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View Poll Results: M2 repaint or black chrome M4
Repainted M2 13 30.23%
Black Chrome M4 30 69.77%
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Old 3 Days Ago   #41
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i had a great idea: get a bessa r2a while you wait for the repaint.
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It's not an original BP, the camera comes from a batch of silver chrome.
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i had a great idea: get a bessa r2a while you wait for the repaint.
So I'm guessing your in the repaint camp and not too keen on the black chrome?
Not a bad idea really...
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Having owned an R3a, and not enjoying its feel... I would get an M4-2 while you wait to get the M4 painted. I sold my R3a and replaced it with an M4-2.
But I did not send anything out to be painted. I learned my lesson after having a motorcycle painted some years ago.
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What is the price of a Kanto repaint or similar?


Six months ago, when I bought my first M2, I contacted Kanto for a quote on a black repaint thinking that if it was less than US$350 I might go for it. The quote was JPY 100,000 for the repainted + JPY 45,000 for an overhaul (compulsory package with the repaint) + JPY 2,900 for return courier = JPY 147,900 = US$1,340. My M2 cost me only US$750 for a truly mint 1959 body and a spent a bit more on replacing the shutter curtains and multi coated viewfinder with Youxin Ye. A camera for life and now I couldn't imagine painting the beautiful brass black. So glad I couldn't afford the repaint as I know I would regret it now - this is not a reflection on Kanto's quality of service, just an acceptance that perhaps we should leave a Leica body alone unless it's in such poor condition that a cosmetic intervention can only improve what has already been lost. Just my view.


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Six months ago, when I bought my first M2, I contacted Kanto for a quote on a black repaint thinking that if it was less than US$350 I might go for it. The quote was JPY 100,000 for the repainted + JPY 45,000 for an overhaul (compulsory package with the repaint) + JPY 2,900 for return courier = JPY 147,900 = US$1,340. My M2 cost me only US$750 for a truly mint 1959 body and a spent a bit more on replacing the shutter curtains and multi coated viewfinder with Youxin Ye. A camera for life and now I couldn't imagine painting the beautiful brass black. So glad I couldn't afford the repaint as I know I would regret it now - this is not a reflection on Kanto's quality of service, just an acceptance that perhaps we should leave a Leica body alone unless it's in such poor condition that a cosmetic intervention can only improve what has already been lost. Just my view.


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Good to hear your thoughts. I agree it's a bit to burn on something a little unknown.
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Did you get my PM on this subject (via the LUF)?
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Did you get my PM on this subject (via the LUF)?
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Ahhh, yep, and I started to reply but mustn't have finished it!
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I have now voted, I'll reveal my choice when I have it in my hands!

Anyone care to make an offer on my chrome M4 in the classifieds? I kind of have to move it along now...
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take out the "poised before" from my previous post. bad edit.
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That looks very nice.
For $1895 it doesn't matter that it is not a real BP.
It's the same money as getting a BC M4. Which I prefer..
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This comment and one I received on LUF from a.noctilux;

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And if you ask yourself which one M2 or M4 tick your bill as user leaving apart the body finish.
Cut the the crux of the matter for me. If I only had the choice of chrome, which would I get. Decision made, now the waiting game begins...
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