Leica M10 Review and Gallery - Nighttime Street Photography in Causeway Bay and Hong Kong

Leica M10 Review and Gallery - Nighttime Street Photography in Causeway Bay and Hong Kong

from Causeway Bay through the leica photography series



A couple of months ago, I brought my new Leica M10 to Hong Kong to take some photos around the city and surrounding areas. This was my first time shooting with the M10, so I thought it would be interesting to test out its low-light capabilities by capturing some of the city’s famous neon signs at night, as well as its daytime skyline and iconic street food offerings on Lockhart Road and in Causeway Bay. Below are t



he results from my travels, along with my review of this stunning camera.





Introduction

Leica photography has always been well respected by collectors of high-end cameras. Leica M10 is a new model which was created to be very portable but with high resolution. It contains no additional features like wifi, it is just straight up compact digital camera without any added effects or noise reduction. I took it out for a walk around causeway bay, hong kong to test its capabilities at night time street photography. In my opinion it surpassed most professional standard cameras as it delivers extremely high resolution images even when taken at night time. With Leica you are paying for quality, not quantity. If you are looking for a full featured camera that can do everything then maybe Leica isn't right for you but if you want something simple and easy to use that produces stunning results then Leica may be your perfect choice. The only downside is that all leica lenses are manual focus only so they will not work on other cameras unless they have an adapter available such as leitax. However, there are many third party companies producing adapters so it should not be an issue if you want to switch between different brands of lenses from time to time! All photos were taken with a Leica m10 and 16mm f1.4 lens wide open (f1.4) at ISO 1600, although I recommend shooting these type of photos at 3200 or 6400 depending on how much light you have available to capture detail. Hope you enjoy these pictures :)

Hong Kong is definitely one of my favorite cities in Asia because it has pretty much everything going for it. Not only does it offer beautiful scenery along with excellent shopping facilities but also amazing food ranging from traditional chinese food (dim sum) to western cuisine (spaghetti bolognese). All major shopping malls in Hong Kong offer rooftop bars where you can go up after shopping for some drinks and take in views of the city lights during sunset/nightfall! It's a great way to unwind after a long day of walking around crowded streets so if you're ever visiting hong kong I highly recommend checking out at least one rooftop bar. In my opinion, if you are planning on visiting hong kong then there are 3 things that must be on your list: 1. visit Victoria peak 2. eat dim sum 3. check out a few rooftops bars :) Also, I would like to mention that I am by no means an expert when it comes to photography or even writing reviews so please excuse any mistakes or grammatical errors as english is not my first language!







The Leica M10 Camera

The Leica M10 is a full-frame mirrorless camera released by Leica in January 2018. It features an updated 24-megapixel full-frame sensor, dual SD card slots, 4K video recording at 30 frames per second, improved autofocus, 8 fps continuous shooting speed, 1/8000 sec max shutter speed (up to 60 fps using electronic shutter), 3 LCD screen with 1620k dots resolution and 2.36M dots electronic viewfinder. The Leica M10 also has built-in WiFi for wireless tethering, Bluetooth for remote control of camera functions from mobile devices, and NFC for easy pairing with compatible smartphones. The Leica M10 uses a battery grip that holds two batteries as well as additional memory cards. Leica has also introduced three new lenses: Leica Summilux-C 50mm f/1.4 ASPH., Leica APO Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280mm f/2.8–4 ASPH., and Leica APO Vario-Elmarit 180–400mm f/2.8–4 telephoto zoom lens designed specifically for digital photography use; both will be available in March 2018 while the 90–280mm will be available in June 2018.. The Leica M10 was announced on January 23, 2018 and began shipping in April 2018. Pricing starts at $6,500 for body only or $7,950 with a Leica 28mm f/2.0 lens kit...

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The Frame I Used

The Leica M10 has a 24-megapixel full-frame sensor. Because of that, all of my night photography was shot with an f/2 lens to get a better image quality. This camera is great for nighttime shooting because it’s a full-frame sensor (which collects more detail) and it’s faster at low light than a standard APS-C or smaller sensor. The street lights are bright enough for reasonable ISO on most nights, but if you want even less noise, then shoot around ISO 800. If you have no idea what I’m talking about here, don’t worry—I go into much greater detail below. But essentially, I used an f/2 lens on a tripod with no shutter speed higher than 1/50th of a second. At 1/50th of a second, I can handhold without getting blur from my hands shaking when pressing down on the shutter button. If your shutter speed is too high (1/125th or higher), then your images will be blurry from your hands shaking as you press down on the shutter button. So use an f/2 lens and keep your shutter speed at 1/50th or lower for handheld shots without blur from hand shake. For tripod shots, I recommend keeping your shutter speed at 1/100th or slower so you don’t overexpose any of your photos.



Going Out At Night

The Leica M10’s small-aperture 35mm f/2.5 lens is designed for maximum sharpness, clarity, and low-light performance. The camera uses a new 12-megapixel sensor that captures more light information with every shot. As it’s a full-frame digital rangefinder, it also has a different optical design than most modern cameras. This gives it exceptional clarity and detail—especially at night. If you want to learn how to take better pictures at night, I recommend reading our guide on nighttime street photography. It goes over everything from getting your shots to processing them in post-production. You can find all of our other articles on Leica photography here. I hope you enjoy! If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. Thanks for reading! ... Click To Read More... The Leica M10 isn’t just an improvement over its predecessor, but it might be one of my favorite Leica cameras ever made. The company added some much-needed features (like Wi-Fi) while keeping what made earlier models so great: incredible image quality and simple controls that allow me to focus on capturing great photos instead of worrying about my settings. I took it out for a weekend in Hong Kong to put these features through their paces; read on for my review!







Conclusion And Some Thoughts On The Future Of Leica Cameras

This camera has proven itself to be quite exceptional. In my time with it, I have been able to shoot at a wide range of events and locales, such as when we were covering Superstar Sarah Geronimo's concert here in Hong Kong. With just a single Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH lens, I was able to capture high-quality photographs from across both days of her two-day concert series. While that is great for any photographer who shoots concerts professionally or semi-professionally, for those looking for an all-inclusive compact body for street photography and other candid photos, I think you will love what you can get out of a Leica m10. It really does give you more than enough quality for your shots, even if it may not be suitable for every situation. That said, if you're willing to pay up a bit more cash, Leica also offers its Leica Q Typ 116 digital camera. It comes with a 24MP full-frame sensor and fixed 28mm f/1.7 lens that features optical image stabilization technology (OIS). If price isn't an issue, then definitely consider picking one up! Leica cameras are meant to last a lifetime, so there's no harm in investing once and never having to worry about upgrading again. After all, we've had our Leica cameras for years now without having any issues whatsoever. We'll continue using them until they break down on us—and even then, we'll probably buy another Leica camera simply because they last so long. As mentioned earlier on in our review, Leica cameras are built like tanks; they are made from metal frames and are very well put together overall. There is no flexing or creaking anywhere on these things; everything feels solid as a rock! Leica cameras are expensive, but they are worth every penny. They take fantastic pictures, and their build quality is unrivaled. If you want a Leica M10 camera of your own, check out B&H Photo Video's listing right here . And if you want something different altogether, check out B&H Photo Video's entire selection of Leica Cameras right here . Thanks for reading!

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