Try to get your hands on one if you can to see how the ergonomics work for you. They are great cameras but can be a little quirky to use. I got lucky and picked up a cheap IIIc. After seeing much acclaim about the IIa I had a chance to handle on. It turns out I found it more awkward to hold and decided to stick with the larger IIIc. Thats a personal decision though.
Either model - with any glass variation (though I'd look for a Xenon or Heligon) - can be an excellent user. Everything being equal, I'd buy the camera that was in the best condition.
Last edited by Brian Legge; 07-13-2013 at 12:48 PM. Click to view previous post history.