• Kaisern Chen

Leica cameras and the Leica pictuers!

Updated: 2 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.



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.








Challenging the M system


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!


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, 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


Some pictures from the new personal blog about Phone Booth


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

This one captured with Leica Q2, it is, IMHO, the best travel camera Leica has ever produced so dar! It is a perfect example of how should do a camera! As of January 2021, Q2 is still one of the Leica capable of the highest image quality.

Phone Booth, Chiang Mai, Thailand January 2, 2021 Leica Q2



Leica M Camera for documentary portraiture


Mr. Soonthon, a Mon farmer in the Mon Village, Sangkhlaburi and his hobby - gamecock, Kanchanaburi, Thailand December 2020 Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Steve McCurry, shot during his trip for documentary work for Leica SL2 introduction, Fuzhou, Fujian, China September 2019 Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 24/1.4 ASPH

Cheer Thikumporn Rittapinun, Thai actress on a filming set at Lhong 1919, Bangkok July 2019 Leica M10-D + Noctilux-M 50/0.95 ASPH.



Landscapes with Leica cameras



Ink China - Huangshan, Anhui, China November 2016 Leica MP240 + Elmarit-M 24/2.8 ASPH

Taklamakarn Desert, Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China October 2011 Leica M9-P + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

Ink China - Huangshan, Anhui, China November 2014 Leica MP240 + Macro-Elmar-M 90/4

Step by step, Levoberezhnoye, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia November 2019 Leica Q2

Samet Nangshe, Phang-nga, Thailand. May 2019 Leica M10-D + Macro-Elmar-M 90/4