Allure of the Leica M2.
Old 07-14-2013   #1
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Allure of the Leica M2.

No I'm not looking for one ... I already have one and have had it for about five years.

Every now and then I take it out of the cupboard, look through the excellent viewfinder, listen to the subtle snick of the shutter at various speeds and marvel at just how good it feels in the hands and of course think to myself ... "I should be using this camera, why am I not I using it?"

I need to find/buy a decent 35mm lens for it, get off my butt and start shooting with it again. I thought I was over the whole Leica thing ages ago ... why am I suddenly having these bizarre thoughts?
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I bought my chrome M2 circa 1961 or so. I do like the uncluttered finder, especially with the 50mm lens. Having two framelines at a time in the M6 finder doesn't bother me with the 28/90 combination, nor with the 35/135; but the 50/75 pairing is annoying! And the shrunken 50mm frame of the M6/M7/MP makes me avoid those bodies with the 50mm lens. The M2 frameline sizes are more accurate at the distances I shoot. The same comments apply for my M5 as well.

Yes, the M2 is a special camera. It has been so popular with the RFF members, I wonder if Leica ought to do a new production run of them. I would opt for: No self-timer; lever rewind; and the later enlarged finder mask.
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Refer to "Confessions of an ex-gear addict" thread maybe?
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It's just such a pleasure to use. I find the uncluttered viewfinder really draws me into the composition and the mechanics of operating the camera is just second nature. The M2 is the camera I pick up when I just want to go out enjoy photography.
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It's the only Leica body I think I really need. It has the class and resilience of the M3, with the practicality of later models (basically, the framelines that get more use in any M4 and its variants). And for those who want to shoot without a meter... well, it's the whole package.

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Its a great shooter but I actually prefer the M4. It has the same frame lines, same build quality, faster film load and rewind. The only thing I'd change would be to use the M3 film advance lever.
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Yes M2's are Quite Special !

As for a 35.... If speed is not Supreme
The c biogon is Great
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Keith, just pick up a C Biogon (as Helen says) or a VC 35f2.5 and load the M2. Life doesn't get any simpler than that!
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No I'm not looking for one ... I already have one and have had it for about five years.

Every now and then I take it out of the cupboard, look through the excellent viewfinder, listen to the subtle snick of the shutter at various speeds and marvel at just how good it feels in the hands and of course think to myself ... "I should be using this camera, why am I not I using it?"

I need to find/buy a decent 35mm lens for it, get off my butt and start shooting with it again. I thought I was over the whole Leica thing ages ago ... why am I suddenly having these bizarre thoughts?
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Refer to "Confessions of an ex-gear addict" thread maybe?

Bingo ... It was after reading that thread that I felt I had to be a little more proactive but I have been taking the M2 out of the cupboard a fair bit lately and musing on the possibility of reconnecting with it.!

Not to mention the thousand odd feet of 35mm black and white film in the freezer!
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Keith, just pick up a C Biogon (as Helen says) or a VC 35f2.5 and load the M2. Life doesn't get any simpler than that!

I kind of have a hankering for the Zeiss 35mm f2 Tom ... in fact I've been trying to sell a lens I don't use that could possibly cover the cost. Before I put the M2 away I was an habitual 50mm shooter but over the last couple of years have come to enjoy 35mm a lot more and now see it as my 'go to' focal length.
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The quintessential Leica. I even prefer the manual frame counter. The M3 et al film counter is an unnecessary contrivance. That viewfinder, framelines for 35 alone and 50 alone (and 90 alone) is even more of a revelation after you experience the subsequent abominations, my much loved M9 finder included.
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I still have my M2, sold my 35 V4 but now have the very compact cron 40 2.0 filed to show 35 frame line. Maybe you can consider this or the Minolta Rokkor 40 2.0. Quite a cheap alternative to the 35s.
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I don't even have a M2 but after Stewart's post now I too am suddenly having bizarre thoughts.
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No meter is the thing that really appeals to me concerning the M2. I don't even meter with my digital camera (Nikon with old lenses) and I couldn't tell you when the last time I had my Gossen out was.

If I ever get a Leica it will be a M2.
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No meter is the thing that really appeals to me concerning the M2. I don't even meter with my digital camera (Nikon with old lenses) and I couldn't tell you when the last time I had my Gossen out was.

If I ever get a Leica it will be a M2.

I have to admit I love shooting without a meter too ... incredibly satisfying. Aperture, shutter speed and your own judgement.
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Very timely, Keith. I was wondering about this myself.
Over the years, I have sold M6s, an M4, an M3, and an MP. BUT, I now have 2 M2s, and an M6. Much as I try, I cannot seem to sell my M2 and pare down to a 'sensible' 2 cameras.Even the Heavens are conspiring with this- I have listed an M2 on RFF for several weeks, and the only 2 serious inquiries came when I was at a Nephew's wedding in Canada. And neither buyer could wait until I returned home this week ! I should get it CLA'd, re-skinned and seal my fate.
I guess I'm meant to keep both bodies ! (LOL)
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No excuses left ... I just picked up a 35mm f2 Biogon from eBay for a very good price.
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There is something special about the M2. I have two button rewind models from 1959 (one of which Sherry claims is the nicest M2 she has seen in a long time). I think the viewfinder is the best selling point. I am traveling around the world and am regretting leaving them at home as I am carrying an M9.

One of my friends is a NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC photographer and he went digital 15 years ago. He maintains two M2's with rapid winders for after the nuclear pulse has destroyed all electronic media.

I have owned a Leica M continuously since 1975. I keep coming back to an M2 after trying another model. Sometimes I wish it had a TTL meter but one can't have everything.
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I remember when I first got an M2 after shooting with an M6TTL for ten years, the viewfinder was a revelation. So bright, sharp and contrasty compared to my M6TTL.
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Thank you, Mojo.

I always wondered why it was not possible to put some LED's into the M2 finder - with leaving the framelines intact, also the 35mm bottomline - and that we have to work with those problematic M6 finders.

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An M6, especially with the original wind lever, is a near duplicate of the M2..exact same size and within an ounce (lighter!) and with that wonderful meter. It's become my contemporary "user" to supplement my now somewhat aged M2...
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An M6, especially with the original wind lever, is a near duplicate of the M2..exact same size and within an ounce (lighter!) and with that wonderful meter. It's become my contemporary "user" to supplement my now somewhat aged M2...
But the frames in the viewfinder of the M2 are more precise and when using a 35mm lens on my MP I miss the bottomline of the M2 35mm frame dearly ... The shot above would be slanting when taken with an MP or M6 ...

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all true, there are nothing like the M2's frame lines.. however after more than 20 years with the M6's, frame lines are something one gets used to. I certainly don't consider them a problem and...the added 28mm frame line is a joy after years with the clip ons...
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An M6, especially with the original wind lever, is a near duplicate of the M2..exact same size and within an ounce (lighter!) and with that wonderful meter. It's become my contemporary "user" to supplement my now somewhat aged M2...
Until the finder flares out...

I have several other Leicas but I think I'll always keep an M2.

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No I'm not looking for one ... I already have one and have had it for about five years.

Every now and then I take it out of the cupboard, look through the excellent viewfinder, listen to the subtle snick of the shutter at various speeds and marvel at just how good it feels in the hands and of course think to myself ... "I should be using this camera, why am I not I using it?"

I need to find/buy a decent 35mm lens for it, get off my butt and start shooting with it again. I thought I was over the whole Leica thing ages ago ... why am I suddenly having these bizarre thoughts?
I had the same thing happen to me this morning with a Leicaflex SL. I remember it feeling big and heavy when I got it because I'd been working with Olympus E-M1 and Leica M for quite a while, took a roll or two of film with it, and it's been in the cabinet since. In recent weeks, I've been shooting with the Nikon F6 and D750 quite a lot. Now the SL feels little different from normal in weight and size, and I love its simplicity and elegance, the sounds it makes, and its beautiful viewfinder.

I think I'll stick the Summilux-R 90 on it and go for a walk... after I review the manual's section on loading it properly. I remember there being a little trick to it. :-)

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