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

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Subject: Re: [Leica] LTM vs. M
From: "Mike Durling" <>
Date: Sat, 11 May 2002 12:15:00 -0400
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Well, I use the IIIf and M4.  I like the M4 better because its viewfinder is
easier to see through especially for the 35mm lens.  Sometimes its nice to
just carry the IIIf with a collapsable 50.  Neither has had major problems
requiring a "parts" camera.

One drawback is if you use the cameras together with different emulsions
then you start juggling adapter rings when, for example, you move the 15mm
C/V lens from the IIIf to the M4.

They both take great pictures.

Mike D

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From: "Andrew Amundsen" <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, May 11, 2002 1:18 PM
Subject: [Leica] LTM vs. M

> 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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