Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/01/22

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica IIIf dim rangefinder
From: John Collier <>
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2001 07:52:00 -0700

It is possible to repair the viewfinder on IIIf and older cameras (not sure
if there are parts available for the IIIg) and any Leica specialist should
be able to do the work. It may just need cleaning. Here is an illustrated
procedure on how to clean a IIIf viewfinder:

Please do not attempt it yourself unless you are very comfortable with small
precision mechanisms.

John Collier

> From: Hailu Shack <>
> I have a Leica IIIf (w/black synchro dial).
> Here is my problem:  Some internal element(s) of the rangefinder make the
> image dim; not sharply contratsty.  I know that it is something internal
> because I have cleaned the external glass without appreciable effect.
> I have see a couple of postings on this board relating to the repairability
> of M2/M3 rangefinders.  However, when I took my IIIf to Adolph Gasser in San
> Francisco [I'm Bay Area] I was told that the internal rangefinder mechanisms
> really could not be repaired and that I should just leave it.

Replies: Reply from "Dan Post" <> (Re: [Leica] Leica IIIf dim rangefinder)
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