Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/03/08

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Subject: [Leica] Re:m-6 film scratching.
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 09:27:44 EST

In a message dated 3/8/99 8:05:11 AM, you wrote:

>	Someone a while back suggested polishing some of the camera film guides
>with a mild abrasive. What should I look for in a Leica that's on the
>	Thanks for listening/reading. Sometimes it helps just to complain.
>- -Gary
> Gary S. Colby

why polish the film guides? They support the film outside the image area --
you don't care if that area gets scratched.

If the scratches are on the emulsion side, I strongly suggest the problem is
the cheap felt they put in your film cans -- there should be nothing touching
the emulsion side of the film as it runs through the camera. Make sure that
felt is clean and dust free when you load -- it will especially scratch while

Check also film handling procedures while processing -- do you leave a leader
out and pull the film out of the can through that dirty felt again? Or open
the can end with a can opener?

Leica Casettes, needless to say, eliminate this problem entirely. too bad you
can't use them in the m-6.