"Modern" handling M39 mount cameras?
Old 04-23-2014   #1
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"Modern" handling M39 mount cameras?

My only options for "modern" handling (combined shutter speed dial/advance levers) LTM cameras are the Bessas or the later screw mount Canons, correct?

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Old 04-23-2014   #2
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The later FEDs could be included in this list, too. I was going to add Nikon, but they're, well, Nikon-mount.
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Old 04-23-2014   #3
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Or an M-Leica with an adapter fitted.

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Old 04-23-2014   #4
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There are also some rare models from the very last stage of the LTM era. One of them (or maybe the only one? memory is blurred) is the Leotax G: M3 style body, combined speed dial, advance lever, backdoor loading and a Nikon SP style dual finder - one for 50/90 and the other one for 35.

Expensive and not very reliable, since only 500 were made out of the parts after the bankruptcy of the manufacturer. You would certainly be better off with a Canon VI...
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Old 04-23-2014   #5
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native m39 id say only canons which are really gems! like the vtdeluxe wow camera!
And that has that tiny lifting rod in the hot shoe that makes the accesory viewfinders compensate automatically parallax!
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Old 04-23-2014   #6
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... or the T981 Yasuhara...
With a 1/1 finder and a very precise lightmeter...
I had one and I sold it.
It is certainly the last "modern" LTM camera, with its Copal shutters.

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Old 04-24-2014   #7
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Hi,

Of course there are digital ones with M39 adapters...

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Old 04-24-2014   #8
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Zorki 6 might also qualify - advance lever, "normal" back and a single shutter speed dial (that, IIRC, may be set at any time). The set of shutter speeds is a bit limited, though.
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Old 04-24-2014   #9
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Didn't Yasuhara have problems with light-leaks using SLR shutters?
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Old 04-24-2014   #10
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Didn't Yasuhara have problems with light-leaks using SLR shutters?
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I never had problems concerning these leaks. But they were quoted, that's right.
The finder was really astonishing, and the 1/2000th very interesting. But the general making was not perfect. Something between a Zorki and a Leica, I think...

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Old 04-24-2014   #11
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Other than the separate slow speed dial, the Yashica YF is pretty "modern".
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Old 04-24-2014   #12
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I'd say a Canon P would have modern handling.

Lever advance
Non rotating shutter speed dial
Frame lines for; 35-50-100

Sounds modern to me. If you need a meter get the little shoe mounted Voigtlander.

I prefer LTM lenses but M mount bodies because;

LTM lenses will fit both types of bodies.
M mount bodies will take both types of lens mounts.
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Old 04-25-2014   #13
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Canon P, Canon 7.

Zorki 4K and Fed 5b/5c - the dial is lift and set and can only be set after cocking the shutter, but the speeds are all on one dial, the film is advanced with a lever, and the viewfinders are reasonably large.

Yashica YF - lever wind and integrated viewfinder/rf - but slow speeds on a separate dial, and the main dial is still lift and set. Also hugely expensive compared to the (arguably better) Canons.

And then you have the Bessas.
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The Bessa R is a terrific camera.

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I definitely agree with Chris... The Bessa R is a fantastic camera, it is a lot of fun.
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Old 04-26-2014   #16
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I can't think of much, aside from an in-finder meter display, that could be more up-to-date on my Canon 7. The design of it is pretty well ironed out: not very quirky like most of the earlier LTM RFs.

M3 and newer make for great LTM cameras too.
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