I follow your website since about a year and it’s always a pleasure to read your articles, see photos from you and others. Thank you very much for your work which is very inspiring to me.
I live in Switzerland and started photography about three years ago for fun. This summer I made a trip to Kathmandu, Nepal with two friends and famous photographer Matthieu Ricard. I recently purchased a Fuji x-pro 1 and first thought a about only taking this body with the three fujinon lenses: 35mm f1.4, 18mm f2, 60mm f.2.4.
I also have a second-hand Leica M8 with 50mm summicron and 75 summarit for a few years now. I love this camera but didn’t used it so much since my purchase of the Fuji. I first didn’t want to take the two cameras but then decided to do so, in order to be able to continue to take pictures if something happened to one of them.
I honestly didn’t really had any intention of using the Leica since I had that brand new, shiny, fuji xpro 1 with me as well, but as our travel went on, I found myself with the M8 in my hand all the time. I don’t know if it’s the simplicity of use or the handling, but I found myself having much more pleasure and at ease shooting with my M8 even if those two cameras are quite similar in the “external look”.
I mainly got the Fuji out of the bag for low light situations and panoramas, and even if the image quality of the Fuji are simply amazing, to me all the brilliant electronics in it made it almost difficult to use: starting time, EVF or OVF, focus time, starting from sleeping mode etc…
I don’t know but with the Leica, the simplicity of switching it “on” (or simply leave it “on”) lifting the camera to your eyes, focusing, and shooting. That’s it…
Anyway, I love both cameras and will keep on using them both since they are quite complementary depending on where or what you are shooting, but the simplicity of use of the Leica just made my days during this wonderful trip.
1st two X-Pro 1, last two Leica M8