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Capturing the moment


Leica M7 with Summarit 35mm f/2.5 & Kodak Portra 400 (BW conversion) film.

I was in a café with my wife when I noticed the fellow photographer around.
When I returned to our table with the coffees my wife told me “I think that person took a picture of me”. I then decided to capture his moment when he was “capturing the moment” :-).

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Leica Park Wetzlar Opening

On  May 24th  I had the chance to visit Wetzlar, a beautiful small city in Germany where Leica opened it’s doors to visitors.

There was quite a few people there but that was not a problem. As expected the atmosphere between Leica admirers visiting the place was pleasant and familiar.

The new headquarters are quite impressive, when you enter the new building the first thing you encounter is a hall that exhibits not only cameras but historical pictures created by iconic photographers using them.

Arriving at the new Leica Park in Wetzlar.
Leica M7 with Summilux f/1.4 50mm asph & Kodak Portra 400 film.

The next day to the opening event.
Leica M7 with Summilux f/1.4 50mm asph & Kodak Portra 400 film.

Official coverage of the opening event on Vimeo:


After the several hours needed to visit all areas open to the public, to  have lunch and to drink some coffee in the Leitz Café, I was satisfied with the time I have spent to travel from Kassel to Wetzlar.
Dr. Andreas Kaufmann was also there of course :-),  talking to the public and being photographed. Always carrying a Leica T with him.

Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, Leica’s chairman of the supervisory board.
Leica M7 with Summilux f/1.4 50mm asph & Kodak Portra 400 film.

To see more photos about the opening event, check this post from the official Leica Camera Blog.

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Leica M7 gone. Welcome new M.

Today I have left my trusty Leica M7 on the local photography store here in Kassel.

It was a strange feeling as I left the store with a brand new Leica M typ 240. This M7 was always with me in many places during my travels, in family events, etc. I knew very well every aspect of the camera, how the light meter would behave and the results from pictures in different situations.

Leica M7 with Summilux f/1.4 50mm asph.

It was an uncomfortable situation in the store as the other customers start paying attention on you as they notice you are buying or selling Leica cameras and lenses. After some negotiation with the store owner and with my bank account severely affected I left the sore with a big plastic bag and with a strange feeling. I wasn’t excited with the new camera itself,  the money I spend and the fact that I was leaving the Leica M7 behind was kind of uncomfortable.

Unedited, awfully developed roll of Portra 400.
Leica M7 with Summarit 35mm f/2.5 & Kodak Portra 400 film.

After 2 years shooting only film I was completely overwhelmed by the many settings and menu options available for the new M. I know that the new M when compared with high end DSLRs is a rather simple  camera, but since my last DSLR was gone in 2012 and I didn’t shot digital since then, I got used to the simplicity of film cameras like the M7.

Leica M typ 240 with Summilux f/1.4 50mm asph.

With time I want to learn every detail about this wondefull camera and I’m sure I will be used to it as I was with the M7. I don’t expect to have my photographs with the same style as I have with the M7 and this is a good thing 🙂

Now I will go back to my new tool ( or toy?) and finish the configuration of the basics so I can tomorrow start shooting my new M without any surprises.

Viele Grüße,