The timeworn poll: which 1 body + 1 lens?

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by tse_sung_wu|7, Jul 11, 2001.

  1. I was perusing groups.google.com, which archives old Usenet posts. Remember rec.photo.*? Anyhow, I recall an interesting thread that I would like to propose it here (a little different from "If I had to do over again"):
    If you had to part with all your equipment, what one lens and one body would you keep?
    Why ask Leica users? Perhaps few others have thought so carefully about their equipment (I mean, it takes a bit justify the expense), and have used other equipment, etc...
    As a newbie with just a telephoto lens (90E) and M6 (.72), I still think I would go with my trusty Hexar original. When and if I get the 35/2 Asph, I may change my mind.
    Others?
     
  2. .58x M6 TTL and 35 Summilux asph. Hands down.
     
  3. M6 TTL .58x and Tri-Elmar
     
  4. ....An 8 x 10 Deardorff with a Goerz Dagor 12"...

    <p>

    Just kidding...I'd keep the M4-P and the 35 pre-ASPH Summicron.

    <p>

    If allowed to upgrade first, I might spring for the 35 1.4 ASPH and an
    M6 .58 - but maybe not.
     
  5. My nikon F5 and a 35/2 (or if I can have a zoom 17-35/2.8). There may
    never be a camera that feels as good in my hands and mind as that one.

    <p>

    But if we're talking Leica style rangefinders. Black M6 with the
    latest non-asph 35/1.4. I combo I regret having given up at a low
    point in my finances.
     
  6. M6 TTL 0.72 and 2/35 ASPH. Originally, I had the newest 2/50.
     
  7. M3, type 11817 50mm summicron
     
  8. M3, 50 Summilux (if I get to keep something I don't have, make it a
    Noctilux).<P>
    <img src="http://mikedixonphotography.com/farrahbw03.jpg">
     
  9. M6 TTL .72 & 35/2 ASPH

    <p>

    I'm pretty new to this Leica game but totally love what I have been
    getting with my M6. I also love my M4 / 50mm setup and I'm looking
    for a used f2 90mm to add to my lenses. I also love my D1 and 20-35...

    <p>

    Mark
     
  10. M6J + 50/1,4 (last version with separate lens hood).
     
  11. If it's absolutely one camera and one lens among what I own, then
    it'll be the Minolta CLE, and either the Leica 21mm f/2.8 ASPH (used
    with hood removed) or the Konica M-Hexanon 28mm f/2.8. If my choices
    include those that I don't own, I would have the same lens but a
    M6TTL body (preferrably the one with the .58 finder).
     
  12. M3 + 50 Summilux, if I had them, but of what I do have, M4-2 + 50
    Summicron.
     
  13. M6ttl + 50 1.4
     
  14. R5 + Macro Emarit 60/f2.8
     
  15. M3 and Rigid Summicron
     
  16. Last month I would have said M6 TT 0.58 and 50mm
    Summicron. However, now that I have used the 35mm ASPH
    Summicron, I am going to say:

    <p>

    M6 TTL 0.58 plus 35mm ASPH Summicron (all black). You have
    to love the uncluttered viewfinder (no 135 framelines) and
    comfortable view of the 35mm framelines.

    <p>

    Next month my answer may revert to the 50 'cron, howevver.
     
  17. M6 TTL .72 & 35/2 pre-ASPH.
     
  18. My M-4P and my 50/2 (not latest). Of course, that is the only camera
    body I own ('cept for a point and shoot Leica). If I could
    pick "any" lens, I'd probably pick the tri-elmar, or the Nocti.
     
  19. One body and one lens... for the body, any reasonable copy of the one
    in Mike Dixon's photo from above. ;-)

    <p>

    A classic M6 - I don't want to learn to change the direction of my
    shutterspeed dial after all of these years. I am convinced that my
    1988 model is simply indestructible.

    <p>

    A next to last 50mm Summicron with tab - A real coin toss with the
    35mm Summicron, but my last roll of film was made with the 50, so
    today it is my favorite.
     
  20. No question -- a IIIFst and late 50mm f:3.5 Elmar.
     
  21. M6 and the girl in Mike Dixon's picture.
     
  22. Easy: .58x M6 TTL and 35 Summilux Asph. Even after purchasing several
    new lenses, that's my favorite combination. The single frameline set
    at 35mm on the .58 is wonderful.
     
  23. Of all my cameras: Hasselblad 503CX + 60/3.5CF
    Of my 35mm SLR cameras: Nikon F100 + 28-105 AF-D (sorry, the R's go)
    Of my 35mm rangefinders: Konica Hexar RF and Tri-Elmar

    <p>

    These outfits would all get me as much range as possible within the
    formats. I would *really* miss the F5 + 300/2.8 and teleconverters
    because it would mean giving up shooting wildlife, but that's only
    about 30% of what I shoot.

    <p>

    If I had to pick just one of the above it would be the F100/28-105.
    Why? Because eventually I could afford to expand that system the
    quickest, including into digital.
     
  24. M3 modified for .7 meter minimum focus + current 50mm f2.0. Close
    second is Minolta CLE + 40 Rokkor.
     
  25. I will keep m6 0.72+ 21 asph. Close second is m6 0.85 ttl + current
    50 'cron.
     
  26. I tomorrow I would go to a trip with no return, and I needed to take
    one camera and one lens, I wouldn,t go!; but if a must, I love my M4P-
    35/2 preasph combo, but I may try the M6 classic-35/1.4 asph., before
    the launch they will tell me there is not room for film.
     
  27. That's easy- Leicaflex SL, 400mm f/6.8 Telyt. See why at
    http://www.wildlightphoto.com
     
  28. Leica M6 and the latest 50 Summicron. This combo is as competent as
    any 35mm shooter out there.
     
  29. M6 and current 50 Summicron (with added focus tab...) I settled on the
    50mm a long time ago, it's the only focal length I think in anymore.
    It's liberating.
     
  30. My 1995 M6 and a latest 50 Summicron,(narrowly outing my 35f2 Asph).
     
  31. Ah, more equipment blather. Can't resist.
    "newer" M3, (serial number over 1,000,000) and the 50mm f/1.4 Summilux with the reversable hood. Hands on!
    The Noctilux, while being nothing short of amazing optically, (It's as good as the Summilux, in the non rigorous test I've done) is just too big.
    I can drop the Summilux into one pocket, the M3 in another, and hardly be bothered by the camera, while carrying it around. The Noctilux would rip out my pockets.
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  33. Popular subject, isn't it?
    I hadn't thought about it before so this answer is somewhat
    precarious: I think I'd keep my FM2-n and 35-70mm f2.8 in order to
    get sure that I have the widest possible range of photo needs covered
    by existing pieces of my photo gear. . . and long my M3s for a
    lifetime.

    <p>

    - Iván
     
  34. R8 and 60mm macro. But you'd have to be fully armed to part me from
    my 90mm Elmarit!
     
  35. I just bought a M6-TTL (.85) and Summicron 35mm f2 ASPH based on
    suggestions from various sources. Quite satisfied with the result.
     
  36. I can't choose from my 18 cameras,... fell in depression ,...and have
    chosen a single malt
     
  37. M6 TTL .72 and 35 Summicron pre-asph.
     
  38. M6TTL .72 (black) w/ 35mm Summicron ASPH is easily my first choice!
    The current 50mm Summicron is easily a very close second.
     
  39. M6.072 + 35/2 Asph. or M3 + 50/2 SummicronM
     
  40. M6 .58, with the 3E (I know, 3 focal lengths in one lens is cheating)
    or the 35/1.4 ASPH. Oh, and the Motor-M. Nice, nice, nice package!
     
  41. No camera manufacturers like the philosophy of one body one lens, who
    is going to buy all the fisheye, super wide, super tele, super zoom ,
    mirror lens ?
     
  42. Black paint M6 TTL .72 + 35mm Summilux Aspherical.
     
  43. My alternate one camera: Minox Tlx;
     
  44. In the August 2000 issue of Shutterbug (I think it was August), there
    was a list of 'desert island' cameras- the one camera one might choose.
    Does anyone have this issue still, and would they be willing to post
    the list here? I can't seem to find it at my local library and my
    subscription to S'bug long ago lapsed.

    <p>

    Thanks!
     
  45. I haven't read the desert island camera.<p> But I do have a few camera
    ready for dessert island : Zeiss Ikon Contaflex super B
    automatic SLR reflex camera with selenium meter and Minox B camera
    with selenium meter.
     
  46. TSW,

    <p>

    I have the issue of Shutterbug (it was August 2000, Good memory!),
    and the question is specifically, "What lens (no camera)would you
    carry if you could carry only one?" Not too many Leica people in the
    survey, mostly SLR and zoom people. The article might have been more
    useful if they mentioned a biography on these mostly unknown
    photographers.

    <p>

    Steve Sint: 24-120mm Nikon

    <p>

    Tony Sweet: 35-70mm (no brand)

    <p>

    Robert Rathe: 105mm Nikon

    <p>

    Jon Adams: 20mm (no brand)

    <p>

    David Akiba: 80mm Hassy (med format)

    <p>

    Gary Gladstone: 28-200mm (no brand)

    <p>

    Lou Jones: 20-35mm (no brand)

    <p>

    Mark Wayne: 24-85mm (no brand)

    <p>

    Rick Sammon: 15mm UW Nikon for Nikonos
     
  47. re: Shutterbug list

    <p>

    Many thanks, Al.
     
  48. reading this one lens lifesalver, made me realise how limited is a
    slr with only one lens, with my leica I´ve never felt I needed any
    other lens no mather wich one I was carring; may be too much coffe,
    and too little single malt.
     
  49. My M6 Classic and my 35mm 3.5 Summaron.
     
  50. Ideally for SLR: R6.2 with 50mm Summilux new type
    For M: M6 TTL with 35mm Summilux ASPH or Summicron 50mm. CL with 40mm
    a close second
     
  51. Holga with plastic fantastic 60mm . The overall look of the
    photo's i have taken with the Holga are very similar to those i
    have taken with my 50mm noct, same fall-off and edge
    aberations & at $16 US you can't beat it.
     
  52. re: Holga

    <p>

    Tim, is it a single malt?
     
  53. re: Holga

    <p>

    Tim, is it a single malt:?)
     
  54. Minox CLX
    <P><IMG
    SRC="http://www.minoxlab.com/Minox_CLX_info_homepage/image/Minox_CLX_0
    1.jpg">
     
  55. If I had to do it over again, I'd do the same thing: Classic M6,
    current 50mm Summicron.

    <p>

    Joe
     
  56. My first choice is M6 + 50mm Noctilux. With today's fine-grained fast
    films, the combination provides huge flexibility with or without the
    sun, with or without tripod. Noctilux is expenisve, but is only 15%
    more expensive than the 35mm Summilux, which is my second choice. D.
     
  57. M6 TTL .85 with the current 50 summicron. I love the 50 mm focal
    length and the 50 summicron can't be beat.
     
  58. M3 w/50mm f/2 Summitar.

    <p>

    I've got MF, I've got digital, I've got the lastest whiz-bang 35mm
    SLR. The Leica/Summitar gives me something completely different.

    <p>

    http://www.ravenvision.com/peterhughes.htm
     
  59. M3 (>1.0 million) modified to focus to 0.7m (does anyone know who
    does this, and at what cost)and 11817 Summicron.
     
  60. M6 classic and Noctilux....no doubt out about it. 2nd choice...M6
    and DR summicron. Or maybe subtitute the M6 for an M3.....Hmmmmm
     
  61. M6 TTL, .85 + 50 Summicron.
     
  62. M6 Black classic .72 and Konica M-Hexanon 50mm
     
  63. If I were restricted to a compact camera, it would certainly be an M3 SS with the Dual Range Summicron. When looking through the viewfinder with the right eye, and keeping the left eye open, the 50mm frameline appears to be simply floating in open space, and you almost forget that you have a camera to your eye.
    But for quality of the final print--and pleasure in handling a superlatively-engineered machine--I would keep my Rolleiflex 2.8F (Planar).
    It's strange that the M3 with DR Summicron was my first professional-grade camera, purchased over thirty years ago, and after spending many thousands of dollars on cameras and lenses since that time (including a half dozen leica bodies and a dozen additional leica lenses), nothing but the Rolleiflex equals that first camera and lens for sheer instinctual photography.
    Tom Holum
     
  64. MP body with 0.72 finder and 50mm f/1.4 Summilux - both in black.
     

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