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    I picked up a very clean 1957 Zorki 4 for about $50 US including shipping from Ukraine. Came with a Jupiter 8 and is in beautiful condition. first test images were very sharp, and looked good even wide open. I also picked up a Canon 50mm f1.2 LTM to go with it. I went with the Zorki instead of the Leica III so I could spare some money for M30 optics. So far, I love the Zorki.

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    Leather Covering - Another option

    Quote Originally Posted by David H. Bebbington View Post
    "Technical condition perfect ... shutter quite wrinkly [!]"

    PS: The vulcanite people are these:
    http://www.angelfire.com/biz/Leica/vulcanite.html
    That's the same place I found to revulcanize. But, it's all blurring together, because then I found this one. I haven't tried either one though so I can't speak to their quality.

    You have to laugh at some of the things that show up on e-bay (unless, of course, you end up with one of them). Not a bad price with a Summitar, but that description would have kept me away - if it's wrinkly it probably has holes (or will soon) and a shutter replacement on a III is a daunting (and/or expensive) task.
    Dan

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    Re: complete disassembly.
    To remove the camera from the body sheath is no more than 8 or ten screws.
    Hardest part is keeping track of the shims under the lens mount.
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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    I've got a Leica III from 1936 that I had CLA'd and it works just great. What a wonderful sound when the shutter fires! As for flash sync, I bought a small synchronizer doo-hickey that attaches to the rotating shutter speed dial and strikes a little cog against an additional flash shoe, setting off the flash. Depending on how you mount the doo-hickey on the dial, it will sync for either bulb or electronic flash. Cool -- another "need" to buy another gadget!

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    OOOHH, OOOHH!! I want one!!!

    Got a link to the sync gizmo you're talking about? Sounds very cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jolefler View Post
    Got a link to the sync gizmo you're talking about? Sounds very cool.
    One here (Picture may take a while to load):
    http://cgi.benl.ebay.be/RARE-VINTAGE...ayphotohosting

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    I'll take some photos of the sync doo-hickey and post tonight.

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    OK, I didn't have to take pictures of my unit because I found a photo of one on that auction site (see photo). It's a Geiss Kontakt Synchronizer. The one in this photo says "3C" on top of the knob, while mine says 3A. I think there may have been a couple of different models to fit the various screwmount Leicas.

    The knob goes on the rotating shutter speed dial, and the little "bump" that sticks out the side hits a spring-loaded contact on the side of the accessory hot shoe. And -- flash!

    I bet you can find more info by googling Geiss Kontakt or Geiss Synchro.

    I can copy my set of instructions for anyone who needs them. It's pretty cool!
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    Hakosyn

    My version of the little flash sync doohicky is called a Hakosyn. Comes in a little sheetmetal case that's got a 3C in the lower right corner and is also marked Made in Germany. I've had it for 20 years or more but I'd bet you can find one on ebay occassionally (not right now though, I just checked)

    Dan

    PS Picture being worth a thousand words, I just added one.
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    I am probably the odd one here, but my vote for the best LTM camera for a user is the Canon P. Well under a $1000, no need for a sycn addition or add on view finder for 35mm or 100mm lens.

    Wayne

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