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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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Had my first little "photo walk" with my "new" M3. To shoot this is like nothing else! I had a light meeter with me, but used it only for a few shots and tried to "gestimate" the rest. Turned out pretty well as for exposure I think, at least for a first time try Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Hallo Gast! Du willst die Bilder sehen? Einfach registrieren oder anmelden!  Both film and development was also new this day, so it was some risk involved Hello gue

This was a guilt free purchase, my wife said "well you need different cameras for different purposes" --- I really didn't hear much after the word need. Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Hallo Gast! Du willst die Bilder sehen? Einfach registrieren oder anmelden! Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Hallo Gast! Du willst die Bilder sehen? Einfach registrieren oder anmelden!

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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?

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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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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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“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!

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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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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!!!!

 

M3 1956 with Summicron DR 50 F2

 

 

Emref

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leica M3 with 35 1.4 Summilux and XP2

 

Gregory

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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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We're the same age

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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.

 

Best Regards,

 

Michael

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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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