Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/09/23

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Subject: Re: [Leica] "Best Buy" Leica SLR recommendations, please
From: Nathan Wajsman <>
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 17:37:07 +0200

Hi Mike,

I have recently picked up an SL with the 50mm Summicron for $400. It is a
wonderful piece of equipment, and as Doug wrote, the best viewfinder I have ever
seen on any SLR. If you can live without any autoexposure options, I heartily
recommend it.

Nathan wrote:

> My 18 year-old son is in his second year of a professional photography
> course, and has asked that we consider obtaining a Leica SLR with a 50mm for
> his use.  He has access to a considerable amount of  N***n equipment, so he
> isn't lacking for bodies or lenses to use.   However, he has an aritist's
> appreciation for subtle, qualitative differences in tonal rendition, and has
> often pointed it out in photographs which (unknown to him) happened to have
> been taken by Leica-using photographers.
> I have read the archives, as well as some of the (very few) sites on Leica
> SLRs, and it would appear that our choice of affordable, used bodies include
> Leicaflex SL,  R3, R4 (above ser #1.6M) and R4sP.  There are a considerable
> number of two-cam lenses on the market at attractive prices that would make
> the Leicaflex a great value, but it lacks any AE (not necessarily a bad
> thing).  Are conversions to three-cam expensive?  How about the R3 from a
> users perspective?  I'd like to keep the initial purchase under $600, if
> possible, for body and normal lens.
> Not to waste bandwidth, I must say it is a thrill to have my teenage son
> share an interest in photography.  So, if buying a Leica SLR for his use
> promotes "quality time" interaction with him, it is money well spent!  Your
> thoughts and suggestions are welcome.  Feel free to email me privately if you
> wish, and if anyone has something along these lines to sell on Friday, please
> let me hear from you!
> Best regards -- Mike Crist

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Nathan Wajsman
Overijse, Belgium
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