Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/01/19

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Subject: [Leica] Leicaflex SL and 50/2 problem
From: "Mike McGyver" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 1999 04:20:36 PST

I was looking at a Leicaflex SL yesterday with the intention of 
purchase, but I noticed a couple of things... first, when focusing the 
50/2 lens (Leitz Canada, 27779xx 3-cam), it feels like it's rubbing 
against something at the last half-inch or so of travel (infinity side).  
This problem disappears if I take the lens off the camera and turn the 
focus ring.  I suspected that the rear part of the lens, which moves in 
and out during focus, was rubbing against something in the mirror box at 
infinity but I couldn't see rub marks anywhere.  Anybody else have this 
combo and experience the same problem? 

The second thing is that the lens has a very loooonnng focus travel, to 
the point where I have to reposition my fingers at least twice when 
focusing from one extreme to the other.  Have the current lenses been 
designed with a shorter helix or do they still have the same problem?


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