Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/06/04

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Subject: Re: [Leica] LUG -- what's the point?
From: Harrison McClary <>
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 14:54:36 -0500


Don't know how to adjust either the vertical or distance alignment, but 
do know that the M6 is a tough little camera and the distance adjustment 
seems harder to bounce loose than the vertical alignment is.  Last week I 
dropped my M6 out of my truck onto asphalt (about 2 1/2 to 3 feet 
vertical drop) and it knocked the vertical alignment WAY off.  The thing 
still focuses well, just kinda hard with the rf so out of align so it is 
off to DAG to get a check up.  Also the finish on the black chrome is 
tough.  One tiny little scratch is all that shows from this escapade.  
The same thing happened to me back in 1991 when I was shooting Canon gear 
and an F1 fell out of my Honda (only 1 foot or so) and the entire right 
top plate was dented in - couldn't even use the manual film advance.

If you want to check the focusing accuracy of your range finder the only 
way I know is to focus with the camera on a tripod on something then flip 
open the back and put some vellum over the focal plane and see if it is 
in focus there.

Hope this helps, and remember that the useless chatter is good exercise.  
Speed deleting LUG traffic is going to be new sport at the Sydney 

Pieter Bras wrote

>course, a vertical misalignment doesn't necessarily focusing inaccuracy,
>but one does wonder if the horizontal alignment (which certainly does
>matter) couldn't be equally off.

Harrison McClary