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Culmination

Postby PFMcFarland » Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:27 pm

As most of you here know, I've gone through a lot of different cameras over the years. Still have most of them. Some I have yet to get around to using (not that I haven't tried). But I've really tapered off this year, mainly because I'm running out of brands to discover.

But one brand that I've danced around quite a bit is Leica. Oh sure, I'd always say I aspired to owning one, and was sincere about it. It's just that there were all these other alternatives to investigate first. But two years ago I got my first actual Leica, an R3 SLR, which I quickly replaced with an R7 (meter system on the R3 not worth repairing). Then early this year it was the CL rangefinder. I really like it, but it has it's limitations. So today I put an order in for an M4-P. It has the expanded frame-line viewfinder (28, 35, 50, 75, 90, and 135mm), and the easy load film system. Plus, it can take a winder/grip drive!

It is the culmination of a long endeavor.

(Pics later, after it shows up)

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Re: Culmination

Postby Bennybee » Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:08 am

Wow, Phil! I can't wait to see the pictures of that one. Congrats!
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Re: Culmination

Postby alexvaras » Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:22 am

Congrats Phil!! Sure you will enjoy it, plus we with your photos :)
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Re: Culmination

Postby melek » Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:37 am

Oh, wow. That's great news. The Leica M4-P has a strong following and for a good reason. It's thought of as one of the best of the classic cameras and German camera design.

It took a while for Leica to perfect the lenses, but starting with the Summicron, they got it right. The Summitar is an excellent lens, as well.

I'm excited to see what you do with it.
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Re: Culmination

Postby Julio1fer » Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:01 am

Congratulations Phil - that is a great classic and a heck of an instrument.

I was expecting something like this after hearing you were dabbilng with a CL...
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Re: Culmination

Postby PFMcFarland » Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:39 pm

Thanks, all. Delivery day can't come soon enough.

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Re: Culmination

Postby Santiago Montenegro » Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:54 am

Enjoy in good health. I was a noted anti-Leica in a past life, but the lack of other viable digital RFs made me change my ways. Now I really love my Leica.
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Re: Culmination

Postby PFMcFarland » Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:05 pm

Thanks, Santiago. I didn't necessarily dislike Leica, I just wanted to see if I could do as good without one. So this is like graduation to the next level.

BTW, the camera arrived today, and I was immediately enamored with it. Can't wait to run some Tri-X through it.

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Re: Culmination

Postby alexvaras » Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:33 pm

That was quick!!! :)
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Re: Culmination

Postby PFMcFarland » Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:28 pm

alexvaras wrote:That was quick!!! :)


You know it. I also ordered a Winder M4-2 that was New Old Stock, but the seller forgot to check all the boxes he had because the one I got was missing the battery chamber. He put it in the mail today.

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