Words cannot express the happiness i felt when i finally got my Leica M3 back from the great Leica Repairman Youxin Ye.
I set out as soon as i received and went on a tear on the streets that very same day.
God the camera worked beautifully!
I had it coupled with the amazing “Japanese Summillux” Canon 50mm F1.4 LTM (Leica Thread Mount) lens and i was very happy with majority of the results.
I also realized how my metering (metering with my head) is still in training as i noticed i missed the correct exposure for some shots.
I know that as a street photographer..my hit rate won’t be 100% most of the time..and i guess that goes for a photographer of ANY kind..but dammit if i don’t pour my heart and soul into almost every one!
I instantly felt the difference from shooting with this camera after it was CLA’d (Cleaned, Lubricated and Adjusted)
The viewfinder was so bright! The rewind lever and the conversion from double stroke to single stroke were amazing as well.
It really reminded me of shooting with my Leica M2, which is very similar
I look forward to getting a chance to hit the streets more and really put this camera (AND MYSELF!) to the test
The Leica “mystique” is real and i believe i definitely have caught the bug
I’m in the process of moving into a new apartment so i apologize for the late posts 🙂 expect alot more once i’m settled in and i get my photography studio set up!
As i await the opportunity to go out and shoot i believe it’s important to also study as much as you can.
Google street photography, google manual exposures, check out documentaries, read some tutorials and get on the forums, chop it up with people who may have the same interest (obsession!) that you do!
I can’t explain how fulfilling it is to view the results of my labor but i know that you will feel the same once you have gone out and experienced it for yourself.
Also, and i know this is weird to say since i’m writing this about my Leica M3 (not really cheap) but it isn’t the gear it’s the photographer.
I tend to shoot a lot lately with my IPhone and Android phones as well which i believe is even MORE unobtrusive and non attention getting than these rangefinders.
I may be writing about some of my techniques of shooting mobile street photography soon. Keep a look out for that one!
Enjoy your night ladies and gents