Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1994/10/13

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Subject: Re: begining user questions
From: Chris Kantarjiev <>
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 1994 14:55:00 PDT

	So why not just get a M3 (or M2, M4 etc)
	which is a better camera anyway unless you want the size of IIIg, in
	which case, a IIIf + viewfinder (for 90mm lens) will do what IIIg does.

Short answer: because I'm a crank. 

I want the size - my main photographic activity these days is
automobile races. This is meant to be a companion camera to my Canon F1
SLR which will have a large telephoto attached. I want a small body
with a 35mm (hopefully an f2 Summicron) for wide angle/close in shots. 

A IIIf with finder would probably be OK, and may be what I end up with;
apparently the big concern there is the need to hand cut the long film
leader tongue.

The M series just isn't a "real Leica" to me - see the above about "I'm
a crank". If I'm going to do this, I'm going to do it with a screw
mount body. (I also wear a mechanical watch and use a Curta
"peppermill" calculator to balance my checkbook. Like I said, I'm a crank.) 

This also applies to the very practical suggestion of using a Canon 7,
which solves all of the IIIf's and IIIg's "problems"...

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