Leica M9 – My First Impressions (Part 2) – Leica M9 as a Creative Tool
My last post – Leica M9 For Model Photography tested the Leica M9 in my normal field of work. Yesterday I got some down time with the Leica M9 so wanted to give my first impressions for the Leica M9 as a Creative Tool.
Here is a shot from yesterday after morning coffees. Taken with the Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f1.4 lens at f1.4. DNG file converted in LR3.
The Leica M9 is a fantastic creative tool. Because it feels like using one of my film cameras every shot taken is carefully considered which often results in a better photo. A Leica M9 with a single lens such as the Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f1.4 menas you spend less time worrying about what lens to use and more time chosing your composition. Due to it’s small size it is very easy to take the Leica M9 everywhere with you meaning you are more likely not to miss a special shot.
For anyone that used to follow me on Flickr, when I first started out with my photography journey back in 2010, I used to use a Panasonic Lumix G1 and often with a Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f1.4 lens attached. My style was varied and creative. As my cameras increased in size – Nikon D90, then Nikon D700, then Nikon D800 and the lenses got bigger too peaking at the Nikkor 200mm f2 AI-s I was less and less likely to have a camera with me unless on “a shoot”. A shoot being a model photography or wedding photography job. As a result the variety of my Flickr stream plummeted and I was posting 99% people photos.
I think the Leica M9 will help me capture what I see when I see it and in turn let me produce a wider variety of creative pictures.
(I will add to the post as edit photos I like).
On Day 4 I am happy with my Leica M9 purchase and am getting to grips with fast focusing using the rangefinder. I like how the Leica M9 lets me see and capture the day to day objects and in creative form.