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  1. #31

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    to the OP:

    You really should consider purchasing an Olympus OM 85mm f/2.0 before you make the switch to a leica.

    You'd be foolish if you opted to jump straight to a rangefinder with a telephoto before trying the OM 85mm f/2.0.

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    I'm really happy with my Leica M3 + 90mm Tele-Elmarit. The Tele-Elmarit is compact and light for a 90mm lens.

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    I got my first rangefinder at Christmas: a Zeiss ZI. The weekend before last I picked up a mint condition Leica M6 at a bargain price. I'd say that the ZI is an excellently designed camera which is well built. The Leica is, in my opinion, a well designed camera that is excellently built.

    I wouldn't be without either but if I would tend to recommend the ZI as a first rangefinder as the transition from SLRs is less radical and the use is (for me at least) a bit more intuitive, although I am already getting a good feel for the M6.

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    I didn't care for the release point of the Leica M6 shutter release. I felt that you had to almost fully depress it to trigger the shutter. I know that you can buy a soft release to compensate for that, but why should you have to purchase another item to make up for a camera's short coming?

    The M6 was an excellent camera, but I sold it. Too heavy. Too wide. Didn't like the film loading. Didn't like the tabbed lens. I believe the guy who bought it from me fell in love with it, and I'm sure he's making infinitely better use out of it than I ever would.

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    My vote goes for the Leica M5. I have both an M3 and the M5. The M5 is a dream to use. And don't give me this BS about it being so big, so ugly, blah blah blah.
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