I’m an avid reader of your website. I love your reviews and especially have found some pretty great photographers through the daily inspiration posts that you feature. I thought I would try it out for myself.
I recently took a trip to New York City for a wedding and while it was great and fun to see people get married, my real excitement was to walk the streets and spend endless time shooting photos. I brought 3 cameras to shoot with for this trip: A Leica M9 and M7, as well as a Hasselblad 501cm. Digital, 35mm, & Medium format, all I would ever need! I packed up everything into my Tenba Metro II shoulder pack and carried it all with me everywhere I went, with ease.
On the Leica’s I shot with a Nokton 35mm f1.4 (A lens I love on the M9, but hate on the M7) and a Zeiss 50mm f1.5 Sonnar, a lens which I adore on either camera. I taped up the red dot and logo on each so that I could be as inconspicuous as possible and pretty much spent 3 days walking the streets of NYC shooting non-stop. While the Zeiss and Nokton suit me fine, I would love to one day own some Leica glass. I made the mistake to test out a Summilux 50 ASPH while walking through B&H and oh man, that lens takes some gorgeous pictures, hopefully one day I can afford it!
I have to say there really is something about walking around with a Leica, I love shooting with it. I may not hit every single shot (sometimes you just can’t shoot away with it if you like to shoot wide open) but it really trains you, in failure, to be a better photographer. The M9 is especially special to me for one reason alone: I’ve never owned a digital camera that gives me the same satisfaction as shooting film. I think it’s because you have to work at taking photos with it, it doesn’t just do it for you. That makes every photo more special.
Well anyways, keep up the good work, can’t wait to see what happens May 10th! Hope you like these photos! Hope you don’t mind I uploaded 5 instead of 3. If you need to narrow it down should this be posted just pick your favorites!
All of these photos are from the M9. shots from the M7 and Hasselblad you can see on my Flickr site: