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

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Subject: [Leica] Re: battery covers
From: Jim Brick <>
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 1999 17:06:41 -0700

I think you missed the point. A few of us have had battery covers loosen
over time. Some (Mark) lost his while on a trip in the middle of nowhere
(Kansas/Missouri.) To avoid future problems in the field, I ordered a
replacement cover (as did a few others) and much to my surprise, they gave
me the option of a cover with, or without a slot. I chose the slot. Others
didn't. The slot is so you can tighten it a bit tighter, or loosen it if it
is stuck. Simple concept.

So there isn't much mystery in this "cover" thread. Simply replacements
and/or avoiding future field problems.

But I guess one can Ad-Lib if one so wishes.


At 07:51 PM 6/21/99 -0400, you wrote:
>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.