LEICA M3 HAMMERTONE TRANSITIONAL DS DOUBLE STROKE 10150 CAMERA +CAP NICE!
-Made in Wetzlar, Germany in 1957
-Double stroke film advance mechanism
-Transitional M3 example with the best features the early, better built double stroke cameras and later style film speeds
-Features the early style rabbit ear lugs, short arm double stoke, silent return arm, round eye piece with double glass, proper # engraved chasis, all of these of the early classic better made M3 but the last and final improvement for Leica in 1957 with the later style shutter speed dial.
-Features the unusual hammertone finish that is a third party repaint. Very nicely done and the leatherette was replaced. All very nice on a great transitional body.
-Cat No. 10150 (IGEMO)
-No dings, dents or major marks
-Top/bottom plates are clean
-Leatherette is all intact
-Lugs are clean
-Shutter speeds are accurate
-No light leaks in the shutter curtain
-Viewfinder/rangefinder is bright and clean
A great camera, Nice to have a transitional version in an awesome Hammertone finish.
In my humble opinion, the M3 was the greatest rangefinder camera ever made, and of all the M3, the best ones were 854000-858000 with all the classic characteristics but the frist batch of the new film speeds. After this Leica started to compromise and "lessen" the cameras, and up to this point, they were always improving. The last improvement was the newer speeds. This camera obviously falls into the catagory of "THE BEST M3" made!
Serviced and ready to go! Great finish. To have and enjoy. A classic!