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Old 24th April 2019
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Re: An army of clones

Originally Posted by Simon Bee View Post
I was flattered that you took my advice regarding that M6, after-all whist you know me via the forum we do not 'actually know' each other and whilst a bargain by current prices it wasn't exactly 'loose change' either. I however knew that you had nothing to lose by going for it, it you bonded with the M6 you would fall in love with it, if you didn't you could have sold it on very quickly without a loss, in fact if you were to sell now you would make a healthy profit.

As it happens you bonded with it and it shows in the quality of your street and abstract photography. I believe the M6 has become an extension of your arm and eye and when one becomes 'as one' with their equipment normally the standard of work produced becomes better and this is regardless of brand, its all about familiarity and being able to work without thinking about settings on the camera.

Camera Works are indeed very good, meticulous in their approach to servicing, repairing, repainting. I am sure your M6 will run super smoothly for many decades now. I am tempted to contact them to see if they will repaint brands other than Leica, I quite like the idea of a hammertone finish to my silver FM3a.

Most of us get GAS attacks every now and then. The F3 is a very, very good SLR, so good in fact that demand from pro's meant it stayed in production past the F4 and half way through the F5 cycle! Don't worry about the electronics, they are incredibly robust, I would argue more so than any other electronic camera ever made. It's not without its quirks but then what camera is, it is however super tough, super reliable, super smooth and a super bargain.

If you have an itch to scratch, scratch it I say. It's not as though you will be spending thousands unless you but the brand new one currently at Grays

As long as you buy a good example of a film camera from any of the major manufacturers, Leica, Nikon, Canon, Olympus, and the majority of the medium format cameras, eg Hassleblad, you can't go wrong. You can be almost certain you'll get your money back at least. In the case of my M6, in two years I could double my money if I chose to sell for some odd reason. It's the same with lenses too. (Remember the heads-up you gave me on the Summilux? Well that's worth 1.5x the price I paid )

I've spoken to Alan Starkie on a number of occasions (what other service engineer would phone you up to discuss progress?), and asked about servicing Nikon. He said he doesn't touch anything other than Leica but he recommended another tech. At the time I didn't make a note choosing to rely on memory, and you know what memory is like! I suggest you give Alan a call, he's a really helpful person.

Good to know your (valued) view on the F3. I keep looking from time to time and when the right example crops up I'll probably take the plunge, but at present most of my thinking photographically-wise is about subject matter and composition - training my eye through text books by the greats such as Leiter and Haas.

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