This was to be my first real break of the year, a week in the Peak District, and I had plotted and planned with Leica to take an M10-R demonstrator away for the ride. It was arranged several weeks ago and all I had to do was collect it from Leica Duke Street store yesterday morning.
In preparation, I had carefully packed chargers, batteries, cables, cards and a trio of suitable lenses — 35mm Summilux, 50mm Apo-Summicron, 75mm APO-Summicron. I was looking forward to a week with just the one camera. I could have had the camera last month, but I decided to reserve it for the little staycation and give Macfilos readers a little treat.
Unfortunately, when I made my way to Mayfair yesterday morning the test camera was nowhere to be found. After investigation, it transpired that some unthinking journalist had failed to return it on time. Worse, there wasn’t another camera to be had.
These things happen, of course, and there were apologies all round, accepted with good grace. The review will take now have to take place later. I returned home, unpacked all the M stuff and replaced it with the SL2 and some lenses. So, instead of a review of the M10-R, you are likely to be reading of my continuing relationship with the SL2. A wasted opportunity to get the M10-R into some stunning countryside. As Robbie Burns said, the best laid plans of nice and men gang aft aglay.
I will be away for the next week but some features are ready for publication on my absence. See you in September.