Electronics are for weenies
My Leica is here.
It is an ex-demo bought online from a store in Münster, Germany, and is an MP Classic, equipped with a Summicron 50mm f/2 lens.
I had erroneously thought it was a plain-vanilla MP, but no … it’s a Classic. That means that there is no light meter at all, making it basically a latter-day improved M3.
Far from being disappointed, I’m actually pretty gratified at this fluke. My friends think I’m weird: “So you actually think the absence of a light meter is a feature?”
It turns out that some Leica marketing dude requested a special run of 500 even-more-minimalist MPs in 2004, and this is one of those. They didn’t sell very well; apparently it is weird to think of lightmeterlessness as a feature.
That’s OK. Lots of people think I’m weird.
I see the advantages like this:
- I cannot be caught out without batteries;
- I have a very good incentive to develop a feel for the light I’m moving in;
- There’s a certain satisfaction in taking photographs without any crutches at all.
As a backup I ought to buy a light meter anyway, if only for the Yashica Mat 124, whose light meter is flaky at best, and the A-1, whose light meter is honest enough simply not to work. But for now I’m going to do it the hardcore way: Sunny 16 and guesswork.