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

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Subject: Lock-tite (was Re: CL In Flight)
From: "C.M. Fortunko" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 1996 23:27:21 -0600

Be careful with lock-tite, and similar goops. Some of the stuff becomes
airborne and may contaminate the rest of the works.

Precision mechanisms should not rely on lock tite. When you buy a Leica, you
are paying for precision machining and polishing. Lock tite should not be


ps. this is a personal view.

At 09:38 AM 7/31/96 PDT, you wrote:
>At 09:45 AM 31/07/96 -0400, you wrote:
>>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 
>Hi Bob!
>Sorry I can't tell you what was on the repair bills. Discarded long ago.
>But as I recall, they were all for "adjustment" of the rangefinder.
>Apparently one small screw would vibrate loose, and throw things out.  I
>kept asking them to put some Locktite on it - but I presume they never did,
>as it kept going out of whack.
>Heat was not a problem for me.  I used mine in the Yukon (Yes, in winter! I
>used to live there!) and in numerous South American countries, sometimes in
>mid-summer (hot!).  No problems if I drove. Problems if I flew.  I dunno!
>But I agree with you. Overall the CL was a very dependable camera, and a
>delight to use.  And it took GREAT photos!
>David Young:
>	Everyone has to believe in something...
>	     I believe I'll have another beer!