M3 as second body

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by tim_tan|1, Jan 3, 2002.

  1. Is M3 the best second body to M6 TTL? I was offered a M3 with S/N over 1mm at $1100 in good condition rated 9-10. I would like to get
    a second backup body. Should I proceed with this deal??
     
  2. Do you care if there is no built-in meter? If not, the M3 is a great
    camera....

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    I don't know how good the deal is, though. Sounds a little steep to
    me. Has the thing been CLA'd recently?
     
  3. If the camera truly is a 9+ and a high serial number, $1,100 doesn't
    appear too steep to me. Of course that assumes it works perfectly.

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    I know I'd never sell my M3 for that price.
     
  4. The M3 is a good choice of a second body if the 90mm and 135mm lenses
    are important. Exposure readings can be transferred from your M6; or
    just use a good hand-held meter. $1100 sounds too much. I wouldn't
    go over $800 to $900. Shop around--the deals are out there if you're
    patient. I just picked up a very decent M3 for $475.00.
     
  5. My M6 needed a CLA so I bought a 'beater' M3 to use while the M6 was
    being serviced.
    I'm not sure if I'll ever use the 50mm lens on the M6 again. The view
    finder on the M3 will ruin you. Go for the M3.
     
  6. One thing you should be aware of Tim is that the M6 TTL's shutter
    speed dial turns the "wrong" way with respect to previous incarnations
    of the M series. Although the M3 does not have a light meter this can
    still be bothersome at times if your working quick and are use to a
    standardized way of doing things with the M kit. Another thing to
    consider is that the film loading system of the M3 is "pre-M4"... that
    is to say it has a removable loading spool and is quite a bit slower
    to load.

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    These points are only a concern if your working very quickly with your
    kit... otherwise, if your taking pictures at a more leisurely pace the
    M3 might be a good addition.... certainly, the feeling of QUALITY is
    there!

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    Regards,
     
  7. Recognize also that you won't be able to use any lens shorter than
    50mm on the M3 without an accessory finder or a special version with
    clumsy "goggles". There is no doubt that the M3 was a landmark
    camera and remains a favorite of many users. But since the question
    was what's the *best* second body to an M6TTL, my answer is "another
    M6TTL", for all the reasons John has stated, plus the fact that it
    has a meter, and plus the fact that for not that much more money you
    get a brand-new camera with a full warranty.
     
  8. As Jay says switching to another M6 from your TTL would be the
    perfect ideal but if you prefer a cheaper option why not an M4-2 or
    M4-P. A good user camera should be available for around $500 -
    $600. Like me, many of the users here prefer them to the M6's.

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    The M3 would be a perfect third body! Or an M2 - IMO the best camera
    Leica ever made.
     
  9. For some interesting and important attitutes -- for which I myself am still very thankful -- concerning your question, see my question "What is your favourite body alongside an M6?"
    http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=006q hd
     

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