Sushi, Cameras and More Cameras
I had a great sushi lunch this afternoon. I spent most of it trying to capture my chef at f/1. This guy was so fast... Sushi is the best lunch for me. I feel very satisfied after but I don't feel full. The best way to feel after a meal.
I headed over to the International Camera Fair above Shibuya Station this evening to see what they had to offer... a dangerous place for me especially as my passion for film is taking off.
"Hug Everyone"? Interesting motto for a Camera Fair...
This place is a hot bed of rare and expensive cameras...
A black paint Leica M2... $25,000 USD.
A Leica M6-J...mint condition
A Leica M6TTL Japan Edition. Limited to 400 pieces... they had two more still in the shrink wrapped box. I am actually considering picking one up and holding onto it. It will only increase in value.
A Stereo Camera... $38,500 USD.
...and cabinet after cabinet of beautiful cameras.
Why get one when you can get two?
Now logic and common sense would suggest that you quickly pass through and admire the cameras and then head to Starbucks for a coffee to sit and think about all of the beautiful cameras you just saw. What you shouldn't do is go back for a second look...
Ah...the Leica M6-J.
To celebrate 40 years of Leica M production, Leica released this limited edition M6-Jahre, or Jubilee. Limited to 1640 cameras. 40 cameras for each year of the 40 years of production. It is a Leica M6 but styled with the traditional craftsmanship and machining of the Leica M3. It has the clean look of the M3 but also has TTL metering, motor drive connection, and an M4 style rewind crank, 35m framelines and a M6 style battery chamber. It also comes with its own special 50/2.8 collapsible Elmar. Its classic and updated at the same time giving you the esthetic styling of the Leica M3 with the updated convient handling of a M6.
I am enjoying shooting film with my M3 but...I am getting tired of carrying an external lightmeter, using a external viewfinder when I want to shoot 35mm and 28mm. I find myself shooting 50mm most of the time and the Noctilux weights a ton.
It became pretty easy to justify this to myself... I negotiated hard, left and went back several times and even threw in some ShootTokyo buttons to sweeten the deal. (I'm pretty sure that is what put him over the line)
This camera is beautiful...I can't believe its 'used'...as it is spotless. I think it spent most of its life in the display box it comes with. I plan to shoot it a lot. I am heading out shooting tomorrow night and plan on breaking it in with a few rolls. Look for some images coming later in the week.
This lens is sweet! I now have the biggest (Noctilux) and smallest 50mm from Leica...
There is a few more days left for the Camera Fair so if you are in Tokyo...check it out. Thanks for stopping by today!