M9 + X Pro 1 Advice for the troubled...please

Started Apr 29, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: M9 + X Pro 1 Advice for the troubled...please
In reply to Brond1, May 2, 2012

Don't be distracted by the low light religion and all the other nonsense. Looking at your flickr.com stream, you have your photo chops and know what you're after. The camera is secondary, but the right camera that works the way you want to work will help you.

If you like the manual focus, mostly manual operation of a Leica m, and the optical viewfinder/rangefinder way of viewing your subject, there are few substitutes worth thinking about. Sorry to the Fuji enthusiasts, but the X-Pro1 is simply not the same thing at all. Neither is an SLR with a compact lens. If those cameras appeal to you, buy them and don't think further about the Leica M.

However, an M8 or M9 body will do what you need. Two strategies: Buy an M8 first ... Use it a while and see if it works for you ... You can sell it for just about what you paid in the first place and buy an M9 whenever. Or: if you already know that you want the M9, just go for it. You can always resell for near what you paid for that too.

Buy a good lens that suits you ... There are a host of choices between all the generations of Leica, Zeiss ZM and Cosina-Voigtländer lenses ... and you'll use it forever. (For instance, the relatively inexpensive, small, Voigtländer Color Skopar 35mm f/2.5 is a terrific lens for not a lot of money, if you like the 35mm EFL field of view.)

Buying into equipment of this type and at this quality level is fundamentally different from buying the latest flash in the equipment news. People who buy Leica Ms tend to buy and use them for a long time. The conversation turns to what they photograph and away from "what's new and when to buy it," for most.

But that doesn't mean it's the right decision for you. You have to figure that out, no one else can do it for you. Just don't imagine that the decision is to be found in reading the specs and comparing them to other specs. At the level of your photographs, specs are secondary.

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