Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/06/21

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Subject: Re: [Leica] battery covers
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 1999 19:51:03 EDT

What's this about slotted battery covers?  Are the new production M6's now 
being supplied with slotted covers?  Holy mackerel, Leica's going to make a 
ton of money.  First, lots of folks will *have* to update their M6's with the 
latest gadget.  Then, those folks combined with the new purchases will be 
jonesing the slot with ill-fitting coinage, so Leica'll be selling a bunch of 
replacements.  Some folks will slip with the coin (or even use the 
screwdriver on their Swiss army knife) and cut a gouge in the [ersatz] 
vulcanite and *maybe* even scratch clean across the front plate.  What a 
repair bonanza that'll be.
People, I take the batteries out of my M6's whenever I put them away for more 
than a week (which is rare, because the withdrawal symptoms are so painful) 
and even if not, they need changing about once or twice a year.  I really 
can't recall one instance where I had difficulty removing the cover.  The pad 
of my thumb seems to provide enough grip (with a little pressure) to do the 
trick.  If it didn't, I always have a rubber kitchen glove in my bag (the 
best thing for unscrewing *anything*, especially filters!).  To each his own, 
but I think I'll put my $20 into film.