So after religiously saving..
Old 10-05-2012   #1
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So after religiously saving..

I've finally gone and purchased my first Leica EVER.

Leica M4 - Summicron 50mm f2.

Currently loading some Kodak Porta 160 and going out to shoot!



Total set-up cost me approx £1350.00 - Never been happier. This camera will go the the grave with me.
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Old 10-05-2012   #2
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Never been happier. This camera will go the the grave with me.
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Old 10-05-2012   #3
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Congratulations.

Have fun with it.

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Old 10-05-2012   #4
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There is something rather nice about a Leica M4, isn't there? Still, I'll stick with my M3; been with me 10 years and counting.

TBH i'd of chosen a Leica M3 for the quality VF - but this Leica M4 was a steal! £499.00 from Red Dot Camera. I also prefer the smooth top plate compared to the raised VF window in the M3. Either way I'm 21 years of age and this M4 is going to be with me for a very long time.

Question.. Is it possible to upgrade the VF on the M4.. i.e upgrade to the MP VF?


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Old 10-05-2012   #5
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congratulations, and congratulations, make sure you try to wear it out. nice strap too!
Can't wait to see the results. Get shooting. I'm excited too.

I wish i'd bought my Leica when I was 21 so i could have enjoyed it for the last 20 years, as well as the next 20!

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Old 10-05-2012   #6
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Congratulations. It looks gorgeous. I too saved up and saved up and sold and sold and the n got myself a Leica M3 only recently. Love it.
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Old 10-05-2012   #7
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Very nice, I recently bought my first, an M3 and CV 50mm Nokton, they do have a certain tactile 'something' about them these old cameras.
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Old 10-05-2012   #8
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Enjoy it. Nice to see a 21 year old go with film, and for the long term.
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Old 10-05-2012   #9
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M4, the best imo, enjoy
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Old 10-05-2012   #10
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Congrats! Now, go and shoot with it! And post you pix here.
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Great set-up for sure. My fav however is the M2 which I currently have in the button rewind config.

Good shooting and great to see youngns shooting film!
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Congrats!!!!
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Old 10-05-2012   #13
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Nope - I cant fault it. I have a tendency to purchase items and then sit there and go..okay so how can i make this even better.
Shoot b&w film .......congrats on the camera.
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A wonderful combination of lens and camera. Go take some great photos.

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Good for you. I relate to how you feel. Have fun! (What's the next purchase?)
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Sweet! When you've got something to show, post some pictures.
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enjoy in good health ... and don't forget to post some images here.
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Your purchase will save you a LOT of money over the years, because theree's no real upgrade from here! Remember to photograph your friends and family a lot. You'll be glad you did, when you and the M4 have grown old together.
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TBH i'd of chosen a Leica M3 for the quality VF - but this Leica M4 was a steal! £499.00 from Red Dot Camera. I also prefer the smooth top plate compared to the raised VF window in the M3. Either way I'm 21 years of age and this M4 is going to be with me for a very long time.

Question.. Is it possible to upgrade the VF on the M4.. i.e upgrade to the MP VF?


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Nice camera.
I think it's indeed possible to upgrade the viewfinder. Mine has either an M6 or MP finder - I'm not sure, it's better than the one in my M6. (Is there a way I can tell?)
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Please don't assume you'll get it right with the first film. I was actually quite underwhelmed by my first attempts with my M3 and Summicron several years ago, then there was one shot on one film that made it all worthwhile. It was like no other photograph I had previously taken, everything came together. It was exactly the same kit as before but at that moment I glimpsed the potential. Over the years I've made plenty of ordinary photos with that set-up but every now and again the magic appears and I spend the rest of my time trying to reach it with every shot. Still some way to go but still enjoying the process.

Oh, and do try home developing - c-41 is actually no more difficult than black and white if you prefer colour.
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Congrats, I'm about your age too and I bought an M4 about two years ago, never going to sell it. None of the other cameras I own feel as good to shoot with.
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The beginning of a life-long addiction. Just warning. Enjoy!
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Me, I want to be cremated.
Hopefully not with your Leica!!
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The beginning of a life-long addiction. Just warning. Enjoy!
On the flipside, this might cure him of Leica longing, and he'll finally be released! The nice thing about Leicas is that he will probably make a few bucks if he decides to sell his M4.
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Congrats man!
I'm 21 years of age myself and have really been thinking about getting a Leica myself (highly likely an M3). I have a couple SLR's (my favorites are the Minolta XD-7 and Olympus OM-1) and medium format cams (TLR and Mamiya S1000), but lately I've really been wanting to get a rangefinder too. Might even sell the other cams to fund one. Or sell a couple of my way too many lenses.

Either way: I'm jealoussss!
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I always thought the M4 was the best Leica, and I preferred the finder to the MP finder.
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Old 10-06-2012   #29
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An M4 with a nice, contrasty finder is an excellent camera. After using one I checked out the finder on the M6 and immediately noticed the flare issue. Granted, I happened to be handling it in a store with lighting set up just right to make it flare but I immediately understood why people liked the MP upgrade with it.

If your M4 finder is easy to use in dim light, leave it alone and enjoy unless you find yourself really needing other framelines. The M4 (as well as M2 - I haven't handled an M3 with a good finder yet) is excellent.
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Congratulations. May you make many truthful exposures in beautiful light, capturing the spirit of the moment. It's a long road to be totally familiar with a Leica, the journey almost as much fun as the destination. Don't cloud your thinking with extra lenses for at least a year..
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