You mentioned it was a black M4 series....could it be the M4-2 or M4-P? I think those are the 2 that were Midland manufactured, not the original M4. If that's the case, even $1250 is dodgey as I've seen those go for much much less (like $400-800 less). If it's an original black paint M4 (not just a black painted chrome one) then yes, you're looking at $1300-$5000 in value based on it's condition. I'd jump on it and sell it and get a couple "normal" Leica M bodies, but if it's the M4-2 or M4-P, I'd bid low ($600) or skip it all together.
Well the lot sold for $2,211.00 almost twice what I bid. Thanks everybody, I didn't get the M4 but I got an education.
There was a few "original" M4s done in Canada. Bad luck, if you want one just keep looking. The M4 is great, even in chrome ;)
The amount you have to spare is just well enough to get a good bargain on a near mint M6 early release (1986-1987) !! (I got mine for 900euro). Don't bother yourself looking for collectables just seek a well preserved decency instead.. I'd recommend ebay sellers specialized with this kind of gear with good amount of positive feedback and well responsive to questions you may certainly have..
Originally Posted by Miskuss
I agree with Rol_Lei Nut, don't quit SLR .. mine OM-1n is a good backup and there will always be an opportunity to use it - say film testing, some close-ups shots or a situation (some street unrests or dangerous districts) where exposing your precious Leica is too risky..
Originally Posted by Rol_Lei Nut
I paid about $750 for a really good chrome one recently - normally they are a little more however