Well, I traded in the Nikon F2 and the two lenses to get something I wanted originally – a used Leica M6. Also snagged a 50mm f2 Leica lens with it, and was thrilled to learn later that the lens was manufactured 50 years ago, early in 1960.
To get accustomed to the Leica’s rangefinder viewfinder and different way of focusing (you manually adjust the lens until the two identical, overlapping images become one image), I popped a roll of expired Kodak Ultramax 400 that I picked up for a buck at Gristedes a few weeks back into the M6 body. I had read a lot about how hard it was to load a Leica, but just like everything else on this camera, loading was silky smooth. You basically take the bottom plate off, along with the back, and suggest that the film jump in and it does so.
I really liked the Nikon F2, but this M6 is probably one of the most perfect mechanical things I’ve ever held in my hands. The metering system is a little odd, as is the roomy viewfinder, but the buttery mechanics of this camera almost startle you. Clicking the ultra quiet shutter and advancing the film is such a joy that I caught myself smiling and shaking my head a couple of times. No lie.
I took about an hour to snap off 38 exposures (from a 36 exposure roll) walking around first in the East Village and then in the Financial District. Again, expired crappy grocery store film, scanned at 72dpi. I actually really like the grain of this film.
Air Conditioner and Pasta Sauces, East Village
Busy Bee Bike Shop, East Village
Flags, East Village
Banh Mi Cart, Hanover Square, Financial District
Rickshaw Dumpling Truck, Hanover Square, Financial District
Stone Street before Lunch Rush, Financial District