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Oh yeah, i think they are discontinued. Ikons have been going for $750-$1100 on RFF the past few months. Big range, seems to be totally irrellevant of the condition or included accessories too. Anyways- yes, the Ikon has an amazing finder. It has a super long baselength, so it can accurately focus just about any lens you throw at it. The only "modern" 35mm RF with a more accurate finder is anything with the M3 finder in it. The Ikon has a good meter, a very nice AE Lock implementation, and as previously mentioned, an amazing finder. I really miss that finder hahaha!
But- it is a die-cast aluminum frame, IIRC, and is VERY light. Does not have the best feel.
A real Leica (M2, M3, M4, old MP) would be the most enjoyable experience.
Once they started putting zinc and meters in the M cameras, the experience and the camera changed. Get a 30+ year old brass M with brass gears and a shutter speed dial that is the right size and that turns the right direction. If you NEED a meter, get a "classic" M6, not the TTL.
My buddy Nate (TWOK, MisterE, NateVenture- all his online/photo forum alias') has owned just about every M camera imagineable, and IIRC, his most enjoyable cameras were the BP (black paint) M2/M4. They just have a perfect look and feel to them.
The problem(s) you'll encounter with an older M (2/3/4) are commonly:
1) finder/patch haze or misalignment
2) shutter speeds off, damaged curtains
3) questionable history?
Even with those potentially large problems, I would still ONLY reccomend a classic M for a film RF. The user experience is just SO much better than the other cameras (Bessa, Ikon). The only thing that has come close, for me, was a Canon P (LTM), which can be had for very cheap.