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EcoLeica
11-24-2009, 17:51
As the title said, two years of savings vanished today as I pushed the submit order on KEH.com. I am now waiting at the post box for my new (well actually BNG) leica m6ttl. I guess its not the most exciting news haha but as a university student money is kinda hard to come by at the moment so this purchase represents a lot of sacrifices and hard work. Also I guess this is my first proper purchase of professional grade equipment so I'm hoping i've made a fairly good investment. Sure beats paying for a Nikon d90! I can't wait to get it and will order the 40mm nokton soon so I can start taking photos!

mwooten
11-24-2009, 18:04
Good for you! How long does it take for the package to get from Atlanta to NZ? I sent a box from here to Australia and if I remember right, it took a few days.

EcoLeica
11-24-2009, 18:06
should arrive on the 5th of Dec based on what KEH said. probably a good thing that i don't have a lens for it yet, i should be writing my thesis haha.

SolaresLarrave
11-24-2009, 18:07
Congratulations! It's a fine camera, and you'll enjoy it thoroughly. I know... I have two of them (got myself deeeeeeeep in debt, but it was worth it).

kshapero
11-24-2009, 18:18
BGN at KEH usually means close to excellent, so you will get a nice rig.

EcoLeica
11-24-2009, 18:20
Two! haha man I would be sleeping under a bridge if i tried to own two. Funnily enough my classmates (armed with their d300s etc) think im absolutely mad...a film camera? no zooms!?

kshapero
11-24-2009, 18:23
Two! haha man I would be sleeping under a bridge if i tried to own two. Funnily enough my classmates (armed with their d300s etc) think im absolutely mad...a film camera? no zooms!?Their rigs will be long gone while you will be still shooting away. You will have the last laugh. I still have a Leica IIIa (circa 1936) It works perfectly.

EcoLeica
11-24-2009, 18:25
Yeah i know, I also have a leica IIIc which got me started in rangefinder photography and as much as I love the vintage gear I always craved something a bit more predictable for photo documentary.

bennyng
11-24-2009, 18:30
There's nothing like the anticipation of your Leica in the mail. Enjoy!

Cheers,

kshapero
11-24-2009, 18:34
Yeah i know, I also have a leica IIIc which got me started in rangefinder photography and as much as I love the vintage gear I always craved something a bit more predictable for photo documentary.I agree. I also have an M7.

EcoLeica
11-24-2009, 18:37
a m7 would have been nice but a little out of my price range, I also like the fact that the m6 is mechanical (minus the meter). It should be fun for a wedding im shooting early next year.

david.elliott
11-24-2009, 18:40
Grats on your purchase!

EcoLeica
11-24-2009, 18:47
I should say that one of the only reasons I can afford it now is because of the strength of the NZD...its killing our export market but its wonderful if you need to buy something from the states

matt335
11-24-2009, 21:13
congrats ecoleica on your new arrival. nothing beats that excitement. sacrificing others things is worthwhile. it reminded me of this dorky funny video on utube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSSJcQiLcl4

kipkeston
11-24-2009, 21:46
Much better than a D90. The M6 will last you for the rest of your life. I know mine will.

selloutboy
11-24-2009, 22:08
Congrats to you :D

I'm just a student myself but now I decided i'm going to save money for a Leica targeting an M3 with a 50mm (so about $1.2K if i'm not mistaken)
If I could save at least $5 a week it will only take me 240 weeks! :D FIGHT!

Kidding aside, congratulations once again and I hope you enjoy your M6 :D

Avotius
11-24-2009, 22:10
I know exactly what you are going through, I lusted after one of those for 3 years in college and got one as soon as I graduated. I saved and saved then lost all the savings to other obligations and saved and saved and lost that money again....its maddening.

Now you have scratched the itch for the M6 its just going to start itching everywhere else....so good luck and congratulations!

EcoLeica
11-24-2009, 23:06
i know the feelin selloutboy, I have been picking up various odd jobs etc and quietly salting it away for a rainy day. I always wanted a m6 but as i was saving I never thought I would reach my goal. Well I guess certain sacrifices pay off and it would be nice to finally own a nice setup. Now I just need to find the money for a lens, a case, some filters and film etc haha it never ends

selloutboy
11-24-2009, 23:18
i know the feelin selloutboy, I have been picking up various odd jobs etc and quietly salting it away for a rainy day. I always wanted a m6 but as i was saving I never thought I would reach my goal. Well I guess certain sacrifices pay off and it would be nice to finally own a nice setup. Now I just need to find the money for a lens, a case, some filters and film etc haha it never ends

it never ends dude but at least you are already there and i'm just about to start :(

I guess that's all part of the discipline and fun of it. If you want the best equipment then prepare to starve (or shed blood :D) for it.

reiki_
11-25-2009, 00:34
Two! haha man I would be sleeping under a bridge if i tried to own two. Funnily enough my classmates (armed with their d300s etc) think im absolutely mad...a film camera? no zooms!?

Omg , so what you're saying....it...has...no........back screen?

I just love people being shocked by rangefinders.

EcoLeica
11-25-2009, 00:38
great news! im soon to be even poorer now that I have just found out someone has stolen my bike

filmfan
11-25-2009, 01:21
This thread is making me want to sell off my various cameras (and mountain bike) to buy an m6+35mm cron--- the only camera setup that I really get excited thinking about.

robin a
11-25-2009, 01:23
Congratulations! I have a M3 and it's GREAT !!

Robin

Avotius
11-25-2009, 02:55
You dont need a bike, its hard to take photos rolling down the street on a bike anyway.

EcoLeica
11-25-2009, 03:40
I'm actually quiet bummed out now...seeing as i don't own a car that bike was my sole form of independent travel, its gunna seriously mess up my week

Damaso
11-25-2009, 03:44
Enjoy your camera, you've worked hard for it!

reiki_
11-25-2009, 03:45
On the bright side , you can now use a Leica to document the progress of this bad week of yours.

jack palmer
11-25-2009, 04:57
What a bummer , buy a camera and lose a bike. A least the new camera will give you a boost when it arrives. Maybe things will turn around and you'll get your bike back. I was a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art over 40 years ago and put a Black Nikon Ftn on lay-away. Paid $10 or $20 on it whenever I had the money. Had a stack of receipts 2 inches thick when I finally picked up the camera but life was sooooo sweet. Enjoy.

smiling gecko
11-25-2009, 15:01
hang in there with the bad and celebrate and enjoy the good - apologies to the spirit of johnny mercer's song "accentuate the positive, eliminate negative".

having the "right camera" or the "right motorcycle" or....after planning/working/hoping can really make one's day. enjoy!!!

breath, relax and enjoy.

happy trails,
kenneth

Tom Diaz
11-25-2009, 15:18
As the title said, two years of savings vanished today as I pushed the submit order on KEH.com. I am now waiting at the post box for my new (well actually BNG) leica m6ttl. I guess its not the most exciting news haha but as a university student money is kinda hard to come by at the moment so this purchase represents a lot of sacrifices and hard work. Also I guess this is my first proper purchase of professional grade equipment so I'm hoping i've made a fairly good investment. Sure beats paying for a Nikon d90! I can't wait to get it and will order the 40mm nokton soon so I can start taking photos!

Congratulations from another very happy M6TTL owner.

JustPlainBill
11-25-2009, 15:18
Hi EcoLeica,

Congratulations on your M6 ttl! One disadvantage of buying a 40 mm lens is that I don't think the M6 has a viewfinder frame for it. You could buy a screw to bayonet adapter for the lens on your IIIc and use that lens (probably a Summar or Summitar) on your M6. Sorry some evil person stole your bike. Hope you can retrieve it.
Cheers,
JustPlainBill

Roger Hicks
11-25-2009, 15:33
Bad luck with the bike: commiserations.

I got my first Leica as a 19 or 20 year old student: a IIIa in 1969-70.

A M6 is a better choice. My first M was an M3 in 1974 or so. I currently use M2, M4-P, MP, M8, M8-2 and am waiting for am M9. I've earned a living with my camera and word processor (originally typewriter) for almost 30 years

Tashi delek (literal meaning: 'May it be auspicious')

R.

SolaresLarrave
11-25-2009, 16:04
True, Leica M cameras like the M2, M4 and everything else afterwards have the 35mm framelines, but not 40mm.

EcoLeica
11-25-2009, 18:11
thank you all for your kind comments, its great to have the support from the forum when things get tough. Its been a strange couple of days, very up and down. I woke up feeling fairly sorry for myself about the missing bike and opened a letter thinking it was another bill...well it turned out I have just been awarded a national photography grant to help with my first exhibition!....strange week I must say

Steve