Categories
1960's Leica

Leica M4

Leica M4

Most people consider the Leica M series cameras as the ideal rangefinder. Not only are they exquisitely designed, but these cameras are capable of taking outstanding photographs. When it comes to the Leica M4, it’s no different. First introduced in November 1966, the M4 was the fourth camera in the Leica M series line. It was a great camera that featured improvements on some of the shortcomings in the M2 and M3.

For some Leica enthusiasts, the M4 was the best camera in the series—personally, I think the M3 was the best in the line.

Here’s why some consider the M4 to be the best rangefinder in the Leica M line.

Features of the M4

One of the reasons why some people consider the M4 as the best Leica rangefinder is that it resolved some of the shortcomings of the Leica M2 and M3.

One of these features is the film loading mechanism.

Loading and unloading the film in the M2 and M3 was a slow and tiring process.  The M4 however came with a new film loading mechanism that was faster to use.

In the M2 and M3, loading the film entailed taking off the bottom part, removing the spool, and then loading it. On the M2, the process was made even more complicated because you had to set the film counter manually.

Loading the film on the M4 was however easier. All you had to do was to remove the bottom plate, open the back, then load the film.

No need to remove the spool.

The other feature that made the M4 a great camera was the faster rewind system. Unlike the M3 and M2, which used a knob to rewind the film, the M4 came with a lever that allowed a quicker rewind process.

Another improvement that came with the F4 was the inclusion of extra frame lines in the viewfinder. The M4 came with frame lines for the 35mm, 50mm, 90mm, and 135mm lenses. Both the M3 and M2 came with frame lines for three lenses. The M3 had frame lines for the 50mm, 90mm, and 135mm lenses. The M2 on the other hand came with frame lines for the 35mm, 50mm, and 90mm lenses.

The inclusion of the extra set of frame lines in the viewfinder meant that it was possible to use all Leica lenses without the need for goggles.

The M4 also came with an impeccable rangefinder. Similar to what you’d find in the M3. It was fast, precise, and flair free.

The M4 also came with an improved self-timer and frame selection lever.

Design and Physical Appearance

Like it’s predecessors, the Leica M4 was exquisitely built.

This hand-assembled camera featured a full brass body that was black and silver chrome, black chrome, or entirely black. The black chrome and fully black body are quite rare, which has resulted in them being much more costly than the black and silver chrome ones.

The M4 also featured a new advance lever with a plastic edge. Depending on who you ask, this was either an improvement or a design failure.

Some users prefer the all-metal lever. However, if you’re like me, you may prefer the plastic lever as it’s less likely to jab your hip bone when carrying the camera.

The M4 also featured a hot shoe as opposed to the accessory shoe, which was found in the Leica M3 and M2.

Other Versions

Competition from SLRs resulted in a need to produce a cheaper version of the M4.

Leica moved production from Germany to Canada; thus, the M4-2 and M4-P were born. Unlike the original M4, the M4-2 and M4-P were made from an aluminum and zinc alloy.

The rangefinder system was also more simplified and was more prone to flair.

However, these later versions featured a motor drive attachment and came with added frame lines for the 28mm and 75mm lenses.

Shortcomings of the Camera

Like it’s predecessors, the M4 didn’t feature a light meter, which makes it hard to use if you’re a novice film photographer.

Although not everyone sees it as a disadvantage, some Leica enthusiasts have bashed the M4 for its use of a plastic film advance.

Final Thoughts

There you go.

All you need to know about the last hand assembled Leica rangefinder.

Not only was it an impeccable build, but it is also a tremendous mechanical camera thats worthy of your classic vintage camera collection.

 Leica M4-2 camera body only

£925.00
End Date: Monday Jul-13-2020 13:53:27 BST
Buy It Now for only: £925.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
Categories
1960's Canon

Canon TL QL

Canon TL QL
BrandCanon
Release Year1968
Release PriceNot sold in Japan (~$199)
Lens MountFL Mount

Canon Zoemini Zink Instant Photo Paper (Pack of 50 Sheets)

£20.99
End Date: Tuesday Jul-14-2020 10:25:05 BST
Buy It Now for only: £20.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Canon AE-1 SLR film camera in BLACK complete with Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens

£34.00 (15 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Jul-8-2020 21:06:39 BST
Bid now | Add to watch list
Categories
1960's Canon

Canon FT QL

Canon FT QL
BrandCanon
Release Year1966
Release Price54,800 yen (~$500)
Lens MountFL Mount

Canon FT QL - 1966 35mm SLR Camera - Body Only - Working

£29.99
End Date: Friday Jul-24-2020 7:51:15 BST
Buy It Now for only: £29.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
Categories
1960's Canon

Canon Pellix QL

Canon Pellix QL
BrandCanon
Release Year1966
Release Price60,800 yen (~$560)
Lens MountFL Mount
Categories
1960's Canon

Canon Pellix

Canon Pellix
BrandCanon
Release Year1965
Release Price58,800 yen (~$540)
Lens MountFL Mount

CANON PELLIX SLR FILM CAMERA (107546) - NEAR MINT CONDITION - WORKS VERY WELL

£100.00
End Date: Monday Jul-20-2020 21:52:39 BST
Buy It Now for only: £100.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

(NO RETURN) Canon Pellix camera body AS IS

£26.53
End Date: Wednesday Jul-29-2020 17:48:08 BST
Buy It Now for only: £26.53
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
Categories
1960's Canon

Canon FP

Canon FP
BrandCanon
Release Year1964
Release Price37,800 yen (~$350)
Lens MountFL Mount

Canon Zoemini Zink Instant Photo Paper (Pack of 50 Sheets)

£20.99
End Date: Tuesday Jul-14-2020 10:25:05 BST
Buy It Now for only: £20.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Canon AE-1 SLR film camera in BLACK complete with Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens

£34.00 (15 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Jul-8-2020 21:06:39 BST
Bid now | Add to watch list
Categories
1960's Canon

Canon FX

Canon FX
BrandCanon
Release Year1964
Release Price44,800 yen (~$410)
Lens MountFL Mount

Canon FX Body (Film tested) with case

£20.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Jul-8-2020 17:54:34 BST
Bid now | Add to watch list

Canon FX SLR 35mm Film Camera + 50mm f1.8 Lens (6299BL)

£79.99
End Date: Saturday Jul-18-2020 13:18:29 BST
Buy It Now for only: £79.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
Categories
1960's Canon

CanonFlex RM

CanonFlex RM
BrandCanon
Release Year1962
Release Price49,500 yen (~$450)
Lens MountR Mount

Bell & Howell / Canon Canonflex RM Rare Vintage 35mm Film SLR

£207.87
End Date: Tuesday Aug-4-2020 2:47:29 BST
Buy It Now for only: £207.87
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

【EXC+++++】Canon Canonflex RM, Super Canomatic 50mm f/1.8 Lens from JAPAN#V07【F/S

£104.20
End Date: Friday Jul-24-2020 11:14:17 BST
Buy It Now for only: £104.20
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
Categories
1960's Canon

CanonFlex R2000

Canonflex R2000
BrandCanon
Release Year1960
Release Price61,000 yen (~$550)
Lens MountR Mount

Canon Zoemini Zink Instant Photo Paper (Pack of 50 Sheets)

£20.99
End Date: Tuesday Jul-14-2020 10:25:05 BST
Buy It Now for only: £20.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Canon AE-1 SLR film camera in BLACK complete with Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens

£34.00 (15 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Jul-8-2020 21:06:39 BST
Bid now | Add to watch list
Categories
1960's Canon

CanonFlex RP

CanonFlex RP
BrandCanon
Release Year1960
Release Price48,000 yen (~$450)
Lens MountR Mount