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    Hello,
    here in Germany you pay from about 900 € = 1100 $ to about 1200 € = 1500 $ for a M 6 0.72 body in very good condition if you buy it from a dealer with warranty. Of course special versions and editions are collectibles. M 6 0.85's are seldom and more expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jochen View Post
    Hello,
    here in Germany you pay from about 900 € = 1100 $ to about 1200 € = 1500 $ for a M 6 0.72 body in very good condition if you buy it from a dealer with warranty. Of course special versions and editions are collectibles. M 6 0.85's are seldom and more expensive.
    Thanks for the rundown.

    0.72, 0.85's...What does this mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elekm View Post
    Do you mean mint -- as in never used? Or mint as in excellent condition? There is a difference.

    By the way, I would be cautious about using a camera that has never been used. For a body, I would expect you to pay at least $1,000 from a dealer, possibly a bit less through private sale. For that kind of money, it's probably best to buy through a reputable source, or at least from someone that is trusted -- whether it be eBay, an Internet forum or someone at work

    I would want something super clean and not much signs of use.

    I read how Hasselblad is halting support for one of its digital backs afetr 6 years. Do you think Leica will contiue to support these older cameras?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.3D View Post
    That is an interesting site. Thanks

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    Hello,
    there are versions of the M 6 with different viewfinder magnifications. The standard is 0.72 x and has frames for 28, 35, 50, 75, 90 and 135 mm, the 0.85 has a stronger magnification which is better suited for tele lenses and has no frame for 28 mm. In the following series also a 0,58 x magnification was introduced which is better for wide angles and not for tele lenses. The first M 3 had 0.92 x which was the most exact rangefinder, especially for 135 mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jochen View Post
    Hello,
    there are versions of the M 6 with different viewfinder magnifications. The standard is 0.72 x and has frames for 28, 35, 50, 75, 90 and 135 mm, the 0.85 has a stronger magnification which is better suited for tele lenses and has no frame for 28 mm. In the following series also a 0,58 x magnification was introduced which is better for wide angles and not for tele lenses. The first M 3 had 0.92 x which was the most exact rangefinder, especially for 135 mm.

    Thanks! I had no idea there were so many options.

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    I bought a M7 new in 2003 instead of a M6 because of the features. I'm very happy with it and won't sell it in any years in time.
    I also bought an old & battered, but technically perfect, Leica M4-2 (all mechanical, no electronics). I like the M4-2 better than the M4, and would prefer the M4-P even more (but was too expensive for me).

    The M6 and M7 are both legendary rangefinders. Major difference: M6 is all-manual exposure, M7 has also aperture-priority.
    The M6 is all mechanical (= no batteries) and the M6-TTL and the M7 need batteries.
    If money is an factor, get a nice M6 and spent the rest of your money on good glass. Also a technical perfect camera with cosmetic flaws is much cheaper and easier to use without the fear for scratches .....

    I also bought the Leica M motorwind (new type) for my M7. It's great and gives even a better grip to the camera.
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    Here are some sites that might be helpful deciding what you need/want:

    http://www.cameraquest.com/mguide.htm - (Leica M buying info)

    http://photo.net/leica-rangefinders-forum/00Mf55 and http://photo.net/leica-rangefinders-forum/00a3cm - (users compare M7 with M6)


    BTW: the Leica SL (or SL2) with older Leica-R lenses are also very good, but a lot cheaper!!
    Also build like a tank, very nice contrast in B&W and a real "clunk" when fired.
    "Have fun and catch that light beam!"
    Bert from Holland
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    * I'm an analogue enthusiast, trying not to fall into the digital abyss.
    * My favorite cameras: Hasselblad SWC, Leica SL, Leica M7, Russian FKD 18x24, Bronica SQ-B and RF645, Rolleiflex T2, Nikon F4s, Agfa Clack and my pinhole cameras

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iluvmycam View Post
    Thanks for the rundown.

    0.72, 0.85's...What does this mean?
    It is already answered, but let me add:

    Before you will buy a body - ask yourself which lens you want? This is crucial. Also ask yourself can you live without build in light meter.
    If you want 135mm - then go for M3 or M6 with 0.85. If you want 50mm then any body is good, M3 is the best. 35mm lens - go for M6 with 0.72 ... and so on.

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    I paid just under $2000 for my M6TTL (.85) new in 1999 and just under $1000 for a new 50mm f2 Summicron at the same time. The camera only needs a battery for the light meter and to fire the flash. It does not power the flash, just operates the flash circuit.

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    Leica SLR's were relatively heavy and had a limited range of accessories.
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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