Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1996/04/05

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Subject: Re: Film leader on M4
From: (C.M. Fortunko)
Date: Fri, 05 Apr 1996 12:37:01 -0700

I use a different system to make sure the film is loaded perfectly.
Specifically, I sacrifice about a frame and 1/2 before I close up the
camera. Otherwise, strange things can happen. In my opinion, this is a
serious issue on the M6. I wonder if it would not be better to simply cut
off the film leader.

Best regards to all,

Chris Fortunko

>Hmm... This is a new one on me. I've been shooting my M4 for about 10 
>years and have not had a problem. No problems with the M6 either. 
>BTW-With my M2 I find that no leader all all works just fine.
>Marc James Small wrote:
>> Well, it has been my experience that the precut leader on modern films does
>> not function properly in the later "quick-load" M's.  I had repetitive
>> misfeeds on my M4 and finally called Leica in NJ, who advised that I should
>> use the old "long leader" trimming to avoid the problem.  I have done so
>> ever since, and have had no further difficulties in the film feeding into
>> the camera.
>Ken Wilcox                
>Carolyn's Personal Touch Portraits
>LHSA member

Pax et Lux,             

Chris Fortunko, Boulder, CO
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Replied:  5 Apr 96 11:44