I was first introduced to the world of Leica’s M system; or rather thrown into it the sea with it via the Leica Akadamie Workshop by Mathias Heng last year. (In fact if anyone is interested, the same workshop by Mathias will be held pretty soon; details on the Leica Akadamie Singapore website)
Leica loaned me the M9 for the workshop and I was really excited back then; a Leica M9! My photography is going to be absolutely amazing!
However my love affair with the Leica was not exactly sparkles and butterflies at the beginning…
For starters, the ISO is glorious at the lower range but the upper range is really bad. Never mind I could not focus to save my life; has anyone looked at the LCD screen?
Then again, the more I worked with it the more I grew to love it. Yes I made some really artistic images with that camera but call it pixie dust; there is just something about the camera that made it such a joy to work with.
I’ve worked with so many kinds of cameras and a huge range of brands however, something always pulls me back to the M system. It was like learning how to see and falling in love with photography all over again.
Then again the 10k price tag was not something a starving artist could afford so after the amazing workshop, I returned the camera but I promised myself that I’ll get it before I turn 21. It was a huge; insane and almost impossible promise because I turn 21 in November 2013 so to save up more than 10k in a year without compromising my travels while working as a Visual Storyteller? I honestly didn’t think it was possible.
Fast forward 3 months, I started working for Leica in December 2012.
Fast forward another 4 months…
I got the Leica M-E and the 35mm Summilux(:
The Leica M-E is technically the same camera as the M9 without the USB port; frame line selector and a few hundred dollars less. I don’t know why so many people dislike the M-E’s colour but grey-green-blue is starting to grow on me! It is very pretty; and the Summilux, good lord I am so glad I closed my eyes and settled for that lens despite its insane cost because the quality of images I get with it is absolutely beautiful.
As one of my favorite saying goes: Buy once; buy nice.
I am very fortunate to be given an installment plan for the camera so here comes the best part: by the time I am done paying for the camera; I will still be 20! Fate works in strange ways when you are willing and I am extremely very blessed.
It must had been some subconscious thing but the first image I made with the camera went to my
gypsy mentor, Mathias.
And yes, I nailed the focus this time(:
I spent Saturday with two of my friends at the outskirts of Singapore playing Nintendo Wii; visiting monkeys and of course, the M-E was with me the entire time(:
I am ever so blessed to have the M-E while keeping my life and travel funds afloat.
I will be travelling to Melbourne come end June and I am really excited to see my friends; relatives; penguins and a bear!
I can’t wait to share more images/ stories with you guys! Take care everyone(: