Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/12/29

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Subject: [Leica] Re: R4s Winder
From: Jim Brick <>
Date: Tue, 29 Dec 1998 21:31:30 -0800

I have three R winders. They are great. It's a feature that they stop at
36. When you use a short roll, the clutch gives way for several cycles
before stopping. After the winder stops at 36, just use your thumb for
those extra frames. As you are doing.


At 07:43 PM 12/29/98 -0800, you wrote:
>Occasionally I use my R4s bodies with a winder but lately the winder has
>stopped functioning at annoyingly inconvenient moments, usually toward the
>ends of rolls. I can still use my thumb to advance the film and cock the
>shutter, so I know the camera body is functioning. I've tried wiggling the
>winder a bit to see if the contacts are mis-aligned, but that doesn't seem
>to help. Batteries seem to be OK. Any thoughts?
>Is the motor drive for the R3-7 more reliable as well as faster than the
>winder? The R3-7 winder has never appealed to me as a particularly well
>designed or solid piece of equipment but it's a useful "fast thumb" and I
>wish it worked.