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 Post subject: Leica Cameras
PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 1:01 am 
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My small collection of Leicas including a M3, double stroke with Summicron 5cm f/2 dual range; IIIC with Sumitar 5cm f/2; IIf with Xenon 5cm f1.5; 1a with Elmar 50mm f/3.5 and lastly a '50s era lighter that looks like a Leica.


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 Post subject: Re: Leica Cameras
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:07 pm 
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Love the M3, nice it's not been converted to single stroke. Is it the glass pressure plate version?


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 Post subject: Re: Leica Cameras
PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 2:45 am 
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Thanks for the nice words. The M3 has a steel plate but it is a fairly early version, if i recall some time around 1957. I used to have more Leica stuff including some rare items but they were sold for...um...money for old Bikes!


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 Post subject: Re: Leica Cameras
PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:40 pm 
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I don't know much about cameras but those look very good. I use Leica optical equipment every day and those optics are amazing.


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 Post subject: Re: Leica Cameras
PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:50 pm 
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Thanks for that, Most camera type people don't know that Leica's biggest business comes from the microsystems division


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 Post subject: Re: Leica Cameras
PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:53 pm 
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I use their geo-systems division. High end and expensive survey equipment.


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 Post subject: Re: Leica Cameras
PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:18 pm 
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i believe in fixies wrote:
Love the M3, nice it's not been converted to single stroke. Is it the glass pressure plate version?



Back when I was actually using this camera on assignment I found the double stroke to actually be much faster than single stroke models. Once I had a collector tell me what a huge mistake I was making using the M3 on assignment - kind of reminds me of the ride it or collect it debate that goes on around here...


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 Post subject: Re: Leica Cameras
PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:20 pm 
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lewisfoto wrote:
i believe in fixies wrote:
Love the M3, nice it's not been converted to single stroke. Is it the glass pressure plate version?



Back when I was actually using this camera on assignment I found the double stroke to actually be much faster than single stroke models. Once I had a collector tell me what a huge mistake I was making using the M3 on assignment - kind of reminds me of the ride it or collect it debate that goes on around here...


To be hones I believe in using them, it's what they were designed for. I had a black paint M3 which I sold about 15 years ago, rougher than a badger's arse, more brass than paint with a matching Summicron, didn't stop it going for crazy money.

I still my Nikon S3 rangefinder, there's something very satisfying about it.


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 Post subject: Re: Leica Cameras
PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:40 pm 
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The black M3s are really rare, same with the S3!

I had a Hugo Meyer telephoto from the 30s, 9cm f1.4, that I sold to a Japanese collector, he sent his "agent" to collect it in person. Most of my collectable cameras were inherited from my wife's grandfather except the M3 which, as I noted above, was part of my professional kit back in the days of film.


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 Post subject: Re: Leica Cameras
PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 5:54 pm 
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Love it! Great!

M3 is an item on my wishlist 8)


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