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What was your First Leica and First Lens for it?
Old 10-24-2011   #1
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What was your First Leica and First Lens for it?

I've been shooting my DSLR for about 4 years now. And Been shooting with my olympus xa rangefinder for 3 years. Over time, I find myself enjoying the olympus xa more, and the DSLR gets left behind.

When I joined this forum, it was about the time I was seriously considering to get into the M system of Rangefinders...I had planned to get an R3A and a Zeiss 50mm f/2 plannar. My Budget back then was $2000. But I ended up not buying anything though.

But now I'm back, and I've budgeted myself $2000 again. Not just that, but I've done more research, and have decided to go with a Leica M6, and my first Lens, which will be a 35mm f/3.5 summaron. I would have preferred to get a ver. 4 summicron (with the focusing tab, w/o the built in hood), but can't find one for about $800 or less.

So I decided to go with the M6 and 35mm f/3.5 summaron. Would you recommend this set up?

I like the 50mm focal length, but I feel the 35mm will be more versatile, and force me to think about composition more. Maybe its just me, but I feel a lot comfortable shooting and composing with the 50, than 35. The Olympus XA was mainly just for snap shots. But now I want to actually think about my photography more...hope this new setup forces me to get creative!
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Old 10-24-2011   #2
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i got an m6 and a cv 35 f/2.5. it's been good to me (i still have it). then i got a planar 50mm and a nokton 40. after taking it on a vacation and not using it much, i'm starting to think that maybe leica isn't for me. if i had a smaller P&S, i'd likely be more inclined to actually shoot photos.

image quality is awesome though.

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Old 10-24-2011   #3
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I started out in the rangefinder world with a Zorki-4 and Jupiter-8 & then picked up my Canon Serenar 35mm f/2.8.

First Leica was the M4-P and I still love using it (with any of my lenses) - if I were in your position, I would consider getting something like the M4-P or M2, which can be had for around $650 if you look hard enough and then spending the rest on a lens (I would get the Zeiss 35/2 again, but if your preference is for a Summicron, the saving on the camera body should pay for it!)
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Old 10-24-2011   #4
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My first Leica was a Leica M6 classic and I am still using it. I was lucky enough to find a mint complete in box M6 in an small town in Germany back in 2009 when I was travelling there, with the price 600EUR. The camera had to be on the shelf for a couple of months before I got my first Leica 50/2.8 Elmar (old one). It's a good lens but finally I sold it because at that moment I had three 50mm lenses: 50/2.8, 50/2 collapsible and 50/2 tabbed version. The 50/2 version 4 still remain with me now.
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Old 10-24-2011   #5
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My first was my M6 TTL, and my first lens a Soviet made Jupiter-8 50mm f/2. While it's a good lens, it has ergo issues, in that it's not as effortless to use as my other lenses. Personally I'm inclined to recommend a Voigtlander 35mm f/1.4 MC as your first lens. It's a solid performer, not perfect, but quite close. Another thing I like about the Voigtlander 35mm f/1.4 is it's equally good on my M6 TTL, and my M9.

Probably my best bargain lens is a 1935 Leica Summar 50mm f/2 I picked up recently for $200. The class is exceptionally clean for a Summar. It's a fun lens, and one I need to use more.
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Old 10-24-2011   #6
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A used M3 and 50 Rigid in 1971 - sold it b/c of a light leak that was difficult to find. But the disease had struck & 4 years later an M4 appeared - the rest is history
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Old 10-24-2011   #7
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M6 + 35mm Summilux-M pre-ASPH. The lens stayed and the camera sold, preferred the M4-P over the M6.
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Old 10-24-2011   #8
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M6 TTL .85 + V3 Summicron 50/2. That was a month ago, I now have the same lens and the MP .72
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Old 10-24-2011   #9
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Started off with an M4 with the 40mm Rokkor, then upgraded to a 35mm Summicron. Ultimately replaced by a Mamiya 7 with the 80mm.
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Old 10-24-2011   #11
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IIF with a LTM Summicron 50 (1st version) collapsible that DAG overhauled.
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Old 10-24-2011   #12
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I had a Leica M3 DS and VC 40mm f1.4 MC version on it. Awesome combo, but I had to sell the body, still clinging onto the lens though.
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Old 10-24-2011   #13
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Mine was a Leica M2 lever rewind with Canon 35mm f/2.8 (chrome), 90mm Elmar and 135mm Hektor. They all came together for a price I couldn't pass up.

Since then it's been a GASsy downhill slide...
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Old 10-24-2011   #14
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M4-P with CV 35/1.4 Nokton....
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Old 10-24-2011   #15
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an M6 and a few Voigtlander lenses (Nokton 35 f/1.4, 75 f/2.5). Still have the camera and a few more, but now several modern leica lenses, and some screw-mount lenses....
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Old 10-24-2011   #16
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Late M3 and DR Summicron. That was a long time ago.

Still have and shoot both. (were did the years go?)
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Old 10-24-2011   #17
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I bought an M6 and an Elmar 50mm f2.8 in 1999. I have bought many other cameras and lenses since, but, with the benefit of hindsight, I need not have bothered. Experimenting with all this different equipment has been -- and remains -- great fun, but when it comes to actually taking photographs, I keep on using the same few things.
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an M4 + 1.5/50 nokton. in hindsight, I would have preferred a 35mm first but the nokton's still a great lens.

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Old 10-24-2011   #19
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I abandoned the dslr world and I started with an used MP and a summicron 35 v4

and still this is my favourite couple
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Old 10-25-2011   #20
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I actually started out with a Leica copy, a Zorki 1 with an Industar lens. The shutter was full of holes, but otherwise it worked. I shot a lot of film with the camera, and had fun shooting with something so primitive.

Then one day I was looking around a used camera shop and came across an old Leica IIa. The price was cheap as the base plate was missing. It was worlds better than my Zorki, far smoother and quieter. I bought the camera, and then used a base plate from a Zorki parts camera.

From the IIa I moved to the IIIc, and then I got an M4, and M6, another M4, and countless Canon P, 7, L types, then Nicca, Leotax, Yashica, etc. In my backpack now is an M4 with a Canon 50/1.2, and a IIIc with a first model Summicron, oh, and a Hexar AF.
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Old 10-25-2011   #21
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M2 + CV 50/2.5 Skopar.

I could sell all that I have ever acquired since, but I shall never part with these two.
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Old 10-25-2011   #22
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An m6 with a 50 summicron rigid.
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Old 10-25-2011   #23
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About a year ago the only experience with film I had was from playing w/ an old Lubitel TLR that we had in a closet, but I liked the experience and developing film very much so I wanted to have a simpler camera.

I stumbled across this forum when I was ebaying old cameras and decided to order a Zorki-6 rangefinder. I liked it and ordered a Zorki-1 and so on, all the time dreaming of a Leica M.

So this summer I finally decided it would be worth it and first bought a Leica M2 and a month after that a Summicron 50mm DR. Couldn't be happier!

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Old 10-25-2011   #24
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First Leica? Late M3 and Summicron rigid. It was only a brief romance.
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Old 10-25-2011   #25
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For me it was a black M6 with a 50mm dual range summicron. Still have and use both.
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Old 10-25-2011   #26
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A single-stroke M3 w/50mm Elmar, picked up at a flea market a couple of years ago.

As I found out how much fun the whole rangefinder thing was (I am a die-hard F Nikonite at heart), the Elmar was quickly replaced by an 11819 Summicron and a 90mm APO-Summicron followed a few months ago.

I recently found a bargain M4-P which sees more use than the M3 nowadays - mostly because it is still the 'new' camera. GAS being what it is, I've already started looking for a nice M4 to replace the M4-P, though.
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My first M mount was a LeitzMinolta CL. I traded it in for a M3 DS with a Canon 50 1.8. A real beater. Everything about that M3 was off, but it was a Leica and it just kept on working despite its faults. While I don't abuse my cameras, the CL is just not robust.
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My first Leica was an M2. I'll never part with it. Bought an DR Summicron to go with it. That, I did part with, in favor of a Nikkor 50/2. It's not as much fun to handle or look at, but I can't argue with the results: Sonnar RULES!
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I arrived with an M7 and 50/2. I'd been shooting Contax G2 and Nikon F4/F100's before that. And a lot of 8x10.
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My first Leica was actually the digital X1, since I wanted a compact asp-c camera for my Asia trip. Then came the sweet little Leica CL with the 40mm summicron and 90mm elmar lens, which triggered my desire for a true M. Bought the M4-P and an elmarit 28mm lens, to which I then added the Canon LTM 50mm f/1.2 for the fun of it. In the meantime I had also bought the wonderful digilux2 for more digital versatility.

That's my Leica start. We'll see where this all ends.
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Old 10-25-2011   #31
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In the early 90's I bought an M2 with a goggle-ised 35v1 Summicron and Two IIIf's one with a Summitar and the other an Elmar 5cm 3.5 .. I sold the IIIf with the Elmar..
The M2 is still my go to M and the Summitar is an absolute fav.. the IIIf sadly has pin holes in the blinds, the Summicron gets occasional use but the gogg's are not in the best shape.. but it still take capable of mighty fine pics.
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First Leica was a screw mount IIIa with a 50mm rare earth Summicron.
First Leica M was an M3 with a rigid 50mm Summicron, that also came with a 28mm 3.5 voigtlander.
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Mine was a M3 with Summicron DR, still one of my favorite shooting kit.
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My first Leica was an M6, did not really like it, so traded for M3, which I'm very happy with.
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First Leica a IIIC from 1949 used with an Industar 22
My first M was an M6 and a 35mm f1.7 CV Ultron both bought used.
Before you buy the Summaron take some time to consider alternatives like the 35mm 2.5 Skopar (a very good lens I only bought the Ultron as it was one stop faster)

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Old 10-25-2011   #37
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Leica M6TTL and a rigid silver 'cron 50mm. I think I would have been happier with a 35mm lens but I didn't know it at the time.
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At the height of the recent credit crisis I bought a 35 Cron V.4 and 75 Lux at depressed prices, both at Adorama in the same purchase using zero APR credit.

Over a month later I eventually bought an unusual M6 off Ebay that has a Ti toplate with the Wetzlar engravings of the early M6's. Came with a surprise: a dead frame counter.

Eventually I had the camera overhauled by Sherry, the frame counter repaired, and had a MP finder installed. Today it also features a TA Rapidwinder and a TA Rapidgrip.

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IIf and Canon 35/2.0

I highly recommand the Canon (plus adapter), as is offers Summicron quality for some $500. It's incredibly small and light weight and
it doesn't need a hood.
I also have the Canon 50/1.8 and 100/3.5 (plus a P). Fine glass too, but the 35/2.0 is outstanding.

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Leica M3 and 50 Summicron DR. The DR is still one of my favorite lenses
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