User comments btil June 2003

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What is your experience with the this camera, what is your way of using it?
 
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I had one, sold it to buy a 90 mm I now seldom use. I wish I still had my M4...
 
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You can download a free M4-P manual at
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It consists of 16 separate JPEG files but they're a good size and easily readable.
 
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I am having focusing problems with the M4...the images line up horizontally, but not vertically...any suggestions? Thanks!
 
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Will: sounds as if your rf is out of alignment and needs adjusting. My M6 went out slightly the same way.

I was able to use my local Leica technician to do it on the spot, which was a lot cheaper than sending it to Leica. Come to think of it, he didn't even charge me!
 
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Any of you had previous experience with the Leica M4-2? Mine is serial # 1506***.
 
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I bought my M4-2 used in 1986. I bought it because I did not want the extra 75 mm framelines. I have used it interchangably with my M4. I find little or no difference in the way they handle.

If yours has not had a recent Clean, Lube, and Adjust by a competant technician have it done soon.
 
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I think I'll send some of my equipment to CLA. The service per camera here in Mexico is about US 140.00 with the Leica authorized Dealer. With my M-6 I think some adjustment must be done with the focusing mechanism "the images line up horizontally, but not vertically". The M4-2 seems to be OK. In fact I think it is lighter than my M-6 and feel very good in the hand, I´ll probe it on friday, and post the images as soon as possible, so iI can received your opinion about them.
 
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Hi you all ;
Anybody have any experience about M4-P ? how good it is compare to M4 or M4-2 ? Please help ..
I have hard time to use without meter <font color="ff0000">•<font color="ff0000">•<font color="ff0000">•<font color="ff0000">•<font color="ff0000">• I need MR-4 ? or handheld meter ? which is best suite ? Thank you..
 
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Get a good hand held meter. The MR-4 meters are now about 30 years old and usually need to get the cell replaced. Also, the mercury batery is no longer available and the substitutes are EXPENSIVE.
 
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Just developed the photographs taken with my M4-2, I sincerely can say that I LOVE THIS CAMERA. It surely compete with my M6.
 
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All - jumping into this string a little late, but: I have owned an M4-2 since I bought it new in 1979, it has had one CLA and no malfunctions despite heavy use. There are some design differences internally from the M4, but nothing too critical - steel instead of brass in some of the film advance gearing, an aluminum st&ing instead of an engraved steel exposure counter, no self-timer. As I have said elsewhere on this site, I hope this camera continues to be ignored or even despised by the bulk of collectors - it keeps the prices reasonable.
My usual combination is the M4-2 and the M4 or M3, with a Luna-Pro or MR-4, or when it's just one camera - my M5. While you can feel the gearing difference - just a tiny bit less smooth in the -2 - the cameras are much the same.
Also - I agree about the MR-4 meter unfortunately. Though very handy and quite accurate, most are in pretty rough shape now. Batteries are available, but expensive. The "converter" solution - a sort of hollowed-out PX625 body with a diode and an S-76 battery - works well - I have been using them for about a year with great success. Still, if you're shooting 'chromes and need the metering accuracy, a handheld that uses a readily available battery is the way to go.
Max
 
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Max, I have moved to a Voigtlander VC meter which is more accurate that the MR4 and takes modern batteries.
 
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Hi everybody! Quick question... I use an M4P with the M42 winder and am a little nervous about the lock. Since the lever also is the on/off control is there a simple way of stopping it going passed 'off' and coming away from the body? I'm using gaffer tape at the moment (looks very elegant!)

Thanks.
 
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Much Ado about Nothing---- Unless the switch is VERY loose, I wouldn't worry. If it is loose, it needs to be serviced.
Happy Snaps,
 
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Just bought a beaten up M4-P to take some of the effort off my M2. I don't know who the previous owner was, but considering it's only 16 years old, they should be ashamed of themselves. But then the black chrome doesn't help.
 
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