Leica M2 + M3 Review

This review of the Leica M2 & M3 won't be overly technical. Back in January I picked up a 1958 Leica M2 from the fine folks at Green Mountain Camera in Vermont - let's just say the deal was too good to pass up. During that time I had been shooting almost exclusively with this camera and a 1957 Summicron 2/50. Then in June, I picked up a 1961 Leica M3 from Youxin Ye of YYe Camera.  Until June, the Leica M2 was loaded with either Kodak Tri-X or Portra 160/400 film.  Now, the Leica M2 is usually loaded with just the Tri-X and my Carl Zeiss 2.8/35 while the Leica M3 is loaded with Portra 400 and the Leica Summicron 2/50 or Carl Zeiss C Sonnar T* 1.5/50.  This has spoiled me rotten and has returned me to a simplicity in look and style that I adore - so much so that the Leica ME sits rarely used on a shelf.

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Vintage 1955 Summicron (M) 2/50 Collapsible

No, not time for a review. This is just a quick post with a couple samples (SOOC) taken with a vintage 1955 Summicron 50 that I just picked up from KEH. The lens is in pretty nice condition, considering it's age (58 years) and shows just the slightest wear on the chrome. The glass is really clean, even though it was listed as haze/fungus - I strain to see any. Sadly, there are no front or rear caps that came with it - so have a replacement set coming from Amazon. $9 total for the set. As you can see from the images below, it creates some really nice images - nowhere near as sharp as the Summilux wide open - but will step through the other stops to find its various qualities. This is my first collapsible lens and almost forgot to extend it before my first shot!

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