Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/02/01

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Subject: [Leica] M6 RF vertical adjustment... again, the answer
From: Jim Brick <>
Date: Mon, 01 Feb 1999 15:00:14 -0800

I asked Ernst Hartmann this very question "when did the M6 change to the
special tool?" and Ernst replied,

"All M6's and the pre-M6 M4-P were ALL equipped with this adjustment
facility. Leica eliminated the ordinary screw-head to discourage clumsy
hackers. The mechanism and procedure, however, is exactly the same. Just a
different tool." ... Ernst.


At 01:47 PM 2/1/99 -0600, you wrote:
>Well, thank you, Jim.....I'll take their word that the later M6 is 
>so equipped....the earlier ones CERTAINLY were not....Nor were the 
>"pre M6 window M4-P"
>I'll accept their assurance that now the cameras are adjustable in this 
>It still doesn't explain why the previous design was abandoned.....if it
>broke, why fix it? (question to Leica, not Sherry, of course.)
>I'll feel differently about newer M6s in this regard....I basically like the 
>camera, but still the fit/finish ain't no M4....
>On Mon, 01 Feb 1999 09:40:03 -0800 Jim Brick <> 
>> I first asked Sherry:
>> At 09:43 PM 1/31/99 -0800, Sherry wrote:
>> >It is not a screw.  A special tool is required.
>> >  Best regards, Sherry
>> >
>> And I just called Ernst Hartmann who said, "M6's require a special tool
>> rather than a screw driver. The adjustment is exactly the same as it always
>> was, between the viewfinder windows, just now requires a special tool to
>> turn the eccentric."
>> Jim
>> PS... sorry Walt, it's NOT a glued assembly as you told me. It is the same
>> as it's always been. Just more difficult for the lay person.