Let’s get high with a Leica M7 By Nino

Let’s get high with a Leica M7

By Nino

Hey Steve,

I stumbled over to your site a while back and I must say I’m impressed how much effort you put into your site. It’s kind a hard to miss your site if you converted to be a Leica shooter and since sharing is caring, I thought maybe I can contribute some photographs of our latest adventure. a trip to Peru, to the cordillera blanca to be precise. The goal was to climb our first 6000 meter peak all by ourselves. No guide, no donkeys, no nothing. Just the gear we bring from home. Why? Well both of us read a book about an english man who broke a leg in the cordillera blanca and almost died, ever since we knew we would have to go one day. Chris and me haven’t traveled together in quite a while and we had a few too many beer that evening, when we booked the plane tickets.  It was set – we had to go.

Whenever I go climbing it is a no brainer to bring my beloved M7. first of all it’s a joy to shoot with and it’s built like a tank, so I don’t need to worry about breaking it. I usually carry my camera round my neck, instead in a bag. I need to be able to take a picture fast, otherwise I’ll be slowing down my partners. and I can be sure that a picture usually doesn’t present itself when I’m standing comfortable on a ledge. most of the time I stand in the middle of a huge face, and certainly don’t want to fiddle around with my bag, and risking dropping something. Anything I drop is gone for ever and the risk of falling my self gets bigger too. But wearing the camera around the neck is a risk for the camera, one time I was in lead on a wet patch of rock and I fell. It was a fall of about 6 meters sidewise against a wall, not a biggy but the swing gave my camera a spin, it slid of my back and it hit the wall too. So a camera built like a tank comes in very handy.

Just a few weeks before we left to Peru I was able to score a Summicron 90mm in a second-hand shop, to be honest I didn’t even have the time to run a proper test with it before leaving, so I was excited to see how it would handle in the mountains. I took a 28mm and a 50mm too. The 50 is my walk around lens and the 28 usually is in a belt pocket for quick access when I need it. I was surprised how often I would mount the 90 on my camera, even though I had to keep it in my top compartment of my backpack it would just get me so close to the mountains and most of the time gave me a perfect frame as I wanted it. That lens certainly never get’s left behind anymore but as it is if you’re shooting analog, use a lens you never used before, don’t trust the local labs and are on the road for 3 months, I got so nervous one month into the trip that there wouldn’t be any usable pictures. What if the camera was leaking, what if the lens has faults, what if the hood on the 50 is actually getting into the picture (it has a huge ding on it from an other climb). You can’t imagine how relieved I was when I got the pictures back from the lab.

So here is 3 pictures from the trip, a little bit of everything, one from each lens.


Summarit 28mm, from one of the hikes up to one of the few base camps. shot with a really dark nd filter. 


Zeiss 50mm 1.5, a little kid I met on the streets of Huaraz.


Summicron 90mm, cayesh from one of our acclimatization tours. this one definitely made the hotlist for a future climb!


hope you enjoy them.

take care and keep up the good work,


p.s. we made the 6000 meter mark the story can be found on our site, just follow the link http://www.psychos.org/category/lets-get-high/



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  1. Don’t avoid Leica.
    Leicas are not just for experienced photographers.
    The film versions like the M7(semi auto) to fully manual like the M3,M2,M4,M5,M6 and MP
    are all very easy to use! The rangefinder can be understood in 10 seconds or less.
    Strangely the photos done by these cameras seem to capture and breathe life into the images.
    They are not all priced in bankster numbers.
    A worn but well used M, can be cheaper than any DSLR.
    The darn things can last a lifetime.
    Many are onto 2nd and 3rd lifetimes..
    These photos are stunning.
    I know the world is digital, but shooting film is both easy and very rewarding.

  2. Nice work! Love your site as well. I started my career in photography in the European Alps. Miss it…
    And the story of Joe Simpson is incredibly – in a good way -. One of my heroes! Anybody interested: google ‘touching the void’. The movie is great as well.

  3. Very nice indeed. Does everyone on this site have a Leica? I see so many posts from folks shooting with a Leica lately. It seems that many “graduate” to a Leica after years of shooting. I suppose it’s just one of those things once you experience you simply can’t go back. I have yet to ever hold a Leica camera and have a feeling I should stay as far away as possible to stay safe.

  4. Why does everyone keep saying Summarit 28? You would think if you spent that much on a lens, you would know what it is called.

  5. The last one is great, and the lens use is appropriate – to get clouds closer, no, they are even movng over me!

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