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Faisal is a San Francisco based lifestyle photographer who currently shoots with a Leica M 240 rangefinder camera. These are his thoughts.

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One Year Later

It's now been a year since I added a Leica M240 to my collection. You can see my initial impressions and thoughts here. I've stuck with a single lens for my kit, the Voigtlander 50mm F1.5 lens, which I've been pleasantly pleased with. The DNG files are a joy to edit and work with. They have plenty of latitude and the traditional bayer setup makes for speedy processing (compared to Lightroom's handling of Fuji's X-Tran's sensor pattern). I picked up a Leica EVF a few weeks ago, specifically for nighttime use and any other times where I'm a bit time/quality constrained and need to get the shot and move on.

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A Date With Two Alfa Romeos

I'm not usually a morning person, but a few days ago I woke up at the crack of dawn, downed an espresso, grabbed my cameras, and hauled my way towards Ocean Beach. I was meeting with Steve from GTO Engineering to capture the morning with a couple of Alfa Romeos in San Francisco. When I got there, I was introduced to two beautiful examples of Alfa Romeo at its peak, a 1967 Duetto Spider and Giulia coupé, both in varying shades of a classic Italian red color. The Giulia was in pristine condition, an excellent example of the car and a tribute to classic Italian sports cars. The Duet, on the other hand, was a bit of a different story, as it had seen better days. San Francisco is a tough city to own a car in, let alone several cars, and because of this, the Duetto was parked outdoors for much of its adult lifetime. Despite this, it was indeed refreshing to see a car that was driven regularly and put to its uses, rather than one that was in immaculate condition but spent its life in a garage.

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An Early Morning at Canepa Design

I can never understand why car folks insist on getting together at the crack of dawn, but once in a while I'll convince myself to do so and make it out to some events. Nestled in the dens Santa Cruz Mountains, Canepa Design boasts one of the most impressive car collections out there. On any given day, they'll have an handful of Porsche 959s, 917s (in various trim), BMW M1s, and 300 SL's, all just casually laid out throughout the shop's showroom and garages. Here are a few shots from this past Saturday's Cars & Coffee event. Hope you enjoy them.

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Lessons Switching from Mirrorless to a Rangefinder

Going from a state-of-the-art mirrorless system to a range finder system will be considered a backward move by many. On paper, you're giving up a lot in return for little upside. In reality, though, the story is a lot more complicated. You can read my thoughts on my recent switch to a Leica system here. To be fair, I haven't switched systems in the traditional sense, since I still own all of my mirrorless equipment because there's still a time and place where that just makes sense. Having an arsenal of many options ensures you'll always have the right tool for the job.

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Two Months With a Leica M 240

Ever since I jumped into photography several years ago, I've always had a fascination with Leica. I used to think their cameras were overpriced and absurd — they were heavy and lacked many of the latest features I was accustomed to being on the latest DSLRs. As I became more comfortable with my cameras and as I began understanding my shooting style, I naturally started transitioning from DSLRs to mirrorless, and finally to a rangefinder system. With this self-realization and longer tenure with the craft, I started to appreciate Leica for what the brand and philosophy stands for and for the value their products bring to their users.

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