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    Leica SLR?

    I've been looking at Leica SLRs for an age, because I'd like to have a modern Leica lens but in an SLR. Have any of you used/owned/played with/rented any of their SLRs? What was your take?

    Thanks to all who reply.

    With best regards,


    Stephen

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    Rent a leica, that's a wonderfull idea... Well, I got a R3 but many people says that it's more a minolta camera that a leica, ando old piece tecnology. But one can get at a decente price. For what i have read around the net, the best mechanical leica slr, it's the SL2.
    The leicaflex has the support everything fame, build like a tank. I went to the r3 since i wanted one with AP. R4 and 5, several people point out that they are extremely loud and the r6/6.2 are in the top preferences since it's the return of the mechanical slr.
    I like my r3, it's simple, no programs and i have manual or auto. Of course, if bateries fail, no taking pictures...

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    I recently had an R8 with 35-70 (known to be far better than the 28-70). It was a beast and the lens pretty much functioned like primes throughout it's range. I enjoyed it but these days wasn't using it enough to justify the expense. It had a nice mirror lockup function as well that required no fiddling and could be used handheld/on the fly.

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    I've got an R6.2 and love it. Not much bigger then an M6 really and nice controls, nice meter with spot version. Batteries last ages. can't fault it...
    Though I do covet an R8. Had a play with one once and the viewfinder was the best I think I've ever seen, like sitting in a cinema...

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    I own a Leica R9 and a R4. The R9 is may main body and has all the things I want on a camera: amazing viewfinder, ergonomic, resistant, half stops at the speed dial, a reasonable spot meter and capable of using the best lenses (a 50 f1.4 and a 24 f2.8 is all I need). The R4 is good as a second body although not brilliant... well it's a camera that you can buy second-handed for less than 150 USD and will take leica lenses.

    As an alternative we can always try a nikon FM1-3 with a carl-zeiss lens. Impressive as well.

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    With Leica....the camera bodies are very good...but it's the lenses that count!
    Digital is best taken with a grain of silver.

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    I've owned an R3, a beautiful camera even though I prefer mechanical shutters. I also briefly owned an original Leicaflex - really nice if the condition is good. They are worth the money as are their lenses.

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    For a few years I used a R4 Model 2. Apparently the model 2 is much more reliable than the earlier bodies. I also had a R5 which i thought was great.

    Overall the bodies are nice... I think the R6 and the R6.2 were the best built.

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    Don't forget the Leicaflex, SL, and SL2. Wonderful cameras!
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    Quote Originally Posted by clogz View Post
    With Leica....the camera bodies are very good...but it's the lenses that count!
    You've obviously never used a Leicaflex Sl or SL2...
    M6, SL, SL2, R5, P6x7, SL3003, SL35-E, F, F2, FM, FE-2, Varex IIa

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