Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/03/26

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Button v Lever Rewind
From: John Collier <>
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2001 10:51:54 -0700

The first M2 cameras have a button that you have to hold down while
rewinding. This is just as annoying as it sounds and is why they are less
expensive than the lever rewind M2 cameras. The very last button rewind M2
cameras have a latching button rewind that functions the same as the lever
in that you do not have to hold it down while rewinding. These cameras are a
good deal as they are less expensive than the lever rewind cameras but
function just as well.

Button rewind cameras (and early lever rewind cameras up to serial no.
105xxx) will have the early style of viewfinder which can only be updated to
the six frame finder except by replacing the entire assembly. Yes you can
update later cameras to six frames by just replacing the mask assembly for
$150US approximately.

John Collier

> From: Shel Belinkoff <>
> I'm looking at some M2 bodies and noticed that some come with a
> button rewind and others use the lever.  Is there any advantage to
> one style or another?  Is either stronger or more reliable than the
> other?  Thanks!