A Designer Rocker, a Guided Tour and a Practical Anachronism

The Rocker

The Rocker

The tour.

The tour.

And …

The anachronism.

The anachronism.

Perhaps I should be a bit more illustrative. Three days ago Lenny Kravitz was featured with an exhibition at the Leica headquarters in Wetzlar. He also introduced a special edition of the M monochrom (type 246) he had helped design.

Not that one. Too much bling.

Not that one. Too much bling.

That’s just the first frame (well, half of it) from the roll I shot in Wetzlar yesterday.

This is Lenny's set.

This is Lenny’s set.

Fake snakeskin leathering, brown paint, brass parts, comes with two lenses, their cases and a daybag in fine leather. Not my kind of aesthetics, frankly.

This is, though.

This is, though.

I was there to look for a film-loading Leica. Rumors have it that Leica will not produce them much longer. Dr. Kaufmann, the CEO, has hinted as much in a recent interview. The M7 is terminated, leaving the MP and the M-A. I could try them both in the Leica Store on the premises and found subtle differences. The MP is the more precious model. Comes in black lacquer in one version and will brass beautifully, but will you dare to use it? The M-A is the more workmanlike model, comes in a version in rugged black chrome, totally blacked out without logo or script. The chrome versions of both didn’t appeal to me as much. Features of both cameras are very similar, with one glaring difference. The MP has an exposure meter much like the M6, while the M-A has none. Both are marvels of mechanical engineering, the film advance lever on the MP feels a bit smoother in action but you can only feel this if there’s no film in the camera …
Perhaps it was Kravitz’es over-the-top M monochrom that made me decide for the more plain M-A.

It even comes with a roll of Tri-X!

It even comes with a roll of Tri-X!

Wich I loaded and then visited Lenny’s exhibition:

It was quite good!

It was quite good!

A glimpse in his glamorous world.

A glimpse in his glamorous world.

A guided tour of the main building just started and I piggybacked onto it.

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Though I’ve been there often, I learned something new and enjoyed the presentation. And the architecture. And the man-bun.

Main building, Café porch

Main building, Café porch

All black and white pictures in this post taken with the M-A, Summicron f/2.0 35 mm asph., Kodak Tri-X developed in Diafine.

Have to stock up on film!

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