It's not every day you get to experience a little piece of history. On a recent trip to Edinburgh, I got to experience first hand one of the most iconic Cameras every crafted by the hand of man, "The Lecia Rangefinder".
This particular model has a manufacture date of around 1964 and belongs to my friend Paul Novak aka "The Grumpy Magician".
Paul was a commercial photographer for many years, shooting for magazines and he came with me, John Henry Blacksmith and Neil Stirton for my camera walk in Edinburgh last Sunday. It was a big thrill to see and hold an original Lecia in my hand - it was heavy metal. I could feel the beauty of the engineering in the palm of my hand, truly gorgeous.
This camera forced the photographer to work for his shots. There are no batteries, everything is springloaded, fully manual and it takes 35mm film so you couldn't see the image, you would have to wait to until the roll was developed before seeing your work.
This camera was the heart and soul of master craftsman Henri Cartier Bresson, he built his body of work and legacy using just this camera and a 50mm lens throughout out his entire career.
The Lecia brand is still going strong with more up to date range Finders and you will not get much change out of £2,000.00 if you want to buy one.
Take a look here for more details on The Leica Rangefinder.
©Mike Vincent Photography 2015