It Ain’t What You Got, It’s What You Do With it.
Leica M4-P With 50mm f2 Jupiter-8 Lens, April, 2010, originally uploaded by Maggie Osterberg.
Today was a crazy day of doctor appointments and other errands so, I’ll just put up this photo of the rig that I’ve been using the most here lately.
I think it makes spectacular photographs, despite being a Canadian/Soviet/Japanese hybrid. I’d even go so far as to say that it makes spectacular LEICA PHOTOGRAPHS (whatever the hell that means-hey, I saw in in a brochure, it must signify something, right?), Even though not a lick of it was manufactured in Germany.
For the record, the camera, made in Canada, was $600.00; the lens, made in the USSR in 1974, was $30.00; and the LTM-to-M adapter, made in Japan, was $75.00 (that’s right, the adapter for the lens cost more than twice the price of the lens- not unlike the $20.00 zipper I once put in an $18.00 vintage dress).
Anyways, I guess what I’m trying to say is that there are some insane bargains out there for folks who are willing to work with stuff that’s off the beaten path a bit and that you can have a world class bit of kit for less money than a Canon Rebel with a crappy kit lens. Film not included. Which is how it used to be for everyone. I guess I’m officially old now.
Well, get of my Soviet-made lawn, ya damn kids!