The Leica M3 and SL in Tokyo, Analog and Digital
by Michael Hood
Last July I spent three weeks in the metropolis of Tokyo, Japan. I walked the streets for hours each day looking for interesting people, places and details. I created a series “Lotus Pond” and published them on my site at:
A short video can be seen here:
I am like many others here (and Steve!), a huge fan of Leica Cameras and I was very lucky to use the Leica SL and M3 with three lenses. I took the Summilux 50, Summicron 90 and 28. My usual setup is just the M3 with B&W film and a 50mm lens so this was pretty luxurious. The SL has grown on me after my early worries it was not for me, and I now really enjoy using it for a few reasons. It allows one to get a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) sharp focus very quickly with a 90mm at f2 and that lens is amazing. The ergonomics and build quality are so good and enjoyable to use and it just works well. The image quality and especially the colours are so nice
My M3 rangefinder is irreplaceable and quite a different experience to the digital SL. It is certainly the more pure photographic experience if you ask me and the images from the two systems that I made are quite different. I personally enjoy both the high resolution, full colour digital as well as the grainy, moody film aesthetic. Different tools to achieve a desired look. However, getting a successful shot with film is definitely more satisfying.
Many thanks to Steve Huff and team!
Images from the Leica M3…
And now images from the Leica SL…