The Leica M Edition 60 is possibly one of most enigmatic cameras Leica have built, certainly digital cameras. In fact, it’s possibly one of the most unusual digital cameras built by any brand. It even raises an eyebrow from folks who haven’t the first clue about cameras. The idea of a digital camera without a screen on the back is just too much for some people to fathom; clearly the Apple QuickTake is a long forgotten technology. Of course to some folks, perhaps more in the know about cameras, it’s a unique and rather unusual piece of equipment that manages to offer a film-camera-like user experience with a digital end result. But, is the experience film-camera-like enough to please a film photography fanatic like me? Is there anything more to it than a facsimile of a film camera? And actually, is a digital camera without a screen really that unusual a proposition?
When I got the Yashica I planned to take it out for a few days shoot it and then send it immediately to the next host. As you could guess this did not happen.
I’m going on holiday soon, I’m looking forward to it. In anticipation I am planning what gear to take in the the holiday kit bag. I don’t get to go on holiday that often, but since I have been writing this blog I’ve made a bit of a habit of documenting my trips with posts about my experiences with various cameras and other gear when visiting the various places me and my little family go. This time round, I though I would prefix those posts with a short intro to the kit I’m taking.
I realised something today that made me smile. This Leica M edition 60 with its matching 35mm Summilux is the first digital Leica M I’ve spent any time with. I’ve snapped with them before, but only in shops or with cameras belonging to mates etc. This £12,000 combo, is my first real experience of note with a digital Leica… I’m not sure if this is a baptism of fire, or considering the familiarity of its lack of controls, the exact opposite…?
The Contax T3 is a camera I thought about buying many times before I put my money down. It’s the camera I thought about buying after I felt I achieved so much with the Yashica T5. It’s the camera that I thought about before I bought the Contax T2, but couldn’t afford. It’s also the camera I’ve been trying to avoid buying through trying to find the perfect inexpensive 35mm lens compact camera. The likes of the Olympus mju-ii and Pentax Espio Mini are cameras that come very close to being the absolute ideal carry everywhere camera for snaps, but for their own unique reasons ultimately they fall short of perfect. So now I’ve eventually bitten the bullet and forked out for a Contax T3, the question is, does even it scratch the itch I hoped it might?
I’ve recently bought myself a Leica 90mm Elmarit-M. Partly to give me a 90mm focal length with modern glass for my Sony A7s/r at work. But also, I’d started feeling like I wanted something a little more modern in its rendering than the 90mm Elmar I’d had before.
It’s not as thought the elmar is a bad lens, in fact for the £58 it cost me, it was a remarkable bit of kit. I’ve just found myself appreciating a lens with slightly better coatings lately. A little less veiling flare, and a bit more “pop” has been where I’ve been finding happiness in my photos.