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    The M3 SS has slightly better eye-relief than the M3DS. The viewfinder eyepiece is slightly larger.

    A Bessa R would be a great user body, and they are reasonable prices these days. The built-in meter is convenient.

    I tell by cameras that I love them by loading them up and taking them out. Today was the Canon VI-T out for a hike in the woods with a 135/3.8 Tele-Colinar. The lens was in a box of "Ebay Stuff" for $12.

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    Tele...Colinar? You obviously do better on Ebay than I do. I only had that one good box of cameras.
    No idea what's going to happen next, but I'm hoping it involves being wrist deep in chemicals come the weekend.

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    I was at an auction a few years ago where the entire stock of a local camera shop were put on the block.I recognized a someone in the crowd who I consider the best photographer in town.I saddled up to her and after a bit of a chat mentioned that I was attending the auction in the faint hope of purchasing a Leica.She asked me why and made a most profound remark "It won't make you a better photographer.Sure your images may be sharper but it will not improve your technique.Work on the fundamentals".
    It still makes a lot of sense to me today.

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    If you don't like the results you get from a Canonet, you'd be fooling yourself into thinking that you like your results from a Leica better.

    I like the results that I get from my Canonet.

    Box of camera junk update--- Poor little Hi-Matic E. Got everything cleaned up and "electrons flowing" to find that the Meter is blind. So the shutter stays open forever. The lens is perfect, VF perfect, no dents. Maybe I'll find another body with a bad lens. The Hi-Matic E is the camera that "story goes" convinced Leica that Minolta was the company to make the Leica CL.

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    Life is short. Do what makes you happy (without harming yourself or others.) If owning a Leica (or anything) can make you feel happy, get one, and ignore what others say about it.
    Last edited by frank; 03-16-2008 at 11:55 AM. Click to view previous post history.
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    My Canonet 28 is a cute little camera that has its functions. I paid way too much for mine. It has its problems, but overall I believe it functions well enough to give me a good enough image when it comes out of the beaten up case.

    I think that, for now, the Bessa will serve me well. WHen it comes time to get the Leica, I'll be ready for it.
    No idea what's going to happen next, but I'm hoping it involves being wrist deep in chemicals come the weekend.

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    Just gotta laugh at comment regarding "build quality" when talking about M2/M3/M4's. What'd they do use tin for the later cameras?
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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    Into the real past

    How about a Leica IIIc like mine, which I had out today in the beautiful late winter, working like a jewelled watch, its unblinking blue Summitar 50mm eye taking in the sun and wind, speaking softly in its quiet shuttered voice, capturing the magic has it has for about 60 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Kennedy View Post
    I was at an auction a few years ago where the entire stock of a local camera shop were put on the block.I recognized a someone in the crowd who I consider the best photographer in town.I saddled up to her and after a bit of a chat mentioned that I was attending the auction in the faint hope of purchasing a Leica.She asked me why and made a most profound remark "It won't make you a better photographer.Sure your images may be sharper but it will not improve your technique.Work on the fundamentals".
    It still makes a lot of sense to me today.
    Bit like telling a Lexus customer he would have been just as happy with a Kcar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Kennedy View Post
    I was at an auction a few years ago where the entire stock of a local camera shop were put on the block.I recognized a someone in the crowd who I consider the best photographer in town.I saddled up to her and after a bit of a chat mentioned that I was attending the auction in the faint hope of purchasing a Leica.She asked me why and made a most profound remark "It won't make you a better photographer.Sure your images may be sharper but it will not improve your technique.Work on the fundamentals".
    It still makes a lot of sense to me today.
    The thing about a really good camera is that you know it is capable of producing the greatest technical quality possible, the only limiting factor is therefore you the photographer. Im my case at least, this inspires me to greater effort. For me. there's nothing worse than taking a great shot on a mediocre camera and not being able to do anything with it due to lack of basic technical quality!

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