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    I cannot recommend the M3 enough generally. An M3 will be appreciably smaller than an f5 or f6 (I compared it with my F100 and extrapolated so at least). It is probably the best for 50mms because of its VF/RF, and if you want to go wider than 28mm (which is what I do with Landscapes, but you might not if you hike) than you need an external with any M anyway. As to metering, I cannot recommend the Voigtlander meter enough, but if not I do use the Iphone app (even with slides) and that does not disappoint.

    In terms of the filters, the simplest way to do it is to judge it with your eye and make sure to not move it when you put it on (I have a 70+ threaded one so that I can stick it on with bluetack, much easier).

    In terms of cost, this is probably exaggerated. I am not sure about the US, but in the UK at least M3's show up pretty regularly in auctions. They are by far the largest production camera Leica ever made with over 200,000 sold, so they show up pretty reliably and are not that expensive. Check shutter release and speeds, make sure the RF is in alignment at least horizontally (the harder of the two to fix). and the winding should be silky smooth for the most fun out of the camera .

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    I say bring a Fuji GA645 instead, small, compact and medium format. Amazing lens. I have an M2 and MP. I'd never bring either for landscapes unless I was doing hang-off-a-cliff style Galen Rowell work. I much prefer MF landscape work.
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    If you want to save $2000-3000 on a Leica and lens, go buy a used Nikon FM/FM2 and use the Nikkor lens you probably already own. Or if have $$$$ burning a hole in your pocket try a Hasselblad Xpan with a 40mm you will get yourself a rangefinder and a panoramic camera. Good Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NDKodak View Post
    If you want to save $2000-3000 on a Leica and lens, go buy a used Nikon FM/FM2 and use the Nikkor lens you probably already own. Or if have $$$$ burning a hole in your pocket try a Hasselblad Xpan with a 40mm you will get yourself a rangefinder and a panoramic camera. Good Luck!
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    What about a Leica III screw mount camera, much cheaper, seems to do the same job as an M3.

    https://www.keh.com/232862/leica-iii...mm-camera-body

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    I like my M2 because it has framelines for a 35mm lens and I find that lens nice for scenics. It might cost a tad less than an M3 as well.

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    From my brief experience, a leica m3 feels as heavy, if not heavier than an fm2n.

    People will tell you that an m3 is a costly way to try a rangefinder, but you could basically resell your m3 for whatever you bought it for. Same goes for most any M leica.

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    I used both a Leica M2 and M4 with five lenses from 20mm to 135mm and a Nikon F kit with four lenses from 20 to 200mm for landscapes. Optical performance was similar. Polarizers can be used on the Leica with little trouble. Look directly through the filter, note how it is oriented, and mount it in the same orientation. Leica made a polarizer that is expensive, but works almost as conveniently as those for the Nikon. The Nikon kit in a hard Nikon case weights 10 pounds; the Leica lenses in a compact soft case with the camera carried separately weigh about 6 pounds and is much more compact. A SLR provides more precise framing, valuable when producing transparencies to be projected, not printed. However, the Leica was satisfactory in this respect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jphendren View Post
    What about a Leica III screw mount camera, much cheaper, seems to do the same job as an M3.

    https://www.keh.com/232862/leica-iii...mm-camera-body
    I prefer screwmount Leicas myself. Keep in mind the viewfinder is smaller and without framelines - which some people hate.
    Those who know, shoot film

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