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    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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    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

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    If I have the money I would go with Leica MP 0.72 BP. For me that is the best Leica camera if you would need to get/choose only one out of the different models.
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    Love my M6 but if I came into a windfall I'd be getting an MP...one camera for the rest of my days.
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    They are all the same, Leica MP is an Leica M3 more or less exactly, except it's less ruggedly built because we live in 2011 and not 1955.

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    Which M leica

    No question, M2 every time.

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    I would advise:

    M3 - If you use a 50mm the majority of the time.
    M2 - If you use 35mm the majority of the time.
    M4 - If you use 35mm and 50mm about equally.
    M5 - If a meter is something you cannot live without and are on a budget.
    M6 - If a meter is something you cannot live without and are NOT on a budget.

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    You forgot the CL, am on a budget, like a meter, like something about the size as the screwmount body and like something as good as any other Leica in practical terms. I tend to drool over a CL more than any other M.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianL View Post
    You forgot the CL, am on a budget, like a meter, like something about the size as the screwmount body and like something as good as any other Leica in practical terms. I tend to drool over a CL more than any other M.
    We'll it's not an M, but it's a fantastic camera. I'm partial to the CLE.

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    I think a M2 with 35/50 lenses is a practical way to establish a leica M kit. But which M is the best for you -- and truly only you can decide this -- will depend on your answer to some basic questions:

    --what is your budget
    --which focal lengths will you use
    --will you shoot in low light (to what extent?)
    --do you wear glasses
    --do you want the red led meter lights in your VF or is using a hand held meter fine
    --how important is faster film rewinding to you
    --do you have a strong preference for black or silver chrome or black paint finishes
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