Month: September 2010

Three rangefinders

Film rangefinders – you either understand true lust or have paased them over and are into digital everything. There’s room in my heart for these beautiful cameras.
Here are a few from my small collection, all with interchangeable lenses.
The Leica M6 classic in my favourite chrome, 1997, fitted with its current model Summicron 50mm f2.
The old box it sits on really appeals to me – I have kept prints in it for 25 years.
I know they are not fashionable, but the M5 really appeals to me – solid, reliable, and with a TTL meter.  My trusty Canon 50mm f1.2 with its vented hood is a great lens in its own right, but I felt that now I needed a Summicron 50, so the Canon could go back to its Canon 7 body and not feel guilty about being in a mixed marriage.
I had the luxury of a choice of 2 Summicron possibilities – a 1958 chrome rigid, or a 1981 black Canada tab. I ended up with neither – I eventually got the one on the M6, a modern, sharp, version 4 from the 1990s. Just beautiful.

Last, but certainly not least, the wonderful Canon 7, up close and personal, coupled with the fantastic Canon 50mm f1.2 lens, an optic made well before the release of the fabled Leitz Noctilux, is capable of incredible imagery. This camera and its CdS-equipped siblings are the pinnacle of the screw mount rangefinder camera design.

Postscript – The M5 has had to go to pay for the M6…