Leica kindly lent me an M 240 digital and I loved it. I've recently been drawn back to actual film though. I have no burning desire to take photographs to make some kind of statement, rather I just photograph people I know and find interesting. With film I have to really be able to compose a shot in my head because there is no viewscreen or iPhone app to use. It is fun doing it the old way. Satisfying, actually. I enjoy the mechanics of it.
BTW, all, old 35mm SLR cameras are SO CHEAP now. You can get some amazing, like new cameras and lenses for nothing. An entire Nikon system for $300, or Canon, etc. It's crazy. If you are interested in this, MAKE SURE YOU ONLY BUY FROM SELLERS THAT HAVE A GOOD REPUTATION. Old Japanese SLR's have two problems. The foam seals have turned to goo and need to be replaced (Nikon F, F2, etc.) and the Canon AE-1's, etc. ALSO have to have their shutter/mirrors lubed or they squeak like a mouse being killed. There are many "refurbished" examples of AE-1 Programs, Nikon FA, FE, F2, F3 with full lens packages that have been worked on out there for next to nothing!
Only the Leica M cameras seem to have held their value. If a 1990 NOS Nikon F4 NEW IN BOX sells for only $200 on eBay, you can be sure that a 1990 NEW IN BOX Leica M6 is selling for $2,000. And, of course the old minty Leica rangefinders like the M3, M2 and M4 are sometimes double that. And that is without lenses!
I mean, look at this monster. It's dead mint, it's like 300 bucks, including the motor drive and beautiful Micro-Nikkor 55mm f2.8 lens. Cray cray! Who wouldn't want to mess around with this? nikon FA.jpg
Here is a mint, new old stock, actually, Nikon F2a from 1977 for pennies. Makes you want to slap a $60.00 Nikkor lens on it and go out shooting some XP5.. nikon f2a.jpg
Post by Felonious Spunk on May 3, 2019 22:24:35 GMT
Leica kindly lent me...
Suuuure they did.
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