which rangefinder should I take?

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  1. Someonenameddavid

    Someonenameddavid Member

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    I am going to the north of England, then London, then Paris, in June. For the touristy Shots I am going D***** but I thought about a vintage RF for some B+W atmospheric shots .my choices are: M3 with Summicron 50 /35 3.5 Summaron/ 90 elmar/ 25 skopar; Contax IIIa with 1.5 sonnar, 35 2.8 opton biogon and a prewar 135 sonnar. Or I could just take my super Ikonta Bx.I would be jumpy about taking the Leica because it is in ex+ condition. If I just took the super Ikonta I would have less to mess with. I dunno... which is why I am asking for free advice.

    David
     
  2. cliveh

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    I would take the M3 with Summicron 50mm.
     
  3. Ian Grant

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    I'd take an M3/Summicron (and have done) to those locations.

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    I've shot the north of England with both 35mm and MF (TLR), and found out that it looks a lot better in MF. Bring lots of film (both fast and slow) and an umbrella.
     
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    p.s. London looked better in 35mm. IDK about Paris.
     
  6. darkosaric

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    M3 + summicron 50. That is all you need.
     
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    I would go with the Super Ikonta.
     
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    Oh heck, take 'em all.
     
  9. antmar

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    I always take my M3 with my 35/2.8 Summaron.
    Never needed something else when I have this combination.
     
  10. Someonenameddavid

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    I would love to take them all, but in deference to my lady, I have promised to make the trip about us, not about lenses f stops and composition.

    David
     
  11. TheToadMen

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    Leica M3 with 35 mm Summicron:
    - better quality,
    - faster shooting,
    - 35 mm film (smaller + 36 exposures per roll)

    Just get an old leather case to keep the Leica "clean & pristine".
    Leica_M3_case_leather.jpeg
     
  12. Someonenameddavid

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    But I said 35 Summaron, which is probably not as good as the 35 2.8 biogon on the Contax

    David
     
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    Take the M3 and the Contax, leave the digital hehe! And dont forget to bring more film than you think you need!
     
  14. Steve Bellayr

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    Take the Leica and whatever lenses fit in a small bag. Go for the personal. Forget about the tourist shots. Buy some postcards & save time & money.
     
  15. Richard S. (rich815)

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    Leave the digital at home. Touristy shots? Really? Get postcards or use your cell phone for those "look where I was" shots. Otherwise bring the Contax if the M3 is too nice to use. Then when you get home sell the M3 and get a user one so you'll use it from now on.