Finally I think to get over this first step.
There are so many questions......but I'm satisfy for today.
I have the M2, M3 DS and SS, M4, M4P, M6, and M6TTL. Overall, the best all around is the M4. The quality of materials and parts in the M4 is better than the later cameras. Compared to the earlier cameras, it is has 35mm frame lines, and it doesn't require a film take up spool. I have played with an MP, but it isn't as well made as the M4 and earlier cameras, while costing several times as much.
So the M4 has frame lines for 35, 50, & 90?
Originally Posted by sangetsu
M5... cheap and wierd.
I loved my CL cept the shutter dragged at lower temps... sickening results.
Leica M5 the Bad Boy or least loved Leica great viewfinder and just the right size for my hands.
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I have personal fetish for the knob rewind of the M2, and have had the good fortune to get 2 of them that have the QuickLoad spool kit. That is my absolute favorite setup. If all of the M2s in the world went away, M4 would be the next logical choice. I agree that all later cameras lost something. The RFs aren't as snappy and the tulip spool is trickier than the Quickload.
Originally Posted by sangetsu
I too like the M5 but one needs to realize that it is as far from the original Leica concept as any model it can get as it is huge by Leica standards. They must be finding a following as the prices on them are rising somewhat faster than others from what I've noticed.
-Better late than never, so here goes - yes, it has (35/135), 50 and 90mm framelines. If they'd used the same layout as on the M2 (And done away with the 135mm framelines), there wouldn't be anything left to improve on the M4, IMHO.
Originally Posted by michaelbsc
For full disclosure, the following list
M3: 50 - 90 - 135 (finder magnification: 0.91)
M2: 35 - 50 - 90 (finder magnification: 0.72)
M4: 35+135 - 50 - 90 (finder magnification: 0.72)
CL: 40 - 50 - 90, exposure meter (finder magnification: 0.72)
M5: 35+135 - 50 - 90, exposure meter (finder magnification: 0.72)
M4-2: 35+135 - 50 - 90 (finder magnification: 0.72)
M4P: 28+90 - 35+135 - 50+75 (finder magnification: 0.72)
M6: 28+90 - 35+135 - 50+75, exposure meter (finder magnification: 0.58, 0.72, 0.85)
M7: 28+90 - 35+135 - 50+75, exposure meter, AE (finder magnification: 0.58, 0.72, 0.85)
Once RFF is back up, there's lots more to know about them, and RFF's got a REALLY nice 'Show your Leica M' thread!!
Mine are an M2 for 21mm (with aux finder) and 35mm, and an M3 for 50mm and 85mm (close enough to 90mm to use the viewfinder frame).
Anything longer is on the Nikkormat FTn.
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Reason: made a table!
Personal preferences abound here.. for me it is toss up.. but if a built in light meter is optional then:
M2 - I like the 35, 50 and 90 mm frame lines.. it has an elegant simplicity and all the Leica build quality you could want
M3 - I own the double stroke.. it's view finder is simply the best of the bunch.
I know this might get me banned here.. but I'm saving my pennies for a M9
Advice on how to make my images better is always welcome..
Current users: Leica M3, Bessa R2A, Nikon F100, Yashica Mat 124G & Nikon D90
Favourite Lenses: Summicron 5cm f2 DR, Summarit M 5cm f1.5, Summaron M3 35mm f3.5, Jupiter-8 & Jupiter-12