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Thread: Rf Vs SLR

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    Rf Vs SLR

    Zeiss Ikon ZM vs Nikon FM3A. Which should I keep? can't afford both.
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    SLR vs RF

    Zeiss Ikon ZM vs Nikon FM3A. Which should I keep? can't afford both.
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    Which one do you like shooting more? What glass do you have? And from your sig you have 2x of the nikon.

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    I guess it depends on what else you have. Do you have any of the other cameras in your signature? Or is this a question about your only camera remaining?

    If its an only camera, I would say the SLR is more flexible - normal, wide, tele, macro, ... Plus, the FM3A can be operated independent of batteries, whereas the ZI cannot.

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    I think it would depend on what sort of photography you like to do. All around an SLR will probably be more rounded and necessary if you want to use long telephotos or do macro work. The ZI will be quieter and perhaps less obtrusive. Technically, the ZI lens(es) will probably be better in the same focal length, but Nikon lenses are very good, and at reasonable enlargements, probably there will not be great difference in quality, particularly when stopped down 2 or more stops from the widest aperature.

    Good luck making your choice. Between the two, there probably is no really wrong choice.

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    What things do you shoot, and what lenses do you use to shoot them?

    If all you need is a simple kit that is convenient to have on you every day, you do not need very long lenses, do not focus closer than a few feet, and if the things you are shooting will hold still for you most of the time, I would say to keep the RF.

    If you need anything other than that, meaning more versatility, I'd keep the SLR. In most cases and for most people, the SLR is the better-suited camera for the job at hand.
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    Keep the Nikon and pick up one of the new Carl Zeiss Planars. Win-win.

    But seriously, I agree with the others that it really depends on you -- whether you like to shoot closeups and which camera feels best to you.

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    Tough decision...I just went through it between a Hassy and a Leica RF. I really like both but for my older eyes the RF is easier to focus. I had an FM3A years ago, great camera also I think it will hold it's value more the the ZI.

    But for my experience, I'd keep the ZI for the quality of wides available. Zeiss never made a dog Biogon, and there are always used Summilux ASPHs...

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    I've resisted the temptation to give one answer in one thread and the opposite in the other, and instead, I've merged the two threads to keep discussion coherent.

    Everyone sees all the new threads in the "new posts" view, unless they've specifically hidden forums they don't want to see, which is fairly unusual, except for the off topic forums, so there is no need to create duplicate threads.
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    Wides on RF's seem to have less distortion. The FM3a seems supremely durable. i like the idea of adding a Zeiss lens. Those Voigtlander lenses also look nice.
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