Leica M9 • Panasonic GX8 • Fuji xPro2
Ahhh... the Leica M9. In my opinion, THE BEST M-camera Leica's made, with regard to image rendering (although I hear the M10 comes close). The camera itself does have some technical drawbacks - like low light capability and LCD screen quality. But, hands-down, I prefer the rendering from this camera far above anything from a 240 model. I should mention that I ONLY shoot SOOC jpegs, so "manufacturing" an image later in post is not something I take into consideration, as it's not part of my workflow. I'm strictly a "camera-based" photographer — not a "computer-based" photographer. For the Leica, I have both the Leica 50mm Summilux f/1.4 (attached) and the 28mm Elmarit f/2.8 (seen attached to the Fuji xPro2). And these lenses fit both my GX8 and xPro2 via Novoflex M-adapters.
The Panasonic GX8 is, in my opinion, a hugely underrated camera. There are SO many features and details I love about this camera. I really need to write a dedicated review, and sing it's praises. For my GX8, I use all Leica-Panasonic glass. The 15mm f/1.7 (attached), the 8-18mm f/2.8—4 and the 42.5mm f/1.2. This camera is currently my "system camera", and my go-to for video work.
For the Fuji xPro2 (Graphite Edition), I currently have the 23mm f/2 (seen in the background). This camera is just plain fun, with an amazing shutter sound!
Also in the picture:
Gariz leather half-cases and Gordy's Straps on both the Leica and Fuji.
Tie Her Up leather strap on the GX8. Billingham bags in the background.
While this camera has the smallest sensor of the group, it's in every other way a powerhouse! All the features of the x100, plus a fast, optical zoom lens, a tilting LCD, and two macro modes.
In case you're wondering... I never quite liked the front facing design of this camera, feeling it looked empty in the area where Fuji put the model name. So I covered it up with a piece of matt-black tape, evoking the look of an optical viewfinder. To me, this looks better balanced.
This is my go-to camera for bike rides. It was also used to take the 3-cam photo above, which was shot in a hurry so I apologize for the bad lighting and lack of detail work.
Panasonic Lumix GX7 (sold)
Loved this camera.
This was the camera that got me started in the mirrorless system—and got me taking pictures again. Major points-of-difference... the tilting EVF. Fantastic. It really comes in handy when shooting at odd angles, and gives a surprisingly impactful change of viewpoint when using it looking straight down. The other key things about this camera (and the GX8) are the extremely well designed and organized menus, the buttons (some have different heights and shapes so you can differentiate them easier), and the REALLY useful filters/FX. Many of these mimic effects I used to do in the darkroom. It's pretty much the only way I shoot with this camera (and the GX8). Really never use the "standard" settings .
I originally purchased it with the Leica 15mm f/1.7 lens. Perfection.
Fuji x100T (sold)
Ahhh.... my x100. A truly great camera. I sold it only because I wasn't using it as much, once I got the Leica and xPro2. It will be missed.