It's a long story, involving buying replacements for stolen bikes and getting battery motors fitted to them, but I found myself driving through the Peak District for an hour or so a few days ago. I has packed my Leica T (Typ 701) and 11-23mm and 55-135mm zooms, in the hope of some decent light appearing in order to get some stock photographs. As you can see above the weather did it's bit and so did the camera.
I still haven't decided whether to get a second Leica T body, but one thing is for sure, I've sold and am currently selling a lot of gear because of this system. I'm still seriously impressed by the performance of these lenses. I love the sharpness across the frame, the lack of distortion and the overall look of the images I produce with them. It was actually a very hazy day, which can bring down the colour saturation, but the Leica T's rich colour has turned out some very attractive pictures. It does in fact look like a warm spring day, but in fact it was freezing cold with a biting wind.
I was exhausted when I got home, after five hours of driving and lifting bikes in and out of my MPV. But the smile returned to my face when I saw the pictures I took on my screen. And if there is one thing that I love about the Leica T (Typ 701) and it's lenses is that capacity to make photography a joy. I get it from other cameras of course, but never so much as when I've got something in my hand with that red dot on it.
Because no matter what the results of my efforts, I always feel a special pleasure using one of the most respected brands in photography. And while I have a lot of respect and admiration for my other gear it's difficult to beat the sensation of having a hand made, beautifully designed Leica camera to take pictures with. And no, that pleasure and that quality doesn't come cheap, but then pure class never did.