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I always thought that buying a Leica, I would become a much better street photographer. I fantasized about the look of the camera, the lightness and compactness of the camera, and the ease of use.

I imagined myself shooting with a Leica on the romantic streets of Paris, in the foots of Henri Cartier-Bresson. After about a month of owning it, the appeal and novelty wore off— and it started to collect as much dust as my Canon 5D did on the shelf.

I thought that buying the Leica would make me a more confident photographer, because it was less obtrusive, and the camera shutter was more silent. I thought that buying the Leica would help me make better images, because it was quicker and more discrete. Soon after buying the Leica M9, I got the film bug. My good friend Todd gave me his film Leica M6. I fell in love. I never touched the M9 after that. I eventually ended up selling the M9, and trading it for a film Leica MP. I prefer the smaller size — it is easier to carry with me everywhere I go, it is cheaper so less anxiety about losing it , and even less obtrusive.

My suggestion is to just be realistic with yourself. But shooting with a Leica is certainly a different experience than using a DSLR or a traditional camera.

A Leica or rangefinder has fewer functions, fewer menus to deal with, and therefore is more minimalist and less complicated in that sense. With a Leica or rangefinder — the operation is very simple. All you have to do is change the focusing distance, the aperture, shutter-speed, and ISO. And all of these settings are easily accessible, without having to dig through menus.

This is the information I wish I knew if I started shooting with a Leica or rangefinder all over again. Common mistakes when starting off with a Leica To start off, common mistakes that I made, or things to avoid.

This allowed them to have more depth-of-field, so that they were more likely to have an in-focus image. The downside of shooting wide-open at least in street photography is your likelihood of getting an in-focus image is very slim. There are some people who can do it— but why risk it?

Furthermore, I think a truly great street photograph needs both an interesting subject and background. And then you lose context, interest, or depth in your street photograph. If you look at the best street photographs in history, almost all of them have a relatively deep depth-of-field.

You can see the foreground, middle ground, and background. It is good for flattening your perspective, it is nice for portraits, and easier to frame and compose with. I recommend a 35mm lens for most street photographers starting off shooting with a Leica or rangefinder. Apparently I also read that the human eye sees the world from roughly a mm perspective. And I feel that having a 35mm affords you a little more flexibility.

If your back is against the wall, you cannot take a step backwards. But you can always take a step forward. If you become more advanced in street photography, a 28mm is also a good lens.

Yet the problem with a 28mm lens for street photography is that you need to get really close. Furthermore, if you wear glasses like I do you cannot fully see the edges of the frame lines on a 28mm lens assuming your Leica has the default magnification of.

A random tip, if you want to shoot with a 28mm lens and you have glasses try to get a Leica with a. Unfortunately Leicas with a. A good cheap rangefinders to start off with is a Yaschica Electro The Leica M8 is great for shooting black and whites but horrible for color. Also, the Leica M8 and Leica M9 are a bit frustrating to shoot with. Also the LCD screens on these cameras really suck.

And the ISO performance is quite poor. They are slightly smaller in size, which feels better in the hand. But the new Leica M has many benefits. It is much faster to shoot with, more responsive, and has a quieter shutter sound. Whatever you decide to invest in, I recommend renting one or just trying it out. A lot of people fantasize about buying a Leica or rangefinder, only to find out they prefer autofocus.

Now the tricky part— how do you shoot with it? It means you have one less thing to worry about. By putting your camera in aperture-priority mode, your camera will automatically choose the shutter-speed. Because that will default your shutter-speed to something slower. This might mean going up to ISO or even The concept is that you pre-focus to a certain distance 1.

Also the wider your lens, the more of your scene will be in focus, and the more depth you will have. For example, you will have more depth-of-field with a 28mm lens when compared to a 35mm lens. Lastly, the further you focus, the more of your scene will be in focus. For example, when you pre-focus to 5 meters, you will have more depth-of-field when compared to 1. Step 4: Learning to focus by feel Another tip: you want to learn how to focus based on feel.

If you focus your lens to 45 degrees to the right, that is around 3 meters. If you focus your lens to 45 degrees to the left, that is usually. Also another way to learn how to better judge your distances intuitively: sit on the couch, and look at objects in your room. Then see how far it actually is, then learn how much you need to adjust your focusing tab either to the left, center, or the right.

Then with enough of this practice, you will learn how to intuitively focus without even thinking. What you want to do is to see an interesting moment, then pre-focus your lens to the rough distance, and then bring up your camera to your eye and just click. Essentially you want to turn your Leica or rangefinder into a glorified point-and-shoot camera.

The ultimate goal in street photography is for your camera to become invisible — and to take photos without even thinking about the technical settings. The camera becomes an extension of your body, and you just click intuitively. Stand on the far end of the curb, and see how long the distance is to a storefront on the other side. Usually it is around 2 meters. Then you know that half the distance of a sidewalk is 1 meter.

So you can pre-focus when you see certain subjects walking towards you at certain distances. Also the lens is very sharp apparently it is modeled after an older 35mm Leica lens design. The biggest benefit of this lens is that it also has a focusing-tab, which is more ergonomic to shoot with on the streets. If you want a wider lens, a 28mm lens is also solid.

You can also find other 28mm Voigtlander lenses on the market which I heard are also very good. This is the lens that I currently use. Also know that there are a plethora of Leica M-Mount lenses that you can use from other brands like Zeiss and many others. Why Leica? However I feel that out of all the cameras out there, the two cameras which have the best design, heritage, and simplicity include the Leica rangefinder, and the Ricoh GR camera.

Both cameras have existed for several decades without significant changes— because they just work. Of course there are tons of other great rangefinders out there — especially film ones.

I have friends who have the Bessa, who love it. So I think it is just easier to get the most affordable Leica within your budget. At the moment there are no other digital rangefinders on the market except the Epson RD-series cameras, which are no longer being made new besides the digital Leica M. Even though the digital Leica is expensive and out of reach for most photographers, I still admire Leica as a company to continue innovating with their rangefinders, and committing themselves to photography.

Shooting with a Leica and flash I am a huge fan of shooting with a Leica and flash — my flash of choice is the Leica SF 20 fully-manual. It is simple, minimalist, and the controls are easy to use. One less thing to worry about.

In terms of the power of the flash, I adjust it so the flash distance is 1. Or just use any 35mm M-mount lens that you find which is affordable. Digital Leicas are obviously much more expensive. But if you do have some cash in the bank, and are comfortable financially— invest in a Leica.

This way you can probably re-sell it for almost as much as you bought it for. Because they are all relatively new cameras, and any new body style will get outdated or made redundant pretty soon. For example, the Leica Q because the body and lens are connected will probably be outdated in about 3 years of use. With the Leica M, you can at least salvage the lens which you can use for your entire life , and upgrade the body. But with the Leica Q, you are essentially stuck with a non-upgradeable camera, which will lose massive amounts of value into the future.

It is like having a really expensive iPhone — and who owns an iPhone longer than years?



I always thought that buying a Leica, I would become a much better street photographer. I fantasized about the look of the camera, the lightness and compactness of the camera, and the ease of use. I imagined myself shooting with a Leica on the romantic streets of Paris, in the foots of Henri Cartier-Bresson. After about a month of owning it, the appeal and novelty wore off— and it started to collect as much dust as my Canon 5D did on the shelf.


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