Being worthy of price (or expensive) is a very relative term. Just like what they say about being old - it's not about how many years you have had but how many you have left.
And we are all quite clueless when it comes to that, especially when other people are in question.
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Let your hands decide - Close your eyes and see which feels the most comfortable to you
The less toughy-feely approach is to work out what lenses you wish to work with and how easily they are available to you, generally Nikon of course, but you might find a source of Leitz-R lenses in the FLs you need
Where Nikon wins out in my opinion, is in the sheer variety of camera bodies. I too have small hands and for me the F90x and F801 bodies fit the hand perfectly when a built in drive is needed. They are light and very compact. For more contemplative, non-motordrive photography, I prefer my FM bodies, or my F. The original Nikon F is perfect in the hands in my opinion.
I've tried the Leica R8 (unwieldly and heavy) while the R bodies are basically all the same shape and size. You're certainly not the only one to return to film after being dissillusioned with digital. I found digital gear a nightmare of unreliability and never ending expense. Now I can grab my cameras and "go" , without worrying whether my batteries have "drained" overnight.
Love the R8. Yes it's big and heavy, but it fits my hands perfectly.
Hmmm, I own several Nikons of various vintages and have played with Leicaflexes and a R4 and R5 over the years. I wished Leica made third party lenses in a Nikon F mount back in the day.
I find the FM2, F3, N90s even the F2 and F nicer to handle than the Leica bodies. Never liked the shutter lag on the R4 and R5, not to mention Leica R glass is getting silly expensive these days. Add in there are more places that can fix Nikon compared Leica R, that settled my choice.
"Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once and a while, you might just miss it."
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If ergonomics are what you seek, look no further than the Minolta Maxxum 7xi/9xi.
I swear Minolta R&D invented a time machine, went forward 26 years, broke into my house, chopped off my hand, built a camera around it and surgically re-attached it, went back in time to 1988 and designed the 7xi/9xi. Might explain why my wrists have been sore all these years.
5x7 Eastman-Kodak kit / B+M 135mm Zeiss Tessar + Compur Deckel
RB67 Pro S / 90 3.8 / WLF / prism finder / polaback
FED-2 / 50 2.8 Industar 26m / 85 f2 Jupiter-9
Canon 300v / 5D d*****l / L lenses
Which ever one you first got used to. If it needs to be a choice,,, Nikon F with a soft release button
Otherwise a C33 Mamiya ;-) And I haven't had one since the late 60's and have missed it ever since. And not enough sense to just go get another one. Oh,,, and EASmithV... I'll bet a C33 to the jaw does more damage than a Speed Graphic
Actually, the Leicaflexes, R3, R4-7 and R8-9 have quite different sizes and forms.
Originally Posted by rolleiman
And I'd hardly call a Nikon 801 light & compact, unless compared to motor drive equipped models...
M6, SL, SL2, R5, P6x7, SL3003, SL35-E, F, F2, FM, FE-2, Varex IIa
Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.
Just had to post something here.
I'd love an R8 or an R9, too expensive for me though. Not so much the price of the bodies, but the lenses... whoa $$$. At least from what I've seen that is. I could live with only like 2 lenses though for something like that. But a bit more of an investment than Im willing to give now, particularly to 35mm as I love medium format too much. To those who own one with a few lenses though, Im kinda almost jealous.
Never held one either, but they look and seem beautifully made just as a leica should be. And I know Im not wrong.
All that really matters in the end is the image, not what your using to create it.