There’s this routine you go through when you review a camera. The first thing you do is take it out of the box and shoot whatever mundane object is directly in front of you. It’s a throwaway shot, a test to make sure the camera is operational and meets the minimum requirements for calling itself a camera. For this reason, many camera reviewers’ SD cards are half-full of pictures of laptop keyboards, pens, coins, coffee cups, and desk flair.
The first thing I shot with the Leica M-P (Typ 240) was a sandwich. The camera’s battery finished charging around lunchtime, and I was eager to see what the Leica hype is all about. Also, there was a sandwich right in front of me. It was supposed to be a throwaway shot. It was something else entirely.