I had an email from my crack dealer in Manchester to say that my camera would be arriving this week – and it has. It only took those nice people in Germany a month to make it for me and I went over yesterday to collect it. A very good Friday indeed. 🙂
This thing really is a thing of beauty. The paint finish is lovely and feels “soft” to the touch. It’s heavy and solid and feels like it’s built like a tank. Or a swiss watch.
The wind on is already smooth and silky and the shutter has a distinctly deep “click” than my 50+ year old M2. I suspect that in 50 years time, this one’s voice will have raised to a baritone too. Who knows – not me that’s for sure! I bought an Artisan and Artist black leather case for it, which looks and smells wonderful. That too is really nicely made and the leather perfectly matches that of the camera.
As I have probably said, I ordered the camera with a viewfinder especially for use with wider angle lenses, known as a “0.58 viewfinder”. The image in the finder is 58% of the size of “real life”, which means that you get a wider view in the finder than normal. This makes the use of a 35mm lens much easier, especially for those of us who wear glasses. I should have bought a 0.58 camera years ago – I can even use my right eye with it.
So. That’s all good. I will probably take it for a spin into Liverpool later. I will post a shot or two from the first roll soon.
Unfortunately, the thing with Pippa’s lead and the camera strap didn’t work out, but it was a nice idea…