Sending of the Leica M6

I’ve said goodbye to my Leica M6 today. The last time I said goodbye was earlier this year to have it fully cleaned and readjusted. But now it’s for real. Although the set works like a charm, I’ve come to the conclusion that the main reason I wanted a Leica M6 was because I wanted something radically different from the Canon EOS series and in the time I was building up the Leica set, I’ve also built a decent Fujifilm X-Pro set, including primes and that fits my needs a lot better.

I still often took the Leica M6 along with me on trips, but it only got used as a bit of an afterthought (oh yeah, I have to use the Leica too…) and for that a full Leica set is too expensive and a shame. Also the whole thing has cost me a bit too much to keep this on just for that.

So I had to make a choice: fully start using the Leica M6 or sell it of again. And sold it was, along with the 90mm lens. I still have the Summicron 35mm and Summicron 50mm (both with a fresh CLA), for which I hope to find good new owners soon. Together that should make a good start for a new roadbike and perhaps an extra Fujifilm lens :)

Am I done with analog? No, not completely. However as far as 35mm film is concerned I am. I’m still hoping to run into a good (and affordable!!!) Rolleicord or Yashica Mat at some point. Or even a lovely 4×5 large format :)

The Leica M6 lot as it was sold

Almost…

I almost bought myself another analog camera. Almost… Ever since my Rolleiflex camera has been diagnosed as a write-off being to expensive to repair, I wanted another Rolleiflex. I acutally do have a Rolleicord but in the end that’s just not the same.

Yesterday I visited Groningen and walked into the Sipkes camerastore as I do when I’m in Groningen. Checking the Fuji-display that didn’t feature the X-Pro2 yet, but does have the Fujinon 90mm I want. And a few displays next to that my eye caught the unmistakable features of a gorgeous looking Rolleiflex.  Complete with readycase, neckstrap, filters, cables and everything. I casually informed what that set might cost, fearing the worst and almost jumped in the air when I heard it merely costs 349 Euros. Almost bought it there and then.

However with a new X-Pro2 and a strong desire for it’s 90mm lens I have to show some self-constraint. For those interested… I think it’s a great camera and the price is awesome, but just because of that checking the lenses might be a good idea. My previous Rolleiflex had a destroyed film-advance so that is worth checking too. Still… for the money it is a stunningly beautiful camera (and the Hasselblad next to it ain’t bad either)

The return of the Leica

My Leica M6 set has returned to me. Cannot say how happy I am. The camera and lenses have had the full CLA treatment and all feels like a brand new camera.

The 35mm lens also had a little bit of fungus on the lens apparently but that has been removed and the growth stopped, so the images should look better too. Cannot wait to set of with the set now!

I would have liked to give it a good test before heading off to Barcelona, but I’d needed to have it returned last Friday/weekend so I’d have time to shoot a roll and have it developed. Unfortunately that didn’t happen so a full analog test is not going to be possible now, but I’ll at least test the lenses on my Fuji X-Pro1. Mostly curious to the results on the Leica M6 though.

Thanks to Will van Manen for taking care of my baby :)

Leica maintenance

The Leica is still out for maintenance, but according to an update I received today they’re working on it now.

Apparently the individual parts haven’t been serviced ever or at least not in a very, very long time, so it is more then necessary. As I suspected the rangefinder is off a bit, but also the camera’s slower shutterspeeds needed seeing too and then there are some more things. All part of a CLA (Clean/Lube/Adjust, neat term for a full service).

Both the 35mm and the 50mm lens need a CLA too to align, clean and tighten all parts and have the whole set running nicely again. It’s also going to cost more than a bit, but at least it should all work next to perfect again then. Seeing as I’d really like a good working analog set, I’ve given the go-ahead and hope to have a fully serviced camera in a few days time.

Hopefully the next update will feature the camera’s return :)

(The 90mm is not in maintenance, there is a thing as too much of a good thing)

Leica M6 gone

… but only for a little while! It will be back.

Earlier this year I finally started using my Leica M6 for real. After adding a 35mm Summicron to it in Barcelona and getting rid of the really old M-lenses, I finally felt the ‘Leica-magic’. However the results were not as sharp as I had hoped (seeing razor-sharp images from the old masters on older Leica’s than mine… something must be off).

Also the recently bought 50mm Summicron suffered from that same problem. I’ve tried different settings and although I’m happy with the results, I do still feel it’s missing a little something.

And so I shipped it off to have it services. To have the rangefinder and lenses checked out. So hopefully in a little while the camera and lenses will return and nicely serviced so that I can shoot it some more for many years to come.

My Leica M6 system

Long ago in a galaxy far away I once started with a few analog Canon EOS cameras. Thanks to that I learned all about apertures and shutter settings, but creatively I’ve learned the most in photography the moment I joined the digital SLR revolution. However even though I owe much to those cameras, after 12, 13 years for me photography became rather a dull activity and I started to really loose interest. As I like both the product of photography as the mechanism that makes it work, I needed something to get me spiced up again.

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Barcelona with the Leica

I’ve scanned the photos I took in Barcelona recently and edited them. It’s a learning-proces to get the best out of them, but bit by bit I feel I’m heading into the right direction.

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The Horizon 202 camera back in action

Some time ago I was talking to my girlfriend about the fantastic panoramic photos that Jeff Bridges (aka ‘The Dude’) makes with a panorama camera and that sparked the desire to remove the dust from my Horizon 202 camera. I’ll be heading to Barcelona again soon and it would be fun to bring this camera with me, but I needed to be sure it works.

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Gasterse Duinen with the Leica

When I arrived back from Italy last month, I hadn’t yet fully filled the film rolls in my cameras. What followed was a full week of terrible weather and I waited until the last weekend of my vacation to take a bicycle ride to Gasteren in Drenthe to shoot the last set of photos.

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My Rolleicord

I’ve sold my Hasselblad and had to give up a Rolleiflex that was going to be way to expensive to repair. But I did’t wanna give up on medium format photography just yet and so I put a roll of film through my very very old Rolleicord. A bit simpler then a Rolleiflex, but still a good camera. However I did dread the results of the film.

Turns out the images look fantastic. Nice crisp and sharp, no haze or anything. So although a really good Rolleiflex remains a wish-list item, for the moment I’ll very happily shoot my Rolleicord!

Leica M6

And talking about camera gear… I have my Leica M6 complete! I received a gorgeous Gordy Strap to replace the basic Leica one and an ‘el cheapo’ lens hood from somewhere in China. It might not be an original Leica but looking at the prices a second hand Leica lens hood goes for there’s no way I’m spending that kind of money on that. This cost €4,50 via Ebay and I found an ever cheaper one not much later… And what I saved will pay a return ticket to Barcelona if needed :)

Now I said it’s this is my Leica completed, but…. well, just wacht this space in a few days. That’s all I’m gonna say now ;)