My Film

My leica camera


The Leica M is my choice when it comes to photography which requires me to travel fast and light. I pair my Leica M2 camera body with 3 prime lenses.


3 lenses


I spend a lot of time thinking about camera set-up. This was my solution in coming up with something that not only works well but works well together. 




Main Lens:
Leica Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH I (1996)

This is the only lens I need. It is almost a pity that this is the first lens I've ever bought because it is hard for me to justify owning any other lens. It is small enough to bring it with me everywhere and its f/2 aperture is sharp and so reliable that it makes owning an f/1.4 or f/0.9 lens just to stop it down rather silly.





Wide-angle lens:
Leica Super-Angulon 21mm f/4 (1958)

This is the perfect lens to add to my arsenal. Sharing the same E39 / A42 filter and hood size, it is perfectly compatible with my main lens. These two brothers share lens caps, filters and polarisers. The wide-angle lens allows me to capture interesting angles when I do street photography. Having a large depth-of-field range, I could easily zone focus and use my camera as a point-and-shoot camera. In rare circumstances where I have to take a group photo in a small room, the 21mm proves to be invaluable as a companion to the 35mm.




Portrait lens:
Leica Tele-Elmarit 90mm f/2.8 (1974)

This is the lens to complete my set. Like in any good team, the weaknesses of the other two lenses are covered by this lens. This 90mm is a soft lens that gives a beautiful bokeh. It gives me the ability to make images with narrow depth-of-field while being fully compatible with the same filter and hood size as my other lenses.

All 3 lenses