Does Leica have a perma-tan? | Don Craig

It’s an interesting time in the camera industry. One of the most interesting aspects of this is what two highly respected companies have been doing. Leica and Fujifilm have been producing great cameras and lenses for years, however there appears to be a shift in what they are producing and why they are producing them, that has certainly affected me. Let me start by saying how much I have enjoyed shooting with Leica cameras and lenses and that I still prefer the rangefinder approach to shooting. As some of you will know, I flirted with a Leica M-9 for about a year. In fact, I was infatuated with Leica rangefinders once I tried using a Bessa film rangefinder and, later, an Epson R-D1 digital rangefinder. I really wanted one and did whatever it took to start a relationship with the M-9. It was an intense relationship. I always felt a bit unworthy, while at the same time I was putting up with a pretty, high-maintenance model. Sure the glass was amazing and the files were beautiful, but I could never ask the M-9 to shoot at ISO above 1250 and, frankly, there were many limitations to working with it. And one lens was not enough, so the M-9 was not only expensive, but was costing me a lot more with each new lens. Finally, I had to end the relationship because of the disparity in the relationship. I wasn’t getting enough out of it……

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