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    Help!!! Leica Film camera, which one to buy!!

    I want to buy a Leica film camera, which one is best to purchase?? Recommendations Please! Thank You in advance.

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    Leica MP LHSA Special Edition hammertone

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    Leica M6. best bang for the buck with a 35mm
    Summicron

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    Leica M1 with Visoflex!

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    tourmania: If you don't mind hand metering, I would opt for the M4 or a classic M3 (double stroke, of course); both are in plentiful supply on the used market. However, if you prefer the convenience of TTL metering, I would suggest one of the M6 models. A welcome in advance to Leicaland - home of the light wallets!

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    Men can not beat some electrified devices. Buy a point shoot 40 mm summicron Leica for 60 dollars and when you start to beat it use the real one

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    Someonenameddavid is probably right about he M6, but I still like the older cameras better. The M4 is my favorite, and has come way done in price lately (pristine ones are still high).

    Mine is the less highly regarded M4-2, and I'm perfectly happy with it (and I've had about all of them over the years); I take it some M4-2's are better or worse than others. I kept it over an M4 because at that time I needed the hot shoe. I've often regretted that decision, but have to say that this M4-2 has been the best camera I've ever owned.

    The M6 is a nice camera and extremely popular (and newer, which does make a difference). Still, the rangefinder patch flare bothered me on mine. The M4-2's also are not as good in this regard as the M4 and earlier, but mine has always seemed fine. Models earlier than the M4 often are showing their age in the rangefinder system, but can be wonderful cameras too.

    The modern MP's and variants (something I haven't had) are probably the best of all if you really do want a meter. I suppose those are still expensive.

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    It would be helpful to know:
    Budget
    Your preferred focal lengths
    If you like AE

    Without knowing those bits, people will just recommend what they like which won't benefit you too much.
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    M3 or M2, the classics.
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    That's almost one of each now. Only the M5 fans are missing (I'm not one of them).

    Which sort of points up the fact that there really weren't any bad M's, and functional condition is probably more important than most other factors beyond personal preference or specific needs (a built in meter, for instance).

    They're all really wonderful cameras, but each with their own quirks that you learn to live with.

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