Brian, before bought my first M camera I trial ran a Leitz/Minolta CL. I really liked the size and the match stick meter. But I recall the viewfinder is small and I'm looking to a more modern design. By all accounts the CLE is an improvement and costs less money.
Why use a 50 when you have a 40:
My 50/2 cron is a mint collapsible (11116). It's a better lens for portraits. It has that look if you know what I mean. My current CLE Rokkor 40/2 replaced a 35/2 cron. I use it like a 35mm. I sold a M6 with 35/2 to buy the MP. For glass I purchased a value priced mint 40/2. A cost effective swap and better match for the MP's 35mm frame. A 40/2 swings both ways; either a long 35 or a short 50.
The MP is as good as it gets for a rangefinder experience. After 7 years I can move on and give someone else an opportunity to enjoy the best.
I am thinking a CLE with a 28 and 40 frameline is a good answer. I would still want an un-metered M for the 50. Once bit by a M always bit. On the other hand the KM-Hexanon can do it all in one body.
Fortunately Leica MP prices keep climbing allowing for a graceful exit.
Last edited by Richard Jepsen; 03-08-2012 at 04:56 PM. Click to view previous post history.