Leica M camera compared to Fuji X-Pro1: Set-Up for Street Photography Part II

The method I described, on shooting with the Fuji X-Pro1 in Part I, didn’t emerge from a vacuum. It’s closely based on how I learned to shoot with a Leica M rangefinder, over three decades. In turn, that was something I learned from reading how the great masters of street photography, people like Josef Koudelka, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Joel Meyerowitz, used their Leica’s for their work. Today, Leica M rangefinders are still being made.  There are various models, including a gorgeous 35mm film body called the MP, and the high-end digital M (Type 240).

The legendary Leica M3, with a 28mm accessory bright frame finder & Zeiss ZM 28mm lens

The legendary Leica M3, with a 28mm accessory bright frame finder & Zeiss ZM 28mm lens

Of the Leica M bodies throughout history, my all-time favorite body to use for street photography, is the Leica M3. Continue reading

Billingham Hadley Pro for the Leica M & Fuji X: VERY long-term review

Billingham Hadley Pro

One of the greatest satchel or messenger style camera bags is the Billingham Hadley. It’s been in production in various forms since 1988, and continues to be one of Billingham’s most successful lines of bags.

Currently, it’s offered in various sizes, from the tiny Hadley Digital to the big Hadley Large Pro, which has a dedicated laptop sleeve. For this post, I want to cover the mid-sized Hadley Pro.  And this review isn’t based on a brand new sample.  I bought this specific Billingham well over a decade ago, so this review is VERY long-term.

Billingham Hadley Pro camera bag.  A long-lived Classic

Billingham Hadley Pro camera bag. A long-lived Classic

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