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  1. Do the imperfections affect the negative or shooting experience (dust in the viewfinder, for instance). If the answer is no, then ignore them. It is a mechanical device made by humans and not a divine object so perfection is not going to happen. If they make YOU crazy, then return it and put your money toward something else but do not expect perfection no matter what you purchase.
  2. I don't usually comment on specific lenses because each photographer has things they look for in a lens which may not be of value to another individual. Some like speed or want a focus lever or worry about size or bokeh (recent invention as we did not even know the term back in the 1970's). To my mind just about everything sold today is all good. If it was not, it would not sell (advantage of capitalism). I own a variety of Leica M mount lenses from all three major manufacturers (Leica, Zeiss and Voightlander). I will say that the Zeiss 35f2.8 C Biogon is probably my favorite lens o
  3. Of all the Leica film models I have used since 1975, I have only sent one in for a CLA. It was an M2 made in 1958 and I sent it to Sherry in 2018. I have owned both new and used cameras. It comes down to the condition of the individual body. My most recent film body was a M4 from 1975 and it is mint. I have not even thought about sending it for service. The films have been totally fine, not Pulitizer worthy but that is not the cameras fault. Sometimes I would like to blame the camera for the results I get but I don't honestly think I can. My present dilemma is obsessing over which
  4. Since the viewfinder on the M2 is .72 which is the same as the M4, M4-2, M4-P, M5, M6, M6TTL, M7, MP and MA and the 28mm frame line is present inside the field of view of the finders which have a 28 frame, the entire finder can easily be used for a very good approximation of the photo from a 28. If you look at the 28 frame lines and compare them to the field of view, the frame lines pretty much take up the entire finder. Of course you loose parallax compensation.
  5. My second 35 is the first version of the 35f1.2 Nokton. It is the largest but since I use it so seldom its size is not a factor. I have thought about selling it and the C Biogon and just getting one but have a hard time getting motivated since my needs are very well met with the pair of lenses. Have almost the same set up in 50 with a large fast one and the 50 Summicron as my small and compact travel lens. And having a couple lenses in each of my favorite focal lengths allows flexibility with my three M bodies.
  6. We talk about reliability of film cameras, especially between the MA/MP and older model film M bodies. I will say in 45 years of using film Leicas I have had to send two back for repair-a M2 which had a shutter problem and an M6TTL which had a tendency to eat batteries. Now that is a pretty good track record so I would not base a decision to purchase a new MA/MP vs an older model on reliability. Interesting, it was my M9 which was in the shop the longest for the sensor corrosion problem. I don't really see much of a problem with reliability concerning the MA/MP. I would probably go fo
  7. Have used a 35f2.8 C-Biogon for the past ten years. It is my favorite for travel due to size and weight. It may be the sharpest 35 currently made (at least before the 35 APO).
  8. For a film camera which costs over $5300 using machining and technology developed over 60 years ago, the MP and MA should NEVER leave the factory with any issues much less the ones listed. In fact, Leica could be justified with those prices if gold were used instead of brass.
  9. I have gone through a gear cycle three or four times since 1975 when I acquired my first Leica, a CL. I enjoy compact size of the Leica rangefinder but have always given into GAS acquiring two or three bodies and six or seven lenses so suddenly I get the urge to simplify my system so I will sell off bodies and lenses to get the system compact and light. Am finding myself thinking of doing it again as presently have three film Leicas, a digital MP240, and also some other cameras. Logic says not to sell anything because I will just buy into the system again at a higher price point. But it is
  10. But what about when you want to shoot both b&w and color simultaneously? Three film M bodies MAY be too many but one is NOT enough. And you have not said much about your preferred focal length. Up until a few years ago I was always able to limit my choice of lenses to one in each focal length, no longer. I own two lenses in 35 and three in 50 and would seriously think about the new APO's but there is also just too much gear.
  11. I am curious as to why people think the MA would be more reliable than an M4 other than the MA is newer. If both cameras use the same parts and both have had good care or a CLA, why would one work better than another, especially with the quality control Leica seems to lack with its current run of film cameras? I thought about buying new as I can certainly afford it but talking to a couple Leica repair techs around the country convinced me I would not be gaining anything other then knowing I was contributing to Leitz's bottom line. But I believe the M2 was the ultimate rangefinder film c
  12. I have owned M's continuously since 1975 and the M4 is one of my two favorites (other is M2). I picked up a mint black chrome 50 anniversary body with working MR4 in Oct, 2020, from ClassicConnection for $3000 so just under 60% of the cost of an MA. And I also own a chrome M2 so for less then the cost of an MA you could pick up two used film cameras. Other than the viewfinder frame lines and film loading system, is the MA any different than the M2? Tamarkin's website describes the MA as a modernized M2. I would get an M4 (or even an M2) and use the extra money for ???. Or get two film M
  13. Again, I would buy my M2 or M4 from a reputable camera store or dealer like Tamarkin in Chicago or Classic Connection in New Jersey. Besides a warranty on the camera, they both allow no hassle returns for up to two weeks. Give Tamarkin or Classic Connection a call and talk to them. I think you will be impressed. I know they both have great reputations in the Leica community. Tamarkin presently has two M2's (chrome) for $1500 or $1700. And Tamarkin's does CLA all used film cameras. They sell only Leica cameras so are very knowledgeable and Stan's favorite camera is a button rewind M2.
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