Seven reasons to own a thread-mount Leica
Hamish Gill of 35mmc.com has written an entertaining and very informative assessment of Leica’s screw-mount cameras and lenses which ruled the 35mm roost for 30 years until the bayonet-mount M system took over. The youngest screw-mount Leica is now 55 years old but is still capable of producing outstanding results and giving a great deal of pleasure. In fact, if you really want to learn the nitty gritty of photography, where better to start than with a screw-mount Leica? It’s a sensuous little beast, basic in concept, intricate and perfect in its mechanical excellence..
As Hamish says:
For me, the real joy of using a thread mount Leica comes about once you’ve accrued a certain amount of experience with one. As I’d expect any regular user of a thread mount Leica to tell you, the key to using them quickly is being prepared. With the lens preset to an appropriate focused distance and the aperture and shutter set to appropriate setting for the film and light, a screw mount Leica can be raised to the eye and shot as fast as any other camera made in the history of cameras. In fact due to the entirely mechanical nature of them, they are arguably faster than many cameras that have come since.