Just curious, what is disappointing with Leica M's? Excepting meter and the price.
Really the contrast between what I had heard about them and my experience. For example the 'silent' shutter that isn't silent. The film advance that is like 'a hot knife through butter' which isn't like a hot knife through butter. The ease of use and simplicity which ignores the arcane film loading procedure.
I'm convinced that they are somewhere together, hiding from us all!
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
Another vote for the Leica M series. After owning a Nikon F for a few years, I bought a mint condition M3 in 1969 and found it to be a great disappointment (in an era when it was far less hyped than it is now). I found the build quality mediocre (lots of stamped metal parts) and I hated the primitive film loading/rewinding procedure. I made several trips to the Leica repair facility to vertically align the rangefinder; it never stayed aligned (I was extremely careful in my handling of the camera). I sold it in 1972 for $250 and felt palpable relief when I resumed using my Nikon F.
(The cult surrounding these cameras is extremely annoying, but that is a subject for a different thread.)
Olympus XA. I heard wonderful things about how sharp the lens was and was then consistently disappointed with the results.
Ditto - sold it on, hope you didn't get mine. I can only speculate that lens performance varied widely sample-to-sample - or many peoples' standard of comparison is a $5 disposable.
I would agree that the XA is a camera that really, really disappointed me.
I found Feds & Zorkis to be pretty bad, but my expectations weren't very high. I think if I had bought a refurbed camera I would have been - well, I wouldn't have thrown them out.
I have to agree about Leica M3's, just not a very good camera. But I have an M5 that I find to be almost-superb - the shutter release stroke is too long with too much pressure, what with moving the CdS cell out of the way.
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Dare I say another vote for the Leica M3... It's been my dream camera for many years but in the four months I've owned it, I've been without it for three, and it's cost me about $1000 to get it (almost) working properly. Bad luck? Dunno. Still I WILL absolutely love it when it's going well. Stunning camera to use but are Leica's really the pinnacle of reliability? Well my Leica CL was a bit temperamental and I only ever hear about digital M reliability issues... it's interesting. So my favourite camera of all time is a kind of dissapointment.
My least favourite camera I have ever used is the Nikon F70 - what a friggin awful user interface! F80 and above are stunners though.