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Interested in film cameras or specifically Leica?  Perhaps you are looking for product reviews or just a source of photography inspiration.

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“I enjoy using old film cameras but I do my research before buying.  Here I share the answers to the questions I had to save you searching the internet”.

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MrLeica.com started in March 2013 after Flickr followers asked for my thoughts 

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I’m a self taught photographer with around 10 years experience of photographing portraits, models and weddings.  After my first 3 years I was teaching photography to fellow professionals in the UK and overseas and after 4 years I bought my first Leica camera.  As a child my Grandfather inspired me to draw and taught me to paint with watercolours.  As a teenager I taught myself very fine detail acrylic painting but went on to study science (and later finance) rather than the arts.

Photography came to me later after an ex girlfriend kindly bought me a camera one Christmas.  I was immediately hooked and 3 months later a bought a better camera and then another.  My inquisitive data driven mindset and tendancy to document things inspired me to start this blog as a personal project.  When reading about photography and researching new cameras I find it is the perfect place to record everything I learn and I can share it with others.

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Mr Leica Photographer Blog

Coventry UK studio based portrait and wedding photographer using digital Leica cameras and a wide range of film cameras.  Analogue cameras include 35mm, medium format and large format and film developing is done in house.  Cameras, lenses and films are tested during model photography photo shoots both in the UK and overseas.  Blog reviews include a combination of technical detail, example images and side by side comparisons.

Before starting MrLeica.com I used to write technical articles for UK photography magazines.  As I continue to collect and test cameras and photography equipment I now share the information here.  I hope you find the content as enjoyable to read as it is to document.

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Leica M9 Review: 2020 Revisited + Sample Photos

Leica M9 Review: 2020 Revisited + Sample Photos

Here I share my latest YouTube video – the Leica M9 review: 2020 revisted. I consider 10 points as to whether the 11 year old digital Leica M9 is still a viable option today. The M9 is the most affordable full frame digital Leica M camera and also the first full frame digital M, released in 2009. It has the amazing Kodak CCD sensor and the filmic look that comes with it.

YouTube: Leica M9 Revisited in 2020 + Sample Photos

Leica M9 blog posts

For more sample photos with the Leica M9 please click the links below:

Digital Leica CL Review: in 2020 + Sample Images

Digital Leica CL Review: in 2020 + Sample Images

Here I share my latest YouTube video – the Leica CL in 2020. I consider 10 points as to whether the Leica CL APS-C crop sensor camera is a viable alternative to a full frame Leica camera. The CL one of the most affordable Leica cameras and I was surprised to enjoy it more than my Leica M240. After nearly 2 years of using the Leica CL as my main digital camera I share my experiences and thoughts. I compare the CL to the Leica Q, Leica SL, Leica TL, Leica M240 and Leica M10 (Leica M cameras especially).

YouTube: Leica CL Review: in 2020

More of my Leica CL (digital) posts

For sample photos with the Leica CL mirrorless camera please click the links below:

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Leica M8 in 2020 + Sample Photos

Leica M8 in 2020 + Sample Photos

Here I share my latest YouTube video – the Leica M8 in 2020. I consider 10 points as to whether the near ‘vintage’ digital Leica M8 is still a viable option today. The M8 is the most affordable digital Leica M camera and also the first digital M, released in 2006. It has a 1.33x crop CCD sensor and a jaw dropping 10MP!

YouTube: Leica M8 in 2020

More of my Leica M8 posts

For sample photos with the Leica M8 please click the links below:

Canon LTM Lenses for Leica Cameras

Canon LTM Lenses for Leica Cameras

This post and embedded YouTube video introduces the concept of using vintage Canon LTM lenses on Leica cameras. The video includes the Canon 50mm f1.8 LTM, Canon 35mm f1.8 LTM, Canon 28mm f2.8 LTM and Canon 50mm f1.4 LTM. Leica cameras featured iinclude a vintage Leica iiia, Leica M3, Leica M6 and Leica CL mirrorless camera. The video explains what lens adapters you need to mount LTM lenses on a Leica M camera. You can also mount LTM lenses on Sony, Fuji and Micro 4/3 cameras. I use the LTM lenses on my Lumix GH5 M4/3 camera.

YouTube: Vintage Canon LTM Lenses on Leica Cameras

LTM Cameras

My appreciation of LTM cameras started when I bought my 1930s Leica iiia. Other examples of cameras which I own with the Leica screw mount include Leica iiig , FED2, Zorki C and Nicca iiis. There is also the more modern Voigtlander Bessa L with the same LTM mount.

Leica Thread Mount (“LTM” Mount)

For those that are not aware of the term LTM it stands for Leica Thread Mount. To confuse thinks further it is also called Leica screw mount, L39 mount and in terms of screw thread diameter M39 mount too.

Vintage Canon LTM lenses

The vintage Canon LTM lenses date back from the 1950s where the cameras they were designed for had the LTM mount. At that time many cameras used the same mount and not only Leica despite the LTM name. These means there were many lenses made with the Leica screw thread design. Canon LTM glass is among some of the best from that period. The sharpness of some Japanese lenses from the 1950s out performed some Leica lenses of that era. The Canon 50 f1.8 LTM is much sharpen than my Leica Summitar 5cm f2 LTM for example (wide open).

What Canon LTM lenses I use

  • Canon 50mm f1.8 LTM
  • Canon 35mm f1.8 LTM
  • Canon 28mm f2.8 LTM
  • Canon 50mm f1.4 LTM

Canon 50mm LTM Portraits

Canon 50mm f1.4 LTM
Potsdam 100 Portrait
Ilford Pan 400 Portrait
Canon 50mm f1.8 LTM
35mm Potsdam 100 Portrait
Ilford Pan 400 Portrait
Leica + Canon LTM Portrait

LTM lens adapters (LTM to Leica M adapter + Others)

Part of the Canon LTM lens video explains what LTM lens adapter you need to mount a LTM lens on a Leica M camera body. You need to be careful to buy the correct adapter for the lens focal length you will use. The adapter for a 35mm LTM lens is different to the adapter needed for a 50mm LTM lens. This is because these vintage LTM lenses do no trigger frame lines in a Leica M camera. You need to buy the respective LTM adapter to activate the framelines you want to see in the Leica M viewfinder. These LTM adapters normally give a pair of framelines.

There are 3 LTM adapter versions available:
  • 28mm/ 90mm framelines
  • 35mm/ 135mm framelines
  • 50mm/ 75mm framelines

Amazon lens adapter links

LTM-M adapter: (US) https://amzn.to/35v7ceN / UK) https://amzn.to/2SAdFjt

LTM lenses on Sony, Fuji, Micro 4/3

You can also mount LTM lenses on Sony, Fuji and Micro 4/3 cameras (via an adapter). The video features the LTM adapter I use to mount Canon LTM lenses on my Lumix GH5 M4/3 camera. Some of my previous YouTube videos were recorded with the Canon 50mm f1.4 LTM.

YouTube: Vintage Canon LTM Lenses on Leica

Smallest Leica M Mount Lenses – 21mm, 35mm, 40mm, 50mm, 90mm)

Smallest Leica M Mount Lenses – 21mm, 35mm, 40mm, 50mm, 90mm)

YouTube video showing the smallest Leica M mount lenses available when compared to normal size lenses. For each focal length 21mm, 35mm, 40mm, 50mm and 90mm I do a hands on side by side comparison.

YouTube: Smallest Leica M Mount Lenses

Lens Comparison – By Focal Length

So for each of the five focal lengths I picked the smallest Leica M mount lens in that FL + another lens to compare size.

21mm Leica M mount lens size review

35mm Leica M mount lens size review

40mm Leica M mount lens size review

50mm Leica M mount lens size review

90mm Leica M mount lens size review

Smallest Leica M Mount Camera

For small Leica M mount lenses you also want a smaller Leica M mount camera!

Perfect Leica Travel Camera

For me the Leica CL film camera combined with a trio of small lenses offers the perfect Leica travel camera kit.

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