Last week’s experience with new gear made me appreciate something all over again: the joy of shooting with a rangefinder.
I’ve written about this previously, but it doesn’t hurt to be taught old lessons again.
Many people view the Leica rangefinder and its mechanical coincident focusing mechanism as antiquated. Yet, I’ve chosen this type of camera (starting with the M8) for almost 100% of my photography for the last 7 years. For me, and many others, there is no better example of an unobtrusive and high quality image-capable camera.
Recently, another camera company has been celebrated for manufacturing smaller-than-DSLR “full frame” bodies, yet it is noteworthy that Leica accomplished this back 2009 with the M9. Moreover, to this day, Leica is the only company that (mostly) understands the ergonomics of a proper camera and the importance of an optical viewfinder.
The modern Leica M camera carries forward design principles that have been retained, honed, and perfected over many decades. Quite literally, there is no competition in the current camera landscape.
On a final note…
Although I have been famously critical of a sensor decision Leica made with the M240 (though I’m learning to live with it), I have no problem giving credit where credit is due, so:
Thank you Leica, for the M.