Leica M 240 – Learn to Love
Matthew Osborne Photography / @MrLeicaCom
Leica M 240
Having owned my Leica M 240 camera now for about 9 months I thought I better share my latest thoughts. I wrote a review in January 2016 titled “Leica M 240 – It Wont Be Missed” (linked below). Since then we have started to get along quite well and have learnt to live with each others quirks and flaws. I am now happy to shoot both colour photos and black and white photos with the M 240 without commenting “It’s nice but it’s not as good as the Leica M9”. I now like the M240 photos as they are and i’ve started to shoot much more colour digital photography even if my film photography remains mostly black and white. I made basic Lightroom presets to apply to images, a few for colour photos and a few for black and white and that lets me quickly batch edit all images for models.
I used to shoot mostly wide open and in black and white and normally with a 50mm lens. My current taste is to use 35mm lenses stopped down so the little Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f2.5 lens has lived on my Leica M240 for the last few months. I used this setup for the Poland model photography trip and Ukraine model photography trip and am still using it now i’m back in the UK.
Here are a few digital sample photos from the Poland and Ukraine trips ahead of the film photos to follow, and also a few photos in the UK. All photos shot with the Leica M 240.
There is no digital camera currently on the market that I think would suit my needs better than the Leica M 240. I love rangefinder cameras and I continue to enjoy the quality of Leica M mount lenses and the overall small size of the Leica M camera range, whether digital or film. I don’t really lust after any digital cameras or lenses. If I ‘need’ something new to buy to explore / test / experiment with I buy old analogue film cameras. I am happy to use the digital photos for posting on the likes of Flickr, Facebook and Instagram but for me if I want to take a ‘proper’ photo I will always shoot it on film.
The Hasselblad 501C remains king (for me) until I find something that can ‘beat’ it! See my last post comparing the Mamiya 6 vs Hasselblad for more detail.