Konica Hexar AF, Minolta CLE or Hexanon M
I want to downsize and replace my Leica MP with another rangefinder costing $1000 or less and perhaps a M3 or 4. I'm considering three listed cameras. I excluded the new Zeiss Z mount (price range), G-2 (want to keep my glass) Leitz/Minolta CL (reliability) and the Bessa bodies (build quality). The CLE and two Konica's are different but all are reported to have a solid hand feel with quiet shutters.
In general I concluded there is some concern about the robustness of the Hexanon KM. I read on-line reports it's rangefinder is delicate, bits and pieces fall off the camera, and motor advance noise. I'm not concerned about the lens flange issue. The Hexanon specs look great on paper. The low mag finder a plus as I use a 28, 40 and 50mm. Prices are very attractive.
The Hexar AF user reports are very positive. The 35mm lens has OOF qualities I look for and could replace my 28/2.8 and 40/2. Auto focus has advantages as I have older eyes. It appears the best way to use the camera is to use its automation. However, the camera controls seem fussy vs a M camera.
The CLE has good user reports with the advantage of 28 and 40 frames. How accurate are the CLE frames or are they undersized similar to the M4P and newer Leicas? Has anyone used a 50mm on the CLE and how does that work?