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Old 10-10-2016   #1
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M stands for Mama and Moscow.

I went to see my parents in Moscow. Father still works, mother quit two years ago at the age of seventy five. She worked at same medical college for about fifty years with hour and half one way commute. My parents are children of War and they were young after War. They are one of those people who worked not for money.

My mother gave me gift, Leica M-E. I was able to find one and last one at Moscow store, sitting on the shelf, new for the price of used.



Mama checking Aleksey Myakishev photobook "Kolodozero"



And I'm still using FED-2 which my parents received as the gift for wedding.
I own to my parents, big time...
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Thanks for sharing. Yes, I owe my parents everything too.
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Thanks for sharing. Yes, I owe my parents everything too.
There's a lot of it about...

p.s. Heartwarming pictures!

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Must be that new Zenit, a leica replica...
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Good stuff Ko and congrats on the M-E.
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Your parents are great folks, Ko. I hope you get to enjoy them for many more years.

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Now you have a dilemma Ko.Fe!

As an ardent darkroom printer, what do you do! Can you get the prints you want from this new gift?

I hope you had (are having) a great holiday back 'home'.
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Great story and great acknowledgement of gift(s) from your parents Ko.Fe. I wouldn't have thought of Moscow as a place to buy new Leica cameras, even though I got an excellent 1951 Jupiter-3 from there via eBay. How things have changed!
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Thank you all for wishes and great comments!

As for Michael question, I have no plans to use M-E instead of my Canadian Leicas.
M-E is to serve as compact digital FF in addition to bulky Canon DSLR gear which I use for family, friends and local events pictures. My wife and mother-in-law likes it sharp and in color and so do viewers on local community forum . I like it as well on family pictures. Eyes and lips are rendered very naturally and dimensional.

I have tried M-E just once for the street and went back to film M. I checked M-E bw and it just not for me, as any digital bw. And I don't like to deal with cameras operated by batteries for street photography.
One of the street pictures I took in Moscow with M-E.




For two weeks in Moscow I used iPhone for panoramas and video, little and old 8MP Panasonic Lumix to take quick pictures of the city architecture, family-friends snapshots, while M4-2 was the camera for what I personally like most. Which is candid and street portraits of people.
I used six re-loadable cassettes. Already developed four. Checked negatives with viewing loupe and it feels right, ready for darkroom prints.
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I have no plans to use M-E instead of my Canadian Leicas.
M-E is to serve as compact digital FF in addition to bulky Canon DSLR gear which I use for family, friends and local events pictures.
Just out of curiosity, if you are just using a lumix and iphone for digital stuff then why bother with an ME at all. Why not request an MP or MA? If film gives you the fizz then I don't see any harm in getting a nice body to enjoy rather than have a digi body that won't get the usage it deserves.
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Just out of curiosity, if you are just using a lumix and iphone for digital stuff then why bother with an ME at all. Why not request an MP or MA? If film gives you the fizz then I don't see any harm in getting a nice body to enjoy rather than have a digi body that won't get the usage it deserves.
M-E was the present which I received at Moscow. It was under very low price for new camera, "fitted the bill". No other new M cameras were offered as low as M-E price. It was the last new M-E sold in Moscow.

I have three ELC film M cameras already. MP, MA are just no need, no fizz to me. I also have 28 (ELC), 35 and 50 mm Leica made lenses.

And I'm happy with taking family pictures more often than street pictures (even if street is my personal interest). Just yesterday I went hiking twice, once with mother-in-law, two daughters and friends and second time with my wife. I have seen many people with big DSLRs and I was glad to be able to have smaller FF and true RF. I quit taking FF DSLR rig on hikes few years ago and sold it earlier this year. Too big and heavy even for home use.

Later yesterday I looked on big screen at the color pictures taken under bright sun and blue sky ... believe me... DNG files from FF CCD sensor gives portraits I haven't seen before. It is sharp, almost macro sharp, yet buttery like paintings by same time. Fizz was well present.
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Wonderful Story !!!

though I recommend a change in Thread Titlte:

" M stands for Mama, Moscow, and M-E "
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Good story and it proves what we all know; mother knows best.

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I dunno Ko. I find myself using my film and digital M's at about the same rate. Its been that way for a while now. I bet you'll be walking with one foot on each road from now on. Don't worry, its easier than you think. The Leica M handles so similarly whether its film or digital, so you'll enjoy using them both just fine. I do.

Sounds like you have great parents. Great parents are a real blessing (yes, I have some too). Now I strive to be a great parent. Its not always easy.....
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I understand your reluctance to use Digital M.
I'm pretty sure that your Mother's gift will grow on you.
The Canon is enormous, so soon the M-E will go in it's place.
Leica cameras are jealous beasts.
They don't like other cameras in the bag.
Enjoy and use with pleasure.
Your recent BW prints are fabulous.
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Thanks again to all of you!

I'm taking leicapixie comment as the credit for my next project



It is called "John Malkovich (actor), New Canadian (passenger) and others around Moscow". I'm going to make some prints and tell little stories.

UPD: I have it here: http://www.rangefinderforum.com/foru...hreadid=158157
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Great stuff!
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I was talking with mother on previous week. She wants me to take good family picture to have it as print at home. I'm still learning what is good family picture.
Took family pictures this week, while I took week off from work.







This week on one image with blue bright sky I discovered what in addition to one tiny worm shaped spot on the sensor I have now more.
Some are worm shaped, some are more less straight lines in different directions.
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I lost this thread when posted, just seen now. Great story. Glad I discovers it!
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Thank you, Robert.
It is Canadian Thanksgiving here. M-E is now one year with me and keeps growing on me.
I'm thankful to Mama.

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Today I get another chance to visit Toronto. After two hours my job was done and I quickly walked to Downtown Camera store, it took few minutes to submit M-E for the trip across the border due to the sensor...

They still have 25+10 RC Ilford 8x10 paper under reasonable price. I took it and one bag of Kodak fixer in powder...

And they have plenty of digital Leica cameras and lenses. It was interesting to see the gear I can't afford. But they also have some Viogtlander and Ziess at more affordable price.
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And they have plenty of digital Leica cameras and lenses. It was interesting to see the gear I can't afford. But they also have some Viogtlander and Ziess at more affordable price.
At least they let you touch and hold it, right? I once worked in a camera shop as a young person, I got to hold almost everything in the store
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For me it was enough just to look at it . Cron 35 f2 APSH has the right size for me and M-E and Biogon 28 2.8 isn't big as well .

I just checked, this one was last photo taken with M-E before it went for the trip:

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Never saw the OP until today. I don’t know why, but the original post touched me.
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Downtown Camera is probably my favourite Toronto store, now that 8 Elm Camera is gone.

They have a good used section, if a bit unorganized (actually, a lot unorganized). Good selection of film, as well.
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I used to rip on downtown camera for their pricing.

But they have really turned themselves around. Its actually cheaper to buy from downtown camera than it is to buy from BH, which says a lot.

I recommend them to just about everyone actually.
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Beautiful pictures. Beautiful family.

Thanks for sharing.
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Thank you all for comments!
Mama was cranky today on the phone and my wife is not feeling well today as well. We have better days...

I purchased from Downtown Camera few things and they have some nice things available locally.
My recent camera buying experience was with Bessa R2M. They have it in stock, but it costs more even before taxes comparing to BH and Cameraquest.
1,149.00 CAD which is 934 USD under current rate. And it is before taxes (13%).
I don't know if it is not Cosina local pricing policy. We are not allowed to order Bessa cameras and Voigtlander lenses from USA.
Same as FujiFilm local pricing policy:
2,200 CAD before taxes, which is 1790 USD.
http://www.fujifilm.ca/products/digi...jifilm_x_pro2/
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Talking

I wish your M-E a safe journey! And if it is quick even better
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And it is back on Mother's Day Weekend!



Rushed after weekend online course to Downtown Camera.
Have camera set, took subway to local Gallery which shows all kinds of analog prints (barely made it) and walked long and down to the Lake on Spadina.
I set M-E to JPEG1:



















Leica only replaced sensor. No perks. They know, I'm naughty.
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Great way too celebrate Mother's Day!
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Thank you, Robert!
It is not observed in Russia, yet, but my mother-in-law is here .
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Kostya,

Thanks for sharing. I too am just catching up with this thread.

And I really enjoy your posts about shooting Canadian Leicas in Canada, including the Hamilton series a while ago. As an Ottawa boy, in exile for 25 years now, it helps brings back memories.

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Thank you, Kirk.

My mother told me what serious camera has to be used for serious things.
I took some pictures with M-E and J-3 at local fall fair and some were published

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congrats on being published Ko....
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Good post. Enjoyable read

Thanks for posting

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A very touching story Ko Fe - thanks for sharing.
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Thank Allen, Don and BoM!

Recently our first daughter decided to quit from photography and now I have our daughter's camera as well.
I use Leica outside and her camera kit inside.

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My congratulations as well, Ko.Fe, on being published.

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