all photos taken by Syed IEDEI.
As you may have noticed, i’ve become quite enamored with photography these days. Here is my latest purchase, a like-new, mint condition Leica M5. To me, this is THE coolest Leica M camera ever made (along with the M Monochrome….dream on!)….i’d been wanting one for a while—-and now I have a shiny, perfect example of one purchased as NM/new old stock! Still working on the first roll of B&W film.
It’s a strange feeling taking photos and not previewing them digitally on the screen instantly; BUT it makes for a really great partner to the wonderful M8.1 I have been using these days. Digital and film; the best of both worlds! I am very happy with this combination.
I also have a Chiyoda Kogoku Super Rokkor 50mm F1.8 LTM lens on order, which will be then going onto the camera. For now, I have the CV 35mm F1.4 mounted…..temporarily.
Let creativity flow!
Leica M8.1 & M5:
Well here’s an idea by designer Hugo Andre Costa Fernandes Vieira which incorporates a Bang & Olufsen stereo system, Leica 12 mp CMOS digital camera, Gold headphone jack (?), and a 3.5 inch OLED display mated to an Android OS to create what is known as the ‘BeoSmart‘ concept mobile phone.
Well it’s not a real phone, yet…and while i’m not generally a big mobile phone enthusiast, i do use my iPhone quite a bit and it is arguably the most important and useful device I use on a daily basis. I have been daydreaming of a really kickass camera mated to iOS for a while (although the iPhone camera is no slouch really)—-however a Leica mobile phone camera? My wallet is ready for action.
I doubt this will ever get made…as Leica doesn’t strike me as a company that interested in stepping down to mobile phones. That being said, i can see them putting their name on a mobile phone camera lens like they do with some of the entry-level Panasonic point-and-shoot cameras.
Well here are 2 very strange prototype cameras.
The Leica ABCDE looks like a GREAT SLR design from 1970 (albeit with possibly the worst name ever for a camera…lol). Why didn’t they use it? I haven’t the slightest clue. Not much is known about this concept, however it was seen on a Leica Factory Tour in 2009 by DPReview.com (the link to their tour, unfortunately, does not work—however the pictures are found in search).
The Leica S1 (below) from 1996 has to be one of the least useable camera designs ever! I cannot even imagine focusing while holding a gigantic ring—-or maybe it’s genius!? Who knows….all we know is that it seems to have cool digital buttons on the top. The colour is right as well. It may make for a nice steering wheel though.
i’m really loving grinding my creative teeth on my M8. “Hip shooting” is my latest interest….pre-focusing the lens, with delayed shutter reload…..and then creating the distance i need. There’s nothing quite as interesting as walking around seeing the wicked charms of New York City….with a camera in hand. I used to think nothing was better than driving around NYC, but now i’ve found something even more interesting.
I usually shoot in B&W, but the colours in this photo were too beautiful so I had switched to colour for it.
New York City, Leica M8.1 with Voigtlander 35mm f1.4