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I was lucky to be still able to get it from ebay. Loved especially the 35 LUX FLE "Edition 60", everything is seamless, smooth and slick

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Welcome to the club.  The camera never disappoints, and the stainless steel never fingerprints.  The manager at Leica Store LA says Leica will not be making new stainless bodies or lens because the material is very difficult to work with.  The box is the largest Leica box, it's a work of art unto itself.   

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3 hours ago, darylgo said:

Welcome to the club.  The camera never disappoints, and the stainless steel never fingerprints.  The manager at Leica Store LA says Leica will not be making new stainless bodies or lens because the material is very difficult to work with.  The box is the largest Leica box, it's a work of art unto itself.   

Well said Darylgo! Your words captured the essence of what M60 is all about. I especially liked that it doesn't smudge easily.

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For anyone that has not shot the M60 and later production models: my initial reaction to a camera without a screen was "it's not for me", who would want this camera.  Half the time I am checking focus, exposure, composition etc.  Yet, for some reason, unlike my M240 this camera seldom over exposes highlights, the rangefinder is extremely accurate and checking composition takes time.  After using the camera and adapting to reviewless captures I understood what many here have said, they'd rather not review, it is a liberating experience, so much so that I have turned off image review on other cameras.  Perhaps that is the appeal of the film bodies and it's resurgence.  

The one big mistake Leica made is the case, it is large on a already large body and the strap is permanently attached.  There is no alternative except a custom case.  However, the cases for the M240 series do fit sans strap.  The case has a snap closure that fits over the lugs but the M60 is lugless.  From use I have been lucky the snap closures are strong enough to hold closed if a strap is attached to the case when I will be holding the camera mainly in hand and the strap an occasional use.  It is perfect for a hand strap.  Sewing the leather closed would solve the issue further.  

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16 hours ago, darylgo said:

For anyone that has not shot the M60 and later production models: my initial reaction to a camera without a screen was "it's not for me", who would want this camera.  Half the time I am checking focus, exposure, composition etc.  Yet, for some reason, unlike my M240 this camera seldom over exposes highlights, the rangefinder is extremely accurate and checking composition takes time.  After using the camera and adapting to reviewless captures I understood what many here have said, they'd rather not review, it is a liberating experience, so much so that I have turned off image review on other cameras.  Perhaps that is the appeal of the film bodies and it's resurgence.  

The one big mistake Leica made is the case, it is large on a already large body and the strap is permanently attached.  There is no alternative except a custom case.  However, the cases for the M240 series do fit sans strap.  The case has a snap closure that fits over the lugs but the M60 is lugless.  From use I have been lucky the snap closures are strong enough to hold closed if a strap is attached to the case when I will be holding the camera mainly in hand and the strap an occasional use.  It is perfect for a hand strap.  Sewing the leather closed would solve the issue further.  

Go caseless! Let the adventures begin!

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36 minutes ago, bernstein1234 said:

Go caseless! Let the adventures begin!

 

2 minutes ago, darylgo said:

Strapless also?  How risqué!

 

If it was me ...

I'd add screwing in the tripod post one of my 1/4" screw-in wrist strap.

Maybe need for this strong combo, very strong wrist strap.

like this one

(stronger of course)

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8 hours ago, a.noctilux said:

 

 

If it was me ...

I'd add screwing in the tripod post one of my 1/4" screw-in wrist strap.

Maybe need for this strong combo, very strong wrist strap.

like this one

(stronger of course)

Thanks for the idea, great minimalism.  Or a full strap like the Black Rapid.  

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On 7/30/2022 at 11:26 PM, budrichard said:

A beauty!!!

I did not realize that this model was lugless!

There lies the problem. No lug = higher risk. The only solution is to install it with the supplied protector case but its weight is 150g and the strap is too short. First world problems.

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On 7/30/2022 at 11:31 PM, benqui said:

Congrats! What a beauty!

What I liked especially is the lens; it is really made like no other typical Leica lens, if you can get your hands on one, my advice is not to sell it as that lens value will appreciate over time.

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Posted (edited)

You can use a custom length tripod-screw-mounted wrist strap…

Gordy is one source. Also Luigi makes a custom case with longer strap.

My original case(s) stay in the big box…

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On 7/24/2022 at 1:52 PM, darylgo said:

Thanks for the idea, great minimalism.  Or a full strap like the Black Rapid.  

I have one of these, but don't use it much.  It would be a good strap for a camera like the M60 that has no strap lugs:  https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1278404-REG/blackrapid_362010_wrist_breathe_single_strap.html

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The other point to note is that although the stainless steel is finger-print resistant it does actually have a lacquer coating that can scratch/wear.

I have seen a couple of versions on eBay with ugly patchy lacquer.

It’s annoying as I’d rather have pure s/steel and live with the prints, over an applied finish - having arrived at the M60s via the black paint M-D 262 (which brassed) as a pernickety non-wabi-sabi but minimalist(-ish) architect.

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On 8/3/2022 at 6:27 PM, NigelG said:

You can use a custom length tripod-screw-mounted wrist strap…

Gordy is one source. Also Luigi makes a custom case with longer strap.

My original case(s) stay in the big box…

Gordy straps are very dependable and rugged.

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