What a great forum! I have recently been smitten with the idea to pickup a rangefinder and get back to some basics. I have been into photography for over 10 years and never owned an RF....I know, I should be shot on principle. However I am looking to make amends
and the Bessa seems to fit right up my alley. However since this is going to be my first....I am having a bit of a dilema in which to start with.
First is the L which for all intent and purposes would fit fine for the kind of shooting I wish to be doing at the moment with the camera. Plus its extremly LOW price is very enticing seeing as I am now a homeowner and rarely get money for toys. The next step would be to the R....a natural progression I feel, and quite inexpensive as well.
The R2 or R2a are a bit more then I am looking to spend plus the lens...puts me over $800 which is unfortunate but since this would be my first I think, from what I have read, that I could be very happy with an L or R.
I have to make my way down to B and H to get the feel for the camera itself and play with it a bit but is there anything that I may be over looking? I have two SLR's currently, one 1N and one 10D and am reluctant to sell the 1n since I bought it as a graduation gift for me 6 years ago( Im a sap huh lol) although I feel that if I do start to enjoy shooting with a much lighter, unobtrusive, and quick little RF then the 1n will be collecting even more dust then it did last year as I did most of my work digitally.
But I have been missing the yearning for shooting film again. The bug has bit me again as if to say *** are you doing...you are forgeting the joy of shooting by being able to see what you have captured so quickly. Some of the magic has gone and I think its time to get back to some of that---for my own creative good.
Ok enough rambling. I guess Im looking to see if any of you have gone through a similar experience and maybe a good swift kick in the tail lol.
Thanks again and I look forward to enjoying this site much more in the future.