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Anders Petersen had previously been roaming the streets of Sankt Pauli in 1961 together with the young wild things of Hamburg as a seventeen-year-old. However, when he returned in October 1967 – blessed by his teacher Christer Strömholm – the only one left from his much-loved tribe of outsiders (many had not survived this unrestrained lifestyle) was Gertrud, a lady of the night who suggested that they should meet up in the wee small hours the next day in a place new to him. Petersen fell in love with the Café Lehmitz clientele right there (that his friend was two hours late did not make much difference).
Does the everyday conformity of digital SLR cameras leave you cold? Then take a lead from the four photographers here, for whom off-the-shelf kit is just too conventional. So they decided to make their own…
Firstly, it's not from Leica, it's from Ricoh. Secondly it has none of the cache or build quality of an M Leica. But, with that clear and behind us, the Ricoh GXR with A12 M Module (GXR-M from now on) represents a remarkable value for anyone looking for a home for their Leica M mount lenses who doesn't have the $7K needed to buy an M9.