Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/03/30

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Odd M3
From: "Dan Post" <>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2000 10:45:27 -0800

Min-Yi Shen (Now- there's a LUGger who doesn't sound like he comes from
Kansas!! )
You lucky duck! I traded my M3 and $300 for an M6 because I wanted the 35mm
view lines- and finally got an M4 since I like the uncluttered VF of the old
Leicas! (also an excuse to ceremoniuosly take out the Weston Master V and
wave it under the noses of my victims, er- SUBJECTS!
I wonder if it had one of those fabled and expensive VF/RF transplants? If
so, you are getting the best of two worlds! The M3 is a fine camera!
It would not be a bad idea for Leica to re-issue a commemorative series of
the M3! I bet a lot of folks would scramble for them if they weren't to
dear, or scarce! do them with the improved viewfinder, and with a PC flash
After the IIIf Red Dial, I think the M3 was one of the centuries design
coups. It is a work of art in its own right.
Best of light to you!
Dan (Non! Je ne regrette rien!) Post
- ----- Original Message -----
From: john <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2000 1:15 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Odd M3

> Min-yi Shen wrote:
> >
> >    I just bought a "user" DS M3 from Ebay. Mechanically ok, VF very
> >
> > but there's one weird thing: I found that it has a 0.72 viewfinder! I
> >
> > because I compared it with my M2 side by side. It even has a 35mm
> >
> > frameline. I am sure it was modified because when you look through the
> >
> > VF, normally the eyepiece looks "round" on an early DS M3. Mine doesn't.
> >
> > So effectively I have 2 M2 right now...
> >
> > Min-yi Shen
> With an automatic film counter setting.
> John Shick