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    I guess I am at another budget point, but with the cost of Leica's, I would pick something less expensive for hiking. But that is just me (I am frugal.)

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    It will work but no 35mm is the best solution for landscape work. Even though it isn't perfect (no wide angle) folding cameras are a better solution than 35mm. An interchangeable lens medium format is a great option and usually lighter than large format.

    Of course, to be honest, it really sounds like you are interested in trying a Leica. If that is where you are headed, buy an M6. That way you do have the option of a meter though the camera will still work if the batteries die. If it doesn't work out you can almost resell for close to what you paid originally. The same holds true for Leica lenses although it is not uncommon for them to actually go up in value over time.
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    I have a Leica CL that I like and can be had for a lot less than the other M cameras. It can use M39 lenses with an adapter, so that opens the field on lenses some. They tend to have the same meter problems the M5 does, but a separate light meter works just fine. Some of the 35mm lenses will go too far into the camera to comfortably use with the CL and M5.

    Another option is the Canon P. It's a M39 lens camera, is very affordable, and built quite well. I have one of these too and I like it. No light meter in this one, but that's not a big problem.

    And finally there are the Soviet Leica-derived rangefinders. Very cheap and with a little CLA by somebody who knows what they are doing quite reliable. The FED-2 is the smallest of the group and my personal favorite (I have two). They are also Leica screw mount, and the Soviet lenses are quite good for 40s and 50 designs.

    So there are some choices out there in rangefinders, with the Leica CL a good choice for a starter Leica. I hope this helps.

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    Fujifilm GA645Wi......Has this camera, and blazing sharp lens, been considered? It doesnt get much easier to carry around than this camera.

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    An M3 would be wonderful for pretty much any photography that doesn't involve lenses longer than 135mm.

    The M2 and M3 are, IMO, the best Ms made (in terms of materials). I don't know how to put it, but they just feel right — my M2 certainly feels better than my M6. I think the M3's nicer than the M2, especially because the framelines are thick and round and wonderful, but I prefer the M2 for the 35mm lines.

    You could, for much cheaper, get a Nikon FM or similar, but they're just not the same in the hand.

    The Canon P is an equally good choice, and it may even be better than the M3 if you don't want to worry about the sun burning a pinhole in the shutter curtains.

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    I use M4-2 for it. Easy to deal with 35mm lens, which I use for landscapes often. M3 is 50mm lens camera, and this focal length isn't wide enough for landscapes and hiking for me often.
    And once it starts to rain, it goes to backpack and I switch to Oly XA
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    "M3 is 50mm lens camera"

    Can't the M3 be used with a 35mm lens with the "goggles?" I don't mind using goggles, it doesn't seem to add much size to the camera. Quite a few people have recommended the M2, but I've read that the M3 is a better/nicer camera, is this true?

    Does anyone make an Arca plate for the M3?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jphendren View Post
    Quite a few people have recommended the M2, but I've read that the M3 is a better/nicer camera, is this true?


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    There's a couple of minor differences and it's been discussed ad nauseum here and elsewhere, google "m2 vs m3" for hours of reading if you want. Or someone with time will outline it for you here likely...
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    Can't tell you, I opted both of them for M4-2, as easy to load and kind of newer, black Leica. Black is nice for me
    But M2 was my second choice, because it also has 35 and 50 frames and also doesn't cost a fortune, which is adequate for me to use it for hiking and tossing it in and out of backpack.
    my Film Flickr. aslo, using enlarger, in the darkroom.

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    I have well over $1K into my M3, adding up purchase prices plus CLA of camera and lens by Mr Ye. Regrettably, the film counter does not work. I returned it to Mr Ye to repair and he said that he could not do anything about it, and that it is a common problem with (early) M3's. So I have an expensive camera that takes great photos, but you don't know where you are in the roll. If you go for an M3, look for a later model for this reason.
    I love Leica and have a bunch of them, but for backpacking I've carried a Rollei 35 with good results.

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