Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/07/22

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Your M3
From: Gary Elshaw <>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 1998 12:33:15 +1200

Hi Emanuel,

Thank you very much for the information. The information about the changes
I received from Leica after they faxed Leica AG. Whether i'm being
misinformed by the guy at Leica here i'm not sure about now. I'll write to
Leica Germany and find out some more information if i can. What i wanted to
find out was how common the process of modifying Leica cameras was by
individuals or Leica, and i guess more importantly, why?

Thanks again for the information Emanuel,


>Thanks for providing more info via the LUG. Lack of the guard makes it
>clear to me that someone - not Leica - switched body shells on the M3 and
>put on an M2 shell. M2s were made interchangeably for a while without
>self-timers but with preview and rewind levers. No M2s have the lens lock
>guard, all but the last several hundred M3s (and MP cameras) do have it - I
>believe it was deleted from the M3 at the 1156xxx number range.
>Sorry to spoil the exciting prospect of a rare version.
>Emanuel Lowi,