The M5 is exactly the same height & depth and 1/4" longer than my Canon VI-T. Folks who shy away from the M5 because of it's shape and size help keep the price down for those who enjoy actually making photographs with the M5.
A few things to consider. The M5 is the best built leica camera, period, they simply went all out and consequently it was extremely expensive to manufacture, this is the reason leica almost went under when the m5 wasn't a succes.
It's also the most quiet Leica. (I have tested it against all the others, MP included, and it's definately quieter.)
The shutter speed selecter is more cleverly placed than on "normal" Leicas. The finder is identical to the M4 except the lightmeter. So the finder is better than any leica that came after up untill the MP.
The only thing it has going against it is it looks, simply because it's different than all the other leicas.
I love it, I think it's the coolest leica there is. Go figure...
I realise with that someone will probably try to chop my head because of my statement: "The M5 is the best built leica camera".
Well I personally think it is, but if I have to moderate it a little I would say that it's at least as well built as the m3, m2 and m4, and much better built than any leica that came after up untill the MP.
I hope I'll get to keep my head...
Heather, don't get me wrong, I think the older Leicas are wonderful. I played a bit with an M5 and I think it's fine, I just never enjoyed loading these things. Great fun to shoot though.
But... my broader question is, how does anybody expect the company to stay afloat when everybody is using decades-old used cameras! Why not get a new one or get a ZI or bessa if the new Leicas are out of your range.
We need to encourage purchases of new cameras rather than rehashing all the various issues of decades-old ones... that's my thesis No PM flames, please, I have the well-being of the current film camera industry at heart!
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I totally agee with you. But, when you live with 500 EUROS of monthly income like I do, then new stuff, especially Leica priced are really hard to afford. Saying that, I bought more new than secondhand equipment
Originally Posted by keithwms
I bought new Canon EOS500n, EOS3, Bessa R2A, including lenses, I bought secondhand Yashica MAT, Mamiya RB, including lenses, enlargers and lenses for them, all other laboratory stuff I bought new. I got as gift Olympus OM1. With my monthly income I think I contribute as much as I can.
Bosnia... You don't have to be crazy to live here, but it helps...
No things in life should be left unfinis
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I wonder how many people who disregard the M5 have used one on a regular basis, or are just quoting what they've read...
I have carried an M5 (and an M3 and a CLE) all over Afghanistan and the M5 is still - as it was prior to that - my favorite M camera for real usage. It doesn't look as sharp as the M3 or the other M's, but it consistently works miracles - with the emphasis being that it WORKS. I am 7,000 miles from my camera repair guy and I can use the M5 out here with confidence knowing that it will consistently function and yield incredible pictures every time. I love the CLE - mentioned by someone earlier - but it's not built to the same tough standards as the M5 and if it breaks there are NO PARTS for a repairman to use to fix it. The M5 is larger than the other M's, but not too large. Mine is slightly bigger than my palm and I carry it with one hand, only raising the other to focus - same as with the smaller RF's. WIth a 28mm, f/2.8 it's still an unobtrusive camera. And it looks WAY COOL with a DR Summicron attached.
If the camera works as well and reliably as the other M's, then it boils down to a matter of preference. I prefer the M5.
It took me a roll or two to get reacquainted with spot metering, but now I remember why I liked it so much as a young photographer. You can have the meter calibrated for modern batteries if you prefer, but the mercuries are still available overseas.
I recommend the three lug version which has a 28mm frame. That's what I use most often.
As mentioned before, people either love or hate the M5. If you're happy with what you've got - don't change. If you don't care for your current setup, try an M5 - borrow one if you can and shoot with it for a week. You'll know the first day if it's right for you.
A well adjusted M5 will never have this problem!
Originally Posted by John Koehrer
When you push the button, the first thing that happens is you 'pushing' that arm away. This arm is directly connected, via a lever with the release button, no spring no undepended mechanism!
If you doubt it, put a LTM to bayonet adaptor ring on the camera (no lens) and push, you will see...
They ware not that stupid in Wetzlar...
"...If you can not stand the rustle of the leafs, then do not go in to the woods..."
(freely translated quote by Guido Gezelle)
PS: English is only my third language, please do forgive me my sloppy grammar...
I have old books, where Mary Ellen Mark, among others, talked about how remarkable, the old Leica 28 mm lens was.
Wasn't there an issue of Leica having to redesign their wide-angle lenses, to clear the meter flag. I believe, they went to a retro-focus wide angle design, duplicating their SLR lenses.
I have experience using this design with a Minolta CLE, I used to own. I used the 28 mm Summicron, ( the one that took the 48 mm filters ).
I now use a Contax G2, with the 28 mm Biogon. This is a true wide angle design. I understand what Mary Ellen Mark, was talking about. This lens, stretches like a 24 mm, but without the distortion. I always thought that 28 mm was boring, until I shot with that lens.
If this was done because of the M5 & CL, ( meter flag ), then I say, that Leica should have been vilified, because, when they went to the M4-2, they didn't bring back the better, ( in my opinion
& apparently others ), design.
As you can see, it's a love/hate relationship. Some people hate it - others (like myself) love it. After purchasing mine, I almost never shoot my M3. It is a better fit for my large hands and the built in meter is so much nicer than using the Voightlander II on my M3 - which is always coming off as I walk and shoot. The spot meter is refreshing to use - and for me, the best thing about the M5 is that it (the 3 LUG variety) has 28mm finder lines in it. That means no guessing when shooting my 28mm. That's worth the cost of an M5 by itself. I have had ZERO issues with the meter showing up on negatives or slides and have never heard that from anyone I know who shoots an M5 (not to say it didn't happen).
If you don't mind - or like - the bigger size, built in spot metering and 28mm frames, the M5 is the rangefinder for you!
Let us know what you decide.
M3, M5, CLE, Minolta XE7, Minolta Maxxum 9, Minolta Maxxum 9000, Nikon F3HP, etc., etc.
The best vibration damper is mass-the M5 has it