A few years ago I decided not to spend the time, money or effort in the search of a Leica, whether it film or digital. After all at the time I saw Leica's as nothing but over-glorified cameras that acted more like photographic jewellery than that of a camera. Of course Leica M lenses have stood the test of time in both performance and appearance, but as a 2nd year student at the time I preferred food over "photographic glamour". Yet this all changed a few months ago during one of my usual eBay trawls.
I came across a Black, circa 1992 Leica M6 Classic (non-TTL) with very minor scuff marks on the top plate. Of all the M series cameras out there, I knew that the M6 was the one for my needs (the classic look with a light meter appealed to me). It was also an auction but before I checked the starting bid I was certain that it'd be going for at least $1400.00. So I placed a hopeful starting bid of $705 and hoped for the best.
The next morning I checked my emails and found that no one else had bid, and therefore, I had won a Leica M6 at the nice price of $705.00, shipping included. I never thought I'd have a camera so classic in performance, looks or acclaim for that kind of price - but I was hoping that I hadn't won a broken camera. The camera arrived and I tested each shutter speed - all of which worked fine. I was now after a lens but once again didn't want to splurge out too much on my first bit of Leica glass. I ended up finding and buying a Voigtlander 35mm 2.5 Skopar lens for $270.00, used but looking brand new. After a few months I purchased the 50mm Summicron that's pictured off a friend for $500.00, a definite steal! I've only had one problem with the camera - the film advance got stuck but this was quickly fixed for a decent price. I expected something like that to happen most likely due to dried lubricants.
- $705 LEICA M6 CAMERA
- $270 VOIGTLANDER LENS
- $500 SUMMICRON
- $1475 TOTAL
- Not bad for a Leica and two great lenses ;)
by Mino Peric