Everything changes all the time.
2022 has been another year of wildly rearranging my approach to photography. I’ve gone all-in Leica and back. I’ve been all-in with film, and back. And so on. I do this because I’m more of a camera nerd than an artist.
Let’s start with the film cameras. First, I sold the big Linhof Master Technika. It was a beautiful kit, but I almost never used it. I still have an old Crown Graphic for when I get the urge to shoot 4×5.
I still have three Leica M film cameras: M3, M6, and MP. I tried and failed at selling the M6. Here they are on my workbench:
The M6 is for sale again. I will hate myself for selling it, but it’s dumb to have something so nice (and valuable) just sitting on a shelf most of the time.
I was also able to revive the Ricoh GR1, which I’m very happy about.
So, what about digital, then? That’s still being tweaked, but right now I’m going with the new X-T5 and a few favorite lenses.
I ordered the X-T5 with the 16-80 “kit” lens. I don’t like zooms, and I don’t love f4 lenses, but it’s a nice all-arounder in a pinch and a cheap way to get it. I have the 23 f2, 35 f1.4, and 56 1.2 on the way.
I’ve stopped scanning film with a digital camera, so I shouldn’t miss the Lumix S5 and Macro, which I’ve traded for the Fuji lenses. I can change my mind pretty inexpensively with the Fuji 60mm macro any time.
I have come very close to buying another Leica M10-R, but I’m going to see how it feels to use the Fuji for digital.
Where does that leave us? To sum up:
Every Day(ish) Carry:
- Leica MP
- Ricoh GR1
- Fujifilm X-T5
- Leica M3
- Hasselblad 500C/M
- Crown Graphic 4×5
- Assorted 35mm (OM-1n, Leica IIIf, etc)