The discovery of Leica M

by Ole Bo Jensen August. 12, 2019 185 views

Doorguard in a New Delhi, backalley nightclub

Doorguard in a New Delhi, backalley nightclub

I had a stormy love affair with Leica starting in 2009 ending in 2014. I was in New York on a masterclass workshop with Peter Turnley and challenged my talents in the streets with a huge Canon 1DsMK3 and 35mm/1.4.

I felt so visible to everyone and with my big camera, New Yorkers know their photographers and I didn't pass as the famous 'Fly on the wall', which was my intentions for the duration of the workshop.

On the flight back to Copenhagen I was thinking about changing my approach and after selling stuff and knocking down childrens MoneyPigs I brought home a brandnew and shinning silver Leica M9 and a 28mm Summicron, live could start over again.

For 5 years I had this camera (and an additional black M9) with me on trips, workshops, strolls down the street and motorcyclerides, I was in love, still are in the quality of the files and the colors and the contrast and everything that was so simple on those cameras.

My 28mm was followed up with an 21mm elmarit (Zeiss 21mm finder), 35mm summilux, 50mm summicron and 75mm summicron, what a kit and just good times.

Indian classic bicycle in the street.

Indian classic bicycle in the street.

The Leica M9 was Leicas first fullframe rangefinder with a digital sensor, 18 megapixel. It is kind of slow, not always doing what you expect and sometimes take over by itself. Just like a good dog, your best friend but at times annoying, but only in a loving way.

Years later I sold everything, but more about that later..

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