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Founder / Story

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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Matt Osborne

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Leica EVF-2 vs Olympus VF-2 (Why you should buy one!)

Leica EVF-2 vs Olympus VF-2 (Why you should buy one!)

Yes when comparing the Leica EVF-2 vs Olympus VF-2 I realise I am around 5 years late to this topic. Better late than never I say and it is just as relevant now as it was back then. In this review I look at the benefits an EVF (electronic viewfinder) will give you if you use a Leica M240 camera. *If you now use a Leica M10 camera this video still applies but you will need the specific Leica Visoflex “Typ 020” version instead.

Leica EVF - Olympus VF-2
Olympus VF-2 on my Leica M240 camera

Electronic viewfinder for your Leica M240 camera

When it comes to getting an Leica M240 EVF there are two options –

  • Leica EVF-2
  • Olympus VF-2

Both units are said to be identical and as I read it both EVF are many by Epson. It just depends what name you want on the front.

EVF Prices

The Leica EVF-2 and Olympus VF-2 are both still available new on Amazon or used on eBay. I bought my Olympus VF-2 EVF on eBay used to get a great price.

Here are some links if you are looking to buy one –

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7 Benefits of having an EVF on your digital Leica M

*This holds true whether it is the mentioned Leica M240 EVF options or the Leica Visoflex Typ 020 for the Leica M10.

  1. Focus non-rangefinder coupled lenses on your M camera. This could be the amazing Leica R lenses or any third party lens such as those made by Nikon, Canon, Minolta etc. You just need the correct adapter to mount theses lenses to Leica M.
  2. Accurately focus “non-calibrated” rangefinder lenses on your M camera. A good example of this is some Soviet and Russian rangefinder lenses do not focus accurately on a Leica M body via the RF but are fine with the EVF.
  3. Use rangefinder coupled lenses on your M camera at distances closer than 0.7m. Some lenses made by Zeiss and Voigtlander for example can focus as close as 0.5m if you use the EVF. (With the optical rangefinder they only focus to 0.7m).
  4. Compose wide angle lenses via the EVF when the lens is wider than the 28mm frameline. Common examples might be a 15mm or 21mm lens. These both normally require an additional external hotshoe optical viewfinder to compose.
  5. Focus long lenses easily using an EVF on your M camera. If you use a 135mm lens for example it is much easier to focus with an EVF. The 135mm frameline is very small in the camera viewfinder window so composition and focusing can be less accurate.
  6. Focus fast lenses easier and more accurately. Lenses like the Leica Noctilux 50mm f1, 75mm APO and 90 f2 are all easier to critically focus with an EVF as you can zoom in to focus.
  7. For anyone that focuses their Leica M lenses via the LCD normally, the EVF can also help. In bright conditions it is much easier to see the image via the EVF than on the LCD itself.

Leica EVF cameras

Another option is to just buy a digital Leica mirrorless camera. These cameras offer the same EVF benefits as those listed above plus many more on top. Two great examples are the –

YouTube: Why you need an EVF for your Leica M!

Photos taken with the Olympus VF-2 on the M240

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Leica M240 + Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 ASPH
Olympus VF-2 on Leica M240

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Leica SL Portraits + YouTube Review

Leica SL Portraits (Black & White) + YouTube Video Review

Here I share my Leica SL portraits using a Voigtlander M mount lens (not the autofocus Leica SL lenses). The article also includes my YouTube Leica SL review view (comparing the SL to the Leica M240 and Leica CL) + my first impressions!

Leica SL Portrait

Leica SL with M lenses – Portraits

So in this short post I share photos taken with the digital Leica SL camera. (As seen on YouTube! – linked below). My interest was to test the SL with a manual focus M mount lens, in this instance made by Voigtlander, but I use Leica M lenses too. The autofocus Leica SL lenses designed for this camera system are said to be fantastic but I wanted a smaller setup and using M lenses.

Leica SL Portraits

The Leica SL camera “Test”

So I shot the Leica SL against my digital Leica M240 and crop sensor Leica CL to see how it performed. You can see images from all 3 cameras on YouTube but here I concentrate on those taken with the SL only. For this shootout all 3 cameras were set to ISO 200, daylight white balance and shot in RAW mode. All photos with all cameras were taken with the manual focus Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii lens M lens (Review to that lens also linked below). **You will need a Leica M-L adapter to mount M mount lenses onto the Leica SL camera. The Leica CL also has the same L mount so I used my existing Leica M adapter L.

Leica SL Fashion

Why use a Voigtlander lens not a Leica lens?

Being fortunuate enough to own both Leica lenses and Voigtlander lenses you might find it strange that I chose Voigtlander for this test. If you dig a little deeper you while find that the Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 lens offers something that no Leica M mount lens offers. It focuses at 0.5m close focus. (This is not possible with Leica M rangefinder cameras as the coupled rangefinder only focuses down to 0.7m*). One of the main reason for testing the Leica SL is that it can focus closer than 0.7m. So to make use of this aspect many of the photos are shot at less than 0.7m with the amazing Voigtlander Nokton 35mm 1.2 II.

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Leica SL Photos with Voigtlander 35mm f1.2

So to confirm all images in this post were shot with the Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii at f1.2 (**With the exception of some of the close up glasses photo portraits which were taken with a Nikkor 28mm f2.8 AI lens.. yes a topic for another day!)

Leica SL Portraits – Gallery

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MrLeica Leica SL Preset for Lightroom

All the images shared in the post were Leica SL RAW files converted to JPEG, reduced size in Lightroom, with my Leica SL B&W Lightroom preset applied. The Leica SL black and white preset is designed to give me images which have that classic Leica look and are influenced by my B&W film photography scans from the Leica M3 and so on. Modern digital sensors cannot replicate film so this is not trying to emulate film but hopefully it gives the images more of the “organic look” that I love.

Leica SL Images – Before and After Preset

To help illustrate the effect of the Leica SL preset here are a series of screenshots from Lightroom showing before and after. On the left is the unedited RAW file, on the right is the final images (*Pre any retouching in Photoshop).

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Leica SL LR Preset – Now available to download!

This Leica SL LR preset (B&W) is now available to download from the MrLeica Shop for the usual price of £4.99. If I buy a Leica SL camera in the future I will look to make multiple presets available as I do for the Leica CL, Leica M8 and Leica M240.

YouTube: Leica SL First Impressions!

To see more about the Leica SL camera and also the images shot with the Leica CL and Leica M240 (with this model – the lovely Hannah), check out the full video on YouTube:

Additional MrLeica Custom Leica Lightroom Presets:

Thanks to Leica UK

A special thanks to Leica UK and the awesome guys at the Leica Mayfair store on Duke Street, London. They kindly loaned me the Leica SL camera to test.

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Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii Review

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What is Patreon?

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How will I use Patreon?

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Patreon-only Content

This includes the following and more will be added going forward (*subject to change)

  • Monthly Q&A session with me – Ask me all you want to know!
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  • Camera and/or lens of the week (what I’m using right now)
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Sign up today for a free MrLeica Preset!

To kick things off if you sign up to Patreon before the end of July 2020 I will send you a free MrLeica FilmInspired preset that is suitable for any camera! (Available in the MrLeica blog shop at £4.99)

Free Lightroom Preset!

The Lightroom preset is designed for use with any camera (not just Leica cameras!) and to prove it here is the preset applied to a Canon 5D MkIII DSLR camera photo! Original RAW file (left) + same file with MrLeica “FilmInspired” LR preset applied (right).

(Taken during a remote shoot with the models camera*)

Similar photo full res and retouched for posting –

Canon 5D MkIII + MrLeica Preset :)

YouTube and the Blog?

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Thanks

Thanks and I hope to see you on Patreon soon! 🙂

Matt

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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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