I'll chime in here... I have had Bessa, Leica CL, M3, Epson RD-1, and Canon P and l-3
.... Epson Rd-1 finder was dandy.... but like the Bessa always getting knocked out of alignment. ... I got used to taking the "shoe" off and adjusting.
The Leica CL shutter dragged a lot when cold. My M3 infuriates me with slow re-wind and loading.
The canons I really like A LOT! they are easy to load and see through and I am not afraid of damaging them, because I can get another for under $200.
Nikon Rangefinder... never touched one, they look nice except for that goofy lens mount that looks fragile,
(it looks like getting tangled on a coat sleeve, or door jamb knock would take the lens off the camra)
and limited lens selections compared to the LTM stuff.
In the end I like carrying a rangefinder around, but enjoy using an SLR much more for the kind of work I do.
I vote for the Canon P to use... the Nikon S2 to pose....
Also "gandy" and I can back up those Canon shutters are pretty trouble free. Stay away from even looking at a Leica CL... it's seductive... but troublesome.
... and I agree with the age of these cameras camera to camera rangefinder issues/aging will be significant.
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