Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/08/22

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Subject: Re: [Leica] M3 on the street
From: Dan Cardish <>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 1998 11:46:05 -0400

Assuming the M3 viewfinder experience is similar to that of the M6HM, I
wholeheartedly agree with Ken's comments.

I photographed a model at dawn a couple of days ago with my two M6s
(regular and HM).  I loaded both up with film, and when one was used up, I
switched to the other.  Well,  under these circumstances I really noticed
the difference.  It is one thing casually comparing the two versions at a
counter in a store,  where one might conclude that there really isn't that
much difference,  but when you grab a camera and start photographing
without stopping to consider the viewfinder,  the HM is really an
improvement.  Both framing and focusing seemed much more intuitive.
Towards the end of the shoot, I loaded only the HM, and kept the older M6
in the bag.  

I also put my first small ding onto the top plate of my HM!  ;-(  I guess
now I can stop babying it and use it the way it should be used!  ;-)

Dan C.

At 11:14 AM 22-08-98 -0400, Ken wrote:
>This morning was softly overcast so I decided that the light was nice for
>some color shots at the Farmer's Market her in Flint, MI.
>The real revelation for me was using the M3! I never thought that the near
>life-size image would matter much. I was WRONG! For some (intangible)
>reason I seemed able to compose and focus faster with this body.
>The M2 has always be my favorite M body. I'm going to do some more shooting
>with the M3 and see if I change my mind.