Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/07/29

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Subject: Re: [Leica] M3 DS, 50 Summ Col, MC meter
From: "Bill Larsen" <>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 18:51:46 -0700

Bill, I don't know about the price.  My subjective impression is that M-3s are
beginning to rise in value.  As to the take-up spool, I have never met anyone
who likes the speed load system that can be used.  The trick to really fast
(and more secure loading) is to have more than one take-up spool.  You clip
your next roll(s) of film to the spare take-up spool(s).  Then when you are
ready to reload film, you just pull out some leader, drop it in and align the
sprockets.  One smooth motion which I (subjectively) find faster than loading
the M6.  When you have time and are not being pitched about by the ferry, you
set-up the empty spools for reloading.  When I really had to do this I would
have a half-dozen extra take-up spools clipped to film leaders.

BTW, congratulations on finding a working MC meter.

Regards, Bill Larsen

Bill Franson writes:
>Hello list,
>I just took a look at an early M3 DS, some vulcanite chipped or missing,
>Soc Sec # etched into top plate back, bottom plate marked, rangefinder may
>be off vertically ever so slightly, shutter looks good, sounds good, camera
>never been serviced. 50mm Summicron collapsable a little sticky in spots,
>front element shows some scratching, MC meter in working order. Typical
>consumer use I'd say, though hasn't been used for a while. One owner.
>>From this description could someone throw some numbers at me for what it
>may be worth? Seller asking $800.
>Frankly, loading the camera gave me pause. I can see me dropping the takeup
>spool and it rolling off the Staten Island ferry. Any updates possible for
>quicker loading?
>Bill Franson