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5 frames with a Leica M2 & 35mm Summicron – by Maximilian Selim

December 28, 2017

I knew I was in trouble as soon as I saw the Leica M2 and 35mm Summicron in the store window. “Shoot few rolls. If no like bring it back for full refund” the shop owner said with a thick Austrian accent. We both knew I was never coming back.

Strangely though, this purchase alleviated my gear acquisition syndrome. There’s a beauty to the simplicity of the Leica system, surely familiar to the readers of the website. And somehow that simplicity stripped away my desires for cameras, lenses and filters. A reminder that photography, as a concept, is actually simple.

Anyone who has ever considered purchasing a Leica lens is probably aware of the rabbit hole of forums one can fall down deciding which version of the lens to buy–anguishing for hours over which surely imperceptible but essential characteristics result from the minor build differences. This is the loved and hated Summicron 35 v4. After a few years of shooting through this glass I would say I’m happy with it. It’s certainly imperfect–soft when opened up and sharply distorted when closed. But if you’re after the oft-used Leica adjective (creamy, dreamy, glow, etc), the imperfections of the 35 ‘cron seems to be what your after.

These five frames are taken mostly over one night in Seoul, South Korea. I don’t keep a log of settings but the film is Portra 400 and I’d guess the lens is opened up at f2 or 2.8 with the shutter around 60-125. The small size of the kit make it a perfect travel companion and somehow the “look” does justice to my memory of the city.

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  • Reply
    Karl Valentin
    May 9, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Perfect combo for streets and travel !
    Dont listen to forums and people who use it
    this experience I made myself too……

  • Reply
    April 17, 2019 at 4:11 am

    I noticed that there is a black holder nears your thumb on M2. May I know what it is and how it functions on M2? Thank you.

  • Reply
    Ebonee A.
    September 2, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    A Leica camera will surely help alleviate the GAS syndrome. Something about the quality and feel of a Leica system is very simplistic and satisfying! Since owning a Leica M5, I find myself enjoying shooting more often.

  • Reply
    Giles Barratt
    July 6, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    Perfect , you have the perfect set up there

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