Did I drink the Leica Kool-aid...

Discussion in 'Leica' started by Amin Sabet, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    ... or is the shutter release on my Leica M6 really the most satisfying thing to squeeze that I have ever encountered? Maybe both?

    It really is a smooth and satisfying thing though, like a great Scotch whiskey.
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  2. Penfan2010

    Penfan2010 All-Pro

    Jul 21, 2012
    NJ, USA
    Nice! I feel the same about the shutter sound on my old M3; even the ultra-quiet X100 shutter sound is not as exquisite (too muted).
  3. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    If it's Scotch it's whisky. I'm a member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. We care about these things:smile:
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  4. Briar

    Briar Hall of Famer

    Oct 27, 2010
    LOL that was my first thought too Olli! :drinks:

    Good to hear you are enjoying your Leica Amin ... it's only now the penny has finally dropped here why you are so interested in starting a Leica forum. Have you shared any images from your Leica yet? I don't think I've seen any from you.
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  5. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Hall of Famer

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Even the shutter on my old, old Leica IIIb is lovely. Whooosh! Music!
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  6. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    When did you get a Leica?
  7. Gary

    Gary All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    I miss my Leicas. Every time I start holding them, I look at the costs of the Lenses and I slowly set the camera down. Waiting for a run-down of the M6.

  8. JJJPhoto

    JJJPhoto Regular

    Jun 12, 2012
    Question: "Did I drink the Leica Kool-aid?"

    Answer: Yes. :tongue:

    But there is nothing inherently wrong with that. I shot with an old M-series on loan from a family member in the 90s and it was a joy to use ... I've just never found a desire to spend that kind of money on Leica gear.

    The closest thing to a Leica I have now is my Leica-branded 25mm f/1.4 Panasonic lens for my m4/3 gear or my Fujifilm X10 Leica parody:

    On a side note, I've found the Pentax K-01 with Pentax Limited primes to remind me a little of the old days when I shot with that Leica ... in the sense that there's no mirror slap and great primes paired with a solid-feeling metal body. But that's absolutely as far as I'd go comparing "the brick" to a Leica. :wink:
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  9. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Image quality with the Limiteds isn't far off, either.
  10. serhan

    serhan All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    So where is the photos? :) Which lenses are you using? How is M6 compared to digital M's or other mirrorless cameras?
  11. I'd drink the Leica Kool-Aid too, if it wouldnt mean I would have to sell my car to get it. I've been much more interested since seeing James' shots of his animals...
  12. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    My brother gave me his M6 after he got his M3.

    Here's my Leica:

    P3020002 by Amin Sabet, on Flickr
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  13. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Darn, with as much Scotch whisky as I've been drinking over the years, I really should have spelled that one right :redface:.
  14. Petach

    Petach Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    I lament the fact that my M6 is now in the hands of another lover; who caresses her taught body in the way I used to do. I loved her.....but, like my wife she was expensive to run (wife cooks real good...she stay. Leica no cook, Leica go!)

    I wanted to use it like I use digital, but film costs mount up. No room to develop in my small apartment. It was costing nigh on 20 quid to buy film and have developed nicely with CD and prints.

    Boo hoo, I miss her!
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  15. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Resistance is futile, Amin :D just never, ever, trip the shutter on an M2... ;)

    Sent from another Galaxy
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  16. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    I'm still only 10 shots into my first roll of film, and most of those are my kids sitting on the couch :biggrin:. Still I feel like I'm on a very slippery slope with this whole Leica thing. I keep trying to tell myself that the whole manual focus thing is a perfect fit for film (working slow), and that my one lens (Zeiss ZM 35/2 Biogon) is all I need. So far that's working.
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  17. Penfan2010

    Penfan2010 All-Pro

    Jul 21, 2012
    NJ, USA
    Beautiful; interesting that he decided to "back up grade" to the M3.
  18. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    I have low standards: There are some cheap films that I like (eg Superia 400), C41 B&W looks perfectly great to me (Ilford XP2), and I think Costco does a bang up job developing and scanning to CD for cheap. Definitely prices still add up though!
  19. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    He wanted the M3 all along. I talked him into an M6 because I thought it would be easier to find one in good working order and that it would be a drag to work with a separate light meter. I should have known better and encouraged him to get what he knew he wanted! I thought I'd miss aperture-priority auto exposure with the M6 (having previously owned a Bessa R3A and Zeiss Ikon ZM), but I don't, or at least not much.
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  20. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Hall of Famer

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Beautiful! And with a Zeiss on it! Zeiss lenses make me weep with joy!

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