Post by David Silver on Oct 2, 2005 22:38:32 GMT -5
I agree, it's (arguably, but I do lean it's way...) the finest 35mm camera ever designed! And this is a beautiful example. Tell us, while the lens is obviously an early collapsible model, is the camera an original double stroke version or later single stroke? Better yet, is it possibly a VERY original double stroke with the glass pressure plate?!
Mine is actually a very late model, from 1966. It is in good condition, but definitely a camera to be used (she went to West Point, NY with me Saturday). You can just see behind the lens the housing for the self timer which I believe was not on the early cameras.
Oh, and I guess I got my answer about the camera showcase.
Hmm, I think I can make do with the cameras that I have, or not.
Great looking camera, and I have often read where others have really lamented the M3.
I have two Leicas. One is an old and brassy IIIc which I just display although it does work; I got it quite cheaply(for a Leica) about 6 years ago. The brassing was reportedly the reason, but to me it gave the camera patina and I envisioned a lot of practical, picture-taking use.
My other is an original series Leicaflex MK1 with the pie-shaped counter window and Summicron R 50/2. It is cosmetically in fabulous shape and the only mechanical problem I am encountering is with a 'lost' meter needle. No big problem as I like to use my old handheld Gossen Pilot meter anyway.
Were I to get an M series, it would probably be a 3.