Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/01/12

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Oldest M3?, was: oldest M6?
From: Walter S Delesandri <>
Date: Tue, 12 Jan 1999 17:01:46 -0600 (CST)

Hi, Lucien,
My first M3, purchased in l976 or so, was a DS, no preview, 
small rewind shaft, spring clutch, screws-in-top-cover model,
l954, SN 700,xxx (don't remember whole #).

Near mint, with 50 f2 Summicron, was traded in on an AE-1 at 
Southside camera in Houston.  They gave $100 for it....I offered 
to buy it for $150, no warranty, and they of course took it.

Bought my second M-3, DS, 70xxxx (again, don't remember) for 
$100....because it didn't have a real Leica lens....had 
one of those "nasty" Canon, Black, 35 1.5 RF lenses on it...!!!
Luckily, it also had that nasty old 35 bright-line (LEITZ)
finder on it....unhandy, but still they took my $100.

I "swore off" M3s in about l990....Sold my EXC ++ late (1million)
SS with the most gorgeous finder (condition) I've ever seen on 
an an UNPRECEDENTED $850 for it....the damn fool :)

Sure would be handy with that 90 f2 I bought......  :)


On Tue,
1999, Lucien wrote:

> And now the oldest M3 ?
> Lucien