Leica M10-P for Woodland Photography

The lure of the Leica has been strong for me since I first started out enjoying this hobby of mine. Last year I was fortunate enough to be able to sink a chunk of money into owning one and by and large it’s been so much fun to learn to use it.

Despite common thinking a Leica isn’t for everyone and I think there’s quite a steep learning curve to finally being at one with any M model. But once you start to understand how they work, they are very rewarding – and a bit like using an old film camera, there’s a satisfaction when you see the images you make on the screen in front of you.

Over the past few months I’ve really enjoyed exploring some of the local woodland around me. I’m blessed there’s quite a few wooded areas around where I live and with that in mind investing started to take the Leica with me for a bit of fun.

Being limited to a single body and lens which are small and discreet is a fun way to move. Having also used the Fuji X-H1 & 16-55mm f2.8 quite a lot this year, the M10-P strips it all away to a bare bones way of thinking.

On a tripod with a manual cable release, the M10-P is a simple reliable tool to utilise. The advantage with the M10-P over earlier models is the ability to use focus peaking through the EVF. This is quite adaptable and easily offers the option to focus at any aperture easily and reliably.

Manual control of ISO, shutter speed and aperture is all taken account of externally on the body and lens so you can set your parameters and pretty much just concentrate on getting the result you want.

In fairness it’s not a perfect solution. For instance you can’t utilise the self timer and auto bracket exposures, as you can on the X-H1, but through the use of the shutter dial it’s easy enough to bracket manually as you wish.

It is possible to use a screw in CPL or ND filter when you’re in live view mode, although if you switch to the OVF, you lose that ability. I haven’t used either much, I’ll admit but having now purchased a step up ring will be trying it more from now on.

On the whole the Leica M10-P is fun to work with.

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