Saturday, November 24, 2012

Camera as artifact





21 comments:

georg said...

:-)

Ott Luuk said...

so, any idea how many rolls taken or what the fascist headcount is so far? ever received hate mail from Leica Rights activiststs?

Daphne Channa Horn said...

rule nr. 1 ........USE your camera! -:))) <3 it

Stan B. said...

Remember seeing a shadow image of the film sprocket holes somehow transferred unto Winogrand's pressure plate. Practically paranormal...

Stephan Stumpf said...

Without any doubt: None of the modern Plastic-Rangefinders would have made it that long!

joushikijin said...

My 25mm Nokton f/0.95 & Panasonic GF2 show similar wear and tear. Its great to see the camera being used for what it was made for ;)

Anthony said...

What year was the camera made?

Blake Andrews said...

I bought it used in 2007, so I don't know when it was made. I'm guessing mid 1980s. The body was in pretty good shape when I bought it, with very little brassing.

Stan, Winogrand's sprocket hole pressure plate can be seen here:

http://blakeandrews.blogspot.com/2010/06/brief-history-of-sprocket-holes.html

dasjak said...

virgin tripod hole! way to go!

Koen Lageveen said...

This tripod hole, what is it for? It looks so small...

David A Cantor said...

Blake,
If you go here
http://www.cameraquest.com/mtype.htm
you can see your M6 was made in 1990

Blaise said...

This is a true inspiration to shoot photos. Well done.

Max said...

Just out of curiosity, did your M6 require to be serviced during this course of roughing and toughing it out with you? If yes, how many times/how often/after what kind of incident?

Blake Andrews said...

Yes it has been in the shop plenty of times. Mostly routine maintenance (CLA and rangefinder adjustment) but also a few more serious repairs like after I crashed my bike wearing it, or when one of the shutter mechanism gears gave out. Even as I write this I am thinking of taking it in because the rewind lever spring is broken, which isn't a major issue but is sort of annoying. It has not been trouble free. But it is generally reliable and has lasted longer than any other camera I've owned. I've broken about 20 over the years.

Max said...

Thanks for your reply Blake. How often do you send it in for a CLA and rangefinder adjustment?

Blake Andrews said...

Maybe every 20,000 exposures for adjustment and every 50,000 for complete CLA. Just a guess.

TommyNA said...

Have you received any email from the auction houses? heavily abused and used Leica these days makes more money that super clean and mint Leica :)

cankut said...

Yes,It looks so small...

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Unknown said...

Very inspiring indeed ... they take a licking and keep on ticking ...

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