Review: Leica M-P (Typ 240) | WIRED

There’s this routine you go through when you review a camera. The first thing you do is take it out of the box and shoot whatever mundane object is directly in front of you. It’s a throwaway shot, a test to make sure the camera is operational and meets the minimum requirements for calling itself a camera. For this reason, many camera reviewers’ SD cards are half-full of pictures of laptop keyboards, pens, coins, coffee cups, and desk flair. The first thing I shot with the Leica M-P (Typ 240) was a sandwich. The camera’s battery finished charging around lunchtime, and I was eager to see what the Leica hype is all about. Also, there was a sandwich right in front of me. It was supposed to be a throwaway shot. It was something else entirely. It was, quite simply, the greatest sandwich photograph I will ever take. After devouring my delicious subject I dove into the M-P’s menus, flipped the film mode to black-and-white, set focus to infinity, and half-assedly aimed a shot out the office window. The result made me giddy. I couldn’t wait to use this camera to take deliberate, composed photographs……..


Leica M-P 240

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