It seems like I’ve waited a lifetime for these lenses, of course the reality is that I have waited months not years, my desire to own and shoot this glass has clearly distorted the passing of time………In much the same way that a child longs for Christmas I have longed for these lenses.
Today, the final grains of the proverbial “sands of time” fell and with their passing I had in my hands what I fully expect to be my most used lenses, whilst I have not shot them yet, or for that matter even mounted them on the M9 I already have a history with them, they owe me, big time…..
After much deliberation I decided I would order these lenses from Leica Mayfair, of course they can’t tell you how long you will have to wait, only that the wait can be lengthy, these are after all desirable lenses. Without doubt you can obtain these lenses immediately if you so choose, you’ll pay more than the RRP which I guess you can live with if your a pro but for me having already spent a considerable amount it was the right decision. After all, whilst it would be frustrating to wait, at least more water would pass under the bridge, more time would elapse since my last major purchases and hopefully I’d be able to deal with their arrival as and when it happened. With no immediate need to concern myself with explaining my order I put the awkward bit to the back of my mind and the months passed slowly by.
The phone rang, not in itself an unusual occurrence, however it was 3.30am and this usually means a call from overseas, my wife was first to responded, agitated she answered the phone. Increasingly agitated “It’s for you…..Leica Mayfair, they say the first of your lenses has arrived in stock!!!!” I don’t need to elaborate on the conversation that followed. That lens, the 50mm Summilux f/1,4 ASPH “FLE” has caused me heartache already, more will no doubt follow in terms of missed focus and the inevitable learning process that accompanies any new glass. Still it would be ages before the other lens was available, that was a good thing now, still painful, but good….
A few weeks later and the dust is beginning to settle, there have been no more calls in the small hours, I’m slowly being forgiven for the error of my ways, although the mere sight of the M9 is generally greeted with disdain, not unlike the roadside sandwich board holder I wear it around my neck like a sign reading “Leica M9 owner – selfishly spending a small fortune on himself”…..owning this camera for many of us clearly comes at more than a financial cost!
I just didn’t see it coming. Leica Mayfair, now more aware of my geographic location and associated timezone, changed their method of delivering what to most people is great news. I can’t quite believe what I’m reading, but there it is in black and white, the email clearly states, your 35mm Summilux f/1.4 ASPH “FLE” is now in stock, please email back urgently to confirm you still want it and to arrange payment……..well of course I want it, but it wasn’t supposed to be in for months yet. Yes less than a month after what I’ll refer to as “that call” I’m faced with the prospect of either passing up on this sought after glass or fronting up once more and dealing with the consequences…..a tough call either way.
The truth is Leica glass is special and it seems to hold with it a power to make you do things you might not normally do, I know I’m fortunate, fortunate to own these lenses and fortunate enough that despite my continued dalliances with Leica glass I am once more forgiven, for now at least…….
These are without doubt a beautiful pair, those amongst you who are of a certain age may have noticed that I drew my inspiration for title and image for this post from a very well know add campaign, a campaign that featured another famous pair – Here