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On 5/24/2019 at 12:37 AM, phototrope said:

Interesting topic. Having sold almost all of my Nikon/Canon gear (ex wedding photographer), I was planning to buy a Leica 10M-P and an MP film, both new. All the Leica stores I called told me the MP's are in extremely short supply. I bought a chrome MP body a month ago and have been researching lenses. But yesterday one of the stores contacted me saying they have a black MP in stock. I love the MP, so I bought the black one too!  Now I have two film MP's and no more budget left for digital.  Although owning two leica film bodies has always been a dream, part of me is telling me I've gone crazy. Have I gone crazy?

Not at all. A Leica begets another, it seems.

Unless you absolutely must have an MP, you could return/sell your MPs, buy 2 M6s and probably have money left over for an M10.

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On 5/24/2019 at 8:37 AM, phototrope said:

Now I have two film MP's and no more budget left for digital.  Although owning two leica film bodies has always been a dream, part of me is telling me I've gone crazy. Have I gone crazy?

By the historical standards of this forum, owning two film bodies is quite conservative (and two brand new MP cameras is less extravagant than the multiple M10 and other digital bodies that is the accepted norm around here). 😀 You can't go wrong with two Leica film bodies (though admittedly I have two M-A bodies and haven't used one of them in over a year – it has the same film in it that I probably loaded in 2017!😮).

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I sold my Nikon dslr and only shoot with my Leica M3, Rolleiflex and my Olympus trip 35. Its much more expensive but its also very much funnier.

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21 hours ago, Patarei said:

I sold my Nikon dslr and only shoot with my Leica M3, Rolleiflex and my Olympus trip 35. Its much more expensive but its also very much funnier.

I'll 2nd that! Dumped my Fuji gear and now shoot only my M2, OM-1 and Trip 35. Went from 4,000 plus/mo to 120/mo with about the same number of keepers. Film has slowed me down and made me a better photographer. I don't think I'm a very good shooter ant more.

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16 hours ago, M2Pete said:

I'll 2nd that! Dumped my Fuji gear and now shoot only my M2, OM-1 and Trip 35. Went from 4,000 plus/mo to 120/mo with about the same number of keepers. Film has slowed me down and made me a better photographer. I don't think I'm a very good shooter ant more.

3rd.  I sold/donated my Olympus micro 4/3rds kit to fund my MP, lens, and film.  (I also sold my other film kit, Pentax).  My cell phone handles day to day camera responsibilities, my MP is for photography.

If I had a second MP body on hand, I'd have to sell it...the MP is unfortunately addicted to cellulose.

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I have several M film bodies plus a range of lenses. My favourites are my M6TTL and M7 which are in almost constant use. I have recently bought a M10-D which is about as close to a film Leica as a digital can get. I don't think the use of the film cameras will diminish though.

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A friend of me sold his film MP for a M10-D, used it for a short period and noticed the lack of joy from the analog proces from shooting to DIY wet printing and got disappointed in the image looks from the digital files. He sold the M10-D and went back to analog. M7 this time because of AE for concert photography.
It'a all a matter of taste.

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On 5/30/2019 at 3:27 PM, wattsy said:

By the historical standards of this forum, owning two film bodies is quite conservative (and two brand new MP cameras is less extravagant than the multiple M10 and other digital bodies that is the accepted norm around here). 😀 You can't go wrong with two Leica film bodies (though admittedly I have two M-A bodies and haven't used one of them in over a year – it has the same film in it that I probably loaded in 2017!😮).

Unless you are merely dabbling in Leica, I would say two Leica M film bodies is the absolute minimum! 

Two brand new MPs (black paint and silver chrome) would be my dream set. I am lucky enough to have bought the silver chrome 0.58 around 15 years ago. It is a truly excellent camera, and the ideal photographic tool, for me. 

I also have a philosophy of one camera body for each lens in use.  I like to carry two focal lengths, so that means two bodies.  Pure logic, is it not ... ? ;)  of course you need a backup body, so that makes three. 

I think @phototrope is missing a body.  Obviously the (now out of production) MP in Hammertone paint is the only solution. Then the set is complete! :) (There is one for sale in HK....)

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On 5/24/2019 at 3:37 PM, phototrope said:

Interesting topic. Having sold almost all of my Nikon/Canon gear (ex wedding photographer), I was planning to buy a Leica 10M-P and an MP film, both new. All the Leica stores I called told me the MP's are in extremely short supply. I bought a chrome MP body a month ago and have been researching lenses. But yesterday one of the stores contacted me saying they have a black MP in stock. I love the MP, so I bought the black one too!  Now I have two film MP's and no more budget left for digital.  Although owning two leica film bodies has always been a dream, part of me is telling me I've gone crazy. Have I gone crazy?

Nope. Not  unless I'm crazy too. Now go out and buy yourself a nice M2/3/4 as well!

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7 hours ago, Mute-on said:

Unless you are merely dabbling in Leica, I would say two Leica M film bodies is the absolute minimum! 

Not really. I once had about 4, maybe 5 film bodies but it didn't make my life any better and I wouldn't feel like a Leica "dabbler" if I were to go down to just one.

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1 hour ago, wattsy said:

Not really. I once had about 4, maybe 5 film bodies but it didn't make my life any better and I wouldn't feel like a Leica "dabbler" if I were to go down to just one.

Perhaps it wasn’t apparent that I was being a little less literal, and a little more tongue in cheek ... 

Work with me here, @wattsy! :)

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My first film photography started with family FED-2. It was during film only natural era. Maybe it is the reason I can't stand SLRs.

I can't focus mechanical without struggle and AF SLRs have larger lenses. Then I returned to film in 2012 I went through almost all common film formats and many cameras. I only stopped after getting M4-2. This became my only film camera I 'm using every day.

At some point I had M4-P and M3 DS ELS.  I sold them because they are not M4-2. But M4-2 has to go for service like any old M if it is in use as everyday, few bulks of film per year. And service, getting parts lasts for months...

So, if someone has two MP or two M-A it is not something wrong. Those cameras have parts which will lasts longer and even if one camera  is not in use, you never know. Camera could be dropped, curtain could be damaged and camera will go for long waiting service earlier.

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On 8/7/2018 at 4:24 PM, Paul Verrips said:

I was wondering how many of you quit shooting digital and only shoot on film?

 

Guilty a charged! 😜

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I too gave up digital completely and now only shoot film (Hello, my first post here!). 

Just spent 3 weeks in Vietnam with only my M3 and an Xpan and shot 17 rolls in total, mostly with the Leica. It was the first trip when I have left medium format at home and did it to save weight on what was a travelling around kind of trip. I very much enjoyed bonding with the M3, however I have no idea what the results will be as I have posted my film away yesterday for processing. 

Also, recently I have been craving either an M6 or an MP. I would prefer the MP for its rewind handle and brass build, but not sure I am keen on the extra money for those things. 

Anyway, hello. 

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On 8/29/2019 at 8:59 AM, Downhill Specialist said:

I too gave up digital completely and now only shoot film (Hello, my first post here!). 

Just spent 3 weeks in Vietnam with only my M3 and an Xpan and shot 17 rolls in total, mostly with the Leica. It was the first trip when I have left medium format at home and did it to save weight on what was a travelling around kind of trip. I very much enjoyed bonding with the M3, however I have no idea what the results will be as I have posted my film away yesterday for processing. 

Also, recently I have been craving either an M6 or an MP. I would prefer the MP for its rewind handle and brass build, but not sure I am keen on the extra money for those things. 

Anyway, hello. 

Welcome to the forum. I have realized that shooting film is so much more fun and results are similar or better. My digital is gathering dust. 

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On 29 August 2019 at 4:59 PM, Downhill Specialist said:

I too gave up digital completely and now only shoot film (Hello, my first post here!). 

Just spent 3 weeks in Vietnam with only my M3 and an Xpan and shot 17 rolls in total, mostly with the Leica. It was the first trip when I have left medium format at home and did it to save weight on what was a travelling around kind of trip. I very much enjoyed bonding with the M3, however I have no idea what the results will be as I have posted my film away yesterday for processing. 

Also, recently I have been craving either an M6 or an MP. I would prefer the MP for its rewind handle and brass build, but not sure I am keen on the extra money for those things. 

Anyway, hello. 

MP all day long, not only for the brass top plate but the much improved resistance to RF white out. Having recently looked at the second hand asking price of M6s compared to MPs, I detect the M6 is catching up. The former floats upwards in value whilst the latter hits the ceiling based on the cost to purchase new.

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On 8/31/2019 at 12:57 AM, jmahto said:

Welcome to the forum. I have realized that shooting film is so much more fun and results are similar or better. My digital is gathering dust. 

Thank you. I totally agree!

On 8/31/2019 at 9:00 AM, Steve Ricoh said:

MP all day long, not only for the brass top plate but the much improved resistance to RF white out. Having recently looked at the second hand asking price of M6s compared to MPs, I detect the M6 is catching up. The former floats upwards in value whilst the latter hits the ceiling based on the cost to purchase new.

Ah good points, thank you. I recently missed a nice MP for a good price because I struggled to justify spending so much. Shame. If my Vietnam images come back and I am happy, I will look at getting one. I don't wanna sell the M3, though. 

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On 8/24/2019 at 2:06 PM, wattsy said:

Not really. I once had about 4, maybe 5 film bodies but it didn't make my life any better and I wouldn't feel like a Leica "dabbler" if I were to go down to just one.

Thanks for the voice of reason...

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Just added a second M4 and DAG sent me a message yesterday the first is now completely been overhauled and is ready to send back so those both can now compete with the M6 for bag time, AND I just picked up a close to mint in-the-box later black 21mm f3.4 Super Angulon to have a period-correct super-wide to use with the M4's.

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12 hours ago, Gregm61 said:

Just added a second M4 and DAG sent me a message yesterday the first is now completely been overhauled and is ready to send back so those both can now compete with the M6 for bag time, AND I just picked up a close to mint in-the-box later black 21mm f3.4 Super Angulon to have a period-correct super-wide to use with the M4's.

Sounds like you're working on quite a film gear collection.

I like mismatching periods.  For example, on my M4 (just returned from DAG), I have a 35/1.4 ASPH I.  On my M240, I have a 28/2.8 Elmarit I.  😎

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