Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/01/19

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Modifying the 21/3.4 to meter with an M6
From: Jem Kime <>
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2001 10:21:44 -0000

I decided to go through with this and was happy with the result. I can use 
the S/A on the M6, you rack it out to close focus to check exposure, it 
seems consistent to me (at a convenient one stop under) and not weighted to 
any side. It cost me 50 UKP for a Leica mechanic (Malcolm Taylor) to do, I 
didn't feel like doing it myself, which is what the site suggests!
I have noticed a first series 28mm Elmarit-M for sale (a very rare Wetzlar 
example) with this modifcation as well.

The information you want is here. Jesse Newcombe had a website (seemingly 
unavailable now) his e-mail is:

I used (with his permission) the web site material for an article in the 
last 'LPP News' (the magazine I edit) and will happily send a photocopy 
(I've ditched the electronic file) if you send me your address John.

best wishes,
- -----Original Message-----
From:	Henning J. Wulff []
Sent:	18 January 2001 19:59
Subject:	Re: [Leica] Modifying the 21/3.4 to meter with an M6

At 11:07 AM -0700 18/1/01, John Collier wrote:
>Last year I found a website on how to modify the rear optical unit mount 
>a 21/3.4 to allow metering on a M6. It allowed the metering to be within
>-1/3 stop. Like a fool I did not archive the page and it has disappeared
>into the great Error 404 universe. Did anyone out there, with obviously 
>smarts than I, archive the page? Or have info on this topic at all?
>Thank you,
>John Collier

It involved grinding down the rear barrel and retaining ring so that
almost nothing was left of the latter. You then get a 'left weighted'
metering system, with value of the metering error dependent on how
aggressive you were with the grinder. Didn't seem worth it to me, so
the rear element of my SA has not been endangered yet.

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