Quote Originally Posted by EASmithV View Post
I'm sure many will disagree, but in the 30's and 40's, if you were insistent on shooting the 35mm films of the day, a Leica would be the only way to go.. However, nowadays, a Leica is more jewelry than actual tool. Just my opinion.
For quality, the Leica and a few competitors were tops in 35mm. However, the economy of the 1930s and the scarcity of film during WWII make the half-frame Mercury almost viable. A Mercury II was my first venture into half-good 35mm photography in 1951. By then most people preferred the full frame Argus C3.