I've always wanted an M4 black paint.
Old 04-12-2017   #1
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I've always wanted an M4 black paint.

Now I've got the chance to buy one. As near as I can tell it's original. Serial number seems correct, the paint is very good, but there are a couple spots where it's not smooth which I've read is common. Anything else I should be looking for? The only real brassing is on the rewind knob. No idea how it got brassing with out the rest. I'm assuming it was spinning against a case or something.
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Yep, it could have been in a half case which wasn't made for the angled rewind. That would explain the lack of wear except for the rewind crank.
Otherwise, as to its authenticity, who can be sure? There has to be some level of trust between the buyer and seller in these cases.
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That M4 is in really good shape and the only reason I'd be careful. However, if the paint looks right, in the sense that it doesn't look repainted, I'd say go for it. I ended up with 2 original BP m4s over the years and I've gotta say they are just beautiful cameras. One of my M4s is a little beat up, the other pretty pristine and I love em both. All I can say is, don't be afraid to use it! They look better with age (in my opinion).
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For me difficult to tell from the photos but I have seen M4 BP in very good shape and some that looked very worn. I got mine via last year June`s Westlicht Camera Auction for a reasonable bidding price. Only by comparison with other M4 BP I found out that somebody had whitened the lettering on the top-plate of my camera, I could not see that from the photos of the auction (which are or good quality). It doesn`t bother me at all, it is a nice camera and became even better after DAG serviced some minor issues.
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Go for it! Mine's already reserved for a purchase 5 yrs from now
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Looks awesome to me.
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It is a BP M4 with a number starting with 11XXXXX. These have a rewind knob/lever made from brass. BP M4s with numbers starting with 12XXXXX have aluminium rewind knobs. If you are lucky this camera has a BP M2 back, with a brass film type reminder. Later BP M4s have this reminder from aluminium. The pictures are too small to see.

Usually the BP M4s with these low numbers fetch a premium for the above stated reasons.

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Old 04-13-2017   #9
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A very nice camera indeed. I like it that the screws in the accessory-shoe and the speed dial are black painted too. In the later versions they are chrome.

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it's got some gunk on the shutter (see other thread) that I'm a little worried about, but the speeds are fine and the curtains light tight so for now I think it's ok. It's lasted 50 years :P I guess it will last a few more before I need to worry.
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