You are getting a build quality that leaves nothing to chance. The solid machine will last forever. But...
You are also getting something that might not make you happy. First, the negative is going to be touching the upper glass which, as far as I am concerned, spells trouble (dust, Newton's rings, etc). I don't want that. And, there is no filter drawer so you will have to contend with optically pure (and very, very clean) 'under the lens' filtration.
Sorry for the castigation of almighty Leica but different engineering modes necessitate this downplay. Instead, you just might be happier with a very cheap Bogen or Beseler (just stay clear of the Cadet models) or Omega. The Japanese condenser models built for the 'masses' are really good instruments. Just make sure all is there and nothing is broken.
Long live Japan and long live Germany but pragmatism forces this dichotomy. - David Lyga
Last edited by David Lyga; 12-13-2011 at 08:43 AM. Click to view previous post history.