A little dream come true.
Old 07-23-2006   #1
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A little dream come true.

Sorry for this little rant, but I have been dreaaaming of a leica for years. I've even posted a "dreaming of leica" thread on one of those days when i just thought " if i die without one - I'll be very very unhappy". Well after posting that thread a lot of people said that the only thing that cures a bad case of Leica GAS is ... Leica ownership. I thought about it and realized ... you are absolutely right! I must have one, otherwise I will never know what it is like, and will be suffering for years to come.

So on Saturday I went to a very nice used-photo-goodies-store and leica dealer in Hamburg (where I've been drooling many many times before). And asked to have a look at their M2 with an Elmar 50mm/2.8. Played with it a little, asked some questions, learned how to load it, and .......... I bought it!!! (I also got a free hood, a strap, a roll of film and 1 year warranty)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Ran around Hamburg a little, with my two beauties (my wife and M2). And I was absolutely happy! The sound of the shutter is wonderful, the camera feels great in the hands, the focus is smooth and the whole time I couldnt believe I actually had a Leica. I think the photos I took yesterday will come out absolutely terrible, because who cares about the composition? I didnt think about that

and here she is, folks, aint she pretty? (rhetorical question -- you dont have to answer)
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Old 07-23-2006   #2
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absolutely gorgeous!

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Old 07-23-2006   #3
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A beautiful purchase. Congratulations.
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Old 07-23-2006   #4
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that is a very pretty Leica, Lubitel. Congratulations on the decision. I hope to do the same in coming months.

Now, let's see some pictures from this thing.
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Old 07-23-2006   #5
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Good for you, for sure. I've always loved the M2 (prehaps because it is the only Leica that I've owned). But, why isn't the hood securely mounted on your lens?
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Old 07-23-2006   #7
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Old 07-23-2006   #9
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Lubitel, it is a beautiful camera and it looks especially nice with the collapsible lens. You'll enjoy it for a long time. Post pictures soon.
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Old 07-23-2006   #10
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Wow, that's great! congratulations on the camera!
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Old 07-23-2006   #11
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Stunning purchase! Good for you! What lens do you plan to purchase next? You can't own just one. Nope. That's against the rules!
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Old 07-23-2006   #12
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Lubitel- You deserve it. Good for you.

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Old 07-23-2006   #13
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Very nice camera and lens. I own an M2 and an M6. My favorite camera to shoot with is the M2. I am certain you will have many haapy years with this camera.

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Old 07-23-2006   #14
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Lubitel - congratulations on purchasing an excellent camera. A big decision - not to be rushed! I know you'll enjoy it and the photos it will help you to create.
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Where is the shop in Hamburg? any address and phone Number for sharing.
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Old 07-23-2006   #16
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What a lovely camera - you have got me worried now, GAS attack, GAS attack!
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Old 07-23-2006   #17
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Congratulations!! I can feel how you must feel! She's B-U-T-ful. Now beware of what'll be next.... the devil in disguise... lust for more!!
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Old 07-23-2006   #19
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Beautiful camera. Congratulation on buying your first Leica - the best rangefinder camera brand there is.
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Old 07-23-2006   #20
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Congratulations! It looks really cool
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Thanks for your encouraging responces. Downhill from here? I thought I just reached it? I dont need anymore lenses - I'll be very happy with the elmar... well, I will definitely need a summicron at some point, and a few LTM-M adapters to use my jupiters and I might need one of those Luigi cases

BTW, this is the link to the store http://www.photohaus.de/
very nice knowledgeable people work there.

Will post some pics as soon as I have them
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Very nice camera and lens. I own an M2 and an M6. My favorite camera to shoot with is the M2.
I too have other Leicas, and my favorite is the M2, with which I normally use a 50mm Elmar (an elegant lens for an elegant camera). Have fun with your wonderful new equipment.

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i can hardly imagine a more classic pair, your m2 and an elmar. well done lubitel! a deserved purchase. and now for the best part - using it. how many things in our lives are beautiful to regard and to use?
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Yeah, congrats! 'Tis a pretty one. I'm looking forward to seeing your photos!
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Congrats. Looks like you made an excellent choice. The M2, IMHO, is the pinnacle of manual rf design.
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Nice camera...It looks to be in extremely nice condition. Can any one cluse me in on adding a quick load kit to my M2? i.e., how it works, installation, the going price....
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Old 07-24-2006   #29
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Lubitel, it's gorgeous! I'm not really up on Leica historical variations, but I wonder if yours is a bit uncommon in being an early button-rewind model with self-timer. And it appears to be in very excellent condition!
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You have just reignited my lust for an M3 and collapsible Summicron 50. What a lovely piece of work you have there!
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Can any one cluse me in on adding a quick load kit to my M2? i.e., how it works, installation, the going price....
I've had the quick load kit in my M2 so long I've pretty much forgotten how/where I got it, how much it was, and how it got installed. It seems to comprise only two parts; a film take-up spool with retracting "handle" which is possibly the same as used in later M models. And a film guide that attaches to the interior of the baseplate that seem intended to push the film up in line with the drive sprockets.

Mine's been in place in my M2 since about 1968. I don't know how long Leica had these for sale or how easy they are to find now. Some people don't like the quick load, saying it's more trouble than it's worth. I dunno; I think it makes loading easier, less likely to screw up. But then it's been a lonnngg time since I used the camera without it! Sorry I couldn't be of more help, Steve.
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Lubitel, it's gorgeous! I'm not really up on Leica historical variations, but I wonder if yours is a bit uncommon in being an early button-rewind model with self-timer. And it appears to be in very excellent condition!
I have no idea dougg

the camera seems to be in excellent condition with a bunch of minor scratches on the top plate. But the lens has a round "haze" on the front element - I will have to see how the pictures come out. The lady at the store said I can bring it back if I am not satisfied with the results. Tomorrow I will get my first test roll back
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Lubitel, it's gorgeous! I'm not really up on Leica historical variations, but I wonder if yours is a bit uncommon in being an early button-rewind model with self-timer. And it appears to be in very excellent condition!
I have no idea dougg

the camera seems to be in excellent condition with a bunch of minor scratches on the top plate. But the lens has a round "haze" on the front element - I will have to see how the pictures come out. The lady at the store said I can bring it back if I am not satisfied with the results. Tomorrow I will get my first test roll back
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Well, Lubitel, I can only say: thank's for sharing your happiness with us...
I have same dream, too - but I don't leave in Hamburg, and I don't know will I ever have a chance to hold that camera in my hands
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I just got my first leica about two weeks ago sorta.. its a long story but this is the first one I have actually kept hows that. So Congrats! I know how you feel!

oh.. one recomendation though, if you are going to go on about your beautiful, purrrrty camera, you better post a photo of your wife so we can tell you the same about her... othersie she is going to be piiiiiiiiiiiiisssed!
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I did post a photo of her in the "beautiful woman" thread, so I got my back covered, just in case
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