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Index of Thorsten von Overgaard's user review pages covering Leica M9, Leica M9-P, M-E, Leica M10,
Leica M 240, Leica M-D 262, Leica M Monochrom, M 246  as well as Leica Q and Leica SL:

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Leica M 240
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Leica M-D 262 1 2                        
Leica Monochrom 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
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By: Thorsten Overgaard
April 22, 2014 (Latest update October 16, 2016)

 

Sexy stuff for the Worlds Most Sexy Camera - The Leica M

When you have a Leica M and one or a few lenses, you have all you need. Some times that is not enough, so here are some things to sex up your camera. This is a work in progress, and if you have something others shoudn't be able to live without, send me an e-mail.

 


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Here, My Dear

Berlin-based jewrelry designer Florian Huhoff designed this Leica M3 ring for a friend, who requested one more for a friend ... and if he didn't know before, Slorian must have realized real love has no boundaries. We all want one to symbolize real love and a important relationship. Price is around 190 Euro and made for women and men, after measurements.

 

Leica fingerring
The beautiful Leica M3 ring made by jewrelry designer Florian Huhoff, Berlin.

 


The Leica Guy
(Matthew B. Harrison) got marrried and the whole wedding and honeymoon had a clear Leica theme down to the two Noctilux rings. The ring was commissioned and made by jeweler Gaelen in British Columbia, Canada.

MARY FRANCES "SNAPSHOT" handbag
Bling-Bling: The MARY FRANCES "SNAPSHOT" handbag is a fancy little bag and conversation piece that will hold the ND filter and an extra battery, plus the bare necessities. Made of Crocodile skin, pearls and diamonds. "Please love gently ... but wear with passion!" as the instruction manual says. $285.

 

Hollywood Doll camera
Hollywood Doll
makes this fairly inexpensive jewrelry for you who wish to wear a camera at all times. Only $15 and also available in black/silver and other colors.

 

Small leather Leica keyring
Small leather Leica keyring or attachment, handmade in Japan. Available for approximately $25 on eBay. Designed by Shigeo Tanaka.



         
 

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Personalize your camera

Leica offers engravings on cameras, and all you have to do is ask for a quote. A drawing, your signature, a classic Leica engraving. The possibilities are endless on the top plate, the bottom plate, on the back and front and so forth.


Laser-engraved name and e-mail in the bottom plate of the Leica M240. Good idea if it gets lost. Photo: Randy Walters who had this laser-engraved by a small laser engraving company in Rhode Island. I have labels inside my cameras, and on the batteries.

 

The personal engraving

Most people didn't think it would be possible to apply Leica Camera AG's "a la carte" program to the Leica M, Leica M9 and Leica M Monochrom - which is the program where one can get the Leica MP or M7 tailored to ones personal preferences in a number of diferent leather qualities and colors, with or without engravings, with red, black or chrome Leica dot (or without), technical details such as viewfinder types and different types of chrome, hammerthorne or black paint finish to the metal surface of the camera.

In 2010, when my M9 anyways had to go to the Leica Mothership for an adjustment for the first time, I wrote on the order form, "Please engrave 'Leica' on the top plate in the style of the 2003 MP," and much to my surprise they simply sent me an order confirmation. Highly encouraged by the possibilities, I then added to the order that I wanted my name as well engraved! Nothing less.

 


My Leica M9 top plate with my "Leica" engraving a la the 2003 Leica MP special edition (same size and placing on the top plate).

 

The day after I had requested it, I regretted. Did I really want my name on my camera? In some way I did. Then again, I like not to be noticed when photographing. Or rather, it doesn't matter, but there is no reason to put a label on. The resale value of a camera with ones personal name undoubtedly goes down unless the new owner has the same name (and I know nobody with my name). But then again, would I really care to ever sell it? Probably not. And was it really a big deal if I had it or not? "Nah, let's just go on with it," I decided.

Perhaps destiny was involved, or some higher powers - because the camera came back with just the Leica engraving. They had not noticed that I had added the name request. In any case, it looked great and for a couple of hours I felt I had accomplished something very special. That was how long it took before I found out that Jaap in the Netherlands had also gotten that engraving - but with his initials below!

Oh well...

 

 

The "Sexy" Monochrom

With the Leica M Monochrom in 2012 I wanted an engraving again, but I wanted it to be different than the M9. I thought long and hard about it! What should it be? The answer was that when I got the Leica M Monochrom and used the first day, it was difficult to describe exactly what the soul of that camera was. It was clearly different, and it wasn't just that it was black and white. "It's sexy", was what i had described it as, and that was perhaps the most precise I have ever gotten to describe the Leica M Monochrom since then.

It turned out I could get a typeface designed based on the original Leica typeface, and with quite some work it was possible to change it into the word "Sexy" in a way so it looked very much like Leica, but was actually "Sexy" when you looked further. There it was. I happened to visit Leica to drop it off, and to my surprise they came back with it three hours later. The engraving was done.

 


The "Sexy" Leica M Monochrom with Annie Barton strap and Leica 50mm Summicron-M f/2.0 Version II ("star" / "rigid" from 1964)


Half a year later I got a four page long non-disclosure paper from Leica Camera AG I had to sign. If I told anybody about the engraving, I had to pay 10,000 Euro!

What?

I called my contact in Pro Customer Service to hear what that was about. Was it because it said Sexy? No, it turned out Leica had only engraved three Leica M Monochrom cameras, and they weren't supposed to. But nobody knew, and nobody had asked.

I couldn't do much other than laugh about it. I had the engraving, why would I sign a document? I said I would come by with the Leica M 240 in a week, and when that was engraved, then I would sign! We laughed a bit about it and left it at that.

But from 2014 is became a normal service again, so I had my Leica M 240 engraved with the same 2003-engraving as the M9, but slightly adjusted so as to align with the microphone.

 


My Leica M 240 top plate with my "Leica" engraving a la the 2003 Leica MP special edition (same size and placing on the top plate, thought taking the built-in microphone into account why it has been moved a litte further towards the venter of the camea).

 


A classic Leica engraving with Made in Germany and the serial number applied to the silver chrome Leica M 240. This camera is with a Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95 lens and a Annie Barton braided strap in natural leather.

 

An engraving is in the range of € 250. Some times they change the top plate to engrave, some times not. I guess it is a matter of how succesful the engraving is on the original top plate. If not, they take a new one. So get it done before it get's patina, or before you want to sell it as mint.

 

Engravings in special colors

I had my Leica M 240 engraved in Hermes orange ...


Leica M 240 silver with Leica orange laser-engraving on the top plate. The strap is a Tie-Her-Up 125 cm strap made in Greece.

 

I recently had the text under the Leica engraving that the Leica M-D 262 comes with, toned down with a dark grey color. I had seen that one of the guys who works in Leica Shop Vienna had all the text on his camera made into very dark grey, so that gave me the idea.

 


Leica M-D 262 with the engraving on the topplate that it comes with. But I had the text below the Leica engraving changed from white to dark grey.

 

Engravings on lenses

If you notice, the lens in the picture above has orange and white engravings (orange for feet scale on the focusing ring). You can get the paint in the engravings changed or restored by Leica Camera AG.

Of course special engravings can also be made on lenses if you ask nicely.

An example of standard engravings and use of colors. The Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4 LHSA limited edition lens (this is a lens that was made in the 1959-design but with the 2004-design of the glass inside). On black lenses the feet are given in orange or red, on chrome lenses the feet are given in red (or orange). It has been claimed that the color indicates if it is a brass lens, but that is not the case according to the lens designers I have spoken to. There has never been a system like that for Leica lenses. LHSA is short for Leica Historical Society of America.
An example of standard engravings and use of colors. The Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4 LHSA limited edition lens (this is a lens that was made in the 1959-design but with the 2004-design of the glass inside). On black lenses the feet are given in orange or red, on chrome lenses the feet are given in red (or orange). It has been claimed that the color indicates if it is a brass lens, but that is not the case according to the lens designers I have spoken to. There has never been a system like that for Leica lenses. LHSA is short for Leica Historical Society of America.


The LHSA limited edition has this special engraving with LHSA logo. In the later limited edition of the Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4 Black Chrome lens, the feet are in red.
The LHSA limited edition has this special engraving with LHSA logo.
In the later limited edition of the Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4 Black Chrome lens, the feet are in red.

 

Special engraving made by Leica Camera AG to commerate their designer Andre de Winter (who also happened to design the Leica 75mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0 lens on the camera).
Special engraving made by Leica Camera AG to commerate their designer Andre de Winter (who also happened to design the Leica 75mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0 lens on the camera).

 

Hari Subramanyam in Germany had Leica Camera AG change all the engravings on his Leica SL (and lens) into red paint. The ventilated lens hood is the one I make and you can get in the Overgaard Gallery Store.
Hari Subramanyam in Germany had Leica Camera AG change all the engravings on his Leica SL (and lens) into red paint. The ventilated lens hood is the one I make and you can get in the Overgaard Gallery Store.

 

Tweaking the Leica to extremes

The possibilities are unlimited if you really want a special Leica. Photographer John Botte that is featured in this article has made it almost a rule to tweak all of his cameras to be different creatures. Here's a few of them.

Red Leica M7 with red, red, red. That guy has some balls. Leica 35mm FLE with ventilated lens hood.
Red Leica M7 with red, red, red. That guy has some balls. Leica 35mm FLE with ventilated lens hood.

 


Some other of John Botte's cameras.

 


Someone had their Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0 orange scale changed to red.
Someone had their Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0 orange scale changed to red.

 

Ventilated lens shades

I like ventilated lens shades for decoration and to protect the lens against bumps. So I had some made for my own lenses, and then of course people started asking how to get them. That's how I started making ventilated lens shades for most Leica lenses. See more here in the Overgaard Gallery Store.

 

My Leica M with Leica 35mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4 FLE and the ventilated lens shade and Tie Her Up Rock'n'Roll strap. The ventilated lens shade goes on the outside screw of the lens, leaving the filter screw for filters. You can buy the lens shade in Black Paint ($129) and soon also in Silver ($149) on this page.
My Leica M with Leica 35mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4 FLE and the ventilated lens shade and Tie Her Up Rock'n'Roll strap. The ventilated lens shade goes on the outside screw of the lens, leaving the filter screw for filters. You can buy the lens shade in Black Paint ($129) or Silver ($149) on this page.

 


Lightroom Survival Kit 6

 

The Special Edition Tie Her Up camrea strap

I got my new Tie Her Up Rock'n'Roll Special Edition camera strap. It's a beast.

 

Special Edition Rock'n'Roll camera strap from tieherup.eu. Waxed leather. Cigar Brown.
Special Edition Rock'n'Roll camera strap from tieherup.eu. Waxed leather. Cigar Brown. © 2016 Thorsten Overgaard,

 

 

The Sailor Strap

El Capitan Neck Strap from sailorstrap.com will do the trick if you want to go a little exotic on camera straps and want the real sailor material that can go through the seven seas and over the mountains without breaking. It's a brilliant idea, making camera straps from real rope.

They will also do custom sizes and ship out of Warszawa, Poland to any location in the world.

 

El Capitan Neck Strap from sailorstrap.com is a $67 strap made from real sailors rope. They will also do custom sizes. © 2016 Thorsten Overgaard.
El Capitan Neck Strap from sailorstrap.com is a $67 strap made from real sailors rope. They will also do custom sizes. © 2016 Thorsten Overgaard.

 

 

Handmade in Indonesia

Photographer Yb Putrola from Yogyakarta in Indonesia makes handmade camera straps and wrist straps, hand stitched, with a special touch and brass rings. All are made in few samples. You'll have to look him up on Instagram.com/ybputro and see some of the types till he gets a website. You can mail him at ybputro@yahoo.com. Usual lengths are 95 cm and 120 cm.

#ybstrap
#Ybstrap from Instagram.com/ybputro

 

Photography, style and the problem with gravity

Failures on one or some of the first Leica M Type 240 strap lugs, a couple of friends who's leather straps broke, and my own experience with three metal rings working their way out of the strap and camera lugs, puts a whole new level of attention on gravity.

You realize that if the camera strap is not working, the camera falls to the gound. I know this is elementary, but usually camera straps stay there forever.



HAWKESMILL brown leather camera strap on Leica M 240
The HAWKESMILL brown leather camera strap is made in England. It's a new brand started in 2016. It has a large o-ring and a protector for the camra body so it doesn't get scratched. They are also making some nice camera bags. Leica M 240 with orange engraving on top (made by Leica Camera in Wetzlar) and 35mm FLE. If you are interested in the ventilated lens shade, mail to thorsten@overgaard.dk to be alerted when there is stock available again (approx $100 with shipping).

 

The traditional nylon Leica strap (that the Leica M 240 comes with) is really good in many ways. It is simple, sturdy and can be expanded to proper length for most people (not that many camera straps can be made long enought; it's a problem). Also the rubber neck strap can be removed so the nylon strap becomes even more simple. I've used them on all my Leica R and Leica Digilux 2 cameras.

It's always been a science to make sure the closing mechanism of the Leica nylon strap were closed properly. It takes a while and then I guess you get it and it always works. That's how it was for me. But I do remember in the beginning that somehow the logics of how to close it some times failed.

But when it sits on the camera, it sits really well. The plastic cover has to click and stay there.

 

What is long enough?
For me 110-120 cm is a comfortable length. That means that the camera can hang across the chest and rest by the hip. But most camera straps are made to 90 cm and that is too short for anything but hanging around the neck, on the stomach. It's not that I am tall or have a large body. So those who are tallernand/or have indulged in donuts have more problems than I.

 

Here are some of my camera straps:

A Cavalcade of camera straps for the Leica M. From left A&A 250, A&A, Louis Vuitton, Leica A la Carte in brown, Annie Barton glossy black x 2, Annie Barton matte black, A&A 252, Gordy's camera strap, and finally to the right, the standard Leica camera stap that comes with the Leica M 240, Leica M9 and Leica M9-P (The Leica M Monochrom comes with a black leather strap not shown here. It can be bought as a spare part from any Leica Store).

 

Lord of the Rings

I have dropped my Leica M 240 three times beause the metal ring holding the camera strap had 'opened' itself and worked itself out of the strap lug. The first time I dropped the M 240 on ice and small stones in Norway and the glass of the EVF2 was broken (only the protection glass). The second time I was holding the camera to put it on a shelf when the strap was suddenly 'just not attached'.

The reason for this, I thought, was that I used too thin (and hence soft) metal rings. One ring came with the Annie Barton strap, the other thin ring I bought locatlly at a shoemaker for my Louis Vuitton strap.

Then I put the Leica M Monochrom strap on that comes with the Leica M Monochrom, thinking that the ring was more sturdy - and made by Leica. Unfortunately that one worked itself out too. In Shanghai I suddenly grabbed the end of the strap as the camera fell to the ground. I managed to stop the motion just 10 cm over the ground. Saved a M 240 and a Noctilux with a fast reaction!

I met a few others who had the same experiene. Always the strap lug on the left of the camera (closest to the rangefinder). I wasn't the only one.

Hmm.

It looks very unlikely when you look at the rings, that they can work themself out. And just as unlikely - almost like a magicians trick - when you stand with a camera without camera strap ... and nothing is broken off or anything. It just worked itself out of there!


The ring on the left will work it self out of the camera. The Ring to the right is the one that comes with the Leica M Monochrom strap and the Leica a la Carte straps. Even it is thicker it will also work itself out of the strap lug!

 

Triangle may be the solution

Leica supplies the standard Leica nylon strap with the Leica M 240, so one could say they never said one could expect other metal rings to work. I am fairly sure it is a slightly changed design of the strap lug that causes it. The whole M body was re-designed for the Leica M 240. Something is different from the strap lugs on the Leica M9 and the Leica M Monochrom to the Leica M 240.

One of my workshop students who had dropped his camera twice had bought some triangular rings, and he gave me one.

 


The solution can be to get some triangle strap holders like this one. It's not as classic as the round one, but it does keep the strap from working its way out.

 

I had my strap lugs changed in January 2014 as the metal was torn, but I haven't had the patience to try a round strap ring again.

 


One of my workshop students who had dropped his camera twice had bought some triangular rings GRIMM Camera Accessories (www.f-asia.co.kr), and he gave me a couple also. So I mounted that one on the left side, and since I haven't had the problem.

 

It's one of those unsolved mysteries. I have written to the factory, twice, and no answer. I take it that the talk of camera strap lugs is not something we fancy start a new discussion about. But know that if you go with round strap rings, then you must keep an eye on the left strap lug.

 

The "O" ring advice from Karl Witt

I got a mail from Karl Witt who has a background in photographic equipment repair.

He wrote, "The cause of the problem in your interesting article, is the material of the O ring. I saw many cameras come to us with impact damage. Quite often due to O ring-strap failure.

"You must select a strap or replacement O ring that you can't install using your thumb or finger nail. These O ring designs are usually stainless steel. The stainless steel O rings can eat through strap lugs made of coated brass (which is what happned to your first M 240). Most newer cameras have harden inserts in the O rings which prevents them wearing through.

"The entire problem is that many straps have O rings that are not tight enough. And the strap can get under the leading edge of the O ring and work its way off. As you have found.

"The triangle hangers will work their way off sometimes as well. The double hook design attachment pieces on some Leica straps are stainless steel and can destroy brass lugs also."

 

 


Another view of the Annie Barton strap. If you thought about other possibilities, you aren't the first one. Many people seem to take interest in the shape and form of this particular braided strap, also those who aren't into photography.

 

 

Also: Check my other articles on the Leica cameras:
Understanding Colors and White Balance in Photography
Leica M 246: Old School is the New School
  Leica Q Type 116 Hemingway
Leiac Q: The Guide that answers any Q
     

 

All those camera straps

The simplicity of the Leica M doesn't invite to add a lot to it. Most stay with the original outfit. But we want more lenses, bags and all - and then again we want simplicity and as little as possible.

Camera straps is an area of photography style where one can allow one self to go a little nuts. The economy involved is more moderate than the lenses, and if one find a new nice strap, it's one way to sex up the camera for a while.

I have built a small but impressive collection of camera straps. Som I don't use at all for a number of reasons, others I usually use throughout the whole life span of a camera. Then again, some times I change.

But most of all camera straps should be practical and personal.

The new addition for my Leica M 240 is the black leather Rock'n'Roll Chain from Tie Her Up in Greece. They claim it was inspired by the photo of the Monochrom strap above. Just to emphasise the thinking behind they also made a neck strap of the same material.

The camera strap is really soft, a little elastic and very elegant. I shall post a little more about this one and their other straps shortly.

 

Tie Her Up camera strap for Leica
I got my new black leather Tie Her Up camera strap sent to Los Angeles in August 2015 from Greece. It's a Rock'n'Roll Chain custom made for my Leica M 240 so it fits perfecty with a 125 cm length (the long of the two lengths it comes in). Tie Her Up also makes their straps custom length, so all you got to do is ask. Leica M 246 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95
.

 

Riviera camera strap from Tie Her Up
Riviera Camera Strap (€67) from Tie Her Up. They make costom lengths. The camera is my Leica M 240 in chrome with Hermes orange Leica engraving. © 2015 Thorsten Overgaard.

I was so happy with the Rock'n'Roll Chain strap that I got myself some of the others as well. Both for the Leica Q as well as for the Leica M. The first one I got was a relatively rough leather strap that had the perfect length (125-130 cm) and just works very well. Next came two softer Riviera camera straps (€67) that are a little more elegant made. I got a dark brown and one in cognac (above in the picture). I really liked them but had trouble deciding on the color. ... so the next one coming will be in red!

 


Leica M 240 silver with a Tie-Her-Up 125 cm red leather strap made in Greece. See www.tieherup.eu.

 


Leica M9 grey with the orange Rock'n'Roll Chain leather strap from Tie-Her-Up. A 125 cm strap made in Greece. See www.tieherup.eu.

 


A simple black strap (110 cm), made in Sweden by Daniel Gustavsson. Check out his stuff on www.larsdanielgustavsson.se

 

 

Hermes Barda bag made into a camera bag, with Leica M Monochrom and Annie Barton camera strapHermés Barda camera bag and Annie Barton camera strap. The Hermés "Barda" bag comes in two sizes, 35 x 27 x 7 cm and 43 cm and in etain/pewter and ebene/ebony colors and black sikkim calfskin leather. The price is HK$49700 and HK$58600 respectively.

 

The very sexy Annie Barton handmade full leather braided neck strap (above and below) comes also as hand wrist, and in brown, matte black, glossy black and even some funky orange, blue and white colors.

I use the short one which is the correct length for me (115 cm), but also a longer one is available if you have a tall and/or large body.

The Annie Barton 1972 straps and bags are handmade in Hong Kong and are also sold from Red Dot Cameras in London. If you go to Hong Kong and visit the store of Annie Barton on the third floor in Central Hong Kong you won't meet Annie Barton as that is a made-up name. But you might meet the couple that produce and sell the Annie Barton straps and bags. Their opening hours are usually from after lunch till late.

 


The new improved 2016 Annie Barton strap
The new improved 2016 Annie Barton strap has nylon enhancement to hold onto the rings.

 

The new improved Annie Barton strap

The 2016-edition of the Annie Barton braided strap somes in many lengths and colors. Also the usual black. But more importantly the connection the the camera rings has been strengthened with nylon so the strap lasts longer.

 

Gordy's Camera Staps
Gordy's Camera Staps, for the hand wrist: This is the regular length of three sizes, with a wrist pad. Photo: Marc Wueger.

 

Gordy's Camera Staps
Gordy's Camera Staps makes affordable, custom-made shoulder straps as well. Any length and colors mix you like.

 

         
 

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Harry Benz Straps


Harry Benz is handmade straps in any length you want, any design you can think of.

 

 

Luigi from Italy - Leicatime

If you really like leather, Luigi in Italy is the man. Everything is handmade leather and custom made. He doesn't have the worlds easiest website, and he may not work fast. But those who wait, say they love him.

Luigi also have quite an intersting collection of second-hand lenses and cameras, as well as soft releases, as well as his bottom plates with easy access to the battery and SD-card.

 

Luigi in Italy is the man for leather straps, cases, special made bottom plates and rare lenses.
Luigi in Italy is the man for leather straps, cases, special made bottom plates and rare lenses.

 

Leather half-cases

Leica Camera AG has come out with some half cases (and full cases with magnetic locking mechanism) for the Leica M 240, and there are plenty of models to choose from if one visit JnK Handworks (Korea), Luigi (Italy) and Angelo Pelle (Italy) ... and many others.

Nile Alligator half case and strap from JnK Handworks, Korea. Photo: S C Chiew, Singapore.
Nile Alligator half case and strap from JnK Handworks, Korea. Photo: S C Chiew, Singapore.

 


Interesting half-case for the Leica M60 with the ISO-dial on the back. From Paul Glendel of Classic Cases. Photo by: Alfred Corodi.

 

The Mada1432 strap from Indonesia

Seeing that BH Photo in New York had both CHROME Leica M 240 and BLACK Leica M 240 in stock for overnight shipping was too much of a temptation. Next morning 10.30 AM the new dragon baby was in my hands. As was the Mada1432 camera strap from Indonesia. A pure beauty of soft orange leather, with painted edges as I had requested.

It may be generally unknown that Indonesia has one of the most enthusiastic Leica societies in the world. Have a look at the Facebook page ISPL (Indonesian Street-Photography Lovers).

 


The Mada1432 camera strap from Indonesia with painted edges has been in my dreams for a while. Now it sits on the Leica M 240 that BH Photo in New York shipped overnight. And not to forget, the sexy Leica 21mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4.

 

straps from MADA1432
Andreas Rutsch from Munich also ordered a couple of straps from MADA1432. It takes some time and effort communicating with them, but once you agree what needs to happen, it arrives VERY quiclky (within a week). The strap in this images is a little thicker than mine abov, and also longer. 100% custom made.

 

 

         
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Portugal hand-made straps

Deadcameras straps are handmade leather that fits with pride on many older Leica R and Leica M film cameras, as well as the Leica M 240.


The Shoulder Strap from deadcameras
"The Shoulder Strap"
is the self-confident name of this simple leather strap that comes in 85cm, 105cm or 115cm lengths - or special made.

 

 

Leica X strap on the Leica M

Surprisingly the $70 A La Carte straps for the Leica X series fits the Leica M 240 and Leica M 246 well if you like clean strong colors as yellow, turquise, red, orange and so on. They are not exactly long straps (110 cm), but they are fairly length that will work for most.

 

Leica M 246 Monochrom with Leica A La Carter X2 yellow leather strap
I managed to change the nylon strap into a flashy yellow strap from a Leica X2 A La Carte in the Leica Store Salzburg.

 

Bottega Veneta camera strap

Bottega Veneta is famous for their unique woven pattern in leather bags. S C Chiew from Singapore stumbled over a camera strap in one of their stores and bought it. No idea if it is available or it is a limited edition.



Bottega Veneta
camera strap.

 

 

Camera straps in leather and nylon

 

  Gordy's Camera Straps
  A bargain: Gordy's Camera Straps cost from $18 - $20 and are available in a number of colors and different ways to attach them on the camera. www.gordyscamerastraps.com
   

Artisan & Artist of Japan make quite a few in leather, cotton, silk and nylon, and their prices are about the same as the original Leica a la Carte program leather straps.

Though the A&A straps has more than just a metal ring in the end, they also have a small piece of leather as protection between the camera body and the metal ring.

One thing to take note of when looking for camera straps for the Leica M is the length. The standard length from A&A is 90 cm whihc is too short if the strap goes across the chest and over the (opposite) shoulder. Then the 105 cm edition which they offer for some of the types is better. But if you have a big body, not even the 105 cm will do the trick. Gordy and Annie Barton is the solution then.

I use the 105 cm A&A black leather strap with white stitching, the model ACAM 252. It's nice when used for a few weeks as it becomes very soft. The neckpad tends to move back and forth after some use, so either you develop a habit of adjusting it, or you sew it so it stays, or you simply remove it by cutting it off so that you just have a simple black leather strap. That's what I did.

The Leica M Monochrom leather strap is also very nice and simple - and long enought for most people. It is very stiff in the beginning, but after having been used for a while it gets soft and nice.

 

ACAM-250 and ACAM-252

Cutting off the shoulder pad is by the way something you can also do on the classic original Leica nylon strap that comes with the Leica M. It has a rubber neck/shoulder pad and the nylon strap is adjustable for small and large (human) bodies. It's a strap that does the job, made in a simple and compact design, and will last for many years. It takes a lot of weight.

 

 
  Limited Edition A&A halfcase for Leica M in Orange or Black currently available from Leitax.com
Price is 185 Euro including matching camera strap.
   

A&A is sold in Europe by Monochrom in Germany, Red Dot Cameras in London and leitax.com in Spain. Popflash in the US sell and ship worldwide as well. A&A has a very big program so you might want to send an e-mail to the dealer asking for certain A&A product numbers.

A great number of Asian dealers have A&A in stock (as it's a Japanese brand) though I'm not familiar with which exact shops.

A&A used to do bags and wallets for women, but the owner is a camera geek, so that is why they also do nice camera straps and bags.

 

Another brand in 95cm leather straps, camera halfcases, hand strap (attached via a bottom plate), bags and other is Korean CIESTA. Some of their halfcases look really nice, and their camera straps are usually thicker than the A&A straps.

Their range of leather goods seem to be quite large, covering Olympus Pen, Leica X1, Fuji X100, Panasonic cameras, Canon 5D and others. They also feature Fashion Straps for RF cameras in all sorts of materials and colors. It's quite easy to find their products in photo stores in Asia.

 

CIESTA leather straps
CIESTA rangefinder strap, made in Corea from Italian leather, and very economical. www.ciesta9.com
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Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas camera strap
My Leicaflex SL Mot with the Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas strap no J52315 attached . Louis Vuitton sell this strap for a womans bag on its own and you remove then the brass fittings and find some chrome rings as the ones you usually see on camera straps, size around 15 mm diameter. Cut off the brass buckles, put on the chrome rings. 5-10 minutes and you are all set. The length of the strap is 85 - 110 cm depending on how you adjust it.
You can get leather straps and other colors as well, but for the bling-bling look it has to be Monogram I think. Shirt is Maison Martin Margiela should you want to complete the look, glasses are Persol Eyewear sunglasses made into reading glasses. Photo © 2012 by Joy Villa.

 

 

           
 

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The original Leica a la Carte leather strap is about 98 cm long and without shoulder pad. They can be adjusted to a length of approx 115 cm in steps of 2,5 centimeters. These come in leather in many colors from classic discrete black seattle leather (order no 14453) or alligator black (order no 14465) over red (order no 14457) to cobalt blue (order no 14469). Most Leica Camera Flagship Stores have them in stock, so don't hesitate to ask even if you only see a few as part of the exhibition of the Leica a la Carte system. They are sold as any other assessory. The very classic brown leather strap for Leica M4 which is about 65 cm long (so that the camera hangs on the chest) I don't know if still exist, but the principle was good and when over the shoulder the camera would be hidden under the bicep.

ACAM-103N-red-acrylic-cloth
Also this one, the Artisan and Artist ACAM103N-RED strap in acrylic material with leather parts (also available in white, black or khaki). Though it has more the soft feeling of cotton, according to the happy owner Dennis DeSilva who shot this picture of the Leica M9 with it. He got his for $75 from PopFlash in the US. The A&A ACAM 103N-RED is also available from Leitax.com in Spain for just 40€ via Paypal.

 

Artist ACAM103N-RED
The Artisan and Artist
ACAM103N-RED strap

 

Nevada black leather strap from Tie Her Up
The camera strap that might go for your modern Leica, but most definitely will work with any old film leica, is the Nevada black leather strap from Tie Her Up in Greece. It comes straight from the factory as if it had been through two world wars and dried for a few centuries under the sun in Nevada.

 

Handmade leather straps from Fabien Barbazan


Braided strap from Fabien Barbazan

 


Custom designed strap from Fabien Barbazan

 

 

  TAAB developed by Angelo Fernandes
  TAAB comes in three sizes

 

Add a focus tab

Often you can get Leica Camera AG to (remove) or add a focus tab on most lenses.

But you can also choose the easy and flexible way with the rubber tab TAAB from USA that is sold from their website LENSTAB.COM or a nuber of dealers in UK (afshoot.com and Red Dot Cameras), Hong Kong (Camera Film Photo), Netherlands (CameraTools), Indonesia (JKLENSA) and Japan (Ideamix). It comes in different sizes from Noctilux to small lenses. I applied the medium size to my 75/1.4 and 90/2 and the large one to my Noctilux.

 

Lenstab TAAB
The TAAB on my Noctilux and the mini for 35mm and similar lenses on the table. It comes in a nice metal can. The TAAB can become addictive and have some advantages I think. But it is also a different material than what the lens and camera usually is made of. Try it and decide for your self. The camera strap is the Rock'n'Roll Chain black leather strap from Tie Her Up in Greece. © 2015 Thorsten Overgaard.

 

Vax up that Leica

The black painted Leica models are rare. By using the camera a lot you can acutally get parts of the black Leica M 240 and Leica M9 to shine pretty well. But here's a trick I learned in Asia recently when I asked if a glossy Leica M 240 was a special painted model: You can actually get the Leica M body to look like painted (glossy) by using car vax. I haven't tried yet, but it's a pretty good idea. (Send me a picture when you have done it).

 

 

Black Leica dot

As you may have seen, some change their red dot on the Leica M 240 into a black one. The Leica red dot on the Leica M 240 is a different size (12 mm) than the one on previous Leica M9 and Leica ME bodies, so there is only one that fits. Black Leica Dot for Leica M 240 is avilable from Fotopia in Hong Kong for around $60

 

Black Leica Dot
Black Leica Dot for Leica M 240 is avilable from Fotopia in Hong Kong for around $60


I got my black dot, but I haven't aplied it. Maybe I never will, I like the original red dot. But the way to change it is to use a wooden toothpick of some sort to press the side of the red dot, and then stick a nail in on the other side when it lifts. Then put the black dot on.

Were to get black Leica dots? They are avilable from Fotopia in Hong Kong for around $60.

 

 

Black tape, toothpicks and (god forbid) black paint

Insulation tapeAnd speaking of custom made looks, let's touch on the habit some have of removing the Leica M lettering on the front with a wooden toothpick (which is quite easily done - and Leica can repaint it if you regret), or by adding black tape over the M white letter and/or the red Leica dot.

The proper black tape to use would be insulation tape (also known as electrical tape or PVC tape). Easy to mount, easy to remove without leaving glue.

Duck tape is very thick and has a different surface than insulation tape, and will leave more glue when removed - and sometimes take off the lettering as well when removed.

I've also seen cameras painted over with black paint or ink, and it just doesn't look pretty; because the paint will usually be another color and reflection than the camera body. Just not a great look even if it seems easy to do.

But please, don't.

 

No red dot (and no black dot either)

MG Productions in Hong Kong made these black metal plates that are painted black, as a replacement for the red dot. They are promising to have them for Leica M 240 as well soon. Visit their Facebook Page for more info, or send them an e-mail.


The black painted brass dot from MG Production in Hong Kong. $10 including shipping.

 

Get yourself a nice print of your photographs

Manuel Gomes Teixeira is a Platinum Palladium printer who also does workshops in the art of a good print. Below is a print he made of me and my daugher Robin on 25g Kozo Paper.

 

Thorsten Overgaard and Robin Isabella Overgaard by Lawrence Wong in Hong Kong
A In 2014 Lawrence Wong did my workshop in Hong Kong and made a great photograph of my and my daughter Robin Isabella walking in the late afternoon. A year later he had Manuel Gomes Teixeira make a print as a gift for us.

 


Wooden Hand Grip for Leica M 240
J. B. Camera Designs Wooden Hand Grip for Leica M 240.

 

Real men don't need GPS

You know who you are, and where you are going. You don't need GPS. So a handmade, rustic Wooden Hand Grip or a Bamboo Hand Grip will be just what you want to rock the Leica M 240. J. B. Camera Designs make them and they look pretty coool when used for a while. Made in the USA and less than $100.

They also make them for the Leica Q and many other cameras.

 


Bamboo Hand Grip is less than $100 and ships from Amazon.

 

 

Leica tin camera

Why not expand the camera collection with this nice tin camera for coins or candy? I found this one in Canada, but they sell them online and ship all over the world. You can take the top off and put stuff inside.

 

Vintage Visual Collection Leica replica tin camera from elitetins.com.
Vintage Visual Collection Leica replica tin camera from elitetins.com.

 

Rare Leica cameras that doesn't take pictures

I got this rare Leica camera of porcelain from Milano, New Old Camera. They had a few made in black and white for their anniversary by Artistic Pottery (handmade in Faenza).

Leica porcelain camera by Artistic Pottery (handmade in Faenza).
Leica porcelain camera by Artistic Pottery (handmade in Faenza).

 

 

  Soft release from Tsujimurasan
  A soft-release from Tsujimurasan in Tokyo, in the range of $200

Leica and Japanese artistry

Now, this is something quite different! In Tokyo, Japan Mr. Jay Tsujimura is the artist who creates these very unique pieces for your Leica. A soft-release button as well as a beautiful piece to cover the hot shoe.

Needless to say, Tsujimurasan is a fan of Leica cameras. I cannot help imagining if he would re-create a complete Leica M 240 body...!

www.shopjay.com

 


The soft release button from Jay Tsujimura is in the area of $230 and the hot shoe cover is in the range of $450-$500.

 


The soft release button from Jay Tsujimura is in the area of $230 and the hot shoe cover is in the range of $450-$500.



His newest creation is this 18K gold Sakura Soft Release, Golden Floral Emblems of Japan.

 

 

The soft personal touch - Soft Release Buttons

Soft buttons exist for all Leica M cameas, and some can even be used on other cameras as well. The idea is generally that the different surface allows you to press the shutter more softly. And it does really work for some people, and for some it don't. It's just one of those things some like, others don't.

 

KOMARU Titanium Soft Release
I am not a soft release type of person. The only soft release I liked myself is the KOMARU Titanium Soft Release, but then it fell off after a day because I didn't stick it on properly. That soft release has a really nice feel and goes very well with the silver Leica M 240.

 

The soft release buttons exist in many colors so as to satisfy any personal taste, and as they cost very little, one might stock up different ones so as to be able to change into something more fashionable. Like cufflinks, it doesn't have to be the same every day.

Check the types from www.rapidwinder.com and www.matchtechnical.com

 

soft button release for Leica M
This one is either a flower power edition of the soft button release, or it's the artist edition. In any case you never feel alone with those friendly eyes staring up on you! It's different and could probably work wonders for the children photographer to familiarize the children with the camera. Photo courtesy of Birgit Krippner who also supplied the red wig under her Leica for this photo (no, it's not a shag carpet).

 


Here's three types of the smaller soft buttons, originally made for the Leica M3, and as can be seen, much smaller than most of the current available soft buttons. This is a chrome that goes well with the chrome shutter release of the Leica M9, a non-glossy black, and a glossy black that is a tiny more glossy than the Leica M9 in black. A glossy chrome also exists.

 

SDFormatter software and the one and only SD-card

You should download the free software SDFormatter for Mac to have it ready. (also availabe as SDFormatter for Windows)

What does it do? It formats your SD-card so you get back optimum speed when you for some reason or another lose the speed (after formatting the card in other cameras, etc).

 
  SanDisk 64GB 95MB
   

The ideal SD-card for the Leica M 240 is the SanDisk 64GB 95MB/sec SD-card. I have one I use, and one for backup that I never use, unless the main card gets lost or starts acting up.

I am in favor of simple workflow, and SD-cards tend to work really well, till they one day decide to act up. Using just one main card that you know well and take care of ensures that you use something you know works. And then you have a similar back-up if something happens.

But don't shuffle around between different brands, different sizes and keep a whole farm of SD-cards. I know from experience that whenever I meet somebody who has a "SD card wallet" with an unlimited amount of SD-cards that they newer know which works, never know which are empty and which they already downloaded.

The way to use a SD-card is:

1. Use one card and shoot only with that.
2. Download the images to the computer.
3. Delete the images on the card.
4. Put the card back in the camera.
5. Have a backup card in a pocket or bag thta you only use if the one you use fails.

The startup time for the Leica M 240 using the SanDisk 64GB 95MB/sec SD-card is about 1.5 - 2.0 seconds. If you have anything longer than that, you need that card and/or formatting.

 

Photo bags for Leica

In a tiny atelier lost in the depths of France sits Nigel and Bee and makes some facinating bags. Their most popular for Leica users is the B-Like but they do a lot. Se more at e www.foggspecialistbags.com.

B-Laïka in 'Holy-Smoke’ fabric with Havana leather.
B-Laïka in 'Holy-Smoke’ fabric with Havana leather.

 

 

GUCCI photo bag by Thorsten von Overgaard
The Italian 2014 GUCCI photo bag, aka the Leather Duffle Travel Bag in Bright Diamante yellow color. A perfect travel bag with a Billingham insert for the camera, lenses and acessories such as harddrives, lightmeter, batteries, etc. Larger than the Louis Vuitton iCare and the Goyard Ambassade, yet it looks quite compact. Perfect for keeping the pieces together and for travel. For carrying around all day you would go with a smaller bag, or no bag and just tha camera across the chest. $1,850 with shoulder strap in matching yellow leather (model 353394 AIZ1G 7011) and also comes in blue, orange, red and black. The shoulder strap is not as well-made as other brands. Mine broke after a year but Gucci repaired it for free (only took 8 months).

 


Goyard Ambassade camera bag by Thorsten Overgaard
Goyard Ambassade
is perfect as camera bag for the Leica M with three inside pockets and one outside pocket. I've added the Billingham insert that leave space for chargers and harddrives in the ends and reflector on the side. It's made to last a generation of three, and the shoulder strap is the wide type for carrying and not just decodation. The most economical place to buy Goyard is in the Paris store, and if you are from outside Europe, you get the VAT back in the airport when you fly home. The Goyard stores in USA and Asia are usually more expensive. This one is the most classic outfit but you can also get it in yellow, red, green, blue, white, or the same pattern as this one, but with black leather instead of cognac leather.

There is usually a waiting time of about 2-3 months for some of the bags. I ordered and paid for this one in May and picked it up in October. Twice the joy. The camera strap is the Rock'n'Roll Chain black leather strap from Tie Her Up in Greece.

 

 

What were they thinking?

It's not unusual that my bags break after long use, and I'll sende them in for repair. With luxury bags, you can get bags restored and repaired many years after you bought them.

Recently I was very happy to get the new Goyard Alpin backpack that is both new and very hard to get. I was in Paris, and what-do-you-know, they got me one in two days.

 


The Goyard Alpin backpack is a new August 2016 design. Price in Paris is Euro 3,500 (and VAT back if you live outside Europe) and price in USA is $4,750 plus local VAT. The Goyard pencil bag is on the right; I use that for small acessories (sensor cleaning, batteries for lightmeters, SD-cards, etc).

 

 

First the strap broke. Then the whole thing.
First the strap broke. Then the whole thing.


The broken strap for the Goyard Alpin. It couldn't hold a backpack loaded with 8 kilos (16 pounds).

  The broken strap for the Goyard Alpin. It couldn't hold a backpack loaded with 8 kilos (16 pounds).
   

I've long been looking for a backpack becuase I usually have one computer carry-on and one camera carry-on. It's a pain in the arms and shoulders with long sercurity lines and many airports where they don't offer trolleys. So I thought, let me try to simplify things into one backpack. And the Goyard was the one I had eyed.

The Goyard Alpin backpack is very light, about 400 grams, made elegant and simple with some well-thought solutions. The strap can be changed into a cross-chest strap for those days you want that. My Billingham insert from the Hadley Pro bag fit perfect into it. I could hide a couple of backup-hard drives in the bottom under the insert and had lots of space on top of the insert for jackets, headphones, etc.

However, the first day the strap to tighten the opening of the bag broke. Not a big problem, I didn't like it anyways. So I took it off.

Then four days later when I was on assignment in London, I heard a strage sound from behind for every step I took. Three steps and the strap had broken off with thee disturbing tearing sounds. I wondered what I had done wrong, so I had the bag weighted. It had only 8 kilos in it (16 punds) which would not be the maximum for any backpack (computer is 3 kg with charger; then add some Leica lenses and bodies and you can easily get to 15 kilos).

I returned the bag to Goyard and asked them to either make a special one or redesign the bag.

Epilogue: After two months Goyard acknowledged they had recieved it and would examine it. A month later again they offered that I could get other products instead; they would not make it stronger or make special model for me. I told them it would be very disappointing if Goyard weren't able to make a product that worked for travel; if they could please reconsider making a real backpack. In February they returned me the money to my bank account.

This will lead to that I will design my own bag later this year. Ironically it will be with the people who used to make the Goyard bags in the old days (when they were made to last for generations).

I loved the overall design of the bag and how they made some great solutions. But of course, if the basic principle of having it on the back doesn't work, not much fun about it.

 

The Goyard Alpin has some great simple design solutions. I loved it to bits till it fell apart.
The Goyard Alpin has some great simple design solutions. I loved it to bits till it fell apart after four days.

 

The front features a "hidden" department for pens, cards and other stuff. There is also access to an inside pocket via the zipper on top. Unfortunately the bag failed completely after four days when the straps broke.
The front features a "hidden" department for pens, cards and other stuff. There is also access to an inside pocket via the zipper on top. Unfortunately the bag failed completely after four days when the straps broke.

 

 

Louis Vuitton Monogram backpack

I've looked at this a few times but haven't bought one. I really like it, and the side pockets will even fit a lens or two each; and it has the nice inside pockets for passport, business cards, chewing gum and all those small things. My main concern is actually that I have so much Monogram already ... I really want to mix it up and not have everything be the same. Price is $2,700.

 

Louis Vuitton Monogram backpack as camera bag for Leica M10 and more ...
Louis Vuitton Monogram backpack as camera bag for Leica M10 and more ...

 

 

Bags that break

Usually bags will break in the loops that hold the shoulder strap, or the lugs that holds the handle. I've never had any bags where the bottom fell out or something like that. But I have returned bags from Louis Vuitton and Gucci several times for repairs.


My Louis Vuitton gave in after 3-4 years of heavy use. I don't know what they made them for, but a computer, water bottles, hard drives and such will take them out. The good thing about Louis Vuitton is that they can reapair and renovate even very old bags they once made. One month and it was back from Paris, as good as new.
My Louis Vuitton gave in after 3-4 years of heavy use. I don't know what they made them for, but a computer, water bottles, hard drives and such will take them out. The good thing about Louis Vuitton is that they can reapair and renovate even very old bags they once made. One month and it was back from Paris, as good as new.



Another bag beats the dust. My Goyard Ambassade shoulder strap is well made, except the metal fittings where the small metal parts can go loose. In this case the small cylinder that holds the locking mechanism. It takes Goyard three months or so to repair this rather simple defect.
Another bag beats the dust. My Goyard Ambassade shoulder strap is well made, except the metal fittings where the small metal parts can go loose. In this case the small cylinder that holds the locking mechanism. It takes Goyard three months or so to repair this rather simple defect.

 

Made in Detroit, USA

Inspired by the smart silhouette of vintage camera bags, this Top-Zip Messenger from Shinola makes a great camera bag or briefcase. It comes in brown or black with silver tone hardware and a cotton lined-interior. Adjustable cotton webbing shoulder strap. Price around $950 from Shinola.

 

Top-Zip Messenger from Shinola, Detroit
Top-Zip Messenger from Shinola comes in brown or black.

 

 

The old-school sports bag

PUMA gym bag as camera bag for photographers
The less expensive PUMA gym bag made into a camerabag for travel. With a Billingham insert for the camera, lenses and acessories such as harddrives, lightmeter, batteries, etc. you are set for under $100. Same size as the Gucci bag above. The one in the photo is a limited edition, but they keep coming with new editions every year.

 


The Leica System Case by ANEAS, Medium size in brown leather. Really nice quality inside and outside, fits a body with lens and 2-4 other lenses. A department in the bottom leave space for batteries, chargers and more. An outside pocket on the back for a book or magazine. Price is $980 in Leica Store Los Angeles, Leica Store Miami and most other Leica Stores. It's not really a walking bag for all day, and not a travel bag for a complete system either.

 

Stylish camera bags for the woman on the move

Pompidoo makes camera bags for women (and in 2016 they will also make some more for men).

Lima camera bag from Pompidoo
Lima camera bag from Pompidoo.

 


When only the best is good enought for your Leica lense, choose a camera bag from Pompidoo that looks like this inside.

 


So far Pompidoo makes one camera bag for men, the Amsterdam, but promise to make more in 2016.

 


I decided for this white leather with black edges to make it a kind of classic Chanel look. The Saker camera bag from the Frankie Falcon workshop in the Lancashire valleys, UK comes in leather or canvas and in many colors from conservative green canvas over posh sand-colored leather, to pink and white leather. Several sizes to choose from, for the country and town.

 


The Frankie Falcon camera bags comes with nice inside and soft departments for the cameras (can be taken out so it is a normal soft bag with nice interior).

 

Perigrine camera bag in leather or canvas
The Perigrine camera bag from the Frankie Falcon workshop in the Lancashire valleys, UK comes in leather or canvas and in many colors from conservative green canvas over posh sand-colored leather, to pink and white leather. Several sizes to choose from, for the country and town.

 

Perigrine camera bag from Frankie Falcon
The backside of the Perigrine camera bag from Frankie Falcon in UK. Sand leather.

 

The DOMKE camera bag for your next war reportage

If you are going hiking and want to make sure all the gear stays in the bag no matter what, the DOMKE

DOMKE The Chronicle RuggedWear Black shoulder camera bag (from their The Journalist Series) is a huge bag with lots of space, extra pockets and made to last a lifetime. Only $280 at Amazon.
DOMKE The Chronicle RuggedWear Black shoulder camera bag (from their The Journalist Series) is a huge bag with lots of space, extra pockets and made to last a lifetime. Only $280 at Amazon.

 

A genius little detail on the DOMKE bag is the bar-code on this metal tag and suggesting you to call or report if you find this bag.
A genius little detail on the DOMKE bag is the bar-code on this metal tag and suggesting you to call or report if you find this bag.

 

Goyard Filter Holder

It's a coin wallet for some people. For others it's a sexy filter holder that holds two filters 62mm or smaller. Small luxuriant genius in the range of $300.

Goyard coin wallet
The Goyard coin wallet in leather and canvas holds two filters. In this photo a 60mm and a 39mm filter occupy the two compartments. One of the compatments is yellow inside.

 

Goyard coin wallet
Compact fashion and style, handmade in Paris in the 100+ year tradition of travel gear that lasts a few generations.
It comes in black, green and a few other colors, price around $300.

 

Special filters

You can get color filters to work with black & white, but check out the TIFFEN filters. I got some different filters from them to sex up my life recently, and they are fun working with. Go look what is available of special filters for mist, stars and other special effects. It's fun, especially when you can preview the results with live view.

 

I used the TIFFEN PRO-MIST 1 for this candle-light shot of actor Jason Dohring recntly. The whole scene is lit by candlelights only. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4 Black Chrome. © 2016 Thorsten Overgaard.
I used the TIFFEN "PRO-MIST 1" for this candle-light shot of actor Jason Dohring recently. The whole scene is lit by candlelights only. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4 Black Chrome. © 2016 Thorsten Overgaard.

 

Another play with a filter handheld in front of the lens (to ge tthe reflections). The TIFFEN "PRO-MIST 1" adds softness to the overall picture. It reminds me of the fun I had when I was a teenager shooting film. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4 Black Chrome. © 2016 Thorsten Overgaard.
Another play with a filter handheld in front of the lens (to ge tthe reflections). The TIFFEN "PRO-MIST 1" adds softness to the overall picture. It reminds me of the fun I had when I was a teenager shooting film. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4 Black Chrome. © 2016 Thorsten Overgaard.

 

The Diane von Furstenberg Battery Clutch

DvF is known for fashion under the slogan "The Woman I Wanted to Be". Little did she know that her pouches for cosmetics in the now classic DvF patterns out this season will make our Leica batteries feel energetic and organized.

The clutches are currently sold as a set of three for $98 in DvF stores (the "Heritage Print Nylon Cosmetic Pouch Trio") and are great for organizing the small bits and pieces that goes with photography. DvF also makes the "Good Fortune Cosmetic Pouch Trio" that might work for some.

 


Diane von Furstenberg everything else pouch; ear plugs, tape, USB stick, sensor cleaners, etc ... The set consist of three bags and the largest one I gave to a princess.

 


Diane von Furstenberg clutch for batteries. It comes as the "Heritage Print Nylon Cosmetic Pouch Trio" for $98. She also makes other small pouches.

 

 

Patina

The first little scratch in your new Leica is the worst. Then it goes fast. As soon as there is a little scratch in the edge of the camera, the edge will start peeling off if you carry the camera most of the time. So many admire a brassed Leica, and yet many protect their camera as if it was one they had borrowed from the Leica Store.

 


Let it go. Patina is beautiful. Also for leather, as in this beaten-up well used vintage Hermes bag I stumbled over in Los Angeles (the Leica M9 camera in the picture is not mine but the one of Matt Jacobson).

 


Simplicity: It looks like a good old classic camera. The new Leica M 240 in silver chrome with Leica 50mm Summicron-M f/2.0 ("star" / "rigid" from 1964), Leica M Monochrom strap and the Leica Multidysfunctional Handgrip.

 

Impossible lenses

The harder to get, the better. As the Leica 90mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0 in chrome. It's heavier, but it looks really nice with the silver chrome Leica M 240. (Almost) imposible to find.

silver chrome Leica 90mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0
Leica M 240 with silver chrome Leica 90mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0 vs the black ditto. If you find the silver one the price is usually around $6,000, almost the double of the black ditto as second hand. Finger Loop on the black camera.

 

The Silver Noctilux

Since May 2014 the Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95 became available in Silver as a lens available from stock. It's tempting to ask for a trade-in price at your dealer to know what you have to pay to drop off your old black Noctilux to get the silver one.

It's a little unfortunate for those who bought a Leica "limited edition" set with a silver Noctilux and thought they were one of only 20 people in the world with a Silver Noctilux. Just to wake up three years later to discover that now everybody can get one for normal price. Bad management, good lens design. Bottom line is that the silver Noctilux is available.

 

Finger Loop

Leica Camera AG made a Finger Loop for the Leica M 240 Handgrip and Multifuncional Handgrip (as well as for the Leica X Vario). In the photo above you can see one with the loop, one without.

The Finger Loop comes in three sizes, Small, Medium and Large. Personally I have tried the Medium and Large, and it is not something for me. I don't like keep adding onto a traditionally simple camera. The EVF-2 and eventual a Handgrip. Not more.

But it has some advantages. The Medium size would fit me, but the Large is nicer in that one can easily get the fingers in and out. I recently had a workshop where everybody but me used the finger loop, and that should tell you how right and wrong I am on this. So try it and see for your self.

Updated design coming
The Finger Loop screws on and should stay on. But one should keep an eye on it, which is obvious. Some lock very well, others stay a little loose so they evetually will go off and get lost. In one case it fell off and the user dropped his camera with Noctilux.

This promted Leica Camera AG to post a message on June 4, 2014 that they are working on an updated and improved design. And that they will inform when they have solved the problem.

The original Finger Loop was designed in leather for the Leica M9 Titanium Limited Edition, and on this camera it is inserted into a locking mechanism. Very much like the locking mechanism that is seen for the camrea strap and hand strap on the Leica T.

 

VIP Leica Breakfast

A friend send me this picture of his breakfast. Now, that is quite a VIP statement. I happen to visit the same hotel, so next time I come around they will have to come up with a bigger apple ... or a water melon!

Small leather Leica keyring
VIP breakfast for a guest (not me) at a proper hotel where the restaurant chef evidently knows what really goes on in the persons dreams ...

 

One more Leica ...

The Leica Q that was released in June 2015 is a quite interesting camera I have used quite a bit and written a extensive article about here: "To be, or not to be, that is the Q". It is also a camera I have fun borrowing out to people. When I did phootgraphs in a kindergarten in Copenhagen, I had the kids take photos of each other.

It's not easy to get hold of ... one more reason to want one.

 

Leica Q
The kids in a Copenhagen kindergarten had fairly good success with the 1-Point AF on the Leica Q, and in any case thought it was great fun using it. © 2015 Thorsten Overgaard.

 

 

Leather for your Leica M 240

Leica offer "a la carte" leather for their cameras, and usually Leica Stores have a selectrion of leather samples to choose from.

Another way is to order a leather for the Leica M from Camera Leather. They may not win the price for best designed website, but their leather is made very precise and is economical. The website cameraleather.com will advice as to which leather, and how to mount it.

Having seen a few home-mounted leather pieces, I would recommend doing what Birgit Krippner did, which was ordering Griptac Medium Grey leather from Camera Leather directly, and then visiting Leica Customer Service in Wetzlar to have them mount it. Very precise cut, and very precise mounting.

 


Umo Amy Ratanadilokcha
i in Bangkok, Thailand had his Leica M 240 made with this beautiful leather covering. Well, when I say beautiful, I know it's going to be fifty-fifty who loves it and who would never do such a thing to their camera. But I think it is yummy. The leather is fairly economical ($60) and is made with Aki-Asahi custom covering at AV Camera in Bangkok, a small camera store that is as busy as Central Station most time of the day - and always has many great Leica offerings.

If done by the AV Camera store in Bangkok the price is about $100 and takes three hours.

 


Umo Amy Ratanadilokchai is a colorful person, as you can tell by this photo. He was also the fist one - as far as I know - who got a Louis Vuitton camera strap. He was the one that taught me how to get it.



Matching bag and strap: Umo Amy Ratanadilokchai's red Leica M 240 with matching "Yin Yang" Anni Barton strap and the limited edition orange Billingham bag (that is blue inside).

 

Jon in Vancouver have had some of his cameras fitted with leather. This Leica IIIf with "Camel" orange leather from aki-asahi makes me a little envy ... They also make leather for the Leica M 240.

 


The Leica M-P 240 Safari with Leica 16-18-21mm Tri-Elmar f/4.0 lens. The strap on the camera is Luigi's Custom Ostrich Leather and usuall comes with a half-case as well. The above photo is from the article "Traveling through ice landscapes with the Leica M-P 240"

 

The black leather Rock'n'Roll Chain camera strap from Tie Her Up
The black leather Rock'n'Roll Chain camera strap from Tie Her Up on the Leica M 240.

 


Here is Birgit Krippner's Leica M240 with the same type of Griptac Medium Grey as she had applied to her Leica M9. Note the sexy lens shade on the 28mm Summicron lens that I talk about below:

 

The sexy shade for the 35mm Summilux and 28mm Elmarit

  Leica lens hood 12 466
  Leica lens hood 12 466 for the 1994-2010 35mm Summilux-M ASPH
   

Don't ask why, but in 2011 Leica designed this mother of all lens shades for the older Leica 35mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4 just as they had introduced the new 35mm FLE (FLoating Elements). It's a 350 Euro lens shade, and the good thing is that it also fits the current 28mm Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0 [11604] and the previous 28mm Elmarit-M f/2.8 [11809] as well.

It's the sort of thing everybody thinks is overpriced, yet love when they have gotten it. In all fairness it's not just a piece of metal but does have some moving mechanical parts inside enabling it to be mounted as a clip-on shade.

And to justify the purchase further, an old half-beaten-up ventilated lens shade for the 50mm or 35mm lens from the 60's easily runs up in $200.

 

Leica lens hood 12 466 Leica lens hood 12 466 on the 1994-2010 35mm Summilux-M ASPH edition. Leica M9-P silver and Gordy's Camera Staps.

 

Leica 12504 crome lens shade
Speaking of lens shades: Even the videly available (and good) Leica 35mm Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0 can be made into a sexy looking lens with the original Leica 12 504 ventilated lens shade. It can be found in black, whereas in chrome as the above you will have to look in every corner of many camera stores. As Malou Lasquite from Switzerland did to acquire this one for her chrome Leica M9-P and matching chrome lens.

 


My Leica M with Leica 35mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4 FLE and the ventilated lens shade in silver. The ventilated lens shade goes on the outside screw of the lens, leaving the filter screw for filters. You can buy the lens shade in Black Paint ($129) or Silver ($149) on this page.

 

 

"Thumbie" and "Thumbs Up" for Leica M 240

Thumbs Up from Match Technical is used on approximately 20% of the Leica M cameras I have ever seen. On the Leica M 240 there is a small thumb rest on the camera body already.

If the Thumbs Up EP-10S is mounted on the Leica M240, there goes the hotshoe that you would use for the EVF-2 electronic viewfinder (for wide angle lenses or simply for electronic viewfinder).

 

Thumbs Up EP-10S for Leica M 240 in Silver
Thumbs Up EP-10S comes in chrome and black and is attached to the flash shoe. If you don't plan to use the hot-shoe, it is also a stylish cover. A good all-in-one solution instead of the plastic cover the camera comes with, of the flash shoe and HDMI plug below the flash shoe. (In this picture you also see the handgrip of the original Leica Handgrip M and the Finger Loop).

 

Thumbie for Leica M 240 by Steve Barnett
Thumbie by Steve Barnett is mounted on the body itself and thus leaves the hot shoe free for EVF-2, flash and microphone. It can only be ordered by mailing directly to Steve Barnett and price is around $60.

 

The Walter M-Stedi

The Walter M-Stedi
Another way to make the camera more steady is The Walter M-Stedi. A very simple attachment to the camera that supports it .

 

Leather straps with love from Turkey

The nylon strap from sunlows in Turkey is the most leight-weight strap I have and fits the Leica Q perfectly. The length is perfect 125-130 cm for me whereas the Leica Q stap the camera comes with is nice and simple, but too short.

sunlows nylon camera strap for Leica
sunlows is a new brand made in Turkey, a merge of love for handcraft and photgoraphy. They come in different colors and lengths, as well as hand-straps.

 

Sensor cleaning and free Sephora cleaning gifts ...

I hardly ever clean my own sensors. I usually go to Leica Camera AG in Wetzlar on a pilgrimate every 6 months or so to get things adjusted and cleaned (and things repaired I broke).

I do however bring a small kit for cleaning the sensor with me, just in case. I've used it a couple of times where the spots on the sensor was just so big I had to deal with it on the spot (pun intended).


My on the go sensor cleaning kit and - more importantly - the free makeup brushes from Sephora that I use to clean the camera outside in the small corners no cloth or finger can get to.
My on the go sensor cleaning kit and - more importantly - the free makeup brushes from Sephora that I use to clean the camera outside in the small corners no cloth or finger can get to.

 

What you should notice in this kit is not so much the orange sensor cleaner and the liquid that comes with it (special for sensors as it is very clean and vaoprizes very quickly and leave no stripes). No, notice the two small brushes that I use to clean the camera in the small corners where no cloth can get to. Those are free makeup brushes from Sephora. You walk into any Sephora store in the world and they have those by the makeup mirrors, and you can grab a few for free!

 

 

Coffee & Leica

Leica makes a Leica M Noctilux coffee mug and Leica S 70mm coffee mug that you can buy in most Leica Stores and for example Adorama for $35.

But this one is more rare. It is from Korea only, and it's for just a singular moment of enjoyment.



This is actually a free Leica cup, and it comes with coffee. Unfortunately you have to travel to Seoul in Korea to get one at Leica Store Seoul. The Leica Store(s) there are quite amazing and make Leica stickers, notebooks, cups and more ... just for the fun of it.

 

The WestLicht coffee mug is a limited edition that is rather unique and can be yours for only €7 if you are quick to get one. WestLicht is both a museum, gallery and the home of the bi-yearly Leica auctions that bring home €500,000 or more for rare Leica cameras. I found this in their museum store and bought two of them.

 

Leica t-shirts

Some like t-shirts with prints, others don't. If you happen to look good in print t-shirts, that's one way to 'carry a camera' those days you are too lazy to bring the actual camera. There will always be something to talk to strangers in Tokyo about if you have a nice IIIf camera on your chest ...


Dodge and Burn does t-shirts with old Leica cameras on them. This is one model for men and women.

 

Leica 0.95 Noctilux t-shirt
This was given out at the launch of the Leica M Monochrom in Berlin in 2012. (If you have a medium size of it, I will trade my L size with you!).

 

Focus adjustment of the camera - once in a while

Due to use, change in temperature, humidity, air pressure on travel etc, the Leica M, Leica M9, Leica M9-P, Leica M-E and Leica M Monochrom focus mechanism will go off. Once I left Denmark with my main camera slightly off and my backup Leica M9 in focus. Two weeks later, in the US, it was the opposite. So those things go back and forth and are not to be worried too much about.

But once in a while, it is a great feeling to get everything checked.

 


My Leica M 240 and two of my Leica M9 cameras turned in for the grand focus adjustment in April 2014. Leica seem to have started a new typr of focus adjustment where not only the rangefinder is adjused, but also the actual sensor alignment. At least, that was what I was told. They would align the sensors, the rangefinder and the lenses so everything was fine tuned.

 

But it is good to get the camera adjusted once in a while, and it is a great feeling (of confidence) to have the camera freshly adjusted. Manual focusing has a lot to do with confidence as there is no beep sound or green lamp telling you when you have it. You have to decide for yourself when it is there, and knowing the camera is in sync will help that decision.

I got my two Leica M9's and the Leica M Monochrom adjusted in December 2012 at Camera Electronics in Perth, Australia, and after that the Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95 was just spot on, on all three cameras.

Focus adjustment is usually just the camera. Though, if you examine how the focusing works, it seems possible that the lens could be damaged or simply work to a degree so that the lens also needs adjustment. But mostly it is the camera that is off.

 

How to adjust the rangefinder focusing (don't do this at home)

There is one screw behind the center logo on the front of the Leica M, Leica M9, Leica M-E, Leica M 240 (on the Leica M Monochrom and Leica M9-P it is behind the small decoration screw where the logo usually would be) that adjusts the level of focus window. This screw requires a special tool, not just an ordinary screwdriver. Though this adjustment is seldom necesasry: What it adjusts is the level of the focus window, and only if the two focus windows inside the viewfinder is not aligned on the same horizontal level would you adjust on this screw.

  Focus adjustment of the Leica M9
  The chrome wheel in the top behind the bayonet, and a screw behind it, those two elements have to be aligned on close focus, middle focus and infinity to get the focus right.

The actual focus adjustment (of the distance) is done inside the camera. The focus mechanism is in the top that you can see when you take off the lens. The chrome wheel you see there is the one that is moved back and forth by the lens' focus ring; and that is how the focus is done in a Leica M rangefinder camera.

The ring and the screw a bit further back are individually adjusted so that the camera focus correctly at close distance, medium distance and at infinity. And it is usually done (by someone who know what he or she is doing) with a 90mm lens as that is the most critical to focus shift.

When done correctly, the camera will be 100% in focus with all lenses till it needs the next adjustment. But as said, don't worry so much about focusing. I have worked with Noctilux for months whilst my Leica M9 focus mechanism was broken loose (in which case it has to be glued back on and is beyond a normal adjustment). Read more about how to focus in the section "Focusing with the Leica M9" on page 13.

Sensor adjustment
The Leica R DMR Digital Back could be adjusted for the sensor, which made sense as the sensor was mounted on the back door of the camera, so to say. I never heard of this for the Leica M 240 and Leica M9 till I turned in three of my cameras in April 2014 at Leica in Wetzlar. They said they would adjust the sensors as well. If that is the case, Leica Camera AG most likely made a new bench for focus adjustment. Time will tell, and I'll let you know.

 

The Walter Eyepiece

Walter Eyepiece is made for the individual who has astigmatism and who’s eyesight doesn’t allow optimum focusing with a Leica M camera. The same Walter Eyepiece would work for your Leica M9, Leica ME, Leica M Monochrom and Leica M 240 as it is ascrewed into the viewfinder.

It's arescription lens close up to the viewfinder front lens, so all framelines are visible.

 

Walter Eyepiece
The Walter Eyepiece is $385 and is made to order.

 

Leica also make original Leica correction lenses to fit on the Leica M. I have met few who were happy with those, and the reason is not that it is bad optics but that having prescription optics on a camera is something that is hard to find proper consulting about: Your optician doesn't know how a camera works, and your camera dealer is not an optician. Some opticians think you need reading glasses to see through a camera, for example.

The viewfinder in a Leica M is not close-up viewing of a screen via a prism. It is simply viewing what is in front of the camera at the actual distance. Hence it is the same prescription glasses you wear using a Leica M as when you walk or drive a car.

It's one of the advantages of the Leica M rangefinder; that your eyes doesn't get tired of looking through the viewfinder. It does with dSLR because you are looking into a viewfinder that enlarges a small matte screen fust a few centimeters (or an inch) away.

 

The Walter Contrast Eyepiece

As of August 2014 Walter also came up with a new invention, the contrast eyepiece. It is simply a yellow tone glass that increases the contrast for the eye, making focusing easier. It's $180 and fits any Leica M camera (film or digital). See more here.

Walter Eyepiece
The Walter Contrast Eyepiece increase contrast -making it easier to focus.

 

 

For a closer look throught the Leica M

  a Leica M with a original Leica diopter mounted on the viewfinder
  The back of a Leica M with a original Leica diopter mounted on the viewfinder. This for use without glasses, for people who normally wear glasses. Price is around $100
  Diopter origin: Late 16th century, from French, from Latin dioptra, from Greek, from di- ‘through’ + optos ‘visible.’

A pleasant surprise for users of SLR cameras (SLR=Single Lens Reflex) getting the Leica M9 is that you no longer look through a small lens onto a screen, but look directly through a range-finder lens mechanism and out on the scenery. What does this mean? It means that your eye doesn't have to adjust to an artificial distance but see's a real distance. So if you wear glasses, you will experience that you can use the Leica M rangefinders with reading glasses, normal glasses, screen glasses or no glasses. The framing and focusing is possible and feels natural with any choice - whereas on a SLR you would have to use your normal "long distance" glasses in order to see right.


Nevertheless, a number of diopters exist from Leica Camera AG, from +3.0 to - 3.0 with 0.5 steps all the way, either to remedy eyesight, or - more often - to change the size of the viewfinder so that you see a large crop of it (when shooting 75mm, 90mm or 135mm), or a slightly larger part of the viewfinder (when shooting 28mm or 35mm). For most glass wearer the 50mm lens frame in the Leica M9 viewfinder will feel comfortable, the 35mm you have to move around a bit to see all corners of.


Prior to ordering, it should be noted that the Leica M's viewfinder is preset by default to -0.5 diopters. So anyone wearing glasses of 1 diopter strength would require a +1.5 diopters M system correction lens (which is why some have noted that there's a difference between figuring out diopters for Leica R cameras and Leica M cameras). A number of third party solutions exist as well, which - in my opinion - would compare to non-prescription glasses bought on the gas station: If there is one thing Leica know about, it's optics. So if you fit a diopter to a $7,000 camera, don't save $100 on it. Please!

 

  The Leica 1.4X magnifier
  The Leica 1.4X magnifier is around $350. This if for people who don't wear glasses, as well as those who do.
   

The magnifier is a different story. This is for people with glasses, or without, for magnifying the look through the viewfinder. Typically to zoom in so that one can use a 75mm, 90mm or 135mm lens more precisely. Price is in the range of $325 and the 1.4X magnifier then magnifies with 40%. It comes with a leather case that fits onto the camera strap.

 

 

 

 

 

Things to consider on eyesight and using a camera

If your prescription glasses are of good quality and you can see well with them - including details and contrasts in the landscape - they should work well with a Leica M 240. The rangefinder/viewfinder in the Leica M 240 has even improved over the one in previous Leica M models (Leica M9 and so on).

But if you are using prescription glasses with several areas for reading close by and viewing normal distance the (rather small) area that is used for viewing at normal distance should be be between your eyeball and the Leica viewfinder when you look through. If that are is sitting in another place, you will have trouble seeing through the viewfinder.

Two screens - did you think of that?

Next thing is that no matter what solution you choose, you will have to deal with both the preview screen, the rangefinder/viewfinder and the world around you. That's what I mean with considering what will work the best. If you have correction on the viewfinder, then what happens when you have to change the iso and look at the cameras display on the back? Do you have to dig up your prescription glasses then ... and is that what you want?

 

         
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EVF-2 electronic viewfinder

The Leica EVF-2 electronic viewfinder offers a great view of the image, with the possibility of a whole new level of sharpness. And it has built-in correction of eyesight. It is my opinion that nobody should get a Leica M 240 without getting a viewfinder as well. After a while you may be one of the few that won't use it, but most will, and for some it is a whole new world that opens up. If you have bad eyes, trouble focusing, trouble anything ... the EVF-2 will do for you what you thought you had to buy a dSLR with autofocus does. It gives you pinsharp images.

 


The EVF-2 also shows the ISO and other information, so even if you have trouble seeing the small red ISO number on the back of the screen (or the small white shutter speed numbers on the dial on the camera), the EVF-2 will solve that.

If you have heard that it is "not right" to use the EVF-2 on the Leica ... well, that may be true for those who still use a Leica M3 with film. Their camera would look odd with an electronic viewfinder. But for the M 240 it is just right, and I am sure we will see a Leica M model in the future with the EVF built-in.

Where EVF might not have been the right thing in the past, EVF is the future. So you may as well get used to it, it is only going to be better in definition and industrial design (integration with the camera design).

 

Lightmeter

I have written a whole article on lightmeters, "Using an external light meter for accurate, failproof metering" which gives some ins and outs about light metering. with external light meters. In short, this is the most accurate light metering you can get.

Despite the fact that light metering is not exactly space technology, lightmeters tend to be too bulky and too complicated. The LUMU lightmeter changes this into a simple to use, accurate and compact - perhaps even trendy - opackage that works with your iPhone. For a price of only $149 is is even less than most other lightmeters.

 


The new lightmeter for 2014 and forward, the LUMU. You press the parameter you want to measure, in the photo it is the exposure time. The 200 ISO and the f/2.0 doesn't change, only the shutter time. Nice. (You may sex up your iPhone with the Smallworks LEGO case).

 

One of the things that traditional lightmeters do to complicate things, is that they give aperture for example f/2.03. or f/8.04. Not only is it confusing, it is also not applicable on any lens to set the aperture to f/2.03.

And forget about aperture priority or shutter priority when you buy a lightmeter. In the LUMU app on the iPhone you simply lock the ISO and the aperture so as to only allow the lightmeter to figure out an exposure time.

Or you lock the exposure time and the aperture, letting the LUMU only give you the ISO. That's pretty bright, simple and as it should always have been.

Moreover, it is compact to bring with you, provided you have an iPhone with you as well. Traditional lighmeters has the same size as a camera (at least if you are using a Leica M). The LUMU is the size of the cap of a water bottle.

 


The LUMU comes in wither black or silver, in a well-designed package with a tiny manual, and two ways of carrying the LUMU meter: Either around the neck in the Lumuneck strap or in a small leather pouch. Price is only $149 and is shipped internationally so it arrives in a few days.

Read more about light metering in these articles:
- "Using an external light meter for accurate, failproof metering"
- Page 17 : "Light metering with the Leica M9, Leica M9-P and Monochrom"
- Page 31 : "Learning the new Leica M Type 240 - Light metering in the Leica M 240"

 


Some of my other light meters. It can become an obsession, even you only need one!

 

 

Polish your camera with art

 
  Kelnet in France makes microfiber cloths with famous paintings - or your own photos
   

I always carry a microfiber cloth in a pocket, and one in every bag. It's the same you use for prescription glasses, and they can be washed and dryed when they get too oily and greasy.

Kelnet in France makes some nice small ones (5x5 inch, 13 x 13 cm) with fancy motifs.

If you want to be real fancy, you can get them to custom make microfiber cloths with your own photo and name.

Leica also does some white Leica microfiber cloths with a red Leica logo that they sometimes give away. You may ask in the Leica Store.

Some dealers, like Camera Electronics in Perth, Australia, have their own microfiber cloths they give away to customers. For free, and often with a homemade coffee as well.

 

The Kyoto Only polising cloth

Leica Store Kyoto has a few special items that are unique for that store. One of them is the Leica Store Kyoto Polishing Cloth that is microfiber and extra large. Suitable for polishing both lenses, cameras and your glasses. Price is around $20 (2,800 Yen).


The Leica Store Kyoto Polishing Cloth

 

Adobe Lightroom for editing your images

Lightroom is the workflow software to use to edit images. When I say workflow, I mean an editing tool where you can import 100 or 500 pictures and work on them and batch export the final selections in different sizes. Fast, effective, the standard.

You can download the previous and current versions for Mac here. I recommend Lightroom 3.6 that is so far the fastest edition, with the best profile (in my opinion); the 2010 profile.

 

 
     
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White Balancing [WB]

Much of the discussion about the colors and the auto white balance of the Leica M240 is caused by the misunderstanding that a camera can do the work for you. It cannot. If you want precise colors, you must control the colors, not leave it to the camera. Once you do, the colors are actually very good.

WhiBal G7 Pocket KitThe WhiBal card is the proper way for doing manual white balance.

WhiBal is not a greycard
WhiBal is light grey - don't get it confused with a greycard for light metering which is a middlegrey card.

The greycard for light metering is a middlegrey card reflecting 18% which is what you would use to measure the amount of light (all light meters base their readings on what they expect to be a scenery that are all-together middlegrey, hence the problem with bright or dark sceneries that gets over- or underexposed).

Read my article "White balancing for more beauty" for deatils on how to use it.

 


Using a WhiBal card card is the easiest and most direct way to get accurate colors. You use it first to set the right balance in the camera (not in Lightroom after). This way the colors are instantly right and you may correct just a little bit. Read my article "White balancing for more beauty" for deatils on how to use it.

 


Getting the colors right is not difficult if you control it by using manual white balance. But if you shuffle around with auto white balance, the cameras sensor will pick up any neutral tone and determine all colors base on that. It's not that it can't work, it is just not very good control on your part. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95, Jakarta December 2013. © Thorsten Overgaard.


The WhiBal greycard is 11% or something reflective, so it's not for light metering.

The point is that the grey is neutral grey, meaning it doesn't contain any warm or cold colors. And that is what makes it perfect for manual white balancing as the Leica M needs something neutral so as to adjust the light temperature (Kelvin) to neutral white (daylight colors).

You can also use a white wall, a white cloth, a white piece of paper or something other white or grey. But paper differs in temperature and is seldom neutral.

If you don't have any greycard with you, go ahead and use any white surface. But if you want a standardized and consistent workflow where you can trust and predict things, you use the same piece of paper or plastic each time. Hence the WhiBal.

How to set manual white balance on the Leica M: Watch this video.

The X-Rite ColorChecker
You can view a video on how to do it and read more about White Balancing in my article "White Balancing for More Beauty" to find out more about what it is and how to obtain true and pleasant colors in your photos. It's a very misunderstood subject. The G7 PocketKit above in credit card size is a good start, and get one extra (they tend to get lost). I would recommend getting one of those, and then one of the sets where you get a Pocket Size G7 and a larger G6 for the camera bag or home. Then you have three cards.

 

The revival of the color meter

The Sekonic C-700 SpectroMaster and the Kenko KCM-3100 came out in March 2015 after we haven't seen color meters made for a few years. I have become a little obsessed with colors laterly, so I got both fo them.

 


The Sekonic C-700 SpectroMaster and the Kenko KCM-3100. © 2015 Thorsten Overgaard.

 

The Sekonic C-700 SpectroMaster is a color meter as advanced as they come. With an iPhone-like screen for custom setting the menu and some hard-core features it takes measuring colors to a new level. In the context of Leica M still photography it brings a little more accurate colors - which one has to weight up against the size and price. For advanced photography with more than one light source, using color gels to adjust the lamps, and/or filters in front of the lens (as in a film set), it makes total sense.

One of the things you can measure with the C-700 SpectroMaster is the quality of the light source. If for example a Tungsten lamp is missign reds. This is something you can't adjust in the camera but something you may adjust in the editing of the photograph. And it may explain why you just can't hit the right colors some times. Price is $1,498 at BH Photo.

I have this one and wrote this article using it with the Leica M240.

 

Sekonic SpectroMaster C-700
I have the Sekonic SpectroMaster C-700. Price is $1,498 at BH Photo. Next to it, the WhiBal grey card that is the economical and compact alternative.

The Kenko KCM-3100 is a much simpler and much more sturdy color meter for on the road. It simply gives you the Kelvin number that you can tap into the Leica M 240 in the Kelvin Number setting. It's very simple to use, and very fast.



I also have the Kenko KCM-3100 color meter. Price is $799 at BH Photo.

 

X-Rite color adjustment

  X-Rite color checker and middle grey white balance checker
  The neutral gray palette in the small black X-Rite "passport checker"which contains the color palette as well (see photo below).
Read my article The Right Colors [PART II] about the X-Rite, as well as video tutorial.
   

If you want to make sure that the colors in the real world iare in real sync with the rest of your workflow, what you can do is use the X-Rite color palette with accompanying software.

Which in essence mean that you bring a real color palette to the real world, photograph it with your Leica M, and then measure it in Lightroom so that the software can adjust the overall images(s) to the exact colors.

The X-Rite also contains a middlegrey page for manual white balancing.

So with the small plastic "passport checker" you can open up on the middle-grey first and make sure the white balance is correct, then you fold the page and get the color checker which you photograph. In Lightroom you can then adjust colors automatically, as well as create a camera profile.

In reality, there is not much gained with it. As many of the X-Rite product, the idea behind is so complicated that it doesn't really work. They promote accurate colors but are really bad in explaining how to get them. It's a lot of work and uncertainty in the real world where light conditions, lighting sources and all changes. In a controlled studio environment - yes. But outside, not really. See my article The Right Colors [PART II]

The X-Rite ColorChecker
The X-Rite ColorChecker card. They don't grow on trees, it's just that there wasn't any hot redheads nearby to assist in holding it. Read my article The Right Colors [PART II] about the X-Rite, as well as video tutorial.

 

The right colors on your computer screen

You should calibrate your computer screen(s) to get accurate colors. It's fairly easy and not expensive if you follow my little guide in this article, "How to calibrate your computer screen".


The purpose of calibrating your monitor is to get a standard that doesn't change. Read my guide and article here, "How to calibrate your computer screen".

 

 

 

Participate in a Overgaard Workshop or Masterclass

You may also fancy a Overgaard Workshop so we can meet. And you will meet a handful of other dedicated Leica fans who want to use their equipment to the fullest.


More reviews in the bottom of the page.

I have three statistics of my workshops that make me proud. One is that 30% sign up for two or more workshops and continue a relationship of improving over a longer period. The other thing I am proud of is that the number of women with their own Leica attending my workshops has gone up from one out of 30 two years ago to more than 20% in the last six months.

But one thing that is really good is that quite many of my workshop students start sharing their photos online, have exhibitions and make photo books. Very few have a wish to become professional, but the few that have had that wish have made it well after the workshops. In general, you will almost with guarantee make many more photographs after the workshop, and you will enjoy your equipment and photography more.

 


More about Thorsten Overgaard Workshops: Click here! - Video Review of the Overgaard Workshop.

 

Leica Monochrom Masterclass in New York and Paris

I will be doing the "New York in Monochrom Masterclass" for those who would like to work with monochrome images. I'm also doing an Monochrom Masterclass in Paris.

For more info on New York, have a look here:

 

For more info on Paris Masterclass, have a look here:

 

 

 

The smell of film


If you miss the smell of film, Fabien Barbazan is able to handmake a strap with film rolls. It will convince people that the Leica M240 around your neck is in fact a film camera.

 

 

 

Litterature about Leica cameras, lenses and history

Erwin Puts has written and compiled the big Leica Compendium with Leica history, lens history, camera history, serial numbers and much more. In just six months this highly specialized book went into print three times. Available at the Erwin Puts website.

Many of his publiscations are now available as eBooks for immediate download. The great thing is that you can then search in them!

Also Erwin Puts published the companion book, called the Leica Practicum by end of 2012. The Leica Practicum covers a number of major themes: An investigation into the art of Leica photography and how it differs from photography in general, a round-up of the status of chemical photography, a review of the state-of-the-art of digital imagery and of course the important topic of the intrinsic differences between digital and analog photography, and finally an in-depth treatment of the use of the Leica rangefinder camera, illustrated by the Leica MP and the M9-P for the analog and digital workflow.

 

Classic, exotic lenses

50mm Elmarit-M f/2.8 collapsible
While on the waiting list for new exotic lenses, perhaps try some of the classic lenses that you may find in Germany, Hong Kong or other places for a reasonable price. Here it is Bryan Loo's Leica M9 fitted with a Leica 50mm Elmarit-M f/2.8 collapsible lens with accompanying original chrome lens shade. The great thing is that any of the older lenses from Leica, since 1930's will fit the Leica M 240 wither with or without an adapter. But also Nikon, Canon, Leica R lenses and many other lenses will fit onto the Leica M240, and the Live View enable you to focus precise even with lenses without coupling to the cameras focus mechanism (because Live View shows on the screen or in the viewfinder what the sensor sees, hence if it is sharp there, it is sharp in the final image).

 

Computer power

Throughout the year I meet a lot of Leica photographers, and when it comes to editing images, there are two things I can easily state, based on experience:

1) Get a Mac
You got to have a Apple MacBook. A PC, no matter how fancy and expensive just can't keep up. When others are editing away on their images, the PC user stills try to get the PC to work. And when we show pictures, the PC screens show them in wrong colors (they usually have problems reaching all the way from bright to black; it is always bluish grey-in-grey images we are looking at).

A PC might be good for something, but this isn't one of them. You need a Mac:



Brenda Di Bari from Rome editing at the floor (nearby the power outlet) in my London workshop.

2) Get the biggest Mac
The purpose with computers is to have them work for you, help you perform more stuff faster and better. When you start downloading 16GB, 32GB and 64GB cards and hundreds of images, as you do when you get a Leica M 240, you need computer power. If the computer is three years old, you will have to sit and wait for the preview to load of each image. That will work if it is five images, but when you work with a hundred or more, you want it to appear instant on the screen so you can move 24MP files as fast as you think.

I'm not saying this to make you wrong. But fact of the matter is that computer software gets bigger and more complicated, and camera files get bigger and bigger. Two years is an awful long time in computers. Get the newest one.

Preferable the Apple 15" MacBook Pro Retina. The biggest and fastest currently (August 2014) is the "Mid 2014 Retina Model" with 2.8 Ghz Quad-core i7 Crystalwell processor with 1 TB flashdrive ($3,199). That's the one you want.

In choosing a MacBook, the important features are the i7 processor, as well as Quad-Core processor. And then the solid state/flash harddrive that hey all have now. The 13" MacBook Pro and MacBoo Air can be ordered with the i7 processor, but is is a dual-core (2-core) and not quad-core (4-core). So for the most speed, the 15" Retina machine is to prefer above the 13" Retina and MacBook Air.

A MacBook Air 11" spec'ed all the way to maximum 1.6Ghz 7i processor and 512 GB ($1,500) flashdrive will do, but only when you travel and you have an iMac or MacPro at home.

And change computers frequently, every 12-18 months. Sell the old one for a good price and get the newest and fastest. This way the write-off is minimal and you are always working the most effective. Picture file sizes and software grow every year and require more computer power to perform what slower computers did with small files and simpler software 5 years ago.

A 3 year old MacBook is painfully slow with current updated software.

 


Editing images in London. Photo by Matthias Frei.

 

Harddrives

We are almost there ... in few years harddrives are going to be small and super fast flashram or SSD. But for now, you need backup and portable drives to put your images onto. You can't have everything on your MacBook, not even with a 1TB flash drive.

My workflow is to work on the MacBook Pro, then export a stand-alone Lightroom catalog (with ALL original images, previes and the catalog) to an external archive at home. That is the big archive, and then when I have done that, I clean out the MacBook Pro for previews and images. That keeps the Lightroom catalog on the MacBook fast and leaves space enough on the Macbook Pro to work with projects.

The final exported hires images (300 dpi JPGs with no sharpening and no reduction in quality or size) I can copy back to the MacBook if I want to travel with an archive of print-ready final images. There is no reason to travel with the entire library of DNG files.

 

Lightroom Survival Kit

 

The idea that you can have ALL your DNG files, all your images and all stuff in ONE big catalog ... forget it! When you get above 100,000 images you can't move the curser in Lightroom without the software has to rethink ... it's too slow and was never meant to be.

You need to rethink your workflow so you can move around your growing archive through technology shifts and - obviously - change from (what will in the future be) older harddrives to new larger harddrives. In other words, you can't have one archive centrally with strings to external harddrives that must be reorganized every 2-5 years. You must plan so you can seamlessly transform from one drive to another without having to spend hours, days or weeks reorganizing your files.

Work on images as individual projects: A days work, a weeks holiday, three days of travel or a photo session with the kids for half an hour. Import them as one individual project, work on them and finish them, export them. Get done, clean out, back up. Then be ready with a clean machine for new projects.

I use LaCie 6TB Thunderbolt drives at home and LaCie 1TB Rugged Thunderbolt drives and LaCie 2TB Rugged Thunderbolt drives on the road. For extra space I have started using WD 2TB USB3 drives.

 


Work simply on a labtop when on the road, and offload to external drives when back home. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux, Jakarta, December 2013. © 2013 Thorsten Overgaard

 

Speed of external drives are less and less important as all actual work is happening on the MacBook Flash Memory (it is faster than any external SSD with Thunderbolt connection), and the harddrives seem to double in size every 12 months. So there is always a larger harddrive available when you need one, and somehow the "big" harddrives you bought two years ago now seem so unfulfilling. So expect them to be used for two years, hence no reson to invest in a 'future prove' solution. Everything computer-related is temporarily.

Factually, the mid 2012 Macbook Pro Retina has an copy/writing speed internally on flash ram of 400MB/sec. The 2013 MacBook Pro retina was supposed to be 40% faster but actually writes 810MB/sec. The writing speed to an external harddrive is around 70MB/sec with Thunderbolt and USB3. The actual difference is not that great between USB3 and Thunderbolt.

 


Some of my LaCie harddrives. The older ones are 1TB and 3 TB FireWire, the newer ones are 6TB and 12TB Thunderbolt. Each harddrive has a backup the same size (that goes in another building when backed up).

 

When you import images into Lightroom, it is the processor power you use. The RAM is not that important. When you work on images in Lightroom, it's the harddrive. So working on projects on the computer only is faster than any setup of external harddrives you can think of - and much more compact and easy to travel with.

So work on the labtop, and load off when you come back to your home, office or hotel room. Don't carry around a lot of external drives to work on while on the road. That's my opinion and how I work now.

 


My current setup with two Apple 30" Cinema Displays connected to a 15" Apple MacBook Pro.

 

Fungus protection

B+W have made a genius product to prevent fungus in lenses and cameras. It looks complicate, but it might be necesasry.

In quite a few placs on the planet, the humidity and high temperature is a problem. Lens optics (and optics in cameras) can get fungus, which is a living organism that attack and eats the glass. In the very beginning it can be fixed, som say, with peroxide or UV light.

I had a lens I bought from a friend in the Philliphines, and when I sent it to Leica Camera for 6-bit coding, it had a little bit of fungus. They woon't allow any lenses with fungus into the factory, but they had a facility in Hamburg that could treat it in 6-8 weeks, and after that they dealt with the coding.

The problem with fungus is that it keeps eating the glass, and it can even spread to other lenses. So photographers in most Asian countries know to have their equipment stored dry and warm.

You've seen the small white packages that always are enclosed with photographic equipment. They are supposed to suck up the humidity. Fungus-prevention.

Now B+W have invented this rather complicated product that is a way to protect the expensiveand ebloved lenses.

eBay have written a nice article about fungus here.

B+W UV-PRO for lenses and cameras.
B+W UV-PRO for lenses and cameras.

 

 

Camera Bags for the Leica M

There can be several reasons to choose a discrete dark bag that doesn't look like a camera bag. But there is also something about a really nice bag that is very personal and has some history and tradition to it. That is why I like Louis Vuitton and Goyard bags, though I must say that in the long run, the special editions (meaning only made for a limited period), are usually the ones I keep loving. They all have great details, incredible durability and well-thought style, but some models just never become classic. So when I look at an exclusive bag, I ask myself if this would be one I would pass on to the next generation, or one that would just be fun for a few years.

Louis Vuitton has made bags and suitcases for travelers for 159 years, and they are made practical and indestructible for people who move a lot. I am well aware that is it also a luxury brand, and I guess that is what makes it perfect for me: Luxury that is practical and indestructible, with a well-tested idea behind it. I had too many suitcases destroyed to keep buying cheap bags.

Goyard is another brand that has been in the business of making trunks and bags for 221 years and offers the same quality and price range. Other than that, I only know of Billingham who has made bags for 40 years that last a lifetime of rough use. I have a few of those as well.

You can get many nice things, but few last a lifetime in both build, quality and style.

 

Louis Vuitton Reporter Camera Bag
Louis Vuitton Reporter photographed by Javier Montiel, Miami. The bag comes in this color and a dark brown-greyish. The shape and feel is a little stiff as old camera bags used to be. $3,200 from Louis Vuitton but is a limited edition, so it might be hard to get or sold out.

 

Goyard Ambassade photo bag
Goyard Ambassade bag in the classic colors. The Billingham Hadley Pro insert fits inside and leaves a little extra space in the ends for more stuff. In other words, expect it to hold the same as a Billingham Hadley Pro, plus a 15" MacBook, a couple of harddrives and with extra space on top of the insert for scarf, jacket or such. Good for travel with cameras, lenses and laptop but a tad too large to walk around with all day. Also available with black leather and/or canvas in yellow, white, grey and more Goyard colors. Only available via the few Goyard stores in Paris, Singapore, London, Hong Kong and a couple of other places. But Goyard will take orders via e-mail and bank transfer and ship, if you know what you want.

 

Goyard Ambassade photo bag
My Goyard Sac Grand Bleu MM bag that is light and is a small bag, which means that you basically don't feel it (different size bags will feel differently even though the weight of the content is the same). When it has to, it fits reflector, lightmeter, filters, batteries, cigarettes, telephone, notebook, scarf, jumper/jacket and even an extra lens or two. The Goyard is very similar to Louis Vuitton in origin of the brand, materials and handmade quality, only Goyard bags and suitcases are sold in stores only in Paris, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York and San Francisco. And Goyard is older by 1 year.
You can see what I pack in the Japancamerahunter.com "In Your Bag"



The new Italian 2014 GUCCI photo bag, aka the leather duffle travel bag in Bright Diamante yellow color. A perfect travel bag with a Billingham insert for the camera, lenses and acessories such as harddrives, lightmeter, batteries, etc. Larger than the Louis Vuitton iCare and the Goyard Ambassade, yet it looks quite compact. $1,850 with shoulder strap in matching yellow leather (model 353394 AIZ1G 7011) and also comes in blue, red and black.

 

British leather bag for the Leica M


1901 fotografi in Bath, England makes wrist straps, shoulder straps and camera bags for rangefinder photographers.

Here's their classic style leather bag.

The 1901 Photographers 'RF fotoSatchel' from 1901 Fotografi
The 1901 Photographers 'RF fotoSatchel' from 1901 fotografi in UK.

 

 

In Your Bag No: 676 - Thorsten von Overgaard
My Louis Vuitton Binocular Bag is a very special bag they made for the runway show in 2012. Not for binoculars though. I got it the day before my first exhibition and on my birthday in 2012, so it has a special meaning. It is calfskin leather, not very practical if it rains a lot (but that’s too late now!). Click on the photo to read what's in it.


(Louis Vuitton iCare and Louis Vuitton Porte-Documents-Voyage in Fusion Orange)

The Travel System

I have quite a few camera bags. As I have gotten more experienced and travels, many of my Billingham and Louis Vuitton bags that usually fit a laptop have taken the backseat for smaller walkabout-bags like the Louis Vuitton Binocular Bag and my Goyard Sac Grand Bleu MM black canvas messenger bag.

I usually travel with a suitcase or two, and with a carry-on camera bag and a carry-on computer bag. The inside of my suitcase would make a engineer proud because it looks like the engine of an AUDI with closed compartments: That's my extra bags that serve as compartments. And it is ´those bags I take out and use for walkabout when I have arrived.

In any case, as it may appear to you, it is not a simple story. Hence Japancamerahunter.com spent three days on describing me and Joy Villa's camera bags:

1. In Your Bag 675 - Thorsten Overgaard

2. In Your Bag 676 - Thorsten Overgaard
(Leica M 240, Louis Vuitton Binocular Bag and Goyard Sac Grand Bleu MM)

3. In Your Bag 690 - Joy Villa (Leica M9, Leica D-Lux 6 and Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM)

4. "Traveling in Style - An interview with photographer Thorsten von Overgaard"
(Louis Vuitton Belkin 70 Suitcase)

 

In Your Bag - Princess Joy Villa
The female version of a camera bag: Joy Villa.

I should mention that you can submit your bag to the Japancamerahunter.com series of "In Your Bag". Simply e-mail them.

 

Hideto Kawahara
The Goyard bag with Leica MM of chef mastermind Hideto Kawahara who runs the Hide-Chan Ramen restaurant on 52 Street in New York and on Wellington Street in Central Hong Kong and in 3 Chome 12-14 Kitaaoyama in Tokyo. He collaborates with mastermind JAPAN, a street fashion brand aimed at people who want skulls on everything they wear.

 


Leica M 246 with Leica X yellow leather strap and Issey Miyake "Bao Bao" camera clutch. The BaoBao are funky, hard to get and limited editions come and go.

 

iCare Damier Graphite
The Louis Vuitton "iCare Damier Graphite" large business bag made into a camera bag (Item No N23253 in black, brown or monogram, 39 x 29 x 15 cm). You can fit an Artisan & Artist insert in red into it, or a Billingham Hadley Pro insert in green (35 x 25 x 12 cm). I prefer the Billingham because that acts as a case initself where you can simply take the whole insert with gear and move from one bag to the other.
Fits 15" MacBook Pro as well as front pocket for charger, batteries, filters, etc. See more at In Your Bag 675 - Thorsten Overgaard (Louis Vuitton iCare and Louis Vuitton Porte-Documents-Voyage in Fusion Orange)

 


Louis Vuitton does make a dedicated camera bag, the SAC CAMERA DAMIER-GRAPHITE N58027 (22 x 39 x 22 cm). Hard to find in stock, and perhaps too big for walking about. But for storage or transportation of a good collection of lenses, cameras and all the odd bits it might be good. I've seen one used for the Leica S which makes sense, and then I have seen one who had a "camera bag caddie" carrying this bag - which also made sense.


You may consider a caddie for your camera bag...

 


Camera bag heaven ... Louis Vuitton, Hermès and Louis Vuitton taking rest on a bench.

 

 

Going Basic With the Bare Bones Bag

Bare Bones Bag
A detail of the Bare Bones Bag. A $160 bag of nylon. Fits two M bodies and lenses.

The Bare Nones Bag is meant to be worn like a bicycle messenger, with strap across your chest, so it is easy to sling behind your back and out of the way. It is made with a quality of nylon that does not abrade or pill up your clothing as it rubs against you, more like cotton, only waterproof.

The large Velco fasteners is a sure way to wake up the audience and bystanders but can be silenced with some tape.

 

 

Petrolbags that glow in the dark

Petrolbags.com offer a range of sophisticated bags for dSLR, video and light equipment. For some types of travel with a lot of stuff, they migth be quite usefiul. When I saw this one with internal LED light, I almost had to have one!

They also sell a separate Deca Removable LED Lighting System for only $33 that is only 70g (without battery).


The Petrolbags Deca Rolling U-Bag (Large) on location.


A better view of the Petrolbags Deca Rolling U-Bag (Large) that cost $550.

 

The waterproof photo bag

 

Kenko Interceptor camera bag
Kenko in Japan makes filters, lightmeters, adapters ... and bags! One of the bags they make is a series of waterproof bags that comes in pink, yellow or black. The above is the Interceptor. See more on their website.

 

 


I got this photo by mail, a familiar kit with Louis Vuitton camera strap and matching Louis Vuitton bag
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Exclusive camera bags for life

 
  Louis Vuitton Nomade Binocular Case (21 x 21 x 9 cm) of cowhide leather outside and calf leather inside for a Leica M body and two lenses was a limited edition for the Spring-Summer 2012 collection - and also made in a $50,000 crocodile edition.

Louis Vuitton has a history of adventourous travelling in style, as well as a brand value that goes well with Leica. If you notice, most new Leica Camera Stores can be found in the same area as the Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Apple Stores.

The consideration when you spend money on a bag is of course if it is worth it. If it gives you a kick, it probably is, and it is for your pleasure and for your money anyways, so you don't really have to ask anyone but yourself. But the art of cause is to find the gems that will become classics and which you may pass on to your kids. The things that never lose value but stand out as historic pieces with patina. It's not easy but worth a try.

 

 


Hermes Alfred bag (35 x 29 x 12 cm) with a Billingham Hadley Pro insert. A bag with the price tag almost the same as a Leica M9 body. If you like Hermes, also check out the Steve model (35 x 26 x 10 cm).

 

Billingham discrete camera bag that will last a lifetime

When you see someone with a Billingham bag over the shoulder, there's usually 90% guarantee they have a Leica in it.

The Billingham Hadley Pro Original (35 x 12 x 25 cm) in black is one I got for the Leica M9 back in 2009. When I came from a trolley with Leica R cameras and lenses to the compact Leica M, I could hardly believe how compact I could travel. The Billingham Hadley Pro Original fits quite a lot, and when I found out the insert could be taken out and would fit inside Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Goyard and other bags ... oh my!

I also have a Billingham L2 (25 x 11 x 15 cm) in Khaki which I started using with the Leica M9: It fits a Leica Leica M as backup and two or three lenses plus spare batteries, grey card and such, though I can't stand the Khaki color when in Denmark. It's okay in India or some other country where you change into the operation sandstorm or safari look. Billingham does Khaki, Black and Olive green, and also there are some limited editions in orange and other strong colors.

 

Billingham Hadley Pro Original
The Billingham Hadley Pro Original (35 x 12 x 25 cm) is said to "fit a small laptop" but actually takes a MacBook Pro 15" whcih makes it the perfect small bag. You wouldn't believe there was a 15" laptop inside if you saw it over my shoulder. There is padding for the inside so you can design your own departments. In this case I usually have two or three lenses in the right side, a lightmeter in the left side and then a backup camera in the middle - sometimes with a set of large Sony Monitor headphones as well(!). The 15" fits in the back pocket and there is still space for an A4 folder 1.5 cm thick or something. The front pockets can be made slightly larger than shown here. There's a button you can open up so the hole is expanded. But the left pocket can fit a large multi-card reader, a small cardreader, a small harddrive - and then in the right pocket extra glasses, notebook, pen, greycard, MacBook charger and stuff. I hardly ever put the Leica M9 into the bag; it's always over the shoulder why I use this bag only when I have to carry a laptop as well. There is also a zipped "secret" pocket for passport and papers on the backside towards your body.

 

As always, when you have had a bag for a couple of weeks you learn to use every single corner of it and you can fit a lot more than you thought to begin with.

In any case, I came by Red Dot Cameras in London and they have the full catalog from Billingham in stock. I have a hard time ordering bags online, I have to see them and feel them so I was thankful that Red Dot actually carry the full line as well as accessories such as shoulder pads. B&H Photo Video also carrry the full catalog of Billingham bags, but I wasn't in their store. And one very important thing I found out was that I could fit my 15" laptop into the model that was most likely meant for a 13" only.

Because apart from the Khaki color, the L2 is perfect over the chest and shoulder sitting almost on your back, and then the M9 haning over the chest and shoulder the same way, but towards the front of your body and slightly higher then the bag. That is plenty of space for two or three lenses and a backup camera: With the Leica M9 wou can travel really light, uncomplicated and discrete. (I will get back to this as airplanes are really not made for dSLR camera equipment).

 


My Leica is always across the chest and over the opposite shoulder with the bag hanging lower and towards the bag of the body where it rests well, also hanging over the opposite shoulder. Remember to buy a Billingham Shoulder Pad, it's a really good investment no matter how little or how much you put in the bag. Apart from the distribution of weight it makes the bag stay firmly in place. (For the fashionistas it's a Paul Smith Long Jacket (Main Line) and Mulberry leather gloves).

 

 
  I would estimate that CIESTA is an upcoming brand in camera bags. It's italian leather made inKorea, and the prices are very favorable. Buy online from Mayisell.
   

One warning: Don't wear your Leica M just over the right shoulder only when you have a bag hanging there as well. Very often the camera will take rest on top of the bag and it doesn't hang on your shoulder but now stands ont he top of the bag and will fall to the ground as soon as you make a move. I tend to have cameras just over one shoulder when working, and then across the chest and over the opposite shoulder when I walk. It's a miracle I haven't ruined a lens and camera yet!

 

The "dothebag" series from Monochrom in Münich and Berlin
Contiuing the "German industrial design" of Leica cameras and lenses over to the bag, with a touch of casual leather, one would look at the "dothebag" series from German Monochrom that usually specializes in selling photo paper, color calibrated screens, light meters and other accessories for photography. Their "dothebag" series has really taken off and is now available in all sizes from the smallest "mono 06" (27x18x15 cm, 269 €) to the largest "mono 11" (43x31x18 cm, 359 €). All available in brown leather or black leather. Only concern is the adjustment mechanism on the shoulder strap. So check that it won't be on top of your shoulder because that is going to hurt.
They also do a black Tankbag of nylon (with sparkling red inner foam) (34x11x25 cm) for around 250 €.
See more at www.monochrom.com

monochrom dothebag mono_08
The "dothebag" comes in brown or black, and in many different sizes for large dSLR kit and laptop to small M cases. The new "mono 08" is a 339 € bag 37x30x16 cm that fits a laptop, camera and lenses.

 

 

 

& ARTIST COV-8000 messenger photobag for airline travel and other greater needs
The fairly new Artisan & Artist COV-8000 messenger photobag is a bit to the large side for just transporting an Leica M9 and an extra battery. But for longer travel or trips, it fits MacBook Pro, Leica S2 and lenses, Leica M9 and lenses and a lot of other stuff such as chargers, water bottles and what have you. It's a $400 photobag - or 380€ at Monochrom in Germany - though dealers like Popflash sell it for around $350. Red Dot Cameras in London also stock A&A products now.

Also, leitax.com in Spain is a good A&A supplier, and by the way carry other interesting Leica M goodies. Very simple and reliable shipping (Leitax is the company that refit Leica R lenses to other brands).

 

The Artisan & Artist COV-8000 messenger photobag inside and outside
The Artisan & Artist COV-8000 messenger photobag inside and outside.

ARTISAN & ARTIST WCAM-500N in latex black or chrome grey
Another new and trendy bag is the compact (17x16x9 cm) WCAM-500N bag that comes with a big logo on the shoulder pad and in glossy black or bright chrome grey! And why not? I take it as a fashion statement, and as such it could be fun getting, and then get rid of it when you get tired of it.

 

wcam-500N

 

 

         
 

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Cool attitude

One of the things you must also get for your Leica is a cool attitude.


One of the things you must also get for your Leica M 240 is a cool attitude. As Joe Nattapol Suphawong here in Bangkok.

 

 

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Music on the road - The Beoplay A2, Dali Kubik Free, the Master & Dynamic and the Fendi Beats headphones

I've had a few Jambox loudspeakers, the small Bluetooth speakers that has a much larger sound than their physical size. Unfortunately they tend to fall on the floor and self-destruct, so those are in my past (the base would make the speaker move, and suddenly it landed on the floor).

Beoplay A2
Bang & Olufsen B&O Beoplay A2 portable bluetooth speaker

Now, the new thing I got is the Bang & Olufsen B&O Beoplay A2 portable bluetooth speaker. It's larger than the Jambox, a little heavier, but amazingly portable with a handstrap (shoulder strap comingDecember 2014) and 2 x 30W amplifier! The sound is impressive big and almost unreal high for a speaker this size.

What I use it for?

We use it when we do photo shoots and model shoots and need some Beyonce or sexy music to set the mood for the shoot. And I use it in hotel rooms and apartments. One charge lasts for almost 24 hours of music whihc is also impressive. It's a decision of course if one want to fill up a stripe of space in the suitcase with a loudspeaker, but in my case it makes sense. I like to travel with very few thing, but things of importance or things I like. The Beoplay A2 is $399 and is easy to get from the Apple Store.

 

Upgrading and more compact

In May 2016 Joy Villa got a Beoplay A1 for model shoots, which is a even more compact bluetooth speaker than the Beoplay A2.


Beoplay A1 with Joy Villa in the gym
Joy's Beoplay A1 in the gym with her. It's small and portable (600g).

 

I went the other way and got a DALI Kubik Free active bluetooth speaker for travel. The DALI Kubik Free is not a portable speaker but a travel speaker. It has a sister speaker so you can make them a pair. I haven't done that yet.

 

DALI Kubik Free in Berlin with Thorsten von Overgaard
My DALI Kubik Free (with the nice bag for it) on it's first gig as my workshop sound in Berlin. Leica M9 with Leica 50mm Summicron-M f/2.0. Ulike most bluetooth speakers it's not actually meant to stand out in the open. The sound and feeling of a large room improves greatly when it's placed with a wall behind it. It can play really REALLY LOUD without loosing a beat.

 

I've known the Danish factory Dali Speakers for quite a few years. I've used their DALI Skyline 1000 at home for many years so I find their sound philosophy very agreeable with what I am looking for. Which in many ways is the same as in photography: Simplicity, un-edited and neutral precision in every detail.

The details are extremely important as they make up the whole experience. That's for photogprahy and loudspeakers. As in photography, music is communication of emotions and I try to find tools that can capture, relay and express the without making it artificial or untrue to the original.



Joy Villa in the Berlin apartment with the Beoplay A1, Beoplay A2 and the DALI Kubik Free wireless speakers. Leica M9 with Leica 75mm Summilux-M f/1.4.

 

Even the DALI Kubik Free is 4.5 kilo (9 pounds; the Beoplay A2 is 1.1 kg/2.2 pounds), I decided to dedicate a corner of th suitcase to it. Size isn't everything. In speakes the trick is to get the size down but have large sound. Let's see how it goes. Active bluetooth speakers are a market in development.

The Beoplay A2 is a good compromize of sound on the road, portable battery-powered for outdoor shoots and a very good "surround sound". But with the Beoplay A1 we can do shoots where music is good for emotional impact (but the sound quality is not as important), and then whichever place is our home for some days we can have sound from the DALI that is almost as having real loudspeakers.

 

DALI Kubik Free meets the Louis Vuitton thrunk
DALI Kubik Free
meets the Louis Vuitton thrunk. They were made for each other.

 

 

Master & Dynamic headphones Made in New York ($398) is my favorite right now. The wireless Beats Solo 2 ($298) Apple gifted me are cool and sexy (but are warm and tight on the ears). The Master & Dynamic sits comfortably on the head without pressing the ears and glasses, the isolation is in top, and the sound is really good!

 

Beats vs Master & Dynamic

Getting music when out and about is a constantly changing game these days. I've used in-ear headphones a lot because they are easy to travel with, but recently I have used Beats and Master & Dynamics headphones.

The Beats by Dr Dre gold wireless headphones are a really nice design-piece. Not having to deal with a cable is a lot nicer than you would think. Suddenly you can walk away from the phone or computer and keep listening (or talking; it also has built-in microphone). The build quality and the "invisible" touch-buttons built into the design for adjustment of volume, muting, skipping to next track, etc as well as battery indicator is very well designed. The battery is rechargeable and the headphones comes with a cable for charging (another one to travel with!). The sound is the Beats sound, like it or not. Some times you need that extra punch.

 


My Master & Dynamic MH40. Both Joy and I have a set of them now.

The new black in headphones are the Masters of the Universe we got recently. They are the silver aluminium/brown calvskin Master & Dynamic MH40. We got them with the microphone you attach to the mini-jack, not knowing the headphones already comes with two cables. One of them with built-in microphone and volume control (and skip to next track). The headphones also features a mute button on the headphones themself you can press if you need to hear something or talk to somebody. Pretty neat! But the main feature is the sound that has really good deep bass, but far from the cluttered Beats sound. They sit better on the head than Beats (which can be painful if you wear glasses as they press the frame into the head).

 

Joy Villa's CD "I Make The Static"
Joy Villa's CD "I Make The Static" and Master & Dynamic headphones MH40.

 

I'm a weak person (and I got something sexy to show for it)

My most recent headphones was the Beats Pro. I don't know what went into me. I am not a big fan of the sound, and they tend to sit too tight on my ears and squeese the glasses intot he sides of the head.

Yet ... since I saw the FENDI X Beats that comes in yellow, red or blue calfskin as a special limited hand-sewen edition, I haven't been able to put the idea off. When I lost my Shure in-ear and despearately needed new headphones (all my other three sets of Beats in orange, gold and black were home) ... the Fendi store in New York made sure to tempt me.

I'm a weak person. I had to have them and I hate ever moment of it. They're too big. But boy are they beautiful to look at and touch. I noticed that the yellow calfskin bag they come with could work as a camera pouch ... as an excuse

 

FENDI X Beats Pro in yellow calfskin leather
My Beats x Fendi Pro Headphones. It's fashion porn.

 

 

Shure in-ear speakers

 
  $999 Shure SE 846 in-ear phones
   

On the plane I have used the Shure in-ear headphones though I have a troubled relationship to them these days. I've had two sets of Shure SE 535 that died on airplanes.

If the cables get tangled into something - as they easily does on most airplanes - the earpiece break. Getting them replaced is almost impossible and usually cost the same as a new set of earphones.

When it had happened twice for my SE 535 (and once for Joy's Shure SE425 in-ear phones), I decided I might as well try the new $999 Shure SE 846 in-ear phones that repordedly should be the best sound.

Unfortunately the SE 846 comes with a whole kit of stuff to unscrew and change the setup inside ... just not made for travel. And what is worse is that the headphones unscrew them self. They have many advantages but - for me - they've been a little expensive in keeping running. The bass seem a little exaggerate in the SE 846. Not like Beats, but enough to make the bass dirty (and distortion is painful for the ears). The SE 535 is probably the closest to monitor sound.

I was almost relieved when I forgot the black box with the SE 846 on another airplane (note to myself: put something bright orange or yellow onto the black box so it can be seen in an airplane!). I might go back to the SE 535 again.

 

Neutral Density filters to utilize your lightstrong lenses

When you have a really lightstron lens as a f/1.4 or 0.95, and even a f/2.0, you will want to be able to photograph with it wide open. What else is the point in having it?

The Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95 is a good example that it is not a matter of low light. A lot of people used to buy Noctilux (which means "King of the Night") to be able to photograph in low light. It does that too, but what is really amazing is how the lens treats light wide open. And that could be said for all the Leica lenses. The philosophy and technology behind the Leica lens design is something special.

Hence a Noctilux treats strong light and dark shadows really well, except that a camera as the Leica M 240 that has a base ISO of 200 and a maximum shutter time at 1/4000 second won't let the Noctilux sparkle in sunshine. Unless you work at f/2.8 - f/4.0 in sunshine your exposure will be blown out.

That is why you need ND-filters for all your lenses. Sunglasses for the lens. Use them as protection when you travel with the lenses in a bag (then you also have the filter handy). Have the filter on in the daytime, and put it in a soft pocket where you don't have keys or coins in the evening. Put it on again before you go to bed so it is ready next day.

See the section about "Further on light metering: Using ND filters" on this page for more on what to get.

 

Neutral Density filters © Thorsten Overgaard
Some of my ND-filters for different lenses.

Stops: The many names for the same ND-filters: Light reduced to:
1-stop ND 0.3 ND 2X ND2 1-BL 50%
2-stop ND 0.6  ND 4X ND4 2-BL 25%
3-stop ND 0.9 ND 8X ND8

3-BL

12.5%
4-stop ND 1.2 ND 12X ND12 4-BL 6.25%
6-stop ND 1.8 ND 64X ND64 6-BL 1.56%
  ND 2.0 ND 100X ND100   1%
10-stop ND 3.0  ND 1000X ND1000 10-BL 0.1%
1-6 stop variable ND 0.3 - 1.8 ND 2X - 64X ND0.3 - 1.8 1 - 6 BL 50% - 1.56%

 

 


"Jaywalking in the People's Republic" gives an idea how a wide open lightstrong Leica lens treats highlight and shadow. With Leica M 240 and Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95 and B+W Neutral Density filter. © 2014 Thorsten Overgaard.

 

 


Leica M240 with the Leica M PL Mount Adaptor. More info.

 

The Leica M PL Mount Adaptor now ships

The adapter for the Leica M 240 and Leica M-P 240 that allow it to take PL mount lenses (Leica Cine lenses) ships from CW Sonderoptic in Wetzlar since April 2015. The adaptor is a baseplate and handgrip with an adaptor mounted and makes the Leica M 240 into a directors viewfinder, allows set photographers to use the same lenses as the film camera, and of course Leica M 240 owners to buy or rent Leica Cine lenses and use them on their Leica M 240.

Buy a Leica Cine lens for your still camera

The Leica Cine lenses now are sold as single lenses as well and not just in sets of $105,000 (for the Summicron-C lenses) adn $350,000 for a set of Summilux lenses.

Most Summicron-C lenses are in the range of $17,500 or €12 ,000 plus the PL to M adaptor that is around $2,400. The Summilux-C lenses are about 100% more expensive and 30-40% larger. The Leica Cine lenses covers the full frame from 75mm and up.

 


My Leica M240 with the Leica M PL Mount Adaptor and Leica Cine 18mm Summicron-C f/2.0. The lens is put into the PL mount and locked in place with the aluminium handle you see sticks out.

 

Here's the music video Joy Villa released at Grammys 2016, "Empty" made with Leica M 240 and Leica Cine Lenses:


The Story Behind That Pictures: "Music Video with Leica Cine lenses"

 

 

Buy a vintage 35mm Summilux

If you think the Leica Cine lenses are too big, then here's a little lens that can rip your bank account just as bad. The Leica 35mm Summilux-M ASPHERICAL f/1.4 is the first edition with two aspherical surfaces, which is why it is referred to as the AA or Double Aspherical. Not only does it have two surfaces (as the only 35mm), they were also hand grinded.

This makes it all more interesting. None of them will be the same and the hunt for the one with the perfect image quality and bokeh is something that will spice it all up, on top of the price of $11,000 - $18,000 they usually sell for.

I can't really say that it is much different or better than the current Leica 35mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4 as far as image quality goes, but it sure feels different to use a vintage lens that is so limited, unique, handmade and special. More on that in my Leica 35mm Summilux article.

 

Macro for the Leica M

Macro photography is for nerds who love to lie under the flowers in the garden and play with insects. Right, but it is also a new way of seeing the world in many other regards. When you start to do macro, you start to notice details in woodwork, the bell on the bicycle, the steam rising from the hot coffee. It can be very intersting and is not as easy as you would think. It's a new naw of seeing.

 

 

OUFRO

Fortunately for some, unfortunately for others, already before the Leica M 240 was available in March 2013, some of us started collecting the Leitz OUFRO macro ring that rather simple makes any M lens into macro. It is massive brass ring with a Leica M bayonet in each end, moving the lens 10mm away from the body of the camra and excludes light coming in. It was an acessory of the 60' and 70's with the Visoflex housing. With the Live View of the Leica M 240 it suddenly made sense again!

They used to be $50 - $100 on eBay for those who could see the use of them, and one could even buy several so as to stack them on the lens (and get greater magnification). All the new popularity of this outdated piece of metal resulted in a current price range of $200 to $600 on eBay, making the OUFRO almost as expensive as inkjet ink per kilo.


The Leitz OUFRO macro adapter ring from the 60's and 70's is in use again, hence the prices on eBay has increased with up to 500% in just one year.

 

The new OUFRO - The Leica Macro Adapter M

In May 2014 Leica Camera AG released the Leica Macro Adapter M ring that basically is the re-make of the Leica OUFRO. Now with a bit-code on the bayonet to feel the presence of the adapter. It is also the end of the Leica 90mm Macro-Elmar M f/4 kit as we know it (see further down).

The orice is a little steep, perhaps inspired by the eBay market prices. In fact it is €550 or $690. Small things in photography comes with a large price. But then again, it does convert all your Leica M lenses into precious macro instrument.

 


The Leica Macro Adapter M is basically a re-make of the now extremely popular Leitz OUFRO. It does not have any optics in it, it only extends the lens from the body. Price is € 550,00

 

Leica Macro Adapter M
One easily overseen detail is that the macro ring is variable! It is very neatly designed and is a real piece of Leica engeneering. One turns the ring and it expands, as simple as that. $690 at BH Photo.

 

Leitz OUFRO and Leica M Macro adapter
As can be seen i this image, the extent of macro (how far out the lens is moved from the Leica M body) is different from the OUFRO to the Leica M Macro adapter.
The OUFRO is still a compact choice for traveling and to have a macro possibility that give close range possibilities. The Leica M Macro adapter get's you even closer.

 

Size proportions for the Leica Macro M adapter and the OUFRO

         
   
Leica Macro Adapter closest   Leica Macro Adapter widest   The Leitz OUFRO
         

 


Working with the Leica Macro M Adapter and the Leica 90mm Elmarit-M f/2.8

 


Flexible and leight weight: The Novoflex Extension tube set Leica M (model LEM/VIS II) is €199 from Novoflex or $379 from BH Photo.

Novoflex Extension Tube Set Leica M

Novoflex in Germany, who used to produce quite a few of the funny add-ons for Leica back in the day, came out with a new gadget almost as simple as the OUFRO in April 2014. But then they made it a little bit more advanced by adding several rings of different extension which one can use individually, or all together. Depending on the use of the 3 inner rings the magnification can be between 1:0,28:1 and 1:0,84 (with a 50mm lens). It is very well-made of light-weight material (whereas the OUFRO is massive brass with a chrome layer) and has a bit code as well.

The Novoflex tube set also allow one to attach Visoflex II/III to Leica M Type 240. Now, either you have all that Visoflex jazz from back when, or this will get you started surfing eBay for Visoflex odd things that sudenly are of intersting use again. Whoever get the idea first get to buy it for the least. This is the reason the set is called Adapter Set for Visoflex II/III to Leica M Type 240, thought it is basically a macro tube set for any Leica M lens (that at the same time enables infinity focus with Visoflex lenses and functions as a Visoflex extension tube set).

Novoflex tube set for Leica M macro photography
Flexible and leight weight: The Novoflex Extension tube set Leica M (model LEM/VIS II) is €199 from Novoflex or $379 from BH Photo.

 

 

Leica Bellows R

If you want to nerd all out on Macro, why not go for the full killer kit? The Leica R Bellows was made by Novoflex for Leica and is for anyone who are serious about getting to the tiniest details. It's actually so detailed that you cannot get the same 1:3 view as with the previous adapter/tubes. You get way closer.

Also, to use it you need a Leica R-to-M Adapter to connect the tubes to the camera, as well as one or more Leica R lenses, and of course the Leica R Bellows them self ($500 or so on eBay).

If you want to go all the way, the Leica Bellows also exist for Visoflex, which means that you need a Vioflex housing (the mirror and adapter) as well as Visoflex lenses. All available on eBay for either very small money, or very expensive; Depends on how rare and sought after they are. Someitems are considered old metal, others are collected as stamps).


The Leica R Bellows is for the serious nerd. They take all Leica R lenses but require a Leica R-to-M Adapter ($310) as well to connect to the Leica M 240. Here shown with a Leica 400mm Telyt-R f/6.8 which actually makes somes nice macro shots from a far distance ... though not exactly a compact travel kit.

 

Leica 90mm Macro-Elmar M f/4 Macro Kit

The classic macro kit from Leica is still available - both new and second-hand - and is a marvel of ingeneering to touch and play with. The good thing about it is that it also works on Leica M9, Leica M Monochrom and Leica M film cameras. That's where you use the goggles; to adjust the viewfinder to the closer view.

But the Leica 90mm Macro-Elmar-M f/4.0 also works as a normal 90mm lens by itself. in fact, there is a focusing scale both on top and bottom of it. When you adapt the Macro Adapter with goggles, the macro scale is the one turning up! The Leica 90mm Macro Kit is $4,150 from BH Photo.

Leica 90mm Macro Kit
Leica 90mm Macro Kit consists of Leica 90mm Macro-Elmar-M f/4.0, Angle viewfinder M (not seen in this photo) and Macro Adapter M. Photo by Harry's Pro Shop.

 

 

 

Microphones for the Leica M 240

If you want to do video with the Leica M 240, one of the things you have to look at, is sound. At least if you want the sound to be in the same quality range as the imagery. Visit page 37 for more on microphones.


My external ZOOM sound recorder I use for the Leica M240 allow stereo recording, and at the same time up to four more wired or wireless microphones. Visit page 37 for more.

 

 

The Things you Don't Need

To justify all the things you might get, it's good to balance it all with taking something out of the camera bag.

1. You don't need lens caps
With a rangefinder you may easily forget to remove the lens cap. But moreover, the lens don't really need all that protection unless you throw it in a bag full of coins and keys. And that would in any case ruin the paint on the barrel.
The way most of us carry lenses, is in a soft compartment in a bag, or on a camera around the neck. In those instances, the lens does not need a lens cap.
It is quite unpractical to have to keep an eye on a lens cap when you want to take a photo. Did you take it off? Where do you put it while you take the photo, and did you remember to put it on again or did you forget it on the table?

2. UV-filters
Having protective filters on the lenses is something we seem to be taught about from we start photographing. Fact is that the UV-filter glass is much more soft and less resistant than the glass on the lens. Hence the UV-filter is more likely to get scratches than your lens.

With the Leica 50mm Noctilux-M you will see reflections of light when using an UV-filter. It says directly in the manual for the lens not to use one. It is logical that adding an extra layer of glass doesn't improve the image quality. The manual of the Leica M Noctilux actually say not to use UV filters on this lens.

Carry the lens wide open and proud, the lens shade will take care of some of the protection, and most lenses are scratched when not in use, rather than when they are being carried and used.

 


UV-filters will not protect you against Joy Villa. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95. @ 2013-2014 Thorsten Overgaadd.

 

A funny note was that I taught a workshop in Korea, and on the third day - after that everyone is well aware that one does not need UV-filters but should get ND-filtres, we go to a Leica Store to see if they might have ND-filters. They didn't, but when we get outside the store I notice one of the students have put on a UV-filter on his Noctilux. I ask him, and he tells me "I walked up to the counter, and the guy said, ´Uh! You need to protect that lens' and then he sold me a UV-filter".

Now, this is rather hillarious because Leica makes UV-filters that you don't need but doesn't make ND-filters that you actually do need. And it is very "photo store thinking" that you should get UV-filters, paper cloths and air blowers to clean your lenses, backpacks, flashes and tripods. Grr!

 

3. Stickers and plastic
The Leica M cameras comes with a sticker under the bottom plate because the law requires it. And for some reason the only part of the camera that has protective plastic on it, is the bottom plate (this piece of metal that cost €90 as a spare part!).

 
  Ms. Brenda removing the sticker of her Leica M 240

Now, both have to go. You can't have a "Made in Germany" art piece of industrial design with 100 years of tradition behind their brand - and then a black sticker and plastic on it. Cars come from the factory covered in plastic because they are transported by ships and truck, but you wond't drive a car wrapped in plastic, would you?

No.

The sticker can be hard to remove, but you do it with your nails. The rest of the glue from the sticker goes right off with gasoline. It takes less than 5 minutes and is a great feeling, almost religious. This is the point where you take ownership and responsibility for your camera. Now you can use it!

 

4. Leather pouches
For some reason Leica lenses comes in leather pouches. You should keep the original boxes and everything in them if you can (or give it to a dealer; he will be happy!). They are good when you eventually sell the lens. If you visit vintage camera stores, you will realize that original boxes, hoods and pouches can be more expensive than what was inside. So even if you plan to never selll anything, then think of your kids. When you die, those boxes will be worth a fortune (including the grey protective box that is outside the actual box). Just one of those things ...

But leather is a bad combination with glass. A lens inside a leather pouch may grow fungus, which is a living thing that eat the glass. Fungus grow best in dark and high humidity. No better place to put your lenses if you want to see how fungus looks like, or mushrooms. So keep the leather pouches, but don't use them.

 

 

The Leica Multi(dys)functional Handgrip with GPS - Oh my!

If you like to have extra grip on the camera, the Multifunctional Handgrip or Leica M Handgrip is not a bad idea. It may look bulky at first, but in real life it is very light-weight and doesn't add bulkiness to the Leica M 240. With the Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95 or other large lenses as 90mm and 135mm - and of course the R lenses and other brand lenses added to the M240 with an adapter, the handgrip comes in handy.

The ones I have met who had the Leica M Handgrip were really happy with. It sits tight on the camera, and the design is in alignment with the historic industrial design of the Leica M. If the grip does not sit tight, it an error.

But why not get the Multifunctional Handgrip that is just a little bit lager but offer extra features? That's what I said and thought, and that's how I ended up having one when I stumbled over one in December 2013.

I shouldn't have done that.

First off the Multifunctional Handgrip took 9 months to appear in stores, after the release of the Leica M240. So one would think is was really good when it finally arrived. Also, the price is $895.

My initial impression was that the build quality was really impressive. But I happened to pick my handgrip up in Australia, and then I went to China, Singapore and Tokyo. "Great with some GPS locations when traveling!" I thought.

 


This photo was taken outside a hotel in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo according to the GPS. Elementary when you know why, but still confusing when you know it is on a China Easter airplane somewhere over Korea. Why can't it just admit it doesn't know where it is?
And why isn't the last recorded location the airport in Tokyo, before taking off? When you have spent enough time figuring over questions like that, you stop using it.

 

Unfortunately the Multifunctional Handgrip stopped working in China, and when I tried to find out what was wrong, I learned that Leica "for legal reasons" have disabled GPS in China and Cuba. One could discuss this for a long time, because why then haven't Nikon, Apple and everybody else disabled their GPS? Most likely because Leica has misunderstood things. It is not illegal to track GPS, but it is illegal to plot certain things location with GPS (and I am sure taking photos of those things - with or without GPS - would bring one in trouble as well).

The actual troubles with the GPS handgrip showed up in Singapore and Tokyo. The initial problem, once I started using the handgrip for real, is that it is very slow at tracking GPS. It takes a while for the handgrip to actually locate where you are. If you go under a thin metal roof, inside a car or train or through and airport, it takes a while to get back on track. No idea how to help the device to get on with it, there is no guide in the manual how to activate it further than setting the menu to ON under GPS.

Some smart guy who has spent too much time trying to program this rather low-technology device, made the decision to keep the last logged GPS-location in the Multifunctional Handgrip till it found a new one. This will result in faulty locations when the device haven't found the new location. Which it doesn't more often than it does. It will simply stick with the previous one, not matter where and how old. This gives some intersting locations when you travel with underground trains, and even if you go in and out of buildings in a city. It may take hours, some times even days before the Multifunctional Handgrip finds a new and current location.

The stupidity of this "applied intelligence" was obvious when I arrived in Singapore from China. For two days the GPS unit would switch ON, and then immediately switch off "for leagal reasons".

Why? Because it still thought it was in China!

 

The reason why GPS doesn't work

There are two things to know about GPS, and only one of them you can influence.

It takes a GPS unit up to 15 minutes to find a GPS signal. When you use a GPS unit in your car, it uses the position where you parked and works from there till it finds a new signal. That is why, if you turn off the GPS some time before you arrive, it starts from that previous position and/or waits for signal.

So the Leica M 240 with the Multidysfunctional Handgrip set to power off after 2 minutes (which is what I generally recommend to have battery for almost a full day), will need up to 15 minutes of photographing before it know where it is. This seldom happens when walking in a city where the camera may be in use a few minutes, then after another two minutes of inactivity it powers off. In other words, it never has time to finds a position.

You can have the camera on all the time and switch on and off the EVF-2 and Live View manually to save battery. That will allow the GPS unit to have time to find a position.

The other factor in GPS is the quality of the GPS unit. Modern advanced GPS-units can find their position inside buildings by using reflecting signals from other buildings, calculating the exact distance and hence position. The Leica Multifunctional Handgrip is not of that type. Cars, trains and thin roofs will block the signal.

Someone mentioned that GPS works well in the US, and that is true. It works better in some countries and locations than other.

 

The reason why iPhone works

The iPhone and iPad use a database Apple Computer has of where WiFi routers are located. It is an old system meant for locating distress signals, and Apple has the database and thus use the WiFi signals to locate the phone. It doesnt need access to the WiFi networks, only their name to know the location.

 


Singapore, December 2013. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95

 

Another curious thing the Multifunctional Handgrip has been programmed with, is that it will adjust the time zone according to the GPS.

As the Multifunctional Handgrip often loses track of where it is, it will go back and forth between the time in the camera and the real time zone. If your images are imported into Lightroom and appear in the order they are photographed (which mine is), they make no sense. For a moment I thught I had lost half my pictures. Then I realized that it was the Multifunctional Handgrip playing up. You can of course change the sorting in Lightroom to the image numbersing.

But it would be easier if the damn thing worked.

 


A gangster in Singapore. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95

 

A true Multi(dys)functional Handgrip. It is a great example of what happens when someone tries to implement too much intelligence into a low-technology device.

This relocation may take anything from two minutes to several days and you have no idea how to provoke the GPS Multifunctional Handgrip to look for a new location. You would think going outside and turning the camera on would make the handgrip look for where it is. Not so. It may be used outdoor several times, for a long while, turned on and off over hours and days without noticing the location has actually changed.

The GPS INFO menu
If one press INFO on the Leica M240 (the silver button by your right thumb) while the Multifunctional Handgrip is mounted, and GPS is turned ON in the menu, there is three differnt symbols that may show:
- A sattelite (means that it has recorded a position within the last minute).
- A sattelite with a X (means that is is using a location that is up to 24 hours old)
- A sattelite with a I (means that the recording is it using is more than 24 hours old).

When reviewing the image files, one can press the INFO button and the image will show a sattelite, which is very comforting, but basically means it stores none or some location. You have no idea till you get the image imported.

The GPS location is stored only in the DNG, not the JPG.

The images with wrong GPS data is of course a sort of "data pollution" as you cannot really strip the file of the wrong data. If or when you use images on websites that locate the image, you will have a entire new problem!

 

Remote control and tethered photography with the Leica M 240

The Leica Multifunctional Handgrip (14495) allow you to connect the camera with the computers USB port, and using the Leica Image Shuttle 2 software, you can see previews on the computer screen right after the photos has been taken.

The menu of the camera is also visable on the screen so that you can change light meering methods, shutter time, white balance and many other things. And of course you can release the shutter from the computers screen.

No live view on the computer screen. The camera will write the images to a destination folder on the computer. It stores the JPG and DNG if you shoot DNG + JPG Fine, but it shows only the JPG preview on the screen. It does not store on the SD card in the camera.

it doesn't load automatically into Lightroom. You will have to refresh/import the destination folder into Lightroom when you want to see the images there.

 


The setup with Leica Multifunctional Handgrip. A the cable that comes with the handgrip connects the camera to the computer. The preview from the camea does not show onthe computer, only the preview of the last taken picture.

Downloading via Leica Multifunctional Handgrip
When you photograph DNG+JPG Fine, the storage time is about 3-4 seconds per compressed DNG, 6 seconds for uncompressed. That is, if you have Live View off. If Live View is on, it takes 45 seconds to store one image.

One can of course use the USB connection on the handgrip to download images, but it will take about 8x as long as if one inserted the SD-card into the computers SD-card reader.

Charging via Leica Multifunctional Handgrip
The camera can be powered continiously via the handgrip, as well as the battery can be charged without taking it out. Remember the cable, though!

Pocket Wizard via Leica Multifunctional Handgrip
One can connect a Pocket Wizard via the Leica Multifunctional Handgrip so as to keep the hotshe available for the EVF-2. Though Pocket Wizard told me they did not for sure have a way to make it work. So somebody else will have to play with that and see if it actually will work.

All this I learned for $895 ...

 

When you got all that, then what's next?

The ultimate gadget for the Leica M9 owner with all the extras ... well, here it is: The Artisan & Artist leather collar for your cat or dog. Or as an armwrist, if you like, available in black, red, gold and other colors.

A&A is mainly an Japanese producer of luxury bags and belts, so the camera bags and camera straps are just because the owner of A&A happens to like photography. They also produce iPhone covers, iPad covers and more.

 

 

 

Leica Photographers Gloves from Leica Store Tokyo

If you are familiar with the Leica Store Tokyo, you are also familiar with the fact that they like to create nice design for Leica products, ranging from well-designed Leica shopping bags to the Leica M7 Hermes Special Edition (the chrome with orange leather - Leica Japan is still partly owned by Hermes). Leica Store Tokyo is also the place to find the Leica gloves, designed and made for Leica Store Tokyo, and only available there. The price is 6,000 Yen ($75), and if you try to get them, be aware it is Japanese sizes. The largest is the "Large" which is equivalent to "Medium" in Europe and USA.

As a very special inside for any Leica M9 owner looking for something absolutely special, keep an eye out for the 50 Year Anniversary edition at the Leica Store Tokyo. They celebrate the 50th year anniversary in spring 2011, and I bet they will come up with an interesting and well-designed M9.

Leica Gloves from Leica Store Tokyo
The accessory you won't be able to live without: Special edition Leica gloves with Pittard WR101X leather inside and stretchable Polartec on the outside (The camera is another story, just a funny key chain, not from Leica Store Tokyo).

 

Thosten Overgaard's Shopping List for Anything

Lenses:

39mm ND Filter 0.9 3-stop 8X for 50mm APO and 35mm Summicron - From BH / From Amazon
46mm ND Filter 0.9 3-stop 8X for 35mm Summilux - From BH / From Amazon
49mm ND Filter 0.9 3-stop 8X for 28mm Summilux - From BH / From Amazon
50mm ND Filter 0.9 3-stop 8X for 50mm Noctilux - From BH / From Amazon
Series VIII ND Filter 0.9 3-stop 8X for 21mm Summilux - From BH

 

For cameras:

Leica M240, M246, SL601: SanDisk SD-card 64GB writing speed 95MB/sec.
Leica M9: SanDisk SD-card 16GB writing speed 95MB/sec.
Leica MM: SanDisk SD-card 16GB or 32GB writing speed 95MB/sec.
Leica Q116: SanDisk SD-card

Microfiber cloth from Amazon

Most opticians will give away microfiber cloths for free. The white Leica microfiber cloth is often given away in the Leica Store and is good (but is listed as $10-$15 which is too much). The Leica Store Kyoto made a special large microfiber cloth that is also nice; but only available in Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan).

 

White balance and light metering:

WhiBal white balance card in creit card size - From BH / From Amazon

Computer:

MacBook Pro 15" 1TB Flash memory hard drive and i7 processor - From BH / From Amazon
(Any Apple computer shoud have the fastest processo ravailable to work well with Lightroom. In the MacBook Air lineup, the i5 processor is four times slower than the i7 processor).
X-Rite Display Calibrator "i1 Display Pro"
- From BH / From Amazon
Apple 27" external screen (works well with any MacBook).

For computer editing and archiving:

4TB LaCie Rugged USB3 portable hard drive (buy 2: one for storage, one for backup). From BH / From Amazon
WD 2TB USB3 portable hard drives
Thunderbolt?
The speed difference between USB 3 and Thunderbolt is 5 MB/sec so stay with USB3. It is almost as fast as Thunderbolt and more reliable.
Media Pro 1
DAM (Digital Assett Management) virtual catalog for viewing and organizing iamges.

 

Camera bags and acessories:
Goyard coin purse (for two ND filters)
Billingham Hadley Pro Insert that fits many other bags from Billingham UK From Billingham Bangkok

 

 

 

     
 

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"Video- & Moviemaking with the Leica M 240"

 
     

 

   
   

 


   

 

Index of Thorsten von Overgaard's user review pages covering Leica M9, Leica M9-P, M-E, Leica M10,
Leica M 240, Leica M-D 262, Leica M Monochrom, M 246  as well as Leica Q and Leica SL:

Leica M9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 M9-P   Links
Leica M10
P                                        
Leica M 240
P 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44         What if?
Leica M-D 262 1 2                        
Leica Monochrom 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
A
29
B
29
C
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D
               
Leica Q 1                            
Leica SL 1 2 3 4 5                               Books


leica.overgaard.dk
Thorsten Overgaard's Leica Article Index
Leica M cameras:   Leica S:
Leica M10   Leica S1 digital scan camera
Leica M Type 240 and M-P Typ240   Leica S2 digital medium format
Leica M-D Typ 262 and Leica M60   Leica S digital medium format
Leica M Monochrom Typ246 digital rangefinder    
Leica M Monochrom MM digital rangefinder   Leica Cine Lenses:
Leica M9 and Leica M-E digital rangefinder   Leica Cine lenses from CW Sonderoptic
Leica M9-Professional digital rangefinder    
Leica M4 35mm film rangefinder    
Leica M lenses:   Leica SLR cameras:
Leica 21mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4   Leica SL 2015 Type 601 mirrorless fullframe
Leica 21mm Leica Super-Elmar-M ASPH f/3.4   Leica R8/R9/DMR film & digital 35mm dSLR cameras
Leica 21mm Super-Angulon-M f/3.4   Leica R10 [cancelled]
Leica 28mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4   Leica R4 35mm film SLR
Leica 35mm Summilux-M ASPH FLE f/1.4 and f/1.4 AA   Leica R3 electronic 35mm film SLR
Leica 35mm Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0   Leicaflex SL/SL mot 35mm film SLR
Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95    
Leica 50mm Noctilux-M f/1.0 and f/1.2   Leica R lenses:
Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f//1.4   Leica 19mm Elmarit-R f/2.8
Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0   Leica 35mm Elmarit-R f/2.8
Leitz 50mm Summicron-M f/2.0 "rigid" Series II   Leica 50mm Summicron-R f/2.0
Leica 75mm Summilux-M f/1.4   Leica 60mm Macro-Elmarit f/2.8
Leica 75mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0   Leica 80mm Summilux-F f/1.4
Leica 90mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0   Leica 90mm Summicron-R f/2.0
Leica 90mm Summarit-M f/2.5   Leica 180mm R lenses
Leica 90mm Elmarit f/2.8   Leica 400mm Telyt-R f/6.8
Leitz 90mm Thambar f/2.2   Leica 35-70mm Vario-Elmarit-R f/2.8
    Leica 35-70mm Vario-Elmarit-R f/4.0
     
History and overview:   Small Leica cameras:
Leica History   Leica Q full-frame mirrorless
Leica Definitions   Leica Digilux 2 vintage digital rangefinder
Leica Lens Compendium   Leica Digilux 1
Leica Camera Compendium   Leica X
The Solms factory and Leica Wetzlar Campus   Leica Sofort instant camera
    Leica Minilux 35mm film camera
    Leica CM 35mm film camera
     
Photography Knowledge   Thorsten Overgaard books and education:
Calibrating computer screen for photographers   Thorsten Overgaard Masterclasses & Workshops
Quality of Light   Overgaard Lightroom Survival Kit for Lightroom CC/6
Lightmeters   "Finding the Magic of Light" eBook (English)
Color meters for accurate colors (White Balance)   "Die Magie des Lichts Finden" eBook (German)
White Balance & WhiBal   "Composition in Photography" eBook
Film in Digital Age   "The Moment of Impact in Photography" eBook
Dodge and Burn   "Freedom of Photographic Expression" eBook
All You Need is Love    
How to shoot Rock'n'Roll   "After the Tsunami" Free eBook
X-Rite   The Overgaard New Inspiration Extension Course I
The Origin of Photography   The Overgaard Photography Extension Course
Case in Point    
The Good Stuff  
Hasselblad/Imacon Flextight 35mm and 6x6 scanner   "Magic of Light" Television Channel
Leica OSX folder icons   Thorsten von Overgaard YouTube Channel
   
Leica Photographers:  
Jan Grarup   Riccis Valladares
Henri Cartier-Bresson   Christopher Tribble
Birgit Krippner   Martin Munkácsi
John Botte   Jose Galhoz
 
Douglas Herr    
Vivian Maier  
Morten Albek    
Byron Prukston    
     
The Story Behind That Picture:   Thorsten Overgaard on Instagram
More than 100 articles by Thorsten Overgaard   Join the Thorsten Overgaard Mailing List
Thorsten Overgaard Workshop Schedule   Thorsten Overgaard on Twitter
    Thorsten Overgaard on Facebook
Leica Forums and Blogs:    
Leica M10 / M240 / M246 User Forum on Facebook   Heinz Richter's Leica Barnack Berek Blog
The Leica User Forum   Leica Camera AG
Steve Huff Photos (reviews)   Leica Fotopark
Erwin Puts (reviews)   The Leica Pool on Flickr
LeicaRumors.com (blog)   Eric Kim (blog)
Luminous Landscape (reviews)   Adam Marelli (blog)
Sean Reid Review (reviews)   Jono Slack
Ken Rockwell (reviews)   Shoot Tokyo (blog)
John Thawley (blog)   Ming Thein (blog)
  I-Shot-It photo competition
 
 
The Von Overgaard Gallery Store:    
Hardware for Photography   Von Overgaard Ventilated lens shades:
Software for Photography   Ventilated Shade for Current 35mm Summilux FLE
Signed Prints   Ventilated Shade for older Leica 35mm/1.4 lenses
Mega Size Signed Prints   Ventilated Shade for Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH
Mega Size Signed Limited Prints   Ventilated Shade E43 for older 50mm Summilux
Medium Size Signed Limited Prints   Ventilated Shade for 35mm Summicron-M ASPH
Small Size Signed Limited Prints   Ventilated Shade for older 35mm/f2 lenses
Commisioning Thorsten Overgaard Worldwide   Ventilated Shade for 50mm Summicron lenses
Thorsten Overgaard Archive Licencing   Ventilated Shade for Leica 28mm Summilux
Vintage Prints   Ventilated Shade for current 28mm Elmarti-M
Photography Books by Thorsten Overgaard   Ventilated Shade for older 28mm Elmarti-M
Home School Photography Extension Courses   Ventilated Shade for 75mm Summicron (coming)
Overgaard Workshops & Masterclasses   ventilated Shade E55 for 90mm Summicron
Artists Nights   Ventilated Shade for 28mm Summaron
    Ventilated Shade for 24mm Elmarit
Gallery Store Specials   Ventilated ShadeE60 for 50mm Noctilux and 75/1.4
 

 

 

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What People Say

 

     
 

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"Thank you for the Rome workshop.

The last days I spent with you in Rome I have done once before. So why do it again? Same type of workshop and with the same photographer.

Simply because I was so inspired by the first workshop two years ago, that I felt I would (and could) squeeze even more out of you a second time.

Of course some repetition was present on theory but two photo shootings are newer the same, and you always get new information there either wasn't presented the first time, or that you did not grasp at that time.

My overall goal taking part in the Rome Workshop was to focus much on the light, which I can transfer to future photo and television news stories that I produce.

And I got it!

The hands-on practice and advice from you benefits both experienced pro's like my self, and amateurs who wants to step up a level. So with my tired feet walking around hot Rome, I now will go back to work and let the experiences and inspiration go into my photography works.

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I have had your New Inspiration Course for a couple of days and have viewed all videos. I recently submitted a few images to a gallery in Portland for an exhibit.

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Thorsten von Overgaard Workshop Review Rome:

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Thank you. I am trying make the New York Monochrome Masterclass.

All the best to Princess Joy Villay and Robin Isabella".


 
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I learned a great deal from your critical comments and also your showing how to improve the final picture through minor adjustments in Lightroom. May of my friends have a heavy hand with Lightroom but you showed us how to adjust the camera so that minimal post processing was necessary to have a good final product.

Joy was also such a pleasure to be with. She is such a professional in her chosen field of modeling, entertainment and production. Her sharing of this knowledge with us was a compliment to Thorsten's photographic knowledge. She was also very flexible and willing to share her poetry with us after coming out of the cold of Seoul's winter too.

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Overgaard Workshop in Berlin

 

     
 

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"The Overgaard Photography Workshop is an investment that pays immediate dividends.

In four short days there was a marked swagger in my step. This may sound irrelevant to photography, but in my opinion it’s one of the unspoken tangibles that make professional photographers like Thorsten so damn good – their confidence is able to make them disappear in a sense, and put their subjects at ease.

The funny thing about this is that it wasn’t something discussed during the workshop, it was something that I learned from observing Thorsten work. The way he moved without hesitation, the manner in which he sized up his subject, and got the shot and moved on. Quick, clean, and confident! For me, that was the most valuable part of the workshop – spending four days at the elbow of a professional photographer!

What an experience!

I came away excited, eager, and confident that I could produce the kind of photographs I’ve always envied!

Thank you to my friend Thorsten! Some time in the future, somewhere in the world, our paths will cross again!"

 
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"I was in a flat spot with my picturemaking, I was reading your blog which I follow with great interest. Your blog said 'wear your camera and get out and do something'.

Well after a bit of thought, I went out and put on an exhibition of 80 pictures in our local library exhibition room. This turned out to be very successful with photographic societies and others visit the exhibition.

Thank You for having inspired me!"

 
  - R. D. (UK)  

 

     
 

Thorsten von Overgaard Workshop Review from the London workshop:

"Towards the end of 2012 I purchased a Leica M9P camera and Leica 35mm lens; I did not know how much this little black box was about to shape all of 2013 for me.

In Jan 2013 I attended a four day workshop in London with Danish photographer Thorsten Overgaard. It was, not only, an incredibly informative few days but also tons of fun and I met some wonderful people. The encouragement I got from Thorsten and everyone else gave me an incredible boost to get 2013 started. In fact I loved the workshop so much I immediately enrolled on the Sept 13 session which turned out to be even better.

I found Thorstens straight forward approach to both using the camera and towards editing extremely refreshing but it was the way he taught me how to look for light that, honestly, changed the way I view the world.

I see differently now and because of that I also think differently. I've started to compose and record music in a way that is much clearer and for the first time in my career true to how I want to hear it.
"
(Feel free to see images on my blog).

 
  - B. G. (Music Composer & Producer London)  

 

     
 

User review of the Thorsten von Overgaard Workshop in Sydney:

"First of all I would like to thank you for some very educational and inspirational days in Sydney. I feel that I’ve grown a lot as a photographer, not only through what you taught us, but also by just observing how you move and interact with subjects on the street. And your “All you need is love” approach to photography is the best advise I’ve ever received as a photographer.

I’m still aiming for my “less is more” approach to photography. If something doesn’t add to the story you’re trying to tell then try to crop it out (preferably in camera) or wait for the right moment when there are no distractions. I just had another look at your website and one of my favorite photos is of the Sikh reading a book shot with the 80mm Summilux-R. There must be hundreds of people in that photo but they all add to the story and therefore not a single one should be cropped. Very inspiring indeed!

Hope to see you again in the future, in Australia or somewhere else around the world. All the best."

 
  - H. H. (Sydney)  

 

Above: "Das Auto Bilen",
Bali, Indonesia, March 2014.
Leica M Type 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95.
© 2014 Thorsten Overgaard.


 

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Join a Thorsten Overgaard
Photography Workshop

I am in constant orbit teaching
Leica and photography workshops.

Most people prefer to explore a
new place when doing my workshop.
30% of my students are women.
35% of my students do
two or more workshops.
95% is Leica users.
Age range is from 16 to 83 years
with the majority in the 30-55 range.
Skill level range from two weeks
to a lifetime of experience.
97% use a digital camera.
100% of my workshop graduates photograph more after a workshop.
1 out of 600 of my students have
asked for a refund.

I would love to see you in one!
Click to see the calendar.

     
     

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