JEEEZ, I'm jelous! COOL! I was eyeballing an M7 in a local camera store. Unfortunately, I don't have THAT kind of disposable income. Congrats on the deal. (Wow, free flash, too!) Actually, I'm waiting until after taxes to see how much money I have left.
Congrats again, (double thumbs up)
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Just by looking at the ad with Salgado's hands was enough to fall in love with that camera. So I am keeping myself as far away from any store that might have it on display, because I darn well know soon enough after there would be a lust for a wide angle and a portrait lens. Enjoy. You will.
Leicanders?!? Sounds like one of photophil's wildlife subject!
It's gonna be interesting for me in getting used to a rangefinder system again. I used to play around with my dad's M3 and M4P when I was younger but never really liked it (I was only 18 then!). This new M7 works just the same except it now has aperture priority... just like the Nikon System!
Anyway, here's my new "partner-in-crime" captured with a CP2500!!!
> What is that thing under the m7. A moterwinder or something?
Bergen, That "thing" is the Handgrip M. It is a simple handling unit for better grip of the M body, especially in the vertical position. It also provides a centralized tripod socket instead of the normal position on the right (in-line with the film advance lever).
Al, I had a look at the MP and on the outside, its just like the M3. No red dot! There were two for us to play with yesterday, a plain chrome version and a second black version with the Leicavit-M attached... talk about rapid advance on the real thing (not the Abrahamsson Rapidwinder copy), sweet!
I went thru' that learning curve years ago and failed miserably! Hopefully the second attempt will be more successful, otherwise...
Just saw your thread and congradulations. Several years ago, I managed to pick up a used Leitz M6 in Mint/New condition, with a new Elmar-M. Great combination.
For others looking/thinking about a Leica M (especially Americans,) don't forget to consider a used body. Lots of used M6 ttl's out there with little use and mint condition at very reasonable prices. But you do have to look. Lots of people selling to purchase a new M7 or MP. There are wonderful bargins to be had for users (as opposed to collectors.) For those who, for some ungodly reason have to have new (again Americans,) check around for a camera shop having a "Leica Days." They usually happen once or twice a year at an authorized dealer. During one of these sales, discounts (through Leica AG) can run 10-15%.
I personally think the Nikon/Leica system is the most perfect collaberation in the world.
If I remember correctly you already had an S3 also? I was not so brave and recently bought an FM3A for streetphotography. But... for my jealous F5 and under another acute NAS attack, AF-S 300 f/4.0D TC 14E II TC 20E II fell into my bag(s)
So, OH... MY... GOD... too here!
+ I promised myself to resist Leica (as long as possible)
Hi luis, The AE works like a dream! Its very accurate and the internal display makes it almost a second-nature thing when it comes to selecting the appropriate aperture... I've gotten into the habit of resetting it to f/5.6 after each shooting sequence so the next time I look through the finder, I know what aperture I'd end up with after adjustments without having to take my eye off the viewfinder. Its even got me back into the old mode of changing the aperture on the aperture ring on my Nikon bodies like I used to do on my old F90x.
As for the 35mm, I got a "cheap-ish" 35/1:2.8 Summaron (1962 lens) and it is really ideal for travelling as it is so compact! Can't justify splashing out on the Summicron... not immediately after the M7! A 90mm is going to be the next on the wish list but I have a feeling its gonna be a very very long wait.
I'm actually due to head over to Leica UK in July for a free one-day course for New Owners. I hear that we'll get to try out the full range of lenses and accessories for the M-bodies so I'm really looking forward to that!
glad you're happy with the AE on the M7. my shooting style is a bit different, i usualy take a reading when i start shooting (often from the pavement) and will ajust the aperture or the shutter speed as the light changes. thus i decided to get the M6 instead and save some money as well.
unfortunately we don't get leica days in portugal, any chance i can get an invitation, it's been quite a while since i've been to london ... i just have to keep away from charing cross road (sp ?) and all those book stores !!! :-D
Don't get me wrong. I would buy a Leica in a minute if I could afford a new one - the new MP probably, with the best Summicron I could find. However, it sort of reminds me of the time, about 10 years ago, when I finally gave in to my craving for a Montblanc fountain pen. After I got it and started using it, I started second guessing the purchase, wondering what the fuss was all about, since, it really didn't write or feel any different than the much cheaper Schaefers I had been using for decades.
I think of that everytime I see the Leicas in the display case of the camera shop I frequent. I just remind myself that my F80 with a prime lens on it does pretty much the same thing as a Leica, and it probably does it better and with less fuss.