New M-E on the way

Discussion in 'Leica M Camera Forum' started by asiafish, Apr 12, 2015.

  1. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    Well, I finally downsized and sold ALL of my Nikon gear to fund my ever brand-new Leica M. As a die-hard CCD fan, I went with the M-E instead of an M-240, and also because it will use all of the same batteries and chargers (not to mention have same control layout) as my M Monochrom.
     
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  2. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    I lose a Nikon Df buddy... I have the M9, and the M8- I understand... I also have about 100 Nikon lenses.
     
  3. VINCETAN

    VINCETAN Leica Place Top Veteran

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    Aug 19, 2013
    I was so tempted to get Drew's DF when I saw it posted but I think my next DSLR will be a Canon. Mainly due to the ease of adapting a Leica R lens to the Canon body.

    Have fun with the M-E.
     
  4. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    I really liked the Df, but I'm trying to simplify and streamline, so three distinct systems with three sets of chargers, three sets of batteries and two sets of interchangeable lenses was just too much.

    So from now on, its either Leica M for serious photography or Leica X for casual travel.
     
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  5. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    Thanks, I had a used M9 before (returned it due to sensor issues) so I already know I'll like it. Its also a perfect color complement for the M Monochrom.
     
  6. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    M-E (and the EVF for my X Typ 113) arrived today. I actually really like the gray finish more than I thought I would.
     
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  7. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    To me- the M Monochrom paired with the M-E or M9 has many advantages, I've never unpacked my charger from the Monochrom. I keep a pair of spare batteries in the case, drop the Monochrom on one side and M9 on the other- good to go.

    I ended up writing my own software to convert M9 images to Monochrome DNG. I figured out the "final trick". After all that, using the M9 with yellow filters and doing custom interpolation, convinced now more than ever that the Monochrom delivers the cleanest images possible from a hand-held digital camera.
     
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  8. Mijo

    Mijo Leica Place Veteran

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    Apr 11, 2013
    San Francisco
    Congrats on the new M-E. Are you bringing all three to the film class next week?
     
  9. kingsfan

    kingsfan Leica Place Regular

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    Mar 30, 2013
    Highland Park, CA
    I played with the M-E at Samy's yesterday... I'm GAS'ing now!
     
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  10. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    Thanks all. I bought the M-E strictly for color as I already own the vastly superior M Monochrom for black and white. I also shoot B&W JPEG (and color DNG) on my X Vario and X 113 for non-photography travel.

    For the film class I'm bring the M5 (obviously) and haven't decided yet about digital. I'm leaning toward the M5 with 35mm f/2.5 Summarit and either the M Monochrom with 50mm f/2 Summicron or the X 113 for night shooting on Friday and Saturday nights after class lets out.
     
  11. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    I took the M-E with 50mm f/2 Summicron to court with me this morning. All images at ISO 160, aperture usually around f/4 as I didn't bring an ND filter. The shopping cart image was captured with the "Pull ISO 80" setting and the last shot of the building was at ISO 320. All images are converted in LR5 with very slight nudges to the black point and clarity sliders, but no other post.

    17215036405_33193d9dfa_h. L1000005.jpg by Lawman1967, on Flickr

    17189108586_bab7b27c82_h. L1000045.jpg by Lawman1967, on Flickr

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    17215047335_92cdc74163_h. L1000037.jpg by Lawman1967, on Flickr

    17007615087_528c84888c_h. L1000031.jpg by Lawman1967, on Flickr

    17214479041_c5e0d8058a_h. L1000024.jpg by Lawman1967, on Flickr

    17214476031_024d66f2de_h. L1000013.jpg by Lawman1967, on Flickr
     
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  12. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
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  13. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
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  14. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    And one more with a borrowed 1948 Canon 85mm f/2 Serenar (I think I got that right)

    PS: That's my 1937 Sonnar he's playing with on his M6

    17291161122_05739c6b8b_h. L1000273.jpg by Lawman1967, on Flickr
     
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  15. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    I've seen that lens before! The color with the uncoated Sonnar is amazing. I had the 1937 8.5cm f2 out yesterday, with the custom-indexed cam. Amazing.

    I have to force myself to using other lenses.
     
  16. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    I had never used it in color before as I only had the Monochrom. I REALLY enjoyed the M-E this weekend and am so glad I was able to find a new one.
     
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  17. xdayv

    xdayv Leica Place Veteran

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    Mar 31, 2013
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Dave
    The M-E is still a very viable choice IMHO.
     
  18. ajramirez

    ajramirez Leica Place Veteran

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    Mar 30, 2013
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    You can't argue with the results. Simply beautiful.
     
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  19. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    Thank you. I really am in love with the M9 generation cameras and see this new M-E and my now 2-year-old M Monochrom remaining my prized possessions for years to come.

    I also see myself sticking with the same three lenses, the 35/2.5 Summarit, 50/2 v5 Summicron and 1937 Zeiss 5cm f/1.5 Sonnar. I might like to add a 28mm or 90mm, but am reluctant as I doubt they'd get much use. For the rangefinder with a 35 or 50mm lens is about as good as it gets.