My Results to Date with my Leica M10

Back in June I sold all of my Fuji equipment and I purchased a Leica M10 and two lenses, a 28 mm f 1.4 and a 50 mm f 1.4, both Summilux Lenses. My goal was simple. I wanted to get the best image quality in the most discreet manner for any type of photography, whether it be street photography, weddings, or any type of candid photography. I was very nervous at first, as the Leica M system does not have autofocus capability. Never has, and probably never will. I was told by many, both in person and online that I would get re-accustomed to manually focusing my lens pretty quickly and I’d find that I would not have to do it that often. With autofocus, I was accustomed to missing many shots on the street as the camera would decide what to focus on. This and the delay to autofocus would frustrate me, as by the time the camera focused, the shot was gone. Enter the concept of Manual Zone Focusing. Depending on your camera settings, regardless of what camera you use, it is often quicker to use Manual Zone Focusing to ensure that you get fast, immediate images, that for a range of distance are always in focus. It’s the same principle of how you never have to adjust the focus on your iPhone. The lens is wide enough to the point where almost everything is in focus. For more on Zone Focusing in manual mode, check out YouTube or Google. Anyway, back to my original point. After about a week I was able to focus just as fast accurately with my Leica. In my opinion, the image results are the best I’ve ever experienced, especially in difficult and low light. Overall there is a contrast and different look to the images that I’ve never experienced in the past. The other enjoyable difference is that people do not take you very seriously with a small camera, and as a result, you can get in close without being noticed. That was the main reason I switched from a big huge Cannon camera and went to Fuji. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not in the least bashing Fuji. The Fuji cameras are great, and would suffice for ninety percent of the photographers out there. Mine was a personal choice. Overall I cannot be happier with my decision. I’m enjoying my experience with Leica. I believe I am getting better quality images. I spend more time thinking about what I am going to shoot, and the moment I press the shutter button, my camera fires as when I was shooting film. Unfortunately, though, when you get into a Leica and two lenses, you better have saved up! I look at is like buying a boat. The difference being is that I use my Leica much more often than the person that owns a boat.