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    I don't take to rangefinders so the F would be my pick. I much prefer the slr focusing.
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    in some of my travels i only had an M+50 on me, in others nothing but an F+50. a few years later, i have no idea which pictures came from which camera...


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    F or M3 for a trip ...

    Interesting question. I have both F and M3.

    For any occasion where the shooting requirement matches the capability set of the M3, I would leave the SLR at home. The M3 is a joy to use, and it travels well. People don't seem to notice it so much, nor do they take it so seriously.

    If I needed to do things that a rangefinder cannot do as well, then I would take the F instead. It is far more flexible, if somewhat more cumbersome.

    It might be a good idea to visualize the images which must be gotten and decide which gear is the best match for getting them in the can.

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    Get an Olympus FTV kit. Light weight, great lenses and easy to use. Yeah, I know I am a majority of one. I actually agree that it depends on where you are going and what you are shooting. But, I generally find unless you need a long tele, both will do the same job provided you know how to use the camera. An M3 with a 50 and 135 makes for a good kit. I'd prefer a M4 as I prefer 35mm vs 50 as my standard shooting lens. I thn can use the 35, 50 and 90 lenses. 135 mm is not a length I generally use. The F is a heavy camera for me and its only advantage would be the metered prism though when I used one, I prefered the WLF. Also, I found indexing the lens to the meter when in a hurry can be a bit frustrating but, then again, I was not an owner, only tried one out for a few days. Decided the Spotmatic and even an Exacta was the better way for me. The F is a workhorse but, for most of my shooting did not do anything that I could not get out of a Leica. To be honest, I also found no advantage of an M series over the CL and the CL is my camera of choice with the 40mm (close to the 35mm) and 90.

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    Both are great cameras.

    Can you only take one?
    Which one are you more comfortable with?
    Is space or weight a problem?

    I like both camera, but I like a slr better than a rangefinder. But, heck, this is not about me and what I would do, what will you do?
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    I am going with the F.

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    Apples and oranges, depending on the type of pictures you take.

    I use my M6 often and my F is collecting dust (o.k., my SLR needs are taken care of by other cameras).

    Old story: for what an M does well, it can be tops. For what it can't do, an SLR is needed. Of course, ideally you should have both! ;-)

    For a trip I'd very probably take the M for its size & weight advantages, unless I really needed longer teles (not too likely on a longer trip).

    Example:
    M6 + 21 +35 & 90mm : 1080 grammes
    F(w Ftn) + 20 +35 & 105mm : 1879 grammes

    The Ms lenses are also better....
    Last edited by Rol_Lei Nut; 10-27-2011 at 02:23 AM. Click to view previous post history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Les Sarile View Post
    The OM-1 is an excellent SLR and certainly set the trend. The MX was the most successful execution of that with a slightly larger full info VF.
    Having used both Pentax MX and Olympus OM-1, my choice is... OM-3 :-)
    Nothing on this earth in 35mm has a viewfinder that compares with an OM-3 or OM-4 viewfinder with a 2-series Lumi-Micron Matte focusing screen though. And I mean that absolutely. It's a bit smaller (but still huge by any standard of today's professional SLRs), but the clarity is something to be experienced. Closest thing I have ever seen was a Leica R9 finder - but it's a distant second.

    Your MX looks very pretty with the mounted fisheye though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vsanzbajo View Post
    What do you guys prefer a Nikon F or an Leica M3?
    How about an FM3 . . .


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vsanzbajo View Post
    Which one do you think is a better camera overall. If you had to pick one for a trip.
    Thanks in advance.
    Either is better at producing images than most of the photographers who own them. Take the one that's easiest to replace when stolen.

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