The Cameras

My camera history began in the summer of 1984 (at the age of 13) using my father's Minolta SRT-102 which he used for shooting mind-bogglingly exciting things like eggplants and tomatoes in his garden. A year later I  learned how to develop film and wet-print in a darkroom in my 8th grade photography class. I decided I needed my very own camera at that time, and as I wasn't very smart then, I decided a tag-sale bargain Polaroid OneStep would be the way to go. Seeing my mistake, my father continued to let me use his Minolta whenever I wanted. What a swell guy. You'd think this would be the start of a young photographer's pursuit, but I was quickly distracted by the Flash Gordon Pinball machine at the penny arcade, so there are quite a few shaky years below.

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Leica M2 + M3 Review

This review of the Leica M2 & M3 won't be overly technical. Back in January I picked up a 1958 Leica M2 from the fine folks at Green Mountain Camera in Vermont - let's just say the deal was too good to pass up. During that time I had been shooting almost exclusively with this camera and a 1957 Summicron 2/50. Then in June, I picked up a 1961 Leica M3 from Youxin Ye of YYe Camera.  Until June, the Leica M2 was loaded with either Kodak Tri-X or Portra 160/400 film.  Now, the Leica M2 is usually loaded with just the Tri-X and my Carl Zeiss 2.8/35 while the Leica M3 is loaded with Portra 400 and the Leica Summicron 2/50 or Carl Zeiss C Sonnar T* 1.5/50.  This has spoiled me rotten and has returned me to a simplicity in look and style that I adore - so much so that the Leica ME sits rarely used on a shelf.

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