In the day and age where everyone and their grandmother has a camera at their fingertips at all times, Leica has gone back in time with the new M-D Model.
Remember the days when you took a camera with you to photograph keen moments, cool locations, and something that caught your eye?
I think we've all lost touch with the realness, the grit, the calculations, the moment. The norm now is to take as many photos necessary to achieve the best result. Then you post it on instagram/facebook/whatever else and after 5 days of watching the likes roll in, you've forgotten all about it.
Back in the day you would fill a roll of 24 exposures, eagerly run to the camera shop to print them (or darkroom for those lucky to have one) and you would roll through your photos (making sure to hold them by the edges so you didn't get finger prints on that fine gloss), show them to friends (silently cringe at the sight of their finger prints ruining that fresh fine gloss), place the negatives in a pouch, and put the printed images in a book.
It was a rare occurrence for a photo to end up in the garbage, and even more rare that you wouldn't look through said album over the years to come, recollecting the awesome adventures you had with friends, family, and maybe even all on your own.
Well, Leica is not going back to the days of film but they are bringing an element of it back with their M-D model. Their latest digital release will not have an LCD screen. No, you can't review the photo in the viewfinder. They've brought it back to the olden days and I for one, am all about it. (The $5000+ price tag on the other hand, not so much. )
Watch the video below that follows 3 completely different photographers (style, age, origin) adventure through Portugal with the new camera.