Weapon of Choice

January 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The Leica M2 About 15 years ago, I got this Leica M2 from my dad.  He got it from his stepfather. If you lost track, that was my grandfather. My Grandfather bought this jewel new in Germany.

A true vintage classic, the camera was manufactured in 1956 and the lens in 1958.  Mounted on the front is an Elmar 5cm f/3.5.  Not much to it, just a few pieces of glass: lightweight, portable and simple.

I am not sure how many rolls of film were put through it, but I can probably imagine that I put more through it the first year, than the previous 60+ years.  The M2 sat for a few years until I asked to borrow it.  My dad relented when I sweetened the deal with a Canon D60 (not a 60D).  He still shoots the camera to shit day.  Within a few weeks it jammed halfway through a roll.  Thankfully, Steve's Camera in Culver City took care of that problem. Good as new.  He even cleaned up the lens and added vulcanite where it was missing.

Now, I've decided to use it for this project.  One Camera; One Lens, One Film...


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