Frequently Used Gear

At any given time there are most likely a handfull of cameras sharing my attention, it can get complicated but it’s also a lot of fun….

I seem to be in a perpetual state of evolution when it comes to gear although thankfully it does seem to be slowing down.

I’m inquisitive by nature and therefore whilst I’m happy to read online reviews and user reports there is nothing quite like experimenting for yourself. It’s reasonable to say I really enjoy using vintage glass on my M cameras.

You can see what’s currently in my bag HERE, besides that kit I’ve listed the digital and film gear I’m using most frequently on this page, I’ve also added a list of the cameras and lenses I don’t have that are currently occupying my thoughts…….

Rangefinders

Leica M Monochrom

This was the camera I'd been waiting for and when all's said and done, it remains my favourite digital camera. I love the files the camera makes, it's not often we think of digital equipment in a long term sense but its definitely the case with the Monochrom.

Leica M9

Despite the release of the M240 and the shortcomings of the M9 I'm sticking with this for the foreseeable future, we all see files from cameras differently and I'm firmly in the camp that prefer the CCD sensor output over CMOS.

Leica M6

This M6 Classic is the film camera thats found its way in to my bag most often since I bought it. Ergonomically excellant, robust and a with a meter that is second to none it's totally dependable.

Leica M3

The M3 is regarded by many as the finest film camera ever produced. This camera has become a firm favorite as my shift to film intensifies. I meter this with the VC Meter II and whilst it's not quite as effortless as the M6 its still great fun.

Leica M5

Not everyone's favourite Leica but certainly one of mine. There's a romance in knowing the history of your equipment and this one certainly has history. It's also been recently restored back to it's former glory.

Leica M7

I recently tossed a coin between the M7 or a second M6 body, my curiosity to try something new won out! It's early days for me and the M7, Aperture Priority mode is a useful on occasions, I'm still find myself looking at M6's though!!

Lenses

I make no secret of the fact that I’m a big fan of Voigtlander lenses.

I’m often asked which lenses I’d recommend, my answer is pretty much always the same. If money is no object to you then choose Leica, simple. If you don’t have the cash to throw around but still want exceptional results then Voigtlander lenses are the way to go.

Without doubt Leica glass is sublime, however, Voigtlander glass ofen runs it a close second, factor in the price and really it’s a no brainer.

Voigtlander glass is the best value for you buck in M Mount.

Frequently Used Lenses

  • 15mm Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar f/4.5
  • 35mm Leica Summicron f/2 ASPH
  • 35mm Leica Summicron f/2 v.1
  • 35mm Voigtlander Nokton f/1.2 Asph MkII
  • 50mm Voigtlander Nokton f/1.5 M Asph
  • 90mm Summicron f/2

A comprehensive list of my lens options
HERE

Leica glass is sublime, however, Voigtlander glass ofen runs it a close second, factor in the price and really it's a no brainer.

Jason Howe
 

Voigtlander Glass

The best value for your buck in M Mount.

Essential Accessories

Protect

  • Gordys Straps
  • Mr Zhou Half Case
  • B+W UV Filters
  • Lens Cloth
  • Dust Blower
  • Lowepro Filter Wallet

Good Practice

  • Original Batteries
  • WB & Grey Card
  • Branded Memory Card

Useful

  • 1.4x Leica Finder
  • LTM – M Adaptors
  • VC Meter II
  • JCH Film Case
  • Rangefinder Shade
  • Soft Release

For a more detailed explanation of these choices look

HERE

In My Bag

HERE

Camera Collection

HERE

Digital Darkroom

HERE