Advice/Help Req! Leica M6 with Summilux 35

amoda

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Aug 9, 2006
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Hey,

I have the opportunity to purchase a M6 with 35 1.4 lens for $2,730.

As this would be my first Leica, and first film camera, I am looking for advice on the following issues:

A) What can I check to make sure it's functioning correctly? I can't really just take a picture and develop it, so what can else can I do?
B) If something is broken, are they expensive to repair?
C) Am I mistaken, or is $2,730 really low for this kit? Are there several versions, some that are higher cost and others that are lower cost? I'm asking since on eBay it seems that the lens alone sells for $2-4K.
D) Is there any way to tell if a lens is pre or post ASPH just by looking at it?

Thank you!
 

carlgo

macrumors 68000
Dec 29, 2006
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Monterey CA
Hey,

I have the opportunity to purchase a M6 with 35 1.4 lens for $2,730.

As this would be my first Leica, and first film camera, I am looking for advice on the following issues:

A) What can I check to make sure it's functioning correctly? I can't really just take a picture and develop it, so what can else can I do?

Look at it carefully. Hardly used, beaten up, dented? Does the rangefinder work so that the subject merges correctly as it focuses? Lights, meters, etc work? Take off the lens and observer the shutter. Does it look like new, level and not crooked, do the shutter speeds get faster and slower as you change the shutter speed? Shutter release nice? Film advance seem smooth and cocks the shutter release properly? Battery not corroded? Does the lens look good? Shine a flashlight through it and look for inner problems like dirt or fungus. Do all of its functions operate smoothly and with Leica-like precision? You pay for that so make sure it is there. Aperture clicks confidently? Has it had repairs, warranty work? Lots of warranty work indicates a camera that may not be the best example.

Ideally, you would have a chance to take it to a real specialist and pay a fee for a real analysis. Otherwise, if it seems to be like new and everything works smoothly it probably is good.


B) If something is broken, are they expensive to repair?

Yes, but all cameras are expensive to repair. Leicas are worth repairing, even when old, and really don't lose much value.

C) Am I mistaken, or is $2,730 really low for this kit? Are there several versions, some that are higher cost and others that are lower cost? I'm asking since on eBay it seems that the lens alone sells for $2-4K.

You need to stay up late and research this on line. There are lots of Leicas for sale to compare.

D) Is there any way to tell if a lens is pre or post ASPH just by looking at it?

Leica has data bases of everything they ever made, as do other sources. You can find out every last detail by using the serial number and using the internet. The person checking the camera likely will also be able to help.

A Leica ain't a bad first film camera. Learn to use it.

Thank you!
Now it is a message, I guess...
 

robbieduncan

Moderator emeritus
Jul 24, 2002
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Harrogate
I've recently started shooting an M3. It's an amazing camera.

As for the pre/post ASPH all Leica cameras and lenses have a unique serial number on them. There are numerous lists on the web. Using this one you could get a year of manufacture for the lens.
 

someoldguy

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Aug 2, 2009
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You might also want to check for pinholes in the shutter . To do so , remove the lens and bottom plate , lift the back plate up and shine a flashlight through the lens mount opening . You should see no specks of light when looking in the back of the camera . Do this with the shutter both cocked and released . Leica cloth shutters can be recovered , I had my M4P done a couple of year's back , but for what you're paying for the kit you shouldn't have any additional expenses.
 
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