TWO new cameras, in one week!

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by Iron Flatline, Jan 4, 2007.

  1. This post is simply an effort to share my happiness:

    I can't explain to you how I got the Diana clone - it's a big secret project that is too much fun for words. All I can tell you is that it says "Shakey's" on the camera, that it's from the 1960s, and that a number of us photobloggers were each given one of these for a project.

    The other is a Leica M8. It's equally hard to find right now - heck, a well-working Diana clone is probably easier to find. Unlike the Shakey's Diana, the M8 has a 28mm Elmarit 1:2.8 Aspherical lens on it.

    I think you can understand why I'm extremely happy this week.

    On Sunday I'm leaving LA. I'm going to NY, then Amsterdam, then Berlin over the next two weeks (as I do every four weeks) and I'm bringing these two babies.

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  2. myopia

    myopia TPF Noob!

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    you gotta be f'in kiddin me. :hail:
     
  3. Alex_B

    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    congratulations :)
     
  4. Jeremy Z

    Jeremy Z No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Does the M8 force you to use the viewfinder or can you compose using the LCD?

    It is beautiful, but somehow, it doesn't look quite right without the film advance lever.

    I borrowed a Leica from the camera shop I used to work for to shoot a roll at lunch one time. I really like the feel & the build quality, but that oddball film loading is for the birds. (not a problem with the M8, I'd guess) I don't care how traditional it is. Sorry for the rant.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Leica M8 :drool:
     
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    Oh my god. Leica M8...:drool::stun::hail:

    I hereby appoint you camera king of the forums.:king:
     
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    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    OK, so which one do you like the best? ;)

    I'm effing envious, brother... Can you tell??
     
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    I'm not going to lie, I'm a little bit jealous
     
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    Some cultural trivia for those who did not grow up in the United Kingdom in the past couple of decades.

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    jammy dodger n. 1. proprietary name of biscuit containing jam. 2. exceedingly lucky person.



    You, sir, are a Jammy Dodger! :thumbup:
     
  10. Thanks all!

    No, Jeremy Z, you must compose in the Viewfinder, which is different than SLRs. What you see is not all going on the picture. You have little lines that approximate what you'll be capturing.

    Oh, and no Auto Focus. Gotta do it by hand. Makes shooting a whole different thing, a lot more deliberate and contemplative. It has Av mode, but is really a manual camera.

    That body and lens right there (it being one of the simplest lenses they have) cost mroe than my D5 and my three L lenses put together.

    Yikes.
     
  11. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Very nice!!!! Congrats.... a black M8 is in my sights as soon as Leica addresses some of the issues that have come up with the first batch. Love my rangefinders....

    For now, I've been enjoying my R-D1...
     
  12. Dude, those are legendary. Keep that close by. In the years to come, that will be one of the collectible digital cameras.
     

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