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Restoring the more rare M3

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Very nice little summary of the M3. There are even more variations than are mentioned here eg dots on rewind knob. You would have quite a few M3s if you tried to get every 'variant' and it would be quite an expensive collection, particularly for the 700xxx and black paint items. I stopped after I got two M3s, a double stroke and a single stroke. I concentrate my collecting efforts on earlier LTM cameras, particularly the I Model A, the II Model D and the 'c' range and Summar lenses.

William 

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That exposé on the M3 from Setadel in Canada (where I bought my 85 Summarex from) was very interesting. My M3, which is from the last 1966 batch, still has the surround to the lens release button. I am guess this only disappeared after they started to make M4's. My M4, the 47th production camera (#1175047) from 1967, has like all M4's, no surround. 

Wilson

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My former c.1969 'no guard' military M3 

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My original intention with an M3 was to buy a rough one with a rigid Summicron and send them to Alan Starkie to get them painted military/Bundeseigentum green. Then my current M3 in near mint with a pretty good 50/2.8 Elmar-M (ELMOM version) came up, which was far too nice to that to it, so I still don't have my green M3 😪

Wilson

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7 hours ago, wlaidlaw said:

That exposé on the M3 from Setadel in Canada (where I bought my 85 Summarex from) was very interesting. My M3, which is from the last 1966 batch, still has the surround to the lens release button. I am guess this only disappeared after they started to make M4's. My M4, the 47th production camera (#1175047) from 1967, has like all M4's, no surround. 

Wilson

My M3, 1158677, bought new in '68, doesn't have the surround, neither did its twin 1158466 which I bought at the same time, but sold about 25 yrs ago.

Gerry 

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