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Old 10-05-2019   #401
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Sorry about your eye sight. An AF DSLR May work better than a RF camera.

Or a mirrorless camera with focus peaking for use with RF lenses, depending on how much visual assist is needed. And the Sony A7R II and up will focus RF lenses automatically with the Techart AF adapter.
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Old 10-05-2019   #402
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I toyed around with a Zorki to see if I could agree with the way a Barnack body worked. There was a IIIc in the local antique mall that had sat there for months, and when I went to get it, too late. I do however have a scratched up Elmar 4/90, and a VIOOH I had to glue back together. So maybe one day I'll come across another III with some cash in my pocket to spend.

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Since that post back in March of 2015 I've managed to get some Leica clones made by Canon and Nicca. The Nicca (III-S) was more of a copy than the Canon (P), but they still only slightly dampened my search for the real thing.


I did get an M4-P a while back, and really enjoy it, but I got tired of having to mount my LTM lenses onto adapters so I could use them. Yesterday I finally fulfilled a plan I made long ago to celebrate my official retirement, and that was to get a IIIf made the same year I was born (1953). And it's coming from a shop in my home state of Indiana!


It has a nice engraving of a name on the bottom plate, and I did a little sleuthing on Google. If it's who I think, he used to live close to Gary, IN, then moved to Sarasota, FL. No mention in the obituaries about him being into photography, though it might not have been something he did a lot of, just some snaps here and there. So it might be I still have no idea who the person is that used to own the camera, but I hope to make him proud of what I produce with it.


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Old 10-06-2019   #404
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PF, congrats on the M4-P!

My M2 button rewind came used from a retail shop in Seattle in 1967, $150, plus a new v.1 35mm Summicron for $163.50... I haven't shot the M2 for a while, but I used the 35 Summicron on my M-D 262 on a recent vacation trip.
I also have a M240 and a Leica Q, and two M8 one black and one chrome.

I think that makes six small-frame Leicas, then there's my Leica S2 dSLR...
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In order of acquisition:

M3 DS ST PV
M3 SS ST PV

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Old 10-06-2019   #406
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My MP240 is one and half years old. My 1958 M2 has been in my possession for four or five years. I would swap it to a friend and use an M5 for awhile. As good as the M5 is, the M2 is my favorite.

Now, I need to find one with the quick load system as the spool loading of the M2 is the only feature of the camera I don't like.
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Old 10-06-2019   #407
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I Model A converted to IC
IIIa Model G
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IIIf (black painted)

M2 (Shintaro black painted)
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Old 10-06-2019   #408
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In order of acquisition: Digilux 1, M7, M8, C, CL. Use CL most of time now due to 82
year old eyes but love all. Never had trouble with any. Original Digilux still works. So
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Old 10-06-2019   #409
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Unfortunately, no. Nothing they make fits the way I want to shoot other than the Leica CL Digital... but I prefer Fuji to that.
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Old 10-06-2019   #410
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Leica M6, Leica CL, IIIf RD. Acquired in reverse order.

The M6 is my 3rd, the CL is my 2nd. The IIIf RD gives me the most pleasure in use.
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Old 10-06-2019   #411
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The ones I see in front of me now:
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2 x M2
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Sold everything and put the money back in the bank. Then bought what I really wanted.
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I am still only having oldies.
My latest model is an M9.
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Yesterday I finally fulfilled a plan I made long ago to celebrate my official retirement, and that was to get a IIIf made the same year I was born (1953). And it's coming from a shop in my home state of Indiana!


It has a nice engraving of a name on the bottom plate, and I did a little sleuthing on Google. If it's who I think, he used to live close to Gary, IN, then moved to Sarasota, FL. No mention in the obituaries about him being into photography, though it might not have been something he did a lot of, just some snaps here and there. So it might be I still have no idea who the person is that used to own the camera, but I hope to make him proud of what I produce with it.


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PF, congrats on the IIIf! What ltm lenses do you have for it?
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Unfortunately the original poll is closed. I bought a user IIIc quite a few years ago, and then a IIIf. More recently a user CL with inoperative meter. I use all of them regularly.
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Hi Lynn.

Do you have a preference of the IIIf over the IIIc or the other way around?
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Hi Lynn.

Do you have a preference of the IIIf over the IIIc or the other way around?
Hi Raid, for some reason I tend to use the IIIc more often, though I can't figure why. Maybe because it's more beat up looking?
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Old 10-06-2019   #418
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It's hard not to get carried away, as they are such fine machines. I hope those that post "lists" of Leica gear are also spending money on photographic adventures and the like.
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Old 10-06-2019   #419
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My long loved and used M6 got a new owner back in 2013 for the money.
But I´ve got a full functional R3 recently and I think it will stay for its pretty shape,
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Old 10-06-2019   #420
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Since that post back in March of 2015 I've managed to get some Leica clones made by Canon and Nicca. The Nicca (III-S) was more of a copy than the Canon (P), but they still only slightly dampened my search for the real thing.

I did get an M4-P a while back, and really enjoy it, but I got tired of having to mount my LTM lenses onto adapters so I could use them. Yesterday I finally fulfilled a plan I made long ago to celebrate my official retirement, and that was to get a IIIf made the same year I was born (1953). And it's coming from a shop in my home state of Indiana!

It has a nice engraving of a name on the bottom plate, and I did a little sleuthing on Google. If it's who I think, he used to live close to Gary, IN, then moved to Sarasota, FL. No mention in the obituaries about him being into photography, though it might not have been something he did a lot of, just some snaps here and there. So it might be I still have no idea who the person is that used to own the camera, but I hope to make him proud of what I produce with it.

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Old 10-07-2019   #421
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Black paint '67 M4,
replaced the '35 iii black with Leica CL (50th anniversary) w/ working meter.....

& a $1k Leica Digilux 4.3 paperweight :-)
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Old 10-07-2019   #422
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As of today I’m down to 5 M bodies and an old DLux3 (2?) in deep storage somewhere.

One M10, two MP (a .72 and a .58) and two M7 (also a .72 and a .58).
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Old 10-07-2019   #423
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Old 10-07-2019   #424
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3 IIIf
3 IIf
1 IIIB
1 IIIC
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M4 (2)
M5
M6

Of those, M6 and one of th IIIf (with self timer) are they ones I enjoy more.

Thinking about slimming the Barnacks to keep just the IIIf with self timer.

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Old 10-07-2019   #425
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I came to RFF from a link on an Olympus camera discussion thread at Flikr about 10 years ago. At the time, and still sometimes, there was active discussions of the OM cameras and Zuiko lenses here on RFF. However, browsing the other posts here, I thought I would like to try Leicas. Over the years, I have acquired a few that I still have.

M3 Double Stroke.
M2
M4
CL
IIIg

At the time that I purchased the M3, the bundle came with a IIIc that had been converted to a IIIf. I sent that off for a CLA about 8 years ago, and Sherry told me it was beyond hope. So it got sold it to a dealer at a swap meet for next to nothing.

I've never purchased any Leica product new. Maybe some day?
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Old 10-07-2019   #426
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Thanks, Doug. I forgot to mention my CL (film) and R7 outfits.


Lynnb, I've got 2 Canon 50's, the 1.8 and 2.8 (the 1.8 has the haze again); a Yashicor 50/2.8; W-Nikkor.C 35/3.5; and VC Color-Skopar 35/2.5 MC. I don't count my Elmar 90/4 because it's so scratched up it's only good for doing portraits, maybe. It's on a replacement list, but I may get a 75 first.


Chris Crawford: The IIIf came from Gary Camera, and arrived this morning. Best looking Barnack style body I've seen or used in a while.


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Old 10-07-2019   #427
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I have one; My first, and only purchased recently. It's a SS M3 with an early Summicron.
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It's astonishing the number of Barnack Leicas in use here. The youngest such is, what, 60 years old?

If I were to revise my collection, I'd toss the M6's because they are just common tools. I'd replace them with an M5, which still has a meter, better ergonomics for me, and a nicer viewfinder.

Barnacks and M3's I'd keep because nothing like that will ever be made again.
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....I wish my wife aged as well as my 60 year old cameras ;-(
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M3 DS with a 35 3.5 Summaron, 50 collapsible Summicron 90 Elmar, 135 Nikkor
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Update... sold the M4-2. But acquired some others... the roster is now:

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As of a few days ago I have my very first Leica, an MDa.
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It's astonishing the number of Barnack Leicas in use here. The youngest such is, what, 60 years old?

If I were to revise my collection, I'd toss the M6's because they are just common tools. I'd replace them with an M5, which still has a meter, better ergonomics for me, and a nicer viewfinder.

Barnacks and M3's I'd keep because nothing like that will ever be made again.
Interesting that you went from acquiring Ms to the Barnacks. Usually it is the other way around.

I acquired a IIIf and use it frequently. I have thought about getting a M camera but have never done it.
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I have owned a IIIf BD and a IIIf RD, but sold them, even though they were a lot of fun to shoot. I recently acquired an M2, and it is gem. Love the simple viewfinder.
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M-E ... needs, either a sensor replacement or an upgrade -I received a lot of useful feedback on the upgrade options here ... have to make up my mind;
M6 x 2 @ 0.58 and 0.72;
M7 a-la-carte ... that's a long story.
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