10/30/02

Woohoo!!! This will be the last entry about my search for equipment for a long time. I am completely happy right now. I have finally finished this equipment change business, and I am 100% satisfied with the results. But first, a story... So, yesterday after the funds finally came through in the bank transfer, I called the guy that had offered me the M6 classic and 50mm Summilux and went to meet him, cash in hand. I was feeling good because after buying the camera I would just go order the 35 and 21 from Stephen Gandy and be done with the matter. So I met the guy at a Starbucks and he showed me the camera and I was immediately disappointed. He had said the camera had been used with only 5 rolls of film. Unless the guy carried it around in his backpack for a few years and held it in his hands and looked through it and focused it all the time, without ever really pressing the shutter, he lied about the 5 rolls thing. But the price wasn't that bad, so I went against my better judgement and just said, "Looks good, here's the money." So, of course he counted it and I was on my way. Then after driving a bit I pulled over to have a closer look at my very expensive new camera, and found that things were a bit worse than the cosmetic condition alone. The rangefinder patch had a bigh crack in it, the aperture blades had oil on them, there were dings all over the top plate, etc... I was pissed. So I actually called the guy and asked for a refund, and to my surprise, he agreed. So he wasn't so bad after all. But that left me feeling very frustrated. I had already missed out on Grant's camera because of slow money, then this guy's camera sucked, now what?

Well, today I was looking at Leica stuff, and was just about to bid on an auction for a "mint" M6, when I found KB Camera. They had an M6 classic that was listed with a great price and was described as "like new" condition. I was quite skeptical, but luckily I found that they were only about an hour and a half away, so I drove on down there, and the camera was even better than I had imagined, and the prices for the lenses I wanted were perfect, and the guys there, Richard and Steve were really cool, and I walked out with everything I wanted and a huge sigh of relief. I would and will recommend these guys to everyone I know. Richard is very knowledgeable and they are actually authorized Leica dealers, along with pretty much every other camera brand. I could go on and on about how happy I am with their sevice and products, but I won't, except to say that thanks to them I am finally happy with my equipment, and now I can finally start focusing on photography. I now have an M6 classic 0.72, a Leica Summicron 50mm f/2, a Voigtlander Ultron 35mm f/1.7 and a Voigtlander Color Skopar 21mm f/4. The End.