Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/11/30

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Subject: [Leica] actual leica question...
From: Patrick Giagnocavo <>
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 1998 17:37:25 -0500


I recently subscribed, have never owned a Leica...

I am wondering if anyone has any comments about the screw mount
clones like the Fed cameras or other clones that take the Leica

To be dead honest, I have always felt that the main appeal of the
Leica M was:

1.  Low noise (no mirror slap as in SLR)
2.  Lenses of very high quality, good 'bokeh' etc.

I am willing to spend the money to get used Leica lenses (like maybe
a 50mm or 35mm to start with), but let's be honest:  the lens is
more important to what ends up on film than the body, which is
basically a lighttight box that holds the lens in proper position. 
I have considered the CL and CLE but even they are somewhat
expensive (wish I was the guy who got the deal on the $600 M3DS +
lenses package! :-) )

So, what is the best choice for a cheap Leica - compatible body?