Stories and Slumber.

2014, Favourite, Inspiration, Leica 24mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4, Portrait

Last night before the end of Christmas break, and everyone is ready to go back… to bed.

Stories and Slumber

↑Leica M9 and Leica 24mm Summilux @ f/2.

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Prosophos Open Letter to Leica


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My Current Equipment (updated).

Inspiration, Leica 24mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4, Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4, Leica M Monochrom (CCD Lives!), Q&A

Having sold my Leica M240, I have been trying to re-build my kit with my preferred rangefinder — the Leica M9.

Here is my current equipment list.

It’s short.


Leica M9P:

Found one with only 305 shutter actuations.  I’ve never owned a “P” version of the M9 before (I didn’t want to pay the premium for cosmetic differences), but this one was in like-new condition and was functioning perfectly — which is important to me — so I grabbed it without hesitation.

Prosophos-Leica M9P Silver

Leica M9:

This M9 had 2037 shutter actuations and was in mint(-) condition.  Unfortunately, when it arrived I discovered that it was front-focusing by about 6 cm!  This was a problem, since I had ordered it from the US and it would be a hassle to return it (reclaiming customs fees, loss of some of the refund money in the currency conversion, etc.).  So, I ended up adjusting the rangefinder myself, and after much trial-and-error it is focusing beautifully.

Prosophos - Leica M9 Black

Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH:

I had purchased this after selling off the black version I had.  That black version was the best-performing 50mm Summilux ASPH I’ve ever used, and I’ve used about 8 of them (yes, there is sample variation).  This particular silver copy is not bad, but it’s not quite as sharp at f/1.4 as my previous lens (I’m kicking myself for selling that one…).


Leica 24mm Summilux ASPH:

This is the exact 24mm Summilux ASPH lens I previously owned, and subsequently sold.  I was lucky to get it back.  It’s one of the best wide-angles I’ve ever used, and is currently my favourite M wide angle lens (and I’ve pretty much tried them all).

Prosophos - Leica 24mm Summilux

That’s it!

If I’m discussing gear, you know the light has been poor here and I’ve barely had a chance to photograph.  I should probably “shut down” for the winter, but I’ll try to keep things moving.


Pure Honey.

Inspiration, Leica 24mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4, Life's Little Moments, Portrait, Teaching point

A simple image of our family pet, Honey.

A cliché sort of a thing to do, taking a photo of your pet (in photography circles anyway).

Yet this image illustrates perfectly why I hold the Leica M9 in such high regard: the rendering here is exquisite — the tonal gradations are so pleasing that we are left with the sweet illusion of viewing a live scene, as opposed to a static photograph.

It’s pure honey.

Pure Honey

↑Leica M9 and Leica 24mm Summilux @ f/1.4.

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