Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

I was lucky enough to be invited this evening to Das Wesentliche in Tokyo at Leica Ginza.    Das Wesentliche, or The Essence, was Leica’s big launch for the new Leica M-Monochrom Black and White only camera, APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH, and the Leica X2.  Leica held their launch in Berlin Germany a few days ago and held a special event in Tokyo for the Japanese market.

I know there is a lot of interest in the new Leica M9-M so I have noted which shots were taken with it with “Taken with the Leica M-Monochrom”…

On the train to Ginza

Takahashi-san and the crew at Leica Japan know how to take care of their customers…

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

Some sample shots hanging on the wall…

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

Oen of the guys in the audience was shooting the M9 Titanium… I got to check it out.   A beautiful camera.

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

After many years I got to meet John from Tokyo Camera Style…  he has the coolest blog.

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

This girl was checking out the Leica S2…

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

Meet De’Andre…

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

Meet Abdulla…

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

There were lots of toys on hand for us to play with…

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

I got a chance to shoot the new Leica M9-Monocrome and the amazing APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH… honestly I can’t decide which I love more.    Let me see…one for a Father’s Day Present…and I don’t think I received my Cinco de Mayo present yet.   You are suppose to get gifts for Cinco de Mayo, right?

Taken with the Leica M-Monochrom

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

It just looks natural in my hand I think…

Taken with the Leica M-Monochrom

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

I got to fire off some test shots… meet Pieter, he shot the previous two shots of me.  This is shot of Pieter is at 2,500 ISO.   Extremely clean image.

Taken with the Leica M9-M

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

Meet Bellany…aka Japan Camera Hunter.

Taken with the Leica M9-M

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

Meet Stefan. This is shot at 10,000 ISO!

Taken with the Leica M-Monochrom

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

and this at 6,500… the ISO ability of this camera is incredible compared to the M9.

Taken with the Leica M-Monochrom

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

Another shot from Pieter… this lens is razor sharp.

Taken with the Leica M-Monochrom

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

In return I took this nice portrait of Pieter…

Taken with the Leica M-Monochrom

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

Taken with the Leica M-Monochrom

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

I also got a chance to shoot the Leica S2 and the new CS lenses.   I just shouldn’t be allowed to play with things this expensive.

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

Pieter chatting with Takahashi-san the President of Leica Japan…

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

me with Stefan Daniel the head of Product Management at Lecia…

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

Das Wesentliche in Tokyo @ Leica Ginza

It was a great event but time to head home.

Me in the mirror

The train home...

The train home...

Thanks to Takahashi-san and everyone at Leica Japan for a great evening…  and Thanks for stopping by today!

 

9 Comments

  1. What a really nice report… well the essence of what was presented is cleary visible.

    Thanks for showing the pic of Bellamy, who had show Dave’s portrait shooting with his “fancy noctilux” in his blog.

    Thank you!

  2. I had a funny conversation with the wife last night about m9m.
    She said “you can get the m9m if I get your m9…:)” awkward silence… Maybe I’ll make her a deal on m4 :)
    I tried out the s2 in Singapore boutique as well, after that I had to tell myself to stop thinking about it for next 2 weeks …

  3. Thanks for sharing. Absolutely loving the high ISO performance out of the B&W chip …… might have to start saving I think!

  4. Nathan – I have the world’s most understanding wife in regards to my photography obsession. She deserves an award. I played with the S2 just for a second and didn’t really pay attention to it. I really don’t want to even look down that slippery slope…

  5. Daniel – You might. I loved shooting them. Leica really knows how to seduce customers.

  6. Another world altogether..

    I can see there’s a big ISO advantage, sensor wise, to being dedicated to monochrome, but it really is a niche market..!

  7. Thank you for this good report. It looks so good with high ISO!

  8. Thank you for picture. Right test in right condition. :)

    Best
    Zoran

  9. This is nice report ;)
    In this weekend Leica Das Wesentliche party in Seoul.
    So I was looking for information about Leica Das Wesentliche and then I’m visit this web-site.

    Thanks for information~

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