Olympus OM: the Leica SLR that could have been?

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    vs leica m: canon p. better operational design including viewfinder and hinge back.
     
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    As I remember, at the time (before Leica made any SLR), many people working for Leica/Leitz felt that they already had a functional SLR in the M/1,2,3 rangefinders fitted with any of several Visoflexes at the time (and today) were/are able to more easily do 1:1 to infinity than any SLR that was and is on the market. I own an Olympus OM2n, like it and use it but for serious macrophotography Macro photography, I still use an M2, or M3 rangefinder camera fitted with a Visoflex 1 and bellows. Any for you unbelievers out there, I can only say "try it, you'll like it"......Regards!
     
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    I find that extraordinary to be honest. I can see no styling or functional similarities between a Nikon F and a Leica rangefinder other than they both take the same film cartridges and are a rectangular box with a lens at the front. While the Leica styling cues on the OM stare at me in plain sight, and have never been denied even by its chief designer. In no way am I saying you're wrong, it clearly just goes to show that we all look at things differently.
     
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    It makes sense. If you already have the M-series Visoflex and other macro bits, why would you acquire the same for Olympus.
     
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    Yep, everyone sees things differently. You could certainly be right and I just never noticed it.

    However, now I am going to have to get my OM-1n out of mothballs and take a closer look. :smile:
     
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    I understood Pioneer to be referring to the transition between Nikon rangefinders to the Nikon F, not Leica rangefinders to the Nikon F.
     
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    I've owned only one M-series Leica, a double-stroke M3. But I can tell you why I didn't care for the M5. It was because it looked different from the others. I know, looks is a poor way to determine choice, but that was it for me at least. I much preferred the M6 because it still looked like the M4. Silly perhaps, but that was my gut reaction at the time.
     
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    Agreed. I love my P and it doesn't bother me that it's an LTM camera.
     
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    Cooltouch, I know, that's the funny thing about the M5, a lot of people just couldn't get past its appearance. I'm like that with cars, and then with time a look will grow on me. That was my relationship with the M5-- I finally bought one and I love the way it handles. Now I like the way it looks too!
     
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    You're not alone. There have been cameras that I won't buy or even bring into my house because of their appearance.

    Initially I felt that way about Exaktas, but now I've come to love them.
     
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    I normally shoot a Nikon 35mm SLR with my Leica M6 rangefinder.

    Leica M6 body

    90mm f/2 Leitz

    35mm f/1.4 Zeiss

    21mm f/1.4 Leitz

    Nikon F2 SLR body

    180mm f/2.8 Nikkor

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    Leica M6 & Nikon F2 by Narsuitus, on Flickr
     
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    When I need a pair of small 35mm cameras, I shoot a Pentax ME 35mm SLR with my Leica M6 rangefinder.

    Leica M6 body

    90mm f/2 Leitz

    35mm f/1.4 Zeiss

    21mm f/1.4 Leitz

    Pentax ME body

    80-205mm f/4.5 Marexar--CX

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    Small 35mm film Cameras by Narsuitus, on Flickr
     
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    Hmm. Obviously I screwed up somehow.

    I forgot to buy my SLR so that it matched my rangefinder.

    Does the Contarex match anything??
     
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