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I love my M3


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#1 Austinite

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 05:30

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Why not? Everyone else is loving their cameras dammit.:) Actually I have an M6 as well but I still find myself grabbing the M3 first. I like the clean simple viewfinder and the build is just so impressive. All M's are made better than just about any other camera on Earth but the M3 is still king of the hill IMO. A recent addition of an affordable, well made 35mm V/C clip-on viewfinder has made the camera complete for me. (50mm has always been a bit tight for the way I see things.) And.. because I shoot Tr-X rated at 200 the little pocket exposure chart that I printed up and and laminated has me set for the proper exposure faster than messing with the arrows on the M6 or a hand held meter. Am I one of the last folks still shooting with this old classic?

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 06:05

1. http://www.l-camera-...love-my-m3.html

2. http://www.l-camera-...love-my-m3.html

And this one makes 3 is a charm!

#3 Tor1Amos

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 11:53

I love mine too. Had the M6 for a while (not satisfied with the finder) and the M8 (but digital gives me the creeps)

Mine is just back after a tlc at reddotcamera. Sad to say the infinity focus is now wrong. When focusing at long distanses (the moon) I find that the split image does not align. The focus on shorter distanses seems accurate. Before the tlc the infinity focus was spot on but it was somewhat off in the closer focus distanses.

Havent looked into it yet, but if Im not mistaken, it should be easy to adjust the long range focus?

#4 Xmas

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 18:08

Hi

There were a large number of M3 made.

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 00:29

Also, in German, with lots of pics: http://www.l-camera-...e-my-m3-13.html

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 04:06

Here is mine with a new composite leather from camera leather.

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M3, M6TTL (BP), M8c, CV15, 21Elm, 35Lux, 50Lux, 50Rigid and 75Summarit, + Modified Polaroid 110A (4x5) ....

#7 LChanyungco

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 15:41

my favorite camera'

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 16:55

Welcome LChanyungco, a very nice combination. How do you like the Voigtländer Lightmeter?

You are all welcome to post your Pics and Comments in this thread:

I love my M3

It's in the german Part of the Forum but there's no problem if you post in english. Most of german Users are able to read english and your pictures are international anyway.

:)

#9 LChanyungco

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 20:59

thanks cweg :) i'll do that.

Welcome LChanyungco, a very nice combination. How do you like the Voigtländer Lightmeter?

You are all welcome to post your Pics and Comments in this thread:

I love my M3

It's in the german Part of the Forum but there's no problem if you post in english. Most of german Users are able to read english and your pictures are international anyway.

:)


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#10 hendriphile

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 21:04

“The other issue with cards has always occurred because of a weak battery . Situations that can put a load on the battery would be (1)continuous shooting (2)cold weather or (3)leaving the camera on during a long shoot…”

“M9 is very choosy when it comes to the brands of SDHC cards…”

“Do check the Firmware version of the camera if it's the latest!”

“My screen cracked with just a little bump… and it was in the case!”


---- Quotes from recent threads round about

Sometimes I’ve lusted after the M9. But when I read posts like these….!

I mean, reliable operation under adverse conditions (cold, unavailability of stores selling exotic batteries or computer memory cards, etc.), ruggedness … these have always been the forte of the Leica M as we’ve known it. I’m sticking with my M3 as long as there’s film for it!

#11 Frank Sprow

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 00:36

I do too (an early double stroke, and my M7 -- and my M9 which, just as its older brother M8.2 was -- has been totally trouble free and after use in Afghanistan, Iraq and Indonesia produces beautiful images.
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#12 gilpen123

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 15:01

I just had mine CLAd just to make sure it will be in tip top condition. I will never ever dispose this camera. I had an M2 still have 2xM6 and to me the M3 is the smoothest of all and the 50 VF for 50/90 is so so good.

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 22:03

I got an M3 a few days ago, now I'm shooting my first roll, I'm surprised of how smooth and quitest it is! and I thought that my IIIf was the quitest camera you can have!!!!

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#14 Nikkor AIS

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 23:17

I love my M3 as well. Along with my 35 1.4 Summilux. It was my first Leica. It's amazing to use such precision instrument.


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Posted 10 July 2010 - 12:07

Not at all. I still use my father's camera (a dealer's model--his name was inscribed on the back by Leitz to prevent resale) that he bought in 1963. I have had it refurbished once (in 1992) and it still works like a charm. I prefer its viewfinder to my M-7 (0.85x)--it seems brighter and, somehow, more robust. Over the years, I have bought and sold other Leicas, but I have no desire to part with the M3.
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#16 al-fresco

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 15:23

We're the same age :)

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#17 Chiefey

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 17:13

I love my M3 too. But I love my M5 more!:D

#18 Michael Geschlecht

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 16:38

Hello Everybody,

Sometimes people forget one of the primary reasons for making and/or having an M-3: Tele-Elmar.

Unbelievably good lens, really large, really good image in the viewfinder and lots of space outside of the 135 frame to see what's there.

People sometimes forget, the longer the lens, the more space you need outside the appropriate frame to see what is coming, going, etc.

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 05:07

I shoot my M3 all the time.. Mostly B&W film but I just shot my first color roll. It is my favorite of all my cameras which I have many. Oh yeah a new D-lux 4 is cool too..

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 21:59

Hi Austinite. No, you're not alone! I love my M3 as well, more than any other 35mm camera I have ever owned. For me, the M3 is the best rangefinder Leica has EVER made, film or digital. Point! Not open for discussion on that topic. The M3 is also the summit of compact 35 mm film photography, no one else has nor will ever dethrone this piece of art. I also shoot without light meter. Light meters just get in your way. They tell you what you already know or what you are about to know with a little experience.
I hope we'll be able to keep on buying film in the future, that is my only worry. But I have good hope, one can still buy 8mm film (super 8) today, that says a lot... Cheers!




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