Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1996/09/19

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Subject: Re: M4-2
From: "Charles E. Albertson" <>
Date: Thu, 19 Sep 1996 23:42:45 -0700

At 09:32 PM 9/19/96 CST, you wrote:
>Hi group,
>I've seen ads for M4-2's which sell for a lot less than regular M4's.
>Not knowing what all the different models are about, could someone
>explain this one? Why does it sell for so much less than a regular M4,
>which is almost as high as an M6? Are these things junk or what & what
>are its distinguishing characteristics?
     The M4-2 was made in the Leitz plant in Canada for a couple of years in
the late 1970s, and the lower prices vis a vis M4's can be attributed to a
couple of things: collector disdain for anything not manufactured in
Wetzlar, or a belief by some users that the quality control in the Canadian
plant wasn't as good as in Wetzlar. I own an M4-2 (bought it used) and its
always worked fine. I got flamed on a newsgroup a couple of months ago when
I expressed the former viewpoint (collector disdain) by some guy who said
every M4-2 he'd encountered was junk.

Chuck Albertson
Seattle, Wash.

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