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

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Subject: Re: [Leica] LTM vs. M
From: Chandos Michael Brown <>
Date: Sat, 11 May 2002 11:52:52 -0400

I routinely use a IIIf black dial, often with a collapsible Summicron on 
it.  The issue with the LTM bodies, I think, is that you must virtually 
count on having it CLA'd immediately.  R. Mueller in Toronto serviced mine 
a few years ago, replacing the shutter curtains at the same time.  I was 
astonished at the difference in the brightness of the VF, the quietness of 
the shutter, and so on.  It performs as new.  They really are a lot of 
fun.  I look forward to securing one of Tom A's LTM Rapidwinders, which 
will make for an awesome little package.


At 10:18 AM 5/11/02 -0700, you wrote:
>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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