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At 01:13 PM 1/12/96 -0500, David Batista wrote: > Hello all. I am a Leica novice and I have decided to begin hunting >for an M6 and one of the 35mm or 28 mm wide angle lenses to go with it. I >have poured over the ads in Shutterbug for 7 months, followed this list's >postings, and studied several of the Leica books (M Compendium, etc.) and I >have developed (no pun intended ;-) ) several questions. > Thanks in advance for your time and attention ! > > 1. Are there any parts / aspects of the M6 that are prone to wear >or failure that I should be especially careful to look for when buying a >used example? Were there any years or serial number runs that were more >prone to break down than others? > > 2. Since I want to "use" the camera rather than just "collect" it, >should I go for what I sometimes see listed as a "user". Or is "user" >usually a euphemism for "broken down piece of junk" ? Or, should I spend >the extra money for one of the much more common grades of "exec" or >"exec+" ? > > 3. Do camera dealers (especially Leica dealers) usually have more >Leicas than they advertise in Shutterbug ? That is, do they just put their >best stuff in the ads? Is it worth calling around to dealers if I don't >see what I want in the ads? I don't know if it's more or less, but it's likely that a dealer's inventory will be different than when the ad was originally submitted to Shutterbug, or any other publication, given the weeks-long lead time most magazines have. So it's worth calling around. > > 4. I see a wide range of prices (e.g. $900 to $2,100) for M6's that >are all listed / graded as "exec". Is this because of cosmetic flaws or >does term "exec" have widely different interpretations among dealers? > > 5. Do you believe the jump in price for a f2.8 over a f3.5, or an >f2 over an f2.8 is worth it. That is, have you found the faster lenses to >be more useful and so justified in price? Should I try for the fastest >lens I can afford ( like with computers where you should always try to buy >the biggest hard drive or most RAM you can afford)? I think it depends on which lens you're talking about. The 28mm f/2.8 is one of the best lenses I've ever used, even at full aperture, and I hear the newer version is a tad sharper, and more compact to boot. That may be more of a factor than just an extra half-stop of speed. The same would probably apply to a 35mm f/2 Summicron v. a f/2.8, though I never did a comparison of the two when I bought a Summicron. If it's a question of a 35 v. a 28, go for the 35 first. Cheaper, and (for my sort of photography, anyway) can be used in many more situations than a 28. Also, since I wear glasses, the 28 requires the use of an accessory viewfinder to do a decent job of framing. That's a not-inconsiderable expense, and a bit of a hassle when you're shooting. Chuck Albertson Seattle, Wash.