Leica M Typ 262 with a Mettle Speed Strap
We’ve been professionally documenting bike rides for too long. First there was the Rapha Continental: support vehicle(s), the back door thrown open, standing on the roof of a moving 15-pass, Town and Country side doors open, sitting halfway (or 80%) through the passenger side window of a friend's shitbucket and shooting around dude’s bent antenna. Most of that was shot on a pair of Hasselblads. And a Nikon 35Ti, and a Leica M6. And sometimes a Canon 1D Mk1 with various L-series lenses. That lasted for about three years. Then Brovet: no support vehicle, we carried everything in/on our bikes. Cameras, film, all of it. That was primarily shot on a pair of Mamiya 7 IIs. We broke a lot of those cameras. Also, film is heavy as shit. And bulky. Also, the lack of autofocus is a thing. And seriously, we broke so many of those cameras. That lasted for about four years. Which brings us to Dead Reckoning, which was, until recently, almost exclusively shot on a 5DmkIII with a 24-70 zoom lens because it’s basically a great camera with which you can basically do everything. But it’s also heavy as shit. And bulky. Which is why we’ve spent at least 200 hours and thousands of dollars trying to figure out the right rack and bag system for that camera. In the end we finally found it, it’s a stock Pelican case mounted to the front of the bike over the front tire on a super expensive and seriously custom rack made by this dude
. It’s great. Easy(ish) access, totally weatherproof and durable—in fact it’s kinda mind-blowing how perfect a solution that set-up is. In fact, the only thing more mind-blowing is a Leica M Typ 262 with a 50mm lens. Okay sure, it doesn't have autofocus. But maybe who cares? What it is is half the weight and bulk of a DSLR. And because you can carry it on your person, you get all the super valuable packing space under and around the handlebars back. Also, it’s not perfect, but the Mettle Speed Strap is pretty close. Zoom lenses are cool but not necessary. Rangefinding is rad.