Basic Controls


Leica M10 Fast Start


Lesson Info

Basic Controls

It's time to get into the camera controls section of this class, and we're gonna be looking at all the features and controls on the outside of the camera. We're gonna start by working with the on/off switch. There's been a few people that had a little bit of confusion because of the dots on the top of the camera, but one of the things is that on most all cameras by rotating that collar... To the right, in a clockwise position, it's gonna turn the camera on. And it does that for pretty much all the cameras whether it's with Leica or with other brands as well. So it's very common. And so when you see the white dot, that is the turned on phase. So you're general controls on the camera. You have your shutter release of course. The directional pad in the back which will be used for navigating the menu system, but will also be used for a variety of other things as you'll see throughout the class. In the middle we have the center button which is kinda like the enter button on a computer. We'l...

l be using that to confirm our selection of items as we go through the menu. We have the thumb wheel which will be used for a variety of things, changing magnification, going through the menu system. And so it's a general purpose dial that we'll be actually able to customize as we get into the menu system in the camera. Looking closely at the top deck of the camera. We mentioned the shutter release. This is a two stage device. So by pressing halfway down the camera will start metering, but it also wakes the camera. If the camera is asleep and you haven't touched anything for usually a couple of minutes, your camera's gonna fall asleep. And pressing down halfway on the shutter release will wake it back up, so you can get into the menu system, you can playback images, or of course shoot the camera. This is also going to activate the viewfinder display. So if you're looking through the viewfinder and you're looking for additional information, just press halfway down and that turns that back on. And at any time you're in the menu system or you're doing something with the camera and you just kinda want to back out of it, you can tap lightly on the shutter release and automatically return yourself back to that shooting mode. And then of course, pressing all the way down to shoot a photo. When you do press halfway down, the camera is gonna shoot in a single frame mode, and you can adjust this by diving into the menu system. We'll talk about this more later on, but if you do want to jump in and change it. We have single, continuous, we have an intervalometer in here, so if you want to shoot a time-lapse, you can do that. We have exposure bracketing, shooting photos at different exposures, and then two different self timer modes, of two and 12 seconds. And this is right near the top of the menu system so it's very easy to get to if you just want to dive into the menu system under the drive mode, you can make those changes. Now the shutter release on this is a tapered, threaded style on it, so that you can use a standard cable release in there, and one of the other little bling items, if you will, that you can add onto the camera is the soft release button. And so this is a little button that you can put on the top of the camera which gives the shutter pressing, just a little bit smoother push you might say. And so Leica makes some with nice little logos on them. The part on the right is the button that you would put on the camera. The other is a backing in case you want to use the same button as a lapel pin of a sort. So if you want to wear a little Leica pin, it doubles up as that as well. Now there are other manufacturers that make devices and accessories that hook up to this camera, and I will talk about those throughout this class as well. And so Match Technical makes a number of soft shutter releases that you can add on to your camera. And I have a couple of those here, and let me show you, so let me get my camera kinda turned around so that you can see it closely here. And I have a couple of small ones here, and if I remember my names correctly, the larger one is called the beep and the smaller one is called the bip, and I wanted to see what these were like, and so I got these, and they have different length screw mounts in there. There's a short and a long, cause I have a number of different cameras they can work with. And then I would screw them into the top here, and they have an o-ring on them so you can tighten them up and they're not gonna come off as much. And so now, let me make sure I got my camera turned on, and this way my hand is, my finger is, not touching the camera when I press down on the shutter release. If I take this off, my hand is down here. And it's not a bad feel at all. I don't mind this. Let me put on the beep which is a little bit bigger one right here. And so this one, as you can see, is a pretty big piece that covers up the whole part here and this just becomes a very very comfortable shutter release button. Now they have, different styles of this. This is a convex one and then they have a concave one, where your finger can sit in there, and that seems like that might be really comfortable as well. And so different people have different styles that they like. I would recommend the longer thread on this. It feels like it stays in there a little bit more smoothly than the shorter one. And I think I'm gonna go ahead and leave that in there for now, 'cause that's just a really nice way to press the camera down. It's got a very good feel to it. And so every once in a while, there's a, there's a lot of different accessories that we can add on to this. And so I'll talk about those more and more as we go through the class.

Class Description

The Leica M10 appears to be a simple camera, but it’s a modern digital camera with unlimited capabilities. Join expert photographer John Greengo as he gives you all the information you need to understand this unique camera's capabilities.

John will discuss:

  • The all new menu system with a customizable favorites menu.
  • Recommended settings.
  • The camera’s traditional viewfinder and how it provides full exposure and focus information.
  • How to work with the Leica lenses.

The simple controls of the Leica M10 disguise many of the camera’s special capabilities. John will explain all of the highlights of this camera so that you’ll be able to capture the images you love. 


Guy Neal

I am migrating from the Leica Q to the Leica M10. Though I know my way around a Leica digital camera, the Leica M10 is my first rangefinder. I wanted someone to quickly walk me through the front/back/top/bottom of the M10. John Greengo was the perfect guide. This class is "as advertised - a "fast start" for those who prefer not to page through a fairly dense owner's manual. I especially appreciated that the lessons were broken into small chunks - so I could skip the lesson on the wifi setup, for example. And kudos to the person who prepares the amazing slide decks. While there are two dozen free Youtube videos that review the M10, they do not convey the helpful information you get in this excellent class.

Simon Johnson

John does a great job of going through every aspect of using the M10. There's not a dial, stitch button or menu item that isn't comprehensively covered. He uses simple, but effective graphics to explain what's happening. He also touches on the fundamentals of photography and throws in some tips and secrets. I can't imagine anyone doing a better job than John. I'm a Leica Q owner, that's just about to upgrade to an M10 so this course has been very useful indeed.