Thursday, May 24, 2012

Leica and White Gloves

NEW LEICA LIMITED EDITIONS: LEICA M9-P “EDITION HERMÈS”, the Leica is so precious, that you need to have gloves on your hands to handle it. Perhaps you need to wear a surgical mask too, just in case you accidentally sneeze onto the camera.

Leica M9-P Edition Hermes

I was at Leica Store Malaysia earlier this evening for an event launch of their latest products, a similar event mirroring the May 10th climatic launch at Berlin. Therefore, I was reaaaaaally hoping to have at least a glimpse of that mysterious Leica M-Monochrom, but unfortunately, it was nowhere to be seen. The only camera available for the unveiling party was the Hermes, which none of the audience were allowed to touch. It was handled by a Leica representative, who took the camera out for a brief demonstration, and slot the camera back to its glass showcase of lonesome isolation. I think cameras are meant to be clicked. They are not meant to be put behind glass. Nonetheless, I believe Leica Malaysia has strong reasoning behind their decisions. However, I do think that waving ice creams in front of kids, taunting them, without letting them have any in the end, is a tad cruel. 

I did not take that many photos, because I was an alien, using an Olympus camera, on a dedicated Leica event, inside the only Leica Store in Malaysia. It was inappropriate to have the shutter go "clack clack clack" . 
Do you guys think I will fall in love with a Leica? What are your thoughts, after scrutinizing my shooting style, techniques, and preferences in photography? I would love to hear what you think !!


22 comments:

  1. I think, if you can afford one, you deserve to get the best...they say, Leica is luxurious but it is the best camera that you might want to have in your camera bag.

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    1. I would love to give it a try too. Its a completely different camera system altogether. Luxurious indeed.

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  2. Do you guys think I will fall in love with a Leica? No.

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  3. Hello Robin,

    If Leica only dared to lend you one of their M9's for reviewing, just like Olympus dared to do.
    Leica claims to deliver superior image quality and who else can deliver that in practice
    better than you, Robin;)

    My personal thoughts: Leica really doesn't need the Hermes treatment. It's once again a not very original idea thought out by the Marketing dept. of Leica.
    This could shy away serious Leica users. Think about it.

    I sure hope Olympus wont step into the same marketing trap by introducing an OM-D EM-5 with an EVF covered with Swarowski crystals, a shiny gold-plated hand engraved lensmount, alligator-skin clad housing, brushed titanium shutter-release button, a Louis Vuitton neck-strap lined with peacock feathers, mode dials made out of rare brazilian hardwood, tilty-swivel screen that talks back at you, oh no...!!! LOL;)

    I'll pick up my OM-D E-M5 this week (at last), with a few primes before I go on holiday. All we need is shutter therapy, don't we Robin?

    Best of Luck
    Hope Leica dares to contact you.
    Warmest regards,
    Luke R. (Holland)

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    1. Hello Luke,
      LOL !! You made your points loud and clear, it is true that we could do away without the bling bling and the cosmetic make-ups. Imaging is not how the camera looks from the outside.
      Glad to hear that you will be getting your E-M5 soon. Yes, we all need some shutter therapy !! Can't wait to have mine soon already, hands are getting itchy.

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  5. You present a conundrum:

    1) you love street photography and are very effective at it with DSLR.
    2) I believe that you have disdained the decisive moment, which is associated with someone who is at once probably the world's greatest street photographer and greatest Leica user, and who, I think, coined "the decisive moment."

    The last Leica I owned or touched was an M4. No mechanical object in my experience has ever been more lush, and this includes Porsches and Mercedes. On the other hand, I've never fired an 88 or driven a Panzer.
    Anyway, assuming that you want to do Photography and not make love to your camera, I think that you are fine with the Olympus.

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    1. Hello Tom,
      Oh yes, I shoot with the camera, I don't make love to it !! Now that is something for me to smile about for the day. Thanks for the kind compliments and thoughts !!

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  6. One of the main things I love about Leica is that You can use every lens at the widest aperture and get sharp results. If the lens widest aperture is F/2, You can use it at F/2 all the time. It's not possible with most of Nikon or Canon lenses because they're soft at wide apertures, but the Olympus with their not-the-cheapest lenses work exactly the same as Leica - I think You know it from Olympus 50/2 macro. So if You think about optics, Olympus is quite good at it, and I wouldn't move to Leica because of it.

    But... the rangefinder works with much lower shutter speeds handheld, so You don't need high ISO or tripod almost in every situation.
    The other thing I love about the Leica is the completely simple handling (analog feel) - I love having aperture ring on the lens, the shutter speed dial is in perfect place, and You don't need menus and many buttons to operate the camera. It's simple as it can be - aperture ring, shutter dial, iso button, and that's all.

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    1. Hey Tomas,
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Simplicity is important, I agree. Nonetheless, I am an engineer, being an engineer, I prefer practicality and control over the technicalities of the camera. The more I can set and control and customize, the happier I will be.

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  7. Hi Robin ! Alvin here ! All the latest products were in display last night ! :) Some even got to experience the Leica Monochrom and the 50 APO Summicron ASPH.

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    1. Hello Alvin,
      I guess, the sad thing is not EVERYONE get to try the camera and lens.

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  8. the EM5 is all that you need to get by. cameras are meant to be used and abused not sat in a display case!

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  9. Why would anyone buy a Leica? Underfeatured and overpriced. Instead of an M9 body, buy an Olympus E-M5 with the 12mm, 45mm and 75mm Zuikos, a NEX-7 with the Zeiss 24mm and spend the remaining 1000 dollars on a trip.

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    1. Vladimir, I sense a troop of Leica warriors coming your way LOL !! I think Leica is a luxury item, and through its history and accomplishments, it does deserve some respect. Nonetheless, for practical shooting and professional use, I would say rangefinder technology is getting obsolete. SLR has addressed many of the issues and shortcomings of rangefinder cameras.

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    2. Let them come. Agreed on Leica's accomplishments, of course. I just think it's a bad investment.
      Btw, are you going to review the new 75mm mZuiko at some point?

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    3. Hey Vladimir,
      I am not too sure about the 75mm, but I sure hope Olympus will loan me for review. Quite curious and excited about the lens. But I would be definitely be more interested in the 60mm macro.

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  10. If you don't, you can always use the lens on your E-M5 :)

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  11. I want to have a Leica too!!!

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