A few weeks ago I received the following email inquiry from a guy in Alabama, name and exact location not really relevant at this time: Sir, I came into possession of a Leica M3 a few years ago after my father in law passed. Note: Using the text or images on this site in an ebay auction without permission is a violation of your ebay Terms of Service. Some actual information: Leica was about 50 years quicker than Apple at realising that if you use your own proprietary system you can make a fair bit of money selling all the related systems… The rear flash sync terminals on the Leica M3 are unique. If you are looking to purchase a Leica M3 then you owe it to yourself to read this. Whilst the colour-tinting is sorta cool, there's a downside in that the viewfinder is much dimmer than current M models.
I noticed a Black and Tan Nikon duffel bag on the ground near a small table. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Do your research, and put many options in your watch list so you can really compare. Only after the black paint bodies were discontinued and recognized as rare did collectors want them. In 5 or 10 years time you will still be enjoying the Leica M3 while the digital Leicas will already be very expensive paperweights. Everybody talks about it, Leica is famous for it but most people could not give you a clear concise definition. Leica liked the Remodrive design so much they bought the rights and manufactured it themselves, turning it into the M2-M and M4-M motor! Detailed information about Leica serial numbers, lens types, history etc is available at and web-sites.
To top off the black M3's climb to fame and serious fortune, the original black M3's and M2's did not have that great a finish. Almost all of the M3s you see in black-paint are ones that have been painted black after-the-fact. Body re-design in silver chrome finish with Veau Swift burnt tan calfskin leather. The lens looks like a Nickel plated Elmar 50, same vintage. When you hold it in your hand it screams quality. So when buying a camera, ask the seller to show you how to load it, as it's much easier to learn from an experienced user than trying to figure it out yourself. But I've been firing the shutter, and it's starting to loosen up.
Some the numbers changed depending on the number of cams in the lens: The Elmarit-R f2. Thanks to deliberate, carefully executed wearing by hand, it appears as if it had been in constant use for decades and would have countless stories to tell. This entry was posted in , , , and tagged , , , , on by. Tuan, I also got an M3 recently also with shutter issue. But they may be producing both the R8 and the M7 at the same time. Want to advertise on LeicaRumors.
At the same time they may have allocated the next 3,000 numbers to R8s. The is technically not an M-Leica but it uses the M-bayonet mount. However, the location of the flash sockets means that the connector will poke you in the eye if you are a left-eye shooter. Number, on this site Leica catalog numbers or order numbers. Since then, the M series remained essentially unchanged from the Leica M4 1968 up to the current M7. Lenny Kravitz is famous around the world as an exceptional and very successful musician. You could also put a Leicameter on it if you really wanted to, but we will be covering that in a post in the near future.
A lot has been said online about the famous silky-smooth Leica M3 shutter release button but something happened the other day which made me realise just how sensitive and smooth it really is. Elcan-R is also the name of s series of lenses made in the 1960ies and early 1970ies, as the U. This entry was posted in , , and tagged , on by. The lens just has an iris, no lens shutter. I'll still have to check the serial n? Not only did they have all the desirable features, but the factory workers were also at their peak in terms of experience in building the hand-made cameras. Previously, it was thought that this was the end of the finder and that the only option would be to put in the much inferior Leica M6 finder as a replacement. A pristine black model for 100 bucks? Guess I'll have to make up my mind.
The black paint lenses were made in such limited numbers, I am sure there are other genuine variations as well. I will report you to ebay if I discover such a violation taking place. Wetzlar dropped the idea for later Ms as a cost-cutting measure. Leitz cameras: Years of manufacture: 2013 2006 2007 2008 2003 2014 2005 2006 2008 2008 2008 2010 2012 1998-2002 2002 2003 2006 2000 c1970s 1935 1935 c1910 c1938 c1956 c1902-1907 c1948 1932 1923-1924 1974 1954-1957 1954-1957 1989 2000 2000 2002 2002 1973-1975 1975 1973-1975 1973-1975 1973-1975 1973-1975 2004 2003 2004 c2003 c2001 c1960 1930-1931 c1930 1925-1930 c1927 1925 1925-1930 1925-1930 1925-1930 1925-1930 1925 1925-1926 1925-1926 1929 1930 1925-1930 1925-1930 c1925-1930 1930 1930 c1930s 1926-1929 1930 1926-1929 1930-1931 1930-1931 1930-1931 1930-1931 1930-1931 1930-1931 1930-1931 1930-1931 1930 1949-1951 1949-1951 1949-1951 1952-1956 1952-1956 1951 c1955 1952-1956 1952-1956 1957-1960 c1956 1957-1960 1957-1960 1957-1960 1957-1960 1957-1960 1957-1960 1955 1957-1960 1957-1960 1932 1936 1932-1948 1932-1948 1932-1948 c1932-1948 c1942-1944 1932-1948 c1932-1948 1932-1948 1947-1948 1932-1948 1932-1948 1932-1948 c1932-1948 1932-1948 1932-1948 1948-1951 1948-1951 1948-1951 1951-1956 1951-1956 1951-1956 1956 1951-1956 1951-1956 1932-1948 1938 1933-1939 1933-1939 1933-1939 1933-1939 1933-1939 1933-1939 1933-1939 1933-1939 1934 1939 1933-1939 1933-1939 1933-1939 1933-1939 1933-1939 1939 1933-1939 1933-1939 1933-1939 1936 1950-1950 1935-1950 1935-1950 1935-1950 1935-1950 1935-1950 1935-1950 1935-1950 1935 c1938 c1937 1935-1950 1935-1950 1935-1950 1939 1939 1935-1950 1935-1950 1935-1950 c1940 1938-1946 1938-1946 1938-1939 1938-1946 1938-1946 1938-1946 1938-1946 1938 1938-1946 1940-1951 c1950 1942 1950 1940-1951 c1941 1946 c1934 1951 1940-1951 1940-1946 1940-1951 1940-1946 1940s 1940-1946 1940-1946 1940-1951 1940-1951 1940-1951 1940-1951 c1942 c1943 1940-1946 1940-1951 1940-1946 1940-1946 1940-1946 1940-1951 1940-1946 1940-1946 1940-1946 1940-1946 1940-1946 1940-1946 1940-1946 1940-1946 c1940s 1940-1946 1940-1951 1940-1946 c1940 1940-1945 c1940-1945 1951 1950s 1950-1956 1950-1956 c1953 1952-1956 1954-1956. Stopped down it will produce pictures so close to the quality of faster and more expensive lenses that only an expert? The Ghester Sartorius book, Identifying Leica Cameras is also an excellent reference.
Basically, I am ending up with an M3 that will look like it just came off the shelf in 1961. A tripod and cable release are required for this. Recently he had visited a Steinway factory abroad and had come back with a small piece of wood that is part of the hammer mechanism. Stephen and Jorge, thank you for the links to manuals and usage materials. If you search on the web for John Maddox Leica repair, you can find his phone number. The black enamel M4's generally command a premium to collectors over the black chrome. Is the shutter intact and what color is it, black or red? Elmarit Refers to the maximum lens aperture - here f2.
From a user's standpoint, there's more to life than an engraved top plate, pretty as they are, and the M4-2 has the built-in quick load take-up spool the M3 lacks, plus a 35mm finder without all the clutter of the useless framelines of the M's that came after it. The original owner said that he had to contact Leica via postal service to order the camera. There are no special markings on the box apart from the matching number on the base. If you have further information, please send an e-mail to and I'll try to incorporate it. The system provides a standard which, with digital cameras and lenses available from multiple manufacturers, allows for the interchange of lenses and bodies from different manufacturers. I would encourage you to buy it. The M4-2's rangefinder vertical alignment adjustment doesn't need an expensive tool, just a screwdriver.