Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/03/15

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Subject: Re: [Leica] RE: continuously variable M shutter?
From: "Marshall C. Hunt Jr" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 01:01:52 -0500

The Leica Manual (14th ed.) specifies intermediate speeds between 1 to 1/5 sec.
and 1/50 to 1/1000 may also be set.  The M2 instruction booklet allows
intermediate speeds 1 to 1/8 sec, 1/15 to 1/30 sec, 1/60 to 1/1000 sec. wrote:

> I own M3, 4, and 5 models. No M6. The M5 has intermediate speeds and so does
> the M-4. The M3 does not. It is really more accurate to use the aperture
> settings than the intermediate speeds as you have more control. I know for
> sure that the M3 needs to be set exactly on the speed according the manual. If
> not, I would imagine there is no harm done, but if the instructions say no, it
> is probably for some reason.
> Roger