NEW VIDEO: Updates, and why I paid $7000 for a Leica M ; )

NEW VIDEO: Updates, and why I paid $7000 for a Leica M ; )

New video to get back into the swing of things! Shot with a Sony A7RIII and Zeiss 18mm f/2.8 Batis. (LOVE this combo)!


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  1. Oh my you had me at “Just open up this flap….” On the Leica leather case. And my favorite thing about this video besides you commentary is that shirt, Steve. What a killer blue and white polka dot shirt. Def. upping your swag game!

  2. I guess the Meyer Optiks Triplan 100 is not coupled because it would be very hard to focus and frame through the rangefinder and most people would use the EVF anyway. I really liked the pictures in your article from last year on this lens and some more investigation made me decide to order one. I have been looking for a good portrait lens for my M for a while, and since the noctilux 75mm is out my budget range, I’m gonna give the triplan a try. I’m one of those people who is looking for character rather than sharpness and this lens seems to have plenty of character. Waiting for the lens now and hopefully I made a good decision. Would love to see an article from you on how it performs on the M (with the Visoflex20). Thanks for the website.

  3. Hey Steve….thanks for the “update”. I TOTALLY understand the Leica fixation! I can not and will not ever get rid of my M9 for the same very reasons you state in your video. I also shoot the Sony A7R3, and I gotta say, there isn’t a better combination shooting with both the Leica M9 and the Sony. When I get back to my studio, I always like the photos from the M9 better, and can’t really put my finger on the exact reason why…I guess it is that Leica “magic” !!

  4. Hi Steve,

    Another great video about the Leica M system. I feel the same way about it. I myself have digital and film bodies.

    I want to ask about the leather strap shown attached to the M10 in that video. It looks so soft and detachable. Can you tell me what it is?


  5. Steve, as a former M240 owner who gave it up because of poor eyesight (getting older is no fun), I’d appreciate a video or article on how you chose the diopter and how you use it.

  6. Hi Steve,
    love and share your passion for Leica, even if i can´t afford one. It surprises me that the Meyer Optics cannot be used with a rangefinder. On their site Meyer Optics offers the lens in many different mounts, amongst others in the Fuji X-Mount what is interesting for me. When you test the lens i hope you keep an eye on the interesting bokeh when in comes to small light sources in the background. Meyer Optics has some great samples on their website (of course) so i´d like to read your opinion about this lens.
    So keep on your excellent work and don’t loose your inspiring style in your articles.

  7. People simply don’t understand it, They keep talking about money or what the Leica can or can not do, they miss the crucial point (you where talking about) and that is the feeling ,the joy one gets from just holding this camera taking photos,focusing,as if one is still shooting an old film camera. A camera that unlike all other cameras forces you to think, understand photography , know what you can or can not do with it, Moving objects , sport are not the strong side of this camera, so it needs planning, I sympathize with Steve as I feel exactly the same
    Many Leica haters will probably laugh at me but when I read Steve’s articles or whatch his short films I know we share the same feeling. This is what Leica M makes to you.I don’t feel the same about the SL, Q etc. Just the M .

  8. Steve- I don’t get it…I thought you were in love with the Hasselblad X1D and it’s been less than a year since you got it. Are you already over it going back to the M10? Was the hassey just too big?

    • Not at all. I still have the Hasselblad. I love it and use it in my lowest of light scenarios and am making amazing prints with it. It compliments the M perfectly.

      • Isnt the M with more DOF at same f-stop and 2-stop faster lenses better suited for low light? I also own x1d and M and finde medium format excells at good light and the M is a great system which can benefit from fast lenses in low (and also bright) light ??

  9. You’ll keep it until the M11 comes out at the very least anyway. Just kidding Steve. Has Leica improved the reliability of the rangefinder calibration in the M10 (vs older digital M’s) or do you anticipate having to get it calibrated often? Thank you!

    • Well, I do not see an M11 coming for 5 years. But who knows. This M10 seems to focus perfectly for me so far but I am sure it will eventually fade out of alignment. Even if by a hair it can effect focusing.

        • I have had it happen with my M8 many times, my M9 3 times, the M240 far not yet with the 10. It happens. If you ever notice your focus not pin sharp even wide open, it can be slightly off. I have seen my lenses go from bitingly sharp wide open to losing some of that luster and sharpness. That is when it is slightly off. When it goes way off, it is unusable. Many use M’s that are slightly off and never realize it.

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