9/21/02

The call of the Leica is hurting my head. I've spent all day reading and pricing and calculating and wishing... and it really bothers me. I need to just be content with what I have right now, especially since for me, right now, there are truly only 2 things that bother me about the G2, and they are not that big of a deal at this point in my photography. First it's the fact that the Titanium G2 makes me feel rather conspicuous, and I don't know that it should. It's not a very big or intrusive camera, but it is really pretty and slick. The second problem I have with it is the noise. I have tried out the M6 and it was friggin' quiet. When I first used the G2 I thought it was pretty quiet, too, because before that I was using the Canon EOS 1v, and compared to that, the G2 whispers. So... I have my wishlist down to a more realistic (with the sale of the G2 system) set. If I had lots of $$ I would get an M7 and a 50mm Noctilux, 50mm summilux, a 21mm Elmarit, 35mm Summilux and 90mm Summicron. Something like that. Since I will only get a max of $2300 for my G2, flash and lenses, I have lowered the bar a bit. I have decided that although I have never really used manual mode very often (except on the Bessa-L, no choice) and I prefer aperture-priority AE, I don't think that at this time it's worth an extra grand. So... the M6 classic will work just fine. Since I don't like flash photography I don't see a reason to go with the M6 TTL. The Noctilux is just a dream. I hope to someday be able to open up to f/1.0, but that day will not be soon, at least not for $2500. That leaves the 50mm Summilux, which should do just fine (and it's smaller and lighter to boot!). The 21mm is unfortunately a necessity and an expensive one at that. I am beginning to love that focal length on the G2, I don't even carry the 28mm with me anymore. Then, seeing as how I almost never use the 90 on the G2, I am pretty sure that I can do without one for the Leica, at least to start. As for the 35mm, I think that a Voigtlander 35mm 1.7 Ultron will do just fine. I have read a lot about it and it seems to be highly recommended. Also recommended is the price vs the 35mm Summicron.

So, to summarize, my revised short term Leica wishlist : Leica M6 classic w/ 21mm Elmarit, 35mm 1.7 Ultron and 50mm Summilux. This still comes to around $4000 used. Without the 21mm, we're looking at a more attainable $2500. The Voigtlander 21mm is an f/4 lens though, and I would often want to use it in low light situations, so I'm not sure it would suffice. Either way, I need to just stop wishing and start shooting... I'm not better than my G2 and probably won't be for a while, if ever... so I'm not missing out on much. But after holding and trying the M6, it's hard not to think about it.