THUD – “That’s going to be expensive” I said to myself whilst caressing the new indentation on the Leica MP’s housing; the body now so disfigured it was rejected by its own baseplate. After an initial quotation of twelve hundred gold coins and a two/three month lead time, I was very thankful of the insurance policy I had taken out a few months before, especially as I doubt my kidneys would fetch that much on eBay… not when you add in selling fees, postage and PayPal costs, at least!
I needed a new camera for my commercial work – predominantly for portfolio updates, portraits and editorial submissions. I love rangefinders but being strapped for cash after having to pay the repairs costs in advance, anything considered as “camera porn” was definitely off the list – besides the Leica was coming back sometime this century, all being well.
After copious amounts of tea I decided on an SLR. I really wanted another Nikon FM2n – a camera I regretfully sold a few years back – or perhaps a new Canon F1 – but my eyesight has rebelled against me in recent years. I had to procure a diopter for the Leica after a couple of years of focusing with my left eye, and the availability of these for the aforementioned looked harder to come by than a leprechauns pot of shiny stuff. Something with inbuilt dioptric adjustment was therefore preferable. After almost being seduced by a Contax RX, I decided on the Nikon F100 and purchased one for a grand total of £120, plus postage. It’s amazing what you can procure for a tenth of the cost of repairs to a disfigured Leica MP.
So how is the F100…? Well, to kick off, it’s got a lot of buttons; not necessarily laid out in an obvious way, but nothing I couldn’t fathom given enough time staring at in the way you need to for one of those Magic Eye pictures to come to life. I’m sure I’ll get used to it in time, and to be fair, it’s done me pretty darn well so far… just don’t ask me about the custom menu list.
Images herewith are of Marie Louise and Vinette, taken on my first two shoots with the F100 as my primary camera.
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