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 :)
It’s a bit of a painful decision, but sometimes the mind has to take charge over the heart and as much as I love my Leica set, I have to come to the honest conclusion that it will not bring me what I had so fiercely hoped. What with the X-Pro set now completely filling my needs the Leica M6 was a wish I had for many years, mostly when I was mainly shooting the heavy Canon set. So now that I finally have my wish: a gorgeous and recently CLA’d Leica set, I find that I only bring and shoot it as an afterthought and therefore -with pain in my heart and a tear or two in my eyes- I have sadly decided to sell of the Leica set. I’ll shoot photos of the individual parts in the next few days and see where it will get me.
Better known as Guust Flater in the Netherlands and my all-time favourite comic character (we don’t do capes and super powers much in Europe), how could I possibly not buy this incredible statuette. I LOVE it!
Visiting Barcelona in the coldest time of the year… Is that a good idea? Well, it’s still a lot warmer there than in Assen, so I wasn’t too worried. And flights in February were well priced too. And well… excuses aren’t really necessary for visiting my girlfriend again, are they?
As mentioned in the previous post, I don’t have time to fully test the serviced Leica M6 before I’ll head back to Barcelona, however I was able to take the two Summicron lenses with me on a lunch walk this afternoon mounted on the X-Pro1.
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.
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)
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.