Leica M9 Model Photography

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Leica M9 Model Photography

Leica M9 Price – was it worth the upgrade from the Nikon D800?

As a UK Leica wedding photographer / model photographer I first tried the Leica M9 for model photography in the studio when it first arrived a few weeks ago. (*I realise it is not designed for this). After saving up enough to cover the used Leica M9 price tag I had high hopes.Β  Sadly I found that when it came to models and portraits I could not get as close to my subjects as I normally could with the Nikon D800 lenses (with my Leica M mount lenses) so I struggled a little.


Leica M9 Photo Shoot

Undetered yesterday I had a full day model shoot with 2 models in a beautiful old house location so took the Leica M9 + VC 28/2, VC 40/1.4 and Zeiss ZM 50/2. To try to make my life more difficult I also decided to use no flash and used ambient + a bike light to double as a video light.

It was my second shoot with Polish model Nella so I was expecting good things.. here are some of the initial results. I like the B&W out the camera JPEGs so shoot that for B&W + DNG if want colour.

B&W Leica M9 Model Photography

Leica M9 Model Photography
Leica M9 Fashion Photography
Leica M9 B&W Model
Leica Fashion Photography

Having less kit made me very mobile and I could focus more on the composition. I took 700 shots on the day and didn’t miss the Nikon D800. I was impressed by the Leica M9 environmental portraits and next time will hesitate before grabbing the Nikon D800 first in the studio.

Leica Model Photography / Fashion Photography with Gina
Leica M9 Portrait
Leica M9 & Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 ii
Leica M9 Model Photography

More/ better examples with be added as I get time.

Related links:
Leica M9 for Model Photography – First Impressions
UK Leica Wedding Photographer



Author: 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.

4 thoughts on “Leica M9 Model Photography”

  1. Lovely Photos.

    I’m just starting out and I’ve got a Nikon DX format camera and also a Lumix GF3 that I bought to have a smaller camera with changeable lenses. Like your experience with the Leica I’m finding the GF3 to be highly portable and a lot of fun. I’ve mounted some older manual lenses on it and I’ve been really pleased with the results. It’s also very cool to use a 50mm lens and get a relative 100mm perspective; especially when it’s set to f/1.8.

    I’m surprised you’re not doing the color conversion yourself and leaving it to the camera. Why is that?

    1. Thanks! I started out my photography with a Lumix G1. Great cameras, and that is what got me the taste for using legacy lenses such as the Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f1.4

      I like shooting black and white, both film (medium format and digital). For digital I like to see the image in black and white so shoot B&W JPEG + RAW (in case would like to do colour also). I find both the Nikon D800 JPEGs and Leica M9 B&W JPEGs of high quality and to my taste so I am happy not to have to faff with RAW and just tag up & resize my B&W JPEGs. I know it is a less common approach but it works well for me. Matt

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