So I’ve eaten my words and gone back on what I have said before “I thought a digital Leica wasn’t for me. Too expensive and, what’s more digital.
Well this past Friday I ate my words. Let me explain.
One glaring omission from this “My Gear” list is my Nikon D800. You who have followed me for some time will have seen many pictures taken with it. However here’s the thing. I don’t like carrying it around with me. I purchased a big 24-70 F/2.8 and the combo with flash is huge and hurts my shoulder after a day out. So I now mostly shoot it with a 50mm f/1.8 D lens, which I use for my Nikon F4. It works for most jobs. The Nikon D800 is a fantastic tool for many other things where I don’t have to lug it too far. I got to thinking “I’ll sell the whole lot.
However I’ve laid down a good deal of money in my Nikon gear so selling it all would tear at my heartstrings and wallet. So, what to do?
Well I got around to putting the whole lot up for sale. I did sell my 16-35 F/4.0 for an amicable price. But nothing else. I then spotted on my dealers website that they had a Leica M9-P Demo model for sale and a price I could afford and would be able to keep my, now smaller D800 kit.
Originally I wanted to buy the M9-P when it came out as I have three Leica lenses
Summilux 35 mm F/1.4 Ashperical
Summilux 50mm F/1.4 ASHP
Summicron 90mm F/2.0 APO ASPH
and they, to be honest are under-used. All that fantastic glass just lying around.
However the price of a new M9-P went up and I got cold feet and ploughed my cash into Nikon gear instead.
It rather feels that I’ve come full circle and I’m back where I was a couple of years ago. Anyway I have my digital Leica (You remember the one I said I’d never buy) and I get to keep my Nikon D800 which I love also.
You’ll realize that this is in no way a review it’s more my rationale for using my savings.
I hope you’ll enjoy the shots I’ll be sharing with you
10 thoughts on “What’s in the Bag?”
I just wish I could afford some Leica glass. I only have 40 mm Summicron-c, which despite being a beautiful lens, is pretty much the only affordable lens in the line-up.
Back to saving up!
My advice is save and buy 2nd hand . My first lens was a Summicron f/2.0 Ver II. I purchased at an affordable price. It kept it’s used price too. When I sold it 2 years later I got the same as I paid for it . Try that with a run of the mill lens.
Thank you, sir. I’ll try that.
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Very exciting! I can hear the dialogue that went on in your head – I had a similar one about 6 months when I bought my latest camera 🙂
!!! 😀 hopefully be joining you soon haha Have fun!
All I can say is that Leicas are a joy to shoot with, even the digital ones… So I wish you the best with your M9-P, which is a beautiful camera.
Thank you Thomas