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Subject: [Leica] my first Leica
From: jhnichols at (Jim Nichols)
Date: Sat Feb 14 15:20:38 2009
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I have to agree that the Barnacks were, and are still, fine cameras. The 
only hangup I have about them has to do with the finders, and that can be 
overcome with external finders.  I bought my IIIa in the summer of 1952, 
and, while it could sure use a CLA, I checked the shutter speeds by sound a 
few days ago, and they still sound ok.  I have never had it in a shop for 

I acquired a IIIf RD later, and it is my Leica of choice these days.

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brian Reid" <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, February 14, 2009 5:06 PM
Subject: [Leica] my first Leica

> It was 40 years ago today that I got my first Leica.
> My friend (and boss) David Labovitz mentioned to me that he'd seen a 
> decent selection of used Leicas at Industrial Photo in Silver Spring, 
> Maryland. I went in on Friday, 14 February, 1969 just minutes after 
> retiring photographer from the Baltimore Sun had put up his IIIf kit on 
> consignment. I bought the whole thing (body, 3 lenses, 3 finders, 3 metal 
> lens caps, leather case) and have had it ever since. He was its first 
> owner and I am its second.
> I mostly use my M8 these days, but the IIIf is still a damn fine camera.
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