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    Leica M4-P '70th Anniversary' Edition acquired yesterday

    This Leica M4-P 'Limited Edition 70th Anniversary Edition' rangefinder film camera arrived today from Peter Loy; the Summaron 35/2.8 lens is one of my older Leica M optics made specifically for the M3 … hence the 'M3 goggles' which magnify the M3's 50mm viewfinder frame lines to give a 35mm FOV … but it fits any Leica M camera.




















    Why buy a 1983 Leica M rangefinder? Compared to Leica digital M rangefinder cameras they hold their value … and have actually ££appreciated in value during recent years

    https://www.macfilos.com/2019/06/04/...soar-in-price/

    This particular model is well documented and is one of the last M models manufactured by Leica Midland, Ontario, Canada … prior to release of the 1984 M6 by Leitz Wetzlar.

    https://www.cameraquest.com/lmp70.htm

    Looking forward to using the camera soon; negatives will be scanned and printed digitally.


    Best wishes

    dunk
    "My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters ..." … Boris Johnson … After being sacked from the Tory front bench, 2004

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    I didn't realise Leica body prices had gone up THAT much - heck I thought the prices a few years ago were already a bit mad!

    The camera looks in good nick. Let us know how the shooting goes - be interested in how accurate the focusing translates into images.

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    Rangefinder focusing is usually very accurate provided the camera's rangefinder has been calibrated correctly and the photographer's eyesight is OK. But the proof of the focusing is in the negative.

    dunk
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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyp View Post
    I didn't realise Leica body prices had gone up THAT much - heck I thought the prices a few years ago were already a bit mad!

    The camera looks in good nick. Let us know how the shooting goes - be interested in how accurate the focusing translates into images.

    David Stephens M prices https://www.leicastoremanchester.com...ca-m-analogue/

    Classic Camera M prices … https://theclassiccamera.com/epages/..._Mount/Cameras

    Red Dot https://www.reddotcameras.co.uk/247-...erway=asc&n=23

    JT Cameras https://www.jkcameras.co.uk/leica-bodies-c-1/ … only M6

    Aperture https://apertureleica.com/pre-owned-leica/ … no M3 etc … see ‘film leica’ section

    Leica Shop Vienna https://www.leicashop.com/vintage_en...m-cameras.html

    dunk
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    Quote Originally Posted by sundial View Post
    Rangefinder focusing is usually very accurate provided the camera's rangefinder has been calibrated correctly and the photographer's eyesight is OK. But the proof of the focusing is in the negative.

    dunk
    Do you do your own rangefinder calibration dunk? And is it necessary to recalibrate every time you change lenses?

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    That is loverly. I have started shooting film again and have been looking at Leica recently.

    Enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyp View Post
    Do you do your own rangefinder calibration dunk? And is it necessary to recalibrate every time you change lenses?
    No, I would not attempt to calibrate a Leica rangefinder … it's a sophisticated optical system and requires the correct optical tools to adjust rangefinder focus properly. Once calibrated it's accurate for all M lenses provided the lens' cams are in good condition.

    dunk
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    Quote Originally Posted by sundial View Post
    No, I would not attempt to calibrate a Leica rangefinder … it's a sophisticated optical system and requires the correct optical tools to adjust rangefinder focus properly. Once calibrated it's accurate for all M lenses provided the lens' cams are in good condition.

    dunk
    I thought I'd ask! May have been a chance over the years you had learnt and acquired the necessary tools!

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    You don't often see the M4-P in chrome. They're usually black.

    But I do like an M4 (or variant) in chrome. Here's the one that goes in my bag with me everywhere:


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    Lovely camera, Dunk


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    Thank you Jose … hope all going well for you and your family.

    Cheers

    dunk
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    Quote Originally Posted by NewsPhotog View Post
    You don't often see the M4-P in chrome. They're usually black.

    But I do like an M4 (or variant) in chrome. Here's the one that goes in my bag with me everywhere:

    http://i.redd.it/2kasy26usfs21.jpg
    An $£€ appreciating asset ... unlike digital ICL cameras .. and the Summicron lens is a superb optic

    dunk
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    Quote Originally Posted by sundial View Post
    An $£€ appreciating asset ... unlike digital ICL cameras .. and the Summicron lens is a superb optic

    dunk
    I also have an M9... Which has only depreciated in value since purchasing it. Fortunately, those Summicrons look great on there as well... :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sundial View Post
    This Leica M4-P 'Limited Edition 70th Anniversary Edition' rangefinder film camera arrived today from Peter Loy; the Summaron 35/2.8 lens is one of my older Leica M optics made specifically for the M3 … hence the 'M3 goggles' which magnify the M3's 50mm viewfinder frame lines to give a 35mm FOV … but it fits any Leica M camera.




















    Why buy a 1983 Leica M rangefinder? Compared to Leica digital M rangefinder cameras they hold their value … and have actually ££appreciated in value during recent years

    https://www.macfilos.com/2019/06/04/...soar-in-price/

    This particular model is well documented and is one of the last M models manufactured by Leica Midland, Ontario, Canada … prior to release of the 1984 M6 by Leitz Wetzlar.

    https://www.cameraquest.com/lmp70.htm

    Looking forward to using the camera soon; negatives will be scanned and printed digitally.


    Best wishes

    dunk
    Wow dunk, just.... Wow!!!

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    Being a photograhy fan, I'm just drooling.

    I'll have to content myself with my Nikon D610

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