Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1996/10/01

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Subject: RE: M6 Problems?
From: "Charles E. Love, Jr." <>
Date: Tue, 1 Oct 1996 22:31:14 -0400 (EDT)

I've had an M6 since the first year they were out, and the meter has always
been fine.  Don't know about any redesign, though--only changes I know about
were early in the run, when they added the rubber to the back of the finder
and the strap-scratch protectors.

At 10:55 AM 10/1/96 EDT, you wrote:
>>I have a very dear friend who I ran into at the local coffee house this
>>morning. She spent more than a few minutes complaining how her M6 (brand
>>new) started behaving rather badly. It seems the meter simply wouldn't work
>>no matter what she tried. She returned it to the dealer who replaced it 
>>a new one. I have heard more than a few rumblings about meter reliability 
>>the M6 body. I am aware that there are several versions of this camera, I
>>assume though that hers was the latest. Is this a problem or just bad luck?
>Data point: M6 SN 16XXXXX never had a meter probelm.  Its always been
>reliable and accurate either after a sand storm or under a light drizzle. 
> Some
>folks have mentioned that the current version is different than mine.
>>Could it be that those Germans are not as talented in the electronics dept.
>>as they are in the machine shop? I recall similiar feelings when my 1993 C2
>>wouldn't start after being left in the snow.
>Data point: 1984 Carrera (first year with Bosch black box) never had a 
>Always started and ran in Chicago winters and Texas summers.  I knew others
>who did have big problems; at about $1250 replacement cost.
>    The black box is truly the
>>antichrist of consumerism.
> - Kevin
Charles E. Love, Jr.
517 Warren Place
Ithaca, New York