Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1996/07/31

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Subject: CL In Flight
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 1996 09:45:16 -0400

David (Young),

My CL never suffered from high altitude exposure. Since the CL's rangefinder
is mechanical, it seems that the problem may have another cause, like more
vibration than some tiny bolt could handle or just plain rough handling. That
could discombobble any precise camera. My problem with the CL, when it was
new, stemmed from the fact that heat could affect tolerances. The CL was made
to very close specs. Leitz adjusted the meter cell and the problem was

The only other cause could have been inaccurate seating of the lens. It may
not have properly locked into the mount. Since Leica will charge more for
opening the camera than for the actual repair, it's possible that's all you
were paying for. I'm curious as to what was written on the repair bill, eg.,
parts replaced, adjustment, etc. If you were only charged for labor, nothing
materially was done. The rangefinder was just checked. 

The only overly delicate part of the CL is its match needle meter assembly.
Other than that, it's a very dependable field camera. 

Bob Rosen