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