Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1996/06/15

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Subject: Re: Leica IIIf questions
From: Bob Sperling <>
Date: Sat, 15 Jun 1996 17:26:49 -0400

At 06:34 AM 6/15/96 +0000, you wrote:
> Please excuse the newbie questions but....
>What is the difference between red dial and black dial IIIf's
>and why is the red dial more expensive. Does it make a real 
>difference in use or is it a 'collectors' thing ?
>Also the books all talk about film leader preperation before
>loading, is this really necessary with modern film, and what do 
>people get away with?
Basically, Flash synch is easier and more reliable with the red dial.  Also,
too me, the red dial always seemed smoother to operate. Frankly, as I was
stationed in Germany in 1953, more or less as the black dial changed to red,
I remember that Germany had very clearly not quite recovered from the war.
As I made my first visit to Wetzlar, the factory was not quite ready for
prime time.  Yes, it was precise, but it continued to get better as time

The film leader business is more important than you might think.  If the
leader is not trimmed properly, probably nothing bad will happen.  BUT, the
strong chance of film chips can occur, and eventually, that can cause
shutter problems.