I Now Have A Leica

After a year-long journey full of hope and hopelessness, I finally have a Leica! Well, sort of.

Since I'm no longer using my Samsung Galaxy S6, I have decided to sell it so I could fund a Huawei P9 purchase. For some it was a downgrade since my Samsung has a Super AMOLED display, it shoots 4K videos and it has a premium glass back feel. But all of these were not deal breakers for me. Then one day, I found someone who was willing to swap his three-month old Huawei P9 to my Android phone. I immediately set-up a meeting to swap.

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The phone was slim for my grip. I wish it was as thick as my old Blackberry Z10. But the good part is I could slide it inside my pants pocket with ease. 

The major reason why I wanted to get one is the camera as this is the closest I could get to have a Leica camera. Nope, the optics weren't manufactured by Leica but they co-engineered the software with Huawei. And that's good enough for me! I have never been this excited since I got my Nokia 7650. That is the power of a mobile phone capturing images. The Galaxy S6 has a larger and faster f/1.9 aperture but the Pro mode of Huawei P9 is just so enjoyable to use. I don't regret my decision.

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Oh my, I now have a Leica!

That's what I always say to myself whenever I stare at the dual cameras; that shiny Leica branding makes my heart beat faster. The camera interface is also fun to use! I can easily tweak the settings manually by just swiping through the controls on the screen. And the last time I enjoyed shooting manual was when I still have my Nokia 1020 working. And when you are in Pro mode, it lets you capture RAW files. Getting lost? Haha! RAW files are bigger in size compared to JPEGs as it captures more details and in raw. The advantage is you can easily tweak the highlights and shadows; and the best app to do this is on Snapseed. Google continues to develop Snapseed as it now supports RAW, unlike in VSCO for Android where RAW-support is still nowhere to be found.

By the way, I recently joined a summer phoneography workshop organized by D'yan Lang in partnership with Huawei Mobile Philippines and Ritchie Linao. The workshop highlighted the advantage of using dual cameras and the speaker discussed the importance of shooting manual as most of the times, if not always, you'll get better results. After the one and a half hour talk, we applied what we learned. Below is a short video of the event.

And here are some photos I took during the event: 

A filmic look of Casa Uno of Circa 1900, the location of the event in Cebu City. 

A filmic look of Casa Uno of Circa 1900, the location of the event in Cebu City. 

Breaking the rules. Harsh light and grains. 

Breaking the rules. Harsh light and grains. 

Double exposure? No, it's only my reflection while photographing Ukay Ukay Diva. 

Double exposure? No, it's only my reflection while photographing Ukay Ukay Diva. 

Cheska with her lovely black dress. 

Cheska with her lovely black dress. 

Food photography. No need for additional elements as the rough table highlights the simplicity and vibrance of the dish. 

Food photography. No need for additional elements as the rough table highlights the simplicity and vibrance of the dish. 

I'm looking forward to spending more time with this device. And hopefully a collaboration with creatives and Huawei too.