Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/12/22

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica M3
From: Nathan Wajsman <>
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2001 10:47:48 +0100
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Hi Elliot,

I have 2 M6s and one M3, and I would not dream of selling it. First, I paid
nowhere near the price of a new M6 for my M3--1475 DM, or about $700. The one I
have is not mint but certainly not abused, it has the normal cosmetic signs of
use you would expect from a camera made in 1959 but shutter etc. functions
perfectly. And speaking of the shutter...the smoothness of the M3 release is far
above my M6s, it is an almost sensual experience. More importantly, the M3 has
the most accurate rangefinder of all the M cameras, and so I use mine mainly for
low light situations where I am shooting at f1.4 at close range (for example in
a bar).

Do not waste money on a mint M3, then you do pay through the nose. A good user
that has not been abused is just as good and much cheaper.


"Dr. Elliot Puritz" wrote:

> Just a question not meant to induce angry responses from users who own and
> enjoy older Leicas...but, if the price for an M3 ( assuming one doesn't have
> one ) in minty condition is now equal to or higher then a new M6, why would
> one chose to use the older camera?  I do appreciate the enjoyment from using
> any well made machine that is 50 years old and which still works well.
> Nevertheless, is the use of the M6 easier?  If one can make images easier on
> the M6, why would one chose to use the M3 and pay for the privilege?  Again,
> no flame intended or implied to users of older, vintage cameras.  I use some
> older Leicas myself, enjoy them.
> Elliot
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In reply to: Message from Kyle Cassidy <> ([Leica] re: dilema)
Message from "Dr. Elliot Puritz" <> ([Leica] Leica M3)