A trip to Leica Ginza

A trip to Leica Ginza

I headed over to Ginza this morning to run a few errands.   I was surprised it was reasonably fast from Jiyugaoka to Ginza if you get the express train to Nakameguro. Today’s Configuration: Leica M9 with a Summilux 21mm f/1.4 and a Leica SF 24-D and a Noctilux 50mm f/0.95 with ND64 with a 1.4x magnifier.  I also used my FujiFilm x100.

今日のカメラ:私のライカM9をつかいます。レンズはNoctilux 50mm f/0.95とND64とSummilux 21mm f/1.4とライカSF 24-Dをつかいました。FujiFilmx100もつかました。

Ginza
Ginza

I had to stop by the Leica Shop as it has been a tough week for my gear.   First my 35mm Summilux started rattling a few weeks ago.  I googled and it seems people viewed the lens as a bit noisy so I figured it was normal but it kept getting worse.    Next I noticed my Noctilux wasn't focusing to infinity anymore.   I know others who have had this problem and had to send it back to Germany.   This can take up to 3 months so I was hoping it was something simplier to fix.   Next I pulled the rubber eye piece on my 21mm viewfinder somehow and it ripped.   With a stroke of genius I figured I could just cut it off and it would be fixed.  Turns out it is extremely well attached and I now have a very silly looking $800 eye piece.   Next I somehow pulled my 1.4x magnifier rubber eye piece as well.  I was smart enough this time not to try to cut it off.

I dropped my gear off at the service center and had a look around the store while they looked at my gear.  Much to my surprise Naoki at Leica Customer Service was familiar with and a reader of ShootTokyo.

I had a look at the Leica M9-P while I waited.  This is the new professional series M9s Leica just announced in Paris last week.   It has a few cosmetic changes to the stand M9.  You will notice the top plate is different with no 'M9' or 'Leica' Red Dot.   The top plate it has the traditional Leica logo.   It has a scratch-proof sapphire LCD screen cover which I think is a great addition as I really hate putting the little piece of clear film on mine to protect from scratches.  It also has an supposedly easier-to-grip leatherette finish.   I think this steel finish looks excellent.   Perhaps I'll get it when the M10 comes out...

The Leica M9-P
The Leica M9-P
The Leica M9-P
The Leica M9-P

Naoki and his team made quick work of my Leica and had everything sorted in only a few minutes.   My 35mm lens had a screw that had come lose that needed to be tighten.   My Noctilux is fine it turned out that my M9's focusing ring needed to be adjusted so it could focus to infinity.   They replaced the eye piece on my 1.4x and removed the remains on my 21mm.  All done in about 15 minutes.  I love their service.   Great job Leica!

Naoki also helped me figured out a feature I couldn't figure out.   Here is a great Leica Shooting Tip:   If you shoot in A mode, with your shutter release set to normal, if you find your subject and half press the shutter you can lock exposure so if you recompose your exposure stays locked.  You can tell when it has locked as a little red dot will appear next to the shutter speed number.   It is very handy but takes a little while to get the hang of it as the shutter is pretty sensitive.  Since I focus and recompose a lot this will be super helpful and much quicker than manual mode but achieving the same thing.

I am thinking about picking up another lens down the road a little bit.   I haven't decided yet but maybe either a 28mm or a longer lens like a 90mm.    I hear the 135 is just too long in a range finder but I haven't been able to try it out yet.   I imagine focusing would be pretty hard on that lens.   It would be nice to have a longer focal length to shoot so you can really engage your subject.

Leica Gallery
Leica Gallery

Now that my focusing ring has been adjusted I am going to practice more of these f/0.95 shots from afar.  I love how it picks the subject out and makes them 3D.

Ginza
Ginza
Micky and Minny in Ginza
Micky and Minny in Ginza
Ginza
Ginza

Bike Parking Enforcement under control in Ginza...I think I might need to start a heat map to track this across Tokyo...what a great use of time and a good public service.

Ginza Bike Parking
Ginza Bike Parking

I grabbed a quick bit to eat at CC Curry...

C&C Curry
C&C Curry
C&C Curry
C&C Curry
Ginza
Ginza

Gave 1,000 yen to a monk...

Monk in Ginza
Monk in Ginza

I love these new RayBan ads...

RayBan ad in Ginza
RayBan ad in Ginza
Ginza
Ginza
Ginza
Ginza

Stylish...

Ginza
Ginza
No Smoking in Ginza
No Smoking in Ginza
Ginza
Ginza

Happy Tree Happy Birthday...

Happy Tree Happy Birthday
Happy Tree Happy Birthday

They close all of the streets on the weekends and open them up for shoppers...

Ginza Streets on the weekend
Ginza Streets on the weekend
Ginza Streets on the weekend
Ginza Streets on the weekend
Ginza Streets on the weekend
Ginza Streets on the weekend

Hello Kitty continuing her quest for world domination...

Hello Kitty at Swarovski
Hello Kitty at Swarovski

There were bus loads of Chinese Tourists...many carry very high end camera equipment.

Chinese Tourist in Ginza
Chinese Tourist in Ginza

I stopped by Hakuhinkan Toy Park to buy some Cars for Kai...

Toy Shop in Ginza
Toy Shop in Ginza
Ginza 8 Chome
Ginza 8 Chome
Sapporo Lion in Ginza
Sapporo Lion in Ginza

Found another monk...

Monk in Ginza
Monk in Ginza
Ginza
Ginza

Matches OK...just not in abudance.

No matches on trains
No matches on trains
Ginza
Ginza
The train to Ginza
The train to Ginza
Nakameguro
Nakameguro
Jiyugaoka
Jiyugaoka
Jiyugaoka
Jiyugaoka

You won't think there is enough demand to warrant a dedicated Zippo shop...

Zippo Shop in Jiyugaoka
Zippo Shop in Jiyugaoka
Jiyugaoka
Jiyugaoka

I found a cool temple near my house...need to explore more.

Temple in Jiyugaoka
Temple in Jiyugaoka

I also found a cool little camera shop that does printing.  I'll need to try them out as I want to hang up some of my prints at my house.

Popeye Camera in Jiyugaoka
Popeye Camera in Jiyugaoka

Japanese Word of the Day: 寝不足 – ねぶそく – nebusoku - lack of sleep

example:

さいきん、私たちはねぶそくです。

We are so lack of sleep lately.

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