Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/08/01

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re:an absolutely virgin IIIG
From: "roland" <>
Date: Sun, 1 Aug 1999 21:26:59 -0000

Congratulations on your IIIg.   I bought one in 1957 with a new 50mm
Summarit and a new 90mm Elmar f4.   After many many rolls of film shot with
them, they are still  in pristine condition.   The rangefinder was far
easier to use than the two M 3s that I am currently using.

It is unfortunate that they were not continued.   I still appreciate the
ease of holding the screwmount body and the quiet operation of the shutter.
  I handheld many black and white pictures at 1 sec with success.

I finally deferred to the M 3 for the light meter and the many viewfinder
frame options.

Roland Smith

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> From: Guido Soprano <>
> To:
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Re:an absolutely virgin IIIG
> Date: Sunday, August 01, 1999 9:13 PM
> Paul,
> I got 848XXX, for $500 (no, there is not a 1 missing in front of the 5)
> the midwest, and today I put my red scale elmar on it, and shot 6 rolls
> leader-trimmed tri-x.  It was almost a shame to deflower the strap
> I hope the collectors felt pain as they read that.
> In certain low light conditions, the IIIC-G's are easier to focus
> than any of my M's.(late IIIf r/d's seem best of all, for some reason) Of

> course, the RF/VF's have to be clean, bright and contrasty. And they
> suffer from that wacky M6 problem where the patch gets some wierd
> thing and you can't use it. Thanks, Leica, for taking out that condenser 
> lens. Not.
> Now, I wonder if I can get my Noct modified to screw mount (and still use
> on my M's with an adaptor), then I'd put a B/L finder on the IIIG, and 
> really scare people. Big advantage of B/L with M's and Noct is that you
> see all the image. Leica, please listen, and bring out a 75 B/L finder -
> a dual 50/75 model. Please do it, or else I'll have to buy the new 75
> lens just to get the finder.
> :=>
> Guido the leader trimmer.
> >From: Coresect <>
> >Reply-To:
> >To:
> >Subject: [Leica] Re:an absolutely virgin IIIG
> >Date: Sun, 01 Aug 1999 22:32:06 +0200
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > > As I said, I won't name them. In the past I've had good and bad work 
> >equally
> > > from both Leica and the several independents referred to in this
> >It
> > > doesn't seem fair to name one party when the bigger picture is more 
> >complex.
> >
> >OK.
> >
> > > Anyway, since there isn't much opinion on this, I sent it back whence
> > > came, to be 'corrected'
> >
> >How about when it comes back? If it is OK then we will all know the
> >is
> >"a good 'un", if it comes back broken then...
> >
> > > Guido, who just found an absolutely virgin IIIG this weekend
> >
> >Gloat, why don't you? :-)How much? Where? Etc...
> >Italy..?
> >Paul.
> >
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