🔴 MrLeica – September 2023
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What was I up to last month?
August saw me travel to Italy for another body painting event and we also used it as a Patreon meet-up for those that could make it. I took around 3400 photos during approximately 30 photoshoots. (You can see some images in the recent Leica Q blog post if interested). With that said, I’m still struggling to find time to post one photo a day to Flickr and Instagram. FYI, if you follow along on Flickr, those photos are the full size JPEGs of the images I then share on Instagram (I just screenshot them for IG).
This months newsletter is a shorter one. It still has all the YouTube videos and blog posts that you may have missed but without some of the extras. I will try to mix it up from month to month to keep it interesting.
I do have some potentially exciting news though. I had a light bulb moment at 5:45 this morning. Leica users need an easier way to buy and sell used cameras and lenses. eBay fees are just too expensive to sell higher value items and trying to find nice Leica related items to buy is hard enough at the best of times! As such, I setup a new page – Buy/Sell Leica
NEW! Buy / Sell Leica Equipment
I often receive emails asking ‘Where can I sell my Leica lens?” or “I can’t find a Leica film camera for sale”. As this blog receives a fair amount of Leica related views (traffic) I thought I would try to facilitate the process to help the Leica community. I’ve setup a new page to let you either list camera equipment for sale or find camera equipment to buy. (Mostly Leica but not limited to*).
Looking for a near Mint Leica M6 camera?
To kick off the service and to perhaps bring some excitement I am going to sell my serviced, very clean Leica M6 Classic. Ever since buying the M6 it’s never seen much use. As regular readers will know, I’m a M3 guy at heart, not an M6! The camera comes boxed with cap and original plastic cover on the bottom plate. There is a small paint chip from when I was packing cameras away after a video and dinked it (so annoying!). *It was serviced after so calibration etc is all OK. Please note the light meter doesn’t work and cannot be repaired (I’m told). As I rarely use a light meter I didn’t even know it was an issue until I sent it for a service!
Check back soon!
I’ve setup a page link on the MrLeica.com homepage so you can easily check what cameras and lenses are available when you visit the blog. Hopefully we’ll soon have a long list of nice cameras and lenses to pick from (and for anyone looking to sell please read the instructions on the page). I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to both buy and sell 🙂 Click the button below for full details –
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Workshops in July
I ran 2 private 1:1 workshops in London last month. I forgot to take many BTS photos but Louise brought her Leica M11 and Leica M11M cameras with a goal to master her Leica cameras. Dean’s booking was more of a Corporate booking. He wanted to get trained up on using his Leica Q3 camera for portraits/ model photography with the plan to use it to take photos for the business social media pages.
I’m seeing an increase in interest in this areas as companies realise the importance (and power) of social media and they need to be able to take decent photos to use. Dean enjoyed our 8hr workshop in London which include half a day in the studio. We’ve already got two more follow up dates in the diary. It looks like I will become more of a short term consultant for their brand. We are going to setup their studio/ lighting so eventually they can do everything themselves and achieve professional results.
I really enjoy teaching both Leica and lighting in particular so these sessions are very rewarding. I’ll try to share some BTS clips from our future workshops in YouTube videos to follow.
Dates for Travel, Group Workshops & Photowalks
Please contact me regarding workshops and photowalks. Here are my travel details so far –
- September I will be teaching in Rotterdam, Netherlands (and London*)
- October I will be teaching in Valencia, Spain (and London*)
- November I may be teaching in Gdansk, Poland. TBC
- December I will likely travel to Spain or the Canary Isles for winter sun
Private 1:1 Tuition
Cameras – For my Italy trip I took the Leica Q and Leica SL. (See the new Leica Q blog post for example photos). I enjoyed shooting with flash so I may try to do more flash portraits next month.
Lenses – Loving the new Voigtlander Color Skopar 28mm f2.8 lens(es). I got the black LTM version (Typ I – L) but i’ll use it on digital too.
NEW PRESETS – After using my Leica CL in Vegas I decided to make a new v2 LR preset pack to suit my current photography style. That will eventually replace the original Leica CL presets pack but currently both are still available. I will likely do the same for my Leica M240 camera for the same reason. Leica Q2 Lightroom presets are still to come when I get a chance.
Film – I lab developed the C41 colour film from Vegas last week but I’ve had no time yet to scan it. Hopefully this month! Likewise I’ve still not developed the B&W film from the US, Poland, Czech Republic and other trips over the summer. Maybe next month if I can try to plan a free day.
Cameras – After getting the new Voigtlander Color Skopar 28mm f2.8 lens I reviewed I will be using my Leica iii cameras but also I think I will dust off my Voigtlander Bessa R camera. The Bessa R is great for 28mm & 35mm as I can use the built in viewfinder (and approximate a 28mm view by using the entire viewfinder area).
Directory: Leica Repairs + Leica YouTubers
If you have feedback after a Leica service, repair or CLA I’d love to add it to the Leica Repair Directory page to help others. Equally, if you love watching YouTube, let us know your favourite Leica YouTuber channel?
Download Leica presets
My recommended photography gear list – https://mrleica.com/kitlist/
Latest YouTube videos
Below is a catch up of all the YouTube videos I published last month. If you’re new here see previous month newsletters for more!
LEICA Q3 – Time To UPGRADE!
Leica M11: I WAS WRONG..
SURPRISED? | Leica Q3 vs Leica M11
WHY? (Leica CL, not the Q3 or M11)
UNEXPECTED Results! Leica Q3 vs Q2 vs Q (DETAILED Comparison)
TRUTH Revealed + Unfair Advantage (LEICA Q3, Q2, Q)
Almost OUTSTANDING! | Voigtlander 28mm 2.8 Color Skopar for Leica
COMPARISON: Voigtlander Color Skopar 28mm 2.8 vs Leica / Zeiss..
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Latest blog posts to read
3 new articles shared in August. I am testing lots of gear behind the scenes so more to follow!
- Voigtlander 28mm 2.8 Skopar | New Leica EDC Lens
- Leica Q3 vs Q2 vs Q Comparison + Flash
- Leica Workshop, Vegas! Leica Q3, M11, CL
Written posts to supplement the YouTube review videos including full res images. 400+ existing blog post articles.
Patreon post of the month (shared)
To give you a taster of what we get up to on Patreon I here is a post you missed! Join our 240+ active monthly members and look for the 10% off discount!
Post: “I went from a 39hr p/w Corporate job to a 84hr p/w YouTube life!“ – View on Patreon
Coming up next month..
September is looking pretty busy for workshops, 5x 1:1 including 2 during a trip to the Netherlands. I still have a big backlog of videos to share from the last few months so those coming soon. I hope to be testing the new Leica Summilux-M 50mm f1.4 ASPH II lens so I will feed back on that. Finally, if you watched the latest bag video (link below – spotlight) I will announce the lucky winner for the bag giveaway in the next newsletter.
YouTube video – spotlight
You may have already seen it but the first video in September will be my “How do you carry your Leica?” video.