An ideal Leica M
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An ideal Leica M

I didn't say the ideal Leica M. There could be several of those, depending on what is ideal for you or me. ! I'd like one of them to be a meterless M with the original frameline sizes of the M2/M4/M5; plus the 75mm frameline; with a 0.58 magnification finder. Meterless, because it is apparently the meter that forces the 50mm frameline to be too small. Black paint would be nice, but black chrome would be OK. An M4P with 0.58 finder would fill the bill, I believe; though I'd rather have the smooth brass gears of the original M4.

What would be your ideal Leica?
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What would be your ideal Leica?
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I have mine. One is a .72 MP with the full frame line set, and the other is a .58 MP with the full frame line set and the M6 type rewind for ease of use with the frankenfinder. Both are black chrome, with no engravings.

I much prefer having a meter in the camera, and I find the three diode type readout really well implemented.
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An M3 works for me.
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Black chrome MP with the shutter speed dial of the M6TTL, .72 viewfinder with 35, 50, and 28/90 framelines, no engraving. And maybe an M3 with the quick loading feature and M6TTL dial as a second dedicated body for 50mm and longer lenses.
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The M3/M2/M4 are absolutely perfect. If I had to nit pick, two things come to mind:

- Frame lines should tilt for closeup shots
- Two strap lugs on the side
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Any working M.
Meter is welcome but not necessary.
50mm Summicron.
The colour doesn´t matter.
As long as its black
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For a daily user, either my M6ttl .85 or the .58, both with Tom A's Rapidwinders. They were cleaned and lubed by DAG a couple of years ago and are every bit as smooth as my M4. The meters are accurate and I prefer a metered camera for times when I'm in a hurry.
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My favorite was the M6 ... of the ones I used. Now, I think the M10 would be the most ideal for how I like to do my photography.
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This one, but since Erik already has it, I'm out of luck.

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Which ever I'm using right now.
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Film - M3 with the quick load system.
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M4. I have one. I'm happy.
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I have both of mine: M4-2 and M-D typ 262. Ideal for me. I'll keep 'em as long as I can.

Thinking of which, I need to send the M4-2 in for a shutter overhaul. It's running slow-fast (slow at one end, fast at the other) which means the tensioning brake is worn out. It means exposure is off by .5EV at 1/1000 at the ends, and by .3EV at the ends.

I only see it at 1/500 and 1/1000 second, but eh? Might as well have it taken care of sometime soon.

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The M-D, but smaller, like a CL.
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Conceptualy, a meterless CL with the rf base increased by 20mm, low magnification vf with frame lines for 28-40-90 and Cosina makes the lenses.

But really, I’m not the rangefinder sort, I like my OM better.
And my Olympus 35RC is enough although I have a M4-2, go figure.
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My ideal M must be an M4-P. I had one, it got stolen, then a few years later, I got another M4-P. This time I got a couple Canadian lenses with it too.
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This one. Because it's the one I have and I'm yet to find myself wanting it to be any more or less than it is

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The Hexar RF, of course.
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Which ever I'm using right now.
+1, anh I'm lucky enough that I have a mint M2 perfect working condition after CLA
If you ask me what to add to M2, I dont know to be honest, a meter maybe?

I've tried M2, M3, M4, M6, M7,

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Exactly as Youarehere says - a CL sized MP, or M9 even better, except in my case I'd stipulate
- M type build quality, not CL quality
- 35 and 50 and maybe 90 framelines
- Viewfinder good for 28 mm fov
- Nice to have: auto exposure with exposure lock on the shutter button, like M7, M9 and succeeding digital M cameras.
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For film I've had M3, M2, M4, M4-2, CL, CLE and M6. All were decent cameras, but the M6 has been my favourite by far.

I'm still trying to justify the money for a digital M.
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If I want a meterless M I can go vintage, and there is already various .58x bodies available used. I doubt Leica in this day and age will release any new film bodies but what I want is a Leica version of the Hexar RF with 1:1 finder and 1/4000 shutter speed for my Noctilux.
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Would the ideal M camera come with a matching piece of satin black or silver tape, to cover the red Leica logo with?
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The ideal M camera would come with a trust fund that would cover lens purchases.
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My M6 (classic) is very ideal for me...until I recently tried clicking the shutter of an M2 (and M3)...like butter. I can't describe it any other way.

I do like having a meter, so I wonder if an MP would give me the M2 (butter) feel with a meter... If so that would be my ideal M.
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I doubt Leica in this day and age will release any new film bodies
umm... have you heard about the M-A?
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Would the ideal M camera come with a matching piece of satin black or silver tape, to cover the red Leica logo with?
The ideal Leica would not have a red logo. Well, I could make an exception for the M4-P, which has the red dot down on the vulcanite. It doesn't bother me there.
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I'm going to have to say that my ideal M has become my M-A. Though I'm quickly growing attached to my new M10 as well.

I've tried a number of film Ms out, there was something about the M3 that I miss and I'll probably get another someday if I start shooting 50mm again. But for me the M-A/M10 combo with my sole lens (35 FLE) works for me. My only choice is film or digital and I'm liking it that way.
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The ideal Leica would not have a red logo. Well, I could make an exception for the M4-P, which has the red dot down on the vulcanite. It doesn't bother me there.
Exactly! Have had an M4-P for less than one week and the M4-P front looks so much better than the M6 with its high-position red dot. And the framelines are so bright!

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I own an older M6 Wetzler. I like the M6 because of the meter and the (almost useless for me) 28mm frame lines. I chose the Wetzler because of the ability to use
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The M10 would be ideal for me.
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