So... I got my hands on a Leica by Saurav Chowdhury

Last Thursday when shooting the Room 6 show, I had my chance to get my hands on a  Leica M with a Summilux 50mm f/1.4 courtesy of Shahi. It was a first for me using a range finder like that. let alone one of such prestige and I definitely wanted to shoot the gig later that night with it to see how well it shot in low light but first I had to try it outdoors with it still being light outside.

First I'd like to apologise with some of the photos because I didn't realise that the ISO was set to something like 1600, and I was trying to shoot at golden hour at f/1.4 so naturally the images were overexposed and I had to compensate by dropping the aperture (which is buttery smooth to use as the lens de-clicked) to f/2.8-f/4 which really didn't help when I wanted to get a taste of that bokeh.

Canon 5D MKIII and the Leica M

Canon 5D MKIII and the Leica M

On top of the loss of DOF I lost a tonne of dynamic range and colour from the higher ISO so bad quality images was on the part of me not knowing how to change ISO till later, not the camera and then trying to correct for it.

The focusing is very difficult to get a hang of due to it being a range finder with a single centre focus point but after a couple of minutes I got a hang of it (definitely taught me to be greatful for complaining about my Canon 6D's single cross type), my only issue with it being in direct sunlight the focus point flaired out making it impossible to focus with. The 50mm lens has a nice throw to it which allowed me to cover the entire range without shifting my hands at some weird angle as most videographers can vouch for with long throw lenses, but the de-clicked aperture ring made it very easy to bump it and change the DOF when you're not being careful.

The camera is very quick to respond, mainly because it doesn't have to wait for focus confirmation and definitely fun for journalism or day to day use, but highly not recommended for waist level street shooting unless you're okay with a tonne of out of focus images.



Room 6 EP Launch feat. Leon Jacques & Ben Brown by Saurav Chowdhury

Elena Alekseeva by Saurav Chowdhury

Promotional shoot with amazing pianist Elena Alekseeva for her website:

The Script feat. Tinie Tempah @ The O2 by Saurav Chowdhury

The Script


Tinie Tempah

Leon Jacques- "Man or Emotion" Launch! by Saurav Chowdhury

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Man or Emotion is more than just another project from another unsigned Artist... Growing up I always felt like all the men I came across were in my opinion stuck in cycles, from physical,emotional and substance abuse all the way to social patterns and behaviours that represented their conformity. This project is about me looking at myself retrospectively and not liking what I saw, always blaming other people for my short comings and not really having an identity of my own... I suppose what I'm saying is that, until you take a minute to stand still and observe yourself and those around you, it's impossible to really move forward.
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