Leica M3 (single stroke) 35mm rangefinder with 2 lens kit, Leica Elmar 50mm f3.5, Leica Hektor 135mm f4.5

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SR # M3-928122

Condition 9/10, recently CLA'd and has leatherette replaced. comes with 6 months warranty.  

This Leica M3 has been modified to focus down to a minimal focus of 0.7m unlike unmodified M3 will only focus down to 1.0m 

Lens': Leica 50mm Elmar f3.5

Leica Hektor 135mm f4.5

Description:

The Leica M3 is a 35 mm rangefinder camera by Ernst Leitz GmbH (now Leica Camera AG), introduced in 1954. It was a new starting point for Leitz, which until then had only produced screw-mount Leica cameras that were incremental improvements to its original Leica (Ur-Leica). The M3 introduced several features to the Leica, among them the combination of viewfinder and rangefinder in one bright window, like on the Contax II, and a bayonet lens mount. It was the most successful model of the M series, with over 220,000 units sold by the time production of the M3 model ended in 1966.

Specifications:

  • a separate viewfinder slid into the accessory shoe.
  • the so-called Leica "Specs" or "glasses": These auxiliary lenses/prisms are put in front of the viewfinder and rangefinder windows for the 35mm focal length. The drawback of this attachment is that they reduce the famous brightness of the viewfinder.
  • fully mechanical rangefinder camera for 35mm film;
  • bayonet lens mount to enable quick lens changes;
  • viewfinder with multiple, automatically changing framelines and parallax correction;
  • long, accurate, and bright rangefinder;
  • backdoor film loading;
  • film advance lever    - Read more

 A review by  kenrockwell :

The LEICA M3 is the best camera that LEICA has ever made, and by many accounts, the best camera of all time. This is why it's also LEICA's best-selling camera of all time.

This is because the LEICA M3 has LEICA's biggest and best finder, and offers the most precise focus of any LEICA. The LEICA M3 offers more precise focus for use with lenses like the 50mm f/0.95 NOCTILUX-M than any other LEICA, especially better than today's LEICA M9.

The LEICA M3 is perfectly compatible with every LEICA M lens (1954-today), and with a simple adapter, perfectly compatible with every screw-mount lens (1933-today). LEICA has made lenses from 16mm through 400mm for use with the M3. The longest lenses use a reflex housing.

When used properly with the coupled LEICAMETER MR or LEICAMETER MR-4, the LEICA M3 becomes an ergonomic joy, with foolproof semi-automatic exposure that just takes pictures.

The LEICA M3 never puts another frameline inside the one you're using, unlike newer, lesser LEICAs.

The LEICA M3's ultra smooth, quiet, solid and precise mechanics are much better than the LEICA M9. The M9 is noisy and clunky compared to the smooth-as-silk LEICA M3. With the LEICA M3, every time I hear the second curtain delicately slide home, I know I have just created another perfect photograph that will remain immortal for all time.

                                                                                                                   -Read more

Leica Elmar 50mm f3.5:

 

The LEICA ELMAR 50/3.5 was so good that it allowed 35mm cameras to make big prints as sharp as the popular 8 x 10" cameras of the era.

This is the lens that was so good that it established 35mm as the world's most popular format, a format which both lives today and which spawned the 24 x 36mm "full-frame" digital format.

It's the lightest 50mm lens made, and it collapses into the camera for pocket carrying.

It's easy to focus with just one fingertip. Its little button makes it much easier than the newer focus tabs. Unlike tabs, the precise and locking little button has a perfect little grip on it.

The focus locks at infinity. This is a huge help because this is designed to give us a good grip for mounting and unmounting, and it works great.

 

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leica_M3

http://www.kenrockwell.com/leica/m3.htm

http://www.kenrockwell.com/leica/50mm-f35.htm

Credits:

jimijam

matsun1030

systema.musica

 




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