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Old 10-28-2006   #1
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Let's see your Leica M

My 62 vintage M3 with rigid Summicron.
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Old 10-28-2006   #2
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My M3 double stroke with working meter, 35mm Summaron, 50 Summicron, 90 Summicon, 135 Elmarit.





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M5 and 90mm f2 Summicron with Luigi case and soft release. Covering the M5's rather chunky loins with some of Luigi's finest leather does wonders and the largish 90mm Summicron suits its looks!

(who says they're ugly?)

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Old 10-28-2006   #4
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Leica M2 button rewind with Leica grip, 50mm Voigtlander Color Skopar and Gossen Luna Star meter, plus a roll of Fuji Neopan 400CN chromogenic B&W.
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My M3 and 50 DR, with Kameraleder case
Old 10-28-2006   #5
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My M3 and 50 DR, with Kameraleder case

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M6 stripped and ready for new Aki-Asahi covering:
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Old 10-29-2006   #7
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1. M3 1963 releathered sold (sadly, but it paid for the M6)
2. my new M6 1992

Hey HuubL did you get the M3 lever afterwards or is this some kind of rare M4 camera you got there? looks awesome btw!
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Hey HuubL did you get the M3 lever afterwards or is this some kind of rare M4 camera you got there? looks awesome btw!
I got it with the metal levers. It's one of the last 100 chrome M4s made in Wetzlar and it was sold to the photography department of the university where I work. I personally knew the photographer who ordered the camera and I can't imagine that he or any other university employee would request an a-la-carte Leica M4. So I like to think that for finishing the last batch of M4s Leica scraped parts together. I got the camera when the department was closed.

I've asked around if this could be a special, but everyone tells me this would be an easy thing to do and the metal levers would not increase the value.
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I got it with the metal levers. It's one of the last 100 chrome M4s made in Wetzlar and it was sold to the photography department of the university department where I work. I personally knew the photographer who ordered the camera and I can't imgine that he or any other university employee would request an a-la-carte Leica M4. So I like to think that for finishing the last batch of M4s Leica scraped parts together. I got the camera when the department was closed.

I've asked around if this could be a special, but everyone tells me this would be an easy thing to do and the metal levers would not increase the value.
Who cares if it's worth any more than a regular M4, it's beautiful camera .
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I've posted this one before. M4 with 35/2 Summicron.
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Old 10-29-2006   #11
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again my MP,
photo taken with sony ericsson k750i mobile
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again my MP,
photo taken with sony ericsson k750i mobile
That's a pretty good camera phone!!
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Meet the family.
M6, M5, CL, IIC.
A couple of changes have taken place since this photo;
I sold the current 50 cron to a fellow RFF member in favor of the elmar M, the chrome M5 went to DAG for a third lug and battery upgrade, and the CL is now for sale to make way for a M4-2.
Its a good thing that I have my assistant to help out with all this stuff!
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Its a good thing that I have my assistant to help out with all this stuff!
CCC (Cuty camera carrier).
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Old 10-29-2006   #15
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There's an inter-loper in the group! I'll soon be getting this Contax IIa and another one jsut like it, back from Henry Scherer.

I recovered the M2 and M3 with dark brown lizard embossed cowhide from Aki Asahi. The grip has been sold, and the M6 now lives in a brown Luigi 1/2 case.
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Meet the family.
M6, M5, CL, IIC.
A couple of changes have taken place since this photo;
I sold the current 50 cron to a fellow RFF member in favor of the elmar M, the chrome M5 went to DAG for a third lug and battery upgrade, and the CL is now for sale to make way for a M4-2.
Its a good thing that I have my assistant to help out with all this stuff!
I am considering to send my black 3 lug M5 to some place for CLA. Could u let me know the cost at DAG?

BTW the chrome M5 with the summicrom on is really a beauty.
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Old 10-29-2006   #17
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My recently departed chrome ttl with M3 wind lever...
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beautiful pictures, all... i really need to take a better one of my kit sometime...

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Old 10-29-2006   #19
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Here's my M2 w/elmar 50/3.5 via ltm to m adapter:

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Right - 35 is my main focal length, and hence it stays matched with the M6 or Hexar. The M3s are linked to a 50/1.4 and a 25/2.8 w. viewfinder, which are my close seconds for lens favorites. 21 and 75 I don't use often, but they work well on any of the cameras, so it's a system that works well for me. I'll probably be selling one of the M3s to finance the repair of the M6, as I'm currently a little cash-strapped after sinking a lot of money into a 4x5 system.
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Old 10-29-2006   #22
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Here's my M2 w/elmar 50/3.5 via ltm to m adapter:

That's one gorgeous looking M2...
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M2 and Rigid Summicron.
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Old 10-29-2006   #25
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My M3 was the second one posted on this thread. I just dug up a pic of my new acquisition as of just a bit over a month ago:

M6 classic titanium w/ Tri Elmar and grip

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Not the entire family, but most of them...

1) M2 with collapsible Summicron and VC-II meter.
My battered, but beloved M2. The L.A. smog ate the vulcanite shortly after I got it, but the camera feels smooth as silk.

2) M4 with Summicron DR and VC-II meter.
The camera that will have to be pried from my cold, dead hands. I have another M4 that I stripped and is awaiting a coat of black paint.

3) M6ttl with 2/35 Summicron-M (4th) and SBOOI finder.
My first Leica. Sherry Krauter knows this camera intimately. It started out as a .85, but I had her convert it to a .72, because I couldn't see the 35mm framelines. Then it was knocked out of my hand and she had to replace a cracked bodyshell. Most recently Sherry added the MP/M7 flare fix.

4) M7 with 1.4/35 Summilux ASPH and Leicavit.
The hood is a Contax GG-2, to which I added a vent. For the past two or three years this camera has been my metered workhorse. It is from a very early batch and Sherry Krauter added the M7/MP flare fix to the finder.
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How well does the Voigtlander meter work? I've been considering one to replace my handheld sekonic.
Works REALLY well. It's very accurate and pretty much mimics the meter in my M6ttl.

The VC-II is a huge improvement over the original model. For one thing it is half the height, but more important Cosina added a lock to the reading. The original VC meter was borderline useless, because it metered continuously.

With the new meter you look through the viewfinder and use the RF patch as your guide. The metering area equals that of the 90mm framelines.

Next, without taking your eye off of the viewfinder, you tap the little orange button on the back of the meter and take a reading. The meter will store that reading for circa 20 seconds or until you press the button again. Now you dial in your aperture and shutter speed settings and Bob's your uncle.

They aren't cheap, but well worth the money.

In any case I don't think I would totally give up my incident meter for one, but use both. You could meter off of your hand, but it's not as fast.

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Old 10-29-2006   #29
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I am considering to send my black 3 lug M5 to some place for CLA. Could u let me know the cost at DAG?

BTW the chrome M5 with the summicrom on is really a beauty.
Roundg;
DAG does a 3/4 and a full CLA. A 3/4 starts at around 200.
Sherry did a full CLA on my black M5 and also replaced the rangefinder patch, which had small cracks. The total cost was not inexpensive, but worth it. Its like a new camera now. Both people are top notch (los dos grandes) for m5 service.
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M2 and latest 50mm Elmar.
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Not having an M, I haven't paid a lot of attention to M lenses. I wasn't aware the old Elmar is still in production. It's a little faster and a little larger with modern glass and materiels but it's still a compact 4 element 3 group lens. I'm always amazed how good my Elmar clone Industar-50 is. An M2 with a new Elmar -- sweet!
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Some fine looking examples. However I am wondering how many of you use your cameras which have been re-skinned?
I'm ordering a kit from cameraleather.com for my M3.
BTW: It will see use even after re-skinning it.
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DAG does a 3/4 and a full CLA. A 3/4 starts at around 200.
Sherry did a full CLA on my black M5 and also replaced the rangefinder patch, which had small cracks. The total cost was not inexpensive, but worth it. Its like a new camera now. Both people are top notch (los dos grandes) for m5 service.
Thanks for the comments.
Thanks for the kind reply and info. My M3 is under some 3/4 CLA in DAG now. I will check with them about my M5. Currently my M5 (still with the L seal) works flawlessly. But some haze I can see in the VF.
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1965 M3, 1966 rigid Summicron 50/2, dark yellow B+W filter, third party vented hood, Luigi case/strap
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M6 with 35mm/3.5 Summaron (which, contrary to legend, is not a soft, low contrast lens).
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Here's my M2 with Canon 35/2 attatched.
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My lil' kit. I doubt very much I would use anything more than this. M6, 50 1.4 Aspheric, 28 cron aspheric.
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My lil' kit. I doubt very much I would use anything more than this. M6, 50 1.4 Aspheric, 28 cron aspheric.
wait till you have seen the new apo 75/2 asph.....

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wait till you have seen the new apo 75/2 asph.....

it knocked me down,
couldn't left the dealer without buying it
I would have to get a .85 body for that, the way anything over a 50 looks in the VF looks strange and too far away for me.

This Leica stuff is for film only ( see name ), for that focal length, I use an FM3A with a 105 2.5, frames up much faster and is fairly unobtrusive.

.....and then there is always my enormous but spectacular 85 1.2 Canon...

I am sticking with my tight kit, it is more my style.
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