Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/05/22

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Are screw Leicas usable?
From: "" <>
Date: Wed, 22 May 2002 13:42:04 -0400


  I love to use old classic cameras and have tried to use most of old ones in my collection.  When it comes to using the old Leica screw mount bodies, it is hassle at least for me.  I have tried to accomodate myself to using it with no success.  Maybe once in a while (six months or so) it should be ok to enjoy them.  
  It should be ok if and only if you don't mind switching back and forth between the rangefinder and viewfinder windows.  The old II and III has the two windows far apart.  Also if you are going to use any other lenses than  50mm, you need an external viewfinder.  It is even more hassle.  I have quite a few bungled up photos because of the parallax difference.  Other than these, the screw mount bodies are all fine and enjoyable off and on.


Original Message:
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From: Nash Computer Technology
Date: Wed, 22 May 2002 18:30:22 +0100
Subject: [Leica] Are screw Leicas usable?


I'm thinking about getting a 35mm camera (I normally only use 5x4" 
and 10x8").  I think an M6 would suit me fine, but I can't justify the 
expense at present.  I'm wondering if a screw-mount Leica would be 
usable.  I saw one today (I can't remember the model, but I think it was 
a II or III of some sort! - and don't ask me what lens it had!).  I haven't a 
clue about the history and heritage of these cameras, but would like to 
know if they're worth looking into.  I would be shooting mainly 
landscapes etc on slide film, (thinking about some stock shots), and 
would probably use a tripod for most serious shots.  I can probably live 
with the quirks and lack of automation.  

I'd appreciate some advice.

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