Leica R6.2 noiselevel & vibrations

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by peter_olsson, Sep 22, 2000.

  1. I'm looking for a fairly lightweight 35 mm camera
    (I already have a 6x6) with matching good optics.
    I will use it mainly as my travelling camera,
    without backup (not for a living). Lens range
    will be 24-100, two to three lenses. I have
    handled a Leicaflex, which is a beatiful camera,
    very high quality feel, great viewfinder, but
    heavy, heavy (could as well carry my 6x6). The
    R6.2 weights 625 gram only. Now, how are the
    mirror and shutter vibrations on this camera for
    handheld use? And what about the noise, which
    will to some extent affect sharpness as well,
    since a sharp, loud uncomfortable sound can
    make a person (me) shake the camera unvoluntarily.

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    Are there any other things about this camera that
    would make it good/bad as a travel camera?
     
  2. I have one and find it superb. I upgraded it from the original R6
    which is also very good. The camera is pretty quiet and the shutter
    release/meter activation arrangement is very convenient (M6 users
    will know what I mean). I take a lot of shots on the Leica table
    tripod and find there is no problem with mirror vibrations from 21mm
    - 90mm, although at 180mm the table tripod is barely man enough for
    the job (but it helps). Of course you can lock the mirror up anyway.
    The viewfinder is really bright - I know of no camera with a brighter
    viewfinder (R8 perhaps?) although the SL and SL2 were superb in this
    regard too. You can use the whole screen to focus most of time. I use
    the central microprism spot screen (as in SL) which I find much
    superior to the standard split image/microprism.

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    The camera is nice and small and light and I have had only one
    problem when a cleaning brush hair got into the mirror mechanism and
    jammed it. Otherwise it is very reliable and is good in the hand. It
    is pretty small and in fact I might argue that the R8 is actually
    better to hold - but equally it is much larger and weighs much more.
    The metering system is simple and VERY sensitive which is very nice.
    The aperture/viewfinder illuminator I never use.

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    I cannot praise the Leica R lenses too highly by the way although I
    have no experience of the zooms. The bad news about the R-system is
    that many of the lenses are hyper expensive (often more than the M
    equivalents). The good news is that secondhand they can be much
    cheaper than the M equivalents. I have a black one, but aesthetically
    would prefer a chrome one next time.

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    It is not as quiet as an M - but I have no problem with the noise
    and, I know it is heresy for most Leica users, I think that reflex
    viewing cannot be beat! I prefer the larger size and therefore ease
    of handling of the R lenses compared to the often tiny and fiddly M-
    lenses.

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    If you like an all manual camera I recommend it as the best there is
    available (although I have not tried the Contax S2 - is this still
    around anyway?).
     

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