A Visual Library on
Leica M6 Colombo 1992 Special 500th Anniversary Edition rangefinder camera - Part
II/IV for MIR Image Library
|You might ask why I had still chosen
Colombo '92 and not reverted back for another attempt on the Platinum plated M6 ?
As I said, my first attempt was the Platinum M6, this had shown my personal acknowledgment
that the camera had its own flavor with good collectible elements in it, and that
it wouldn't be an investment mistake, either. Seemingly the Colombo '92 has a slight
edge in few areas, perhaps adding the fact it has a very appealing nature. Well,
probably if the M6 Platinum had used raw material in its construction, I would not
have hesitated at all and would have gotten the M6 Platinum edition. I guess this
has a lot to do with personal preferences in terms of choice between available options.
When you look back to the early '90, if you had an itch to acquire something as investment
and/or to satisfy a personal desire for a quality photographic imaging tool, there
were not too many options which can bridge modern photography nature. Perhaps, if
I hadn't been too defensive and only centered on investment nature, probably getting
original Leica MP would have been a better decision, since the entry price was not as
high as today and the yield of return on investment could be more rewarding. Anyway,
I was in my late 30-ies then, and considerably raw into the collectible Leica market
as well as maintaining hard-core thinking of "camera must be for photography
but not a commodity" kind of thought. Anyway, these are personal issues
and could be too sentimental to talk about.
The M6 Colombo '92 total issued quantity
is exactly 200 units only. It has a very interesting and unique way in its S/N control
system. At the accessory shoe, you will find a code, with each number engraved with
an alphabet at the front, each numbered from 1~40. The corresponding 5-alphabets
started with I, T, A, L, Y. (Italy). 5 (alphabet) x 40 units =200 total quantity.
On top of that, it has a Leica production S/N as well. Similarly, the SUMMICRON-M
1:2/50mm also has two S/Ns, one is matched with the camera. e.g. Mine is A 08, see
the lens's A 08 as well ?
NOTE: The color
of the walnut display box above shows more to its original colour while the photo
shown at the right is off beat - due to shooting in a strong backlight.
Each of the cameras came with a beautifully
crafted walnut wooden display case with an engraved "500th Colombo '92
emblem and marked with "1492~1992 500' SCOPERTA DELL 'AMERICA, ITALIA"
as well as Leica logo at the bottom. In order to preserve its collectable value,
don't acquire a Colombo without 3 key components - camera/lens; the display
box and the solid all metal body cap - regardless of how bad their condition
is. Mine was a little damaged with the fragile corrugated container paper box that
holds the camera in display order. In an ideal situation, papers and documentation
are also useful, but not as important as these companion accessories (in particularly,
the Summicron-M lens). As both the camera/lens have its its own identifications and
no one will be that stupid to replicate them just in order to cheat.
Credit: Image of this M6 Colombo Y-07 courtesy
of Mr. Peter Coeln from LEICA
Shop®, Austria who also operates a popular
Westlicht Auction House. Image Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved.
Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.
One unusual accessory that appeared
together with the Leica M6 was a solid, chrome-plated metal body cap. It has the
same 500 COLOMBO' 92 emblem and type face as crafted on the walnut/wooden display
case except that it is printed on, not engraved. Apparently, the body cap was diecast
out from a single piece of solid metal block. It is quite heavy, the front section
looks chrome plated but the rear section with the inner parts retains its original
grinding trails. The body cap is an essential component and almost like a companion
accessory for the M6 Colombo '92 model.
|To be honest with you, if not for this
site the Leica M6 Colombo '92 will probably be still sitting in the glass window
in my living room. I have not been actively engaged in photography for some time.
When I moved in my current residence 8 years ago, the interior designer who was commissioned
to renovate my residence has created a number of glass panels which I had some headache
during the early stage, they were supposedly to be used to host some decorative items.
I felt why don't I just kept a few of my collection of cameras instead. I have a
few favorites which comprise of Nikon, Canon, Pentax and Leica - SLRs and rangefinder
bodies. They made a good display set. These photos were taken this morning, funny
enough though wife and daughter were not out shopping/school, I couldn't find a piece
of white paper as background, but I managed to locate a black chocolate box with
good texture, as well as the wrapping paper inside, so - these photos with the "funny"
background were essentially these materials. I shot them on my balcony, almost at
noon (watched live telecast on European Championship matches and couldn't wake up,
The camera body itself has two engravings.
One at the left section of the top plate with the same engraving on the special metal
body cap while another is located at the usual position on any standard Leica M6
where LEICA Camera GMBH, Germany is usually engraved; M6 Colombo '92 has these additional
engraved: "EDIZIONE LIMITATA PER and followed by the name of the Italian dealer,
Polyphoto S.P.A, ITALIA.
|The Leica M6 Colombo '92 you see here
has not been used at all. Sometimes, at times - I thought it is so wasteful and sinful
for not using it for its intended purpose. Anyway, citing the lovely appearance when
I had it 10+ years ago, I had bought the Leica M6/T as the working camera and have
left this one untouched. The M6 Colombo '92 has every feature of the late series
of basic Leica M6. Although M6 was not the first in the M-series that offered built-in
metering capability, it has been further improved from the previous M5. When a lens
is not mounted, you will find a circular silvery-white resin coated area on the first
The circular spot is where Leica metering
circuit takes light measurements. It measures reflective light through a picture
taking lens via a single SPD (Silicon Photo Diode) metering cell that resides at
the top right hand corner to provide the metering guide for photographer. If you
wish to take a look at the meter cell, flip open the film back, with the camera set
at "B" setting on the shutter speed ring fire away with a blank exposure.
The Bulb setting locks the camera 2nd shutter curtain, tilt the camera slightly upwards
and take a peek (from the rear section) - there you are.
Oh .. forgot to mentioned this, the front view of the M6 Colombo '91 shown above
was with a hand grip attached. I have bought a few of these grips, silver chrome
plated and black anodized versions to match each of my Leica. Chrome for chrome Leica
bodies and black to match the black paint Leica models. I have forgotten their names
and the source. These grips are handy, as they provide a very positive, firm grip
of the camera body. Besides, the hand grip also can serve to protect the base plate
from scratch and knock. It is not full length at the base section, as it leaves some
space at the other end of the base section for photographer to reach for the locking
nut at base plate for normal film changing procedure. When it is mounted with a matching
colour Leica body, other than providing some practical application it was designed
for, it does enhance looks of a Leica, too, doesn't it ? Note: LEICA subsequently
introduced their own Hand grip for the M-series body later but I have not bought
any of those.
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