M4 with M3 levers – so nice!
Old 02-01-2018   #1
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M4 with M3 levers – so nice!

I was actually looking for a M2, but when I came across this beauty I simply couldn't resist. It seems to me like a perfect combination: a M4 with M3 advance lever, rewind lever and frame selector. Does anyone know if this could have been a "factory conversion" (the serial number suggests it was manufactured in 1969) or are the modifications done by a previous owner?

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Old 02-01-2018   #2
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any Leica tech can just exchange those parts
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any Leica tech can just exchange those parts
Yes, of course. You don't even have to be Leica tech. I have changed the advance lever on my M6 myself, to a M3 style lever. Can't stand the plastic-tipped levers.
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Yeah. Easy to do at home with any M4. I also really love the M4 with M3 style advance. I've done this swap to chrome M4's, but with my black paint M4s I've left the original lever for collector's purposes.
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Ditto to the above. Swapped out my M6 TTL advance lever for an M3 style (actually came from an MP). I just like the feel of it much better than the plastic tipped one. Probably why Leica went back to it with the MP, and MA.

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While I do like the look and use of the M2/M3 style advance lever, I don't like what it does to your shutter speed dial.

Funny that you can tell what shutter speed the camera was kept at for most of its life just judging from how worn certain positions of the shutter speed dial are.
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Funny that you can tell what shutter speed the camera was kept at for most of its life just judging from how worn certain positions of the shutter speed dial are.
true only for the early (short) M3 style lever. the later, longer version doesn't touch the shutter dial.
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I had DAG swap mine for the M2/M3 style lever on my M6. I prefer them to the plastic articulated type. But I wanted to say I think the OP has a gorgeous camera there!

And I will: Rogrund! You have a gorgeous camera there!
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And I will: Rogrund! You have a gorgeous camera there!
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i wish mine was so nice.
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Now you just need the lens release button rim!
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Thank you, Rob-F and sebastel!
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Now you just need the lens release button rim!
Exactly!
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Now you just need the lens release button rim!
it's a matter of taste. that rim is the only part of the M3 i don't like
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