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Nicca IIIs
Old 09-21-2013   #1
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Nicca IIIs

I just bought this camera. It is very new to me. It took me quite a while to load the first film today. I am guessing this is very close to an original Leica LTM. I used it today and I really like it. So solid and well built, small and portable. I was considering a more expensive Minolta CLE or Leica Cl as portable camera. i am very happy with my choice so far.

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Old 09-21-2013   #2
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It looks great. Loading is a tough one!
There is a way with a business card, see internet..
Also need the special leader..
Nicca are good cameras.
I worked with the last one, similar to a M3.
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Congrats, Nicca made a terrific Barnack clone. It should work very well for you.
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Thanks for the good comments. I will get used to loading I guess. But the feeling of the camera is surprisingly good and I hope also the Chiyoko lens will perform well. Shooting was actually quick and I did not mind the small viewfinder that much and focusing was fine. I was really surprised by this camera. I am already considering a small 35mm lens for it.
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Old 09-22-2013   #5
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The Canon and Nicca clones were the best. You don't *have* to cut the extra leader. The main thing is confirming sprockets lining up on the take up side, which should be visible. Just make sure your take up spool is all the way down, sometimes you have to push a bit.

Pixie is referring to a late Nicca clone that was sold in the U.S. as a Tower 45/46 that had lever advance, a Contax style frame counter and an opening film back to assist in loading. After they were bought by Yashica there was a version of it called the YE with 1/500 max speed and black enamel dials. It is probably the perfect "user" of the Leica III variants alongside the Leica IIIg.
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The Canon and Nicca clones were the best. You don't *have* to cut the extra leader. The main thing is confirming sprockets lining up on the take up side, which should be visible. Just make sure your take up spool is all the way down, sometimes you have to push a bit.

Pixie is referring to a late Nicca clone that was sold in the U.S. as a Tower 45/46 that had lever advance, a Contax style frame counter and an opening film back to assist in loading. After they were bought by Yashica there was a version of it called the YE with 1/500 max speed and black enamel dials. It is probably the perfect "user" of the Leica III variants alongside the Leica IIIg.
My Tower 45/46:
http://www.johanniels.com/index.php/...d-the-tower-45


and the thread on RFF:
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/foru...d.php?t=125538
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I own a Nicca IIIs as well - it's a very well made Leica copy - great camera
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I did cut the film, but I will try without cutting next time. I was able to see the sprockets and, once I pushed all the way down, the film was engaged properly. I put in bulb also checked from the front with shutter open. The Tower 45/46 also looks very nice. I like the small accessory viewfinder, it looks perfect when using a 35mm lens. I was thinking to get a 35mm summaron. Thanks for the feedback. I am really discovering a very interesting new world here with these cameras.
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There she is with the Summaron. Super portable now. Small 35mm viewfinder is on is way.
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I did cut the film, but I will try without cutting next time. . . . .
I really wouldn't. Like an awful lot of short cuts, it works until it doesn't. When it doesn't, the perforations get chewed up and you get film chips in the camera. Rare? Yes. Unknown? No. It also slows loading.

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Thanks for the tip Roger. I hope the second time around to be a little faster. If the film catches on properly on the spool and on the sprocket everything should go well. It is worth it the effort because really enjoy the camera. I hope i will not end up buying too many ltm lenses now!
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I tried the Summaron today and i can see that at infinity the image is not aligning properly. I can still see the image slightly doubled in the rangefinder patch at infinity. I am not sure how is this affecting the focussinng but i think i will have to return this lens and look for another compact lens.
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