It's interesting to note that Roger himself uses one (Nikon D70) for his studio (paid) work.:whistling:
I thought the same when I got my Bessa R but finally it's warming up to me. Sometimes ya just gotta give it some serious time.
It sounds as if you have large hands that make operating a Leica M difficult due to their relatively small size. Is that the case?
Another thought is that your rangefinder mechanism may be out of alignment. If that is the case, it would explain at least part - if not all - of your lackluster image quality. Sherry Krauter in NY
[ www.sherrykrauter.com ] is who I would recommend to have evaluate (and repair if necessary) your camera, if you are committed to keeping the camera.
If the issue is that the camera is just too small for your hands, a halfcase with built in grip from Luigi [ www.leicatime.com ] might remedy the problem although I tend to agree with Roger about halfcases. They slow the film reloading process considerably.
Still, a half case would be preferable to selling off the Leica gear, at least for me.
Just my opinion - let us know how things work out for you.
If you're used to SLRs, the Leica M might take a while to get used to. For example, I had to change how I focus to make it work for me. Instead of turning the focusing ring too much I instead move back and forth to get things in focus.
I also had to change how I hold the camera in order to make it more stable as I press the shutter, by supporting the entire camera with my left hand palm, and only use my right hand to press the shutter release. Little things like that make it better.
I would say that a dozen rolls may not be enough to learn how to make it work, but if it's torture and difficult to get a good print, perhaps it isn't worth it!
I can't activate the shutter without the muscles in my hand making the whole camera move. Rather than leave it sitting on a shelf in closet, I'd rather sell it to someone that can make better use of it and use the proceeds to add on to my blad system or get another Rollei. As Yamaha used to say, different strokes different folks.
but as I said, if you can't make it work, you can't, don't sweat it, find a camera that works for you.
the $100 offer stands. :whistling:
This thread's a month old now and perhaps the deed has been done. If not, take seriously the advice of others and give it one. more. try. If it just doesn't work for you move on with a clear conscience and enjoy whatever gear you get with the freed up funds! I'd hang on to that M; it will do better for you than Kodak stock...
Here is the link to the soft release button to help with shutter actuation: http://www.rapidwinder.com/softies.htm
They are twenty bucks each.