Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/12/01

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Subject: RE: [Leica] actual leica question...
From: Jeremy Kime <>
Date: Tue, 1 Dec 1998 10:15:43 -0000

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Patrick Giagnocavo []
> Hi,
> 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
> lenses.
> 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?
> Thanks,
> ./patrick