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  1. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    An older gentleman who used to work with me, before he retired, stopped by today to show me a camera that he inherited from his father-in-law recently.

    He left it with me all afternoon so far while he is visiting other people here at work.

    The camera....a Leica M4! With 50mm F1.4, 90mm F4, 135mm F4.5 & 35mm F2.

    He also has a light meter that fits into the hot shoe and clicks into the shutter speed dial. Needs batteries though.

    There is also a German made self timer accessory and a few other little goodies.

    It took me a while to figure out the release mechanism to rewind the film...and I still can't figure out how to reset the film counter. The take up spool is supposed to come out, or at least it is on earlier models.

    All in all, a very cool camera. Not as valuable as, say, an M6....but very cool non the less.
     
  2. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Mike, any chance the gentleman will leave that to you? ;)

    Wow, an M4! These are classics. They were the very last of the hand made cameras and truly a classic! Of course, we have th M6 and M7 but there is no doubt in my mind that the M4 has more class due to the fact that it was really manufactured.

    Enjoy camera sitting, mate! I am jealous!:D
     
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    Those babies do have their idiosyncrasies, from what Brad tells me. They have one floating around their lab and he remains the only person who knows how to use it! :lol:

    Hope you had fun. Great set of lenses you described, too!
     
  4. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Well, it's the next day and he didn't come back to get it yet. Of course, I took it home and tried it out. I've got a roll of C-41 B&W in in now. I bought a new battery for the meter but it does not work...so I've been using my 20D to meter and counting on the latitude of the film ;)

    Man, this thing just feels great. It's so heavy and the lenses focus so smoothly.
     
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    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Awesome!! Hope to see some pictures soon! :)
     
  6. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Am I sensing a new Leica addict? ;) :hail:
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Well I can say that I'm adicted...but they are way out of my price range. I'll keep in contact with the old guy in case he wants to let go of this one.

    On another note, I bought a bunch of old cameras for $85, sight unseen. My wife's uncle knows a guy who is selling them with the stipulation that I will admire them rather than turn around and sell them...like his kids have done.

    The gem, from what I've heard is a small spy camera from the 50s or 60s...still in it's display case with all the paper work...Original price was $120.

    I'll be sure to take photos of my new toys and share them here.
     
  8. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That'd be the Minox B. Great little camera, lens made in Wetzlar. Incredible craftsmanship. That's a 'James Bond' type camera.

    However... I'm waiting for the pictures. :D
     
  9. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Wow, you are full of useful information. :)

    What kind of film does it take? And is it still available (for a reasonable price)?
     
  10. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Yeah, I know... :lmao:

    It takes 16mm paper backed film in special cassettes. Film is still available. Will follow up later with a link or two.
     
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    Mitica's the bomb! :lol:

    I'll be lurking, too, waiting to see those pictures, Mike! :thumbup:
     
  12. jstuedle

    jstuedle No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I had a Minox B back in the day. I tought it used 9.5 mm film. Odd stuff. When I bought mine, it came with a couple of reels and film was available at my local shop in Ft. Lauderdale Fl. It's long gone, but it was a lot of fun. I always wanted the external flash attachment but never got my hands on one. Have fun! I am sure you will.
     

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