Red Dot in the Post

M4-P With Nokton 35mm f1.4 - and red dot.

So after a weird exchange with the good folks at Sunny16Podcast and Hamish from 35mmc.com I ended up with a Leica M4-P in my hands.
I’ve never even held a Leica before, never mind shot with one, and I was smitten before I’d even loaded a film into it.

M4-P With Nokton 35mm f1.4 - and red dot.

The feel of the camera, paired with a Voitlander Nokton 35mm f1.4, is perfect. I don’t know how to articulate it any more.
I’ve never been a massive Leica follower. I don’t even ‘like’ pictures of the brand when I’m cruising social media as a rule, the snobbery surrounding Leica – the Red Dot Wanker’s Club – has always left me feeling completely put off.

When Hamish messaged me asking if I’d like a loan I fell off my chair. Of course I did.
Hamish has put a lot of trust in me. We’ve never met, we’ve exchanged conversation on Twitter and Instagram, but to post a camera off to a complete stranger is showing a lot of faith.

The moment that I unwrapped the parcel I knew it was good.
For a first timer the feel of the camera was perfect. Solid. In my hands it felt right.
I don’t want to start gushing but that is the only way I can describe the first moments with the camera.
I have not yet shot a whole roll – I am taking a certain amount of time to savour this experience – but I am convinced this is a near perfect camera.

Shooter's eye view through the Leica M4-P finder.

To be totally honest I wanted to own my own one before I’d even loaded the film. That is how perfect this camera felt in my hands.

There is more of this (newly started) Fan Boyism to come once I’ve had a more complete shooting experience, but for now I just want to say that I don’t care about the Red Dot on the front, what affects me is the camera. How it works, how it feels, the simplicity of it’s functionality.

Did anyone ever tell you that Leica’s were the perfect camera? I could almost believe that right now.