Recently, I was fortunate enough (at a very reasonable price) to acquire an M6J, serial number 1976-13, complete with a 50mm f2.8 collapsible Elmar lens (with matching serial number to the camera body), leather case, original box, manual and warranty card. Produced in 1994, it somehow survived 22+ years on a shelf somewhere, with only minor issues. After nervously opening the box and presentation case, I found the lens was perfect, with no haze or fungus. Both focusing and aperture controls are smooth. I needed to add a new friction liner to the lens cap, as the
original one was hardened by storage, preventing easy installation and removal. I also needed to brush off a minor haze on the leather case. Lastly, I discovered that the rubber non-slip shoulder pad for the leather neck strap was cracked from age. I have no plan to replace it. I have shot three rolls of film thus far. Based on the results, the lens, shutter, rangefinder and light meter
work flawlessly. This was the first film ever shot by this camera.
I have long admired this limited edition of the M6 due to its combination of the beautiful M3 design with the advantages of M6 features including the internal light meter, film loading and angled rewind knob.
A few more facts about the M6J:
On the opposite page is a visual comparison to the M3, with a standard 50mm Elmar, showing a striking similarity in the bodies and the differences in the lenses. The tops of the bodies nearly match. Note the hot shoe on the M6J. (Figures 1 & 2)