1958 Leica M2!


1958 Leica M2 Film Camera

1958 Leica M2!

My latest purchase! πŸ™‚ I am now a proud owner of a Leica trioM2, M8 and M9!

This was an unplanned buy. I was ready to shoot 35mm film last weekend but found my Voigtlander Bessa R3A shutter completely jammed. I tried the usual tricks to rectify the problem per YouTube but no luck. The Bessa’s are well known to be a poor man’s Leica and although they are great when they work I need a camera body I can rely on. For that reason I turned to Leica.

Leica M2 – Some call it the pinnacle of Leica engineering when it was released in 1958. I have one of the later ones with a self timer and rewind lever. It has a bright viewfinder with 35mm, 50mm and 90mm frame lines. If I want to use a 28mm lens I just use the entire viewfinder area when composing a photo.

Leica M2 vs. Leica M6 Classic
– I toyed with the idea of getting the newer Leica M6. The M6 has a built in light meter but cost more than 1.5x the cost of a used Leica M2. I did not need the meter and wanted an affordable Leica film camera to mount my various Leica M lenses.

Leica M2 vs. Nikon FM – I already own a ‘beater’ or ‘user’ brassed black Nikon FM 35mm SLR camera. It was less than 5x the cost of the Leica M2 and I asked myself can I do without the Leica film camera. I slept on it but it my M2 purchase decision came down to my Leica M mount lenses (a mix of Leica, Zeiss and Voigtlander lenses). Their compact size, the focal lengths available and most importantly the fantastic image quality made it a no brainer. For a small film camera setup to thrown in a bag the Leica M2 wins every time. I still have my Nikon FM to use with some of my nice Nikon glass such as the Nikkor 200mm f2 AI-s.

I have wanted to get back into shooting film for some time and I have done almost none since I got my Leica M9 last year. Getting a Leica M2 film camera is the quickest and easiest way to get my interest in film photography back very quickly!

Leica M2 sample images will be posted as soon as I get chance to shoot some film and get the negatives developed at home.

MatthewOsbornePhotography – Leica Wedding Photography – Leica digital photography and now Leica film photography also.

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Author: matthewosbornephotography

Coventry, UK studio based Model and Wedding Photographer offering both Medium Format Film and Digital Images. 1-2-1 Photography and Lighting Tuition also available.

27 thoughts on “1958 Leica M2!”

  1. I went to a store recently to look at a Leica MP for sale. Whilst discussing it, the owner brought out an M3 which he recently received and needs a shutter repair and service before sale. That appeals more than the MP, and he’s letting me mull it over. I have first dibs if I choose to proceed.

    1. As Matt said the M3 is a wonderful camera with the largest viewfinder of any Leica M. It has framelines for the 50, 90, and 135 lenses, whereas the M2 includes the 35. Pay close attention to the condition of the viewfinder as these cannot be replaced with the original anymore and it is an expensive little exercise. Throw some Black and White film in and you have the original Leica M “Monochrome”. πŸ™‚

      1. I’ll probably get struck down by the Leica Gods for saying this but I actually get more enjoyment shooting with my FM2 than I do with the M3. But then I don’t have any nice glass for the Leica but I’m spoilt for choice for lenses with the Nikon πŸ™‚

      2. (Crack of Thunder heard overhead) πŸ˜›

        Steve, I like my FM a lot but I my Leica lenses are far superior (in my eyes for the 15-50mm focal lengths I want to use). They are both great camera. Shoot one colour & one BW! πŸ˜‰

  2. If you shoot a 50mm then get the M3 with the magnified viewfinder. If you are a 35mm man you may want an M2, M6 or one of the others. The M3 does get rave reviews though. Treat yourself! πŸ˜‰ I did.. you only live once! πŸ™‚

      1. I am always amazed at what the little Oly’ Trip 35 can do….so simple and easy to use. I liked it that much I bought another with chrome button πŸ™‚

  3. I can’t justify the M9 so have been mulling a Leica M2 and 35mm Cron (or 35mm f/1.4 Nokton). The purchase would be for a year long project covering politics. Eventually, I would like to shoot weddings with M digital. I figure to pick up a 1.25 magnifier and have the best of both worlds. The M3 rocks, but sometimes you need a bit wider angle.

  4. I’ve just bought an M2 and as yet have no lenses for it. Top of my wish list is the Zeiss Sonnar 1.5. I have the older version of the lens on a Contax IIa.
    Second on the list is the Biogon 35mm. I have the 28mm for the Contax G2 which is a stunning lens

  5. I bought an Elmar 50mm f2.8 to get me going for now. At some point I may buy a Sonnar, but probably more likely to get a Biogon 35mm.

    I do like the M2 though, excellent viewfinder an legendary build quality and feel.

    1. I have the Sonnar and I love it. I did some comparison shots at the Leica store in San Francisco and liked the rendering on the Sonnar better than the Noctilux. I have the 28mm Biogon and it is a nicely made lens, but I find it a bit wide for everyday use. I am contemplating the summicron 35….need to save a bit first!

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