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Old 11-27-2016   #81
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Always wondered about this one. Which one do people consider the SLR equivalent of the mechanical Leica M's?
For size, dependability, features, simplicity, and lens quality, the Leica M6 and the Nikon F2 are equivalents in my opinion.


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Old 11-27-2016   #82
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I sure enjoy my Leica MDa with a Visoflex II and 65mm Elmar. I actually wish SLR's were made that way. Talk about solid!!! And well balanced. It makes up for the heavy-ish nature of the device(s).

But, technically, it somewhat isn't a SLR.....
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Old 11-27-2016   #83
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4x F2, 2x F, 2x M2, 3x M3, 3x Barnak's ….. Once you overcome the right and left hand focus and other lens operations… of the two designs. The best of both worlds is your new address.
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Old 11-27-2016   #84
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For size, dependability, features, simplicity, and lens quality, the Leica M6 and the Nikon F2 are equivalents in my opinion.


Leica M6 & Nikon F2 by Narsuitus, on Flickr
Quite a good demonstration why Leica and Nikon F are opposite ends rather than equivalent.
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Old 11-27-2016   #85
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For size (not weight), optics and mechanism: Alpa 9d
Would love to try one, some day.
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Old 11-27-2016   #86
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Gotta be the Pentax lx. Size, simplicity, and the CLARITY of the viewfinder.
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I came across this thread via Google whilst researching the Nikon F2 and I know that I'm late to the party, but...

(And this is very much tongue in cheek).

I'm surprised that nobody suggested a Leica M with the accessory reflex housing! Haha. ��
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Old 02-20-2018   #88
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I came across this thread via Google whilst researching the Nikon F2 and I know that I'm late to the party, but...

(And this is very much tongue in cheek).

I'm surprised that nobody suggested a Leica M with the accessory reflex housing! Haha. ��
Look at post #83
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Nikon FE compared to Leica M7. I have and use both. FE is easier to focus.
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Old 02-20-2018   #90
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Nikon FE compared to Leica M7. I have and use both. FE is easier to focus.
Cheers Dan
With long lenses. I have both (FE2), and the M7 (as well as other RFs) is much easier to focus with wide angle lenses and about the same with 50mm.
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Pentax MX.

I had an Oly OM1, also a wonderful camera, however it felt "hallower" than the MX. I gave it away to a friend and kept my MX. The vibration is dampened better on my MX, although it is a bit noisier than the OM1 (The shutter and the aperture coupling arm make more noise rather than the mirror).

The quietest SLR I've ever had is the humble Pentax ME, but the vibration is not well dampened.
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Although it does not entirely fit the bill (it is not wholly mechanical) in terms of "hand feel" and functionality I would opt for the Leica R4. It's a beautiful camera with access to a range of stunning lenses. Some early versions did have electronics issues though.

If truly committed to a mechanical camera the Leica R6 or R6.2 would be the way to go. According to this quote: "This made the R6 the first fully mechanical, manual-exposure-only Leica reflex camera since the discontinuation of the Leicaflex SL2"

https://www.apotelyt.com/photo-camera/leica-r6
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Nikon FM/FM2 or, if you really want to go old-school, just about any of the Pentax Spotmatic variations - Know several of the old-time war photogs who swear by Spotmatics from the Vietnam era - almost indestructible.
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Nikon FM3 all the way.
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Old 02-20-2018   #96
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Nikon F3 hp There are some exceptional fine lenses made by Nikon and Zeiss for this camera. It is also very sturdy and well designed. If you wanted an SLR to back up an M6 this would be my choice. And, like the M6 batteries are simple and abundant.
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I think I already said it, but the Leica SL/SL2 blows away the competition.
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I think I already said it, but the Leica SL/SL2 blows away the competition.
The original (standard) Leicaflex should be on your list.
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Nikon F, no doubt.

Some of us can probably recall the standard 1960/70's PJ outfit consisting of two or three Leica M's with wide angle lenses and a Nikon F with a telephoto.
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