Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/09/26

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Lens accidents
From: Dan Cardish <>
Date: Sat, 26 Sep 1998 22:08:18 -0400

It is amazing what some people will do to their thousand dollar leica lenses!


Dan C.

At 02:35 PM 27-09-98 +1200, you wrote:
>Hi All,
>Jay wrote:
>"I had the entire front assembly of a 3rd-generation (E49) 28 Elmarit-M
>(a borrowed one at that!) unscrew and dump the diaphragm blades all over the
>Bitter irony Jay! Last night whilst attempting to remove the front element
>of my Summar, I accidentally, like i'd do it on purpose (?), nudged the
>rest of the lens, spilling the aperture leaves across my desk. After a
>frustrating hour and a half of trying to sort the leaf positioning
>correctly I gave up in abject shame. The really disheartening part came
>when i realised i didn't have the right tools for the job to get the front
>element apart for the cleaning, which is going to have to be done by a tech
>somewhere anyway. I also had a discouraging episode with my 35 Summaron,
>but we won't get into that. It's better now, but suffice to say Leica will
>hopefully have the good sense to never offer me a job in their tech
>Yours, in unmanly technical undexterity,
>"He's dead Jim...
>        ...I'll get his tricorder, you get his wallet."
>    OO
>    [_]<|
>     /|\
>Gary Elshaw
>Post-Grad Film Student
>Victoria University
>New Zealand