Excitement this Saturday morning in London. It’s the first outing for the new Leica M-D and Adam Lee has come along as well to give us some film I input. We are here at Leica Store Mayfair borrowing an M-A to take out for the day. Comparisons later.
Almost all (mostly ill-informed) comment on the new M-D concentrates on the lack of a screen. But this is just a byproduct of simplification, not an objective in itself. No, the real story is in the simplicity, the sheer single-mindedness of the camera.
Let’s face it, 90 percent of the bloat on a normal digital camera, both in terms of menus and buttons, is entirely down to in-camera processing. Strip down to RAW and there is in fact little tweaking you need to do before taking a picture.
This is the way I use all my digital cameras. I disable as many buttons and dials as possible and concentrate on RAW shooting, usually in aperture priority mode. So what need do I have for all these features? Despite this, I am always pressing those buttons my mistake.
I am not alone. Most of my friends operate in the same way. We don’t need in-camera processing.
So the M-D offers us everything we need in a rangefinder camera. This doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy using the SL, Fuji X and other digital cameras. I do. But for the pure experience, especially for street work, give me the new M-D any day.