Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/06/30

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Subject: [Leica] Horror Tale
From: "B. D. Colen" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 09:50:57 -0400

My one-month-old, Titanium 35 1.4. ASPH, has fallen apart! That's right,
fallen apart. The aperture ring is totally disengaged from the click stop
mechanism, and floats up and down - although it still controls the blades
properly. At the same time, the "guts" of the lens seem to have slipped
downwards so that too much protrudes from the rear.

I called Leica this a.m. only to be told that since my warranty card wasn't
stamped by the dealer - I bought the thing in Amsterdam and was in a hurry
(and think I probably got sold the equivalent of a car with sawdust packed
in the transmission) - I'll probably have to pay for the repair. The guy I
spoke with said they'd check with Germany, but this one is probably on me.

God, but I'm glad I didn't buy any of those cheapo Zeiss lenses for the G2
that Kyocera stamps out. Thank God I bought a piece of Leitz equipment, that
lists for about $2,800, built for my children and grandchildren!