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Sounds good - the darkroom, that is, not replacing the roof. Don't envy you doing that! At least you should have good contact in the building trade!

We also have an attic space/store room that would make an ideal darkroom apart from the fact that it would be tricky to get plumbing in there. It would also involve sorting out and throwing out all the rubbish that has accumulated in there. A job that I keep putting off.
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Well here is my latest addition......

1963 Leica M3

Just had a full service and new 'Vulcanite' ( "leather look" covering ) attached.

It is true what is often said of the Leica M3 .... it really is the pinnacle of the "M" system. You have to handle one to really understand, it is built to a standard that is not seen in any other camera available ( my Leica M9 feels like a lightweight knock-off in comparison ). I cannot describe in words the precision craftsmanship of this camera, it is 50 years old yet feels better than anything made today !

Built like a tank too, with the 50mm f1.4 asp attached ( as seen ) it weighs in at 2 1/2lbs


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That is one lovely looking machine.

I quite fancy a IIIF myself but a user not a collectors piece.
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Well here is my latest addition......

1963 Leica M3

Just had a full service and new 'Vulcanite' ( "leather look" covering ) attached.

It is true what is often said of the Leica M3 .... it really is the pinnacle of the "M" system. You have to handle one to really understand, it is built to a standard that is not seen in any other camera available ( my Leica M9 feels like a lightweight knock-off in comparison ). I cannot describe in words the precision craftsmanship of this camera, it is 50 years old yet feels better than anything made today !

Built like a tank too, with the 50mm f1.4 asp attached ( as seen ) it weighs in at 2 1/2lbs


Simon

Ooooh, very nice. It looks like new!

Digital might be convenient, but it doesn't come close to the joy of using a camera like that.

I enjoy using my OM4Ti's, but I got to use an old OM1 recently, and that had a solidity and feel that few other cameras seem to be able match.

Having said that, my old E1 fits better in my hand, and feels much nicer to use than anything built since.
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Re: My film cameras

Funny. I remember when the OM 1 was brought out, there was a lot of talk of how UNsolid the camera felt, rumours of the bottom plate buckling when motor drive bolted on.
And yes, the E1 did fit better than anything since I think, regret getting rid of mine, be nice just to hold it from time to time
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Funny. I remember when the OM 1 was brought out, there was a lot of talk of how UNsolid the camera felt, rumours of the bottom plate buckling when motor drive bolted on.
And yes, the E1 did fit better than anything since I think, regret getting rid of mine, be nice just to hold it from time to time
I daresay our perceptions of 'solidity' have changed a lot over the past thirty years or so. There was a time when even banks were thought to be 'solid'.
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Re: My film cameras

Lovely Simon. Looks in fantastic condition. I fancy an M2 myself for the 35mm framelines. And when I win Film Photographer of the Year on Talk Photography an M2 will be mine haha.

In the meantime my Bessa R3A with Nokton 40mm f1.4 will have to do. Here's a shot from the Bessa:


Watch Tower (2) by Cariadus, on Flickr

Talk of the OM1 reminds me that I must try to wrest my OM1 back from my daughter some time. I've been using a Pentax K1000 recently and it reminds me very much of the OM1.
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Hi Roger,

I thought you would like it , great image BTW, I like it very much.

M2 .... yes a very nice camera too however I'm glad my favourite standard focal length is 50mm because the M3 viewfinder is "mind-blowingly" good.

BTW..... I've just sent my M9 to Red Dot Cameras to sell for me because the M3 is SO much better a photographic tool and I have decided to concentrate all my digital workflow on my EM-5.

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Re: My film cameras

Finally ( well for now at least ), here it is again with all my silver chrome lenses. The 24mm on the right is currently with Ian for his A.P. project.

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Re: My film cameras

Fantastic. The lenses look like new as well. Interesting what you say about the M9. I've long thought that if I had the cash an M2/M3 together with M9 would be a perfect film/digital combination. But I can understand sticking with the E-M5. As digital cameras go it's perfect for me too.
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Re: My film cameras

I think three of my OM bodies have distorted base plates. It wasn't motor drives that caused to problem, it was cork topped tripod heads and tightening down to hard to support heavy glass.
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Fantastic. The lenses look like new as well. Interesting what you say about the M9. I've long thought that if I had the cash an M2/M3 together with M9 would be a perfect film/digital combination. But I can understand sticking with the E-M5. As digital cameras go it's perfect for me too.
Hi Roger,

I thought you would like it

Make no mistake the M9 is a fine photographic tool but I have come to the conclusion that no digital camera is worth £5k ( original new price of M9, although mine was S/H ) of my hard earned cash only for it to depreciate quickly. To be fair M9 values hold up 'reasonably' well compared to other brands but at some point in the not too distant future it will fail and be uneconomic to repair whereas my 50 year old M3 which has just come back from Leica having had a full service will still be repairable in another 50 years so long as either Leica are still around and/or there are still camera repair personal about too Leica are already struggling with sourcing replacement sensors for the M9/M9P even for cameras under warranty with many owners waiting 9 months or more for their camera to be repaired Kodak pulling out of sensor manufacture really threw a spanner in the works for the M9 sensor was made by them.

Get the M2 or M3 Roger, stick with your EM-5 for digital capture

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Sorry Alf, I don't want to look like a 'big head' , I just want to show you all my new addition

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