Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/07/30[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]
At 08:21 PM 30/05/99 -0400, Richard wrote: >A 35mm Summicron-M (#3240782) from ca. 1982 which I've owned and used >since about 1987 has developed a bit of "wiggle" just discernable in the >focus lever. [cut] >Another hypothesis: I am a musician by profession. One of those >long-hair conservatory trained sorts; an organist and harpsichordist >whose hands are supposed to notice and control things which move and >discern minute changes in things like KEY action. Am I perhaps being too >critical of a lens? > No. You can expect to have it working properly and to get it fixed if it has changed noticeably since you bought it. I experienced the same thing with a new 35 Summilux ASPH. The aperture ring had too much play in it. I sent it in to get it adjusted. I was told it was "within spec." I sent it back and had it tightened to the way I like it. It has to feel right for me. You play instruments, so you know that if you and the instrument don't mesh, it is hard to make it give you the sound you want. I have to have the keys balanced on my grand piano to the weight that I prefer, not that what the tuner tells me I should have. The camera and lens have to feel right too. The Leica service rep I spoke to said it is quite common for Leica owners to send in lenses to have them tweaked. Tighten the focusing ring a bit, loosen the aperture ring a bit ... must drive them crazy. You pay dearly for the equipment, so you should have it the way you like it.