Digging . . .

With a looming, self-imposed deadline for rounding out my arsenal, exploring the local market took precedence today. A bargain-basement offer on an fp L got me excited momentarily, until I took a look at the controls layout. It brought back unfavorable memories of how fiddly it was just to control the exposure triangle while shooting stills.

One of the rumors sites is touting the specs of the upcoming S5II, one of which is a 740g weight—not quite four ounces less than the SL2. And I’d be more inclined to grab an SL 601 before I would one of these, if weight were not an issue.

The least unpalatable options, the TL2 and CL, are either not available at the moment here in the ant farm, or—in the case of the CL—a small spike in demand has a couple of sellers asking far more than I’d be willing to part with for a camera in its sixth year. For some reason, the notion of a TL2 conjures a more agreeable feeling than that of the CL, perhaps because of the solid body. Or maybe it’s because I burned out on the CL, even though its firmware and controls would provide the more practical solution.

Doesn’t matter, though, when neither is realistically accessible in the immediate future . . .

SL2/28mm Summicron-SL