I used to have an old Leica M3 double stroke. I cannot imagine a more reliable and solid camera to save my life. It felt like one solid block of metal in your hands, and the film advance on the double stroke crank was just wonderful. The fact that it took Leica M and m39 lenses (w/ an adapter) was icing on the cake. But I prefer using a SLR because there's just something about seeing the image come into view in the viewfinder, and shoot Nikon SLR's now. Works out fine. I get to use Leica glass on them too if I wish, w/ an adapter. So why don't I have a Leica M3 anymore? Pure economics. All of my photography gear put together, including a fine old medium format Rolleicord, cost less than one Leica M3 body w/o a lens.
Canon and other makers made fine handling and reliable SLR's too, but I wouldn't compare any Japanese camera, even the Nikons, to the build point of a German Leica M. The fit and finish are not similar, and the fact that their old, cloth shuttered cameras still work like new when given a CLA speaks to their quality and superb design. I mean, these are OLD cameras.
I think the person who dies w/ nothing "wins". You cannot take it w/ you.
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