I know, I know, more digital – well, there’s more coming too – I’m a good way through my Leica M8 review so that shall be with you soon enough. It’s a good job really, as I’ve recently sold it and replaced it with a Leica M9.
I’ve only had it a couple of days with the M9, but am already getting the sorts of results I hoped I would. For a good while, my life has been revolving around the Zeiss 50mm ZM Sonnar. I am pretty much obsessed with this lens, and am really only happy when I am shooting with it. This was one of he major motivations for getting myself a digital Leica in the M8. I can mount it on the Sonys I use for work – but it’s not the same experience in use.
The problem with the M8 is that the 50mm becomes 65mm equivalent, which is nice for some things, but less nice for the more atmospheric portraits I like taking with it. This is probably my main motivation for deciding to switch to the M9 from the M8. I enjoy a bit of digital now and then – especially for family snaps… and for family snaps I want to shoot with my favourite lens.
Anyway, I shall go into this more in the M8 review – in the meanwhile though, I thought I’d share a few early shots from the M9 with the Sonnar. To say the combo is everything I could have hoped for would be an understatement. This lens just sings with this camera.
I still have a fair amount of the learning curve in terms of getting the most out of the M9 – the colours are very different to what I am used to out of the Sony, but subjectively nicer I think. Like with the M8, there is still some IR creeping in there – I am almost certain of it; lips seems to go a bit magenta in artificial light for eg. And I’m not sure the colours are really accurate either, but I really like the look.
My first evening with it:
This afternoon, visiting a client form some of their awesome coffee – Method Coffee Roasters
And a few snaps when I got home this evening
A few more here if you are really interested…