Leica Virgin – The Leica M8 in Paris

In the immortal words of the great millennial poet – Oops! I did it again. April 2018 saw me buy another camera. Another Leica camera. This time, it was the most Australian of Leica cameras, the M8. Maaaaaaaaaate! If you don’t know anything about the Leica M8, the one thing you need to know up front is that it was Leica’s first digital M model and as such, it was very basic. The other essentials can be gathered from this nice little 5-minute video. Note: the M8.2 in this video is not just the same model as mine. It’s actually […]

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Photography in Scotland – Glencoe and Isle of Skye

April 2018. As I’ve immersed myself more in the world of photography, I’ve developed the typical photographer’s bucket list of places to visit. The lake district in England, the peak district, the Dolomites in Italy, Iceland, Paris, Yosemite, Zion and many more – including Scotland. This trip was part vacation and part self-examination. Could I get to one of the world’s photographic hotspots, camera(s) in hand, and not make an idiot of myself? I flew into Edinburgh, picked up a hire car (Audi A1 S-Line – uninspiring but quite competent, even fun when pushed) and headed for the hills. It […]

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Leica Virgin: British Motor Museum

I spent the 2017 Christmas holiday break in the UK, staying with good friends Mike and Hilary. We did a couple of wonderful day trips, one of which is the subject of this story – the British Motor Museum. My knowledge of British marques is not what it should be. I’m familiar enough with the cars that were seen in Australia through my youth – Jaguar, Mini, Land Rover, MG. It’s the domestic Brits that weren’t so well known in Oz that I struggle with – all those British Leyland companies that were either dead or dying by the time […]

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Leica Virgin – Australia

I had the good fortune to head home to Australia for a few weeks back in January. It feels nice to write the word ‘home’ again as Australia hadn’t felt like home for a few years. It’s hard when you leave under difficult circumstances, even when they’re of your own making. The notion of ‘home’ becomes a bit blurry. Of course, I still have fond memories of Tasmania and my people there, but my life – my home – isn’t there anymore. I haven’t lived in Melbourne since the mid-1990’s and it’s become so big and unfamiliar now. I’m spending […]

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Leica Virgin – London

It all started last Thursday, when I got an email from SAS telling me that my flight to London the following day was ready for check-in. What flight? I looked into it and sure enough, I’d booked a weekend in London some time ago that I’d completely forgotten about. With plans already in place for Friday night and no accommodation booked, it was a bit of a tough call. But who can resist a weekend in London, especially if you’ve got an M240 that you love shooting with? Unexpected trips are often the best trips and so it came to […]

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Leica Virgin – Adventure in Nevada

I recently had the chance to visit Nevada for a weekend. It was a work trip. We took a car over there and broke some world records. Maybe you heard about it? I’d not been to Nevada before and by extension, I’d never visited Las Vegas before. First time in Vegas. First trip since I bought my Leica. Hmmmm. If I wasn’t already in love with the M after the first shoot-around in Copenhagen, I definitely am now. On the job….. This was a work trip, so results count. I had to feel confident that I’d get all the shots […]

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Leica Virgin – Why I Bought a Leica M 240

I recently took a rare plunge and spent far more money than my talents can justify and bought the Porsche 911 of cameras. A Leica M (Type 240) rangefinder digital. Like the 911, it’s German. It’s Iconic. It’s been used by masters to do amazing things. A masterpiece in both design and execution. Both the 911 and the Leica M are revered by many, though unlike the 911 (which is quite rightly, rarely criticised) the Leica can be lampooned by some – typically because they’re occasionally bought by buffoons like me. This is not a photo of my specific camera […]

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