I looked from model to model, examining each and looking through the rangefinder glass, winding and firing them over and over: advance, click, swoon.
At last I picked up a lonely and scarred button-rewind M2 and peered through the viewfinder, my eye darting around in and out of the frame-lines and the focus patch. It seemed the camera had always been at my eye – it seemed natural. I fired the shutter and swooned at the sound of the click. Advance, click, swoon. Advance, click, swoon. This delicious camera had to be mine – flaky leatherette, dings, scratches, bright-marks and all. My father handed me the camera and congratulated me on my first Leica.
It was another year or so before I had saved up enough for a lens. I paid my credit card bill diligently, and saved my pennies for a lens. What did I do during that long year with my “new” M2? Advance, click, swoon. I would spin rolls through without any lens, feeling the mechanics of the camera. Advance, click, swoon.
Eventually, I bought a 50 “Dual-Range” Summicron for my camera and it was a dream come true. Since then I’ve spun countless rolls through this beat-up treasure of mine. As you might imagine, I’ve owned a few Leica cameras over the years. But to this day, my favorite camera to shoot is still my button-rewind M2.