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    I have been a TLR shooter for 45+ years, but I also use a Leica M6 from time to time. The reason is sometimes a 35 makes more sense, such as taking it along on a bike trip. A couple of years ago I bought a 501C just because I always wanted a Hasselblad. To be honest, it does nothing that my C330 cannot do, and my C330 can make wonderful enlargements the Leica can't. So, guess which camera sees the most use.

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    Always thought I wanted a Leica M and as a retirement present to myself I finally sprang for a M4-2 and a couple of CV lenses. It was the CV lenses that even made it feaseable to even consider a Leica. However, like many other comments to this thread I'm finding the Leica just a fancy version of my Olympus RC! Sure, long base RF and interchangeable lenses but at what price? My Leica with 21 f4 and 35 f2.5 CV lenses and a 90 f4 Elmar has set me back about $1750 (that includes $200 to Youxin Ye to set right a cosmetically nice camera that had been serviced by a tractor mechanic). My Oly RC was $35, is in near mint condition, and only needed foam replacement.

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    I'm finding out I really am a SLR type guy. I like the TTL viewing and focusing, close focus ability and, to some extent seeing DOF when I preview it on my plain matte screen. (A 1-10 matte w/grid screen on my OM-1)

    I got to admit. The CV lenses are really good and the M4-2 feels great in the hand but, in the applications I use it in I usually scale focus and let DOF cover my behind. That is kind of a waste of that precision RF mechanism.

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    I'd love to have a Leica, but it's out of my price range. I went with the Soviet rangefinders instead, of which I have 7. I have two different FED 2 cameras and one each of the 3, 4, 5, 5B, and Zorki 4. The Industar lenses are not bad either. I know they are cameras that were inspired by the Leica, but they do fine for me. And if one breaks, gets lost or is stolen I'm not out a lot of money.

    But if a Leica ever shows up in my price range (yah, right....) I'd snap it up fast.

    Just my two cents worth. YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pen s View Post
    Always thought I wanted a Leica M and as a retirement present to myself I finally sprang for a M4-2 and a couple of CV lenses. It was the CV lenses that even made it feaseable to even consider a Leica. However, like many other comments to this thread I'm finding the Leica just a fancy version of my Olympus RC! Sure, long base RF and interchangeable lenses but at what price? My Leica with 21 f4 and 35 f2.5 CV lenses and a 90 f4 Elmar has set me back about $1750 (that includes $200 to Youxin Ye to set right a cosmetically nice camera that had been serviced by a tractor mechanic). My Oly RC was $35, is in near mint condition, and only needed foam replacement.

    And........

    I'm finding out I really am a SLR type guy. I like the TTL viewing and focusing, close focus ability and, to some extent seeing DOF when I preview it on my plain matte screen. (A 1-10 matte w/grid screen on my OM-1)

    I got to admit. The CV lenses are really good and the M4-2 feels great in the hand but, in the applications I use it in I usually scale focus and let DOF cover my behind. That is kind of a waste of that precision RF mechanism.
    That's the most succinct appraisal of Leica rangefinders I've read.

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    I just bought a beautiful Nikon F2S a couple of days ago. And it's a beauty that works perfectly. I'm kinda happy--the finest 35mm camera ever made and it cost me only $150.00. Very well engineered. Somebody had the bright idea of loading the film from a door in the back, and putting the PC socket in a place that doesn't poke you in the eye with a flashcord plug. Leicas are dumb. Germans made a lot of really top-notch stuff, but a Leica isn't one of them.

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    Leica does make top-notch cameras. I'm on my third Leica in 61 years. The first two didn't survive accidents. In that time I also used and retired a Canon P and 7S, several Nikon F and Nikkormats, and a few other 35mm cameras. Leica's legendary quality is obvious when they are used side-by-side with other cameras. The design of any camera is necessarily a compromise. The compromises that made Leica great for some purposes turned off some other photographers. It was also that way with Nikon. The compromises that made the original Nikon F complete system so great also made it awkward to use in other ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Jones View Post
    Leica does make top-notch cameras. I'm on my third Leica in 61 years. The first two didn't survive accidents. In that time I also used and retired a Canon P and 7S, several Nikon F and Nikkormats, and a few other 35mm cameras. Leica's legendary quality is obvious when they are used side-by-side with other cameras. The design of any camera is necessarily a compromise. The compromises that made Leica great for some purposes turned off some other photographers. It was also that way with Nikon. The compromises that made the original Nikon F complete system so great also made it awkward to use in other ways.
    I've never desired a Leica, there must be something wrong with me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benjiboy View Post
    I've never desired a Leica, there must be something wrong with me.
    If we all desired the same things life would be very boring.

    I've used SLRs & TLRs since the late 1960s commercially and for personal use alongside LF, while I've owned a Leica IIIa since my student days it had little use. However I bought a budget M3 in 1986/7 and have only used my 35mm SLRs when they were really the only option (shooting rock concerts etc where I needed to use fast zoom lenses).

    Leica and other rangefinder camera aren't everyone's cup of tea, but to some of us they are great cameras to use and they give us the results we require and suit our ways of working. I only bought M3 after shooting predominantly 5x4 and I found that my success rate of good/excellent images per film was higher than with an SLR, I can shoot and focus more accurately at low light levels, slower speeds are easier hand held, I can see what's outside the image area in the viewfinder great for fast composition.

    I was skeptical until I began using mine, then became a happy convert.

    Ian

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    Leica is without a doubt the most versatile camera system ever made. Many manufactures followed in the footprints with their camera systems. Example, you can convert a RF camera into an SLR. Nikon is my first choice in camera systems however; I don’t recall any accessories to convert my F into a RF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fotch View Post
    Leica is without a doubt the most versatile camera system ever made. Many manufactures followed in the footprints with their camera systems. Example, you can convert a RF camera into an SLR. Nikon is my first choice in camera systems however; I don’t recall any accessories to convert my F into a RF.
    Versatile is perhaps the wrong word. I would suggest a Hasselblad is more versatile than a Leica, but a Leica is probably the most tactile precision instrument for taking photographs.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

    Francis Bacon

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