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Switching to Leica.. is this a good deal?

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It's really interesting to me: I am probably the least experienced "camera operator" around here. I went to look at the Nikon D200. I had them put a bunch of lenses of it.

 

I hated it.

 

I hated all of the Canon stuff too.

 

I am probably going to get in to trouble for my language but the lenses feel like shit... and I mean *real junk*.

 

Scratchy and plastic... and...

 

Put quite simply: I am a musician by trade. If I have to fight with the instrument then I can't play. I don't even want to walk out on stage. I don't feel confident. I don't want to go out in to public that way.

 

It just doesn't feel... "slick and sexy". I don't know how to explain it any other way.

 

There's Steinway and then there's Kawai.

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Guest trix
If the resale value for Leica wasnt so bad I would get rid of most of it and buy a second 5D (or maybe a 30D for situations where the crop doesnt hurt) and lots of L lenses.

 

Doesn´t make sense. Do you think the resale value will rise?

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Dan,

 

I would invest in buying either a M2 or a used M6 (either version) and a 35 'Cron. You should be able to pick these up for about USD1500. Ideally I would get the M" if you can find one that is CLA'D. If you can't get on with a M with 35 lens, then don't bother. Anyway the M2 is probably better built than even the new MP and you won't lose money on a M2.

 

Best wishes,

 

Charlie

 

I think this is sage advice about getting into Leica film equipment; don't buy it new unless you are not financially bound. I recently picked up a M5 + 50mm summicron lens for under that figure on ebay. I am so very pleased with what it does; I think all the time about what I can do with it in certain circumstances. I'd suggest setting yourself a price limit of 2000US; then head to ebay and choose two lenses you'd use most often and the used M body. Go with the old stuff in good condition, you won't be unhappy; and your wallet won't be so wanting:)

 

Good cheer,

Thomas W.

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Guest Bernd Banken

 

If I have to fight with the instrument then I can't play. I don't even want to walk out on stage. I don't feel confident. I don't want to go out in to public that way.

 

A well known musician told once:

 

"No pain, no gain." (SRV)

 

cheers

Bernd

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