• Kaisern Chen

Leica cameras and the Leica pictuers!

Updated: 5 days ago


I love cameras, all cameras, and Leica cameras are among those more favorable. However, I love cameras, not more than I love photography and the process of undertaking it.


My first Leica is M6 back in 1991 when I can finally afford it, and I never stop using Leica since. I use several different cameras since I started photography as a teenager; the Leica camera was added instead of replacing others, as it is today.


Leica had made excellent cameras true to the brand's DNA with mechanical heritage and character that fascinated me when I was a boy, a young man, and an industrial designer. It's a friend.


Do I agree that the Leica camera is capable of producing excellent images? Always. Are they the best? It is the photography question, not about the camera.


This blog is dedicating to images shot with various Leica cameras and lenses, including lenses specifically design for Leica, of the past and the most current ones, in random order.



LFI Selection of 2021


2021 at a glance : Leica Photografie International "LFI" - not a bad year to have my images selected by LFI in 175 occasions in varies genres of photography, including 59 Leica Master Shot selections.










LFI Selection of 2020


2020 at a glance : Leica Photografie International "LFI" - not a bad year to have my images selected by LFI in 130 occasions in varies genres of photography.










2022



2022 SEPTEMBER


September 3

Revisit my Leica Apo-Summicron-R 90/2 ASPH, a lens I bought long after my R system was retired to the camera and lens cabinet. Daria Sorokina at SOTA 96 Bangkok Leica M10 Monochrom + Apo-Summicron-R 90/2 ASPH (with R Adapter M)


September 5

Mookda Narinrak, SOTA 96 Bangkok, Thailand Leica M10-R + Apo-Summicron-M 75/2 ASPH

September 12 at LINE Jatujak-Mochit Bangkok

Yaowalak Rhitsomchit, at LINE Jatujak-Mochit Bangkok, Thailand September 12, 2022 Leica M11 + Apochromat Kinoptik Paris 50mm F2 Focale

Yaowalak Rhitsomchit, at LINE Jatujak-Mochit Bangkok, Thailand September 12, 2022 Leica M11 + Apochromat Kinoptik Paris 50mm F2 Focale

Yaowalak Rhitsomchit, at LINE Jatujak-Mochit Bangkok, Thailand September 12, 2022 Leica M11 + Apochromat Kinoptik Paris 50mm F2 Focale


September 14

Daria Sorokina, SOTA 96 Bangkok, Thailand

As if Leica wants to comfort the hard-core supporters of the classic M system ahead of offering an iteration of the digital M11 with built-in EVF, which expectedly to draw heavy critiques, a new film M camera is on the horizon.


It is about 20 years since Leica introduced a major film camera - the Leica MP in March 2003 at the Las Vegas PMA photo show, one year after Leica released the M7, a successor to the immensely popular M6.


The 2014 Leica M-A was more like an anniversary upgrade to the MP with improved rangefinder optical coating, reduction of internal reflections, and elimination of the PX76/SR44 silver oxide cell or DL 1/3N Lithium cell. In short, the M-A is MP with an empty battery compartment, the exact size and built, 7 grams lighter. I don't have any battery cells inside all four of my MP, I don't need the M-A.


The 2002 M7 was a great M camera and the most precise M film camera ever until Leica discontinued it in May 2018. The M7 equipped a very quiet, electronically controlled mechanical shutter that 1/60s and 1/125s are still functional without a battery. With the exposure compensation dial and auto exposure, the M7 is the most practical M film camera if getting the pictures to weigh over purely having fun. I enjoy the process of training my manual film camera to take pictures, but getting the shot is the bottom line.


Leica recently added a section to its corporate website - Leica Film Photography with a hashtag - #filmisnotdea ahead of introducing the next new film camera. We are sure that anything from Leica will not fit the bill "budget," and the Famalicão assembled film camera will be the second Leica M camera not made in Germany, after the 1973 Leitz Minolta CL.


Although positioned under the M-A and the MP, the new film camera is a more cost-friendly and better-featured film camera, more like a successor of the M7 while taking reverse route.


Leica is a small company and does not require a large number of sales to call for success. It signals that Leica has not abandoned its past while making a near future EVF M digital less disheartening to many faithful "Messsucher" fans. The gradual transition to EVF for digital M cameras is inevitable until it becomes necessary. EVF continues to evolve and integrate with the electronics inside the modern digital camera, which is fast approaching "necessary."


The film is not dead; very few said it is because most of the public does not care. The largest film camera maker today is Fujifilm, with its popular Instax cameras. Roll films, by comparison, only carry an insignificant percentage. Fujifilm's Instax division is larger in sales than all medium format film and digital cameras combined, plus the entire Leica camera division. Photography roll film has been in steady decline and will continue to decline, reflecting on its availability and price. It is not dead until it is dead.


The unmistakable acoustic signature and the tactility feeling of a shutter press and all the mechanical parts interacting in an instant is a memory I love and will never forget.


I may not need another film M camera, but I wish the best for those who want one and be part of Leica's history.



September 15

Katarina Gartell, Bangkok, Thailand Leica M10-R + Apo-Summicron-M 50/2 ASPH

September 30

Phone Booth "MONOCHROM" Chiang Mai, Thailand Leica M10 Monochrom + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH


2022 AUGUST


Nina LaRoque, SOTA 96 Bangkok, Thailand Leica MP240 + Zeiss 85/2 Sonnar ZM

The Kolomytsevs, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia Leica M10-R + Summicron-M 50/2

August 10

Natthida Duangjampa, Bangkok, Thailand August 2022 Leica M10-R + Summicron-M 50/2

August 11

Fai, Panasorn Khaophong, Chiang Mai Railway Station, Thailand Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

August 12

Katarina Gartell, Bangkok, Thailand Leica M10 Monochrom + Voigtländer Apo Lanthar 50/2 VM

August 13

Pattaraporn Pratumfang, Fotoclub Bangkok, Thailand Leica M10 Monochrom + Voigtländer Apo Lanthar 50/2 VM

August 18

Victoria Costello, SOTA 96 Bangkok, Thailand Leica M10-R + Apo-Summicron-M 90/2 ASPH

August 22

Elizaveta Zadvornaia, Bangkok, Thailand Leica SL2 + Apo-Summicron-SL 90/2 ASPH

Tatiana Larionova, at the workshop of the Bangkok Railway Station, Thailand Leica SL + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH


2022 JuLY


July 7

Natthida Duangjampa "Exposed" Bangkok, Thailand Leica M10-D + Summicron-M 50/2 IV

Natthida Duangjampa "Exposed" Bangkok, Thailand Leica M10-D + Summicron-M 50/2 IV

July 9

Cycle of Life, Bangkok, Thailand July 9, 2022 Leica M10-D + M-Adapter-R + APO-Macro-Elmarit-R 100/2.8

July 15

Marta Vorobiova, SOTA 96 Bangkok, Thailand Leica MM246 + Apo-Summicron-M 75/2 ASPH

Marta Vorobiova, SOTA 96 Bangkok, Thailand Leica M10 + Macro-Elmar-M 90/4

Sài Gòn (Ho Chi Minh City)

July 17-24 2022

Kanjana Chaiwatanachai, the Monochrom night, District 1 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam July 2022 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH


Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam July 2022 Leica 10-R + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

The age of smartphone, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam July 2022 Leica M10-R + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

Pham Thi Han Vi "The Murakami Fan" Okkio Caffe District 1 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam July 2022 Leica M10-D + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

The Coffee Boy at Cộng Cà Phê (Cong Cafe) District 1 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam July 2022 Leica M10-D + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

Liu Liu, Café Slow, District 3 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam July 2022 Leica M10-R + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Dang Nguyen Bao Chau, District 3 Hi chi Minh City, Vietnam July 2022 Leica M10-R + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Meal in the train, Saigon Station, Vietnam July 2022 Leica M10-R + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

The age of smartphone, Saigon Station, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam July 2022 Leica M10-R + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH


2022 June


Natthida Duangjampa "Screened" Bangkok, Thailand June 8, 2022 Leica M10 Monochrom + Macro-Elmar-M 90/4

Natthida Duangjampa, Bangkok, Thailand June 8, 2022 Leica M10 Monochrom + Macro-Elmar-M 90/4

June 16

Aigul Fazylova, at the Bangkok Railway Station, Thailand Leica M10-D + R-Adapter-M + Apo-Summicron-R 90/2 ASPH

Aigul Fazylova, at the Bangkok Railway Station, Thailand Leica M10-D + R-Adapter-M + Apo-Summicron-R 90/2 ASPH

Varvara Zorina, Bangkok, Thailand Leica M10-R + Summicron-M 50/2



2022 May

Evgenia Parker "Always Summer" Bangkok, Thailand May 5, 2022 Leica M11 + Apo-Summicron-M 75/2 ASPH

Tamara Morozova at the Bangkok Railway Station, Thailand May 24, 2022 Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Eva Parker, Bangkok, Thailand May 24, 2022 Leica M10-D + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

Eva Parker, Bangkok, Thailand May 24, 2022 Leica M10-D + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

May 26 Nathhida Duangjampa, Bangkok, Thailand

Nathhida Duangjampa, Bangkok, Thailand May 2022 Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH



2022 APRIL

April 13, 2022 Songkran Festival - Bangkok, Thailand - May the kinetic military action reduced to friendly, non-hostile water pistol game.


Izem Yilmaz "Wish" Bangkok, Thailand Leica M10-D + Apo-Summicron-M 75/2 ASPH


2022 March


Yury, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia March 8, 2022 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

March 8 2022 International Women's Day - Elena, always busy. Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia

Elena Vershinina, the great hostess, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia March 8, 2022 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Yury, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia March 8, 2022 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH


March 10, 2022 Family picture - Tanya and her parents Marina and Alexander, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia


Tanya and her parents Marina and Alexander, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia Leica M10 Monochrom + Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21mm f/4 ASPH

Early spring landscape, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia Leica M10 Monochrom + Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21mm f/4 ASPH

Mikhail Kolomytsev - the master accordionist, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia March 2022 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

March 12, 2022 Winter days, Cherepovets region, Vologda Oblast, Russia

Winter days, Cherepovets region, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia Leica M10 Monochrom + Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21mm f/4 ASPH

March 26, 2022 Yury, the birthday boy

Yury, on his birthday, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia March 26, 2022 Leica M10 Monochrom + Voigtländer APO-LANTHAR 50mm F2







2022 February


February 1, 2022 Ink China - Huangshan, Anhui, China

Huangshan, Anhui, China Leica MM246 + Apo-Summicron-M 75/2 ASPH

Huangshan, Anhui, China Leica MM246 + Carl Zeiss Distagon 18/4 ZM


February 4, 2022 Daria Lucia at the Bangkok Railway Station

Daria Lucia, the Bangkok Railway Station, Thailand Leica MP240 + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH


February 10 Ulaanbuton, Inner Mongolia

Farmer's smoking break, Ulaanbuton, Inner Mongolia Leica M10 + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE


February 18 Xiapu, Fujian, China

The 102 years old village senior, Dajing Village, Xiapu, Fujian, China Leica M10-D + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

Day napping, Dajing Village, Xiapu, Fujian, China Leica M10-D + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

Reading, Liu Yun Temple, Xiapu, Fujian, China Leica M10-D + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH


2022 January


To New Horizons! With my wife, Kanjana Chaiwatanachai (on the high-point, far right), Jinshanling Great Wall, Chengde, Hebei Province, China Leica M10 + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE


Photographers waiting for the sunrise, Ulaanbuton, Inner Mongolia Leica M10 + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE

Farmer and her breakfast, Ulaanbuton, Inner Mongolia Leica M10 + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE


January 6, 2022 Sorina Mihaela

Sorina Mihaela, Bangkok, Thailand Leica M10 + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Sorina Mihaela, Bangkok, Thailand Leica M10 + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

January 10 Izem Yilmaz

Izem Yilmaz, Bangkok, Thailand Leica M10 Monochrom + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

January 12 Irina Kornia, China Town Bangkok

Irina Kornia, China Town Bangkok, Thailand Leica MP240 + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH

January 16 Therese MacCallum

Therese MacCallum, SOTA 96 Bangkok, Thailand Leica M9 + Apo-Summicron-M 90/2 ASPH

January 19 Elis Regina - Hotel Indigo Bangkok

Elis Regina "Always Summer" - Hotel Indigo Bangkok, Thailand Leica M10 + Apo-Summicron-M 50/2 ASPH



2021 Archive


2021 January


The Leica M10-D - carries over from my Leica M10-D Journal


Leica M10-D is my most frequently use Leica camera in 2020, and the lens is the Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH. I started the shoot in 2021 with the exact combination!


Fai, Panasorn Khaophong, a lovely Chiang Mai local girl and a talented Thai dancer at the Chiang Mai Railway Station, Thailand January 1, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Fai, Panasorn Khaophong, a lovely Chiang Mai local girl and a talented Thai dancer at the Chiang Mai Railway Station, Thailand January 1, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Fai, Panasorn Khaophong, a lovely Chiang Mai local girl and a talented Thai dancer at the Chiang Mai Railway Station, Thailand January 1, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Fai, Panasorn Khaophong, a lovely Chiang Mai local girl and a talented Thai dancer at the Chiang Mai Railway Station, Thailand January 1, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Fai, shot with the Leica M10 Monochrom Leitz Wetzlar Edition

Fai, Panasorn Khaophong, a lovely Chiang Mai local girl and a talented Thai dancer at the Chiang Mai Railway Station, Thailand January 1, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH




And I need to keep my collection going - "Behind and in front of my camera" features mostly, not surprisingly, Leica cameras!


Por, Chollarun Kittiwan with Leica M10 Monochrom + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH, Chiang Mai Railway Station, Thailand January 1, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Por, Chollarun Kittiwan, Chiang Mai Railway Station, Thailand January 1, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Por, Chollarun Kittiwan, Chiang Mai Railway Station, Thailand January 1, 2021 Leica M10M Leitz Wetzlar Edition + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

Por, shot with Leica M10-D and converted in monochrome.

Por, Chollarun Kittiwan, Chiang Mai Railway Station, Thailand January 1, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH


Some pictures from the new personal blog about Phone Booth with my Leica M10 Monochrom


Phone Booth #21-2112, Chiang Mai, Thailand January 2, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

Phone Booth #21-2170, Chiang Mai, Thailand January 2, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

My Leica M system cameras and the challenges


Leica made several attempts to keep the M system camera to meet the challenges and the reflex camera system's capability without resounding success until the arrival of electronic live-view of CMOS-based cameras that united the mirrorless and reflex system.


My new Leica M10 Monochrom attached with Visoflex 020 and one of my favorites close-up lenses, Nikkor PC 85/2.8D, will join my new project "Cycle of Life" something I have always wanted to shoot with Leica M cameras.


Cycle of Life #21-321 Bangkok, Thailand Leica M10 Monochrom + Nikon PC-Micro Nikkor 85/2.8 D

Thanks to digital development, the M system is somewhat liberated and became a more flexible choice as the brand has envisioned and wish it to be. Leica appeared well-acknowledged in the technology and where the market is moving to, evidently introducing the T/SL system and the Q cameras. Time to bring the EVF to the M camera.


Leica M10 Monochrom mounted with Nikon PC Micro Nikkor 85 F2.8D

Water beads on leaf, Bangkok, Thailand January 7, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Nikon PC-Micro Nikkor 85/2.8 D

Cycle of Life #21-606, Bangkok, Thailand January 11, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Nikon PC-Micro Nikkor 85/2.8 D

"If there were no beginnings and if there were no endings, we would have the absence of inertia and the presence of stagnation."


~ Craig D. Lounsbrough


The Leica M10-D is certainly not the most effective camera for making shots for my "Cycle of Life" project, it is slow, it requires more nerve for each of the moment, it requires me to hold my breath even the camera is on a tripod. It is like meditation!


What I would say, without reservation, is that, as of January 2021, the Leica FOTOS remains the worst product the Leica offers currently!



Cycle of Life #21-1380 Bangkok, Thailand January 15, 2021 Leica M10-D + Leica APO-Macro-Elmarit-R 100/2.8

Cycle of Life #21-2961 Bangkok, Thailand January 20, 2021 Leica M10-D + Nikon Micron-PC-Nikkor 85/2.8D


Leica Perspective Control

The Leica Perspective Control function automatically corrects receding lines and is available for the M10-P, M10-R, and M10 M series cameras through a firmware update on January 28, 2021.


While I have no intention to use the Leica for serious architecture shoots or want to, I will use some proper technical lenses such as my Schneider PC-TS Super-Angulon 28 or 50 or those from Nikon and Canon with mount-adapters.


However, the automatic correction could be interested in street portraits, although it won't show from the focusing window unless using the EVF, making the shooting painfully slow and less spontaneous. Technically one can have the camera away from the eyes and using the correction frame on the rear display. Still, I hate shooting that way, particularly for portraits, as the camera becomes a third object in the process, but each photographer finds his way; it is just not my subjective preference.


With the M10 Monochrom set to CAPTURE ASSISTANTS - Perspective Control - On - to shoot DNG + JPEG, the result is quite evident here on the screen. (Corrected JPEG on the left vs. Native DNG on the right) The Gyro inside the camera automatically detects the camera's angle, sends the information to the processor, and embeds correction data on the DNG while recording the JPEG as corrected. Capture One Pro 21 has not yet read the embedded correction data on DNG like Lightroom, which Leica recommended, but this is just a function inspection that I will stay with my Capture One Pro 21 and not bother with Lightroom.


Corrected JPEG & native with data embed DNG display on Capture One Pro 21

But I have to say; initially, I thought this is perhaps not a very useful feature. I now believe it may be quite interesting for an environmental portrait on the go when there is no time to use proper PC lenses or computer correction.


Pack - portrait of a stranger in the street, Bangkok, Thailand January 30, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH f/5.6 1/180s ISO 1,250 Manual Exposure

Shalika Chitkosolsuk, Warehouse 30, Bangkok, Thailand January 30, 2020 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

Yada Pimnara, Bangkok, Thailand January 30, 2020 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH


February 2021


Izem Yilmaz "Shower Box" Bangkok, Thailand February 12, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH Lighting: Profoto A1

Izem Yilmaz, Bangkok, Thailand February 12, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Izem Yilmaz, Bangkok, Thailand February 12, 2021 Leica M10-D + Apo-Summicron-M 75/2 ASPH


February 14, 2021


The romantic photographer!


It is more than three decades since Fujifilm introduced FUJIX DS-1P in 1988, the first practical digital camera capable of saving data to a semiconductor memory card. Today, any digital camera is beyond the wildest dreams of photographers back then. The discussions and debates of whether digital can surpass chemical-based photography also shifted from technical talks to a more philosophical basis.


Photographers often have the romance as if the technology is evolving around their desire of quality and curiosity while in reality not. Not always, anyway.


It was the human endeavor to discover the unknown, breaking the boundary of common knowledge, as the case for the invention of the MOSFET (MOS -Metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor) by the Bell Labs in 1959. The scientists worked tirelessly to enable the 1977 Voyager Program (Voyager 1 and Voyager 2) to carry digital cameras on the spacecraft to capture data and store it on a digital tape and then playback during transmission periods. The spacecraft went on sending back valuable images through its mission to the edge of the planetary system, including the first and still only family portrait of planets in our home solar system, including the famous "Pale Blue Dot" - on Valentine Day, February 14, 1990, by NASA's Voyager 1. The image of "Pale Blue Dot" - Earth seen from 6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles) away, romantically planned ten years ahead in 1981 by Carl Sagan, a member of the Voyager Imaging Team, envisioned to have the spacecraft turn around to take one last look at home before shut off the on-board camera to preserve power for more critical instruments.


Both Voyagers kept flying long after February 1990. In August 2012, the Voyager 1 became the first spacecraft to enter interstellar space, followed by Voyager 2 in December 2018, moving at the velocity of 38,026.77 mph (Voyager 1) and 34,390.98 mph (Voyager 2).


Now, digital cameras, including those on Smartphones, are used to capture anything, with no regard to the prestigious heritage. They don't have to. The camera somehow becomes something for identifying the photographer, either through the image it is producing or by the camera's look, as an accessory or fashion statement - for example, the Hasselblad 907X + CFVII 50C and Leica M Edition 60.


Hasselblad 907X CFV II 50C + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE & Leica M Edition 60 + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH
Home - "Pale Blue Dot" - captured on February 14, 1990 by Voyager 1 from 6 billion kilometers away. Earth - a lonely outpost of life in an incomprehensibly vast cosmos. Image: NASA

The Hasselblad 907X + CFVII 50C and Leica M Editon 60 share many things in common but in the opposite direction. Both camera presented in the form of their past in a modern appearance. Hasselblad 907X has only the articulated rear display but no viewfinder and Leica M Edition 60 has the viewfinder but no display. Both are awful cameras by ordinary judgments for lacking vertical grip, or grip of any kind, no ergonomic to speak about, slow to autofocus or none thereof, no IBIS, and priced wrong.


Ordinary judgments are not wrong; they are just ordinary.




February 15 The Bangkok Railway Station


Shalika Chitkosolsuk and her cats, the Bangkok Railway Station, Thailand February 15, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

The M10 Monochrom will not manage blown exposure in anyway meaningful, something needs to be extremely careful!



Shalika Chitkosolsuk, the Bangkok Railway Station, Thailand February 15, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH


February 27 Snow Moon


The 2nd full moon in 2021 is also known as the Snow Moon, due to typically heavy snow in February, indicating such term did not come from tropical countries.


It is also celebrated by the Chinese as the "Spring Lantern Festival" - on the 15th day of the first month in the lunisolar Chinese calendar. It is considered the final day of the traditional Chinese Spring Festival, such tradition traced back to Emperor Ming (28-75 AD) of the Han Dynasty, close to two millennia ago.


The Leica M10 Monochrom with its monochrome sensor theoretically can reproduce an image with cleaner and higher resolution than cameras with a Bayer RGB sensor of the same pixel pitch, for free of color and pattern noise.


Not in the case of the Moon shot! The thick Earth atmosphere softens the spatial frequency so the monochrome sensor is basically recording an image blurred by thick air and tropical humidity. It would work much better on the surface of the moon or on Mars, as some of the cameras with bandpass filters on the Mars Perseverance.


This shot is more fun than useful! This shot made with Leica M10 Monochrom at 2:41AM, almost 30min after those shots made with Fujifilm GFX100 using the exact same lens, Minolta RF 800mm 1:8 of the exact reproduction scale albeit on the different sensor. The GFX100 easily out-resolve the M10M in this situation, even without the Pixel Shift Multi-Shot.

Other shots may be different! (ref: Fujifilm GFX100 Moon shot)

Snow Moon, Bangkok, Thailand 2:41AM February 27, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Minolta RF 80mm 1:8.

Leica M10 Monochrom Leitz Wetzlar Edition + Minolta RF 800mm 1:8

February 28 Warehouse 30 Bangkok


Mune, Warehouse 30 Bangkok, Thailand February 28, 20201 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE

March 2021


March 2, 2021

Meed with her watermelon, Makkasan, Bangkok, Thailand March 2, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE

The friendly gesture, Makkasan, Bangkok, Thailand March 2, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE

The little boy and his drink, Makkasan, Bangkok, Thailand March 2, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE



March 7, 2021


Dr. Thichaporn Chanarattanubol, a young DDS poses in front of camera when in not in her surgical room, Bangkok, Thailand March 7, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE

Dr. Thichaporn Chanarattanubol, a young DDS poses in front of camera when in not in her surgical room, Bangkok, Thailand March 7, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE

March 13 Makkasan


Khmer girl with her watermelon, Makkasan Community, Bangkok, Thailand March 13, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Voigtländer APO-LANTHAR 50mm F2.0 ASPH VM

Village woman, Makkasan Community, Bangkok, Thailand March 13, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Voigtländer APO-LANTHAR 50mm F2.0 ASPH VM

Mee, Makassa, Bangkok, Thailand March 13, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

March 17 with Katarina Gartell


Katarina Gartell, Emporio Place Bangkok, Thailand March 17, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Voigtländer APO-LANTHAR 50mm F2.0 ASPH VM

Katarina Gartell, Emporio Place Bangkok, Thailand March 17, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Voigtländer APO-LANTHAR 50mm F2.0 ASPH VM

Katarina Gartell, Emporio Place Bangkok, Thailand March 17, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Voigtländer APO-LANTHAR 50mm F2.0 ASPH VM

Katarina Gartell, Emporio Place Bangkok, Thailand March 17, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Voigtländer APO-LANTHAR 50mm F2.0 ASPH VM


March 27 Makkasan Community Bangkok


Yip and her cat "Chabu" Makkasan Community, Bangkok, Thailand March 27, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

First shot of my new Voigtländer APO-LANTHAR 35mm F2.0 ASPH VM

Mhai, 81-years-old Makkasan resident, had his "Tiger Tattoo" since he was a young boy at 15, Makkasan Community, Bangkok, Thailand March 27, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Voigtländer APO-LANTHAR 35mm F2.0 ASPH VM

Popiang and the instant noodle, Makkasan Community, Bangkok, Thailand March 27, 2021 Leica M10-D + Voigtländer APO-LANTHAR 35mm F2.0 ASPH VM

Focus, Makkasan Community, Bangkok, Thailand March 27, 2021 Leica M10-D + Voigtländer APO-LANTHAR 35mm F2.0 ASPH VM

This little girl showed her muscle to me when I asked her name, "Popeye," she replied.

Popeye, Makkasan Community, Bangkok, Thailand March 27, 2021 Leica M10-D + Voigtländer APO-LANTHAR 35mm F2.0 ASPH VM

Roong (Rainbow) and her water pistol - the kids getting geared up had of the the coming Songkran Festival, Makkasan Community, Bangkok, Thailand March 27, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

Knot and his water pistol, Makkasan Community, Bangkok, Thailand March 27, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH


March 30 Rajamangala University of Technology Tawan-Ok Waterlily Institute, Chon Buri, Thailand


Cycle of Life #21-5180 Rajamangala University of Technology Tawan-Ok Waterlily Institute, Chon Buri, Thailand March 30, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + PC Micro Nikkor 85mm 1:2.8 D

Cycle of Life #21-5180 Rajamangala University of Technology Tawan-Ok Waterlily Institute, Chon Buri, Thailand March 30, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + PC Micro Nikkor 85mm 1:2.8 D


March 31 Bangkok Art and Culture Center


Get to take a couple of snapshots of Bangkok Art and Culture Center while awaiting the admission of the event "Videos of the East, Videos of the West" held by Ambasciata d'Italia

Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Bangkok, Thailand March 31, 2021 Leica Q2 at 28mm

Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Bangkok, Thailand March 31, 2021 Leica Q2 at 28mm


April 2021


April 9 Izem Yilmaz - The Issara Ladphrao, Bangkok

Izem Yilmaz, The Issara Ladphrao Bangkok, Thailand April 9, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

April 14 Makkasan Community

Burmese migrant workers help each other haircut , Makkasan Community Bangkok, Thailand April 14, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

Sisterhood, Makkasan Community Bangkok, Thailand April 14, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

April 23 Return to the Bangkok Railway Station

Shalika Chitkosolsuk, the Bangkok Railway Station before dawn, Bangkok, Thailand April 23, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Shalika Chitkosolsuk, the Bangkok Railway Station before dawn, Bangkok, Thailand April 23, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Shalika Chitkosolsuk, the Bangkok Railway Station before dawn, Bangkok, Thailand April 23, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH


April 25

Izem Yilmaz "Private Moment" Bangkok, Thailand April 25, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH


May 2021


May 1 Olga Novoselova - Hyatt Regency Sukhumvit 13, Bangkok, Thailand

Olga Novoselova "Covered" Hyatt Regency Sukhumvit 13, Bangkok, Thailand May 1, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Voigtländer APO-LANTHAR 50/2 ASPH VM

May 16