Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/05/25

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Dust...
From: (Francois Brunelle)
Date: Tue, 26 May 1998 01:55:13 -0400

Thanks for the advice is sound.

Jeff S wrote:

> Viewfinder cleanliness is worried about entirely too much; there's no way
> that you're going to take a Leica outside of it's plastic baggie and NOT
> have it pick up a little, if not from the surroundings, then from the
> photographer! I tell people that the time a viewfinder of any sort will
> remain spotless shall be measured in nanoseconds.
> Viewfinder windows? Blow off the worst of it, then wipe away any obnoxious
> smudges with a reasonably clean finger. Maybe on it's birthday, you can
> break out the tissue and cleaning fluid, but so far, I've never mucked up
> anything by this route, but have seen a buddy get scratches in (squeaky
> clean) VF windows with overuse of a microfiber cloth. Ouch. Probably the
> fact that my stuff's NOT squeaky clean is what saves it :-)
> When you take an "Oh yeah, whatever" attitude, NOTHING EVER GOES WRONG WITH
> THE CAMERA! Almost. Maybe get someone to chase the dust bunnies out of the
> mechanism and give it an oil change from time to time :-)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chris Bitmead <>
> To: <>
> Date: Sunday, May 24, 1998 10:40 PM
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Dust...
> >Francois Brunelle wrote:
> >>
> >> Hello all,
> >> I am planning to acquire an M6-0.85x soon.  I am a long time SLR user
> >> and the dust in the viewfinder is always something that infuriates me.
> >> This is why I always buy cameras with removable (interchangeable)
> >> viewfinders...I can then spend hours (?!!?) with the compressed air
> >> bottle cleaning the specs of dust.
> >
> >Maybe the reason you have so much dust in the viewfinder is that
> >you buy cameras with removable viewfinders. I never saw so much
> >dust collect as with an F4.
> >