Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1995/11/08[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]
First, the Wein cells are widely available and any camera store can order them. They provide the identical 1.35v current, though the rate of current drop is a tad different that with the original batteries. Second, there is no current shortage of the older PX 625 batteries and these are widely available. The manufacturers were convinced to quit their manufacture in this country, but they are still widely available, as many camera stores stocked up on them in some volume, and they have an excellent shelf life. These batteries are still in production in Europe and Asia and are available if you are there, though they probably are not suitable for mail delivery, as the more fascist of the states have outlawed such means of delivery. Third, you don't NEED the bloody things on either the Leicaflex series of cameras or on the MR/MR-4 meters, as these have compensated circuitry. Get a silver-oxide PX76 cell, bush it to fit with some paper or plastic (it's a bit smaller than is the 625) and your in business. These items WILL easily accomodate the 1.5v current of the 76. I know: I've done it, and the metering was still within 1/6 stop or so. I cannot speak for the Japanese-manufactured CL/CLE or for the Japanese-derived R cameras, as most Japanese gear lacks the compensating circuits necessary to accomodate the different voltage and current drop rates of the 76. Marc email@example.com FAX: +540/343-7315 Cha robh bas fir gun ghras fir!