Hi Steve, My name is Anton Candra, I am from Indonesia. (first thing, please excuse my english) I’ve been your blog frequent reader since the day I was interested in Leica ( probably 1.5 years ago ). I was a Nikon D700 user before I switched to M9. I love Leica M9 and so I want to thank you for giving the most valuable info and inspiration about it. THANK YOU. Yesterday I tried to put my feeling towards M9 into writing, and my brother thought that I should send it to you, so here it is:
A little imperfection.
I’ve been shooting M9 for almost 6 months now. As I write this post, I am now officially no longer a DSLR user. I am selling all my Nikon gears to fund some lens. Do I regret my decision? hardly……since the day I hold M9 with my hands, I knew I was in love. I’ve sacrificed many, and yet I feel worth it. Back then, I was so afraid that I would not be able to use manual focus M9. Now….using auto focus DSLR scares me. Funny how life can turn our thoughts upside down.
I am not gonna brag about how great Leica is, how amazing the image quality is….. instead I would say the opposite. No doubt. If I were a journalist I’d use Nikon D700. If I were sport photographer I’d use Nikon D3s, If I were wedding photographer I’d use Canon 5DM2. If I were landscape freak…hell I would use Canon 5DM2. In fact, If I earned my living by shooting, I would certainly use DSLR. But I am not a photographer, I am a workingman who happened to love shooting. I have the luxury to take my time.
I enjoyed when I forgot to remove the lens cap, I enjoyed getting unfocused image, I enjoyed getting imperfect exposure and most importantly, I enjoyed to learn how to fix it, to get better as slowly as I want. Perhaps that’s why I love Leica M9. A little imperfection that makes my life a little bit longer to live, a little bit longer to be perfect, a bit longer to get everything in a right way. When being fast means a shorter joyful process….I’d take a longer route, and wished I would not be there yet because I love my journey. To put in it in one sentence, it would be “My Nikon D700 is the best camera to shoot anything, my Leica M9 is the best camera to live with”.
My flickr account is http://www.flickr.com/photos/visualvineyard/
I attached three images in this email, two were shot by Leica M9 and the other by Nikon D700.
1. Xian Dancer
Leica M9 – Summilux 50mm ASPH (F/3.4, 1/125 secs exposure, ISO 500)
Leica M9 – Summilux 50mm ASPH (F/1.4, 1/15 secs exposure, ISO 1250)
3. Self Portrait
Nikon D700 – 24mm ASF-G F/1.4 ( F/9, 1/15 secs exposure, ISO 500)
Thank you for your time Steve. Keep up the good review and inspiration.