Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/01/10

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Subject: Re: Leica ain't perfect...
From: "Stefan Kahlert" <>
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 1997 11:26:52 +0000

> My own experience is I've had to have my M6 fixed three times, and my M2s
> and M3s never, beyond CLAs once in a while. The first M6 problem was a
> short in the electrical system right out of the box. But the other two
> were problems of abuse, I suppose. The last time was a bend in the rewind
> mechanism, apparently from getting banged, or perhaps from setting down a
> Domke bag less than gently.

I think you have to take in count that with an M6 you get a new 
camera out of the box and with most new items that is the way it is:
They may show weaknesses after a short time of use that did not show 
up during QC. After this has been fixed the thing most often works
fine for the rest of its lifetime. Another sample may work perfectly 
for years from its date of production on others will nerver become as 
reliable as they are intended to be.

I would not dare to say that a M2, 3, 4 is more reliable than a 
recent M6 because most users nowadays can't tell how much fixing the 
camera needed after it came right of the factory. 


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Stefan Kahlert, 
Medizinische Poliklnik der Universitaet Bonn