I absolutely love photography. Here are my cameras & lenses.


Camera Body

 My favorite earthly possession, hands–down.

My favorite earthly possession, hands–down.

The M10 Digital Rangefinder by Leica is a camera like no other. It's extremely expensive, but worth the money, for someone like me, who values the rangefinder experience of shooting over all other factors.

Rangefinders are unlike the SLR viewfinders found on nearly every other professional cameras today (even mirrorless cameras emulate the SLR experience). They rely on mechanical engineering and precision to enable you to focus a purely mechanical (no electronics) lens by hand, using only your eyes and hands. 

Every photo I take is manually focused in this manner, and, while it is a slower process — I can literally never get mad at the camera for not "doing what I wanted it to". That's important to me. There is no misbehaving with a rangefinder. 

Mine is silver and quite customized with heavy patina'd brassing on the top plate, as well as custom hand-made engravings all over the body, and some fun colors on the knobs/buttons (oil paint + clear coat nail polish). 

Price: ~$7,000. Older Leica models are available (the M240, M9) for a lower cost, but they sport a significantly thicker body than the M10. Size is also important to me. 


35mm Lens

 Used most of the time. 

Used most of the time. 

The 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Summilux-M (LFE) by Leica is my everyday–carry 35mm lens. It is mounted on my camera 90% of the time.

35mm is my favorite focal length, overall, and I find it surprisingly useful for a surprising number of situations. I also quite enjoy the depth compression it renders on a full-frame (35mm) body.

The incredibly small and excellent 35mm Summicron-M ASPH would be a good alternative to this lens, but I found that the relatively little size/weight added for double the amount of light was appropriate, as I often shoot at night.


50mm Lens

 Used for portraits.

Used for portraits.

The 50mm f/1.4 Summilux-M Aspherical by Leica is my 50mm lens. It's excellent for when I need extra reach, or am taking portraits.

The size of this lens is fantastic. I absolutely love the built-in pop-out hood, too. This is one of the greatest lenses ever produced.

Update: I sold this lens, recently. If I could afford to have kept it, I would have. One day, I'll get another copy.


28mm Lens

 Used for street photography.

Used for street photography.

The Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 by Leica is my street photography lens of choice.

It's incredibly small, and is, in my opinion, the world's best street photography lens.


Other cameras I recommend.

I've owned all of these, at various points in time, and highly recommend them all.