Craving Simplicity

Sometimes it all gets a bit too much and at the moment my seemingly endless quest to find the right camera gear has been giving me a rather painful bout of sensory overload.

I’ll be honest, it’s even starting to piss me off.

I have two very different systems I use for the majority of what I shoot. A Leica M10-P & a Nikon Z6 with 2 zoom lenses – the 14-30 & 24-70 f4 and I also have a couple of the cheap small (28mm & 40mm) prime lenses.

I wrote a blog post a little while ago about going all in on the Leica system I have – and this recent malaise I have is starting to reinforce the feelings I had when I wrote that post.

The Leica M10-P is a fantastic camera but quite rudimentary in use with few of the features the Nikon has, and I’ve always thought my Nikon Z6 kit is more suited to the woodland and landscape photography I enjoy.

However I find myself using the Leica quite a bit more for this as I simply find the whole process just a little more enjoyable.

For clarity I will admit to using the optional EVF with the Leica as it offers more precise focussing than simply using the rangefinder, more metering options and it’s useful to envisage what the final image will look like through the EVF.

I’m OK with that in the conditions I normally use it… ie in a wood, camera on a tripod, shooting low ISO’s and low shutter speeds.

I now have a ‘perfect lens’ set up for my Leica M needs – a 28mm, 35mm, 50mm & 90mm lens and there are few occasions where I feel I’d need much more…

Going forward, I’m going to be really testing out the M10-P in the conditions I use it and see if I can really live without the requirements the Z6 system offers me at times.

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