So I made a few decisions today. And then I ate a granola bar.
(if you care to understand, see my previous comments)
Exit stage left M-Peter……perhaps introduce stage right…a new lens perhaps?
Good for you, Peter. I would have a very difficult time replacing the pleasure of enjoying the images from my M4 or my M9p. And i don’t need an I-watch (i rarely use my i-phone) or the plastic-created images from most of the latest digital cameras. I got off the consumeristic, latest gadget treadmill (well, this i-pad IS handy) and my aforementioned M rangefinders and a fifty-year-old 500cm still make my cup to run over! Bring on the granola for this aged hippy! As we all say and as you so beautifully do — discover, savor the joyous moment, and just photograph. Always best to you, whatever your choices.
Amen Henry, Amen.
Well, I like these guessing games. I cannot think of anything you need to buy – you have a Mamiya and, I think, two Leicas. And all the lenses you probably will want. I do like your minimalistic approach. So one of those is probably going to be sold, as Andy has suggested.
It’s either the digital M or the Mamiya. The digital M because you are not fond of its rendering. The Mamiya because it isn’t as quick handling as the M3. I can see you owning an M7 (or MP, or M-A), but you’d want the viewfinder modified to 0.95x, just like the M3’s, but with squarer frame lines.
And you’re probably going to replace the 50/1.4 ASPH with a Summicron of some type. Even the classic Summicron is sharper, AFAIK, than the f/1.4 ASPH.
Just remember: A “Granola Bar” is certainly not the same as a good bowl of hand-made artisanal granola with fresh organic blueberries…
True, but I was on the subway and it’s not practical to eat “a good bowl of hand-made artisanal granola with fresh organic blueberries” there.
…Sounds like you need to stay away from the Subway.
It keeps me active (more walking). Driving in Toronto is a waste of time anyway.
By the way, my “friend”, you’ve quietly been through a carousel of equipment that, if grouped together, would make B&H look like an outhouse.
“So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone…” (John 8:7. King James Version).
I wasn’t casting stones…
I was simply pointing out that blueberries are energized with healthy anti-oxidants.
Just one observation: Andy is ALWAYS right. Now, if you throw in the fact that my Leica lenses are gone too, you’ll have an accurate “picture” or my current gear.
Assuming I understand what just happened, I’ll offer this from Jane Hirshfield’s “Come, Thief” collection
“The Cloudy Vase”
I threw the flowers out,
the cloudy vase.
the old clearness
like a practiced tiger,
back inside it.
You must have a great contact to buy and sell these expensive cameras and lenses, either that or your losing money.
Of course I’m losing money each time I do this. But I like to experiment, and I realized a long time ago it makes more economic sense to buy and sell camera gear than it does to rent it for a few months.
The other consideration is that I find some equipment (Leica specifically) quite expensive. There’s a part of me that finds owning it uncomfortable. I am still very much the guy who once wrote:
“…photographs, for most of us, are iconographs. In other words, they are only symbols that collectively represent and remind us of our loved ones and our experiences. They don’t need to be sharp on a screen or technically perfect, they only need to be clear in our minds and emotionally meaningful.”
(see: https://photographsbypeter.com/2013/03/08/the-picture-youll-never-see/ )
The apo 50 is seductive isn’t it?
I’m over it. At least for now.
I was planning to go back to film and open a Pizza Shop. I’m still waiting for the recipe though.
And the verdict is…
Your equipment verdict!
Right now, I’m left with a Mamiya 7II and 43/80, and a Leica M3 and Voigtlander 40 Nokton. No digital, no Leica lenses.
Interesting. You keep going back to that Voigtlander 40mm lens. What is it that keeps drawing you back to it. Curious.
Yes I do keep coming back to it. Its focal length is very versatile and it really suits my style of photography. It’s small, light, and fast. It’s not perfect, but it many ways it best captures the ethos of rangefinder photography.
I wrote a lot more about the Voigtlander 40 Nokton here: https://photographsbypeter.com/2011/07/25/the-voigtlander-nokton-40mm-f1-4/
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