From Fuji to Film

The Camera - 24th December

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There is going to be some level of GAS “Gear Acquisition Syndrome” justification in this post.  I’m lucky to have a good job and no financial responsibilities apart from me and my 2 mutts.  Plus I didn’t pay tax for nearly 3 years - not because I’m dodgy but because I lived in the UAE where personal tax is 0%…  The only thing I really spend money on is photography, no fancy cars or real extravagance…   If this hacks you off…skip this post…

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Borrowed a Minolta EX-35 from my Dad and took it back to South Africa.  One issue.  Auto shutter - no manual.  Disqualified...

So where next.  My general policy is to buy the right kit for the job then train myself up to justify it.  So after a few hours of google search the shining option is a second hand Leica, specifically the M6 non-TTL version.  Go further than that in the Leica range and you get auto-shutter, which I must resist to meet my mission statement.  If I have it I WILL use it.... 

After some more hardcore googling I find a place in Capetown with a mint black 1985 M6, and a lovely second hand 35mm Summicron f2 Lens.  20% discount negotiated by doing the financial transaction out of country (Jersey to US) and it’s on its way to me.  The bonus here is resale value, which gives me further justification mentally.  Film Leica’s don’t depreciate like digital ones or any digital camera.  This is a classic and if anything good examples are rising in price.

Some rolls of Ilford HP5 B&W ISO 400 film from Ormsdirect and I’m set.  Time to wait…