Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1994/10/03

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To: Richard Urmonas <>
Subject: Re: beggining user questions
From: Michael Volow <>
Date: Mon, 3 Oct 1994 13:52:09 -0400 (EDT)

If you are interested in wide shots (I assume 35mm lens), then the M2
would be more useful than the M3. The M2 has a 35mm frameline and can use
a 35mm lens as is; the M3 has framelines for 50mm, 90mm, and 135mm 
and requires a special 35mm lens with spectacles or "eyes". I would get a 
35mm lens and a 90mm lens, and forget the 50mm. The 35mm/f2 Summicron is 
one of the finest, crispest lenses in the world (the 35mm/f2.8 Summaron 
is less expensive). The 90mm/2.8 Tele-Elmarit is compact and also very 
good. Reputable used Leica dealers advertiosing in the Shutterbug 
include: Woodmere Camera, Jim Kheul, Don Chatterton, Tamarkind. Tell them 
you want "good user" condition and are not a collector. I don't think 
bike transportation would hurt a Leica. Just make sure any  external 
screws are snug.

Michael Volow, M.D. (
Department of Psychiatry, Durham VA Medical Center, Durham, NC
919 286 0411 Ext 6933

In reply to: Message from (Richard Urmonas) (beggining user questions)