• Kaisern Chen

Leica cameras and the Leica pictuers!

Updated: Jun 16


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 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



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


Julia Shylo, Bangkok, Thailand Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Julia Shylo, China Town Bangkok, Thailand Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

May 18


Shalika Chitkosolsuk, the Bangkok Railway Station, Thailand May 18, 2021 Leica Q2

Shalika Chitkosolsuk, the Bangkok Railway Station, Thailand May 18, 2021 Leica Q2

Shalika Chitkosolsuk, the Bangkok Railway Station, Thailand May 18, 2021 Leica Q2

May 27 Cycle of Life

Cycle of Life #21-5440 Bangkok, Thailand May 27, 2021 Leica M10-D + PC Micro Nikkor 85mm 1:2.8 D


May 31 The Bangkok Railway Station

Elena Shargina, the Bangkok Railway Station, Thailand May 31, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

Elena Shargina, the Bangkok Railway Station, Thailand May 31, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH


June 2021


June 3 The Bangkok Railway Station

Sara Maricevic with Leica Q2 at the Bangkok Railway Station, June 3, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summicron-M 50/2 ASPH


Viki and Orsi, SOTA 96 Bangkok, June 20, 2021 Leica MM246 + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE


June 24 The black paint limited edition M10-R


Leica does the Leica thing!


Rumors used to be rumors, now it is a marketing tool, or it has always been.


The black paint finish is more delicate than modern hardened electronic plating; however, it is also an invitation for frequent use. It develops the owner's fingerprint - the unique patina and character. The Leica charm!





June 26

Benish Paracha, the Bangkok railway Station, Thailand Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH


June 29 Loei, Thailand

Girl's dream, Loei, Thailand Leica M10 + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH


June 30 Bangkok Railway Station

Tamara Morozova, the Bangkok railway Station, Thailand Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Tamara Morozova, the Bangkok railway Station, Thailand Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH


July 2021


July 1 The Bangkok Railway Station

Carol Alves, the Bangkok Railway Station, Thailand Leica MP240 + App-Summicron-M 50/2 ASPH


July 8 Cycle of life

Cycle of Life #21-5447 July 8, 2021 Bangkok, Thailand Leica M10-D + PC Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D


July 10 Shipyard worker, Surat Thani, Thailand

Shipyard worker, Surat Thani, Thailand Leica M10 + Summilux-M 28/1.4 ASPH

Shipyard worker, Surat Thani, Thailand Leica M10 + Summilux-M 28/1.4 ASPH

Shipyard worker, Surat Thani, Thailand Leica M10 + Summilux-M 28/1.4 ASPH

Shipyard worker's smoking break, Surat Thani, Thailand Leica M10 + Summilux-M 28/1.4 ASPH


July 17 SOTA 96 Bangkok

Virginia Costello, SOTA 96 Bangkok, Thailand Leica M10 Monochrom + Apo-Summicron-M 90/2 ASPH Profoto Lightings


July 18 The Bangkok Railway Station

Aigul Fazylova, the Bangkok Railway Station, Thailand Leica M10-D + Apo-Summicron-M 75/2 ASPH


Victoria Pacheco, the Bangkok Railway Station, Thailand Leica Q2 at 28mm


July 21 The Bangkok Railway Station

Victoria Pacheco, the Bangkok Railway Station, Thailand Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH


July 24 The Bangkok Railway Station

Alisa Ratushniak, the Bangkok Railway Station, Thailand Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH


July 30 The Bangkok Railway Station

Carl Alves with Leica M Monochrom Typ 246 Edition Jim Marshall mounted with the paired Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH, shot with Leica MP Titan + Apo-Summicron-M 50/2 ASPH

Carol Alves, the Bangkok Railway Station, Thailand Leica MP Titan + Apo-Summicron-M 50/2 ASPH


July 31 The Bang Rak Fire Station

Luana Lobo at the Bang Rak Fire Station, Bangkok, Thailand Leica M240 + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Luana Lobo "The Goal" at the Bang Rak Fire Station, Bangkok, Thailand Leica M240 + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH



August 2021


August 3 Huashan 1914 Creative Park, Taipei, Taiwan

Lindy Mei, Huashan 1914 Creative Park, Taipei, Taiwan Leica M240 + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

Lindy Mei, Huashan 1914 Creative Park, Taipei, Taiwan Leica M240 + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH


August 6 Khlong Bangkok Noi, Bangkok, Thailand

Childhood, Khlong Bangkok Noi, Bangkok, Thailand August 6, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Voigtländer Apo-Lantha 35/2 ASPH


August 9 The revisit of the classic CCD sensor

Rasa Pavlis, SOTA 96 Bangkok, Thailand August 9, 2021 Leica M9 + Apo-Summicron-M 90/2 ASPH


August 11 Elizabeth Moskalevich, SOTA 96 Bangkok

Elizabeth Moskalevich, SOTA 96 Bangkok, Thailand August 11, 2021 Leica M Monochrom Typ 246 + Macro-Elmarit-M 90/4


August 12 Sigma sd Quattro H the closest alternative to Leica M Monochrom cameras?


The Foveon Quattro sensor with a vertically stacked 2X2 grid of Blue-Green-Red silicon wafer depicts the colors it detects at each absorption level for each output pixel. The resulting image with Sigma proprietary process algorithms to construct a single RGB color from all the data sensed by the photodiode stack would appear with higher clarity and sharpness than a typical Bayer pattern sensor. And in most situations, more pleasing and natural color reproduction.


The Quattro version may be a little less sharp than the earlier Merrill sensors. However, it gains better sensitivity and still performs significantly better than the Bayer sensor for color fidelity and pattern separation as no demosaicing is required.

Leica M10 Monochrom Leitz Wetzlar Edition + Apo-Summicron-M 90/2 ASPH and Sigma sd Quattro H + 85/1.4 DG HSM Art

The Sigma Foveon camera is the closest alternative to Leica Monochrom cameras and, in many circumstances, more flexible than true Monochrom cameras. The Leica Monochrom cameras I use since the original Monochrom, Typ 246, and the current M10 Monochrom all suffered nasty highlight responses, especially with the M10M. It is usually not a huge problem to deal with as the exposure can key on avoiding blown highlight and rely on shadow recovery when developing the DNG files, not so easy with JPEG directly from the camera.


The Foveon sensor for managing monochromic capture allows more latitude in dealing with nasty highlights as the blue filer is stacked on top of the green and green over red, resulting in a very smooth tonal transition and more flexible JPEG output directly from the camera. One clear advantage of Sigma Foveon camera over the true monochrom camera is the color filter can be applied post-capture when developing the X3F file (now also available with X3F Plug-in for Photoshop), making the Sigma Foveon camera a wonderful, if not better, than a Leica M Monochrom camera. And it produces beautiful color images.


However, the limitation of a Leica Monochrom camera is also its strength as exposure control requires more thought and field experience, and using an optical filter for contrast manipulation is a part of creating art that is the charm of authentic monochrom photography.



August 14 My Leica M10R at the Bangkok Railway Station

With my Leica M10R with Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH at the Bangkok Railway Station, Thailand August 14, 2021




August 17 Ruamrudee Community Bangkok

Man and his gamecock, Ruamrudee Community, Bangkok, Thailand August 17, 2021 Leica M10 + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH


August 21 Makkasan Community Bangkok

Makkasan resident, Makkasan Community Bangkok, Thailand August 21, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom Leitz Wetzlar Edition + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE


August 22 Hua Takhe Community, Lat Krabang District, Bangkok

The resident at the Hua Takhe Community, Lat Krabang District, Bangkok, Thailand August 22, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom Leitz Wetzlar Edition + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH


August 22 Hua Takhe Community, Lat Krabang District, Bangkok - Smile is of no relation to possessions!

Smile is of no relation to possessions! Bangkok, Thailand August 26, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH FLE


August 28 Classic revisited

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

The first FF digital M camera can still produce competitive image under control light!




September 2021


September 1 Dasha Pääsuke, SOTA 96 Bangkok

Dasha Pääsuke, SOTA 96 Bangkok, September 1, 2021 Leica M9 + Tele-Elmarit-M 90/2.8


September 2 Katarina Gartell - the birthday girl at SOTA 96 Studio Bangkok

Katarina Gartell, the birthday girl, SOTA 96 Bangkok, Thailand September 2, 2021 Leica M10 + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH


September 2 - Camera & lens choices

Hasselblad 907X + CFV-50II-C mounted with Summilux-M 21/1.4 ASPH & Leica M10-R + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH (Jim Marshall Edition)

Photography is not a competitive sport such as cycling that a winner is the first to cross the finish line. They are, however, sharing many similarities.


Many cyclists follow the latest cycling gear news as the photographers on the camera and lenses, nowadays more on rumors and gossips than actual news because of the nature of social media. Social media is about trending, and once the actual information is out, the focus quickly shifts to the next rumor.


And they accessorize and fashioning their gear, sometimes themselves, sometimes beneficial, more often deficient. The point is the look!


The difference is that most cycling amateurs knew they would not ride anywhere close to the true professionals even they get the same gear. They know even they ride the best today is still far away from the cycling record a decade ago! Many amateur photographers believe they can equal or do better with best-specification tools than the professionals or those with a lesser tool. It is, of course, not true; however, many amateurs tend to draw their finish line and declare victory nonetheless. That is fine as long as they are happy.


Different bikes for different terrains, climates, or purposes as different cameras and lenses for specific use; however, the tuning of a bike is essential, no so much for the camera. The performance of bikes can be evaluated objectively; not so easy with images.


In reality, it is not a bad thing because such a phenomenon promotes more business, making the photography industry expands, engages more popularity, and push photography to evolve. Same for cycling and many other hobbies.


The love of tools may outlast the pursuit of achievement in photography for many. It is a self-approval to own the tool one likes or fancied, and it is a statement of some sort. Some people care how their gear look than how the artwork fares. Some people care only about the print than anything else. They all have a place in the world.


Users today have abundant gears choices, and thanks to the digital revolution, users manipulate and mix the hardware and performance to a level previously not possible. Modern technology also exposes the age and weakness of older technologies, although that often accepted as characteristic or charm, sometimes becomes an obsession.


And there is the latest technology for the hardware and the software, the talk of computational photography, and ever-expanding AI-enhanced manipulations that many users previously protested and now embrace wholeheartedly, making such a trend develops even faster.


The upside is that we know how the world looked in the past; the irrelevancy of making fantasy or cartoonish images today is primarily entertaining, nothing to do with civilization, a small splash in the running river of time, mostly forgettable.


The iconic remains iconic! Visit museums and galleries is always more fun than scrolling images content on social media.



September 5 - Third party solution

Leica M10 Monochrom + Macro-PC-Nikkor 85/2.8D & Fujifilm GFX100S + Canon TS-E 24/3.5L II

As a photographer and industrial designer, the technical camera platform is ideal for images that require lens or camera movements. Tilt/Shift lens is an alternative and a very convenient one. As a user of multiple cameras systems, I have all the five Canon TS-E lense, two of the four Nikkor PC lenses, the Leica TS-Apo-Elmar-S 120/5.6 for my S system, the Schneider PC-TS Macro-Symmar 90/4 Canon E mount to use on my Canon and SONY cameras.


It is not a wise situation for today's mirrorless cameras. Ideally, a lens maker can produce a set of high-quality manual (CINE) lenses to fit all systems and purposes with an interchangeable mount adapter! Hello, Mr. Kazuto Yamaki!



September 6

Izem Yilmaz "Shower Box" Bangkok, Thailand September 5, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH



September 9 Return to the Bangkok Railway Station

Shalika Chitkosolsuk, the Bangkok Railway Station, Thailand September 9, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

Leica has slowly improved the FOTOS, still much to be desired, but a bit easier to connect and more stable than months ago!



September 15 Maria Klepikova - Crest Sukhumvit 34 Bangkok, Thailand

Maria Klepikova, Crest Sukhumvit 34 Bangkok, Thailand September 15, 2021 Leica M10 Monochrom + Voigtländer 50mm/2 APO-Lanthar ASPH VM

Maria Klepikova, Crest Sukhumvit 34 Bangkok, Thailand September 15, 2021 Leica M10-D + Apo-Summicron-M 75/2 ASPH


September 30 Olga Novoselova

Olga Novoselova, Bangkok, Thailand September 30, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH


OCTOber 2021


October 7 Victoria Pacheco at SOTA 96 Bangkok

Victoria Pacheco, SOTA 96 Bangkok, Thailand October 7, 2021 Leica M10-R + Apo-Summicron-M 90/2 ASPH


October 8 - the birthday girl - Soffy Na Lanla, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Soffy Na Lanla, the birthday girl, Kanchanaburi, Thailand October 8, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH


October 12 Teochew Opera in the time of pandemic - Charoen Krung 79 Bangkok

Teochew Opera performer in the time of pandemic - Charoen Krung 79 Bangkok, Thailand October 12, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH


Teochew Opera performer prepare for stage - Charoen Krung 79 Bangkok, Thailand October 12, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH


Teochew Opera performer prepare for stage - Charoen Krung 79 Bangkok, Thailand October 12, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH


Teochew Opera perform in the time of pandemic with mask, face shield and social distancing - Charoen Krung 79 Bangkok, Thailand October 12, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH


October 14 Teochew Opera in the time of pandemic - Charoen Krung 79 Bangkok

Teochew Opera performer at the backstage - Charoen Krung 79 Bangkok, Thailand October 14, 2021 Leica M10-D + Apo-Summicron-M 75/2 ASPH

Teochew Opera performer at the backstage - Charoen Krung 79 Bangkok, Thailand October 14, 2021 Leica M10-D + Apo-Summicron-M 75/2 ASPH

Teochew Opera performer at the backstage - Charoen Krung 79 Bangkok, Thailand October 14, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH

Teochew Opera performer at the backstage - Charoen Krung 79 Bangkok, Thailand October 14, 2021 Leica M10-D + Apo-Summicron-M 75/2 ASPH

Teochew Opera performer at the backstage - Charoen Krung 79 Bangkok, Thailand October 14, 2021 Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH


October 21 Aigu Fazylova at the Bangkok Railway Station

Aigul Fazylova at the Bangkok Railway Station, Thailand Leica M10-D + Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH


The modern M camera of eclectic mixes


The Leica M camera is a compact, high-quality tool with its place in many photographers' hearts and hands, but it requires a user with the skill of many sorts to bring out the best of the tool. Some users acquire the M camera as an association to classic photography or as a style statement. Some are obsessed more about how their camera looks than the pictures from it.

Modern digital technology has liberated the M system from many limitations and allowed some users to shoot the camera deviated from what it once was. Some users regard that the only way to shoot Leica is to shoot with specific models or only with film; quite obviously, Leica disagrees with them. Some insist that focusing through an optical rangefinder is the only way to shoot with an M camera; well, they are not hurting anyone in believing so. Leica wants to stay relevant and competitive and to sell cameras to users who desire the next camera or lens, the next generation users, and more cameras and lenses.


Leia M10-D + Macro-Elmar-M 90/4 with Macro-Adapter-M

The traditional macro lens was my preferred choice for portraiture and general photography for every system camera I own. Using a macro lens for portraiture is straightforward as it has less restriction of focusing distance and typically high-quality optical performance. Moreover, the macro lens helps the photographer enters a whole new world of photography and delivers easily hours of fun anywhere, anytime. The macro lens always occupies a space in my travel bag, except for the Leica M, until Leica's adaptation of CMOS sensor that allows LiveView and an auxiliary EVF for the M system has broadened its uses and made it more popular to new users.


There are many discussions of what the next M camera should be, most pointed towards a direction more aligned with the L mount and Q cameras, and the camera industries in general - higher resolution, faster processor and higher integration of electronics, and better EVF (opti