Leica M9 & Future of Film..?

As a keen film photographer here are my thoughts after recently buying a Leica M9..

I have just moved from my Nikon D800 to a Leica M9 (for my digital photography) and must say i’m blown away with the Leica experience. The Leica M9 Kodak CCD sensor renders photos more like film so it really threatens my future use of shooting film.

One thing the Leica M9 cannot do is provide such shallow depths of field (DOF) so I hope my medium format film cameras at least still have a future.

Here is an example with my Mamiya RZ67 & Model Emily:

Fashion Film Photography
I think the Contax 645, ARAX-CM (Kiev 8Cool, Moskva-5 and Mamiya RZ still hopefully have their place. As for my Nikon FM and Voigtlander Bessa R3A rangefinder.. do they?

Kodak Portra film captures such nice skin tones for portraits; model photography and wedding photography so maybe yes. The Nikon FM has the upper hand as I can use any of my Nikon mount lenses such as a Nikkor 200mm f2 that gives sharp shallow DOF images to almost match medium format film. The Bessa can use my Leica M mount glass but the result would not be hughly different from using the Leica M9 (i think) (IMO).. not yet done a side by side comparison.. yet.. πŸ™‚

Conclusion.. I don’t think DSLRs can threaten film photography (or those that like the film look) but Leica.. it definitely make you stop and think!

IMHO only!

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About matthewosbornephotography

Coventry, UK studio based Model and Wedding Photographer offering both Medium Format Film and Digital Images. 1-2-1 Photography and Lighting Tuition also available.
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3 Responses to Leica M9 & Future of Film..?

  1. Derek says:

    I am impressed that you’re picked the M9 over D800 (or any DSLR) for work, well it must work great for you!

    • Thanks Derek, yes I like the Leica M9 size, build quality, images (rendering especially) and I have got used to the rangefinder focusing. I have to say I am nearer to getting a second Leica body than I am picking up a DSLR! πŸ™‚

  2. Lignum Draco says:

    Interesting thoughts.

    I mostly use an M9 and I shoot with an xpan too. I just bought another camera this week. A reconditioned olympus trip 35, just for fun.

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