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Body Serial Number #1755983
Lens Serial Number #9940560
Condition 8/10, recently serviced by Vic Plant (with receipt) and has the top plate replaced and rangefinder adjust. comes with 6 months warranty. Includes quality red leather strap
"The Leica M6 is a rangefinder camera manufactured by Leica from 1984 to 1998.
The M6 combines the silhouette of the Leica M3 and Leica M4 with a modern, off-the-shutter light meter with no moving parts and LED arrows in the viewfinder. Informally it is referred to as the M6 "Classic" to distinguish it from the "M6 TTL" models, and to indicate its "Classic" M3 dimensions. The top and bottom plates were made from lighter, cheaper magnesium alloy rather than the heavier machined brass of the M3 and M4. The M6 and M6 TTL are mechanical cameras; all functions save the light meter work without batteries, unlike the succeeding M7, which needs electrical power to operate properly", read more here.
Combined 28mm & 90mm, 35mm & 135mm and 50mm & 75mm frames.
Deletes 135mm frame.
For 135mm, use the 135mm f/2.8, whose auxiliary finder optics (eyes) magnifies the image for use with the automatically selected 90mm frame.
Optional 0.85x (Recommended)
Deletes mostly unusable 28mm frame.
As actually tested, has far more real-world accuracy with all lenses than the 0.72x finders.
Rubberized cloth, horizontal focal plane.
1,000 - 1 second and Bulb.
Full-stop clicks, also a click for the 1/50 flash sync speed.
Intermediate speeds work fine, except between 1/8 - 1/15 and between 1/30-1/60.
The gotcha to intermediate speeds is that the meter only meters at full-stops and 1/50, so if you set it to an intermediate speed, the meter won't know.
Any standard cable release.
TTL, reads off a 12mm diameter central white spot on the shutter curtain.
M6 TTL: Reads down to 1 second at up to ISO 400.
M6 TTL: Left LED flashes if under range.
I haven't measured the range for the M6; I'll presume it's similar.
Effective Rangefinder Base Length
69.25mm physical base.
Finder Effective Base Length
0.85x (optional) 58.9mm
0.72x, standard 49.9mm
0.58x (optional) 40.2mm
0.8mm die-cast zinc.
0.8mm drawn sheet brass.
Batteries and Power
Two very common A76 or S76 (11.6 x 5.4mm) button cells, also known as D357, 10L14, EPX76, KS76,SR44, 357, and V76PX.
One 3V lithium CR 1/3N, also known as DL 1/3N, K58L and 2L76 (11.6 x 10.8mm).
Battery low warning: right LED blinks. It also does this if there isn't enough light.
Review by Ken Rockwell:
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.
Voigtlander 35mm 1.7 ultron lens
The 35/1.7 feels nice and solid and it’s lighter than it looks. In fact, my black copy is 237 grams and that’s less then my 35 summicron. The summicron is quite a bit smaller though. The focus is smooth, as it should be. Aperture ring is nice, better than most Leica lenses. What I don’t like about this lens is the focus ring. Don’t get me wrong: the focussing itself is good, but it’s the ergonomics of the ring that I don’t like. There is no reason but esthetics to use an outdated design like this. Again, this is very personal and if you like this, there no reason not to get this lens.