Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/12/04

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Subject: [Leica] RE: 1 body & 24mm or 2 bodies & none.
From: "BIRKEY, DUANE" <>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 1997 9:54:08 -0500

>I'm confused whether a 2nd M body at this point is needed or a 24/2.8 
>would be better. 

>a.) 1 M6 with 24, 35, 50, 90 
>b.) 2 M6 with 35, 50, 90


I'm going to be in the same situation very soon as well since I'm 
building a M Kit.   In my case I shoot everything on at least two 
different kinds of film so I'm going to need at least two bodies.  (I 
usually take at least three bodies on trips)  But I'm not going to use 
the M kit until I have enough lenses that I won't need to carry all of 
my Canon EQ with me. 

If you only use one kind or speed of film and you don't mind changing 
lenses a lot and you are willing to risk not getting any shots if your 
one and only M-6 decides to go on strike or just plain dies.  I'd buy 
the 24mm.

On the other hand.   It's nice to have two bodies so you don't have to 
change lenses so much.  It's nice to have two bodies, one with 50 or 
100 ASA for outside shots and another with really fast film for 
interiors or night stuff.  I like having both B&W and Slide film as I 
tend to see shots in either bw or color depending on subject etc.  Best 
of all, with two bodies, you increase your odds of not missing out on a 
once-in-a-life-time shooting opportunity because your one and only 
camera died or the eyepiece or advance or rewind lever fell off.

So....  I'm buying three lenses and then another body, maybe two, 
before adding a 24 or 21.

Duane Birkey
HCJB World Radio
Quito Ecuador