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Leica M-D

Simplicity

Manual settings for ISO values, apertures and shutter speeds. The essentials - what else to ask for?

"Leica - no other camera manufacturer is dedicated to focusing on 'Das Wesentliche' - the sheer essentials of photography. As a result, Leica has developed the Leica M-D: a camera that delivers photography in the most consistent way. A camera that offers no more and no less than the most important features, and represents a state-of-the-art digital rangefinder Photography in its purest form. Simplicity personified, photographers using the Leica M-D for the first time will instinctively and intuitively know how to use it. With the deliberate omission of anything but the essentials, the Leica M-D provides the greatest freedom to focus on creativity and capturing the decisive moment every time."

Concentration

Like on my Leica M3 you can focuse on photography. The Leica M-D offers no LCD screen. It´s really a joy to use and you forget that you actually shoot a digital camera.

First I mounted my classic Elmar M Mount 2.8/50 and converted the DNG files into black and white. I used Lightroom 4.4 and it took about 1 minute. The Elmar draws beautifully and works really good with the 24MP CMOS sensor.

Elmar 2.8/50 (classic)
Elmar 2.8/50 (classic)
Elmar 2.8/50 (classic)
Elmar 2.8/50 (classic)
Elmar 2.8/50 (classic)
Elmar 2.8/50 (classic)

Very dreamy look, again with the Elmar mounted and very minor adjustments in Lightroom

Elmar 2.8/50 (classic)

The next day been sunny and very cold. The camera worked without any issues (minus 14 degrees Celsius). I mounted my Summicron 2/50 rigid (Type II). I love this lens on my M3. It draws very natural colors with a creamy bokeh. Fantastic for black and white work too.

Summicron 2/50 (II)
Summicron 2/50 (II)
Summicron 2/50 (II)

The Center of this Type II Summicron is very sharp at f2, which might surprise some users. I used it wide open with ISO 1600 - 3200 without any problems.

Summicron 2/50 (II)
Summicron 2/50 (II)

Some more images taken with the classic Elmar 2.8/50 @ ISO 1600.

Elmar 2.8/50 (classic) @ ISO 1600
Elmar 2.8/50 (classic) @ ISO 1600
Elmar 2.8/50 (classic) @ ISO 1600
Elmar 2.8/50 (classic) @ ISO 1600
Elmar 2.8/50 (classic) @ ISO 1600
Elmar 2.8/50 (classic) @ ISO 1600

Thanks to Leica Germany who kindly loan me the M-D (thanks to Mr. Wolf!). It been a pleasure to use this great camera.

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