Canon P Rangefinders

Discussion in 'Film Discussion and Q & A' started by cigrainger, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. cigrainger

    cigrainger TPF Noob!

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    I'm really interested in getting a Canon P. I like using a handheld meter, and they use Leica screwmount lenses.

    I have been obsessed with sharpness lately. Sharpness and colour contrast combined really, and of course resolution. But resolution is secondary, as is colour contrast.

    So the question is...

    Should I be looking at Canon's 50mm f/1.4 offering, or one of the beautiful old Leitzs, or something else?

    Oh, and feel free to discuss Canon P's or anything else you think I should be looking at. I'm on a limited budget here though.. but I feel like I need to have one. I love focusing with a rangefinder.
     
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    You can't have your cake and eat it, too. You can get a body for cheap. A Bessa would be cheaper than a P. But the glass will kill your wallet, even the older stuff.

    OTOH, if it's Leitz glass you're after without the budgetary headache, the Lecia R series is seriously worth a look. The glass is nearly as good, and a tiny fraction of the price of M glass.

    In other sharpness news, I would consider a Contax RX.
     
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    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Cig, you could also consider some of the other Canon RFs like a SBIV, IIS and so on. I don't know how much you want to spend but you could have one for less tha $400 and that includes a lens. Now, for the 1.4 that could be a little more. A SM Leica is not out of question, is it? A nice IIIa or IIIf BD could do you good. I am still using a IIIa of 1936 production and the frames on the film are perfectly aligned and distanced from each other.
     
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    cigrainger TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for the info guys. So you don't find the 50mm f/1.4 Canon screwmount lens exceptionally sharp? I've always heard it was.
     
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    Isn't that basically the same lens that's on the QL17?

    You could also check out the Minolta CL...they can be had for under $500 with a 50mm summicron.
     
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    cigrainger TPF Noob!

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    It's not even near the same lens.
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Why not go the whole hog and get the 50F0.95
     
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    amolitor TPF Noob!

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    Put your man pants on and go large format. You'll love it.
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Guys... its 2007 thread. I've reported this guy already spamming multiple OLD threads trying to sell his rangefinder instead of being the good member and keeping it in the buy and sell.
     
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    Bummer. I like the Canon P. Of course the 50/0.95 does not fit it.

    2007. Remember when 50/0.95's went for $200. Bought two.
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    It fits the Canon 7 i thought they were same mount
     
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    The Canon P is Leica Thread Mount only. The Canon 7 has the external flange that is required for the 50/0.95. The rear element of the 50/0.95 is too big for the 39mm mount. A lot of people convert it to M-Mount, mine is original. This lens uses 72mm filters, but is very short.
     

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