Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/06/05

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Subject: Re: [Leica] M4-2
From: Lucien <>
Date: Fri, 05 Jun 1998 19:28:46 +0200

Bud Cook wrote:

>A well known Leica repair guru told me that the reduction 
>in Leica quality started with the M4, continued with the M5 
>and reached rock bottom with the M4-2.


My Leica repairer, here in Belgium, told me that
the M4 is the only 35mm camera strong enough in
order to resist in the hand of some of his clients
who are school photographers.
(In Belgium, in almost every school, you can buy 
a portrait and group photos of your child every year.)

They tried Nikon other camera resisted.

He was instructed to buy every Leica M4 he see for them.
Now they still use M4 but also M4-2, M4-P and M6.
Each camera make minimum 500 photographs per day.
Some of the M4s are so used that there is no chrome
on the shutter release anymore and the release and release
guard are askew. But the cameras are still working everyday.

N.B. The reason they don't use M3 or M2 is only because
of the slower loading and rewinding.
(Time is money.)