Leica III 1939
by Thomas Alix Johnston
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When I first started using Leica cameras back in the mid-seventies, my first was a screwmount black dial IIIf, a mid-century classic. I used it for a couple years before my next one, a IIf red dial from 1956 that was 20 years old when I started using it. I had a CLA done and it was my daily camera for the next 20 years. It served me well with a 35mm f/3.5 Summaron, and I carried it on my travels up and down the west coast, across the country, in the pnw rainforest, deserts of the sw, and across the Atlantic.
It was dependable and worked flawlessly after its initial CLA and I imagine it could still be going strong. It saw less use after I upgraded with a 30 year old 1963 M3. Dependable, rugged, beautiful, it too worked flawlessly.
I had a lot of fun using other Leica film cameras, M2, M4, M6, and M7, and still have a couple threadmounts, one from 1939, pictured here, with an interesting history.
In the digital age, with rapid advances in technology providing us with new cameras on a regular basis, I find myself thinking about my next upgrade. Iím surprised that my current camera is already 10 years old, and still going strong even though it did have a new sensor a couple years ago. Times have definitely changed, as has the market for used cameras. It is much different now than when you could find a 20-year old camera that you didn't have to worry about and that would provide a lot of quality time for many years to come.