Back with another quick post about my thoughts around trading my beloved Q for a new beginning in the Leica family. I had two Leica Q over the years and in a post on my website before it got hacked i heaped praise over the Leica Q. It is still to this date one of my favorite cameras ever , for many reasons.
The strange thing is i did not really have a good reason to trade it to begin with, but it was sort of the bridge over to the M system and i felt i finally wanted to give that a decent shot.
For a long while i was very much against buying into the Leica hype at all. I have been a avid Nikon user for many years and almost for as long as i have done photography more seriously.
Suddenly i was on the other side of those commenting about Leica on the forums etc, but instead of calling it overpriced and a luxury accessory i now at least understand and value those cameras and see them in a completely different light.
But it was the Leica Q that made me change my mind about Leica cameras and i instantly understood why its so beloved by so many photographers around the globe.
So over a few months i had a conversation with a man that wanted my Q-P and trade that for his Leica M4 with 4 lenses. I know i lost some money and some people would scoff at that deal, but my plan was to also search for a used Leica M of some sort and the have 4 lenses to start out with between the M4 and the new M body.
It meant i would finally be able to use Leica with some lenses at last and felt like a natural progression from the Q that many already told me would be the poison i your veins to get sold on Leica for the future. So that part proved to be true in the end i guess.
I finally decided to make the trade and walking home with the M4 and those lenses in my bag i had to ask myself quite a few times if i had done something stupid. I tried to rationalize and usually never try to regret a deal i have done and try to keep my head cool right after, knowing those feelings of questioning yourself and the deal always shower over you the first few weeks.
Its like a withdrawal from something you have enjoyed using for a long while and you always miss it, and that wa the case with my Q as well. But i spent a lot of time getting to know the M4, which also felt so much fun handling and starting to shoot with.
I always wanted a film Leica at some point, and the craftsmanship and handling of it is just stunning. Just like the Q it makes me want to pick it up to shoot with it all the time.
I also got to try the 4 lenses ( two Voigtländer lenses , a Minolta and a Nikon lens.) when i shot some images the coming weeks together with the kids. And they were all very nice, giving the images a very nice vintage look that i had hoped for.
I started the search for a digital M body and narrowed it down to an M9 with a changed sensor or the M240 that after selling off some old Nikon gear was inside my budget.
Finally i found a good deal on a used M240 with some other accessories that was included in the deal and i made the purchase.
The M240 had a nice patina and i really appreciated the worn look although it was in pretty good condition at the same time. Knowing myself a little worn Leica would make me baby it less being out shooting which was a good thing.
I set out right away shooting with both cameras and i started to slowly bit steady get to know them and also change my feelings that i had in beginning, regretting the deal i had made at first less and less for every outing.
Im not going too much into my thoughts on the cameras and will most likely make some sort of review on them when i had them for a year or so or at least feel i know them well enough to make a more experienced post about the subject.
Overall though i look forward to this new journey i am on, as well as shooting film again as i wrote in my last post. Hoping this will be a good year for us all as human beings but also that i get to collect a lot of fond memories using these beautiful cameras over the coming year.
I will share some more images from my time thus far.
Happy shooting, and over and out…