Equipment

February 23, 2011

I’ve been asked quite a few times what equipment I use for my street shots so decided to create this page. If you have any further questions, please send me an e-mail.

Camera

Unless stated otherwise, all pictures were shot using my M9. Leica’s M-System is very much like Marmite; you either love it or hate it (please excuse the heavy British reference). I hate Marmite but absolutely love the M-System. It’s perfect, it has exactly what I need. No more, no less.

Lenses

This was my first Leica lens and it has a special place in my heart. At (almost) 50mm equivalent, it was my main lens on the Leica M8. Now, I use it frequently for my street photography when I want to get closer to the action or when my 50mm is not quite wide enough. It is also my lens of choice for capturing those fun moments with friends.

My favourite f/1.4 lens. This is my primary lens for night shots when I’m outdoors. It’s lovely.

Camera Bag

The smallest bag I could find that would fit my camera and two lenses. Its very light, well built and has plenty of room for an extra lens, my keys and my light meter.

Wish-list

  • Harry Potter’s Invincibility Cloak

Top of the list as it is unlikely I will ever come across one. Who wouldn’t love to be invisible once in a while?

  • A Film Leica

The only experience I had with film was using my Zenit-E camera (Kindly donated to me by one’s father). Although it’s a very nice camera, I would prefer a Leica M. Because on an M, I can use the lenses I so much love :-) I only use my M9 in manual so I wouldn’t mind getting a battery free M. There’s something about battery free cameras I really like, even though I can’t put my finger on it. It might be my respect for the engineering behind it, it might be that my current film camera is already battery free. Although I wouldn’t mind a Leica MP (at all!), I would like an M3.

  • ND Filter

The “lovely” dull, grey sky of Manchester renders these unnecessary to be honest (even if you shoot at f/1.4) but it’s always a good idea to carry an ND filter in your bag. Never know when a little ray of sunshine might escape the clouds and hit Manchester directly.

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