Last weekend I decided to dust off the old 1958 Leica M2 and 5cm f/2.8 Elmar and take it for a spin. The Leica as if you didn’t know is a 35mm beautifully built rangefinder camera. Why do I love it?
As soon as you pick up the Leica the weight is the first thing you notice, then the texture of the vulcanite and the hand machined milled knobs. It’s tactile paradise. It’s the way you hold it to your face, its the way you advance the film, that silky buttery smooth mechanism. The way the focus effortlessly glides into place. The reassuring “schutt” as you trip the shutter. It mechanically imitates the word. No electronics, no plastics (to speak of), no “modes”, no controlling computer, no light meter. It’s just you and mechanical perfection. Together with Sunny 16 it is the most liberating photographic experience one can possibly have! Raw photography, true photography, total control. Bliss!
Here is a selection of Leica M2 photographs that I have made over the last few years. Sunny 16 exposure, Tri-X and Plus-X stand developed in Rodinal. I should do more of this! Not because the pictures are any good, but because I enjoyed the experience so much!
PS. You have to roll your mouse over the pictures then they go to their correct levels.