New book: Leica M10 – The Expanded Guide

There is a new Leica M10: The Expanded Guide book that you can pre-order today at Amazon:

Book's description:

If there is one name that is synonymous with the “ultimate” photographic experience, it is Leica. By the far the most popular range in the Leica line-up is the company’s iconic M-series, which has a history stretching back to the Leica M3 of 1954. Since then, the high-end 35mm M-series rangefinders have been joined by digital equivalents that share the same fundamental standards of superlative build and image quality. The latest model to join Leica’s digital elite is the M10. While this is not Leica’s first digital rangefinder camera—or indeed its first full-frame digital camera—it is the first of its type to combine the true aesthetics and ergonomics of a traditional analog Leica M model with a high-resolution digital sensor. More than any other digital M model, the M10 is designed to turn the head of even the most die-hard analog-M user, and encourage them to make the transition to digital photography. This superbly engineered camera is also certain to appeal to the many digital-M users looking to upgrade, as well as the rather more elite group of loyal fans who invest heavily in the Leica brand to ensure they always have “the best of the best.” Like any high-end digital camera, you need to appreciate the M10’s nuances to truly explore its capabilities. From setting up the camera, to delving into the deepest menu options, this book walks you step-by-step through all aspects of the M10. Regardless of whether you’re a seasoned Leica shooter or an M-series newcomer, you are guaranteed to extract the best from the latest in the legendary range.

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  • eric

    Id be interested in knowing who buys such a book. The menus and controls are already so simplified, and unless you have never used a camera before and your first one is a $7k model, i don’t see what a book like this would accomplish.

    • I would not say a book on a specific camera is always without merit. Thom Hogan’s Nikon books explain a lot of very complex stuff, such as the autofocus system and its various modes, that are very poorly explained in Nikon’s manuals. So his books are generally of value.

      However, I have to admit that the M10, without autofocus and featuring dead-simple controls, is another story entirely. It is so simple anyone who has prior knowledge of photography should have little difficulty.

      I wonder if tips for use of the rangefinder might be of value. I have only used a Leica rangefinder once or twice and it seemed simple enough, but there might be subtleties I’m not aware of.

      So I’m willing to admit that I don’t know enough to know whether I’m ignorant … LOL.

      However I can tell you one thing for sure: I have noticed that many Leica books are total ripoffs of extremely low quality. The two books currently available on the Leica Q are good examples of this. Most of them are easy to spot since even the free excerpt shows how ineptly written they are. So I would urge anyone interested in a Leica M10 book to not preorder, but to wait until the full excerpt is available. Read it carefully to see if it seems of value.

      • eric

        I agree about Nikons complex system. I remember watching a YouTube video when I got my d810 so I could figure out all the menus and features etc. I tend to prefer visual instruction over written.

        I find the M10 very intuitive and in a way almost like Apple IOS…so simple you know where and how to adjust things without much instruction. Though I admit to being familiar with analog film cameras which the M does well replicating the experience. Really the only learning curve in my view is focusing a rangefinder which is pretty easy once you get the hang of it.

        I could see a street photography book or video being of some value if that’s your thing because that does take some outside knowledge of zone focusing and learning how to anticipate framing things.

        • When I got my Q, I actually felt like it was the ideal camera to learn photography on, because you had the f/stop, the shutter speed, and the ISO all clear and easy to follow. It is ironically a lot harder to understand how photography works on, say, a $400 Nikon D3xxx.

          I would recommend that people get a Q, or even an X-series, if they wanted to learn photography the right way … if it weren’t for the unfortunate fact that people would laugh out loud at me after seeing the price :(.

          • eric

            I would recommend people get the M because of those same things you mentioned, iso, aperture, shutter speed, all manual knobs with added bonus of interchangeable lenses. Im glad you like the Q but the big downside is it’s only one lens forever and of course no rangefinder. For me at least, I shoot Leica because of the rangefinder experience. Without the rangefinder a Leica is just another camera.

          • YourFace

            Yeah but both cameras cost way too much for a beginner, even if its an older/used model M, IMO. If they have the money to blow and don’t mind it then OK. However, I can’t recommend that someone should spend ~$2k or more for their first camera (not even including a lens at that price if you aren’t considering the Q).

          • eric

            I agree. I wouldn’t suggest any beginner get into Leica at first unless they’re rich and love photography. i started out with a small olympus 35mm point and shoot slr years ago. I think you appreciate the M and Leica brand more when you work up to it.

          • YourFace

            Agreed. Got the Q, fell in love with the brand and now I’m about to make a stupid financial decision for the M10 haha.

          • eric

            Lol. It’s only money. I will say this after owning the m10 for awhile. I love it. It makes me want to shoot more and improve my photography everyday. And that kind of energy is priceless.

    • Ric Ricard

      Agree 100%. If you could just figure out how to set the camera to RAW+JPEG, you could use the camera without ever going into the menu. And at that point, a manual is basically useless. As David pointed out below, Thom Hogan’s Nikon books are worth every penny. But in the case of the M10, I doubt anyone really needs a manual.

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