Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/05/11

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Subject: [Leica] LTM vs. M
From: "Andrew Amundsen" <>
Date: Sat, 11 May 2002 10:18:43 -0700

Hello everyone, I'm curious the ratio of M user's on the LUG to regular 
LTM user's. When I purchased my first leica, an M2, last year I had two
cameras in mind. It was a desicion between a IIIf with lens and the M2
with 50mm lens.  At the last minute I decided to go with the M for
various reasons. First the availablility of repair parts for M's seemed
better. Second the ease of use of the combined VF/RF on the M's. Finally
the ability to use modern lenses.

Today LTM user's can also use modern lenses (the Cosina Voigtlander
series), so I am again interesed in an older screw mount leica! What are
the favorites of the LUG members? I love the size of the LTM cameras
with a collapsible lens: pocketable! I'm leaning toward a IIIc or IIIf.
Will I need to have a second body as a 'parts' camera if repairs are
ever needed? Any advice from your combined expertise would be greatly
appreciated! With my M2 on it's way for a repair, for who knows how
long, I'm experiencing my first 'Leica withdrawl'!

Thanks for the time! Andrew
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