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 :)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!