think that this book summarizes perfectly how I feel about the Leica: It’s really high tech (digital, great sensor) and high touch - you produce your photograph yourself, without (lots of) help from an automated system. Focusing, Aperture, ISO, Shutter speed - it’s all up to you.
Maybe it’s time to sell the Sony and invest in a film Leica. Maybe. :smile: