I love Leica M3, It’s Just the Beginning

leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph

I love Leica M3

Bruce Lee said this: “It is not daily increase but daily decrease, hack away the unessential. The closer to the source, the less wastage there is.”

This is LEICA’s first M camera. No Batteries, no Battery Chargers and no SD cards. No other frameline inside with 50mm lens.

My heart was beating fast when I got my first film cameras, a Leica m3.

I sold all of my DSLR camera. I love the Leica M3.

Just the Beginning

It is a 60-year old mechanical camera. For the dealer, this is the end of a beautiful friendship. For me, it’s just the beginning.

“A streetphotographer without a film camera is like a body without a soul. Ha, ha, ha.”

Knowing myself 

Henry Cartier Bresson bought his first Leica – “the extension of my eye” – and travelled to Africa, eastern Europe, Italy and Mexico.

I bought my first Leica m3 – “the extension of my eye” – and travelled to Beijing, Beijing, Beijing and Beijing. I am not a master, I am nobody, but A person’s a person, no matter how small, I don’t shoot what it feels like, I shoot what it looks like.

leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph

Using My Leica M3

This M3 is cosmetically in pretty nice condition, the lines are bright and easy to see. It has what looks like a dark spot inside the viewfinder. When you look through the viewfinder it still seems bright and the patch is invisible.

Using M3 for both 35mm and 50mm and I am happy about the experience. I deal almost exclusively with streetphotography. I am not too worried about the focusing part as I can still focus fine with zone focusing (also called scale focusing). In terms of framing, with 35mm lens, I can still frame fine with the inbuilt 50mm frame line, to step back and frame my shot which could be equal to 35mm focal range.

leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph
leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph
leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph
leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph
leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph
leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph
leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph
leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph
leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph
leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph
leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph
leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph
leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph
leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph
leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph
leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph
leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph
leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph
leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph
leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph
leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph
leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph
leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph
leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph
leica m3 + summicron 35mm f2 asph
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