Hi Steve I’ve been reading your site for almost 3 years since I got my M9 and I always enjoy your real world reviews and the posts by your readers – a great blend of passion for photography and gearhead geekery (without the overly highbrow stuff!). We are truly in a golden age of photographic kit!
Most of my photography for these 3 years has been street based and although I’ve accumulated many M-fit lenses over the years much of my time is spent using the classic combination of M9 plus 35 cron, such a portable combination I can keep it in my bag at all times. Being London based I have a fantastic time hunting down my pics in this amazing city, you can see my stuff here https://www.facebook.com/steve.richards.733
However, the reason for this post is that I’ve just had a play with the new M at Leica Mayfair and it’s a great camera – as well as the usual Leica RF “standard” focal length joy, the Live view and EVF will encourage a lot more M users to experiment with ultra-wide and tele lenses (The EVF is really good, much better than I expected).
Before we all get carried away with the capabilities of the new camera I thought I show what can be done with a good old M9, Voigtlander 12mm f5.6 and 12mm optical viewfinder! The metal/glass CV OVF is a quality piece and is really accurate for framing, the set up really rewards being held level to the horizon to limit distortion. Looking back at these shots, I now feel the subjects probably tempted me to slightly overdo the SEP II manipulation…
Put one of these on your M9 and you’ll see the world very differently!