I picked up an M2 a few years ago for a fairly reasonable price. It had a dim vf so I sent it off to Sherry Krauter for a cla. When I got it back the vf was bright & contrasty. It has become my favorite camera to go off with when iI just want to enjoy shooting. Loading the M2 is no big deal and can be quickly mastered.
Thanks, everyone, for your contributions. I do understand that the m4-2 was made in Midland but some are stamped "Wetzlar" and command a premium. Can anyone comment on why this is? Is it just that the later (Wetzlar) models were produced much higher on the learning curve?
Also, I have had a couple of M3s years ago and wanted to put the M2/M3 on the short list but have recently read a number of horror stories about "dim rangefinders, de-silvering rangefinder prisms" which I understand are non-repairable and I don't particularly want to buy into that risk. I also see this problem mentioned on some of KEH's offerings also.
Is this a common problem now that the early Leicas are nearing 55 years old?
Thanks again, everyone!
I've owned a single stroke M3 and a 2 stroke M3 for many years. No rangefinder problems ever - with either of them-. Klaus of Thousand Oaks has performed all my Leica service (He's retired now).
[QUOTE=Fred Aspen;667386]I am a "less is more" guy and I have been toying with adding a simple rangefinder with interchangeable lenses. I have been considering a Leica M4-2 because of its clean, simple look.
I did some research and it seems to have mixed reviews and I couldn't find anything relevant on APUG.
Anybody have one and care to share information? Any horror stories?
I have an M6 ttl and like it very much; bought it used to replace stolen equipment. To me, there is nothing like the feel, fit, finish, and pleasure in any M mount Leica. That being said, and I were looking for something with a great feel and a quiet shutter, and wanted the mostests for the leastest, I might opt for a clean Oly OM1-n. I know it's not a RF. But it is darn smooth and quiet.
I've had an M4-2, a very early one, for about 30 years. I've got M6s and others but I do like to go basic, no meter. The M4-2 has been used professionally since the day I bought it. I'ts been soaked, it's been through months of desert duct, it's been dropped and it's never missed a beat. About four years ago It had its first service (by Leica. Solms) and its now going to last a lot longer than me. They're cheap and reliable. Don't hestitate if you can get one.
I have a 1959 Leica M3, 1990 Leica M6 (Psudo MP if you upgrade the VF to an M7 brightline VF), 2006 Leica M7. They're all good regardless of age. This has been a problem for Leica Camera GMBH cause their trashy looking M, long as it is mechanically sound and functioning; it will shoot as good as the latest M and my 1959 M3 will barely move at 1/15 sec hand held.
Considering the prices, it is not much more for an M6 or M6TTL. You gain the 75mm framelines, and metering in the camera. However, in favor of the M4-2 is the simplified viewfinder (compared to the M6) and a slightly shorter shutter release travel. The only importance in the shutter release is that it makes this the fastest Leica rangefinder in shutter release, though in reality they are all so quick that it is nearly impossible to tell any difference. Whether it was Canadian or German made should make no difference, and I state that as someone born and raised in Germany.