Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1992/05/04

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To: leica-users
Subject: what to look for in a Canon rangefinder
From: Jack Campin <>
Date: Mon, 4 May 92 14:03:44 BST

I'm contemplating getting another Leica-screw body, and I'm not sure
whether a Leica IIIf or a Canon V-T/VI-T fits the bill better.  I've
seen both on sale recently at what seems to me reasonable prices.
So a few questions for the cognoscenti on these things:

- can you use electronic flash with any IIIf?  Or just with the red-dial
  models?  Is there any more to it than finding the appropriate socket
  adapter?  What speed do they sync at?

- how repairable are the Canons?  What do you look for (to avoid) when
  buying one?  (I recently saw one which had had something, probably the
  rear element of a wide-angle lens, pushed against the ridged light baffle
  at the top, forcing it up by a millimetre or two and scraping the paint
  off - not having a clue what mechanisms might be above that, I held off
  buying, though it seemed OK otherwise).

- what do you get with a VI-T that you don't with a V-T?

- what speed do the Canons sync at?

- how much can you use the fast-wind lever on them before something breaks?

- which would be likely to have the more accurate shutter timings, the
  Canons or the Leica?

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