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By Eric727Hi, I’m new here. I am using Canon DSLR and Nikon F3P film camera. I understand that a Leica camera won’t make me a better photographer, but I like the feel after tested the Leica camera at Leica store, and I love the experience of controlling light by myself. I started from DSLR then move to film, my F3 explore my vision of “how to exposure work”, but relying very minimum of the electronic parts inside my F3 (basically just a light meter).
With all the reasons (maybe excuses), I am decided to become one of the Leica member. Last week, I saw a good deal of 50mm f2 rigid, and my finger acted to quickly and accidentally make up the purchase, now it on the way.
I hope I can have some of your suggestions here to help me to pick my first Leica to start my Leica journey.
Currently, I am considering M3, M4 and M5. Based on my search on the web, M3 is legendary camera, M4 is more modern, M5 is cheap & bulky.
is there anyone who used or owned these camera and probably can give some advise to me?
I planned to get one film Leica only, afterwards, I will invest into digital Leica.
Thank you very much.
By StephenHA few years ago, I bought a used (obviously) M3 from B&H in nyc. Armed with a little bit (ie dangerous) amount of knowledge, i knew enough to check the alignment and accuracy of the rangefinder--it was and is perfect--and the general look and feel of the camera, which was clean and smooth operating. It is a single stroke model with a high (above 1m) S/N. I treated myself to a brand new Zeiss 50mm f 2.0 Planar and ran a couple of rolls through it to check the shutter accuracy and focusing. I was satisfied that the camera was up to snuff and I still have and enjoy the camera. But I don't think it is what it appears to be. While it has a single stroke mechanism with the telltale longer advance lever, it has the "buddha ear" strap lugs, the older style film reminder and the decimal shutter speed dial--(1/10th, 1/100th). However, the rangefinder patch has the depth of field "notches" which I understand came later. And what may be a clue--the bottom plate appears to be new but seems to be OEM. Has anyone encountered a camera with this combination of features? I am guessing that this was the work of a skilled repairman who cobbled the camera together from spare parts, complete with a salvaged top plate with a high s/n and bottom plate. Fortunately for me, the camera works beautifully and I am happy with the results. Thoughts?
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By KnutSchönes Summilux der ersten Baureihe.
Who doesn't like the goggles too much should be aware that this M3-version
has close focus ability down to 0.65m, whilst the even more expensive M2-version
only goes to 1m...
Condition see pics, nice aperture click stops, smooth focussing, body without scuff marks.
There is some dust inside as expected, but no scratches, cleaning marks, no haze, no mold, no oil on blades.
The goggles have some faint marks on the outer glass, but are clear to look through.
I am in Spain, and every four weeks in Germany.
Insured shipping at cost.
EU sales preferred!
Spreche auch Deutsch. También hablo Español.