I want to keep a record and share with you another fun project with a classic rangefinder. I have had experience in the past with the wonderful Canon series - namely the V, L, VI and 7 cameras. These are great shooters that are more affordable than the past (and present) German inspiration/competition cameras.
Without re-hashing the long and winding path that led to this set-up, here's what I've got: a L2 in black enamel. I have owned and used the L3 and L1 but never the L2 (not much different from either -but it is the lowest production of the three).
The black finish is not original
That's OK- the price was right and the re-paint seemed to involve an overhaul--- smooth and like new in operation. Doubtful the L2 was ever offered in black... just the L1 (and of course, some of the other late cameras). Looks like the finish was applied over nickel or chrome -- not quite as romantic as brass--- we will see how sturdy the finish is in use.
Part of why I chose this camera is the viewfinder-- while not brightline, the three-position finder is good for my left-eyed shooting style (with glasses) and I plan to use just the 35mm lens pictured.
Speaking of the lens; it's the Kyoei W. Acall 35mm f3.5 It's a fairly cheap third party LTM wide angle with a decent reputation--- This is my second copy; owned my first years ago and had to sell it at some point. Missed it, liked it, took a long time to find another!
I admit, part of the lens appeal is the small size and handsome black finish
My plan is to get the lens cleaned up (needs a lube for the focus helical) and make sure it is syncing up properly with the camera body...
Shoot it! The camera is fairly stealthy and compact in this pairing and I plan to take it everywhere this fall...