Just a quick post to show a couple of shots from last night, captured with the Zeiss 50mm C-Sonnar @ f/1.5
The package just arrived today! I bought it used online from a fella in Seattle, Ashwin Rao, whom you may recognize from various blogs and forums. I can hardly contain my excitement as I recorded this unboxing video. I bet you've never seen an unboxing video for used products before :) Well, I just wanted to document this historic day, and to me, I could have been unboxing a new M10 and still wouldn't be more happy.
For 30+ years, I did not care for photography much. I just wanted a good camera to capture my family, my travels, and major events of my life, but the actions were much reactive. Just in the last couple of years, with the introductions of several mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses, specifically the Sony NEX5, has tickled my curiosity in Photography. I bought a NEX5 and began learning the basics and started to shoot photos more proactively.
I tried to dedicated at least one weekend per month to take the family out to some scenic spots around Los Angeles. Not only it's quality time with the family, it also gave me more chances to practice what I've read from books, blogs, forums, etc. The Sony NEX5 was the perfect "gateway drug" because with the right adapters, you can mount almost any lens from any other systems, especially legacy manual focus lenses. It is impossible to research on legacy lenses without coming across the Leica brand. Its lenses are legendary, and I had to try some out. The pictures of the first gallery are from Leica-M-mount lenses that are taken with my NEX camera.
Once you started to look at some rangefinder lenses, it is hard not to be intrigued by the rangefinder focusing experience. I am still very much a newbie at Photography. Do I have the necessary knowledge to shoot with a rangefinder camera? Do I have the budget to support it? Almost none of those questions mattered because suddenly no other camera systems interested me. I knew that I'm going to have to get a Leica M9, soon. I hawkishly lurked in the "gear-for-sale" forums for a used M9 within my budget, and scoured the web for anything I can to learn about it.
So that brings us to the point of this post. As it is right now, a well-used Leica M9 is on its way to me, and I have sold off most of my NEX gears to buy a couple of M-mount lenses. This blog will be dedicated to my exploration into the Leica M9: what I learn as a M-user, what I learn as an amateur photographer, and what I learn about how to document the world that surrounds us all.
This is the beginning of my journey, my own little mid-life crisis. This is also the end of my anti-social tendencies for I've decided create this blog and share my experiences with anyone who cares to read them.
My Journey into Leica...
A path not to be taken lightly, not without reservations, and not without dedication, but the results can be sweet, OH SO SWEET! This is a documentation of my trials and tribulations into the world of Leica Rangefinder Photography, and I hope you'll enjoy coming along with me.