Source for R6.2 body

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by joe_buechler|2, Oct 5, 2000.

  1. Since the Contax S2 is defunct, I've decided to replace mine. There aren't very many choices available for this type of camera, and I'm happy with my M6, so I'm leaning toward a Leica R6.2

    <p>

    I'd appreciate any comments or advice on the R6.2, and thoughts on where would be the best place to buy one. (I'm in the U.S.)
     
  2. Just call Betty Anderson at Delta International. She prob. has one
    in the $1400.00 range....Can't beat that price for a new one!
     
  3. What do you mean "the Contax S2 is defunct"? Fact or rumor? TIA
    Mitch
     
  4. Cancel that question; I was thinking of the G2. In fact, I probably
    wasn't thinking at all (not unusual).
     
  5. Joe

    <p>

    A lot of people have been asking about this on this site recently! I
    have responded a lot about the R6.2 elsewhere. In short, I think it
    is a good manual camera.

    <p>

    My suggestion is to buy at Fotocare here in NYC - I like them and
    they give good personal service. You need to speak to Jeff Hirsch or
    Allen Weitz (212) 741 2990. Of course, I have no idea where you are
    located. Another favorite is Tamarkin here in NYC (don't have their
    number to hand), they are a real Leica store (perhaps even more than
    Fotocare, who are a good professional's outlet). They seem good folk
    with the right attitudes. Of course B&H will also sell you one no
    problem too.

    <p>

    By the way I do suggest you look carefully at the R8 - it is a great
    feeling camera and you may be really surprised by it.
     
  6. Thanks Robin. It would probably be worthwhile for me to drive to NYC
    so that I could look at one closely. Maybe I'll give Tamarkin a try.

    <p>

    Things that I like about the S2 are the small size, very bright
    viewfinder, and spot metering. It seems like the R6.2 will compare
    well on those points.

    <p>

    I don't particularly like the metering display in the S2. Could
    someone describe what the R6.2 viewfinder display looks like? Is it
    similar to a Nikon FM2, say, with optically displayed aperture and
    shutter speed and a three-point meter system? If not, what?

    <p>

    Last question - I like the left-hand aperture preview button on the S2
    better than the right-hand lever on an FM2. What is the aperture
    preview on an R6.2 like?
     
  7. Joe,

    <p>

    Sorry, but I can't answer the question about the viewfinder, but the
    Depth of field preview lever on the R6.2 is on the same side as the
    FM2... the right side while you are looking through the camera. It
    is quite a large lever compared to the Nikon.
     
  8. Thanks Al. Its not a showstopper, but I like being able to depress the
    aperture preview button on the S2 with my left hand, while I adjust
    the aperture with my thumb and index finger. This leaves my right hand
    in shooting position, supporting the camera and with my finger ready
    on the shutter release. I could never get used to the lever on the
    FM2. Maybe with practice I could learn to operate the lever with my
    second or third finger instead.
     
  9. Hi, Joe. The 6.2 stop-down lever is perfectly situated to be operated
    with the middle finger of the right hand. This allows you to keep
    control of the camera with the rest of your right hand without
    interference.
    The viewfinder has all the essential information without having
    overly distrative displays. All information is along the bottom edge
    of the finder. Going left to right...
    * The flash-ready lightning bolt - red LED.
    * The "circle" and "box" red LEDs - indicating the spot or full-field
    metering pattern being used. Also, these LEDs "blink" if you've set
    the ISO exposure compensation, but they don't tell you "which way" or
    by how much.
    * The "arrow-dot-arrow" red LEDs, indicating exposure under/over
    proximity. This arrangement is very effective, and was just adpoted
    on the M6 TTL (except the arrows on the 6.2 have little "-" and "+"
    signs built right into the arrow itself).
    * In the center of the lower edge is the current aperature reflected
    off the lens ring.
    * A little to the right is the current shutter speed.
    That's it. You can turn on a backlight to help with reading the
    aperature & shutter in low light situations. The center spot-field
    circle contains the split-image rangefinder, plus a micro-prism
    surround.
    I particularly like the selection switch on the 6.2 - "Off", "Spot",
    and "Full-Field". The shutter dial has no part in either selecting
    the exposure mode or turning the meter on or off.
    All-in-all, in my opinion, this is the SLR that a Leica rangefinder
    fan would feel most comfortable with if he/she was absolutely forced
    to stoop to the SLR alternative.
    Actually I love my 6.2 and selection of specialized R lenses just as
    much as my reagefinder. They complement each other very nicely.
    I agree Betty at Delta International would be my first stop for best
    price. Tamarkin if you want the service.
    Good hunting, Joe.
     

Share This Page