Reader Mike M sent us a link to this Squarespace promotional video on YouTube. It’s always interesting to see old Leicas used as props in this way, although, as Mike says, he’s not sure how she managed to get the images onto her laptop instantly as the video suggests.
But what camera? It’s an M3 of course, but I noticed something odd when I pulled down my own M3 from the shelf just to confirm. Mine has no frame-line lever which normally sits to the right of the lens (viewed from the front) and is clearly visible in the video. I confess I’d never noticed this before, so I delved deeper. Mike also checked and found that M3s made before 1955 and serial 785801 had no frame lever while subsequent double-stroke and single-stroke versions did have the lever. My 1954 M3, one of the earliest, fits into the leverless category.
Ivor Cooper at Red Dot Cameras confirmed this. He also took a look at the video in detail and thinks that there could have been two separate M3s used in the filming. Why don’t you take a peek and give us your conclusions? Any more M3 lore (here’s looking at you, Mr Fagan) will be enlightening.
It’s all very well done, but is there a developing and scanning operation in Winona, sitting next door to the diner and capable of turning around a film in an hour or so? I think not.