Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/01/06

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Subject: Re: [Leica] M3 questions
From: Vick Ko <>
Date: Sat, 06 Jan 2001 12:10:14 -0500
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The M3 is a fine camera.

Items to note are:

1)  loading film with the "take out" spool - slower than with newer
    cameras, but very positive.  I've lost a roll with my M6 because
    the film didn't catch properly.  Never happened with M3.

2)  shutter feels crisper than M6.  Very positive feel when taking
    the picture.

    Frames on the M3 (50/90/135) may be a concern if you increase your
    lenses in future - specially if you want to go to wide angles.

3)  classic look of Leitz engraving.  Won't affect the handling of
    the camera, but it is very nice to look at.

4)  older may mean cheaper, which means "it's better"

Erwin Puts has a nice review of the M3.

Michael Hintlian wrote:

> Looking at picking up an M3 to shoot with...50mm only.  Concerns include,
> is earlier better than later, are the viewfinders still ok after nearly 50
> years, if a viewfinder goes...can Leica replace or are M3 finders no longer
> available?  M6J finders instead?  Any other comments welcome.
> If there are listmembers who want to sell (or trade for other Leica) a user
> single stroke (or double) with a bright finder, please contact me directly
> offlist...thanks.
> Michael Hintlian

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