Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1994/10/04

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To: Richard Urmonas <>
Subject: Re: more questions on leica
From: Gordon Banks <>
Date: Tue, 4 Oct 1994 15:34:46 -0400 (EDT)

On Tue, 4 Oct 1994, Richard Urmonas wrote:

> -  what are the good and bad points of M3, M2, IIIf or similar priced
>    models.  Which features are good and which are of little use.  Also
>    what problems to look for in used camera (e.g. part XXX is often
>    worn).

The main difference between the M2 and the M3 is the automatic 
windowing.  The M2 has a wide angle window and the M3 has a telephoto 
window.  Which you should look for depends on what type of pictures you 
plan to take most.
> -  Users perspective on the screw mount vs. bayonet mount cameras. I am
>    especially interested in how people feel about the split viewfinder/
>    rangefinder of the screwmount vs. single viewfinder of bayonets. Also
>    the convenience/inconvenience of the auxilliary viewfinders for the
>    wide/tele lenses (on both screw and bayonet models).

Obviously auxilliary viewfinders are not as convenient as built in.  The 
various modes of split/overlapping rangefinder each have their 
advocates.  It only makes a difference in low light conditions or if you 
have to focus rapidly.  Otherwise, either methods works fine.
> -  Finally I am interesed in what are regarded as particularly good lenses
>    in the 28/35mm and 90/135mm.

For the SM, I use the 35 mm f/3.5 Summaron and the 90 mm f4 Elmar.  For 
the bayonet, the 35mm f/2 Summicron and the 90mm Elmar.  The Summicron is 
a better lens, but much more expensive, of course.

Gordon Banks  N3JXP      |"I do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men   | of old.  I seek the things they sought."  Basho

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