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Wednesday, 16 February 2022


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One of the things that online reviewers talk about a lot is the size of the grips on cameras. They're either always too big or too small, it seems. How do people manage to hold Leicas?

[To be honest it did seem a little weird to go back to it. It's been a long time since I've spent much time with a Leica M. --Mike]

This doesn’t seem wise.

Robert Roaldi, Leica used to make a grip for the film M cameras, and later, a thicker one for the digital M cameras. A friend used to use one in the old film days, and I tried it out, but never cared for it.

Jeff Melody has a short report with a few pictures at his website.


When I would use my M6, I instinctively used to rest my right thumb against the film wind lever. The Digital M cameras don't have a film wind lever, of course, so Leica came up with a $300 part for that.

Another limited. From the reporter's tool to a rich man's jewelry. How the mighty have fallen.

That's a beauty!

Mike, nice well done photo. What camera and lens did you use?

[You like that? Very high-tech camera called an "Apfel." --Mike]

The swivel snap on that wrist leash reminds me of cameras I have scared in just seconds with such a device. If the rubbing on the top plate just above the attachment point wasn’t bad enough the tendency of the nub that opens the clip catching on the top plate and opening the snap is a nightmare scenario too.
Not as bad as the 72mm lens cap from hell that Nikon used to put on high end lenses that could be used as a metal file in an emergency or simply by accident, but still not something I would want on a borrowed camera worth tens of thousands of dollars.

Truth be told, it never actually showed... the actual camera- just a photo of an overly taped and packaged parcel ready to be shipped at moment's notice! Should've checked seller and country of origin, but was already laughing too hard to click Buy Now.

I have always liked and enjoyed the listing of cameras displayed by a poster in the forums on the PhoTrio web-site.

baachitraka lists his or her cameras as:
OM-1n: Do I need to own a Leica?
Rolleicord Va: Humble.
Holga 120GFN: Amazingly simple yet it produces outstanding negatives to print.

Not a huge Leica fan but this one is beautiful. Still, I look at more photographs than I take nowadays so I'm not going to get too disappointed by the fact that I will never own one.

And if you're looking for the ultimate 35 lens for your Reporter then look no further… https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/284152183021

I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy my very nonspecial edition M 240 (I didn't want one that held value like that because I needed one that had come down in cost to where _I_ could take an inheritance and some savings and get it. My EDC bag still has over $5k invested in its contents and nothing but the Luigi leather half case was bought new O_O)

Oh, thankfully, there are 3rd party thumb rests out there too. It really makes the camera much more pleasant to hold with it on. The only time I take it off is to put in the Olympus VF2 electronic finder for my 21/4. Yes, Olympus. The much more insanely expensive Leica branded EVF is simply the VF2 in Leica cloths.

Be that as it may, I find myself enjoying everything from my 21/4 to a 135/3.5 and lots of 50's in between ;)

Overpriced Veblen goods but if they do what you like, they're worth every penny. For me, to wander around shooting landscapes with a digital rangefinder and a beautiful old Nikkor 50/2 is as good as photography gets. All I need is a couple of more different 50s - a Summitar and a 7Artisans 1.1 Zunow clone for example.

When you said a a combat photographer was using a Leica, the image of someone taking a M series into combat seemed pretty odd.

But Gabriele Micalizzi had an SL and a Q, slightly eccentric but they seem somewhat sensible. Overkill in terms of cost, but the reputation for being "sturdy" makes them a reasonable choice. The cliche "bulletproof" comes to mind. But I won't go there.

And from a business standpoint picking an M series rather than the cameras he used makes sense. Collectors like M series. Leica and other high end companies, Ferrari and Aston Martin come to mind, have an interesting "problem" shared with artists that their older pieces are worth more in the collector market than their current products.

So I don't criticize Leica for it's collector editions, it helps them stay in business to produce stuff that regular photographers might like. I find the CL tempting, but a full frame version or an interchangeable lens Q might make me pull out the credit card.

The problem with Leica M is, at least for me, that I could not reasonably afford one until I was in my late 30s. Then when I finally did get one, and couple of lenses, I only got less than 10 years of use out of it before my eyesight started to change so I cannot use the viewfinder anymore. It just doesn’t work for me with glasses on. I can only see the 75mm or longer framelines. I could get the screw in correction lenses for the eyepiece, but I would have needed a few of them as year by year the power became stronger. Much easier to adjust the little wheel next to a modern camera’s viewfinder.

If I borrowed a $10,000 camera and a $5000 lens, the first thing that would happen would be me dropping it, probably on concrete.
Not on purpose of course, unless something very weird is going on up there that I don't know about.

"...There I was, hanging around the bar of the Hilton Inter-Continental in Kyiv, trying to figure out a way to get to the front. I'd already called all the 'fixers' I knew, without any luck. Paolo from Reuters had turned me on to a guy who said he could take me to anywhere I wanted... but the price was my Leica M10-P Reporter. But where would I get another one in Ukraine, right now? And he wasn't interested in my Canon gear, so no way..."

I had one. Didn’t like the camouflage scheme much. I put it down somewhere and now I can’t find it.

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