Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/05/05

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Subject: Re: [Leica] First M system choices...
From: Jim Brick <>
Date: Tue, 05 May 1998 23:27:35 -0700

At 12:05 AM 5/6/98 -0400, you wrote:
>    I am now in the planning stages for getting my first M system and I
>have a couple of questions.  The widest lens that I will use wil be a
>35mm, and most of my shooting will be with longer lenses.  Because of
>this, I think that a higher magnification camera would suit me well.
>What would I be giving up (other than the meter) if I got an M3 instead
>of an M6HM?  It seems as though I could save a considerable amount of
>money on the camera and put it towards....

The widest on an M3 is 50mm. The 35 frame lines on an HM cannot be
completely seen with the naked eye. Glasses are impossible. The regular M6
has a perfect 35/50/75 frame line set-up. An M2 would be a perfect
meterless replacement for the M6. Except that it's a bugger to load. Buy
extra take-up spools.