As one Mississippian to another, I'll tell you, that's a beautiful R3. I agree, the Leicaflex models are in a somewhat different league, but the R3 is a fine camera. I loved the metering on mine, and they have a nice shutter sound too.
I doubt you will get any responses for a trade. The SL2 is in a class by itself. However, the R3, if working, should work long into the future. The R3 has many nice features and is a very capable camera.
I just got this R3 and have decided that I like the 'flex SL2 better. Anybody want to trade?
As nice as mine in black or silver. I will keep the summicron.
The R3 is, underneath the name and black paint a modified Minolta XE1. I have the Minolta version and it is still soldiering on. It had a service a month ago and there was very little wrong with it so the engineer told me. Apart from lubing and re fitting new seals it is like new, your Leica will last a good few years yet.
So, a Leica for your Minolta, is that fair?! Calm down, I'm just trolling...
But consider your R3 is probably easier to service than a SL2, will probably never suffer prism desilvering (unlike the SL2), and the shutter is probably more reliable (the tried and true Copal vertical shutter, in Minolta-Leitz version). And it has the auto mode, which is useful for candid shooting.
It's also based on the Minolta XE which really is an awesome machine, the first time I held one i was impressed. I am going to get a Leica SLR someday and I would have it very hard to decide between the Leicaflex series and the R3.
The subsequent R series aren't that nice, they are more mundane (R4,5,etc) or they are tacky pointless mounstruosities (R8). The R3 still has a German spirit dwelling inside.
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