Monday, February 01, 2010

Thinking and Then Re-thinking About The Leica M9

For the past few months, well since September, I have been thinking and dreaming of owning the new Leica M9. I have so much Nikon gear that I drag around with me, and it is heavy. The idea of carrying a nice small, compact camera and lens that has image quality better than anything I can get with my current equipment, is very attractive. However, it has its trade-offs....one, it is bloody expensive...7 thousand dollars for just the body, and then Leica glass is at least another couple of grand for their cheaper lenses...two, I would be giving up auto focus (not such a terrible thing)... three, no more zoom lenses...and four, say good-bye to sports and nature photography. The latter has me re-thinking my decision to switch over to Leica. I just spent the weekend shooting sports, and frankly, I had a blast doing it...it was really fun and challenging...and usually not my thing to shoot as I prefer landscapes and non-moving objects. Since I am not a rich guy, if I want the Leica, I would have to sell most of my current equipment to have enough money...so both systems really is not an option...I am back to just keeping what I have despite the weight...but who knows, in a week, I will change my mind again...probably my next trip will convince me to change my mind when I am lugging my big bag and tripod around some third-world country...that always does the trick....

Anyway, off to my photo of the day....another shot from this past weekend's rugby tournament. This is one of my former students, and I am sure he will want a nice big print of this photo...

4 comments:

Paz said...

nice photo shot. hmmm... what a dilemna about the cameras. have you played lotto, yet? then you'd be able to afford both. ;-) good luck.

paz

Eve said...

This photo is so crisp and clear - even the water falling from his sneaker is obvious. What a great photo.
About the camera's... who says you can't have both? ;)

Ferreira-Pinto said...

A most impressive photo ... one can see the grace of mouvement; the effort and the perfect technique of the player.
Of I was him, I too would want a big print :)

As for the camera, that's a dilemna; both?

Country Girl said...

Impressive photo. If you can't take shots like this with the Leica M9, well then I really understand your hesitance.